SparkPeople 20- something with 20+ pounds to lose? Team Messageboard We are a great group and we offer monthly challenges and tons of support!! SparkPeople 20- something with 20+ pounds to lose? Team Messageboard Hi everyone Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined and can't wait to shed these pounds off while making new friends. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:58:26 EST Hello Everyone! I am new to the 20 somethings with 20+ pounds to lose! I am actually 29! I would like to be 195 lbs by February, and hopefully be around 180 lbs by April when I turn 30! I have been trying to loose weight off and on for most of my life. I have started seriously though in August and have lost 15 lbs pounds so far. I still have around 40 lbs to go until I am around 180. I struggle with sticking to things. This is the longest I have lasted so far. I have started going to the gym but I wasn't cou... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:29:05 EST A makeover before 30's My name is Inas and I was struggling to lose extra pounds after giving birth to my second child. Now, I 'm about 75 kg and hope to see 60 kg some day. I just want to make a decision fat or slim and I want not to be in the middle position . Just want to be healthy one and learn my kids healthy life. If someone feeling that he has the same goals like me , join me and we can motivate each other. I love here so much and trying to be like other members. I love reading and food off course but now I... Tue, 6 May 2014 12:41:16 EST Hi everyone! I am so happy to apart of this team! I really look forward to seeing you all around and participating in such a supportive group <em>30</em> Wed, 15 May 2013 20:39:04 EST New looking for a buddy! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Laura, I'm 21. I currently weigh 9st 12lbs (138 lbs). I'm about 5ft 3 and have a moderately active lifestyle. I study Product Design at university and am engaged to a wonderful man. The only down side is i used to be a nice slim UK size 8-10 with a really healthy lifestyle, since being with my fiance i have become increasingly disinterested in my weight and have just enjoyed going out for meals ordering in food and eating lots of chocolate! <BR> <BR> I am looking for s... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:09:27 EST Need motivation for the new year! Well, I'll admit. I haven't been doing as well as I thought I would with this (especially with the holidays :/ ). Due to medical reasons, I can no longer do excessive exercise (well, I was doing a lot of running...), and can only do light duty exercise until things get better. It's been hard for me to get back on track with things. I'm also now dating a guy that isn't really into the "healthier" foods. (He pretty much eats mashed potatoes with everything and only likes green beans and carrots... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:56:48 EST Introduction Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany and I am new to this team and site! <BR> <BR> I have spent the last few hours exploring the sites and groups and felt that this one would be a good fit for me. <BR> <BR> I am looking for challenges, support, and motivation to help me reach my goals. I have about twenty pounds to lose and could use some pushing! <BR> <BR> Anything helps guys! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:44:07 EST Hello! I'm a newbie Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been looking for an online group to share my weight loss journey with. <BR> I'm currently 179 lbs (81 kgs) and am officially overweight. People (lovingly) call be chubby.. I have more than 5 reasons to lose weight but this is my top 5: <BR> <BR> 1. Be healthy <BR> 2. Be leaner so I can improve my wushu (kung fu) skills. I can't move as fluently as the others; I feel that my belly is literally in the way. <BR> 3. Be able to wear the clothes I really like. (I've... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 03:35:44 EST Hi I am Michaela,please call me Kayla! ill be 21 in 1 week n a day,dec.21st!big 21!yeahhhh! <em>20</em> i am getting married october 5,2013 <em>337</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 00:30:37 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Francine and I have been trying to lose weight for a few years now. My main problem is staying consistent. I always start off good, then 2 months laters I am back to not exercising and eating fatty foods. I am looking for motivation, support and tips and I hope to be able to encourage others as well. I need to update my weight and goals. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:13:57 EST hi all! hi everyone! my name is missy. i'm a 26 yr old stay at home mom/full time online student. I have two little ones, a girl (7) and a boy (4). i've been married for 6 years. <BR> <BR> once i started school up again, i got completely lost in what i was doing with that and the kids going back to school. i put everything above my goals for weight loss and while i have gained any new weight, i haven't lost any either. My eating has gone back to "mom" eating aka grabbing whatever i can find/whateve... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:28:05 EST Need Motivation Buddies! Hi I've been on this awhile but haven't ever really knuckled down and focused on losing weight. I really want to lose 20lbs before Christmas...I'm really good for like a week and then I just let it all go again. Anyone else in the same boat and need someone to help them stay on track get onto me and add me as a friend! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:42:05 EST Hey guys, I'm new! I'm just trying to lose some weight and get healthy, but it seems to be extremely hard! I'd like to meet new people who are trying to do this, too. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:41:29 EST Hi Everyone, I am new! Hi, my name is Julianne and I am 24 years old. I have been on SparkPeople for about a year but never actually did anything because I was in a transition point in my life. I am now ready to commit and actually make this weight loss thing happen. I have about 55-60 pounds to lose which sounds impossible to me so I need all the help I can get! I am excited to be part of this group and hope I can gain and share some knowledge and motivation! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:29:59 EST Vitamins - Women Hello all! I was wondering what vitamins other women out there take. I can't take multivitamins as they make me sick after about a week of taking them. I can't take calcium supplements because of kidney stones and I can't take iron supplements because of a genetic disease I carry. I've started taking 5000 mcg of Biotin and 400 mcg of Folic Acid. What other supplements do you take? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:31:44 EST My Five Motivations 5. I'm 27, perpetually single and could use a serious confidence boost. <BR> 4. For once in my life, I would like to be a "normal" weight for my height. Even when I was a little kid, I was classified as "over-weight" <BR> 3. If there is a zombie apocalypse, I want to be able to outrun them <BR> 2. I really love clothes. Even now that I'm out of plus-sizes, it's still hard to find clothes that look good on me. And I haven't owned a bathing suit in 15 yeras. I haven't worn shorts in at ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:20:24 EST Hi. New Here. Hello. New to the team, and Sparkpeople, as of today. But I'm an old pro at the weight loss thing, so I'm ready to jump right in. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 27 and have joined here to lose about 40lbs. I started this journey to improve my health a few years ago. I lost 86lbs in about two years then, got a bit lazy. I never gained any weight back, but for a while, I was pretty happy where I was. <BR> <BR> But, at 5'2", 175lbs is still technically obese. I'm also still not in great shape and h... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:50:15 EST Hello everybody! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I'm new here, and want to get my dream body while I'm still in my twenties! I have just another year left, so here's to making it happen! I have 28 lbs to lose, and I also want to tone up and improve my fitness. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> PS Feel free to add me as a friend on here... I'm always looking for new friends so we can help keep each other motivated! <em>224</em> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:54:26 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! My name is Lyndsey I'm 21 years old and I have 27 pounds left to lose. I have been on spark people for almost five months and have lost a total of 26 pounds :) This site has helped me so much after several years of struggle to lose weight this site has finally made it click!! I'm very excited to be apart of this team and get and give support any way I can! Sun, 20 May 2012 11:37:06 EST Hey Heyyyy! Hey everyone! My name's Amy, I'm 24 years old and live in Florida!! I'm semi-new to, so please bare with me. I'm currently on the Couch 2 5K running program, and my first 5k will be on November 3rd. Stoked!! I'm excited to be a part of this awesome site with all of you, and I wish the best for everyone! <BR> <BR> Keep running, losing weight, and getting healthy! Remember, NO EXCUSES!! <BR> <BR> ~Amy Tue, 15 May 2012 04:43:24 EST What's Your Dream? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:30:29 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone, my name is KorrieAnne and I just recently joined the 20-something with 20+ pounds to lose group! I am very excited to be a part of it. <BR> A little about myself: <BR> Im 20, will be turning 21 in april. I go to college in Chicago for Nursing school and have a year in a half left of the program before I have my BSN-RN!! yay I am also a hair stylist. I joined this group/spark because I need to lose about 20-30 pounds to be at my ideal weight. I weight 150 now and am 5'1 so I dont... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:39:26 EST New here. Well, I'm 25 yrs old. Last year I started running/walking and ran/walked my first half marathon. I have recently started back to running smaller distances. However, I still have a long way to go for my ideal weight, and still have the love handle problem, and would like my legs/thighs to be leaner. My diet could be better too.(It could be why I didn't lose as much as I would have liked.) I can't seem to stick with eating healthier things. I would like to lose 20-40 pounds, and need advice as... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:30:51 EST Hi, Everybody! My name's Kathleen and I have an ultimate goal of losing about 50lbs. I'm starting smaller, though, so I don't psych myself out, haha. Anyway, I recently returned to school and work part-time. I'm definitely an emotional eater, so I think if I get that under control, in addition to eating healthier and exercising, I'll feel a lot better. I have anxiety along with some depressive symptoms, so I'm hoping these changes will help with that as well. Good luck to all of you and see you on the board... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:47:16 EST Hello! I'm new to both SP and the team. I figured I should drop in and introduce myself! I'm Stacia, 21 years old and a fourth year student. I'm all set to graduate this May, and hopefully once I'm done my degree I'll be working right away in my chosen field! But before that happens (and before I have to purchase a new wardrobe for work) I want to lose the extra weight, get in shape and get healthy So I'll be in a good position healthwise when I start my career. I'm hoping that through this I'll mee... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:06:27 EST not getting enough protein... i seem to be having an issue getting enough protein in my diet. since i've started writing down everything i eat i've noticed that i usually only eat meat at dinner, unless i forget my lunch and grab a frozen thinger at work. i've been trying to add nuts to oatmeal and salads but it's still not enough. i've been thinking about buying a protein powder to add to smoothies or oatmeal or make shakes with. however, since i'm horrible at getting myself to the gym i'm worried that it might make me g... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 16:26:14 EST High school, what did it mean to you? Hey guys! <BR> Just curious how everyone else's high school life went. <BR> Were you overweight the whole time, part of the time, were you bullied, popular, the girl with the "pretty face" but chubby body? <BR> What did it mean to you - what did it teach you? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start. High school was rough. I was chubby after the age of 11, turned to an eating disorder at the early age of 13, recovered and was a "normal" social girl for the rest of high school, with some drinking problems ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:59:20 EST Text Buddy Hi, I'm 20 and want to lose about 25 lbs. I'm looking for a text buddy that I can text for support, distraction, etc. Im in the eastern time zone. Anyone interested? Message me. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:21:56 EST Hi Everyone! I'm back on Sparkpeople. Have had an account for a while now and never really followed through with it. I'm 29 yrs. old and I my goal is to lose 25lbs. If anyone has any tips on staying motivated, please send them over my way because I need all the help that I can get. When you have a job working in a restaurant and all this amazing food is around you, it's hard to remember your goals. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:28:31 EST Hi I am new :) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Fiona and I want to lose 23lbs to be healthy and fit enough to join the RAF. <BR> <BR> I am new to this forum but not to spark. I have floated around for around 2 years now on and off but I am determined to stick at it this time and make a change :) Fri, 9 Sep 2011 04:05:38 EST New to Spark People, and this team. I am completely new to the spark people scene. I was doing Weight Watchers a year or so back, and I lost over 70 pounds. I maintained my weight of 158 (which I am now) and than lately I have been wanting some friends to be able to talk to about my weight loss, my boyfriend isn't much of a help... <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some new people on here and get used to this site soon.. it's so confusing LOL. Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:27:50 EST newbee from Oklahoma Hi group just wanted to start by giving a little intro. I have been on the site for a while but finally getting around to the board. I am in my mid20's with two beautiful little girls and I have 20lbs to go until I reach my goal. I hope to get to know a lot of you through the board and cheer everyone on in their journey. Thanks for reading. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 23:35:05 EST SODA I DID GOOD TODAY NO SODAS SO IM HAPPY Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:32:10 EST New to the team!! Hi I'm Laura, <BR> I'm here if anyone needs encouragement and motivation! Keep up the fabulous work everyone. <em>334</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:40:01 EST AUGUST: 2-4LBS LOSS WEEKLY CHALLENGE LETS KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR!! WE ARE AT THE PEAK OF THE SUMMER WHAT BETTER TIME TO START KICKING THE POUNDS OFF. SO FOR AUGUST I CHALLENGE EACH MEMBER TO JOIN ME IN LOSING 2 TO 4 POUNDS A WEEK! <BR> <BR> GOOD LUCK <BR> <BR> ALETA STARTING WEIGHT 234!! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 21:49:42 EST SOME BAD HABITS ARE HARD TO GET RID OF I HAVE TOTALLY CHANGED WHAT I EAT AND HOW MUCH I EAT AND ITS DOING WELL. STILL TRYING TO GET IN THE SWING OF EXERCISING BUT THE WORST THING IS I'm HAVING TROUBLE WITH SODAS. I WENT TWO DAYS WITHOUT ANY BUT TODAY I TOTALLY RELAPSED AND HAD LIKE 4. I NEED HELP !! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 21:44:24 EST Back In Action HEY NEW TEAM! <BR> <BR> I have been a part of sparkpeople for a loooooooong time. I back on track, and ready to shed ALL these pounds I have put back on. I may be busy, but this has reached the top of my priority list! <BR> <BR> A VERY EXCITED <BR> <BR> Rachel Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:35:23 EST Hi from Nevada! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Sallie. I'm 26 and have used sparkpeople for a while... I just realized now that there are these communities though and I think that it would really help motivate me to keep working hard! What else??? I wanna loose about another 30 pounds to get to a healthy weight range, and I am a recent college grad, so actually NOT living off of hot pockets and frozen burritos is a start, right? Mon, 1 Aug 2011 23:04:04 EST New in L.A. :) Hi all- <BR> <BR> I've lost about 20 lbs in a year or so from my highest weight, but have been sitting with these last twenty (plus or minus five at any given time) for over six months. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to kick it into gear! Eating healthy is not the most challengin0 part for me, but I do struggle with portion control and exercising consistently. Would love to buddy up for accountability if anyone is interested :). Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:48:17 EST Anyone up for a pen pal? After being a member for ages but not using the site, I thought I should finally make use of it and say hi. I'm not a big one for posting every detail on forums (well, not yet anyway) so I was wondering if anyone out there is interested in being a bit of a pen pal, at least while I'm starting this off? Someone who is interested in comparing notes, bouncing ideas around and of course being accountable to someone else... Sun, 29 May 2011 17:17:14 EST How do you deal with set back/get back on track? I recently went on a week long visit to see friends/family. I went out drinking often with the friends and ate much more than normal with my family. As a result, I have gained 2 pounds. :( <BR> <BR> I am dedicated to my lifestyle change so I have jumped back on with food tracking and I kept up some exercise while I was on vacation so I am on track there. However, it is disheartening to see my weight tracker line jumping above my goal line and even more disappointing that it's so easy for me... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:14:21 EST 2-8 lbs challenge May Congrats on ur lost Lauren that is awesome keep up the good wrk. I'm goin for a 5 lb lost this mnth. Or to get down to 150 lbs. I've switched my weigh ins to Wednesdays now since I weighed in on a Wed last wk cuz I didn't come home til Tues afternoon. Hope everybody has a gr8 mnth I hope I do since the last wk of April I was in a funk and my eatin was kinda wack and I didn't exercise except 2 days out of the wk. Sun, 1 May 2011 13:27:15 EST WOW! Well I just found out I am pregnant! This may be a reason why I have been sick for a while! I am so stressed, I have school 2 other children. I know now I need to be as healthy as I can to help my new little one. I hope everyone is doing good, I have been off of here for a while I have had alot of things going on in my life and had to take a break for a while I am back to give support to everyone when I can! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a blessed day! Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:56:51 EST lil bit frustrated i'm feeling like i'm not making any progress here. i've been eating healthier, watching my calories and exercising for the past month. and the number on the scale isn't changing. however random people who don't know i'm trying to lose weight are telling me that i look smaller. i'm not seeing it though i'm not sure if it's because of the number on the scale. does anyone have any tips or insight to what's going on here? Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:56:34 EST Hello! Hey everyone! My name is Hailey and today is my first day on here! I'm 20 years old and I have struggled the past year to shed weight but always end up not being able to motivate myself and stray away from diets. I told myself after Easter I am going to shed weight and become healthier!! I refuse to live with the guilt of summertime and I want to be able to wear a two piece and shorts and feel completely 100% comfortable with myself. My goal is to lose a little over 20 lbs. I promise myself a... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:32:09 EST Hello from Scotland Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Bernadette and i'm new to this team. I've been on spark for a while but i've not really got involved properly in a team and i'd like to get involved. I'm 21 and i'm a student. I'm just looking to eat healthy, get fit, get toned and drop some pounds!!! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:28:22 EST Hey Everyone! So I've always been super thin, but when I went to university I gained like 50 lbs, then lost it all, then had a baby, gained 80 lbs, lost it all and now I feel the weight creeping back up! I feel like a whale these days. <BR> <BR> I'm 25, 5'8" and weight 170. I'm hoping to get down to 145-150, if anyone wants to buddy-up, let me know! <BR> <BR> Sarah Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:25:13 EST Round 2 Hello Hello!! <BR> I was here last year and lost 20lbs...and without making excuses, I am BACK!! Determined to lose it and more!! Planning a trip to Hawaii in a few months for the mans bday, and would reallly like to rock that bikini! I'm in the Sacramento area, 23 years old and looking forward to getting healthy and starting a family soon...with lots of fun along the way <em>211</em> so here's to fresh starts and not looking back!! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 20:08:29 EST Hello everyone! My name is Stacy I am 24 and I have recently married and will be starting a family soon. I want to lose weight so that I can be a healthier person for myself and for my family. I just quit smoking and that is the MAIN thing that held me back from working out. It is hard to work out when you can't even breathe and also very embarrassing! I quit for a little over 2 ½ months back in January of 2011 but slipped this past week and I know that if I was able to do it for a little over 2 ½ months the... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 16:38:55 EST 2-8 lb challenge in April I figured we could do one for April as well. If ne body wants to join in since I know the team leaders are bz I figured I would start this thread Mon, 4 Apr 2011 18:11:31 EST hi guys! I'm new to sparkpeople. I'm 22 and I've been trying to lose some extra weight on my own for about 2 months now, but I keep becoming very unmotivated and over eating at any chance I get! I'm hoping joining this site will give me the motivation/encouragement I need to lose the extra weight and feel good again. looking forward to meeting everyone! Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:54:33 EST Greetings from Florida... Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've awakened my SparkPeople profile because two years of blissful marriage has resulted in 25 extra pounds on my frame, which I am NOT loving. The hubs and I are planning a trip to the Keys in June to celebrate 5 years of togetherness and there is no way I'm romping around in the sand and surf without coming clean of my bad habits and kicking my butt into gear. <BR> <BR> That being said, I started the P90x program yesterday and am planning meals a day in advance ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:54:05 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Sam or Samantha. I'm 21! My goal is to lose a few pounds for summer and be healthy and motivated. I'm having a little trouble resisting my favorite foods, and staying motivated with a plan. I'm a full time Daycare Teacher so I'm pretty much on the go all day and by the time I get home I'm tired. but I'm hoping with the warmer weather coming I'll be able to get outside and go for walks/runs more! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:07:21 EST Hi!! Hi everyone my name is Jennifer and I'm 22 years old. I joined SP a couple years ago, and it was really helpful but then I stopped. I never really joined any groups and this time around I'm really sticking to it. I'm hoping to lose 5 pounds a month for 4-5 months. I'm starting off at 167 ish pounds (haven't weighed myself in a couple days) And my goal is to get to 145 - 140. That would be my ideal weight and I don't remember when I weighed that little. I recently had a baby and she is 7 month... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:08:45 EST How will you stay on track this weekend? It's Friday & the weekend is upon us! What are your plans for the weekend & what will you do to stay on track with your goals? <BR> <BR> I woke up with a sore throat this morning & I'm quite tired, but I got my C25k workout in on my lunch break so I can go home and curl up on the couch. I plan on having soup for dinner & lots of tea (which means I am less likely to snack... hot liquids do that for me in most cases). I'm hoping to kick this "cold" before it amounts to much & continue with ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:02:27 EST heart rate monitor wrong? Hello, <BR> It's been a while since I've been on here but I just recently got back to working out (been working 50-68 hrs/wk). Anyways I finally decided that was no excuse and have started making time. My question is old heart rate monitor broke so I bought a new one. Reviews online ( all stated it was very accurate. Anyways today was my first workout with it and the calorie counts seem high to me. I did a 40 minute workout on the treadmill (3 mins running, 1 walking... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 06:07:01 EST 2-8lb Challenge in March Hi Team! <BR> <BR> It's a new month & another day closer to spring! :-) Which means another day closer to bathing suit season!!! Where do you want to be by the end of the month? <BR> <BR> I am starting this month at 136.8lbs & am looking to lose 5 pounds in March. I have 31 days to stay committed! I plan on coming on daily for motivation, drinking lots of water & getting at least 30 minutes of exercise in 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week in case my busy schedule gets the be... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 06:20:20 EST Staying Motivated Being 20 is hard... you can get off focus quick with school and working so ladies and gents lets share how we stay focused and still have fun and enjoy our youth.... I think we could really learn from each other. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:25:11 EST Saying Hi... Just want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Valerie. I hubbie, 3kidos and a fur baby we call Beya shes a Yorkie. <em>240</em> I've been on for a while now and just found this team and its perfect for me I have about 20lbs to lose and I feel stuck. I cant stay motivated long enough to drop at least 5 and keep it off. <em>234</em> Well I just might find the motivation I need from this team. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 08:45:18 EST Hello there. :) I new to this program, i've only been using it for about two weeks now, but since i started, i can feel and see the difference (even if its only on paper for now) about how i'm living my life. i like to run/walk. absolutely love it, but when coupled with my disasterous eating habits i tend to stay in one place for a long time. <BR> I need to find motivation to pull myself through the mud, after reading through some of the stuff posted here, i think i can make it. :) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:00:34 EST Hi there! Good morning! My name is Erin. I have been using Spark as an extra tool for a little while now. I have lost 40lbs, but still have about 20-25 to go. I have lost motivation in exercising and in eating healthy so I will need as much help as I can get. I figure if i put myself out there then I will feel like you are going to hold me accountable which is just what I need to get back on track. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:40:56 EST New to team Hey Happy new year everyone <BR> name is Paige from Manitoba, Canada im 23 years old i work with school age kids (daycare in a school) and my first goal is to lose 20lbs right now i weight 254lbs. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:24:45 EST what is your approach to 2011? hi all, <BR> <BR> even though i've been on sp for over a month now, and have been making positive changes to my life already, i was wondering how people are approaching 2011. <BR> <BR> i will be aiming to exercise every day, whether it's an hour at the gym, 45 minute exercise dvd or just 10 minutes on my wii fit. no matter what, i need to move this body. also, i will track my food intake and aim to be within my caloric range every day (except very special occasions if necessary). i will ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:03:50 EST Getting Healthy in Maine Good morning everybody! I hope everyone had a wonderful time last night with family and friends. <BR> <BR> My name is Courtney-Jo and I'm a 24 year old full time college student and wife. I'm about 5' 7" and weigh 162 lbs. <BR> <BR> I joined this site because my co-workers are having a "Biggest Loser" competition at work. While setting up the charts for them (determining body mass indexes, medical ideal weights, etc) I decided to look up statistics for myself. Ideally somebody of my age, he... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:56:10 EST New in Minnesota :) Hello! <BR> I've just joined and I'm looking for a sparkbuddy! I live in central Minnesota and I'm ready to finish my weight loss journey, once and for all. <BR> I've lost 70 pounds to date and want to lose the last 25 pounds this year! <BR> Good luck to everyone on their journeys! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:10:53 EST 2-8lb challenge in December!!!! Hello everyone I was unable to put up a challenge last moth due to some issues I was having. I have fell off track this year due to my illness and major surgery and I am going to try very hard this month to get back on track. My goal this month is to eat right and get some exercise in. I am going to weigh in tomorrow and then again at the end of the month I just don't want to focas on my weight I want to focas on healthy eating. Wish me luck and good luck to everyone this month as well. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 10:11:02 EST In need of some HELP! I'm new to all this but ready to start my weight loss challenge..I'm 152 and would like to tone stomach up and lose love handles and try to get back down to at least 130...Any suggestions on how to do this? I've just started jillian Michael 30 day shred today and walking 3miles a day. I use to have a flat stomach but got pregnant with twin boys at 115lbs and man did it stretch my stomach.. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:00:56 EST 2-8lb Challenge in October!!! Happy Halloween Hello all I am going to start this challenge out with healthy eating and then move into gradual exercise. I have been cleared by my surgeon to start back my exercise I am excited about that. <BR> <BR> So I am going to try for 5lb this month <BR> <BR> Leeann Fri, 8 Oct 2010 08:10:32 EST New Here My name is Sammy, I'm married to a wonderful man, we got married in October of 2009. He is an active duty marine, he just got back from his 3rd and last deployment. We live in Southern California on Camp Pendleton. We just had our first baby, a beautiful little boy in August. I'm looking to become more healthy and lose the baby weight i gained (and then some). Having a 2 month old doesn't leave me a lot of time to work out, so i would love to find new ways to work out with my son. I'm interes... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:11:13 EST September Challenge What is the challenge for september? Is it the one lose 2-8lbs this month? Is there a physical challenge as well, like walk or run 3miles twice a week or something like that? I am new to this and want to make sure I am doing this correctly. I need motivation and drill sargent type challenges. Please help!!! Thanks <em>10</em> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:35:33 EST Challenge Me I am new to this group and seek motivation with sticking to losing weight. If you have challenges or ideas for me, please let me know. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 17:12:15 EST Finally ready to utilize this website :D I'm 22. I recently graduated from college & atarted a career with a great company. I have 2 boys-my oldest started kidergarten this year. I was 128 when I got pregnant-199 the day I had him, around 170 when I got pregnant the 2nd time & 199 when I had him. I finally got down to 143 before starting school & went through a divorce & gained back 10. Now I have a wonderful man in my life, I am beginning to feel better about myself and I'm really ready to stick to the change and keep the weight of... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:40:36 EST 22 yrs old with 23lbs to loose!!! Hi! I am currently a Full-time student, full time worker, in a committed relationship, and trying to shed pounds!!! Balancing the 3 is VERY difficult, but it is a goal that I WILL fulfill before this year is over. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 168lbs 5'5". My doctor says I weigh 164, but either way, I need to loose weight! My BMI is overweight, I cant fit any of my work or casual clothes....I am uncomfortable in my body.... and my stomach is a MAJOR issue for me. <BR> <BR> That is a synopsis... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 02:01:38 EST 2-8 lb challenge in September!! Hello everyone I am going another way for my challenge for myself this month I am going to set two challenges for myself the first one is I am going to eat healthy and get some exercise in everyday whether it be a walk or arobic. Then I am going to set a goal to lose 2lbs this month. Hope to see lots of people join me this month. <BR> <BR> My stats <BR> <BR> SW: 143.5 <BR> GW: 141.5 Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:49:17 EST Hello from Orange County! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> So, here I am after years of yo-yo dieting! IM DONE! Not doing it anymore! I love to dance, i love to meet new people, and i love the fact that IM ready to transform myself. <BR> <BR> I am hoping someone, somewhere is around here that is willing to be my workout buddy! They help tremendously! I just got married and moved here from Texas, and life is in a progressive change, so I figure might as well make this change too. Anybody, around here ready to help take this on!... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:03:02 EST New to the team Hey all! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name's Anne. I'm 28 - a teacher in Grand Rapids, MI. I have a beautiful 11 month old, Amelia and am having the darndest time losing the baby weight. It doesn't help that I have a hard time getting motivated to work out (and finding time!) and my fav foods aren't exactly the healthiest. Hoping for some support and to get back into things here. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:43:34 EST 2-8 lb challenge in August!!! Hello all who join with me!! Unfortunately this is the last month of summer I know I am going to miss summer. And I want this last month to go out with a bang. I am going to try and lose 8lbs this month. I hope you all will join me in this challenge. <BR> <BR> Leeann Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:09:25 EST Bazillionth try, but still hopeful ;) Hey! Well here I find myself once again on this weight loss journey. An online support group is new to me so hopefully this time I really will lose the weight and learn to love myself more. Def. looking forward to making some weight loss buddies along the way. Thu, 1 Jul 2010 17:18:09 EST 2-8 lb challenge in July!! I am having issues staying on track so I am going to set my goal this month low and if I can lose more I will be happy about that. <BR> <BR> My goal this month is 2lbs Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:28:39 EST 2-8 lb challenge in June!!!! I know I am a little late posting this but I have been very busy. <BR> <BR> Here is my goal for this month I am going to try and lost 8lbs I did not lose anything last month and that was very frustrating but I was way off track last month. I am going to be focused this month and do what I am suppose to. <BR> <BR> Leeann Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:17:22 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I am 26 years old and have decided to get back in shape. I have always been athletic, played sports in college, etc. However, once my collegiate career ended, I've gotten very out of shape. I work as a nurse in a busy ER, and will soon be starting a new career as a flight nurse. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, one of my friends from high school started a weight loss challenge on FaceBook. I decided it was time for me to get back in shape. I'... Sat, 29 May 2010 04:47:30 EST 2-8lb challenge in May!!!! Here is this months challenge. I am going for 8lbs this month. <BR> <BR> Leeann Mon, 3 May 2010 08:32:53 EST Back at it again With the sun shining in my window, and all those fun summer clothes staring me in the face, I realize that I've put back on all the weight I lost last summer. I am not really a new member, but have been away for awhile. I'm starting to exercise more, eating less and finding I have energy to get moving. <BR> <BR> Any exciting spring/summer activites that anyone can recommend would be appreciated. I get out walking and swimming with my husband, and dancing at work, so what else can I do outsi... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:45:21 EST Newbie :-) Hi, I'm DaShae and just downloaded the SparkPeople app on my phone and fell in love with it because I've been looking for something to help me start losing weight....This is a big issue for me..1) Because I need to be healthier than what I am and 2) There is a wedding in the works! I want to shed pounds to feel better on the inside out! <em>224</em> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:42:54 EST Im new to this team HI, Im Jamie. Ive been on SP for almost 2 weeks now. Doing so, Ive lost about 2lbs so far. I had a baby 3months ago and i gained 60+lbs. I was 154lbs I am now 182lbs. In March I lost 7lbs now, in the last month and 6 days, ive lost about 9lbs so far. My goal weight is 130lbs and My sister is getting married in 4.5 months (kind of a new announcment) so i want to fit into the dress she picked out (btw very beautiful) So im getting an exercise bike next week, which should help with amping up my... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 22:34:31 EST I'm a newbie =p Hi my name is Crystal. I've been a Sparkpeople member for about a year, but just joined this group. I joined last year to help encourage me to lose weight to fit into my wedding dress... After the wedding was called off and my fiancé left me, I was depressed and no intention of working hard for anything, much less looking better. It was a long 8 months, but him and I have worked out our issues and now I'm doing this for ME and only ME! =) I want to feel good about getting into a swimsuit with... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 15:46:32 EST sad today I'm very good with eating the same when I'm like this but getting off the couch I may need some help some one please cheer me up seriously tell me a knock knock joke it will help Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:08:05 EST protein shakes and bars Do any of you women use them or is it just a mens thing if you do when befor a work out or to sub for a meal also what kind is your fave Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:34:32 EST 2-8 lb challenge in April Happy Easter!!! I am sorry I did not post a challenge last month but I was in the Hospital all month and had to have a major operation on one of my main arteries. <BR> <BR> My goal for this month is just to stay on track and eat healthy I cannot exercise yet but I want to eat properly. <BR> <BR> <BR> Leeann Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:13:28 EST mid 20's girl with mid 20's to lose.. Hi, I've been on the site for almost 2 weeks now, and I think I'm getting a lot out of it, but we'll see how well I keep up with it. I'm prone to getting bored with things like this. I'm 25 and want to lose 25 lbs total, though I refuse to set a deadline since it will serve more to demoralize me when it passes. I have the rough goal to lose as much as I can by mid-September, though, since I'll be moving to England for postgrad. <BR> <BR> The five things that made me join were: <BR> 1. S... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:10:32 EST hello guys newbie here Hi guys I'm a mother to a 5 year old boy I'm 25 and I'm trying to lose 20 25 pounds buy the summer Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:02:14 EST New Here! Hello I am 22 with exactly 21 lbs to lose. I was on weight watchers and couldnt afford it anymore so I am gonna try this and hope to get the same results! I have lost 37lbs so far! I am planning on running a 5k in May so hopefully that will help! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 09:56:40 EST Introducing myself Hi everyone! I wanted to take a second to introduce myself. My name is Jadey. I'm 29 years old and I'll be 30 in May. I'm on track to lose 25 pounds by my birthday. <BR> <BR> I hope to gain knowledge and inspiration from others on this board! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 08:32:29 EST I'm a newbie!! Hello everybody! My name is Rhonda and i am 26 yrs old. I have an 8yr old son who is my world! I'm new to and very excited to have stumbled across something like this. Only looking to lose around 20lbs so I hope this gives me the motivation I need to stick with it. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:09:58 EST Too busy! So I'm looking to get in shape in time for bikini season! My problem is though I have school 25 hours a week with atleast 10 hours of homework a week on top of it and also working "part-time" 27 hours a week. <BR> <BR> I hardly have time to get in a good meal, and when I do have time to do anything I want to relax. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on maybe some work out ideas when I hardly have any time lol. <BR> <BR> Thanks girls! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:51:17 EST Hello :) Well I am optimistic so I am going to shoot for 10 this month! I think its doable!! <BR> <BR> I know you are only supposed to lose 1-2 pounds a week. Is it super unhealthy to lose a little more than that? <BR> <BR> CW 181 <BR> Feb GW 172 Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:27:10 EST Well I'm at it again!!! I'm not entirely sure if I'm doing this right, but hello, I'm Ginny. I am 26 years old and needed to lose 60 pounds, again. I started January 1 and have lost quite a bit already. I'm hoping to keep it up. I seem to do a lot of yo-yo-ing. I've met my goal a few times in the last seven years or so and keep little by little inching back up to 200 lol. This time I was able to catch it before it got that bad, luckily. :) So, I'm going to try to make use of all the parts of this site and join the m... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:21:57 EST 2-8lb challenge in February Happy Valentines Day ! Here is this months challenge I will post my weight tomorrow, <BR> <BR> Good luck all <BR> <BR> Leeann Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:38:25 EST Snacking I tend to enjoy snacking, I usually don't mind what I'm eating (within reason of course! =) ) Are there any foods you guys know of that I can eat ALOT of without consuming lots of calories? Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:59:01 EST New Here!!! I have just joined SparkPeople, so I am trying to figure everything out but I am hoping this site will help me to lose the weight I have slowly been gaining. It seems like once I started college I gained weight consistently every year, it has continued even now that I have graduated and I would like to start going in the opposite direction! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:52:51 EST New guy here... Hey I'm Greg and I'm new to the site, a close friend of mine recommended that I check it out as she's had much success from the extra movitvation. I'm on my journey to get back in shape for the summer. My current height is 6 foot and weight is about 235, my goal is to get down to 175-180 where I was in my prime. <BR> <BR> I'm still new to this so bare with me. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:28:09 EST I am new! My name is Sarah and I have been a member on this site for over 2 years but I am just now starting to utilize it. And so far I love the structure! I am excited to get healthy! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:10:03 EST Hello Im New!!!!!! :-) Hi!! Just want to introduce myself.....My name is Liz I work full time as a secretary for a dealership and I'm also a full time mom of two incredible boys....I gained weight after I had my second child...also while I worked. Before for snack I used to have chips(lays,cheetos) but now I bring apples, oranges, bananas(lots of fruit) I hope I meet my goal of losing 15 pounds......(sorry if I spelled some words wrong, I'm Mexican but I'm practicing my English!!!!!!!!! <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 14:02:15 EST 2-8lb challenge in January Happy New Year Sorry the challenge is late but Ive been busy preparing for college. I am planing on sticking to my diet this year and also exercising. I was having a problem exercising at home but luckly my college has a gym on campus so I will be able to workout after class and before picking up the kids from school. I am really excited about school and can't wait to hit the gym. <BR> <BR> My goal for this month is 5lbs I will post my starting weight tomorrow because I weigh in on Mondays <BR> <BR> Good... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:03:35 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! I'm Alicia and I'm a 22 year old graduate student. I've been using spark on an off for two years maybe, but new to the team. <BR> <BR> I know I don't want to get back to 110 like I was in high school but I'd like to lose some weight to be healthier and feel better about my appearance. Biggest reason as of recent? I hate EVERY picture taken of me, and am embarrassed for anyone to see them. <BR> <BR> I think one of my biggest problems with using Spark is I've never really gotten into ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 14:57:35 EST New Mom, New to Sparkpeople :] Hello everyone! My name is Sam, I am 20 years old, and I am a new mommy to a beautiful 4 week old little boy today! :] He is amazing! <BR> <BR> I am on here to get back into shape, but also better shape than I was before I was pregnant [[I was pretty unhealthy haha]] <BR> <BR> I am looking for buddies, and motivation! My goal right now is to lose about 29 lbs, but more or less depending on if I am happy and healthy. It's really not about the number to me right now...if I sound interesting ... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 08:33:27 EST New to the team Hello. I am 23 years old. I have a 19 month old son. I am not confident with the way I look and do not feel healthy. I want to live a healthier lifestyle and feel good about the way my clothes fit. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:01:22 EST New to the team Hello. I am 23 years old. I have a 19 month old son. I am not confident with the way I look and do not feel healthy. I want to live a healthier lifestyle and feel good about the way my clothes fit. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:01:09 EST 2-8 lb challenge in December Happy Holiday's I hope everyone done good on last months challenge I did ok. But I am going to do much better this Month here is my stats. <BR> <BR> SW:142 <BR> GW:138 <BR> <BR> Thats 4lb goal this month. <BR> <BR> Leeann Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:42:50 EST HI! I just joined the team!! Hello! My name is Jamie! I am 26 years old and I weighed in at 184lbs on 12/1/09. That is the heaviest I have ever weighed. I started using Spark people about a year ago or so. I get frustrated easily when it comes to losing weight and would just keep stopping. I refuse to stop anymore until I reach my goal!! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:00:32 EST Hi everyone! :) My name's Mary, and this team and SparkPeople seem like a really nice place to be. Oh, and sorry for my English mistakes, it's not my mother language. Sat, 7 Nov 2009 12:30:41 EST 2-8lb challenge is November Happy Thanksgiving!! here is next months challenge I am going for 3lbs this month just because of the holiday coming up. wish you all the best of luck. <BR> <BR> leeann Sat, 31 Oct 2009 17:52:24 EST intro Hey, <BR> <BR> So I'm new to the site :) I run near hilsdale....anyone else running here?? <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> Brie Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:06:12 EST 2-8lb challenge in October Happy Halloween!! I am going to try and stay on track this month I want to lose 5lbs but more would be better. <BR> <BR> Lets have a spooktacular month everyone. <BR> <BR> Leeann Fri, 2 Oct 2009 11:08:39 EST Sorry everyone for no challenge in september!! Hey everyone I have been MIA for about a month and could not post the challenge for september due to the fact I got the swine flu not a fun flu I will have to say. I am just now regaining my strength I have been in and out of the hospital since the end of august and sadly I have gained some weight back. But I will have the Challenge for October ready on the 30th of this Month I hope that you all will join me in this challenge. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the patience <BR> Leeann Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:16:07 EST Let's get back on track! Ok everyone.....I've been away for a long time and I'm back now and ready to kick some, I've decided to start a challenge to motivate myself and anyone else who has fallen off the wagon. Instead of putting so much emphasis on pounds lost, which can be really discouraging sometimes, I want to focus on getting back to the gym. Here is my promise: to work out at least 4 times per week for an hour or more. what's yours? Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:56:43 EST Need major help with food!!! I posted this on my intro, but thought more people would read it under general topics. <BR> <BR> Hello all. I am in my mid 20s and weigh way too much for my liking. I have a 4 yr old daughter and weigh as much now as I did when I delivered her. It makes me feel quite awful actually. I work full time and am a full time graduate student also. With all of this going on I have spiraled out of control. I would like to loose 45 lbs, but right now I would be ecstatic with loosing 10!!! Three weeks... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:54:44 EST Hello Hello all. I am in my mid 20s and weigh way too much for my liking. I have a 4 yr old daughter and weigh as much now as I did when I delivered her. It makes me feel quite awful actually. I work full time and am a full time graduate student also. With all of this going on I have spiraled out of control. I would like to loose 45 lbs, but right now I would be ecstatic with loosing 10!!! Three weeks ago I finally started working out. I got 2 Wii workout games and really like and enjoy them, and h... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:45:52 EST But what do I do about ALCOHOL?? Ok... so i'm into my second week of SP and LOVING IT!! I'm loving the social networking, the tracking of nutrition and workouts and i'm EVEN getting through strength training! <BR> <BR> The one hiccup that i'm trying to overcome is those weekends with friends and that old friend called alcohol! When I add a bottle of white wine into my nutrition counter I go way over my limit for the day. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips on low cal alcohol or other tricks?? Any help?? <em>303</em> <BR... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 05:43:59 EST 2-8 lb challenge in August Here is this months challenge I am going for 2lbs this month. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 18:43:11 EST Hello! Hey, <BR> I'm a 21 year old looking to revamp my lifestyle using sparkpeople. I've heard great things about this place, and wanted to say to everyone, <BR> <BR> "Way to go!!!" <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> me Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:39:16 EST Just a general question about our team How is it we are one of the oldest 20-something spark teams but we don't have as many members as some of the newer 20-something teams? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2009 23:43:50 EST Meals for later Hi All, <BR> <BR> As I'm sitting here trying to put a menu together for my husband & myself for the work week, I'm trying to figure out what meals I can make for us to freeze for later. I thought it would be a great idea to ask the rest of you what meals you freeze & take with you to work for lunches. <BR> <BR> I'm at loss for ideas. <BR> ~Kalen Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:43:48 EST PMS It sucks how a week before "that time of the month" I want to eat everything in my site, including chocolate! I hate that I am unable to control my cravings. Ahhh! Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:39:06 EST ... but highschool was a long time ago Hi Everyone! I decided that, after turning 22 and being in denial since graduating High School, it's time to get healthy and stay healthy. In High School I was on the swimming and track teams and was in AMAZING shape. Through college I went to the gym on a semi-regular basis and had healthy meals every day (thanks to living in a sorority house with a chef, NOT my own motivation and willpower), but after graduating this past December it has become apparent that I need to get my butt into ge... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 21:55:51 EST Email updates... How do I sign up for emails other than the newlsetter update and stuff like that from this team? I joined when I signed up for spark and don’t know where the link is to do that. <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:56:48 EST Hi everyone! I'm new and excited to be here. Just lost five official pounds today. Woohoo! <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:55:31 EST 2-8lb challenge in July Happy 4th!! Here is my challenge for July I am going to have to kick it into gear this month I have not lost any weight for 2 months. I am upping my workout sessions. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone joins me in this. <BR> <BR> Leeann Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:39:22 EST Intro. Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old and live in Cibolo, TX which is just outside San Antonio.I have been married for almost 2 1/2 years. I started gaining weight when I graduated from college. In March 2010 my husband and I are going on a trip to St. Lucia and I would like to get my weight down to 135-140. At about that time we are also going to start trying for kids and I know if I'm a healthy weight to begin pregnancy that will be better for the baby. <BR> <BR> I am excited to ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:00:13 EST New but Old Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Gena and I am in Columbus Ohio. I'll be 29 on Wed, July 1. I am new but only sort of. I was an active group member in 2005 and lost my weight. Since then completed law school and got married. In that time I put back on all the weight I lost but 10 more pounds. <BR> <BR> I let the stress of school, moving and wedding planning knock me out of all of my good habits so I am coming back to the group to get back into my habits. <BR> <BR> I am not about... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 16:16:21 EST New Today! Hi everyone, I've just joined up today, wanting to lose 24lbs by september 15th. Have really let myself go recently and need to get back on track! Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:29:56 EST new! Ciao. I'm new here, obviously. I've been trying to lose weight on and off for a year and a half now but have become very serious in the last 6 months. Unfortunately that's when I've lost the least...only about 7 pounds! I have gone down a size though so something is changing. I've got my exercise down...I joined to help out my diet. I don't think I've been eating enough so my body isn't willing to give any fat up! I'm hoping that tracking will help me reach my goal! My orignal goal when I st... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 12:39:23 EST 2-8lb challenge in June! Here is my next challenge. I am aiming for 2lbs this month more would be better. <BR> <BR> SW:130.5 <BR> GW:128.5 Mon, 1 Jun 2009 08:41:39 EST Hey There!! I just recently signed up for Spark People the other day and came across this 20 somethings page...Thought it would be a good fit for me! I hope to meet some new friends and get some good tips on losing weight and getting bring it on!! If anyone has some good ideas and great exercises, send them my way...! Fri, 29 May 2009 20:38:05 EST New Here Hello, <BR> I am 23 years old and I want to get serious about my health and weight. I know I should have started earlier but at least I am doing it now. I want to lose about a 100 pounds or more. I have been trying to walk daily but sometimes it doesn't work out because of the rain or another engagements. I am looking for buddies and people to talk to on here. <BR> Not sure what else to say. I am never good at introducing myself. <BR> Mandi Thu, 28 May 2009 23:21:10 EST Newbie...24 w/25 lbs to lose..lookin for buddies!! Hey every1. I'm tay...a 24 yr old mother of a 4 yr old daughter.i'm getting started on my weight loss journey..again. i'm 5'4"....i weigh 155 lbs, and i would like to get down to at least 125-130 lbs. I would be ecstatic! I'm going to tryo to do this by lowering my calorie and fat intake, and consuming more protein and fiber daily. I work and go to school,so i know this will be hard, but any buddie are welcome. I'm a great motivator, I just cant seem to motivate MYSELF. ( : <BR> Good luck to ... Tue, 19 May 2009 12:35:57 EST Do you blog? I try to blog every day. How about you? Does it help you? Tue, 5 May 2009 23:56:19 EST Hi :-) Hi, I'm Ging and I'm 21 with 25 lbs to lose. This team looks really great - I took some inspiration from the '5 things motivating you' post in my first blog post. Sat, 2 May 2009 04:49:30 EST Happy Mothers Day !!!!!! I am wishing everyone even those who are not mothers An early mothers day!!!! Hope everyone has a great one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Leeann Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:50:43 EST 2-8lb challenge in May !!!!!!! Here is my challenge for may. <BR> I spazzed out and went back a month on the last post and did another march instead of a may LOL goes to show you how much I have on my plate with school and work and two kids plus working out and then eating healthy please forgive me girls. <BR> <BR> SW:130.5 <BR> GW:122.5 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:33:08 EST 2-8lb Challenge in March Happy St. Patricks Day !! Well here is this month challenge again this month my challenge is 8lbs I have a bathing suit to fit into and look good in by the end of june so I am hoping to make it to my goal weigh by then. <BR> <BR> SW: 130.5 <BR> GW: 122.5 <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> <BR> Leeann Thu, 30 Apr 2009 07:44:56 EST what has worked for you? I was wondering what has worked best for everyone as far as losing weight and keeping it off? <BR> <BR> The first time I lost a lot of weight and kept it off was simply through counting calories and exercising! That worked for about 3 years and eventually I got lazy and stopped exercising and I slowly increased my calorie intake and gained everything back. While trying to lose weight the second time around I feel like I tried everything! Nutrisystem, atkins, medifast, weight watchers, fat s... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:03:25 EST Hello everyone My name is Michelle. I'm 24 with 26 lbs to lose. I just joined spark people mainly to blog. My first entry will introduce myself, where I've been with my weight and my goals...thanks! :) Sun, 26 Apr 2009 02:03:41 EST Question Considering we're at around 11589% of our first goal (at least at the time of posting this), don't you think it's time we upped our goal a bit? Maybe to like, 20k? Haha. Sat, 25 Apr 2009 01:55:45 EST Hey everyone I'm new here. I am trying yet again to lose some weight and be happy with myself again. Hope I can contribute to the team. Sat, 25 Apr 2009 01:50:01 EST New and Ready to Lose! College, work, social life-I already have enough stress without having to continue to worry about weight. My name is Karisa and I joined SP a while ago and just started up on it again about 3 weeks ago. I want to lose 25lbs because that's how much I gained in the past 2 years. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I have a strong support system and a weightloss partner who has kept me accountable! I'm really excited about this group and hope to help others and also gain some motivation. I've been ab... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:09:33 EST My dirty secret, read and share your own. I have style I may not be concerned with being in style but I certainly have style. Well I have always known this but never thought about it in this light until last night. Instead of wearing any of the many cute and great pieces in my closet. I wear jeans and normally one of three old navy t-shirts that I have or one of my boyfriends over sized t-shirts to school, to shop, mostly all the time. Now that's not the real secret the secret is I hate old navy. So here I am wearing old t-shirts tha... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:42:33 EST 24 w/ 26 lbs to lose - Looking for Spark friends! Hi. I'm Allison. I joined SparkPeople a couple years ago but just recently started logging on. I'm looking for some buddies who want to email and share tips and lose weight together! Message me! Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:50:43 EST How do YOU push through the pain? Lately it's been hard for me to get through my workouts and actually get something from it. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips or tricks on how they get through that point where your mind wants to stop because of the burn? Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:22:03 EST New to group....28 (or so) pounds to go.... Hi Everyone! <BR> I am about half way to my goal weight and thought I'd join you here since these pounds just want to hang on for dear life! I am really tired of this rollercoaster! I have been (back) on SP for 6 weeks now and everything went down the drain this past week. I gained all that I had lost, plus! GGGRRRR! <BR> <BR> ~Tabby~ Mon, 6 Apr 2009 15:38:13 EST 2-8lb in April Challenge Here is next months challenge My goal is 8lbs this month Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:30:48 EST new looking for friends :) hey yall i am kim and i live in alabama. i am looking for friends on here for some motivation. its sad because ive gained over 50 pounds in the last 2 years and it is ridiculous. my family doesnt motivate me much because they are fitness freaks. i just really need some moral support and good friends. hope i can find one in somebody. Wed, 25 Mar 2009 22:44:40 EST new again!! Hi everyone, glad to be back im 27 and trying to lose some baby weight i know yall are great so cant wait to keep being motivated Mon, 23 Mar 2009 17:07:18 EST Newbie Here & Looking for a buddy!!! hey people <BR> <BR> My name is holly and im quite new to this, im 21 almost 22 and live in the UK. I work at the busy London Heathrow airport and work crazy shifts which see me start at 4am some days and finsh late so my eating pattern is all over the place. <BR> <BR> Im looking for lose 3 stone...i've put quite a bit of weight on this last year and im dreading going on holiday. i get really upset clothes shopping now as im beginning to creep into the plus sizes. <BR> <BR> I wanna look ho... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:50:56 EST Newbie Here!! Good morning everyone! Happy St Paddy's Day! <BR> <BR> My name is Jami - I'm a 26 year old newly wed that is trying to lose a little weight, get back in shape and help keep her celiac under control. I've done weight watchers over the years, and it's been nothing but a roller coaster ride. They require you to eat whole grains, but being celiac, I cannot have any gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, etc). <BR> <BR> So in attempt to get my booty back in shape....I'm going to try a low carb d... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:26:37 EST Hate new scale So, I've been using a scale that has springs as opposed to an electronic scale. I've been wanting to buy an electronic scale for weeks now but have not gotten around to it. Today my wonderful fiancé comes home with a brand new electronic scale. So, we were both excited and took it out of the box and I stepped on it first. To my surprise the new scale says that I weight 7 lbs more than what the old scale says. My fiancé steps on it and same thing happens. I got on the old one and it said that ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:15:27 EST Feeling better already Day 2...and i know I'm making good food choices. was really proud of myself yesterday. Hubby and I take our girls to McDonalds play place about once a week, an that's usually when i eat all that fast food junk. well, last night, wheni would ususally eat a big mac with extra sauce, supersize fries, lots of ketchup and mayo, an apple pie, and 2 refills on a large sweet tea or cke.....i didn't last night! <BR> Instead I ordered a water and a griled chicken sandwich. I took the top piece of brea... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 15:25:09 EST New and looking for a buddy! Hey! My name's Kat, I'm 26 yrs old and would like to lose about 40lbs. I've been married since april 22nd, 2005 to the best guy in the world and we have a 3yr old boy. I started packing on the pounds when I got pregnant and it's been an up and down struggle since then. I really really want to be able to goto the beach this summer without worrying about how many bulges I have to try and coverup! Would love to have someone to go through this with! Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:20:03 EST Something to contemplate Last night i took my 2nd monthly update picture in the very same clothes to see the changes. At first i will admit i was disappointed, i had hoped to see much more change because i felt the change in my clothes and confidence. <BR> <BR> I think when we have these expectations and disappointments we lose focus of what we truely accomplished. So maybe my picture doesn't reflect the complete turn around in the food and portions i eat, or the boost in confidence i have around my boyfriend of 2 ... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 15:33:44 EST Hey!! Introducing myself! Hello, my name is Katie! I live in Savannah, GA! I just found this website last week and I think it is absolutely amazing!!! I have a one year old daughter named Deana!!! Im married to the love of my life, hes a US Army soldier!! We've been together since 6/30/2004..... Ive went from a size 7 to a size 14 in these past 5years but having the baby had a huge impact on my weight of course! My definite goal is to atleast be able to wear a bathin suit this summer with out being unhappy!! So wish m... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 08:53:14 EST Newbie looking for a buddy Hi. I'm new to this team and fairly new to sparkpeople. I bought an elliptical over the weekend and just finished putting it together yesterday. I'm looking for a buddy to lose weight with. Please message me if your interested. <BR> I need to lose at least 25 lbs. Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:59:50 EST Hi! Introducing myself :) Hi everyone! I'm Courtney, but you can just call me Baby Eleanor. Or whatever :) I'm 26 and I'm looking to lose around 23.5 more pounds (28.5 total when I started a couple of weeks ago). My husband is also on SP and he's looking to lose a bit more, so we're doing this together! It's a little hard not to be jealous of how fast he's losing the weight, but I bet he would rather be in my shoes, lol. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm trying to keep my calories within 1600 per day (though I have issues ever... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:47:38 EST torn I am in some seriousl need of help. I tore my achilles tendon which means I get to wear an extremely "stylish" and not at all inconvenient air-cast for at least 4 weeks (possibly longer). I've had the cast for a week and half already, and I'm already going insane because I can't go to the gym, Not to mention that my ski and snowboard season has been cut short. (such a drag) <BR> Does anyone have an suggestions for excercises I CAN do? I'm losing motivation quickly...and that is turning int... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 22:52:03 EST Hello! Just joined and I'm looking to lose about 30 lbs before my 21st birthday (June 13th 2009). Overall, I'd liked to lose 60-65 lbs, but I'm just taking it one step at a time. Fri, 6 Mar 2009 15:32:09 EST Hello Hi, i just joined sp yesterday and I joined this team today. <BR> I am 25 and looking to lose about 35 lbs. <BR> If anyone has any tips or advice for me, I'd love to hear it. Tue, 3 Mar 2009 12:29:35 EST 2-8 lb challenge in March Here is this months challenge. <BR> <BR> I am planning to lose 4lbs this month and to stick to my eatting and exercise. <BR> <BR> Leeann Sun, 1 Mar 2009 13:42:50 EST Hello Fellow 20 Somethings My name is Angela. I want to lose another 27-32 pounds and I could really use some support! If you want to know more about me you can check out my spark page! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:01:54 EST hello new here My name is claire I am 27 years old I have 5 kids and a terrible belly and some weight to take off. I really want to lose this weight and belly but feel so unmotivated this weekthought I have done really good at excersing for 20 minute i do the hip hop abs and just ordered the biggest loser cardio max dvd. I am ready. <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:37:23 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to SP. My current goal is to lose 10 - 15 lbs by my birthday in April, after that I want to lose an additional 15 - 20 lbs for my wedding on Feb of next year. I've been running 2 - 4 miles 3 times a week for almost a yr but my biggest problem is that I LOVE to eat. So any head way I make running I destroy by eating. I hope all the tools that SP provides will help me meet all my goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:56:28 EST hi all hi i just thought i would find out how everyone is doing <BR> i am doing ok at the minute <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:36:17 EST Returning Member Hi; <BR> <BR> I joined this team a year or two ago, but have been absent from Spark for awhile, so HI! (again). I'm Karen, 25 and trying to loose a few pounds while getting healthy and fit! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:35:59 EST no motivation** help!!! can someone give me some help in finding motivation for me to workout and eat healthier, I have none. all i know is that i'm almost 30 and I still am Fat and i used to have motivation to go run.walk.gym, etc. Now i have none, well almost. help please Wed, 18 Feb 2009 22:02:10 EST hi I'm new hi I'm new to this team <BR> i am 26 and need to loose about 30 to 40 pounds it get to my ideal weight and i thought i would join you for extra support i have lost some weight but i keep loosing and gaining the same bit of weight <BR> <BR> does any one els have the same problem if so how do you deal with it <BR> <BR> tanks Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:54:22 EST I'm new too :) Hi everyone I'm 23 years old and I'm looking to lose about 40lbs. I just joined this group today :) Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:43:02 EST 2-8lb Challenge in February HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! SORRY SO LATE BUT I HAVE BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THE LAST 5DAYS DUE TO AN INJURY. <BR> <BR> I DON'T PLAN ON SETTING A GOAL FOR MYSELF THIS MONTH I JUST PLAN ON EATING AND EXERCISING THE WAY I AM SUPPOSE TO THIS IS MY GOAL FOR THIS MONTH. IF I LOSE SOME WEIGHT THAT WILL BE GREAT BUT I JUST NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK. <BR> <BR> HOPE EVERYONE WILL JOIN ME ON THIS CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> LEEANN Sun, 1 Feb 2009 12:50:37 EST Good work out music Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa. I'm new here. I'm syncing my ipod and on itunes looking for music to work out too. Can anyone suggest songs? It doesn't matter what kind of music I have everything from Beach Boys to Evanescenes on my ipod. I'm looking for some songs that will keep me going on the treadmills and elliptical as well as lift weights too. Any and all suggestions welcomed and appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:47:23 EST help getting healthy & losing lbs w/ signif other Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I have both gained weight over the past year (30 pounds for me and prob 30 for him too.) We also started dating a year and a half ago, so I think in our happiness we slipped into bad eating and exercise habits. <BR> <BR> We've both made the decision to eat healthier and be more active so that's the good news. The bad news is that when one of us tries to be supportive or offers suggestions about what to eat or not to eat, the other takes it as critici... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:29:21 EST New To This Forum Hey All, <BR> My name is Brittany, and I'm 20 years old. I'm new to this form, and a newbie to this site as well. I've found it really informational and helpful so far. I'm looking to loose 30 pounds between now and June. Fair goal I figured, but I'm looking for all the help I can get along the way. Yay to Spark Teams. <BR> Feel free to take a look at my Spark Page. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:03:17 EST New To This Forum Hey All, <BR> My name is Brittany, and I'm 20 years old. I'm new to this form, and a newbie to this site as well. I've found it really informational and helpful so far. I'm looking to loose 30 pounds between now and June. Fair goal I figured, but I'm looking for all the help I can get along the way. Yay to Spark Teams. <BR> Feel free to take a look at my Spark Page. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:02:37 EST Just introducing myself. Hello all! I'm new to this site and just trying to figure everything out. My name is Stephanie and I'm from the chicagoland area and recently divorced. Which is what motivated me to join here. I'm looking to loose about 40 lbs. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:56:57 EST New to the group My name is Barbara and I have about 45 more lbs to lose to I'm to the weight I'd prefer. I lost 40 since last January and now have gained a 10 back :( I'm looking for some motivation again, so I thought I'd join another group on here that might help trigger back that motivation!!! Got any ideas??? Sun, 11 Jan 2009 19:42:01 EST New to the group... Hello All!! My name is April and I'm new to the group. I've been a member of since April of 2007 but haven't really been using the site to it's full potential. I've recently become a vegetarian and my goal for 2009 is to loose 22 lbs. I can't wait to get there! Sat, 10 Jan 2009 13:06:55 EST January I am kind of late but I am starting the month out at 150 and want too end it at 146 so 4 pound, one per week! Good luck everyone! Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:25:32 EST Serving Size? How do I determine a serving size and the calories on a recipe that doesn't include that information? I've calculated the calories for if I ate the whole dish myself, but I don't know where to go from there. Here is what I have so far: <BR> <BR> 8oz Macaroni (1 cup per serving at 197 calories and 197 calories total) <BR> 1 stick of butter (1 Tbsp per serving at 80 calories and 640 calories total) <BR> 3 cups shredded cheese (1/4 cup per serving at 100 calories and 1320 caloriestotal) <BR... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 12:51:47 EST Intro! Hello! My name is Alissa, I am 22 and a newlywed. I am here for a little motivation! I am a yo-yo dieter. I will do very good for a couple of weeks, lose some weight and then binge until I end up heavier than I started. I am here to stop the cycle and get healthy! My honeymoon to Cancun is 4 months away and I want to be able to wear a swim suit and not be embarrassed and just feel better all around. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:39:29 EST By way of introduction... Hello, all my fellow 20-somethings. I'm glad to see that I'm in good company here. <BR> <BR> I've been eating sensibly and exercising regularly for about 6 months now, and I'm ridiculously close to my first goal of a 40-pound weight loss - after that, I hope to continue to lose another 20. I feel terrific already, and I can't believe how far I've come. <BR> <BR> Eating-wise, I'm watching my portion sizes, eating lots of whole grains and fresh produce, and trying to choose lower-calorie food... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 22:34:35 EST Hey There Hi, I just moved to Midwest City in September and my husband and I decided last week to start working on getting in shape. With being in the military, we've moved five times the past 2.5 years, so it's been hard to eat right and exercise consistently. Now, though, we'll be in OK for three years. My weight loss goal is 20 lbs and my husband's is 45 lbs. I want to lose the weight before our 3rd wedding anniversary in June and I'm not sure when my husband wants to lose his by. He's not quite as ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 09:15:14 EST Team Challenge I don't have a scale at the house, so I'm going to go with the last weight from a couple weeks ago at the doctor's office. So I'm starting at 280 and I want to be at 270 by the end of the month. If when I find a scale I'm already down close to 270, I'll lose 10 lbs less than that this month. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 21:12:53 EST 2-8lb challenge in January! Happy New Year! I am sorry it has taken so long to create this challenge. But my goal for this challenge is to lose 8lbs by the end of this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> Leeann Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:54:41 EST Vacation and exes So I just decided today that I am going to travel to NY (my hometown) for spring break. What this means is I will see my ex and even though we are on great terms, we are going to see each other and I want him to see what he lost, ya know? So I have 2 months exactly to lose 25 lbs. What's the best way to do this?! I am on vacation now and as soon as I go home I am going to the gym 3-5 days a week and eating healthier. I am just so worried!!!! Anyone got any fast ideas or the best machines to u... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 23:34:30 EST Hey everyone! Hey! My name is Yaffa, I am a 21 year old student in San Antonio. I recently got out of a 5 year relationship and I guess I got so comfortable I didn't care what I looked like. It was like I went to bed 125 lbs and woke up almost 160 lbs! So now with my new single-ness and short haircut I am going to try to lose the weight so I can be as beautiful as I was years ago! Hope I can meet some people who will keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> Yaffa <em>247</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:16:58 EST Hi everyone! A little about me! Hi there everyone. Im 19 years old and will be 20 in like 3 and a half months. I am 5 ft, and I think I am around 170-175 pounds. I would like to loose like 20-25 pounds by my 20th birthday, and have a total of around 45 gone by August. The main reasons why I want to lose this weight is to become healthier so in the future it may lower my chances of serious health problems. I am also afraid that if I dont lose the weigh and just keep gaining it that I wont be able to have children, and also ... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:41:50 EST hey yall ,Im new on here. and need'in 2 loss alot I'm 20 yrs old, and I weigh 164 lbs and try'in to get down to 105 lbs ,so far not so goog, I chew ( smokeless tobacco ) but find my self chew'n more so I wont eat and get fatter <em>15</em> . I try to eat more of <em>265</em> , <em>277</em> , <em>291</em> . My boyfriend loves to eat out but we don't much ,but when we do I find my self eat'in <em>117</em> <em>112</em> , <em>76</em> , then it just drives me crazy and i'll find myself in the bathroom throwing up. "Before I found out abou... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 23:50:02 EST I gain weight then, but not now? I am perplexed. <BR> <BR> I had a job for just under 9 months this year, from January to August. I was on my feet, moving, moving, moving for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. I was constantly carrying things, walking from one corner of the large building to the opposite corner. I was going up and down stairs, loading and unloading boxes. The first 4 months of the job I was walking to work most days, at 30 minutes a trip. I wouldn't say the job was overly stressful, though I did not enjoy it. <... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 00:41:42 EST 2-8 lbs in December Challenge! Sorry so late but here is this months challenge. <BR> <BR> Start Weight 135 <BR> Goal weight 128 <BR> <BR> thats 7lbs to lose Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:44:10 EST hello! 24 and trying to lose 20 pounds...! im hispanic...!.... i preciated if u guys can help me out with tips...Thanks! Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:59:31 EST New here I'm 20 and I've been struggling with maintaining my weight since my teen years. I hope to achieve my weight loss goals as well as make positive changes in my life. Tue, 25 Nov 2008 01:43:04 EST Back from BabyFit O.k. Now that my son is two months old, I am back to SP to lose the baby weight. I have 60 lbs to get to my goal. Right now, a good majority of that weight is in breast milk:-) Sat, 22 Nov 2008 20:28:36 EST New here with 30 pounds to lose! I just joined today and im looking to make a buddy or two. I need some motivation! I gained 20 pounds and i am having a very hard time taking it off. Instead, i've gained more and more. <BR> <BR> I am a full time student with 2 kids ages 7 and 3. <BR> I have time to work out, but choose not to. I have time to cook, but also choose not to. Looks like I need to make better choices, right? <BR> <BR> Well, im here if anyone wants to chat! <BR> <BR> Claudia Wed, 19 Nov 2008 22:03:05 EST New here.... need to lose about 40 lbs.... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark People before but it's been a long time--too long!--and I have about 40 lbs to lose now. I divorced in May, moved in July, and started a full-time job in July as well. My kids (5 and 2) moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, and it's on the second floor so I wasn't able to bring my treadmill with me. :( I'm hoping to get an elliptical, but until I can afford that, I am trying to focus on the healthy eating part of thing!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I look fo... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:58:48 EST Newbie!! Hi there! I am a 26yo (ok almost 27) mom to two beautiful little girls. I just had my second a few months ago and am ready to get in gear and shed these baby lbs!! I look forward to getting to know you all better and join in your challenges. :) Tue, 18 Nov 2008 10:05:00 EST Saying hi My name is Barrett I'm 24 I'm really focused on achieving my goal, and can't wait till I'm there. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 03:33:35 EST Do I have to leave the team? Well, I have 11 pounds to go!!!! Does that mean I have to leave? This was my first SP team, I don't write here a whole lot but I still value the team! If I do have to leave the team I'll miss you! Sun, 2 Nov 2008 22:25:25 EST New and looking for a spark buddy I am new here. 24 and in need of some help in losing a few lbs... ok 20lbs://I am highly competitive and fairly easily motivated. I just need a little kick every now and again. I joined SP on 10/30 and managed to drop 4 lbs. I am worried about losing my momentum and falling off the wagon. Any help would be great. <BR> Bonnie Sun, 2 Nov 2008 13:15:11 EST Hey ^^ Hey, i am a 20 year old german woman who live for one year in the near of Boston. <BR> So yeah I listen to goth and metal and yeah... want to lose nearly 20 kg, before i will return to Germany next August. Sun, 2 Nov 2008 13:00:33 EST 2-8 lb Challenge In November!!!! Here is this months new challenge. Hope All joins me this month I will post my weight and goals tomorrow on the 1st. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Leeann Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:50:53 EST hello people :) I'm turning 27 this November and realized the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. I am 130+ lbs. and wants to shed 20 pounds off the scale! I wanna look good to feel good :) So guys, let's start <em>211</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 22:30:19 EST hello ppl i am 20, from houston, tx and just joined this website. Looking to loose about 30 lbs HEALTHILY. I am just looking for support and maybe even a friend i can talk with and compare notes Sat, 25 Oct 2008 23:06:10 EST MINI VICTORY! I have to celebrate! Yesterday I was feeling so sick. Just icky and horrible. Still, I had made plans to try a yoga class, so I made myself get to the gym! Not only have I tried two new things this week (I did aqua- boxercise on Monday), but I did while under the weather! <BR> <BR> What was your mini victory this week?! Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:52:38 EST A newbie Although I have had this account since 2006 I consider myself a newbie. I happened to stumble across this site this morning and realized that I had an account with them. I am looking for a buddy that can help me get motivated in losing 20-30lbs. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:32:56 EST Looking for a spark friend I have been doing good getting on everyday and writing a daily blog and quote on my page, but I would love a friend to email and message back and forth. We could make each other more accountable and vent to each other. So if anyone is interested I really would like someone who I keep in contact with at least a few times a week. So if you are looking for some to help motivate you or just talk about your weight lose journey, you have found her! Sun, 12 Oct 2008 20:47:25 EST 10 Pounds by Turkey Day!!! I challenge everyone here to lose 10lbs by Thanksgiving (U.S.)!! That's 6.5 weeks! <BR> <BR> We can do it! <BR> <BR> Who's in?? <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> My CW: 209 <BR> Goal by Turkey Day: 199 WOOO my first time under 200 in a couple years! Sun, 12 Oct 2008 17:43:00 EST I am a newbie Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm somewhat new to sparkpeople and so far I haven't stuck with it at all. I'm looking for as much motivation as I can get and would love to meet people to talk with (or work out with if you live close)and to help me reach my goals. Write me if you're interested :) Fri, 10 Oct 2008 12:43:22 EST Newbie Hi all! I'm new to the board. I've been avoiding doing any kind of posting because I was absolutely positive I could lose the weight on my own just by using Spark's tools. Well, four pounds in the wrong direction later, here I am humbly asking for help! :) I'm getting married in April, which sparked my latest weight-loss goal of 20 pounds. Right now, though, I'm working hard on just accepting who and where I am, and balancing having fun with losing weight. Not easy, but I know I'll figure it ... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 18:39:34 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Teelea and I'm new here. I'm 26 and hoping to lose 36 of the 40 pounds I've put on since getting married last year! I'm offically starting tomorrow so am hoping to start the day by going for a walk around the neighborhood. Exercise is not my thing so I'm trying to start somewhere! :) Tue, 7 Oct 2008 19:19:01 EST Trying again Hi ladies - <BR> <BR> I was actively involved in SparkPeople a few years ago and found that tracking things and the support I got on here really helped me lose weight and be healthier. Unfortunately, I have fallen off the bandwagon and a jarring incident today means it is time to get back on. I am two weeks shy of my one year wedding anniversary and I was told today that I am not only 45 - 45lbs overweight ("obese" as the doctor put it), I have high blood pressure. Such a wake up call to ... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 17:26:24 EST Hi Hey, I'm Kelley, 22, and I have a daughter who will be 2 in December. I'm just getting started on this site but I'm hoping to get motivated and not quit this time! I really want to start a healthy lifestyle for me, my daughter, and my husband (if I can get him into it). Tue, 7 Oct 2008 16:06:59 EST Newish... So I say that I'm new however I'm really newish...I've been a member of the SP site for a couple of months now and tonight I've decided to actually sit down and start using this place to my advantage. I'm totally overwhelmed by the site!! <BR> <BR> Anyways...HI! Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:47:28 EST 2-8lbs in October Challenge Well everyone another month has come and gone now a new month begins. I hope everyone joins this challenge. I plan to lose 8lbs this month more would be better but I will take anything I lose. I started the P90X workouts yesterday so I will be giving weekly updates on how I am doing with the program. I will also be giving weekly stats reports too. <BR> <BR> I hope you all enjoy this months challenge. I know I will. <BR> <BR> Leeann <BR> <BR> Start Weight: 131 <BR> Goal Weight: 123 <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 08:27:48 EST Reintroducing myself! This was my first team on SP! I had a great inspriation, her name was funnybunny but she had a baby and left me! I haven't been here in awhile, I had to go proritize my life a little. My birthday was a few days ago and I gave myself the best present in the world, for the first time in my life I didn't quit! The day after my birthday I cheated on my diet but instead of wallowing in self indulgence the next day I got right back on track, I went back on my diet and back to the gym. What makes th... Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:06:40 EST Starting again Hi! I've been on Sparkpeople for a while coming and going, and now its time to try weightloss again. When I first started on here I was at 184 lbs and got down to 155 almost two years ago. I'm currently at 166 after a recent jump up to 172 and I've decided that I need to reach out for more support in hopes that this will help me keep at it to reach my goals and stay at a healthy weight. I'm ready to connect with other women out there who know what I'm going through. Just wanted to introduce m... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 23:47:53 EST Green tea pills? So I had bought these green tea pills a while back because they were reccomended to me by a friend. While I know a pill can not hold the answer to weight loss, I figure it may help when used in addition to a healthy diet and excercise. I had noticed that my friend recently had shed a few pounds and when I asked her how she did it she said she had been taking the pills. You take one mid morning and one mid afternoon with a glass of water. Seems pretty harmless...but does it actually help? <BR>... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 00:35:38 EST Hi Hi my name is Teri Lynn and if I want to be a future mommy I have to lose the weight so I can have normal periods (more then once or twice a year). I am 330 pounds and I have lost 20 pounds since I moved out of my mother's house just over a month ago. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 13:40:42 EST Hello Hey everybody. My name is Mandy and this is my 2nd time using sparkpeople. The first time I quit because I got to busy and I lost about 35lbs and thought I didn't need any help, well I'm in a rutt and guess what....I Need help! LOL I just need a little boost from someone doing this too. Im a wife and a mommy to a handsom 2yr old. My hubby and I want to start trying for baby number 2 but I need to lose some weight first. Any tips would be GREATLY appreciated! Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:02:51 EST 2-8lb challenge in September Here is this months challenge. I am weighing in heavier than last month I am at 133 this month I need to work out a little more and not slack. <BR> <BR> <BR> Leeann Mon, 1 Sep 2008 08:43:38 EST New at this Hi! I just turned 29 years old and I want to be able to motivate my 8 year old son to follow a healthy lifestyle but first I need to. I know that it is not going to be easy, it may have ups and downs, but it is time for ME to do something for myself. Sat, 30 Aug 2008 09:19:47 EST hey im 28 and out of shape and ready to do something about it.I am married and have a 2yr old daughter.its a relief to find that there are many people out there trying to do the same thing. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 14:03:45 EST Fastin? So, hearing some rave reviews on a product known as Fastin...Any takers? My gf has been taking it since May and has lost 28 pounds without changing anything else! Just wondered if anyone else had the same luck?? Thanks:) Wed, 20 Aug 2008 20:47:53 EST Hello Hello I have been on spark people for almost 2 months and I decided I really need to start talking to people on here so I can reach my goals. I am a 22 year old in Utah, I am married and I want to lose weight to feel more comfortable and gain more self confidence. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. <BR> Thanks. Wed, 20 Aug 2008 12:46:01 EST Protien What are some good snacks with protien that isn't high in calories. I never seem to get enough protien. Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:55:53 EST Hello Hello Everyone! <BR> I am new to sparkpeople. I am 23 yrs old and have a one year old daughter who is my everything! <BR> I live in Knoxville, TN and I am a member at 180 Sports and Fitness Club. <BR> I have always had weight issues and now that I had my daughter I am still struggling to get to my goal weight. <BR> I am hoping to get married next summer, but only if I can reach my goal. <BR> I want to live a healthier lifestyle. I'm really unhappy with myself and my appearance. I stay depres... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 02:18:01 EST hello hello, im Melinda and im from michigan. I have a two year old daughter and a army boyfriend. I thought that my life needed a change with justin joined to army in December. I have it in my mind that there is no way that im going to be with an army man and be fat so i join sparkpeople. My goal is to get down to 120LBS before he comes home from Iraq. Im not just doing this for him and our daughter but im doing this so i can feel better about myself. Thu, 14 Aug 2008 22:11:23 EST Personality and Getting Fit How does your personality Hinder or Help you get fit? <BR> <BR> I was out for my lunch time walk and this topic popped in my head. Personality really makes a differance in how you do things. <BR> <BR> My personality and Getting Fit. <BR> <BR> I love routines and patterns. As long as it is scheduled I will do it. If my routine gets messed up it takes me forever to make a new one that feels right. Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:48:38 EST Getting myself on track Hello. My name is London and I had a baby 7 months ago. I initially joined spark people 5 months ago, but I wasn't as serious about loosing weight as I should have been, other wise I would have been at my goal by now. I am 188 and I am 5'8. For my height I would like to be no more that 150. For me, it's bad enough I have a whole bunch of stretch marks on my stomach from having a baby (which I am not complaining about because he is definitely my blessing) but I would at least like to feel comf... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:19:48 EST Hello :) Trying to get back on track.... I used to be quite the workout junkie and ate pretty healthily too. I lost my gym membership when I quit my job at that gym and have been really struggling for months to get back into the groove. Now in nursing school, and working full-time, plus am a single mom and my stress eating over the past few months has been out of control. To add to the mix, I was taking Effexor, and gained 20 pounds during my first 3 months on it! EEK! <BR> <BR> I am currently a... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:46:42 EST Worst Childhood toy EVER!! No not lawn darts,or slap bracelets, or other dangerous toys that you played with in wonderful oblivion. <BR> I am talking about the toys that freaked you out. Made you go 'I liked that?!' or maybe 'What genious came up with that?!' <BR> <BR> My fave scary toy was the Laugh bag that came out right after the first Batman movie. Those things still give my the creepies! Mon, 11 Aug 2008 17:21:57 EST HI! I have a beach vacation coming up next spring and I want to get a head start on the swim suit body! I need some work:) Mon, 11 Aug 2008 15:03:31 EST STUCK SO, I feel like I am doing this weight act where I gain and lose 1-2lbs...Is this my plateau? <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to end this??? Would love any and all suggestions... <BR> <BR> Thanks Sparkers! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 09:34:23 EST Hi, I'm new...for the fourth time :( Ok, so here's the deal. I've been on and off this site for the past three years. I've recently gotten engaged and my wedding is in less than six months. I have joined several other programs, but I cannot seem to commit to anything. My issue is that i eat too much. I don't know how to say no to food. HELP! Please let me know what's worked for you. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:45:34 EST Need some advice on weight gain during TOM I found a trick to stay on track and that’s to weigh myself every morning. By ding this I am reminded the whole day before that if I over eat, don’t drink enough liquid, don’t workout, or have to much salt that I will weigh more in the morning. Every morning I weigh a little less or the same and it feel great! <BR> <BR> But Tom has arrived after 3 days of bad cramps. My weight went up .8 pounds this morning and I fear it will continue to increase. My weekly weigh in is on Friday. Do any of y... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:47:06 EST hi everyone hello everyone! I'm Stephanie I'm from WA state.I just had a baby girl 2 weeks ago by C-section and need to lose the baby weight bad! I have 4 weeks left before I can lift weights again! and I can't wait! right now all I can do is walk.. but its better then nothing.. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> <BR> Steph Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:15:14 EST Hello To Everyone! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Aprile and I have 30lbs to lose. I'm in need of a buddy to do this with. With 30lbs off I will be in my proper BMI and hopefully fit back into my swimsuit. I don't need to be a size 2, I just need to be healthy and feel good about myself. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to work on my goals with all of you! Sat, 2 Aug 2008 20:59:00 EST 2-8 lb challenge in August Here is my challenge for August. I am planing on losing 2lbs this month. <BR> <BR> I weighed in today at 128 so this is my starting weight for august. <BR> <BR> Leeann Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:52:24 EST who is... growing their own veggies??? We are! Unfortunately, my FIL mostly planted purple hull peas in our garden and we also have squash and okra. He planted tomatoes, cucumbers and some other veg. in his garden and gives us all we want. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:23:29 EST Walk Around the World Challenge Hello all! <BR> <BR> I wanted to present a challenge to the group. I heard about this from my friend from work. She said she read about it somewhere here on SP. It's a challenge where you pick a destination you want to walk to (ie from Maine to California)... you calculate the mileage on and your challenge is to make it to your destination by calculating the miles you walk on a regular basis. It can be anywhere... <BR> <BR> I thought it sounded like lots of fun! So, what ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:35:22 EST new goals for me.... Well while down at my parents for 2 and a half months...I lost 20 pounds. I wasn't purposely trying, but working and cutting back on my sugar and portions helped alot. I am now down to 152 and am trying to get down to 125 to 130. I feel so much better about myself and I even got a new haircut which made me feel so much younger. I was just wondering also how is everyone else doing in their journey? Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:01:59 EST hey i am trying hard to loose weight but when i wake up from sleeping at night i get discuraged cause of the fact that when i see the weight it trys to tell me that i am still hevier then i am but after working out n things like that it tells me i weight different this messed up n idk how to change things i wana look damn good for everything comeing up in my life. Sun, 27 Jul 2008 12:52:28 EST hello everyone I am 27 yrs old and from the Midwest. I am tired of my weight going up and down all the time and am looking to make a permanent lifestyle change. I work as a dispatcher for local law enforcement and emergency services so I am on my but glued to a computer for 8 sometimes 12 hours a day. I am looking for a buddy! I look forward to getting to know everybody and sharing victories! Fri, 25 Jul 2008 05:35:42 EST Good Stuff You have Noticed! Sometimes progress is not in the numbers but how you fell or things you notice that others dont. <BR> Post positive things you have noticed since you started SP. <BR> examples; <BR> -easier to move and walk <BR> -muscles <BR> -energy <BR> -better skin <BR> -posture <BR> <BR> Post every time you notice a good change. Tell us how it impacts your activites. Tue, 22 Jul 2008 10:42:45 EST New! My name is Victoria. I am twenty years old. I have three children, ages 2,1, and six days old. I am currently 155 and want to be at 130. I want to eat healthy and be fit to care for my children. Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:25:23 EST newbie with a 2 y.o. boy I have jst created a sparkpage thingy and i am now attempting to join "teams" to further understand how this site works, make new friends, and support others while hopefully recieving support as well. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 21:43:26 EST I am new to this website and need help! SO I AM 22 AND 5 FT TALL AND I WEIGHT 185 PNDS THAT SO SAD AND I NEED HELP TO GET MOTIVATED IN LOSING WEIGHT PLS HELP MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS GABBYR0623@YAHOO.COM <BR> IM NEW TO THIS WEBSITE SO IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME UNDERSTAND IT A LITTLE BETTER THAT WOULD BE GREAT THANKS ! Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:05:28 EST I'm new to this site I'm new to this site and I'm wanting to lose at least 50 pounds by december and i know i can if i9 try and i am on this diet pill that really works if anyone wants to know the name i am willing to let you know the name i have 3 friends that have been on it for 3 months and they love the results they are getting Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:05:33 EST A good start Today was the first true day of my new program and I am almost completely happy with my actions. I have made the goal to work out 5 days a week, cardio as well as strength training. I hope to run 3 miles a day (or 35 minutes) and bike 10 miles a day (or 45 minutes). Today I was slightly disappointed because in my 35 minutes I only got 2.77 miles in, but I am out of shape at the time so that will come with more running. I sort of made up for it by biking 10.33 miles, but biking isn't the s... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 00:47:42 EST 2-8 lbs challenge in July Here is my challenge for July. It don't officially start until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My goal this month is to lose 2 lbs more would be better but I am aiming for the lowest amount this month. <BR> <BR> Leeann Mon, 30 Jun 2008 08:28:15 EST Newbie looking for some ideas and motivations! Well, I was on here about a year ago and never really stuck to getting to know anybody to get the support that is dreadfully needed to keep up motivation when trying to lose weight. I stumbled across the site again yesterday and decided "Why not?" I've tried everything and am only getting "worse" as I liked to call it. The muffin top drives me up a wall and my clothes don't fit, stomach always hurting and constantly having to unbutton my pants at work (I have to wear LONG shirts on those days... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:14:48 EST Newbie with 1 yr old ID girl twins AND a 2 yr old! Hi, I'm new here, my twins just turned 1 on May 29th and they are very ID girls. I also have a 2, almost 3 yr old son. I am a single SAHM & make a little cash sewing on the side on watching other kiddos. It just occurred to me tonight to look for a group for moms of multiples!!! <BR> <BR> Anyways after my son I worked hard with WW & lost 29lbs & was feeling great! Then I went & decided I wanted one more baby... & then I got two! Anyways after the twins were born the weight literally MELTED... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 03:25:59 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been working out for the last few months, but I have finally decided to start making healthy changes in other areas of my life. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great weekend. Catch you around the board. <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:56:10 EST Help me I seem to can't seem to lose weight. My mom thinks its my BCP but i'm not sure. I'm trying to exercise 5 days a week at least 30 minutes and 2 days of strength training most days. I work 2 jobs so its hard, and i'm an excessive sweater and the weather gets so hot and sometimes i just can't exercise. My eating habits haven't changed so i don't know why i keep gaining weight. Does anyone have any suggestions? Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:28:01 EST New here... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to introduce myself to the team as I am a new member. My name is Shandy and I was introduced to this website by a friend of mine who has really inspired me by losing 50 pounds so far. She has been using this website and loves it. I can see that I'm also going to really enjoy using the website. Anyway, I just want to say hi and hopefully I can join in on some discussion and find some support as well as support my fellow SP members. =] Here's to getting heal... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 22:39:43 EST only 8 pounds left! I have lost 16 pounds since I started here at the end of January, making my grand total of weight loss 62 pounds! I can't believe I only have 8 pounds left to my goal weight! When I first started losing weight a few years ago, I didn't have a clear goal weight in mind, I just knew I had to lose weight, but I think if I consciously thought that I would have to lose 70 pounds to get to my goal weight I probably would have been too overwhelmed to start! <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:40:55 EST advice for newbie Hey I'm Erin. I'm 20 yrs old and I have never tried to lose weight before. I have always been naturally skinny though never confident with my body. I always complained about certain parts of it. I didn't think I was fat but maybe my legs were too skinny or my cheeks were too big. Then I had a baby and now I weigh 140 at 5'5''. It could be worse but I am not used to this body at all. I want my old body back but I have no clue what I am doing. Does anyone have any key advice for me to get the m... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:17:10 EST I need help.... Well, I am sitting here feeling my tummy roll over the top of my shorts and knowing that my whole family has weight problems and my dad, just about a year and a half ago, had septuple bypass surgery, and now is borderline diabetic. I sit here wondering how to get started. I crave bad foods all the time. Tonight I made home made chocolate chip cookies. I cook decent but can't control my portions. I make all kinds of excuses not to exercise. And every night I say I can't take this anymore! I am... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 23:00:26 EST Official introduction... I've already posted on the Lose 2 - 8 lbs for June challenge, but thought I would officially introduce myself. <BR> My name is Steph, I'm 25 and married from Ontario, Canada. I'm looking to lose over 50 lbs. I've tried other diets and websites, but this website is so much cooler than any other I've found. It has so many useful apps and features. I look forward to getting to know you all and getting and giving the support we all seem to need. Take care! Sun, 8 Jun 2008 15:39:05 EST Update on me!! I just wanted to give everyone an update on me since I don't get to get on much anymore. I am now down to 160. I am now down smaller than I was when I got married and only 10 more pounds to go until I am at my weight before I got pregnant. I am doing pretty good, but just busy working every day. Just wanted to let you all know!! Fri, 6 Jun 2008 20:13:55 EST I lost a total 11 lbs and a ???... Please help!!! I lost two more pounds so that puts me as down 11 lbs!!! So i want to get one of those stickers to put on my profile that say i lost 10 lbs with spark people <BR> please tell me how to get one Thu, 5 Jun 2008 20:40:18 EST Activity Challenge for June I am personally challenging myself to AMP UP my workouts this month, and any of you are welcome to join me! <BR> <BR> Each day, simply post your total activity minutes and what you did in this format: <BR> <BR> Week 1: <BR> June 1: 60m - NY Ballet Workout <BR> June 2: 70m - Turbo Jam PKJ + 20m Evening Yoga <BR> June 3: 60m - Turbo Jam Booty Sculpt + Cardio Remix <BR> <BR> Cumulative activity minutes: 190 <BR> Starting weight: 151.5 <BR> Current weight: (waiting for weigh in) <BR> <BR> At ... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 17:57:35 EST New to the group <em>141</em> Hello, I am in my late 20's looking to lose about 15-20lbs. I've done this program about 2 years ago and lost the 20.. I really enjoyed it so Im giving it another try. Im giving this team a try so that i know im not the only one out here doing the same thing :P Looking forward to metting everyone! Wed, 4 Jun 2008 16:36:09 EST New to the Team! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kaleigh. I am 21 from Ontario and am looking to lose 25 lbs. I just graduated from university, and will be starting teachers college in the fall. Because of that, I am hoping to get the skills and "life adjustment" now over the summer, when i can really focus on it so that when i have a change of lifestyle come september, i will continue losing (or hopefully maintaining) my weight loss! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being apart of a team that is so moti... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 09:31:18 EST Week 1!! I'm back to Sparks, after getting off the bandwagon for sometime. Excited to start eating properly again, and not heading to the patio as much :) Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:07:53 EST Hello from London! Hello! <BR> My name is Erica and I'm a Canadian currently living in London, UK. I've decided that enough is enough...I'm following my dream here and studying audio engineering. I'm the only girl in the college and hate feeling so unattractive on a daily basis. <BR> So, for the next four months I plan on working extremely hard to feel GREAT about myself again. My motto to keep me going is " A summer of sacrifice for a lifetime of reward!" <BR> Looking forward to being part of a great team! <B... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 05:04:21 EST 2-8 lb challenge in June Here is my challenge for the month of June. I hope everyone joins this challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is my goal for this challenge lose 5 lbs by the end of June. <BR> <BR> My Stats <BR> <BR> SW: 130 Sat, 31 May 2008 08:41:24 EST 9 pounds gone!!! Whoo hooo!!! I feel great I love it!!! <BR> Mon, 26 May 2008 18:14:01 EST The not so New Girl :) hey everyone!! <BR> i've been to this site before over a year ago, and decided to come back, making some changes to my health & get some support from others :) Mon, 26 May 2008 17:58:51 EST HI! I'm new! HI! I'm a 21 year old stay at home mom to 2 beautiful girls! Since the birth of my second daughter i have lost 32 lbs and i currently have 23 lbs to go to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. Thu, 22 May 2008 15:49:14 EST Looking to Learn the tricks of the trade Hello everyone, my name is Lisa, I'm 24, and a single mother. I've excelled in most parts of my life but have struggled with my weight over the past 10 years. I know what it takes to lose weight, I'm just not sure how to apply myself to reach my weight loss goals. I'm interested in knowing what things really seem to work for you to keep you on track and what things to avoid. Any advice would be appreciated. Thu, 22 May 2008 15:05:23 EST MEASURING VS. WEIGHING IN Hello everyone! Just was wondering how often everyone tends to measure as well as how often you are weighing in? I personally weigh in more but would love to see the measurements too. <BR> <BR> Also, are there specific areas you choose to check more frequently then others???? <BR> <BR> Thanks:) Mon, 19 May 2008 16:51:46 EST new here!!! I'm new here... My name is Amanda. I'm 23 and i recently gained weight after surgery in 2007... i first thought i could lose it on my own... but i have now realized that i need a little boost... I am just finding it hard to track my food and stay on a diet... is it ok if i have a cheat day.... <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 May 2008 00:51:59 EST How to start over??? Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I’m new to the boards, but not to Sparks. I’ve been a member for awhile now, but have been off and on the wagon. I really wanted to lose 25 pounds by the end of June-but that’s not going to happen. I really want to start fresh today, how does everyone stay on target??? I seem to give in to temptation to quickly. What is the best way to see results and stay motivated? <BR> Mon, 12 May 2008 08:55:43 EST Music! Hello everyone! Who needs some new songs? Well I decided to start this thread for everyone to post a couple of favorite work-out songs (mabey 3?)and if you want you can list more! I know I am always looking for new music to add to the ipod! If you want you can also add what activity goes with your song! <BR> <BR> here are my recent favs. <BR> <BR> 1. Tell Me When to Go by E40 (cardio) <BR> 2. Running up that Hill by Placebo (spinning up a hill) <BR> 3. Boxer by Chemical Brothers (running) <... Tue, 6 May 2008 17:07:53 EST Help me lose 20-30pounds in 70 days!!! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Nikki and I need your help I am getting married July 19 th 2008 and I purchased a gorgeous gown , and now I really need to get fit ASAP! so I have exactly 72 days to drop at least 20-30 pounds and I need everyones help to develop a affective diet plan would really appreciate it if you could give me different fitness plans and diet plans I really need your support!! I have to do this!!! I also need very a lot of upper body strength exercises, what needs... Mon, 5 May 2008 14:49:47 EST 2-8 pound challenge in May Here is the May challenge Hope to see you all here. I plan on having an 8lb weight loss this month. I will post my starting weight on the first day of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Leeann Wed, 30 Apr 2008 08:36:42 EST Hey everybody <em>213</em> My name is Sherry and I'm turning 20 in 13 days. I just want to look and feel better about myself and I also have a wedding to go to in 2009 so I need to get started! Tue, 29 Apr 2008 17:57:01 EST Best Time to Work out... I'm a teacher...and I'm having some trouble finding time in my schedule to hit the gym. My gym opens at 5:30am. I wake up at 5:45am to go to work. I live about 45 mins from my I feel like working out before school would be tough. But maybe I am making the time school is over and I drive home...with traffic its about 1 hr 10 mins...I get home and I seriously don't feel like leaving the house again. <BR> <BR> I realize that once I find the appropriate time in my schedul... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 22:52:41 EST Weekend Eats Does anyone have problems with staying on track on the weekends? I feel like if I don't go out to eat, then I'm binging on the weekends. What gives? Any tips? Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:40:59 EST Amost College-Grad Hey everybody, <BR> I'm new to this site - a fiend of mine introduced me to it. I'm two weeks away from graduation and I'm looking forward to getting in shape and getting out into the world. I'm hoping to work with adolescents and kids in outdoor/adventure programs, and I want to be healthy enough to really enjoy my time outside. <BR> <BR> Any exercises, recipes, or tips you have would be greatly appreciated! :D <BR> <BR> I've noted lots of people have weight-loss trackers at the bottom of ... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 20:42:49 EST Hey So I have to let you guys know that I have to stop doing the challenges for a bit. I am having personal problems at home. My 2 kids and I are going to stay at my parents for a couple of months. I am going to try and get a job back where I used to work for a bit. My mom has internet, so I will try to log on when I can. Sorry you guys! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:31:26 EST Falling off the wagon Does anyone have this problem or something similar? I start doing really well….tracking, not eating crap, doing some sort of exercise…blah blah. And someone compliments me…and all of a sudden…I’M OFF THE WAGON again! It’s like, I think to myself, oh I’m doing alright, I can eat this cookie. Oh, it’s okay, I can eat this as long as its in moderation I’ll try it..blah blah blah…and then before I know it…I’ve gained the weight back and it’s like BAM…I suck! <BR> <BR> I’m trying really hard ... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:19:41 EST Hi everyone!!!! Hello all, <BR> I am new to this site well sort of......I signed up a month ago but got distracted and yesterday is the first day I have signed on since. <BR> My name is Teckla I am looking to lose about 50lbs. Well I just wanted to say hello. And if anyone has any suggestions or tips for me drop me a line. <BR> <BR> Talk to ya soon! <em>213</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:56:59 EST new to the group i've been on SPARK since February but this is the first group i've joined. i'm 24, i want to lose 21 lbs and learn how to be healthy. i'm on my way to that goal but i just think that knowing that all of your are on this journey too would make me feel a little less alone :) Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:47:31 EST Recipes I am determined to plan every meal out and to start cooking a lot more as a way to avoid pigging out and to save money. <BR> <BR> What are some easy, healthy recipes that you guys use? Also, I just got a crockpot and am obsessed with it! Does anyone have any good recipes for the crockpot? <BR> <BR> <em>286</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 13:18:58 EST HELP!!! I am looking for a wonderful woman who has supported me through so much of my weight loss journey she is WRITE ON but you may know her as jillian if you know her or know how i can find her let me know please i am desperate!!! I have tried searching for her so if she is on your page please let me know how to contact her i want her to know how well i have been doing because she gets like 1/2 the credit!!! <BR> please help me if you have any ideas i will take them <BR> Jackie Wed, 9 Apr 2008 22:09:11 EST confidence boosters?? My question is how do you all boost your confidence and get yourself feeling sexy or hot? I need to do something about the way I feel other than just exercising and watching what I eat. Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:45:44 EST not starting over, but starting where I stopped I got sidetracked when the cold weather came and neither of my kids wanted to take naps at the same time. So therefore, I didn't workout at all in the winter. I did however lose a few pounds here and there. How I did it, I don't know, but I don't eat nearly as bad as I used to when I first started SP. My weight is now at 172. My goal is to get down to 140 by the end of this year. I just need some motivation to get me jump started back. I figure with the way gas prices are going up, up, and up... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 11:28:13 EST My scale is stuck!! I'm sure my scale is broke or something!!lol <BR> <BR> I've been doing SP for 2 months almost 3. (Well, I did 7 months last year and I just came back.) It worked well last year but now..MY SCALE WON'T MOVE!! <BR> I'm always in my calories range, doing exercises 4 times a week, 8 glasses of water/day...I tried to do new exercises, new food...I just don't know what to do anymore!! <BR> I mesured my waist and everything else...I didn't lose much.. <BR> I'm going to Riviera Maya in May and I jus... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 20:29:09 EST 2-8 lb challenge in april here is my challenge for this month as most of you know I host these challenges every month but it seems that someone else is trying to take these from me so you can join my challenge if you want! I am planning on losing 8lbs this month. <BR> <BR> LEEANN Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:06:57 EST Starting again, need help with emotional eating! I am starting my program again after getting off track. My biggest problem is justifying each time I want to eat something not good for me. I think, "It is Sunday so I will be good again on Monday" or "I have time before the next event I would like to lose weight for". I am pretty much my own worst enemy and will eat whenever I am bored or alone at home. Can you guys give me some tips that work for you when you start that trip to the fridge? I really need help from someone that has the same p... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 21:13:38 EST April 2-8lb challenge Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Please post your goals for the month of April. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be down 6lbs by may 1st. I need to kick my butt into high gear. This is the only way I know to make me do it. Somehow being accountable to other ppl makes you want to do it. <BR> <BR> Anyone up for the challenge? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 13:35:05 EST starting over? Ok so i totally slacked off.... I HAVE to do this now i cant put it off anymore ... I NEED HELP! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:45:40 EST