SparkPeople Leaving 260-ville Team Messageboard If you are making your way out of the 260s, stop in here while you find the EXIT sign once and for all. SparkPeople Leaving 260-ville Team Messageboard new Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm Brenna. Stay at home mom with health issues and 3 children with autism. <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in at 264 and I hope to not stay here for very long. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:27:15 EST Community Center - 2015 Happy New Year!! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> We have a brand new year ahead of us! <BR> <em>249</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:58:02 EST August Rent (aka weigh in's) 8/11 - 267.4 <BR> <BR> Will check in again on Friday and then every Friday thereafter! I hope someone else in the group gets active and joins in!! Let's motivate each other to get the heck out of 260-ville! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:39:01 EST Community Center - 2014 Welcome to the brand new Community Center! A place for us to get together and chat! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:36:24 EST September - Emoticon your mood! <em>30</em> <em>9</em> <em>43</em> <em>198</em> <em>15</em> <em>102</em> How are you feeling today? Emoticon your mood! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:49:00 EST Pay your September rent here! Still here? We charge rent! Your weight in EXTRA fitness minutes each month! Hope to see see you work your way through town and on down the Interstate to 240-ville! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:47:11 EST August 2013 SPIN THE WHEEL- What did you get? What did you spin today? Did you spin the bonus wheel? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:21:18 EST Pay your August Rent here! If you're new here in 260-ville, we charge RENT! We're a nice town to vacation in, but you don't really want to live here, we're pretty expensive! Keep heading on down the Interstate to 250-ville! How much is your rent this month? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:44:17 EST Pay your July town rent here! If you're new here in 260-ville, we charge RENT! We're a nice town to vacation in, but you don't really want to live here, we're pretty expensive! Keep heading on down the Interstate to 250-ville! How much is your rent this month? Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:30:45 EST July Spin the Wheel - How many points did you get? How many points did you get? Are you getting 25 points daily to get a bonus spin? Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:57:27 EST July 2013 - Let's revive 260-ville! Well, I'm glad to see that there is a 260-ville since I just got here and I started at 292. So, even though I don't want to stay here, I'm still happy!'s a ghost town here in 260-ville! So, if you're in 260-ville say hello! If you used to be in 260-ville with us, stop in and let us know how you're doing now! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:12:50 EST January Rent IS DUE!!! My rent went up to 250.5 Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:59:10 EST Club House 2013 My maintenance period is over. I didn't do so bad. I am at 250.5 pounds. I stayed within 5 pounds. I am very happy that I could maintain because that just proves to me that once I hit my goal weight I will be able to maintain. <BR> <BR> Who wants to loss all the weight and then just gain it back? I sure don't! <BR> <BR> Now that the New Year is here... I have my resolutions: <BR> <BR> Weight: Last year I lost 88 pounds. This year goal is 51 pounds. I want the end of this year to be in One... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:55:44 EST HOLIDAY FUN WHAT is the best holiday memory that you have? Detail... we love details! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:54:59 EST NEXT YEAR PLANS... What are your plans or goals for the New Year? <em>410</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:49:36 EST Virtual HOLIDAY PARTY <em>442</em> <em>445</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> We are having a holiday party. Dress in your best and post your holiday pictures. The party will be on December 30... log in that day and let's celebrate together!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>500</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:46:26 EST December Rent DUE!! 250... my rent went up a little Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:41:09 EST DECEMBER BLESSING For all the month of December tell the team one blessing a day that you have in your life... <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:39:01 EST October Rent Due! 249 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:42:28 EST October Spin the Wheel 7 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:41:47 EST September Rent is DUE!!! Pay Your RENT TODAY!!!! Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:23:43 EST September Spin The WHEEL!!! How many points did you recieve by spinning the wheel? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 06:21:58 EST AUGUST SPIN THE WHEEL <em>347</em> 3 Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:18:36 EST TOWN DINNER Come by and let us know what is on your menu for the day!! <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:12:02 EST Picnic GAME Its very simple were going through the alphabet so the story goes....... <BR> <BR> <BR> I'M GOING ON A PICNIC AND I AM GOING TO BRING...... <BR> <BR> (were bringing healthy things or exercise related things) <BR> <BR> The first person would bring some that begins with an A, the second a B item and so forth through the entire alphabet A-Z. <BR> <BR> Give it a try. <BR> <BR> <em>191</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:09:32 EST Mid-Town Festival!!!! <BR> <em>410</em> <em>242</em> <em>236</em> <em>458</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO THE 260-VILLE MID-TOWN FAIR! <BR> <BR> IT'S A CARNIVAL TO CELEBRATE BEING HALFWAY OUT OF 260-VILLE! <BR> <BR> ALL NEIGHBORS ARE WELCOME, BUT THOSE 265 LBS AND UNDER GET IN FREE! <BR> <BR> <BR> POST HERE IF YOU HAVE A FREE TICKET TO THE 260-VILLE FAIR! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>361</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:00:52 EST Leaving 260-ville heading onto the next Interstate Post here to let US know that you are leaving.... HOPEFULLY SOUTH!!! <em>382</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:52:02 EST TOWN DUMP! Don't carry that extra weight around one day longer. Toss it here! The pit is bottomless, so c'mon in and get a load off! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:36:13 EST NEW IN TOWN? PAY RENT HERE AUGUST 2012 Greets! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> You are ON A WEIGHT LOSS ROAD TRIP? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO LEAVING 260-VILLE! <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> YOU CAN INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR NEW-FOUND FRIENDS RIGHT HERE IN REPLY TO THIS DISCUSSION THREAD! <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> This is the ARRIVALS section, whether you came via bus or by train or on foot! <BR> <BR> Introduce yourself to the town and pay your rent. <BR> <BR> If you're just coming in from the north, the apartments might seem ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:16:40 EST Big Old Hot Tub 2012 Good Morning, Y'all. <BR> <BR> I have been off this site for a while. While I was gone, I have had a baby boy. He is now 21 months. It has been a rocky road. I am now making a new commitment to my health. I was just wondering how many active members does this group have. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 08:01:17 EST It's a ghost town I'm now getting active on Spark and saw the towns and thought what a motivating way to get into the new decades, but when I came to town I noticed that no one is here. I'm hoping to leave real soon, since this morning I stepped on the scale at 261. So hopefully I'll just be passing through real quick. Otherwise, I might get a little lonely. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:58:48 EST New to town, but won't be a permanent resident Had a great week last week & went from 271 to 265.5 I am hoping I can lose the next 6 pounds by the end of the month. I am happy to be in a new town, but hope I won't stay too long. <BR> <em>213</em> to all my fellow 260s Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:31:32 EST A Charming Girl Hello! Hello everyone! I'm new to the group. I've just signed up today since I'm finally graduated from the Leaving 270-ville! group. I'm happy to be here and can't wait to leave! <em>20</em> I'm hoping there is more activity in this group. There was none in the other group. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:29:02 EST I will not be stuck here Hello my just under 270 self, I have seen you most of my adult life, there for awhile I was more than you but I am glad to be back down to you, even though I know that I will plateau at you. But, I will see that 260 mark and it will be soon. Unfortunately with my fractured leg it will be longer than I hoped. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:52:58 EST Hi, I see some other new people... If any of you all newer-than-me people here want to post and say hi and how you're doing, I'll read and even answer you. Just sayin' that I'm here and I see some people who just joined up... It doesn't have to be a ghost town. :) Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:49:07 EST Outta here! Hey yall! After a few months hanging around here, I have called the movers and I am out of here! I weighed in at 258.8 this morning. Hope to see you soon in 250-ville. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 16:19:16 EST Setting up my tent ! Hello! I'm setting up my tent as I will be here for a few weeks but not building a permanent building as I plan to move on! <BR> <BR> I'm Suzanne, 55, married, one grown son, a dog and a parrot and a wonderful hubby of 34 years. I started this journey in July at 328. I love SP and all the great friends I have made here. <BR> <BR> My secrets to sucess include: <BR> <BR> a) weighing, measuring, and tracking every bite I eat. <BR> b) getting exercise every day - minimum of 20 minutes <BR> c) 7... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 02:35:18 EST How long have you been stuck in this town? Ive been here about 4 months and seems like my ticket out keeps going on stand by. Who's on the next thing smoking with me???? Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:20:20 EST Anybody here? Just made it here and hoping that I won't be here to long. Looking at the ages of post it looks like I'm the only one! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 12:38:04 EST Just made it Hey everyone! Just made it in today. Not planning to stay long though. Hope we all are out of here soon! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:24:30 EST Any room for me? Weighed in at 270 this morning so just stopping by to see if there is room for me in the next day or so. I don't plan on staying to long, but would love some friendship and support while here. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:10:33 EST Any room for me? Weighed in at 270 this morning so just stopping by to see if there is room for me in the next day or so. I don't plan on staying to long, but would love some friendship and support while here. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:09:35 EST Here...but hopefully not for long! I just left 270ville and welcomed myself to 260ville today. I'm hoping to be here for about 3 weeks then moving on... <BR> <BR> Give me a holler if you're out there and working on leaving soon too! <BR> <BR> Ciao ciao for now! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:56:02 EST I'm moving in... I am here by the skin of my teeth but I am soooo glad to be here and be out of the 270s...or 300s for that matter. It just goes to show what patience can do. I hope to be out of here by the New year though...or at least early in January. Congrats to everyone who has come and gone, those currently here, and future people...See ya in 250ville soon (I hope) <em>224</em> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:36:30 EST Toodaloo!! Weighed in this morning at 260.8. I will be leaving soon...VERY soon!! Good luck to you all! Who wants to car pool to 270ville? Wed, 1 Dec 2010 15:19:31 EST passing through If anyone's out there reading ... just wanted to say hello. I've been working my way down through the 260's, but never moved myself out of 270'ville until just today. So, here I am with about 4 more pounds to go til 250-ville. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:01:37 EST Just drove in Hi everyone. Fairly new to SparkPeople and I just left 270-ville (barely), but the scale says 269.5 so here I am. I hope to not be here long, but as long as I am I hope to motive and be motivated. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 16:28:41 EST It took me longer... It took me a bit longer than I thought it would but I'm officially moving into 260-ville! Just weighed in this morning at 267 pounds. Sat, 26 Jun 2010 22:28:20 EST Flatten Your Stomach <BR> When you want to shrink that belly bulge that hangs over your belt, try doing stomach crunches as part of your workout or at night before you go to bed. Start with 25 reps, and see if you can gradually build up to 100. Before you know it, this classic exercise will flatten your stomach as it strengthens your abs! <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 15:20:45 EST Eat More Whole Grains <BR> <BR> <BR> Whole grains don't have any fewer calories than bleached ones, but their extra fiber is more likely to fill you up. When it comes to breads, rice, flour, and crackers, trade white products for brown ones. Dark rye bread has fewer calories than white bread, and is also a good choice if you want to keep hunger at bay longer. <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 15:18:49 EST Reward Yourself <BR> Remember, dieting is all in the way you perceive it. Don't look at cutting back as a punishment, but as a way of treating yourself better. Exercising, watching what you eat, and maintaining a sensible weight will make you look great and will improve your overall health. There are dozens of other positive ways to reward yourself, so make sure you try to do one every day! <BR> <BR> <em>340</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 15:17:15 EST This is just too funny not to share!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Four friends spend weeks planning the perfect girls getaway trip - <BR> Shopping, casinos, massages, facials. <BR> <BR> Two days before the group is to leave Mary's husband puts his foot down <BR> And tells her she isn't going. <BR> <BR> Mary's friends are very upset that she can't go, but what can they do. <BR> <BR> Two days later the three get to the hotel only to find Mary sitting in the <BR> Bar drinking a glass of wine. <BR> <BR> "W... Sun, 16 May 2010 10:10:02 EST So great to see everyone!! Its so great to see how everyone is doing! Some of you are coming and going so fast Ican't keep track!! And some are just hanging around here, being a real tourist, and that is great, we have a lot to offer here, and i iwll do my best to keep you entertained! Please write me if you have any questions <BR> Kim Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:05:19 EST TFG=New Just scouting out a place to live soon. Just hit 278 and don't plan on being there long. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 08:25:18 EST March is coming to an end~ March is coming to an end soon, are you close to or have you met your personal goal for the month? unfortunately I have not, but I will, make it, and I hope you all are too! <BR> Please check in and tell us what is going on with you :) <BR> Cheers Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:42:08 EST made it to 260s happy to be here but dont want to stay too long/ hope to get to know some of you on my stop here. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 18:21:11 EST Anybody out there? I just got into the 260s and was hoping someone out there would like to work with me on getting out of here quickly! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 15:56:59 EST Can't seem to get out of here My trek through 280ville and 270ville were pretty quick and painless. I keep fluctuating around 268-267 and it's frustrating. I'm working out at the gym 5 days a week, I walk/jog on the weekends and I'm following the calories SP has set for me. Please feel free to look at my nutrional info and/or my exercise routines and tell me if you can see where I'm going wrong! <BR> Thanks <em>213</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:20:48 EST Knock, Knock Is anyone else here but me? I was hoping to get a chance to meet everyone. <BR> If you have anything you would like to talk about, please feel free to email me any time :) <BR> <BR> Kim Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:49:18 EST hello! Weighed in at 268.8 today- it took me 3 weeks to get out of 270-ville and now to the next chapter. <BR> <BR> I'm Mel, from Texas but living in Montana where I teach in a small town. I'm married and have an 11 yr old son. <BR> <BR> Working hard at getting myself on track, yes I want to lose weight- but I'm more concentrated on getting healthy. As my son gets older, I want to keep up with him & not have him embarrassed by his big ol' mama. <BR> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:47:03 EST I don't plan on staying long Hello everyone!!! My name is Jesscia and I just joined the 260's this morning. I don't plan on staying long though, just a quick visit on my way out of town. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:42:50 EST Beware of Sweetened Yogurt <BR> <BR> <BR> For the most part, yogurt is a sensible snack, but some fruit yogurts can be high in sugar. The kind with those gooey fruit preserves on the bottom can have up to 230 calories per serving. Check the label for the amount of sugar used in your favorite brand, and mix plain low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit instead. You'll save calories and have better control over your sugar intake! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:23:30 EST Take the Stairs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Need an easy way to increase your daily activity level when you're on your way to work? Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is one simple solution. Even if you work on the 25th floor, get off on the 22nd floor, and walk up the three flights. Five extra minutes of stair walking adds up fast -- by the end of the week you'll have burned 150 calories. Best of all, it's great for both your thighs and your heart rate! <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:21:50 EST There Is No "Free" Food <BR> <BR> <BR> Having trouble sticking to your diet without snacking? You might be tempted to go overboard on foods that provide almost no calories, such as diet soda, broth, or sugar-free candy and gum. But many of these "free" foods have sodium levels that can really add up if eaten to extremes. You only need 2,400 mg of sodium a day, so take it easy on the hidden sources! <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:19:57 EST I would say, "See ya!" But I hope I don't! ;) <BR> <BR> Hopefully I do see the rest of you in 250-ville or lower soon, but I won't be sorry not to see 260-ville again! Sun, 15 Nov 2009 05:56:01 EST Defining Characteristics ...of Slow People <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Slow people always walk side by side, even if they don't know each other. <BR> <BR> 2. They drive side by side, too. If they can't find another slow driver to pair up with, they drive in the fast lane. <BR> <BR> 3. Slow walkers never look back. When they drive, they never look in their rear view mirrors, either. <BR> <BR> 4. Slow people drift sideways so they'll block the path of anyone trying to pass them. If two people or vehicles are trying to get around th... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 19:17:59 EST Superfoods For Your Brain Superfoods for Your Brain <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're feeling sluggish and need some added brain power, try eating a meal rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. Protein-rich foods like turkey and fish are a great fuel source for the brain when combined with complex carbs, such as brown rice or whole-grain bread. So fuel your mind with the right balance of protein and complex carbs, and see what new things you'll discover! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:29:30 EST Load Up On Delicious Vitmain C Load Up on Delicious Vitamin C <BR> <BR> Probably best known for its abilities to decrease the severity and duration of colds, vitamin C is also helpful in minimizing the effects of bruising, and increasing resistance to heart disease. But eating oranges isn't the only way to get your 60 mg daily allowance of vitamin C (100 mg for smokers). One kiwi contains 117 percent of the RDA, and papaya has a whooping 313 percent! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:26:10 EST Try a Raised-Leg Crunch Try a Raised-Leg Crunch <BR> <BR> <BR> If you really want your abdominal muscles to feel the burn, try supplementing your regular sit-ups with raised-leg crunches. This exercise raises your heart rate while strengthening your abs, so it'll improve your cardiovascular system while it shapes your tummy. Good stuff all around! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:22:43 EST Dieting on the Road Dieting on the Road <BR> <BR> Since airline food is not known for its great nutrition or its taste, why bother eating it? If the flight is short, eat at home before you travel and then skip the airplane meal. Occupy yourself by reading, sleeping, or watching the movie instead. For longer flights, pack your own healthy snacks and meals so you'll be more likely to eat smart foods -- and you won't be tempted when the food cart comes rolling down the aisle. <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2009 12:12:26 EST Use a Teacup <BR> <BR> <BR> Hankering for a sweet treat after dinner? You can splurge on dessert -- you just have to limit your portion size. Instead of heaping scoops of ice cream into a large bowl, or worse yet, eating it directly out of the container, plop a few spoonfuls into a small teacup. The dainty serving dish will make a small amount of ice cream seem bigger. So curl that pinky and get in touch with your inner princess. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:47:07 EST Soy Good <BR> <BR> If you're lactose intolerant or just don't like cow's milk, calcium-fortified soy milk is a great low-fat, high-protein substitute. Made from soybeans, it's one of the few sources of complete plant protein. Plus, it has less than 70 calories and 4 grams of fat per 8-ounce serving. There's more than one way to get your daily dose of calcium -- if you don't drink milk, try soy instead! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:46:18 EST The Truth About Metabolism <BR> <BR> Did you know that building muscle will help increase your resting metabolic rate? Greater muscle mass means you'll need more energy to fuel it -- and a better rate of burning calories. In fact, lifting weights two to three times a week for 16 weeks can make you burn about 100 more calories a day. That's one more reason to head to the gym! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:45:16 EST November Question 2 Biggest Pet Peeve? Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:19:58 EST November Goodbyes <BR> Moving on to another ville dont forget to say goodbye!!!! <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:11:57 EST One thing I commit to in November.... I commit to taking at least a 30 minute walk everyday and making sure I drink my 8 glasses of water. <em>429</em> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:07:09 EST November Question What motivates you the most to keep losing the weight day after day? Mon, 2 Nov 2009 00:05:04 EST November 1st Rent Is Due!!!! What are you paying for your rent this month? <BR> <BR> My rent went up and I am now playing 280. Yicks. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 23:22:24 EST Strengthen Your Center Strengthen Your Center <BR> <BR> Pilates doesn't raise your heart rate like aerobics. Instead, it helps you build strength and flexibility with gradual, methodical movements that challenge your body. "The Hundred" is a Pilates movement you can try at home to bolster your back and stomach muscles. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:02:11 EST GET NUTTY! Get Nutty! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got the munchies? Nuts are a healthy snack choice because they contain significant amounts of iron, magnesium, and zinc, and they're also high in protein. You'll get the biggest bang for your buck with almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews. Just keep your portion sizes small -- one or two handfuls is plenty -- most nuts are high in calories and fat. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 20:00:04 EST KNOW YOUR NUMBERS Know Your Numbers <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Losing weight can be easier once you understand the math. First, multiply your body weight by 15 -- that's how many calories you need to maintain your current weight if you're getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. (And walking to your car doesn't count.) If you want to lose weight, you'll need to cut your daily calories by between 500 and 1,000. At that rate, you'll be able to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, the rate doctors rec... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:57:08 EST KNOW YOUR NUMBERS Know Your Numbers <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Losing weight can be easier once you understand the math. First, multiply your body weight by 15 -- that's how many calories you need to maintain your current weight if you're getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. (And walking to your car doesn't count.) If you want to lose weight, you'll need to cut your daily calories by between 500 and 1,000. At that rate, you'll be able to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, the rate doctors re... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:53:42 EST Get Nutty Get Nutty! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got the munchies? Nuts are a healthy snack choice because they contain significant amounts of iron, magnesium, and zinc, and they're also high in protein. You'll get the biggest bang for your buck with almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews. Just keep your portion sizes small -- one or two handfuls is plenty -- most nuts are high in calories and fat. <BR> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:52:11 EST Strengthen Your Center Strengthen Your Center <BR> <BR> Pilates doesn't raise your heart rate like aerobics. Instead, it helps you build strength and flexibility with gradual, methodical movements that challenge your body. "The Hundred" is a Pilates movement you can try at home to bolster your back and stomach muscles. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:50:17 EST October Goodbyes Moving on to another ville dont forget to say goodbye!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:45:34 EST Onion and Flu? In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. <BR> Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. <BR> <BR> The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only ... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:42:08 EST One thing I commit to October... <em>423</em> Maintaining my weight until November!!! Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:40:45 EST October Question What is your favorite think about fall? <em>422</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 19:37:05 EST Movin' on down the road! I'm happy to say that after ONE YEAR, I am moving to the next town. Today I am 256 lbs, so I feel confident that I am saying good-bye to this place. In the last six weeks I have tracked food and walked. <BR> <BR> The key for me has been consistancy. I've walked and tracked food almost every day for the past six weeks, and that has made the difference. <BR> <BR> Good Luck to everyone and I hope to see you in 250-ville. Thank you PrincessAmy for all of your hard work in this town. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 13:20:03 EST October Rent Sorry...No Late Fees this month <BR> <BR> October Rent is Due! Wed, 7 Oct 2009 17:17:19 EST Go Fish! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sick of eating chicken for dinner? White-meat fish is a tasty alternative to poultry, and it's only about 80 calories per serving. Stick with fish like cod, haddock, tilapia, and sole for a low-fat, low-calorie protein boost, along with tons of vitamins and minerals. Plus, fish is simple and fast to cook. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 03:07:52 EST Drink Fruit <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't pour yourself a glass of orange juice in the morning to start your day when you can reach for a fresh orange instead. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice is loaded with as many sugar calories as soda, and it's got 110 calories. Instead, eat an orange. You'll get more fiber, plenty of vitamin C, and only 60 calories! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 03:06:51 EST Drink Fruit <BR> <BR> Don't pour yourself a glass of orange juice in the morning to start your day when you can reach for a fresh orange instead. An 8-ounce glass of orange juice is loaded with as many sugar calories as soda, and it's got 110 calories. Instead, eat an orange. You'll get more fiber, plenty of vitamin C, and only 60 calories! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 03:05:21 EST Go Fish! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sick of eating chicken for dinner? White-meat fish is a tasty alternative to poultry, and it's only about 80 calories per serving. Stick with fish like cod, haddock, tilapia, and sole for a low-fat, low-calorie protein boost, along with tons of vitamins and minerals. Plus, fish is simple and fast to cook. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 03:04:35 EST Hike to Good Health <BR> <BR> <BR> If running is not your speed and walking seems too slow for you, it may be time for you to take a hike. Blazing a trail through the forest can be calming and invigorating, between the uphill challenges and the gorgeous mountaintop views. Plus, your uphill battle will burn almost twice the calories as walking around the neighborhood would. So find a mountain and get going! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 03:03:51 EST Frying Eggs <BR> <BR> The wife was busy frying eggs, when her husband came home. He walked into the kitchen and immediately started yelling... <BR> <BR> "CAREFUL!!! CAREFUL!!! MORE OIL!!! TURN THEM!!! TURN THEM NOW!!! WE NEED MORE OIL!!! THEY ARE GOING TO STICK!!! CAREFUL!!! CAREFUL!!! TURN THEM!!! TURN THEM!!! HURRY UP!!! ARE YOU CRAZY!!!! THE OIL IS GOING TO SPILL!!! USE MORE SALT!!! THE SALT!!!!" <BR> <BR> The wife was very upset, "What the hell is wrong with you? Why are you yelling like this? ... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:38:41 EST Spring Fever <BR> <BR> Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. <BR> <BR> Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper." <BR> <BR> Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?" <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:30:15 EST Shake Up Your Diet Shake Up Your Diet <BR> <BR> <BR> Mmmm...what you wouldn't give for a creamy, decadent milk shake, so thick you can barely sip it through a straw. Well, we've got some shakes that might satisfy your craving. These fruit shakes are creamy, thick, and decadent, too. But they're also low in calories and rich in essential vitamins and nutrients. So go ahead and satisfy your sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> <em>482</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:27:29 EST Stop the Mindless Munching Stop the Mindless Munching <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed that you eat when you're not even hungry? Think about the mindless nibbling we do in front of the TV, munching on buttered popcorn at the movies, or that late-afternoon sweet we have every day. All those snacks add up. So make a pact with yourself: before you reach for a snack, make sure you really are hungry. Don't eat because you're bored. Or because you're stressed out. Eat because you're hungry, and only because you're hung... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:25:44 EST The good egg The Good Egg <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes eggs get a bad rap. The reality is, eggs can be a great diet food, as long as you don't have high cholesterol. Eggs are a significant source of protein, which means you'll stay full longer if you start your day off with one. You'll also get a lot of iron and vitamins A and D. Plus, a large hard-boiled egg only has 84 calories and 6 grams of fat. If you really must fry your eggs, use a nonstick pan without butter or oil. Now get cracking! <BR> <BR> <em... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:24:38 EST Do you like to eat Raw Tomatoes? I love them. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:21:28 EST Are you keeping your "fat" clothes? I got rid off all my big girl clothes. Now I have to shop...oh darn. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:14:23 EST One Thing I commit to in September... I commit to exercising at least 30 minutes a day Tue, 1 Sep 2009 23:01:13 EST September Question Fall is almost here which means summer is almost over. What is one thing you really enjoyed about the summer? One thing you are looking for in the fall? Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:55:48 EST September Rent Due September Rent is Due...How much are you paying? Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:50:36 EST One Thing I commit to in June... eating breakfast everyday Wed, 3 Jun 2009 13:31:52 EST One thing I will commit to in June.... eating breakfast Wed, 3 Jun 2009 03:29:13 EST June Question What is your motivation to keep losing weight? Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:37:03 EST June Rent Due How much are you paying? Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:31:40 EST Shake Up Your Diet <BR> <BR> Mmmm...what you wouldn't give for a creamy, decadent milk shake, so thick you can barely sip it through a straw. Well, we've got some shakes that might satisfy your craving. These fruit shakes are creamy, thick, and decadent, too. But they're also low in calories and rich in essential vitamins and nutrients. So go ahead and satisfy your sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 May 2009 01:49:16 EST Workout Refueling <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel weak-kneed or light-headed after you workout? That's because you need to refuel. After intense exercise, be sure to replenish your fluids by drinking lots of water, and restore your energy with a snack or two. Bananas, apples, yogurt, or pretzels will give you a carbohydrate and protein fix when you're running on empty. So make eating after exercise part of your plan -- it'll keep you going for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 May 2009 01:47:53 EST Walk the Dog <BR> <BR> Did you miss your workout again? If you find your schedule won't let you squeeze in an aerobics class or a jog around the neighborhood, try walking the dog for 15 extra minutes. Or take a stroll around the block with a friend or family member -- the quiet time will help you connect. Do this each day for a week, and you can burn up to 500 calories. Plus, you'll have some wonderful quality time with your teenager, partner, or best friend. So next time you skip the gym, grab a pal an... Tue, 19 May 2009 01:46:56 EST How to Make Lighter Pastries How to Make Lighter Pastries <BR> <BR> <BR> Being on a diet doesn't mean you have to kiss pastries goodbye. Instead of cooking with heavy piecrusts and homemade doughs, substitute phyllo dough in your homemade recipes. This light, thin Greek dough is traditionally used in baklava, and it has 79 calories per ounce and less than a gram of fat. Compared with piecrust at 110 calories and 7 grams of fat, phyllo dough is a bargain! Brush it with olive oil or a scant amount of margarine before you... Thu, 14 May 2009 12:42:11 EST Pregnancy Pounds <BR> <BR> Whether your child-bearing days are just beginning, or long over, you're probably familiar with the challenge of pregnancy weight gain. In fact, most women retain five or more pounds after pregnancy. But we have good news: You can lose your pregnancy weight much the same way your children lost their baby fat. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 12:39:56 EST Walk Your Way to Happiness <BR> <BR> It's hard to motivate for exercise when you're feeling down and out. But your bad mood is actually the best reason to increase your activity level. Studies show that something as simple as a 10-minute walk can ease depression and boost your mood. In fact, walking can help decrease feelings of tension, anger, stress, and confusion -- it even gives you energy. Try it and see for yourself! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 12:37:05 EST Butter Arms <BR> <BR> When you think of push-ups, images of bellowing drill sergeants and groaning army privates may cross your mind. But this old-fashioned exercise shouldn't be intimidating at all -- it's an excellent way to build your upper body strength and tone your arms and shoulders, too. Imagine how great you'll look in tank tops! Now, give me 10! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 May 2009 11:59:38 EST Surviving Happy Hour <BR> <BR> Boosting your spirits at happy hour or a party is one thing, but drinking spirits is another. Beer, wine, and cocktails add calories with few or no nutritional benefits, which means they also add extra pounds. Just 12 ounces of your favorite beer or eight ounces of liquor contain 150 calories. A small five-ounce glass of wine has 100 calories. You don't have to skip drinks with your pals -- just sip a diet soda or seltzer with lime instead. <BR> Tue, 5 May 2009 11:55:09 EST Shake Your Sodium Habit <BR> If you're addicted to salty foods, you should know that eating too much salt may make you retain water, which adds extra pounds to the scale. Studies also show that excess sodium is linked to high blood pressure, which puts you at a higher risk for heart disease. So it's a good idea to watch your daily sodium intake carefully -- just one teaspoon of salt contains 2,300mg of sodium, more than 95 percent of your daily allowance (2,400mg). Diet-friendly snacks like popcorn and pretzels can... Tue, 5 May 2009 11:53:58 EST May Question 2 Since Mother's Day is coming up soon... <BR> <BR> What do you love about your mother? Sat, 2 May 2009 17:08:31 EST One Thing I commit to in May... is that I will do at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday. Sat, 2 May 2009 17:00:31 EST "A-Z" Girls AND Boys Names Aaron <BR> Alexandria Sat, 2 May 2009 16:59:09 EST ANY "3" LETTER WORD Dog Sat, 2 May 2009 16:50:04 EST May Question Are you planning a Summer vacation or trip? If yes, where? Sat, 2 May 2009 16:18:49 EST May Rent Due!!!! I am really excited...I am offically at 259. I will still be your team leader. I cant wait to see you all in 250 ville soon. Sat, 2 May 2009 16:16:35 EST Skip the Crackers <BR> <BR> Eating cheese and crackers isn't the best idea for your diet, but that doesn't make it any less difficult to resist them when you're at a party. If you decide to dip into a decadent nosh, enjoy the cheese but save some calories by skipping the crackers. Most crackers are high in sodium and fat and they don't add much flavor to the treat. Oat crackers, for instance, have 115 calories per two tiny squares. Indulge yourself a little, but pass over the pointless calories wherever you ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:02:46 EST The Parking Lot <BR> <BR> Here's another tip for finding time for fitness: Make it a rule to park in the farthest spot in every parking lot. You've just found a simple way to add some walking to your normal routine to burn some extra calories. Every 20 minutes you walk expends about 100 calories, so stick to the parking rule and you could be save hundreds each week! <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:01:57 EST Fat-Free Doesn't Mean Calorie-Free <BR> <BR> One of the biggest myths about fat-free foods is that they are lower in calories, or even calorie-free. In fact, many nonfat or low-fat products have almost as many calories as regular foods. For instance, a popular brand of low-fat chocolate sandwich cookie has 110 calories per serving, while the regular version actually has 10 fewer calories for the same two cookies. Watching your fat content is important when it comes to overall weight loss, but keeping your calories low is eve... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:01:06 EST May channenges? Well, let's "belly up" to the bar and get a May challenge goin'! With any luck and determination, we will be outta this town by the end of May! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 11:47:53 EST Frozen Diet Entrees <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen diet entrees and premade foods can seem like an easy way to stick to your daily calorie plan when you work late or need to eat in a rush. But most prepackaged foods focus on a low calorie-count and taste, and not on balanced nutrition -- especially when it comes to sodium. So when you're selecting canned soups, pasta, and other packaged meals at the store, make sure they contain no more than 50 percent of your daily sodium needs, or less than 1,200mg. The lower, the b... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:21:02 EST Stress Relief <BR> <BR> <BR> The daily pressures of home, family, and work can really start to add up. Before you reach your breaking point, take a few minutes to decompress with some simple yoga exercises. Find a quiet spot. Settle into a comfortable pose and clear your mind with some deep breaths. Then, take some time for yourself and your own well-being with these basic yoga poses. <em>403</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:19:36 EST The Truth About Turkey <BR> <BR> Although many of us only think about eating turkey around the holidays or special occasions, this nutritious white meat should be enjoyed year-round. Turkey is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. And it provides 200mcg or nearly 50 percent of the RDA for folic acid, which helps protect against birth defects, various forms of cancer, and heart disease. One 3-ounce portion of white meat only has about 105 calories, so go on and gobble it up! <BR> <em>429</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:17:38 EST Breakfast: The Secret to Diet Success <BR> <BR> <BR> If you think you'll lose weight by skipping breakfast, think again! When you eat a healthy breakfast, you're starting the foundation in your stomach for your entire day. You won't be as likely to binge at lunchtime because you're famished! Breakfast also jump-starts your metabolism. Studies show that 80 percent of the most successful dieters (people who shed 30 pounds and keep off the weight for over a year) are regular breakfast eaters. So make sure you make time for most i... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:38:34 EST Satisfying Your Ice Cream Cravings <BR> <BR> If you've given up your favorite treat for your diet, we've got good news. It turns out there are dozens of healthier alternatives to ice cream. An average ice cream bar contains 260 calories and 17 grams of fat, but dip into sorbet or low-fat frozen yogurt and you'll save at least 100 calories and 10 grams of fat. Nonfat fudge bars, ice pops, and low-calorie ice-cream sandwiches are other yummy ways to indulge while watching your waistline! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:38:07 EST TV Fitness TV Fitness <BR> <BR> If you keep skipping the exercise part of your schedule, this tip is for you: Trade your TV or computer time for exercise. If you spend an hour or more per day relaxing in front of either of these screens, that's an hour you could be improving your health and burning calories! So turn off that box, and get moving! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:37:30 EST How do you motivate a friend? I would love to know how you motivate yourself or a friend. Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:23:55 EST April QUESTION BY NEXT YEAR AT THIS TIME... <BR> <BR> WHAT Is THE ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD WANT DIFFERENT? <BR> (THIS DOES NOT MEAN JUST WEIGHT LOSS!) Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:22:22 EST Touch Your Toes <BR> <BR> <BR> When was the last time you tried to touch your toes? It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but doing the toe-touch crunch is a great way to work your abdominal muscles and strengthen your thighs -- and who couldn't use some boosting there? This is an exercise you can do at home for a morning stretch, or try it just before you go to bed at night to loosen up those muscles. <BR> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:59:59 EST Calcium Solutions <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know we're supposed to eat or drink 1,000 mg of calcium each day? Tough when you're cutting out fatty foods like cream in your coffee and ice cream for dessert. But reduced-fat milks, yogurts, and cheeses can help you reach this goal without the usual fat and calories. In fact, many of these products actually have more calcium than their whole-milk counterparts! Plus, some dietitians and doctors say that eating dairy products like yogurt will help you lose weight bec... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:58:56 EST Set Small Goals <BR> <BR> Getting discouraged by your exercise routine? Your best bet is to launch your exercise regimen with small goals in mind. If your target is to run at a brisk pace for 30 minutes, start by walking fast for 30 minutes. After a few days, move up to light jogging. Keep stepping up the pace, and eventually you'll reach your goal. Plus, building on smaller goals is good for your body -- and your confidence, too. <BR> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:57:46 EST One Thing I commit to in April... I commit to eating at least 3 times a day instead of one. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:56:59 EST April Question What is your favorite part about Spring? <em>437</em> <em>126</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:43:49 EST April Rent Due I am paying 265.9 Fri, 3 Apr 2009 07:37:31 EST I don't want to be on this team! LOL! So why did I join you ask? Because I have been in the 260's since last June of 2008. This new year, I have been trying to get into the 250's, which I have done here and there, even as long as one week this month, but then I'm back up in the 260's. I lost and gained those 260's time and time again. I am hoping for my new exercise routine to help get me out of here, and onto 250-ville for good! <BR> <BR> So anyways, while I'm here, it's nice to meet you! Tue, 31 Mar 2009 02:07:56 EST Counting Coffee <BR> <BR> Sipping a nice hot cup of coffee is the way most of us like to start our mornings, but it may not be the healthiest way. Sure, java tastes great and provides a shot of quick energy. But when you add cream and sugar, one cup of coffee can have as much as 74 calories! Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect and can rob your body of much-needed calcium. Flavored herbal tea, on the other hand, doesn't have caffeine, doesn't need milk or sugar, and only has 1 calorie. Now that's a healt... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:00:54 EST That's One Sweet Potato! <BR> <BR> <BR> Before you whip up regular potatoes with dinner tonight, why not make sweet potatoes instead? At around 90 calories per half cup, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, antioxidants, and fiber; regular potatoes baked in their skins have almost double the calories and very little beta-carotene. No need to add sugar or a lot of butter to the tasty orange tubers either, because these potatoes are sweet enough! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 13:59:55 EST It's All in the Abs <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're feeling shy about wearing your low-rise jeans because your tummy could use some toning, it's time to target your lower abdominals with oblique crunches. It may sound like a type of breakfast cereal, but this exercise will help flatten your stomach and tighten that little bump that's hanging over your jeans. Give it a try! <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> 1) Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Position your knees about 6 inches apart. <BR> <B... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 13:58:55 EST Hello! I have just joined your team. I had been stuck at 270 since October and the scale finally moved this week!! Yay!! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 07:53:37 EST Smart Starters <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting your meal with a small, healthy salad of dark greens, colorful veggies, and low-calorie dressing is a quick way to get some added vitamins while also taking the edge off your hunger. Restaurant appetizers can often be deep fried or high in calories, carbs, and fat. Start with a crisp salad and you'll eat less of your entree while still getting all the vitamins you need! <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:39:10 EST Foods That Boost Your Mood <BR> <BR> Many of us crave carbohydrate-rich food like pastas, pastry, potatoes, or candy when we're feeling blue. The good news is that doctors believe carbohydrates elevate brain levels of tryptophan and serotonin, which can improve your mood and relieve irritability. The bad news is these same foods can make us feel drowsy and sluggish! So if you're looking for some mood-boosting foods, look for ingredients rich in omega-3 oils and protein. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:36:18 EST Find the Right Exercise for You <BR> <BR> <BR> If you absolutely hate jogging, you probably won't look forward to a mile around the track. You can get the same benefit from rollerblading, dancing, or practicing karate -- depending on the amount of time and the level of exertion. A fun, 20-minute game of basketball can burn up around 175 calories. So find the exercise that's right for you, and then you'll want to stick to it. <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:31:39 EST One Thing I Commit To In March..... To start strength training at least one day a week Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:47:34 EST March Question If you could change anything that you have done in the past would you and why? Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:46:00 EST March Rent Due!!!! My rent dropped to 270.5 Yes Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:45:04 EST Healthy Vegetarian <BR> <BR> <BR> Cutting out the meat doesn't always cut out calories, especially when it's replaced with high-calorie, high-fat vegetarian foods like cheese and nuts. Plus, many prepackaged garden burgers and fried veggie patties have just as much fat as meat products. The trick is to balance your diet and try not to replace meat sources with other fatty foods. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:12:01 EST Using the Buddy System <BR> <BR> <BR> We know it's difficult to stay motivated to exercise regularly. One great way to keep up a workout routine is to pair up with another dedicated person, or with a small group of friends. You'll be surprised how much fun it can be to have a special group for walking, running, or working out at the gym. The camaraderie and support (not to mention the healthy peer pressure) can keep you motivated and feeling positive. Plus, you'll get some necessary together time, too. <em>220<... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:11:18 EST Crunchy Snacks <BR> <BR> Ever get the urge to snack on something crunchy while watching a movie or working at your desk? It might be part reflex and part hunger, but there's also something really satisfying about the act of chewing. Instead of reaching for chips or other high-calorie, high-fat snacks, try 2 cups of air-popped popcorn, 3 rice cakes, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cereal, or raw vegetables. You'll get the crunch you need without the calories! Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:10:31 EST Pet Peeves What's your pet peeve? <em>33</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2009 19:25:19 EST Change a Word This is a game that has been very popular with my members, thought you might like a try for example: <BR> <BR> Hot Dog could be replaced by Hot Tip, Hot shot or Hound dog. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with: <BR> <BR> Apple Pie Fri, 27 Feb 2009 18:51:03 EST Going for the Great Greens Going for the Great Greens <BR> <BR> <BR> All salads aren't created equal. When you decide to toss yourself a bowl of greens, go for darker varieties for higher nutrient content. Pale iceberg lettuce is mostly just water, but romaine lettuce, watercress, and arugula provide better sources of fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene for about the same calories. Raw baby spinach, with 20 calories and 5 grams of fiber in 1 1/2 cups, is a smart choice, too! <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:44:34 EST Energizing Yoga <BR> <BR> <BR> With all the juggling we do these days, we need a burst of pep now and then. But rather than reaching for a cup of caffeine or an energy bar, get some added oomph from yoga. You'll actually burn calories, stretch your muscles, and reduce back pain, too. Here are 14 yoga poses that will help you refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body. <em>416</em> <em>404</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:31:34 EST Baking for Weight Loss Baking for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <BR> Chances are, if you remove all the butter and oil from baked goods, what's left won't be all that tasty. But we've found some delicious ideas for lowering fat and calories in your favorite baking recipes. Try using only a quarter of the butter or oil a recipe calls for, and replace the rest with applesauce, apple butter, crushed pineapple, or prune filling to keep your breads and cakes moist. Not only are these alternatives healthier, but they add a who... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 16:29:36 EST What's So Great About Water? What's So Great About Water? <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that water has 0 calories? That's right -- drinking water in place of soda and juice is a simple way to cut more than 100 calories out of your daily diet. Plus, water is one of the most important elements in our bodies. It makes up about 70 percent of our muscles and about 75 percent of our brains. To keep all these areas functioning properly, some nutritionists suggest drinking at least 64 ounces of water, or eight 8-ounce glasses, o... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:39:18 EST Reward Yourself! Reward Yourself! <BR> <BR> <BR> Grade school teachers may be on to something when they reward their students' work with gold stars. Even though the results of exercise are long-term, using a visible incentive system provides encouragement by letting you see your daily results. After each workout, put your own big star on the calendar to show that you completed the day's workout and write down your progress, such as how many pounds you lifted or how far you walked. It's a simple way to pat y... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:37:38 EST The Real Deal on Fat The Real Deal on Fat <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're looking to lose weight gradually and keep your arteries running smoothly, a good guideline is to limit your fat intake to about 20 to 30 percent of your overall calories. For instance, if you eat around 1,500 calories per day, you'll want to eat no more than 33 to 50 grams of fat. That's not a lot -- a large order of fries contains more than half of your daily allowance. So skip the fries and other fatty foods because it's good for your waist --... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:36:16 EST Cleaning for Calories <BR> <BR> <BR> You don't need to go step on a treadmill at a fancy gym to lose weight. Believe it or not, you can work up a sweat and clean the house all at the same time. Although many of us would like to avoid housekeeping whenever possible, an hour of mopping floors or doing general cleaning burns 228 calories. The more intense the chore, the more you'll eliminate. Mowing the lawn uses up a whopping 414 calories per hour! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:45:38 EST Drop Out of the Clean Plate Club <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember when we were kids and our parents told us we had to eat all of our dinner to be in Clean Plate Club? Today, we're so conditioned to finish whatever serving size is put in front of us, it's hard to recognize when we're full. This can be dangerous to your diet when you consider the size of restaurant portions. Try ordering from the appetizer menu or eating only half of whatever's on your plate. (You can wrap up the other half for tomorrow's lunch.) Dropping out of "Th... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:43:34 EST How to Tone Flabby Arms <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're shy about wearing a sleeveless shirt or dress because your arms aren't as toned as you'd like them to be, sculpt them into arms of steel with some easy at-home exercises! These biceps curls strengthen the front of your arms and can be done any time and any place. And as you improve and strengthen your arms, you can gradually lift heavier weights to really notice a difference. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>23</em> Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:42:00 EST Checking back in I was here before and unfortunately I am back again because I can not by pass the 260's and stay out of them. I am ready to move on to the 250's and keep going. Help me please burst out of the 260's. <BR> <BR> Shannon Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:56:13 EST Skip the Mayo <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you know that adding what seems like a perfectly harmless dab of mayonnaise can undo all the benefits of that lean turkey sandwich? Condiments matter! Just a tablespoon of regular mayo adds 100 calories and 11 grams of fat. Instead, try a teaspoon of zesty mustard. It packs plenty of flavor, with only 5 calories per serving and 0 grams of fat. Hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, horseradish, or pickles are other tasty, low-calorie options. <em>476</em> Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:46:39 EST Don't Get Intimidated by Exercise <BR> <BR> Sometimes the prospect of a daily exercise regimen can be daunting -- but it doesn't have to be. Remember, you don't have to run a marathon or ride an hour on the exercise bike. You need only get your body moving each day and gradually progress from there. A 20-minute walk can burn about 100 calories, depending on your weight. Once you tone your muscles and get them used to regular exercise, you'll naturally find yourself wanting to give your body more challenging workouts. The se... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:45:45 EST Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings <BR> <BR> One of the toughest parts of dieting is giving up the things we love, like chocolate! There's nothing that can replace gooey brownies or chocolate ice cream with hot fudge on top -- or is there? Try warming up with a cup of mocha-flavored coffee, or spoon yourself some sugar-free chocolate pudding instead. A rich mug of low-calorie hot cocoa has about 47 calories, while an average candy bar has around 240. Before you kiss your favorite flavor goodbye, consider the alternatives. <e... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:44:04 EST I am finally admitting I am back. Winter has been really rough on me. In Iowa it's been very cold and we've had alot of snow and ice this winter. My indoor exercise is really lacking. <BR> <BR> I hope to get out of this team at some point and move back into the 250's. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:49:27 EST Spit Or Swallow They play this on another Team & it's fun. <BR> <BR> To Play start by naming a food. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. Make sure you post a choice for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> CHERRIES Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:37:50 EST fortunately and Unfortunately Here's how this game goes. You know choose a story works? Well it's basically that but the sentences have to start with fortunately and Unfortunately alternating. <BR> <BR> Let's start.... <BR> <BR> Fortunately the weather today is nice. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:34:26 EST February VICTORIE ***Scale and Non-Scale**** This is where you come to celebrate all your accomplishments! Have something to brag about? Go for it... you deserve to! <em>458</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:21:53 EST One Thing I Commit To In February..... eating at least 3 pieces of fruit a day <em>45</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:19:43 EST February Question <BR> Where are you from and tell me something about your town that is special, unique or different? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:16:44 EST February Rent Due!!!! I am paying a whooping 278. This place is small and on the bad side of town. I can not wait to upgrade. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 02:55:16 EST How to Pack a Healthy Lunch How to Pack a Healthy Lunch <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're running late in the morning and don't have time to pack a lunch, buying your meal seems like a simple solution. But if you pack your lunch the night before, you'll have more control over what -- and how much -- you eat during the day. A tuna sandwich on wheat with a medium banana and half a cup of grapes has only 460 calories and 15 grams of fat. Compare this to an average fast-food lunch that has twice the calories and fat, and you'll ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:33:32 EST Stretching Techniques Stretching Techniques <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're getting back into an exercise routine, it's tempting to skip the warm-ups and jump right into that calorie-burning, sweat-inducing cardio. But to avoid aches and injuries that could throw a wrench in your routine, put your energy on hold and spend as little as five minutes stretching everything from your neck and shoulders to your calves and quads. Loosening up your body before you exert it means you're less likely to experience pain after yo... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:31:48 EST Soup for Comfort Soup for Comfort <BR> <BR> <BR> When you're dieting, comfort foods are especially appealing, if only because so many comfort foods just aren't diet-friendly. But there is one comfort food you can look forward to: soup! Not only does it fill you up, but a single serving of a lean beef and vegetable soup also provides 30 grams of protein at less than 300 calories per serving. Plus, it's a delicious way to get some of the 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day suggested by the USDA. Why not mak... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:30:09 EST The Big Ol' Hot Tub - Where Everything Fits '09 I think we needed a new chat forum for this group. So here it is.... <BR> <BR> My name is Amy and I am a co-leader for this team. I am a full time student. I also take care of my best friend whom is very sick. I am in an out of the hospital with him alot. I have been on spark for 3 years. I have lost some weight. I wanted to have a place we can chat. <BR> <BR> Don't make yourself to comfort. You will not be in this ville long. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 21:16:16 EST Apprentice Blacksmith Apprentice Blacksmithh <BR> <BR> The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, "When I take the shoe out of the fire, I'll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer." <BR> <BR> The apprentice did just as he told. Now he's the village blacksmith. <em>246</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:25:19 EST One thing I will/will not do today.... Tonight I will finish drinking another 20 oz of water. I might not hit 64 oz, but hey at least I got in 40! <BR> <BR> I will NOT forget to take my prenatal with a large glass of milk. In fact, I am putting my boyfriend in charge of that, right now... <BR> <BR> So come on... challenge yourself to take care of just one little thing each day! Little habits accumulate into bigger successes! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, 1/21... <BR> <BR> I WILL drink 64 oz water, at least. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT forg... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 18:25:21 EST January Question If you can be any animal what would you be and why? <BR> <BR> I would be a panda bear. They look beautiful but they are strong and courageous!!! <em>89</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:26:53 EST January Rent Due!!!!! I am paying a whooping 279. THis place is small and on the bad side of town. I can not wait to upgrade. <em>15</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:24:00 EST SPIT OR SWALLOW They play this on another Team & it's fun. <BR> <BR> To Play start by naming a food. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. Make sure you post a choice for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> CHERRIES Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:13:32 EST One Thing I Commit To In January..... IS EXERCISING AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY <em>108</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:11:15 EST January victories +++SCALE AND NON-SCALE+++ This is where you come to celebrate all your accomplishments! Have something to brag about? Go for it... you deserve to! <em>248</em> <em>236</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:09:48 EST STRIVING FOR SUCCESS and 24/7 prayer line <BR> IF YOU NEED ANY PRAYERS FOR A LOVED ONE A FRIEND OR A MEMBER OR A NON MEMBER HERE IS THE PLACE TO POST THOSE. <BR> <BR> PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EVERYONE FOR A HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2009. <em>288</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:07:51 EST A SIMPLE EXERCISE TO LIFT YOUR REAR A Simple Exercise to Lift Your Rear <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Over time our bodies lose the muscle tone that once kept us firm and fit. As a result, certain areas may start to sag -- especially the buttocks. Of course, there are machines at the gym that can help you specifically target this area. But if you're like many people, you don't have time to work out regularly. So here's a simple exercise you can do at home for a few minutes each day, maybe even while you're watching your favorite TV pr... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:05:11 EST 11 FOODS FOR FIGHTING FATIGUE 11 Foods for Fighting Fatigue <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how your energy seems to dip in the afternoon hours between lunch and dinner? That means your blood sugar level is getting low and you need a calorie boost. Instead of reaching for coffee, soda, or a candy bar to get a temporary spurt of energy, refuel with a handful of dried apricots and almonds. This tasty mix has fewer calories than most candy bars, and it provides almost 50 percent of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin A... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:03:31 EST FIND THE RIGHT TIME TO EXERCISE Find the Right Time to Exercise <BR> <BR> <BR> If your workout time doesn't feel natural to you, you're less likely to stick to it. Try to pick a time of the day when you usually feel full of energy, and then schedule your exercise routine around it. For example, if you're a morning person, start your day with a 20-minute aerobics video before you hit the shower. Don't wait until after work, when you may be feeling hungry or fatigued. Finding time to exercise is challenging enough, so make ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:01:52 EST 250ville or bust! Alright, lets get something going here. Today is the 5th. That means we have 3 weeks and 5 days left to the end of Jan. If we can get 2 lbs a week, we should just about be out of this burg...Who is with me? <BR> 1/5/08 269.6 Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:34:06 EST When do you plan to reach 250-ville? I'm hoping to get there before February but I know that may be unreasonable given my situation. I definitely want to reach it by the end of February! <BR> <BR> So when are you going to reach 250-ville? Mon, 5 Jan 2009 09:01:14 EST I'm baaaack! Don't know for how long but let's hope it's in the direction of 250-ville this time! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 08:56:08 EST Red Fred is Coming - Look out Okay folks, at 275 I am still in 270ville but this is a warning to this village. On 1/1/09 270ville is starting a New Year - New Town 8 week "joust". We are giving ourselves 8 weeks to get here and then we will begin to pillage pounds here and burn calories at the stake. If you don't want to get stomped by Fred, my dragon, you had better move on down to 250ville. We plan on taking each of these small 10lb villages by storm. We plan on moving through here and then heading for 250ville. I... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:31:26 EST I think I am working backwards at this..... Hello all, <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople, but after a rough summer, I have gained some of my lost weight back and am determined to not let that happen any longer, so here I am! If you all have me! Thu, 6 Nov 2008 14:48:29 EST 259 by Thanksgiving, anyone? A little challenge to get the heck out of town by Thanksgiving! An extra motivation to behave during the holidays as well! Anyone up for it? <BR> <BR> SW= 269.4 <BR> GW= 259.0 by 11/27 Sat, 1 Nov 2008 11:11:18 EST I am back. Hi, I just joined the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:32:34 EST I'm here! I have arrived! 280 was nice, 270 a little nicer and now I look foward to a short stay in 260-ville! WHOO HOO! Tue, 21 Oct 2008 08:53:52 EST Newbie Hello All, <BR> <BR> This the first time I been in the 260's in 15 years! I don't plan on being here long, so good luck to you all! <BR> <BR> I was so excited I posted in the wrong Group...lmao sorry All! Sun, 28 Sep 2008 10:20:17 EST DON'T BLINK I NAMED MY TOPIC DON'T BLINK BECAUSE I AM WORKING MY BUTT OFF TO GET OUT THE 260'S. BUT I'M TRYING EVERYTHING TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. BUT VERY DETERMINED SO I ADVISE YOU NOT TO BLINK BECAUSE I DON'T EXPECT TO BE HERE LONG. MY WEIGHT MAY SHOW THAT I'M ALREADY OUT OF THE 260'S HOWEVER I STILL USE THAT NUMBER BECAUSE WHENEVER I TRY TO ENTER MY WEIGHT ON THE MACHINES AT THE GYM I EITHER HAVE TO ENTER 255 OR TO 260. SO OF COURSE I HAVE TO USE THE 260 ;( SO DON'T BLINK CAUSE I'M ON WAY OUT Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:02:00 EST I'M THE NEW CHICKA ON THE BLOCK Hey Ladies and Gents, <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of my peeps in 260s-ville Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:47:00 EST I got a glimpse ... I had a glimpse of 250'ville last week. I was on the outskirts at 259.8. But I didn't have enough momentum behind me. A huge gust of wind came and blew me back to 260-ville. LOL ... I'm determined to knuckle down and get a good footing in 250'vill this week! Wish me luck! Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:50:01 EST I'm new Hi everybody.. I am new here. My name is Ashley and I can't seem to get out from the 260's. Hoping that this team will help so I can FINALLY keep going to 250 ville. Mon, 8 Sep 2008 08:31:20 EST midnight move-in hello, i snuck in somewhere between 11pm and 1am. <BR> there weren't much neighbors to meet me, considering you were prob all sleeping..:) <BR> <BR> but now i am here and would appreciate all your used furniture..:) <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:59:13 EST Movin in for a FEW weeks hello everyone, I finally made!!!! I have lost 40 pounds so far since May 1. I have made it belowe 270, which is somewhere that I have not been for a VERY VERY VERY long time. It has been at least 6 years or more since I was here. It feels good to be here though. I know that this is just a short stay but would like to keep in touch. <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:56:57 EST Hello! Hi! I came from 270 ville. I have not been in the 260's in some years now. Hopefully this will be a short stay in the 260's! I've been at this weight for a week and a half now. Time to get that ticker moving down again! Hope to get to know some of you here. <em>30</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 18:42:06 EST I made it!! Hi all! <BR> I'm sooooo glad to be here. I started in 280ville 6 weeks ago and today i finally reach 260ville - woot woot! but only just lol... <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 15:08:10 EST HEALTHY RECIPES from vetran traveler- PLEASE RATE! HEALTHY RECIPES from vetran traveler- PLEASE RATE! <BR> <BR> HAPPY SATURDAY, TEAM!!! <BR> I'm popping in to wish you a SUCCESSFUL and HEALTH-FILLED WEEKEND!!! <BR> <BR> I've traveled through 280-ville, 270-ville, 260-ville, 250-ville, 240-ville and am now in 230-ville on Spark! It is so much fun traveling through these little towns... trying to keep up with each other! <BR> <BR> Since I joined Spark People and started my weight-loss journey, I have lost 51 lbs & 29.5 inches... slow and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 14:01:48 EST The 250-ville Express <em>227</em> Do you have your ticket? Are you below 260 pounds? <BR> <BR> Once you've gotten your ticket, click on the link before to be taken to 250-ville. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=7784 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:07:18 EST When do you plan to leave for 250-ville? I'm already there. I'd love to have you come join me! Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:01:42 EST Hi! So glad to be hear but will be even happier to get out soon! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 09:29:38 EST Hi all... Just passing through but thought I'd say hi! My name is Ann and I just came here from 270-ville!!! Woo-Hoo! <BR> <BR> Weight is coming off slowly but it is coming off and that's what matters. I've always heard the slower it comes off, the longer it stays off so hopefully, that is the case! :) <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know you all on my journey... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 12:35:58 EST New to group was in 250! I was in 250 ville but keep gaining weight. I need to really get my butt moving because I want to get back to where I was before I got pregnant. I used to weigh 228 but now I am at 264.4. I am getting back into the game and going to shed the weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Shannon Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:54:33 EST 21 Point Freggie Challenge - As easy as 1, 2, 3 Are you getting your fruits and vegetables? <BR> <BR> We are supposed to eat 5-9 a day. <BR> <BR> My Biggest Loser book recommends that we have at least one raw fruit and one raw veggie as part of that. <BR> <BR> So I'm giving myself one point for eating at least 5 fruits and veggies in a day <BR> <BR> Another for a raw fruit <BR> Another for a raw veggie <BR> <BR> That's 3 points a day - and 21 for the week. <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2008 07:40:26 EST Plan to get to 250-ville by August! Actually, if you get there before August that would be even better. The sooner the better! <BR> <BR> We need all the help we can get for our virtual run to Beijing for the Olympics! Sat, 5 Jul 2008 07:34:36 EST New to the group! :) Hey, y'all! My name is Reb, and currently I'm holding out at 263. I started SP on March 24th, looking for a drastic change in my life, and did I ever get one! I've gone from 301 to 263 so far, and the journey is not over yet! 38 pounds down since March 24th, may sound crazy, but I started small, and keep pushing forward. I haven't had a soda since March 24th, or sweets of any kind. I only eat red met once a week, and drink about 10-12 glasses of water a day. I also exercise at Curves 5 ... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 19:29:57 EST HERE I AM!!! Hey everyone! I would just like to say how nice it is to meet everyone here, but that I am trying to get out of here by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> My name is Mindy and I wish all of you here the best of luck and hope that we can continue this journey on through to 250ville and on down. That's it! <em>212</em> Mon, 9 Jun 2008 15:09:23 EST I'm finally here!! It seems like it took extra long to get to this -ville! Right after I moved to 270-ville, I got a new scale that of course weighed me more than the old it felt like I had to go through the 270s twice!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm glad to be here now but don't plan on staying here to long offense, but the end of 250-ville will find me meeting my first big goal and I can't wait to get there :-) Wed, 4 Jun 2008 12:08:08 EST Let's Plan to get to 250-ville by Summer! Summer is what? June 21st? I plan to be in 250-ville by then. <BR> <BR> Anyone else planning on spending some time in 250-ville this summer? Thu, 29 May 2008 08:11:44 EST Exploring the town Ok, what's here to see and do? <BR> <BR> I found the Y. They have a pool. We can swim. <BR> Is there a dance hall? <BR> Are there good bicycle trails? Mon, 26 May 2008 07:46:26 EST New Healthy Restaurant Opening in Town! The chef/owner is collecting some new healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> Post your favorite recipes or recipe links here. <BR> <BR> I really like Caribbean Pork Stew with Pineapple. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=356 </link> Sun, 25 May 2008 07:48:59 EST Streaking to 250-ville My goal for May was to be below 260 pounds by the end of the month, but I hit a bump and I'm not sure I'm going to make it. <BR> <BR> I definitely want to be at least in 250-ville sometime in June - and into 240-ville in July. <BR> <BR> If I'm going to make it, I need to run! (Not literally. I'll walk, dance, or bike.) <BR> <BR> I think I'll try streaking... <BR> <BR> At least 60 min. of exercise 5 times a week until I make it to 250-ville. <BR> <BR> Anybody else want to streak with ... Tue, 20 May 2008 17:47:17 EST Hey! I am new to town and just wanted to say "Hey!" <em>213</em> Tue, 20 May 2008 15:21:27 EST Just came by to visit. Hey all. My name is Fab. I heard that when you get to 269 that the town of Leaving 260ville was the next stop on the journey. So here I am. I love shopping, especially for shoes, so please point me in the direction of your hottest mall. With all the walking I'm going to be doing in & out of stores, I'm praying to hit 259 by June 1st. June 8th the latest. Lord help me. Mon, 12 May 2008 08:17:08 EST Check out my REV UP THE EXCITEMENT BLOG! I just posted a REV UP THE EXCITEMENT BLOG... check it out! <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2008 16:12:34 EST Im Leaving I am just on too many teams and there is too many emails for me. I wish you all the best. If you wanna keep in otuch w me you can email me anytime. Please take care Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:50:48 EST not "official" lol well my next challenge wi is tomorrow but if this trend continues ill only be a mile or so from 250 -ville!!! guess drinking my water and staying in calorie range really does help hehe...that and the cardio im back doing! Thu, 24 Apr 2008 20:08:46 EST 269 and ready to put the pedal to the medal... Hello. My name is Melissa and just landed at the 269 mark. Just found the Leaving xxxville teams and am excited that this is my first stop on the trip. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by 5/31. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Melissa Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:52:20 EST Just passing thru! Hi all, <BR> This is a nice little town ya got here, but I can't stay for long. I am just passing thru! I hope when I leave, you all will come with me. <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Maxine <em>100</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:53:30 EST im back but not for long!!! ok so the baby is here, and im down to my pre prego weight! wohooo...sooo here i am back in my old neighborhood....looking forward to once again moving DOWN the road...not UP the street! but it sure feels good to be here instead of the other town i was in hehe Sun, 20 Apr 2008 23:52:16 EST I made it here!!! After a short stay in 270-ville (I discovered the team when I was 271 lbs so it took less than a week) I am proud of being a new inhabitant in this gorgeous ville. I wish my stay will be short too, short is good. <em>247</em> Let's move all together to 250-ville. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:00:59 EST THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING POSTS ON SPARK Some team members mention that they thought the team wasn't active anymore because they quit getting notices in their email inbox from the team... Let me help "SOLVE" the mystery. <BR> <BR> THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING POSTS ON SPARK... Here's what happens: <BR> <BR> If you receive an email saying someone responded to the team thread, you will not get another notification until YOU type a reply on the posting thread... This way you don't get backed up with tons of posts from Spark, especiall... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:33:05 EST I'M OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After weeks of sweating and crying. . .I am leaving 260-ville!!! I weighed in this morning at 259.0 and almost woke up the whole house with my excitement. I am soooo happy and proud of myself. I pray that all of you are out of 260-ville by summer. Good luck and don't ever give up on yourself or count yourself out. I used to always look at others and see their progress and get discouraged. . .now, I celebrate with them and wait for my turn to celebrate. Tue, 8 Apr 2008 11:24:04 EST The Road Out of Town - Challenge Ok. I see we need a new challenge. We are past fall, past the new year, past Valentines day. How about a monthly challenge. The road home should not be too long. So I want out of here by END OF APRIL. This is a motel town not a prison, not even hotel quality. So, sorry guys, even though today is my first day here. I'm packed. <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 09:18:55 EST Bye guys!! Well I weighed in today and am now at 259.4 lbs...My stay was surprisingly short and I hope to see you guys in 250sville soon! See you! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 00:30:53 EST Leaving for a lil bit Hi all <BR> <BR> I need to leave for a lil bit. I have alot going on right now. Love you all...hugs!!! Sun, 9 Mar 2008 21:07:53 EST Sometimes Life Just Sucks My husband left me two days after Christmas and it will take time to get my new dreams set. Meanwhile, I bought a treadmill that is being delivered tonight. I will buy back my self-esteem, one pound, one inch at a time! I want to Leave 260-ville forever within a week! Here I go, new friends, wish me luck! Fri, 7 Mar 2008 16:08:50 EST How's everyone doing today? I dropped a couple of pounds to 267, praise God. But, I have been very sick and I'm grieving from the death of my brother. I am thankful that I am not stuffing my emotions, and I am going to be very mindful of that in the next few weeks/months. <BR> I hope all is well with my fellow townspeople! Thu, 6 Mar 2008 09:59:31 EST I made it! Yippee! I'm outta 270-ville and in 260-ville! It would be AWESOME to be outta here by the end of the month! Right now I've got the flu... I feel absolutely MISERABLE, but I'm not eating hardly anthing. I'm hoping my metabloism doesn't disappear and I can shed some pounds during this misery. <BR> <BR> (Waving to all the nice people...) don't get too close, or you'll get sick! LOL! So happy to be here! Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:00:29 EST Right in the middle of town I'm at 265 right now, which puts me smack dab in the middle of 260-ville! :) I'm hoping to be gettin my butt out of here by 3/29/08. <BR> <BR> Here's to saying goodbye to the 260s forever! Tue, 26 Feb 2008 13:45:17 EST New! New to 260-ville. Just left 270-ville after a two day stay. Not as good as it sounds though beings I started out in 250-ville! Looking forward to getting to know everyone trying to ditch the 260's! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:10:29 EST Im FINALLY here I have been trying to get here for about 4 months! and today I finally got here..I am a 26 ...married for 3 years...have a 2 year old daughter....I have been on WW since March of 07 and have lost a total of 47 lbs so far:) Im hoping to get to my 50 lb mark by my WW anniversary:) Thu, 14 Feb 2008 21:33:08 EST about to enter Hi, I'm not quite at the 260 mark yet. Could not find a leaving 270 so thought this might motivate me to get to the 260 and start working my way out. Hopefully by next week I will start to work my way out of the 260 group. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 19:37:56 EST I just landed here.... Just wanted to drop by and introduce myself....I moved to 260-ville over the weekend. I am signing a 6 week lease and then heading on to 250-ville! Mon, 11 Feb 2008 12:44:11 EST Free Flat Earth Chips I love these and wanted to pass this. <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 4 Feb 2008 11:49:16 EST Hello, I just joined Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I started SP in the 270s but now I am in the 260s- almost to the 250s. I came across the "ville" teams a week ago, but thought I wouldn't join. Now though, I think it's a great way to meet people who are facing the same challenges (or have faced some of these challenges). I realized that as I was searching the message boards for people with a similar starting weight to me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, My name is Teena, I am happily married, and we will celebrate our 12th anni... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 19:58:42 EST Who is ready to finally leave this team with me Hey I am looking for someone to join me on getting out of this town. I am so close yet the scale wont budge just yet. If anyone else is as close as I am and wants to buddy up let me know. We can keep each other in check and encourage each other to get to our goals, and maybe even compete to see who gets out of future towns first. Sound like fun, than let me know. <BR> <BR> PS I would like someone who is pretty active on SP and wont go missing on me when they start to fall. So send me a mess... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 01:56:20 EST Hi, I am new here. Hi everyone, I am new here. <BR> I just got out of the 270's. <BR> I am now 269 lbs. <BR> <em>214</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2008 06:10:34 EST Staying in 260-ville Longer Than Expected I truly expected to move out of 260-ville already. I have only lost 2 lbs. I was starting to wonder what was going on ... then I was re-measured today. I have lost 10.5 inches. WOW! I'm really excited. <BR> <BR> I started noticing some changes over the past few days, but thought I was seeing what I wanted to see ... but now I realize, I'm really making progress! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can leave 260-ville soon, but for now, I'll enjoy the view from my apartment and know that I have a... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:39:23 EST Hey All, I'm New to the Neighborhood =) Just moved into the the smaller apartment. Rent is "269". Although this is a nice place, with friendly faces, I plan to only sign a Very short lease here. LOL <BR> Have a Great day all. Happy Shrinking! ~Lisa Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:08:13 EST Hey..I am never going back! Hey eveyone my name is starting weight with SP was 260!! I just wanted to say I am Never again going there... It's taking me some time to push me weight down towards my goal but that's okay bacause I'd rather be at 240 now than back at 260!! My goal is to get to 170!! I am not only workn' hard towards being healthy but also to look FABULICIOUS!! I am lookin' forward to getting to know you all and making new friends.. Good luck to you all...stay motivated and GETT'EM BOO!! ONELO... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 05:46:28 EST Workout Issue I have a problem when I work out and I wonder if anyone else has the same problem. Depending on the exercise I am doing, my feet fall asleep. Originally I thought my shoes were too small, which they were, but I got a new pair that fit great and my feet still fall asleep. I notice it most when I'm riding the bike. Does this happen to anyone else? Is this related to being so heavy? If anyone has any input I would greatly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Daniyel <BR> (8 more lbs. ... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 16:54:54 EST Finding the New Me Hey All! I've been a member of this team for a while, but have not introduced myself. I am a 31 year old SAHM, soon to be student nurse, of 3 rambunctious boys, ages 6, 4 and 10 months. I have a long way to go to reach my goals, but have found much needed inspiration through this team! Thank you all for that. Wed, 23 Jan 2008 16:52:53 EST just wanting to say hello to other 260's Hello , I just want to say I am new but I don't plan on staying long. But while I am here I want to be grateful. I topped off at 283 pds a little over a year ago. down to 248 but skyrocketed back up. I believe the problem was that I had no support. In fact most people were so negative it was unbelievable like they all wanted me to stay fat or something. Well I love he support that I am finding here. I love this web site. And right now I love all of you brothers and sisters trying t... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:03:29 EST Free South Beach Diet Kits <link><BR>ureAddress.iphtml?item=100056&source=f </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2008 09:29:43 EST Ms_Butterfly Has Arrived at 260-ville Hi Fellow 260-ville's, I have arrived but do not expect to stay any longer than the end of this month. My goal is to move to 250-ville by February 1st. I was parked between 270 and 275 for about 3 weeks, but I finally arrived at the next destination on my journey. My next goal is to move on to 240-ville by the end of February. I can make it. Losing 2-2.5 pounds a week is what I hope to accomplish. I wish you all the best and hope you can move out of here just as quickly as I want too. Tue, 15 Jan 2008 17:56:04 EST Weight In I am down 4.2 lbs this week!!! I gained 3.8 over the holiday, and I didn't expect to lose all of it (plus more) in a week!!! I now weigh 265, putting me on the halfway mark of meeting my goal to leave 260 ville by the end of the month!! Sun, 13 Jan 2008 10:15:45 EST Finally Moving On I got here November 1st and on Dec 23rd I got to 259.5. I didn't leave because I just wasn't sure if I'd make it with the Holidays and all. Today is Jan 12 and I'm at 257.5. I think I feel confident enough to move on. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone - if I did it, you can too. I hope to see you soon in 250-ville! Sat, 12 Jan 2008 20:02:55 EST See ya in the 250s Thanks so much for all of the support. I finally made it outta the 260s!!! I am way too excited. See you all soon and best wishes on your continuous goal. Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:53:30 EST Looking for a partner! I think if I had someone specific that I could answer to on a daily basis it would really help me. Is there anyone else that feels the same way? I was thinking daily sparkmails that we just said hey this is what I did, how I am doing. I thought it might be nice to find someone about where I am weight wise, that way we might have some of the same struggles. Let me know if you would like to adopt me. I promise I am housebroken. Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:02:56 EST Hello! I've never joined a team before with aspirations of leaving it so quickly, but hey thats what this team is for! I'm Barbara and right now I'm at 269. My short term goal on SP, is to be outta the 260s by the end of the month. So I've got about three weeks on this team if all goes according to plan! Can't wait to interact with all of you, and see you all on the other side cause I know we are gonna leave this town and NEVER look back!!!! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:45:50 EST Good Morning Good Morning I am Amy and I just moved into town tonight...I am all excited to be here..but I am not making myself to comfortable. Wed, 9 Jan 2008 23:11:19 EST Only unpacking my clothes.. Hi Everyone! I'm new in town but don't plan to stay very long so I'm only unpacking my clothes! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm coming in at 268.5 (down from 272.5 sw) and plan to leave by Feb. 1. Any apartments for rent? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Candace Tue, 1 Jan 2008 14:31:57 EST NEW - Again! Hello All! <BR> When I jumped ship four months ago I was in the 240-ville group, I am back now and back to the 260-ville group. So, I know the key to making this work is networking as much as possible. I get my strength from all of you. I did it once I can do it again, but only with your help. I will see you around town, but hopefully not for long. <BR> Crista Sun, 30 Dec 2007 10:46:32 EST Miss You All!!! Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am so sorry that it took me this long to post but since I have been on vacation I havent had the time to come online. I am NOT doing good weightloss wise and I have gained. I started back again yesterday and I hope to do better from now on. I didnt think I would do bad but I have. I will try to come online more often bc I do need you all. Hugs everyone!!! Thu, 27 Dec 2007 14:30:31 EST Hello Everyone!! Im fairly new and I am looking to get past the 260's asap. Thank you to MY_AGREEMENT for inviting me to this team it look like lots of fun(and work). Looking forward to seeing you all in 250ville real soon. Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:27:20 EST Staying I like this team already and I was wondering when we leave the 260's can we still stay on this team? Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:44:36 EST im on the sidewalk yup im a "temp" resident but i cant pack just yet. im here till april...only because i refuse to move to 270 ville!! im 23 weeks preggo and dont plan on gaining a ton of weight ill just stand on the sidewalk and wave and cheer all u hard working pple on as u parade ur selves closer to 250-ville!!!!! Wed, 12 Dec 2007 13:50:52 EST Holiday Team Challenge! The 24 Days of Christmas: a Team Challenge to help us whiz through the holidays in style! We'll do this one in two parts, the 12 days up to Christmas (December 14th to 25th) and the 12 days after Christmas (December 26th-January 6th). That way, we're covered for Christmas parties and then all the leftovers and New Year's celebrations! <BR> <BR> Post here if you want to be matched with a team. If we have just a few, then we'll do pairs; if we have a few more, we'll do teams of 3 or more. Ther... Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:45:17 EST Over Here Screaming.... Hello all!!! <BR> <BR> I am over here screaming bc I cant seem to leave the 260's. I have been between 263-266 for too long. I go back and worth and when I get close I am back again. <BR> <BR> I am new to thsi team but not SP. I am a wifey and mommy to 3. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me join the team. Tue, 11 Dec 2007 10:57:47 EST Trying something new Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Christine and I'm new to this type of board. I joined spark in August. <BR> <BR> I'm a member on two other teams and someone pointed me to the "Leaving x Pounds" teams. So here I am, hoping to find some inspiration and support as I work my way through the next 10 pounds. Tue, 4 Dec 2007 13:15:26 EST New in town at 263.3 Hello All: <BR> I don't know how long I will be here. I am hoping and working towards a short stay. I wanted to pop in and say hello while I can. Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:57:48 EST I have arrived!!! FINALLY....thought I would never get out of 270ville. I was having an affair with 279 for months.....he would leave and come back. I finally got tired of him and dumped him and moved on. Then I started up with was a brief relationship because I found CC and took up there. Now I have kicked 270 to the curb.....and I am hoping to do the same to 260 real soon!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know others here in town. Tue, 20 Nov 2007 15:48:26 EST Hit It and Quit It...... Okay today is my first day of joining this team I named my forum hit and quit because I don't plan on remaining here for a long time.My goal is to be in and out before mid December. I guess I am doing a self challenge but it is good though........Okay my engine is starting up for <em>249</em> tomorrow. <em>243</em> Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:29:38 EST I just reached this intersection and I thought this would be a fun by-way, on my way to the final destination. 269.2 this morning! <BR> <BR> Woohoo... Sat, 10 Nov 2007 13:03:02 EST Humour - Men and Women 1. NAMES If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara. If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy. <BR> <BR> 2. EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom will each throw in £20, even though it's only for £32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the gir... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 05:16:26 EST Bite my Dust Just got in to the 260's looking to be out of it in the next 2 weeks. I wish everyone the best in all their weight loss efforts....... Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:52:12 EST Humour - When Insults had Class When Insults Had Class: <BR> <BR> He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." <BR> Clarence Darrow <BR> <BR> "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." <BR> William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway) <BR> <BR> <BR> "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." <BR> Groucho Marx <BR> <BR> "I didn't... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 15:01:55 EST Fabulous Book Website link - <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2007 05:08:09 EST Just Arrived! Great to be here! Sat, 6 Oct 2007 04:29:10 EST October Walking Challenge I am going to be walking 46.5 miles this month. <BR> I know a lot of other people can do more and some can do less. <BR> Lets set our own goals but work together on them here in 260Ville. <BR> <BR> I have walked 6 miles so far this month. But I am not going to be able to do that much every day. But I will post here what I am doing. Wed, 3 Oct 2007 09:50:32 EST Just Got Into Town Hello. I have missed all of the other villes and decided I didn't want to miss any more. I just made it here will be here for a while. Mon, 1 Oct 2007 22:58:15 EST Hi I joined a little while ago but never posted. I have to say I now am at 259 and I hope to never cross itto 260ville any more in my life. Good luck to all of you on your goals. <BR> Selena Tue, 25 Sep 2007 02:52:54 EST Does anyone want to take over mayor duties? I need to take a break from SparkPeople for awhile. If you are interested, let me know. Thanks! Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:26:48 EST By Hook or by Crook, Finally Here!!! I have the flu - not over it yet. But today I stepped on the scale and it read 268. Since it's not over, and who knows where I will be when it is, I'm seeing the silver lining on all of this and doing my happy dance!!! <BR> <BR> Four months in 270-ville is 3 months too much! <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> Trish Mon, 17 Sep 2007 07:57:03 EST Woohoo! Goodbye 270-ville, finally!!!! Whoo! 267.6, baby! I'm so happy to be here FINALLY. It has taken me so long to get out of 270, but I'm here now, so yeah! Hopefully I won't be here long either, but WOW it took a long time to get here. *whoops and jumps around* <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Sep 2007 20:34:25 EST Moving in! I'm moving in to 260-ville, weighed myself today and am 269!! The scale went to 268.5, but then decided on 269. I'll take it! Sun, 26 Aug 2007 10:51:21 EST hello I'm Faery and am working my way down to 145 from 275. So far, I'm down 10. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! Wed, 15 Aug 2007 12:49:06 EST BUST OUT THE STREAMERS <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>107</em> <em>107</em> <em>107</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> ITS MY GOING AWAY PARTY!!!!!! IM LEAVING TONIGHT FOR 250-VILLE!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOOOO <BR> <BR> <BR> 258.4 tonight at wi!!!! Thu, 26 Jul 2007 20:57:25 EST Im all alone...theres noone here beside meeeeee so to quote donkey lol...any who for those left here..which doesnt look like many or any...i have wi tonight so im hoping this will be my last day here in 260-ville...ive already packed hopes of burning a few more calories!!! lol gas-ed up the truck and am ready to move...ill be back to say my good-byes this evening <em>20</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:04:19 EST Where is everyone? This place is looking really run down we need to get out of here before 260 ville falls apart. I am going to work really hard and get out of here in the next week and a half . 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