SparkPeople SP Class of July 15-21, 2012 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from July 15-21, 2012. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 15-21, 2012 Team Messageboard ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST Back and hoping to keep motivated So yeah. Things happened and then motivation fell to the wayside and actually coming to this site and keeping up with things was so not there. I'm hoping to change that now and while it is super early days, hope to keep at it and keep with it. I hope you all are keeping motivated too and reaching your goals. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:49:52 EST wondering how to figure out.... hey i am wondering if anyone knows how a person would go about finding how many calories you burn well working an active job Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:01:53 EST I'm back! Hi gang .. ! <BR> <BR> My dad's on an even keel at the moment. He's doing a lot better. Was with him last night and he threatened me with an elbow! LOL. I tell ya nothing has thrown me more than his illness. Thank you all so much for you love and prayers. I hope to jump back into the swing of things over the next few days. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Cee Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:07:06 EST Haven't fallen off of the planet although it seems Still alive and kicking for any one that may remember me! <BR> So...did really well for about 2.5 months and then tripped and fell. Not too bad though, <BR> just started in with the slight picking and just being a bit messier than usual. <BR> I think my whole life follows this I do not want to get on a scale (although just did a week ago, did gain about 3 lbs. and I know I should track it, but I am determined to be what I last weighed in at and next time I weigh myself I will h... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 21:40:33 EST October Fitness Leaders! Check out the top 10 fitness leaders so far in October - look at those minutes that they are racking up already! Take a moment to congratulate these folks: <BR> <BR> 1) DANASAT 332 <BR> 2) MOZAMBI 185 <BR> 3) DEBBYNATION 120 <BR> 4) JCTILSON 120 <BR> 5) LWARDK72 120 <BR> 6) NSOLORIO 120 <BR> 7) IUPGRAD2012 120 <BR> 8) SBRANDT340 117 <BR> 9) ARMYWIFE0703 110 <BR> 10) LEMOW23 90 <BR> <BR> And don't forget - it's not too late to get yourself on this month's Top 10 list!!! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:06:03 EST Still Here and doing GREAT! Yeah, I kind of know how easy it is now to get off of the tracking wheel...OOPS. <BR> However, it never gets fuzzy enough where I'm not going where I'm not supposed to be. <BR> I have kept the weight off and now just lost another 1.5 but with the end of Summer, vacation, <BR> kids back to school, blah, blah...throws you off course! Esp. the vacation where I think (mind you, never weighed myself during this time) I gained back about 3 lbs. <BR> Anyway..only about 5 lbs. from "goal", but even i... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:36:53 EST Sleep Help I need help sleeping naturally. My doctor prescribed hypnotic meds but I really do not want to go that route. I drink a half soda (me and my husband split one) and a cup of coffee a day. No choclates and I do not have a sweet tooth. (although I joined the sweet tooth challenge to replace it with salt). I get exercise in and lay down at a resolnable hour. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:03:12 EST hi! im a crazy mom to 3boys Hi my name's Megan. I've got 3 busy boys that I need more energy to keep up with. They're 6, 5 and 8 months. I sometimes tell them I need just a tsp of their energy to keep up with them. My hubbys a farmer so he's also very busy which get me a little lonely after a while. I work with a disabled individual who I have a bit of trouble keeping motivated to do anything besides playing video games. Any advise as how to help her break out of it so I can also move more then I do? Hope I can make a l... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:25:24 EST Hi Everyone! I was in the wrong class so I corrected that and now I'm here. <BR> <BR> You can read about the "diet" plan I'm doing for my WLJ. It's mandatory, but it's been the best thing. I don't really diet even though I've tried a lot of them, WW, Nutrisystem, etc. The only one I had do anything for me was a Richard Simmons plan and that only lasted like 30 days. So right now being week 6 I've made big strides. <BR> <BR> I've lost 14 pounds so far. When I hit 200 I'm getting a tattoo. I've been... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:47:27 EST Got BREAKFAST? Give me a WooHoo! <em>244</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:13:31 EST Top 10 in August So Far... Hey team - check out our top 10 in fitness minutes for August - are you on the list??? If not, it's not too late to try and catch up and get yourself in the Top 10 too! <BR> <BR> 1) SMILEY238672 1,650 <BR> 2) RBATES9776 1,533 <BR> 3) BRIDE2B2014 1,440 <BR> 4) BABSKING 1,405 <BR> 5) BEAKERS11 1,340 <BR> 6) SLONG44 1,340 <BR> 7) SKINNYGUTS1 1,267 <BR> 8) MICKEYMOOGAN 1,170 <BR> 9) THEDCD 1,165 <BR> 10) DESHAFORME 1,155 <BR> <BR> Also, did you know tha... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:53:40 EST #4 in Fitness Minutes! Hey team - did you know that on the fitness minutes leaderboards we are #4 in August!! But one thing I noticed is that who is ahead of us is two class teams that started AFTER us. We still have a couple weeks - let's all work really hard and see if we can't pass them up!!! Log those fitness minutes folks! <BR> <BR> 1) Readers of The Spark! 2,015,652 <BR> 2) SP Class of August 5-11, 2012 298,265 <BR> 3) SP Class of July 22-28, 2012 249,628 <BR> 4) SP Class of July 15-21, 2012 186,255 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:49:51 EST My first 30 days... success!!! Today marks my 30 days and I have lost 6lbs!!! I am so excited and it has only pushed me to do more!!! I am looking forward to the next few months of success!!! Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:40:13 EST Trying again Hi, I'm Kimberly. Two and a half years ago I lost 67lbs. My husband had just joined the Vermont National Guards. He was gone for six months. Was the perfect motivation to work out and had time to put myself first. In the past 18 months I've struggled with the same ten pounds, losing and gaining. I'm actually up 12lbs now. I just signed up for my first race as motivation to get back on track. Looking for good friends to help my journey. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:44:01 EST Still making progress Still losing but now as much as the first couple of weeks. But that is okay. I expected it to slow down, but as long as I keep inching down, I am thrilled. Even though I was off to a rough start last week-end, I still lost almost a pound. I am back on track, so we will see next Friday. Keep going team! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:58:18 EST Crazy busy! It must be the busy time of year! Everyone on here seems to be really hectic. <BR> <BR> I'm super busy with work this week. I can expect late nights and early mornings for the next three weeks. I'm still finding time to fit in my exercise at lunch time, and then eat during a conference call. I definitely feel less satisfied than when I eat and pay attention. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose much weight last week, which was depressing, but I know I gained muscle! <BR> <BR> I hope everybody finds ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:09:32 EST regroup I am happy for everyone who joined at the same time - July 15-21 especially you folks doing so well. Although I have to admit I'm I little bit jealous of you guys. <BR> <BR> But I gotta be honest with you folks. I totally fall off the even take baby steps wagon and reverted last week to doing nothing in terms of fast break goals, healthy living, tracking or even just trying to move more. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to try and rationalize it away - nor will I remove myself from this group (even ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:11:12 EST Surviving! Just checking in again (where is everybody?? Guess b/c it's the week end) on my mom's laptop (eek..mouseless!). Doing great, but restaurant ran out of Eggplant parm, (??) and I had to eat (yeah, had) Shrimp Parm only I think the shrimp was breaded and fried..ugh. So was the yucky broccoli it came with..double ugh. And I had a very weak wine cooler. Today's challenge at a friend's pool was when she came out with Smores that she had just baked. A big inhale of a smell had to do (that and inhal... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:27:02 EST Hello, from emeraldware Hello everybody! I know I've technically been here for 2 weeks (exactly!) but I've never thought to post on the message boards yet! So, here we go! I'm 26 years old and I live near the Portland, Oregon area. I recently got married (a little more than a month ago) and I had ATTEMPTED to lose weight before my wedding. However, this didn't work out for me because when I try to lose weight with a HARD deadline (like a wedding), the closer I get to my goal date without making the requisite progre... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:41:12 EST Hello Everyone I am 48, female from NC. I am trying to lose 100lbs one step at a time. I have a bad heart an gout so sometimes just walking can be a chore. But i am here an i will continue on my journey. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:30:27 EST Hey everyone! Away for week end; on Mom's computer And it's a laptop with no mouse, so just getting on took too long, but I'm here! Here and doing great. Having some incredible seltzer in a wine glass (they sell it at Target; I'm having the Peach/Pear and it's wonderful! All natural, etc.) Oh, "La Croix" is the name. Hightly recommend. Anyway, I brought up 6 cans with me along with salad fixings and a few red peppers. Going out to dinner soon and I'm already thinking I'll order the eggplant parm...yum! My goal is to just get home in a few day... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:40:37 EST Daily Weigh In and I gained??? I was able to lose 3 pounds within my first week using Spark as support. A bit more than what I was thinking (1-2 to be healthy). <BR> <BR> I changed what times I ate this week so my body doesn't get used to a routine and now I'm back to where I started. Or rather, beyond where I started. <BR> <BR> I did walk every day (20 minutes) and 3 days a week I do strength exercises (10-15 minutes is all I can do right now). <BR> <BR> Can anyone offer ideas?? Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:15:12 EST Almost 3 weeks!.. Changing weigh-in day to... Friday vs. Monday! Wasn't going to do it, but it makes a hell of a lot of sense!! <BR> Anyway, I just noticed how many more of you are in the forum - SO GREAT! <BR> God it helps to share. I'm doing so well and have lost about 7 lbs, but am turning a bit <BR> into a neurotic (God, ME? Really??) whenever I do indulge in something a bit more (like tonight I had an amazing piece of swordfish with a whole cilantro, tomatoey sauce thing on it and not sure really how many calories were consumed!) bu... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:20:30 EST Daily check in and...YO ZA..only lost a half... of a pound this week and I feel like I was mostly SO DAMN GOOD! <BR> And here I am, the bewitching hour (6-7ish pm) when I usually have a glass <BR> of wine and shluff off the day. So it's water and definitely NO ALCOHOL this <BR> week. I only had 2 lil' ole drinks spread out through the week (mostly to be social) <BR> and I'm sure that didn't help. <BR> I don't want to lose heart, and like I've said, around the 2 week marker is when the <BR> Grazin' Gremlins want to play again. Not letting y... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:44:11 EST Great Blog Post! Was inspired by this blog and wanted to share it with you guys! Enjoy (Oh - and I'll disclose that this is my sister...but I would have been inspired by it no matter what!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=ITSHOWYOULIVE </link> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:19:53 EST Goes with out saying but I am new. I am not good at these. I am almost 27 and have been trying to not be overweight for as long as I can remember. I am mainly focusing on strength training and cardio to lose weight. I should work on what I eat but for now cutting out pop will have to do. I don't worry about drinking enough water because I work in between an oven and a kettle for 7.5 hours a day. I rarely go a day of work with out drinking 64 ounces of water. <BR> <BR> I reside around Minnetonka, MN. I am terrified of working ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:27:11 EST Workout today? USE EMOTICON <BR> <em>315</em> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:32:13 EST Add a song to the Playlist <BR> "Tell me No" by Whitney Houston <em>335</em> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:28:24 EST WEIGH IN FIRST WEIGH IN, 2.8 IN THE FIRST WEEK! <em>224</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:21:07 EST Starting over post baby ;) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm MCLCAB. I'm a SP vetran but I'm now starting over post baby. It's my second and last so it's my time to get into shape! I've lost all my pregnancy weight but now I'm trying to get to my goal weight and get back into running. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:56:50 EST Bringing it to the next Level! I have always been working out since I can remember. Now that I've been a Mom for the last 6 years probably even moreso because I may have lost my mind! Thank God I've never been really depressed for more than a day or so, but I've always known that adrenaline can save you! In the last 6 months, I've upped my fast walk/run to purely run. I run for about 40 minutes outside, but I also go to the gym at least 2-3x's a week and do weights and also have started doing a rowing class at least once a... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:41:36 EST New New New! Hey all! I'm new to SP. :) I just started on Sunday, and I am absolutely committed to this change! I'm a 30 year old mom of two crazy kiddos. My goal is to lose 35 pounds. I work full time and have decided that it's high time I do SOMETHING to benefit ME. I adore my family, and obviously, they're my top priority, but I have a tendency to use them as an excuse not to exercise and to eat crappy food. So, as of this past Monday (my start day) - no fast food, no candy and sweets (bye bye ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:11:03 EST Video Inspiration from the Daily Spark <BR> Hi, gang .. <BR> <BR> I read / viewed this a little while ago. I was moved and inspired by this young woman and hope you'll get a positive vibe from it. <BR> <link><BR>ost=watch_blogger_takes_on_the_haters_<BR>who_called_her_fat </link> <em>250</em> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:08:47 EST hi i'm dee hi everyone my name is dee and im 36 yrs old married mom and step mom i'm here looking to lose weight over 35lbs i have lost but gain back some of the weight i live in port charlotte florida with my hubby of 17yrs and my strep son am also a grandmother to 3 grandboys im looking to find someone who wants to meet at youfit and i want to walk 2miles a day im looking for a work out buddy im hopeing to lose all my wight in less then a year i have 30lbs my doctor wants me to lose in 3 months Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:04:16 EST lunch partner I realized that eating lunch out was a source of social interaction for me, but one of the issues is that I make less then stellar lunch choices (with the rationalization that it's just this once - but just this once turns into almost everyday) . I live about 5 miles from the office and have been going home most days (both to save money and to make better choices). <BR> <BR> It occurred to me today that I could just invite a friend during our lunch break and get to cover all bases - less mon... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:59:18 EST Ugh...was feeling FAB and.. Am right where I feel like I should've been when I started! <BR> lose a few pounds and think everything should start draping on you <BR> that you were wearing - WRONG-O! <BR> Or..."really..that STILL doesn't fit me comfortably?!" <BR> Still tracking, drinking a ton of water...but alas..going to a friend's get together <BR> right now and I have enough saved away for A FRIGGIN' GLASS OF WINE; yeah! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> ~ Dianne Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:01:30 EST Mama Ready to Loose Hello All ! <BR> I am here and ready to loose. I lost 50 lbs about a year or so ago but got pregnant and got it all back. I am looking forward to meeting all of you, I really need encouragement to eat right, eat good portions AND drink lots of water. How do you do the tracker ? Just wondering ! I wish there was a sparks people chat ! <BR> <BR> Talk to you all soon ! <BR> <BR> Juli Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:06:09 EST Overwhelmed I am a new member to SparkPeople (1 week). Very excited initially to see this great site that is absolutely free. Beginning to be a little overwhelmed with all of it now. There is soooooo much to take in. I think I'll just concentrate on the weight, food, and exercise tracking and try to learn more about everything else very slowly. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:42:51 EST Hello! Hi Everyone. I've been reading SparkPeople for a few years now and the time has come to get serious and look for the support and motivation I need to take better care of myself -- eat well, sleep and exercise more! I've got most of the knowledge --just need the kick in the pants! Nice to read the other posts and know we are not alone. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:45:31 EST This is great! Hi, I am Debbie and joined spark people on July 19th. It's nice to see there is a team for just us newbies! I'm finding that the trackers are very helpful. I feel an accomplishments every time I do it. I am on the road to losing 120 pounds, but my goal is 50 pounds by next July. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:19:24 EST newby !!! Hi im jessica i just started sparks a week ago and have lost 10-12 pounds so far i went from 210 -208 i go back and forth to 198 as of this morning! i think most of it is just from me stop drink pop but i still feel really great about it and keep working out and eating right! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:56:30 EST why cheese, why??? Doing great all day, trackin, drinkin water, walkin, not mindlessly/bored eating...then, the kid doesn't finish his mac-n-cheese and who's the big girl eating it??? ME! Without even realizing...literally, mindless. I'm so mad! But, now I'm paying closer attention and have started making the kid clean up after himself since I don't trust myself! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:46:05 EST Breaking Barriers... We all have them...the little things, or sometimes they are BIG things, that try to keep us from achieving our goals. So this forum will be to break those down like this: <BR> <BR> Today my barrier is: [fill in the blank] <BR> I am going to overcome it by: [fill in the blank] <BR> <BR> So here's mine for today: <BR> Today my barrier is: I'm coming down with a cold and feel run down. <BR> I am going to overcome it by: drinking lots and lots of water and getting up on a regular basis througho... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:52:39 EST Debby First week & SP holding me accountable yet motivating me each day! Exercising is giving me more energy too! Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:06:58 EST Picking...oh how I miss u, but u lead me to H*LL! Yes, I miss picking! I've been SO GOOD for my first week and lost 3 lbs. <BR> (although for all I feel like I've given up I'm like, "really..just 3 lousy pounds?!") <BR> and it's only around the time I feed my kids, but I can't grab that extra piece <BR> of pasta or that scoop of peanut butter because then I'M ACCOUNTABLE! <BR> So most of the time and feeling all lighter and la-dee-dah, but around 5:50-6 <BR> I can be like a rabid dog bearing it's teeth for a flash of time and then I open <BR... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:24:04 EST Hi Everyone! Day #1 :) Looking for an active team to travel this journey with. I have appr 30 lbs to lose (goal). I have a gym membership, but truthfully, it's been about a month since I went. I do not like running, too much on the legs so you won't catch me out in this Arkansas heat unless I'm running away from something...HA <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 35, married 18yrs, we have 4 children (11-16) and have lived in 6 states. Since we've finally settled, we're in the process of building our first home, and fixi... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:43:23 EST shortythick1998 Hello,I am a yo yo dieter dont know why. My largest weight was 326 i lost weight got down to 156. I went back up to 206. Then after that i went down to 134 the lowest i ever been in my life now i am 164 i am so tried of this i relly need the surport from people that understands. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:38:12 EST shortythick1998 Hello,I am a yo yo dieter dont know why. My largest weight was 326 i lost weight got down to 156. I went back up to 206. Then after that i went down to 134 the lowest i ever been in my life now i am 164 i am so tried of this i relly need the surport from people that understands. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:37:41 EST Healthy lifestyle/weight loss Hi everyone. My name is Monica. Iam 29 years old. I am 5'2 and weigh 148 lbs. I am currently looking to loose 20 lbs by October. I just joined this site yesterday, and am hoping to achieve this goal and stay motivated. I think that with the support of others and just eating right and exercising, that I can actually achieve it. My ideal weight is 125 lbs. I used to weigh that much about 6 years ago. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:20:35 EST New to SparkPeople Good morning, <BR> <BR> My wife and I are wanting to lose weight and begin an exercise routine. After many hours of scouring the web for programs, I decided that we would enter this program as it seems to be successful. I am hoping we both meet our goals. I am looking forward to many years of SparkPeople and changing my eating routines to become more healthy. Any ideas will be appreciated. <BR> Scott Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:31:07 EST Two words - Change one <BR> Take the last word and make a new one .. <BR> <BR> * * * * <BR> <BR> Carolina Blue Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:24:38 EST free for all Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am reading the Spark Book (theSpark). The first week is called fastbreak. Well along with picking up 3 fastbreak goals, setting up your environment, etc. <BR> <BR> One of the items is track your food for 3 days (don't change the way you eat just track) - while somehow in my head that has given me permission to have a freakin Free For All - even eating stuff I normally don't. With rationalizing that next week will come the food changes..... <BR> <BR> What is with th... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:30:18 EST Newbie Hi, I am very uncomfortable right now. I really do not know what to say. I joined SparkPeople, because I want to lose / need to lose weight, I cannot do it on my own (tried and gained weight) and I have tried other programs, but the cost made them prohibitive for the long term (left and gained back a few extra pounds more that I lost). I found SparkPeople when I was doing a websearch, and it sounded like a place where I could find support and perhaps give support to other. It will... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:00:17 EST Starting up again!! I am a former Spark People person and I really need to get myself motivated again...I want to lose 20 pounds :-) Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:08:14 EST Good Morning From Saskatchewan Hello Ladies <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Like all of you i am really liking the website, and all the info that is available. I am looking forward to making new friends, and helping one another towards our goals. <BR> <BR> Here's to a great week of success! <BR> <BR> ~~~Hugs~~~ Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:37:14 EST I just wanted to say hello! I am definitey trying to lose weight, but more so to gain healthier living habits. I have tried several times to "diet", but I have never stuck with it. I am hoping by joining this program, and following it, I wil get off the weight roller-coaster, and start living a normal life! I am a married 38 year old, I have 3 kids ages 19, 17, and 12. I work full time at a busy orthopedic clinic and I also take 15 hours of classes trying to get my R.N. liscense. I lead a very busy life, and I am ready ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:13:50 EST What Are You Going to Eat For Breakfast? I know what I *want* to eat for breakfast- a big waffle with tons of butter and syrup, plus some crispy hash browns, two eggs, and two slices of bacon. Harumph! How are you guys planning to get through these weekend breakfasts? I *love* weekend breakfasts...and I'd like to continue to! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:19:52 EST Wilmore KY Lossing weight gaining Life Hey everyone. I am Brenda George. I once weighed nearly 400pounds but with strong determination, I stopped the excuses and brought on change. I enjoy the aqua-zumba classes here in Wilmore. and I love the EA sports Active 2 workouts. If you you need encouragement to keep going, look me up. If you can be encouragement to me, look me up. together we are all saying "I am Worth It!!!" Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:02:59 EST New Here Hello all, I am a new member and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Erin and I'm from PA. I have 3 children - 8 yr old girl, 7 yr old girl and 7.5 month old boy. I am here to get support and hopefully lose a good 25-30 pounds (baby weight). Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:20:33 EST Hi there everyone!! I am here hoping this works!! Best of luck to you all Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:37:19 EST Questions If anyone has tips on how to beat extreme night snacking / cravings I could really use them. <BR> <BR> No matter how much I plan my meals, eat healthy thoughout the day, I still have the cravings. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:07:55 EST eve trying to loose Hello everyone that is a part of the spark team. The ceo of spark health, and members alike. Let me introduce myself, My name is evelyn. I choose to be on the 40,s spark team. . I choose spark health after doing research on the best diet plan for my age and lifestyle. This so far was my second choice over others. Im really excited to be apart of this. As we take this journey to a better and healthier lifestyle together. <BR> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:06:57 EST New to SP Hi, <BR> I am a working mom of a 13 and 10 year old. My hubby, the kids and I live on a small farm in a very rural area. I do not have access to a gym, so am looking to find ways to get rid of 50 pounds before my 50th birthday in 2013. <BR> I love to walk with one of our dogs, we have 2. <BR> I work at a desk all day, so I need to "move it, move it"!! <BR> Looking forward to this adventure. <BR> Best wishes to all of you. <BR> God Bless Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:26:43 EST Greetings Hi I am David from Georgia I’m in my late thirties, married with two kids. I am a new member on sparkpeople. My goal is to lose 93lbs by July of 2013. I've made a decision to lose the weight and begin a healthier lifestyle. I have many bad habits to overcome. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:40:29 EST Ticker Thank you, Mackay, for explaining how to get the ticker! I need all the motivation I can get! Today I am going on a bike ride with my son. I have my meals planned. I have been increasing my water intake. I am looking forward to rewarding myself for exercising daily by splurging on a home cooked burger on Saturday. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:25:41 EST trying again Hello everyone I am trying this again I need alto of support .So if any one could help please do if I can help anyone I will .I am married an have five children I have lost the weight before an now know it's time to get on track again . I also know to have a healthy future I have to do this for me Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:16:02 EST Let's try this again... I think the last time I was on sparkpeople was over 2 years ago but the weight just kept coming. I've reached my tipping point (heehee) and now I'm focused. <BR> <BR> Hello all! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:54:12 EST Hi everyone! New here Im Brandy, 26 married with 3 kids. I live in phoenix az, and im on here because Im overweight. Im having a hard time. Finding all the motivation to really get in a routine and actually stick with it. Im queen of excuses :-( im looking forward to getting to know new people who might have some of the same goals as me and maybe find a few to help me stau motivated and encouraged to stick with this. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:33:42 EST one step at a time I joined sparkpeople because i want to live a active healthy life. I am not currently doing that. <BR> I want the energy to travel, experience new things and new places. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:26:18 EST Looking and accountability? Hi! My name is Ashley. I have been on my weight loss journey for almost two years. During this time I have had ups, downs, and at some points just at a standstill...I realized I could help people with that and so I would love to help people any way I can...My goal is to help people so they do not have to struggle with the not knowing how...I don't know everything that is for sure, but I do know some...and I would love to help you...msg me so we can get started:) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:56:37 EST Looking and accountability? Hi! My name is Ashley. I have been on my weight loss journey for almost two years. During this time I have had ups, downs, and at some points just at a standstill...I realized I could help people with that and so I would love to help people any way I can...My goal is to help people so they do not have to struggle with the not knowing how...I don't know everything that is for sure, but I do know some...and I would love to help you...msg me so we can get started:) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:37:13 EST Ready to go! Well, it's my second day. I made myself a page. I lost two pounds, but I think it was just water weight from my lady time. Plan for the day- two eggs with brown rice and lentils, salad with hard boiled eggs for lunch, salad with a grilled sausage for dinner, watermelon for dessert. My son and I just made a weekly dinner menu, and it is going to be interesting trying to stick with that while sticking with this! His choices were pizza, tuna sandwiches (weirdo!), hot dogs, chicken, tacos, s... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:36:07 EST It's time to change! Who wants to be able to be more active and enjoy life more? I do!!! OK--somedays I'd rather just sleep, but today isn't going to be one of those days. I'm looking forward to interacting with others and hopefully picking up a few friends along the way. Let's help each other! I've been on a quest to find how to lose 100+ pounds for about 10 years and it's time to jump in and get is done. My main goal is to improve my health and become more active--what about you? Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:23:34 EST I want to be the sexy good looking wife and mom! I am a 24 yr old momma of two and a wife! I want to lose all my baby weight and get to the healthy weight recommended for my height. I hope that I can find the help and support here that I need to lose my weight. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:32 EST Oh boy. Why hello, I just became a member on sparkpeople...and thus far I love it! Looking forward to sharing on here! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:52:15 EST hi everybody Hi this is mercedes aka BigBenz1990. I am really wanting to meet some cool people on here,never know may meet a walking buddy. I just wanted to say hi so i can get some people to come to my page. Thanks in advance. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:47:45 EST Hoping to get healthy this time but.... What I really need help with, is accountability. Hi there. I'm Alyssa. I am a 31 yr old married mom of 3. I live near Austin TX. I currently weigh 140 but my weight fluctuates between 138 and 142. I desperately want to get back down to 120. I know I can do it. I did it right after my divorce over 4 yrs ago and I weighed 160 before I lost the weight. My current husband and I have been together 3 years and married about 15 months. He is wonderful. He thinks I am beautiful no matter what. My pro... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:27:13 EST Hope to be a success1 Hello, I am new to the calorie counting and exercising program. I never thought I would ever need to do this but I got the surprise of my life this past year. I don't like feeling like things are out of control but my weight and energy level has totally gotten away from me. I think it is time to get it back and I know I will need some help. Everything here on SPARKPEOPLE seems to overwhelm me now but I hope someone will help guide me, please. Thanks and I hope to meet some of you real soon. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:23:05 EST Day 1 at Spark Hi, I'm Jen, I'm a 27 year old married mother of two. I use to be slim and fit, but after suffering some health problems that involve crippling fatigue, I have ballooned to 113 kg and now have a BMI of 37. I have zero fitness and become breathless just doing day-to-day activities. It's taken me a long time to figure out that trying to force myself to do 'normal' amounts of exercise is self-defeating. I'm extremely impatient, which means that whenever I've tried to lose weight in the past, I'v... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:12:41 EST Hello Everyone Hello Everyone I'm new to SPARK-PEOPLE. Just wanting to stop by and say hello to everyone. You are more then welcome to read my profile you if like. Hope to meet some new people here. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:04:07 EST Hiya! <BR> I just joined Spark today! I am 37 and a wife and Mom to 3 ages 9, 7 and 3. My 3 year old has a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia, He is doing amazing! I have been big as long as I can remember, I can remember being in 5th grade buying a size 16W. I managed to hover around 200 all through High School. I am coming up on my 20th High School reunion and it just hit me that I am the biggest I have ever been and I want to do something about it! For myself, and to set an example for m... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 02:24:29 EST Getting started After months of privately and not so privately complaining about my weight gain, I have finally done something about it. Namely, I'm determined to exercise, eat right and hopefully, lose some of the weight I've gained. I got off to a good start today and met the goal I set myself. I kept telling myself last week and the week before that I'd do yoga again. And that didn't happen. Last night I purchased Jillian Michael's 30 to Shred It, season 1 and told myself that when I got home to get to it... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:41:38 EST Hello All! I just joined the fun this morning! I was never overweight until 13 years ago, when I had my youngest child at age 40--I had a driving teenager, a toddler in diapers, and a nursing baby--and did I mention I was 40?? After blaming my weight gain on that for 13 years, I'm ready to take responsibility. I know I'll need help because I've never really worked at weight loss before. I'm excited though! Can't wait to get to know you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:34:08 EST First Day :) Hello there! This is my first day on SparkPeople. I'm here to lose weight and gain great health. Would love to meet some people along the way. I live in Canada, Northern Alberta specifically. I work full time and enjoy spending time with friends, music, reading, crafting and cooking. :) Hope you're having a great day! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:52:44 EST This is a story of a girl I am nineteen years old. I’ll be twenty in December. I am probably your typical american girl- well, the kind that have hated what the reflection displayed when she was looking in the mirror. I’ve felt this way for ten years now and enough is enough. <BR> My ex knew how insecure I was about my body and used it against me. I left him, obviously. We were together for four years. From the time I was fifteen up until this April. When people ask me what I think the biggest mistake of my life ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:50:41 EST Tips and Tricks - AKA "What works for you?" This is the place to share all of your little tips and tricks that you have learned along the way either in your Spark journey, or just from life in general. For example, here's my top five tips: <BR> <BR> 1. Get Connected - Spark is an AWESOME tool, but any tool you don't use is a completely useless one. You need to use Spark on a regular basis if you want it to work at its best! <BR> <BR> 2. Take beginning pictures - yes, I said it...turn a camera on yourself! I know (me included) the las... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:58:34 EST I am new to this site I have not had to many problems with my weight. i have always seem to workout and keep it under control. but, i am now 44, i had a hysterectomy and now i am having a hard time loosing weight.. I am hoping being on this site it will help me gain control of my daily activities so that i can gain control of my weight Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:06:43 EST Shirmiel Duncan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not necessarily new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. Not sure what else to say but I will be happy to answer any questions that you all may have. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:59:42 EST Yvonne77771 Hi i am new at Sparkpeople an am looking forward to getting to know u friends out there who are up against weight issue to. I am a Type 2 Diabetic i take pills not shots n i want to keep it that way. I know that by loosing weight i will make better chances at getting to stop my medications of High Blood Pressure Pills n Cholesterol Pills. I have been overweight most my life n welcome all the encouragement n help i can receive plus i want to encourage u in the same way together we can all get ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:12:47 EST Time to re-invent myself I have battled this weight most of my life. Due to abuse when I was a child, it flared up a long life of low self esteem, lack of motivation and food addiction. However I can no longer live my life as a victim. At some point we have to let go of the past and take accountability of what we have done to ourselves and continue doing. I'm choosing today to reinvent myself. No idea of what I'm doing so I'm going to start from scratch by learning how to eat and how to move. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:42:48 EST Non-Scale VICTORIES <BR> What's giving you a sense of accomplishment today? Knitting? A job promotion? Lowering your blood pressure? <BR> <BR> Give yourself a shout out and share it with us! <em>41</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:04:06 EST BOOKS AND MOVIES <BR> There's a lot going on! What are you reading? What movies are you checking out? <em>36</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:59:54 EST Getting a fresh start Hi All, just joined SP today and really want to give it a serious effort. I'm probably at the lowest point in my life right more ways than one. Working on getting healthy would probably be a good start to finding the light at the end of the tunnel. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:03:23 EST member here! Good morning!! I just joined this site..looked interesting and informative. It also seems like a good way to meet people who have similar goals in reference to their health. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:35:10 EST Share five things about you! What should we know about you? You'll be spending some time here so give up some info. <BR> ***** <BR> 1. I'm a recent college grad. (BA in English and Communications) <BR> 2. I' m an aspiring children's author <BR> 3. I love to travel <BR> 4. I'm totally UGLY if I don't have my cup of coffee in the morning. <BR> 5. I love reading. A book is practically an appendage of mine. <em>24</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:11:00 EST Say Something to Encourage your Teammate. Today you're beginning a new chapter. Enjoy! <em>30</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:59:32 EST Where are you Sparking from? Greensboro, NC <em>224</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:57:30 EST Daily Check-In Tell us what's happening in your world today. <em>30</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:51:28 EST