SparkPeople Single Parents Team Messageboard Single moms and dads - new beginnings! SparkPeople Single Parents Team Messageboard Hello I was on sparks back when my 3rd boy was born. I had success and lost over 75 pounds. Now ...2 girls later, and a pending divorce and I am almost back to where I started after a decade of success. Found out in September I have a hernia, I have surgery booked for the 19th of January.I weighed myself for the surgeons notes and was surprised at how much I have gained. 8 pant sizes and 50 plus pounds. There are some positives that have happened. I quit smoking almost 4 months ago. I have taken f... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:59:43 EST Hello! Introducing myself even tough this group looks near deserted.... <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm amanda, single mom of two - 4 y boy and 2y girl. They are amazing and wonderful and precocious monsters. I love them. I am really trying hard this time to get in shape to be a better, more able mom. before I turn into my mom (sorry mom, its true.) <BR> <BR> I had an AH HA moment this morning - great way to start my week : Drive thru breakfasts are a vice for me. I am now changing my work route to NOT go by ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:08:43 EST Sue from Addison I am looking for a walking partner or if anyone is interested in a walking team. I live in Addison and love to walk the forest preserves or the many trails that surround this area. Also, would like to get my bicycle out this year. I am 53 years old and would like to keep active and meet new friends. Anyone interested, let's get walking. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:14:07 EST How is Everyone today!!! My name is Melinda and I am a single mother to my awesome son! I work full time, and have a very busy schedule! I want to lose weight...keep stumbling along the way! I have to focus and keep up...This time I WILL do it!!! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:38:43 EST When You Cook For Others.. I'm having a really rough time staying on track when it comes to eating low fat meals! We've been plant-based for six years in my home, but my kids adore things like vegan mac and cheese with daiya or anything with daiya for that matter! <BR> <BR> I always plan to just feed the kids first and then make myself something with less fat in it (they're naturally lean kids and all need some weight on them) but when it comes down to it I see that there is still enough food left for me and hell, it... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:15:50 EST All the single parents, put your hands up! Hello Moms and Dads! <BR> I just wanted to give you a little background on me and say hello to all of you who know the single parents struggle! <BR> <BR> For most of my 20's (I'm 28 now), I weighed a steady 130 lbs. I was pregnant but losing personal weight while gaining baby weight and as soon as baby was out I would be with a flat tummy and right back to my usual weight within the month. I kept telling myself how incredibly lucky I was, and thought that I would never have to worry or work... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:02:55 EST An "Experienced" Mom from Canada! Hi there! I am a bit of a different kind of single parent, because my daughters are 19 and 20 now. But I'm very, VERY single. My first husband - their biological dad - passed away 16 years ago. My second husband - their adoptive dad - has 100% deserted all three of us since the divorce. He deserted us not only financially, but physically. He moved out of the province without telling us, and has completely cut off what little communication he had with the girls since remarrying and having a bi... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:51:15 EST Buddy? Motivation partner? Hi! I'm looking for a buddy! I'm a 32yo single working mom with a 3yo son. I would love to have someone that I can check in with so I feel accountable to someone other than myself - because often my own self deceives me and makes me give up. If a friendship forms that would be awesome too! I'm on east coast time and I'm available for texting, email or FB. Please send me a message if you want to buddy up! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:00:22 EST Hihi! Hi :) I'm semi-new to sparkpeople. 28, single parent of two insane kids (7 and 14 months), I work full time, and go to school part time. I guess I decided that I wasn't busy enough, so have decided to fit in 'getting healthy and working out' to my list of things to do. <BR> In all seriousness, I really need to get better. I'm at my heaviest (and haven't been here for 4 years), and if I'm not careful will go over that. I need to be better for my kids; they don't deserve a mom who can't keep u... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:19:34 EST Hello Hi everyone. My name is Mia and I joined spark people to try and get healthy to be able to be a good role model for my daughter, be able to play more with her, and to make sure I am around for her for a very long time. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:11:54 EST Hello from Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Hello everyone! My name is Laura and I just joined Spark yesterday. So much to see and do here, just a touch overwhelming but no worries... I got this. Single Mom with a beautiful 18 year old daughter. Have lost about 75-80 lbs in the past year (depending on the water retention). Lost 30 thru diet and took phentermine for a few months. The additional 50 came off due to medical stuff. Had knee and leg surgery and pain is a great appetite suppressant. Now that I am better, the FATGIRL appetite ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:24:20 EST New member to the team I am a 42 year old, single mom, with two kids at home. My friends do not understand the struggles of single parenting and how everything, and everyone, else come before me. <BR> <BR> Having support from people that can understand my struggles would be a huge help, not only in my weight loss but in life. <em>41</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:30:29 EST New Here I am a newly single mother of 3 wonderful children. I have a 7 year old son, a 4 year old daughter, and a 1 year old son. <BR> I am a social worker for Homeless Family Services in Palmer Alaska. <BR> I love making new friends and could always use a few more in my circle. :-) Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:08:55 EST Hello :) I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:25 EST 2nd time around, time to lose baby weight This is my 2nd time here on Spark. I joined originally as a 235 pound overweight, sad woman in 2009 when my now ex husband was deployed. I learned a lot of good tactics to lose weight and discovered the runner buried deep inside of me. During my duration on Spark I became a three time 1/2 marathoner. <BR> <BR> Last year I became unexpectedly pregnant. I was told I would never have a child for 15 years of my life... imagine my surprise when I had a positive pregnancy test. I now have thr... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:00:44 EST Indiana Newbie Hi everybody! I have been on this site before, but it's been a few years. My doctor recommended it at my checkup, so I thought I'd give it a try again. I'm looking for do-able tips for nutrition when you're super busy. I'm a working mom with kids in sports, so we are always on the go. I rarely cook at home, and when I do it's usually something not very healthy like nuggets or pizza. I could sure use some support and ideas! Thanks! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:33:11 EST stopping by to say hi! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Lissa, I'm a 27 year old mom to a wonderful 3-year-old boy. I'm not "technically" single, as my husband and I have been separated for 10 months and he is fighting the divorce process, but as I left him and feel in my heart that I'm no longer married, here I am! <BR> <BR> I'm really just looking for new, supportive SparkFriends to interact with! I tend to blog about my weight loss elsewhere (a blog, which I will happily share the address of, if anyone is ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:11:56 EST Hello Hi, My name is Kayla but many call me Huntress. It's kind of a geek I am a single mom of one awesome little boy and take care of my late sisters 4 year old daughter. I am looking for areas of support for people like me and I am proud to say this fits me perfect. Being a single parent is loads of stress and I seem to gain weight when I am stressed out. So joining a team I figured could help me in that area of topic. Nice to meet you all Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:31:45 EST Newbie Newbie Hey Everyone!! <BR> <BR> Just joined Sparkpeople for the 3rd time!! LOL Maybe the 3rd time is the charm! I am a single Mom of 3 boys (18, 15 and 12). My youngest has severe ADHD so he keeps me EXTREMELY busy :) I just would like to know what are some tips and tricks that you all have! I feel like I do not have enough time in the day to take care of myself!! I definitely believe stress is a contributing factor to my weight gain but I don't know how to control that! :( <BR> <BR> Any advic... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:07:31 EST Cali Love Hey all, I'm Jen, a native Californian. Single/divorced Mom of one great teen. Planning on returning to college to complete a bachelors degree & currently not working. Have a wide variety of interests & pretty bubbly. Enjoy making others laugh & smile & believe fun is in the way you think & the company you keep. Happy to find a great place to meet goals & people. <em>30</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:25:16 EST Hello Hello, my name is Ruthie, I am 29, and have 2 daughters ages 5 and 6, over the summer I left my husband because of abuse, and am determined to pick my self up dust off the dirt, and be the best a strongest mommy I can be, I used to use spark people along time ago, but reset my goals, and am starting fresh. I want to lose around 50-70 pounds, but have set a smaller goal to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday in march. I came looking for a single parent team because, I have found it very hard to... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:35:07 EST Introducing myself My name is Kim. I'm in my early 40's and have been separated from my husband of 18 years since February. We struggled for a long long time so our ending was not really a surprise. Initially it was a relief although I find lately its a bit of a struggle. These past few months have been a whirlwind of stress. We have 3 children ages 7, 5, 3. I moved out, went back to work after being a stay at home parent for 7 years. My father has been in the hospital. And just a lot of other stuff going on. <... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 02:05:16 EST Newbie to the SparkTeam Good morning everyone. I just joined the team today. I'm a single working mom of three amazing girls (21, 16 and 8) and I would love to gain insight and support from others like me who understand the challenges of losing weight while handling the responsibilities of being a single parent. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:11:38 EST Hi im new to this Hi im new to this im a single mom of three girls...Im trying to lose weight and be healthy for my kids and for myself ..Looking for people to encourge me during this journey...thanks Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:12:48 EST New here Hi. I'm a full time working, single mom to an amazing 5 year old boy and I'm looking to connect with others who can understand how hard it is to lose weight, make ends meet AND raise a kiddo. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 04:21:48 EST Hey there Hi my name is Kristin and I'm a single mother of one. My son is 7 and going to be in the 2nd grade. I have been trying to lose weight now since I gave birth and have been unsuccessful. Next week I am having gastric bypass and the month after I start nursing school at WSU. I'm excited for this new beginning in my life and pray that I can achieve my health goals after surgery. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 19:32:33 EST Comin' Back! I am returning with a new determination to reach my goal. I can tell from the posts that I am going to enjoy sharing my ups and "middies" with you. <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:39:36 EST I'm back Hello every one. my name is Regena and I am from the Bahamas. I have recently retuned to sparks people Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:54:26 EST Hello all! Been on this site for about a week now but finally getting a chance to get on here to post and do more with the site before (I was using my kindle fire to track, and it's a bit harder to post on there than it is on a regular computer). <BR> <BR> Anyway, my name's Jeana. I'm 30, from Illinois. Mother to one (10 year old boy), and been in long term relationship for 5 1/2 years. I work in collections. Overall busy life and lots of stress. Thats why I wanted to join this site to hope for more a... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:23:28 EST hello everyone Hello my name is Tiffany. I am 30 years old. I have one daughter that is 10. <BR> I have been on & off spark for a while now, but never really “ON” it. If that makes sense. I want to actually use it, and have it help me. <BR> I am starting my journey to find the healthy, true, godly, happy person I know that I can be. Just figuring out how to do that is a journey in itself &#61514;. <BR> Motivation is the biggest thing for me. I feel like I am lacking in that department. So I am hoping that ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:56:44 EST New to team! Hello everyone! <BR> I am a 32 year old single parent to a 3 year old little boy. We live western Michigan. I have been on Sparkpeople for a couple years now, but just recently made the decision to get serious about getting healthy. As a single parent it's hard to find time to be active. I have made a vow to log what I eat on Sparkpeople every day, maintain about 1500 calories a day, and get as much physical activity in as possible. I started off walking on my lunch breaks at work (weather ... Sun, 26 May 2013 15:32:44 EST Kind of a newly single mom I left the father of my twin boys November 2011, but we tried to work things out several different times since then. But it has been awhile since we have tried. I also have dated several men in this time period also. I have not been taking the neccessary time to heal and get over the twins dad, instead I fill that void with another guy. I have a hard time staying single its like I am scared to be alone or the older I get the harder it will be to find a man. Well I have been kinda talking to a... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:12:57 EST It Works Wraps?? Has anyone used these with success? <BR> <BR> One of my really good friends has tried one and she has noticed a difference. <BR> I know that they aren't useful unless you watch what you eat, exercise. <BR> <BR> Anyone heard anything negative about them? Are they approved? Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:38:47 EST Slow but steady? I re-joined sparkpeople in Dec 2012 with the goal of losing 50 lbs. I have been tracking my food daily and doing at least 20-30mins of jogging 4-5 times a week. So far I lost about 7lbs, its going slow and can become discouraging, but I think I will stick with it. I might have to reevaluate my goals, maybe if I have the goal of losing 1/2 lb weekly instead of 1lb weekly I will be able to see result and remain motivated. <BR> I think I need to look at this as a new way of living and not som... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:48:37 EST Suddenly single. As my name reflects, I joined this site to lose weight for my wedding. Then, after about 4 years of being married, my husband suddenly passed away, leaving me with our young son. <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight, but my world entirely changed overnight and I don't feel like I even know which way is up right now. My son and I are trying to reestablish our routines, but I don't have the will to get up and start moving. I can't get over the feeling of feeling faint sometimes. However, it's o... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:26:55 EST Co-Parenti g...Advice please!!! Laughing at the venting session I had this past weekend on my blog. Now that I'm a little more calm I can clearly see just how much hate I apparently am still holding on to. Any advice from fellow single parents on how to have a healthy relationship with your child’s father/mother when you can’t even stand to look at them. I know that we need to be able to get along for our child but it is so hard to be cordial when he treats me the way he does. This whole co-parenting is getting very diffic... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:09:12 EST Hi I am Tiffany. I am single parent of an 11 year old girl, a 8 year old boy, and a 5 year old girl. I am hoping to get to my goal weight before summer starts. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:42:52 EST Mochasla Good morning, <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and live on the East Coast. A few years ago I took a challenge with a friend to lose some weight. I was quite successful with the weight loss; however I have started to put it back on. This past November I joined a gym but with the holidays I did not do as well as I should have. I am back in the gym. My goal is to lose 15 lbs but I will be satisfied with 10. Believe me losing that ten pounds has been a challenge. Tracking my food daily makes m... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 05:13:18 EST I'm new to sparkpeople... Hi, <BR> Like I said, I'm new to sparkpeople and its gpoing to take me a while to learn the ins and outs of this site. I don't want it to discourage me, so does anyone have any beginner tips? <BR> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:19:26 EST 25 Pounds in 12 weeks 24/7 single mom of three amazing children. Aren't al of our children amazing? I was down to only two at home, but a medical discharge brought my oldest back home. It is certainly a challenge having an "adult" child back in the home! Any tips or advice? Fortunately for me he wants to be here, and my youngest son couldn't be happier. <BR> <BR> So the week before Christmas, and I am doing something for me - finally taking the steps to lose that weight that doesn't seem to want to go anywhe... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:03:23 EST Single mom of three - new to group Hi there. I'm the single mother of two tween daughters and a 2 year old son. My oldest is 19, but he lives on his own now. I'm also working on my Master's degree online. Our family has been through a lot over the past couple of years, including domestic violence, divorce and temporary homelessness. But I am working on getting back on my feet. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthier (cholesterol and back problems are an issue), leaner (I'm heavier than I've ever been), and set a good example for my ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:52:04 EST Hi from Myrtle Beach! Hey everybody!!!!! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:28:41 EST Hi everyone! How is everybody doing today? I am from Indiana and excited to join your team. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:35:18 EST Enjoy being single? I see a few posts about being in a relationship or finding a relationship but does anyone enjoy being single? I have no problem with my singlehood! Now that isn't to say if my dream man asked be out that I would say no but I am just going with the flow and enjoying my life until something happens on its own. I will continue to just focus on making myself the best me possible! <BR> <BR> Is any one else doing the same? Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:15:52 EST Time to workout To the parents that have childen under the age of ten... when do you find the time to workout? This is my biggest problem. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:46:42 EST Trying to lose 20 lbs I've been trying to lose 20-25 lbs for three years... My mental well-being ties in with my physical well being and so it's important for me to find a balance. This week I started walking at the track 3-4 times a week after work for at least 45 minutes. I'm hoping to be able to get support through Spark People. My plan is to log in regularly and use some of the tools provided here and stay in touch so I can stick with my goals. Support messages, tips and suggestions are welcomed. :) H... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:58:54 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everybody! My name is Jen. I currently live in Indiana and am the mom of two children. I began my weight loss journey about 2.5 years ago. Since then, I have lost 129lbs! I have 46lbs to go until I hit my goal weight, which is why I have come to Spark People! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:15:23 EST Less expensive healthy food?? I've been doing quite well on my diet, I've lost 15 pounds total (4 since I joined SP) but my biggest problem is making healthy meals. I don't have all this money to be spending on ridiculous food but I'd like to make fun, healthy meals also. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:33:11 EST Hello Hello all. I've been a single mom for about 2 years now. My daughter's 6 and a half. I'm just trying to find other people who are in the same boat as me! All my friends are single and no kids or are married with no kids. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:37:41 EST Lack of support... Hey guys, was hoping I could get some feedback here. Maybe someone is in the same situation and can relate. <BR> <BR> I'm 29, single mom (of course), of 2, not working right now due to health issues, living with my father. Part of my health issues are due to the weight I've had on me. I've been told by my doctors that losing weight will help me. And I have lost some. My highest is 220, I'm down to 182. I'm 5'1, by the way. You'd think my father would try to be understanding of that. I do rec... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:19:10 EST Weight loss I lost 1.5 pounds!!!! Yeah Me!!!! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:02:52 EST Hello from Greenville, South Carolina My name is Amy. I have been on this plan of attack since 2000. I have been a member of sparkpeople for almost 10 years. <em>511</em> I have lost a couple of hundred pounds. <em>9</em> I just keep moving closer and closer to my goal. <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> Now I am a single mother of a 21 month old little boy. <em>77</em> He has given me even motivation to keep on going for my goal. I work full time as well. <BR> <BR> I have only been in the Greenville area for a year. I move... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:43:15 EST I'M HERE!!! Hi everyone! I'm not new to Sparks People but I find it hard to find my motivation. It seems like I will start my journey, only to stop a week or 2 weeks later. I know nothing is achieved unless hard work and effort is put behind it. I've tried the buddy system and it seems to fail me everytime. I match up with friends and they soon start dropping one by one. I figured it is totally on me to lose the weight for a healthier me and to prove to myself that it CAN and WILL be DONE!!!! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:36:48 EST Where to meet nice single men? I've done the dating site thing and speed dating (ugh...what a nightmare). I'm a 40 something single mom...where are the best places to meet nice single guys? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:07:21 EST Anyone there? I just found this group and was excited to find that there is so many people in this group. When I joined I saw there wasnt any recent activity. There are endless topics to talk about in this group. Anyone still active in here? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 06:04:28 EST Hello from Miami Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm June, mom to a crazy little almost 4 year old boy and I heard about SparkPeople from a fellow runner. My goal is to lose 20 pounds initially to get back to the weight I was at this time last year. Since April of last year, I have gained 21 pounds, 12 of which were gained since February of this year alone! WOW. I stepped on the scale this morning and I was shocked. Time to pull myself together and get off my butt. Tue, 29 May 2012 15:02:12 EST Canadian Single Parent Hi, I'm a single mom in Canada and have been having trouble being motivated to eat well and exercise. My exercise is chasing after my 2 1/2 year old son. Otherwise I'm at school and not moving much. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be more involved on here so I can benefit from everyone's advice and support. <em>213</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 11:51:25 EST unruly tween I have an 8 year old son who splits his time between me and my ex. Or, the ex and his new girlie. He stresses me out, and when I'm stressed, I eat carbs. I just can't stop. I swear, the only time I eat healthy is when he is with his father. What do I do? Mon, 14 May 2012 19:08:59 EST So excited!!! I'm so excited! I partnered with an All Natural Health and Wellness company and I am improving my health, losing weight and making a little extra money every week! What's better than that? <BR> If you are interested in exploring other avenues to bring in extra money, while improving your health, email me. These are Dr developed products that work---one system resets your metabolism. I am down 35 lbs and it has remained off---no more yo-yo dieting for me! Mon, 7 May 2012 08:53:15 EST Making Time How can I make time to eat when my day is too busy to breath? Also when I'm injured and I have to do a whole bunch of things, I hurt to bad to eat, so I don't. What is something I can do to change that? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 12:28:53 EST How Do I Keep From Getting Discouraged I started trying to lose weight 2 weeks ago, and I haven't lost a pound. That's why I signed up on this site, maybe it'll help. How do I keep myself from just giving up on my goals? <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:46:35 EST Hello Everyone I'm currently overweight, and I'm a single mom. With attending school full-time, and working 2 jobs, i don't have time to fully devote myself to losing weight, but 2 weeks ago I decided that I needed to do something. So, I'm currently in the middle of a massive lifestyle change. I'm finding it hard to stay motivated, and keep it up. Someone told me I should start using SP to help me out. I would like any advice that anyone has to share on how to stay motivated, on different foods that make g... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:46:58 EST No more excuses Hi everybody. I am totally new to this site and excited to join your team. I am ready to make some changes in my life and its nice to have support, as well as give support. Looking forward to getting to know you :) Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:19:38 EST Hi! Hi there! I am new to this group. I have been a member of SP for a while, but just recently started to really get motivated to get healthy and in shape. I am a single mom of a beautiful 5 year old girl and am looking forward to being able to be more active with her! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:45:24 EST Just wanted to say hi I am divorced mom to 2 amazing boys, ages almost 11 and 7 1/2. Between working fulltime and their hectic schedule, they keep me running! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know other team members and hear ideas about how to incorporate exercise back in to my single life. <BR> <BR> Heidi Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:12:37 EST HI Group!!! It appears that our former leader has stepped down and since i volunteered i got the job! I promise to do my best and be a positive role model. I appreciate any and all criticism providing it's constructive. I have struggled off and on with my weight loss journey and even being here on a full time basis, lately however that is changing so I am hoping to improve that while being the best team leader I can. That being said I look forward to hearing from you all and being a positive source o... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:34:48 EST Hi, I'm new Hello everyone, My name is Shay and I have been a member of Spark People since Jan 9th but this is my first time joining and posting in groups. I hope to meet some nice people Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:33:18 EST Wake up call! Wow such a big team with no leader and no one really talking. Lots of blog activity but no ones posting. Anyway just figured I'd get the ball rolling here and try to find anyone on this team who was still with it. There's no sense being on a team if you aren't a part of it right? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 08:18:01 EST Just wanted to say Hi! Hello everyone. I hope your day is going well. <BR> On to me, I am a single mother of 3. Two boys - Joey 13 and Larry 9. And my little girl - Claudette 6. I have always struggled with my weight all of my life. I am so ready to lose the weight and get healthy. Not only for me but for my kids. I am definitely looking for support were ever I can get it. Well thanks for your time and good luck to you and yours. <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:08:43 EST Tonight, I teach my toddler to sleep.. Hey! I could really use some encouragement. I'm sure many of you have been where I am... <BR> <BR> Today's featured article about evening eating (and the effects of sleep deprivation on weight gain) along with my 5am wake up call confirms what I've known for a long, long time. I need to help my toddler sleep without me! <BR> <BR> I've got a 4 year old and 17 month old.. I've been single since before my youngest was born, and so have always done what was easiest regarding sleep. This has lea... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:30:56 EST Ashley's starting over... Hey everybody my name is Ashley I've been a member for over a year and finally starting over after being lazy and quitting what I should of kept up with. This time I'm attempting with more attitude towards reaching my goals and coming out on top. I'd like to invite anyone who'd like to befriend me and help with the motivation something I constantly need on a daily basis. Thanks for listening wish everyone with the best of luck with your own personal goals. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:11:48 EST Ashley's starting over... Hey everybody my name is Ashley I've been a member for over a year and finally starting over after being lazy and quitting what I should of kept up with. This time I'm attempting with more attitude towards reaching my goals and coming out on top. I'd like to invite anyone who'd like to befriend me and help with the motivation something I constantly need on a daily basis. Thanks for listening wish everyone with the best of luck with your own personal goals. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:10:56 EST Hello! My name is Donna, I'm 26, and I am a single parent to my 4 year old son, Thomas. I've struggled with my weight all my life, but it got worse after I had my son, then my marriage got very stressful and ended in divorce. I hit rock bottom, and was extremely depressed. That was last August, and I've had enough of moping around hoping for a miracle. I put my body in this mess and it's up to me to put it right. Now is the time to do it! <BR> <BR> I am seeking some encouragement from my fello... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:29:41 EST Hi Hi Everyone, My name is Robert. I'm a programmer and a single father of two, their mother isn't around at all, no help from that area. We stay pretty busy, my daughter is 16 and in dance, my son is 13 and into football and basketball so it's really easy to fall into bad eating habits. my weight has been a bit up and down but now that my kids live with me I REALLY need to be able to keep up with them and all their activities. plus, i haven't dated much over the last few years, self-confid... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:23:12 EST Where to fit in time to workout? I work during the day and it is not feasible to workout in the morning. I have a 4yr old so when she was young it was easier and less guilt because i can put her in the stroller and go for a run/walk. Now she requires more "one on one" so i feel guilty if i have been at work all day then go work out. any tips Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:43:55 EST Hi & Happy New Year from New Member Hi everyone! I'm Monica, I'm a 33 y.o. single mom to a 5 yr old boy. My son is my world and I'm doing this as much for him as for myself. I have 83 pounds to lose to reach my goal (which is my high school weight) but I'm anxious to lose the first 40 to get back to a healthier weight and BMI. <BR> I'm excited about starting 2012 with a new attitude, goals, and motivation... <BR> I was on SP before but I wanted a fresh start since I never followed through before so here I am!! <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:18:10 EST Time to get serious! Been dealing with weight issues my whole life! There is always some excuse to not eat properly & not exercise. BUT.. after seeing Christmas pictures of myself, something has got to change! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:56:39 EST I'm back! Hello all! It's been awhile since I was here and after yo-yo'ing all year, I'm back. Time to set a great example for my kids, hit a healthy weight range, and stick to it!!! Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:12:22 EST Hi Sparkpeople! I'm a mommy on a mission.. So my name is Samantha and I am 22 years old. My son just turned two. I am still carrying around about 20lbs from him. I am so in love with this website so far! I love all of the fun tools and the community aspect of it. Hopefully i will get some good spark friends from this :) Send me a message if you are interested! Good luck to everyone on your goals! Fri, 9 Dec 2011 04:50:02 EST Anyone here? Hi Everyone I am a single parent of 3 kids, I am 31 years old and I am looking to make work out challenge buddies so that we can succeed together today and in the future... please spark mail me if you are interested. <BR> Thanks <BR> Amber Wed, 7 Dec 2011 08:39:11 EST Introducing the kid(s) to the one you are dating I have always wondered when a good time to introduce my child to the person I am dating is. I do not want to do it too soon but I also don't want to wait to long just in case it does not work with them and my child. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 09:15:11 EST Hello! Hi, new here! I am single mom of a special 12 yr old boy. I have been a member of spark for a few years now. I am currently enjoying life and working with my dearest friend to obtain our best weight loss goals yet!! Looking forward to this group! Sun, 4 Dec 2011 18:38:31 EST Hello All Howdy Spark World, <BR> <BR> I'm here to explore and share ideas on this Healthy Living Journey. I have been in the process of losing weight since my last child 5/11. I am only 7lbs away from my goal of 145. I am now wanting to track my foods and exercising so that I can see what has made me successful. The hard part is losing the weight but I also believe that it is just as hard to maintain the weight lost. So I am here looking to learn from everyone so that I can continue to be successful ... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 08:53:35 EST 60% of the time it works EVERY time... Hello. My name is Amy. I am 35, a full time retail manager, full time mom to 3 great kids, 2, 12 & 14. I am kinda sarcastic and am a glass half full kinda chick. Hope to get to know some of you! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:22:47 EST Need advice about my ex driving drunk My kids dad has been in and out of their lives since they were little, but for the past few years he has mostly been around.... he's been seeing them regularly (once or twice a month) and pays his child support more or less on time. <BR> We have no court ordered child support or valid custody papers, we just have hand shake aggreements. <BR> The past few weeks or so, it seems like my kids dad is on a downward spiral. His fiance broke up with him and his hours got cut at work. Anyway, my kids ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:25:21 EST Hello I haven't been on here in YEARS....seems crazy because back then I would log in everyday, make sure I had entered in all my foods, water, ect. But then I guess life happened. I am a single mom of two boys, Adrian who is almost 6 and David who is almost 3 and 1/2. They are the most amazingly difficult :P children that I have ever met. They make my days full of life, love, storms, and everything in between. I couldn't imagine what it would be like without them. They are definitely making m... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:14:40 EST What's Up Everyone! Hello everyone. I'm Cruz. I'm a 30yr old single dad. I have a 7 yr old daughter named Harmony. I recently became her only parent. My goal is to get healthy and build energy and stamina so that I can be there for her and so we can go hiking and backpacking. Hell just so that I can play tag with her without getting out of breath after 2 minutes! <BR> <BR> I've been a single dad her whole life but since she lost her mom I'm now her only parent and I have to be there for her. I'm all she's got. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:24:17 EST I can't say anything without making him cry Good Morning Everyone! I have an 8 year old son who has the best personality but whenever it comes to talking to him about notes from school or correcting his homework he gets upset and crys. He also throws in that he's stupid and doesn't have a brain. Is this normal? Is this an act? I can not figure it out, I'm not yelling or standing over him or being scary in anyway. <BR> Example: He was removed from his lunch table for being silly. I asked him how that made him feel to have to sit at the... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:41:38 EST Good Evening Hello everyone my name is Alex. I am new to the site and trying to learn about the different groups and opportunities that SparkPeople offers. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:46:10 EST HELP HELP, I am sick and tired but now I see that I cannot do this alone I need Help is there anyone out there who can understand what I am going thru and possibly help a sista out. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:20:07 EST Good morning Good morning team! I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Drea. I am new to this team, however, not new to SP. I am the mother of a dear 10 year old boy who is my heart. I must admit though, we are both overweight. I want to make a change for the both of us that I know starts with me. I am looking for online support and encouragement, also some advice along the way as well. <BR> <BR> Also, if I can help encourage someone along their journey, please let me know. T... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:44:07 EST New Around Here Hello all! <BR> My name is Amanda. I am a 26yr old single mama to 3 young boys. On top of being a full-time mommy I am a full-time student. As you all know, there is a lot going on at my house!! But it is time for me to find time to take care of me as well. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 22:27:46 EST BACK in ACTION I'm going to work with Sparkpeople again. Let's see how great I can do. Hi, my name is Jenn. I found Sparkpeople years ago, but have drifted in and out of use over time. I'm ready for a new success goal... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 01:03:07 EST New to Sparkpeople I'm new to Sparkpeople....37 years old with 50 lbs to lose. I'm a single mom, of son 8 and daughter 7 and I've never taken the time for myself. I need to do this for myself (and of course for them). Just started with Qivana's Metaboliq to reset my metabolism. Just looking for some single parents who understand how busy life can be. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:38:20 EST Any single Parents in South Florida? I was wondering if there are any single parents in South Florida (broward county area). I'm looking for possibly a gym buddy or someone to chat with in my area. <em>220</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:19:06 EST Hello! New here Hi, today is my 2nd day with SP and all is going well. I am a single mother of a 3 year old girl and 1 year old boy. They keep me very busy (on top of working 40+ hours). Hoping for support from people that truely understand. So many people say "I know exactly how u feel" and they have no clue. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:05:19 EST Hey Ya'll Hey Yall, Im Heather! Im a 34 yr old single mom of 4 amazing kids! Yes, I am biased! They are amazing! FIrst and foremost though, I am a Christian. I am trying to lose 123.5 pounds so that I can be half my size! Wouldnt it be cool to be on the cover of a magazine saying Half Their Size! Anyways, daydreaming. Would love to have sparkbuddies to roll with me on this adventure! I am doing 1500 cal a day in 5 300 cal meals a day and walking 10 min a day to start! I still have to figure out all the... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:31:12 EST Hi Everybody My name is Megan. I am twenty years old and a young mom. I've never had problems with my weight until after I had my daughter. I packed on about fourty extra pounds from my pre-baby weight. It wasen't until a month ago that I decided I was tired of looking the way I looked and that I needed to make a change. I have been on SP for a month now and so far have lost 8.5ibs. I still have a ways to get down to my goal weight, but I'm staying optimistic. I'm hoping to make some new friends =) Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:07:46 EST new here Hey there! I've been on sparkpeople for a while, but I've only recently become a single mom. It's not easy, but I'm making myself make time for me and over the last 9 months I've been able to get in the best shape I've ever been in. But I am still working towards my goal and I'm excited to meet other single parents! <BR> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 10:37:06 EST Do you work? Oh you ask... Do I work? Uh yes, I am a Mom! That makes me an alarm clock, a cook, a maid, a waitress, a teacher, a nurse, a handyman, a security officer, a photographer, a counselor, a chauffeur, an event planner, a personal assistant, an ATM, & a comforter. I don't get holidays, sick pay or days off. I work through the DAY & NIGHT. I am on call at ALL hours the rest of my life. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:57:48 EST Hola!!!! Hello to all!!! I am a single mom of 2 from the Chicago land area. August 1st marked one year of a new life for not only myself but for my children as well. Total lost.... 105 pounds, yay!!! I joined to help be stay focused on the 20 or so pounds I have yet to lose. I look forward to hearing from everyone to inspire each other the determination and motivation to reach our goals!!! :) Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:52:16 EST Hello There :) My name is Chantal - My goal is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I want to be regularly involved with outdoor activities and with the gym, I want to model active and healthy habits for my son. My plan for getting in shape includes not only hitting the gym and eating healthy, but participating in activities I enjoy alone and with my family. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:06:57 EST Relocation Hey everyone! I'm Carla and I'm new to this team but not the situation considering I've been a single mom since day one. I'm wondering if any of you have had to do a relocation all by yourself. I'm facing that now. I'm excited, nervous, scared, and anxious all at the same time. I was never one to think that you should be born, raised, and die all in the same city but now that it is finally here for me, it's like put up or shut up. Did I mention I'm in my mid 30's acting like this? Thanks for ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:54:36 EST Single Momma Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined this group and thought I would introduce myself. I was a part of the Single Mom's group on SP, but it has been inactive for quite sometime, and I would love to meet (talk) to people who are in the same situation as myself. <BR> <BR> My situation is a little different. I found out I was pregnant about 2 weeks after my boyfriend and I split nearly 12 years ago. I went through my pregnancy single, and when my daughter was 6 months old, I met a man. W... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:43:44 EST new to the group Hi I am new and from Canada. After being told we could not have kids, I had our miracle child at age 42. I have sinced divorced -her father lives in another country. I work full time to support my 10 yr old daughter and i. I look forward to reading and seeing my own and our team's progress. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:53:49 EST Hey Im New Hey everybody Im Reena and Im New =). Ive been a single parent for a while now, 3 yrs in November. I have 2 small boys 11 months apart in age and Ive been going through the single parent blues lately. It comes and it goes and most of the time its managable, but I have found a way to take my mind off it for a while, SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Before having my boys I was a beautiful slim 154lbs and now Im 201 and pushing LOL! When coming across this website it gave me the opportunity to put my li... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:48:37 EST Single mom for almost 9 years Hello <BR> <BR> I am a single mom to an almost 12-year-old boy named Dylan. I also work at home. I am trying to lose weight to be healthier. I am struggling with a lot right now. We buried my dad yesterday. He battled cancer for 9 years and finally lost his battle last Wednesday night. I am hoping to pick up my Zumba classes again starting tomorrow but my depression has me feeling drained. I have tried dating for all these years and all I seem to find are liars, emotional abusers, and... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 02:16:19 EST New to the group Hello, I'm new to the group and want to succeed with this life style change therefore, you're support would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:21:29 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team and really new to Sparkpeople. I have one child, a son (age 6), who keeps me very busy. I also work full-time and have a house, a dog and a cat. I turn 50 in October. To say that I'm perpetually tired is an understatement! <BR> <BR> I decided to join Sparkpeople because I've been feeling so badly about myself after having gained 20 pounds and 2 dress sizes in 2 years! I've been on and off weight watchers for the last 8 years -- gaining and losing the ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:02:54 EST Single mom recently divorced Wanted to say hello and that I had been struggling with my weight all my life. I was the biggest when I was married..depression and loneliness does that especially when food is involved. I found a great diet(HGC) lost 60 lbs and still have some more to lose. Just looking for friends and people going through the same things. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:46:04 EST Single Mom Back To Work Tomorrow! Hey everyone! I'm a newbie to the group and a single mom of a 13 month old little girl. My maternity leave is up and I have to go back to work tomorrow :( How do all you single parents find time for exercise??? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:48:07 EST Hi! I'm Christina ~ a 39 yr. old single mom of the most adorable little boy ever. He's 2 1/2 and exhausting. I was so HAPPY to read all of these posts from single parents, as I feel like a pariah in my area and circle of friends. All are wonderful and supportive, but unless you dont have an extra pair of hands around, you don't really know what it's like. I've basically been a single parent since he was born with very little help from his father, although he'd probably argue that point. I've... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:05:19 EST Getting fit and hope not to quit!! Hi!! I got 30-40 pounds I want to shed!! Wish me luck!! Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:39:42 EST :-D Hi, I'm Neetha Hello all, <BR> My name is Wuneetha and I am a single mom of two from Southeast Michigan. Looking to get in shape and get healthy for my children. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:35:12 EST new to group Hello I'm a single mom of a 14 year old son. I have alot of weight to lose about 90lbs. I just started a new get healthy program for myself today. I am very excited but I know that i will need alot of help along the way. I found my way to this site so I'm hoping to maybe connect with some other single moms that could use a sparkbuddy! I would really like that because honestly it"s pretty much just me and my son and well it gets pretty lonley not having anyone to talk to. okay well looking for... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:13:26 EST New Girl to the block! Hi everyone, I am new here to this site. I am really really going to try hard and lose the weight this time. I have been saying this for years now, usually around January for New years and June which is 6 months before my's a horrible cycle. I just got out of a 11 year toxic relationship, so I figure if I can get rid of him, I can get rid of this weight! I have 6 wonderful boys! They are 18,17,15,14,11 and 6! <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all~ <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 02:50:33 EST Jumpin the Gun :) Ok, I will try to keep this short because I have been criticized for writing what could be considered a blog. Then again I am feeling ornery today sooooo here goes. My alarm went off at 5am and out of bed I jumped. Gulped down my "healthy" breakfast while Sparking, shaved, brushed my teeth, threw on my workout clothes that I had laid out the night before and headed for the gym. Trouble is I cleaned my clock the night before and accidentally changed the settings. It was actually 4am that... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 12:07:38 EST New to the group Hi. My name is Shelby. I am a single mother of a 7 year old boy. I live in Georgia. I am trying to reach out more on SP and meet friends. As a single parent I thought this would be a great team for me to join. Looking forward to getting to know you guys better. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:23:53 EST How???? Hey everyone! I need help. I am 30, single mother of a 2 year old, work full-time, and am emotionally and physically exhausted at the end of the day. How do I find the motivation and energy to work out? I would love to do it in the morning before my son wakes up but I have the hardest time getting out of bed early enough. Do ya'll have any tips for a struggling mother? Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:29:35 EST Hi!!!! Hi,I am a single widowed mother of a 12 year old girl.I have been on Sparkpeople for awhile but haven't really used any of the tools.I want to make a fresh start today and lose 40 pounds. Sat, 18 Jun 2011 17:58:08 EST Hi, new to the forum :) Hi! I am a single mom of three kids. They are 14, 13, and 9. My divorce was final a year ago and I am finding that I am feeling frustrated with my weight and learning how to be single. That of corse is wearing thin on my self esteem. I have about 60 pounds to lose which isnt really coming off very easily. I have hashimotos disease which makes my metabolism work very slow. I am looking forward to making friends and finding people that can be a part of my weight loss support system!!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:29:18 EST Why do I even try? So, I get back home today and I'm having a fairly productive day, and Colby, my 18yr old is home... So, we're talking in the kitchen about a dream he just had... He had gotten in from work an hour earlier.. 6am-11am so he had taken a little nap... So, everything's going well... I'm making myself mini chicken caesar wraps and everything's fine... Then he says, wow, those look great... I'm gonna make myself some... So he opens the refrigerator and starts taking things out... The only thing I sa... Mon, 23 May 2011 15:06:58 EST Hi! Hey! Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Punky and I'm a single mother to a 1yr old lil girl. Like most, I'm trying to lose pre and post baby weight. I guess that's it...GoodLuck Guys! Sun, 22 May 2011 16:09:13 EST Trying too >.< Danielle, divorced, 37 years old, 4 boys(18, 17, 14, and 11), 319lbs... helpppppppp! Ok, that's all I have time for right now :D So happy to have found this place... a new start, maybe??? <BR> Have a great day, guys :D Mon, 16 May 2011 11:49:30 EST Zumba Exhilarate™ DVD Experience Hello Sparkbuddies <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has tried the Zumba Dvds at home. There is a class at my gym and I use to go when I was alot smaller but I gained my weight back and I dont want to go. I was thinking of getting the DVDs but I'm not sure. I love to dance and when I go to the site, it look fun. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 10:24:22 EST Hello Everyone Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I am a 31-year old mother of a beautiful almost 13-year old little girl. I decided to joing SparkPeople to learn how to create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my daughter. I have changed the way we eat and my exercise routine and have lost 19 pounds in the last four weeks. I could really use some Spark Friends and some encouragement sometimes. Thanks and look forward to talking with you. Sat, 14 May 2011 02:14:18 EST I finally started!!! I was just stupid! All my life I was leaning towards fat but never was really FAT! Always on the edge... 6 years ago I gave birth to my son and during the pregnancy I didn't get much weight: Anyway, I lost even more after the birth. Blah, blah, blah...not to get into all of the details, I found myself in times when I could and almost had to walk for two hours a day, every day, without wxception! And that was just perfect! I ate more than ever, got hooked on walking... and suddenly I was thin!... Thu, 12 May 2011 13:47:40 EST Hi Everyone Hello, my name is Irene. I have been a member here a while but never really used the tools. I mainly get the motivational stories in my email and makes it easy for me to read while I'm on the treadmill or elliptical. Now I have decided to start a blog about my weight loss journey. I hope this helps me lose the last few pounds I have been trying to lose for the last 4 months Wed, 11 May 2011 01:02:41 EST New Here Hi im not really new as I joined almost a year ago, however, I have not given SP my all and this is my first time posting here. I have chosen to do so though b/c what I am doing or not doing about my weight and health isn't working. So in the spirit of trying to put more effort into this I want to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Sandra and I am a single parent of two teen boys and live in Florida. Sun, 8 May 2011 21:43:52 EST Hey! Just wanted to stop in & say hey. I have been on sparkpeople on several occasions & for some reason I do really well & then something happens & I have a huge back slide. I feel like this time is different. Like I have finally found a little motivation, for me, not for others. <BR> <BR> I have been an actual single mom for almost 2 years now, a "single" mom in the sense that my X didn't seem to care or want to be home with his family for quite a bit longer. No dirty details here, lets j... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:35:48 EST Finally going to try this I don't really know how to do this or where to start. I only know that trying to do this on my own isn't working & I guess I finally need to admit that. I suppose if I am serious & really want to lose the weight I need to make some changes in the way I go about it. Just some background, I am a single mother of 2 kids. My X left when my youngest was only 3 months old. I found out he had been cheating (A LOT) and I had absolutely no clue. He told me that it was because I was fat & it was all... Mon, 2 May 2011 10:21:27 EST I just got weighed in at the doctors office :( Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a returning spark user. I lost all the weight I wanted about a year ago. Then, I got too comfortable with how I looked in the mirror and started eating more of whatever I am not suppose to and I fell out of my exercise routine (but never stopped with regular exercise). <BR> <BR> So, Friday I went to the doctor and they told me I weighed 155 yikes! least I am 5lbs lighter than where I started last year. However I swore a couple weeks ago I was at 145 and trend... Mon, 2 May 2011 09:56:14 EST Hi Hi, I'm new to SP and I'm a 30 year old single mom (with full custody) of a 4 year old girl. I quit my job of 6 years a year ago (yeah, that was scary) and went back to college full-time. Between the stress of school, money stuff, and just being a single mom, I have had a hard time losing the 50 pounds that I gained during pregnancy and my divorce. I'm a stress eater and I'm just not good at consistency. So here I am. I want to follow through this time. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 02:41:38 EST Is a clean house just a dream? Okay.. I am only one person and can't do it all. My girls are 7, 10, and 14 and it is like pulling teeth to get them to pick up. Well I came up with a plan based on something I found on a Spark Message Board Challenge. The challenge was to set a timer and clean as much as you can for 15 minutes. Well I did this for a while but then gave up, even though it worked great. Today I decided I needed to make this a "family" event. We worked on the kitchen, playroom, and living room for 10 minu... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:18:20 EST Being a single mom is hard when u have no support I have no support here in this town, and I am going nuts b/c I have no child support and the father just doesn;t care neither do his parents. I should be fine with it, and at times I am, but the most difficult times I have is when I have to pay money for a babysitter just to earn a couple of dollars for gas and such. I am trying to forget the whole thing about child support but it always comes up when I have to find someone to watch my child. That is all I have to say today! Just had to g... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:45:31 EST Trying this again!! Hi, I'm Paula and back at this for the second time. I am in desparate need to lose weight. I don't sleep well, my eating habits could be better (I have a sugar addiction), and I really need to find motivation to exercise. I don't know where to begin! Im hoping that joining SP will help me find people just like me and get help in the process. If you can HEEEEELLLLLLPP!!! IN DESPARATE NEED!!! Thx......Paula Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:40:02 EST Howdy I have a 7 month old son. The father currently still resides with me, but is rarely ever around and solicits no help (since day 1) which stresses me out 100% more than if he were to just leave. I won't go into details as this is just a "hello, hey, I'm here!" post. But it already feels good to get that off my chest. I'm glad I found this site. I haven't had a good year and my body shows that. I'm trying to stick with this and get back into shape....but sometimes the lack of time and drama mak... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 20:40:19 EST im new here hello group, <BR> My name is Tammy. I live n Easley Sc. Im am going through a Div now but have been seperated for almost 2 yrs. I work 45hrs a week and i have a 4yr old son, My daughter is almos 19 and moved out on her own. I am looking for people to get together with that can keep me out moving..:) Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:44:42 EST Hello! : ) My name is Heather. I've been a member of sparkpeople for about 2 months. I must say that this is a wonderful site and I invite many of my coworkers and friends to check this out! I don't use this site to it's fullest potential but one of the smartest things I could have done is signed up for the articles. The articles alone have inspired me sooo much! I recommend them to others as well and I also encourage others to find a motivational website that provides tools to help jump start you! I do... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:31:14 EST Busy single 26 year old mom on a mission!! Hello everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and decided to join after a co-worker heard me turn down a peice of cake during a retirement party. We got to talking and she said this was a great place to track your here I am! I'm 26 years old and have two children 6 and 18 months. After my 6 year old, my weight came right off within the first year after having her. The same has not been true with my 18 month old. I don't HATE my body as it is, I just want to tone up and lose these... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:38:22 EST Hello from Texas I am a single mother of two children a 4 year old and a soon to be 3 year old. I'm trying to lose weight for them and myself. It is so hard to keep up with them with the amount of energy that I have. I hope to get the support that I need from this sparkteam. Thanks. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:01:58 EST Hello!! I am a single mom of one child, one cat, and soon to be one boxer!! <em>213</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:56:42 EST HELLO I am coming back to spark. didnt stay long when i first joined but plan on staying this time. I am a single parent of five children between the ages of 16 and 23. Have only been a single parent since 2006. It was the hardest thing I ever went through and my children were all at the difficult age. Its still tough, but easier than it was then. The only problem I have is finding a guy that wants to say a word to me once I say how many children i have. Now that im about to be a grandma, im sure i... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:12:19 EST Just wanted to say hi! I haven't gotten around to introducing myself yet! <BR> <BR> My name is Beth and I am a single parent of a very active 2 year old boy. He is my life! My husband and I separated right before thanksgiving. and its been a hard road, but I'm making it day by day. Just filed for child support, so hopefully that will make things a bit easier. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:41:35 EST introducing myself Hello, <BR> <BR> I picked sweetgirlsmom as my user name because a friend of mine always calls my daughter sweetgirl.:) <BR> <BR> I recently (yesterday) rejoined SparkPeople. I had joined a couple years ago and just sort of drifted away. This time I am determined to stay with it.:) I am a divorced mom of one. My daughter is 10 years old and I want to show her a healthy lifestyle. I'm not going to lie though, she's not my only reason for losing the weight and getting healthy. Frankly, ... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:06:50 EST New to the team...hello! Just thought I'd hop in and say hi. I'm a widowed mom of 2 kids: 4 and 6. Been on my own with them since they were 7 months old and 2 years old. I've been widowed 3.5 years and have just recently (with the help of incredibly encouraging friends!) decided to make my health and wellness a priority. Can I say how much I LOVE SparkPeople???! <BR> <BR> I'd love buddies, since I pretty much just have my local friends for support--I'm great about my food log and am getting better and better abo... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:55:30 EST Another Canadian Newbie Hi everybody <BR> I too am from a cold place in Canada, looking forward to milder days ahead so I can enjoy walks and bike rides. <BR> I am a single mom - although none of my kids live at home anymore. I have been on my own for about 6 years and am at a pretty good place right now. <BR> 18 months ago I decided to get fit and since then I have lost quite a lot of weight and now regular exercise and eating a healthy diet is more my lifestyle. A year ago I became a vegetarian and this year I wa... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 12:47:27 EST Emergency Custody? My husband and I have separated right before Thanksgiving. He has since been to drug rehab and only got back out this past weekend. I seriously thought everything was going to be fine. But I was wrong. He took my son for two nights this week, and when he brought him home last night he didnt' seem right to me. He fought with me like you wouldn't believe! He ended up taking the tv and stand. I don't know much about drugs, but I did notice his jaw was moving weird and he just didnt' seem ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:01:46 EST Hello My name is Misty, and I am a single mom to 4 awesome kids, ages 10, 8, 4, and 18 months. I am out of shape and overweight. My two oldest daughters are overweight as well. I am so glad I found this program. I am already seeing results, and it encourages me <em>252</em> My kids and I have been active and it feels great! I am also a full time college student, and I've found that the exercising really helps with my stress level. Good luck to everyone! <em>213</em> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:17:04 EST Hi, Fellow Single Parental Units! Hi, everyone! I am a single mother (29) of 2 boys. My oldest Hunter is 9. His brother William follows right behind him at 8......Yep, I had them close together! After my divorce 7 years ago, I went back to school full time for education. I was also working part-time at the local school as a substitute teacher 3 days a week. This led to me grabbing simple but nutritious meals for my boys, and I was eating fatty, salty, quick, comfort foods. The stress of being the main caregiver and pro... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 22:21:17 EST Deployed Mom :) Hi I am a deployed single mom trying to lose weight. I find myself very stressed because I recently went through a divorce last year in september and I worry about my children being taken care of. I am excited to make a new start though and to get healthy and fit. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:14:56 EST Hi! Newbie in Canada Hi There All! <BR> <BR> My name is Stefanie, I am from a VERY cold place in Canada and the PROUD mom of a beautiful 6 year old mini me :) <BR> <BR> It has been the two of us since day one and we are two peas in a pod. We have recently joined the YMCA and are having a good time swimming and enjoying the kids programs she is a part of while mommy works out. <BR> <BR> I am so excited for everything this site has to offer especially the groups and blogs as I enjoy both and it always helps to s... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:30:22 EST INTRODUCTION I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT MY WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY SO IF YOU HAVE ANY POSITIVE ENFORCEMENTS LIKE DIET PLANS OR WAYS TO LOSE MORE WEIGHT AT A TIME OR A BOOK U MAY BE READING THATS VERY HELPFUL LET ME KNOW. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR US DURING THIS CHALLENGE Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:25:59 EST Hello, I am Amanda Hi, I am Amanda. I am a single mom to an (almost) 2-year-old little girl, Lexie, and a 3 1/2-year-old boy named Eli. I work from home and have the kids most of the time and have been having a hard time working in exercise and healthy eating. Looking for some motivation to get myself back on track!! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:41:03 EST Hi there!! Hi all. I am a single mom of 2 kids. My older son just turned 22 on 2/15 and is away in college and my younger son is 10. I have been using SP since Jan 10 and I love it. I have met some great people on here and in person. I thought I would join this group to get some support on the single parent front also. My life pretty much revolves around my son with School, Scouts and Sports. <BR> I am doing well with my exercise and food choices but you can never have too much support. Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:41:12 EST How do you deal with your kids (mom/dads) drama?! im a single mom if twins and my kids father has brought more drama in my life than ever!!! all i want is to simply enjoy my kids and when he comes around i just want it to be all smiles and for him to enjoy the twins and for them to enjoy their dad, but its actually the opposite!!! he calls me at 3am with drama about the nightclubs and stupid things that dont involve me... ive tried putting up a boundry line with him but it feels impossible.... what does everyone else do? any suggestions? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:03:50 EST Just Joining Hello everyone, I just joined and I'm already enjoying this program. I'm so ready to try some of these inticing recipes and I love the grocery list that is already made out for me for a week, how great is that. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:56:06 EST Gene911 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am just starting this program and am going to do my best to keep on track and get closer to my final goal. <BR> <BR> Being a shift worker, I find it so hard to eat when and as often as I'm supposed to as well as the right foods instead of fast food and junk food. <BR> <BR> I am at a point in my life that I do want is to be healthy which will improve my health and make me feel better about my appearance so I can be more happy about myself. <BR> <BR> This is the start for... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:19:24 EST Hello from NC Hi, I'm Evelyn and I'm from the Capitol City of North Carolina. I'm 38 with a 17 year-old daughter who is a senior in high school, and is the love of my life. I have enjoyed single parenthood and am looking forward to being an empty nester. When my daughter turns 18, I will turn 18 again. My goal is to lose 25 pounds by my birthday in June so that I can get out and do some of the things I've loved and been able to do up until the last four years when I gained all this weight, like playing sof... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:28:18 EST momzee1 hello everyone. i am really enjoying sparkpeople & have made a lot of progress so far. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:29:04 EST Hi Everyone! I just found this group and thought it would be a great one to join. I am 28 yrs old and a single mom to 3 AWESOME kids... a 9 yr old son, and twin 7 yr old daughters. After being in a relationship with their dad for 12 years, I finally called it quits since the last 2 yrs of that relationship felt like we were more roommates than in a relationship. We have been separated since last August and the kids are still adjusting. <BR> <BR> As much fun as I think it would be to date, considering... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:38:22 EST Hi everyone Just found out about spark people! What a great way to find support. I am very excited on this journey . Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:23:05 EST beaten but not down Hi there, this is my first day,not sure on how to get around the site ,lots to read and do.I am a single mum who escape 30 years of abuse and beatings six months ago and am starting to enjoy my children and our lives alot better now.I love being on my own,i know i have along ways to go yet ,but can see light at the end of the tunnel. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 05:10:34 EST Hi guys, I am new - to this team! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I was a member of spark people while I was married and before I got pregnant last year. My ex n I got separated when I was 8 weeks into my pregnancy. Right now I av the most lovely daughter. I need all the support I can get as a first time (single) parent. <BR> <BR> I am glad to be here! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 00:54:39 EST Good Afternoon to One & All! Figured I would introduce myself, my name is Nicole or Mummy Nikki. I am a 27 y/o single Mummy to my little 3 y/o Creeper, Carmine. <BR> <BR> Anything you'd really wanna ask, I'll answer or you can glance through my page to find out more about me. <BR> <BR> Definitely looking to make some new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> ^_^ Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:40:46 EST LOOKING FOR A SPARK BUDDY I am looking for a Spark Buddy to keep me on track. I am a 40 year old single mom of 1 daughter age 6. I like to go for walks when it is not icy or snowy out. This wintet has been hard on me with all the storms we have had here in NY City. I have about 100 pounds to lose to get to a healthy BMI. If you would like to be a Spark Buddy add me. Thanks. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:00:50 EST Hi there!! I am new to this site and I was wondering if anyone could show me the ropes. I am open to any suggestions you all might have regarding weight loss and finding time to myself to actually reach my goals of attaining and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Thanks!! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:41:54 EST Hi everyone! I'm new here... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:24:23 EST Hello Hello all I'm new to the group. I have three children (two teens and a three year old) and have been single for the better part of the last 9 years. Unfortunately I'm still married although I haven't seen him for years as he lives in another state. I do not get child support or anything so I had to move in with my parents. Anyway I just found this group and thought it would be nice to have others like me. Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:29:43 EST Hi I'm new to this. I found SP by accident...and so glad I did! I'm 47 with one boy 17 and another boy 13. Busy busy I've fluctuated with weight ever since I had my first baby. I can't seem to find a stable place. Five years ago I finally got somewhat stable. In October I gained 30 lbs in 40 days. I kept thinking since it came on so quick, it would go away just as quick if I was careful. It didnt so I'm anxious to work with the food tracker to see what I'm doing to cause these fluctuations. So ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:29:43 EST Bender Ball or P90X Has anybody ever tried the Bender Ball Exercises or P90X? and if so what kind of results did you get? Just curious I got both programs.... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:09:06 EST Hello everyone! My name is Christina and I am 32 years old. I have a 5 month old son Austin who I love dearly. I want to be able to do things with my son like hiking, camping, running outside and be a good role model for him so my journey starts here. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:50:10 EST HELLO MY NAME IS JOVETTE I am here because i am ready to stop all this insanity! I am a travel nurse in Durango Colorado right now but headed back to Oklahoma in March 2nd week actually. I am hoping this site will allow me to make friends with the same things or similar in their leves and would want to make a new friend....Im afraid this site wont produce what it claims......but in the back of my mind I'm hoping there is all the support it claims... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:03:21 EST Hi Guys Just joined the group. I'm a single mom of a 12 yr old whose dad has never been in the picture for her. I've been single for 12.5 yrs and for the most part I like being single. Been overweight most of my adult life. I'm having a hard time staying motivated and an even harder time making myself exercise. But I'm not going to give up. Have a great day everyone:) Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:19:02 EST Having a hard time finding time to workout.... I am having some SERIOUS motivation issues! I have felt beyond lazy, lately. I haven't gained any weight because of it....yet....but I am afraid I will. I know I'm making excuses, but I honestly feel like I do not have time, at all, to work out! There is no excuse at all for me not eating healthy, except that I am just not doing it like I should. But the working out thing is really bugging me. I literally don't have time. I already get up at 4:30 a.m. to shower, get myself ready for work, wak... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:01:47 EST New to the group.... Although, I am new to the group, I am certainly not new to the single parent thing or to losing weight. I have been a single parent for almost 9 years (ever since my husband passed away). I have one child with special needs and very little support when it comes to childcare. Lately, may DD has been more at home than at school due to the terrible winter weather we are having. New England winters are getting to me..... Honestly, it's so bad I am thinking of moving down south. <BR> Anyway... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:07:48 EST in need of help I'm so not motivated discused by how I look and totaly depressed and my unhealth life style has rubbed off on my son so I really need a life coach to help me. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 04:10:55 EST Hello... Hi All!!! I am very EXCITED to be getting on this journey to get me and my family healthy in 2011... Good Luck to all!!! :) Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:45:59 EST howdy yall My name is Lacey. I am a mother of three, two girls ages 8 and 7 and a little boy who is 5. I moved back home to IN in July and have been making some major changes in my life. I have already lost 50lbs and still have about 100 more to go. I decided to work on myself and make sure I am happy and healthy and can keep up and take care of my kids! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:36:16 EST MOM SEEKING WORKOUT PARTNER Looking for a workout partner in Colorado Springs. Mom of 4. Membership at 24HR Fitness Sport. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:32:50 EST Hello I'm usually the last person to post in stuff, mainly because of my self esteem and how shy I am. But Im trying to be a new me so Im doing something different. This is not my first time trying to diet and I used to be more active but between family stuff, having a baby, and not taking care of myself I lost my way. So now Im 240 lbs....I hate it but Im trying to get better for myself and for my daughter. Its nice to meet you all and hopefully I'll be posting more! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:46:16 EST Getting started Hi I'm Tamara single mommy to a 2 year old and one month old (both boys). I was using Babyfit since I'm breastfeeding, but they don't have a mobile option and its easier for me to use my phone in addition to the computer. I am gradually starting out but I have been trying to lose weight for years. I haven't been happy with my size since I was in grade school. I am hoping to find the resources, support, and tools here to finally help me achieve my weight loss goals and live a happy healthy lif... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:48:52 EST I am going to need a buddy Over two months ago, I took my then almost 4 month old daughter and walked out on my husband after discovering he was using drugs yet again and lying to me about it. <BR> <BR> He's been packing up the house because he's about to be stationed in Germany and still has my car. He's suppose to drive out at the end of this month with the rest of our things and give me my car. <BR> <BR> My big problem is that talking him always seems to make me eat because even when things go right, I feel I need... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:18:02 EST hi Hi I am new to spark I am looking to complete my weight loss and it nice to have support while your trying to change old way I am looking forward to being apart of this I am 28 single parent and I been overwieght most oF my life and I am serious about my self care now and I ready to start dropping these mama pounds Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:44:20 EST hi Hi I am new to spark I am looking to complete my weight loss and it nice to have support while your trying to change old way I am looking forward to being apart of this I am 28 single parent and I been overwieght most oF my life and I am serious about my self care now and I ready to start dropping these mama pounds Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:42:01 EST Overwhelmed! Hi and thanks for taking a moment to read about me. I'm Laura and I'm a single mom of 4 (2 still at home) and apparently gaining weight daily! I have struggled somewhat with my weight since my youngest was born 17 years ago (my other youngest is 2 years old and adopted). I quit smoking also over 2 years ago and then the weight really stayed on. I suffer with panic disorder and agoraphobia and some depression, so emotional eating is a biggie for me. Food is my best friend. I love to cook... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:24:48 EST Sarah from FL Hey all! I am a 24 (almost 25) year old single mother! I used to be sooooo fit before I had my little girl, but I kind of lost track of myself! She is three now, and I noticed when I take her to the park or something... I can't even keep up!!! So I have 80 lbs to lose... and I am well on my way! I am doing the low-carb, Atkins style diet and exercising! I can't wait to make friends in the same situation as me! Good Luck! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:58:01 EST Happy Weekend everyone! How is everyone doing? Any success stories/challenges to share? <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Kristianne Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:08:50 EST Hi Hello my name is Jen and I am new to this site. I am a single mom of a 9 yr. old son. I have been heavy most of my life and I have a lot of things to work on. Right now I am just trying to work on one thing at a time. I am hoping to be able to lose some weight and be able to keep it off. Well good luck to you all. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:58:37 EST hi :) Hi, my name is Heather. I am 25 years old. I have about 56 pounds I'd like to lose. It'd be great to lose it before August, as I'd like to go back to school, but I know that may not be possible. I'll try my best though! :) I have gotten within 15 pounds of my goal weight before, hit about a 4 month plateau and got so discouraged I quit. Of course I gained most of the weight back. I've lost 50 pounds before, so I know I can do it again! I also have a 4 year old daughter (will be 5 in April) so... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:45:26 EST Hello!! Hello all!! My name is Kateri. I'm a single mother of an extremely active 5 year old son! I'm excited to join and find support with other single parents and see how everyone overcomes the challenges. I know being a single parent its difficult to find the time to excercise. I'm also a student and I work full time and I tend to work out (when I can) late at night. I want to be able to spend time with my son, do homework, clean house, and exercise! I can't wait to get to know some awesome pe... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:58:39 EST Hidey Ho! Hello to all! My name is Jessica and I am a single mother of two little girls. My oldest daughter from a previous relationship is 4 years old and my youngest daughter is 1. I am currently married but separated from my youngest daughter's father. We will be getting divorced very soon. I've always been a "plus size" girl but with after both of my pregnancies and subsequent death of my relationships I gained at least 50 pounds. I gained the most during my marriage and now I am teetering dangerou... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:48:20 EST Here to introduce myself! Hi!! My name is Anna, and I'm a single mother to one daughter. Her father is deceased, so I am her sole parent. I'm working to conquer this weight once and for all, and I need some support! I'm new to the site, and I'm hoping to find some support and encouragement here! <BR> <BR> Please feel free to check out my sparkpage or blog! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:09:09 EST Need support Hi, I'm on a rollercoaster and need to get off. I've lost and gained weight for so long and would really like to be done with this. I can't do it alone. I'm looking for people who can relate and not judge me. I'm hoping there are others who understand this. Thanks Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:36:13 EST New Year, New Me! Hi, I am Paula, 33 yr old single mom to 2 wonderful boys - Izaak (7) and Lane (2). I work at the local hospital as a unit clerk and am going to school to work on a degree in nursing. Busy life, but it is time to quit making excuses and starting getting healthy, too! I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota and my oldest son would love to go for a hike or walk the trails, but in my current shape that is just not possible. I am tired of being tired, being fat, being lifeless... It's time to st... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:12:36 EST Wendy Hello my name is Wendy im from Colton CA Im 31 years old and have 2 kids.. Im new to using this website and never have tried to use a site like this before.. This is all new.. But it seems to be a good place to talk to people and keep motivated. And get on the right track of foods to eat.. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:19:05 EST New Year, new life, new me Recently divorced, new career, new man in my life, time to get my weight and self image back on track Scared but also excited. I now realize I am so much stronger than I ever thought and I am ready to begin this phase of my new life. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:16:49 EST Hello! Hello! I am so excited to have found this site!!!!!! Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:02:43 EST Hi everyone! Hello everyone, how are you? Well this is my first day to a wonderful and healthy lifestyle. I want to be healthy and be a good example for my son. Teach him how to enjoy food and be healthy too. I need motivation and encouragement. I want to get to a point where being healthy and enjoy IT and enjoying life comes natural to me. I don't want it to feel forced. I guess I want to change the way I think about food and why I eat it. I think because of my struggles with food and not being happy wit... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:48:34 EST Hello everyone! Just thought I'd take a minute to stop by & introduce myself. I'm June, a 26-year-old single mom of 4-year-old twins living just north of Seattle. I'm trying to get in better shape so I can play with my children more. And I want to look better so I can not only be confident about myself but also because I want my children to be proud of me. I've been overweight for a long time now & it seems like the past couple years, it's been adding up more quickly & I end up becoming less active. Anyway..... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:56:11 EST Emotional tonight.. Ok, it's been the past few weeks really. Let me start from the beginning. My name is Megan, and I'm new here to start a fitness journey! I'm 27, Air Force. It feels like I've been away from my son for most of his life thus far. I had him at the end of 2008.. deployed for 8 months in 2009 (the day he turned 6 months old), and returned home to a nasty divorce.. my ex husband left me for a younger, skinnier gal. The terms of the divorce was 4 months joint custody. I moved to California fo... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 03:24:00 EST Overwhelmed and just don't know where to start. Hello I have not posted much in this site. I have an 8 month old so he keeps me very busy. I am a single mom in the military that is getting out within the next few months and I am so overwhelmed I just don't know where to start. I currently live in an apartment complex. My son used to sleep in his crib everynight. Now he won't sleep in his crib he sleeps with me because everytime I put him in the crib he cries. I am going insane over this. When do you give tough love and say your going to ha... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:57:21 EST Were to start My name is melissa and I have two beautiful boys aged 5 and 7. The oldest ones father passed away when my child was 6 months old and the youngest ones father is in jail. way to much info im sorry but ive never been on one of these before so anyways other then having bad taste in men i have gained over 100 pounds since having my children. I never thought it would come off but I started using this site and so far ive lost 6 pounds in the last three weeks. I am so excited that I decided to fully... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:34:17 EST How is everyone doing? I hope everyone is feeling great, and fired up to make this year awesome!!! How are you doing, now that we're a few days in? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:49:09 EST Hey Everyone!! My name is Misty and I am 24 year old single mom. I have a 5 year old daughter (July 2, 2005) and a son who will be 1 January 19. Before I got pregnant with my son in April 2009, I weighed 175lbs & when I delivered him I was 254lbs. I had to have a c-section with him & it seems like the weight has been really hard to take off. I also have an underactive thyroid problem which doesn't help. I am currently about 210lbs and would like to be 150lbs by October 21, which is my 25th birthday. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:35:24 EST Hi hello, from Phoenix, AZ ready to get back on track with my weight loss. <em>224</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 00:14:20 EST ellen. im new to all this, someone help? :) Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:59:08 EST Hey Everyone!! Hey Everyone- <BR> I'm 26 and I'm trying to get back in shape. I was bulimic for quit sometime. Once I have conquered that I gained weight and quickly. I'm now in the process of trying to lose the weight healthy. I've seem to have hit a plateau and I'm trying very hard to stay motivated! <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:24:52 EST Hello all :) I'm Nicole, 22 years old from good ol' Michigan. I have a 2 month old son named Carson and he is greatest thing to happen to me. I decided to join this website to help me stick with a diet plan and actually try and lose weight. I have always been "starting a diet" every week and i fail miserably. This time I will stick with my plan and stay active!!! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:33:38 EST Newbie here Hi...I am almost 49 and need to lose about 50 lbs. I must admit I am a little overwhelmed by the site and hope someone can give me some input on where everything is on here. I really want this to work for me. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:26:26 EST Hi from PA I joined Spark People before but was completely overwhelmed by the layout. Here I am again giving it another shot. <BR> <BR> I'm a single, working mom to a 2 year old boy. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I am currently stuck in a 'whatever' rut where there isn't much concern about my health. I have felt myself slack in my meal preparation for my son due to my lack of concern for myself and feel like I need to make some healthy changes. I honestly think that I need someone to badger me constant... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:25:17 EST Hello from Farmington, Missouri Hello everyone! My name is Meagan, I am a 25 year old mother of 2 wonderful children. I have decided that this is the year for a change. I have been living my life in a rut for a few years now. I have always just settled for what I got and was not worried about changing. NO MORE!!!! I started going back to college in October 2010 to obtain my Associates in Paralegal and look forward to the challenge. I am doing this online so I am going to need to have the motivation to be able to get ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:21:19 EST New Years Plans? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> What are your plans for new years? Are you going out, staying home with the kids, having people over, hitting the sack early??? :) <BR> <BR> I'm going over to a friends for a small get together. This will be the first time I'm going out for new years on my own, so even though it's just going to be a small group of people, I'm super excited. My sister is going to be spending the night with my kids, so I don't even have a curfew- I feel so young!! LOL (I've just turne... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:15:21 EST Hello Hi my name is Danielle and I am new to the community and would love some support! :) I am very excited to start this program! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:16:39 EST I am new and feel good about my choice to join. I will be 45 next week and I am about 40 lbs. over weight. It has been creeping up on me since my mid thirties. I decided that it is now time to take it off for good. I found out about this website in a magazine. It seems like the perfect tool for me. I am in the process of getting myself set up to start next Monday. I want to get all the correct foods in my home and figure out an exercise plan for myself. Well here's to much success for all of us! Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:56:42 EST Hello From Idaho Hello SparkPeople, I am new to this site. I am still getting used to how the site works, keep getting myself lost ... lol <em>24</em> I plan to start my journey to a healthier lifestyle on New Year's Day. I have my trackers all set up and am weaning myself off the sugar and carbs <em>252</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:19:17 EST First time mom desperately needing help! Hello, my name is Brandy. I've been with Sparkpeople for a couple of years but this is the first time I have posted anything. I have an adorable son named Daniel who just turned 8 months old today. He is the easiest baby I have ever seen and everyone is in awe at how well behaved he is. That is until bed time comes. He is still not sleeping through the night and it is really taking a toll on me. Due to complications with his father and the deteriation of our relationship Daniel and I had to m... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:59:26 EST Hello everyone! :) I'm really excited to have found this community, and am hoping it will be what I need to reach my goals this year! <BR> I'm a single mom to three young children- 4,2,& 1, and a full time student. I'm looking to be a good role model for my children, and to achieve a goal of reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight this year. <BR> Looking forward to meeting some new friends here! :) Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:28:52 EST So happy to join - Hi :) I am a 20 year old who has delt with an eating disorder since I was only 12. I've been anorexic and bulimic, but I knew how to hide it very well from everyone. I never went to the extreme skinny, but I do it to stay at a certain weight. I joined this website because I don't want this disease to run my life anymore. I want to be healthy. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:19:46 EST JoAnn I am a single mother of three children ages 20, 18, and 9. I returned to school in Jan 2009 to obtain my RN degree. The concerns I have with being a single mom, after 22 years of marriage, dealing with the issues that my children are facing because of it, going to school full time and working create such overwhelm in my life. I feel that focusing on creating a healthy lifestyle will benefit me with my anxiety, schooling and overall well being as well as assisting my children in establishin... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:45:34 EST New to Spark People, excited for the possibility Hi everyone. I am a 49 year old single parent of 2, a 6 year old daughter, and 17 year old son from Cambridge, MA. Life has overwhelmed me in 2010, and am looking for a better 2011. I am setting some goals for my journey which involve losing weight, enjoying greater financial stability, becoming more organized in my home and in my life, and becoming an even better parent. I believe that all of these goals are interconnected and will do my best without beating myself up. I look forward to j... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:29:19 EST Hello from Florida Hello everyone! I am going into this thing full speed ahead *again. I'm 32 with three daughters. My first goal will be to get my rear up at 5 am to work out since that's the only time that is available for "me time". I look forward to getting to know you all and I hope your focus stays strong. ~Brandie Sun, 26 Dec 2010 21:55:11 EST What do you say... When your child realizes that their parent is an emotional deadbeat? My son sadly realizes that his biological father does not want to make the effort...what do you say other than assurances that they are loved? :( Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:38:28 EST Simply put...I'm me Hello you can call me HoneypieLoser cause i'm gonna finally lose all this weight! I'm ready to be happy with my body again! So wish me luck! Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:24:04 EST Second shot at sucess Hi my name is steph, 26 single mom, and an ex-smoker for a full year now. This is my second shot at success because i have gained 20 since quitting a year ago. The self confidence that had swelled in my defeat of addiction has fallen because of the weight gain. One of my biggest hurtles (like last time i lost weight) is to cut out soda (mountain dew to be exact) when i cut it out last time i went from 212 to 152. I am now back up to aprox. 188. I have went without mountain dew for 3... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 22:59:17 EST Hi My name is Shona I have set myself a goal of losing 90lbs by June next year! The thing that worries me most is the prospect of trying to stay with a healthy eating plan from now on so I do lose the weight but then keep it off! Has anyone any bright ideas how to motivate oneself to do this?? Mon, 13 Dec 2010 07:51:39 EST I wanna lose the weight for me and my daughter. My name is Natasha and i am twenty-three year old! I have a beautiful daughter and her name is Aureanna-marie! Well first of all i just wanted to say a few things about myself and why i have chosen to do this! i chosen to do mainly because i was looking for people that are in the same place that i am! I wanna meet people that is a single parent and trying to learn how to coop with that fact that we can do things on our own and i think that i need a little motivated and help from people that w... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:45:00 EST Introducing myself Hello. I am a single mother and realtor (soon to be broker) who, as most single parents, has limited time and resources and is juggling exercise and diet with a million other demands. Any positive support and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I work out from home and am trying to do 3-4 sessions per week with weight training and cardio. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 20:01:36 EST Hello I'm a single dad, creeping up on thirty and I've been alone for a year now. I need to figure out a lot about my life and I think that getting really happy with my body would be a great start. I really don't need to lose weight, but some of the flab needs to go and I need to be stronger than I am or ever have been. <BR> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:12:50 EST Health is wealth Hi i am chinesh. I am an ACSM CPT. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 20:36:50 EST Struggling On My Own Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have posted my own topic on here. <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom of a teenage daughter. Struggling to make it in today's economy (like everyone else today) and at times feel like I am alone. <BR> <BR> It's seems so hard trying to lose the weight and trying to keep things together mentally, emotionally, financially and being a single mom. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not the only one going through the same thing(s) but at times it just seems like it.... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:35:46 EST ConsueloReedy My goal is to lose 128 by November 10 2011 i like working and going to church. I joined because my heart and mind is made up. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:24:38 EST It's winter.. ...again It's winter again so it's time to kick it back into gear! I'm not new to Sparkpeople but things in life change, so I'm joining this team to switch things up and meet new people and get new challenges! I'm a 32 yr old single mom of a 13 yr old boy. He's a slim, tone, toothpick and does NOT get it from me side of the family! I played alot of co-ed softball this summer (every weekend) but the season has been over for 2 months and I've been slacking!! Didn't do Spark this summer since I didn... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:57:34 EST Tired of second guessing myself... I am the single mother of a soon-to-be 5 year old daughter. I had her when I was 21, to a guy that she's never met. I live with my mom (who should be labeled a saint, in my opinion), the munchkin and my sister who seemingly can't make a good decision to save her life. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have always tried to look at the few perks of being a single mom and tried not to focus on the many things that make it hard. <BR> <BR> I get these terrible pangs of guilt every time she does somethin... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:07:23 EST Hello Everyone My name is Stacie Miller and I'm a 31 year old single mother of 2 boys ages 12 and 4. I live in Miles City, Montana and work at AWARE, Inc as a Youth Case Manager. I found this site through a friend and feel like I need to make a change. I was an athlete in high school and even played college basketball for one year. I was always in shape and always active, but after I got pregnant at 18 with my first son, I lost all interest in being in shape. My life revolves around my children and I'v... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:15:11 EST Newbie to this site! Hey there, I'm Lisa! I'm here to lose weight and get healthy! I'm looking forward to making some online friends where we can support each other! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 17:04:12 EST Hi! New to SparkPeople... I'm Jen and recently joined this online community. I am a single mom, working full time, and trying to keep myself healthy for myself and for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. One of my goals is to raise my daughter to be active and eat a healthy, balanced diet. We do have a weakness for Pizza Ranch buffet though! We need to limit that! <BR> <BR> I lost about 30 pounds last spring and maintained it pretty well. Until this past summer, when the childcare hours were drastically cut at the gym. ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 08:47:29 EST It's My Body... It's my body and I'm not gonna take it any longer. I want my healthy body back. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Malakia and this is my new mantra. Okay, I know I stole the tag line (and put my own spin on it) from a commercial, but the sentiment is the same. I'm done with letting the obstacles life throws in our way, get in MY way. So, here I am and I know I can't do this by myself. Therefore, I'm asking for all the encouragement and support you can give. <BR> <BR> To get started, I've set my sites ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:43:21 EST Hi Steve here, here to get healthier. <em>249</em> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:12:54 EST Mid 20's crisis Hello Spark Community! I'm 26 and have found myself in a rather large slump. Months of money troubles, unemployment, and circumstances out of my control have resulted in a less-than-desirable weight and an unstable mental situation. I've always been a pessimist, but for the first time ever, I'm worried about how negative life has become. So, that's why I've joined SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> A brief introduction is rather simple- I'm a single mother of an awesome 4 year old little girl. Th... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:02:49 EST Starting over fresh I’ve been a member of SparkPeople for almost 4 years. I had lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers (a LOT of weight; I was literally less than half my starting weight when I finished), and I’ve since gained it all back, plus an additional twenty pounds for added fun. I’ve lost and gained weight on SparkPeople, but some things have happened recently – health issues for the people around me – that make me feel more committed to doing it than ever before. <BR> <BR> I know it’s goi... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:47:02 EST Ladies do you ask men out? Men do you like it? There's someone I'm interested in getting to know better. He works at a store I shop at frequently. I try to flirt but it's been so long since I've been in a relationship I wonder if I'm not doing it right? Also, it's hard to judge how old he is. I'm 35...I honesly doubt he'd ask me out because it might be weird since he works where I shop... <BR> <BR> The few times I've asked a guy out, 1 guy never called me even though he said he would, and the other guy it just turned out bad, bad dat... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:17:14 EST Hi everyone Hi people iv only just signed up today im hoping this will help me i have lost 8 stone but are having problems with the last stone. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 04:41:56 EST working night shift I'm working nights now and I find it difficult to flip my schedule. What time is considered breakfast, lunch and dinner? When is the best time to workout? I have a teenager and an 11 year old that require a lot of my attention too. I work at night,sleep in the day and spend the evening with my children. I work every weekend too. my days off are thru the week. Any advice please Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:09:08 EST Getting Fit For 40 Hello, I'm so excited to see what this will do. I need all the support I can get. Looking forward to meeting other people with the same need. I will be 40 soon and really want to get on the road to success to losing weight. I have been a yo yo dieter since my oldest son was born who is now almost 18. I think this is the heaviest I have been ever, including being pregnant . I am at my ultimate low right now and want to feel good about myself. Looking forward to meeting that goal !!!!!!! Tue, 9 Nov 2010 21:16:49 EST Hi I'm Gigi:) I am going to be 40 soon and realized that 40 & fat is just not a good idea! So, here I am...first time I have really tried weight loss in an organized way & I can't wait to make it happen... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 18:35:45 EST Hello..I'm new and feeling excited I just want to introduce myself. I am Corey, a single, divorced Mom of 2 kids. I am currently at my heaviest weight at 200lbs and I am excited to meet some new people here, and to use all these great resources to help me meet my goals. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:23:56 EST Hi, I'm Cheryl and I live in Miami Florida Hello, I am so happy to be a member of your team, hoping to shed some pounds and learn how to eat healthy and exercise too. Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:11:50 EST Hello.... Hello everyone! First of all, I would be lying if I said this is my first time to SparkPeople. It's my second! I joined a couple of years ago, but never stuck to it. I joined with the thought that I can use the recipes, I didn't need any support....boy, was I wrong. This time I am in it and plan to get all the support and friendships I can make :) OK, now for my introduction: I'm Kim, I turned 30 this year. (Did I really just admit that?...haha). I am in the final stages of my divorce. I have... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:55:00 EST Pray for me- Give me your Wishes I attended a Face to Face interview and a Telephonic Interview and am waiting for the results. Just keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I need this job badly..............please do pray for me. I can only bring my 2 year old son to this country only if I get this job. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 08:25:50 EST What would you like to change? When it comes to your family life what would you like to change. I am a single mother and my old teenager habits have but in such a bad place now. I want my home to be clean organize and ready to relax. We have been working on it all it takes is five seconds with them being home to feel like I back to square one. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:12:25 EST SIngle Parent I have been single and not involved with anyone on any basis since I left my husban d 05/07/03 to be honest once was enough. Just focusing on my son and his needs and wants and dreams. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 05:45:41 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! My name is Leslie and I am new to spark and new to the dieting/exersise world. I am a single mom to a wonderful 5 year old boy. I have been a single parent since I was pregnant. It was my choice to leave my sons father. He was and still is a loser that refuses to grow up. I am also a full time college student and a part time waitress. I am hoping to lose 30-40 lbs w/ the help of this site but would honestly probably be happy if I just lost 20 lol. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:02:11 EST Hello My name is Kimberly and I am on here to get fit and be motivated more and hopefully to make new friends on here. Sometimes I struggle with being single and in that area I sometimes need encouragement from other single people...I get advice from people that have someone but it is easy for them to say someday it will happen to me...if anyone knows what I mean send me a message...all is welcome to send me message...Lol Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:07:20 EST Hello, Everyone!! Hi, everyone! My name is Jennifer, and I'm trying to lose fifty pounds. My current weight is 195. I'm 5'0" tall. I'd love to lose more than fifty lbs, but I need need to be realistic. I'm a single mom of two daughters, ages four and five. I never lost the weight after my second daughter. I'm looking for a buddy to keep me motivated. I've tried so many times to lose weight. I figured I'd try this. Everyone in my family is thin, so they don't understand what I'm going through. So, if there's an... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 01:16:13 EST Hello =0) My name is Jessica I live in NJ. I'm a single mother and I have a beautiful little girl named Joyce, she is one years old. I was in a relationship for 5 years and about a month ago we finally split. It has been hard but I know that the grass is greener at the other side. And I finally get to work on my self I have been working out and eating right. I am learning to love my self even more and finally do what I want to do. in order for one to love some one you have to learn to love your self. H... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:32:46 EST Hey there! Can't wait to get started. Let's do this! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:02:36 EST Hello Hello, I'm Kendra, and I'm here trying 2 lose weight, I joined this site, because I need lots of help to do this. I am happy to have found this site. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 03:30:04 EST Hi My name is Martha. I am the single mother one boy, Dylan who is 9. We are on the go quite a bit. My job keeps me very busy. I need to lose about 30 more pounds. I did HCG this year and lost 25 pounds. But, have hit a plateau and am pretty frustrated! Hoping I can find some really good stuff on here and new people in the same situation! Thanks! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 19:14:41 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Offra. I am a single mom with 2 boys. This is my second week on Sparkpeople. I am grateful for stumbling upon this amazing site. I know with the tools that are given to me I will succeed. After having my boys I gained quite a bit. I have always been self-conscious about it, but I never let it rule my life. My self confidence always kept it in check. I had already lost 35 pounds a couple years ago on my own. But now I want to have a sexy beach body just in time for next spring. I am... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:59:50 EST new kid on the block hello, <BR> my name is kenya and i am 34 from fairfield, ala. i am a single parent of 2, 21 and 14 and a grandson who is 2. i joined spark because i wanted to become an active participant in my life and not just allow my health to go down in flames and i continue to add gasoline. <BR> it has not been an easy thing to observe the food tracker but in the words of g.i. joe - knowing is half the battle <BR> Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:34:34 EST Child Support HELP decided to delete Thu, 14 Oct 2010 19:45:49 EST Hello. I'm new to this and need your support. Hi. My name is Robin. I am a 32-year-old single mom to 4. My oldest is almost 14 and my youngest is 18-months. I work part-time at Old Navy and go to school full-time at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. I have been overweight my whole life, but became obese with my first pregnancy. I didn't gain any weight with the other three pregnancies, but I still haven't lost the weight from the first one. <BR> I don't really have any kind of support system around me, so I'm counting on... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:29:37 EST Tired of being the "bad cop"... Do y'all know what I mean? He has them only 8 days a month and takes them out to eat or away for the only weekend that he has them. I get the phone calls from school and the invoices for summer camp and band fees. I have to enforce the No TV days and grounding rules since we can't beat our teenagers. I have to take away the Iphone, GameBoys and WII's so that they won't be reconnected and I get to disconnect the modem so the kids won't surf the internet during study time.... <BR> <BR> "HE... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:45:05 EST Hello, I'm Becca Hi all, I'm Becca and I'm 20 years old, mother to 5-year-old Greyson and birthmother to Isaac who will turn one on Thursday. I first got fat during my first pregnancy. I used to be teeny tiny until my body had to grow up way too fast--at age 15. I gained 40 pounds and was able to lose a lot of that weight after Grey was born. However, I went on the depo shot for birth control and got up to over 200 pounds. After I changed my diet and began exercising vigorously and none of it made any differe... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:18:29 EST Weight check Hello my name is "B" I am a single parent of a wonderful 9mo old baby girl. I heard about SP through a friend, she said it worked for her and that I should try it out. My question is how often should I weigh myself? Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:47:26 EST Slimbaby5 Hi, I just joined Sparkpeople and so far I really feel good about it. I just jogged for a little over a mile, something's I've been doing for the past couple months...not every single day though. I've cut down on my eating and I'm taking it one day at a time...(I had a brownie prior to my jog, but I'm convinced that losing weight is a mind thing, not so much a food thing) Oh well, hope I burned that brownie off. I did a total of 45 minutes (I bumped up my walk/jog from 30 minutes a day to 45 ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 21:43:19 EST Will I ever date?? I am scared to date again...I feel like I already messed up by having a child out of wedlock..he was my fiance but turned outto be cheating on me for month before I got pregnant and then left me when I found out I was 6 weeks along. My son is 7 months old and beautiful but I'm scare to end up in a relationship that wont work. I'm looking better as the weight comes off but I sort of dont want the attention because whats the point if it doesnt work out in the end...But I feel healthy and know ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 10:53:22 EST Angry alienated teen It's hard to summarize a decade but I'll try my hardest. I'm long winded at the best of times so probably won't succeed LOL. <BR> <BR> My ex and I separated when the kids were 3 and 5 years old. They're now 13 and 15 years old. Over the past decade he has not been a father to them. He shows up when he feels like it, usually about once a month or so and usually only for about an hour at a time. He doesn't pay child support and doesn't act like a father. No help with homework, no teaching them... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 09:49:31 EST Hi Single Parents Hi all, I'm not newly single, I've never been married, a few committed relationships, but basically been alone with my daughter for the last 15 years. I don't date a lot, don't know a lot of people where I live, and to be honest I don't really leave home unless I'm running errands. I'm a full time student (graduating in June). I'm 35 and by using the HCG protocol I should be at my goal weight of 115lbs by June. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 21:21:45 EST Newly Single Mom Hi everyone! i just started on this site a few days ago. i broke up with my sons father in september so i am also newly single. we got into a routine of eating unhealthy food, but now that he is no longer around i have no excuses! i also would like to lose the weight and get healthy for my child, especially now that he is all i have. i am also hoping losing some of my excess weight will make me less nervous about getting back out into the dating scene! its scary enough as it is lol Fri, 1 Oct 2010 13:25:23 EST Hola! Bullet point format? Yes. <BR> <BR> -Single mom (obviously) <BR> -Registered Nurse <BR> -Going back for my RN-MSN starting Oct 18 <BR> -Three weeks into brand new lifestyle, including the gym and a vegan diet <BR> -Utilizing two different iPhone apps, and now SparkPeople, in order to hold self accountable. SparkPeople is confusing so far. <BR> -Proud of self for facing gym phobia four times a week! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:00:12 EST i'm new! Hey everybody! My name is Kaitlynn and I am a 20 year old single mother and I work 2 jobs and go to school so losing weight has been hard for me. Especially with little time to exercise and cheap, unhealthy meals. I'm hoping this will help me! I've lost 54 pounds and want to lose at least 25 more.. I just can't stay motivated! Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:14:09 EST sarah So I think I'll try this for a fitness tracking site...I was conned into by a friend who is much more conscious about these things than me, I think it will be fun and give me something to think about other than work. We'll see how it goes. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:31:06 EST Hi everyone. New here. Can't wait to get started Hi, this looks like a great site. I'm going to start tomorrow morning. It's hard being a single mom to a 14 year old who wants to eat everything in sight. <BR> Just relocated from Long Island NY to Orange County NY. Interested in anyone who wants to communicate and be weight loss buddy :) <BR> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:58:26 EST My name is Mel...and I'm BAAACK! Hi! My name is Mel. I've been on SparkPeople for just over two years now. I did really well on it until the first of this year when I quit tracking food and exercise. :0( Now I'm getting myself motivated again. I started out at 150 pounds two years ago and my ultimate goal is to have lost a total of 30 pounds by my 30th birthday (which will be next April). <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to becoming more active on this site (again) and hope to post messages and such at least once a week. <BR> ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:41:55 EST New I am jen and I am 38yrs old, I have 2 kids and I am losing weight for my health. I am too young to feel so old. I have to lose 175lbs, so my journey is long, but worth it. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 16:49:15 EST New to the Site Hello, my name is Keysha. I found this website online and joined because it appeared to be great. I am a single parent trying to juggle work, housework, church activities, my son's sports activities, helping with homework, etc. It's hard for me to find foods that are healthy for me to eat and that my son will enjoy. It's also hard to find healthy foods when we are on the go which seems like 24 hours a day! I would appreciate any guidance and advice from anyone. My main problem is squeez... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:38:16 EST New Single Mom Here I've joined SP two separated times since 2005. The first time I lost 55 pounds. Then I got pregnant with child #3. Put the weight back on, joined back up in 2008 but just couldn't seem to do it. I am back and ready!!! I am 32 years old and a single mom to 3 children ages 7,6,and 3(my oldest is high functioning autistic plus adhd). I want to lose 100 pounds if possible in a year. I work full time as a Speech Language Pathologist at an elementary school so I find myself quite tired. I pu... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:34:10 EST Getting Motivated and Staying on Track!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here, so please bear with me... <BR> <BR> I've been in this "in-between rut" for the past four years. I'm certainly not at the heaviest I've been (after my daughter was born six years ago), but I'm certainly not at my best either (junior year of college, four years ago, I was in love...). I haven't been happy with my body, but it hasn't done me wrong either. I'm sort of in the "in-between", the "I don't look heavy" but "I'm not fit either". This entire summe... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 01:30:10 EST A Journey thats never ending... Hello my fellow sparkpeople friends I hope all is well with you. I have been on this weight loss journey for so many years that I cant even count. I have tried so many different diets that I could probably tell you what works and what doesn't. I even went so far as to use other unhealthy methods to lose weight but of course whatever weight loss I had was temporary. After gaining what I loss the last go around I decided to try something that was sure to work; I decided to join weight watchers... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:49:47 EST I have hope again!!!! Hello, my Name is Ana and I'm from Honduras, I'm 26 years old and have 2 children, when I first got pregnant my weight was 135 pounds and from that moment everything changed... by the time my due date was getting near I had gained 72 more pounds and I've done many diets to lose that weight. This program is my last hope. So I'm gonna try it. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:00:47 EST Hello Hello I have been on SP for a while but am just starting to join teams and I am a 19yr old single mom to a beautiful little seven month old boy! Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:18:13 EST My name is Janelle and I'm new to the site My name is Janelle. I joined the site to get knowledge from others and resources on an area that has taken up way too much space in my life. I am a single mom of one child. My goal is to lose 93 lbs. I have a long road ahead of me, I'm just trying to find the most beneficial route to get me to my goal in the long run. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:30:20 EST Hi there Hey Howdy! I just joined yesterday. Im a single mom to a wonderful 8 year old son. He's my world. last year I lost 37 pounds... and this year, I've gained almost all of it back (35 pounds). I have a total of 155 pounds to lose. Im not giving up. I've been blessed to reconnect with a long lost cousin from childhood and she and I are doing SP together and reconnecting via facebook... its very inspiring. I hope to make some new friends along this journey. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:18:18 EST Is anyone else afraid of the scale? This is my first week on SparkPeople and I'm afraid to do my initial weigh in. I took a good guess at what I thought my weight is, but I'm a bit spooked to actually see the real numbers in digital form on a scale. Did anyone else feel this way when they started? Thu, 9 Sep 2010 18:07:43 EST Has anyone had a toddler go through surgery? My son has an umbilical hernia, it's small, but since it hasn't closed on it's own, they said they needed to surgically close it. I don't know how to explain to my child how something that is not bothering him now is going to hurt after he gets it "fixed". I see that there are some good books out there about visits to the hospital and stuff so I think I'm going to get some of those. But poor thing. He LOVES going to the doctor so I don't want him to hate it now. I'm super anxious about i... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:19:54 EST Hi Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole. I am a single mom of a 7 1/2 year old little girl. She is the light of my life. <BR> <BR> I work FT as an admin assistant at a job I love. <BR> <BR> My daughter has severe food allergies that I deal with on a daily basis pretty much on my own. <BR> <BR> Her dad sees her once a week and does not fully comprehend her allergies so it makes more work for me in educating her on hr allergies and precautions she needs to take. It isn;t that he cant unde... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 22:18:11 EST Hello SparkPeople My name is Risse and I am a 35 year old single mother of 2 girls (Salina, 18 and Jazmin 16). I signed up with SparkPeople a couple of years ago but never came back to the site. I was recently looking at a couple of pictures of myself from around the time that I signed up, when I had the initial thought that I needed to lose some weight, and noticed the couple of extra pounds that I have put on since then. I've never really had much faith in the whole "online" community support thing but I ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 15:09:18 EST a little me Hi my name is Toccara and I have been a member for a while but just really got into losing this weight that I need gone. I am really nervous and kind of scared because I'm not sure what to do but this site has so much information I just need to figure it all out. I would appreciate any help anyone can give me. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 22:24:39 EST workout with a little one? So I'm a single mom, but very very single!! I get very little help in my free time because I also work full time so I use my family for babysitting for work already. I know everyone has been introduced to the non stop feeling of guilt that comes the day you have your 1st chils so I'm sure you all understand the way I feel about spending the preciouse time I have with my daughter at a gym, seperated. So I got her these sesame street dance dvds that we both do and it's fun but i'm sick of doing... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:55:23 EST New Single Mom Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to have found this website. I'm a single mother of 2 year old living in Singapore. I have left my baby in the care of my mom in India. So with all the depression I was not able to shed a single kg. After joining this website. I'm walking everyday for 1 hour. Now I feel lighter more confident and I'm sure with proper diet and exercise I will reach my goal and definitely secure a job in Banking Industry in Singapore & bring my kid and mom here in Singapore. Give me ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 04:40:02 EST Hi I'm new and would love support for anyone who can give it. Thanks Kaila Wed, 1 Sep 2010 16:52:14 EST Mommy of a preschooler! you would think I would be thin trying to keep up with her! <em>198</em> Anyway, I am a single parent and of course, balancing the many hats that we all wear as single moms and dads. I have conquered many mountains in my life in the past few years and I am now ready to face this one with the same determination - if not for me - then for my daughter. I want to be able to sit on the floor with her for more than 5 minutes without my back hurting! <BR> Thanks for having me and here's to our su... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:10:07 EST Mak new friends, help, & support Hello, their nice to see alot of people on this wonderfull free website, im new to this well my first week and im gonna track my weight goal..I have always been more on the heavier side so its time to make a change and hopefully i can meet alot of people here with the same goal!! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:13:21 EST Hey new single mom here Hi I am a 39 year old single mom to two beautiful daughters ages 13 and 17. I am new to this site and still trying to figure it out even though I do not have time to be here as often as I would like to. There are so many tools available on this site I do not know where to start first lol. I will try to upload a picture soon because I am on someone else's computer because mine is broken and don't know when I will be able to get it fixed. Any way any advice you have for me on navigating this si... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:33:32 EST Not new, just posting for the first time. Well I must say it took me a lot of time to come in and say Hello!!! <BR> <BR> I am a single mother, raising a teenager and let me tell you, this year has been tough. But I am still trying. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:45:01 EST hi Hi, I've used this site before and even won a tee shirt, I'm excited to be back! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:10:58 EST Hello! Single mom from Queens, NY! Hi, I've been a member of Sparkpeople since April and since then have lost 25 lbs. Eating healthier, working out more dilligently, and running again! I have a renewed focus and determination now I haven't had before. My goals are long term rather than trying to lose wight for a wedding, or a reunion, or that dress. I'm now doing it to be around longer for my daughter, to be healthier and more energetic. Trying to live the truth that I need to love myself and take care of myself before I can b... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:26:05 EST Hi everyone Adam (aka llokie) <em>4</em> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:53:21 EST