SparkPeople SP Class of June 19-25, 2011 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from June 19-25, 2011. Welcome! You have a sunny future! SparkPeople SP Class of June 19-25, 2011 Team Messageboard Calendar - July SP6 SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For July, that means decreasing and managing the stress in your life to better enjoy the lazy days of summer. <BR> <BR> Here are 31 daily tips that will each help you de-stress and relax. Click below to download and print your July calendar. (You need a PDF reader [like Adobe Acrobat Reader - free] to download this PDF.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:19:56 EST Calendar - May (SP6) 31 Days to Stronger Bones <BR> <BR> May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month—a time to remember the <BR> importance of preventing osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weak <BR> and brittle. Half of all women (and one quarter of men over 50) will break a bone due to <BR> osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. But osteoporosis is largely <BR> preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. <BR> <BR> Strengthen your bones from this month... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:44:43 EST Calendar - April SP6 30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle <BR> <BR> With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days, you may wonder where to start. But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple, and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money, limit waste, enhance your health and even increase your overall physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here are 30 daily tips to get you started. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:48:13 EST Hello everyone!!! My name is missi amd i live in the tri cities tn area. I'm turning my life around and getting fit and healthy and i am looking for people doing the same in the area to get together and do some fit clubs or just to have a hiking buddy!!! Please email me here if you would like to do so!!!! Thanks! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:08:49 EST Setting Goals Borrowed from a wise friend: <BR> <BR> Why you must set a goal to get to where you want to be! <BR> <BR> You can't go anywhere without a goal... When there's no purpose there's no interest... without interest there's no ambition... and without ambition you have nothing! <BR> <BR> I guess you could become an Olympic couch potato. Picture this... The Olympic theme playing in the background, your coach rubbing your shoulders, Remote control ready ...and set... The thumb serves a massive volle... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:28:13 EST 6SP August Motivational Calendar 31 Days to Better Sleep <BR> <BR> Sleeping is just as important to survival as eating, drinking, and breathing. But for lots of people, getting enough sleep can range from challenging to impossible. This August, you'll learn to sleep more soundly and improve your energy levels by using these 31 daily tips. <BR> <BR> Link: <link><BR>r_2007-08.pdf </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:59:21 EST Plan, plan, plan! Wise words from a friend of mine: <BR> <BR> You have goals... goals that define who you are! As you know, successful people follow their plans and keep updating their plans to achieve their goals! The question I have for you today is... how often do you change your plans ...updating the path of success to achieve your goals! <BR> <BR> Think about it! When you first started in Spark People or even before Spark People did you set out to lose weight for a specific reason only to find out that ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:07:52 EST Starting Over - one year & one month - Later wow, a year ago I came here to lose weight and although I've lost 8 pounds, that's not good math for 52 weeks granted to me. <BR> <BR> but bygones... I'm starting fresh all over. <BR> <BR> I will do walking w/Leslie Sansone in my house today after the hubby leaves for work. I most likely will have to do it in 2 mile intervals. But my goal is to walk 6 miles today! <BR> <BR> One day @ a time! <em>384</em> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:57:08 EST Are you enjoying your Successes? Copied with permission from a friend on another team, but it is written so well I had to share! <BR> <BR> Are you enjoying your Successes? <BR> <BR> July 16 / 2012 <BR> <BR> You'll never achieve real success in your lifestyle change unless you like what you're doing and like what you're eating! It's true. If it hurts when you exercise or if you do exercise that you don't like doing, chances are you'll quit is a short period of time due to lack of interest! The same is true about what you'r... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:04:36 EST Happy Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to all the dads! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 07:45:20 EST Almost a year Can't believe that it's been almost a year since I joined Sparkpeople. I remember sitting in my dr's office waiting for her and waiting for her to read may latest blood work up. I was nervous and let down with myself. I'd tried (sorta) to lose the weight, but I love fast food and beer and just sitting on my couch in the air conditioner not moving. I really liked to be lazy. I was a mess, but I was in denial. So, while waiting for her to come in to the little room, I pick up a pamphlet about h... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:58:36 EST June Spark Calendar SPC Many of the health and weight problems that people face today are related to a lack of physical activity. Although we're "on the run" during the day, we're sedentary as we drive, work, watch TV and use the computer. On top of that, modern technology gives us time-saving shortcuts (like dishwashers, car washes, escalators and remote controls) that encourage us to do even less. Whether you exercise or not, everyone should try to increase their activity time each day. Here are 30 daily tips t... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:21:10 EST Accountability buddy needed that IMs/texts Hi All, <BR> <BR> I think I need a little push or to take another step and try something and see if it helps or works to help me on my journey to weight loss and being healthier. <BR> <BR> So I'm looking for an accountability pal, but one that is very accessible and loves to IM. By IM (instant messaging) I mean someone that has a phone that will allow easy access to IMing like using Whatsapp or Blackberry Messenger for instance. Someone that is looking for a pal that they can chit chat to... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:03:44 EST Happy Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day! May your day be full of delight and joy. <BR> <em>285</em> <em>88</em> <em>437</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 13 May 2012 07:50:28 EST May Spark Calendar 31 Days to Stronger Bones <BR> <BR> May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month—a time to remember the importance of preventing osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Half of all women (and one quarter of men over 50) will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health. But osteoporosis is largely preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. <BR> Strengthen your bones from this month forward by starting with... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:33:37 EST Deni Food Steamer or George Foreman Grill??????? So in an effort to eat better, I'm trying to decide whether to buy a Deni Food Steamer or George Foreman Grill. <BR> <BR> Any one have any experience with either one of these? Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:24:20 EST April Calendar With all the buzz surrounding eco-friendly living these days, you may wonder where to start. But reducing your impact on the planet can be simple, and every action does make a difference. Want even more incentive to change? Most green actions will save you money, limit waste, enhance your health and even increase your overall physical activity—all while benefiting the planet. Here are 30 daily tips to get you started. <BR> <BR> An old year but still useful tips: <BR> <link>www.sparkpe... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:02:58 EST Hi, I am Mary Anne from Lake Elsinore, California Ever since I had spinal fusion surgery over a year ago, I have gradually put on 20 pounds. It appears to be quite the challenge in taking this extra weight off my body. Stress of life has also added to my challenge. I am defintely in the mood to lose weight, turn my diet into only nutritional foods, and exercise at least 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> I just need an encouraging work once in a while. <BR> <BR> I will be there to support others as well. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing fr... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:33:06 EST SP Feb. Calendar February may be a month for romance, but it's also a time for you to focus on loving yourself--and your heart. During National Heart Month, we'll help you focus on one small thing that you can do each day to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your quality of life. Share this valentine with your friends and loved ones to show them how much you care! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-02.pdf </link> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:06:56 EST HI SPARKPEOPLE Hi! I'm Safira, a 21 year old girl from the Netherlands. For a while now I'm a member of Sparkpeople. It's a wonderful website and I think that it will help me lose weight. <BR> It's still hard to keep myself motivated and to keep up the good work. But now I've taken up blogging, it's going to be more easy. My friend and family can read it, on my blog And the people on Sparkpeople can follow me on my page! <BR> I'm very excited to start this new journey and ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:25:53 EST New Spark Feature - privacy concerns "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I, personally, do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice on your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on THEIR Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about losing weight to show up on someone else s' Facebook wall? <BR>... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:57:35 EST SP Dec. Leader Board Awards It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for fitness points logged into the fitness tracker during December. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Would love more participation on many of our threads and posts as well! <BR> <BR> <BR> NORASH3 3,480 <BR> HHASSAN 3,000 <BR> KFWREN 1,872 <BR> LINDAKAY228 1,590 <BR> NORMAQUE 1,568 <BR> RABSFK 1,565 <BR> TRUANGEL1 1,535 <BR> CRASHAGRIM 1,118 <BR> MISTYBLUE716... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:21:52 EST SP Jan. Calendar Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long-term success. Here are 31 daily tips that will help you do exactly that. <BR> <BR> This is an old calendar but the tips are right on target! <link><BR>r_2007-01.pdf </link> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:22:03 EST Emoticons How many can you find that are not on the regular list? <BR> <BR> like #263 = <em>263</em> <BR> #84 = <em>84</em> <BR> #85 = <em>85</em> <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2011 19:17:42 EST SP Dec. Calendar December can be a challenge with all the holiday events. This is an old calendar but the tips are super! <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-12.pdf </link> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 06:04:14 EST SP Class Nov. Points Leader Awards It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top Leader Board names during November. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Would love more participation on many of our threads and posts as well! <BR> <BR> <BR> **SP Fitness** <BR> <BR> NORASH3 2,845 <BR> HHASSAN 2,400 <BR> LINDAKAY228 2,135 <BR> NORMAQUE 1,705 <BR> SHIMA1231 1,513 <BR> TRUANGEL1 1,460 <BR> C_BRAN 1,355 <BR> GERANIUMROT 1,230 <BR> MISS-TANJA 1,165 <BR> KIDKEEPER2S 1,111 <... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:20:40 EST November Fitness Challenge During the month of November - I challenge you to participate in a fitness activity at least 3 days a week for 10-30 minutes. Each day you do this, simply post an emoticon that you are done for that day! <BR> A goodie reward to all those that make it for the whole month - you may want to keep a running tally of the number of days when you participate! Should have a total of at LEAST 15 days by the end of Nov. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:02:12 EST SP November Calendar SparkPeople's calendar feature will help you focus on one healthy habit each month. For November, that means increasing the happiness in your life so that changing of the seasons won't get you down. <BR> <BR> Don't fall's colder, shorter days get you down. Try to enjoy every moment of this beautiful season! After all, November brings football, falling leaves, and backyard fires, so flash those pearly whites as often as you can. Here are 30 daily tips that will each give you reason to grin an... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:11:04 EST SP Leader Board Awards It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for fitness points logged into the fitness tracker during October. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> LINDAKAY228 3,681 <BR> NORASH3 3,450 <BR> CATHYINLA 3,193 <BR> LADYSWIMMER 2,604 <BR> BAMAGIRL01 2,206 <BR> TERLITSKY 2,101 <BR> WOLF648 2,068 <BR> TRUANGEL1 1,947 <BR> MELLOSE2WIN 1,887 <BR> LADYGLAMOUR 1,694 <BR> KMILLER83 1,667 <BR> NORMAQUE 1,601 ... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 20:40:29 EST SP Class Question of the week! <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <BR> New Question <BR> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <em>38</em> <em>189</em> <em>38</em> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> More than 50% of the meals I eat each week are consumed... <BR> <BR> at the dining room table. <BR> while working on the computer. <BR> standing over the counter in the kitchen. <BR> while watching or listening to the TV. <BR> in the car. <BR> Other (please specify) Sun, 16 Oct 2011 15:37:26 EST SP Class Sept. Fitness Leader Board Award It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team for fitness points logged into the fitness tracker during September. <BR> <BR> NORASH3 3,480 <BR> HHASSAN 3,360 <BR> TERLITSKY 3,270 <BR> LINDAKAY228 2,675 <BR> MCSUZE 2,531 <BR> SHIMA1231 2,129 <BR> CINDYJSCOTT 2,100 <BR> LADYSWIMMER 1,772 <BR> RABSFK 1,744 <BR> TRUANGEL1 1,636 <BR> MISSCDUB 1,532 <BR> C_BRAN 1,515 <BR> MKTFAIRY 1,464 <BR> DEBSMEMORIES 1,355 <BR> ME... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:59:32 EST On Purpose Hi, I'm Nancy. I have been on my weight loss journey since March 1st. I just decided one day that I was ready. So far I've lost 41 pounds! My goal is 138 lbs - so I know I am getting close! I only have 13 pounds to go! Yahoo! I want to stay motivated. I love feeling healthy. I have so much more energy and it is easier to do things. I also like eating healthy foods and exercising. I can't believe I am saying that! Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:05:06 EST SP Class Weather Report With all the changes going on, I thought it would be nice to get an idea of the weather we are encountering. <BR> <BR> State your area (whatever you feel comfortable in giving: city, state, country, geographic area, etc.) and the local weather you are experiencing or they are predicting for you. <BR> <BR> 9/18... Colmbus, GA - cloudy with a high of 85. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 10:28:28 EST New Ticker Banners Have you tried out any of the new ticker banners Spark has put out? If so, which one did you choose? <BR> <BR> <BR> I did but kept my old one anyway. In case you missed it, after you post there is not an option to change your ticker right under your ticker on the reply post. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 19:37:12 EST SP August Leader Board Awards It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team. There are 2 categories: most Spark points for participation and most fitness points logged into the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> **Points Leaders: <BR> <BR> NORASH3 3,134 <BR> DMIDLING 2,994 <BR> HHASSAN 2,963 <BR> LINDAKAY228 2,850 <BR> TERLITSKY 2,675 <BR> KATIEHALEY 2,499 <BR> KAHLUAKEL 2,311 <BR> CATHYINLA 2,303 <BR> WOLF648 2,245 <BR> KMILLER83 1,998 <BR>... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 19:16:01 EST SP 'Give a Goodie' Game This game is a great way to get to know each other by visiting other spark pages and giving support, motivation and encouragement to team members. <BR> Each person posts the next number in order. If your number contains 2 or 3 of the same digits, you give a goodie to someone on our Angels Amongst Us Team. <BR> For example: if you get 11, 44, 121, 333, 2445 etc. you give a goodie! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> 1 Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:37:06 EST on the road again Ok, here's the bad news: I completely fell off the wagon for an entire week. I was on a business trip. No tracking, no excercise, and no concern for what I was eating (and I ate quite a bit! lol) I can tell my body is not feeling as good as when I was taking better care of it. <BR> <BR> Here's the good news: I weigh about the same as when I left. Not sure how that worked out, but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Here's the even better news: I still want to do this. I still want to be a healt... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:26:15 EST Hi I just saw that they have classes for weeks people joined. Well, here i am. My name is Sina and i am from New Jersey. So far so good. I am losing weight slowly. After 2 weeks i got kind of frustrated because the weight loss was so slow. Someone told me to take measurements and sure enough i had lost a few inches. :) That gave me the jolt i needed to stay on track with everything. I can tell that i have more energy and i also feel a lot happier.I am so glad someone told me about SP <em>244</em... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 19:09:19 EST Just over a month in and I'm back where I started! This website has been a tremendous help in my need to change my lifestyle. I have yet to post in any message boards, until now... but I have been reading the emails and articles that come everyday and appreciate the support they give me. I started out at 165, went down to 163, and now I'm back to 165. There were a few days here and there that I had no access to a computer where I'm sure my meals weren't exactly balanced... and I know that is my weak spot. If I plan each day ahead I am able to... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:30:01 EST Losing Steam FAST… HELP! I don't know what my problem is. I was SOOOO motivated last month, and this month I'm just eh…. <BR> I think it has something to do with how busy life is right now. My mom flew out to visit(staying with us) on July 22nd, and she leaves this Saturday. THEN, next week my hubby and I are going out of town for a much deserved and much needed vacation. I still think about losing weight and trying to be more healthy everyday, but I feel like I'm not doing anything about it anymore. I usually stil... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 23:44:58 EST Just joined and started today. This site is awesome. I just joined and if this site does not give you motivation, I don't know what does. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:55:45 EST SP July Leader Board Team Goodies It's the last weekend of the month, which means it is time to announce the top 25 Leader Board names on our team. There are 2 categories: most Spark points for participation and most fitness points logged into the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Spark Points leaders: <BR> <BR> TERLITSKY 4,868 <BR> TRUANGEL1 3,991 <BR> GODISMYKING 3,898 <BR> LADYSWIMMER 3,627 <BR> LINDAKAY228 3,588 <BR> HHASSAN 3,403 <BR> JESUSLOVR 3,064 <BR> SMERIKA 3,017 <BR> RICANPRINCESS13 2,631 <BR> DMIDLI... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:27:27 EST I've been sparked... Ok so when I first signed up I thought this was just another bogus site, but free so I figured what was the harm and then waited a few weeks before starting. WOW was I ever wrong! since I actually started following the program on July 9th and within a week bought the book, my life has done a complete 180! I have absorbed everything! I have lost 10lbs and over 7.5 inches. Kicked the fastfood thing without even realizing it for the first almost 2 weeks! Set up shop as in my goals and streaks an... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:33:20 EST I want chocolate I'm having a really hard time today. A friend of my son's drowned today. He was only 8 yrs old. He was just the sweetest boy ever, I said the prayer at his baptism into our church just 2 weeks ago. I'm upset, and I want chocolate and I don't have any in the house. Chocolate is my go to food for comfort. How do I tell my little boy his best friend is dead? Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:55:55 EST Hi I am Talia Marie McLean Hi iam talia and i like to join on this site to lose lots of weight Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:06:48 EST after 10 lbs. of wt. loss changing nutrients? My report says I need to change my intake on cal, fat, etc. after every 10 lbs. It directs me to hit the change button, which I did but it did not resfresh my calories, how do I go about doing this and knowing whay my intake should be as I lost the weight? Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:37:10 EST IS 70 TOO OLD? <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <BR> I GET LOTS OF EXERCISE-TRACK MY FOOD AND HAVE LOST .5# THIS MONTH <BR> WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO NOW? <BR> I DO WEIGHTS 2XX/WEEK BUT AM LIMITED TO 5# OR LESS BECAUSE OF ARTIFICIAL WRIST & SHOULDER PROBLEMS. <BR> SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE WOULD BE SO WELCOME!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:14:27 EST I'm not doing so Good :( As much as I want to get healthy & fit, I just can't find the will power & determination; I do good for about three days and then I revert back to the junk food and too much food... I'm in need of advise.... <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:43:24 EST How are you doing? Not sure I am doing this right first time posting anything. I am answering the "how are you doing message". This site is really great the only problem I am having is not getting enough calories in one day. I think I am so afraid I will go over I compensate to much....from what I understand this can slow the weight loss down even more! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:52:12 EST New to Spark Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Chataries and new to the site. I heard of this website through Youtube. So far, i am having a great time learning about getting/staying healthy. I really enjoy reading Spark members' journey/success stories. Well, thank you for taking the time to read my short introduction. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:53:20 EST "Getting to know you" questions - SP Class fun! Please copy and paste the questions and these directions in your REPLY - then erase the other person's answers and put yours in. A great way to know more about each other!! <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE A BEST FRIEND? <BR> <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:40:13 EST Looking for friends to keep me motivated!!!!!! I started my weightloss journey 3 weeks ago and I am doing great so far...however I am looking to meet new people to keep me motivated as well as to give me advice on things that they use to help them shed pounds...hope to hear from you soon Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:27:59 EST spark goodies What do you do when you start accumulating spark goodies? What are they used for? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:50:15 EST I get the lose the same pounds over AGAIN. Lucky me…. thats what I get for being too permissive over the weekend. This sucks. I would really rather be losing new pounds, but oh well. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:18:51 EST Ready to be Healthy Again Hi my name is Cathy and this is my first time on this website. I joined a few weeks ago, but then went on vacation to the beach. What a sobering experience! I have recently retired, am 51 years old and am working to get back to my pre-work weight. I gained weight once I went to work as a chemical engineer and struggled to lose it over the years. Now I am diabetic (just diagnosed), have high blood pressure and high choloesterol (both controlled with medicine at this point). My goal is ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:16:48 EST Hi I'm Michele Hi everyone. I am new to the site. Not sure really how I found it. Maybe divine intervention. I am 43 years old, mother to three amazing children: 18,15 and 4. I recently got married to my high school swetheart. I realize I will never be "high school skinny" but I would love to be close. Ha ha. I would like to lose about 20lbs. Now you might think that is not much but I am so sick and tired of the condition of my body. What I really need is a drill sargent to come and kick me in the h... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 10:43:28 EST hello! Hi, my name is Sara. I am fairly new to Spark people and I am trying to figure it all out. I am constantly amazed what I thought was good food, is high calorie or high fat! I am learning a lot! <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:46:41 EST happy feet Hi, I'm 70 something and beginning to wrinkle a bit around the edges. I am a Zumba lover and water worshipper. Now I would like to be a wee biit smaller (60 lbs) and a whole lot less wrinklier. Love Mags. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:31:38 EST i am lost I am Seeki416 from Detroit. I joined a couple weeks ago ... but I am lost! I tried to find my Meal Plans under My Nutrition but it is empty. How do I find my Meal Plans? There seems to be sooo many options - which features should a beginner be using? Mon, 4 Jul 2011 21:18:44 EST New here Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Catherine and I hope that Sparkspeople will get me on the right track, once and for all. I love the nutrition and food trackers. It give me a good visual of what I am doing (or not doing). I am in desperate need for continuous motivation and hope to not only find it here, but also maybe I can motivate someone else. <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 09:23:52 EST Stage 2!! I just started Stage 2 and so I know that everyone else is starting at about the same time, so let's talk about it! <BR> <BR> How did everyone's Stage 1 go and are you prepared for the more nitty-gritty stuff of Stage 2? Mon, 4 Jul 2011 01:50:51 EST Beach Walk Went to the beach yesterday and walked mile after mile after mile. I literally felt like I had a great workout at the end of the evening. It was awesome. I wish I had worn a pedometer! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 12:57:17 EST New Here Hi Everyone <BR> I am new on this site. Mother of three grown sons. I am type 2 diabetic. .My goal is to be fit and healthy. Looking forward to all the great things S/P has to offer. Together we can make it! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 00:25:30 EST Just got here I am so glad I found this site! It has everything I am looking for and MORE! I love to be outside. I love to walk and so running was the next step! In the Spring I ran my first 5K and 8K. I joined because I want to continue to be fit and fabulous! I still have about 30 pounds to lose but I can do it! <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 23:31:43 EST WooHoo! For the first time, I got a bonus 100 spark points on the spin wheel!!! I am excited! Now, I have to really go out and work out... This is definitely motivating..... lolol <em>20</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:03:52 EST Can't seem to lose any weight I am new to sparks and hoping that this is the motivation I need t lose some weight. I tracked my food and exercise last week and did really well but when I went on the scale this morning and didn't lose any weight I felt so discouraged. This is the hard part for me remembering that it's only been a week. So I think I will go and read some motivational stories and see what this week brings Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:16:30 EST Hello, I am new! I am a newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and found this site by accident. I thought it would be a great tool to help me with meal tracking and activity tracking and it has proven to be very helpful. I am not super computer literate and have been learning a little at a time about navigating this sight. Wasn't sure I wanted to join a team, but I read some of the messages and thought maybe it would be helpful to have some encouragement and helpful tips. I usually start off good on something new, b... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:25:09 EST 13,000+ Ways to Say Hello! I can't believe how many are in our 'class'! So let's see how many different ways we can say hello. Here are my seven contributions: 1 - Hi! 2 - Hello! 3 - Howdy! 4 - Hola! 5 - Aloha! 6 - Hey there! 7 - What's up? ...What's your favorite way of saying hello? <BR> Best wishes to the great class of June 19-25, 2011! <BR> Losing never sounded so good! <BR> Happy Losing LBS. and Gaining Friends Journey, <BR> Sandy Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:56:54 EST Week Two is Harder Has anyone experienced week two of working out being harder than week one? I'm pushing through, however I'm finding it hard. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:24:12 EST 31 Days to Less Stress - July Calendar This is an old calendar, but the daily tips are wonderful! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-07.pdf </link> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:10:11 EST Today & Tomorrow Today: I haven't worked out yet, but it's stuck in my head that I can't stop my streak. That's a win right there. Ok, maybe a partial one, but I'm celebrating even the smallest successes at this point. <BR> <BR> Today: I got so busy, I didn't have a chance to eat. Win: Grabbed carrots and hummus, not cookies or chocolate. Still hungry: Drank my water. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: Another day I can look forward to. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a great today! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:29:34 EST Hey there! Hi, my name is Ashley. I joined here last week and although I came in to this site being strong and excited, I am feeling weak and down now. I am slacking so bad and I am feeling like crap now. Motovation and accountibility are going to be two things that I need a lot of! I am excited for the journey, though and I love this site! I hope I can get back on track. I would say that right now I just want to lose a few lbs before this wedding I'm in on July 23rd. Not much time left so I need... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:17:27 EST How often should I weigh in/ measure? any opinions on that? weekly, daily, monthly? And how come? I'm still torn. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:57:31 EST Introduction Hi, My name is Linda Ervin. I am new to this program and this is all very overwhelming! It is so overwhelming I'm not sure I can even really start this program. Suggestions from anyone as to how to make it easier would greatly be appreciated! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:11:50 EST Hi all - Tai Chi and Kick Boxing Work Group My name is Hassan. Profession Engineer - Age 53. I live in Ajax ON. I have several black belts in many martial arts. Now I volunteer to benefit the community, teaching Tai Chi and Kick Boxing for health and weight control. If you are interested and live at Ajax, let us start a work group this summer. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:03:06 EST Hello I am a 25 year old wife, mother and student. I have been at least overweight most of my life. I have been awesome at maintaining my weight problem is that's a lame 70 pounds more then it should be. I have little experience with losing weight and making new friends. Not that I am very social and friendly just don't meet many people that I seem to click with. I live in a small town in massachusetts, there is very little inspirational and supportive people I come across. Hoping to lose the weigh... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:18:59 EST No one could have believed........ 2 years ago, I had just lost 70 pounds with weight watchers. I was exercising every day. I was in the best shape of my life. I had a hysterectomy. A week later, I was riding with my kids to get school clothes, when we were t-boned by a tahoe. I woke a week later in the hospital. I had broken my pelvis in two places, broken both my legs and ankles and had a head injury. They did surgery on my legs. I was brought home in a squad on day nine. My children fortunately, were ok. While I was recover... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:23:12 EST Glad to have Spark recommended to me Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and was introduced by a co-worker. The nutrition calculator has been very helpful by placing what I eat in black and white. It makes decision making easier. I looked up the nutritional count for a nutty bar vs an apple and chose apple. In my head I heard a crowd applauding :) This time I've come to realize I can't lose the weight without real change, and am finally ready to make that change. <BR> <BR> -Natasha Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:52:43 EST New to SparkPeople, not to Weightloss Hello! <BR> <BR> So I finally got a SparkPeople account. I started on Weight Watchers back on December 31, 2009, at 283.6lbs and did pretty well, making it to my 10% goal and all. However, I stalled out for a bit during a pretty stressful homebuying process in the Fall of 2010 (thankfully no gains and I still went to all my meetings). After those shennanigans were over, WW changed up the program and my weight has been creeping up on the scale again. As of last week's WI, I'm at 257.6lbs-... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:31:49 EST Busy Mommy Hi everyone. I'm a mommy of a two year old and just joined sparkpeople last week (also bought the book on my kindle). To be perfectly honest, when I was pregnant 2 years ago it was no-holds-barred for me. I ate whatever I want whenever I wanted it for the first time in my life---and it was really fun! Problem though was that I gained 50 extra pounds. I lost almost all the weight, but my goal is going back to my pre-wedding weight (4 years ago) which would require me to lose another 20 pou... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:40:48 EST New to spark Hi all. New to spark. I am on my own trying to lose weight on the newer ww points plus program. I can't keep going and paying weekly or monthly due to financial situation. As a result I am looking for someone out there who is following the same program for added support and motivation. Also to toss info and ideas back & forth and support. I will take any support I can get. Just thought if someone else is on the ww points plus it would be a little easier. thanks for listening and l... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:14:13 EST Consistent Weight Loss Last week was my first week for tracking calories. It started well with a four pound loss, but then I hit the weekend. I thought I was doing pretty well although I was pretty much meeting my calorie needs instead of having calories to spare at the end of the day. On Sunday I was disciplined until dinner with friends (wine and dessert for the first time during the week.) Monday had gained back about 3 pounds. Now I realize that some weight loss is not real but that was fai... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:50:50 EST spark points... Why is it that I don't receive spark points for certain things I do? Like taking a spark quiz (the points never show up on my points tracker) or read a daily sparkblog entry? Things like this are things I do, but the points never show up. First I thought it was because I was going to my sparks point tracker and clicking on the links for those activities there. I thought maybe I had to go find out how to get to them on my own. But they still aren't showing up! I'd love to know what I'm doing w... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:36:56 EST Hello..... Well, this is me introducing myself. Hi everybody. <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:04:14 EST Thyroid problems? Does anyone on here have thyroid problems? I was diagnosed in 2009 with thyroid cancer and have undergone one surgery to remove my thyroid, another surgery to remove some lymph nodes on the left and all of the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. Since then I have been TIRED despite taking a high dose of Synthroid and have gained about 30 pounds. Part of me thinks I should just be happy not to have cancer and not focus so much on my weight, but I want to be healthier for my two young ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:18:31 EST want to loose 1to 2 pounds a week hi im a female my name is ayesha age is 36 n half and my current weight is 219 pounds n my height is 5.11 before this seven months ago my weight was 240 pounds i lost 21 pounds just may b mainly because wen i started curing my PCO after taking glucophage it helped me to lose weight now i want to lose more weight n im working on it i take bran bread skimmed milk no sugar fas or cream n i have started walk for an hour since yesterday before this i lost 21 pounds without exercise n bit of diet ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 09:53:09 EST SparkPeople Newbie Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I too have joined SparkPeople this week in hopes of losing about 15 pounds of belly fat. I had my first son in 2008, my second in 2009 and my daughter in January this year. I never recovered my pre-pregnancy belly after any of my quick pregnancies. Now I'm 37 with 3 kids 3 and under and am struggling with time and energy to get the weight off. I am anxious to start tracking my eating and exercise and to also work on calming down. <BR> <BR> I wish you all the best ... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 23:47:49 EST New Here Hello, I am a 24yr old new mom. I just had my daughter June 3rd and am looking to lose some extra weight. I am also looking to make a lifestyle change. I want our family to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to make the change now not later. Hopefully I will find some support and inspiration here. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:01:21 EST Needing input We have started southbeach diet. My husband would rather do it the Atkins way. I am suffering with edema, low energy, and definitely acid reflux. Nothing I read handles these and high blood pressure. We need to work together and support one another but he is starving. I need to lose 69 pounds said my doctor and he said cut out carbs completely. Now that it is serious, how do I afford both of us on one plan? Sat, 25 Jun 2011 19:21:19 EST First time on the message boards... Hi Everybody this is my first time on the message boards...I joined when my friend wanted to do the 28 day challenge. I got the book and she got the book and we are working together to become healthier with hopes of losing weight along the way as well. I have lost 25 pounds already through another program but I still have 50 more pounds to go which totally blows peoples mind LOL I am short but from what I gather I must carry my weight well. When I tell people I have 50 more pounds to go t... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:32:43 EST Hi everyone I need to lose my flab and look fab I need support and to go through this time with others who understand how hard it is. I feel so self concious and fat that it has really hurt my self worth. I know i'm more than my body, but it's so hard on the society we live in. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:13:02 EST Journey starts today Hey I'm Nikki from Alberta Canada. My goal is to lose 80 lbs (230 - 150 lbs) and then reassess once I reach that goal :). This is day 1.... I'm looking forward to my journey and I know Sparkpeople is going to be a big help along the way. Congrats to everyone starting their journey and good luck :). Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:09:17 EST June Points Team Leaders Congratulations to those that made the top 50 in either participation points or logging in their fitness points! A team goodie was awarded to these folks. (Leaders excluded) <BR> <BR> Participation Points: <BR> <BR> DLGROGG 1,565 <BR> PEARLYLLAMA 1,120 <BR> GREATFULHEART 1,090 <BR> MELSY1972 755 <BR> 2BFITWORKOUT 748 <BR> MOM2HEC 639 <BR> JELLYOTT 581 <BR> GRANNYIRISH 576 <BR> JHOLLANDAZ 448 <BR> RLOVEW 442 <BR> THEMERRYSTORK 437 <BR> LIFEBACK1 427 <BR>... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:44:43 EST It's a new day! Hi! My name is Sydney, I'm 29 and a nurse in the ER. I'm joining sparkpeople to start living a healthier life. Recently I had a cancer scare, praise the Lord my biopsy came back negative, and this is finally the push that I need to not only lose weight, but eat healthier. I know the road ahead will be rough, but Lord willing I will make this a success. I'm open to any tips or secrets you guys might have, so please share, and good luck to you all. Thanks! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 08:11:43 EST A JOURNEY BACK TO ME hello, i am new on here, and i really do not know what i am doing. i used to be able to do really well with eating or exercise, but not both at the same time. i have been overweight since forever. i just pray that this time around i get both under control. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 02:18:11 EST Hey everyone! :) My name is Amanda and I have lost around 80 lbs so far with the help of SparkPeople. I am starting fresh with a new page to lose the last 10-15 lbs. I know that the last few pounds are sometimes the hardest to get rid of, so any support would be much appreciated! :) Sat, 25 Jun 2011 01:48:54 EST New mom ready to get back in shape! Hi, I'm Ruby (RenegadeRuby) from North Richland Hills, TX. I had a baby back in February and haven't lost a pound. I actually seem to have put on weight since her birth possibly due to mild depression. Anyway, it's time to take action and wiggle some weight off and feel good in the skin I'm in. So glad to have found this place! Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:58:44 EST new just wanted to say hi and introduce myself since i'm new <BR> ~meghan Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:37:51 EST New to Spark Hello Everyone! I've never joined any kind of web support but I need all the help I can get. I'll be turning 40 in January and I so desperately want to lose weight and be fit. So far, I'm learning the site and I love that people are responding and making feel welcome. Thank you. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:23:47 EST Hello I am really looking forward to getting started. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:02:29 EST Sparky Joiner Hello, <BR> just got in. Hope this becomes a rewarding experience for me. It looks really exciting already. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 22:04:04 EST 1st timer! Wow..I can't believe I'm actually posting! Lol hi everyone! This is my first time here on the message boards. I'm really excited about starting my weight lose journey. I've had tons of ups and Downs since I had my first children back in 2005! But I'm determined to get healthy not only for myself but for my kids too :) Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:11:52 EST Hey Im new and excited! I am new the to the site, but certainly not to the "dieting" world. I dont look at it as a diet though, to me its a journey into a new healthy phase of my life. I want to be more active, and prepare for any future children I will have. Everything happens for a reason. So there must be a reason I was lead to Spark people. :D Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:50:50 EST down but not out hello every one i am a because eater/ because am happy/sad/upset/worried .I have tryed over the years going up and down .I am looking for buddys that will help me with my walk to a better me .my self esteem keep me from meeting people or going out with out my mind worring about what people think or saying about me . Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:10:59 EST Lets see what I can do! Ok, here goes. I am 41 and a stay at home mom. I have started my own baking business; I know, dangerous when your trying to lose weight but I wanted to do something I love that would help support the family. <BR> i decided this was the weekend I was going to start making the effort to lose weight. I have three children, ages 20, 11 and 2. My 2 year old is nothing but a very large molocule of energy! I do not want to be the type of mom who becomes sedetary and I feel myself doing that. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:06:48 EST Hi Everyone!! I would like this time to thank you for letting me join to reach my weight loss goals and have a group that will be there as I make a life changing goal. I have always been a bigger woman even when I was younger as well. I have found myself not be ale to keep up with my children as they become young adults and I would like to be able to be there right along with them. I'm looking forward in my life to change a few unhealthy choices and make new ones!!! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:33:39 EST Losing weight in South Korea ain't easy. Hi everyone! My name is Chevelle and I'm a 24 (25 on the 1st of July!) year old woman...girl...woman-girl living in Daegu, South Korea as an English teacher, originally hailing from Charleston, South Carolina. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with weight my entire life, I think, and coupled with PCOS, a predisposition to diabetes, and an Italian Heritage, it's safe to say that my struggle has been more of an epic failure with a few grand moments of insignificant weight loss at best. <BR> <BR> Livi... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:57:58 EST Hello Everyone Hi, my name is Lana I'm new to this site. I hope I will gain the greatest knowledge from this site. thanks everyone. and good luck on your success and you up coming success.. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:56:21 EST bingoj Hi everyone just joined hope i can stick with it. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:13:21 EST Hello everyone! Hi! My name is Addie. I'm 27 and I live in Northern Virginia. I've got right about 25 pounds I'd like to lose. I have two young kids - a seven year old girl and an (almost) 4 year old boy. I'm a teacher, so I'm officially out of work for the summer! I also work part time in a running store. I've been trying to turn myself into a runner. I love mud races and obstacle courses and am currently training for my first full marathon as well as Tough Mudder. My biggest problem is nutrition. ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:02:53 EST Common Abbreviations Used Many people on Spark use abbreviations that can be confusing to new members. Here is a list that I HTH and isn't TMI: <BR> <BR> AP - attachment parenting <BR> BB or BBS - Internet bulletin board <BR> BBL - be back later <BR> BCPS - birth control pills <BR> BF - boyfriend or Best Friend <BR> BIL brother-in-law <BR> BRB - be right back <BR> BT - Blood Test <BR> BTDT - been there, done that <BR> BTW - by the way <BR> BUMP - Noting that you are "bumping" the message to the top of the p... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:59:17 EST Just got Spark!! Hello My name is Jamie. I will be 36 this year, I am married to a wonderful man of 12 years and have three beautiful children. I have a lot of weight to lose. I have been overweight since having my second child. I currently can wear a size 12 but would like to at least be an 8. I am not doing this alone. I am doing this program with my 14 year old daughter who is also struggling with her weight. I think having a partner will be fun and not feel so alone! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 01:01:20 EST Hello Everybody! I am a 38 (for one more month!) year old English Teacher in the beautiful state of Tennessee. I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, lived in The Sunshine State for 7 years where I taught 10th grade English and worked at Disney World during summers and breakes from school, and now live near Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a HUGE Michigan Wolverines fan! I have a four year old son that is the sunshine in my life. I am sad to say that I have almost 50 pounds to lose, because I NEVER thought I wo... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:57:25 EST loving myself hhello im on my way to a new and healthy life style Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:28:55 EST New to the Team Hi my name is Tracy and I'm new here. I'm turning 40 this year and decided it's time to get back into shape. I used to be an avid spinner and kept my weight down for years. Life happened and I stopped spinning which means the weight piled on. I gained about 35lbs in 18 mos. I've lost about half of it and decided I needed to do more to stay motivated - which brought me to this site. My goal this week is to exercise 4 days and to stay on the healthy eating plan through the weekend. Sat &... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:11:05 EST New Member! :-) hello everyone! it's my first time posting, and i'm new to spark, but super excited to start a new weight loss program! i've had a hard time with weight loss in my life, and working at the Outback Steakhouse sure doesn't help! but i'm determined to finally be at the body i want by the end of the summer. :-) join me! Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:28:49 EST New member Hi everyone, Susie from the UK just joined today and feeling really motivated and exited to get started, got a good 100 pound to loose but after spending the last 3 hours getting familiar with the site and after seeing my sister in laws inspirational progress am feeling incredibly convinced that this time I will achieve my weight loss goals and get rid of all the unpleasant health problems that being overweight has caused. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:58:59 EST New Here :) Hello!I'm new here. I'm soon to be 34. Married & have 2 kiddos. I started weight watcher's in 2000 & reached lifetime. Kept the weight off for about 2 years. I seem to go back & forth. I gain weight & lose it. I have 14lbs to lose. I love walking, biking & swimming. My downfall is journaling. I am here in hopes for support & to support others. <BR> Amber Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:57:02 EST tips on working out i want to know more ideas on working out at home,dont count with any exercise equipment... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:21:44 EST HIII :))))) Hiii i was just sittting wondering when im going to start doing something about my weight and this story about sparkpeople came on E! . im on here to hopefully obvoiuosly.. lose weight, get motivated and make friends with the same goals :) <BR> <BR> gd luck all xxxx Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:32:22 EST Could really use the support and encouragement Hi, my name is Kathy and once again I am trying to succeed in this journey to lose weight and become healthier. After some really rough years I am finally at a place in my life where I am happy. I am happy with everything but my weight and health and of course those are biggies. Being a single mother of 2 daughters that are now 18 and 20, I am learning to put myself first for a change. Not an easy thing. Any support and encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:50:39 EST Could really use the support and encouragement Hi, my name is Kathy and once again I am trying to succeed in this journey to lose weight and become healthier. After some really rough years I am finally at a place in my life where I am happy. I am happy with everything but my weight and health and of course those are biggies. Being a single mother of 2 daughters that are now 18 and 20, I am learning to put myself first for a change. Not an easy thing. Any support and encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:49:56 EST NEW MEMBER! I'M NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE...I BOUGHT THE SPARK ON MY KINDLE AND LEARNED OF THE WEB PAGE. SO FAR I LOVE IT! I DID WEIGHT WATCHER'S SEVERAL TIMES AND WOULD LOSE WEIGHT, BUT EVERYTIME I REACH MY GOAL I START EATING WHATEVER I WANT AGAIN, AND GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! I NEED A LIFESTYLE CHANGE NOT JUST A DIET. THIS WEBSITE IS LIKE WEIGHT WATCHERS BUT MUCH MORE AND IT'S FREE!!! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:50:07 EST Hello! Hello my lovely SP amigos. <BR> This is my second time registering on this site. The first time I guess I just wasn't ready to make a change in my life. Today is the day though, the day that I say enough is enough and do something about it. Just browsing the forums I see that everyone here is very supportive and I think that is fabulous!! I am excited to see what SP has to offer and excited to melt away these pounds. <BR> Have a fabulous day lovelys!! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:25:29 EST New and Terrified Hey everyone. I've been overweight since I could remember. (I was even born as a 8 pound preemie hah) I managed to get by but when I started to notice serious health issues it scared me. I felt like a dead woman walking. I knew it was time for a change. Trying to get this weight off terrifies me even more, but I knew if I had help, I would be able to take it all one day at a time and make better choices. <BR> <BR> So here I am! <BR> I can't wait to meet you all... <BR> Sharon Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:45:54 EST rosycar...out of it Ending vacation with too much baggage..treasures and luggage..literally an in need of a jump start to decrease the lbs ..that could stand for pounds or lard butt:-)...first time trying online membership ....looking forward to a new fun challenging of lighting up an improving my fit side! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:31:53 EST I'm Back! lol... Hey! <BR> My names Mandy, I'm 25 from Ottawa Canada, and ready to get real. Not my first time around, probably more like my 3rd... BUT, nonetheless, I'm still trying, and a little wiser about it! So glad Sparkpeople exists!! Looking forward to my long journey and meeting awesome ppl along the way!! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:38:28 EST Hi I'm Tammy Hello, I am Tammy from Morgantown, WV. I am here to begin a healthy life and lose weight. I am making an effort each day to get up and move. I want to feel alive again. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:23:03 EST So, I'm new here... I just signed up this morning and although I'm really excited (YAY!), I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all the features on the website. Any advice on where I should focus my time in this first week? <BR> Really looking forward to making some positive changes in my lifestyle...and so happy to know there's support from others who maybe face the same challenges I do (a busy job, trouble sleeping, tough time finding the motivation to exercise). Here's to day one! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:47:42 EST What Brought You to Sparkpeople? I thought I would try and get a little discussion going on our sparkteam! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How did you hear about sparkpeople? What made you decide to join? Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:38:44 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Joanna and I'm currently a college student on the journey of getting healthy. This summer is my time to redeem myself. :D Tue, 21 Jun 2011 03:05:41 EST New one here Hello my name is Emily. I'm a mother of two toddlers 2 &3 years old. I'm working on losing 40 pounds and getting back into my prepregnancy cl Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:28:27 EST So excited to begin my weight loss journey! Hola! My super incognito online alias is OneTwenty120. Pretty clever, huh? I am still not comfortable using my real name so until that day comes, OneTwenty120 it is. <BR> <BR> This is not my first weight loss journey, my friends. In fact, I think I've signed up on Spark People (SP) multiple times, only to delete my account after a few months of shameful inactivity. Well, not this time, I say! In the past, I have gone into my "journey" without really believing I could do it. What kind of sta... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:56:16 EST Been here 10 minutes.... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined spark people this afternoon and I am ready to make life changes!! A friend and I are doing the 100 day challenge together, our goal is to lost 30 pounds each. After I finish that challenge I will make new goals to get down to my ideal weight. <BR> <BR> I weigh 300 pounds and would like to eventually get to 150. I plan to do it in small increments so I don't get overwhelmed. I am 46 years old and live in Alberta, Canada. <BR> <BR> I will need lots ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:06:05 EST Hello Everyone! Good afternoon everyone! My name is Laura, I am 34 and I am brand new to this site, just stumbled on it. I am on the road to losing 60 or 70 pounds and have found in the past that I do so much better when I feel like I am being held accountable for what I eat and how I exercise. I am hoping that I can keep the motivatin and finally lose some weight and keep it off. My husband and I are in the process of adopting a child, and I want to ensure that I will be around for a long time to enjoy ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:11:24 EST Ready for a change !! Hey !! I just wanted to introduce myself ! My name is Liz. I live in Alabama and have an amazing husband and crazy 20 month old ! I am a stay at home mommy and also a full time student. I was always skinny till I hit highschool and really dropped all extra cirricular activities. Since then I was a little "healthy". : ) So after getting married and then having my son I have gained alot of weight. I have tried dieting and exercising alot but I was never fully committed. I am now finally ready t... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:00:44 EST Hi Hi, I new to this site and I have tried everything with little to no results. I have made myself a promise that I will work out and start walking more. I have started to eat better and has lost 23 pounds so far. Good luck to everyone on this neverending but worth it lifestyle change. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:07:48 EST Journey to weight lost Hi, I'm a girl who love to become thin but stay healthy. I'm used to become thin before my weight started to increase about a few months ago. So, I need to lost the weight that I have increased. I aimed to lost 15 kg in 4 months. Really hope that I can do that. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:52:45 EST Hello Everyone! Just joined the "Spark Team". Hope to make new friends who are looking to live a healthy life. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:35:13 EST Hey I'm Sara and I'm sick of being a fatty! Hey everyone as you can tell I am here to lose weight, keep track or what I eat, drink , what Calories I burn off and to gain tips and advice at the same time, heres a little about me: I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and recently I got to a point where I was sick of dieting with no help and no real weight loss so I went to my doctor and told him everything and how I am getting stressed out about dieting and exercising but putting on weight and worst of all I feel... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:12:36 EST Here Goes Nothing I'm 20 and feel huge! I've been trying hard to keep myself eating healthy. It works until I get together with friends and we pop open a bag of chips. Before we know it, 2 of us have consumed an entire bag of Doritos! I need motivation to stay away from foods like this and get my mind to think about something else besides food all the time! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:00:50 EST new to sparkpeople hello, just wanted to introduce myself and say i am new to this site, and hoping it works :) Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:08:57 EST New member Hi, I just signed up tonight. I'm hoping I can keep my promise to connect with the community members. It will be hard for me but I think it will help keep me on track! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:10:35 EST Beautiful, but in search of more beauty I'll be 21 this year and I've been the same size since I turned 13. I am a size 12/13, but many of the stylesof clothing that I want to wear just don't fit correctly. I am currently at 165, terribly out of shape, and would like to attain a better level of health, and get down to 135. I need all the advice and support I can get, so please, help me reach my goal! <BR> <BR> I look forward to being supported and supporting my fellow dieters. :) <BR> <BR> Bethany Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:30:01 EST PROUD PLUS SIZE!!! HELLO BEAUTIFUL PPL, I'M MO, A JUNIOR IN COLLEGE LOOKING TO MAKE A PERMANENT HEALTHY CHANGE WHILE SHEDDING THE POUNDS OF FRESHMEN YEAR AND YEARS OF BAD EATING HABITS. I'M LOOKING TO GET SERIOUS THIS TIME AND STICK TO THE PLAN. I'M NOT ASHAMED OF MY WEIGHT BUT AM LOOKING TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT...SHOPPING FOR AMAZING JEANS IS A PLUS. THE PROPORTIONS OF MY BODY MAKE IT HARD TO FIND GREAT LOOKING PLUS SIZE CLOTHING. IS IT JUST ME OR THE BIGGER THE SIZES THE MORE HIDEOUS THE CLOTHES GET? ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:13:37 EST SP Class Summer Words - ABC Game In ABC order, type in a summer word/s. <BR> <BR> A = at the beach <BR> <BR> next person starts their first word with the letter B Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:58:21 EST Bragging Rights / Success Stories Use this thread to brag about your accomplishments and all your successes (large and small)! Tue, 31 May 2011 20:28:45 EST SP Class Questions??? If you are unsure or need information about something, please use this thread to ask your questions. <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:26:54 EST SP Class Wheel Points - How Many? Spin the wheel to see how many points you can accumulate each day. Record your number here. <BR> Site is at <link><BR>nts.asp </link> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:22:54 EST SP Class Trivia Questions - how did you do? Sharpen your mind and learn more about healthy living in a few minutes each day! You need to get 3 questions correct to finish the game. Click here to get to the questions: <BR> <link><BR>ome.asp </link> Tue, 31 May 2011 20:20:22 EST SP Class Chit-Chat - Join our Discussions This thread is for discussing all the things that we never get to talk about on the other threads. Our victories, our disappointments, our joys, and our family life. We can even try to solve the problems of the world and have fun doing it! Click on the REPLY button above to join us! Tue, 31 May 2011 17:42:59 EST