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 the New guy w/ Dialysis Hello there, little about my self ...Life was good i was getting into better shape and working out and that all changed about 5 and a half years ago taking out the trash 1 cold March evening i slipped on some ice and fell in the door jam of my house landing on my kidney side, i stood up and shook it off not realizing what i had just done, 8 months later..i was hospitalized & have been a Dialysis patient ever since.had 7 surgical procedures done to my left arm just trying to create a Dialysis ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:29:30 EST Newbie, but not a noob! Hey fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> My name is Simi and while I'm new to Sparkpeople, I'm not new to this style of website nor am I new to weight loss! I used a different site, similar to Sparkpeople but based in the UK (because I'm from Ireland you see :D ) Since I started my weight loss journey 2-ish years ago I've lost 37kgs, but since then I've moved to Japan and the change of environment and lifestyle has wreaked a little bit of havoc on my previously strict routine! After a lifetime of diet... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:27:01 EST So discouraged. I started back with SparkPeople about 30 days ago. The first time around it didnt stick. I want to lose about 100 pounds give or take, but my short term goal is 34. So i can be back in the 100's again, for the first time since I got pregnant. <BR> My first week I lost 10 pounds, probably mostly water, and then the next week was back up 6. I gave myself a get away weekend, and didnt track, gained back another pound, and now I am having a hard time picking up where I left off. <BR> But I know I... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:23 EST Hello Hello everyone! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:49:28 EST Back in Action Hi SparkWorld, <BR> Just swinging by to introduce myself...i did sparkpeople a few years ago to loose my grad school weight and now I'm back! I have hypermobile joints and right now I have my second torn hip labrum... seeing as I can't run or walk far at the moment, I figured I need to start staying on track with my nutrition (especially with bathingsuit season coming up, eeek)! I'm going to try to keep up with cycling and some swimming til my next hip surgery but nutrition is my main goal f... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:48:08 EST confused abt d site Not getting it how to use seems interesting but donno ..wana loose weight m extremely obese Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:41:01 EST Hello hello! Hey Spark People community! My name is Michele and I signed up last week, This website looks like a fantastic tool for weight loss and motivation from the community. I've been getting used to the different tools on this website and how to navigate what. <BR> <BR> Currently I am a full time student in college and a full time worker. Although I am busy, I am motivating myself to exercise for the health and mental aspects. My life can get stressful with studying, and I find myself having m... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:02 EST Mom of two princesses and wife to an army vet Hi my name is Shannon and I am the wife of an army vet and the mom to two princesses ages (9 and 18 months). Some of my challenges are that my Husband and 9 yr old princess are very picky eaters, my 18 month old can not drink milk and I can really only afford to cook one meal for dinner. I am trying to figure out how to get the healthy foods I need and still have food that they will and can eat. On the fitness side my challenge is that my husband works nights so during the day he is sleeping ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:33:06 EST Starting Today! Just joined SparkPeople today (4/16/14) and I am ready for my change of lifestyle for the rest of my life (hopefully this will be many more years). All this information is a little overwhelming. Any suggestions on which site will help the most? Looking forward to interacting with my support groups and feel like I am on my way to Healthy and Happy. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:31 EST susan Hi people on Spark! Trying to renew old goals and set some new ones; need to get motivated to lose some extra pounds. Thanks for encouragement! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:43:36 EST Stuck for 3 weeks I have been a member of Spark People for a while. <BR> I am 41, a wife, a mother of 2. <BR> This year is different than all other years. <BR> I am tired of the Plus Size clothing, I am tired of wearing oversize hoodies. <BR> This time last year I was 233lbs. Today, I am 213. <BR> I have been running 3-4 times a week on the C25K program, I am on week 6. <BR> I go to kickboxing 2 times a week. I am very careful of the food that goes in my mouth. I track pretty much everyday. the days I d... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10:11 EST Hello All I am excited about Spark People. I am looking forward to changing me! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:58 EST Grams to ounces Hello, <BR> I bought a food scale that only measures grams and i want find out how to convert things to ounces can anybody help? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:49:15 EST Not so new but still struggling Hi everyone. I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a long time but this is actually my first post. I'm a bit of a lurker. Anyway. I was doing really well on my journey. I ran my first 5K last year in October. I was so proud of myself... and I haven't run another day since. I'm gaining all my weight back but I have absolutely no motivation to work out or run. I've tried Zumba, going to the gym, cycling, etc. Nothing sparks my interest. What can I do to get back into it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:11 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone, my name is Cassandra. I am new to SparkPeople. I just wanted to introduce myself; I am 28 years old, I just had my first baby 9 months ago today, I am currently a stay at home mom. My husband is away a lot with work, so most of the time it's just me and the baby. I do have a membership at the most amazing gym in my state, Anytime Fitness. I have been a member there since right before I found out I was pregnant. Before the baby it was really simple for me to lose weight, eat le... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:54:16 EST On A ROLL I HAVE BEEN USING SPARK PEOPLE FOR A WEEK AND A HALF AND HAVE LOST 6LBS. I AM EXCITED THAT I FOUND SPARKPEOPLE. WISH I HAD AN EXERCISE BUDDY THOUGH, IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:13:22 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 55 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing two official SP challenges. <BR> <BR> SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge (in week THREE) and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge (in week TWO) <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories wi... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:23:43 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:26 EST New here... Hello! I'm from North Dakota, and would like a buddy on here ... I had a lap band put in 5.5 yrs ago. I'm trying to get back on track and would love to have someone to bounce ideas off of, get in put, suggestions, thoughts, etc... Looking forward to hearing from you! :-) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:10 EST back here after being absent for two years Hi. Needing motivation and didn't know if there is or will be a group of sparks that is in the 91030 area or very near what I have searched up is not close. I will be moving this summer to that zip or very near that zip. Thanks Snifne Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:41:49 EST Struggling with shame and frustration Hello, I started Spark 3 weeks ago and am having a difficult time right now. I started out strong but last week I felt completely out-of-control with food. I ended up binging most days. I woke up today to see that in the past week I ended up gaining 5 lbs. I feel so defeated and frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> I'm in my mid 30s and have been on health and weightless programs my whole life. Right now I'm having such a hard time just not feeling completely embarrassed about my lack of cont... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:59:29 EST What is your goals how will you meet them? My name is Heather I'm young and weight is a problem in my family. I just recently joined spark and so far enjoy it very much. My goal is to lose 42 pounds. I want to exercise at least 5 days a week although I also would like to work out every day if Ii can manage to. I have tried to diet before and I thought about what might help me to actually be successful. I decided for myself I am going to take a picture of myself 1 time a week, and only weigh myself 1 time a week as well. I think for me... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:29:36 EST Greetings from An Excited Sparker I'm so glad to be on this journey with all of you. Let's encourage each other, reach our goals, and make new friendships. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:46 EST Sandi Ricks I am very excited to be starting this part of my life! In hopes that i will gain the motivation and friendships that will help keep the weight loss going. I am off to a good start but with a busy lifestyle with 3 boys my habits tend to be broken easily. I hope through this site I will be able to keep the pace. My husband is very supportive and I know that should be enough but he loves me regardless my weight. Please help my push and strive to meet my goals! <BR> <BR> Good Luck to ever... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:30 EST New & Confused So, I'm starting my lifestyle change with a doctor who is trying to figure out what foods I am sensitive to through a process ? called Applied Kinesiology. I don't know if it will work or not, but my brother and sister in laws have been going to this doctor for two years and she looks/feels great and he is off of all of his diabetic medicines - so whatever it is it's worth me giving it a try. <BR> <BR> I'm 51 and I haven't "felt good" in about 20 years or more. I have no energy, no desire t... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:52:50 EST New Need to lose 50+ pounds Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:13:26 EST New Here and Excited Hello, I'm am new to SparkPeople and am so excited about the opportunity to be able to change who I am, inside and out! Spent so many years taking care of everyone else and not me! I'm so out of shape! Began working out and realized how bad it is!!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> I live in Chicago with my husband and 1 Lab mix (We had 2 dogs and had to put my boy down 4 week ago- very Hard!!). These are the loves of my life!!! <BR> <BR> I see there is so much to learn and read, I'm a bit intimi... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:44:01 EST new I am back again, Its been a few years, but I look forward to the support and challenge Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:47:35 EST Hello from the UK Hi Everyone, <BR> I've just joined SP after trying to rejoin the tracking website I've used in the past and finding their subscription charges have doubled! in the last 12 months. So I've come here and I'm hoping you are all as friendly and helpful as the members on the site I used to use!? <BR> I have about 3 stone to lose (42lbs) to lose and need some help and encouragement to do it. <BR> Here's looking forward to "meeting" you all and helping each other out. <BR> PJ <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:51:15 EST Returning After Several Years Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have been happens and things get in the way, but I am determined to stick with this!! I am 51 and so far have joined 2 or 3 (I think) 50+ Teams tonight. So...I plan on getting my Spark back!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:27:39 EST Striving to be a better dad! I have a 5yr old daughter who is just starting to get active in sports and such. I want to be able to be there for her to play catch, run for fitness, and get outdoors for nature and sight seeing. <BR> <BR> I am 40yrs old and currently I weigh 224lbs and still loosing. Just 2 months ago I was at 246lbs. I hit a plateau and needed help with my diet and fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> My wife suggested and here I am. So far I have been tracking for a week. Seeing the info on my di... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:15:34 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy I'm going to be 27 in June. I had my first child last July. I am 5'8 and 250 lbs. I have tried over and over again to lose weight, and I can't manage to do it. I love JUNK food. I love going out to eat. I work of a very famous restaurant chain, and eat there 5 days a week. I've never been very active. I hate working out. I know I NEED to work out but I nee the motivation. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 3 years, he also over weight. Together we have gained 120 pounds ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:58 EST new to the program hi everyone. Just getting started..Recently found out i have type 2 diabeties. Diet exercise and carbs is hard for me. I am looking forward in making new friends and having help from others to met my goals. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:28:41 EST Starting over Again I'm trying to get myself back on a regular gym schedule. haven't been there in almost a year. My trainer is leaving me message to know if I'm ever coming back. Every day I tell myself I'm going back today. and then I get home and get Cold feet. All those training where you get weighted in and you sometimes don't even see the numbers on the scale move, and the trainer thinks you are just slacking or just shooting up MCdo when you're not at the gym. Anyways. I wanna do it again. problems surro... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:22 EST Looking for Spring and weight loss buddies Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am going to try this again with determination this time! I have about 60 pounds to lose and have finally overcome one of my terrible habits of drinking a lot of Pepsi. I am hoping to find someone to connect with for motivation and to root each other along. Let me know if you are looking for the same thing. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:25 EST just starting I do mainly walking and lifting at my job but I realize that I need to do more whole body toning and tightening. Any suggestions? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:51:31 EST Just beginning <em>29</em> There is so much information, any tips on what to focus on first? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:22:03 EST Day one Flat Belly Jump Start anybody doing this ? Hi, I looked at the Flat Belly community, do not see any one that is active. I completed Day 1 of 4 day menu. anybody doing this eating plan ? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:34:53 EST Taking it slow I have been in and out of Spark People. I leave, come back, leave, come back. This time I am taking it one day at a time. I am learning to love myself, little by little. I have turned to God, and my life is a whole lot better. Depression is gone, anxiety under contol. I feel a love of life never experienced before. Tomorrow, I join the gym with my wonderful Hubby, who loves me no matter what weight I am at. I will do this! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:59:34 EST Doctors Orders My new doctor is taking a proactive interest in my health. I have been overweight for a number of years and he wants me to lose weight. He would like me to lose 10-15 pounds in the next three months. I have used Spark on and off four about five years but I have always fallen off the wagon and gone back to bad habits. Today is a new day and I am going to take it one day at a time. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:52:23 EST Back Again After More Than 2 Years <em>524</em> I have been a member for several years; however, I had to drop for awhile. I have been exercising and logging my food for a couple of months. Recently, I got more serious about it. I had gained back what I had lost, but I am motivated to feel better and improve my health. I have a condition that has caused breathing problem; I am in therapy for my breathing. I am also working outside therapy to lose and get back my strength. Glad to be back! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 EST College student wanting to lose some weight! I'm Angelina, a college freshman in Wisconsin. I'm looking to lose some weight for next semester, but my overall goal is to lose at least 50 pounds. If you're interested in being weight loss buddies and keeping track of how each other is doing, feel free to message me, comment on my page, or reply to this topic! I'm looking forward to this weight loss journey with Sparkpeople! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:05:46 EST Rejoined with renewed determination I was just told by my doctor that I am pre-diabetic! Who knew? So, I feel I had better get back on that horse and try, try again. <em>39</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:22 EST Waves, Hi All Hey everybody I'm Karin and I joined last monthish and so far I'm really enjoying myself on here, But i could really use some friends who understand the wanting and needing to lose weight thing. So please stop by and say hi or whatever. <BR> Thanks Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:14:16 EST New and struggling... Hi All, <BR> I'm Sue, I live in Ocala, FL, 62 and have to lose 60 lbs...ugh! I have been on SparkPeople for 2 weeks and have lost 7 lbs. I have been diligently tracking all my food and exercise and have even stepped up the exercise. I got on the scale this morning and have gained a pound AND I'm retaining fluid as my hands are swollen...ugh! I'm not eating over my calorie limit and now I'm bummed. Any helpful ideas for me? Thanks! <em>24</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:11:30 EST New here -- looking for support. I am 34 and have started this weight loss journey to get in better shape for myself and my children. My starting weight 3 weeks ago was 282. That is the biggest I have ever been. I am limiting my calories and trying to exercise. I am open to any helpful tips. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:54 EST I'm new here Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm a 34 year old wife and mother. I have lived in the beautiful state of Oregon all of my life. I am a stay at home mom and my active kids keep me busy. Somewhere along the way, I forgot to take care of myself. I am now at a point in my life that I have to do something about my weight if I want to see my kids get married and start families of their own. I am not setting a very good example for my kids and I want to change <BR> <BR> I am looking for suppo... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:57:01 EST Hello All! I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but new to this section of it. My name is Lauren, and I feel that I was born to be an encourager! I'm here not only for myself, but to motivate others. I look forward to meeting all of you! <em>381</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:45:02 EST Day 1!!!! Hey all! My name is Danielle. I am 36 years old and have a one year old son. I am still 40 lbs over my goal weight. It has taken me a long time to start back with exercising due to an EXTENDED recovery time from my emergency c section! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food on my phone for the last week and today I started 30 day shred (again). I used to be able to do level 2 without a problem but level 1 killed me this morning!!! Thanks to all who will provide support and good luck ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:21 EST Just joined! very new to this but really want to change the way I eat and my activity level. I'm a widow am very happy I found this site. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:32:54 EST Hi! turned 44 and have some weight to lose Hi! I turned 44 at the beginning of the month and saw myself in a full length mirror and I am now determined to lose weight. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:13:59 EST On the journey I have been on the eating healthy and loosing weight journey for about 2 years. I never made it to my goal weight, but lost about 25 lbs and felt energized and good. In the last months I have slipped back into some old habits and need to kick start my way back. Although my weight is now in the normal range, I'd like to get in the mid part of that range, but more importantly gain more consistent healthy eating habits. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:11:16 EST Hello I am new I am just a university student trying to loss weight to become healthy again. I saw a picture of myself at a party and I hated how I looked so I decided enough was enough. I joined this site to have a support group and to hold myself accountable. All of the resources are awesome as well. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:10:17 EST New to Sparkpeople! Hi! I'm fairly new to Sparkpeople and I'm looking for people who are on the similar journey that I have started. Recently been told by the doctor that I have a few health problems (Elevated blood sugar and cholesterol, along with high blood pressure) that could be reduced by losing weight. So, here I am! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:49:25 EST Starting Nutrition Tracking and Have a Technical Q Hey, <BR> <BR> Does any one know how to delete something that is preset in the nutrition tracker? I need to delete "snack 2" so those calories can disburse over the 3 meals and 1 snack I am trying to track (per a nutritionist). I found the place where I can add meals but I can't find how to delete them. I tried emailing the SparkPeople Technical folks and kept getting an "error" message. How ironic! If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:42:09 EST New here ... 40 with 200+ pounds to lose HI <BR> <BR> My name is Tammy. I just turned 40 in January (still hate admitting that) I am a wife and mother of three. Its even harder to admit that I weight 415.7 pounds. A fact not even my husband knows. I wear a 6x in a shirt and a 4-5x in pants. <BR> <BR> I have set my first goals. My long term goal for now is to be 200 lbs by May 2016. My first short term goal is to get to 399 by Mother day 2014. <BR> <BR> I have tried loosing weight before but this time I have something to prove to... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:01:56 EST hello everyonne I am zen-girl and want to share my goals and be a part of a motivated team Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:48:33 EST Just getting started Hi. I am on a journey to be the best me I can be. At 195 pounds with high blood pressure I realize I need to commit to shedding some unwanted mass. I am a 51 year old senior in college. My field of study is health care related. The more I learn about healthcare the more I realize that I have to take responsibility for my own health if I want to enjoy my later years. I've started and quit so many weight loss strategies. I really want and need this one to be the plan that keeps me motiva... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:20:29 EST My story Hello everyone, my name is Kristin and I'm somewhat new to this website. I first used it several months ago, but didn't really stick to it. This time I'm here to stay, but I'm hoping I can find some people for emotional support. I had my first child in July of last year, and since then have had a hard time losing weight. Before I got pregnant, I had a very bad struggle with bulimia. I went to therapy and managed to break that habit, but gained so much weight during pregnancy as a result. I'm ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:40:44 EST Hello Everyone Really Excited to get Started... <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:35:58 EST Hello All Hey everyone, my name is Tammy and I am a 33 year old mother of four wonderful children. I just joined this page but I am really looking forward to being a part of this community. I am also looking forward to using this to help me lose the weight that I am trying to get rid of. Not only for this awesome contest we are having at work (hey $5000.00 is amazing motivation lol) but also for myself and my family. I look forward to getting to know people and getting advice from y'all. Thank you so m... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:47:11 EST Eager to lose weight Hello. This is my first time here. I have lost 14 pounds on my own but have begun to lose motivation. I'm hoping to use the features of this program to keep me motivated. My goal is to be healthy. I'm not sure how to use this website but I plan on searching throughout it every day a little more. <BR> <BR> Can someone tell me how to input my own recipes so I can calculate the calories? That way I can adjust my recipes to make them more healthy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:43:20 EST Excited and Nervous I am excited and nervous about my new journey. I have tried so many times to lose weight The most I ever lose was 25 pounds. then lose the motivation to continue. Then end up with that gained back with some more extra pounds. <BR> I do feel different about this program, It seems to have everything I need to do it. Other programs that I started in the past concentrated on weight. This programs has a diet regime that is easy to follow. a simple grocery list and other tools that I feel may help,... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:06:19 EST Hello :) I have been with spark people for a few years now. On and off diet. Recently I realised we can speak to other members. So hello!, <BR> <BR> I have always fought with my weight but last October, after looking at myself on the mirror I realised the time was now. Since then I have lost about twenty pounds. I have joined the gym and started exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> I would very much like to speak to other members. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:45:54 EST Hi everyone Hi, <BR> I have only been doing this for a few days, so I'm just getting started. Still learning my way around. But I must say what a great website. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:50:29 EST New and need to lose 30 lbs Hi, <BR> <BR> I just recently got engaged this month finally giving me the motivation I need to lose the 30 lbs I put on the past couple years. I am a typical yo yo dieter so I am hoping I can find a steadier route through this site. I am definitely nervous I won't be able to achieve my goal since I am a major foodie and just finishing up pastry school, so I am constantly around all the goodies. Hopefully this site will help me stay motivated and I will achieve my goal. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:33:35 EST Hi!! New here.... I am new to this site and trying to figure it all out. I lost 20 pounds last year and have gained that plus more back which is depressing but I am trying to get back into eating right and getting to the gym. I signed up for a 5k and although I am not a runner I am hoping to take baby steps in that directions so any tips will be helpful. Thanks!! Wish me luck! <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:12:47 EST HELP please-100 lbs to lose and need to start NOW I have been trying to motivate myself by reading weight loss success stories and I stumbled on this website. I am close to 50 years old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I would like to find a way to 'jump start' my weight loss journey and lose as much as possible in the next 2 months for a very special event. Is there a way to do this???? <BR> <BR> I have gained a lot of weight recently and I am miserable! My legs, knees, and feet hurt all the time, and it is very difficult for me to 'w... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:04:55 EST Is it finally enough? All the usual issues: lifelong weight struggle, sedentary job, high stress/low sleep, done this all before but it never sticks, etc. etc. But now I'm 42 y.o. and just added another 5 lbs onto my body in two weeks. I'm the heaviest I've EVER been and this will only get more challenging as the years add on. So enough. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:47:14 EST Trying again! Hi there folks. I have been away for three years and am back to try again. My weight goes up and down, my joints creak, and I am a total couch potato. Time for all that to change - one step at a time! Signing in is step one for me. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:42:49 EST Hello for the first time Hello, just recently started. brief history - stroke in 2007(weak left side) - became very sedentary - developed diabetes, obese (bmi-31+), elevated cholesterol and triglyceride's. have been dieting and exercising and doing well but i prefer to see quicker results -just have trouble facing the reality that it will take much longer now. also hoping to find more stroke survivor friendly activities that take into account weak side and balance issues. any help or suggestions greatly appreciated... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:49:56 EST Tried everything and the weight is not coming off For the past month i have been eating healthy. So i have two scrambled eggs for breakfast usually a salad for lunch and protein and veggies for supper. I have given up sugar, bread pasta and rice. I also have been working on the elliptical for 45 minutes a day and i have not lost a pound. I am thinking i cant give up much more or i will be starving. Does anyone have any saving advice as i feel like i am hitting my head against a brick wall. I want to give up because i am sore everyday for WHA... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:54:12 EST Back on track and feeling great! My name is Ali and I'm back with spark people with a renewed vigour and commitment! I did really well with this program last year and surpassed my goal by two pounds and was thrilled. Work stresses and poor habits sent me back to old habits of skipping breakfast, coffee and muffins and little or not fruit and vegetables. I have been back on the program for the past 3 weeks and cannot believe how truly better I feel. Much more clear headed and far greater energy. I started with the fast b... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:46:13 EST Goes Hand in Hand I joined a couple of years ago. Fantastic program, tons of support, I lost the weight I wanted to. I maintained it for a couple of years. February 2 2014 I QUIT smoking. The weight started to come back on, because I started to put whatever was within 2 miles into my mouth. Oh it was horrid. It seemed like I was eating 24 hours of every day/7 days a week. Ok this has to stop. I came back in, opened up my account, and its now making me accountable for what I am eating every day. I didn't wait u... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:08:53 EST This time is working I've tried Spark People before,but this time I really am determined to do it.I have to for my health.My first month I lost 23 LBs.I can see myself doing it this time.As they say one day at a time. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:52:02 EST help I have been struggling with trying to lose weight for majority of my life. I lose weight and then it decides to come back. I walk at least 1 mile a day and don't eat a lot of food. I do suffer from a thyroid condition. Does anyone have any suggestions Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:08:54 EST Wake-up call It's been a while since I've been on but I ignored my health for too long and ended up having a minor stroke on March 17. My unhealthy lifestyle finally caught up to me. The stroke was caused by high BP, High Cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes.Thankfully, I'm doing very well all things considered. Since being in the hospital I've completely changed my eating habits and have got my Blood sugar and BP under control, and have lost almost 20 lbs. Dr. is very happy with my progress. ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:22:39 EST Hello! Hi there! <BR> My name is Sammi and I'm new to this site. I was originally using MyFitnessPal, but wanted to try something new. This site seems to have so much more that you can track. I've struggled with my weight for years, and I'd like this time to actually be successful :) Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:24:22 EST Hey y'all And I'm back again. Oh well... first came here to lose 20 lbs, I was weighing 180 at the time. This morning I weighed in at 198.7... I really don't want to go over the 200 mark, ever.... so here I am again, planning my weekly menu, and looking at my schedule to fit in exercise, and feeling beat up by life. <BR> <BR> Well, previously I've tried to include those crazy work outs and long exhausting hikes to loose inches off my butt and get my flabby tummy hard... but after a while, I get so ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:59:46 EST Failed but back because I have started to lose it Hello Everyone. <BR> <BR> Very happy to be back. I failed last time, but I am back on track. Came here to motivate and be motivated because sometime we will need it. Well I am carrying the weight equivalent to my 2 kids a total of 90 pounds. that is like carrying my 6 yo and 8 yo in my back 24 h a day. <BR> <BR> I am tired of the overweight <BR> <BR> Hope to be here a long time. Luck to you all as well. lets try to stick to see ourselves living healthier Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:29:36 EST NEW HELLO NEW TO ALL THIS,BUT EXCITED TO JOIN. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:45 EST hi, here to make a change Hi, here to commit to taking care of myself and continue to work on my emotional eating and food addiction, I am 51 and have over 200 pounds to lose but today is about taking the first step in my journey and reaching out to the spark community, thank you! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:31:26 EST I'm diabetic and a "bad" patient I'm also a nurse. I would like to hear from others who are working on lowering their blood sugars as well as losing weight and increasing their exercise! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:21:30 EST New! finally got here Looking for people I know in real life and yes, I've forgotten the usernames! Loving the tracker! the OHLinda is Ohio Linda, not surprised Linda and the 1 is b/c I must have signed up once b4 with ohlinda :-) Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:18:01 EST birthday Good afterrnoon,one of my goals is to be 160 for my b-day may 28 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:08:08 EST I feel like I'm learning to drive a stick on a hil I think I joined this site shortly after it started, and here I am again. :-( Like that kid, I start, I move forward, I stop and then I start rolling backwards again. Before I know it, I'm halfway down the hill, rolling towards my original start point. So here I go again. I know what to do, I've only been at this weight loss thing for almost 15 years now, but I keep getting side tracked and falling off the wagon. I haven't figured out how this time will be different, other than I recently... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:04:52 EST Been away Working to stay on track with my health. I have gotten behind. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:41:29 EST Hello from the Southern Part of Heaven Hi fellow SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I am from North Carolina. I am new to SparkPeople and hope to be successful on my journey to get fit by my 40th birthday in July. I am a member at my local O2 Fitness and have a ball exercising. I hope to motivate others through my journey and be motivated by you all! Good luck on your journeys and take care. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:24:37 EST Frustrated I have been doing Weight Watchers for 2 years and lost a total of 25 pounds and have now about gained it all back I am currently trying another approach...I tend to get to a 20lb lost and my body just comes to a halt!!! So frustrating any suggestions?? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:58:05 EST Hello from Sacramento Hello everyone! I am starting a new journey of health and well being. I just beat a rare cancer and look forward to a life of positive actions. I wish you all good health and each day filled with joy. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:57:04 EST Dreams in Reach! Complete weight-loss has always been an elusive dream for me...I lose 20-40 pounds and that's it. I either re-gain all + some, or just stay at that weight. My highest weight was 280ish, and my lowest 195. This go-around, I want to realize my dreams of being fit, healthy, and beautiful with a goal weight of 140. <BR> <BR> Hello! :) Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:55:03 EST Hey ya'll! I am so ready to make a change!! I am 53 years old and having my 35th high school reunion in August. I live in Texas so it will be really hot by then I want to attend and feel good about myself not fat, hot and depressed. I need to lose about 65 pounds to be ideal but I will be satisfied with 40 or so by reunion time. I now have Type 2 diabetes and high bp and cholesterol. I am basically a mess. I really need support and encouragement! Any suggestions on getting over my carb addiction would be helpful. I am ready for this jo... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:52:26 EST So Fed Up With Being Fed Up!!! Ok, so I have been registered member of SparkPeople for nearly 3 years, but have never really connected with anyone or committed to doing anything. I try to get started, go pretty well for about a week or two...and then life happens. I am now 59 years old, work full time, direct a church choir, serve on church leadership teams, help my 88 year old mother--who just moved in with us last November-- help our three 25-32 year old sons with various things (nothing huge), and be available on occasi... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:22:28 EST starting over again, using fitbit now Hello all, I have been here for a while, it is hard when I don't have anyone to be motivated with locally. Would love to workout with someone, I am married and going to be 47 years old today. I would love to be able to go to Jamaica with my husband in August and lose at least 20 lbs to fit into a great bathing suite. Ladies, need walking buddies and I have a gym membership to blink, so please let me know Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:00:00 EST Getting my life back I gained ALOT of weight when I went through breast cancer treatment. I am looking to lose it but the doctors tell me it will be slow going and the weight will not come off like it would for a "normal" person. This is a little intimidating but going to give it my all for my children and husband. I will need all the support I can get! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:57:41 EST I want to be a runner... again. I am 28, and before my two girls 6 years ago I used to run 4 miles a day, without fail. Now, 25 lbs heavier and much more inactive, I am struggling finding the time to workout and have found myself dreading to run since I feel so out of shape. Today, I am going to begin my commitment to change my life for the better. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:49:30 EST Ready for a successful year Greetings and salutations! <BR> <BR> I'm 44 years old, single mom with 2 boys that needs to lose a good 50 pounds! After shopping for clothes this week for my new job, I REALLY saw how much weight I had gained. Snacking and portion control are life long struggles for me. Here's to the beginning of a great journey! I am determined to stick with this and not throw in the towel whenever I "blow it" - Jen Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:55 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:24 EST Hello Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Well I've taken the first step and registered with SP in the hope that this will be the ONE. You know, the ONE where weightloss finally stays off. I've done other diets, and had good results, but ultimately and slowly it has crept back on with interest! So here I am today full of hope and anticipation. Not sure what I'm going to do different this time, and I'm a little confused about that! Motivation could be a problem when it comes to exercise - I usually start of... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:13:25 EST busting weight loss plateau Hi <BR> <BR> I am Neeraja from Chennai. I am new to this forum. I want to break my weight loss plateau. I use Jillian's BFBM and NMTZ on alternate days. My inches are dropping but my scale doesn't. Pls advise. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:45:58 EST Nancy Watson Evans I am fairly new to Spark People but I love it. I am a born again Christian, attend Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon CA. My pastor is David Jeremiah who some of you may know through Turning Point MInistries. I have been attending that church since 1962 when Tim LaHaye was Pastor there. I have high cholesterol and need to lose weight and get my cholesterol within the normal range. I was on a statin but my muscles ached so I went off the medicine. I am working also with a nutritionist so that ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:13:59 EST Need to break sugar addcition! Hello! I am a fit, active, 37 year old female who used sparkpeople to lose 70 pounds 6 years ago. I have not gained any of the weight back, but I have developed a bad habit over the years, sweets! I cannot just stop at one or 2 cookies, I have to have 10! Sugar is like an addiction for me! I do not drink soda or juice, I only drink water, lots of it, I eat decent meals, lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, poultry. I am extremely active, I power walk 6 miles every single day,... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:20:18 EST Greetings from the Heartland Hello, I am Mara. I am Spark People's new kid on the block tonight. I am very motivated to losing weight, and getting control back of my health. I was recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetic two weeks ago, and my doctor also thinks I have sleep apnea. I am undergoing a sleep lab test in two weeks. I honestly cannot let my situation get any worse. I have had enough. <BR> A RD at the hospital said that every day I need to be eating around 45 carbs per meal and 15 carbs a snack. I have read s... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:21:21 EST "I think I can..." Hi! My name is Peg. I will be 60 years old this winter. I have been married over 30 years and we are still in love. I have four adult children and eight grandchildren (7 girls!). I teach Public Speaking at a local university and I love it! This past year has been rough. I lost my sigmoid colon, gall bladder, and had a full hysterectomy because of some tumors that decided to have fun without my permission. Good news is I am doing very well. Bad news is, my "chubby forever" has become morbid o... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:14:31 EST New Spark... Hello, all! I'm new to the SparkPeople community and just wanted to introduce myself. I've tried the weight-loss thing many times over the years with varied success. For the first time, I'm totally committed and know that it's going to work long-term. I'd like to lose a couple of pounds a week, but if it doesn't happen that quickly, I'm ok with that. I understand that slow is usually better in the long run anyway. I'm looking forward to the support that comes from a community of like-minded p... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:54:17 EST Here we go Here I am taking some time effort and love and spending it on me. Now I just need the "stick to it ness" and follow through to get to my happy place. I want to be a better me and better to myself. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:44:03 EST Never giving up on me again!! Hey ya'll. I'm Angie. 38 y.o. divorced single mom of 2 ( ages 16 & 20) . I also have a one year old grand daughter who is the light of my life and alot of the reason I am here. I want to get healthy. I want to watch Paislee grow up. I want to show her how to make healthy choices!! I am looking forward to all the inspiration and motivation you all have to offer. Please feel free to add me as a friend!!! <BR> <BR> xoxo- angie Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:26:02 EST My reflection isn't pretty and I know.. that's depressing sounding.. but the reality of the situation is that I'm fat. I need to change. I know I feel better at a healthier weight. I know I feel better when I eat healthier foods. So why don't I just do it?? <BR> <BR> Well.. I'm giving it another go. I'm motivated to at least try again and for today, that's enough. Today I will make a shopping list for fruits and veggies. I will find 3 new recipes on ths SparkPeople site and make them this weekend. Baby steps will get... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:05:38 EST Hey there I'm focused on fitness and health in 2014, and beyond! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:55:31 EST So glad to be here! <em>213</em> Hello Everyone!! My name is Debbie and I found this site this morning and thought....WOW, what a wonderful idea. I live in a town near Cleveland Ohio, so I'm REALLY REALLY looking forward to warmer weather! I'm married, no kids, just a little doggie who I think of as my child. <BR> I have a heart pacemaker and I'm a stay at home wife for the last 4 years. Looking forward to loosing more weight and feeling better emotionally and physically. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:41:33 EST It has to be for me I'm Beckie, just turned 50 years old and know that I need to do this for me. I live in South Carolina with my husband of 32 years, we have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren and another on the way, and are working on building our dream after 30 years as an Air Force family. <BR> Weight and fitness have always been an issue for me, as a busy wife, mom and Nana, I tend to put everyone else's needs above my own. Three years ago I started a journey and did very well, initially...then, 9 months... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:04:03 EST Hello from San Diego Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Tiana and I just joined this site. I'm looking for support. I recently decided to end my 20 year relationship with food, but it has been a struggle. The past month I've eaten clean and exercised hardcore everynight with barely any results. I don't know if I can handle this emotional journey. The constant agony and letdown everytime I hop on the scale. <BR> <BR> My highest weight was 356. I'm down to 262, but I still have so much more to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm e... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:18:44 EST Like-minded Hey! I'm new to Sparkpeople and just looking to connect with people who assist others with their fitness goals, need assistance, like to discuss self-improvement both physically and mentally, and everything in-between! :p Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:07:21 EST Rejoining Sparks Hi this is the first of many messages I will type. My name is Dianne and I have struggled with my weight for over five years, or longer. When I get stressed out or depressed I eat all the wrong foods and I know it. Then feel bad for eating things that I know are not good for me, like smoking. which I need to quit too., but right now I am focused on losing the weight. Five years ago I was in this weight lose program and really worked at losing successfully,30 lbs. I was so proud of myself, but... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:52:50 EST Total newbie here... I'm new here. I'm a fitness nut and have always been. I lost all my hearing in both ears in 2008 and wanted to give up on life. Being no fun anymore made my friends all leave. Music was my life. The family I had who loved me all died within 2 years. I'm an only child. Any family'/ others in my family turned their backs. My condition too depressing for them to bear. I turned agoraphobic and inward. <BR> <BR> I decided I want to live and have found the online community to be an equalizer since... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:38:07 EST I'm back again... again. I did really well for about a year and a half, lost over 110 lbs. and was feeling so good that I thought I'd move closer to work so I would have an extra hour or so a day back. What I didn't realize was that closer to work meant that I would see those people more often. I'm not a social person, so I actually became a bit more withdrawn. Except of course for my friend who lives a couple miles away. Which of course meant more meals together, dining out somewhere instead of my planned out meals.... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:40:31 EST Hello I've started this journey 10 days ago. I've already had a setback. My Sister-in-law, my best friend, passed away on Tuesday. Can't find the gumption to get out and walk. Feeling depressed. The good thing is I don't overeat when I'm sad, I just make bad choices. I just need a hug. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:20:09 EST This is MY Time!!!! Hi! My name is Stephanie and this is MY TIME!!! I AM going to lose the 20 pounds I need to and get fit!!! I live in Arkansas and hope to make some friends to encourage me along the way. I am excited about this community!!!! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:27:25 EST Hi! I've been doing this awful weight yo-yo for about ten years. I've reached one of my highest weights, and I'm just sick of this lifestyle. I'm usually pretty good about watching my weight and getting back on track. But, on top of an out-of-control holiday season, I quit smoking in January. Since, I picked up 10 pounds. But, I swore that no matter what, I wasn't going back. <BR> <BR> This year, I want to turn it around for good. I know what it takes to get the weight off, I just need to keep ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:14:42 EST starting over Severe knee problems Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:53:13 EST Return of Graves or over medicated Hi, I'm new here soooo very glad to have found this board. I was diagnosed with graves about 15 years ago and had rai. Which in return made me hypothyroid. I have been on Synthroid since then . My weight has fluctuated over the years, but last year I got real serious and became vegan and lost about 120 pounds.&#956;y doctor kept me on 200 mcg if synthroid never changing my dose for whatever reason even though thyroid medicine is fat solluble. Just a few weeks ago I started having symptoms of ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:45:10 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> I am ready to start my weight loss journey finally. I realized when I took family pictures that it was time. I knew I needed to lose weight, but I was truly embarrassed to see myself. I have never felt like that before. I have a long hard journey ahead of me. I know that if I don't do something, I will not be around long enough to see my kids grow up and start families of their own. <BR> Now I just have to have the will power to say no to only hobby. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:42:51 EST SAYING OUT OF MY WHEEL CHAIR Hi new here, was in a wheel chair for 5 years, been out of it for 2 years now with help of a total knee replacement and a lot of physical therapy. Still need my other knee done and shoulder done, but want to lose more weight before doing so. In pain every day from Fibromyalgia and Degenerate bone disease. But have a great attitude and gone to start to get in better shape. Would love to have some friends while doing so. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:20:25 EST New to Spark HI, I'm 66 years young and for an old lady quit healthy, I need to lose this weight so that I can stay healthy for my grandchildren. Need all the help I can get. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:34:44 EST Hi, I'm new (first day today) I lost over 100 lbs. with WW and gained almost all of it back. Now I am starting over: I am getting a physical and seeing a dietician soon. I am very excited about changing my life for the better and hope to make new friends here too. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:49:08 EST Bonjour Hello <BR> I have been using Sparkpeople for a few weeks and am really pleased with the results. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose and a few health problems to solve. This site is really helpful in making the shopping and meal planning so easy, now just to get my metis French Canadian recipes to work for me. LOL <BR> <em>636</em> <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:35:44 EST Starting Over... Again. Here I am again... 60lbs overweight. <BR> 4 years ago I started my journey to lose 85lbs. I did AMAZING until my hysterectomy almost 2 years ago. I got so close I could taste it!!! only 3 lbs to go!!!! but I never did it :''( My body changed, I changed. I didn't have inside me what i did before. And I lost my best friend along the way who was my super supportive partner to get me moving. I feel crippled without her. I don't know how to do this on my own, but I need to find a way. <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:54:29 EST Introducing Myself Hi I'm Ashley I was currently diagnosed with a thyroid issue and PCOS which my doctor said both would hinder me in weight loss I really feel like I don't have a good support system so looking for new weight loss friends that I can talk to and help support each other on our goals to a better us. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:07:26 EST Back to basics/starting over Hi sparks people. Im rejoining and starting at step one to insure the full effect this time. After 2 years and gaining about 20 more pounds I knew I had to get back to fitness and eating healthy. Spark people has the best site so naturally it would be you I'd go thru my lifestyle change with. I look forward to getting into the challenges and working with my teams. Thanks for being patient with me and congrats to all of you who have been sticking with your goals. Have a blessed day. :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:06:02 EST From South Africa Hi I am from SA and have joined SparkPeople and so far am really enjoying tracking my eating and exercise. The only problem is that SA does not have many of the foods that are listed and analysed on SP, so almost every item has to be researched and added - a bit of a pain. <BR> However, I am 69 years old and am very involved in photography, especially flower close-ups, macro and wild life. <BR> <BR> I am over weight and intend to loose about 15kg this year - a tall ask, but I must do it for ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:51:36 EST cleaning the Kitchen QUESTION: I want to rid my kitchens of foods I should not have. Where do I <BR> start? <BR> DETAILS: I want to have a more healthy kitchen, (ingredients, staples.) I have <BR> no idea where to start and what all to remove. I am a single person, and know I <BR> must remove foods . My worst times to eat is at night after a very long day at <BR> work. <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:27:13 EST Bound and Determined to get it right Looking for a place to be honest about my weight loss. I'm 52 and need to lose 40lbs. How can I create a weekly meal plan I can live with? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:09:29 EST Gastric Sleeve and Hashimoto's Hello! I am so thrilled to have found this site and hope to learn from others as they may possibly learn from me. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a little over two years ago but have no doubt it was been with me quite a while wreeking havoc on my cholestrol, causing me to go into early menopause with hot flashes that would be constant and quite exhausting. I am sure my bilateral carpal tunnel had Hashi's written all over it!!! Thankfully the surgery has decreased the pain but left me wit... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:45:11 EST Getting in shape for my wedding Hi! I am Lindsay from Virginia... I am a little late joining Sparkpeople but I am working to get a little more in shape for my wedding. <BR> <BR> The dress fits and I am fairly happy with my body right now but I just want to get healthier for the wedding especially since I know I will be eating and drinking a lot on my all inclusive honeymoon haha! <BR> <BR> I am still learning all the tricks to this site and how to input everything but I am really excited to get started!! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:55:44 EST hi, looking for "get in shape" pals and gals I used to climb run hike cycle to work... to eat only salad or soup for dinner and sleep 9-10 hours ... then I meet a guy who cooks French Cuisine, we moved in we had to lovely kids and... here I am 17 kilos heavier, out of shape and demotivated - I definitely need help! he doesn't get weight and still is in shape and doesn't understand why for me it's not the same. well... we're not all the same aren't we? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:59:06 EST Arizona Made~ Hello just wanted to introduce myself! <BR> I'm Louisa from Arizona! 30 year old single mom I work grave yards so my life is sort of flipped! I'm just out to just get fit and be one super hot mom.... <BR> Lots of work to do! <BR> Please feel free to add me as a friend! <BR> My work outs include everything from zumba to hiking.. <BR> I go to the gym 3 times a week ALSO... I currently am trying to perfect my squat and trying to get into plyometrics. <BR> <BR> Any tips or advice is apprecia... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:38:16 EST new to the fitness family hi everyone. my name is leslie. i'm new to the healthy living/fitness lifestyle. it started because my roommate decided to go on a diet, and i felt terrible for having a pizza around when i knew she couldn't have it. so i decided to join her in eating healthy. today is my 7th day of healthy eating. i've also incorporated exercise into my daily routine. i'm happy to say that in 7 days i haven't cheated a single time despite literally dreaming about taco bell! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:32:17 EST I am getting started Hello to my new family of supporters. I have just started with sparks people and I am excited. I have really gotten pumped up. I am in my second day. I have hit all my goals. I think the site is amazing. I have decided that I want to be healthy so I can set out to do what God has in store for me. I have been ignoring all the health problems cropping up and expecting God to fix it . Guess what this is my baby. I created the problem now it is time to own up to what I have done to my self and k... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:32:49 EST 2nd time around and feeling defeated Hey everyone, <BR> About 4 yrs ago, I was on an incredible journey and lost 83 lbs. After that, I quit smoking and stopped working out regularly and eating right and have gained back 70 of it....That alone is hard to handle but now, trying to do this again, living a better life for me and my family (no diet, just better choices), I am feeling overwhelmed and constantly reminded of my failure. It's hard to know what I once was and how I can't do the things I used to do. I am having a hard ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:54:20 EST hello from finally sunny Florida New to sparks people and have to say I'm loving it. Still trying to figure all the features out but it really does help. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:54:17 EST hello from de hello I am from Delaware. I have battled the war over my weight and body and I lost. My body is telling me to lose weight. and I am finally listening to my body. I am also looking for a weight loss buddy. I am 41 and female. I don't know if this is the right way to go about doing this but I think I need the extra support, more information is on my spark page. Just joined spark people 4 days ago. Kind of hesitated to post on the message boards. Kind of feel better now that I did. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:16:41 EST Hello from NC Hi, my name is Shari. I have been trying to get healthier after a heart attack a few years back. I stopped smoking, reduced stress and have lost 60 lbs. I still have about 85 lbs to go and needs some accountability. I have hit a plateau and am trying to shake it off. I thought a fresh start on a site like this would help. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:31:49 EST hello hello my name is Mechelle. I am a health and wellness coach. I am here to inspire and be inspired, so let me know how I can support you. <BR> <BR> cheers to your health Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:08:39 EST Hello :) Im sophie, I live in the UK and after moving in with my long term boyfriend i have put on a stone after not being comfortable with my weight before, but I am going on holiday in September and I have decided this summer I dont want to be wearing jeans. <BR> Im just looking for some motivation and tips and advice really to push my to do it. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:24:27 EST hi there Hi there, . I have some weight to lose. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends. :) Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:45:50 EST Climbing back on the wagon Hello everyone. My name is Jennifer and I love to eat and I'm not particularly fond of exercise. I've always been on the "chubby" side but when I was 19 I had a life altering vehicle accident. I broke my lower leg, requiring a metal plate and screws. While recovering from that, I got pregnant with my first child. That was the beginning of my downward spiral to obesity. After about 5-6 years after giving birth, I finally struggled back to 175ish pounds. Then, I got pregnant again. This... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:14:58 EST Hey! Hey everyone, my name is Jennifer and I just joined today. I have a very supportive family but none are overweight so itsreally hard for them to relate sometimes! Just looking for friends who might be going through the same things I am and hoping we can motivate each other! I love to read, like to do anything outdoors. Love to cook so any recipies would be great! I have 3 kids and a loving husband. Hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:34:55 EST starting over Hello, I am back again, I first signed up several years ago and never really followed through with this program. I had lapband surgery 4 years ago and it was successful; however, during these long winter months I managed to put on some extra pounds. I am now going to use this venue to help me get back on track and lose those unwanted extra pounds. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:15:26 EST Hello all! New to this site but not to the weight loss journey. I am 26 years old and mother of 3 beautiful girls! I am trying to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off. I have lost weight in the past but not because of healthy ways. I am trying to slim down and get in better shape to keep up with my girls. We are planning a big trip this summer and I would love to be able to be more active and keep up with my family. I am 5'3 and 206 lbs. I would love to get down to 165 and be in shape. I am look... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:40:52 EST Oh BOY!!!! Here I am.. All 200 pounds of me..Started today .. I want to be thin again..At my age 64, this weight keeps piling on,cause I don't overeat !! LOL LOL!! Now that the nice weather is here I would like to start walking. A friend of mine started couple of months ago & she looks terrific lost 20 plus pounds. Going to follow the program for now by just logging on the food. This is a start for me .. <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:34:48 EST hello Re-starting with sparkpeople - could use any support/advice you want to give. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> (: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:09:25 EST Marianne, S. Florida, Career Dieter!!!!!!! Hi all... I say I am a career dieter because I go up and down over and over. I had gastric bypass surgery 7 years ago and lost 113#, but over the last 3 years, I have put back on 44 of it. I am trying to stop the cycle. So, one of the things I really have never tried are the message boards and am wondering how these boards have helped. I am a single woman, so keeping on track is a lonely proposition. I guess I am looking for support and ideas from all of you.... I am actually foll... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:44:44 EST looking for support Hi, I am a mom of 3 and a grandma of 5, and I am morbidly obese. I have high cholesterol and I am diabetic. I have tried diet after diet, I lose weight then I go back to my old eating habits and gain it plus more back. I am tired of being overweight. I don't have the support at home, I struggle day to day with my eating habits. Its not that I eat a lot, I just like everything that's not healthy for me. I am looking for support to help me gain the will power I need in my weight loss. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:06:09 EST Hello from Colorado Hi, <BR> I am 47 . I have one son who has a family and has given me 2 wonderful grandkids. <BR> I live in Colorado and work full time. I am married to an incredible man who is very supportive. <BR> I have been on and off diets since I was about 14. I just want to be heathly and comfortable in my own skin. :) <BR> I signed up for the Rookie Running program. I have always wanted to run a 5K so that is a goal. I also think that low carb eating makes alot of since to me and I think that should be... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:49:05 EST hi im new I need lots of support to stick to plan, <em>39</em> not happy with weight sometimes depressed when I think about it. I stress eat and the hardest time is at night time. maybe someone knows something healthy I can snack on and not feel the effects the nest morning? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:46:55 EST hello from the UK Hi I'm Emma from England. I've just joined here in the hope of loosing this stubborn last stone. I've so far gone from 215lbs to 150lbs. Its been a hard struggle but I'm getting there. Would love to meet new people for support and friendship. Please feel free to ask me any questions. X Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:40:06 EST Trying for a new me My name is Kim and I am just starting on my actual journey. Downloaded the app a long time ago and never used it. Time to get my butt in gear and get healthy for myself. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:19:18 EST back and ready to do go hello everyone, I am back and ready to make the lifestyle changes that is needed. I look forward to meeting new friends and the support during this journey will be appreciated. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:39:59 EST hello from Manila Hi, to everybody!I am a 56 years old guy,happily married with two beautiful daughters.I worked as a ship fitter on board cargo vessels with world wide destinations for 20 years.2 years ago,I was diagnosed with coronary artery diseases and undergone angioplasty twice.Now,I stay at home since my family don't want me to work overseas again.I feel better now.I do walking and cycling everyday as my excercises.I want to lose weight and that's my goal.At present,my weight is 163 lbs.I want it to be... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:09:33 EST *insert something witty here* Hi Well, I have been on this official journey for maybe 3 years and I am currently at my smallest! Things curve in! My clothes are lose, but i still have a ways to go since my smallest is still over 200 pounds and I am only 5'8. So my first mini goal is getting under 200 for the first time since primary school. Some days are better than others specially since I am in University in China! Long story, thanks for reading looking forward to the support! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:30:22 EST Hello Hi, I'm a 40 something mom who is on the verge of being an empty nester. I've been yo-yoing for the past too many years and it's time to stop! I'm here to move forward and not look back. <BR> For the first time in 21 years I have time to my self, for myself, with my youngest being 17. I have about 80 lbs to loose. I know it won't happen overnight, but I know I need to just start and stick with it once and for all, and just loose the weight. <BR> I'm a person that needs accountability and... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:47:55 EST Not exactly a newbie I joined Spark a few years ago, my weight has been more up than down and I know that once I commit to doing this, I have found a site that will defiantly help me to achieve my goals. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:58:06 EST The nutrition plan format - too complicated Adjusting the menu, adding items, etc. is just too difficult and time consuming. It is easier to do it manually on paper and to do the calculations instead of looking for items to add to the possible items I might eat. I am slow at handling this and it is so much of a brain strain. I'm going to have to bow out. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:52:47 EST Hello from North Dakota Hi. Somehow I ended up at 213#; down to 193#; and back to 207#. My bp was around 150/90 and above while being on blood pressure meds. <BR> <BR> In the last six weeks, I've changed my eating habits; abstained (mostly) from alcohol and started exercising.. <BR> <BR> I'm now at around 194 to 195. <BR> My bp has been in that 120/60ish..and that's after my doctor took me off meds. <BR> <BR> My bmi (I'm told) says I should be 173# but that seems kind of light to me. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:38:25 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:40 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST Hi, Newbie here Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself.. I'm Jennie and I have about 65-70 more lbs to lose and I have hit a wall. I have twins born 2010 & a singleton born 2011 and after giving birth to him I was at the heaviest I ever have been. I'm 5'11" but then weighed 324 lbs and I'm currently at 247 lbs, so yes I've come a long way but I have not been able to get under 243 since June 2013, I'm just stuck and looking for advice so thought I'd give this a try. <BR> <BR> Thank you & lookin... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:09:53 EST I'm back again ... need advice. Hi y'all. I'm back again and I've decided to try to do WW on my own. I have a really old points finder so I'm using that instead of points+. I don't want to spend any extra money by going to classes or joining online. Is anybody here doing the new points+ system and if so, is there a way to use SparkPeople to help with this? Thanks much for any replies. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:04:33 EST Needs Motivation Hi. My name is Teri and I am 27 years old. I am not happy with they way I have been unhealthy the last couple years. I have signed up for my first 5k in May excited and nervous at the same time. Looking for support to help me loose extra weight that I have put on and motivation for my 5K. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:31:41 EST Finally, I am back for good. Hi there, <BR> I have been a member for several years, but just keep falling out of good habits. Sticking with it is my problem; emotional eating; stress; eating rather than sleeping when tired, and a really sweet tooth. <BR> I am a mum, work full time, happily married (lucky me). <BR> I weigh 250lbs, and I want to lose 80lbs to take me back to a confident, healthy weight. <BR> I'm going to be 50 this summer - time to ditch the weight that has dogged me since age 10. All those years of fa... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:07:28 EST So many options... I'm coming back to Spark after a 2 year hiatus. I'm so glad I decided to check it out again and it's gotten much better!! I feel very overwhelmed by all the different ideas floating around out there. If you have any advice to reel me in, I would greatly welcome it!! I'm very confused by diet and exercise both. How many calories should I consume? Is it food quality and listening to your body that is better then counting calories? I feel that could get me into trouble fast! What workouts will w... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:38:51 EST Hello :) I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:24 EST Today is the first day of the rest of my life! Having had leg surgeries that have "crippled" me in the past few years, I have decided to not only shed that mindset, but the extra weight and pain that I experience in my legs and body every day. <BR> <BR> I joined a small fitness center at a local senior center today. Once I am healthier, I will be able to walk there and back every day, an added bonus. I also felt joining something close to home will take away the "it's too far to drive" excuse. <BR> <BR> I walked in experiencing great ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:20:10 EST 200 to lose looking for friends I have 205 lbs to lose and I'm looking for friends with large amounts to lose to share stories and rough days.... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:12:18 EST Hello Hello, I am 26 years-old and new to SparkPeople. I am really trying to get healthy and lose weight the healthy way. I have tried for years to lose the weight I have gained after having my baby 6 years ago. It has been really hard seeing my weight increase the way it did. I just want to be able to grab anything out my closest and just throw it on and not have to worry bout it being too small. I am trying to use SP to help me make better choices when it comes to eating and being able to learn h... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:04:07 EST Sometimes you can't make it on your own... Hello! I'm Jessica, a 32 year old mother of 1, and wife to the greatest man alive. I started on SP last July and lost 15 lbs during the three months that I gave SP my all. Well, life kind of got in the way, I strayed from SP, gained 8 lbs back, then lost 10 lbs with the 21 Day Fix program, and I have now come to the conclusion that I don't like life without the camaraderie of the SP community. I look forward to catching up with past SP friends, and making new ones!! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:42:29 EST I'm new Hey ya'll. I'm Angie . Single divorced Mom to 2 kids who are age 20 & 16. I have a one year old grand daughter, also. I have been over weight my entire life. I just want to be happy and healthy.. Its not going to be easy. But I am worth it!! Please add me as a friend!! I need all the motivation I can get! Nice to meet ya'll!!! <BR> <BR> xoxo-Angie Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:35:07 EST Looking to meet people Hello SP world, <BR> My name is Sarah. I came back to SP after about a year. I joined last year and was very successful at losing weight and tracking what I ate. I lost about 20 lbs but had to stop working out because of a foot injury. I gained all that back which makes me very sad. <BR> <BR> I am determined to lose the 20 lbs PLUS a lot more. I am looking for people that have the same motivation as me and want to make friends. <BR> <BR> I have 3 children, 1 girl and 2 boys. I have ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:56:38 EST Hello I'm determined to make this a new start. I'm over 40 and do not want to be a heart attack waiting to happen! Received some results today re: health and need to change my diet to change that blood work. I'd love to lose weight along the way, but really need to be as healthy as possible. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:47:02 EST Hello All! Just wanted to introduce myself. I am here to find support, recipes and new exercises to lose the last 75 lbs. I have already lost about 110 lbs but have been stuck at my current weight for the last year or so. I'd like to finish what I started! :) A little about me, I play guitar and I am in a band. I love to read books and write poetry/lyrics. I also paint and sketch when I have the time. I work in medical but I hope to soon be making music full time. I'd love to be able to have as much ene... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:41:00 EST Everything All At Once Everything in my life seems to be happening all at why not start trying to lose weight, right?!? LoL <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to graduate from law school, my family is preparing for a cross-country move, and I will soon be looking for a job. <BR> <BR> I've tried SparkPeople before but just couldn't get into it. I'm hoping this time it sticks. <BR> <BR> This week, I'm focusing on changing my eating habits (for the most part) and trying to get in a 20 minute walk each day. ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:35:08 EST Looking for Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Mia! Full-time working mom to a one year old little boy. I definitely let pregnancy get the best of my body. After reaching my highest weight ever when I delivered my son of 250lbs I'm now here to correct this once and for all. I currently have already lost 53.6 pounds and have another 50 to go! I can't even myself believe that when this is all said and done I will have lost over 100lbs. Why do we do this to our bodies?! I personally just love food, but I h... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:33:37 EST I am NEW...again Hello everyone, I am new .....again as I have been on here in the past.....2008. I am 49 yrs young, starting weight 182, I do 30 min treadmill daily, P90X workout-(weights), after 7 days I am now 179. I seem to have a problem with the calorie intake limit, (have not reached the minimum yet) strange....... Any way, that me and am open to any suggestions and will be happy to help anyone if I can.....Have a great day and good weight loss and fitness to all... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:31:55 EST Hello! I am Back! Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have been here before. Glad to be back. I first started with the spark in 2011 when I got on the <BR> scale on my birthday and saw it very very close to 200 pounds ! I looked at it, in disbelief, and said This WILL Stop Today! It did. I started charting my food, exercise, and goals. I had to do something! <BR> At 5' 3" I was tired, hurting, and just not happy. <BR> I tried lots of options...... <BR> The thing I love about Spark People, is the knowledge t... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:23:28 EST I am ready to be REBORN!!! Hey, my name is Angela, I am 28 yrs old, very down to earth, and free-spirited. I love the outdoors and being one with nature. I am reinventing myself in so many ways. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. I have been through a lot in my time already and with that I have finally made some connections. I have finally realized what the purpose of life is and how I want to live it to the max. And in order to do that I have to change my eating habits, and start exercising on a regular basis. I c... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:09:33 EST Time to Make a change Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I am new to Spark people. I started this weight loss journey back in 2012, I was 210 lbs and over time I dropped down to 150 which was very close to my goal. In October of 2013 I began having some unknown heart and blood pressure problems. This forced me to stop working out, They finally put me on a medication and it has been murder of my metabolism. On top of that, I had surgery in December of 2013 and was unable to do anything for almost 8 weeks! I am... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:25:57 EST round number I don't know LOL It's been about 2 yrs since i was last on here LOL.... My doctor put me on a prescription for a short while ..I am so ready..Food is not my enemy but trying to learn what i really need to eat each day i don't know where to start i eat in moderation, i know to stay away from soda and junk and drink that water....and calories and counting and me do not get along well :( Tue, 8 Apr 2014 04:26:13 EST Back in Action and Not Afraid of the Finish Line I am back to Spark People. Again. However, this time, a new person and ready to finish this horrible roller coaster ride I have been on. It is indeed true that if you keep doing what you've always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten. I have been going through some major changes in my life over the last year; mentally, physically, emotionally, professionally and every other "ally" I can think of. I am over being scared of things changing. I am a firm believer that it is nev... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:37:58 EST Hey there! I 'm 33 year old single mom working full time and being a full time parent and trying to put myself through school. I put myself on the back burn too much. But now I am ready to put in some "me' time. That is why I have started my journey to losing weight so that I can be happy with who looks back at me in the mirror <em>334</em> . I have lost 12 lbs since starting my journey March 1,2014. I hope to continue and be successful in my weight loss. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:24:12 EST New kid on the block Wanting to become an old kid on the block. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:59:01 EST Newbie here! Hi! I'm Ashley and just began my fitness journey today. I've completed Insanity and the 24 day challenge from Advocare but didn't stick with it. I'm graduating next month and have a 5K coming up in June and really need to get back into how fit I was because I gained 45 lbs back after I lost 30 last year. I want to be healthy again and am ready to go! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:39:32 EST What's up SP! Time to get busy. My name is Josh and I weight 260 pounds at just 5'7. I love sports and use to be the best athlete in my class all they way up through Jr High. My weight gain haunts me till this day and I often wonder what could have been if I stayed healthy and stuck to playing sports in High School. My goal is to get down to 175 lbs. <BR> <BR> One motto I would like to share with everyone that I recently connected my feeling with is: <BR> <BR> "You can't change the future if you keep doing what you did i... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:21:24 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople, my name is Catherine and I joined this community to help me try and lose weight and stay motivated along the way. I'm now at 183 and working my way down to 135 by October, I aim to get there so staying positive about all this. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:11:38 EST start to think differently for the success i have noticed throughout the years that a lot of ppl approach weight loss with a wrong mindset... <BR> remember when you plan your diet u also plan for exercise...but also dont forget while exercise helps you burn fat it also builds muscles and muscles weigh more than fat dont always count on your scale count on how lose your clothes starting to fit...dont give up and if you hit a stand still ...try a new exercise which will help you to get over the stand still...another thing that wor... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:05:39 EST Just signed up. Hoping this will help This seems like the place I need to be and hope that I can get started on staying focused on my goals. I have a hard time with know what food has what in it. So far with the meal planning I think I can actually stay on track and keep motivated. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:14:26 EST Trying to find the motivation I need Hi, my name is Roxanne and I'm hoping this site helps me achieve my goals. I been looking everywhere for the right tool to help me get some sort of self esteem considering the fact, that I've never really had any. When I was young, I was miserable and made myself invisible even though it didn't work much, but now that I am older and I now have a 6 month old son, I realized this is way past due, I just can't seem to find the right steps to start and get past the lack of motivation. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:29:14 EST hey im tinea Hey everyone I a, times and I love this website lol hope to make new friends and hope to get sum feed back on my journey on trying to loose about 30 pounds ;) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:37:40 EST Just started...Again Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am 40 year old, female. I weigh 251 - current goal is 200. I like to run, and have started last week, albeit slowly. I live in Escondido, CA. Married with 4 kids, plus 1 bonus child. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:58:34 EST Seeking support from the SP community... I've always been an introvert. I don't like talking about my problems to others. I don't like the feeling of being judged. I look for encouragement from within, and also from Success Stories and motivational quotes. I tried the whole calorie counting and calories burned method, and it seemed to be the only thing that worked for me, but I got frustrated that it took up sooooo much time. It's so tedious! I started SparkPeople's Mind Over Body plan today, and I was told to come to the message bo... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:53:15 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi there! I am new to this community. How is everybody today? Post Gastric bypass here, three months out. Working hard to change my life and the lives of my family members. This is the hardest thing I've ever done. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:37:34 EST newbie Hi, my name is Nina. I am new to this site. Not to sure how everything works yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated :) thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:34:41 EST facebook support Hi I am wanting to start a support group on Facebook for anyone wanting to loose weight and help motivate each other in the process. If you might be interested please let me know thanks! <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:33:28 EST Hello Back again, trying to de stress my life and get back into my size 6 jeans. <BR> Always seem to stick with fitness for a week and then die off. <BR> Hoping for some help in staying motivated <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:35:46 EST Hello My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:00 EST Back again... I have been here before. I am on that never ending rollercoaster of weight loss. I lose a little, then gain a lot, lose a little, gain a lot. Over and over and over again! I can't though. I can't do this anymore. I have been on this site, I have done weight watchers. I absolutely loved weight watchers. I just couldn't afford it anymore so back came the pounds. I have been working hard the last month or so and I still see no change. I have been eating healthy but not working out. Once I get th... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:51:02 EST Hey, new to site Looking for friends :) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:15 EST 50 plus trying AGAIN Hello again, my name is Cyndi I am 57 years old and way to overweight. I have been a SparkPeople user before but never really put in a serious effort. This time I really want to do this for myself and my grandchildren, not really for them but to be able to run and crawl on the floor with them. I live in Illinois, my job is a Manager for a food chain restaurant (healthy food chain) we are always so busy and I am always running around. My problem is being motivated to exercise, by the time ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:22:04 EST looking for new friends Hi, I have been away from SparkPeople for a while now, but I am back in the loop. Anyone looking for motivation or just wanting friends please feel free to add me. I could use the support also. :) <em>381</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:05:10 EST Hi from Vacationland! hi everyone! <BR> I'm Beth, and I live in Wilton, Maine. I have a lot of weight to lose. I have been told many times I don't look as heavy as I am- but I feel it. I am tired, and I don't feel very energetic. I want to change that. I'm starting to feel frumpy and bumpy, and I currently weigh as much as I did when I was pregnant, which was 8 years ago! I am doing this for me! <BR> I have four girls and I want to be a good mom to them, and I won't be doing them any services by sitting on my ru... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 04:12:51 EST Overweight I am a 48 female who is diabetic, I am well over weight for my height, I decided to change do to I lost a brother a couple weeks ago for bad health. My goals is to eat heathier, and stop smoking. I start on the 7th. I am limited what I can do for exercises I found out I have a herniated disc. and sugar going through my veins. But I am going to give it 110 percent. <em>521</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:19:05 EST New member, looking for support. Hello all! I'm looking to stay motivated, and gain some support through the SparkPeople community (and serve as support to others!). Feel free to add me! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:13:14 EST Newbie here...excited for journey Hi everyone, my name is kara and im 28 from NJ. Im so excited to start this journey and have this wonderful website as my guide. I have struggled with weight most of my life and tend to be a yo yo dieter. I often find myself obsessing over food and i let it control and define me. Sometimes i get cravings for certain foods and i will do whatever i have to do to get that food if its in the budget or not. I find we eat out a lot, and even if i buy groceries, ill still go out for fast food and th... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:53:50 EST jennifer needing to lose the weight I'm 28 yrs of age, I was in very good shape up till 2007 I got hit by a forklift at work. I became depressed, because I could not work but I did not give up. After two years of therapy I went to work for the state through pain and spasms and all I hung in there till my body couldn't take any more so two years later, I had a spasm on two row stairs that caused me to break my right foot and damage my disc worse then before. But I haven't gave up GOD is going to guide me all the way. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:38:19 EST New to SP & looking for support! Hello everyone! I recently joined SparkPeople and am looking forward to accomplishing my goals with the help of this site! <BR> <BR> I'm Lori, a 31 year old female who's on her journey to lose 31lbs this year. I'd love to get to know some people with like minded goals! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:06:13 EST Just getting started Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am looking for some friends to uplift and motivate me when I am struggling. I have tried and tried to lose weight but with OCD it can be very difficult for me. This time I am making SMALL goals and focusing on what I am accomplishing. Yes I want to lose weight but my first goal is to run a 5k! I have one week down on the c25k trainer. Feel free to add me as your friend and I will help uplift and motivate you! WE can do this! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:28:42 EST Staying motivated I was doing good for about four weeks then my son and his little family moved in with me. My son is doing all the cooking for his little family and I was just eating the lean cuisine dinners but my son try's to make me feel bad for not eating with them so I give in and eat what he is fixing, so when I chart me intake I have gone over or some times I go in-between the two numbers that is given to you in the beginning. The next day I don't eat that much because I feel I have gained a pound ins... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:25:35 EST hi from Michigan I've used SP on and off for several years. I know when I have accountability I am much more successful. I'm tired of losing and gaining the same weight over and over. Good luck to you all! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:15:42 EST Newbie from Florida! Hello everyone! I just joined and am very excited to begin this! I am hoping that this will keep me on track to achieve my goal, and I am also hoping to meet people in my area and possibly find a workout buddy! I am always looking to meet new people and be inspired to keep on going! <em>30</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:54:45 EST Hello Just joined tonight so journey starts tomorrow. Looking forward to giving it my all! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:31:20 EST Hello everyone! I am ready to try to improve my health. I have been around for some time but every time I seem to get derailed by some health crisis that sets me back again. Right now, I think I have a break between road blocks so I am getting moving. I do have one issue though. My husband is from Africa and it is really hard to track calories of some foods. I eat food from many nations but African foods are hard to compare to. Does anyone else have any ideas? <BR> I am starting slow on the exercises but I h... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:29:11 EST finding an alternative to phentermine 45mg Hi my name is Renee' Im new to sparkpeople. I'm excited to continue my weightloss journey with all of you. I have been on phentermine 45mg prescribed by a weight loss clinic. Im thinking about getting off of it, just getting to expensive. Does anyone have any suggestions on alternatives? Worried that I will gain the weight I've lost back if I decide quit phentermine!! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:20:20 EST Slowing Down an Aneurysm Introduction: I am of 67 years, a long time resident of Denver Colorado. Actually born in Denver. I still work as an electrician and PBX and Voice mail systems Administrator but my days of work are drawing down do to having acquired an Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm, thus the reason I am here is to learn how to eat healthy so as to slow down the growth of the aneurysm and possibly give me a few more years so I can retire and have time to enjoy my retirement, so that's it in a nutshell. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:48:47 EST The Abs Diet Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have read this book ages ago, and more than once. It taught me a lot about nutrition, how my body works with food and strength training. It helped me change some of my eating habits and I'm so glad for it. <BR> But, even though all this knowledge, I'm still finding myself struggling to loose the access fat... <BR> I love sport and try to keep a routine of 3-5 times a week at the gym. My problem is definitely the food.I'm much better than what I was but still an emotional... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:22:01 EST hi everyone just passing by to say hi, been around for a month or so and already made some good changes in my life and lost 5 kg!!! <BR> <BR> see you around :) <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:43:32 EST Super Shredding...starting tomorrow Hi! I'm new to the forum. Anyone here using the Shred Diet? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:40:35 EST second time to Spark I first joined SP in Jan 2011 and stuck with it for a while. Had to start a completely new account this time. My name is Cheryl. I want to get healthier. Loose weight, get control of my diabetes and blood pressure. I have 14 grandkids and I'd like to be around to watch them all grow up! Trying to get more involved than I did last time with the boards and teams. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to making some new friends along the way. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:38:02 EST Not exactly new..... But trying to get back on track! <BR> <BR> I'm Darrah. Born in raised in New Bedford, Ma. I've lived in Florida, Texas, Germany, Alaska, and now North Carolina. Trying to be more accountable and loose the extra person I have gained in the last year or so. Yup.... Working it! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:26:16 EST Hello, I am new to Sparkpeople. I started on this past Wednesday, April 2, 2014. I have been trying to keep track of my nutrition and fitness as well as checking out a few other things on Sparkpeople. I am also a member at Atkins Community. I am on the Atkins diet, starting my 4th week now. Atkins has some wonderful tools, but Sparkpeople is meeting my needs more as I am starting to formulate more of my own low carb recipes. I am finding it easier to track here, although total, rather than net carbs are recorded. It's... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:40:38 EST Back on the Track Hello! I began my weight loss journey back in August, and lost about 22 lbs by October. Since then I have been stalled and less focused...I need to get my determination back! I read about SparkPeople in People Magazine's issue of "Half their Size" and am just investigating the site and getting started. Would like to lose another 20 lbs by my physical in August. My ultimate goal is 47 pounds away. Hope you all will help me get back on track and stay there! <BR> <em>390</em> <em>521<... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:33:21 EST Need motivation for a fitter summer Long story short, wanna look better when I am vacationing this summer. Do not wanna pose for snaps hesitantly jus bcos I am a lil bulgier in some angles, also wanna wear actual summer clothes like dresses and half sleeves(done with long sleeves during hot summers). Starting my diet from tomo, need motivation NOT to fall off the wagon until I reach my target. Addicted to sweets and chocolates, so the main slash out will be these. Plus I want to make it a life style and not just a temporary Eup... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:14:32 EST Looking for Motivation I've been on and off with healthy eating and exercising. <BR> Recently I fell off hard and gained about 30lbs in a short time. <BR> I've never really been healthy and am trying, but feel like I'm failing myself. <BR> Any helpful words would be greatly appreciated. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:01:02 EST New Member from Rhode Island I think this site is fantastic and enjoy the enthusiasm, goals, objectives and subsequent result messages. I am still a little lost in how to get started and communicate with people from my area. It would be appreciated if some members of RI would e-mail me for support and friendship. <BR> <BR> I am 74, still working full time in finance of large projects around the US. My problem is getting off my butt and stay motivated to lose about 30 lbs. Diet is not a source of consternation but gettin... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:21:01 EST fresh start. need help. Hi! I'm Barbara. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off Spark a few times since 2010. This time I think my priorities are in order and maybe I have a REAL shot at success. <BR> <BR> I've been back as a regular for almost two weeks on Spark. I am currently on day 32 of a 40 quest toward better living. I started sparking (again) about a week and a half ago. So many of my old friends have moved on so now I am finding myself as an almost lonely sparker. That's not good for me. I need the support and it... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:18:41 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:51:59 EST I'm stopping the yoyo once and forall I have been a constant dieter all my life, losing weight only to put it back on plus more pounds. <BR> I know I feel better when I lose the weight but why do I always sabotage myself and go back to the unhealthy ways? I know I'm an emotional eater and I'm trying to focus on that issue . I know what to do. I'm going to have to accept that this is the only way to live. I need to bring my blood pressure down, and help my joints recover from the excess 125 lbs. that need to come off. My self... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:38:54 EST im determined to try again Hi im roseykat <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Ive fallen off the wagon about almost two years ago and now decided to get back on track and try to aim to lose the rest of the weight ,my downfall is that i regained ten of it back on .. and my legs are rubbing together <em>234</em> <BR> Last nite , i said to myself im going to get back on track and start on sunday ... and get started .. so i need alot of help to stay on . my husband is bad for brining home junk food and sweets deserts and all an... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:04:36 EST Need Support And Prayers I was born a chubby baby--was a tubby teen--was a tubby bride--a tubby wife--a tubby mom. Lost weight, regained it. I have a permanent disability that has made it difficult to exercise--walking is out of the question, and so is jogging, so the most I can accomplish is by dieting and mild weight lifting. <BR> <BR> I joined Spark before--and never could figure how the thing works, got frustrated, and left! I'm back again--need all your help and support to see me to the finish line! <BR> <... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:49:55 EST Hi My name is Mary i am 55 year ultimo children and grandchildren is my joy.This is a new beginning for me to live a happy and health life have two granddaughter will be graduation on may the 21 of this years. I need to loose 10 pound before may Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:40:11 EST Hello Everyone I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:26 EST New and looking for support Hi I just stumbled on this site today and I am excited to find it. Then I went to the library and saw a book about The Spark by the guy who started SparkPeople! I think there is a message here. I am 58 and I feel like I am 90. I need to get moving and I really want to start enjoying my life. I would love to have a buddy (or buddies!!) on this journey!! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:40:53 EST hello just wanted to say hi,and im new to the site,love it already. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:37:04 EST Rose Lutton Hi just started using sparkspeople. I live in Big Bear Ca. I have 120 pounds to loose. I was on insulin for a year and my doctor realize how much I gained in a year and took me off the insulin. I do exercise 5 days doing cardio classes. I do have a question because I am confused. When went into sparkspeople in the interent I decided to sign up my calorie goal was 1200 to 1400 which is correct. However when I downloaded the app on my iPhone 5 and iPad it stated my calories should be 1400- 17... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:22:44 EST 62 and ready to get back my bod! Hi all! I am looking forward to losing at least 40lbs. But I am a little worried about the pain. <BR> I know that it's going to be hard, so I need plenty of support. This is for me, all my life I spent taking care of everything, and everybody in my family. Just remembering to taking my pills(thyroid), and drink water is hard for me. I am last on the list. Moms are like that. Recently my husband began a mid-life crisis, and well it is almost a year now. He hasn't left yet but intimicy is a ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:16:29 EST Cynthia miller Hi my name is Cynthia miller I'm a married woman 38 years old and I'm very overweight for my height and age. I would like to be able to loose 10 lbs before may 25th my birthday. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:27:28 EST mikibrowneyes At 4' 11" and over 50 years old I need to lose 10 lbs. and maintain to get to my ideal weight, which I was at 10 years ago so I know I can do it. Metabolism has slowed in the last few years and I drink too much wine and last check my cholesterol was at 200. I have to get healthy and I think having a forum to answer to will help with motivation. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:41:44 EST In need of guidance My profile has been created today after I have finally hit rock bottom. I am 18 years old and I weigh 198lbs. I had an incredibly active childhood and I have slowly drifted out of sport and exercise, over the past few months I have noticed myself getting bigger but avoided facing the reality of my destructive path. I feel right now very weak and in desperate need of someone to help me give me a boost/advice or any genuine help, please!! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:40:52 EST Introduction Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Linda I have been on steroids for breathing problems for several months and have gained 40 extra pounds. I was heavy to begin with. My breathing problems have become so bad I have been placed on the lung transplant list. The transplant committee has determined I need to lose 50 pounds. <BR> <BR> I know I needed to loss anyway but putting this on me will help me become more determined. <BR> I hope with your help I can accomplish at least part of my weight loss. <B... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:42:26 EST Hello I am a mother of two and a new Nana, recently diagnosed pre-diabetic. That is what my doctor called it. I guess it is a newer term being used now...or I have been living under a rcok. LOL. I am just trying to figure out, "how to," get healthy. How to plan my meals and get moving while working crazy hours. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:16:37 EST Making time for me.... My husband and kids are my life. They are wonderful. I would be nothing without them, and I wouldn't have it any other way, but on the other hand getting married and having kids made me forget about myself completely. It was about everyone else, and I let myself get away from me in almost every single way. Looking in the mirror and realizing "Damn, Who are you? I don't even recognize this person." was a wake up call. I'm about to turn 30, I don't know myself and I'm 50+ pounds overweight. <BR... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:44:28 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:58 EST 53 and Determined :) Heavy all my life but got a new phone and friend suggested Sparks :) Gonna carry it with me! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:15:24 EST Making a change! Hi everyone! I'm a 18 years old girl from Finland. I'm not/have never been overweight, but bullying has affected me - including my body image. Just a couple years ago working out was one of my least favourite things to do. PE has a lot to do with that... Anyway, I found some things that I absolutely love to do (swimming and pilates for example), and my body image AND overall happiness have increased with that. <BR> <BR> So, I try to continue this in here from now on! I'm really happy that I ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 06:17:26 EST Excited to join the team! I can use all the help! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 02:40:33 EST Introducing Myself <em>524</em> My name is Patricia. I am 69 years old and I will have my seventieth birthday in June . I have joined Spark People because I need to lose weight for health reasons. I have to lose about fifty pounds or at least 20 kilos. But more importantly, I want to prevent weight gain after I lose the weight. <BR> <BR> I enjoy watching our international team play cricket. I play the ukulele and although I read music, I have only been playing it for six months, so I am really a begin... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:57:10 EST Back after a Long Time, Feeling so Defeated... It's been a long time since I've logged in here. Since my last visit I did re-join Weight Watchers, where I lost about 6 lbs but then "fell off the wagon". I've gained it all back, my ankles are swollen again (they had gone down when I started weight watchers) and I am at my highest weight ever. I feel awful, unhealthy, bad about what I see in the mirror, and most important, scared that my life is on the line now because my cholesterol and triglycerides are dangerously high. I was stuck i... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:21:57 EST want my sexy body back now lol Hi everyone my is name is Linda and I am new to this site and amd going to lose weight little by little <em>30</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:09:07 EST Starting to take control of my life Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 27 yrs old male and have weight of 222lb with height of 5' 9". Can't wear decent dress due to my huge waist size. I feel drained and energy less all day. Work seems to suffer from this. And depression is the end result of all this. <BR> <BR> Now I have started exercising. Its been 5 days in a row. I've started very small with just less than a mile of walk each day. I'll gradually build up the mileage with each passing week. I hope this'll start producing results, ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:38:56 EST Ready to Make Changes Hello My name is Jessica and I am almost 42 years old ( 4/8/72) and I found this wonderful website to help me learn how to eat better and how to get active and healthy. I had gastric bypass in April of 2012 I lost initially 130 pounds in the first 18mos and then I sat at the same weight for a few months and then the holidays happened and well Ive gained 30lbs and it scares me to death because the surgery I went through and the recovery was super hard on me. I don't want that all to be a was... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:21:25 EST vitamins, shin splints and sweet tooth, oh my! I have been on and off this site for years, I give the link to my patients who want to lose weight and get healthy (I am a nurse practitioner), but I repeatedly fall off the wagon of using these tools for my own life! My goal is to fit into my size 8/10 clothes again and not have to go shopping for bigger sizes... I also want to trim my belly. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin, a little too much of me to love! <BR> <BR> Last year I had a double mastectomy for breast cancer and had reconstr... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:40:19 EST Doin the bathroom Scale HAPPY DANCE!! HI! Im 23 years old, i have 3 jobs, and i am excited about my current weight loss journey. i have been "heavier" all my life, and have been made fun from everybody around me. from boyfriends, to siblings cousins friends, school bullies, myself and every imaginary thing inbetween, so i have very little self confidence. <BR> <BR> at my lightest weight i remember being in hs, i weighed 190 pounds, i woke up at 6 am everyday, went to school, went to tennis, went to work, went to dance class, ho... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:44:43 EST Need to get healthy I am 43 single mom of 4 Adult children. I graduated with a BS in Environmental Biology, Native American Studies, and Geography. Just before graduating I was in a car accident that has damaged my back enough to cause me not to be able to find work in my field. However, I am not disabled (not by gov standards) Since then I have gained about 100 lbs. I fight depression mostly due to financial issues. Last August I had to give up my home I shared with 2 of my children. I am currently staying with... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:27:11 EST Starting from the beginning Hi, I'm Brenda . <BR> I know my screen name is Weeble, that is my nickname. I am 40 and I want to loose over 100 pounds. I have always been big. As a kid I was allowed and given candy,soda, etc. all of the time and my family always fried everything. Since I was 18 I have cut out 99% of fried foods. I have cut back on sugary things. <BR> I have trouble finding exercises that I can do because of my weight and my arthritis. I am walking in the evening and I walk when I take breaks at work... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:19:25 EST 10 years of trim. Now, I will see my 6 pack! Mark here. <BR> <BR> About 10 years ago, I used low carb to lose about 35-40 lbs (208 lbs to - 180 lbs - 6'2"). <BR> never counting/watching calories - and am fit and trim with good blood #s. AND, if I go crazy and eat too many carbs (holidays! travel! superbowl!), I will gain 5-10 lbs rather quickly. Then, I go back to low carb and lose it again. This is my pattern over the last 10 years between about 177-187 lbs. <BR> <BR> AND <BR> This last holiday season (and through February!), I le... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:37:16 EST Sugar addict Hi! I've been on spark for a week and am still trying to navigate all the great tools here. <BR> I am kicking the sugar habit and hope to find some sparkers with similar challenges. <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:25:59 EST Not Giving Up! Hello everyone, my name is Katie, I am soon to be 28 years old, my weight has been a constant battle from the start. <BR> My mom, bless her, started me on weight-loss supplements at the age of 12. I've had bad body images of myself for as long as I can remember. I tried one yo-yo diet after another, only to gain what I lost, and double back. It seemed, no matter what/how much I ate, or how active I was, I never lost weight. But I should say, when I was active, I didn't gain as much. I gave u... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:21:19 EST Looking for Friends Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined yesterday and I am loving everything this site has to offer. The articles blogs and information are amazing. <BR> <BR> I am 36 and a mother of two girls with over 100 LBS to lose. <BR> <BR> I am looking for friends with the same goal of conquering the bulge and want to work together with motivation ideas and help in anyway!! <BR> <BR> Fell free to friend me and we could do this together. <BR> <BR> Melanie <em>223</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:00:18 EST Evening munchies....and treats at work... I'd love to know more ideas that have been found to be successful from those of you who have been at this for awhile. My nights are my absolute WORST times. <BR> I work in a VA clinic where co-workers and patients are always bringing in yummy treats; some homemade, some store bought; almost always with tons of calories and things I love. How do I say NO when it's so readily available so often? Ugghh <BR> I'm up for any suggestions, please. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:00:03 EST Finally Taking this Step Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for quite a few months now, trying to use the nutrition and fitness tracking to kickstart my weight loss. However, it hasn't quite been working and I decided to actually dive into the community here and see if that helps me stick with it. <BR> I'm a freshman in college and I've always considered myself relatively fit. I did sports in highschool, so I never had to worry about what I ate; I always seemed to burn it off without even tr... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:52:36 EST Nothing in the way Hi everybody I am trying this weight loss again because I had a heqalth issues that was in my way before and I have had surgery so it is taken care of and I'm good to go. My Dr told me I need to work out after abdominal surgery. It has only been 7 weeks and I'm nervous about what I can do as far as exersice but she said no restrictions. So here we go. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:49:09 EST Starting Over Hello everyone, My name is Jasmine and 22 yrs old. Ive been a member since 2011 and even lost 20lbs but now Im back again trying to lose the last 20lbs again. My weight is stored in my belly. I've become quite frustrated by my weight lately and need some inspiration and motivation. <BR> <BR> My workout routine: I try to exercise 1hr every other day and 2hrs on the other days. Right now I do Zumba, walking and dancing around like a crazy person. I usually break up my workouts by doing 10mins... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:38:05 EST I Feel ugly when i look at my reflection i don't like what i see i am a twin and my twin has always looked better than me i hope this helps raise my self asteam Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:24:51 EST New and in need of support Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I reached a point of realization yesterday when I had to wear pjs to a friends house because my other pants were just too uncomfortable to wear. I used to be very fit. I worked hard and was extremely diligent. But the past three years have been difficult. I have overcome a lot in these three years including infidelity, divorce, quitting smoking, and conquering bulimia but now I am 25 pounds heavier and uncomfortable in my clothes and in my skin. I've had more... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:02:57 EST Midlife crisis? Maybe. Or maybe a kick in the a$$! I'm a 46 year old mother of a 13 year old son. In the past two years I've had 2 deaths, my husband abruptly walked out on me, my relationship with my sister is gone, and I've changed jobs 3 times. I am currently unemployed, but plan to be back at work soon. However, I've been unemployed for almost 6 months, which has been a serious financial hardship. I feel like my life is totally out of my control. I feel like I've been sucked up into a huge whirlpool and have only recently gotten spit out ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:03:15 EST Third time is a charm! I've done sparkpeople before - maybe not how it was intended - I did the 17 day diet the last two times. But now I have decided that diets don't work for me. I can't seem to make them stick. Instead I'm following the spark plan and just watching things like sodium and calories. <BR> <BR> I am making the choice to not have bread, pasta, and other carb loving foods right now - instead are whole grains, beans, and starchy foods like potatoes. <BR> <BR> So now I'm looking for a team that i... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:30:52 EST Against All Odds Hi everyone! I'm Anny and I am new to Sparkpeople. I want to give EVERYONE a great big pat on the back for trying! I have learned that the journey is sometimes as important as the goal. I have been living with a chronic illness since the age of 12 and I am still here to talk about it, for which I am grateful! I've had 4 joint replacement surgeries and I'm soon to have #5. I have Systemic Lupus Erethematosus, which is a debilitating disease to begin with but the EXTREME fatigue really brings ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:01:36 EST Just Beginning Once again I am starting this journey. I am determined to be successful this time. So i plan to do the work and do my best to improve my health, move every day, and make healthy food choices. <BR> <BR> I am a mom and a grandma. i want to be around for my family for a very longt ime. I am tired of worrying daily that i might die at any minute due to my poor health. As a teacher, I have always encouraged my students to try their best. I need to heed my own advice. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:47:50 EST Back again and on day 10! I am back again, and plan on doing this right this time! So far, I'm doing really good, and learning more about the process than when I was on before. I am looking for spark buddies though! <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:47:36 EST took me a while to get momentum But I made it, i'm on track and tracking well. looking forwards to the rest of the year and meeting goals. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:21:27 EST Hello, again. I am yet another Spark Person who quit and has come back. It has been a few years and several dozen extra pounds to lose. My name is Barbara and I am overweight. I am also a wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, writer, cross-stitcher, and teacher. I hope to go from my hefty 191 pounds to my ideal 135-140 pounds. Wish me luck, as I have a hard time with temptation! I really like ice cream, cookies, and any other sweets I can get my hands on. I have completely given up sodas, though, which is... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:15:34 EST Trying this again! Joined SP previously and then go sidetracked. I'm trying this again because I'm now 54 years old and am facing some future health problems if I don't lose some weight. I have a very supportive husband and son; however, I lack the motivation so I'm hoping I can make some online buddies to keep me going on this challenge. I used to be an active person until I lost my job of 27 years and my mother died all within a twelve month period. After those life-changing events, my depression worsened ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:44:47 EST New to Zumba Hi <BR> I'm Barb almost baby-boomer age! Have been going to Zumba for 4 months now <BR> (usually I'm the oldest one in the class, but I can keep up). Love the latin songs and <BR> dance routines. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:34:07 EST Checking in with other Hi, everybody I thought it would be great to start a group that would check in with each other to see how each other is doing. I like it when you see how other are making the changes to make their life better. That seem to help keep me motivated to do the same. Its nice to get an email from somebody asking you how are you doing on your goals. Its nice to be able to chat with somebody that went through the same thing that you are and not look down on you. I hope to reach my goal weight of 180l... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:13:23 EST Need To Believe This Can Work For Me, Too! Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> My name is Colleen and I am new to SparkPeople. I have a lengthy history of fairly dramatic weight gains and losses. Each time I lose, I swear it's the last time I'll have to do it, but never is. 2 years ago I took up running and was doing very with my food/fitness routine and was close to achieving my goal weight until foot surgery in July of 2013 (and the inactivity during my recovery time) set me back 20 lbs. Three weeks after being cleared for exercise ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:38:15 EST Giving it a try but not hopeful I weigh more than I ever have. I started going to a gym a month ago. And I have gained 2 pounds. I'm eating so much better having left out breads, pasta, junk food... I eat salads, chicken, turkey, pork... fruits and vegetables. But I can't seem to lose any weight. Just gain it. I drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of water a day. Easily. Worst part, I suffer from depression anyhow but this has now made me wonder if it is even going to work for me or if I am just destined to be fat the rest of m... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:14:09 EST I've tried them all. I am a little older than most of the participants in this forum, but I can relate. I am 59 and I think that I've tried most of the diets out there including many fad diets and pills. None of them help you keep the weight off, so I decided to try Spark People. It's free and they have great tools for weight loss success. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what types of exercise programs everyone uses and if they exercise at home, in classes at the gym and how they work it into their schedules. I ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:11:40 EST Trying to get Over the Hill ... I recently turned 36 on March 24th and realized that I want to get over the hill gracefully. So I'm back to my routine. Eating right, regular exercising and getting enough sleep so that I can still touch my toes next year. <BR> <BR> I also have the added incentive of wanting to expand my family this year. I am married and the mother of two 10 yr old girls (step daughter and biological) and a I would love to add a bouncing baby to our mix. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:06:32 EST Long time user back again Hi all. I'm Amber. I've been a sparkpeople member since 2007. <BR> <BR> In 2010 I managed to lose 60-lbs with spark. In September of that year I fell off the wagon but kept the weight off for a good long time but within two years it was all back. <BR> <BR> Starting in January 2013 I trained for 2½ months with such bad foot pain it was nearly debilitating and barely finished the Warrior Dash on 3/16/13. <BR> <BR> I knew I was having plantar fasictis (no clue how to spell that) problems th... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:56:03 EST In it to win it! I have been lurking around Sparkpeople since 2008, had two kids in between, and am back to working hard to get healthy. I want to be around for my kids and to be able to demonstrate to them what a healthy lifestyle is. I'm not too great about the messaging thing, but I wanted to keep moving in the right direction. Onwards and upwards! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:31:00 EST Pregnancy is my reason Why! My coach always tells me that I need to find my "why". My "why" is to become a mom; I want to have a healthy baby NOW!!! The problem is that my mind is not completely set all the time. I am good M-Th, but come Friday and I am back on to enjoying my weekend with food. I need more accountability. I need to see my "why" as life or death. I need more help. <BR> <BR> This is me. My name is Minerva and I am about to be 37 years young. I am happily married. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:21:28 EST My life is a mess but I am trying to clean it up.. Hi there, My name is Nycky to all my friends MOBBWBEAUTY here... I am a 43 year old mother of 3... 2 are adults 25 and 21, and now a 3 year old... While all of these children are such a blessing I find that I have put my life on hold for so long that I didn't realize how much of a mess it had become. I am self employed, and currently a part time student looking to change my career... I have no family other than myself and my 2 youngest children living in the state I relocated to 11 years ago.... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:16:52 EST Newby Hi, I recently turned 40 and have for most of my life been thin and looked younger than I am but lately I have been struggling. I need to lose 35lbs and canot find anything that helps. I'm very hopeful with SparkPeople though..... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:43:57 EST Staying Strong... my commitment I will be 26 in June. I have a son who is about to have his 5th Birthday this Sunday and my daughter will be 9 in August. I owe it to them and myself to be the best I can be, so I made a commitment to be more active and lose 20lbs by June 4th, which is my Birthday. <BR> <BR> I started this journey on Wednesday March 19th, weighing in at 186.4! I am 5'4, so for me, that weight isn't healthy nor does it look appealing. I only weigh on Wednesdays, I don't get on the scale in between whatsoever... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:31:32 EST Not exactly new but totally like it! I'm fat. It's taken me many years to describe myself as such, always seeking for other much softer words so I don't get rejected. I turned 30 last year and I believe I accept myself more than ever so I'm using 'fat' as part of my description now. It still isn't exactly easy. <BR> <BR> I've tried and failed so many times at losing weight. I lack discipline for diets, mostly because I hate cooking and even if I can cook, I can't quite plan meals ahead yet. I can workout but getting online is m... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:13:00 EST been at it awhile , but..... I have been working on losing weight for a couple months. Not seeing many results. <em>39</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:56:33 EST Adding a little spark to my weight loss My name is Mariah, and I am an 18 year old college student in the north-east. I love doing sports and activities but my weight (180 lbs) makes me feel like I can't do the very best work possible. I have been tracking calories so far and I have lost 10 pounds. However, I have found that usually when I reach a point where the second digit changes that I get nervous and walk away from success. I am hoping that sparkpeople will give me the motivation I need and push me to my goal just by giving m... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:35:32 EST CANT STAND THIS WEIGHT Hello everyone, my name is Cass and I am new to Spark People. I am usually good at keeping my weight down but this winter was bad for me. I live in Pittsburgh PA and as far as I was concerned this was the worst winter ever. I already don't like winter but for some reason this winter had me sooo depressed. All I did was eat and eat and eat. I didn't think anything of it till my mother in law told me that my thighs are bigger in front of a room full of people. Well, that was enough for me. I go... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:34:57 EST Hello everyone, I'm back It's been over 5 years since I logged into SparkPeople. In August of 2013, I turned 50 years old. A few days later I stepped on the scale after ignoring it for over a year and was shocked to see my highest weight ever 207lbs. That day I went cold turkey and stopped the crazy diet dr. pepper addiction that I had created. I was drinking 4-5 (32 oz) fountain drinks every day. I started drinking water and only water (I haven't had anything else since 8/18/13) I drink around 80-100 oz everyday... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:08:49 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:39:58 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new here and looking for some support buddies on this journey. My goal is to lodse between 70-80 LBS to start. I have two daughters 14 and 19 years old. I am 36 years old and have been married 16 years now. <BR> Hope to hear from you all soon and good luck to everyone on there journey!! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:02:18 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:08 EST