SparkPeople Virginia Sparkers Team Messageboard Calling all people living in or just LOVE VIRGINIA!!! SparkPeople Virginia Sparkers Team Messageboard Coronavirus testing in Virginia Virginia has tested over 64,518 people, of those tested 10,627 have tested positive which is about 5.7 positives per thousand tested. Only 13 states and Washington D.C had a lower ratio of positives per 1,000. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:22:34 EST Hi from Hanover Hello Everyone, just joined the group today. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:04:53 EST Greetings! I hail from Hampton, VA. Look forward to hearing your posts! Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:24:11 EST Starting Hello My name is Walt and I am just starting and this is day 2 and I really don't know where to start on this program. I am trying to take what I have in my home that I have in my refrigerator and cabinets and trying to make a menu. Need Help!! I want to get down to 175 lbs. I am at 230 and I set a goal to be 220 by the end of October. The menu is the real problem. <BR> Thanks Walt Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:54:15 EST Hello my name is Joyce D Mother of two beautiful daughters Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:08 EST Hi Everybody! Hi Everybody! I am trying to lose 100 lbs in a year, after finally finding my soul mate. <BR> Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:26:33 EST May Chat Hello all. I didn't see a monthly chat started for May, so I thought I'd jump right in and say hello and see how everyone is doing. So far this month, I've been pretty busy.Working my booty off trying to spring clean and make improvements on our home and attempting to start a garden (which I have no idea what I'm doing!). My only issue, which is actually really frustrating, is that my back is acting up again and my doctor has me going to physical therapy for it and I'm not supposed to be doin... Fri, 6 May 2016 00:05:24 EST Mom of Three Hello all. I am a wife and mom of three. Two teenagers and an eight year old. I am a 11 year post gastric bypass person. I have for the most point kept off all weight, up until I had a hysterectomy, which has made is nearly impossible to loose. Also, as I've gotten older my ability to lose seems to have gone. So, I'm on my journey to get back on track and work towards losing the 40 I've gained. Any and all insight and help is greatly appreciated! Thank you all much! <BR> <BR> MomofThree Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:03:27 EST Merry March Chat <em>137</em> Happy March everyone! <BR> Recently I posted the following on my daily update: <BR> <BR> People who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them than the ones who didn't. Telling a friend increases this rate to 78%. <BR> <BR> Part of that is when you actually write down your goals, you then have to make plans to work on in order to achieve them. They become more solid, instead of just wishful thinking. The second part of that, telling a friend, helps to make... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:26:46 EST Fabulous February Chat <em>26</em> Happy February!! <BR> Well, I am off to a good start for this month. I rode my bike for 60 minutes, but I forgot to wear my SPAT!! Oh well, I still logged it on my tracker, and I WILL remember tomorrow!! My goal is to get a 1,000 fitness minute reward for February! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 18:34:19 EST Joyful January Chat Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> My trip to my brother's for Christmas was wonderful! It was so, so nice to see everyone and be together! <BR> <BR> I am ALL moved out of my old apartment and all moved back in with DH. I still have a lot to do, but I do some every day, and bit by bit it will get done! Still lots of things to go through, re-sort, throw away, pack up to donate, give away, try to sell. <BR> <BR> I started riding my recumbent bike again. Yesterday I did 20 minutes. Today... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:56:19 EST New Guy here Just to introduce my self I am Tom, recently diagnosed diabetic and making lots of changes in my life. 64 years old married to my wonderful of 20 years. Sure is a lot to learn about all these changes and this seems like a good place to learn a lot. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:50:26 EST Dear December Chat <em>411</em> It's the First Day of December!! Do you have all of your holiday shopping done? I'm just about done myself, but then, I shop all year long. I keep my eyes open and when I see something that I know a certain person would like, I get it when I see it, if I can. I keep it in a special bag in my closet - the "Christmas Bag" lol <BR> <BR> I put up a little chalkboard in my living room that has ____ Days until Christmas on it, and it has a little eraser and a piece of chalk han... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:21:30 EST New to Sparkspeople I am just learning my way around. So, I will probably just read quietly for a while. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:57:37 EST New November Chat <em>411</em> 55 days until Christmas! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:52:15 EST Giving this a try !! I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST Observant October Chat Happy second day of October everyone! I was racking my poor brain trying to come up with a word for October's chat, when it hit me: observant! We ALL need to become good observers of the food we eat, what we drink, and the exercise that we do, right? <BR> <BR> I'm in full soup and stew mode right now. Our weather has got very wet, rainy, and chilly in the last 2 days. I had soup last night, and am planning on making soup from scratch this weekend too! <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:12:47 EST Marcheal W ready to start Spark Hello everyone! Looking forward to using the tools and guidance to help make my life changes. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:52:22 EST Saucy September Chat Happy September 1st! I slept really well last night, and just finished a 50 minute bike ride on my recumbent bike. I find something to watch on tv, and off I go! We are currently experiencing a heat wave, so they say, but it's only 85, but the humidity is very high, so it feels hotter. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors. <BR> <BR> On another team, the leader has challenged us to be more mindful of the foods we eat. My goal is to continue to eat mo... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:21:54 EST Hi Y'all Hi, I'm Shirley. I was if Fredericksburg, but moved out of the City earlier this year. Still close though. I would love to have someone nearby to help keep me motivated and held accountable. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:50:41 EST Hi, I'm Shirley I have been a member for about a year and a half. Been trying to do this by myself. So difficult to motivate myself. Hoping to really do it this time. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:47:44 EST Coming Back I'm Chris, and I am coming back to Spark-people based on the recommendations of a physician assistant friend. It is nice to know that there is a support system built in. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:57:56 EST Amazing August Chat Happy first day of August! Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd allow myself the luxury of sleeping in. lol I woke up around my usual time anyway. Back and leg are tender/achy today. Yesterday I had nerve testing done. I understand why it has to be done, but it really hurt. Why poke the bear with a stick?? Hopefully things will settle back down again. My recumbent bike gets brought inside today - yay! Laundry and tidying up today. Thanks for the comments on my new shoes - I r... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:58:56 EST Mom/meme of 6 Hi I am a mother of 3 and Meme of 3, needing to get motivated again . Every time I slack off I have Bloodpressure issues and I feel bad. It starts with unhealthy eating , little exercise, which is what causes the Bloodpressure issues and weight gain. I just want to keep a balance of eating good and exercising. I thought I would try this site to see if it helps.i am gonna give it a try.. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:41:43 EST A night shift warehouse worker hello i am new to the program. I am 47 and work night shift and i seem to be gaining weight. I am trying to figure when is the best time to eat and exercise working a night shift job. I think that is my main problem figuring out when to eat. Should i eat my biggest meal in the middle of the night at work? Also when i get off i cant stop my self from nibbling then going to bed. I hope someone can give me some suggestions. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:58:42 EST Jump In July Chat It's hard sometimes, coming up with catchy titles for I settled on Jump In July for a couple of reasons: 1) more folks go to pools, lakes, and beaches in July and 2) we're going to jump start and jump in with our goals and plans for the month! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I think I might see what the cost of blueberries are at the farmers market and start making blueberry jam. I think I'm going to go back to using half pint jars this year. I picked up a canning magazine at the ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:55:05 EST The time for change is now! I've been an emotional binge eater for a long time and I never made the connection that it was moods, emotions and feelings driving me to binge eat until recently. I believe that diets have not worked for me..and there were many...because I need to work on the inner me...I need to start feeling emotions rather than covering up the issues with food. <BR> A week ago I had a bad binge episode and the next day I woke up drained and feeling like my body was sick....that morning was the pivotal poi... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:01:32 EST Joyful June Chat It is June! There are many things to be happy/joyful about on our journey towards better health. Let's try to remember that every day. I'm happy that I am slowly becoming more active after my surgery. <BR> <BR> We got a good bit of rain over the last 2 days. We needed it! Rain has stopped for now, and the sun is trying to come out. So glad I made soup the other day! It has tasted good the last couple of days! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:22:08 EST Hi. It's me. Trying to get back on the weight management wagon. Lost 60 pounds 8 years ago and have slowly put it all back on. Now I've started taking it off again, a little at a time. First four down, 54 to go. Tue, 26 May 2015 15:11:00 EST Marvelous May Chat Hi everyone! I think I am back now. I take each day, one at a time. I've been enjoying this spring's asparagus-love it! Lightly steamed or grilled. Yummy!! Sat, 2 May 2015 15:39:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:02:35 EST Hope this works I am 60+ lbs over where I should be. I have lost weight over and over but just can't have the ability so far to keep it off. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:19:20 EST Hello... Hi VA! <BR> I'm Linda and I call the Eastern Shore home. I've joined SP to take back control. I turned 52 on Friday, and have 21 pounds to lose. menapause isn't helping matters, nor is winter! LOL <BR> I'm hoping joining here helps keep me accountable and gives me the encouragement I need to get fit and healthy! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:08:01 EST March Madness and a Challenge! Welcome to the month of March! This is generally a casual chat forum, but this month I am throwing out a challenge to fellow members: <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> March Madness <em>137</em> <BR> For the month of March, add 10 minutes of fitness, YOUR CHOICE, to your daily routine. <BR> Share it with everyone here. If you discover a new video, let us know about it. If you find a new exercise, share it, and keep doing it for 31 days!! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:45:32 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST February Fun It's the 1st day of February!! What are you going to do this month to bring back some FUN into your routine?? <BR> <BR> Remember how reading the daily comics in the newspaper would always bring a smile to your face? You'd often think of it throughout your day, or share it with someone else. When your spirit is lighter (and happier), you tend to make better decisions about food, water, and exercise. SO, pick one thing to consistently do this month to cheer yourself on, and let us know how ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:25:52 EST Here we go again! I made a half-hearted start at SparkPeople last year ... lost weight, but gained it back, plus, of course, after losing my connection to the regime. This time, I am blogging, to hold myself accountable. But I also need FRIENDS. No more anonymity. Day 3 and three blog posts. Today's is a reflection on the re-cycling winters of our discontent. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Join me in my quest to keep summer in my heart. -- Terryism Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:45:14 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:13:27 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:55:06 EST getting started anew Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I found this site when a patient of mine was telling me about 12 week challenges she found for motivation. A Google search brought me here. I have lost weight in the past, gained back, yo yo'd awhile. At 64 years of age it's time to get my life in order- I have a mother with Alzheimer's, and if anything happens to me there is no one to take care of her. So here I am- and I plan to reach my goal (104 lbs down) in 12 months as a Sparkpeople member. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:40:12 EST January Goals Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. <BR> <BR> One of my goals for the month of January is to go to the gym 3 times a week. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:52:56 EST December Plans The month of December is here!! 24 days until Christmas Day! Are you making plans for your eating and exercising during the holidays? Share them here! Any great ideas for dealing with holiday stress? Share them here! <BR> <BR> I pretty much stick with my regular routines for breakfast and lunch during the week, and pay carful attention to any nibbling I tend to do. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:56:58 EST Trying again... I joined Spark People about 8 years ago and it helped me to reach my goals, I started a new job and lost my motivation, determination and focus. I am back to Spark People weighing more than I have ever weighed in my life. I'm tired of feeling bad physically and emotionally. I want my athletic body back! I KNOW Spark People will help me achieve my new goal of 52 pounds. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:12:27 EST November Challenges November is the beginning of The Holiday Season! What 3 things are you going to do during the month of November to help you succeed with your SP plan?? <BR> <BR> I plan on: <BR> 1. Minimizing evening grazing. <BR> 2. Go to the gym at least 1 time a week. <BR> 3. Continue cooking meals at home. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 17:57:48 EST GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!!! IM LOVELYDUTCHESS Hello All! I have been a member for a long time now. but I never actually took the time to explore the site. I did a few exercise videos and then I moved on to something else. Any whoo I started my weight loss journey over again 9/29/2014 and I have receive an email from spark with some weight loss tips and I log in and be logging in ever since. I can only say I wish I paid more attention to the site back then. I might have been successful with my journey. I LOVE everything this site offers a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:12:28 EST Hi I'm Erin I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm really stressed out about it. I'm a graduate student. Any and all support welcome. <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:36:01 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST October Challenges This chat thread is being created for team members who would like to share one or two particular challenges that they plan on taking on during the month of October. Team members are encouraged to respond and support other team members with suggestions, comments, and ideas. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:56:05 EST Here we go! Scared to move more... Morning everyone! So, I think I am finally ready to throw myself into this journey. It's not only a physical challenge, but mental (emotional eating, etc.) I know the key to my success will be to move more and there is a rec center with awesome classes (ZUMBA, Yoga, Water Aerobics) down the street from me. I'm nervous to start. Were you nervous to start? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:53:00 EST September Challenges Greetings VA team! I am wondering what we can do to work together as a team, and I thought if I started a chat where we could name one, just one thing we are working on improving for the rest of the month of September, we could all learn from it and help one another with ideas and suggestions. <BR> <BR> My one thing that I'm going to work on for the rest of this month is eating within my SP guidelines for protein, fat, and carbs. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> What are YOU going to work o... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:03:07 EST Hello Friends! Hello Spark People Friends, I was committed to Spark People several years ago but lost touch. With the motivation of co-workers I am back and ready to work towards my health. I am excited to meet more people who have the same goals that I do. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:59:15 EST hey i want to lose my wight can u help me???? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:52:49 EST Looking for a 5k to walk Hey Hmapton Roads. Does anyone know of a 5k I could walk in say Sept-Oct ish. Would like to start fast walking and then try running. Thank you. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:53:46 EST Hello Group My name is William and I am new to sparkpeople and dieting in general. Over the past 8 years, I have slowly gained weight as a result of some recently discovered health issues, issues which thankfully have been resolved. This leaves me with the task of losing close to 40 pounds. I think I'm doing well, I've cut out soda and have been exercising. I don't know how long it will take me to lose the weight but I'm hoping to get into better shape by Christmas. Hoping to lose 2 pounds per week ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:52:35 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:33 EST Hey hey Hey all. Wendy here. I'm from the SW Virginia area. :) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:06:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:51:11 EST Hello all I live in Winchester VA,. I am a teacher with type 2 diabetes and I need to loose weight. Open to ideas a suggestions. Good luck everyone. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:33:21 EST Getting Started! Boadichea in the RVA area. I'm a working mom and trying to manage stress, post-partum depression, and all the life changes that come with being a new mom! My goal is to make small, incremental changes to improve my emotional and physical health. <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:34:50 EST Hello I'm Hope, from the NOVA area, I'm a military spouse, with 2 children ages 13 and 9. I am losing weight for my health. I am 34 years old with 243 pounds to lose. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:27:17 EST Need Friends Good morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am looking for friends to help me stay motivated. My overall goal is to lose 110 pounds. With a short goal of losing 50 pounds by Nov. Thu, 29 May 2014 08:48:00 EST From Roanoke Virginia Hello all, I live in Botetourt County. Looking for anyone living in the Salem, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Botetourt County to connect with. Thu, 29 May 2014 08:38:13 EST New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST Hello Everyone, <em>524</em> I am Melissa and I live in Harrisonburg VA. I moved to Virginia about 3 years ago and I'm a stay at home mom so I haven't had much of a chance to meet people. It hasn't been easy trying to balance good nutrition and fitness while my fiancé doesn't care much for it, constantly buying junk food. But I am excited to say that 46 days in and I have lost 26 pounds! I still have 44 pounds to reach my goal, but, I am determined. I'm looking forward to meeting people who will help me stay motivated. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:10:53 EST Looking for Hampton/Newport News walkers Hello East Coast VA!! I posted back in Jan 2014 looking for someone who would be interested in walking in either the Matteson Trail (Hampton) or The Noland Trail (Newport News). I would love to meet you. Nothing works better than team work. Thu, 15 May 2014 23:36:11 EST Hi everyone My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:44 EST Any Sparkers want to walk at Mt Trashmore I took my kids last week on one of the warm days to Mt. Trashmore because it was so nice outside after work. Because I had already walked 3 miles before going I only walked one lap but I would love to meet some fellow Sparkers at Mount Trashmore to walk lapses. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:51:44 EST Hi everyone. My name is Kay. I really want to lose 10-15 lbs and have tried many times in the last month to get started but I just fall back into my junk food eating habits! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:04 EST I'm New :) Hi, I'm Madison I am from Draper, Va. Not a lot of people know where that is I am about 20 minutes south of Blacksburg. Although I am from Virginian I am at college in Tennessee only 2 hours away, but I spend my breaks and summers at home in Virginia :) I have 30 pounds I would like to take off before I start school back in the Fall! I recently went to the doctor and was told I needed to loose between 10 to 20 pounds but 30 wouldn't hurt, so I am going big and trying to take off the 30 :) Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:38:51 EST Kayla Hey y'all ! My name is Kayla and I am from Lynchburg! I am 20 years old and I am engaged to marry my fiance in 2 years! I am currently in college and I am just completing my second year. My goal is to shed the pounds before the wedding and keep them off! I need a lot of support so encouragement would be awesome! God bless y'all! :) Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:48:56 EST lashonda Good Evening all, <BR> I am so like in a depressing state because I am so unhappy with my weight. I was in Wal-Mart tonight and Katie Fosters story on the cover of Woman's World caught my attention. I am so tired of dieting, I am so tired of depriving myself of food because I am trying to loose weight. I want to change my life and not just my weight. I want to start feeling good about myself. I want to like what I see when I am looking at me in the mirror. I don't want to go up in clot... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:03:00 EST Hey from Harrisonburg Hey everyone! I just moved to the 'burg from the boonies of Rockingham Co...any Sparkers out there need a walk buddy or a workout partner for the Rec Center? I'm so needing someone to motivate me to get off my rump! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:07:44 EST Hello Good evening everyone. My name is Ono and I’m trying to lose weight. I have tried a program before and it was just way too difficult (WW). I found another diet that is less complicated and I’m giving that a try starting Monday. My Dad and step mom are being really supportive which is good cause it helps me be more motovated than i already am. We usually do coffee and breakfast sunday morning but we are going to try some homemade healthy meal replacement shakes to both give me a taste of shake... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:16:34 EST Hello Team! Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old have been married since July 2013 and have joined hoping to loose 50 pounds. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:31:32 EST Anyone here work at Busch Gardens? I'm looking forward to the 2014 season, you? Would love to meet fellow coworkers! Maybe do lunch sometime or get in a little walking? Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:00:17 EST Anyone in Central Virginia? I live in Doswell (King's Dominion area) and would love to find another Spark person who'd like to get together occasionally for walks. Richmond, Ashland, Hanover, Caroline, Henrico--all are close to me. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:33:29 EST Keith from Roanoke Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Keith from Roanoke. I've been a member for quite some time but am only now actually posting. Obesity seems to run rampant in my family, at least for the men, so I really have to work to keep things under control. In my experience so far the hardest thing to staying on track is the people you surround yourself with although most times they tend to have no idea they are actually hindering your progress versus helping. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:29:13 EST AFFAIDOO's SparkPage I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST I'm trying again I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Hello! Just joined today...finally faced the scale! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:52:10 EST Hello Everyone I am almost through my first week back on SP. It has been difficult and frustrating but I am still motivated and ready to change! I am currently 235 with a goal of 200. I cannot wait to get my first weigh in and see all the hard work pay off. I have done SP before and have had some success but the motivation changed and desire left. Everything is still here and i cannot wait to reach my goals! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:51:53 EST Hi Everyone My name is Cindy Terry!! I am from Virginia and I joined Spark to lose some extra weight that I have gained over the years. I want to lose 75 lbs to get down to around 160. What I would like to get from the group is motivation to keep me going and any weight lost tips that I need. I cannot wait to get to know everyone here on the group. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:16:01 EST Hi there! I just joined Sparkpeople and I hope that this can help me and give me ideas on how to get to my goal weight. So, I live in Falls Church and since I've been married (for 2 1/2 years) I've gained A LOT of weight. I'm not really happy with my body anymore, but I've been doing the first steps, such as working out and cutting out fatty foods. I lost a few pounds over the past few months (made it through Christmas without gaining anything! I'm surprised and impressed with myself). So, I do EVERYTH... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:17:47 EST New to Sparkpeople and Looking for Support I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support and strength to continue on my path to a healthy body weight. I reached an all time weight of 297 back in July 2013 and lost 55 pounds by the end of 2013. Since then I have been completely obsessed about my weight number on the scale and have gone back to eating horribly. I am terrified I am going to gain all my weight back. I am trying to break out of my obsessive, isolated brain and get back to eating normally and exercising and not overthin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:06:45 EST First time on spark!!! Looking to loss weight Hello everyone, I'm Houda and I'm new to spark. I live in McLean VA. I am looking for a workout buddy to motivate each other to work out be healthier and get to our goal. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:42:31 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> My name is Christina and I have decided to change my family's health one step at a time. I'm hoping this is the first step! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:23:08 EST Hi, I'm Kat I'm Kat. I just started at SparkPeople and am hoping this helps me keep track of my life and health. I'm an acrylic painter and tangle doodler. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:03:05 EST Looking for 5K in VA Beach So I want to run a few 5Ks this year but did not know if anyone from our team was doing any in VA Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk area. Let me know. I would love to run with some fellow spark friends. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:51:27 EST Seeking Roanoke Virginia Sparkers Hi, my name is Melly, and I am currently living in Roanoke, Virginia. I have been overweight almost all of my life. I also suffer with a few illnesses due to my weight, but my biggest issues besides my weight is that I am agoraphobic. <BR> <BR> Being agoraphobic makes it difficult for me to meet new people, but I'm going to take baby steps. I'm currently trying to find a few people in my area, that might like to help each other along in our weight loss journey. I have more than 220 pounds t... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:21:31 EST Hi Hi. My name is Zaila and live in Lorton, Va. This year I will stop putting myself on the backburner and start taking better care of myself. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:51:08 EST New here Hi all, <BR> Just learned about and joined SparkPeople today. What an amazing site! <BR> I live in central VA and am looking to lose 10 pounds-lost 30 lbs about 7 years ago but would like to lose that last 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> Dee Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:42:18 EST New...again! Hi! I'm a newbie to SparkPeople once again. I was a member years ago when I had some weight to lose and it really helped to keep me motivated. I am a nurse, but no longer practicing, and injured my back in June and had surgery in September. I have put on over 50 pounds since I hurt my back! <BR> <BR> I am now a stay at home mom to a teenage son, as well as 3 teenage stepsons that are only home every other weekend. I also am a Mary Kay consultant....which I LOVE doing! I just recently... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:19:14 EST rollercoaster Hi everyone... So happy to be here to get the support to loose weight.. I am excited to reach my goal by the 18th of February.. Hope to chat with a lot of you..have a Bless Day!! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:28:44 EST Alexandria Martial Arts I just wanted to share with you all my passion! I take Kung Fu at Yoo's Authentic Martial Arts in Alexandra. If you're looking to try a martial art (Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, or Hapkido) you should pop on by if you're in the area. It's only $20 for a trial class and I promise you'll have a great time. <BR> <BR> Classes are taught by Grandmaster Jun Saeng Yoo. He's a ninth degree in the three disciplines listed above and he is the *real* deal. The school itself is a great place filled with carin... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:59:23 EST Oops Oops Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:28:40 EST Introduction I just joined as a member at the beginning of the year. I want to lose 30 pounds and eat healthy. I also want to continue running and strength training, even though the body is starting to tell me I need to adjust my workouts. I would like to run another half marathon or two this year (my marathon days are done!). I also enjoy Zumba and Yoga, which are both helpful for my running. I'm really starting to look more at what I eat and how if affects my health. I am a wife, mom, grandmother ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:51:36 EST Hi my names Crystal My name is Crystal..36, I live in Loudoun County VA, <BR> My family all suffer from various Mental & Physical Health Illnesses.... a lot I feel could have been prevented living an Active Lifestyle and Eating Clean. Ive always had a different view on food then my family growing up. <BR> <BR> That still gets in the way,.and good marketing .and my good habits go to Bad Eating and Lack of Motivation to workout. <BR> .. <BR> My Excuses...time, money, stress, family,,work......... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:56:01 EST Nice to meet you all Hi there I am just getting back into spark people after some time. I am located in King George Va. Here to lose weight and wouldn't mind meeting some positive and motivated people. I look forward to communicating with the group soon. Best of luck to all! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:33:34 EST I will no longer accept average as a way of life My name is DJ and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone!! I am here to get fit again for my son, my wife, and myself. I want to to play with my child and not get worn out after five minutes. I want to be the person who enjoys being outside again and i will be that person. I have accepted average as a way of life for too long and refuse to do it anymore. I hope I can be an inspiration to all of you as you have already been for me as I have looked around the site this morning. There ar... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:20 EST Body Pump Class? Hey everyone - I have a question... I just joined the gym last week and really enjoy taking the classes. Have done Zumba and Aqua Zumba so far... This week I was thinking about taking a Body Pump class, but I'm not really sure what to expect. Do any of you have experience with this class? I don't know if I'm too overweight to try it or not. I'm already anxious about being in the gym in general so I don't want to make a fool of myself if I go in this class and can't handle it. <BR> Any words ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:08:52 EST Renewed dedicated Vegetarian Hello Everybody!!! I joined Spark in October, for a million and one reasons. I am currently 50 points overweight, and I am hoping to boost my energy and learn to live healthy for life. I am a mom, a college student, and a Virginian. I was a vegetarian in elementary school, and have recently decided to make this my lifestyle again. It makes it a little easier to eat healthier, as I am reaching for fresh vegetables instead of precooked meals. I am a huge procrastinator, and hope to learn to lov... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 13:04:44 EST Hello from southwest Virginia Hey guys new to sparkpeople. Here hoping to find inspiration. I have 35 lbs to lose! Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:19:09 EST Tired of Being Fat...Its time for a Change Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> I just signed up for Sparks because, like many of you, I am tired of being fat! I have a wonderful husband who loves me unconditionally and a 3yr old son that is the apple of my eye. But I cant say I want to do this for them. I want to do this for ME! I have tried so many gimmicks and am too scared (and too broke) to have weight loss surgery. I have lost weight before but put it back on during pregnancy. I am 41 and it is time to have the body I know I was me... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:13:38 EST fresh face I am not new to Sparkpeople been around for some years now actually. My name is Krystal Kelly from Waynesboro,VA. I have two little girls ages 2.5 and 11 mo. I am 28 and have just found that I love running! I have 65.5 til goal weight. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:34:46 EST hiking buddies? Wife and I are looking for hiking buddies in northern Shenandoah Valley. Lots of great hikes nearby, would love to have a supportive circle of friends who like to walk outside. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:43:42 EST I am looking to change my life. I am 33 years old, and I have yoyo'd with the same 30 lbs since I was a teenager. I am losing it again but this time will be the LAST time. I am looking to make some REAL changes this time. Changes that I can sustain and that will make me a healthier person. I am super motivated, and ready to make it happen...again. I just moved back to VA after being away for over a decade. I am looking forward to making my own dreams come true and being happy and healthy. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:44:11 EST Just signed up yesterday Good morning all, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark people yesterday and hope I can find the will power to stay to course! <BR> <BR> I live about an hour outside of DC and work for the local school system. Besides that I am a wife, mom, grandma, and a full time student. <BR> <BR> Yes, my life is busy, but I need to find time for myself and getting healthy. <BR> <BR> Nice to "meet" you all! <BR> <BR> Molly Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:50:04 EST New to spark I am new to spark and am looking for anyone in my area, Ashburn, VA. Can someone guide in how to find people here in my living area? Any guidance would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:13:15 EST New to spark I am new to spark and am looking for anyone in my area, Ashburn, VA. Can someone guide in how to find people here in my living area? Any guidance would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:12:22 EST Ashburn I am new to Spark and looking for anyone in the Ashburn, VA area. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:06:21 EST I'm new to spakpeople Hello I'm new to this webpage I want to go down to 195 and on track for it now but i still need that push to get up and go for a walk or work out .i live in Vrigania .... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:27:47 EST Hello everyone I'm corrwoman from Virginia I am just glad to become a member, I need to lose 23 pounds to reach my goal since May 13th 2013 I have lost 23 pounds now I need A LITTLE MORE MOTIVATION because I was keeping my twin 5 year old twins but today they started Kindergarten and I just wanted to go home after they got on the bus and eat a pint of ice cream, but thank God I had Spark People to turn to so I again thank each and every one of you! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:09:51 EST DANG, VA is Well Represented and ACTIVE! Hey everyone, bit about my journey below: <BR> <BR> So seven years ago I was on here (before I was officially married and had a kid) and now I am a husband to an awesome wife and father to a great five year old kid. As you know, sometimes we get complacent in life, especially when we don't feel the need to impress anymore or just settle and don't care about ourselves in the way we used to because we are so happy. <BR> <BR> Well, those seven years were indeed awesome, but I feel off the wago... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:06:46 EST looking for buddies near Winchester /Strasburg My wife and I would love to meet up with other Sparkers in the area for support and fun. We love to hike, get outdoors, and cook. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:09:10 EST New New to the site, thrilled to be back in the gear of working out again. From 240lbs down to 186 right now, just want to lose a couple more to get where I'd like to be. Honestly though, it's more about how I feel than about the weight. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 21:31:39 EST Chesapeake, va Looking to lose it if anyone knows what I mean !! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:20:08 EST Fellow newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SP. I am 30 years old and live outside of Richmond. I have been overweight for the last 11 years and I am just sick of it! I have been eating a lot better, and am going to the gym 6-7 days a week. <BR> <BR> Welcome fellow newbies and good luck on your weight loss journey! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:54:37 EST Northern VA Hello :) Hello VA Sparkers! My SP name is BTWIMKEE (by the way I’m Kee) but please just call me Kee! I’ve lived in good ole’ VA (central and now northern) all of my life and hope that I’ll be able to do so until I’m called home (heaven) – I love it so much. <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People for encouragement and to learn new tips and tricks along my journey. While here I also want to be an inspiration and share what I’ve learned over the years. I’m currently down 26 lbs since joining and I have A LONG... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:19:08 EST Culpeper Virginia Hey Gang, Do we have anybody from Culpeper or the surrounding area? <BR> <BR> -DC Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:05:54 EST Sparkers meet up this Saturday - August 17th 3:00p Hey Gang, I wanted to make you aware that over in the Fredericksburg group we are starting up monthly or possibly by monthly get together's. <BR> <BR> We are starting off small with coffee and conversation at a local Starbucks. If you can make it please reply to this topic <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17088x542<BR>11141 </link> <BR> <BR> Team Forum <BR> Fredericksburg Area Sparkers <BR> FORUM:General Team Discussion Forum <BR> TOP... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:13:29 EST hello Hello, my name is Janice. I'm 54 and have 3 grown sons and 3 grandchildren. I've had a lot of health issues such as depression, erythrocythemia, high blood pressure, tia's. Friday, I went to the urgent care place for a sprained ankle and came out in shock. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on top of the other things. My oldest had been in the hospital from Wed. to Friday with pneumonia and was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But, his has affected his kidneys, mine hasn't. I live in Co... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:21:16 EST Wondering if SparkPeople will really change me I just joined today. I've dieted for over 35 years on an all-or-nothing cycle of strict dieting versus eating. So, I know all of the tips for distracting myself by doing something else, I just seem to be stuck in the binge eat side of the cycle. I'm also tired of tracking calories and exercise which seems to be the only way I can manage my weight, but I feel that I must if I'm ever going to break the cycle. Must I just learn to accept that I'll have to track calories and exercise from now on?... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:52:22 EST Hello! Hey there everyone! My name is Amanda. I'm from King George! I have four crazy boys! :) I am trying my best at being a healthier me! I have a long hard road ahead of me. I would love to lose at least 100 pounds! Hopefully being on here will be the motivation I need to succeed! <em>30</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:44:08 EST hello everyone hi im kelly and i am working on losing 65lbs and getting my body back Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:48:29 EST Hi everyone. My name is Patty and my neice introduced me to this siteand I am looking forward to meeting people and going through this challenge of loosing weight. I have many pounds to loose for my health, and I know it will make me feel better inside and out. <BR> <BR> Patty Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:15:29 EST Fredericksburg Planet Fitness If you live anywhere near Fredericksburg, you probably already know that Planet Fitness is coming. It'll be in Eagle Village, the shopping center at the north end of the UMW campus near the Giant and they're currently slated to open around the middle of September. I stopped by their temporary office yesterday (also in the shopping center) and signed up. They told me that many people who join Planet Fitness have never belonged to a gym before and they're big on the gym being a No Judgement Zon... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:42:10 EST Vabena I do not have diabetes, but my 82 year old husband has diabetes 2 and has no idea how to eat correctly. I am the one who tries to prepare the right foods and keep the carb heavy foods out of the kitchen as much as I can. Since I am not a dietician, we have been to one and that helped to get us started. This is why I have not taken any challenges or kept fitness minutes. I am looking for guidance in the foods to eat and need to know how to see that he is happy to eat healthy. He does eat ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:22:02 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Samatha. My husband and I just moved to Manassas, VA. My goal is to lose 65 pounds and I can not think of more beautiful place to do it. <BR> My husband is Mr. Fit, 16 years and counting in the Air Force. Some days I hate him, lol, but he is the backbone of my support system. We enjoy hiking, bike riding and exploring historic sites and parks. <BR> We will be here for 4 years and hope we get to see it all before we move to our next location. <BR> Samatha Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:18:19 EST Brit just joined Hello everyone, Tom here from England. Just joined and trying to loose a few. 35 would be nice. I live in Northern Virginia. B/R, Tom <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:47:36 EST New member :-) Hi, I'm Jasmine. I'm a new member looking for some motivation and companionship as I lose weight for the second and hopefully last time! I lost a ton after having my girl 5 years ago, but unfortunately, work, school, and parenting made me lose track. I regret how long it has taken me to find this site. It is so helpful and all your stories and journeys are incredibly motivating! Please add me!! Thanks! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:30:57 EST Restaurants - Those That Are Good For Us???? For those of you who have never been to a Seasons 52 restaurant, you are missing out on something BIG. <BR> <BR> Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Everything on the menu is chef inspired and all below 475 calories. No lie. Came across this chain in Orlando back in November and for the first time last night went to the one in Tyson's Corner. <BR> <BR> You will find it inside the mall. <BR> <BR> The whole experience is outstanding. Try it you will not be disappointed. <BR> <BR> <l... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:41:48 EST Hello! I just joined! Hi everyone. I'm new to this site and hope it will help me on my fitness journey. I weigh 99 lbs so I really don't want to lose anymore weight but unfortunatey I'm what you would call "skinny-fat" I am at a low weight but have a high body fat percentage. So I'm not sure if I actually need to lose more weight in order to lose this excess fat around my stomach :( any tips or advice would be appreciated. Thanks! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:10:03 EST LiveHealth yLynchburg 100-Mile Challenge Anyone in the Lynchburg area participating? It runs from July 1st through Sept. 27 (I think). I joined the public library team (where I work). Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:20:07 EST Hello from Berryville, VA My name is Cheyanne and I am in a wheelchair; which makes losing weight hard.I am limited in the exercises that I can do. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:32:29 EST Hi My name is Sue and I live in Lynchburg, Va. I'm 54 and I've worked for Dept of Social Services for 31 years, sitting on my butt daily working on cases. I like my job, but I don't get any exercise and I am so busy I don't eat right, so I'm over a 100 pounds over weight. I need to do something and this is my first day signing up to Spark. I'm hoping at this late stage in my life I can make a change, I need to do it mainly for my health. Need all the help I can get. Well I'm going to get off my ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:30:58 EST Working towards my goals Hey my name is Emily Brown. I am 29 years old, married with three kids. I am currently serving in the Armed Forces (going on 12 years). <BR> I am currently recovering from having my third and final child. I had gestational diabetes with my son and as a result of that I gained 80lbs in my pregnancy, plus my soon weighed 12lbs 9oz. <BR> This last October, I re-enlisted for another 6yrs and love my service too much to give it up because of weight. I think the hardest thing to do right now is avo... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:06:24 EST Hello there! Nice to meet you all, i'm pretty new to this, i've joined this site with the sole purpose of losing weight mostly for my health, the thing is i don't really know what to do to achieve that, so i hope i can get some guidance from you guys. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:42:33 EST Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!! Hi there gals and guys! Just to let you know I am new here and have already learned a whole lot from some of the trackers. I have already lost 90lbs with no help but myself and willpower over the last 5 years. I now have hit the place in my weight where it wont move! Any suggestions for me as to how to help it go down just a few more pounds? I am enjoying this site very much too!! Thanks everyone! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:24:44 EST Anyone from Front Royal It would be nice to go hiking with some like-minded people from the Front Royal/Winchester Area. I've tried some other sites, with no such luck. I'm hoping I'll have better chances on Spark. <BR> <BR> I do go hiking on my own, but sometimes it nice to have a good conversation also. Let me know. <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:53:50 EST Hello Everyone!!!! Hello to all my fellow Virginia Sparkers, I pray that this posting finds everyone doing well on this beautiful day. So let me introduce myself...My name is Michael Smith, I am 33 years young and currently reside in Chesapeake. I have been married to my beautiful wife Kristie for 13 years and we have two amazing boys Austin 12 and Aden 9. I joined the Sparks people online community after picking up the book at the local library and it seems like something that I should give a try. The reas... Thu, 30 May 2013 10:51:53 EST The battle of the bulge Hi, I am in a challenge at work to lose 20lbs if I fail, I have to buy everyone that's competing lunch and I don't plan on losing. Thu, 16 May 2013 08:42:09 EST New to SP. Hi. I am Shantel, new to the site and group. Any tips would be helpful. Looking forward to making progress. <em>304</em> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:30:18 EST Hey there guys! Im excited to once and for all reach my weight goal and feel better. I dislike running but im coming to terms with it haha. Fri, 10 May 2013 11:12:34 EST Just coming back after a LONG break Hi - I'm somewhat sporadic about using the web for my weight loss. I know that having a community to help is supposed to make this easier, but to be honest, checking in every day always seemed like a chore to me. So I guess that's why I haven't been on the Spark website in about 5 years. I figured I was getting the emails and that was enough. But it clearly wasn't. It's not that I haven't lost weight in that time - I've actually gained weight. So much that my doctor said I had to lose about 4... Wed, 8 May 2013 18:09:11 EST New to SP New to SP...need to lose about 100 pounds. Tue, 7 May 2013 23:24:13 EST New to SP New to SP, need to lose about 100 pounds. Tue, 7 May 2013 23:10:49 EST Battling Multiple Weight Loss Issues Hi my name is Carol and for years I have tried to get my weight under control. Healthy eating is not an issue but because I have under-active Thyroid in addition to high blood pressure and slightly over 40. So I have joined Spark People in hopes of finally balancing my weight and losing 50+ pounds. Fingers crossed. :-) Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:35:01 EST Good morning! Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm just starting SP and thought I would drop in and see how this forum is doing? I live in VA also and love it!! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose about 15 pounds and to stop going out to eat! haha I know, but I am a sucker for eating out with my friends. I need to just ban myself from going. When I have a long streak of not eating out and then go out its just not that good so it always amazes me that I start in the old habit again. Crazy how comfortable we are w... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:23:45 EST Hi! My name is Margie and I am from Rocky Mount, VA. I am here because I am diabetic, have high cholesterol and am really overweight :-) Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:16:24 EST Hello I am new to this site and I just want to say hello. i'm 28 and i have high blood pressure, I am trying to get to my healthy weight and get my blood pressure to go down. Plus I want to get on the right path so i can have healthy happy children. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:15:20 EST Helo from Stephens City, VA Recently became a member initially to look for healthy recipes but have started looking around the site and it look likes this will be a great place for sharing questions, motivation and tips. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:27:49 EST Newbie, wanted to start a blog but having trouble Every time I hit blog entry I get a black page <BR> Anyone else experience this problem? Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:42:43 EST introducing myselfjavasc ript:void(0) Hi guys <BR> <BR> I am Carol, about to turn 49 in April, just weighed in at 252.2 lbs and current goal weight is 145 lbs by my next birthday so that is 107 lbs to go! <BR> <BR> I live in Manassas VA <BR> <BR> I am a type 2 diabetic who 7 years ago was very bad, and on medication, then changed my eating habits got off the medication, a few months ago my levels were "good for a diabetic" a few weeks ago "NORMAL" like a non diabetic! <BR> <BR> I started off at 295 lbs back in January <BR> ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:36:30 EST New to the team Hi, I am new to the team and live in Herndon, VA. I want to lose 45-50 lbs this year. Hoping for some inspiration by joining SP. Looking forward to the journey. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:45:02 EST Hi From CJ - New Member Since 18-March-2012 I live in Sterling, VA, with my husband and two cats. I am currently unemployed and, at 60, it is difficult to find a decent job, but I haven't given up hope. My interests are reading, gardening, Scrabble, and (very recently) walking. I figure if I am going to be home bound, instead of TV and laptop all day, it's time to get out and see the neighborhood while losing the pesky weight I put on over the past couple of years. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the inspiration and suggestions I will se... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:38:40 EST Baby weight Hello all, I am ready to drop this baby weight ASAP. My son will be 6 wks on Saturday and I need to drop about 45 pounds. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:17:27 EST Baby weight Hello all, I am ready to drop this baby weight ASAP. My son will be 6 wks on Saturday and I need to drop about 45 pounds. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:17:27 EST New and hoping for motivation I'm new to spark people and need motivation to help me lose the weight I need to lose. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 02:04:03 EST Hi! Hi Everyone! I live in Roanoke, Virginia. I just joined Sparkpeople and am excited to begin my journey. I have 100 plus pounds to lose. I hope this page will give me the courage, motivation, and willpower I need to meet my goals. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, please let me know. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:52:02 EST Beginner Spark Hi folks, my name is Nancy, aka "Whoagal" and I'm new to SparkPeople. I am still learning how to use the site and am anticipating some good results. I used another free calorie-counter site with good results, but I knew a few people who used this one and thought I'd try it. I want to lose weight, lower my blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c. I NEED to see the pounds come off!!! I am kind of a fanatic because I weigh almost every day and I'm told not to! It's just that if the pounds are coming... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:00:04 EST My new world of healthy living. Hi I am Andrea and I am doing this for the first time. I am a mother of two boys ages 1 and 2 and I am trying to loose the baby weight and set a good example for my children and I am doing it by myself. I really need help with my journey to living a better lifestyle since I have no support at home. I am looking forward to meeting other mothers who have gone or are going down the same road as I am. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:59:32 EST Hello Hello. <BR> My name is Tarella but i usually go by Ella. I live in West Point, VA. I just started getting into shape 3 weeks ago. I was 185lbs with is a all time high for me. I am currently 179lbs but my goal in 119lbs. I try to go to the gym everyday but have trouble with it be cause i don't want to go alone. I am trying to find a workout partner or at least find some one that will hold me accountable for going. I want to get down to my goal weight by the end of the summer. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:06:13 EST Hi, I'm new! I'm from Charlottesville. I'm happy to be here. I'm doing great so far. Just getting my feet wet. I'm learning my way around the site. I like what sparkpeople has to offer. Started exercising already. Like the way it makes me feel. Started changing the way I eat. Like that too. Hope to hang around for life. Sleeping better. Getting up earlier. So far, so good. Look forward to posting here among others in the great state of Virginia. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:53:42 EST Hello All Hello, my name is MaDonna and I live in Chesapeake. I am orginally from Baltimore but I purchased a house before retiring from the military and when the market went south it was hard to sell so I decided to stay. I truly love Virginia for some of the scenery it has. I am married, have a 32 year old daughter who moved back to Baltimore. I am currently enrolled in shcool and will graduate in May with a AAS in Paralegal studies and have started on my BA in Criminal Justice. When the weath... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:27:24 EST Your Personal Experience with Sodas I have a question for you to consider. When you drink sodas, does it increase your cravings for food? In addition, what soda do you drink? <BR> <BR> I drink caffeine free, diet sodas. I do think I have more cravings for food after I drink one. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Phil <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:21:15 EST New and Determined Hi - My name is Peggy and I am from Springfield, Va. My main objective is to get healty (or healthier) and feel better than I do now. My weight loss will certainly be a bonus!! Form what I have read so far, I think I will be happy here :) Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:30:40 EST Work Out Songs Hi All- <BR> <BR> <BR> What songs do you all have on your ipod to work out too? Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:25:43 EST Looking for Workout Buddy Hi All- <BR> I am looking for a workout buddy to go to the gym with. If anyone goes to Golds please message me. Good luck to everyone in there weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:16:15 EST Just Joined <em>249</em> <BR> Hello everyone! My name is Linda I am from Fredericksburg, VA. I am a 34 year old mother of 4. I need to get into shape to better my health situation. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of learning to do so I will go get started. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all on your journey!! <em>381</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:53:04 EST New to the group Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I am from Fredericksburg, VA. I am a 34 year old mother of 4 and I need to get in shape. There is so much to learn here so I better get to reading. I wish everyone the best in their journey!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Linda Molina <em>381</em> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:46:47 EST Once more with feeling -- and better motivation! Hello everyone! I'm trying to loose weight again but I have better motivation this time..hehehe.. My boss and I have a bet. 25 pounds in 90 days. If we both don't make the 25 pound goal, the person who has lost the most gets (drumroll please), $50! If one of us makes it and the other doesn't (cymbal crash) $100.00! If we both make it, the person who has lost the most (da da da daaaahhhh) $100.00. We'll see how it goes. I do great for the first couple of weeks, then loose motivation. I'm think... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:26:25 EST Newbie To SP Hello from Virginia...I'm Linda and new to SP...still navigating my way around the site. <BR> I'm turning 50 end of Febuary, and with my new age bracket, I'm also dealing with the wonders <BR> of peri-menapause and all it has to offer (HAHA) Needless to say, I need/want to lose some weight <BR> but also get myself back into a work-out routine that works and helps me along this new path of <BR> my journey! I'm looking foward to getting active and enjoying this new phase of my life!! :) Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:42:41 EST Ready to get back in shape Hi I am ahuskey2 48yrs old, married from Yorktown Va, I am a Roofing foreman and have let myself get in bad shape. Right now I am at 374lbs with RA. Which makes ny job extremly dificult. I dont need to be skinny just healthy. I am praying I can stick with it. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:17:33 EST Just found this site...or did it find me?? My name is Mary. I am totally new to all of this. I have never joined any type of message board...I am even facebook challenged. I find the idea of tracking food a bit overwhelming, but I must start somewhere. Diagnosed type2 diabetic January 2012...I tried to ignore it for a year. It is time to get this weight off and get healthy! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:05:06 EST Looking for some 3 and 5K's for the family FYI: I live in Virginia Beach <BR> <BR> The other day I went on line to register my hole family for Color me Rad 5 K. I thought the kids would love being plattered with color while running however it was sold out in our area. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking for more fun runs that I can include my kids in and that would be fun them. The Shamrock is to long for them and the final mile is to short for me, as the crowd will be insane on St. Patricks day. How do you find area 5K... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:42:41 EST Newbie I am a newbie to Spark People. I figured I would look into the website after reading an inspiring story from an individual in a magazine. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my daughter 7 years ago. Since then I have had another child. My problem has always been I LOVE to eat and don't feel like I can exercise. I am hoping to get a different perspective now after joining Spark People. My little sister is getting married in a year and I don't want to be the fat maid of hon... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:54:22 EST New from Charlottesville area Hi, my name's Rochelle and I just joined, I live in northern Albemarle County. I'm 49 years old, married with 2 kids, a severely disabled 12-year-old and 3-year-old. It's hard to focus on myself! When I've done it before, I've lost the weight, but as soon as I stop focusing it comes right back. Trying to lose 25 pounds AGAIN and maybe actually keep it off?! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:14:11 EST Introductions Hello everyone, my name is Chris. I'm 38, almost 39 and want to lose weight and get in shape. Not a New Years resolution but goal for the upcoming year. I look forward to meeting or talking to you. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:44:02 EST Introducing myself My name is tammy Johnston and I live in Bedford Virginia, I have joined this group hoping to find women like me who just need support to get through this lifestyle change, trying to make myself and my family healthier. I have five children three at home and unfortunately they alll struggle with weight problems because of the way I have cooked for them for years. Now that I suffer daily with Fibromyalgia I have realized it is time for me to do something for them and me to change the way we are... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:22:09 EST Roanoke Area People? Challenge-1 00miles/100 days Just in case there are any Roanoke area people out there. <BR> <BR> Jan 7th – Apr 15th <BR> “Walk, Run, Hike, Pedal, Paddle 100 miles in 100 days” <BR> <BR> Kick-off event Sunday Jan 6th 1pm at Wasena Park (next to the playground) <BR> <BR> I signed up for this and joined the “Fleet Feet” team – my favorite store. <BR> I figure it will be motivation to keep on track during the winter months and maybe even meet some like minded people at the kick off event tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It’s all self... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:13:29 EST Hello hi my name is shanna and I'm excited to start sparkle. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:02:44 EST Hello all! Today was my first day! I have welcomed 2013 with open arms and an open mind. I have a lot of layers to shed; some emotional and obviously some of another kind......blubber. <BR> <BR> I have always struggled to maintain a healthy weight, as I am sure many on here have. I have decided this year is the year that I will get off of this hamster wheel. I am going to look at food in an entirely different way, that is the only way I will be able to break this cycle that I have been on for far too ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:49:41 EST hello I live in virginia. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I lose weight and put it back on because I have not found a program I can stick with. It is very frustrating & as I get older my body hurts. I would like to look & feel better. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:48:41 EST Hi everybody NHello everyone and Happy new Year. I am new to Sparkpeople and have heard good things about this site in the past. With the new year I decided it was time to once again get a grip and my health. A little about me: I live in the mountains of Alleghany Co; married with 3 children and 1 grandchild. I am a RN working nights so I find it hard to maintain a healthy eating routine with my schedule; any help would be appreciated. I am also a conservative Christian and believe in giving back to other... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:54:58 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I am new to all of this but I want to lose weight and get healthy in 2013. I am hoping to meet some nice encouraging people to help motivate me and I would also love to help motivate others as well. :-) My name is Brook, I live close to Richmond Va! Looking forward to his journey! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:28:20 EST Hi, I'm Patti I'm glad to be here. My track record in the weight loss department is not so good, so I'm hoping the online interaction will help me to be more successful. I have a long way to go, but I'm a quilter, so I can set goals, see incremental changes and be happy without receiving instant gratification. Onward to a more healthy me! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:40:26 EST Walking Buddy in Chesapeake Virginia? Any takers? Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a walking friend(s) to meet with 1-2 a week to walk. I'm willing to drive to Virginia Beach if it's on a Saturday or Sunday. Chesapeake though is ideal for me. I live off Military Hwy and have a chihuahua I love to walk with. It helps to motivate me if I have a friend to go. I'm up for joining a walking group or starting one. Interested in beginner walkers...not ones that walk 10 miles haha. <BR> <BR> Please message me on here or on my page and let me know... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:21:31 EST Ready to Get a Grip I have arrived at the heaviest point in my life, with all my clothes too tight, my energy level low, and my feet rebelling at having all this topping them! I am retiring on April 30, 2013 and want to enjoy good health in retirement, so I know my out of control eating and sedentary lifestyle must be arrested, starting now. I had success on WW ten years ago, so I know a little about food choices and exercise. My biggest problem is self discipline. Although I achieved "lifetime" I did not maint... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:42:05 EST Intro I am ready to make some lifestyle changes for life. I am in Forest, right next to Lynchburg. I am from Richmond, then made my way to Clemson SC for awhile, then moved this way about 9 years ago. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:35:19 EST Ready to Get Fit Hi I'm new to the forum. I am in the Richmond Area. My goal for 2013 is to get Fit and Fabulous. I definitely want to be more active and participant in more athletic type events. <BR> <BR> I am also working on making a lifestyle change to a more nutrient dense diet. This site is helping with that. Although my eating is healthy in appearance, based on my daily tracking I need to do more work to make sure it is nutrient dense. <BR> <BR> Look forward to reaching goals with everyone. <BR> <BR... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:00:37 EST Hello everyone! I'm Adrienne and I'm originally from Texas now living in Virginia. I have about 15-20 pounds to lose to be at my healthiest. Through healthy eating and intense exercise (I'm on my 7th week of Insanity) I lost 10 pounds before joining SparkPeople. My mom, best friend, and boyfriend are all working on becoming healthier and are wonderful at motivating me to stay on track. I'd love to get to know you so we can help keep each other on track! Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:05:55 EST New to Spark Hello! I am Rachel. I am 34 years old. I am married with two lovely children. I am from Winchester VA. I had a baby over a year ago. I have not lost any weight. I am ready to get serious and get healthy. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:47:39 EST Hi Hey, everyone. I'm just trying to get down a few pounds so I can start gaining muscles. Its nice to meet all of you. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:25 EST Excited to be here Hi Everyone! I have 60 pounds to lose..started school a year a ago a new job..both have lead me to a very sedentary life and have taken over my life...leaving no time for exercise ( honestly, heave lead me to make more excuses WOE is me) Trying to find the motivation..hoping I find it here and stay motivated. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:30:55 EST Tiffany Hello I am a new member of Spark People and I look forward to losing the weight. My biggest problem is I love sweets. I have never been this heavy in my life. I am worried that if I don't lose the weight I could have serious medical problems. I am a mother of 3 and my husband is my strongest supporter as of now. I am tired of being this way and look forward to being healthy once again. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:02:30 EST Hey there from Spotsy I'm Matt from Spotsylvania. I've got a small family farm. Lots of weight to lose. I'm motivated and doing well. <BR> <BR> Make it a great day! <BR> Matt Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:40:30 EST Hi everyone just joined today Hi I live in Va, near Charlottesville, trying to get a healthy lifestyle and lose some weight, per drs orders. I have a adrenal insufficiency and hypothyroid and on meds for them. I hear what I have can kill me if i am not careful I have tried weight watchers but wanted to see if I can learn something new to shed the pounds off, the medication I take makes me put on more weight. Hopefully I can use some help and some tips. Looking forward to getting to know you all Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:02:19 EST Hi everyone! I'm in chesapeake! Go team VA. I'm trying to lose 25 pound and get healthy and happy. Any around Chesapeake add me as a friend! <em>30</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:48:57 EST New Kid on the Team Hello All. I can't believe I am just finding this page. I have lived in Virginia all my life. I am twenty-one. I have been over weight all of my life, and now I really want to get into shape, because I am tired of putting my life on hold. With the new year right around corner with countless opportunities I need to do this for me.I am in College. I will be graduating in 2013 and I am hoping to go on to grad school. I am an English major so I love to write and read. I also absolutely love offic... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 23:24:35 EST Hello trying to lose again I am renewing my effort toward weight loss. I began at 325 and got down to 160. I have now jumped back up to just over 200. It is difficult because I eat when stressed, but being a mom with two Autistic daugters means that I have to stop using that as my excuse. I am simply going to begin living a different way. I will be 100% successful now. I live in Sandston, VA. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:32:09 EST I'm not fat, I'm curvy! :) Hi everyone! Um . . . I'm not sure how you do this so I'll dive in head first. I had lost 10 pounds over the summer, but I gained it all back in the fall. It's sad that I don't even recognize my body anymore and now I'm like, "How did I move like this?" My family says I look fine, but I want to do this for me. I want to be proud of my body again, instead of being grossed out by it. Well, I hope I did this right! Bye! :) Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:13:02 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Randa and I just joined Spark a couple days ago. I also just (restarted) my weight loss journey this month. So far I've gone down about 11lbs. I'd like to lose 66 more. I live in NOVA and am fairly new to the area, so I don't know too many people. I hope to read some of your success stories to help keep me motivated to move through the winter. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:38:27 EST Hello from Woodbridge Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Semeka. I work and live in Northern VA. I have been looking for a site and group to assist in my weight loss journey. I look forward to working with everyone on their journey!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Semeka Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:08:32 EST hi i am palmer49 i am very excited to start with sparkpeople to continue my weight loss. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:30:01 EST Hello from Smith Mt Lake That's between Roanoke and Lynchburg. How nice to see so many fellow Virginians. I’m kind of a SP oddball since I’ve been here since 2009 invisibly reading, learning and evolving a healthy lifestyle, but I never actively participated until 30 days ago. <BR> <BR> My 3 year anniversary of maintenance will be Thanksgiving Day. Calories in, calories out - It works! Imagine that! As a retired math/computer science teacher, I love numbers and data and now I even like to blog and see my Spar... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:35:06 EST Starting over - A new Beginning for me Hi I am new to Sparkpeople. I joined this site because I wanted some accountability. I know I need to track my food and I have not been good at that at all. I wanted somewhere to go where I can get help with the changes that are about to occur in my life and to talk to people who may understand what I am going through. I have a lot of weight to loose and I have tried multiple weight loss programs and have not succeeded. I want to loose weight so I can be a healthier person and be a bett... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:29:12 EST Hello from Virginia Tech! New to SP and yesterday Istarted working out in the weight room for the first time in 7 years. I forgot how good it feels! <em>198</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:39:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:56:09 EST Greetings and Salutations! I'm Veronica I'm a little nervous on what to say about myself. Well here I go...My name is Veronica and I am a mother to 1 child. A 12 year old boy going on 25! LOL. I am from California but moved to Virginia about 3 years ago. I have not ever been thin. I can say I gained about 100+ lbs since moving out here! I joined SparkPeople to help me get motivated in losing this weight! Also it's free and I have looked around the site and love it especially the menu planner! I also like the Exercise of the Day! My... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:58:49 EST sunup 47 is a newcomer joining Hi, <BR> Just starting with and looking forward to the comradery. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:53:07 EST Newbie Hi <BR> I am from Hampton Roads area of VA. Recently had back surgery(had a tumor removed), and haven't been able to do much. I am now up to walking 1 mile a day. I enjoy outdoor activities and can't wait to be able to horseback ride and bike ride again. <BR> I need motivation to eat right while I recover from this surgery and am not able to do much. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:08:59 EST I'm new I just wanted to say hi, and I am very new to this, just joined yesterday. Still trying to figure the site out, but am looking forward to being in this group from Virginia Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:50:03 EST New to Sparkpeople but not new to the game Hello! Obviously my name is Jenny, and I am a special education teacher, a mommy, and a wife. I have been married almost 6 years, I have a great 10 year old stepson, and a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I have been fighting my weight for years, and now after having my daughter, it's only gotten worse. I didn't gain any weight through my pregnancy, but after she was born, I gained 50 lbs. I have lost about 40 now, but I have been stuck for a while. I need to lose another 60-70 more lbs, but I ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:06:30 EST I'm a Sparkpeople Virgin Hi I'm Alice, I live in Northern Va. I've lost nine pounds since Feb. without trying, I think it was from losing the stress of not going to the office any more. I stay at home now doing fiber related things and taking care of my husband and son. <BR> My husband and I would like to buy a farm when he retires so I would like to get healthy enough to work the farm when we finally do get one. <em>148</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:25:42 EST Nellie I have put on 50 lbs in the past 7 years, I eat right, I don't drink soda. We eat dinner late due to work and family demands, I am looking for support in helping me lose this weight and get back to a healthy weight before I get older. We all know that it get's harder as we get older. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:34:56 EST Hello--First Timer I'm from Westmoreland County, Virginia this is all new for me. I would like to lose some weight but just haven't found the motivation on my own so I figured I would give this a try and since it's free that makes it even better (lol) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:57:18 EST New to team Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> My name is Hillary and I'm new to both the state of Virginia and the Virginia Sparkers team! I live in Christiansburg, so if there are any people looking for a fitness buddy, let me know and we can see if our schedules jive so we can meet up! Looking forward to sharing successes with everyone!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:00:20 EST Hello! Hi! I am a 31 year old female living in Herndon. I have a four month old and an almost three year old. I have been losing weight on another weigh loss program, but since money is tight, I wanted to try SparkPeople. I've hit a plateu the past weeks and am looking for some tips and support to continue losing the weight. I am glad I found this SpakTeam and I look forward to getting to know many of you. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:57:18 EST Ello My name is Lizzie. I have PCOS and if I lose weight it will be better under control. I'd like to weigh somewhere between 160-125. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:48:26 EST Introducing Myself to the Team I'm Jean from Chesapeake. I'm married with a 15 year old daughter, 2 dogs and a live-in mother-in-law (not a bad thing!). Since 2006 I've lost 100 pounds. While the weight came off, my love for food did not go away! My goal is to exercise at least 3 times per week and eat sensibly - with the ocassional slice of pizza (just so I don't forget how it tastes!). My hobbies are sailing (I'm on a competitive sailing team), photography, and traveling (don't do near as much as I'd like to!). Guess t... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 00:12:59 EST Busch Gardens -Help! I am going to Busch Gardens tomorrow, great fun, but any ideas on what I can eat? I am going to stay away from fried foods, but I am looking for some ideas of what you ate there lately. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 20:16:46 EST Hello Everyone I just recently moved to Virginia from Portland, OR. Portland was rainy so the Virginia weather is a nice change. I have heard lots of great things about Sparkpeople so here I am. I have joined Sparkpeople with the intention of becoming motivated by others like myself who are embarking and embarked on a road to wellness while losing weight in the process. I am pretty excited for whats ahead in my weightloss journey. Looking forward to connecting with you all :))) Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:43:13 EST Getting Healthy Again Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm from Gloucester, VA (near Williamsburg) and I'm excited about getting healthy again! Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:51:59 EST Running/Walking buddy Hi I am currently in Fredericksburg,VA. I am looking for a Christian Mom or Moms to walk/rrun with. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:11:05 EST Healthy Changes Long Overdue :) Hi, I'm in Richmond, Va. I am 38 and over the past several years have put the focus on my family and off of myself. About 10 years ago, my husband and I had great success on Weight Watchers. I looked and felt great! Fast forward to changing jobs that requires some evenings and a crazy schedule at times, and having a child-- I let old habits get the better of me. I'm exhausted more often than not from a stressful job, a hectic schedule, and poor eating habits. My main problem is planning (or l... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:03:09 EST Time to make a change and take back my life Hi, my name is Trish and I have started my weightloss journey at the beginning of this month. I'm positive this time with your help that I will succeed in taking off the weight thru exercise and watching what I eat. Now that I'm over 50 it's even more important to succeed before I suffer any health issues due to my size. Looking forward to the journey. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:28:25 EST Hi I am a newbie here from Mt. Jackson, Va My name is Julia and I am on a mission! I am 50 and have been in a w/c for 3 yrs now and I hate it. So I have to lose enough weight, build enough strength so perhaps I can get around without one again. I need a couple of surgeries before that will happen but I have to lose the weight before they can operate. So yes I am very motivated.. I have lost 38 lbs so far before joining Spark but i want to make sure I keep going:) I would love to meet people locally who would like to take walks/ rolls ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:22:53 EST Day one Today is the first day of a new journey. I feel like I can break my life up into little parts of a big journey and now I am at a new phase. This one is self improvement and my daughter is one of my biggest motivators. The only thing I am lacking is someone to help hold me accountable. Anybody out there up for the challenge? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:06:37 EST Hi everyone! I'm new here! I'm from SW, Virginia. I am 47 years old and about 36 pounds overweight! Once upon a time I was somewhat of a fitness buff, but as I aged I quit all together. And once I hit 40 the pounds just started creeping on. I hope to get healthy and lose those 36 pounds and in the process be able to get off high blood pressure & high cholesterol meds. My fitness routine will be starting off by easing into a running program. I start the Fleet Feet Sports No Boundaries (Couch to 5K) Program in less... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:16:23 EST hi everyone i am a new member to sparkpeople. i am tired of being run down and sluggish all the time. I have committed to myself, family and friends to lose 86 lbs. by 06/01/13. i hope to find addition encouragement among the new friends i make within this forum. hope you all are having a successful journey. <BR> <BR> pattiejo Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:07:03 EST Hi Everyone! Hello everyone!! My name is Erica. I live on the Potomac River in Virginia. I am a stay at home mom to a beautiful baby boy. I am also a part time student enrolled in an online university. I am excited about getting back in shape! I feel like my biggest challenge is motivation, I really want it but I feel that I give up to easily with out someone pushing me. I hope to make many friends here :) Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:54:14 EST HI embarking on a permanent change! :) My name is Sarah, i'm 21, married, a college student, a server, and mommy to a 1.5 yr old sweet and stubborn pitbull named Theo. ANYWAYS. I started the Tapout XT workout today because the whole going to the gym a couple times a week is not cutting it for me. <BR> - always have had a little extra somethin in the lower abs / belly area...always. <BR> - my metabolism has slowed down, even though i eat pretty healthy (i'm a health food freak! and i love learning about it) <BR> - i want to conf... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:25:38 EST My new life Hi all,I'm 55 year old who as of July 31 I changed my life for ever.i gave up sugar and anything white.I now am 10 lbs lightler and more energy than I have had for years.i now walk 45 min ever day.I am from hillsville va. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:19:33 EST New to Team Forum Hello my name is Beverly and I live in the Staunton Va. I am looking for some Spark buddys. People that will be there to help each other through each day. the days we need a boost, help with some kinds words. Thank you and god bless you all. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 14:37:59 EST Hello Hello to all being new is scary but starting a wellness and fitness life is scarier. I am determined to make this my last change in these subjects I have been rollercoasting for years. I finally said enough is enough so here I am. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:17:29 EST Newbie Hi! <BR> My name is Laura and I am in the Winchester area, love hiking & horseback riding. Want to lose the extra pounds and get my mare trained for the trails. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:35:21 EST BTW ... What are spark points & why do we want them? Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:32:32 EST Not quite square 1 ... Hi, I am Kate, and I just discovered frozen grapes!! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm 45 in Fairfax County, Virginia; I have a 12 yr old boy and a 16-year-old dog; and I lost about 27 lbs in 2002. Unfortunately, I have realized that over the last 10 years I have actually found most of those 27 pounds! <BR> <BR> My goal in the next 3 to 6 months is to be well on my way to getting back to my goal weight and get in shape ... Or at least well on the path there. Looking forward to getting to know you all on... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 00:21:37 EST New to this site Hi i'm new I have no clue what happens on here and how this exactly works. But i'm really sick of my weight and it's time for me to lose it! This site seems very helpful and beneficial so if anyone has any advice or great things to try let me know :) I am 18 years old and i'd really like to shed some weight before going to college. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:09:14 EST Anybody want a fitness partner? I'm looking for someone to hold me accountable on here! anyone else want the same? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:19:44 EST 31 and Poly Cystic Ovaries Hello SparkPeople! I've been working out for the last month, I quit smoking, I've been eating clean at least 5 days a week and the scale had been creeping down, roughly 0.1 lb/day. But it was going down so I didn't complain. I got from 160 lbs to 157.2 in a months time and when I stepped on yesterday BAM 160 again. WHAAAA????? Today, 161.5. SO disappointed. Incredibly discouraged. I did a google search for how to lose weight (I was an athlete in schoool and am an RN now so I figured I... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:38:40 EST Hello all! My name is Jackie and I live in the Shenandoah Valley. I am 27 and single, and looking to get in shape and would appreciate any support! I would like to move to Georgia, find the right man, get married and have a family, and I want to be healthy when I do all that. Good luck to everyone and God bless! <em>381</em> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:44:16 EST new here Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Sarah, and I just moved to Charlottesville. It seems like everyone in this town jogs or bikes or is otherwise more active than me, so I'm just trying to fit in. (Plus, it will probably help me lose the 20ish pounds I gained while in college). I played soccer in high school, and would like to be in good enough shape to ref and/or coach a youth team. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:14:00 EST How much do you want to lose? <BR> Saw this on a Spark blog and thought it'd make a great discussion topic <BR> <BR> Currently I want to lose an Irish setter <BR> <BR> Things that weigh..... <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:01:45 EST new hi my name is kim im from swva Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:59:16 EST Hello all! Hi there! My name is Shannon. I am 33 years old and live in Harrisonburg, VA. I am finally getting off my butt and attempting to get back to my basketball player weight from high school & college. I'm a self proclaimed workaholic and haven't made much time for the gym or eating right over the last few years. I am getting married this fall and want to commit myself to a healthier and more active lifestyle so I can spend many years with my future husband and our family. <BR> I am a big time sp... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:20:57 EST Hi All Hey everyone! My name is Ashley. I have been on multiple times and always give up because I just don't get the help I need. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this time around, that will change. Anyways, a bit about me :) <BR> <BR> I am 24 on Tuesday July 10th, I will be 25. <BR> I weigh 230.6 pounds (Just found this out when I had to go to the doctor for bronchitis last week) <BR> I have a wonderful 4 almost 5 year daughter (who her doctor told me she was over weight as well - talk ab... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:00:21 EST Hello HI, I'm known as Rosebud (my father dubbed me when born), I live in a small town just outside of Harrisonburg, VA (home of JMU). I am married almost 16 years with three children. I started here at the advice of a fitness instructor doing my initial assessment at the gym I joined. I have an injury requiring reconstructive surgery but, due to my weight am unable to have it....I'm trying to change that so I can have the surgery and my overall lifestyle in order to become healthy and an example ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:40:18 EST New to SP Hi all, I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself. I haven't been very successful in my attempts to lose weight over the past two years. Hopefully SP will help. Just looking for some support. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:08:25 EST Hello My name is Audra I've been here on Spark for a couple of months now. I'm getting used to the site and I am really liking it here. I'm doing okay with tracking my food and exercise but I need to get a scale any suggestions on a good one? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:47:22 EST Just gotta lose this weight !!!! Hi everyone my name is Ciara and I am new to SP. I am a registered nurse, a wife, and mother of 2 (Makayla 3yrs old & Kennedy 1 month old). I am trying to lose about 50lbs by Jan 1st. Since the birth of my 1st child I have been struggling with my weight. I gained a total of 50 lbs with my 1st child and lost about 15 lbs before getting pregnant with my 2nd. After the birth of my second child I had gain the 15lbs back (of course...LOL) and I am dedicated to getting back to my pre-baby weight : ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:16:58 EST I am more motivated? I am a winner and is getting my pounds down the right way! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:43:51 EST Hello All New to teams. I'm about halfway to my goal of losing 90 pounds. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:44:54 EST Hello from Lorton! Hello everyone! My name is Jess and I live in Lorton, VA. This is my first week on SP and I am enjoying it so far - just trying to get used to the site! I've done "diets" before and they just don't seem to work. I'm looking for something more permanent. My goal is to lose the last bit of my baby weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle! Looking forward to getting to know all of you a bit more!! Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:33:28 EST Hello Everyone! Hi everyone. My name's Caitlin. I'm 20 years old. I'm currently a student at Germanna Community College, working towards my Associates in nursing. I live in Northern/ Central Va. I'm not so much into losing weight. More like eat healthier and be more active. If I lose weight, that's just gravy. :) Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:59:52 EST Hello I'm Lindsay Hello all! My name is Lindsay and I just signed up for sparkpeople, my coworker told me about this site. I live in Northern VA, and I'm working toward losing 65 pounds. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:47:06 EST flopster says hi i'm over 60, have 50 pounds to lose and with continued careful food monitiring, continuing exercise - i average about 50 min/day - i'm losing weight. lost 11 pounds so far - thanks to spark people, it's easier than ever before. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:25:11 EST I'm New to Sparkpeople Hi, I have just joined Sparkpeople today. I am married to my highschool sweetheart for the past 28 years. We have two children one 17 years old and one 8 years old. I really want to be healthier for my children. My 8 year old daughter deserves to have a mother who can do things with her. Unfortunately, her classmates are cruel and she has told me several times that they have made hurtful comment about me. This is truly devastating for both of us! <BR> I have 100 pounds to lose and I am u... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:36:31 EST Second Chances Hey guys, I'm BrittyC123, and I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I live in Northern Virginia and I am currently attempting to lose 50 pounds overall, but am aiming to lose 30 by the end of the summer. My diet is no problem, my family is pretty much vegetarian thanks to my dad, and I'm pretty self-conscious about what I eat since, unfortunately, I wasn't blessed with a fast metabolism. If you guys could send me some exercise ideas that I could implement while watching some of ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:05:13 EST New Hello all. My name is Bill. I live in Spotsylvania VA. I have been trying to lose weight for a while now and I figured it's about time to get serious about it. I'm married and retired from the Marine Corps and I want to be in shape again. I look forward to meeting some new folks from VA. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:44:13 EST Hello I'm Liz I am new to spark. I live in Roanoke, Virginia. I am a home school mom of 3. My goal is to loose 88lbs and to become more physically fit. I want to be a better example for my family. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:40:29 EST hi, im Megan Looking to lead a healthy lifestyle and quit smoking, and get back to shape after having 2kids Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:38:33 EST Newbie joining in Hj everyone, Name is Dad I'm attempting to lose 30 -40 lbs by years end. Assuming this program might work, have had sucess with other open internet sites, concerning different problems before. Hoping this one will work for me, to lose some weight. Gonna give it a shot. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:19:44 EST Hello, I'm Morgan My name is Morgan and I am new to this.. was wondering if I could get some help on starting my journey of losing weight... which i desperately need! thank you! Thu, 31 May 2012 21:51:41 EST Anyone have a Contact for Schools (Host a Fit Club i would liked o start a free Fit Club in the Woodbridge area. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a contact at local schools/churches that could let me host a workout 1x a week in the evening for anyone interested just to workout even if its 1x a week. <BR> <BR> I know school is done soon. So, I'm not sure if schools are open during summer months for the evenings. Tue, 29 May 2012 19:48:28 EST Newcomer Hello, I am Amelia a currentl Junior in college! I never had to worry about diet as a gymnast throughout my childhood and high school. When I got to college my dietary habits went a bit awry. My portions got larger and the mindless snacking increased. This progressed for 2 years and I acrued a hefty 15-20 pounds. This past year I have tried many yo-yo diets and different plans with no success. I finally decided to join a community of determined people to help me on my quest to regain my confi... Mon, 28 May 2012 23:37:08 EST HI MY NAME IS KALETHA I NEED HELP HI I AM NEW TO THIS AND I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!! I REALLY NEED SOMEONE WHO IS GOING THROUGH THIS. <BR> I REALLY TRY BUT I NEED MOTIVATION. AND I ALSO NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL KEEP ME. iS THERE ANYONE WHO IS JUST STARTING AND NEED TO LOSE 25 OR MORE POUNDS. I AM DOING THIS FOR MY HEALTH. Wed, 23 May 2012 19:40:14 EST I'm A May Newbie! Hey guys! I am starting over after originally joining Spark People a year ago. I like how Spark People works! I can't wait to learn all sorts of ways to get healthy! Mon, 21 May 2012 20:44:33 EST 26th VA Wine & Craft Festival... Saturday, May 19, from 10am – 6pm in historic downtown Front Royal, VA for shopping, live music, kids games and of course, wine tasting. <BR> <BR> The festival gates open on Saturday at 10am with activities and musical entertainment all day until 6 p.m. Come and enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. Covering more than 7 seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters from all over the east coast, there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. ... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:16:25 EST Hi From Virginia! Hi Everyone! Today is my first day in what will hopefully be the last time I need to diet. I gave birth to my beautiful daughter on January 13, 2012, I managed to get through my pregnancy with only gaining 10 pounds, and lost all plus another 20 by February. I had my gallbladder removed and it's been like a party every day with me eating everything I wasn't able to eat before. Now I've seemed to have tacked on all the weight I lost, plus a few more unwanted pounds. I find myself living in st... Wed, 16 May 2012 08:40:16 EST Brettswife4life Just found out about this site,by hearing a testimonial on you tube... Very hopeful and exited...Motivation and prayers welcomed Tue, 15 May 2012 14:18:03 EST I'm going to get myself back! Age and pounds have slowly crept up on me, but the pounds are something I can actually do something about. I never really had to watch my weight or what I ate until I hit 42 and then my metabolism just stopped. I kept doing what I had always been doing, eating and drinking what I wanted and not exercising much and now I look awful which makes me feel awful. My daughter kept telling me to check out and join this site and today I finally did. Can't wait to find my old self! Tue, 15 May 2012 12:34:05 EST New to Spark People Here is what I know, Weight Watchers is a 22 billion dollar a year business and I think I should be able to get healty, loose weight and gain support with out having to pay for it. Did you know that Jennifer Hudson made over $30,000 for each POUND she lost? There is something wrong with that! I want to get support from REAL people who are in the same boat as me and don't get paid big bucks to loose weight. I am hoping this is the place for me! Tue, 15 May 2012 10:27:03 EST Broadway/T imberville Gym Rat buddy needed Hey all, I live in Broadway, and go to D&R Fitness. I was wondering if there's anyone else in the area that would want to sweat it out with me, since I'm having trouble keeping motivated and going on my own. Or even join kickboxing with me or walk with me. I hate having to do things by myself. Puhhhleeezzzeee! Mon, 14 May 2012 11:24:37 EST Hello Just found this site today.... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:15:07 EST Just a Sparkbaby... Hello all Sparkpeoples! I love the whole "spark" thing, when I say it or type it, it makes me think about sparklers in the summertime when I was a kid...My name is Summer and I am a SPARKBABY. I am a 35 year oldish wife to Daniel and mom to Brianna (almost 14) and Mackenzie (9.5). I'm a nurse, and I work in an LDRP/NBN unit (labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum-newbor<BR>n nursery). I love my job and can talk to you about it all night. I am also a bereavement counselor, tending to women th... Tue, 8 May 2012 05:32:07 EST need help to lose weight BAD. Very new to this. Looking for all your help guys. Fri, 4 May 2012 16:41:59 EST Hello from Woodbridge e/Occoquan Va! Hello - My name is Nancy. I found out about SparkPeople on a weight loss blog and after a week, I am hooked!! <BR> My weight loss journey has been a long one. In 1999 I weighed in at 300lbs. Actually 299.7 and I joined a pre-made-food-plan and lost about 50lbs. <BR> After the first 50, I KNEW I couldn't take off the next 100 on my own, even with the help of that awful pre-made-food. <BR> So I had gastric surgery in September of 2000. I was the slowest loser in my support group. I lo... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:57:28 EST New here Hi all. I'm Chelle from Pulaski Va. I'm 26 years old. I've been married for 6 years and I've let myself go. I spend my days caring for my family, including my father who has cancer and has suffered from several strokes. My biggest problem is I graze I'm eating or drinking diet mountain dew or sweet tea all day. I also suffer from Bipolar disorder and the meds have helped me put the weight on but I'm commited to getting into shape so I'll be a better me for myself and a better wife to my husba... Thu, 3 May 2012 17:43:27 EST Hello All I live in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am trying to refocus my eating and exercise habits so I can drop 15 lbs. I have a really bad sweet I will have to really focus on eating right. Tue, 1 May 2012 13:59:10 EST Hello from Franklin Goodmorning and hello, <BR> I work out at the Y in Franklin. I love the gym there. If anyone in the area would like a workout partner, I'm game. <BR> My name is Rae and I'm a mother of two. My husband is in the Navy. I have between 70-100 pounds total to lose. <BR> I try to hit the gym 3-5 days a week during the work week. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:52:38 EST Hi everyone! Hello, <BR> My name is Ana and I just signed up last week. I found this website surfing the web and I strongly believe that coincidence is God´s way to remain here we go =) <BR> I been struggling with weight issues since I was a child, ups and downs but 2 years ago I started to really focus on me and I lost 35 pounds. I been on the same weight since December and I hope I can get tips, motivations and tools to get out of this plateau and loose 80 more pounds so I can be complet... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 22:12:07 EST Hi everyone I am new to the spark Hi everyone <BR> I live in Chesterfield County and I am new to dieting, eating healthy, exercise, and I don't know where to begin. I am in my 40's I have children that are in their 20's and one that is 8 y.o. The reason that I am so new to all of this is because weight was never an issue for me until I hit my late 30's. I have always been able to eat what I want, had a lot of energy, and would never gain any weight. The hurmurous thing about this is all my life I had been complaining abou... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:33:14 EST I'm looking for my Happy Place! I am a 37 year old working mother of a beautiful 7 year old girl. Over the years I have become a person who worries about making everyone else happy and I have neglected myself, but I am ready to find my happy place again! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:47:33 EST New to the team Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Tawana. I live in Pulaski, VA with my husband Brian. My goal is to lose 8 lbs a month for the next year and a half to reach my goal weight of 175 lbs. I am having trouble finding out how many calories I need to take in and how many calories I need to burn in order to lose the weight. I am new to this website and am hoping that the calorie intake and the calories burned that they recommend will help me to accomplish my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm here to e... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:27:08 EST Trying SPARK again for the secod time... This will be my second time trying this program. I know it works I just hope I have the strength to continue doing it without giving up! Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:16:12 EST Hi y'all...I'm a newbie Hi everyone! My name is Amber, and I am from Virginia. I have about 70lbs I would like to get rid of for good. I have tried dieting many times and have ended up failing. I need to do something to get out of this rut and get my behind in shape (no pun intended lol). Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:37:02 EST Need some motivation Hi Everyone - Moved here to VA in 2010 with my husband who is active duty Navy. We are both originally from MA so we are adjusting. I joined some workout classes in September 2011 when I started this weight loss journey (who am I kidding, I have been on a diet since I was in the womb) and since then have lost 15 pounds. Not much to brag about for a 7 month period but don't forget all the holiday mixed in there lol. I am hoping to find some good recipes on here - that seems to be the hardest t... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:06:26 EST Trying To Be More Active Hello my name is Sonia. My goal are to lose about 67lbs. I am trying my best to stay very motivated to work out more. I have join sparkpeople to hopeful get a lot of information on healthy foods choices etc. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:11:51 EST Hello! Hello to all the Virginia Sparkers! So glad to be a part of a team in this beautiful State. I am originally fromChesapeake and now live in Fredericksburg. I look forward to this journey and hope to get to know you! <BR> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:31:39 EST I just wanted to introduce myself I live in Virginia. Moved here almost 2 years ago, to the Fredericksburg area. Love it here. We moved from Maryland and a very high stress situation there. Needless to say, stress moves with you, and we had some additional stress when my son and daughter-in-law moved in with their 2 children. They moved out after 6 months, and our lives are beginning to get back to normal. As part of getting back to normal, I decided it was time to lose some of this weight that I had gained over the las... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:28:55 EST Lucky Virginian Hello! I live in southern VA in the mountains. We have lived in several places, but Virginia is where we will stay for good. We have 10 beautiful acres and the only thing missing is my ability to work it like I would like to. Hence the weight loss goal. I find myself suddenly looking at 65 and it's freaking me out!! How did this happen? I need to get strong and healthy so I can work and enjoy the kids, grandkids and the great grandkids. <BR> Looking to encourage and be encouraged. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:02:00 EST New to Spark I had been using the Realize my Success program but they've decided to discontinue it and recommended this site. I had gastric banding in July of 2011 and have lost 75 pounds. I'm currently at a plateau, but would like to ultimatly lose 45 more pounds. I do better if I track my progress, but I am hit and miss sometimes due to a busy schedule. Hope to find support/encouragment with this site. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:16:39 EST Looking forward to this new start.... Hello eveeyone. I am Alice and I am here to start this new journey... Hoping to accomplish a few small goals that will result in the BIG one I need. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:30:27 EST Hi, my name is Gail I'm here to lose weight and get healthy because I just found out in January that I have heart disease. I have always thought that I ate pretty good, but I now know that was not true. I know that heart disease is inherited, but it also has a lot to do with diet and exercise. I am looking forward to the guidance and support that I can find here. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:11:52 EST Hello All! Good day to you all. as a new member to SP, I am looking forward to improving on my physical, mental and emotional health through exercise and an o really healthy approach to life. I look forward to learning from you all, as well as, encouraging you all along the way. <BR> <BR> Here's to living our best life now! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 22:36:25 EST Hello! Hello all! I started 3/17 but have been so busy I didn't have a chance to introduce myself before now. My (almost) 5year old grandson stayed with me and he dominates my time. I have improved my diet dramatically, exercise daily(Zumba--love it, and I'm sure I'll love it even more when all this blubber isn't bouncing around, til then....) and drink more water, (usually around 6 glasses) but I am working on it. The good news is...I've lost 3 lbs! woo hoo! It's a long road I know but little succe... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:58:55 EST Goal-Setting Survey Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I as 6 weeks away from completing my bachelor's degree through Old Dominion University. One of the requirements is a paper that will be based on survey results I collect. Thanks to SparkPeople's wonderful program that has help me to set and realize my goals, I have decided to write my paper on goal-setting strategies. Anyone interested in taking the survey can participate through the following link. Your responses are completely confidential. <BR> <BR> <link>http://... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:04:33 EST