SparkPeople Same-Sex Sparks Team Messageboard Join us on our healthy journey! ~ EVERY gender, orientation, and relationship status is welcome here! SparkPeople Same-Sex Sparks Team Messageboard LGBTQ National/In ternational Sporting Events Hi- I'm sharing these here because I've found a lot of people didn't know these events existed, and would have done the last one in the US (Gay Games 9 in Cleveland in 2014) if they had heard about it! <BR> <BR> Here are some main upcoming major LGBTQ games/events. They combine sporting events, cultural events, and social events, and welcome athletes of all ages and abilities. True story- at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland Ohio, a woman broke a track and field world record in the 90 plus age grou... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:20:00 EST Time for this team to die? I'm wondering if it is worth keeping this team alive. There are other teams with the same goals and a little more activity than this one. The team leaders are mostly inactive, and I post things here just to vent and earn a few community points. But I can easily find other outlets. <BR> <BR> If I don't hear anything from anyone, I'll drop out and see you over at the We Are Family and Gay Men Sparking teams. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:23:45 EST Making Community Happen After we moved to Sacramento, we joined a gay men's group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month for a potluck. One or more members play host for the evening, providing the meeting space (usually someone's home) and the main dish (usually meat). Everyone else brings a side dish, appetizer, dessert, or beverage to share. The host comes up with the program (the group favors classical music, although anything orchestral including modern works are acceptable). The program usually runs a... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:53:24 EST Marriage Equality comes to Florida Beginning January 6th, all persons eligible for marriage, including two parties of the same sex, will be able to enter into a legal marriage recognized by the state of FLORIDA. Will wonders ever cease! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:49:25 EST Eating during the evening I have a bad habit of overeating during the evening, like while I'm watching a movie or tv show. Any suggestions for avoiding that? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:50:54 EST Hi from Port Ludlow, Washington Hello! I'm a returning SP person, starting over again. So glad to be back, and ready to make some changes in my life! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great day! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:30:15 EST Hi From Scottsdale Az Just wanna say good morning everyone!!! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:31:50 EST Saying hi from So Cal So I just stumbled across this team. The more support the better <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am a male to female transgender woman ... but I am a woman. I am so lucky and blessed that my wife of 27 years has chosen to stay with me during my journey. I am looking forward to meting new friends and sharing support and encouragement with this team. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:44:03 EST hi all I don't think the team is very active but will say hi anyway :) <BR> Gay guy from the UK looking to lose weight. x Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:53:44 EST Hello from Arizona I am back for a second try. I am also working with the South Beach program. I need to loose 79 pounds. And I am here to do it this time. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:36:22 EST Hello everyone! Hi, My name is Matt and I am a proud, gay trucker. I just found sparkpeople today and am looking forward to improving my health and meeting new people. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:43:07 EST Hello there! Hey! Just came back to SparkPeople today, after a loooong break. Put on a lot of weight for a lot of reasons, time to take it back off. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd check out this team, you guys seem pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> Hi! Mon, 21 May 2012 18:35:44 EST Hi from the place in AZ where it snows Hi all, <BR> My name's Justin. I'm new to the group and a returning Spark user. I've realized recently that although I've been making healthier choices like eating better and exercise, around the 3 week mark, I lose the motivation to keep up my progress. I think I have a lack of support, so I'm reaching out to a few Spark groups to help with that. I look forward meeting folks and joining in discussions where I can. =) <BR> Justin Fri, 4 May 2012 01:49:15 EST Howdy from Maryland Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I have recommitted myself to finally making the changes I have been intending to make for about 20 years now :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day All. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:06:48 EST Hello From Delaware Good Morning Everyone!! My name is Aisha. I have been a spark member for some time but I have been in and out. I am here to stay now.. ;) Very nice to find this page..nice to surround myself with like minds. I hope to get to know some of you, leave a bit about you and recieve a bit of encouragment. <BR> <BR> Have great day losers!!! :) Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:02:38 EST Snow So I live in Wyoming, Casper to be exact, and it has rained for the last two days and now it is snowing. How is the weather where everyone is. Last thursday we had an all time high of 80 degrees and now it is snowing. Crazy!! <BR> Sarah Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:35:38 EST Hello From New Mexico Hi! I am Akiva, from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I used to be very athletic until a lower back injury benched me. Now sometimes I have trouble standing up straight to walk. I will start an exercise regimen then overdo it and hurt myself. Then I get discouraged and stop. It has been an uphill battle and I am losing. It it a chronic injury, but my doctor tells me that if I can lose the weight I put on and strengthen my core, that would eliminate most if not all of the pain. I really want to go back t... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:15:35 EST Invitation to the 'Civil Union Challenge team. Hi there, I'm a bit lonely in my team of one. So would like to invite you to join me in my team. Even if you are not having a 'Civil Union', but would like to hear how mine is going do visit me. Links are below. <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> _teamboard.asp?team=52242 <BR> <BR> <BR> ard.asp?team=52242 <BR> <BR> <BR> ard... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 01:26:41 EST NYRR Pride Run in June Hey, I know this is a long shot, but is anyone else going to the New York Front Runners Gay and Lesbian Pride Run in Central Park on June 25th? Thu, 9 Jun 2011 16:04:13 EST hello from Las Vegas I'm not overweight in fact I'm most of the time underweight due to past eating disorders making me look sick and with no muscle mass; but when I start putting on some weight, my body starts storing fat and I get all confused; I am in need of a better nutrition to reach my goal of being fit and healthy... I'm very active, energetic and right now loaded with will power! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:26:35 EST Hello From Edmonton! I've been on here for a few months, but never introduced myself. <BR> My name is Katharine and I live right near Edmonton. I have some weight to lose, and haven't quite found the best way to do it, but I'm working on it. :) I've lost about 40 pounds so far, and only have a little left! <BR> Take care, <BR> K Sun, 3 Apr 2011 12:40:53 EST Hellllllo from Buffalo, NY I'm so glad I found this group! I've been on sp for a little more than a week or so and I am loving the support here! I've tried other sites before, but nothing compares to the community here. <BR> <BR> I'm 24 and just fed up with not taking care of myself. 2011 is my year, and I am so determined to get my health back. <BR> <BR> Not to mention I'm going to LA in may to visit some friends! I want to be able to show off : ) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading ; ) Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:44:37 EST Magazine launch for gay military members announced Washington (CNN) -- A magazine designed for and by gay military members may soon be displayed at military installations worldwide, an advocacy group announced Monday. <BR> <BR> Read More Here: <link><BR>litary.magazine/index.html?eref=mrss_i<BR>google_cnn </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:13:28 EST Hey From Georgia!!!! Hi EVERYONE! OMG I am so happy I'm finally getting the hang of SP! A little about me: live in GA, had a really really REALLY bad relationship, ended it, and ended 2010 at 230lbs (the BIGGEST I have ever been in my LIFE!) <BR> <BR> I said "NO MORE" and made the age old "next year I'm losing the weight" resolution... except... I am finally doing it! Last I saw I was at 211lbs (I weigh myself weekly) and am going to take all I can from SP! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:43:44 EST Hello from CA! Hello all! I live in Port Hueneme, CA and I'm looking to get fit and find friends to motivate me to keep going. Just started P90X and will be posting updates as I continue on my fitness journey. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:06:34 EST New to SP and the team! <BR> Hello everyone,I'm Lindsey,I'm a CNA,and I've lived in Maine all my life and I love it here.I have been with my boyfriend for 6 months he is ftm,and I love him to pieces. Over all I would consider my self pretty queer/gender queer .SP seems like a great tool,I'm just learning how to use it,and benefit from it.I'm over all just trying to start a healthy life style,and prevent health complications that could arise.I'm looking to looking to lose 50 pounds by the summer,if I make that goal ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:49:39 EST Hello from Florida! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Becky and my wife is Holly. We've been together for 7 years now and 2 years ago we decided to try and start a family. Two years later and we are still childless with added weight from the stress of trying to conceive. <BR> <BR> Recently, we just celebrated our 30th birthdays and went on a cruise to the Bahamas. When we returned and looked at our pictures, I was shocked at how much weight I have put on. When Holly and I started dating, I weighed 187 -... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:12:40 EST hello everyone My name is Sarah and I am 32 and currently live in Wyoming. I am a nursing assistant who is going back to school to be a nurse. I am looking to get healthy and lose weight and meet new friends along the way. <BR> Sarah Sun, 28 Nov 2010 13:38:18 EST New Guy - Hello All! Hello all, <BR> <BR> New guy here. I am 30yrs old from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Currently weigh 230lbs and am 6'2. My goal is to be down to 200lbs by spring/summer 2011. I'd love to lose 10lbs during this holiday season. Plan on using SparkPeople to help me monitor my eating over this nasty, nasty season. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you all. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:24:31 EST Hello Hi, My name is Andrea. I have been with my gf Sue since May 23, 2003. I need to lose about 100lbs. I have been overweight all my life. I want to be healthier and look better. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:46:26 EST November SSS Chatter. Morning all. Go Vote. <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 07:58:03 EST Hi to everyone! :D Hi, my name is Ivan, I'm 20yo and I'm studying medicina <BR> I'm new in this page....I hope to reach all my goals <BR> <BR> :D Thu, 16 Sep 2010 01:56:54 EST September Goals I can't believe September is almost here. I'm proud of how well I did in August... my first full month of my new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My goals for September is just to improve on my workouts and fine tune my nutrition. It seems to get easier everyday. I do want to log 100 more fitness minutes in September than I did in August. <BR> <BR> What are your fitness goals? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:42:53 EST Addicted to salad I think I'm addicted to salad. I went to the farmers market and bought nice fresh Texas grown veggies. I got out my measuring cups and spoons for the dressing. OMG they are so good. I had one for lunch and one for a snack. Delicious. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 18:04:34 EST Hello from Dallas, TX Hello all my name is Mandy and I have been a Sparks Member since January but I have only been a Sparks user for a about a week and it's been a great week. I still have a lot of room for improvement but hey I made a big start. Some days seem so easy and others are struggles. <BR> <BR> I love Chocolate Chip cookies so that has been my biggest weakness. SInce it's just me I eat out a lot. My friend Harley is moving in next month so I'm hoping we'll eat at home and cook more. <BR> <BR> I find... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:25:15 EST Hi there from NY Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm posting on here for the first time, and I'm here to offer encouragement and support to everyone here. <BR> <BR> So here's my story... <BR> <BR> I've never been particularly thin. As a kid, I was called "stocky" and I remember being forced to shop in the huskies department of any store, which was pretty embarassing. I did a successful weight plan when I was in my early 20s, I remember I didn't diet at all, I just did lots of exercise, and I remember losing about... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:56:15 EST Namaste from Jax Beach Florida Hello all!! <BR> <BR> Starting my new chapter here. I hope to lose some pounds, change my life, and in the process... hopefully meet some amazing people. <BR> <BR> Wishing you health, happiness, and light... <BR> <BR> Namaste! Sat, 5 Jun 2010 09:55:37 EST Happy in Sunny FL We have had some beautiful weather here in FL. I've been riding a bicycle to work in place of the motorcycle and really loving it! Other than working way too much, I'm having a blast on FL & enjoying any time I can get for me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, just had to share the love! Diane Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:09:29 EST Pride hey everyone! I know the Long Beach ca pride is coming up soon, May 16th! I'm hoping to shed some pounds by then.... any other prides you know coming up? anywhere? <em>437</em> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:42:32 EST Hi! I'm Cheri and I finally hit that point where I had to say, you know what, the weight isn't coming off by itself. I'm not just putting on a little extra weight and it'll be easy to get it off. So, I revisited my SP account that I started nearly 2 years ago during a work-sponsored "Biggest Loser" contest and decided to get serious. <BR> <BR> I live in WI with my wife and 5 year old son. My wife, we've been together 23 yrs and been married for coming up on 5, has been gaining a bit too so she s... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:32:33 EST Jen's Journey I am so excited! I just found out about this site this evening and I am having so much fun with it so far. I am looking forward to meeting positive, happy people to help motivate me in my goal. I would also like to motivate all of you. Can't wait to hear from everyone. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:57:14 EST Howdy! Hi folks. I am relatively new to SparkPeople and am getting my bearings. Looking to use the site to keep me on track and to also provide whatever help I can offer to other folks. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:53:00 EST Greetings! New and wanted to say hi. Getting familiar with this site as I lose the weight I've put on. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:43:13 EST Hey all Hi-I'm new to this team. <BR> <BR> I'm Angie. I'm a 21 year old Psych/Soc major in my 3rd year at the University of Pittsburgh. I'm looking for more people like me every day. I guess the best way to categorize me is "gender-queer pan-sexual." My partner and I recently opened our relationship, so I'm looking for some kind of community support if I have some kind of jealous meltdown! (not to mention in trying to lose my fat ass) :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:48:07 EST Spark article Hello Everyone! Long time since I have been online with you. I still drop in from time to time. I am now working fulltime and I am now single. I wrote an article about my sparkpeople and would love to have some feedback if anyone would care to read it. <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>ters-Of-Diet-Is-Die </link> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:23:49 EST New Here Hi! My name is Kristy. I am 36 years old and share my apartment with a 7 month old boxer and 16 year old cat. I am an assistant manager at the local Family Dollar store. I am working hard at maintaining, but getting toned and focusing more on my strength and weights. <BR> <BR> My partner of 10 years left recently, so I am dealing with a lot of stress and trying not to emotional eat. My pets have been a real help with this. <BR> <BR> I was on SP under a different name and left due to persona... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:01:49 EST New to spark... I live in Michigan.. Well, I am new to spark. I have been working out now for a good month, but I felt like I needed that little extra something to get me going in the right direction, and now I'm here!!! Sun, 14 Feb 2010 12:33:25 EST Hello Everyone from Las Vegas!!! I have only been using SparkPeople since last Sunday, and am really having fun with it thus far. <BR> Since joining I have become much more aware of what I am eating and therefore making much better choices daily. <BR> I have tried many times before to lose weight, and have had some success, but always found myself becoming bored with the process and then stopping. <BR> I have decided that I must lose weight for health purposes now more than anything, and admittedly would just like to have... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 21:08:44 EST Happy to meet you. Hi. My name is Naomianne. I hope to find out more about this group. I'm looking for a lady friend, but nothing more serious than friendship! <BR> <BR> Please take the time to say 'hi', check out my profile. It's great to be in a place where I feel comfortable. <BR> <BR> Losing a fairly large amount of weight is something I'm working on. I am tracking my foods, and building up my fitness levels. I'm doing about 30 to 60 minutes on my exercise bike, or treadmill, most days. I live in... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:37:47 EST Happy New Year to all :) Hello everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a experiencing the New Year with a little less of me ;)'wink'....I look forward to meeting new friends and meeting my goals along the way. Best Wishes to everyone. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 16:36:12 EST Happy Holidays How is everyone this Christmas season, I am mad busy and having a blast. I hope everyone is well and I hope to hear from you. Have a great holiday! <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:01:54 EST hello from buffalo!! hi everyone! i'm new to sparkpeople in general and new to this group and i look forward to getting to know you better! <em>41</em> Sat, 5 Dec 2009 23:02:58 EST Georgia anyone? Hi, I'm Kc just wondered if there are any SSSparks in Georgia. I'm in Marietta. If there are any visit my page, friend me and let me know. Thanks. Sat, 5 Dec 2009 21:12:43 EST Hi Everyone Just joined the team today and wanted to say hi. Looking forward to chatting with you and making new friends. I'm from OC, CA. and just joined SPARKPEOPLE a little over a week ago. What a great website and the support is unbelievable. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 01:10:05 EST Vikki of Canada Hey everyone I have been a member for a bit but not online all too much. I am 27 and living in Manitoba Canada. <BR> Working hard to reach my goal and trying to meet new people while I am at it. :) Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:10:45 EST Hello Everyone I joined SP about three weeks ago and I am still trying to join different groups that are interesting and will give me the support I need to get healthier. The reason I started on this weight loss journey was prompted by the sudden death of my 37 year old partner who died of a heart attack. We celebrated her birthday the night before and she was gone the next morning. After months of grieving her, I took inventory of my own life and although it has been very difficult to be without her, I ... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:31:12 EST Hello from Cali :) Just a quick hello... I am Heather from central california... 28 year old lesbian... I am sure here for the same reason as most of you :) .. I just wanted to say good luck to everyone who is trying to better their lives!! Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:51:45 EST Hey As I try to maneuver my way through this website, I figure I might as well begin here with an introduction to the group. <BR> I'm a 23 year old male living in San Diego who has is fed up with my own personal excuses-of knowing what the right things to do for my body are but creating excuses and promises that simply lead me to a deeper hole. I've come to a point in my life where I have begun to feel a general sense of dissatisfaction with how I'm leading my life. One day while talking to my fr... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 01:25:42 EST Hi All! So, I am back trying to lose weight again. The first time I gave up. So now I am giving it my all (which I didn't do the first time). So I am looking for new friends and support. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 23:37:45 EST New to this. Hi from Nevada. <em>224</em> Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:58:51 EST Hi all... Anybody from Upstate New York? Here to make myself healthier and happier... <BR> <BR> Always looking to make new friends!! Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:26:51 EST Supplements? I have a feeling that fat burning/weight loss supplements are taboo, but is anybody taking any? If so, what & does it work well? <BR> <BR> I currently just consume GNC Wheybolic Extreme to make smoothies after I work out just to repair my muscles. <BR> <BR> However, I saw that Jillian Michaels just released a few new products such as the fat burner pills. I was surprised at the beginning until I read that all of her ingredients are natural (fruit based) or something along those lines. I hav... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 15:33:23 EST I'm Back!!! Hi to all my friends here on this team!! Sadly I have been gone from this site for quite some time due to serious health issues. Unfortunately, most of my fatigue and illness turned out to be caused by a small bowel obstruction that was there for quite some time. It was finally discovered in April and I had to have major surgery over it. <BR> <BR> My surgeon has just now released me to return to a better/healthier eating program, I can walk at a moderate pace for 30 minutes no more than 3 ... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:25:28 EST HOMO a GO GO- queer music festival Hi everybody! This summer the long anticipated queer music festival is taking place in San Francisco instead of Olympia. I am doing some organizing for them and if you are in the area, or have ever wanted to come to SF to visit, August is the best time, and we have LOTS of people offering up their beds/couches/floors. The festival is 8/13-8/16 with an amazing line up. check it out at If you'd like to get involved in supporting the queer arts, please let me know! Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:12:03 EST Red,Whit e,&Blue! How are you? July Daily Status! <em>232</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 13:26:35 EST Hi there - New to Same Sex Sparks not to SP Hi everyone, <BR> I just found this group today. I've been on Spark People for a little over a year. I am also on the Gay Men Sparking Proudly, Single Gay Men and Gay Men Wanting To Look More Sexy teams. <BR> <BR> My name is Paul, I live in Dallas Texas and I love all the people here at SP... I am looking forward to get to know you all... Thu, 28 May 2009 21:13:12 EST Reintrod ction... Hey there! I joined Spark about a year ago and was actively involved for about a month. Then I just let my old friend, lazy, take over and over. At the time I was very busy and stressed with finishing my degree, running a house, working full time, and yes I have plenty more excuses if you'd really like to know. ANYWAY. The point is, I'm here now. Actually my wife and I are here. Working together to improve our lives. <BR> <BR> There are many reasons why I have chosen NOW to lose ... Mon, 25 May 2009 23:19:37 EST hi from northern virginia I'm new to SP, just joined today and looking forward to losing some of this extra baggage I've been carrying around for the past couple of years!!! Thu, 14 May 2009 19:31:27 EST Hello from Southern California... Alright, I've been a part of spark for quite some time, but I've honestly not taken it very seriously. I've seen people post on how well they do, and I keep wondering why I don't get off my butt and just do it. <BR> <BR> What's worse is that I'm the type of person that GETS it... I just don't DO it.... <BR> <BR> My boyfriend tries to help, but I really need some major support. I've broken through previous goals and just sort of tune it out everytime I think about trying to get better. My bo... Tue, 12 May 2009 17:17:11 EST Hello from the big love state Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sandra and I currently live in Utah with my partner of 5 years. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight most of my life and recently I went to the doctor and discovered that I weighed 320lbs. I about died, I knew I had been gaining weight but never imagined I would ever reach or excede 300lbs. Actually, I never thought I would reach 250lbs. Needless to say that was a huge eye opener for me. <BR> <BR> I love food and food makes me happy, I am hoping I can turn that ... Sat, 9 May 2009 12:05:29 EST Twitter Is anyone on twitter? If so, you can follow spark people, I just did. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Sat, 2 May 2009 09:14:49 EST Hey from Alaska. :) Hello, all! :) I'm 28, from Alaska, and have just rejoined SparkPeople after a several-months hiatus and a whole bunch of life stuff. Words that describe me: shy, vegan, positive (generally), creative, sometimes-lazy, water-addict (usually), persistent. Here's hoping that last one will eventually see me through to a much healthier body. :) <BR> <BR> I've lost 25-30 pounds so far, very slowly over the last few years. Doesn't feel as though I've lost any, but records where I work out say other... Fri, 1 May 2009 03:16:53 EST Reignited Sparker Good Evening Everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I wanted to say hello as one of your fellow same-sex sparkers who has been reignited. <BR> <BR> Yippie. Tue, 21 Apr 2009 19:28:16 EST Exercise What is your favorite sport or exercise? Thu, 16 Apr 2009 16:49:22 EST general info Is anyone out there a medical transcriptionist? I am considering training for it, if I can afford it, but I really don't know anyone who has ever done it. Any info would be appreciated. <em>41</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:07:29 EST sunshine Our garden is looking great and I am waiting for the pool temp to come up just a little bit and I am in there! <em>259</em> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 07:49:00 EST new to the team but not to sp I'm Oona, 37 years old from south central PA. My girlfriend of 18 years and I made it official in Oct. by driving up to MA and getting married. Since more and more states are allowing it, we're hoping PA and federal gov't isn't far behind. I've got alot of weight to lose but I work out at least 3 days a week at the gym and at home at least 2 days. I'm hoping to find some spark friends here. So, feel free to sparkmail me!! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 11:51:49 EST Here I am! Hi everyone. It's great to have found you. Hope to meet lots of new friends who I will support and who will support me. Together, we can do this! <BR> <em>129</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:35:12 EST hi! Hi all, <BR> I see a lot of names here who are also on the L Cafe team. These great teams are what keep me motivated so I can't see joining SSS as being anything but a positive move. So, hello everyone :) Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:13:52 EST Towanda is here Hi everyone, I'm Towanda, new to SSSparks, but not a new spark person. I've been making progress slowly but surely and making it stick. I've lost 27 pounds and have 36 more to see gone forever! <BR> <BR> I live in St. Louis and am mom to an amazing 2 year old inspiration. Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:07:20 EST allo! im new! thought id say hello :) i just joined sparks and its super motivating and amazing. everyone is so great here. anyway! im excited to be apart of this group. so, hi! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 21:32:49 EST Warm Welcome I just wanted to send a warm welcome out to our new team members that have recently joined. Welcome welcome welcome!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 16:20:41 EST shoppinglinda Girl, you are all over those points. Spark on!! <em>104</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 21:01:11 EST What do you think? This is the situation.. <BR> I divorced my ex husband 3 yrs ago, we have two boys and we live in the same town. The first reaction to any divorce is anger and that he certainly was, but for the sake of our boys he eventually came around and even though he doesn't agree with whom I am now involved with, he and I are civil to each other and we stay in contact when we have issues with the boys.. no problem on that end, the problem lies with my girlfriend who makes an issue everytime My ex and I... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:43:24 EST I am new Just trying to find more positive out of this negative world Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:21:58 EST Tgif? It's Friday the 13th! Already had a plumbing problem today. Going to the gym, hope nothing else happens. Actually, I was born on the 13th, I love it. <em>230</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2009 15:48:09 EST Hello!! Hi! My name is Clara, I'm 39, I live with my partner(28) of three yrs,and have two terrific boys 12 and 8). Like most people, this weight of mine snuck up on me. I have always been a little chunky monkey but here in these last 2yrs I have not been paying myself too much attention. I finally got a wake up call last year when I went to give blood and they turned me away because of my blood pressure being too high. Wow! I couldn't believe it! I thought to myself I have got to take control before... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:28:29 EST Goal = Reward My next small goal is to lose (a total of) 15 pounds by March 20th. I think I am about 4 pounds off :) <BR> Right on track! <BR> <BR> My reward was a new wallet... but I got it as a surprise early (from a beautiful woman, I might add!!)! YEAH for brand new leather smelling coach wallets!!!!! <BR> <BR> So do I reward myself again for hitting my goal? <BR> I'm thinking some new white tennis shoes!! <BR> <BR> What is your next small goal? What will you be rewarding yourself with? Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:28:01 EST Pot LUCK Party! SSS is having a Party! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> It's a Pot LUCK! <BR> Of course we have decorated with our St. Patty's day green... <em>441</em> <em>439</em> <BR> <BR> And Everyone is bringing their favorite low calorie dish. <BR> <BR> For <em>137</em> <em>137</em> Two Extra Clover Points <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Post your favorite low calorie recipe on this thread. <BR> One point for posting your favorite recipe & One po... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 09:01:41 EST Lean, Green, Exercising Machines! Just like we did in Feb. by keeping the heart at the top of our posts. Lets try to keep something green at the top! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you conserve electricity, how you went an extra step to recycle, how you are looking forward to drinking green beer (ha!), or how this month's challenge is helping you. <BR> <BR> Let's here it! <BR> <BR> GO GREEN!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>304</em> <em>229</em> <em>193</em> <em>137</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 10:44:26 EST Leprechaun Boot Camp ~Daily Roll Call & Agenda! March 1st Agenda: <BR> <BR> Please check into this thread daily. <BR> You can receive <BR> <em>137</em> up to FOUR Clover Points <em>137</em> <BR> for posting your Cardio, Water Intake, Calories, & your next day's Plan. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Cardio, let us know how much you did on this day. <BR> <em>439</em> let us know how much water you drank (no matter what color it is!) <BR> <em>470</em> post how many calories you had. Did you go under or over you allotted amount? <BR> <e... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:17:58 EST Go Green & Get Lean for St. Patrick's Day! Going Green & Getting Lean for St. Patrick’s Day! <BR> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> Top of the Mornin’ & Top of the Challenge to ya! <BR> <BR> Starting March 1st – Ending March 17th <BR> <BR> It’s Leprechuan Boot Camp! <BR> No Luck needed, just hard work! <BR> <BR> Each person has a chance to earn up to 7 points a day. <BR> <BR> Cardio, Water Intake, Exercise, Planning Ahead, & the Assignment of the day gets you... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:52:10 EST Hello Hiya Same-Sex Sparks! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, but not SP. I've been a member of SP for over a year or so. I've been on other teams, but wanted a switch for some different challenges. <BR> <BR> I'm looking at getting healthy for me. It's been a long road with successes and then a few steps back, but I've enjoyed continuing to learn who I am through the process. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the 3/1 challenge - heave ho!! On ward, my SP challengers! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 20:40:20 EST Rewards !!!!!!!! !!!!!!11 This thread is for wen you want to reward yourself. Tell us wot reward you arew giving yourself and why ? <BR> I'll go first......... <BR> I bought sum bulbs to plant in the garden today coz i lost ANOTHER 2 POUNDS . this wk so thats 8 pounds all in all go me xx Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:18:50 EST Gone for 1 wk Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Just dropping in to let everyone know that I will not be around for approx 1 week. My g/f & I finally found a large enough house for us & are moving in next weekend. With us both working & having to pack at the same time it's going to be rough to keep up here. I will be back in the mix once we're settled. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone takes care of themselves, keep up reaching for your goals & your strength <BR> <BR> lots of love & hugs <BR> laura <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:36:21 EST hey hey love the explanation of this team. i'm semi-new to spark. lots 40.4 lbs so far (woo-woot!). lookin forward to new challenges...i hear there's one comin up in march! yay! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 18:44:36 EST x X Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:59:02 EST Good Morning oops, I almost forgot to do the introduction thing. <BR> <BR> My sparkpage gives a better idea, but I'll do a short intro =) <BR> <BR> I'm Blakely, but Blake or Blakers is fine too. I'm originally from a small town near Tulsa, OK, but I'm currently living in Kansas City and working on my master's degree. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend, Aiden, is FTM (it's still hard to get used to the term "boyfriend" lol) and we're ridiculously happy =). I'm a major homebody, and I watch way too much TV. Uhmm,... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 11:18:33 EST HEART Healthy! Go Red! Just for fun - lets try to keep this thread at the top of our General Team Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is post A HEART emoticon everytime you log on. (or anything red!) <BR> <BR> Just for your heart - visit this site & get more info on being heart healthy! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> I love my heart. (you can read my blog *smile*) Thu, 5 Feb 2009 22:34:25 EST Thirsty Thursday! One of my "tricks" to getting all my water in is that I fill up my 8cup jug (bought at WalMart for TWO DOLLARS!!!) the night before & put it next to my bed. In the morning is when our bodies are the thirstiest. We have been many hours without anything to drink. In the AM I reach over & can get a full 16 oz drank before I'm even headed downstairs for coffee! <BR> <BR> Anyone else got a secret they wanta share? <BR> Are you drinking all you water? <BR> How much do you drink? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 21:06:00 EST wednesday Hump Day well its the third day of me tracking everything i eat and do, I figure by the end of the week i should be fine with tracking and checking in everyday with my teammate and keep each other going. But need to work on my exercise and starting doing more. Here is to hoping to get in more activities tonight after work. Wed, 4 Feb 2009 14:49:12 EST Wednesday is WIN-day! How do you fight the daily struggle with weight loss? What are some small things you do on a daily basis? Wed, 4 Feb 2009 11:10:38 EST Looking for other Gay Canadians Hey there I am in Mission BC, and looking to find other sparkers who are also gay Canadians. Contact me so we can compare stories and life in general as i know its harder for us to be gay and overweight and in relationships. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:54:16 EST Twisted Tuesday! Hope everyone is up Moving & Shouting!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to take a walk BEFORE my 2:20 dentist appt. just incase I dont feel up to it afterwards! <BR> <BR> Are you getting cardio in today? Tue, 3 Feb 2009 11:46:15 EST Manic Monday! The start of another work week...the dreaded Monday is upon us. It's a great day to get back on track if you've fallen off a little over the weekend. Stay positive and Monday will fly by!!!! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:09:38 EST Sunday Fun Day! Today was a great day. Had a fabulous lunch with the family, played on the Wii a little, got some chores done and now about ready to go watch L-Word. Hope everyone had a great Superbowl Sunday! Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:08:32 EST Weigh Station Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is the thread where you can post your weekly weigh ins. Post here on the day you weigh yourself place your last week weight and then this weeks, or just the amout lost (or gained)...whatever you are comfortable with. I weigh on Sundays so I'll post mine tomorrow. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:23:44 EST SS SPARK Plug! - Positive Energy Only! Celebrate the small stuff! <BR> <BR> What's something you have accomplished? <BR> Small or Big - Let us know! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 13:37:37 EST Saturday is not Fat-ter-day! How do you keep from over snacking on the weekends!!??? Sat, 31 Jan 2009 12:40:36 EST The Rockstar Girlfriend Hey everyone! I'm new to sparkpeople and I'm here to just get healthier and toned. I don't consider myself fat but I have gained about 15 lbs and I'm short so it shows. My girlfriend is the lead singer in a band and the hot skinny/toned rockstar! It's hard to look at that everyday and then myself, so I need change for me! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 11:05:30 EST keeping myself sane I started out this morning frustrated and disgusted with my situation. With some good advice from a friend of mine, I decided to act like things were fine and now as I'm ending my day, things are much better. I did not eat my problems today. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 22:15:47 EST Same-Sex Sparkers get ready for a challenge! Listen up SSS team! <BR> <BR> Our first challenge will be coming March 1st. <BR> <BR> That'll give you a month to prepare!!! :) <BR> <BR> An invite & instructions will be sent by email when the time comes. <BR> <BR> Until then... remember to stop in our daily threads & leave us a note! <BR> <BR> ~Peace & Positive Energy, <BR> Crystal Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:24:24 EST Feeling Frisky Friday! Feeling Frisky Friday! :) <BR> <BR> It's Friday! You've made it through the week & I KNOW you're feeling frisky!!!! <BR> <BR> Now, there is NO reason to let the weekend throw you off course... What's your plan for keeping the frisky through out the weekend? <BR> How's everyone gonna get some exercise in this weekend? <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:52:23 EST trouble in paradise Is anyone having trouble with their relationship since dieting? It seems like the more I try to change my eating habits the more my partner bakes and cooks. We seem to have a lot of tension lately. Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:24:36 EST Hi Hi everyone. I just wanted to say hello from NC. I'm relatively new to spark and hopefully will be 40 or 50 pounds lighter by the end of the year! Hope everyone is doing well. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:38:24 EST Hello my fellow homos! My name is Jessica, I'm just getting into sparkpeople, so I've still got that "new car smell" brand of motivation. I live just outside of Seattle and will soon be moving in with the love of my life. We are both working to get healthier so we can have a long and healthy life together and so we can have children that don't growup with the same food issues we have. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well, and I'll be glad to meet ya! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 18:28:07 EST "Eating at" the Marriage Equality opposition Our family and our community has been in such a rollercoaster of emotion lately over Prop 8. My wife and I have been fighting for marriage equality for over 5 years, giving up time and money and sanity, and changing careers to pursue avocations in winning marriage rights. So this loss has been painful, and personal. And I'm sorry to say we've spent more than a few nights eating icecream and brownies in sheer depression over the pain of loosing and of all our neighbors' Yes on 8 yardsigns. Any... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 13:41:24 EST Just joined Hi everyone. I'm the chunkier half of a 6 year relationship. We live in Southern Oregon and got domestically partnered in July. What a great feeling. I'm still hoping and fighting for rights at the federal level. Maybe in the next 8 years it will happen! Wed, 19 Nov 2008 16:13:19 EST New here The name's Amy and I just joined SP. I am hoping to lose some weight, gain a few friends and support others. <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:01:40 EST Introduction Hey everyone. Last year before October I lost 30 pds and was down to 250. By the holidays I was off my diet and when I started again this summer I had gained all of my weight back. This time around I am trying to change my whole lifestyle and not just dieting. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 06:41:54 EST new and looking for "friends" hey hey! i'm a 26 yo lesbian female looking to meet online folks here at spark to keep me motivated and moving toward my goal! <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:20:17 EST Hi My name is Alison and I just found Spark. I'm so glad I did. It helps to have support. My partner and I are both trying to lose weight. I have quite a bite more to lose than she does but we are just trying to take it one day at a time. Let me know if any of you have a myspace. we could communicate through that also. I'm just trying to soak up all the support I can get. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:48:41 EST Hello team! I recently signed up on SparkPeople, and I'm actually excited about getting started. My goal is to get back down to the healthy weight I was when I met my boyfriend. I have a habit of gaining weight when I get into a relationship, and I'm trying to turn that around, especially since my sister was just diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 13:34:46 EST Hello Everyone, I'm new... My boyfriend recently left for boot camp. I know he will look so amazing and hot when he gets out. I want to look good for him as well. So I'm on here to get fit and loose weight, all for my hubby. Hope to get some support from everyone. <BR> <BR> -Thanks all <em>30</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 03:47:58 EST I'm a newbie. Hi all. I'm starting on a new journey towards a new me. I sound like an advertisement. But it's true. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:11:37 EST Hi! Just started and wanted to introduce myself! I look forward to chatting it up with you! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 15:35:29 EST HELLO Hi All-I am one of the newest meembers to this team and I am happy to be here and just waiting to meet some new friends. <BR> <BR> We can meet our goals together Tue, 3 Jun 2008 12:05:41 EST 2 year hiatus. Ok folks, after 2 long years, I am back. <BR> I signed up today for weight watchers and will be looking forward to my first meeting. <BR> <BR> Hopefully the combination of WW and SP will keep me on track. <BR> <BR> My wife is highly supportive and I can't wait to start seeing progress again! <BR> <BR> It's been a rough year so far, I could right a "lifetime, television for victims, errr women" story. <BR> <BR> I've started antidepressants as a result but the wakeup call is the fact that... Wed, 28 May 2008 11:06:50 EST I'd like your thoughts! Greeting Team Members; <BR> <BR> Not only am I new to this team, I am also a pastor of a GLBT church in Seattle, WA. One of the goals I've set for 2008 is to form a curriculum and teach a course entitled: "Homosexuality and Christianity Reconciled." <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any team member would be willing to share with me their religious experiences as they told family, friends and religious leaders of their sexual orientation. <BR> <BR> There is nothing more valuable to me than ... Mon, 26 May 2008 13:51:16 EST Hi to all Retired last year after being a college prof since 1973. Now, I've got more time to pursue my non-professional interests, like photography, gardening, playing the piano, and attending to my greyhound and loving my life-partner. Sun, 25 May 2008 23:10:20 EST I'm New Here I'm new not only to this Team but to any same sex group. My name is Kristy and I am 34 years old. I have been on SP since September of 2007. I am "out" to my family and closest friends, but newly "out" as far as groups and such are concerned. <BR> <BR> This was a decision my partner and I made 8 years ago, due to her son being a minor. He's 17 now and I am slowly getting myself comfortable coming "out" in this medium. <BR> <BR> I live in the south and a very conservative state. My partner... Sun, 25 May 2008 20:23:03 EST I'm Here! Hello All; <BR> <BR> My name is Deb. I live in Washington with my beautiful sweetheart Faye with our 6 dogs. I've gotten serious about losing weight for a couple of reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I hate being fat. <BR> 2. I want to live longer. <BR> <BR> I have tons of interest such as Toastmasters International, card making, gardening, and I fancy myself becoming a pulished author. When I am not wrapped up in these activities and more, I pastor the oldest GLBT church in the United States. Th... Sun, 25 May 2008 00:31:06 EST Hello newbie here and from cali hi there all I just wanted to join a few groups I can fit in and this sounds like one of them!!! Hope all is doing well here and Hope to make some new friends and get some great advise and support!!! Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:16:42 EST I need help! Hi...I'm fairly new to spark people. I've been trying to lose weight for awhile now. I'm down 10 pounds...and have another 15 to go!! (I lost this just by resigning from my last job..hehe..seriously!) I'm 35 years old and I'm a lesbian. I've been with my wife for almost 4 years now. Our roles have finally reversed. I was always the "provider"..meaning..I always made more money. In the past 3 months...I left my higher paying job (high stress) for a lower paying job (less stress..) Now...... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 21:03:35 EST NAVY HERE I COME!! Finaly reached a GOAL!!! im still overweight by 15lbs for their requirements, but Taped myself last night and i measured 42 35 15 Thats 62!!! I qualify to enlist!!! im so excited. <BR> <BR> Gonna give myself another couple of weeks b4 going to meps ( to account for any error we made in our measurments ) i would like to be 60" total before going...just to be on the safe side. <BR> <BR> I cant wait!!! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:09:48 EST hey everyone! I'm new... Hey, I'm new to spark people stop by and say hi, especially gay and lesbians from Indiana. Join my community too. Thu, 21 Feb 2008 02:09:19 EST I'm new-my goal of 50 lb by 50 y/o Friend told my about this site. I like to track my foods, calories, etc. I'm doing great with everything but exercise. It's just hard to fit it in the day!!! <em>29</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:50:55 EST Support Hello everyone.... I just wanted to share this with the rest of the people on the site. A week ago me and my partner started our own team that we want to share with the rest of you guys. The team is called "Rainbow Families" <BR> <BR> Come over and support our new team. Everything that you like to know about the team in on there. <BR> <BR> Take Care <em>220</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 03:35:49 EST 26.2 miles for a CURE! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've just committed myself to walking/running a marathon to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I thought I would ask my spark sisters for support both mentally and financially. I'll be training vigorously over the next 20 weeks to prepare and I have set a personal fundraising goal of $6000. Obviously the mental support comes in the form of comments and emails reminding me I have what it takes to do this. The financial support comes by making a pledge. If y... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 06:49:16 EST Howdy from Georgia! 2008 is my year! Hey There everyone! I am a 30 year old partnered gay male living in NE Georgia. I have been with my partner for 3 years and we have two children (dogs) and purchased our first home 2 years ago. My partner is 37 and had a heart attack 1 year ago November. We are both overweight and are working on being healthier. Check out my Spark Page and leave me a message, I would love to hear from you! Mon, 7 Jan 2008 22:49:08 EST End of Year Reflections The year is coming to a close and as I reflect it has been a very interesting year. Life is always filled with the unexpected as well as the expected. 2007 has been a good year. <BR> <BR> This past year (2007) I found myself continuing to work on loosing weight. As they all say it's an up and down battle. It has been very good year that my weight has remain stable. I've learned to use other signs of success and not solely rely on the scales which may not and does not show the whole picture. ... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 09:01:03 EST I'm the new girl! I'm 22 from Portland, Oregon. I am losing weight because I am definately not at a healthy weight,I am at risk of diabetes and I want to be attractive all over, not just in the face. I am the current reighning Ms. Gay Portland and I would LOVE to be down to 200 pounds the night that I pass my crown to the next Ms. Gay PDX! <BR> <BR> I am very happy to be able to represent my community internationally! I obtained my title by pageant through the Rose Court of Oregon, we are a non-profit organi... Mon, 3 Dec 2007 10:07:00 EST New to Sparks and new here! Hello Everyone, I have just started doing Sparks 5 days ago. I have been spending alot of time getting to know the program, and so far I am very impressed. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all of the work that has gone into this site, and intend to try to take advantage of all that it has to offer. <BR> <BR> More later. <BR> Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:56:45 EST Hi New Here!!!!! Hi evryone.. I am living in NM and I am from NJ. I am here with my partner for 4 yrs and we are going to lose weight together. I am the up and down weight lose and now I want to keep it down.... way down..... LOL So hope to lose weight and meet new friends. The more support is always needed. Thats it see you all later, Tue, 18 Sep 2007 23:55:29 EST Hi From Texas Hi Everyone. My name is Lori. I've been with my partner for close to 7 years. We are raising my 2 young children from a previous male/female marriage (something that happened at a time in my life when I thought I had to please everyone but myself.) I joined this site a couple of months ago but just now found myself truly motivated to take the first step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a lot of support and also looking for good Christian lesbian friends. I know typically... Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:04:51 EST team map how do u add urself to the team map Sat, 11 Aug 2007 18:00:08 EST Can I join?? Hello everyone, my name is Laura, I've been with SP over a yr now but slacked off a bit. My goal is to be in a bathing suit in Dec. for our trip to Hawaii, when we were there in Feb. I would not wear one, I'm determined I will in Dec. I've lost some but still have lots to go. All my weight is in my stomach, prolly the hardest to lose. Look forward to chatting with you all and meeting new people, HAGD! Wed, 25 Jul 2007 15:46:49 EST New to this Team Hi All. <BR> I'm a 52 yr old from Washington state. I've lived with my partner for almost 16 years. We actually met at an Overeater's Anonymous meeting and have struggled with compulsive eating and addiction to sugar since we met. I'm very glad I found Spark, as I tried a couple other online groups and got no support as an extremely 'butch' lesbian. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2000 and hope I will never have to use insulin. But, it's been a tough battle to 'clean up' my food and ... Wed, 18 Jul 2007 01:00:15 EST I'm New! Hi everyone, I'm Becky from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. <BR> My partner Heather and I have been together for over 7 years now. We have been trying to conceive a child and I need to get back on track with weight loss and healthy habits. <BR> This site seems to be friendly and very supportive so I'm feeling excited about this journey for the first time in a long time! Sat, 7 Jul 2007 08:35:36 EST hello! We are new to this website, but certainly not to losing weight. My partner and I have lost a couple hundred pounds with weight watchers over the last three years, and have been mostly successful in keeping it off. <BR> <BR> I have hit a little plateau, and we were both looking for new inspiration to help us lose the rest of our weight and keep it fun and interesting. We have tried to adopt the philosophy that we are not dieting, but learning to eat differently. We can never go back to the w... Thu, 17 May 2007 12:22:02 EST New Kid on the Block Hey everyone, I'm new to Spark and new this team. I just wanted to say 'hey' and let you all know I'm here. Check out my SparkPage if you want to know a little bit about me. I hope to get to know you all too. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:33:57 EST Introduction and Hello! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to say Hi to everyone here. What can I say? 37 YO Gay male living in Northern Canada (yes, it is VERY cold and snowy right now). Been with my partner for 9 1/2 years, and we've both put on weight (me 30 pounds!) which I am now determined to lose and keep lost! <BR> Hope all is well with everyone! Don't be shy, drop me a line and say Hi! <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2007 18:22:27 EST Hello everyone Hi, just joined this team today (although I have been on Spark People a couple of months) and thought I should introduce myself. I'm 42 years old and live in the UK with my partner of 5 years. <BR> <BR> I have about 45 pounds to lose, which I hope will be gone by this time next year! <BR> <BR> C Thu, 1 Feb 2007 08:34:35 EST Getting your partner involed I have been doing the spark .But i have had effect on my loved one to get her to eat better and maybe i could inspire her. So how is your loved one helping you out Sun, 14 Jan 2007 22:17:31 EST Hello all Hi glad to see thiers is pride on the spark :) ihave been doing spark for 8 months i have lost almost 50 pounds . My partner and i have been together almost ten years. I'm trying to get her going in the right direction :0 Fri, 12 Jan 2007 19:06:01 EST stop me if you've heard this one.... I'm curious as to what everyone is doing as far as their individual PLAN/DIET/FITNESS/JOURNEY/WHATEVER? <BR> <BR> personally, right now, i'm just trying to stay within my calorie goal of 1600, and have been doing pilates 4 times a week, yoga, 2 times a week and some sort of other aerobic dvd- like WALK AWAY THE POUNDS or SWEATIN TO THE OLDIES (yes... i do sweatin to the oldies) <BR> <BR> i have also been trying to meditate daily- to work on positivity, relaxation and stress. <BR> <BR> i... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 12:43:05 EST *deep breath* here i go... well- i can say that in my journey thru sparks and dieting i have indeed been learning a lot about myself... obviously about my goals and what i am capable of. so despite not having lost anything (and not surprisingly gaining due to holiday eatn' and veggin') i have learned the things that i need to really do. <BR> <BR> there are a few things that i need to admit to myself to make this work. and i think that admitting those things- might give me a little more oomph to get going. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 12:27:23 EST Happy New Years to Everyone!!! Hello and I hope everyone had a great and safe New Years!! The holidays were good to me for losing weight! I went down 6 lbs over Christmas and New Years!!! My girl went doen 5 lbs! HOT! <BR> <BR> YIPEE <BR> <BR> Jen Tue, 2 Jan 2007 10:50:45 EST Happy New Year this is going to be another great year. <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2006 11:34:35 EST Happy New Year i am so glad we are here together. let's make it a great new year. <BR> <BR> i am not looking but would not mind finding my soul mate this year. i am ready. <BR> <BR> hugs to everyone <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Sat, 30 Dec 2006 11:31:56 EST Hello Hi, Today is my first day here and I wanted to introduce myself, I am 37 years old and live near San Francisco California with my partner of 9 years and our 4 cats. I have about 100 pounds to lose and have tried just about everything. I have never been one to be able to do it on my own - so I am hoping that I will be able to find support here, I sure do need it. <BR> <BR> T Thu, 28 Dec 2006 17:42:06 EST Just want to say Welcome! Welcome to all the newcomers with in the last couple of weeks! I love Spark People and it has been helping me! If you need any help please let me know! Good luck to your new adventures! <BR> <BR> Jen <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Wed, 27 Dec 2006 09:03:07 EST Introduction Hi everyone....I am Melva from Johnson City, TN. I am 33 years old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I have been with the love of my life for 7 years and she loves me just like I am but I really want to get back to the size I was when we first got together. Back when I was a size 10 and all cute :) Plus, it is so unhealthy to be overweight..... <BR> <BR> Its funny, I was always a skinny little kid until I was in the 5th grade then I started gaining weight..I struggled for years and then... Tue, 26 Dec 2006 10:37:05 EST Things are moving! Just wanted to say hi and say that I'm seeing results! It has been 3 weeks and I'm down 7 lbs, 2.1% body fat and 7.25 inches!! YEAH!!! Tue, 19 Dec 2006 09:32:48 EST good morning and hugs. good morning everybody. it has been cold and snowy here in the Chicago. <BR> <BR> sending out this message to let you know i am thinking of you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>88</em> Sun, 10 Dec 2006 08:01:42 EST something is working!!! Ok so got the weigh in from my trainer this morning and I was down a total for 2 weeks 5 pounds and my girl is down 4.5! Something is working for us! How exciting!! I can't wait for the measurement day and see if inches are coming off too! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Dec 2006 11:11:47 EST hello frustrated. Can't have my favorite adult beverage anymore. So sad! Just joined my girlfriend made me. Hahaha. Looking forward to giving this a chance. <BR> B Sat, 25 Nov 2006 20:17:51 EST Hello and I'm glad to have found you all <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi and good luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 22 Nov 2006 15:09:29 EST Happy Thanksgiving Make it a great weekend. We are blessed. <BR> <em>88</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 22 Nov 2006 09:04:08 EST just a question? I am a lesbian, and a homeschooling mom, in committed relationship for 7.5 years and still going strong. Just wondering if any one here also is LGBT and homechools. Thanks everyone, V Mon, 20 Nov 2006 23:33:43 EST Sharing- because i know that i'm not the only one Well- i am back. <BR> again. <BR> and i am trying to fend off any type of shame or guilt or negative stuff in my head associated with falling off the path and then getting back on- getting all overzealous and then inevitably falling off again. <BR> <BR> i can sit and make a thousand excuses- about working the70-75 hours a week with no days off since the beginning of november-- and even my dumbassed-ness when i fell and hurt my foot- but it isnt helping me get to my goal. <BR> <BR> so today ... Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:28:56 EST grea news i finally got a job in my field. i start monday. i am very excited. <em>248</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:19:17 EST good morning here's a hug to help you make it a great week. <em>247</em> enjoy your journey. <em>88</em> Mon, 13 Nov 2006 09:03:29 EST Make it a Great Friday <em>235</em> to all of the newbies. make it a great weekend. <em>247</em> and enjoy your journies. <em>88</em> Fri, 10 Nov 2006 10:52:36 EST Good Morning hello everybody. i haven't connected for a while. how is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> i have been off of my game lately. however, i feel ready this morning. i intend to warm up with 10 minute pilates and then swim. <BR> <BR> my plans this weekend are to go on my first date in 5 months. i am excited. <BR> <BR> also, last night i watched a program on the discovery channel that was very enlightening. it was about the fat around our waists and the food we consume that we think is healthy ... Sat, 4 Nov 2006 09:34:19 EST Plateau Buster Help! I have been losin gand regaining the same pound for the last 4 weeks. For about 5 months I had been losing consistently sometimes a pound sometimes two for a total of 40 pounds now it is like I have hit a brick wall! Has anyone else experienced this??? <BR> If so what can I do to break it?? <BR> <BR> Carmen Fri, 3 Nov 2006 16:14:35 EST Hello Everyone Hello i am new here trying to lose some pounds to better myself Tue, 17 Oct 2006 10:25:05 EST Trying to change.... I absolutely love the feeling of a full stomach. <BR> It's an old habit- and a bad one too, I know. <BR> I'm so used to finishing everything on my plate- which i have been remedying- by controlling my portions- and leaving off the things i know that i really don't need... like when i make dinner for the family- and leave the cornbread muffins off of MY PLATE- just because i know that i dont need it. <BR> <BR> I have also been trying to help control my eating by filling up on water- having a ... Wed, 4 Oct 2006 11:15:07 EST my very very LONG intro Hello- <BR> i'm finally getting around to introducing myself- i was a tad overwhelmed to start with everything to see and all of the nifty little tools and trackers- but now- i'm settling in. <BR> I am soon to be 33 year old- and that in itself is something- i feel and act 25- and easily pass for 25- so i just stick with that... <BR> nonetheless- i am a mom of the best 11 year old that i could ever have asked for. <BR> i am divorced but currently blissfully in love with an amazing woman and w... Sun, 24 Sep 2006 14:57:13 EST revised my program again 5x a week is too much. will work on being consitent with 3x a week. <em>88</em> Fri, 15 Sep 2006 15:50:53 EST Hello Everyone just thought i should connect with you guys. i have been off the radar for a few weeks and feeling better. <BR> <BR> i have set another personal challenge - swimming 30 minutes 5x a week and strength training at least 2x a week. <BR> <BR> we will see. <em>88</em> Sun, 10 Sep 2006 14:34:17 EST Welcome to All Welcome Everyone to Same Sex Sparks! <BR> <BR> I am Cait, 54 y/o grandmother to one, and partnered for the past 7 years with the lovely W3, we're getting hitched this December and sneaking away to Mexico for 3 weeks for our honeymoon. My motivation to lose weight is multifaceted, with a wedding and old age coming in their special time. <BR> <BR> What's your story and how can I help make your Spark experience a good one? <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2006 22:53:02 EST Challenge: Preparing to return to work deleted Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:02:45 EST Challenge: Preparing to return to work Deleted Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:02:36 EST Challenge: Preparing to return to work I work in an urban high school as a social worker. It's fast pace and you are running from the moment you get out of your car. Work is the one area that can throw a big wrench in my weight loss. Things like an emergency that makes it difficult to eat, to folks barging in during your lunch or scheduling meeting with parents during that time. <BR> <BR> In the past this has lead to my not eating, or eating without realizing what I've eaten (mostly the wrong stuff.) My day can go from normal... Wed, 16 Aug 2006 22:01:16 EST Challenge anyone? Let's go all you competitive souls, put your money where your mouths are....! j/k but come on... show that competitive spirit lets get crackin'!! <BR> The <em>197</em> in your corner!! <BR> Sun, 13 Aug 2006 13:29:22 EST My Introduction <em>47</em> Sat, 29 Jul 2006 10:46:55 EST My Introduction Hi Sat, 29 Jul 2006 10:46:48 EST My Introduction My husbear and I are both loosing weight. I'm finding it difficult at times to remain focus on my diet. My problem is the food is getting boring but I'm seeing this as a postive thing in which I can learn to be flexible and branch out on trying new foods. <BR> <BR> I've tried many different diets and had success but haven't been able to keep. I did very well with a low sodium diet and limiting my sodium intake to 1,000 mg. I felt great, healthy and lost 65 pounds. My cardiologist insisted th... Sat, 29 Jul 2006 10:46:01 EST Water, water, water!! Hi all! I'm here, but really happy to have found "family" ;) <BR> <BR> So, I was wondering -- am I the only one having a hard time drinking all the water one is supposed to drink in order to lose weight?? <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear: <BR> * some of your WATER GOALS/LIMITS (if you have them) <BR> * what you feel is an appropriate amount of water for good weight loss <BR> * any tips you might have on getting that extra water (if you're not normally a huge water fan) <BR> * ANY ... Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:53:38 EST Same-Sex Sparks Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Same-Sex Sparks" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> Home base for tose sharing a same-sex relationship, gay supporters also welcome. Sat, 8 Apr 2006 13:14:01 EST