SparkPeople SP Class of March 31- April 6, 2013 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from March 31- April 6, 2013. The Lighthouse image represents the beacon of light you look for when you need guidance. SparkPeople SP Class of March 31- April 6, 2013 Team Messageboard September 2015 Chit Chat !!! Have a successful day !!! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:18:09 EST August 2015 Chit Chat I hope you are all doing OK. I would love to hear from you. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:36:39 EST June 2015 Chit Chat Wishing everyone a GREAT June !!! Sun, 31 May 2015 09:40:23 EST May 2015 chit chat I hope you are all doing well and have a fantastic May !!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 18:17:29 EST March 2015 Chit Chat I'm sorry to be late in posting a new thread. I have been on vacation and have a guest at my home. I have not been on Spark much in the last couple of weeks. I hope all is well with everyone !!! <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:18:53 EST February 2015 Chit Chat Good morning team !!! I hope you had a successful January and I wish you an even better February!!! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:58:15 EST January 2015 Share with the team!! I hope you are off to a good start in 2015. I did a 5K on my treadmill this morning to kick start my year. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:04:15 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST November 2014 chit chat I hope you are all doing good. Have a great November and be sure to plan for a healthy holiday season. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:28:29 EST October 2014 Chat and Share I am so sorry to have gone astray from this team. I hope you are all doing well and having successes. Please share how you are doing!!! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:39:46 EST July 2014 chat, share, and updates!!! My success is that I lost 75 pounds and have not gained it all back. I have however gained back 20 pounds over the last three years. My success is that I have learned so much and I make better food choices now that I did before Sparkpeople. I feel better. I will continue this journey and will learn more and I WILL get this 20 pounds plus another 5 or 10 pounds besides that. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a GREAT day!!! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:16:06 EST June 2014 Chat and Sharing Good morning Team !!! A new month is here. Have a great one. You can use this thread to share how you are doing. <BR> <BR> I've had a hard time with losing but at least I'm not gaining. I think I need to start logging my food again. When I know I'm going to log it I'm less likely to eat it. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:28:43 EST Hi Everyone! I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST September 2013 - Try A New Activity Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Sometimes we get bored with our exercise routine or we quit doing any exercise. For September let's try a new activity to refresh our excitement. Try one thing or try several things. Come back to this thread and share what you did. We all need some new ideas. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:09:33 EST STUCK Can't seem to get it together. Need some help. Just stop exercising like I was because of my hip. I am in so much pain. I know that I have put on sone weight because I feel it in my back. The pain goes from my back down into my hip and leg. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:28:58 EST Say it with an EMOTICON !!! How are you feeling today? Say it with an EMOTICON!!! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:31:33 EST Balancing Work, Diet, and Exercise Hello all! <BR> I’m having some trouble getting a hang of balancing my work, diet, and exercise. I work 4 days a week (10 hours per day) and I just can’t seem to figure out when I’m supposed to go to the gym on those days. I know that I shouldn’t eat within a few hours of going to bed and I shouldn’t eat within an hour of exercising… It is IMPOSSIBLE… repeat, IMPOSSIBLE for me to work out in the mornings. I am in NO WAY, shape or form what would be considered a “morning person” so I have to e... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:26:36 EST July 2013 Exercise Minutes Challenge When you are on a weight loss journey, it's important to get your exercise. Exercise helps burn calories and strengthens your body. For July I challenge you to set yourself and exercise minutes goal. Think about it and push yourself to more than you think you can do. Come back to the thread to report how you are doing or to get support and cheer others. WE CAN DO THIS !!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:41:23 EST June 2013 Week Four challenge For week four, let's set ourselves a daily goal. You know yourself better than anyone and know what you need to work on. Set a goal for today then tonight set yourself a goal for tomorrow. Tomorrow set your goal for Tuesday and so on. It can be any goal. Maybe you need to push yourself on exercise minutes. Maybe you need to set your goal to stay within you calorie range, or perhaps it's to drink all your water for the day. Whatever it is wite it own and strive to reach it. You can use this t... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 07:55:36 EST June 2013 WEEK THREE - Plus 10% I hope you are all having a good month. It has gotton really HOT and HUMID in Texas so all I want to do is stay inside. <BR> <BR> For week three the challenge is to increase your exercise minutes by 10% over last week. For this you will have to review how many minutes you logged then add 10%. If you did not log any minutes you can set your own minutes goal to reach this week. Post on this thread what your goal is then report back how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Have a great week!!! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:16:36 EST What is working for you? Sparkpeople is such a great way to learn from others, get support and to encourage others. Help others by telling us: <BR> <BR> What is working for you on your journey? Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:11:27 EST I made it! Hello all! I joined months ago but I am finally focused enough to start. I am 45 and the mother of a 5 and 6 year old. I am ready to take better care of me so I will be here for them. I am using workout DVD 's and now I am ready to eat better. I want to get off my blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medicines. My numbers are down but I want to keep going!! This looks like a great tool and I am going to use it to the fullest. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:03:46 EST June 2013 Week Two - Fruits / Vegetables Welcome to week two of June. I'm excited to see the progress you are making since joining Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> For Week Two - Summer is great for fresh fruits and vegetables. Work on eating 4 to 5 servings per day. Share with the team how you are doning, which ones you have tried and how you prepared them if you did anything other than freash/raw. <BR> <BR> HAVE FUN !!! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:36:05 EST Hello My name is Amy and I am almost 29. I used be on SP a few years ago but I rejoined about two months ago. I just started BeFit in 90. I did Biggest Loser Boot camp for six weeks and got board with it. I like the idea of BeFit in 90 because I am not doing the same thing everyday. I have been eating clean for about a year and a half. At times I do cheat, but not more than once a week. I currently 218 pounds and that is where I have been for the last four weeks. My first goal is to get down... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 18:46:18 EST June 2013 Week One- BUDDY UP challenge I hope you all had a GREAT May and are continuing to get better on your journey to better health. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd try something a little different to start June. We will do this challenge for one week starting today. BUDDY UP. Find one person on this SP Class team and be their buddy for the week (it can continue after that if you would like). For the week, give each other encouragement, ideas, cheers, etc. You could also challenge each other to get your exercise, try a new recipe, d... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:46:56 EST How is everyone doing now? Now that we are coming up to 2 months on SparkPeople I was wondering how everyone is getting on? I have found this site so helpful - this is the most successful I have been in sticking to my goals for years. At first I found the nutrition tracking really time consuming but now that I have most of my regular foods in it goes quite quickly and really helps me to think before I indulge! <BR> I hope everyone else is doing really well - it would be great to hear how everyone is doing. Also how do... Mon, 27 May 2013 05:06:41 EST May 2013 Challenges Two Parts I hope you all have had fun with the challenges so far. They are made to help you stay motivated with new things to do. For the month of May, I am creating a two part challenge. the first part will help motivate you and encourage others. The second part will help you enjoy your calorie burning. Do one or both of the challenges. <BR> <BR> 1. PAY IT FORWARD: For every Sparkgoodie and/or a comment on your Sparkpage give a Sparkgoodie and/or comment on someone elses page. Example: If you get th... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:45:04 EST Hello I Am so happy for losing th weigh Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:00:38 EST Calorie goals I'm having a lot of trouble meeting my calorie goals, and it's not in the way you might expect. I'm having trouble getting *enough* calories. It seems like the better I eat, the harder it is. I had less than 400 calories for breakfast and barely more than 400 calories for lunch. (I should be having 490-570.) I'm not struggling with hunger between meals (as long as they come 4-5 hours apart) but unless I have a splurge meal I typically have an extra 400+ calories at the end of the day. I am up... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:57:38 EST My Name is Lee-ann Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Lee-ann. I am new to spark people and am really not sure what to write. I joined this group to keep myself motivated, to get tips, to help keep myself accountable and to have an open and honest jouney to being more healthy. <BR> <BR> I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I would love to chat with people on here who are also working on being more healthy and encouraging each other. <BR> <BR> I am not sure what else :). Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:21:20 EST Greetings! I feel like I'm a little late to the party, having been lurking around here for over a week without saying anything. Let's call it fashionably late, shall we? <BR> <BR> Anyway, hi team! I'm 35 years old and I've been overweight my whole life. Last year I made a big push to lose weight and was successful but I've gained a lot of it back and I'm really starting to notice it. So it's back to the drawing board for me, trying to get back on track so I can live a healthier life once more. <BR> <B... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:43:51 EST I'm Melissa! Let's motivate each other! Hello! I'm Melissa and I'm from Virginia Beach. Looking to lose at least 40 pounds. Just had a baby recently, 4th and final, and I'm realizing it's a struggle to get back into the gym. Therefore I set up an at home gym and needed some more structure, that's when I found Spark People. I LOVE the Spark Coach!!!! I'm looking to be friends with motivational people! I love cheering on others and of course love the motivation as well! I also just graduated nursing school and it's important to me to... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:43:30 EST End of April Challenge !!! Hi Team !!! You all are doing great with the challenges. Here is the next one. There are two parts to it. You can do either one or both. This one will last until the last day of April. <BR> <BR> PART 1: You have seen how you did with the one week challenge last week. Take your number of exercise minutes from when you started and decide how many you can get by the last day of April. For example: if you did 100 exercise minutes since you started you may decide you can get 200 more by the end ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:24:27 EST intro: I am 46. In the last few years, while managing female age related mood swings, I have gained more weight. It is time for change. I Iove to workout, read, do things outside, scrapbook, make jewelry and crochet - knit. I don't sit still long. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:33:55 EST Liz ^_^ Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople! Can't wait to get started but I def need some support! So hopefully a team atmosphere will help! I can't wait to start this challenge with you guys! Hope you're off to a great start! <BR> <BR> -Liz Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:34:50 EST Other Teams There are so many teams out there. Teams for your local area, for fitness, for particular eating styles, religions, beliefs, and hobbies. But I keep coming back to this one because it feels Ike home. It is my first team I huddle with. The one I feel closest to. Because we are all starting the same week. All in the same basic place in our dreams. Glad y'all are around. Appreciate each and every one of ya. :) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:56:39 EST I will do it I will walk for 30 min. for 4 days this week and do yoga or other exercise as well. <BR> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:08:02 EST HELLO I am new to the sparkpeople. Need help getting started on the right past Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:54:47 EST Sparkpeople is amazing! I am 53 with two teenagers - one has flown the coop recently - and 50 pounds to lose. Again. Last year, when I only had 35 pounds to lose, I joined WW online with no success. I have since had surgery and, obviously, gained more weight. I also have Grave's Disease, a thyroid condition. At any rate, I'm tickled to have found this place and so excited to interact and get healthy. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:04:22 EST I'm Kim My name is Kim and just joined a few days ago. I'm truly excited to have some support. My husband tries to understand but he has never struggled with his weight and never will. I would like to hit 120 lbs. but right now I've set my goal at 150 so I don't get discouraged. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:19:16 EST New Member Hi, my name is Amanda. I joined Sparkpeople a few days ago and I'm already pump about losing weight!! The community here on Sparkpeople is very motivating which is going to be A blast to be apart of. Its just what I need to kick start my weight loss this year. I'm currently weighing in at 265 and my goal by Jan 2014 is 180. I desperately need the motivation and positivity from you guys and gals here on Sparkpeople:) Sun, 7 Apr 2013 02:45:22 EST One of my first blogs !!! In case any of you are worried you can't do this, here is one of my first blogs from 5 years ago: <BR> Title: I had a big cry.... March 2008 <BR> "I got on my stationary bike this morning. It is very difficult to get started because of how big I am. I can't balance so I can't work a puzzle book. It is very boring to just ride. I stopped and got off after 1 tenth of a mile. I started to cry. I got back on and went another one mile. I got off again and had a bigger cry. But I prayed to God to ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:51:01 EST sue Hi I joined spark people because I need some lifestyle changes. To eat healthier. And feel good about myself. My goal is to lose at least 1-2pounds a week or. More if possible. And would like to get to 155. I've heard about sparkpeople Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:44:08 EST I am the "Craft Lady". I signed up tonight. I am new to this. I have health conditions, much of which comes with stress and weight. I have never been good to lose weight. Ive tried every diet, even a starvation diet, only later to find out that your body starts going in to conservation mode. I lost 1/3 pound on a 3 month starvation diet. I am 58 years old, have had a hard row to hoe, but Im always game to try one more time with this much support on it. My good friend invited me to join and she's new and I have a cousin by marriage that... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:42:52 EST First Official Exercise Challenge !!!! Here we go team !!! Our first exercise challenge will begin Sunday April 7th and will run for 7 days. Don't be afraid, you will set your own goals here. <BR> <BR> We are not competing against each other so that we can cheer each other to keep going. <BR> <BR> There are over 17,000 people on this team and we are all at different fitness levels so it's only fair that I NOT tell you what to do. I am also making this first challenge for only 7 days because I want you to see light at the end of... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:01:11 EST Challenge 1 Done with the first challenge! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:17:47 EST In my early 40s and 40lbs to lose Hello. Today I joined Sparkpeople. I found this site via a book called The Flex Diet which outlines many practical ideas how to lose weight. My Dad just recently passed of pancreatic cancer. For the past 18 months I've focused on Dad, my family and not myself at all. So here I am one day after a doctor's visit I found out I've gained 20 lbs in the past 9 months, my blood pressure is high and I have a ton of anxiety.. not a pretty picture. But I'm determined. I bought a regular dial scale toda... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:49:13 EST Just turned 49 49 now...Need to stay motivated to work out 3-4x aday. 30lbs over weight. turned an extra bedroom into a gym. I have a spinn bike,different size weights,total gym,treadmill, medicine ball,fitness balls,jump rops.stretch bands,exercise dvds,how to eat/cook healthy cookbooks ect. But not much motivation to exercise. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:30:30 EST newbie just getting started ad need all the help I can get. had gastric bypass 10 years ago and lost 125 lbs. have gained 25 lbs back over the last2 years and do not want to go back where I was. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 15:03:31 EST Hello All I'm new to the team and just wanted to say Hello and introduce myself. My name is Brandi im a mother of 4 GREAT kids 2 girls and 2 boys. Born and raised in Texas Fri, 5 Apr 2013 18:49:02 EST Mixed thoughts... As I was about to post my introduction to the team I noticed the advertisement right above my post. The advertisement was for free two liters of pop if you purchase six packs of candy bars. Wow... talk about a mixed message. :-( Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:35:52 EST hello, my story Hello everyone! My name is Natasha, I'm in my 30's I have three beautiful children and have only had problems with my weight since having children. I'm trying to regain my body back and have a healthier lifestyle. I started on my journey about 7 weeks ago and have currently lost about 14lbs. I would like to lose about 70lbs total. Right now I'm doing calorie counting and trying to incorporate some light to moderate activity most days of the week. I'm hoping that once I lose another 15-20... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:11:35 EST Just Sheri My name is Sheri and.I'm a 45 year old woman who wants and needs to lose a lot of weight. I have a twin sister who to me, is the ideal weight. I've lost over 120lbs before but for the wrong catch a certain man's eye. Well now I've almosr gained all of.that weight back and I'm so disappointed in myself. Just.want my life back and want to feel good about myself again!! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:26:38 EST Just Sheri My name is Sheri and.I'm a 45 year old woman who wants and needs to lose a lot of weight. I have a twin sister who to me, is the ideal weight. I've lost over 120lbs before but for the wrong catch a certain man's eye. Well now I've almosr gained all of.that weight back and I'm so disappointed in myself. Just.want my life back and want to feel good about myself again!! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:15:56 EST Help Me Stay Motivated Hello, My name is Vanessa and I need to lose at least 41 lbs. I'm hoping for some support from Sparkpeople to keep me motivated and give me encouragement Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:50:34 EST Hello! Happy that I came across Sparkpeople! I am thrilled with all the trackers and the access to support. I am trying to lose weight (again) and change my eating habits for good so I won't have to ever "start" again! Looking forward to using the tools offered here and the help and motivation it will give me. I am a mom of 3, and my oldest son is getting married in Aug. so a goal I've set for myself is to be thinner so I can be proud when I see all the wedding pictures! :) Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:34:06 EST hi im kimberly hi im kimberly Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:06:37 EST New Member Hey! I'm Tammy just started tracking my food last week. Weight has always went up and down. However I'm tired of the way I look and is a constant battle with weight. By tracking my weight I hope to create a healther lifestyle of the way I eat and loose inches..My goal is 50 pounds..and maintain.... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:09:46 EST Hi, I'm glad I made it here! A real newbie and still trying to find my way around website. It looks like I am part of a great group! Look forward to sharing. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:23:50 EST New "kid" on the block I've slowly gained weight over the last 15 years and am at the point where losing a pound is a huge battle. Staying on a "diet" has not worked for me and I need motivation and encouragement to make better choices. My husband and I travel often which results in many meals in restaurants. I've spent money on Weight Watchers several times and I know portion sizes are important and consistently saying "no thank you" to the food pushers in my life. Exercise is something I do not enjoy and my tread... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:40:36 EST Good Morning ... My name is Jaime. I am a 35 y/o mother of two teen boys. <BR> <BR> I learned of Spark People from a lady I met at the gym. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to loosing weight and sticking with my program! <BR> <BR> Any other questions feel free to ask! <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! xoxox Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:40:04 EST Glad to be on board! Hi! I am Carolyn and from Utah. I am trying to get healthier and have been working on it for about a year. lost 25 pounds last year hoping for more this year. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 23:04:59 EST Foooooood Planning is so vital. When I don't know what I want to eat or plan out where the calories are coming from, I just get off track. Not in a bad way, necessarily, but I have trouble making the puzzle fit together. <BR> <BR> For instance, the last 3 days, I've logged food. I kept the portion sizes accurate. Granted I didn't eat much in the way of fruits/vegetables, but hey! I am at least off the sodas and desserts! <BR> <BR> I am adding up on the tracker at the end of the day and have plenty ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:42:27 EST Hi, I'm Micky Hi, I'm Micky a 22yr old college students who has finally decided to stop complaining about my weight and do something about it. <BR> I was athletic in high school, but after going to college I got lazy. I think I stopped working out because I don't like working out alone or pointlessly and in high school I always worked out with my teammates for a sport not to be healthy. <BR> I just want to be a healthy me and learn about eating healthy and being active as a lifestyle not something you do... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:33:20 EST Hi - My name is Donna I'm Donna and I'm tired of feeling tired. I once lost over 90 pounds, but once my mom got sick I consoled myself with food - and never let up. Now my dad just passed and now it is time for Donna to take care of Donna. I'm the mother of 3 young men. It may take me some time to figure out the site, but I'm sure I will figure it out and become an active member. <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:57:30 EST Midweek Challange One of the great things about Sparkpeople is the friends and support you will find here. This challenge will help you to encourage others. Your Sparkpoints can be spent on Sparkgoodies that you can give to yourself or to others. The challenge is for you to visit five different Sparkpages and give that member a Sparkgoodie. When you give a Sparkgoodie you have the option to write the member a note. If you like, you can come back to this thread and note that your goal was met. <BR> <BR> WOO ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:53:50 EST samone9 HELLO EVERYONE IM SAMONE AND NEW TO THE MESSAGE BOARD BUT VERY EXCITED TO GET STARTED IN MY NRW LIFE STYLE IM SCARED BUT READY FOR THE NEW ME IN MY NEW LIFE ANY GREAT IDEAS EXCEPTED THANKS.:) Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:03:42 EST Losing some weight-- Hey my name is Nicole im 22 years old and trying to lose 60 pounds, this says i can do it my november what do you think/. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:37:28 EST First task I completed my first task Spark page completed!!! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:39:51 EST think i'm beginning to figure this site out! Hi I'm Carol. Been on this weight loss roller coaster all of my life. I sure do want it to end!! Maybe Spark is the way to go, I have read so many interesting and motivating stories. Maybe someday one will be mine!! <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:34:58 EST Favorite New Food Discoveries I thought it would be fun if we had a place to share new foods we were discovering in our quest to eat healthier. While my husband had great success losing and keeping his weight off by severely restricting food variety, I just don't operate that way. I love flavor!! I think the only way this will work for me is if I replace old choices with healthier foods that I love equally. <BR> <BR> So, having said all that, today I made a sandwich spread that I LOVE! Here it is: <BR> <BR> Spoon a lit... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:07:56 EST Fastened to the wagon. Hello All! My name is Sara. After trying just about everything and being a complete epic fail, I finally found a group of people that truly keep me honest, focused and accountable for my actions. I started doing P90X only to hurt my knee so I decided to take a moment to re-evaluate and focus on my nutrition as I let my knee mend its self. After a month of time off I found my Slim in 6 DVD from years ago and decided it would be a nice smooth transition before attempting P90X again. I have 2 w... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:06:02 EST Newby from Christchurch :) Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm Anna, 28 years old and have just joined SparkPeople as a good friend of mine joined me up :) <BR> If anyone has any good tips on how to use this site - especially for tracking NZ food - please let me know :) <BR> I am a big fan of clean, healthy eating - I am currently volunteering for a weight loss programme & have been doing it since February 2013. I am so grateful to be having this opportunity to lose my unwanted fat & to start feeling good about myself. Even... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:47:58 EST Hi, my name is Darlene Hi my name is Darlene. I started a new life today when I searched the Net and came across this site that helps me help myself with others like you. Can't wait until the next time I can report that I am reaching my goals; I reached this one, taking the first step to a better me. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:17:39 EST Hi! Hey everyone! I don't know about the rest of you newbies, but this whole website is a bit overwhelming - so much to take in it's hard to decide which groups to join and whatnot. I'm afraid I may not have the time to utilize this efficiently. With 2 high schoolers, computer time is at a premium. The 6 month time-frame is too long for me to focus on so I'm starting with a 2 month one. Also, my main goal is to get my blood pressure lowered. I'm at that wonderful age where things like that ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:03:29 EST 40lb goal by end of September! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Cait, and I've set myself a goal of going from 198 to 158 by September 16. <BR> <BR> My friend and I are planning a vacation to Barbados, and I'm so excited, but also determined that I will look healthy and toned on the beach. <BR> <BR> Weight lifting is a really big thing for me and I'm interested to hear from anyone who counts this as a passion. This always makes me feel so much better about my body and look stronger, too. I'm going to be in a calorie deficit, o... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:09:34 EST Hello! My name is Kristina, I'm 45 and have struggled with being overweight my entire life. When I hit 40--forget it. I thought I was just going to be fat and tired forever. I have an autoimmune disease that makes me feel crappy, so I just really wanted to change everything in order to feel better. I'm happy to say that even though I have a ways to go, my energy and my outlook on life has changed. Looking forward to reading your stories! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:52:05 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! My name is Jatana. I am 22 years old. I am currently at about 240 pounds. My family has constantly reminded me of my weight since I was about 12 years old. I have been on off of this site because I stopped believing in myself. I thought it was pointless if I couldn't reach my daily goals every single day. I am back because I am finally ready to be held accountable for my actions. My friends are worried about my health and want me to work harder. So, I am here for them. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:17:59 EST Hello :) Hi I have just joined. I have around 58 pounds to lose but I seem to be getting bigger and bigger at the moment. I really struggle with my eating and am both an emotional and binge eater <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all and hope that we can all support each other on this journey :) Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:50:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:02:18 EST Buffalo, NY Hi, I am Debbie, 37 years old, married, with 4 children ranging in age from 7-17. I have been calorie counting since January 1st... New Years Resolution!! I am a current member of WW's online but plan to cancel that as soon as my 3 months are up. This is not my first time at losing weight. I am a pro at losing, but have never conquered maintaining. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:31:34 EST Hooty Hoo to all of You . . . Salutations Sparklers from Spokane, WA. I'm new....taking the first step. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:02:29 EST Working in fitness I am gearing up to get on the treadmill here in the next few minutes. I have decided to take my half hour of TV time and watch something on Netflix while I walk. I am interested to hear how others are going to make fitness part of their new routine. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:43:35 EST Hi new to this site username is SAharley78 Hello I'm new to this site and am hoping to loose 20lbs in which I have gained in a very short time frame. I just found out I'm starting menopause and that could be the culprit. I've also had neck surgery in the past year and am disabled so haven't been very active. I just joined my local gym and hope this helps. To be honest I'm very lucky and have never been on a diet and always have been able to eat whatever I wanted and this is going to be very hard for me especially the calorie counting ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:29:01 EST Trying to decide what to do I need to lose weight, but not sure if this is where I need/want to be or what plan, if any, i will follow. So, I'd like to share my story and get your opinion. <BR> I just turned 60 and am unemployed for the 2nd time in a year due to RIF's (reduction in force or restructuring where your position is eliminated). The last one, in Jan, was a huge shock. I am a stress eater and have been pigging out on carbs big time along with doing things I should not be doing, such as drinking when I eat. ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:57:02 EST introduction hello all! i'm heather and i completely changed my eating habits four weeks ago and have lost seven lbs so far. woo hoo! i've been sedentary for a few years now, so i forced myself off my butt and started working out as well, but i bore quickly. maybe i'll find inspiration here. i found this site through the recipe calculator and thought it might be fun and motivating to join. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:00:17 EST Groceries The Spark menu planner is amazing and has loads of cool recipes and everything laid out plainly and already counted up for you, BUT, it does have quite a lot of ingredients and items to purchase! Any advice on where to just get started in week #1 when it's not really variety you're looking for yet, since you haven't gotten burnt out on any particular foods yet? I was just curious if anybody knew of those 1-3 ingredient meals that were healthy, cheap, and fast to make. :P I think more than any... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:56:35 EST Getting started Just starting with spark, I've always struggled with my weight and yo-yo dieting. I'll do good with healthy eating and exercise for a while and then I'll totally blow it. My main struggle seems to be with sweets and emotional eating. Need to find a new way to cope and would love to see lasting weight loss and overall well being. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:54:23 EST Another Texas Gal Hey Julie! I'm in Texas, too! Thanks for leading this team. According to my initial measurements and weight goals, Spark says I'll be here about a YEAR so we'll definitely have time to get to know each other well. I am in my 40's and I have over 100 to lose. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:52:01 EST 45 and overweight Hi ! Im 45 and I have been trying to lose weight for awhile. I have a lot of health problems and Im taking a lot of meds. <BR> My doctor said he wants me to lose 50 pounds for health reasons. So I need help. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:29:17 EST Can't stay motivated. Hello I am Vicklet. I have tried dieting before and I can't stay motivated. I am here so that I don't have to do this alone. I need help and I am hoping I can get it here. I need to lose weight, I am considered obese, and get fit so that I can enjoy swimming and biking with my kids and grandkids. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:44:21 EST Mindset I just joined and I am inspired already. I know with me it is all about mindset. I have to WANT to lose weight and feel healthy and sometimes I just get lazy and lose my desire. The thing is when I do become more active and eat better I feel better immediately and I feel more energy! I am eating a delicious apple just now and am savoring every bite instead of just wolfing down some sweets or chips. Anyway losing weight next to being a great mom has to be one of the hardest jobs in the wo... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:50:18 EST time to lose the chunk Hi, my name is Betty and I am 44 and trying to lose the chunk. After 4 kids it is time for me to focus on losing the 25 pounds around my midsection. I never really had to worry about what I ate but as I get older and everything seems to be slowing down I am realizing I better start. I look forward to utilizing the SparkPeople website and trackers. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:40:35 EST First team challenge !!! Hi and welcome again to Sparkpeople. Challenges are helpful to get you going and to push yourself to new levels. Some challenges will be physical such as exercise. Some challenges will be related to eating habits. Some challenges will be for motivational purposes. <BR> <BR> THIS CHALLENGE is to help get you started on Sparkpeople. Set up your personal Sparkpage. Your Sparkpage is a place for you to post pictures, write blogs, keep up with the teams you are members of, see who you have added ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:53:25 EST Sharing and Chatting !!! A nice part of being active on Sparkpeople is to share what you are experiencing. It not only helps you but you may help someone else when you share. You can come to this thread to share anything you would like. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:36:29 EST