SparkPeople SP Class of June 30- July 6, 2013 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from June 30- July 6, 2013. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 30- July 6, 2013 Team Messageboard Hi new on SparkPeople Hi my name is Nikki. I am new on SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:15:47 EST Tired of being tired.. I am not new to this weight loss journey. I am in my late 40's and feel seasoned in the diet industry. I have learned to be skeptical of the "lose weight fast" schemes..since I tried many of them. But yet I struggle to keep myself under control. <BR> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 08:19:31 EST Granny d Hi, I am new to this. Need to lose about fifty lbs. the tracker but it takes so much time to post. I cook for one and <BR> Have trouble exercising because of sugar problems and arthritis. Also I am a SciFi fan and a red hatter. but I am trying the eight week challenge. I like some of the lo carb recipes. And the ten min. Videos. dj Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:25:26 EST Hi everyone! I'm excited & nervous... about putting it all online. I'm a wife, mother, and teacher. Last year I lost weight and was working out regulary but in October school really put a mean grip on me and I backtracked, so here I am again. My goal is to live a healthy life, set a good example for my daughters, and be a happier person. I enjoy walking & running in intervals, hiking, reading children's books, and Mexican food. (Who doesn't like Mexican food?) I am a Christian, and I try to encourage myself with promises and... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:12:09 EST Hello out there! Hi! My name is Maryah. I am a 32 year old wife and Mommy and student from Chicago. I am currently working on my PhD in criminal justice. I have been married to my husband, Scott, for over 13 years. I have an 11 year old girl; 9 year old boy; 5 year old boy; and 19 month old girl. I am a type 2 diabetic and have problems with severe depression and anxiety. I am not ashamed of my depression and anxiety, because I know talking to people can help me. Type 2 diabetes runs in my family; so when I f... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:28:33 EST My Last Hope! Hello everyone, just a short message to introduce myself. I have been a Weight Watcher member for 7 years and re-joined then to loose 15-20 lbs. I have successfully lost and re-gained 5 lbs in 7 years along with 4 surgeries and 4 bouts of steroids. I only started exercising after I retired in June 2012, beginning exercising on Sept 10, 12 . I have faithfully walked/ran, high intensity running and varying programs on the treadmill Mon-Fri 40 min, completing 2-3 miles a day and walking appr... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:24:12 EST Hello there. Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Suse. I am in my early 30's and I have about 125 pounds to loose. What an intimidating number. I have been worrying about my weight, starting a new diet everyday, or talking about losing weight...everyday for the last 20 years. It has been exhausting and it feels like it has been such a waste of time. I have gained and lost the same 50 pounds about 6 times and it is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I love reading, taking photos and spending time with friends, famil... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:50:37 EST Trying to get heathy from the inside out! Hi, my names Kim. <BR> I have recently found this site and soo far it has helped me immensely in the 6, short days that I have been useing it. My goal is too become better educated about making a healthier lifestyle change. I wanna stress less and exercise more and be a good role model for my kids :) Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:25:35 EST Doing It For Myself! Hi! I'm Julie and I live in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I've been divorced since November and all the kids are grown and out on their own. I've made great strides within myself and have lost 70 lbs so far on my own through exercise and totally changing my eating habits. However, I've reached a plateau and can't seem to get on track to losing more weight. A friend recommended SparkPeople and I am really hoping that through the information, encouragement and support that you offer on this site, I wi... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:10:03 EST Safe foods @ a Mexican Restaurant?? I absolutely LOVE Mexican food. But it can be completely high in calories. <BR> <BR> I know I can plan ahead & save some extra calories for my favorite meal, but when it's a spur of the moment thing what are some safe go to's to have? <BR> <BR> My favorite thing ever is a taco salad (with shell) - which would be my "I've planned to eat here" meal. <BR> <BR> I don't have to have beans or rice. <BR> Don't have to have tortillas. <BR> I love chicken at Mexican places. <BR> Not a big fan of so... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:04:47 EST Want to eat healthier My daughter turns 10 this week, and my goal over the next several months is to start a garden. Eating fresh vegetables starts at home with family, and I know from personal experience that carrots and onions taste better when you grow them yourself! Who has a story of picking sugar snap peas and eating them right off the vine (or something similar)? Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:18:02 EST Hello everyone i'm 25 and i have gained weight over that last few years and i am done being over weight. i joined this website to have the support and help that i need. its hard doing it all on your own. i just want to be healthy again. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:38:22 EST Ready to get serious and get healthy My name is Kim and I am 50 years old. Many health issues have hit me lately, with the most recent being a broken ankle last December 26 that just would not heal. Finally had to have surgery 4 weeks ago, using a bone graft from my hip. I have just been told I have prediabetes, and that is one road I do not wish to go down. I have gained about 20 pounds since December, mostly due to the inability to really move to get a good workout, and not so smart food choices. I am looking forward to a... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:06:20 EST Hi Everyone I'm actually a re-tred here at Spark People but lost my old profile information and now starting all over. Have struggled with my weight all of my life. Just got on the other end of a 30 year battle and looking to re-invent myself. Currently living in the Portland OR area but looking to re-locate and connect with people in the Dallas TX area. Would love to connect with any and all of you. I spend most of my time building people up and supporting home businesses on Facebook and have a Send Ou... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:30:30 EST Hiiii!! Hello. I just joined Sparkpeople and I'm hoping to get the support and motivation I've been looking for and help others in return. I'm a mommy on a mission and ready to make a life change. Very excited to see how the next few months go. :) Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:29:39 EST Hi Fellow Sparklers I'm new to SparkPeople; just started 2-3 days ago. I've been reading the message boards & blogs-- very motivating! Thanks for sharing. <BR> <BR> KitCat 30 Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:51:20 EST "Kick it" smoothie This recipe is a watermelon smoothie but it might as well be called "aphrodisiac smoothie" (That's an exercise too!) because watermelon gets your blood flowing and it increases your arousal. This is how you make it: <BR> <BR> watermelon frozen (about a cup or so) <BR> 2c vanilla almond milk <BR> 1/2 c greek yogurt honey (low fat or fat free) <BR> 1 tsp honey <BR> <BR> Blend. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:45:00 EST michelle new to ca New to ca and the healthy lifestyle due to diabetes Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:40:09 EST Here we go again!! I have struggled with my weight for my whole life! 2 years ago I joined Slim Genics it was amazing! I went from 285 to 175 in 10 monthes. I felt fantastic and scared! I obsessed about food constantly. And I finally lost control again. I am now back up to 235 and getting more and more depressed. I am trying to get back to the mind set I was in before when I lost all of my weight. I am not sure how to do that. I am feeling desperate :( I don't want to go there again but I am watching myself get... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 08:53:26 EST Gacy Hi I'm Gacy, <BR> I'm new to Sparks. I am desperate to lose weight. I've tried numerous diets in the pass and I've had very little success with weight loss. I am hoping joining sparks will help. I am not a great one for exercise and can be a bit of a couch potato . I'm trying to change that lifestyle. Hope to learn from the the Sparks family on how to do that.. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:46:54 EST Ready to try again My name is Jan. I was on SparkPeople a couple of years ago for a while but didn't stay around for some reason. I've recently put on some weight and remembered the community here was very encouraging. So I'm back and plan to stick around this time. I hope I can contribute to the community as well. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:21:51 EST A New Journey Toward Better Heath! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Dinesha. I am happy I found this website and hope to form bonds and gain inspiration during this challenging journey. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:40:52 EST Hello! I just joined! Hi everyone. I'm new to this site and hope it will help me on my fitness journey. I weigh 99 lbs so I really don't want to lose anymore weight but unfortunatey I'm what you would call "skinny-fat" I am at a low weight but have a high body fat percentage. So I'm not sure if I actually need to lose more weight in order to lose this excess fat around my stomach :( any tips or advice would be appreciated. Thanks! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:10:03 EST NATURAL FLAVORED WATER I love to drink water like everyone else but sometimes I want something with pizazz...The flavored waters in the supermarkets are ok but have artificial flavors in them. Well, I found these all natural flavored water recipes and they look great! I wanted to share with my new friends: <BR> "Sassy water" <BR> 81/2 c water <BR> 1 tsp fresh grated ginger <BR> 1 medium cucumber <BR> sliced thin <BR> 1 medium lemon sliced thin <BR> 12 small mint leaves <BR> <BR> Let it sit for a bit and enjoy! <B... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:53:25 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, my name is Sisca and I am new to this website and program. I had been try all different diets and lost motivation. My Doctor diagnosed me with Hypothyroidism and I gained 25lbs in the past years and counting. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will be able to help me to my journey. I am losing hope because I don't know what to do. I don't want to take diet pills because I tried it and it only worked for short period of time. If I did not take it then I gained it back. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:16:06 EST Joy to the World Hello, all! I am a 39 year-old teacher, wife of a wonderful husband, and mother of twins. I am 5'5" and my current weight is 144.7 pounds. My goal is to lose 15-20 pounds. I have lost the same 15 pounds several times, but I am hopeful with the assistance of SparkPeople that I can dominate my weight loss and lose the pounds for good this time. By the way, I love the SparkPeople app - it's so handy! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:04:31 EST Heading in the right direction Lou Ann <BR> I am a happily married housewife of almost 4 years. I have been overweight for 30 years of my life. I feel it is time to lose the weight and get back in shape. I want to be healthy, look better, and feel the best I had in years. I know I can do it, I just need a little push in the right direction. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:55:50 EST Read to feel comfortable I am new here and really need support, encouragement and accountability! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:17:24 EST motivation<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=1062&page=2 <BR> <BR> I think this article has some good ideas and motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:10:32 EST Hello everyone New to spark! I m loking forward to share a success story in ths forum. <BR> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:43:43 EST hi everyone I'm not really new to this site but I've returned, and I've promised myself to lose the weight for good this time. I've been overweight since childhood and I've been able to lose the weight but put it back on again several times since I was a teenager. It's been a really big struggle and I'm still trying to find something that will last that's not just nutrition and exercise. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:21:43 EST Hello My Name is Pam, today is the first day for me on Spark People. I am motivated to get healthy and am hoping that SparkPeople will help me with the motivation and knowledge of diet and fitness to help me make my goals. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 16:37:24 EST Just found Spark.. Friends? A friend on another fitness site told me about Spark peeps, so I am checking it out. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:38:29 EST No Excuses Hello, I'm Carolyn and I'm working on getting healthy, losing the weight I've collected and getting getting into good physical shape again. I think you have to keep a good sense of humor about it all and try to enjoy the journey. Heck, I enjoyed getting out of shape, so I might as well enjoy getting back into shape. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:27:14 EST Becca Hello, I am new to sparkpeople. I am excited about this website and hope that it will help me get started. I am 42 and I want to lose about 70 pounds. Losing weight has always been a problem in my life. I have been overweight most of my life. Recently, my husband and I have come together and made a commitment to lose the weight together. I am scared of failure. I have failed so many times before. I have been reading everything I can on this website in hopes that it will help me succeed. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:15:53 EST Question about editing photos.. How do I delete photos on my spark page? Thanks! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:25:05 EST Hi. I'd like to introduce myself. Hi. I'm new. My name is Noel. I'm 35 and in California. I am looking to lose 200 pounds and I'm having Roux n y gastric bypass next month. <em>249</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:52:24 EST Have you huddled with team today? <em>248</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:43:48 EST Heya :) Okay so, I'm not exactly new to this except I am (I had a sparkteens account forever ago--meaning like 3 years ago, woops), but this is a new start for me and this time I really have the resolve to lose the weight :D <BR> <BR> My name is Cati, I am 18, and I am tired of carrying around 150 lbs more than I should be! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:20:09 EST Hello, i'm new! Hello. I just gave birth to my second child and i'm looking to get back in shape and down to my pre-baby weight or better and become super fit NOT just skinny. I'm looking to make friends and share stories with other moms trying to lose baby weight so we can motivate each other and understand the struggles we are experiencing after having babies. If your a mommy trying to lose baby weight please FRIEND me! Thanks and wishing everyone success in their weight goal journey! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:27:08 EST new and looking to both give and receieve support Hello all my name is Megan. I am 29 years old from PA and weigh in at 214 lbs. It is my smallest weight in a long time, but looking to get smaller, I have found a love of working out with both insanity and p90x and in three months loss 11 lbs. I know it's not much however I have a low thyroid and POCS that are slowing my weight down. I will get this off though. If anyone looking for support or want to help me out. Just send me a msg. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:25:08 EST Introducing myself Hi everyone! My name is Liz. Just signed up today! Don't know if this week was the right time to start with the Fourth of July and all. I had lost 20 pounds on a previous plan, but gained it all back and was truly in denial for I long time. I thought I still looked good. I thought I was still those 20 pounds lighter. Went for check up, hubby and I and found we both have high cholesterol. Plus I put on some pants that used fall right off of me, but now they fit just right. <em>39</em> ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 18:05:40 EST over 50 and need to reduce for health Everyone, <BR> I am 60 years old and need to lose weight. I want to cook lighter and be an example to my kids and grandkids. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:22:26 EST WELCOME CHALLENGE The first team challenge isn't going to be anything too crazy. <BR> <BR> Your task is to explore Spark People and discover something new each day (or every day you have time) that motivates/ inspires, you. Articles, videos, recipes, news, teams, pictures, discussion boards...whatever gets you fired up about Spark People, we want to hear about it! <BR> <BR> Share your finds right here in this thread, preferably as links (via the "add a link" function just above the message text box), so your... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:27:41 EST How Many Points From the Wheel Today? Spin the wheels and post how many points you received! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:37:49 EST Did you take a Spark Quiz Today? <em>224</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:42:22 EST