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 First Week! This is my first week with this program. I am on a journey to lose 30 pounds by living a healthier lifestyle. I joined this program because I need motivation and support to accomplish my goals of working out more and eating for nutritional purposes and not emotional ones. I am excited to be a part of SparkPeople! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:38:59 EST Still Exploring Hello All, <BR> Actually been here for just over 2 weeks but still finding new things every day. So far it is working really well for me. I hope it is / does for you too. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 01:28:20 EST Looking for a Weight Loss Friend - 30 pounds! Hello! I am going to lose 30 pounds and am looking for 1 (or 2 or 3) friend(s) to act as cheerleaders for me (and I will do the same for you!). These huge groups on Sparkpeople seem too impersonal, so I am hoping to find someone else who is seeking a small group of support. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:35:24 EST Newbie to Forums Hi, I'm new to this stuff. I'm pre-op for the gastric sleeve and need to lose 5 lbs before setting my surgery date. I met with the surgeon yesterday and have nutrition class Monday. I went from being scared the first 2 times I went and chickened out, to being very excited to get this thing going. I'm looking for any advice from those who have done it or are going through it with me. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:21:59 EST New gal Hey people, <BR> <BR> Decided to join because I need to start losing some weight. I spend too much time indoors playing computer games stuffing my face with chocolate and deep fried stuff. <BR> <BR> <BR> xx Joy Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:57:54 EST New to the site Just new and learing the ropes todays challenge is to introduce myself. For me it isn't about the weight so much as the fitness. I want to be able to run with my dogs and play with my nephew without the spectre of death waiting in the wings to punch me in the chest.... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:33:08 EST Just starting today Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm 57 and have been a pretty active person most my life. Played sports, ran for 10 years but stopped at 50 when I moved to another state. In the past 6 years I've put on 15 pounds and I'm just feeling out of shape. So, I'm here to start changing that again! <BR> <BR> Mike Fri, 2 Dec 2016 02:27:31 EST New here Hi everyone I'm Anglia and I'm here to get support to help with losing weight. It's always easier if you aren't alone! I have had a crazy life for the past few years. I left my kid's dad in 2014 after being together for 20 years and in three months I lost 60 pounds without trying. While i was with him I had severe pain from fibroids, I was depressed, got hooked on pain pills and just really lost who i was! After leaving him without trying the weight came off and my pain was nonexistent! It f... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:32:57 EST hi Hi I am Mairo and I am here to lose 75lbs. Also to make new friends too. so feel free to add me up. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:36:11 EST Hi all Hii everyone!! I am new here. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:56:17 EST HI my name is Lynne My name is lynne and I have a disability called spina bifida I am in a wheelchair 24/7 I am on here to make friends and lose weight Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:58:54 EST Need Suggestions Post Thanksgiving Resolve - lose 3 pounds by Christmas. That's only 3 weeks away but should be doable. What I would love are some creative suggestions for reaching aerobic heart levels. I am marginally handicapped - meaning mobile but with restrictions: osteoarthritis, a pinched nerve in my lower back (new), and non-diabetic peripheral neuropathies in my feet causing alternate pain and numbness and subsequently falls. I belong to the local Y because it is close to home but I seldom go the... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:05:15 EST After 60+ years, still trying Seems like I've been trying to make healthy eating and fitness activities a part of my daily routine all my life! Now that I'm retired, it should be easier, right? Not! I'm still struggling. SparkPeople was recommended during a Motley Fool podcast I listened to. So here I am looking for ideas to get motivated and stay motivated to eat right and be active especially during the holiday season. I was a software developer before retirement, and still like to sit in front of the computer much too ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:26:44 EST Hi-ya! Howdy everyone! This is my first time on Spark, and, so far, I love it! At the very least it's keeping me accountable. I'm still doubtful I'll have the body I really want, but at least, one day, I may have a body I can be comfortable in. :) Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:43:03 EST Introducing myself to message board This is day 5, and I still learning how to navigate SparkPeople. I'm loving the interaction and the ability to add custom goals. Looking forward to all the support!! Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:30:41 EST ISO: better alternatives for healthy living. Hi, I'm a new member, I'd like to introduce myself, set out my goals, and ask a few questions about the site to improve my use of the tools available here. <BR> <BR> I signed up a week ago, after having a blood test to see if I have diabetes. I didn't wait for the result, because I knew already what the outcome would be. I got the diagnosis last week Friday and had an appointment this morning for various tests and measurements. In 1-2 weeks I get to go for a more complete examination and to ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:38:52 EST Hello I'm Sarah and I dont want to count calories Hi Everyone. Because I have tried every diet over the last 30 years and by doing so am now 100lbs over weight by the yoyo effect, I wondered if anyone on this site had lost their excess weight by not counting calories? If you have some advice would be most welcome. Feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment with the amount I have got to lose and how I am going to do it without getting food obsessed. Thank you very much, Sarah Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:38:27 EST First time here Hello, everyone, today is my first time (day) here. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:48:47 EST I need friends! I'm brand new to the site/app ..I've lost over 40 pounds so far...looking for friends!! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:48:03 EST In a funk, time for big change! Hello all, I'm about to be 50, gained 30 lbs in last 2.5 yrs, was just diagnosed with high cholesterol AND prediabetes - a HUGE wake-up call. So, here I am. One thing I've always lacked when dieting in the past was accountability, so hopefully this will be just what I need. And timing must be right (I pray) because I have passed up all sweets and desserts since my diagnosis 7 days ago! (It helped that I bought desserts I just don't like for Thanksgiving!) Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:21:31 EST New to Spark People Hello my name is Evelyn. I'm new to spark people I was recommended by my grand daughter. Looking into getting different recipe ideas for a better diet. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:37:07 EST Fourth time is the charm Yup...brutal honesty here. This is my fourth time starting over on Sparkpeople. The first time was fantastic. I was on fire to get healthy and in shape, and I lost 30 pounds. As time wore on, I was less on fire. Here I am, back to my original starting weight, and working on making small life-long changes. <BR> <BR> I'm working with a health coach to set small goals for myself. The problem is that I find it hard to stick with anything for very long, whether it's a health goal, or a new ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:09:32 EST back after 9 years Hi, was just curious the first time I came to sparks people but now I`m serious about losing weight. Can`t do it alone so trying this. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:14:48 EST Getting Fit! Hi, Everyone! My name is Hadian I'm a wellness coach if anyone is looking to get in shape, feel amazing, and wanting advice! Feel free to shoot me a message! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:46:54 EST Tinker back on the wagon again Hello, <BR> Well I stopped counting thanksgiving day to Sunday and trying like heck to get back on track. I did walk a lot but am fearful that I am going to have trouble staying in the right direction. Sometimes it seems like I have to be perfect or horrible. I am back up over 250 and I promised myself that would never happen. I hope to loose 10 pounds by Christmas but who knows. Weight is a topic I wish I could just be able to fix but I cannot. There is no easy way, I thought of having the ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:58:46 EST Hello everyone. I am brand new to this. I'm hoping for a fresh start to go with the New Year. I want to look and feel better. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST starting to be healthy again, looking for buddies? hi! i'm just looking for people to interact with on my weight loss journey (: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:29:10 EST Trying to make my SP public Testing to see if my SP will now be public. Had some emails on my blog this morning that people wanted to reply but could not. Hope this works. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:14:22 EST Back after several years Hi, my name is Eryn. The last time I used SP, there were no smart phones; flip phones were the big thing. I'm excited by all the changes since the last time I was a member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the reason why I am back is because after years of working at home, I got myself a more reliable office job. This office enjoys showing staff appreciation by feeding us. Unfortunately, I got carried away, and the next thing I know, I gained almost 15 pounds...15 pounds I spent all this year working so ha... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:34:24 EST Back Again Hi everyone..I confess..this is my third account on Sparkpeople. <BR> The first time I was serious was about 8 years ago. I lost 80 pounds. <BR> I gained back about 50 pounds. <BR> The second time I was serious I lost 60 pounds. <BR> I have since gained back about 30 pounds..even though I am a total exercise junkie. <BR> I work out..a lot..but I also eat all day. <BR> \ I am again back on trusted friend. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:08:08 EST Back after 3 years with a Broken Heart!!!! Hi everyone. It's been 3 years since I been here and now I'm back. I really need all the motivation I could get. My husband just recently left me. We were together for 8 years. I know he left me because of my weight, even thou he denies it. I'm 330 lbs and don't feel pretty at all. My self esteem ... Well I don't even got one anymore. Because of my weight, it's always been hard to find pretty close to wear, and because of that, I wouldn't even want to do my hair or make up. But at the moment,... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:06:59 EST Help Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:44 EST Hi. I'm Abby and I love espresso. Hi all, <BR> I'm Abby. I hate working out, but like eating healthy. Looking for more motivation. <BR> Also---I'm in a sort of crunch-time mode to lose 10 lbs in less than a month. The sister's getting married and I'm looking a bit bloated in my MOH dress. Yikes. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:34:00 EST New Here! I am new here looking for a friend! Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:33:46 EST New here! Hi all. I'm new to this community. I hope everyone is doing well out here. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:10:03 EST Hello Hello Hi everyone. My name is Kuni, and I'm in my early twenties. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest. I am new to the site, but I was once on Sparkteens. I now how successful that was for me, and now as an adult I'm hoping it can happen again. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Hi my name is Diana I have been using this program for about 3 days. I could really use some buddies that have been using this for awhile. In fact just some friends who are on the same journey I am. I have been overweight all my life. This year I found out I need two new knees and im in constant pain. I started losing weight on July 26 and as of today have lost 46.2 pounds with the help of my TOPS group. I need to lose another 150 pounds before they will touch me for surgery. Im really struggling with being hung... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:09:27 EST Hello it's... Rachel Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just coming in to introduce myself and make some connections which will hopefully help motivate me to get back to a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight before going from 253 lbs to 150lbs in 2009, with the help of an online community which has since closed (remember buddyslim anyone?!) However I have struggled to keep it of and have fluctuated between about 165 and 175 for about 6 years. <BR> <BR> I have recently got up to almost 200lbs again with a lot of st... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:33:04 EST Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Stay Strong but enjoy yourself Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:37:36 EST Weight Watchers, again Hi there. <BR> I first tried WW about 25 years ago and found it to be very successful. I've dabbled with other eating plans but always find WW to be the most sensible, the most healthy, and the most productive so here I am again, trying to take off some of the weight that has snuck back onto me. <BR> <BR> I am terribly disappointed that WW has done away with the community forums on their site and am hoping some or all of those members are here. If not, it looks as if there are plenty... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:14:50 EST Nutrisystem Anyone on the program Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:29:37 EST CJDonna I have been on Nutrisystem for 4 weeks and only lost one pound. I discussed with counselor but left unsatisfied. I don't want to quit. Any body experience my challenge Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:28:10 EST Hello Everyone M Robin. My height is 5'5 and I weigh 62 kg,28 years. Wanna reduce 10 kg before January and already following a very strict diet. I have a daily intake of around 800-900 cal. I drink plenty of water and green tea too. I have a sedentary lifestyle. M going through a lot of anxiety too.. I need help either ways.. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:42:58 EST Don't know how to start? Please let me know how to go with forum plans? Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:37:18 EST RPG Lifestyle! I'm all about the RPG Lifestyle! RPG life, incorporates the surreal with the day to day living, giving you an opportunity to be creative, courageous, and take more chances in your life. Join me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=67999 </link> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:00:38 EST Hello Hello, I am a 50 something southern gal back again after 6 years. <BR> Previously I lost 35 lbs by mostly focusing on calories. I also exercised. <BR> It worked until I slipped back into old habits after I moved out West. <BR> This time I'm making it more a lifestyle change...because I'm worth it:) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:35:32 EST Hello from *Taiwan* ! Just joined today :) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined this site today because I'm looking for some kind of community of people working towards the same kinds of goals as me. Hoping we can motivate each other and share our advice and milestones! <BR> <BR> A little about myself: I'm 22 years old and I'm studying abroad in Taiwan right now learning Mandarin. I love to run but I have hip flexor issues that act up over about 3mi/5k, so I'm not really much of a distance runner (although it is my dream to walk/... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:26:44 EST Introduce Myself Hello, I am back! I did this before 6 years ago and lost 35 lbs. <BR> I was counting calories mostly instead of making a lifestyle change. <BR> I gained it back and I became depressed after some trying times but I am determined this time. You see I am a survivor of cancer and feel blessed to be here. <BR> I decided I deserve to be happy, healthy, energetic and enjoy life! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:43:23 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! I'm new to Sparkpeople, but I'm very excited to jump in and get started! I need to lose approximately 45-50 lbs, but more importantly I would love to get healthy. I have two little girls and I want to be the mom that can run and play with them without wearing out! <BR> <BR> Long story short...I'm here for accountability. Feel free to add me as a friend if you would like! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:19:33 EST Hi my name is Tom, and I am morbidly obese. I am a 69 year old guy that has finally decided to have a better life. I began this journey at 428 lbs. back in April, 2016. <BR> I am a disabled veteran, ambulatory, but suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and its side effects of neuropathy. I am receiving health care from the VA. My primary care physician recommended me for a program through the VA for diabetics and obese veterans called MOVE. I realized that it was time for a drastic life change. <BR> I attended the Move program for 10 weeks. ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:01:22 EST My Introduction & Question Hello, I joined the SparkPeople Diet & Fitness Tracker 5 days ago, and I'm really enjoying it! I have the app on my Ipad. It's kind of like playing a game! One question - is there a way to remove a food from your favorites list? Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:29:08 EST New Guy in GA Here Hi everyone, I'm Trey. I was medically retired from the Army last year and gained a good deal of weight. I'm having a hard time motivating myself to lose it. This is really hard on me because I've always been a self-motivated person and it seems that I just can't get going. It's very depressing. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this community will give me a lift and inspire me to get going. I look forward to meeting some of you and contributing in any way that I can. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:02:49 EST Gained and can't lose after partial hysterectomy Hi everyone! I'm needing some guidance on my current situation please. <BR> I am 30 years old with 2 kids (5 & 8), have recently started having major weight gain issues that neither I nor my doctor can figure out. <BR> About the start of 2015 I weighed my average 135. My weight usually went up 5 lbs but was never anything major that I worried about. But then I suddenly started gaining weight like crazy. My activity level did not change. My diet did not change. My doctor ran all the Thyroid T... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:49:08 EST Hello from Baltimore Hi all. My main fitness goals are to be more disciplined in my workout schedule, and to get strong enough to do full form pushups. A longer term goal that I cherish is to be able to do a pull-up. I'm 5'6" and currently weight 148. I've weighed as much as 210 and a few years ago lost 85 lbs over about 1.5 yrs. I couldn't maintain my weight at 125 without seriously restricting calories, and I got a little obsessed with being thin, so I don't have a specific weight loss goal. I also no lon... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:25:28 EST Hope I wil go all the way this time.. :) Despite being a sparkpeople member for quite some time now, I have never been able to work on my goals with any conviction earlier. <BR> <BR> I was a sportsman all my childhood and teens, but got distracted later in life. With years of desk job, and infrequent flings with the gym, particularly weight sessions, I ended up 116 Kgs of layers of muscle and fat at age 40. <BR> <BR> Thanks God that so far nothing major has hit my health, so I think its high time I should make amends. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:50:36 EST IT ME! My name is Megan and I've struggled with eating healthy for most of my life and I'm excited to start correcting my poor eating habits. While I'm still pretty young, 18, I figured it is best to start getting on track early instead of letting myself get dragged down by not eating enough. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:03:08 EST HI EVERYONE Hi, my name is Jean and I am 62 years old. I need to lose at least 50 pounds but am going for 20 first. Sure is harder to lose it than it was to put it on. LOL. Hoping to make some friends along the way too. Take Care. <BR> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:19:19 EST Introducing myself! Hi everyone. I'm Kim, newly married ( 2 weeks ago) and I have found myself in despair after not being able to conquer how to eat properly. I want to be healthier so my husband and I can try to start a family, to learn how to eat the right way and to be a great example for my step son. I am choosing to put myself first and meet with a dietitian soon. I have been a member with Orange Theory Fitness but due to the high cost and length of travel, I cancelled my membership. Plus, since I wasn't ea... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:22:11 EST Returning to the community I joined SP years ago. I kept receiving the emails, but stopped the community because I decided I needed even more accountability. I spent a lot of money on some expensive programs (most notably PN Lean Eating program). I finally lost weight, but then ended up with an injured hip (labral tear) and needed surgery and I ended up with golfer's elbow on top of that. I spent months doing nothing more than rehab workouts and gained all the weight back and then some. <BR> <BR> I know I have th... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:35:52 EST Am I crazy for starting before the holidays? Hi- I just want whoever is reading this post to know that I could really use your help and support. So please, add me and let's motivate each other? <BR> <BR> I'm a 24 year old stay at home mom. I struggle with binge eating/emotional eating. This food addiction has been present my entire life but my weight gain has really taken off over the past 8-9 years. I went from being a healthy and confident 140 lb. girl to now being depressed, insecure, and 320 lbs. :\ <BR> <BR> Please, I am reachi... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:14:14 EST Hello Everyone. I'm KJ. I'm a Baby Boomer who is sooooo out of shape. Haven't taken care of myself in years and I smoke a pack per day. Time to take my life back. I've got at least thirty pounds to lose and an almost total life change must take place in regard to nutrition and activity. Hoping this will work. I'm open to suggestions. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:10:16 EST Just starting out <BR> <BR> My name is Valerie and I'm 61 yrs old- I lead a very busy life, shift work, helping to raise a granddaughter. The last few years have been very hard-hip replacement surgery and my mom passed away after a long illness. Recovering from surgery, spending as much time as possible with my mom and working full time have taken a huge toll on me. Unfortunately food became my comfort zone and now I'm 50 lbs overweight. I want to visit my daughter in Australia next year and my goal is to... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:37:32 EST Hello! New to SP Good morning to all and happy friday! <BR> I've been tracking for the past week and thought I better learn how this program works. I'm already lost, but, I really want help with my Diabetes. <BR> I have a doctor who doesn't seem to care about anything except making another appointment. He likes me to visit 3 times every quarter, Once to give me a quick, incomplete physical and a write up for my blood test. A second visit for his staff to re-evaluate my reading and tell me my test results. ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:44:11 EST Amping up my accountability Hi, my name is Claire. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in March, after visiting an Air National Guard recruiter who told me I'd need to lose 40 lbs to enlist. I've since lost 45 lbs. I'm certainly happy to have reached my goal, but I am not done. Ideally, I would lose another 15 lbs of fat before I get to boot camp, as well as gain a decent amount of muscle. <BR> <BR> Here lately I've been lagging. I find myself not being as strict on myself as I was before. The issue is I'm no... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:58:34 EST Just Starting Today Just found the SP page. Glad I found it, and glad to be with you! Hoping to see less of me soon! Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:17:50 EST Hello Hi everyone! <BR> Let me just say I am super nervous! I was an athlete back in college but my desk job and poor diet have taken over my life. I'm looking for the motivation to keep up my weight loss goals and re-introduce myself to a healthy lifestyle. The one thing I have been lacking is a proper support system, I hope this is a good place to find one. Any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. Especially when a coworker brings doughnuts to work <em>30</em> <BR> Thanks! <BR> D... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:26:03 EST Starting Over Again Hello everyone! I'm Abby and I'm 24 years old. I kind of stopped a few months ago, then here I am starting over again, November 6, 2016. I weighed 205 lbs, and my goal weight is 150 lbs. I wish you all the best! Good luck guys :) <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:26:55 EST Day 5 Check In Day 5 for me and loving the old Atkins diet <em>381</em> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:19:56 EST Just started Hi, I am new to spark people. It's very positive and I hope I will persevere to achieve my weight loss goal! Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:39:19 EST Hi! I'm FearlessBliss and I am new here Just wanted to take a second and introduce myself to everyone :) <BR> I have been struggling with my weight most of my life - not overweight most of my life - but been yo-yoing up and down from underweight to regular weight to overweight and no, to FAT. <BR> <BR> I finally am ready to take control back and get my life and body back! I say life and body , not just body, because it is so intertwined. <BR> I find my food and weight struggles are not a result of just diet or letting myself... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:15:03 EST hello hello <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:07:35 EST Hi Hi everyone. I had completely forgotten that sparkpeople even existed till it came up on a search I was doing for fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> I'm here because it seems as if I am caught in a cycle of losing the same 10 lbs over and over again. <BR> <BR> I started doing the 21 Day Fix diet and exercise program this past summer and loved it. Lost 10 lbs in the 21 days and felt great. Then I had a bizarre freak accident that resulted in 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my legs and had a long... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:11:21 EST Making Life Changes :) Hi everyone. Today is my first day using SparkPeople. I was searching for a good online food counter, and this site came up. I'm on a Ultra Low carb, High fat, Moderate Protein diet, and my goal is to lose 80lb. Any words of encouragement...advice...or positive motivation would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Look forward to talking to some of you along my journey. <BR> <BR> MidwestMami Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:27:57 EST Hi Everyone Hello, My name is Diann Hart from Detroit,Michigan. I lost weight before some years ago. So I'm confident that I can lose the weight I need to lose but I need a little push this time and that is why I'm here. I hope I can get the encouragement I really need at this time and I hope in return I can encourage someone else. Thank You All <BR> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:44:09 EST Introductions Hi, I am new to this site but not new to losing weight. I have already list 53 lbs but would like to lose a bit more to increase my healthiness. I wanted to join a community and had this site pointed out to me by a friend. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and I look forward to conversing with you all. <BR> <BR> Ginger :) Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:43:17 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for ways to get healthier. I'm in a wheelchair, so it is really hard for me to get exercise. I am looking for any upper body exercises that do not involve your legs as I do not have the use of my legs. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:38:01 EST again So here I am again. I have been here several times. I just can't seem to stick with it. I have a really hard time creating a habit. Other than, of course, the habit to not continue something. SP cannot make it any easier, so now I must step up....again. Finger crossed. And if anyone has ideas on how to make a habit stick or to gain motivation, please share. <em>521</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:25:49 EST Elsa Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:33 EST Getting myself back! Hello there. My name is MJ. I am ready to get rid of the weight and get my life back. I want to be able to run around with my kids and my husband. I want my old self back, with the confidence and better self-esteem. I want to be able to smile about everything again! Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:10:57 EST Holidays why not ? Hi , I'm on my fifth day of SP. I know the holidays are not the best time to start this adventure...but I have to start !!! I'm not new to SP . I was on SP many years back ... and loved it ... so of course I had to come back ... I just need to take better care of myself !!! I'm looking forward to the SP community <em>211</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:02:03 EST *pokes nose around the door* Hello fellow humans. Am not very good at talking to other people, is quite scary. <BR> <BR> Have been going it alone for a while but I was thinking about writing a blog for ages cos the weight loss coach I've been working with said it might be really helpful, and it was. <BR> <BR> I thought whilst I was coming out of hiding, I might try actually saying hello to people as well, even if its on the internet. It might be good practice for me for the far more terrifying prospect of speaking ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:41:32 EST Hi, I am from CA H <BR> owdy everyone. I am new to this forum. I am from Montreal, CA Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:17:24 EST Glad to be here! I just wanted to check in and say I am glad to be here. I want to improve my personal fitness for the longevity of my family. I am now on day 2 of an exciting journey. Hello to all! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:05:28 EST Glee LaVroff Just found out I am Diabetic! I need a mjeal plan for every day, because I don't know where to start! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:55:08 EST Another new member Hello! My name is Kathy and I am a new member. I am slightly discouraged because I gained 6 lbs during my first week unless my bathroom scales are inaccurate. My first weigh in was from a doctors scales and the second from my m bathroom scales. Its a new week so I am hoping not to have a repeat. <em>524</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:20 EST Time to put me first After several health scares that fell all at once, I finally realized that I need to stop making my job and everyone else a priority and me last. I am back to exercising and need to take those last pesky 30 pounds off. Blood pressure, diabetes, irregular heart beat and mini-strokes, the doctors tell me that if I can lose the weight the risk of more of same should drop significantly. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:09:52 EST Hi I was an obese child but discovered exercise at 18 and have been at a healthy weight for most of my adult life. I am an only child raised by a single father and when my Dad died suddenly of a heart attack 5 years ago all my good eating habits fell out the window. I went back to eating whatever the heck I felt like and gained about 20 lbs. I still exercise daily but I've noticed that my energy levels have dropped and I'm tired all the time. <BR> <BR> In less than 2 years I'll be 50 and... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:28:13 EST HELP!!! I have to lose at least 40 lbs in order to have my knee replaced and I can barely walk so exercising is a challenge, plus I just can't seem to get on the weight loss wagon. I am so frustrated that I think I'm going to start and then blow it that day or even after one day. I just have no desire to do this. I have been fat my whole life and probably have lost over 500 lbs collectively so I know I can lose weight, but just keep regaining it and now I can't seem to get started again knowing th... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:55:37 EST Feels like foreverago It feels like forever since I have been on spark. And, I have missed everything about it! Life gets crazy, turns get weird and I lost track of time, and myself. I'm back and hoping to find the encouragement in myself to get back to fully dedicating to complete better health :) Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:36:44 EST App Hello! <BR> My name is Ashley! I love nutrition! I'm creating an app that helps people with food allergies and intolerances. I have a blog called Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:48:28 EST Hi! I am Tiffany Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and I am so very excited to see all of the support and encouragement that this site brings. <BR> <BR> I wish you all the best of luck in your journey! Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:01:28 EST Hi I am Eleanor Hello everyone I am Eleanor and I have a bit of weight that I want to part ways with about 40 to 45 pounds. <BR> <BR> I currently just watch my portions and I walk and do video tapes at home. I am not a gym person - tried that and it doesn't work <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Eleanor Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:02:59 EST AGNESANGEL's SparkPage Hi, Started Sparkpeople earlier this week. Find it helpful. Hoping to reduce my weight and my blood sugar numbers. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:35:15 EST Hi, I'm cherish621 latest bloodwork results are scaring me! Anyone know what all this means? HDL 55 TRIG 132 but total cholesterol is 287. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:36 EST recipes I love to cook (and eat lol) What I need is somewhere I can type in ingredients and amounts and get nutritional stats ( cal,sodium,sugar (pre diabetic)etc per serving. Can anybody help me? I am a 66 year old retired man, with COPD, high blood pressure, lymphodema in both feet,badly arthritic right knee and a bad left ankle. I know I am a mess but I still want to lose 75 lbs. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:44:27 EST stressed out under too much stress at the moment- realizing how much sleep is important...still fighting my own demons.. but now things taste too good.. and I need an alternative..before it's too late! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:52:25 EST What lies ahead Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I am from Alaska and I am going to be losing 70lbs before my 30th birthday. I've got about 37 weeks until my bday and I think losing 2lbs a week will get me at my goal of 140-150lbs. I'm 5'7 I have put on quite a bit of weight over the years and most of it was denial. But now certain things are becoming more of a reality. I hurt, I ache, i have no energy, clothes don't fit the way they used to. I would love to have support for you g... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:52:00 EST A Long Road Ahead I'm new here and I am just starting my journey to a healthier happier me. I am working with a weight loss clinic to loose weight in order to have the gastric sleeve done. I have until this time next year to loose 80lbs on my own. I have taken the first steps by quitting smoking, keeping a food journal, cutting out sugars and soda, and starting to slowly exercise. I'm trying to stay positive, but I feel like I'm starving and my body is killing me. I wish nothing but the best for everybody. Ble... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:36:34 EST Getting back on track again! I lost track for a couple months and reached back to almost 190 about a month ago. I've been able to reduce it to 185lb; now I'm working toward reducing my weight, more importantly focusing on fat loss. Every time I came back, I always learn something new that I hadn't known in the past. <BR> <BR> This time, I finally realized how important seeking support is which is why I plan to engage more and be more active on SparkPeople. I'm started using SparkCoach and I'm looking forward to see how ... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:45:17 EST One pound at a time Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I have been extremely overweight since 1999. My highest was 237 in April 2015. Keep in mind that I am only 5'2. I lost 14 pounds without trying from April 2015 to July 2016. In July I met with an endocrinologist who told me that I was pre-diabetic and advised me on making some changes before she put me on medication. I stopped drinking soda, eating cakes, cookies, chips, chocolate and candy. In September I joined a gym and started doing some card... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:41:20 EST Re-initiating a health challenge... I'm Julia and I've gotten away from concentrating on good health habits. So I'm here starting over to make a commitment to my health. My future depends on it. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:06:13 EST Live Love Life! Hi everyone! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:35:10 EST New Here Hello everyone I am new here and I am really excited.Looking forward to learn a lot from here. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 22:14:04 EST Regained after bariatric surgery I had my stomack stapled 22 yrs ago and have regain 100 lbs! I am suffering from joint pain...fatigue...and I get out of breath just walking up stairs.......advice and support needed!!! <em>46</em> Wed, 9 Nov 2016 20:24:37 EST Newbie Wanting to lose weight with some help from you all and my fitbit. <BR> <BR> Any good lunch ideas for people on the road and often having to eat in my car. <BR> Any ideas are welcome. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 19:34:35 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Daniel and I'm starting my weight loss adventure and learning this site. I am from S.E. Indiana tristate area close to Cincinnati OH. I am 36 about to turn 37 in January. I have a lot of weight to lose and plan to document the whole journey along the way. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:05:54 EST Hey All! Hello everyone! My name is Erica. Today is the start of my new adventure. I have a little over 100 lbs to reach my goal. Any tips, tricks, or suggestions are welcome. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:27:08 EST About me! :) Hello! My name is Mariah and I am 22 years old. I am here to lose weight, get fit and be healthier overall! :) Feel free to add me Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:22:13 EST Starting over again!! Hi, I came here several years ago when I was in TOPS. The advice I got really helped me. NOW, I need help again. I am 70 years old and have been retired for a year and a half. I have become very lax on what I eat and the amount of exercise I get. I have gained about 15 lbs. and gained too many inches. I know the right things to do, but I don't do them so am hoping with your help I can achieve my goals. I was a physical therapy tech for the last 10 years. I have been married to my best friend ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:29:08 EST This is me I am a 39 year old Nurse creeping up to my 40th birthday. I have a few blood tests out at the doctor's that will basically clear me to start an exercises program yesterday... basically the doctor said that the only thing keeping me from losing weight is my own head. He is pretty smart and we work together so he knows what I am capable of. My doctor calls me out on my bull crap. I have been married to my second husband for almost a year and we are in a coop relationship. He knows me and is... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:55:04 EST Newbie Going to lose 30 pounds. I'm claiming it today. Don't know how long it will take but as long as there is a decrease over time, I know something is going right. Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:03:15 EST My commitment to myself and my family I am rejoining after being away for a few years. Recently can to a realization how much my bad habits are effecting my family. I love my family and want to be around to see them grow up. I want to be grow old next to a very incredible man. God has bless me with them. Now it is my turn to look after myself and them. Thank you for being here for me. Tue, 8 Nov 2016 02:12:07 EST Stress ball snacker looking to make connections! Hi Everyone! I'm looking to meet others who are committed to supporting each other positively in our respective journies! I'm a busy, 34 year old who recently quit the corporate world to pursue her master's degree in the arts. But the cubicle years have given me all sorts of bad habits and lbs. I'm looking to lose 30-40lbs but I'm primarily focused on getting my fat percentage under control and getting myself active again. Balance is tough for me-- and in particular, I have a hard time priori... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:45:54 EST Looking to look great for vow renewals Hi everyone I am beginning my journey to lose weight for my vow renewal ceremony in August. Is there anyone else who is looking to lose weight for a wedding or vow renewal? Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:03:32 EST Hi. Island Empress in West Palm Beach, FL Hello everyone. I'm seeking new friends locally to have as a workout buddy for our weight loss, bodybuilding,toning, or whichever your goals may be. Positive, very fun, and on a mission to bigger and better outlook on life!!! <BR> <BR> Let's do this together! Team work makes the Dream work!! <BR> <BR> This message is for Men and Women. Cheers! To new friends! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:59:19 EST Oldie with New Determination I've tried this site several times over the years, but have lost interest basically every time. I was even back on SparkTeens back in the day when I was younger, but it didn't really stick back then. And since then I've really let myself go. <BR> <BR> But I'm really feeling the motivation this time around and I'm determined to not give up here, and thereby not give up on myself. <BR> <BR> We all owe it to ourselves to make these changes towards a healthier lifestyle and be the best that we... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:42:00 EST Can't do it alone! Hi, I'm a new member and just started posting and tracking today. I have recently gotten better at eating clean but usually can't go more than a few weeks before giving in. What's harder for me is getting the motivation to exercise which I know is a big piece missing from my life. Don't want to quit this time so looking for some motivation to stick with it and some friends to hold me accountable! Mon, 7 Nov 2016 12:42:30 EST Its a new day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am restarting my healthy lifestyle!! I love sparkpeople and I need all the help I can get, I have like no will power and I'm hoping I can make it this time with the help of you all. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your encouragement. 30 pounds to lose <BR> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:07:40 EST New here Hello, <BR> Just joining tonight...have health issues that require me to lose weight. <BR> I'm thinking this group will help me stay on track and I will be able to <BR> obtain good advice from all of you veteran weight losers. Have the <BR> feeling I will need much encouragement as time goes on. <BR> Thank you all for being here to help. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 22:55:17 EST Hello When I start eating well, I ask myself why I ever stopped. <BR> When I start moving, I ask myself why I ever stopped. <BR> When I start making time for myself, I ask myself why I ever stopped. <BR> The journey to answer these questions starts today. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 17:59:27 EST Putting my health first Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SP last Wednesday. I have made the decision to put my health first. I have dealt with a lot of loss in the last 2 years. I think I have mostly dealt with those, but they have left some damage behind, especially when it comes to my physical health. <BR> <BR> I am at the heaviest I have ever been 232 lbs, but this stops now. I am determined to take care of myself and my body, to be happy and healthy! <BR> <BR> Cheers :) Sun, 6 Nov 2016 15:08:39 EST Salutations Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:16:23 EST Salutations Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:12:42 EST Just joined! Over 55, living with depression and fibromyalgia.....weight loss will help.... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:15:12 EST 21 Day Challenge GM, just getting refamiliarized with SP. It's been a while. Need to lose some lbs. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:16:36 EST 21 day challenge Day 5 of the 21 day challenge. I am new to the site and the concept of counting calories (use to be on weight watchers so my mind is still on the points program). I have ten pounds to lose but want to take them off slowly and keep them off this time. Hoping sparkpeople can help with that. I am currently finding the site a little cumbersome but still learning. There is a lot of information here and everyone has been so nice so that is a plus. But, the app doesn't have the same functions ... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 11:07:41 EST I'm here, I'm new Hello All, I need some inspiration I feel lost and out of control. I have spent so much time and money on diets/products/healthclubs/gimmicks, etc. I now am trying to do this on my own without spending money on a membership. I have lost weight in the past but cannot seem to get that diet mojo back. I am giving SP a try. I hope to gain a few friends here. I am going to pull up my bootstraps and give this a go!!! Sat, 5 Nov 2016 09:51:07 EST Here to Lose Hi, I'm Annette. Annie to all my friends. New here and older. Hoping to find a lot of support (I need it) and new friends to help and support each other in the journey to lose weight. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 22:16:15 EST New here! Looking for a motivation buddy Hey Everyone, <BR> My name is Elijah and im 18. <BR> I just joined sparkteens and I'd like to lose 40-42 pounds and aim for 20 by the end of the year! <BR> I've really gotten serious about my health and I'm making food plans and schedule to keep me on track. <BR> If someone is interested, I'd really appreciate if someone could be my motivation buddy to stay accountable to! If you are interested please reply or message me! <BR> Thanks! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 19:22:30 EST A new beginning here on SP Hi there, <BR> I'm sort of new: I was on SP some time ago, I found it very useful but time-consuming (I guess I'm a slow tracker) and I fell off track halfway from my goal. <BR> I'm back with the new goal of losing 30lbs this time. My goals include living an healthier life, stop fearing trying clothes when I go shopping and somehow become more in love with exercise, since I am a terrible couch-potato sort of person. I feel I am motivated but at the same time i fear failures, because I've bee... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 18:16:38 EST What is wrong with me? Help. I am a 57 year old (as of today) female. I am 5'4.5" and stay between 139-142. At age 40 I went through early menopause and began gaining weight. I reached 160 lbs. (Prior to that I had always been in the 125 range). I dieted, but did not work out and after 16 years, finally reached my current weight range. I want to be fitter, slimmer and healthier, not least because I am now raising my 4 year old grandson. <BR> Nine weeks ago I bought a Fitbit. Since then I have been walking, cycling... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:41:47 EST HIP SURGERY 9# TO LOSE BY 12/2116 OR NO SURGERY I was being treated for breast cancer Jan. 2016 when I found out I needed a hip replacement. In Sept. the Dr. said I have to lose 10# to have the surgery because I am overweight. <BR> <BR> I'm upping my game with more exercise. I do chair cardio and the Stamina Strider. <BR> <BR> I have a hard time with the food part. I need prayers and support!!! <BR> <BR> My hip is really bothering me and I HAVE to get the surgery on 12/21/16. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you so much!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Dia... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 14:38:36 EST Dianah needs help! I am 58 a wife, grandmother and have no motivation . I live in Carlisle Indiana <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:15:44 EST Hello Just wanting to stop and say hi to everyone. I have been using this site for about 3 days now and it's an amazing tool for tracking. I'm recently getting social on here and so far everyone has been very motivating and extremely nice. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 20:48:10 EST Healthy Maintaining Hi. I'm Hannah. The main reason for me getting Spark is to get healthy. I tend to eat emotionally. So I'm trying to stop that. I also want to get in shape. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 15:51:45 EST I need help getting started Hi, I am 57 years old want want to live past 80 but am afraid I will not make it at my current status. I am female and 14 years ago I had a stroke which paralyzxed me completely on my right side. I today still have balance issues and funny as it is, can be brown over with a good gust of wind. I'm not light I weigh 252 lbs and want to lose 75. At one time I weight over 300 lbs. I cannot seem to get under and ndeed to. Help Wed, 2 Nov 2016 21:22:55 EST Loving Sparkpeople! Hello from NW Montana! It's cold and soggy so most work outs are in the gym right now...but i'm sticking to it this time. Im eating better than i ever have before in my life. I've had a quick loss of 11 lbs so far but with an initial weight loss goal of 50 lbs to lose. I strive to be under 200 lbs for the first time in about a decade. I hope to meet some new people who can continue to educate or direct me when/if i should lose my way.... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:36:10 EST Today is the first day ... .. Of the rest of my life. Just joined Spark people and I am excited to see where God leads me. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 07:38:22 EST NCollins33 Retired Christian educator PCUSA, Elder, sing in the choir, former weight loss leader,, volunteer, exercise 5 days a week, crochet, write poetry, divorced. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 07:15:56 EST Trying to be at my best health I've always been pretty healthy, but hitting my 50s and my menopause years have packed lbs on my body. I don't want t be slowed down by midlife ailments if I can do anything about it. I have a little one who needs me Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:38:55 EST Dallasites, are you here? Just looking to see if anyone in the Dallas area is on SP. I found a Spark Team but it hasn't been truly active in nearly 3 years. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:34:28 EST Newbie here. Hi, all. I just joined hoping for support to lose 45 pounds. I'm a good dieter for a few weeks, then...Well, you know. I want to get by with a little help from my friends. I am a senior and my always bad knees are not liking my senior spread. Started today. Going to the gym tomorrow where I'm sure they won't remember me. Cooking a HUGE pot of collard greens with no meat/grease for dinner. Looking forward to sharing with the group. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:18:02 EST finnaly taking care of me I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:20 EST I'm New and I Really Don't know What I'm Doing Hi everyone, I really am new, but I'm also really amazed at this HUGE Sparkpeople community and how everyone is so encouraging. You all have my heartfelt thanks! Please bear with me as I learn the basics. <em>40</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:08:27 EST Anyone in the metro Atlanta area? Hi everyone! Anyone live in the metro Atlanta area? I would love some local support/potential fitness friends. And Happy November everyone. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:14:09 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter season! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> One of my main motivators and sources of success is the Biggest Loser Challenge! We are ending our Fall session and starting to prepare for our Winter session. We have 10 teams of 24 and we work together on weekly nutrition and fitness challenges to keep you on track! <BR> <BR> You can sign up here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just join the team and add your name to the Winter sign up thread! <BR> <BR> Happy... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:34:09 EST Returning spark lady! Hi! I'm a returning Grandma. I'm mostly doing well with lots of veggies... Chicken and fish too. I have prediabetes and I'm worried about needing to go on insulin. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:05:53 EST HELP, I'm giving up! I have been on sparkpeople before when I was doing fairly good with weight loss. That has been maybe a year ago. Now, I have hit rock bottom and I just can't deal with it any longer. I do good for a while then things change in my life, work, home etc. My husband has been not home for 2 years and has 2 more to go. I have all this excusses of why not to try to lose weight. Can't stick to it, too expensive, too time consuming, too stressful. All I do is sleep, work and eat. I have no ambition... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 04:53:15 EST 150 Pounds or Bust Hello! I hope that you are are well. Well...I have a journey. Right now, I am 330 pounds. I have set mini goals. Right now I am just focused on 50 pounds at a time because I know that this is going to be a long journey. Anybody else with this much weight to lose? Right now, I am exercising and doing the Atkins Diet. This seems to be the best way for me to start. I was going to do an Excel Spreadsheet I came across this great page and I am excited to get started. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:34:51 EST Hello! While i am not new to Spark People, I AM new to using the community. I have lost count of how many times I have lost and REGAINED weight, but at 48 yrs old I am tired of being uncomfortable and out of shape. I am so ready to be the active and energetis person I used to be so many pounds ago! My ultimate goal is to lose 100 lbs (Man, how did I get there?!!) but I am taking it one day at a time and one pound at a time. I'm looking for Spark Friends to share this goal with and to give and receiv... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:50:19 EST Hello to all from a new member Well I'm five days in to this endeavour of mine and doing well so far. Usually after the second day, i give up, so hopefully this time things will be different. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:27:17 EST ThisIsHalloweenEve erybodMakeAScene!And be my Friend First of all...Happy Halloween! It's my fave. <BR> I'm new and need friends. <BR> I'm 35 and my goal is to lose 20 lbs, maybe more. <BR> THings I like: Art, music (the Misfits, the Doors, Gogol Bordello, SublimeLed Zeppelin, Ratatat, Authority Zero, Johnny Cash, Bright Eyes, Metallica, Nofx, HIM, Rancid, etc) movies (all Wes Anderson movies, Tim Burton, Fight Club, the Labyrinth, Step Brothers, the Wall, What We Do in The Shadows, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Raising Arizona, Lo... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:16:36 EST Hello My Name Is...... Hi, my name is Dawn. I'm 42 yrs. old and I'm morbidly obese. I have decided that my weight does not define me. I'm finally ready to stand up for myself & kick my fat in the.......tail! <em>334</em> I started at the beginning of September & I'm giving this fat a run for its' money! Who's with me? Stand up & speak. <em>381</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:27:53 EST Reinventing nan Just rejoined spark to try to lose 20lbs to save me spending pounds getting nw bigger clothes to fit the growing me. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:36:01 EST Hello! Hi there! I'm Becky, new to SparkPeople. I am 45 years old. I have been on this weightloss journey for over 7 years now. I lost as much as 60 pounds, maintained 50 for five years, And then my health and life got the best of me. It's been a struggle that I keep fighting since but don't seem to get very far. I"m hoping that trying out a new community will help spark something in me, to be able to get over my hangups and reach a healthy weight again. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:55:17 EST Here we go I am hoping that joining this group will be the motivation I need to get moving again. I am not enjoying the extra weight gain . Making the wrong food choices way too much and its getting out of hand . Its time for change . It won't be easy but I am GOING2WRK at it one day at a time . <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Looking forward to walking and to walking this journey with all of you . <BR> <BR> Now 2 C if I can find my way around this site . <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:43:57 EST Second time around - this time I will stick to it Hi Everyone ~ <BR> I had joined last year but when winter came I found it too hard to keep up. <BR> This time around, I want to stick to my goals no matter what. My motivation this time is to stay healthy so I can be kind and helpful to my bodymind. <BR> This time I am sticking to it! <BR> <BR> And welcome to all the newbies (and re-newbies) who are joining at this time... <BR> <BR> Raye369 <BR> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:00:22 EST A Newbie with Polymyalgia Rhuematica Im looking forward to getting healthy again. Im a type 2 diabetic and I have Polymyagia Rhuematica...both have me exhausted most of the time despite the adderall kick which is necessary for ADD. A bag of health issues to address and it all begins with what I put in my mouth. Im hoping healthy food exchanges will soon replace some of the medications I now need to feel okay. Does anyone else have Polymyalgia Rhuematica, just curious to see how others address this issue. <em>521</em> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:38:31 EST Re-Starting my journey Hi everyone. Today I am restarting my weight loss journey! I'm Belinda from a small Town in Texas. I am 54 and I would like to lose 90 lbs. "One day [pound] at a time Sweet Jesus". Join me on my journey!! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:56:42 EST Weight Loss Attempt Number 6,592 Well - here we go again. I've half heartedly tried to lose weight so many times I don't think there's enough numbers in the world. <BR> <BR> I've started working as a medical transcriptionist this year and it's really hit home how dire my situation is. I'm 27, 145kg and fed up (pardon the pun!). <BR> <BR> I need this to work this time, I can't fall back into old habits. <BR> <BR> All that said, I've just been browsing the recipes on Spark Recipes and I notice a lot of things are low fat ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:18:44 EST I have been binge eating for a week I have been binge eating for a week and I figured it's time I set some changes in life. Hence created this profile. I work from home and kitchen is just around my corner. I eat out of boredom and I really do not know how to deal with this problem. :( Sat, 29 Oct 2016 05:07:27 EST Hope this works I have started many diets in my 68 years and many of them were successful over the short term, but like many other dieters, I always have gained back the weight and more. In the last year I tried to lose weight multiple times, but was unsuccessful. As I've gotten older, the weight does not come off like it used to. I exercise every day, but that isn't enough. I hope trying this new site will help, although the thought of losing 45 pounds is very daunting. 5 years ago I successfully lost 4... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:11:20 EST Oregon Grandma I am a 62 year Grandmother with about 30-40 pounds to lose. I had gained a lot of weight from Prednisone and have only lost about half of it. I have a stationary bike. I am finding it very helpful to enter food into a log. I think twice before grabbing something to eat now! I love the reports, it was a surprise to me that I was not eating as much fiber as I thought. The reports really helped me see that. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:50:39 EST Arthritis and Ulcerative Colitis I am overweight dealing with depression, heart issues, UC and arthritis. I have to wear oxygen 24/7. Walking is hard and I spend a lot of time playing on the IPad, doing puzzles. I need to lose weight but it is hard with pulmonary hypertension. I was a Spark People member a long time ago. Glad to be back. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:20:40 EST baseball go cubs go game 3 tonight... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:44:24 EST working out working out one time a week is ok Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:43:08 EST New Adventure Today I start on my new adventure to me. I have been overweight for 20 years and I have had enough. I am still active and do 10km in 2 hours but walking is not getting me anywhere. I need to open a new chapter called "Motivation" and start on the first paragraph. I would like to finish this adventure to Healthy by Dec 2017, so on Jan 2018 I can start a new book called "My Time is Now". To have an active, healthy life full of friends and travels and places to fill my book full of memories... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:00:26 EST I'm back in NY and I want to look fine at 59!! <em>521</em> So as a new year comes upon us very shortly so does another birthday! I need to get a jump start before all the holidays. I could use some support and motivation. Let me say thank you in advance just for reading this. <BR> Have a great journey and may we all reach our destination. :-) <em>381</em> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:57:20 EST New to SparkPeople Hi All, I'm a newbie. My goals are to add regular exercise to my daily routine and learn how to eat healthier. I'm a very busy working mom to three kids so my life is basically a juggling act. I find myself exhausted most of the time and I think that things could improve if I took better care of myself. I'm guilty of letting myself go, which is something I never thought I would do. I'm making myself a priority which will hopefully be a positive impact to all of my family. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:57:37 EST Not exactly "new" but been gone for 5 yrs I was using SparkPeople about 5 years ago for tracking my daily calorie intake. But when I met my goal I stopped. <BR> <BR> I'm 69 years old and have type 2 diabetes. In Feb I quit smoking after 52 years. I had lost 25 pounds prior to this and then put it all back on again. Now I am trying to lose it and more but I now have a temporary liver problem that may be interfering with my metabolism. However, I still want to get started. <BR> <BR> Most of my weight is above the waist so would l... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:48:36 EST Renal diet due to kidney cancer Hello, I am Francesca and I just had my right kidney removed this year due to early stage renal cancer. I am trying to follow a renal diet. Is there anyone else in this same situation out there? Would love to hear from you. <img src=""> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:38:29 EST Going at it again in FL Starting over in Florida. Need to meet goals to feel better Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:59:59 EST Stop the insanity <img src=""> <em>198</em> My eating habits have been so bad lately that I feel bad about myself, and I am getting depressed. I am heavier than I have been in years. I always exercise, and always have, but it is not enough to combat the large amount of junk food that I am consuming everyday. I want to relax, and not always feel pressured to workout because I overeat. I feel like I am trapped, I know I can cha... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:42:01 EST Back Again Hi All! This is my second go with SparkPeople, and I am so ready to get back at it. I joined years ago, and there as so many updates! My back story in a nutshell.... After a season of being down in life, I decided to make changes, and joined another fitness site. I decided to register for the Goofy Challenge at Disney World (39.3 miles over 2 days....a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday). My boyfriend, now fiance, ran it with me, and it was a massive challenge that I hard... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:25:09 EST Aloha Aloha, <BR> I live in Hawaii, but am too out of shape to enjoy many of the outdoor activities. I'm hoping to change that. I'm also going on a trip to the mainland next year, so I want to lose some weight before getting stuck in a tiny airplane seat. I've got a long way to go, but this is a good place to start making changes. <em>41</em> <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:49:01 EST Howdy All I'm new here. Dealing with a severe case of Fibromyalgia. Been trying to date, but been unsuccessful. The ladies I have talked to, decided that they didn't want someone that had an illness and was fighting for disability. So, I am here to gain support as my goal is to lose about 40 lbs. Wanting to hit 180 lbs. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:29:42 EST Izzy Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:02 EST Hello from Massachusetts Hello everyone! New user here. I'm a sneaky and emotional eater but do enjoy being active... I'm looking to change my eating habits as I've seen my weight start creeping up and my clothes are feeling WAY too tight these days. I'm looking forward to all the resources Spark People seems to have. Can't wait to (virtually) meet some of you! I'll be writing a blog on my page as soon as I can to introduce myself even more. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:20:17 EST Introduction of a 400 teacher (to be) Hi. <BR> <BR> Introductions are always a little tough but the basics are that I am a 41 year old male who passed the 400 point. I'd be more specific but the scale read "ERR" when I finally stepped on it last night. I've always been fat, hovering between 250 and 275 during high school and over 300 for over a decade. During the last few years, I returned to college and I am in the last year of my `Master's degree in education. During these years, I've been off and on weight loss but over the l... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:25:06 EST Looking for a workout buddy Hi. I'm looking for a workout partner. I just joined the Planet Fitness gym on Memorial Drive. I've worked out with a personal trainer but want to have a buddy to workout with on other days as well. I'm looking to tone up. But prior to this past month I had never been to a gym before. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:11:40 EST Hi Dolls! I Lost 100lbs & You can Do it too! ( I CAN RELATE!) What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! I suffered from many health problems from broken bones to chronic hypertension. I almost lost my life and I had to make changes and start working on a better me. Failing was not an option!!! <BR> <BR> I know what it feels like getting out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs. <BR> Looking down in the shower, and not being able to see your feet. <BR> Taking blood pressure - medication everyday. <BR> Not being ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:23:41 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I'm glad to say this time I'm fully committed to better health. I do want to join a walking club with other beginners, who live near by, I feel if I have someone to motivate me I will be more accountable. So if there are people looking to team up with me, please let know. Thanks! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:13:48 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:08:57 EST hi from Minnesota, i have been on here a while now, just wanted to say hello i have had progressive ms going on bout 5 years now, i use a walker and a wheelchair, last year i weighed in at 170, since using this site i have been able to track my food intake i manage what i eat, even though some of my medications will cause weight gain, or weight loss as of today i weigh 140 pd and trying to hold it at that, been eating well, sure does help , and lots of exercise hope you all... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:58:02 EST Newbie from Maine Good morning. I am new to this. I am 63, very overweight and had hip replacement surgery Aug. 2015. The weight started to pack on over last winter. I also have fibro and neuropathy and my muscles on the surgical side are giving me a lot of grief. I have a massage every 2 weeks just for myself. I try to work my hamstrings and glutes. I ended up having lymphodema since surgery. I also have IBS so have to be careful of what I eat. I have tried to find a walking buddy that lives near me. ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:35:58 EST Staying with it It hard day after day to maintain or lose weight. Encouragement needed. Thanks. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:46:27 EST First time user I am new to message boards. I am trying to motivate myself to get healthy. I work two jobs so exercise time is limited. I own three Boston Terriers that are home alone a lot, so if I have exercise time, I usually walk them. I'm in upstate NY so winter outside can be brutal. I'm just looking for anyone talking about similar struggles & tips to get me motivated. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:16:10 EST senior work outs Hi I just started with spark people and I am looking for senior work outs. I already walk, now I am looking to tone up. any suggetions Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:45:29 EST Hi :) Hey everyone. I'm a 34 year old mom of 3 teens, I just joined, so still trying to figure everything out. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:39:19 EST low bmi My bmi has gone down to 34.9 my surgery is 10-27-16 and I am on social security will they weight me before surgery i am afraid i wont be able to have surgery Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:46:43 EST low bmi My bmi has gone down to 34.9 my surgery is 10-27-16 and I am on social security will they weight me before surgery i am afraid i wont be able to have surgery Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:46:13 EST Motivation Buddies? Hello strangers, I am very new to this site. I am looking for a motivation buddy, for lack of a better term. In the past whenever I've tried to be healthier, be it working out, eating better or a combination of the two I'd do well for a bit but then I would fade and stop. I'm hoping that having someone else to keep in touch with and push each other will help me not to fade. Is there anyone out there that would like to help motivate each other? Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:43:51 EST One Day At a Time Good morning!! I'm new to Sparkpeople & so far I think it's great! I'm trying to make a lifestyle change to be healthier plus look & feel better. I have somehow regained the 50 lbs. I lost 7 years ago. Added & joyful motivation for me now is my son's wedding in June. My goal is to lose 51 lbs by June, day at a time!! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:54:51 EST Hello Jen from MN here! I joined spark people to lose 30 pounds. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:52:44 EST Hi all! I joined SparkPeople in the hopes of finding some people who are willing to motivate and encourage each other. I'm trying to lose weight and generally eat healthier but can't seem to stick with any plan for more than a week. I realized that this was because I don't have anyone else going through this struggle that I can turn to for encouragement. If anyone else is looking for a buddy that they want to share this long and difficult weight loss journey with, send me a message! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:12:43 EST If at first you don't succeed ... I have failed at this 2x 😂😂😂😂😂 trying to do it alone so I decided after watching part 2 of Joe's docu and hearing the stories of success after people joined a community - to fine one to join. I'm nervous about failing again but diving in again all the same. I have got to do this!! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:26:25 EST Beginning of a long adventure! Hi, I'm Charie and I need to change my habits. I am going to lose 50 lbs no matter how long it takes. Right now my biggest challenges include being a full-time student, part-time employee, and a full-time volunteer. I feel as if I never have enough hours in the day. Hopefully I will be inspired by other members. Today the journey begins! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:24:01 EST i'm new and so confused My name is Sara and I'm 27. I have read "The Spark" twice now. And have decided I definitely need some community support and want to utilize the sparkpeople site. However, I'm finding it a bit overwhelming. I am a new mom, trying to lose the weight i gained during and after pregnancy. Where do i start? Where did you start? Message boards, teams, challenges? There are so many options. (Maybe too many). I'm just trying to figure out the best way to begin meeting new spark buddies! Thank you in... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:08:08 EST hey everyone. I've been speaking and dreaming of weight loss pretty much my entire life, but never knew how to put it into action without eventually giving up. I don't want to give up on myself this time because I know that I'm capable of living a better and healthier life, and I figured why not join a support group because it gets lonely on this end. I guess I struggle with the whole aspect of it but I want to look and feel my best this time around. Thank you for reading this! Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:07:08 EST Hi to everyone I'm a soon to be 46 year old mother of two girls 8 and 5. I have knee and foot issues and about 20lbs to lose. I'm looking for support and I love to cheer people on. I've failed many times over, but I'm planing on posting here daily and would love to make some friends. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:33 EST Back on track I did very well this summer - exercised regularly - ate well and then fall comes and with it grey wet days - I'm still exercising regularly but I'm finding it very hard to get my food back on track....sugary treats keep calling my name. When I eat sugar, my joints hurt and my belly gets bigger - why isn't this enough motivation to keep it out of my diet??? what do you do to keep your food on track when you find the temptations too great??? Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:09:45 EST Hi, new member here Two or three years ago, I managed to lose about 12kg but then I started to have late night snack, missing my jogging routine, etc. <BR> <BR> After a year of self indulging I'm back at square one. <BR> <BR> I'm quite angry at myself and kind of want to give up, but I'd like to try once more. <BR> <BR> This time I plan to find weight loss buddy who would remind me or help me pass those snack time periods. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:43:32 EST Day 1 !!! just weighed myself after 3 years today 300lbs OMG... But I did more today then I have done in a long time.. Also first day no Cigs.. just wanted to write something.. Have got to make a change. Better to write then eat.. Thanks Chrissy <em>40</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:25:59 EST Hi yall Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark People <BR> I do the Dukan diet and I joined for some community support. <BR> I'm on some Dukan teams and low carb lifestyle. <BR> I'm happy with my progress : 9 lbs lost in 7 weeks <BR> I'm happy with the diet so far and excited about progressing through the stages to maintain my goal weight for good. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:15 EST Eight years ago... I lost 70 pounds with Spark People 8 years ago! Eight years later...I've gained almost all of it back. I've had some health complications along the way -- broken foot and surgery -- bouts of debilitating back pain -- but now I'm back and ready to begin again. I'm going to do this and I'm heading back to my goal weight. Spark People was very helpful to me last time, and I want to make it part of my plan again this time. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for buddies who can encourage me and who I ca... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:56:57 EST Hello Hello! I'm trying out this website to try to help me loose weight. I was using myfitnesspal, but it quit working with my fitbit right now. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:26:00 EST A New Beginning Can not wait to wear my tight fitting jeans again Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:21:52 EST Just Starting Looking forward to losing weight and eating healthy. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:24:48 EST Colleen Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:06 EST Blog buddies?? :-) I've been a spark member for years now. I lost 75 pounds at the beginning of my journey, which was 6 years ago already!! Wow! I gained 30 of those pounds back and have been trying unsuccessfully to lose them the last 2-3 years. I've had NO luck but I have had several obstacles in my way and my motivation is super low. I'm thankful that I have kept the rest of the weight off and my body seems to REALLY like being where I'm at. I recently had to put my page on friends only for certain reasons ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:01:14 EST Beginning again Hi all, I'm back after about 3 years. I have been so indulgent and have gained some serious weight. I'm retired now so I've been pretty sedentary, plus with spinal stenosis, and knee problems, its hard to really move around a lot. So, consequently, I have been sitting and eating and drinking and having a heck of a time. That is until I went on vacation with DH and realized how compromised my physical condition had become. I weigh more now than EVER in my life, so I'm serious to get back to... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:31:39 EST Hello newbie here Hi boys and girls my name is Tina and im from South Africa , Cape Town. Im a little bit from everything... personal motivation coach, blogger traveler and most important im healthy food fanatic :) Just search online to find some places where i can share my ideas and some of my blog articles as well to collaborate with some people that work in this area. I just start my healthy food blog and would like to know if i go in right direction or no. Hope is ok if i post some articles from time to ti... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:29:13 EST Spark Points This is probably a really stupid question, but I just signed up like 15 minutes ago so...yeah. I'll probably be asking a lot of stupid questions. Anyway the question: What are Spark points what are they for and how do you get them? Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:39:59 EST Just me Hi! My name is Kafris, and I just signed up for Spark People. I'm pretty excited to have a program that keeps track of things for me (I think it's pretty awesome that I don't have to). I'm glad that there's something to motivate me to lose some weight! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:30:47 EST Hi! I am a 35 year old woman and mom of a 4 and 2 year old who has always struggled with my weight. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 30 pounds and am looking to lose another 30-40lbs. I do great for a while on my weight loss journey but I always have a tendency to fall back into bad habits and gain weight back. I could really use a weight loss buddy to help me with support and accountability on this journey. I am sure there are many other women out there like myself who have struggle... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:45:24 EST Trying again I am once again trying to change my lifestyle. This time, I am using the Challenges and have completed the Diabetes Weight Loss and now am doing the New Member 21 day challenge. As part of this challenge I am using the message board and introducing myself. <BR> This time something has clicked in my life and I have recorded all my food and fitness for the last 35 days and have lost 5 pounds. I am setting small goals and have my celebrations planned for when the first goal is reached. S... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:27:09 EST Re intro Hello from Ks, starting over on my journey :) Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:14:09 EST Restart Hello Hello! Although I am not new to SparkPeople I am rebooting my eating and working habits. So here is to fresh starts! - Sam <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:09:14 EST Eat Healthy When Broke? Currently, I stay as still as possible for most of the day (conserve energy)... Grab a cheeseburger or two and a soda on the way to work (3 buck lunch)... And then eat whatever leftovers are at home when I get here. Usually pasta or rice. <BR> <BR> I'm broke. I live in a trailer in my husbands girlfriends driveway (yeah. I know). *they* claim food stamps on me. I have enough money for "rent" (without me they'd lose the house) gas to get to and from work, and to keep the trailer livable. ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:13:15 EST Introduction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just finished my first week here. Dropped 7lbs! So far finding this to be a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> ~Steve Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:12:45 EST Hey I am a mom of 2 and I know I have to lose weight. I also have 2 herniated discs so if anyone has any workout ideas I am all ears. I am kinda reserved so this is new to me but I know it can help! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:46:18 EST Semi-new to Sparkpeople Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm Kathrine, a 21 year old dane trying to get in some sort of shape (other than round). <BR> I have been a member of sparkpeople for a couple of months, but I haven't really gotten around to doing much - until now. <BR> I'm struggling with some depression, and some days it's hard to just get out of bed, but I think it's better now. <BR> <BR> I'm a student at Aarhus University, and in my spare time I work as a substitute care worker. <BR> <BR> I am happy to finally beg... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:51:16 EST Be my friend?!? Hi all - I'm new to SP (not dieting, of course) and need all of the friends and support I can get. Please add me to your friends list! I have a long way to go and could use some friends to lean on. <em>361</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:39:41 EST Just joined and I have Multiple Sclerosis Hi! I was doing some research on new activities and exercises I could add to me daily regimen and I found this site. I have multiple sclerosis (11 years now) and try to stay as active as I can. I suffer from severe fatigue, imbalance and mobility issues. I do use a cane most days for assistance. I can no longer run, jump or do any major physical exertion. I lift weights and try to get my cardio through incorporating weights into exercises that I can physically handle. I am hoping to obtain so... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:31:10 EST Returning to Spark People... Hi. It's been a long time. But I stepped on the scale this morning and knew I had to do something about the weight I've gained in the last 3 years. And what happened 3 years ago? One of my oldest friends committed suicide... well, it's never quite that straight-forward, is it? We, her friends and family, think she had a mental health crisis, which caused her to run away. We searched for her for a month. And then the police found her body in a forest below a bridge. <BR> <BR> I basically sto... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:08:53 EST NMacKinno2 Hi everyone, I have already started my weight loss journey with a 12 pound loss. I have joined in hopes that all you wonder people out there can help me with the emotional ride I'm on. Someone who has lived this and understands, no judgement. <BR> I'm looking forward to the learning that is about to take place! I have never used a forum like this before. I'm married have 3 daughters, one grandson and two dogs...a busy household! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:27:49 EST Hello good people! My name is Marcus, and I just want to introduce myself to this group. I love to run and have finish 5 full marathon in my life. I have not been good with the nutrition at all. This is my goal for 2017 to eat clean so my marathon times can improve. I think to be your best in life you need both a fitness program and nutrition program. People think all the time just because I run and look fit that my health is good. If you diet sucks than you health is not good. Food plays a major role in health... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:09:35 EST Butter? Hi, my name is Carol and I came/started here yesterday for the first time :). I have a question about butter, or it's counterpart. What do the majority do about/with butter? What is better to use a substitute, if so, what? Or is real butter the best, say on toast or a sweet potato, or do we just not use it? I am on a 1200 calorie Diet or Livit, I like to say. Thanks for any advice you can give Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:53:40 EST Newbie!! New to SparkPeople ! I started my weight loss adventure yesterday. I have never struggled with my weight until about 2 years ago when I started gaining. I have been in denial but 50 lbs says this is reality and you need to do something about it. I want to be my old self again. Wish me luck! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:29:05 EST CartelFitness (Fitness Gears) You can check the hottest fitness gears on Etsy by Sarah Watts CartelFitness...thanks Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:00:30 EST Hello! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany. I'm joining Sparkpeople in hopes that this will help me change myself for the better. I'm considered overweight for my height of 5' 1.5" at 150lbs. Obesity, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Hypothyroidism runs in my family. I currently work at a desk job 5 days a week for 7-8 hours a day. I'm tired of being overweight and unhealthy. I'm hoping to loose 30lbs by my birthday or by Summer of next year. I'm needing a little guidance on nutriti... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:51:40 EST Old Spark member new introduction Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to reintroduce myself. I originally joined SparkPeople in June of 2006 when I had a number of issues including a need to lose weight. Well I lost some weight, lost my husband (March 2008) of 32 years, gained weight I had lost and met a new best friend. <BR> <BR> I have returned to SP for extra moral support in the journey I am traveling. All my friends from that time are no longer active or have moved on for one reason or another so I welcome some new fr... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:31:36 EST Time for a change Hello all! Realized that nothing will change until I make it change. Looking to change a lifestyle and outlook on life Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:01:08 EST First time at this Hi, <BR> <BR> This is the first time I join an online community to try and lose weight. Well, this is the first time I try to lose weight. In the past few years, my weight has gone up like crazy thanks to my very sedentary job in corporate America with long hours, unhealthy eating, lots of snacking, and no time for the gym. Over the past year or so, I noticed that my health was getting affected, so I decided it was time for a change. <BR> <BR> I really don't know where to start in my journ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:15:07 EST One more time I have joined to kickstart my quest toward better health and fitness. <BR> Hoping to lose weight as well but more interested in just becoming more active. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hanging out with others with similar goals. <BR> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:31:09 EST New and determined Hello everyone! I am a 40something year old woman with a small challenge. I also have Epilepsy, which means I cannot drastically change my diet, blood sugar drops or spikes can trigger a seizure. HOWEVER, I have a plan...mine is usually drop in sugar levels so I have oj and oranges as well as 6 mini candies for my purse to save me in a haste. I have put on weight in the past for years, grieving and realized I emotionally eat. So, This morning and all day I changed a lot. Meals, added more veg... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:28:52 EST Newbie needs lots of motovation! I am going to consider myself a newbie again cause I haven't been here for over 4 yrs! I still have over 100 to lose and now am over 50! Need lots of motivation! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:34:08 EST tough to be an retired outsider in a new location I have been retired for about 7 years, now living in a new state. It talks about in several articles in Sparkpeople, about spending time on self. I have been going to local mall and rehab center to get my socialization in. I have plenty of time for self, need to keep finding new friends who will walk with me. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:20:44 EST Hello from England. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just re-joined today, and had my 1st weign-in at 383 pounds (27stone 5 pounds), and I need to lose 229 pounds (16 stone 5 pounds) to get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm 51, and I have a 19 year old son who has just started university and I would like to reach my goal weight before he graduates in 3 years'time. <BR> <BR> I lost 108 pounds back in 2011, but stupidly regained all that weight and more since then. I want to lose weight so that I can be healthier, fitte... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:56:54 EST Just Starting Glad to be here. Working hard Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:35:53 EST Hello Hello I am Criss im sorta not new and would like to introduce myself and also Im interested in joining a challenge. Im here to make a life change by adding exercise back in my life because I have not really worked out in maybe 3years ( horrible I know) so Im here to change that and lose some weight and make some friends in the process oh and also try to keep motivated. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:15:50 EST Hallo! Any other blood clot survivors? Hi, all, I'm giving this motivator a go. I need to pick up my exercise level. I loved dance for many years, but as I've gotten older I've done less of it. In February 2016 I was diagnosed with a "significant" blood clot in my right leg. Since then, I've been walking daily to and from the bus, but it's not enough. I hope to drop actually 60 pounds and get the stiffness out of the leg where the "interventional radiology" (read: micro-surgery thing) was done. I have an appointment with an ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:09:53 EST Hi Bertyhay back again This site really works.I keep leaving because I am stubborn and want to eat what I want.This site makes me conscious of what is healthy and how many calories I take in.Recently I fixed me a country breakfast,eggs,bacon,grits,biscuits,honey,<BR>put it in spark and I had eaten 2200 just for breakfast.No wonder I was gaining weight.I am a diabetic and have crohns disease so it is very important that I control what I eat.Also on the vain side would love to fit into my clothes in the closet.thanks... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:12:02 EST Hi I'm new I would like to find out some exercises for someone that is in a wheelchair and can't stand or walk. I've had five surgeries on my knee because of infection after a knee replacement, and now I can't walk or stand and am gaining a lot of weight getting short of breath and I can not get in pool for water except Isra. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:40:06 EST Starting over Hi everyone. This is not my first time on Sparkpeople. More like my 21st time, but who's counting right? I am a first time Grandma now, so its important that I make it this time. Want to be around to see my children's children's children. Smile. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:39:20 EST Introduce Myself & My Reason I Subscribed Here I have RA, high blood pressure/cholesterol, asthma, chronic pain (refuse to take pain meds), type 2 Diabetes (uncontrolled due to RA), take nitrate for chest pains, fibro, diabetic nerve pain, I lose feeling in my hands/feet often, and migraines. I really hate going to the dr's anymore because they always find something else. This site was a Godsend for me. I will not say it doesn't hurt to do anything but I have learned to deal with that with a smile and it does get unbearable at times. But ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:55:42 EST change daily menu plan The menu plans I'm getting are all vegetarian. How do I get menu suggestions for chicken, fish etc.? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:39:17 EST help my name is faylene my hubby and i have both just been diagnoised with diabetes and am very overwhelmed by it all any help is appreciated <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:04:20 EST Step It Up USA Hi, I'm checking in to see if has anyone joined the fitbit step it up USA campaign or formed a team? <BR> Fitbit and the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy are running a two week <BR> challenge to get people to move more. <BR> If you have a fitbit you should have received an invitation to join. If you didn't receive one here's a link. <BR> <BR> I signed up. How about you? <BR> Jeanne Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:13:23 EST Hello! I'm discovering spark people Hi, My name is Sarah, I started Spark People, and I am trying to figure out how to use all the gadgets and things we are supposed to use. It has been fun, and alittle time consuming! lol :). I have "met" some wonderful people on here, and hope to meet more. Thanx! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:25:25 EST Hi Hi my name is Denise.. and I need to lose weight... I need to do something,.. <BR> just need some help in where to start.. any good suggestions? <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I got married in June 2015 and I put on weight need to get it off! I dont want my hubby to have a fat wife! Help! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:24:53 EST HI INTRODUCING MYSELF i LIVE ON MY OWN FOR SOME YEARS NOW.I do not like it, but that's life, I want to stay fit and positive and faithful to the LORD I believe in. I need to be encouraged to go out off the house, I tend to become very isolated and home bound, hense lonely Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:26:36 EST Looking for motivation buddies Hello, <BR> I have been trying (or not trying) to lose weight for several years now. I have periods where I am doing great going to the gym at 6:00 am for an hour 4-5 days a week, eating 3 healthy meals with healthy snacks in between, staying away from red meat, but I can't seem to stay motivated. Right now I am at my heaviest. I am 294 lbs. at 5' 7" tall. I am uncomfortable in every way possible. I have no energy and no desire to go anywhere. I decided to join a forum to hopefully hear other... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:34:17 EST Looking for accountability partner! Hi! <BR> I'm a 29-year-old mother of a two-year-old and I am wanting to get back in shape! I was a college athlete but years of a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet has caused me to gain 60+ pounds. I am motivated and looking for a partner who would be willing to go on this journey with me. I love the idea of having an accountability partner so we can both stay on track! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:36:37 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST Returning and have a question please Hi, I'm Queeniemama and am returning yet again for another try. I figure as long as I keep trying that one day I will succeed. I am trying to add a food grouping of 2 egg omelet with cheese and salsa. I thought I created the grouping but it doesn't show up anywhere. This is a huge wonderful website but I get a little lost on it sometimes. I would appreciate some help. Thanks so much for being here!! <em>524</em> <BR> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:34:25 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Hiya from Dani Hello everyone! My name is Danielle (Dani for short) and I am restarting my wellness journey. I need to lose about 125 pounds but I would be satisfied with 101. Haha! I have done all the diets and yes, I have done Spark before however, I feel as if my heart wasn't really into it. I didn't stick to it. This time I am renewed and my two littles (Sarah (6) and Jenna (4)) are my inspiration. I want to be around for them for a very, very annnnd very long time. Thanks for having me! I hope... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:42:46 EST Squeak!! Hi all. I'm new to sparkpeople. I've lost 5 lbs so far, woohoo! My baby girl just turned 1 year old and I am still working on the baby weight. I realized nothing was happening, that I needed to get serious, so here I am. I am a stay at home mom, in my twenties, married, and I have 4 cats & 4 rats. I would love to make some friends on here to try and keep each other motivated :) Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:09:18 EST Healthy Life, Healthy Me, Healthy Family Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting over for the one millionth time. It seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life, and on this message board. <BR> <BR> The thing it I'm generally active (I have ADHD and never stop moving), and I eat healthy foods. . . I just eat them to excess. I have a really poor relationship with food and that's what I'm looking to change. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to repair this relationship with food so that I can demonstrate successful, healthy behaviors for my fam... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:40:13 EST lethargy, overeating and depression I struggle with prediabetes. It affects many aspects of my life. I am about 40 lbs ow. I do have some neuropathy in my hands and feet. It gets particularly bad if I don't exercise and don't eat well. I crave food, particularly sweets from shortly after breakfast until I hit the bed at night. If I exercise for a few days, I soon start to feel better. Actually, I notice now, at almost 70 yrs old, that the day following a good workout, these problems diminish. I work irratic hours so at... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:51:04 EST Greetings Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST Hello! Hello so I am new to this. I hope to find encouragement and support! I have 40 pounds to lose to my goal. I was doing so good last year then kinda fell off the wagon. Time to get back on! If anyone is from FL give a shout out! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:03:43 EST It's me again! REBOOT I was the founder of the group A BETTER YOU over two years ago. I lost weight successfully on Sparkpeople and had an amazing time doing so. I met some great people during that time and I wished I had never let life tear me away from this site. It had me inspired and losing weight. I want to get that back. I want what this group once had to thrive because it was great. I want to help make it great again. I want to feel great again. I moved due to my work and it pulled me away from life altoget... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:24:35 EST Hello from Brazil! Hey! I found this site I while ago, but I didn't have the commitment to use it. I decided to give it a try. It looks like a great way to lose weight and connect with people who have the same goals that I have. I'm hoping to lose weight and get back into exercise. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:09:52 EST Terrific in Tennessee! Hello everyone. In Jan of '17 I'll be 50 and I'm determined to have the multiple health diagnoses I live with under control. Nutrition, Weight loss, Fitness, and overall well-being are keys to this success. I look forward to the support I will gain from my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> Doctors have been puzzled at my weight issue for many years. No matter what ( healthy) thing I try, I have been unable to lose 1 pound for over 20 years until the last 4 months ( I lost 7 pounds!). You see, I was ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:31:00 EST Staring anew Good Monday morning all :) I restarted fresh last week after being an ona nd off member for years. The renewed spirit is wonderful :) It's great to be "home" and healthier already! I have recommended this site to many. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:38:13 EST Hello from France Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST Disabled US Marine in Wheelchear I am using a stationary recumbent bike to do 140 revolutions and then walking laps.with a walker and.adding a lap each week. My goal is to one day walk and not.use all. I with a cane or I use to after my Major.Stroke. I had a Brain Stem Stroke in 1994 antibody to Agent Orange which causes my blood to.cloat when it should not. I am not complaining mind you afterall I am. alive!!! <BR> <BR> Bill <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:05:12 EST Hey Everybody! Please check out my SparkPage. Really hoping to get some 'sparkfriends' behind me to keep me motivated! I have 60lbs to lose and I'm going to be getting started tomorrow. Thanks everybody! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 17:57:23 EST New member Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> I started the Dukan Diet 9/12/16. <BR> I am looking for support. I am over 50. <BR> I have lost 7 lbs. So far.I am happy to be losing! <BR> My target weight per Dukan is 133. I currently weigh 145. I appreciate any help I can get. <BR> Thanks! <em>30</em> <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 08:57:09 EST Gerry Hi <BR> <BR> I am Gerry and I am trying my hardest to get healthy and get down from 13 7 to 12st. Any hints or tips would be most welcome. Thank you Sun, 9 Oct 2016 05:42:59 EST Starting over...yet again :/ Hi Everyone! I am starting over again... I started this back in March and had some success, then fell off of the's to hoping this time I can stick to it better! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:52:58 EST Getting back on track--total health! Hi! I'm new to the community. Most of my life, I've been pretty svelte. But a year ago, I made a huge commitment to myself and I kicked a problem drinking habit. I feel great about that, but have put on 35 lbs. since! I guess food is my thing now. I don't think I have miserable eating habit with fried foods or anything like that, but I just seem to snack a lot. And for the last month, I've been resting to recover from minor surgery adding a few extra pounds. Now, my doctor has cleared me to g... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:37:36 EST Hi, looking for weight loss friends Hi, I have just joined. I have managed to lose around 40 pounds by myself but am now looking for support to lose another 30 to 40 pounds. I would love to find some friends to share our weight loss journeys together :-) Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:03:46 EST Intro Hello there. I am here again at SparkPeople to help myself regain control of specific areas of my life that affects my health. I felt my husband and I were forced to move out of state because the ridiculously high taxes in New England to North Carolina. I don't regret the move but the stress of being unemployed, different cuisine, mood changes, and environment led to my out-of-control ballooning waistline. <em>15</em> I want to thank you all at SparkPeople for being available again to... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:55:28 EST Holiday Tips Holidays are here! <BR> Any good tips--> Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:42:47 EST Eat healthy, increase exercise, lose weight! The Spark People resources look great! I was just introduced to the site a few days ago but am excited to use this tool as I move forward with the plan to eat healthy, increase my exercise and lose weight! I'm unfortunately a "yo-yo" dieter and have been known to lose weight and then those pounds seem to find me and the scale goes back up. At this time I want to totally change my eating habits and lose those unwanted pounds for good! I'm looking forward to using the various tools offered with... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:37:14 EST Starting Over Hi everyone! I'm Kiara and I'm starting over until I get this right. TIme to focus on my needs. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 08:54:31 EST Hi my name is Carol I'm doing the New Members Challenge and trying to get to grips with the web site, There seems to be a lot to do. I should be better equipped when I've finished the challenge. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 03:15:28 EST Support Partner(s) Hello Everyone, My name is Crystal. It's been a long time since I've been on this SparkPeople. However, I made my way back. I have set a goal to loose 30 pounds within the next year. I would like to have some supporters and team players to take this challenge with me. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:24:54 EST Starting again I started with Spark back when I was trying to have my son (I can't believe he is 7 now) and have been successful in the past with this site. For me, it works even better than Weight Watchers. Hoping to lose 10 lbs to start this time and go from there. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:17:55 EST Adding recipes Hi, I'm new to this site and was wondering if there is a way to add recipes. I've been adding manually ingredients, but I'm on a low sodium diet and have been trying new recipes, I'd love to log the whole recipe one time and then have it just a quick click away. Any tips/suggestions? <BR> Since I've started low sodium, I'm down 4lbs in one week! and my bp is under control. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:15:55 EST I am here for my change Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Alex and I have been introduced to this site by one of my friends. I think this is useful as the site is built in such a way in which it helps you keep track easier of foods and exercise. I mean it does have some lacks, but overall i find it helpful. <BR> <BR> In my real life I am currently looking for a job after our company dissolved our contracts and I am a volunteer for animals at Blue Cross. <BR> <BR> My plan is to finally loose the weight I kept putting o... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:11:44 EST Hi My name is... Hi there.. My name is Sarah Amanda and I'm at stay at home momma for a two year old. I have had diabetes for 4 yrs I was diagnose at 16. I really struggle with this disease and all I want is some control in my life for once and to be a happy and healthy mommy Thu, 6 Oct 2016 23:22:35 EST Just joined today Hi , I am 26 year old female , and I have to lose 45 pounds, I have been trying for a long time, without any success, but I don’t want to go in to a new <BR> Year looking like this, would someone preferable female with similar goals like to do daily check ins and motivate each other. I think daily check ins are <BR> Very important. <BR> Bit about me: I have a desk full time job, I don’t go to gym, most of my meals are Asian/indian/Pakistani. <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:02:30 EST New Member I am trying to loose weight a healthy way without taking medications. I can loose if I really watch my carbs but I seem to regress after awhile. I plan my meals and snacks for awhile then I get slack and stop planning and just grab something. Chocolate and sweets are my weakness. I crave something sweet at times. I was exercising regularly but then I started having plantar fasciitis so now I am pretty sedentary trying to let that heal. I am also hypothyroid but I think that is finally under c... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:35:41 EST 60-Day Juice and Protein and Vitamin Shake FAST! Hi! I just signed up for this amazing site! My name is Cherie, and I'm looking for a partner who is willing to chat every day for 60 days of a fast program. It's going to be challenging. I'm looking for someone is is ready to rock with a positive attitude to climb a mountain. We can bitch about fasting, it's going to be hard, but let's both push each other and be honest about struggling, and be optimistic about this. :) After all, if I can find someone who's down, we'd be in it to win ... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:17:54 EST Hi, I'm Pam! I'm 63, newly retired, and loosing about 25 pounds this year is my goal. I've already lost ten pounds! <em>41</em> I'm doing Walk Away the Pounds videos at home and trying to adjust to prediabetic limits on carbs. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:36:38 EST Just joined today Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST Make that belly fat a history I have an XS size (referring to t-shirt sizes) upper body and M size belly, it looks really funny, and I laugh at myself along with my friends! I don't feel sad about it, but many times I imagine how amazing it would feel if my belly didn't protrude in all my dresses, or that I don't have to wear loose clothes. I have tried different workouts to burn the belly fat, but not much has changed. It's proving to be very challenging which has given birth to a new desire: I want abs! I am determined.... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:26:10 EST Ive got two things going on.... HI! <BR> Im 58 and have an active lifestyle. I am not self motivated so am part of a small group personal training thats main focus is strength, balance and cardio that I do twice a week. Over the years I have tried different things to lose weight. I have many tools on exercise and eating well. What seems to be making the most sense for me is to focus on keeping active and being mindful of my eating. Im trying to make lifestyle changes taking small steps. Since December last December I ha... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:26:36 EST Time to get healthy Hi my name is Lisa, <BR> I am making a commitment to myself to lose the weight I've put on over the years.. I have gone up and down 5-10 lbs over the last few months but that's not good enough anymore! <BR> I want to lose 43 lbs by this time next year, ideally 50 would be great. My daughter is getting married next November so now I have the incentive to motivate myself to eat healthier and stay on track. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 01:16:08 EST Reintroduction... I have been around SP on and off for a number of years. A few months ago, I became disgusted with myself for letting myself for slipping back to old bad habits and regaining so much weight. The disgust was so bad that I closed my SparkPeople account, yeah I know that doesn't make much sense when I should have been running towards SP not away from it. I started a new account in late August did okay for a few days then slipped again. :( A few days ago, I decided enough is enough and came runni... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:28:43 EST im here to make positive changes to my lifestyle Hi everyone, my name is Dee. I'm looking forward to new ideas and how to stay motivated while I make progress, There is no turning back I am only looking forward, Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:22:55 EST Failure I was 410 lbs. Got down to 225 lbs. Won a triathlon. Long term relationship ended, ate through a depression, and am back up to 380 lbs. I drink too much. Can't seem to regain momentum. I failed. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:08:31 EST Hello from Ontario Canada :) Hello all, I'm new to SP and just reached Day 5 of my new member's 21 day challenge. Today's goal is introducing myself to the SP community. I'm from Ontario Canada, 37 years old and 260 lbs. My goal weight is 160 lbs and I'm finally working on fulfilling a promise. <BR> <BR> My friend Jocelyn and I had big plans. She was going to have a surgery for weight loss (gastric bypass) and once she'd recovered we were going to join a gym together and keep each other accountable with our workouts and... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:19:31 EST karen Looking for a walking buddy and weight buddy near Poway Ca Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:35:09 EST