SparkPeople SP Class of May 22-28, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=50350 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from May 22-28, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 22-28, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=50350 New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x63615613 Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST Getting to a better me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x56183991 Trying to find the strength to finally change my body and my self esteem. Making changes to let go of the overwhelming weight and self hate. Not only for myself, but to show my children that goals can be made and exceeded! That perhaps we can be greater than we think we are... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:24:25 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x51188681 Hoping everyone is feeling strong, centered, peaceful, joyful! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:44:04 EST What are you thankful for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x50813293 Today, I am thankful for my job teaching. So many positive light-bulb moments for my students today in lab! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:45:38 EST Is Halloween a challenge? Or just another day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x50241150 For me, a little of both. I try to stay aware of what I'm eating (20 pieces of candy corn is a typical serving, right?). When the kids bring home bags of yummies, sometimes I give in to temptation. What about you? Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:23:41 EST What are your favorite fall things? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x49645994 Do you love the cooler weather? Back to school? Apples? Changing leaves? Darkness falling earlier? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:20:47 EST What do you love about the olympics? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x49188327 We've all faced challenges in our 14 months with Spark People. I'm sure the Olympians have trained for their challenges much longer than our 14 months. Some things in common: working with a team: of coaches, fellow competitors, supportive friends and families. We've set goals, we've worked hard and probably sweated. We've struggled to overcome obstacles: stress, temptations, sore muscles. For me, I love watching dreams come true. With hard work, perseverance, heart. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:36:33 EST grammalinda48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x49008103 I am renewing my committment to lose weight. My husband and I were encouraged to start a "plant based diet" and have done well until we got off course. I am back. He- not so much. I have another 30-40 lbs. to lose. At my max I was 200 in April of 1999. I am at 170 today. Goal is 130-135. We have no insurance,and my "good" knee is hurting and I haven't been able to do Zumba anymore :( It is the only exercise I found that I liked. I am a sedentary person by nature. I live in central Florida an... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:37:11 EST elizabethj http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x48776904 Hi, my name is Liz and I'm new. My start weight was 244 lbs and now I'm 169.4 ibs. My goal weight is 150 ibs. <BR> My biggest problem is exercising. I need a kick in the butt to get to the gym. My goal is to go atleast 3 times a week. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 14:24:12 EST 13 months: what's your rarely-fail habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x48482807 For me, it's getting 8 glasses of water a day. Those quick-start goals of water, exercise at least 10 minutes, fruits and veggies are still the choices that I stick with most days. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:53:12 EST Heading to 1 year Spark-iversary goals, milestone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x47818185 I just finished Day 1 of the spring into fitness boot camp. My goal for my 1 year is to finish the bootcamp. Milestones: Fitness is wonderful. I did a 5K in 43 minutes. I couldn't imagine being able to do that. Physically, I feel strong. Weight: I've lost almost 50 pounds, moving is easier, sleeping is easier. Healthy foods taste great. Pita chips, baked sweet potato chips, plain nonfat yogurt. Veggies of all kinds. Vegetarian meals are more common. Challenge: emotional eating, which I battle... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:40:01 EST Goals for 11 month Spark-iversary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x47616241 What goals do you have for April 22-28, 2012? My highest priority is taking care of me as my semester closes with lots of grading, exams to write. Balance! Fitness goals: walk/jog 3 sessions, 2 miles each. Swim at least 2 sessions of 30 mins. Nutrition: I haven't been consistent about tracking my nutrition, so that's my goal! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:05:00 EST Weigh In Week Ending April 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x47497254 Happy US Tax Day! Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:30:22 EST Weigh in Week ending April 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x47431657 I stayed the same, non scale victories abound: feel more energetic. I can see hints of muscle definition! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:06:12 EST Did you get your fruits & veggies today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x47186299 The general goal is 5-9 servings of fruit / veg a day. How did you do? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:37:48 EST Weigh in week ending March 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x47160251 My scale this morning was 204.4. Spring Break, junk food, and some Irish beer. Now, to get it back below 200! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:50:04 EST Goals for 10 month anniversary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x47160191 What are your goals for March 22-28, 2012? My biggest goal is to walk/jog a virtual 5K race! I'm in week 4 of the training program. As I finish each training segment, I am amazed that I was able to complete the task. For years, I've let fears hold me back. I'm so glad that I'm by passing what I assumed were my limits. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:47:32 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x46565796 hi my name is jackie and i am on a wight lose jounery i want to lose 100lb Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:39:04 EST Feb. 11 is "WORLD HAPPY DAY" spread the news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x46486960 Hello everyone! I want to spread the news that "FEB. 11 is, WORLD HAPPY DAY" Please check it out! <BR> <BR> http://www.thehappymovie.com/ <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I will be attending a screening at a local yoga studio this Saturday, 3pm. I think it's a wonderful positive movement to join into. I only heard about it this morning while listening to Dr. Christiane Northrup's show on Hay House Radio. Her guest was Director of The Happy Movie, Roko Belic, the discussion was most interes... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:46:26 EST Weigh-in 7/1/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x45882066 84.5 kilos- It's a day early, but I find myself motivated to post! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 14:21:12 EST Hello everyone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x45666104 My name is Jaye and i have finally decided to start my weight loss journey and lifestyle change. Nice to met you all. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:20:17 EST The Meeting Place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x43994966 Hello, all... <BR> I know I have been away a very long time-lots of side effects from the chemo and general tiredness have kept me away-I hope now that the chemo is over with, at least the heavy part of it, i will be here for you all a little more often. <BR> <BR> This is the general chat board, feel free to check in and tell us your news! Let's get the team back on its feet again- I have been away too long! Fri, 9 Sep 2011 13:44:50 EST Happy Friday and Hello . . . Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x43989670 I just wanted to say hello and thank the forums for your daily messages. It is getting me motivated and has helped me make positive changes in myself over the past few months. I am taking the Chick-Fil-A Nashville challenge and it is helping me get used to tracking and increasing my activities - tracking my intake is another challenge I would like to tackle. However, with my Advocare family I have added healthy - nutritional supplements and meal replacements to my day and am beginning to d... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 08:41:47 EST Breaking the Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x43924135 So we all started here in May! That was a great first step, but where are we now?? <BR> <BR> As for myself, I have hit the plateau. The begining was great, I really stuck to the eating and workout plan. Slowly but surely, the exercise stopped. I still haven't managed to make exercise a habit and integeral part of my weightloss program. Still struggling with the junk food craving, but mostly keeping it in check. So far, I have learned enough good habits to not have gained any weight b... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:52:20 EST Committed long term http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x43315584 The scale this morning showed a loss. I was so energized, I walked at a much faster pace. Followed by staying within my nutrition range for the day. Keeping the faith: staying within nutrion range + exercise + positive energy replacing negative habits = meeting my goal. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:53:46 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x43014811 Hello to everyone out there; I am fairly new at this and am hoping to use this as a motivator to lose more weight than I already have and to get overall healthier. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 06:29:36 EST Back on Track!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42984972 I seriously need to get back on track. It seems like ever since I went of vacation in mid June I lost my willpower. I haven't been exercising and I gained 3 pounds!!! It's so frustrating. Every time I decide to try a be healthy I will always lose my motivation after just a few weeks. I lost almost 25 pounds a couple of years ago and I have gained 20 of it back now. Just wanted to vent. Thanks for listening. I am going to go for a walk after work today and try to get back on track right away. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:57:05 EST My name is Marilyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42962329 My name is Marilyn and I'm from Beebe Arkansas. I have been over weight over 20 years. I need to loose 108 pounds. I have 5 children. I'm married to a wonderful man. I'm 54 years old. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:48:08 EST Been Meaning to do this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42819200 Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and I live in one of the deserts of California. I hope to lose 50 lbs with the help of this site!! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 19:03:30 EST Weigh-in 26/06/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42649979 How did we do this week? <BR> I am not doing as well as I might- mind you, the cortisone I am on at the moment doesn't help none!! <BR> I put on a kilo this week-83.9 kg. must go down somehow! Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:55:57 EST feeling healthy but no weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42514974 Hi All, <BR> I've been enjoying this site for about 4 weeks now. I have tracked my "eatings" faithfully and stay within 1200 and 1500 calories daily. I do exercise about 4 times a week; twice a week with yoga/pilates and twice doing zumba. Walks are sprinkled in the mix as well. I've been enjoying reading the messages in my box each day as well. My frustration is that the scale isn't budging.... I had hoped to lose 20 pounds in 2 months for an upcoming wedding. Now there's ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:48:58 EST June/July chat-room-2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42415212 Well, summer is well and truly in, at least here in Cyprus....yesterday we had rain- unusual for this time of year, and today is cloudy again...it may rain in the afternoon if I am lucky!!! <BR> Any plans for these two months? I am going briefly back to work end of this month before continuing chemo-I am quite looking forward to it actually! I miss my friends and clooeagues! <BR> Other than that- see ya all later! <BR> hugs, <BR> 'Kat <em>240</em> <em>661</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 03:27:01 EST weigh-in 12/06/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42376354 How are we all doing? <BR> I have put on a little this week-83.5 kg, probably bloat from the chemo. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 06:23:10 EST Which teams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42361231 have you all found that have really inspired you to get moving? I am loving the Mommy to Wowwy and Done being the fat girl. Also the muffin top challenge. Those are the ones I am most active on anyway! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:25:43 EST Once more giving it a go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42304854 Hi everyone, <BR> Joining Spark People is new for me. I have tried to loose weight countless times. Some times I succeed but mostly get discouraged, fail and fall right back into the rut of indulgence. I have a LOT of weight I need to loose and as many people looking for a quick fix. I know it doesn't exist but thinking of how long it will take me to loose 70 lbs is a bit depressing. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 07:32:01 EST "it's me time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42286387 Hi, I am a care-giver, as a mom (special needs son) , daughter ( dementia) and nurse(in corrections). I am currently taking care of me. Making grocery list around my needs and wants and taking responsibility for me being healthy and happy. It is a different game at this stage in life. Have always been overweight and learning new coping skills with food addiction. Making lunch instead of being taking what is left over. I enjoy this site, reading the human nature and aspects we all stru... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:38:32 EST Nose Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42265537 Almost everytime I do my run I seem to get a runny nose. Does this happen to anyone else? It's very annoying!!! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:37:35 EST Weigh-in 05/05/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42238029 It's that time again! <BR> How are we doing? Sat, 4 Jun 2011 21:01:12 EST Any advice on managing shin splints and shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42200070 In the past, when I would jog, I would suffer pain in my shins. I know that it has a lot to do with the impact against the surface you are running on and also about the muscles. I was wondering if anyone knows any ways to help prevent shin splints? <BR> <BR> I have seen the tape thats suppose to help and also that it has to do with having a good pair of shoes. I have newer shoes but every time I buy shoes I always have troubles picking out the right pair for my feet, I feel lost when shoe s... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:19:46 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42191472 Good day, I really started this time on May 21st. Have not been on any spark team pages. Tried this a couple times before. Once in 2007 and then in 2010 and it was not the right time. I did Weight Watchers and have lost 35 lbs. but needed to leave because I got in a rut and money factor. I am in the correct mind set and this will be the right program for me. Hope I will be able to find moral support here. Have a great day. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:45:07 EST Staying motivated through an injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42173557 Has anyone had to stay motivated through an injury? How do you manage to not gain weight when you are forced to sit around and wait for an injury to heal? How do you manage the depression that comes with not being able to exercise? I love to hike and do photography. I sprained my ankle last fall and gained 30 pounds while waiting for it to heal. (It's barely healed now). Any ideas out there in case that ever happens again? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:42:39 EST Sweet Tooth!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42164511 My biggest challenge is my sweet tooth. Does anybody have any ideas on how I can try to control this. I tried to not eat sweets at all once and that totally backfired. I have the most trouble at night after I have worked out and am relaxing. Thanks Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:17:03 EST new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42157940 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am very new to this and hoping that i can do my best to stick with it and i know that you all will support me in this journey. Thanks everyone. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 May 2011 23:13:33 EST motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42154925 Hi my name is Jennifer, I am new to the SparkGroup. I know it will be a challenge for me but I have friends and family urging me on. With the help of the SparkTeam and friends in the Spark family I know I will acheive my goal. My goal is to lose 50-99lbs in the weight lost program. Tue, 31 May 2011 20:56:09 EST Meeting Others - Support?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42153161 I'm having a bit of a hard time trying to negotiate all of the message boards. What is the easiest way to identify and create a smallish support system of a few people to help motivate and hold me accountable?? Tue, 31 May 2011 19:19:08 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42149873 My sister introduced me to this site so I am just getting familiar with everything going on here. Thanks Sis Tue, 31 May 2011 16:30:14 EST COCODIVINITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42149597 I'M A 43YR OLD WOMAN THAT LOVES TO WORKOUT. ANYONE INTERESTED IN A WALKING PARTNER IN BRANDON, FL ,THAT IS FAITHFUL 6 DAYS A WEEK AND A GREAT MOTIVATOR. Tue, 31 May 2011 16:15:57 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42147554 I am tired of being fat. I am bigger now than when i delivered any of my babies. I am going to try to chance my relationship with food and alcohol. I really like to eat good food and drink good beer. That has become my entertain over the last few years. I do not want to live like this anymore. Thank all of you for being apart of my new journey. Tue, 31 May 2011 14:29:53 EST Changing my life - 1 meal at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42145747 Hi. I'm Monica 35 single no kids and I am ready to change my life. I am at my heaviest in my life! I'm tired of crying about it. It's time for action Tue, 31 May 2011 13:01:06 EST scale stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42143687 anybody having trouble with the scale not moving? im on day 8 and ive only lost 1.5 pounds according to the scale. I feel thinner though. and i havent cheated at ALL!! Tue, 31 May 2011 11:27:13 EST hello guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42139567 Hi my name is nicola,just joined this lastweek,be interesting to find out if this has worked for some of you,look forward to experience and weight loss with you!! Tue, 31 May 2011 08:09:56 EST HELLO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42128934 HELLO EVERYONE, my name is Amy and I am 32yrs old. I am a nurse and a single mother. I am a very busy person, which means that I dont devote much time to myself. I am a full time student, I work full time and my most important job is being a mom to my two kids. I use to be real active in school, starring on my school basketball team, but after I have children that all changed. I have been struggling over the past two years trying to mentally embark on this journey of being healthy. I would st... Mon, 30 May 2011 16:45:38 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42114019 Just joined sparkpeople hoping this will help me get these extra fat off. Moved to a new city and want a new start. Sun, 29 May 2011 21:05:49 EST Weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42112503 Do you find it better to weigh-in every day or every week? Does one motivate you more or keep you on track with your goals? Or do you find it discouraging/encouraging to see the changes? Sun, 29 May 2011 19:25:39 EST Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42110282 Why do we not have any team goals set up? I think we should set a couple up. Sun, 29 May 2011 16:40:52 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42110132 I am a type II diabetic. My goal is to lose weight to improve my health. It will be great to have friends along the way with the same goal as me. That is to lose weight whatever the reason. Nice to know we are NOT alone on this journey. Will be happy to hear helpful tips and suggestions. Sparkpeople are GREAT! Sun, 29 May 2011 16:28:58 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42109720 I have been a member for a few days now and I am enjoying the program so far. I hope to make friends <BR> with all you so we can support each other. I have no support at home, but I really believe I can meet <BR> my goal. Sun, 29 May 2011 16:00:06 EST i started may 28 this is the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42109636 this is a new step in my journey <BR> Quit smoking in 93 <BR> the pounds creeped on overtime <BR> was in a motorcycle accident in 2005 limited range of motion with right wrist and left hip left knee and left/right ankle <BR> stress at work is a biggie atm and seems to keep me from losing anything <BR> one coworker is bringing in cakes from his cake decorating class <BR> others just make sure the kitchen (behind the wall from my desk) is constantly stocked with chips and sweets <BR> dont have ... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:54:20 EST Started today!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42108288 Hello SparkPeople community. Found this website yesterday and am excited about joining. I would like to know how to make the most of this journey and the website to ensure success this time! Would like to hear success stories, and tricks on how to make the most of it. Time is an issue for me as Im sure it is for many. I also need to do this program for my family ie, recipes that my husband and 16 yo would like. Thanks! Sun, 29 May 2011 14:13:21 EST New in town http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42107708 Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople and am super pumped. I started my weight loss journey a little over a month ago and have lost 14 lbs. so far. Only about 40 lbs to go. Always looking for motivation, tips, recipes, and accountability buddies. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 May 2011 13:27:53 EST WEIGH-IN 5/29/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42107077 I weighed in at 195.8 today!! That means I dropped 3.2 pounds this past week! <BR> <BR> How's everyone else doing on their weight loss?? Sun, 29 May 2011 12:44:53 EST just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42104129 Hi ! my name is Dee, I am 41 years old, and I have been seriously working on losing weight since february 28th. My highest weight was 207. I am now 183, and I still have a long way to go. I joined here because I was using another site that was costimg me 65 dollars every 3 months. I joined my local ymca in april, and I love going to the gym and working out. I hope this site will provide the support and instruction i need to keep going. I am looking forward to meeting people and using the tool... Sun, 29 May 2011 09:39:18 EST Trying 2 stay motivated!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42102756 Hi,my name is Ann and I am on my one millionth diet 2 lose weight...lol My goal is 2 actually lose weight this time and stay off of blood pressure medication and 2 feel good in my blue jeans.My interests are reading about health and staying in touch with my puppies.My cousin suggested this site 4 motivation and here I am... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:11:50 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42102078 If at first you don't succeed... Well I've had an on going battle with my weight I am choosing not to look back at my failures but to move forward. My goal is to look and feel better in 30's than ever before. I am hoping this site gives me that little extra something to see it through. I am a great beginner I need help with follow through. Please check in on me from time to time and if you're in the Stuttgart area lets meet up for a work out on occasion. Blessing to all! Sun, 29 May 2011 07:17:54 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42101211 Hope your all well. I am new here and excited to be able to share and learn with others how to adopt a healthy life style and achieve weight loss goals. I do some walking and exercising but it is not continuous or daily but kind of mood motivated. I desire to be able to loose my tummy fat, bring my cholesterol levels down and feel fit and healthy. <BR> Thank you all for being here, <BR> Njambi Sun, 29 May 2011 03:59:02 EST New Spark Momma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42100365 Hey there, Do people really use this stuff? I'm not very technologically saavy and I just wonder how much people use these things. And if they do, how much time does it typically take? I'm a busy mother of two (age 3 and 1) and work full time so I can't spend too much time on the computer. Looking forward to some good tips and help in my journey. Thanks! Sun, 29 May 2011 00:53:02 EST My Inevitable Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42100043 Hi, I am brand new here, but not to weight struggles. For about 12 years I've been steadily gaining weight. I plan to start making changes now before I am 200lbs or waste any more days living this way. I am apprehensive whenever I "start" again because I have failed many times and also know that it will take hard work. I am trying to convince myself of just how necessary it is to make my weight loss a priority and make changes. This time I plan to focus on the day-to-day; the now, opposed... Sun, 29 May 2011 00:12:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42098595 Wow this site is amazing. I don't feel quite so alone. I can't wait to explore all the areas of the web site. I have been feeling quite hopeless lately and I'm hoping this will provide the motivation I need to press on. Sat, 28 May 2011 22:37:01 EST getting to know U http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42098577 SparkPeople is amazing! less than 24 hr on this site and I am amazed at the information, tools, and groups available. Lucky stumble on for me. I can see me becoming involved in all this information...just need time to feel my way around. Hello All Sat, 28 May 2011 22:36:02 EST Here I go, yet again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42098026 I'm trying, trying, trying to get my motivation level up enough to get a running start. So hard for me to plan, cook, pack, and be prepared for the next work day. If I could get that down, I'd be off and running (so to speak; need to work on THAT too, lol). Food first, exercise shortly thereafter. Anyone have great breakfast ideas for eating AFTER I GET TO WORK? Not enough time before I leave for work usually. Sat, 28 May 2011 21:59:59 EST New to the team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42097908 Hello everyone, I just joined today and I'm looking forward to learning all about this wonderful site! My name is Linda, I'm 48 and have been struggling with weigh most of my life. About 5 years back I lost 50 pounds but it has been creeping back on in the last year. Sat, 28 May 2011 21:52:52 EST Hello fellow newbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42097634 Hi. My name is Buffy and I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I have lost 60 pounds over the last year, but I wanted to join a group that will help motivate me to lose the other 60 I would still like to. Let's encourage each other to meet our goals! <em>306</em> Sat, 28 May 2011 21:34:27 EST hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42097585 Hi, Im just checking out all SparkPeople has to offer, wish I had know about this a while back. I like all the encouragement of everyone, especially when you have no one to count on at home as your cheerleader to help get motivated. I did great for a few years and now its all big and round again. Cant have that, gotta fix it while I can. Look forward to seeing everyone on SP and will check in later. Sat, 28 May 2011 21:31:38 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42096385 I'm so excited to start on Spark. I've been working hard over the past year to change my life- I became a vegan about a year ago. I have lost 60 pounds on my own and have done a great job of staying stable the past few months, but with about 30 more pounds to go, I'd like to get things moving again! Sat, 28 May 2011 19:45:47 EST Help- looking for support, advice and a hug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42096207 Hi my name is Anne and I stay in Scotland. I am brand new to this site tonight and was amazed when I came across it as I had been thinking how great it would be to have a chat room for dieters! Been on the yoyo dieting for more years than I care to remember but trying to make small changes that will hopefully last a lifetime! <BR> <BR> Married for nearly 28 years and blessed with two sons age 24 and 18- I feel now is the time to find the girl I used to be! Just feel so tired and fed up... Sat, 28 May 2011 19:29:35 EST making a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42095611 like many others here, I am not new to SP, but I'm making a fresh start NOW! <BR> I'm 52, live in south Florida with my hubby and older daughter (and her two cats) <BR> <BR> I'm making a push to reach my goal of 140ish before the end of the year. Sat, 28 May 2011 18:38:54 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42095597 Hi. my name is nichole 29 and ready to get into shape and enjoy life. so excited to have a free site to help me out. I have a lot of stress in my life and i always eat my pain away. this is day 1. i hope i can support people who can do the same for me :) Sat, 28 May 2011 18:37:59 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42095514 Hello, I just discovered Sparkpeople and am really excited to be a member. Sat, 28 May 2011 18:33:04 EST it is never to late http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42095414 i am 43 and looking to get healthy and would like to find some friends to help along the way. Sat, 28 May 2011 18:26:40 EST Ready for a change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42095077 My name is Jessica and I am ready for a new me. I am tired and ashamed of the person I have let myself become. I am encouraged by what I have read here and am so excited to see where it may take me! Sat, 28 May 2011 17:57:30 EST Washing vehicles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42094874 I washed both the car and my husbands truck today with my kids, does this count as any cardio? Maybe under the heavy housework catagory?? ! <em>304</em> Sat, 28 May 2011 17:40:24 EST I am excited to start.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42092844 It was important for me to find like minded people with like situations and that I could be there cheering section and they be mine.. I can't wait start and get some great friends along the way.... Sat, 28 May 2011 15:16:48 EST 62 and tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42092265 Hi, I am a great grandma and I can't keep up. I go to bed tired and I wake up tired. I have insomnia and get about 5 hours of sleep a night. Yesterday I spent the day with my daughter and walked awhile and I came home and went to bed at 8:30 and slept til 11:30 next day. This is not normal. I need help, and encouragement. Sat, 28 May 2011 14:24:57 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42088843 Hi, my name is Rebecca and I'm 36 years old. I have two boys and 3 dogs that keep me busy. I recently started a new job where I am sitting in my office all day... as a result I have packed on 10 lbs that are making me feel terrible! I am excited to take this journey with all of you! Sat, 28 May 2011 10:35:07 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42088337 I just started Sparkpeople today with hopes to accomplish my goals of finally losing the weight I gained from my last pregnancy! Sat, 28 May 2011 10:03:51 EST jackie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42084710 hi im jackie and im a type 1 diabetic. i just cant seem to follow a diet very well....am i the only one? is there anyone on here that is from butler pa? Sat, 28 May 2011 01:00:33 EST Does running to the loo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42084532 ...count as a workout? Cause drinking this much water is making run all day long! Sat, 28 May 2011 00:39:04 EST New to SparkPeople and I'm excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42083861 Hello everyone! I am hoping and praying that SparkPeople.com can help me. I have never been this big and tired of the weight as I am now, but I already really like what I see, <BR> Thank you <BR> firsttwin3 Fri, 27 May 2011 23:37:27 EST My Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42082007 Hello Team, <BR> Just thought I would introduce myself and say Hello. I joined a couple of days ago and am getting used to the site. I just had a birthday and so now I want to lose 40 lbs by next year when I turn 50. I live near Dallas, TX. I can already tell I am going to have to move my body and watch the fat content of what I eat. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have had a great Friday and I am looking forward to being healthier . . . Fri, 27 May 2011 21:36:02 EST I enlisted my children.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42078388 ..in making sure I eat right and exercise. They cherish being able to remind me to eat my veggies and skip the sweets. They also love the chance to go to the pool daily to make sure I exercise. I don't think they realize that they are exercising and eating better themselves! Fri, 27 May 2011 17:05:03 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42078023 I am Irma I live in Louisiana and desire to lose some weight.Thanks for all your help. Fri, 27 May 2011 16:32:18 EST Chante Frank: Who Am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42077054 I am 23 years of age. I have have joined SparkPeople in hopes of losing the extra weight I have gained and learning to keep it off. I want a new healthy living so that I can be a role model to my family, who are also unhealthy in many ways. As a family we suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, overweight, bad eating habits and laziness. However, I feel that if one person takes the initiative, everyone else will get in the game. I am excited for the outcome. Can't wait to meet my goals!!! Fri, 27 May 2011 15:20:07 EST trying to break a plateau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42075185 Hi everyone, my name is Jacque and I am new to Sparkpeople. I have lost 55 pounds since 2009 and I love it, I worked very hard for it. But I'm still about 35 pounds from my goal and the scale is just not budging! I lost most of my weight by just being very active and eating healthier but now I think it's time to count calories which I hate! Does anyone have any tips on how to do it as painlessly as possible? Or any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all! Fri, 27 May 2011 12:52:54 EST Heyyyyy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42075044 Hello everyone! I'm new to Spark People. A friend suggested the site to me and I just set up my profile page. It seems like there's A LOT to this, but it looks like so much fun and I can easily see how people can have great success with such an awesome tool of support and motivation from others just like themselves. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, and well, in this social networking world, this is my way of reaching out to you. :) <BR> So, check out my profile, shoot me a messag... Fri, 27 May 2011 12:45:19 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42069063 Hey, guys. My goal is to get down to a healthy weight so that I feel more comfortable in my skin. Best wishes to you all! Fri, 27 May 2011 06:58:57 EST Team Recipies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42068077 Hiya all! One of our members suggested sharing recipies, and it is a great idea!! Love it!!! <BR> Share your recipies on this thread so we cann keep them all together-a kind of team cookbook, so to speak!!! <BR> happy cooking! <BR> Big hugs, <BR> 'Kat Fri, 27 May 2011 03:22:50 EST Alaska Grown Girl... and things are bigger in AK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42067924 I don't really have anything to say yet... except hi, and thanks ahead of time for the support. Fri, 27 May 2011 02:34:51 EST hey guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42065885 My name's Frank and I'm 22. I just graduated college and from the looks of me now, I had too much fun. I was a three sport athlete in high school, but now I've lost my will to workout and stay in shape since I no longer play sports. <BR> <BR> I am 6'0. At my peak physical condition I was 200 lbs and 9% body fat and I went into college at 220lbs.. Now I weigh 250 lbs, terrible cardio condition, and I am very disappointed at the point I got to. My short term goals are to get into better s... Thu, 26 May 2011 22:59:44 EST In Desperate Need of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42063659 Hello to all the other Spark People. Hope you're all having a great day! <BR> First, I'd like to let you know a bit about me, and why I've joined. I am currently 19 years old. I've struggled with my weight ever since I was a child, but after my father passed away when I was 14, things changed drastically. I weighed about 200 lbs before age 15. I was able to slim down (sort of) to 175 by 16, but soon, I put the weight back on. Now, I weigh 225 lbs and I am truly worried about myself. <BR> I... Thu, 26 May 2011 21:07:48 EST What are you having for dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42061693 I thought it would be cool for us to share recipes with each other, and I will say I have plenty of great ones that are so delicious you will forget you're eating healthy! <BR> <BR> Tonight, I had a chili cheeseburger and twice-baked potatoes... for under 500 calories. Yep. Totally doable. And delicious, I might add. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> CHILI CHEESEBURGER <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 small hamburger bun (light, if available)&#8232; <BR> 1 Boca Meatless Burger, Original&#8232; <BR> 1 slice... Thu, 26 May 2011 19:00:08 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42061242 My name is Trish and this is my first day. I'm getting lazy and stressed and I am hoping that by exercising and eating better I might start feeling better. Need to get my weight back down. Haven't been the same since my daughter was born. Now I am a full time student and sit all day long. So, I'm just hoping to get back to how I used to be! Thu, 26 May 2011 18:29:17 EST Hello and happy spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42060074 Hi, <BR> I'm a newbie to SparkPeople but certainly not to weight loss, and gain and loss and gain and.................. I found out about this site from a colleague, who has made wonderful progress. Unfortunately, I have foot issues right now so walking, one of my favorite exercises, is not an option until it heals. However I do walk my dog, if walking a beagle is considered any form of exercise except start and stop! I think that by the summer, I should be able to get back to walking. An... Thu, 26 May 2011 17:06:43 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42058875 Hi, my name is Mo. I am a mother of 3, and am married to a great guy named Ben. I am 32 and 170lbs over weight. I do not have a definite "stop" weight, but I have been 160, and I was ok with that. my thing is if I can get down to 160, why not keep going till I am in the "normal" BMI range? So..more about me...I lack motivation, my husband and I act like enablers to each other, and weight has been a life time issue with me (contributing to my depression and feelings of self worth). I need the... Thu, 26 May 2011 15:40:35 EST Newbie today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42057918 Hi :) <BR> <BR> My name is Steph, and I came to this site at the recommendation of a friend from another site. I quit smoking after 8 years this January. When I quit I was desperate for help and understanding. Most the time I feel like I don't want to complain to the people I'm closest to, or I'm embarrassed to say how I'm really feeling, or I just don't think I'm going to get the response I need from them. I joined a quit smoking support site and it seriously, made this quit, the last quit.... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:39:35 EST I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42057651 Hello everyone, I woke up at 2 am this morning and realized that I needed to do something. I'm 38 and getting more and more unfit every year. i've gained a bunch of weight in the last 5 years, and it must stop! It's only about 10-15 pounds, but it happened so fast I'm beginning to get worried. I've started and stopped exercizing, and nothing seems to budge the weight. It doesn't help that I've been struggling with depression as well. Here's hoping I can stay on track this time, and get some t... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:23:32 EST Hi I'm Kate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42056631 OMG- I have been looking around this site for several hours now- and wonder if I will ever find my way back to it never mind figure it out....It's time to get serious with my mid life weight gain. I have never had to diet and exercise- I could skip a meal and lose pounds - but now I seem keep gaining- I am sure I dont eat right- other than house work, gardening, I dont exercise enough either. I live in Central Florida and find sometimes it is just too hot to be out side. I am not a gym going ... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:23:27 EST Set up my account today and loving it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42056582 I'm Jennifer, I'm 22 and I just had to sign up when I got told through a blogger about this website! <BR> So far I think it's great, the blogs, the advice, the trackers! <BR> I'd like to meet people on here with similar stats, look forward to hearing from people soon, for maybe for a chat, tips or advice that I could use towards my weight loss :D <BR> Cannot wait to start feeling healthier and happier in myself! Thu, 26 May 2011 13:20:22 EST Stupid question time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42055846 How do I get the cute measurement tape that everyone has @ the bottom of there blogs,thanx& Blessings to y'all. <em>334</em> Thu, 26 May 2011 12:42:29 EST Over fifty and overweight!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42053827 Hi! I'm over fifty, diabetic and overweight. I've been on diets before and some even worked in the short term. I always gain the weight back, however. As I get older the weight is harder and harder to lose. Its starting to impact my ability to do physical activities. I've set a goal of losing 50 lbs by March 24, 2012 (my 60th birthday) Wish me well!! Thu, 26 May 2011 11:00:27 EST Finally here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42052268 This is not easy. I have been obese for as long as I can remember, and even though my parents both developed Type 2 diabetes I went on with my unhealthy lifestyle, overeating, fast food, not exercising, and smoking. I was diagnosed as Type 2 in 2002 but went into denial. I finally quit smoking 1/1/2008, but didn't change anything else. In October 2009 I needed surgery and my body went into shock on the operating table. They had to put me in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks. Put me on insulin. I started... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:42:42 EST HI, IM ERIC MASON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42050908 I have a question, is there a place on spark people where i can enter calories, when i eat something that is not on my plan, because i want to keep it accurate, please let me know. Thu, 26 May 2011 08:32:12 EST You want some MOTIVATION ?!?!?!?!!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42048333 I'll give you some MOTIVATION!!! <BR> <BR> I just danced my butt of for an hour and I feel amazing, sweaty, but AMAZING!!!!! <BR> I feel so energized and happy. It really reminds me of older days, when I use to be active and have loads of fun with my friends. <BR> <BR> Everyone should be getting out there and really put your hearts into it!! <BR> <BR> Just remember that while it might be hard making the right food choices in the beginning, just try your best and make better decisions than... Thu, 26 May 2011 02:58:02 EST Hi, I'm Julie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42048151 My name is Julie, and I am 24 years old, originally from Michigan, going to school in Virginia. I have always struggled with my weight, but it has gotten out of control recently with going back to school and suffering an injury in my leg....oh yeah, and the arthritis in my hip. I'm tired of making excuses (resulting in weight gain), and I'm going to do what I can to lose the weight - even if it's more slowly than I would like. I look forward to getting to know all of you! Thu, 26 May 2011 01:57:46 EST Hello Im Kendra :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42048067 Hello all!!! <BR> My name is Kendra and I am a 21 year old college student. I work 2 part time jobs. One at Best Buy and the other doing in home health care. I am in college to become an RN and I want to specialize in Pediatric Oncology. I have a boyfriend who I have been seeing for a while named Justin. <BR> I realized a while back that I needed to lose weight. I can just never stay on track. I count calories for a day or two and lose interest. I have 3 dogs and need to start taking them ... Thu, 26 May 2011 01:41:32 EST 50 pounds gone by Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x42046046 I just figured it out and if you lose between 1.5 and 2 pounds per week between now and Christmas 50 pounds is very doable! Anyone with me? <BR> <BR> To keep the chat at least a little uncluttered I was thinking we could just edit our weigh-ins as we go. <BR> Starting weight: <BR> May 23, 202.6 <BR> Wed, 25 May 2011 22:53:32 EST Hello from Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42043958 The doctor says i have borderline high cholesterol so its time to kick the diet into high gear. I am here to make friends and find motivation. Lets help each other meet our goals!! Wed, 25 May 2011 21:07:11 EST Hi From Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42043563 I'm a newbie for sure but a super motivated newbie. I need to step up my exercise & stay with it .... I'm so loving all the neat tools to keep me going as well as the groups..... :) Wed, 25 May 2011 20:42:41 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42042943 I am looking for support. I need to lose a lot of weight Wed, 25 May 2011 20:01:26 EST Lightly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42041422 Most of this is too confusing too cluttered doesn't work the way its expected to and is overwhelming to look at. Too many choices I feel lost before I even begiin. Wed, 25 May 2011 18:16:48 EST Hello all, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42041217 My name is Jessi and I'm new to SparkPeople. I joined because I need to lose weight; I'm tired of looking at pictures of myself and feeling heavy and tired all the time. I never used to have a weight issue until college. I want to feel better about myself and improve my health. I also want to lose weight before I have a baby. Any support would be greatly appreciated for anyone who wants to friend me. Wed, 25 May 2011 18:02:13 EST HELLO FROM NEWTON KANSAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42040360 Hello from newton kansas Wed, 25 May 2011 17:11:30 EST Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42040180 Hi Everyone! My name is Connie and I am a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 2 grandsons.....one I watch 3-4 days a week. (during the summer) and I work part-time in a university cafeteria. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you and hear stories of your journey. Wed, 25 May 2011 16:58:07 EST Hello From Dallas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42039074 My name is Deedee and I am here to stay active I am 40 trying to take off the baby weight mind you my first baby is 22 and my last baby is 18. lol I need help I am enjoying Zumba at this point but that is it. Need more fun things to keep my busy. Help Wed, 25 May 2011 15:52:46 EST Hello-New here!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42038976 Hello everyone! My name is Breana and this is my first day on sparkpeople. I came across this website today looking for a calorie counter...and I have found much more! I love this site and I plan to use all of the resources on here to help me lose weight. I am 26 years old and I need (want to, have to, must!) lose 69 more lbs to reach my goal of 105 lbs. I have already lost 7.8 lbs but I got a little off track and wanted to find some tools on the internet to help me and this is where I ended ... Wed, 25 May 2011 15:46:35 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42036845 I am new to spark people and this is my first post. I am from a small west Texas town and am definitely a country girl. I have about 10 pounds to go till i reach my goal weight, after i reach it I want to use the site to help me maintain. I have worked on losing those pounds for a long time so I am excited to join this web site for support. Wed, 25 May 2011 13:43:41 EST How has everyone been doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42036544 on their fast break goals? <BR> So far I managed 2days out of 2 for all 3 goals. Which I picked : No soda, Exercise, and Post goals. Woohoo! Wed, 25 May 2011 13:27:05 EST Trying to kick the 'all-or-nothing' habit.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42027859 Hello fellow sparkies, I'm happy to have joined you! Looking to lose about 10kgs (done it a few times before... only to put it all back on!). Would love to hear from any 'all-or-nothing' eaters like me - I can be REALLY good with diet and exercise and can lose weight quickly when I 'put my mind to it' .... but when not motivated I'm a total shocker! Once I eat one bad thing, I tend to think 'the day's ruined', and thats my excuse for eating whatever for the rest of the day! Fair bit of 'emoti... Wed, 25 May 2011 03:15:58 EST The water tracker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42027647 ...if you go over the 8 glasses per day overflows <em>194</em> Wed, 25 May 2011 02:03:38 EST Fun Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42027295 So today has been great!! <BR> <BR> For a long time working out was never some thing fun to look forward to, until now. <BR> I just got Just Dance 2, for my Wii, and I'm in love. I'm excited about finding other fun ways to work out. So far there are a few ways that I know of to have fun when working out. <BR> They are: <BR> 1) Video games - dance games like Just Dance, Just Dance 2, Dance Central <BR> 2) Swimming <BR> 3) Dvd workouts - mainly dancing workouts like Zumba <BR> <BR> If you h... Wed, 25 May 2011 01:02:07 EST Eating right and doing exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42026376 Hi everyone i am here to get help to lose weight and to listen to everyone talking about their weight.I would like to lose at least 50 pounds ,but slowly.Share recipes with everyone and feel good about myself. Tue, 24 May 2011 23:47:33 EST Hey All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42024850 Hello everyone my name is Heather. I am 23 and a mother of two beautiful boys a four year old and a ten month old. I currently have my associates paralegal degree but my goal is to eventually go to law school. I am here today because I need help, I gained so much weight after I had my youngest and now no matter what I do I can't get motivated enough to really try to get the weight off. I make excuses saying "But I am eating healthy why am I not losing any weight?" Well that is why I am here s... Tue, 24 May 2011 22:23:52 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42024218 <BR> I've always been a bit on the heavy side, but since I left home after high school, my weight has sky rocketed. Since I was suddenly in control of my entire diet, I started eating way more of the unhealthy foods I love so much. I also stress eat frequently, so even when exercising semi-regularly, I gained weight. I've gone up two pants sizes since high school. My goal is to establish a healthy lifestyle - including healthier diet and regular exercise - and to get back to where I was in h... Tue, 24 May 2011 21:50:37 EST AM LOOKING FOR SUPPORT AS I NEED TO LOSE 250 LBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42021543 HELLO, I AM BARELY ABLE TO MOVE WITHIN MY HOME AND HAVE 250 TO LOSE (BUT CURRENT GOAL IS 50 SO I DON'T GET OVERWHELMED). WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WITH POSITIVE COMMENTS. ALSO, ARE THERE ANY NO/LOW FAT COOKIES THAT ARE ALSO NO/LOW SUGAR THAT CAN BE BOUGHT IN A REGULAR GROCERY STORE?? I CAN FIND HARD CANDY BUT NO COOKIES..THANKS Tue, 24 May 2011 19:16:52 EST Hello to Hollywood Fl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42020465 Looking to connect with people here in Hollywood to help me along my new journey. So glad to be here Thanx Tue, 24 May 2011 18:22:54 EST Not sure what to do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42017991 So I was helping my aunt with her daycare today, and picking up one of the kids threw my back out. I am in so much pain right now, I can't turn my head without feeling it all the way down through my lower back. I'm supposed to get my 10 minutes of exercise today, but I'm not sure if I should sit this one out because of my back. Even worse, I have to work later tonight and I'm a server so it involves a lot of movement :( <BR> <BR> Maybe a short walk will count? Tue, 24 May 2011 15:47:51 EST Time is of the Essence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42016148 Hey, I am really geared up to try to reach my goal. I am hoping with your help and this site's help I can figure out how to be successful. I have changed my life dramatically in the last year. I now exercise daily, eat really healthy foods, and don't have any unhealthy habits. But I just haven't been able to lose weight. Is it portion size? Is it unconscious snacking? Is it thinking I get more exercise and eat less than I do? I sure want to figure this out. Tue, 24 May 2011 14:05:07 EST Hi Y'all from Austin, Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x42015392 Hi Y'all.It's beautiful in Austin to day . A great day to begin. I have a great deal of weight to lose but I have decided to start with small goals.Thank you for the welcome . I hope I'm doing this properly (posting my message)....Blessings <BR> Tue, 24 May 2011 13:25:26 EST Hi! I'm Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42014992 I'm a stay at home mom to Ceili, 4, Morgain, 3 and Logan, 1. I'll be turning 40 in a few weeks and I've decided it's time to finally buckle down and get into shape. I started slow, cutting out soda and back on the junk food. So far, i've dropped 5 lbs, but I have about 60 to go. I needed to get some guidence so i did a search and wound up here. Tue, 24 May 2011 13:01:43 EST Hi! I am Jaime Lynn... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42014604 My name is Jaime Lynn and this is all very new to me. I am not much of a public posting person, but I need to make a change in my life. I am a new member to Sparkpeople, and I have a lot of goals to accomplish. I have tried dieting in the past and working out and I stick to nothing. I am a very dedicated person, outside of dieting, and I have no idea why I can stick with it to lose weight. So this is me starting over! Beginning with my introduction! Tue, 24 May 2011 12:40:20 EST I am going to look good this summer.. darnit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42013775 Hello, my names Autumn and I am so glad I found this page. It's a great & simple way to track food. I was actually skinny all through high school and than in College I gained alot (About 40 lbs) which really showed as I am very short :(. I have been struggling with my weight ever since but I decided this year I want to look good this summer. I have just started eating healthier and being more concious of portion size. I like to work out and have been going to the gym or doing the Jillian Mich... Tue, 24 May 2011 12:02:14 EST Newbie from Toronto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42013347 Good morning all, <BR> I am here to motivate myself to get back in shape, I am still considered "healthy" BMI wise but I have gained 20 lbs in 3 years - that cannot be healthy. Maybe my metabolism has slowed and have been enjoying food mindlessly but I am here to get healthier and trim down to that weight that made me feel more energetic. I really hope this works. Tue, 24 May 2011 11:42:23 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42010178 I'm new here and ready to meet motivated people. and also lose these 60 pounds. Tue, 24 May 2011 09:22:22 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42006353 My name is Janelle and I weigh 215lbs. I gained significant weight with my third child and have had a hard time getting the weight off. My son is now 15 months old and I have gained weight after having him.I found this website on google. I liked it and joined. Prior to signing up with this site I was enrolled with weight watchers and felt as if no progress was being made and I paid on a monthly basis. The beauty of this website is that its free and well put together and updated withe latest t... Tue, 24 May 2011 03:59:38 EST New to this site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42005388 I have read various message boards but never actually tried it. Although I am generally quite outgoing in my work and volunteer activities I tend to be be very private about my personal life, and that includes my struggles with weight. I lost 50 pounds of pregnancy on Weight Watchers in the 1980's and kept it off until I entered menopause. I have been been gradually gaining over the past year and want to halt that process. My greatest challenge will be taking it slow and not burning out in th... Tue, 24 May 2011 00:44:08 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42005293 Hello. I am really looking forward to the new me. I am ashamed with the weight I've gained. I am currently 191lbs and I am on my journey of losing 50 of those. I am a wife and a mother of twin 13 month old boys. Looking for buddies to keep me motivated. Good luck everyone and congrats on starting a new healthier you! Tue, 24 May 2011 00:35:19 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42004540 Hey, I'm Adam and I'm new here looking to lose some weight Mon, 23 May 2011 23:42:17 EST Protein Shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19574x50350x42004482 I just joined today and i have a question...I can not eat in the morning if i do i throw up ... I have been having a protein shake for breakfast ( made with greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, ice and water and of course whey protein) how do i add it to my food diary? i don't see it as an option ...can anyone help me out <BR> <BR> thanks so much <BR> uglybobswife <BR> <BR> <BR> i figured it out ;o) Mon, 23 May 2011 23:39:21 EST Quit smoking 2 months ago, gained 10 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42004085 Hi, I have put on 10 pounds in 2 months since I have stopped smoking. I am exercising and watching what I eat, but still continue to gain. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance! Mon, 23 May 2011 23:17:11 EST Feeling optimistic! One day at a time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19575x50350x42003353 Day 1 for me and feeling optimistic finding this website. Love being able to track my calories so easily and my exercise, and love all the different support forums. My Day 1 started off on track and I'm looking forward to Day 2 and doing more of the same. One day at a time! Mon, 23 May 2011 22:40:10 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x42001933 I just signed up this evening.Looking forward to getting all of this extra weight off..FOR GOOD !! Time for me to feel better by getting healthy.My short term goal is to just stay focused.My ultimate goal is to drop about 120 pounds to put me in a healthy weight range.Good luck to all..and here we go !! <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 23 May 2011 21:25:19 EST newby again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41997799 Hi all,I've tried this before with no motivation & I joined Weight Watchers in January,but now I'm at a stand still.Hoping I can get motivated here to keep going.I need some serious help.Like today all I could do was snack,till I about made myself sick.I plan on starting tracking tomorrow. Mon, 23 May 2011 17:31:33 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41996825 hey yall my name is becha i am 23 yrs of age and i have been looking for a good healthy diet fitness plan for awhile now and i just dont know what to do and i have no support so its hard..im gettin married in july and id like to lose a lil befor then but the main thing is to reach a goal of losing 150 lbs i know its alot but i have to do it for myself..well thank you for the oppurtunity..and i cant wait til all this starts working..and if anyone has any rescipes please let me know!!!! Mon, 23 May 2011 16:29:29 EST Hi I'm Judy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41996450 Today I decided to get serious about getting to a healthy weight. I had perused the Spark Peopke web site before. I'm not usually a joiner, but I do need support. So I'm leaning on the new friends I meet here for that support. I also want to be a contributer and give support to others when I can. I'm looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Mon, 23 May 2011 16:10:44 EST Hey all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41995961 <BR> <BR> I just got here today. <BR> <BR> I'm Becky, I live in Wimberley, TX.I have a bunch of pets-2 dogs, 2 cats, and a parrot. I'm also a Master Naturalist, love hanging out online, and am attempting to plan a "real" garden for the first time solo. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest challenges on this weight loss journey, aside from sticking to it, will be starting and keeping up a regular exercise program, portion controls, making meal plans and varying my diet. I already healthy food but... Mon, 23 May 2011 15:43:32 EST Hello! I am new to Spark and need some friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41995661 Hello! I am new to Spark and need some friends! <BR> <BR> I am 39 years old and weigh 174 at 5'4". I am really not happy with my weight and it makes me kind of shy and embarrassed. I really need to lose it but I am having a crisis of faith. I have been trying all year to lose weight and was usually between 162 to 164, sometimes seeing the glorious 159, but this lady said to me a six weeks ago a comment about my weight in front of everyone at school and unconsciously I just said to myse... Mon, 23 May 2011 15:26:09 EST Hi. I'm Nailah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41995492 I make that little piece of everyone one of you that is exicted to loose weight. I'm tired of being alone on this processes. I do hope some inspiration is shared as i am here Mon, 23 May 2011 15:14:59 EST Hi. I'm Nailah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41995463 I make that little piece of everyone one of you that is exicted to loose weight. I'm tired of being alone on this processes. I do hope some inspiration is shared as i am here Mon, 23 May 2011 15:13:40 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41994643 I just joined SparkPeople today, and this is pretty exciting. I can't wait to meet everyone! I'm really excited to go shopping actually :) I don't shop much, but I can't wait to get to a size where it will be fun! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to everyone's after pictures! Let's go team! We can so do this! Mon, 23 May 2011 14:28:03 EST hi my name is berenitze http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41991367 I have joined spark teams because I would like to lose weight,learn to eat healthy,look and feel better. My goal for now is to lose 20 pounds. I'm interested into in starting to exercise. Mon, 23 May 2011 11:52:31 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41988412 Hi, my name is Charlotte and I joined yesterday. Cannot wait to become (hopefully) healthy again. My first short term goal is to track daily (I tend to get lazy), so I need a push once in a while :). Cannot wait to chat with everyone and get great ideas! Good luck to all!!! Mon, 23 May 2011 09:38:10 EST Hi my name is Deb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41985884 I am vergin on diabetes and have tried everything to the absolute point of frustration. No weight loss, even with weight watchers, & low carb. Am now walking 3 miles at least 4 times weekly plus strength training with no weight loss. In fact, I feel like I'm bigger now. I need any help I can get. Spark people is my last resort. Mon, 23 May 2011 07:24:22 EST Hi:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41984089 Hello, my name is Susie. I am excited to begin a new healthy me:) Mon, 23 May 2011 01:38:30 EST Hello my name is Jessica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41981683 and I need to get healthy! I have heard of Spark People and read about it for years and finally joined today. I think I am nearing "rock bottom" and I need to make some serious changes - quick. I am trying to figure this site out and it's a lot to learn. Thanks for your support and patience and I hope we can be helpful to one another. Sun, 22 May 2011 22:27:33 EST Hello new to sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41978362 Hello my name is Wendy I am married and a mother of 3 wonderful kids. I weigh 158 lbs and i want to go down to 125. The reason is because i dont feel comfortable with my body. I need motivation thou because i dont think i can do it on my own. anyways also looking for friends. Sun, 22 May 2011 19:16:07 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41977362 Hi All! I am QuiltedK . I have always been thin. The last 7 years has been a struggle as I have become some 40 lbs over weight. I am going to work hard to get healthy and by this time next year I hope to feel better about this. Looking for a walking buddy in Great falls, Mt <BR> Sun, 22 May 2011 18:09:59 EST A New Beginning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41976879 Hi everyone! My name is Anna and I'm 21 years old. I have been with SP in the past, but have never been successful sticking with it. Now that I have moved to my OWN place (nobody to distract me or bring unhealthy foods in, yay!!), I am ready to begin a new life and a new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 59 pounds this year. Is it better for me to break that up into smaller goals or should I focus on the big one? I need all the help I can get in finally losing weight this time!! I am s... Sun, 22 May 2011 17:35:35 EST First Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41972203 Hello Everyone, Today I joined spark People in order to obtain my weight loss goal. I have set my goals, printed my lists and am ready to get started. Sun, 22 May 2011 12:11:55 EST Hello, NEW TO SPARK! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41970219 Hi everyone! I am Desi! Just looking for some spark friends :) I just started this online thing. I started my diet and weight loss last week, I just want to keep going and get stronger! Support and encouragement would be great! :D Happy Sunday everyone! Sun, 22 May 2011 10:08:51 EST Kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50350x41970139 Hello, I am excited to join. I need positive help down this journey. I want to meet people with the same goal. It has only been a few years since I moved and I don't know that many people. Thank you and hope to talk to you soon. Sun, 22 May 2011 10:04:06 EST Weigh-in 22/05/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19573x50350x41966693 I am 82.3 today. Sun, 22 May 2011 03:00:12 EST April / May 2011 chat room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x41365971 This is where you can come and ask questions, share what you are doing, and give any encouragment. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to make up your sparkpage - and come here as often as possible to share your thoughts - it has been proven that those that share are the ones that end up losing the weight - so step out of your comfort zone and come and share with us. <BR> <BR> By the way, you can refer to me as 'Marilyn' and I would invite you to have a look at my sparkpage and bloggs to get to know a l... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:22:05 EST Welcome message - please read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50350x41365903 The team leaders of SP Class of May 22-28 2011 want to welcome you to Sparks and to this group. <BR> <BR> We are here to help answer any questions you have about sparks and help you out in any way we can. <BR> <BR> Please come to the current chat room and say hi sharing with us a little about yourself. <BR> <BR> Dont' hesitate to ask questions as that is what we are all about - we are all here on the same journey - we want to enourage each other by reaching out to all that come. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:18:12 EST