SparkPeople Stop Eating Out of Boredom Team Messageboard This team is for anyone who struggles with eating out of boredom SparkPeople Stop Eating Out of Boredom Team Messageboard New and Scared Hi everyone! I'm new out here and a big boredom's terrible! Any advice is really appreciated! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:27:31 EST Need new healthy, fun, and easy ideas So since I get to be a team leader now (Yikes) I need ideas to get this team active :) I don't want any of you to get bored with the group. So please let us know what keeps you entertained. <BR> <BR> I like to cook. It lets me be creative. I used to just do baked stuff. Lots of carbs and calories in that. So now I am trying to make real recipes. I am lucky in that my daughter has discovered she really likes cooking. The more intricate the recipe, the more fun for her LOL I got her a 5 we... Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:19:18 EST just checking in - from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:09:33 EST starting over Once again I am going to try a new approach . I think I will try with a 12 step program as well. Maybe if I treat this like any other addiction and go to meetings plus spark I can stand a chance to win. What does anyone think? <BR> <em>303</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:00:35 EST Measure Eyeballing it isn't working any more (ugh). Starting to gain weight (again) &amp; just eating like a crazy person. Yes food is (at times) my drug of choice. I've been doing so great for so long. I fell off the wagon &amp; hit the ground HARD! Sun, 2 Sep 2018 08:31:28 EST adicted to sugar why can't I stop eating sugar? I crave sweets all the time. How do I stop? Tue, 8 May 2018 08:09:57 EST Sharing Support (Words, Emoticons, Pics, etc) <em>26</em> <em>345</em> <em>26</em> <em>200</em> <em>200</em> <em>26</em> <em>345</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> "Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, <BR> mutual confidence, sharing &amp; forgiving. It is loyalty through <BR> good and bad times. It settles forless than perfection &amp; makes <BR> allowances for human weaknesses." ~ Ann Landers <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>345</em> <em>26</em> <em>200</em> <em>200</em> <em>26</em>... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:34:24 EST Boredom My husband was critically ill before he passed so I was always busy. Between him and the two dogs, I had no time to be bored. He passed 16 mos ago and then our older dog passed 6 mos later. In the past year I have gained 30 pounds just from excessive snacking due to boredom. I know I need to join a gym but I am not sure I can afford it. I have social anxiety too. I want to go to church but don’t know where I would fit best. I hate to leave my dog alone for very long so I tend to use he... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 14:15:16 EST newbie Hi everyone. I'm Angela and I'm a second year medical student on the east coast. I've been an on/off user of Spark People and similar sites over the past few years, but since starting medical school, I've found keeping healthy is something I've been struggling with a lot, and I put on quite a bit of weight. I'm looking to regain my activity level and fitness, as well as lose weight, so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout graduate school into my professional career. <BR> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:33:57 EST Intro Hi! I am 53, 5'6", live in the UK, am married, have no children or pets, enjoy walking as my main exercise, and also enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, listening to music, watching films, playing scrabble, and doing sudoku puzzles, amongst a lot of other things. <BR> <BR> I am a born again Christian, and am currently trying to make my menu more varied and nutritious, as well as cutting out the sugar and additives. My diet is an average of 1500 calories over the course of a week, and I'm alm... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:52:06 EST new to team I am a 76yr young Christian woman with a 80yr old hubby. Sept. 01 we will celebrate our 54 yr. Anniversary. We have three children; 5 Grands. and 1 (13yrs )old Fur-babie. <BR> <BR> Our 52yr old son has colon cancer which has migrated to his liver. He has been fighting cancer almost a year. He is on Chemo indefinitely. <BR> <BR> I am a stressful person to begin with. I am fighting the wt. Problem and b.p. which goes up and down! <BR> <BR> Hoping to control my wt. WW is too fa... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 06:39:14 EST New to the Team Hello, I've just joined this team and hope I can get some much needed support with my eating. I spend a lot of time alone, while I search for work and take an occasional college course. I live alone which may be also exacerbating my eating. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:29:04 EST New to Team I'm new to the team, excited to get some like minded people around me. I can do great all day until I get home from work, when I'm waiting on my husband to get home and I start feeding our babies their dinner.. I feel like I need to eat everything in sight, sometimes I could really be hungry, but most of the time I'm just mindlessly throwing food in my mouth and sabotaging my good work for the day!!!! Ugh.. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:37:30 EST New to the team. Did a little self discovery this week. I eat when I get bored! I find myself standing in front of the fridge or pantry just staring at the contents within. This must stop! :) This is one of my goals for the week. DO NOT MINDLESSLY STAND STARING AT FOOD! FIND SOMETHING TO DO!! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:54:48 EST New to the TEAM Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team. I have been doing spark for a while. Tried some teams but didn't have any luck with actual support and accountabilty. I am hoping this team is the one for me. <BR> <BR> I lost my job 8 months ago. I currently stay at home with 2 of my grandchildren. All I want to do is eat. As busy as I might be, I am board out of my mind. So I eat. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:28:45 EST New to the team G'day. <BR> My name is Bree and I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a long time now. A few years ago I lost about 100lbs and slowly gained about half of that back. I decided to put my foot down and start working towards losing weight and getting to my goal again. <BR> Eating out of boredom is the biggest problem I face on a daily basis. I don't work at the moment so I spend a lot of my time trapped at home. I do my very best to overcome this nasty little habit, but I have to take it a da... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:02:34 EST Did U read SP article ? I found the article 4n mindless habits very ineresting with 2 things hitting home for me <BR> <BR> Check it out <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticles.asp?id=1752 </link> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:15:28 EST A to Z name a junk food to avoid Let's go through the alphabet and name junk food to avoid ! Sat, 28 May 2016 22:59:31 EST What exercise did you do today? Rode my bike to and from work <em>108</em> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:49:35 EST Things we can do when we want to snack when bored Suggest one thing we can do when we get bored and want to snack at night . Let's see how many ideas we can come up with. Sat, 28 May 2016 22:44:24 EST Show how you are feeling with an emoticon Use a emoticon to show how you are feeling today whether you are <em>250</em> <em>334</em> <em>527</em> <em>42</em> .Will be a way to let team know if you need some support Sat, 28 May 2016 22:40:36 EST June Goals This is where we can come together and cheer one another on for our personal June goals Sat, 28 May 2016 22:36:00 EST New to the site and team I am definitely guilty of eating out of boredom. Hi everyone I am 43 year old lady who is obese and I need to get out of this habit. Just joined spark people today and new to the team. Thu, 19 May 2016 19:46:41 EST May chit chat room I know I;' m late getting this together I have been helping my mom get ready for a move yesterday we took boxes and furniture and other things she does't need the real move is this Saturday then the unpacking Mon, 9 May 2016 09:21:27 EST Guilty and struggling with this Ive done great for 10 months and all of a sudden this last month evening snacks have started sneaking in. I'm kind of near panic mode because I think one of my whole issues has been eating out of boredom. What to do now? Mon, 2 May 2016 11:04:35 EST April Chat Room Morning all I thought we could use a daily chat room to say <em>524</em> stop in if you are having a bad chat about anything that you want to This will help with support in the team Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:11:06 EST new here Hello everyone.Glad to be here! I need to work on eating out of boredom and night time binging after work. <em>213</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 19:51:00 EST Boy do I eat out of boredom My name is linda new to team but not to SP with my husband passing back in Nov I do find myself binging at night and having such a sweet tooth at work I was maintaining my weight for 3 years but last year the weight start to creep up on me again I have gone thruogh a lot last year which has cause the weight gain Let's face it there is only so much to clean in the house I am the only one here now <BR> <BR> I am hoping ot get to know you all shame no team leader right now but we can get thing... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:44:29 EST Is it eating through boredom? I started calorie counting last week. It made me realise that I'd been masking boredom with food. At least that's what I thought in the beginning. But I have loads to do. Just don't want to do it. Then I realised it might be more a case of I'm dissatisfied with my life? Or maybe it's an inability to enjoy. Anyway it's something I need to investigate/think about etc. So I thought I'd just put it out there. :-) <BR> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:38:28 EST Did you stay in range today? I have just started to count calories and had 2 successful days (1160 &amp; 1220) but yesterday went a bit haywire (2207). Could have been a lot worse though. Hopefully by tackling the boredom issue I will be able to lose the weight and keep it off. 3.25 pounds off so far! <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:26:08 EST Sounds like a good team... At night over eating sweets has become a really bad habit for me. Going to bed feeling bad and sad is getting old. I eat that way out of boredom and loneliness. I have a family living with me (husband and daughter), but I don't have a girl friend to talk to and that is a real bummer. If I sound really sad, just stop reading...I need to vent right now. If I would get into bed by 8:30 on work nights, it would help and track all meals (not just breakfast and lunch. Tracking night time eating... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 22:58:43 EST Need to beat eating through boredom thing! Just started on a calorie controlled diet and have realised that I have been using food to overcome boredom. So I need to learn to overcome boredom. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:30:50 EST Looking forward! I can't believe that I waited so long to get serious. I have been a member since 2011 and yet I never stuck to the program. I have been consistently logging and exercising now since the first of the year and have lost an honest 9+ pounds. I know that as long as I keep at it, I will slowly get rid of this extra baggage. As it has turned out after the first couple of weeks of logging it got easier and now it does not seem like such a big deal. This site is so much more than just a nutritio... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:03:34 EST Need motivation Hello, My name is Darcy, I just had my 25th wedding anniversary I have 3 great kids ages 13-22 My oldest has Down syndrome and is an awesome kid. When I got married, I was a size 3 even after my oldest was born. At the age of 37, I had my youngest daughter and was a size 5 after I had her. I started gaining weight when I turned 40. I need to lose at least 35lbs. I took pictures of my stomach and was grossed out. I try a new diet every week thinking Oh I can do that. Then the next day I decid... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:56 EST I hope I do better this time ! I first joined Spark People in 2012. I used this program for motivation to lose weight and to stay physically healthy and to look as Fit as possible, as I got older. Then I got extra busy, and slowly fell back to my old lazy self. <BR> I am still working, traveling the roads of the Southeast. My goals are to get back in shape and hopefully stay that way. I know it will be a lot easier to do following Spark People. I will keep you posted as to my Progress, from time to time. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:15:17 EST New to the group 35lbs to lose Hi I'm new to the team. From UK really struggling with weight loss atm. I lost 4 stone from September 2013 to July 2014 got from 18 stone down to 14 stone but unfortunately have gained a stone back. I want to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I eat out of boredom and I'm also an emotional eater <BR> After a very difficult time last year I found my comfort and a friend in food. <BR> <BR> Thank you for taking the time to read Thu, 14 May 2015 10:05:31 EST Introduction My name is Julie. I am 58 and ready to get my life (and health) on track. I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Type 2 Diabetes and really really don't want it to get worse. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low motivation and 40ish pounds to lose. I am trying real hard to plan my meals properly and exercise 5 days a week. Been okay until this last few days. <BR> <BR> Problem 1- portion control <BR> Problem 2- meal plans <BR> Problem 3- low motivation <BR> Problem 4- no accountabi... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:59:35 EST Hi! I'm Lucy & since I pulled my muscles in my lower back a couple of wks ago, my mindless eating has gotten worse & I gained a lot of weight back. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:35:36 EST Intro The new year is going to be a good one I just know it. I found this group and just know that it will help me get through the night time munchies. <BR> I do well during the day but at night it is really difficult to ignore my dh chomping down his chips next to me. I used to do it but sometime last year I gave in and joined him beginning the slippery slope that has led me to initiate the late snacks. <BR> <BR> I hope this group will keep me motivated enough to kick the late night/boredom eati... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:57:29 EST What exercise did you do today? I did a 65 minute walk (got lost!) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:49:39 EST Hi from Marsha. I'm new here Hi everybody. Just want to say hi. I definately want to stop eating our of boredom. So could use support along the journey to goal Sending Spark Cheers to all of you <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>524</em> <em>213</em> <BR> Marsha Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:30:33 EST Hey I'm Lizzie. I have 140lbs to lose. I eat emotionally and out of boredom. <em>477</em> Naughty me! I need tips on how to avoid that, little self control. Fri, 30 May 2014 11:45:38 EST Emotional eater Hello, my name is Maria from Illinois. <BR> <BR> I am definately an emotional eater. I need all the help and motivation. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:22:44 EST 2014 Introductions and R-Intro's Hi, I'm back. Hope to be able to stay involved with sparkpeople this time around. Still having computer issues but will do what I can. <BR> To those that don't know me and a reminder to those that do, I'm Vicki. I'm 57 years old and have about 68 lbs to lose. I only lost 6 lbs in 2013 so am really hoping to do much better this year. <BR> I am married to Bob and he's just had to get a pacemaker/defibrullator in March, and is still adjusting to having a very weak heart (20% heart strength), so ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:27:12 EST im new: need ideas to stay busy And active in a semi Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:26:15 EST Hello Everyone! Hi everyone, my name is Cat and I am new here. I have attempted to get my weight down before and I know I can do it because in the past I lost 60 pounds doing Low Carb. Now that I am to the point I need to lose weight again, I am having issues. I keep starting off strong and doing well! Then I hit about the 10-15lbs lost point and I sabotage myself and gain it all back. This time feels different though. Before I tried to do this without any support or anyone to talk to about my issues, no on... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:32:28 EST Hello. When I first joined this site, the site decided that it would be enough for me to lose about 36 pounds. That's not so bad. Then I went to another site that would show me what I should look like at my target weight goal. I still looked fat. I think it might be because of all those scrawny models out there. Anyway, whatever the case, I decided that I want to lose even more. Now I have 60 pounds to lose. I hope I did not set an unrealistic goal. I used the BMI chart to help me. Plus I never had ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:11:09 EST I'm new! Hi everybody, I'm new! I'm Karen and I've been with SP since 8/11. I looked over this team before joining and decided that it could really fit the bill! The afternoons and evenings are the hardest for me. We farm (dairy), so our main meal is at noon, just like those of old! So that makes for a light snacking situation in the evening and that's what I have trouble with. I try to eat my freggies especially at that time, but I find that I need something more in the protein dept. or so. I ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:14:57 EST Hello! I am new here:) I am so excited to find this group! I could write a book about my struggles with nightime eating and it is the number 1 problem I have with losing and maintaining weight. <BR> <BR> Just some background on me... I am 45 years old and have a great husband and three kids. I am currently at 169 which is almost the heaviest I have ever been and I am really struggling. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting to all of you and hopefully making some new friends. <BR> <BR> Andy (short for Andrea, I a... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:57:35 EST Hi I've been away from this site for a while and now I'm 'retired' and living in a new town away from family. Sooooo....I eat because I'm bored. I was doing very well until the changes in my life. Now I eat all the time...and not the good food either!!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:42:16 EST Hi! Wow...I thought I was alone in my desire to consume a week's worth of calories in one evening!! <BR> <BR> My name is Beth, I am 40 and from New England and I eat when bored. Ugh. <BR> <BR> This is my biggest vice and something I struggle with all the time. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here and looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:33:23 EST Hi! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I've newly discovered that I'm an emotional eater and a BIG part of it is eating out of loneliness and boredom. Can I come hang out here? I'm hoping to both get and give a lot of support so that I can meet my goals and maybe help someone else do the same :) Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:53:04 EST if you have a longterm weight issue, watch this Hello, hello and hello again :D <BR> I'm happy to say i'm back and fighting. :) <BR> <BR> i'm posting this to share with you something that helped me take up losing weight once again, since during this summer i had decided i'd quit the game forever. <BR> <BR> it's a british tv show which pairs a supersizer with an underweight person in a food clinic, where each one must feed on what the other person would eat on a normal day. it goes on for a few days and most of the time it's really intere... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:28:47 EST New to team I walk 5 days a week, approximately 15 miles a week. Also because I am walking I have stopped going to the neighborhood bar for 2 or 3 beers on those days. I started this routine 5 weeks ago and still no weight lose. I eat fine during the day but at night when my boyfriend is working I am sooo bored sitting on the couch watching tv I do nothing but think about Not eating. But all I do is eat. I basically eat only healthy snacks but I still binge eat on those. UGH. I am not even hungry when... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:13:33 EST New to group! Hi everyone! I am new to the group and I am hoping to find that this group posts often and is very active. I plan on being active with post, replys and on spark in general. <BR> <BR> Shannon <BR> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:28:08 EST Bored and compulsive Hi everyone! I am so glad I found this forum, hoping it will help with my eating habits. It goes from one extreme to the next. I eat when I'm bored (mostly at work sitting at desk) or at night. I think about food a lot. It doesn't even have to be about bad food, I crave healthy foods too. I am leaning towards becoming vegetarian. I don't want to eat meat anymore but sometimes I crave it. So I want to get rid of those cravings. I can't eat a lot of acidic foods or dairy because of digestion is... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:43:25 EST First Day on Spark! Joined SparkPeople tonight with the hopes of changing my life, loosing weight, and getting healthier. Looking for a lot of support because it has been difficult with the influence from my parents to do super well in every area in life so in trying to do that my health was the one area that started to slip towards the end of high school. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 01:37:23 EST Read to feel comfortable I am new here and really need support, encouragement and accountability! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:17:24 EST Introduce myself I like Spark People. Trying to stop eating to entertain myself. <BR> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 23:39:55 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Zee, I'm 23 and one of the most chronic boredom eaters I know. I have often found myself walking to the fridge when there is nothing to do and, while I catch myself, it's not nearly enough when I've already started on the munching. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:34:00 EST This team suits me perfectly Boredom eating is exactly my problem. I do great most of the day, breakfast, lunch all the way to dinner. Then when everything slows down around the house, I want to snack, constantly. Somedays I do pretty good, otherdays not so good. So I'm really glad to see this team, I don't know how I didn't see it before. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:09:42 EST Trying Again Hello all, <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not new to SparkPeople but I am trying again. I am fatter than I've been in a long time. I've had a difficult few years first with losing my job, health problems and family tragedies, among other things. Food is something that I've turned to for much of my life to deal with all of my emotions (boredom, sadness, anger, loneliness to name a few). I have had an especially bad week this week, eating out at fast food restaurants every day this week just because. I e... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 20:10:27 EST i eat out of boredom i'm new to the group but not new to spark. I found this group while here on the site and checked it out. I noticed that a lot of the times, I eat out of being stressed, upset, bored and even when I feel good. my food choices vary with the mood. i'm single, in my 40s and lately have had some not so good events happen but i'm coping and food is one of the ways i'm using as a coping tool. it's not good because it turns into a never ending cycle of disappointment for me in regards to my weight. ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:20:10 EST 38 year old emotional eater with 50 pounds to lose Hi my name is Katie. I am 38 years old and an emotional eater/ binge eater. I would love the support to help me get my eating under control Fri, 31 May 2013 12:33:15 EST 32 yr old emotional eater with 70 lbs to lose Hi! I'm not new to SP, but after more than a year of not logging on SP... I would say that I am acquainting myself once again with the site. I had lost 30 plus pounds 3 years back, but have gained it all back now. I was not able to maintain and here I am trying to lose the fat once again. <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm exhausted, tired, anxious, stressed. So yeah, I binge all the time. I went to my doctor this morning and she told me to focus on losing weight. See, I'm no... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:52:40 EST New Member Hi All I have found my team, this habit is my biggest downfall. I am from VT. I was about 300lbs at my highest weight. I am down several years later at 205, but now I need to get down to the nitty gritty Sun, 19 May 2013 09:10:53 EST Yet another victim of Yo-yo Dieting Well hello there. One month ago I was happy about having lost 8 pounds for my wedding. Now, not only have I gained again those 8 pounds but added 6 more. Why, you ask me? well, as for sure many of you have experienced, I am a victim of Yo-yo dieting. I find myself avoiding some foods and exercising regularly during a couple of months and, as soon as I see results, instead of keeping up the good work I go back to my old habits and even indulge into some serious Binge eating. It is not until I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 15:03:03 EST binge/co mpulsive eating I stuggle with compulsive/binge eating and want to buddy up with others also stuggling so we can encourage/help each other to eat healthier Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:56:43 EST kinda new Hey everyone, <BR> Well I've been a member for quite awhile but haven't been active. Actually forgot I was a member of spark people. I'm a 26 year old stay at home mother of a 9 year old and a 2 year old... so of course I find myself doing mindless eating quite often... Well just wanted to stop by and say hello Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:25:42 EST Another fellow bored eater! Hello! My name is Carolyn, and besides being an emotional eater (happy, sad, upset, doesn't matter!), I'm also that person who eats when she doesn't know what to do with herself. Not mentally stimulated - hmmmm, my tummy is rumbling! Not doing anything with my hands while watching a movie - popcorn time! (Fortunately, knitting and crocheting can help with this latter one!) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to learning more tips to avoid Boredom Snacking and meeting others who share my nasty ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 17:42:23 EST Hiya Hey, I'm new here, but not new to eating out of boredom. Having ADHD doesn't help that much either. But I'm here to learn & help myself & others. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:19:26 EST What are your fitness goals for Spring? For me, Spring means new beginnings and a chance for renewal. Many of us, including me, have by now abandon of so called "New Year's Resolution's" to become healthier versions of ourselves so that we do go into the coming year the same way we left the last. Alas, after the confetti settles and the champagne glasses get put away, we are hit the realization those promise made are not so easily kept. For me, it has been a little harder to keep up with my fitness promise because I haven't been fe... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:38:22 EST Yes Another Newbie Hi, I’m a newbie to sparks and even newer to your group, but eating out of boredom is an old friend one that I am trying to kick to the curb. <BR> Peace out, <BR> ehlifesshort. <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:30:35 EST Chit-Chat 2013 Just rejoined and wanted to say hello and hope everyone is having a great Sunday. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:04:32 EST Let's Get Re-Auainted Let's get re-aquainted. <BR> I'm Vicki and I'm 56 years old. <BR> I got rid of the scale and am working to drop inches. I'm going to the fitness center 3 times a week and working out at home 3 days. I rest up on Sundays. <BR> My goal is to reclaim my health and over time go from a 3XL down to a size Large. <BR> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:03:03 EST New Member <em>4</em> Hi, my name is Lea Hartline I am a new member from Georgia. I am a stylist and have found that all my eating out of boredom between clients or on slow days is slowly making my time behind the chair hard to stand. How long can my knees hold up 200 pounds? Not very long! I am excited to see other people trying to overcome one of the things that got me to 200 pounds... Looking forward to our journey together. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:24:29 EST New member here Hello group. I just wanted to say hello as I try to figure out this site. I'm a mommy of two and I work full time in Downtown San Diego. So far I've learned that my go to boredom foods are Starbucks and candy. I need to break these habits before they break my bank and my buttons LOL Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:08:57 EST March goals My goals for this moth are to lose 10-12 lbs and to do 30 min of exercise every day but Saturday. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:46:14 EST Replacing Snacking with Drinking Green Tea Hi all, <BR> <BR> The most tempting time to snack for me is between 8 - 10 p.m. It's the one time of the day when I can finally sit down and relax for an hour or two and "reward" myself for a busy day.... But certainly not a good habit when I am trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Now I have started to drink flavored green tea, and it is working as a substitute for "munching" And I feel much more in control in my eating the next morning too. :) <BR> <BR> Any other ideas out there? Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:12:05 EST Too much thinking about food! don't mean to be a whiner......BUT!!! Since starting sparkpeople 4 weeks ago, hv gained 3 lbs! Seems all I do is think about and obsess about food! <BR> <BR> Now I know it's not sparkpeople's fault, so not saying that......but how to get past it? I have only gone over 1200 cal on 4 days out of the weeks I've been here.......???? <BR> <BR> It's a puzzlement, don't know where to go from here other than to cut back from the 1100-1200 calories????? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:20:07 EST Moving on after two bad days Thursday and Today I did not work out in the morning and went way over on my calories, I was fine in the morning and at night, but something happens to me in the afternoon:(. Well, I ended up pretty much snacking all through the afternoon which makes me feel awful. On the positive side, here is what I've figuered out: 1) planning out what I'm going to eat the day before is necessary for me, especially planning out snacks, 2) I have to excercise first thing in the morning, otherwise it will ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:27:15 EST Hi, new to the team! Hi, I just found this through one of the SparkPeople emails. I'm really bad about snacking at night out of boredom. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:28:51 EST Hi, I'm new to the team Hi everyone, I just found this team and it sounds like just what I need. I do fine in the morning and through lunchtime, but late afternoon is tough - I think it's because my energy starts to go down. I have two little girls (one and a half and four) and this is also the time when they are driving me crazy the most (I stay at home with them). I've tried having a snack at around three, but it's more than hunger it's like anxiety that makes me want to keep snacking on everything and anything... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:44:28 EST I'm not alone.....I've found my people! Hi I'm Lynna. I was doing so well, I wasn't eating late & winter hit & all heck broke loose! <BR> Trying to redirect my thinking. So I hope to meet as many as possible! Have great night Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:59:30 EST New To This Group Hi my name is Sheryl, I'm happy to be here. I am looking forward to all of your help. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:39:24 EST new to the group Hello. I do great during the day most days. It is the evening that sends my mind to food. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:30:18 EST Late night calorie killer here! Hello Team. My name is Lisa. I'm new to the team. <BR> <BR> I am a late night calorie killer...basically late nights are where I go over my calories, and normally by large amounts. I wouldn't say that I binge for one thing, I binge if I'm bored, if I'm not bored, if I'm happy, if I'm not happy, etc, etc. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being on this team. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:16:12 EST New Here Need Help Hello I am new to this board. I am need of some help it seems like in the afternoon at work and at home at night I cannot leave food alone mostly because I am bored at work in the afternoon this time of year. I am also an emotional eater. Any pointers or tips would graciously be appreciated! <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:51:45 EST New here! Hello! I am Viapapillon, a young woman who spends her days either at home studying or at work. Mindless munching is not a problem at work, but at home, in the evenings, when I'm supposed to concentrate on dull study books - that's where it begins. Somehow it feels that I can concentrate better if I'm eating something all the time. And not just anything; I've tried vegetables, but it needs to be something calorie dense like nuts or cheese or chips. The only vegetable that works is cherry tomat... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:33:15 EST stopping the binge at night. I finally made it 1 night without binge eating. NOW only 364 more to go. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:50:41 EST QOTD: Jan. 25, 2013 Don't quit! You can't expect to get good results if you keep making exercise excuses and quitting before you have a chance to reach your goals. Stop cheating yourself--make the right choices to get the results you want!" - From SparkPeople Motivation <BR> <BR> This hit very close to me because I find the before I even start trying to take control of my health, I often sabotage myself before the work starts. You can't get to the finish line if you never start the race. How do you to start so ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:28:58 EST Back on Track Big thanks to those team members who have been encouraging me <BR> <BR> Last night I did a 15 minute walk on our treadmill. Today I did a 1 mile walk during a slow time at the office. I then did some "Office Fitness" exercises for 10 minutes. Suddenly my energy and motivation levels are through the roof. <BR> <BR> The comments and responses of "be strong" and "you can do it" were incredinly helpful! Thanks very much! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:10:07 EST Hi! I'm a new member. i had my 1st weigh in today. I lost 4lbs. i have a very big problem of eating when I'm bored. I want a new me. I want to be able to play with my grankids without feeling like I'm dying. I want my life back! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:24:02 EST Overcoming Boredom Last week was a perefct example for me of eating out of boredom. I woke up late everyday last week and sat on the couch and did nothing but think which is never good because i eat when i start thinking about all the things going on in my life. I feel back into old patterns and i manged to stop myself from going to far. Now i'm back on track but it was scary their for a few days. I need to get up and do things so i'm not bored. So what do you do when your bored? Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:28:07 EST Hello Team, glad to be here This is the first time I've ever joined any sort of support program for ANYTHING! I've struggled with weight most of my 52 years, my main problem is snacking at night...seems like no matter what is available, I will eat! I have lost a lot of weight before (and gained) and I am a very good that's not an issue. I love VOLUME! I have never uttered the words "I'm not really hungry" or "Gosh, I don't want any dessert, I'm so full!" I need help and suggestions...I do exercise regularly and... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:54:56 EST Newbie Hi everyone, I'm new to spark people. It's great to have such a support network. Please feel free to give me any tips of advice because I'm feeling pretty helpless at the moment. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:03:16 EST New to the Team Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. I have gained 60 pounds in the last few years due to medicine I have to take. I have picked out a fitness program, Turbofire and a low calorie diet. I will reach my goal weight. I might have to work harder than most people, but I will do it. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:02:28 EST 2013 Goals Tell us what your goals are for 2013. <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> My goals are to lose 8 lbs a month til I reach my goal weight of 180 lbs. <BR> I will be working to get in a full 60 minutes of exercise in daily. <BR> I will be cutting back on meat and adding more vegetables to my food plan. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:45:23 EST binging over guilt for not being hungry I tend to binge at a meal when I'm not hungry. i want so much to be hungry for my meals but when I'm not i feel guilt and then binge.. Anyone else have this warped psyche?? Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:22:28 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: NOV. 4-11 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2) Do something outside each day for at least 30 minutes <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> My ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:18:42 EST 3 SIMPLE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DIET...SIMPLE <link><BR>2/10/3-simple-tips-for-keeping-your-di<BR>et-simple/ </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:07:47 EST Returning Member I was a member of sparkpeople (and leader of this team) a number of times under different user names but since menopause, my thinking gets all screwed up and I let emotions get the best of me. So I end up dropping teams or leaving sparkpeople completely. But I'm back to stay this time, no matter what til I lose this weight. <BR> <BR> ******************UPDATED 10-27-2012******************** <BR> Ok, I had these big plans and guess I'm trying to do too much all at once. So here's an update o... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 13:31:01 EST Replace the snack with healthy habits. How can we replace snacking out of boredom and turn this into a healthy habit that will stick with us for a lifetime? I just started turning up the radio and dancing whenever I feel the need for an unhealthy snack attack. This way I work in some cardio, kill my snack craving and have some fun at the same time. How about you? How do you stomp the snack monster? Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:24:10 EST New here Hi Guys, <BR> My name is Laura and just wanted to commit to sticking to three meals and a snack at night no grazing or eating anymore than I wrote down. I'm into the bad habit of the night munchies and getting scared of returning to my old ways <em>24</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 06:22:15 EST Hoping to inspire better nutrition Hoping to inspire better nutrition, insurance giant sending out money-saving coupons <BR> David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times <BR> <BR> LOS ANGELES -- Anthem Blue Cross wants people to eat better. And to help its members make more healthful food choices, the insurance giant is sending out money-saving coupons. <BR> <BR> For ice cream. <BR> <BR> And processed sandwich meat. <BR> <BR> And mayonnaise. And canned vegetables. <BR> <BR> And, strangely, deodorant. <BR> <BR> The coupon campa... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:17:38 EST QOTD: MONDAY, OCT. 1ST Sorry I missed yesterdays qotd. Had too much going on. <BR> <BR> Todays question is; <BR> <BR> What qualities do you consider it takes to call a woman beautiful or a man handsome? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************* <BR> To me, a beautiful woman or handsome man doesn't necessarely have anything to do with their outward appearance. To me it's someone that holds their heads up high, and shows they're confident. It's ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:34:30 EST One Week Challenge: Oct. 1-7 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay under 1500 grams sodium EACH day <BR> 3) Exercise for 45 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> My challenge will be to stay... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:10:27 EST Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure Yogurt Linked to Lower Blood Pressure <BR> <BR> Yogurt may help prevent hypertension as part of a healthy diet, an observational study suggested. <BR> <BR> People who ate at least the equivalent of one serving every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate no yogurt at all, Huifen Wang, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston, and colleagues found. <BR> <BR> An even stronger effect was seen among individuals who were not taking antihypertensive dr... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:01:49 EST QOTD: SAT., SEPT. 29TH What are your October goals? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> My Goals for October: <BR> 1) To do something active outdoors every day (weather permitting) <BR> 2) To cut out all sodas, diet or otherwise <BR> 3) To stay within my nutritional limits <BR> 4) To lose 2 inches off my waist Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:26:16 EST QOTD: FRIDAY, SEPT. 28TH When you think back over the last 9 months, what would you have done differently if you had the chance for a do-over? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> I would have thrown away the scale ( or hidden it) so that I could focus more on my progress that I could physically see and feel instead of going by just what the numbers on the scale were telling me. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:01:47 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital <BR> Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements. <BR> By Melanie WinderlichMedically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark c... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:03:12 EST QOTD: THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 What would you like to see in this team? Let me know your ideas. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:34:53 EST susan hi im new to this ive been trying to lose weight since my son was born he is now 2 yrs old im trying to find a better and healthy way to lose my weight i dont want to use drugs to lose my weight already made that mistake ive been clean goin on 3 yrs now i planned my life on the right path now its time for my to plan a healthy choice for my health if there is anybody out there that understands where im coming from and that can give me tips advise and keep in touch that would be great thank you Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:12:31 EST QOTD: SEPT. 26, WEDNESDAY Which do you think tells the truier tale; the scale or tape measurer? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************************** <BR> <BR> I will no longer be weighing weekly or monthly. I will only weigh at the doctors office. I will do my measurements once a month on the 1st of each month. <BR> I think the tape measurer tells a truier tale cause it shows you for certain if you've lost inches compared to a scale not telling you if you're retaining fluid or have... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:31:42 EST up late....NOT snacking Hello everyone. New to posting and encouraged by the wealth of info on sparkpeople.I am obviously up late and thinking about not my husband snores nearby it dawns in me how stressed I have been lately. With it has come 8 lbs I previously lost. I am determined not to continue a bckwrds slide. Thanks tor being here Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:35:38 EST QOTD: SEPT. 25, TUESDAY Do you try to eat a salad every day or is that something you rarely eat? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> We got thru spurts of wanting salads 3-4 times a week, but then if hubby's stomach starts acting up from all the added roughage, then he doesn't want me buying it for weeks at a time. I try telling him if he'd eat a small amount daily, his system would get used to it but he refuses and money is too tight right now ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:28:22 EST QOTD: MONDAY, SEPT. 24 What did you do today to get some exercise? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> I worked in my flowers, moving huge potted plants and getting everything pruned and fixed up like I wanted it. I also got in a 45 minute walk. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:40:14 EST QOTD: SEPT. 23, SUNDAY Are you the type person that has to have a full breakfast right after waking up, or are you just a coffee and / or yogurt type of person? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> <BR> Don't give me food right after getting up. My stomach can't handle it. About the only thing I want is my morning coffee and then about a hour later I'll have a yogurt or a couple slices of toast. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:17:15 EST 15 Best and Worst Foods for Weight Loss 15 Best and Worst Foods for Weight Loss <BR> Put down those potato chips and pick up some pistachios! New research reveals the most common foods that cause weight gain, and the healthier choices that actually help you lose weight. <BR> By Susan Amoruso <BR> <BR> The average adult gains one pound per year, and this steady weight creep may be directly related to what (and not just how much) you eat, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyz... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:04:53 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: SEPT. 23-30 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay within your nutritional limits EACH DAY <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> My challenge for this... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:51:03 EST QOTD: SAT., SEPT. 22ND Have you ever plateaued for a long length of time, and if so, what did you do to to get out of the plateau? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> I tend to lose a set number of pounds then will yo-yo within a 5 lb range for 2-3 months sometimes. Then suddenly I'll drop to a lower weight and continue losing for 2-3 weeks, then I'll hit another 5-6 lb yo-yo cycle. I've been this way for over 30 years. The platea... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:24:16 EST QOTD: FRIDAY, SEPT. 21ST IF YOU COULD LOOK LIKE ANYONE BUT YOURSELF, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> <BR> I'd like to look like Sophia Loren. She takes care of herself, is aging gracefully, but doesn't diet. <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:19:29 EST New member Hi all. I am looking forward to reaching my goals. I am new to Sparkpeople, but I am slowly finding my way around. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:16:53 EST QOTD: THURSDAY, SEPT. 20TH When working to lose weight, what's the one thing you will not do? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************ <BR> <BR> I will not rely on diet pills, or any other pills to make me lose the weight. I have to do it on my own or it's not worth it. If I take the easy way out then I don't learn from it and will just regain it over time. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:34:20 EST QOTD: SEPT. 19TH, WED. Do you have a set number of pounds you'd like to lose between now and Jan. 1-2013? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> I'd like to have at least 25 lbs off from my heaviest by then. I was 257.2 lbs at my heaviest, so I'd love to start out the new year weighing 232 lbs or less. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:00:43 EST Hope I`m not to old to start I just wanted to say hello. My name is Bill, I am 50yrs old single dad of two teenegers. I have been big all my life, and have always daydreamed about having a tone and fit body. But never done anything about it, but when I turned 50, I thought its time to do something. Well let me end this before I keep going, I tend to talk a litte to much sometimes lol. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:14:23 EST QOTD: SEPT. 18, TUESDAY Do you have people comment on your weight, good or bad? If so, how do you handle it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************* <BR> <BR> For me, I've only had one person really say anything bad about all the weight I'd gained, and she was 100 years old. I had to just stand there and take it cause you don't fuss at someone that old. She wasn't trying to be mean. She was just stating a fact. The last time she had seen m... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:40:55 EST QOTD: MONDAY, SEPT. 17TH What bothers you more; the number on the scale or a larger clothing size? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******* <BR> <BR> It's the scale for me since I know clothing sizes vary, depending on the brand and even the store. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:37:07 EST QOTD: SEPT. 16TH, SUNDAY When you think of the process you're going thru right now to lose the weight, do you think in terms of another diet, or do you consider this a lifetime change and plan to continue this way of eating, exercising, and living, the rest of your life? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> 98% of the time I try to consider it a lifetime change and not a diet, but there are days when I'm counting calories an... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:38:11 EST QOTD: SAT., SEPT. 15TH What is the most important thing/help you've found since joining <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> For me, it's the support I get from everyone, whether they know me or not. Someone is always willing to cheer me on or pick me up when it's been a rough time. That makes me very thankful to be part of such a special community of people all working towards the same goal of being healthier, be it... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:55:41 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: SEPT. 16-23 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay within your nutritional limits EACH DAY <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> My challenge will be ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:18:43 EST FigureEight1 This site is a very interesting site and I really enjoy it. The site is very helpful in many things that can help me. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:29:37 EST QOTD: SEPT. 14TH, FRIDAY What do you do when you don't feel at your best, to feel better? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************* <BR> <BR> I curl up in my recliner with a good book and a cup of my favorite herbal tea. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:48:14 EST ugh Today was not a good day I'm pretty sure I ate my whole day away. <em>39</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:48:11 EST QOTD: THURS.,SEPT. 13TH Is there any one person you can talk to about diet and fitness, no matter what? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************** <BR> <BR> I have a penpal that I can write to about it but the one person I used to talk about it to, all the time, passed away 4 years ago (as of Sept. 15th). She was my best friend for over 35 years and I miss her dearly. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:51:46 EST NYC bans big, sugary drinks at eateries, theaters NYC bans big, sugary drinks at eateries, theaters <BR> Published - Sep 13 2012 11:37AM EST <BR> <BR> <BR> Emilio Cordova, chooses a soft drink during a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in New York. <BR> NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands, and other ea... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:12:47 EST QOTD: SEPT. 12, WED. Do you exercise daily or only a few days a week? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> I try to walk at least 30-60 minutes every day. I ended up doing over 5 hours today. I'm pooped! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:08:40 EST QOTD: SEPT. 11TH, TUESDAY When you reach your weight loss goals, is there any one special thing you'll do to celebrate? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************************** <BR> For me, besides buying a brand new wardrobe, I want to have a glamour photo done to give hubby, to hang on the wall. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:33:07 EST Managing Hypertension With Diet Managing Hypertension With Diet <BR> Hypertension can easily be brought under control. One way to start in the right direction is to make some smart diet choices. <BR> By Connie BrichfordMedically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hypertension is treatable, however. By following some simple dietary guidelines, you can minimize your high blood pressure and better protect your health. <BR> <BR> Diet and Hypertension: How Big Is the Problem? <BR> <BR> The America... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:54:00 EST New Member on Board Hi all! Just wanted to drop a line and say hello. This group seems to fit my needs. I am a 50 year old woman who needs to lose between 50 and 75 lbs. <em>241</em> I can make it through the day but oh boy do I have trouble in the evenings. I am a TV snacker and especially like to eat before going to bed, which is probably not a very good thing to do. I'm hoping all you folks out there will be able to offer some support and hopefully someday I will be able to return that favor. Thanks... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:25:46 EST QOTD: MONDAY, SEPT. 10TH What is your favorite comfort food? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> When I'm not feeling well I make up a pot of homemade potato soup. It's my son's favorite too. He actually called me a couple years ago just to get the recipe so he could make it for himself. But he said it didn't taste the same. Had to explain it didn't have his Mom's "touch". He just laughed. But he makes it every time he's under the weather, just like I do. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:14:52 EST need to lose lots of weight. I am about 50 pounds over, I need all the help I can get, Thank You Ken Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:49:08 EST One Week Challenge: Sept. 10-16 Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay within your nutritional limits EACH DAY <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> My daily challenges will be to stay within my nutritional limits, huddle each day, no snacking at all, ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:10:23 EST QOTD: SUNDAY, SEPT. 9TH What are your goals for this week? How will you make it happen for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> <BR> My plans are to eat much healthier and I want to drop at least 3 lbs this week. I've retained a good bit of fluid so I'm hoping to lose that. Wednesday is shopping/grocery day and I plan to stock up on frozen veggies, yogurt, and dry beans, as well as lean cuts of meats. <BR> I'm going to start back wearing my p... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 18:03:00 EST Good Health at Any Age Good Health at Any Age <BR> Want to live a longer, healthier life? Start with the number on the scale. <BR> Article By: Melissa Sperl and Amy Leibrock <BR> Most of us know that being overweight can increase certain health risks for people of all ages. According to the Surgeon General, for people of all ages, extra pounds could mean increased risk for heart disease (the biggest killer of both men and women), certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and more. But someone trying to los... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:31:41 EST 25 Little Tips for Big Weight Loss 25 Little Tips for Big Weight Loss <BR> Don't give up dips and other easy weight-loss hints to get you back on track. <BR> <BR> Feel like you need a boost? Perhaps you've hit a plateau? Now is the perfect time to take stock of your life and to make some long-overdue changes. But adjusting eating and exercise habits can seem so daunting, it's no wonder that some of us never make it beyond the first day! So what's the best way to get started? <BR> The surest way to succeed is making small ch... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:24:36 EST QOTD: SATURDAY, SEPT. 8TH How many times have you had someone try to discourage you from losing weight and how did you handle it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> I don't really have anyone trying to discourage me. It's more that hubby doesn'r ENCOURAGE me when it comes to losing weight. I think it's mainly because he hates change of any kind. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:01:56 EST LOSE IT ONCE AND FOR ALL HELLO MY NAME IS ALBA AND I LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY. I AM 61 YEARS OF AGE AND I AM OVER WEIGHT. <BR> I TAKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE AND CHOL. MED. AND FINALLY I WILL LIKE TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT THIS TIME FOR GOOD. ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO I WAS WEIGHING 103 POUNDS BUT GAIN IT ALL BACK. I DO GO TO THE GYM BUT I HAVE NO MOTAVATION AND I AM DETERMINE THIS TIME TO DO THIS. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:56:38 EST QOTD: FRIDAY, SEPT. 7TH When was the last time you did something special for you, to make you feel good? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> For me, it was yesterday. My hair had been giving me fits so yesterday I cut my hair in a style that I love and it's super easy to care for. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:36:18 EST ABC'S-HEALTHY FOODS TO EAT A: APPLES ( FRESH) Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:15:59 EST ABC'S: Junk foods to avoid A: apples ( candied) Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:10:54 EST WEEKLY OR MONTHLY WEIGH IN/ MEASUREMENTS Post your progress good or bad here. Whatever day works for you. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:07:48 EST QOTD: THURSDAY, SEPT. 6TH Do you measure yourself? <BR> ***************************** <BR> <BR> I generally measure bust, waist, hips, and thighs every Sunday. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:04:29 EST QOTD: SEPT. 5TH, WED. Sorry yesterdays question is late. It was hubby's birthday and I didn't get on the computer as much as I normally do and missed posting the question. <BR> <BR> How do you think your life will improve once you reach your weight loss goal? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> I know for me, it'll mean I shouldn't need to take the BP pills anymore since that's weight related for me, and I know having less weight on m... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:32:50 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Ryan and new to this. I am married with 2 kids, and some crazy cats. I have abandoned physical activity for too long! I've finally said enough is enough its time to get back into the grind. I am currently 245 lbs and cannot wait to say goodbye to the to the 200's. I look forward to this journey and hope we can inspire each other to always do better! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:48:26 EST 12 REASONS YOU'RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT “When people embark on an exercise and food program to lose weight, they automatically think that ‘magic’ will happen,” explains Susan Kraus, MS, RD, a registered dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. “In theory it sounds great, but it takes much longer to lose weight and more effort than this simple combination, even when all good intentions are there.” It’s easy to trip yourself up along the way with common diet mistakes or by not being vigilant in your efforts. H... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:52:44 EST Hello, new to this. Hello, I am new to all this and I am looking to lose weight. <em>30</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 04:53:12 EST QOTD: TUESDAY, SEPT. 4TH What's the one piece of exercise equipment you simply can't do without? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***** <BR> <BR> For me, it has to be my tennis shoes. Not exactly equipment, but since my main exercise is walking, I rely on my tennis shoes. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 17:47:48 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: SEPT. 3-10 Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 1- 2 lbs <BR> 2) Stay within your nutritional limits EACH DAY <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>*********************** <BR> <BR> My challenge for this week will be to exercise 30 minutes each day and to not snack after 7pm <BR> <BR> 3rd: <... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 17:39:55 EST QOTD: LABOR DAY Do you eat 3 meals a day plus 2 snacks like the American Diet Ass. says to do, or do you eat hit and miss meals? What works for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>********************** <BR> <BR> We generally eat 2 meals a day ( lunch & supper ) and a snack. Hubby eats 2-3 snacks a day to my one. I keep trying to get back into the 3 meal a day plan but I hate eating when I first get up. All I want is my coffee. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 17:34:46 EST Hello Joined today. setting small goals of weight loss, hopefully to lose 80 lbs when I am done Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:40:17 EST August Challenge I wanted to do a team challenge for August, but I was off Spark for a few weeks. Instead of waiting until September, why don't we just start now? <BR> <BR> Let's use this forum to hold ourselves acctountable for 10 minutes of exercise a day. I'll work on September being a little tougher ;) Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:26:13 EST Wonderful Advice Since I have binged a few times recently, I decided I should restart my ticker. I got PHENOMENAL advice from two friends on my last entry. They told me that EVERY day is Day One. You shouldn't start from scratch, though, because if you become a perfectionist, you'll never really begin. So, when they said every day is Day One, they meant that every day is a new opportunity to continue reaching your goals =) Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:16:43 EST hi im 20years old, have been overweight almost my entire life. I eat when im bored, when im hungry, when im sad, frustrated. Looking for ways to cope with this. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:09:06 EST in serious need of help!!! I need a way to stop my boredom eating. I am starting to pack on the pounds and I don't know how to curb this <BR> <BR> please help Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:04:48 EST New Here! Hello everyone! <BR> I just joined this team because stopping the binge eating is my next personal goal. So far I have cut out all soda, cut WAY back on sugar, and started working with a personal trianer as well as working out at home. My next biggest problem is bing eating!!! I am so glad to have found a team here of people that know what I go through. I know it is an addiction with me and I have such a hard time curbing the temptation. But I have to do it. I know if I do I will lose wei... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:47:54 EST Question: Does anyone else eat to stay awake? I have noticed that I eat to try to keep myself from napping during the day, then turn around and eat at night to keep from falling asleep, because I have night terrors. My sleep usually happens in the very middle of the day. But I keep saying I am going to get my sleep schedule back to normal so, I try to stay awake during the day, so I will sleep at night. It is becoming a never-ending cycle of insomnia and weight gain. <BR> <BR> any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Ro Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:27:42 EST Hmm.. Well, my danger zone is evenings and weekends. I seemingly give in to temptation more when I'm alone. I need to find inventive ways to counteract the cravings. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:28:10 EST Monday weekly weigh-in Hey, guys! <BR> <BR> For anyone that would like, let's post our weigh-ins every Monday. No pressure! <BR> <BR> Rae <BR> Leader Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:46:31 EST How many log in points did you get today? 20 log in <BR> 5 bonus spin Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:44:14 EST 3 Positives of the day -hung out with my favorite person, my fifteen-year-old sister <BR> -had incredible sales at work <BR> -heard my favorite song twice on the 20 minute drive home from work Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:41:43 EST One thing to change or improve this week Hey, guys! <BR> <BR> Let's find something we'd like to change about our eating, fitness, motivation, or any other thing you'd like. This can be anything from beginning yoga to adding another piece of fruit every day to adding on an additional ten fitness minutes. Every week we'll either continue or start a new one! <BR> <BR> Rae <BR> Leader Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:39:08 EST Ongoing 30 Day Challenge Hey, guys! <BR> <BR> I'd like to create an ongoing challenge to stop emotional eating, binge eating, eating when bored, etc. for 30 days. If you overeat, just start back at the beginning! Let's check back in as much as we can to hold ourselves accountable! <BR> <BR> Rae <BR> Leader Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:35:41 EST What does your username mean? Rae - nickname for Rachel <BR> Leigh - middle name <BR> 22 - just picked a random number Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:27:16 EST Hey new members! Introduce yourself here Hey guys! I'm Rae and I'm the new Stop Eating Out of Boredom leader! Looking forward to getting to know all of you! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:26:01 EST Hey guys! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm Rae and I'm the new leader for Stop Eating Out of Boredom. I'm excited to join this team! If you have any questions feel free to ask me! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 22:13:13 EST Trying again! Well, I got laid off .. so now I get to stay at home with my children... The perfect time to concentrate on my health! I can't wait to get started and get these extra pounds off. I've gained ten pounds back since I lost my job... and I don't like where this is going. I eat crap.. and I feel like crap. Time to change my life for the better!. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:20:37 EST Hey! Hello I'm Victoria and as soon as i saw this group I had to join! I eat out of boredom all the time and now that i'm out of school for the summer it got so much worse and its only been 2 weeks! i would love to learn how to not go on a munchies extravaganza just because i have nothing else to do lol! Tue, 29 May 2012 23:13:24 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:30:36 EST HEALTH FOOD IMPOSTERS <link><BR>ng/health-food-impostors?cm_mmc=Spotli<BR>ght-_-899168-_-05042012-_-11-Fake-Heal<BR>th-Foods </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 09:25:25 EST Just Wanted to say Hey I'm just beginning to get excited about Spark and am really needing the support. I've recently had a major life change and need a fresh start. This is my beginning. How is your day going? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:09:24 EST Hi Hello. I just started SparkPeople a couple days ago. A couple months ago I went from an on-my-feet 8 hours a day job to an office job. Since then the weight has been not so slowly adding up. I'm hoping to be able to get back to my starting point. I'm trying to sneak in the exercise between 2 jobs, a 2.5 hour round trip commute, and family. I guess we'll see how it goes. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:37:18 EST Hello I am not new to SP but I am new to the team. I have lost 35 pounds already and I am ready to lose a lot more! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:26:30 EST Hello from Florida My nameis Angel, and I have been struggling with droping the baby weight for the last 3 years. This year I decided to get a divorce and really do this for myself. I will need a lot of emotional support to drop 50 pount by my birthday. I am an emotional eater, and small goals work best for me. I love being online so this has got to work for me. Plus I have a great new job, and I am a full time student. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:47:04 EST new here Hi! My name is Gena and I am 33 years old. I would like to lose 40 lbs. Today is my first day. I did good all day but now that my kids are asleep, I want to turn on the TV and eat some of their Easter candy. Tomorrow will be better, right? Mon, 9 Apr 2012 21:14:47 EST Hello Everyone I am ready to make a big change!! Hello All my name is Lori and I am ready for a new me!! I am sick of feeling tired, sick of having those nasty elastic marks on my stomach from my pants! I want energy not only for me but my kids. I have a six year old that wants mommy to play but mommy is always tired and afraid to move. I have a four month old boy and the delivery was hard. I thought that after he was born I was going to start working out hard but no of course not. My bladder was tilted and any movement I made (well you get... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:04:14 EST . . Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:47:04 EST Hope this works; I'm new Hope this gets me motatived, I'm 62, 5'5, 193lbs and I lift weights 3 times a week. Now I'm going to start walking everyday until I'm walking 5 miles a day. Hope that's all I need. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 02:20:48 EST Newbie.... Hi, my name is Katie and I am 22 years old. I live in the UK and have joined spark people to lose weight and gain confidence . <BR> <BR> Please give my page a look and feel free to talk to me any time :) <BR> <BR> xoxox Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:34:45 EST Back to being a Sparky again.... Hi Sparkies.... My name is Kim. I was on here before (Jan 2010-Dec 2010) ... lost some weight... and then decided "oh, I would love to have that piece of ....." & haven't looked back. Well, now... I am here to lose some weight & keep it off for good. Change my lifestyle for good. Stop craving all the sweet things that I have been saying "yes" to & get back to eating healthy. Healthier snacks. And, drinking my 8+ glasses of water. I know what needs to be done... it's the DOING that so... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:04:28 EST Hungry for Weight Loss I am new to your world and just trying to get accustomed. I am doing the 30 day shred and Leslie sansone Walk Away the Pounds as of last week. Both are trying and both ladies are my friends in my head. Right now me and Jillian are the friends that hate but love eachother in the best way. Leslie is my fun friend. I love me so the weight doesn't deter from that but it keeps me from loving other things such as steps, bathing suits, my thighs so it has to GO! This is just my way of saying hi and... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:50:27 EST Hi there - this is SO the group for me! My name is Betty, just turned 54, and this is EXACTLY my problem; the day goes really well, eating and exercising, but when night falls and work is over, bam, eating. I've already seen some suggestions that I am going to try right away, like taking a walk at night, and reading and posting on the message boards. I really want to be fit, feel good about myself, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here everyone - looking forward to getting to know you, and succeeding together! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:12:30 EST Recouping Hello!!..I'm really excited about trying this...Im 62 and just recovering after 18 months of chemo. I need to get on my feet...I am married and have 2 Grandsons and a very large Newfoundland dog..The meds Im on are causing weight gain so Im anticipating a struggle. This really seems great with all the support... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:16:20 EST Hi Everyone!! Hi Everyone! I just have to say that I am so excited to be a part of the Spark community. My name is Brittney and I am a 24 year old veterinary technician from Oldsmar, FL. <BR> <BR> Since I was a little girl, I have always been overweight. I was always the girl with the "pretty face" but never the girl that the boys wanted to date. I knew that someday I would find the right guy for me. One that was not into me because of my looks but because of me. Sure enough, I found him. <BR> <BR> Now... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:24:24 EST hesitant i have been on this weight loss mission for like 5 years, on and off...i do really good then i crash, blah blah blah. i never gave these forums a fair chance and this is me trying. i feel like i have such a big problem and i guess i want to know that i really am not crazy or that this yo yo dieting will end and there is hope. mehhh...any wise words would be helpful. im not good at intros but conversations and questions are welcome. :) nice to meet you all by they way Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:28:15 EST Brand New and Ready To Go Hello Everyone. I just joined today and wanted to be with this team. I eat at night out of boredom. I need your help. I am a single, senior citizen, kids long gone, grandchildren grown. From eating to much at night I have gained a lot of weight and I'm not exercising. Hope you all will give me some motivation. Everyone have a great day and a low cal night! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:35:47 EST hello Hi, my name is Christina. I am from montreal and I want to lose 100 pounds. :) Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:00:32 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Sandra and I'm new to this site and I'm looking forward to hopefully accomplishing my weight goals with the help of this website. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:00:55 EST sherry i am 57, 248 lbs, have been overweight since high school and really want to get to a healthy weight. I have high blood pressure problems and would like to get it under control and get off the meds. I am a home day care provider and it is hard trying to feed the children food and snacks they like and then i try not to eat along with them. For the past 4 days I have been eating well with greek yogart, fruit chicken and fish and veggies. I have gone weeks with eating healthy and exercising b... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:56:06 EST Getting Started Hi There! I've just joined and need to lose 40 pounds. I have been on diets before and lost weight, but fall off the track and gain everything back. Its discouraging and a constant battle with me. Any encouragement and tips would be great. <BR> I am finding it hard to get motivated this time, but need to lose the weight because my joints are stressed. So here goes...... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:47:47 EST Getting fit Hello there <BR> <BR> I am connie and i am very new in this and is going to try to do my best to stay healthy by losing weight and exercise. <BR> Need all the motivation i can get :) Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:17:58 EST 20 Pounds Must Go!! Hi, first time on here and im in need for some guidence in losin g weight and i ust cant lose weight all by myself, i need some support. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:02:54 EST Addicted to Chocolate Hello my name is Ashley and I'm 25 years old. I'm a all to familiar journey to lose weight. I've done it before and it's time to do it again. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 06:49:18 EST New girl Hi all, <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday and so far I am liking SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I have never been a skinny girl (and thats not really my goal now) but I have pretty much always been in a healthy weight range with curves mainly in the right places. I struggled with these curves when I was younger and wanted to be thin - I did venture mildly into eating disorder territory but luckily a good friend saw and helped me nip it in the bud. However probably for the last 2-3 years I have accepted... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 06:19:38 EST New To Team I've been a member of Spark for several years on and off and a couple of months ago I got going again - only to stop after a week or two and slip back into my lifetime of bad eating habits. I'm back today because more then losing weight to look good, I want to shed the pounds and give my joints a break. I'm carrying too much weight on my 5' frame and my joints are letting me know it. My problem is two-fold: first, I was taught that food is comfort as a child and secondly, I'm fine until I ea... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:31:47 EST Hello - new to SP My name is Carly and I am 49 years old. I have always been a healthy eater until the last couple years. Daytimes are fine - my problem is after 8 p.m. I am hoping that my willpower will emerge once again! Thank you. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:56:38 EST Hello Hello fellow Sparkers I'm excited and hope to stay motivated to reach my goals:) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:46:49 EST Need support y'all! Hey I'm Michelle! I have been a housewife since last May and have packed on 30lbs. I don't hang out with anyone and my kids are school age. So I eat when I'm bored. I keep myself busy at times and try to get out of the house. I lose motivation, then I'm back to feeding my face. I have a list of things I can do, but get the blahs and back in the recliner I go. Lazy is not me... this me has got to go! Thanks for support, I sure need a friend right now : ) Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:28:11 EST New kid Hi. New to the site as well. Did so poorly the first two weeks I started over again. I do perfectly fine breakfast, lunch and snacks. At night I make a dinner for 4 and eat the whole thing plus dessert plus wine. If I make it I eat it. Right in front of the TV. I eat until I am stuffed and uncomfortable. Why do I do it when I know I am doing it??? Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:36:31 EST first time Hi All! This looks like a cool way to diet. Good luck to all and to myself. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:39:35 EST Getting on the wagon to stay! Hello, I am a well almost 33 year old woman who has accomplished many things in my life, but the one thing that has weighed me down is that I have found it very difficult to lose the pounds that have been finding me these past several years. I blamed this on coming from a big family, but when I look at my cousins....they are not like me and my family. Due to many excuses for my poor eating habits, and health issues such as vertigo, which by the way is not asked in the medical conditions page,... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:13:54 EST mocristy here! Hi, I just found this site and hope it can help me reach my weight loss goals. I finally recovered enough from my thyroidectomy back in October that I feel I can concentrate on the weight issue. This seems like a pretty good motivational tool to me. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:05:41 EST New to site This is my first post. My name is Tammy. I am 42 years old. My goal is to weigh 150lbs. I really don't know what else to say. I hope everyone is having a great day and staying in their calories and drinking that water. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:18:07 EST Daily chat So this morning I sabotaged myself by not waking up on time to go to the gym. I always have a good day when I start my morning by exercising and I feel that today is going to suck. Well, instead of following this negative pattern, I have decided that in 10 minutes I will take my dog for a brisk walk instead. I won't be nothing like a crossfit session, but still better than nothing. I will also try to eat well and in moderation without snacking at my desk when I get bored - at work I get V... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:16:45 EST February 2012: did you exercise today? What activity did you do today? Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:30:27 EST February 2012 challenge Let's challenge ourselves to do something relaxing or fun every night when that feeling hits. Something it feels like boredom, something it has no name, and feels like plain emptiness. I want to challenge myself to fight the urge to eat outside of my meals and to do some fun or relaxing activity instead. It could be a short walk, crochet, doing my nails or reading my favorite book. Who is joining me <em>104</em> ? Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:25:02 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:38 EST El Hiker last 20 I am a former Weight Watcher - looking to loose the last 20. <BR> Really enjoy long hikes, walks, bike rides and kayaking. <BR> Move to Michigan from Alaska in the last 6 months. Really enjoying our first winter in comparison. <BR> Artist by profession. <BR> Devoted to God and Husband. <BR> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 11:35:07 EST Have a Great Weekend The weekend is here already, hope everyone has a great one & stays occupied. <BR> <BR> What works for me if I get bored & find my thoughts wandering to food, is to go for a walk, start organizing things in my house, cleaning, talking to a friend or family member on the phone. If all else fails, I try to get out of the house and away from temptations. Find a "safe" place. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:54:18 EST November ~ Did you Exercise Today Did you exercise today, and if so, what did you do? Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:24:08 EST November, 2011 I have noticed that there hasn't been a Team Leader for awhile now, and decided I will try to take over temporarily as Team Leader. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great start to their November & doing well. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:19:26 EST What do you do instead of eating? I have been setting my water bottle next to me wherever I go and chug it anytime I think about eating. Also, I've been trying to chew gum. <BR> <BR> What do you do to stop yourself from eating? Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:30:45 EST October- Did you exercise today? Tell us what you did for exercise today. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 08:12:06 EST October- check in Post an emoticon on how you feel today. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 08:10:05 EST Old, Fat and Bored Hi to all, Yep here I am on still another diet site. I lost 64 pounds a year ago for a surgery, guess I didn't really lose it because I've found it again. I go really stupid after dinner. Such routines we create, Ice Cream at 8, then Ritz crackers after that then god knows what after that. I don't sleep well, take my pills (sleeping) at 9 and fall asleep at my computer every night. Then around 2-4 wake up and go to bed. I've never been as bored as I am now. I'm restricted in what I can... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:13:13 EST What made you smile today? Tell us what put a smile on your face. Did you meet a personal goal, overcome a struggle, see someone special, heard a funny joke. <BR> It is important to smile everyday. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>20</em> <em>43</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 10:14:15 EST Post an Emoticon for how you feel today! Let us know how you are doing-good- bad- or indifferent. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 09:58:59 EST September- Did you exercise today Tell us if and what you did for exercise. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:41:50 EST September check in Check in and let us know how you are doing- Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:38:15 EST Counting game by 2's start counting and lets see how high we can go! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:48:55 EST daily challenge If you are checking out the site that day sign in to get your points Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:43:09 EST post what works for you! Post what you have found that helps cure the getting bored with watching your weight. I know that after awhile it gets harder to stay on track. So what do you do to combat that? Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:33:57 EST New Challenge-No snacking after supper Make a streak of no snacking after supper. See how many nights in a roll you can make it. You can post what tricks you tried to stop and what worked and what didn't. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:29:24 EST August- Did you exercise today? Tell us what you did for your daily exercise. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:26:36 EST Post your most embarassing moments Post your most embassing moments with either food or in your lfe Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:58:46 EST Hello! This is SO me... Hi everyone! I'm Heather from Washington and I must say this group sure sounds like me. I have struggled with this for as long as I can remember. I do really well for breakfast and lunch, then when I get home at night I completely undo everything I've just <BR> I'm doing better, but I still have trouble with it... I have a lot of weight to lose and I know if I could get control of this issue it would make things so much easier for me...:-) Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:29:15 EST list weight changes for the week Try this challenge list your losses or in some cases gaines for the week. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:07:05 EST Challenge repeated I fell of for a week with both excise and meditation so I put up the challenge to help myself again <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So the challenge is 30 minutes of exercise and at least ten minutes of meditation. I did both yesterday <em>248</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 02:38:00 EST alphabet game Name something that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 07:48:42 EST July challenge For the month lets all try to drink and extra glass of water. If you do record it here and each Sunday I will post the winnwer for the week. If you drink more than one extra glass mark that done as each extra glass counts. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 06:25:08 EST June challenge... Half of june has passed so I thought it might be doable to post a challenge for the rest of the month... <BR> I challenge you to... <BR> ...exercise at least 20 minutes and post it int his challenge <BR> ...meditate at least ten minutes and post it here... <BR> <BR> <BR> Your reward would be that you are helpinganother team member (me ;-)) to get going too! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 02:34:46 EST Howdy from OKC. New here Howdy. I'm Shawn. Last November, I had to have emergency surgery on my stomach. I had a hiatal hernia that went bad. Most of my stomach went popped into my lung cavity. Very painful. Surgery went well. I weighed 310 before surgery, now I way 260. When they repaired my stomach, they wrapped the top half of my stomach around my esophagus and stapled together and repaired my diaphragm. Now I can't eat as much in a setting. <BR> My goal is to keep eating healthy and control how I eat.... Sun, 15 May 2011 23:32:04 EST Being bad with food This week has been a struggle for me. I just want to eat everything in sight and what isn't. OMG...I can't seem to get a grip. I try and try but my will power is not there this week. Could it be a hormonal imbalance this week or worse yet medications that I had to stop taking making me more hungry. I need to find the peace with myself and stop eating. Thu, 5 May 2011 12:58:33 EST are you doing a spring challenge? sign in if you are Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:43:37 EST Disciplined by day and the "Carb"onator by night Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Kymberly and I am so happy to have found this team. I can stay focused during the day, no problem, but at night I can't seem to feel my tummy fast enough. What's the deal? And than of coarse once I am "overfull" I want to go to sleep! Terrible <BR> <BR> Anyone have advice on overcoming this? , Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:44:38 EST Two words change one Out of the two words you can change one Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:01:59 EST How many log in points did you get today Log in what you got for spinning the wheel today Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:00:00 EST What is the temperature where you live? Where you live and the temperature is_____ Sat, 16 Apr 2011 08:58:19 EST Your username Your username..."How did you come up with it?" Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:09:42 EST April challenge April will be here before we know it lets try this challenge: give a spark goodie to a team member a day. <em>306</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:14:01 EST Good fats? Almonds, nuts blah blah Someone want to clue me in on the whole 'good fats' thing, I look at the nuts and see all the cals in a handful - do I eat them or stay away? I went to 228.4 then back to 231.4....sigh, I am closed to six ft 1 in - so my weight 'disperses' better than a smaller person, but my fav is when I am in a pic next to all those "short" ppl and see myself - look 10x bigger - YIKES, photos make me run~ Wed, 9 Mar 2011 07:25:22 EST I have found my group!!!!!!!!!! Let's see -do I do well the 8+ hours I am at work? I get home and say 'I have done so good don't blow it - and blow it? YES! Sigh....dinner last nite: fresh veggies made into stir fry with 1.5 C brown rice...hmmm, veggies left? YES, eat some more - they are veggies...add some more rice...OK satisfied...sigh - now what? I know some Doritos cause I wanted to try some new salsa but didn't have tortilla chips...hmmm, husband's got some Easter candy in the fridge - nibble nibble - let... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 07:14:02 EST no more i am a 48 year young woman who is sick of jo jo diets so i try to make it with sparkpeople to my lifestyle Thu, 3 Mar 2011 20:08:10 EST What was the last fruit and veggie you ate? apple and potato Wed, 2 Mar 2011 05:06:34 EST Hi My name is Queen Snacker I am ready to give up the royal crown. I have been eating lots at night out of boredom for YEARS!!!!!!!! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:41:39 EST I am partial to disappearing... at least a little bit. No. Quite a bit needs to come off, actually. Hello everybody. <BR> <BR> I had a birthday a few weeks ago and purchased a phone for myself. What has this got to do with anything. I acquainted myself with the app. At 50+ years old, I deserve it. <BR> <BR> This, I realize was just a salve for the aftermath of seeing myself as I really was. You know how it is when someone sends you a picture of yourself or you see yourself in the mirror at a store? "Great day I ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:35:06 EST daily check in 2/25 Finally a day where I am happy about my eating, no overeating at all. Hope for the same thing today and I am also happy that the temperature has risen, close to zero now. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:56:36 EST daily check-in 2/19 My goal for today is to accept that I am not perfect and don´t even want to be... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:53:24 EST seeking a buddy! hi everyone, <BR> <BR> i'm an SPer who has been on and off SP for nearly two years now. I have succeeded in losing weight and changing my habits significantly but keeping off the weight is a struggle. I'm looking for a buddy with whom I can be accountable to every day via Spark mail. I want to communicate with someone about my calorie count, my exercise, and my struggles and also hear what someone else is going through. Anyone interested in a daily email buddy? Contact me so that we can... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:42:07 EST February Challenge Goals <BR> <BR> NO LIMIT ON POINTS THIS MONTH!!!!! Rack up as many points as you want!!! <BR> <BR> Exercise: One point for every minute of exercise!! (CartoonB ~ No half points for this one, please! LOL - just joking!) <BR> <BR> Water: One point for every ounce of water!! <BR> <BR> Sleep: Sleep at least 8 hours (no unlimited points here): 10 points <BR> <BR> Eating: Stay within or under your calorie range (I say under because I don't like the goal they set for me. It should be a little ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 19:54:32 EST I AM SO SORRY! I apologize for being MIA this past week. My schoolwork load has been HUGE, and it has made me a little lazy. I'm back on and I'm really sorry I was MIA! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:53:36 EST Marine Spouse=s tressful times! We're about to move...again! 2010 was by far the worst year EVER! Was diagnoised with RA, 2 year old son was diagnoised with DMD, and now the moved, which we are doing ourselves! The stress is starting to pile on and I find myself turning to food, just because. Looking for others who feel the pain. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:28:52 EST TaDaaaa....It's Time To Get Truckin And Fade Away So, I'm ready to take the plunge. I want the physical me to fade away before the emotional me disappears! I so enjoy laughing and being sassy...but I'm so beat it feels more obligatory then a true expression. I really believe the extra pounds are bringing me down mentally and let's get truckin! Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:52:26 EST List your goal for the week My goal for the next week will be to cut down on my portions Sat, 22 Jan 2011 08:58:06 EST Lets see how many words we can make Everyday I will post a new word and lets see how many words we can make out of that word. Todays word is : enthusiasm Thu, 20 Jan 2011 05:10:46 EST registering possibilities Instead of eating in the evenings(especially) I could take a walk in the frog of the evening(love it), listen to Dvorjak(if I find the cd), do my homework, plan my future, talk with my mother(or diary), I could find out what's the point of solitaire, to read one of the five books that are waiting for me. Yes. I can see that I quite have lots of things to do instead of thinking what to eat, to eat or thinking not to eat. <BR> It's a good idea. <BR> Bye. Good luck. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:36:14 EST January Challenge Leaderboards Hi all! I am so sorry I didn't get to this last week. I have tallied everyone's points. Sadly, there are only FIVE of us taking this challenge!! Hopefully more people will join us! <BR> <BR> I will post week 2 and cumulative totals tomorrow after everyone logs in for today!! Good luck!!! <BR> <BR> CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WEEK 1 WINNER, CARTOONB! <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEK 1 <BR> 1. CartoonB - 412 <em>205</em> <BR> 2. Muscleboundbabe - 343 <BR> 3. 1Rockymama - 188 <BR> 4. Kaddy_D - 151 <BR> <BR... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:07:34 EST weekend's I do good all week long but then the weekend rolls around I find myself bored come Saturday night and that's when I want to eat the bad stuff and have a drink or two. <BR> I'm 54,working mother and wife. Living here on Prince Edward Island out in the middle of nowhere. <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:35:11 EST Help I was doing so well over the past 11 days. Today I started out great, worked out, then came home around 3, shoveled, then I was so hungry (I'd only eaten some greek yogurt and an apple) so I ate some of my Havana brown rice (eating clean) which was good for me, then ate half a clean eating homemade protein bar ... still good, then some sesame thins, then some sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding with lite whipped topping, and ... here's the BAD one....a bag of low-fat graham crackers. Know ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:32:52 EST Looking to start again Hi Everyone <BR> New to this team & challenge. <em>334</em> <BR> Would like to try this journey with you all. <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 04:35:21 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Megan, I'm 23 years old and this is my first week on SP. I've been struggling with my weight for some time now and I've finally had enough! I have always had a hard time losing weight because I give up too easily and I find it hard to do it by myself. My husband doesn't really try to help me with eating right. (He was raised on big homecooked fattening meals) and it's hard when he doesn't want to try it with me. I've decided if I don't just really put my heart into it this time... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:19:27 EST I finally did it! Yesterday I was litereally by myself all day and night. I love to snack at night and I knew I would have trouble yesterday because I would be bored. So last night I keep myself busy by talking on the phone and surfing Spark. After dinner I didn't have anything to eat and when I went to bed I felt great! Congrats to me. This is a small step and it was only one night of accomplishment but it is one step closer to my goal. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:00:24 EST Hi my name is Michelle :0) Hello to everyone out there. I am 33yrs old and have two beautiful boys who I love to bits, I have a very supportive partner who I have been with now for 12yrs. I am wanting to get rid of all this unwanted weight so I can get married and not look like a marshmellow walking down the isle. Good luck to everyone out there in the same boat :0) Wed, 5 Jan 2011 18:01:24 EST A Grandma who wants to be fit! I am 60 years old and 30 pounds overweight. I was fine until I re-married 12 years ago after 10 years of being single and very fit. My job was eliminated 3.5 years ago and I have not been able to find a job in the area that I live. My husband retired 2 years ago and we cannot sell our home because of the market. With numerous stresses over the last two years including moving my parents back from AZ, helping 2 of our children through recent divorces, supporting my husband's mom with his Dad w... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:02:26 EST My life in a nutshell...... I am 42 years old and when I was in my 20's I never had a problem with weight. I have 3 children and after every child gained weight from pregnancy and never lost the 20 pounds after each child. Found myself 70 pounds overweight for the last 14 years or so. At the age of 44 my sister died in her sleep of a heartattack. 6 months later my father died of a heartattack, he had just turned 80. My husband lost his job in NY and we moved to Florida. And then 2 years later my mother passed away. She ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:34:33 EST January Challenge Hi all, and Happy New Year! I see that there used to be some challenges going on here so I thought I'd start a challenge. OK, here it is: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise each day. (5 pts for every 10 minutes of exercise up to 30 pts/60 minutes) <BR> 2. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. (2 pts for each 8 ounces up to 16 pts/64 oz.) <BR> 3. Stay within your caloric range each day. (15 pts) <BR> 4. Do not eat within 2 hours of bedtime. (15 pts) <BR> <BR> ** Maximum points you can earn are 76 p... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 01:13:34 EST New Team Administrator Hi all. I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is lisa, and I'm a new administrator for this group. I've been with SP since 2008. I have lots of experience (at least 16 years worth) with weight training, cardio training, and proper diet. If you're wondering why I'm on SP, or this page, it's because although I have the knowledge, I just don't have the will power to follow a proper diet, and that usually happens at night! <BR> <BR> I'd like to make this a fun, inspirational team. If you w... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:47:22 EST on the topic Hello. I'm Corina and I often eat when I'm bored. It seems that if I don't do so, I can't concentrate. Also, when I manage to restrain myself I tend to loose time with other activities than I should have... loosing time instead of eating doesn't seem enough for me. I wish I could find something that would motivate me to always keep a optimistic view. <BR> I thought that maybe, somebody would be interested to help me by communicating and being the person that person to whom I give an account, ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:36:58 EST Daily Check in - 12/19 Good morning,Sparkers! DH got me up at 7:20 this morning to go to the gym. Right after, he fixed us all breakfast. Great way to start the day, right? After Sparking a little, I'll shower and do some laundry and then veg. Sounds like a darn good day if you ask me! <BR> <BR> What are you all up to? Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:15:32 EST Hello! Here I am! Hi, my name is Fabiola and i leave in New Zealand, just started on this website as I recently went to my best friend wedding and after looking at all the pictures from the wedding I have realised I have completelly let myself go. I cant see myself this way, I need to lose 20kg to be able to be happy with myself. So im here just looking for support. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:49:08 EST OK SO WE HAVE HYPOCRYTS!!! I just got through writing a blog that was more of a "itch" fest... Sorry to all who read it but there are ppl out there that apparently haven't had the privaledge of looking in a mirror lately!!!! Some have the nerve to call others fat--- and they are twice the size of the person they are insulting!!! Where will the hate end???? I for one don't like it and wish it would all stop but in my heart of hearts I know it won't. I want to thank all of you who have supported me in my journey and i wa... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:08:46 EST OK I AM DOING IT AGIAN!!!!! I was sitting there last Friday and I realized that i was mindlessly eating again!!! How long has it been since i have done that???? Have i done it before thursday and not realized it???? I don't know the answers but i do know that I noticed it Thursday and it did not make me happy. What caused me to do that???? That is another question i can not yet answer. Oh how this does bug the tar out of me!!!!! Will someone plz lend a fresh look into this???? plz ??? I can not sepereate myself enough t... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:05:44 EST daily check-in 12/13 Today is Lucia in Sweden which means we are going to see a lot of girls in white dresses everywhere... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:45:35 EST Daily Check-In 11/29 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been quite some time since I checked in! I fell off track a little bit, but I'm back and ready to do this. <BR> <BR> How was everyone's Thanksgiving???! :) Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:09:42 EST Daily Check in - 11/20 and 11/21 It's 10:00 pm so I figured I'd start today's and tomorrow's. I am home from Taiwan now and back to tracking accurately. And I was way over on calories today! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The good news is that even though I ate my weight in food at almost every meal, I was able to maintain while I was in Taiwan. Now, all I have to do is get back on track at home! <BR> <BR> It was between 70' and 80' in Taiwan all week. I woke up to snow today! I prefer the warmer temps. Oh well. Back to... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:09:42 EST Hello My name is Pam and I am new to SparkPeople, I don't do too bad during the day but once I get home from work I make dinner then nothing, which in turns somewhere about 8pm or so I really really want either Pizza and Popcorn and then something sweet with it, weekends are a food frenzy to I think I just have too much time on my hands which makes me tired and hungry. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 07:16:14 EST Daily check-in, 11/17 It's actually at the end of my day. I'm in Taiwan for the week and there is a 15 hour time difference from my home time zone. Trying to track on Spark from a different time zone is hard! I'm not too worried about being accurate right now, just consistent. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day. Gonna eat some room service and then go to sleep. Happy Wednesday! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:31:09 EST Daily Check-In 11/16 Afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> How's everyone been? It's been a long time!! Hope everyone's had a great week or so. I went home last weekend which is always a challenge, but overall I think I did okay. This week has been good so far, so I hope it continues to be! :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:45:43 EST Hello everyone! I've been an emotional eater all my life. The past 5 years I have been in counseling for my eating disorder. My weight yo-yos 40 pounds and I'm sick and tired of it! I'm looking for a buddy, if anyone is interested. I always feel motivated when I have someone to talk to. Personal messages to encourage and vent. <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:04:33 EST Daily Check-In 11/10 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I finished another 5-page Spanish paper yesterday! Woot! Only 5 more pages before I'm finished! :) I just may finish it before the weekend which would be fantastic-I'm going home to visit my parents and brother this weekend, so it would be really nice to not worry about writing a paper! Going home will present some challenges in the healthy eating arena (especially since my mom posted on Facebook that my reward for finishing my paper this weekend will be Cara... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 09:25:43 EST Daily Check-In 11/9 Good morning everyone!! <BR> <BR> It's been a good day so far today...had class, got my workout done, now I'm waiting for my boyfriend to finish class so we can walk home together :) I'm feeling pretty productive today, so hopefully I can finish a full 5-page paper yet today! I have 3 5-page papers due next Monday for an Independent Study for Spanish that I'm taking. So, 15 pages, written in Spanish, on censorship during the time of Franco in Spain. Yikes. I finished one of the papers yester... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 12:52:21 EST Daily Check-In 11/8 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> It's been a good week! As of Friday's weigh-in, I'm down 8 pounds total! Woot! Making progress :) <BR> <BR> Last week the boyfriend and I bought a new XBox and the Kinect with the Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. It's okay so far. I'm not sure I like the Fitness Evolved game though. It's not super fun. However, the game that came with the Kinect is SUPER fun and a major workout! Only bummer about that is that it doesn't count calories. Oh well! Every little bit of f... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:09:27 EST