SparkPeople Going To Be Under 200 Team Messageboard For anyone who is working their way to ONEderland! (under 200 pounds) SparkPeople Going To Be Under 200 Team Messageboard Thankful It's that time of year: stop a sec to reflect on those things you're thankful for (although we should be doing this all the time!) <BR> <BR> It's been a tough year: Crazy stuff in the news every day. Pandemic. Weird weather. Through it all there have been bright spots: things that went right: people who REALLY rose above the mess to exude strength and cool-headedness and kindness. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for this site. It's been very helpful as I go from flailing around to streamlinin... Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:50:44 EST Hello! Hoping to find like-minded people for mutual support in maintaining healthier behaviors. Honestly I keep trying to tell myself that it's not about the scale, but this part of me wonders what ONEderland is like. I have never, in my adult life, weighed under two hundred pounds. I hit an all time high of 305 in July and have lost 45 lbs since still a long ways to go. But I have made strides in those healthy behaviors: I walk every day that the weather lets me. I dance at least 3 ... Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:59:52 EST one month until vacation <em>198</em> Sat, 11 May 2019 23:49:03 EST Help/Tips Hello, I am really struggling with completing my food logs. I am not sure why this is so hard for me to become a habit especially when I know that when I do it, my diet is so much better. I am at a weight loss stall and it is driving me crazy. I am desperate to lose weight to be able to get pregnant and I know that logging my food and drink is such a helpful tool I just can't seem to remember to do it. Any ideas or tips on how to make this a habit? Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:50:45 EST Hey! I'm Dylan and I'm 23. I'm currently 219 lbs. At my heaviest, I was 260 lbs. I'm 5'7. I'd love to say that I don't think we will all make it to ONEderland.... Why? Because I KNOW we will :) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:29:11 EST Hardest thing to change What has been the hardest lifestyle change that you have made and how did you pump yourself up to do it? <BR> <BR> I think mine has to be getting more physical activity. I still struggle with this, but I joined Planet Fitness and my husband comes with me. I started bringing my gym back to work with me so I change before I leave work so when I get there I am ready to "embrace the suck" and get my sweat on! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:53:59 EST Labor Day Challenge: Target date 9/5/16 It has been a VERY long time since we have had a challenge. I thought an obtainable challenge that would give us a couple of weeks to prep and over 4 months to complete would be a good head start. Challenge will be completed on 9/5/16 which is a Monday. <BR> <BR> Start date 5/1/16 a Sunday. Focus is to not stress to much on being fit or healthy for the summer but to strive for fitness and healthy ways during the summer to prep for fall. Who's with me? <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> State ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 03:04:35 EST What's for dinner tonight? A big crunchy salad with flaxseeds and light Catalina dressing. <BR> <em>240</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:38:05 EST New..just dropping in to say hello! Hello everyone!! My name is Deborah, I am 51--wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 for just over 3 years now...just this year PTSD was added...I also have diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, severe depression and anxiety. My doctors call me a walking time-bomb...any episode could put me in the hospital or worse. I spend most of my day at home on the laptop playing FB games and working a FB wrestling group I co-own with my best friend. I enjoy spending... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:12:29 EST Holiday help! Tell us how we can help each other <BR> over the holidays, very difficult times <BR> for our food program. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:58:51 EST Do you get bonus points today! Do you get bonus points today! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:55:36 EST 5 things you want us to know about you! Please share 5 things you would like us to know about you. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:52:51 EST Question for June-Aug 2014 The question for this period is: <BR> <BR> What outdoor activity did you do this week? <BR> <BR> Tell us about it! <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:23:56 EST New and returning members, YAY!! So glad to see some new members and the return of some "old" members! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:13:06 EST Team set to private today 2/15/2014 Good day team! <BR> <BR> I have set this team to private. <BR> <BR> I haven't seen much movement <BR> or received any emails, so I am <BR> going to begin the process of <BR> closing down the team. <BR> <BR> There have only been a couple <BR> of posts since November 2013. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in seeing <BR> the team stay, please let me <BR> know and come and participate! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 01:45:22 EST Motivation A-Z Here's a fun thread to help keep us on track. When you come to the thread to post, use a word starting with the next letter of the alphabet. <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:46:51 EST Non-scale victories Please share some of your non-scale <BR> victories tha keep you motivated. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:41:31 EST New leader ! Hello team!! <BR> <BR> I saw there was no leader here, so I decided <BR> to try it out again. I was leader for a while before. <BR> <BR> Please let me know what you would like to see <BR> on the challenges thread and the fun and games <BR> thread. I like to change one or two each month <BR> to keep it fresh. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:38:26 EST Share where you are in your journey to Onederland! Share where you are in your journey to Onederland <BR> and share your goals to reach it. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:56:34 EST Share your goals for Februay 2014 Share with us what you want to accomplish this month! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:47:19 EST Weekly weigh-in ! Tell us how you did this week! <BR> <BR> Lose or gain, let us know how you are doing. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:44:07 EST Afraid of Onderland Hi, I am new to the group, but am on several others already. I can't get close to 200 because I am afraid of Onderland. There is something about getting below 200 that I don't understand. I automatically think that I look good enough and don't need to lose anymore and get totally off program and eat like there is no tomorrow. I need someone to explain this feeling to me!!! At 200 lbs, I am no where near my goal. HELP! Wanda Sat, 23 Nov 2013 04:20:34 EST New to the Team Hello, <BR> I am new to the team and very excited to be on this journey to be less than 200 pounds. I have been over 200 pounds for three years now and it's time to get healthy again and feel better about myself. I am currently at 209 and I'm ready to make it happen. I lost about 14 pounds with Sparkpeople five years ago but I had my second baby and she is almost 2 now and I'm still not under 200! I hope to meet some friends here that will help to keep me motivated. This is my first post :-) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:01:38 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:55:27 EST How fast should I aim to lose? I hear many different recommendations on how fast to lose weight, anywhere from 4 pounds per week to 2 pounds per month. While 4 pounds a week sounds near impossible for someone my size (I'd have to eat basically nothing to create that sort calories in/calories out discrepancy), 2 pounds per month feels to slow to maintain motivation. Additionally, I find I cannot weigh myself the week before and the week during my period because water retention will show very little weight loss, or even weig... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:07:51 EST Long way to go...but come so far I have a Long way to go...I started my journey at 336 5 months ago have made it so far to 268 still a lot to go for my first goal of 200. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:13:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:25:48 EST Time to make a change and take back my life Hi, my name is Trish and I have started my weightloss journey at the beginning of this month. I'm positive this time with your help that I will succeed in taking off the weight thru exercise and watching what I eat. Now that I'm over 50 it's even more important to succeed before I suffer any health issues due to my size. Looking forward to the journey. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:28:25 EST For anyone around 205 pounds... How many calories are you eating to lose? And how much are you exercising? It seems no matter what I do my weight loss is painfully slow.. about 2 pounds a month :( Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:18:49 EST A Newbie dreaming of Onederland Hello to the team! I am so thrilled to be in a group of determined adults who are headed for "Onederland"! Yes. It has probably been 20 years since I was under 200 pounds. And it's tough to even discuss this with people who will always be in their 100's. They are shocked to think of being 200+. The thing is, my final ultimate goal weight is 188 pounds. So I have a long road to travel being 40 pounds above the 200 mark, but I know that there is great power in numbers. So, I will take it ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:31:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:42:44 EST Good morning! Sooo a little about me. My last weigh-in put me at 295.5, and I weigh in on tuesday mornings. I have no clue what the scale will say tomorrow lol. I'm not new to sparkpeople, but I have been away for a while and am just getting back into it again. <BR> I find my main problem now is finding the time to "exercise". I have made an effort to be more active; however, that lives little time to specifically go for a walk or whatever. I have a 2 year old little boy who keeps me up and moving. We now... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:45:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:30:19 EST Hello - Could Use Some Advice Hi all. This is not my first time on this path. Many failures in the past. One of my biggest problems is when I mess up or get super stressed out(start binge eating), I'll just quit. A lot of times in the past that was the end of it for awhile; however, more recently I've been able to get back on track after a week or two. Although, best case scenario, I never get off track. Any advice on how to deal with not being extremely discouraged when I have a mess up? Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:43:46 EST Time for me from New York Hello Everyone...Just checking and joining this group..honesty is my best policy w/ this..I never thought I would see that number...but I am an emotional eater.. <BR> <BR> My husband has cancer and my eating has excelerated to the point of HELP <BR> <BR> I am clinging to the fact of who is my higher power.. <BR> <BR> I had a Dr. tell me I would not be able to lose weight until my husbands life was over..... <BR> <BR> What an awful thing to tell me...So here I am reaching out to everyone a... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 01:28:05 EST Work out clothes Any suggestions on where to get decent work out clothes? I usually just wear a tshirt and sweat pants, but I would like to try some new classes and I need some clothing that is more flexible for dancing and stretching. I always feel so frumpy in my tshirt attire, but most of the work out clothes I find just run so small in sizes. I would really appreciate any and all suggestions. Sometimes just wearing the workout attire helps to put me into a work out frame of mind. Hey- what ever does the t... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:54:21 EST I was once so close... 5 yrs ago I lost 33 pounds and my lowest weigh in was 211. I was so close! Well, now I am much farther away, but I have my eye on the prize. I can't wait to fall into "Onderland". :-) Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:57:18 EST Anyone have a visual list of lb measurements? Hi. I saw a while ago on sparkpeople but forget where a list showing items that measured weight from 1lb to 100 lbs. There were things on the list like a baby kangaroo, a baby, a football, to compare how much weight we lost to an item that weighs the same. Does anyone have a list like that? Sat, 4 Feb 2012 18:42:38 EST I think this is just the team for me!! My name is Angie, I have struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Before having my daughter 25yrs ago I was a small girl never had to worry about my weight. After having her I had alot of health issues and was on alot of meds after her, one being steroids and I just watched the waight balloon on me. Then 5 yrs after that I was in a bad car accident and was actually in a wheel chair for 4 months and then a year on crutches, needless to say more weight was put on. At my heaviest I was... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 18:29:53 EST Binge eating disorder Recently, i have been noticing that since Christmas my eating habits have been getting worse and worse. Everyday i start out saying "its a new day" but after i get home from school its all downhill from there. for 15 to 30 minutes i can resist the temptations of food then i cave in and eat anything and everything in my sight. Its so hard to say no to food. I feel like this eating habit is out of control. i have been doing some research on it and i came up with binge eating disorder. Everythin... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:22:14 EST Non-Scale Victories Sometimes I think Non-Scale Victories are far more fun to notice than checking the scale regularly for a number to change that could represent just about anything. <BR> <BR> So tell us about them here! What Non-Scale Victory have you noticed on your journey to health, fitness, and a scale number under 200? <BR> <BR> My big one recently is improvement in my ability to do crunches. When I first started this back in September 2011, I remember another team had these challenges every week and ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:14:47 EST How many SparkPoints on the wheels today? Here's an easy one to get another SparkPoint for posting in a message board thread: How many SparkPoints did you win on the wheel and bonus wheel today? <BR> <BR> 5 + 7 <BR> <BR> (That 7 was stuck right between two taunting 100 SparkGoodie Point slots, too. *shakes fist at*) Wed, 4 Jan 2012 17:03:27 EST Some TEAM challenges from Blue42Down So, I was looking at the Leaderboards for December 2011. Here are the top three in the two categories that are listed: <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: <BR> 1) BLUE42DOWN ===== 3,388 <BR> 2) JOEYSGIRL71 ====== 3,266 <BR> 3) FITWITHIN ========= 3,050 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> 1) MIMACK =========== 2,741 <BR> 2) LADYVOLSFAN1954 == 2,228 <BR> 3) BLUE42DOWN ====== 2,068 <BR> <BR> Here's my challenge to you Teammates - I want to give everyone who makes 3000+ SparkPoints and everyone who ma... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:01:41 EST What challenge(s) did you overcome? Something about this journey to health and fitness that is inevitable - challenges and obstacles, days we want to just give up and throw in the towel, call it impossible. If we're still here, then we have overcome! <BR> <BR> And this is even more apropos with today and tomorrow being the biggest part of the Christmas celebration, a couple more days to the final day of celebration of Hannukah, and a week until we ring in a New Year. <BR> <BR> So tell your stories - what challenges have you ... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:18:06 EST A to Z Cities Pick a city that begins with the next letter, any country in the world. For more fun, find out something about that city! <BR> <BR> A - Alburquerque <BR> <BR> Alburquerque is a city in Spain (province of Badajoz) after which the New Mexico city of Albuquerque in the U.S. is named. The name comes from Arabic and means "father of the cork oak". Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:01:05 EST Any fun personal challenges? The "easy" goals to set and make we know. So many pounds in so many days. So many miles. So many glasses of water. So many days within our calorie goals - eat or burn. <BR> <BR> But, there are other goals and challenges we can set for ourselves that can be fun and help us making progress. For example, I challenged myself to walking my first 5k ever a couple months ago. That led to do a virtual one here as well as a 3rd 5k on Thanksgiving. I keep pushing myself to walk with better form,... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 16:58:16 EST December 2011 Goals!! I have these posted on my main page: <BR> <BR> 1) Weight stably at or below 225. <BR> 2) Get wrist and ankle weights from storage - use them to add some resistance to ST. <BR> 3) More new recipes tried out - at least three <BR> 4) Increase my protein consumption <BR> <BR> I'm already tracking and doing 4 of the 5 team goals, and plan to meet and exceed those again this month. Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:16:13 EST WOOT! Check out those team goals! Together we did it. Every single one of the Team Goals has been met and exceeded this month! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:02:44 EST Look at those November team goals! As of today, four out of five goals have been met by the team! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:25:26 EST Looking for support... Okay...I am here once again and trying not to be intimidated by this site and how to navigate around it. I am in desperate need of supporting persons who are working to reach their goals. I want to be successful this go round and I would like to meet people who are struggling with the overwhelming task of losing weight. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get more support from this site and how to link up with persons who will be supportive? Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:49:58 EST A-Z Pick a Reward Just another A-Z game. This one is to think of something, an object or activity or something else, that you would love to reward yourself with. <BR> <BR> A = Archery <BR> <BR> (I remember doing archery at an amusement park called Frontier Village when I was young. Hitting the targets was a bonus. Just the activity itself was the fun.) Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:04:30 EST Now That I've Lost Some Weight...... So you've lost a few pounds. Have you noticed some changes? What are they? <BR> <BR> Take in all those milestones big and small and post all about them. As you lose more weight, come back and read just how far you've come. <BR> <BR> I'll start: Now that I've lost 30 pounds, I feel betting wearing my seatbelt. <em>250</em> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:05:04 EST Answer and Ask Learn interesting facts about one another. The game is to answer the question posed by the previous Sparker, then to ask your own. (Keep them social and polite, of course. Don't ask something you wouldn't want to answer or that Miss Manners would scold you for asking.) I'll start with just a question: <BR> <BR> Q: What is your favorite style of music? <BR> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 21:51:16 EST What Are Your Hobbies? I play Sims 2 on pc. I also like to crochet but I haven't had time for that in awhile. <BR> <BR> What do you like to do? Mon, 7 Nov 2011 20:16:33 EST So You're Under 200 So now you're under 200 and another step closer to getting to your goal. <em>236</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> Post it here. <BR> <BR> Don't leave the team without letting us know you made it to Onederland! <em>334</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 20:02:01 EST Fun & Games Post on an existing game or start one of your own. <em>292</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 19:41:36 EST Brag About It OK, so nobody likes a little Miss Braggy Pants but it's all good here. <BR> <BR> Your daughter is Homecoming Queen. Your son is on the Honor Roll. You're getting married. Whatever the awesome occasion, feel free to announce it here. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 19:18:58 EST Fitness Minute Leaders - November As of today, here are our team's fitness minute leaders: <BR> <BR> # 1 - (653) - <link><BR>EYSGIRL71 </link> <BR> # 2 - (600) - <link><BR>YE4454 </link> <BR> # 3 - (560) - <link><BR>TWITHIN </link> <BR> <BR> How are you doing toward our team's fitness minute goal of 500 this month? <BR> <BR> I'm at 120 so far this month. <BR> <BR> LET'S GO TEAM!!!!! <em>306</em> <em>315<... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:50:48 EST SparkPoint Leaders - November As of today, here are our team's sparkpoint leaders: <BR> <BR> # 1 (1,194) - <link><BR>ONXBOSSLADY </link> <BR> # 2 (951) - <link><BR>EYSGIRL71 </link> <BR> # 3 (629) - <link><BR>YE4454 </link> <BR> <BR> How are you doing toward our team's sparkpoints goal of 200 this month? <BR> <BR> I'm at 252 so far this month. GOOOOOO!!!!! TEAM!!!!!!! <em>321</em> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:41:09 EST New to Team and working on getting this weight off Hello Everyone!! <em>213</em> My name is Jocelyn and I live in Northern CA. I am currently at my highest weight, and am working HARD to get back to ONEDERLAND. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting with all of you as we work hard to get out of these 200s! <BR> <BR> Happy Losing..... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:25:34 EST October SparkPoint Leaders Need some motivation? Check out these October SparkPoint Leaders. Congrats to all! <BR> <BR> #1 - 3,738 SparkPoints - <link><BR>UEANGELLK </link> <BR> <BR> #2 - 3,418 SparkPoints - <link><BR>TWITHIN </link> <BR> <BR> #3 - 3,274 SparkPoints - <link><BR>EYSGIRL71 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:41:05 EST Newbie Hi all, <BR> <BR> New post-er to team (having lurked for a bit). Have lost 55 pounds so far and working on another 70. Hardest parts is keeping fat intake in check (who knew cheese and meat was so high in fat!) and staying motivated to exercise! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:31:35 EST Working my way down I remember so so long ago, my kids in their toddler range, I had this idea in my head that I would never weigh more than 200. Even pregnant with my oldest, two weeks late, and her an ounce under 9 pounds, I was under 200. I'd edged up to 195 on occasions, but then went back down. <BR> <BR> Then the problems with my ex got to the point our marriage was mostly over. He moved in with his girlfriend who, scarily, looked vaguely similar to me, including being a "big-boned white girl". Our div... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:04:11 EST Motivation What motivates you? Share what gives you a kick in the pants. Maybe it will motivate someone else. <BR> <BR> My motivation: I love seeing my Spark Streaks. <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:30:49 EST Team Tips Got a great tip? Share it here. Let's help eachother to fabulous! <BR> <BR> My tip for getting in all my water - Before I go to bed, I fill up a pitcher with the water I need to drink. The next day, I don't have to worry about measuring how much water I need to drink or counting how many glasses I've already filled up. <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:23:22 EST Twitter Let's follow eachother. Post your Twitter username. <BR> <BR> Mine: Mom2_boys <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:33:03 EST Did You Earn Bonus Points Today? 10 bonus points on the wheel today. <em>334</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:27:43 EST Gratitude Game A-Z A - Another day to try to get it right. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:17:31 EST What Made You Smile Today? My doberman, Tyson. He's a goof. <em>198</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:00:35 EST What Are You Watching on TV? General Hospital - dvr Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:58:37 EST Hi Team I'm a working married mom of two boys (16 & 20 - high school & college). I'm 288lbs so I have a LOT to lose. <BR> <BR> I work in an elementary office so I'm sitting way too much. I'm addicted to food but I wish I was addicted to the treadmill. <BR> <BR> ~ Mona <em>30</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:54:49 EST What Was Your Last Drink? Water Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:42:10 EST What Color Are You Wearing? Red Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:41:32 EST Use an Emotion to Show Your Feelings Today <em>334</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:40:33 EST TV Shows A-Z A - Amazing Race Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:27:31 EST 2011 November Goals What are your November Goals? <BR> <BR> I plan on working on fitness minutes - I've been slacking. <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:12:42 EST Daily Team Goals How are you doing toward our Teams Daily Goals? <BR> <BR> Water - I'm on track <BR> Stop eating 3 hrs before bed - starting over <BR> Posting on team forum - GREAT <BR> <BR> Don't forget Spark Points and Fitness minutes - I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all!! <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:09:28 EST Weekly Weigh In I don't plan on weighing in until Wednesday so I'll just post my start weight - as of October 9th my start weight was 288.... uuugghhhh! <BR> Yup, I'll be with this team for awhile. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> ~ Mona Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:00:31 EST Welcome to the Team!! Welcome to the team! Thanks for passing through on your way to "onederland". <BR> <BR> Take a moment to introduce yourself to the team, join a Team Goal or better yet, join them all. <BR> <BR> Get involved on the Team Forums. Reply to a post or start a topic of your own. Check out the Fun & Games Forum. It's a great way to get comfortable. <BR> <BR> Huddle up, join our Team Goals, and you'll be on your way to fabulous in no time! <BR> <BR> LET'S GO TEAM!!!! <BR> <BR> ~ Mona <em>30... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 09:43:51 EST I'm gonna do it by my birthday! I will be under 200 by my 21st birthday, December 16th, 2011!!! My favorite band will be having their cd release show a week later, and I want to wear something hot for the party! I will be lookin good and have an amazing time celebrating! <BR> <BR> (Except I'll probably look like this and not realize it! <em>33</em> ) <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:33:55 EST back again hi, i'm back again, been on spark for a long time, and just keep losing and gaining, i really need help, i'm 62 yrs old weigh 234 pds. i'm starting over again today, i wish i had a friend to help me, if i could just reach the 200 mark, i know i could go farther, i know i need to exercise more, but a stationary bike dont seem to be doing it for me, can someone help me. thanks Sat, 24 Sep 2011 05:31:41 EST My first determination I hope this is the right place for this, if not tell me and i'll move it:) <BR> <BR> I will be under 200 pounds by Dec this year . And that means I need to I lose 1 pound a week minimun but mostly 2 pounds a week. This is a heady goal I know but in the past I do notice that I lose quickly once I start exercising regulary and eating correctly. To be honest I have never seriously dieted before so here comes something lol <BR> <BR> The idea that I will be under 200 soon sounds so good. I belie... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:37:27 EST Your team name says it all I've been battling to be under 200 for about 7 years. Right now I'm officially at 205, and scared that my progress will be slowed down again. <BR> <BR> I'd like to connect with those of you who are struggling (and successful!). <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:36:04 EST HELLO ALL Hi my Name is Kristina and I am new to Spark. Well I still feel new because when I did sign up and create a spark page I didn't do much after that. Looking for friends and support. It's hard to do it alone. I will be tempted, I will hit speed bumps, but I WILL succeed. I have to tell myself that. I look forward to making new friends on here! :) Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:09:14 EST Welcome to ESAADE, our new Leader Take a moment to welcome our new leader. If you are comfortable, please tell her where you are on your journey to ONDERLAND. <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking this on ESAADE! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:33:07 EST Things are starting to move in the right direction I will be under 200 pounds and soon I hope! I've struggled with weight and health issues for a very long time. This time is different. I have done a ton of emotional work over the years and I'm finally ready to drop the baggage; about 100 pounds worth, including what I've already lost. In 2010 all my nutrition and exercise efforts paid off with good health; no more hypertension, good lipid levels, and excellent heart rate recovery. This year I am striving for a smaller butt! My body was... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:27:52 EST Need a new team leader Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am having a real hard time keeping up with the group and <BR> doing what I need to do for myself. <BR> <BR> Anyone that wants to take over the group, please <BR> contact me ASAP. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:28:19 EST Am I doing something wrong? Hello everyone, I hope everyone is well and having a great time working toward there goal. I wanted to check in with people and see if anyone has/is going through the same thing. I feel like I am not losing weight fast enough, I know, I know good things come to those who wait and everything comes with time but I actually feel like I'm doing something wrong. I would say for a solid 2 months now I have been going to the gym at least 3 days a week if not 4 or 5 days and burning anywhere between ... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 12:29:29 EST Just reached 299lbs Hi everyone <BR> I'm new to the group but not new to SP. <BR> I started out at 317lbs and finally got below that and now I'm into the 200, yeah only just but I am there lol. So now I'm heading to that Onederland which I have not been in since I was at school. <BR> <BR> I'm a SAHM/homemaker and I have a beautiful daughter who has just turned 7. My husband is my main motivator, he lost 150lbs+ over 3 years. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 09:36:05 EST Introduction a bit late, but hello team! Hello, I have been a part of Sparks since January 2011, not able to start until April 2011. Since then I've made slow progress. I've been struggling to get under 200 lbs. for MONTHS! I am now introducing myself after finally being 2 lbs. under 200, and SO THRILLED. I have real motivation now that I am moving below that big number, and it is SO exciting! I am looking forward to posting and helping within this club and becoming more involved while continuing this healthy journey. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:36:52 EST B-12 Injections How do people feel about taking these? On my end I feel like I have heard a steady 50-50 on the issue. Some people love them and feel like they do work and give you an energy boost and others feel like its useless. Is there anyone here who takes them? Or really what are your thoughts on the issue? <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:01:01 EST hi hi, i'm a 62 yr old women who weighs 233pds, i've been on spark before and i'm starting over, i have been exercising this time, which i have to make myself do, i also am trying to eat better, i want to weigh 150 pds but, i'll be glad to make it under 200 pds, i know i can do this, i just cant give up. god bless Thu, 7 Jul 2011 09:10:54 EST July news and comments! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am soooo sorry I have been MIA so much. <BR> <BR> My diabetes has gone WAY out of control, over 200 FBS daily. <BR> I have started insulin shots twice daily and barely any change. <BR> Added 6 pills a day and that was NO help! <BR> <BR> Pretty frustrated, but I am back and going to try to work harder! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:22:52 EST Holiday free for all Hey everyone! I wanted to bring up the issue I have with holidays and feeling like I dont have to track. Since the 4th of July was just 2 days ago I figured it would be a good thing to bring up now. I basically went on like a 2 day eating binge starting on Sunday and going into Monday. I feel like this happens with every holiday, I dont think i need to track the day before and sometimes the day after a holiday. Has anyone been down this road? How should I stop this before it happens? Should I... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:28:54 EST Hello, everybody! Hi, everybody! I joined SparkPeople on 6/24/11. My weight at that time was 285, which was just shy of the heaviest I've every been (289). I am 5'5". I'm now at 280.5. I have set my goal at 150, as I feel that will be a healthy weight for me and I will look a lot better than I do know. Once I get down to that weight, I may decide to keep going (if I can). I'd love to be 125 again, but I'll take 150 and be thrilled with that too. I'm excited about this journey, and I am happy to be here,... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 22:06:28 EST On my way... I have 25lbs until I reach the all important 199lbs mark! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck xx Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:07:14 EST Hello from California Hello to all who also wish to be under 200! I never did an introduction on here and thought I should now. Mostly because I went from being a hard core diet junkie in January after I signed up on SparkPeople to a couch potatoe once again. Hi, I'm Rachel and I live in the ever so sunny California. After taking a hard look at that awful scale I realized my goal of being under 200 was out of reach. I found out I was at the heaviest I have ever been, weighing in at 263 pounds. Lossing 63 pounds se... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:34:28 EST Hello from Boston Hello everyone, my names Andrew and I live in the Boston area. I had gotten serious about Sparkpeople about a year and a half ago. I went from 245 to 217 in around 4 months. At that point I feel off the wagon and pretty much gained everything back. I'm now at 243 and really want to get to my original goal of 190. I want to throw myself back into Sparkpeople knowing how much it helped me before and trying this time to not fall off the wagon. I hope everyone is doing well. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:32:35 EST Onederland here I come! Hi I'm trying to focus on one small weight loss goal at a time. I'm hoping all my small goals will equal up to help me reach my large goal of reaching 150to 160 pounds. I appreciate any advice or support you can share. I currently weigh 220.6 I am getting closer and closer I started this journey at 277 pounds. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:46:35 EST New Here Hi everyone. I'm new to this group, but not o spark people. I've been a member of spark people for a week now tomorrow. I want to get to under 200 pounds-current weight is 265. I'd like to be 120 by September 11th 2012 which will be my daughter's 20th birthday. But my docotr says realistacally that might not happen. Se says that I can try for 190 pounds by then which will be the weight tat I was when I got pregnant with my daughter. <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:34:09 EST June-August Personal challenge For June - August, I challenge everyone to declutter at least 1 thing a day from your homes. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:45:08 EST June-August Exercise challenge For the next 3 months, I challenge you all to 15 min walk outside daily Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:43:15 EST June-August Food challenge During this 3 months that so many great veggies and fruits are abvailable, let's kick it up a notch: <BR> <BR> Eat 3 fruits and 3 veggies per day Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:41:18 EST Question for the summer June-August 2011 The question for this period is: <BR> <BR> What outdoor activity did you do this week? <BR> <BR> Tell us about it! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:38:07 EST Don't know what happened... I started a couple months ago, and I was really good at recording food, and goals, and joining teams and such... I started to see some REAL progress! Then for whatever reason I got swamped, and haven't been keeping up on recording, and have been plateau-ing... I know I need to get back at it, but I can't figure out where to start! *sigh* <BR> <BR> Any tips, pointers, encouragement, etc is welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) Sun, 29 May 2011 22:56:08 EST I did it! I weighed in, twice this week, on different scales, just for verification, I reached 198! AND I am soooo not going back. I've weighed 240 and have been going back and forth for about 16 years. Some good years were in there when I trained a lot, but I always climbed back up. I feel stronger this time around though. I feel like I can keep this one up. <BR> <BR> Thank you to SP and all its members, videos, stories, etc. This was a huge part to the first goal. Now on to the second goal!... Thu, 19 May 2011 12:35:06 EST I did it and YOU can too! Hey everyone! I am new to this team and want to encourage all of you to strive for your goals. I set a goal in December that I thought was impossible: drop from 233 to 180 in 6 months. I hadn't been under 200 in a few years, after gaining over 50 pounds in college, and felt so discouraged. My husband and I lost our baby girl to prematurity on November 12, which really put a lot of things in perspective for me. My weight was not a factor for her premature birth but it made me realize how impor... Sun, 15 May 2011 18:33:51 EST May goals and welcome to new members! This has been a very busy month or so. <BR> I am way behind and am still trying to get caught up. <BR> <BR> For May, I am leaving the goals as they were for April. <BR> <BR> Welcome to all the new members, jump right in .. this is a great group! Tue, 3 May 2011 23:40:03 EST Hello Everyone! Hello, <BR> My name is Sara. I am from Elyria, Ohio. I am married to a wonderful man who is in the Army. We have four cats that are spoiled and we love them so much. I have struggled with my weight ever since high school. I usually gain weight and loose it, but then gain it all back. I am working towards a better lifestyle and a healthier life. My husband and I would like to have kdis one day and our working towards those goals as well. I am a home health aide with Easter Seals and I lvoe my... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:16:43 EST Trying this again!! Hi, I'm Paula and back at this for the second time. I am in desparate need to lose weight. I don't sleep well, my eating habits could be better (I have a sugar addiction), and I really need to find motivation to exercise. I don't know where to begin! Im hoping that joining SP will help me find people just like me and get help in the process. If you can HEEEEELLLLLLPP!!! IN DESPARATE NEED!!! Thx......Paula Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:40:02 EST Hello Everyone! Onederland here I come! My name is Linda and I'm 9 lbs. away from Onederland. Progress has been slowing down the last few weeks only due to my own fault. I have to kick it up a notch if I want to see Onderland by the end of May. I am sooo excited and can't wait to see the scale read 199!!!!!! <em>244</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 08:58:49 EST Good Morning I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Joel Hackbarth and I joined this site months ago. And now I have been receiving the messages, and posts, but I haven't been reading them, I haven't even started. I am in desperate need for help. I have teen telling myself for years, that I need to lose weight. I do. I am 272 pounds as of this morning and I am 6'1". my goal would be to get down to 20 pounds. I have not been able to give up my fast food, and I haven't started to ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:40:57 EST hello hello there! im pleased to become a part of such a special weight loss and healthy living group! my sister Sarah got me started with Spark and i have enjoyed Spark so far being im still new :) thank you for your wonderful inspiration that is inspiring me to be a better, healthier and happier person Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:04:32 EST April Tell us about your favorite hobby! April Tell us about your favorite hobby! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:08:37 EST Question of the month: April! Instead of a question this month, I would like each person to choose <BR> 1 person on the team to contact at least 1 time per week to encourage <BR> and support! <BR> <BR> Post your choice in this thread and post for accountability! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:02:11 EST Apr 2011 Food challenge Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day 5 days per week Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:45:27 EST April Exercise Challenge! Three levels: <BR> <BR> 5-15 min per day 5 days a week <BR> <BR> 16 -30 min per day 5 days per week <BR> <BR> 31-60 min per day 5 days per week! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:42:08 EST April 2011 Personal Challenge April's challenge is for you to walk outside for a minimum of 5 minutes 5 days a week to clear the winter duldrums! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:38:55 EST How is everyone doing on their March goals? How is everyone doing on their March goals? Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:52:35 EST MIA --- msorry, be back soon! I am sorry I have been absent alot this month. <BR> <BR> Two bouts of gout, Lent beginning with all the extra activities, etc. <BR> <BR> You are all doing great, keep it up!! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:07:31 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>441</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Hello All! <BR> <BR> I rewrote this old Irish blessing for all of you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098125 </link> <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:21:34 EST Need help Has anyone had endometrial ablation and if so, would you recommend it? Or does anyone know someone who has had it? Please let me know. Really need some real life info on this, not just what I can find on the internet. Thanks. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:45:57 EST New to the team I joined the team a while ago, but I decided until after I gave birth to introduce myself and start becoming active in the team. And while I'm still physically recovering from the birth (I just gave birth less than 2 weeks ago) and adjusting to being a new mom, my weight loss is on my mind again. I tracked my food while pregnant, and I actually ended my pregnancy about 8 pounds lighter than when I started it. I've been a member of SP for a year now and am down 45 pounds, despite being pregnan... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:24:53 EST Coming BACK to what works!! Hey, all! My name is Pam & I live in South Dakota. I am almost 43 yrs old, have been married for almost 24 years & have a 23 yr old daughter (still living at home) & a spoiled rotten 11 yr old cocker spaniel. I have been around Spark b4, but fell off the wagon. Actually, I don't think I fell off, I believe I JUMPED! First time, I did really well. I dropped about 40 lbs, then hit that God forsaken plateau. After being "stuck" for a while, I quickly resorted to the give-up attitude again. Weigh... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:24:09 EST March --- YOU choose month! This month, I want YOU to choose your challenges! <BR> <BR> Let's get some good ideas flowing here! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:06:28 EST Mar 2011 Personal Challenge This month, I want you all to pick a challenge and post it here and work on it the entire month! <BR> <BR> I bet you all have some great ideas! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:02:21 EST Mar Exercise Challenge! This month, I want you all to pick a challenge and post it here and work on it the entire month! <BR> <BR> I bet you all have some great ideas! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:01:38 EST Mar 2011 Food challenge This month, I want you all to pick a challenge and post it here and work on it the entire month! <BR> <BR> I bet you all have some great ideas! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:01:06 EST Keep up the great work everyone! SO proud of U! Keep up the great work everyone! SO proud of U! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:58:38 EST Mar: What was your favorite meal today and why? Mar: What was your favorite meal today and why? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:54:37 EST Question of the month: March! We are already in a new month, it is now March! <BR> <BR> Spring is coming! <BR> <BR> What new exercise goals are you going to try for this month? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:51:58 EST surviving a date Hey everyone, I have a date on Friday, which is great, and scary I haven't been on since before the new year. Anyway I wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to "survive" it, we're getting drinks & ice I'm kinda screwed but any advise on how to make it a bit better would be great. <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Thu, 3 Mar 2011 00:49:27 EST hello from florida hi everyone....i live east of orlando florida...i began my quest in January 24th after a doctors visit where i was told i was 351 lbs...until then i did not know what my weight was....i had a scale at home but it only went up to 300 lbs...i had used one at a friends house and i had been at 303 a while back...of course i had assumed i was still at the 303...once i began to have trouble walking i went to the doctor to be shocked...that was on a friday and on monday i began to change how i ate..... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:32:17 EST Progress Today I weigh 212lbs. So since 25 October I lost 20lbs. I feel good. I am getting into the swing of things. Tracking my food everyday really makes a difference. Working on getting more into the swing of exercising in some way everyday. As the weather is warming up my dog will also benefit from this goal. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:04:25 EST YAY!!!! 20 lbs down! 27 lbs to be 199!!! If I keep this up I'll hit it long before my goal! I still have 2 months to hit my soft deadline and 3 to hit my hard deadline!!! :) <BR> <BR> and I must say that I love JILLIAN MICHAELS! I've done here Blast Fat Boost Metabolism and her 30 Day Shred video (level1) so far! I have yoga meltdown, 6wk 6pk and No More Trouble Zones in my netflix list!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:02:15 EST New and un-sure This account was made In January and now its the end of February.I'm discussed I haven't done any thing yet, I need motivation! My husband loves to watch T.V. all day because of his disabilities. It is just us in a small one bedroom apt. Its just So hard when you already hurt and haven't even worked out yet. help <em>198</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:50:01 EST Hi, Im from Inverness, Scotland..... which is the capital of the Highlands and we are right next door to Loch Ness. <BR> This is my first time on spark and i have to say at the beginning i did think it was just bit of fun but its not. I had a really emotional time at the weekend and i posted a message and a got a number of really helpful answers and adivce, which really helped me pick myself up. I know see spark for the community and team spirit that it is and i am loving it. Only one problem, i dont seem to be able to work the ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:42:58 EST Hello from Virginia My name is Vivian, and I made it to onederland last year, gained 27 pounds and am going to get back to onederland this year and hopefully never leave it again. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:14:05 EST Hey from Southern California! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Allie, I'm 24, and working towards Onederland. I am about 50 pages in on "The Spark", and I'm loving it! Hoping to find some friends so that we can help motivate each other to reach our goals. Feel free to add me! Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:30:28 EST Hello from MA I wish I had found this team about 30 lbs ago LOL!!! I'm at 201.5 as of my weigh in this AM. I've lost 7.5 lbs over the last 4 weeks. Not nearly fast enough for me, but I know it's a healthy rate of weight loss!!! 200 has been my big hurdle for about 2 years now. I hit 199 for about 10 minutes last year, went on vacation, and my program fell apart. But, I'm back now and I'm on the right track. My goal is to hit Onederland by the end of February and never look back!!! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:19:27 EST New girl wants to be in Onederland! Hey everyone! My name is Angela and I just joined the group. My big goal is to be under 200 pounds, which I can't remember the last time I weighed that much.. probably grade school. I got really close in college but couldn't break it, now I am dedicating to reach this goal and beyond! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! We CAN do it! Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:09:15 EST Don't WRECK your weekend! Hi folks! It seems like every Monday I read where somebody BLEW the weekend. I got to thinking about that and wanted to share some important facts about the weekend you may not know/thought about! <BR> <BR> Hope this helps you not get derailed! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4010987 </link> <BR> <BR> Press On! <BR> <BR> Suz Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:05:33 EST Middle of the month looming, how are you doing? I'm holding steady this week but still have 4 pounds to lose this month to make it an even 10, as was my goal.I know it's normal to stall but it still annoys me. <BR> <BR> My goal this week is to NOT lose patience with the process and binge but just stay the course and know that at some point the scale will start downwards again. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Are you getting the results? If yes what are you doing that you think makes the difference? If no what are doing to change ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:53:52 EST Hello From Canada I have known about spark for several years, but just now have been motivated to find the new me. I am from California and I live in Ontario Canada with my husband and 3 kids. I'm excited about this journey and look forward to reaching under 200...I have a ways to go but I am ready. <BR> <BR> Alisha Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:48:18 EST 2011 Magic Valley Weight Loss Winner to-be Hey everyone! Hope you are staying motivated and excited for 2011! I joined an aerobics class this week and was out done by two severly pregnant ladies??? I'm not sure how to think about that... But I'm going to keep going! Whenever I see something inspirational or try something new I think, " I could be the best at this... valedictorian, the aerobics instructor, business owner.." and then I get bored with it somewhere in the middle. This year I am glad to say has been different! I am c... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 00:31:06 EST Feb: Where are you at in your diet stage? Where are you at in your diet stage? <BR> <BR> Tell us about it and what you have done to apply it so far. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:00:46 EST 33 lbs to go! Hi. I am determined to be under 200 lbs by the time summer rolls around. I have a soft deadline of my birthday which is in the beginning of May. That averages out to about 2.6 lbs a week. My hard deadline is June 3rd, which gives my 17 weeks at an average of 1.8 lbs a week. The reason for the hard deadline of June 3rd is that on June 4th I will be completing another goal of mine and graduating college. I think it would fantastic if I can almost halfway to my weight loss goal as I complete my ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 00:29:41 EST 1 Feb Today, I am simply going to keep track of what I consume accurately, I will eat 6 fruit and vegetables, and drink 8 glasses of water. I will walk my dog a mile. <BR> <em>46</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 01:57:43 EST Hi, I am Karen from ND! I am 45, and need to lose about 100 lbs for my health. I am cooking healthy, eating less, stopped drinking pop, gave up chocolate and all sweets. I have been working out all Jan from 20 min the first week to 60 min a day the 16th and on, until I got hurt last Thur from slipping and sliding in wet snow - I pulled back muscles that were tired from workouts already and messed up both ankles and feet. Chiropractor fixed feet and ankles but both are still sore, hot tub yesterday helped back but... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:21:13 EST Hi Hello my name is Desiree. I have been overweight most of my life. I've been in the 200's for as long as I can remeber. I am determined to get down to 170. I have lost 18lbs so far and still going strong. I joined to hopefully meet new people on my way to a healthier me. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:22:20 EST Want to be in Onederland!! Hi, my name is Jill and I haven't been under 200#s in about 15 years. I know I can do this and I want to by next March 2012. I'm looking forward to getting even more motivated than I already am and making new friends to share ideas and motivation with. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:58:17 EST Gonna Be Under 200 gym! I am going to change the name of our daily meeting place from the cafe, which means we are sitting and eating and not exercising, to the gym, which mean we are going to be working out everyday when we come in to share. <BR> <BR> We are meeting at the water fountain, moving between our cardio and our strength training!! <BR> <BR> LET"S GO TEAM !! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 02:34:03 EST All new challenges, goals, opportunities for Feb! All new challenges, goals, opportunities for Feb! <BR> <BR> Check them out and let's get moving! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 01:42:58 EST February 2011 Special Project of the Month Try one new exercise once a week. <BR> <BR> Walk, run, yoga, pilates, weightlifting, <BR> hulahooping , etc! <BR> <BR> There are so many different things we can do to exercise, pick a new one and practice it for the whole week! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 01:07:39 EST February 2011 Exercise Challenge For beginners: <BR> Exercise 10 min per day, 5 days a week <BR> <BR> For less active people: <BR> Exercise 20-30 min a day, 5 days out of the week <BR> <BR> For active people: <BR> 30-60 min of some form of exercise a day 5 days per week <BR> <BR> Post it here! <BR> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 01:01:54 EST Feb 2011 Food challenge Post your SparkPeople calorie range and then let us know daily if you stayed with in it! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:54:42 EST February !! Let's LOSE some weight this month!! This month is 28 days!! <BR> <BR> Let's make a BIG push to lose some pounds this month! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:52:01 EST Feb what is your weight loss goal for this month? What is your weight loss goal for the month of Feb? <BR> <BR> Post by the 5th! <BR> <BR> Then update us on the 28th! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:38:26 EST "Question" for 30 Jan - 28 Feb 2011 I am going to make this "question" for the entire month of Feb. <BR> <BR> What are you willing to do today, to make your weight-loss journey successful? <BR> <BR> List one thing per day and then "DO IT!" Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:34:37 EST Determined to do whatever it takes II have joined this forum for support. I have a career in the human services' field and am accustomed to helping other people achieve their life goals. However, after a divorce and the death of my elderly mother, who I cared for, I find that somehow I have left myself off the list of people who need time, effort and care. I used to be a very active, athletic person and have somehow lost me. When I saw this site mentioned in a magazine and checked it out I knew it was for me. Keeping mysel... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:05:26 EST Hello from Oklahoma My name is Julie, wife, mom of 3 and work a full-time job in the oilfield industry. I have 15.8 pounds to go to be at 200. This is my first goal and when I came across this team I thought it would be perfect! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:47:54 EST Hi I have been in the 200's between 200- 240 for YEARS now. I want to get down to 130 no smaller than 115. I WILL do it this time, with the help of Sparkpeople! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:55:21 EST hello! im new to and im looking forward to my journey to a healthier ME! my biggest obsacle is keeping my motivation up. i want to take things slow and have fun in the process. i feel a bit overwhelmed right now, but that's just because the endorphins need to get moving.. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:22:10 EST This is it!!! Hi, I'm a newbie. I've reached the point in my life where there is no more fooling around. I have to lose weight and get healthier or this is it. My knee is bad, I have diabetes, and the usual: high blood preassure, high everything. I'll be back, hope you'll all be here. Somehow I reached the age of 70 and didn't know it. Just kind of creeped up on me. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:30:15 EST Hello, lurker here Hi everyone. My name is Lorelei. I am currently about 252 lbs. I am working on my goal of getting under 200 and found this group. I am kind of a lurker/loner type of person, but I am hoping that this group will help my motivation and keeping me on track. I like the fact that the group is similar to my own goals. <BR> Well, I have 2 kids- One 11 year old step-son and a beautiful 3 year old daughter. <BR> I have struggled with my weight since puberty kicked in. Doctors put me on birth control... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:12:55 EST Back to the drawing board! Hello - I lost 30 pounds on Jenny Craig and then proceeded to gain it all back plus ten pounds!. Yuk! I have a closet full of pretty clothes to wear but they don't fit. I need to do this but it has been really really hard to say "no" to foods that I love. I don't know how I did it before. Help! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:07:12 EST Margaret from mass Hi, <BR> I'm 58 years old and have been over 190 since I was 19. I have severe arthisis in my ankles and have not been able to get myself to lose weight even though It would definitely help. I'm reading the spark book. I started at 221 and am down to 213.5 since the beginning of the year. One of my challenges is that I've been caretaking for over 20 years and tend to reward my self with food and reading. My daughter who has autism is away at school until april and my 90 yr old mom who liv... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:38:50 EST Hello from VA Hello All! <BR> My name is Sonya! I am 24 years old and am slowly making my way to Onederland! :-D <BR> <BR> Hope you all are doing well with your goals! <BR> <BR> Sonya <em>9</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:34:08 EST Hi I am here because I need to get healthier and I think this site is going to help me to do that. I am doing my best to remember to log my food and my exercise. I think this is fun so maybe I will stay on track. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:04:04 EST Greetings from Columbus! Hi all! I'm just starting my journey (again) and look forward to gaining some great ideas and motivation from everyone. Enjoy your day! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:31:07 EST New at SparkPeople Hey my name is Danica, I am a 35 year women, married and raising 7 kids. I am busy and lazy all at the same time. I need help and support. I am looking for support, encouragement and ideas to help me with my life style change and get on the right track! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:10:24 EST Ello from Montana Hi everyone, I'm Sarah and I'm currently in Missoula, Montana for school. I've been over 200lbs for over 4 years. I've recently begun truly trying to change how I eat and how I exercise in a positive way. And think with the help of SparkPeople I'll finally be able to be under 200 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:48:45 EST Hello from Tamikka Hello All, I wanted to take a little time out and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Tamikka and I am as you are all working on getting under 200Lbs. This is a personal victory for me that I am going to share with you all. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:39:52 EST Hello! Hi all! My name is Lynn and I live in Front Royal, Virgina. I am the mother of four boys, grandmother to 3 and 1/4 ( baby due in August). My husband and I have decided that we have to lose weight. That's it. No more excuses. And the only way he can stay on track is with a weight loss buddy. Not like I don't need it too - but isn't it always easier to judge someone else. <BR> Anyway, I look forward to getting to know all of you and hopefully encourage you as you encourage me. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:43:00 EST Really Need Support! Hey guys! I've been MIA for about a year and I'm ready to get back on track. I've always struggled with my weight but recently, I've become very determined to get it off...but I need some support. <BR> <BR> The exercise and fitness aspect of it is pretty easy for me. I'm actually training for my 3rd marathon right now. However, I just can't seem to make healthy choices when it comes to eating. And since I do run constantly, I'm so hungry and ravenous, trying to replenish the calories that I ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:19:33 EST Hello from Idaho! Hi, My name is Monica and I'm new to the team. I've been on sparkpeople for a while now but haven't been using it and just got serious about getting healthy recently. I'm excited to be here and excited for big changes in the new year! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 02:06:04 EST Hello From Michigan Hello to all. Glad to have found this site!! It's perfect for me. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:32:20 EST New to the club Just wanted to introduce myself, My name is Lisa, I am a mother of 5 and have a wonderful husband and can't wait to be in the "already" under 200 club Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:04:21 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to Spark and I am and I thought I would stop in and say hello! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:00:20 EST Hey!! Hi all. I'm new to this team but not Sparkpeople. I've lost 62 pounds and have been stuck for a year!! My primary goal at this point is to kick it up a notch and get under 200 pounds. So, here I am. Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you all as we get there!!!!!! <BR> Cindy Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:19:11 EST Hello from NC! Hi everyone. Just figuring out how to use the blogs and message boards. Sounds like everyone is working hard and doing well. <BR> As a 52 year old widow of 5 years, I find myself with some stealthily added poundage. It stole in at about 8lbs per year since my husband died. Hopefully, between Spark People,my Wii, and my dog Popcorn, it will only take 6 months to lose. <BR> <BR> Then comes the challenge of keeping it off. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 10:11:48 EST Hello from Michigan I am new to spark, I am loving it so far Sun, 23 Jan 2011 06:37:14 EST Friendly Sabotage It's difficult enough to keep ourselves on track when changing to healthier habits. So why is it that there always seem to be at least a couple friends (or family members) who are constantly sabotaging our efforts? Even if they know we are making a serious effort to change, they "help" us fall back into old habits. For example: <BR> <BR> My cousin has a daughter selling Girl Scout cookies. <em>495</em> I LOVE those cookies, but I told her I shouldn't this year because I am trying to devel... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:34:32 EST NEW TO SPARK HELLO EVERYONE, I JUST STARTED SPARK AFTER LOSING 27 POUNDS AND GAINING IT ALL BACK "STRESS". I HOPE TO BE SUCCESSFUL THIS TIME. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE OR TIPS. THANKS! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:56:36 EST Welcome, welcome , WELCOME!! Welcome to the Gonna Be Under 200 team! <BR> <BR> This group is growing soooo fast ! <BR> <BR> We value each and every one of you !! <BR> <BR> Keep coming back ! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:38:30 EST moving on with life <em>224</em> goind thru a second divorce and children are all grown up. Trying to figure out what makes me happy. Gonna get to 140 if it kills me. Lost 6 lbs the first week so now 194, but always feel hungry. Any suggestions. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:17:56 EST im new here! Hi. My name is amber and i am new and have no idea what to do?!?!? any help would be nice! I am trying to lose 100lbs and be a healthier, prettier me and all motivations is welcome. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:08:45 EST hello all hello to all! My name is MJ and I am new to SparkPeople, I am so excited to be a part of this and hope it will help me reach my goals. Currently I have a weight loss goal of 100 lbs total. Now I know this may take years, so my short term goal is to lose 25 pounds before this summer. I know this is something I can do. But I need support. My kids are too young to understand what I am trying to do and the rest of my family is just not involved enough in my life. SO I am sending out a c... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:00:54 EST Hello Hello, I have just joined Sparkpeople with some help from my daughter. This time last year I weighed 288 lbs. I now weigh 246lbs. I started a new job in July and I stopped watching my diet and fitness because of the stressful job. I have gained a few pounds back and want to get back on track. I hope joining can give me the motivation I need. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:39:31 EST 8 lbs from "One-derland" and living in Oregon Hi... I've been sparking since 10-11-10... started at 219 lbs and hanging around 207 the past couple of weeks. Ready for a loss next week and getting closer to "One-derland".... I can't wait. My goal was to be there by my birthday which is 2-10... but I don't think I'm gonna make it. Reset goal to end of February! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:52:09 EST Hello! Hey Everyone! I'm Sarah! I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and let you know that I am excited to be here! I am ready to learn and to finally reach my goal! I appreciate the support and look forward to getting to know you all! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:19:31 EST Sweet cravings in Houston Hi! I have doing the program for 2 weeks and am ok, but have to curtail the between-meal nibbling. I always need something sweet, but can't have too much. Any suggestions? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:55:18 EST Hello from OH-IO! Hey All! I never thought I would be closer to 300 than 200 but I have reached that point and now I am busting ass to see a 1-- on the scale! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:43:01 EST Hello from S. Oregon HI all...I'm Dez... I've actually been here on Sparkpeople before back in 2008. Got down into Onederland briefly and am now back up. Darn it. I have Hashimoto's Disease (thyroid issues)... Hoping to get back down and keep it off this time! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:24:30 EST Greetings from California Hi everyone. My name is Lauren and I am from sunny Southern California. I just joined the site and am really looking to push myself to stick to my health goals. I currently weigh about 248 and would like to see that number drop by about 100. I look forward to working with you all towards our weight loss goals. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:50:41 EST Hello From NH This is the year that I'm gonna do it! I'm going to get down below 200 lbs and stay there. Just joined and this is a great site. Looking forward to all the support and encouragement from this site and also looking forward to contributing to help others. <BR> <BR> Best! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:35:36 EST New to the Team, HELLO! Hello everyone. I'm new to the team. I've joined because just like all you out there I want to be under 200 lbs! I have no idea when the last time I saw the scale show anything outside of 200. =( Sad I know. I'll be 28 years old in July this year. Yes I started my journey a few years ago and I've done alright but I know I can do better I have to push harder! I will go to the gym a minimum of 5 times a week for at least one hour. I'm packing lunch, snacks, and trying to avoid fast food,... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:56:16 EST Hi from MI Hello everyone! My name is Trish, I'm from south-central Michigan. I haven't been under 200lbs since my sophomore year of college 4 years ago. I've finally had enough of the excess baggage and I'm working out a plan to change! Hopefully joining this team will help with the motivation. I work at an "All-American" casual dining restaurant 6 days a week 10 hrs a day where the burgers are extra greasy and the hand-dipped shapes are super tempting. But I'm packing lunches, and avoiding the food th... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:04:03 EST Hello from Southeast Missouri Hello, my name is Trish and I am 45 years old, happily married and have two sons, ages 13 and 18. I like many have been on the never ending rollercoaster of weight loss. I would like to say this will be the last time, but as we all know there are always challenges in the way of that. I need that lifestyle change to healthy living, eating and exercise. I need to take that one step at a time. I lack in motivation and willpower and hope that SparkPeople and you will help guide me in the right di... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:22:19 EST Newbie Very excited about finding this webpage and app for my IPad. I made a committment to change my life, in more ways than one, this year. I'm not getting any younger and I'm tired of not living my life to the fullest. This is the beginning of my change. I know from the posts that I have read so far, that the support that I see, is what I want too! Have a Happy Day everyone! Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:09:40 EST My DUH Moment Hi again everyone....I have had a "set-back" but nothing that will keep me from going forward. Here I had been complaining about having to eat too much food the last couple of weeks. Well, here is my DUH moment. My husband and I were so confused on why I had not lost anything my first week and why I should be having to eat soooo much when all of a sudden I got an idea to look at what I had signed up for under the exercising page. I had myself signed up for several things not realizing it had ... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:52:57 EST Hi from BComingSlim in Michigan my Birthday is the last of this month. I will be a young 69 on Jan. 31. I try to stay healthy and active in spite of the fact that I am a diabetic and have a sick husband (who is10 yrs. younger than me.) For years I have dieted and exercised. Every time I get to 200: I start gaining due to illness, inactivity or depression. This time I thought all my bases were covered, sugar under control, a gym membership,weight loss surgery scheduled and a counsellor -- then I had a heart blockage, a sten... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:52:28 EST Hi! I wanted to introduce myself. I've done sparkpeople before, but I didn't stick with it. I'm hoping that this time I can do it. <BR> My biggest issue is tracking what I eat. I guess I have been feeling that I should be able to lose weight without all of this "tracking business," but I know that I need to do it. It's easy for me to just sneak one cookie here, a brownie there, and then make an excuse as to why I'm "too tired" to workout. <BR> I have tons of medical issues that stem from my weig... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:44:39 EST Hoping Spark People can Help Hi, I'm Rebecca, I started off at 230lbs the first 9 lbs came off very easily the last 4lbs I have struggled. Now I'm at 217 and I am stuck. No matter what I do I just can't seam to get going again. I am a mother of a 21 month old girl whom only sleeps for 30 minutes at nap time. I try to get up earlier then she does but it seams like every time I get down stairs she is always up with in 5 minutes of me starting to exercise even if I'm up at 5:30. When she goes to bed I'm just too tired to do... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:19:33 EST heyy! i want new friends who understand and help motivate me. simple as that, i'm nice and joining the military in 6 months. i want to be fully conditioned by then... add me :) i dont bite Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:13:51 EST Hello, My name is Lil I will try very hard to lose 29 pounds by May 7. I am looking forward to this. Thank you Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:44:36 EST Hey Everyone Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> I'm a 41 year old female, been on and off diets for the past 10 years.. <BR> I'm ready to put in the time and effort, and view it not as a diet, but a lifestyle change. 2011 is going to be my year!! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:16:01 EST Hi team! I returned to Spark in January of this year. I had actually worked my way into Onederland early last year, but events in my life derailed me and sent my weight climbing again. At the end of December I hit my highest weight ever of 215lbs (I am 5'1"). I am making small changes, adding something new each week. This time I am starting on the inside and working out to create a healthier and happier life! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:20:43 EST arrggh dunno wots going on! hello guys im a newbie have no idea how to use this site, anyhow here goes <BR> im 33 and a mother of 4 i know, i know im mad n now i have to try n fit in healthy eating and exercise, in between kids, housework, school runs, dog, partner dont even have time to knit at the moment! thought i would give this a go as ive recently had buba no.4 and realy want to shed the baby weight and getting fed up with the fad diets. <BR> so hello every one heres to a new me! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:29:23 EST Just joined the forum, and i guess the team Hello... <BR> <BR> new year and trying to be more successful than i have before. Sister-in-law and her friends are in a competition and i thought i would do well with that, but i am gaining not losing. So i came here after a brief google search. I'm hoping for some success here. <BR> <BR> So what do i need to know to navigate here? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:25:47 EST introduction Hello, My name is Reka and I so want to be under 200pd. This is so not a easy thing to do. Its so hard to lose weight. <em>15</em> Really not happy with the way I look right now. I am going to give it my all ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:33:04 EST hi my name margaret iam just learning to feel comfortable using the computer .iwas happy to hear about spark people and how it can help in my journey to lose weight.iam quite heavy and most times feel ashame to talk about it .i have join a gym and i try to work out for a hour 3 to 4 times a week.but i feel lost and i cant talk to many people about it as they start to judge me when i eat or iam to tired after work to go to the gym.thank you for letting me express my feelings. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:42:31 EST Hello from NH! Hey everyone! <BR> Last year I reached 25 years of age and the morning of my b'day I decided to hop on a scale. I figured as long as I ignored the damned thing I could pretend that everything was fine. The numbers I saw there...well...I had a moment. I was 278. Ya! I had figured I'd be maybe 210 or 220 but no. <BR> It seems as though everything else in my life is falling into place I'm moving ahead in my career, married to a wonderful spouse and support, my family is great, finances are in o... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:37:42 EST sandfeet54 Well here i am at 248 pounds i am scared about taking this journey of loseing weight i have been puting it off and making excuses today i got on the scale then sign on to sparkpeople i hope all of you will help me with my journey . Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:38:43 EST First Week! So, I started out last Sunday, signing up here at SP, and beginning to eat with some regard to my health and weight. <BR> I am 47, and have been overweight since I was 29, but I only became obese in my mid thirties. I know what to do and how to do it to lose the weight, but I just do not do it. I have lost about 45 pounds before and then regained it, about 10 years ago. How? By eating too much and not exercising enough. <BR> My current plan is to be realistic. I am adding a ton of water to e... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:32:49 EST Hello My name is Angela I am twenty-five and am currently and forever going to be trying to loose weight lol! I am looking for support from my fellow strugglers and want to say "I understand your pain" it is no joke how hard it is to change your eating habits and lifestyle. I live on a very tight budget and it seems the things i can afford are the things that are high in cal. and never seem to fill me up long enough I'm afraid it might be the deal breaker for me and I don't want that to happen anyone got any advice? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:20:50 EST How Low Can I Go! My name is Lynette and I live in Salt Lake City. I started 7 months ago at 290 pounds, now I'm down to 234 pounds. One more pound lost puts me out of the morbidly obese category. Two pounds puts me at 20% of my starting weight lost. I've been having fun getting smaller workout clothes and picked up 4 size 16/18 tops today, a little small yet, they tend to creep up, but a couple of months should take care of that. The size 20/22 tops I tried on in October were too small. In November they fit, ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 22:48:59 EST Why We Get Off Track There is a lot more to our weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle changes than just calories and exercise. But we (or at least I) tend to zero in and focus on just those two areas. <BR> <BR> So, what other factors are affecting our weight loss, and how can we adjust our actions to make those areas more productive? <BR> <BR> And let's not just go for, "Get more sleep." We need original ideas on how to optimize our limited time and daily energy quota to achieve our desired results. <BR> <B... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:01:08 EST Team check-in... Whups, totally forgot to introduce myself on my "suggested" boards! <BR> <BR> I'm CJ in DC, and if I ever figure out how to make knitting burn as many calories as a marathon, I'll be the richest woman in the world. Since that breakthrough brainwave hasn't found me yet, I'm learning to replace valuable knitting time with valuable exercising time (and, apparently, started crocheting more, since I can generate the same sized garment in about a fifth of the time?)... <BR> <BR> When I finally g... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:32:52 EST New team member I've been on SP for a bit, but just saw this team and it very much describes me! I am close - 230 - but I cannot wait to get there! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:56:07 EST Hello world... I have heard a LOT about this site so I finally sucked it up and joined in on the fun. I am a little overwhelmed by the site in general but there's one ultimate goal everyone has here: BE HEALTHIER. And that's what I'm going to do. Hi all...I'm Amanda, and I have been overweight since around 15 years old....I'll be 29 this year. I say it's time for change...I refuse to start another decade unhealthy and obese. And I have realized that no magic pill, surgery, or program can do it all-that come... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:01:32 EST Hello to a first timer on forums Hi I am a 34 year old mother of 3 who has to lose 75 lbs. I have never put anything on a forum don't know what to say! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:36:26 EST New here... Hello, everyone... I want to wish everyone the best of all things in 2011. <BR> <BR> Good luck in all your goals... I have set just 1 goal and that is to be under 200 pounds.. when I meet that goal I will set another.. <BR> <BR> I want to ask you all how you get the weight tracker bar I see with all your posts.. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:35:44 EST Hello Hello everyone... I am a 51 year old woman... I have come to the conclusion that I need to get this weight off.. I need to become more healthy... and in doing that I can ensure that my grandson... will have his Gran for a long long time.... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:55:14 EST La Nina - How's Your Weather OK, we are part way into our winter (excuse me for those of you who may be South of the equator). Just so there is some sort of consistent format; <BR> <BR> Where are you? <BR> What is a normal winter for you? <BR> Is this winter warmer, wetter, colder, drier? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:44:53 EST danizad-former fit gal now new mom Hey! I am a new mom to a busy 18 mo old and trying to incorporate my old fit life with my new one! I am looking for a workout buddy and motivation. I have run the 1/2 marathon twice and will run it this year so I have begun running again and I am into yoga too. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:55:13 EST New to the team! Hey, all! I'm excited to be here. All my life, I've been larger than my peers, and at 16 I reached the "over 200" mark. But 2011 is going to be different because I'm going to reach 150 in July! So, what are your goals? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:32:46 EST Hi Y'all Hi Y'all I am a stay at home mom trying to find a job since my youngest will start kindergarten next year! I started out at 276 I am 216 right now and still have 61 more pounds to go I hope I can make new friends here and help each other reach our goals! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:48:13 EST Wedding Motivation Just throwing out a message to introduce myself :). I figured that I have to start off somewhere to help me get positive support and more motivation. My name is Stephanie, and I have been attempting to lose weight for awhile but really just now kicked it into high gear for my wedding this October 1st. My fiance and I will be honeymooning in California along the beach so what better motivation could I ask for then trying to get down to wearing that cute little bikini? Lol. I don't have any fri... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:17:34 EST So over being over 200... Hello everyone! I'm the new girl here. <em>41</em> I currently weigh 222 lbs. I crossed over the 200 mark when I was pregnant with my son and he's 5 now, so I don't think the "baby weight" excuse applies to me anymore. I have struggled with my weight for a majority of my life. I start and stop "life style changes" all the time. It's like, when I lose a few pounds, I just think, "Oh this cookie won't hurt," and then BAM!! I'm right back where I started with even less motivation than I... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:38:03 EST Want to get pass 200 it has been so many years My name is Michelle, I am from Washington as you can see in my profile it says all about me, so I invite you all to come and visit my page :) <BR> <BR> It has been so long since I have been under the two hundred pounds. I looked at my medical records and tracked my weight back to when I was under 200 lbs, that was 2003. <BR> <BR> I am so excited getting out of the 200s is so close I want to rush getting it off. I cleaned out my closet and got rid of all my 1x and 2x's and anything baggy a... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:59:44 EST Hello from Wisconsin This year I pledge to be under 200 pounds by Christmas. For my health, grandkids, and lifestyle changes. Love to chat and find motiviation, support, to reach our goals. <BR> Thanks <BR> spark9 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:57:34 EST 200lbs is so not me I've been here; down this road before,seeing the same number on the scale...200 is so NOT me,and I plan on it not ever being me again. I am on the road to being healthy,and comfortable. I am HAPPY, I have always been HAPPY...but being out of breath or hurting just walking up a flight of steps,or having trouble bending over to tie my shoes isn't comfortable...and my plan is to get comfortable! I have lost weight before(b4 my kids) and now I just have to reshape what motherhood gave me. I know ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:11:05 EST How do you eat an elephant? For god's sake don't! <em>246</em> I can't imagine how many calories that would be! <BR> <BR> <BR> The idea of one step or "bite" at a time is great. And it's something I'm taking time to remember. Everyone swears I didn't put this weight on overnight, but sometimes it feels like it. <BR> <BR> I'm 25 and I've been overweight for 10 years, obese for at least 6. I had my three sons back to back and I neither bothered to eat healthy while pregnant, nor to lose weight after they were born. <... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:27:24 EST How close are you? I'm 12 pounds away! In three pounds, I'll have lost 5% of my body weight, I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> How close are you to the goal? Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:34:28 EST I need support and buddies Hi Guys, I am ready to do this, but I need support and buddies. I want to be @ 199 by Summer I have 61.8 lbs to lose to do that. I am going to track my food and exercise everyday. At this point mentally I know this is what I need, but I need that extra push! <em>104</em> Thanks guys for all the support. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:06:40 EST Low calorie salad recipes, please post! Please post your favorite low cal salad here! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 07:24:58 EST Post your favorite low-calorie chicken recipe I am sure we all have at least one low-calorie chicken recipe. <BR> <BR> Please post yours here! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 07:18:16 EST Hi I just joined and I am very excited to start fresh. I look forward to losing weight with all of you and helping you to lose yours too. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:29:01 EST Having some health problems , a little behind I want to apologize to all I haven't personally greeted. I have been down with a gout attack and not getting a lot done. Thanks to all who have stepped up and greeted new members! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:28:33 EST new fat girl I have been on this website for about a week. This is my first post. I love reading all of the sucess stories and really have become inspired by others. I have read a few that if I did not know better, I would think I wrote them. I have been over-weight for about 15 years and have been on every diet known to man. I really think this time is it! I wake up sometimes thinking I am having a heart attack. I really wanted to have by-pass surgery and have even talked to my doctor. After semi... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:12:32 EST New Kid on the Block Hey all--I'm Shauna, I'm 33, and from Seattle. I have about 50lbs to lose and made myself a New Year's Resolution to "live with vitality"...a huge piece of that is losing weight and getting more fit and strong. I have a "fitness month" pact happening w my partner--we are both working out for at least 30 minutes every day...So far, I've done 9 workouts in 10 days, which is more than since I was in high school. My energy is feeling great, and I went online to find a place to track my progress a... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:56:12 EST Under 200 is my fleeting goal I am so excited about going this group!!! I have not been able to break the 200 barrier because I haven't put in the time or the sweat to make it happen. 2011 is the year!!! I have been doing Spark People for 7 days and have worked out all 7 days. My food has been within range and I am on fire for the challenge. <em>244</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:47:49 EST Joining in but with questions. Hello everyone. I am from Illinois. 57 yrs old and the queen of yo-yo dieting. This will be my last attempt at getting it right! I've been trying to get through all that this site offers, which is huge. But I can't figure how everyone gets that graft at the bottom of their messages? The one that shows starting weight and goals etc.. I'm not even sure yet how to start "My Page"? So anyone out there willing to take on a challenge and walk me through a few issues? OH...and how do I disab... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:47:18 EST Hi All,,, I have just joined and already seem a little is so much here! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:16:18 EST Hello world and all who inhabit it Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm Jenny, I've been a member of this group for about 2 weeks now even tho my plan just started on the 1st. So I've been an active member for a week. I think I've adapted to this lifestyle change rather quickly, it's only been a week and ive completely ditched the soda how ever I did let myself have one last night as a reward and I only drank half of it and went straight back to sipping water. I've also worked out 4 times this week and had an amazing time every time I di... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:35:26 EST Confession of January 8, 2011 Divas, <BR> <BR> I would like to make a small confession, Jan 8, 2011 I catered an event for a friend and went way, way, way over my caloric intake for the day <em>46</em> , however; understand that I am not disappointed in myself, not one little bit <em>41</em> . I will have these days often, as long as I am catering, maybe not to the extent like I did yesterday, but none-the-less there will be these kinds of days <em>246</em> where I will go over my calories.....I expect this to happen g... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:30:59 EST Hi everyone! Hey! My name is Jess and I'm 18. I've been overweight for more than half of my life, so I decided its time to fix that; 110 pounds to lose is not good, especially when I'm this age. Hopefully I'll meet my goals, and if you need help, I'm here! Motivating others is what I do best. :) Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:04:06 EST new to spark I'm 37 having issues losing weight. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:49:26 EST Hello! I haven't been on Spark People for a long time but I'm back!!! I am 29, married, and I have 3 sons ages 3, 2, and 6 months. I am a Nursing Student. I have battled with weight all my life, but I am ready to put an end to that. My sister died the weekend before Christmas at age 40. She was obese and had diabetes. I can't keep down this road. I have to turn this thing around. <BR> <BR> Sooo...I'm working out everyday, eating pretty low carb, low fat, high veggie. I drink a full glass of water ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:48:19 EST 200's beGONE!! Hello I am 33 years old. Always have battled with my weight, but I've never given up hope. <BR> <BR> I aim to rid the pounds to get out and stay out of the 200's. I've gotten there so many times before and did not remain. I've never gotten under 188 lbs. <BR> <BR> This is a real challenge for me. <BR> <BR> started Dr. Ian's Fat Smash to smash out of the 200's! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:46:14 EST Hello everyone HI all, have only been a spark member for almost a week. Having fun finding my way around the boards and getting to know people. Actually spending more time on spark than facebook. LOL Have recently started a treadmill exercise routine, looking for some different effective exercises also. I have a long way to go, looking forward to reaching our goals together. Feel free to email me Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:33:16 EST Hello from Texas Hi everybody! I just joined I started a healthier lifestyle in August of 2010 when I joined Zumba classes. Since then, i have lost 33 lbs but my goal is to lose 99 more. I currently weigh 259 lbs. I want to be healthier, slimmer and i want to improve my dance skills. I know that if i am in better shape i will get better at dancing. I love dancing, i get a rush from my zumba classes, and i love all the compliments from people who have noticed my weight loss. What is even bette... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:15:53 EST new and confused Hello everyone! I joined a few days ago and am still working on finding my way around the website. <BR> Not even sure if I "joined" this group or not. We'll see :) <BR> I look forward to reading and learning and losing! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:37:03 EST New question: Jan. 9-15, 2011 This week's question: <BR> <BR> Besides loosing weight, what is the number 1 reason you come to SparkPeople everyday? Sat, 8 Jan 2011 21:54:59 EST Hi everyone I'm Samantha New to spark here just found this on internet today and it looks really helpful and fun. My name is Samantha I am 36 and from MO. I am looking to meet friends as well as lose this excess weight I have gained since 2000. Would appreciate all the support I could get and I will do the same and help you. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 18:49:20 EST Hoping to push past 200! Hello! My name is Corrissa. I'm from michigan. I joined this spark team for more support with my weight loss goals! I hope to to lose 41 pounds by the end of May and be UNDER 200! <em>9</em> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:43:05 EST Glad to see I'm not alone This is my 2nd day on spark and i love it!! Most of the people in my family dont know what its like to be over weight but they want to help but if you have never been there its hard to connect with them even though i know they love me and real are trying. so I'm thankful i found this site. <em>104</em> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:26:35 EST Hello I've just joined Sparks and wanted to introduce myself. You may call me Toni. I joined because I have been overweight for many years and want lose the weight for good. I have yo-yo'ed. I'm older now and want focus more on my health. I really need to lose the weight because I'm noticing symptoms diabetes. My mother has type 2 and my dad has full blown diabetes. Additionally, I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia, which will turn to diabetes if I don't lose the weight. I need a lot of support... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 22:45:13 EST Hello from Miami Springs, FL Hi and Happy New Year everyone! I will start off by saying this is not a New Year's Resolution. I live my life trying to loose weight. The minute I see myself loosing about 30 lbs, I have a habit of falling off the bandwagon, and so, here I am trying to find a way to keep going from there. I would liek to see myself go beyond the 30 lbs. and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> About me: I am a 5th grade teacher, mother of 2, married. The first time I joined Sparkspeople my daughter w... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 22:30:27 EST New to this Team :) Hi! I'm new to this team but not new to Sparkpeople. I really began earnestly tracking my food and exercising back in late July when I was "Going to be Under 300" I made it! Now I'm pushing on to Onederland. I have 82 pounds to go! <BR> <BR> It's a long journey but the hardest part is behind me - JUST GETTING STARTED! <BR> <BR> Press On! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 20:25:57 EST Hello fellow sparkpeople! Hi, I'm Sarah. <BR> <BR> I'm 32 years old, live on the northside of Chicago, married and mom to twins born May 22, 2009. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with weight issues my whole life, and am ready for a major change. I'm currently in the pre-op program for Gastric Bypass surgery, and my nutritionist suggested this website. I'm very excited to get started and meet other people with similar goals. <BR> <BR> See you around the boards! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:52:29 EST hello everyone, I am new to Spark Hi everyone, I am new to Spark. Trying this out. I need motivation motivation motivation!!! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:14:56 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am shooting for 179 pounds by the end of the year. I am currently at 279 so I have to lose 100 pounds to reach this goal. Here is to a healthier and happier me. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:06:40 EST Helping each other .. you are doing great! I just wanted you all to know how proud I am of this team. Lots of people are greeting the newcomers, whcih is a great way to teambuild. <BR> <BR> We have gained more than 600 members since we have been featured, and you all have really stepped up to bat! <BR> <BR> Thanks for making this the great group I knew it could be! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:04:03 EST Well I've made the first step & joined SparkPeople I want to be under 200 lbs again! I'm in my late 40's, kids have left the house, my husband & I are usually in 2 different places so lots of time it's just me watching tv & eating....I have to stop, change my ways and make a commitment! I want to play with my 2 month old granddaughter, not be the old granny that can't do anything! If I don't do it now I never will! Anyone else feel like I do? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:12:54 EST Hello My name is Kathleen and I am excited to finally be taking care of ME! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:01:29 EST hello from Massachusetts hi all... <BR> <BR> checking in here in central MA... got a long way to go to be under 200 but where there's life, there's hope... <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> i work in IT for a large hospital here by day and play music whenever i can in the evenings... spending time in bars adds its own special challenges to the whole weight loss game, but hey, gotta live life too right? <BR> <BR> not sure how chatty i'll be here on the board, but i'll try to check in from time to time and see what's going o... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:29:50 EST Hi everyone.. Hello, My name is Vickie and I need a buddy to help me learn the ways of SparkPeople.. I have 40 pounds to lose and I am determined to lose it .. This is a new year and a new beginning for me. I want to do this for myself and my family. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:34:18 EST New Member From Canada! :) Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> I recently joined sparkpeople and I'm hoping to stick to losing weight. I've struggled all my life with being overweight, and I want to change. I know I'll never be a size 2, but I would love to at least feel healthier and feel better. <BR> <BR> I've also recently posted a blog :) Please feel free to check it out all. I love reading and responding to comments. <BR> <BR> If anyone needs someone to chat to, or just have someone listen, I'm here. <BR> <BR> Lots of l... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 03:10:08 EST Beautiful Goddess Hello World, I'm a 20year old college student lost in the world. I will be 21 in April and its severely overweight!! I weigh 274LBS AND want to be 190 by the end of the year. my goal is to really lose over 100lbs and be a healthy adult and will be able to control my health and weight and be able to have children some day and husband and be happy with myself.. THIS is my goal and I would like all the help and support from everywhere if possible! thank you <BR> <BR> a struggling young adult Wed, 5 Jan 2011 20:43:35 EST Shake you're booty My sister and I have a weight loss challenge going on. I hope the results of our successes will bring us both under 200lbs. Our whole lives we had been subjected to the 'clean plate club'.... but today we say no more!! No more pressure from loved ones to have a bite of this or that, no more pressure to "just eat the rest of it", and no more self inflicted couch potatoism! It time to shake our booties! <em>30</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 17:36:47 EST Hi from Canada! I have been a member of Spark people for over 4.5 years. I lost a lot of weight. handed me some big curve balls and I fell off the wagon (so to speak), did stay mitivated or log in much to Spark People and ended up gaining back some of the weight I had loss. My 4yr old Grandson told me the other day that I was almost too fat for him to hug me tight...time to get back on the wagon....I need those hugs from him!!! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:29:00 EST Here I go again Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself real quick. I've tried, unsuccsessfully many many many times to lose weight and keep it off, but again I find myself having put all the weight I lost back on. My last effort was about a year and a half ago that I lost close to 60 lbs and was almost to the below 250 lbs mark. Then life happened and I gave up and those 60 lbs have come back to join me plus a few extras. So I have decided to have another go at it and rather than spend the money for... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:54:41 EST Motivation and Running With The Right People! FOLLOW THE PATH OF OTHERS TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> You can learn from other people to make up for your lack of experience in any area of life. <BR> <BR> Be open and receptive to the people around you. They have things to teach you. <BR> <BR> Take advantage of the people that have made the journey ahead of you. <BR> <BR> Try to pick the right role models. Don't look for people that make you feel good or entertain you. Look for people that can help you. <BR> <BR> Role models are more than peop... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:20:54 EST Over and Over in 2011 Just wanted to say Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm not really new to this SP, but this is a new profile because for the New year I felt I needed a new start! So here I am starting over again, which I will do as many times as needed till I feel I've got things the way I want them to be! I'm 213 lbs now and hope to be under 200 by April. <BR> <BR> Good luck with YOUR weightloss goals! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:55:30 EST A life change Hello, <BR> <BR> 2011 I am changing my life. I am 28 and weight 330 lbs. I have to lose the weight and change who I am. I was told about this site and wanted to check it out. I also started a blog at to help track my progress. <BR> <BR> Chris Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:00:16 EST How do you find the time?? It's winter so like most people when I get home from work I don't want to go out again. My job is a psychical job where I work 7am-4pm one day then 9am-6pm another and have to go back again from 9pm -10pm ( I work at a dog kennel, night time potty breaks). So I'm finding myself exhausted at the end of the day. I want to know how people juggle the gym with everything else life throws at them? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:51:33 EST Hello New to Spark Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to spark and I joined because I have been trying for years to loose the weight and I am up to my heaviest. I have done other weight lose programs but can never stick with it or keep myself motivated I learned about spark and thought it can't hurt I am someone that needs to find something to motivate me I am hoping maybe some of you have things that help you that may work for me. Thanks for your time. <BR> Jennifer Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:14:43 EST *waving* Hello. I'm EB. I just joined the site because I've heard nothing but good reviews. I'm on a mission to lose at least 100lbs to get to my goal weight. So I'm hoping to get support here to keep me on track! :) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:57:44 EST Intro Hello, my name is LaTonya and I am very excited about joining the 'gonna be under 200 club'...I haven't seen the 100's in 6 or 7 years.... <em>198</em> and now I want to see it again.......I started a lifestyle change in May, 2011 after receiving a phone call regarding an all-white b-day party for my baby brother.....needless to say, I went from a size, womans' 26-28 to a size 22-24....I followed a diet for 30 days of nothing but fruits, veggies, and water, plenty of was u... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:17:53 EST hello from Oklahoma Hi, my name is Jenniffer. <BR> <BR> I just started SparkPeople yesterday and am really liking what I see so far. I have tried doing this a couple times before using (similar to this site) but has a monthly fee... so that only lasted a few months, but I lost 20 lbs doing it, so I know it works. <BR> <BR> My start weight: 263 <BR> Goal weight: 180 <BR> 83 lbs to loose <BR> <BR> I am 6'1", so that has made it very easy for me to 'hide' so much weight :( Tue, 4 Jan 2011 12:30:35 EST Hi from somewhere, USA!!! Hi everyone, I am an army wife who is tired of being ...... this way. My husband, our about to be 2-year-old just moved to a town in San Louis Obispo County, CA. We are good ol' southern people, so our diet was way off, but, hopefully with my goals, we will all be the healthiest we can be!! So far, so good... momma is on a role!!! :D. Keep me in your positive thoughts because it is very hard for me to stay motivated, but, I think... I know I can do it once and for all! <BR> <BR> Kayleig... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 02:34:46 EST A life change Hello, <BR> <BR> 2011 I am changing my life. I am 28 and weight 330 lbs. I have to lose the weight and change who I am. I was told about this site and wanted to check it out. I also started a blog at to help track my progress. <BR> <BR> Chris Tue, 4 Jan 2011 00:08:57 EST Looking For Real Tips Hi everyone! I'm looking for some friends who can give me some realistic help. I have trouble staying on track and want this to be my final weight loss attempt. I've dragged my best friend and husband into it so maybe that'll help this time but I could use all the support I can get. Looking forward to all your suggestions :) Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:23:19 EST Kansas Hello, on January 1 I started a no carb diet..hoping it gives me a good jump start..but Im more interested in a long term success. I am hoping that this is the time that a new beginning starts for me so I may be healthy for myself, my husband, and most importantly my children. I am more determined than ever to make some very important changes in my life. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:01:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:49:25 EST I may fall down but, i always dust myself off! Hi, my name is Angie and i'm new to this so any helpful information is welcomed. I joined Spark for a new beginning. I'm a 28 yr old female that has struggled with her weight for years like many people. So, i've finally taken responsibilty for my own actions without blaming anyone else or my emotions and ive decided to change. I'm giving this my all and I will pray for the best. I do realize this will be an everyday struggle and battle but im willing to give it a shot with no regrets. Im sure... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:05:39 EST Hello from the flatlands. My name is Christy from Kansas and, except for one brief stint, I have been over 200 pounds for about 18 years. I am not that far away from breaking through, but I just can't manage to do it on my own. I was 7 lbs away at the first of last year when I had a medical problem stop me in my tracks. That is resolved now and I am hoping to break through. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:57:00 EST Newbie from Indiana Hello all! <BR> My name is Michele, I'm 33 and a mom of one beautiful 16month old little girl. I've been over 200 pounds for the last 8 years and I'm done with it. My husband and I are both working on getting healthy so we can be a good role model for our little girl. My first weight loss goal is 22, actually 23 pounds to get me under 200. After that I can set a new goal. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:54:04 EST hi my name is clint hi ,36 year old male drives truck for a living.I need to lose 50lbs in a bad way.Could use some incouragement from others Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:00:29 EST Hi, I'm new! I am a 25 year old working professional/grad student who has been north of the 200 mark since she was 21. I have tried to lose the weight before and allowed my job, papers, exams, lazy boyfriend's habits, etc... to get in my way. <BR> <BR> At this point I want to shed the pounds while those skimpy clothes are still somewhat age appropriate (alright - maybe only on theme nights at clubs). In truth, I am probably too modest to actually go out in them - but I WILL buy a teeny outfit and parade ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 03:33:58 EST Just joined Hello all, <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople which was recommended to me by my fiancee. Still sort of finding my way around this thing but am looking forward to connecting with people who share similar goals or just have different things to share. Hope to hear from you all, best of luck for the new year! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 00:25:11 EST New to This Hi, my name is Anita. I am 44 years old, married to my soul mate, and have 2 wonderful children (15 and 17). In November of 2009, my doctor suggested gastric bypass surgery for me. I went through one afternoon of interviews with a nurse, a dietician, and a social worker - and was terrified. I realized that this wasn't the right choice for me, and vowed to make positive changes in my life. I was giving myself one year to see a big change. In March 2010, I started working with a personal traine... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:08:39 EST Newbie on my way under 200 My name is Gina. I am married, the proud parent of five, who is originally from N. Carolina whom now lives in PA which is the home state of my husband. I began my weight loss journey in Novemeber 2010. At that time, I weighed 284 pounds. I currently weigh 266 pounds. So, I've lost 18 pounds in December. <BR> <BR> I had made the decision in November that it was time for a change. I had lost weight in the past but as time changed so did my weight. But as I started my weight loss program this ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:02:08 EST New and hoping to lose some weight My name is Paula, I am 33 and a mother of 2 beautiful children, 8 and 13. With my first child I gained 50+ pounds, in one year I lost 25 of that. I was on a roll until I got pregnant with my second child and gained an additional 50+ pounds!! :D Both have been well worth it. I have lost 15 pounds from my second. My goal is to lose an additional 60 pounds. I start off really good and then somehow put myself last. I feel too busy to get up and get moving................. Even though wh... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:48:47 EST