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10/9/12 10:15 A

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emoticon Everyone. Been here before! I started a fall challenge on Oct 6th. I gained 34 lbs. back since March. Used my surgury as an excuss. I have this all or nothing mentality. Also I eat under stress which gets me into trouble. It's my choice if I eat unhealthy & gain weight. I'm making the right choices this time. I'm in control this time not my stomach. If I do make a choice that I'm not happy with I'm going to get right back on track starting with the next meal. emoticon

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TIGERLILY56 Posts: 126
10/9/12 1:09 A

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Hi, my name is Robin and I have doing this on again off again for about 4 years and need to get serious this time around, I 56 years age and would very like to put a stop to this way of losing weight I am hoping this will help me, I walk at least 4 to 5 times a week and need to do some wts, as well. I hope this site will help me on my journey

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10/4/12 1:48 P

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Like most people here I am coming back to Sparkpeople. I am refocusing. Before I found alot of motivation from being part of forums that were pretty active but it seems those same forums have lost their spark. So I am hoping this one will Relight My Spark.

The support I have gotten in the past has been great and the challenges were awesome, so I am looking forward to getting going.

I played 2 1/2 hours of tennis last night and worked out all this week - I just need to get my cooking routine back in line as well. I've been okay as far as calories but it's the mix that needs to get realigned.

I look forward to the challenges on this group.

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10/3/12 9:46 A

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Hi Sparklers!
I am not new to SP either. I have been on and off for several years and just don't stay consistent in controlling this weight loss and healthy living lifestyle. Last year I went the low carb route and it worked wonderfully for me. I found that I had more energy, the protein sustained my hunger for longer periods, I never felt bloated and I lost weight! I lost about 25 lbs. Then, around the holidays last year I started eating a little bit of sugar here and there, a few carbs and it just picked up momentum and I was right back to my old eating habits. I have been weighing in and the scale just seems to be climbing higher and higher and thought this has got to stop. I really need accountability and support and what better place than here where we all could use a good dose of it. I said I didn't want to ever see the 200 digits under my feet again....I am only 2 lbs away! :( Today I am rededicating myself to making healthier choices and get the scale moving in the other direction. I look forward to meeting you and encouraging each other. I live on the east coast with my husband of 30 years. We just moved back "Home" 2 years ago after a military career and 14 years in Maine. We have no children just Cooper our 3 year old Golden Retriever.



*The best thing is the feeling you get when you are inspired.*
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10/2/12 8:09 A

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Welcome All New Memberts!! I am still getting the hang of this "Team Leader" thing.. and I should have it set up so that I get a notice anytime anyone joins the team.. but apparently that isn't working!

Anyway, We are excited to have you on the team!! Welcome!!

"Belly dance.. It's Cheaper than Therapy"

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10/1/12 10:10 P

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Hi There, I am Nicole. I have been a member of SP for a few years and managed to lose about 50 lbs. But in the last year or so have gained almost all of it back. : ( This is due mostly to working an office job from home and then also being diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg which has been keeping me from working out the way I would like to. I've been feeling pretty depressed about the situation I've put myself into again - so many years of yo-yo diets and even a gastric bypass about 10 years ago. But I've decided to get into gear again, and start taking care of my body. I may not be able to do full cardio the way I would like, but I can walk, and I can eat healthy - so no more excuses! And no more pity parties for this girl! : )

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9/22/12 7:24 P

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Hi all, I'm Janie, and although I wasn't that active with SP before, I want to start being really active and "get into it".

I lost 60lb on Medifast a couple of years ago and it took me over a year to do it. I didn't reach my goal to lose 100 lbs (probably due to thyroid issues making the loss slower) and I just couldn't stand being on it any more. So I came back to eating real food as opposed to packaged artificially sweetend stuff. Now I've gained all of the weight back, and feel really bad physically and a little bad mentally. After gaining it all back, I'm not going to beat myself up, I'm just going to learn what I need to learn from the experience and lose in a way that is healthier and more sustainable for the long term. (Maybe my hair won't fall out this time!!lol)

I'm swearing off artificial stuff and I'm determined to exercise and eat real, healthy food. I'm going to spend as much time on SP as I do on Facebook, making new friends and keeping up.

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9/20/12 1:46 P

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Hello, I’m Jessica and this is my 5th alter ego with Sparkpeople. I felt it was necessary because after losing 40 lbs earlier this year (Jan-Apr) with Spark, I fell off the wagon. I went from 216 to 224.8 where I started back up this week. Now my ultimate goal is to hit 160, but I want to eat better, lose the stress, and reduce the to-do’s on my to-do list of life. Which as a mother, volunteer, employee, business owner, wife, sister, etc…… (we all wear many hats), the list is never ending. I am looking for supportive friends, who won’t hesitate to kick my butt!

Find me on facebook too… facebook.com/rainnnaturelover

I look forward to learning from this team, and being done with losing weight. Some day I’d like to simply focus on maintaining it. 


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CRVY_NRSE's Photo CRVY_NRSE Posts: 176
9/9/12 5:39 P

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Well, I am not new to SparkPeople or this team, but I am ready to start again. I have HAD IT with being a yo-yo, up and down with my weight. I have 2 goals, including becoming a runner. I started last year and was doing great, really enjoyed it, and for whatever reason, I quit. I also want to get to a healthy weight so I can feel better mentally and physically. SO, I am back. I need constant motivation and so I have decided to join a virtual 5k. Hmm, I hope I can get it together and do it....

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9/5/12 4:03 P

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My name is Lisa (nickname is Kitten due to the fact I REALLY love Hello Kitty). I am in my middle/upper 30's, married for 15yrs to a wonderful supportive man that I met while in the Army. I have two beautiful children, a Daughter, just turned 13 and a Son who is 11. They are my entire world, I don’t have any "outside" friends to speak of and family, well there is big issues there. I have been on Spark for over 5yrs on and off, mostly off the last 3yrs. My first year I went from 180 to 135 (size 20W to 8) and I loved it, felt healthy even though according to the BMI I was still "fat" ...I am only 5ft tall, disadvantages of being short, ugh. Then life happened. I hit rock bottom with depression. By Oct 2008 I did the unthinkable and went back home, which I had promised myself when I left I would NEVER go back. So we left Oklahoma and went to Wisconsin. We ended up living with my parents 11months, however about 8 months into that my mother and I had a falling out, real bad. I started having panic attacks and wasn’t able to sleep, I would go days without being able to go or stay asleep. We moved again in Aug 09, just across town, so it wasn’t much better. We lived in such a small town everyone knew what everyone else was doing. My Dr suggested that I try to go back to work in an attempt to reverse my severe social anxiety and depression. Well it back fired, I found work in Feb 2010 and had to stop by Aug 2010. Things just went from bad to worse. By this time Sept 2010 I reached my heaviest weight EVER, including pregnancy weights, 186. I was on medications for Manic Depression, severe anxiety, CFS, Restless leg syndrome and developed Fibromyalgia. By Feb 2011 I was on disability and would only leave the house when absolutely necessary about once a month or less. March of 2011 I decided I needed a program to keep me on track so I started P90X which I completed in 113 days (normally takes 90 but I had to take it a lot slower due to my body hating me). After I finished in July I for some reason hit rock bottom again and haven't been able to pull myself up since. In Dec my DH's work contract ended and has been without work since. We have moved again, from Wisconsin to Texas, to be closer to his family and get me out of the toxic location(even my DR said I wouldn’t even have a hope of getting better until I moved FAR away). We have been in TX for a little over 2 1/2 months now and I am still in a "funk". I cant seem to get and stay started. It seemed as if every friend I had made in the last 5yrs disappeared and I was doing this alone. I am usually the one everyone turned to when they needed help and now that I FINALLY admit that I need that help returned no one is there. So I deleted my previous account and now am started fresh with EVERYTHING. I need some sort of kick start and I just have to find the right leg to give it to me.

If I get to wordy just let me know to "shut it" cause I can go when I get going. Oh and if I ramble I am sorry now, my brain gets foggy at times and may seem like it makes sense but I go back later and read and sounds awful...lol. Hope I am not scaring anyone from getting to know me and I would love to get to know each of you better .


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9/5/12 9:33 A

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Hi I am Shannon as well. I joined spark back in 2006 and have been an active member for six years now. I lost a 100 pounds before our second child but have sturggled ever since. I am going to curves 5-6 days a week now. I am working on my eating habits again. I slipped since last christmas and have not changed them. I am working harder each day to make better choices for me and my family.

Shrinking Shannon from Michigan

2016 I will hit the gym 6/7 days a week. I will eat more protein, fruits and veggies. I will really cut back on the carbs.



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9/2/12 11:19 P

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Hi! My name is Shannon and I joined Spark People in Nov of 2011. I've been on again off again for several reasons. I don't want them to be excuses and I know I need to do this for me. I've been discouraged with inactive teams or lack of support so was gonna join a challenge team for the accountability. I just missed the mark by a couple of days so I don't think I got in. I have hypothyroidism so a victory one day can turn into defeat the next with my weight up and down like a yoyo. I was just celebrating having lost 20 lbs but then on my last weigh in discovered I was 6lbs up. Can be very discouraging. None of this has anything to do with why I haven't transitioned into exercise and I really need to get moving in order to become healthier. My goal is to change my lifestyle to incorporate healthy nutrition and exercise as a new norm!

Shannon
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You have to take the time to prepare the soil if you want to embrace the seed. -William Paul Young

"Take care of your body: God created it; Jesus died for it; The Holy Spirit lives in it. Someday God will resurrect it." - Pastor Rick Warren.

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8/29/12 1:12 P

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I'm so glad I've found this team! I've been a member on and off for a couple years, and within the last year, I was doing really well...and then, I sort of stopped.

I'm in my early twenties, and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life (ahhhh!) So, eating right/exercising are among the few things that I feel I have control over. I just need to step it up and do it!

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8/19/12 1:59 P

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Hi everyone! When I found this team I knew it was EXACTLY what I needed right now!! I am not new to Spark, I've been here for a while now, since 2010. At first I lost about 15 pounds, and then things just started to unravel. For the most part, even though I was still "here", I quit using the trackers, and my exercise has been non-existent. I am just about back to the weight I was when I began Spark and enough is enough! There has to be a way to keep my motivation going so I can see this through! I am so tired of making excuses! I have about 80 pounds to lose and am so ready to find my "Spark" again!
Kristi

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8/13/12 3:45 P

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I'm another Returnee! emoticon
I had great success with Spark in 2008-2009 and then I let myself backslide and am almost back to where I began.
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The most difficult thing for me is getting back to exercise. I have the food issue handled and I learned SO much last time -- processed a lot of fear and anger over food. And I so so so miss how fit my body felt, even though I was still overweight. Yet, I'm floundering at having the motivation to get back to exercise - but it is critical. I don't tend to lose much weight, if any, without exercise. If anyone has tips on how to kick my own butt, I'm all ears!


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8/10/12 2:01 P

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Hi everyone! I've been on and off spark people for a while, but every time I use the tools man does it work! I'm so silly to let it go sometimes! I'm already down about 12 pounds with over 50 more to go. Just because it gets hard doesn't mean I'm going to give up this time. I live in Florida and by next summer I want to be swim suit ready!

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7/31/12 12:02 P

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Hi I have been gone for a while now.But I'm trying to get back on track.So will y'all please add me to y'all pray list that I can stay with this and do it

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7/25/12 7:18 P

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Back in the saddle again. I have on and off since 2009, mostly since 2010 when we lost our son. I emotionally eat and I have been plenty emotional. But now, at almost 52, I need to get in shape lose 40-45 lbs and be healthy, it just plain feels better. At 52 it really isn't about looking good. So looking for some great times and motivation. emoticon

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save and preserve it. - Plato


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7/19/12 8:08 A

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I just found this team and thought it looked perfect. I know it seems weird to be rekindling the spark already (I've only been a member since February), but I've had a lot of obstacles to overcome. An injury set me back for quite a bit, which led to depression, and finally me just giving up all together. I am not one to do things half way (which is probably one of my biggest faults...I push and push and push). My main focus this time around is going to moderation in everything. My fitness routines used to take up hors of my day, I'm going to try to keep them to an hour so I burn out. My eating habits can get way out of control, either eating way too much or way too little. I'm going to try to keep within my calorie range each day.

Hopefully I'll do better this time around with finding things to stick with for the long haul. Good luck to everyone out there.

"If you're not moving, you're not losing!"

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7/16/12 11:53 A

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Jessie, I love your quote!

I am very disgusted with myself! I lost 40 pounds with Spark People two years ago and I have gained 20 of it back!! 20!!! Half!!!! I cannot believe it... and yet I can. When you don't think and you don't move and you eat and eat and eat, you gain weight.
Period.

I had not taken my own measurements since, oh man, months and months.... I have gained FIVE INCHES on just my stomach!!! FIVE INCHES. My heartburn is coming back. I cannot stand to look at myself naked. I CANNOT STAND my awful double chin. I don't have to look like this or feel like this.

As of today, I am RE-dedicating myself and my life to the spark, what I KNOW I am capable of...

I mean seriously, look at my quote. Totally forgot that...

Thanks for listening and good luck to us all...

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There is no failure, only feedback...


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7/5/12 11:01 P

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Hi, my name is Jessie. I am a single/stay at home mom to 5 girls. To be able for me to stay at home, i babysit the 2 kids of my ex and his gf.

I first joined SP a year ago today. I worked hard for about 2 months and lost 5lbs. I fortunately was unable to keep the workout schedule i had and got off coarse in my journey to loss the baby weight i gained form my girls.

I am back and ready to give it another try. I am starting off slowly but going to make it count. trying all of the walking and danceing videos i find to make it fun for me and maybe my girls.

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"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" ~ Dr. Seuss


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6/27/12 9:57 A

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Let's try this again!!!

I can't count the number of times that I have gone back and forth with using this site. But I'm back, I've been back (more or less) for 3 weeks and have lost 7 lbs. Getting a little nervous because now the summer parties start, and that leads into a vacation. I'm hoping that staying active on this site through all of that will help me get through the next few weeks. I do love this site, and the support and feedback from everyone is great. For me it has been a time thing. It takes time to log food and workouts, and blog, etc. When I'm doing it, I love it. But it is so easy to fall off track. One day becomes one week, one month, etc.

I had surgery in March and was not able to go to the gym for 8 weeks after. When you can't go, is when you really miss it. I would miss a day or two (again which leads to a week - it's all relevant) and not think much of it. But when the dr. said do not go, I was like "but I have to move!" I could not wait for the all clear, and now I haven't missed a day (Mon-Fri) unless I am at work. I can only workout in the morning, afternoon/evenings, I'm too tired from the work day to think about hitting the gym. So up at 5:00 at the gym by 6:00 and working with a great group of women who notice when you are not there. It is all that much more motivating.

So with all that why haven't I lost more weight? FOOD/DRINKS!!! I know how I should eat, but putting it into action is the problem. I also enjoy a cocktail (or two) emoticon with my hubby every night. I know the calories add up when you drink alcohol, and they are useless/empty calories. BLAH,BLAH, BLAH! It is our time to relax while prparing dinner. As for the food, I cannot eat white carbs. I am a carb addict! I must avoid them because I cannot portion control and the more I eat, the more I crave. So now I'm just staying away.

WOW! Didn't realize I had so much to share! emoticon

Looking forward to more sharing with this group! Happy losing everyone!

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6/2/12 9:34 P

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So I am back to this site and starting over yet again. This has to be the 3rd time I have tried to use Spark People to reach goals and I start out strong then WHAM! I loose all motivation.

I had been thinking about why things went wonky after I had to leave Weight Watchers (financial reasons...don't get me started lol). I did not have a major issue with the food aspect although I tend to just eat whatever looks good and well that is enough to get me into trouble. I lost 17 pounds on WW back over the last 10 months and then I managed to gain all but 2 pounds of it back from what I can see after stepping on the scale tonight. The kicker is I will be doing my first new weigh in tomorrow morning after my shower to see how much I have truly gained back. I am not happy with myself but enough self deprecation and onto what I plan to do about it.

I signed up for the gym close to my office and they offer fitness classes. I am hoping to take Zumba on Monday nights, Kickboxing on Wednesdays and Yoga/Pilates on Friday nights. I figure Zumba and Kickboxing are good for cardio and Yoga is good for strength. I am also thinking of digging out a few of my JM fitness DVDs and seeing which ones might be good to sub on another day so I am working out 4 or 5 days a week and resting two days. Goals are not going to be set save a weight goal as I hate setting goals and not achieving them as I am just working on what I want to do. Here is to starting over fresh:)

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5/29/12 3:46 P

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Hello, I am a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband (who I am also trying to get Sparked). I am a mother of two beautiful children, ages 4 and 2. I work full-time and go to school full-time. My husband also works full-time and goes to school.

In 2007 I weighed my heaviest at 195 lbs. I decided this was no longer acceptable or healthy and I started a journey to lose 60lbs. In 4 months I lost 21 lbs and then found out I was pregnant with my first child.

January 2011 I weighed 166 lbs and decided it was now time to lose the last 31 lbs of the 60 lbs I started to lose back at the beginning of 2007. I found MyFitnessPal at the end of January and restarted my journey to a healthier me.

I reached my goal on Thanksgiving Day 2011. In 2011 I lost a total of 33 lbs, which was 3 lbs past my goal!! But unfortunately as 2012 started I was not able to maintain my loss. Do to the crazy stress I have in my life right now, I have let my emotional/stress eating get the better of me and I have gained back almost 20 lbs. Things have just been so crazy I an struggling to fit my workouts in that I used to crave, I am just so exhausted, and all I want to do its eat.

Then on 4/23/12, I found SparkPeople. I was getting board with MFP and was just feed up. Began to look to see what other options I could find for logging my calories in and calories out. I love the added resources SparkPeople provides. The site is still overwhelming, but I am finding new things everyday. I have been trying to get back into some kind of a routine and watch my food a little closer. But as usual stress gets the better of me and my schedule ends up being so unpredictable. I am now up three pounds from my SP beginning weight. This has to stop and has to stop now!!!!! No more, I will not put on another lb.

I know I can lose the weight, I have done it once already. I WILL reach my goal again and I WILL stay there!

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
– Marian Wright Edelman

Today is the beginning. One meal at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time. Let the juggling act begin.

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
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5/24/12 7:27 A

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Hi! My name is Cheree. I have been a member since 2006/7? I started w/a combo of Spark & the Sonoma diet. I went from 245 to 180 in 1 year and then totaled my car. The quack I went to told me to stop doing yoga & not get on the treadmill. 9 months later the same quack told me my problem was that I was fat and needed exercise! By this time I had gained back 40lbs. I got back into the spark and lost 25 pounds and then flipped my 4Runner! I know it sounds like I can't drive, but extremely bad weather caused both accidents- heavy rain +brake failure the 1st time, sudden freezing of the road the 2cnd (over 200 wrecks in 2 hours in NE GA that February morning). The wonderful doc I went to after that accident encouraged my to get back on track and told me the best thing I could do would be to get back into yoga and that the treadmill almost never hurts! I did pretty well, but stress at work (a boss who was out to get me) kept me from losing any weight and I gained the weight back. The I was assigned a new Area Manager who liked women (I Managed an auto parts store) and things got better.
By August I was back to 212. September 18, they told me they were closing my store due to the economy in the area. I was 203. Oct 28 I weighed 200, however by Nov 19, I was up to 208. Being that I was the bread winner in our family, we were in trouble. My husband decided to look for a job in PA (just what a woman w/winter luck like mine needs, right?). We moved in w/his mom Jan1. Let me say here, every time we go near her house, I gain weight (Too many starches/fats, not enough healthy food). Never fear! We had a plan to be out by April. He found a job and we had our own place by Valentines day (his gift to me). On 3/12 I weighed myself at 213 and rejoined the Spark.
My goal is to be fit & fab by 40. I will be 40 in 15 weeks, 4 days. I should be at 192 right now, but I am hovering. I need motivation! This time I have to stick with it! I am still unemployed, so I am going to take advantage of this opportunity and do everything I can to blast off this weight! Since Pittsburgh is a drinking town w/a football problem (hockey in our case), I have my work cut out for me!
Uniqueblue, if you are listening, I am in the Pittsburgh area and would love to be buddies w/you! I log in every day and would love to hear from you- as well as any one else who has some encouragement for me!

Where there's stubborn there's a way!

SW 4/13: 230lbs
SW 6/8: 213.5lb
GW 6/15: 211lbs
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GW 6/22: 209lbs
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Hello Everyone,
I joined spark people in 2010 and I started out motivated and ready to go . When I joined I weight less than what I weigh now. Some how I found myself not being as motivated. I stop signing in, watching my calorie intake, exercising , the whole nine. I just became lazy. I felt like I didn't really have much time in a day to exercise. Because when I got home from work I would be too tired to do anything. But one day I had an epiphany and that came when I was out of breath just putting on a t-shirt. I realize then how bad I was putting my life in danger and decided to get back to work . I started using the Weight Watchers program because of the Jennifer Hudson commercial that usually piss me off when I say them. But once I started using and I realized that I was paying for something that Spark people offered for free and more information and weight lost tools. So I decided to switch back to spark people and start my weight loss journey and to be dedicated in change my life.

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I live in Kelowna, British Columbia. I joined in 09, and since then have lost and gained the same 10 lbs much too frequently!!! I always get off to a great BIG start and then have difficulty following through. I am determined this time to get serious and make the kind of changes that will last.

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Hi,

I'm Callie, from the UK. I orginally joined SparkPeople in 2010 but fell off track. I came back last year (and even joined this very team) but somehow I ended up giving up again. But now, I'm here again, and I'm definitely planning on making this the time I get my weight loss success.

Good luck and good wishes to everyone else who's struggled with this, but is still determined to get it right!

Callie

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Hi I'm my name is JOY, I'm from Dallas, Texas! I have been a member of SparkPeople since 2006.

nJoy Life...nJoy Love...nJoy Laughter

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3/25/12 7:26 P

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* meet. lol. freudian slip. lol



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3/25/12 7:25 P

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Hi Sal!! Glad to eet you :) I congratulate you on your 30 pound loss! Evening is the toughest time for me as well... I have also experienced loss, my sister 1 1/2 years ago and my dad in August. I pray for you as you approach the anniversary of the loss of your mom .

We will make this journey together... :)



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3/25/12 7:17 P

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Allie, I would encourage you do all you can to create a habit of checking in with SparkPeople as well as FB. I spend a lot of time on FB but don't get the encouragement and recipe suggestions that are here. It is more than having friends encourage you, which I need and will be happy to do, but there is sooo much here! I get so pumped after spending a few minutes reading posts and blogs, etc. Hang in there, keep on moving in the healthier direction! :)



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Hi,
I joined Spark a while ago and was very active for a while, then kind of fell out of logging-in and being accountable. Then I had a flirtation with the 4 Hour Body diet, which is kind of a culty low-carb thing, and lost 43 pounds, but couldn't really function in the world because let's face it, you need to eat something besides beans, meat and veggies. So now i am back, trying to put some of those good habits from 4HB. like not eating white carbs, into a practice that is more sustainable. Oh, and I moved to west Africa too, which makes things even more of a challenge.

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If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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3/19/12 11:23 A

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Hi I'm Sal and I am not very good at introductions either. I have been around Spark for almost 2 years. I lost about 30 pounds but then gained 20 back. I love spark but sometimes my life gets a little crazy and I get off track. I injured my ankle about 2 months ago and my weight started to sky rocket. I discovered that without cardio exercise I have little coping skills and the least little thing makes me want to over eat. I have a lot of time on my hands and the refrig and kitchen are just too close. I hope to get back to work soon but I have to be 100% before I can return. I am often very successful at eating within my range until about 7 or 8 at night when I just can not seem to stop myself! I am married, work as a nurse, am struggling with an empty nest and the one year anniversary of my Mother's death is coming soon. I am looking forward to meeting new spark friends.
Allie - Hang in there! You certainly have your plate full. I am afraid I am better at Spark than I am at facebook. Sal


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3/18/12 1:13 A

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Hello, everyone.
I'm Allie, and I'm no good at introductions. I think I've been on and off with spark for several years. I was going to culinary school, and you know those french recipes: butter, cream, and fat. So I fell off. And on, and off.
Well now, I have reached a new sort of low - exactly 100 pounds from a healthy weight. At this time, I've also lost my apartment, had to drop out of college, and now owe several thousands of dollars to a lot of organizations. The only thing I have now is my husband - who was kicked out of the Navy for failing to maintain his weight.
I had given up for quite a while. I figured, hell, I was eating what I liked and I was happy. But I had found my scale in a box I was unpacking (Living with my parents), and on a whim, I weighed myself. That was two days ago, and I reactivated my spark account. But since then, I haven't really done anything, and I don't know how to begin again.
My mother and two brothers are both overweight - My mom has too many medications and health issues to count, with about 250 pounds to many. My younger brothers aren't too unhealthy - just inactive. My father is the only healthy one - because he has biked his way to work for the past seven years.
recently, I was diagnosed with PCOS, which is a pre-diabetic condition. I also have a staghorn calculi in my left kidney - basically a kidney stone the size of my kidney. I'm not yet 20, and already, I have health issues. I feel out of control of everything, and the task at hand is mountainous.
I want to be an example for my mother, and brothers - that weight doesn't have to define you. That someone can choose to be healthy.
I feel like everything is a little overwhelming - and I can't keep myself accountable. It doesn't really help that a must have on the grocery list for my parents include chips, popcorn, and soda. it also doesn't help that every minute is spent in front of the tele.
So, in a nutshell, that is my life as of the moment. I want to keep the spark going, but my life keeps raining down to extinguish it. Hopefully, I'll be able to relight my spark. If anyone would like to message me personally, I often forget about sparkpeople.com - so instead, here is my facebook: www.facebook.com/ChefAPalm
I'd love for a motivational message, of to just make new friends. Thanks for the support.

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Welcome new team members!

2beabetterme, a.k.a. Martha
E-mail me at: 2beabetterme@gmail.com

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." --Charles Carlson


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3/11/12 11:08 P

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Hi. I joined SP exactly one year ago..... It has been a difficult year; health and weight loss took a back seat. I am ready to get back on track and excited that there is a group particularly for that purpose!! Go Team!! 2012 is our year !!



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3/10/12 9:04 P

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Hi! I've been on SP for a few years now, off and on. More off than on, to be honest, and I'm looking for the kick in the pants I need to finish off my weight loss goal!

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Hello emoticon

I joined SP in 2009 and being diligent off and on over a couple of different timeframes I would lose anywhere from 10 - 25 pounds or so, only to "fall of the wagon" and gain it back along with a few extra pounds. I attributed my failures to a busy schedule (mom, wife, full time career and full time student).

Looking back, however, I believe I was too focused on the race to lose weight. So, now I'm back for the long haul and intend on learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for good. Dont get me wrong, I hope to lose some pounds too, but my focus is on a healthier me!

I was relieved to find this team - I know I could use all the support I can rally up, especially from others that know what its like to start over!

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Hi All!

I joined Sparkpeople in January of 2010 and lost over 20 pounds. I unfortunately gained them all back with a few to spare. I let fatigue and excuses get in the way. I have lost my confidence along the way as well. I decided that the forty days of Lent was the perfect time to work on me. There are no excuses, I will exercise for at least 15 minutes ech of those 40 days, eat healthy and stay positive!

I am a stay at home mom of 2 boys (9 & 12). I love to scrapbook, read, cook, and volunteer.

I know there is no quick fix and getting healthy is mostly, for me, a mind game. Eat less, move more and stay positive and motivated! Good luck everyone!

2beabetterme, a.k.a. Martha
E-mail me at: 2beabetterme@gmail.com

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

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Hey all! Joined SP in August 2011, didn't log consistently after a few weeks of religious documentation, but definitely remained focused and on track until December. After an amazing 3 week vacation in December, I spent January away from the gym and eating whatever I pleased. I'm back, looking to get back on track and focused!

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Hi there, everyone! I joined SP a while ago. I bought the book (never read it...). Never made SP a lifestyle. Now I'm back to do it right!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I CAN DO THIS!!!

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Hi everyone

I first joined sparkpeople in 2008. That was at the peak of my success. A lot has happened since then and I am back to find my spark and lose a little weight and emotional baggage along the way.

We only have one life....Enjoy with no regrets.


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Hello everyone. I joined SP years ago and then quit, I rejoined in the Fall of 20110 and was going really well until Christmas when things ( work, family, the Holiday- the usual) kind of overwhelmed me and I stopped exercising, from there things slid downhill until I was eating fast food for lunch again. I caught myself driving through Burger King yesterday and realized the reason I had gained 50 pounds in the first place was because of that behavior and all the excuses so I decided I can't let myself fall into that trap again and I am determined to put myself on the top of my must do list and be serious about getting healthy. I am hoping to lose 41 more pounds. Good Luck to all of you,

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Hi!
I'm Jo Ann from NJ. I've been with Spark now since the beginning of 2010 and was doing well until my orthopedic surgeon told me I needed to have my Hip prothetics revised. I got a little upset about that; I've had too many surgeries to date, and just decided to comfort eat for a while. The result of that was all my weight returning + a couple of pounds. I returned at the beginning of this year and have already lost 6 lbs. I'm hoping to lose another 50 lbs by the end of the year.

You want me to do something... tell me I can't do it. -Maya Angelou

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Hello everyone! I am so glad to be back with SP. I took over a year off from SP due to letting myself get buried in work, kids (I have 5), and stress. As I stepped on the scale and saw 195 I decided it was time to come back. After only 8 days back I have lost 3 pounds...woohoo! I am asking myself why I ever left to begin with. That is something I can not let happen again. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to meeting some fantastic people and sharing some great stories along the way.

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Hello! I am so glad to find this group and to see that I am not alone in having to start over again (or in my case, over and over). My name is Jennifer and I live in Pittsburgh, PA, with my husband and three sons (ages 15, 11, and 9). I am a full-time doctoral student in Walden University's organizational psychology specialization, work from home as a writer/editor/communications consultant for the company my husband and I started together, and also am struggling to deal with multiple chronic illnesses that impact my life on a daily basis.

I have been a member of SparkPeople since 2008, but have gone back and forth between losing and gaining weight (see my "History Lessons" blog post for more details about my weight loss journey so far). It is so discouraging to keep starting out thinking that "this time, I am serious and really going to stick with this plan" and then to find several weeks later that not only have I not consistently done the things I set out to do, but have completely stayed away from SparkPeople. Usually, the longer I have been gone, the harder it is to come back because I am so ashamed and embarrased to have failed yet again. However, I am more committed than I have ever been before to losing this weight (90+ lbs) and making healthier choices, and so it seemed like a great time to join in with others who can hold me accountable and where I can both encourage others in their journey towards better health and also be encouraged myself. I am looking forward to getting to know you as we navigate this path towards better health side by side.

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I too have been on here before and did pretty well for a while. Then things started happening and I returned to eating. I hope to get back in line too. I don't want to weigh any exact weight but around 140 to 150 would be nice and have some of my meds reduced or taken away. That's my goal. Good luck to you as you start over again. emoticon

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Happy New Year, my name is Tracy and I live in south central Kansas. I work as a caregiver and have actually been with SparkPeople since 2007-2008 and this is my third account. I would like to eventually get down to 115 lbs, I haven't weighed myself for awhile (afraid to see) but will be doing that tomorrow.

Tracy in Central time zone


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Hello all!
I just graduated college and I am living at home (with my mother) until I begin the next step of my life-Law school! I'd like to get back in shape and lose that "stress weight" and begin healthy habits to keep when I move out. Hopefully I can stay motivated besides working two jobs! :)

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