SparkPeople SP Class of February 6-12, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from February 6-12, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of February 6-12, 2011 Team Messageboard I need help Hi everyone I been trying to losE weight for 2 years now with a moderate success... I am good at going to the gym even taking cabs to get to my 10 am zumba class but then when is time to eat I really don't know how to do it :( I will be good all week but then feel weak and either not eat enough or eat a lot :( I need help to stay motivated food wise hope I can find that here :) Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:04:49 EST buddy up! looking for a buddy - probably won't be able to work out together, but if we can at least motivate each other, that would be awesome enough! 29, two degrees in music (voice) but working as a secretary and retail slave. a handful of years ago, i lost a TON of weight, liked what i saw, and thought i could keep it off just by watching myself. well, i watched myself drink a lot of beer, stop exercising, and eat crap. SO i'm back basically where i started. though i've been a member of the sit... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:25:58 EST large weight fluctuation The other day the scales said I weighed 181.2 , yesterday it was 174.1 and today its 180.4 so... can weight actually fluctuate that much in a day?!?! I remeasured myself a ton of times and they all stayed the same, I figured its quite a large amount... I thought maybe the medication I am on was effecting my weight somehow, its Lanzoporozole a gastro-resistant thingy (it stops the production of stomach acid to kill off the virus I have and prevent stomach ulcers) but it also causes water reten... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 04:52:21 EST Needed some advice here HCG Hello my name is rosa an I need any advice on the HCG deit?? If you have any please stop by my page and let me know thank you so much an have a great day!! So far I have lost 16lbs =0) Wed, 25 May 2011 09:51:10 EST After Some Time Here Hello, my name is Rebecca Simmons and I have been here for almost two months. I don't know why I've never posted. Probably because I was so busy, but I wanted to introduce myself. I am 49 years old. I have four children and four grandchildren. My husband and I pastor a church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I am the author of 5 books. I own my own publishing company. I do a lot of travelling speaking at conferences. Life is great! I have been either exercising or eating right for many years. This i... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:18:27 EST Just found the team! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've just stumbled across this team! I've been tracking my food, water & fitness minutes on a fairly regular basis, and have gone from 185lbs to 173lbs since mid-February. This past week has been so busy I just haven't gotten around to much of the tracking. And I haven't lost a thing this week, so I guess I need to get on it full-time! <BR> <BR> I figure joining communities, replying to message boards and writing blog posts will keep me involved with the site all the time... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:31:36 EST Sticking to goals & exercise but no results Is anyone else having this trouble? I have been religiously tracking my food & keeping in my calorie range, and exercising. But I have not lost an inch or a pound in this whole month. I am going to continue with all this.I consider it a permanent life change. But I would be so happy to celebrate having some kind of tangible result. <BR> <em>12</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:06:36 EST Not really when I started but... I actually joined spark people a year or so ago but didn't really start using it until I read The Spark in February, so I think *this* group should be my class! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:12:07 EST New to the forums, fairly new to the site! I started my weight loss journey about 2-2.5 months ago with a starting weight of 125 pounds and I'm now roughly 113 pounds. Sparkpeople has always been a bit of a mystery to me; there are a lot of things to do and so little time! I'm still figuring things out and seeing how I can find the foods I eat, as they're Australian brands. <BR> Some things unrelated to weight loss: <BR> I'm taking a bachelor of science (biological) and hope to transfer to veterinary science next year. <BR> I like m... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 07:14:44 EST at a standstill :( Hi I started tracking what I eat and eating less portions and healthier foods about 3 weeks before I started up spark people and I lost 9 lbs.! Now though since I started 3 weeks ago with spark people I have only lost 1 more pound. I eat less and excersize more. I don't know what to do. Is this normal? I know sparkpeople works because I did it after I had my first child and now i have 2 my youngest is a year and a half and I still havent lost the weight. please help. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:11:51 EST Nutritional Supplements Is there anyway to enter the Nutritional Supplements (Ca, Multi-Vits) into your tracker? My analysis everyday looks terrible because I am always deficient in my nutrients with the foods I eat. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:43:27 EST Eating: before or after excercise I was wondering which is better. I usually have oatmeal with milk for breakfast. Should I eat first, or wait to eat after I excercise? (treadmill in the winter, walking outside in nice weather) <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:17:03 EST How is everyone holding up? I just wanted to see how everyone was holding up. The past couple weeks have not been easy. I am adjusting to my new lifestyle changes. It takes a lot of getting used to it! I have lost a total of 5 pounds, so I am seeing some results. I just wanted to know how everyone is holding up!! I just wish there was an EASY PILL to watch this weight go away!! lol Tue, 22 Feb 2011 08:50:42 EST Looking for my Spark Hello everyone! I wanted to introduce myself and get my lifestyle change off on a good note! I, like a lot of people, have been struggling with my weight for many years! Currently, I am at the heaviest weight I have ever been at and I need to get rid of it!! I think this time will be the time for me, as I am doing this for myself not someone else! <BR> I am 28 yrs old. I am married to a wonderful man, who is my number 1 supporter, and we have a beautiful daughter who is just over a year old.... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:39:15 EST Jesus' jewels I am one of Jesus' Jewels, I know that my body is a temple and I plan on treating it as such. We invite anyone who consider themselves Jewels and need encouragement as we do to join us. I am looking forward to losing my weight with the help of Sparkpeople. Thanks Sparkpeople for this website. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:00:40 EST I'm committed now... I bought myself a small set of aerobics dumbells for my aerobics, a skipping rope and an aerobics step, they arrive Monday <em>104</em> I've already got a step aerobics video so I'll be set, I've been doing at least 30 minuted of cardio and 30 minutes of walking a day, I havn't managed to do any cardio today but I've been out walking all day and yesterday I was really unwell so I'm looking forward to doing some catching up now I've got some Ibuprophen in me <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:33:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:48:26 EST hey hey hi everyone, my name is kelly and i am 27 and i live in ms, i am super excited about getting started with this site. i am currently training for my very first 5k, super nervous but so far the training is going great, thanks to the c25k app on my iphone. anyway i am just looking to make new friends along the way and get some motivation. i hope that everyone has a great day. = ) Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:09:26 EST Freedom 55 Hi, I have 3 years to go to reach full pension at age 55. This is a big reason for wanting to loose pounds and get in shape. I plan on retiring and enjoying life the way I want. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:48:53 EST Reading about rather than DOING something active Hi Everybody. I love this website and am thoroughly enjoying reading many informative articles, nutrition and exercise tips, success stories, etc. etc. etc.. so much so that I seem to be stuck in my head, so to speak....sitting and reading rather than getting up and moving. Before I know it, the day is gone (well almost) and by then I need to get other things done. I know that exercising first thing in the morning is what I need to do but I'm still in the rut of breakfast, morning coffee,... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:20:51 EST Need Help I have been struggling to lose weight. Now i need a support system. Can someone please help me? Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:22:24 EST How to track weight - lb instead of kg Hi there, I have a question! <BR> <BR> How can I make sure my weight is displayed as pounds, instead of kg? <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> MK Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:10:59 EST New today I'm new to the site and trying to find my way around. I'm excited! I'm 49 soon to be 50 and trying to lose 25 lbs before my birthday in September. Can I do <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:22:43 EST Welcome everyone!! I just wanted to pop in and give a big shout out to ALL of our new members!! Over 18,000 people joined spark people this week!! That is amazing!! Congrat to all of you for taking another healthy step on your life's journey, whatever your goals may be! Let's raise a glass of water to each other in applause!! <BR> <BR> This site is a tool here for you to use. I hope you all find it to be a benefit in your life. Even if you decide you are only going to log in to do're learning... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:10:38 EST Newbee here also. Started on 2/8 and doing pretty good. 5 lbs down. Can't do exercises yet as I'm on hold from my cardiologist. Need to do a stress test and echocardiogram before he'll give me the OK. Too many risk factors-- family (dad died right after 2nd open heart surgery, diabetes, recent hypertension and of course, too much weight. So, I'm working on the food part - but as we all know too well, you must expend more than you take in - so probably my first 5 was water. I'll take it <em>334</em> <BR... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:54:25 EST Hello Glad to be here. <em>41</em> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:09:58 EST Hello My name is Mary and I am here to get support for losing weight..I have lost in the past, but it comes back on...So, now I am here to learn how to get it off and keep it off! Heeeeeere we go Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:53:13 EST hi Hi my name is Walter, I am legally blind and have a 19 month old girl AnnaBelle and my wife's name is Holly. We have been 7 years. I have a plan to loose 50 lbs. I am going to Crowder college finishing up my generals then I plan to go to Missouri State university (MSU) in Springfield to become a Social worker. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:43:27 EST Hello! I am Ptcru9974. I have joined because I would like to loose a few pounds and make healthier lifestyle choices. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 08:45:23 EST Hi! Hey everyone. :) My name is Addison and I'm an eighteen-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada. I'm here because I'm overweight and unhappy with it. I've been overweight for about five years now and I've always wanted to lose weight so badly but I've never been able to stay motivated enough to lose any significant amount. I'm looking for motivation! <BR> <BR> I love music and horses. I've been playing the clarinet for seven years and I have a 2001 Percheron pony mare named Spunky. We mostly tra... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:14:57 EST New Member Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am an educator living in Florida. I am currently finishing the book and I have just started the program. I am looking forward to the journey. I just turned 40 and I look forward to changing my weight and self-talk. I hope to get to know everyone better. <BR> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:43:36 EST hello my name is shaylynn Just wanted to say hi to everyone and good luck Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:15:42 EST New to SparkPeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, but I've been working on changing my lifestyle for about a month on another website. I borrowed The Spark book from my local library last week, and a lot of things in the book really clicked in my mind, especially regarding Fast Breaks, rewards instead of punishment, and setting real goals. I've started to work these concepts into my life, and I think these things will make all the difference. <BR> <BR> I decided to migrate over here from the... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:42:25 EST Fran I just bought the "The Spark", I'm 63 over weight and to add to the issues I smoke, so I have lots of work to do. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:15:24 EST Newbie here! Hi everyone! I am just getting started and trying to learn the ins and outs of this site. I am a little overwhelmed at this point but I know once I spend some time with it I will be okay. I am on the computer a lot so being able to track my meals, exercise and getting support is the most effective for me. I looked through several sites and found this one to be the most informative and supportive. I have a long journey ahead of me as I know many others do to and want to become a part of a ... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:29:45 EST Hello! Exercises for people with back problems? Hi, I'm wondering if anyone out there has any exercise suggestions for me?! I have degenerative disk all down my spine and now in my neck. I walk and do use the steps as much as possible but it's not enough! I need more if i'm ever to get this weight off, Please let me know if there's anyone out there with any ideas. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 08:21:39 EST Daveydoodle is a woman,me.You can call me dd. Hi, I'm dd. I just started spark a few days ago.I have about ten pounds to lose to get back to my original goal weight from 10 years ago.I joined spark to help me stay on track to healthy.I have 3 boys ages 18,16&3.I'm trying to keep them healthy, too.They are picky eaters so it's a challenge.I hope to be sharing with you soon. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 07:46:28 EST Hi, it's nice to be here hello all. I have been bouncing around with my weight for years, but joining Gold's Gym and now working on calorie counting has helped me lose 37 pounds since March 2010. So it's taken about 9 months, but I've kept if off for a year. That feels pretty good. I love junk food, especially cheddar cheese at night as a snack. Bad bad. I've given up popcorn in the show, but still basically love fat., Hope everyone is working hard at good nutrition and hopefully I'll talk to you soon. Stefanie... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:26:11 EST Newbie here Hi, My name is Brenda and I'm new to this sight.I am starting my Journey to a healthier life style.I have fought with my weight since I was very young.Then do to a fall I injured my back in three places and am now 100% disabled.Which in turn brought on more weight.So tired of all the pain that the weight causes on my back on top of the pain from the injuries and I'm tired of being tired all the time. I'm tired of living to eat,I am now eating to live.I do not just want to survive I want to th... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:05:52 EST Hello! Hi Everyone! My name is Andrea/Anna. I am 21 years old and I live in Canada! My current weight is 250lbs. My goal is to loose 120 - 130lbs. I have more energy and motivation than I could have ever imagined. One of my goals is to make a blog post every day tracking my journey. I want to blog about all aspects of my life not only limited to weight loss but other interests as well! I am so happy that I have started making positive changes in my life and I look forward to getting to know other pe... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:42:41 EST Hi everyone...looking for motivation from buddies Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Today I saw myself in the mirror and what a horror it was...I am 83 kilos, size 16 and lots of flabs at every wrong place. Agree that I am a mom of a preschooler but believe me there are so many new moms in office who just got back to their shape after delivering the baby...but I never shrunk... <BR> I can not escape from the fact that I am obese...and I sincerely want to lose...This is not the first time I have been thinking in this direction but all my previous effo... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:53:20 EST Time to make a change Today is my 40th birthday, i've struggled with weight gain and depression since my mother passed away in it's time to make a change...i am determined this time around to lose the weight and beat the depression. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:22:48 EST Looking for a Spark Buddy(s)and making new friends Hello fellow Spark People Members! My name is Colleen and I recently turned the big 50. What an eye opener for me. I decided to get serious about weight loss. I am told I am loved just as I am which is very nice however this is not good for my health. I am looking for some good support buddies to team up with in this journey of weight loss and lifestyle change also hopefully make some good friends along the way . I am trying to learn the ropes here in navigaing through SP so if I do get any r... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:55:54 EST helllo everyone Just wanted to say hi and that my name is jessica. I have 2 awesome kids. Now that i am a at home mom well all know the weight adds up. that is why i joined this team. Hopefully to get encourage and someone push me so i will not stop. <BR> peace and love to all. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:27:19 EST so glad to have found Spark People! Spark People is so easy to follow. So glad Brendan suggested it. Have lost 3 lbs and have only been following for one week. Plus walking at wal-mart as its too cold outside. Hope to get this weight off and am finally motivated to do it. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:16:51 EST Time to get moving!! Hi my name is Diane, I have been working at healthier eating and have been doing quite well, I have managed to take off 5 pounds since the first of the year, but am getting bored. I am not very creative when it comes to making veggies and turkey & chicken taste great! Really looking forward to learn some new recipies. My biggest hurdle is EXERCISE! I have been using this cold winter here in Iowa as an excuse because my favorite exercise is walking ( not like I couldn't do something else insid... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:24:31 EST HI AM SWEETLADY5911 HELLO EVERYONE Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:59:03 EST jojofit50plus Hi I'm jojo and i've just joined spark. I don't have a problem with being active, my problem is stress eating especially at bedtime. I would love to hear from you on strategies to deal with this problem. Also, I'd just love to get and give encouragement to others. I've always had to fight with my wieght and have won before and I know I can win again. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:35:47 EST Newlywed, new year, new me. Now that Igot past tue major wedding hurdle, I am ready to get control of my weight, my energy and my life. I have all if the tools, now I need support from like struggle buddies. Any friends need apply :) Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:01:45 EST Hello Everyone!! I've been looking for this introduction page all day!! Glad i found it, now just hope its the right one!! hahahaha I"m trying to over a very long back injury that i've been dealing with for years. I was really discouraged with my 10 minute excercise today, as it only lasted 5 minutes before my back was too tired to stand any longer. But what i learned through that eye opener, is that little by little i can and will come back to "find my happy". I felt so good knowing that i've started a routi... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:37:55 EST New & determined! Hi there, <BR> I am new to spark and just happened to stumble on the community. No one told me about it, however I have looked over all the amazing options to help keep me motivated and on track. I hope that I am able to make some friends here. <BR> <BR> Everyone needs motivation and support. Spark People looks like a great place to start! <BR> <BR> So hello! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:55:39 EST Hi Everyone! Hello all! I am new to sparkpeople and am excited to see where this journey takes me! I am a mother of a wonderful little girl, and although I live my life for her, I realized that it is time to fit me back into the mix as well. I wish everyone best of luck and I know through each other we can all succeed with our weight loss goals :) Please add me as a friend to your lists, the more we help motivate each other, the more success we will have! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:07:09 EST New member/ Broken ankle Hi, I am currently a new member but I have a broken ankle and can't exercise much. I have been sitting here eating and am getting worried about my weight. I can't weigh myself due to this heavy cast but will pay attention to how my clothes fit. Anybody can suggest upper body exercises w/ no equiptment. My goal is to loss 40lbs. in 7 months. I should regain use of my leg in another 2 months. So my concentration needs to be on diets any ideas to jumpstart weightloss. J.Lew Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:58:26 EST Hello All! Hi. I'm Angela Hundley and I am pleased to meet all of you. I look forward to your support and suggestions :) Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:26:56 EST Jeanie 49 need support I have been fighting sugar and weight for 11 years. I do good for a little while then go back to same old bad habits .I saw a article in health and fittness book and decided to check this out it sounded great. I am excited to have support. I want to be a strong person, I try to help everyone and forget about what I need.I have 2 children and 3 grandkids I am married and my husband can eat anything and it does not hurt him Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:16:12 EST Hello Hi, my name is Virginia Lopez and I'm new to Spark. A friend suggested that I check out the website, and so here I am! I joined Spark because I'm wanting to learn how to make healthier food choices. Also, I've been on an exercise program since Dec. 27 (work out 6 days a week), and I've only lost 4 lbs. and 3 inches. As you can imagine, I'm very frustrated. I believe it's because I haven't been tracking my caloric intake. Anyway, I'm hoping I can get some help with this goal. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:39:40 EST Gene911 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am just starting this program and am going to do my best to keep on track and get closer to my final goal. <BR> <BR> Being a shift worker, I find it so hard to eat when and as often as I'm supposed to as well as the right foods instead of fast food and junk food. <BR> <BR> I am at a point in my life that I do want is to be healthy which will improve my health and make me feel better about my appearance so I can be more happy about myself. <BR> <BR> This is the start for... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:19:25 EST New to Spark Hi there. I'm new to Spark and hope to find a few on-line friends to help me keep on track. I need to lose 26 lbs! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:00:26 EST Finding the Skinny Girl Within ME!! :) :) Hello Spark Family.. I am a 24 year old young lady...I AM SO TIRED OF DIETING.....ha ha... Straight to the point huh, but I have been on a diet for 12 years literally and that is sooooo SAD.... so now that I am older and my weight is the highest it have ever been....269lbs oooooh that number hurts.... I am ready to make a life style change... Be Healthier, Happier, and FREE... My biggest obstacle right now is getting that motivation and will power to go to the gym which since I renewed my me... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:00:08 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I'm Michelle from Michigan and I recently joined SparkPeople to help me reach my goals of losing weight and becoming healthier. I'm still learing about the site but so far have found it very helpful. I appreciate your support! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:34:14 EST Tired of being tired I will be 71 next week. Four years ago I had a heart attack and I have not lost weight or exercised (except for cardiac rehab) since then. Another person is in front of me and I am exhausted carrying that person around. I do have a part-time job as a library director for a village in northern New Mexico. My brain is stimulated but my body is not. On my way to work this morning I realized that although I watched what and how much I ate in the past 24 hours, I did not exercise! Does anyon... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:33:44 EST New to the Spark family My name is Kathy and Im new to the Spark family. Im from Iowa and Im in the process of creating a new life for myself. Since my children have recently grown up and left the nest, I've come to realize how much I became lost in the process of caring for my family. Now Im taking time to get to know myself again and to become all God intended me to be. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:04:21 EST Hi, I'm just onboard today Will check in most days. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:57:45 EST Hi I'm Manda! I'm Manda! I'm 22 years old and am in Arizona. I am the mother a wonderful 4 and a half year old boy and a fiance to my prince charming. I once was a skinny minnie and am aiming to get back to myself before I marry my prince charming and become his princess. I'm hoping to get from 139 lbs to 115 lbs and have already lost 5 lbs in a week and a half! I really look forward to making new spark friends! <BR> <BR> :) Thu, 10 Feb 2011 01:12:31 EST Wolf Pack Mama - Help this newbie! HI there. My name is Tera. I'm wife to Kevin and Mama to 7 fabulous kiddos. My life is crazy busy - but it's time for me to finally lose the baby weight. I was trim and fit before kids (wore a size 3) and have gradually gained weight. Until last fall I had never dieted before in my life. I did well so long as I recorded my calories, but this is laborious - especially since I must eat gluten-free and can't just click a button for the food but have to figure out the caloric values for everythin... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:57:09 EST Desperate to lose weight Hi my name is Katherine I am way overweight and scared I am 5'1 and only 27 years old and weigh 198.2 lbs.. I tried this program before but decided to stop because I couldn't do it and got frustrated. Please help. Thank You Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:42:30 EST Hello! Hello, my name is Cate. I joined this site because I want to look and feel better about myself. My best friend is on it and has had great success, so I'm optimistic! <BR> I look forward to getting more familiar with the site and learning more about you guys! :D Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:40:49 EST hi alll hi all am 36 with 50 pounds to lose..... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:52:18 EST A new beginning! This is my renewal in sparkpeople and I plan to follow the program faithfully through thick and thin. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from many of you, and we can help each other through this. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:14:10 EST waiting to exhale Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> i have just sign up because i am desperate to lose 25 pounds before the summer. my only problem is fitting exercise into mty plan becuase i am an in home child care provider from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm monday - fri. if you have any ideas please let me know. i hope to hear from you soon Wed, 9 Feb 2011 20:53:11 EST Just joined up and am ready to do this! Hi! I just joined up today and am looking for friends in the central denver/cherry creek/downtown denver area to do this with. If you're around, drop me a note, I'd love to meet you! - Dane Wed, 9 Feb 2011 19:18:53 EST Hi Peoples Hello there :D Started today and I'm looking forward to continuing my journey with you all :) and good luck to you all :D <BR> xXx Kelly Wed, 9 Feb 2011 18:34:44 EST New member today! Hello everyone, I just joined today and I am very excited to be a member. I have tried many things to help me stick to a exercise program and they all have failed. I think this site will help me keep motivated to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 14:36:11 EST Hello All I woke up around 3:00 am the other night and there was a woman who sand backup for Beyonce who had lost over 80 pounds with the help of this site. I figured I was supposed to see that to get some help with my weight loss. I can't stay committed after about two weeks of exercising and watching what I eat. I hope I can do it this time. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 14:21:29 EST Another newbie here. Hi everyone, My name is Linda, Id love to be apart of this group, Im new to sp, and there looks like a ton of things to check out. <BR> Ive lost wt b4 and was down to 130ish, and I felt great, and well I blew it, Now ive gain it all back and then some, Im at my highest wt ever,. I feel terrible, I have no energy and I do nothing but eat junk. I started eating healthy on mon this week, and I have to tell you Ive had a caffine headache from you know where. ;) <BR> Im at my biggest pants size ev... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:59:55 EST Newbie Hi, I am glad to join with you. I want to get healthy and look fabulous. I live in Illinois. <BR> I am 70 and a yo-yo dieter. No time like the present to take control and live healthy. <BR> You might laugh but I am excited about getting on a message board. I need a lot of support. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:19:08 EST Hello Everyone HI my name is Lindsay. I am 32 and my weight is 225 my goal is 175. At one time I did weigh 272 and was able to get down to the 225. Now I'm just kinda stuck. But I remember how much my health improved and I gained energy. So I decided to work hard and get the rest off. Maybe I won't stop after a month this time. Here's hoping !!! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:45:42 EST On my way... I'm a 48 year old single mom to 4 daughters, 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. My goal is to be around a long time to enjoy watching all of them grow. I started exercising (again) about 3 weeks ago and my niece got me started on Spark People yesterday so I'm still figuring out my way around the site but it looks like it has a ton of ideas and information. My goal is to lose 40 pounds this year. So, let's see what happens. I'm ready! Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:30:56 EST Ready for Action! As you can imagine, I'm new to spark people. :) My friend lolocoon inspired me with her new healthy living, that I decided it was time to join SP. I just joined yesterday night. I am a sophomore in college and I lose all the weight that I've gained from the two years. Playing tennis and swimming kept me in shape in high school, but when you go to a small college, the sports offered is down to a minimum. My goal is to drink 8 cups of water a day, workout 15 mins a day in front of a television,... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:17:49 EST Ready for Action! As you can imagine, I'm new to spark people. :) My friend lolocoon inspired me with her new healthy living, that I decided it was time to join SP. I just joined yesterday night. I am a sophomore in college and I lose all the weight that I've gained from the two years. Playing tennis and swimming kept me in shape in high school, but when you go to a small college, the sports offered is down to a minimum. My goal is to drink 8 cups of water a day, workout 15 mins a day in front of a television,... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:17:49 EST Hi from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Hola a todos, we just started this program at home. Im 45, im a runner, but still have 8 pounds to lose...i guess there was too much cooking, drinking, and eating during x-mas. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 10:22:48 EST Howdy! I am new to Spark I stumbled upon it by accident. It seems so cool and inspiring. I look forward to getting mentally in the game of staying at a balanced weight. I feel good about myself but don't want to just let weight slowly creep up on me. Feel free to say or drop me a line. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:37:22 EST New tp SparkPeople Hi, I'm new to this... I'm currently trying to lose about 17 pounds... I'm 26...I'm not over weight, but I do pageants and wanted to get back in shape... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:18:19 EST Hello Hello, My I am 1crackers1. I saw a TV story on this web site 2 nights ago when my phone rang an work me up at 330am, well it rang again tonight at 300 am so here I am. I could not stop thinking about the site. I hope this site can assit me to lose weight. New health problems have surfaced and I need to get my weight undercontrol. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 03:54:51 EST I'm A New Member Of Spark! Hi I'm JustLovely05 Wed, 9 Feb 2011 02:27:22 EST Just joining!!! Anybody out there? Hi! I'm a 28-year-old from Cleveland who just tried on her wedding dress for the first time today (It just came in!). Although I've been following Weight Watchers for the past year, I've "only" lost (I know that's a bad word to use) 20 pounds and I'm becoming very discouraged. I'm working towards an overall h:)ealthy weight and lifestyle but my looming wedding date is certainly a stepping-stone goal. Can anyone relate? Tue, 8 Feb 2011 22:14:21 EST Hello, All My name is Liberty and i have quite a few problems concerning my body that need to be taken care of before it's too late and other problems surface. I need all the support and motivation i can get. one big thing is i need to strengthen my upper back/shoulder muscles because of excessive breast weight. i'm not really new to this site but i haven't been here for years because, as i said, i needed motivation. i thought i had it and then i let myself go. but now, i need to get back in shape not j... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:51:17 EST hey hey i'm jen!! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:31:52 EST New to this... I am 29 a mother of an 8 year old boy. I am 178 lbs and would like to reach my goal of 145 Tue, 8 Feb 2011 21:22:22 EST My new journey Hi teammates! Today is the first day on my new journey of self discipline and self control. I do hope that we can support each other and congratulate each other as we meet our goals. <BR> I wish you all success on your individual journeys as well. <BR> I am 45 and my children are grown and out of the house. I am a professional woman and find little time to exercise. I am making it mandatory to exercise before I get on the computer at home. <BR> I know what is good to eat but the motivation h... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 20:32:29 EST Hi. Hi Sparkers! I am so glad to find this site. I look forward to getting to know all of the positive folks that keep this engine moving! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 18:36:20 EST New to spark HI, my name is Tara. I am 21 years old and the mother of a beautiful 2 year old little girl. I joined spark people because i really need to lose weight and i think talking to people and reading there stories will really help me. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:11:59 EST New to spark HI, my name is Tara. I am 21 years old and the mother of a beautiful 2 year old little girl. I joined spark people because i really need to lose weight and i think talking to people and reading there stories will really help me. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:11:43 EST My Time I am a new member. I'm not sure how to do any of this. I joined a gym 2 wks ago I do treadmill 45 mins 3-4 times a week.. I got discouraged I need to lose 20 lbs by May. I have attempted several diets and have failed them all. I am tired and my body is tired the treadmill is getting very diffcult for me. The Dr. told me I am a stroke/heart attack I have elevated cholestrol & extremely high Triglycerides.I have never made time for myself. I am middle aged and realize 2011 needs to be MY Time. ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 15:44:42 EST Hello from Alameda, CA Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to online dieting but new to spark people. I've tried so many things but I finally want to get healthy and fit. I have already gotten rid of about 60pounds but, I've been stuck within the next ten pounds for about 1 year. I still have a while to go to my goal weight and health and I am looking forward to all the tools spark people has that I didn't get from some of the paid sites. I am tired of being stuck and want to move on to the next. I turned 30 a few... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 14:56:07 EST Hello from Chicago! Hi all! Just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I'm 25 years old and ready to get started on my transformation. I have about 30+ lbs to lose, but right now my main goal is just to watch my portion sizes and get to the gym a few days a week. I'm excited to be here - SP seems like a very supportive place and it's nice knowing we're all in the same boat. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:50:33 EST Hello Hello! I'm new here and am really excited to get started towards being a healthier and fitter me! I always seem to be dieting and I would like to take a more steady long-term approach to health. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:21:43 EST Here we go again... Well, I think this is like my 3rd or 4th time trying to do this!! I really like SP, so that's why I keep coming back. I see the benefits and I am going to try and stick to it this time. <BR> <BR> My name is Trish, and I'm fluffy! Okay, there I said <BR> <BR> Seriously, I started the whole New Year's/New Start regime, and was doing great for the first two weeks. During the last quarter of 2010, I started teaching myself to run. Look, I'm the band geek...the one that was in the ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:49:14 EST 45lbs down, 40 to go...Time to Switch it Up I'm a 25 year old nursing student attempting to finally reach a healthy weight. In the past 2 years I've lost 55lbs and maintained about 45lbs of that loss. I've used WW exclusively to this point for any weight loss/lifestyle change ventures, but I seem to have hit a huge plateau. <BR> <BR> I want to start looking at food as fuel. Last year my husband and I started running and in two weeks we will run our second half marathon. And to top of the insanity we're already signed up for 2 mo... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:14:39 EST I admit it! I need help to lose weight... Hello everyone! My name is Diana <BR> <BR> This time I chose to search for the Truth about my failing attepmts at losing weight, and I am ready to start on a New Journey, towards my goal of becoming free of the excess baggage...I feel that this place is where I need to be and I feel grateful for having found a hand to hold on to. I have a goal to lose 50 lbs and I am willing to take it a step at a time. Thank you for being here! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:06:21 EST Its time to feel free Hi Everyone I am a 32yr woman I have 2 children a boy 5yr and a girl 2yr also I am married My family is the live of my life I joined today because I want to feel healthy and alive again oh and I want to look good toooo. I feel the need for a big change in my life and Iam starting TODAY My weightis 178 my goal is 125 that's because my height is 5'3 so I have a lot of work to do but I am so glad to be here and I feel that we are all her e for the same fight its good to feel that your not alone... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:56:43 EST ooh what have I done! Hi I'm Karen,44 mum of 4 grown up kids,work in a major supermarket in customer services, last year lost 2 stone without really trying and started to run but then had a fall and couldnt keep it up. joined a gym but dont get there very often due to time committments but am trying again.I dont buy ready made meals much so need an easy way to work out the calories in portions of my meals.any ideas , can this site help with that Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:17:54 EST hi hello everyone! my name is kimberly and im from westvirginia im a fulltime mom and wife plus i work fulltime . ive been dealing with my weight since i was a child. i think my biggest problem over coming it is emotional eating but ive got too change i need to change . I want to be able to go to the store and buy those really cute skinny jeans lol so im gonna do this! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:00:50 EST Hi everyone Just found out about spark people! What a great way to find support. I am very excited on this journey . Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:23:06 EST Changing our life Well hopefully this is just the beginning. I have made it my goal to change our family lifestyle, first by the way I prepare the food. In our family food is a staple and it seems like everything we plan is centered around food. Unfortunetly it is mostly unheathly fatty foods. I hope they by making this transition I will start rubbing off on some of my family members and help them transition into a healthy lifestyle also. I have made it one of my goals to start by cooking one healthy meal... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:21:59 EST new to sparks people... just wanted to stop by to say hello.... my name is Leellen and i am going to try to lose some of this unwanted weight... <BR> no sorry not try. i will lose this unwanted weight. and i will keep it off.. if any one would like to chat and keep each other motivated that would be great... <BR> hope to hear from someone soon.. <BR> have a great one and good luck... <BR> Leellen Mon, 7 Feb 2011 23:19:41 EST Had the sleeve surgery need more protein Hello, I am looking to share information with people that have had the sleeve surgery or other weight loss surgeries. I am having a problem getting in enough protein during the day - can you help with this protein issue. Of course, protein with limited carbs and suger. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 22:39:16 EST ragedyann2 i am gluten free but still can.t loose the weight Mon, 7 Feb 2011 20:19:28 EST ragedyann2 i am gluten free but still can.t loose the weight Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:59:23 EST Starting again.... Hi all, I've just joined the site today. I'm 27 and live in New Zealand. I have let my weight creep up over the last few years but I haven't found a consistent way to lose it yet! <BR> <BR> I tend to yo yo on faddy diets which I can't keep up for long, and the same with exercise regimes. I would like to live an all round healthier lifestyle, with more activity. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck!!! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:56:26 EST This is the time for me hello, i so glad i was watching the news this evening because from what i'am reading this looks like it really works i'am committed to do whatever it take to lose the weight and start living not existing. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:50:17 EST ragedyann2 i am gluten free Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:48:56 EST Hihi Hi, I'm Sam. I'm a sophomore in college and am actively trying to lose weight and get healthy. I recently lost around thirty pounds, but am starting to gain some back. So I need a little friendly support! haha Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:40:20 EST Newbie Hey everyone! I am a 34 yr old stay-at-home mom. I have two boys ages 1 and 4. I have ridden on the weight roller coaster for a good portion of my life. I hope to find motivation and accountability through SP. I was excited to learn out this site. <BR> I know I am capable of losing the weight, however, I tend to allow myself too much wiggle/slack in taking care of myself. I recently kicked the soda addiction, which is a great success for me. I hope to get myself on track because I wo... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:58:50 EST really need help I have been struggling with my weight for9 yrs iam married and love my husband dearly but because of <BR> y weight gain i hate my body and am shame to show <BR> my husband please help me thank you Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:51:40 EST HI. My name is sophia mother of 4 children Im new to this and hoping to find some motivation and any tips that might help me boost my goals on losing weight im at mayb 240-245 i wanna go down to 150 i have 4 children so anyone that is a parent can and will understand thanks so much im welcome to any ideas. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:05:15 EST hello, linda messam here hello im linda, i am sure that i will get the help i need to lose weight safely Mon, 7 Feb 2011 16:27:46 EST I will change .... Hi my name is Amber and I am here for a change! I have been struggling with my weight for as long as I can remember I have been on diets after diets and it all keeps coming back plus more. I am determined to lose weight, look good and also be healthy. Also I have been slowly changing the way I eat and now I just need to stop being lazy and exercise. This time I WILL lose it and keep it off! I am looking for friends to help keep me motivated through this process. <BR> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:19:12 EST Hello all Heard about this from a friend and really just starting to take a closer look at my overall health having a newborn in the house. Hopefully This will go well... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:14:11 EST Sparkalicious here we come.... Hello newbies and vetrans! <BR> <BR> I am a returnee to SparkPeople. The first time through I truly didn't use Spark they way I ought to. I tracked my calories and fitness, but that was it. Never took on any challenges. Never connected with others. Never customized my page nonetheless even explored what the site has to offer. So, I am back again. This time I am investing myself on a more emotionally open level. I want to not only lose the weight, I want to share my successes and have other ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:38:53 EST Looking for a workout partner in Augusta, Georgia My name is Linda, I'm 48 until tomorrow, and I'm looking for a workout partner. I belong to Gold's Gym, and I usually go there in the evenings around 7 p.m., but my schedule is very flexible. I am getting back into shape and a closet full of clothes that I love and refuse to get rid of. I was in the Marines, and I have a degree in Sports Fitness and Management, so I know what I need to do...there are just those days when my motivation is lacking, and a partner would give me a reason to go r... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:08:29 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! Glad to join you in this journey. My username "redo2011" is truthful, I am returning to SparkPeople after sabotaging previous success: 80 lb. weight loss maintained for three years, then 70 lb. regained over the last two years. The reasons / excuses for my lapse have faded and I will once again focus on health and use SparkPeople tools daily. <BR> <BR> The great news is that this time 'round I KNOW weight loss and healthy habits can be achieved by using SparkPeople methods. (... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:23:34 EST Hey everyone Hey everyone anybody going for flat abs like me? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 22:42:03 EST Hello! Hello! I'm Meg and I'm looking to make some big changes in my life. I'm looking forward to reaching my goals and using Spark People to help me get there. If anyone needs a buddy or anything, feel free to contact me! Good luck to you on your journey as well! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:48:23 EST Hey Everyone! I am a single mommy looking to push myself to get into shape. I joined SP to get the extra support and motivation that it takes to lose some serious weight. I'm pumped to start working out and to start feeling some much needed extra energy! My ultimate goal is to start training to be able to run. I joined soccer in high school and really enjoyed the rush I got from running...not to mention that's the best shape I've ever been in! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:23:29 EST hi i am lisa and i am new to spark people. hi everyone,i am new on board to spark people.i am glad i join.fill free to add me as a freind and help me the way i am lisa.i am 40 something and loves health and fitness. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:12:31 EST Another day...another try My name is Michelle and I'm 38 years old. I have tried a few different ways to lose a few (ok, MANY) pounds in the past few years with no luck including counting carbs, counting points, counting you see the trend here? I seem to keep losing (and gaining back) the same 5 lbs. Unfortunately, I'm not very patient about it. If I go more than a week or 2 without losing another pound, I usually give up. I know that I have a pretty healthy diet...I LOVE veggies and fruit and I don't ha... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 19:36:34 EST 49er joining the sparks! Hi Im a 49 yr old woman looking to join Spark people for a awesome weight loss journey! Have lots to loose 100 pounds! will need lots of acountability please someone help me out and be my buddy! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 19:24:12 EST Hi everyone! My friends call me "T". I'm 45, married, mother of 4 girls (26,18,15,4). Feeling challenged, just let me know how I can help. I'm feeling a bit run down, achy joints, roller coaster emotions. Hoping to lose some weight and feel better so I can keep up with this bunch! <em>213</em> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:14:43 EST i'm Mizzle Hellooo, Everyone! I'm Mizzle and today is the day where i'm going to try and change my life to finally be happy about the way i look . . . Which means loosing alot of weight and then potentially a VERY big shopping spree hehehe! <BR> <BR> All help welcome and if you ever need any help or wise words or anything from me then ask = ) i'm very good at helping other people just not myself hehehe!! <BR> <BR> Also check out my blog where you will see me moan groa... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 17:28:02 EST Hey there! Hey ...just brand new to Sparkpeople. I'm Donna and from Chatham County! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:23:09 EST Hello! Hello! <BR> My name's Maddie, I'm 20 years old and I'm working my way to my 147lb goal. <BR> 21lbs to go.. and i'm feeling very motivated! <BR> It would be great to meet some people on here to have as diet buddy's :) Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:37:35 EST First timer here Hello all! I'm new to spark people and I'm so excited to get started on my weight loss journey. I have a long way to go but I'm determined. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:40:17 EST Eat Your Fruits and Veggies! Fruits and veggies are awesome. Think of all the nutrients, vitamins and, of course, the fiber. Make sure you are getting in at least 3 to 5 servings a day. Think that sounds like a lot? You might be surprised at the actual serving size! Here are some great Spark Articles to help you get motivated to eat your veggies. <BR> <BR> Easy Ways to Eat 5 Fruits & Veggies: <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=161 </link> <BR> <BR> The No-Excuse Appeal of Fruits and V... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:39:24 EST Community Journal Why not start a community journal to quickly jot down your measurements, progress, fitness minutes, diets, etc. This is a great motivational tool as you can easily see where you started and where you've gotten to! You can also easily track patterns in your mood and motivation. You can also check out other members journals and offer support and motivation to them! <BR> <BR> Community Journals <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=4 </link> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:15:02 EST Teamwork! Joining some SparkTeams can offer you additional support, motivation, challenges and new friends. Try joining a SparkTeam or two or three! You can find teams for fitness, motivation, diet, location, hobbies, challenges and just for fun. The great thing is, if you can't find a team in an area of interest to you, you can create one! Here are some great teams I've found along the way, if these aren't your cup of tea, go to the Team home page and search for some that might fit better. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:07:24 EST If you could do anything right now... If you could do anything right now, and not worry about money or weight to stand in your way, what would you like to do? Climb mountains? Swim with whales? Explore the African safari? Explore your dreams, then lets see how close to reality we can make them!! It might be closer than you think :) <BR> <BR> ~Mary <em>67</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:27:50 EST Who or What is your Inspiration? Let's find your focus. Why do you want to get/stay healthy? Are you doing this for yourself? For someone else? So you can achieve a goal, like hike up a mountain? Figure out your inspiration and share it here! <BR> <BR> Some things you can do: <BR> <BR> Create a Vision Collage: <link><BR>collage.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Article: Finding Inspiration in your Biggest Temptations: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1356 </l... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:12:16 EST Get your blog on! Blogging is a great feature provided by Spark People. It gives you a place to track your progress, you thoughts, successes and challenges as you go. It also gives you a place to receive support and encouragement as other Sparkers read through your posts. The great thing is, if you want to set your blog to private, you can! Then it can truly be a private journal of your progress. If you've never blogged before, try it out. I find it to be a very motivational tool and can help keep your stress... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:58:23 EST Strength Training Some people want to have that awesome toned body, so they strength train. Other people just want to shed the pounds, so they jump on the cardio equipment...they should be strength training too! Are you doing your strength training exercises? Your challenge is to get in at least 10 minutes of strength training today, and learn a little more about why it's so important. Don't forget to track your fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> Here are some great videos and articles to help you get started. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:46:52 EST Water, Water, Water! Water is essential for so many things in our lives, yet it can be so dang hard to get those 8 glasses of water down! Today (and everyday!) drink your 8 cups of water. Don't forget to track you water on the nutrition page! <BR> <BR> Here are some great Spark Articles about water! Remember to get your points for reading them! <BR> <BR> Drinking Water: <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=54 </link> <BR> <BR> Drinking Water During Workouts: <BR> <link>www.sp... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:39:15 EST Spark Goodie Fun! The more spark points you earn the more spark goodies you can send! It's always motivational to receive a goodie! Create a Spark Page for yourself if you haven't already. Once you have done that, send an introductory spark goodie to 5 strangers or teammates! Send personalized messages or send the same to everyone. Motivating others is a great way to motivate yourself. You'll meet some new people and might pick up some new friends to support you on your way! Share the messages you sent to i... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:42:04 EST