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 Gonna lose 100 pounds I am so sick of being overweight! I am determined to lose atleast 100 pounds. Any kind words and support would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:01:35 EST Hi from Maryland I'm just starting and happy to be here. I'm looking forward to some great information and ideas and getting to know new friends. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:19:07 EST Hello Everyone I am new to spark people and I am very excited about making changes to how I manage my diet and health. For me tracking is key. The only time I ever lost a significant amount of weight in the past was by tracking. Now with apps and this website, I feel like tracking will be so much easier... and therefore WORK FOR ME. I wish everyone the best on their journey to a healthier life. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:42:01 EST new but not new Hello. I am not new to Sparkpeople. Been on here plenty of times, just never stuck with it. I am 29 years old. I have always struggled with my weight. I have PCOS and a lung disease called Pulmonary Hypertension. This time on Sparkpeople I am determined and motivated to get healthy. So far I have already lost 6 lbs. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:56:38 EST Fresh perspective Hi, I'm Jennifer a 24 year old trying to figure out what to do with my life. I've decided to live a more holistic lifestyle and have recently been interested in persuing a career in nutrition/health. I have no idea where to even start! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! :) Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:13:14 EST Surprisingly my head is really in this game Hello I just turned 61 in my second week of Optifast. I'm retired, Surprisingly, my heads in this game! I'm starting my third week. I really haven't been craving foods I just can't handle the smell of some foods especially when my daughter and her fiancé are barbecuing beautiful rib eye steaks that I adore… I've never been much of a red meat eater, no I was a retail butcher for 30 years LOL I do love me some ribeye, sure is funny how things you never really ate much of all of a sudden smell ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:13:30 EST new this is going to hard for me.hard to exercise.will be 70 in many health pain alot,get muscle cramps when i try streching exercise.have ibs,have to see a cardo dr ,get short of breath..,when walking.have mitral valel?,heart mummer,1 stintso many other 2 total knee surgerys.i,m hoping with all the comments n members storys will help,have a great to all Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:56 EST no going back now Hi. I will just keep this short and sweet. I will be 41 in July. I've had enough and it's absolutely urgent I lose this weight now. I am hoping to find motivation here. I joined this page years ago, but failed in my goals. This time there is no stopping me. Hi everyone! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:59:43 EST Need motivation After having a great day yesterday feeling tired and unmotivated today. <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:02:31 EST Isothermal process When the system undergoes change from one state to the other, but its temperature remains constant, the system is said to have undergone isothermal process. For instance, in our example of hot water in thermos flask, if we remove certain quantity of water from the flask, but keep its temperature constant at 50 degree Celsius, the process is said to be isothermal process. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:23:33 EST Trying to lose weight with PCOS and Chronic Pain Hi there, I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome otherwise known as PCOS which causes lots of health problems including weight problems. I have been living with chronic pain for over seventeen years due to injuring my spine; cervical, thoracic and lumbar. My knees are buggered and my feet suffer badly from arthritis, as does the rest of my body. <BR> <BR> Despite all this i am pretty active; i teach 2 classes per week of belly dancing, i attend a dance class each week, i perform on weekends with ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:19:15 EST New to here but not to dieting Hey I'm Wayne I've been dieting my whole life and may have been successful at it once or twice. I;ve had so may of those "moments" that I swore were going to push me into doing what I needed to do and had those moments disappear just as quick. I've been big all my life and I feel at times that I'm just trying to slowly kill myself throuh food. I tell myself I'm going to change it almost every day and almost every night I crash and burn. Fact is I'm tired of being fat but I just don't feel I c... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:25:58 EST A-Fib I recently had my second ablation to treat an irregular and very fast heart beat. I am feeling tired and overwhelmed by unsuccessful treatment, dietary restrictions and lack power to exercise. My heart still irregular and very fast. I have no energy to do anything. Anyone out there has had a positive outcome with A- Fib treatments that would not mind sharing with me, please? Thanks! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:02:24 EST Day 5 still struggling Good Morning from PA still struggling with food choices <em>39</em> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:31:41 EST Good Morning from MN! Hey all! Just introducing myself, this is BigCrash (hoping to be SmallCrash someday). I am about 5 days in on this and everything is going well so far! Hope everyone is doing well this morning! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:07:54 EST Looking to stay young at heart! I'm in my mid 50s and I my goal is to get into the exercise habit- Sparkpeople has great fitness support! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:43:52 EST Please support my blogging efforts ..Love you all <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354078 </link> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:33:00 EST I am doing this for me HI there, I started with spark people a couple of weeks ago and have discovered there is so much more content when I log in on my laptop versus my mobile. Excited to see so much helpful information and tools and resources. Anyhow, I am not new to the weightloss arena. I have been wanting to remove at first 20 pounds which grew to 50 pounds due to menopause and continued bad habits. Funny thing is I thought I was being healthy, but it was my sedentary lifestyle that has done me in.. I hav... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:35:18 EST Difficult but won't quit Hello, all! My name is Heather. I'm 30 years old, 5'3", and was last weighed at 397 pounds. I'm currently in line for a gastric bypass but having difficulty meeting some of the requirements. I try hard to exercise but I have arthritis in my knee and have lower back pain. I try to push through the pain but it takes its toll after a little while. I'm just so frustrated. I want to join a gym or go to a swimming pool to become stronger but I have no income so it makes it difficult. Someti... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:45:03 EST Hi From Alaska Hi All! I am a 38 (almost 39) year old mother of two living in Alaska. I am determined to get healthy and lose 90 pounds. I am on day 5, and going strong :) Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:29:24 EST Hello! Hey everyone. I'm new here! <BR> <BR> I've let myself go for a few months. I had/have been battling a really bad time period with depression and anxiety that cropped up in December. I caved to every single feeling that was brought on and stopped taking care of myself. Needless to really say, it showed. I put on a considerable amount of weight. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to build a better relationship with myself and food. It's always been an adventure with me. I'm hoping I can stick with this ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:12:25 EST vsg-er still trying to figure things out... Good morning! I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy about 2 1/2 years ago. I did really well (I think), losing 85 pounds in the first year. Then came the stall. After losing a lot of my hair to either breakage or just falling out, I had to have a hysterectomy before my one-year sleeve anniversary. Both of those things got me somewhat off of the fast-track weight loss I was on. <BR> I have since developed food allergies (mainly to tree nuts) that limit what types of healthy snacks I can h... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:55:35 EST I'm Brynn I'm back and bigger than ever! I gained back all the weight I lost the first time and have gained an extra 30! How does this happen? I seek to not only lose the weight I lost the first time, but to lose an additional 30 pounds. I will still be 20 pounds from my ideal weight but it's something I could live with and be proud of. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:36:56 EST I am back I have tried a lot if things without success but never really committed. I have to do something as my daughter told me yesterday I am a binge eater which might be true <BR> I know I am an emotional eater. Has anyone tried GoLo ? I am thinking of trying that. Counseling and medication are only doing so much. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:30:48 EST I'm Casey <em>524</em> I am currently feeling very positive . I hope to gently lose about 120 lbs, while somehow managing to be kind to myself. I am excited about being a member of this encouraging and inspiring community. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:09:07 EST Hi, I'm Paula. Not very successful losing weight.. Well, I'm here trying again and wanting to do it by healthy eating and cutting down on how much I eat. I'm a compulsive stress eater, ugh. I'm an insulin and pills diabetic type 2. Gotta change my life style or it's not gonna be good. I'm an old crone and I want to live many more years... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:24:56 EST Hello...I'm a newbie Hi I'm 31 years old. Diagnosed with PCOS and left alone to figure out how to keep the weight off. I'm determined not to give up on myself. I'm glad that I found this site. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:27:49 EST Never did anything like this... Joined last week and really like all of the guidance and tools. Am a big believer in HFLC based on emerging evidence, hope to find a lot of great ideas, recipes and success stories from fellow HFLCers. Dealing with 50 extra pounds, high cholesterol, astronomical triglycerides and middle-age. You know the drill. <BR> <BR> Glad to be a SparkPeople person! Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:53:03 EST keto I am looking for friends that live the keto way and for some good hints looking for ways to get in the fat with out all the gress Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:22:02 EST Belly Bloat I was encouraged to join this site to track what I am eating and make sure I am consuming a balanced diet. Years of not paying attention (My family is no where near health conscious) have taken their toll and I can't eat high starch foods anymore without feeling like my organs no longer fit in my skin...let a lone my pants. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:51:50 EST EAGER TO LOSE AND GET FIT HELLO EVERYONE... I HAVE MADE THIS JOURNEY MANY TIMES BUT AM DETERMINED TO MAKE THIS A LASTING EFFORT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. i CAN RECALL AS A TEENEAGE THINKING AT MY WEIGHT OF 165LBS THAT I WAS "FAT" BECAUSE YOU SEE i WAS TOLD THAT I WAS OVERWEIGHT IN COMPARISON TO MY CLASSMATES IN HIGH SCHOOL. I AM OF LARGE FRAME, SIZE 10 SHOE.... HEIGHT OF A SKOSH UNDER 6 FEET TALL.......YET WAS MADE TO FEEL THAT IN ORDER TO FIT IN WITH THE CLASSMATES THAT I NEEDED TO BE A SIZE 9 IN CLOTHES. WHAT I DIDN... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:10:41 EST newbee hi guys im new here got 100lb's to lose already lost 33lb in 3 months i walk regular please feel free to contact me i'll reply to all messages thanks. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:50:44 EST Diebetes-the fine balance between diet and exercis In January was rushed to the hospital with a blood-sugar level of 810 at a weight level of 225 pounds dropping to 170 pounds in a month loosing all fluids. They got my weight back up and put me on insulin four times a day. They impressed on me that I had to diet and exercise. Upon leaving the hospital my weight was back up to 205 pounds, my thoughts in a blur. I found this program and got serious about my eating habits and exercising. Today I am down to 187-188 pounds legitimately, having a g... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:50:48 EST Excited to Make Some Real Changes Hello, everyone! My name is TC and I'm no stranger to SP, but I have to admit I've never seen the Message Boards section before! My initial goal is to lose 50 pounds by November 17, and I'm already 5 down and off to a great start but hoping to connect with others as I progress further. <BR> <BR> I'm starting the Tone It Up Bikini Series on Monday, so I'm hopefully going to be working even harder to get down for the next two months. Have any of you done it? The work outs this week have been ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:47:33 EST saying hello from va Hi everyone in new to this I need some support and push to help me get started <em>224</em> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:17:56 EST Starting Over in Arkansas I'm Ashley, and I'm starting over again. This time, my husband and I are doing SparkPeople together, and I'm hoping that's what's going to make us both successful this time around. My husband is a retired Marine who is also a full-time student with a part-time job at his college. I'm the advocate supervisor for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, and I do most of my work from home. <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest now that I've ever been and so is my husband. We both know tha... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:03:30 EST Hello from Utah! Hey guys! My name is Shannen, and I'm trying, yet again, to use SparkPeople to lose weight. I'm 19, and I have 50-60 pounds to lose. I don't really have a set goal weight, although 135 sounds super nice, but I mostly want to focus on getting in shape. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and my counselor told me that I need to add exercise to my treatment. That's really hard when you can barely walk a mile without feeling out of breath! So there's one motivator for me. I also just want to ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:50:03 EST Have to do this... Hey y'all! I'm new here, and really needing to do this!! I'm a 41 year old mom to 5. I weight 255....the heaviest I've ever been. Even during my pregnancies I wasn't this big. I'm starting to feel it in the way I move, and just feel all over. I'm really trying to stick with this. I'm hoping to meet some weight-loss buddies here that can maybe help me out. :) Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:07:54 EST Desperate Hi all, I just joined sparkpeople about 1/2 hour ago. I have always battled with weight loss but I was never overweight let alone obese until 6 years ago. I had my son 6 years ago and soon after was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, which is way worst than postpartum depression. Soon, I was diagnosed with major depression disorder. I was on a lot of medication, all was trial and error. I did not have much support from family and friends. I remember eating mindlessly and soon I weighed 250,... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:30:31 EST Returned to SparkPeople this week Returning and recommitting to my healthy lifestyle after a difficult couple of years where I slid all the way back. It's hard for me to put myself out there, but I'm determined to do all the steps for my challenge! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:24:13 EST Not new, newly committed I am using the mobile app and my fitbit to assist. Tired of being tired. LOCK AND LOAD! Let's do this! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:51:28 EST Restarting in Alabama I've been on and off SparkPeople for years. When I'm active, I actually see results. Why do I keep doing this to myself? The first time, I have a good reason: we were without good internet for a couple of years. After that, I got nothing. <BR> <BR> I really want to look and feel better. I have so many cosplay ideas that I'd like to look good for. I have a YouTube channel, too, and I want to be healthy as an example of what is possible living a Paleo lifestyle and being autistic. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:20:16 EST need to eat better trying to find out what are the best smoothies to use and how much to use. also how to get more protein in my diet and more vegetables Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:30:25 EST Must do it Hi <BR> <BR> Just joined today, I will be 63 years young on Monday, just found out I have got arthritis in my foot, I love walking so it is a bit of a blow, I must lose weight now, no option..fortunately I love swimming too so I am going to take that up again instead of so much walking..hopefully I can lose 30 lbs and back in my trainers...wish me luck Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:38:20 EST New to Spark people Ready to make healthy choices, excited to see positive changes Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:04:52 EST Starting Over AGAIN...this time it'll stick Dr. Phil really got to me yesterday. It really motivated me to start back up on my weight loss and take really seriously this time. It's really about the health this Time. It's surprising where you find motivation sometimes Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:02:24 EST Starting is the worst I am an all or nothing type of gal. I realize that's my mistake. I start and go hard core and then fizzle out. That's why I lose and gain the same 30lbs EVERY YEAR. <BR> <BR> I think I need the baby steps. The not beating myself up. <BR> <BR> Today, I did eat at Chipotle with my husband for lunch. But I also made sure I got water in and exercised 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Ill make some more steps once I get these down. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:58 EST New to sparkpeople Hi to everyone my name is andreagail so happy to be here by goal is to lose 21 pounds <BR> I have a chi named luna <em>41</em> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:39:29 EST Getting it done! I am NOT a morning person. But I know if I don't work out first thing in the morning, it is simply not going to happen. I work a desk job and by the end of a long day, I am just mentally drained and fatigued by sitting all day (not that it makes sense, but it sure feels like it!). So, I have been getting up between 4:30 and 5 each morning for the last 3 weeks (M - F) and hitting the gym. Do I love being up then? NOPE! But by the end of the workout, I feel awake and accomplished. So, I will ke... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:35 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy. Truly need someone to chat with and keep me motivated and on track. Message me if you are interested. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:41:02 EST Starting again Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark a few times over the last couple of years and the one thing I have learned.......I do better when I take the time to login every day. This time I want it to be a long term commitment. Any and all tips for staying motivated will be greatly appreciated! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:41:10 EST Hello fron the UK Hello <BR> <BR> Recently joined with a view to losing a few lb as I've been unsuccessful over the last year. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing the 21 day challenge for newbies, day five today hence the post, Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:51:19 EST Back for the 29839th time I don't know what's different about this time except for the fact that I have a much clearer mind and I'm much more motivated this time. I'm Lindsey, I'm 31, I live in Minnesota, and while I track my calories elsewhere I rejoined Sparkpeople for the community! So add me as a friend, people! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:32:22 EST Back on SparkPeople! Hi everybody! My name is Melanie and I'm finally back on SparkPeople after a long time away. I'm hoping that it will help me to change my life for the better, something I've been wanting for a long time. I'm tired of starting over and over again on my weight loss journey and am ready to make this the time that I stick with it. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to add me as a friend. I need all the motivation and encouragement I can get and would love to have some accountability buddies. :) Nice to ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:56:48 EST Finally losing Finally down 10 pounds. Had been gaining slowly for a long time, stressful times, good times, anytime. I love foods starchy and sweet! So happy that I only had a small piece of my grandson's b-day cake after days of no desserts. However I am finding sugar free Jello gives me a little taste thrill at the end of my protein meals. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:59:57 EST Hello from the Atlanta area! I am trying, once again. to get back into shape, lose the extra weight and find my way to being Healthy, Happy & STRONG. Would love to meet some people around my age (51) who would like to encourage one another and maybe meet up sometime to get moving (walks around Stone Mountain, local parks) or simply to build friendships. We're all in this together! Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:06:01 EST New Guy ... how many times have you read that? lol <BR> Real quick, as I am short of time. <BR> 54 y/o man.... who is scheduled for a nuclear stress test tomorrow.... kind of an eye opener. Didn't think I was that bad... but we'll see. <BR> I'm a man, husband, father, and a grandfather.... I want to be around for a bit longer... but healthy I want to be able to keep up and even out do my grandkids. <BR> <BR> Looking for motivation, inspiration, advice, and friends who have fun and a healthy m... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:33:48 EST Left Weight Watcher to Join Spark People A few months ago I rejoined Weight Watchers again, for the weekly accountability of weighing in. I had joined many times over many years. It is in no way my intention to criticize Weight Watchers because many people have been very successful with the program. However, each time I joined, it was the same story. I did not enjoy converting foods to points, prefer counting calories, would soon find a sameness to the meetings regardless of how good the leader was, and I just did not feel it wa... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:47:24 EST Hi from South Korea I am 52 years old man and living in South Korea. I recently had knee surgery and between lack of exercise and friends bringing me sweets for recovery, I gained 30 pounds in 4 months. Now I want to loose 35 - 40 pounds as a goal. I live alone but have several good friends. I don't cook but can make a salad. Korean basic food is healthier than American food though. I would like to start a blog, but don't see how to do that, so here is a good place to start! <BR> Drew Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:06:58 EST Hello from Virginia Hello everyone and good luck with your weight loss journey! Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:03:16 EST I am new I just want to introduce myself. Trying to be healthier. Thank you for listening. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:22:04 EST Hello from Arizona Hi everybody. I've been tracking my nutrition for 30 days now and figured I'd get a little more involved in what this site has to offer. The last 30 days has been the best 30 days of my life as far as nutrition goes and I'd really like to keep it up! Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:47:41 EST hello, I'm new to message boards Hi, this is my first time on the message boards. <BR> <BR> I've been tracking my food and exercise for over a month. I appreciate how the tracking makes me more aware of my actions. <BR> <BR> I am more or less on track in terms of actions, but lagging in terms of weight loss. Oh well, at least I'm headed in the right direction. <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:46:22 EST Hello Sparkles! Looking forward to tracking once again meeting goals with SparkPeople. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:30:05 EST Savannah, GA over here Hi. Former runner trying to get back in shape in my 40s, and, damn, it's hard, especially in this hellish climate. Came to this website for some motivation - I'm not much of a joiner, but maybe this will work? We'll see. I'm a writer (my name, Short Bus Hero, is my latest book title) and I'm currently studying comedy. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:43:31 EST I need motivation to get fit for my wedding! Hi! I´m Mel. I am 19 from Germany and after 6 years together I am getting married to the love of my life next February. I used to be a competitive ballet dancer and gymnast but broke my hip a few years back and have been packing on the pounds since then (cortison shots+antidepressants=crazy weight gain). My goal is not so much to lose weight since I am at a healthy weight but I would like to get fit and start eating a lot healthier. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:47:03 EST New Hello I'm new and looking forward to this adventure Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:48:31 EST Newbie New to these message boards so not sure what to say.....I have a lot of weight to lose and in the past I have lost quite a bit living a low carb lifestyle. Are there any boards specific to low carb? I have hit a two week plateau and I'm really frustrated but have not given up and I don't plan on it. I am finding it hard because I feel like I am doing everything right but my weight will not budge. Thanks for listening! Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:02:56 EST Hey Y'all! I reached my "ahaha" moment yesterday about my weight. I am an Alabama transplant to Maryland who is using food for friendship and emotional support. Little Debbie and her snack cakes moved with me and now Ho Ho's and Ding Dongs seemed to have moved in! I am determined this time to meet my goal weight. I am hoping y'all will help me! Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:50:25 EST 56 still trying to lose weight <em>39</em> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:29:58 EST Checking out the site Hi, My name is Nancy. I'm looking for a good place and people in support of my weight loss journey. All the tracking looks very overwhelming, but nothing worthwhile is easy. I welcome any suggestions. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:26:01 EST Hello from NJ Hi Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:40:36 EST New to boards... Hello everyone...I was introduced to sparkpeople by a friend. She has had great success and is highly motivated by being a member here. I hope i can learn how to use this to do the same :-) Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:01:56 EST New and not Sure What to Do. Hello My Name is Marisa. <BR> Not Really Sure What to Do Here, I Was Here Before 8 Years ago. I was Confused Then Too. I Went on You tube to Find a Seated Work out and Found Nicole's 12 Min Work out. I Love it and Now it;s apart of my workout. I exercise Every other Day. I Try to Eat Right and I don't Eat at Restaurants. I do Get Pizza For Us all but it's only one time a month. I get one Slice and Water. Now that Dominoes has Salads I'm going to eat that instead. I Need To lose 150 pounds and... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:51:23 EST Just saying hello! Making my first stop to the message boards to take a look around. Hello my fellow SparkPeople! Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:08:15 EST Hey My name is Amanda, and I'd like to lose 35 lbs this year. I don't have a lot of space in my apartment to work out, but I do have an exercise bike, so I'm hoping that will be useful. I'd like to learn how to eat healthy (without spending too much) and resist cravings for junk food and sugary things. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:10:04 EST Hello from SE Wisconsin! Hello everyone, I'm a 34 yr old mom of 4, work full time and I want to have my body back. After NEVER working out, having 4 children, and eating pretty much anything I wanted it has caught up to me. I found out that I had ulcers in December 2016 and that prompted me to change some of my eating habits. I still have work to do, I need to learn how to incorporate exercise and healthier eating into my life. I found SparkPeople many years ago and I'm glad that I have "reconnected". <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:17:23 EST Greetings Hi, everyone :-) <BR> I am mid-aged trying to become healthy and loose some weight in the process :-) Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:26:28 EST Hi from nc Hello from North Carolina! My name is Jodie I am a divorced mother of two. In the last year I have lost both of my children, my daughter decided she didn't like my rules and at 15 she moved out, and went to live with her grandmother, my 17 year old son made some bad decisions and landed himself in a lot of trouble. I blamed myself​ for everything, I became depressed and turned to food for the comfort. Intern I have made myself over weight and unhappy, but today is a new day. It's time for me ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:30:47 EST Hello Everyone!!!! <em>334</em> Starting up to lower cholesterol. Lets get motivated <BR> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:37:39 EST New Here Hello. My name is Steve. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to restart my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> In 9 years, I've gone from 300 pounds, down to 285 when I started logging foods, before I ultimately dropped to 217. Now I'm back up to 260. <BR> <BR> I logged at Calorie Count off and on for years before the site shut down. I needed a fresh start anyway. <BR> <BR> My actual weight goal is 193 pounds. <BR> <BR> Now I'm here, jump starting the logging, losing weight, and hopefully will get... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:19:13 EST Hello from Missouri/ Germany I am from Missouri but I am currently deployed in Germany. I saw an ad for this website when I was just browsing the internet for health trackers that were compatible with my current phone and it's features and so far this website has done wonders for me. I do realize that most people are on this site to help both improve their lifestyle and lose weight. However, I am here to improve my lifestyle and gain weight the healthy way so that my body is at a much healthier weight. <em>386</em> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:31:21 EST Hello from NYC Hello I restarted my journey few months ago. I seem to have lost some weight and am glad for this.I would like to continue on this but at a higher level. I always have others to do this with however this time I am doing it alone😜?. I am glad that I remembered spark people is a great community to help with weight loss. So I hope I can fine some friends. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:10:18 EST Wow! It's not hard but it's not easy It seems like I do good for 3 or 4 days, then back on the road of destruction. I'm not the only one that lives at my house, so there's always junk food. The I say just one, then two. I'm weak, but I'M not really. Oh, my name is Nicholas and I am 178pounds. So it's not good . I feel like the last person anyone ever wants to look at. Help me, and maybe I can help you also. It's good to be here truing one more time. <em>334</em> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:52:47 EST Keep me motivated and on Track Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone to keep me motivated and on track with my goals. Someone who will chat on a weekly basis to talk about progress and goals achieved. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are game. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 22:02:07 EST Hi! Im 36, have 5 kids and trying to get myself back! I gained weight with pregnancies and was in a really bad 12 marrage that ended in a divorce 3 years ago. Now happily married again, so i am trying to get healthy physically now that my mind is better. (Or <BR> at least starting to get better) Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:45:44 EST Beginning my journey . . . again Hi and thank you for the warm welcome already! I'm beginning my journey to health again. In the past I have overcome severe auto-immune disorders with a mostly plant-based diet and a healthy lifestyle. I lost my way for a while and have been having more symptoms and lack of energy. Now I am recommitted to my health and well-being. I'm kind of overwhelmed by all of the options and information here, but also really excited! Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:28:01 EST I'm back Every time I start over I believe I am closer to my goals. Signed up for Spark Coach. Small steps will get me to my goals. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:03:45 EST I'm back & need support for my 80lbs+ journey Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I have a bit of a "history" with SP. I started in 2008, fell off the wagon, came back a couple of years later, fell off the wagon, came back a couple of years later and now I'm back again. <BR> I love SP; it has helped me to lose about 20lbs the first time (gained it back) and 40lbs the second time (gained it back again...) <BR> <BR> My new goal: lose 83 lbs <BR> I have goals for after that, but for now, I have a tall mountain to climb. <BR> <BR> I posted on my blo... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 10:29:38 EST My child just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in MN Hello! My 12-year-old daughter was recently hospitalized for four days with Type 1 diabetes and pneumonia, and we are learning about managing daily life with the disease. I'm interested in connecting with other parents and learning tips for how they can successfully attend school and participate in activities. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Janet in Minneapolis Sat, 8 Apr 2017 14:41:23 EST Howdy!!! I am back doing this for me!! I am now almost 54 and have lost nearly 100lbs in the past, but that is back <em>46</em> I made a move and was not dealing with all the emotions that move and the reason for it. I have to learn new tools for that and remember I am worth the work it takes! I have done it before so I CAN do it again! I am WORTH IT! Thank you so much for the support. Hugs Sat, 8 Apr 2017 11:39:36 EST Hello Hello Folks, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. I made a 20 Wishes list. On the list one of the items is -> Build Strength, Power, Flexibility, Fitness level. Other items were things like dance lessons, adventuring, white water rafting, kayaking on the lake, hot air balloon rides, sailing, exploring, long distance hiking the pacific crest trail, long distance hiking the Appalachian trail, and there is this 150 mile hike in Scotland that sounds amazing. All these things are impacted by my... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 01:31:10 EST Let's try this again Hello. <BR> I created my 3rd or 4th SparkPeople acct tonight. I'm heavier than ever. Maybe this time something will stick. <BR> Obviously, I can't do this alone. I'm tired, fat, cranky, and unhappy. <BR> But where to start with so much to lose? Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby steps. One day at a time. <BR> But.... I'm over 100 pounds overweight, with little self control and a tiny budget. <BR> So, which baby step do I start with? I just started going to the Y ~ treadmill (slowly) and swimming (... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:49:10 EST Hello Hey everyone! My name is Carly. I'm 26 years old and want to lose 80 lbs. I want to start living a healthier, more active lifestyle. I know it will be a long journey, but it will be good for me in the end. It will not only improve my physical health, but also my mental health as I've been feeling very stuck lately. I'm also looking for a workout buddy if anyone is interested! Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:23:50 EST Looking for support. I have over100 pound to lose and looking for a supportive ,motivating and encouraging weightloss buddy for support and somebody l can support on their weightloss journey also. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:44:32 EST Hello, new beginnings Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm not technically 'new' here but I've never utilized the site to my advantage. Since September of 2016 I've been on a mission to slowly lose weight and focus more on health and wellness. <BR> <BR> I've never really been 'okay'. I haven't slept well the majority of my life. I struggle with depression and ever worsening anxiety to the point that I can't enjoy things I once did like parties, concerts, or even simple community events. I know medication is an option but I al... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:56:50 EST Disabled and 30 lbs overweight Hi I am new to this program. Due to the severity of my disease, exercise is difficult for me. I recently found out that my LDL cholesterol levels were high, so I have joined this community in hopes that I can visualize what I am eating so that I can lower that level without the use of pills. I take enough of them, lol. <BR> If there are any others here that suffer from Rheumatoid, osteo and other forms of arthritis, or physical challenges, I would like to share thoughts on types of exercis... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:38:34 EST Seeing Results I'm on day 6 of the 30 day challange and I'm seeing results. I'm excited to see what happens next week. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:44:08 EST New to the messge board Haven't posted here before. Hope it helps Thu, 6 Apr 2017 19:33:15 EST Hello I haven't been on here for a while. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing our stories. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 18:12:05 EST quick hello Fifth day logging in and wanted to say hi. Motivated for sure this time around and first weigh in is tomorrow. Feeling like it's different ...this time attempt to lose weight is an all around health choice-not just for looks or etc. 50years old with a husband and a 9 year old so i really want to make new choices for my well being. hope everyone is having a great day. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:48:15 EST Week two and the numbers on the scale aren't movin I have been on sparkpeople on and off for the last three years. I stop in for a few days and then don't come back for weeks. So after visiting with my doctor decided things needed to be different. So I have been visiting and logging on the site for two weeks. My first week was great, made some changes in my eating and lost 5 lbs. Was thrilled. Figured I would be able to show my doctor some good progress when I went back to her in a month. <BR> <BR> Well, on to week two. I think I am b... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:51:31 EST Hello there!!!! Hi I am new but not new to spark people!! I am also a WW user. I am looking for some wonderful friends to add !!! Any Ontario Canada users out there?? Hope to meet some great people!!! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 11:39:07 EST Hi! from Missouri Hi! I'm back after a few years away. So far I've managed to log in and track food and exercise every day for the 7 days I've been back <em>582</em> Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:49:36 EST Hi from good ol' NC. Hello all. My name is Amy. We're going to give this a go. I'm 48 (49 in 17 days) and have about 60 lbs total I need to lose. I say need, not want. Turns out now I have to. Heart condition, thyroid condition, lung condition, all sorts of lovely conditions that have popped up (literally) in the last year. Plus, getting married in the fall. Disney Honeymoon. Going to be a grandmother in 2 months. Lots of reasons to "get healthy". I have struggled with my weight my entire life, turns o... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 06:03:52 EST Hello, old friends! I was a member of Spark People years ago. Then I wasn't. I have no other explanation for it. But, as I began to re-visit my weight loss/health journey, I remembered how much I enjoyed this site. So, I'M BACK, BABIES! I'm ready to give this another try, and am looking so forward to having the support again! :) Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:02:15 EST New to sparkpeople I am a newbie to sparkpeople, 6 days to date. I am actually restarting my weight loss. I started in 2012 and logged my food and workout into myfitnesspal, which was successful until I stopped. Since then I gained most of it back. I know of the things I did wrong and I changing one step at a time. Add me and we can support each other in our journeys. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:36:03 EST I need help It's crazy how up and down I am when it comes to dieting. I was doing Great in the beginning I'm now on day 4 then yesterday I had done problems and ate like crazy. And I need to admit something here that I can't say anywhere else, I went and made myself throw up. I feel horrible. Today is a new day I'm hoping to get back up but then I had a horrible horrible breakfast consisting of fried Cheese, chunky chocolate chip cookies, and coffee and a chocolate. I feel down and horrible about myself ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:14:34 EST Lost I've been dieting and had trouble sticking to one calorie count. My weight lose seems to be so slow. I can handle slow but I would like to jump off this plateau! Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:03:45 EST It's a great day... I'm Angie and I want to lose about 30 lbs. I have recently started walking daily, about 4 to 6 miles a day and I am slowly incorporating strength training into my routine. I am hoping to find help and motivation here as well as a few friends along the way. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:40:04 EST hi my name is Kathy I'm back again to restart my journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 18:00:41 EST Not new, but back, again.... My name's Cynthia, and I've been on and off using Sparkpeople for years. I've lost some using it, 10-20 lbs each time, then something happens that makes me stop tracking, stop being active (depression/major change in life/etc) and then slowly I gain more weight back. I've come back this time because I went to a new Dr. and she really really wants me to lose weight - as in tried to talk to me about bariatric surgery (which I am 100% not ok with doing to myself), and mentioned trying some pres... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:31:40 EST new from North Shore of Massachusetts Hi! I'm Rhiannon, and I found out about this site from a friend's facebook post- she was asking people for advice on how to lose weight, so I started reading and someone recommended this to her and I figured I might as well jump in too. <BR> <BR> I'm mostly just looking for a way to be held accountable for my victories and shortcomings. I think my biggest problem is I like to do workout with my friends, and when they get lazy, I get lazy right with them. I need to focus more on just me ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:56:33 EST Hello from Ontario, Canada I want to post something because I have just read I'll have more success by participating on message boards but I really don't have much to say! I always just read message boards and do not contribute but I really want to work with SparkPeople and have success so I'm going to try. I'm a stay at home mom trying to lose 50 lbs. I feel so embarrassed putting that out there, I'm so ashamed I don't want to send the message but I need to accept this. I NEED TO LOSE 50 LBS. And I'm going to do it... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:10:01 EST Trying to get back on track-so depressed!!! Hi all, <BR> <BR> Two years ago I lost close to 30lbs. I went from 265 to 238. Once I got in my regimen the weight seemed to melt off. Of course I was in the habit of no sugar and no white flour. over the past two years I have gained 20lbs back. <BR> <BR> I am a hard core sugar addict. It took close to a month before I had it all out of my system but once I did it was pretty easy. I gained the weight back at a slow creep and am grateful that I have at least 10lbs less than when I s... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:57:35 EST Hi there! Hey guys! I'm a new member here :) I am healthy lifestyle passionate young woman, looking for new ways and tips for staying fit and happy :) I hope we can motivate each other and share our opinions and advises here:) <BR> <BR> Cheers! Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:21:26 EST New Start!! Well I've been on this site before and the first time I did really well but would always go back to my old eating habits. I've tried losing the weight that I had gained back but was not as motivated the second time around. Here's hoping the 3rd times the charm! I'm going to try and change the way I eat instead of losing the weight quickly. I really want to be able to keep up with my family when we go on hiking trips! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:18:20 EST Dropping the pounds for race day Hi SparkPeople, <BR> I'm new to the page and desperate to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I thoroughly enjoy running and am set to run my first marathon at the end of the month in aid of Cats Protection. I have been training for over a few months now, typically running a half marathon (13.1 miles) and squeezing in a shorter recovery run of about 10K (6.2 miles) once a week. Although I feel stronger through the training and have smashed previous PB's, I've struggled to eat healthily and fuel my body ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 05:16:58 EST Weight Buddy Currently 192lb, (Lost 8lb since starting diet a week ago) aim to get to 164lb Would like a weight buddy who's at similar weight. Need to keep up motivation. Male, relatively sedate but need to increase activity etc etc. Please feel free to befriend if appropriate Mon, 3 Apr 2017 03:13:41 EST Help from fellow weight watchers 2004 Hi everyone my name is Bobby. Time to stop the madness. Here's my hangup, I had the greatest success following the points plan on 2004. I want to start again, it works well! Problems however, finding the materials are tough. Would need to know how many points I can have at my current weight. I'm really hoping others on here can help. Also desperately in search of the cardboard points slider. Please help!!! <BR> Signed, Bobby:) Sun, 2 Apr 2017 23:14:23 EST Hi from Iowa I'm 34 married mom to two wonderful boys. Full time work school and business. I have let my weight creep up to an unacceptable level. It's time to put my life in gear. For a healthy future. Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:53:10 EST Hi from Montana I'm Bea. I live in a small town in western Montana. I'm married to a good man. We will have our 46th anniversary in June. I've lost 80 pounds and now I'm maintaining. Sometimes I feel like I'm doing a good job with it, but other times I feel like I'm not doing so well. In the end, the scales says I'm doing a good job. My motto at this time is I NEVER want to be fat again! Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:34:24 EST work hard Happy to be on message board I live in New Brunswick Canada wondering if there are any other people from my area. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:58:00 EST Hello! its been forever but i am back I started using Sparkpeople years ago when you had to pay $10~lol. i havent been paying attention to my fitness or nutrition for a few years now. One of my nurses i work with and i were messing around on a wheel chair scale yesterday, and low and freaking behold, i weigh 199.88 lbs. i cannot abide. i noticed my feet, ankles, and knees hurting more, so in turn i have been laying around on the couch more. the kid has erupted into a crazy teenager, the man/boy flips from one chaotic situation to... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:40:50 EST New to Sparks Need to loose over 100 lbs..,love to gear feedback from others. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:35:21 EST A New Start Hi everyone! <BR> I'm Mali. I'm starting Sparkpeople again because I think it's a wonderful way to reach weight loss goals. I was a member years ago, but wasn't consistent. This time is going to be different. I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and couldn't believe how much I've let myself go. I'll be 38 in two months and would love to see a change by then. However, I'm not going to set any unrealistic goals; I just want to be healthy fit. So, it's April 1st, a perfect time to start! <... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:48:15 EST new member Hello. I would appreciate a few encouraging accountability partners. I am ill. I seriously need to lose weight and thrive to become healthy. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 05:20:50 EST Starting again Hi! Dawn here! I have been back and forth to sparkpeople a million times it seems. I just never really stick with anything. I have to this time! My health depends on it. I need to drop 60 pounds but really I just need to start a whole new healthy living lifestyle. When things get shaky I run to the most unhealthy thing there is. That has to stop! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:35:50 EST Mommy of 2, New to SparkPeople! Hello! My name is Cheyenne. I'm a 22 year old mother of 2 and am looking to live a more healthy lifestyle to be able to keep up with their tons of energy! My goal is to lose about 80 pounds. It's a big goal, especially since I struggle with anxiety and depression. However, I'm hoping that a healthier lifestyle will not only change my body, but my mood as well. I have a big goal ahead of me, and I'm hoping to make a few friends on here to not only give advice, but to help me stay motivated as ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:12:49 EST Hi from Phoenix/Laveen Hello everybody. I'm Zen. 33 and living in Phoenix. I have been on the spark people site for a long time but I always fall off the wagon. This time I am doing things a little different. I am working with a nutritionist, endocrinologist, and a counselor. I am hoping this time I can accomplish some real goals. I would love to have some friends to chat with regularly and help motivate each other. I am at about 400 lbs and really want to get my life back. I am tired of not being able to do things... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:12:24 EST New - Have lost 80, need to lose 60 more! Hi All! <BR> My name is Samantha and I am from Alberta, Canada. <BR> I started my weight loss journey at 275lbs in May 2016. I have since been able to drop 80.5lbs (current weight is 194.5) and am starting to gain control of my life again! <BR> <BR> I still have about 60lbs to go until goal, but for the first time in my life I feel like my goal is possible! <BR> <BR> I live a ketogenic lifestyle, wondering if there is a LCHF or Keto group around? I am not here to debate my lifestyle, just ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:46:51 EST Just catching on! Hi there, <BR> <BR> I have been a member for many years. I have logged in off and on and used the many many resources that Sparkpeople has to offer. This is the first time, however, that I have actually caught on....I did the 2 week challenge with a family member, as part of the 21 day fix diet that has become popular over the past year or two. I realized how good I felt when I did eat the right foods and how being prepared really does play a huge role in success. I did however feel it w... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:20:51 EST Let's start a small friendship team! Hi, my name is Marti. I just started this on Monday and am determined to stick with it. I would like to find a few people to create a "friendship team". I am thinking that if we have a few close connections that it will help all of us stay motivated. A small group of people who will commend your achievements and/or check in when one may be struggling. So- if you are looking for the same, let me know and we can get our team going. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:57:01 EST Newish - I'm gonna do this!! Hello Everyone! My name is Renee and i have been dealing with this all my life. From Jan 16th 2006 to Dec 26th 2007 (almost 2 years) I lost 154 lbs which was awesome but like so many things I didn't realize what i actually had done. Yes I saw in the mirror yes I wore smaller clothes but I never changed my eating patterns. I did really good, I kept off the weight for 2 years and then I quit smoking.....I have since gained all the weight back. In Jan of 2015 I weighed in at 369 lbs (Im a ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:54:47 EST Hello! I'm Clare... <BR> I've been a member of SPARK since 2010. I recently returned because I found myself off track. I only have 10 lbs to lose; however, I'm here to do the work. To be inspired and be an inspiration to the community. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:54:32 EST MEDIFAST I started Medifast (again). I have approx. 50 lbs to lose. Have been very successful w/ Medifast in the past. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:42:57 EST Need support Hi everyone. Starting again. Immediate goals - better breakfast habits, and 10 minutes of movement per day. Looking for friends to add! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:43:10 EST Hi!! I'm new to this forum. I'm super excited to start my new goal. I hope to get good support and encouragement here. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:59:35 EST Please help me re-set up Hi all. Was here years ago, disappeared when life got busy. Now I'm 49, divorced/single, kids are almost grown. More important at the moment...I'm currently completing treatment for breast cancer. The treatment I have had and the next steps are promoting weight gain, and I'm miserable at the moment. I need help. <BR> <BR> I can't find the area to enter my info to figure out how many cals to eat to lose/change the type of eating, etc. <BR> <BR> How can I delete old challenges from my list. ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:19:02 EST Hi everyone! Hi all, this is my second day starting. I joined a while back but only now started seriously. I'm following a 1200 cal plan and excersicing 6 days a week (three cardio and three strength training). If anyone is also starting out please post so we can support each other. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:50:01 EST weight loss stall Hi! My name is anna and I am 59 yrs old. I lost 130 pounds a few years ago and put almost all of it back on since moving back to long island. I've recently lost 23 lbs, but my problem is that the weight goes up and down. Anyone have any ideas as to what i can do to keep the weight loss down. I would appreciate the help because I am getting really upset with myself. I know I can do this but to see my numbers on the scale gets depressing. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:25:23 EST Restart....again Hi I am judy and I have come back to SP to restart my weight loss. I know I can do this! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:50:59 EST Hello I'm new to this group and looking forward to my new adventure. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:14:41 EST Back again and again and again... I've tried and tried to do this...but honestly, never get past day 3 or 4. I will admit I'm lazy, but I am also very busy and find it hard to cook the right foods and exercise etc. I can do it but motivation is not there. And here I am again HAVING to try again... <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> You see..I am a 46 year old, full time single mom of an aspie, working full time, girl scout leader and a NURSE nonetheless....and things got terribly scary two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I went to the ER wi... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:45:59 EST Hi Im Corinne nice to meet you. I'm 39 years old and from NJ. I had gastric bypass 10 years ago and regret it. I am trying to get my life back on track. <em>213</em> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:07:10 EST Back again Hi my name is Carol I have tried this program before and it was working ,got off of it but I am here again restarting and hope I reach my goal and improve my health Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:11:20 EST Looking for supportive spark friends My name is Angela. I am 37 years old and have 90 pounds to lose. I live in central Maine with my husband of 14 years and our 11yo son. I am trying to eat 80% clean. I am using my FitBit to track my steps, I try to get 12,000 steps a day. I am also doing some circuit training two times a week. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if anyone wants to connect on SparkPeople as supports and motivators. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:11:00 EST Frustration I have been religiously doing Spark for 61 days now. My body feels better and I look better. I am 5'2- I work about 55 hrs a week in a high pressure job that is not conducive to healthy living. I had a hysterectomy about five years ago and each year I have put on a few more pounds. Prior to that I was very thin without having to worry too much about diet and exercise. I hate to say this, but I am a vain person. There is the logical part of me that is striving to lose the weight so that I am h... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:58:50 EST New(ish) and would love some fitbit friends Hello all ! <BR> <BR> I have had a sparkpeople account for some time but never really used it to get to know anyone. So let's change that shall we :) <BR> <BR> I recently acquired a fitbit and am lacking in the the "fitbit friends" department. I think the motivation from seeing others steps and challenges will be very rewarding. <BR> <BR> If you would like to add me my profile url is : <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose. So anyone, no matt... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:18:05 EST Losing while traveling for work Hi all, <BR> I am a long time member with a new challenge. I started a new job this year and travel for work. I am really struggling to eat healthfully on the road. I travel by air so packing food is not an option. Please share strategies that work for you! Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:26:17 EST Glad to be exercising glad to be apart of the team Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:38:58 EST Halløjsa! - Or just hi! ... <BR> <BR> I'm not that creative, so I pretty much just copy/pasted the text from my Sparkpage ... :) <BR> <BR> My real-life name is Kathrine, I live in Denmark (so 'scuse my english) and use most of my time trying to become a doctor (at Aarhus University - it's all legit!). <BR> I'm 22, but keep telling people that I'm 20 - because I tend to forget that time passes, and that birthdays happen EVERY year - jeez! <BR> <BR> I would like to end up weighing somewhere between 75... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:35:16 EST hello, all! I have been on here for a couple of years and have not interacted very often. I have lost one hundred pounds and have now gained twenty of it back. I am scared to lose the rest. I know it may sound ridiculous, but i am scared that if i lose the weight, the hanging skin and overhangs will look so bad I will hate it. I started at 310 so I am now at 226. I have this odd idea that if I keep the weight on, at least the skin isnt sagging and making me look awful for my new husband (who I know ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:17:59 EST Nice to meet you! Hi! My name is Erica and I've been on Sparkpeople since Friday. I weigh 223 lbs and I'm aiming to reach 175 lbs by September. It's the first time I've felt so motivated and my husband is great cause he's giving me even more motivation by setting goal prizes. Good luck and good workout, everyone! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:55:42 EST Hi, I'm Jenn <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Jenn, and I want to get my health in order, so I came here. <BR> <BR> I am 52 years old, mother of six grown kids, grandmother to three lovely girls. I'm a crazy dog lady, with five small dogs that are generally in my lap. I'm in a wheelchair due to very severe arthritis, and will need to sort out some form of exercise I can do that won't leave me crying. Suggestions are welcome! <BR> <BR> My current goal is just to get my blood sugar stabilized at a safe and sane numbe... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:41:04 EST Hello all. Happy to be here. I started with Nutrisystem and it is working ok but now it's time to taper off and try things on my own. Hoping that Sparks will give me that extra support as I transition to a non pre-made meal to making meals on my own again. I'll just say it too, sweets are hard for me to give up. I'm lucky though, my hubby is doing this with me and I do have pretty good self discipline. I chalk that up to a large family growing up and being a Army Vet. (Hubby too.) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:05:19 EST Hello Hey everyone! My name is Carly. I'm 26 years old and live in Utah. I want to lose a total of 80 lbs but I also want to be happier and healthier. I've tried using this program before but got really busy between work and everything else that I stopped using it. I'm going to try again and make sure I'm successful this time since I really want to change my life for the better. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:23:03 EST Hello! New (again) Hi, everyone. I am new (again). I was super successful with SparkPeople back in 2010/2011, but then I went through a lot of life changes and gained back all of my weight lost plus more. I am in a much different place than I was back then. It IS possible to lose weight and still not be happy/okay with oneself. I believe that is why it didn't stick when I went through all of my life changes. However, I am back, and I am stronger now! I have a LOT to lose (weight), but I have sooooooo much m... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:30:55 EST Hi, my name is... Hello everyone, I'm Rachel! I'm just beginning my weight loss journey and am participating in a challenge that asked me to introduce myself on the message boards. So here it is! Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:28:01 EST Aloha SparkPeople.... I'm back! I was here between 2009-2012 and lost 70 lbs. I've been up and down with my weight since then and I'm back to finish what I started. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:57:02 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland 1'am a retired male , 67 years old. I have fighting weight all my life but when I retired and stopped smoking the weight got worst. The last time I checked my weight I had manage to drop a few pounds it is just so hard. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:18 EST spark tracker I have read some of the messages about getting a new tracker and not liking it as well as the spark tracker and that they miss it. I had two trackers. I used the spark tracker first and then my boyfriend got me the Garmin Vivosmart. I also miss my spark tracker as I hooked it on my bra strap(out of site, out of mind). Isn't there anything Sparkpeople can do to get another company to pick up where the other one left off. It seems like a lot of people are unhappy about losing it. Just my opin... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:08:46 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Crystal and I am in need of getting healthy. I am 41 and live beautiful SC. I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter and 2 grown stepsons and a husband of 10 years. I have always had weight issues, but after having g my daughter, and then a work injury 3 months the later that lead to a serious neck and spine surgery, the weight piled on. I have an office job that Henderson me so e as well...So I am at my heaviest weight yet. I have high blood pressure and POS. I just had foot surgery... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:47:49 EST 52 and feel like terrible hi all , <BR> <BR> I am definitely in 50 something crisis, have fatty liver, had lump removed from colon, and need to lose 42 lbs in weight, <BR> <BR> am so fed up and angry with myself, am now going to channel this anger to get my health back online, with the aid of this great community, have phone app installed, and am fired up to go. <BR> <BR> I will do keto diet to help get fatty liver down, and weight too <BR> <BR> all the best to you all in your goals, Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:40:23 EST Introducing myself Hi, I have been doing Sparkpeople for about on month or less... I am also doing a challenge over. One of the things I was tasked with is to introduce myself... <BR> So Hello everyone! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:42:46 EST Glad to be back! Rejoining SP after a 4 year hiatus and 80 lbs. ago. Glad to be back and looking forward to a successful journey! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:06:22 EST newbie Hi I am Bj. I am trying to get stronger and healthier. My main problem is being consistent. I am my worst enemy. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:43:46 EST Newbie - Pre-Op WLS Good Morning my name is April. I have a bmi of 54 and I am in the process of taking the required 6 month structured weight loss classes before I have gastro surgery. <BR> <BR> Some of the challenges I am facing with losing weight is having depression and anemia. Both of those make it extra hard to do any kind of exercise. <BR> I bought an activity tracker with a goal of getting 5000 steps daily. <BR> <BR> I recognize that this must be a lifestyle change to keep the weight off and it is n... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:28:52 EST Hi! I'm Alex! Hi everyone, I'm Alex (cometkazi). I've been up and down losing weight (lose 20 pounds, gain it back, again and again) and I'm really sick of it. I've been overweight since middle school- I blame it on not being coordinated enough for sports and high doses of Abilify and Prozac. But at this point, I'm tired and scared. My cholesterol is through the roof, and though my doctor is trying to wean me off of the Abilify, I'm not sure if it will work, and if it doesn't, what then? My point is, I'm h... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:08:15 EST 2nd Time Newbie Hi!!! <BR> My name is Dan. This is my second time to Spark people. The first time was a great experience. Using Spark People I got down too 200 lbs. After that life and kids happened and I went back up to 228 lbs. So, here I am back working to a goal of 195 lbs this time. I am currently at 221 lbs . I am 63 years young with a little hypertension, triglycerides are high, and as you can see overweight. Ready to get started and get back to a healthy weight, and good health numbers. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:29:26 EST Hey Hi all <BR> <BR> I hate writing these intros but here we go. <BR> <BR> I'm a single mum to a boy of 9 who is waiting on an asd assessment. I've struggled with my weight for c years and now see my son gaining weight as his friends become less and less due to his difference and that has knocked his confidence so much he doesn't want to go out. He used to live scooter ingredients and world spend hours at the skatepark now he won't go anywhere. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm failing him because of... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:39:52 EST Being healthy in my 47th year Hi, I'm Jim. Last June I weighed 245lbs. This morning I weighed 188lbs. It seems I have reached a point where I have to work harder to maintain the healthy lifestyle, so I am hoping Sparkpeople can help me keep track of my daily eating habits and activities. So, hello everyone! :) Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:44:39 EST Hi. Making small changes to live a healthier life I was diagnosed with cancer last year and it's been a wake up call in several aspects of my life. One of those is needing to live a healthier life. Getting back into shape and learning to eat healthier. The working out isn't as hard for me as the eating healthier is. Hoping that Spark People will help with the overall experience to get the results I want. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:58:49 EST Good at starting Hello! I'm Darfinkle or Liz in real life. I'm really good at starting things, not so good at finishing. I've been here before, and now I'm back. My first time with SP, I had an exercise partner at the gym, and it was wonderful. This will be my third time to go it alone. Sadly, I'm not particularly good at connecting with folks virtually. It's so easy for me to hide inside my shell. Come to think of it, I've become a bit of a recluse in the real world. And that must stop. So I'm back. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:46:09 EST Something new Hi my name is Michele. I am giving SparkPeople a try. I have tried WW (but do not want to pay), currently trying a KETO diet but am having a very hard time sticking to it. So want to give this a try as it seems I can eat things in moderation as long as its tracked. Is that correct? <BR> <BR> I am not sure how to get my tracker started, it had me at like 130 carbs for the day, is that right? I will be looking through to find answers, but welcome any help! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:54:51 EST New Member in need of a NEW ME! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Temeshia new to this group and really don't know much at all about it. Was told from a friend that you guys truly support one another and that's what I need. Looking to losing weight, eating healthier, and learning how to portion control. Looking forward to this new start for myself. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:04:23 EST I'm back Hi, everyone. I was here back in 2010/2011 and lost quite a bit of weight. Then, life happened. And, when I say life happened, I'm talking almost all of the life triggers that would make someone change - separation from my husband, graduating college (as an adult student), changing jobs, losing my dad, and I had small kids. Those aren't excuses....but they did put extra miles on my feet. Now, I'm back. I want to be healthy...and I am going to need some help doing it! I LOVE SP for its socia... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:01:24 EST Juice partner Hi! I'm trying to find a partner for a juice cleanse! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:20:43 EST hi i am Constance I am wanting to start a low carb diet I am very over weight for height and I have had two strokes so I need team help for sure . I am like most people never had any weight problem till I got in my 40"s now I am 65 and I pray with all my heart that I can live long enough see my grandchildren fully grown. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:48:45 EST back again Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm starting with the 21 day challenge, so introducing myself is my task for day 5 :D I'm a 35 year old woman working on my PhD in English composition. I was very successful on Spark some years ago and lost 35 pounds. However, I've since regained 15 of those, so I decided to come back and start over with a new account. I know what works for me (tracking and eating in range!); now the hard part is making myself do it :P Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:43:51 EST Diebetic Hello all, my self pravin following low carb diet, my hba1c is now 5.4, needs all your support how to get benifited in terms of medicines, diet, and health. <BR> <BR> I do daily exercise for 1 hour in the morning. Follows typical india diet with low carbs veggies. Nonveg eater as well Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:38:46 EST Still alive... I am 70 years old, and surprised to find myself here. I have always been a go getter, always able to make money, but times have changed. I find myself getting more and more despondent as I age. I have CHF, and I hate having no relevance...after a life filled with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:24:00 EST Newbie here! Hi. <BR> Today is my first day on the site. i'm 50 lbs overweight with a bmi of 33. my dr has started me on contrave and tomorrow i'm getting my first round of m.i.c injections and b vitamin injections. i've been eating "healthy" for almost a week now and doing some sort of exercise every afternoon while cooking supper. <BR> <BR> i swear this time i will stick with it and get back to a size 8! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:32:48 EST I'm starting again. Hi I'm new to spark, but I have tried changing my lifestyle in the past! I know I'll be able to keep it up this time! I can't wait to meet new people along the way. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:21:55 EST Just started with SparkPeople Hi, this is my third day with SparkPeople I am still learning about the web site, which is full of resources. I have lots to lose and want to get to a nice weight for my son's wedding in October. I have been struggling with my weight almost my entire life and was ready to give up but then my son's is getting married. I want to look nice for it and be excited when is time to take pictures usually I try to hide. I like this web site and tracking my food is very easy, I also love the end of day... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:27:00 EST Hi! I'm new! I just wanted to post for my first time and let you know who I am. I'm starting today and hopefully with the support of some people here, I can lose weight and start to live a little better life. I'm doing this alone meaning nobody at work or in my family knows. I am not really close to anyone in my family except my Dad and honestly he really has other things to stress over other than my weight problems. I work around a bunch of men which is fine, I guess I'm just one of them, nobody cares wh... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:32 EST Beta Blockers and Exercise Calories At 62, recovered from heart attack, and on heart meds, I am finding that Rest HR and Max HR formulas are shifted and vary greatly for those folks who like to exercise and count calories. <BR> <BR> Long story short...I can't believe what my HRM is telling me for calories burned from exercise. I doubt that calories burned based on any online calculator (SPARKPEOPLE and MyFitnessPal) will be correct as each patient's physiology may vary wildly based on dosage of Beta Blockers. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:12:55 EST How can I become lean? Hi, I'm 204 lb, 5'7 and I'd like to loose 70 lb to be at 130 then id like to be 115 . I don't want to starve myself I'm willing to do things the right way , I aspire to become a model like my parents and grandparents before me I really desire it . If anyone has advice don't be shy Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:59:37 EST A New Beginning I came back after a lot of personal stuff...the stress made me over eat and I gained 5.5 lbs on top of what I already needed to lose. I am hopeful that by tracking everything I eat and drink I will succeed this time. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:45:11 EST starting over Ive been here before,but quit now I'm serious because i have health issues and need to lose weight.My goal is to lose 75 pounds but i need help. I need people to motivate me on this journey. <BR> thanks for time Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:04:38 EST I'm Back :) I've been on here before I'm excited to be back I've already made more progress lately, more than I ever have, my heaviest was 220 pounds and now I'm down to 185. My goal weight is 160. I spend a lot of time hiking, fishing and enjoying the outdoors which is really easy in the summer here in Wyoming not so much in the winters. I'm a pretty busy person with college and working. My degree will be in auto body repair I grew up working on cars and trucks and have always loved it. Looking for new ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:13:54 EST Still Struggling Hi There, <BR> I joined sparks quite a few years ago but due to unforeseen issues and excuses I discontinued. Unable to control type 2 diabetes I graduated to type 1 a few weeks ago and I am now on insulin was 255 lbs I am now 197 lbs. Due to knee cap replacement I have 80% use . I am very limited to types of exercise. I need help help, help. Diabetic recipes and also how to read labels on food. Thank you in advance for any and all help received. Blessings to all Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:02:30 EST Hi Hi, I'm Katie! <BR> Excited to get fit again Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:36:12 EST Making a New Me Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristin and I'm 24 years old. I'm getting to the point where I realize that I control my own future and I can either choose to continue living life overweight or I can do something about it. <BR> <BR> I record my first EP (short album) in less than a month and I really want to start life fresh. I am starting new and molding myself into who I want to be. I know I can do this and thrive and it means the world to have support! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:05:49 EST Jumping in I've been procrastinating on my post for the past few days because I'm one of those people who wants to say something meaningful and motivational every time I post. Well I still don't have anything meaningful or motivational but I'm posting before the new wears off and I let myself become one of the ones who just watch and don't participate. <BR> That pretty much sums up my weight loss journey all of my life. I've been waiting and waiting until that one day -tomorrow, of course- when I decid... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:57:49 EST Back after a long absence! Hello! My name is Lynnette. I'm here to find a group of people to help support me in my weight loss journey. I'm tired of being overweight and I'm ready to get my body healthy. I would like to lose over 100 pounds, so I've got a long journey ahead of me. I hope I can find an active group of people I can connect with, inspire and be inspired by, as we do this together. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:50:19 EST I want to be a cadaver I know that topic had to get someone's attention ,, LoL <BR> Actually it is true. I want to be a cadaver for a medical school when I die. In order to do that you have to have a 33 bmi or less. I know there has to be a better reason to loose weight but in the end does it really matter the reason? <BR> I've got fibromyalgia, migraines, asthma, and I'm bipolar just a few of the excuses. I've been working on building up to walking and I'm up to 1/4 of a mile twice a day. Netflix is my friend but... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:19:02 EST New Here/Wake up call Hello. New here and getting serious. Ive always exercised occasionally but have trouble being consistent. My diet is horrendous. Getting ready to start a family through adoption, and a recent medical exam (which was really only to get the required medical form filled out) revealed very high cholesterol. Doc thinks I will likely need medication. <BR> <BR> I want to be a healthy mom, I am in my mid 30s and embarrassed of how bad I have let things get. I know I am depressed & I know this affe... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:16:22 EST A new member. I am anxious to meet some of my goals here with a group of people who care about others. I have many bowel health problems, like, IBS, etc. Need to touch base with people that understand what it is like. Hope to meet you all soon, gail Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:39:06 EST Hello I am a 47 year old stay-at-home wife. I have already been walking 3 days a week consistently. I am hoping to workout 6 days a week and improve my eating habits. I have 66lbs to lose. I struggle with motivation, and emotional eating. I am hoping this site will help. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:47:02 EST New Member Hello all! <BR> My names Ania and I'm a senior in college. Over the least two years I gained back 25lbs of the original 60 I lost since I first started trying to get healthy in 2011. So with a net loss of 35lbs right now, I decided to try something new and that brought me here! <BR> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:17:43 EST This is me Hello, my name is Scott. I am here because I saw the website URL on From Fat to Finish, and I need help to get healthy. Working towards my first 5k in June! Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:15:02 EST First time user i have started to track food here instead of fitbit..i just don't understand why the food trackers out there are mostly restaurant and confusing on portion least here you see carbs and protein so we will see how this works...logging is such a pain...also the carb/fat percentage goals are off... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:45:39 EST Hello Hi I am a newbie took the plunge on Wednesday and decided to join. I have been doing the best I can with the food I have in my house and hope to get out shopping this weekend. <BR> <BR> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:29:01 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople and I am very excited to get started on this journey. I would like to ask for meal plan ideas to get me started. EASY ON THE GO MEALS ARE preferred as I am a busy mom to two young littles. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:11:46 EST First timer Hello everyone! My name is Samm and this is my first time using Spark People. I joined because I'm finally ready to change control of my body. I am 23 years old. I work full time and go to graduate school part time. I've always struggled to maintain my weight. It seems ever since I was in high school, I consistently gained weight unless I made a constant effort not to. I've taken control before and lost 25lbs right before entering college and I was at my lowest adult weight of 128lbs. However... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:43:51 EST Starting over I was with SparkPeople a while ago but I have fallen off the wagon, so I'm back and determined. I have 50lbs to lose and I just hope to be over all healthier. <BR> I'm a 42yr old homeschooling mother of 2, part time church secretary, pro photographer and runner. I'm a 6x half marathoner and training for my first marathon starts in May. <BR> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:55:25 EST Hi! I'm new here. Hello everyone. I have been looking for some sort of forum to discuss my weight loss/ goals with other like minded people and this is where I was directed to go. I've been working really hard to lose weight but I really have no one to share my journey with because when I gained weight I withdrew from all my social events and pretty much stopped going out except for school and work. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in December at 245 lbs. It's been stop and go but as of this mornin... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:48:47 EST New to Spark Greetings everyone! Not my first ride in the diet rodeo. I have a lot of weight to lose. About 2 years ago I was able to lose over 60 lbs and going strong but I was getting bored. Life started to throw me challenges. Right before Thanksgiving in 2015 I found out my daughter had breast cancer and my diet efforts took a nose dive. She is now a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and for that I am grateful. My problem now is I can't get motivated to start losing again. Tonight I came across a top I ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:43:26 EST I'm Back! I am back under a different name. I think my last name was judydgentry. Surgery is behind me and I am back for another weight loss for me! I would love having your encouragement again. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:15:27 EST My page Testing to see if I created a page, and if I have a weight ruler. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:21:09 EST Trying this again... Hello I am going to try this again. My goal is to become more fit and healthy for the long haul. I have already started working out, watching portion sizes, and using Whey Protein with milk. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:26 EST Food obsession Hey you guys. <BR> Im new to spark. I signed up because Im having difficulty staying motivated and worse, controlling my cravings. <BR> When I get a urge to eat something, I may be able to delay it, but eventually, Im going to have to eat it at some point. I get kind of obsessed and it takes over my mood and overall well-being. <BR> I think it usually happens after 5 or 6 well behaved days (eating properly and according to my current diet) and it may be linked to some anxiety. <BR> Does it ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:54:39 EST A bit about me... So, I just turned 30 last month...I m not necessarily married but my Tiger and I have been together for almost 9 years. It's been a rough two years, Tiger was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, my father had a heart attack, my mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the family welcomed 5 new children into the mix, throw in a few weddings and I repeat; It's been rough. I'm not the mother to any of them though, I'm content borrowing them and giving them back to the parents. All is gett... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:50:35 EST New to Spark Hello every one my name is Jen I am a mom to 4 great kids 3 boys 1 girl. I have recently joined a weight loss support group with my daughter and would like to blog about my weight loss Journey any pointers would be greatly appreciated Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:59:55 EST Longtime SP user... Trying to use more of the resources to figure out maintenance. <BR> <BR> Hi! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:37:06 EST Anyone with thyroid issues on here? So, this may be a long message. I used to have loads of energy, always active. For example, in high school I was in every sport, worked multiple jobs etc. Then at only 20 years old I all of a sudden found myself with zero energy. I thought at the time if I just slept more, ate as healthy as possible, kept consistent excersizing it would go away. But I was constantly extremely exhausted & on top of that was gaining a ton of weight. I had been off all soda for over 5 years but found myself need... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:56:25 EST Hello All! Im a newbie Im here for the first time but not new to having to lose weight. I want to lose 38 lbs. Several years ago I lost over 100 lbs with diet and exercise and I have slowly started to gain the weight back. Time to stop. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:20:16 EST Hi I'm Donna ~ nice to meet you! :) Hi Everyone, My name's Donna and this is my first try at the message boards here - I'm hoping to make some friends and participate in motivating each other. <BR> <BR> I've been a little hesitant to use the community section due to severe stalking/harassment issues for the past 3 yrs - both online & off . As a matter of fact, within minutes after creating an id here that was the first thing that happened- an id calling itself 2BDYNAMIC posting pictures of "her friend Donna" trying to ha... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:42:49 EST Back on Spark Been gone from Spark for over a year or so but am turning 60 this year and need some motivation to lose those menopausal pounds. Sure I'll find it here! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:05:53 EST Sparkpeople and Advertising Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I just started spark this week. I've mostly been lurking and reading, but I really love the community vibe. <BR> <BR> One thing has bothered me since starting here, though -- some of the advertisements that pop up. I keep seeing one from Cosmo with a girl sucking her stomach in and recommending 'apple cider vinegar cleanses'. It feels a little bit disturbing to see something like that in a community with the tagline 'live healthy and happy'. <BR> <BR> Am I being too touc... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:39 EST Well, hello everybody! Hi, all! I'm Robin J., and I just joined the Fitbit Users Unite team! I'm ramping up my game plan. Waited over two weeks to get on a scale after my last doctors visit disappointed me. I've set a goal to lose 70 lbs., no end date, but to reach the goal I have to keep it off for two years or longer. My first ten lbs. passed me by and I just can't believe how much fitbit and Spark calorie counter have helped to show me where I needed to improve. Hope everyone is having a great day! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:43:04 EST Just saying Hi! Hi! I am getting older, 65 this month, but inside I'm still young, still me, still have a ton of dreams. I know I will never be gorgeous, never be young again, but I'm determined to ignore my age and be full of energy, be strong and fit, and do all the things I love again, as long as I can. Some of my physical goals are to be able to run again, jump rope, hula hoop, and ride horses all day long if I have the chance. I've been with SP for about a month and a half, and already I walk 2 mile... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:37:11 EST Hello SparkPeople!! <em>636</em> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:12:30 EST Introducing myself Hello, <BR> This is my first time as part of the SparkPeople community. I'm eager and excited to get started and take hold of this battle and win. <BR> <BR> I know I can do this, its a matter of willing to change the way I think about food and be part of a team who have the same goals as myself. So here I go..jumping in and making changes one step at a time. <BR> <BR> A great quote from a movie I recently watched: "It's you against you..everything else is in the way." <BR> <BR> A beautif... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:06:14 EST Hello :) Hi everyone I'm Angela 45 and have 4 wonderful childrens I took great care of them but I failed to take care of me. So now I want to take care if me, it's my turn for some tlc or a kick up the arse to get me in shape so that I can be fit and healthy. I live in Skipton North Yorkshire so lots of places to go for walks and let the wind blow the old cobwebs away. If you've stopped by to read this say hello and maybe add me as a friend God knows I could do with the support as I have zero will pow... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:45:46 EST Hello Spark World My name is Monique and I just joined Spark today! I'm a full time District Manager for and insurance company and married to a retired Army Vet. I'm always on the go and needed to find something to help me stay away from all the junk food along with getting rid of these 65 lbs that I've gained after the death of my dad! I recently hoping Plexus with my husband and I am hoping to get the extra encouragement I need to stay on track. We don't know many people where we live so sometimes it is hard... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:21:52 EST Getting serious.........don't want insulin--help I'm almost 54, started on Thursday, March 10. I'm a full-time student w/extra classes. I need to lose weight but, more important have to get my sugar down. Dr says insulin if not better in 4mths. Sugar never a question til 1 yr ago. BP is high..body has gone wacko on me, and I need to lose 75-100lbs.(Weight 238) Need some meal plans until I can take time and focus on here on my own(finals etc..) No Fish--, lunch, dinner needed. I love to cook but no oriental food(hubby won't touch it) 1500 ca... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:50:04 EST Have a Good Day Hello. I hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> <BR> I suppose I should introduce myself since I have been here for a week. I am 27, a mother of two, a 1L law student, and have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for nearly 11 years. My boyfriend and I have decided to get in shape and eat better together. People that he hasn't seen since he was a teen have been commenting on his weight gain and I need something to relieve stress from school and parenting, so this is it. <BR> <BR> Out... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:07:43 EST First time Sparkperson, the stakes are high! Hey there. <BR> <BR> I was a skinny kid, then I started gaining weight when I hit puberty. Decades later and I'm still fat. I lose a little and get stuck and long plateaus even counting calories and exercising. I've tried many times but life and depression gets in my way. The last time I was exercising 5-7 days a week and using another app to count calories. I maybe lost 10 pounds spread out over a year. I eat okay (was a vegetarian for a while even) but sometimes I have an evil sweet tooth,... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:42:31 EST Hello Hi everyone I am new to sparkpeople and I thought I would just introduce myself, i have decided today that I am going to lose weight, I have tried and failed many times but I am determined now that I will lose all my weight forever starting here :) Sun, 12 Mar 2017 04:01:59 EST First time trying SparkPeople. Hi! Hello, my name is Kimberly. I'm a 29 year old female with a family history of diabetes. My main goals are to improve my health, get in the best health I can to try having a baby, and to delay onset of diabetes for as long as possible. I love board games (favorites are Pandemic and Betrayal at House on the Hill) and animals. I am fortunate enough to spend some of my days rescuing dogs at my local shelter. Thanks for any support you all can give. Also let me know about you. 😊? <BR> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:39:48 EST New/Old Kid on the Block ok I am 65 and need to lose 50lbs. I have tried many times but have not gotten very far. The problem is I am going in for knee surgery in a couple of weeks so will be limited on exercise or walking for a while. <em>192</em> I I can use all the help I can get. <BR> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:07:54 EST Hi! This is one half of the first week. Hi! I wanted to introduce myself. This is my fourth day and I am trying very hard to stay on top of all the documentation of foods and exercise. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:43:41 EST Intro Hi everybody. I'm a 35 year old female with a full time job. I've got 6 incredible kiddos and a hard working hubby. I've joined this site in hopes of encountering a pal or two on my new journey. I've set my goal to lose 55lbs at the least. Anybody with encouraging words or advice on how to stay motivated; I'm all ears. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:51:57 EST Feel good again Hi everyone this is my first time to join a group. I need help. I have been over weight and diabetic for too long. I have many days I feel all alone in this problem. I am so glad I found this site. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:53:49 EST I want to be happy. I want to be finally happy with myself again. I struggle with my weight so much that it is the one thing I think about from the time I get up until I go to sleep. I am not happy with myself, because I have so much more going for me. I want to be able to have a better self image. Any help would be appreciated. I follow a wholesome whole foods diet and I exercise when I have the energy. Currently going through menopause so that makes it even harder. Encouragement and advice would be greatly app... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:38:46 EST Outside my comfort zone here! Hello! I've joined the 21-Day New Member Challenge (I've actually been trolling SP since the early 2000's but never followed through with it). Today's challenge is to introduce ourselves on the message boards. YIKES!! This is NOT easy for me!! But if I can do this, then changing my lifestyle should be a piece of cake, right? <BR> And if this helped me make some Spark Friends, that would also be good. I know I will need the support! It seems no one appreciates the party-pooper who tries to eat... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:50:31 EST SP Premium I finally upgraded to premium. Just got tired of the ads everywhere. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:30:42 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Liz and I'm new here! Looking forward to meeting folks for support in trying to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. :) Wed, 8 Mar 2017 21:56:05 EST Introducing myself Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Mikey and I'm excited to join a like minded community. <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:26:48 EST Time to Lose Hi, I am a mother of 4, all grown (27, 26, 22, 18), I just turned 50 and have multiple medical issues. My doctor's said I have to lose weight and I agree but I love to eat. I am trying to learn healthy life style changes and get motivated to MOVE. My dietitian recommended this site and so here I am. I look forward to any help anyone can offer. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:03:47 EST First timer seeking advice and help. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have ever joined a support/forum site. I have always tried to lose weight on my own (usually by following fad diets) which caused me to do a lot of yo-yoing. I've finally reached my heaviest weight (not too big - 154 pounds) and I want to lose a stone for summer. <BR> Planning on using the no S diet to get me on track. <BR> Any advice on how to best use the SparkPeople site would be greatly appreciated! <BR> Thanks :) Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:32:04 EST Getting down to business! I have been away for a while, but now I'm back! I will be going to gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I am training to run a marathon in my favorite place in the world-Walt Disney World! I have signed up with Team in Training and I am going to do this! I have 200 lbs loss goal with goal date between June-October of 2018. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 13:38:26 EST Ready to change. I recently turned 48 and realized that I had wasted a lot of time when it comes to myself. When I reflect back to the person that went to the gym between 3 - 5 times a week, I wonder how I could end up in such bad shape. Life threw some sharp punches my way and knocked me down. I know that I have to get up and punch back so I can take myself back. I know I'll never be the person that I was in my prime, so many years ago, but I can be better than who I am today. I am ready for this next chapte... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:03:55 EST Back after long time away Well started this new account as can't remember my old one but that's ok cause a new account is good thing. I once weighed over 500lbs today I weighed in at 280 and my goal is to get down to a minimum of 225 before having any skin removal. I Walk run and mostly bike. I cook almost all my own food these are the things that have helped but I need accountability and friends and remembered how great this site was for that back in the bigger me days. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:46:28 EST Back Again... This is my third or fourth time around with SparkPeople. It is by far the best of the programs I have used over the last 40+ years. This time, I am signed up for Premium and using the Spark Coaching feature along with the regular things SP does so well. <BR> <BR> I will be 56 on Wednesday and my weight has been an issue for all of my life. Of course, the fact that it was an issue at all for a 6 year-old resulted in making it an even bigger issue in later years. Now, there are health pr... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:27:55 EST I'm back!! It's been a little over 2yrs since I've been on spark & boy have I missed it!! Life happened and I got super busy but things have changed and spark helped me so much in the past with staying accountable and meeting people who shared common interest as myself. Super pumped to be back and would love to meet all of you and help push each other to reach our fitness goals!! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 01:10:03 EST hi So time to get serious, a bit overdue! Need to lose weight to improve overall health and relieve physical discomfort. <BR> Hoping daily routine with Spark People and the community will help keep the motivation and will power in check! <em>224</em> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:45:40 EST Hi! I am excited to get into an exercise rhythm that will help me alleviate back pain. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:30:36 EST I'm back Hi! I have been a spark member for many years..with this program ,I lost weight and gained confidence! Unfortunately life got busy,and I got lazy about caring for my body. Now I'm regrettably 50lbs. over where I was years ago. I am ready to make a transformation for good . I love food and drink...I need to learn to love it less, or at least not use it as an emotional escape. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:13:29 EST Home To Long Stayed home to long.. being a homemaker, stay at home mom of a teen, having a husband that comes home for lunch everyday and 2 dogs, I always worried about getting every one out of the house in the morning, getting the dogs taken care of, making lunch and dinner while doing all the cleaning around the house, taking daughter to violin lessons, practice, and performances, I forgot about my self. Now that I am over 200# and refuse to buy bigger clothes here I am on day 6 of the 28 Day Challenge.... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:25:55 EST Introduce Myself Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Joy. I am again attempting to lose weight and I believe this time it will stick. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 10:45:46 EST Hi everyone Hello! Today is my first day with you guys on sparkpeople, i have always struggled with my weight I've been on so many diets (i even created my own diet) i always lose aaaaaaaall the weight and gain it back again, I'm fed up with the yoyo effect. Today i subscribed on this website as an SOS, I've reached that point where i don't even care anymore about my weight anymore and I'm just looking at those numbers getting bigger and bigger! Can anyone please help? Ps. I'm a bit ashamed to say that ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:38:15 EST Hello I have been working and living in Minneapolis and N Wisconsin for two years- and in that time I put on some weight. Lots of driving and getting use to the cold. Then business lunches etc. It has taken me this long to get into a routine- in Minnesota - since I moved from Colorado. Good to be on your team! Richard Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:37:04 EST New today I have been using the tracking for food for about 35 days. Had no idea how many calories I was using. Was diagnosed about 3 years ago as diabetic. Not a very good cook so this is another challenge. Due to injuries I am not currently able to walk which was my go to exercise. Need to lose at least 45 pounds. Looking forward to being a part of the group. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:37:51 EST New today I have been using the tracking for food for about 35 days. Had no idea how many calories I was using. Was diagnosed about 3 years ago as diabetic. Not a very good cook so this is another challenge. Due to injuries I am not currently able to walk which was my go to exercise. Need to lose at least 45 pounds. Looking forward to being a part of the group. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:37:16 EST Yes I can! Started my journey in October , this time lose the weight and keep it off is my goal. I am 47 and want to better at 48. In December I talked my exercise buddy into training for a 5 k (using the free C25k app) . I will attempt my first 5k March 18. I'm not going to set any speed records but I am going to do my best to run the whole thing. Trying to stay motivated when the scale moves slow! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 20:24:17 EST I AM DOING IT!!! I am positive and absolutely losing this weight. I have set myself for success and I do not expect failure. That's my positive self-talk. <BR> <BR> My name is Bethanie. I am married to my knight in shining armor (we've been through a lot) for 17 years. We have 3 beautiful children ages 14, 12 and 10. Two of which are autistic. My hands are full. We live in Salt Lake City, UTAH. <BR> <BR> We are always taking care of the children's needs first so I finally decided this is my year to ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:02:02 EST Sue Bee Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Once again...Cause momma didn't raise no quitter! Hi Everyone.....I'm gonna try this again...but this time, I'm going to succeed. <BR> In 2014, I was on the road to being healthier.....then my mom, my biggest cheerleader passed away. All that hard work went right down the drain and I started eating food that was all wrong for me. 9 months after my mom passed, I lost my younger brother. Once again, food brought me comfort. Add in a daughter that attempted to commit suicide, was hospitalized and was diagnosed with bipolar, yeah food agai... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:05:39 EST Trying Again I'm here again. One more time. I've tried over and over. This time I'm just really scared so maybe this is what it'll take. So many health problems and I'm just not ready to kick it. And I don't want to be alone. And I'm tired of feeling like I'm walking through mud all the time. I'm trying to get supports in as many different directions as I can this time. The problem is this time I'm in a wheelchair so the exercise options are very limited and finding those options are even harder....needin... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:02:08 EST Starting out for a new,healthy lifestyle Hello, this is my first week with Sparkspeople. It is going great. I'm going to lose 30 pounds but more importantly...I just want to feel healthy!! I was exercising faithfully for 6 months but have stopped again :( I am hoping tracking everything will help me get motivated again! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:53:03 EST New and Getting Married <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! Looking for some new weight loss buddies here, I used SP years ago and it helped a ton. Wish I hadn't have quit back then but I'm back at it for good this time! <em>344</em> I have a new goal and NEED to meet it! <em>336</em> I'm getting married in November and I just can't see me at 198 lbs walking down the isle. I'd love some support to get healthier and I am a good sup... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 23:28:19 EST Hi New Today Hi, I am Annie and was here a few years ago. Ended giving up after a death in the family and now ready to jump back on the weight loss wagon. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:15:30 EST Is the weight of meat before or after it's cooked? I've been confused on that issue. Meat loses weight when you cook it. So when I say I ate 3 ounces of meat, is that the weight of the meat before I cooked it or after I cooked it? I haven't been sure how to put down the weight of the meat I eat because of being confused about that. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:55:06 EST Hello Friends! Hi Friends, <BR> Muzammil here from United Arab Emirates. I've just joined this community. I really like this community for healthy and happy life. <BR> Thanks Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:27:45 EST new and determined Hi, I'm here to lose the 25 lbs I put on last year due to steroids from being sick. This will make myself and my oncologist very happy. I find I do a lot better with accountability and a forum to use for extra support. I look forward to getting to know a lot of you and hopefully forming some friendships along this journey. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 03:44:04 EST I;m A 74 year old Granny... <em>104</em> <em>527</em> I'm a 74 year old Great Granny...I just go out of the hospital a few weeks ago...Couldn't breath...I Had Water in one lunge...O2 up to 4...Diabetics...Copd...High-BP going to low...Congestive Heart Failure is what put me in the hospital this time...I was 205 at the hospital... I was 189. when I got fluid is going down...I hope to join some groups once I learn how... <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day...Love Always Char... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:43:07 EST Trying it again Tried this program several years ago and it worked for me...SO much started coming in my life to camping that I slipped away with regrets but now I am trying it 1 more time...Determination Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:33:43 EST Hello, I just wanted to give a shout out and let you know that I am excited to have joined Sparks and I am looking to be more active not just in the community. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:43:18 EST Just joined! Hi! I'm a 29 year old, stay at home mom of 2 (Boy & Girl - 5 & 3 ), and full-time student. I'm at my heaviest weight and am just really, really down about it. I've had body and weight issues since a young age and definitely have disordered eating (over eat, binge, food issues, BDD, never realizing I was a healthy weight when I was smaller). Long story short, my mom lost a good amount of weight when I was about 11 via really bad means. She was bulimic, abused laxatives and excessively exercise... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:28:45 EST Pam My kids recently approached me about my appearance in a picture and worried about my health - i need to do this Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:41:59 EST I hit rock bottom and am ready for a change I've been a member for four years and only active for 10% of the time. I've been unemployed for 3 months, 2 were supposed to be relaxing and getting my head straight. Instead I worried and stressed over my lack of employment and drank my way to the hospital. Now I'm ready. <BR> <BR> Instead of just binge watching, after each episode of a show I spend 10 minutes doing something constructive. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:59:13 EST Hay There From Iowa! I'm from the cold midlands and recently retired, Now that I have more free time, I'm intent on losing the flab I put on while working a desk job most of my life, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been and hate the way I look and feel! February 10th I started walking on the treadmill and haven't stopped using it since then. While cruising through the internet, I came across Spark People and now here I am! So far I'm motivated by what I'm reading. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:11:28 EST New and Scared! Hi everyone..........I am SUPER NERVOUS to start this journey. I always think I'm ready, but right now I'm heavier than I've ever been and I feel like (well, I KNOW) my weight is contributing to EVERYTHING negative in my life right now; health issues, self-esteem, etc. <BR> I don't want anyone (in my real life) to KNOW I'm trying to lose weight because I feel like instead of encouraging me, people will judge everything I do and not help, but SHAME me. I feel like I could go on and on forever ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:08:54 EST 60+ Hey there! I'm 60 and back. Looking for friends to keep me motivated that are my age. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:24:43 EST Hello From Texas Hello I am a 30ish (lol) mom from Texas. I use to weigh 420+ I had a gastric surgery 7 months ago and i am now down to 300. I joined because I can feel my aniety and stress starting to levitate me towards Mcdonalds and Burger King again so I thought I would re-motivate myself and try to join a community that might be positive instead of all the neg that lives in our world. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:32:32 EST Busy momma looking to change Hi my name is danielle , <BR> I'm a mother to a adorable 2 year old little boy . I also nanny a 2 1/2 year old little girl 4 days a week . And i am also a dog groomer 3 days a week. I'm fairly busy but I'm tired of being over weight and need to make a positive change. My problem is I loose motivation and since I'm so busy I resort to fast food WAY to often . Do any of you have tips to stay motivated? And keep on your diet even though your constantly on the go ? Thank you all in advanced Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:40:31 EST New on here I'm currently blaming hrt for my weight gain.. After tracking calories on this app I've lost 6lb, so I was guilty of under estimating my food intake,!!! N <em>593</em> ext stage is to begin a walking programme, starting with 3 times a week and increasing to 6 times a week in better weather.... I am preparing for a few setbacks etc as I'm only human, but I will try to stick to the goals and know that I have made lots of improvements to my life! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:25:53 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST I am the new gal from TX. Hi! I'm back with Sparkpeople. After a huge life change which included moving 1100 miles, I am needing this community. My change also included some horrible eating habits, and even worse exercise habits. So....I got myself a Fitbit and have been walking. YAY! Now I need to get the whole package together and feel better. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:03:59 EST Looking To Succeed! Hi Everyone! I'm Gianna23 and I'm looking for a message board where people share stories and information and support each other. I hope to at least find one person to listen to, swap stories with and support each other and lose weight along the way. I'm looking forward to meeting any individual's who are serious about dropping pounds. I'm on a special diet called "Don't Eat So Much", LOL :) I pay attention to nutrition. I hope to meet you whether you're male or female soon. Thanks, Gianna Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:50:56 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> My name is Diana. I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time. However, I slacked off and regained all the weight I had previously lost - plus some. I'm now starting over. I goal is to lose 70 pounds by the end of the year. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:43:55 EST Hello !!! My name is Sandy . Looking for friends Hi there. My name is Sandy. I live in Fl. I am looking for friends that have the same goals as myself so that we may work together. My goals is to change my eating habits, lose weight, have fun exercising, and creating more awesome experiences for myself. If you have the same goals please hit me up. Let's work together. {{{Hugs}}} Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:03:45 EST Looking to make some changes Hi! I've just recovered from a relatively serious bout of illness, and I'm trying to get my fitness levels back up, as well as improve my eating habits. I'm also turning 30 this year, which is my signal to really invest in my health (and skincare). <BR> <BR> As the name implies, with a very busy job amongst other things, I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I think with a bit of help, I can find a way to reach my goals and not give up sleep! <em>24</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:53:37 EST I'm hoping this time will be different! Hi y'all! I'm here to get healthy and lose this extra weight! <BR> <BR> Who's with me??? ;-) <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:54:55 EST My first time on a message board. Any advice? Any advice about using message boards? This is new to me. I'm on Day 5 of Spark People. My user name ironclad57 is loosely inspired by the ironclad ships of the civil war, the Monitor and the Virginia. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:11:40 EST HELLO FROM TEXAS hi yall ! kitty here aka vdubbkittty <BR> an have started 'nother team AlLI & friends <BR> Ive recently restarted back on ALLI <BR> as when it first came out i didn great. then they pulled the plug for some reason.. <BR> im happy it was FDA approved as i drive truck So cant have anything that would interfere with my license <BR> & tryin to hold meself accountable most days on my spark page LOL <BR> an also lookin for others doin alli & weight loss buddies always a Plus too!! <BR> but ima... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:20:25 EST Doing it on my own! Hello everyone, my name is Akilah but I also go by Kiki. I heard about this site by reading other's testimonials about their weight loss success. I decided to check it out for myself. I am supposed to be getting a gastric sleeve next month but I have been on the fence about it. Its a huge thing to commit to and yet I feel as if I should do it because otherwise I will fail at trying to get healthy for the gazillionth time. My mom and best friend thinks I can do it and I am certainly determined... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:28:51 EST Hello, my name is Maria. My name is Maria, and I'm a totally blind college student from Washington State. I live here with my wonderful fiance`, who is my source of inspiration. I've always gained weight quickly, but in recent years, it has gotten way out of control. My hobbies include rock music and rock and roll, writing, reading, and learning new languages. I speak Spanish, English and German, and I am learning Russian. I love meeting new people, and I can't wait to make friends here. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:49:38 EST It's time... Hello if anyone is there, I'm Sharon, 45 years young :) Live in France. Need to focus and get some of my life back. On the 13th October 2016 I had 2 level ACDF surgery, two discs removed and two cages inserted (C6/C7), not the funniest of moments - I have been given the all clear to carefully start my life again, so, I have some weight to loose, and some strength to gain. baby steps, so here I am, really hoping I can stay on track, Spring is coming and I am so tired of being unhappy with wha... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:17:19 EST I am back I am 70 yrs young. I am happy to have any happy helpful help. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:47:05 EST Starting and then Keeping going Hello everyone !! I am here again started strong !! <BR> Wish me luck Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:30:13 EST Pat101 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:18 EST Hello everyone! Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople (again) has been a few years since I have been on the site and I thought it is a good time to see if anything has changed. Looks like a lot of the old is still here, but there have been a lot of cosmetic changes and things are running smoother. I have a little weight to lose, but my main focus is on being healthy in general and creating the small habits that are going to last a life time. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:39:07 EST Good Saturday Morning I am almost 49 years old and looking to lose about 35 pounds. I also want to feel better overall, not feel so tired and drained all the time. I am only a few days in and I notice that this week despite a very stressful week at work, I did not feel so tired and drained. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:44:47 EST Thank you all for being awesome. Hi my name is Sandy. I am new to SparkPeople. Looking forward to making new friends and working on challenges together. I am here for all. {{{Hugs}}} Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:39:33 EST Here I go again! I have been on here in past years but this time I am fully committing myself to my healthy weight loss journey. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:04:52 EST I'm back! Hi all, <BR> If I don't start again, I'll never reach my goal...right? Having been laid off from my job 17 months ago, I have gained all the weight back that I lost with the help of our in-office WW meeting. I'm determined to finally lose weight without spending money. While I'm unemployed, I can't justify paying for WW or exercise classes. I am grateful that SparkPeople is here to help. Just leaving this intro message is a sign that I am "all in" this time. Okay...let the games begin!! Good ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:47:55 EST