SparkPeople Late In Life Mommies Team Messageboard All women who have had/adopted children later in life (40+). Discuss the unique joys & challenges of being an older mom & our quest for healthy lifestyles. Come make new friends & reach your goals. SparkPeople Late In Life Mommies Team Messageboard Fall Chat 2020 Here's the link to the summer thread if you need to catch up on posts! <BR> <link><BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8<BR>557x73893269 </link> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:04:33 EST Summer Chat! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shifting us over to the summer chat. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to Spring to catch up on today's posts! <BR> <link><BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8<BR>557x73273281 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Glad you picked up some more flowers and it's good you have rain once in awhile so you get a break! <BR> <BR> Lori~I hear you on monitoring the onl... Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:49:53 EST Spring Chat (2020) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time to change the thread for Spring! <BR> <BR> Previous thread: <link><BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8<BR>557x72205725 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2020 23:34:26 EST Hello from WA Greetings, <BR> <BR> Introducing myself: <BR> <BR> I live in Washington State in a small town a few miles north of Vancouver/Portland area. Married for 10 years with 6 children (2 from a previous marriage). <BR> <BR> My two oldest girls have moved out on their own - trying on life. They're 19 &amp; 21. <BR> My two middle girls are 8 &amp; 10. I'm homeschooling both, we're in 3rd &amp; 5th grade this year. <BR> My two smalls are boy/girl twins that turn 4 in December <BR> <BR> I used to ... Sat, 28 Sep 2019 14:34:12 EST Fall & Winter Chat - 2019 I know it isn't officially Fall for a couple more weeks, but it's September and I'm ready to switch gears! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the Summer thread so you can catch up if needed. <BR> <link><BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8<BR>557x71319518 </link> Sat, 31 Aug 2019 23:53:47 EST Spring & Summer Chat (2019) <em>376</em> Almost forgot to start the new thread! Mon, 8 Apr 2019 01:43:46 EST Winter Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Link to the Fall thread as there is at least one new post! <BR> <link><BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8<BR>557x69909967 </link> <BR> <BR> Dorothy~I'm glad you got answers to help you feel better. <BR> <BR> Another quiet day. A nap, some paid work and family movie night. We watched "Merry Kissmas." Cute movie. Now Tim and I are finishing ... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 01:00:08 EST Fall Chat Kohl~Is this a good move for your DH’s dad? You have a full weekend ahead of you! <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Yep…you’ll be busy too! <BR> <BR> THE chair….. he can have it! LOL He hasn’t used it yet other than at his desk, but tonight is movie night so we’ll see! <BR> <BR> I was gone all morning for a client meeting and an errand and then spent the afternoon entering my time. Pretty quiet day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer Chat: <link><BR>team_messageboard_... Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:56:46 EST Spring & Summer Chat Getting us switched over! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:46:36 EST Fall & Winter Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going to combine as I totally forgot to switch over to the fall season! Oops! <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Amazing how the weather is offering cold weather across the north from west to east. Ugh! <BR> <BR> I blogged about our day and yes...some walls are up! Whoo Hoo! <BR> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:32:20 EST Summer Chat I know it isn't officially the first day of summer, but It's June so going to shift us over here for chat! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the Spring thread if you need to catch up! <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x6646<BR>3399 </link> Fri, 9 Jun 2017 19:40:21 EST Hi there..... My name is Laura, I am a 48 year old substitute teacher and I live in Kyle. Texas between Austin and San Marcos. I have an 8 year old little girl named Katelyn, the light and joy of my life. She was born with significant special needs so I have spent the past eight years taking care of her and have completely stopped taking care of myself in the process. I had a wake-up call right after Christmas when I stepped on the scale and saw the biggest number I had seen in my life. I also suffer f... Mon, 29 May 2017 10:28:35 EST Spring LIL Mommies Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting us moved over from the winter thread! <BR> <BR> Sounds like a great weekend Dorothy! Did you get everything redone from the hubby's help? <BR> <BR> They didn't replace the screen on the phone. I do have a lifetime warranty so would have to order it online BUT they charge S&amp;H so it would have cost about as much as it would to order 3 "almost the same" screen protectors from Am... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:58:28 EST Hi...back again. Hello. I am a forty five year old home schooling mother of nine just getting back into the swing of "sparking" again. I found Spark People about seven years ago after I had my b/g twins, numbers 6 &amp; 7 children. Our oldest just turning seventeen last week and our baby will be two in April. I am beginning to get my hormones and my health back in order. I have about twenty five pounds to lose. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all on our journeys to better health of mind an... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:51:27 EST Winter LIL Mommies Chat Even though it isn't December yet....feeling like getting things changed over today as I have time. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:47:34 EST Fall LIL Mommies Chat Hey Dorothy! I only missed doing this by a few days this time! LOL Hope you're enjoying that new baby! <BR> <BR> I spoke with the V Principal this morning and got his perception of the gathering yesterday. He did not know what M's perception was until afterwards. Thankfully, and as I suspected, he wasn't trying to make Maegann feel like she wasn't believed and he had been a bit nervous about that when he needed to ask the questions. He also said those other two girls just don't remember t... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:45:47 EST Spring Chat Decided it was time to move out of the winter cold..... <BR> <BR> Beth~Enjoy your spring break! The time at court sounds fun. I have always found the court scene interesting. <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Hope you continue to feel better. <BR> <BR> I did go to quick care at Tim's urging and it wasn't worth the time. No infections (that's good though) and a breathing treatment that has pretty much messed up my entire day. I had some sort of reaction to the albuterol. Finally feeling less foggy and... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:01:12 EST Non-Scale Victories (NSV) Thought it would be nice to have a spot for this on the team. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:49:04 EST How do you handle getting SUGAR under control? Hi Everyone! <BR> I am trying to get back on SP while I have a Homeschooling Christmas vacation! I just joined the Sugar challenge ~ Taming your sweet tooth . I wondered if anyone has helpful hints to get it under control ? Even if you have one small tip, I am looking for any helps ! Thank you! <BR> Betsy, <BR> Mom of one Homeschooler ,I am newly retired and had been on SP 6 years when I lost my 20 lbs. Found it again by not exercising ,but always putting Homeschooling and others first.Know... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 01:01:42 EST The day in the life of a Special Needs Family. My children are my life. They are blessings from God. I am a mother of 8, but only 2 of my children are alive. My life is very chaotic trying to manage it all without any family or support from anyone besides my husband who does not involve himself in all the medical planning, appts, therapy, and authorizations. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I started the day with my daughter's nurse calling in sick. My daughter Ameena age 10, she is severely disabled (cerebral palsy, epilepsy, sleep disorder, feedi... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 14:06:47 EST Winter Chat I think spending time watching Hallmark movies with Melissa was a good choice Dorothy! <BR> <BR> I'm having a quiet afternoon home watching football and for now Sparking with my cross-stitch sitting next to me waiting. I do have to finish up a budget plan after the game though as I'm meeting the client on Wednesday morning to sign everything and I'd like her to have time to review the plan before then. It's due on the 10th and with my weekend to Portland right in the middle we decided to get... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:14:51 EST Fall Chat Beth~Good luck with the shopping! It is overwhelming at first. <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Have fun cleaning/organizing today! <BR> <BR> Spent the morning doing a lot of cleaning and prepping for Maegann’s “Jamberry” nail party tonight. The girls & moms should be arriving in about 3 hours time. Still working on laundry as I had two loads of towels along with the usual Friday laundry. <BR> <BR> Nice having a quiet afternoon with no “must do’s” on the list! <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:13:12 EST Summer Chat Here's our new place to chat for the summer! <BR> <BR> Spring thread if you need to catch up.... <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x6050<BR>8091 </link> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:15:49 EST New Attitude Hello all! I've been a member of SP for a few years on and off and back on again. I needed to find new teams as times have changed! Love this Late In Life Mommies team as I can relate. I'm 42 and have two boys, 11 and 6. I have made significant changes in my life for these two little ones. I struggle to maintain my weight, energy and stress levels but shifting my priority to my family has really helped me stay motivated and am happy to say that I've accomplished some goals that have rea... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:44:59 EST Smoothie Recipes - Share!! Through our chat we've had several wanting to share smoothie recipes so here's the place to do it so we don't have to hunt them down. <BR> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:34:08 EST Round 1 Day 1: Video: 11-minute Chair Cardio Mon, 2 Feb 2015 13:49:09 EST Trying Again Hello, I am back again. I was on this team a couple of years ago as Myrtleboo or Myrtlebee (I can't remember). I am almost 45 and have an almost 11 year-old boy and a 9 year-old boy. My boys are always playing some sport or other and my husband is pretty active, too, so I want to be able to keep up. I have chronic health issues that interfere with my activity--some days I can't do much; other days I can do more. I can get discouraged and overwhelmed sometimes with thinking of all the things I... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:30:21 EST Spring Chat I know the groundhog hasn't even had a chance, but I'm so tired of winter so we're moving on to a spring chat thread! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>257</em> <em>378</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>257</em> <em>378</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:20:42 EST Power of 10 in 2015 Getting things ready for the New Year! The goal is to work towards consistency. Get in at least 10 minutes of fitness for 10 consecutive days. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <em>237</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>294</em> <em>319</em> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:15:41 EST Winter Chat <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Time to get our Winter Chat thread going. I had intended to do this the first of December! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the fall chat so you can catch up on things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5903<BR>5060 </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:32:13 EST Hi, I'm 40 and have 5 children I just had our youngest about 5 weeks ago and we have 4 other children ages 4, 11, 13, and 16. I gained a lot while pregnant (I always do) and am eager to begin losing the weight. :) Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:18:59 EST Introducing myself I am 61 years young. My husband is 68 years young. We adopted our granddaughter when she was 1 year two months, although we had her since she was a newborn. Her mother and father gave up their parental rights. Her mother I is our daughter. She has borderline personality disorder and bipolar. She also has Ehlers Danlos syndrome. The father had drug issues. Also the mother has had drug issues and still has them. Irene is now in kindergarten.She also goes to ballet and Daisey Scouts.She also ha... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:04 EST Fall Chat Make sure to visit the Summer chat as there are a couple new postings! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5800<BR>8927 </link> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:38:01 EST Just turned 46 with 7 and 8 year olds I thought you had to give birth after 40, but I was close. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:51:31 EST Hello there! My name is Angela. I will be turning 40 in October and I am mom to a 16 month old little girl who seems to be so in tune with me that regardless of how early I rise to get a peaceful workout, she gets up too--demanding attention and throwing tantrums..and I am considering another...I must be out of my mind. :-) Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:44:18 EST Hello Ladies! Was perusing the teams and ran into your forum. BINGO, that's me! <BR> <BR> I am a 43...wait, 42. Hah! I cant remember. Whatever happened to "I am 8 and a 3/4" anyhow? I am a single mom of my first and only son, who is 2. <BR> <BR> I have always struggled a bit with my weight, but that struggling was 40 pounds from where I am now! I have to get this weight off so I can do the things I want to with my son. Signed up for Spark ages ago, but never used it. Have been on a bit now and... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:48:12 EST Summer Chat My day that I wanted to have did not happen. It was worth it though to get Maegann busy cleaning out things and getting her room put together finally. Meant I lost one of my shelving units that I had school/office stuff on, but I was able to replace it with two other units we had around here and the other fit so nicely in her closet. So...most of my day was spent helping her and redoing my shelves. <BR> <BR> Had my dad over for supper so I made homemade chili and cornbread as he loves that ... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:45:25 EST New to this... Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and I am 42. My husand and I are in the process of finalizing our adoption (court date next month) for a beautiful 9 month old little boy that was placed with us at 5 weeks old. I have never been active on any chat boards, but with my son getting more and more mobile, I knew that I wanted to do something to lose some weight and get moving. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and having a new support team. Tue, 20 May 2014 12:34:21 EST Spring Chat I know it isn't officially Spring and many are still in the throes of Winter weather, but I wanted at least offer the sound of change! <BR> <BR> Be sure to visit our Winter Chat for updates of today! <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5579<BR>8341 </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:02:43 EST Meal Planning and/or Tracking Some have mentioned that they do better when they plan their meals for the week and track everything either here on Spark or in some other way so for the month of February you are challenged to plan those meals ahead of time and track your intake. (Will end the challenge on March 1st.) To make it easier you will only need to report in once a week, on Saturday's. <BR> <BR> COPY the following template, PASTE it into your reply and then EDIT each week to reflect your progress. <BR> <BR> Feb.... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:42:37 EST Lose 10 by April COPY the template below, PASTE into your reply and then EDIT this information each Saturday. Good luck!! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight on 2/1 (or sometime this week): <BR> <BR> Feb. 8: <BR> Feb. 15: <BR> Feb. 22: <BR> Mar. 1: <BR> Mar. 8: <BR> Mar. 15: <BR> Mar. 22: <BR> Mar. 29: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:34:21 EST 3rd Letter Makes a Word Take the 3rd letter of the posted word to make a new word. Example: Word was posted. Use the "R" to create a new word. <BR> <BR> Here we go.... Winter Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:36:15 EST Doubles Goodie Game Whenever the number has two of the same number it is time to share a goodie with another team member. Example: 11, 100 <BR> <BR> Here we go with good ol' number 10. (I am too impatient to wait to get there! LOL) Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:08:46 EST Motivational "Word" for 2014 Each year many around Spark choose a word that means something to them for motivation, inspiration, etc. Several of us at LIL Mommies do this activity and this year I thought it would be nice to have a thread to post those "word" choices for the team to see. Your thoughts on the word choice would be interesting as well. <BR> <BR> I haven't chosen mine yet...still considering... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:59:18 EST New Here Hi there. I'm Tracy and I'm mom to two boys 11 & 8 and then our surprise baby girl who is 1. I have the unique distinction of having been pregnant both on my 30th birthday and my 40th <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've always had weight issues or body image issues so I'm looking to become fit to keep up with my kids; be a good role model; and to show them that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything! <BR> <BR> So glad I found this group and look forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:58:32 EST Strength Training <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Let's stay accountable through the end of December with our strength training. Post daily how many minutes you accomplish! <BR> <BR> COPY the template below and PASTE into a new REPLY. EDIT this same post each day. <BR> <BR> 12/11: <BR> 12/12: <BR> 12/13: <BR> 12/14: <BR> 12/15: <BR> 12/16: <BR> 12/17: <BR> 12/18: <BR> 12/19: <BR> 12/20: <BR> 12/21: <BR> 12/22: <BR> 12/23: <BR> 12/24: <BR> 12/25: <B... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:09:43 EST Introduce Yourself Please tell us a little about yourself and then check out the current threads and join in the fun at LIL Mommies! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:04:54 EST Goals for the New Year Time to begin thinking about what you'd like to do differently when January 1 rolls around. Not talking "resolutions" as much as full out life changes! Please post them here! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:01:30 EST Winter A-Z A - angels Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:55:56 EST Lose 15 lb. by February - Saturday weigh-in COPY the following template for our weekly weigh-in and then PASTE it into a REPLY. Please EDIT this same post each week to make it easier to know how everyone is doing! <BR> <BR> 12/14 (starting weight): 240.2 <BR> 12/21: 239.4 <BR> 12/28: 236.6 <BR> 1/4: 235.6 <BR> 1/11: 232.2 (down 8!) <BR> 1/18: 228.4 <BR> 1/25: 227.2 <BR> 2/1: 227 (down 13.2) Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:16:57 EST Winter Chat Decided to make our chats seasonal and then I won't have to remember to make a new thread so often! LOL <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I've got all the leftovers packed up and in the freezer to go in the cooler tomorrow morning for our drive home. Will be nice having something to eat when we get home as they will probably be mostly thawed and we'll be hungry! Our plan is to head out around 7 or so and that would get us home around 5. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:12:12 EST October/ November Chat Here's our next chat thread! I'll be back! <BR> <BR> September Chat if you need to catch up: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5473<BR>3850 </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:39:13 EST September Chat Ready for September! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to August so you can catch up on the postings: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5434<BR>6598 </link> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:44:42 EST Lunches.... For school & YOU! Hi, everyone! I thought this team might be interested in a bunch of resources I recently stumbled across (seems lots of people struggle with this meal). <BR> <BR> Rather that reposting them all, here's the link where they are all located! <BR> <BR> Puzzled about lunches? <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458570 </link> <BR> <BR> I LOVE these resources! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>220</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:48:10 EST Leaving Low Carb Lifestyle? I'm so overwhelmed by all the diet information out there, that I just don't know what to try next? <BR> <BR> In January 2012, in order to help me lose my 40 pounds of baby weight, I started eating low carb. (I had done this with some success about 8 years ago, before I had any babies). I lost all 40 pounds, plus 8 more! It was wonderful. One year after hitting that low, I've put those 8 pounds back, plus 4 more. I've been eating low carb for 4 weeks now and have seen absolutely no progr... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:44:16 EST August Chat Can't believe tomorrow is August 1st! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:03:26 EST If anyone can help... I bet this team can! <BR> <BR> Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> I originally posted this in the SparkPeople Cafe (not much of a response), and I realize this has very little to do with why we're all here, but I've always been amazed at the wealth of information Spark members are willing to share on anything and everything, so I've decided to ask my question here (with some background): <BR> <BR> I am a Canadian who appreciates all the amazing opportunities for shopping on-line (I've been doing it... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:10:44 EST Coming back after a long time away Going to start with sparkpeople again. Probably going to get into it slowly...... Usually I'm all gung ho and take on too much and then get discouraged, so first step is getting new goals set up, etc. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:19:08 EST July Chat There are a few current posts in June so head here to catch up on those! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5356<BR>7162 </link> <BR> <BR> Otherwise, welcome to July LIL Mommies! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>259</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:55:31 EST howdy! Wanted to do a quick intro. I am 44, I am a SAHM who has fraternal twin girls age 8 and a son 5. I am 5'4, 150 lbs and the heaviest I have been since I have had my son. I live in Colorado and am really lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Married for 15 years and am usually pretty happy about stuff. However, I would like to lose 30 lbs and not feeling too good about myself right now. Like most you guys I am sure, I struggle making time to exercise and balancing all the other demands of be... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:20:48 EST June Chat Finally have time to get this set up today! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:36:39 EST May Chat I'm on time for a change! LOL Be sure to check out the last posts in our April thread! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5286<BR>0730 </link> Wed, 1 May 2013 12:12:15 EST April Chat If you need to go back and catch up on today's threads: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5233<BR>3114 </link> <BR> <BR> Dorothy~I missed the month change again! LOL Sounds like you are busy with scouts this weekend. Hope they can locate the leader/pastor. <BR> <BR> Christina~Praying you can get something figured out with the football. So hard. Congrats for you and your food success! <BR> <BR> Kelly~Glad you remembered your pass... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:32:24 EST New Member Hey! I'm Tammy just started tracking my food last week. Weight has always went up and down. However I'm tired of the way I look and is a constant battle with weight. By tracking my weight I hope to create a healther lifestyle of the way I eat and loose inches..My goal is 50 pounds..and maintain.... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:09:46 EST March Chat Hey! I remembered on time for a change! Here's our new chat thread, but don't forget to go read the last few postings on February! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8557x5210<BR>9537&src=email </link> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:45:49 EST February Chat I know...I'm late getting this going! LOL Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:18:44 EST LOL~Sharing a giggle,laugh or chuckle over .... the reference to "sweet "when it was spelled "sweat" . My hubby wrote up some tea time rules to help our child as a guideline for acceptable behavior in tea rooms. He wrote to show a sweet spirit {meaning a sweet disposition} and put "sweat " instead. My child ,upon reading it ,broke out into a chuckle and said "Mommy, what is a sweat spirit? " And I said it is how we feel trying to remember alll the tea time rules! <em>246</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:35:02 EST GOOD Habits Learned From Our Children~! I would like to reverse the examples ~we are always trying to be a good example for our children and as I was flossing my teeth, I realized that this flossing has become a REGULAR DAILY HABIT DUE TO MY CHILD! I used to only floss occasionally and now ,we both do it as a part of our morning routines! Thank you ,MY SON, for giving me a HEALTHY LIFE HABIT!!! <BR> What good habit have you learned from your child or children? Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:27:26 EST Hi everybody-I'm back! So I'm not new but have been MIA for a long while. Soo much has happened in the last year. Thankfully, I haven't gained weight, but as many of you know, it sure does "shift" as we get older and don't keep it moving! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Last April my DH was asked if he was interested in moving to CA (from IA) and we definitely were. Things kind of lingered on and then bam-they wanted him to start right now! So we had to pack up and cancel all the summer plans and be in CA in 6 weeks! W... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:13:53 EST How Can We Help? Sometimes there is one big thing that brought you to a certain spark team. This is your place to say "Hey! I can use some help here!" Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:10:03 EST A-Z Health Journey A - apples Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:07:42 EST What Motivated You Today? All of us have those moments in our day where we have to really push harder to remain faithful to our goals. What motivated you today? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:04:03 EST Storm the Heavens - 2013 We know this spot may not be a place everyone will visit, but if you would like other LIL Mommy prayer warriors to support you please let us know! <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:01:57 EST January Chat Welcome to 2013 LIL Mommies! <BR> <BR> Janine~Glad you found the chat thread! <BR> <BR> Lisa~So sorry that Amy is bringing in the new year with the sickies. Sorry that your gym plans may be changed for today. Good for you on the meal planning. I need to fill in a few holes for this week and work on the next. <BR> <BR> Dorothy~Sounds like you had a fun New Year’s Eve! <BR> <BR> Isaac is still touchy today about not being able to go on his journey. The autistic brain is so hard to figu... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:47:04 EST The Power of 10 Been thinking about our next "smaller" challenge to keep the exercise accountability going and ran across "The Power of 10" video on Spark Coach today. The Spark Guy said that he believes this is where so many fail with their exercise goals....we try to do too much. The goal is to achieve consistency and if we begin with a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise a day we will reach that goal and we will find that we are doing more than 10 minutes. So we're going with that thought for 2013! <BR> ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:13:37 EST I am my child's hero today because I .... Tonight as I replaced the batteries in my child's toothbrush, his eyes lit up! Now he would not have to get a new one! How precious these days are when we can help our child or children in some small way and in THEIR EYES become their hero,even if for a day! As we well know when our children get older, it isn't as easy....What did you do today that caused your child to regard you as his/her/their hero? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:45:05 EST Conquer It! Let's be honest.... we all have at least one thing that we know is keeping us from seeing the success we want with our exercise, weight loss or maintenance. I am challenging you to figure out one thing that is really a game changer and conquer it! <BR> <BR> Those "wise experts" tell you that admitting it is the first step to success so please use this thread to list what you are planning to conquer and then come back for encouragement and to let us know how it is going! I hope you will jo... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:08:00 EST December Chat Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> Mom's Night was a blast. Didn't get home until almost 10:30! We talked about so many things not homeschool related which was refreshing. We swapped our "used" finds and just enjoyed the time together. <BR> <BR> Had a scare last night with Maegann's hamster as she accidentally dropped him onto a very hard wood floor. He went "dead" on us and was bleeding a bit from his nose. Poor thing! Read that they "go dead" when in shock and if they are okay will take a couple ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:51:52 EST Election Day! Are you or did you vote today? <BR> Not asking for who or what, but just did you get out there and cast your ballot? <BR> While I love the democratic process, I will NOT miss the 20 or so RoBo calls per day...grrrr <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:23:44 EST October Chat Getting our new thread started! Back with a post shortly! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:38:38 EST Find out tomorrow I am 39 years old and 5 months pregnant with my second child. My first child , a girl named Olivia , is 15 months old. Tomorrow I will find out if I am having a boy or girl. I know some people don't want to know the gender of their children before birth but I think it would be nice to know then we can be prepared a little more. If it's a girl we already have a lot of girl clothes but if it's a boy we'll have to do a little shopping. I think we'll have to do some shopping anyway because our gi... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:29:17 EST I'm new, sort of :) I actually joined the team some time ago, but didn't have much time to participate when my kids were younger and I was dealing with a broken marriage & financial devastation. I have been blessed to survive & now thrive! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I plan to make some time to participate because I believe the mutual support will help me in achieving my health & weight loss goals, and hopefully what I have to say & relate can support the team as well. I am a 55 yo single mom of three beautifu... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:52:25 EST September Chat: Washington DC Okay ladies....pack your bags and grab your maps! We're heading to Washington DC for our virtual adventure in September! We will be staying at the St. Regis. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rty/overview/index.html?propertyID=193 </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know what room you are choosing! <BR> <BR> Once settled we'll meet for dinner at the Adour there at the hotel. <BR> <BR> See you in DC! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:42:50 EST Hey Everyone! Hi everyone, I am Kris and I am 45 with a two boys ages 10 and 4. I joined sparkpeople to stay healthy and set a good example for my boys. I need to stay active and young to keep up with them. I also am doing it for me :) Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:10:14 EST August Adventure: Albuquerque Hope you packed your bags so you're ready to catch your flight to New Mexico in the morning! <BR> <BR> We will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo which is between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. <link><BR>jsp </link> <BR> <BR> Once you arrive please check into the room of your choice and take advantage of the fitness center and pool. <link><BR>/activities/pool/index.jsp </link> ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:15:02 EST hello everyone I am the mother of two wonderful children a girl 7 and a boy 10. Last year when I went to pick them up from day camp. A wonderful child there called out hey JD your grandma is here!! I didn't think I looked that old <em>198</em> . <BR> Got some hair dye and felt better. <BR> Anyway I am trying this again after being gone for years but am back again. I want to lose some weight and get healthier so I can enjoy more activities with my children.. The kids went Kayaking this summer and loved i... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:25:56 EST Hi, new here. I have 4 children... Hi, my name is Kim. I am almost 38. I have four children...the oldest is 14 and my youngest will be 2 in just a couple weeks. We also lost a baby in our 13th week of pregnancy this past March. We hope to have more still, even though all my friends my age have long since stopped having babies and think I am nuts. :) Nice to be here and I look forward to getting to know everyone. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:27:01 EST July Chat Sorry I didn't get this done yesterday! Still no time to plan a fun virtual adventure....missing those a bit though. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:42:52 EST New to team Hi all! My name is Heidi and I am 45 yrs old. I am an older mom and was once was that younger mom too. My little ones are 6 & 8, while my three older boys are all out on their own. Back then keeping the weight off seemed easy. Now, well, no so much. It is a struggle. Wondering how others find time to not only exercise, but find the energy to want to do it. As I get older it is getting harder to start. After all the running with the kids, schools, activities and work, I am pooped. I am hoping ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:39:38 EST Junk It In June & July I've been busy decluttering my house in June so I got to thinking I probably have some emotional "clutter" or choices that I am making that keep me from being as successful as I'd like with my weight journey. How about you? Anything you need to "Junk in June & July?" <BR> <BR> **Let's use this thread to keep adding the things we run across that need that sort of attention. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:29:09 EST What Kept You Motivated Today? Today my motivation was that I really needed to be caught up with things around the house after our week away AND to have it out of the way before Monday as I'll be busy with co-op registration. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:20:18 EST Officially a Late in Life Mommy I had my little girl 2 weeks ago at the ripe young age of 40. My first, and maybe my only little one. <BR> <BR> I had a easy pregnancy but a somewhat harder recovery from delivery. Still recovering but looking forward to using sparkpeople and losing weight/getting fit. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 13:09:27 EST Just joined I'm a 41 year old mother of 9 children ranging in age from 3 to 19. Looking for a group of women that I might be able to relate with on an active spark people board! <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 22:19:40 EST June Chat I can't believe it is June either! <BR> <BR> Spent our day at the homeschool convention and had some great sessions/speakers. Only downside was when we picked the kids up at the end of the day. Isaac had been horrible all afternoon as far as obeying the leaders and how he was treating others in his group. They said they called the number we gave them but all calls Tim got did not have messages so we never knew. Ugh! We've dealt with Isaac and given him the consequence (apology to the le... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:25:55 EST New to team I've been off and on SP for a few years. Just getting back on it again. I'm 41 and have a 10 month old son. I really need to lose weight so I can keep up with him as he grows up! I'm sure you all know what I mean! Mon, 14 May 2012 17:04:55 EST May Chat Sorry that I didn't have time to plan a virtual outing for May either. I'm thinking with my summer schedule not including much with co-op I might have time to plan ahead. <BR> <BR> If you missed the conversation from today... head back to April for those posts. Tue, 1 May 2012 21:58:58 EST Scale on its way "OUT" We are in the market for a new body fat scale. Our current scale was a wedding gift 8 years ago. It was an okay model at the time but we know there are better, more accurate options on the market now. <BR> <BR> So, I began to do my research and reading a lot about what's out there for the home market. It looks like the most recommended aren't even available for home use. The fitness centers and professional trainers must pay $1000s for these models. We just aren't going to put out that much... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:01:10 EST April Chat Can't believe it is April already! Here's our new thread for the month! Once time to plan a trip for us. I're okay with that so no guilt or pressure being felt here. <BR> <BR> Had a good conversation with Maegann this morning regarding why some people bully and I think it opened her eyes to a new side of things. We talked about the common bond between the main three bullies (horribly broken homes) and the possibility they bully her because they want what she has. It'... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:28:23 EST April Challenge This month I thought it would be nice to challenge ourselves. <BR> <BR> Set your own goal for the month and post it here. This will still be a great way for accountability. Every week post here on Saturday! Copy and paste this with your goal. It will make it easier to keep up with if on week 2 you edit rather than repost. <BR> <BR> 3-31-12 <BR> 4-7-12 <BR> 4-14-12 <BR> 4-21-112 <BR> 4-28-12 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:04:43 EST Today's Plan I don't know how to make this a sticky topic..... <BR> <BR> We can list our nutrition or personal daily goals then check back to see if we accomplished them.... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:42:21 EST Today's Plan This is your place to list your plan for the day and come back to check off the list throughout the day! <BR> <BR> Here's my plan for the day! <BR> <BR> Gym 30 min <BR> Print off Chicago trip info DONE <BR> Co-op Class sign-up sheets created <BR> Work on China unit if time Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:05:43 EST Thanks, Janet & Christina You don't know how motivating it is to get recognized. Thanks for taking the time to inform me that I scored high enough in SparkPoints to be ranked NO 2 on this SparkTeam. <BR> <BR> This is the first award granted to me by anyone other than myself or the site owners. <BR> <BR> It may be silly for some, but I'm thrilled. I even bragged on Facebook! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:04:52 EST March Chat Can't believe February is gone so quickly! Decided to get our March thread set up while Isaac is reading his Transformers book. Next I need to get dinner prep done and work on my Bible study. Day is flying by! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:07:17 EST New in KC I am returning to Sparkpeople. In the past I only used the nutrition tracker. I have decided to join a group and try to take this thing one day at a time. <BR> I have been married 22 years. I have a daughter that is 20. I have a younger daughter that is 7. We were blessed to adopt her . I can't imagine my life without either of my girls. <BR> I have carelessly let my weight creep up to a point that it seems hopeless (245). I have hidden from it and continued on with my bad habits. I am not s... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:29:20 EST hello everyone Hi my name is Margaret and I am 45yrs old. I have one beautiful, active wee man who is 4,and a very active husband who is 46. We live in Nelson, New Zealand. <BR> I started this weight loss journey about 3 years ago and have lost 20kg which is 5kgs off of my pre pregnancy weight. I have been stuck around this weight for the last 2years and I am determined to lose the rest. <BR> It's great to find a team with other older mums that are also facing weight issues like myself and look forward to... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:44:55 EST February Chat: Hawaii I chose to skip the usual "Love Boat Cruise" this year and go straight to Oahu, Hawaii. We will be staying in the ocean villas at the Turtle Bay Resort. Go check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ns/Accommodations.asp </link> <BR> <BR> So tonight....just get yourself to the resort, find your room and I'll meet you at Hang Ten Bar & Grill about 7 tonight! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:16:04 EST Quick Poll.... How many Spark Points.... do you average per day???? I am hitting about 60 Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:01:05 EST Newbie from St. Louis, MO Greetings, One and All! <BR> <BR> My name is Lynn and I'm not new to SparkPeople (joined in Nov) but new to this Forum. <BR> <BR> My LIL Story... Met MDH at age 39, married at age 40, had our only child at age 42. Both are very healthy. Our son is in great physical condition, one of the fittest kids in his class. <BR> <BR> Both DH and I are on a the Health Management Resources wellness system and changing our nutrition program for over a year now. We are working out at the local Y and con... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:48:35 EST K an Pre K educational web sites I have been looking for free sites for Ben to learn letter sounds/ words and basic beginning math. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I just started a free trial to IKNOWTHAT has anyone used it? Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:57:46 EST Weight Gain So... over the last couple of months I gained back 5 pounds. I am getting back on track now. It seems so depressing to move my weight tracker ticker backwards. Would you move it or leave it as it is until you "re-lost" the weight? <em>46</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:38:34 EST January Chat: Cancun I had planned to get all this done last night but I couldn't use SP at all as it was dog slow. Thankfully this afternoon it is zipping along. <BR> <BR> So we're heading for warm sand and sunshine ladies! We'll be staying at the Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas. We'll have an exercise room and a full service spa at our disposal. Check out the place! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>HotelAndVillas.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> So, once you're settled we're meeting up for t... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:08:09 EST 12 for 12 in 2012 It's a new year! Time for 12 minutes of exercise for 12 days. Can you do 12 minutes of exercise for 12 days straight? Take the challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> Day 2 <BR> Day 3 <BR> Day 4 <BR> Day 5 <BR> Day 6 <BR> Day 7 <BR> Day 8 <BR> Day 9 <BR> Day 10 <BR> Day 11 <BR> Day 12 <BR> <BR> After the first 12 days try round 2 and keep going through 2012. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:23:36 EST 12 Week Challenge For 2012 Here is our new challenge to ring in the New Year! <BR> <BR> I thought this was a good time to get back to the basics. Every week we will focus on a back to basics topic. I will mail the weekly challenge out on Fridays. <BR> Here is the weigh in schedule it will start on Saturday: <BR> <BR> 12-31-11 <BR> 1-7-12 <BR> 1-14-12 <BR> 1-21-12 <BR> 1-28-12 <BR> 2-4-12 <BR> 2-11-12 <BR> 2-18-12 <BR> 2-25-12 <BR> 3-3-12 <BR> 3-10-12 <BR> 3-17-12 <BR> final weigh in of the challenge 3-24-12 <BR> <... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:54:45 EST New to team, not new to SP I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 42 year old mother of 2. My oldest is 17 and we have just been through our final adoption hearing for our (almost) 10 month old great niece that we have had since birth. I feel as though I am going to have 2 lives to live, which is kind of awesome but I know that I need to get healthy to make sure that I am around to see the youngest one grow up. I have been using SP's nutrition tracker off and on for years, but this time I am adding exercise and ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 14:45:27 EST Dec. Chat: Close to Home Figured I would get a December chat thread started. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym and got through the machines and some ab work. Really felt "weak" tonight so I'm glad I will be meeting the trainer tomorrow afternoon. Afterwards I headed to the grocery store and then chose to not finish the Christmas shopping I had planned until Monday night. Just didn't feel like going anywhere else by then. Plenty of time... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... school, gym, game night. The hubby will be home tomor... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:19:47 EST What's for dinner? Don't you just love the "what's for dinner, mom?" question as the kids come in? LOL Wed, 2 Nov 2011 14:41:07 EST Lets drop 7 pounds in 7 weeks Here is our LAST challenge of 2011. <BR> <BR> Starting weight on 11-5-2011 <BR> 11-12-11 <BR> 11-19-11 <BR> 11-26-11 <BR> 12-3-11 <BR> 12-10-11 <BR> 12-17-11 <BR> 12-14-11 Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:53:44 EST Nov. Chat: Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is the capial of the Republic of Argentina and the country's largest city. Located on the front of the Rio de La Plata, it is a modern, dynamic and radiant city that features the European architecture of its founders and absorbs the passion of its people, the "Portenos" (people of the port). Considered "The Pearl" of South America, Buenos Aires has an intense cultural life where tango, long coffee klatches and football (soccer) are essential elements in its peoples daily lives.... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:30:02 EST Hi new to the team My name is Theresa and I am a 40 year old mom of a 15 year old and 2 year old and wanting 1 more. I have been told everything from I am crazy to I am too old to be having all these kids. I have learned to block them out and live my life. It is nice to meet some women who also have chosen to have children later in life. I am wantng to get healthy to keep up with my two year old and to prepare to get pregnant in the future. Nice to meet you all!!! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:43:46 EST New to SP Hello, I am brand new to this whole concept of online weigh loss, fitness & nutrition tracking...old dog new tricks! I'm 42 with a 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son, both fit and healthy. I volunteer with the school and the PTA, work part time as an EMT Instructor, and chase my son constantly. I never got back into great shape between kiddos, and have never lost baby weight from my son. After seeing the results of a recent family photo, it finally hit me I need to do something if I w... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:57:23 EST New to the team Hi I just had my 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago. I have a special need daughter who will be 2 in a month. She is the apple of my eye and i love her so much. She is the reason I am here and trying to loose weight , I find that I have a hard time keeping up with her Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:50:55 EST OMG My Daughter Ate Broccoli Last night I had a snack of broccoli and carrots with a little light ranch. My daughter(3) asked if she could try some. Of course I said she could. I expected her to dip the vegetables than just lick off the dressing like she does with chips. But,she actually ate the broccoli and liked it! She tried a carrot, but spit it back out. I'm just so glad she tried them. The list of veggies she will eat is not very long, so I was thrilled. It also encourages me to eat better. If she sees me eating ve... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:34:17 EST Hi, I'm Carissa Hi All. I recently joined Spark to help lose the weight I gained after having my two kids, about 45lbs. total. I had my daughter when I was 35. She is now 3. I had my son when I was 38. He is now 9 months. My DH and I met later in life and neither of us had been married or had children previously. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:45:33 EST hello I am new to the team :D Just wanted to say hi I had lost a lot of weight and gotten down to a size 14 and then I got pregnant twice in a row and was unable to breastfeed :( my babies are now 2 and 3 yrs old happy toddlers (for the most part lol) but mommy is all the way up to 280lbs size 22 and needs to get back into those size 14 jeans :) hellppppp Fri, 7 Oct 2011 03:16:36 EST Oct. Chat: NYC I am in New York City all by myself. Are you ladies going to join me? <BR> <BR> We're staying at the Setai Fifth Avenue. Check it out and let me know what room you're in! <BR> <link><BR>ewyork/?rzsource=ral&phonalytics=82w </link> <BR> <BR> I'll be back later tonight to let you in our weekend plans in the Big Apple! It's going to be fun! Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:33:29 EST A New spark member Good evening spark fans just dropping in to say hello, I'm a new member just joining and looking to lose some pounds. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:17:04 EST I Have arrived :-) Hi everyone, I am very happy to find myself here........ its taken a while but I supose you need to be at the bottem to climb to the top so here we go!!!!! <BR> I'm a mother of 2 young children & Have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager & am now at my heaviest......I don't want to be here anymore so here goes......... watch this space:-) <BR> <BR> Elza Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:09:28 EST First Time Mom at 39 Hi Team! After a lifetime of fertility issues and 2 recent miscarriages, I am proud to introduce myself to the team as the new mother of a healthy 8 week old baby boy. I will be 40 in November and am planning to start working on the next baby very very soon. I lost 160 pounds with gastric bypass 3 years ago, but gained alot of weight after my first miscarriage 1-1/2 years ago. I then gained 40 pounds with my recent pregnancy, so I have close to 100 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight. <BR... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:29:42 EST I had twins! I actually joined this group when I was still trying to get pregnant, with the high hopes that I'd be successful. Well, I was, and now I have 15 month old baby girls! They are an absolute joy, and I am thrilled to be a "real" member of the group now. <BR> <BR> I am now here with the goal of losing the baby belly (which pre-existed babies, truth be told). I need to lose about 4" off my waist, at least, to reduce my risk of health problems. <BR> <BR> Success to all of you, and to me too! <BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:06:44 EST Lose 5 pounds in 5 Weeks Here's a new challenge! <BR> <BR> Let's go for 1 pound a week. <BR> <BR> Starting weigh in on 9-17-11 <BR> <BR> 9-24-11 <BR> 10-1-11 <BR> 10-8-11 <BR> 10-15-11 <BR> 10-22-11 <BR> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:14:40 EST Hi I am new to this but not to being a mom. HI. I am 44 years old today. It is just another day in my crazy house. I am the mom to 4 boys ages 21, 11, 9, and 7 years old. My 11 year old is reading this out loud as I type. He said I was 144 years old. He is so funny I forget to laugh. I am also a widow. Husband died March 30, 2006. Also the 11 and 9 year old have type one diabetes. They were very young when they were diagnosed. One was 6 months old and the other was a few days shy of being 2 years old. I am a stress eater. I have a grea... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 17:55:08 EST We are having more children!!! Let me explain... We have 5 children already. They are 25,22,19,15,and 2. Tonight, DCS called and they are bringing over 3 children ages 4,5, and 12. We are taking them for the weekend but they told me that they are looking for a forever family for them so if things go well over the weekend and we want to keep them we can keep them. I think I am in a bit of shock. Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:35:25 EST New Here! I am a mom to 7 from age 30 down to 5! While my older 6 were born when I was young, we adopted our 7th when I was 49! She is now 5 and I'm 51. We do foster care and she came to us at 18 months. Does anyone else have that much age spread? <BR> She is my motivation to get fit and healthy enough to be here for her, as well as my other kids and grandkids...and of course, my hubby of 32 years. <BR> Can't wait to get to know ya'll. <BR> Ginny Thu, 1 Sep 2011 17:43:54 EST Sept. Chat -- Colorado Springs Happy September LIL Mommies! We are going to spend the month touring the city of Colorado Springs, CO! Having been here many times's a beautiful place. <BR> <BR> We'll be staying at The Broadmoor (I stayed here in high school with Future Business Leaders of America) and you've just got to see this place! It's gorgeous! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Tour the rooms and let me know where you're staying! <BR> <BR> We'll spend Thursday getting settled in and mee... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:28:33 EST Hi from newbie I'm determined to fight my expanding waistline despite numerous challenges so I've signed up on sparkpeople today. I am a 42 year old mother of a 2 year old boy who is obsessed with tractors, Thomas, and trucks of all varieties and who is my miracle child and the light of my life. I have a history of health problems which make fitness and diet somewhat of a challenge but am determined to try to fight harder as my pants creep up another size every year or so. I am a very crunchy granola hippie... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:23:16 EST Maybe? I went to the doctor today to get a Rx for birth control. They took a pregnancy test and came back in and said there was a faint line on the test. The nurse waited for the doctor to make a call whether it could be a false positive or if I needed to take a blood test to get an "official" result. The doctor said to come back in a week. <BR> <BR> I suspect if it is indeed positive, I'm only 2-3 weeks along. Everything I've read online indicates false positive are rare, even "faint" lines no... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:41:20 EST 5 pounds in 5 weeks Let's set goal of losing 5 pounds in 5 weeks. <BR> <BR> 3,500 calories in 1 pound. If we burn and extra 500 calories a day, or cut our calories by 500 a day we will lose 1 pound in a week. OR burn 250 calories a day and eat 250 calories less we will lose 1 pond in a week. <BR> <BR> Lets get started! Weigh in on Saturday. Here is the weigh in schedule: <BR> <BR> 8-6-11 <BR> 8-13-11 <BR> 8-20-11 <BR> 8-27-11 <BR> 9-3-11 Mon, 1 Aug 2011 22:04:29 EST hormones Does anyone struggle with an increased appetite when they have their periods? <BR> <BR> I tend to do wonderfully 2 weeks out of the month but as soon as PMS starts (the third week) I crave salty stuff intensely, then the fourth week (period week=week from hell) I crave baked goods (sweets) intensely. UG. <BR> <BR> It's like a force that takes over my body and I end up feeling more like a marionette being pulled by strings toward the tortilla chip and hummus, the popcorn, etc. and then ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:08:45 EST August Chat -- Viva Las Vegas! Your room awaits you at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we'll just spend time enjoying the hotel by using the fitness facilities and the pool. <BR> <link><BR>_facilities/ </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For dinner we're going to meet up at Verandah. <BR> <link><BR>verandah/ </link> <BR> <B... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:05:53 EST First Time every joining a team Saying hello. I've never blogged or joined a team like this before. Not completely comfortable. I'm 44 (nearly 45). My daughter is 9 and my boy is nearly 5. I should loose about 25 to 30 pounds, but frankly, I'm so discouraged, that I'm trying to focus on only ten. I did loose 15 from December to March, and then just stopped. I exercise sporadically, I like it, but just don't get around to it. I like healthy food, I just find I eat too much. I'm hungry all the time if I stick to 1200... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 18:34:32 EST Preschoolers Say the Funniest Things.....! I thought it would be fun to "hear" what kids call different items ! Our son calls casserole~~castor oil !! My husband and I are both good cooks as our families can attest ,so we don't take offense;he's just trying to say casserole!:) Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:20:33 EST One Year Sparkversary I just CAN'T SAY ENOUGH thank you's to all my SparkFriends and TEAMS for the wonderful and AWESOME support this last year!!!! I posted a video blog documenting my year with this WONDERFUL website! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, and looking forward to another year with SP--maintaining my weight loss and reaching new goals!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:51:57 EST Almost 40 and Childless I'm thinking about trying to get pregnant within the next year. If all things work out, I'd probably have my first and only child at 41. It would be great if I got pregnant, but if I don't I'll be OK with it. I'm not obsessed with getting pregnant, and I'm not going to spend an outrageous amount of money trying. What are the pros and cons of having a child "late in life"? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:31:19 EST First child at 38 years old. On June 23 2011 I gave birth to my first child , a girl we named Olivia Grace , at the age of 38 years old. <BR> Yesterday , July 3 2011 , marked our 12th wedding anniversary. I wouldn't say she was an accident but more like she chose her own time to come into our lives. I was 16 weeks along when I found out that I was expecting and in that 16 weeks had drank caffeine and taken medication that pregnant women shouldn't take because of risk of miscarriage (MS medication that I stopped taking o... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 22:52:17 EST I'm back! I've unfortunately been MIA for awhile. Hopefully things are getting back on track because I've run out of excuses while putting 5#'s back on! <BR> <BR> I'm Lynn - 53 year old Mom to a precious God given baby girl named Faith. She's 4 1/2 now going on 24 I think! Loving life with her - she makes me complete!! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 12:32:39 EST July Chat -- Finnish Fun! Welcome to Helsinki, Finland! Your accomodations for the month of July are at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. Along with wonderful rooms we have access to saunas, a fitness room and a joging trail right outside the entrance! Fitness First in Finland! (Couldn't resist.) <BR> <BR> Here's the hotel: <link><BR>nki </link> <BR> Have a look around and pick your room! I'll meet you in the Paakonttori Lounge tonight. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we'll begin our st... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:46:41 EST Hi I am so glad I found this team. I recently turned 40 and have a 6 month old daughter. It took a long time and a lot of effort to have her and now I feel like I don't quite fit in with the other new moms. <BR> <BR> Having my daughter makes me want to be a better role model, so I am getting in shape and going to create a healthier lifestyle in our home. I look forward to getting to know the members here better. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:56:36 EST THANK YOU You guys are the BEST!!!! THANK YOU so much for making me feel so special last week as Mommy of the week!!!!!! BLESSINGS to you all!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:32:52 EST Be Nice to Daddy! It was suggested that we have a challenge to make an effort to do nice things for our hubbys. Then I realized this was Fathers Day coming up and thought it was a perfect time! I am posting it under WELLNESS for Marriage Wellness. <BR> <BR> Can you think of something nice to do for the next 6 days? Give it a try!!! The week might result in Marital Bliss... <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>290</em> <em>212</em> <em>337</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:17:43 EST Summer Weight Loss Challenge Summer Heat is here! This is a great time to lose weight!!! There are plenty of outdoor activities, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am challenging YOU to lose 5% of your body weight. <BR> <BR> Weigh in on Saturday June 11, 20011 and each Saturday thru July 30, 2011. <BR> <BR> 7 weeks to lose 5% We can do this!!! Will You take the challenge? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:24:22 EST haven't been here for awhile but since summer time is here I have joined a gym =D O yeah it's my 1st time ever n I even have to make an appointment so some 1 can show me how to use all the machines. I'm going to try to eat better n excersise n be a good example to my children. So here I am again 1 more time. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 13:14:17 EST June Chat: Tunisia, Africa This month we will be hanging out in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia! We will be staying at the Dar Said Carthage Bed and Breakfast. Tomorrow we will just use the day to settle in at the B&B and meet for tea at Cafe Chaabane. They are said to have the BEST mint tea! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Said.h1451742.Hotel-Information </link> <BR> <BR> I was putting this adventure together throughout the month of May and it was one of the toughest ones I've ever done mostly ... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:08:39 EST Room for one more? Hi! Can I join you? I turn 40 in a few months. My one and only child is a 16 month old, very spirited and active boy. I don't really feel "late in life" yet, but I sure don't fit in with all the 20-something mommies. :) I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 May 2011 13:56:41 EST New Member Hello..I am turning 40 this year and my fourth and final child last November, he just turned 6 months old and adorable I think! I am excited to see other ladies in the same boat as having a child late in life has come with its challenges, hard to lose weight, tired, but not impossible! <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 May 2011 14:23:01 EST Mommy of the Week! My goodness, I can't believe I am Mommy of the week!! I have been here before (long time ago) and I understand the importance and duties of this honor. I hope I will do you all proud. I will be at the mall signing autographs from 4 to 7 for the next two days. After that, I will be doing a few supermarket openings and pet store adoptions!! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to see you all there!!! Thanks so much for this honor! Mon, 9 May 2011 15:09:38 EST Returning SP Member Hello All I have returned to SP today after being away for 2 years. I officially joined in 2007, but strayed away. I am returning with an additional 40lbs (ugh). I am frustrated with myself, but never giving up. I joined this group because I find myself at 40 involved with a man who has no children and wants some. I have two already, 16 and 7, and the prospect of having a third at 40 is daunting at best. I hope to interact with you guys in a positive way and not only gain inspiration but be... Wed, 4 May 2011 11:56:41 EST May Chat: Seattle, WA Well, had it right! We are going to spend the next month exploring Seattle! <BR> <BR> We are going to stay at The Edgewater Hotel so pack your bags and meet me there tomorrow! We're having dinner together at the "Six Seven" there at the hotel. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e.aspx </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:00:46 EST May ~ Weight Loss Challenge I am thinking a friendly competition will be fun! AND Motivating <BR> <BR> Weigh In day will still be Saturday. Starting on April 30 and the final weigh in will be on June 4th. Each week I will total the % of weight loss and post the winner. <BR> <BR> The mommie with the highest percentage of weight loss for the month will win a $10.00 sparkcertificate. <BR> <BR> You must weigh in each week to win. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:54:07 EST Make a change this week What one area do you need to focus on this week? Name it and let's start a streak! <BR> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:05:48 EST April Chat: Amsterdam We will be staying at the Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam. <link> </link> Not only is it just simply a beautiful place, they also have a 24-hour fitness center for us to use and a casino right next door! LOL <BR> <BR> Today we'll get settled in and meet for dinner at the Manhattan Brassiere. <link><BR>ng.aspx </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:10:12 EST Overcoming Obstacles Yesterday we listed our biggest obstacle. So today What can you do to overcome it? What changes can you make in your daily routine to help you beat this challenge in your life? <BR> You are Worthy of your time and energy to care for yourself! Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:31:03 EST Obstacles What is your biggest obstacle between you and your weight loss goal? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:18:46 EST Happy to SEE my child's GOOD FOOD Choice is... blueberries!!!~~~ This happened the other day and I was so HAPPY that I wanted to add it as a "topic" on this team!!!! My 3 yo was going in the fridge looking for something to eat and he chose blueberries on his OWN!!!! As a parent fighting a sweet tooth and {I gave it to him, for goodness' sake}it is such a JOY to see him make GOOD FOOD choices!!! <em>224</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:08:38 EST Numbers Devotional Please check out this link for an excellent devotional: <BR> <BR><BR>?d=2011-03-11 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:26:00 EST New to the team today... Hello. I just turned 40, I am overweight, and we are trying to conceive. We did not mean to wait this long, it just happened. I guess I always thought I had more time because the people in Hollywood do it all the time, but my doc has crushed my little world and even told me I am "high risk" now. In my mind, I still feel like I am 25, so this has been a very difficult pill to swallow, but I am hopeful that if this is meant to be, God will make it happen. Anyway, I don't have a clue about the m... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:41:19 EST Need a little support today - warning might be sad So, I'm struggling a little bit this week - this week would have been 40 weeks for a pregnancy I lost back in August. I thought I was moving on but it snuck up on me yesterday and I'm feeling super fragile right now because of it. <BR> <BR> We have a wonderful 2 1/2 year old son who is the light of my life - and focusing on him has certainly helped me deal with the loss of the pregnancy - it's just very hard this week to realize that we could have been blessed with another child about now. ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 07:30:51 EST March Chat: Aussie Adventure G'day Mates! We're heading to the continent of Australia! <BR> <BR> Today will be our flight from Florida and getting settled in Margaret River (Western Australia) at the Grand Mercure Basildene Manor. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So get your passport and I'll see you Down Under! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:26:32 EST March Goals What are you going to accomplish this month? Is there and area of clutter you need to clean? Do you need to focus on cardio or strenght training? Find an area of weaknesss and make it your March goal to make changes and improvements! Share your plan with us!! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:40:21 EST Daily mini challenges Here is Saturday's mini challenge. Check here daily for the challenges: <BR> <BR> Ok its actually Sat am for me, but I'm still good for Fri night for you western to me! <BR> Don't hate me. I'm thinking its Sat., most of us will be busy with family stuff, BUT....Lets do some quickfires. Every other hour, on the hour do a 3 minute move your booty! Jumping jacks, butt kicks, air jump rope, stairs....or if you are in the supermarket, pretend youre in a big hurry, or remember Keagals, bum squeeze... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:53:20 EST prayer please!! We have had another huge earthquake here in christchurch ,new zealand. I live in nelson 5 hours away so are safe, i have heard from my two brothers and mum who are ok. My husband and son are driving to chch now to bring mum here as she is a mess. I do have a lot of extended family and friends in the city who i have no idea about. There are people trapped in buildings and there has been loss of life. There is limited communication ect ect so I know the best thing we can do is pray...thank you ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:47:16 EST Lose 10 (more) by 4/23/11 Here is the continuation of our previous challenge...who is in with me? <BR> <BR> 1-1- 2011~ 148 lbs <BR> 1-8- 2011~ 146 lbs (lost 2 lbs) <BR> 1-15-2011~ 145.5 (lost 2.5 lbs) <BR> 1-22-2011~ 143.5 (lost 4.5 lbs) <BR> 1-29-2011~ 144.5 (lost 3.5 lbs) <BR> 2-5- 2011~ 144.5 (maintained) but was 145 on Wed. and 144.5 on Saturday. (lost 3.5 lbs) <BR> 2-12-2011~144,5 (maintained again!) <BR> 2-19-2011~ 144.0 (down 4 lbs) <BR> <BR> Going to lose that 5 lbs and then square it (25 pounds!) <BR> 3-5-1... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 21:13:53 EST New to the Team I've been on SparkPeople since last July. I lost a total of 20 pounds, but I've gained 10 back. I'll be 41 in March, have been married almost 9 years, and I have two boys: one will be 7 in May and the other was 5 in January. I have some chronic health problems that I'm trying to sort out, and I also overeat when stressed or extra tired or feeling rebellious about having to lose weight (I wasn't too heavy until about 5 years ago). I am looking for more Spark friends that I can encourage and wh... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:37:22 EST Hello, I'm Shelly My name is Shelly and I'm 44 and I have 3 kids. My oldest son is 13, my daughter is 10 and my youngest son will be 3 years old next week. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:22:47 EST Happy to be here I am a 42 year old mom of a 22 year old son, a 2.5 year old girl and an 11 month old boy. Came across your thread and thought I might fit nicely here. I have been doing Spark for two weeks and have lost 9.5 pounds. I need to lose this weight to be around to take care and enjoy the babes. I am from the Northern KY area and look forward to getting to know you all! Lisa Sun, 6 Feb 2011 07:48:02 EST How to eat healthy without killing the grocery bil Okay I just got back from the grocery store. <BR> <BR> I ate a light snack before going so I wouldn't be hungry and tempted to buy junk. <BR> <BR> I made a list so I would stick to it and not buy junk. <BR> <BR> I spent DOUBLE the amount i normally would at the store getting healthier items and fresh items. <em>40</em> <BR> Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated. I don't want the higher cost to sabotage eating better. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Gina Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:27:46 EST Feb. Chat: The Love Boat! Yep! We're heading out to sea on the Emerald Princess for a Grand Caribbean Adventure! We each have a suite with a balcony naturally! <link><BR>ities_publicrooms/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will fly to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and enjoy a bus tour around the "Venice of America." <link><BR>detail.jsp?shorexId=FLL-601 </link> We will spend a few days in Ft. Lauderdale before boarding the ship. <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:27:20 EST Feb Goals? Have you set goals for Feb? <BR> <BR> How many fitness mins will you get in? <em>319</em> <em>135</em> <em>324</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>216</em> <em>312</em> <em>344</em> <em>320</em> <em>311</em> <em>310</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:32:12 EST LIL Mama Hi! I just found this LIL Mommies team and am excited to meet more LIL Moms. I'm 44 and just gave birth to my little girl in October. My OB was fantastic and wouldn't allow me to call myself old; she just said that I met my prince later and things got started from there. I had a wonderful pregnancy (despite prior miscarriages and subsequent uterine surgery) and have lost my baby weight. However, I want (need!) to tone up everything and get back on track. It's so easy to get caught up in... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:35:28 EST Hey! Excited to join and finish losing... Hey! <BR> My name is Michele and I live in PA. I have 3 boys who are 17, 7, and 17 mos. I had my last son just shy of my 41st birthday. He was actually my easiest pregnancy and easiest delivery. My first was the worst of both. I currently have about 25 pounds to lose to get back to the weight I was happy at before the 7 yo. <BR> I am excited to join this team with ladies who are in the same boat. <BR> I have been on sparkpeople on and off for a few years (between babies). I hope tha... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:16:41 EST new to the sparkteam> I am 40 years old, I have a 20 yr, 16 yr, 6 yr, and a 4 month old. I am looking for encouragement to losing weight and getting healthy. Just joined Spark People a few days ago. I really am excited about meeting new people and being a part of a team. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:27:49 EST Who Inspires You? My uncle inspires me. At 50 he decided he wanted to learn how to run. He said he went out and ran from one telephone pole and then to the next. He ran intervals until he went further and further each day. <BR> <BR> He is now in his 60s and runs several marathons a year. He has taught me that it is never to late to care about your health and get on the right track. I think he is amazing. <em>205</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:28:26 EST Very discouraged with weight. Hi, I've been a member for a while now, but I'm just so discouraged that I cannot stick to losing weight. I don't even know myself when I look in a mirror or at pictures. I'm a late in life mommy - I have a 9 year old - I'm 49. I really wanted more children but I was told I could not have any. I should be happy with one healthy girl, but I cannot get over having just one. My daughter keeps wishing she had a brother or sister. I'm just eating myself away in sorrow. Sorry, I just had to say th... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 20:56:57 EST WHAT IS YOUR SECRET?!??!?!?! This is what I want to know from those who have SUCCESSFULLY lost the weight. What is your secret? I have lost lbs. here and there off and on but after all these years never managed to keep it off or reach an "ideal" weight. <BR> <BR> I see many people on sparkpeople who have been on here for 4-5 years and have lost 1 lb. They participate in all the discussions and all but don't lose the weight. <BR> <BR> So I want to hear from those who have lost or are successfully losing...what was it ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:15:41 EST New to Spark & glad to be here! Hi fellow Sparkers! I'm Julie, most recently from central Alabama. I'm a New Englander who has been living below the Mason-Dixon for most of my life, although only in the "real" South for the last 23 years. I've come to love this part of the country, fried food, and everything Paula Deen! (much to my undoing) <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found Spark because it looks like it will help me to do what I know I've been needing to do, which is find a way to enjoy the foods I like in a lighter,... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:19:37 EST hi there!new member's first message! Hi,everyone,I am finally ready to really get <BR> started with this business of losing weight and <BR> getting healthier! <BR> I just read the boredom ideas for children for a <BR> rainy day,and I am amazed and pleased there is such <BR> a variety of topics to interest everyone!Talk to you <BR> all soon! <em>224</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 07:20:53 EST Hello and Happy New Year, Everyone! I am so happy I found this team! I am 46 years old, been married for 14 years, and am the happy-but-exhausted momma to a thriving three year old daughter. I've always been up-and-down with my weight. When we adopted our daughter, I was at a relatively decent weight. That was 23 pounds ago. I realized that it's really important to make some time for me. I'm vain enough that I don't want to look "matronly" and I'm certainly too vain to have people assume I'm a grandmother (which technical... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:30:34 EST Share your goals for the New Year. I am always inspired by others goals, I'm sure others are too. Share with us what changes you are going to make to start this year off right. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:54:12 EST January Chat: Key West I have been grimacing off and on knowing that I've been planning our month in Florida while hearing "It's cold here!" throughout December. The nice thing about a virtual is as warm as we imagine it to be! I did visit Key West in January many years ago and was told that this is the best time to go because of the temperature and humidity levels. We stayed with friends on Big Pine Key. <BR> <BR> Having said that.... grab your suitcases, sunglasses and sunscreen because we lan... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:40:59 EST 11 for 11 in 2011 We are switching up our 10 for 10 to 11 for 11! Boy that sounds confusing but here is the challenge~ <BR> Just start with <em>249</em> and tell us what you did for 11 minutes of exercise. Continue until you get 11 days straight. The bonus challenge is for the 11th minute to be a PLANK <em>320</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:50:32 EST How are you feeling today? I love this kind of thread.... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Just post an emoticon about how you feel today. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 16:21:36 EST Rainy Day Ideas?[List child's age for reference!] It's raining and as I huddled IN OUR TEAM HUDDLE today, and gave an idea of how we were to spend our day,I thought it might be HELPFUL to list a RAINY DAY GAME EXCHANGE! Listing the child's age HELPS for reference if it would be age appropriate for your child! <BR> For my 3 yo, a rainy game we like is indoor baseball in the garage[of course--the car has already been LONG removed!]We get out the plastic t-ball stand and wiffle ball and I use masking tape for shaping the "bases"[along with put... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:46:52 EST Lose 10 by 2/22 So what do you all think? Starting 1/1/11, do you think we can lose 10 (or a smaller goal that you pick) by 2/22? I willing to try (make that do it) if you all are (or even if you aren't). Maybe try to do 11 minutes for 11 days instead of 10 for 10 in the exercise zone as well. The last minute will be a plank. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:30:09 EST Name One Thing You Did For Yourself Today Now that it is time for many to start making those New Year resolutions I thought it would be good to look at it differently and work on one thing a day for ourselves. Many (myself included) tend to put themselves low on the priority list so maybe this will help us actively make a different choice if only for a short moment each day! Sun, 26 Dec 2010 19:58:59 EST Thank You! Thank you for making me the LIL Mommy of the week! I have fallen off the wagon for various reasons, but will be getting back on full time and completely committed starting the day after Christmas. As un-Christmasy as it sounds the tree is coming down on the 27th. I NEED my living room back! The treadmill is behind my tree! LOL! <BR> <BR> Thank you for not forgetting about me as I haven't been around as much as I was in the past. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:06:55 EST Fitness and Nutrition Goals for the New Year I'm wondering if anyone else is thinking about goals for the new year? Did you make goals last year and did you meet them? Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:34:17 EST What ways do you reward good behavior? We do a GOOD BEHAVIOR DANCE! We discuss what was the good behavior choice and then we dance!!Our 3 yo LOVES it! And it gives RECOGNITION for what he did & doesn't COST anything!!!:) Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:15:21 EST Hi, nice to be here! So glad to find this group! So many women in my age group are grandmothers or have college and older children. Their lives are completely different from mine. I am 51 with a 7th-grade son and a 5th-grade daughter. I also have a grown step-daughter. They all groaned when I announced I would no longer dye my hair--it was time to "set free" the gray. Recently, I began homeschooling my son and will undoubtedly do the same with my daughter when she hits middle school next year. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:54:10 EST Have you helped someone today? I think an important part of wellness is giving to others. It doesn't mean we have to give monetary gifts. You can give a smile or a hug. Share with us how you helped someone else today. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:39:08 EST HI! 43 with a 9 (almost 10) month old sweet guy My DH and I have a wonderful little sweet guy. We want to be around as long as possible for him. DH is tracking on fitday, but I like the layout here better. <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 21:34:56 EST For Dec.--What CHRISTMAS thing did you get done ? I thought I would add to the ever popular thread of getting SOMETHING DONE --no matter how SMALL--only make it for December and all the ADDED things we do @ Christmastime!!!:) <BR> I got the mantel decorated and what's REALLY special for me is putting up an angel I made in 2nd grade my mother had saved for me and the Christmas carolers made from cardboard I saved that I made when I was 12!--I'll post the photos on my sparkpage gallery! Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:14:55 EST December Chat - Gatlinburg, TN! Welcome to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! We are staying at the Best Western Zoder’s Inn as it will provide us easy access to many adventures in the Smokey Mountain National Park and surrounding area. This resort is located on six acres beside a mountain stream. We will have access to swimming, exercising, reviving (spa), shopping and just relaxing. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (Dec. 1) we will settle in and meet for the Manager's Reception wi... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:21:45 EST Any holiday traditions w/your kids to share? A special tradition my mom used to do with us kids-HOST a Christmas cookie-bake for our neighborhood! Each parent would have his/her child bring their favorite cookie dough and we would bake cookies all afternoon long! <BR> Now I continue that tradition with my 3 yo although I have the parents bring sprinkles or other cookie decorating items besides cookie dough b/c one yr. we had 9 refrigerated containers of cookie dough! <em>443</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:06:42 EST HI - This site is a real help! Just found it today Hi - I am excited to be a part of this ST site with all the resources for tracking and encouragement! I had my baby 1 year ago and I am 42 now. I did not gain much wt during pregnancy, and actually lost it all and 3 lbs, but then gained about 10 lbs when I stopped breastfeeding. I wish I knew that would happen! Now I am back-tracking and trying to lose the additional wt I had prior to my pregnancy and the after-baby weight too. <em>15</em> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 12:46:16 EST Name one FUN thing you did w/ your child/children I drew chalk pictures of whales w/ my 3 yo on the garage floor! He LOVES whales and is starting to draw HIS OWN!:) Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:34:01 EST Dear Santa.... This is copied from a Spark Friends blog, but I thought you'd all enjoy it. <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> Dear Santa, <BR> <BR> I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited their doctor's office more than my own doctor's, and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. <BR> <BR> I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmas', since had to write this letter with my so... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:46:39 EST Thanksgiving right around the corner Ok - I am curious how others are going to make it thru this holiday with regards to the food. I will be hosting this year, so I will be able to control some of the food, but not all - out numbered in a sense :-). Anyway I know pumpkin pie is my downfall and so is cranberry sauce. I am thinking of wearing a pair of pants that barely fit so I know I will not overeat. What about you guys - any special tactics to make it thru Thanksgiving? <em>429</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:50:31 EST Is there something you are grateful for today? I think a big part of being successful not only in weightloss but in life is being grateful. I try to list a few things each day that I am grateful for. How about you? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:42:40 EST No Matter how small--S omething You GOT DONE today Enjoyed talking with hubby about our dream home when he retires!---seems naptime for preschooler is the only time to talk w/o interruption these days---LOL! Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:57:55 EST November Chat ---- Hawaii We are visiting Hawaii this month. I have always dreamed of visiting here! I may not make it in reality but I am going to enjoy it virtually this month! We are staying at The Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach. <BR> <link><BR>400_KauaiMarriottResortonKalapakiBeach<BR>?islandId=kauai </link> <BR> Check it out! It is amazing! <BR> <BR> The cabana boys have already arrived and checked in for us. Everything is ready and waiting! So settle in and ALOHA! <... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:08:42 EST Put some Play in your Day! What did you do that was fun today? <BR> I can't think of a better way to relieve stress!You may even get in some exercise mins with your fun. Share your fun ideas. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 08:45:36 EST Anniversary dinner - what to choose AUGH my husband, who is a stick, wants to go to Famouns Dave's for dinner for our anniversary. The place specializes in BBQ. He loves the BBQ rib tips with baked beans, corn and cornbread muffin. I am at a loss for what to get. Money is tight and I really don't just want to order a salad and that's it. Any suggestions would be great. In the past I use to bet the Buffalo Wings and devour them all but not this time kwim? <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:21:26 EST Dying Hair for Halloween... Hi, Mommies! <BR> <BR> So, my DD's school encourages all the kids to dress in black and orange for the last day of school before Halloween. I love the idea, and I've started to additionally toy with the idea of using kool-aid to dye my DD's hair orange (her hair is dirty blond, chin length, and she's 6). <BR> <BR> Anyone have any experience with this? Helpful tips? Discouraging stories? Cautions? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}} <BR> Ramona <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:52:18 EST Lose 12 by 12/12 For everyone who enjoyed the 10 by 10/10/10 challenge, let's try this one. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 202.8 <BR> Goal Weight for challenge: 190 <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this by continuing to focus on logging my calorie and sodium intake as well as trying to get fitness in every day. I will try to focus on 12 things that I do right as well. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:57:42 EST How much SLEEP are you getting? How many hours did you sleep last night? Was it enough? Did you find yourself eating late at night because you were tired? Mon, 4 Oct 2010 06:53:09 EST Oct. Chat - Fall Foilage Fun! I haven't been able to personally see the beautiful fall colors in New England for about six years so figured it was time to go back! <BR> <BR> We are going to be staying at the Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook, Connecticut which is about 40 miles outside of Hartford. Our resort has a day spa, exercise room, swimmming pools, restaurants and also access to golf, fishing, sailing and a casino! It looks beautiful! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we'll spe... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:46:59 EST Hello Everyone Hello, my name is Kelly. I am 41 and a mother of a 5 and 2 year old. I am mainly a stay at home mom and find it rewarding, but at the same time very difficult and challenging. I am not sitting around eating "bon bons,", but my "Me times" have turned into some "Me Eating Times". It is just nice to eat something and not have it grabbed, touch and licked by my toddler, SMILE. Anyway, I joined Sparks People for a healthier outlet while my son is napping. Looking forward to staying motivated... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 17:39:31 EST Emoticon Your Day! I saw this on the Preschoolers' team and thought it appropriate for our team! When you want to let everyone know how the day's going without saying much.... <BR> Here's mine for today= <em>24</em> When I get a 4:30 am wake-up call from preschooler,it makes for a tired mommy! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:47:56 EST How to Talk so Kids Will Listen... Has anyone read this book and implemented its ideas (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk)? I'm only on the first chapter which describes ways of letting your kids know that you're really listening to them and understanding how they may be feeling. The authors suggest that the reader work on the suggestions in each chapter for a week or so before moving on to the next chapter. Normally I just plow through these types of books but I've decided to do what they suggest. ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:58:38 EST I'm wearing pants that are too tight today! And they weren't too tight a few weeks ago! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Ugh. I didn't have time to change, so I'm trying to use the fact that I feel fat to stay on track today! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:35:06 EST what about lil dads? I've been wondering why this team doesn't include fathers. Any insight? Maybe there's another team? LIL fathers have similar issues and support needs too. It would seem to me that in many, but obviously not all, cases, lil mothers come with lil fathers. Anybody else have any thoughts on this? Mon, 6 Sep 2010 08:55:46 EST Weight in Start 130.8 <BR> 9/5/2010 129.4! <BR> <BR> Couldn't believe the scale this morning! Finally broke into the 120s!!!!!! Hope I can continue this on..... <BR> Happy Sunday to all. <em>244</em> Sun, 5 Sep 2010 08:17:47 EST What's For Dinner? Some of my friends and I are always looking for new dinner ideas. The same old thing keeps showing up at my house. <BR> <BR> Share your dinner ideas. <em>497</em> <em>485</em> <em>498</em> <em>291</em> <em>492</em> <em>496</em> <em>22</em> <em>277</em> <em>289</em> <em>490</em> <em>267</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 07:48:37 EST Sept. Chat -- Venice, Italy I've always wanted to visit so I'm glad the other co-leaders agreed this sounded like the ideal spot for September! Join in the conversation ladies! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 23:16:18 EST LIL Mommy of the Week! Here's the link to our next LIL Mommy of the Week: <BR> <link><BR>RENE10 </link> . Stop by and get to know her! <BR> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:01:54 EST Let's Lose 10 Pounds by 10-10-10!!! Let's lose 10 pounds or more by 10-10-10! Weigh in each week and post your weight here. We can do this together! <BR> The weekly weigh in is great for accountability. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:29:40 EST Boy, I think I finally found the team I belong on! Hi, <BR> <BR> I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Mary Ann and I'm an adoptive mom of 4. I'm 47 and my DH is 52 and we are adopting again!!! Our kids are 19 (tomorrow) 15, 6 & 4. I know all about being an "older" mom. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 19:18:26 EST New to Team Today Hi Everyone! I'm Joy. I'm soon to be 40 and I have two little girls that are 2 and 5. I always worry about being the oldest Mom now that my daughter just started school so I'm really looking forward to being a part of this team. It will be nice that others will know what it is to be me. I've gotten several welcomes and I really appreciate that. It's the friendliest team reception I've received since I started in mid-july. I've lost 6.5 lbs so far and look forward to losing the rest usi... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:40:42 EST Getting Started Hi everyone. <BR> I'm biting the bullet and finally getting serious about diet, fitness and health. I'm a 44-year-old mom working at a full-time desk job. I have a great husband and 3 wonderful sons (ages 13, 10 & 2). When I graduated high school I wore a size 6 and weighed 98 pounds. A lifetime later I'm a size 12/14, weighing in at 166 pounds, my highest nonpregnancy weight ever--just 6 pounds shy of my highest pregnancy weight. In addition, I have been battling high blood pressure and taki... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:44:43 EST Hi Hi I am new to this team but not new to this site, I was here about 2 years ago but just quit coming on...not sure why but now I am back with a new determination to lose this weight. I am a foster mom of 3 boys..11, 2 and 9 months so I keep pretty busy but don't take enough time for me....think that needs to change. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 21:08:41 EST August Chat -- Las Vegas!! Going ahead and starting our August chat thread. I'm sure Christie will let us know where we're staying soon! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 12:13:12 EST Later In Life Mommy Wannabe!! Hi all <em>213</em> , <BR> <BR> My name is Barbara and I am a "Later In Life Mommy Wannabe"!! <em>79</em> <em>251</em> I am 59 years of age, my husband is 10 years younger than me and we want to be parents!!!! <BR> <BR> I joined this Spark Team for prayers, for support and to increase my hope and enthusiasm that I will be a Mommy again! <BR> <BR> I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband and a great son who is grown. My son is from a previous marriage. My son is the... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 20:12:27 EST I'm new here...49 with a 5 & 6 year old glad I found you!! DH and I didn't marry until we were 39 (first time for both) and had kids a few years later. I love being a mom, but find in our small, southern town I am very alone. All the parents of my kid's friends are so young!! The people are age have kids in college. <BR> <BR> I stay at home with my kids and am very involved in thier school. I am struggling with perimenopause weight gain - I hate it!! Look forward to checking in with all of you. <BR> <BR> Patty Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:25:04 EST Exhausted mommy of the week It's been quite a whirlwind mommy of the week for me. All the parades, autograph signings and supermarket openings...I've barely had time to do anything. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the honor! Looking forward to getting some rest when someone new takes over!!! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:08:27 EST New Hi, I'm Dianna (Dee), I'm almost 41 and I have a 19 month old daughter, Gillian. I just joined Spark almost 2 weeks ago. I was doing weight watchers since Febuary and have lost 20lbs so far and have come to a stand still. I need to loose another 20lbs, 25 will make me really happy, but I can be happy with 20 too. I'm kindof shy to start so I might not join in right away, but I wanted to introduce myself. Looking forward to getting to know all of you :) Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:29:25 EST New and needing motivation! Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm a 39-year-old mother of an almost-three-year-old, and I work full time outside of the home and commute 60 miles to my job. Needless to say, I find it hard to find the time to exercise, although I used to be pretty good about it (pretty good=3 times a week). Now it's nearly impossible to find the time to exercise, and I know the stress doesn't help my shape. I'm fluffy, flabby, and frustrated! Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:08:40 EST New to this team Hi, I am new to this team. I have been a part of Sparkpeople for awhile but have not really given it a full run until now. I am an older mom. I am 43 years old and I have a 17 year old son, 16 year old son, and a 16 month daughter. I am trying to utilize the message boards in the hopes that I can get a good start to my new lifestyle. You see, most people start strong, I do not. I have trouble getting started and thus, never seem to get off the ground. I am hoping that connecting with o... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 21:28:57 EST Just joined: 41 yr-old mom with 10-month old twins Hello everyone! <BR> So glad to find a group that understands what it's like to be an older mommy of young children. <BR> <BR> Trinity Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:21:17 EST 51 with a 7 year old Hi! I'm new to the team. I'm 51 with a 7 year old daughter that we adopted from China. I'm glad to be here and am looking to regain a healthy lifestyle so that I can keep up with my daughter! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 07:17:36 EST July Chat -- Boston! Okay ladies..... pack those bags! We're heading to Boston! Thought it was an appropriate location as there is so much history surrounding Independence Day and it is just a fun place to visit! <BR> <BR> We will be staying in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers located in the heart of historical Back Bay. It was built in 1927 and is part of the historic hotels of America. The hotel is adjacent to the Public Garden with its Swan Boats and chic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants of th... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:26:37 EST Storm the Heavens: Pregnancy prayers This thread will be daily, on-going, serious, down-on-your knees prayer thread. We are going to support Madge and her baby with prayer from now through her delivery. Please post here daily with a little message or that you are praying for Madge and her baby. Please pass the word along at your churches and places of worship. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Christie and Janet Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:07:53 EST Starting over in the Weight Loss Game Hi, my name is Kelly. I started using Sparkpeople again this week. 6 years ago, I lost almost 60 pounds on Weight Watchers, then had a baby at 40 and it has been downhill since then. I am back to where I started 6 years ago and don't want to be there anymore. I will be 45 in November and want to be the healthiest and fittest I have ever been. I have a 4 year old bundle of energy, chaos, and joy. She keeps me on my toes. I know to keep up with her in the following years, I am going to h... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:38:36 EST My weight loss ticker is now.. going to be used as a weight GAIN ticker! I am pregnant! Until the u/s gives me a firm date I'm saying I am due on February 14th. :) <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I want to keep my gain between 15-20 pounds. That will take some doing, but I am going to try my hardest. I celebrated a bit much this weekend so need to get focused again. <BR> <BR> SP is really acting up for me today so I'll have to keep this short. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:58:12 EST S/BUDDIES/MON Good Morning, Ladies! It's MONDAY, again, lol. Hope you all had a great weekend. I, actually, did well this weekend. "FINDING my GROOVE," I guess:) Tired this am and that's a huge trigger for me, so need to go get some coffee *smiles. Have a great start to your day! Be back to check up on you a little later. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 07:20:55 EST SBUDDIES/SAT OK - I was AWOL again yesterday. So sorry:( I NEED a laptop!! I have an infant that sleeps in a port-a-crib in my bedroom and that is where my computer is. It is wake the baby or let them sleep. YOU know what wins out!! I've been struggling with a scale that refuses to move although I know I'm doing the right thing. Why at 48 does my body not respond like it did a decade ago:) I DID lose 1 lb! I know...not a huge thing, but SOME movement of that scale is ok with me. I'm basically igno... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 09:18:54 EST SBUDDIES/THURS Morning, all! We're making more day til FRI.:) I'm tired today and even slept well, think exercising is dragging this old body into unknown territories:) Heather, Madge, Mom7, foot in front of the well, be good to..YOU! Be back later to see what you girls are up too:) Blessings for a great start to your day! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:33:32 EST SBUDDIES/WED Good Morning, buddies! <BR> <BR> Hope your day starts well! The scale and I are having "Issues!,!" but I am losing inches. HMMMMM...I have the drink I do when FAT refuses to cider vinegar, hot water, honey. Sometimes it will help clear out all those left over toxins.:) ANYHOW...hoping that this week will show progress and that I quit weighing DAILY as my weight and body water fluctuate so much! Here's to a good day for ALL of us! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 07:07:31 EST I'm new and I would love some friends. Hi, I'm Karen. I am 44 years old. I live for my daughter who is 6. As a woman, I feel pretty much washed up and valueless. As an intelligent human being, I am still in the game. I hate feeling bad about my appearance on a pretty much constant basis. I guess that's why I am here. So, hello to all you Mommies out there. I could sure use the help. I need to actually stick with a diet and exercise regime for once in my life. <em>249</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:28:53 EST SBUDDIES/TUES Madge, Mom7, and Heather - Hope you get a good start to your day. I woke up in the middle of the night but didn't eat that KIT KAT bar my husband left on the counter. THOUGHT ABOUT IT THOUGH, lol. Gonna do GOOD TODAY. Feel like the LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD thinking: I think I can:) Have a good one ladies. I have an extra infant today so won't get to check in at noon, but I'll read from my phone. You are supposed to be able to reply to posts from blackberrys, but it takes mine way to l... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 07:15:54 EST Thanks Everyone! Thanks to all of you wonderful ladies for the goodies and warm wishes on my sparkpage! I truly love being part of this group, and being mommy of the week is just icing on the (non-fat)cake! <BR> <BR> `Cindy <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 07:10:34 EST SBUDDIES/MON Morning,buddies:) Wondering just WHERE the weekend went. Had lots of family time and the visit with my Mom was wonderful. We both's funny how much you miss someone and don't even realize it sometimes. <BR> <BR> Madge - I KNOW what you mean about extra kids do that to me all the time. My girls and I are losing together as my son is getting married in Sept. so at LEAST we're on the same page for now:) My husband can eat anything as his metabolism is STILL unbelievable.... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 07:23:57 EST SBUDDIES/SUN Morning, everyone:) Hope your Sunday will be a blessed and good one! My mom is visiting today so I most likely won't be back until late, but I'll try to read from my phone, lol. Did very well yesterday for ME. One slip with a baked chip bag..ate two servings instead of the intended one; overall not bad. Hope you are doing well too! BE GOOD TO YOU! <BR> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 09:35:21 EST SBUDDIES/SAT Happy Sat. everyone! It's raining here in corn country:) and I woke early to sit outside and listen to the thunder. I'm so glad the weekend is here, it's been a busy week. My mom is from Louisiana and is visiting on Sun...can't wait to see her! Going to try to eat well today. Weekends are tough for me because my time is so structured during the week. Unstructured time I don't do well with:) Finishing up a book hopefully before my four yr. old wakes up, doing the library to sign up for the sum... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 07:39:31 EST SBUDDIES/FRI TGIF!! Good Morning, all! Sorry I went MIA yesterday:) Started some new children for childcare and it was a busy day! A friend had her 50 bd party last night, OH MY:) I'm SO almost there! lol. Going to get on the scales this am. I've done well this week so HOPING that there is visual progress. Even if not on the scales, my clothes are fitting better each week. Make sure you take measurements so that when the scale refuses to produce results you can, hopefully, see good efforts reflected... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 07:09:15 EST SBUDDIES/WED - join if you'd like a buddy:) Morning, buddies. I'm late, lol but have a good start to your day:) Be back later. Cheers and Blessings to you! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:00:05 EST June Chat -- Alaska Adventures Hope you like your new accomodations in Anchorage! I believe those cabana boys had it right about the views from our suites and how much this location has to offer! <link> </link> <BR> Mon, 31 May 2010 13:38:59 EST Does throwing a party=ditching your commitment? On this long weekend, we are all surrounded by FOOD choices that will not necessarily fit into our plan or that we don't want to indulge in. What are some foods that YOU are making this weekend that DO fit into healthy eating guidelines. Today we're making: <BR> fajitas on the grill with tons of foil wrapped veggies: peppers, mushrooms, onions, carrots, asparagus and tossed with a little olive oil and fagita seasonings. Wrap them up in a low carb tortilla with some lettuce and tomatoes...... Sun, 30 May 2010 08:44:10 EST SBUDDIES/SUN Hey buddies:) Hoping that you had a good day yesterday! I'm still waking up in the middle of the night and eating something mindlessly. It's usually those horrible HOT feelings that wake me, then I wonder into the kitchen grab something and go back to bed barely knowing I ate it. Last night I laid out one WW Oatmeal/Raisin Cookie and left it on the counter. I ate that and slept on the couch where it was cooler, LOL. Hopefully my estrogen will regulate again..SOON?...and I'll be back to s... Sun, 30 May 2010 08:25:33 EST SBUDDIES/SAT - please join us for..friends:) Morning all!! If you are in need of some buddies for encouragement/support along your weightloss journey, please join us. Praying today that all have the courage to do what is good for US this weekend! With all the other activities, usual weekend stuff to catch up on, please find a moment to think about why you are dedicated to becoming healthier. It doesn't have to be a profound meaning...I've lost weight at times to get into a pair of jean...maybe VAIN, but who cares! This time, I'm an olde... Sat, 29 May 2010 08:06:30 EST AYE...Candy? Sugar is a dead end for me. My body craves it and if I indulge TOO much it is the leading cause of my middle weight gain. If I lower my sugar intake for two weeks, then my body adjusts and I have more energy without the ups and downs related to blood sugar dives. My goal for this weekend is to allow myself 1 dark chocolate dove a day and that's it:). I challenge all of you to look at your menus and find ways to lower sugar in order to see more progress...break through stalemates:) My mot... Fri, 28 May 2010 18:23:00 EST SBUDDIES/FRI Hey all...anyone from this team wanna buddy-up?:) Any new or renewed members want to post here to help each other get started (restarted) on this journey of ours. Goldengirl and I are inviting anyone who would like to join us for some menu sharing, encouragement, and accountability:) GGirl - hope you had a good day. It was a busy one around here and I'm looking forward to a 3 day weekend - WOO-HOO!:) Going to dinner tonite...say prayers for holding to my plan of a sweet potato and salad;) ... Fri, 28 May 2010 18:12:42 EST Sparksbuddies? Hey all...anyone from this team wanna buddy-up?:) Any new or renewed members want to post here to help each other get started (restarted) on this journey of ours. I had a good day today. Summer is upon us and school is out which means a transition for some of my kids in childcare and...ME:) It's hot here in the Midwest which helps with weightloss as you don't feel like eating anything too heavy:). Did exercise today and will more than likely be a little sore tmw. Have a great rest of your... Wed, 26 May 2010 22:13:13 EST Mexican Resturant Help for tonights dinner Tonight we are taking my husband's mother out for her birthday. She wants to go to our local Mexican Resturant. I am not sure what I pick that would not be too detrimental to me. I usually get a taco salad or cheese enchiladas but I do not believe they are good for me right now :-) <BR> <BR> I was hoping that maybe someone might have some suggestions for me. I do love the chips and salsa before the meal so that will be a big challenge too for me tonight. Thanks Fri, 21 May 2010 11:44:38 EST Feeling Old and Tired :) Hi, I am new to SP but I am Susan, a late in life mommy to 2 girls, one who is 7 years old and one who is 20 months old and wide open :) I would love to lose about 50lbs and I am so tired of being tired and I want a new lifestyle/way of eating & new body :) Looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> Susan Tue, 18 May 2010 16:42:04 EST 35 and 1/2 year old mom...wanting one more child Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am not pregnant yet, but we are going to be trying in August for our 3rd child. I have a 16 year old DD and a 14 year old too and have been longing to have another baby for about 10 years and finally convinced my hubby to allow me to have one a few months ago, I cried alot just reading the pages on this team as I don not feel alone anymore ( funny how that happens just reading other storys of success) I was thinking I was just too old to do it again and that I may not b... Sat, 15 May 2010 13:27:53 EST Duct tape and a 5-year old Hi Mommies, I have an odd question. I have one child, a wonderful little girl. She is 5, beautiful, bright, and the center of my life. Over the past month, though, she has developed the "gift of gab". I don't mean just a little. This child can talk non-stop for hours. Yesterday, she broke her own record for how may times she could say "mommy" in an hour. By the time we got out of the car (2 hours!!!), I found myself fantasizing about duct tape. Anyone else ever had this experience? ... Mon, 10 May 2010 10:05:51 EST My Goodness I am thrilled to be the Mommy of the week, especially since Sunday is Mother's day. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much. I guess you must have been reading my blog! Fri, 7 May 2010 20:54:51 EST new-ish hi! i'm new to the team but have been on sparkpeople for 6 weeks now. i got married at 35 when i finally found some one i thought i could live with :-) we had our first daughter via in vitro when i was 38, and then got a surprise second daughter, who squeaked in 8 days before my 40th birthday. i'm 45 for 16 more days, and my girls are 7 and 5. i feel very blessed to have them and cherish them every day. i am developing permanent healthy habits so i can maximize our time together and set a goo... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:53:08 EST medication recall <link><BR>ecall/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn </link> <BR> <BR> This include my entire stash of med's for Nason...even the bottles that are almost empty! I have three unopened bottles of tylenol, benedryly and zytrec that are going back to the store tomorrow. I sure hope that they have something on the shelf to buy! Sun, 2 May 2010 16:34:16 EST My only team! Just found this team, left all other teams because I'd like to participate more actively. It will keep me on track, something which is a problem for me, with so many overlapping priorities. <BR> Although I haven't had trouble committing to an exercise program in the past, this year my daughter started kindergarten, and it's really been a challenge. I'm turning 46 this year, but I feel 66! I work full time, and am active in my school's PTA. When I come home I just want to collapse (and eat)... Sat, 1 May 2010 12:54:45 EST New York City: May chat Hello Moms! <BR> <BR> I thought we would visit a city this month and what other city is there to visit then New York City! <BR> <BR> I am actually going to New York tomorrow, so if I will have our hotel arrangements available for Sunday evening. In the meantime, check in (into the unnamed upscale one of course!) and enjoy the nice weather this weekend! Let's meet at Central Park tomorrow around noon for a picnic! <em>191</em> <BR> <BR> See you there! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:41:36 EST Thanks everyone! I just want to thank Janet and everyone for all the good wishes and support and making me the MOTW! It was such a suprise to see how many emails I had this morning..I was wondering what was up! <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <BR> Karyn Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:20:05 EST Sneak In 10! Here's how it works. Whenever you find yourself taking a break (going to the restroom) or standing at the counter fixing a meal, etc., do ten of something. Squats, wall presses, leg lifts, arm presses.... Just do 10 of something! <BR> <BR> Hope you'll join me and definitely share the "what <BR> and where" to give others ideas! <BR> <BR> Janet Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:43:58 EST AJ in colorado loves to write with lowercase i am aj. i had my first child at age 40 (with the help of God and metformin) and then i stopped taking the metformin thinking i would take some time off before getting preggo again to lose 50 pounds and had my second 2 years later a blessed surprise. i never lost that 50#...i have been married 19 years this year. <BR> <BR> i am an attorney by training, sahm by choice. we homeschool. 4.8 yo boy, 2.8 yo girl. we moved to a rural area from the city due to a job change right before my daug... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 01:39:00 EST New to team... Just found this team. I'm a 45 year old SAHM with a 7 year old and 5 year old twins. (ALL BOYS!!) I am trying to get fit and healthy so I can keep up with them. I join SP back in 2008 for a short time. I am back with a vengeance and committed to this journey. This team seems like a perfect fit for me. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Happy Spring!! <em>87</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:57:08 EST A Blog to Read I was just puttering around and came across this blog. It contains some pretty sobering statistics and facts. But I agree with the blogger when she says we can affect the future by changing our behavior..I took the pledge today, and I challenge you to, too!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_you_willing_to_take_the_pledge_to_be_<BR>healthy_today </link> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 09:04:49 EST 40+ Mommy Here! <em>213</em> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 17:17:29 EST Charleston Gardens - April Chat Here we are at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor! Thank you Cynedra for the research you did regarding locations with beautiful gardens! I too liked just staying in the U.S. this time. <BR> <BR> For our first day together I have the water taxis scheduled for 10 a.m. to head over to Charleston so we can explore. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:19:37 EST Summer Vacation I am planning our summer vacation. I just love planning our vacations just as much as going on vacations. As you all remember, last summer we went to see the Alamo, and NASA,bats and caves, etc. It was a great adventure. I want to have an adventure again this summer. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about Boston and New York. I am not sure we can afford both, but I am exploring both. If any of you Mommies are from New York or Boston, I am looking for ideas. I am a little down about the hotel... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:26:40 EST 10 for 10 Challenge Have had several requests to bring this challenge back so here it is! This is an easy way to being bringing consistent exercise into your life! <BR> <BR> So here is the challenge: exercise for at least 10 minutes for 10 days! <BR> <BR> Report in for encouragement and support! Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:26:16 EST My daughter is scared of everything Some may remember that my 10 year old DD was in a car accident with my mother a little while ago. She has been scared of being in cars ever since that time. She still rides in cars, but from time to time, she mentions to me that she is concerned. Then, beginning of this week, an ex husband shot and killed his ex wife. The family's daughter attends the same school as my DD and it was the talk of school. So, not only is she scared of cars, she is also scared that someone will break into our... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 21:58:42 EST Kid friendly meal ideas needed My son is very picky. He eats chicken nuggets and pasta. Any suggestions as to some meals to make? He won't even veggies at this point at other ideas? Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:16:17 EST Introducing myself Hello LIL Mommies, <BR> I have been a member of Sparkpeople for several months, but am "just now" really feeling sparked. I have 9 year old identical twin daughters who were born when I was 43. I also have a great 23 year old son. I have been separated from my daughters' father for many years, so I am a single parent. I had a very hard pregnancy and delivery which has affected me physically, even after all these years. Also, I have let the stress of being a single parent, among other thi... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 23:29:05 EST Reward Yourself Challenge Here's how the "Reward Yourself" Challenge works: <BR> <BR> 1) Set a weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> 2) Earn 25 cents for every 10 minutes of exercise. Tuck it away in a jar or keep track of it on paper. Whatever works for you. <BR> <BR> 3) Once you reach your weight loss goal, reward yourself using the money you have earned. <BR> <BR> And of your goal here and let us know how you're doing and/or when you reach it and what you rewarded yourself with! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 18:47:37 EST Be Kind to Yourself Challenge We all know that we can be harder on ourselves than anyone so with that in mind I'm offering this challenge... <BR> <BR> Be kind to yourself. Go easy on you. Remember how far you have come, and all you have done. Focus on life and love and relationships. Focus on what really matters, because you never know when it will be gone. The only constant in life is change. Embrace it and who knows how high you will soar. <BR> <BR> How have you cherished the moment today? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:40:03 EST Ireland Adventure -- March Chat I made it to Dromoland Castle and found everything ready for us with one exception...the cabana boys. They won't be here until Monday since they are finishing up with the stragglers in Belize until then. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you in Ireland soon! Sat, 27 Feb 2010 21:03:56 EST Hi Everyone! I'm fairly new to Spark....couple of weeks now! I just found your Team, and I'm excited to join in. I'm 43 with a 5-year-old little girl. She is the light of my life and wears me out every single day! That's why I'm here...loose some weight and find some energy! <em>252</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:57:45 EST Migraine Headaches I went to the Dr. today for my migraines and she said to look at the foods I eat. I have had migraines for years, been through the Neurologists, and all of that. I was taking Topamax to prevent them, but went off of it when I got pregnant, and realized it was messing with my eyes and how I was concentrating. Aftr I had my baby,decided to try it again,but had vision problems again. So, We decreased the Topamax to 1 at bedtime, then I got sick and forgot to take it. I am getting some migraines ... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:02:33 EST Sparkpage of the Week! Let's be friends! <em>220</em> Here at the Late in Life Mommies, we all become friends and support each other through this adventure of getting fit and surviving mommyhood. I thought it would be nice to feature a sparkpage a week to get to know all of us. <BR> <BR> This week's Sparkpage of the Week is Janet, otherwise known as Determined Janet. <BR> <BR> Take a look at her page, get to know her and encourage her this week. She has been faithful to this team and a wonderful friend to me. <BR> <BR> Here is ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 20:44:43 EST Mommies taking care of babies AND parents Just curious if anyone has little ones and also take care of their parents. I moved my family in with my mother after I had my 2 yr old because I noticed her health wasn't that great. My father (they are divorced) is pretty much bedridden, but has home health come in to help him. Pretty stressful, just curious if anyone else had similar situations. <em>30</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:29:34 EST Who Are You? LIL Mommies has welcomed quite a few new members to the team over the past couple of weeks so we thought it would be a good time to have everyone give a brief post about themselves. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * <BR> <BR> I will begin. My name is Janet and I have two children ages 8 and 5 1/2. My daughter is my biologically born miracle and my son is my heart-born miracle. I had my little girl when I was 40 and had my 42nd birthday two days after picking my son up from the adoption agency. I st... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:45:11 EST New to the Forum Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm 44 and have one son who is 4 1/2 who I adopted almost 3 years ago. It's definitely a challenge being a mommy later in life, I'm looking forward to learning from all of you. I'm trying to get healthier so that I can keep up with my son. <em>30</em> Sat, 20 Feb 2010 18:50:20 EST How many of you are working moms? I was wondering how many of the LIL mommies work outside the home? Not an exact number, of course, but would the team leaders have an idea of percentage? The reason I'm asking is because I find it really hard to participate in SparkPeople activities when I'm still doing the dishes at 10:00 and haven't had time to excerise, make lunch for the next day, etc. Anyone else get as frustrated as I? Arghhh! Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:06:14 EST A REALLY Late in Life Mom Hi I'm new to sparks and this team. I had my first child at 39 and my second (quite a surprise) at 45. I'm just turned forty-nine and my son will be ten in April and my daughter four in March. I keep waiting for someone to tell me that I have a pretty granddaughter. I know I will definitely be the oldest mom in kindergarten. <BR> I need to get healthy so I'm around to watch my children become adults. It scares me to think I'll be in my sixties when my daughter graduates high school. I d... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:50:27 EST What is your comeback when... Someone assumes you are your child(ren)'s grandparent? It happened again last night and I am sick of my usual... <BR> <BR> "No they are not my grandchildren, but I hope they give me at least one in the future" <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> I just tell them flat out that they are wrong, which I did last night. <BR> <BR> Part of the my problem is that since I have lost weight, I look older because my skin is not catching up as fast as usual. And yes, I am giving myself a facelift - eventuall... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 14:53:03 EST