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 New here, looking for a diet buddy Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Just signed up here and really wanted to find a diet buddy here who is also doing Slow Carb. I am starting my first day tomorrow. So if you are also looking for some extra support as I am, then please message me. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday, <BR> <BR> Tamara Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:20:28 EST back again hello everyone! I am back after a long absence from Sparkpeople and excited to be back with such a great community! <BR> <BR> My goal is to develop healthy habits, grow as a person, become fit and lose 50 pounds. I have learned that this is not a quick fix and if one uses it as such the healthy lifestyle never takes root and the weight comes back. <BR> <BR> I really need your support and encouragement and I pledge mine to you as well! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:14:23 EST hello hello everybuddy, Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:49:24 EST Hello from georgia hey yall! my name is alicia and im from athens georgia..i have been around sparkpeople for a while but never use the message boards. i have recently lost 55 lbs since march of this year! i am interested in trying new activity and toning up! i am so excited about my new body and would love to keep going to reach all my goals...nice to meet everyone! go dawgs!! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:21 EST New Member Just wanted to say Hello. I am a new member to the Spark Community,. I am married and a mother to two boys, one a senior in high school, the other a college student. I am tired of being over weight. It is funny, I still see myself as a size 9 until I look in the mirror and see the size 18 that I have become. I weigh in at 210 ibs. I would love to loose 70 lbs, not sure if that is realistic though. I AM READY! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:25:47 EST Breast Cancer and healthy living I am a br cancer survivor since oct 1991, stage 2, with lymph node involvement. I eat organic, and of course, have my ice cream, etc.., every now and then, and just recently realized, I lost a good part of my healthy living over the last several years. A dental issue turned my life upside down. I want to get back to a healthy lifestyle. Spark People is the place for me. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:18:47 EST lose weight after pregnancy Im 28 years old and I started here a year ago to lose weight. I was 95kg then. but then I got pregnant and hi is now 4 mounths and im 104kg. 10kg more then last year. I realy want to lose weight. so now im starting over to a new life. but its going to be a long hard road. and I take all the help and suport I can get. <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:43:45 EST Looking for buddy in San Diego, Bonita area HI, <BR> I fell off the wagon but I'm ready to jump back on! I would like an accountability buddy in my area. I'm 45, single mom of 3 young kids, I need to lose about 50 lbs. Hopefully you're in the same stage of life, that way we'll understand each other. :) <BR> Hope to hear from you! <em>381</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:55:06 EST Goal setting When I first started the "Poundage Plan" I was kind of winging it, while working to find MY magic answer. This early blog ( 2 weeks after starting the Poundage Plan) was pivotal in my weightloss success. I now re-share it with you. <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> We all have goals, right? RIGHT? And they usually go something like this.... I want to weigh xxx pounds or I want ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:45:07 EST Serenity Sounds better then here we go Again! <em>192</em> <em>249</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:27:05 EST Back at it I am getting back on SP since regaining all my weight back. 2 injuries this year kept me from my normal workouts and I ate my way back to unhealthy. I've never been on a message board before, but I'm hoping to find the support that I miss from Weight Watchers meetings. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:18:44 EST Help aadding a recipe of my own Can anyone tell me how to add a recipe in order to find out how many calories are in a serving? I would also want to be able to designate the number of servings per recipe. I am not sure how to tell if anyone has answered my question - I have not figured out how to use sparkpeople for more than the nutrition and fitness trackers. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:56:52 EST Over 50 in Florida Hi everyone! My name is Ellen, I'm 53 and live in SW Florida. I had gone through 2 back surgeries in 1 year - one lower back, and a neck fusion. Previous to the surgeries, I was pretty active, and my weight was at a healthy level. Then as a double whammy - I ended up having the 2 surgeries, PT and taking meds that made me very tired, all while going through Menopause. My weight got very quickly to 190, a weight I never thought I'd be! My goal is to get the weight off and strengthen all my... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:24:09 EST Gonna need some help! Hi all, my name is Becky and I am new to the community. I have never been able to stick to a "diet" before and I really hope that with this I can stick to it! So I am only on day two of tracking my food. So far, so good! My biggest thing will be exercise. I get up at 2:00 a.m. to go to work and I am working until about 2:00 p.m., then my kids get off the bus with homework and I have dinner to make, so, I guess I'm looking for some ideas from you guys. I own the T25 videos, but that seems a li... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:36:01 EST hello to my fellow ks people im chris well im 27 single father full time welder Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:40:56 EST Hello from Li' Rhody, also known as Rhode Island Hi, <BR> My name is Smollettri and I am just starting out on this site. I have had it downloaded for a couple months now, but have not really tried to use it yet. I was in a Weight Loss Program thru a local hospital, and it was getting so mundane for me, my mental health was severely waning. Now I am going to a Bariatric Doctor, which is not all about surgery, it is all about Weight Loss. I see her for the first time September 16, which is next Tuesday. Today I went shopping and got a lot of ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:13:13 EST Hi Everyone!! I just joined Sparkpeople last night and found it while looking for information concerning The <BR> BIGGEST LOSER'S new season. I thought that would help me get motivated to lose weight. <BR> My name is Cindy, 55, 254lbs and my goal is to lose 50lbs by March 5th,2015. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have my spark page up, put down my meals I had yesterday, uploaded some pictures. Looking to become friends with a few people on here, may not be every single person, but would be nice to meet a few ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:13:54 EST THREE TIMES LUCKY Hi everyone!!! This is my 3rd time joining SP and I'm here to stay..... <em>252</em> <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:24:42 EST Introducing myself... Friendless Loner :-) Hi! My name's Ayeshat, i'm 23, a Londoner and looking to lose about 70 pounds.. but big numbers scare me so I'm going to chop that down into 10 pound sections soo... I'm looking to lose 10 pounds :-D. And if you're looking for a weird, confused and emotionally unstable friend, I'm your girl. No I'm joking. I would just like to have some supportive friends who are also serious about weight loss through diet AND exercise and don't get bored about endless talk on body fat %, glycaemic index, who... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:54:38 EST Hello Fellow Sparkers! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am just starting Spark People's tracking and motivational program. I hope that it helps me keep track and improve my way of life all around. I look forward to using it more over time. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:53:50 EST Hi All!! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Rebecca and I live in Texas. I am currently on a mission to create a healthier lifestyle for myself. I am about 80 lbs overweight and am finally ready and motivated to shed the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> I am just at the beginning of my journey but would love to get motivation from you all. <BR> <BR> My 30th birthday is April and I am determined to shed some weight by then (not all of it of course) <BR> <BR> I am hoping I can do this!!! Looking forward ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:11:24 EST new member I love this plan and having access to wonderful coaches and members.Received my chair Gyecm yesterday and will get started with my exercises.Check it out on HSN. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:43:51 EST Back Again Hi, I started in 2011 and got sidetracked. Weighed in back then at 278. I am now down to 243. I have lost the 35 pounds in the last 3 months. I really need motivation and support as I continue on this life long journey. I am watching my carb intake and that has helped tremendously! I look forward to being here daily! <em>521</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:41:38 EST Hi! New mom here! Hi! I am 29 years old, and just had my daughter on 7/16/14. I have really struggled with the change in my body, and with trying to find energy to do anything productive. I definitely have had some mild PPD. I am ready to be over it though! If there are any new moms who want to stay in touch and help keep each other on track please contact me! <em>41</em> I don't know anyone "in real life" right now lol who is in this boat so it would be nice to make some internet connections! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:20:20 EST New Member I'm a 48 year old woman with a 19 year old daughter. I was always a "normal" size until the past couple of years and then I gained like 35-40 pounds. I actually want to lose about 51 pounds and today is the first day of that journey! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:54:24 EST Dont give up. God is your strength! Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus has encourage me to loose weight, because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit i must keep my body healthy. I started every day now to pray towards my goals because i know tht prayer is the first step to success and if anyone else want to try t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:52 EST Trying to lose again. I did sparklepeople about 4 years ago and lost 20 pounds in about 5 moths. Over the last four years the weight has came back, and so I am trying it again. My husband is diabetic and so I am now making it my goal to have a major nutrition and physical fitness lifestyle change. This week we are having a teen nacho/cupcake party and I am trying to be good about this. I really do think it is easier to be honest with the program. <BR> I am a 43 year old mother of three children, ages 17, 15, ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:28:12 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello all I am new to Sparkpeople. I am looking forward to losing 50 pounds and feeling great!! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:19:45 EST Introduction Hello everyone. My name is Irene. I just joined spark people. Looking for a way to get motivated and stay on track with my weight a fitness goals. Been having a hard time sticking to my plans. Want to loose 30 lbs by mid January so I'm hoping I'll get some help from all of you when the road gets difficult and I want to give up. My biggest problem is wanting to snack in the evening. I know if I cut that out I'll loose. It's so hard to say no to myself though. I have to learn to say no and not ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:50:19 EST 1st post This is my first post. And have great news today. Was at the doctor and my weight is down 16 lbs in 4 months. I wasn't happy, but like he said I didn't gain it in 6 months. I have 80 total pounds to loss but the last 40 lbs did happen in 2 months with meds for pain and surgery for my shoulder. Still not back to full use of my right arm, and it has been 18 months. My job is no help to get back in shape, 10 hour days driving bus. Anyway, the doctor was pleased saying the weight will stay ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:10:14 EST Calories Exerted vs Calories Added to Nutrition Should ALL the calories I exerted from exercise be added to my nutrition tracker? That seems counter productive to me. I know the calories get added on automatically when I track my fitness, but at the end of the day I don't eat as many calories, carbs, fat, and protein as it says I should. I'm under every single day. Will this come back to haunt me at some point? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:03:57 EST Introducing myself Hi. My name is Amy and I live in Florida. My goal is to loose 100 pounds. I need to loose this for health reasons. (I just had a knee surgery and do not wish to have another. ) I have a 16 yr old son who eats well like a 16yr old so this could be a bit of a challenge. Although when I told him that at the end of this I would be able to bike farther and longer, his eyes got a little wide. Before knee surgery, I could outbike. ( something I'm proud of.) This is my first day here. Thanks... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:03:50 EST Decided Slow and Steady Might just be the way This is the first time I have posted since joining Sparkpeople about a month ago. Well after lots of false starts losing a few pounds then getting tired of dieting I have finally decided to go a different way. Diet is a word that always struck fear in my heart that I would never see another brownie or ice cream again and should stuff myself with as much fattening stuff as possible before starting the dreaded diet. This time around I decided to try a different route instead of looking at the b... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:24:20 EST Hello SparkPeople! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently on a mission to create a healthier lifestyle for myself. I am about 100 lbs overweight and am finally ready and motivated to shed the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> I am just at the beginning of my journey but would love to get motivation from you all. Any tips, success stories, ideas, recipes, anything really - I would love to hear. <BR> <BR> My 25th birthday is August 28th and I am determined to be fit by... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:14:23 EST Kinda New or sorta Hello,I found this program about a year ago and when i logged on everything seemed too complicated.So I did not get very far.I would spin the wheel or track something. Even went as far as joining a team. Then I got over loaded and gave up. So this time I want to take it slow and really give the program a try.So I am asking for advise along this journey. <em>24</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:07:13 EST Hello SparkPeople! My name is Hannah, im 21 years old and I tried out this website about 2 1/2 years ago and like everything else, I gave up on it.. Recently some thing have happened in my life and i'm choosing to change my lifestyle. Hopefully this time I dont give up! That is why I'm here! Hoping others out there have been where I am and are willing to help me out! -Hannah Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:58:19 EST Introducing my self Hi, my Name is Lettie and I am introducing my self I live in the southeast texas area and work in Houston, my goal is to loose 30 pounds because I want to join in on the fun with savage run , next year and not sit on the side lines also I just want to feel better, Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:43:36 EST Can't add my husband lives in another country HELP Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I tried to put in my husband's screen name in the spark buddy line anyway it shows he doesn't exist. He can add me and I can't add him so I'm thinking of quitting the site if I can't get the help I need. Is it because he lives in Canada and I live in the United States that I can't add him? Please someone help because I'm stuck. I went to the "Community" tab to "Spark Pages" and where it said to put in the person's screen name I did. It said he didn't exist. Wh... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:18:04 EST New Member- Looking for online workout buddy Hi There, <BR> <BR> I just joined. I am looking for anyone who would be interested in being an online fitness buddy. I am a 23 year old female looking for someone who is interested in having an online workout buddy to keep each other on track. Let me know :) Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:13:41 EST who 's that with the baggy pants? ... oh that would be me...... tee hee ; } Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:06 EST Just starting out I am married to one guy and mother to four! I am 49 and hoping to be in the best shape ever by the time the big 5-0 comes around. My goals are to be stronger, more flexible, and lose 37 pounds. Wow, that sounds like a lot when I write it down. Excited about SparkPeople! <em>521</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:06:28 EST New Member I'm Sarah Brown and I'm new to Spark People. I'm here to lose about 10-15lbs. I'm not used to exercising and never got into sports, but I love to run. Running makes me feel so free. I just completed my first 5k race. For the most part life is good. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:05:59 EST I am here...hopefully the pounds gone :) <em>524</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:28:25 EST introduce myself Let me tell u about myself; I am a 50+ yr young woman looking forward to losing 50 lbs. I have a couple of physical challenges (Achilles tendonitis, arthritis of knee, occasionally sleep deprivation) I love to its been a drag having to limit myself thus gaining a whopping 17 lbs in 8 months. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting back into better shape with careful exercise and changing my eating habits (ALMOST NO SUGAR). <BR> <BR> I welcome your ideas, support...I can use ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:56:57 EST New member Hi I am a new member and wanted to join to loose 59 pounds. I moved home a few years back to help my mom who was having health problems needed someone there to help her and to provide assistance for her to become healthier. Her health is little by little is getting better. However with more stress I let my own health go when trying to do what needed to be done by others. I gained over 40 and my stress level went up so much. <BR> <BR> I am glad that I joined this group Last night I took a go... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:03:20 EST Enough is enough Looking forward to a year from now and hearing that I am half the woman someone thought I was. ; } Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:16:59 EST just joined and was here before a few yrs back am Pauline and am from Canada was here before had a lot of friends now I have to get back on track once again hope to meet some new people wish me luck and thank you <em>30</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:20:17 EST Getting Back on Track Hi, I'm Kenneth. I'm a 34-year-old guy living in Oklahoma. I'm 6'0" and 225 lbs (and not the athletic NFL running back sort of 225). I have used my desk job, married life, and being a father as excuses for not eating healthy and not exercising for too long. But now I see those things that I value in my life -- my wife, my son, my job -- have been suffering from my unhealthiness. I'm grumpy, I'm tired, and even when I do things with my family, I have no stamina to enjoy activities for any... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:15:46 EST Ta-da! Hi. I'm new. Help me out. Advice for the site, etc.? Thanks. <em>224</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:35:46 EST Been here before but something is different now I don't know if age or experience has brought to this place, but I'm back. I've used SparkPeople on/off for several years. I'm not sure why but this time feels different - better in some way. <BR> <BR> No matter what I'm here and I'm in a good place. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:47:21 EST this worked once before So, I'm back. I did this once and it worked, now it's time to get back at it. The difference this time will be that my husband is totally on board with me this time! Maybe we can challenge each other. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:27:30 EST starting again I am Sherry had wls in 2007 lost over 100 pounds ..over the last couple years I have packed back on 80 pounds so disapointed in myself ...but to make a long story short am ready to get going I just need somthing I can stick with anyone else doing ww ..that helped me n <BR> before am going to try that any advise will help thank you Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:29:09 EST starting over I was on spark before but my computer died and I never got back...until now. <BR> Am going to lose this weight this time and i am going to make it to the finish line. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:25:54 EST To begin again I am a 48 y/o single female looking to make significant life changes. I have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my oldest child in 1986. Before that I was active in dance and other activities. My goal is to lose 80 pounds and go back to an active lifestyle now that my kids are grown and out of the house. I look forward to meeting people here and getting to know and support the connections I make. <BR> Cheryl Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:29:01 EST first full day here Hi just dropped in to say hi this is Judi--hope all are having great day. Just don;'t know what to say except am needing motivation to stay on track and since I work 40 hours a day from home time is short..Am going to be 70 this yr and tired of achy knees and all the other usual joints. <em>20</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:46:25 EST Back to Spark starting back on Spark for 3rd time. Have a fitbit zip (just tracks activity, not sleep and is $40 cheaper than other fitbit trackers). Dr. prescribed Adipex (phentermine); will start tomorrow. Had success in past with Weight watchers, but like spark better as greater selection of foods and don't have to convert nutritional data into points. thanks for any support you can give Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:10:35 EST I am. back I was a member back in 2009 I am now 70 years old and still need to get back to a descent weight. I have a lot more challenges now. My walking is almost nothing because of back pain. I was very active even with my weight two years ago. Now I walk twenty steps and I have to sit and rest. I have started the live strong program at the YMCA two weeks ago. I do 30 min cardio on the bike.i also do 30min. Of strength exercise twice a wk. I am working on three times a week.not there yet. Food ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:00 EST New to Spark So I've lost weight so many times in my life I can't even count them...I'm not the heaviest I've ever been and not the lightest but I've caught myself this time without getting too far gone(i refuse to buy new clothes again and i threw out all my fat clothes).I really don't have a lot of support. Apparently if you don't weigh over 200 lbs. you're not fat and nobody sees why you want to lose weight. I work at a cookie store(yea) so I have a lot of temptation in my day to day life. And i live... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:14:55 EST Fell off the Wagon, feel like I can't hold on.. In 2008 I was in the best shape of my life. I was 130 lbs and 18% body fat. I felt amazing and was finally happy with my body. In October 2009, I lost my fiancé to a car accident. He was a police officer and was in pursuit and was struck by a drunk driver. I gained a lot of weight because the gym was "our place". We loved working out together. Then my parents got divorced that same year. A few years later, I deployed and started getting into shape again. When I came home, Sept 2012, I met ano... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:13:56 EST Madz... about me Hi sparktastic people. I'm Madz. I joined Spark People with the hopes that here I will find the support and motivation to help me shear off some of my fluffiness. I'm amazed at how much there is on this site, so much to read, so much to watch, so many tools and trackers, so many blogs, so many people all dedicated to becoming healthier and happier. It's all very overwhelming and exciting at the same time. So much to do here. <BR> <BR> I don't have support from anyone at home in regards to we... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:02:04 EST It's Me Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mrs. Vee. I am new to SP, but excited to be here. I'm a little nervous too because I've been on a roller coaster with my weight for several years. Since I joined SP (two days ago), I have this good feeling inside that this time will be different, that I will succeed. <BR> <BR> Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me already. <BR> <BR> Have a "sparkling" evening! <BR> <BR> Mrs. Vee Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:08:03 EST newbie kinda to SP Looking for some friends Hey Everyone my name is Cassandra, I joined a while back... But didn't know how to work the site or anything. Now I'm getting the hang of it and stuffs.. How is everyone? I am pre-diabetic and looking for friends for some support and stuffs.. Which I can only hope to give some tips or something in return. <em>41</em> If you want to know more about me just let me know ok? I would love to get to know some people. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:27:34 EST new to spark Greetings. I am new here having found it by doing some searches on fitness and nutrition. I was/am over weight and need to shed some pounds. My previous diet helped me lose around 15+ lbs over the last 2 months but I would like to lose another 15 to 20 in a healthy way. So, here I am. great site - I hope I can find the time to keep inputting all the data. <BR> <BR> Oh, in case you were wondering, my previous diet which I am currently on but have plateaued is the divorce diet. I don't re... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:34:38 EST Ideas wabteed So, I have been trying to eat right but get bogged down in trying to cook. Something I really HATE to do. I am out of the house Monday - Friday during the day and evenings Mon - Wednesday until around 9. I really don't want to eat at that time. My doctor suggested I go paleo with lean meats, veggies, beans and no carbs. But look at recipes beans have carbs, Then the nutritionist said just go low glycemic. So now what do I do? Paleo is fine if you don't mind cooking all the time. Oh, and I am ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:26:14 EST Jacqui Healthy and clean Hi all i am following a healthy and clean Program. This means no E numbers, Artificial sweeteners, caffeine, Alcohol,Dairy Wheat or Gluten. <BR> I suffer with M.E. and Fibromyalgia and have told this will help. <BR> I have 60lbs to lose and am hoping i can do it within 12 months. <em>521</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:30:12 EST New Member Hi I'm Rob, I'm 66 years old and trying to get back into shape. Two years ago I was in a very bad accident and with opperations and injections I blew up like a balloon. It also sent my blood sugar off the scale. I have tried everything. Now I'm keeping track of everything through spark, It's fun and easy I know it will work. I know I need lots of support Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:50:37 EST Trying Again Hello everyone, my daughter and I have decided to eat healthier and lose weight together. She is 16 and about 20 lbs over weight so far we have been on our quest for a week and she has lost 3 lbs and I have lost 5 lbs, I biggest huddle so far has been cutting out soda. This is our first and biggest challenge so far. I am so glad to have the support and I use the tools here to keep myself in check. <BR> <BR> I have a hard goal to meet but I know with support I will do it, I need to lose 167 ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:34:37 EST NewbieHere@Sparky Hey, <BR> I am Robert. Fellow lifestyle converter. Unemployed and trying to shape up so I don't get that look of horror when I walk into an interview. I am at 242.8 lbs. Down from 256 about 6 weeks ago. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:48:05 EST I'm new here Hi, nice to meet you :) <BR> I'm Leonie, and I'm trying to lose weight after piling on the pounds when my father died last year. <BR> Right now I weight about 89 kilo's (196 lbs) and would preferrably weigh between 50 (110 lbs) and 55 (121lbs) kilo's. I'm very short, only 155cm (5'1). <BR> Bought myself a treadmill last year and I love it! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:25:55 EST Returning Sparker ... 145 lbs lost I've been here before, but created a new account upon my return to the Spark World. My name is Lindsey. I am 30 years old and happily married to my Martial Arts Instructor :) We have a blended family of 6 children under the age of 13. I was in an abusive and unfaithful marriage for 11 years and lost 3 of my daughters. I went spiraling into a roller coaster of emotional and depression eating. After ridding my life of "baggage", I met my current husband who showed me that I was worth so much mo... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:20:33 EST New to this Website Hi Everyone! I'm new to Spark People and am hoping to become a healthier me! I'm really excited and ready to get started. I've lost weight several times on different diets and always put it back on. I'm hoping to keep it off this time. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:05:21 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! My name is Valentina. Im from San Diego, am 20 years old (will be 21 later this month), and am 173 pounds. My goal is to get back down to 125, which was my weight back in January/February of this year :( I will be using hydroxycut caffeine free as well as working out at least 4 times a week, hoping to workout 5 though. Is anyone else using this? If so, please let me know about you experience, and results. Today is my first day of eating cleaner and using this. <BR> I have starte... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:18:08 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! <BR> <BR> About 3 weeks ago I saw a picture of my friend looking absolutely FABULOUS, and grilled her on how she did it, as I've been hating my body and weight for a while now. <BR> <BR> She directed me here, and with motivation from her (and my husband as well), I've been sticking to my low calorie diet for 22 days now. <BR> <BR> I have lost 9-10 lbs, and I am very very happy about it, it keeps me going when I see results. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, everyone! ^_^ <BR> <BR> ~ Ariann... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:46:07 EST Hello! I'm new here :) Hi Y'all! I'm new to SP, and I'm just learning my way around this site. I am excited to begin my weight loss challenge. It is going to be a long journey for me, but I'm going to take it day by day. Blessings to everyone . . . regardless of where you are on your own personal journey. Hope our paths will cross again :) Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:18:58 EST Just joined on 9/4/2014 Hi. I found the this site a few days ago, and its the first weight loss program that I really was drawn to . I would like to drop about 37 Lbs. I have lost 3 Lbs. already . So thanks for having on board. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:28:20 EST Retired and love to cook and <em>521</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:17:42 EST Hi I'm looking forward to starting again. I have begun several times but the time it takes to track everything has been overwhelming and I stop within a couple of days. I am determined to make a time commitment this time and really make a change. Good luck to us all! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:15:29 EST Introducing myself Hi, I am recently retired and want to enjoy my retirement Being healthy. Greetings to everyone and best wishes! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:50:33 EST Looking for other hairdressers in the area I may have duplicated myself here, but I am looking for other hairdressers or beauty college students in the Vancouver, WA, PDX Metro area to survey the pros and cons about working as a cosmetologist in the area. I originally attended and graduated beauty college in 1975, and worked for many years in California. My goal this time is to work and live in Vancouver, WA. but it is hard decision to either go to a Vancouver, WA college or a Portland Oregon college. I currently live in SE Portland, ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:36:49 EST weird body type.... Hi! So I think I have a very strange body type because I am so incredibly muscular and I am capable of doing really amazing things physically with my body but I weigh about 150 lbs. According to every calculator out there I am practically obese but I am definitely not obese. I need some help figuring this out. I would really like to get down to 140. My body has a hard time with weight. It just gains it no matter what. I work out every day and eat reasonably well. Any advice? Thanks Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:38:12 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST Introducing myself part 2 Hello everyone! I am new here and I don't quite know how to make friends. I thought that I was asking to make friends yesterday, but I guess I don't understand how that works yet. I would like to make a few friends here ,but I don't know how to add people. I love to try to motivate and encourage others and would like a little motivation and encouragement from friends who are also trying to lose some weight to become healthier. <BR> <BR> Would anyone out there like to become friends then ple... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:16:21 EST I would love some support and encouragement I'm a post-natal mess. I have a 5-month-old and a just-turned 2-year-old. Having a hard time losing weight and controlling appetite. Advice appreciated. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 04:44:00 EST Third try the charm? Realized and decided I can't do this on my own and have re-joined Sparkpeople - again. I was a member twice before. This may not make some loyal members happy I've left Spark at all, but I can't let that keep me from trying again so here I am. Will you still have me? <em>41</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 03:13:34 EST One more time I was a part of SparkPeople a number of years ago and I really enjoyed the support and friendship. Things in my life has changed since then. Now it is time to get back to getting the weight down. I have a couple of medical conditions that has helped me to put weight on and now off it needs to go. I am really looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople again. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 01:19:41 EST Trying again Hi. I just rejoined Spark People. I don't want to be a professional dieter, but until I can get my mind and spirit in sync with intuitive eating, I need something to provide motivation and boundaries. I'd love to connect with people who are trying to make genuine life change and not just setting short term goals. Thank you. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:18:14 EST Giving this a try again ^_^ Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:28:16 EST Here goes everything!!! I currently signed up on spark people a few months back and that was as far as it went. I have gotten re-energized after my two oldest kids started back to school at the end of August. I put them on the bus and put my youngest in his stroller and head out for a morning walk that is followed up with pilates during naptime. I have done really well with few set backs but this time I am determined. This time around I will allow my self a cheat day once a week to give into temptation. Before I did... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:28:03 EST Here I go again Hi All, I can't believe how fast the years are flying by and I am still in this weight loss rut. I am not discouraged, just ready to be a better me. So glad to be here and to have support and accountability. Thank you everyone for being a part of this journey with me. I am learning my way around here so please be patient with me. <em>244</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:21:05 EST Senior Sparker Hi, I'm Annie, 62 yrs old and here to lose weight-about 60 lbs. So here Goes! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:13:51 EST Hi I'm new and have no clue. <em>100</em> Hi everyone, my name is Chantel and I just signed up and I don't know how to use this site at all. I would love to meet new friends. I have been trying to lose weight for a while and I have lost some, but it would be nice to have some friends to do this with. I am the kind of person that will stick with it no matter what. I will always try to encourage and motivate my friends. I look forward to meeting people here. Thanks for listening. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:43:48 EST Hello everyone, once again Well it seems like I've been here before, more than once. <BR> <BR> I posted this back in March, so I will just repost that. <BR> <BR> Just a bit about me. I live in Buffalo NY and I am married to the most wonderful, caring, supportive guy for 38yrs, we have two older children, and two cats. I work full time for a major health insurance company and also work at our local SPCA - wonder where the cats came from, lol. I also do fostering of baby kittens when needed, they are so cute when they... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:07:05 EST Hello everyone !!! I'm Maggie 31 years old mother of 3 boys and currently trying for my girl. I weigh 242lbs as of 3 weeks ago, the good thing about that is that I never look what I weigh but I feel it. I have tried prior to this and thought it was pretty ok but after a while I stopped using it I just wasn't motivated anymore. I decided to give it another try and by fooling around with apps I came across Sparkpeople and so far I have no complaints of course I'm still figuring out some things but e... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:35:32 EST Hello all, heading toward 60 and trying again. Greetings, I signed up in August and here we are in September. I've list 12 pounds over the last 4months. Mostly due to luck I think. I ran into a lady at the park where I walk and she told me about this sight. Today I decided to set things up for next week. My major issue is getting off the couch. I would love someone to walk with. I teach college and have a weird schedule. I'm free most afternoons. If this is the wrong place for this sorry. My children tell me I'm computer challenge... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:06:37 EST New here Im new to the spark family. Im a mom of 3 and love it. Married to an awesome man. I need to lose enough weight to be healthy. my goal weight is between 135 - 145 ish. My bad habit is that I eat when im board and when its late. I have been getting lazier even with just daily chores. I can feel my energy draining because of it. Need to get off my butt but don't feel like it. lol Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:05:05 EST Not New, But Back, and picking myself back up Hello everyone. I never thought that I'd say this,but After losing almost 100 pounds back in 2013, I have gained it back-all of it. The last time I weighed 330 pounds was in 2010. I'm not happy about it, but I have finally forgiven myself. I didn't think I'd weigh this much ever again, yet here I am. I know what I need to do and that is the important part. <BR> <BR> I started slowly gaining my senior year of college. I moved back home with my parents, and we didn't have our own room. Our bed... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 04:04:14 EST Hi! Looking Forward to Meeting You! Hi! I'm new to this site, but I think it will be very helpful in my endeavor to lose weight and reform my lifestyle. I am trying to lose weight primarily for health reasons, but it would be nice to fit into those smaller size clothing as well. And I always try to look great for my hubby, who is using this program as well. So, looking forward to communicating with others for new and exciting ways to eat healthy, but eat yummy at the same time. Wishing you all much success in achieving you... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:18:48 EST Finding motivation for healthy eating Wanting to lose weight and be more active...I am gluten intolerant and I need to be motivated to eat healthier and eat less. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:09:00 EST So determined to reach my goals! Hi everyone! I've been back at this with SparkPeople for a few weeks now and am so determined I'm going to do this!! I recently took early retirement, so I have plenty of time to focus on myself.....something I have never done! I've always put others before myself, at the expense of my health.....excuses, excuses.....well, no more!! I am worth it, I deserve to feel good and look good. I want to spend my last years, however many the good Lord gives me, to be the best person I can be. I ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:08:58 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:20 EST Ready to do this! Hi all, <BR> I have been overweight all my life and have lost some and gained some off and on. About 5 years ago I lost 35 pounds using this site but 'somehow' I found it back and it brought a few friends with it. After a recent physical my dr. informed me that if I didn't start watching it diabetes is just around the corner so this time it has to work. I know I have the ability to do this. I actually enjoy adapting recipes or creating new ones that are better for me. <BR> <BR> Since ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:28:08 EST Baby Stepping Towards A New Me! I was diagnosed as having diabetes years ago. I was placed on so many medicines that at one point I was taking 20 pills a day! I grew tired of it and just stopped taking them. Fast forward and I made an appointment with a Mental Health provider about my depression. I felt that my medicine was not working anymore. She recommnded some blood work and urine test to see where I am as far as my health. My A1c came back over 14! My glucose (fasting at that) was 347. Glucose was spilling into my urin... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 03:22:32 EST Getting into swing of things after back surgery Hi <BR> I would like to hear from anyone going thru what I am. In May of this year , I had spinal fusion after 5 months of excruciating pain. I am happy to say that pain is gone, but replaced with the pain of healing. I walk as much as I can - 3-4 miles day and do a lot of stretching and pool exercises. I am doing well but miss a lot of the physical activity I was used to before the back problem. I worry about gaining weight as I am not as active as I was. I take it one day at a time and some... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:45:10 EST Ready for another round?!? I am back trying for another round, but this time I have a real purpose. Not that being healthy isn't a real purpose.....I am having knee issues and the Dr has told me that I need to lose weight, at least 1/2 lb a week.... Well I think I can do it. Sparkle (as I like to call it) was the first place I thought of to go back to. I enjoy being on here, the teams, the camaraderie and the support. I am sad that this reunion had to have an injury be the catalyst to come back. <em>435</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:49:47 EST Long time account holder first time active user... Hi! I'm Nicole. I wasn't always as big as I am now. I've struggled most of my life, but then I changed my lifestyle and lost 70lbs. I was on my way to being a fit and active woman. One day I just started gaining weight... despite my active lifestyle and healthy eating. I couldn't figure it out. I went to various doctors to see if they could help me. I asked for help to lose what I had gained and help me figure out why I was gaining. Over the course of a year, I gained 100lbs. I gave up. Here ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:42:32 EST New Hi Everyone I'm new. I have a primary immune disease and the medicine I take makes it very hard to lose weight. So I'm determined to do it anyways and put myself on a low carb diet and starting with light exercise due to my arthritic knees. <BR> <BR> My start weight on here isn't the trust start as I had already started the diet before joining, but I'm happy with my success so far. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:51:26 EST Hello I just wanted to say Hello. My page says I have been a member a while but I actually took the time today to really look in depth what Sparks is really all about. Today is day 4 for me making better choices and to live a long life... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:00:22 EST Getting back on the horse! Hi, I'm Jamie! <BR> <BR> I used Spark People for support in 2011 when I was getting ready for my wedding. I have been falling off the horse every couple of months since! <BR> <BR> I really want to stick with this whole weight loss, getting active thing this time around and I am excited to get my Spark account up and running again. <BR> <BR> My short term goal is to lose 8 pounds this month. I have trouble staying consistent with exercise, but especially with eating well. My husband loses w... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:39:47 EST back again for another try!!! Hi everyone!this is my second attempt with Spark People and hopefully be the time i succeed!!Have tried many diets,slimming clubs etc and have succeeded for very short time then fell off the wagon and stayed off!!I have a holiday booked to Egypt with my family next June and I am DETERMINED to succeed this time!Would be grateful for any help and support!! <em>9</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:40:59 EST weight loss hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST New New. Do not have any of the co-morbidity but have apnea. Really difficult getting used to the machine. Avg sleep per night is @ 4 hours <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:19:25 EST loosing weight isnt easy Hi my name is shanice branche I am new here and I would be very glad if I can find a few friends on here from Louisiana that could want to take walks and could help each other grow and loose the weight that we want to loose and to have someone you could talk to about your weight situation and not fill embarrassed while you loose weight together Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:46:02 EST hi, I'm not new, but I've been with sparkpeople for about 7 years now. I find the articles enthusiastic and the mdical library most helpful. Whenever I need to know about a condition or symptom, the Harvard is the place to go. <BR> Congratulations to all you sparkies and keep on being healthy Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:19:55 EST Overseas challenges I joined Spark People a little over a week ago and I'm very happy to report that I've lost 3 lbs so far. I live overseas so I opted out of the meal plans because there are many things listed that I can't get here but I'm sticking close to the principles of the plan and getting results. I'm also keeping a notebook in my purse to track my food. I'm finding it difficult to keep up with it on the computer but I do write down everything right after I eat. I'm very thankful for the vast amount ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:35:08 EST Back again Hi there. I'm not really new but have been absent for a few years - with no weight loss, only gain. Not surprised. I really know what I need to do and just can't get myself motivated to do anything. Returning is step 1 for me. And I haven't joined a forum before so that's step 2 Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:02:26 EST Newbie! Hi all - <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Gaby and this is my first time using Spark People. I have a lot of weight to lose and hope that this website helps me plan my meals and workouts (when I'm able to). I know how to lose weight but I can never maintain it and stick to healthier eating. <BR> <BR> Please give me any tips that have helped you on your weight loss journey and add me as a friend! I'm planning to log in everyday and participate in community. <BR> <BR> Ga... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:46:26 EST New but Old I have attempted to use this site before but have never stuck with it. The thing is that in reality I don't have a "weight" problem in the traditional sense of the word; however, I have a food problem, an obsession problem and a balance problem. I have put on some weight now that I have been in periomenopause (almost menopause). This gain has been particularly frustrating because it seems to all be in my middle and not particularly flattering! I am 50 years old and relatively tall 5' 9" (n... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:08:18 EST Big TIME out of shape Hi everyone. I'm a mid 40's guy who loves to eat and hates to exercise. That being said, I have let my weight get out of control. I'm 5'-4" and have grown to 280 lbs. Severely obese. I have been to the heart Dr. and checked out good to go for exercise. I am on blood pressure and cholesterol meds, but in general feel pretty good except for the weight. <BR> do I get started on an exercise program. The last four days, I've walked for about 15-20 minutes at a slow pace. I get win... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:50:01 EST doing it this time Hi, my name is Bonnie..57 years old in a few days(how did that happen!?) 4 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 3 grandchildren. caught a glimpse of my profile yesterday in a store window and just about cried. I mean, I know I put weight back on, but geez. I need to lose about 30 pounds and need some outside support. DH isn't real supportive --buys all the tempting junk food. On a good note, I gave up candy back in Feb. Not chocolate, just candy. anyway, here's to starting over...again. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:01:24 EST I'm new I've been looking for a good way to lose weight and I found this site and I'm really hoping it works for me. I'm looking to lose about 25 pounds by December.I work at a restaurant so I'm always on my feet so that helps I think. I just need some motivation to actually workout. Anyone have any tips for me on getting started with everything? Thu, 4 Sep 2014 00:42:22 EST how many false starts can one expect I feel like I start over every Monday, I recently read a funny post on facebook about how one can't possibly start anything on any other day of the week. Well I'm trying to start again regardless of the day. The mornings start out good but by 5pm I'm falling off the wagon. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:21:51 EST Looking for a diet buddy Hi there, <BR> I am a 56 year old woman from West Virginia. I am looking for a diet buddy that uses Spark People. I have started and stopped using this through the years. I'd love to share my weight loss journey with someone. Thanks for considering me. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:50:54 EST Newbie Hello everyone! I'm starting a diet and exercise plan again....So what else is new. I need to focus on my health and exercising which seems to be hard form me since I'm alone all day. But I will do it and so will everyone else. Good luck all. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:46:02 EST day 1 (again) starting over again. please add me. I'd love support ! :) Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:45:08 EST First Day for the Third Time? Greetings, fellow Earthlings! <BR> <BR> I've been a very dormant member of Sparkpeople for several years now, but I figure maybe it's time I actually try to use this website to the fullest...or actually USE it, I suppose. So, without further adieu... <BR> <BR> You may call me Szandoria, which unfortunately isn't my real name (because it's a great name I think!), I'm thirty-*incoherent mumbling* years of age, I reside in the great state of Texas, and I've spent entirely too much of my life ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:40:21 EST A wife and mother on a mission. My goal is to have more energy so i can get the most out of life. My health is good but i would like to keep it that way. I don't want to be one of those people who wait until something drastic happens to their health before they decide to do something. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:08:40 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST Really Nervous! Hi I am 25, my weight has been going up and down since I was teenager. I was diagnosed at 4 with polyaryicular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and when I was 13 I was put on prednisone and that's when I started putting on weight. I had a baby 10 months ago and was at my highest 289, I am currently down to 265 and I am stuck. I can't bring myself to get up and go in the morning. And eating healthy has always been a challenge for me. I don't know where to begin with motivating myself, sorry for t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:26:06 EST 'Nother Newbee Hello All! <BR> <BR> I found SparksPeople thru Health Magazine and discovered friends who track their health using SP, also. What a great site. I'm looking forward to tracking my food and progress, hoping to lose 27 lbs. along the way. Wish me well! <BR> <BR> Leesway Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:40:34 EST Looking for Friends to stay motivated with :) Trying to get my healthy me back and would like to have friends to share my success and struggles with. Helps keep me accountable :) Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:20:33 EST NEW MEMBER GUD MORNIN, <BR> <BR> TEAM MEMBERS, MY NAME IS VELICIOUS... I DECIDED 2 MAKE A CHOICE 2 CATCH MYSELF B4 I WRECK MYSELF.... I HAVE BEEN GOIN THREW ALOT OF EMOTIONS ISSUES... THAN I STARTED TRYIN 2 COMFORT MYSELF WITH FOOD.... NOW I GOT ANOTHER ISSUE!! <BR> . Wed, 3 Sep 2014 06:07:47 EST newbie HI everyone, I'm new here. I'm 37 and a ex soldier who has lost her way after having my 2 wonderful girls. I pledging to lose 90+ pounds. Please feel free to add me if your want to share our journey to a healthier life <em>381</em> e Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:42:26 EST Hello to all Hello. I am a 48 year old CCA trying to live a healthier life. I struggle with exercising so any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 01:33:35 EST Hi! :) Hello, <BR> My name is Stacie! I am getting married next September, and would like to lose 45 lbs. by then. I used to weigh 210 lbs. and then started on a weight loss pill and got down to 145, and then I bought my wedding dress. I have since then gained about 40lbs. back. I don't want to take the easy way out anymore, and am ready to make a lifestyle change that sticks with me for the rest of my life! I am planning on getting a personal trainer to work with me two days a week, and am trying t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 00:15:54 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new and trying I'm 53 years old, a mom, a wife, and a grandma of a awesome 2 year old. I have always been overweight, I think I"ve been dieting for the past 40 years. If I'm not dieting then I'm binging, I'm definitely an emotional eater, and a member of the clean plate club. I'm starting to feel the physical pain from carrying all this weight. It's like I know what to do, but my mind takes over. I'm on day 2 and so far have tracked my food and been within range and actually exercised today. Looking for ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:25:49 EST Morning Bike Ride by a lake Today I woke up at 6:50 and 15 minutes later went with my friend Ramon on a bike ride to Flushing Meadow park in Queens. We went around a beautiful lake. It felt like a thousand miles away from the city in the middle of nowhere. One hour later after 11 miles and 300 calories burned went to work in midtown Manhattan. The memories of the lake and the fresh breeze hitting my face kept me smiling the whole day. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward now to the next work out tomorrow Morning with my trai... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:15:48 EST New here here: ) I just started and have 20 lbs to loose. I am an avid walker, but love to eat. I hope to get the eating in control, curb my emotional eating, and find friends who will challenge me to walk 10,000 steps everyday. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:04:39 EST New Member Hello! My name is LaToyia. I'm a student at Concordia Texas University. During this semester one of my classes is Nutrition in which I was introduce to Sparkpeople by my professor. I have look through some of the pages on this site and see that its very simple and that I like it a lot. I have started to track my food intake and next my exercise uptake. Thanks for this site. <em>224</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:48:34 EST Hello Friends! Hello Spark People Friends, I was committed to Spark People several years ago but lost touch. With the motivation of co-workers I am back and ready to work towards my health. I am excited to meet more people who have the same goals that I do. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:59:15 EST I'M LOOKING TO LOSE 50 LBS AM NEW TO THIS SITE . I AMM A 58 YEAR OLD MAN THAT HAS BEEN UP N' DOWN THE WEIGHT LADDER AND I' M LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FRIENDS THAT CAN HELP ME ACCOMPLISH THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT OFF AND BUILD LEAN MUSCLE AT THE SAME TIME. HELP!!!!!! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:14:48 EST ready to change I've got a lot of weight to lose, and a lot of fitness to gain. I've struggled with motivation due to medication that I've taken that has affected my metabolism, but I've adjusted my eating plan now which I'm maintaining and am ready to tackle exercise. <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:24:46 EST New Member <em>224</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:21:08 EST Hello Everyone! I am a 23-year-old student and work full-time for an insurance agency. I have been overweight my whole life and have been trying to take control for 2 months. I have not lost a lot of weight yet (about 10 pounds), and was looking for somewhere free, where I could still get support. I am hoping to meet my goal by November 2015. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am looking to meet new friends on here and gain the support I need to get this weight off. Let's do this. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:04:55 EST New member! Here and ready to lose weight and meet new and friendly people! <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:49:18 EST I'm New Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new.. and going through all the emotions of "trying to loose weight". It seems I am pretty determined with other aspects of my life but my eating right... But I'm here and I'm going to do it!!! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:21:30 EST Day 1 Just getting started today. I've set aside time just to cruise through the SP website. Wow - there is so much good info here. <BR> <BR> I'm a 63 year old grandma who in the past year and half has gained about 15 pounds. Bought a few larger size slacks but didn't think too much about it. Just got back from vacation and was looking at the pictures we took. Oh my gosh - I couldn't see the sites behind me in the pictures for the the chubby little person with my face in the foreground. Now I'm on... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:07:05 EST Looking for a buddy Hi, I just joined Sparkpeople. I am looking for someone who wants to "buddy up." I would like to check in daily with details on food intake, workouts, weight, feelings and questions. I have about 45 pounds to lose. Anyone interested? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:57:28 EST Back in the saddle again! Ok, my determination is renewed. I am back to stay for a while. I got a very pleasant surprise when I stepped on the scale for the first time in over 2 months. I am down about 8 lbs! New job since last I came here, some better eating habits (more fresh fruits, less Pepsi), going back to Planet Fitness tonight for my new routine of 3 days/week. Going to start out light for this week and next to get back into the swing of things. Just going to do the treadmill until I get some of my stami... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:37:44 EST I am excited for a new start... I was doing pretty good with weight and exercise until this past July when my dad passed away. I have not been able to get back on track and have gained 10 pounds back. However, it is more than just this...I don't have the right frame of mind. I am an emotional eater and sabotage myself. Hoping to make some positive changes. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> maymay14 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:22:21 EST here i go again!, this is not my first time here, just my first time back in over a year or two. I had been using myfitnesspal, but realized it sucked compared to SP. My name is Kristye and I have over 100 lbs to lose. I am always so good at sticking to things until about 3-4 months in and I just give up. This past time, I had joined a gym for 6 months and I lost about 40lbs, but quit about 4 months in. I realize I need to quit giving up but it is hard to do. So, I am asking for some support, which i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:05:03 EST Restarting Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of sparkpeople for awhile now but haven't been engaging in the community or using the resources to their fullest. I have 30lbs to lose and the goal to run a sprint triathlon next June. I know I can do this. Here's to setting off on a new adventure and achieving our goals! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:46:30 EST Trying it again Hi, my name is Pearl and I am looking forward to trying this new way of life again. I have fallen off the food wagon too many times to count, I want it to be different this time around. I refuse to shop for new clothes because I have so many nice things I no longer fit and I truly want to get my weight down and get back into my clothes. They look better on the hanger and on my bed than on me. :) I want to feel attractive for me and my husband. I am a good starter but I am not a good finisher... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:35:14 EST The new "superfood" Freekeh... Looking for other recipes for Freekeh (saw the bean burgers and will try those soon, as well as the meatballs I saw on Dr. Oz. I just received my first package of Freekeh yesterday,cooked some last night with a Lebanese spice blend and cooled it overnight. I added it to today's lunch salad - yummy. TIA <em>4</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:38:58 EST Jumping Into Spark Hi everyone! New here, but not new to dieting. So here goes! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:57:20 EST Okay, new we go! Okay, here I am. Hoping to get back down to my college weight. I am told I look just "Fine"...I'm tired of just fine. :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to results and getting back on track! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:42:03 EST just arrived i want to be successful Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:59:56 EST Hope 3rd time is the winner! Morning ~ <BR> This is the 3rd time I've tried Spark People but here I go again. Nothing else seems to be working for me and I have to do something! 68 year-old widow and living with my daughter and grandchildren. Multiple medical problems but biggest is diabetes 2 and weight. Weight is 284. I have been recording blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar every morning for over a month now. Not seeing a lot of progress in blood sugar and weight keeps bouncing around 5 pounds back and forth... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:54:48 EST wanting help! Need to make changes for life looking forward to anyone's help / advise Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:50:03 EST First time in I've been needing to lose weight for some time but it took a heart scare to actually make me do something about it. Was diagnosed with CHF about 16 months ago and lost over 20 pounds of fluid thanks to the meds. I did drop some more weight afterwards, but over the past couple of months, i saw my weight was fluctuating and slowly creeping up. Saw the cardiologist & GP this past week and they really want me to get this under control, and suggested a couple of websites to help track what I do... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:43:49 EST Karen Hello, <BR> I'm Karen and I am so ready to get started again. I've been up and down on the scale, and I feel better, sleep better when I'm down in weight. I really need a motivation partner(s). Thanks for reading. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:30:54 EST Hey I'm Cleo!Stuggling to adopt a better lifestyle Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've signed up to spark people for awhile ago but I never really used it and I've been off and on the wagon so many times! I've been trying to lose weight, to lose 5 - 8 kg of weight but I always always fail. I'm an emotional eater and I binge when I'm emotionally down or when I've nothing much to do..! I have tried various diet and only to stick to it for 1 - 3 weeks and then fail. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll be able to learn from everyone and make permanent changes to my... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 04:13:27 EST Didn't make it but still acomplished a bunch Hi. June 8th I began what they call the Detroit to Chicago Marathon, which is just a do it at your own pace but get there kind of thing by August 31st. Well, it's 286 miles and by the alarm on my Fitbit, time is up. I had a set back weeks ago with an encounter with a construction truck and a slam on the brakes by the driver. So I could say that this is the reason. Yet really I could have made the time up=before or after, but I just did a few days off and continued on as things would allo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:46:30 EST *WAVES* Hi, my name is Jenna, and I need help :( I am looking for friends to help keep me motivated. About 3 years ago I was happy and healthy, now I am still happy, but am 50 pounds over weight! I have only myself to blame for the huge weight gain, I know my faults. I know the work that I am needing to put in. I am 80% ready for it all....not going to lie. I am scared of failing which is preventing me from starting.....again. I really need some friends to help keep my in line with my goals and motivate me to reach for a he... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:05:14 EST Tomorrow will be my first day... <em>249</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:01:02 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Lose 20 to Win at Thanksgiving There's a point in time when you realize the weight I've gained isn't okay anymore - that happened to me recently. I tried some Paleo and considered Weight Watchers but at my age (47) I have the nutritional information I need to follow a sensible, healthy diet. I decided to check out Spark People, and am so glad that I did. The trackers are impressive, and the tools I was missing. Oh yeah, my topic title. My sister, Mom and I are having a competition to see who can reach her goal weight by ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:54:12 EST New to Spark: very motivated to change my life Hi, my name is Vladimir Garcia and I live in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. I'm 5'11 so my ideal weight is 165 pounds. I used to weight 214 pounds but walking and running and changing my diet helped me to lose 30 pounds in one year and a half. I still need to lose 20 more pounds. This is proving to be difficult. But I love challenges. I am hoping to get here support and inspiration in my quest. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:33:03 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST no motivation! Starting sparkspeople today,feeling very little motivation to diet but I want to feel healthy and look smaller! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:55:02 EST I am new Hi, <BR> My name is Maureen and I joined some groups like the depression group and I think I already messed up on that post not knowing how to use it properly! I am not real Computer savvy but the depression is real and I am hoping I can find people like myself wanting to change their lives physically and mentally by losing weight! I know this will help my diabetes! And if that helps then a better mental outlook will follow! thanks for being there! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:57:32 EST New here <em>24</em> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I am suffering from anxiety/depression and now have to take meds for it. Unfortunately I was already an emotional eater. I now am gaining weight more and more each day and don't fit into any of my clothes anymore. I need help to get out of this rut! I don't have energy to exercise which my doctor wants me to do, I am gaining weight and know I should not stuff my face but I get discouraged and eat more. I feel guilty after I eat which d... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:22:33 EST Starting ohhh MONDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER! <em>524</em> I am starting again Monday tommorrow! Need to cut down my drink no no its just that I like a drinkk! Any encouragment! <em>303</em> <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:26:34 EST A healthier granny I will be <em>521</em> Since hitting 60y old and not being able to keep up with my 20 mo old grandson, I am determined to reach my weight goals and become more fit/agile so that my grandson and I can make many wonderful memories together as he grows He is ALL boy and has sooo much energy! At this point, I cannot run and keep up with him. Its a real challenge to get down on the floor with him. Any and all support shared will be greatly appreciated. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:00:41 EST New to this. Hi <BR> I am new to this board. Found out about this by accident. Well maybe not, I was praying for help with my weight and my focus and when I searched goggle here you where. He works in mysterious ways. I have a lot to loose, about 120lbs. I tend to care more about others than I do myself but this has got to change. I look forward to getting to know you and you to know me. I need some friends for this journey. I need some encouragement. I need some courage. I am afraid that if I ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:51:19 EST Just started Any positive motivation would be appreciated....started and failed too many times!!! I want to start and succeed !!! Thank you in advanced Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:04:13 EST fibromyalgia trys to stop me I'm 49. I've been fighting fibro since 2002. The doctor's I've been to have diagnosed me with everything from "your just obese" to "you have multiple sclerosis" (which I don't have...thanks, Doc). I am in constant pain. Sometimes it hurts to wear clothes! I've been swimming in the pool, here at the RV park; but we're moving to another state in a week or two, and the RV park we're going to doesn't have a pool. Now I'll have to find another way to exercise. Does anyone out there suffer from Fib... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:51:32 EST Once again Hi All... I am joining again... haven't been able to focus on this goal as much as I wanted. Now , it is my main focus. I am heavier than I have ever been, tired and just really frustrated with myself for gaining so MUCH weight. I have over 80 pounds to lose but I know that I can get this done.....Nothing is impossible with God ;) Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:47:10 EST MY journey TO HEALTHIER ME :) Well Hi people I am new her in SP <BR> how is everyone ... <BR> well I started my weight loss journey around 1.5 year back and till now just by controlling my portions and doing exercise on and off I lost almost 15kg (33 lbs) <BR> Now I have to loose 25kg (55 lbs) and really I need inspiration..... <BR> I started controlling more of my meals ... eating less bread since 8 days now .. plus I am doing brisk walking /jogging 45 mins every day with 30-45 min of cardio or any other exercises ... <... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:54:21 EST Erin So excited to get started! Long term goals are to lose 100 pounds and run a 5k. I earned my 2nd degree Black Belt before I had my daughter and want to get back to that fitness level. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:24:47 EST Here We Go Again! This is my third time being a SP member. <em>193</em> <BR> I lost some weight on my own and decided I needed more of a network than just my husband to relate to with my weight issues. <BR> Looking for ideas and recipes, and maybe making some connections along the way. <BR> <BR> Party on. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:54:52 EST Just getting started Hi, I desperately need to lose about 150lbs, learn better habits and I pray I can keep it off. I would not be truthful if I didn't tell you I am scared to death that I can't do this, I have tried other plans and gained the weight back with a few extra which got me where I am today. 150lbs over weight and so weak I can barely participate in my own life. <BR> I have checked out some of the teams and was brought to tears by the support and friendships that have developed between people who on... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:11:29 EST Cool Grandma This Grandma likes staying sexy and young looking but injuries sometimes knock me off my feet til' I heal up. I have a tough job as a Paraprofessional working in the special education system. Trying to keep going is all I ask, so I can be there for my children and grandchildren. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:18:55 EST Getting Started Hi, <BR> I'm just getting started and looking to lose 30 lbs ( I am 180lbs at the moment). I am nervous but looking forward to this process. I work in a very stressful environment and I did not take care of myself. I'm looking to lose weight and take better care of myself. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:11:11 EST Starting something new Hi. My name is Michelle and my Dr. recommended this site to me. I'm needing some support in losing my last 55 pounds and hoping that I could make new friends. The best time for me to do my workouts are in the evenings. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:18:53 EST NEW IN WASHINGTON <BR> Hi! My name is Miette. I started exercising about 3 years ago when I saw the scales hit nearly 200. Afraid to see that first number at a 2, I thought I had time and resources, so there should NO LONGER be an excuse to not try a couple times a week. I started with Zumba. TIP-If you want to lose weight without feeling like exercise and have fun, I highly recommend this! I lost 30 lbs and 3 dress sizes without dieting in 4 months. Once I had done that, I thought to myself, if I can do this... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:06:19 EST New here I am feeling miserable. I need to do something and I need to have some accountability. Is there a way of doing that here? I have been really good at exercising 3-4 times a week for a year and a half but I am horrible with my diet so I haven't lost anything. My clothes feel horrible. Let me know if there is a way to have daily accountability on here. Thanks. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:49:42 EST new member I'm happy I found this site and am excited about the program Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:36:47 EST Hello all! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi. Starting my first day on SparkPeople today! Here's to a new beginning. I had lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers a year ago, but have gained 8 lbs back. I am looking forward to getting back on track w/ a new start. Great to know I could join the program for FREE!! <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:43:21 EST New girl in town <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Jodi and I'm new to Sparkpeople. Ive spent most of the morning reading blogs and checking out the site. Looks like it's good place to be. Starting out my weight loss journey here. I want to lose 50 pounds. I start boot camp with a personal trainer next week, and I've also signed up to do a 5k in a couple months. Hope everyone has a fantastic day! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:01:52 EST Technical question Dear Spark Friends: <BR> <BR> How do I delete specific teams that I "joined" a while back but with which I no longer wish to associate? <BR> <BR> I went to the "Spark Teams" link and then hit "Manage my teams," but all it invites me to do is re-order the teams. I see nothing that says "delete this team." <BR> <BR> Help? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:54:02 EST exercise Was doing quite well, walking almost an hour every day. Broke my leg and tore my meniscus. Cannot walk around like I used to. Still doing well with food, even though I cannot prepare everything I want to. Will not give up the fight! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:40:23 EST Hello all spark people Today is my first day in joining Sparkpeople and so far i am finding it to be very interesting. I recently went the dr.s office after having some blood work done and found out that if i don't get my sugar and weight down then 3 months from now it will medication. I am very frustrated as i always watch the sugar in anything i eat or drink so i am looking for support and guidance on my newest journey. I am limited on exercise for now after having 2 surgeries on my right leg but hoping next wee... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:34:35 EST Hi, I'm Christie! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! I recently lost 10 pounds, but need help to get over the hurdle. I started at 174, I am currently 164, and my goal weight is 130. I know that I can do this, but I have a very stressful life and tend to be an emotional over eater. I would love to make a few friends on here so that we can encourage each other. I am friendly, supportive, and, most importantly, judgement free! Say hello, I would love to meet you! <BR> <BR> Christie Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:14 EST Just starting out Hi! <BR> I am 43 and am want to eat healthier, loose 50 lbs and feel better. I am hoping to Spark people will help me focus and help me learn better habits. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:07:22 EST Hi there I am Vanessa. I am currently 62kgs and I intend on loosing 7kg = 55kg. I have done it before, I can do it again. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:32:50 EST Hello I am from the Texas panhandle. My biggest challenges are motivating myself to exercise and also making healthier and better food choices. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:00 EST New-ish Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is (I think) the third time I've used Spark and third time is the charm! Spark always worked for me, but I didn't always work for Spark, and now I am finally ready to make the changes I need to make to be healthier and happier. <BR> <BR> I'm 27 and I live in Ottawa (Canada) with my husband and my dog. I study library technology, and we hope to start a family in 2 years or so. That is one of the big motivations for me, because I want to be in optimal health when t... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:56:07 EST This is new, so it's ok to laugh, I likely am too I have been using SP off and on for over a year and have decided to take that bold, daring leap into this generation. I am really impressed by the posts and thought provoking blogs that I have been reading for the past week. I am also glad to be here.... Just not really sure what to do next! <BR> I am half way to my first goal. After a full year at a plateau, I am ready to try a little something different to hopefully kickstart my push toward the goal line. Being over 50 isn't for sissie... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:54:08 EST Back to sparkpeople and on THM Hello all! I'm starting at sparkpeople again after 2 years and wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change. I've started the 10 min exercise challenge (something I have always been inconsistent with) and am implementing the trim healthy mama plan. Starting with small changes that I hope will lead to big results! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:17:48 EST Yes I Can! Hi Everyone, I started my weight lost journey in March, 2014. I am so glad I found this site last week. There are so many great resources. Congratulations for make this decision to improve your health. I wish you all much success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:47 EST Hello Everyone This is my first time posting, I am very new to this!! I am hoping to find similar people with like minded goals and struggles. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:11 EST New Team and a New Fall Challenge We started a new team STOP (Sensibly Take Off Pounds) July 3rd 2014. We have acquired approx. 31 members. <BR> <BR> We are starting a new Fall challenge Sept 4, 2014. Weigh ins are on THURSDAYS ONLY. <BR> Sept 4th will be the Start weight for the Fall Challenge called "Leaves and Pounds Fall" <BR> STOP is a private team which means you need an invite to the Team. <BR> If you think you might be interested in our team and weight loss challenges please send me a message and I will send you an ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:53:14 EST Hello! I'm proud to say I've made it to 40 and apparently I'm the oldest one in my class team. I know that makes my road quite a bit harder (due to slower metabolism supposedly), but I'm here to give it my best shot!! I guess I was a bit of an over achiever and put on more than 15 lbs for the "freshman 15" and it just started climbing from there and got worse once I had my daughters. My girls are to old to say I still have some "baby weight" to lose since my youngest is 6 now so it's just time I ta... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:45 EST Hey everyone! “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” <BR> <BR> I think that sums up my efforts to improve my health very well. When I was in 5th grade, my parents started a long, brutal divorce. Around the same time, my weight became unhealthy. Partly due to some of the circumstances surrounding the divorce, I lost most of my self confidence and my body image became extremely poor. I became very withdrawn and quiet, all of which I still struggle with today. I took a couple dance classes, which... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:57:10 EST Hi! I'm New To This <em>40</em> My name is Paula. I'm 59 years old, and will have a birthday this December. My daughter is getting married this coming April. For a variety of reasons - plantar fasciitis; being my father's conservator and guardian (he's got Alzheimers); working too much - AND making some poor nutrition choices - I've managed to weigh more now than I ever have. I am informed about good food choices. I need to make a commitment to myself to continue to exercise as much as I am able, and to... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:40:59 EST Hi I'm Sunny126 I've finally gotten the hang how to use this site and navigate a it a little better , so I'm ready to really get moving here. <BR> My goal weight is 126 pounds which means I'm here to lose 135 pounds. Due to health and pain issues I have been very sedentary for quite sometime so I'm looking to build a supportive community to help me finally achieve optimal health. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:20:44 EST Pattyfay40 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST creating a ticker Could some one help me please? Hpw do you put a ticker on your page? Thank you Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:11:58 EST robbinlee Hello everyone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:04 EST newbie! Need some spark help Hi! I'm 29 and TTC. In order to do so, I need to lose weight first. I have type 2 diabetes so this makes it a little harder. I've been on here for a few hrs now and I just cant seem to figure out how to use some of the features. I'm getting frustrated already :( - Can someone please help me figure out how I can add a recipe so that the nutrition info is added to my meal tracker and so I can always choose that recipe again in the future. I just can not figure it out for the life of me! So far,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:44:06 EST Newbie and ready to lose weight Hello everyone! My name is Candi. I am a 38 y/o mother of 4 (daughter 19, son 15, son 11 & son 8). I used to be skinny and I knew it. But now with age and medical problems, my weight is crazy. I have plantar facititis in both feet, I have a partial tear of my right ACL, I have had several c-sections, hysterectomy, bladder surgery, abnormally low heart rate, I have hypothyroidism and my hormones are totally out of wack. I have been trying for years to level everything out but I would get my th... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:41:31 EST New Girl Hi Guys <BR> Am looking for some motivation and some friends to help me through this as i know this will be a challenge. <BR> Gems Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:45 EST Newbie again! I feel like a cereal dieter Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:18:37 EST Hello Everyone!! I am ready to do this :) Hello All!! My name is Donna & I am 45 years old. I want to lose at least 20 lbs (25 is even better) and get in shape. Getting rid of my yucky little belly would be nice. I get tired of changing my clothes ten times every morning before work. Does anyone else do that?? I joined a gym a few weeks ago and joined Spark to get support & encouragement as well as be a support to everyone out there. As many of you my age know, my metabolism is soo slow which makes it hard to stay motivated when I ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:01:59 EST Old and confused! I am looking for low carb plan to help control type two diabetes. Is that on sparkpeople and if so where?.. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:55:34 EST Eager to stay healthy I'm 71 and have been blessed with excellent health , no chronic conditions, no medications. I have had to watch my weight since I had my first child and have been successful in maintaining an acceptable weight until menopause and now as I'm aging. Now much has changed in my life except LESS stress and it seems that that has created my gaining 30 pounds over that ten years since I've retired. I maintain ~1200 calories a day and get my fruits and veggies most of the time but since starting to w... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:43:46 EST Hi I'm Pam Looking for better health and weight loss. I always fail due to lack of motivation and low self-esteem. I am hoping to change that this time. I just turned 40 and I want to live the rest of my days as happy and healthy as possible. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:57:20 EST Hi - I'm Laura Lee <em>521</em> I just turned 50 this year and I'm about 75 pounds overweight. I am excited to start changing my life and my body for the better! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:23:51 EST New to Spark Hello Spark members I am new to this very supporting site to help meet my weight loss and fitness goals, I also like to wish everyone continue success in their weight loss and fitness journey! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:28:38 EST Compulsive Over Eater Osteoarthritis of left knee Well, I am not new to this site, but almost gave up on myself and basically stop trying. I now know that when you give up you are defeated and your worst nightmares come true. When I started back in 2010 I weighed in at 217 lbs. Now I weigh 255 lbs and as of today been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the left knee. I am sure as much weight as I have gained over the past 90 days, when I go to my Primary Care Physician at 3:00 tomorrow for more test the old dreaded diabetes will be in full... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:25:09 EST A little about me. I am perpetually trying to loose weight. This time I will try the diet plan and stick as close to it as possible. I have lost about 2 pounds in 2 weeks. I have a goal to loose about 50 pounds in six months. That would be sooo cool! I like the motivational things on this site. Blessings to those who started it! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:12:06 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:32 EST How do i Create one of them little timeline things at the bottom? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:15:38 EST Here I go again..... I have been a SparkPeople member for years! In 2005, I had gastric bypass surgery when I weighed 287 lbs. At my lowest point (weight wise) I dropped over 150 pounds and kept under 150 for quite some time. Here I am divorced and remarried since then - but my current husband and I love eating together and hanging out together and I am back up to 175 pounds and would like to get back to my "sweet spot" of 145. I'm looking back to my SparkPeople community to help me along my newest journey. I c... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:10:26 EST Hello First step to a large amount of weight to lose. Excited to get started. Tonight I plan on doing my first walk around the neighborhood. Hopefully these steps lead to a much more active life style for me! <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:27:10 EST hi i'm back on track with the help of sparkpeople <em>259</em> yes it's hottttt outside but that don't stop me from going to the gym. i swim at the gym and do my exercises and thanks to Sparkpeople i lost weight. but i stopped for awhile cause i was on Weight Watchers. i am still on it but i LOVE Sparkpeople more. i lost 18lbs on WW and i know i can still lose more with the help of Sparkpeople community <em>532</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:50:24 EST Hi I'm Cloud, and I'm 52 years old. I am a type II diabetic and hyglycemic , diet / excercise only since 2001. However the Excercise part has been almost none as its sometimes very hard to do much moving, I have arthritis of the Neck/ Spine, Joints. Possible RA (Dr thinks its Lupus), Neuropathy - severe, no longer able to distinguish heat/ cold and can't feel pain unless its severe enough, has fibromalagia, but when I can I do walk as often as i can on a good day. Which good days are far and few... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:43:56 EST Hi Everyone HI Everyone, <BR> I am coming back to Spark People after a time away. I have started tracking my food and exercising. Both of which I know has worked for me in the past.I joined a water aerobics (aqua zumba) class and it is really fun. over the past year I have been involved with a weight loss surgery clinic and was even on the wait list for surgery. For lots of reasons I have decided I do not want surgery and it is not for me personally. So here I am. <em>30</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:56:47 EST Accountability Buddy? anyone? anyone? Bueller? Hey there! <BR> So I'm looking for someone who might also benefit from having a weekly (or bi-weekly) check-in partner because I really need someone to support me and also keep me on track. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:18:24 EST Fighting to get fit Hello All <BR> <BR> I have had enough of being overweight <BR> <BR> I have tried loads of diets but have lots of problems / issues with food so find it hard to always be able to eat healthy <BR> <BR> I want to lose about 4 stone and it feels like an impossible job <BR> <BR> I keep saying to myself just be good for a few months then you wont have to feel so guilty about having treats every now and then but then I get stressed out or annoyed and shove lots of food down my throat before I ca... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:14:17 EST Ready for change Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> In the last year I have gained 70lbs. I've been on the road back to getting healthy, however it has been an uphill climb and I am now ready to start being accountable for what I put in my mouth as well as what I do for exercise. <BR> <BR> Recently a friend invited me to come visit and go for a hike. I struggled through it at first but the reward at the end was fantastic and I felt great afterward (minus a few aches and pains). She encouraged me to start up on Spark P... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:29:58 EST Joining while participating in Kaiser Weight Prg. Hello, <BR> <BR> Just joined SparkPeople after hearing about it in a session at a Kaiser Medical Weight Management program I am currently in. Started at 246 lbs and have lost 25, but want to get to 170. Even more important is wanting to keep it off for the long term, and that is where I am hoping SparkPeople will help. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:15:27 EST starting over Day 2 of starting over (from 2011). Moving forward and not looking back. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:09:13 EST Hola! Hi! I just joined tonight - after dinner! I live in Panama, Central America. My husband and I retired here. I hope to maybe find another Panamanian for local support. But if I don't, I still look forward to both giving and getting support as I work to optimize my health, my weight, my fitness. It will be a challenge to adapt many of the food choices/recipes to locally available options, but I will be doing my best. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:08:25 EST New Day Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom that has been overweight my whole life. I had good success with Atkins about 13 years ago, so I'm starting over with a low carb lifestyle. But I do understand it's supposed to be much harder the second time around (this scares me a bit) but I believe in myself and I wan to live a long and "healthy" life! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:45:07 EST I lost another Job i can't handle this anymore. i'm tired, i'm fat, i'm sick and i'm emotional. on my birthday i decided to want to lose 100 pounds by next year and now that i don't have a job. i feel i can't do any of it. i have IBS so i called in a lot. guess i just didn't care anymore. and i've been emotional and apparently rude. i don't even remember. i do know that i hate stupid people....or at least when they act stupid. <BR> <BR> i'm so depressed, all i want to do lay in bed at cry. i'm a 26 year old l... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:55:32 EST New Today Hi. new here. This is my last attempt at losing weight..other diets became to restrictive or boring, and I spent way to much money on fad pills and supplements pills that never worked long term. I have a lot of weight to lose. So here and beginning with small steps. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:43:30 EST Regaining my life and health... <em>249</em> <BR> Hi, <BR> My name is Danyell, I'm a mother of two boys 12 and 17. The past year and a half have been a whirlwind of turmoil in my life and marriage. During my separation I was able to lose weight almost 30 pounds. I am happy to report I am with my husband of 19 years, and we are going strong. However, I have regained my weight back. I have been overweight on and off for 20 years. I am ready to change for good and become happier and healthier. I am a new college student and... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:03:55 EST New Sparkie and Scared Hi. I just signed up weighing 202 (awful) and wanting to get to a goal of 135. I know this sounds funny, but I'm scared. I have tried so many things -- Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, and Atkins, to name a few. I have never been able to stick to them and end up gaining more weight than I lost. I guess I just need a shot in the arm for self-confidence. I just don't want this to be one more failure. <em>24</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:42:18 EST new to spark people Hello I am Andrea Duhe', I also go by Ooops as a nickname. I got this nickname because I am a performer and my stage name is (Miss Ooops or Ooops the Clown). I am new and just finding out about this site. And pointers on navigating through Spark People is helpful. I do exercise alot due to the fact that I am an aerialist, but ironically lack alot of discipline I need to have to really really advance in my practice. I would like to be healthier, and having a stronger will power and follow thru... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:26:53 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:47 EST Hope this will change my life Just wanted to introduce myself. Hoping this site will help me change my life. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:51:45 EST I want to change my life habits! Hi I have two wonderful children and I want to get healthy so I can be there for them for a long time. My weight is not the issue, but my diet,sleeping and lack of exercise is, and that is what I want to change. I have sparked a long time ago and did not see it thru, this time I have every intention to do that. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:28 EST Hi everyone Hi all. New here. Im ready to do this weight loss journey. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:23:20 EST hi there! Hi! I'm Amy. I am 32 and a grad student living in Nashville, TN. This account is new but I've used SP before with good results -- just need to get with the program again! Among my health issues are asthma and celiac disease, both of which make getting/staying healthy a little more difficult, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm glad to be part of the team! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:33:50 EST eating at night hi everyone, i lost 74 lbs a few yrs ago and little by little ive managed to gain it all back now i feel stuck and confused i need support and help! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:09:08 EST New man here So, I started utilizing this site because it lets me track my food intake and exercise routine. But as I continue to utilize the site I am finding that there are a lot of great tools offered here. What I am concerned with is that I am not seeing a huge male presence here. Is this site geared mainly towards woman? I don't care either way because this is helping me reach my goals, just curious. Anyway, I have been exercising for quite a while now. Trying to build some muscle and lose some fat. ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:26:59 EST New team! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I created a new team, one which seems to be fairly unique on this site. My team is all about success in all aspects of life. <BR> <BR> I really would like to be here to motivate you and help you grow as well as myself. Please feel free to drop in a check it out. <BR> <BR><BR>fe <BR> <BR> -Amanda Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:16:51 EST Returning Member - Ready to Finish This Time! Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a returning SparkPeople member. I have managed to keep the weight off that I lost (51 lbs) but am eager to lose the remaining 25, which will get me to a healthy BMI and a nicer figure too! The CATZ in my name is the gym that I attend regularly. It stands for Competitive Athletic Training Zone. One of my long term goals is to run a 5K... and I will! <BR> <BR> Together we can do more. Let's get to goal together! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:07:45 EST Back On Board, last visit December 2012 On Christmas 2012, I decided to take a break from my diet and from Sparkpeople. Well my hiatus lasted much long than anticipated. (20 months, plus 40 pounds) I have always had great success in my weight loss endeavours. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Sparklepeople. <BR> <BR> Currently I weigh in at 256. (281 back when I was still working, around 2006) This is not the heaviest I have ever been, but it is the point where I start noticing some physical problems. Knees, back, and increase... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:24 EST New & looking for support & encouragement Hi everyone, I am a wife & mother of two who desperately wants to lose weight & improve my health for myself & my family. I have been through a stage of my life where I was so unhappy with myself I didn't see how my husband could love or want me. I felt embarrassed to meet the other moms at the school. I want to be proud of myself & want my family to be proud of me as well. I have talked to them about the changes I want to make in my life & they are very supportive. They have agreed to exerci... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:35:23 EST I'm a mom of two young kids looking for inspriatio Hello! I'm Kat, a mother of two little ones, and I'm looking for Sparkpeople inspiration. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:06:08 EST Returning member / from Australia Hi there Sparkies. Been absent for nearly 2 years, but back again to attempt my Health Improvement for the 3rd time. Tried to have a Family Club with 2 of my sisters - but only lasted a 3 months. I have set a preliminary goal of losing 8kg between now [24.8.14] and Jan1 2015. Never managed to get under 92kg - but have returned to my prior weight of 98kg in the last 8 months. I'm guessing that with a lot more knwledge under my belt that this will be a smoother process this time. A bit more de... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:49:42 EST EXCITED TO START AND READY TO GO!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Sierra and I finally feel ready to get myself back in shape and become a more positive and productive person. In the past, I have had many attempts at getting in shape but the excitement and dedication just doesn't seem to hang in there with me and I fail at what I attempt to do. I have not had the most encouraging and supportive people around to go to when I needed help or motivation so this is one of the major reasons why I joined this site. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:11:41 EST Hi to everyone I just joined the site today. I have been trying to lose weight for the past year. I did have some success and was able to lose 30lbs on my own but have recently got back into some of my old habits and have slowly been gaining the weight back. I am hoping that joining this website will help kickstart my weight loss again and help me get some of the motivation I have lost back. I can't wait to get started! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:39:47 EST Hello everybody! Hi there. I have just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I work full time and have a 2 year old. I used to have all the time in the world. I exercised, I ate healthy food and cooked meals. Now I get home from work to a demanding child, feed him, eat his leftovers, eat some more rubbish, run around trying to sort out the house work, washing, cleaning, shopping, and stuff for work the next day, have a glass (or 2) of wine then collapse into bed. I have put on so much weight. I also suffer a... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:04:45 EST Good Morning from Texas I just want to introduce myself. I am 62 years old and live in rural Texas with my dh of 42 yrs. He has diabetes in his family and I have arthritis so we are on a mission to embrace a healthier lifestyle. We began last year and have both lost weight. I've lost 24 pounds since last November and am currently stuck at 150. SparkPeople looks like a great place to help get the scale moving downward again. I want to lose another 15 pounds. We live in the country so I naturally walk a fair amount bu... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:57:04 EST I need support in mississauga Hi I just joined Sp and am a little nervous. I am a single mother that needs to start taking care of my health. I am really lazy and a stubborn person that needs motivation. I just moved to burnamthrope and Winston Churchill. I desperately need a buddy to work with please. thanks Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:21:10 EST Newly diagnosed I am 66 years of age. I recently was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. I have been treated for sometime for high blood pressure and depression. I have suffered TIA'S also. I need much help specially with meal planning for the diabetes. Does anyone have the same problem that can offer suggestions? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:49:03 EST Suen Hi. I just signed up today. I am 25 lbs. over weight and I am diabetic. I also have heart disease. I look forward to interacting with all of you so we can help each other to reach our goals!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:33:09 EST In search of a health life Hi Everyone !! <BR> <BR> First day ....I'm so excited to get started. Need to get rid of this burden called excess weight. Tired of carrying it around. Need motivation to stay on track. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:45:57 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:34:10 EST Workout buddy wanted :) Hi guys! I am new to this site and am greatly in need of a workout buddy to share accountability with and to keep each other motivated! I have the greatest intentions every evening for the day ahead, but every morning seems to drag and all my time gets taken up by other things that push their way to the top of that day's priority list. I am 18 years of age, 5'3", at 130lbs, looking to lose 20lbs. My biggest fitness goal is just to get overall toned up and hard so that I can extend my physical... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:28:00 EST I have no determination or motivation. So, I need to loose weight... Im going on vacation in November and I can't care enough to stop eating bad food and start working out. I'm here to find motivation and someone I can talk to so I can get some accountability and help them out as well. <BR> <BR> I'm a 26 year old female, currently at 168lbs at 5'4". Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:09:58 EST Howdy ya'll! Just saying hello! My name is Kristal, I'm 28, I've been a big girl most of my life so I.m trying this weight loss thing again. First time around I lost 30 pounds but ended up pregnant with my son. :) I hope that doesnt happen again haha <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 254 and I'm in the 220's now, yay me! Who's from Texas around here? <BR> <BR> Have a good day ya'll! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:26:46 EST now is as good of time as any After 18 years of marriage I took the terrifying step of leaving my husband this past June. I did not want a divorce but he had cheated many times and left me no choice. I am on my own now with our 8 yr old daughter and our teenage boys have chosen to stay with him at the farm. It is very easy to succumb to depression and allow myself to wallow, but today is a a good day and I have decided to take a good friends advice and take this transition period to focus on my own well being. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:38:32 EST Needing support & encouragement for weight loss Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and would love to have some encouragement and support for my weight loss journey. I am 35 years old, have been married almost 14 years & have 2 boys (9 & 2). I seem to always do well for a week or two on my diets and then I just lack the willpower/motivation to continue. :( I get so extremely frustrated with myself. I also struggle with knowing what to eat other than salads and get tired of that very quickly! I need to lose weight for my kids and my husband--so ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:51:15 EST coming back Hola, hello everybody, no more vacations, starting strong again!!!! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:10:17 EST Ready, set. go! My wife and I have set up SparkPeople accounts and have begun our journey to better fitness and health. It is great for us to do this together. We help motivate each other. We've been enjoying the new dialogue in our home and the SparkPeople website is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Something I've been doing when watching TV is to do a variety of movement exercises during commercials. <BR> <BR> We're glad to be here! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:10:30 EST Looking to be healthier! I just joined Spark people and am looking to lose 10 pounds an seat healthier. Any tips on th best way to use this site? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:55:11 EST Life's Challenging moments My name is Anne. I've been involved with SparkPeople before, losing 60 lbs. I kept that off and it's time to get myself going again....taking time out for me from my crazy world of stress and chaos that seems to follow me. <BR> I work a very stressful job and recently left my abusive marriage of 17 years. I then found the love of my life after having lost contact with him 30 years ago. We're married now but the divorce/shared parenting dulldrums really get me down. that being said, I h... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:23:53 EST hello there . . . I am waaaay too old to be trying to lose the same ol' 40# again . . . but here I am. <BR> <BR> This time I want to get rid of it for good! Yes, I want to look better, but at 63 y/o it's more about health. Don't have any problems yet, but . . . don't want any! <BR> <BR> My main concern is shopping for food. How do I purchase 4 stalks of celery for the weekly menu plan? Is the salad bar at my local grocer an option? What if I hate broccoli? Is there an "exchange" list available? I've l... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:55:24 EST support needed I know I need to lose about 30 pounds, but need exercise more. Been at a desk job for 25+ years and this 62 year old body is ready for some serious tune out. ooking for some support and encouragement. Married to a skinny active man who can eat constantly, so would be nice to interact with someone who understands how difficult this can be. Starting right now Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:50:07 EST Hi, Everyone! My name is Jackie. Looking to lose the same 20 pounds that keep finding me! I'm hoping to not only be successful but to keep it off this time. I'm very new to the site and still learning how to navigate my way around. Anyone from Central/Jersey Shore area? <BR> <BR> Have a great night! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:19:11 EST Hello: anyone from Escondido CA? I'm back and ready to do this. I have joined Weight Watchers and have lost almost 10 pounds. I would love to get a walking work out buddy. I love to walk outside (park or drive to the beach on the weekend) and also have a 24 hour membership. Anyone interested? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:09:31 EST Let's do this! I used to be fit. <BR> I used to be motivated - eating well, working out every day, drinking all my water, etc. <BR> <BR> Over the past 7 years I met my husband, we bought a house, had our son (now 3), got married, and packed on about 30lb. <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed every day that I haven't managed to get my act together. I'm uncomfortable in my skin. <BR> <BR> Working as a business executive full time and being a wife & mom often means I put myself last... this is nuts since my husband ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:03:06 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:45:38 EST Back again Hi everyone! I'm back as so it seems. I am a type 2 diabetic, looking for support. I have great family and friends some that are also diabetic, but don't seem to deal with the same things I do. Seems like they can do or eat what they want and it doesn't affect their sugar at all. I guess I am get very frustrated and was wondering if there was anyone else out there that has or is going through this. I don't even know what I'm doing wrong so I am guess I'm just clueless at this point as to what... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:22:38 EST My Story My story is a testament to the fact that you can have all the right information, but unless you can put it into action, you will not succeed. I have been overweight/obese for as long as I can remember. I hate it, I have always hated it! <BR> <BR> My parents tried to be supportive by signing me up for Weight Watchers and other programs while I lived at home, but nothing seemed to work. In college I studied Nutrition and graduated with a Bachelors' degree in Dietetics--mostly because I belie... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:07:09 EST Testing one... two... three... <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Testing one... two... three... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:54:06 EST Hi! I REALLY need a weight loss buddy... Hi! My name is Sheryll and I am 27 years old. I weigh way more than I should. I've been through some things over the past 2 years that led to me overeating and gaining a lot of weight. My confidence is sometimes a lot lower than I should be and it is all because of my weight. I don't feel healthy lately and I had finally lost some weight, got pregnant, was so excited, and then miscarried... :-( And, I have gained about 7-10 pounds back since then. I don't like how easy it is to gain weight qu... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:04:44 EST Feel like I've been here before... Hi - just wanted to introduce myself. I'm JenniK... I'm starting my journey for many reasons. But #1 is my brother's wedding in August 2015. I don't want to be the "fat one" in the pictures...I have about 100lbs on each of my family members. If I could just lose 50lbs before the wedding I would be VERY pleased! <BR> 2ndly - We REALLY want to be parents...currently doing foster parenting...but want to have children of our own. If I can't get some of this weight off I will never have a ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:48:33 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! I just joined a few days ago. Over the past few years the weight has been slowly creeping on. I try to eat a pretty healthy diet (whole food, plant based) and have been training for a half marathon. Even with eating right and exercising I wasn't losing any weight, so I decided to join SparkPeople. I'm excited to be a part of this awesome and supportive community! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:01:31 EST Looking for online and in-person motivation! Hello! My name is Madeline, and I am 22 years old living in Ithaca, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am looking for inspiration and motivation to maintain my weight loss! I love to do yoga and Pilates, and I eat a gluten-free diet. I consider myself pretty disciplined, and I want to find people like me! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:08:34 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone. New member here! I am 27 (28 in October) with 3 kiddos. I have a 6 year old daughter, 3 year old and 11 month old sons. I am a stay at home mom primarily, school volunteer, PTO vice president, and youth worker (youth pastor's wife). <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 50 lbs. Mostly through my mid section. I start exercising and then lose motivation so I truly need an accountability partner of some kind. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:19:45 EST Hello! Hi! I just joined the sight today, and thought it might help me stay on track if I could talk to some others going through the same thing I am! :) I want to lose 50 lbs by next February, and I know that isn't going to be an easy road. I'm a 25 year old female from North Carolina. Anybody have some tips on exercise? I'm a vegetarian and had already started working on a healthier diet, sticking to it around the holidays is going to be a bit tough. lol Thanks for taking the time to read my post!... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:40:13 EST Hi there! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sherry and I am working towards a healthier life. Just recently I decided I am sick of feeling like I do. I also decided I don't want to look like I do any more either! I want to feel sexy and look it too! I was divorced two years ago and while he and I are still good friends I am ready to strike out with confidence! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:34:31 EST Hiya! I'm Savannah, a 21 year old college student from Flint, Michigan. I am looking to make a group of weight-loss buddies on here to keep each other accountable and encourage one another on this journey. I am looking to lose 120 pounds and I'm 2 weeks strong on a healthier lifestyle and exercise regimen. Please add me as a friend if you would like. Thanks! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:23:03 EST Want to be a great Wife? Hello. I empower those that are or want to be a great Wife. If you are married or not. I like to help empower women and young ladies but starting with themselves. <BR> The first things is to make time for yourself. Love yourself. If we do not start of doing these things we can not give "Our Very Best". <BR> Ladies you are beautiful and you can do anything you put your mind to. <BR> Make it a wonderful and successful day! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "Live Life To The Fullest Every... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:13:05 EST hello from MT, ready to be successful! I have been exploring salespeople for a week now, I love the different short workouts they offer daily!! Just getting started so even these are a great challenge! I of course want to lose weight, but my main goal is to just become a healthier person, be more active so that I can enjoy what life brings my way! Nice to find a place where people are dealing with the same issues and offer encouragement along the way!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:14 EST Greetings! My name is Whip (well, it's a nickname that stuck and I go by that name more than my real name). I'm a 40-something ex-professional musician and current IT guru. <BR> <BR> I was terribly skinny all through school, even through college, until I hit my mid-20s and I just slowly started getting bigger and bigger. I've dropped weight and put it back on a half-dozen times. But now that I'm recently divorced, my motivations are a little different this time and I feel much better about the pac... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:29:43 EST hello Hi there! I am Ashley from West Virginia. I am looking to really absorb myself in sparkpeople and a healthy way of life to try to achieve my goals. I am very interested in meeting people like me that are just starting out, on their way, or maintaining. I think a network of people who understand is very important. I am always a message away! I will help be your supporter as well! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:41 EST Needing Encouragement I have really struggled with my weight for the past 18 years. I was a chubby kid but lost weight when in Jr. High and kept it off. When I was pregnant with my son I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and three weeks after he was born I was put on prednisone for the first time. <BR> I gained 80 lbs in 4 months and over the course of the next 15 years I was off and on Prednisone, gaining every time I had to take it. <BR> I had surgery 4 years ago to remove my colon and have been prednisone ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:56:18 EST Hello from Kansas I have started and restarted a healthy living change several times now. I've had some things happen that have kind of changed my way of thinking. I have wanted this really badly for a long time and just didn't have the courage to speak up and address the issues. I know that I'm not a good healthy living role model for my family. I preach to the choir but never practice what I preach. Yesterday, I made it through the day. Day one down. Today so far has gone well, and I think that if I c... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:54 EST Hi from Upstate New York Hi! My name is Melissa. I am a 46 year old mother of 3 daughters and grandmother of 1 granddaughter. I have battled with my weight my whole life. Done the diet/lose/gain multiple times. This can't be a diet for me, this has to be a life style change. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter lives with me and I watch her a lot while my daughter works and I need to be able to keep up with her. So I need to find ways to stay motivated. Any advise is greatly appreciated. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:29 EST Hello from sunny, hot, hot Florida Just wanted to stop and say hello to everyone...I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2011 and just a few weeks ago started to feel a little better, unfortunately I can't give my doctor all the credit, that's a whole other story. I'm hoping to be back to my old self again soon! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:01:58 EST Which one are you? Hello Spark Peeps! <BR> <BR> I joined on Monday and am easily settling back into eating better foods and healthier portion sizes. I find that I go to either one extreme or the other -- sometimes it's easier for me to work out than eat properly, and other times it's easier to eat better than work out. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm in the latter, although I find it's easier to keep on track when that's the case. I would like to find like folks who are the same way so we can keep each other motivate... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:45:59 EST Hello from North Carolina Hi all...I'm a restarter once again...I'm hoping the third time is the charm... lol...I'm from NC and am trying to lose as much weight as I can for Bariatric Surgery.. I really need to improve my health and also quit smoking... I know its going to be hard but is a serious goal for me and a must... I wish everyone with as much luck as possible and I'm happy to be here and share my thought with and hear yours as well... GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:06:25 EST Exercising and Extra Calories Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you are enjoying your weight loss journey. I am having so much fun! I have a question my daily calories are 1500, when I exercise they can go up to as much as 1800. Does this mean I have to eat the full 1800 calories? I'm really struggling with this because it's a struggle trying to get those extra <em>213</em> calories down. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:54:07 EST Hello All!! I am not that new to Sparkpeople. However, I am back after a 5 year break. using sparkpeople before I went from 280 pounds down to 203 in just about 4 months. Spark people inspired me to do a 120 day challange with my friends. After some unseen life events and a bit of depression I gained almost all of the weight back! (272) my goal is to be a healthy 190#'s. my long term goal is to be a contestant on the American Ninja Worrier. I am now in a way better place in my life with people that... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:57:04 EST