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 Looking for new friends! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kerry and I am a wife and mum of 3 from the UK. <BR> I've got about 50+ pounds that I want to lose this year. <BR> <BR> I'm a full time mum and I also run my own business, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming to balance it all and stay fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Hopefully here I can meet some like minded people and find some inspiration and motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm quite introverted and so don't often like to be out much so it would be great to meet new... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:08:47 EST day 5 of using sparkpeople :) Hi There! <BR> I am starting my 5th day of using SparkPeople to track my exercise and eating. I am not trying to loose weight, but rather to not gain weight as well as to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Both of my parents took medication for their cholesterol, my mother also took medication for her blood pressure and I was recently told that my blood pressure is slightly elevated and my cholesterol numbers have started to rise. So I want to do all that I can to avoid ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:55:28 EST Brand new to Spark People My name is Liz. I'm a 41 year old married mom of one. I had previously lost 65 lbs on My Fitness Pal, but, as is common, gained some back. I thought I'd try Spark People to find inspiration and a new way of looking at health and weight loss. The thing that works for me is accountability, so I'm looking for people that aren't afraid to call me out when I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:48:16 EST Newish Member Hi everyone, <BR> I have used sparks for a few over a month using food tracking and exercises. I am just starting to get into the community aspect now. I am in my 30s and have 55 pounds to lose. I am already down 11 pounds and really happy about it. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:05:36 EST Not a new member but . . . I never post . I am a 50+ mom of 7 who just can't keep the weight off and in fact am going up all the time. I hadn't been on sparkpeople for a few years so when I checked my profile and saw that I was 30 lbs. higher than the last time I was on here it made me cry. I love to eat and I totally struggle with willpower. I feel like I am 2 people as I say "no, no, no" while I am shoveling it in. <BR> I feel like I don't have any time to commit to weight loss. But I must! But I can't. But I... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:22:51 EST My fifth day Hi, My name is Charlie: <BR> <BR> I understood that in order for me to stay on track with eating right, it is better for me to plan, prepare, and have a menu for the week ahead. Trying to figure this out on my own is pretty difficult. This is hard work, perhaps, then I get going, it will get easier. <BR> Thank you in advance Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:57:44 EST anybody living in peru just started about 6 days ago. I am a little slow on the weekends but hope to have a super week coming up. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:58:27 EST First Time Here!! Hi There I am starting my new healthier life today and it is mostly because I stumbled across this website. Very encouraging, with great support. I am not putting it off for another day!! I also am fighting a bad cold (which would usually be enough to make me say maybe I will start tomorrow) but I am not going to let that stop me from making small changes today. I am glad to be on board with everyone that is trying to better their lifes. Good Luck to all of us!!! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:30:36 EST Hello Hi Everyone. Just signed up last night. I'm a WW member who needed community support. WW changed their website so I can't access the support I was getting so I'm here. Hoping to make some friends. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:02:47 EST Reaching out...time for me to tend to me! Hi. I am Dunelady. I am reaching out because I know I can't do this alone. Tried multiple times and have discovered that I am extremely successful at my lack of success with sticking to a plan...even when it is working! Life always happens and I get derailed and wind up right back where I started, which is carrying around 40 pounds of pregnancy weight gained with each pregnancy that I never lost. (Totally not an excuse...youngest is 17, so it's not like I haven't had time to lose the wei... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:47 EST 2nd day yesterday i restarted the program. i think documenting what i eat is prob the most important but i could use some other tips.. I switched from weight watchers, i wasn't doing well on it Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:36:22 EST Hello Hello all, <BR> <BR> I initially got serious about losing weight about 8 months ago and have lost about 65 pounds. I would like to lose 35 more pounds. I am 57 years old. On December 5th, I suffered a left occipital stroke and had a right occipital stroke on January 5th. I only have about 10% of my vision left as a result of the strokes. I was employed as a registered nurse prior to the second stroke. I would like a pen pal/weight loss buddy, preferably female and in my age range. We ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:33:00 EST back on track <em>249</em> Hello all, I am a 55 year old mom of 4 grandmom of 6, happily married to my best friend. 8 months ago I was taken to the hospital with back and neck pains. I was diagnosed with Angina and high blood pressure (I already knew about the high cholestral). While being tested to confirm results it was found that I had gone from pre-diabetic to diabetic. So much going on at the time that I became very overwhelmed but had wonderful support from all the doctors and clinics they suggeste... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:37:07 EST Hi, my 4th day Hi. I am new to Sparkpeople. I haven't made any commitment until now. Very optimistic about this change. <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:32:53 EST New Member Hi, my name is Dollie Wagner. I am new to Spark. I am 22 years old, and struggling with obesity. I have a 1 year old son, and I am newly married. I have always been overweight, and I have let food take over my life. Growing up, if I was upset I would eat. When I was bored or we were celebrating I would eat. I am 200 ibs today. This is my first day to Spark. My son is my biggest motivation for wanting to loose weight. I want to be, able to be around for him. In general I would just like to be ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:27:29 EST Let Me try This Again! Hello everyone, I am back at it again. I was a member of SparkPeople for about two years and I lost 45lbs <em>9</em> . After that I deleted my account thinking that I had things under control. Well lets just say that I am starting over again <em>39</em> . But I am excited to see my future weight loss and share in your success as well. <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:51:38 EST Hello :>) I'm Melissa. I used sparks years back and have decided to come back. I have tried other fitness apps and pages and there are just things about it I was not a fan of. <BR> But anyways... hello. I am Melissa and I would love some friends Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:19:55 EST I'm Back! I originally joined in 2011. Stayed a while. Left. Returned. Left. I'm back now because I like tracking calories, carbs and exercise, and this site has become user friendly, which it was not 5 or 6 years ago. I have no particular weight-loss goal in mind. A pound this week, maybe 2 pounds next week. Whatever comes off is good. Whatever is maintained is good. Whatever is gained is not good. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:11:52 EST Searching for diet buddy in Monroe, Mi Hi, my name is Fran & I need someone to do this with. Someone to help keep me on track for I am very weak when it comes to food. I love to cook and I love Italian! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:35:04 EST First Day... Hi! <BR> I'm a 34 year old mother of four, and I'm starting this journey for the billionth time; however, this time, I'm doing it "better" (I hope). <BR> <BR> I'm committed to accountability as I undergo this journey, and I'm excited/anxious to get started. <BR> <BR> Some obsticals I will overcome are: generally being busy (full time job, full time mom, homeschooling 4 kids), and just feeling like I have so far to go that I give up. <BR> <BR> However, I hope with support and determination... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:18:57 EST need a partner to help each other stick to it start out ablaze but then feel defeated and slip back to old bad habits need a partner to help me stay the course as I help them too Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:07:05 EST New Best Friends? Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Kayla and I am new to Sparkpeople. I've been lurking in the shadows for a few days now and from what I have seen so far I am really looking forward to meeting new people and using the amazing tools that Spark has to offer! <BR> <BR> A little about me? I just turned 30 and I am ready to start living my life! After 10 years of not allowing myself to care about ME, I am ready to make a change! <BR> <BR> I'm really excited for this new journey and to share it... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:22:17 EST Starting again How many times should you start again? As many times as it takes to get where you need to go, I suppose. <BR> I found Spark people last night and am beginning my weight loss journey again. I have 50lbs to lose... So here goes Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:11:45 EST Hi, my name is... Hello. I am new to spark people. I joined 1 week ago and I am still navigating my way through the app. I have been tracking my food intake and WOW I had no clue how horrible I actually eat. Now that I can are this I can start to make changes. My first change is my water intake! I never drank water but now I am consistently drinking 1 glass a day. For me this is huge progress. Now my next focus is to increase to 2 glasses a day. I will continue to focus on this until I get to 8...wis... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:39:45 EST I am back Hi, I'm Don, n1zyf is an FCC call sign. I was doing fine, brought my A1c down to 5.6, lost 30 Lbs got all my meds reduced and felt fine. I was pretty sure I had it down pat. My major goof was I was fooling myself. From Thanksgiving - Valentines day I went to the Dr. I'd gained back 11 lbs. He got me to do a full lipid panel and A1c today. Bet I'll catch hell Friday or Monday. He asked me what changed - I was doing so well -- I told him. He shook his head and asked what I'd do about it. I ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:46:48 EST I hate oatmeal I am 60 years and have always hated oatmeal. or grits, or cream of wheat, the flavor, the texture, etc. But I have cooked it for my family for 36 years. I have been told that eating oatmeal will help lower your cholesterol. I need alternative foods to lower my cholesterol. Any ideas? I would appreciate it. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:44:06 EST Gratitude Team We would love to have you join our Gratitude Journals Team. <BR> <BR> There is something to be grateful for in each and every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:14:07 EST Never been this big before I have lost weight many times but at the top of my weight now. I had parathyroid tumors causing severe osteoporosis and broken bones, causing the weight gain, loss of mobility, etc. Now I am ready to walk and make the change. Anyone experiencing brittle-breaking bones? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:45:43 EST I'm back So when I watched the biggest loser they always had a something holding them back. <BR> I am working through a few things in a bible study class and once I am free I am hoping this will no longer hold me back. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:53:15 EST Start of something new Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Michaela, I'm new to sparkpeople I used to have a sparkteen account when I was 14 yrs old. I am now back on here trying to lose the weight I have gained back after loosing the weight when I was a teenager. I hope using this site will keep me motivated and continue to strive way after I lose my goal weight. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:51:58 EST Hello I am new here I just found this site and am super excited about it. I am from Oregon but now residing in Phoenix area. I have had some very great life changes and am looking to correct some health issues as well as lose some weight. Glad to meet you all. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:07:03 EST HI! I am back on SparkPeople because two years ago I lost 50 lbs using this app. Due to an injury I gained 20 back. Time to start over. Good to be back!! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:28:32 EST All in I've done Sparkpeople before but never fully participated. This time I'm all in. My name is Marci. I'm 47 and have 25 pounds to lose. Well, I'm sure I have more than that but I'm not looking to be a model, just comfortable and fit. This time I feel like it's going to work and if I am all in, I can't say I didn't give it everything I have. I'm posting, sharing, connecting, tracking, and MEASURING. No cheating, no giving up. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:10:47 EST Hello I'm a brand new member, this is my first time using Spark people. My goal is to lose 25 lbs and i have found it hard to get motivated to get out & exercise in the winter. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:58:34 EST Third Times The Charm Hi everyone! This is my third time joining SparkPeople. This time I am going to make it. I am finding the older you get, the harder it is to get the weight off. I want to do this for me and my health. <BR> <BR> A year ago I had Septic Shock and had a heart attack, my kidneys were failing and other organs were taking a pounding. I also coded and they brought me back. This year has been a year of struggling but I am finally doing fairly good. So I woke up this morning and thought today is the... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:45:36 EST cowyav Hi can someone help me? I would like to do WW points plus ..I weigh 275 :( how many daily point plus do I get? also do I get extra weekly points? and how many..... I am 5'4" 275 libs and I am 59 years old and not very active thank u for any help :) Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:39:14 EST Returning After a couple years away from Spark's I'm trying to find my way around there has been changes in this period of time. <em>40</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:30:44 EST Starting over Hi everyone, I'm trying again at losing weight but I think I'm on to a winner now. After trying all different fad diets and slimming clubs, I have settled on a low carb diet. I have Tom Kerridge's Dopamine diet book to hand and a supportinve network around me to keep me on track. I'm on day 3 and not hungry, not searching for snacks and not feeling deprived. I'll keep posting as i go along and weigh in each week. wish me luck! 150lbs to go!!! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 03:32:33 EST Introducing myself Hello everyone! I've been here on and off for a few years but now I am back and more motivated than ever. My DH and I have adopted a little girl from my BFF and she is my whole world. I want to be able to run around and keep up with her, share in the joy of childhood with her and raise her in a healthy family environment. I am ready to shed this extra weight and become a healthier, happier mommy. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:07:47 EST j pouch Hi, I'm new here and anxious to lose weight. I have a j pouch (I don't have a rectum and part of my lower intestine) due to cancer. Unfortunately, this means that it is very hard for me to digest a lot of fruit and vegetables. I also have to eat a lot of carbs to avoid problems. Obviously, this makes it very hard to lose weight. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:20:18 EST Day 5 Challenge Day 5 of the 21 Day Challenge - Introduce yourself <BR> Hi to all of you committing to better health. I skipped this day of the challenge. Working an extra job during tax season is my challenge. Looking forward to one day at a time. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:35:53 EST I'm back and starting over I came back after a long absence. I decided to do the Get Started 20 Day Challenge to make a solid reentry. I am glad I did...I already lost a few pounds. <BR> <BR> Hi out there <em>213</em> <em>213</em><BR>boardpost.asp# <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:39:06 EST New and anxious member Beginning today and a little anxious. Need to get out of my head and stay focused on why I am here and remind myself of my goals. I am in tough shape right now. I have multiple premorbid diagnoses, such as high blood pressure, GERD, severe sleep apnea, asthma as well as osteoarthritis. My knees have deteriorated to bone on bone over past two years and I am now in need of knee replacements. Cannot have those surgeries at my current weight due to my risk factor. Needless to say, this is o... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:03:44 EST Just getting started I'm just getting started. I have had this account for a while but now I have to get the work done. I hope to meet like minded people who are trying to lose weight I need the support and would like to support others. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:54:53 EST Feel free to friend me I'm new here, just having joined this morning. I'm a 44 year old male, currently employed by the YMCA organization. I'm in training to become a personal trainer and aspire to be as physically fit as possible. My goals include losing over 100 pounds, during the next year and a half. I'm also a (semi) professional musician - saxophone, piano and guitar. I teach music privately out of my house, as a second gig. <BR> Feel free to friend me - from my experience, one can never have enough su... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:28:02 EST Hi 👋? My name is Marquita Wilson, and I have currently loss over 100 pounds and 21inches on my waistline, I would love to share my story with you to inspire you to never quit on your goals and dreams do come true, follow me on Facebook:Marquitalookatmenowwilson <BR> Instagram:Marquitalookatmenowwilson <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:28:56 EST Hello everyone! My name is Brenda. This is my second attempt at trying to follow SparkPeople. I had a baby a year ago, but still have kept 20 of the 27 pounds I gained during pregnancy. I'm very frustrated I've allowed myself to get this unhealthy. This is the most I've ever weighed and the clothes that I've stayed the same size in forever are starting to not fit. I want to lose the weight so I can more easily play with my children and be a more active role in their lives than just being an unhealthy couch p... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:33 EST Hai ho! Day 5 here Introducing myself... my name is Steph, and I'm a 34 year old mom from western Pennsylvania. I'm here on day 5. This has been a very difficult 5 days, but I'm here doing it and sticking it out. 3 short gym visits this week to start. Gotta start somewhere. Looking forward to this journey with you all! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:28:53 EST Hello! Day 5 I'm Terri. Tried Spark once, and never logged in. I'm on a streak now--5 days in a row AND I'm got my fitbit connected. I wish there were someone in my area who was an early riser like I am and wanted to walk at 5AM. Oh well. Oh well. Keep plugging along. <em>311</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:18:23 EST Hello everyone! Today I turn 55. I am starting to take care of myself. Went to a few doctors and have been diagnosed with IBS. I am following a low fodmap diet to help with that. I want to track here and make friends and get support. I've been here before and know this place is awesome! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:17:23 EST New here looking for weight loss buddies Hello, my name is Emily in 27 and am looking at a 160lb weight loss goal by my 29th birthday! I joined spark people in hopes to fin the support that im lacking in my everyday life .. id love to find some weight loss buddies who i can chat with and support eachother through the rough times and praise on the great ones :) Thu, 9 Feb 2017 23:49:51 EST No Longer Living to Eat Hi, just want to say that so much has changed for me in the last 4 weeks since I found SparkPeople. I used to live my life around meal time, not anymore!! I no longer live to eat now I eat to live, big difference! Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:18:31 EST New Hello , want to say hello hoping to online friends and the support is a 360 turn of helping each other . Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:22:13 EST HOW 2 REACTIVATE A TEAM My wife and I rejoined Spark after a three year hiatus. We would like to reactive the Spark Team called Eagles' Wings for pilots. How do we go about reactivating a team? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:04:54 EST Hello Everyone Trying out this new fitbit and seeing how it works. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:00:18 EST Here to do my best to provide Motivation! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> How is life? It's going great for me too. I know, I know how is life so great for a 220-ish pound guy from Australia? Well, I know I am already on the path to losing weight, playing with my future children and doing all the activities I have always wanted to do. <BR> <BR> I have motivated a lot of people over the years and it has mostly been with my words, never with my actions so I am looking to make that major shift. I can tell you EXACTLY what Tim Ferris did t... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:45:43 EST having trouble getting movated I started with Spark People in September of 2016 I did great until after Christmas, I had lost 40#'s. had a weeks vacation the an awful UTI and I have gained back 9 #'s. I know what and how to do, but am having a really hard time getting my mind set back and knuckling down with my program. Habits are hard to change but they can be changed. I have to keep on keeping on and reminding myself I want to be healthy more that I want to eat what is unhealthy for me. I am praying that the Lord will he... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:02:23 EST New girl here and I'm struggling! I have done Dukan here and there throughout the last few years. I've been pretty dedicated this time. I'm on day 18 and I'm really struggling. My first week I lost 4.6 lbs. second week I lost 0! That was a bit rough for myself to see. Being on the third week I feel like I want to snack. I already failed with eating out and having steak tacos last night. It's like I just needed something different. How does everyone else cope with cravings? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:27:56 EST Just rejoined SP My name is Lula, I am from Southeastern Ohio. have 2 grown sons, 2 grand children and a great grandson due any day. I am thrilled. <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:53:10 EST Returning member It has been awhile since i have been on sparkpeople. My user name was horseman65 . I would like to get back to the friend that i had before. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 21:34:05 EST Back and ready to lose weight can you help me A long time ago I was a member of Sparks people. Now I have came back because I think you system is the best online and the easy way to check in everyday. Granddaughter getting married in 17 months. Want to look great, feel better and more able to walk a lot better. So Here I am hoping to meet someone that would like to be a buddy preferrly around 72 year old female. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:08:07 EST New to this site New to this site, looking for people to add to my Sparkpeople friends! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:15:14 EST Hi! Newbie here! Hi, <BR> I have never done anything like this online before but I realize I need to find help and support. Finding the Spark People Community seems to be what will help. <BR> Thank you all for being here and offering a kind and understanding spirit. <BR> Peace, Love, Light <BR> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:21:54 EST Just saying Hi! I am new to Spark People. This is the 5th day of my 21 day challenge. I need to lose 100+ pounds but am starting at just losing 10% as my first goal. I am finding the tools that I need and the support from Spark People so easy to do on Spark People. So far I'm loving this site. Hope all of you have a very wonderful and successful Wednesday! <em>521</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:28:59 EST Returning member I was a member when SP just got going. I reached my goal and then work got in my way. Today is my second day back gonna try to lose 20 lbs Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:28:51 EST Hi! Hi, everyone! My name is Dani. <BR> <BR> I'd love to build my network of Spark Friends and also to connect with people who share similar fitness and health interests. <BR> <BR> I have PCOS and had gestational diabetes, so if you have diabetes or follow a diabetes-friendly diet, we have a lot in common, nutrition-wise. <BR> <BR> As for exercise, I really love variety. I like to do a lot of different things, so my mind and my body don't get bored. As a single mom, I do have to do a ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:17:00 EST Looking for some accountability I've know SP for a long time and lurked in the threads digging out ideas, recipes, workouts, etc.... <BR> <BR> I signed up tonight simply looking for some folks to help hold me accountable and hopefully reciprocate. I'm having trouble getting back to the mid to high 180#'s. Been hovering between 194# - 198# for quite awhile now but just cannot seem to get over the hump. <BR> <BR> Are there any groups/ongoing threads around where folks are publicly tracking/journaling food? Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:02:19 EST just saying hi don't really like posting messages~ Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:54:31 EST I want to live a healthier life I am Jean Williams from Cape Town, South Africa. I work for Biblionef, a book donation, non profit organisation. I will be 60 in a months time and will retire from work in 18 months rime. I wish to live a heathier life by making wise decisions on all spheres of my life. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:58:16 EST Just me... I am an empty nester, with grand boys only or so far, I live on a farm, grow my own garden, cook, garden and watercolor artist. I have goats and make bath bombs and soap from the milk. joined a gym with my hubby and I still cant seem to lose weight so here I m with Sparks. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:00:37 EST New to SparkPeople <img src="">. <BR> Hi there everyone. I'm committed to start healthy eating habits with you. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:38:43 EST Saying Hello! Hi! I'm Ashley, 36, mom of three beautiful kids. I've let the stresses of life control my life too long. My comfort has been found in the one thing I feel I can control: my food. I've made so many poor decisions. I know sugar and carbs are my biggest downfall. I'm looking to lose the weight and get healthy for myself and for my kids! Ok..that's step one! On to Step 2.... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:43:33 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:43 EST HOPE TO HELP SOMEONE LOSS WEIGHT. I am spiritually grounded & balanced in life. Having a strong connection with God makes me balanced and humble. My goals in life are to be fulfilled and share my life with my soul mate. I truly want to treat my soul mate like the queen she is. My mission in life is for us to be happy together, respect each other, grow as a couple, love and cherish our family. My family is very important to me and I have a Son that I love with all my heart and soul. I come from a strong family background and w... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 02:18:11 EST Hi Everyone Hey everyone!!! I'm a 23 year old work from home dad from San Francisco who is determined to finally lose some weight! I'm aiming to lose about 20 pounds for the next 3 months! I'd love to hear from you & share your weight loss journey. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:05:44 EST New Here Hi, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure a little over 2 years ago. I have made a lot of changes to my diet. I've lost over 200 pounds now, but the thing is that the last 9 months I have been really struggling and having a lot of trouble staying on track. I am so scared of gaining my weight back and with my health condition, I can't afford to do so. I am usually fine until the evening time and I just want to munch excessively. I'm out of control. I also find I crave sugar. I s... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:30:03 EST Lose weight to better health💜💜?? Hi I'm Linda I'm 56 and prediabetic, 199lbs 5'0 and I am in poor health I have fibro,osteoarthritis, bursitis, I have bone spurs in my neck and shoulders got to get it together and get this weight down. I am having to take diabetic classes they will last a year I hope to learn lifestyle change and learn to cook and eat better. Take care of me and be a better me also. 💜💜💜??? Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:19:46 EST New Here I'm new here. Kind of overwhelmed with the message boards though. Would like to know where I should nest to give and get support. I'm 61 and would like to lose about 50 pounds. TIA! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:56:22 EST I'm back to do it right this time So, I have been with Spark on and off again for years. I love the idea behind Spark. I just started reading the book he wrote. It's great. This time I am here to win. I am going to start over and do it in small steps. That's where I go off track. I get ahead of myself, get all the balls in the air and one by one, down they come. Then I'm discouraged and I quit. Not this time. I started a blog on Spark and I will keep on that. I am going to go to the message boards regularly and keep the commu... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:12:59 EST New to site New to site trying to learn how to navigate. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:57:58 EST Returning after losing and gaining again Hi, I lost weight about 3 yrs ago and I have gained it all back and more. I have thyroid issues and it has also been more difficult to lose weight and also feel better. I am hoping to get back into shape and find the motivation here again. I must feel better and also get healthy again. I am sure I will accomplish it if I keep it up! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:23:36 EST THIS time I am determined and will do it. Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well. <BR> <BR> This is it! I will do it this time! <BR> <BR> I am a 30 year old woman, currently living a very sedentary life as I am off work with disability. I am suffering from PTSD that makes interactions with others a little difficult. Well, in person at least. I would love to make some friends on here to help me remain motivated, and to motivate you. <BR> <BR> I also suffer from IBS and Fibromyalgia. These two things make it a little difficult ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:26:16 EST Back agian Lost 50 lbs a few years back and much of it thanks to this site. I am back now cause over the last six years I gained back 30. Funny how life tends to drag us away from the good things !!! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 04:56:40 EST New to Spark Hi! I'm Roxanne and I'm in upstate NY. I'm 57 and I'm doing Weight Watchers along with using this I hope that I'll be successful. I have about 100ilbs to loose, I have joined a couple of Spark Teams, Hopefully this will help me to stay focused. Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:51:17 EST I'm Back I'm back after about 5 years. Weight climbed back fast after post surgery. I've been there, where the weight was lost and the Dr. is happy. The weight is back and I'm feeling every pound. Fri, 3 Feb 2017 17:12:03 EST mama1234563 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST New and Determined Hi, everyone! My name is Mae and I'm in my fifth day on Spark. I just turned 31 on the 30th of January (which was my first day. It was the number shock of realizing I'd just kissed 30 goodbye and felt like crud about the shape I was in physically that motivated me to make 31 the year for change for me. Hoping to lose 60ish lbs all in all, but I'm less concerned with the numbers than I am just feeling better and learning to love my body again during the journey, but I've always done better wit... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:20:21 EST just started hi everyone I am trying out spark people. weight has been creeping up to my highest ever and I don't want to let it happen. lots of stress eating the last few months and I need to cut it out! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:27:39 EST Addictive self soother I over eat sweets, I don't exercise, consistently, I'm a recovering alcoholic and a cigarette smoker, Oh and I'm dyslexic, I welcome all support, thanks. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:18:00 EST MY FIRST MESSAGE HI , MY NAME IS CHARLOTTE AND I AM JUST TRYING TO FIND MY WAY THROUGH THIS SITE. AM A LONG TIME DIETER AND SELF SABOTAGER BUT I DID COMPLETE ONE WEEK AND I FEEL GREAT IN THAT I HAD NO CRAVINGS. I AM FOCUSED ON ONE POUND AT A TIME.I AM A SENIOR AND BALANCED HEALTH IS MY NEW GOAL. AS THEY SAY , ONE IS NEVER TOO OLD TO KEEP TRYING OR TO LEARN NEW TRICKS TO STAY ON COURSE. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 21:08:03 EST Out to make 2017 my fitness year! I am rejoining SparkPeople to take my weight loss journey forward. I hope to make some real changes in my life when it comes to food and exercise. I have spent a long time allowing my weight to control how I feel and things that I do. I don't want to do that anymore! I want to move forward and make 2017 the year of change in my life! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:03:12 EST Hello Just introducing myself. My name is Chris and I have been meaning to log in to SparkPeople for awhile now. I am currently doing Nutrisystem (my third time but this time I get it!) and get frustrated when cravings hit, though I've been good at keeping them at bay and following the program. I guess as my body gets used to a new way of eating it will get easier. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any replies. <em>41</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:59:32 EST Atkins life Hey! I'm Beckie. I just turned 29, and officially hit my weight goal of 145 lbs. About six months ago I was 171, and even though I stayed active I never dropped weight. It was when I got weighed at the doctors that I realized the scale wasn't lieing, and I had some work to do. I followed strict Atkins of 20 carbs a day, and when I hit plateaus I dropped my carb intake even lower. I never cheated, not one day, not one meal, and it took me 5 1/2 months to reach my goal, and I've never been happ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:22:08 EST Just a hello, Kind nice to share with my lot1 Just started last week. need to lose 20LB. to some it's not much to others it's a lot. All I know is every pond is work. I am happy to share. and I appreciate you too. <BR> My plan calls for 1500 cals. per day. That seems like a lot but even that is tough somedays. Damn lots of cals in cheese. <BR> lets all stay well today. <BR> Stu, in Omaha By the way Stu's my dog Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:19:50 EST Grief and weight gain My name is Teresa I am 60 years old and I am from Alabama I have been overweight most of my life I have been on everything from WW, Atkins, Stillman, Cambridge diet to calorie counting and just couldn't stck with it I did lose 80 lbs with the WW Momentum program about 15 years ago but regained it plus some. I have 2 sons ages 24 and 19 I was married to the love of my life we were looking forward to retirement when my husband was diagnosed with intermediate stage prostate cancer in February 20... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:32:21 EST I'm Back I am returning... Not sure where to start, but I made the decison Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:02:31 EST Late on introducing mysel But I am happy to be here. This is my fourth week of trying but only my second week on SP and this made a big difference. I have been overweight for 11 years. I lost 7 lbs my first two weeks. I have never been successful on my own before. The food log is the best help. The publicly accounting is second. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:38:44 EST I am new here! :) Hello everyone! I am looking for friends who are serious about losing weight. <BR> <BR> I've tried to lose weight for many years, but I kept gaining it back. I almost lost 100 pounds the first time, but I gained it all back and more. This time will be different, and I will not let anything stand in the way, especially not myself. <BR> <BR> I went through some very serious personal issues recently and I wasn't able to eat at all. I am just now introducing food back into my diet. These issues... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:10:19 EST need to lose 80# Hello I'm back again (Melody) <BR> <BR> I went to see if I could get the new knees that I really need. however. I need to get my bmi down to35. Any suggestion on how to do this quickly and healthy. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:23:55 EST Hi there! I'm Bellona, I'm a 33 year old kindergarten teacher who is looking to have my own children in a few years, and I want to get fit and healthy for them and for me before I do. <BR> I'm a big fan of yoga and belly dancing, though I have a tough time being consistent, and I'm an amateur costume designer and work renaissance faires during the summer. <BR> I hope that the camaraderie and accountability here can help me see this through, and I'm always ready to lend an ear and be a cheerleader for ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:11:04 EST Dumb newbie ?s (and I'm no newbie😕?) Feeling quite stupid - joined this site a few years ago & now I'm back - and it seems I've forgotten the basics! <BR> I tend to wat a lot of the same foods repeatedly - but can't figure out how to save them, and there appears to be no logic to when or if they will appear in a search. Very discouraging & huge time-waster. For example, I'll enter "Slimrite Chocolate Shake" in the search field when I try to enter breakfast - and the results will say not found, even if I've seen it come up ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:11:31 EST Hey everyone! My name is Carly. I'm 25 years old and live in Utah. <BR> <BR> I've never been truly happy with my body. I always thought I was overweight, even when I really wasn't. Except I've always been too lazy and busy with life that I never did anything about it. A few health problems and major life changes later, and now I'm definitely overweight. I'm more unhappy with my body than I have ever been. <BR> <BR> I've missed out on a lot because I was too ashamed of my body to participate in certain ac... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:09:04 EST Year of Change HI, My name is Deb. This year I turn 60 and have decided I am at the now or never point in my life. This site is really an awesome encouragement. Looking forward to creating a new Spark lifestyle that will give my next phase of life a Spark! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:42:39 EST Weight watchers no more Hi my name is Joe and I just started spark-people last week. Very simple and way better than my previous weight loss program. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and I tend to chat alot. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:09:03 EST Newbie Hello every one I"m Diane looking encouragement.Would wonderful to find a buddy that we could support each.Ready for the new me😀? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:12:12 EST Hello--with a question :) Hello~ Im a mommy to three very energetic boys and want to be able to keep up with everyone. I know food tracking is important but I struggle to "breakdown" foods. When it is a packaged meal with all of the nutrition on the label its simple. But when we are at a friends house eating, I typically have no idea what made up all the parts of the meal. How do you guys typically track that? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:48:05 EST Hello Spark People! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new to spark people! I'm a thirty-something trying to lose 100+ pounds. Seems like a huge goal sometimes, but I'm trying to break it down into manageable goals. I'm eating low GI/low carb. I was very happy eating low GI in the past, so I'm hoping it will work again. I'm not diabetic, but I just feel better eating less simple carbs. I haven't started an exercise routine yet. I'm just trying to eat better for now and add more healthy lifestyle things as time goes o... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:49:29 EST Hello everyone! Excited to see if this works! It all makes a lot of sense and seems to be a great program! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:26:19 EST starting over I was on SparkPeople several years and lost about 30 lbs and went back to my old ways. I fell and had a hairline fracture in my hip. It was not a bad enough fracture to fix right away due to my weight and the risk of anesthesia. This was a wake up call for me and I sought the help of a Gastric Surgeon (but no surgery) and a Nutritionist. I modified the way I ate, measured everything, drank my water and started doing Senior Yoga. From June 2017 to December 2017, I lost 40 lbs....but now s... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:31:01 EST hello I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Sort of new; sort of not Hi. I was a member here many, many years ago. It helped me a lot, but I "fell off" and basically just didn't bother anymore. Well, I am a lot older now, with many more health issues, but also something of a new life to live. <BR> In November of this year, I'm going on a cruise. It's the first time in my life for cruising, and for traveling solo. I want to lose at least 50 lbs, for appearance, health, and the ability to have more fun. <BR> BUT....this is not the SparkPeople site that I ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:35:18 EST Energy Hi, I'm Jennifer. I started a new job 3 months ago, basically all I do is sit around. I know I've gained weight since I've been here. I have no energy, I'm tired all the time. On my days off I just want to sit around the house (I've gotten so good at sitting). I need some advice on how I could get my energy back, less depressed, and why am I so tired all the time. Doesn't matter if I sleep 2 hrs or 10, I'm tired! I'm tired of being tired, tired of being depressed. I want my life back. My kids... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:18:45 EST New Here Hello there. I am new here and just wanted to say hello. I do not have a great deal of time to spend online, but I am looking forward to popping in to read about your successes and what keeps you motivated. This looks like a great place to learn, share, and grow. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:20:13 EST Do or Die I am new here. I've gained so much weight that my doctor told me that I have no choice. I am tired all the time. My cholesterol numbers are not good and I had my first real health scare. So I am here. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:20:26 EST New to Spark People I am a diabetic! My glucose levels have been pretty good up until the last few weeks. They have been high for me and I need help in getting the numbers down, losing wait and increasing my activity. I've heard good things about Spark People. What do you think is one of the most important aspects of this program? Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:55:52 EST skin sagging Just wondering how long it seems to take to get some elasticity back in my skin. specifically my upper arms and midsection. <BR> I've been on spark for six days is there a forum for body specific questions? Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:43:57 EST First day! Hi all. I planned my meals last night and already logged them so I don't change my mind. I did a workout ( just walking) already this morning and I am hoping and praying for just one great day to set me straight. Going to keep extra busy this week - all I need is one week of doing what I need to do to get me back in the swing of things again. Feeling hopeful today but blahhhh because the sun hasn't been out in weeks and it's cold. It's crushing my spirit :( can't wait till spring Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:01:58 EST Day 5 of new member challenge For day 5 of the challenge I'm supposed to introduce myself. Well I'm 27 years old, I currently work at home taking calls for stranded motorists needing roadside assistance. When I was 22 years old I had a brain anneurysm which left me paralyzed on my left side. For the past 5 years I've struggled with learning new ways to do everything, as well as a lot of anxiety. I've gained 30lbs in the passed 5 years and it really upsets me because at the time I was working out regularly, just starting t... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:43:32 EST Happy Friday Trying this out to see if it will help me as I begin my journey to lose weight, get fit and improve my health overall. I'm 36 and a diabetic and last week I turned an inkling to go to the gym and actually use the gym membership that I've been paying for for many years and that has turned into me going to the gym 5 days a week so far, measuring myself, cleaning up my diet and upping my protein intake. I hope this all culminates into a new lifestyle of health and confidence, I can already fee... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:01:42 EST New to Spark Good morning everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am just as my topic states! LOL I have not been on here long and thought I would introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am Nikki, a single 35 year old mom in Fort Worth, Texas. I have two very active boys that are my life. I am struggling with all aspect of being healthy and getting back on track. I had a sleeve in February of 2014 and I am so far gone that I am finding it harder and harder to get back on track. I have been in contact with another surgeon to hav... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:31:01 EST Gypsy Juls .. Hi I have found myself in Mexico under some really stressful circumstances that started in September 2016 and I've recently been told that I'll be here for another 6 to 9 months. Since I've been in Mexico, I've lost my local support group in Henderson, NV and I've gained about 20 pounds. I'm looking for some support as I get back in shape. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:37:13 EST Hello and Help Needed <em>39</em> Hello, I am a Type 2 Diabetic with Neuropathy in both of my feet. I need to lose about 50 lbs. I am now on Insulin which I hate. I am also clinically depressed and have no motivation. My big question is directed toward others with the peripheral neuropathy, is there anything that works for you to help with the symptoms? I have tingling all the time, stabbing pain, wooden feeling feel and it makes it so that I can not sleep at night without a sleeping aid. I am sure that is not h... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:08:26 EST Hello (again) I'm Patty House. I'm not really new. I was here a few years ago. <BR> <BR> I've renewed my goal to lose weight. I currently have 40-45 pounds to lose. I just lost 10 since January 1. <BR> I work out with a personal trainer at work 4-5 times a week. <BR> I'm following the Daniel Fast close as I possibly can. I have added meat back in so I can get in more protein. I'm trying to stick as close to 1200 calories as I can, but do go over on occasion. <BR> I mainly use Fitbit to track what I eat si... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:58:58 EST Once again I am a return user of sparkpeople(SP). I was in Weight watchers and reached my goal,and so I wasn't passionate enough to keep going with SP. Then I got married and gained, now I need to loose 15-20 lbs.I am so happy that SP is here now, I am so appreciative of the support of intentionally committing to keep my calories and nutrition in my mind always. <BR> I am also hoping to heal my ailments through intense chiropractor and massage, as my knees give me grief. Knee issues are hard when you... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:36:09 EST Starting over again so here i sit ready to start again I started a long time ago and was very successful and also met my very best long distance friend. and we are still friends today <BR> so heres hoping to meet new friends and get back on track <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:44:44 EST Hello! I'm sorta new, sorta not. Hi, my name is Michelle! The reason I'm sorta new is because I had another account, but I fell off the wagon when it came to weight loss. But, I'm determined. I have 180 pounds to lose, and I want to lose it before I graduate college in two years. If anyone wants to chat or become weight loss buddies, feel free to message me <em>30</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:31:45 EST Hello, everyone :) Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Karissa, and I am new to SparkPeople. I have never really joined a fitness community like this before, but I thought I would give it a shot. I am using SparkPeople to track my calories and macronutrients because I recently received my second kidney transplant in December, and it is very important that I am healthy. I also am concerned about gaining weight from high dose steroids, so I am carefully watching what I eat. I lost about 35 pounds this past year and do n... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:24:43 EST New here Hi. I tried SparkPeople years ago and just couldn't get my act together. Now I am back (with even more to lose) and ready to make a long term commitment. I set my goal - 49 pounds in the next year. Honestly? I'd be thrilled with 35, but hopefully by then I will have some great new habits that will make me want to push myself. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is exercise. First, I live in a place where there is snow and cold for six months at a time. Second, I found a sport I adore (kickboxing... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:11:04 EST Hello! So... I'm terrible at online interaction and while I often need accountability I tend to be extremely introverted in online settings. But, I'm trying SparkPeople to try to help me get healthier and so I can like what I see when I look in the mirror. Which means putting on my big girl panties and working ~with~ the system. :) <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm old enough to know that I'm going to need to learn new ways of acting, thinking, doing if I want to change the old me. I've done fad diets, not so fa... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:23:45 EST Hello I'm new to Spark People. My wife introduced me to the site. Looking to loose weight, eat more healthy and become more fit. It is not easy. I've been eating less at meal times but I like my late night snacks. They are my biggest downfall. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:19:18 EST newly diagnosed diabetic I have been thinking about getting back into shape before I got a health notice like this... and boom - there it was - cholesterol high, weight high, and now diabetes. So, it's time to get my rear end shaking and see what I can do to get rid of all these issues. <BR> <BR> I just had surgery on Wednesday so my fitness level for the next two weeks is super limited, but I am taking the time to create meal plans and really read up on diabetes and, of course, perusing the SPARK boards. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:42:06 EST Work out buddy I need to get in great shape for three weddings this year and I am looking for a serious work out buddy. We would hold each other accountable for our work outs and provide support and affirmation. I am 22 years old, very affirming just looking for someone who wants to reach their goals and wouldn't mind helping someone else do the same Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:18:16 EST New to the board Hi all...I have been retired about a year, and while my stress levels are down, my weight is up 15 lbs. So ready to do something about it. Counting calories has always worked best for me, especially with diet buddies to keep me honest and going. Especially interested in how older members (I'm 63) find success with calorie counting and less exercise. I am in good health but just can't seem to exercise at the same level I did when I was younger. Hoping to gain a lot of positive tips and in... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:37:32 EST After <em>381</em> Being away for past two years; packed on the weight again and would like to do better than the last time. Weighed in at 216 lbs which is obese and a lot for my 5'7" frame. Misery loves company; however my Spark friends aren't miserable; rather doing something positive. Being aware and taking responsibility. I'm inspired and yes..... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:31:10 EST New and looking for serious buddies I'm from calorie count (they are shutting down) and I'm still interested in losing weight and being healthy. It would be great if I could have a weight loss buddy(ies) who like to message or email, be supportive, share workouts, etc. <BR> <BR> I am still exploring this site, but from what I can see it looks great. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:32:43 EST Finally Found You Having given up totally on one other forum and despaired of another, today I discovered where all the smart people have landed. My goal is to improve my stamina via regular aerobics and building up my youthful looking body. I'm glad to be here! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:10:26 EST Ready For A New Life! Hi! I just found SparkPeople about a week ago. So far it, and all of you, are helping me stick with my goal of creating a healthier life for myself, and in turn, my family. Thank you for all of the support you have already given! I promise to do my very best to pay it forward. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:21:58 EST Kill me if I can't stick to my fitness program Hi, <BR> <BR> I want to change my health regimen. My weight yoyos from 170 to 210 and is usually at 190. I am pretty steady in strength training. I am spotty with cardio. I usually get on a "roll" and eventually hurt my Achilles , hip or knee. It takes me months to get back to running and the cycle continues. I was once a 7:00 minute pace runner and I think I get injured as I try to get back there and am having a problem accepting that is probably no longer achievable. I don't drink and drin... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:42:26 EST Hi Hello, I'm new :) Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:21:42 EST Last bit of baby weight Hi! I've been on and off this site for years. Now I'm back because i need the support and the tools to lose the last bit of baby weight. I have set my goal to reach my ideal weight on my daughter's first birthday! And if I succeed, I will get myself a cute outfit to wear to her party. No more rewarding myself with treats! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:14:11 EST First Timer Hi, this is my first time looking for an online community to assist with my eating. I'm part of a few 12-step groups, however I also seem to revert back to eating is the solution, even tho I know it isn't. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:07:25 EST Ready to do this! I'm a 44 year old instructional coach in NC and I'm ready to get healthy! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:37:21 EST Being diabetic , low protein Can this program help me if I do a lot of substitution's to the menu as I have been doing? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:15:06 EST I want a new me but need some help First off hi guy's I'm so excited to be working on a new me. I decided this year that I was tired or my 4yr old new mom body it had to go. Never been real big on working out but I love walking so I figured I would start there. Nothing big at first started with a mile a day January 1st now I'm at 6 miles a day. It's working I'm losing the weight but now I need to tone this is where my problem starts I miss my abs but crunches and sitting ups kill me because I have a rare form of scoliosis whic... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:46:17 EST It's Me Again Hi, I joined Spark People once before with much success. However my depression over came me and I stopped coming online. <BR> Things have improved to a degree for me and I was helping a friend learn how to do things on the Internet. Not sure how this happened but we came across Spark People and it lit a fire under me. <BR> So, now I'm back. I love all that is offered from the tools to log your progress, to the recipes and exercise programs to follow, and the uplifting motivational articles... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:09:17 EST New Year=A New Me!!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just started a couple of days ago, but so far I am loving it. I have been trying to get in better shape for over 7 years, but always seem to fall of the wagon . I have decided to serious about my weight and my health. I look forward to all the new friends I will meet along the way on here. <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:38:30 EST Introduction Hello from sunny Florida (Apollo Beach area). Sailing, exercise, swimming and a little sun keeps me fit.... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:19:02 EST Work in progress :) Good morning! This is partially for the Challenge points. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I went to the doctor for an upper respiratory infection. She had labs completed and that started the journey to reduce my cholestrol, which does run high in my family. We've been working for two years to get this down, during which there have been good checkups and bad checkups. The most recent (last Thursday) was not so good. She wants me on cholestrol meds but I really do not want to take a statin (to... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:11:36 EST Time to get really serious I keep going back and forth. I was doing really well, depression and work hit me again and I lost all the momentum. I gained weight back. I don't feel well. So it's time to put my game face on and get back to work. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:45:36 EST Time Hello Everyone, <BR> I know that I am not knew to the sparkpeople community but since I have been away for a while this is a new beginning for me. We are sitting here in 2017 and I have started in here around 2015 which I am not even half way or even reached my goals yet. It has been a rough couple of years for me to do anything or to even keep up on top of my goal. The change of my decision was when I was at work the other day and saw myself in the window I knew it was time to make a change... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:39 EST Thankful for the community I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times and how many different weighs I've sought to get myself healthier and to lose weight, but I'm back to SparkPeople again. I find the community here so welcoming, and it helps to have one place in my life where others are immersed in trying to achieve the same goals I am. I am so grateful for this outstanding community. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:45:36 EST Hi everyone I need to lose 20 pounds Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:36:24 EST Trying Again Not sure how often people read these messages, but I am going to be brutally honest here because I have to be. I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and my body. in 2014, something amazing happened where I hit rock bottom and somehow came out of it and changed up my whole world. I stopped crying and landed a pretty awesome job and somehow was able to get myself down to a solid 135 pounds (i'm 5'7" with a huge butt so this was amazing). then i had an interaction with a guy that broke ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:05 EST Nutrisystem newbie Day one!! Hello everyone!! Day one of nutrisystems! I am 55, male, 6'3 291#. I would like to lose 50#. i would appreciate any help or advise, my wife and i are both on this and we are trying to understand the system.Day one has been quite a shock, haha but we are both commited to this!! <em>381</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:33:14 EST Please allow me to introduce myself... I am (wo)man of (no) wealth--but great taste, I think. <BR> I am excited to discover the support Community offered by Sparks people--I am a strong, damn' near-socialist believer in the power and grace of sbaring; after all, that is the basis of democracy; isn't it, if I can't, perhaps you can, & you can show me--& vice versa. So I am grateful to be a part. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:36:49 EST Back after trying WW online Hi! Melissa here :) <BR> <BR> Back after having used Sparkpeople for some years. Over the last couple years I tried WW. I had some success at first with going to meetings, but after a while had a hard time making it to them so early on the weekend. I eventually just started paying for the online access, which I eventually realized with so silly as I could utilize this site for free. So I'm back and ready to make some changes! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:23:03 EST Hello Hi my name is Hope and I joined spark last year. Took a break from it a couple months ago and now I'm going stronger than before. I want and need to be healthier. I love that God and my family is my greatest motivation to better myself. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:01:49 EST Losing Weight, Climbing Higher Hello all! My name is Heather. Over the years I have drifted to and from SparkPeople, but I have never taken advantage of the community aspect of the site. I believe that social support is the thing I'm lacking in my journey to lose well over 50 pounds, so I am eager to stop lurking and start participating. <BR> <BR> I am a few weeks shy of 24, a college student, and a lover of aerial dance, which is probably one of my biggest motivations to lose this excess weight. It'll never be easy, but... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:19:27 EST hi Posting for points.Not gonna lie. 51 m tired of talking to the counseler insurance company set me up with. Yea Im a little overweight and ahve high blood pressure.bp is under control with medication but Im tired of carrying this extra 40 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:46:07 EST Getting back on track Hello, today is my first day here. I am so glad I found this site. It looks like a lot of support which I can use. I actually was doing quite well with my weight loss last year due to GI problems. The good thing is that the GI problems have improved. I am now eating 3 meals a day which I was unable to do previously. The bad thing is that I am starting to get back into some bad eating habits and have gained some weight back. I also have lost my ambition for exercise. I am disabled so ex... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:15:22 EST Trying to be the Best Me Who thinks one day you wake up and you'll be sixty your next birthday. Through life you put off things and always say tomorrow I'll do that. Well for me sixty is in nine moths, retirement in six and a new phase of life begins. A privilege denied to a few of my close friends, a gift to be treasured. <BR> Being overweight all of my life has been my battle that needs to end. I want to walk confidently into this next stage and be healthy. I have so many blessings in my life and want to be around ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:09:14 EST Need to keep my momentum going! Hi everyone! On Jan. 2nd I joined a challenge for $25 and I've already lost 5 pounds! So now that it's almost over I decided to see if this website will help me keep my momentum going! <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:56:48 EST Getting Started Hi! My name is Amy, I'm 31, and living in sunny Florida. I've been a member of Sparkpeople off and on for years, but my fitness level (or lack there-of) really hit me hard when I went on a hike while on vacation. I was so winded I had to stop every 10 minutes. I've joined a local gym, started working with a personal trainer, and reset my Spark account. I'm looking forward to getting back in shape, training to run 5k and 10k races, and going down 2 sizes before my vacation in July! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:01:28 EST what happened to other choice option The last time I was on spark people I could tap on a good that was in the meal plan and itwould give me an alternative that iI could choose that was comparable to it.then I could eat that instead....where did the substitutions option go? I keep just adding foods but now I don't know how to pick another option and stay in track.please help Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:56:52 EST Thanks Thank you for the support I need Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:13:01 EST Hello, back again to pick myself up <img src="">Hi, I released myself from work way back at the end of 2011. Plans were to walk to town everyday, sit outside at a cafe, enjoy a coffee and people watch. How many times have I done this? None. I could drive uptown, I live in a small university town, I could park and walk with my cane to an outside cafe, Ok, outside when the weather is warmer. Anyone in West Chester, PA who would like to join me for a co... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:33:39 EST Welcome Me and hello to all of you! Good afternoon! Just wanted to introduce myself and I hope to make some friends to make "this journey" successful. I'm 55 years old, mother of a 20 year old boy and wife to a fabulous man. I'm an ICU nurse and have worked night shift forever but on 1-30-2017 I start days, I'm excited because I feel like living a normal life, awake during the day, sleeping at night and clearing the fog from being tired all the time might be the missing tool I need to start and succeed at a new healthy life... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:42:20 EST Hi Hi, I'm Jay, <BR> Thought I would try something new, this looks like a fun place to get motivation and maybe meet people experiencing the same roadblocks I am. I am 57 and have pretty much been at a standstill in weight loss for over a year. Anyway, I look forward to this new adventure <em>213</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:53 EST Trying to be healthy and fit again. Hi, I'm Anna. I'm here with the mission, like most on this website, to become a healthier me. About two years ago, I was going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and abstaining from candy and other foods not so good. I was a size 12 at my best. <BR> I'm here now. I gained two sizes, now a size 16. I've lost the habit of regularly exercising and I haven't tracked my food in I don't know how long. I wanted to join this website, because it seems like a free, easy way to keep track of those things, ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:46:44 EST Been Here before and Back Again Hi! It's been a long time but I've been here before and I'm back. Last time, back in 09 I think it was, I don't think I was as serious because I didn't stick with it. I've now been on a plan since June and I'm down 55 pounds and I've got about 40-50 more to go. <BR> I'm 57, from NJ living in South Florida, near Adventura for the time being, we buy, fix and sell houses so we move around a lot, at least every 2 years. <BR> Glad to be back miss the friends I've made here and the new ones I ho... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:07:30 EST New Member I am new here and have been so happy. I am a busy mother of one that works too many hours. Wish I could dedicate more time to my family and me. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:17:58 EST hello I am new to Spark People. i am trying to better manage my diabetes and lose weight. I have a membership at a planet fitness and as soon as the weather improves i will be going there 3-4 times a week. i thought by keeping track of my food and exercise I might have more success. my goals right now is to lose about 80 lbs and get my insulin needs lowered. <BR> i am kinda shy and don't have alot of time to be online but will track every day. <BR> <BR> thanks Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:14:56 EST Hi! Happy to be here Heloo! I am looking to form healthy habits, including eating 'like a normal person'! I think i just need a bit of daily support and hopefully to support others. I dont count calories or do temporary diets as i just feel restricted then eat more. Im quite stressed atm but i think i need to still try to eat normally, because a bit of weight loss might help me feel better! Looking forward to meeting people on here. <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:53:17 EST Hello Everyone Hi, I'm very new to SparkPeople and I absolutely love this site. I'm looking forward to gaining and giving inspiration on this journey to better health!! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:26:04 EST looking for new friends who are looking to be fit Hi there! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie and I am looking for new friends who are interested in losing weight, toning up and having a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Not sure about you, but I want to look good again for the summer! <BR> <BR> I am excited to be a part of this group and I can't wait to meet some new people :) Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:55:56 EST Looking for new friends Please send me a friend request so we can keep each other motivated. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Nickie Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:17:36 EST Leggs 2165 How do I remove meals susggest on the tracker? I tracking my food that I eat but I don't eat what is suggested on a daily basis due to I allergy to seafood & nuts. I added what I did eat but it keep what was suggested to eat on the tracker as well & make it looks like I eating double. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:07:00 EST DISABLED AND OFF TRACK Hi Im TEE <BR> I am not new to sparks I started this journey 2010 got way off track weight has been up down roller coaster. Im about to hit 50 in another year gotta get it together looking for a partner to help motivate each other to success. I made a commitment to log onto sparks everyday between 8:30am and 9:30am, to log in food and get meal plans and begin exercise. <em>46</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:16:30 EST new here and need a goal buddy Hey everyone. I'm new here. I'm trying to achieve my goal weight and I'm looking for a buddy/friend that I could work with. It's really challenging for me coz I've tried for so long. Any help will be appreciated. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:06:36 EST New...again Back to sparkpeople again, haven't been here in awhile.....realized on Jan 1 this year that I've been saying "tomorrow I'll start a diet" for years and that I'm tired of feeling like crap. Tired of the belly, tired of looking terrible, tired of not fitting into clothes. So, this is it. Here we go..... So far so good, sticking to it, 7 pounds lost since Jan 1....not too tough so far, but missing the sweets a bit. Looking forward to feeling better. Eating better than I have in years. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:41:44 EST Hello! Need motivation! Hello to all- <BR> <BR> I am looking to improve my health and weight and have tried a bunch of other options. I always seem to have the good intention, but never the follow through. FT working single mom, recently divorced.. 2 boys and lots of sports! It always seems that I put everyone else first. Looking to do something for me! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:47:58 EST Meet Mama P I am excited to be joining this site. So many great opportunities for support. Looking forward to the next 30+ years of life in a healthy, joy filled, productive way. Leaving 30 years of grief, loss, illness, fear and doubt in the dust!! Thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me and being my accountability partner in this journey. May this journey ignite a positive spark. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:53 EST Good Afternoon I am new to the SparkPeople website and community. For 2017 my goals are to be healthier than 2016. Still learning my way around the pages. :-) Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:13:56 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am a 48 year mother of 5 who has now decided to lose the baby fat. I figure after after 17 years its time. I have only been a member for a week now and I am loving it. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:49:02 EST Hello... Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am 33 years old and weigh 498lbs. I have already started my journey...however the last two weeks I was in a depression (family member passed away) and I fell into a food slump. All I wanted was things that were bad for me. So this week I started fresh! I am slowly but surely getting back on track. <BR> The "plan" I am working with is the 21 day fix. I know a lot of people who have had success using this, and a few that think it's crap. So wo... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:51:42 EST Introductions OK, so really it's day 14. I'm doing the new member challenge. As I use the app mostly, all the added benefits of the webpage are still being discovered including message boards... Thanks 21 day newbie challenge. Anyway, I'm really excited about this page, and I really think SP sets people up to win. Tracking is the one thing I know that works and I want to not only return to my healthiest, but also look rocking in some wedding phtotos. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:46:32 EST Greetings! Hi all, <BR> I'm a 37 year old mom to a beautiful daughter and fiancé to a wonderful man. Life had been full of ups and downs.... he downs in life usually leaf to my ups on the scale. I've lost weight (100+) on another plan... It was effective until I developed severe food allergies. Then their plans didn't really fit my lifestyle. I've managed to keep the weight I lost off, but need to lost about 75 more. <BR> <BR> I'm entering this with optimism, realism, and hopefully success as lo... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:01 EST Hi Everyone! Well, I've purchased it all...and not used a bit of it. So, a friend has been very successful with this site. So, I hope I am too. Anything positive you can tell me, would be helpful! Thanks! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:17:31 EST Newish.... in a newlywed slump! Hello all! I'm a 28 year old newlywed - got married this past summer, and my husband and I have gained at least 15 pounds since then. I feel horrible! Lots of beer and takeout food was involved in this weight gain. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for buddies to chat with to help stay on track and follow through with my goals! I am looking to lose two pounds per week, track my food every day, hit my step goal (fitbit), and get enough water. Please add me and let's be friends! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:45:50 EST Hi...newbie, not new to struggling Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Since I joined at 3am, I'm still about a day away from having a page up here...but thought this should go up anyway. <BR> <BR> David's the name, virtual races (I hate crowds, it's complicated) is my game. Or should I say it used to be. <BR> <BR> That's because I had to give up running last year because there was a gaping hole in my training plan: Cross training, and strength training especially, was not happening, and I was on the verge of injury. <BR> <BR> I tried... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:37:20 EST New member Hello everyone, I am just starting with Sparkpeople! I have been working out with a trainer and watching my food intake for a couple of months, but I have been slacking. I need some friends who are on the same journey to keep me motivated! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:52:57 EST Back after 5 years I joined SparkPeople over 5 years ago, did well and lost about 30 pounds. Well after moving, starting up a new business, helping take care of a sick relative and getting married, those 30 pounds have crept back. I'm hoping that I can stay motivated like last time to keep the weight off. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:00:55 EST Starting SparkPeople today Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:57 EST New Challenges Hi all! I had quit smoking in November 2015 and had gained 30 lbs over the course of 6 months. I felt trapped in my own body so this past October I started making healthy changes. I joined a gym and started cooking more. I cut back my nightly 2 glass of wine (or more on the weekends), to just drinks on the weekend. I feel healthier and more positive now...but my body hasn't really changes. No change in weight, size or measurement. So now it's time to really start pushing myself to make those ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:24:50 EST Happy to be part of SparkPeople! It's only Day 2 but I feel confident that I can accomplish my goals. Looking forward to your support. <em>521</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:39:22 EST Trying again. Hello, I was on SparkPeople quite a few years ago. I really loved it, but stopped. Stopping seems to be a pattern with me, but not this time. I am really determined to take care of myself and finally have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> Deep we go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:05 EST Newbie VERY Late 50s, widow no kids, live in my cat's apartment. Type II diabetic. Lost my job of 13.5 years back in October and have sunk into deep depression. Lost all my confidence and mojo. Dx'd with T2D five years ago, weighing in at 300 lbs, blood sugar and blood pressure at walking time bomb levels. Went low carb and lost 75 pounds, got diabetes under control. A1C is now trending up, as is my weight, currently at 240. I'm eating allll the comfort foods, and exercise has consisted of couch-to-... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:48:09 EST New member I just joined this site because I was looking online for a calorie counter. I have to say that I find this site very overwhelming and I still haven't found what I was originally looking for. Also, I'm on a pretty restrictive diet due to many intolerances and allergies, is there a way I can put my own recipes in somewhere and find out the calories for each serving? That's what I really need most. What do I do if I need to put in an amount of food that isn't listed here, say 2 teaspoons of fat ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:09:00 EST starting again who else is starting again? :) Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:50 EST Let me introduce myself :-) Looking for support! Hello!!! Hello from Wisconsin! <BR> <BR> I'm not even sure where to begin or what to write! What I can say is that I would love to hear from you! Someone in my shoes! <BR> <BR> Life is good ~ Can't say its not ~ but it can be better! After a recent visit to the doctor, my butt needs to get in gear and focus on myself. Typically I'm the one to keep everyone else its time to turn my tables :-) <BR> <BR> Busy lady in the corporate world. Always working / always late. I ha... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:53:22 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:49 EST hello Hello my name is michelle I am pretty new been here for a week Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:56:25 EST New to challenge Howdy, <BR> Going to go for the 21 day challenge! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:28:59 EST Here we go again... I am one of the offenders of SP who joins, quits, rejoins, quits, then comes back promising that this time is going to be different....then quits again. I am not sure if this time will be any different since the last time I left was related more to the "social aspect" of SP than anything else (had some unsolicited advice appear on my page that left a foul taste in my mouth). <BR> <BR> Either way, I have been using the app for two weeks. I am dipping in my toes to the message boards and look... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:21:04 EST NEW to SparkPeople - It's Karen Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Karen. I'm 49 years old. I joined SparkPeople with the hopes of losing 50 lbs before I turn 50. It's the 50 before 50 pledge I made to myself. I ultimately would like to lose 98 lbs. I currently weigh 218. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:00:41 EST New (again) Hi! <BR> I'm Shaunda. I'm married with 2 boys age 6 and 3. I have actually used sparkpeople before. It helped me lost 30lbs but when I got pregnant with my first then I let it slide and haven't done well ever since then. But, I am tired of being tired and fat. I want to be healthy! So, here I am starting again. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:35:22 EST Time efficient exercise routine Hi, back to exercise after a 2 year break. Quicj intro - just turned 50, 189, 88kg, always had broad shoulders, flat chest, slim build, pot belly. <BR> <BR> I exercised effectively until a couple of years ago for a couple of years and lost 15 kg, now put 6 back on and so its time to start again! <BR> <BR> This was the routine i folowed 3 days per week plus 40 minutes tread mill twice a week. <BR> <BR> Bench press 10kg x 10 <BR> Press ups x5 <BR> Behind head lay pull down 26kg x 15 <BR> D... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:51:39 EST Nervous in the U.K. Hello everyone. It has been almost 10 years since I last actively tried to lose weight. Last time I lost 99lbs before I became pregnant with my daughter. During that pregnancy I gained back most of what I had lost. Then I became pregnant with my son and I gained even more. I have to do something. I'm tired of wearing shapeless clothes to cover up my shame. I'm tired of the looks when I eat out (even if I have a salad). I'm tired of not being able to keep up with my kids. I'm tired of staying ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:34:56 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. 47 yrs. I am transitioning from which is phasing out by 15th March 2017. I found this site a little similar to what I am used to....since I am very conservative ;-). Anyway, I do this to motivate, get motivation, inspiration and also just to meet new people with similar goals. I workout 6 days a week and very intense; mostly HIIT and weights. I have a huge interest in healthy recipes and just overall health being a Public health nutritionist ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:29:59 EST Hi!!! Hi everyone! Joined on Sunday and have enjoyed my week on this app. It's been a great first week and I'm really proud of what I've done this week. I've eaten well. I'm proud of myself. <BR> <BR> More about me. I'm 31. Happily married for 5 years. Have a huge goal I want to accomplish here. Want to lose at least 100 pounds. More after that. But will make up smaller goals to get to my ultimate goal. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:18:12 EST Hi everyone I am not new to sparkpeople, but I have been away for a while. I never really used the message boards before, so I thought I would introduce myself this time. I have been tracking food and exercise and drinking water all week this week. I am praying that I can stay on track this time. My name is Mandy. I am 37 and married with 3 beautiful kids. I was very sickly during the holiday season and I am ready to take better care of myself and get healthy. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:31:26 EST New to site I joined many years ago but never really got started. I'm ready to do that now and need all the help I can get. I'm overweight, of course, am having problems with my knees and hip which I feel is due to my weight. I have rods in my back which prevents me from doing too many exercises and a spur in my heel which makes walking a bit harder. Anyone else out there like me? Or anyone out there that used to be like me? I could use all the help I can get. Looking forward to hearing from you. ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:31:41 EST View our friend's nutrition and fitness trackers? I would love to see what other people are doing as well as share my own trackers. Is this possible? This is my first day on SparkPeople so I'm learning what this site has to offer. Can we see other people's trackers? If so, how do I share mine and see others? I think this could be very helpful as I have 78 lbs to lose, many life changes to make, motivated, determined! I am already moving a lot more than I used to, thanks to my FitBit Charge 2 that I am syncing to my SparkPeople Fitness ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:05:32 EST Introduction Hi! I am two and a half weeks out from my gastric sleeve surgery. I am 50 years old and totally tired of yo-yo dieting. I have lost 40 pounds from my highest weight and I look forward to keeping it off and losing more with the help of my gastric sleeve surgery and my much healthier lifestyle changes. <em>213</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:06:52 EST Female accountability partner! Hey all! I'm 23, wanting to lose 36 pounds, and attending graduate school. Between working and studying sometimes I just want to sleep or lounge around, I'm looking for someone who may be in a similar position and need that extra push too. Ideally we can text, message, snap each other, whatever it takes to be that constant reminder that we have these goals we want to and need to meet to achieve what we perceive as our best! If anyone is interested in taking on this journey together please con... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:36:47 EST Tired of wearing BLACK. Hey everyone! I've been a lurker member of Spark people a couple times in the past but then got lazy and thought I'd go sit on the couch and eat instead I guess lol. So I am almost up to the highest weight I got while 9 mos pregnant with my son...but I'm not pregnant. Something must be done!! I'm tired of feeling tired.....tired of walking up the short set of stairs in my house and being winded....tired of looking for the nicest fat clothes in black...I seriously LIVE in black clothes! So I ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:22:14 EST One day at a time Hi there! I am on Day 6 and am super psyched to have sparkpeople here to support me in my journey. I am ready to make lifestyles changes, which I know don't happen overnight, so I am trying to be patient with myself. This journey is all about the short term goals, and I am done being afraid of making mistakes. Can't wait to see where this takes me! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:11:01 EST Hi there, I am a newb previous from Calorie Count Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 2 kids and stay at home mom. Looking forward to being apart of this community and give and receive support in our journeys. For me, I am trying to finally rid myself of those stubborn pounds. I've lost them, yo-yo them back and now it is back again. I hope to make peace with my emotions and not get carried away by them when it comes to food or sweets. <BR> <BR> Lucy Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:06 EST FOOD QUESTION Hello. I have been trying to track all my calories since I joined this venture but I have a weird question. Sometimes when I enter a food, that other people have listed, sometimes the calories on their listing is VERY different than on the box that I used to add the SAME EXACT food. Why is that? Does anyone know or have the same issue? i.e. today I ate some FARMRICH breaded mushrooms(Dollar Tree brand) my box says 190 calories for 8 pieces/3oz. Someone else's listing for the same food, same ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:39:15 EST Hello all Hi this is nimcurry and just joined sparkpeople.. wonder how do you feel about this website...? Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:13:57 EST Newbie Hello I'm new to the community but not to trying to lose weight. Nevertheless I feel good and encouraged. That being said some old habits are hard to break namely coffee. What's the best most satisfying way to have my joe. I like all the fixings, you know cream and sugar whip cream when I can. I need a way scaled down good version. In the street and at home Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:44:39 EST Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes-Consistency I am new to using the Advocare meal replacement shakes. I don't mine the flavor, but them seem to be very thick. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there any ideas to help alleviate this? They seem so much thicker than the pre-bottled replacement shakes and I have tried several. <em>30</em> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:06:59 EST New Year, New Me! Since the new year is a time of reinvention and renewal my goal is to recreate myself in several ways, although my weight tops the list. I'm tired of my closet experience being a negative one - some many beautiful clothes that I once wore. I'm determined not to purchase another size upward and work my way back down to the treasure trove of items hanging patiently in my closet. So this year's goal. One pound a week by year's end I should be down 52 pounds which is within my ideal weight range.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:59:26 EST new start on my weight loss journey hi all, <BR> i am a new member who has just ordered the 12 day fix. which will arrive tomorrow , i will be starting this on monday 16/1/17. I chose it because i have tried many diets but find that they are always lacking the foods that i crave so i end up eating the things i crave most, and too much of it. I would like to someone to travel this journey with me , a whole team if you are out there, i am aiming to loose about 50lbs using the 21 day fix eating plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:51:34 EST Becoming authentic and real this time Hi- I'm 47 and getting real with myself and my struggle with my weight and food! <BR> I have fluctuated about 50 lbs all of my adult life. I lose and gain, lose and gain. I am an emotional eater- happy, sad, alone, with friends. I have rationalized and lied to myself for YEARS! No more. I can't blame anyone but myself for the weight I have put back on. That's okay, because I have begun the journey to be accountable to myself. No more will I lie to myself that it's okay to eat a box of Little ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:57:06 EST New Kid from Washington State Hi. I just joined yesterday, and I'm looking for friends to keep me motivated and accountable. I'm 32 years old. I live in Washington State. I have a 10 year old son and a great husband. I love to get outside and go hiking and geocaching. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:11:24 EST Hey Gang! Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I live in a small town in Michigan. I got serious about living a healthier life several years ago. It's a constant struggle! And, honestly, it's not a battle I always win. But, my theory is doing a little SOMETHING, anything!!!, adds up to noticeable changes. I loved feeling better when I was really committed to living healthier. <BR> But, in August of 2016 I fell at work and broke my ankle in all three places, a trimalleolar fracture. I spent TEN long d... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:33:34 EST Time for me to stop complaining and start doing! Hello! I joined some time ago but never kept up. However, I am not doing well on my own, so it's time to seek out some support. <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds initially after going a post cancer reoccurrence medication. I went on a diet at the same time, as losing fat would help prevent a reoccurrence. The diet was mostly aimed toward eliminating my mindless snacking and emotional eating. I do not overeat at meals. I get bored and stop eating while I am still hungry, and make it up with junk la... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:40:52 EST Brand new here, 1st post . So hello! Trying an on line site for the first time to help keep me motivated, track my progress, food and fitness activity. Excited to have found such a positive site, with warm, friendly, helpful people to turn to for advice and a helpful comment or story. <BR> <BR> Currently at 190 with 50lbs to lose. Excited and scared, cautiously optimistic about my weight loss abilities!! <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:51:40 EST New Hello, trying to get this fit thing down this year. 2017 needs to be the year for me, I keep trying and keep not sticking with it. Trying to have this year be the year that I stick with it, I know I will be happy I did. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:42:59 EST New, but not so new Hi! My name is Joan, and while I am new in 2017, I have been here before(over 10 yrs ago). That also includes the weight. My entire life I have struggled with my weight, I image many of you all have too. I probably have lost the same 30 pounds 20 times over my lifetime and that's not including the extra that comes along with the gain. I get so frustrated with the numbers! I know what I need to do, and how to eat right(make good decisions), but I get lazy and soon I'm back on that nasty ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:33:33 EST CALORIECOUNT (shutting down) users ... Hello! Hi, I am new to spark people... up until now I was on but they are shutting down so looking for new home! loved the community aspect of CC really helped me --this looks similar so I'm hoping some of my CC friends will join spark people too. not sure how it all works just yet, and working with broken casted elbow so bear with me! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:53 EST Re-joining Spark - Retiring and Moving to Florida Hi! I joined Spark years ago, but I let things lapse, including my weight. This year I am determined is going to be the year of change. I'm finally going to lose the weight. I'm also retiring, selling our house, and my husband and I are going to move to Jacksonville, Florida. So I'm scared, stressed, and excited at the same time! But I am so looking forward to getting away from the Minnesota winters!! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:16:31 EST introducing myself Hi everyone i am 8 weeks postpartum as a surrogate and boy do i have some weight to loose. gained more weight with this pregnancy then i did for my own kids. go figure huh. no good deed goes unpunished i guess Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:22:55 EST Hello, Add me! Good morning all <BR> I am starting to begin my journey. I am currently obese, have diabetes, and am very unhealthy. I am new at this and having trouble with carbs, I grew up in a poverty ridden home on an indian reservation and we ate what we could when we could, I am trying to change my habits and needs lots of encouragement and motivation and any low carb tips out there. I have 85 lbs to lose. Thanks! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:28:51 EST I'm new here Hi, I'm new to this site and relatively new to weight loss programs in general. This fall, some co-workers started a weight loss group using the iTrackBites app. We used the Smart Points plan. I wanted to lose 15 pounds. I've lost nine so far. Yesterday I happened to run across this site and thought I would check it out. I'm satisfied with the iTrackBites app, but counting calories seems easier and more convenient than counting smart points. I am going to try to track my food and activities i... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:37:38 EST love this site hello my name is Rachel and I love this sight!! I am 57 weigh 263; I have had to quit my job because of pain in my back so now I get even less exercise. so glad I found this site and hope I can stick with it and loose this weight, Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:21:14 EST Hi, I'm new here! Hello, I am 57 yrs old ,female, and am interested in receiving support and motivation from this site. It looks like just what I have been needing.I am 5'7" and weigh 198 lbs. I am interested in losing 50 lbs, at least 3 lbs per week. I started using the daily food tracker for a goal of 1200 calories/day. My greatest challenge is exercise as I have had 2 spinal fusion surgeries and am limited as to the exercises I can do without causing pain and per Dr's orders.I am planning on joining a warm ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:52:22 EST Hello all This is a new experience for me. Look forward to making new friends and learning to live a new healthy life style. Have found lots of interesting information and am learning how to interact online. I am finding myself a little shy and for a loss for words and hopefully in time you will learn that is not me. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:41 EST New I'm here for support and to get fit. Had a cardiac scare and I need to get my act together. Good to be here. Doing the 21 day challenge. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:25:18 EST HI - KIWI SPARKY Hi All, My name is Tootz, it is day 3 since joining SP. Weight gain has yo-yo’d over the years, 3 days ago I stood on the scales & I was at my heaviest….Reality check / 2kg heavier than when I was carrying my first born child ….. that was 25 years ago!!.... Now, over the initial shock & armed with a healthy dose of sheer determination… I am back on my healthy eating buzz. I achieved amazing results after having read Dr Mike Moreno’s, 17 Day Diet, so will stick to what has worked for me pre... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:07:46 EST lowering my carbs Hi I'm Maria, I'm, 47. I quite smoking Dec 3 2016. A few weeks later I started walking a couple days a week. I do yoga and heavy bag at home. i don't care for gyms and need to work out on my schedule. I recently realized that I was eating way way over the recommended daily amount of carbs. I decided to jump start my weight loss this week. I read a lot and keep seeing this garcinia cambrosia and apple cider vinagar everywhere. So I started that yesterday with a low carb low sugar diet. I'... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:49:34 EST i didn't quit i quit everything . . esp when it comes to dieting . . i've been at least 30-40 lbs overweight all my adult life .. (70y/o) , started this diet , 12/27, wrote my weight down on my new calendar (2017) ...185 ..and a few days ago , i posted on SP that i had Gained a lb and a half .. i was so disappointed .. as most chronically overweight people , i want an INSTANT FIX . . i want to wake up tomorrow morning in a Size 6 ... well i got a few posts back telling me NOT TO QUIT !! and so i kept on a... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:28:28 EST I am back (AGAIN) and still FAT Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I have pulled myself from that black hole that we go when we disappear from SP! I claim 2017 a my year to kick some major weight loss booty!! Today is oddly my 6 year SPARKaversary and I some how found myself back here!! Let's call it fate! <BR> <BR> A lot of my old faithfuls have fell in that black hole I mentioned above so I am looking for new SP friends. So feel free to add me!! <BR> <BR> Here is to the NEW YEAR and the BETTER US!!! <em>9</em> <em>593</em> <e... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:30:42 EST Introducing myself :) Hello everyone! I am Franki... <BR> <BR> I'm a 28 year old with an amazing husband and the most fantastic 10 month old daughter. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight ever since leaving school. I got down to a weight I was happy with and then became pregnant with our little girl! The most precious gift ever! <BR> <BR> During pregnancy I gained a fair amount of weight and had gestational diabetes. This is gone now... But I still have the weight! I thought I would lose the "baby weig... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:53:49 EST I am morbid obese I need a female buddy I am 56 as of last week I need to lose about 180 lbs .i am a born again Christian ,but my whole family struggle with obesity, I can only do low impact exercise do to my back and knees. I just need a friend I can talk to who understands and will stick with me on my journey I am at 345 right now I have been on here a week and need friends to a diabetic and have b/p problems my daddy died at 46 I want to be healthy. Thank you and God bless <em>43</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:09:56 EST Just Started Weight Loss Journey with Nutrisystem I ordered the Nutrisystem New You Now program and have started the Fast Five. I'm very interested to hear how other people feel about the program and what successes and challenges they experience. I would like to lose 30 pounds, 40 would be even better. For exercise I mostly like to saber fence and lift weights. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:22:35 EST stress eating need help when I get stressed out by adult children. I eat then guilt sets in. need advice Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:13:04 EST Starting out again Hello all well here i go again on a diet but i am not going to call it a diet just a change in the way i eat if it helps it helps last time i found good help on this site and lost a little. well i am from Yorkshire England but follow the colts or should i say this may be why i am in a low mood last couple of weeks come on chuck sort it i .maybe that's why i eat to much on a Sunday /Monday .yes you guessed it i need help as well as the colts well talk soon <BR> ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:52:52 EST I'm new! hello <BR> I'm fairly new. My name is Eileen and I have 150 pounds to lose. I am doing my own diet and going to the gym and walking. it is a challenge to do the exercise at my weight but i am just taking it one day at a time. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:31:47 EST Hello All. Just starting out. I'm 57 now and have decided I needed to start Concentrating on me. <BR> <BR> All my life I have been putting others before myself. Trying to be sure that everyone is happy. Always helping others even if it was not making me unhappy. I think I was a born caregiver, always taking care of everyone else. My Children, my handicapped mom for 15 years, my siblings when they needed me and now my handicapped Friend and a Son with emotional problems. <BR> <BR> My boys who ju... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:29:55 EST Hello All I had joined SparkPeople a few years ago, and didn't stick with it. Then, I got a new doctor that prescribed medication for everything, and I mean everything, and one of the side effects of some of the meds was weight loss, so, I ended up being too thin, almost skeletal. Long story short, I got a new doctor, and rid of most of those meds, and found all of that weight that I lost lol. I'm not comfortable in my skin, I'm about 45 pounds overweight, but, I know that dieting won't work, I nee... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:19:50 EST Does anyone need a buddy? Hello, I'm Donna and wondered if anyone wanted to go on this journey together and be fellow fat fighters. I'm so done with being out of shape. Time to turn things around! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:01:16 EST New to SparkPeople (Just not new to tracking) Hello my name is Suzanne and I am new to SparkPeople. I have done weight watchers and MFP in the past with fairly good success but I stopped tracking and gained back the weight and then some. I decided to try a whole new site so it won't just be starting over. I am really happy with all the cool features in this site and I actually paid the one time fee for the premium membership. I am really excited to be here and feel like I can do this as long as I take it slow and steady. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:16:36 EST A work in progress Hello everyone! My name is Amanda. I am 23 years old and I live in the Piedmont-triad area of North Carolina. I am here to begin my weight loss journey. I actually made a blog post today explaining what brought me to this point in my life if anyone wants to check it out! I am here for support as well as to support others. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:48:16 EST That last bit of fat ... Hi. I joined this community hoping to learn how to lose that last little bit of fat from around my waist. I'm 45, 5'3" and 114 pounds. I don't think I really need to lose too much, but I strength train every other day with resistance bands, and do a HIIT workout every other day, and take one day to rest. I'm really just trying to firm up and lose the fat around my middle, so I've recently started to try clean eating. Right now I'm just trying some new recipes and tracking what I am eating. I ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:19:01 EST Wendy Hi, I just heard about this and am going to have my only childs wedding in October. I AM READY! I love carbs so this will be tough but I have to do it. I want to lose 50 by October 1st. any recipes you want to share I would greatly appreciate. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:34:16 EST Weightloss Hello all. Trying to get fit in 2017..And hopefully finding some great people to be an encouragement Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:50:01 EST I'm back (for good!) Not a total newbie here, but due to medical issues I had to stop. Thankfully due to the knowledge of others who had my issues, I got good advice to try some things and now I'm back on track and almost 100%! <BR> <BR> So again, here I am going for the gold and armed with sparkpeople to make it a success! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:39:45 EST Sooo Ready! Hi, everyone. My name is Michelle, and I just started a low-calorie diet 3 weeks ago. I've already lost 7 pounds, so now I have the motivation to stick to this. I have over 100 pounds to lose, so it will be a long ride! Good luck to everyone in reaching their goals! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:52:32 EST Here I am I just started last week and I'm making my way through the information available. Just a little overwhelmed but it's like any new thing. Looks like I can get lots of help and support! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:57:13 EST New....but not really Hey guys! I'm Ashley. I was a Spark member about 8 years ago and met so many amazing people; most of who are still very good friends! <BR> <BR> I left because Spark was taking up so much of my time. If you aren't careful, you could spend all day logging fitness and nutrition and not really get out to exercise. I finally feel like I'm at a place in my life that I can balance so much more. It's amazing how much growth you can experience in 8 years! <BR> <BR> So, I'm back and (I feel) better... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:26:26 EST It's creeping back on! Hi everyone. I lost 35 lbs about 2 years ago and have done well with keeping it off, UNTIL NOW! I'm well into my 50's and active, but not "true exercise". I don't have time to go to a gym because I work more than one job, and don't really like the intimidation of a gym either. I was walking a couple of miles a day this year until the weather turned bad. My problem are the sweets! The holidays got me! 7lbs over the last couple of months, not to mention the couple of lbs that I would teeter wi... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:14:12 EST Hello from Alaska Hello everyone. I have tried many ideas to lose weight over the last couple of years and stumbled upon SparkPeople and decided to give it a try. I'm currently working on losing 70lbs to get back to a healthier size. I felt super happy with my body at the size I'm trying to reach again. When I went to having desk jobs it got difficult to be as active as I had been. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:50:24 EST Need a female buddy Hi I am new to Sparkpeople and need an accountability partner. Female only please:) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:38:43 EST Saying Hi! I'm participating in the 21 day new member challenge because even though I've been using spark people for years, I've never really learned all about the site. So, to introduce myself, I'm mid-fifties with about 100 pounds to lose initially. I've lost 15 over the past few months. I am trying to get healthy, and make exercise a part of my life. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:39:44 EST Need advice for energy for my husband Here's my issue. I am 57 and definitely morbidly obese (265 pounds). My husband is 78 and definitely morbidly obese (310 pounds). My husband has recently been diagnosed with aneurysms and even more recently, a very mild case of congestive heart failure with swollen feet and ankles. They put him on Lasix, we go back this next week to check potassium levels. But he's having an incredible amount of lack of energy and I know we need to get back to a good diet. I'm wondering if anyone has an... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:11:20 EST Hello Just wanting to say Hello. My name is Jeni and I have a lot of weight to lose. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:32:24 EST Hello Well, after many years watching my weight go up and not taking any action to stop it, I finally decided to get serious and really work toward a healthier lifestyle. I'm looking forward to the support SparkPeople will give me. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:20:23 EST Let's Do This So it's been years since I've been on Sparkpeople, but figured I would give it another try as I try to go forward with my goals for 2017. Recently left a very high stress job that left me exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. Getting adjusted to normal life and really looking forward to taking off about 35 pounds to get me where I need to be. Excited to be here! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:05:34 EST Back at it Hi. Looking to get back to feeling more like myself. First step is better nutrition and more activity. Feeling motivated! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:21:56 EST From the UK Newbie I'm new to this and slowly getting my head around the site. I would like some friends so we can help and encourage each other. I'm 59 years young and need to lose about 22 pounds or 10 kg Thank you in advance for your replies :) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 07:36:13 EST Hi from Sydney Australia! I'm looking for a buddy HI everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Maddie, I'm a 25 year old girl from Sydney, Australia. More specifically, I live in Camden area. <BR> <BR> I am here because I have a goal to lose 16kg. I am currently 70kg, my highest weight, and want to get down to 52kg. In 2013, I got down from 62kg to 52kg and I felt great at that weight, but due to a relationship breakdown and moving back into my dads, I got into a depressive slump and got lazy, gained all the weight back plus more... I have now been... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 03:50:45 EST HI! I'm new.. Need to start a healthier eating habit but it is so hard! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:17:52 EST Hello as I start this new year I start a weight loss journey for myself before it is to late to do it as the years have gone by I have watched myself grow in the wrong way I am new to sparks and I want to use it or all it has to offer I hope to meet many new friends offer them support as I hope to be able to support and encourage them to. I am a stay at home mom o 4 and a grandma of 2 soon to be 3, married and living the good life in the midwest Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:12:55 EST Carol I am a grandmother of 1, a retired Probate Paralegal of 38 years, and have been diagnosed with NASH a few years ago and just days ago I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and full blown type 2 diabetes. Medications affect my cirrhosis so I need to lose 50 pounds and get back to good and healthy living. I am raising my 6 year old grandson and have many stressful times with my daughter, his mother. I also need to learn how to handle the stresses in my life without letting them tota... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:00 EST First Day Here Hello! This is my first day here, and first step on a hopefully long successful path towards weight loss and a long healthy life. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being out of breath walking up the stairs, and not being comfortable in airplane seats. I want to live life, and feel foolish for not realizing sooner how my weight was holding me back. <BR> <BR> I recently moved, so I don't have a support network here, and I'm hoping that SparkPeople can fill that void. I am learning about what I sho... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:49:45 EST Newbie Here!!! I just signed up today! I am new here, but not new to the workout world. I just registered for a half ironman, and I am hoping to get some motivation and possibly new friends who may be on the same journey! I am an avid runner as well...four time marathoner. I obviously swim and bike in addition to Crossfit. I sprinkle in yoga and dance to take a break from more grueling workouts. I hail from Pittsburgh, PA if any yinzers are on here Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:03:30 EST Hi it is me Hi this is my 2nd day with sparks and I have lost 1 1/2 lbs and i just would like to say I fell find and I will keep tring Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:04:45 EST Hello, Its ME Hi there, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Vikki, I have been married for 29 years to my DH. I have 3 very grown up daughters. When I was younger I was very thin and on the go, but after having 3 children the wieght started to pack on and then I was diagnosed with Hypothyriodism. I am ready to really get back into shape and be a healthy ME again. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:14:30 EST Hello Guys! I joined Spark many years ago and as with everything related to weight loss I gave up. Here I am back at it again. My 40th is not that far away and I'm ready to get back to a healthy weight. I'm 5'3" and currently weigh 182lbs. I have lost 4lbs since the beginning of the year! Yay me! lol My goal weight is 135lbs. I've set realistic goals and I do have the support of my family. My youngest daughter is a volleyball and softball player and is going to be my "personal trainer". She doesn't give... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:13:52 EST Broken... and here to be mended! Hello everyone! Old and new members! <BR> <BR> I am not feeling very happy with myself at the moment... but I am happy I am here and I have put one foot in the right direction! <BR> <BR> I have set myself goals and I am all ready to go! I know I can find the right tools and help here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Here goes ..... :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:11:15 EST 2nd day Hi SparkPeople, this is my 2nd day at SparkCoach. I am off to a good start thanks to all the great information I am finding and learning about here. <em>30</em> Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:09:57 EST I'm brand new to this! I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:01:19 EST Hello SparkPeople I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. Far from new to SparkPeople but I have to say I've never followed through for more than a day or two. This time needs to be different. I have over 200 pounds to lose and the updates to this site look like they can provide the motivation I need. It's a small success but I've logged my food for 6 days in a row. More then I ever have in the past. I love that SparkPeople has a home page that opens each time I open the browser. It's that quic... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:11:27 EST Just introducing me Just wanted to say hello. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:19:32 EST Hello World Hello fellow sparklers! I'm 64+ with extra pounds that is here along with you working on losing some of me. I am doing this for me because I would like to look in the mirror and see me instead of the overweight me. I had a desk job for 20 years and am now retired. I'm walking, eating right, but last night I went off the wagon! It was a spontaneous dinner out. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries and ate half of everything. This morning I'm regretting this because my stomach hurts, it's cramping... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:29:12 EST 2017 Im taking my life back! Im 37 yrs old and have fought my weight my whole life my kids are grown and out of the house so its my time to work on me!! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:21 EST Tired of what I see in the mirror, time for change Hello all. I was recently diagnosed with MS, and am also diabetic. Thanks to steroid treatments to control symptoms, I have had some pretty significant weight gain. I went shopping recently with my wife and saw a lot of clothes I liked and used to wear similar items. I knew that if I tried to pull off wearing these clothes now, it just wouldn't be a pretty sight. I saw myself in the mirror and made the decision that this year is the year I make the change to lose the 100 pounds that trea... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:51:26 EST Getting my health, and my life back. Hi, my name is Jessica and I am a 23 year old, Type-2 diabetic. <BR> <BR> Having been denied the basic medication that every diabetic like myself needs, I have spent the last six of my life, very sick... The kind of sick a 23 year old shouldn't have to be at such a young age, and it hasn't really only been my physical health that has had to suffer, but fighting with Doctors and begging for my medication has also increased my depression, anxiety and stress levels. Coupled with the fact that ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 05:21:55 EST Manhattan Sparker saying hello On this fifth day of my 21-day challenge, wanted to say hello and thank everyone here for participating in the community that brings us together. Will be on the look-out for fellow New Yorkers. :-) Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:58:30 EST St. Louis Area Sparker New, sort of. I've used Spark People before, but stopped. Anyone else do that? Mid 40s, obesity all around me in family and in laws. Just want to be healthy. And strong. Eating well and working out, setting an example for our children. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:50:37 EST Selfish in 2017 Hi everyone, I am a single mom of 2 grown boys [early 20's]. I have always put them first and still do :( as well as my parents, sisters, nieces, nephew, etc. Don't get me wrong they are all very important to me and I love them very much, but somewhere along the road, I lost track of taking care of me. <BR> I have been traveling for work the last 5 years and my body has taken a major bashing for it. Hotels, airports, nights out with coworkers, you name it. I work long hours and travel on the... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:51:35 EST Challenge Working on my day 4 of the new guy 21 days. So far I am impressed by the number of foods that can be added/tracked. That is what I sue the most on this site. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:47:44 EST 2017 Goal Healthy and Lean Post menopausal 25 lb weight gain, with health issues. I've previously used Spark People and loved it. I'm excited to be back again. Health is my number one goal. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:44:20 EST Used to be at-home Mom... Now I'm just at-home Kids all gone; now it's time for ME! And I'm sooo ready. Cannot wait to start seeing results. Mentally I'm there. Sparkpeople will help stay on track. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:14:30 EST newbie here! Hello Guys, Rachel here! I joined this community to learn more about diet and fitness. I'm a new mum and wanted to get my body in shape again :D aside for that to feel and look healthier! :-) Nice to you meet you here everyone! :) Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:33:01 EST Trying to lose again New to Spark, trying and tracking, second day, so far so good. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:14:26 EST Really wanting to loose weight! :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople but SO happy to have found this community. When I (finally) succeded in quitting smoking 15 years ago it was largely due to support from an online community – and because I REALLY wanted it! <BR> <BR> I have been dieting for years on/off (mostly off in recent years). However, this time I want to succeed in loosing the excess 54 lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been and I REALLY want to be slim (again), so this time I will succeed! I want i... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:57:00 EST Brand New Just getting started. I am a software engineer and website designer. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:16:58 EST