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 Hi All I want to lose 55 lbs as my first major goal, then maybe 5-10 more after that. I'm 49 years young, and I weigh 225! Yikes! My knees hurt, I have plantar fasciitis so of course my feet hurt constantly. I've been on every major diet out there, only to come close to goal, then start eating poorly again, and gaining it all back plus some every time. The closest I got to my 170 goal was 177, I'd like to smash that goal this time, but I feel truly hopeless, like I just don't have it in me to d... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:43:09 EST The struggle continues Hi, I'm here to find support and also to stay active in my town, hope to meet some people from around here that will give me more motivation :) Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:22:41 EST I am struggling to lose weight Hi! I am Lielle, I am feeling pretty tired of how i feel in my body. I am a full time student, so the stressors of school does not help, as I tend to eat when I am stressed out. I long to feel comfortable in my body again. I signed up a few years ago but have not been on since, I hope I can receive the support on here! Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:46:24 EST want to lose 100lbs Hi I am 33yrs old and weigh 224lbs. I am 5ft2. <BR> I want to lose at least 100lbs. I don't know where to start. Please help me. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:23 EST mistake never mind Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:20:10 EST IT IS ME AGAIN I AM BACK AND I AM READY TO DO THIS THIS TIME BECAUSE I AM DOING IT FOR ME MYSELF AND I Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:23:27 EST Nutrition Tips Spark Team page I have created a new page. Nutrition Tips COME JOIN ME <BR> <BR> No sill questions asked, real tips, you can apply to your life. <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:51:29 EST Hello Hi, my name is Kirsi and I decided to join here to get more motivation to improve my health and lose 20 pounds. I have made some improvements to my eating this year but I haven't made that much progress in awhile. My goal is now to have more healthier lifestyle so that I feel more healthier and energised. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:30:40 EST New to sparkpeople Hi.... <BR> <BR> I am a 32 year old stay at home mom of a preschooler desparetly trying to lose post baby fat. My 34 year old husband is type 2 diabetic. He was almost on the verge of reversing diabetics when my pregnancy happened. Changes in my food habits during breast feeding, made him regain his weight and his blood sugar (A1c) shoot up to 7 point something. It must be much more now, we do not know as he refuses to test due to fear of it being high... <BR> <BR> My constant nagging to t... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:05:34 EST We can reach our goals!!! Hi, I am Amy. <BR> <BR> I joined so that I can better manage my health. <BR> <BR> Historically, I used a different site, but this one seems to be much more comprehensive. <BR> <BR> Wishing all of you success! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:46:59 EST Introducing..Natasha! Hi, my name is Natasha and I am happy to introduce myself and become a part of this community. I so desperately need the camaraderie and support to succeed in my health band weight loss goals. Thank you for welcoming me. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:54:03 EST New to Spark People I'm brand new to Spark People and looking forward to sharing my journey of successfully losing unwanted weight and becoming a healthier person. I'm looking for encouragement, motivation, and help navigating through this awesome site! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:43:29 EST New here Hi, I am new here. Looking forward to getting to know some of you. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:35:45 EST Fast Food I don't know if its just me but i hope its not but my biggest problem is fast food. I try not to eat it but it just seems like it is the fastest thing i am on the go a lot. What is a way to cut back on fast and i know some people are going to be like just don't eat it i wish it was that simple. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:09 EST Need encouragement, have not been on since joined Hi, My Name is Lynda and I am from VA. I turned 50 in June and always have been a thick woman (hips, botty-thanks to my Italian genes) but ever since I had back surgery 18 months ago I have slowly put on weight. I want to lose about 50 pounds but could stand to lose more...I have a twin sister who never had to worry about weight...I get discouraged easy and to be honest I like food...I dont do salads, never have so not going to start now...I am also an emotional eater and boy the last few mon... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:12:47 EST Hello. Hello. I am kind of new. Been kind of on this website for a little while. Trying to use the site. There is a lot going on here. I am not sure the best way to be using the site, getting involved on here, and getting the most out of the site. I am going to start using the trackers better which I think will be great. <BR> <BR> I am curious how others are using the site? Seems like there is probably no right way or wrong way. I'd like to make a couple friends on here to work on weight ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:22:47 EST my name is toni I'm a mother of two beautiful little girls been married for a little over two years and I've been trying to get back in shape for years I was diagnosed with severe bi polar/ depression at a young age and was put on medication that made me gain weight and I have not been able to lose it no matter what I try.. My husband recently went to jail and its made it so much harder on me having to take care of the girls trying to find a job and going back to school to further my education Ifeel so hhelp... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:59:06 EST Here's another attempt to stay on track Hey guys, I'm new here (obviously, that's why I'm posting in this section). I'm not exactly sure what to say here, so I'm just going to give a bit of background and goal stuff. I'm a master at long-winded posts, so bear with me, I'll try to keep it short. <BR> <BR> I did actually write a pretty lengthy thing, but I figured I should just try to make it SUPER, EXTREMELY SHORT. So here's a list of some facts about me: <BR> <BR> I grew up on your typical american fast-food-every-night diet, wi... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:39:25 EST Not Waiting For 2015 <em>524</em> everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm a well-seasoned 'loser' of weight loss but have no success at keeping it off, hence joining SP. Hope to acquire the skills to take off the weight healthfully and keep it off permanently with those who are determined and committed. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a most successful and adventurous 2015 to everyone! Enjoy the ride!! <em>213</em> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:38:13 EST Hello, I come from Slovenia, Europe I gained a lot of weight in past 10 years, before I was very slim, and I can't figure it out, how to stop emotional eating. It has all begun 10 years ago, when I was young and unloved, and I was very depressed for a long time and so I gained 30+ kg. Now, my weight is 79 kg for at least 5 years. <BR> I am so glad I found you SparkPeople, I have a feeling now, I could make it - there is a chance I lose some weight. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I just have to go on step by step - one ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:01:32 EST Here to Learn Hi! <BR> I'm an almost-30 work-from-home pastor's wife with a love for the outdoors. <BR> <BR> The full truth? I'm not here to lose weight. I'm a new wellness coach and was drawn to SparkPeople to see what has worked or hasn't worked for others in their health journeys. I was looking for resources that I could direct clients to and have found that I love the member stories, the message boards, and the knowledge and inspiration of the articles. <BR> <BR> If you want to welcome me but aren't... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:06:30 EST Hi everyone &#128522; Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Sheridin and I've joined the site for support throughout my weight loss journey. I find that I do better when I am held accountable ot simply just inspired by my fellow Sparkpeople's progress. My final goal is to lose 80 pounds. I am setting mini-goals of losing 7-10 pounds a month. Any advice is welcome &#128522; Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:49 EST New and Looking For Friends I'm Cindy and I'm new here. I have a friend that has had success here so I'm going to give it a try. I could use some encouragement as I don't have many supporting me at home. <BR> <BR> I live in Tennessee and enjoy the great outdoors. I have been obese my whole life and really want to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet more people here that can share their tips for success. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:37:22 EST Want to connect to stay motivated Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a mom of two elementary age kids who works full time. I am in my mid 30s and have recently found the pounds creeping on. Since taking a new, and more sedentary, job 3 years ago I have found that not only am I gaining weight, but physical activity is getting more and more difficult. I want to be able to run and jump with my kids and I'm afraid if I don't start making better choices regarding diet and exercise I am going to be unhappy and spend the rest of my lif... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:15:49 EST New today, starting my resolution early <em>30</em> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:14:07 EST Outgoing newlywed looking to get healthy! Hello I'm Lindsey I'm 25 and I got married in September. I'm Looking for friends to stay motivated with me,I have a kind heart and I have been on a weight loss journey before. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:53:57 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:02 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:10 EST Hi im new today Hi all, I am Brenda, I will be 50 in January and my husband it taking me to Sri Lanka I have had weeks to loose weight but not had the motivation, so encouragement would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> I just need to loose a stone, so not a lot to loose, any tips would be welcome. <BR> <BR> Kind regards <BR> Brenda Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:32:00 EST I need help! Hi, <BR> My names Angela, I'm a 29 year old wife, day care teacher and mother of an amazing 2 year old little boy, and need help. <BR> I was chubby as a kid, and after trying lots of things in my teens, I didn't lose the weight until I got sick. I got really sick and for a good 6-8 months I could barely eat anything, but when I was getting better the positive from that was I lost a ton of weight. I went from being in my 200's to 140-150lbs. I've heard people say if you lose weight in an unhea... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:02 EST Tired of being Unhealthy! I'm Teri, new to the boards. I'm just so tired of being unhealthy, overweight and unhappy about it that I have decided that it's time to change! Mom to 6 awesome children, Wife to the most caring man, and Woman who deserves to enjoy life! Now to start that change! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:41:04 EST I'm back after a loooooong time. Hi all! I'm back. I need to get everything under control. I have been eating paleo for about 2 years now because I have health issues, mostly stemming from my digestive system (I think). I was not losing weight even though I was very careful with what I ate. As a matter of fact, I actually gained weight. So, I'm back. I tried Livestrong at first, but the recipe/nutritional tracker was very limited and it was very slow, and you can't add in things that aren't in their database. Then I r... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:14:28 EST Hoping for a healthier life.. Hi! I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom.First off, I need to do this for my health, but who doesn't want to look better? My starting goal is to lose 50 lbs. I don't have any emotional support. I'm hoping to find some here. I definately need it! I would love to make this journey with others who are just starting out. Also, would love to hear from those who have had success, especially those that remember just how hard it was to start their journey. Hopefully, I can make new friends here :) Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:57 EST Healthy Mom, Healthy Family Hi! I'm Stephanie. A little about me: I'm a stay-at-home mom of two, a one year old son and a two year old daughter. My spare time (aka: naptime) is spent reading historical romances or writing short stories. Unfortunately, being mom to two kids so young it got hard putting good healthy meals on the table and I mostly made boxed dinners. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I realized that my bad cooking habits were affecting my kids health more than I had realized and decided to make a change for the... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:10:02 EST New... for the 3rd time Hello, my name is Manda, <BR> <BR> i have had many attempts at loosing weight. i lack the motivation. this is my third time back. any one have pointers to stay motivated? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:21:41 EST came back, again.. they say 3rd time is the charm.. will see.. have gained weight each time i've left here and not come back.. need to do something.... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:33:00 EST Renee Lyons hi <BR> <BR> joined today, have to lose 30 lbs. struggle with what to eat and what to do for a workout Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:19:48 EST I can't wait until New Years... ... I'm fed up with myself and want to start my fitness plan *right now* <BR> <BR> I just turned 60 in November. I work in high-tech, 8-10 hours a day plopped in front of a computer monitor. The gig is great for my brain, but my body needs regular exercise because at this age, I can gain weight just *thinking* about food. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm hopeful that hanging out here at SparkPeople will inspire me to stay motivated. Anyway, it's good to be here among others who are working tow... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:52:14 EST Allo allo Hi <BR> This is my first day here and I look forward to this new journey. I have been taking a look around and it really helps me with kick starting. <BR> <BR> See you around ;) Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:46:05 EST New here. Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting my lifestyle changes as of January 1st, but I wanted to mosey on over here and get a feel for the boards before then. <BR> <BR> It's a pleasure to meet everyone and have a wonderful holiday season! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:35:13 EST Second Time Sparking Hi, second time here on Spark. Not starting over, just continuing my journey. I plan to reach my goal by Summer 2015. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:52:18 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to take few minutes to say hello as I embark on this journey. This time last year I was down 38 pounds (primarily because I was a bridesmaid and wanted to look good in my dress, lol) but I have slowly but surely lost focus and the pounds have crept back on - I haven't regained all of the weight but I've gained enough. I remember how I felt when I lost the weight before and I want that feeling back so here I go ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:50:16 EST Welcome new members! I just want to say that those of you starting now are among those most committed to succeeding in reaching their goals. To start a program in the middle of a holiday season means that you are desperate to reach your goals. <BR> <BR> You can do this! It is well worth the effort. Welcome and be sure to give a shout out with any questions or if/when you need help. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:08:53 EST New to Sparkepeople, not to dieting. I've been off and on diets half of my life. I'm going to try to do it differently this time and get support and following a moderated diet that doesn't alienate me from most others. I was successful eating a plant based oil free diet for a few years, but I just can't do it anymore. I need support. I live alone and don't have family nearby. I hope to meet some new friends and find motivation. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:35:14 EST Second time around Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am new to SparkPeople, I had lost over 50 pounds 5 years ago after years of being overweight, I swore I would never let myself gain it back, but this last year was difficult for me and caused some major stress eating. I gained back 30 of the 50 pounds I had lost and now I am looking for some new ways to stay motivated and keep myself on track! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:31:15 EST bonjjour hello sparkpeople just wanted to post on here to introduce myself. right now i am in college and i've definitely gained weight over the past couple years. I'm 5'2 , 160 lbs, with 44% body fat. I am trying to get to 20%. Right now I'm on Level 1 of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and after that I am going to do Insanity. Anyways, that's where I'm at. Just wanted to post to make this "official" Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:09:11 EST Hi Everyone I'm New to SparkPeople Hi Everyone my name is Diane and I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm 36 and female from Franklin, NC. I am originally from Colorado Springs, CO. I was diagnosed with ESRD on 8/13/2013 and am currently doing dialysis. That is the main reason I am here to lose weight and get my health better under control so that I can get a kidney transplant. I'm sure there are a lot of people here that have health issues and I'm not alone. So hi everyone and yay were are taking the right steps to getting our lives ba... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:57:20 EST Looking for fitness suggestions and accountability After joining I feel like maybe I'm in the wrong place. I'm fortunate enough that my focus on fitness over the last 8 years has paid off, but I'm running out of motivation and ideas for things that will keep it interesting. I've done triathlons, mountain biking, p90x, yoga, and group classes. Right now I'm trying to figure out what to try next that isn't too expensive, but will give some variety. I also don't have anyone that I'm working out with, which has caused me to fall into a habit ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:35:38 EST Active in Ohio, new to SP Hi everyone! <BR> My coworker recently started up on SP and i used it years ago in my teens and am hopping on the SP train again for good! I want to converse with and possibly meet others in ohio who are striving to be healthy. I live in Columbus and want to know about great opportunities around the city, from food and dining to fitness and health. <BR> My boyfriend is a runner and has lost ten pounds recently, reinvigorating my weightloss goals. I am finally commited to being healthy in my ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:09:36 EST Hi. Just joined spark people. Just starting my weight loss journey. Have joined a gym and am committed to eating better. Pretty motivated, but have doubts of staying that way. I wanted to start now to avoid gaining even more weight over the holidays. Lots of work food activities planned as well as holiday parties. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:02:50 EST Learning about SPARKPEOPLE Hi! Today is a 1st for me. My 1st day on SPARKPEOPLE and my 1st time to post anything anywhere. But I'm sick and tired of always feeling sick and tired. I want to succeed at losing weight and changing to healthier eatting habits not only for myself, but for my family. So what better way to get started than to give 100%, right? Any suggestions for a 50 year old wife and mother ready to make some positive changes and stepping out of her comfort zone? Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:14:39 EST newmom from sc new here tryna drop 50 pounds of baby weight Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:13:57 EST Hello from Utah I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 39 years old and looking to lose 40 pounds. I'm excited about this website and what it has to offer. <em>334</em> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:26:09 EST Get slim Hello I'm Marjorie , my birthday is 3/14 and I want to lose at least 30 lbs by then. I have a treadmill at home so it will be my primary workout, I want a workout partner, I think I would be more successful Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:41:53 EST Hello from Texas Hello Spark Community. This is actually my second attempt at being a real part of Spark. I realized I needed accountability for the food and exercise choices in my life and checking in daily with Spark seems to fit the bill. I pray that I will not sabotage my successes and not let my setbacks keep me from my goals. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:02:29 EST I hate to break it to you, but I'm new as well. Salutations. My name is Jennifer and it would be nice to make some friends. <BR> <BR> Other people mentioned their age, so I guess I'll put it out there that I'm turning 20 in less than 1 month. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:48:42 EST Hi everyone. I just wanted to say hi. I am excited to meet and support others that are trying to lose weight like me. I'm from Illinois and have 3 children, the youngest one is 15 and type 1 diabetic. So with me changing my eating habits it is also good for her. I have 100 pounds to loose. I am tired of feeling tired, big and I get out of breath just doing simple things and it makes me so sad. I am only 44 and I should be healthy and active. Carrying laundry up stairs should not wind me. I am hopin... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:39:10 EST I'm Back Well I'm Back after about 3 Years Absence :) <BR> <BR> Whilst away I Ballooned form 145kgs to 165kgs <BR> I am Back at 155kg's Now and Wanting to Make a Go of it in 2015 <BR> <BR> I have Committed Myself Fully to My Healthy Eating and Exercising Journey. <BR> <BR> Hope to Connect with Other Like Minded Journeyers :) Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:20:12 EST Hello SparkPeople! Now is the time for me to get healthy... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:58:52 EST Hi there! Hi there. My name is Dylan and I'm a single dad with one daughter and two sons. I'm about to turn 49 in a few days. So...I used to be very fit and active, I was a practical conservation worker so wielding chainsaws and axes, hauling tree trunks, digging, hiking into the countryside... very active work. I was very fit. Then I lost my partner and gave up work to raise the kids and somehow pounds started piling on. Then I had a heart issue and was laid up for months. Now I find I've become a laz... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:30:52 EST hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! If anyone is looki... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:57:13 EST Hi Hi Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:55 EST My daily struggle I hope this site will help me on my journey,I have had a life long struggle with food. As a child my father would only allow me to eat small portions until I reached his goal of 95 pounds. I swore when I left home ,I would eat whatever I wanted, well here I am 100 ponds over weight. I need help. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:27:17 EST New beginning Hi everyone, my name is Roxanne and I am a wife and the guardian of my 5 year old nephew (for the past 2 months). My husband and I moved to FL 2 months ago to care for him and to help my mother out. Over the past 16 years, I have put on a pound or two a year until I am at my heaviest of 160 lbs. I don't like how I look, feel, I don't sleep but am always exhausted, have allergies and just feel "poorly". It is time for a lifestyle change and that is why I am here. I hope to lose almost 50... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:26:27 EST Newbie Too! <em>524</em> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and becoming a part of the Spark Team! I have had trouble with my weight my whole life and I really need to get into something that will become a part of my life from this day forward. <em>446</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:00:59 EST New to SparkPeople! Hi all! Get to know me on my SparkPage and Blog! I would love to find new friends around Tucson! I work too hard, but always make time for my friends! <BR> Debbie Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:59:14 EST dying out under the old- rebirth into the new have you morphed into something better or are you degenerating under the old stuff that does not work to help get yourself to where you want to be - <BR> have you put things like 'love, life and pursuit of happiness' in the compartments - ie- i will be happy when or if i get this or do that. <BR> personally i have made some monumental changes to my thinking. i cannot fix others' problems. i can help, support and let them know i am here - that's it - the rest is up to them. <BR> i made a... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:46:24 EST I am not a quitter anymor...Its time for a change! I am new here on sparkpeople, I started my journey 10-16-2014 and have lost <BR> 34lbs I still have a long way to reach my goal, but Im not going to give up anymore... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:45:52 EST medifast and exercise well guess what i found out <BR> i found that when i exercised, my scale didnt move for 3 days!! <BR> yes thats right..i exercised and i didnt lose a pound... <BR> i stopped and waited, and the very next day my body dumped a lot of water, and there i was <BR> 2 lbs lighter, <BR> water or what ever , i know its crazy, bit id rather be losing right now, then toning... priority for me is the lose, then ill tone :) <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:48:10 EST I am a newbie Hello all I am a a newbie to Spark. I know I will get the Spark. I have RA which can limit my exercise but I can do the 10 minutes a day. I have to stay motivated that is where I lose my mojo. I so need help with that. I have lost on my own 70 lbs have 50 left. I want to bust through the 200 so badly. Everyone said don't do it during this month but I have to. I am in it to lower cholesterol lose the weight so I can walk unailed for the most part. <em>381</em> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:52:03 EST Hello new here Hi everybody I'm Sue I'm 57 and I live in Michigan. I'm here because my last physical at the doc showed high cholesterol, so with diet and exercise I will get my numbers down. Message boards make it more fun and meeting new people is always fun. <em>524</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:29:39 EST Hi, I am new... Hi, I am new to this site. I am 36 and am looking to lose around 50 pounds. I never really thought my weight was getting out of hand until this summer. My family was visiting and Ian aunt asked me to tell her what I did to get so fat. When was the moment I got so fat because she wanted to make sure her grand daughter(my little cousin) will never be like me. This same aunt once told that same grand daughter, in front of me, that when I was her age, I was as small as she look at me. I ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:38:18 EST I got lost.... Hi everyone!!! I just signed up for this website. I read a lot of good reviews, so this is exciting! I am looking forward to meeting people who are in the same boat as me and people who are success stories! <BR> <BR> I have lost my myself. I don't know when it happened. It seems to have happened so quickly. In a year, I have gained 20lbs. I am 5'2 and weight 190. I'm so sad for myself. I know that sounds pathetic. I'm a sad person with a young at heart personality. I want to love my... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:49:24 EST NEW and having trouble getting started! So I'm new. I have around 100 pounds to lose and am really struggling with motivation, mood and energy. I really don't know where to begin which is a bit overwhelming and it is sooo tempting to just say "screw it"... but, I want better for my son, Hayden. He is almost two with developmental issues and I am struggling to respond to all his needs. Would really like some support! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:47:46 EST Forty and Fabu....OH NO, I'm almost 40! I don't know about you, but it seems like yesterday that I was newly 21 and all the dancing with the high heels kept my weight down (Never thin, but 170 was comfortable). In actuality 21 was 17 years ago, and I'm 180 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> I quit drinking 4 months ago, after drinking around a half to a 1/5 a day, around 4 to 5 days a week. Once I began to lose weight, and realized that to do that I was going to have to stop drinking it was a big decision. But I found a support group ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:49:42 EST pre-diabetes Hello! <BR> Last week I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I always knew there was a chance because of preexsiting conditions. I bought the fit meter and soon will have that al activated! I am excited! <BR> 2 years ago I did lose 50lbs through modified cardio and diet. <BR> Since then I have had 2 thumb joint replacements and a plate put in my foot. It is harder and harder to be able to do anything to exercise! So now I am down to the stationary bike and yoga. But even with yoga I have t... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:04:31 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello everyone, so far I am liking the Sparkpeople website and I'm ready to begin! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:58:15 EST HELP!!!!!!!! I could use some help!!!!!!! It seems that I'm always hungry. Does anyone have any suggestions? I, also, some ideas of filling foods. Thanks!!!!!! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:38:51 EST getting started I signed up for this quite a while ago...but never did anything....I think I will be more committed this time...( at least I think so )....I am on that 200 pound mark....and I would really like to go DOWN ...very far away from that mark...and I am the only one that can do anything about it....I all ready ate half my of my calories this morning for breakfast....had a sausage patty...egg...and 3 potato pancakes....with butter and syrup....over a 1000 calories I will have to start re... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:48 EST Hello! I'm New to this.... I am new on the site and in need of much encouragement and community. I've struggled with my weight for sometime and that brought strong bouts of depression. I think I'm a pretty neat person and I'm ready to learn how to take care of of me for me..hoping to really connect with people here. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:39:23 EST hello Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Annemarie and I'm 34 from south wales <BR> Ive previously lost 70lb and am now ready to continue and finish this <BR> 28lb is my initial goal and I'm hoping to get there by my birthday in February <BR> <BR> Look forward to using the community and support options and hopefully making a few friends <BR> <BR> Anne x Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:08:04 EST Newbie saying hey! I'm Brenda. Day 1 of my journey to better health. Looking forward to meeting others who share a common interest. Have a great day! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:43:19 EST Beyond ready and Now is the time. I am Jason Callahan, well I am really tried or being lazy, tried, over eating, and fed up with what I say I want to do. I am changing how I look at myself and how I want to see myself. I have set a goal for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. Do something about do nothing <BR> 2. Stop talking about what I want and need to do and make those thoughts come out. <BR> 3. To stop let my exercise equipment gather dust. <BR> 4. Stop frying and either Slow Cook, Grill, or Bake (NO EXCEPTIONS)! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:13:21 EST ready for a change Hi I am a new to the group and I'm ready for a change Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:23:56 EST Ideal Protein beginner Hi, I have joined sparkpeople to get more tips and support for fellow Ideal Protein dieters. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:43:49 EST Newbie Here! Hi all, my name is Altria, I am a gamer and anime fan, looking to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60lbs. Wanting to do that through healthy eating choices, working out, the whole shebang. I've got hypothyroidism and PCOS which makes life a bit difficult, but I think I can do this. <BR> <BR> Any questions or anything, feel free to ask! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:13:59 EST Lets do this! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kendall, but I also go by Kenny. I'm 18 and will be 19 in february. I recently hit the highest weight of my lifetime and I refuse to let it go any further! The only saving grace I have is that I'm 5'9! <BR> <BR> I'm a freshman in college, so eating right is a little bit tricky. I've researched the nutritional information of all the food on campus and come up with the best options at each place. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to get in to lifting and rock climbing. I w... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:19:31 EST Starting Over Hi all, I'm not new here, but it's been awhile. I just made this account yesterday to help boost start my (new) weight loss journey. I am 23 years old, and 4'11. I have over 100lbs to lose. I am trying to find some buddies who are in the same situation, but if not that's ok. I will be anyone's friend! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:34:06 EST Starting Over Once Again I've been a member at SparkPeople since 2007 but I've never made the commitment to doing what it takes to get this done. I could use all the cheerleaders I can get. Thanks so much!! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:15:48 EST I am a beginner and new Hi I am wanting to learn new ways to exercise that will keep me fit and healthy. I also am looking for an accountable person to help and support me in doing this a healthy way. I once was diagnosed with anorexia so I am trying to do this the right way this time. I am a diabetic and have lost enough weight that I only take one medicine once a day. If anyone is willing to help me. Please post here. Thanks. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:55:27 EST Hi I'm new I want to introduce myself. I'm Babs. I would really like to do this. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:50:40 EST Jean Hi joined awhile back but I am finally starting to keep track of my food intake. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:48:30 EST Does anyone out there play the piano? I love to play the piano & I was wondering if anyone did. It keeps my hands busy & overeat. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:06:47 EST starting over Hi i been away from sparks for 2yrs but im back and ready to lose wt. I need to lose 60before or by summer. Im going to need alot of help. So please keep me in mind and let us help each other through this Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:28:53 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> I am embarking today on the first day of the rest of my life. I am following the ideal protein plan in a trial study by my doctor. I have been doing low carb for several months and just found the SparkPeople site. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:04:16 EST New to this Hi everyone! I am new to the site. I am starting my journey (for real this time). Been feeling really down on myself lately, but I am definitely ready to reach my goals. Any tips? Encouragement is always welcomed. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:57:53 EST Starting over and doing it right Hi, I'm Sonja and I am new to this part of spark people. I don't usually post anything but I want to do things right this time around. I haven't really been dieting or trying very hard the last few years, but I have to get my health together before I have to start paying for it... I'm 39 and I need to start taking better care of myself. I am focusing on being healthy, eating cleaner, and just enjoying life more. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:28:35 EST Hello Beautiful People! Aloha! My name is Mairssa and I hail from the beautiful sand beaches of Kailua, O'ahu. I am here, like many of you are to lose weight and commit to a healthy lifestyle. What's surprising about me (though I'm uncertain how common) is that I use to be very in shape. Even a bit of an addict to excercise. Though do to some mental health complications I was put on a medication that completely slowed me down. And I ended up gaining 30+ pounds in less than 7 months! Being super fit all my life, this... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:01:19 EST My doctor said what? Hi everyone, I'm Penny, I'm 55 years old and have only been overweight for 35 years. And yes my dr. said what? 86 lbs to lose. So here I am wanting the same things everyone else wants. To be healthy and fit. Let's do this together. :) Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:59:39 EST New Hi there. I am new to Spark people. Just saying hello and trying to figure all this out. <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:17:51 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello everyone! I'm Rachel and I'm 34. I have been on the diet train all my life and I am ready to get off. I hope Sparkpeople can get me motivated and get me going. Feel free to add me as a friend. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:51:21 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:54 EST Hello! Name is Tyler, looking to lose about 150lbs. Came from MFP, but hate the changes they are making there. <BR> <BR> HERE WE GO!! <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:09:15 EST Herro! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Sam; I go by IllyMooncat online. I'm almost 25, 5'2" (barely) and (eek) 150ish pounds. I actually spend most of my childhood very underweight, so I never imagined that a time would come that I'd have to actively loose weight! I think my biggest challenge is that I am such a foodie; I LOVE food of all kinds! My husband is also trying to loose wight too, and the two of us have recently started eating mostly vegan/vegetarian. I'm tired of all my clothes being too tight and ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:30:27 EST New to the SparkPeople community Hi! I am so happy to have found this website while looking for tools to become healthier and leaner! I'm not new to dieting, but I am new to changing my lifestyle of nutrition/fitness via an online support group. <BR> <BR> Looking to getting actively involved and helping others reach their goals. <BR> <BR> Like my user names says I am 'moving forward' to success! <BR> <BR> Ina <em>213</em> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:37:48 EST introduction Hello i recently received the diagnosis of diabetes. So now i really want to get healthy. No more someday i want to make progress every day. So i will be looking for sparks every day. Thanks for being here Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:31:40 EST Needing Motivation Hi! I just recently re-joined after several years of not tracking, and not losing weight. I just had blood work done, and based on my doctor's response, I will be getting bad news about my blood sugar in the coming days. I was once a very active, stick-thin person- I need to at least be thin again! Now, I just need to find what motivates me to get active again. I have to... for my health. It is no longer a choice. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to say Hi! and introduce myself. I ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:42:03 EST Round17Million Hi everyone! <BR> So I've tried to lose weight for YEARS! I am 26 and live in AZ. I've been on and off this site for 3 years now and everything I've tried has not worked. This time it's now or never and I've got the support I need now to succeed. I'm just posting this to say hello and hopefully make friends with some cool people so we can all support and help each other on this journey! if you'd like to add me as a friend that'd be great! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> -Suzy Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:20:54 EST I think this is going to work! Hi, I am getting started again today and am optimistic that I can do this! I quit smoking a year ago (never, ever thought I would be able to do so!) and I am hoping to apply some of that newfound inner strength to get my weight under control. If anyone has advice or encouragement, speak up! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mary Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:21:32 EST Stay Motivated. That's the hardest part of all my weight loss attempts. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:54:11 EST Moving Forward...continually.... Here I am starting again! It was hard to see pics of me decorating the Christmas tree with my granddaughter....I have been working on changing the type of foods I eat, yet the only change is my joints do not ache as that is forward movement....just no weight loss...need that too! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:20:39 EST starting out Hi everyone, <BR> I am a 43 year old stay at home mom to two kids- and I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I am an avid exerciser (marathons, yoga, etc) but I don't do very well with the eating part. It seems I sabotage my own efforts all of the time by eating whatever is around instead of what I really want!! <BR> Looking forward to trying to do things the right way! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:17:49 EST starting day 6 on medifast the past 2 days have felt like i have the flu <BR> just to say this is all normal <BR> <BR> i looked it up <BR> here is the link <BR><BR>Symptoms <BR> <BR> so <BR> if anyone is going to do a very low carb diet, expect these symptoms, <BR> to alleviate, i have not found anything that works other than eating my next scheduled meal <BR> <BR> i drink a gallon of water a day <BR> and i take ibuprophen, but both seem to just dull the aches in my legs, an... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:07:49 EST Introduction Hi there. I tried to do sparkpeople a few years ago, but stress was too much a part of my life. So I am now back. I've separated from my husband after 34 years, got rid of some negative people, am starting to think of myself for the first time (ever), am slowing down from working 16 hours a day 5 days a week and the other two at least 5 hours a day, so things are moving along. While I do have stress still, it's my stress and not something someone caused ( for the most part). I'm looking... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:46:21 EST balancing life to keep weight off Hi everyone <BR> I find that I eat more convent foods or nothing at all because my life is so busy. I work full time, go to school full time, and coach 3 out of 5 of my son's athletic teams. I like going to the gym, but being a single mom and doing so much doesn't really work. I can keep a regular schedule for about 3 months, then something changes. Either it's another sport season of my school schedule has changed throwing off my gym routine. I eat when I can which isn't the best plan in t... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:52:00 EST Not sure where to hi! Hey everyone! My name is Rachel. I was on Sparkteens way back in the day and lost 25 pounds. However, due to personal issues and laziness I gained that weight back. My weight has been fluctuating for the past couple years, and I would like to get it to a lower happy weight for me. So yeah, I'd love to have some sparkbuddies on here :) Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:23:51 EST hi My name is tammy and im from arkansas,just moved to fort dodge,iowa a few month's.I've been on a diet since januray of 2014 and i have 45 lbs.I work out with all of the leslie sansone video's,and follow a good diet of my choice. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:52:28 EST New to Spark People My name is Elise & I live in NJ. I have been having some trouble with my weight & I think I could use some help & support. I hope to Post to other boards & as often as possible. I am a heart patient so it sometimes is hard for me. Hope to post soon!!!!!!!! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:32:06 EST not really new, trying again I've been on a weight-loss roller coaster since I was in 8th grade. I lost weight 3 different times and gained it all back and then some. I really need support to lose weight and keep it off. Any support would be very appreciated. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:25:24 EST lrh1 Hi every one I hope your enjoyed this site I like a lot and the encouragement. San Jose cal. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:42:48 EST Formerly Singinglady47 is back. Hello from Tennessee. I have been gaining a little and need to get back on track. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:15:12 EST want2run I'm not new to Sparkpeople but new to message boards. My goals, run 1 mile without walking. I can do 3/4...almost. Have been working on this for a while. Need to eat healthier and my interest has peaked again. I would just like to stick to it! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:14:55 EST My First Blog - Not My First Day I've rejoined the Sparkpeople, probably for the 5th time, but I'm determined to stick with healthier meals and more exercise. I want to do better, for me - for me only. My family will have to deal with the new food choices. I have to be selfish for a change. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:12:21 EST hi im new my name is michelle <BR> im new to the medifast program. my doctor actually prescribed it for me. and i found Sparkpeople thru medifast sight.. <BR> my goal is to lose 100 lbs <BR> i have beginning photos, and am going to take a photo like the beginning one each month. <BR> im on my 3rd day of the medifast diet...and already have lost 7lbs. im sure its mostly water, but i already feel better. weight is weight. <BR> ive tried for several months to lose weight with no luck. i have a bad thyroi... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:28:07 EST Hello, everyone! For years I was ultra thin with no weight problems; however, as I've added years, I've also added pounds. I've tried to lose them, but I don't seem to have the will power I once did. I've decided that I need assistance to lose the excess weight I've gained, the main reason I joined sparkpeople. I consider myself about 27 pounds overweight. I know this doesn't seem like a lot to some, but it's a lot to me. Since I'm still trying to get over a bad cold, I won't start on my program today, but ho... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:22:32 EST Looking for weightloss buddy, Email me at: or respond here. <BR> <BR> Key points: <BR> <BR> -Gamer <BR> -Naturally fat(Ridiculous work for me to lose weight). Im lucky not to be 500 pounds by now. <BR> -Lots of exercise experience. <BR> -Extreme itching when sweating(New) Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:41:29 EST Rough Start but Getting Back on Track Good morning All. <BR> <BR> This is probably the millionth time I have said I am going to lose weight and get healthier but I mean it this time. I am really looking for support so any advice is welcome. I am having a rough start because I lost my dog that I had for 14 years a couple weeks ago. She was such a huge part of my life and it has been difficult. I find myself eating away my sadness and stress. However I know things are going to change because I am going to make it change. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:12:25 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:12 EST New Here I've been using SP for the past 33 days. I am a distance runner and struggle with an extra 10-15 pounds. During my last marathon I swore I would get a handle on the extra weight! I'm 54 yo, married, have 3 kids -1 still at home. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:12:45 EST Hey there! Hey everyone! I am looking for an active group to join to be accountable for losing weight. The past two years I have gained over 25 pounds. Losing weight is next to impossible unless I completely starve myself. If I splurge one meal I feel I immediately gain five pounds which I cannot get rid of. My current weight is the highest weight I've ever been besides shortly after I've given birth. I am so frustrated and don't understand the weight gain. I would love to join a group to record my dai... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:49:29 EST Building consistent habits Hi Sparkers! I'm motivated to get back into exercise and healthier eating. Why? I need to reduce stress and lift my mood. I want more energy. And I'm tired of giving myself excuses. Usually I'm too shy to post, but this time I thought I'd take that extra step and reach out for support. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:03:37 EST (re) new member After many false starts I am here and plan to stay. So Hello out there, cyber-sparkies! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:56:05 EST I'm baaaaack! I used Sparkpeople a few years ago and I credit this site and its incredibly supportive community with aiding me in losing over a 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> Well, a few years have passed and life gets in the way. I turned 40 over the summer and I realized I need to refocus on my health. I've managed to keep most of those 100 pounds off, but honestly, I'm less focused these days on what the scale says than in feeling good and staying healthy and doing everything I can to live a long, FULL life.... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:47:26 EST I need some help please! I have been a yo-yo dieter my whole life and engage daily in emotional eating. I am very disciplined about my exercising and have been an avid walker for 25 years. My weight is another matter entirely! I eat all the time and make unhealthy choices but can't seem to "get back on the wagon" AGAIN. Part of me wants to give up since I've been dieting and re-gaining my whole life and part of me just wants these 40 pounds gone! I'm almost 55 years old and my health is good and I'm active, I just ca... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:26:54 EST Please Add Me! Vegan/Yoga/Lots to lose! Hello. I'm a 29 year old Florida girl. My best weight was 145 at 5'9, and that's my goal now. I need to lose about 75 to get there. I want to incorporate yoga as part of my daily lifestyle, as well as learn more about weight training. I was a vegan for 11 years, and hope to also get back to an entirely wholesome/organic life. Interested in meeting others like me! I post daily blogs, and pics, and just need to meet people whom I feel accountable to. I'm tired of hiding from friends, my fiance,... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:39:42 EST Hey everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am new to this site. I have tried diets before, and they never last. I am hoping that by joining with a community and having that extra support around me, I will be more determined. I am 30 years old and I need to lose about 40 pounds, just so I can feel better about myself, as well as being more healthy, and increasing energy to do fun things with my daughter. I sit behind a desk at work all day, and when I get home I am taking care of household and kids. I want to l... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:54:41 EST Jennifer at 50 is READY FOR CHANGE! I turned 50 this year and am in dire need of a lifestyle change. I was a very active person in my younger days but I have gotten very complacent when it comes to physical activity and though I eat enough healthy foods, I have been indulging in the "not so healthy" category for too long. I want to lose 35 pounds by May, my next birthday and adopt a physical activity program that I can stick with. I want the next phase of my life to be the better phase and am ready to take the steps to do ju... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:22 EST 7kgs lost Hello I have been away for a while but decided to come back and get some support..I have lost 7 kgs with regular exercise and a little bit of change in diet..hope to keep up the current work..I have done it before but put the weight back on hopefully this time I will learn more about how to keep it off..I have not change much in terms of food..just a few changes because I do not want a repeat of what happened before. Two years I never gave up even though it was hard I was willing to try out a... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:35:54 EST looking for a friend or online fitness buddy anyone that can help me keep me going winter is hard... <em>41</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:18:31 EST Hello I am new I am Jesenia from Illinois here. I am age 44 and am a Granmother. I hope this site can help me make good choices and have the support I need to loose weight and get my body moving. Hard when Is winter tho. Well anyway nice to meet you. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:11:08 EST THIS TIME IT FOR ME I HAVE BEEN ON AND OFF AT SPARKS BUT THIS TIME I AM BACK FOR ME AND THIS TIME I AM GOING TO FINISH WHAT I START Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:43:57 EST Garcinia Cambogia Hi fellows! So here I am, on my first 'health' blog and I'm excited to share a couple of things with you all. <BR> <BR> First thing, for today, is how I got gypped on a purchase from this site: <BR> <BR> garcinialeanextract dot com <BR> <BR> I have called to let them know that their product is a farce and a sales rep named Susan and Joe have both hung up on me because I have asked them to return my money. <BR> <BR> I have made a very simple and clear argument on my behalf. The extract th... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:51:12 EST Fresh start I am in need of a fresh start, and friends to encourage me. <em>213</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:50:02 EST Here to Stay! Hey, guys! <BR> <BR> I've used SparkPeople before, but I kept my distance from the "community" side of things. It was going well for me last time. I lost 32 pounds on a 90 pound goal, and I was feeling fantastic. <BR> <BR> Then a series of little changes started taking place in my life that I allowed to throw me off. My husband's schedule changed, my mother-in-law moved in next door, I had taken on the new responsibility of caring for my very young brother-in-law while his mom was at work,... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:05:59 EST A healthier me! Hello Spark community!! <BR> <BR> My name is Courtney and I am here to do make some serious improvements to my current lifestyle. I hope not only to lose weight, but keep a healthier lifestyle! :) Although I am a newcomer, I am confident that over time I will be able to achieve my goals! If anyone is looking for a friend to talk to please feel free to message me, as I will need as MUCH motivation and support as I can possibly get, especially in these first few weeks!!! :D <BR> <BR> I look ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:33:16 EST New guy Hello, I am new to Sparkpeople...been working out and eating right since June and loving it! Looking forward to new challenges here! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:58:13 EST Looking to find some strength my name is Liz. I am 28 years old and have been trying to loose weight for a long time. I now feel like I am on the right path. I just need to find some strength to keep pushing forward. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:14:46 EST Just Getting Started - Hello!! Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old music teacher in central Indiana, and after loosing a bunch of weight in college, busyness and bad habits have brought some of it back.Turning 30 this summer was really hard on me, and I've decided it's finally time to take control of those things I CAN control - ME!!! <BR> <BR> I've got about 40 lbs to lose, and need as much motivation as possible. I'm a certified Jazzercise instructor and teach 3 - 6 hour long classes a week, so getting my worko... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:59:55 EST Getting Older & Wider - Need to Stop the Madness! to the program and trying to lose 30lbs. Very tired of how my clothes fit and I refuse to buy bigger ones. Need to get back to the old me and make a complete lifestyle change! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:36:35 EST A Pampered Chef Changing Lives (Including My Own) Hi there! I am 33 and a mommy to 3 kids ages 8,7, and almost 2! I am a Pampered Chef Consultant and LOVE what I do bc when I decided to make a lifestyle change, I was able to incorporate that into my work. How many people can say that?!? My oldest daughter LOVES to cook and that makes me happy as well. Honestly, this business and the products have completely changed my life. It has put me around POSITIVE people and has made healthy cooking to be much easier with less cleanup. I LOVE to help o... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:22:06 EST HI all! I see I am not the only who came back to Spark People. This is an awesome site! Lost 25 lbs though in the last five months and need to drop 15 more, minimum. I need some exercise, but even walking will likely be trecherous in a month, if that since winter started very early this year, here in the Adirondacks. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 06:25:58 EST Newbie saying hello... Hi I'm Mae & I just joined SP. I recently turned 35 & I'm tired of being & feeling unhealthy. I want to lose weight, but more importantly I want better health. So this will hopefully become a lifestyle change for me. I welcome any advice, tips and friendships that come my way. I'm also a positive person in general so would love to return the support & encouragement to others. Together we can do this! Have a fabulous day! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:39:41 EST tracking it is one of the hardest parts for me to stick with. for whatever reason i cant seem to get in the habit of remembering to do it Thu, 4 Dec 2014 01:05:36 EST retrying to lose weight Im 31 and im at my highest weight in my life. Im trying this again for myself and my husband. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:33:20 EST Back on Track! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> My name is Ash and I am here for the second time! <BR> <BR> I was doing so great last year and nearly got to my goal in Feb of this year. And then after a holiday to the USA and a change of career, I got lazy! <BR> <BR> Well, I am back. And more determined than ever to get to my goal! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:25:50 EST so excited I just joined this app <BR> I was on myfitness pal and map my walk but this was mentioned as a great app to sync with a fitbit <BR> I hope thats true! I just bought the new fit bit charge w/ HR <BR> it hasnt come in yet since i preordered it but I can't wait <em>9</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:30:31 EST Newbie - Muffin-topped momma ISO 6-pack abs Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark. As stated above, I'm so sick of my muffin top showing up at the most importuned times, like above my skinny jeans where it then sits and wobbles and shakes every single step I take. Ugh! I had completed 2 rounds of the FIX-21 program less than a year ago. I looked great and finally had achieved a 4-pack ab status. lol. Problem was once I hit the double time workouts, it pushed me over the edge and I completely fell off the fitness wagon. The workouts... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:51:06 EST Hello! My name is Heather (age 42). Been on a weight loss journey for what seems like forever. *Almost* down 100 pounds!! (So close!) I have about 40 more pounds to go all together. Hit a few speed bumps along the fact I'm stuck again right now...and that is what made me join SparkPeople yesterday. Hoping a fresh perspective will be what I need to kick in into gear again...especially through the holidays!! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:24:00 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST Starting today in Jacksonville FL Over the last two years I have gained all the weight back that I lost and then some. I now have a total of 90.06 lbs to lose to my goal. I have made a lot of changes in my life in the last three months. Broke off last relationship with a guy, he was not healthy for me physically, emotionally and mentally. I have since met a very sweet man who loves me for me and is very supportive in all that I do. I was disgusted with myself this morning, and he told me "not to beat myself up. That together... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:19:54 EST Enough is enough! I kept promising myself that i would be fit and healthy to welcome my 40th birthday which is on March 8,2015. <BR> I had planned this year to be a transformative year in many ways. While have succeeded in my goals regarding patience. tolerance, positive communication, i have failed miserably at weight loss. Instead of losing i have gained around 8 kg making it a total of 75.6 kgs (as of today) <BR> I think what brought this about was that I resorted to food in times of stress , which probably... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 04:48:59 EST Trying hard Hi everyone. <BR> I'm 39 from the Gold Coast Australia. <BR> Weighing in at 116 kgs I've been on shakes only for three days and have lost more than 1 kg a day. <BR> I don't really feel hungry but I'm struggling driving past KFC to grab a juicy piece of chicken!!! <BR> Vegetables are something that I do not enjoy so they are out of the question so the only thing I have been eating apart from my three shakes is a salad made up of lettuce, tomatoe and onion (the only things I can stomach and I'm... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:50:04 EST New and hoping for success! Hi everyone. I am from Atlantic Canada. I am ready to get this job done, and looking forward to the information and support this site has to offer! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:54:40 EST Hi I had a great summer; I lost about 25 pounds and trained for a 5k and just had an all around fun time. Then I got sick, my mood tanked, I got sick again, my mood sank further, it got really dark out, etc. This despite taking my meds every day like I'm supposed to. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I decided to go run at the community center for the first time in two or three weeks. It wasn't pretty, but I did manage to run 3 miles (in pieces) and I have to admit I felt a lot better while I was doing... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:33:47 EST Started the Whole 30 challenge yesterday! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Andreia i'm 26 year old nurse-midwife student and i am ready to change my life. Being overweight for essentially my entire life has been something I've gotten "used" to. I'm ready for a change. <BR> <BR> Although i am feeling confident with what is in store for me in regards to food....i have easily become very discouraged by the articles ive read about exercising and being overweight. They all recommend taking it extremely slow and walking for 5-10 minutes a ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:54:30 EST Hello again... Well I'm back. Planning to do this one day and a time. Giving my self permission to focus on me. I need help This is not easy for me to admit. I will open my page up for everyone., We are in this together, why else did we join? goals, plans, thoughts, support, and encouragement are all welcome. Sometimes I even will need a kick in the rear to get me moving. Let's do this! All are welcome to help me and I will always try to be there for you as well. <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:53:35 EST Starting today in Kansas I am very excited to be here and heading toward weight loss success. A friend said "this really works". Any words of wisdom for me. Thanks in advance. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:23:22 EST reboot :) i'm using this site again because its the ONLY one that has ever worked for me. i don't know why i let myself stop in the first place, but i'm back! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:43:32 EST New from Delaware! Hey I'm a newbie - again - I used this program a few years ago and it worked! Now I'm excited to get back on track... Is there a way to connect with locals?? <em>334</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:38:33 EST ROund 2, on a mission to lose weight! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I joined SP back in June 2014 with the goal of losing 30kg. However, time got the better of me and I lost motivation and persistence. I realise now that there is only so much worrying about it will do for you and actually doing something can. It's very easy to talk but to actually implement the theory is quite an achievement and I'm so inspired by the photos and blogs here showing first hand proof of people losing the weight. <BR> <BR> I really hope I can stick to this... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:35:41 EST To better health I will try start to good thing for myself <em>30</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:13:40 EST ready to drop this weight I'm new here and I gotta say I really like it. Being overweight has always been a issue for me since elementary school and now I'm an adult I want to lose weight and start a family. So that being said I'm looking for a friend to help keep me going because I give up very easily on myself and I need that push. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:34:04 EST hello! Hello All! My name is Sarah. I've been with Spark for about 6 or 7 years. Took a solid year off, but I've been back consistently for about 6 months now. Really working to get my local team active! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:26:20 EST Getting Started Hi. I'm new here but not new to trying to get healthier. I needed to find a place to find motivation and accountability online.Love all the options here! So I hope to stick with this. I need to lose about 30 pounds and think I'll try it in a "step-wise" manner. This looks like a great place to start. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:30:21 EST Gonna rock this time This is the time that I'm going to stick with it. I weighed myself last night and found that I weigh more than I have ever weighed, this is just unacceptable. I need help to stay on target, but I'm also willing to shell out the support too. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:50:56 EST Excited! Hey everyone. About two weeks ago I was hit with sudden inspiration to be healthy. Sadly, this is the longest I've stuck to it - ever. I'm 25 years old, have hundreds of pounds to lose, but I feel this fierce dedication in me I've never felt before. I found this site through a fitness blog and I'm really excited to start feeling accountable for what I put in my body every day. With the articles and forums, this site seems to be just what I need to keep my motivation and determination high. I'... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:09:18 EST Back To Spark Been away for a while, and have things here changed! Everything has a new look. Ready to lose the last 70 lbs and reach my final goal. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:11:10 EST Hello, I'm gettig re-acquainted with SparkPeople Hello - I'm Elfin and I am super excited about re-acquainting myself with SparkPeople. I am on a journey to regain my health and let go of 100+ pounds. I've read some blogs and already completed a fitness video. There is sooooo much motivation here! Have a great week everyone! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:51:50 EST Ready to get serious now!!! Hi I have tried all of the fad diets off and on now. I have many health problems and am tired of feeling down. I am ready to do something sensible now. Ready for summer & a healthier life. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:29:56 EST Kind of new, need a buddy Hi, my name is Kimber. I am 23 years old. I am a wife of almost 4 years and a mother of almost 3. I have 2 kids. A boy and a girl. My boy is 3 in 2 months, and my little girl is 3 months old. I am a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). <BR> <BR> I have some goals. I know they will take some time to reach them, but I'm willing to work for it. <BR> <BR> I need some help with meal planning, I hate it. :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:26:22 EST Getting Started, For Real this time Hi Spark People, <BR> <BR> We (a group of coworkers and I ) joined this forum several years ago, and I never really knew what all the site offered. But I have continued to get the emails, about timely articles, and have sometimes read them. I decided to just do this as an individual from my school, but the online community seems fun. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:16:02 EST New girl Hey, lookin for some buddies if anyone is interested. I'm not really overweight, but my main goal is to get a lower body fat %, so if anybody has any tips on that, I'd appreciate it too. Thanks <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:28:29 EST Kind of new here ... I've been a registered member for quire a while but I've never actively posted but since I need to get into shape (as per what my new doctor says) <BR> <BR> I'm 28, Canadian (Ontarian to be exact) and I'm not even sure where to begin . LOL Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:00:07 EST New to site - looking for a virtual buddy <em>41</em> Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and looking for a buddy with whom I can share my highs and lows and to motivate each other. I weighed in yesterday at 206 pounds which is 15 heavier than early in 2014. I am not going to wait until the new yearto start addressing this. Change can be hard though which is why I feel a support buddy is crucial! Thanks in advance!! <BR> <BR> Marcia Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:40:42 EST Gone for several years.....Starting again heavier Hi All, Last time I was here is was 208lbs (5'6")... Now I'm at 250bs and have MUCH worse eating habits and am battling depression and sleeping problems. I am hoping to share my thoughts and feelings and also support others, while learning to stop treating my body so poorly. Hello to everyone. I look forward to meeting you! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 01:35:45 EST Fed up and need help Hi. I'm here posting because I'm fed up with how I'm living my life and I've realized I really need support to make my goals come true. I've tried SparkPeople before but didn't utilize the community here, and I think I really need that to be successful. Some sort of accountability, you know? <BR> <BR> First time I joined up with Spark two years ago I was 247 lbs.. I am now 281. I've gained almost 35 lbs in two years. And I know it's because I binge eat and am sedentary. I feel like I've lost... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 01:16:08 EST I'm doing this......again Hey there all you new and or seasoned lifestyle changers. I'm here again. I feel like I really tried hard (being stubborn) to go it alone. With out reaching out and having help when I needed it most. So I'm back and doing it the way I should have last time. Tracking, healthy eating, exercising, and reaching out. If you need a buddy so do I..Let's get going our lives depend on us. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:34:11 EST I'm back and need buddies ! hey everyone i'm Michelle and am a former sparker :) I am looking forward to starting this journey again and can't wait to get started with my new healthy life but have virtually no support system here at home ... with that said if anyone needs a budddy hit me up LOL Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:07:31 EST Challenges... Any challenges for Dec? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:04:25 EST New and Jazzed! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I am new here but excited to be taking a first step towards a thinner and healthier me! Starting tomorrow I'm going to eat healthier, get more exercise and hope to drop 60 pounds by this summer. My favorite exercise is swimming but it will be a couple months before the water is warm enough to get back into laps so in the meantime I'll add walking and some weight training to my life. <BR> <BR> Look forward to making new friends and support pals here. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:30:36 EST Hello Starting out Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:29:47 EST new and excited. Hi. I'm looking to change my life style. Tired of being tired and depressed. I don't have tons of weight to lose. But I do know how you treat your body reflects how it treats you. I was a life time member of weight watchers and loved it. However after having a baby and unable to lose all the weight I could no longer afford the monthly fees. I am truly amazed at how great this site is. So much information. I'm excited to feel better. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:19:18 EST I'm new! Looking for Support :) Hey everyone, I had a spark page before a long time ago. <BR> <BR> I thought i would give it one last go! I am looking for support with my weightless journey and my emotional eating. Hoping i can find a support buddy or two! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:20:19 EST Just saying 'hi' Hi, I'm a 58 year old special ed teacher who has been feeling older and more tired lately - and I don't want to fell this way! I'm ready to start making positive changes to my health and Spark People seems like a great place to do it. Looking forward to making great changes here! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:53:55 EST Motivated!! I recently joined the spa, but haven't had the time to go and workout. I need all of the encouragement and help I can get to get started. All suggestions are welcome, I'm trying to lose belly fat. My belly keeps me going to a larger size in my clothes, which ends up looking sloppy. I'm motivated, yet stuck. I also have various types of exercising equipment at home, but I'm not using them. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:22:46 EST Back at it again So I am here to start over well continue forward more seriously!! I began this journey at 254 pounds which was major for me considering I am only a mere 5' tall. My body couldn't take anymore my knees and back hurt and I couldn't function like someone my age with two children should. I decided to lose the weight I have loss 53 pounds and I am ecstatic but it seems like it has not been coming off like I truly want it to so I am here trying to track where I am going wrong because I have 91 po... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:41:50 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Stephanie and I joined this group to help me keep myself accountable to my weight loss goals. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:19:42 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:49 EST New to Spark People So I am here to get more involved in living a healthy lifestyle. I am starting a 21 day challenge on facebook hosted by team icon along with the challenge I will be doing the 21 day fix both the diet and the workouts. I will also be hitting the gym and chasing after the kids I work with. I consider myself pretty driven when motivated so I guess that is why I am here <em>104</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:00:08 EST Cedwyer is here! I want to feel alive again because I am so tired of eating myself to death. Looking for support and words of inspiration to keep me moving forward. Moving at all, sounds pretty good right now. <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:55:22 EST starting all over I need real support. I have a great husband,but he loves me "just as I am" I DON'T!!! Please help me reach my goal friends. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:58:31 EST Newbie Hi all <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site. I've been blogging and putting recipes on my YouTube Chanel debrinashealthybites but I am looking for support and inspiration so I thought I would look here. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:41:55 EST Getting Moving I take care of my grandson and so have to move a great deal during the day. I do know that moving is not a true planned exercise for my full body. I have to get back to walking again and making an effort to do it for myself and my health. <em>253</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:37:48 EST Starting over ....Again! hello to all I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. once again I've decided to start something new. Since ive last logged my stats I've lost close to 3 pounds. No major changes no exercise yet just drinking more water I went from no water to about 5 to 6 cups a day no junk food and I've actually been eating I had 3 meals yesterday. I had no cravings for picking or snacking. I have not done any exercise yet I plan to start Dec. 1st I've been using spark people to log my food.... I read... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:13:03 EST New Beginning My name is Tasha and I'm a mother of three newly and happily separated. I need to lose 50lbs and get healthy and stay healthy; I am a workaholic which makes it dificult at time to eat/workout but today is anew day and Im ready and willing to put the owrk in. I'm looking for any moral support and extra motivation that I can get. My life is in a up roar right now but theres no better time to chane myself and regain my confidence. Im from Detroit but living in Toledo,Ohio right now and Im op... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:18:42 EST Good Morning! Good morning, all! <BR> <BR> I am a 21 year old hoping to lose 30 pounds after weight gain due to medicinal side effects. I have Myasthenia Gravis and Depression, which have both dramatically changed my weight through diagnosis and treatment. I am hoping to find a supportive community to keep me accountable, and I look forward to hearing from anyone with questions or comments! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 04:52:01 EST I need a total lifestyle makeover My name is April and to be honest, this is kind of a last ditch effort. I never thought I would be so disappointed with my weight, my eating habits and my lack of ability to start, let alone stick with, a program that will help me get to a healthy weight and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am 30 pounds overweight after years of being underweight. I work odd hours that make it difficult to eat right or workout at a gym. Argh... to make things more difficult, I am on medications that cause weight gai... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 04:39:37 EST Staying with a Program It's very hard for me to stay with a program because I am under a lot of stress. I either eat to much or too little. I am over 50, and losing weight is much harder. I need to lose 30 lbs. I have difficulty keeping track of what I eat because I have so little time to do anything for me. I am also dealing with depression because of the stress. It goes around in a circle. I try to work out, but have back problems and sometimes it becomes too difficult. I was on Spark People several years ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:37:38 EST New Hi I am MimI joined today and I am needing to get my diet and workouts under control and lose around 30 pounds. From Louisiana and would love some friends on here to help support me thru this need all of it that I can get Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:19:44 EST Joined and succeeding! Hi all, I re-activated my status a couple of weeks ago, will have my second weigh-in on Nov. 30 and am feeling WONDERFUL....can feel the inches melting off my mid-section, EVEN with Thanksgiving yesterday! A huge shout-out to any members of Harmony, Inc. (women's singing organization), or any fellow RN's especially those living in New Hampshire....Gonna do this, this time! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:43:01 EST Joining on Thanksgiving?! Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jennifer and on Tuesday I started the medically monitored Optifast program. My weight has been yo-yo-Ing all of my life and right now I am the heaviest I've ever been. I chose Optifast for the "taking a break from food" aspect so I can re-set and get some initial weight loss going while I step up to gradually reintroducing food. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and Ive been very hungry - which I can ignore hunger pains - but towards evening I had difficulty cc entrea... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:21:07 EST Gobble gobble -- not as much as I thought Hi, everyone. I'm new to Spark People. My name is Caryl. I just got through the most challenging day of the year. I think it went well. How did it go for everyone? I'm looking forward to everyone's posts. On to Black Friday! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:58:45 EST New Guy So I have just joined this site, trying to find my way round :)) To date I have lost 40 kg, nearly reached my target weight. I believe he challenge will be to keep the weight off. I train 6 days a week. Training consists of 300 km per week cycling and 3 times a week, doing weights and circuit training <em>30</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:53:19 EST SP Newbie Hey everyone, I'm just starting this new journey to better health & would love some tips, suggestions, new friends to support each other. I work with developmentally disabled adults so don't always get a lunch break, so suggestions on quick meals & snacks, as well as quick workouts I can sneak in. Thanx in advance. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:22:36 EST Happy to come back to SparkPeople Hello everyone! I am so excited about managing my weight because that means I can live a longer, healthier life. I am watching my sugar and carbs. I am 47 so I really get unmotivated at times. Sometimes I feel downright frustrated because weight loss is so difficult. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. Your secrets will not go unnoticed. I will also share some with others who have similar goals. We're all in this together and remember we want to swim, not sink. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:47:52 EST SP Newbie Hey all! <BR> I suppose I'm here for the same reason everyone else is, weight. I'm a 31 year old Mother of 3. Just having a hard time getting out of this rut. I have every resource I need to lose weight at my fingertips, the problem is I just can't seem to keep myself motivated enough to get moving as much as I should. Ideally it would be great if I could have someone to make sure I don't have time to make up an excuse not to workout first thing in the morning. & of course I could return the... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 EST Looking for New Friends Hi my name is Ade, for the last 18 months I have worked very hard to get fit and lose weight. To date I have lost 40 kg and feel great. Although I have nearly reached my target weight. It would be great to share with others. I intend to stay here for a long time as I believe when I reach my target weight the hard work begins &#128516; Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:48:51 EST Greetings Hello everyone. My name is Damion. I'm a simple small town guy in the NW Suburbs of Chicago. Born and raised most of my life in WI. I'm married with 3 daughters. I'm a Dept of the Army Civilian and an Army Reservist (almost 23 years both acitve and reserve). <BR> While on active duty in 97 I cracked the L5 vertibrae, was in pysical therapy for 2 years and ballooned up. Over the past 10 years my fitness and weight has fluctuated. A good portion of the blame is just plain laziness. Bu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:35:52 EST Just What I Needed... Hello, I have been in Sparks on and off for awhile. I never really had much to add to conversations. <BR> So for the first time I am going to do this today. <BR> I have been feeling like a humpty dumpty. Overweight, fat, fat ,fat. I hate it. I think that I am stuck in a rut and I want OUT! <BR> I have read some of your suggestions and the one today that I liked most was doing exercises in the office. <BR> Today with the cold snow all over the place and lots of it, icy wet slushy roads, the ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:51:33 EST Second Attempt I have tried SparkPeople in the past but just couldn't get myself to follow through. In January 2014 I had my first child and I am happy to say that just a few months ago I reached my pre-pregnancy weight. Unfortunately before this pregnancy I was already unhappy with my weight and appearance, so while reaching the pre-pregnancy weight makes me happy...I know that I am not where I want to be and I now have additional inches to lose as well. <BR> <BR> I am now a stay-at-home mom and hope th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:43:12 EST Just want to say hello I have just signed up and I am looking forward to changing my bad habits into healthy habits. <BR> It has been a stressful year, lots of changes and I have just let myself go as far as eating and exercising. <em>331</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:38:12 EST I need buddies!! HELP! <BR> <BR> I'm new and I came here because I'm looking for a support group to help me with my goals. I'm looking to lose 40lbs and gain my life back. I'll journal almost daily and track my progress and it'd be great to have some people to share this journey with :) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:58:14 EST Starting Over I am starting the beginning of week two of my new path to changing my lifestyle for the better. My goals are to keep track of what I am eating and staying active. I have used spark people before and strayed away. I am back and excited about keeping track of my progress. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:53:54 EST Intorduction I have received a couple of emails asking me to make sure I introduce myself on this page! I am 41 years old and trying to get back into a healthy lifestyle. I was always thin in high school and for several years after high school, but after the birth of my 3rd child I kept gaining weight and was heavier than I realized. One day I got on the scale and was 187.4 pounds. I realized then I was closer to 200 pounds than I was my ideal weight so I got busy. I decreased my portion sizes and started... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:42 EST Hello Again Just wanted to say hello. I am not new to spark but I am new to this group. Check out my page to learn more about why I am here. Any words of encouragement and motivation is greatly appreciated. I am at a place that I have never been before meaning I am currently at my heaviest weight. This will be a journey that I have to get through for my mental, spiritual and physical health. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:39:49 EST Hey there :) I'm not exactly new here but I've never said an official hello. I've been back and forth this past year with weight loss. Losing 20, gaining 30... I've finally found a program that fits all of my needs and it's working wonders not only physically - but mentally as well. Since starting keto, I have had only one binge! Oh, I forgot to mention, I'm a binge eater, amongst other things. I don't mean I like to over eat occasionally. I mean full blown anxiety and all that will make it go away is sho... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:23:04 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Jeana and I have set some goals and am sticking to them! :) I live in Oregon, work full time, go to school full time, and have a five year old son who is also in school full time this year! We are busy people. Between my school work, his school work, an 8 hour work day, and after school activities, I somehow still find the time to go to the gym a few days a week and get 8 hours of sleep. So it can be done... for now ;) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:56:25 EST I can't do it Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first post, and I've joined out of total desperation. I think I'm very depressed. No matter what I do, I cannot lose the weight, and in fact it's the total opposite - I just keep slowly gaining. I fight this battle but I just can't win it. I'm 28 and I've been overweight as long as I can remember. I will probably go my entire life never knowing what it feels like to be slim. <BR> <BR> I'm very active, I dance a lot and I lift weights in the gym. But I just... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:47:46 EST Hello Everyone Hi Everyone, i found this website online and it seems very nice i have been tracking my food and also downloaded the ios app. <BR> <BR> i have been trying my own ways to lose weight for the last 10yrs or so and have been successful time and again but this time i am finding it very tough to lose and feel very resigned. <BR> <BR> so though being connected with the community will be a good idea? <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:39:01 EST Advocare Hello, my name is Chelsea :) I will be beginning my journey with Advocare (24 day challenge) on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Join me in the challenge and follow me on Spark :) Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:27:05 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:49 EST Others with Insulin resistance? Hello! My name is Rachel and I have fairly recently been diagnosed with insulin resistance. It's kind of hard to stay motivated when it's hard to ever get results. Does anyone else here have this same condition? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:08:59 EST Introducing.... I'm back....(Too bad that can't be done in a Jack Nicholson voice). I started with sparks about five years ago and then went AWOL and paid for it so here I am again with an extra 10lbs! My health is starting to come into factor and my doctor just informed me that my liver is fat (so is the rest of me doc!) and so the excuses are getting old just like the body and it is time for a "new" approach to life. <BR> <BR> I am a happily married momma of two wonderful sons (ages 9 and 10) and live ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:57:52 EST Introduction Hello this is DeeAnn here! I used to be super skinny in high school and even several years after that. Then after my third child the weight just kept coming on and I didn't know what to do about it as I had never had to worry about it. Years and years went by and I ended up weighing 187.4 pounds when I decided to do something about it. I am small framed and 5'6" and really didn't think I was as heavy as I was until I lost 54 pounds and went from a size 16/18 to 4/5. I felt amazing and was so ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:17:13 EST AFG member determined to get control over MY life! Hello out there! I need to take the focus of others in my life and take care of myself for a change! This isn't a new concept for me, but lately I've allowed myself to go back to the old ways of trying to control and change others. So, I remembered SparkPeople and have decided to take charge...track and move! Thanks for listening! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:32:10 EST victorious_diva Hi fellow Sparkers....I could really use some support. I am trying to lose weight and fight againt medication that causes weight gain. I want to be healthy and I hope Spark can keep me going to see results. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:55:26 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Erin! I joined SparkPeople a few years ago but stopped using it after awhile. I've been back daily for a month now and I'm trying to get more involved this time around. I'm working on two challenges and have joined a few teams and now I'm trying to just incorporate more of the community features. So, I thought that I would say hi to everyone &#128515; <em>213</em> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:23:57 EST I'm a newbie (with spirit fingers raises hand) I'm a newbie... A wee bit nervous joining sparks. I've read so many wonderful things about SP, but it almost seems to good to be true. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:45:21 EST fitbit user I have been on and off with tracking my food, but now I have been taking classes at the gym. My husband just got me a fitbit for my birthday. So any tips on things to do with it would be appreciated. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:33:25 EST Introduce Myself I Just wanted to introduce myself. I am here to give my support to each and everyone of you. My name is Eric and have been a Personal Trainer for a short while and a chiropractor for over 14 years. I just want to say. I am proud of each and every one of you who has health as your top priority. I want to encourage you to not give up and keep striving for your goals. And just a tip, don't be so hard on yourselves. Every step in the right direction even if it is small is an accomplishment... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:31:26 EST Hi Guys! Advice for a newbie? Greetings fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have re-joined Sparkpeople after two years. I felt that I needed a motivator to get myself fit and healthy and I know that Sparkpeople is a wonderful place to be for such things. <BR> <BR> I'd love to know what your stories are, where you are and how things are going for you and if you have any good advice for someone starting, or starting again in my case :) <BR> <BR> Write a comment here, on my page or in a Sparkmail. I'd love some new friends! <BR... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:54:34 EST New to the place... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I just start today looking forward to be in a healthier version of my self <em>9</em> felling scare and excited <em>30</em> but moving one step at a time <em>521</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:03 EST It's nice to meet you! Hello there! <BR> <BR> My name is Siri. I am new to spark people. I am really excited to get started on this journey. I am 22 and recently upturned my whole world for a post grad job. In the past 6 months, I have graduated, moved to a new city (that I had only visited once), started a new job, started my Masters degree and got engaged.... needless to say my stress level went through the roof. I have gained a lot of stress weight and I want it off!! I am pumped to have the support that... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:05:36 EST Starting again I've been a long term subscriber to Sparkpeople and here i am again. I have added 10lbs over the last 18 months and am now determined to loose it. I am not sedentary - I walk daily and competed in two 10K walks this year. One issue I know contributes to the weight gain is the 2 or 3 drinks I have in the evening. So I plan to start by having alcohol free days Monday to Friday and I'll track my food intake daily. <BR> Any other tips are welcome. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:57:20 EST New member I am a new member. I need help with getting motivated and staying on track. I know what to do, but am having trouble staying focused, especially about exercising. I always feel better after I exercise and it is the best way for me to have improved mood, decrease in appetite, and increased energy. Winter time always makes it harder to stay the course. I look forward to using this formate to give and get support!! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:51:06 EST Hello Hello, I am new to the sparks community, and I am so happy to be a part of success Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:58:16 EST Ready set GO! Hi, my name is Gwyn and I am here to lose 35 pounds and to get the support I need to do this by next summer. I have three little girls who keep me busy. I am looking forward to getting started on my new lifestyle. <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:47:20 EST New but Not.... So I'm back but I didn't really use spark the way I think I should have used it before... I'm a single Teaching mom who has a 15 and 13 year old... Trying to get myself where I once was as a stay at home, working out, all non-whole foods off limits kinda gal! It's hard and I need support! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:19:23 EST Introducing Cookiemaker-01 I'm retired from a desk job April, 2014. I have a back injury in which occurred back in 2000, I fell down our front steps and I went down on one step and my back hit the step above. It pushed a disk forward but didn't realize the injury was there until several years later. I went on the Ideal Protein Diet and lost about 65 pounds back in 2012 but had other health issues that required me to forgo the diet. I have since been trying to loose the remaining weight with no luck. I loose some t... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:18:15 EST new I have been on here almost a month. I enjoy the app and the people I have met on here. 41 years old I live in NY. <BR> I had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago. I work very very hard to stay healthy an thinner then I was. I have been in the last 8 months causing me not to work so it was easier to gain. <BR> I find this app keeps me on track. At one point I was 260. Went to 135. Now I am at 165ish and uncomfortable. So I am here like everybody else to help myself and maybe som... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:47:49 EST Restarting Spark Hi! I started Spark back in 2011 and lost 30 pounds, then somehow I lost track and gained it back plus some after having my sweet baby boy. Now... I'm ready to start all over again and keep it off. I'm looking for new spark buddies, so feel free to add me! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:38:34 EST Bride Mode:tips and good vibes needed I have struggled with my weight for many years. I finally lost about 20+pouunds last year from diet and exercise. I have since gained about 5-7 of it back over the last few months due to the fact I thought I could eat whatever I wanted and stay my current weight - and was also slacking on my workouts. I am getting married in less than 6 months and want to hit my goal of the last 15 pounds by March (for my dress fitting). <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips on getting back on track...ways to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:30:39 EST Hello! Hello all, <BR> <BR> This sure looks like a cool hangout. Hope to make some valuable contributions. <BR> <em>250</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:23:36 EST New - seeking friends Hi, my name is Kaila, I am a 25 year old mum of 4, due to medical reasons I desperately need to lose weight and REALLY need some accountability buddies to help me stay on track SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ADD ME :) Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:41:58 EST Frankie I there I am from Bangalore India looking to loose 100 lbs Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:43:41 EST Looking for advice to relieve stress on foot I have been walking 4 miles a day for 8 months and now I am having trouble <BR> getting rid of the pain on my foot at the heal and arch area. <BR> I have relieve stress on the painful areas such as hip pointer,ham string, and <BR> skin splints over a month period but my foot remain in pain. I'm currently putting ice on <BR> it and soaking my foot in epsom salt but it is still painful specially when I wake up in the <BR> morning. It appears that the pain was all on my right leg from my hip to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:49:35 EST Restarting Sparkpeople! I SO need to lose weight. I am 174 now and want to get to 150. I love to cook (that's a problem) and live in New Orleans (SO many great restaurants....). And I hate to admit that I need encouragement. I am forcing myself to jog around my block once and walk for twenty minutes. I am so mad at myself for getting this way.... I am 58. Would love to correspond with others on this journey. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:23:13 EST Newbe questions on fitness Hi Everyone I have been to this site in the past but had some issues that prevented me from full filling my goals so her I am again. <BR> I am currently have several health conditions that do not allow me to do much physical activity other than my job and my doctor would rather me not do that right now. I have a torn meniscus in my knee and a hernia in my belly. So I am not allowed to lift any weight and I am not allowed to bend my knee. <BR> I really feel that I would be more successful wi... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:56:47 EST Hi I am new Any tips on the Paleo diet ...I will appreciate it vey much! I need all the support I can get, Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:32:42 EST Hello Everyone I'm new to Sparkpeople, hoping to make a few friends as I go on this journey. I'm a senior citizen trying to stay healthy. I've lost about 70 lbs, but still would like to lose another 15. I have been at a standstill for the last 2 years, but at least I'm not gaining it back. Hoping for change soon! Blessings to you all! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:12:53 EST Hi! I'm Harley. I'm 19, 146 pounds, and I'm looking to lose eleven more. Problem is, I've hit a wall of depression, and I don't really have any friends left in my life? It would be nice to have someone to talk to for support with working out and what not. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:34:11 EST Zumba and Spinal Fusion Question Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a kid from the 1980s, so if I'm a little redundant on posting, please forgive me &#128512;Since 2013, I've had multiple back surgeries, 5 so far, with at least one more to remove my fusions' hardware in about 10 months. <BR> <BR> My question is what are your thoughts about pursuing a dream of becoming Zumba certified and maybe even becoming certified to become a personal trainer and teach group classes with the emphasis on injury prevention. I absolutely love, ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:49:54 EST Just Saying Hi for the First Time I am a newbie to the full Sparks Community but have loved all the great receipts for over a year. My goal is to loose 90 pounds. I started on Wednesday the 19th. I am down 7 pounds using the helpful suggestion on what to eat. I do know that it is problem water weight but it still good to have it gone. I am looking forward to talking with everyone soon. <BR> <BR> Tammy <em>213</em> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:25:50 EST Newbee Hello, this is a new experience as i have never used all the resources Spark had to offer Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:14:55 EST New-Hello Hello, I am new to Spark People and I am ready to lose this weight and lose it for good. I was planning on getting the surgery but, I decided go natural and do it right. So far so good for the first week. I lost 5 pounds. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:56:21 EST new Hi all, I am here to lose weight and keep it off. Having so much trouble keeping it off or shhedding weightdue to my antidepression pills and antiflamation pills i am on. But I need to lose weight and keep moving Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:22:51 EST Starting over for the 82nd time. I don't really know how many times I've started over over the years...but it's been a lot. My OCD perfectionism has me doing this way too much. I want this to be the last time I have to do so and am posting here hoping that it is one more positive thing that "counts" enough to keep me from getting the anxious feeling that I need to start over to make things right. <BR> <BR> So...hello...again. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:44:53 EST I'm homeless?? Ok, so not really. But I have lived in SW MO for EVER. I want to move. Summer of 2015, I turn 40 that summer and want to start my 40's somewhere new. In paradise. I don't know where but I have a list of things I'm looking for and time to vacation in a few places to see if I really like it. First it has to be on a lake. Some where where I can enjoy all seasons proportionally. I want snow on Xmas, hot blazing sun for 4th of July. It has to be a small town where everyone knows who you are but wh... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:39:43 EST Back, again. New me, again. Really struggling with my weight since a myriad of things have happened - but mostly just depression. I'm trying hard to get back into SparkPeople as MyFitnessPal never really worked for me. The people at SP are just so much more caring and kind, supportive. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to put into the Sparkworld that I'm thankful to be able to come back (again) and take care of myself (again). I know this is a safe place to try again in... thank you to all. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:33:14 EST I'm feeling motivated. I'm so glad I found sparkpeople. All these possibilities and new achievements await me. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:10:18 EST The Procrastination Must Stop-Or is it Fear I'm 31-years-old and almost starting a new life. I moved to a new town, started a new job, and got married all in about 6 months. Imagine the stress...and weight gain.This is not really my first time on SparkPeople. I tried it out several years ago, but never really took advantage of all that the community has to offer. But this time I intend to do everything in my power to lose the weight and keep it off. I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been in my life at 279 pounds. I've lost and gain... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:29 EST Just to tired to work out I feel like I lost my drive to work out.I turned 50 this last summer and I don't know what happened to me but I don't want to do anything, work out, go out, Im tired all the time.Help Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:00 EST Hello!! Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I'm a 23 yo female from Alabama and I lost 35 pounds on my own before discovering SparkPeople. In my own weight/fat loss journey, I have discovered a true passion for fitness and recently made the decision to compete in the bikini OR figure division in the NPC next summer!! While I don't have visions of my IFBB Pro card dancing in my head (yet...), the idea of stepping on stage just once keeps me so motivated. <BR> <BR... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:09:33 EST Looking to Get Fit & Fab Hello my name is Nicole, I am new to the community. I really need all the motivation to be successful. My problem is being discpline starting out on a good foot and lose sight because of life on a daliy basis.. I need the community motivation which will help me with beig Diligent.. I want to be more active with my childrenand live a much healtier lifestyle Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:26:16 EST trying to get my groove on Hi! <BR> My name is Monique aka summerkind129, aka sweetheart aka mommy aka dear, I have a few more alias's that will not be listed. <BR> My husband, daughter and mother-in-law are all heavily dependant on me, and in all honesty the only one of the three that should be is my daughter with 18 months. <BR> I just turned 36, I have morbid obesity, and I absolutly HATE it!!! I am what one that loves the unusual in everything from furniture to decorations to clothes and glasses. I can't buy clothe... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:40:12 EST so this is a first I'm 26 and its been ten years that I have been weight cycling. I was never a thin girl, but always active. At 16 I gained 70lbs within a year. I was pushing 200lbs and this was my wake up call. <BR> <BR> As I started college I slowly began to lose weight. I lived on campus and walked everywhere. It was great to see small changes. For four years I was losing weight slowly going up and down from 195 to 180. After graduating I was able to focus on my health. I even got a new running partner and... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:47:04 EST Getting Started Doing something New is like "Pulling Teeth" with Me-- I'm 63 yr.'s with Type 2 Diabetes-- I've had this "Stuff" for over 20yrs & Still have not except the side effect-- Have been using another Calories counter for Year's but after talking to Dietition the other day, decided to try Sparks also-- so much on the other system were not as acuate as Sparks--- other is Free also but need more refined information-- Seem like every thing I eat no matter what portion size is doing Nothing for My Weight... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:10:04 EST Here we go again. I've keep starting over and it's driving me crazy. I do okay for a bit (maybe a few months, days, or even just a few hours), then I make a "mistake" and find myself "erasing" all evidence that it counted, mattered, or happened. I'm starting over here again and hoping that this time I won't give in, but rather that I push through the anxious feelings and make better choices or actions from that moment on w/o having to start over. <BR> <BR> Hello, again, SparkPeople for, like, the 82nd time. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:52:50 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! My name is Justine, I am 28, married and suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have been struggling with my weight for a while now and it's very hard to lose weight because of the RA. Between medicines that pack on the pounds and not being able to be physically active without being in a lot of pain has put a damper on weight loss! My biggest motivation to lose weight is that my husband and I want to have a child and my weight is one of the factors preventing this. I also need to lo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:33:37 EST new! Hey! just wanted to say that i'm new, joined because i saw a horrible FAT pic of myself and was appalled! i'm 38, 3 kids and generally happy but need to cut out the extra wine calories! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:22:58 EST New to sparkpeople and need help! Hi! I want to lose weight and be healthy for SO many reasons! For some reason, I start in the morning and fail at some point during the day and end up saying..."Ill try again tomorrow." I want to stop failing and start living, and I now that means changing my lifestyle, but I need help! I can't do it on my own! (Trust me I've tried a countless # of times!) Hoping to lose weight, get healthy, be a better wife/mom/daughter/friend/PT - and help others along the way:) Let me know if anyone out th... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:57:29 EST Hello Sparkly friends I just started running (with help from the C25K program) about 5 weeks ago. About 3 weeks ago I had a doctors appointment and had some lab work done. Good news I don't have diabetes or any other health issues but my numbers were slightly high, so my doctor recommended a lower fat/carob diet. So since then I have been running/ exercising 3 times a week plus eating a lot better. <BR> <BR> My goal is to just be healthier in general and be able to run for 30-60 minutes at a time a couple ti... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:10:46 EST Needing Accountability Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> My name is Nicole. I have a beautiful daughter who is growning up entirely to quickly. She is now 14 months old. I am 29 years old and work at a bank in the Electronic Banking department. I deal with debit cards; internet banking; and a lot of back end stuff no one even thinks about :) <BR> <BR> I am getting married in the summer and am looking to get healthy again. I use to be an average of 125 lbs......I am currently 174. This is the... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:58:54 EST Brand new to Spark People <em>41</em> Hello everyone!! I am so nervous, excited, and relieved to be part of the Spark People family :) I am very hopeful, I feel like I have finally found the tools and support I need to overcome my food addiction and lose weight for good. One day at a time, after all, life is a journey...not a race!! ;) Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:32:03 EST Respirologist suggested Sparkpeople Hi. I'm still figuring the site out. It looks like there's a lot of help here. Need to lose the weight and feel healthier and breathe better. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:04:47 EST Hello All I am Scotty Carr I am a Long Haul truck driver that live 4 to 5 weeks out on the road. Weight is and issue in my business. I am going to Loss around 100 lbs now and through next year. My Blood Pressure shot up and I almost lost my License over it. Many folks don't know the much we as drivers do to keep legal and the road safe for all. And being healthy and alert is one many component. Well I started 2 weeks ago here and have lost 8 lbs already. Plus my blood pressure is already lowering with... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:14:29 EST Need Encouragement <em>46</em> I have gained and gained and gained weight this past 2 years. 54 pounds since I quit smoking November 26, 2012. I am so uncomfortable and my self esteem is very low. I have never never been over 200 in my life. <BR> I eat eat and eat junk food and cooked food cause I have to cook for my dad who lives with me and my husband and both are meat and potatoe guys and so am i. This morning I made them bacon, eggs, pancakes and I ate a banana!!! I have some blueberries in the fre... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:33:55 EST Hello everybody! Hello all! My name is Emily, and I'm trying to lose 117 pounds! I'm currently in nursing school full time and work part time, so I'm always busy, but there aren't time for excuses. Good luck everybody, and healthy living! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:52:20 EST vivofit verses fitbit charge hr Hi everyone, this is my first time on this I am still learning how to use it. My question is I want to buy the vivofit or the fitbit charge hr. I heard good and bad things about both but can't decide which one to buy...does anyone have any suggestions..thanks for your help Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:51:38 EST First Message Post Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I started the Spark program in mid August and have been diligently working to loose weight. My primary goal is to loose 50 pounds by Easter. I originally lost 20 pounds but I've begun to slip and have gained 3 pounds back. So I decided to join Sparks coach to keep me on track. <BR> Gotta go now, it's time to walk the dog. <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:03:10 EST Hello!! Hello, <BR> <BR> So I'm trying this out again! Last time I had started losing with the group I belonged to due to the accountability that was set up. However, I got pregnant and stopped coming online. Now I'm back and ready to give it another go. I can't find my old group, but hope to join new groups and find other accountability partners. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:14:12 EST HI people I just signed up for this and hope I will keep finding my way back Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:51:30 EST New to the site My name is Chad. I'm giving SparkPeople a shot to try to get motivation to stick with my diet and exercise plans. I've tried time and time again to diet and exercise, but I lack the motivation and the discipline. I'm really hoping to find people that can positively support and motivate me to stick with it and give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> I'm 24, 5'11", 208 lbs. I had a weight problem in high school - I was about 180 lbs when I was 14-years-old, and stayed that throughout high school. A ye... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:12 EST Help required Hi . It's my first time on this site. Want to loose around 25 pounds for an ivf treatment due in February. Need a weight loss buddy to keep on track for those craving days &#128522;drop a line if you are interested Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:07:02 EST First time here! Hihi, :D <BR> <BR> My names Eva and im 22 and a 4th year in college studying computer science! <BR> I decided I want to change my life and start losing weight for multiple reasons. Being in comp sci requires me to sit and program 12h a day on my bum coding an assiginment so I'm alwyas sitting most of the time on campus doing work... <BR> I started becoming extremely busy with school and after going through some hardships/personal issues, I only gained more weight... and now its become suc... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:44:34 EST New to SparkPeople Just started using SparkPeople last Thursday and so far I LIKE it! I am a 54 year old retired guy that enjoys my family, camping, pottery, and just being retired. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:13:56 EST Guess who's back, back again? Hello! I'm Melissa from Alabama. I'm trying this again and hopefully for the last time! I've recently gone back to school to get a degree in Film and Digital Media Production. I need to get my eating habits back in order and start exercising again. I would love and appreciate any new friends who want to kick me in the backside when I lack motivation! lol I have about 40 lbs to lose. <BR> Thanks! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:45:27 EST Hello <em>9</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:58:01 EST Kimbooz73 Day 1 - I want to lose a small chunk, around 75 lbs. starting with food tracker first couple weeks and adding in excercise. <BR> <BR> What are your 3 favorite foods that give you the most energy or fill you up? (Low calorie, high fiber, high protein)."The details matter less than the power packed food options I should consider as I head to the grocery store this week) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:14:43 EST When was the moment you knew? I'm new to spark people and just browsing other boards. I read a comment about someone being 10 months into their journey and closing in on their goal which inspired me! I am 40, about 48lbs overweight, and a little down on my ability to stick with really anything. Deep down, I know I am a successful, optimistic person, who can accomplish goals. But when it comes to weight loss, I get stuck in a negative outlook (working on it :) <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to ask "when was the moment you... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:32:55 EST