SparkPeople SP Class of June 16-22, 2013 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from June 16-22, 2013. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 16-22, 2013 Team Messageboard Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:19 EST Bonus Points For The Class 50 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:51:01 EST Share Spark Trivia Answers With The Class <em>362</em> Lifting Weights Can Also Help Strengthen Your Bones? <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> TRUE!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Strength Training builds strength in your Muscles and Bones, making it a great exercise to help prevent Osteoporosis. <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:38:35 EST Springtime favorites from A to Z Here's a new A to Z list in honor of the appearance of spring, no matter how hard winter tries to hold on. It's an easy activity--list the next letter in the alphabet and something related to spring! <BR> <BR> Let me get us started: <BR> A-aster blooms Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:20:45 EST November December Chat Room Hi all, <BR> It has changed around here a great deal. the weather has gotten colder--we had our first snow that stayed for a day or so. The time has made it dark when I get up and dark when I leave work. This is truly the time of year I like the least, except for the holidays... <BR> <BR> How are you getting ready for holidays and to maintain your healthy lifestyle? This is an important conversation that you need to have often and with a variety of people,. Please think about this. <BR>... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:51:15 EST Fall fun from A to Z Let's gear up to enjoy the gifts of fall. I will get us going with A and B, listing things that we find in fall. Each person takes the next turn and adds a letter and corresponding fall symbol. <BR> <BR> A-apples Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:04:58 EST Share your NEW goals for September!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> After being here with SP for about 2 1/2 months, it is time to upgrade your goals... I would make about three for sure, one about eating, one about exercise/activity, and one about y our efforts here at SP. think of what will help you most. <BR> <BR> My goals will include: <BR> 1. I will eat at least 6 servings of veggies/ fruits each day and aim for 7. <BR> 2. I will ràmp up my exercise as my physical therapist allows so that I can be ready to swim when I get th... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:08:35 EST Sept-Oct Chatting! Welcome, Please join us!! Hi All, <BR> <BR> This is a very quiet room and I sure hope that more people j Lin us in chatting about our journeys, here and in our "real worlds" as well. <BR> <BR> I just posted about the crazy, hectic week I've had the past several days. It has extreme u ps ax tree downs, and I totally hate being all over the charts like t his. Actually I hate the really low weeks as well. I have handled everything as best I can, but I haven't taken time to really take care in my eating. I am having... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 01:51:35 EST Hello I feel as though you will already know a lot about me since this message is going to appear on multiple boards, and if you want to know more you can visit my spark page. I don't normally interact with anyone online, but I do want to wish you all well and say thank you to Spark People. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:49:23 EST Light at the end of the tunnel I know this doesn't have anything to do with weight loss but this is something that is going on and I just want to share. <BR> <BR> I can say that we finally see some light at the end of our long tunnel. After months of fighting with social workers and the states (MN & WI) we are looking at some new things. <BR> <BR> For starters I am going to a phone conference tomorrow to talk with all of the social workers from both states. <BR> <BR> I also got an email from our social worker here in B... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:46:25 EST Share a NSV for a Reward!! We make lots of changes to develop our healthier lifestyles. The scales give us feedback, but we know that we are having success by lots of other ways--compliments, the way our clothing fits, things we catch ourselves doing that is a total change to the way we "used" to do things, etc... <BR> <BR> These are NSVs--non-scale vistories and they are to be celebrated. We may not have them everyday, but we have them a lot once we have been dedicated for a week or two. This mini-challenge is for yo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 03:40:53 EST Starting my journey I have officially started my journey to my lifestyle change. I am not going to call it a diet as that tends to have bad out comes for me. I started off my day by feeding my in-laws goats then went for a walk with my 4 year old son around our development. I came home and made myself a protein smoothie and got my PCA for my 20 month old up to date with all of the things that the 20 month old needs or has done in the last few days. (My 20 month old son is a medical needs child we are foster pare... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:09:54 EST WELCOME to the JULY chat room! Hi All, <BR> <BR> The last discussion in the June chat room was a great one for this time of the year--it was about healthy eating while you are out on the road. I'd like to suggest that you check it out and consider continuing the conversation here!! <BR> <BR> As for me, I am overwhelmed with my life right now. Our 7th child--our youngest child is preparing to leave for college next month and we went with her to visit her university on Friday. My husband put in formal paperwork to retir... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:14:27 EST Hi! I'm Chelsee. I've been on Sparkpeople for about two weeks now. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:02:22 EST Hi, Everyone! I am a soon-to-be 47 year old mom of 4 children. I am an unemployed teacher (for a year now), and my lack of employment has contributed to a myriad of problems, such as depression, anxiety and of course, my weight. I have struggled since high school with weight gain, but it became a serious concern in my adult years. I have struggled with anxiety/panic attacks since my early 20' fears make it difficult to exercise, which adds to my problems. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 06:05:45 EST Post A Wintertime Emoticon <em>310</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:55:16 EST Post A Christmas Emoticon <em>445</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:53:38 EST Post A Summertime Emoticon <em>67</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:52:59 EST Time for a change Guess I am supposed to introduce myself here. Here goes: <BR> Hi, I am John. I am a little (OK, a lot) heavy and I guess it's time for a Change. I've been a rather large guy for all my life and I just got used to it, and even joked about it. Lately though, I've been feeling the need to do something different and get in shape. This may sound funny, but I seriously want to participate in a Triathlon. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that the tools/resources/community here are SparkPeople will help ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:04:58 EST Happy Tuesday Class of June 16-22 Hope everyone is having a good week. For some of us we are close to or starting on our second week with SparkPeople. <BR> Wondering what keeps everyone committed to making this time work? <BR> <BR> Mine is the Nutrition Tracker. <BR> <BR> It is beautiful outside and I'm fortunate enough to have the day off. I'm going for a walk. <BR> <BR> SparkBackjz Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:34:42 EST Weekend Challenges Because this is my first full weekend on SparkPeople. I am wondering how everyone did this week and how they deal with the challenges of weekends. (Graduations, weddings, pool parties, BBQ's, boredom) <BR> <BR> I have to really stay focused and remind myself that whatever I eat I have to enter into the Nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:28:05 EST Hello All I am Elisa and happy to share this group with everyone . I am hoping for positive feed back and hopefully I`ll have great results. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:21:04 EST Need to lose weight Hi everone. I am a 73 yo male and need to get in shape. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:26:01 EST Im New... Just heard about sparkpeople from my dietician. She said it is a great place for support and motivation. I'm excited to chat with others who have the same issues as me with weightloss and nutrition. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:57:23 EST Hello Hello, I am from Bemidji. I have a 4 year old son and we are in the process of adoption a 19 month old. I have 1 dog Dazy, and 3 cats Moo Moo, Snuggles, and Miss Kitty. I am a stay at home mom with an active 4 year old and a medical needs 19 month old life seems to keep me busy and just grabbing what is easiest to eat. <BR> <BR> My biggest reasons for wanting to loose some weight is to be able to play with my kids and not just sit on the side line and watch them. I have tried to loose weight... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:49:26 EST Hello everyone! My name is Diana I'm 19 years old and I want to be healthy, and toned. I know I can do this and I've made the first step by signing up to this website. I'm so excited!! :) Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:57:40 EST Hello Everyone My name is Jamie and I am new to the whole Spark People thing... I want to try something new... I lost 150 pounds in the last two years and am now at a plateau... my goal is to lose another 100 pounds... All ideas are welcome... I am a believer of natural ways to lose weight instead of all the lose weight quick schemes... tried many and they don't work... I look forward in meeting you... thanks in advance and good luck to you all! :) Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:43:58 EST Introduction. I'm Lizy. I've always been over weight. Then I got into college and the freshman 15 turned into the freshman 30. I decieded to try this so we'll see how it goes! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:58:40 EST just getting started Hi my name is darsey and I started the HMR diet 3 weeks ago and joined spark today. I have lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks on HMR but feel like I am not losing fast enough! Hoping this helps Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:13:53 EST New Hey. My name is actually Courtney :) I just made my account today. (June 20th 2013) <BR> Hope this helps me. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:27:11 EST new to SP.. not new to the weight loss battle Hi I'm Jamie. I am the mother of 5, I am married, I will be 33 in a few months. I don't want to just lose weight, I want to feel better, and of course look better in smaller sizes. <BR> I don't want to lose the battle this time. I get so discouraged because I don't have a great support system at home, my husband is 400 pounds but is supportive of my efforts. My older kids are excercising with me. I don't have a scale at home, which is probably good because if I don't see progress it really ea... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:05:08 EST Japan Hi everyone! I am from Nebraska, but am currently living in Kumamoto, Japan. Happy to be here! And... oops I was trying to reply to the Where are You From post and I think I just created my own and I'm not sure how to change that! So... I guess I'll just go ahead and introduce myself. My name is Caroline and like I said I am currently in Japan as an English teacher. I am loving it here, but I am struggling to track foods because a) I struggle to read nutrition information and b) I'm not sure ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:49:46 EST Hello! Nathalie here! Hello! I'm Nathalie (pronounced like Natalie). I'm a Environmental Science major in Ohio working on getting my bachelor's degree. I've never been "skinny" and last year I fell victim to the "freshman 15" along with picking up bad habits related to only being able to eat food on campus. I joined this site to change my habits that are working against my weight loss goals and pick up some extra good habits while I'm at it! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:42:39 EST Happy to Be Here Joined Spark today - It is so nice to find such a big support system. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:06:29 EST Ready to make changes!! Hello everyone! I'm creeping up into my late 30's and quit smoking almost 4 years ago and that's when the weight started packing on. I'm 5'7" and up to 167 pounds, I would like to get down to 140-145 at least. I have always eaten whatever I wanted and not had a problem but I know I have to change that thinking right now!! I have also started exercising more but still have issues with motivation. Hope to find the right combo to get my weight under control! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:43:00 EST Hello. New here :-) 180 lbs lost ... 18 to go ! Yep, you ready it right. lol My name is Lindsey. I am 29 years old and have lost 180 lbs. I am a previous Sparkpeople member, but under a different account.... long story ... a lot has changed and emails etc had to be changed and deleted. I have not been on in about a year though. <BR> <BR> I am a prior military wife and was married for 11 years. After dealing with infidelity, domestic violance, losing 3 daughters at birth, having 3 wonderful boys and eating myself into a depressive state...... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:33:12 EST Excited Hi everybody. I just wanted to introduce myself and share a little background. This is actually my second SP account. I started three years ago and did really well, but when I fell off the band wagon and restarted, I never really felt a part of my SP class again and never really came back. I decided to give it a go again this weekend and I have to tell you, I am thrilled to be part of a SP class again because we all have one big thing in common... we all had something happen this week that... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:15:28 EST Hi everybody New to this site.bit confused how to use it Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:51:22 EST hi there new to this forum hi i am 50 old woman i have been over weight for 30 years now. at my heaviest i weighed 221, six yrs ago i hurt my back at work, i have lost some weight do to pain and surgeries, i am down to 177, but i go from 175 to 185 but here this past 2 weeks i have made a change joined a gym and really am determined to lose i need help with good common sense diets that really are easy and good. any help i would love to get thanks <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:32:02 EST JM NEW HI MYNAME IS BEV AND i STARTED SPARKS 1 DAY AGO AND i AN SO EXCITED Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:13 EST New Here Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Cassandra. I am 21 years old and obese. I am movtivated to get healther and in shape. I have a big goal, but I am determine to reach it. So far I have lost 30 pounds, and is looking forward to lose 100+ more. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:51:10 EST specialkitten Hi everyone. From Michigan, i am new to sparks and actually just came across it as i was trying to find low fat recipes. I am trying to get my life back on track so I can become more active for my 3 yr old son and soon to be grand baby. Over the past 3 years i have had surgery to remove a tumor from my neck (non cancer) and found out through a lower GI I have crohns. Then 2 months later found out i was pregnant. Ive been trying to get healthy these last 3 years without much success. It seems ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:12:37 EST welcome Thank you all for your welcome, the videos for understanding how to get around the site are good, but I am slow at learning so I guess patience will what it is all about at the moment. I am not sure how to work out the calorie count, so this will be a challenge too. I am a carer for my husband, he has Parkinson's, so I am limited in going out . I love to sew and sometimes sit for long periods of time. So I would love to lose the weight as well as learn to cook healthy. Chook21 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:31:19 EST New Here Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Kisha I'm 33 & a single mom of 2 young boys from Baltimore, MD... I'm just starting on my weight loss journey & looking forward to achieving my goals... I'd love to meet new people & make new friends that we can share our journeys together. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:25:45 EST hello new to spark people hello I am new to the site here. let me share a little about me and why I am here.I am very obese earlier this year my doc told me that I was pre diabetic. I somehow got my A1C out of the danger zone because I lost a few pounds. but unfortunately I gained it all back and then some. I seriously took a reality check and looked in the mirror and I did not like what I saw. I was always overweight or obese. Now I am telling myself I have got to do something because it is affecting my health. Sleep... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:09:26 EST Miricals do Happen! Good Morning, <BR> I have just now joined, and am very hopeful, having tried many other forms of dieting. Although I have several health issues to cope with making looseing weight extemely chalenging. Atrial fibrilation and a recent stroke which left me with a left side defecit now prevents me from excercing for weight loss impossible. Then I'm pre-diabetic so have to matain certain caloric/protien/carb. ratios without compromising energy and feeling too restricted. I would be greatly a... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:21:13 EST A to Z--Things that are better in sunshine!! This is a game where you list a letter that falls after the one listed last and then name an item/ object that starts with that letter that is also "better in sunshine." I'll get us started! <BR> <BR> A--apple trees Mon, 10 Jun 2013 05:02:59 EST Change One Letter in Four!! Each person shares a word--it is based on the word before and they are supposed to change one letter in that word. You can change the order of the letters, but only may change one letter at a time completely. <BR> <BR> For example: diet could become time <BR> <BR> Starting word: <BR> <BR> life <BR> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:17:19 EST Visualization An important aspect of SP is the suggestion that you create a visual object that shows what is motivating you and what you want to accomplish. Many people make a collage that includes motivational quotes or photos or other meaningful parts of their program. <BR> <BR> Please describe or share your efforts on your visualization project with us. Ask questions and brainstorm here as well. This is a fun part of the SP program that can really help you!! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:11:21 EST Fast Break Goals One of the ways that SP helps us to get on the road to a healthier life style is by encouraging us to make 1-3 fast break goals. A fast break goal is a goal that is fairly manageable and helps us to start making changes in our behavior to treat our bodies better. These goals are often short term and are steps we make on our way to bigger goals. They can be about eating, sleeping, exercising, drinking water or many other things. There is a place on our "Other goals" page that helps us to s... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:59:41 EST Emoticon--How are you feeling today? Share how you feel today by using an emoticon. Our feelings often dictate how we eat, so thinking about this can help you in managing your daily program. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to you today!! <em>306</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:52:51 EST June chat room Post your questions, concerns and challenges here. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 22:15:13 EST