SparkPeople SparkPeople Fast Break Messageboard Just started the program and looking for support? Meet others who are also in the “Fast Break” stage. SparkPeople SparkPeople Fast Break Messageboard Fighting insurance and doctors How to prove they are doing the wrong thing need info Mon, 23 May 2016 23:16:29 EST Exhaustion Just brought my brother home and I can not leave him for a minute Fri, 20 May 2016 23:33:30 EST Looking for accountability partners Hello! I am forty something, a wife of 24 years, have three children, 2 dogs and a fish named Cora and have 27 pounds to lose. I am looking for accountability partners with similar goals to help me and you achieve these goals. <BR> Here are a few of my goals: <BR> 1. track everything even when it ain't pretty <BR> 2. work out 5 days a week, including new work outs in addition to walking everyday <BR> 3. try new recipes 2x minimum a week <BR> 4. journal my progress daily <BR> 5. have fun whi... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:19:14 EST Looking for Accountability Partners Hi everyone, my name is Amber. I am a mom of three boys and a full time nursing student. In the last three years I have allowed my stressful life to get the best of me, and have gained around 50 pounds. I have tried dieting before, have had small success, then failed. I want this time to be different, and am looking for accountability partners to help me through the tough times and to help celebrate the good times. Tue, 17 May 2016 10:03:30 EST Seeking Workout Buddy in Boston I live in Boston and I am looking for a woman to be a fitness buddy. <BR> <BR> What we would do: <BR> -Meet up physically once a week for no more than 1.5 hours. Somewhere off the T <BR> -Have Accountability, Encouragement, share resources and help brain storm. <BR> -Have midweek check ins. <BR> -Talk about food, working outs, challenges, successes and plans. <BR> -Have our own outside professional medical help <BR> <BR> I have about 100 lbs to lose so I might not be a good fit for someone... Mon, 16 May 2016 16:31:31 EST So mad My brother feel again at the hospital Fri, 13 May 2016 23:26:46 EST Prayers please Needing prayers for my brother Tue, 10 May 2016 23:21:15 EST 7 Dady Water detox! Looping for a buddy :) Hey! <BR> <BR> Im starting a water fast at midnight on Sunday for seven days and will break next Sunday! I've tried water fasting before and lasted 3 days and afterwards I went back to a bad diet with no exercise and gained the weight back. I am very frustrated and now very determined to lose the weight and keep it off! I'm 19 turning 20 on the 28th and My goal is to have reached 60kgs for then! If you're interested in joining my journey and supporting eachother please message me! You don't... Sat, 7 May 2016 18:50:26 EST Help! Any one else trying to avoid coffee?? Coffee seems to be my problem right now. I can stay under my calorie limit . . . unless I give in and have a cup of coffee (with cream and sugar). After that, I seem to fall off the wagon and eat things I shouldn't. <BR> <BR> This seems ridiculous, but I love coffee and can't figure out why satisfying that craving would wreck the rest of the day. Any suggestions? Thu, 5 May 2016 10:12:12 EST Overwhelmed! No clue what I'm sup posed to do to get started! Overwhelmed! Wed, 4 May 2016 18:34:15 EST looking for accountability partner Hi, I am at a wall and need someone who can really help keep me on track this time. I fell off the plan on a cruise last month and cannot seem to get back! I am going in the other direction - so stuck! I know success is reached when one has accountability, and I am READY! I have a specific goal for the next 30 days. <BR> Any takers? Mon, 2 May 2016 23:04:18 EST Clean eating Calculate my calories eat clean exercise 3xs per week sometimes more. No thyroid problems but have not lost an ounce. Been ketogenic for 2 weeks lost 2 lbs grr Sun, 1 May 2016 20:26:00 EST Greeting <BR> Hope everyone had a great Sunday! Sun, 1 May 2016 13:33:10 EST I'm learning to depend on myself. I have realized that it all comes down to your security in knowing that you are enough. I have grown kids who are busy with their own struggles and jobs and sometimes I feel so lonely. I have realized that it will be ok and it is alright to feel lonely at times. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:53:08 EST Fatigue so much stress and having a hard time dealing with it hugs Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:12:46 EST Protein I am battling to eat 60 grams of protein per day without going over the fat limit. I detest protein supplements like shakes - they all seem so processed. I'm a fan of cook from scratch real food. I suppose I should look at the food plans? Can you do plans in advance? Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:44:57 EST What's easiest, losing weight or maintenance goal I have 75 more pounds to lose before reaching goal, but from past experience I've learned losing weight is easier for me because I'm learning a new way of eating and learning how to adapt both in my lifestyle. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:55:10 EST Wishing it was easier to take care of family members who have had a stroke and masses Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:17:00 EST tracking grams of sugar Is there any way to track grams of sugar? I went to track other nutrients and didn't see anything. I have recently eliminated sugar and I wanted to see how many grams of sugar I am eating from my diet without added sugar. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:29:16 EST Log in How do I change my password Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:16:34 EST Waking up I find it extremely hard to wake up in the morning. Besides diet and exercise is there any way to get a good sleep so I can actually get out of bed on time? Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:17:52 EST HELP!!! I can't handle nights!! So, what does everyone do in the evening to stay away from late night snacking. I work all day, then have kids activities and get the kids to bed. Then when everyone is in bed and the house is quiet I turn on my favorite Net Flix TV show and snack. If I could just cut that out I would be so much better. IDEAS? <em>495</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:52:10 EST Hope everyone had wonderful easter Have a very blessed easter and send out joy light love and happiness hugs Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:20:12 EST How to motivate someone who has had a stroke Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:05:22 EST Nutrition tracker Before dinner I had eaten 550 calories - including breakfast, lunch and snacks so I could save calories when Dad took me to dinner. We went to big boy restaurant, I ordered whitefish meal(so did he) but I couldn't find anything I ate in food search to record food intake tonight. Waitress said I had choice of two sides, I chose hashbrowns and bean soup (white beans in it. I had a sweet tea (and yes I got a refill) and garlic toasted white bread came with it but did not eat it. How do I record ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:00:42 EST reading "the power of habit" Is anyone else reading this? Have you replaced any habits? I'm getting started on spark and am half way through this book. Just fishing for success stories to inspire me. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:31:32 EST My struggle is over, I am in HARMONY with myself. Lost one pound today! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:12:25 EST missing pages fast break pages are missing anyone else have this prob lem Wed, 16 Mar 2016 04:21:32 EST Meal replacement drinks So my friend started her diet same time I did. 2 weeks ago. I have lost 5 pounds and she has lost 14 pounds. I am sticking to what has worked before ,tracking calories and keeping a calorie deficit of 1000 to lose 2 pounds each week. She drinks her veggie smoothie 3 times a day. I do feel a little discouraged because she had such a dramatic weight loss. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:47:27 EST Making Small Changes In order for me to get the results that I want I am going to have to make better choices when it comes to food. I have done better today than all the other days that I have been on this diet. I'm still struggling a little with breakfast but will make a better choice tomorrow. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:17:38 EST Pilates Got a pilates table today am excited Tue, 8 Mar 2016 23:28:19 EST Trackers problems When I first joined few years ago, I remember having a goal weight, measurements, and you got to choose picture for weight loss, mine was a runner. Now I don't see it, all I see is a scale on tracker page :( it would show starting weight, amount lost and gained, I liked everyone's picture for group support. Now it says pounds lost on tracker page. I want the picture back. All it shows on message boards is profile photo and now I can't update photo either :( Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:43:12 EST Trying to fit exercise in I create my daily to do list, but I find exercise is the one thing that gets short changed when I am out of time.. so I thought I'd ask all of you. <BR> <BR> How do you make sure to get your exercise in? First thing in the morning, before you do anything else? a few minutes here or there, right after your work day is done? <BR> <BR> The same time daily so it is a habit? What is the one thing that makes you successful. Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:51:04 EST Exhaustion taking care of my brother is wearing me out Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:11:07 EST Motivation Just waking this morning and knowing that I would get to login to spark coach and move forward with this adventure was exciting. It's nice to know that I am not on this journey alone. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:42:43 EST Frustration My brother came home from the hospital 4 times worse then he went in he also feel in there and they sent him home Fri, 4 Mar 2016 00:23:07 EST Fast breaks Last night I chose my fast breaks and will be implementing them for the first time today. I chose "Don't snack mindlessly in the evening," "Walk the dog each day," and "Give yourself a 5-minute pep talk each day." What goals are you working on right now? Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:06:33 EST Fast break What is the fast break stage? Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:56:19 EST Goal tracker bars How did y'all get those cute little bars? New here. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:03:37 EST 2 weeks not smoking Hi. Thanks for having me and listening.I quit smoking 14 days ago and this morning I lit a cigarette and then threw it away. It tasted OK. I was hoping for horrible, but it wasn't. I feel bad now, but am just going to carry on like it didn't happen. I want to smoke more now than the first few days. I caught a terrible cold and couldn't breathe at all, never mind smoke, so was into it before I really realized...I haven't been able to breathe or do things that I used to do and knew I had ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:07:36 EST Learn to say no The hardest thing for those on a weight loss journey is to say no. I am working hard on this and yesterday I was able to do that. Now the consistency begins <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:03:24 EST Not overweight On reading about BMI I have come to the conclusion that I am not overweight at all. I am just 1 ft 2 inches too short. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:58:34 EST Military diet OK so I started the military diet and I was wondering for the dinner with just tuna can I fry it ? And add a little salt and pepper? Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:34:21 EST Today's Choice: Quit Smoking Has anyone ever bartered with God before? I just went through something physical that was extremely painful and I have been an on-and-off-again smoker for 30 years. That has been my biggest struggle, which has caused some of the weight gain over the years. While I am not making excuses for this poor choice of mine in the past, I am declaring to all my Spark People friends that today is my last day of smoking. I literally made a pact with God that if I got better, I would seriously make ch... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:04:36 EST Help How do you help and motivate someone after a stroke Thu, 14 Jan 2016 01:25:33 EST New Year resolutions I want to lower my weight but more importantly I want to improve my A1C. My goal is less than 6. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:22:07 EST Activity tracker advice Hi. <BR> I'm looking to buy an activity tracker. I'm hoping that I could get some advice about which to get. I'm looking for one that I can clip on as I can't wear watches at college. Oh and it has to sync to android as I don't have a computer. <BR> Thanks! Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:37:33 EST Link for spark fast break--stage 1,2,3,4? I did the fast break steps before a few years back. anyone know how to access them on this site? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:58:20 EST weight changing on site Does any one have trouble with their weight changing automatically when it shouldnt. my weight showed up as 450 pounds this morning and it is 207? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:45:56 EST Day #2 I like this program! <em>521</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:32:46 EST Just started...Looking for a Spark Buddy! :) I am a 45 year old (how can that be?!?) female in Southern California. I signed up for Spark People almost 2 weeks ago, but have done almost nothing until today. Today I re-weighed myself, tracked my food and exercise, and set Fast Break goals. I want to keep this motivation and momentum up! Looking for a spark buddy to share inspiration and motivation. Anyone looking for the same? Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:35:49 EST tired Sending light love joy and happiness hugs Sat, 7 Nov 2015 23:43:11 EST 186 186 looking for 180 y the end off November Wed, 4 Nov 2015 17:12:48 EST Tips for getting up without hitting snooze Hi Sparkpeople community! I set a fast break goal for the week to get up without hitting the snooze button. I am notorious for hitting the snooze button, even when I have gotten plenty of sleep. I am looking for tips on how to get myself out of bed when that alarm goes off and resisting the urge to stay cuddled in my warm bed now that the mornings are starting to get colder. How do you guys get out of bed in the morning without hitting snooze? Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:30:28 EST feeling more energy keeping with the program and getting the spark ! Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:44:11 EST fastbreak goals I had a bit of trouble keeping my fastbreak goals formost in my mind yesterday, the 1st day after joining sparkcoach. Anyone else have trouble remembering to address and reach for their goals? Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:36:40 EST Low carbs I am starting a low carb to control blood sugar. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 02:30:27 EST weight management control HOW CAN I KEEP MY WEIGHT FROM BOUNCING AROUND HERE THERE EVERYWHERE. I LOSE THEN I GAIN AND ITS MAKING MY SELF ESTEEM GO DOWN. I DONT HAVE THAT DRIVE I HAD BEFORE AND IM FEELING DISCOURAGED IN WHETHER I WILL LOSE THE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:15:38 EST Good Report I am happy to get a good report from my Cardiologist. <em>334</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:29:17 EST I need to start again I don't know what's wrong but, I just can't stop eating. I lost weight before 2 stone but, once I reach that I go straight back to my old ways. I don't know why but, I really need help Mon, 7 Sep 2015 04:56:06 EST Who has issues staying under sodium level? Anyone else been watching their sodium intake? I started recording then a few days in I did the evaluate nutrition for the day and it said my sodium was high. I went back and noticed the other days it was high too. What's a good alternative? I obviously like meals with salt. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:49:15 EST Sparks food tracker Anyone know of a way to change the sparks food tracker? or is it a one size fits all kind of deal? I like the tracker that My Fitness Pal uses, where I can log in my calories as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, etc. as I go during the day, rather than a lump sum of my calories at the end of the day, (because I don't write it all down/keep a food journal and will forget to put in some of my calories). So I've been forgetting/neglecting to log in my calories here on sparks. Any help or answers... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:29:22 EST Yesterday's Exercise I got up in the morning yesterday and did a few half-hearted stretches, but last evening I walked 5 miles with my hubby! Yay! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:28:00 EST Perfect planks? I did an abs routine. It had a lot of plank variations (such as side planks). I fell multiple times even though I'm only a little overweight. Any tips for not falling, especially during the side planks? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:08:30 EST Right I AM MOTIVATED long will it last??? Looking for motivational buddies as this is gonna be a long journey (want to lose 140lbs) with lots of hurdles along the way. I've got to make this work, I don't want to be a fat mum at the school gates in 1y time! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:14:12 EST Warm lemon water I'm trying to drink a cup of warm lemon water first thing every morning. Day #1 success! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 02:03:15 EST WEIGH-INS My fitness trainer wants weekly weigh-ins, but I hate scales and I DO NOT WANT TO WEIGH IN WEEKLY. What would you do, or what would you tell your trainer? I already had 1 good week, and then I had 1 bad week and I am still in a slump from the bad week. HELP! PLEASE!!! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:40:04 EST A case of the unmotivateds I work a high stress, low reward job (in the day time), where I see people at their worst and am faced with difficult situations that unfortunately do not have resolutions. After a day like today, it is very hard for me to get motivated to work out or be social. I just want to go home and veg out on the couch. Does anyone else have days like these? (I am at 9400 steps) Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:35:19 EST Walking I love walking outside to enjoy the surrounding it take my mind off of things and doesn't feel like a workout.. Plus my husband likes to go with me and it give him exercise.. <em>311</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:26:59 EST wounded hand What would be some simple exercises to do for arms <BR> Right now can't hold much in right hand due to a bite from my cat. Long story there no time to tell it. Just some suggestions need because I'm trying to jump start my weight loss. Doctors not happy with my stalled weight Wed, 8 Jul 2015 20:23:55 EST Advice for type 2 diabetic What is the best advice you have for losing weight if you have type 2 diabetes? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 21:36:00 EST Over 200 Pounds to Go! I am just getting started back on this fitness journey and I have a long road ahead. I am going to need to stay motivated for the journey and I need to make new buddies along the way. If you'd like to join me on my journey then add me! I'm starting out at about 440 pounds and have about 275 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight of 165. LOL it's kind of funny... I have to lose and overweight person worth of pounds lol. I'll be blogging and venting and sharing probably TMI but it's the only wa... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:40:39 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:31:38 EST exercise... I had 7 stroke, my left side is week, because of that I put on 100 lb, can sombody tell me what is a simple and good exercise I can do to lose some lb please? Thanks....😉 <em>2</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:03:42 EST Check in time? Do people find more success checking into Spark People in the morning or evening? Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:02:32 EST What are your fast break goals? My fast break goals are: <BR> <BR> To eat at least 2 fruits/veggies a day <BR> To take a walk each day <BR> To read one success story each day. <BR> <BR> I'm starting today so wish me luck :) <BR> <BR> I would love to hear what other people have chosen as their fast break goals. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:13:29 EST Vegan cookbook do we have one Sat, 30 May 2015 13:53:20 EST Starting over Hi, I just listened to Spark Guy's message on spark coach and was moved to tears. I love how supportive this program is. My fast break goals are get 8 hours of sleep, drink 8 glasses of water, and go for a walk every day. I read a book - can't remember the name right now - where it said that there are keystone habits; that if you can implement a keystone habit that other habits fall in place. I think for me a keystone habit is sleep. My entire day is better when I go to bed early and wake up ... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:50:56 EST I lost 8 lbs! My first week I managed to lose 8 lbs! I know its not going to be like that very often but what a great start right? Tue, 19 May 2015 02:24:20 EST Routine stops on Spark People After logging in, what are your routine places you check each time on the Spark People site? I'm new and am curious. Thanks. Sat, 9 May 2015 04:57:21 EST Slow and Steady I am trying to walk for at least thirty minutes each day, but the pain in my right leg has gotten extreme. So, until I can get new and better walking shoes, I am peddling on the stationary bike. I am not really sure which is more important, the time or the distance. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I peddled four miles. This morning, I peddled two miles. I intend to peddle at least that many more this evening. <BR> <BR> Also, I wonder, what is the "best" shoe to invest in for walking...I don't see ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:21:19 EST Absolutely Naps are the best thing ever! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:51:35 EST Do you have a plan for Halloween? one of my fast break goals this week is to take any leftover candy AWAY from here on the 1st of november so i'm not tempted! how about you? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:14:23 EST Meatless DAY My husband is recommending one day a week due to some health issues with my liver. Going to check with doc on Monday just to be sure. Any feedback would be appreciated <em>304</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:37:08 EST Looking for tips on getting 8 hours sleep Greetings to SPFB ers! <BR> <BR> I have a tough time stopping and going to bed and getting meeting my goal of 8 hours sleep. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tips? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:48:10 EST What motivates you to make changes in your life? Let your fellow <em>223</em> 's know what motivates (or motivated) you to make changes in your life. <BR> <BR> I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of being overweight - whether considered healthy or unhealthy. I want to move more, do more, explore more than I was able to do when my life was so sedentary; and I had awful eating habits. <BR> <BR> I want to be a healthier, happier, thinner person! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:21:57 EST Who has a Spark Activity Tracker? Hello! I am not new to the site, but I very recently decided to join SparkCoach because I am ready to drop this weight for good. Does anyone own an activity tracker? If so, what do you like/dislike about it? I am trying to decide if I would like to get one. Thu, 1 May 2014 11:38:49 EST Was it an "Ah-ha" moment, or an "OMG" moment What emotion ultimately inspired you to make a change? Mine was an "OMG" moment. Mainly seeing a horrible pic of myself. <em>15</em> <em>29</em> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 01:10:39 EST What do you do at night to AVOID eating? Looking for ideas to find victory over my worst habit! Thanks! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:55:15 EST Motivational quotes "Take care of your body - it's the only place you have to live." <BR> Jim Rohne Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:43:46 EST Favorite thing about losing weight I have so many but the one I was thinking about this morning is just being able to cut my toenails! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:52:31 EST Looking for Diet Buddies Hello I started Sparkpeople a few months ago...started out strong and then lost my way...let myself get off track with everyday life events. <BR> <BR> I'm back and just as determined as ever..don't want to let myself get way-layed again. Would really love to meet and share with others on the same journey! Think this will take a lot of support! Sun, 18 Feb 2007 08:43:52 EST