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 Needing support Struggling to get back on the band wagon, and lose the weight I gained back, anyone want to befriend me <em>90</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:05:53 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to spark people and looking to get fit and healthy. I struggle with Osteoarthritis and it has become severe, so I am trying to get back on track with my weightloss and exercise. When I have really painful flare ups it's hard to function and move. <BR> But I am using the tracker on here and slowly starting to get back to a exercise routine suitable for me. Currently I have been doing water therapy which has been really helpful to me. I'm also looking to change my d... Wed, 25 May 2016 14:05:24 EST Fitbit Wearer Hi, I've bee wearing my Fitbit Alta since March & I love it. It make me aware of when I should move, track eating & water. I plan to do great things with it. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:58:05 EST Hello! Hi all, Shy beginner introduction here. Enjoying all that Spark People has to offer, and getting fit in the process:) Daily challenge completed. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:24:49 EST Hi there. Hello! I've joined years ago, but never actively used this site. I've lost about 72 lbs on my own so far, however hoping to find ideas to lose the last 10 to 37 lbs. Hope you all are having a fantastic day/evening/night. Tue, 24 May 2016 21:53:27 EST Completely New To Tracking Apps.... Hi, I'm, Samantha, and extremely New to any of the weight loss tracking apps, and there is so very many to choose from. I've recently started a new diet with a diet pill called, Phentermine, I take, 37.5 mg tablet once daily. My, PCP, limited me to an, 800 caloric daily intake and told me to start out by at least walking 1 mile daily. Height 5'7 & SW 315.2 lbs. with a specific GW 180 lbs. I'd like to achieve this no later than, Jan. 1st, 2017. Tue, 24 May 2016 21:14:12 EST Joining on my three month anniversary! Hi my name is Janet, and I live in California. Today is my 3 month anniversary, after reading the requirements for being a community team member, I decided to join. Sparkpeople is changing my life and I hope to help others in the ways I've been helped. <em>252</em> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:13:28 EST Hello - its me Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I started spark-people with a group of people from work, I am hoping this program helps me lose weight and get healthy. Does anyone have ideas on how to get motivated? Thank you Tue, 24 May 2016 15:43:25 EST Hello I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:43 EST looking for new friends plz as not got any hi <BR> ive had to change my email address as my blaze messed up <BR> so im looking to add friends if anyone would like to friend me plz my email is now <BR> <BR> please feel free to add me i dont have any friends as yet <BR> ty Pep x Tue, 24 May 2016 11:59:28 EST Here we go! I've done Sparkpeople a FEW times, but never saw it through to results. This time it's different. I NEED it this time. Day 5 and it's going well!! Tue, 24 May 2016 11:48:00 EST So far so good Feeling sparky, everyone? Hope so! It's Tuesday, almost the weekend! <BR> <BR> I've used various nutrition logs and was looking this time for one I could use both on phone and computer - a lot of them are too tied to one nutritional profile or another, and only one other one I could find has the kind of nutrition break-out SparkPeople does. Logging keeps me on the right track by keeping me more conscious of not just what I'm eating but portion control. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get my sister on ... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:57:34 EST Hi there I just found this website and I'm looking forward to starting my weight loss journey (again!). Bit of back story... When I was 21, I lost 140lbs and kept it off for 15 years. In 2010, my husband and father both passed away and since then I've packed back on about 60lbs. I'm so ready to get this weight off and get back to feeling healthy and being comfortable in my own skin, not to mention my favourite pair of jeans which are languishing in the closet. Looking forward to exchanging support and... Mon, 23 May 2016 21:56:19 EST Day 5 I finally got serious about losing weight and getting healthy. It took a serious talk from the doctor for me to wake up and smell the coffee. The tools on SparkPeoplel are just what I need! Mon, 23 May 2016 18:52:06 EST old user starting fresh Hi Guys. Am on day 5 of the 21 day challenge and I am now using the message board. Super excited and motivated this time! Mon, 23 May 2016 16:55:00 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:20 EST Determined, but in need of support! Hi, everyone. I am not in this to just lose weight. I am trying to create a healthy lifestyle. I am hoping one day it will just be automatic to choose better food and enjoy it. Would love feedback on what has helped you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Thanks. Mon, 23 May 2016 16:11:21 EST Please Help Hi everyone great place just needing to find the right group for me hoping to get some buddies, I have a long way to go hopping to lose 40 pounds, then the rest im from Orlando, FL 32828 my mayor problem is that I don't like eating I'm fine whit a meal also have thyroid problem anyone else Mon, 23 May 2016 15:51:01 EST Hi everyone is really hard to start alone 🙄 <BR> Hi everyone great place just needing to find the right group for me hoping to get some buddies, I have a long way to go want to lose 40 pounds, . Mon, 23 May 2016 15:49:24 EST No more Again Well I'm back but no more again. I have finally gotten to that point where no more again I will loose this 25#. Five yrs. ago I lost 45# at spark and the last 2 yrs. with a lot going on in my life I have gained back 25 so I am finally mind set to do it. I am now 63 and I know it's harder but I will do it. <em>224</em> . Mon, 23 May 2016 15:21:37 EST Been There Done That Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I tried on my summer pants this morning and plummeted into a bit of a depression. Our youngest son is getting married in Sept and I really, really, really want to shed pounds prior to dress shopping. During a water aerobics class this morning I was chastising myself again. I know what to eat, am aware of portion control, am fully accepting that exercise is a necessary component to staying fit and healthy. So why am I still gaining weight?!? Seems like I cannot get... Mon, 23 May 2016 15:01:45 EST new to are waterford lake orlando fl 32828 Hi needing buddys i have a long way to go don't now where to start ...hola buscando compañer@s para comensar a ejersitar no se por donde comensar Mon, 23 May 2016 14:59:54 EST Hello there! My name is Brynn. I joined SparkPeople to try to help me get back into exercising and living a healthier lifestyle. I want to lose around 60 pounds by time next summer comes around. That is, if my husband and I don't decide to have another child by then! We have a beautiful 5 month baby boy. I lost all my pregnancy weight by nine days after he was born. I didn't really gain much weight with my pregnancy, which was surprising, but I was overweight before I got pregnant. I had a lot of problems... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:36:05 EST Having a great day! I started with SparkPeople as a lurker about a month ago, seeing what the place was like while I figured out what to do. I was in TOPS for a long while, but left it recently because the stress of going was worse than the lack of accountability. Anyway, I finally reached my 30 pounds loss (actually thirty and a half!!!) today, and I am chuffed! I thank God--I've been fat/overweight most of my life, but these last ten years have been the heaviest (stressful job, deaths in the family...). Ea... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:49:55 EST Restart Sometimes I wish I was a computer and could just restart when things start going haywire. Well, this is me trying to start anew in the midst of a busy life and chronic illness. I have been putting off the challenge of starting again, but I have even given up on that. It is a huge mountain to climb when you look at it in front of you, but if you pull out your road map and take it turn by turn it isn't as daunting. This is me trying again, with a road map in hand and destination being healt... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:35:24 EST trying again Hello everyone, I have been in and out of spark people for several years. I don't believe I have always taken full advantage of what is offered. My plan this time, it to utilize everything I can to be successful. Mon, 23 May 2016 07:41:47 EST Have sleep apnea, but can't use the CPAP I have had sleep apnea for about 10 years now and have high blood pressure, diabetes, GERD, etc (all from the apnea). My problem is that I am super claustrophobic and can't use the CPAP machine. I have tried to get the dental appliance, but they say my case is too severe. They won't do the surgery either...not that I want that anyway. I've tried hypnotists and everything under the sun, but I can't get used to it. No matter how well I eat, I can't lose weight. Has anyone had any luck trying to... Mon, 23 May 2016 07:00:07 EST fit bit friends Hello I'm new here. I'm looking for some fit bit friends to add Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:34 EST How is everyone? I been with SP now for a month and wanted to introduce myself. I hope to be able to meet my weight loss goals with he help of community members. Sun, 22 May 2016 20:14:28 EST Trying Sparkpeople (again) after 3 yrs of MFP Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been using MyFitnessPal for I want to say 3 years now. Recently, I've had constant issues with the sync between my Fitbit and MFP. Not to mention the app has become super laggy and that makes logging a pain. So I'm going to try Sparkpeople again (tried it in the past, but can't remember why I didn't stick around). <BR> <BR> Some background information about me: <BR> <BR> I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys (4 yrs and 2 yrs) and I'm 5'4.5". <BR> In 2011, I was p... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:15:27 EST Needing some motivation/inspiration Hello.... <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say I'm exactly "new" here since I've been using this site on and off for about 9 years now. But I'm not consistent with it. <BR> <BR> I'm 33 years old. I used to weigh 205 and over the course of 2 years I lost 50 lbs. I look at old pictures of myself and I am so happy that I don't look like that anymore. However, I got complacent once I lost most of the weight I wanted to and I plateaued last year. I haven't budged from the 155-160 range ever since. It's most... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:11:28 EST Newbie Hi Sparkpeople, <BR> I am excited about learning more about nutrition and health. I'm a type 2 diabetic since 2011. I've been trying a fresh food diet with only fish and veggies with no added salt since my bottom number on my blood pressure keeps running high. I use spices now. I find that ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to lower my bg readings especially in the mornings. <BR> However, because I have really bad bedtime heartburn I eat oatmeal before bedtime which I find helps me sleep and allevi... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:55:41 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 14:19:47 EST New (again) I've been a member for a while, but let this one slide for a couple years while I tried other things. Since I'm back that means the "other things" didn't work out and I'm trying once again to get healthy here. I'm a stay-at-home mom of an 11 year old and have trouble with snacking throughout the day or generally just overeating and not moving around enough. I think if I stay focused on tracking all my food and making sure I get out for a walk everyday, it will get easier. <BR> <BR> Have... Sun, 22 May 2016 14:05:57 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 13:26:11 EST Healthy Habits Hi there, <BR> I'm trying to establish healthy habits like regular exercise and eating well. I joined the site 3 years ago but am trying to restart. Currently I am doing the new member and small changes challenges. Sun, 22 May 2016 11:07:42 EST Hello all I am new to spark people. I have a question on nutrition , if I eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day but burn 2500 according to my fitbit. Am I going to lose weight. This is where I get confused. <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 May 2016 21:45:32 EST Back At It! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so ready to get OFF the Up/Down Roller-Coaster of procrastination, excuses, pity parties (I have allowed medical issues that knocked me off track too many times to count to completely control me) & plain ole weakness! <BR> <BR> It's time to BECOME the Strong Woman I know and I desire to be! <BR> <BR> 25 - 30 lbs are not going to be easy to remove since I'm in my 40's and I need to get started NOW! <BR> <BR> It's Time To Change. <BR> <BR> It's Time To Shine... Sat, 21 May 2016 19:04:25 EST Taking this journey again. Hi! I am a mom, grandma and nurse. I had joined Spark People about 10 years ago and lost 50 pounds. Life got busy and I didn't have time to worry about me. Now that my youngest one is on his own I need to concentrate on those 50 pounds that I gained back~~he brought friends with this time and they need to go to!!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 18:26:47 EST To rethink this whole idea diet? Healthy? Hi my name is Karen, I am 65 and my weight is climbing all the time. I work for a small school district as a Food Service Director (which I love) and I also put in part time work at a Bed & Breakfast as a waitress on the weekends. So one can say I am around food all the time. My goal is to loose 30 lbs and try and stay healthy. Now that the summer is coming and the school year is almost over (one more week). This is what I want to do for myself. I want to put myself First!! I have a gre... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:04:54 EST Newbie Well decided to really get into shape once again, I am hitting half way in November and just booked a holiday and have another new grandchild arriving in August. I want to be able to enjoy the grandchildren one is Autistic and he says what he sees as you can image which made me take this step. Sat, 21 May 2016 10:52:34 EST Hello Hi everyone. My name is Rachel. I used to be in great shape, loved working out, dieted diligently, etc. but after high school I started working in food and the weight just packed on. I gained 30 pounds in months and never got if off. Between motherhood and a sedentary job I never had before, I gained even more and just can't seem to shed it effortlessly anymore. <BR> I am hoping to lost fat first and be inspired to make real lifetime changes when it comes to my diet, something I have always ... Sat, 21 May 2016 07:55:02 EST Hello There Everyone My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:47 EST Day One Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:11 EST Restarting a weight loss journey Hello! <BR> My name is Caroline. I joined spark people about 7 years ago but did not use it frequently and eventually stopped. I came back a little over a week ago. In between I reached a peak weight of 336 lbs and since I have lost over 100lbs of that. I Plateaued a year or so ago. I am ready to get back into the swing of things. Fri, 20 May 2016 11:58:31 EST I Need a "True Friend" I Need a “True Friend” <BR> <BR> I probably wasted a good hour of my life and journey tonight on a potential teammate. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. I reach out to people hoping to create something more than a superficial blogging team of cheer leaders, and the folks I have talked so far just aren't into it. <BR> <BR> I don't understand. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone prefer to blog meaningless rah-rah comments to one another, and then claim they are providing, or receiving, anything more ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:16:16 EST Hello! Erm... So I am new. I am terribly over weight, and I would really like to get healthy and lose all this heavy weight that I have been carrying for most of my life. And prevent myself from gaining anymore. <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old and I am currently at my heaviest, that being 235 lbs. I am a student trying to finish up my bachelors degree, and am afraid that I will continue to put other things I deem as more important above my health. Other priorities. But I think it is time that I made ... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:17:38 EST DaisyLou60 I'm new to this community and as I look at some of the recipes I see they use a lot of Splenda. I'm not a big fan of Splenda but would like to still make good recipes - are there other sugar substitutes you recommend? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:27 EST Hello from Georgia! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Amber, from Augusta, GA. I'm a personal trainer at a YMCA, blog owner, and young adult author. I also do ballet, but I'm currently on a break from it while I get my hip fixed and stabilize my finances (no one said making money as a trainer is easy). In the meantime, I'm big into weight lifting and using HIIT as my cardio. Thu, 19 May 2016 17:56:46 EST new member on spark people I am a 43 year old obese woman who desperately needs to lose weight for medical reasons and also reasons to improve my self esteem. <BR> <BR> I little about my medical history, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, high triglycerides, migraines, hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and allergies mostly all my conditions are controlled by medications. <BR> <BR> It is also hard for me to exercise because of my bone on bone. My doc has t... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:30:27 EST woooo firstie!!! Hi I'm Luna and this is my millionth time trying to get in shape. I am a dance enthusiast, science buff, ex-high school choir geek, and movie nerd extraordinaire. <em>345</em> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:22:53 EST hi everyone Hi everyone, 1st day today. went for a pre op test and finally realised how i have let myself go. so now i am gonna reign in the fat girl and let my slim sexy girl have a chance. ( girl that makes me chuckle im 55 lol ). <BR> so i hope you lot are all doing well and maybe some of you will keep me spurned on to lose that fat person that has taken up most of my life. oh and by the way I have an underactive thyroid if any of you suffer the same would be grat to hear how your all coping, I live i... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:04:47 EST Here I Go Again <em>24</em> I'm new to the Message Boards, but definitely not new to dieting, having struggled with my weight since 4th grade when a doctor put me on diet pills. I've lost count of the number of diets I've been on and have tried every one ever devised. In the last 4 years I've lost 40 pounds twice, only to regain it...twice. I've come to the conclusion that the best plan for me is "calories in/calories out" and once we return from vacation in 2 weeks, that's my battle plan. I loo... Thu, 19 May 2016 07:58:02 EST intro hello everyone I'm a newbie and I like this site so far I'm Jane Thu, 19 May 2016 06:29:53 EST Hello!! I've been gone for awhile. Hoping to get back on track and finally get control of my weight and my health. Wed, 18 May 2016 20:39:18 EST Hi,back again! Hello, <BR> I was a member years ago and stopped sparking. Gained so much weight since then and I am trying again. Does anyone want to be friends with me? I could use the accountability. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 18 May 2016 12:44:08 EST Hello Im Jasper! :) finding ways to make my body thin... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:43:55 EST Hello from Huntington Beach, California! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Barb and I'm new to Spark People. <BR> <BR> I can't believe how much stuff is on this website! I'm still trying to get my head wrapped around everything! <BR> <BR> Until then, I wanted to do a quick intro. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and make some new SP friends. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:48:42 EST Attitude of Gratitude While you are checking out teams to join come visit ours...we would love to have you join us at Gratitude Journals <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Wed, 18 May 2016 07:04:26 EST Is SparkCoach the Right Answer? I am currently in day 3 of my trial, and I am being consistent with "checking-in" with SparkCoach. I am considering if I should continue after my trial is over. Any thoughts? Wed, 18 May 2016 06:50:38 EST New here again This is my first week, so far so good. Nice to see positive people. Wed, 18 May 2016 06:46:07 EST Hi there. Hello. I'm really only doing this so I can check it off of the 21 Day challenge. I digress, I'm Eileen and I need to lose weight. I've been overweight my entire life- not true- I was skinny birth, it's been downhill since then ;). I REALLY do not want to have weight loss surgery, but doing this is sometimes impossible. Then a thought will pop into my head, like, 'if they put a man on the moon then you can lose this weight,' but then I try to rationalize it by saying that 'I'... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:15:17 EST Hello I'm Cindy Just signed up so bare with me. I'm 55 years young and have just recently started walking every morning. Granted I am not and have never been a fan of exercise but, seem to be doing okay so far. I am not on a journey to loose weight, if pounds come off that is just another plus. I started walking because I needed to move...I recently quit smoking and decided to replace an old bad habit with a much healthier habit. Looking for motivation and conversation with like minded people. So hello and l... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:09:02 EST Hello All! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm not brand new to Spark, but previously never really got into using it. I'm rededicating myself to my health and weight loss goals and look forward to using it on a daily basis as well as making new friends. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being tired all of the time and decided this morning that it's time to get my butt in gear & do something about it! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 May 2016 13:54:41 EST Hi I'm Mallory! Hi everyone. My name is Mallory. I've been off of SP for awhile. I'm 32 yrs old with two children, ages 4 and 6. Since having kids...Ok I'll be honest, I started gaining weight BEFORE I had kids, I've gained over 75 lbs. I'm so tired of being uncomfortable in my clothes, in my skin. Some of the struggles I have are that I am an emotional eater! I eat when I'm happy, sad, mad, stressed, bored, you name it. And I seriously lack motivation. I've tried motivating myself with a new wardrobe, a han... Tue, 17 May 2016 02:03:44 EST Hey I'm Kassandra! Hey I am Kassandra, I am 22 years old. I am married to the love of my life, September will be 4 years. He is in the Army so life has a lot of difficulties. <BR> <BR> We really wanted to start a family as soon as we got married but unfortunately that is not going very well. After 3 years of trying I finally got pregnant, but then sadly miscarried at 7 weeks in November. We were devastated to say the least... I kinda just lost it. Then even though we weren't trying I got pregnant right after.... Mon, 16 May 2016 23:56:24 EST Hello from a musically inclined Grandmom. Hi I am Lynne, age 63. I am reinventing myself to the me I have always wanted <em>521</em> to be, one small step at a time! <BR> Anybody else learning a musical instrument in their senior years? I hate that my belly gets in the way of my holding my guitar properly to play classical music. I hope to change that. I can, and I will. Yes I really will, won't I?! <BR> Tell me I will this time for sure, lol. Mon, 16 May 2016 21:10:34 EST New and Hopeful I am new to this community but I had success years ago with checking in with a weightless community. I had my second baby a few months ago, and since I never lost all the weight from my first pregnancy, I have a lot to lose. I would like to lose about 25 pounds, but right now I am setting a smaller goal of 8 pounds by the end of the school year (I am a teacher). <BR> <BR> I am trying to be nicer to myself and my body and recognize the small changes I am making rather than the big ones I sti... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:29:19 EST Here I go Again Hi, my name is Amber and I am a 30 something year old mom of three boys and a full time nursing student. Since I have gone back to school, I have gained 50 pounds, and would like to see how many of those pounds I can lose before graduation. I have been here before, trying to lose weight, and I do good for the first week or two, then slowly fall back into my old ways. This time I want to succeed, and know I need support. I would love to find a few spark friends who can encourage me along ... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:08:20 EST Carbohydrates Hi! I am very new to this and can't always get on the internet as I don't have access at home. Why is it so hard to keep calories and carbs balanced? I seem to fight this most days but I am getting better. Mon, 16 May 2016 15:26:48 EST Hello!! : ) Hi everyone!! I am new-ish here and have re-committed to sticking with this this time and trying to figure out this whole spark website thing and get the most from it. You are all so amazing all the helpful tips and encouragement you give to everyone - thank you and I look forward to staying here with you and hopefully encouraging some members myself <em>381</em> : ) Mon, 16 May 2016 14:58:41 EST Coming back for a new start I am about 350lbs very obese and I know and need to loose weight, since my son was born he is now 6 i have had no motivation. I want to do this, I plan on using the carb count and go by that also at the end of this week I am giving up all pop, will only drink flavored water or water in general. I will be keeping a diary of what I eat and the exercise. <BR> <BR> I wanted to know what are the best resources there on this site. Thanks for the support Mon, 16 May 2016 14:52:00 EST Are You Really SERIOUS? I want more than cheer leading. I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> I need a close-knit group of people who want to become friends over the long haul that it takes to sustain behavior modification and will result in achieving our individual and Team goals. <BR> <BR> I need cheer leading, but I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> If you ARE serious, write me back, or check out the team I am starting "I Control Me - Calorie Crushers 01". <BR> <BR> I'm in this fight for life, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:10:22 EST It's Momday..... Live Enjoy life to the fullest Time 2 get ready for a busy lovely Day. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 09:02:23 EST Hello Here as part of an accountability aspect of my weight loss program with my husband. We're apart right now due to work so this is a good way of keeping each other accountable. I'm looking to use 15-25 pounds. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:09:14 EST Newbie Hi I'm Tiaa, new to the SparklePeople trying to lose this weight before my birthday in July. Good Luck to everyone! <em>381</em> Mon, 16 May 2016 00:13:54 EST hi are there any other obese RDs on these boards? I am a rehabbing RD. I have lost 15# since 2/1/16 d/t diet changes, tracking cals on MyFitnessPal, and exercising for an hour most days. I am interested in getting support from other rehabbing RDs, rehabbing Physical trainers (yes I have seen those too), or other health professionals. I am an obese RD who was put into charge of a weight loss class at my job a couple months ago (OMG). I now feel more confident since my belly size has decreased, but these past few months have been mortif... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:59:20 EST Looking to lose I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST Giving SP another try! I love this community and all the potential help it offers. The key is for me to take action and participate, something I did not make the time to do the last time I was a member. Now 5 years have passed and I'm no closer to achieving my weight loss and health goals. I plan to use the trackers, blogs, and message boards to stay on track. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! Sat, 14 May 2016 21:42:13 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello all. I am new to this and I am enjoying it. My Doctor gave me the info and challenged me to use this and lose weight. Sat, 14 May 2016 19:17:04 EST MammaChe I am here not only trying to lose weight but to learn how to love myself through care and consideration. I used food to replace love, I have used food for comfort, I have gained weight because at night when I am lonely cookies and milk replace companionship, but now I am going to change my thinking and let healthy foods love me, instead of cookies. I have not reached this point yet but it is my goal. Sat, 14 May 2016 09:49:45 EST How to find a local partner Hello new here in missippi from vabeach.I dont know anyone.I train boxing 5 years weight train 15 and self learning mma.I really need a partner for grappliing but tried everywhere and dont know where or how to meet a partner,any advice. Sat, 14 May 2016 00:34:08 EST Returning Hello everyone. I use to have an account a while back however I no longer remember that account so I created a new one. <BR> Not really sure what to put on here so if you have any questions just ask. Have an awesome Friday!! Fri, 13 May 2016 16:20:12 EST Starting all over AGAIN! Happy Friday! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! I am not new - but starting all over. I had started long ago, back when I weighed 220lbs and lost just about 80 pounds. I feel off the wagon and gained almost 30 pounds back and cant seem to motivate myself to get into the routine of working out and eating right all the time! <BR> <BR> I have a HUGE family reunion coming up at the end of June, so not only do I want to look great for that, I am so tired of feeling out of shape, I want to... Fri, 13 May 2016 14:09:36 EST Starting Today Hi, my name is Ann I am 54 and married to my husband for 36 years (not all easy either but wouldn't change it). I have always had some weight issues (up and down) my average from age 17 to 35 was 165 but from then on it was a little more every year. However, when I hit 50 It was even more. Now at 54 I weigh 205 and in a size 16/18. I have no energy to play with my grand kids and I want to change that starting today! I look forward to getting to know others that are on the same path. Fri, 13 May 2016 12:39:00 EST Hi Iam new to program My name is tim. I live in the northwest. I am herefor a class assignment and also to get healthy Fri, 13 May 2016 10:54:57 EST Returning to Spark I need to get motivated. I would like to lose 60 to 100 pounds. Any encouragement will help. <em>192</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:33:01 EST Returning Hi everyone! I am returning after not using SP for many years. I've been enjoying how easy it is to log my foods & exercise. <BR> <BR> I love to ride my Harleys, I love plants & animals, camping, exploring new places. Great to meet you all! Fri, 13 May 2016 09:56:06 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:49 EST New here !! Hi !! <BR> I'm indu from india. Gained weight and want to lose it very badly. Hoping to get a online fitness partner!! Fri, 13 May 2016 06:14:09 EST Introducing Myself Hi there! I'm returning to Spark People hoping to be more consistent this time around and actually get results. I have only been back for 5 days and so far it is going better than before - I'm having an easier time with the trackers, etc. Thu, 12 May 2016 23:04:49 EST Hello Hello, My name is Melanie...I am returning to Sparkpeople to help me get back to where I use to be. I had a profile before, but I deactivated it when I became ill. We believe that I have MS, but I have yet to find a doctor to care enough to help me. I have an appointment set up with a new doctor and I am hoping she is the one that cares. I had the lap-band surgery done many years ago, but due to complications, it has not worked for me. With the complications, I lost 60 pounds, but it was unhe... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:01:26 EST New to Sparkpeople I am new to Sparkpeople, Day 4. I have been more successful in a short time than I expected. My blood sugar has dropped alot and I am so happy with this that it is keeping going. I am looking forward to more happiness. Thu, 12 May 2016 19:27:55 EST Time to get serious Hello spark people! <BR> I'm a married twenty-something, and I am a new mom to the most wonderful baby around. However, it's been 7 months and it's time to get serious about losing this baby weight. I've begun this journey by trying to pay more attention to what I am eating, as well as why I am eating. I've begun an exercise regimen. I need to lose about 50-100 lbs to feel good about myself again, but my first goal is 25. Thu, 12 May 2016 14:33:33 EST looking for a running partner in Naperville My name is Mark Brohan. I live in Naperville but spend lots of time on the job in downtown Chicago. I am 58 and am looking for a running friend(s) to go long (and short) on training runs, especially Saturday or Sunday. I have conquered the world of half-marathons and just starting the 16-week program for the Fox Valley marathon on 9/18. <BR> <BR> I can pace about 11 minutes per mile. Current mileage is 15 per week building to 44 per week. I am a nice guy and very friendly -- also now hate ru... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:17:50 EST January to May January 1016 to April 10 I followed my sparks plan. A family illness and some traveling most of April I stopped. After a month I am ready to begin where I am the three pounds I put back on. I am really struggling. I have yet to have a perfect day. Last night scoffed down two wine and half a pizza. Pray today ends better. I began with breakfast , exercise and logging into Sparks. I am turning to the community. Please help me. <BR> I am a 73 yr. old great grand mother. I l... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:54:21 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST Not new, but returning after a hiatus I started spark people a few years ago, but I fell out of the habit and put on some pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm back now with some new goals and new motivation and I intend to stick with it. I have the tools and the mindset this time, something I was certainly missing before. <BR> <BR> I'm excited for this journey and looking forward to sharing it with the community. Wed, 11 May 2016 20:12:03 EST Menopause Hello. So I am not loving menopause! I've gained at least 40 lbs in less than 6 months!! I need help! Wed, 11 May 2016 17:42:45 EST Looking for Support Hi there! Bouncing back from thyroid cancer surgery and facing down POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Ready to do this and improve my quality of life as best I can. Looking for motivation and support as this is a real challenge for me. <em>381</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 14:05:33 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST No idea how to use this website Hey guys! I have no clue what I'm doing, but I saw a bunch of post like this. I want to lose like 75 lbs and want an amigo so we can motivate each other! If you're interested add me or message me? <BR> <BR> THANKS :) Tue, 10 May 2016 22:50:42 EST Hello I'm new (at least a week) on this site. Stopping by to say hello. I have 80 lbs to lose and I'm going to need lots of help! See you lighter. Tue, 10 May 2016 14:48:22 EST Huge mountain to climb Good morning, I find myself at the bottom of a huge mountain that I must climb. I'm fighting breast cancer, trying to lose the weight I have gained since treatment began, and quit smoking all at the same time! I know it sounds crazy and some say just focus on the cancer, but addopting a healthier lifestyle will do just that. Wish me luck! And good luck to all of you with your own mountains to climb!! Tue, 10 May 2016 09:15:38 EST New I'm new here. I'm a 25 year old guy trying to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year if I can. Mon, 9 May 2016 19:14:15 EST New-need accountabiility and support Hey All. <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople (last week) and thought I'd say hello. I've tried other things in the past, but am only really successful if I have support and accountability along the way. Have enjoyed using the app and learning more about the other features of the website so far. <BR> <BR> I'm working on the last year of a PhD program and hoping to add more healthy eating and exercise so the stress doesn't make me insane! <BR> <BR> Female, 34 yo, looking to lose 25-35 pounds ... Mon, 9 May 2016 17:25:45 EST Ready for the next Phase I have been on my journey to lose weight for a little while now. I have lost almost 50 pounds all together. Not close to my goal yet, but closer than I have been! Eating has been the biggest challenge so far but I think I have almost tackled it completely and I make much better healthy choices now. Now my next big thing is moving more. I have my Fitbit Charge and some days I have no problems getting in my first goal of 8,000 steps....other days I struggle to get them in and fall short. I wou... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:09:50 EST freaking out!!!! I've been dieting for a couple of years. Recently I stopped dieting and started eating close to a maintenance diet of 1600 calories. Most days it was between 1300 and 1500. I am steadily gaining weight. Up 7 lbs. I exercise everyday including 3 days a week with a personal coach at a gym and track everything that goes into my mouth with MyFitnessPal app, <BR> I am really worried. What should I do? Mon, 9 May 2016 03:17:01 EST baffled about weight maintenance I am really worried. I was on a weight loss plan using MyFitnessPal and faithfully counted my calories. I started at 133 and lost down to 131 and stalled. After a couple of weeks I decided that possibly I was not going to lose that last pound because it might be a vanity pound. I started eating more towards my maintenance calories but almost never up to the 1640 calorie amount. Mostly I stayed around 1400- 1500 a day. I started gaining weight at an alarming rate. I'm now at 138, the most I've... Sun, 8 May 2016 23:41:50 EST Ear health I keep seeing joggers in the neighborhood and on sparkpeople wearing headsets while walking/jogging/or running. DANGER to the EARS? I know from other's experiences while in Air Force. Caution!!! Sun, 8 May 2016 22:01:20 EST New to Sparkpeople <em>30</em> This is my start Photo. I am new to Sparkpeople. I have type 2 diabetes and have been trying to lose weight for 5-6 years with no luck. Looking forward to getting the motivation I need to keep going. Sun, 8 May 2016 20:00:53 EST Hi All Hi All My Name Is Tracy <BR> I live in Calgary, AB Canada <BR> I will be 46 on May 18 <BR> My Goal is to lose 45 pounds <BR> I can't walk very well I have knee problems I cannot straighten my right knee and I walk with a cane <BR> which make it hard to excercise which makes it hard to lose weight <BR> I have tried everything to lose weight but instead the weight keeps adding on <BR> and the more weight I gain the harder it is on my Knee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 17:14:23 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, I have signed up and have been looking around the site. Its quite overwhelming the amount of board/ communities and everything else. <BR> I'm hoping for some support along my journey, thanks in advance <em>706</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 16:47:11 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, I have signed up and have been looking around the site. Its quite overwhelming the amount of board/ communities and everything else. <BR> I'm hoping for some support along my journey, thanks in advance <em>706</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 16:14:49 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, I have signed up and have been looking around the site. Its quite overwhelming the amount of board/ communities and everything else. <BR> I'm hoping for some support along my journey, thanks in advance <em>706</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 16:14:01 EST Looking to join the airforce. Hey guys I am 6'3" weighting 278 pounds and I need to get to 208 pounds to be able to join the air force and I am hoping this community will at least help keep me motivated to reach my goal in january. Any tips/suggestions are welcome Sun, 8 May 2016 11:37:40 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, I have signed up and have been looking around the site. Its quite overwhelming the amount of board/ communities and everything else. <BR> I'm hoping for some support along my journey, thanks in advance <em>706</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 07:40:38 EST Help Needed... Hello everyone. I'm new to this site, but so far it seems very interesting. I've read a few articles and blogs, and it seems like there's a great support system going on here, which is what I really need. A little about me... I'm 23 years old, currently weighing in at 267lbs. I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I don't remember ever being slim or just normal size. Even when I was a little girl I was fat. I have a twin who is slim, people are always comparing us, which sucks for me. A... Sun, 8 May 2016 07:34:14 EST Struggling I'm kinda new to this. I have bad habit of packing weight on in the winter than shedding most of of the rest of the year. Lately less has been coming off and more packed on. I was not working for six years which gave me note time to work out and ride my bike. I work full time graveyard now and I'm having a hard time finding time or energy to work out. I lost twenty pounds since Jan but haven't lost anything in last month in fact I gained a pound. I eat a lot at work to keep awake and my husba... Sun, 8 May 2016 06:54:14 EST Rookie Hi everyone! I'm Cynthia and I live and work in Nigeria. I'm currently a whooping 209lbs my goal weight is 163lbs. I'm looking to getting support, motivation and love from this community. Sun, 8 May 2016 04:59:41 EST Need REAL support As I sit here deciding to get this started, I have eaten continuously. It makes me hungry just thinking about trying to lose weight. Hope there are others that will hold me accountable on here so that I can be successful! Sat, 7 May 2016 15:47:36 EST Hello Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Erika and while I love working out, I tend to have trouble with my eating. My main issue is eating too much sugar...I have a huuuge sweet tooth. I had a SparkPeople account several years ago but closed since I wasn't using it. I'm back now and ready to meet my goals. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I look forward to participating on here. Sat, 7 May 2016 14:35:41 EST 7 lbs down!! I am new to the program and I had my doubts in the beginning but after losing 7 lbs in 1 1/2 weeks I am so pumped to keep going. I still have problems with the 8 glasses a water a day but I am working on it. Sat, 7 May 2016 12:37:30 EST getting healthy I have been in and out of the hospital since October. I lost 63 pounds since December. I am finally feeling strong enough to get back on my routine. I eat extremely healthy and excersize at least one our a day. My goal is not to lose weight but to be healthy again. Sat, 7 May 2016 11:56:49 EST Good news from dr. Got results from biopsy. Dr. said that of 12 slices on prostrate 11 were clear of cancer and one had 5% size. He said he has never seen a biopsy so low. He said that the scenerieo would be like I was destined to go to England and get run over by a truck and the driver was just putting the key in the ignition. <BR> <BR> He said I have a much higher possibility of dying from almost anything else. Got ta keep working so I don't get diabetes, now. Sat, 7 May 2016 10:48:57 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm Sarah. I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I'm starting again. Haven't really used the message boards in the past, but I'm hoping to meet some motivating people. :) Sat, 7 May 2016 00:28:17 EST 15 down, 15 to go :) trying this website out.... have already lost 14lbs just working out and eating right, but hit a plateau......... still have 15-20 more to go :) Fri, 6 May 2016 20:05:22 EST New and hopeful My name is Linda. I am retired and finding it difficult to loose weight. I need to loose at least 50 pounds (100 would be heaven!) because the extra weight on my arthritic knees is making it difficult for me to be active and enjoy my retirement. My husband and I would like to travel and enjoy these years -- so I am determined to finally conquer this beast! I'm open to suggestions, help, recipes, anything! Fri, 6 May 2016 11:55:39 EST Hi I'm New Just getting the feel of this place. I recently lost 75 pounds and would like to lose 10 more. Fri, 6 May 2016 10:01:29 EST Giving this site a try! Hey guys, I'm Irma and stumbled into this site thinking I should give it a try. I see that there's been lots of testimonies of people losing weight thanks to SparkPeople. So awesome! 160 lbs is the heaviest I've been. I lost some weight before I got married a few months ago and gained it back and stuck at this weight. I know it's going to take some time, endurance and patience to see the change and results. Anyway, I'm ready to take the challenge! Fri, 6 May 2016 03:45:04 EST Ramping Up Hello Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> I am no stranger to spark people and am back here looking to get my head back in the game. It seems small, but i really like the spark points - it motivates me to log my food and all the other things that get me points. I am not doing everything right, but i like how spark people encourages small changes that can add up to bigger changes over time. Thu, 5 May 2016 23:00:28 EST Desperate for Change Hi, everyone! My name's Rachel. I live in Trenton, NJ and I am in desperate need of a lifestyle change! I'll be turning 30 in about a year and a half, and I really want to establish some healthy habits before that happens. I've been steadily gaining weight over the past year, ballooning up to almost 250 lbs. This is the heaviest I've ever been, and I need to make some changes. Any support or advice anyone can give would be much appreciated! Thu, 5 May 2016 22:42:10 EST howdy! Started on sparkpeople a few days ago, and as of yet, i'm really enjoying the community! thanks for being awesome, motivating, inspiring and real! :) Thu, 5 May 2016 18:09:51 EST I guess I'm starting this over So, I started using SparkPeople months ago, fell off the horse, now back to it. Trying to make it work. Fingers crossed. Thu, 5 May 2016 12:55:51 EST Hi Sparkpeolple I am new to Sparkpeople and looking to loose 42lbs and get back to a healthier more active me. I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls one 3yrs old and the other 12yrs old. I look forward to the support that i have heard you can expect from Sparkpeople.. Thu, 5 May 2016 12:34:03 EST Back again I lost a lot of weight, kept it off for 3 years but now have gained it back. I am starting over. Thu, 5 May 2016 11:06:22 EST Los 42 pounds Hi, after years of yo yo dieting, with using spark and a coffee I found, I was finally able to stop the cravings and eat normal portions. I'm so excited! Spark is great and my coffee great combo. <BR> Thu, 5 May 2016 09:50:49 EST New to Spark Hello, <BR> <BR> I am excited to be a part of this community. I have been a yoyo dieter for most of my life. I've been successful and unsuccessful several times. More recently, I reached my highest weight of 197 and was diagnosed pre-diabetic. My mom and sisters are living with diabetes but I can not. There is no way I would be able to give myself a shot everyday for the rest of my life. So I signed up for a 12-week weight loss program through work and also met with a nutritionist. Since Jan... Thu, 5 May 2016 09:24:02 EST Oldie but a Newb I signed up for spark about 2 years ago but I have not used it in a long time. I am trying to get used to everything and have no friends. I want to try and get into a habit of doing this daily Thu, 5 May 2016 08:52:24 EST I need some support and motivation - HELP!!!! I am 67 years old. I had 3 ankle/foot surgeries last year and most of last year I was on a knee walker and/or a boot, so I could not walk, drive, anything for probably 9 months out of that time. This year due to continuing pain the dr put me on gabapentin and I have put on 10 pounds. I was about 20 pounds overweight before the surgery. All this weight and the stress (both to body and mind) has caused my blood pressure to increase and the medication has caused enough weight gain that I ge... Thu, 5 May 2016 08:32:03 EST Phin 66 yrs old male, about 15-20 pounds too heavy. just diagnosed with diabetes type 2. very "phinniky" eater. giving up cokes, chips, sugars, breads, candies, large portions of everything. don't know how to count sugars, carbs, salt, fat on everyday foods. is there a chart out there that I can manipulate for my meals? Wed, 4 May 2016 16:21:04 EST Hi Hey I'm Scarlett and I just rejoined sparkpeople which was successful in the past however I let myself go. I'm back again though and looking for all the support I can get and giving support in return as well. Wed, 4 May 2016 14:37:15 EST I'm back... Again. Hello all. I've been a member since 2006. I come back every time I need to work on my health. I am working on the 21 day new member challenge. Help me get used to things again. About me: I'm 33 years old and weigh 171 (9 lbs down). Goal weight is 140-130. Do what I can. Exercise right now is a 2 mile walk down a caliche road. Just added in a small jog at the end. Plan to increase the jog time and decrease walking time as I go. Oh I am looking for someone who has similar goals so we can push e... Wed, 4 May 2016 13:08:30 EST Looking for buddies Hi, <BR> I'm new here, I joined a few days ago. I'm a 37 year-old mum of 2 from the UK, and am looking to lose about 30lbs and generally get healthy. I know how important it is to be accountable and have support in order to stick to the plan, so I'm looking for accountability buddies who want to take part in challenges and post regularly. Add me a s a friend if you are keen! Wed, 4 May 2016 10:59:40 EST After about 8 years I am back Wow, can't believe it's been 8 years since I've been on SparkPeople. I found it so helpful when I was trying to lose weight that I had gained after I quit smoking and beginning early menopause. During that time I was laid off from my job (for almost 2 years) and devoted my time to exercise (weight lifting and cardio) and I lost lots of fat, gained lots of muscle and was in the best shape ever and just felt great. <BR> Then I eventually got a job and then we moved in with my mother-in-law to t... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:02:40 EST Need Support- Struggling! Hi everyone! I'm so happy I finally took the step of reaching out to a community. I'm struggling so hard right now! <BR> <BR> My challenges: I'm 30 years old, so it's getting harder to keep the weight off! For years, I could eat whatever, and was always a size 2. I was pretty active, but it was also just easy. Now? No way. I'm relearning everything! <BR> <BR> I also recently starting taking Lexapro, which has helped immensely with my depression and anxiety, but the pounds are really creepin... Wed, 4 May 2016 03:41:51 EST Hello Sparkpeople! I had gained over 100 lbs due to depression and agoraphobia. This is my second time joining. I had lost 60 lbs prior, but slacked off when I went back to school. I had maintained a 45 lb weight loss until last semester. I was so close to finishing my goal of becoming a lawyer until I hit a brick wall. I burned out with 22 credits left to go. Then I gained the weight I had lost back. I don't know how to feel about all of this. I am disappointed in myself, which doesn't help my self est... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:16:21 EST LOOKING TO CHANGE MY LIFE Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member as of today! I've never been one to "need" to eat healthy and exercise until now. My health has become a priority in my life now and I need to make some positive changes. I'm hoping this site will give me the opportunity to become a much healthier and happier version of myself. I'm not gonna lie.....I'm gonna need a lot of help and motivation. So, here's to the beginning of a new life!!!! <BR> Thanks everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:53 EST Merry Meet! That is a greeting of hello in Wicca! I am Athena Druid. I have been here since last August, but I do not remember if I introduced myself yet. My weight is constantly fluctuating, but I have lost 20 pounds since February 2015 ( that's not as much as I was hoping for). I do try my best everyday though and try to not fret over what the scale says. Tue, 3 May 2016 20:01:40 EST hi Im Toni, 31. im a single mother of 2 boys. Im engaged to a wonderful man who is my main supporter. Im a college student. Taking Interactive media Design at Bryant Stratton. <BR> Tue, 3 May 2016 12:19:20 EST Hello :) So I turn 27 the end of November. <BR> I WILL look and feel sexy for it! <BR> <BR> Got about 40lbs to lose to feel good in my skin. <BR> Overall goal is to lose 60lbs. <BR> <BR> I know I can do it. It'll take time but I got this. <BR> <BR> Look forward to meeting others along the way with similar goals and whatnot. Tue, 3 May 2016 11:59:04 EST trying again hello, i joined this site 2 weeks ago on a mission to shed off 23 pounds.Staying motivated is the hardest thing for me. my hope being in a group will help. Thank you:-) Tue, 3 May 2016 11:32:24 EST Spark people Trophies My trophies for month of April came up this morning and motivated me to keep going. Tue, 3 May 2016 10:22:22 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Sharisse. I have been on spark people since December 2015. I have been very successful by the grace of God! He gives me drive and determination to persevere. My daughter also inspires me greatly! To God be the glory!! Have a blessed day!! Tue, 3 May 2016 10:17:16 EST Hello :) I am 25 years old female who used to be thin up until I finished my military service (4 years ago), I have gained 20kg from neglect (one-two meals a day and not enough nutrients) and lack of activity and went from a never-sick to sick-every-month kind of person. <BR> It's been a struggle losing weight, especially since my regular way of dieting matches the concept of eating clean and low calorie, something that has been touted as a good way to lose weight . <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago I... Tue, 3 May 2016 09:35:35 EST Newbie Hello All I am new here and boy am I glad that my path to clean living and good health landed me on this page where I have the support needed to succeed on my journey to fitness no more couch potato for me its hard but I have to fight a good fight to succeed yes this is war out with the old and in with the new at 56 years of age I must do something I have never had to do. Watch what I eat and exercise <em>15</em> to be able to do all the things I have taken for granted in my youth to walk ... Tue, 3 May 2016 06:21:37 EST Newbie :) Hi all, <BR> I'm new here and I would like to maintain my weight in a healthy way. Hope I will get the best tips and suggestions to attain my goal. Tue, 3 May 2016 05:19:15 EST Diabetic and determined. Hi all, <BR> I'm a sixty something lady who has had it with buying larger and larger clothes. Being a diabetic I sometimes feel like I got a double whammy, but it's not an excuse to be lazy. I need to get back into shape for a number of reasons.. one of which is to bring down my blood sugars and to help keep them down. The other reason is that in two years I'm planning a vacation. I haven't been on one for about 16 years. I've tried to lose weight and get in shape before, by myself and I tha... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:08:30 EST im back and i need help hi my name is Kendra ive been on spark people before but I had to redo my whole page its been a few years so I guess I'm new. I need help I have fell off the wagon and don't know how to get back on. I was once 300lbs I am now 165 but I know I'm not done yet I dontr know what to do please help Mon, 2 May 2016 18:47:21 EST Losing Weight to Get Pregnant Hello! I am new here, I am embarking on a weight loss adventure at the advice of my doctor. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant with no results. The only thing the OBGYN could recommend is to lose some weight. I've always struggled with weight but this is the last straw for me. No more yo-yoing. I am going to drop these pounds. I realize I might not get pregnant as a result but the very idea that my weight could be holding me back from this goal is mortifying. I am super excited to ge... Mon, 2 May 2016 17:11:19 EST New hello to all. I am Denise. I have had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syn. for 16 years. I have got the pain down to about 60% but the fatigue, I am just starting. My delemia I have is that I should be on about 7 different diets. Impossible! So I could use as many tips that I can get my little hands on, especially if someone has these syndromes. Exercise is tricky b/c I cannot find the line between overdoing and underdoing which can land me in bed for weeks or months. I am starting with the ... Mon, 2 May 2016 14:13:21 EST New here, trying to lose the baby weight Hi All, <BR> <BR> So it's time to lose the baby weight. I had my second baby last year and now wanna drop the extra weight. Having trouble getting started and sticking to a diet. The gym thing is very hard for me being that I work full time and have 2 kids to tend to. I barely have any extra time to get to a gym. Message me if you are in a similar position and would like to be buddies on here. Mon, 2 May 2016 13:29:34 EST Just Getting Started... Hi. I've been a member now for 15 days and I love it! The articles are great and the trackers are so motivating and keep me accountable...just what I need! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:42:25 EST Hey! I´m new again! Hi! I am a 45 year old mother of three, and want to lose 50 lbs. <BR> I´m not really new to sparkpeople but it´s the first time I´m doing it all the way; trackers, challenges and community. <BR> I´m really excited!! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:30:10 EST Returning after 8-10 year hiatus! Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I was a very active sparker for a number of years and shed nearly 60 lbs., keeping most of that off for a few years. <BR> <BR> Once I got a smart phone I transferred to MFP, which I liked very much, but for some reason I just didn't have the accountability there that I had here, and continued to gain gain gain. <BR> <BR> Decided to come back to Spark and see if I could make a real go of it. The app seems much better than it used to. Hopefully I will stay on track! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:21:44 EST Returning. I am now a 45 yr old mother and grandmother from Texas. I have been on and off Sparkpeople since 2006. I have had success in the past and I am needing to reach a goal and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love all the detailed tools and motivational articles here. I have also been encouraged by other members success stories, I love reading them. Thank you all for sharing. Mon, 2 May 2016 11:16:30 EST Hello everyone.... I am a 58 year old female that has been off and on steroids, both oral and injections for my spine for many years. I have 50 pounds to lose by September, any suggestions on the best diet / excercise program to take off steroid weight? Mon, 2 May 2016 10:29:47 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Wants YOU! Need help getting healthier this summer? If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We h... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:45:27 EST New Member ~ New member ~ <BR> Starting new habits for health ~ <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 20:56:42 EST Need Motivation I really need to lose 25-30 pounds because my weight is taking a toll on my body. I have tried all kinds of diets and have been unsuccessful after a week or two because I don't have the motivation to keep up with the diet. My husband is in great shape and can eat whatever he wants without gaining a pound, which makes dieting extra difficult for me. I am looking for a few women who would be interested in joining a group where we can motivate each other and keep each other accountable through o... Sun, 1 May 2016 18:31:25 EST had lost 100....gained 50 i am! :) Hello ~~ really happy there's a site out here like this..just Amazing! i had worked SO Hard to lose 100 pounds, and it took me about 5 years to do it, really Lowered my Cholesterol, felt so good and healthy..with LOTS of Personal family issues that have caused me to be Diagnosed with Severe Anxiety, Depression and PTSD..i've lost a lot of Motivation and gained back Half of my weight. i'm also Hypothyroid and struggle Severely with that. Anyways..SO HAPPY to be here and look forward to a NEW S... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:59:41 EST back at it for serious I've been on sp for many years, fits and starts. I've tried every plan with varying success due to varying motivation and committment. I decided to follow the 21 day challenge, this is day 5 and so far I am doing quite well. My goals: <BR> *plan my meals and track each bite, 12-1600 cals/day <BR> *walk 10K steps each day <BR> *drink more water, at least 64 oz/day <BR> *add 5# hand weights to my daily routine, begin today Sun, 1 May 2016 11:02:21 EST New Here I'm new to the community and looking for motivated members to help me on my journey to lose the weight that I so desperately want to lose. <em>30</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:35:26 EST Anyone from Canada? Hi-this is my second day on here and love the site-lots of things to read and help me along the way. Looking to meet some new friends to help me along the way!! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:31:27 EST 50 and losing it! Hi guys! I just turned 50 and determined to get rid of the weight for once and forever! Really looking forward to enjoying some communal support to make myself accountable and to help anyone else, if I possibly can. :) Am starting with 20 min walk a day and reducing my pizza/chocolate/junk consumption (both on the counter now and Im just ignoring them and its hard). Also adding more water and more protein. I know if I can tell just 1 other person daily when and if I worked out, I will push ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:27:57 EST Divorce weight gain Hello everyone. I've joined spark people because I've gained a lot of weight during an extremely painful divorce. It's almost final now and the emotional pain is finally manageable, but my weight has gotten out of control. I stress eat and drink a lot at night and I have large portions whenever I eat. Basically, I suppose I'm hoping to have support as I start to care for my physical self again. I'm not familiar with the community yet, so I guess I'll be wandering around on the boards as I fig... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:51:53 EST Motivation Hi ,I am Macmaggie9. I'm writing to introduce myself. I have already logged in twice before on message boards(but I could not tell you which one;) I always considered myself a very private person and rarely comment on Facebook or any type of chat rooms,but , I am determine to loose weight and am willing to do what it takes to loose weight safely. Tomorrow is my two week anniversary as a member. I lost 4 lbs. my first week and so far only 3 lbs this week. I told my sisters and daughter it w... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:52:24 EST Just signed up for the first time 3 seconds ago! Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Ann. I live in San Antonio, Texas - home of the Spurs! <BR> <BR> I'm definitely not new to fighting my weight -- that's been a lifetime battle of probably close to 40 years. But I figured now is as good a time as any to try to get healthier, a little fitter, and definitely "out there!" <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting some folks on this website. <BR> <BR> A <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:23:15 EST Hello All! Good Morning and Happy Friday! I'm excited about joining SPARKPEOPLE . I'm looking forward to this journey we're all taking together. Best wishes to everyone and "Let's do this!" <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:41:47 EST Getting it together hey y'all! :) my name is joanne. i am 56, former smoker (two years). been on this weight loss misery most of my life. looking to make this my final battle that sticks so i can enjoy the rest of my life. single, 1 niece living with me. have worked for cbs 26 years. feel like a dinosaur as i am having difficulty navigating this site!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:21:08 EST New buddies to check in with <em>213</em> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Hi ~ I'm would love to find new friends to check in so I made a new SparkTeam for anyone who would like to encourage each other, motivate, accountability, share victories and struggles. My name is Teresa, I have a lot of weight to loose by changing my eating choices and move this body. Just click the link below to join the team! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:25:12 EST Fitbit friends for a new mummy Hey guys I'm looking for people to keep me motivated and challenge me everyday on my Fitbit add me <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:22:13 EST Fitbit friends for a new mummy Hey I'm looking for people to keep me motivated on my Fitbit and challenge me every day please add me <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:20:46 EST Newbie Here Hello, my name is Cece and my goal is to lose weight, build lean muscle, learn about health and wellness. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:23:57 EST weight loss does anyone have a copy of a mini mag booklet called how to lose 20 pounds in a hurry Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:36:44 EST Planning to give aging a run for its money! I'm 51 years old, and hoping to build a community of like minded people around me, that are planning to fight aging with everything they have! For me, that means: <BR> taking off the excess weight by eating nutritiously(portions, choices, moderation); being as active as possible; accepting any invitation that includes exercise; and getting into the habit of drinking enough water. <BR> I have tried every weight loss program going(Weight Watchers, personal nutrition coach, TOPS, Biggest Loser ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:20:58 EST New to SparkPeople my name is Angela I'm new to SparkPeople and I am loving this website. It has some very good information and helpful tips. My goal is to lose weight. They hardest thing for me is to stay focus. I welcome all the support I can get! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:10:13 EST Hello everybody I got a new Fitbit a few days ago and was having issues with their website/app not working properly. I came here looking for an alternative. Those issues have since been resolved, but I'm enjoying my experience here and think I'll stick around. I love the community feel and how there are so many different ways to find and give encouragement! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:22:34 EST Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople and began on Sunday. I have previously used another website about 8 years ago and lost 20 pounds. I've gone back several times to lose 10 pounds more but could never stay with it. So I decided to try Sparkpeople. Day 4 and so far, it's keeping my interest :) Looking forward to completing the 2 challenges I started. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:19:38 EST I need to control my life I've let my wieght spin horriblyou out of control gaining 45 lbs in less than a year. I need to get back on track. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:49:46 EST Been a Long Time! Been some time since I was in here, but now I am back! New goals, new life and new house (soon). Turned the corner after a stressful four years and time to look after me again. Even took up my old hobby of oil painting again. Feel good today...and no alcohol for four days....yay! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:25:08 EST Day one to a healthier lifestyle! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kendra and I just set up my account today! As a child, I was very active; was on the swim team and ran track. After becoming an adult, I fell off the wagon. I didn't work out for years, ate fast food daily, and picked up the bad habit of smoking. :-( Now I am trying to pick up the pieces and go back to the healthy lifestyle I was once accustomed too. I have failed many times and have a hard time sticking to anything. So here's to actually sticking to some... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:33:49 EST need a helper need a person in my area Nashua or Salem NH the computer okay but you can't walk with a computer help is anyone out there Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:02:06 EST VICTAVALOS's SparkPage I am a 20 year old college student who enjoys writing & music. I think that blogging will help me stay on track during my weight loss journey. I have never had a problem with my weight before so I am having a hard time kicking these bad habits. If you find yourself in situation much like my own, I would like to get to know you. Even if you are nothing like me, I'd like to talk to you. Maybe we can inspire each other! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:39:43 EST Doreen, New Member I am new to the team, not sure how the spark points work or what it means. Can someone explain it to me? Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:25 EST Hello everyone :) I'm 5'10" and weigh 81kgs. I was born and raised in India but I've been living in the UK for the past 6 years. When I first came to the UK, I weighed just 62kgs, which was perhaps a little less than what it should be for a woman of my height. Over the years , though, maybe because of the change in the type of food I was eating, (and the huge portion sizes in the UK), my weight gradually inched up to 86kgs! <BR> I've been trying to lose the extra weight for some time now, but I face the usual... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:36:23 EST Introduction Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Greta, and I'm new here. I'm trying to lose about 30 pounds to get back into a weight range that is healthy for my height. My boyfriend recently started working out and he wants us to get healthier together. He's a lot more disciplined and motivated than I am though; I really struggle with staying positive, setting/achieving goals, and generally feeling good about myself. Plus he already has abs after just a week of doing crunches and push ups, which is... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:25:12 EST Just saying Hi I've been a member of Spark since about 2007ish. I always come back to get right. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:51 EST 1st week Hi everyone, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased this is workinig. I've been in a bit of a rut weight-wise for a few weeks now. <BR> <BR> And thanks to joining this site, I'm already seeing results. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today my weight is 133.3 lbs (60.8kgs) <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Monday 25 April : 136 lbs (61.8kgs) <BR> Tuesday 26 April : 134.2 lbs (61gs) <BR> <BR> Thank you anyone who's able to stop by my blog and encourage me. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Good luck to you... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:51:22 EST Documenting My Journey Hey guys! <BR> Looking to build a community for Support and Motivation and to strike up discussions for blog ideas! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:48:05 EST Introducing Me I clicked a link on my start page and now I'm here lol. <BR> I'm a mom and wife getting healthier for me. Also I have our 5 year anniversary coming up and I want to look sexy as fu*k for the hubby and a special photo session booked ;) <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me. I'll add ya too. <BR> I'm in my mid twenties and in Atlantic Canada. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:26:21 EST How to start? Do I need a calorie range?? Since new what is the first thing I need to. Do? Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:21:21 EST Newbie Diagnosed with diabetes. Looking for ideas for low carb food. Anyone on metformin eat and glipizide? Any problems with these meds Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:43:21 EST Hi brand new Hi my name is Tammy and today I kept my calories down to 720. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:25:00 EST newbie here.... Hi all! Brand new member here. I've tried quite a few 'fad' diets and have finally decided that the only way I'm going to lose these lbs and keep them off is to do it the healthy way. Slow and steady I guess! Here's to hoping that I can make it stick this time! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:22:04 EST Lost 10 pounds recently... Hi everyone! I'm new to Spark People. Love how active and motivated everyone are to lose weight and eat healthy! I recently lost 10 pounds after doing the Eat to Live diet and I'm looking to maintain and maybe lose a little more in time for a summer bikini (would be a first for me!). Hope to make new friends! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:10:27 EST Anyone doing Intermittent fasting? I Started this woe on the 11th of April and I'm doing pretty good. JUDDD or Every Other Day Diet. 500 Calories EOD is working. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:53:31 EST New to Everything My name is AJ, and I'm 27. I aged out of a state care program at 18 and from there my health went downhill for a little over a decade, no healthcare, no doctors, no maintenance, no anything. Finally a friend convinced me to go to the hospital for a cough and it started a chain reaction where they found everything from pre-diabetes to systolic heart failure. The doctor said point-blank "if you don't change your lifestyle, you'll be dead by thirty". <BR> <BR> I wanted to cry. Well that was ab... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:19:43 EST A bored new member I'm expecting to learn and get good things from SP Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:39:00 EST Want to Start My Real Adult Life HEALTHY Hey there everyone! <BR> My name is Beth and I am a soon-to-be college grad! I'm a Food Science and Human Nutrition Major, so I know a lot about food and healthy and healthy eating, but I'm awful at applying it to my life. I'm here to get support to lose about 55 pounds and start my life as a real-world (hopefully) functioning adult as healthy as I can be. I'm already making small steps to be better, like checking in here every day and completing the 21-day New Member Challenge, but plan to r... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:29:29 EST I'm a food addict I'm Rick and I eat too much !!!! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:57:11 EST burn baby burn....fat be gone Good Evening! My name is LaTosha ooops (fit2bfree) is so new to me, I am a dancer/singer/actress and after my 3rd child and roughest pregnancy my body is simply not the same.....I'm praying this will be great for me with you all supporting me.....Excited to be here Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:31:38 EST on a vengenance Hi; Day 14 and down 4!!!! Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:03:56 EST New here! I stumbled upon this site while looking up symptoms of heart failure. I've abused my body for 20 years now, eating whatever I wanted like I was 16 years old. I went from being 40 lbs underweight at 19 to 100 lbs OVERWEIGHT at 40. I've had enough. I have two small daughters and I refuse to drop dead and heart disease and leave them motherless. I am 40 years old, 5'10" tall and weigh 280 lbs!!! I am ashamed and scared and not sure where to even start. I eat out 2 to 3 times a day and I kn... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:11:35 EST Spark People inspired! Hi All <BR> I have been one SP for approx. 3 yrs and on....although, each attempt was sincere, This time it is different ....I have been on a 76 day run with documenting all that I eat. I am down 8 pds. and 40 more to go. But, this time is different because I am finding that I cannot put down the SP website! I have traded my obsession for food an obsession with the SP website. <BR> I love reading all the users blogs.....really is inspiring! <BR> Thanks Spark People Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:34:54 EST Week 1 down! 10 lbs. down! After one week being involved with this program it is making a difference for me. Anytime that you track what you eat there is no hiding from the truth. If you are new to this program use it to your advantage. There are a lot of great tools and resources here. I am still learning after one week and excited about Spark People and my future. Have a great day! Life is Good! Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:57:31 EST Newbie Getting Started My name is Lisa and I'm glad to be here! I have a lot of weight to lose and a friend told me about this site/app. I had been keeping a log in a book since March 16th but finding it much easier to use the app. I hope to make some friends here along the way. I am from Alabama and see that there is an Alabama group here. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:20:27 EST CCgal Hi everybody, <BR> Here I am with about 40 lbs too much. It is a real challenge to lose this weight, everything is stacked against it, age, shut-in, isolation, and so on. But this is a health issue. I am reaching out to the other people who are riding the same train. I am in need of encouragement and a cheering section as we all are. I promise to not whine. thanks CCgal Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:07:03 EST Fitbit challenge Hi, my name is Pete. I'd love to connect with some new people on FitBit to get involved in the weekly challenges. Gotta get to steppin', if anyone would like to connect, my email is Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:17:02 EST How's this for procrastinating?! Gah! It has taken me 4 years to actually start on this site! I joined in 2012 and forgot my password and never followed through on actually getting this journey started. Clearly I need motivation. I'm hoping I have it now. I just came home from a three week vacation....the last week of which was a cruise. I need this now more than ever. <BR> <BR> What is your worst procrastination story? I'm hoping to break the sad cycle this time. I know I need help to do it, though. HELP! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:59:39 EST Look Out-I'm Back! lol Looking forward to giving & getting support to continue my healthy journey! Been away far too long & half the 75 pounds I lost before have found me again! :( <BR> On day 5, it feels great to be back on track! <em>9</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:05:45 EST Hello need help navigating Hi my name is Jessie. I love the site but I guess I am just used to the ease of Facebook messenger. I can't figure out how to send people gifts, how to respond back to correspondence easily etc....Thanks for any advice Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:27:58 EST New member Hope we can do this together! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:59:26 EST New this week. Hi....back on track...again....this week. I pray that I can make it permanent this time. My trouble spot will be about 3 months in. That will be my test. I have about 100 lbs. to lose and am using the food tracker. I am finding that I eat far too little calories...much to my surprise. I eat pretty balanced, I just need to eat more...WOW. Imagine that. I have to eat MORE. After living in a world where EVERYONE just tells you to just eat less, here on Sparkpeople I am told I need to eat more. ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:15:47 EST Old member trying to be more active on the site Hi, <BR> My name is Stephanie or Steph. I have been a member for quite awhile but never really participated in all the site has to offer. I am trying to be more active here and work on being a healthier me. I am a believer, crazy aunt and crazy sports fan. Going to be forty this year so really am trying to get healthy before I hit that milestone. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:14:22 EST Hi Hi everyone! I am Trish. I quit smoking a year and a half ago and have gained 25 pounds. I found a lot of support in my quit smoking online group and hope the same type of support can help me drop these pounds! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:56 EST day 6 I am in day 6 of this program. No weight lost, but I have actually cooked food instead of ordering it in. I was 120 lbs when I quit smoking in 2008. I am currently 197.5. My weight hadn't prevented me from doing what I want. I am registered for my 4th Tely 10 this year, but I think I will be taking longer than 2hrs, 30 mins this year. My goal is to live an active, healthy lifestyle...eating right and exercising. From experience, I j ow the pounds will melt off. When I was a smoker, I went... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:04:26 EST New Member from Cardiff, Wales. Hi everyone, joined this last week. I am in my forties and am looking to lose 10lbs and to establish a regular fitness routine. I'm trying to build strength, flexibility and cardio into my week and am finding the trackers a real help. <em>30</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:00:17 EST New member :) Hey Everybody! I've rejoined Sparkpeople once again! I'm now back, and ready for new beginnings and to change my lifestyle! I'm finally ready to start this new journey. Right now my biggest challenge is staying motivated but with this new community, hopefully now I can! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:09:35 EST Fit Bit Newbie I don't go out on the town or anything so I rely on Netflix, Fitness, and my family for enjoyment. <BR> Anyway, long story short I need friends on fitbit to do challenges with... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:17:48 EST Hi everyone... Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Tai and I am sort of new here. I had been to Spark page before but didn't stay with it. Well, I am back again and am using this site to help with my weight loss. <BR> I have been overweight my whole life and now that I am... gulp... 45, I thought I would try again. If you want to read my whole story I have posted it on my Sparkpage. <BR> Anyway, I would love to meet new people and gain some friends who are going through the same challenges as me. <BR> Hope to h... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:48:28 EST New member Hi everyone! I'm a new to Spark. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:11:35 EST Intro & Healthy choices Good morning to all, <BR> <BR> This is Day 5 of being on SparkPeople and I am feeling GREAT!!! LOVE IT!! <BR> <BR> I begin this week with a clear mind and healthier meal plans, including a DeTox salad that I made on Sunday to have for lunch this week. I have been tracking my daily food & water intake, so far doing very well at staying in my calorie range. I am ready and pumped to get into better shape. I decided its about time to start eating healthier and taking better care of my body. ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:35:02 EST new today! Good Friday morning................hope everyone is ready for their weekend......... <BR> <BR> Start off my day with a 2 mile walk with leslie sansone......she is great....makes you want to do it every day! <BR> <BR> Cheers everyone.............. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:02:24 EST Introduction Good morning, I'm starting Sparkpeople again. I am working on having a positive attitude. I would like to try the blog feature this time. I have never done this but I think it could help me stay positive. Any advice or tip on blogging here I would love to here. I'm open to learning. Hope all of you have a satisfying day. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:45:17 EST fresh start Good morning! <BR> <BR> Starting over, a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:42:41 EST Hi! I just started today. I would like to lose about 15 and that is way harder than I thought it would be!! If you have any tips or advice please send them my way! <em>67</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:45:04 EST SparkPeople noob! hi! <BR> <BR> i'm glad to join everyone! this looks like a fun way to stay motivated while working towards my goals of getting healthier and fit! I have two main reasons I'm doing this: I'm getting married June 2017, and also I want to work my way into joining my local roller derby team. i also have bipolar disorder, which makes community support super important to me. thanks for reading! <BR> <BR> -charm Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:32:29 EST Getting In Shape. Hi, I am wanting to get in shape, get healthy and lose weight. SparkPeople feels like home and just the place to get it done. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:42:06 EST It feels good to be back! I have become slack and accepting with myself. I don't know where my scale is. I haven't seen it in over 7 years since we moved. It's tucked away in the attic of the shop. It will be down and functioning for my first weigh in. <BR> <BR> I have had the same Dr. for 35 years. She was fresh out of med school and is one fantastic lady. A no nonsense lady. Long story short, my lab work is great, my blood pressure not as good as she would like to see it, but something I can live with. I am low ri... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:12:02 EST Fresh start! Hello! I am rejoining Sparkpeople for... I am not sure how many times it's been but definitely more than one. I forgot my old username so I made a new account entirely, and I needed the fresh start anyway. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with weight problems and self image my entire life, and I'm really fed up. I'm not going to give up until I achieve my goals, even if I'm 90 years old. Although to be honest, I guess I don't see myself living that long unless I lose the weight, so I probably should... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:49:58 EST Howdy! I'm excited to join sparkpeople and for the journey ahead of living and eating healthy! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:40:22 EST 100 Diet By Jorge Cruise Hi, <BR> <BR> Have you or is anyone trying the 100 diet by Jorge Cruise? I've started today and need some advice or helpful tip, please anyone help. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:31:49 EST Complex Simplicity Happy Thursday Folks!!! <BR> <BR> Topic - yes, Complex Simplicity is an oxymoron, but that is the only truthful way to sum myself up in a nut shell. <BR> <BR> I'm Jessica, new to SparkPeople... I have always been a healthy person, but everything went downhill about a year ago with health issues. <BR> <BR> But now I'm better and am excited to get back to where I was; physical state, mental state and emotional state =) <BR> <BR> I am 38 years old, and I have been married to my wonderful hus... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:07:42 EST Hei! Hello :) <BR> My name is Dominika. I'm not exactly new here, but I started to actively use SparkPeople only couple of days ago. In the past I've lost 24 kg (52.9 lbs) but it wasn't permanent. I've gained back about 6 kg (13 lbs). This time it seems to be somehow more difficult. I managed to lose weight thanks to counting calories and eating less. I haven't exercised much. So I want to change this! I made a commitment to exercise at least 10 minutes a day 6 times a week. I would like to start... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:58:44 EST Hello Everyone I have gained 75 lbs in 2yrs and no matter what I try can't seem to lose any weight, just recently found out I have fibromyalgia so if anyone has any suggestions I will so welcome them Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:19:33 EST HEY! Hello, I have returned to SP. I was a member quite some time ago but abandoned ship for a life of bad eating and pity. But I am glad to be back in the saddle. I joined Planet Fitness a few months ago and have been working out 3 times a week since starting. Any and all advice is welcomed. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:24:28 EST New member here! I joined SparkPeople to meet new friends, read inspirational blogs, and to get all the support i can get! I lack motivation and I'm hoping SparkPeople can help motivate me as I reach for my weight loss goals! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:03:45 EST hello I just joined a couple of days ago. Looking forward to getting started. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 23:29:30 EST Just Started I'm new to using online support for my weight lose. I'm hoping that this will help me get on track, and I can get a bit more healthy. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:12:32 EST Starting Fresh Today I am starting my spark programme so I can not only lose my post baby weight but so I can reach my weight goal and keep it off. I have always tried and tried and given up and given up. Touching on 40, I want to try, succeed and maintain, I can do this! <em>521</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:10:40 EST Hey I been on this eating plan for 21 day streak, i am from belfast maine, 32 yrs. Old, i have a month old baby,also iam a stay at home parent. Trying to loose weight at least down to 260. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:58:33 EST Following a plant based diet First day on Spark People. I'd like to lose 134 lbs. Still looking around at everything here. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:26:53 EST Hello everyone My name is Addison. <BR> And I'm in huge need of some motivation and help from other people to keep me in top shape and fit. <BR> I am currently in really bad shape. <BR> And for a 27 year old, I ache in a lot of places because I'm just obese and need a lot of exercise. Especially for my legs. Doctors have told me, grumpily, "Well, why are you hurting in areas like this/that? You shouldn't! You're 27 years old and not an old man." Yikes! <BR> And my kidney, well, I take medicine for my kidney... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:47:47 EST Working towards change... needing motivation. I am a 44 year old mom of two. The last 2 years I dealt with major life changes and stress with food. SUGAR!!! Now that life has calmed and I have learned better ways to deal, I am stuck with 50 extra pounds. I feel like I am stuck in a cycle of either clean eating/exercise or all out binge eating. No happy medium. I can diet and exercise, I can't find the balance. The healthy relationship with food. Thanks all! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:51:33 EST Finding myself again Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I am new to the site and I am happy to have found you all. I have been overeating and neglecting myself for a while. I have been in a marriage for over 17 years that truly drained me. I am now trying to find myself and be happy again. I want to start by being healthy and exercising...I just want to love me and be happy with the person that I see looking back at me in the mirror. My goal is to lose 30 pounds and I will definitely need support to attain my goals. <BR... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:53:39 EST Kind of new here <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit My Post <BR> <BR> Create Ticker <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion <BR> <BR> <BR> Page: 1 of (1) <BR> <BR> Report Inappropriate Post <BR> <BR> Thread URL:<BR>board.asp?imboard=30&imparent=38806021 <BR> <BR> Review our Community Guidelines <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi - I've b... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:06:53 EST help hello, is there any way to possibly talk to someone with out laying everthing out to the world? i have found no way to contact any one privately and im not sure i really want all my horrible spread out for everyone to see <BR> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:41:11 EST Lost: Healthy Girl - Found: Fast Food Help, I need somebody....Help, not just anybody....Help, you know I need someone.....HEEEEELLLPP! <BR> <BR> Okay, really I could use just about anybody. Truth is I lost this girl, she is healthy and happy, but I just don't know where she went. I tried GPS location, but it just keeps saying she is right next to me. I know that isn't true, all I have to do is look at my lunch and then look in the mirror to know she is no where around. I put out a lost and found ad, but no one has been able... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:30:42 EST hello I signed up a few weeks ago. I like the calorie calculator feature that lets me input my own food. I have multiple food intolerance issues including celiac disease, so it can be difficult to track calories or to find specific foods in any set calorie counter program. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey a year ago when my doc wanted to up my asthma meds. I thought, what if I lose weight? maybe that will help. Doc said it wouldn't make any difference, but 50 lbs in, I had stopped using... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:42:28 EST I'm new Hello everyone, <BR> I'm new to this site and the board weight-loss it's not new to me I've been overweight all my life and it sucks but I deal with it on a daily basis. I had gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago-ish and I lost about 160 pounds unfortunately I found it. I recently switched primary doctors because my doctor retired and I told my doctor of my issues I have more issues than just weight, and Sons last month I've been exercising more granted it's only walking but I did start... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:15:57 EST Hello My name is Christy Berry. I am 36 years old. I weigh 177 pounds and want to lose 43 pounds. I am on my 3rd day and I feel great. Working on two challenges. Keeping up with my calories. I don't eat after 7pm. Here is to my journey of losing weight and becoming healthy Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:25:51 EST Hello there! After being a yo-yo dieter my whole life, I'm joining Spark People in the hopes that I can lose the weight the right way once and for all. I tipped the scales at over 200 pounds this morning and do not want to see it go any higher. My goal is to lose around 60 pounds and be in my 140's again. My main goal though is to become healthier. I've been suffering from depression and anxiety since getting diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago and my weight has sky-rocketed since then. The ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:51:16 EST Hello everyone Helloy everyone, I am new to this and may need a lot of direction. I am motivated to lose weight, but I am also still learning the process. Can anyone please point me to any good meal prep ideas for dinner please. Thank you. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:54:49 EST Helloooo out there in Sparkville :) Been unsuccessful at keeping the weight off but always hopeful that this time will be different. Persistence is my middle name and no matter how long it takes, I'm in it for the long haul. Looking for a strong support system as I sure as heck can't do this alone. Thanks ahead of time and good luck! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:20:31 EST Morning! Morning, All! I'm currently on MFP (My Fitness Pal) and am testing the waters here @ Spark People. I'm currently in maintenance - met my goal about 3 years ago. Anyone here also on MFP (or is it too much work being on two forums)lol! Happy Tuesday, All! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:32:33 EST For Real, This Time Hi, all! I made this account in 2014ish with the full intention of getting rid of the weight I've gained since high school. It didn't work out for the same reason I gained the weight in the first place: I lack discipline. I'm lucky in the sense that I don't have a taste for junk food. I love healthy foods...I love them so much that I eat too much of it! <BR> <BR> I've been exercising everyday for the past week and I've been really good about being honest with myself about how much I eat. <... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:00:02 EST I will follow through this time Hi, <BR> I joined SparkPeople over a year ago with great intentions. Well, my motivation fizzled out and I stuck with my old habits. Here I am over a year later and a few pounds heavier. I have tried telling myself it doesn't matter, but it does. I don't recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror, and it makes me unhappy. More importantly, I am concerned about my health. My goal is to lose 70 pounds so I can feel better, be healthier, and smile when I see that person looking back a... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:09:03 EST I'm back I used to on here a couple of years ago under I'm pasteelers055....had to use the new name. So good to be back! This is a great place...very helpful! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:44:42 EST THE GOAL IS SELF LOVE!! Hey ya'll. Here I go for the millionth time starting over.. I hate this feeling... I just want to be healthy, happy, and I want to love myself again.. I think I can do it on my own, and then I fail. I need help. Motivation... Please join me on my journey. add me as a friend! I can use all the help I can get ! <BR> Angie in TN Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:42:30 EST Where do u get the repices Hi. I am new on here where do u find the recipes on sparkpeople Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:34:41 EST Hello! I'm here because I have hit that age where weight the body does not want to give up fat. So I am trying to lose 20 pounds. Started my day on the Elliptical and a green smoothie. So far, I am loving SparkPeople. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:20:33 EST Good Monday Morning from a newbie! Good morning! <BR> I am 62 years old and work in a private high school. That said, we work many hours teaching and parenting our students. I teach wellness and meditation and I don't always take such good care of myself. Joining SparkPeople is a way to practice compassionate self-care and to grow some healthy new habits that I can be true to, given the schedule of my work. I love my work with kids and horses and feel very blessed. However, I need to drop some weight and get more fit. ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:47:27 EST 200lbs of unwanted fat to loose Hi. I'm 54. I've weighed over 300lbs for over 20 years. Currently I weigh the most I've ever weighed at 360lbs. I would like to chat with those who are also in the midst of loosing 200+ lbs or still need to loose this much or have already lost this much. Let's support one another on this journey. A bit more about me, I don't eat gluten, drink soft drinks or eat at Fast Food restaurants. I cook real food. I binge on GF desserts, chips, pasta, bread and chocolate. I swim and walk my dog. Are yo... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:14:15 EST Not exactly new here :) Hello, I am returning to Sparkpeople after a 6 year hiatus. I am a 39 year old female, from PA, I joined Sparkpeople over 7 years ago and lost 70 pounds in 11 months thanks to Sparkpeople. I am up 23 pounds, due to my sweet tooth, and need to get back on track. I do 6 miles of power walking every single day, a few very steep hills on my route and do strength training 3 times a week. I walk as much as possible, park in very last spot at stores, always use stairs, ect. I love to exercise, I lov... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:36:55 EST New My name is Joanna and I am 29 years old. I have pros, hypothyroidism and diabetes. I'm hoping to get my weight and these diseases under control and be a healthier person. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:17:05 EST Greetings! I just joined a couple of days ago. I will be turning 50 soon and I want to be able to enjoy this part of my life and beyond! There are so many things I'd like to do and I want the energy to do them. I have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They live two provinces away and I love visiting them. I want to lose at least 50 lbs and be healthy. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:33:51 EST Hi, new here Hello. Just saying hi. Thought it would be nice to have a supportive community and a place to blog to keep track, sort through things and hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> I've got type 2 diabetes, sarcoidosis & an anxiety disorder. Way overweight. The focus for me is just continuing with healthy lifestyle changes and improving, getting healthier and fitter. <BR> <BR> I could really use friends & support; and I can give it, too. Nice to meet you. <BR> ~Mac <em>213</em> <BR> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:14:48 EST new to spark people Hello, I am morbidly obese. I weigh about 343. I am female, 43, and I have been morbidly obese mostly all of my adulthood, sadly to say. My doctor was talking about knee replacement but since I am obese they won't do it till I lose weight. They want to know that I can take care of my knees. I have been thinking about gastric surgery. But I don't know if that is safe for me. I have a problem with keeping up with motivation to lose weight and portion control. <BR> I have bone on bone arthritis... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:31 EST New needing weight loss buddies :) Hey I'm michaela ! I'm 5'8 and 260lbs :( <BR> I'm trying to get down to 140 asap ! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:06:07 EST New member - want a bikini body in 2 months! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site and not really sure how I'm going to use it to be honest. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to lose about 40 pounds in 2 months - not sure that's even possible! I'm going to Las Vegas in June and just want to look as good as I can! <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:33:13 EST Anxious...Hopeful... .Anxious...Hopeful... Started SparkPeople yesterday hoping for the best. What I don't want is to find myself using it to beat myself over the head with unmet daily goals. I've got 100 pounds to lose and diabetes. What makes weight loss difficult for me is that I suffer from anxiety and depression and food has always been my tool of self-medication. I also have a history with every eating disorder (ok, I haven't eaten my couch cushions like I saw on tv). Went to eating disorder hospital for six weeks a few years ba... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:10:40 EST Long road, going in circles Hi im Drummerchick83. I am a fitness instructor and sadly enough i've lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of it back. Today I weight 275. At my heaviest I was 336. I don't want to go back there. My goal is to loose 40 pounds by Sept. 1 but I am really doubtful it will actually work. I have no one local that is willing to be an accountability partner(s). I have a fitbit so I do a lot of tracking in that app. I want to change so much...but the up and down battle is so frustrating. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:13:04 EST Hello, I'm new :) Hello everyone. I am excited to be apart of this website. I have used it for almost a week now, and I am able to use the websites resources easily. However, I have never been apart of a group form or connected with anybody on here. <BR> <BR> I am here because I want to support others and to help myself. I suffer from major depression and I am a 17 year old girl (I know. I am young.). My goal is to improve my eating habits, get better sleep, and lose a couple of pounds. I also want t... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 01:04:30 EST Whoops... So I've been on here for days, talking to people on the boards and everything, and it just dawned on me I haven't even introduced myself soooo... <BR> <BR> Hiya! I'm a dork of a mommy who is trying to get healthier for her toddler's sake :) I come from a family with a list of health problems longer than I am tall, but the most concerning are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer... I'm trying to make lifestyle changes to avoid any and all of those for as long as possibl... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:32:11 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm 58 and looking to adapt a healthier lifestyle. I quit smoking a year ago and managed to put on 16 pounds. I have no particular health issues outside of no motivation. I just got a Fitbit HR so hopefully with spark people and Fitbit I can get serious. Glad to have found this website <em>30</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:53:08 EST Back again I am back on Spark again after a long break. Got my weight down two years ago and was doing good, but after some very hard life challenges found my weight back up again. Spark helped before and I'm hoping it will help again. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:27:01 EST the bar trackers Where do I get those ruler type trackers that show your weight loss? I need some motivation and I think that would be a good visual. I have looked and can't find how to add one. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:04:53 EST Repeat Offender! Hi, I'm Jane. I'm ashamed that "this ain't my first rodeo" on Spark! But here I am....again. Day 2 and I'm already stressing about how to handle the weekend meals! Aaaaahhhhh....... <em>24</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:12:29 EST New start Starting over with Spark. I was a member on and off for many years. Decided to restart wit a new name, new goals and new enthusiasm (which I hope I can maintain). Iam looking forward to getting new ideas and support. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:49:24 EST Took the wrong fork Life got the better of me and took the wrong fork in the road. I now have turned back to where the road forked and started the journey over again. I will need a lot of support and encouragement and that is why I can back to the spark Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:18:29 EST looking for an accountability partner I'm looking for an accountability partner to improve my diet. I eat well at home, but when I'm at work or on the road I find myself making food choices that I think I could do better. <BR> I'd like to check in with the other person(s) once a week, to evaluate how I did, and to make plans for the next week. <BR> Please let me know if you are interested. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:06:00 EST 99 days and counting I have been using spark for 99 days. I am not very good with the messages and blogs. I do read quite a few of them but seldom contribute, I guess I am just not sure how it all works. Might be a sign or my age group. <em>40</em> I have been very faithful in logging my food intake, but my water I seem to forget exactly what I have drank. I lead a very active life so exercise is kind of just how crazy my day has been. I am not sure how to log that in , so I usually don't put in anything. I ha... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:15:22 EST Spark tracker Hello! I'm way new to this message board posting thing so please pardon my awkwardness. Quick question - anyone know a way to get the tracker to continue tracking after a pause in the workout? I commute to work on a bicycle and would like my tracker to "pick up where I left off" after pausing at a traffic light. Those pauses can average three minutes and that seems to interfere with intended tracking. Am I asking too much? Someone please assist if you can, and thank you. <BR> <em>36</em> ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:52:25 EST no more excuses I am ashamed to say that 1 year ago I was 60lbs lighter. I need to get back on track with proper eating to many wasted calories with food and alcohol. I have a long road ahead of me. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:17:16 EST hi imi betty i am pursuing barbaric surgery, looking for a forum to chat about the sleeve surgery. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:56:21 EST Hello Hello! I’m not really a new member, but I am now trying to get to know Sparkpeople better. I have PCOS, high triglycerids and somewhat bad knees. I’ve seen some progress so far, but I find it difficult to be consistent in my diet and, even then, it’s not easy to lose weight. But I’ not quitting! <BR> I wish everyone a nice day! <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:23:55 EST Returning Hi, all. I was a Sparker years ago, and while I have maintained the weight I lost (54 pounds!), I have not lost the remaining 20 or so pounds I'd like to lose. So I'm back with a new name, trying it again. <BR> <BR> My biggest problems are health, lack of exercise, and time. I have diabetes, high blood pressure, and neurofibromatosis type 2 (a rare condition that causes non-cancerous brain tumors). I've had brain surgery to remove one of the tumors, and, among other things, my "balance... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:47:22 EST new to spark Hello. My goals are to eat healthy and exercise more. I am currently enrolled in a couch to 5k program and I have a goal to walk/run a 5k race in June. I start my second class tonight. I have the hardest time sometimes knowing what I should eat in order to get the right nutrition. I think tracking my food and workouts will help. I also struggle with time. Taking the time to track the foods, workouts, plus cooking the right foods, on top of working full time and taking care of two teena... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:54:18 EST Back again I'm back again for the third time. My plan to stay motivated this time is to get involved in the Spark community. I am looking for some weight loss buddies who also have a significant amount to lose to share this journey with, so let me know if you might be interested! I'm glad to be back! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:04:05 EST