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 let's do this I am a 58 year old woman, overweight, diabetic, heart patient, asthma, allergies, ect <BR> I want to get healthy. Hoping this will help. Any advice will be appreciated. <BR> I love to knit, crochet,quilt and garden. <BR> I like to study the Bible <BR> <BR> I guess that is all <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:51:16 EST Hello everyone Introducing myself...49 year old male who is taking my lay off from work as a chance to take my life back. My wife is also working out with me and we are both working out every other day and eating better, watching calories. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:44:16 EST not doing so good so far! Yikes <em>24</em> Oh well that is why I am here after all. Tracking my food I realized I am eating too much, it is good stuff but too much. I also will have to manually put most things in because I am gluten free and also eat mostly things I grow and make myself. So tracking home made jam and relish calories is harder( but less salt and sugar since I make it that way deliberately). Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:39:33 EST Hello Sparkies... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Kim, a Canadian, and a new member. I'm here to make some friends, lose weight and have some fun doing it. :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good Friday. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:32:03 EST New to the program! Hope it works! My major weight gain came after my thyroid was totally removed, I moved and started a new job. All that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain in 4 months. Ugh. I've never had an issue with being overweight until now. I will be 60 this October and would love to loose those stubborn pounds before the 31st of October. Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:18:46 EST So this is life.... Hey everyone... 29 year old high school teacher (illinois) here looking to get my life on track! I have spent far too long focusing on caring for everyone else except the most important person in my life... ME! I have been lacking major motivation because I have always wanted quick results and it has been hard for me to LEARN it all just takes time! I am looking for support, tips, motivation, new friends, basically diet buddies to help on my journey! Both of my biggest issues are maintaining... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:36:10 EST Hello everyone! My name is Nicole and I'm somewhat new to sparkpeople. My starting weight is 270.2 and I'm 5'7". I've been big my whole life and I've attempted numerous times to get my weight down but I feel like for everyone pound I've lost trying to diet, I gained 3 back. Well I'm officially sick of it. I'm 28 years old and I refuse to go into my 30's being limited by my weight. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have some friends on here to talk to and we can encourage each other in our goals. My first goal is... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:00:44 EST proud of myself I am 71 years old but my brain doesn't know that! (Shhhh don't tell it) I ride my own motorcycle , very involved in church activities, and am raising a 7 yr.old grandson. I have a wonderful husband that is MUCH younger than me. Bottom Line: I'm about 40 lbs. overweight. I'm only 4'10" tall so that's a lot of lbs. I look awful and I decided to do something about it. This is the most awesome site I have ever seen. I have been on track for 4 days and have lost 3.5 lbs. Thank you Spar... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:53:15 EST Just getting started. Hello everyone, I am a Type 2 diabetic after being pre-for years. Trying to decide which diet plan, which diet pill and which miracle work out that I need to do to lose weight. So I happen to come across this free website. After reading I have decided to focus more on health than weight loss. <BR> I am 50 going on 60 and want to change that I still have a lot of life to live. So here we go on a life time journey to better health. I have found the website to be a little busy and find it hard ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:43:45 EST Hello Everyone! Howdy! I am 29 and wanting to lose the 30 pounds I have gained over the years for my wedding next year and simply be a healthier me! This looks like a very supporting and encouraging community and I am looking forward to being a part of it! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:14:56 EST new member New member, wish me luck! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:56:56 EST hi everyone my name is kathy am new to this but i am having hernia surgery aug 7th which is next thursday and i was wondering what can you eat after you have one would like anyone who can help me thanks Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:09:15 EST getting started decided it's time for me to get up and get moving....running out of clothes that fit. even though I truly love pears, I'd rather not be shaped like one. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:31:39 EST Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say hi. I just joined Spark, and am hoping this will be another motivator for me as I lose weight. I am 31, and weighed 153 lbs this morning. I'm hoping to reach goal weight (135 lbs) by this Christmas (2014). Fri, 1 Aug 2014 02:03:44 EST I'm ready for the new me :) I'm a new mom. Had my baby on July 1st, I've gotten back to my weight before pregnancy, but I'm not satisfied nor happy with the way my body looks physically and mentally. So it's time for me to make a change cause I want to prove myself that i can do it. I just need support and encouragement. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:28:05 EST Would like to find others to help motivate me Hi!! My name is Heather. I'm looking forward to meeting others and would appreciate some friends. I'm the typical shy person who normally does not post to message boards. However, I'm finding myself longing for that connection. So, feel free to add me! <BR> <BR> Oh, a little about me. I'm married with a great lil dog. I just changed my career and now I have all the time in the world to focus on myself/health. I am also the full time caregiver of my disabled brother <em>345</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:27:31 EST Excited for this journey! Hey my name is Alora and I am so excited to start getting healthy! I am21 years d and about to enter my final year of college and I want to graduate healthier than I entered :) I would love to have an accountability partner if anyone is interested! Just send me a message and we can encourage each other! I am trying to lose a total of 150 pounds but my current goal is to lose 50 pounds by January 1st which is about 10 pounds a month. Let me know your goals! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:43:49 EST New beginnings I am starting over after a knee injury and downward slide into bad habits. I started exercising again about a month ago and now it is time to tackle the nutrition. So here's hoping I can stay injury free and on track! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:40:24 EST "Accidental" member I stumbled upon spark by accident and decided to jump in without even dipping my toes in for more than about 20 minutes on the mobile app. I got the app as a food tracker and found out that the site was way more and even included an activity tracker which I also impulse purchased. Guess I'm just saying hello and looking for a few friendly voices to anchor me down and reassure me that I am not crazy for going all in on a whim! <BR> <BR> I have contemplated so many other paid programs such as... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:04:12 EST Hi Hi I wanted to hop in and introduce myself. My name is Dawn and I live in Alabama (just moved here this past fall) I own my own business and work from home. I have 2 wonderful children one is 21 and one is 15. I have 2 wonderful dogs and 3 pretty charming cats. I can not wait to meet you, please stop and say howdy. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:43:05 EST Just getting started I just started SparkPeople last week and feel great already. I have started to exercise again and eat healthier. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:07:01 EST Hello Everyone. Dear hopefully new connections... <BR> <BR> My name is Jake. I am 28 years old. I am a gay man living with two other gay male friends. I have been having issues with depression since I was roughly 20 years old. I have had body image issues and anxiety issues as well. I am trying to figure out ways to be more active even though my depression is making it very challenging for me to get moving during the day. I am going through a lot of difficult things as of late, including my Uncle being... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:51:38 EST Just getting started Hi, I just started yesterday and I'm still trying to find my way around. I recently put on 20 lbs. so nothing fits. I'm hoping to get back into my jeans without looking like a stuffed sausage. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:46:32 EST Hello Hello I am new to SparkPeople. I am looking forward to being a part of this community!! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:40:20 EST New gal and needing some help Hello!! <BR> My name is Ashley and I live in Houston, TX. I am excited to be starting my health and fitness journey and I would love any help, support and motivation from all of you amazing people on here! I am going back to the gym today for the first time in a long time, but my session isn't until 7pm. My question to you all is about eating before or after a workout... I don't really know what is best to do, and since my workout is later in the evening tonight, should I plan to eat befo... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:20:46 EST A different language is not a limitation! Hello everyone, my name is Zugania, I'm a 23 years old Chemical Engineering student and I'm from Nicaragua <em>695</em> (a country from Central America), that's why my native language is spanish, But as I said before, having knowledge of english has given me many opportunities, one of them is study abroad and now to find this magnific site about health and fitness. <BR> I used to be overweight, but I have lost 50 pounds, and now I'm on my normal weight. <BR> I've been a member to SP since... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:12:19 EST Here I go again and again and again I started gaining most of my weight after I had my 2 kids. After years of trying to lose I finally had gastric bypass surgery at 340 pounds. I went down to 220 and went up and down 5 or 10 pounds for about 5 years. Then I ended up in the hospital, almost did not make it and it took months for me to recover physically and mentally. I left the hospital at 240. Over the next year I gain weight at a record pace, I gained 115 pounds. So here I am at 355, the largest I have ever been. My doct... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:42:21 EST My Introduction Hey! My name is Ciera and I'm 24 years old. I've joined spark people to lose weight and become healthy. My ultimate goal is to get pregnant! It wouldn't be fair to get pregnant with how I am now. I live in the pacific northwest by Seattle. I married my high school sweet heart and we have a wonderful 4 year old daughter. I would love to find some spark friends to help with motivation and such :) Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:58:18 EST Need to find creative ways to work out I really can't afford a gym membership and I just had another procedure done on my feet so I can't ride my bike so things are kind of difficult in the work out field for me right now, I am finding myself getting frustrated as summer is here and I am gaining weight instead of losing or maintaining it. It's got me really frustrated at this point. I just got married in April and I'd like to stay in the very low 100's Please help I just had an ankle nerve block done on my left foot so I'm not s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:53 EST Are you on Facebook or other Social Media Sites? Hey Everyone! I love connecting with like-minded people on facebook. Send me a friend request! <BR> <link><BR>r </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:14:16 EST Rejoining Sparkpeople after years away I was specifically looking for a food intake tracker for my phone, and noticed one created by Spark People. I remembered how helpful I found Sparkpeople years ago so I decided to reactivate my user account. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:45:50 EST Hi There ;-) Im in need of losing weight and feeling better about myself. Im feeling a bit depressed and feel with a little support and alot of exercise will help me feel better. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:55 EST Giving this a Try Good Morning all- I am looking to loose some weight and figured I would give SparkPeople a try. The only negative is I don't have the app to sync it to my phone :( I have a Microsoft phone and it is not supported. I have been using My Fitness Pal, but there is less accountability and my weight has been flip flopping all around due to vacations, working, and school. Hopefully this works out! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:30:32 EST Looking for Gym buddy NSW Wagga Hello, all. New to this. :) Was hoping to find someone in Wagga, NSW who needed at fitness/workout buddy. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:26:33 EST Being social this time Been on and off sparkpeople for a long time and I've never really been social thought this time I'd change that. Hello everyone glad to be here hoping to make friends here Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:23:58 EST Mrs. Determination is ready to go! Hello everyone~ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:21:47 EST try to make it to 90 my name is Terrence I'm 49 years old married with kids ,we all need to get in shape but im doing this for me ,and hopefully ill inspire my family to do better, but for now im going to do me. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:13 EST NEW Size, NEW Day I've been dieting since April 1st, until almost the last day of July and I have finally dropped one size on top. 3x (228 lbs) to 2x (207 lbs)! My 16W pants are either getting a little loose for casual ones or fitting comfortably for stretch jeans. Its a great day because I finally feel like I'm finally making progress. <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:55:39 EST Krys from Florida Hello there, I am 41 years old and attempting to lose weight after being sedentary for 23 years. I've tried to loose weight before but it is difficult to do that when you can't walk. You see, when I was a teenager I developed Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Over the years it gradually progressed into Chondrolysis (a deteriorating bone disease) which by the time I was 35 had turned into to Avascular Necrosis (Bone Death). My physicians refused to perform surgery because of my age and treated ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:39:19 EST Thank You I just joined a few days ago and I'm trying to navigate my way aro6nd the site. So far I seem to be a little bit confused but I will work it out. I just wanted to thank everyone who has written me. I haven't been able to reply to everyone individualy. But just give me time and I will. Thank You All. <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:19:55 EST Thank You I just joined a few days ago and I'm trying to navigate my way aro6nd the site. So far I seem to be a little bit confused but I will work it out. I just wanted to thank everyone who has written me. I haven't been able to reply to everyone individualy. But just give me time and I will. Thank You All. <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:15:38 EST new to this Howdie, My name is Stephanie and I am new to this. I need lost of help. My doctor told me to loose this weight if I wanted to walk by the time I hit 40. I will be 31 in a few weeks. Is there any exercises out there that I can do other than just walking, with a bad back. I am up for anything. I need to loose 160 pounds. so far I have lost 4 this week. Thank you Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:05:32 EST HEY I MIGHT BE LOOKING AT IT LIKE diet!! When I came home from Mum's I could NOW SEE that the CUP SOUP IS TO HAVE JUST LIKE eating un healthy but sticking to your calorie range! When got to Mum's forgotten cup soup HAD CAPPUCINO I brought round HUSBAND WANTED SOME MUSIC DOWNLOADING FOR SOME 1 IN WORK! so had to wait! AS I WAITED I BECAME HUNGRY after 2 water which I FILLED UP AT MUM'S. had SMALL CADBURY CHOMP TREAT SIZE BAR. then CAVED IN & HAD 2 WALKERS CRISPS! from mum's cupboard! AH AH BUT DID NOT calorie count them in SPARKS DIA... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:13:18 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Hi, it's me again! Hello, I discovered Sparkpeople about 6 years ago and it helped me lose nearly 50 pounds. Now, after having two kids within two years, I am back and ready to lose 18 pounds to get back my figure that I had before! Hoping I can conquer these extra pounds through SP! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:19:06 EST Hey, I'm new to the site. I'm a student, interested in anime and gaming. My main reason to use this site is to lose about 30 pounds and work on getting an active workout routine going. Feel free to add me c: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:03:47 EST Starting OVER THURSDAY! <em>245</em> I am starting again tomorrow as when I got to my mum's I DID NOT TAKE MY CUP SOUP TO FILL ME UP! after my microwave tea at HOME! I took 1 on Monday when 1st started BUT WAS NOT NEEDED AT MUM'S had it when I came home! <em>303</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:39:54 EST New Hello! I'm new to sparkpeople and am trying to get a healthy start on my new life. I'm 25, go to university, and work as a care provider. I've got 110 pounds to go. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:42:55 EST Hello Hello my name is Amanda and I have a lot of weight to lose but I am going to start off slow witj a reasonable goal of 26 pounds just so Im back under the 200 and into what most people call wonderland. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:21:32 EST Hello Group My name is William and I am new to sparkpeople and dieting in general. Over the past 8 years, I have slowly gained weight as a result of some recently discovered health issues, issues which thankfully have been resolved. This leaves me with the task of losing close to 40 pounds. I think I'm doing well, I've cut out soda and have been exercising. I don't know how long it will take me to lose the weight but I'm hoping to get into better shape by Christmas. Hoping to lose 2 pounds per week ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:52:35 EST Newbie Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Andie and I'm terrible at introductions! I'm one of those wallflowers at the middle school dance! <BR> <BR> I'm here to try and get an organizational handle on all this weight loss stuff. It's something I know I need to do, intellectually I know what I have to do, for the most part to do it, I just need a little help getting out of my own way I guess. <BR> <BR> Last year I lost 50 pounds on a medically supervised hell diet. I mean it was awful, I've put 20 poun... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:39:33 EST I'm changing my thoughts about food Hi, <BR> I'm an active, happy woman who wants to shed a couple of extra pounds. I'm using a technique that seems to work really well so far. Its making a short positive encouraging message to myself that I listen to a few times a day (especially when I'm feeling tired). I read about it in a short and fun book on Kindle, called "Size 12 to Size 6: Replacing Self Sabotaging Thoughts and Lose Weight Easily." <BR> It helped me years ago, and I have kept off the weight, and now I am using it... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:14:53 EST Losing the "new teacher" weight Hi everyone! Just checking in as a new user here on Sparkpeople. I am 27 years old and am going into my fourth year of teaching middle school English. I love what I do and am very dedicated, but I have certainly put on some "stress weight" as things started off. Right now I am 5-7 pounds above my ideal weight; I am looking to lose a few pounds in my waist and hips area, as well as just tone my body and come up with great ways to stay fit! My husband and I are newlyweds of just a few mont... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:09:37 EST Roller coaster I am wanting the roller coaster to end. I am at my heaviest weight now. My health is starting to go down hill do tot he lack of exercise and the junk I eat. I want to fill better and have the energy back that I had when I was eating right and at least walking 3 miles everyday!! <BR> The last few years have been the roller coaster I am now getting back to a somewhat normal schedule at least so walking in the mornings can be done just need to get out of bed first!! <BR> Looking for someone I... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:44:05 EST New Starter Today I just received my Spark 28 Day Breakthrough Plan book. I have been racking up points for a while but not really following through with anything else. I am encouraged by all the positive support that is shown. Today is the first day of my lifestyle change. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:17:09 EST New Here Hey Everyone! I signed up for this in January and haven't used these tools. I just get recipes every day. It's nice to have accountability partners? What is your goal? Mine is to do a Project 10 Challenge, lose 10 pounds and send 30 meals to kids in need. <em>521</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:43:36 EST need support Looking for supporters to help keep me motivated. I am trying to loose between 50 and 60lbs. and am currently trying to do it on my own... ( which is very hard to keep motivated), I don't have a good support system at home and have no one to "push me",. I exercise and walk everyday, but sometimes I just want to give up and not do it at all. I can also support you in any way needed. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:51:03 EST trying to get into shape :) hello everyone my name is Sam and I am new to this site. I have been trying to lose weight and have failed miserably at it. I am just here to try it out and hope that it helps as well as my motivation to do achieve my goals.. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:14:47 EST hello hi everyone <BR> My name is trish, I just joined, I want to look amazing again, im 39 years old. <BR> trish <em>521</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:49:24 EST Back.......with a vengeance. So I have been a member for over a year, but I have not been active in a while. I have been to other sites, app's, and weight loss program's. What I have come to realize is that I need to be a spark-girl. I have learned that this site has more to offer than any of the other ones I have found. So here's to the last starting over I will ever have (because this time I don't intend on stopping, just to have to start over).... and here's to the finish line with the support of SparkPeople! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:43:09 EST Back.......with a vengeance. So I have been a member for over a year, but I have not been active in a while. I have been to other sites, app's, and weight loss program's. What I have come to realize is that I need to be a spark-girl. I have learned that this site has more to offer than any of the other ones I have found. So here's to the last starting over I will ever have (because this time I don't intend on stopping, just to have to start over).... and here's to the finish line with the support of SparkPeople! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:23 EST Picking myself up.. I was doing really well with my weight..and then life happens. My daughter passed away, my husband survived his cardiac arrest..and now I am 15 pounds heavier. Time to get back on track. I hope to get focus from being on Sparkspeople. For my weight, and to quit smoking.. <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:30:31 EST Backslider trying again! I signed up with Sparkpeople about a year ago. And at first I was doing okay, but then I decided it was easier to just do it on my own and quit signing in. That was a big mistake! I am back now and I truly want to get rid of the excess pounds and I believe I can do it with encouragement from others and tracking my portions. I am glad I am back! Please, help me keep on track!!! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:22:16 EST losing my mommy weight for me. Hi Everyone, I am 31 years old, mother of two and starting my journey to lose about 35lbs. The motivations to get in shape and get healthy has just been really tough for me. It's time for me to suck it up and do it, for me. I quit smoking a month ago using Chantix which caused me to gain weight despite trying to diet. So here goes... Diet and exercise... I can do this! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:10:11 EST Hi everyone! I'm just getting back into fitness after a 9 month hiatus. This past winter really aggravated both my fibro and asthma. I kind of gave up on life for a bit there, but am ready to get back in the fight. I'm retiring from the military next summer and want to go out in as great of shape as I came in :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:55:56 EST Back on track Hi everyone! I've been on weight watchers for almost a year , it just got boring and expensive. Finding Spark people has got me excited and motivated! Love how this program sets the calorie boundaries and deductions as you have meals/snacks! Good luck everyone! Wish me luck too! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:50:52 EST Newbie Hi, I am just trying to find my way around here. <em>41</em> Never been on a social site before (except facebook and I never post on there!) Would like to make new friends but tend to be very introverted - not selling myself very well...... <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:44:24 EST workout partners Hi everyone! I'm Nene! <BR> I'm excited to get started on my journey, and I'm very thankful for my cousin that told me about this awesome community. I am looking for workout partners in the Orlando area. Females only. Don't think my husband would be happy with a male workout partner, lol. <BR> Have a Blessed day Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:42 EST Patricia I am in need of support to achieve a healthy life style that lasts the rest of my life. I joined this site because it had everything I was looking for. I am a full time student working on a BA in business administration. A non-traditional student I am 50 years old. But I feel great for already having completed 2 years towards my degree. I am a Des Moines resident. I work in a convenience store as assistant manager. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:39:06 EST Something wrong with my mirror. Hi everyone. I'm new here and terrified. My biggest hurdle right now is that I keep thinking that I am still thin. I was always thin, until my mom passed away 10 years ago, and since then I've gained and gained. However, when I think about myself, i'm 100 pounds lighter. Which creates a terrifying disappointment when I look in the mirror and realize that's not how I look. <BR> <BR> My husband is less than supportive and that makes me sad. I have a really long journey to make alone and f... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:43:51 EST just starting out hey my name is Kat and I am new to sparkpepol not relay sure what to put so hi <em>2</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:37:10 EST Just joined Hi all well were do I start I'm a 59 year old lady with thyroid problems my weight is out of control it's been suggested to me that I go in a high protein low carb glutton free diet. <BR> At the Moment I'm extremely lethargic energy levels at rock bottom. <BR> <BR> I started the diet yesterday I'm going for a week of protein only . Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:54:49 EST New Career, New City and a Fresh Start. Hello Spark People! <BR> My name is Rachel and I just joined up. I just finished my PhD ,graduated in December and moved to Chicago. I am a cancer survivor and have intracranial hypertension. I can't afford to not take my health seriously and am determined that I will make the necessary lifestyle changes to do so. I need to find productive ways of managing the stress of my new career. I'm taking things one day at a time and am looking for a supportive community, especially because I know ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:36:25 EST Losing 100 pounds or more <em>9</em> Spark People is probably the only weight loss website people can go to that have 100 pounds or more that doesn't try to fit a person into a "mold" of charts, graphs, BMI calculations or outdated "what you should weigh" insurance written guidelines for height, weight, and age. (or snarky dooms day posters who say "you can't do it"). <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I have 99 pounds to loose. My first goal is to lose 50. (maybe less, I haven't weighed in today). My husband and I plan on ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:27:12 EST Looking for support buddies Hello, been trying to get rid of over 100 pounds, but keep falling back into the old routine. Need support buddies! People who can give support and need it too. I am always looking to help others but also realize I need the encouragement and support too! <em>304</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:27:34 EST Im Tired Of the YOYO!! Hello SPARKWORLD!!! I am a 32 year old wife and mother! I have been on and off a 'diet' since the age of 9 and have struggled with my eating habits my entire life! I have let my weight creep up on me these past 4 years ----almost 45 lbs. This just got real!!!!! I want to feel STRONG and sexy! I know it wont be an easy journey, but i know it will be worth it!!! Im Ready to rip one with you SPARK PEEPS!!!!!!! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:01:41 EST Law student looking to get in shape to graduate! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Going into my final year of law school after the most challenging year of my life. In addition to a third year of school (part time in the evenings) I also work graveyard shift as a casino dealer (full time) and am a full-time husband to my lovely wife and I have two dogs and five cats - yes, including one called Romeo. <BR> <BR> I weigh 331 pounds presently, the heaviest I have ever been, and it's time to drop the weight while I still can. I find myself waking up in ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:35:47 EST Back again and ready for a new me Hi. I am a 59 year old who wants to become stronger physically and emotionally before I reach 60. I used to be persistent, was able to run and exercise daily. I do not know what happened to my strength and persistence. I dream to be a runner, but only dream and cannot motivate myself to start. About 3 years ago I was running 20 miles a week. I broke my ankle and was never able to find motivation to restart my running. I am physically health and have no problems to run other than lack o... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:25:41 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople, but definitely not new to weigh loss attempts. I have been fat in my mind since I was 10, and fat in reality since I was 12. <BR> <BR> I was that girl in elementary school who wore a 34C cup when all my friends were wearing 32A. I went from children's clothes to adult size 12 without ever stopping at 2, 4. <BR> <BR> I was always on the sidelines embarrassed of my existence, ashamed for being, and jealous, oh so jealous, of the skinny girls. <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:04:44 EST Saying Hi Also Hi, I've been using the Sparkpeople site on and off for a couple of years, but I am just now trying the waters of the community aspect. I'm a 59-year-old woman living near Charlottesville, Virginia, married for 36 years to Guy, working as an Episcopal minister in a small and historic church. I've been dealing with eating and weight issues almost my entire life. The good news is that in the last two years or so I have lost about 50 pounds. I hope to speed up the process now that I have two new... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:47 EST Saying Hi Hello Everyone; <BR> <BR> My name is Zenna, or you can call me "Z". I am nearly 28, weight 215 and need to lose 10 lbs to get down to my ideal weight and BMI. I am having early cancer issues, with boarder line diabetic, and just plain depression and exhaustion. I want to lose all this weight the right way and learn how to live a life style that is healthy and full of great healthy habits. Today is day 1, I am committing myself to this goal for the next year. So I will start tomorrow morning ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:00 EST Back again hello all my name is Melinda. I am returning to get my perspective as I have gotten lost in life's shuffle. I am the married mother of 3 and caregiver to a terminally ill mother. I have had 3 hernia repairs in the last 6 years and working out is tough. But I can see I am again neglecting myself and I am here to change that. I look forward to the work and meeting inspiring people. This site is the best! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:21:25 EST Hello I joined today hoping that making myself more accountable for what I am doing will help me lose the weight I so desperately need to lose. I am not obese but according to my doctor for my height I am close. Also, I do think of this as a lifestyle change not a diet. I already know diets don't work. Anyway, enough of that. Just hope being part of sparkpeople will inspire and help me. Thank you all for listening to me <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:30 EST No More Excuses! Here we go.........I am 30 years old and am morbidly obese. I want to do weight lose surgery but my insurance won't cover it and am not willing to spend $20k when I don't even own a home. I will be the first to admit I do NOT exercise, I do NOT eat right and have not really tried. Yes I have tried the walking around the block several times and given up with many excuses; it's too hot, it's too cold, I am tired, I don't have time. I have MFP on my phone and track for a few weeks then stop.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:04:04 EST Getting things going in Central Florida I am a wife, mother of 4 almost grown children who has hit the mid 40s with about 15 extra pounds to lose. More importantly, I miss the feeling of being fit. Before moving to Florida, I worked out 6 days each week. Sometimes, it was only a 45 minute brisk walk, but most days I found my way to the YMCA. When I moved here, the YMCA was lacking and before I knew it, I was becoming a couch potato. I found a gym I like and here I go! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:39:54 EST Introduction Hi everyone, <BR> I am 34 years old, married and have 2 children. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It's something that affects my everyday life. I am going to try to start eating healthier and try to get a little bit more fit. It's going to be a long slow process but hopefully, I will get there. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:18:39 EST Hi everyone! I am new here. I joined because I want to live a healthier lifestyle without going on a 'diet'. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:17:44 EST Just joined! I just joined today. I want a way to keep myself accountable while I work to reach a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:04 EST Here to kick it in to high gear! Hello Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I'm not totally new but I'm newly committed. I'm going to have knee surgery in December and I'd like to lose at least 15lbs by then, the rest of my goal by March. Over 16 years ago I lost 60 lbs and have kept it off, but haven't reached my ultimate goal weight. I'm ready to do the work and refine my diet even more. I'm mostly vegan but enjoy the occasional dairy. I live in Seattle and love the Pacific Northwest. Thanks! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:24:46 EST I'm Back! I'M BACK! <em>524</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:59:01 EST Two of us! My husband and I are going to lose weight after welcoming our new baby into the family. Does anyone have any suggestions for creating meal plans with spark people that will work for both he and I? I think I have an idea but I'm wondering if Spark People had anything that is specific for couples? we have a lot of weight to lose and I'm excited to get started! Want to go grocery shopping asap <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:43:00 EST Greetings from CT! Hello SparkPeople! My name is Melissa, or Mel. I'm 31 years old and have a wonderful husband and two darling girls. Fitness came into my life back in 2009, but it was more something I did for my husband. Only when I realized that I need to be healthy for myself did everything change. <BR> <BR> Last November, I realized there was a case of Muscle Milk in my fridge. I immediately said to my husband: "Why is there Muscle Milk in the fridge?" I'm sure I was thinking some negative word about the ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:10:05 EST Hello...! I love sparkpeople but have started and stopped too often in the past to allow real change. I think it is going to be different this time....I started exercising first, then when it seemed I had that habit established, added the nutrition app on my phone. It has been a couple weeks of staying in my calorie range, and now as a third step I am here online to introduce myself to the sparkpeople community.....! Good luck on your journeys everyone :-) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:20:35 EST whitegirl14 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:16 EST Back Again I have closed my old sparkpeople account and am starting over. I need to have a clean slate to work with. My name is Sandy and I am 55 years old, married to my best friend of 32 years and I have a beautiful daughter Jess. I need to stay on track, I work at a university and there is always junk food around. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:51:14 EST It is time to overcome!!! Greetings! My goal is 15 lbs. This time, I want to keep it off. My weight has been fluctuating for years. Most of my problem is that I get tired of working out as my work out has become redundant. Going to try the hula hoop method to see if it will bring joy to exercise. Also, by getting involved with a community of like-minded folks, It will breathe new life into my struggle for success. I'm Excited! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:19:23 EST Ready to make a REAL START! Hey everybody, my name is Megan and I've been on sparkpeople for a while but am only now getting serious about being on here more. The system seems so nice and I really do well with others around to motivate! I'm 24 and getting married in 3 months...the only bad thing....I'm the biggest I have ever been in my life! My face is a wreck and I'm not as happy as I feel I should be I just don't want to look back and hate myself in pictures. So here I am I've been working for a while to lose weight ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:59:02 EST Help!!!!!!!! I want to lose weight really fast... I was thinking about starving myself, but I know that's bad. Any advice? BTW PLZ DONT JUDGE I HAVE BEN GOING THROUGH A LOT OF DEPRESSION:( Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:13:42 EST for me Hello my name is jessica. I am finely doing something just for me.Along the way i want to help others find themselves. To be the best mom i can be i must feel proud of myself and for me that starts with my weight.So i wish you luck in life and ask for the same. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:00:22 EST My New Transformation Hi everyone! My name is Gail please free to call me Liz. As you can see from my profile picture I shave my head complete bald. <BR> <BR> There's a reason why I did what I did, I needed to start a whole brand new me from top to bottom, and on my sparkpage explain more. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of being tired, I am done pleasing everyone, this is about me and my new journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:23:46 EST Food Addict Hello! :) This is not my first rodeo of weight I am sure many of you are in the same boat, So that being said....My brain knows I need to modify my eating habits, exercise, drink water, etc. What I am stuck the addiction. I mean really...I think about food from the time I wake until the time I fall asleep. No joke. Anytime I am going somewhere I think about what restaurants are on the way and what I can have. I snap myself out of it sometimes thinking "what the he... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:12:13 EST Hello Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Janie and I'm starting fresh with Spark People. <BR> Looking to, well, lose 30 pounds but ultimately improve my overall lifestyle. <BR> I've been in a bit of a rut for the past few months... <BR> <BR> After being diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago (and healthy now) I was basically put into early menopause making losing weight so much harder! <BR> <BR> Feeling motivated now so hope it stays that way! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:07:57 EST trying to lose some weight+ left over baby weight Hi y'all, I'm danni, I'm 26 and the mother of an amazing 8 month old little girl named Beretta. I'm trying to lose at least 50 lbs, 30 of it left over from baby girl, all I wanted while I was pg was chili dogs and Mac n cheese.... Not to healthy I know...... I'm ATM weighing in at 230 lbs.... I feel 30% bigger then that..... I'd love to at least get under 200 for now then my end goal is 165...I've always been bigger, it used to be because I was built, I swam all the time and mowed lawns, was ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:48:32 EST Tired of giving up Hi I'm Courtney and I have started dieting more times than I can count. I am close to almost 200 pounds and I am not happy with that. I realize that I have no one to blame but myself. I intend to start back on my weight loss journey. Especially now that I am getting married next year, I know that I can do this but I would love to have some friends along the way. Please feel free to message me! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:06:40 EST trying something new Hello, <BR> This is me putting in an effort to get healthy. I'm not sure yet if this is something that will work for me, but I like the idea of having community support while I try to do this. As a teenager, I was thin, but struggled with disordered eating. I am four years "recovered," and now at 22 I am a new mom to a beautiful baby girl, and as happens to all new moms, I have a brand new body to learn to love and accept. I am not seriously overweight, and for reasons made obvious, I am he... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:23:07 EST Hi I'm Mary! Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> I'm Mary, 30 yo mother of 3 - who are the loves of my life. We are making a family goal to get healthier after my husband recently spend a week in the hospital due to diverticulitis. <em>230</em> That was a huge eye opener for us. He will be joining once his diet restrictions are lifted to keep him accountable... Looking forward to finding a more comfortable in my skin me. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:50:12 EST the first steps in my new life I see the first steps in my new life because on May 9th of 2014, Mother's Day weekend I was put into the hospital because I was having jaw pain thought I was having a mini heart attack it turns out that I have MS I spent all weekend in the hospital as a ram test after test on me. <BR> I was handed a lot of people work on different meds and said I had to make a decision within 2 days of what meds I want to be put on meanwhile I'm scared to death because I didnt know that much about MSI'm now o... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:07:57 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST ISO motiviation... .support....and others in my bo Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Third times a charm ~ I'm sure of it. I've been here before...I've had every excuse in the world....and I've had all the answers. NOW...its time to take time for me...get serious...and do this. <BR> <BR> My name is Kerry.....I'm from Wisconsin....and need to focus more on me..than on everyone and everything else. I'm learning that there is more to life than the needs of others. <BR> <BR> I would love someone to check in on me...keep me on trac... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:52:18 EST back at it Hi. Really want to feel more comfortable in my clothes. I should be able to lose 40 pounds and be the right size. I just barefoot surgery and have not been able to exercise for 3 months. I want to focus on making better food choices. I hope to be able to start walking a mile or so at least every other day. My biggest struggle seems to be snacking in the evening. I end up feeling like I need something and then consume large amounts of calories in a short time.. Any tips? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:06:49 EST I'm new, need buddies, need support Hello everyone, <BR> I'm new here and I need support from all of you here. <BR> I have been overweight for the most part of my life. I'm married to a family of thin people and I get ridiculed all the time. I get frustrated at times and sometimes hate myself and my body for the way I look. <BR> Getting to a healthy lifestyle is tough for me, but I know I can do it if I'm in the right company. <BR> I need buddies with whom I can share my thoughts and ideas. We can also have some healthy competi... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:04:49 EST New to Sparkpeople Hey there. I'm starting this journey of being healthier and feeling better about my body. I've been using the trackers on and off. I want to loose this weight and consistency is hard for me. I saw that many users have more success if they blog and become part of a community. So, I'm introducing myself. I turn 37 this year and had a goal of loosing 37 pounds by my birthday. I've lost 10 pounds! I'm gearing up for school to start and am looking for some helpful suggestions on menu ideas. Talk w... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:54:20 EST Introduction Hi, <BR> My name is Tonya and I am here because I'd like to loose weight the healthy way. I need to loose 22lbs to get to my goal. I know that isn't much to loose, however, I'm in surgical menopause. I'm only 44 but I have no hormones. This makes it much harder for me to loose weight and I have never lost weight easily anyway. So it is twice as hard for me to loose weight. I have never really been extremely heavy. In fact I was very thin most of my teen years and even into my 20's. Th... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:58:29 EST Hello! I'm Dawn and I have been on a weight loss mission for a couple months now! I have lost 20 lbs and plateau'd.. I want to lose.. no I need to lose 75 more pounds or so. I am excited to have you all as a support team as I work my way to healthy and happy! Stop by my blog.. I'm hoping to keep it updated! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:52:47 EST Hi There!!!! I am new to this and still trying to find my way around. Hope to meet people on here that have similar goals. Spark up some friendships!!!! <em>524</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:44:35 EST Hello, I am a grandma doing the super shred diet I am looking for friends and some support, just someone to share successes with and share enthusiasm! My husband is sick of hearing about my new diet and I just feel like I need some folks to share this journey with! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:34:18 EST I've always been big.... My number one excuse for not trying harder. Its always been this way and it will never change, so just learn to live with it. I am now well past the age were I can ignore the facts. I am in my mid forties and am certain that if I don't make some drastic changes, "living with it" won't be an option. So that's why I'm here. <BR> <BR> How I got here is a different story. I am single again after a twenty year marriage fell apart around me, I have one daughter who is gratefully moving on wi... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:33:30 EST Hi, I am Karen I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:49 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:18 EST Tired of my own excuses - need to find me, again. I used to be someone I thought was attractive. I took pride in my appearance. I took pride in myself. About 5 years ago, I became sick. It culminated 3 years ago with me having brain surgery and several related procedures. I gave up. Within 5 years, I gained roughly 130lbs. One whole person. I can't believe I lost sight of who I was. Who I thought I would become. I became an invisible person. I try to blend into the background as often as I can. I barely know the woman who would p... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:02:46 EST Need a Buddy Hey all! I'm kinda new to all of this and could really use some help with the planning and the motivation. <BR> <BR> I have some support here at home, but not the kind I need. <BR> My husband, whom I love dearly, wants me to be fit and healthier, but he just doesn't provide the motivation that works for me. He comes at it from a place of love, I get it. But I get defensive with him anytime he catches me eating something I shouldn't. <BR> I also cannot work out with him. He's an "iron pumper.... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:01:19 EST 67 and still trying As you can see by my message title, I'm 67 and have 50+ lbs. to lose. I've been on many diets/plans in my adult life and I'm still convinced that I can lose the weight I need to lose and to keep off. For me, accountability is key and Sparkpeople seems to have everything I need. This is only day four, but so far so good. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:25:07 EST sad My name is Darlene I am the mother of five adult kids with 4 grand children 13, 10, 5, 2. <BR> I was a single mother with no child support, living in Bronx NY. I am 54, I have had a weigh issue for 29 yrs I am up and down, I always tried but fail, I always had a good outlook on life until March 1 2012, I lost my youngest son, my baby, my heart at 26 years old, he was a wonderful son always put me first before his girlfriend, he was a tumbling coach. March 1 2012 I stop living, stop caring,... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:34:43 EST Got to get it done! I have used Sparkpeople a number of years ago and found it helpful to lose weight and stick with my goals. A family member convinced me to try another free website that he has done well with and I gave up Sparkpeople to try that one. Then my work brought in Weight Watchers at work. In the end, I have gained back what I lost and then some. I am so disappointed in myself for ever leaving SP. But now I feel is the time to move forward and so I came back to SP and am hoping to get back into the S... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:30:57 EST Determined Hello, my name is Carolyn. I have been struggling with my weight \for the past two year. I recently discovered that I have a vitamin D deficiency and I also am anemic. I visited my doctor and was prescribed vitamin D and an Iron supplement. I am feeling much better and seem to have more energy. I am ready to get back on track and enjoy a healthy lifestyle Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:42:49 EST Need to lose the menapot Hi, I'm a 61 year old female with at least 25 pounds to lose. Seems like no matter how much I walk, do Zoomba and track what I eat, it just won't come off. I'm active and I have gone to clean eating, for the most part. My Dr. says, cut more calories, but if I do, I will be eating nothing. Any suggestions? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:44:57 EST 65 pounds!! here we go Time to drop a few,...65 to be exact. I’ve let things go a little longer than I maybe should have, but I’m on my way back down. For good this time!!! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:32:34 EST Hi Hi I'm from east Texas. I'm 52 years old and very proud of it. I went through a weightloss jorney a few years back but stopped exercising and starting getting in a bad eatting habit. I drank cokes all the time. I gained my weight back and then some. This time though. In June I weighed 190 and I am only 5'3" that made me very angry with myself. So I have cut all my cokes out and drink only water. I eat more fruits and veggies and no fry foods. I have lost 10 lbs so far. It is going s... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:13:08 EST 43 pounds to go after lap band surgery! Hi, I'm Kay from MT. I had lap band surgery about 3 years ago and lost approximately 50 pounds and have about 43 to go. I joined for motivation and support. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:53:24 EST Re: Low self esteem Hi, For the past four years I have to realize that the people who adopted me at ten were abusive and only bought me because their real daughter wanted a playmate. Two years I received love but when the daughter was done with me, they were. I am 46 now with a great family of my own and every one knows-even their daughter's family how they are toxic. I am really letting them effect my self esteem and now I want to break away and lose 50 pounds. With your help, I need to focus on how I feel ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:51:56 EST Here I go again.... My name is Laura-I have been on a million diets, I am at the age my weight is effecting my quality of life. I am hoping to get extra motivation by using this tool. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:46:42 EST Hi I'm Sue I 've been a SP member since 4/19/14 and LOVE it! <BR> <BR> I'm 63, soon to be 64 and what to feel better, look better, eat better and move more! I'm on the plan and working it. I don't quite have the exercise into a habit yet - but hoping it will happen soon! <BR> <BR> The SP motivation is the best. I joined the community team today to help share and spread the Spark and in turn hold myself accountable! <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:46:29 EST Tracileah My name is Traci and I am 18 months away from my 40th birthday. For my entire life, I have taken care of everybody else and put me on the back burner. I am a wife for 19 years and a mom to two very busy boys (12 and 14). I have decided, as a gift to myself, I would like to lose 100 pounds and maintain it by my 40th birthday. I am looking forward to the support I anticipate receiving on this site! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:36:20 EST I need help!!!!! Hello I am a 44 year old working wife and mother. I need to lose almost 70 pounds. I would love to have some accountability partners. Consistency is my problem. I know I can do this. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:17:57 EST Hi Im Elena <em>675</em> Im from Bulgaria.excuse me for my bad english.I am 39 years old .and now Iwant to change my life!First I stop smoking-since 10.1.2014 and now i want to lose 15 kilo from my body I ll support every one of you and please support me. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:50:10 EST weight lose Posting is new to me. I've been slowly trying to loose weight. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:21:45 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:04 EST newbie here:-) Hey ther, I am a mom of 2 and currently so unhappy and depressed about my body. I am not here to focus on a number on a scale i am here to focus on getting healthier and slimming down and toning up.. im currently 230 lbs beside when i was pregnant this is the biggest iv ever been. i just had a baby 9 months ago and i was 260 when i had her. My trouble is i am an extremely picky eater and finding healthy things that i like to eat is very hard and why i keep failing on this weight loss mission ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:57:28 EST new to sparkpeople... Found this website when I was looking for ways to track calories, etc; very helpful in keeping myself accountable...makes dieting easier. Anyone with yummy, healthy recipes that are helpful in reducing cholesterol, low in sodium/fat, and heart-healthy, let me know. Also, any tips are appreciated as well. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:56:57 EST Hi, Newby here I just heard about this site today and I thought I would give it a try. <BR> I've been a member with Weight Watchers now for over a yr. now, and I've been at a stand still since Jan. I need to loose 23lbs. but all I do is yoyo a 1 to 2 lb loss then gain it back. <BR> I'm trying this to see if I can get a jump start and start loosing and reaching my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Any advice would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Star* Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:41:02 EST New to SP and Looking for Friend Connections Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and in desperate need of motivation. I am a previous WW member and after losing 30 pounds, I lost ALL of my motivation. Partly to bad ankles and knees and partly to boredom with my workouts. So here I am, trying to get back into the swing of things. With WW I became addicted to weighing myself every week and I think this also is playing a part in me staying motivated because when I step on that scale and see no change, I get discouraged because I am ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:30:45 EST Reintroducing myself! Hey everyone, I'm Milissa from Clovis, California. I've always had problems with my weight, and it's always been something I've been working on. I went to MyFitnessPal for a few years, but discovered that their "logging in streak" was making me have anxiety problems. I was recently diagnosed as having moderate OCD, and I think that's part of why MFP was triggering the anxiety attacks. I remembered how I had lost from 284.8 to 224 on Spark People, so I'm back here, attempting to get back d... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:35 EST Had Gastric By pass and gained 50 lbs back I am 60 yrs young and had gastric bypass 11 years ago this month. I have put on 50 lbs since surgery and feel like I am out of control. At my Dr.s visit last Friday my blood sugar was up. He told me I could take meds or he would give me 3 months to get my act together. So here I am. I have high blood pressure also. I know if I could lose this weight and start eating better I will be OK. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:48:49 EST Another go at it I am not new to this site but then again I have never spent much time on it. Lack of a computer for many years anyways here is a little about me. <BR> <BR> I am from Northern MN, I am always on the go, and I am a workaholic. Eating right and finding time to exercise is not the easiest thing for me to fit in. I also have to say that finding things I can take to work to eat isn't easy either. I have many food allergies and not always the time in a day to cook right. I am doing better with ma... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:45 EST pictures I wanted to put my picture on my spark picture page...not sure how to do it ! I hit browse and it does nothing ! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:24:07 EST Desperate My name is Mary, I am just Exhausted! of being overweight I think it's an understatement. I have tired every diet you can think of and I fall off the wagon. I just need help with motivation. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:24:05 EST The first day of many! Today is day 1 for me with spark coach ! I am ready to get back to the healthy active me I use to know and Love! I miss her! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:17:42 EST 22 year old female student back in action Hi everyone. Two years ago I was a gym fanatic...toned, energetic and healthy. Relocating to a new city became a bit overwhelming and my priorities became a little scattered. Gained heaps of weight and my fitness levels rocketed south. <BR> <BR> Been toying with getting fit again and last week I decided, "enough talk, let's do this". 18 kgs to lose by the end of this year. With a 1200 cal, low carb eating plan; as well as a daily circuit strength routine, I'm confident I can attain my goal ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:07 EST 40 years old and ready to change my life! Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday and I am working my way through the intro pages trying to figure it all out. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight most of my adult life. I have lost a lot of weight and I have gained a lot of weight. Then I gave up. It felt hopeless. <BR> <BR> A few months ago I turned 40 and something snapped, (midlife crisis perhaps?) and decided to change how I approach food and exercise. It was a huge change for me. <BR> <BR> I stopped think... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:59:54 EST Introducing Myself Even Tho I'm an "Old Timer" Hi All! I've been intermittently on and off SparkPeople for many years. My top weight in 1992 was 382 and bottom within the past 40 years was 242 (a year ago). Today, it's 253.5. Since 1992 I estimate I have easily gained and lost over 300 pounds. Really appreciate the Trackers and the Community. I am also using the Coach Program and am sure that is helping a lot. "Small steps" and "do what you can" philosophies work! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:55:18 EST Time to try something different Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Cathrine. My story.... I've managed to lose the same 10 pounds 4 times over the last 8 months. Sad that if I'd kept them all off I'd be at my goal now. Sigh.... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 47 and I just don't have the stamina I used to. Menopause is making weight loss harder. I just lost my Dad from complications related to diabetes and congestive heart failure in June. I'm tired of feeling sluggish. Its time to do something. <BR> <BR> I decided I need a ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:23:38 EST Second time's the charm...? Hi Everyone! I'm Tee, I'm 28 from Jamaica and I recently entered the 300lb club. I've been fat/bigger all of my life. Often the tallest one in my grades in school and usually the biggest as well. It took me years to accept that who I am wasn't a bad thing. Being fat, being big, being tall doesn't make me a monster and I would happily continue being fappy [Fat and Happy] if I was guaranteed good health as well. For me though that is not the case. My biological mother was diagnosed with diabete... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:18:01 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly, I was a marathoner in what seem like a different life. Lots has happened and I need to get my back on track. In the last 2 years I moved away from my home town, got married, gained a 3 year old amazing step son overnight, became a same at home mom, had my son 3 months ago, went back to work, and now I am looking to get my health and fitness back on track. <BR> <BR> So Here I am on the first day of my journey back to health. It feels like I have a ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:09:05 EST never too late I am a grandmother to 11 , great grandmother to 2, been married 49 years ! I am so out of shape, have tried so many plans and sites. I am down 20 lbs from where I had been but I find to so hard to stay motivated when all those around love to eat !! We camp a lot and there is always so much junk food. My husband loves to eat out, I always cave in and eat the wrong things. I get frustrated because he is diabetic and should be watching also. But he doesn't. This new site is my last tr... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:18:40 EST Hi, All! Beginning my divorce recovery journey.... Hi, everyone! My name is Christina and I am a brand new member...overwhelmed and completely insecure with myself. This is my story: <BR> <BR> Married for 15 years, BLINDSIDED & DEVASTATED by a divorce, forced to face/admit/understand that I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. For the past year I have been eating my way through my pain & sadness. I have been hiding from the world, from myself......but not from food. <BR> <BR> NO MORE!!!!! I have two AMAZING kids, 15 & 13, and ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:37:50 EST Hi! I am a 32 year old mother of four. I have three daughters - ages 13, 11 and 5 and one son - age 8. My husband started dieting about 2 months ago and he's lost about 30 lbs already. I have been trying to do things with him a little at a time, but I discovered that I need more help than that. I have a lot of weight to lose. I would like to lose at least 100 lbs eventually. I could probably lose even more than that. I'm a very picky eater. I tried to eat a salad the other day (really just lettu... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:26:09 EST Happy to be back again even though I'm fatter : ) Oh, god--just checked in after a 7-year hiatus. Gained back all my weight +13 pounds extra. Yowza--I am GREAT at the art of weight gain! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm keeping my chin up. Just set some more goals and this time entered a specific food tracker plus specific exercise plan. I usually fire up after 2 weeks of steady gym time, but this time I really have to apply myself. I got lazy over the years, had a back injury and a fair bit of stress, but I don't want to make excuses a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:32 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed The problem with me is that I have lost weight in the past. And by that I mean a lot of weight. But I have gained it again due to my carelessness. I am back on track again, but the momentum is not as it was the last time. So I need a buddy with whom I can track my progress and celebrate the journey of getting fit. <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:35 EST Over 65 Hi, I am looking for people who are over 65 to help me (I am actually 71) loose weight. I am in need of someone to talk to to help me stay on track. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:55:18 EST Almost 40, it's now or never Hello everyone, been on spark since July 19, 2014. Battling health issues, and need to get at least 50 pounds off. When I make it there, I will work on another 34... keeping up in here everyday is keeping me focused... thank you! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:02 EST Hello!!!! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new here and I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 39 year old stay at home mom to 4 kids. Our boys are 18 & 14 and our girls are 9 & 6. My weight has fluctuated over the past few years but at 197 I am definitely ready for a change! I have bipolar and depending on which phase I'm in I tend to overeat or not eat at all at times. I am really excited to make a change and get my eating and exercise habits in control. I'm glad to be a member now because from what I've hear... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:07:05 EST 21 year old a recovered eating disorder Hello fellow spark people i'm a 21 and a recovered eating disorder i was a anorexic and its been 2 years now, but now i have another issue i'm now overweight since learning to love and enjoy food again i'm hoping to get motivation to back to a healthy weight and doing it with out starvation and maintaining the weight loss the healthy way. I hope to be motivated by people you are aspiring the same thing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:02:30 EST Anyone with a LOT of weight to lose? I've got a FitBit, a membership at the Y, my SparkPeople Account ... but I've got a long, long, long journey ahead of me. Anyone else like me? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:13 EST diagnosed this week as having mild diabetes <em>24</em> <BR> I'm 65 years old, way overweight, with some health issues and have just been diagnosed as having diabetes. I'm pretty sedentary, but plan to start exercising, using the workout videos that I've found on this site. Hopefully, I'll keep up the momentum, increase the amount of exercise as I get comfortable with it and be around to enjoy my famly. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:51:34 EST It Needs to Work This Time - SAHM with 3 Kids Hello everyone. I think I joined SparkPeople in 2012, and forgot about it quickly afterwards. I am a stay at home mom with three kids - 6, 3, and 15 months. I'm always busy and always putting myself last. I love to eat and have no willpower! I also have high blood pressure and have had it since I was 27 - part genetic and part lifestyle. I had gestational diabetes twice and it was horrible. I'm dreading getting heart disease and diabetes. I need to be around for my kids. I want to be around f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:11:35 EST Hi! I am new here! Hi my name is Katie. I play volleyball, basketball, and I love being outside. I also love spending time with my friends and family. I am looking to lose about 15 pounds and make better eating choices! <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:01:41 EST 18-Year-Old, College Bound, Type 2 Diabetic Female Hi there! My name is Dez. As the title says, I am an eighteen-year-old lady who is ready to take her life in a new, healthy, and productive direction. Here are a few short and sweet facts about me: <BR> 1. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in September of 2012. <BR> 2. I was born with a mild case of asthma. <BR> 3. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol in 2013. <BR> 4. I was diagnosed with anxiety in December of 2013. <BR> 5. I take 70/30 insulin and Metformin ER t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:44:40 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople :) Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new but i'm excited to start finally getting on board with losing weight. I've tried and fallen off the band wagon multiple times. I hope that being here and having support from you guys will give me the motivation to really kick it in gear. I'm happy to cheer anyone on and i'm excited to start smashing goals! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:57 EST 62 Year Old Type 2 Diabetic & I'm Scared to Death Hello Everyone! <BR> I have known I'm a Type 2 diabetic for years and have tried everything to bring my numbers down but I have such a hard time making myself stick to any program, exercise, etc. You would think I would have more discipline, but I don't. I've joined SparklPeople because I have "lurked" on this web site for several years reading success stories one after another and wanting to be one. I NEED HELP! I'd love to hear from someone who had no willpower and is willing to share w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:43 EST A second start Hi, I joined Sparkpeople, logged things for a couple of days, then went away for almost 3 weeks. I visited family and was served meals with double carbs ie: rice with sweet potato as a veg. I was amazed I had only gained 2 lbs while away! I am back home now and ready to get back on track!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:06:37 EST hi I am Mary, a long time member finally made by way back. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:39:29 EST Trying to get pregnant. Hello. I just restarted my sparkpeople account. I am now going on my second weight loss journey, this time for a much different reason. I was first successful in losing over 90 pounds and kept it off for 2 years then along came blissful marriage. Horrible excuse but sounds much better than I got lazy. I managed to gain all the weight back and have had a much harder time getting the pounds off. Until now, I want to have a baby! My husband and I want a healthy pregnancy and definitely feel... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:15 EST Newbie Canadian Gal here! Have been on Weight Watchers since May and am down 17 lbs so far. Here for additional support on my weight loss journey. Any tips, advice, exercise ideas, etc. are welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this!!!! We can do it you guys!!!!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:20 EST 3rd day & feeling great! This is my 3rd day and I've already cut my calories down by 1500. Feeling so much better already and excited about this journey! The mobile app is AWESOME and the updates between app and computer happen within seconds. Congrats to everyone else for putting health at the top of your priority list! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:16:42 EST Hi. New here. Hi all. This is my first day on sparkpeople and i am very excited. I am 46 and I have about 68 lbs to lose and it seems very daunting. My weight and my diets have always yo-yo'd my entire life. I am the kind of person that needs to be held accountable for everything, or, and lets be honest here, I won't do it. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:12:04 EST Newbie saying Hi Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I have been working on my for 5 years now since my weight randomly went drastically up. I have bounce up and down from 130-170 for the last 3 years. Right now I am at the higher end after quitting smoking and eating instead of smoking. For the past 3 months though I have gone back to a healthy eating stopped the bad snacking and have been exercising daily but the weight just wont drop. I am hoping by tracking my eating and exercise I can see what I migh... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:28 EST weight loss I HAD to come back to this place after a couple yrs. I have to get whipped into shape. I am very desperate. I have a very doable homework assignment from my doctor. I got to lose 6 lbs by Oct 14. I know I can do it. I have done it before. If I got motivated, I could lost that X 3! I know I can. I just cant get moving. I am (I guess) pre diabetic. I have to act now!!! I called the Diabetes association but they say I am normal. My doctor says they changed it all so people can have time to chang... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:43 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:32 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST HELLO!!! I just wanted tp introduce myself. My name is Holly and I live in nebraska. I have used Spark people before but I have not ever been this serious about it. I am newly remarried and am about to come up to my 1st anniversary. He is super health concious and is a body builder so I am hoping to use this to an advantage. He has been helping me stick to a 1400-1500 calorie diet as well as an exercise plan. I really like that I can track everything I eat as well as making sure I am balancing al... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:07:46 EST New to the site Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Not really sure what to expect or anything. Just looking for support and tips on how to lose weight and stay focused.. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:11 EST Hello Hey guys, well I am new here looking for support and hopefully some awesome tips.:) I am just looking to take back my life from my fluffy suit and get enjoy life more. <em>224</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:37:02 EST Hello Everyone :-) My name is Amanda. I am new to Spark People & still trying to find my way around. Wow, SP is amazing, with so much to offer!! I need to lose 50 pounds & become more active again. I recently had surgery & my activity level tanked. I have always enjoyed walking/jogging, biking & being outdoors. I loved the freedom, peace, & overall wonderful sense of well being it brought to me. I am staying positive & I am confident I will be enjoying these activities again very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:03 EST New Member from Central MA Hi All! <BR> <BR> A friend told me about Sparkpeople. I am new today. I am a 40 yo woman with a 14 yo daughter. I want to lose weight so I can feel good. Actually so I can excellent. It's not about looks for me anymore. It's about my health and where I want to be in regards to my activity level and how I feel when I get out of a chair. Wish me luck! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:08 EST New Jacksonville member Hi! I am very excited to be here , looking forward to hearing from new friends and getting to know yell. I need to get back on track and make my weight loss goals come true. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:48 EST Getting Started Hi, <BR> <BR> I've recently left weight watchers because I will be going away for a month. But until then I am having trouble getting back on track and seem to constantly be craving junk food and carbs. And I am difficulty keeping my calories in check. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curb my over eating or impulse eating and how to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I also live at home with my mum who I love dearly, but while she has gained a bit of weight is not concerned and while she do... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:15:16 EST Hello From Devine Tx I have joined Spark with hopes of losing weight and toning up. We have diabetes and crohns disease in my family and I'm needing help with eating right and exercises for all the family to keep diabetes stable for my husband and away from my kids! I'm the crohnie and I know a lot of things I eat is trial by error but I need to do as much as I can to be as healthy as I can. Hope to meet some awesome ppl and have great support along the way! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:17 EST Upping the activity Good Morning Anew, <BR> This morning was a bit of a wake up call. <BR> I have noticed that my body feels less shapely and clothes are tighter in ways i dont find flattering so in an effort to thwart denial I climbed on my scale- and guess what? I am 2 pounds down, only 1 pound away from my stated healthy "goal weight". so why do i feel so "pudgy"? <BR> well in truth have been so excited to track (loosely - so i don't become perfectionistic/self defeating) my food again, and checking in ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:37 EST New at Spark I am looking to lower my blood sugar. I have two part time jobs and don't get home until about 8:45. So I need some suggestions as to what would be good to eat so late at night!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:58:32 EST Hi There Hello all. I'm 34, dad of 3, looking to drop 30 lbs. I've had some success in the past on another program that starts with 2 w's <em>211</em> , but I've recently plateaued and I'm looking for something better. Loving the site so far even though it's only my 3rd day. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know many of you. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:15:44 EST! I'm a 34 year old mother of a 12 and 16 year old. Somewhere between being a single mom, going to school full time and working full time, I lost myself. I' ve been done with school for about 4 years and have decided it's time I do something for myself. I am on a plant based diet with no dairy or oil. I started about a week ago and have lost about 8 pounds. I am looking forward to using this site to help me to reach my goal weight. I lost 90 lbs before on WW but gained it all back and then... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:46:48 EST Hello! New Spark Person has Arrived Here... I been into Health & Fitness for over 10 years now... But I just recently got back into the Mixture of working out... I used to just research all kinds of things with wellness information... I used to have the hardest time to find a good work out program... in the past 3 days... I'm happy to say that I found a really good Work Out Program... and I love it very much... I love it so much that I will keep working out and push myself beyond my limits... I joined Spark because I needed a good Meal... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:34:52 EST Newbie here Hello =) <BR> <BR> Wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I am 44 and a mother of 2 boys (20 and 22) I have been a stay at home mom since 2000. I quit drinking in Jan of 1999 and quit smoking in Dec of 2013. Started working out and eating better in June of this year. <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some good workout buddies and friends here =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:30 EST HI! New to sparks just checking out the site. <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:39 EST Hello there! It's a pleasure to be a part of this community. As a new member I am looking forward to this journey AND to meet others along the way who are on the same path. <em>224</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:15 EST Eating Clean Since November Bascially since November I have been eating clean barely any cheating while my husband has been deployed and while taking care of our 2 year and still making it to the gym everyday . How do you guys stay motivated ?? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:57 EST Starting over again Hi my name is Rocio. I was on Sparkpeople a few years ago and lost 50 pounds. I'm back because I gained the 50 pounds back. This time I might stay on Sparkpeople Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:22:13 EST SPARKIN' GOOD TIME! Hi everyone! I'm a 25 (almost 26!) year-old married speech-language pathologist with one spoiled spaniel mix. I'm committed to losing 60-70 pounds! Since getting married five years ago, I have gained 60 pounds. Over the past few years, I've tried again and again to drop the pounds, but without great success. I go hard for a few weeks at a time, see some small changes, then decide its a chore and completely go sedimentary again. I've decided this time I'm going to do it JOYFULLY. I think that ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:03:56 EST HELLO Hi my name is Nasr I have had weight problems for most of my life and I am sick of it. I am sick of being in the same place. I am happy with my life and now I want to be able to enjoy it. Any advise or tips on weight loss will be much appreciated. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:02 EST Not so new. You may call me Sunny on account that I'm a sunshine kind of personality. I'm returning to SparkPeople with a newly found desire to really push myself off this plateau I've been teetering on for the last several months. I'm hoping that blogging and tracking my calories more religiously will help me finally lose these last twenty pounds. <em>2</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:48:00 EST New and wanting friends Hello, I am new to sparkpeople. I REALLY want to lose about 20 pounds. I am just not currently happy with myself. CW: about 134 GW: 115 Height: 5'3 <BR> Is anybody close to the same? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:13:09 EST Hi Hi I am new here and currently trying to loose weight but loosing the will to leave and end up eating junk which doesnt help :( anyone have any advice. any would be great Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:20 EST Brand New, ready to get motivated Hi my name is Lolly and I need to lose 39 pounds. I think this is a great way to get motivated. I live in far west Texas and you can always walk outside, at least part of the day. <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:32:28 EST Introduction and Greetings Hello everyone, <BR> As a reference point, I should say I'm a 28-year-old woman, 5'5, and, as of today, 158 lbs. I have struggled with my weight since childhood. <BR> <BR> I should also mention that I'm a recovering alcoholic. I bring this up only because I can definitely see the pattern of weight gain after sobriety. In the past, I've attempted sobriety two other times gaining on average 20 to 30 pounds, my heaviest being 180. So in going into this latest attempt at sobriety (and, god-wil... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:37 EST Confused Newby Hello! My name is Linda, and I am a 65 year old lady that is totally confused about nutrition/dieting today. I have done the weight watcher points, and it just doesn't work for me any more. Then I read books about dieting and see that you should do without wheat, or do away with dairy products, or corn, or anything with preservatives. And I now have a Fitbit - so think the additional walking is a good way to go. How do you separate all of the books / dieting and know what is best for you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:18 EST Introduction Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site, not new to tracking. I'm happy to be here and so far I really like what I see. I've read a few member's stories and all I can do is say wow! what inspirations!! <BR> <BR> :D Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:35 EST Climbing Back into the Saddle Once More Hello everyone. My name is Yvonne. I am a 46 year old wife, mother and full-time employee. I am the epitome of yo-yo dieting. All of my growing up years, I was thin - so thin in fact that I was accused of being anorexic. Which was funny because I never deprived myself of food. I enjoyed that fast metabolism until my early 20's. Having never developed an enjoyment for exercise nor a muscle for willpower, I steadily gained. And gained. And gained. I am now 5'2 and weight 217. <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:04 EST Trying to lose this weight before my 40th! Hi. I am posting because I want to get connected. I am not very motivated to lose weight right now. I want to, but I keep eating too much. So, I am tracking my food and exercise. OK, just tracking my breakfast! Today it was too big! 1000 calories +. I need help. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:40:54 EST Back on SparkPeople and Now using SparkCoach! I was on SparkPeople at one time some years ago but then time passed. I had 4 kids, I gained weight, family life got stressful and I started working a full-time job. Then on May 30, 2014, my fiancée passed away. It was devastating but something very positive happened. I had an epiphany and realized that I have to get healthier in order to be there for my children and see them grow into great adults. <BR> With new found confidence, some spiritual guidance and new goals, I find myself back her... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:18 EST Walking Half Marathon Training My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at age 67. This year I hope to finish under that time. <BR> I live in Reddick, Florida north of Ocala where I am retired and having a wonderful life as I age. I am happy to be here with other Spark People! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:00 EST delois hi, my name is delois..... short for DEE......i am new to the sparks family my goil is to lose 50 pds.... i also go to the gym have been hard for me to lose weight been losing inches no married no kids and love ppl... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:58:54 EST Determined! Hi I am a 45 year old Christian and am disabled by a very bad back (two herniated disks and a "broken" vertebra) . I weigh 337 lbs. I want to lose the extra 200 lbs by my 50th birthday or hopefully sooner! I want health for real. I consider this a life journey and not a fad diet. I joined SparkPeople on the recommendation of my pain management P.A. and am finding it helpful and encouraging although I have just begun to take full advantage of it. <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:56 EST New Member Hi everyone! My name is Dianna and I've recently joined SparkPeople to help with weight loss and fitness motivation. I live in New Jersey and currently work as an EMT. <BR> In the passed, I have done Weight Watchers with decent success (lost about 40lbs in 6 months), but was unable to afford the program costs over a long period of time. Since I stopped that program I've lost another 25lbs, but over about 2 years. I tend to yo-yo my weight from various factors like emotions, stress and over in... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:29:10 EST Newbie here! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a stay-at-home Mom who home schools our nine year old daughter, practices holistic medicine, eats as organic as possible, likes to practice canning and preserving, loves to cook and bake, is gluten-free forever and dairy-free for a little while anyways. I enjoy camping, fishing, bicycling and hiking as well as crafting. This includes knitting, crocheting, sewing, paper crafts and scrapbooking. <BR> Looking to create a support group as we have recently moved and don't k... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11:51 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST New to the site Hey everyone, my name is Jon and I'm new to SparkPeople. I've battled with weight issues most of my life - from about age 7 or 8, and I'm 33 now - and I'm just about to the point of giving up on the idea that I'll ever lose weight, so I decided to give this site a shot in a last-ditch effort. I've been adding and losing weight for years until I finally hit an unbelievable 400 pounds last year. Though I lost a little of that, I'm still sitting at 384. <BR> <BR> While I've had some accomplishm... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:03 EST Started Monday 072214 Hi there. I am beginning a new adventure in my life...a Gluten Free Diet. I also need to shed about 30 pounds. What better way to become successful than to join with lots of people with the same goals.. I was a WW for many, many years, but just couldn't get back into the swing of it! I was elated when I found this site. I am looking forward to what this site has to offer... <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:39:45 EST Signed Up Again! My name is Brandy. I am 36 years old. I am trying to get back in the swing of things with my works outs. The winter cold had an effect on my arthritis, so working out in the winter was not an option. Now that it is summer I am starting my work out routine again! If you want to know more about me, just send me a message or watch my videos here on! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:59 EST Pre-pregnancy Health I'm a 26 year old mother of one who is trying to lose a few pounds and get healthy in preparation for a second pregnancy. I gained 50 pounds during my first pregnancy and am still trying to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. i'm 20 pounds away from that. i know i won't lose it all before my next go around but i want to try to be healthier and smarter about what i eat and how much i exercise so it won't be as hard to get back into shape after this next time. i'm always looking for suppo... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:32:35 EST Joined Yesterday <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> I started Weight Watchers in March of this year and wanted to continue, but I could not make the meetings. A Wellness coach at my job suggested SparkPeople and I signed right up. Love it so far! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:08:19 EST Newbie Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this and have a daunting 7/8 stone to lose. There's soooo much information I don't know where to start. <BR> <BR> I am from the UK and one of my worries is that food tracker won't be synchronised to our diet here. Also a little unsure about the calorie count as supposed to have 1600 a day at current weight does anyone else have this issue? <BR> <BR> Anyway stressed and daunted but determined to lose this weight someone. I'm sick of feeling like I'm dragging ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:07:07 EST Reach out to newbies =) <em>235</em> new sparkers! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to SP! I hope you feel welcome and motivated to achieve your goals! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a positive experience and reach your goals =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:34:06 EST Praise Jesus for giving me hope again <em>521</em> I haven't lost a pound in years. I have always been an emotional eater & just kept gaining. I have prayed . Finally about to give up and think about by-pass surgery, when the miracle happened. I found a tiny book (more like a pamphlet) about how food affects your mood that I bought at the checkout years ago. I started reading it and went on the internet to search something and spark people popped up. I haven't been on in years but everything just clicked. I can only describe... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:31:44 EST lose weight Hello, I am trying to lose weight and eat healthy Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:30:56 EST my goal are eating healthy deal withdepression Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:54:19 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 EST STUCK! New to Sparks. My motivation? I AM HORRIBLY STUCK! I have been at this since February 2014 (well, actually my whole life). I THINK I am making much better food choices and excercising, but I am just not seeing any results (down only 6 lbs). Grrr. I swear it is more psychologic than anything and that's when I faulter. My husband is super supportive but I just don't think he gets it. Hoping there are people out there can help me overcome... ME. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:24:36 EST Getting ready for hip replacement - 43 Hi, I am brand new to Sparkpeople. I was successful last fall with an online food/exercise tracker until a car accident sidelined me and I stopped my exercise program. Regained the weight I lost. So now a year later I am getting my BMI down so that I can have the Total Hip replaced that we penciled in for October 27, 2014. I have a weight check apt on Oct 1. so hear it goes. Lots to loose and much more to gain!!! I know the food stuff - but struggle with getting exercise into my day wh... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:05 EST Total hip replacement, new life style... new me. Hi SparkPeople, <BR> New to this site, just found it on the internet, looks great. I have enjoyed reading the posts, and they give me hope that I too will be able to change my bad habit of eating the wrong things and lots of them. I will need to learn all the posting and charting my personal data, but it will be a great learning tool. I am opened to receiving some good tried and true guidance, trust me I need all the help I can. Thank you all in advance for your help and information and I'm... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:38:08 EST Totally lost here.. I am Galicia, and this is my first day on Sparks and feeling a little lost :( Would love to find some friends! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:26 EST Hello Hi, I'm the new kid in the block! Well, I need help with my eating and tracking what I eat. <BR> I exercise 3 to 4 times a week. However, I need to drop at least 20 lbs. I'm 5'5'' and weigh 179 lbs.! I've been trying by myself for the last two years, but no good results! <BR> <BR> Any advise or ideas please help! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:05:52 EST Hi Everyone - Cheers to a new lifestyle Hello. I am 73 years old and looking forward to learning to LIKE healthy food. (hope its not to late) Other than bad knees I am healthy and consider myself to have "lots" of energy. I am a carb addict. It sounds as though this may be the place I can finally control my cravings. I have an adorable little dog that keeps me walking and off the couch everyday. Have 4 wonderful grown boys, and a good relationship with the ex-hubby. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:43:26 EST recipes I can't figure out how to calculate my own personal recipes, can anyone help? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:19:07 EST new to sparkperople not to tracking I have been tracking my food and exercise for 16 months now. I started with noom which eventually started crashing then Calorie Count which has started crashing. In the past 16 months I have gone from weighing 330 lbs to my current 174. As of 7/20 I am no longer obese. My goal is to get fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:14:12 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:43 EST Emotional roller coaster stress relief Hello, <BR> <BR> First time posting. I simply need to get this off my shoulders. I'm trying to get back onto program. Within the past two/three weeks I've slowly fallen off. My first mental stress is setting my thoughts straight. :) <BR> <BR> Secondly, after reconnecting with a gentleman friend/crush/man I dated, I cannot stop thinking about the "what if's". I'm a single 33 year old woman who has never felt true love before (not saying that this gentleman is love, but he has something on ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:23:33 EST New kid on the block I am from Indiana. I am a mother of 2 with 7 grandchildren and want to get to healthy place in life like never before. Just a little nervous about starting this whole thing, AGAIN! Have never been able to do it before but I want to see all the kids grow up, so I must do something!! I would love to hear from all of you on this same road and tell me some secrets so that I may borrow them. It will be hard, but this time it is forever!!! Good luck to all and keep up the great work... <em>381... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:22:40 EST 63 y.o. gal new to Sparkpeople Hello. I am an almost 63 year old female, new to Sparkpeople. I have dieted or binged almost every day of my life since I was about 12 years old. I have spent more money than I can count on almost every conceivable diet/weight loss program out there, with the exception of Alli, and surgery, although I went to Mexico with my daughter to support her through her weight loss surgery and beyond, so I have experience with it. <BR> <BR> I have to say that I really do not want to be accountable for... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:06 EST a new start Hi, I'm sandra this is new to me. I hoping to start living a healthier lifestyle. I have tried numerous times to lose weight and get healthy with little success. I'm hoping with the help of others I will be successful this time. Thanks Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:29:13 EST Weight gain after quitting smoking After 22 years of smoking, I have finally quit. I am not sure which has been more difficult, actually quitting or the weight gain. I quit the beginning of April and weighed 108 lbs. (I am 5ft tall) and today I am weighing in between 118-122 lbs, which is frustrating. I work out 4 or 5 times per week, either doing cardio for 60-90 minutes or running 3-5 miles. When I smoked, I typically ate 1000 calories a day sometimes I know that I am eating more than that, usually 1200-1500 c... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:42 EST New to this. I'm Amber and I'm new. I'm trying to change my current lifestyle and be more active and put good things into my body instead of the crappy things. I know it will be tough. I'm here for the help and encouragement. Thanks! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:58:33 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST Back into the fitness swing. Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Lori and I'm 51 years old. I have been getting back into the fitness swing and right now am doing yoga once a week, running (or some semblance thereof) several times a week, and weightlifting (my favorite) twice a week. <BR> <BR> Not losing any weight, though, so I realized I needed to get serious about tracking my food here I am! I've never tried this site before so am looking forward to using it. Good to see so many people working hard to get fit ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:35:01 EST Hi I am new to this web site. I am from Tenino, WA, I am 43 years old, I have been divorced twice and I work for a Family Practice doctor that is very active in exercising. He told me that I am over weight during a visit that I had with him. Obesity does run in my family. My dad went in and had a double bypass because of his weight and high cholesterol. I am trying to work hard and have not been able to lose the weight on own. I have three children, 2 of them still live at home. My daught... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:18:37 EST I have motivation Hello i've lost 17 pounds as of May 12. Looking to shed another 41. Cardio and weights 5 days a week all by my lonesome lol. I feel great, if i can help you out just ask. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:40:06 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST New to the Spark world hi everyone. I am Matt from San Diego. I turn 55 later this month and have lost 21 pounds so far since Memorial Day. I have been using the Nutrisystem program and re-found the sparkpeople site. I just sent off for one of the fitness tracker things. I had been looking at fitbit and jawbone up but decided on the sparkpeople tracker. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used it? I broke my ankle on Easter Sunday and have just recently gotten out of the cast/boot. I had been walking 3.5 miles every other day w... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:30:07 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone. I am new to this site, my name is Tracey and I am 42 years old, soon to be 43. I am in desperate need to lose at least 100 lbs. I have been overweight my entire life and somedays i think i was just mean to be this way, it makes my depression extremely high. I live in hampstead, Md. I dont have any kids of my own, my fiancé has 4 of his own which i do feel they are my kids just from a different mother. They are all either in their teens or older than 18, i feel like i have missed ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:01:05 EST New to the site Hi! My name is Jessica, and I am just starting on the long journey of losing weight and becoming healthy. I have a large amount of weight to loose (about 100 pound), and know it will not be easy to do. I am hoping SparkPeople will be a great resource and motivational tool. <BR> <BR> I have lost the weight before just to gain it right back plus more. I don't want that to happen again. What are some things that have been helpful to those of you that have had success? Anything that has n... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:33:22 EST new friends meet knew friends, who have ups and downs and know the lord, and our honest about life.and do not mine talking about there weight and age Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:22:46 EST Newly diagnosed Diabetic... HELP!!! I just found out I am an insulin dependent diabetic, and need to change my whole lifestyle fast... Just on here looking for any helpful advice. I have to lose 25lbs starting yesterday. I thought reaching out would help me feel that I'm not alone out here in MD. I am very grateful for any tips you can throw my way... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:16:03 EST new in Birmingham Just saying hello and was wondering if there might be a support group from Birmingham Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:54:37 EST We'll see how this goes! Hi- I am new to the Sparks message board. I am hoping to stick to a plan through the use of this board. It would be great if I had an alarm to go off each day to remind me to check in each day :) I am getting up in age and now in weight. This battle of the bulge...I'm losing and have got to turn things around now! I will win! That's my message to myself- I will win! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:37:35 EST Round 2 Hello All, <BR> <BR> I had great success with SparkPeople a few years ago when I was able to drop 50 lbs. I went out on my own at that point and was able to keep it off. <BR> <BR> I am now back to lose the rest (38 lbs). It is for health reasons, I am a newly minted diabetic (type 2). I remembered how exacting the nutrition and fitness checkers are and I am going to depend on them to help me get this under control. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and see you around the forums. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:06:16 EST Anyone doing the 30 day shred? Hi all just wanted to introduce myself and share that I am starting the 30 day shred tomorrow and cant wait to see what this does for my body shape that Ive been unhappy with for a long time. Would love to hear of any others who are also doing this so that we can motivate each other and touch base from time to time! :) Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:07:19 EST Never too late! Even in your 60s. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years. Now I want to get down to business......want to lose 40lbs. Then possibly another 10lbs.....then maintenance. This site has so much to offer. I am going to put it to golly. Anyone who is a senior (or not) and wants support through this journey, we can do it together!!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:49:46 EST Suzan with a Z needs help losing 15 # Hi, My name is Suzan and over the last year I've managed to let myself go and put on 20 #'s. My husband and I just moved to another state and its a little lonely so I find myself eating comfort food a little too much. It's time to get motivated. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:42:45 EST Beginning once again...for the hundredth time!I Well lets just say I've been on a roller coaster both emotionally and physically. During this roller coaster ride I have packed on an extra 136 lbs!! So I have jumped off the roller coaster and planted my feet here on SparkPeople. I live in Texas so it's too for me to do any activities outside,but I do have a treadmill and bike in the house to use...dust them off and they actually are very nice. I broke my left hip in 2014, then has to have my right hip replaced in May 2014. So right now I ca... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:14:40 EST Hello From Ohio Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Ginger and I'm from the Dayton OH area. I'm in my mid-late 40's trying to get healthy while working 3rd shift and looking for a full time position. I love animals, am an avid reader and like to try new crafts (currently I am trying to increase my knitting skills, my crocheting skills and learn to quilt! I also used to do cross stitch and candlewicking. ) Looking forward to making new friends! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:02:02 EST Just starting Hello all. I want to lose those stubborn pounds that will not come off. I'm 62 and it is so hard to feel motivated anymore. I'm hoping with your support I can lose 15 pounds that I've tried over and over again to lose. My name is Debbie and I'm here top support you,too <em>104</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:16:12 EST For my family My name is Rob and I have really let myself go. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters, one 13 and the other 3 months. I want to be around to see both of them grow up and get married. I want to be around for grandchildren but I'm afraid if I don't act now I won't be. So that's why I'm here. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:50:52 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:43:36 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:24:11 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:22:01 EST New to SparkPeople Good Evening Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site.. I am coming back to the workout world. I am 11 weeks postpartum and would like to get back to the weight I was when I meet my husband 8 years ago, which is 20 pounds lighter and toned. I have a 9 year old, 5 year old and an 11 week old. I started little workout but I don't remember be this sore. I go back to work next week and may think that the first few days I will be anxiety eating!! May I get some advice on how to really start back... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:00:09 EST Ready to rock Hello everyone. Need to lose some weight and figured I would surround myself with some <em>381</em> upbeat folks to join me in this excursion. <BR> I'm a newbie here and would welcome any advice you might have. <BR> Thanks in advance for your guidance. <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:01:59 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone. I joined up on Sparkpeople about hearing good things and wanting to get back on the horse I fell off of back in March when I was working on eating better and exercising more often. Now that I've settled in my new home in a new city, I'm ready to get back to it. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:16:13 EST Hello Joined to find support and help controlling my cravings and over eating. Lifelong problem. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:01:41 EST Newbie here Hello everyone new to site trying to figure this out. Would love to hear from people who had Lap Band done! I am 7 weeks post-op. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:42:49 EST New to spark people I am a 64 year old female who has been overweight 95 percent of my life. At this point I just want to be as healthy as I can. I take medication for depression that works against losing weight. Recently I have started attending a water aerobics class 4-5 times a week and find that I am feeling much improved, This has motivated me to try and track calories which brought me to Spark People. I am very pleased with the information I see and the tracking is fairly simple to understand. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:30:29 EST New to site, Working towards a healthy lifestyle Hello fellow community members. I have started tracking food and exercise because it helped me in the past. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support. :) Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:00 EST New, and need of support Hi I'm Candice, <BR> I am 25 years old, next month 26 years. And... <BR> My boyfriend just broke up with me, like three days ago. Mostly because I had low self esteem and other factors but three years are gone. I feel motivated though, to lose weight because I felt that has been a cause in my low esteem since I was little. I want to change myself, not for him but for me. I just don't have a lot of friends or support. I am 260 right now and my goal is 60 pounds in 6 months. I never lasted lo... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:51:51 EST New to SparkPeople Hello All! <BR> I am completely new to all this. I found SparkPeople just surfing the web. I am a nurse, mom to 2 boys (18 & 14) and wife to my wonderful husband who, unfortunately, has a neuromuscular disease. It is hard to find time but I know I need to get healthy for myself and my family. So, here I am and I am sure I"ll need a lot of help and support! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:27:54 EST Chubby fire spinning, hoop dancing, artist here Just wanted to introduce myself. I've signed up many times, but never really stuck to logging and staying motivated. I'm a 31 year old living in San Diego and I could really use some encouragement if anyone reading this has some to spare. <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 50lbs but I struggle with bipolar disorder (the mostly depressive type) and medication has made it nearly impossible to lose weight. I want to stay with it this time, but I am easily discouraged and I already needed to los... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:17:27 EST Newbie here <em>524</em> Hi, I'm new here. I signed up a couple of weeks ago and am just starting to get a feel for the website. Earlier this month I finally decided that enough was enough, and that I needed to get back in control of my health. I decided to get fit and eat healthy. <BR> I've worked out 12 times in July so far, and hope to continue! One of my goals is to exercise 6 times a week. <BR> <BR> I've already been inspired by so many people here! <em>252</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:59 EST Hi Hi! MY name is adina i am 16 years old and 74 kg i am relly trying to achieve 64 how are you?? <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:52 EST Starting a long journey. I joined Sparkpeople on the 11th so I would have a way to track my progress to keep me motivated. I started out at 315lbs, and have already dropped 5. I'm currently doing a chair exercise routine designed for folks who are over fluffy, have mobility issues, or are recovering from injury/surgery. My goal at the moment is to lose 50 lbs by January 1st. <BR> <BR> I fell last year can caused some pretty sever ligament and nerve damage in my left knee. I hadn't been the most active person... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:19:32 EST New here! 64 lbs. Less, here I come! Hi everyone, my name is Stefanie! I am hoping to make some friends on here. I have heard alot of great things about the community on this site and I am looking forward to all the support that I can give and receive. I was diagnosed with diabetes last year, didn't take it very well for a while and was in denial. My Dr. had a "come to Jesus" meeting with me as he called it and here I am with a new attitude about it all. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:09:06 EST Inspiration:) Hi everyone! I am new to spark people & I am excited to begin this weightloss journey!! I am intrigued to hear everyone's story & where they begin this journey & where they are now. For me it seems like an almost impossible task to take on & I could really use the inspiration! Needless to say I am starting off at 314 lbs & my long term goal is to get down to 155... It is going to be a long road ahead of me but hopefully I can pull through! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:52:42 EST quit smoking AND lose weight went to the doctor asking for help for both (looking for the magic pill) He gave me some brochures and this website address...I love the website-reminds me of weight watchers website but so much more information! I know I need to quit my terrible habit, but I also need to lose 50lbs~very scary combination...But here goes nothing :-) <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:41:25 EST 47 year old needing to lose 75 pounds I'm a 47 year old who has let me weight get out of control. I was married 24 years and 3 months ago at 135 lbs. today I'm 224. We are going to Punta Cana in December and planning on renewing our vows. I HAVE to lose weight. Any and all encouragement is appreciated and I will encourage back. Thank you! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:26:41 EST 21 with 110+ to lose Hi, <BR> I am a 21 year old female with over 110 pounds to lose. I have lost a total of 8 pound in the past 2-3 weeks of using spark people.I am proud of what I have lost and can't wait to get to the 10 pound mark hopefully by Monday because that is my next weigh in. I have a lot more to go and am trying to stay motivated. I graduated from college last year and am still currently seeking a full time job. I was wondering how everyone can stay so positive even when everything is going wrong? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:09:36 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:54:26 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:54:00 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:49:49 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:49:21 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:48:21 EST Ready to do the hard work Hello Spark Community! I am a very common story. I was thin as a rail for most of my life, and never had to think about food except for health issues. Weight was not my problem. Passing the 35 year mark has opened up the new world of the slowing metabolism. I can no longer consume 2,000+ calories and maintain my weight. I have taken about three years trying other methods to lose weight without counting calories, and I've just come to realize that there is no magic bullet to reduce my w... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:09:31 EST Lost 80lbs, had 3 kids, gained 80lbs back Hello all! <BR> <BR> I had great success here on Spark about 5 years ago. I'd been obese my whole life, and finally with Sparks help went from 245lbs down to 175lbs. I've had 3 children in the last 3 years, my first two natural home births, and my last a C-section a month ago. I'm breastfeeding but prefer Sparkpeople over babyfit so I'm adding on calories to my range here. I'm back up to 242lbs postpartum, but I believe the weight will keep melting off, and I want to keep pushing it in the ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:03:41 EST Newbie..Stuck with consistent # on the scale I started here on Tuesday 07/15. <BR> I'm 28 years old, married and have two boys (5,6) <BR> My husband was the one that encouraged me to get back on track. <BR> To start eating healthy again. He wanted to do it for himself so that he <BR> could get the job he wanted which has weight restrictions. <BR> I decided I would do it because I'm ready to be a better and healthier person <BR> for my kids and myself. <BR> We started off with eating healthy 2 weeks ago. I felt so much more energized <... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:30 EST Old but never posted nor did anything Sad but true. I have been a member since May 2012 and never posted or checked out this awesome forum until I saw a community post that motivated me. I have yoyoed dieted before I realized it was a coined phrase and yet I am here again. Now with a re-newed motivation. The funny thing is, I was looking for a 1600 calorie a day diet plan because I know I do better when someone else plans the meals for me, than I would when I try to plan the meal. I have been taking B12 and lipo-dissolve shots fo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:00:33 EST old but new to sparkpeople I have never been real good about talking, but here it goes.I joined sparkpeople a few years ago but never really did much. When I stepped on the scale at the doctor a few weeks ago and saw that i was a little over 200 lbs i decided that it was time to get serious. I just turned 44 in June. I have decided that i want to get to a healthy weight and feel better about myself. I have 4 kids and 2 grand kids. I want to be able to do things with my family. I would like to lose weight and find love ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:04:52 EST hello Im a first time user of this program and wanted to say hi to everyone. My name is Hester and im 32. Im trying to lose about 40lbs going from 165 to 125. I definitely need motivation and help with this because i know im an emotional eater and get stressed and anxiety easy. Well i hope all of you guys are doing well and hope to become friends with a lot of you with the same issues i am having so we can motivate eachother to do better. Ttyl :) Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:36:31 EST Back to Basics I've been on Spark off and on for the past three years. I found when I was tracking my food, cardio and even vitamins/minerals, I lost weight and felt better physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't budged lately, and I'm ready to work on my weight loss goals. I know that portion control really works for me, and I've been more active outdoors since last year. I want to gear up for another attempt hiking the Appalachian Trail Spring 2015. My husband and I did 6 weeks last year.... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:12:21 EST Spark newbie! Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm Beverly and I just had my 26th birthday on the first of this month! I am at my biggest I've ever been at 220lbs and only standing about 5'4. I'm miserable and have low confidence. I have decided that my biggest goal is to get fit before 30! My goal is to lose 75lbs total in the next four years. If I can lose more that's great, but I'm excited to meet people that are in the same boat as me, and if you have any tips or tricks! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:29 EST Here I am Again..:( Hi everyone I am back to starting again. Life gets in the way quiet often and I try to go at it on my own. I also tend to get overwhelmed by all the info on the web site. I don't always know where to go or log on to record something and loose too much time, reading articles,etc. <BR> <BR> But I will stick with it. I'm here to lose 60 lbs and get more active. I want more energy and to be able to live a long healthy life. I also want to help my kids out as well. I look forward to meeting ever... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:30:18 EST moderate excercise I broke my ankle and a small bone in my leg this past winter, black ice eeeek, which required surgery, pins, then more surgery. 7 months later it is still swollen a bit and not 100% as strong as it was before the break Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on how to get fitness accomplished without causing damage or pain? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:13:29 EST So Nervous...can this really work? Just joined SP after 2 years on Weight Watchers. I lost some weight on that program but was hungry most of the time. Calorie allowance I have been given on SP seems much more "livable" but can this really work when I am so used to being hungry?!? <BR> <BR> Any encouragement would be awesome! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:43:56 EST How does this site work? Hi, I'm Karen and I started a diet and exercise program the first of this year. So far I have lost 20 pounds but the scale has not budged for about 2 months now!! I am 55 and I need to lose at least 10 more pounds but I would really like to lose 20 more. <BR> I'm not sure what to do on this web-site but I've been on here a few times looking around and I can't figure it out!! Anyway any advice would be appreciated! Thanks! <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:21:25 EST A journey to get back fit and fab Hello, a mother to a 7-year-old and 4-year-old. Trying to get back on track to regain a healthy body so that I can really be there not just physically but take an active part in my kid's lives. Having fun and spreading a smile. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:09 EST