SparkPeople HEART HEALTHY TEAM Team Messageboard Through proper Nutrition and Exercise we can live a healthy productive life. Be kind to your heart. SparkPeople HEART HEALTHY TEAM Team Messageboard Just joined Good afternoon. Just joined this group. I'm a long time Sparks member but struggle making good choices. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:37:00 EST Healthy Lifestyle Hello, my name is Yvonne. I joined SparkPeople back in 2010, and I'm back with the Heart Healthy Team to start my journey on living a healthy life style. <em>363</em> Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:22:29 EST vickie I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:27 EST ICD? Does anyone in here have an ICD or pacemaker? Does anyone have a history of heart disease? Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:30:03 EST Daily Chat Drop by and visit daily. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:33:11 EST Hi Hi Hey guys. I am a 32 year old mother of 2. Just this past October I had a-fib and v-fib and had an ICD placed. I never had heart issues before this, but I am immune suppressed. I decided that God granted me another chance at life and I'm gonna make it the best life I can. I know I need to treat my heart and body with care and give it the best chance to heal. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:38:12 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GREEN VEGGIE? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GREEN VEGGIE? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:51:12 EST Testing and more Hi I had a cardiolite test done back in March with the results of my doctor now scheduling an angiogram. He sees that I may need stents but not sure if I will need bypass surgery. I am totally freaked out and am so worried. I don't want to leave my husband behind he would lose it. I need more information so I'm not so stressed. It's not good for me. I am also awaiting bariatric surgery, this was a clearance the surgeon needed. Please anyone with some advice. Thank you Thu, 1 May 2014 05:31:58 EST Rose Lutton Hi just started using sparkspeople. I live in Big Bear Ca. I have 120 pounds to loose. I was on insulin for a year and my doctor realize how much I gained in a year and took me off the insulin. I do exercise 5 days doing cardio classes. I do have a question because I am confused. When went into sparkspeople in the interent I decided to sign up my calorie goal was 1200 to 1400 which is correct. However when I downloaded the app on my iPhone 5 and iPad it stated my calories should be 1400- 17... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:22:44 EST Eat More Veggies Eat one more serving of veggies each day , come back and report what you ate. <BR> This is a great time to find fresh veggies. Enjoy veggies for snacks also. <BR> <em>4</em> <em>291</em> <em>210</em> <em>291</em> <em>368</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> <em>267</em> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:54:35 EST SQIRLEY54 HI EVERYONE IM A NEW MEMBER OF SPARKPEOPLE ! I NEED TO LOSE ALOT OF WEIGHT AT LEAST 75 LBS AND I CAN USE ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT ANYONE CAN GIVE ME ! IM TRYING TO EAT ONLY 1000 CALORIES A DAY !! LORD I NEED HELP WITH ALL OF THIS !! THANK AND HAVE A GREAT DAY . Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:37:29 EST Going beyond dipping my toe in Hi, I'm Janet 51 year old single woman. I have traveled a lot in my life and even lived in Russia for several years. I am now spinning my wheels in the corporate world. I teach an aqua boot camp class several times a week which I love. Getting paid (even a little) to work our and challenge others! I can be outgoing when I want to, but am really a closet introvert. I find it difficult to express my feelings and writing this stuff is really a step outside my comfort zone, but I'm taking t... Thu, 23 May 2013 22:11:06 EST Hello Hi, My name is Patsy. I live in Harlan, KY. I've been a Spark member for more than a year, just haven't been active on the site. Hoping to change that. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:38:37 EST Weight loss of 5 kgs by Easter I will start the ball rolling - I lost 300 grams at my weighin on Monday. <em>9</em> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:13:07 EST What is your favorite fruit? What is your favorite fruit? <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:24:45 EST Hello, I am ready for a healthy lifestyle. I have been struggle with my weight since my 10 year old son was born. I have hypothyroid problems. But after watching food matters, I decided to stop eating dairy and meet. I have lost 20lbs in a little over 5 weeks. I also bought the nutri-bullet to start juicing for one meal a day. I am starting to exercise this week. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:07:54 EST Heart Failure Newbie ;) Hi Folks! <BR> <BR> I have had a healthy heart my entire life. In late August I became suddenly very ill (flu-like) and could not breathe. I began to wheeze at night. <BR> <BR> These syptoms ebbed and flowed in September, I went to my pulmonologist and had a chest X ray. Enlarged heart. Yet, I passed my pulmonary function test. My daughter had spinal surgery the end of September. I needed to be at her home early in the morning to watch my grandkids. I was oh so sick, tired and out of... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:56:19 EST Spice Add a spice to our list. <em>4</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:00:51 EST Positive or Negative today? Do you feel positive or negative today? Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:28:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:21:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:08:54 EST Live Heart Healthy Hi! My name is Yvonne and I'm a new member. I have high blood presure and high cholesterol. I'm learning to eat healthy foods and cut out the salt, I use Mrs. Dash and McCormick's salt free seasonings. I also know its important to move more (Exercise) and that good for heart health. <BR> <BR> Have A Great Day! <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> <em>357</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:29:36 EST I will lose 20 lbs I have started this diet a number of times but I dont ever stick with it..... <BR> I want to stop taking meds just because Im over weight.... <BR> I want to get healthy... <BR> This is my NEW YEAR promise to myself... <BR> And watching tv with my husband will not be my #1 chose anymore.... <BR> He is very suportive in me losing weight.... but I start then I just give up on myself... <BR> Not any more I have about 60 lbs to loose but I would be happy with the start of 20 lbs... <BR> thank you ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:16:42 EST I will lose 20 lbs I have started this diet a number of times but I dont ever stick with it..... <BR> I want to stop taking meds just because Im over weight.... <BR> I want to get healthy... <BR> This is my NEW YEAR promise to myself... <BR> And watching tv with my husband will not be my #1 chose anymore.... <BR> He is very suportive in me losing weight.... but I start then I just give up on myself... <BR> Not any more I have about 60 lbs to loose but I would be happy with the start of 20 lbs... <BR> thank you ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:14:16 EST Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas..... Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas <BR> Eat Right, Even When There's No Time <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 937 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? You just spent eight hours with no food or water. You’re dehydrated, your blood sugar is low and you have little energy. And now it’s time to hurry the kids off to school before the eight-hour workday. More than any other point in the day, you need nouri... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:27:00 EST Think "Fit", Not "Fast".... Think ''Fit'', Not ''Fast'' <BR> Modern Inconveniences <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> You stare at your to-do list with dread: Unload the dishwasher, return the library books, do the laundry, pick up dinner, drop the kids off at the mall, go to the gym…and that’s just the beginning. The list seems endless and unfortunately, your time is not. <BR> <BR> The good news is that one simple change has the ability to shorten your list, save you money, improve your health,... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:57:51 EST Take a Vacation from the Blues.... Take a Vacation from the Blues <BR> Health News Flash <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A recent study by researchers at Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin has confirmed that women who frequently take vacations are less likely to become tense, depressed or tired and are more satisfied with their marriages. <BR> <BR> Researchers studied 1,500 women and compared psychological stress, quality of marital life, and disruptive home life due to work. Nearly one ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:07:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:28:44 EST Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices <BR> The Do's and Don'ts of Motivating Others <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’ve been working hard to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you probably know how difficult that can be, and how important it is to have the support and help of others who are doing the same thing. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s success, gotten some important advice, or found a sympathetic liste... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:08:20 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am retired and a caregiver to my disabled husband (for 18 1/2 years) and also to my Dad and Mom. I have CAD and have one stent at this point. I try to keep my cholesterol down and my other numbers where they belong. I am also being treated for high blood pressure but that has been under control for a long time now. I must be doing something right because my cardiologist said he doesn't need for me to come back in for a year. <em>334</em> <BR> I could use losing a little more weig... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:50:01 EST First day Hi, I'm Amber! I just joined today and I'm very excited to have found this website. It looks like an amazing tool to help with changing to a healthier life! <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old stay at home mom of two. I've been married for 8 years and we live in central Ohio. I've been overweight my whole life and have spent countless hours, days, months, YEARS letting my excuses and past hurts keep me from getting rid of this FAT. <BR> <BR> Today is the day I let go of all the excuses and reasons ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:32:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:04:43 EST Sabrina Blevins Hi just getting serious about weight lose I'm 300lbs . I just gave up on pop and started drinking geen tea <BR> want to try to lose the weight before concidering weight loss surgery. I just need more enery and motovaction <BR> to exercise more and eat less. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:56:45 EST Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! <BR> How to Stop Stress in Its Tracks <BR> -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress. We feel it in our bodies, we talk about it with our friends, and we blame it for standing in the way of our happiness. But do we do anything about it? Most of us think that stress is an inevitable for people who live productive, fulfilling lives in the modern world. <BR> <BR> To some degree, that's true. Each day we are pulled i... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:11:08 EST A-Z....WORDS WITH DOUBLE LETTERS... APPLE Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:37:25 EST Post Your Favorite Exercise .....Emoticon <em>294</em> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 07:34:33 EST 7 Simple Stress Busters.... 7 Simple Stress Busters <BR> Peace of Mind is Just a Few Minutes Away <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple activity that clears your head and calms you down. When you feel a stress attack coming on, it’s the per... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:33:49 EST Water 101 Water 101 <BR> Learn All the Ways to Get Your H2O <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, there are abundant ways to get your water. Tap water, mineral water, spring water, fitness water, water from bottles, water filters, water coolers, and the list goes on and on. What works? What are the differences among them? How much do they cost? Here’s some help. <BR> <BR> Bottled Water <BR> It’s becoming more and more popular, despite costing a dollar or two per bottle (... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:48:15 EST 10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry 10 Reasons You Eat When You're Not Actually Hungry <BR> And What You Can Do About It! <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We've all done it, and sometimes we don't even realize when it's happening. Maybe you graze when you're bored, or reach your hand into the office candy jar each time you pass by. Perhaps when you're feeling sluggish in the afternoon, you head to the vending machine for a pick-me-up. All of these are opportunities to eat for reasons o... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:54:39 EST Reset Your Article SparkPoints... Reset Your Article SparkPoints <BR> If you're having trouble finding new SparkPeople articles that you haven't already earned SparkPoints for reading, you reset your articles so you can reread (and get SparkPoints for) all articles you read more than six months ago.(You will NOT lose any SparkPoints by resetting your articles, but this will remove the checkmarks showing that you have read these articles.) To reset your articles: <BR> <BR> Go to your Account/Email Preferences page (or go to t... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:55:49 EST A to Z What to do instead of eating. Author a poem! B is next... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:11:09 EST Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relation hip?.... Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship? <BR> The Real Issues and How to Address Them <BR> -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person i... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:58:30 EST What activity will you do today? I'm going to do 30 minutes on an elliptical today and then do some strength training at home. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 06:01:44 EST Be Your Own Cheerlea der..... Be Your Own Cheerleader <BR> 12 Ways to Build a Support System--and Be Your Own! <BR> -- By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It can be tough to stay motivated when it comes to weight-loss and fitness goals. Why else do so many people make the same New Year's resolutions year after year? If motivation flits in and out of your life, don't worry—there are ways to make it a constant companion rather than a fickle friend. <BR> <BR> One of those ways is to have a so... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 04:28:34 EST NEW QUESTION EACH DAY......????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which of the following would make you feel happiest? <BR> <BR> Reaching my goal weight <BR> Going on a dream vacation <BR> Getting a raise and/or promotion <BR> Retiring <BR> Spending more time with friends or family <BR> Landing my dream job <BR> Becoming a parent <BR> Getting married <BR> None of the above <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me it would be spending more time with my family and friends. My family lives seve... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 04:14:29 EST The Loopholes of food Labeling.... The Loopholes of Food Labeling <BR> What Food Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know <BR> -- By Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy Eating Expert and Nicole Nichols, Health Educator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're shopping in the grocery store, you may notice that food packages are always labeled with the latest buzz words. When the new food guide pyramid touted the importance of whole grains for example, suddenly words and logos for "whole grains" plastered the fronts of cereal boxes, crackers, breads ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:27:32 EST DID YOU DRINK SOME WATER TODAY.... <em>224</em> <em>91</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:08:16 EST Did you track your Nutrition...... <em>224</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:07:40 EST Did you track your Exercise...... <em>224</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:07:23 EST SPARK POINTS....PLUS BONUS 3 plus 7 bonus Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:04:58 EST Getting to Know You..... Tell us a little about yourself so that we can get to know each other better. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will start..... <BR> <BR> I am 64 years old <BR> Married to my DH for 45 years this coming August 2012I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson <BR> I'm a retired Educational Assisstant and loved working with specially chanllenged children <BR> I like spending time at the lake with my kids and grandkids <BR> I love boating, canoeing, fishing, knitting, crocheting and Stampin Up card making. <BR> I Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:01:43 EST What Is The Weather Like In Your Neck Of The Woods <em>67</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:55:50 EST EMOTICON.. .Encourage your team mates.... <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:55:19 EST EMOTICON....How are you feeling today..... <em>252</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:53:15 EST Just getting started here.... I joined SparkPeople in Feb, but I am just getting started now to really try to lose weight. I'm following the 17 Day Diet, but using SparkPeople to track all my goals and meals. So far so good! I lost 7.5 pounds and already feel better. I have a long way to go, but am looking forward to the support and the results along the way. I have about 70 pounds to lose. It is tough to change your way of life, but looking at what mine has led to there is not a doubt in my mind that my diet and bad habi... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:07:00 EST Laura C. Hello....I am new to Sparkpeople and I must say I am a bit nervous about starting this new journey in my life but it is something I need to do. I want to start living the life I was meant to live. I have a 14 tear old son and he deserves to have the best mom I can be. I have always been on this weught loss rollercoaster and I so want to get off! I need to make this change for me I derserve it!!! I am looking forward to what is ahead of me and meeting new people on Sparkpeople for the support... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:34:33 EST Who is still in? Seeing lots of old posts made me wonder who is still Sparking this summer from our class. How 'bout we sign in? I have lost 20 and want to lose 7 more. In a plateau trying to be patient. You? Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:57:20 EST Hi I joined Spark on Feb 14' but did not know much about teams or that I had a class. I have lost 21 pounds on Spark and have 7 to go to reach my goal. I love all the site info and the tracking tools. They have made the difference for me. Hope to be more social and give and get support. So hello classmates! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 06:15:59 EST 5K I am thinking about doing a 5k Run/walk and my husband isn't being very supportive. He thinks that it is just a "phase" and that it will pass. I want to prove him wrong but I need to prepare for the run and I was wondering if a month is too short of time to prepare? Any suggestions would help! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:02:17 EST Hello Hi my name is Kim. I have been actively trying to lose weight for the last 2 yrs. May 20th willt mark my 2 yr weight loss that is currently 75lbs. I still have another 45 lbs that i would like to lose. Lately i have been under alot of stress and have not been eating or excercising the way i should. So it is back up on the wagon i go. Good luck everyone! <BR> Fri, 18 May 2012 15:03:16 EST It's been two months are you doing? I am very happy to have started Sparkpeople. I don't check in with all the teams every day, but I do track what I am eating everyday. <BR> <BR> My official weigh-in is tomorrow, but as of last week I had lost thirteen pounds. I'm not doing much exercise besides walking, so I am very happy with these results. I feel a whole better even though I have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> I think daily tracking of what I eat has been the one thing that has helped me most. How about you? What is... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:49:59 EST Hi all! Hi everyone, my name is Whitney. I'm excited to be making permanent lifestyle changes and I feel ready this time to make them last. I got married in Dec. and have put on about 10 lbs since then. We are having our wedding next March and I want to look fab for it! I"m looking forward to meeting friends on here and supporting one another to get and stay fit! Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:42:42 EST I'm Roxie and I need to lose 46 pounds Hi I'm Roxie, 64 years old; I need to lose 46 pounds. I live in Oregon, where it rains all the time! I hate the rain, I have to use a light, because I have SAD and take loads of vitamin D. I also have fibromyalgia and chronic fatique, I'm in pain most of the time. I can't afford a gym, can't walk outside until summer, than I can't walk far due to having foot surgery. We live in a small house, so we have no room for workout equipment. I'm not a lazy person, our home is always spotless, so I k... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:03:20 EST Karen needs lots of help I am very shy and don't usually do things like this. I need to start loosing weight really bad. I was going to have gastric bypass but I needed to go back to work instead because my bills were getting out of hand. I work 48 or more hours per week, I have to run the household because they are all to lazy to do things and I don't like fighting with them to get it done. I have a thyroid problem, very low iron, I also have asthma which of course the weight doesn't help with, and also sometimes... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:39:51 EST Lookin for Buddy, Buddy? I'm looking for a buddy here! LOL I am excited to be joinging SP! Are YOU?! Oh, Yea. Well, let me tell you about myself! I'm 24, married to a A great guy, have 3 kids that I homeschool, and I babysit part time! I have started the 5K Your way Walk/Jog program and I really like it! I am really lookign for someone to help me out and encourag me, so that I can encourage and help them right back! :) I'm rpetty easy going, and that's part of what got me into this weight fiasco to begin with! I hope... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:25:03 EST Hi I'm sort of new here. Still in my first month, and really don't know how to get friends. So here is my post. I am happy to be here. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:49:11 EST One month in - what motivates you? About one month in now - what's been keeping you motivated? Or what resources have you been using to keep on track? <BR> <BR> For me, my top 3 motivations/resources to stay on track have been: <BR> <BR> 1) The fitness tracker on SP has been a good way to log and keep track of my what steps I have taken to work towards my goals. I've also created a calendar with a plan of the workouts I intend to do for the next 2-3 weeks. Then I crossoff the workouts that I actually complete - and the sense... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:58:09 EST Looking for people like me! My name is Dawn. I have been on the weight roller coaster most of my life. As a child I cant say I was overweight but a larger size strong sturdy farm kid that ate good home cooked meals everyday. When your a child kids cant tell the difference between someone being larger sized or fat so of course I was teased pretty much all my child hood years. When I became 12/13 yrs old I decided I was going to be skinny. So I became anorexic. Sure I was skinny. I went from 200 lbs to 135 in 3 months. I ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:12:35 EST Determined to lose the extra pounds Hi my name is Cindy and I am new to Spark. I have motivated myself to lose weight to feel and look better. I begun my weight loss journey in 2010, but really kicked it up a noch in May of 2011. Since 2010 to date I have lost 42 pounds and I'm very proud of my acheivements, though there are time when I need extra motivation, but I will not give up! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 20:54:31 EST April1326 Join SparkPeople wanting to be healthy and more active andto lose 40 pounds. It is a little intimidating using this site . I think it will take to get use to site. Taking sweet tooth challenge. To tame my sweet tooth. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 16:58:55 EST Hello and Happy Monday I joined a few weeks ago and just wanted to say hello. I read about Sparkpeople in a news article and just had to try it out. It has everything I am looking for to get started. Looking forward to exploring the site more and meeting new people. Have a great week! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:18:12 EST better days ahead hi, im a grandmother of 4 a mom of 2. look forward to being on your team and getting in a better health ,losing weight <em>213</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:33:37 EST Hi 24 year old looking to loose 60 lbs, memphis,tn Hey everyone I am new to a forumn of any kind but i read where in many cases it is the key item to keep people motivated, I am looking to hear success stories, things that keep you motivated, diet meal plans, receipes, anything like that. i am 5'0 200 lbs looking to get 140 lbs maybe smaller but lately i have been using the lose it app eating healthier i shall say. big problem with me is diet soda, i really dont want it to go anywhere, maybe cut back to 1 can a day...i have been doing better ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 01:33:05 EST Hi everyone! Hi I'm new to this and a little shy, I'm a 51 year old female, and want to lose 10-15 pounds, hopefully by spring. heehee I know thats gonna be hard. But, anyway here is my dilema, I recently purchased a treadmill and I've been going on it pretty regularly, 2.0 miles in 35 mins. speed walking for starters. I have been doing this for 3 weeks and don't seem to see any weight come off. what am i doing wrong? Also, when i get home from work I workout then prepare dinner, so should I have dinner... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:00:02 EST hi I am confused on how to post to my teams message board and on where to find the huddle area in each one of my groups can anyone help. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 03:09:27 EST Same Problem -- New Motivation I'm Rosie. I am enjoying a wonderful retirement life if Florida with a few summer months in Minnesota. I have 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters and a wonderful husband who enjoys being pampered by all his girls! He has been great at supporting and putting up with all my yoyo dieting throughout the years. I'm ready to get down to basics and solve this problem once and for all. At the age of 68, I decided in November to take tennis lessons and become part of the very social tennis group. I curre... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:53:02 EST Birthday Challenge Today was my daughter's birthday, and part of the celebration is going out to dinner. The good news is I did really well until the birthday cake arrived. I can say I did have a piece of cake and ice cream, but not the huge serving I would normally have, so I don't feel defeated. I realize it is OK to have a treat now and then on special occasions. I don't have that feeling I have failed and just to give up, thanks to the Spark Community. Tomorrow is a new day. Positive Vibes. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:59:33 EST New old guy My name is Mike and I am 34 years old. I gained about 40 pounds shortly after high school after I met my wife. About 4 years ago I decided to try and get into shape. I have had many failed attempts even after seeing results. I tend to let life get in the way. I currently work and attend college full time and I am finding it hard to make time for fitness. Obviously I don't make it a priority yet. I stay up until about midnight every night doing homework and barely wake up in time to shower and... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:24:28 EST What have you given up? Is there something you gave up in order to start this life change? <BR> <BR> I haven't given up anything really....maybe just the amount of calories I eat in a day. <BR> I have found moderation works well for me. I am not taking anything away from myself. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:16:09 EST Disappointed with doctor I went to the Dr. today just for a routine followup on some medical issues I have. <BR> She was quite rude about my weight... I'm not quite sure how to take it . It sure <BR> didn't motivate me though.. she said to 'eat less and exercise more' and 'not to <BR> stray off path in the next 4 months'... She made it seem like I was stupid for <BR> not understanding the eat less exercise more philosophy <em>39</em> I understand it <BR> fine... It is just hard to do.. especially since she said to ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:57:54 EST trying to change I am a 24 year old wife and mother. I have let myself get out of shape the past three years and am just on here to get support from others who are in the same boat. I have been chubby all my life but it has really gotten out of hand. I have never been above 200 in my entire life and it has taken me getting tired of looking the way I do to change. I'm doing this for myself now and also so my child wont grow up and see her mom is fat and think its okay because its not. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:00:32 EST so roughly 2 weeks in now... What is your biggest challenge? <BR> <BR> For me it's the water. I try lugging around a water bottle but at the end of the day I think I'm getting about half the water in I should be. <BR> <BR> Odd thing is, I thought it was going to be not snacking in the evening or avoiding the ever present candy at work. Somehow though seeing the changing numbers on the scale have helped me with that because clearly this is working. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:49:39 EST Hi from New Zealand Yes that's right, I'm a kiwi. <BR> <BR> I joined this site on Sunday 19th New Zealand time so it was USA Saturday. <BR> I am 53, married for 33 years and have five children and three grandchildren. My eldest (31) is getting married in July so I want to loose some weight and get fit for that. I found this website when browsing. <BR> Already I am finding it great for tracking what I am doing right and not so right and being accountable. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 03:21:59 EST well I'm cross and disappointed uh TMI - if you come across this and want to know what happened email me and I'll explain Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:24:09 EST Cooking Healthy I have tried a few of the recipes, I really have enjoyed them. I have decided in the next few days to purchase the cookbook, has anyone else purchased one ? Sending positive vibes out to all. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:16:41 EST Ready to lose Hi, my name is Tiffany. I'm a 30 year old girl from Canada, mother of two and happily married. In the past year and a half I have been struggling with my weight gain and eating issues. I have ballooned from a healthy 160 to almost overweight at 187. Each day has been a struggle as I am constantly at war with what I know I should be eating and what my tummy and cravings cause me to end up eating. That's why I am here. With help and support I am hoping to add to my willpower arsenal, and finall... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:56:53 EST Just re-joined tonight (again) I couldn't find the group for this week's joining class (Feb 19-25) so I joined this one. <BR> <BR> I feel I need to get my act together in life overall and feel this is a good place to start! <BR> <BR> I got laid off for the 2nd time and we are recovering from much stress of having my husband laid off for 14 months. He is in a new job now but a non traditional one of consulting. We'll see! <BR> <BR> I am a mom of twins that will be 13 yrs in a few months. <BR> <BR> I need to spend le... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:01:29 EST Greetings all Like you, I am new to Sparkspeople and I am still trying to figure it all out. I have done WW several years ago, which I liked, but I think it costs too much! <BR> My goal is to lose fifty pounds by next January...short term to lose 20 pounds by mid June. <BR> <BR> I am looking for online buddies so we can help each other stay on track. <BR> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:12:05 EST TEAM CHALLENGE #3 #1 - Huddle with your team today. Don't know how? To the right, click on "View Huddle Wall / Huddle Now" - a screen will pop up. You can click on a pre-selected huddle message, or write your own in the blank space. Then click on "submit." You can huddle more than once and you get a Spark Point for each huddle up to 5! <BR> This is another great place to show support for your team members, welcome new people, let the world know that the scale moved, ask for support, or just make your t... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:34:44 EST More Like Lucy Than Ethel Hi! I just learned of SparkPeople and find it interesting--so much information crammed into this site! I am sick and tired of yo-yo dieting. I just married a "meat and potatoe" man who is S-K-I-N-N-Y (I know what you are thinking--what's he doing with ME!) and struggling to stay on track and keep him happy, too. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:51:44 EST hi i am verynik I just started this journey i am just so depressed and down and not feeling like i can really be succesfull in this journey i hope i can i will try and this looks like a great place to start i love seeing all the success many have in this program it is just things that are occurring in my life a teenage daughter her mood swings and my own personal tribulations with weight and my diabetes and hypertension and i just wish that i can be asuccess in my journey i did have a lap band procedure done... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:33:49 EST accountable Just having to track what I eat is enough to keep me moving in the right direction. I like being able to do that. the food lists are easy to use and it is easy to enter new ones if needed. My tummy is flatter already! Went out to Wendy's for a quick bite before a movie with my family. Don't like hangburgers (as I refer to them) anyway so a small salad was enough to fill the void. I like it when someone else makes the salad :) The new salad was not listed in the food list so picked one... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:45:01 EST Quasi Newbie.. ..Hello! Ah, here I am again after nearly 4 years. I didn't reach my last goal, instead I sort of plateaued and dealt with that. I've definitely gained weight (nearly 20lbs) and I've been telling myself, I need to just do something about it. But just so hard. And the bed is just so comfy. You all know what I mean. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I got some with a reality check when my mother (who is severely overweight) was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 weeks ago. Sitting in on her e... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:42:20 EST rthree03 I am Gina and this is brand new for me. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:42:15 EST The new stressed kid on the block Im 30 years old, and I have been stressed to the hilt since I relocated and changed careers. As a result of the stress and newly busied schedule I have gained weight and acquired some not so good habits. I am trying to shift gears and this seems like a place to begin. Any advice from those who have been using sparkpeople for a while? Any tips on things locally (eg. classes, nice parks, rec activities, social settings that arent too tense) for a newbie? Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:21:09 EST Beginning a journey to a new me:) Name: Kayla:) <BR> Occupation: full-time college student/babysitting younger siblings <BR> Hobbies: reading, surfing the web, watching movies, fishing, listening to music <BR> Why spark: referred by a classmate in my Cardio class <BR> Short term goals: lose another ten pounds in the next month/drink more water(this helps me not have headaches constantly!(: ) <BR> Long term goals: lose 150 pounds <BR> <BR> im really excited to be on this journey, my cardio class at the college i attend has g... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:18:14 EST Trying again, one more time! I have been trying to lose weight without exercising and that doesn't work! So, here I am! I am doing the 28 Day Boot Camp and prayerfully I will see some results at the end. The workouts are doable and short enough that I don't pass out! Having a ball. Day 3 of 28! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:47:15 EST Time for Change Hello everyone - I just started last night and I'm very excited. I need to lose weight and keep it off this time. Not only do I want to lose weight but I want to make a healthy and active lifestyle change. I'm hoping that with some help from sparkpeople I can obtain my goal. We are all here for each other and that is a great motivator. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:52:24 EST New Beginnings New to the site, so much to take in, I have to admit I think I am becoming addicted. I find myself letting hours go by after trying to learn and read as much as I can to get familiar with the site. I have come to a fork in the road of choosing a healthier way to live, and I think I found it here. Just a amazing site, my goal is to lose 90 #'s but right now I am focused on the first 10.I am looking forward to connecting with others in the Spark community with the same goal, as well as creat... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:39:39 EST New Beginnings New to the site, so much to take in, I have to admit I think I am becoming addicted. I find myself letting hours go by after trying to learn and read as much as I can to get familiar with the site. I have come to a fork in the road of choosing a healthier way to live, and I think I found it here. Just a amazing site, my goal is to lose 90 #'s but right now I am focused on the first 10.I am looking forward to connecting with others in the Spark community with the same goal, as well as creat... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:37:45 EST Starting Over and Need A Buddy I have been on spark people off and on for many years. However, I seem to get sucked back to eating the wrong way. I have been taking more photos of myself and I just look horrible. I am determined to really get into better shape, get some of this weight off and learn to get up and move more. I would love to have a buddy to share emails, inspiration and recipes. Someone that is really into this. I have a good 25 pounds to loose! I would love to do 35 but I would be happy to with 25. So if you... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:26:05 EST Hi there, Newbie here :) Hi everyone. I'm new to this, never really even tried to lose weight before but i need to so i'm giving it a shot. Please share all you advice with me. I'm glad to be here and can't wait to really get the losing going :) Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:51:42 EST Hello everyone Well tried everything else so why not try this to, fingers crossed this works Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:27:50 EST Hi Hi : - ) Hi fellow Sparkers! I'm Edgar and I've come to to this site, not only to lose weight, but also because it is a whole "lifestyle change" website. i love the motivation and wellness aspects of the site, and I hope to be meeting other people who are wanting to change different aspects of their life. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:31:28 EST Hi from a Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is MaryBeth. I am a researcher. I am 58 years old. I've gained 40 pounds in the last 3 years and want to get rid of it and lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm from Pennsylvania, married with 3 grown sons and a border collie mix. Hope to meet lots of people with similar goals and learn important information from all of you. <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:26:06 EST new to sparkpeople Hi everyone, just started today and I am so ready to change my lifestyle to be a better and healthier person. I'm looking forward to meeting people. I am from Notheast Missouri. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:18:54 EST TEAM CHALLENGE # 2 #1 - Find someone on the team that you don't know and have had no interaction with and send them a Spark Goodie. <BR> <BR> #2 - Log at least one meal in the Food Tracker. <BR> <BR> #3 - Keep track of how much water you drink for one full week. <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend and Happy Sparking !!! Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:54:33 EST new here I am recently married and we both have gained weight. I have arthritis in my knees , hips and back and I am hoping weight loss will make a difference. I enjoy working out at home,elliptical and especially weights but I haven't been making the time on a very frequent basis.I have lost weight before on several occasions but I was alot younger then! My weaknesses are wine and pasta.My strength is that i enjoy working out, esp while listening to 70's classic rock. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:51:32 EST New here! Hi, <BR> I'm new here - I joined last night. I'm Brenda, single, age 53, and I live in south central Colorado. I work in the field of Education. <BR> <BR> I am here to lose weight, firm up and make this 53 yr old body a little better and healthier. <BR> <BR> We only have one chance at life, and I'm on that "latter half" of it - better make it the best I can! <em>211</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:11:35 EST 02/18/12: Creating a new ME! Hi everyone, I'm Taylor & I'm new here to SparkPeople :) <BR> I have decided to join this website because I am in desperate need of support, motivation, advice, tips, etc. It makes everything harder being in a house surrounded by individuals who are overweight & really just don't care. It's really frustrating & I feel like I am in the position I'm in now because of the lack of motivation and support from my family. <BR> <BR> I have always struggled with my weight & eating issues throughout... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:43:56 EST Hi I'm new I want to loose weight and get in shape, but I am unsure of what is safe for me and what is not. Four years ago I was rear ended and sprained my neck and back. Had to take 4 months off work. Then found out I have hypothyroidism and had my right thyroid and parathyroid taken out. In September 2011, I got a T12 compression fracture that has not fully healed. I know exercising will decrease my back pain and help me loose the weight I gained from my thyroid, I'm just afraid of hurting my bac... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:27:57 EST Hi Everyone Hello everyone my name is Stefanie Simmons. I'm 21 years old and have a really great husband. I joined to help me lose wieght. As of right now I am 225lbs, I'm really hopeing that I can get down to 175 and then 135 :) Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:11:18 EST ernie1111 i was on spark a long time ago ,lost some but now right back up again...but have forgot how to use this program so i will need all the help i can get Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:24:12 EST new NAME: Lorna (Imimakeme is my name in an African tribal language where I spent 10 yrs caring for people. It means; My name is Makeme - pronounced: eemee mah keh meh - not Make Me as it looks!) <BR> OCCUPATION: Wife, Mom, RN <BR> HOBBIES: Reading with audio books, Sewing, Cooking, homemaking! <BR> WHY SPARK?: I am trying out a program that my work organization (Primary Care Nursing) is recommending to our patients. wanted to see what it was like. have tried to lose weight for several years n... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:14:14 EST Hello My name is Michele!! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and am a bit confused about the measurements, if someone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it.. What does .2 cups mean? or .5 cups? <BR> <BR> Thanks,Michele Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:41:03 EST Phoenix hi i had my son 9 months ago and woke up this mornin realizing that the excuse iv just had a kid wasnt gona stick anymore so im here to loose the wieght not just for myself and my son but my husband too who has put up with me moaning without any complaints. So here we go im off to bed and in the morning the start of the new me!! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:25:43 EST here we go! :) Today is the first day of my 75 pound journey to a healthier, happier me. I am scared to death to fail again, but I am even more scared not to try. I am so inspired by so many people on this site and feel it a blessing to have come across it. I don't have much time to spend on the computer, but I will do my best to support all of you on this team as I hope you do me as well. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:13:32 EST New here from tennessee!!! I am Angie. I have had a weight problem my entire life. I have gone up and gone down... I have ALOT of weight to lose. I am 36, single mom to 2 teenagers. I am desperate to get this weight off. I want to LIVE!! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:04:00 EST Thank you I would like to say thank you to all those who welcomed me aboard. It will take me awhile to sort things out as I have to delay the exercise elements of the program for about a month due to surgery. Jim Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:59:42 EST Hi from a Newbee Hello all, I am Melissa and I am hoping to stick with this new change. Good Luck to all! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:00:05 EST Hello my name is Kelly I'm new to this. I hope I can be successful in my weigh loss goal. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:28:02 EST New with ZERO willpower Hi my Name is Kathy.I am a Grandmother to 9 Grandchildren the youngest of which I babysit most days.I have been a short round person most of my life.I have some health issues & feel great most of the time.I just know I would feel better with some of this weight off.I have little willpower but mostly lack the energy to do anything.looking forward to some changes & to meeting new friends. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:38:20 EST Fresh newbie Hey all!!! Looking to lose some of my belly weight before my honeymoon. Had heart issues in college where its hard to run for a long period of time without having problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated and need some motivation to get up and lose some weight. ANy ideas? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:03:46 EST Hello I am 42 years old 210 pounds. I work 11 hours days and am too tired to walk on that treadmill at the end of the day. <BR> I dont fell good ever Hate the way I look. so here I am taking a plunge and hoping I can lose some weight , get healthier and have some support. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:37:27 EST Hi I am Sara. I am a 54yo woman who is ready for some major changes in my life! Good thing you can do this at any age!!! Looking forward to challenges and making new friends along the way. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:52:09 EST It's a new day and it is time for a change Hi everyone, my name is Karla. I have struggled with my weight for practically all my life. I have always been overweight for as long as I can remember. I am nearing 40 and after several failed attempts, I believe that I am truly ready to see it through this time. I am now surrounded by a great group of women at work and have the full support of my family. I think I know almost everything there is to know about weight loss, my failure thus far is certainly not for lack of knowledge or tr... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 07:33:33 EST hello :) Hello my name is Kiosio Fields. I'm 24 years old with two children age 4 to 5 I decided to join sparkpeople because I'm ready to loose weight and live a healthy lifestyle not only for myself but for my children. I'M 5ft2in weighing 259lbs. I want to loose 75lbs if not more. I have always been an over weight person all through my childhood and as I got older my weight was like a yoyo. Two years ago I was diagnosed with graves disease ( hyper thyroid ) I weighed in at 250lbs amd dropped down to... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:47:50 EST I need will power Hello I'm Rietta from the Bahamas. Help me! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:36:54 EST It is good to be here! Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Jenn and I have come to site to get assistance with staying on the right track with eating the right foods, it is easier said than done. I plan on taking one day at a time and hopefully those days will keep adding up :) <BR> <BR> While my husband was overseas with the Military I have gained weight - most likely from stress and eating because I was bored. Now that he is back, it's time to shed the weight back off. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:02:56 EST Romaj4 Hi, I just signed up today. I was told about spark the other day by another mom while I was waiting at the elementary school our children go to. Nicole, if you're out there, hi.:) I'm not really a blogger, I'm not on Facebook, or anything like it. I just wanted to say hi, and I'll post my results from time to time and check yours and cheer each other on.:) Happy losing:) Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:15:19 EST Hi Everyone, happy to meet all of you! Hope we can all pull through this together, if anyone needs someone to talk to just hit me up! Good luck to us all! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:06:46 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Elizabeth. I am a single mother of a 4 year old boy. I currently work 2 jobs to support my family. <BR> <BR> I was looking for a supportive community that I can be a part. A community that has the same life struggles, and goals as I do. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:25:45 EST I'm gonna burn that butter!!! Hello fellow SparksPeople! <BR> Yesturday I got an invitacion to go back on my Sparks account. I saw this story on this girl, a mom of two wonderful children. She started Sparks at 170lbs. and even it took her 2 years to get till today but she was proudly a size 8 at 130lbs. <BR> This boosted me up! If a mom of two did it, I can do it to! That is why I choosed as my Sparksname "burnthatbutter!" I am motivated today, and the hardest thing for me to do is stay motivated, So this is why I joine... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:16:07 EST Hello I need all the help I can get. Anyone have any encouraging tips? Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:04:41 EST Help me hi there, im having trouble with depression. if anyone is dealing with the same problems. please msg me.. i could really use the help Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:04:15 EST Hello I am a 57 yr. old grandma who wants to get healthier so I can participate in life more fully. I'm hoping that joining this site will motivate me to move forward consistently. Looking forward to meeting you all. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:02:12 EST To the start of a new begining! Hi! my name is andrea and im starting my journey to loose weight. I am now more self motivated than ever. I know that i am able to achieve my weight loss goals. I shall remain focused and goal oriented. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:55:24 EST I'm so discouraged I've never had a weight problem my entire life. Now, I do. I HATE the way I look. I'm motivated to change, but discouraged by how hard it seems. And I'm so frustrated that everywhere you look and everyone you talk to gives different and often conflicting advice. I want to be back to my old self and I want to feel like I have control of myself and my life. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that tracking my food and upping my workouts with the info here will give me the push I need. I think once I... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:14:19 EST Hi Guys, New here. I'm Kathleen Hellllllo, <BR> Im from Philadelphia. I'm 40 year old woman and had a rough year. I forund my boyfrind dead last V Day, Then my brother past.away. He just had a baby and got married, Needless to say I have gained weight. I'm ready for a whole new me. If anyone lives in the Philly area, and wants a workout partner, or a walking partner. Leave me a messege. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. I would like to start asap. I live i the fox chase area of the North east. Good luck guys. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 07:42:07 EST Hello new and looking to start fresh We I am 42, I have always been a big man 300 pounds+ but it has started taking a toll on my life and what I want to "hike in Yellowstone" So I am here to change the things I can making my life better, and hoping to help others on this journey also Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:11:16 EST New on Sparkpeople Hi, I am Jackie. I joined this site to lose weight and open my mind to a new way of living. My main goals are to stay positive, eat healthier, and exercise more. Hopefully, with these combined and with some of your help, I can finally know myself as being healthy inside and out. :) Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:41:47 EST Hi Everyone Just a quick introduction. I'm Michal and I'm here to make some healthy changes in my life. I like to exercise and be active, but I need consistency in this part of my life. I also need to make healthy eating choices--way too many cheat days for me. The 10,000 steps challenge will be difficult for me because I have a very sedentary job, but I think this might be just the thing to get me active and consistent with this. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:44:49 EST Hello I am new I am new to this site and trying to find my way around. So far I think this is a really great site and am looking forward to seeing some changes in my life. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 3. <BR> I have a 20 year old daughter, a 16 year old son and a 18 month old son. I love motorcycle riding, geocaching and photography. My husband and I are starting a airsoft team in our town and we will see if I can get fit enough to run around in the field. <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:41:32 EST Hey Everyone A little about me. <BR> My name is Jennifer. I am a single mom of 6 kids (Anna 21, Tyler 19, Madison 16, Shelby 14, Alison 13 and Zane 12). Honestly I haven't lost or gained weight in a long time, I have been hovering right around 200 lbs since Zane was born. I am so ready to lose the babyfat, LOL. (Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.) I work fulltime as a remote medical coder and project manager, go to school fulltime to finish up my RN degree, and I'm the primary caregiver for my father ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:51:10 EST Hi I'm here to support and be supported. Hello, I had gastric bypass in Apr 2011 it is a great tool not a cheat. I have gotten rid of 104 lbs do far. I attempt to walk one hour everyday on my treadmill. I watch my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter while my daughter and son-in-law work. She is my joy and my weight loss has helped me keep up with her. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:28:21 EST Hello Hi I am a mom of six and I am ready to loss some weight and get healthy.I would love to go off of my blood pressure meds.I am very busy running from point A to point B.Finding time for me is hard.I am trying to exercise for 30 min a day every day.Then I would like to go to an hour,we will see. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:15:41 EST Hi I'm Monique Hello, my name is Monique. I am a married mother of three children. I decided that I wanted to lose weight and become healthier at the beginning of this year. So fa I have not lost any weight and because of that, I tend to loose my motivation at times. I read a story about a couple who lost weight together and they were members of this group/website. I am still very eager to lose weight my short term goal is to lose 30 lobs before June. Hopefully I will be successful. Thank you all and good l... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:50:38 EST new member Hello everyone, I just started yesterday and am excited that there are so many people that participate. I don't feel alone in my personal challenge and am happy to be part of a team. I have a long way to go and can't wait to begin to lose. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:21:32 EST new and ready to lose hi to all and excited to begin my weight lost journey..I have 50 lbs to lose..I can do it..and will be helped by sparkpeople with the same goals,,thanks Linda Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:13:26 EST New here I am new to this board. Actually, I can't start this officially until I get the junk out of the house and go to the grocery store. So give me the weekend to do this. In exploring this site I really like that I can change the food plans to eliminate the food I don't like and put in foods I do. Also, This site is reasonable in what exercise I can do just starting out, 10-15 min. is doable, an hour, not so much. Anyway, wish me luck, in the past I have not been so good at loosing weight. ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 08:06:14 EST Newbie here.. I have heard about SparkPeople and decided I needed the extra help to ditch my weight. I do have the support of my husband also, as he is trying to also. We both need to, but me much more then him. I also need to get off my duff after work rather then sitting on my fanny and letting it get wider and wider with each hour. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:43:09 EST New to SparkPeople and motivated to lose weight Hello all! I am Trish. I am 37 years old and live in Maryland. I am have struggled with my weight for a while and previously lost 50 pounds years ago, but gained it back. I would like to start by losing 50 more by June, but it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, so I am hoping that I can get support here. I know I can't de it alone. :) Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:26:25 EST Hello from S/E Tennessee! I'm a 34 year old father of 1, a college student and a maintenance man lol. I have decided, after a fairly long while of beating around the bush that is is time for me to get myself into a healthier frame of mind, and in doing so, a healthier frame.... period. <BR> <BR> It all has to begin somewhere, and we must crawl before we walk, and walk before we run. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:25:50 EST Hi from Pleasant View, Tennessee I'm a 61 year old retiree, who just re-married for the 3rd (and final) time 5 years ago. I've been divorced once, widowed once, and then I met the man of my dreams. Luckily for me, my husband is very health conscious because, like me, he is overweight and would like to slim down. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:32:30 EST New to the site My name is Ashley. I am 19 and Ready too achieve a healthy weight. I am looking to loose 60lbsand to learn to cook healthy meals for myself and my husband. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:31:11 EST Sherri It's time to drop the extra weight to keep up with three grandsons. So many diets have not worked or just too much work for a slight loss. Age and or medication must have a role in the steady weight gain. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:02:12 EST gmagayle Hello everyone. I am excited to learn about sparkpeople and I hope to figure it all out soon. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:20:00 EST netta My problem is excersice because I messed up my knee trying out zumba. It was alittle to fast and I didn't stretch so, now I don't know what excersice to do with a messed up knee. Im working on the healthy eating but, I have trouble here and there with the sweets. The weekends are the hardest. and im feeling overwhelmed not being able to excersice like I want! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:56:14 EST Looking for a change I am an unemployed mother. I have a 4 year old daughter and a 9 year old step-son. After loosing my job I decided that I needed more than just another job. I need a life change. I have been going back and forth between 200lbs and 240lbs since I had my daughter 4 years ago. When I got pregnant I was 20lbs from my goal weight of 150lbs. While I was pregnant I got put on limited mobility. Due to this I gained 90lbs before I had her and only lost 10 of that when she was born. Ever since then I've... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:54:13 EST New to Spark People Hello Everyone! I am excited to have signed up with Spark People! I have read a few good things about this site and have decided this is the year to make things happen for me and my health. I have had weight to lose since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago and haven't done it. The time is here, I want to do this for me, my health, to hopefully in turn make things healthier for my children and give my huspand what he once had - a more in shape me! I appreciate any feedback on how you fe... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:41:21 EST New for me I am new to this, and it is a bit overwhelming so it will take a few days to figure out how to work these trackers. But I want to learn how to use these tools. It looks like alot of fun. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:23:41 EST Catch 22 I am very tired of being overweight. This is a catch 22 because I resist getting up and doing something about it Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:57:34 EST New & a little shy My name is Molly and I am a little shy when it comes to these things. I am trying something new with hopes that this will help me lose the weight I really want to get rid of. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:56:53 EST Sassy from WNC Hi all, Just starting on Spark need help in keeping motivated to make my ultimate goal of being healthy and 95 pounds lighter by the time I reach 50 in about 17 months. I want off the weight roller coaster and to be healthy for life.I have a wonderful family, and need to set an example so they do not have the struggles that I have to overcome. I still have kids and want to be able to see them graduate high school, become successful adults, and get grandbabies (SOME DAY, NOT SOON PLEASE) L... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:48:26 EST NEWBIE HI THERE? I AM NEW HERE AND WOULD LIKE TO TEL U ABOUT MYSELF? FIRST MY NAME IS LINDA ANN AND I AM A HANDICAP OVER WEIGHT 53 YR OLD . I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT FOR EVER BUT HAVE <BR> BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL, I BEEN STAYING AT MY 362.6 WEIGHT. SO I AM NOT LOOSING OR GAINING BUT I WANNA LOOSE. SO CAN I GET UR SUPPORT IN ACHEIVING THIS. TY Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:41:06 EST This time I really want to be a loser I have tried so many times to really loose weight and I struggled with the downs and ups (mostly up) of diet and exercise. Somehow I need people to help my in this adventure of losing weight. I love riding motorcycle and I want to keep on riding and I dont want my weight to keep me from doing it. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:44:29 EST Good Evening Sparkies!!! Hello, everyone! I am ready to lose this weight!!! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:32:14 EST Hello Fellow Sparks! Hi there! My name is Brandi, I am currently trying to lose about 50 lbs... sadly I have gained 40 lbs in the past 8 months and I am tired of how it is making me feel. I am currently hitting the gym 3 days a week and trying to eat healthy, high protien, low carb plus fruits and veggies. My problem is I love to cook and I love my wine. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get more support from fellow Sparks! <BR> <BR> Have a great day!!! <BR> <BR> Brandi Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:03:14 EST Hi all from jagjagjagjag My ID is jagjagjagjag but I'm John. I'm married and have 1 son who is now 20 (and thin as a rail). My wife and I are both heavy. We are both just into our 50s and I'm beginning with joint issues. Growing up I was very active. Worked very physical jobs and in my mid 20s that changed. I started working with computers but stayed active for a good while. Then I stepped further and became a consultant. Stress went up and time for other activities went down. Mix this with the fact that I h... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:56:49 EST Miss mugs is gonna get 41 and fit I'am trying to get swimming suit good. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:43:36 EST Hey all! Let's do our class proud! Have a good day and I can't wait to become friends with all of you :) Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:08:57 EST HELLO, I AM TANVIR Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Tanvir. I am from Hollywood, Florida. I was in pretty good built shape before in about two and a half years ago, but over the years many life situations kicked in and I've gained a lot of weight. I would love to get back to my healthy self and just be free and start feeling better about the new me everyday. Right now I weight about 250 Lbs, but I would love to and have to get myself to weight about 180 Lbs before my Birthday in August. I would deeply appreicate if any m... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:54:01 EST Good Afternoon! Just joining Sparks and looking forward to reaching the goals that I've laid out for myself. I feel very inspired by this plan and all the support and new friends that I will make along the way. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:05:47 EST Anyone from Duluth? Hello, just wondering if there is anyone in Duluth with smaller kids who would like to walk or run with me somenights when it gets warm? Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:52:22 EST Hey everyone, great blessings to you on your goals Hi everyone, like a million people who read the yahoo article on this page, I saw this and really wanted to join a supportive community. I am a full time student ( which doesnt help the weight issues) I am also a BBW model and would love to lose the BBW status. My goal is to look great and be healthy enough to try and have a baby.. and a few other goals.. I am fiercely independent so asking for support is a new process for me. I cant wait to find the new old me and love who I see when I look ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:49:24 EST New to Spark and ready to lose Hi Everyone. I am new to Spark, and I am beginning my weight loss journey. I am nervous about beginning another diet because I have been on a diet roller coast for several years. I am determined to lose weight and be healthier for my family (especially my little boy). I want to have more energy, and be a better wife and mother. I hope I can stay on track and stay motivated. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:48:06 EST Hello Im 27 from Garland. I am new to this and excited about starting this new adventure. I hope to meet new people and ultimately meet my goal....of getting down to 130-133. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:40:58 EST HI Im Tori!! HI! Im Tori and Im pretty excited to start this journey (again) I've tried to lose weight so many times before and I always fall off the wagon :( Im taking it slooow this time and Im going to do it right! I would love more friends :) I work full time and I go to school full time ( that leaves Friday & saturday night, sunday, and monday morning for working out) <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:46:40 EST New to online weight loss/goals I am 44 and mother of 4 ages 7-13. Too busy taking care of everyone else, weight has steadily crept on! Not liking the "new" me! Time to do something about it. Gym didn't work couldn't squeeze time to get there. So trying something new! Saw this site on yahoo and decided to give it a go! Already have ideas to get moving! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:38:37 EST I can do this I am a 59 year old who never really had a weight problem until the last few years. I am a wound care nurse consultant but I plan to retire in a few years. I don't exercise anymore due to a back problem but I am having surgery in May. I don't really eat a lot but sweets are a downfall. I need support. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:26:53 EST Hello Just joined looking forward to losing weight with others. Good luck to everyone on reaching there goals. <BR> <BR> I am a juicer and I am trying to get down to a health 155 ish before my husband comes home. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:14:47 EST On my way to the NEW ME!!! Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and look forward to successfully getting and staying on the right track to lose weight. My current weight is 210 at 5'3 and my goal is to be down to 140. I know I have a bit to go but I'm ready to do what it takes to get there and stay there. If anyone has any recommendations, suggestions, questions, or anything please feel free to contact me. i need all the support I can get during this journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Shay <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:12:21 EST New to Community Hi! I'm 40 something and ready to do something (finally) about my health and fitness. Getting older is NOT a joke, I'm finding out. It's been much more difficult to motivate and get myself to be serious about getting and staying healthy. Hopefully I will find support here and be able to reach the goals I set for myself! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:57:29 EST Howdy :) Just dropping in and saying a quick hello. Not new to the site, but did well with it. Goals are set for the year (more or less) and this has always been a very supportive/encouraing/environment. <BR> <BR> I'm up in Canada near around Toronto where it seems to never snow this year. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Jenn Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:06:27 EST Howdy :) Just dropping in and saying a quick hello. Not new to the site, but did well with it. Goals are set for the year (more or less) and this has always been a very supportive/encouraing/environment. <BR> <BR> I'm up in Canada near around Toronto where it seems to never snow this year. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Jenn Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:03:59 EST Howdy :) Just dropping in and saying a quick hello. Not new to the site, but did well with it. Goals are set for the year (more or less) and this has always been a very supportive/encouraing/environment. <BR> <BR> I'm up in Canada near around Toronto where it seems to never snow this year. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Jenn Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:03:40 EST Computers and eating well...or lack off! I work from home as a Virtual Business Support Specialist which means only one thing…I never get away from my pc and exercising is something of the past! Now, my problem is not with food per say, more, the quality of food that I eat. I never seem to take the time anymore to cook something that is healthy, fresh and well balanced, which has resulted in me gaining a good 10 pounds that will simply not leave me…I want to get back into a healthy way of eating and get away from my pc at a decent... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:49:00 EST Hi guys Today is day one! <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:27:28 EST Hello! Hi all, this will be my first year out of school, and I want my new stage in life to include a more active lifestyle! I'm hoping to shed some weight, tone up a bit, and find some active hobbies. I'm also hoping for this amazing site to allow me to be more accountable for my goals. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:09:55 EST My first day here I found spark people while searching workout videos on you tube. I have been exercising a little at least three times a week (for about 3 weeks) I need to get my eating under control and increase my workouts. I haven't lost any weight. I am frustrated but I know I can do more. Spark People may be the thing for me! Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:45:46 EST Happy Zombie needs to cut back on the brains! Hello all! New here and in need of some changes! Wanting to lose anywhere between 60 to 80lbs. It's going to be a long journey, and I hope to find some great friends to help me along the way (and to give help too!). <BR> <BR> Here's to a new year, new you, and done being unhealthy! <BR> <BR> Sarah - HappyZombie Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:18:54 EST Hello! Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am in my early thirties, I weigh around 180 pounds and feel miserable. I have come here because I am so fed up of going shopping for clothes. Absolutely nothing fits and if it does, it just doesn't look right. I would like to not hide behind my clothes and be able to wear pretty dresses and tops and not feel all ugly and frumpy like I normally do. Pants never fit and I always wear long cardigans to cover my behind and thighs. Clothes shopping has become a complete nigh... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:54:25 EST Going to give this a try Hello everybody, first of all good luck to all. We did the first step by joining. I was looking online for weightwatchers and came across this site...its seems perfect for me! So far just trying to figure the site out but already started tracking what I eat....really? I eat that many calories in a day? LOL Recently retired after 38 years due to back injury, my husband and I used to hike all the time, I loved walking on the beach (our house is on the ocean) but with my back injury it has... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:44:39 EST Hello Hi everyone, I am so very happy to be here. cant wait to get losing inches and lbs. I am a mom of two really great kids, and want to be around for them for a long time to go. I want to get off my medications, and look better in clothes. I am sick of fighting to breath in my jeans because the waist is to tight. I would love to be able to buy some new shirts the ones they sell now are all to short. call me crazy but I don't want to show off my fat more than I have to. I am looking forward to ge... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 08:57:31 EST Hello everyone! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm from Yorkshire but living near Cambridge. I've got a lot of weight (23kg) to lose, and its a little daunting, so I'm looking forward to getting started! <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople yesterday, so still working out how it all works. I've lost weight before and ended up bigger than when I started, so I'm hoping with sparkpeople folks to back me up I'll be able to make some more permanent changes. <BR> <BR> I've already increased my exercise goal to step up to the 5 mile... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:52:14 EST I'm new! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just signed up for spark people and I'm excited to be here! I have 22lbs to lose, aiming to shed it all before my 30th birthday at the end of May. <BR> <BR> I could definitely use all the support I can get and it already seems like this website will be great for that! <BR> <BR> -Lori Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:58:47 EST Hi! NAME Sue <BR> OCUPATION student and teacher and mother <BR> HOBBIES music/reading/swimming/sewing <BR> WHY SPARK? why not? <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR SHORT TERM GOALS ? being healthy <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM GOALS? losing weight staying healthy Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:00:04 EST Hey! :) NAME : Bridgette' Marie <BR> OCCUPATION : Student <BR> HOBBIES : singing, writing, listening to new music <BR> WHY SPARK? : I want the motivation and support :) <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR SHORT TERM GOALS ? Stabilize my blood sugars. <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM GOALS? reach a weight that will fit me and help me lead a healthy life <BR> ................................ <BR> I look forward to losing weight and having fun with you all along the way. :) Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:41:53 EST New to it all! I am a 35 year old teacher who is making my first attempt at weight loss. Don't know what I am doing really so please be patient if I have lots of questions. Wish me luck. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:53:16 EST Time zones All, <BR> I''m joining you from Heidelberg, Germany, where the temperature is an uncommonly cold 20 degrees right now. But, I'm still committed to walking 5 miles (at least) each week. And, I look forward to reading what you are doing! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:02:27 EST Ready to jump in Hello, everyone! I'm in the midst of quite a few life changes and thought it's time to take charge of my health and weight. I look forward to sharing the journey with you all. Good luck! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:55:22 EST First Team Challenge Your first challenge is to introduce yourself in the "Introduce yourself" forum. <BR> Second - check out the team goals and join at least two. <BR> Third - post a message in the "Daily Post" thread! <BR> <BR> If you have any questions about how to do this challenge post your questions in "Daily Post" and one of your team leaders will help you! <BR> <BR> Welcome and Happy Sparking !! Sun, 5 Feb 2012 16:11:20 EST HELLO NAME <BR> OCUPATION <BR> HOBBIES <BR> WHY SPARK? <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR SHORT TERM GOALS ? <BR> WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM GOALS? <BR> you can copy and paste this list or do your own thing Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:01:26 EST THE DAILY POST Hi there welcome to spark and the new you, this is a lifestyle change you will never regret... on this thread you can post anything, about your day how you are feeling or just pass the time of day <em>247</em> Linda,, aka tuppence03 <BR> good luck on your journey Wed, 1 Feb 2012 07:38:11 EST