SparkPeople Success Awaits You.....Hang In There Team Messageboard Never give up on what your really want to do. Believe in yourself. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Success awaits you. SparkPeople Success Awaits You.....Hang In There Team Messageboard Weather Report <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> SunShiney here in MN... 60s Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:24:43 EST Today I will Focus on.... <BR> <BR> Today I am focusing on my THOUGHTS Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:01:34 EST Personal Definitions of SUCCESS - <BR> <BR> Our personal Definitions of success can change on a regular basis... <BR> update us on yours today <BR> Thu, 8 Feb 2018 15:55:18 EST Introducing Self Hi My name is Mary Catherine and Ive recently joined this team. Looking forward to getting to know all of you in the future. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:44:09 EST THE DAILY EATING JAR...What Did You Do Instead For those of us who like to have just a little snack once in awhile. <BR> <BR> INSTEAD OF EATING... Let's create and " EATING JAR" <BR> <BR> 1) get a container that you can put in your kitchen, on your desk, etc. <BR> <BR> 2) get some paper, a pen, and a pair of scissors. <BR> <BR> 3) cut your paper into little pieces big enough to write "ideas" onto. <BR> <BR> 4) come up with ideas that you can do INSTEAD OF EATING. <BR> <BR> Here are some start your list ideas: <BR> <BR> * pai... Wed, 27 May 2015 09:17:17 EST New Members. ..Please introduce yourselves here. <em>235</em> new team members. Please tell us a bit about yourself so that we can get to know you better. All the best to you on reaching your goals. We are here to help encourage and support you in any way we can. Mon, 25 May 2015 09:53:21 EST What Goal Can You Achieve Today..... Water the grass and bedding plants. <em>376</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 09:47:30 EST Bonus Points For Our Team How Many Did You Get... 3 Mon, 25 May 2015 09:42:40 EST Daily...... Question of The Day ?????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite food to grill? <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me... <em>496</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 09:31:43 EST May....Come On In And Say Hi <em>213</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 09:46:53 EST May....Bonus Points For Our Team 3 Fri, 1 May 2015 09:46:17 EST April...Come On In And Say Hi <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:21:31 EST April...Bonus Points For Our Team 1 Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:21:01 EST Back on Spark People! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am finally back on SparkPeople after about probably 6-7 years of consistent use. At that time, I managed to lose 40 lbs and was in the best shape of my life. Slowly but surely, I gained back every bit and some more. I have been back on here for two weeks now and feeling extremely motivated. I have a weight loss goal of 40-45 lbs. I am hoping to utilize message boards and community for support! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:55:58 EST Did You Know That.... <BR> Did Know That.... <BR> <BR> <BR> 11% of the World is left handed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:58:28 EST March...Come On In and Say Hi <em>213</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:17:06 EST March...Bonus Points For Our Team 3 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:16:41 EST February ....Come On In and Say Hi <em>524</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:36:12 EST February ...Bones Points For Our Team 50 <em>244</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:32:28 EST New Members...Come and Introduce yourself Hi!! If you are new to the team, please come on in and introduce yourself!! I would love to get to know each and every one of you! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:27:13 EST Keep the Angel Going. <em>43</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:40:46 EST 2015....Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down How Do You Feel? <em>48</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:38:50 EST 2015....Come Share a Quote Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:17:04 EST January...Come On In and Say Hi! <em>524</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:00:49 EST January...Bonus Points 2 Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:59:42 EST December ....Come On In and Say Hi! <em>524</em> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:25:16 EST December ...Bonus Points for Our Team 3 Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:18:44 EST November...Come On In And Say Hi!! <em>213</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:43:43 EST November ...Bonus Points 1 Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:43:11 EST October....Come In and Say Hi!! <em>524</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:17:02 EST October...Bonus Points 20 Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:16:29 EST Sept....Come On In and Say Hi!! <em>213</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:02:10 EST Sept....Bonus Points For Our Team 2 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:01:34 EST Aug....Come On In And Say Hi! <em>524</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:16:03 EST Aug....Bonus Points For Our Team 1 Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:15:30 EST July....Come On In And Say Hi!! <em>524</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:07:04 EST July....Bonus Points For Our Team 1 Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:06:28 EST June....Come On In and Say Hi! <em>524</em> Have a Spark Filled day today!! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:22:49 EST June......Bonus Points For Our Team 50 Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:22:09 EST 30 Minutes a Day. What did you do? 7 miles walking Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:01 EST Today's New Question Is..... <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What would you rank as your best asset? <BR> <BR> My eyes <BR> My smile <BR> My legs <BR> My butt <BR> My belly <BR> My arms <BR> My chest <BR> My hair <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> I would have to say my smile. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 10:18:39 EST Did You Post To The Team Wall Today? <em>250</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 10:13:56 EST May....Come On In And Say Hi! <em>524</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 10:11:33 EST May.....Points For our Team! 3 Thu, 1 May 2014 10:10:16 EST April...Bonus Points For Our Team On the start page of Spark People, you will notice on the right hand side a section that says SPARKPOINTS TODAY. It will have a red flag in this section.. Click on that and it will show you all the teams you belong to (they will have a red flag beside them) <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each day. <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:01:32 EST New Question Each Day......???? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Which SparkPeople Community feature is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Message boards <BR> SparkTeams <BR> SparkPages and blogs <BR> SparkMail <BR> <BR> <BR> For me...all my SparkTeams, members sparkpages and reading blogs. <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:59:38 EST April.....Say Hi To Your Team Mates <em>213</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:09:23 EST Did You Huddle On Your Team Today? <em>224</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:10:02 EST Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down...How are you feeling today? <em>48</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:08:13 EST New Members....Come On In and Introduce Yourself <em>235</em> to our team. Tell us a little bit about yourself so that we can get to know each other better. All the best to you on reaching your goals. <em>306</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:06:23 EST 100 Days To A New You Challenge... The 100 day challenge is an on going challenge. There is no specific start or finish time line. This team is about challenging yourself to change a behavior. To target and focus on a goal for 100 days. Some things you might want to focus on are: avoiding fast foods, tracking your exercise,....this can be as simple as exercising for just 10 minutes a day, another goal might be to track your nutrition, perhaps doing a Sparkpeople video each day, walking outside or on your treadmill or elliptica... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:00:23 EST WHAT IS A SMALL GOAL YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH TODAY? Today it would be to get in a workout since I wasn't able to last night. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:45:59 EST NEW QUESTION FOR TODAY <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Which one do you prefer to cook with? <BR> <BR> Olive oil <BR> Canola oil <BR> Other <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me, I prefer olive or extra virgin olive oil Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:52:51 EST 30 MINUTES A DAY FITNESS CHALLENGE 105 mins. walking Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:21:08 EST Total SparkPoints 55,928 Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:17:39 EST BONUS POINTS FOR OUR TEAM 3 Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:10 EST COME ON IN AND SAY HI <em>213</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:09:00 EST Well, I'm hesitant, but need this badly.... I'm 57 and non-insulin dependent diabetic and I'm feeling desperate to do this, but not really convinced I'll ever be able to get there. <BR> <BR> I've done a million diets before...some successful, some not. As I get older it's certainly getting harder and every extra pound I have seems to be on my stomach! I've been craving carbs like they are going out of style and not quite sure how to get past this, but I'm going to try. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful, successful 2014. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:40:14 EST Jan.....Say Hi For Goodies Challenge <em>524</em> .....This challenge will start on Jan. 1st. I've already handed out this month goodies for Dec. Thanks for participation...Let's make Jan. rock! <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:17:28 EST Jan......Bonus Points For Our Team This thread will start on Jan. 1st. Let's see how many points we can make for our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the start page on of Spark People, you will notice on the left hand side, you will see the teams you belong to, with a flag beside it <BR> <BR> 1.. Click on the flag. <BR> 2. The Points earned for the team will appear for the day. <BR> 3. Then post the results in here, the points you earned for the team. <BR> <BR> You can choose to post up to 5 different teams you belong to each da... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:51:34 EST Letha - Washington Coast Hi Team, <BR> I'm retired and living on the SW Washington coast with my partner Mary. I've lost 104 lbs in the past 32 weeks and I'm making plans to lose another 246.4 lbs to reach my goal of 175. I'm following the low fat vegan McDougall food plan and I spend a lot off time on SparkPeople. I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> Letha Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:36:42 EST A Blueprint for Goal Achievement.... A Blueprint for Goal Achievement <BR> Strategies to Reach Any Goal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa. <BR> <BR> This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident that... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:58:11 EST 100...POINTS A DAY CHALLENGE 176 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:53:27 EST We All Use a Hug....Pass It On <em>247</em> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:50:02 EST NEW MEMBERS... .INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE <em>235</em> to the team new members. Please tell us a bit about yourselves so that we can get to know you better. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:07:41 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies Use an emoticon or write what you did today or plan on doing today to get those beautiful bodies moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Dec. 1st..... (Sunday) <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:39:22 EST Dec.....Get Up and Go Challenge For Goodies Use an emoticon or write what you did today or plan on doing today to get those beautiful bodies moving. <BR> <BR> <BR> This challenge will start on Dec. 1st..... (Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:07:26 EST Dec......Hi's For Goodies This challenge will start on Dec. 1st....(Sunday) Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:01:47 EST Last Fruit or Veggie Eaten <em>258</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:06:43 EST exercising today <em>244</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:06:04 EST Weigh In...up...down ...maintaining <em>49</em> 2 to work on getting those off. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:05:09 EST What Goal Can You Achieve Today.... Finish knitting a small blanket for a Christmas Gift. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:55:06 EST Did You Get A Good Nights Sleep Last Night... <em>334</em> <em>48</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:53:39 EST Emoticon....How Are You Feeling Today... <em>345</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:52:37 EST Inspirational Quotes...Come Share It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with your. ALWAYS! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:49:02 EST What Part of the Country Are You From....?? I live in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:30:53 EST New Question Each Day....????? <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you keep a cold and flu emergency kit ready for when you or a loved one becomes ill? <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes <BR> No <BR> No, but my medicine cabinet is usually pretty well stocked with the basics <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For Me...Our fridge or medicine cabinet always have medicines on hand for flu, colds and allergies. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:28:26 EST Say Hi....For Goodies <em>213</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:54:49 EST Been Away But Now I'm Here To Stay! I have not been posting much on SP for a while. I have been doing a lot of care-taking for my 45 yr old sister that had breast cancer. Sadly, she passed away last week. I am slowly trying to reclaim my life. Last night was the first evening that I had nothing to do. I tried to think back at what I used to do 2 yrs ago before my sister had cancer. I'm certain that my dog is glad that I remembered! We went for a brisk 45 minute walk. It felt wonderful. <em>390</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:35:01 EST Happy Belated Mother's Day to the Moms here! Sorry I missed you all yesterday on Mother's Day. I worked and had dinner with MIL so I got home late. <BR> <BR> So Happy Belated Mother's Day! Mon, 13 May 2013 12:48:50 EST Roll Call - Who's still here? <em>213</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:34:45 EST Time For A Change! My scale says 243.6 today! That is 100 lbs. more than i should weigh! How in the world did I get here? My mom died at age 62 with diabetes and a heart attack! I now have high blood pressure and I don't want to die! I'm positive I've been in a depression for a few years now. I also know I'm an emotional eater. I'm going through menopause too! All of this aside I love life and want to feel and look better so lets get going! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:24:07 EST A New Team Leader! Hey Team! We have a new leader joining us, CVWORKNPROGRESS (Cynthia)! <BR> <BR> Please drop by her place and let her know how much we appreciate her! <BR> <link><BR>WORKNPROGRESS </link> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:07:39 EST Plateau and sudden weight loss... Hi all, I was wondering if any of you experienced something like this. I started my new fitness/wellness routine in late January. After a few weeks of vigorous exercise and stay in my calorie range I lost 6lbs. And then I stayed there... for several more weeks. I read a bunch about why this could be, and my guess ended up being that extra water is stored in the muscles while you are going through this initial transformation of building muscle and losing fat. (not sure how accurate that i... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:43:03 EST Ready to be a Team Leader? If you would like to be a team leader, please send me a message and let me know. <em>306</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:11:45 EST Fitness Leaderboard - February Top 25 Fitness Minutes!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> 1)  KMAYBERRY1 - 3,317 <BR> 2)  MURRAYGOLD - 3,244 <BR> 3)  JASONSTROH - 3,239 <BR> 4)  SSPRATLEN - 3,215 <BR> 5)  WARRIORK63 -3,126 <BR> 6)  BOBBIN2000 - 3,051 <BR> 7)  DILLYBAR92 - 3,022 <BR> 8)  SANDINA19 - 2,981 <BR> 9)  KSPRATLEN - 2,938 <BR> 10)  SMARTBLONDE8302 - 2,879 <BR> 11)  EMMATHIS - 2,847 <BR> 12)  KHAYUK - 2,754 <BR> 13)  FOLLINIS1 - 2,697 <BR> 14)  2014ISTHEYEAR - 2,689 <BR> 15)  MELINDA_IRVING - 2,670 <BR> 16)  ARTIEWELLER... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:47:59 EST Hi everyone. First time posting here I have to say that I can identify with that picture and quote "this feeling really sucks". <BR> Ready to go! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:52:12 EST Informational articles from outside sources Omega 3 fatty acids <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss/all_diet_tips/fill_up_on_omega_3_fa<BR>tty_acids.php?page=1 </link> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:10:36 EST assistance needed HI there <BR> <BR> I started 2 .5 weeks ago, next Tuesday (in 2 days time ) I will be doing this challenge for 3 weeks. My issues are : 1) I am single and live alone, staying motivated is sometimes a challenge 2) I am vegetarian and needing to get enough nutrients in which I am maybe lacking from no meat intake <BR> <BR> I have lost 1kg over the 2/3 weeks since I started, this is not much, but I have started exercising more regularly (except for when I was ill this past week) my aim over t... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:40:52 EST 2 weeks! Well, I have been up and down like a yo-yo. When looking at my reports I can see my weakness is definitely the carbs! :) Probably need to review my intake of these as well as possibly increase the exercise. <BR> Still wading thru how SP can help. So much information its overwhelming. <BR> Hope everyone else is finding their pace. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:08:34 EST welcome Welcome, New members, to SparkPeople! <BR> I am just two weeks into the program, and am devouring terrific recipes, exercise tips, and encouraging words from other members! I'm pretty sure I have checked in everyday, and enjoying it so much. As of last Friday, I had lost 11 1/2 # in 3 weeks! I am working hard on my cardio, and am adding stretching exercises as well. <BR> This is a terrific place to be! Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:13:21 EST 8 Common Weight Loss Mistakes You Should Avoid From Coach Calorie <BR> <BR> <link><BR>takes/ </link> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:26:16 EST It's Friday! What's on Your Agenda This Weekend?? So glad it's Friday today! I'm meeting a friend for coffee Saturday morning and then I'll go to the gym. Then I'm going home, I'll turn the radio up and cook all afternoon, I'm planning meals for the freezer! Plan, plan, plan... anyone with me??? <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:13:03 EST Random Act of Kindness Let's do some Random Acts of Kindness. Please take a few moments as time allows, and go visit your teammates. Leave a comment on their blog, or on their sparkpage, send a goodie, add-a-friend. <BR> <BR> This just let's each other know that we are not alone on our journey. We are all here to support and encourage each other <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> -- You can see all the blogs of your teammates, over to the right hand side of this page, under Team Stream. Under that box it says, See... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:22:16 EST New to the site I have been trying to lose weight for years and have tried several diets with no success. I don't like restriction and I have yet to get control of my emotional eating. My baby is 9 months and would like to get out of my maternity jeans before she turns 1. I'm going to try baby steps and only weigh myself 1 a week. This site has some very good tools and can wait to hope get some much needed support. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:19:47 EST Did you stay in your Calorie Range Yesterday? <em>248</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:06:51 EST Lost . . . Phooey. I wanted to introduce myself, but not sure I am in the right place or doing it correctly. Not a great start. <BR> <BR> I quit smoking after close to 50 years on 9/18/12; for those as mathematically challenged as I am that is a little over 4 months ago. Four months and 35 pounds. I am totally disgusted with myself; I was at 199 several years back and swore I would loose it or start cutting off body parts. Got it off, kept it off and here I am again. <BR> <BR> Exercise is very li... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:29:52 EST Hi So I've been apart of Spark people for about a week now. I've been trying for the last year to get back down to my pre pregnancy weight but it's been hard to do. So I'm hoping that by using this site I can reach my goal. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:16:31 EST Hi glad to be here! Well first let me start by saying I'm so happy I found this site. It will take some getting used to but I think I will get through it! So far I have had one set back..when it's my husband's days off I fall off the wagon...very time! Is it bad that I use those 2 days as rest days and allow myself some treats? Keeping in mind though, I don't want to ruin the Orkney I have done the rest of the week! <BR> I hope I will be able to stick to this and get a handle on those weight/ fitness thi... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:35:06 EST Hi glad to be here! Well first let me start by saying I'm so happy I found this site. It will take some getting used to but I think I will get through it! So far I have had one set back..when it's my husband's days off I fall off the wagon...very time! Is it bad that I use those 2 days as rest days and allow myself some treats? Keeping in mind though, I don't want to ruin the Orkney I have done the rest of the week! <BR> I hope I will be able to stick to this and get a handle on those weight/ fitness thi... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:34:17 EST FAQ - How to participate in the Leaderboard Instructions to be included in the Fitness & Sparkpoints Leaderboard: <BR> <BR> First you need to go to your start page. On the left towards the top, you will see under "START" a link that says Account/Email Preferences. <BR> <BR> Click on that, then click on the Communities Tab, check the box under "Sparkpoints" that says Include me on "SparkPoints/SparkAmerica Leaderboards" <BR> <BR> Then when you Track your Fitness, it will keep track of it for you. <BR> Your sparkpoints will track a... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:05:53 EST Hi I am new Hey everyone just wanted to stop in and introduce myself.. I am finally ready to loose this weight.. two kids and 6 years later and i am so hoping i can stick to it and loos the baby weight plus some. lol Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:10:03 EST New Diabetic Hi <BR> I am redvelvet69561. <BR> I am thinking of changing it to Full Of Sugar! <BR> <BR> Well 2013 really kicked me in the butt. <BR> I am 56 <BR> My BP went to 200, I always has low pressure so I never watched it. <BR> <BR> But the kicker was last Tues, went into emerg. my foot was swollen, lots of pain, and bright red. <BR> The Doc asked if I was Diabetic, "No, I answered". He came back and told me my blood sugar was 30 <BR> <BR> I am on a I.V. for an infected toe. <BR> 2 meds for Di... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:17:55 EST This is my time Beginning again...This time I'm making the lifestyle changes and <BR> healthy choices I am made for more..I can do this Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:09:19 EST SICK-UP-AND FED-UP Hello Fellow Sparkers, I'm new today and so far so good it was a good day.I love this website, so many tools to use I'vr spent a good part of the day except when cooking and going to get a printer so I can copy some of this nifty stuff,I'm going on a cruise in May and don't want to be unrealistic but would love to be comfortable in my clothes and relax and feel pretty, I'm appppproaching my all time high in weight and I feel very concerened about my future, I've been getting away with murder ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:00:32 EST hi im stacie hi im stacie and im new to this not to sure how to use it .can anyone help <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:48:42 EST Hopeful First-Timer Hi Everyone, <BR> I have never believed in diets. I never needed one before the past two years. I've always been thin most of my life. Turned 60, screwed up my knee, had to let go of my two horses, and now teach online courses (sit for hours at my computer). No more exercise! <BR> <BR> My wgt gain and BP have been slowly, increasing over the past year, 2 sizes. I'm 173 lbs., 5' 6". <BR> <BR> I'm planning on joining the YMCA next week to burn the calories. I can't seem to motivate mys... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:00:15 EST FAQ - Set up your Ticker Here is a link with instructions on how to set up your ticker. You can set it for pounds lost to date, for your current weight to goal weight, with spark points, with fitness minutes... any number of things :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nswer.asp?id=33 </link> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:14:39 EST Caution Changes Ahead Hi everyone. My name is Candice and I have 47 pounds to loose! <BR> EEHHHYA that sounded like the start to a AA meeting.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Any how I am 34 with 3 kids and made that scary realization that I have to get my butt in gear because I now weigh 172 pounds which is not happy on my 5'3 frame. My short term goal is to drop 10 pounds of fat by my sisters wedding which is on March 17th- reward fit better in my brides maids dress. Mid term goal, 25 pounds of fat gone by April reward pull... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:07:59 EST Hi again Hi my name is Angie this isnt my first time or even my second time here but this will be the final time because I have decided to learn all I can so I can not only shed the weight but also maintain the loss. I have never learned how to maintain so this time around Im using all the tools avaible here to make this a success. Im still new at posting and using challenges because all I ever used was the trackers in the past so Im learning as I go. I made a post in the past and didnt realize I h... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:56:45 EST New at using this site Good morning. Back in August I had signed up on this site as well as another, and of cource we are all so busy so using both wasn't happening. So here I am again, just looking at changing things up a bit. Since Aug. 28, 2012, I have lost 37 lbs....made it through the holidays and kept focused. I would love some supportive friends. I am still learning how to use this site. It seems like there is so much to offer. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 06:39:21 EST February / March ... 6 Week Pedometer Challenge This is just a spot for me to record my daily pedometer counts for my February and March 6 week personal challenge. Feel free to ignore this thread ... or clip on your own pedometer and join me! <BR> <BR> My goal for the challenge is 500,000 steps ... <BR> <BR> 2/13 <BR> 2/14 <BR> 2/15 <BR> 2/16 <BR> 2/17 <BR> 2/18 <BR> 2/19 <BR> Weekly total: <BR> Challenge remaining: <BR> 2/20 <BR> 2/21 <BR> 2/22 <BR> 2/23 <BR> 2/24 <BR> 2/25 <BR> 2/26 <BR> Weekly total: <BR> Challenge remaining: <BR> ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:27:25 EST Virtual Travels This is just a spot for me to track my progress on a virtual trip I am taking from where I live now to where I grew up :) Feel free to totally ignore this thread ... or you can make up a virtual trip of your own and join me! <BR> I am treadmilling, exercise biking, and walking away the pounds (or any other form of exercise I can measure in miles) from Council Bluffs, IA to Newton, KS ... a total of approximately 325 miles. I have broken the trip down into smaller segments and my first leg i... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:20:52 EST I'm new Hi, <BR> I'm new and I'm scared. I'm so overweight and I don't feel like I can do this. Not even sure where to start. I need some support. Please! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:57:25 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> I am new to this site and in desperate need of change. I am not happy with how I have let myself go these past few years. I am at my heaviest weight and I need a little motivation and support. Thanks Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:47:46 EST Hello Everyone My name is Annette. I am 47 the mother of 2 grown beautiful daughters. Have been married for 29 years this year. I am a breast cancer Survivor of 7 years. I have issues with my weight. I need all the help I can get. Please! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:02:08 EST New to this Hi my name is Lisa and like everyone else i have struggled with my weight for a quite a few years now. I just had my last baby girl witch makes five from 17 years of age down to 6 months. Now that iam finished with my last pregnancy iam ready to jump back on the band wagon and get healthy again. i have 50 plus pounds to lose and i'am so ready. Iam needing support because i'am finding it much harder to lose weight this time around. Its hard any time but i'am looking forward to this. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:08:00 EST Just Beginning Hello All, I am 41 and have been at my current weight for around 2 years after losing 94lbs. I have decided that losing 10 more pounds will be healthier for my body and get my BMI not so close to the overweight range. I just don't feel like I have much wiggle room. Glad to meet all of you and I have not participated in any forums like this before, so if anyone would help me out with the right things to say it would be great! Thanks. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:02:42 EST My name is Austin Hello everyone! My name is Austin and I'm here for support in my quest to get healthy. I spent the last 8 years living a very unhealthy lifestyle. The birth my of my son last year and the addition of my 6 year old stepson have really changed the way I feel about myself. <BR> <BR> I have broken my unhealthy bad habits but now I am trying to build new healthy ones. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:21:52 EST New and Ready! Hi! I joined yesterday but felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the information. I had lapband surgery in March 08. I lost 43 lb quickly and just recently gained 9 back. Besided being unhappy about my "gain ", I have never really "finished " my weightloss and reached my goal weight. I guess life just got in the way. Not anymore! I dug out all of my lapband material and reread it all which is how I stumbled on this site. I am hoping to reach my goal weight of 127 by May. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:31:56 EST new me hey Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:40:19 EST Seeking health and new experiences Hi, After years of trying to lose these extra pounds on my own, I was introducted to this program and am excited to be challenged by many others with the same problems and interests. I look forward to see the numbers of the scale go down and the inches from the waist and hips silip closer to healthy numbers. I am recently retired from full time employment and miss the interaction with people so I am looking forward to making many friends on this site. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:00:28 EST Exercise tracking question Hi I have an exercise tracking question. The calorie count it gives me seems really high. <BR> I'm getting around 500 for 30 minutes elliptical but the machine says it is about 300... <BR> and maritial arts for 75 minutes is 1200 calories... how are these values determined.. should I trust them? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:17:53 EST Getting to a Healthier ME Hi this is my first week on SparkPeople. Four months ago I quit smoking - quit cold turkey. I was a pack a day smoker and smoked for over 20 years. After getting a chest cold and couldn't breathe I finally realized that I needed to quit smoking, I needed to be around for my girls. I needed to get healthier <BR> <BR> That was September 24, 2012 now 4 months later and still smoke free, it's now time to address the weight gain. I'm not sure how many pounds I have put on - truth be told I h... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:05:55 EST Hello everyone I am a single mother of 3 trying to get myself to a healthier lifestyle. First, I am starting with my diet and am trying to figure out the best workout method around working full time and raising 3 kids. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 02:13:59 EST A new me Hi everyone im excited to be starting a healthy lifestyle im currently at my heaviest ever 210 lbs. Hopefully i will get it right this time <em>249</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:58:13 EST Depression Depression medications Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:36:36 EST This Is It Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marquetta. I have joined Sparkpeople because I am tired of not being happy with myself because of my <BR> weight. I've struggled for year always losing and gaining it all back and then some. I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. My goal is to finally reach my goal weight and maintain it. <BR> I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing poetry, and I am a Christian. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:55:27 EST This Is It Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marquetta. I have joined Sparkpeople because I am tired of not being happy with myself because of my <BR> weight. I've struggled for year always losing and gaining it all back and then some. I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. My goal is to finally reach my goal weight and maintain it. <BR> I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, writing poetry, and I am a Christian. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:09:48 EST I'm Michelle and I am desperate to lose 15 lbs I am turning 40 in a few weeks and so want this 15 lbs gone. I have yoyo dieted since I can remember and just want it off for good. I have no willpower and I love to eat. Everyone at my job is fit and eats healthy, but they like to bring any junk food they don't want, to work and I can't say no to it!! Help!! Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:20:52 EST A Newbie Hi I joined Sparkpeople today. I am still trying to find my way around. Evidently, so are all of you as the SP Class is for the dates Jan 27th to Feb 2, 2013. I have a total of 30 to 36 to 41 pounds to lose. What can I say.... all these amounts represent different things to me. I had achieved a 40 or so weightloss a number of years back but I fell off the motivational wagon and messed up bigtime. No pun intended. So sadly I find myself back trying desperately to motivate myself to lose... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:02:42 EST Amy New to SparkPeople Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:56:06 EST New member with a question I have just joined Spark People. When entering goals I was told to eat between 1500 and 1850 calories. I was surprised that I was allowed so much to eat. I don't completely trust it. Have any of you out there found that you are able to lose weight while eating the recommended number of calories? Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:26:57 EST 30+ and starting over, again Hi all!! I'm Dana. Fell of the healthy wagon a few years back and really kind of just didn't care. Well, I've realized that I am just not happy with how I look, how clothes fit and the fact that I am starting to get winded just walking up and down stairs. That part really is not good, not at 33 years old! I was always in awesome shape as a kid and all through out high school. It wasn't until later in life after a some emotional roller coaster rides of a failed marriage and just life in ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:29:54 EST getting started I am just getting started, liking what i see and I am hoping to get the motiviation that I need and then in return help motivate others. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:41:08 EST Let's try this... Hello everyone. I've been struggling with my weight for several years. I would lose 10 pounds, and then, feeling satisfied with myself, allow myself to relax. Before I knew it, I would gain 15 pounds back. Graduating college, I was in one of those moments where I had lost 25 pounds, I was feeling good, I met my fiance, started working full time...and thought it was ok to let up a bit. I started sitting for 8 hours at work, going home tired and would sit on the couch all night and eat. Before ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:57:01 EST Hey! I'm new here and need your support! hello! <BR> i'm Danielle, i'm 18. I went on a diet yesterday and freaked and cheated big time today. <BR> I had 3 brownies, 2 bowls of ice cream, a whole pizza, little Debbie cakes and a crap load of soda. I'm a mess. But I decided to start up again today so hopefully this time it'll work! <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:00:25 EST new lifestyle change Hi guys, <BR> my name is lee ann and i am 45 and wanting to loose weight. i want to have a healthy lifestyle.i feel that faith,nutrition,exercise daily,emotions,friends and family along with my medical health all contribute to a life filled with more joy,more love and more connection with God.and also feeling better about yourself.i am 50pds. overweight and already have major health problems and want to change this so i can live a long life and enjoy life with family and friends and to also b... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:36:13 EST Hi! :) My name is Jenny and I am about to turn 30 the end of June. I've had a weight problem all my life. Growing up, my mom always cooked the most delicious meals... the ones that are drenched in butter and fat. She always pushed the desserts and the sodas and so I grew up with unhealthy portions and snacking. But at some point... you have to stop blaming others and start taking the responsibility upon yourself. That's what I am trying to do. As of now, I have been soda free for almost a month. I w... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:14:13 EST Howdy from Michigan I'm a happily married wife of 22 years and mother of three teens/young adults. I have devoted my life to raising three wonderful kids and supporting my husband, an active duty United States Marine, while we have globe trotted the world. Now, after a two decades of putting everyone else first, I'm making my health a priority. I'm excited to start on this journey, which has been attempted several times before without success. I'm prayerful and know that it takes a lot of support to make mean... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:58:57 EST Hello all its my time and I'm new Tried weight watchers and was uninspired. I found this site through a patient and I thought why not! I initially wanted the weight off for a family trip but have realized, I want this weight off for life. I don't want lose it, I want to get rid of it and never see it again. So now my time begins! Have a great day everyone:) Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:27:01 EST menu plan I am new to this web site and I want a diabetic low carb diet. <BR> My menu plan comes up with 150 to188 carbs a day. I changed it <BR> to 100-130 per day, but my menus still show the higher amount. <BR> How do I change this? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:33:41 EST Hi!! My name is Julie I live in Florida and I'm from Louisiana, that ought to tell what the problem, eating and beaches do not mix!! I'm 52 and moved here after vacationing for my 50th birthday...that was a good year, I weighed 120 pounds and looked great in a bathing suit. Two years later I weigh 162 pounds, which is a great weight if I were taller, but at 4'10" not so great!! I started Sparkpeople two years ago and it really helped, but I stopped that fall and haven't done anything since. Two years... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:35:03 EST MOONWSPR Ok, just happened on this site and thought I'd give it a try. I like all the different options with tracking food, and really hoping this will help keep me on track. So far, not doing so good,but its day 1 and I'm staying positive. I wish I'd found this before I joined Medical Weight Loss! Any suggestions would be helpful. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:20:18 EST Newbie To SP Hello from Virginia...I'm Linda and new to SP...still navigating my way around the site. <BR> I'm turning 50 end of Febuary, and with my new age bracket, I'm also dealing with the wonders <BR> of peri-menapause and all it has to offer (HAHA) Needless to say, I need/want to lose some weight <BR> but also get myself back into a work-out routine that works and helps me along this new path of <BR> my journey! I'm looking foward to getting active and enjoying this new phase of my life!! :) Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:42:41 EST re-newbie! Hi, Mimi here. Going to give this another try! Hoping to reach a weight that is healthy and motivates and encourages my family to do the same. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:58:16 EST HiMy name is Steph Desperatly trying to lose 45lbs by summer, tired of not fitting into my clotes, tired of no motivation. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! thnks <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:30:41 EST Hi everyone! Like a lot of other Sparkpeople members, I joined because I figure I have wasted enough of my life being fat. I wasn't overweight when I was younger, but got this way because I became too busy to exercise or take the time to eat properly. Then when I realized I had a real problem it was so far advanced that for a long time I was too discouraged to do anything about it. But reading other people's success stories is really inspiring, so I'm going to give it a shot. I plan to lose weight by goi... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:58:37 EST I'm Back ... With A Winning Team :) I have been a member of SP on multiple occasions before but have, for different reasons at different times, left the program. <BR> I have also been a paying member of Weight Watchers since March of 2012 and have lost 25 lbs there. But I have hit a wall, been stalled out since October, and my frustration levels were getting high. So instead of quitting, like I would usually do, I have decided to combine WW with SP, and also in solid footing with God, to form my perfect 'team'. <BR> So here I... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:30:42 EST Myself - encouragement I came to this site to moniter my eating habits and honestly for encouragment . Yes my hubby does well but he is a "health nut" to where this "diet" of his is now a lifestyle and it is very easy for him. I tend to break my diets , eat alot and then eat more because I'm upset. Im hoping this site helps in every way possible . The thing is I CAN MOTIVATE OTHER PEOPLE , I cant motivate myself :( Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:10:44 EST New to SPARK! Hello, My name is Beatrice, I am 28 and my doctor just prescribed medications for me to lose weight. One being Topamex and the other being Phentermine. Today was my first day of taking Phentermine but instead of taking the 37.5 mg prescribed, I got scared of possible side effects and took only half, hoping to slowly dose up. If anybody is on these meds, please let me know. I would love to hear stories or experiences on this. Thanks and keep in touch Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:25:17 EST This is YOUR journey, take the wheel and DRIVE!!! I thought this might be a good read for anyone starting out on this journey. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202383 </link> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:03:06 EST Hi I am Sheila! Hi, I have broken down and decided to try this being as it is working great for my neighbor. I have a problem with cooking for my family (my son has gluten, milk allergies. I have the inability to eat any kind of onion, garlic, green pepper, or other strong spices. My FAVORITE thing to eat is chicken, which my son refuses to eat. I am very active, walk about 5 miles a day, and I work on my feet for 6 hours a day. The problem is I work as a cook, so I get the benefit of eating the majori... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:42:24 EST Getting Started Tutorials SparkPeople offers many amazing tools, resources and community features that it can be overwhelming to know how to begin, especially when you're new to the site. The following is a link to the SparkPeople Tutorial Videos that not only offers step-by-step instructions on how to use the tools of this wonderful site, but will jump-start your journey into a healthier way of living. The videos include: <BR> <BR> <BR> * Intro to Your Start Page <BR> * Intro to Using Your Nutrition Tracker <BR> * ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:37:38 EST Inspiring and motivating quotes He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. <BR> ~Confucius Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:31:34 EST Spark points daily spin How many points did you get on the wheel today??? <em>347</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:30:07 EST Just Say Hi! (emoticon) <em>213</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:28:34 EST Word Association What comes to mind when I say??? Just leave a one word response. For example, I say fitness, you might answer: exercise. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:24:42 EST Success Stories & Progress Reports <em>248</em> Reached a goal? Reached a mini-goal? Reached a short-term, mid-term, long-term goal? Share it here! <BR> <BR> Also please share any progress on your way to a goal. It's All Good!! <em>321</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:38:32 EST Just 10 Minutes a Day Challenge <em>311</em> Just 10 minutes a day is all it takes to be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle. Before you know it, you have 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there... It all adds up!! But even if only 10, you are establishing a fitness routine and will be improving your fitness level. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste this template if you want. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Monday - <BR> Tuesday - <BR> Wednesday - <BR> Thursday - <BR> Friday - <BR> Saturday - <BR> <BR> Other resources... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:33:33 EST Weekly Weigh-In & NSV <em>192</em> The scale doesn't always tell the whole story, but it is a good starting point. You can list your weekly weigh-in weight if you want, or just pounds lost/gained. <BR> <BR> You can also share any Non-Scale Victories (NSV) here as well!! <em>9</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:57:36 EST List of Helpful Resources <em>361</em> Please feel free to make a separate post and/or thread in addition to this compiled list. <BR> <BR> Small Bits of Fitness Add Up <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=202 </link> <BR> <BR> 7 Strategies for Weight-Loss Success <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=14 </link> <BR> <BR> 6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=532 </link> <BR> <BR> Hea... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:51:53 EST Where are you from? Please let us know where you are from. <BR> <BR> I live in Central Missouri <em>232</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:43:11 EST Birthday Club Here! <em>383</em> Please list your Birthday here! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:39:27 EST Introduce Yourself Here! Please introduce yourself here <em>213</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:35:50 EST Daily Chit-Chat Kick off your boots, pull up a chair and stay awhile! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:30:24 EST Panic Button <em>38</em> If you are struggling and need help, please post a message. You can also post on the message boards under PANIC BUTTON FOR IMMEDIATE HELP. Here is the link to that thread: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=32 </link> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:28:40 EST Welcome!! <em>235</em> Hello and welcome to the team! The purpose of this team is to encourage & to support each other as we set our goals and journey on the path to a healthy lifestyle. We hope each of you will participate in the challenges, ask questions, share your successes, and support one another. If you need help, please create a thread on the team page, or send us a SparkMail, or visit our SparkPages and leave a message there. We will get back to you as soon as possible.  <BR> <BR> Ther... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:26:13 EST