SparkPeople SP Class of August 28- September 3, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=50370 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from August 28- September 3, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 28- September 3, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=50370 Let's get back to basics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50370x58730846 I have been putting team spark points on this team every day, and thought I'd stop by. I can see we have been inactive for a year! Anyone ready to bring us back? We all started together, and those of us still here should be proud!! <BR> <BR> Are you meeting your goals? Have you exceeded them? What is the hardest thing for you? <BR> Drop a note here and let me know! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:24:27 EST I am still your team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x52629348 <em>245</em> i have not posted im have been busy,i am still your team leader Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:47:13 EST NEW CHALLENGE FOR 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x51371947 Are you stll a member of this team i have a challenge for you let me know if you have any ideas for a winter challenge Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:39:58 EST I AM STILL YOUR LEADER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x50596112 Sorry i have not posted im have been busy Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:44:34 EST I'M HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x47781606 Hi my name is Wasila. I'm here and hopefully, finally I will stay. I know it's up to me but I'm depending on Spark people support! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:40:21 EST Hello I'm Leslee and i want to lose half of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x45958742 I'm sitting here listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir trying to find inspiration to help me get brave enough to dive into Spark People to help me tackle my weight problem but I am scared. I am afraid that once again I will fail. I would like to lose about 100 pounds. Nothing would make me happier, yet that happiness eludes me. Then I feel like a failure and I go on that diet cycle again and again. One plus I do have is I exercise. I have for 30+ years so my health is good, but as I g... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:41:56 EST Hey Guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x45888703 I'm back and this time until I reach my goal weight. I had let circumstances justify quitting--no more. I always say you can't let circumstances dictate your life--it's about time I took my own advice. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of the lies I hid behind to explain away my obesity and I have embarked on a personal journey of honesty towards attaining my goal. My blog will reflect that. <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing in the journey with me. <BR> et Sat, 7 Jan 2012 20:56:01 EST hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x45377308 Hey everyone,im new,and everything is a lil bit confusing and i need help too..well pleased to meet yall and do leave me some messages..its kinda lonely Mon, 5 Dec 2011 06:20:11 EST Helpful Hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50370x44984918 I've been stalled a bit in losing weight, did good for the first 6 weeks but am now trying to get back on track. So what is one thing you have found that helps? Pat Tue, 8 Nov 2011 16:42:33 EST I've had it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44907003 I have just started using this site so I am not used to how everything works yet. I have been on what seems like a three month binge, it is the roller coaster ride of eating sweets and can't stop. I started this site to get help to lose weight and get support. I have osteoarthritis in my knee and it is hard to get around. Losing weight will help lessen the pain. I really need all kinds of support. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 18:39:00 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44734194 Hi my name is Aminah, i have joined weeks ago and struggling to loose fifteen kg. i have stopped eating carbs and already lost three kgs in ten days . I am very happy Mon, 24 Oct 2011 05:16:04 EST HELP!!!!! I need motivation to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44521354 My name is Jazmin Friedman im 23 years old and i have the most beautiful little 4 month old. I have a problem i just cant get started with my workouts. I would like to have a workout buddy with the same goals as me so i can be on my way and start loosing the weight that is necesarry. I live in kissimmee Fl but 5 minutes from hunters creek. I would love not only motivation from my peers on sparks but also a workout partner. I also have The new zumba cds so a zumba partners and or a bike partne... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:57:53 EST Hi, I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44515652 I started spark and lost 10 pounds, but then I gained 3...help!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:26:17 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44278617 Hello everyone. I'm Jessie and I've been on spark people for 3 weeks but this is my first post. Spreading into new territory. I had a cold this weekend so I kind of slacked off but feeling much better today. Already took a walk for the day and gonna keep on track again. I wish everyone the best of luck this week at keeping up with their goals. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:52:07 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44261493 I am a hypnotherapist and a clinical nutritionist. I am in the process of setting up my practice helping people to reduce weight, overcome food cravings, and build confidence and self-esteem. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:34:49 EST Hey Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44189256 Hi Everyone my name is Randi'Lynn I just joined sparkpeople in the beginning of September and I am so excited about this website it is so great and so full of information....I had a little delay in my start when my Gazelle (exercise equipment) broke but it is fixed and I am back on track. I am 29 and a chef for a living. I have two children McKayla who is 6 1/2 and Brayden who is 20 months. I have a great boyfriend of three years who is very supportive in anything I want to do. All in all I h... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:00:28 EST Hello losers [of fat] ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44082029 At least for me, getting rid of the fat seems to be a question of keeping it in "the agenda"... Sparkpeople web site seems to be designed very well for that purpose. There are tons of information and several ways to communicate with people having the same purpose, as well as constant reminders. I have been using it for the past 2 weeks, and it seems that I am constantly reminded of the fat-riddance project that I have embarked on. Kudos to you, Sparkpeople! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:23:51 EST Today's Tip - Surviving The Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x44036431 Having trouble keeping up healthy habits over the weekend is a common problem area. If you're finding weekends are your downfall, this article has tips that can help! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=409 </link> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 06:37:33 EST Hiya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44011545 Hi all! I'm Mel, 20yo Aussie living in Canada. Somewhere between a new life and homesickness (and too many packets of oreos/ jars of nutella!) my clothes became tighter and put on 20lb! Can totally relate to everyone where it seems to "creep up" on you! <BR> Anyway, I'm here now, eating healthier and exercising more (or trying at least :P). I've challenged myself to go 30 days without sugar, which is pretty hard considering the size of my sweet tooth! <BR> I love reading all your stories- get... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:40:52 EST Learning to lose "on the road" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x44006124 I am a mother of two school age kids and work full time as a sales manager. I travel weekly working with people in 16 states. A few years ago I lost ALL the weight I needed to lose using Weight Watchers and a regular exercise program. I was able to keep it off until I start my current position 2 years ago which requires me to be away from home two to three nights a week. Now I am staying in hotels and eating out regularly. I have put on much of the weight I lost and am feeling frustrated... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:58:13 EST Hi my name is Keith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43983813 I just started with spark about a week ago and already have the feeling that this site and group of people will help reach goals. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:31:42 EST A new me towards success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43972372 Hi, <BR> My name is Lagifetu Chang, I came across the sparks people website on 9/1/2011 and I signed up immediately. I am looking forward to great results. I am on my way to losing weight and a healthy lifestyle. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:32:32 EST Inspirational Blog of the Day - 10 Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43950811 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469411 </link> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 08:53:08 EST A new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43945136 I am an unemployed mom of 3 ( 8,6 & 3 years old) I tried so many things to loose weight without success. I was lookink for calories counter site when I found the spark people site and I am very excited. I very need to drop some pounds right now, because I am obese, I have High blood pressure and I have diabetes history in my family. my doctor asked me to loose weight if I want to avoid diabetes. the site has so many informations and I am learning a lot every day. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 22:35:24 EST Hello, I am a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43944499 Good evening, I am a newbie to this website. <BR> I have 40 pounds to lose and am determined to get this flubber off so my muscles can shine thru. I have a personal trainer and strength train 3 days a week and am doing cardio at least 5 times a week. Looking forward to participating in this website. So far, I enjoy everything i am doing. <BR> <BR> My one question is why does the Fitness tracker not record calories for weight training. if I do strength training for 30 minutes and cardio... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:59:38 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43933219 I am KJ. I am a 36 year old mother of two. I am at my heaviest right now. I need to get healthy to get more energy to keep up with my kids and also to just feel better about myself. My self esteem is suffereing right now and that is not the kind of mom or wife that I want to be. I did really great the first few days on here but then the weekend hit and it all went downhill. But, it's a new week and I am going to try again. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:20:50 EST Marshaye DeVon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43927602 Good Morning my Spark peers, <BR> I am a bit nervous and somewhat stress out about the weight that I have gained over the last several years. I have noticed a decline in my esteem as well as my emotional state of mind. I am a Supervisor and I work a very difficult shift that is somewhat hard for me to eat correctly. I am working on getting away from sweets and cola's. I don't frequent the gyms simply because I am not fond of the mixed environment and I do have trouble motivating myself. I see... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 03:22:02 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43924181 I am new to SparkPeople, and I am trying to understand how the site works. I may need help from time to time. For example, how do you log in the exact foods you ate for a day? I may not have eaten something from that choice list. Is there a way to put on the list the foods I eat that are not on the pull down menu or replacement menu? If there is please let me know. I am happy to be here. Need to lose 50 lbs or more. Been trying to lose it for over a year, but keep getting a yo yo effect. I a... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:54:28 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43921212 Hello, my name is Ashley! Im 20 and im trying to lost like 16 lbs. but its hard when you dont have any support. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 19:05:26 EST You Don't Want to Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50370x43918322 <BR> <BR> I am already feeling discouraged because most people are young than I and have much less weight to lose. <BR> <BR> I am a great cheerleader, but I do battle depression, and I don't want to put myself in a situation where I am helping others succeed but they don't understand where I am coming from in terms of size and years. <BR> <BR> I am distinguishing this from "making excuses" because I am thinking it through and posting it ahead of time to try to avoid that very thing--excu... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:45:56 EST Confused? Overwhelmed? Have a question? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21079x50370x43908520 You can find a lot of information if you go to your "start" page - on the bar across the top there is a tab on the right-hand side that says "How to Use This Site". There you will find a Getting Started Guide, site tour videos and a FAQ with answers to many of your questions. <BR> <BR> But please, don't be shy! Feel free to ask for help! <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 02:32:46 EST hii http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43906773 hello sparkpeople! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:14:17 EST Hello fellow spark people.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43906347 Hi my name is Erin, I have lost 75lbs in a little over a year. I plateaued for a couple of months then found you!! I believe this is just the change that I have been looking for... so far so good. I love how this is teaching nutrition as well as weight loss!! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 22:42:18 EST Today's Tip - Handling Set Backs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43893252 Here's a REALLY great article about how to handle it when you experience set backs: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=84 </link> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 03:53:21 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43888655 Hi, I am on a mission for losing approximately 30 more lbs. I have been working at my full goal since February and just looking for some new motivation. I have already lost 33. I am looking forward to meeting you on here and being a support to your weight loss as well. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:33:07 EST Looking for a accountability buddy =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43886704 Hiyas! <BR> <BR> I have the hardest time trying to find someone that shares in the same common health areas as I do (losing weight, type of exercise, accountability, make best food choices) so I'm looking for a buddy that is willing to talk with me and congratulate if I maintain my goals, encourage to continue and to look past mini-mistakes, share daily exercise routines, etc. I wanna do that for someone as well! Basically if I somehow maintain willpower during the stuffed potato lunch ext... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 16:41:59 EST new comer to the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43884826 so far I love this site. It has invigorated me to loss weight again. I have only been using it for 4 day and have lost 7lbs. I know that is mostly water weight but it still keeps me motivated. I love to Hula hoop for exercise and my energy level has gone up. I have to excuse not not to track what I eat or do more activity. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 13:45:14 EST Looking for a accountability buddy =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43883043 Hiyas! <BR> <BR> I have the hardest time trying to find someone that shares in the same common health areas as I do (losing weight, type of exercise, accountability, make best food choices) so I'm looking for a buddy that is willing to talk with me and congratulate if I maintain my goals, encourage to continue and to look past mini-mistakes, share daily exercise routines, etc. I wanna do that for someone as well! Basically if I somehow maintain willpower during the stuffed potato lunch ext... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 11:15:42 EST Hello all! My name is Mandy Hart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43873610 Hi everyone. My name is Mandy Hart. I'm here because I want to lose 115 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. I've tried losing weight before, like so many others. But this time I'm also blogging about my progress and setbacks. I've been blogging for about a month now at http://thefatgirlsguidetolife.com, and it has added a whole accountability aspect that I've been needing. So far so good. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping Spark People can help me to keep track of my goals though. I'm also looking f... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 18:12:17 EST 5acres http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43873137 From So. Ill. we have a five acre homestead near Salem, il. I retired from the Stae of Illinois after 20 years and now am a Shaklee Independet Distributor. These 64 years have been pretty good to me. But my God has been even better to me! Starting at 207 and going to 165 by August 1, 2012. Hopefully I might be able to climb Long's Peak in Colorado in 2012. Also,wondering if the Mayans might be right. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:31:33 EST I really need a Kick Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43868153 =I'm new to this group please help me sorting out..... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:25:31 EST ALOHA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43858742 Hey there all! I'm trying to get my husband and I healthy and losing some weight! I am having trouble getting pregnant and my obgyn has stated that losing some weight will help along with some other information as well! So I'm here looking for help on motivation, recipes, exercise tips, and diet tips! Thanks for helping out!! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:24:03 EST Intro to Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43857328 Hi, <BR> I'm Andrea. I'm an college student and I'm tired of running out of breath walking around on campus, its embarassing. I'm ready for a major change in my life. I know that I can do this. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:49:40 EST Hello, I'm mnicarol and I've just started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43855082 I'm just learning how Sparkpeople works. I have a lot to lose but so far 65 pounds is gone. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 17:12:49 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43854018 Hi everyone, my name is Stacy and I am new to the site, I hope it helps me meet my goals and I look forward to helping other meet their goal as well. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 16:02:03 EST Hi everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43848363 Brand new to SP and looking forward to the adventure! Just wanted to say "hello" and get the ball rolling :) Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:22:50 EST Tip of the day - Smartphone Apps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43845408 We were talking in the Daily Check in and Chat thread about tracking on the go. You can use a notebook, a daily planner, a calender - whatever works for you. Another tool Sparkpeople has given us is smartphone apps! There are trackers, and there's even a Sparkrecipes App for your phone (invaluable for me when my mate is using the computer while I'm cooking)! <BR> <BR> Check 'em out! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mobile-apps.asp </link> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 07:54:57 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43843585 I am a 49 year old woman who knows that my best years are ahead of me and I want to be in shape to enjoy them. My husband and I are planning a trip to Cancun in January and I WILL be the hot momma in a purple bikini on the beach. I am a newly-wed (less than a year now) and I married a DREAM-BOAT of a man. Life is good. My children and his are adults and NOW are the years I have waited for. I would love to connect with anyone who would be willing to share with me what keeps you motivated ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 01:57:32 EST new tonight-need to try something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43840433 Hi All-New to Sparkpeople tonight. I need a lot of help staying motivated during this weight loss process. So many goals I have for myself that I never follow through with. This is going to be a new start! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:59:09 EST trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43836883 Hey everybody. My name is Maria. I have created about 4 different spark people user names lol so hopefully this one's the winner. When I initially used the site I lost about 15 pounds, and in the past year i've gained about 20 working long shifts at an office job (11-12 hr days, 4 days a week). My strategy this time around will be cooking bulk meals at home so I can stop eating out so much and getting my lazy butt to the gym on my days off. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:29:06 EST Hi Everyone , I am Kassidy DaiShan , http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43835027 Hi everyone , I am new @ Sparkpeople , I thought I would make a Post to introduce myself . I hope to make a lot of friends and support along my Journey :D Hope to talk soon! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:15:38 EST Worst metabolism on planet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43832538 HI, I joined this site because i am depressed and frustrated. I have needed to loose at least 20 lbs my whole life (age 49) . 3 years ago i joined the YMCA and did their 90 day FIT program, with a nutrionist, coach and trainer. This was goint to be IT for me. I followed the program to the T and lost 4 lbs and a few inches in 3 mos.. They were baffled. I had all the medical tests, all were ok. Jump ahead 3 years...same size. I am an admitted foodie, devour cookbooks, love converting recipies... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:32:43 EST My Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43831385 Hi! Im looking for support to loose these unwanted and lingering pounds. Need to be held accountable for non excersise on those days I just dont feel like it. The constant craving for the sweets and tracking my progress. I was 'banded' on aug 5 of this year. So far lost #30lbs. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:20:09 EST brand new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43830269 just joined today 8/31 and a little overwhelmed by all the intricacies of this technology yet want to dive in and get committed to spark vision. so encouraged by the success stories! look forward to meeting others just joining too for mutual inspiration. have a fabulous day! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:16:00 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43830126 Two mommas who always seem to be workin! At home, at work, at raising our kids and at becoming the best we can be! <BR> <BR> Our journey through thick and thin! Our triumphs and our downfalls. What works, and what doesn’t. Recipes, motivational stuff and ramblings! You will see it all here! <BR> <BR> We hope to do a couple things with this blog. Provide ourselves a place to vent, commiserate, motivate, cheer on and hold ourselves accountable! Everyone is welcome! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 11:08:51 EST Tip Of The Day - Drinking More Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43824121 Here's a great article on how to get in your 8 glasses per day: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1014 </link> <BR> <BR> Me personally, I have a water bottle that holds about 50 fl. ounces (which comes to just over 6 glasses) I keep by my desk at work. My goal is to finish it before the end of my work day - then I've only got 2 more glasses to get in before bed. For me, the sooner I meet my goal, the less likely I'll be up 6 or 7 times running to... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:02:15 EST New girl on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43821009 Hey hey <BR> I'm new to this! I used to do Weight Watchers and actually lost a good bit of weight, but then I gained all of it back, and some extra, just in case I may need that later. I'm hypothyroid, allergic to everything under the sun except for gluten, and the amount of stress I carry around could probably kill an elephant. Not that I would wish harm to an elephant. They're cute, and seem like nice animals. <BR> <BR> My goal is basically to learn how to live healthier, and maybe gain s... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:44:50 EST Hi, Spark Newbie here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43812934 My name is Maricela and I'm on the road to fitness with my family working right alongside me. I have traveled the road before, but never with my husband as dedicated as he is now. With him along, I am confident we are going to conquer the weight loss terrain, despite all her peaks and valleys. <BR> <BR> I am a thirty-something, mother of two young girls. I enjoy painting and the company of loved ones. I am looking forward to being able to bowl, roller skate, and lift weights again. If you w... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:44:57 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43808371 I'm hoping that this will help......need some motivation to start my journey back to a healthier lifestyle and weight. I've tried several things and just can't get my head into it so maybe this will be the ticket to my success!! Hope so! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:28:06 EST Dealing with Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43806053 One of my favorite articles dealing with how to handle set backs along the way! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=84 </link> <BR> <BR> So how do YOU handle it when you are struggling, when the cravings win or you make a less-than-healthy choice? It's *going* to happen - everyone has those moments. Do you have a plan? What do you think could help you turn the corner and climb back on the wagon instead of throwing in the towel? <BR> <BR> Discuss! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 02:40:30 EST Today's Motivational Blog - Achievement vs. Succes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43805979 From one of my favorite "kick in the pants" motivators Yoovie - <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407248 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 02:21:16 EST Loosing it... Without 'loosing it' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43803841 I first ran across Spark People about a 14 months ago. I did very well for 2 months and then fell of the wagon when the kids started back to school. I didn't plan my time well enough, and didn't make myself a priority. <BR> <BR> Well now I'm back. I figure they are in school for the next 9-10 months, We go through the a few weeks of adjusting to the new school routine every year, as long as they are adjusting to a new routine, so can I. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:52:52 EST Hello Sparklers!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43800372 Well, this is my first day and my first post. An introduction.....this is not my favorite thing to talk about but okay....the book of ME. I know you can't tell but I've been sitting here for about 5 min. trying to figure out where to start and what to say. LOL. People who know me would find that very hard to believe. Okay, I live in IOWA. In the country with the corn, beans, and DUST. I am a Christian and I have 2 grown daughters, one in CA and one close by. She(the close by one) has 2 kid... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:44:12 EST mee I'm Rosa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43799413 I'm here hope it helps I'm looking for a "partner" to help me get this off me!!! I have 2 people to shed hahahha. <BR> I am starting tbe gym mananna!!! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:50:49 EST Hi, I'm Nerissa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43798882 I am on course to lose 11 kg. <BR> It has been a period of upheaval for me, moving to a new country (New Zealand), starting a new job , I'm a social worker, and getting acquainted with a new style of living. <BR> I have to stay focused on reaching my goal, as I now feel that I have low self-esteem due to my weight gain. <BR> I've fallen out of love with exercise, and I believe that this has contributed largely (!!!!) to my weight gain. <BR> I've joined this site as I need to have support fro... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:19:40 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43798151 I just started this today and I am very excited. I am a certified nutritional consultant so I generally know what to eat, I just eat too much of it!! I need this type of forum to get back to basics. Thanks! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:34:57 EST thanks for having me and giving me motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43797946 I am 24 yrs old with 2 children. After i had my last child i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have gained 40 lbs, and am having the hardest time losing weight. I am starting to get depressed and am not looking right in the clothes I want to wear. Now the doctor has just informed me i am pre diabetic.. i need help. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:22:31 EST Franniann~~New on this site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43797487 I am hoping to lose 40 lbs in spite of the fact that I am on meds that cause weight gain. Hope I can find the right foods and the right exercises to help me do this. I am unable to walk very far due to health issues, but I do pool exercises and hope to do chair exercises. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:52:25 EST A NEW BEGINING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43796214 IT'S TIME TO GET DOWN... A BETTER ME IS WAITING... HERE GOES... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:23:02 EST Hi, I'm Jessica http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43795794 Hello Everyone! My name is Jessica and I live in the Orlando, Florida area. I work full-time and am finishing my degree online, am currently separated, and I have a handsome 4 year old boy. I've just signed up and am excited to make healthy changes in my life. I look forward to meeting others on here who are doing the same! :) Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:56:41 EST well howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794781 No more excuses...I'm here to get fit and healthy before 2012. I'm here in Florida and hope to make this work <em>20</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:02:25 EST Not So SparkyPeople New.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794737 Hi Sparkies... My name is Kim. I've been on SP since January 2010... but closed my page so many times (lost count) ... I have re-opened this one in an attempt to refind my spark that I lost. Hopefully this time will be the one that lasts longer than a week. (lol!) :) <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi! :) Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:01:59 EST Well allow me to introduce myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794632 Hey guys. I'm Dann. I'm a 22 year old guy from Pennsylvania who's currently trying to lose 40 pounds. After that I'll still be overweight but will decide where to go from there. <BR> <BR> As for personal stuff. <BR> <BR> I'm a father of a beautiful 6 month old boy. He lives with his mom. We're separated but working on it. I only get to see him once a week 'cause of the long drive between us but I really love the hell out of him. <BR> <BR> I used to consider myself a musician an... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:55:16 EST New Starter - I've tried so many different diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794466 I'm 53 years old I'm a full time office worker who drives to work 45 mins each way. I'm a Nanny to an 18 month old little boy who I love having & playing with.I have over 3 stone to lose & so many things happening at the moment which I wish I was slimmer for - a 30th bithday fancy dress party in 1 week - A Wedding in 6 weeks - a Graduation in 10 weeks - Christmas - another grandchild due to be born in March 2012. <BR> I want to lose this weight & keep it off, I do have a walking buddy at work... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:45:37 EST I am finally ready- :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794403 Hi- I feel ready to start a healthy plan and I am very motivated with my Zumba classes- I hope to get a lot of support and support others in our journey to a slimmer body. How's everybody doing? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:42:00 EST 44 and sick and tired of being sick and tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43794002 I am back after a few years....I am 44 and have had it with myself. I eat my way through life and if I hear one more person tell me how beautiful I'd be if I lost weight I will scream. I am intelligent, happily married and have more energy than most thin people, I just CANNOT quit eating. I hope to find some shoulders to lean on, some ears to listen and some motivation to get my ass moving....Help me please... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:19:37 EST Starting a new Life one pound off at a time!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43791045 I am 35 years old with 2 kids (7 and 8) the largest of 4 siblings and it is my time to shine. My kids are at that age where they want me to go outside and play with them but i was always to tired and would send them out to pay with each other while i sit and watch. I am tired of watching my 4 sisters dress to go out in their cute outfits while I put on my jeans with the big big shirt. I am mentally ready for this change and it is a long time coming. I have tried other diets before because... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:31:23 EST I'm Back!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43790162 Hello again!! I came here a few yrs ago (can be found on here as savedjen for original profile), trying to get back on the wagon after losing 100# & gaining 20-ish back, but then fell off the wagon so hard I musta knocked myself out bc I ended up gaining more...and more...and more..finally ended up gaining like 96 of the 100 back. There have been multiple issues that led up to it, but ultimately, there is NO excuse!!! So, instead of hating myself for it, here I am, again, after loosing like 1... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:52:06 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43788183 Hi I'm Jennie. I was on this site once before with great success but had lost my way so I'm here to do it again and commit to success. I hope that I'll be motivated by your success and I can be your motivation too. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:11:53 EST Hi, im a new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43787687 Hi, i have just started spark people, I have tried all sorts of diets and this looks the best one, I need to loose over 2 stone and hopefully i will do it this time. <BR> Best of luck to everyone Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:40:49 EST Daily Check In & General Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x50370x43786942 I figured having a place where we can just chat and get to know each other could prove useful! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:03:40 EST Hi! I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43786367 Hi! My name is Ang and I just joined Sparkpeople.com! I am really hoping this site will help me with my weight loss goals! Mon, 29 Aug 2011 03:01:33 EST My title is "better late than never" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43785856 I am a healthy but unfit 72 year old female who is motivated to get healthy, improve my engergy level and live the life I have left. I am very active, still working and want to maximize my potential. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 01:05:54 EST Today's Inspirational Blog - 100 lbs lost with SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21080x50370x43784551 Callikia doesn't sugar-coat it, losing 100 lbs was HARD and fraught with struggles, but she did it! So can you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452561 </link> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:09:15 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43781421 My name is Janet, and I am a weight watchers drop out....... and here I am at sparkpeople. I am divorced , live with a couple of rotten cats and have alot of weight to lose. I am feeling discouraged at the moment...... but am still glad to be here. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:58:44 EST Hiya. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43779602 Excited about a fresh start and a new me (well physically) Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:47:57 EST Location Location Location! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43779455 I totally forgot to add "so where is everybody from" in the "introduction thread" - finding folks who are near to you that can support you, hold you accountable, or just be local spark buddies can really come in handy. <BR> <BR> So where do you live? :) And if it's different, where are you from? <BR> <BR> Euphrates <BR> (life-long Cincinnatian here) Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:38:25 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43779280 Hi everyone! Excited to be here and it's great to meet everyone, I hope to make lots of supportive friends! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:24:18 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50370x43775611 Just wanted to say hi to my fellow sparkers! My name is Kat and I'm 23 years old. I'm actually not new to Sparkpeople, but rather back. Back in 2008 I lost 40 pounds following everything Sparkpeople gave me and unfortunately I fell off the wagon and never was able to get back on following the death of my mother. But I am back now and looking for new friends and a new beginning that I know I need, want, and deserve. Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:33:42 EST