SparkPeople Twenty Something Sparkers... Team Messageboard Getting it right before it's too late... We're in our 20's, we're young & have the world at our feet. Now is the time to get healthy, get fit & get rid of those extra pounds before it's too late! SparkPeople Twenty Something Sparkers... Team Messageboard New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? Join Here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015 </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:42:43 EST Looking for friends Hello all!!! I have tried this a couple times, but have not been able to stay on track. I got married two years ago and am so very much in love. In June I had my third child and only son. My life is going great right now....only problem is that I am a little overweight. I want to be able to play with my kids for longer periods of time!! I have two little girls also, one is 9 and the other is 4!! I am looking for a friend to help me stay on track this time!! I need someone who is going... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:35:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:46:54 EST Hey guys! Hey, I'm Rae! I just started and lost a few pounds ...have about 80 to go goal is 130. Really looking forward to this team ...I will be 26 soon and I want to get this weight off NOW so I can enjoy my late 20s and my 30s and forever! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:09:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:50:34 EST inactive team? This is frustrating. I found this group last night... and the last update is from march? :( Sat, 7 Jul 2012 20:41:40 EST What's Your Dream? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:33:19 EST Hey HI my name is Tay im 20 years old and looking to live a healthier lifestyle. I am currently 80 pounds over weight and plan to have it all off by my 22 birthday. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:39:13 EST Hi :) Hi everyone! Hope you are all well :) <BR> <BR> I'm new here! <BR> <BR> The tagline for this group is exactly why I have signed up to this website! I have been putting on a bit of weight recently due to excess partying/junk food and being generally lazy and it's time it stopped. I need to nip it in the bud, and sort my self out. <BR> <BR> For me it's not exactly about losing weight (although losing those extra few pounds would be amazing, haha!) it's about changing my attitude to food, g... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 06:11:28 EST June BSG challenge! Hello ladies! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a BSG (buddy support group) challenge. I have done them before and they are really fun. I divide up the participants into teams and have weekly challenges. You get help to stay on track, make goals, encouragement from other members and you make new friends. <BR> <BR> If this sounds like fun go ahead and put your name down that you are in. It would start on Thursday June 2nd and last for 4 weeks! <BR> <BR> ~And... Thu, 26 May 2011 16:42:55 EST What are you doing for exercise? So what's your exercise style? Do you work out at a gym, run through your neighborhood, take a dance class, or try to get 10000 steps each day? <BR> <BR> For cardio I try to get outside for walks when the weather is nice, but when it's not, I turn to my Wii. I'm planning on investing in a Zumba DVD at the end of the month if I continue my eating well and exercising as a reward for myself. Zumba looks really fun, but I can't get to classes regularily, as I have a 3 month old son. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:09:13 EST Hello! New here! Hey there, I'm Jessica, and I'm 25, trying to just stay a healthy weight after having my first baby, a boy Andrew born November 21. He's 3 months old now and old enough for me to be able to take him on walks and other activities without having to be fed every hour or so. As he starts to get more active, so I hope to, and get this healthy living thing down pat. I'd like to set a good example for my family and set good habits for myself that will hopefully follow me the rest of my life. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:13:01 EST 1st 100 days of 2011 challenge Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I was going to start a challenge called miles, minutes and motivation. You set a mile goal and/or a minute goal and then focus on something you need extra motivation for (ex..eating well, exercising, drinking water). This will last the first 100 days. It's a really good challenge and makes you challenge yourself. Is anyone interested in doing it with me? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:12:19 EST hi out there! hi everyone im rachel i'm 26 and a mom to almost 3 year old twin boys. i'm tired of being tired. and getting winded chasing the boys around. i have a goal of 25lbs to lose by june. hopefully sooner! wish me luck. my husbands on board this time so it should be easier. but man. drive thru is so easy! :) Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:40:45 EST Im new! Im just getting back into spark people b/c i know that i need to hold myself more accountable for my calories. Im excited to be able to get support and motivation from people my age! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:38:54 EST What are your goals for the remainder of your 20s? and what are you doing to reach them? My goals are to lose weight and figure out what I want to do with my life. I'm eating right and I've lost 35lbs in 2 months thus far. As for figuring out what I want to do with my life, I'm going to talk to a Career counselor at a University when I move out to San Diego. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:09:27 EST Hello! Hello everyone! Just joined the team and wanted to say hi! Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:59:10 EST BellaLucia here! I'm 27 and will be ineligible for this group in 3yrs! Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:51:59 EST Shena Trying to get skinny. Any good tips let me know!!! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 02:20:32 EST Hanging out/ Drinks with friends? Hey guys! <BR> I'm a bit of a party girl, and I'm concerned how my social life and weight loss are gonna work out together. Durning the summer, my friends and I say "Weekends start on Wednesdays" and we go out a lot. A few of us work in things connected to social stuff (I'm in event planning, 2 are party promoters, a DJ, a chef, bartender, work for restaurants, clubs, etc), so there is ALWAYS great food and drinks around, and generally free. I know this is going to take discipline on my part,... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 13:38:50 EST 400-cal meals challenge Hi there, <BR> <BR> Who wants to join me on my challenge? The aim is to eat 400 calories at 3 (or 4) meals every day, totalling 1,200 cals (or 1,600 cals) maximum. <BR> Thu, 13 May 2010 13:47:19 EST hi Hi my name is Alissa and I just joined. Looking forward to sharing my experience with you all and learing from yours! ;-) Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:18:47 EST Hello out there! Hi everyone! I just joined this team. I am wanting to make more Spark Friends so why not start with a group of people my age? <BR> Check out my spark page to learn more about me! I look forward to meeting lots of new people! <BR> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:38:08 EST Just joining some teams in serach of friends Just looking for some friends. I don't have any and maybe someone would like to be my chat buddy. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:37:59 EST Brand Spankin' New Hi, I'm Janey and I'm 23. I've been on sparkpeople for years but I really started working at it in April of 2009, when I weighed 242 pounds. I'm now down to 200 even and fighting to get below that milestone before I go to see my boyfriend in England in two weeks. Whew! <em>9</em> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:12:58 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Britney and I'm 23. I just graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and are now a 9-5 working girl while I save up for grad school. I've gained about 20 pounds while in college and I'm working to get control of my health again. <BR> <BR> My biggest reason for losing weight is a desire to have my confidence back. I've never had a model body but that never kept me from the beach with a bikini in hand. This past summer was different and I felt uncomfortable in my own body. I want my confi... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:36:25 EST Hi everyone I had been apart of this site before, but my goals were set to "maintain" and so I never got many results because my diet was still much higher in calories. At the time, of course, I wasn't too interested in losing weight. Now I have a new account for "losing" even though I don't wish to lose much. I mainly want to lose some body fat, tone up and strengthen my muscles, and just have better cardiovascular health. For exercise, I enjoy Zumba (my favorite), yoga, running, swimming, elliptical, f... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:59:51 EST newbie I am 23 years old and live with my hubby and three children. I just had my third baby last month. I have officially weigh the most I ever have at 199. 218 during pregnancy. I can't wait to participate in this team. I also just started a weight loss blog so I can photo journal my food daily, do a weekly weigh ins, review products, news flash on current health related topics that are going on and other random fun. Trying to get people to follow me through this journey, because I really feel tha... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:59:11 EST New to Group Hey everyone! My name is Emiliana and I'm 25. I'm here to get help and help others on their path to healthy living. I'm in need of losing just a few pounds, but I really need to focus on my eating and exercise habits. <BR> <BR> I currently eat what I want when I feel hungry, but my 2/10 goal is get to 6 small planned meals by the end of the month, with 9 glasses of water a day. I also drink Green Tea and V8 to help my nerves and get my fruit/veggie count a little higher. <BR> <BR> I have ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:58:39 EST HI! :) Hey, Im 21, I work and go to school. Being that busy makes it hard to make the right decisions when it comes to food. Im hoping how to control my portion sizes and eat ONLY when I am hungry. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 02:14:48 EST Hello! Hi everyone, I'm 21 and a senior in college, trying to lose about 10 pounds this semester. Besides wanting to look my best for my last Spring Break (!), I'm also trying to focus on eating healthier and watching my calorie intake (can get a little out of control with all the social drinking in college!). I'm excited that I found this website, and I look forward to getting myself on a healthier track! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:24:24 EST New Year, New Plan Hi there! I am a college student looking to lose a significant amount of weight - 20 pounds. I am here to help myself stay on track! Can't wait to get started! <BR> <BR> HeyPenny Sat, 26 Dec 2009 20:29:43 EST Hey there! I'm Sarah, a 23 year-old who isn't new to this whole journey of getting healthier and becoming the person I want to be on the inside and out. Just like most here, I'm attempting to get in better shape, lose weight, and become a healthy me. <BR> <BR> I love Jesus, family, mountains, reading, photography, writing, knitting, movies, music, amusement parks, and cooking...among other things. <BR> :) <BR> <BR> And so you can find out a few things about me, here are 25 random facts I wrote about ... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 22:50:32 EST Hello Ladies I'm New! I just wanted to introduce myself! My name is Brittany and I am 24 with about 66 pounds to lose yikes lol nothing like day one! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:24:16 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi, my name is Rachel! I am 21 years old, married, and the mother of the most beautiful 3-month old little girl named Madisynn! While I was pregnant I gained about 50lbs, and two weeks post-partum I was down to about 170lbs. Before I got pregnant I weighed about 150lbs, but my normal weight is 120lbs. So, that's my ultimate goal! I've been a member on SparkPeople since January, but today is the first day of my stage one. It took me so long to get started because I wanted to wait until I had m... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 19:27:31 EST Healthy competition anyone? Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Amanda and I am 21 years old. I have been struggling with my weight for around 5 years now and I am finally ready to make a change. I was thinking maybe some of you want to try challenging each other and maybe it would make it easier to stay on task for eating and exercise. Any takers? Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:05:32 EST Hey Everyone! I've been inactive for awhile and I'm glad to be back on SP. Feel free to message me. I love to talk and meet new people. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:40:30 EST Hi everyone! My name is Kat and I've just turned 24. I don't have a huge weight problem but over the past four years I have put on 12kg which has just recently pushed me to a BMI of 26. <BR> <BR> I decided to do something about my gradual weight gain before it got out of hand, but as I haven't really ever dieted or exercised before, I wasn't really sure how to go about it nutritionally, which is why I joined here about a week ago. <BR> <BR> I don't think I particularly abuse food in the sense that I do... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 22:54:16 EST Just getting started.... Hi all :) I am SmilinBrownEyes aka Haley. I am about to turn 27 and for my birthday I want to loose this weight! Also I want that same gift for Christmas, New Years, Valentine's day...etc.. lol I have been fighting the battle of the buldge my whole life and am now ready to fight to get the rest of this fat suit off!! So far I ahve lost 110lbs in 3 years and I have 80 more to go!! <BR> <BR> So I am here and ready to go!! We can sll do this :) Thu, 15 Oct 2009 18:28:18 EST Starting out I'm 27 and tired of not enjoying the last 2-3 years. I only have a few left and I want to make them fun and memorable. I've noticed lately that I have been letting my weight stop me from doing things. Going out and enjoying my life. I'm going to try and change this. Also, I only have about 9 months until my 10yr high school reunion and want to be confident with myself! I also want to start my 30s healthy and happy. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:36:17 EST Meeting new people I've lived in the same town about 4 years and I've had a hard time meeting people. I met some people, however my closest friend recently moved out of state and i've lost touch with a lot of other friends. Everyone I work with is 30+ and i'm only 22. Does anyone have any good ideas for meeting new people my age? Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:05:28 EST Hi there! I'm new to spark...again! I was actually a pretty faithful member for 2 years, but then I've had a REALLY long break and decided to start fresh. <BR> <BR> I haven't gained all the weight back from the last time, but it's starting to creep back, and I SWORE to myself that I'd never get over 200 pounds again...the fact that I'm so close shoved me into action! <BR> <BR> I'm determined to do it this time...I KNOW I can, I'm just terrible at sticking with things. I'm hoping that a renewed sens... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:53:22 EST Hello Everyone :) Hey my name is Clarissa and i live in Texas. I have been overweight my whole life and i think it's about time i make a change for good. I have tried so many diets and pills and have lost weight but i always gain it back and sometimes worse. I think that joining SparkPeople will really help me change my lifestyle and help me be happier with myself. I am really excited on my journey to a better and healthier me! I do tend to give up easily if i don't have any motivation of any kind, but hopeful... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:16:21 EST New to the group Hey all! I'm Allison and I'm a 23 year old recent college grad struggling to make it into the world of theatre. I'm new to the group but not to Spark. Back in like 2005 I joined Sparkpeople and Curves and lost around 25lbs. Looking back I realize I looked great but I didn't feel great. I was in an unhealthy relationship and long story short the abuse got worse, it went south and the pounds came back. Now I'm trying it again. It's amazing how much harder it is just a mere 4 years later. I'm wo... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:21:57 EST Hi Teammates Hello! I am 25 and live in northeastern Wisconsin with my husband and our two dogs. I've been obese my whole life, and I have a very hard time losing weight. The only time I was thin was when I was on swim team in high school, and even then I was still considered overweight at 160 lbs and 5'6" tall. Now I weigh 240 lbs (I've lost ten so far) and would give ANYTHING to be back down to 160 (my goal is 150, but that's a long-term goal). Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:45:40 EST Favorite exercise What is your favorite exercise? <BR> <BR> Mine is the Elliptical trainer Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:53:31 EST Hey hey Hey I'm Pippa! I hail from England <em>665</em> and I'm a newly qualified teacher <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> I have a new job that I'm starting in September and I want to be well into a healthy lifestyle to keep me on top of everything! Tue, 4 Aug 2009 12:05:07 EST Young Professionals - NO TIME!!! Hi everyone! I just joined this group in hopes of some motivation and help! A couple months ago, I was doing so well with the gym and diet, and I lost 10 lbs!!!! I was so happy about it and loved my routine. At the time, I was also looking for a career, as I graduated in December. I finally found a job and love it! I was so excited to have a daily routine and now I am working 8:30 till 5:30 every day. <BR> <BR> This is wonderful, except I have not been to the gym in about a month becau... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 09:51:45 EST Hello from the Caribbean. Just thought I'd stop by and introduce myself to the team. My name is Kiki and I'm from the Virgin Islands. I am happy to begin my journey to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:13:16 EST Hello to all... Just wanted to take a moment, and say hi to everyone! I'm excited to begin this new chapter in my life! Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:59:33 EST My name is Kate and i'm a little overwhelmed! I've wanted to get in shape for years and I feel like I finally have the right mind set to do it. I have a couple of snags in my plan though. I have to be a bridesmaid for the first time in a month and I feel like I'm going to look like a hippo. Also I'm getting married too, not for a whole year, but I still have this knee jerk reaction to go back to those old habits. Those pesky, destructive habits that have held me back in the past. How can I do it without going overboard or driving myself ... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:01:30 EST New, and soon to be improved! I'm new to SparkPeople! I love it here so far. I think this will help me. I look forward to meeting people as I go. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 15:26:34 EST New to the group Hey everyone <BR> My name is elizabeth and I am new to the group. I just wanted to say hey. I am really excited to be here. Greetings from chicago. <BR> xoxo Elizabeth Sat, 18 Jul 2009 22:57:35 EST Email updates... How do I sign up for emails other than the newlsetter update and stuff like that from this team? I joined when I signed up for spark and don’t know where the link is to do that. <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:09:13 EST Hi everyone! I'm new and excited to be here. Just lost five official pounds today. Woohoo! <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:08:19 EST Newbie Hi everyone, my name is Ivette and i'm from Lancaster, PA. Any one in the area? Sat, 27 Jun 2009 09:13:26 EST What do you look like after a workout? When I was a 9th grader I had athletics during 7th period and there were 8 periods in a day. Our coach would make us run a mile outside every Tuesday and Thursday. Now I'm not the prettiest sight after a workout, so it was humiliating. I would walk through the halls for my last class with bright red cheeks, sweat dripping down my back and face, and my hair pulled back(plus we smelled like outside). I would leave the locker room late or take alternate routes just to avoid certain people. <BR>... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:39:29 EST New Girl hey! <BR> i am new to this group! sounds just right for me... hope to make some new friends :) and get motivated! <BR> ttyls - Dawn Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:50:14 EST new to sparkpeople Hello! I am new to sparkpeople and was looking around for teams to join. My name is Eliza, I am 26 years old and have a 2 year old son. I currently live in Austin, Texas. My weight has been up and down ever since about 3rd grade and I am tired. This is the year that I get a grip on my weight and stop the battle!!! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:30:57 EST Healthy Care Package Ideas? My lovely parents do their best to support me in my thesis writing efforts- including doing something that I tend to forget to do myself- feed me. They have sent a request for a list of things they can send in a care package. Now, normally Oreos and a big bag of peanut M&M's would be on the list, but those are not part of a healthy lifestyle (maybe a small bag. They're nuts, right?). So, I'm polling my fellow twenty-somethings (and some other folks) for ideas. <BR> <BR> What are your sug... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:54:23 EST Alcohol Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if there are any alcoholic beverages that would be ok to drink that don't contain tons of sugars. <BR> I don't drink during the week, but only on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I know that wine is WAY better to drink than mixed drinks because it doesn't have as much of the sugars in it. <BR> <BR> I'm just trying to be careful of my sugar intake, and I love going out on the weekends and getting a drink or two, but I need some more options. <BR> <BR> Thank... Fri, 15 May 2009 10:28:04 EST New to this group Hello everyone! I've been with sparkpeople since April 2008. It's been a long journey through weight loss for me with pitfalls and whatnot. I lost 15lbs last year but I'm looking to lose 16lbs within a few months. I'm trying to better myself and also get ready for swimsuit season. I hate people that tell me I DON'T need to lose weight, I'm sorry but if I think my body isn't where it's supposed to be then don't try to turn me off of it. I'd rather support than the words oh you look fine you do... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 22:07:10 EST Hi Hi Hello group. I'm Christy from Manitoba Can. I have been on spark before but like many things in my life I have let it slip into the background. It is time to get serious so here I am. Ready to get these goals accomplished and start taking myself seriously!!!! Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:16:41 EST Hello everyone New to SP Hello everyone I'm Jade 25 years old from NY, new to the group and SP. I'm a single mother of a wonderful 9 year old boy. I am back on track getting my life back. <BR> I am looking forward to meeting alot of friends here ;o) Tue, 24 Mar 2009 23:50:12 EST SPRING IS HERE!!!!!!!!!! I dont know about you but i'm so glad that spring is here and its getting nice out. I walked 4 miles today and i feel great. I'm doing a 5k in june for march of dimes and I cant wait. I have been slacking off and I need to get back on track and today was just the start. I use to hate exercising but now i feel so good after. I am more awake have more energy and I love it. I'm really going to try and walk everyday this week :) hope everyone is doing well Sun, 22 Mar 2009 17:32:04 EST Hello everyone! My name is Laura, I'm 23 and from a town about 30 minutes away from Cleveland, OH. I've been a part of sparkpeople before, so I know what a great resource it can be! My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to see (and meet) his family in June and they live in Green Bay, so I want to be looking my best. I joined a gym recently and I had forgotten how great it feels to workout and sweat! Wed, 18 Mar 2009 13:39:14 EST ***Motivation Techniques*** *sigh* ive been slacking. For the past 6 months ive been tryin to get into the 160s and refused to hit the 180s again. In the 6 months ive only hit 160 for one day and i just hit 180. Im not impressed. What do you do to get back on the horse? How do you stay motivated when you know u spent so much time keepin it off but in just a matter of a week or two you can gain it back. Ive still lost 35 pounds on top of the 10 i gained but its still disheartening you no. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:44:50 EST *Getting Back On The Horse* *sigh* ive been slacking. For the past 6 months ive been tryin to get into the 160s and refused to hit the 180s again. In the 6 months ive only hit 160 for one day and i just hit 180. Im not impressed. What do you do to get back on the horse? How do you stay motivated when you know u spent so much time keepin it off but in just a matter of a week or two you can gain it back. Ive still lost 35 pounds on top of the 10 i gained but its still disheartening you no. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:43:34 EST My Intro Hello everyone My name is Amanda. I am 25 years old. I am the mother of three children and soon to be stepmama of one. I am getting married in May (as long as his son can be there if not we are waiting, maybe). I currently weight about 220. I am looking for any kind of supportive help with motivation or just someone to talk to in general who is going through it. I am on myspace and cafe mom and use yahoo on a regular basis. I lok forward to getting to know everyone. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:34:06 EST New to the group Hey everyone, I just turned 24 but I've been working on weight loss for a while now. Not succeeding very well so far. <BR> I am a mother of 3 and I recently had surgery so I'm getting back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> I could definitely use some motivation to help keep me going! I am ready to do this!! I have approximately 40lbs to lose to be my ideal weight but I will be happy to lose 20. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> ~Jamie Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:20:27 EST Hi, I'm New! Hi everyone! My name is Theresa. I'm 24 years old, soon to be 25 in April. I have been a member of Spark since August 2008 and to date I have lost 23 lbs. I am very happy with my progress and even though I keep falling off the wagon, I always seem to get right back up and continue on my merry little way. Anyway, I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I have no children and I currently work full time as a verification specialist. I am in school at this present time but plan on leaving for a little while. ... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 15:15:17 EST ok to be disappointed? I am feeling a bit unhappy since I only lost 0.5 lbs this week. I was really looking forward to my weigh in and had hoped for 2-3 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to use this as motivation, but I wonder how often are you disappointed with your progress? What are you doing to deal with it and improve your progess? <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:27:51 EST My morning in the ER I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but when I woke up yesterday in tears because my lower abdomen was in so much pain I KNEW something was wrong. When I tried to urinate I was even more pain, after a few fruitless attempts at easing my pain Jason put his foot down and said I needed to go to the ER (I HATE going to the doctor). The took me almost immediately and thought I had a kidney infection. They did some tests and it turns out is a very severe UTI. So they have me on antibiotics and ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 15:18:37 EST Hello! Hey everyone. I am almost 21 and I totally agree its time now to live and love life. I know if I get healthy, life will be better for me and everyone around me. Glad to be joining you all! Sat, 28 Feb 2009 19:23:06 EST Dinner Ideas! So heres a place to post out Dinner Ideas and maybe some healthy alternatives to out favorite foods. <BR> <BR> I'll Start. I gave us Alcohol & Fast Food for Lent so this will be a rough 40 days for me (will probably loose more though!). <BR> <BR> For lunch I made a salad with fresh spinach, shredded cheddar (low fat), and cucumbers then shreded some chicken breast and topped it with fat free italian. It was DELICIOUS! <BR> <BR> Last Night I cooked grilled shrimp PoBoys (which I already lov... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:27:33 EST Super Motivated So this past two weeks have been wild & crazy here in Louisiana. My sister & aunt came down this weekend and I was amazed. They started loosing weight around this time last year and my sister has lost about 100 lbs and my aunt has lost 140. Don't get me wrong I was greatly excited for them but at the same time it really hit me where it hurts. I was the smaller one and now I am the over weight one. But then as I thought about it, I am extremely motivated by them. My sister always was gorgeous ... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:24:41 EST New Guy Hi, I am new. Check out my page to learn about me. Let get to know each other and lose the weight together. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss something. GOOD LUCK ALL !! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:24:38 EST Sorry it's been so long.... I gave for about two years but I'm back now and I've made some progress since the last time I've been here. I really want to make more progress now. I'm getting married next year and it's time for me to realize that I'm not just losing the weight for myself but for my future family. I can do it. I missed you Twenty Sometimes. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:37:00 EST Well Hello! Hiya! I'm cat and I hit 20 a few days ago. I've realised that I should be in my prime now, not dragging a fat ass around with me! If I must remain stuck with this ass- it's going to have to get smaller! <BR> <BR> My goal is to be able to cram it into something slinky and get healthy and all that jazz. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:42:36 EST Back again.... So my weight loss sega continues. I was previously a sparker, and then I got pregnant. I am now back and ready to find myself again. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:21:47 EST Hi! :) hi everyone! my name is lizz, i'm 27 from Mass. I'm kinda new to this site. My 10 year reunion is coming up, and I probably gained 50 lbs since i graduated. I was always the chubby chick growing up and now I don't want to be. I'm looking for friends to help support and motivate me. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:01:10 EST I'm doing a 5k I'm so proud of myself i signed up for a 5k walk for march of dimes in may. I'm walking for something i care about. and at the end of the day i'm going to feel great. i'm losing weight and i feel great. i cant wait for may so i can do my 5k :) Tue, 20 Jan 2009 22:52:12 EST Hello :) Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I'm Jelena, I'm a 22 year old postgrad. I gained a lot of weight while I was doing my undergrad - I blame a few too many drinking sessions and late night revision with the aid of brownies... After I graduated, I wanted to get my life a bit more into order, and part of that was that I was fed up of being overweight. 15 pounds lost - I'm halfway there! Just need to keep on moving, dancing, living, and eating those nice healthy veggies :) Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:56:09 EST Calling All College Students!!! If you are in college this memo applies to you! College Spark has a whole new face and this is your chance! You'll find everything you need for your path to a healthy lifestyle. Visit our team! :) Sat, 13 Dec 2008 20:57:38 EST New and No Motivation Hi! I'm Jess! I'm 23 and disgusted with myself! I joined this b/c I need people my own age that are struggling with the same issues I am. A little about me: as said i'm 23, married 3 years, no kids (just dogs), work FT, 150lbs---looking to lose at least 25 if not more--pear shaped so everything stays b/t the stomach and the thighs. <BR> In 9th grade I started drinking skim milk and still do; I rarely drink soda anymore; until the time change I was walking almost everyday; I have a total gym ... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 20:09:57 EST Hello I am new to Spark Aamerica.I have like many others been face with the challenge of being young (20's) and being out of shape, not healthy and not happy with what I have let my body turn into. Ok so a little about myself: I am a 27 yr old working, (single) mother of two, ages 8 and 2.5. I started in weighing 257 about 8 months ago and weighed in at 195lbs 2 weeks ago, but I have started to slack off in working out and making healthy choices. So this morning I got on the scale and it says I hav... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:32:42 EST Fasting I've decided to go on a fast!!! <BR> <BR> I'm taking my vitamins and drinking lots of fluids(water, tea, fruit juice, coffee). <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose at least 10 pounds before Christmas. Plus I want to cleanse my body of all the bad toxins. <BR> <BR> I know that fasting is not the best/safest way to lose weight, but I'm kind of desperate! <BR> <BR> I'm so busy that it's hard to find/make time to work out(which I used to do 3-5 days a week). <BR> So I feel like when I don't get to wo... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:47:19 EST Finally getting it done! Hi! I'm Heidi and I have been very very slowly losing weight for a few years but have been stuck around low 160s for a couple years. I usually just tell myself i am at a BMI of 24 so it's okay but I want to be at my best shape in my 20s!! I'm ready to do this! I figure joining this group will help me stay with it. :) <em>216</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2008 22:17:13 EST scared to death!!! I have never done this kind of thing before. it is very scary to put yourself out in the open like this. But i am totally ready to lose the weight for good this time and do it the right way. I wish everyone the best of luck. Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:04:10 EST Hi. Hey everyone. My nanme is Kezia, I've been using sparkpeople for 2 weeks now and I have lost 4 pounds. I really excited about this. I've always been overweight and I became comfortabel with it but when I cant fit into my clothing anymore it's time to do something about it. And what a better time than now. My ultimate weight loss goal is 40 pound but i'e decided to break it down so I wont get overwhelmed with it all. Anyway it feels good to be here. Sat, 8 Nov 2008 13:16:53 EST Need help I havent been doin as great watching what I eat. I've been eating alot of candy with halloween just getting over with. Im struggling. Need some encouragement. PLEASE <BR> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 20:39:09 EST Off Topic... So I am having family pictures being done on Sunday and my boyfriend is wearing blue. I don't want to wear blue as well so what colors should I go for in order to match well with him but not completely look the same. I know I am going to be wearing black pants but what color shirt should I wear? Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:50:16 EST hello hey just joined this site and am hoping to lose 30 pounds by the time my wedding come around that gives me a lil under nine months hopefuly i can get there i just need to motivate myself. its hard when your so busy and dont have alot of time to exercise. Hopefully you guys can help me get there also <em>30</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:41:12 EST Girly Question Ok this is a really personal question, but I am looking for some answers and I thought maybe I could start here and see what you all have for suggestions?! <BR> I recently started the birth control Ortho Tri-Cyclen. I am in the second week and I have never felt so bloated in my entire life! It is the only side effect I have had, but at the same time it is hard to stay focused when I feel like balloon. Is there anyone else who has experienced this? Will it go away as my body gets used to it or... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:08:04 EST 30LBS BY CHRISTMAS I want to loose 30lbs by christmas anyone else want to. i weight 181 and I want to be 150 by christmas that is 3.5lbs a week. I am lookin for a buddy to join me help keep each other going. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 23:31:34 EST Introducing myself Hi, my name is Julie. I'm 28 years old. I want - and need - to get myself in shape and feel better. I'm married to a great guy, but we are both pretty round and soft. My exercise of choice is walking. I hope to walk 1,000 miles and also participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May - it's 39 miles over 2 days. Bring it on! Wed, 22 Oct 2008 20:58:47 EST I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!!! HI everyone. I'm looking for advice and inspiration! I'm 27, weigh 231 pounds, and I need help making decisions, and starting over. I've tried Spark a few times and failed myself :( I do really well, then BINGE BINGE BINGE!!! I've done the south beach diet, as well as many other diets...and was considering the lap band but may not go with that option. How did you start? Did you cut out a whole bunch of trigger foods cold turkey? Did you do small steps? I'm working on small steps but feel like... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 19:37:03 EST 27 year old future hot mama Hi, all! I live in Texas, have lost over fifty pounds, and can't wait to lose the last 10-20 to get back to the weight I was at when my unsuspecting husband fell in love with me! I lok forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:50:41 EST I'm finally making a change...FOR GOOD! I've probably been on 20 diets since high school, and I've been pretty successful at some of them...the problem is that I NEVER stick to anything. I'm REALLY good at starting things, but not so good at finishing. <BR> <BR> In January I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and my doctor told me that I MUST get to a healthy BMI before I can try to have kids. I REALLY want kids! SO...that's my motivation for losing the weight. I have to go on a low-carb diet, which I've don... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:43:38 EST hello I am new to this site I just wnated to introduce my self. My name is Michelle and I am 24. I have been married to my husband for almost 3 years. We have an amazing little girl who is 15 months. I have always been self concious about my weight. Ia m one of those girls who thinks she is fat even if I am not. But this time I am. I am 20 pounds over what I want to be. I currently weigh 150 and I want to be down to at the most 130 but will be just fine with 135-138. I just can't seem to kick the weight. We ar... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 03:32:05 EST i just joined hey my name is gaby and i just turned 20 im so excited i found this website it is so helpful, and i just hope with this and determination that i can finally get this weight off ive been dragging around for years i hope everyone is having sucess so far! Sat, 4 Oct 2008 13:44:26 EST New to the group hi my name is jamie. i moved in with my now ex boyfriend a little over a year ago i gained so much weight. we just broke up and i'm ready to lose the weight. i'm starting my life over. i'm moving with my sister soon and i cant wait Wed, 17 Sep 2008 21:47:10 EST Back in the Saddle...A gain...and Again Hi everyone. I've been a member of Spark for a couple of years now, but I've never quite stuck to it. I get really motivated for a couple of months...and then I get busy with work and miss a work out or two...and then life gets crazy...and another couple of months go by. I'm sure you all know how it goes. The funny thing is, I've been recommending the site to my friends, and yet I haven't had the motivation to fully commit to it myself lately. That's going to change now. I'm determined to... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 21:30:36 EST hello! i m new here Hello every one,im raquel and im new in this team, its great to find people my age that are trying to be in shape and have a healthy life. Im 24 and ready to be happy with my body and myself. <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:51:17 EST Fall Focus Now that school has started and my son is bringing home projects, extra work, and I'm bringing healthy snacks to pre-school it got me thinking... what are you doing to keep motivated and on track with the new season? <BR> <BR> I've really enjoyed walking in the cooler weather; something that was hard to get excited about when it was humid and sticky! Sat, 6 Sep 2008 20:35:34 EST New to the group It is my first day in a newsgroup. I have been playing with Spark People for about a month or so. I am excited to meet everyone. Sun, 17 Aug 2008 10:26:52 EST New life here I come! Hello everyone! My name is Suzette and I'm a 24 yr old from Pa. I have started my weight-loss journey today! I am so excited and ready! I just hope that I can stick to it this time. I need to do it to be healthy if nothing else. My mother was just diagnosed with Diabetes and my dad with high blood pressure so that really opened my eyes. Hopefully my new healthy lifestyle will rub off on them as well. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 19:19:26 EST Invitro Hi! My boyfriend informed me today that he wants to start invitro fertilization so we can be due in the summer. Im a nervous wreck because I wanted to lose weight first! But we have wanted a baby for a long time and Im not going to say no! Any advice?? Anyone else do invitro? Thanks in advance! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 09:40:01 EST suggestions anyone Well.... <BR> I'm new to this team but no stranger to SP. So let me explain my situation. <BR> <BR> I am a 22 year old senior in college and I have previously been in a two year relationship with my boyfriend. Yesterday we called it quits. I'm not so much sad because we were growing apart. I guess I'm more so scarred to start over again. I mean all my old friends are not health for me(drink too much,smoke too much,eat too much...just a negative crowd basically). <BR> <BR> So what or where ... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:47:48 EST HELLO.... FIRST DAY Hi there <BR> <BR> I have been on spark for awhile now but havent really got into it until today. I am looking to gain a healthier body and outlook. I have a trip planned for Sept 08 and am hoping to drop some pounds before then. :) Any tips? Sat, 2 Aug 2008 18:38:32 EST Howdy Mommas! Howdy ya'll! I'm Sarah (almost) 22 yo SAHmommy to Austin (2) and Steven (4.5mo)and loving wife to my hubby Michael (22). I just joined for some extra support and chit chat :D Mon, 7 Jul 2008 00:00:11 EST New and looking for a team Hi Everyone! Is this group active? Im looking for a team. I'm 28 years old and looking to lose about 30 lbs. Thu, 19 Jun 2008 19:30:07 EST The GYM??? Eek! Well I'm new to SP, and decided to dive right in. I need some advice/support on how to get back to the gym. I haven't gone in a month, and for some reason I'm just too embarrassed to go back. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but I always feel like the trainers are judging me for not working out as often (or as hard), and the other people are there looking at me as if I'm this disgusting blob that should be at the gym, but shouldn't be there when they're there. Except of course, they are most lik... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 22:47:35 EST new and kinda lost Hey - im 24 and im from northern ireland - trying to lose weight i have lost some but just cant shift that bulge if anybody has any tips that would be great! if not it would be nice to meet new people and hear about your own achievemnets <BR> <em>253</em> Tue, 27 May 2008 06:13:39 EST Pregnancy! OMG! I am only 10 lbs away from my goal & I just found out I will be expecting my second child in about 7 1/2 months. Anyone else out their prego, or anyone have any advise? Thu, 22 May 2008 20:17:19 EST BACK! hey everyone! i'm back at spark people and i wanted to say hey! my goals are changing now, i'm finally at a good weight and i don't want to loose too much more. <BR> <BR> either way let me know how you're doing and if i don't know you, please introduce yourself! <BR> <BR> keep on keepin on guys! Sun, 4 May 2008 13:56:30 EST FIRST WEEK WEIGH IN :o) Today is my ninth day here at SP and I am happy to say that I lost three pounds. <BR> <BR> I am super excited. I am only 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. <BR> <BR> I am only 7 lbs away from a new pair of shoes for the wedding. <BR> <BR> I LOVE SP! Sat, 3 May 2008 18:52:47 EST Weighing I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but how often do you weigh yourself? What time of day do you weigh yourself? <BR> I am addicted to the scale and every fluctuation freaks me out. <BR> I'd like to see what is the "norm" or if anyone knows what professionals say about weighing in? Fri, 2 May 2008 13:30:14 EST Woo Hoo! I think today is day 5 here at Spark People and I did it. I stayed with in my range of calories: <BR> <BR> CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN <BR> 1,485 216 43 61 <BR> (1200-1550) (163-236) (32-56) (60-127) <BR> <BR> I am so beyond excited. I know it seems silly but the first day that I logged in all my food intake I was at like 2,700 calories. <BR> <BR> Hello Skinny Jeans! (eventually) <BR> Good Night Everyone! <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2008 23:17:32 EST New and Excited! Hey everybody- Just joined Spark and I'm loving it so far!Any tips/advice/motivation any of you have, pass it on! Good luck to all! <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:37:16 EST Hi, I'm new... Hello, my name is Theresa and I'm new here. I'm just here trying to lose about 17lbs. I have a 2 yr. old and still have not lost the extra weight. I'm trying to lose my love handles and belly fat... So far this is the most helpful thing I've found. I feel motivated, which is great helper for me... And I guess that's it. Thanks everyone... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:31:56 EST Newbie, Fustrated & desperate... .Columbus,OH Hi. This is my first night on spark. It was actually recommended to my by a friend who has lost 30 lbs. So yeah, I am joining kind of as a last ditch attempt to lose weight for about a month I was eating less than 1000 calories 6 days a week and working-out (cardio) 65-90 min. 6 times a week and lost... wait for it... 3 lbs in a month of doing this...I have had my thyroid checked and its fine...however I really need to lose so dire need of some motivation to keep trying or a new ... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 22:21:47 EST New Here Hello Everyone. My name is Tina and I am a 24 year old mommy of one. I want to lose 50 lbs to get back into my 130's and hopefully be more happy, energetic and positive. I want to be able to play with my son without getting tired or out of breathe. I want to get back into my skinny clothes. WE can do this! Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:05:49 EST dedicated this time hello!! i've been a memeber of spark people for quite a while and about a year ago lost 15 pounds. In August I moved to Mexico to study abroad and have gained about 25 pounds. I felt so much better about myself after losing the 15 and really want to take them back off. The problem is I really am lacking motivation and support, so hopefully you all can help me in that area!! :-) Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:42:01 EST dedicated this time hello!! i've been a memeber of spark people for quite a while and about a year ago lost 15 pounds. In August I moved to Mexico to study abroad and have gained about 25 pounds. I felt so much better about myself after losing the 15 and really want to take them back off. The problem is I really am lacking motivation and support, so hopefully you all can help me in that area!! :-) Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:41:55 EST dedicated this time hello!! i've been a memeber of spark people for quite a while and about a year ago lost 15 pounds. In August I moved to Mexico to study abroad and have gained about 25 pounds. I felt so much better about myself after losing the 15 and really want to take them back off. The problem is I really am lacking motivation and support, so hopefully you all can help me in that area!! :-) Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:41:53 EST dedicated this time hello!! i've been a memeber of spark people for quite a while and about a year ago lost 15 pounds. In August I moved to Mexico to study abroad and have gained about 25 pounds. I felt so much better about myself after losing the 15 and really want to take them back off. The problem is I really am lacking motivation and support, so hopefully you all can help me in that area!! :-) Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:41:35 EST ready to start living healthy i'm 27, mother of 4 year old boy who looks up to me and for him and for me once and for all i want to lose the 30 extra pounds i kept after giving birth. i don't want to put my child as an excuse for being over weight. I'm ready and i know this time i wont fail. <em>224</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2008 01:14:52 EST hi... im 26 and i am new 2 this site... im so happy this site is really motivating. this site helps me workout and think about what i eat before eating it... i love the point system too... and its so positive... i found that for me it helps having a bunch of people always calling me to workout... so theres a few girls in my area who call me and we go to the gym together. it works out really well because we are all positive and never have negative feelings if our partners can't make it... life is... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 07:19:41 EST Rascal Flatts Team Hey! <BR> <BR> If you are a Rascal Flatts Fan or you enjoy listening to their music. Come join the Rascal Flatts Team! <BR> <BR> I have just made the team, so I am inviting lots of people to come and join. <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste into a new Window: <BR> <BR> s_individual.asp?gid=20721 <BR> <BR> Katie <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:28:52 EST I need workout buddies!!!! I'm so excited to finally getting on the right track of reaching my health goals. I need to stay motivated and buddies are just the answer, If you are in, just email me. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:08:02 EST hi newbie here hi im new to the a 25 year old mom of three boys. they are very active, but im not. i hafe to work on that. im looking for groups that will have postive people in it. because im a kind of person that stops things when gets too rough. <em>39</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2008 09:20:27 EST Hello! I just joined and wanted to say hi, "hi"! <em>30</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:15:34 EST Me Hi all glad to be joining! Show me what ye have got! Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:11:37 EST hi hi all i am 26 years old.i have a tow years old son.i think it is the rght time to be healthy if not for me it is for him Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:04:56 EST How much weight have YOU lost? borrowed this from another team... I thought it was pretty cool <BR> <BR> <BR> I have lost an average 2 year old! :) <BR> <BR> "Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:07:54 EST Greetings Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am a 28 year old male living in Phoenix, AZ. I came on here originally in Feb. 2008 to lose weight for my wedding in September. Now, it is more of a life change for me; educating myself about foods, exercise etc. I want to be healthier for my last two years in the 20's! Losing weight wouldn't be bad either. ;) Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:25:34 EST been here before got sparked about 2 years ago (i think) and had been very healthy (eating great, exercising regularly) and i was looking great. then i semi-slipped off the wagon when my bf had a serious accident at work (week in hospital, another 2 months off work) and i gradually slipped off my exercise routine. we went away for holidays over xmas/new years and i stacked on a few kgs. combined with the loss of tone for not exercise much over the last 6-8 months, i'm really not happy with how i'm looking.... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 00:07:48 EST 24-year old in Atlanta, GA Hey everyone, my name is Rachel. I just turned 24 and I am a mommy to a wonderful 4-year old son. I have decided that in order to become a healthy weight, I have to do something about it, that is why I am here and I hope that Sparkpeople can help. I know that it is going to be a long hard road but when I get to the end and look back, everything will be worth it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope to talk to you all soon.. <BR> <BR> Rachel Sat, 15 Mar 2008 01:16:34 EST hello hey so i just started and i wanted to get out there and say hi to all of you. i think it is a great way to stay healthy. you seem to have such a great big support system! its great! hope to hear from you all soon Fri, 14 Mar 2008 03:13:47 EST Who's up for a challenge?? I know some people are already involved in challenges, but today I was thinking about summer!! Memorial Day usually marks the start of summer, and since March 31st is exactly 8 weeks away from Memorial Day I think we should do a Memorial Day Challenge!! <BR> <BR> It won't start until March 31st, but let me know if you guys think it is a good idea!! Good luck with your weight loss this week!! :) <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:32:57 EST New Here Hey Im new here. Ive fallen off the wagon a few times before hopefully, this time will be different. Thu, 6 Mar 2008 18:04:26 EST 22 year old in Charlotte, NC Hey there! I'm working out tonight and all, testing out new moves here and there but I haven't really stuck to a strict diet and so tomorrow i'm going to make my first day. My problems are that I'm in the process of learning how to cook, watching my money, and not sure what to eat and how much to workout and all. I got myself a new treadmil and I use handweights but that's all the gym equipment I have and I'm not going to buy a gym membership = Id rather work out in my apt alone, I'm mor ecom... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:09:40 EST New to the team... Hi, I would love to be a part of your team. I'm moving back to Florida and am kind of dreading getting there with no clothes that fit. I refuse to buy a larger size! I would love to meet and talk to other members to keep each other motivated. <BR> <BR> My weakness: CHOCOLATE... I stress eat lately... all the time! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:31:24 EST New, New, New Hey hey, <BR> <BR> New one here. Been here about a week and so far loving the site. I feel like it really helps me stay on track - hold me accountable! Have a great night! <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:35:20 EST Hello Out There!!!! Hi everyone, I am a 25 year old sparker. I have been married about 8 years and I have 3 children under the age of 4!!! <BR> <BR> I joined spark last March and was totally on the ball but I have lost some of the spark and I really want to get back on the ball. I thought if I joined some new groups and met some new sparkers I could get going again!!! Help me out!!!! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:28:57 EST Greetings! Hello All, <BR> I'm new to the team, although I've been on Spark for over 2 years. Whenever I'm sticking to Spark, the weight practically melts off. Then I get cocky, stop Sparking, and gain it all back. Not this time. <BR> Anywho, I'm a 24 year old seminarian in Chicago. I live with a couple of slightly nutty roomates and a cat who's convinced I'm going to eat him. Like any graduate student, I have tons on my plate and its become increasingly important to me that I be healthy so I can d... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 12:25:16 EST How to get your vitamins... I have been keeping track of my vitamin intake, and I am just wondering if anyone knows what types of food are high in Vitamin b12 or if there are any? I usually do not intake any vitamin b12, and I probably should be. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 12:18:19 EST Looking for a spark... Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Eleanor (Elle for short) and I am twenty years old. Last year was a terrible one and I joined SparkPeople in hopes of starting 2008 off right. I broke off a two year relationship, was fired from my job and had to move home when my mother passed away unexpectedly. Then found out that my Father was having an affair and divorcing my stepmom of fourteen years. Did I mention this all occured within the month of July? <BR> <BR> YA! Needless to say it took me some t... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 18:29:06 EST Cold weather?! Hey... Ok, so I live in Minnesota and currently it is bitterly cold out. I don't have a gym membership and I really do not want to go outside to do my cardio. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what type of cardio I could do inside... something that is easy, and doesn't cost a lot? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:27:18 EST Help! Hey Everyone, I am very frustrated! I have had such momentum for three weeks now losing weight and this week I did not put my all into it. I didnt lose a single pound this week (or gain, so I guess that is good) and I am so upset with myself. I feel motivated today but how do I get over those slumps like I had last week?? <BR> <BR> Amy Mon, 28 Jan 2008 08:34:32 EST Couch-to-5K, who's with me??? I'm new :) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team so I just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 23, live in Michigan, and I'm trying out the couch-to-5K running plan! <BR> <BR> None of you know me so I'll just start by saying that I'm not fitness nut who loves running (wish I was), but I read a little about this and decided that it sounded like something worth trying. And what better team to do this with! <BR> <BR> This is a 20-minute-a-day, 3-times-a-week plan, for 9 weeks, but please don't let t... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:03:09 EST Hello I am new here. Hello I am new here. I am here to take the extra step to weight loss. I found this place and loved it so I joined. I am looking for people who I can add as friends. I am excited to try it <em>224</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:33:29 EST 28 and this is me..... Hey ya'll, I am new to this group- but not SP- I have been a member of SP since October 2007... I am Audrey, I'm a 28 year old single mom. I work f/t at an educational student travel agency- and am currently going back to school part time at night to pursue a nursing career... I am divorced- but also am dating the love of my life -Brian, whom is in the Army and stationed in Ft. Bliss TX currently- and I reside in VA [the Charlottesville Area]... We dated previously in HS and got back together... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:49:20 EST Hi! Hello! My name is Danae. I am 20 years old and living in Minnesota. Currently I live in the cities, but am making a move, in June, back to my hometown. A lot has happened in my life these past few years, and with all the stress there were a few pounds packed on. I have struggled my whole life with weight, and everyone around me has no idea what it is like. So, I am just looking for some support from people who know what it is like to not be the skinniest girl in town! <BR> I would love... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 11:06:42 EST Hello Everyone! Hey, my name is Amy and I am 26 yrs old. I live in Virginia now but I am originally from Chicago, IL. I have been here for three years and LOVE it but miss the big city. I have been married for 3 years to an amazing man. I joined this site to give me support, friends and just to have fun! <BR> <BR> Amy Wed, 23 Jan 2008 14:53:35 EST In a rut Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I was having a conversation with a friend that is trying to lose weight. We were discussing the eliptical. She says that it is better to go slower at a higher resistance and I thought that it was better to go faster with lower resistance. Which is better for taking off the fat? Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:00:25 EST hi Hey, My name is Lauren. I'm new to sparkpeople but not the the diet sceen. I've always had weight/self-esteem issues. I'm hoping that I will finally be able to keep it off this time and feel better about myself. I've very excited about finding this site. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 14:53:58 EST For the mommas..... ........... Hello everyone! Is it possible to lose the extra baby fat and stretch marks after you have had a baby? <BR> And what can I do to start? Tue, 8 Jan 2008 23:10:09 EST New Year, New Me! Hey Ya'll from Georgia :) I've been a member of SP since October but recently found this forum. I'm 22 years old and in my first year of graduate school. I've already lost 25 pounds and I'm ready to kick it in high gear and make 2008 the year I accomplish all of my goals. I'm always looking for new friends/accountability buddies on here so feel free to message me! Sat, 29 Dec 2007 09:50:58 EST Hello from Cali Hey all! New member here, want to lose 20lbs! Wed, 26 Dec 2007 20:43:31 EST QOTD 12/20 For those of us who celebrate the Christmas holiday the countdown is five more days... who's done with their shopping? <BR> <BR> I finished mine today... yea! Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:42:13 EST Hey Hey! <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for a short while, and it really is amazing. It has helped me to begin making changes to my life. I'm a fairly active person who loves horseback riding, the outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, and travel. I'm working towards losing a few pounds and getting in top physical shape while I am still young. I'm looking forward to meeting some like minded people! Wed, 19 Dec 2007 18:16:19 EST WooHoo I just joined this Spark Team and WOOHOO!!! I stayed on the Elliptical for 10 extra minutes today! I have already lost weight since June, but I am just know starting to really track everything in my life. I cannot wait everyday to login to SP and put in all of my goodies for the day. I am glad that I am not alone. Wed, 19 Dec 2007 12:17:32 EST 12/12 QOTD Since the holiday seasons are upon us how many of you send cards to family and friends? Do you snail or E mail? <BR> <BR> *I snail mail, and my list is up to about 50 people! Wed, 12 Dec 2007 20:50:19 EST Kimberly from Kansas Hey all! I'm a 23-year-old student teacher and by fall I hope to be a full time English teacher! I am going to be licensed 6-12 Language Arts in Kansas and I'm super pumped! <BR> <BR> This May my cousin is getting married and guess who's gonna be her biggest bridesmaid? That's me. So I ordered a dress size to small so that I can FORCE myself to lose weight - and then I found! I love this site and I know I can do this - please cheer me on! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? I w... Mon, 10 Dec 2007 13:09:27 EST New Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to the site. Just wanted to introduce myself, I'm Angie. Looking for some support. I've never been able to follow through with a diet plan and I'm really starting to get frustrated with myself. I'm not at happy as I used to be and I know a lot of it has to do with my appearance. Hopefully with this site I can reach my goal Fri, 23 Nov 2007 17:54:53 EST I'm back Hi everyone, I made it through another super tough quarter in school. Unfortunately I must start over in my diet because my diet went out the window and now I am heavier then I was to begin with the last time that I started this diet. I am at square one now so lets get started. No better time then after thanksgiving. I think that I am going to set a smaller goal for myself this time. I think that would be more attainable right now. I tried to lose 20 pounds through the spring and summer and ... Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:09:21 EST i'm starting again... Hello everyone, my name is Melissa. i'm starting spark people today for the second time. my goal is to lose 70 lbs by august. i've had a really hard time with my weight throughout my life. i just want to be healthy and feel good. also, i'm hoping to go on vacation in march,so i'd like to shed some pounds before hand. i hope everyone is doing well with their weight loss goals!!!......peace <em>30</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2007 15:38:34 EST Hello from New Zealand Hi everyone, <BR> (I'm new to this group, but not to SparkPeople).. <BR> <BR> I must say Its great to be back after 6mths away from Spark-land :o) <BR> Ive really started to surf this place and have found some really great groups, Inc- this one!!! <BR> <BR> Hoping to create some good friendships.. <BR> Ok, take care & keep up the good work!!! <BR> <BR> xx Toria. <em>213</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2007 10:57:33 EST Just joining up... Hi all. <BR> I'm new. <BR> I'm a photographer. <BR> I like living juicy... <BR> but this dang weight is holding me back ;). <BR> Moving on. Sun, 4 Nov 2007 16:01:47 EST How's everyone doing? Team's looking a little quiet these past couple weeks! How's everyone doing? Sun, 4 Nov 2007 12:31:56 EST Hi Welcome to everyone that I have not said hi and welcome to. Sat, 3 Nov 2007 17:10:12 EST New to the team Hi everyone! I just joined Spark and am really liking it. I look forward to getting to chat with all of you! <BR> <BR> Kristy Fri, 2 Nov 2007 18:21:02 EST Hey! Hello everyone! I'm Mandy--pleased to meet you! Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:00:03 EST New Here Hi! I'm new to the site and I already really like it. I can't wait to start losing weight! <em>224</em> Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:09:05 EST New to the TEAM Hey there everyone, I am re-introducing myself! I am back and ready to stay motivated and lose this weight. <BR> <BR> have a good one! Sun, 28 Oct 2007 14:02:23 EST What Up GUYS!!! Hey there all! I'm 23 years YOUNG and I FINALLY decided to stop eating all the fried goods and get back to the weight I was before. Just here to say hello and Looking for motivation and tips! Glad to be here! Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:34:58 EST Least favourite exercise? I've asked about your favourites before, but what about your least favourites? Thu, 11 Oct 2007 02:37:16 EST Lady in MN.. new to the crew. :) Hey all... <BR> <BR> I live in MN in the cities. and since getting a sort of receptionist position, I've gained almost 15 pounds :( I'm an actor so my image is very important, and I just want to feel good about myself. I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to sugar, and need help with motivation and pushing to get myself to eat healthier and work out! So hi, glad to be here. <BR> <BR> Jamie Mon, 8 Oct 2007 17:53:30 EST getting drunk You know when life is good life is great. but when life is not so good, it really stinks. I had a really bad day today and I am going to go and get stinkin drunk. SOOOO SOOOO drunk that I can't see. because life stinks right now and an icey cold one sounds darn good. One beer two beer three beer four. I drank all my beer now I need more. Oh how or why can I score another beer. Fri, 5 Oct 2007 19:04:37 EST hi everyone Just thought that I would say hi. I have been super busy lately. I hope everyone has been staying on track and having a delightful week. <BR> ashley Wed, 3 Oct 2007 19:03:20 EST Hi There New here I'm 26 and I'm looking to lose a great deal of weight. I've come back from a long haitus and hoping with support and strength I can do it this time. Tue, 2 Oct 2007 23:15:57 EST October Challenge? Anyone interested in starting a challenge for the month of October? <BR> <BR> I have just a few fast food, walk a certain number of miles, eat 3 fruit/veg servings a day, etc. <BR> <BR> I've never participated in a challenge before so I'm not sure exactly how it works. <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Tue, 2 Oct 2007 12:39:24 EST Hello. Hola! Hi, I am new to this group. Just wanted to say hello. <em>213</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2007 04:18:27 EST What is your favourite leisure activity? If you have time off, what is your favourite thing to do during it? <BR> I'm a fan of taking a hot bubble bath and reading chick lit. Thu, 27 Sep 2007 14:41:49 EST hey i'm new hey everyone my name is carmen. <BR> I just joined a couple of days ago. My goal is to get down to 120lbs and have a much more balanced and healthy lifestyle than I do right now. I decided to join because I'm getting married in a little under two years and I want to look good for my wedding. Wed, 26 Sep 2007 20:27:31 EST Hi All! I'm new here and just thought I would poke around and see what this is all about. <BR> <BR> Any helpful suggestions would be great! Thanks! <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Sep 2007 12:34:09 EST Do you all like mexican food? I love Mexican food. You know what is really good even though it is not per say Mexican, eggs with salsa. Yum! I am hungry right now. I worked my butt off today at school with my patience. I need to go jogging and I hope that I can muster up the energy. Have a good weekend all! Fri, 21 Sep 2007 18:00:48 EST I'm pregnant!! Just found out and I'm very excited. Any suggestions on how I should adapt my health program to fit the pregnancy? I'm definately going to keep walking and eating right, I think the only thing I really have to take out of the equation at this point is the ab exercises. Would love some help and suggestions :) <em>269</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2007 17:13:59 EST Any other young mommies? I'm a 25 year old mom to my 5 year old daughter. Any suggestions of fun (cheap) activities that will keep both mom and daughter active? Winter suggestions would be helpful too. Thu, 20 Sep 2007 17:53:29 EST What color are you today? I am probably black and gray. I would be a happier color, but I have had a long stressful week. The good news is that despite being overwhelmed and stressed out I have managed to lose a couple pounds. I weighed myself this mourning and I was down to 145.8lbs. Yhea. I haven't seen that number in a long time. I guess on that note I could be more on the bright side. Wed, 19 Sep 2007 18:07:41 EST Low vs. High Impact Aerobics What's the difference? I mean... how do I know if I'm doing high or low? I was in an aerobics class 5 years ago but didn't need to know the difference then. I'm in a new class and loving it, but I don't know how to log it. Any ideas??? <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Heather Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:18:04 EST What is your favortie season? I love the summer time. I love the long days and the warm nights. I love watching and listening to the thunderstorms that come through. I love to swim and take a vacation to the beach. I love the flowers and the cute little clothes that you can wear. I am not a cold weather gal. I hate being cold. Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:56:54 EST what kind of car do you all drive? I drive a Toyota Camry. Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:54:27 EST I'm new! Hi everyone! I am new to this group, but I have been on Sparkpeople for almost a month, and I have lost 5 pounds! Not alot, but it is a step in the right direction! <BR> <BR> My name is Heather, and I am 27. I have been married for 4 years and have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, and 2 stepsons who are 12 and almost 10. <BR> <BR> I have about 45 more pounds to lose before I am close to what I weighed when I got married. But more importantly, I will be healthier for my kids! Mon, 17 Sep 2007 10:36:10 EST QOTD 9/17 What is your favourite scent? Mon, 17 Sep 2007 01:04:40 EST Who's tired today? I am. I am always tired. I have a lot todo today but I am going to make sure that I fit in my workout anyway and not to eat unhealthy. This is a new week and I am aiming to eat a lot better then I did last week. Time to get back on track. Sun, 16 Sep 2007 12:16:17 EST SOOOOOOOO STRESSED Hi everyone, I don't know what I am going to do for my diet. I pretty much haven't been on a diet since I started school. I barely even have time to anything. I am up till midnight almost every night studying. I have been eating to much due to stress and I haven't a clue how to manage my time. The dental program is crazy right now. I don't deal with stress very well. Any advice anyone? I feel like I need a whole weeks time in a day! Thu, 13 Sep 2007 18:52:48 EST QOTD 9/12 If you could emulate any celebrity's style, who would you emulate? Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:30:48 EST what is your favorite time of day? My most favorite time of day is when I get home at night from work or school and I get to sit down and spend time with my husband. Sun, 9 Sep 2007 11:21:45 EST Has anyone been lucky enough to get any rain today I haven't seen much around here in a long time. A few drops maybe. I wouldn't be surprosed if I never had to mow my grass again this year. The whole yard is yellow and crunchy. They said that we are supposed to get more tomorrow. Sat, 8 Sep 2007 18:16:04 EST How many of you floss? Hi all, I haven't been in this web site for awhile because I have been busy with school again. I thought that I would throw a dental related question out there for everyone. I floss once a day. Did you all know that the best time to floss is before bedtime? Fri, 7 Sep 2007 17:39:56 EST Hi all! Hi everyone! I just joined Spark a couple of days ago. I have been dieting and working out on my own but unfortunately i don't have anyone that can work out with and i need some motivation...hoping this is exactly what i need to keep me on track! Fri, 7 Sep 2007 12:27:07 EST QOTD 9/5 What is your least favorite part of exercising? Wed, 5 Sep 2007 13:34:09 EST Where is everyone? This site has been to quite. We need more action. Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:23:37 EST MY GOODNESS!!!!! I went and ate at goldstar chili today for lunch and I went into the nutrition tracker today to record my food, and I my god. I knew that the nutrition was bad, but not that bad. I probably ate 1000+ calories. Not good. I couldn't even burn that up in running five miles. I even packed my lunch and my coworkers asked me to go to lunch with them and wham bam here I am. Probably 5lbs heavier. I feel guilty now. I just hope that I don't blow it worse during the rest of my day. Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:22:34 EST Hi team! Hi everybody! I've been on Spark People for almost 2 weeks and I just stumbled upon this group. I joined this group because I thought it would be a great motivator to interact with some people my own age who had similar goals. Hope everyone is on the way to reaching their own personal goals...I am! <BR> <BR> -Kayla Fri, 31 Aug 2007 12:58:00 EST Any advice? I am starting school next week and this will be one of my busiest quarters yet. I will be gone at school five days a week and probably will not get home till after dark on most days expecially after the time changes. Any advice on how to manage my time so that I can stay active and healthy as I can be? I don't want to gain weight because I am to busy. Whats a girl to do? Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:10:32 EST Did bad yesterday but great today. I guess yesterday was not my day. I just called it my fat ashley wednesday. I ate everything in site. I was just really hungry all day. Then I just said screw it like I usually do and I just ate way more then I should have. I guess I had a day of binging on food due to stress. <BR> Today I am back on track, my diet has been a lot better, minus the small cappuccino that I had. Then I ran five miles this mourning and I was out for about 70 minutes. Burned over 600 calories. Yhea! Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:18:21 EST Are you a dog or cat type of person? I love my dogs. I used to think that I was more of a cat person but since I have owned a couple of dogs now, I wouldn't want a cat. Cats are not active enough for me, but they are cute. Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:12:38 EST More 20 somethings, sweet! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I've been here a couple weeks and already lost weight. : ) <BR> I'm addicted to entering my food and just need to master getting to the gym, especially with school starting next week. I've got 3 day classes and two night classes + work. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Glad to be here. <BR> <BR> Anyone from NY? <BR> <BR> ttfn, <BR> Donna Wed, 29 Aug 2007 18:12:39 EST Are you a mourning person or a night person? I am more of a night owl myself. Wed, 29 Aug 2007 13:53:24 EST How did you all hear about spark people? I used to go onto website, it is also a website for weight loss and I was reading a blog or a message board and someone mentioned and I checked it out and here I am. Tue, 28 Aug 2007 19:55:56 EST What kind of music do you like? I like rap, rock and roll, and classic rock. Mon, 27 Aug 2007 18:47:39 EST Do you prefer Do you prefer salty or sweet? <BR> I like sweets Sun, 26 Aug 2007 19:58:51 EST Is anyone in college in this group? Hello. I am in school right now to be a dental hygientist. I graduate in june 2008. Can't wait. <BR> If anyone else is in school what is your major and your graduation date? Fri, 24 Aug 2007 09:10:11 EST Hi 20 Somethings! I just joined the group. I'll be 30 soon but I figured I'd enjoy your company while I still qualify <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for almost a month now. I started my weight loss journey just before joining SP. I've got almost 40 lbs to lose and need some help getting there. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to chatting with you all! Thu, 23 Aug 2007 12:34:12 EST 8/23 QOTD Ok people, what are your favorite, easy, "grab-n-go" snacks? I need some ideas here. Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:16:37 EST Starting over again... Hi. My name is Dori. I'm not new here but I fell off the wagon "BIG" time so here I am starting over... I'm starting LVN school on Monday and I know that I need to change something and soon... If anyone has any advice please feel free to share it... I'm looking forward to making friends and getting the help and motivation I need... Thanks, Dori Thu, 23 Aug 2007 03:08:43 EST QOTD 8/22 If you could be with any celebrity, who would it be? Wed, 22 Aug 2007 14:44:13 EST weight loss what is the best weight loss tip? Tue, 21 Aug 2007 18:51:10 EST What is your favorite color? Mine is blue. Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:52:55 EST QOTD 8/20 What is your favourite holiday and why? Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:46:17 EST What is you favorite desert? I love sweets. That is my biggest hang up. But my most favorite thing is ice cream. UDF'S chocolate chip cookie dough. Sat, 18 Aug 2007 20:16:06 EST Love this team Love this team everyone is so nice and supportive. Fri, 17 Aug 2007 09:51:41 EST would you rather? Would you rather have a perfect body and an ugly face or would you rather be large with a beautiful face? Just a thought. I think of goofy things like this when I am bored. <BR> I would rather be large with a beautiful face. Fri, 17 Aug 2007 09:08:10 EST QOTD 8/16 What is something you do when you think no one is looking or no one is listening? Thu, 16 Aug 2007 10:16:52 EST getting to know you all What are your ages and what are your hobbies? Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:26:29 EST hello everyone Hi my name is ashley. I am 27 years trying to find some weight loss buddies to help keep me accountable for myself and my weight loss goals. I weigh around 150lbs and my goal is 135lbs. I am having trouble getting into the grove of things. Exercise is not the problem for me. I love to jog with my dogs at least 4-5x a week. I love to eat and my biggest challenge is sugar. I love ice cream and my favorite candy is nerds. My other crutch is that I like to drink on the weekends and we all know ho... Wed, 15 Aug 2007 22:19:34 EST Glad to be here! My name is Lauren, I am 21, and from Ohio. Wed, 15 Aug 2007 20:32:55 EST QOTD 8/15 What is your favourite time of day? Wed, 15 Aug 2007 12:26:11 EST QOTD 8/13 What kind of music to you love? What kind of music to you severly dislike? Mon, 13 Aug 2007 11:04:39 EST Hi there! Hello, I am new to the group and just wanted to introduce myself. I have less then 15LBS to go before I reach my goal. I am very excited. I am young and I want to feel young again. I am a mother of a 8 month old baby girl and I have a loving supporting husband. I look forward to chating with some of you! <BR> Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:45:43 EST It's wonderful joining the team Doesn't if feel wonderful to know u r not alone. i feel great joining the team. Hello i'm Blossom and i'm 27 yrs old. I live in Bladensburg Maryland with my two cute little boys(a 3 yrs old and a 3 month old) and my husband. I'm currently 161 pounds and working on losind at least 30 pounds. i need all the support i can get. lots of love to u all <BR> <em>129</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2007 02:51:52 EST Oh Geez... I'm Jennifer. I live in Oregon with my wonderful boyfriend Chris who is into biking, hiking, and generally being outdoors. He's not in the best shape, but he out does me. I want to get healthier as a couple, lose some weight, and get more active! I have tried things before, but have always fallen back on my great self-esteem by saying that I am a good person and that is enough, well... I am finally doing this for me and I want to succeed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2007 19:32:38 EST TGIF! Any fun weekend plans anyone? Hi all! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? It's been aweful quiet in here today so maybe some of your weekends have started already! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going to spend the day at the beach tomorrow and I am so excited. I have been itching to go the the shore all summer. Fri, 10 Aug 2007 18:17:17 EST QOTD 8/10 We all know that exercise is good for you and really helps get great results, but what is your LEAST favorite form of exercise? Fri, 10 Aug 2007 10:05:10 EST QOTD 8/9 A fun, simple question today... Do you prefer to keep your hair long or short? Thu, 9 Aug 2007 09:04:34 EST Eating Right = Expensive?? Is it just me, or does eating healthy really add up the $$$$$? I mean I'm trying to get a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables, but they only last so long before you have to eat them all or they go bad. And I'm shopping healthier meal options for my husband and I (ie. not from a box), but my grocery bill is really starting adding up and there's only two of us. And I clip coupons, but most of the time it's for unhealthy crap food that we shouldn't eat anyway. Anyone else noticing this, or am ... Wed, 8 Aug 2007 09:00:09 EST QOTD 8/8/07 Happy Wednesday everyone! <BR> What kind of new habit or lifestyle change has been hardest for you to handle in you weightloss/healty living journey? Wed, 8 Aug 2007 08:51:10 EST QOTD 8/6 It's the dog days of summer now. Yesterday it rained here, today it is going to be unbearably hot and humid. Gotta love the east coast. So today's question is, what is something you do to cool off in the summer heat? (besides staying in air conditioned building) Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:54:36 EST Hello there! <em>249</em> Just wanted to drop by and say hi to everyone on my Day 1. My name is Tamara and I'm hoping to lose 15-20 pounds by New Years 2008. This is a very reachable goal for me and I know I can do it with the right plan and support. I look forward to getting to know everyone better! Mon, 6 Aug 2007 14:44:27 EST Can anyone relate? I have lost a total of 65 lbs and I look a hell of a lot different than I used to. As much as I am excited and happy about the good change in my life, there are drawbacks. I have 3 sisters and two of them are feeling jealous/resentful that I have lost weight. One of them has always been bigger and at first I inspired her to join a gym and start losing too. But then she took a bad fall and has had a lot of back pain due to it and couldn't continue working out. So she lost her motivation a... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:54:04 EST Alright, I'm back and I need help Hi there! It's Megan, one of your long lost team leaders and I am back again. I got severely overloaded with my business that I am running and totally fell off the wagon. I was doing so well up until about June and then I got overwhelmed with work, ate like crap, and was totally inactive. I've gained back over 7 lbs. I'm such a bad example! <BR> <BR> So anyways, my business activity has died down and I am back and in need of some motivational a$$ kicking. I need to pay attention again to wha... Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:36:34 EST QOTD 8/6 Hey everyone! It's one of your long lost leaders!(I'll explain were I've been later) <BR> <BR> Since it's going to be a rainy summer day where I am at, what is one of your favorite "rainy day" activites you like to do? Mon, 6 Aug 2007 10:50:34 EST QOTD 8/5 What is your favourite exercise? Sun, 5 Aug 2007 22:07:58 EST Off topic, but I need good vibes Hey ladies and gents, <BR> I have just applied for a really good journalism job that I desperately want. I need all the good luck vibes I can get, so if you have any to spare please send them my way! Wed, 1 Aug 2007 23:08:43 EST QOTD 8/1 What item of clothing could you never live without? Wed, 1 Aug 2007 22:12:57 EST Hello Everyone !!!!!!!! Hey there team!!!!!! Hope everyone is doing GREAT this morning/afternoon depending on where you live and the time. LOL. <BR> <BR> I was just stopping by to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Rian and I'm 26 years old. Currently I live in Illinois but will be moving to Florida August 30th. Can't wait!!!!! <BR> <BR> My current weight is 170 and my goal weight is 120. So far being on this program I've lost 8 pounds and still going. :) <BR> <BR> What else about me. Well I have a puppy (... Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:21:32 EST QOTD 7/29 What is your favourite childhood memory? Mon, 30 Jul 2007 22:22:51 EST newbie! Hey Girls! I've been a member of spark for almost 2 years but am now ready to take it seriously! I decided to join a group for the added support and some place to find like minded gals. My real goal is my university grad next June (hopefully will be maintaing by then). Now, does anyone know how to get the little bar that shows my goal weight, starting weight and where I'm at currently?? I can;t fin it anywhere! Cheers! Thu, 26 Jul 2007 19:32:28 EST QOTD 7/25 With summer comes heat, and much of the USA has been dealing with it lately. What is your favorite season, and why? Wed, 25 Jul 2007 20:02:51 EST New/Oldie hi! <BR> I started Spark about 2 years ago but didn't keep up with it. Now I'm back and totally serious. I joined this team beause I like your quote. I 'm really excited because I know I'll do it this time around. :-) Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:47:46 EST New Here! Hey everyone! I'm new here and just wanted to say hi! Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:23:48 EST QOTD - 7/24 What has been your biggest frustration while losing weight? Tue, 24 Jul 2007 23:58:32 EST New here! I am new to this group so I just wanted to write and say hello! Tue, 24 Jul 2007 18:44:31 EST Newbie in WV Just wanted to say hello. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 16:27:14 EST Hello I am 24, I just got married and I love life. I have a wonderful husband who loves me just the way I am but I want to get healthy before it's to late. I want to lose about 60-70 pounds. I joined this board so that I would have motivation and know that there are other people like me out there. Tue, 17 Jul 2007 19:19:02 EST QOTD 7/17 What do you use to reward yourself for losing weight? Tue, 17 Jul 2007 17:11:04 EST QOTD 7/16 What are some of your favorite summer/seasonal foods? I just picked fresh cucumbers out of the garden, and had them with tomatoes and light ranch dressing... yummy! Mon, 16 Jul 2007 00:19:11 EST 2 Weeks In... Hello all! My name is Heather. I've been on SparkPeople for 2 weeks and so far so good. I haven't lost as much weight as I hoped I would by now, but I have gone down a couple inches in my waist. This is the best thing I've done for myself since I had my kids. I can't wait to continue and reach my goals! I'd love to meet new people and be any kind of support you might need. Hope everyone's weekend is going well!!!! Sat, 14 Jul 2007 23:06:52 EST HELLO! Hey there! I'm 26 (almost 27) and just joined SP a week ago, and am already addicted. I love this site, love the support it offers, and am excited about losing weight the healthy way! <BR> I'm also going to be working on the couch 2 5k in about a month and a half ... have to get in a LITTLE better walking shape before I can start running :) <BR> Lots of Love & Support, <BR> Darby <BR> <BR> PS: Feel free to add me, send me messages, etc. I can use all the support I can get! :) <BR> <em>12... Sat, 14 Jul 2007 23:06:21 EST HI! HI. My name is Heather. I'm 20 years old. I have a little boy, 18 months old and a little girl 4 months old. My husband is 23. I just want to get rid of this stupid belly!!! Sat, 14 Jul 2007 12:15:22 EST New to SP Hey everyone. My name is Iz, I'm 23 years old. I'm married to an amazing man in the military. I have struggled with my weight all of my life and since I got married about two years ago I have put on over 70lbs, which I am not okay with. I am trying to get back on track - today was my first day going to the gym. I tend to lose my motivation and am hoping to find people here that can help keep me motivated. If anyone is located in the Bremerton/Silverdale area and would like a work out bu... Sat, 14 Jul 2007 02:20:50 EST QOTD 7/13 In honour of Friday the 13th, name one thing you're afraid of. Fri, 13 Jul 2007 18:04:15 EST QOTD 7/11 Today is my brother's birthday so here goes... when it comes to cake and icecream... vanilla or chocolate? Wed, 11 Jul 2007 15:54:05 EST How do YOU break your plateau? Despite taking up exercise last week, as well as keeping rigidly to SP in all ways, I'm yet to see a difference on the scale, I even seem to be gaining weight! <BR> <BR> I've had plateau's before and ended up caving and going backwards only this time I'm determined to soldier on. <BR> <BR> I've just been reading the SP advice on plateau's and I think it could be down to not sleeping enough. I've been getting really poor quality sleep and going to sleep at 3 or 4am and getting up at 10am. So... Tue, 10 Jul 2007 16:56:00 EST Ranting Free For All I don't think you already have one of these, but if you do, let me know. Just thought it would be a good idea, and I especially need it today, so please forgive me! <BR> <BR> I'm having a really bad time of life right now. Well, not really bad, but emotionally I'm finding it difficult to cope. For example, my boyfriend is away in South America for 2 months on a trip and I have barely any contact with him. Also, my parents are away on holiday this week so I've been left minding the house and ... Mon, 9 Jul 2007 16:46:42 EST newbie in fl HI friends <BR> <BR> I am new to the website and look forward to losing weight and becoming more healthy. I have read lots of posts and find the support on this site to be wonderful and motivating. I look forward to the support and providing support to anyone who might need it. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone and stay motivated :) <em>240</em> Sun, 8 Jul 2007 21:02:45 EST QOTD 7/6 If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Fri, 6 Jul 2007 17:19:42 EST QOTD 7/4 What is your favorite 4th of July memory? Wed, 4 Jul 2007 15:09:32 EST The Stairs If there's one thing I can't do it's running. It almost feels like it's impossible for me to do just because I get so bored with it. Throw me into a sport and make me run around and I'm quite entertained and not bored at all. As soon as I have to run around the block for a few minutes, I start suffering from ADD and stop to stare at a tree. I've tried a running partner before but while I'm running all I'm thinking about is wether or not the other person is suffering from bordome as well. I've... Wed, 4 Jul 2007 00:23:36 EST I'm the new guy! *peaks around the corner* Hiya, <BR> <BR> Alrighty, so I guess I'll start. I'm 21 and still a bit shy, but I gathered up enough calories to put some effort into an attempt at introducting myself... <BR> <BR> After heading out the local ER a few times in the last year for unknown reasons other than really bad stomach pains. I decided to follow up with a doctor and figure out what was wrong with me since these pains felt worse than breaking a few bones in my body. After many big scares, I was told I was allergic to ca... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 23:22:41 EST Fad Diets Has anyone ever tried one? Any success? I know someone's just started a discussion about the Duke Diet. <BR> <BR> The latest is the "Kimkins", people are dropping up to 15lbs in their first week. It's ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I must say, I'm awfully tempted, even if I dropped half of that, that's half a stone in a week, that's pretty much my first goal nailed in a 5th of the time. <BR> <BR> It's based on cutting down on carbs, and upping protein and I'm contemplating trying it next week. <BR>... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 17:29:55 EST relationship question A this stage in life, how do you know when to give up on a relationship without feeling like you didn't give it a chance? Does that make sense? Tue, 3 Jul 2007 09:55:46 EST The Duke Diet Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard of the "Duke Diet". It was in a magazine. It boasts big weight loss fast and a good maintenance program for keeping the weight off. I was just curious. They mentioned it along with the spark people website so I thought that maybe it might be a good diet. I think that I am going to go check out the book tomorrow. I was just wondering if anyone had heard anything about it. <BR> <BR> Have a great night! <BR> <BR> Cathy Tue, 3 Jul 2007 01:12:27 EST QOTD 7/1 If you could collect anything, with money being no object, what would you collect? Sun, 1 Jul 2007 23:15:45 EST Plateau Okay, I've been doing pretty well the last seven weeks. I've lost ten pounds at a pretty steady pace, my diet is getting healthier, and my exercise time is increasing... here's the thing. I know the plateau is coming... I can feel it. The weight is starting to get a little bit harder to lose. Any ideas on how to keep up the pace? Thu, 28 Jun 2007 21:56:10 EST new as well Hey all, <BR> <BR> I already posted once but I didn't create it so I just wanted to introduce myself in case ya'll didn't see it. <BR> <BR> My name's Kristen, I'm 21 and go to school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI but I'm from Cincinnati, OH. After some bad knee surgeries in high school I don't quite have the athletic physique that I once had so now I'm trying to shed those pounds before it's too late! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting and talking with you all Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:02:20 EST I'm New! Hello ALL!!! My name is Jaron and I'm 22 going on 23 yrs old...I have a 3 1/2 yr old daughter and am looking to take off the rest of this weight once and for ALL!! ANy advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated and wouldnt mind making some new friends! Good luck everyone!! Wed, 27 Jun 2007 19:36:40 EST life transitions... So for the last year my life has been one big trnasition....and it doesn't seem to be settling down for a while. I am inbetween graduate school and my next job, and in a new apartment wondering if i'm going to marry my boyfriend, and I have a puppy that pees everywhere. I can't seem to get into a routine! I work 8 - 5 job plus see clients a couple times a week. Help! Tue, 26 Jun 2007 11:33:48 EST QOTD 6/26 What is your dream job? If you could have any job, what would it be? Tue, 26 Jun 2007 09:37:58 EST weight gain and the pill? Hey ya'll! Well im starting the bc pill for the first time. my doc put me on Aviane and i was wondering if any one else on the pill gained weight when they started??? thanks for the help! Sat, 23 Jun 2007 14:51:15 EST QOTD = 6/21 What is the best thing about summer? Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:47:53 EST QOTD 6/20 How much sleep do you get? And do you feel it's enough? Wed, 20 Jun 2007 14:43:11 EST Losing motivatin and clothing issues Ok so I posted a success bulletin a few weeks ago on my losing my first 20lbs, well I am so distraught right now! Ok so below is the email I sent Jen one of the coaches here on Sparks and well she suggested I share it in forum and see if anyone else is having this problem.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I have done very well , since MArch 31, 2007 I have lost 20lbs.., 6inches in my waist , 7 inches in my hips, 2 inches in my neck. Yet Friday when I went to the store to buy me some new pants I could not ... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 15:28:29 EST QOTD - 6/16 What has been your biggest triumph since joining Spark? Sat, 16 Jun 2007 14:00:15 EST A Long Lost Leader Hey all- <BR> It's one of your long lost leaders, Megan. I want to appologize for being gone lately. I own and run my own business and things have really taken off and I've gotten so busy that I am running out of hours in the day and have very little free time anymore. But I wanted to let you know I'm haven't quit on you, I'm here, and will pop in here as often as I can. <BR> Luckily I have only gained 1 pound over the last few weeks so I've managed to maintain a bit since I'm not exercisi... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 11:16:17 EST QOTD 6/13 What time of day do you exercise and why? Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:05:54 EST Motivating Music I need some new motivating music to listen to when I work out....anyone have any playlists or songs that are inspirational? Wed, 13 Jun 2007 13:12:53 EST New to the Team Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 24, a recent college grad, semi newly wed, with lots of weight to lose. I have been browsing teams and this one caught my eye. I hope to meet some new people, and gain a little motivation on the way! Sat, 9 Jun 2007 02:22:22 EST QOTD - 06/08 If you could only bring one book to a desert island with you, which one would it be? Fri, 8 Jun 2007 13:39:10 EST New to the Team! Hey! <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle, just joined SP a couple of days ago... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you soon!! <BR> <BR> I have some weight that will be coming off... And need all the support I can get! (and will be offering support to those who need it as well) <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2007 11:17:19 EST Drinking For the most part I drink only water. I have totally cut out soda from my life. My question is, if I drink juice, gatorade or iced tea, do I have to enter it in my nutrition tracker? If I have an alcoholic drink (which isn't very often) I do enter it into the tracker, but I wasn't sure about other beverages. <BR> <BR> Also, I just got sick (I think it's a cold, but I'm not sure). I'm hoping tomorrow I will be feeling better, but what do you guys think about exercising when you're sick? ... Mon, 4 Jun 2007 23:35:17 EST I need you to kick my butt I have been the same weight for almost a month now, and I need to get off of this plateau. Have any of you hit a plateau? What did you do to get yourself off of it? Sat, 2 Jun 2007 19:51:18 EST QOTD 6/2 Yay first June question! <BR> What is one fashion trend that you wish would disappear? Sat, 2 Jun 2007 14:28:46 EST I did it! Ok so I did it! I have lost my first 20lbs of my 60lb. goal! I am looking forward to buying a new pair of jeans. I have lost 6in. in my waist since this March! <BR> Now the big part will be keeping it off and lost soem more! Any tips on keeping it off and losing more? Fri, 1 Jun 2007 16:15:31 EST QOTD 05/31 Since it's been so quiet in this group...what has everyone been up to the last week? Thu, 31 May 2007 14:51:56 EST Question of the Day - May 25 What is your biggest financial indulgence? For example, do you love clothes, or jewellery, or perhaps handbags? Fri, 25 May 2007 22:40:47 EST