SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Back with a Plan. Howdy, I am back after a few years hiatus... This time though I want to shed the pounds and keep them off. A few things I plan on doing differently include, blogging and getting out of the house more! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:19:03 EST New Member Introduction Hi, I am Marco. I have been challenging myself to lose weight for sometime, and after watching what I ate, and exercising for months didn't seem to have an affect, I remembered that SparkPeople is something I had success with before. So I signed back up. My goals are to lose 2 lbs a week, and I would like to overall lose 40-50 lbs. And I figured that if I continue to NOT lose, where I expect to, at least I have detailed info to bring to my doctor for further help. Thanks! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:32:53 EST new member looking forward to learning all I can about SP. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:45:27 EST New and running through the Welcome List Just signed up yesterday. Starting a new phase of life. I have had a life of drinking a bunch of beer or wine every single day. Starting last Monday, NO MORE. I need to lose about 30 pounds, and then keep it there. I am looking forward to this site keeping me motivated. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:26:39 EST I'm back with a new ideas! I don't know how many times I've started and stopped using my SP app to log in my food and exercise. I get going really good in the beginning but slack off again. I'm sure I'm alone. So hopefully this time will be more consistent. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've learned about myself: <BR> <BR> Problem: <BR> I suck at logging in my food and exercise journal. <BR> <BR> Solution: <BR> I've decided to become active in these Message Boards. I usually go it alone but this time I'm thinking if I keep... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:23:20 EST Starting over again I am so discouraged. I started over on 9/6 and ended up gaining 4 lbs from my starting weight. Will I ever be able to lose this weight? I seem to be caught in a cycle of eating when I am stressed. Even though I had a couple of good weeks, I undid it all in a few days. <BR> Today is my 59th birthday. <BR> <BR> eatrealfood Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:34:14 EST Hello Hello, just started last week. Trying to establish healthy habits. Have about 50 pounds to loose. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:07:20 EST Hello... 90lbs down and 50 to go! Hi! My name is Meg. I've been a member on here for a few months but have never fully dived in to all that's available to me here. My weight loss journey has been a long arduous one. Which has led me to have weight loss surgery last year (one year ago this month) and now I'm in a place of working to get to my goal. I've lost a total of 90lbs so far and have another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I'm now in a place where I have begun counting calories and working out daily. Trying to get my body past th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:03:01 EST Calorie count Are there a way you can set your own calories? I don't think I can lose weight on the amount of calories that are recommended? Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:50:42 EST Hi, I am new here Looking for new workout ways, and best type of eating to diet. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 22:59:24 EST Hi! I'm finally ready for a change. Hi! my name is Devora and I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and going to make a goal to get a little healthier before Christmas. I love to make new friends. I gained a lot after having 3 children and ready to take of me now too! <em>244</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 20:58:01 EST new to this site looking for motivation Hi my name is Lynsey i'm 29 years old. Like many others I have struggled with my weight for so long. trying everything in the book to lose weight and paying a lot of money along the way. I am recently engaged and happy with my life except cant seem to be truly happy at this weight. I am looking for support system or people who have been though what I am going through. I have decided to try just ,making better decisions and getting more fit. Anybody with any tips, success stories I welcome any... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 20:10:55 EST New to this site Was looking for free weight loss help and saw this was top rated site. I had back surgery(my 2nd back surgery) in July so some exercises are not possible for me. I have been going to the YMCA 3 x a week for a water exercise class for persons with arthritis. I don't know if this will help with weight loss but it does help my back feel much better. I need to lose about 75 lbs. As a retired nurse I know that this is imperative to help insure I don't end up with a 3rd herniated disc. I try to tak... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:40:13 EST New and need encouragement Have been here before and need to have a buddy for accountability. Want so much to lose this weight and permanently keep it off. Help! Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:45:26 EST Greetings Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I have used Spark People before, but it has went through some amazing upgrades I see. I have been doing pretty good, I lost 20lbs this past year and have kept it off. I am currently looking to lose another 10 lbs before my anniversary in December. I feel like I have hit a wall in progression which is why I am returning to Spark People so I can examine my eating habits and track my measurements and workouts. <BR> <BR> I will you all the best of luck! <BR> Amand... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:36:17 EST Hey Morning. I am back again using Sparkpeople. I have 90 days to turn my blood sugar around, or I will be put on insulin. Okay, so I really have 60 days because I have done nothing for the last 30 days. Not a big fan on going on the insulin , and would like to cut back on the medication I am already on so I am hoping to get some support as I head through this journey. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:35:17 EST Haven't Been Here For Awhile Life has really thrown me a curve ball. In March of 2014, I lost my oldest son to suicide. 3 months later my youngest sister also committed suicide. I have no clue why either of them decided to do this. I have always been a gym person but just recently stopped going. I don't lose any weight. My Dr, had me on an antidepressant and I gained almost 15 lbs. so I stopped taking them. I probably shouldn't have stopped but I couldn't stand the weight gain. I drink more than I should but I don't get... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:36:18 EST New here but started 33 days ago Hi everyone, I'm new here my name is Katie. I'm 37 years old. I have been married 18 years & a mother of 3 boys ages 19,16 & 12. <BR> <BR> My start weight was 215. My current weight is 199.2. I walked for the first 18 days a mile a day, could not do much more than that. Now I am doing 30 day shred for 15 days now, I am on day 5 of level 2. Seeing great results from it. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to stick with it. Last time i was losing I went from 235 lbs. to 180. Gained it all back but 20 lbs.... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:55:24 EST I'm back again. Good morning everyone! I'm back again for the third time, they say third time is the charm!!! well here's hoping. I live in Texas where the weather is very humid most of the year and you tend to stay indoors which is not good for me as I don't get much exercise. I have some health issues as well I live with Rheumatoid Arthritis and also have some back issues. I'm about 90 to 100 lbs. overweight which is not good for my health and want desperately to lose the weight. I have downloaded a few SP... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:31:27 EST Reactivated my account after 5years Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I have gained 8 lbs and know it will be a slipper slope if i don't do anything. had a tough few years and will finally be divorced in the next couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> So no more excuses I need to try and get myself motivated to eating less and healthy again and getting back to Exercise after a bad back. <BR> <BR> Anyone in the Cambridge area who would like a support buddy I'd love to hear from you. Also any advice would be appreciated as finding it hard to get going. ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:15:20 EST I'm Back I saw that I could link my fitbit to SP. I am back to what else has changed. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:44:47 EST Hi I'm new. My name is Diana I hope to get to chat with some of you. I have a goal of 40 pounds to lose <BR> Is anyone doing low carb? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:29:00 EST Hello Hello Since I am very new to this kind of environment, I'd like to start off with an short introduction of what I really am doing here xD <BR> So having struggled with my weight for quite some time, and piling back twenty kg that I had lost, I am now on my first day of the Dukan Diet, and can say am quite excited to meet new people and share a wonderful experience and journey. <BR> Hopefully we can all help make a difference for each other ~ <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 02:46:50 EST Meal plans of my food page Hi! I am new to spark people and have a question. On my food diary page I have suggested meals under breakfast, dinner and lunch. Is there a way I can get rid of that? I don't think I requested that. I find it makes things confusing. Thanks in advance for your help. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:14:04 EST Buddies for the journey ?? I am new to the site and looking for a buddy to help keep me on track (and vice verse). I hope to lose these last 72 pounds soon! I would be delighted to meet and help someone that needs motivation and accountability just like me. Please message me! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:07:17 EST Workout while Asthmatic etc Hey there fellow wls, or weight loss strugglers. <BR> I'm Pamela, but I like to use my nick name Faith. <BR> I began this journey years ago...about 3. I have lost <BR> About 60 or so. But I gained 20 back in fluid and bad eating habits. So I am back at it...with renewed strength. This is not something I want to do. I must do this. <em>39</em> . I am allergic to everything. <BR> From Dairy to nuts and seeds and even simple meats. I am forced to go vegan. And not with much protein unless it... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:06:55 EST PLEASE HELP Coming back to SP. I left SP to go to WW, only to GAIN weight! I'm back and need all the support I can get. I am 50 lbs overweight and have high blood pressure...other than that, I'm good. But, those two are just enough to make me unhappy with myself. Before I get so far under, I need to start digging out now! Love SP and look forward to all the help you will give me. Everyday is a new day to begin again. Try and try again until you succeed. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:56:20 EST Getting back up again - we fall down I've been a member here for a long time and I keep coming and going. I hope to be here to stay this time around. And the nicest part of coming here to introduce myself, as part of the New member challenge, is to see that I am definitely not alone. I'm really looking forward to making some healthy changes. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:09:17 EST Contrave Users I'm looking for people that have started or are thinking about starting Contrave to lose weight. I hope to build a support group and learn from one another <em>4</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:04:33 EST Jenni My name is Jennifer and I had a gastric sleeve on 9/9/15, the day I started my clear liquid diet I was 265, day of surgery I was 255, now im 240 lbs and its been almost 4 weeks, I been eating soft fish, chilli, yogurt, grits, and mash potatoes, I hate the protein shakes but I drink 4 ounces of one every meal. I feel like I should be losing more weight but for 2 weeks my weight been at a stand still, am I doing something wrong because I but in some exercise about 4 times a week, not to mention... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:18:28 EST Back again and eating within calories but bad food I am restarting Spark, and I am keeping within the calories. But, I am making poor food choices. We are cleaning out the basement and then we grab quick fast food or a candy bar for energy and go back to cleaning. <BR> We will be cleaning for many more days and I need help with no-cook grab and go foods I can eat that will fit into my diet. I know I won't stop working and go eat an apple. It needs to be filling and satisfying. Any ideas? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:39:22 EST Introducer yourself Hi I'm new here My name is Scherrie. I'm starting everything over learning to eat right to get healthy and hoping it will help me get healthier with my weight . Well 2 of my Drs say type 1 diabetic and my other 2 say type 2 . And I'm trying to get my weight off to breath better. If you would like to know something about me please just ask. Thank you Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:24:02 EST I have been on here so many times I dont know what to do ive been battling with my weight since i was 19, i just cant get it right, i eat and eat and eat , i get depressed and i eat circle of my life!!!! <BR> <BR> Any pointers and friends would be so helpful. <BR> <BR> I am hoping I can stay here too and make it!!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 12:09:09 EST I'm baaaaack! I joined several years ago and then fell off. My biggest issue is consistency. I do great for a very short period of time and then stop. I am in a very rural area with no neighbors so I don't have a good support system. I telecommute so I sit at a desk for 10 hours per day. I typically do good for breakfast and lunch, but by afternoon, I get really tired so I reach for food or caffeinated soda to get energy - I know this is the primary reason my BMI puts me in the Obese category. I am hopi... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:56:16 EST Hello I'm new Hello I'm new here and ready to start my journey! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:45:23 EST Hi...Not new but starting again Hi <BR> My name is Dottie and although not new to spark, I don't really remember being on this thread so I would like to say hi. I have about 75 pounds to lose and won't fail, I have it in me to do whatever I set out to do. Not every day is wonderful and I do have setbacks but I am no quitter! <BR> <BR> I would love to make new friends and reach our goals together. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 10:04:27 EST Not so new...just back again Hello all! I wanted to rejoin the community. I have not fully participated since 2012/2013. It has been a long time since I've logged in or utilized the SparkPeople resources. Three years ago, I lost 43 lbs. I have gained back 41. Nutrition is my biggest issue as I go back and forth about what I want my nutrition to look like (ie. I want low carb but feel guilty about eating meat). Anyhow, I'm glad to be back in the community. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:36:58 EST Turning over a new leaf Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie. I've actually had an account for a while but haven't done anything with it . But I'm turning over a new leaf and am on a mission to lose weight and get more active and just feel better in general . But I need some friends! As a single mom I don't really have any friends that I can go to in person for daily motivation so I am seeking some Internet friends. I need to find some teams too but there are so many , I'm not sure where to ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:35:06 EST New again... I'm back from being away from SP for a long time. I'm almost a totally different person so I'm anticipating this chapter to be quite different. Excited to be back! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 02:50:06 EST New to message boards Hello! I am new to message boards, but my goal is to lose 20 lbs, and gain strength and stamina to keep up with my 7-year old. I am in my early 40's and I can already feel it harder to get around. Any help and encouragement you can give to get me moving would be great! : ) Mon, 5 Oct 2015 01:14:04 EST Hello from southern Indiana! Hi everyone, just wanted to post and introduce myself. My goal is to lose 20 pounds after maintaining my post-pregnancy weight for over 3 years! Ha! Who says maintenance is the hard part??? <BR> <BR> I look forward to interacting here on the boards and sharing my experiences and helping others stay inspired and motivated through their weight loss journeys. I love other message boards, so hopefully this one will pull me in and get me obsessed with getting healthier again! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 23:42:38 EST Hello - Returning Hi <BR> I am trying again - I am hoping to get unstuck mentally to stay with this journey. I know I can be healthier and I am going to do my best to keep on keeping on. I look forward to hearing from other folks. <BR> Char Sun, 4 Oct 2015 19:56:51 EST New and at the end of my rope Hi, this is my first time posting here. I am at my highest weight, uncontrolled diabetic, and high blood pressure. I've had to have my blood pressure medicined doubled twice in the last 3 weeks. I have close to two hundred pounds to lose. I don't get support from home when it comes to eating better. I'm hoping to find some support here. <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 19:26:01 EST Why hello there! (some of my story) Hey <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie and I am coming up to 26yrs old (my birthday is in 8 days). My all time highest weight was 125kg which made me morbidly obese. I have been working on my weight for about a year and a half now, and I have lost 18 kilos. I am now 4 kilos off being classified as just ''obese'' which is exciting for me. <BR> <BR> I have tried to lose weight a few times but nothing has stuck until now. My all time personal low when I was at my worst was in 2014 when I moved bac... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 18:43:39 EST Back Again It has been a couple of years since I sparked, but it definitely helped me in the past. I know what to eat to be healthy, but I crave chocolate and carbs. I'm not a binge eater, but I am not consistently eating all healthy things. I know about a square of chocolate a day, but that morphs into 3-5 pieces per day. I know I have to meal plan which I hate, but know it is best for me. Dealing with some high stress at the moment and health issues, some of which won't even be affected by weight... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:29:25 EST LOOKING FOR MEMBERS I have a great new team "FIT TEMPLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT". <BR> Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and it is up to us to maintain these bodies. I am inviting team members who are team players. In this team we are encouraged to stay active and keep fit. <BR> <BR> I have just opened an Oct. challenge today that encourages being active everyday with Sunday being rest. The winner at the end of the month receives a goodie. <BR> <BR> I would love for you to join. Just click on my pict... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:37:21 EST Need diet advice So I am totally new to spark people. I would like to lose 50 lbs. I have an exercise plan but I'm all over the place with what my diet should be help!! I'm a nurse and possibly know too much for my own good lol. I'm at a loss between just eating clean or no sugar or tracking calories or weight watchers or following a specific plan etc. My head spins as I research the healthy way to eat and I haven't been able to balance what works and worry about what's the best/ healthiest etc. am I making a... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 12:15:12 EST :3 Hi. I have two years and 110lbs to shed as well as dealing with other stuff in my life. <em>521</em> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 10:35:27 EST Here I Go Again! Here I go again, seems to be my theme song for many years! <BR> Yoyoing, if thats a word from one diet to the next. Limited success and plumaging back with more weight gained, and that starting over feeling. Ugh! <BR> Feeling inspired.....see a SPARK......grasping hold to this lifeline of encouragement! Sun, 4 Oct 2015 03:17:11 EST New to this Site Hi I am new to this site. Am hoping to lose my weight by Xmas. Will have to get motivated. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:39:24 EST Rebooting my Spark I have decided that I am done feeling blah about my stomach and I am rebooting my efforts on this site. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:20:08 EST Back at it again Hi all! This is definitely not my first time on SP, but hopefully this one will stick. I'm working on losing weight. One of my goals is also to try and come out of my shell a little bit and try and post on the community boards, so here goes nothing :) <BR> <BR> Have a good rest of the weekend! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:03:28 EST Hi I'm new here! Hello! I joined SP today. I'm hoping to get motivated and support on my eating habits. I work out on a regular basis but food is my complete downfall! Any tips, tricks and support will help! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:26:11 EST New and looking for an accountability buddy Hey all, just joined Spark less than a week ago. I'm really looking forward to joining the community and becoming more active on the boards! I'm really hoping to meet others who can keep me accountable! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:29:53 EST Just Me the Newbie Hi, Just Me here, working toward a healthy lifestyle, healthy weight, and overall "Feel Good" about myself. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:59:55 EST Hi! Hi! I'm new to the message boards and just wan to introduce myself. My name is Angie, I am a busy SAHM mum of 4 ages 8,6,3 & 1. I would like to lose about 20 pounds and improve my health overall. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 13:52:28 EST Hello! Just introducing myself, my name is Derek. I am attempting to lose weight and keep it of as my 40th birthday present to myself. Lots of changes happening and hoping this will also help keep stress and anxiety under control! <em>524</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:27:40 EST Day 1 IP Good morning. Today is my first day on ip. I have let myself go for various reasons. I'm at the highest weight currently at 155. My goal is to be 125 and have committed to the regiment of ideal protein to make that happen! I intend to post regularly what threads on the message boards are the most active ? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:11:52 EST hello I am new to spark people I am about 350 pounds and I have been severely obese for almost all my life except my childhood years. My weight has caused many medical problems for me. Hypertension/high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, acid reflux, depression and anxiety along with low self esteem. I also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees which makes it hard to exercise. <BR> <BR> I want and need to lose weight not only for medical purposes but for my sanity as well and for me. <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 02:36:56 EST Glad to be here I need all the support I can get. My name is Joy. I am looking to lose weight and gain my energy back. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:09:29 EST Good evening Hi all! I'm not exactly "new" to SP; I've been on here for almost a month. As a typical yo-yo dieter, I wanted to ease into this lifestyle change, and the first step of that was to consistently track my food and exercise. I've tracked every day for 26 days--amazing! I'm moving on to the next steps in my plan. I have quite a bit to lose, and I hope to be successful via the SP tools & with the support of the community. <BR> <BR> Happy weekend! Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:45:56 EST Returning Hi, My name is Rhonda, and I have been on and off this site for a couple years. I am ready to come back and be successful! I have had many things that I have put ahead of myself, such as kids, schools, and a boyfriend. It is time for me to focus on myself and get myself where I want to be. As much as I love my kids, they will be happier with a happier me:) <BR> <BR> So, my goal is to lose 50 lbs. I have joined the gym over a week ago and have been there this week three times, and really... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:21:59 EST Out of my comfort zone Hi, <BR> I have been overweight all my life. Food has always been my best friend. Today I am choosing to be my own best friend. I am going to try to be as loving understanding and forgiving with myself as I am with others. I am not looking backward. It's ok to do this just for me. I am worth it. <em>134</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:22:05 EST Hit the ground running. Well more like walking. Is walking your preferred workout? What exercises do you enjoy? Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:43:17 EST find self worth Hi all it is wonderful to see so many men and women who wants to enjoy their lives and be their best. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:37:00 EST New again I joined spark people several years ago and was doing pretty well. I didn't stick with it though. Stopped tracking and checking in, stopped caring about my health, and just fell into a darker place. <BR> Recently have had a wake up call of sorts and decided it was time to be more in control of my own health. Went to the doctor and found out I am now diabetic. Onset was sometime in the last year. It's not completely out of control, but it's not great either. I need to do this for me. But also... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:53:41 EST Sherri I have hopped on board. My suggested goal is to loose 50 pounds by March of 2016. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:34:47 EST Here I go...again :-) I'm actually excited about continuing my weight loss with SparkPeople. I have so many flaws to my diet and fitness routine. Sometimes I'm motivated and other times, not so motivated. However, I'm happy to be alive and able to start over and maybe have fun this time living a healthier lifestyle. This time around, I plan on exploring all there is to explore on this site. As well as, getting to know you lovely folks in the community. Best of health to all the newbies and old-timers. God b... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 22:22:58 EST new today It's Oct. 1 and I'm starting anew. I've done nothing but gain weight since I started tracking my weight with a friend about 2 months ago. I also started working with a personal trainer twice a week and I go once a week myself and follow the plan that he has put together for me. So, I'm pretty depressed, but not hopeless because I have signed onto Spark People. I'll be reading everything I can about losing weight because I really need inspiration at this point. <em>39</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:44:17 EST October! Hi everyone! Nice to start off the new month well. Take care! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:16:28 EST new person here :) I posted an intro in the app two days ago, but I don't know if that shows up here. I'm 61 and I need to lose 70-80 pounds. I find that it is hard for me to concentrate, and I feel sluggish. Any way to sharpen my concentration, or is this just a necessary period of adjustment? Can anyone give their experience? Thank you Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:23:29 EST New Here Just joined and looking for mature women for friendship and support on the road to health and happiness. Trying to change old habits and forge new ones ! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:48:20 EST New Member Hi I am new to this program looks helpful Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:05:21 EST new <BR> Hello, I'm Melody I am 53 302lbs. have some health issues, and no support in my home. but a lot of sabotage. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:22:09 EST Stepping Forward Hi Sparkers..... <BR> I am a walker.....I am doing one month at a time. For me my challenge for October is a .... walking challenge. To walk 60 minutes a day plus. <BR> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:09:58 EST Re-inventing myself This last year has been pretty hard on me and my family and I unfortunately let myself go. Im hoping that this will help get things back on track for me and help me adjust to my new normal. <em>249</em> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:37:50 EST Time to start taking care Hello all. I'm 26 years old and have lost control in my fitness and eating. I am a smoker who hates cooking. I am only about 10 lbs over weight. Celiac vegetarian ( I eat veggies all day and binge at night). I keep on thinking I can start tomorrow but I need to start now. I have tried many times before and failed because I wanted results. I am always hungry, almost as if I crave the feeling of food in my mouth. Looking for some support. I would really like to start liking my body again and fe... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:29:55 EST getting started i am really depressed about my weight. i look in the mirror after getting out of the bath and hate myself i have lost all motivation to lose the weight i have tried weight watchers and nutrisytem and others. i lose a few and then i say to myself i am tired of counting points, eating salads , etc. i want my regular coke back and talk myself right out of a healthy lifestyle please help motivate me i am willing to try this. i want so much to be that success story but i want instant gratification Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:22:52 EST Pursuing health Hello all. I have been on SparkPeople in the past but I have recently moved out of my old environment and I am determined to set a pace for a healthy lifestyle. I have been injured all my life growing up and I finally am at a place where I can exercise. I have ideas for weight goals, but honestly I just want to be a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle, whatever that weight may be. I wish you all the very best in your pursuits! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:12:19 EST Continuing my journey Hi, I'm back and ready to reach my goal! Doing this without support so need a kick in the butt and someone to smack that junk out of my hand! This caterpillar will be a Butterfly by April. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:26:39 EST hello During the past two weeks i have shed 10 pounds. I have a restrictive eating difficulty and have joined spark people to hopefully regain control through public support. I am thankful to this site for everyones unconditional love and support. Thank you!!!!!!! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:06:17 EST Newbie from Virginia! Hey everyone! I'm 33 and after being lazy for so long and not taking care of myself, I found out about a month ago that I currently have high bp. I've been put on meds, which are terrible and worse than the bp itself. I also had tachycardia, which kind of scared me into getting my butt in gear. I've changed my eating habits the last month and have started being more active. 2 days ago I decided to start walking for about 45 minutes and I have an elliptical for use when it's raining. I've dro... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:39:13 EST Thyroid Issues I am willimo and new to sparkpeople. Besides being a type 2 diabetic I have high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. I am looking for help with weight loss in these three areas. Open to all suggestions Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:21:23 EST Howdy! This is my first post on SparkPeople (ahem, this time around). I joined a few years back, but fell off the wagon after a couple months due to personal reasons. Excited to be back, though! <BR> <BR> I've recently gone through a lot and spent a few months dealing with situational depression and generalized anxiety as a result. I've been slowly, but surely, coming off the prescribed drugs and, honestly, it's like coming out of a bit of a fog. My first thought was, "I need to get my a** of... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:16:22 EST Newbie from Ohio Hi! I heard of sparkpeople from one of my husbands friends and decided to check it out. I have steadily been gaining weight over the past 20 years. I did manage to lose quite a bit in 2002 with the help of diet pills but then I quit taking them because I was afraid of the health risks. I'm currently at 185 lbs. and can't believe I let myself go like this. A little about me: I'm 49, married, have 3 wonderful boys ages 25, 22 and 17. I also have a full time job as an orthidontic assistant. When... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:10:48 EST Looking for Friends Hi all... I'm Kristy. I've actually been a member here for 5 years but I've done a terrible job at sticking to my lifestyle change. I've decided I need a fresh start, so I deleted my old account and I'm starting over from scratch. I would like to connect with people who will be motivating, encouraging and supportive. I will do the same in return. <BR> <BR> A little about myself... <BR> <BR> I'm a busy mom of 3... My daughter Haylee is 13, my son Ryan is 11, and my little guy Brody will be 2... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:05:19 EST New Hi I am new to this site. I have been on here for 1 week. I am married with 2 kids that keep me really busy. I work as an EC Teacher Assistant. My son plays football, basketball, and baseball and my daughter is a cheerleader. I am the team mom for my both JV and Varsity football teams which keeps me really busy. After week one I was hoping for better results. But right now I am only down 1 pound. That leaves me 109 to go. I would like to have all of that lost by June. Hoping next weeks weigh ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:09:48 EST Hi, I'm Frank I'm 6'8 and 420lbs. I've always been fat, my whole life. Occasionally I have gone on diets, but I live a very sedentary life, and I'm never able to stick with the diet or exercise at all. <BR> <BR> Part of why I have such a hard time with exercise is that I suffer from PTSD and a lot of anxiety. But lately, I've been really coming out of my shell. I have a new therapist and I'm really working hard on my anxiety, and I'd really like it if I could make some friends (online or here in Wichi... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:29:39 EST Hi I'm Vanessa! Hello, <BR> I have decided to change my eating habits in July, and have been really good about eating better. I am also in charge of my work's wellness program and have started a program called "Fresh Start Program." So far only 10 people have joined and the purpose of this program is to quit a bad habit. In my case it's being inactive, bad eating, and soda. Oh boy does soda control my life. I have managed to limit myself to 1 can a day, and those that have joined my program and inspired by m... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:04:16 EST Journey again! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kendra and I am on this journey once again. I had a baby last year and I am on the road back to 145lbs. My first goal is to hit my pre-pregnancy weight of 175lbs. I figure if I do them in small increments like I did before, it makes things more realistic. Happy losing!! <em>30</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:31:22 EST IBS-D chronic diarrhea sufferers I'm rejoining spark people after a five year absence. I was doing great on SP before but then life threw me a major curveball and after another huge weight gain, severe depression (cheating husband that eventually left for a skinny girl), chronic diarrhea, IBS-D, etc I'm ready to get back on the wagon and rid myself of all that negativity! I'm looking for friends with similar issues. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:22:38 EST Hi from Brazil! I'm a newbie here and I hope this program help me reach my goals. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:20:35 EST Hi from Illinois! I've used this site before but got busy and turned around. Started eating better and exercising at the beginning of the year (didn't use SparkPeople) and lost 25 lbs pretty quickly. But the last few months I've been fighting with the same 4-5 lbs. Ready to get focused again. So here I am. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:45:40 EST Need a fresh start Hi, I have been here on this site many times in the last few years. I am starting a new life alone and want to establish some new habits and be successful with them. Trying to stick with this cause it has worked before. . . here's to many more days. :) Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:42:12 EST not new but here again hi my name is cyndi and it seems like i have been here 1000 times but this time im here to get the job done and not delete i will be 60 in april and i want to be a healthier and happier me Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:35 EST Pepper121 Just getting started Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:13:10 EST Greetings I am new. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:33:07 EST Stressful eating Sometimes eating something sweet makes me feel good. I don't over indulge. I just want that feeling. Does anyone else do this? Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:32:04 EST Determine to lose weight I'm 22 years old and I weigh 240 pounds looking to lose 45 pounds I need a friend who will support female u can whatsapp me on 00115926878689 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:30:21 EST Foods that Promote Healing? Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined last week. On Thursday, I was in a wreck. I'm kind of laid up with a badly sprained ankle and some bumps and bruises. At least I'm in better shape than my car (it was totaled). Anybody know of any foods that will promote healing without adding any weight? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:07:23 EST Me Hi. I joined a year ago but did a lot. now I'm at day 5. I live in sunny florida. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:22:09 EST Day 1 I tried this back in 2010 and started off good, but then fell off band wagon. I need to lose 75 lbs. My 3 year old is my motivation. I'm a new mom all over again in my late 40's and desperately need to regain my health and strength back. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:27:14 EST New new Spark Hello, My name is Jessica I am new to this site. I am excited to be on a journey to the new me. I am trying to stay focused and just continue to get to a healthy me. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:14:42 EST greetings from Houston Greetings all from Houston! My name is Chris, I'm 31 years old and ready to conquer this mountain once and for all. I've lost about 30lbs since last summer but really kicking it into gear now. Trying not to let my knees hold me back (15 operations) even though they do limit me in some of the activities but my goal is to move more, eat better. Once I finally realized time is going to pass regardless might as well get it done, right? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:45:05 EST Hi From GA Hi my name is Christina I am currently on a weight loss path and I have been for the last two years total I have lost 347lbs so far and have about 45 more to go. I am really starting to struggle though and it's hard to find anyone that understands exactly what I am going through. I did not have weight loss surgery I wanted to but the Drs told me that I was too large to operate on so I decided to prove them wrong :-) anyway. I am hoping that I can get some inspiration here and continue to reac... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:35:56 EST I guess its time! Hello Spark family. I am back...I use to be on this site a few years ago when I was not SO serious about becoming a healthier me. That obviously didnt last. But with a change of mindset and a will to want to become a better, happier, healthier and thinner me I have returned and ready to get these pounds gone and my life back! I do not think I have ever been this determined. I have been doing my fresh clean eating for 2 weeks now and I must say WOW do I ever feel amazing. The changes I have be... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:38:48 EST Hello from Pa I am looking forward to an exciting journey. <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:33:06 EST Hi! I'm new I want to try this out to see if your tools will help motivate me to form better habits to help me lose weight through better nutrician and getting more exercise. <BR> <BR> I am also fighting cancer and looking to control what I can control to reduce my stress as I fight my battle. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:11:52 EST Hi I am new looking for people who are managing their weight. Lost 185lbs by having gastric bypass surgery and extremely happy with it Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:40:31 EST Hi Again! Hi Everyone, been off of the site for about a year and excited to be back! Getting used to the new look and finding everything in new places. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:25:12 EST New to this site Just wanted to take a min. and say HI to everyone. I'm excited to start this new journey in life. <em>312</em> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:03:46 EST New to the site Good Morning Sparks. I am new to the site and so far i am loving it. I have used various other trackers and apps in the past, but nothing has seemed to fit as well as this does so far. I know i can get through this plateau i find myself on and keep going towards my goal with a community and resources such as these behind me. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 15:32:50 EST Starting again I have done this before but haven't been consistent with tracking and everything but now I am at the heavyset I have ever been and I have to do something. Any help and encouragement would be helpful. <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:36:04 EST Back again! I used SparkPeople several years ago to drop a lot of weight. After an ankle injury, I lost steam and gained the weight back. <BR> <BR> I started working out again a few months ago. I've already managed to lose almost 30 pounds. This past week, I decided give SparkPeople a try again. I'm terrible at counting calories but I'm trying to force myself to use the food tracker. I also thing the supportive community will help me stay focused. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:48:21 EST been a long time hi there, <BR> haven't been here in a lonnnnnng time...looking to get back into shape and meet some friends along the way. <BR> <BR> i lost 15 pounds since last summer and have managed to keep it off, but now i need to work on the flab :P <BR> <BR> i see the website has been updated as well since i was last here so will have a look around. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:36:16 EST Hello from Sweden Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Jenni, I'm living in Sweden and I'm absolutely awful at keeping up with the 21-day challenge, but so far other things are going well. In these 11 days I've been here I've managed to lose 2 kilos despite my goal of staying my weight, which is nice since I'm overweight. <BR> <BR> I have a boyfriend and he has a kid, but we live separately for complicated reasons. I live with my cat though and she's a lovely companion. <BR> <BR> I'm studying literary science at university... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 02:40:08 EST Newby New to Sparking...not new to trying to lose weight. Hope this is the one that works for me! Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:30:35 EST Been here before Hello fellow SparkPeople I have been down this road before. I recently lost 50lbs as a result of being really sick. I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease in which I had to be put on a really high dose of steroids. Been on steroids since Nov 2014 hopefully will be weaned off by this Nov. With that said I have gained the 50lbs back plus and additional 8 pounds. I have been so upset, depressed, and hopeless. Tonight however, I decided to stop having a pity party because not all of i... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:15:48 EST New Member Hi I'm Jenny from Australia...Since last yr I've lost over now I need to lose the last 30 - 40kg to get to my goal of 70 -80 kg. I haven't been 80kg for a long long time... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:40:35 EST Grocery list I am new here. Have been on here for five days now I think. My sister and I are doing this together. She showed me how to use the nutrition page to my benefit. It is totally awesome. Spark people will help you with your grocery list. No more picking , choosing , deciding. it's all there !!!! I can sabotage myself anymore at the grocery store. I have ADHD and it's horrible having to go through those isles with deciding what to eat. Today was amazing and awesome. I usually spend si... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:54:12 EST Fell off the wagon, I need help! Hey everyone. I lost a lot of weight last year and got healthy, but little by little fell off the wagon and started over eating. I gained back about 25 pounds. I'm tired of my clothes not fitting and feeling so sluggish. I need help. I see medical centers for weight loss and feel if I went to them, I could accomplish my goals but at the same time, I know I can do it on my own bc i've already done it once before! It's like one part of me is telling myself I can't, and the other is saying I can... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 16:46:53 EST Trying to get control (again) I've lost control. Gained 30 lbs after killing myself to lose 40. <BR> Need to stop before I have to lose 60... <BR> I wonder if I'll ever learn. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:16:41 EST Happy Weekend! Today is my day 5, and although I slosh when I walk from all the water, I am feeling great. I keep poking around this sight and have found so much motivation, so thanks for being here and posting~ Sat, 26 Sep 2015 06:05:47 EST Debbie Brooks Hello sparks people, I am so excited to meet you! <BR> I have spent a lot of time on the PC learning just about everything from the how to's with your PC to IM (internet marketing) and all that, that my whole body needs a workover! (I've let my body down) <BR> I'm going to Cabo at the end of Oct. so I need to be looking "ok" with being in my bathing suit, which never use to bother me until now and I have some challenges with back/neck pain along with some knee pain. <BR> I do have a fit bit t... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:22:23 EST Starting Over Hi my name is Courtney. I have used this site before and have been successful and now I am at it again. 8 years ago I started at 274 and I lost 82lbs and kept it off until this last year and a half. I quit smoking again and was on a medication that made me gain, here I am at 268lbs and feeling it. I am ready to do this for good this time. I know the support here and the food tracker worked before and now with all the challenges I am ready. A new beginning. <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:14:47 EST New to the site! When I was in high school, my teacher had us write a short story. I wrote about a girl who never wanted people to look at her, and how when she got older, she finally wanted to be visible, but she had so much practice being invisible that nobody saw her. <BR> <BR> I guess that's sort of my life. I was first told I was overweight when I was 7 years old, by my doctor, even though I thought I looked fine. I might have been a little chubby, but it wasn't too serious. Since that moment, however,... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:33:30 EST farae hello <BR> i am new to the site. I am starting my weight loss program today. going to try the post daily and connect to keep me accountable to something. <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:30:52 EST Drinking Water!!!! Close your eyes if you don't want to get an image of this but I've found a way to drink 8 glasses of water without too much effort. Since drinking water tends to make you have to go to the bathroom, I've placed a drinking glass in there! As the water is going in....................well................<BR>the water is flowing out. It may not work for you but it certainly does for me. Good luck to everyone here and I would love to have some friends here. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:01:50 EST Mathprof I just joined SparkPeople. I never had a weight problem until I retired recently. Now, I'm around food more, and just haven't paid attention to satisfying my desire for sweets and peanut butter! I need to drop about 20-25 pounds. I know what I need to do and how to eat healthfully. I just need the motivation and accountability to DO IT! My closet of clothes I can't wear hasn't motivated me enough. I don't like camouflaging my "gut and butt" anymore! I've done cardio exercise 30-90 min... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:23:30 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am excited to begin a new lifestyle. Over the past few years I've relied too much on processed and fast food and take out and my sit down job has kept me sedentary for most of my days. I am looking forward to participating here and sharing progress and motivation! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:00:49 EST Here I go again! Hi All! I'm a (semi) newly wed struggling with weight problems. I was smaller when I met my now husband, and since then, I have gained 30 lbs. My life choices are also rubbing off on him and he has also gained 30 lbs since we met. We don't necessarily eat badly, we just like to eat a lot. <BR> I have always had weight problems, but since "growing up" they have gotten harder to deal with. I have used Spark People before and I've had good results, I've just fallen off the wagon. This time I am... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:34:03 EST I am new here I am a ERP and Online shopping consultant and I work extremely hard everyday. I have lost my weight from 219lb to 178lb in one year. The secret is to stop any food with high content of sugar and carbohydrate. I insist to walk at least 5000 step everyday. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:23:14 EST New Here! Hello! I'm new to Spark people and looking for support. I am Looking for people I can help and that can help me during this journey :) Thu, 24 Sep 2015 22:22:14 EST Hello again I'm Michele, I'm a whole 4 days into Spark, and I'm already seeing it as a very positive addition to my life. I had used Spark about 6 years ago buy life got in the way and I stopped. Now I'm back and ready to make some positive changes. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:53:22 EST Starting again Hi All! I have started ans stopped several times. I need to get in shape again for my health. I want to be strong and healthy for my children and myself. I have six kids that range from 1 to 13. I work a full time job and when I get home it is about my kids and husband. I am doing this for me and i am nervous as it has been so long that I took time out to do me. So here we go. I know I can do this! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:26:16 EST Im a newbie, and need help Hi everyone! Well Ive taken my first step at holding myself accountable for my actions when it comes to my health. A little about my story... Basically I fell in 2000 and broke my leg in three places. From 2000 until 2013 I had an estimated 15 surgeries to correct my leg. Not only did I have my leg operated on, they also had to do bone graphs from both hips, remove both of my rectus abdominal muscles, skin graphs.. etc. After all of this, my leg was still broke and I had giving up. I was told... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:55:04 EST New Member, Old Journey <em>41</em> HI! <BR> I am looking forward to learning and losing here! :-) Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:56:23 EST New here! Hi everyone! I'm so excited to join SP, it's what I've been missing on my long...journey. I've heard such positive things about this community! I'm not sure I'm ready to count calories though, that tends to send me into binge territory. However, I'm dedicated to becoming an active member here. Thanks in advance! Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:09:45 EST New to your view Looking to get started with what looks to me like a very fun and enthusiastic group. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 21:06:27 EST Hello Hoping I find good results with this. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:26:03 EST Hello :) Hi, my name is Jen. I started to lose weight over a year ago but without people supporting me I struggled for motivation. I am a PhD student in the UK and am looking for some lovely people to hold me accountable so that we can all benefit from the rewarding results. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:22:55 EST Here I am.... Hey everybody! I am 38 years old and growing up my mom used to tell me " Just wait until you get a little bit older Crystal, and you wont be able to eat like you do now!" Yes, she did and she wasn't lying!!! I have always had a big appetite and it is now starting to catch up with me. I have gained about 30 pounds in the past three months. I haven't ever been on a diet, and I really don't know where to start!! Help!! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:00:18 EST New Start I have previously lost 100lbs but recently have seen my weight increasing and I want to get a handle on it before its out of control again!!! YAY spark people thank you. <BR> Vaile Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:46:54 EST Gotta start somewhere Hi Everyone! I was on SP a few years ago and I was able to lose some weight and enjoy life with the support that was received. Now I'm in a funk. I've hit some rocky waters and need to kick out of this funk and get back to being happy and losing some weight will definitely help me. I look forward to being back and getting to where I really want to be. Good luck to everyone with their challenges & keep smiling! CHEERS! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:37:53 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:32 EST Back fromthe Dr. Hey everyone, I finally got some answers. My glucose level was 127 (fasting) and my A1C was 6.5 According to my Dr. that means I have had a high level for 6-8 weeks. Anyway, long story short, he is willing to let me try to control it with dieting for 3 months. At that time, I get more blood work done and then we will go from there. Here's the problem, I have to make it through Halloween and Thanksgiving without bingeing. I know it seems like an easy task to some, but to a carb, sugar addicte... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:04:08 EST Im looking for an exercise friend Hi! I'm new to this site. I would like to get in shape, I like to work out, run, bike, hike, walk...anything. However, I really need a friend to do it with. I'm usually available in the morning from 8-12. Please message me if you're interested to feel good and look good :) I'm friendly and easy to get along. &#128515; Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:54:13 EST new to spark. Hello, my name is Sarah and I am new to spark... I am focusing on becoming healthier. This past year and a half I lost about 150lbs... But recently I have had a few set backs and gained weight again. Which made me very depressed. I am trying to find a way to motivate my self to begin working out again but so far all attempts have failed. I am hoping to maybe find a weight loss buddy that can help me and I can help them. So uh yeah that's me that's my story... So.. Hi Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:14:25 EST Going to give this a try This is my first time on this app. I really like the trackers so far. Hopefully this will give me the edge that I need to really start to lose all of this stress weight. I look forward to meeting others on this journey. 68lbs to go! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:08:17 EST Let's try this again, shall we? Hi! I don't think I've ever written on a message board (or maybe I did?), but I'm pushing the "restart" button here on Sparkpeople (figuratively) and getting a fresh start. My name is Morgan, I'm 25, and live in Ohio. I'm a musician/music teacher (depends on the season). During the school year, I substitute teach until I can find a full-time music education job. During the summer (and now continuing into the fall-winter), I am a music director for local musicals and accompanist. I am really e... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:55:24 EST A place to start I look forward to being part of this community. I think a lack of accountability and support have thwarted my efforts over the last 12 months and i hope that belonging to a society of like minded people will help me stay on track and in control of my decisions. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:35:13 EST Melissa my name is Melissa and I have decided to start ths program because i am going to be in a 5 K at the end of october and i need to start getting in shape for this event. I anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:18:13 EST Melissa my name is Melissa and I have decided to start ths program because i am going to be in a 5 K at the end of october and i need to start getting in shape for this event. I anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thank you Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:01:05 EST here we go again! Hello everyone <BR> <BR> This is my second time using Spark. It worked so well for me the first time (over 10 years ago). I lost 80 pounds! Now years later, after having a baby, getting older and lifestyle changes; I have undone all my hard work. <BR> I want to be healthy and live a long life for my child. Please wish me luck that this second time will be just as successful. <BR> You guys were all very nice abd supportive my first time here. Thank you. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:38:51 EST So far, this has really member <img src=""> <BR> Not sure the image loaded, but wanted to introduce myself. I first posted on the panic button site, as I was so caught off guard by my diagnosis of pre-diabetic. I am 65 years old and have a life filled with stress, which I have handled with an emotional response and not eating, at first, then through lots of exercise and my faith. In a 10 year span, I had cancer twice, have had scleraderma for 2... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:10:00 EST New to Spark Hi everyone...I am on day 5 and feeling very motivated! I am 55 years old, married with three wonderful adult sons and wanting to lose 10 kilos....I am in Australia, hence the kilos! Not a huge amount, but I know that losing this extra weight I am carrying will make a huge difference to how I feel. Looking forward to having so much more energy! I have struggled to lose this weight for years, and I have tried all sorts of diet and exercise plans, but to no avail. So it is now time to make... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:51:47 EST Starting over - hi Hi I am starting over again. Even though I have been on sp for a while never really used the message boards. So I figure I will. Change has to start somewhere. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:41:54 EST Mailgirl I need help! I have no motivation, energy or ideas. I am up at 4:30 every morning drive an hour to work, deliver the mail and drive an hour home, cook for the family and then relax. Working in the heat (100 plus temps) and I'm exhausted. I can't seem to find the right things to pack in my lunch that will help and I don't know where to start. Any ideas? It's too hot outside to do much and can't afford a gym either. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:35:24 EST New to the site Greetings! I'm saying hello from Rio Rancho, New Mexico and its raining here today (YES!). I joined Sparkpeople for the community of like minded individuals. I want you to succeed because that means I will, too. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:28:27 EST Midnight Shift Trying to take off 15 lbs. Working mid nights is hard; all I want to do is munch on all sorts of junk food. Hopefully, SP can pull me through. Been on mid nights for approx. 6 mos. and put on 10 lbs. Time to do something about it; so I joined SP. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:27:10 EST Just signed up. Hi All! <BR> I just signed up today, and was all ready to track my food, but then realized that I hadn't weighed in this morning, so I had to remove it all. So...tomorrow will be my first day. Wish me luck! Mel Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:05:18 EST Hello, Jaime from Connecticut Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Jaime from Connecticut. I am a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and the gluten-free lifestyle. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, dancing, swimming, walking, and watching movies. <BR> <BR> My goals are to connect with like-minded people and become a calmer person. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you. :) Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:02:58 EST Hello from a new French Canadian neighbor Hi, Still browsing around to get familiar with this wonderful SparkPeople site. I can really say wonderful because I've been to some other good and well organized places, but this one - WOW! I'm a newbie here but an old lady with lots of experience that still needs to learn some more. It's my very first time to get involved in a community, I'm not very sociable but I understand that I need to get surrounded by the right minded people that could help. Be assure that I want to help also wheneve... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:58:20 EST Hi Hi, I'm working on losing weight & learning healthier habits. I also wanted to start the message boards process, for motivational support. <em>30</em> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:58:29 EST Before Hi, I am so tired of being the "before" picture- tired, overweight,'s time to work toward the "during" I need help, motivation and support, so thanks for letting me in, Pam Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:55:21 EST introduction: looking to lose some kilos <em>524</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> can you spot the difference? <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 02:28:52 EST Hello, I am working towards a healtier lifestyle I recently lost 45lbs on the Dukan diet. Two and a half months ago, I had a hysterectomy. During recovery, I was diagnosis with severe depression. I am getting better daily and still need to lose another 65lbs.I'm here for support and to give it. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:40:48 EST HI Sparks people is an awesome tool to have. I have been a member of spark for a while . I am starting again on my path to a healthy lifestyle. I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes. It is not easy but I am taking one step at a time! <em>521</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 23:37:41 EST Seeking a virtual workout buddy. No gym membership here. Have everything I need at home. Problem is nobody cares! Lol, Seeking accountability partner. Facebook, text, whatever suits you best! I have a personal goal to cut my B.m.I in half! Message me or add me and I will send my #...T/y Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:47:15 EST Maintaining healthy lifestyle I would like to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but have to begin first! When I was young, I used to work out so much. I'm not old, only 41, but find it hard to be consistent with exercising. <BR> <BR> This is the first time in a long time that I've tracked nutrition. I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight, but would like to maintain general health, exercise, drink water. The last time I was consistent tracking was when I was pregnant 5 years ago! I used the sister site, Baby Fit. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:41:15 EST Starting again Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Luke and I have been an on again off again on fitness/nutrition for years. But every time I start I generally quit after a few weeks. The longest Ive been able to keep it up is about six months. So I am hoping this site will help to keep me on track! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:22:49 EST here i am... again! hi everyone! <BR> after a few years on this site, i have noticed that it really helps me to loose weight and be healthier! <BR> but, my fault, i have been on and off... :( <BR> and every time i have been off, my weight has gone up and my health down!!!! <BR> so... here i come again! but this time i will be posting around! so i am kind of new to this messaging and posting stuff! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:03:46 EST Quality of Life Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I am getting older and am realizing that I cannot take mobility for granted. I love to travel and I want to be able to walk, skip and be healthy for as long as I can. Does that make sense? Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:35:40 EST can i do it my office is is doing a 12 wk weightloss challange.....can i do it? if i don't win i at least hope to lose 15 pounds. that is logical for 12 weeks or should i be aiming higher? what do you think. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:25:20 EST ello names reaper live in illinois and am 18 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:41:24 EST New to board Hi my name is shodge48 I am new to this but not to spark I love it. I am working hard to lose the last #s always need help and advise. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:46:50 EST Hello again I am starting again after being away for several years. I have recently moved to Colorado and am wanting to lose weight before having another knee repaired. I have begun tracking my exercise and food. Thanks in advance for your help and support. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:08:59 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I actually joined this site a few years ago, but didn't do much on it. I'm back again to get motivation & support. <BR> <BR> A little about me - I'll be turning 34 yrs old in 2 wks. I started working out in 2011. I started at a regular gym with a personal trainer. I stayed with him for a year, then I injured my knee right around when my sessions were up with him. I needed to take time off because of my injury. I got back into working out by myself, but not as much as before. In... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:39:21 EST greetings Hi everyone :) Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:52:59 EST brand new here! Lose It app question Hello, <BR> I'm new and just learning this site. I currently use the 'Lose It' app from the Google Play store. Does anyone know if that app is compatible with SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tricia Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:47:51 EST New - looking for support Hello! I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support. I've lost 12 pounds so far in my weight loss journey but I have more to go! Looking for people I can help and that can help me during this journey :) Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:12:45 EST Starting again I'm ashamed that I don't stick to anything. This time I realize I have to lose this weight for my HEALTH. I want to be very involved in Spark People. <em>521</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:06:19 EST Introductions A long time ago in a galaxy very, very close to home... <BR> <BR> No, wait.. Try again.. <BR> <BR> Hi, folks Georgie the Ogre here... <BR> <BR> Sorry, not that one either. Last try... <BR> <BR> Greetings everyone, my name is George. I am new to this whole thing, so here goes: <BR> I just had a wellness exam and my blood pressure, bad cholesterol and more importantly, Hemoglobin A1C and Glucose levels were high, so the next step is getting a primary care physician and getting a physical... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:43:04 EST (Kind of) new to Sparkpeople Hi everyone. I signed up on Sparkpeople a couple years ago but never went anywhere with it. Now I'm in serious mode and am willing to do everything I can to ensure I lose weight and get in shape. I need to lose over 100 lbs. I have several incentives not including the health/appearance aspects. Any encouragement or support would be welcome. I've been working a full time and part time job as well as being a full time student for the last 5 years so have not been very physically or socially ac... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:21:40 EST Adventure awaits Hi, I'm Michele, and I'm beginning a new adventure. I want to get in better shape, make better choices, and reach a healthy weight. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:12:16 EST Starting over again for the umpteen time. When I lost a 100 pounds. I knew I lost the weight by the smaller clothes I was wearing. Everyone keep telling me how good I looked. But when I looked in the mirror I still saw the FAT WOMEN looking back at me. Looking for the smaller me in the mirror. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:13:45 EST newbie Hello everyone, this is my second day at spark people. I am 54 and 35 lbs overweight and this program seems like it has the tools and support to help me get healthy. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:55:27 EST I'm new and new support! Hi. I'm 63 years old and trying to clean up my poor eating habits, yet again! I'm a sugar addict and worry about Alzheimer's. My mom had it and she too ate a lot of sweets. I'm not terribly over weight, but would like to lose 8 to 10 pounds. Any words of encouragement or support would be greatly appreciated. I too am ready to give support to anyone who needs it. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:49:18 EST Starting again. Failure is to give up and not try after you have fallen (numerous times) and not get up. Back to eating healthy and exercise, trying to learn from past mistakes. Oh yeah, and stay AWAY from SUGAR is EVIL ;) Sun, 20 Sep 2015 13:54:51 EST Rejoining today Time to get extra motivation so all friend requests will be accepted! I am using a fitbit too so if you use one maybe we can help each other there. I have a very sedentary job but am working on finding ways to move more. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:07:20 EST Just an introduction :-) My name is Leigh and I have been on SparkPeople before, however I am more determined than ever to lose the weight this time so I really wanna take advantage of all that SP has to offer. I'm a 35 year old Canadian female, type 2 diabetic (on meds) and I suffer from depression and anxiety/panic attacks. I will be getting married next year to my wonderful fiancee Ashley and we hope to begin a family in the next couple of years; those are a couple of my biggest motivations for losing weight but I... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 01:43:48 EST What will it be? Lose it or Sparkpeople Been at this fitness thing since June. After a 2014 year of health issues, 56 years old, came down with shingles in May, diagnosed with prostate cancer in June, car accident in July, Cancer surgery in July, foot surgery in August, non weight bearing on that foot for 3 months, off work until Jan 2, 2015. <BR> <BR> Glad to say I am cancer free, the foot is fabulous, I can finally walk, run, hike, what ever, without pain that would normally ache throughout the night, then have to start over ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:55:58 EST Contrave On my 4th month, lost 25 lbs, but have had 3 migraines in 3 weeks (never had them before). Considering getting off without reaching my goal weight. Anyone have any advice? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:41:37 EST Determined to Lose! Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been looking at this website for quite a long time and I'm finally starting to get the gist of how to use all of the wonderful tools on here. I really appreciate all of the efforts the founder has put into it and that he chose to share it with all of us for free. If it was not free, I couldn't afford to be here. <BR> <BR> I have lived in Arizona for 12 years now, currently in East Mesa. I am a mother of six and grandmother of six. My newest grandson arrived on Sep... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:11:16 EST Hello!! I have been lurking for awhile Hi Everyone!! <BR> So I am finally officially here. I have been using the tools to try to get myself healthy again. My goal in 9 months is to be able to stand straight up and see my toes again. I have always been over weight but it never really affected me. I was always one of the fastest guys, I was strong and agile. As I got older, being active became more painful and I started getting various nagging injuries. One week it will be my knee, then my back or calf, all related to the extra weig... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:48:27 EST Please help, What does this number mean? I am new to this site. I had blood work done on Wed 9/16 and my Dr. office left 3 msg for me and then called me again as soon as I got home. Talk about scary! Anyway, he is very concerned with my sugar level. It was 6.5, I don't even know what that number means, but since I am overweight, have high blood pressure (on 4 meds for it) and high triglycerides and cholesterol, I am sure it is not a good thing. <BR> I searched on the web for a site to help people with all 3 of these medical concerns... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:08:06 EST So excited to be joining this support group! Hello Spark People! <BR> I am so ready to take charge of my health and start feeling better. I have joined Weight Watchers in the past (with some success) but my colleague introduced me to this program and I am so much in awe of all of the resources and people available at ABSOLUTELY NO CHARGE! I also appreciate the social aspect of inspiring one another without having to take the time to attend meetings. I am looking forward to the opportunities this program and network has to offer! Goo... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:19:18 EST Reaching out to say HI! Hi everyone! I am a 46 year old Mother of triplet girls in their second year of college. I had a very busy 19 years and now I am taking time for myself to get more healthy. I like to read horror books and watch movies and all that CSI stuff. I joined a gym and went on and off for about a year. I start strong with everything and then stop so I need motivation to keep going. I never had to work out before and now all of a sudden I gained 20 pounds! Mostly interested in losing by stomach ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:25:55 EST New again I've realized from a failed attempt at overeaters anonymous, that I need accountability of a social group. So, here I am! <BR> 50ish pounds to lose, 50ish years old, desperately out of shape and obsessed with my new Fitbit. That's me. <img src=""> <em>390</em> <em>109</em> <em>7</em> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:07:09 EST dealing with depression and anxiety hey everyone my name is jessica and i am dealing with depression and anxiety.. just got my birth control removed due to the side effects <BR> hopefully it will be easier to lose weight now because i was stuck at my weight since i got the implanon Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:19:08 EST No Goal is too Small Go0d lucky all the newbiesssssssss my 8th day of being a newbie and 100th try <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:05:39 EST Introducing Myself I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and have a big challenge to accomplish, but my first challenge is to track and stay within my limits, which I have successfully done for several days now. Yay Me ! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:30:33 EST I'm New to SparkPeople Shift my name is Maria. I just started 5 days ago. I love SP. The interaction with others and all the wonderful tips are highly motivating for me. Good luck to everyone on their journey here. <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:38:11 EST Here I go again!!! Hi -- I'm 68 y.o., female and have been battling my weight for many years. Just can't seem to get motivated for very long and never stay with a program for more than 2 weeks. Hopefully with the support of SparkPeople I'll be able to do it this time. <em>524</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:51:30 EST Lets try this again I've tried losing weight before, even here at Sparkpeople, and have never succeeded. Trying to lose weight has always felt like a battle, and I've never felt strong enough to break bad habits. Food is a comfort thing for me, and no one wants to lose their sense of delicious comfort. <BR> <BR> I'm currently about 95kg (209ish lbs). This is where I hover. For some reason I'm able to maintain at this weight, but have a hard time getting below it. I think sometimes I sabotage myself because be... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:47:18 EST Anyone else a Vegetarian? Hello! I'm Julia. I've used Spark People for meal planning before, but not for the community aspect. It didn't stick a few years ago but now maybe with a little branching out on my end, it will this time :) <BR> Does anyone else use the preset meal options? Is it working for you? As a vegetarian I feel like I'm limited to beans and hummus for most of my convenient choices... any other vegetarians have some low cal ways to make some of the options a little more interesting? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 22:54:07 EST linzee Hi everyone , I got the spark from my husband in October 2014 and this is my first time writing. I am so motivated to walk in the early morning before I go to work because of this program. I'm loving it ! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:05:29 EST Introducing myself I am new to Sparks! Very green in using the Site. You can call me Jan in CT. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:54:26 EST Giving myself 6 mos Hello all. I'm new to this site. Joined two weeks ago, but finally introducing myself. I've been doing pretty good, couple of hiccups but forgave myself and kept going. I'm trying to lose around 30# by my 50th bday in March, 2016. I've been staying with the amounts recommended and have been eating a lot more fruits and veggies and watching my sodium. One thing I think I threw out the window for some time. I have not started an exercise routine and I know that's crucial, but I'll tell yo... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:55:07 EST New to spark I am hoping this starts a life change. I would love to loose at least 10 pounds in a month. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:01:46 EST Blogging I feel like maybe if I start keeping a blog for this journey, and for my life in general, that I will find reasons to keep myself on this path. If people keep a blog and want more people to follow, read, and comment, friend me or begin following my blog on here and I will do the same for you! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:46:23 EST Intellitubby vs Fat Making his way to the ring... weighing in at 307 lbs... he hails from West Coast Scotland... he is.... INTELLITUBBY!!! <BR> <BR> *cheers, applause, panting, crawling... nearly there.... makes it down the isle* <BR> <BR> And his opponent *boos* weighing in at 3,500 calories per pound... he hails from Bad Diet, Sedentarytopia... he is... FAT!!!!! <BR> <BR> *rolls down the ramp with a smile on his face* <BR> <BR> and.... FIGHT! <BR> <BR> Ding ding ding Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:47:35 EST I love this. I need friends w Fitbit Hi. I'm loving this band so much I want to share my experience with someone. If you're here you obviously have a Fitbit- let's be friends. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:00:34 EST Baby Steps I am brand new to message board communications. I have never used one. I am 65 years old with a history of diabetes for 25 years. I am starting to get my nutrition under control but am lacking in the fitness area. I belong to two walking groups that walk an hour on two different days. That is all I do. I am lacking motivation and could sure use some support and encouragement. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:57:15 EST Fairly New Member Hi, <BR> <BR> <BR> Been a member for a few weeks, but was reluctant to post a message. My goal is obtain and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I am interested in weight loss and living with diabetes. <BR> <BR> Nic <img src=""> <em>30</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:45:38 EST Finally Saying Hi I Have been back on Sparkpeople for a little bit and taking my time getting used to things, I am proud I have a 32 day streak going for logging food and logging into Sparkpeople. <BR> Looking for motivation if you have any to spare :) <BR> Hoping to forge some friendships as well. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:09:10 EST Excited to Take the Next Step of My Journey Hi ~ My Name is Laura and I am so excited to take this next step on my journey to a healthier me. I am a breast cancer survivor <em>390</em> and going through that struggle made me take a good hard look at some of the choices I was making, esp how I was treating my health. <BR> <BR> I made the decision to start this journey on April 1, 2014 <em>30</em> I started by joining weight watchers at work but when the session was over I decided to join a gym so that I would continue the exerc... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:35:19 EST Need Encouragement I am 68 yrs old and working very hard trying to take off about 20 lbs. I used to do WW but am not able to afford that anymore. To borrow a phrase from WW "if I bite it I write it" so I track faithfully. I am participating in the fiber challenge and I exercise for 60 mns 4 times a week. I am frustrated with my not losing pounds but I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> I could use some tips regarding the the "favorites tracker". I try to vary my diet so I won't get bored but the result is my list ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:35:45 EST Getting the Temple in order <img src=""> hello everyone I have never posted a picture online before and this is my before picture. I will be posting more as I lose the weight that I want to lose. So I am asking for your support in my weight loss challenge. I have a goal to lose 20lbs by thanksgiving before I take my trip to Texas please pray with me that I will met my goal. <BR> <BR> God bless <BR> <BR> Godschild1963 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:17:01 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone! <BR> I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Deborah, obviously, but you can call me Deb. I live with my boyfriend and 3 doggy "babies." I actually have 3 grown children. I began my weight loss journey 4 months ago and have already lost 24 pounds. I just simply do not have encouragement from the people around me because they either do not need to lose weight or are not interested. I just feel like I have been struggling alone and want to be able to share ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:30:24 EST Will it work (will I let it work) this time? So after a number of years trying other things, I'm back on SparkPeople. It was in 2009 that I first joined Spark. I was seeing a nutritionist at the time and she hard suggested Spark so I could track my food. I knew then, as I still do that it was extremely important for me to keep track of what I eat. I learned that long ago. I track, I loose, I stop tracking, I gain, I track I loose, I stop tracking... <BR> <BR> Sound familiar? In 2013 I was down to 207. I was very successful with Medifas... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:46:53 EST Intro Hi everyone.....I just joined this great community.....looking forward for an amazing journey.......weight loss journey..... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:44:21 EST New Beginnings...Once again... Well hello there, <BR> <BR> my name is Wendy and I am not entirely new to this side, but back after a long long hiatus in which I have been sick, depressed and gained a whole lot of weight. <BR> <BR> Last time I was here I managed to lose weight and ended up at 113kg, now I am back up at around 135, I don't even dare to step on a scale. <BR> <BR> I ache, I feel bad, I am depressed and I really really need to get out of this rut! I want to be happy and healthy and man, I really just want t... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:18:26 EST intro I am 43 years old and haven't exercised much in the last year. In June I started the 21 day fix and was feeling much stronger. I only lost 2 pounds in 5 weeks when I tore some tendons in my foot. I have tendinitis in my foot and ankle and the dreaded planters factitious. I am finally to a point in my pain tolerance that I set my goal to walk at least 6000 steps per day. I joined Spark People about 3 weeks ago and have been logging everything I eat. Hopefully I will see my weight start going d... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:48:10 EST just started Hi everyone. I just started healthy living, diet and excersize today. Started the boot camp video and treadmill. High fiber low fat low carb diet..... wish me luck. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:33:36 EST Here's to a fresh beginning! Hi there…I tried Sparks awhile back but unfortunately didn't stick with it and thought I could do this on my own…I was wrong! So, here I am again and I'm already excited about a couple of the changes I've seen. I've also learned I definitely need the support and encouragement of others as well as more involvement via the challenges, etc. Stress and burnout have unfortunately significantly impacted my health in various ways. So…here's to a fresh start on this journey of getting back to a healt... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 07:53:36 EST Nice to meet you, Spark People. :) Hello, all. Today is my first day on Spark. I am hoping to lose some weight, feel better about myself, and have a more positive attitude. One little step at a time. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:06:22 EST Hello To All Just started sparkpeople two weeks and loving it! Goal is to lose 2 pounds a week for the next 6 months. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:16:32 EST Scared and excited Hi I'm Sharon, I really hate talking about myself. which is why I put scared. I am excited about feeling better about myself as well as lose the weight that needs to go, also hoping to meet new friends here cos I'm quite sure I'm not the only 1 that feels as I do. Thanks for reading. <em>24</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:34:09 EST Starting over! Hello everyone! <BR> I've been down this road many times before, however I'm tired of all of this going back and forth thing. Up, down, up, down. I'm ready to get serious!! It just feels that much better to be on track and achieving goals. :) Here's to keeping on!! :D Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:54:54 EST New and Discouraged ! Hi there – I am fairly new here. I had joined the site a long time ago and really never did anything as in tracking etc. It was more to look at recipes etc. In August, I started a diet or more so a life style change with respect to the way I was eating. Since starting, I have lost about 18 pounds. I have only recently started to use the food and fitness tracker which I find to be excellent and of great benefit. I have been on average the last couple of weeks been losing about 2 ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:25:52 EST Back to the Basic 2 1/2 years ago I retired. In that time I have gained weight and gotten of shape. working on getting back to where I was and better Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:32:11 EST low motivaton I feel perfectly out of control. I start the day with good intentions and then fizzle out and eat more that I should. I think I have forgotten HOW to change to a healthy food plan and have gained a lot of weight and feel not myself. Solutions and opinons desired. <BR> Thank you! Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:28:09 EST New member - Hi! Hi everyone! I am excited to be joining and look forward to getting healthy and fit with SparkPeople. Have a great day! :) Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:48:14 EST Marcheal W ready to start Spark Hello everyone! Looking forward to using the tools and guidance to help make my life changes. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:52:21 EST Making it stick I have been struggling with my weight gain for the past 7 years. It has slowly been creeping its way in like my platinum highlights (still feel too young to have them). It started when I started working graveyard shifts. My eating habits were scattered, the food I ate was easy and I became lazy. After 4 years I was done with working the graveyard shift and feeling tired all the time that I decided that it was time for a change. I moved and with that move came a new job and new hours, however ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:01:31 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am new here...just signed up today. <BR> <BR> I am a 34 year old female business owner. I have let my business take over my life and haven't been taking care of my self real well. I want this to change and I am hoping being part of this community will help with that. I am hoping to lose at least 80 pounds. My business partner and I are both in need of focusing again on our health. I plan on getting the two of us to eat healthier and I want to start walking around the compl... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 19:29:12 EST Hello All, This is my first time on the boards and I signed up today. <BR> <BR> I am a 43 year old husband (44 in a couple days) and father of 3 children. <BR> <BR> From a nutrition standpoint, I have been at it for almost a month. Starting exercising 4-5 days per week about 3 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> So far, I have dropped 10 or 11 pounds, but still have plenty of work left to do. <BR> <BR> I also want to mention my personal motivation. First and foremost, my wife is incredible. She works out hard and... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:22:15 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST Introducing myself Hello. Introducing myself. I've been on spark for a few weeks now and seems to be going good. Want to get more involved in the community and my challenge for today said this was a good place to start. I am on here to get healthier, more active and lose weight. I have found a lot of tools to do that which is awesome. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:03:22 EST Introducing myself... Hello my name is Ramona I love <BR> I check in everyday! <BR> This site helped me lose more than 50 pounds on a short gal like me that is like 100 for some one tall. <BR> One of new goals is to track daily again and lose the last 10 pound that come and go! .That sounds like nothing when you start your weight loss journey but for me maintaining is more challenging than the weight loss. <BR> My second goal is to become AFFA certified. <BR> 3rd is to teach more fitness classes i... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:02:42 EST So my mother called me fat Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have known I am overweight for about 2 years now. I have made some half-hearted attempts at losing weight, but none of them succesful. If anything I got bigger. <BR> <BR> The turning point for me was two weeks ago when my mother came over for a visit. She is going to alter an old dress of hers for me to wear to a costume party. When we got to the fitting she said I was fat and needed to lose weight. We have now agreed to do the fitting closer to the party date so I can... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:46:17 EST New to SP Hello all, I am new to SP and new to any type of diet site/blog. I've tried all kinds of diets usually gravitating to low carb. Over the last several years let my weight balloon up to 176 lbs. I recently starting reading Eat to Live and am interested in joining groups regarding this way of life. I've been trying to follow for just over a week. I look forward to getting healthier and weight loss! Thanks, Jennifer Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:38:36 EST New phase of my life Newly retired Kindergarten teacher. 66 years old. Need to get healthy so I can enjoy life in this new role. is a great site. Been sort of doing parts of it, but need to fully commit. New to message boards and blogging, but the support - daily - would be a great help. I just hope I'm ready for a real commitment. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:49:27 EST New here, just a little "about me" Hey, i'm 31, come from Scotland, and my girlfriend used this site a while ago (she rejoined today and is doing awesome with her own personal weightloss) She told me about it and here i am. <BR> <BR> I've always been a happy fat guy, i don't think there's anything wrong with that, i weighed about 290 and never let it effect me, i held myself well and was agile and walked everywhere, i was content. Then over the last 6 months i just let things go, i don't know what happened, i started noticin... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:44:23 EST Hi SparkPeople I am new to SparkPeople. I find I cannot motivate myself, so I need a group. I cannot afford a gym or group fitness classes, I have heard wonderful things about SparkPeople so thought I would see how this goes. <BR> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:43:34 EST hello Hello, I'm new to this and could really do with some help and support. Xx Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:30:24 EST Just turned 52 hi, I'm a mum of two boys who are now at university, I have just had my birthday and really feel its time to get a lot fitter, 5 years ago I was fine with my eating and exercise but have gone down ever since. So here I am needing to turn myself around and loose some weight and gain some fitness. I am hoping the motivation on the site will help as i'm a bit at a loss. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:16:56 EST weight loss also new to sparkpeople Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:14:41 EST new to spark mother and wife just came off from having a broken leg and just want to get healthy Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:22:29 EST Greetings Hello guys, am new on board. I hope its gonna be an enjoyable moment with you guys. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:23:18 EST In need of support Hi everyone. I'm Jess. <BR> <BR> It's 4:50am and I'm writing this because I have insomnia, probably because I suffer from obesity. So there's the elephant in the room. I've been steadily gaining weight since I was a teenager, and I'm 26 now. I just realized that I graduated high school 8 years ago, and that's completely terrifying to me. Like many people who have low self esteem, I've deprived myself from a lot of living in fear that I would be judged or ridiculed. Since becoming an adult (a... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 05:00:44 EST Can't sleep <em>102</em> I took sleeping pill one night and it took me 2 or 3 days to get over it. I'm not doing that again. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 02:06:11 EST Surgery I have my sleeve done on the 23 and I am scared to death wondering if I am doing the right thing or something going wrong.Was you guys scared? How did you get over it? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 01:29:25 EST hey everyone- I introduced myself the other day, but just looking to make some friends on here for motivation and accountability. ADD ME! I am so excited to continue seeing day to day progress in myself and would love to see others as they are beginning their journey seeing progress and not failing themselves and giving up on their goal (: RACHEL. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:07:06 EST Ready to be my best self ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone, This is me with my BFF in Coco Beach where she inspired me to forget about my inhibitions regarding weight and just have fun swimming, cycling, playing tennis and even beach volleyball. If only I had the confidence I have now in my 40's when I was only in my 20's and 30's...oh well, that is a bonus of aging. My goals for now are to honor the child within me and to eat more... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:17:20 EST Can anything help me to lose weight???????? My name is Shirl, I will be 62 years young in a few months. Over the past six years I began gaining weight, going somewhere I had never been over 200 lbs. <BR> That number and above makes me ill all over. <BR> I have tried so many diets I am surprised I am not dead. <BR> Weight Watchers three different times which I did lose a little. <BR> the diet where you eat 6 small meals a day:( . no luck. <BR> I go to the gym at least 3 to 4 times per week to use the tread mills. <BR> If anyone can rela... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:19:35 EST Jumping in to say Hi! I just wanted to pop in to say Hi to everyone and give a quick intro.Im new to the site and still stumbling my way around but what I have found so far is awesome! I started my journey in jan 2015 at 496 lbs,,,ugh I hate typing that number but presently Im at 341 lbs. I had WLS on August 4th and continuing to make progress. Its def. a lot of work but the benefits have been awesome. Anyways,,, I hope everyone is progressing well and I really do hope to meet and chat with some of you soon! <BR> ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:37:55 EST Trying Something New Decided to take control of my eating and exercising by trying SparkPeople. I like the daily recipe and exercise emails. Reading the message boards is also motivating. Taking it one day at a time! Sat, 12 Sep 2015 08:03:00 EST Worked through discouraged moved to determined I have been here a few times and have figured out that the support offered here is priceless but like anything else you have to be willing to jump in and take advantage of it. There is wisdom in the phrase "just do it"! Time to quit being lazy and time to quit feeling sorry for something I let happen to myself, time to make the changes that will make difference in my life. Life is good if I let it be! <BR> <BR> Hello again, <BR> Honeydeluxe1 Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:23:09 EST I'm back (again)! I've starting logging in daily for the last few days, and am so thankful for all the support this site offers. Thanks to you all, too, for your input and support. Hope everyone has a good day and a good weekend! Sat, 12 Sep 2015 04:33:08 EST My goal is being the best "me" I can be... Hello Everyone!! This evening, I decided to stop talking about losing 25 to 30 pounds and start taking action to do something about it. Turning on the computer and signing onto SparkPeople was a huge step for me. Reading the first 7 steps for new Spark People and joining this forum is a great accomplishment as well--I've never joined a forum before. You see, I have a habit of putting other things and people before me. Although this habit can be rewarding in some aspects, I sometimes fee... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 00:01:12 EST Where's the hoopers at? Hi I'm a young 41 yr old child of the 80's, mother of 6, RN and I'm about to bow up on these fat rolls I've accumulated... time to bust out the hula hoops and crank up the loud music. Anybody else like to hoop for exercise? Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:43:28 EST Back again! I just wanted to say hello and say that after a few years' break, it's great to be back! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:44:49 EST Just wanted to say hello Hi everyone! I'm new to posting online and new to Sparkpeople but am looking forward to learning from and enjoying your weight loss/getting healthy journey. (Whew, that was a long sentence). Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hi. I'm 52 from Hawaii and wanting to lose 60 pounds to get healthy. Chat with you all soon! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:58:51 EST New profile but old member I actually joined back in Dec 2014 but I missed a few steps. I have been on a roller coaster ride most of my life where my weight is considered and I don't even like roller coasters, my highest weight was 394 but over the last five years I have lost almost 100 pounds. I'm now at 297 and scheduled for gastric bypass on Oct 21, 2015. I'm really excited about it, I know it the ex-stream way out but it's diffidently not the easy way out. I still have 137 lbs to go before I can have the much neede... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:09:16 EST I'm BAAAAAACK!!!!! Hi everyone! I just thought I'd take a moment to officially introduce myself. I originally joined Sparks all the way back in 2008 (7 yrs, omg!) and the most success I have ever had in weight loss was when I was actively using this site. I lost 66 pounds, and still had a ways to go, but then I hit a mental block and just couldn't seem to push thru it. To make a long story short, over the years I have tried off and on to get motivated again, but it has been too much OFF and not enough ON and I... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:39:41 EST Enjoying getting healthier I appreciate the support of the spark people members Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:24:35 EST I'm back and doing very well staying focused I've been back since the 1st of September. I had lost 4 lbs before I joined and 8 lbs for a total of 12 lbs. The last 3 days I have been yo-yoing up and down 1.5 lbs. Eating more I think -- but barely more. That's depressing BUT I'm determined to lose my extra weight -- not to be sexy but to be healthy. <BR> I'm tired of being stiff and in pain. Now when I'm in pain it's from working out at the gym!! <BR> Anyway -- HELLO!! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:39:40 EST Hello All Hello there. I am a mother of five in her late thirties. My youngest is now fifteen months and it is beyond time to lose the baby fat that comes from having three kids within four years. My biggest issue with motivation is being consistent with my workouts. I found that tracking my food has made an amazing change since I did not realize how much and how poorly I was eating. But I really need to dig deep to find that extra push to complete my workouts. I am excited to be here! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:27:21 EST my so so intro Hi all, im dragoness from Ohio and i have two wonderful little boys who mean the world to me. i want to be able to do more for them. i am not only losing weight for them but for me! I don't want to be the "fat" mom. I want to be able to play with my kids and live a longer healthier life. This is the second time I have been on here and i didn't do very well the first time, i am determined to get to my goal. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:26:11 EST Also Introducing Myself Good morning, I am Kathy. I am 51 years old and feel it today. It is a rainy Friday here in Houston, TX. I feel blah! My husband and I are in a "squabble". I feel soooo alone right now! <em>39</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:02:15 EST Hi all What a brilliant site, so much information and encouragement. Very user friendly too. I have a way to go, but with tracking everything daily is keeping me on course. <em>381</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:01:56 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone, this is my first day with Sparkpeople and I'm very excited. I'm 58 years old and need to lose 100+ lbs. I've been yo-yo dieting practically my whole life. In fact, I bet I've lost enough weight to make 2 people. I really need your help, it seems that I have a pattern, I lose weight but then I hit a certain point and I sabotage myself and end up putting it all plus more back on. I need to find people who understand what I'm going through because they've been there and hopeful... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:57:00 EST Really awesome website! I can't believe how useful this website is! The meal and calorie tracker is so useful. I am determined to bring down my total body fat % from its current 25.3% to 18. Still thinking through about a realistic end goal in terms of when I think I would be able to achieve this. But with this website, I am really hopeful! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:45:54 EST Just returning and getting serious Hello everyone! I'm just returning to the site. I'm diabetic and have had some issues with it which prevented my exercise routine for awhile. Now I am back and more serious than ever about my health routines. <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:35:11 EST introducing myself hi, i'm new to SparkPeople. i'm over 60 & have health issues that make life a real challenge. i have 20 final lbs. to lose & want to get fit. my ultimate goal is to get into a size 12. i'm a size 14 now. i have a very supportive husband, a real blessing. but it's hard to do what's good for me because of illness & medications i take. i'm hoping that joining SparkPeople will help me with this goal. <em>524</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:34:27 EST 1 day at a time Hi. I didn't gain weight in 1 day & I'm not going to lose it that quickly either. I'm taking it 1 day at a time! (Since the fat fairy doesn't seem to be stopping by any time soon!) This is day 3 for me. I've been writing everything I eat down, drinking my water (peeing up a storm!) & got my 10 min. of exercise in today. Slow & steady won the race, so here I am. Hope everyone was able to have at least 1 positive in their life today. (((Hugs)))!! <em>381</em> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:56:45 EST Eastern Panhandle Sparkers Are there any Eastern Panhandle Sparkers near Martinsburg WV Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:35:37 EST Hey people Hey there, I'm new here, have stopped smoking and looking to start being healthy. Just bought a Fitbit so looking for some Fitbit buddies to keep me motivated... Add me .. 👍 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:56:10 EST 9 days before talk like a pirate day! Howdy all! Stopping in to introduce myself and remind everyone September 19th is talk like a pirate day. Aaarrgghh! <BR> P-D <BR> Elizabeth Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:51:53 EST Time to find me again Hi! I haven't always been overweight but certain circumstances have seen me go from 60kg to 110kg over the years. I have Post traumatic stress disorder after being raped while I was in the Airforce by another serving member. The powers that be saw fit to coerce me into dropping the charges and then they quickly brushed it all under the carpet. Keeping that inside also made me develop depression. Over the years the weight crept on slowly but 6 years ago I quit smoking and the weight piled on. ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:29:58 EST Hi I joined Sparkpeople last September, just 10 days before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I joined Sparkpeople, I wanted to lose weight and get healthier. I got side tracked at that time due to surgery, chemo, and radiation. I still have the same goals, and I am taking the 21 day challenge for people who are new to Sparkpeople. It sounds like if you are actively involved with the message board, that you loose more weight and that you stay involved longer. This year I am going to ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:29:57 EST Making the introduction Hi, all. I'm brand new to SPARK People and feel like I'm wading in slowly. Nonetheless, I've signed up and post my activities. I have a Fitbit and track my food there. I don't want to duplicate my efforts. I am grateful for the daily check ins, even though I've actually waited a couple of days to catch up with my fitness tracking. I am looking forward to getting stronger. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:52:48 EST Back in the game Hey Sparkpeople :) <BR> <BR> I'm a new mom to a 3 month old and I'm just at the point where I feel ready to get back into exercising regularly. I'll admit I haven't been eating very healthy since she's been born either and I very much need to change that. <BR> <BR> I lost about 14 pounds when she was born but I haven't been able to drop any more since. My guess is because I'm breastfeeding. I'd like to nurse her for at least a year, so I'm working on coming to terms with the fact that I ma... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:31:44 EST Hey there!! I'm 27, a wife, and mother. I have two sweet kiddos and it's time to make a change for them... and for me. I am wanting to lose about 10 pounds and tone everything up. The time is over to claim "I just had a baby". He's THREE!! I want to be healthier, look better, and feel better about myself. I want to teach my children that exercise and eating healthy is important. Just wish I had some motivation to keep myself going. I can do really good for a couple weeks and then decide "screw it" even w... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:01:59 EST Hello Everyone !! I can do this !! First step is to drop 20 LBS, Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:16:42 EST just coming back Hi everyone it's been awhile. So much has gone on in my life from me having surgery on my brain 2 years ago. to losing mom 1 month ago to cancer. Know its time for me to get back walking.. I started back walking a year ago but when mom got sick I had to be there for her and I was on call.24 hour. I wouldn't change anything . Now It's time for me to get back to my morning walks Juust started back 1 week ago. So its great to be back Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:48:37 EST Time to make time for ME It is time that I finally make time for ME, take care of myself along with my family. I need to get back into shape to be able to keep up with my growing boys!! Need to start saying no to FREE UNHEALTHY lunches and say YES to what I brought. Need to make exercise a MUST my HEALTH first as well. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:22:08 EST Weight loss again! Trying to shed some lbs. again. Have done well by myself over the las 9 months but now feel I would like some support and motivation. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:37:11 EST new and little lost here Hi, Im here to find a person or group, who will kick me in the butt when I get lazy. I got a little sloppy past few weeks and it shows on my body. So its time to get in shape again and wolud love to have someone who I can talk to about all the stress and other stuff that comes with trying to loose weight. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 04:49:56 EST I'm scared Scared,overwhelmed..this is a lot to figure out Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:51:55 EST 24/7 indoors WORK WORK WORK Hello i am nyima i am 19 years old and i am 297 pounds fat i really wanna lose weight and have a healthy life but i cant get myself to go out and excercise at all ! please help ! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 23:08:31 EST We can do it Hello , I'm here to wish you luck on your journey and to say I'm a work in progress. I am going to be a first time grandma in October. I want to be around as long as I can. That's why I'm here. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 22:42:20 EST Hi Not sure where to start, but need a change, to be healthy and happier. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:44:37 EST How To Stop Binge Eating? Hello all! <BR> <BR> I discovered this Sparkpeople website a couple of days ago and I am so stunned that something this good is free. I have paid a fortune before for access and use of sites that are so terrible in comparison. Thank you to whoever set this up - you are awesome. It is the articles I find good at the moment as I get into a long term routine and struggle with losing bad habits and gaining new healthy habits. I am using meal replacements (Tesco Ultraslim) because they taste ni... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:46:11 EST Needing support excited to get started! Hello My name is Mrs Miller I want to lose 70 lbs to get thin and healthy Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:13:27 EST Back again Used SparkPeople (or SparkTeen) many years ago with great success, and looking to find that structure again after a number of life-changing events that lead to some weight gain. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:05:45 EST Introduction Hello All, <BR> Trying to get back into the swing of things but it is slow. I had lost 20 pounds but gained 15 back. I know I can do this but the willpower is lacking. I am hoping that returning to SparkPeople will help boost me along. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:11:04 EST Time for a change! Hi, I'm ready to change my old habits and begin healthy eating and exercise. Motivation and support will be a necessary part of this journey. I'm hoping that involving myself more with Sparks will help. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 17:39:37 EST