SparkPeople 25-50 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard For those with a weight loss goal of between 25 and 50 pounds. SparkPeople 25-50 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard 30 to Go! Hi, my name is Sarah and I have 30 lbs of weight loss to go! I recently lost 21 lbs (yay!!) but gained back 10 of it (boo!!!) I NEED to do this! I want to look and feel better (Have some digestive issues.) Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:44:44 EST How Many Pounds by September 2019 Challenge! This month (August) I'm going to try to lose a pound a week. <BR> <BR> Starting weight 264.4 <BR> Ending weight 261 <BR> <BR> Almost!! Sat, 3 Aug 2019 19:17:57 EST AUGUST 2019 CHALLENGE/GOAL My August goal is 3 pounds <BR> <BR> SW - 267.2 <BR> GW- 264.2 <BR> <BR> AUGUST WEIGHT 264.4 YAHOO!!!! <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2019 16:34:07 EST July 2019 Goals Wanted somewhere to post monthly goals. <BR> My July goals are going to be: <BR> <BR> At least a 4 pound weight loss. Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:15:36 EST Did you drink your water quota today? Water Is a Secret Ingredient <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Is water important? Well let’s see, other than making up 50%-60% of our bodies, regulating body temperature, helping our breathing, transporting nutrients, carrying away waste and helping our muscles function, water is pretty much useless. Oh, and you need water or, after three days without it, you’ll die. <BR> <BR> So in other words, water is pretty darn essential. It can even be an extremely important (and often unappreciated) weigh... Tue, 28 May 2019 23:12:02 EST 4 pounds by the 4th of July 2019 Challenge <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> It's 5 weeks till the 4th of July. Let's aim for at least a 4 lb loss. Hope you join me in this challenge! <BR> <BR> SW (Starting weight) 266.6 <BR> CW (Current weight) 266.6 <BR> GW (Goal weight 266.6 minus 4 = 262.6) Tue, 28 May 2019 22:52:32 EST Positive moves Today I made appointments with both my RD and endocrinologist. Positive action! I can do this! Wed, 8 May 2019 19:18:36 EST New Scale I finally purchased a new scale after using an old scale for over twenty years and well aware it wasn't accurate. The scale is making me honest and brought me to begin a long journey of losing both pounds and inches. I am noting physical problems related to my weight, so I am motivated to improve my health. My husband, who now has an overweight BMI with the new scale, believes the old scale is more or still accurate. The old scale weighs you fifteen pounds less than the new scale. What c... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:17:12 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm Kathie. My weight problem spiraled out of control when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2009. Instead of losing weight while going through chemo - I gained it. After all my chemo, surgeries, and radiation, I never felt strong enough to go back to work. So, I have just been sitting around the house and 'eating' for 7 years now. I find that some of my eating habits are emotional and a lot from boredom. I am tired of just buying bigger clothes and having no energy ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:47:35 EST Name A Good Thing About Yourself Today I am a good daughter. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:14:40 EST Yard Sale Mania! As yard sales are starting to blossom, tell us about the best fitness item you bought! <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:11:33 EST Give A Member A Goodie I haven't yet as I am organizing the forums...almost finished... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:07:43 EST Share A Weightloss Tip Wear a pedometer from the morning until bedtime! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:05:05 EST Did You Use Coupons, Buy On Clearance, Etc.,Today? I will clip coupons tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:03:14 EST Did You Use Your Crockpot Today? I haven't today, but am married to mine as I can prepare delicious and nutritious meals with inexpensive ingredients. Then, I have a chance at activity and Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:00:24 EST Discuss Your Diet/Lifestyle With Members I follow the Mediterranean diet, as I am a pasta and potatoes kind-of girl. Then, I am team leader of Look Great Feel Great, a team based on the lifestyle book by Joyce Meyer. She teaches 12 Keys and you get to pick the actions to follow regarding them. <BR> <BR> I cannot wait to hear about all of yours as maybe your diet or lifestyle could be better. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 May 2016 19:48:08 EST Write Atleast 1 Blog Each Week I haven't done so yet as I am organizing the team forums. Give me a chance and I will.. Wed, 11 May 2016 19:38:11 EST Did You Have Atleast 10 Minutes Of Activity Today? Yes. I cleaned the living room. <em>41</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 19:34:56 EST Would You Like A Spark Buddy? I am open to being a team buddy for any member! It is a win-win situation! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:34:22 EST New here :) Hi everyone! I'm Natasha-Rebecca and I'm here hoping to get back on track with my weight loss. I've lost 30lbs already, but in the last few months I've just stalled. I can't resist takeout come the weekend! I have 46lbs left to lose and want it gone by March 2016, that's just 1lbs a week! I need to do this and finish what I started! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add me, I can use all the support I can get! Sat, 2 May 2015 09:58:04 EST Daily walk Ongoing challenge Anyone like to join me in a daily walk? Check in here with your miles, minutes or steps. I did 5k in 60 minutes 22 seconds today. I want to walk for an hour each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, have a longer walk on Saturdays, and a shorter walk on the other days. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:37:05 EST Aloha! I'm Renee' I've been on Sparkpeople for a long while and have gained and lost over the years. My high was 252 in November of 2012... this morning I was 198... I need to lose 40 more pounds to reach my ticker goal weight! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:44:25 EST work out ideas Hello! I am new to the group as of today and I have been doing good this year staying motivated but I need to do more. As of right now, I walk 4x a week, track all my calories, eat better and still am having a hard time losing as much weight as I would like. I started at the end of January and can't complain, I have lost 22 lbs but I need more excercise ideas! Please share what you all do! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:26 EST Not so new Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:10 EST 2014 - It's not over yet Team!!! <em>9</em> <em>306</em> <em>9</em> <em>381</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Lets do a challenge shall we?? get back on track and feel good by New Years.. <BR> <BR> Who's in?? <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 05:26:43 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I am Charolet from Oklahoma. Hoping to lose weight and with your support stay on track. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:54:21 EST 4 yr hiatus...i'm back. &#128075; Been awhile, not sure why I lost track of time, but must make an effort to stay strong and tredge on. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:08 EST Hello, Fellow Sparkers! My goal is to shed (not lose, because I don't want to find them again) 50 pounds. I've shed 50 already over the past year, and need to get down another 50 to reach my goal. I know with the support of Spark People, I can do it, just like you! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:45:58 EST Greetings from a Green Haired Geek Hello fellow Spark Team members. My name is Chrissy. I joined this website ages ago ... when I was in my 20's. Now, I've had my 3rd child and I've begun actively working on loosing the weight. My goal is to join the Roller Derby this year. So, I'm actually aiming to be an athlete. But, I've got some work to do! lol Try outs are on the 16th of this month and I'm sure I'm ready to join the league. They also train you for 6 months to a year before you can actually play the game, so if I make it ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:18:41 EST Hello! Hi! It's been quite a while since I've posted any messages but I hope to stay more on task this time around. I'm anxious to chat with others that have struggled with staying focused on the end goal... losing weight and getting healthy. I have some physical challenges I must deal with but I am determined not to let them slow me down. I may just have to discover new ways to reach my exercise goals. Looking for help... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:42:06 EST Hello! Hi! It's been quite a while since I've posted any messages but I hope to stay more on task this time around. I'm anxious to chat with others that have struggled with staying focused on the end goal... losing weight and getting healthy. I have some physical challenges I must deal with but I am determined not to let them slow me down. I may just have to discover new ways to reach my exercise goals. Looking for help... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:39:30 EST Hi everyone! Hi, my name is Sarah Welch. Im 24 years old & have been on my weight loss journey for about a year and a half. Im ready to just be at my goal. Im excited to try out spark people and see all it has to offer. Ive already lost 82lbs. Im happily married & we have a 2 year old fur baby. :) Thanks for the support. feel free to message me or whatever. :) Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:02:45 EST I'm doing this for me! Hi everybody! I want to start by introducing myself a bit. I am a 29 yr old married stay at home mom of 2. I tried SparkPeople last year and started to lose weight. Unfortunately I got lazy on the subject and fell back to my old ways. I didn't gain everything back...but most of it. I just restarted SparkPeople last week. I am focusing primarily on calorie counting, exercise minutes, and portion control. I am learning just how fast the calories add up. In the last week I am down a little over ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:31:42 EST Hi..Its shaz here I have been struggling with losing weight for over 5years. I lose a bit and then gain it right back. This time around I plan to be consistent and I wont stop until I reach my target weight. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:15:33 EST Heya! Hey everyone, thought I'd introduce myself to you guys, so here it goes! :3 <BR> <BR> I'm 19, 5'11 and currently 235 pounds. Looking to lose at least 45! <BR> I'm usually not very active, as there is nothing to do exercise wise in this area. So I have a big problem with motivation, but once I'm on a roll it's hard to stop. <BR> I'm looking for some friends and weight loss buddies who can help me out and vise versa. <BR> Look forward to hearing from you guys! <BR> Thanks (: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:50:17 EST Hello!!! Hi there, I am Michelle. I signed up w/ SP back in 2007, but never really started. I am ready to make changes now and looking forward to meeting more people for support. I have tried this weight loss thing on my own for the past few years and have not been successful. So I am taking the advice I give to others, "if what you are doing is not bringing positive results, try something new".... <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:53:29 EST I almost left! I'm not very active in the groups forums here on sparkpeople. I've never really been able to get into the social side of this website, but I love I having my in real life friends as part of my SP circle. I've been a part of this group forum probably since 2007 when I joined SP. <BR> My first year here, I lost 30lbs. Over the next 18 months I gained about 10 lbs back from that weight loss. I got tired of all the logging in and tracking foods etc. <BR> <BR> This year, since April, sever... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 00:09:14 EST how do you get your veggies in? Now that there's a quick tracker for veggies & fruit, I realize that I'm really not eating enough fruits & vegetables. I like most types of fruit and veggies so that part isn't hard, but I find it difficult to incorporate them into quick meals (like packed lunches, or 15 min meals as I'm inbetween things). <BR> <BR> How do you get your veggies in? Mon, 3 Dec 2012 16:24:37 EST Deck your Plate In honor of the December festivities, this months challenge is to deck your plate with color. We are easily tempted by those cookies, cakes and dips this time of year. Lets try to brighten our plate with more servings of fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Post in this thread every day about how you decked your plate out with a variety of color! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:20:22 EST Heeey! Hey everyone! <BR> I'm 20 years old and I weight 65 kg (143,3 lb). <BR> <BR> I'm a full time student and I used to be a very active person, but university started to fulfill my time! Then I started to gain weight without realizing it! <BR> I've been demotivated and tried to find a way to stay motivated and achieve my goal! That's why I've joined this community! <BR> <BR> I hope I can find some buddies who can keep me motivated :) <BR> Thank you all! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 05:58:55 EST Today I am thankful for........ Today I am thankful for my spark family. They encourage me when I need it most. The cheer me on when I am on a streak. They are my strength! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:22:25 EST anood tuesday Mornin!! just stoppin by to say good mornin to yall ! <BR> i gettin round for the yard i love early mornin' s <em>390</em> <BR> at least i have this time with my doggies b4 someone messes my day up!,,LOL <BR> be safe today Dont TEXT & Drive! Stay Alive!! <em>10</em> dont take a genius to figure that out!LOL Tue, 2 Oct 2012 06:00:22 EST hello from texas =) hello everone =) <BR> im kitty from texas an back to try this agin! <BR> im hopin to fina a more active group thats what keeps ya motivated i think! im not doin a lot of groups or goals have to be practical at least for myself not to sink in the bathtubLOL concentrate ONE thing atta time! i workin the construction trade so my days are usually long. work come home to my cowdoggies Rowdy & Snuffy. <BR> so that it for now.. i hope to 'meet some of yall' im home today its rain here in amarillo tk... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:37:55 EST Keep the dog walking <em>313</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:52:04 EST Do you belong to a CSA? I have been looking into a few CSA's to sign up for. Was wondering if anyone would care to share their experience. <BR> <BR> I think I may start with a half share because I am not sure how much produce we will end up with and I don't want to waste. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from folks. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:56:51 EST Hi! Today is my first day. Can't wait to lose... I am a 28 year old wife and a mother of a 2 year old. I am here to become more motivated to lose weight, exercise and just be healthy. My husband and I are both considerably overweight. We do over indulge in fast food and junk food, over eating is a problem as well. We also do not do many outdoor activities. <BR> We plan on me getting pregnant early next year. Right now I weigh 210 lbs. and I would like to lose about 50 lbs. by the end of February. I really do not want to be unhealthy and ca... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 03:02:09 EST Your Grocery Shopping Plan This topic came up on another team I visit. What a great discussion so I thought I would give us the opportunity to learn from our fellow sparkies. <BR> <BR> It's a long post, but here is my process. Please take a moment to share your tips with others. This is a journey for all of us and every idea we share is a spark for someone else. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's a process for me. It has taken a while to perfect a system that works for me. <BR> <BR> First I look at our family calendar to see w... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:57:51 EST Need to substitute an exercise Hi! It's been awhile since I've been on here. I got discouraged for awhile and gave up but I'm back now. I've been exercising 6 days a week on average for at least 30 minutes a day but I'm wanting some variety. What I'm currently doing is walking, treadmill, stationary bike, and a Leslie Sansone DVD. I've looked at the workout generator and I've got something I'm going to try tomorrow with the exercise equipment. There's one piece of equipment we don't have that I need an idea on how to re... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 08:51:59 EST What work out did you do today? Today I did Ellen Barrett's Barefoot Cardio. What about you? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:28:04 EST Hello All My name is Jennifer and I've been a member for quite a while, but have never seriously used this website until now. Great place to get tips and losing weight and staying healthy. Can't wait to get involved in this community. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:30:15 EST Just getting started Hi, I've been reading "THE SPARK" and it has really motivated me to take control! I'm 44 yrs old and I would like to lose 50lbs. After reading the book and starting on my journey, I've realized I want more than just to lose 50 lbs. I want to change my lifestyle, become more confident and open to meeting new people and doing new things. I'm a manager at a company and have to say, I don't feel very comfortable in my role. I lack the confidence in myself to feel like I truly belong in that ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:54:02 EST New-ish Hi, I'm Catie. I've been here before, years ago, but didn't keep up with it. I'm going to try to do more this time. I need to succeed. <BR> <BR> I'm 24. I have a three year old daughter. Two years ago when her dad and I split up, I lost about 30 pounds in three months. I was unhappy, and had no appetite. Then I met Dan. He made me happy. I started eating again. And I gained all the weight back. My problem is multi-faceted. I eat too much in too large portions. I eat when I’m bored or when so... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:22:27 EST My Day Off Today was my day off... I went a little over board by eating over 1000 calories at Taco Bell! Now I feel bad. Oops! Healthy breakfast, bad lunch, healthy dinner... Not too bad right? Ate 2030 cals today. I did work out though. I'm taking little victories today! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:06:25 EST Hello again... Hi, my name is Tiffiny. I am back to lose 30 lbs. I lost all of my extra weight a couple of years ago, but then had my 3rd child. It wasn't being pregnant that made me gain the weight back, it was his illness and my stress eating. For about 6months we were in crisis mode, trying to figure out if my son was going to live a normal, healthy life. Now that that is all under control, it is time to get myself under control. I have lost 17 lbs in the last year and I have 30 more to go. Wish me... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:43:03 EST How do you stop craving for sweet? <em>198</em> Help me stop eating sweets!!!!! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:19:08 EST Mind over matter!! I will cast down every thought that does not build me up or encourge me to loose weight!!! I can do all things through christ which strenghtens me!!! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:34:53 EST Lunch I think I might have breakfast and dinner figured out. But what is everyone eating for lunch. I seem to not be able to stop poking food in my mouth once I start that time of day. Can't skip it I know. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:07:19 EST just joined teeam <em>29</em> okay folks...recently quit smoking 2.5 months ago and have gain alot of weight...time to get the next stage of my health in control...I would love to lose 25-30lbs. total but will start with the 10 I added on when I quit. :) excited to start. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:51:08 EST What is your favorite spring activity? I love spring! It gives me the opportunity to get outside. I love gardening, hiking and just plain walking. How about you? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 07:16:37 EST To old for this? HI! <BR> I am 62 years old. I wold LOVE to lose 60 lbs but would settle for 20. When I asked my doctor she just shrugs and says "Well it's hard". Well duh!! At my age am I expecting to much? As in weight loss that is? <em>39</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:10:51 EST Busy Soccer Mom Hi, my name is Michelle. I am a 42 year old mother of two teens - a 16 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. I have been married for 22 years. I have recently lost 60 pounds over the past 18 months, just by changing my lifestyle. I most definitely plan on keeping the weight off, however some days I can find it easy to slip back to my old ways. I would like to join the message boards to help keep me motivated and on track. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:57:09 EST New to the team! Hi, everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know a little about me. I am going to be 50 years old this year, and have made the decision to change my life and get fit. I am doing pretty well at the dieting part of this change, but the exercise gets me down. I am a Paralegal by trade, so I do a lot of sitting at my computer. I have been trying, at least for the past three months, to stand more than I sit, and to walk more than I stand, but it isn't easy with my job. <BR> <... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:58:58 EST My crazy life Nichole Hi I an trying to lose 40 pounds by my wedding in September, but I am a very picky eater so its always been hard for me. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:44:49 EST Need to lose weight I work out but my eating is out of control!!! <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:10:47 EST . . Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:46:39 EST How slow can it be GEEZ. I have been tracking my food, given up almost every sweet, been walking some and lifting weights for most of Jan and I see no change in the scale and not really a change in my clothes. Very discouraging. I do have to give myself a pep talk every day to keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> I really really really really really need to lose 30 pounds and 35 would be even better. Was hoping for 2 pounds a week, but have lowered my expectations to 1 pound a week and I don't know if that is going t... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:07:34 EST my journey Hi.. I've taken on the challenge to live a healthier lifestyle.I need to lose 40 lbs,get motivated to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day..So far i've enjoyed this program very much,and i only started last week..i have bought the spark cookbook and am looking forward to cooking and eating different foods!..Thanks in advance for your support! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:36:29 EST Hello people! :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Dana. I've been on and off the spark wagon for sometime now. I was 105 kgs and now i'm down to 88 :) I've been having my binges but i'm trying to get back on track which is kinda why i'm posting this. It would really help if I had an accountability partner/buddy with a common goal (i.e. weight loss), someone i could be in touch with regularly, talk about my concern and theirs, talk about how u get through the day and keep track of my food and workout. I'm l... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:34:44 EST starting again So how do you get your head wrapped around starting over. The usual.... breakfast is good and then things go downhill. Plus I seem to have gained 3 pounds in three days and I am tracking. Yipes!!! I hope to get five pounds a month off. I know not a lofty goal but hopefully one I can do and any more weight than that off will be a bonus, but FIRST I have to get really going. Any ideas? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:20:28 EST where do I start? I really want to make this happen in 2012... your support is apprecaited...Im in my 59th yr of life...and about 75 pounds overwight...(My wii tells me I am 100 pounds over)... <BR> <BR> so two questions <BR> <BR> 1/ where do I track my wight loss in spark? <BR> <BR> 2/ where to I begin? <BR> <BR> bonus question... <BR> <BR> 3/ What do i eat? where do I find receipes I will like-- (like french fries and steak) ? <BR> <BR> HELP! is my crutch! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:34:23 EST Its a new year time to change my health Well I really need to make a change. My goal is to lose most of my weight before Christmas 2012. I have a long goal so I can take it slow and easy. I gain all my weight back because of lifestyle change 4 years ago. I moved to a new home 3 hours away from where I was raised, got married. My husband does all the cooking so I have to learn to eat less. I fell and seriously sprained my ankle a few years ago and now that I work in retail, I'm on my feet 5 hrs a day without a break. I also have ten... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 17:15:22 EST 2012 lbs challenge ( post loss/gains only) Welcome to the 2012 pounds in 2012 thread. Like last year, we will post our gains / losses to see if we can lose 2012lbs as a team. <BR> <BR> Lets make this a great year. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:40:29 EST Jump start your January Challenge Happy New Year, Happy New You! <BR> <BR> This months challenge is to sign up for the Sparkpeople January Jump Start Challenge. A great way to kick off your new year exercise program. <BR> <BR> See the below link to join. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rt </link> <BR> <BR> We will also focus on getting plenty of water and fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Our template will look like this; <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-1-12 <BR> Jumpstart challenge completed: <BR> g... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:34:33 EST Hi There! I'm Back! So, after a back and forth struggle of trying to keep up on SP, i've decided to put my foot down, and commit. I'm back in for the long haul....and i need support!!! I was able to drop 40 lbs in the past, and need to drop 25-40 more. I'm also trying to start training again to run my first 5k, i had trained last year, got sick, the day of and couldnt run, and then just stopped the rest of the summer. so instead of kicking myself for not keeping iwth the program, i'm regrouping, and getting... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:51:48 EST I need help to loose 32 lb Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> My name is Sara and I have extra 32 lb to loose. I have tried so many times to loose weight and most of the time I had no success. I am so disappointed :( <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:04:40 EST Got way off track, tryiing to get back on track... Hello fellow Spark People! I've been so off track with health/fitness/weight loss lately and need to get back into it. I weighed myself this morning for the first time in forever...I was afraid to see what the scale would say. It was, indeed, not good...196!!!!! <BR> <BR> Spark has helped me lose weight before...something to be accountable to. I've never tried the message boards and am going to see if this helps make it any easier. <BR> <BR> Look forward to making some friends here ... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 13:22:56 EST Happy Holidays Everyone I'm new to the site...Glad to be here. (I'm sure that I'll do well once I figure out this site. There's so much to read here). <BR> <BR> Looking forward to 2012 with a new outlook : ) looking for bootcamps/ workout partners. <BR> <BR> Happy Work Out and Feel free to drop me a note..... <BR> <BR> Until.... <BR> Tonya Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:01:37 EST Merry Christmas to me! (and you) Ok gang we are in the final week of Christmas. The best gift we can give others is a healthy us. With that in mind, here is the challenge. <BR> <BR> Take a few minutes each day to reflect on what Christmas is to you. Or, just take time for you. <BR> Make sure you are getting at least ten minutes for exercise. <BR> Make sure you are eating a balanced meal. <BR> <BR> Finding this balance this week will help us try to remain grounded in our individual health programs. <BR> <BR> Each day, come... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:02:38 EST Hello All Howdy Spark World, <BR> <BR> I'm here to explore and share ideas on this Healthy Living Journey. I have been in the process of losing weight since my last child 5/11. I am only 7lbs away from my goal of 145. I am now wanting to track my foods and exercising so that I can see what has made me successful. The hard part is losing the weight but I also believe that it is just as hard to maintain the weight lost. So I am here looking to learn from everyone so that I can continue to be successful ... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 08:53:35 EST Thanksgiving challengs Totally up for this <BR> <BR> Sunday - Glasses of Water: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Measured Portions: <BR> <BR> Monday - Glasses of Water: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Measured Portions: <BR> <BR> Tuesday- Glasses of Water: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Measured Portions: <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Glasses of Water: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Measured Portions: <BR> <BR> Thursday- Glasses of Water: <BR> Exercise Minutes: <BR> Measured Portions: <BR> <BR> Friday - Glasses of Water: <BR> Exerc... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:40:51 EST hey everybody I'm 155 lbs and my goal weight is 120. Hopefully I make it. I have the hardest time with the weekends. It seems that once friday night comes I just can't exercise anymore. If I could just make it through the weekends weight loss wouldn't be such a problem. Well wish me luck!! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:35:12 EST Thanksgiving Challenge! OK gang, <BR> <BR> It's Thanksgiving week. We all know that means fantastic food and often over eating. I am challenging everyone to get at least 10 minutes of exercise each day and measure all your portions. <BR> <BR> You will find the template for the week below. Just go in each day and edit your original post and indicate that you measured your portions and what your workout duration was. Lets throw in our water as well. Maybe we can keep ourselves accountable this week. See you on ... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 20:26:42 EST Sparkpeople down tonight for maintenance Hey, folks ! Just to let you know, the Spark website will be off line this evening to perform some routine maintenance work. This was posted on the main page if you haven't seen it. Pass the word along. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople and all of our sister websites (including SparkRecipes and dailySpark) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. EST (eastern standard time). Thanks for understanding! <BR> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:02:23 EST New to the group! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Jessica, I am 30, and a mother to 5 children. I also have 3 step children. I am here because it was so easy to bounce back to before baby weight with the first 4 but I guess 5 is the number you aren't suppose to bounce back from. LOL My goal is to lose 35lbs before my birthday in April. I am excited to join this group because it really looks like you all support each other the way you should have support! I am excited to be here and look forward to hearing from yo... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 20:54:10 EST Hi Hi! I'm Sam and I want to lose 30 lbs by March 2012 for my wedding. Please help! :( Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:16:31 EST Greetings Hello.... my name is Ashley J <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose 25-50 lbs so that me and my husband can start trying for a family. <BR> <BR> Please make sure you follow my spark page. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 14:46:53 EST Hey, newbie here... Hi, While I'm new to this team, I'm not new to sparkpeople. I've been struggling with my weight for the last couple of years. I have 35 pounds to lose. And I really want to lose them for good this time around. <BR> <BR> I think my work really contributes for 50% of my weight gain. I work from home, so I have access to my kitchen 24/ When you write Romance novels for a living it can take alot out of a person. The emotional commitment alone is very draining. This is why I have joined ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:53:05 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 12:59:33 EST Newbie! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Just joined yesterday. I have about 35 pounds to lose and I'm excited to try out this program! Any tips for the new girl on the block? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> - Kel Sat, 1 Oct 2011 08:52:13 EST Hello Everyone! Hello everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tasha Im from Bristol TN. I joined spark people a few years ago and fell off the ladder. Now I'm back I decided that its time for me to take care of myself. For so long now I have taken care of others whether it be my mother, grandmother, husband, kids, you name it I'm the one for it. I wasn't taking care of myself so I said to myself you know I can't take care of anyone unless I take care of myself first. I've been struggling with my w... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:19:35 EST Share your favorite Work out dvd/ class I love using Ellen Barret dvd's at home. Her newest dvd, Power Fusion is fantastic. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite work out? Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:35:30 EST A-Z foods A- apples Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:34:03 EST Drink your water- Keep the water glass on top Just for fun, keep the water glass posted. <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:28:50 EST What's your fall favorite? I love hiking in the fall. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:41:03 EST Second try Hi, <BR> I had a daughter get married two weeks ago. I received the photos from the photographer and cried. I started Sparkpeople a few years ago and then forgot about it because I became complacent. I am determined to make sure this time I keep on track. I look forward to reading more from the rest of the team. I didn't really participate before in a team. This time I will participate in at least 3 teams to keep myself motivated. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:52:58 EST Here I go again Hi everyone! I am a longtime inactive member of Sparkpeople. This is my first attempt to join the online discussion forums because I finally realized that I need to talk to people about my struggles with eating and exercise. I am in my late 20s and have yo-yo'ed since I was 12. I have been resistant to truly change my lifestyle and break my addictive weight gain/loss behaviors. However, since I quit smoking 14 months ago, I have felt better prepared to make the changes necessary for liberati... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 00:44:12 EST So I don't become disappoi ted..... Back on the wagon, went to the gym today... first time in... too long (September 10) <BR> <BR> My body is already feeling that "good tired" feeling, I'm sure the aches are a step right behind, but feeling GOOD.... <BR> <BR> I'm already looking in the mirror, like duh, i'd see results after one day... no. But I want to see something... soon? <BR> <BR> Realistically, when 'back on the wagon', I know ones muscles can 'remember' and bounce back, but I know it won't be overnight.... <BR> <BR>... Tue, 10 May 2011 14:57:53 EST Back at SP I lost 30 pounds here on SP before and I've been off and on the site for a while. I am really trying this time though and have managed to lose about 5 pounds so far. I am looking to lose about 44 pounds in total. Looking for sparkbuddies and support in the team. Nice to meet you all. <em>213</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 09:42:33 EST Cheri - Start Date: April 1, 2011 Good morning. My name is Cheri. I am a 40yr old female with two children ages 18 and 4. I live in Ontario and have 30 pounds to lose (my profile picture shows me at a lower weight than I am now). Losing the weight is often not an issue, it's keeping it off that eludes me. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:41:58 EST New to site I'm looking forward to utilizing this site, I have downloaded the app for my phone and love it! I'am currently the heaviest I have ever been in my life and I am ready to get rid of it!! Been doing this for about 2 weeks now and so far I absolutely love it! Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:09:37 EST Need support!! My goals are: <BR> 1. Work out 10 minutes a day, every day. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> 3. Keep within my calorie range. <BR> 4. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. <BR> I have great intentions, fantastic plans, and they always seem to fall apart. I need support to keep momentum! Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:33:25 EST New team member I am a new member to spark people and have already lost 36 lbs but need to lose 50 more to be in a healthier state. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 08:12:26 EST nutrition and activity I am making my activity and food points public. If anyone sees where I can improve please let me know. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 08:20:44 EST Snack and Healthy recipes Come across a great healthy recipe? Share your yummy discovery here so others can enjoy. <BR> <BR> (thanks again, DETROITKELLY) Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:52:02 EST Share your favorite weight loss tip. Are you losing weight? Are you reaching your goals? Share with the team your favorite weight loss tip. <BR> <BR> (great idea, thanks DETROITKELLY) Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:51:02 EST The right support Hello all! I am not new to SparkPeople but I've never been on any teams. I find I have many friends but none of them have the same goals as I do when it comes to weight loss and fitness. We've joked for years that we need to get together and start walking and eating better, then the next thing you know we are sitting at the bar or a restaurant joking about working out. Well I need to get serious for myself. I love my friends to death but I'm not going to lose 30-35 pounds by my 40th birt... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:52:33 EST March into March Okay team. March is almost here and so is spring. That means the weather will get nicer and we can get out there and get moving. So, lets March our way through march by making a commitment to get your daily steps in. If you have a pedometer, dust it off and pop in some fresh batteries and hit the pavement. If you don't, lace up those shoes and wind up that watch. <BR> Lets walk/run/bike off those pounds this month. <BR> <BR> Come to this thread daily and post your miles or how much time... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:51:14 EST challenge ideas I am looking for your ideas for team challenges. Please take a minute to share on this thread. I am looking forward to seeing your ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Carol Sun, 27 Feb 2011 16:47:07 EST Hi All! Hi Gang, <BR> <BR> I thought I'd take a minute for a quick "Hello". <BR> <BR> I turned 41 on the 2nd of January and decided that after eating "my way" for years, it is time to eat "the right way" now. <BR> <BR> My wife (CHAR1970) and I both have some extra pounds to shed so we signed up on the 4th of January and as of today I am down 17.2 pounds and she has lost 16.2 <BR> <BR> My goal is to reach 205 by June and I look forward to sharing my journey with the great people here on SP. <B... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:55:25 EST I don't get it I am staying within my points range, going to Curves 3 times a week, walking at least 5 times a week over 3 miles each time, and now I am going to Yoga once or twice a week. Cut out nearly all sugar and white foods and nothing is happening on the scale or in my clothing size . I am really discouraged. Any ideas? Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:54:05 EST Hey there. I joined spark last year but only used the nutrition tracker. I did lose weight, but when I stopped tracking my meals, I also gained back some of that weight. This year I am again tracking my nutrition, but am also trying to take advantage of the other features and support of this community in my pursuit of a healthier life. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:17:49 EST new here, but not at starting over I was at my goal and to tell the truth, i have been past my goal.. and now its came back and i keep losing and gaining back, but this time its not going to come back.. and now ive found this site and i love it, im new here, trying to figure everything out.. hope to find some new friends. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 13:58:02 EST Just starting here :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Domenica and I just started using Sparkpeople. I've already seen so many people that have been so successful. Though I've been going at this weight loss for quite some time, I think the main thing missing from my efforts was having any real support from people who are in the same situation as myself, so that's what brought me here haha. Anyway, I'm definitely looking for people to be "Sparkbuddies" ... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 16:01:30 EST Howdy Hi all! <BR> I am not new to this team but have finally decided to get this extra weight off! I need to lose between 45 and 60 pounds. Hopefully have some help and motivation from all of you! Any ideas, I am open to suggestions! <BR> thanks! <BR> STef Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:13:12 EST NEWBIE Hi everyone, <BR> I have just joined the team as I know the motivation from the group will help me in my journey to lose 45lbs this year. I'm currently at my heaviest ..195lbs. <BR> WE CAN DO THIS!! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 02:21:30 EST 2011 lbs (post loss/gain only) <em>227</em> <BR> Please only add or subtract... <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start -- 2011 lbs Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:45:32 EST 2011 lbs in 2011 Let's take on 2011 together. Let's see if, as a team, how long it will take us to lose 2011 lbs. <BR> <BR> Every time you go to log in your weight loss, come to this thread and subtract your weight loss from the running total. <BR> <BR> We can do this together! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:16:53 EST word association Type the first word that comes to mind after you read the word listed. <BR> <BR> Let's have some fun! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:14:02 EST New Sparkyear Resolution! What will your sparkyear resolution be? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:23:26 EST New Year Resolutions What will your new year resolution be? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:22:36 EST How do you motivate yourself? HI, I'm Tracey, I just graduated college and I need to lose about 23 pounds (for now! (:) I've tried to lose the weight before but the thing that always trips me up is STICKING to my fitness goals instead of talking about it and then falling off the wagon/losing motivation. <BR> <BR> So, help me out Spark Friends! How can I stay motivated? Sat, 18 Dec 2010 08:52:01 EST How long do you plan to be on this team? So I've been thinking, this team isn't designed for us to be here forever. I started on this team a long time ago and I'm still here. No offense, but I'd happily leave this team and join the 10-25 pounds to lose team. I'd be happy to be on that team with all of you one day. So, I'm just curious, how long have you been here and how long to you plan on being here? What's your plan to get off this team? <BR> I've been on this team for over a year, I'm sure. I have about 40 pounds until my g... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 10:57:44 EST Spark Days of Christmas Challenge On December 14th we will kick off our ‘Spark Days of Christmas’ Challenge. This time of year can be a challenge for many of us. So, I thought it would be a fun way to stay on track. Hope you will join in the fun- - even if you already use the tools on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> It will go like this: <BR> <BR> On the ____Day of Christmas, Spark people gave to me… <BR> <BR> Day 1 (14th) The opportunity to spin the spark wheel. <BR> Day 2 (15th) The opportunity to play trivia or take a po... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 22:51:12 EST It's a Christmas Party It's a Christmas Party and you are invited. What will you bring? We will go down the alphabet. <BR> <BR> Hope you will join in the fun. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 06:22:01 EST Ready to be fit by 50 and looking for support Hi all <BR> <BR> Have been overweight since I was a child and only once approached a normal weight about 10 years ago. I don't really know what happened from there but I remember being much happier, more social and able to feel like everything was so much less of an obstacle. <BR> <BR> As quite often happens I am now heavier than ever and really dislike the person I see in the mirror each day. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to make a change and look forward to supporting and getting support from ther... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 02:51:11 EST ShannonJoy1975 Hi! Just getting started today. I thought that being a part of something would help to keep me more accountable and on track. I want to lose the 30 pounds I have packed on since getting sober in March 2009. I never want to be as thin as I was at my worst in my alcoholism but I would like to be in much better shape. I will feel better and look better. My husband considers me to be very sexy no matter what I weigh but I would like to feel better about my body for both of us. My life is v... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:21:39 EST Hey There! I would love a SparkBuddy! Hi! My name is Becca. I have another 37 pounds to lose. I am just under 5'8" and 19 years old. This is my life and I am taking control of it. Just reply or write on my wall if interested! I look forward to hearing from you. =] Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:38:21 EST new to community Hi, this is first time messaging...what fun! I am 40 yrs old and need to loose 40 pounds. I joined sparkpeople 3 years ago and was successful; but over the years I gained back everybit I lost. I want to succeed again and in the mean time I want to meet a few people with the same goals and be a help with supporting those goals together. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 14:21:29 EST Amber's Weight loss goal I'm going to get to my weight lose goal by March 15th of next year, my boyfriend's birthday. I'm sure he'll love the continuous present :) Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:58:52 EST Wii Fit & other workout videos for the Wii So, this x-mas I was thinking of getting a Wii for my daughter and at the same time I was happy because i could do Wii fit and add it to my workouts and etc. But I heard that all those workout games are not really good. <BR> <BR> What do you guys think? Do they work? Have any one use them and seen some kind of results? Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:43:56 EST New to the site Just started on this site about a week ago, still getting some stuff figured out. I am a 21 year old college student. I joined the site because I have ~25lbs I would like to loose and like to have a place like this where I can hold myself more accountable for bad habits I have. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 21:27:27 EST Hey everyone Hello, i hope everyone is keep up there good work :) <BR> unfortunately i've slipped extremly bad. <BR> I got lazy because i been working soo much. Completely gave up on everything i was working hard for. <BR> <BR> -Todays the day, i got my nails done yesturday, i've died my hair, i had breakfast, and i have a salad for work. I'm ready. <BR> I finally got my student id. for college and now i can go the gym when ever i want, for free. <BR> so im ready. <BR> <BR> <BR> ANYONE any ideas how ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:40:51 EST I am new, first post!!! Hi everyone. I am new to sparkpeople. I am 31 and weigh 225lbs. I am looking to start an exercise and weight loss program. I am a married father of 2 boys (9 and 4) with another boy on the way due in March. I am hoping this is just the community I am looking for. I look forward to meeting all of you (online at least). <BR> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:16:44 EST Hello fellow sparkians I'm very excited to get started on this diet. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:46:38 EST Just starting Just starting on SparkPeople and investigating the rich resources available. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:38:32 EST A New Beginning In the next few days, I will begin a new chapter in my career. This comes after a sad and emotional closure to the previous chapter, which was filled with achievement and success – professionally speaking, but also filled with stress, emotional imbalance and unhealthy habits. I have spent the past few weeks at home, taking stock of all of my fortune (no, I don't mean money), my mistakes and my expectations. I somehow landed on the SP website and got really excited. I had a few glasses of ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 08:24:21 EST This time I will succeed... Hello my name is Donna. I was a very underweight child until puberty! Then I became obese. I stayed that way until around 19 and when I moved out on my own, I was able to go from a size 16 to a 6. Then I had a child and hormones got the best of me again. I did great during pregnancy but then my endocrine system started shutting down during last trimester and really messed me up. I ballooned up to a size 22! I had a very hard time getting loosing even a few pounds, but after starting Tae Kwon ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 04:47:51 EST Charmian2 Hi. I am an over 50 grandmother who needs to lose weight. Was always slim (even after having all my kids) till about 40 years ols. Now I need to loseabout 35 to have a healthy BMI. ALthough I am 90 lbs over my college weight!! Depressing. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:34:46 EST A long way to go Hi, all. I'm Evelyn. I'm 39 and would like to lose about 47 pounds in the next year. Having been overweight since before I could write cursive, I'm not fully convinced that I can do this, but I am going to try because I don't want to move into my forties and beyond carrying all this extra weight. I've created a page and a first blog post already. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 14:00:38 EST Call for Support! I love food! I love wine! I am fairly active but have a hard time controlling my portions. I eat a very healthy diet and exercise a couple times a week but realize my main problem is appetite- I eat a lot when I eat! Help! I love to cook and don't really want to stop drinking wine but I need to find a way to eat less. Sound familiar to anyone? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:22:48 EST What keeps me on track and heading towards my goal I was wondering what other SP friends do to keep on track and working towars their goals? Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:05:31 EST New Have lost a few lbs but need to lose more HELP Hi I have been on a healthy diet for 3 months but need help to continue losing. I think I have found the right site. Can't believe that with so much information it is free. Love to eat, just the wrong things. I believe this site will help keep me motivated. Thanks for any help you can give me. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:28:25 EST Hi! Looking for diet buddy 193lbs, BMI 30.3. I'm looking to lose 46lbs and get down to 147lbs, as well as losing 10 inches off my gut. I'm an 18 year old college student and looking for someone with similar goals of a similar age to stay in touch with for accountability etc. Mail/comment if you're interested! Wed, 8 Sep 2010 17:18:16 EST Hello--I'm new to SparkPeople I'm Myrmaid and this is my 20 thousand attempt to lose weight. I hope this works for me. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:55:19 EST What's avaible to me at my local gym So here's what's avaible to me. I plan to attend at least 3-4 times a week when we finally have a 2nd car to use. I'm most interested in free weight training and cardio. <BR> <BR> --------------------------------------- <BR> Cybex Circut Weights: <BR> Chest Press <BR> Ab Crunch <BR> Leg Extensions <BR> Seated Leg Curls <BR> Seated Leg Press <BR> Back Extension <BR> Leg Extension <BR> Captain's Chair <BR> Ab/Adduction Machine <BR> Overhead Press <BR> Arm Curls <BR> Row/Rear Delt <BR> Arm Exte... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:00:49 EST Hello! Just recently joined. I started my weight loss program about 1 1/2 months ago and have lost 18 pound so far. Looking to losing more and getting some valuable support and good resources here. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 22:24:45 EST Eat or exercise first? That is my question. I starting this weighhloss thing again and I have noticed that if i eat dinner and then go walking I am starving when I get back from working out so than I drink a bunch of water but after I give that time to settle I am still hungry so then I was thinking I would eat first but then I wouldnt be burning the calories of my dinner. So what is everybody's thought on this? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:54:24 EST Hello SparkPeople! I'm Karina I'm new to this site and I'm ready to lose the weight!!!!!!!!! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:38:21 EST New to the site Hello! <BR> <BR> I was recently married and concerned that without a "goal" I will gain more weight (already 8 pounds!). I have never tried any type of "group" process before, but I have signed up for a weight loss challenge at my health club and am hoping that I can find (and provide) support here as well. <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with multiple health concerns for many year, but since I increasing my exercise I have felt better and am trying to get off some meds. Unfortunately one of... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 20:56:14 EST Favorite Snacks I am a major chips and dip girl and I know that is wehre I am gaining the pounds. So I am looking for lots of different snack ideas to eat. I know there are your vegies and fruits but that is one of my problems I am not good at eating them, I eat my vegies with dip and I cant tell you the last time I ate a fruit....thinking I might want to start doing that also.. <em>2</em> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 14:05:28 EST Howdy folks My name is Danyelle and I ama returning user of Sparkpeople and I am hoping this time around I can s tick to the plan and start loosing some weight. I am also looking for a buddy, so if anybody needs one I am here. Thu, 5 Aug 2010 14:02:02 EST Hi My name is PJ Hello my name is PJ, <BR> <BR> I am very much over weight and I have had 2 surgeries for Fibroids and Endometriosis. The medications and my eating habits have made me put on 60 pounds. I am 190lbs and 5ft 3in. I used to be 130lbs and I hope to get back to that weight. It's very hard to move around but I try to walk every day. <BR> <BR> The medications I took had steriods also the side effect of my breast getting from size 36 C to 44DD Yes that huge. I really need the help but I could ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 16:43:27 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE Here we go team!!! I hope you will join me for this months challenge! By posting your template, your teammates can encourage you and help keep you accountable! <BR> <BR> Stop by the chat thread to let us know how you are doing and take a minute to huddle! We can do this together. <BR> <BR> So copy and paste this template. Edit it each day and let the fun begin! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> <BR> AUGUST HERE WE COME!!!! <BR> <BR> SUNDA... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 20:33:47 EST Protein Powder I see everyone talking about Protein Powder. <BR> <BR> What kind do you use? How many calories / Protein? <BR> <BR> Does it seem to help? <BR> <BR> Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:20:12 EST Hi Everyone! The end of day one for me with SparkPeople. Not sure what I want to do long term, but I've set out to lose about 25 pounds. Once I get there, then we'll see what's up. I've really enjoyed exploring the site. I though it would be nice for tracking calories and exercise, but I ended up doing a lot more than I thought I would. If nothing else, I can load up on Spark Points! Mon, 26 Jul 2010 23:11:26 EST Howdy, Y'all! hehe... just kidding... we don't all talk like that in Texas!!! :) <BR> <BR> HELLO! My name is Heather & I am 27-years-old. I teach fourth grade and LOVE it!! I also am attending graduate school online... I should finish up in just over a year. <BR> <BR> I have decided that it is time for a lifestyle change. I've gained about 25-30 pounds in the past 10 years and would love to lose it and tone up my body. I found this website & am really excited about using it and getting to know all of... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 23:24:45 EST New Member! Hi all! My name is Emily and I'm really excited to try out this site to help me with my diet and fitness goals. I'm a 20 year old college student home for the summer and trying to lose the dreaded freshman 15 (or 20...). How has this site worked out for you all and your goals? <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know some of you guys. :) Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:57:17 EST New on here!! Hi! I'm new on here and trying to figure it all out! I'm a 25 year old mother of two. Im a stay at home mom. I just find it hard sometimes to fit any time for me into the day. I like to be active. Ive tried to make it a habit to go for a walk everyday. Any tips from other Moms? (or anyone else really!) Thanks! Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:43:44 EST I made it Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I used to use this all the time and then lost track of it when I started working too much. I am now working less (and luckily making good money doing it) and I am now spending more time on me. I started January 26, 2010 with a goal of losing 50lbs. As of this last Monday I am at 36 lost so far!! <BR> <BR> I am so close to reaching my goal that I have added a new goal on to it. That goal is to compete in a Sprint Triathlon on September 26 of this year!! I am so excite... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 17:48:44 EST Bathroom Challenge! Saw this on another team and thought it was interesting. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal. We should be drinking lots of water. In turn, that means lots of trips to the bathroom. So, every time you head to the bathroom, do a small exercise. Maybe a set of squats, desk or wall push-ups, stretches, bicep curls, lunges, a lap around the office or your living room, etc. <BR> <BR> Imagine how those tiny little workouts will add up during the day. <BR> <BR> So pick your exercise by the day, week or ... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 06:26:13 EST What made you smile today? We can get so bogged down by the hustle and bustle of the day and we might overlook that blessing or one thing that made us feel good. Take a minute each day to reflect on something that made you smile today. <BR> <BR> So, what made you smile today?? Sat, 17 Jul 2010 06:19:56 EST I am back after some months out Hello everyone, I just decided to come back here and enjoy this place again. I just came back from a deployment to Iraq. Over there I lost a lot of weight but gained some of it again. So I am going to get back on track and lose some pounds. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:12:10 EST I feel like I'm home I read the book (actually, I listened to the audio book), a few months ago but nothing moved me until I got my new Doid Incredible cellphone & found the smartpeople app for it yesterday. Today I have begun exploring and really using the online website, too, and it is incredible. I believe I can reach my goals for weight, health, etc by using the resources available here. I feel very inspired and grateful. Thank you all for being there and I hope to be of help on here, also. Phyllis Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:08:50 EST New to Spark I'm a mom of 4 with a desire to return to a CONSISTANT healthy lifestyle. I am reintroducing myself to body building and have recently taken up yoga. My toughest challeges are time and support, both of which I lack. My greatest motivators are competitive challenges and encouragement. I look forward to taking advantage of the many tools and resources available through SparkPeople to keep me on track and motivated. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:45:46 EST Hello Hi Everyone!! Well after a weight loss of over 100 lbs I am back and ready to loss my last 30 lbs. To do it I need a little motivation and I hope that is where everyone's posts will be helping!! Looking forward to reading/replying/asking for help!! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:51:31 EST Staying on track while visiting family/friends I am visiting my family for the weekend and it is so hard to stay on track. I do not have access to a gym and I am not in charge of what the meals are. How do you stay on track while you are out of town visiting others? Any suggestions? Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:47:28 EST Hi, Everyone! Hi, Everyone! I'm really excited to be starting SP! I lost 35 lbs about 4 years ago. I've kept it off for the most part, but have recently slipped into some bad, old habits, so I am nipping them in the bud! I need to lose another 40 lbs or so, and am sure that SP will help me to keep my focus. <BR> <BR> I look forward to participating on the boards -- I'm already so inspired by the stories here! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:46:39 EST Jeppy80 I am ready to start doing something for myself. I usually put my family before myself and for the most part I still will. I am making a commitment to myself though to get back in shape so that I feel and look healthier. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 17:12:29 EST kelly109 Hi, just joined sparkpeople today so still learning my way around, any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks Sat, 5 Jun 2010 22:38:13 EST Down 31 pounds! Woohoo!! I'm down 31 pounds in a little less than 3 months as of today! woohoo!! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 21:06:51 EST Ready,ready, GO! Need to stop procrastinating and get busy losing to live. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:57:13 EST Hi, I am Becky! I am an RN with 30 years of nursing under my belt. 5 years ago I became a flight nurse. I love my job. I am also a mom to 3 grown children and have 6 precious grandbabies. God has a habit of taking what I think are disasters and turning them into blessings! Fri, 28 May 2010 19:03:39 EST Hello everyone My name is Nicole I live in mobile AL and am married and have two children. I have a son that is 6 and a daughter that is 4. I have been trying to lose weight for four years now and haven't had any luck but I'm ready to try again. good luck everyone with losing weight and completing your goals. Wed, 26 May 2010 08:48:57 EST What to do in times of SUPER stress overload? I consider myself fairly adept at handling stress, I mean I AM a 911 dispatcher, however there are days that I go to work and I just want to eat anything and everything in sight. I don't even feel that the pens and paper are safe from my ravenous gaze! My biggest problem is that there are times at work (when there are only 2 of us working) that we don't get a lunch break and we're lucky to even get to go to the potty (sorry for the visual!). I need suggestions on what I can do to stop the st... Tue, 25 May 2010 20:45:57 EST jmckellars is now in the house! Just hit the 250lb mark, which is the mark I used to get back in shape and lose the weight I have put on. Starter working out daily again on Thursday 5/20/10 and then found this great sparkpeople site and app to aid in my success. Looking foward to working hard and losing the weight, but most importantly keeping the weight off this time. Sun, 23 May 2010 09:23:17 EST Breakfast Club Breakfast is an important meal of the day that we often skip for one reason or another. <BR> <BR> Let's challenge ourselves to make time for breakfast DAILY. <BR> <BR> What did you have for breakfast today? Fri, 14 May 2010 05:57:05 EST How many calories do I need a day?? I am seeing different calculations.....i googled and based on my weight and about 1896 needed to lose about 2 lbs per week...on the Jillian Michaels told me 1200-1400. <BR> <BR> None of these results including Jillian Michael's site included exercise with their equation. <BR> <BR> Help please!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be cross posting this also..... <BR> <BR> Tks again. Sun, 9 May 2010 21:06:22 EST Fun N Games : two words - change one Two words - Change one: Game <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Hot Dog could be replaced by Hot Tip, Hot Shot or Hound Dog. You would only change one of the words at a time. Sat, 8 May 2010 06:20:10 EST Carrie here... Hi everyone! I'm new to the site (pretty typical intro, I know. lol). I'll try to be on here as much as I can because I need a ton of help. There are people that are really struggling with their weight and have more to lose than I do so I'm feel a little insignificant; however, being tiny for most of my young life and then gradually increasing the weight...hence decreasing self-esteem and confidence...has been the struggle. My health goals have really taken a back seat to comfort foods, and the cravin... Tue, 4 May 2010 13:02:07 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi! This is my first time with sparkpeople. I downloaded the app for my Ipod touch last week and found they had a website too. I've been counting calories for 5 days and just ordered the Spark. I'm 52 and my spare tire has been inflating rapidly since I turned 50! I'm looking forward to slimming down and becoming a healthy new me! Tue, 4 May 2010 11:51:47 EST Motivation for today. This thread will be a place that we can post what will motivate us today. This will help us keep our focus and might motivate other folks along the way. I hope you will join in and share your daily motivation. <BR> <BR> My motivation today will be a picture of myself taken over the weekend of me and my son. I bought a new dress for all the functions I will attend this month for his graduation. It's a size 12. <em>9</em> A size I have not worn in more that 15 years! It will be a helpful ... Tue, 4 May 2010 05:47:05 EST Spark Rally Picnic - Georgia WoooHOOO! Tomorrow is the big day! The Spark Georgia Rally Picnic. <BR> <BR> So throw on that spark t-shirt and meet us at Tribble Mill Park around 10am and hang out until 2pm. (Maybe earlier if we actually get those afternoon showers.) <BR> <BR> Pack a lunch for your family, grab the sunscreen, yard toys, walking shoes, and your smiles and join us for a fun day at the park. <BR> <BR> If you have a favorite spark recipe you can make it and share it. If you have a before picture you’d lik... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 14:45:34 EST New to the Spark Looking for success, need to get off the diet rollercoaster.. I need to feel I am able to accomplish my weight loss goals. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 22:58:55 EST Hello everyone Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for years on and off, without much success so far. In fact I've gained about 20 lbs since. I realize that I only have one person to blame. I now have about 50 lbs to lose. I do live a very busy lifestyle which will have much to do with it. I have 3 beautiful children under the age of 6. Them and my wonderful wife are what keep me going. We both have full time jobs and as well we own and manage a small business (Childcare Centre) and currently em... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:36:03 EST Celiac Disease can make us obese.<BR>ac-Disease-and-ObesityThere-is-a-Conne<BR>ction-by-Melissa-Croda-q/Page1.html <BR> <BR> Just thot I'd put this out there, in case anyone got here due to some of the same health issues with which I've suffered for 4 decades. I only recently got a clue, when we diagnosed my son. (Not definitively because we won't put him thru the hell that the doctors insist is a necessary part of the process when we've got things so well under control for the fi... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:06:44 EST So many changes Hello. Well I am hear trying to save my own life. I am developing health issues that no longer allow me the freedom to eat what and when i want. I also would like to live to see my children grow up and have children of their own. I just finished my masters degree and teaching credentials and am sub teaching at the local school. If you would like to be a spark buddy please drop me a line. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:41:59 EST Hi Just wanted to introduce name is James and I live in Dartmouth Nova scotia. I have been on the site for a while but now I am using more of the tools. Sun, 18 Apr 2010 16:31:13 EST New Beginnings Just wanted to say HI. I have never had any luck with losing weight and am hoping to get support and help along the way. My mom and my sister are both on this sight and have lost alot of weight and right now I need to before I have a heart attack or something. I am just disgusted with my myself being so lazy and un motivated, I have been like this for too long and need to change Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:51:40 EST I think my scale is broken...? If your like me, you spent your high school days and most of your 20's bulking up in the weight room. Then you hit 30, stop being as athletic and pack on a few pounds of fat. Only problem... you spent all that time packing on pounds of muscle. I couldn't believe it when I crossed the 220lb mark... and neither can other people when they look at me. I am here to get back into that active lifestyle and live a more healthy life. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 17:56:44 EST Hello! Hello! I'm new to Spark People as of last night & I'm really looking forward to using the program. The more I'm reading on here, the more excited I'm getting about losing the weight & becoming a healthier person. <BR> The hardest part for me is time. I'm a full-time graduate student, full-time teacher, and a part-time I'm always busy. I'm also an extremely picky eater. I've been looking through many of the recipes on here & they look fantastic. <BR> I'm so excited to be a ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:55:40 EST Need to lose 50 lbs by TOMORROW! Of course I'm only kidding (although wouldnt it be a nice thought). I am getting married in 5 weeks and have at least 50lbs to lose to get back to the weight I was when we first met 4 years ago. <BR> <BR> I've had some health issues over the last year and general procrastination has gotten me nowhere, so here I am 5 weeks out and now faced with the realization that I am gonna be FAT for my wedding pictures :( <BR> <BR> So I'm on an all out blitz to lose as much weight as humanly possible b... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:03:51 EST My 1st post EVER on any website Okay, I'm trying to commit 100% and that includes this post. I'm pretty private so posting this is part of my overall dedication toward using this website to achieve my goals and hear other successes from members. I really need to lose weight to regain my confidence and self esteem. I've already made better choices and it's only morning of day one. I look forward to using all of the features on this website and being inspired by others. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:58:45 EST Anxious to get started Hello, I am new to the site but have heard great things about it from co-workers. I have recently been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance Syndrome and I am trying to lose about 25 pounds. Hopefully I can get things in check before I become a type II diabetic. <BR> Any suggestions regarding the program and comment from anyone in a similar situation would be welcome. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:12:27 EST Motivation required I am new to SP even though I tried to use the site a few years ago. I have a difficult time staying true to meal plans because it seems like good food doesn't fill me up! I also need help with motivation to get my butt off the couch! My 17 year old daughter and I are trying this together. Any ideas, thoughts, advice for me is GREATLY appreciated! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:43:24 EST Freak Flag Flies Freely! Until about a year ago I was such a negative person, that this big thing happened in my house (my husband had a massive stroke)! My entire world changed. I will never live that sad life again! I did weigh over 300 pounds. I have lost 31 pounds since January, I work out everyday, except for Sunday and I eat 1500 to 1700 calories a day. I became the person I wanted to be! I am going back to school to get my BS degree. I realize it will be hard with school, work, loosing weight, three tee... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:41:07 EST salsa ideas I put it in my scrambled eggs or breakfast burritos, yum! <BR> I also put it on my home mead tostadas: take a corn tortilla, put 1/4 cup of refried beans on it, add 2 tbsp reduced fat cheese. Place in oven at 400 for about 8 minutes. Take it out of the oven , add shredded lettuce and salsa and yum! You have a healthy snack or lunch! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:11:46 EST Hello Just trying an online approach tracking my food choices. Looking to trim down and stay fit for the long run. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:43:48 EST Wrong Milk I am so mad right about now, was in a hurry and grabbed the wrong milk and poured it in my cereal by mistake. I meant to have grabbed the skim milk. <BR> I mean I have the calories to use,And do you know how much fat is in whole milk. This is the only milk my daughter will drink. But come on louise, can't you get it right,..,,lol <BR> So what things have you done by mistake?? Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:36:40 EST Returning Hello! I signed up a couple of years ago and really did nothing with the tools Spark People provided, I am in a different place in my life with different goals. I will meet this goal! <BR> <BR> I only need to loose about 25 or 30 pounds, but have been 1/2 heartedly trying for too long! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 15:55:38 EST snacks In the afternoon I am always starving, even if I had a good lunch, and usually I eat to much because I can't find something that satisfied me. Can you share with me your fabulous snacks ? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 17:22:38 EST just starting hello, I don't know how to start because I am not used to share with other, I am very shy and usualy I listened. I have 35 lbs to lose and I tried . other plans but without succes. My big problem is : I hate to exercice !!! I can't get my mind into it. But I won't quit this time. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:57:18 EST Krystal Hello, I recently started with Sparkspeople and loved it! I was on a roll working out daily and eating healthy. Sadly last Friday I fractured my tailbone and L1 disk in my spine while Ice Skating. Something I started to do for fun cardio instead of boring treadmill. Now I'm stuck laying around and trying to heal. I cant really do any more cardio and I can just feel this whole thing going downhill. How depressing. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:59:49 EST Hypnosis? I have been working out and watching my calorie intake while still keeping up the protein to build the muscle I am working so hard to make, but I have seemed to hit a plateau. I have been around the same weight for just about a year. Of course my diet and exercise has varied intensity during this time. I am beginning to feel frustrated and I am contemplating hypnosis. <BR> <BR> What experiences, thoughts, ideas, or input do you have about hypnosis? Have you tried it? What did you do? A semi... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:28:42 EST Hello from San Diego I just wanted to say hello to everyone. I am a 35 year old woman working on improving myself and my health. I know what I need to do, but with life it gets hard to keep going in the right direction. I am looking for those who can help keep my on the right path and me the same for them. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:38:25 EST Lisa Hello im very excited to get myself started here on spark. Im 29 yrs old I have 2 Beautiful children ages 3 & 1. I have had a challenge with my weight since I had children & found out I have PCOS. Im looking very forward to having more energy to play with my children!!!!!!! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:15:36 EST It's Working!! I have to admit trying Spark's I was a little sceptical. After my first week with Spark's, I've LOST 4lbs. <em>244</em> I could not believe my eyes <em>40</em> <BR> This is working!!! <em>244</em> <BR> Many a Thanks to all of you for supporting me!! <BR> I had no idea what to Blog about this morning, Well now I know lol Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:09:11 EST Vegetarianism and Veganism - Healthy Lifestyle? I just wanted everyone's opinions and thoughts. I've been considering in becoming a vegetarian. For many reasons, animal cruelty in the farms and slaughterhouses and etc. I'm just worried that perhaps it's not as healthy as we may believe. Is it necessary for someone to eat meat? What is the symptoms of switching? What challenges will face me when I start? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 14:50:19 EST Hello I'm Tina. Just joined Sparks Tuesday. I am 48 and weigh 140, want to get back down to 110lbs. Like I used to be!! I have 2 daughters and the youngest one has started to tell me I'm fat, that hurts! I want to get back in my swim suit by summer, we so much like the lakes and we have a pool. I want to look good so I feel good about myself. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 08:30:29 EST Green Tea? Hi everyone! So I'm kinda new still and I'm sorry if this has been discussed already...but I was wondering if anybody tries to drink lots of green tea during the days? I've been trying to drink at least 3 cups a day but I hear mixed things about it being for maintenance weight vs helping u burn an extra 60 calories...etc. So I guess I'm basically asking if anybody does this on a regular basis and finds that it helps or not... Thanks in advance for your input! Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:15:52 EST Staying on track Hey there I am very pleased to have a computer now in my dining room so there are no excuses to stay on track!!! I am having fun tracking and am looking forward to seeing the results. Thank you so much for all you do for the community:) Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:00:31 EST after work eating can anyone help provide ways to cut the binge after work <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:36:15 EST Hello Hello, I'm trying to lose 40 lbs to be at the weight my doctor recommends for me. I feel I'm in ok health for now but I'm at the border for pre-diabetes, pre-hypertension, and a lot of other complications. I love my wife and I know since I gained weight I have really began to snore loudly. It has affected her and my sleep. I hope to change that as well. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 05:48:52 EST Finally I return I joined Sp in 2007 for the 1rst time and I had 25-50 pounds to lose, and I did never hit my goal, I did lose weight, and I kept in off my 2 years, I started last fall at 178 and on 12/27/9 I weighed in at a whopping 200 pounds ( I am barely 5'5"). Somewhere I told myself I would never be again ( I was 236 in 2005. So I am done with the excuses and I am not going to get half to my goal only to be content with not being as heavy, I will reach my goal this time. I did not leave this team whe... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:36:20 EST Need Help Hi, My name is Cheryl <BR> I am new to the program and I really need your support in losing weight. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 10:10:41 EST im new hi my name is vickie and i am trying to lose weight. It is a battle but i am using barry's bootcamp. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:34:40 EST classy7229 I am a 57 year old grandmother that has failed numerous times at losing weight. I don't like myself and eed to make a change. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:39:16 EST Renewed SPARK I am truly motivated with a renewed SPARK as a recent member of Spark People. Reading SPARK & savoring every page....Grateful to Spread the Spark... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:07:56 EST setting a goal I need help setting a goal...I want to ultimately weigh 120 lbs but I am scared to set that as a goal because I don't know if it is a realistic one. I know that at 130 lbs I look good and feel good too. What I am wondering is that if setting a goal for 120 means setting myself up for failure. Clearly I have no confidence in my decision so please help Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:20:05 EST STARTING OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! Ok yesterday, I started to track my food intake on spark. This time I am going to succeed. I know it!!!!!!!!!!! My bp and sugar are getting out of control and I need to do something for my health. This time it is for me. Yea <em>224</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:44:20 EST question about exercise does sparkpeople not give you an estimate of how much exercise to aim for each week? I know it says to burn so many calories on the front page, but it changes everytime I change the workouts...idk. I'm confused about it. I know any exercise is better than nothing, but still........i wanted something to aim for like how they gave me a max of 1500 cals to eat. thanks for any answers Tue, 5 Jan 2010 01:03:51 EST Hello! I'm a working mom of 2 and excited to start 2010 with the support of this site and the people that use it. I have completed my family (I think!) with a wonderful son (age 4) and daughter (age 1). Now it is time to lose the pregnancy weight and get back to feeling good about me. I think I have been on some sort of "diet" my entire life, so I hope this site will help me to just eat right and exercise regularly. I like goals, so this seems like the right fit for me. Here's to a healthy, hap... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:49:01 EST Mommy of 3 beautiful girls. I am a mom of three Beautiful girls ages 10, 4, and 4 months. I work full time and go home to a full time mommy I have had some problems recently with depression, anxiety, and my heart. I just really want to focus on loosing weight and being healthy in 2010. I am looking for all the support and motivation I can find. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:31:04 EST Hello, I'm Vicki, I'm new to SparkPeople... Hi, I found out about SparkPeople via an app on the mobile phone and am so pleased I did. I am an English teacher from Yorkshire, England but have lived in Scotland for many years with my partner and five children. I will be 40 next year and would really like to prove my mother wrong - I will NOT be 'fat, fair and forty' (her words, not mine). It's nice to be here. Vicki Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:17:50 EST newbie here hey....... <BR> <BR> joined for encouragement to help me rid this 26lbs :) keep up the good work all :) Fri, 18 Dec 2009 07:53:23 EST am I doing this right? i feel so confused about this whole weight loss/exercise thing. <em>20</em> So I am staying within my recommended calories, fat grams, carbs, etc for my BMI. I am burning an extra 750+/- calories thru exercise. So what does this mean for my future. Is this a low amt of calories burned? excessive? I have no idea what I am shooting for... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:51:01 EST MAKING EXCUSES Wow, I cant believe it. It is soooooooooo hard for me to lose weight. Sometimes I blame my thyroid condition for it. But I cant this time, I weighed myself this morning and I lost 5 libs. Once I decided to stop making excuses for myself, I started to lose the weight. Dont get me wrong, it took me almost 3 weeks to drop the 5 lbs but this is a first for me and I am really excited. Now I can start working on the second 5 lb loss. It is soooo motivating when you see some pounds drop off the s... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 11:11:02 EST Hi Everyone! I am officially committing myself to lose the extra 38 pounds I've been carrying around for the past 5 years. I've started and restarted so many times - hopefully this is the last time! Looking forward to lots of support from everyone! Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:09:41 EST Hello everyone My name is Angie. I have two kids and I have been a spark member for the last 6 months. I wasn't an active member. I'm trying to be more active now. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 17:42:55 EST Starting again Hi, <BR> My name is Debbie. I am from Florida. I am 50 years old. I am trying to change alot of things about myself. I am a binge eater and I want to lose 50 pounds. Sun, 15 Nov 2009 20:55:35 EST Hello everyone My name is Angie. I would like to loose 30 pounds before my 30th birthday which is on January. I need your support. I need some spark friends to keep me on track. I would love to help anyone that needs support as well. Please let me know. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Angie <em>249</em> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:58:11 EST Hi Everyone I am going to give this another try! I am still hanging on to about 30 extra pounds from my first pregnancy (why oh why did i NOT listen when people told me I would regret eating like that!!) and would really like to be rid of it once and for all. Seeing as child #1 is now almost 9, I think it's time ;-) I recently got married to a man with a hollow leg so that does not help. I think jumping in to the message boards will help me stay on track by having some accountability... i hope! Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:24:08 EST Hi All Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I only joined the site on Monday of this week and still trying to find my way about but I am sure I will in time. I have already lost 32lbs and looking to lose another 48lbs. i am sure I can do it with alot help/support from all the lovely people on this site and I hope to return the help/support with you all. <BR> <BR> Leslie x Wed, 21 Oct 2009 05:31:09 EST I want to look healthy for the rest of my life I am now 45 and in peri-menopause . I was gaining weight , weight that I just worked very hard to loose. So I am taking control, and stepping it up to loose the weight. I want to maintain a healthy look. I love to work out, I love being active, I just need a push every now and then. So I am sparking once again....... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:08:33 EST Newbie from Birmingham! Hi everyone! New to the site. I found the app on the iPhone and this looks awesome. Looking forward to losing these extra pounds. Wed, 7 Oct 2009 23:01:16 EST BYE BYE "Glad" to say, I'm leaving this team! Only 16 more lbs to go!!! Keep going everyone, you can do it! Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:34:51 EST Join NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SPARKS for FUN Sept 19th! Hi Team! <BR> <em>191</em> If you are in Northeast Arkansas tomorrow, you should stop by the Forrest L. Wood Nature Center. Arkansas Game & Fish is hosting a Family Fair, and if you have children, this is the place to be. They have activities all day long, great prizes, and hotdogs at noon. The Northeast Arkansas Sparks are meeting at the Nature Center to enjoy the events and hiking throughout the day. For more information, check out the JUST FOR FUN forum and read the NEA Picnic thre... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 20:54:54 EST What can i use to eat salsa with except chips? Ok, here's my problem, I love to eat salsa for snacks. I have become addicted to Baja Salsa. I normally eat them with white corn chips, but I am trying to cut out all the salt and high calorie foods. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good sugestions of things to eat it with? I should also mention i am living in a dorm room with no acess to a kitchen. <BR> <BR> THANKS!!! Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:38:09 EST Im Back and trying again! Hi everyone! My name is Stacy and I have been on this site for a couple of years. For some reason I am not able to keep the willpower to keep going. When ever I would have something go on in my life, I will give up for a little bit, but continue to say I will start back up tommrow. Well, I never do. <BR> I am back now and I am really trying hard to do this right this time. I am going to make small changes in order to be able to keep at this. I am going to need a lot of support and encourage... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:53:10 EST Ladies and gents I'm back After using spark in 2007 to lose 30 lbs, I'm back, and when I logged on and started meal planning and calorie tracking for the 1rst time in well over a year I was up all of that weight! As a sahm the temptations are right there and it isn't like I don't have time, the time I spent on the computer chatting with friends on Facebook or playing sorority life ( a game on FB), I now spend on here reading articles, tracking my food, and also being outside! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:17:36 EST Bread Probably sounds like a crazy topic, but it's one that I've been wondering about. For those of you who have not cut carbs out of your diet, what should I look for when picking out a good wheat bread? I want to make sure I'm getting the full benefits of buying that type. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <BR> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 11:22:22 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> Just dropping in to introduce myself. I've bounced in and out of SparkPeople for a while now each time not really sticking to it. The reality this time is that I've finally decided that enough is enough and it's time to get healthy. I'm sick and tired of not feeling or looking my personal best. I've been back at it two weeks this time and so far so good, but I know the toughest parts are ahead. <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:27:47 EST Week four Have slowly gotten back on track lost one of the two pounds I'd gained it is so hard to be consistent in the face of temptation and I'm not just speaking of food. The weather here was terribly hot then very very wet and it is so easy to skip my walking etc. Writing to everyone keeps me honest with myself that is another easy thing to do fool yourself into believing that you have not eaten that much or you've exercised enough!I'm off to cut my grass with the push mower it takes me 1hour 45 m... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:51:17 EST no excuses Tomorrow is the day. I ended today with a blowout: DQ blizzard. Determined to dump the sugar and junk starting tomorrow. Step arobics starts tomorrow. Then going to the gym on the next tomorrow. Then in a week's worth of dedicating each tomorrow to being healthy, I should be two pounds down. Then, only 38 more to go...that's a lot of exercise but, there will be no more excuses. <em>249</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 21:52:34 EST Hello Again ... Back again after a L O N G sabbatical ... of course, it did not go well. <BR> <BR> I am back where I started ??? <BR> <BR> Let's do this ... and stick with it! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 19:17:26 EST OOPS!! Well. I got careless and ate whatever and I'm back up 1.4 pounds so i will jump back on the horse this a.m. and be more careful and also go back to journalling! I's so easy to ignore that extra wine or granola bar if you don't write it down. Hopefully I'll have better news next week. I've also not been walking asit was excessively humid and you could barely move! Talk to you all next Monday if not before. Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:03:00 EST Week four I am home now for 6 days today is my weigh day and I am down 1.5 pounds so i am pleased , will hear from you all I hope good luck stay strong you are all my inspiration and it's nice to know i am not alone in my journey. Thanks!!! Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:15:42 EST Hello Hello, I am new again. I am hoping to get advise and encouragement from all of you and hope to do the same in return. I work three nights a week 6pm to 6am on weekends. I find this to be one more challenge because I flip back to "normal" during the week when I do the mom thing during the week. <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all. Have a super day! <em>41</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:12:15 EST Hello I'm back! Hi everyone, <BR> Well I'm back yet again.. I originally started back in 2007 and lost almost 20lbs and that was a struggle.. I did keep most of it off until now. I had knee surgery in July of last yr and I got laid off last November.. At first I couldn't understand where the last 10 lbs came from but it's cause I'm sitting home doing nothing. So I'm finally disgusted with myself and so unhappy. I am determined to lose this weight once and for all.. I did it before and I'm gonna do it again!.... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:26:30 EST Doing the best I can I just started again, I am getting on the treadmill every day and doing 30 min at 2 miles an hour. I know that is slow, but all I can do at this time. I am hoping if I start out slowly I won't be as easily discouraged. That is what happened last time. Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:00:13 EST help My husband and I decided to try for a baby and I feel like I need to be working my butt off before that happens to lose of the weight before getting prego. Currently I weight between 170-174, I am 5’6 and not happy about it! We talked about trying for baby a few months ago and I pushed it off because I said I wanted to lose some weight and be healthier when I am prego for baby and I. Well it has been a few months and I have lost about 5 pounds. Husband does not care and says it will be fine a... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:47:39 EST back again! Hi, I am a woman who lost 40 lbs and still had another 20 to go when I lost my job, so since I have been home I tried to hide from the pounds, but they found me or at least 20 of it did! I guess you just can't hide form it but if you are like me it is an on going thing and you have work at it everyday to keep it off. My goals are not to hid anymore but just try and meet it head on! Wed, 22 Jul 2009 07:36:52 EST Carolyn 67 Hi I am a 58 year old, new grandma ,newly retired,worked for 30 years with developmentally delayed adults and children. Since retiring slowly put on extra weight was no skinny minny to begin with but now I am not so physically active new weight has crept on!! I am from a small town in Canada and would like to have people of similar age and challenges to talk to and get advise and encouragement from! My goal is to lose 40 pounds hope this is not too ambitious. Thanks for your support Sun, 19 Jul 2009 08:07:43 EST Large pedunculated fibroid leiomyoma Large partially pedunculated fibroid leiomyoma 10.2 x 8.6 x 9.7 of the anterior uterus... HELPPPPPPPPPPPP? <BR> <BR> <BR> In a way I can tell I’m blessed why? In 2008 I used to blame myself and others who caused a car accident that I was in. I lost so much after that accident not being able to have the very good health and physic I used to have. From 162 no I weight 210. I went to so many doctors after my accident because my neck and back was really in pain. I finally found a doctor who did... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 23:28:20 EST At it again Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a 33 year old single mom, here to be motivated and mantain some sort of control. <BR> <BR> In September of 2007 I looked at myself and thought what happened. I had a four year old child, and at 5 foot 4, 176, I was 44 pounds more than I was when I got married, and I could no longer say,"I just had a baby". I could no longer say I am this much bigger than normal, it was my new normal and had been for too long. I was tired of people saying I was big boned. I am not... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EST It's only taken me 2 years! Hi all! I'm Naomi aka Tikabella. I joined Sparkpeople 2 years ago with every intent of using this site to reach my goals of weightloss, lifestyle changes and just trying to be healthier overall. I convinced myself that I didn't have the time to really look at this site and see what it has to offer but I have finally REALLY explored it and what I have found is a wonderful community of people who really are there to help each other. Thank you for letting me be part of the community! I am... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 02:07:49 EST Weigh-in As of last week, I am down to 175 and lost 1/2 inch in my waist and hip. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:45:45 EST Hi all! I'm excited to join - I officially fall into the 25-50 pounds to go range now! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm Dee. I'm down 40 pounds so far and very excited to keep plugging away. Im kind of hooked on Leslie Sansone walking DVDs and in the past month, have started to really enjoy her boosted walking (jogging) more and more. I plan to start the couch to 5k program in the fall - figured with a little more weight off and cooler temps, it will be prime time to start that leg of this journey. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:06:02 EST Hi from PA Been a member here for sometime but although I tried to be serious about my weight and health I lacked( ALOT) Now I found out I am diabetic and realize I HAVE to become serious about this. But know I can' t do it on my own. I have a small farm here in SE PA and have alot of animals that depend on me being around for along time to care for them. Oh my name is Cathy- HI!! Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:55:43 EST 20 lbs by Nov 15 I'm asking all of you to join me in LOSING 20 lbs by Nov. 15. That's 20 lbs in 20 wks. That's 1 lb each wk. <BR> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:03:46 EST I need new jeans! I promised myself I wasn't going to buy any new jeans until I lost weight or I could fit into my old jeans. I refuse to buy more, bigger jeans. I was down to one pair that fit well and I just ripped them! I think I just wore them too thin. There's a big tear on the inner thigh. Not pretty. Now what do I do? I have dress pants and sweatpants and nothing in between. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>15</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 14:20:03 EST Finding "ME" again Hi, everyone. I'm Deanna. I've been a member since 2007, I started out great but then so many things happend that my goals just got put on the back burner. Now I'm ready to "Take Back MY Life". Tue, 16 Jun 2009 07:13:26 EST 8 glasses of water Hi !! My name is Jean. I had no idea that many of you had sent me an email. I signed up last week but have not really had time to spend on the computer to take advantage of all that you offer. I heard about Sparkpeople from my TOPS support group and I do need to take advantage but as you know it requires time. I have not really done the 8 glasses of water because the rest of the time I would need to be in the bathroom and that is not always possible. Any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Anywa... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:57:41 EST WE DESERVE THIS!! The journey to a healthier and fitter us is most certainly not an easy one. But, when it gets hard or we slip up we have to remember that we deserve to be healthier and skinnier. We deserve to be beautiful to ourselves no matter our age or what got us to our heavier selves! This is about taking the time to take care of ourselves and WE DESERVE THIS!!! <em>211</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2009 12:30:58 EST Acai Advanced Has anyone heard good/bad thing about the Acai Advanced supplement. Not wanting it to replace good eating and exercise, but looking for more of the clensening side. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:17:41 EST Good Bye! Good bye! I am leaving this group for the "10-24 pounds to lose", as I am down to my final 18 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the support and great advice as I could not have lost 28 pounds without all of you. I can't wait to see you all on the 10-24 group. <BR> <BR> Keep the Spark Alive!! <BR> <BR> Cynthia <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2009 09:12:49 EST Hi All! Hello! <em>213</em> As with most of you, I've been battling weight and am discouraged with it. Was on SP 2 yrs. ago and just let it go. Now I've a new motivation and hopefully will stick to it this time! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 17:25:24 EST Weekly Challenge? Anyone interested in doing weekly challenges? I need something to keep me motivated. I like challenges but after awhile I lose interest so thinking a weekly challenge might hold my interest longer. <BR> <BR> So, small changes in our diets or exercise to help us to our weight loss goals and over all health. <BR> <BR> My challenge this week is to eat a large, healthy breakfast and to include a fruit with it. I'm really bad at not eating breakfast. Wed, 20 May 2009 21:34:09 EST Back after 2yrs Wow, I can't believe that it's been 2yrs since I've been on Spark. I back because after having lost 8lbs and then stalling for 4mths then losing 12lbs in 5mths so that I was only 3lbs away from my goal I've gained it all back and added on 2lbs more. Ugh. <BR> <BR> So, I'm back to keep motivated. Wed, 20 May 2009 21:13:25 EST AGE / RACE/ RICH/ POOR/ F OR MALE do not matter anyone who WANTS to USE this summer with me to lose this weight for once and for all ... can contact me. <BR> <BR> Options: <BR> <BR> YOU: in your house. <BR> ME : in mine. (I am from Boston) <BR> <BR> Getaway, renting something somewhere anywhere! <BR> <BR> You : living in my house. <BR> Me : living in yours...... whatever. <BR> <BR> We could either sign up to a gym somewhere or Hire a personal trainer. <BR> <BR> DOING BOTH WOULD BE THE BEST OBVIOUSLY ! <BR> <BR> Do not matter... Wed, 20 May 2009 13:41:51 EST How often do you weigh yourself? I do an "official" Monday weigh in, but sometimes I step on the scale one other time during the week. Do you weight yourself once a week, or every day? Tue, 19 May 2009 00:13:12 EST 20 weeks challenge Hey Girls! <BR> <BR> This is for those who are not into any challenge right now. I wanted to join one but it seems that i am late. Anyway here is a challenge for 20 weeks starting from Sunday 17, May 09 for those who wants to lose 20 or more pounds i.e 1 pound for a week. <BR> My current weight is 183 as of today and my goal weight is 150. I have lost 37 pounds in the past 8 months i guess, on my own diet and a bit of exercising. <BR> I still have 33 pounds to go and now i want to take it a... Wed, 13 May 2009 08:30:17 EST Can I track specialized goals? I have a goal to not eat french fries for the entire month of May! Is there any way I can track this? I am much more motivated when I can see it... THANKS for the help! Sat, 2 May 2009 13:44:31 EST Hello everyone Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose between 25 and 30 pounds and looking for the motivation to stay on track. I've already lost 8 pounds this past April and hope to find a buddy or two to help me out. Fri, 1 May 2009 05:49:36 EST Help! Sandy here again. <BR> <BR> I think I've posted about this before, but I'm asking for help again. <BR> I've been eating over my calorie range for over a month now and i can't seem to find the willingness to get back to being strick about my eating. <BR> I don't know what to do. <BR> If I lose weight, it's no more than 0.5 a week and it's driving me nuts!!! <BR> I've increased my exercise to compensate but as long as I'm eating to much I know I'm not going to see the results I want. <BR> Ho... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:24:28 EST Hello Everyone Hi I wanted to introduce myself to everyone and say "we can do it!". Whatever we would like to acheive we can do it and remember to be patient with yourself! That is one the few things I have learned. Please visit my page as I am trying to continue this positive feeling as long as I can. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 12:54:12 EST Looking for a buddy in federal way Please help I want to lose weight but I can't without buddy. I live in federal way, wa. Is there anybody here from this area Mon, 20 Apr 2009 11:44:59 EST It's impossible to eat that much My calorie limit was 1300 to 1600, and i always barely reached it, most of the time i was 50-100 calories under. <BR> I've always been burning calories so much more that my goals are set to (the default goals), goals were 660/week, and i always burn at least 1500/week. I just noticed today the text in red which says that I should edit my calorie burning goals, so I did, which boosted my calorie intake up to 1500 to 1900! How could I eat that much? It's practically impossible! Sat, 11 Apr 2009 15:13:46 EST Back on the saddle Hello fellow Sparkers! I joined SP about a year and a half ago but due quit because of financial issues relating to food. Now I'm back and I hope to lose about 32 pounds! <BR> <BR> I hope by trying to be an active member in the groups I joined before quitting will help me stick with it this time. :) Wed, 8 Apr 2009 19:54:25 EST when you were losing weight... how often did your weight fluctuate?? <BR> im not cheating AT ALL and i lost 9.4 the first 2 weeks of clean eating.. <BR> in 2 days it will be 3 weeks but this week it has gone up and down.. like sun and mon i was both 162.6.. tues i was 161.1 wed 162.4 thurs 161.6 fri 161.2 <BR> and today i am 162.2!!!!! <BR> I've been eating clean and working out.. and aiming for 1.5-2lbs a week.. i am so frustrated!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> i want to be on sched but honestly.. :( Sat, 4 Apr 2009 10:42:38 EST 12 Week Challenge Starting April 1st 2009!!! Hey everyone. <BR> Here's the new Challenge. <BR> <BR> Note:Anything can be modified to suit your own goals. <BR> <BR> 12 pounds weight loss in 12 weeks. <BR> 140 minutes of exercise per week. Which works out to 20 mins per day. <BR> And, Tracking food daily. Stick within your calorie range. <BR> April 1st-June 24th. <BR> <BR> My start weight is: 159 <BR> My goal is: 144 <BR> <BR> Have a great challenge everyone and I look forward to hearing how everybody is doing as we go, and remember w... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:43:10 EST mental blocks... I come from a great, loving family.. <BR> one of the only major complaints that I have are comments that I get about what I eat/when I eat/my weight. <BR> When I was looking at prom dresses at 18, I still remember my mother saying that I needed to look for a dress that covered my arms because they were chubby. I cried in the changeroom and she told me she just never wants me to be unhappy about her body like her. I was a size 8 and rougly 125. When i was 21, I went down to a 3/4 and was in gr... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:10 EST Time to leave When I joined SparkPeople a year ago (in March), I added this team. Over the past year, I had enjoyed steady weightloss by being active in SparkPeople. Then I slacked off. I'm now recommiting myself to finish what I started. Thing is, I don't belong to this team anymore. Thanks to everyone who helped to get me 'kicked out' of this team. You words of encouragement and advice have been a big help in my quest to lose a few pounds. I've only got about 14 pounds to go to reach my goal!! Th... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:57:19 EST Good workout tapes I'm thinking about changing up my workout routine for the month of April. I usually do cardio on my exercise bike and strength training on my Total gym machine but I find myself getting a little bored. I'm thinking about adding in a fun, fast, and challenging workout tape that focus more on strength training w/ weights etc. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:37:37 EST long hiatus... i'm back after a very long hiatus. many things have changed and i let my emotions control my eating again, so i'm right back where i started from. i've actually been embarassed to log back onto this site for sometime now...but, today is the day and now is the time. i'm getting off the couch and putting down the french fries to take control of my life. please join me in my quest because i already know i have a long, hard road ahead! <em>24</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:15:23 EST How do You reward yourself on reaching a target.. I find it easy to reward myself with an extra hour of rest at mid--day after a good morning in the garden, Or when I feel good about being able to resist over eating any kind of food. <em>208</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 15:26:28 EST Weekend Snacking what did you have? from Friday-Sunday Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:08:39 EST Daily Accompli shments! So, in my whining and complaining, one of our SP veterans had a great idea. Take the responsibility and write your daily accomplishments to feed my always faltering motivation. So here is my daily accomplishments, what are yours? Share them as it will help all of us. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:53:50 EST Newbie Greetings Hi everyone! I'm happy to have found a team with similar weight loss goals as I. So far I've lost 3 lbs and I'm hoping by tomorrow's weigh-in to have lost more. Actually my fingers are crossed for a 2 lbs loss. I'm facing these 50 lbs down by visualizing them as 10 5's, this way hopefully I can finally break this giant rock in to smaller doable pieces, and I wont be daunted by the job. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a sparkbuddy so feel free to contact me if you're so inclined! <BR> <BR> I look ... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:34:59 EST Back Again I started SP early last year and fizzled out due to some things in my life that were requiring more care than I could give myself. I am ready to get on track and finally lose the weight. I started a gym this weekend and although it's kicking my butt, I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully, I can take time to take care of me the way I try to take care of everyone else! Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:57:33 EST Got Way OFF Track!!! Hey everyone, need some support. <BR> <BR> My diet has been going great for two months. I've been doing really well with counting calories and so, so with exercise and I've lost 11.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> The last 6 days have been bad. I've eaten around 2000 calories each day. Also, my nightime craving for carbs/binging has returned. And according to the scale I've gained back 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> So I want to get back on track before this gets too out of hand and I gain it all back. I've been... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:59:46 EST good fiber sources I keep searching for great fiber sources in my grocery shopping...other than fresh fruits and vegetables. There seem to be a few more calories in the things with more fiber. Anyone have any favorites that seem to stick out in your food plan? Sat, 14 Feb 2009 15:31:13 EST