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 Hello, how's everyone doing? Greetings, I'm 20 year old college student.I joined SP to keep motivated and motivate others if possible.I'm looking to improve overall strength. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:17:16 EST Get Healthier Hi my name is Rose. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have a condition called PCOS. It stands for poly cystic ovarian syndrome in which I have more testosterone than I should which makes me not ovulate and therefor no monthly. It is a dangerous condition if not treated either with medication or losing weight. So here I am. A friend told me about sparkpeople so I decided to try it out. I reached 300lbs recently and I was devastated to see that. I vow not to reach my heaviest whi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:57:40 EST reach my goal Hello all, <BR> My name is Anne. I am starting my journey to get down to my goal weight. I think my issue is going to be the exercising part with being on oxygen. Wish me luck! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:17:16 EST Finally found a free site that offers rewards! So excited to re-discover this site. Heard about it and signed up at work several years ago. Love that I get rewarded for exercising and even reading about healthy things! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:28:58 EST Hello, I'm Back I joined and followed SparkPeople about 5 years ago and it worked great for me! Gradually, I slipped back into old habits and now I am starting out all over again. I have returned for the support of fellow Sparkers! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:05:13 EST To weigh 150 lbs by September 2016 I hope to lose a pound a week and weigh 150 lbs by this time next year. Wish me luck!! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:45:06 EST Here to motivate and inspire! Hello all! My name is James Everett and I am a NASM certified trainer and business owner of WellSquad based out of NYC. I wanted to find a site where I can help as many people as possible. I think fitness is becoming so much more than reaching a goal. It is becoming a lifestyle so that people can be healthier at 60 years old than they were at 25. I want to promote functional longevity and help people become strong mentally first, then the physical will follow. Please don't hesitate to ask me ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:43:11 EST my name is cheryl <BR> I am new , also I am looking to met friends , I just wanted to drop a line <BR> and introduce my self to you all <BR> looking forward to having some chats <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:22:34 EST Eating Healthy After Eating Disorder Hi guys! <BR> <BR> My name is Annalee and I'm a nineteen year old college student on hiatus while I figure out what I want to do with my life. I love animals, makeup, and music, especially Elvis and Fall Out Boy. My hobbies are writing, drawing, reading, and watching lots and lots of movies! <BR> <BR> As my topic says, I've struggled with eating disorders for about five years now. I'm tired of how emotionally, physically, mentally, and psychologically draining it is to go back and forth ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:13:01 EST I need to get back on track again Hello., My birthday is coming up an it got me to thinking I need to lose weight and eat more healthy. So I need to lose 50 lbs. My biggest problem is my eating habits and my husband. Like most husbands he loves eating out and doesn't watch what he eats or how much an he thinks I should keep up with him. So he is no help. My question right now is there a list of food an their calories so I can start counting. thanks Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:31:51 EST Hello everyone Hi my name is Ashlei. I am a mother of one beautiful little girl. I love the idea of being healthy and fit. I know all the right and wrong ways of going about it. I just have issues keeping it as a routine. I am on my day 3 of tracking consitantly with spark. If you would like to be my friend go ahead and add me. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:11:07 EST New - would love friends to interact with! I joined SP and I'm doing this! I have a goal of losing 50lbs. I'm 29, very active but food is something I just can't get a handle on and in fact I feel like I'm losing my grip more and more all the time. <BR> <BR> I've set my page to private but please feel free to add me no matter where you are in your journey. :) Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:51:23 EST Starting all over again I had lost 30 lbs and kept it off for about 2.5 years. Then, I'm not sure what happened, but slowly, over the last 6 months or so the weight has begun to creep back on. So I am here to jumpstart my nutrition and fitness again. Mainly my nutrition - I can get workouts in, it is the eating thing I am having trouble with. We'll see how this works! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:28:04 EST Finding time for myself Hi all, my name is Shannon. I work full-time as a credit union vp and have a 3 1/2 yr old. My husband also works crazy long hrs so I've been having a really hard time trying to balance things out and find time to exercise, etc. I'm finally trying this 21 day challenge...crossing my fingers... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:00:00 EST Back on track Joining sparkpeople again - was here 3 years ago. Looking forward to having fun while getting healthy again. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:48:05 EST It's nice to be back! I used SP last January and February to start getting healthier and lost about 20 lbs. The weight started creeping on again, so I'm back with the commitment to make lifestyle changes. Isn't the feeling you have after a workout one of the best feelings ever?! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:30:39 EST I love retirement but... Hi all! I joined SP last year but did nothing with it until the last few days. I love being retired but it has taken a toll on my health. I have gained over 50 lbs, do not sleep more than 3 hrs at a time, do very little exercise and my eating habits need a lot of improvement. But I am set to change all that now that I have found SP. This time I want to make permanent improvements in my health and well being. I have struggled with my weight my entire life but now it really has to change.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:41:05 EST Feeling the need to get on track I've decided to return to tracking my food and exercise as this has been successful for me in the past. I recognize I have new challenges as I'm older and semi-retired but I know that I can do this. <BR> Looking forward to the journey. <em>41</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:53:01 EST Getting a fresh start Hi! I am Cindy, wife, mom, and gramma I am a retired nurse and now enjoy my hobbies of crocheting and scrapbooking. I have been here before but left for a while I needed a break from logging food and exercise. But now I am back and ready to get started, I had tried Weight Watchers but did not get very far. I found out a few months ago that I am an on the line type 2 diabetic. I have Diabetes challenge not been very good at changing my diet but I am putting a new foot forward. As a matter of... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:37:34 EST The Newest Member.... <em>213</em> Hi everyone! :) My name is Kim. I'm married, Canadian, recent college graduate (june 2015) and looking to lose some much needed weight. I am tired of letting my weight rule my life. I am ready to take my life back! Starting right NOW. :) I am somewhat shy but I am looking for some people on here to become spark friends with... so we can cheer each other on. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading my intro.... :) <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:27:23 EST I need to do this for me! I have been looking at SparkPeople since April and have been very intrigued with what I have seen so I decided it was time for me to take the next step. Instead of just reading, I need to interact. I enjoy what I have read but I need more motivation to change some things like lose weight (200+ lbs on a 5' 3" frame) so I can do all the things I want to do for many years to come. So I signed up for the New Member Challenge to learn more about how to make the next step. So ready or not, here I... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:55:01 EST My last name You can't even pronounce my name correctly so please refer to me as Kevin. I'll write more as I get used to the process. Thanks Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:48:37 EST need motivation Hi this is my first day back and I am trying to find the motivation to take off 100+ pounds. I am first going to focus on just 10 pounds because I know I can do that one. Any suggestions on how to stay motivated. I am open. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:52:13 EST New to Sparknotes Hello people, <BR> <BR> I am new to spark notes. I live in central Illinois. I'd love to meet a work out partner for the gym. Let me know! Determination and will power to you all! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:23:18 EST 2nd day on Sparkpeople This is my 2nd day on SP this go around, I used this before to loose about 35lbs, but got back into old habits and need to loose about 40lbs. Im retired living at the beach in Delaware. Ive had 6way by-pass at 48, and 7 stents put in. I had a Heart attack 5 yrs ago, and now I'm having back problems which my Dr said would be less of an issue if I loose some weight. While I was in the Hosp. with my heart attack they discovered I am a Diabetic, which I have to use shots to control. I know this ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:42:57 EST Introduction Hi Everyone, this is my 2nd day with SparkPeople. Hope it helps me be more accountable for my weight loss and health. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:10:01 EST I am Yao Zilan and this is my third time on SP Hey, I am Zilan, I am a foodie, an authentic foodie... I just love food. I go to a place and the first thing I want to do is try the local food. It is hard for someone like me to keep on a diet, thinknig that you only live once and you are missing out on all those delicious things, and the pleasure of eating them! And no, I don't mean junk food, I am actually not that much of a fan of junk food, just some gourmet dishes and yummi new things... I have never been obese, but have always been ove... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:50:01 EST Striving to get healthier in retirement! Good morning! I just recently retired to Florida from Montana! Now I do not have any excuses for getting fit and for losing weight. I have developed some terrible habits through the years but I am willing to change. Any suggestions? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:45:58 EST hi my name is desirea hi my name is desirea I am 22years old I have two kids one is two and the other is almost 2 months old. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. My junior year in high school i went from 185 to 160. I keep my weight down then i got pregnant with my son a year later and i gained over 20 pounds i now 201 pounds and i struggle with post postpartum depression after having my daughter in july and i have high anxiety. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:09:51 EST Looking for those over 50 and starting again Today is a new day and I am looking for a fresh start. I have friends here that started 5 plus years ago and I touched back with them. But they have all reached their goals long ago and stayed with it. I have gained back 25 pounds from the 70 I lost and want to get a group of new friends to give me a kick and challenge are you ready. Lets kick this together and I challenge you! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:38:33 EST Fat old lady with multiple sclerosis Hi! I'm trying to join this group and hoping I can find the appropriate place. I'm a 61 year old woman with about 40 pounds to lose. I have some health issues that probably contribute to my weight problem. I have been following the Atkins diet for 6 or 7 weeks now, but haven't been very successful. (my weight see-saws)s My exercise is somewhat limited due to my MS. So I'm beginning to get frustrated. I'm hoping to get inspired here, and learn to accept that I have no metabolism and it's... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:25:21 EST Ready for change-Need some help Hi, I'm new to SP and looking for help with motivation. I'm over 200 lbs and gaining all the time unless I do something to stop this. Have been heavy for so long that I have lost all confidence in myself that I can do this. I am a single mom, work long days as a nurse full time, and go to grad school part time. Just feeling overwhelmed, and I am a stress eater to boot! I love seeing stories of people who have lost 40, 50 plus and kept it off. That is great, and I would love to be able t... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:41:28 EST Invigorated Although I've been on Sparkpeople for years, I'm doing The 21-Day New Member Challenge to review it all over again. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:12:40 EST Keep Trying Over the last four years, I have made an effort to change my lifestyle and be a healthier person. My journey thus far has been very up and down. It has been difficult for me to stay on track and I am hoping that by joining this community, I can reach and exceed my goals for a long and healthy life. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:15:54 EST This time I won't quit I keep starting diets only to stop when I mess up or cheat. <BR> Self destructing the past 7 months due to loss and stress. <BR> Bad eating habits and barely sleeping. Need to start over but this time I won't let small mistakes and temptations make me quit. <BR> I hope to be able to regain the confidence I had just 10 months ago. <BR> Aiming to be in the beat shape I have ever been. Any support would be greatly appreciated &#128522; Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:30:25 EST Introduction To Margaret Hello, <BR> My name is Margaret. I am 22 years old, 23 in October. I weighed 15.8 stone when I last weighed in. I am a new member to slimming world and I weigh in every Thursday. The ideal weight for someone of my height is 7.11 so as is obvious I have a lot of hard work to put in. <BR> I took a moment to weigh myself yesterday just to see if I had possibly lost some weight and my weight was 15.5 but that may not be the exact amount I weigh as my scales may vary to the ones used by slimming... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 00:00:40 EST Feeling Good I started on Aug 4,2015. I went to the doctor because I was so tired and when I would walk very far I was so short of breath. <em>39</em> Working in the hospital I knew these where not good signs. My blood work came back not very good and my doctor wants me to loose 40 pounds in the next 6 months. My thyroid was off and my cardiac numbers where not good. I got scared and started looking for something I could eat normal food with. Guess what, I found and I have lost 14 ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:12:19 EST Newfoundland two girls from near Stephenville NL, looking for workout/activity partners. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:55:04 EST I can't believe this is free!!! I have over 100 pounds to lose and happened upon an article where a woman who also lost over 100 said she did it with I am truly grateful for this site and hope to be one of the success stories in a few years. I look forward to becoming a part of the online community. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:48:55 EST Here I am again! I have stopped and started so many times and nothing has changed physically for me. I am a strong woman, but food is my down fall. I feel like I will never beat this weight thing and think sometimes it's my head that is the way of my success. Any tips? <BR> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:41:26 EST 34/F looking for support Hello! <BR> Busy married mom of 2 teens looking to invest in herself! Looking for support and encouragement while I balance work, college, two kids in school and sports and all the other things that come with life! Feel free to add me on here. I am new to the site and hope to build a community of friends! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:04:59 EST I'm back! Hi. About 6 years ago I belonged to SparkPeople. I lost 90 pounds. It took me 4 years. It's a slow process for me. I'm back because I have gained enough weight that I do not fit into any of my clothes. Tracking calories is a proven method for me. I would like to loose 17 pounds. I cannot put a date for the goal because it is a slow process at this age. I've been counting calories in my head and now that is not working for me. I need to get real. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:45:44 EST hi name is zora i am a diabetic cardiac patient on insulin and weigh 178 lbs i started to exercise AGAIN! and I have lost 8lbs to date I used to be a member of spark people but kinda fell off anyway I have made up my mind AGAIN because apart from losing weight i also would like to get my HbA1c down to atleast 6% it is now at 9% I can use all the help I can get ..thank you I am 5ft tall (or Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:03:00 EST Love dancing - hate sweating! Well, Oh, Well. I am that diva! <BR> <BR> I love to dance, and move, and walk, and yoga. Yet, I hate's so gross! Until you see how much you can sweat and feel the invigorating success of having made a good Swealfie! <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness. Now, I yearn to exercise - I mean, dancercise and get my sweat going down my legs, down my back, and pouring from my hair! <em>521</em> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:28:51 EST Back to the Gym Hello, They say this helps, to motivate , and at this point I have nothing to lose except body fat. I have a gym membership at LA Fitness that I never use and would like some words of encouragement to get off my lazy butt and get back to work. I also looked to see if their was a group at the club but it had dis- banded. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:22:31 EST Need motivation Hello, My name is Darcy, I just had my 25th wedding anniversary I have 3 great kids ages 13-22 My oldest has Down syndrome and is an awesome kid. When I got married, I was a size 3 even after my oldest was born. At the age of 37, I had my youngest daughter and was a size 5 after I had her. I started gaining weight when I turned 40. I need to lose at least 35lbs. I took pictures of my stomach and was grossed out. I try a new diet every week thinking Oh I can do that. Then the next day I decid... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:56 EST New to SP but not new to fitness/health Just found SP and I am finding it to be much better than other sources. I have been trying for years to become healthier but failed over and over again. Rather than drastic changes, I am making small lifestyle changes. I am 29 and the mom of three beautiful children. Having three kids I look great, however I want to be at my best. Hoping this go round it is for good and not just a round. Good luck to everyone. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:10:50 EST Back again Hey there all. Years back I signed up with sparkpeople when it was first a hot thing. Not sure what pulled me away except maybe life. Well, since then I've had a hip replaced and currently suffer with carpal tunnel. Decided it was time to get on the horse (even if it bucks a bit) and get back into shape. I'm probably as out of shape as I've been in my life. My goal is three phase. First goal - lose 20 lbs... 2nd goal... lose 20 lbs... 3rd goal... lose 20 lbs. Then reassess where I am ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:17:49 EST new member I started 6 weeks ago but just started the new member challenge realizing that the challenges will be a nice way to stay motivated. Just wanted to say 'hi' and hope to post/read regularly. Thanks for your support Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:06:56 EST Good Morning My name is Christina and I just joined Spark. I have 90 pounds to lose. Good luck to everyone. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:46:24 EST Kakew Hi, <BR> New to SP but not new to dieting. Having lots of trouble losing my last 10 lbs and would love any support or recipe ideas :) Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:45:54 EST introduction hi my name is Michelle and I am over wieght, Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:52:07 EST Love, love, love sparkpeople Starting the day w/sparkpeople really sets the day on the right road to fitness and great health! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:22:07 EST So here I am.. Jan 2014 <BR> Broke my leg..had surgery and was stuck in bed in a full leg brace... had to work hard to walk again with an over extended leg and a below full extension leg... went from wheelchair travelling around to crutches to a cane! <BR> <BR> Sept 2014 <BR> Ditched the cane was doing well <BR> <BR> end of Oct 2014 <BR> My family home burned down and I was fire displaced at my boyfriends home. Re-injured my leg in fire had to restart physio for my leg.. and started taking things for an... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:22:19 EST Getting back to sparkpeople Trying to get back on track. <em>521</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:48:08 EST Getting back to sparkpeople Trying to get back on track. <em>521</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:47:56 EST Back again I have belonged off and on for nearly four years and have about 30 more pounds to go. I really want to do it right this time. <em>40</em> . Please support me in this journey and I will try to stick it out this time Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:34:03 EST Back again I have belonged off and on for nearly four years and have about 30 more pounds to go. I really want to do it right this time. <em>40</em> . Please support me in this journey and I will try to stick it out this time Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:32:00 EST Back again I have belonged off and on for nearly four years and have about 30 more pounds to go. I really want to do it right this time. <em>40</em> . Please support me in this journey and I will try to stick it out this time Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:28:22 EST Just joined! And wanted to know if there is anyone who would like to have a "motivation buddy system" with me... I sometimes find it easier to exercise when I have someone reminding me to, and have found that it works vice versa as well! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:35:56 EST New to group Hello everyone, I am new to this group and I am hoping to have success with it. I am single mother of 3 boys so I am very busy. I had a total hysterectomy when I was 22 which which was 15 years ago and I don't take any her. I have struggled since then with weight gain and have tried diet after diet with no help. Have been told it is pointless after a total hysterectomy but I am not willing to give up yet. Hoping this path will lead me down success!! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:59:11 EST Introduction Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah, I was on spark once before probably about 5 years ago. I am just off the 21 day fix and am hoping to use this as a more sustainable way to keep track of my food and loose weight. Good luck to all of you! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:13:42 EST Hello there.... Hello, I am new to the whole website here. My daughter has been on here and has lost weight, so I thought I would try and see if this could help me. I have tried so many weight programs with no luck; so what is one more. I find myself in a manual wheel chair anytime I go anywhere. I have to use a cane when I am in my home. I hope to at least lessen the amount of pain I am in. I know it won't go completely away but I have to keep trying. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:16:39 EST Sparkpeople newbie Good afternoon. This is my 5th day on SP. Wanted to introduce myself. Trying to reboot my weight loss after it stalled. Needed to get focused again. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:29:51 EST I want to successful at this please I have tried spark before and know it works. I want to be successful. I am prraying so. This time no matter how excited i am i am making myself go slow in hopes of better results. I am over 50 and getting all the aches and pains so just moving for me is good. I didn't post alot either the last time in fear no one would talk to me well this time i dont care going to post away. God bless everyone have a great day. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:25:17 EST emotional eating there are times when I get panic attacks if I try to keep with the program. does anyone else have this problem? if so, how do you handle it? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:24:27 EST Determined lady Hi, I'm Carol and I just started my fourth week on Spark. I am 67 for two more weeks and I have make that 52 pounds to lose as I have lost 8 already. I retired in 2012 and my weight just started creeping up. I was reading on MSN homepage one day about a lady who had lost a ton of weight and she mentioned that she did part of it through SparkPeople and I decided to google it and see what it was all about. That was the beginning for me. I have been tracking food and exercise since and ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:46 EST Barbara Hi, I'm Barbara. I've been using SparkPeople for some time now but am just getting around to doing the new beginner's challenge. Just seeing if I've missed anything along the way. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:45:04 EST Just introducing myself I've been on SP 7 months and I've never used the message boards before-LOL. I am doing the 21 day new members challenge to see what all I've missed on SP. Today's challenge is to introduce myself on here. <BR> <BR> I am Marty. I am 51. I am a single mom. My only son left yesterday for college. I joined SP to get in better shape. I have IBS and thyroid issues. I can't seem to get rid on my bloated belly. This month I am started to really focus on exercise. Got a goal of walking ever... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:43:02 EST Thrid times a charm! After having three beautiful girls in 4 years my body and mind were just a wee bit tired. I had reached an all time high of 224 pounds. I was suffering from chronic migraines and trying so hard to hide my unhappiness from my family. <BR> I grew up with a mother that always told me I had a little too much baby fat on me. Or that's not what a waist should look like. She loved me but made me in to a self conscious sad girl/women who has fought with self esteem and weight problems all my life. ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:24:33 EST Amanda here! Hey, y'all! My name is Amanda (29) and I'm the mom of two beautiful boys, N is 6 and I is 3! I am married to a wonderful man who is an incredibly hard worker and provider. I recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and I am currently an Investor Accounting Specialist at a bank. <BR> <BR> I am looking for support during my weight loss/ fitness journey. I have a long way to go - 100+ lbs and I have found myself over the last few years starting and stoppi... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:35:29 EST Hello. Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:41 EST Hello. Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:39 EST Hello again Hi, I am in my 4th attempt with Spark People. Each time here I have developed healthy habits that have stuck, but then did not seem to be able to embrace the whole program in a way that the weight stayed off. THIS IS THE TIME for me. It will stick! <em>386</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:42:23 EST Hello there Hi, I'm a 60+ lady from UK. I've been on various diets all my life so now I'll try a lifestyle change. I've already taken up walking (about a year ago), at least an hour 3x per week, pilates 1 hour per week and I've always been a gardener. My aim is to cut out as much processed food as I can and cook from scratch in order to lose weight and maintain my current good health. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:23:11 EST Ready to start looking better I don't have a lot of weight to lose, but am very self consciousness. Need a little nudge now and then. Hope that I can connect and stay motivated. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:11:20 EST Body Changes after a hysterectomy I am 15 days post op from a complete hysterectomy. I had surgery due to multiple fibroid tumors, excessive periods. After surgery my surgeon told me I had adenomyosis. The debilitating back pain I had had for 3 years was GONE. The lining of my uterus had grown through and attached to the muscle wall. I wasn't able to walk more than 20 feet or stand for more than 3 minutes for the past 3 years. Just having that ungodly pain gone is amazing. <BR> <BR> In all of my research on adenomyosi... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:51:24 EST Newbie to Sparkle People Hello <BR> My name is Russel (pronounced like Ra-cell) and I am new to sparkle people. I have been running for 3 years now and started to run as a promise to my late grandmother to take on a more healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> While going to the gym and working out is not my problem since I can usually get there and enjoy a good sweaty working out and in fact enjoy it, my real problem is with food. I love my carb and when I say i love my carbs I mean i love my carbs. I take carb loading to a... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:57:07 EST Looking for Total Gym workout friend I'm Christine. I'm am an X-ray tech and am 56 years old. I recently went through weight loss surgery and have lost 50 lbs. I'm halfway to my goal however I need to workout and have a hard time staying motivated. I love the total gym and that is my go to exercise, that and rowing. Looking for someone who also has total gym for accountability, friendly competition and mainly just staying on track. If anyone is interested, get in touch. Thanks! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:40:09 EST Hi everyone I am a mother of 2 & I am getting married in 8 weeks. Trying to lose at least 10 pounds before then but I seem to be eating everything in sight!!!! No sooner does the thought ' I shouldn't be eating this' pops into my goes another cookie!! <BR> <BR> School is starting very soon & once we get back into our daily routine, I'm hoping to get back on track. <em>4</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:56:24 EST What motivated me to join sparkpeople <em>211</em> hello, I'm new to sparkpeople, I'm in my 50's tired, overweight and over it lol. I was always the skinny girl until the hysterectomy omg! Who knew the weight I'd put on? So I went to a fast food place today for the coke,burger and fries thing, I saw the calorie count on the menu...880 calories for burger and fries, not counting the soda! ....yes, I ate it, not all of it. I had an epiphany. That lunch was more then my total days worth of calories I should eat! I told myself, I... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:34:07 EST Belviq and phentermine Hi there, has anyone been on belviq and phentermine together? I've just been prescribed both together. I started today and am extremely sleepy. I thought that phentermine would give me that extra boost I needed. <em>39</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:29:29 EST New and motivated I am excited to get my whole family eating healthier as well as my husband and I losing weight. We can do this! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:13:38 EST Seems like I have been here forever I have been on SP since 2009 and love every minute of it. <BR> <BR> logging in my food and workouts keeps me honest as well as wearing my fitbit <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:17:08 EST exercise Looking for great exercise to help. I want to be health and workout. <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:17:36 EST Hello everyone I am a 62 yr old widow and am in need of losing weight, I am feeling the effects in my knees and with my feet. Other than that, I am blessed to be healthy, <BR> I wear a 2XL and have decided to sacrifice all the sweets and over eating to be able to accomplish my goal. Every night for the last few weeks, I've been praying to God to let me wake up being 60lbs lighter and every morning I realize it isn't in His will. <BR> Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that it is up to me to make t... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:16:18 EST I am back :) Hi Everyone! <BR> I am back on board...trying to lose my last 20 pounds since gastric bypass surgery. The struggle is real! I look forward to "talking" to you all! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:29 EST help my name is dave and have been with sparks people a couple years now.i bounce in and out when other things inter fear with entering my entries.anyhow i was following the diabetes diet and was surfing different pages in spark people and don't know what i did but on my menue there are foods listed ,that is a drop down list for each meal how do i get rid of this section Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:39:28 EST Introducing Me In 2010 I lost 100lbs by working my butt off. Over the last couple of years I have put on 30+ of those lbs due to some surgeries and then this year a mini stroke and debilitating migraines have stopped me in my tracks. I've been depressed and as I continue not to work out and snack on something that is easy but not healthy the weight is creeping up, which makes me more depressed. I have tracked my food before on my fitness pal, but didn't have the support of others. I am trying this I. Ho... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:09:16 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Tammy. I'm 47 years old and a little under 2 years ago I had a kidney transplant. I've been having a hard time trying to loose weight after my surgery. I'm week when it comes to sweets and carbs. Having worked in the kitchen at a local hospital, I know what I have to eat to stay healthy. I'm just having problems sticking to a healthy diet. Any advice and support would be greatly appreciated. I also have had my right knee scoped 3 times which makes it hard for me to exercis... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:45:48 EST im back I have been away quite some time. I have went significantly down in my weight. <BR> I got burnt out, took a year to get heavy again lol <BR> So Im coming back to what I know works. :) Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:54:46 EST Bottom up I found SparkPeople through Pinterest - ironically enough after having created an Exercise to Downside Me board and then being bombarded and stealth-bombed with hundreds of images of thin women, perfectly fit, flat muscled stomachs, toned thin arms (with no turkey flapping) and clearly have never dropped a kid via normal or c-section delivery. I HOPED Spark would be a place that would NOT bombard me with images of women who aren't the norm. And I was right. So I am trying to find a place to f... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:44:58 EST Binge Eating Hello! My name is Harlow, I joined SparkPeople looking for some help with my uncontrollable binge eating. I've been overweight nearly my whole life, but once I hit about 21 it skyrocketed from a steady 175 to 205 then climbed to 210, 218, 228 and now Im at 240 pounds. It really increased once I switched birth control, and ever since then I haven't been able to get my binge eating under control. I can do perfectly fine for breakfast and lunch but once the evening hits, I eat like crazy and I c... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:25:55 EST Hi everyone!! Im new :) Hello everyone. My name is Jen and I'm a Realtor from florida. I'm looking for other people who on faces the same challenges as me. I'm getting married Feb 6, 2016 and with only five months to go, I'm feeling the stress of losing weight. My dress is WAY too tight and makes me feel horrible. I've tried a lot of diets but I really need to get serious and stay on track. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:49:38 EST Ready for a change A friend of mine recently passed away suddenly, due to heart failure, at 38 years old. I don't want that to be me. I'm terrified it will be me. <BR> <BR> I'm 280 right now, and 34 years old. I'm a single, stay at home mom to an 11 year old girl and I want to be around a long time for her. <BR> <BR> In the last three months I've started to have extreme joint pain-not just in one joint but all of them! It can be from something as small as tossing a ball back and forth with my daughter and... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:50:13 EST Hey There! Just stopping by to introduce myself. :) <BR> <BR> Be blessed, <BR> Sharmie Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:35:50 EST New diabetic here <em>198</em> <BR> Sugar used to be in my diet everyday, especially since quitting drinking alchohol, and all other carbs, like bread, pasta, ice cream , cakes, pastries and now my liver is 90% fat and isn't working well. I have used this to help lose some weight, to track my foods and see what I am eating right or not. It is hard to do the minimum 30mins of exercise every day, but my only gleam of hope, besides some weight loss is that I haven't had numb hands in the night for a week now... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:54:48 EST New to Sparkpeople I want to loose 45 pounds. Any advise would be very much appreciated. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:34:04 EST First timer Im new to the site and I'm learning alot. <BR> I personalized my profile to make it seem more like me. Yall should check me out, and leave a few pointers. I've already lost 13 lbs due to having GERD. Now its time for a lifestyle change says my doctor. I'm also ready too. I can't remember the last time I was healthy. NOTE: I didn't use the word skinny ugh i hate that .. just makes me think of what society "say" I should be. At my lowest I made it to 204 and then I gave up <em>39</em> but I ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:27:58 EST New Here Hi My name is Liesel and I am new to Spark People. I am learning how to navigate this site. <em>30</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:57:34 EST CompletionMel May Well Complete CompletionMel is a former physical education teacher turn cubicle jockey. The addition of two pregnancies (growing my family to four children), death of a parent, loss of a job and bouts of depression led me to a very fluffy "me". I want to change. I know all the right things to do and have I a lot of guilt for not doing them. Shedding the guilt, moving forward to find me. My two youngest have never seen me at a healthy weight (except through pictures).So far, I'm managing to log my nu... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:48:59 EST hello kinda new to spark people <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello, I am 42 with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in my knees. And every time I try to take a walk for exercise I am so much in pain. I weigh about 355 and my primary care doctor told me for every pound I weigh it is 4 pounds on your knees that is why it is so painful for me to walk. I want to eat right and exercise but it is so hard on my knees I am hoping I can get some insight and helpful information on spark people. I was on spark people ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:14:43 EST judepul65 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST judepul65 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:09 EST I am online again after a long time Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> You know that feeling, that when you first saw spark people you thought well I am going to use that online community intensively. And then after just a few weeks you forget about it. Well, that applies to me. <BR> But I am back, and this time I am going to use it for my goals. <BR> <BR> So I would like encourage everybody who has not been on spark people to just join it again. It is nice to have acces to so many people. <BR> <BR> So far my message, take care, ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:50:56 EST Accountability partner? Hey everybody I'm new to this site! I am wanting some body or a group of a few people to have an accountability partner or team. Justshell build each other up through this process. I lost 75 pounds about 6 years ago but have slowly gained it back and then a little :( I am hoping to lose a little more than 100 pounds (yes it's safe) and just would like to be able to ke. In touch with some others trying to do the same! <BR> <BR> Good luck every body!!!! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:11:21 EST Here again to lose my baby weight in 2012, I used Sparkpeople to get ready for my wedding. Now I'm back again to lose my baby weight. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:47:06 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST Good Morning! So I finally finished my spark people page. I am 25 years old and newly married and newly moved to a new city. I am not at a healthy weight to get pregnant for me or for a baby. My husband and I want to start trying in a year or so, and I want to get healthy now so when we do start, I am prepared. I love to cook, bake, watch movies and tv, I like to walk, kickbox and zumba. I was healthy in highschool when I used to play water polo but once I graduated and fell in love, I just got bigger. I w... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:27:18 EST Happy Wednesday Have been actively tracking food & movement for just over a month. While I'm not quite keeping up with my weight loss goal, I'm making better choices with food & water intake. I enjoy seeing all the positive energy here ~ Thank You! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:21:44 EST re-Intro....I suck! :( Hello everyone, <BR> I am not new to Sparkpeople but I have never really been fully committed to it. <BR> I am really feeling down about myself and honestly do not like who I am. Most, if not all, is definitely related to how I 'look'. I am about 40lbs overweight and I just can not seem to lose it or be motivated to do so. I always make excuses, mostly valid, as to why I can not go to the gym/workout. I can not bring myself to wake up any earlier and come the evening, I am just wiped from th... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:12:59 EST Ready to do this right! I have been attempting to lose weight for years now and except for small losses I have been mostly unsuccessful. I have no physical reason why I can't lose, I just have trouble being consistent. But I need and want to do this. I'm looking for some friends who will be help and encouragement along the way. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:50:13 EST here again New again, my weight is outta control, I feel like I'm ready to do this but I really need a buddy to help me. If anyone lives in Oceanside ca. Maybe we could meet and motivate each other. Prefer a woman. Just as a comfort level. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:43:35 EST I'm excited to be here! Hi! I'm looking to reach out and collaborate with other people who are finding success on their weight loss or muscle building journeys. I'm just starting to exersize outside of weightlifting classes, on my own. I love to lift, even though I don't lift a lot at once. I've been attending Zumba and beginners Yoga, and am looking for other things that you've found success in. <BR> <BR> I'm 23, married for 5 years , and never really recovered from the pregnancy of our 2 year old son. I have hor... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:32:45 EST New to SparkPeople Howdy, I'm Piper and I'm a college student currently getting a degree in astrophysics that gained some weight due to birth control shots and is looking to get fit and active again. I'm a runner, and used to be powerlifter, and want to convert to an in general healthier lifestyle. This includes healthy foods and motivating myself to stop drinking my weakness (Dr. Pepper). I'd love a life long fitness buddy to encourage me to make a lasting change! I'm looking to lose about thirty pounds. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:07:51 EST Dukan dessert What exactly is classed as a portion of dessert on the celebration meal on dukan?? Had a small bag of maltesers last week....... Bleugh!! I think my chocolate receptors have been beat into submission!!!! Any input greatly appreciated, thanks Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:02:54 EST Allow me to introduce myself :) My name is Denise and my goal is to lose 35 lbs by the end of this year. After having my third child, I have struggled to lose the weight. She will be three in a couple of weeks, so I can't blame it on the pregnancy anymore <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Please friend me and let's help encourage one another on this journey to healthier and more fit us! <em>211</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:35:08 EST Eiffel Tower vs. Leaning Tower of Pisa I have been a member of SPARKPEOPLE off and on for the last six years. My initial motivation was to increase my consumption of water and track my exercise minutes. I was also fortunate to take a vacation to Paris, France where I walked the Eiffel Tower - instead of taking the elevator (to help conquer my fear of heights - done!). This past week, I was fortunate to vacation in Italy and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa with my family. Surprisingly, my climb was more troublesome than I thought, ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:26:35 EST Newbie A new day to a new start of living healthier. <em>249</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:38:39 EST New again I'm Jen and I am starting this journey yet again. It is going to be a slower starting process this time. Today was just getting the weight and all the measurements recorded. Tomorrow will be a lot of strategy planning. Then once I get paid this week I will start buying the appropriate food once again. I work 3rd shift (10pm-6:30am), so I get the chore of figuring out my food tracking schedule to fit into the "normal" 24hr period. I'll get up to speed soon. I just may take a week or two. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:10:52 EST New to this Just need to try something new. I was doing really good but lately I have been slacking and need some support of others. My friends and family don't really get into the whole workout and eat healthy lifestyle I am trying to pursue or if they do we are on completely different schedules. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:42:30 EST Hello! Hello <BR> years ago I joined this site, completely forgot about it, and then came back last night. <BR> <BR> I used to be in shape, I worked in the woods, was a wild land firefighter, and hiked in the mountains on my days off. About 3 years ago I got sick....long story...but 15 months ago I was diagnosed (finally!) with Lyme disease. Lyme has made it so I can not even walk around my neighborhood anymore. I have gained about a pound a month since I left Forestry, 2 1\2 years ago. I really wa... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:46:23 EST try try try again Hi! I'm returning after having surgery on pelvis. Along with back problems I have chronic pain. But I'm easing back into a walking program. I feel better mentally after a walk. And I think I'll feel better physically once I lose the 50lbs I gained last 2yrs. I'm off to a good start and am excited! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:01:44 EST Battle of the Bulge! I only work four days a week. And then only four hours, and sometimes an hour or two more. But, every day, when I get off from work, I have to fight myself to keep from stopping to get a burger and fries. It's lunch! Go ahead. NOOOO, I have healthier options at home. But it's cheap! Dollar menu! NOOOONOOOONOOOO! go straight home. I want to go to the gym and that burger will just be a hunk of lead in my stomach. NO BURGER NO FRIES! I am really pushing myself. I took the day of... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:56:38 EST introducing myself hi people of sparkpeople. I used to use this site several years back, but had only managed to lose 20lbs through that journey before life threw me a curve ball and I spiraled into a downward spiral of hell. It's been 3yrs and a baby later and I am here again, hoping for some weight loss success. I used to be around 220lbs when I left sparkpeople and I've climbed my way up to a whopping 265lbs (my biggest weight yet). I've just turned 32 and have 3 kids to raise, so I just keep telling mys... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:25:52 EST 5k Im turning 60 in 1mo I want to train for a 5k in the spring am I to old its on my bucket list it will be my 1st. how do I begin? I tread 2mi/1/2 hr 3 to 4 times a week a slo jog. any tips welcome! Whats a good site to go to for help. Im new to technology when I was in hs we didn't even have calculators! Any encouragement welcome! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:52:39 EST New to Sparkpeople I am at the turning point where I am miserable because of my weight. I need help and advice from everybodyyyyyy Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:52:33 EST Starting again Hello everyone: I am starting this get rid of excess in my life. I am a mother or 2 grown children. My daughter and her husband are expecting our first grandchild. It is an exciting time in life. My son and his wife have moved home as He is just finished his master degree in legal studies and has a job, but will be changing jobs soon. My daughter in law is a geologist master student. I was working but the store where I was a bookkeeper closed in Feb. so still looking for an appropriate job... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:26:49 EST Getting my Diabetes under control I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 years ago and have spent all that time trying to get it under control, so I thought it was about time I did something about it, so here I am. <BR> <BR> This time I will not only learn to control my diabetes, but I will get healthy as well. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:45:28 EST Hello from Spain Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople a few days ago and signed up straight away! I live in Southern Spain and need to lose quite a bit of weight so I can be put on the list for knee replacement (advanced osteoarthritis in both). Bit hard as I cannot be on my feet for more than a few minutes without pain. I am loving the seated cardio and abs videos. <BR> <BR> Am finding it helpful to be logging my food and water consumption, it is making me much more mindful of what I put in my ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:22:02 EST New To The Group Hi, my name is Leslie. I retired 2 years ago, we moved to a new state, this past winter I gained weight and recently realized that I had pretty much become a slug. So it's a new life with lots of changes and new challenges. I was never much of a joiner but I'm an older gal now and finding a place where I can get feedback and encouragement dealing with a weight loss and getting off my duff looks pretty good! <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:45:40 EST hello hi my name is teresa. and I have been wanting to loose weight for years. I never had the determination or consistency to do what is good for me. so over the years I have been gaining weight and not loosing any pounds. This year i will be turning 30 so i feel the pressure to be consistent. i need all the help thats out there to teach me and encourgage me. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:55:43 EST New here and determined! ❤ I've been down the road where I try to keep motivated but always give up... I hope I can stay motivated this time and I'm sure it'll make things better when I have you guys! Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:58:32 EST back after 4 years, on day 3 Hi Sparks. I'm back here after leaving more than 4 years ago, when I lost over 80 lbs. Since then I've gained it all back & now I have a multitude of health problems... I tracked my food in a notebook for about a month, but stopped... Today I'm on day 3 tracking on SP. Just joined several of the groups I used to be in and enjoyed (especially the Shutterbugs). I hope, hope, hope I will keep this up. At 53 I'm only going to get worse if I just maintain. BTW, I have lost about 20 lbs over the pa... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:40:46 EST Success once Means I can do it again! <BR> Seven years ago I was introduced to SparkPeople and I lost 35 lbs for my wedding. This past year I retired, moved from my whole life, resettled, and have been caring for my dad, and missing my kids. I actually dropped 15 lbs and in May was 133. Now for some reason I am 144 and hating it! It's still 10 down from when I joined before but I really don't like it coming on so fast! I am going to lost that 10 again and maybe more off this tiny frame. I am glad to be b... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:32:37 EST Must loose 35 pounds Colostomy surgery I had a colostomy to save my life in February. There is a good possibility that I may have it reversed . Dr said I must loose 35 lbs. I thought this would help to track so many things . Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:41:57 EST New to Sparkpeople <em>381</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:36:47 EST Starting over I was a member once but got side tracked and never came back . Today I am starting over. With Gods help and support from the new friends I hope to make. I will be the biggest winner, I never liked the sound of the biggest loser Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:43:52 EST Newbie Hi everyone!! I'm soooo new to this!! I have been reading posts about the dukan consolidation phase,so felt I had to sign up for the forum. I'm 2 weeks into cons. and still losing weight,3 lbs. I have lost in total 32 lbs now,will it slow down or should I cut my exercise down slightly?? Thanks!! Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:39:41 EST Sad day for me! I had an Aha Moment tonight well I was working tonight that lead me straight to this group. I know that I am not a skinny little girl by any means however I have always carried myself well and never though of myself as a "overweight person" or "the fat girl". Tonight well speaking with a client she said to me "no offence, but your a big girl maybe you can help this other girl dress right for her body" the girl she was speaking about was easily 100lbs heaver than myself. I noticed that I haven... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:02:37 EST Prediabetic Hi all. Well this is the first time I've come across a site which has a diabetic tracker, perfect I thought! Recently diagnosed prediabetic w a strong family history of T2D. Will do my best to make sure I never get this disease and also want to look good in my bikini again :) Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:52:23 EST Kathy0606 Hi my name is Kathy, when I started my journey I weighed 207. I've been walking 3 miles a day for 6 weeks I've lost 13 pounds and have been cutting back on portion sizes, but some days all I want to do is snack. Potato chips are my downfall. Help!!! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:44:51 EST New Hi, I'm new at this. Hoping to get this weight off for medical reasons. I am disabled and can't exercise but hopefully this is going to work for me. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:26:32 EST introduction hi I'm working to lose 10 lbs I'm currently 161lbs <em>521</em> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:23:43 EST A New Beginning Hello all. I am 38 years old. I am very happily married to my amazing wife. We have 4 grown children. (They are my blessings by marriage) We are currently in Louisiana, but a job opportunity will hopefully be taking us out West soon. <BR> <BR> I am tired of being overweight and unhealthy. This is my first day here and it is thanks to my beautiful wife for telling me about Spark. I have always been very interested in fitness and bodybuilding. The problem has always been that I would never com... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:10:35 EST Food Preparation - My Achilles Heel Hi, I'm Victor. <BR> <BR> My headache is in preparing great meals to eat which is why fast foods and restaurants are so inviting. I am trying to find simple nutritious meal plans that will help me to increase my lean mass while keeping fat proportionate. I stink at cooking - anyone with experience eating NutriSystem or Jenny Craig meals? Thanks! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:05:30 EST Giving it my all Hello, I'm Krysta. I'm a 25 yo mother of two. Sick and tired of being sick and tired, I've given up meat and most dairy, joined y'all here and I'm ready to be a healthier me! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:37:18 EST In it to lose it I am eager to lose weight to get healthy and trim. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:46:43 EST Greetings Greetings, <BR> I've been using sparkpeople for a couple of months now, and really appreciate all the resources. They help make keeping track of food and progress like a game. <BR> I learned about the site from fellow participants in the VA's MOVE program. I am a Navy vet (used to be a Navy nurse). My husband and I are also missionaries in South America. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:20:32 EST Journey to fit Hello All, <BR> I am reaching out to gain a support and learn from others on a similar journey to lose weight and keep it off. I am making a lifestyle change and hope to pass on better eating habits and maintain a more active lifestyle to my children. I am not very active I have tried several diets and nothing seems to get me the results I desire. I am currently 179 and my goal weight is 154.I sometimes will miss a meal and I am looking for a protein powder that organic to add to a shake when... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:45:12 EST weight loss and trying to conceive My partner and I have been trying to conceive since last december and no luck. I am 5'7" and weigh 215 now. I feel my obesity has affected my fertility and am do something about it. has anyone or is anyone lost/losing weight for this reason? Any tips to get me started? I feel like even if I lose 15 pounds, thats less I need to lose after the baby. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:30:38 EST I'm trying Hi everyone. I've been trying to lose weight for years over 28 years, some success in losing up to 20 lbs, but when I tried to do the same thing over and over again I couldn't lose the weight. I am a diabetic and I'm mostly stressed out because I'm not losing the weight I should be while on different diets. I've heard a lot about Spark People and I'm willing to give my all in following a plan that can help. Please give whatever advice you may have. Thank you. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:25:21 EST This Mommy prays. Here I am again! It has been awhile since I have been on SparkPeople; but I'm back to give it another try. <BR> I have gained a significant amount of wait over the last year; and that is due to many factors. This spring I started training to do a 5K (and hopefully lose some of the weight along the way). I did great, but started to experience what I thought was knee pain. Long story short, I powered through and completed my first 5K! After a break, still having pain, I went to a specialis... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:56:26 EST I'm new here... Hi everyone, I'm Vicky and I'm new to this site. I have a beautiful daughter named Haley who was born June 3rd, 2015. I had some complications when I had her, and I'm still going to physical therapy to try to get better. I have depression, bipolar, and anxiety so it's hard for me to do a lot. I'm a stay at home mom. I love to bowl, and can't wait to feel better so I can start bowling again. I'd love to meet other people on here. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:49:41 EST hi hi im omar new to all of this trying to be inspired to lose weight and also thinking about joining the herbalife revolution! keen to meet anyone else like me. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:24:43 EST Newbie Hello everyone! You guys can call me Mel. I'm new to this site and I'm just starting my diet today. It feels like a whole bunch of new things are happening at once. I have a brand new job, I have moved out on my own for the first time, and now I am starting a new diet and exercise program. <BR> <BR> I also hope to make some new friends both in the new town I am working in and on here. :) Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:22:12 EST Hi I am yola122 I have been trying to lose weight for decades. I read some of the goals achieved by people over 55. <BR> I decided to get back on the wagon and give it one more go. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:35 EST Help me Hi <BR> I'm falling off in my diets for almost 1 and half year <BR> I hate it and i can't continue like this <BR> Is there any one to help me with motivation every day Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:06:45 EST Attempt 2 Hello all, <BR> <BR> Tried once before, with mediocre success. This time I am READY to be fully successful! Wish me luck! (And yeah, a good kick in the butt for motivation every once in awhile when needed would be useful as well)! Let's do this! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:48:50 EST Feeling unmotivated and need a change now Hi all, <BR> I have been trying to lose the baby weight from 3 back to back pregnancies to no avail. I love to eat, but then feel guilty about it after. Nothing seems to motivate me to eat healthy and exercise. I've been on every diet under the sun and just gain the weight back. I know that I need to change, but I don't know what it is going to take to get myself into gear and stay there. Any advice is helpful. <BR> <em>39</em> Thank you. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:29:45 EST Starting over for my health. I'm prediabetic and having issues with my blood pressure being a little high. I have no idea how to cook for a family and myself since I have to be on a low sodium diet. I've decided to start from scratch. Everything home made so I can monitor the sodium in my diet. Only problem is my family has not been happy with the do I keep myself motivated if my family doest support these changes? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:06:58 EST Hello!!! I'm a recently engaged grad student with some fluff to lose. I want to get healthy and fit and look fab doing it. I need to deal with the stress of my life with something other than food! I'm going to need the support of a good community... I look forward to supporting you and your support for me during this process!!! Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:53:21 EST Round 2: Making big changes for the second time In 2003, I reached 186 pounds and had enough. I went full force and lost about 60 pounds. I was working out 3 hours/ 6days a week and only eating 1200 calories. Since then it has crept back up until I am now 178 pounds. I didn't even realize I weighed that much! So I joined a challenge here which is pretty strict, it begins Sept 13th and in 6 weeks I have to lose 20 pounds or I lose $500. Money, I hope, is the best motivator. This plan includes a strict diet where I am eating every 3 h... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:10:34 EST Tired of being a fat woman I'm tired of seeing a fat woman looking back at me everyday, I'm tired of the "side looks" and degrading comments directed at me. I want to- no I'm Going To, transform this fat body into a thinner healthier person and regain my self-esteem and pride. I know this won't happen overnight or even in a few weeks, but I Will make it happen. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:58:01 EST Being disabled and trying to lose weight I'm 53 yrs old. I was diagnosed with fybromyalgia, osteothrites in both knees, degenerative disc disease and the normal crap that comes with that...depression, anxiety etc etc!!! I had a botched gall bladder operation in 2013 spent a month in the hospital almost died!!! And was bedridden for 6 months and home bound for 6 more months!!! During that time I ballooned up to over 300 lbs and I'm tired of being unable to enjoy life anymore. I think I've become complacent just to keep the depression... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:16:20 EST Vitamin A confusion I notice that the required amount for Vitamin A in your diet is 100% - 110%. This is a very small range. I cannot hit it. I usually go either under or over this in a big way. Is this amount correct? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:02:12 EST Hello All Good morning! My name is Michelle, I am 42 years old and have decided that now is the time for me to get healthier and thinner hopefully. In the perfect world I would weigh atleast 70 pounds lighter than I am but I truly believe in time that will come. I am getting remarried next August to the most wonderful guy ever and I want to knock him dead when I walk down the aisle, so that gives me just under a year to reach my goal weight. I actually starting exercising on my treadmill and bowflex 2... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:43:23 EST Motivation It seems I always start a program or decide to try to be healthy and I loose motivation. One slip and I through everything out the window. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:28:46 EST im pretty happy with everything Not overweight, not underweight according to a height weight build ratio... I'm exact. But I dont feel that I look as good as I could. I got the most compliments and felt the best when I was 13lbs of lean muscle heavier than I am currently. So that's my goal, to be 13lbs heavier in 3 months with no PERCENTAGE increase in bodyfat. It's a very realistic goal, which everyone should be setting for themselves. Do what makes you feel good and be proud of your accomplishments; no matter how small! Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:02:59 EST hit bottom Hi everyone, <BR> I'm cassaundra, a wife, mother, daughter, and sister. Its a busy and fulfilling life to fill all these roles, but I have neglected my own care. I have become 200 lbs, depressed, stressed and at times, downright self loathing. I guess I hit rock bottom the other day when I was brushing my teeth and the tooth brush slipped back to far, causing me to get sick in the sink. My first thought "well at least I got rid of the calories I consumed at dinner" I stopped after the though... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:44:30 EST Library Lady getting fit Hey all! My name is Stephanie and as the title suggests, I work in a school library (K-8) in CA. I've been on this journey officially for about 9 years and while I've made little progress (okay, like none) on the scale or in front of the mirror, there are changes in the way I eat and snack, and in my general activity that shows this is in the positive direction. I've been on sparkpeople a few times, each time losing motivation and drive. Well, enough is enough! Time to kick things into high g... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:39:38 EST Hi Hi everyone. I'm new here, and I am very happy to have found this great tool to help me on the road to improving my health! <em>213</em> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:23:09 EST Biggest weight loss I'm not at a weight that I feel GREAT at! Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:58:09 EST Hi i'm Jenny Hello I found out about spark people, through this lady I was listening to a podcast called tip the scale on tune in radio, and I thought, this sounds perfect for me to find support and more, so here I am. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:45:23 EST Hello I have been doing this for a little while. I thought I had better get on and say a little about myself. I was told about this from a friend of mine. I had asked them if they knew of anywhere you could track you food and everything. They told me about this. I need to be able to write down of what I eat so I can keep track of it. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:35:37 EST BACK AGAIN Good afternoon I'm an old old member of SparkPeople and am back to lose more weight and participate in challenges. I hope I can get the support I need from everyone here!! Let's do this!! Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:09:21 EST a dreamer, a wisher, a hoper I am Pat Duffey Christianson, a dreamer, a wisher, a hoper. This is my upteenth time on sparkpeople. I am here to build some healthy habits. <BR> Much success to you! Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:28:22 EST Back Yet Again I have been back, yet again, to SparkPeople for over a month now, but I recently started the 21 day challenge to jump start some good habits. My biggest issue with diet and exercise is motivation to keep going. I am hopeful to connect to like minded individuals who are encouraging and some that have similar issues. With school starting in a week and a half, I really need the encouragement to stay focused on this important task I have set for myself. <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:10:07 EST weight gain! yes! I intend to gain 12 lbs of muscle and body mass by my vacation in November. Hot tub time looks better with thick pipes and pecs that seem to need a bra Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:15:05 EST New Fitbit Charge HR user Hello everyone! I've been using SparkPeople off and on for a few years. Now that I just got a Fitbit Charge HR I'm working on getting back on track with a healthy lifestyle. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time right now, one healthy choice at a time. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:03:34 EST Hello from a busy mom of two! I'm new to sparkpeople. I started going to Pure Barre classes about 4 months ago, and have gained about 15 lbs. I have gained muscle, but also have gained some not so good things. So, I really want to learn how to have a healthy lifestyle while chasing after my young kids. There's so much information on the website. It seems a little overwhelming. Hopefully I can get the hang of it soon. I'm really looking for ways to eat healthy on the go, since my kids keep me so busy. Anyway, any advice on... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:05:51 EST the fabulous road to forty! I am turning 40 in a little less than 2 years, and I can't wait! Because today I am making a commitment to change my health and eating habits. My big goal is to have lost 115 lbs by my fortieth birthday! I'm starting small, but I have big expectations :-) Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:26:12 EST Hello Spark Friends! Hello there! <BR> I'm new to the Spark Community, although I have been on and off again lurking for YEARS! Yes, you read that correctly...YEARS. I finally hit a place where I am ready to do this and am committing! I look forward to your help, support and guidence. Happy Sparking! Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:09:21 EST New to the team Hello I'm April and I would like to say hello... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:06:28 EST So frustrated... So, here I sit, at 180ish pounds, give or take a few depending on the day I weigh myself and feeling like a fat, gross cow. I had a baby 4 months ago and haven't lost one single pound since the day she was born, might have even gained some weight. I'm breastfeeding, which is supposed to drop calories like nothing else but not for me. So here I sit, in maternity clothes still, not dropping any weight at all and I'm frustrated beyond belief. I am working out a bit, so at least that is good, but... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:37:33 EST HI 'm Navneet my age is 28 yrs and i really have to gain weight .i love to eat food and love to do yoga:) <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:08:23 EST Lost my dream job I recently was offered a job that I absolutely wanted with all of my heart. I quit my job and worked for two days at this new job. I was then told that a misdemeanor on my record prohibited me from working at this job. I am now unemployed. I am struggling with depression and an eating disorder--top that off with some alcohol. What a whirlwind. Please don't judge. All encouragement needed. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:34:59 EST I'm ready to loose this weight <em>521</em> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:28:19 EST Coming Back I'm Chris, and I am coming back to Spark-people based on the recommendations of a physician assistant friend. It is nice to know that there is a support system built in. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:57:56 EST Back again Hi everyone! <BR> I'm back once again. :D Where do I start??!! Haha! Anyway, about 8 years ago I started on SP. I did really well. I lost about 30 pounds, felt great, and was eating the right things. Then I plateaued and gave up. Fast forward a few years and I lazily tried again. No progress, well duh! I wasn't giving it my all. So I stopped again. This has gone on for a while, the back and forth. Fast forward to mid April this year. I was 210 lbs! I saw a picture of me and was so heart bro... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:06:25 EST 27, sick all the time!! Hi I am a 27 year old mother, I look and feel like I move like a 90 year old. I am under doctors care for all my 'conditions' but in the search for alternative medication found lose weight would improve all of my conditions. Also weight loss will hopefully eliminate the need for some of the 7 pills and 2 inhalers I must take/use daily. I have some mobility issues, but there are miner and cause me to move carefully / slowly about 5 times a month. I hope losing weight will allow me to be more ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:54:08 EST not new but starting over Hi my name is Lisa and I have tried spark people before I really want to succeed this time, I am looking for friends to walk this journey with me and I also joined spark coach I want to be able to reach out and meet new people who also want to change their life and form new friendships Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:45:49 EST Healthy and Happy in the Bay Area I'm 58 years old, and I live with my husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. We moved here a few years ago, and we love living here. I'm retired, but I stay very busy with various activities. There is a lot to do here, and the people are very friendly. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:38:08 EST Returning Hi! I am returning but I am using a new name because I can't get into the old account. Oh well that is fine...New Name, New Lifestyles. I am here to loose about 200 pounds, and to get healthy and to get new habits. I am hoping that the friends that I meet here will help me stay active and facing towards my goal as I don't have a lot of support at home. <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:22:00 EST Returning Hi, My name is Crystal. I need to get healthier because I feel like I am not living my life just existing. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:18:48 EST Back Again! Hello everybody, I'm Ashley and I'm back to change my lifestyle. I was on here once before but that didn't last too long, this time will be different though. I plan on losing 166 pounds by December of next year and it'll be nice to get and give support to the people I meet on here. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:54:40 EST I don't know what to put! I feel a bit like people won't be interested in me or my journey and I want to hide away!! I don't normally post online for anything, but its one of my fast break goals this week. I've decided not to go in all guns blazing and go on a strict diet but to make some small changes and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest hurdle is I am totally addicted to diet coke/pepsi max, its all I drink all day long from breakfast til bed time, I drink about 4 litres a day. I think it plays a ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:42:32 EST Good afternoon Hi, I am Deb from the UK. I am hoping to lose 40 pounds, I am in no rush to do it and am looking at a low carb diet. Anyone looking for a support buddy feel free to add me. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:08:18 EST New Here! I am new on here. I had the gastric bypass almost ten years ago and was in the process of getting a revision. I have decided to do it on my own with out the surgery. I have three days with out fried foods, coffee, sugar and chips! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:08:14 EST This is new to me Hello - I just signed up for Sparkpeople today. I am a bit overwhelmed. Hoping to lose 50+ lbs in the next several months. I had weight loss surgery in July 2014. I 'fell off the wagon' as far as eating right so my weight loss has stalled at 70 lbs. Hoping to find my way through this site and meet some people like me. :) Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:59:01 EST Hello Again!! Hello everyone! I am coming back to Sparkpeople, and i am excited. Can't wait to start using the fun stuff on this site. Looking forward to getting healthier and more fit! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:33:48 EST Back again Hi everybody! I'm not new to spark, but this is the first time I've participated in the community part of the site. I'm 2/3 of the way to my goal, but have plateaued. I created this new account in hopes to conquer it. Any advice is appreciated! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:28:35 EST New member Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST paying attention So, I noticed that it doesn't seem to matter as much how much I eat-- as long as I stay within the calorie guidelins, but it sure matters a lot if I don't exercise! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:29:57 EST New member Hello. Day1. New goal Pilates follow through from class to practice at home, found video on Pinterest to this site and am excited to reach new goals! Todays workout I felt like dead weight, sedentary lifestyle after illness and need to get moving again. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:14:36 EST New to spark I am new today although I have lost 26 pounds over the last 3 months (ish). I am finding it harder to stick to my plan and I will be honest, I hate exercising. I walk my dog and I have increased the steps I take. It is very hot in NC in the summer and again, I am lazy. I am trying to figure out if I should and how to set up a profile. Hello everyone! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:03:35 EST Returning Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Cyn. I'm 50+, have at least 65 pounds to lose, 2 kids in HS and two in college, work full time, live in So Cal. My husband and I are celebrating 25 years together this week. We've grown old together, which is wonderful, but unfortunately we've also grown fat together. I want to get in shape for a backpacking trip to New Mexico with my son next summer, so I have my work cut out for me. I love SP and I know it works when I stick to it. I've never really used the community... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:13:31 EST 12 hour shift workers 7a-7p Need to know how to plan workout and meal plan. Work 12 hours 3 days off 4. Can someone help me? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:45:24 EST Gratitude first <link> </link> <em>252</em> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:53:03 EST New here Hi everyone, My name is Bobbie I am new to Spark people. I love to workout and eat healthy! I am moving my family towards clean eating and we are almost there. I love sharing recipes, ideas and motivation!!! We can do this! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:36:40 EST BACK AFTER 7 YEARS Hey there. Melissa here. Fat, tired and ready to make a change again...hopefully for good this time! Hoping to help support and be supported on this journey. Sedentary office job for 15 years........not conducive to a healthy me. Just realized my blood pressure meds make it even harder to get my heart rate up. That depressed me very much. Anyways, will be here tracking, tracking, tracking and chatting along the way. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:03:24 EST 60 and unhealthy I have just turned 60 ,I have fought being over weight all my life now i have 103 lbs to loose .I must find something that will work so i am here . Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:50:51 EST Back Again Hi. My name is Donna. I am 54 years old, quit smoking in May, and gained 30 pounds. I have always been able to lose weight when I needed to but not so much this time. I have been on SparkPeople before but I guess I wasn't that serious. I have to be serious this time. This week has not gone well. I have stuck to my calories and tried to be more active but the pounds are stubborn and do not want to budge. I hope next week will be better. I miss ice cream lol. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:37:40 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST cholesterol My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm 23 days in on SparkPeople, but I wanted to introduce people to my blog if they hadn't seen it! I spend most of my time here on my SparkPage, and I update my blog multiple times a day with calories and water intake to keep me honest! <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out the blog or friend me! Good luck to everyone! We can do it!! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:45 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:38 EST New to SparkPeople Hello...I'm Kau`i pronounced like the island in Hawaii "Maui" but with a "K". Another way I help others pronounce my name is by saying its like pronouncing Cow-E, not to be offensive to myself or others, but it helps get the point across. I'm a little nervous about putting myself out there on my weight loss journey, but hey! I've been at this for too long, I don't need to hide anymore. I just need the support from others. Anyway...aloha from Hawaii everyone. Best of luck to us all! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:35:26 EST Newbie Hello! I am just getting started here on SparkPeople and just wanted to introduce myself to the community. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:01:35 EST Successful Dieyer I have managed to lose about 80 pounds since July 2014. I want to lose a bit more and keep it al off. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:36:27 EST Need help My name is Debbie. I'm 65 I have been fighting weight and low self esteem all my life .I want to loose weight to be healthy .I have been on every diet l loose weight and gain it back .I have dieted my way. to 247 pounds. I really need this to work Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:31:28 EST Greetings!!! Hello Everyone, <BR> Excited to be a part of Spark People!!! Have many pounds to lose; but, hope to enjoy the journey with all of you!!! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:41:30 EST getting back on track after injur. and diagnosises I joined sp a few years ago but didn't really get too involved.This time will be different. This time I m doing it for me. In the last 4 years I have been to a podiatrist who diagnosed me with plantar faciitis, sinus tunnel something and something else all having to do with the ligaments and tendons in my ankles and feet caused from excessive standing and walking (13-15 hours per day 6 days a week). I fell off a ladder (about 5') landed on my right side (tore the groin muscle in 3 places). Th... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:30:36 EST I'm Back... I joined Sparkpeople about eight years ago at the suggestion of my supervisor in the military to help me lose the baby weight from my second child. It helped, I got back in shape. But another child later and almost one year out of the military, I find myself struggling to lose weight. I'm about 30 - 50 lbs overweight according to the trainer at the gym. I've adopted a vegan lifestyle and utilize my YMCA membership on a daily basis. I've been going strong for about five weeks now but have... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:00:30 EST Starting over Hello everyone. I am starting over. I am a former Weight Watchers devotee. I was successful in losing 50 pounds only to regain it slowly. My husband of 58 1/2 years passed away recently after a long struggle with multiple ailments. After taking care of him for five years, it's my turn to take care of myself and START OVER. I need your help as I am still grieving and use food as my comfort. I was just diagnosed with several ailments myself and advised to lose the weight before it's to l... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:09:14 EST Spark Newbie Hello I'm a 29y/o woman from Ohio. My Ob/Gyn referred me to this site. TTC but I need to loose weight, so here I am trying to keep up with a 1900/2100 cal/day diet so I can loose 1-2lbs per week. But I would love to speed up the process. So If anyone could help me out I'd appreciate it!!! <em>9</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:28:54 EST To be or not to be... Hi Friends, I thought of "to be or not to be" as a topic line because I feel a lot of ambivalence about weight and weight loss. Part of me knows I'd feel better if I lost 15 pounds - from 175 to 160 - and part of me says "accept yourself as you are and live your life." <BR> <BR> If I "diet" it becomes such an obsessive focus, and yet I never seem to keep it off. Losing is not really that hard. It's maintenance. Pounds creep back, and I get discouraged. Yet I'd REALLY like to weigh 160, not... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:36:16 EST attempting to introduce myself to group It seems from scanning everyone's posts that we are in similar life patterns at all ages.....this is great support for me already! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:16:31 EST Newbie ~~working on consistency I need to make myself accountable to remain consistent! Working hard on developing good habits! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:08:36 EST New yet old patterns It's been this way all my life. Emotional yoyo parallels the diet. Today a family member was unnecessarily abuseful. We've had an emotional roller coaster relationship since I told her my faith is not under debate, never will be. Holidays were lonely as a result and spouse is NO support. <BR> HELP! I can be motivational but need motivated. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:28:22 EST new to spark hi there. new to spark and really wanting this to work :) need encouragement! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:07:32 EST Hi I'm looking forward to meeting like minded people who I can assist and who can assist me in reaching my fitness goals, I'm very motivated to reach my goals! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:56:56 EST Hi Everyone Hi, this is my first day at Sparkpeople. <BR> I'm 48 and determined not to be fat at 50! <BR> I live in Perth, Australia. I am married with two grown up kids (still at home) <BR> and I am 'trying' to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward ditching these kilograms for good! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:19:23 EST Can I lose weight at 61? Has anyone my age had success with losing weight? It seems so much harder now. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:12:25 EST Waves from the UK I just found this community and I'm looking forward to finding my way round. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:23:34 EST new person Hello this is my 4th day on here. I am still trying to figure things out. I would like to say hi to every one that is on here. I think it is a cool thing that every one is doing. I will be 50 next month and really need to loose about 50 pounds. I had my youngest daughter at a later year when I was 40 and I don't have the energy to do things with her. I could really use any help I can get from any one. I have been in T>O>P>S> for 3 years and I haven't been able to get very far so I am u... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:55:12 EST Newbie here! Hello to everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm super excited to be part of this community. I have finally found the motivation to start living a healthier life...(it might have been the ten extra pounds I put on in the last two months... <em>39</em> ) <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose about 45 lbs and be back to the last weight I remember feeling good about. I'm getting married in March (so I would love to look good for that), and we're planning to have kids soon after that (and I would like to be in good hea... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:24:06 EST First time trying SP Hello, I am Nikki. I am 36 and would like to lose about 80 lbs right now. I started with 100 lbs to lose but since the beginning of June I have lost 24 lbs. I slowly changed my eating by first quitting all fast food and drinks with calories and have progressed to eating mostly clean food and calorie counting (I have been using my fitness pal to log) and for the last 6 weeks I have been going to the gym a few days a week and have gotten very interested in interval walking. I am mom to 5 teenag... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:44:17 EST New to all of this. Hi all I am new to all of this, message boards, apps and keeping track of everything (weight and measurements). I decided to try this diet/exercise/healthy eating one more time. Last night was the worse night ever. I was told by someone I care about "instead of eating go do some exercise" that left me completely heartbroken. Instead of saying anything mean or negative to that person I just shut down.... and well here I am. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:41:14 EST My first day with Spark People. Hi there! I'm Maria. Call me Sunshine! Just started my 49th year of life,. Joining this forum is my gift to myself. Yesterday I celebrated. Today I want to plan steps of action so I can find myself in a better place next year. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:59:22 EST Hi! I'm new. This site looks great and I'm looking forward to this! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:57:31 EST I have been gone. Been in hospitals and physical rehab since January. Glad to be back. Got a lot of work to do. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:23:08 EST hellooooo:) Hi everyone! I haven't interacted too much in the communities I guess bc I'm not sure how lol. Been subscribed about 3wks and down about 15 lbs total (alot of water weight) feeling good that I've stuck through and have tracked EVERYTHING in these weeks. My clothes have fit better when getting dressed today! I love reading the articles and adding up my points!! Any help with getting more involved socially is much appreciated. Thanks everyone! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:15:31 EST The Virgin Diet I just bought the book today and will start the diet tomorrow. Any advice or words of encouragement? My weight loss goal is 40 pounds. More than just loosing weight I want to gain muscle and some self love. I miss me. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:51:31 EST Good Afternoon! I'm NEW ;-) Hey everyone! I'm new to SPARK, and a co-worker of mine introduced me to this wonderful site. Very happy that she did, as I'm looking forward to the communication boards, Tracking my Calories, physical fitness, and finding good recipes! <BR> I'm another person who Loses, and Gaines the same pounds year after year. I have to smile and say that I enjoyed every Morsal of goodness that I empaled upon myself resulting in my 75 pound gain in 3years. I kept saying, Oh well, I don't want to diet, do... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:31:21 EST hi I'm Naomi I'm here because I've decided to adult and loose this excessive weight that has me feeling all negative about myself. I hope to be at 130 by my birthday on march 9th. It is a steep goal, however I'm in it for the long haul so even if it's unattainable I will still be happy if I can loose atleast 50lbs in that time. wish me luck! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:54:15 EST Fat to Fit! Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm a 20 year old student from Bournemouth, England. My plan is to lose 44 lbs. <BR> Looking forward to being part of a community which wants to help and encourage each other :) Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:42:17 EST 17 Day Diet Hi there, anyone out there that is or has done the 17 day diet, I am starting it and I have a question I can't seem to find in the book. <BR> HELP please from Canada Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:44:21 EST I Need This I really need this. I have gained 20 pounds since working in an office. So I need to lose a total of 25 pounds to be at a healthy weight. I'm short.. 5'2 and in my early twenties. I will take any help that you have to offer. I really don't know where to begin, except, if I don't do something about this I'm going to keep gaining. I lost my aunt a few years ago to heart disease. It runs in my family and I am worried. I need to get things under control. Any suggestions? <em>39</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:40:53 EST hello Hello my name is Lorie. I am new to this. I need to loose weight and having a hard time at it. I need to find some one that lives near me that can help me and do this together. I have been in t.o.p.s. for 3 years and still haven't even lost 20 pounds. So I am trying something new and if I have some one to excersice with and work together I might actually be able to finally loose. I live in Hoquiam, WA <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:38:09 EST New to Spark People I just want to say hello. I'm excited to get started Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:39:30 EST HELP! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> <BR> OK, I'm trying this again!!! I have a problem with consistency. This October, I will be 70 yrs. young and I want to lose 79 lbs.! I have a few health issues and taking medication for: knees/back problems, accompanied with hyperthyroidism, HBP & cholesterol!! I have lived a very active life and now that I am retired I need and really want to make this time a priority for ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:40:14 EST losing weight and toning up Hi im Brittw1995 im here to lose weight and tone up after a baby 3 years ago i weigh 129 my goal is 119 and then i wanting to have another baby Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:29:07 EST Still confused who this works Hi! I'm not much for computer stuff but keep reading that spark community really helps. Any suggestions on best way to navigate through site? (Ex: people have these goal banners - how do you get this??) <BR> Thanks!! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:21:33 EST just saying hello i am excited about my commitment to my health and losing weight. i am on track to lose 77 pounds by May 4, 2016. i hope this app, my efforts, and God's strength allows me to achieve my goal!!! GOOD LUCK to everyone!! <BR> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 17:23:10 EST New and looking HI! My name is April! I Love running, kayaking and NFL football! I am looking for some friends that can help me get through my eating problems! I would love to lose 20 pounds. I am interested in meeting friends my age 40-56 I Love having fun and believe laughing and enjoying life is important. I am looking forward to meeting new friends! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:38:14 EST Totally terrified and no idea what I am doing Hi, I'm so terrified about this. My name is Lindsay. Married, mum of 2. Need to lose quite a bit of weight. Needing lots of help. I'm a good listener if anyone needs someone. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:35:35 EST Question hi everyone! I just joined the group and When I checked foods I don't eat, I forgot to check fish. Now I can't figure out how to go back and check that box. Thanks in advance! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:12:26 EST New Family pictures made me cry So I had family pictures taken at my daughter's high school graduation at the end of June. We haven't had a nice family portrait taken since all the kids were small. I got the proofs back today, and can see what a beautiful family I have. All except for the mother in that picture. <BR> <BR> I have been gaining weight for 15 years. When I look in the mirror I see that I am heavy, but I don't see what i saw today in those pictures. <BR> <BR> I have a stressful job, I make the easy food c... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:07:36 EST Starting Again I haven't used SparkPeople in a few years. I am at my heaviest and ready to get back in shape and lose the weight I have gained in the last couple of years. Motivation welcomed. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:26:42 EST The Sigh of Death After Weighing Myself Hey Everyone. My name is Kristen. I am 29 years old and I'm very happy I found this site. Recently I have been feeling heavier than normal and began to realize I was putting on weight. About two months ago, I left a stressful job that kept me active. Due to the change of employment and working in a non-stressful work environment, it appears that my body has found comfort and contentment. However, my eyes seeing the alarming number of 165 on the scale are not very content. So here I am on spar... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 03:49:21 EST Weight Loss A New Frontier 4 Me!!! My name is John. When emailing me please use my Blog name: Frustratedat224, I will know it is from SparkPeople. Greetings, I like millions of people have been battling weight loss my whole life. I have been on so many diets, I've tried so many diet plans to NO avail. I'm weighing in at 224 lbs. When I go to the doctor's office I'm looking for the truck scales, instead of the regular weight scales [just kidding.. L.O.L.] Anyway, my first goal is to see 200 lbs. in November 2015; my next goal i... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 02:47:47 EST Newbie - 45 down, 70 to go! Starting here, I've been on a weight loss journey for around 10 months. I've lost over 45 pounds and I have another 70 to lose. Nice to meet you all! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 01:57:19 EST Hello! I've had an account with SparkPeople for years, but only recently became more involved in the opportunities that are on this wonderful site. I've even posted some in the teams which I had not done. I think this might become my new facebook! :P <BR> <BR> I've been much more motivated lately. It seems like my whole attitude towards food has changed and I'm not hungry all the time like I was. I'm diabetic and only eat when I'm supposed to. I don't eat large portions either. The one area that I ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:07:38 EST Journey to 230! My name is Jay, I am 29, father of a wonderful 6 year old and I am married to a great woman. I am currently, 460 pounds. This is my start on the journey of losing, 230 pounds. I know it will take me a long time and I am up for the challenge. I am trying to do this without surgery, which will make it ten times harder, but I believe I can do this, no doubt in my mind at all. I will start going to Planet Fitness, as it is a non-judgemental gym! I am tough and strong minded and strong hearted. I ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:54:21 EST I'm New and looking to get involved Hi All! I stumbled upon this site early this morning and thought I would give it a shot! So far I am loving what I see and have been so encouraged by all of the positive and supportive people I am reading about! I would love to join a group o CD I can figure out how to! I am reAlly hoping that I can loose weight and get healthy! I love the outdoors and can't wait to get back to hiking and paddle boarding! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 19:45:01 EST Shadaux's new I have just joined today, August 8 2015. I am almost 61 years old. My hobbies are making quilts for charities in my community. Like oldies in music and just about any other music except rap. I also like to color, work on family tree, jig saw puzzles, read and stare off into space. Not an active life, that's why I am here. Thought some motivation would help. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:29:33 EST starting again I have tried this before but lost motivation. Last week my doctor told me my A1c was 12.8, that is bad. Now I am on insulin and really need to make some serious changes. I felt horrible and this has really frightened. I am 59 years old, I have a lot I still want to do. Thanks for your support. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:29:35 EST Finally saying Hi I have been on Sparks now for 6 weeks and have been taking it slow. I signed up to track my food intake. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a couple years now but keep running into problems. I decided the only way to solve the problem was to keep track of everything that goes in my body. My biggest problem with losing weight is I will do fine losing for a while and then all at once my weight would jump a couple pounds over night or several over 3 days and then it would start ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:23:12 EST New member in Orlando I was just introduced to SparkPeople by a friend. I am looking forward to interacting and losing weight with you all. Have a great Saturday everyone! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:07:43 EST MMC...That's me. Hello...I'm 49 years...and plain and simple, I'm addicted to sugar! Hoping Sparkpeople can help me. I've been a yo-yo dieter all my life. I've lost 50 lbs twice on WW, and twice, gained it back. I'm now on my 3rd journey to take off unwanted pounds and to never gain them back! My goal is to lose 40 lbs before I reach my 50th birthday. It's a steep mountain to climb. But hoping Sparkpeople can help me get there! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:49:08 EST I'm starting over now I spent some quality time doin what I needed to do last year. Then I let it fall by the wayside. MY diet looks like something a 14 year old would be eating, though today I had a spinach salad with cantaloupe for lunch. I lost 102 lbs from Nov. 2008-Dec. 2009. I have managed to keep most of it off, but I have gained 11 lbs I need to get rid of. to be at my goal weight. I'm good about exercising, but my calories are out of control. Hoping to lose that weight and change my Poor me this is so har... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:58:25 EST Hello hello <em>524</em> <BR> Hello Everyone. My name is Deanna. I am also guilty of being a yo yo dieter since my last child was born 8/7/03 ( she is 12 today!) my highest weight was 220 and I've been able to get down to 155 only to regain and lose again and again. <BR> <BR> Today I realized I need to start again. I had a job interview and NONE of my clothes fit as I donated everything above size 14 when I got down to size 10... I did my best to put myself together and went on my way. When I was ou... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:35:47 EST Slimband Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new, looking for success with my weight loss journey. Hoping to FINALLY meet my goals and maintain. <BR> I had slimband surgery 3 yrs ago and I am currently at the same weight I was on surgery day. Initially lost 27 pounds but I guess anyone would if you were on a liquid diet for 3 weeks. <BR> I am wondering if there is anyone else here who has had weight loss surgery of any type and those who have the slimband or had the slimband. <BR> I am looking forward ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:16:03 EST Hello Hi all - I first discovered SparkPeople a few years ago but got off track when I ran into trouble with my Crohn's. I'm back and while I'm still struggling with the Crohn's disease, I desperately need to get some of the weight off. I'm determined to give it my best shot! Fri, 7 Aug 2015 21:08:24 EST Hello! Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. I have been trying to loose just 10 pounds that I gained when I started dating and married someone that loves to cook! I'm looking for encouragement to stay on track and would love some buddies to chat with:) Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:41:25 EST Any nurses/doctors on here? I know this doesn't relate to weight loss/ nutrition, or maybe it does... but I had a full hormone profile done, and my doctor said absolutely every result came back normal... except my estrogen should be around 16 and mine is 371! <BR> Then my doctor up and disappeared before he ever explained what it could be or why! His office is closed, locked and empty. I was also recently found to have a lump on the left side, and I'm worried if this could be related? PLEASE, if anyone could help me... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 07:41:13 EST New profile, old member, 2nd time around! (Atkins) Hey all, <BR> <BR> So, a little about me. <BR> Four years ago I started Atkins and lost 25kgs in under 6 months. <BR> Little did I know at the time, I had un-diagnosed BDD, which led me to spiral into an obsessive eating disorder, where I was basically living off diet coke and one or two franks a day. <BR> As you can image, I got very very sick and ended up in the hospital. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to say that it's 4 years later and mentally, I'm better and stronger than ever. <BR> Physically?... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:02:54 EST Starting my full journey today! Hello! So far so good today. I'm motivated and ready to get to a healthy body. I've been exercising all summer about 2 to 3 days a week. Today I started on my mission of actually jumping on the scale and writing down what I've been eating cause I've lost a total of 6 pounds in the last month and a half. I feel writing down what I eat will help me be accountable for my choices and help me see where I could use improvement. I'm ready to feel better and take back control of my life! <em>521</em... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 22:44:29 EST Hello Everyone! I'm so happy to be here. I joined last week. I have around 50 lbs to lose. Just turned 40 and I think that's motivating me. I would love to connect with others so we can motivate and support each other. Feel free to add me as a friend, and/or send me a message. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 20:37:28 EST Rock and RoLL Hello My gastric sleeve surgery is in 13 days. I am so ready for this. How about you? Are any of you as close as I to surgery. What are your thoughts and hows it goin? Lets chat . Thu, 6 Aug 2015 12:06:23 EST Trying to lose weight I'm over weight need to. Lose 137 pounds. Any help is appreciated. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:24:52 EST Hello Hi everyone. I posted this on my community journal but I thought I'd post it here as a way to introduce myself. I'm looking for all the support I can get so please feel free to reply! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "So, I think I've reached the breaking point. I'm not getting any younger and I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I'm sick of weighing a 100 lbs. more than I should! I'm sick of taking care of others and neglecting my own health! I'm sick of being single, lonely, and living a... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:47:09 EST Back Again I started on here in the spring of 2014 but haven't been on here since last July. Part of the reason was because we were gone for three months (August-October). When we returned, life got in the way. Sandi in OH Wed, 5 Aug 2015 18:38:11 EST Hello Hello :) Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:07:12 EST Hi everyone! My name is Steve and I'm starting to regularly workout; lifting, cardio, cross training etc. I'm also seeking workout partners near Minneapolis MN! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:10:52 EST Ready to leave some baggage behind Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am here to introduce myself to the community, so to do that I will give some background info. <BR> <BR> Age: 29 <BR> Calories Range: 2630 - 2980 (from Spark People) 2311 (from Fitbit) <BR> Sex: Male <BR> Height: 6' 0" <BR> Weight: 263-262 <BR> Dream Weight: 200 <BR> Waist Size: 38 <BR> Dream Waist 36 or 34 <BR> <BR> My main goal is to live a healthy life by eating right and exercising in ways that are fun and never boring. <BR> <BR> My secondary goals are: <B... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:35:25 EST Happy, healthy, and strong....Here I come. Embarking on a journey today...........lose weight, and get STRONG again. I got lazy in the last 10 years. Time to snap out of it, get busy, and get healthy! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:50:17 EST Just started Antidepressant pills. I am new here..wanted to share something and see if anyone can relate to me. <BR> I was feeling quite depressed for sometime now, I believe the job stress is the cause.I was feeling horrible.Still i didnt want to take tablets or even see a doctor.Then finally i gave up and visited a psyciatrist.He told, no more councilling will work for me at this stage.(My friends, husband and parents already did a lot of that Already).So he prescribed Rexipra 10 mg .Now i am more worried about having the me... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:57:40 EST excited and fearful of the journey! Im excited to feel the willpower to DO THIS. And know that so many out there are doing it. Im also fearful. I look at my body and feel so disappointed. Its sometimes hard to beleive I can make the chnage. Does anyone share the same thoughts at times? Best of luck! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:02:45 EST Low Carb HELP 14 days in on low carbs ~ having the hardest time eating out even HARDER time at grocery store. Not an egg or red meat eater! If I see another almond I'm going to JUMP off the wagon lol <BR> any suggestions on fruits? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:15:57 EST Hello From Florida Hello, <BR> <BR> I was hunting around for exercise advice for a specific issue and found this site. It looks very interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I am looking to lose around 100 pounds and I have already loss 50 over the last year. I have extrememly large calves and hope to work towards fixing that as a main goal for the rest of this year along with my weight. I enjoy being outside, though not as much as I used to. I am a major book worm and nerd from inside outside. I a... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:59:16 EST Starting out... again! Hi folks! I have reinvented myself on this site a few times, but this time is going to be the last - the time I reach my long term goals! <BR> <BR> I am an emotional eater and have no will power, but I am going to find a way to deal with that and I am going to get fit!! <BR> <BR> Anyone who wants to swap tips or even just vent to a stranger - my sparkmail door is always open! :) Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:48:11 EST I'm New Hi I'm new, and just starting today. There is so much to this site, but seems to be easy to navigate. My name is Michelyta. Hope to make a lot of great friends on here. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:40:08 EST Newbie looking for friends Hi! I'm new to Spark & I'm looking for friends so we can help motivate & support each other in reaching our goals. I'm a 61 year old retired teacher looking to lose 50 lbs. at the rate of 1 lb. per week. I love to sew & im currently working on some quilt tops. &#128515; Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:24:28 EST Time to get healthy! Hi I starting today to get healthy and more energetic. I really am excited to finally get started with my new life. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:57:12 EST Day One <em>249</em> Hello Everyone, My name is Tania <BR> Two nights ago , in the wee hours of the morning, I fell in my kitchen. Landed hard on the floor, hitting my head on the wall on my way down. I had been having issues sleeping lately. I had noticed also some numbness in my feet a couple of weeks Pryor to the fall. Guess I need to go to the doctor, I remember thinking.... <BR> I fell hard, but the scary part was, I could not get up. I started calling out for my husband but he could no... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:52:08 EST Diet buddy wanted!! Hey guys! I'm new here and desperately want to lose some weight. Is there anyone out there who needs a buddy to help keep them accountable? I know I could really use one! I've been on many weight loss journeys but each time I fall off the wagon faster and I'm getting pretty desperate now haha. So who's ready to lose some weight with this gal?! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:04:58 EST I am ready After two years of floating within 5 pounds lost or gained, I am ready to loose and keep it off. Six years ago I weighed 346 pounds. I am now at 238. Anyone else wanna loose 50 pounds plus??? <BR> <BR> I am currently living in Colorado, but moving soon to Maine. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 02:48:27 EST hey everyone!!! Hi guys new to If anyone has tips on fitting in healthy things when you're busy taking care of everyone else or just wanna chat let me know lol Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:12:48 EST