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 Being diabetic , low protein Can this program help me if I do a lot of substitution's to the menu as I have been doing? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:15:06 EST I want a new me but need some help First off hi guy's I'm so excited to be working on a new me. I decided this year that I was tired or my 4yr old new mom body it had to go. Never been real big on working out but I love walking so I figured I would start there. Nothing big at first started with a mile a day January 1st now I'm at 6 miles a day. It's working I'm losing the weight but now I need to tone this is where my problem starts I miss my abs but crunches and sitting ups kill me because I have a rare form of scoliosis whic... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:46:17 EST It's Me Again Hi, I joined Spark People once before with much success. However my depression over came me and I stopped coming online. <BR> Things have improved to a degree for me and I was helping a friend learn how to do things on the Internet. Not sure how this happened but we came across Spark People and it lit a fire under me. <BR> So, now I'm back. I love all that is offered from the tools to log your progress, to the recipes and exercise programs to follow, and the uplifting motivational articles... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:09:17 EST New Year=A New Me!!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just started a couple of days ago, but so far I am loving it. I have been trying to get in better shape for over 7 years, but always seem to fall of the wagon . I have decided to serious about my weight and my health. I look forward to all the new friends I will meet along the way on here. <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:38:30 EST Introduction Hello from sunny Florida (Apollo Beach area). Sailing, exercise, swimming and a little sun keeps me fit.... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:19:02 EST Work in progress :) Good morning! This is partially for the Challenge points. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I went to the doctor for an upper respiratory infection. She had labs completed and that started the journey to reduce my cholestrol, which does run high in my family. We've been working for two years to get this down, during which there have been good checkups and bad checkups. The most recent (last Thursday) was not so good. She wants me on cholestrol meds but I really do not want to take a statin (to... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:11:36 EST Time to get really serious I keep going back and forth. I was doing really well, depression and work hit me again and I lost all the momentum. I gained weight back. I don't feel well. So it's time to put my game face on and get back to work. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:45:36 EST Time Hello Everyone, <BR> I know that I am not knew to the sparkpeople community but since I have been away for a while this is a new beginning for me. We are sitting here in 2017 and I have started in here around 2015 which I am not even half way or even reached my goals yet. It has been a rough couple of years for me to do anything or to even keep up on top of my goal. The change of my decision was when I was at work the other day and saw myself in the window I knew it was time to make a change... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:39 EST Thankful for the community I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times and how many different weighs I've sought to get myself healthier and to lose weight, but I'm back to SparkPeople again. I find the community here so welcoming, and it helps to have one place in my life where others are immersed in trying to achieve the same goals I am. I am so grateful for this outstanding community. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:45:36 EST Hi everyone I need to lose 20 pounds Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:36:24 EST Trying Again Not sure how often people read these messages, but I am going to be brutally honest here because I have to be. I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and my body. in 2014, something amazing happened where I hit rock bottom and somehow came out of it and changed up my whole world. I stopped crying and landed a pretty awesome job and somehow was able to get myself down to a solid 135 pounds (i'm 5'7" with a huge butt so this was amazing). then i had an interaction with a guy that broke ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:05 EST Nutrisystem newbie Day one!! Hello everyone!! Day one of nutrisystems! I am 55, male, 6'3 291#. I would like to lose 50#. i would appreciate any help or advise, my wife and i are both on this and we are trying to understand the system.Day one has been quite a shock, haha but we are both commited to this!! <em>381</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:33:14 EST Please allow me to introduce myself... I am (wo)man of (no) wealth--but great taste, I think. <BR> I am excited to discover the support Community offered by Sparks people--I am a strong, damn' near-socialist believer in the power and grace of sbaring; after all, that is the basis of democracy; isn't it, if I can't, perhaps you can, & you can show me--& vice versa. So I am grateful to be a part. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:36:49 EST Back after trying WW online Hi! Melissa here :) <BR> <BR> Back after having used Sparkpeople for some years. Over the last couple years I tried WW. I had some success at first with going to meetings, but after a while had a hard time making it to them so early on the weekend. I eventually just started paying for the online access, which I eventually realized with so silly as I could utilize this site for free. So I'm back and ready to make some changes! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:23:03 EST Hello Hi my name is Hope and I joined spark last year. Took a break from it a couple months ago and now I'm going stronger than before. I want and need to be healthier. I love that God and my family is my greatest motivation to better myself. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:01:49 EST Losing Weight, Climbing Higher Hello all! My name is Heather. Over the years I have drifted to and from SparkPeople, but I have never taken advantage of the community aspect of the site. I believe that social support is the thing I'm lacking in my journey to lose well over 50 pounds, so I am eager to stop lurking and start participating. <BR> <BR> I am a few weeks shy of 24, a college student, and a lover of aerial dance, which is probably one of my biggest motivations to lose this excess weight. It'll never be easy, but... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:19:27 EST hi Posting for points.Not gonna lie. 51 m tired of talking to the counseler insurance company set me up with. Yea Im a little overweight and ahve high blood pressure.bp is under control with medication but Im tired of carrying this extra 40 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:46:07 EST Getting back on track Hello, today is my first day here. I am so glad I found this site. It looks like a lot of support which I can use. I actually was doing quite well with my weight loss last year due to GI problems. The good thing is that the GI problems have improved. I am now eating 3 meals a day which I was unable to do previously. The bad thing is that I am starting to get back into some bad eating habits and have gained some weight back. I also have lost my ambition for exercise. I am disabled so ex... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:15:22 EST Trying to be the Best Me Who thinks one day you wake up and you'll be sixty your next birthday. Through life you put off things and always say tomorrow I'll do that. Well for me sixty is in nine moths, retirement in six and a new phase of life begins. A privilege denied to a few of my close friends, a gift to be treasured. <BR> Being overweight all of my life has been my battle that needs to end. I want to walk confidently into this next stage and be healthy. I have so many blessings in my life and want to be around ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:09:14 EST Need to keep my momentum going! Hi everyone! On Jan. 2nd I joined a challenge for $25 and I've already lost 5 pounds! So now that it's almost over I decided to see if this website will help me keep my momentum going! <BR> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:56:48 EST Getting Started Hi! My name is Amy, I'm 31, and living in sunny Florida. I've been a member of Sparkpeople off and on for years, but my fitness level (or lack there-of) really hit me hard when I went on a hike while on vacation. I was so winded I had to stop every 10 minutes. I've joined a local gym, started working with a personal trainer, and reset my Spark account. I'm looking forward to getting back in shape, training to run 5k and 10k races, and going down 2 sizes before my vacation in July! Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:01:28 EST what happened to other choice option The last time I was on spark people I could tap on a good that was in the meal plan and itwould give me an alternative that iI could choose that was comparable to it.then I could eat that instead....where did the substitutions option go? I keep just adding foods but now I don't know how to pick another option and stay in track.please help Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:56:52 EST Thanks Thank you for the support I need Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:13:01 EST Hello, back again to pick myself up <img src="">Hi, I released myself from work way back at the end of 2011. Plans were to walk to town everyday, sit outside at a cafe, enjoy a coffee and people watch. How many times have I done this? None. I could drive uptown, I live in a small university town, I could park and walk with my cane to an outside cafe, Ok, outside when the weather is warmer. Anyone in West Chester, PA who would like to join me for a co... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:33:39 EST Welcome Me and hello to all of you! Good afternoon! Just wanted to introduce myself and I hope to make some friends to make "this journey" successful. I'm 55 years old, mother of a 20 year old boy and wife to a fabulous man. I'm an ICU nurse and have worked night shift forever but on 1-30-2017 I start days, I'm excited because I feel like living a normal life, awake during the day, sleeping at night and clearing the fog from being tired all the time might be the missing tool I need to start and succeed at a new healthy life... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:42:20 EST Hi Hi, I'm Jay, <BR> Thought I would try something new, this looks like a fun place to get motivation and maybe meet people experiencing the same roadblocks I am. I am 57 and have pretty much been at a standstill in weight loss for over a year. Anyway, I look forward to this new adventure <em>213</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:53 EST Trying to be healthy and fit again. Hi, I'm Anna. I'm here with the mission, like most on this website, to become a healthier me. About two years ago, I was going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and abstaining from candy and other foods not so good. I was a size 12 at my best. <BR> I'm here now. I gained two sizes, now a size 16. I've lost the habit of regularly exercising and I haven't tracked my food in I don't know how long. I wanted to join this website, because it seems like a free, easy way to keep track of those things, ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:46:44 EST Been Here before and Back Again Hi! It's been a long time but I've been here before and I'm back. Last time, back in 09 I think it was, I don't think I was as serious because I didn't stick with it. I've now been on a plan since June and I'm down 55 pounds and I've got about 40-50 more to go. <BR> I'm 57, from NJ living in South Florida, near Adventura for the time being, we buy, fix and sell houses so we move around a lot, at least every 2 years. <BR> Glad to be back miss the friends I've made here and the new ones I ho... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:07:30 EST New Member I am new here and have been so happy. I am a busy mother of one that works too many hours. Wish I could dedicate more time to my family and me. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:17:58 EST hello I am new to Spark People. i am trying to better manage my diabetes and lose weight. I have a membership at a planet fitness and as soon as the weather improves i will be going there 3-4 times a week. i thought by keeping track of my food and exercise I might have more success. my goals right now is to lose about 80 lbs and get my insulin needs lowered. <BR> i am kinda shy and don't have alot of time to be online but will track every day. <BR> <BR> thanks Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:14:56 EST Hi! Happy to be here Heloo! I am looking to form healthy habits, including eating 'like a normal person'! I think i just need a bit of daily support and hopefully to support others. I dont count calories or do temporary diets as i just feel restricted then eat more. Im quite stressed atm but i think i need to still try to eat normally, because a bit of weight loss might help me feel better! Looking forward to meeting people on here. <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:53:17 EST Hello Everyone Hi, I'm very new to SparkPeople and I absolutely love this site. I'm looking forward to gaining and giving inspiration on this journey to better health!! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:26:04 EST looking for new friends who are looking to be fit Hi there! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie and I am looking for new friends who are interested in losing weight, toning up and having a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Not sure about you, but I want to look good again for the summer! <BR> <BR> I am excited to be a part of this group and I can't wait to meet some new people :) Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:55:56 EST Looking for new friends Please send me a friend request so we can keep each other motivated. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> <BR> Nickie Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:17:36 EST Leggs 2165 How do I remove meals susggest on the tracker? I tracking my food that I eat but I don't eat what is suggested on a daily basis due to I allergy to seafood & nuts. I added what I did eat but it keep what was suggested to eat on the tracker as well & make it looks like I eating double. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:07:00 EST DISABLED AND OFF TRACK Hi Im TEE <BR> I am not new to sparks I started this journey 2010 got way off track weight has been up down roller coaster. Im about to hit 50 in another year gotta get it together looking for a partner to help motivate each other to success. I made a commitment to log onto sparks everyday between 8:30am and 9:30am, to log in food and get meal plans and begin exercise. <em>46</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:16:30 EST new here and need a goal buddy Hey everyone. I'm new here. I'm trying to achieve my goal weight and I'm looking for a buddy/friend that I could work with. It's really challenging for me coz I've tried for so long. Any help will be appreciated. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:06:36 EST New...again Back to sparkpeople again, haven't been here in awhile.....realized on Jan 1 this year that I've been saying "tomorrow I'll start a diet" for years and that I'm tired of feeling like crap. Tired of the belly, tired of looking terrible, tired of not fitting into clothes. So, this is it. Here we go..... So far so good, sticking to it, 7 pounds lost since Jan 1....not too tough so far, but missing the sweets a bit. Looking forward to feeling better. Eating better than I have in years. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:41:44 EST Hello! Need motivation! Hello to all- <BR> <BR> I am looking to improve my health and weight and have tried a bunch of other options. I always seem to have the good intention, but never the follow through. FT working single mom, recently divorced.. 2 boys and lots of sports! It always seems that I put everyone else first. Looking to do something for me! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:47:58 EST Meet Mama P I am excited to be joining this site. So many great opportunities for support. Looking forward to the next 30+ years of life in a healthy, joy filled, productive way. Leaving 30 years of grief, loss, illness, fear and doubt in the dust!! Thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me and being my accountability partner in this journey. May this journey ignite a positive spark. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:53 EST Good Afternoon I am new to the SparkPeople website and community. For 2017 my goals are to be healthier than 2016. Still learning my way around the pages. :-) Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:13:56 EST Hello Hello everyone. I am a 48 year mother of 5 who has now decided to lose the baby fat. I figure after after 17 years its time. I have only been a member for a week now and I am loving it. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:49:02 EST Hello... Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am 33 years old and weigh 498lbs. I have already started my journey...however the last two weeks I was in a depression (family member passed away) and I fell into a food slump. All I wanted was things that were bad for me. So this week I started fresh! I am slowly but surely getting back on track. <BR> The "plan" I am working with is the 21 day fix. I know a lot of people who have had success using this, and a few that think it's crap. So wo... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:51:42 EST Introductions OK, so really it's day 14. I'm doing the new member challenge. As I use the app mostly, all the added benefits of the webpage are still being discovered including message boards... Thanks 21 day newbie challenge. Anyway, I'm really excited about this page, and I really think SP sets people up to win. Tracking is the one thing I know that works and I want to not only return to my healthiest, but also look rocking in some wedding phtotos. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:46:32 EST Greetings! Hi all, <BR> I'm a 37 year old mom to a beautiful daughter and fiancé to a wonderful man. Life had been full of ups and downs.... he downs in life usually leaf to my ups on the scale. I've lost weight (100+) on another plan... It was effective until I developed severe food allergies. Then their plans didn't really fit my lifestyle. I've managed to keep the weight I lost off, but need to lost about 75 more. <BR> <BR> I'm entering this with optimism, realism, and hopefully success as lo... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:01 EST Hi Everyone! Well, I've purchased it all...and not used a bit of it. So, a friend has been very successful with this site. So, I hope I am too. Anything positive you can tell me, would be helpful! Thanks! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:17:31 EST Newish.... in a newlywed slump! Hello all! I'm a 28 year old newlywed - got married this past summer, and my husband and I have gained at least 15 pounds since then. I feel horrible! Lots of beer and takeout food was involved in this weight gain. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for buddies to chat with to help stay on track and follow through with my goals! I am looking to lose two pounds per week, track my food every day, hit my step goal (fitbit), and get enough water. Please add me and let's be friends! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:45:50 EST Hi...newbie, not new to struggling Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Since I joined at 3am, I'm still about a day away from having a page up here...but thought this should go up anyway. <BR> <BR> David's the name, virtual races (I hate crowds, it's complicated) is my game. Or should I say it used to be. <BR> <BR> That's because I had to give up running last year because there was a gaping hole in my training plan: Cross training, and strength training especially, was not happening, and I was on the verge of injury. <BR> <BR> I tried... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:37:20 EST New member Hello everyone, I am just starting with Sparkpeople! I have been working out with a trainer and watching my food intake for a couple of months, but I have been slacking. I need some friends who are on the same journey to keep me motivated! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:52:57 EST Back after 5 years I joined SparkPeople over 5 years ago, did well and lost about 30 pounds. Well after moving, starting up a new business, helping take care of a sick relative and getting married, those 30 pounds have crept back. I'm hoping that I can stay motivated like last time to keep the weight off. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:00:55 EST Starting SparkPeople today Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:57 EST New Challenges Hi all! I had quit smoking in November 2015 and had gained 30 lbs over the course of 6 months. I felt trapped in my own body so this past October I started making healthy changes. I joined a gym and started cooking more. I cut back my nightly 2 glass of wine (or more on the weekends), to just drinks on the weekend. I feel healthier and more positive now...but my body hasn't really changes. No change in weight, size or measurement. So now it's time to really start pushing myself to make those ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:24:50 EST Happy to be part of SparkPeople! It's only Day 2 but I feel confident that I can accomplish my goals. Looking forward to your support. <em>521</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:39:22 EST Trying again. Hello, I was on SparkPeople quite a few years ago. I really loved it, but stopped. Stopping seems to be a pattern with me, but not this time. I am really determined to take care of myself and finally have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> Deep we go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:05 EST Newbie VERY Late 50s, widow no kids, live in my cat's apartment. Type II diabetic. Lost my job of 13.5 years back in October and have sunk into deep depression. Lost all my confidence and mojo. Dx'd with T2D five years ago, weighing in at 300 lbs, blood sugar and blood pressure at walking time bomb levels. Went low carb and lost 75 pounds, got diabetes under control. A1C is now trending up, as is my weight, currently at 240. I'm eating allll the comfort foods, and exercise has consisted of couch-to-... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:48:09 EST New member I just joined this site because I was looking online for a calorie counter. I have to say that I find this site very overwhelming and I still haven't found what I was originally looking for. Also, I'm on a pretty restrictive diet due to many intolerances and allergies, is there a way I can put my own recipes in somewhere and find out the calories for each serving? That's what I really need most. What do I do if I need to put in an amount of food that isn't listed here, say 2 teaspoons of fat ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:09:00 EST starting again who else is starting again? :) Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:50 EST Let me introduce myself :-) Looking for support! Hello!!! Hello from Wisconsin! <BR> <BR> I'm not even sure where to begin or what to write! What I can say is that I would love to hear from you! Someone in my shoes! <BR> <BR> Life is good ~ Can't say its not ~ but it can be better! After a recent visit to the doctor, my butt needs to get in gear and focus on myself. Typically I'm the one to keep everyone else its time to turn my tables :-) <BR> <BR> Busy lady in the corporate world. Always working / always late. I ha... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:53:22 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:49 EST hello Hello my name is michelle I am pretty new been here for a week Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:56:25 EST New to challenge Howdy, <BR> Going to go for the 21 day challenge! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:28:59 EST Here we go again... I am one of the offenders of SP who joins, quits, rejoins, quits, then comes back promising that this time is going to be different....then quits again. I am not sure if this time will be any different since the last time I left was related more to the "social aspect" of SP than anything else (had some unsolicited advice appear on my page that left a foul taste in my mouth). <BR> <BR> Either way, I have been using the app for two weeks. I am dipping in my toes to the message boards and look... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:21:04 EST NEW to SparkPeople - It's Karen Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Karen. I'm 49 years old. I joined SparkPeople with the hopes of losing 50 lbs before I turn 50. It's the 50 before 50 pledge I made to myself. I ultimately would like to lose 98 lbs. I currently weigh 218. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:00:41 EST New (again) Hi! <BR> I'm Shaunda. I'm married with 2 boys age 6 and 3. I have actually used sparkpeople before. It helped me lost 30lbs but when I got pregnant with my first then I let it slide and haven't done well ever since then. But, I am tired of being tired and fat. I want to be healthy! So, here I am starting again. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:35:22 EST Time efficient exercise routine Hi, back to exercise after a 2 year break. Quicj intro - just turned 50, 189, 88kg, always had broad shoulders, flat chest, slim build, pot belly. <BR> <BR> I exercised effectively until a couple of years ago for a couple of years and lost 15 kg, now put 6 back on and so its time to start again! <BR> <BR> This was the routine i folowed 3 days per week plus 40 minutes tread mill twice a week. <BR> <BR> Bench press 10kg x 10 <BR> Press ups x5 <BR> Behind head lay pull down 26kg x 15 <BR> D... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:51:39 EST Nervous in the U.K. Hello everyone. It has been almost 10 years since I last actively tried to lose weight. Last time I lost 99lbs before I became pregnant with my daughter. During that pregnancy I gained back most of what I had lost. Then I became pregnant with my son and I gained even more. I have to do something. I'm tired of wearing shapeless clothes to cover up my shame. I'm tired of the looks when I eat out (even if I have a salad). I'm tired of not being able to keep up with my kids. I'm tired of staying ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:34:56 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. 47 yrs. I am transitioning from which is phasing out by 15th March 2017. I found this site a little similar to what I am used to....since I am very conservative ;-). Anyway, I do this to motivate, get motivation, inspiration and also just to meet new people with similar goals. I workout 6 days a week and very intense; mostly HIIT and weights. I have a huge interest in healthy recipes and just overall health being a Public health nutritionist ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:29:59 EST Hi!!! Hi everyone! Joined on Sunday and have enjoyed my week on this app. It's been a great first week and I'm really proud of what I've done this week. I've eaten well. I'm proud of myself. <BR> <BR> More about me. I'm 31. Happily married for 5 years. Have a huge goal I want to accomplish here. Want to lose at least 100 pounds. More after that. But will make up smaller goals to get to my ultimate goal. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:18:12 EST Hi everyone I am not new to sparkpeople, but I have been away for a while. I never really used the message boards before, so I thought I would introduce myself this time. I have been tracking food and exercise and drinking water all week this week. I am praying that I can stay on track this time. My name is Mandy. I am 37 and married with 3 beautiful kids. I was very sickly during the holiday season and I am ready to take better care of myself and get healthy. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:31:26 EST New to site I joined many years ago but never really got started. I'm ready to do that now and need all the help I can get. I'm overweight, of course, am having problems with my knees and hip which I feel is due to my weight. I have rods in my back which prevents me from doing too many exercises and a spur in my heel which makes walking a bit harder. Anyone else out there like me? Or anyone out there that used to be like me? I could use all the help I can get. Looking forward to hearing from you. ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:31:41 EST View our friend's nutrition and fitness trackers? I would love to see what other people are doing as well as share my own trackers. Is this possible? This is my first day on SparkPeople so I'm learning what this site has to offer. Can we see other people's trackers? If so, how do I share mine and see others? I think this could be very helpful as I have 78 lbs to lose, many life changes to make, motivated, determined! I am already moving a lot more than I used to, thanks to my FitBit Charge 2 that I am syncing to my SparkPeople Fitness ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:05:32 EST Introduction Hi! I am two and a half weeks out from my gastric sleeve surgery. I am 50 years old and totally tired of yo-yo dieting. I have lost 40 pounds from my highest weight and I look forward to keeping it off and losing more with the help of my gastric sleeve surgery and my much healthier lifestyle changes. <em>213</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:06:52 EST Female accountability partner! Hey all! I'm 23, wanting to lose 36 pounds, and attending graduate school. Between working and studying sometimes I just want to sleep or lounge around, I'm looking for someone who may be in a similar position and need that extra push too. Ideally we can text, message, snap each other, whatever it takes to be that constant reminder that we have these goals we want to and need to meet to achieve what we perceive as our best! If anyone is interested in taking on this journey together please con... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:36:47 EST Tired of wearing BLACK. Hey everyone! I've been a lurker member of Spark people a couple times in the past but then got lazy and thought I'd go sit on the couch and eat instead I guess lol. So I am almost up to the highest weight I got while 9 mos pregnant with my son...but I'm not pregnant. Something must be done!! I'm tired of feeling tired.....tired of walking up the short set of stairs in my house and being winded....tired of looking for the nicest fat clothes in black...I seriously LIVE in black clothes! So I ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:22:14 EST One day at a time Hi there! I am on Day 6 and am super psyched to have sparkpeople here to support me in my journey. I am ready to make lifestyles changes, which I know don't happen overnight, so I am trying to be patient with myself. This journey is all about the short term goals, and I am done being afraid of making mistakes. Can't wait to see where this takes me! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:11:01 EST Hi there, I am a newb previous from Calorie Count Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 2 kids and stay at home mom. Looking forward to being apart of this community and give and receive support in our journeys. For me, I am trying to finally rid myself of those stubborn pounds. I've lost them, yo-yo them back and now it is back again. I hope to make peace with my emotions and not get carried away by them when it comes to food or sweets. <BR> <BR> Lucy Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:06 EST FOOD QUESTION Hello. I have been trying to track all my calories since I joined this venture but I have a weird question. Sometimes when I enter a food, that other people have listed, sometimes the calories on their listing is VERY different than on the box that I used to add the SAME EXACT food. Why is that? Does anyone know or have the same issue? i.e. today I ate some FARMRICH breaded mushrooms(Dollar Tree brand) my box says 190 calories for 8 pieces/3oz. Someone else's listing for the same food, same ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:39:15 EST Hello all Hi this is nimcurry and just joined sparkpeople.. wonder how do you feel about this website...? Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:13:57 EST Newbie Hello I'm new to the community but not to trying to lose weight. Nevertheless I feel good and encouraged. That being said some old habits are hard to break namely coffee. What's the best most satisfying way to have my joe. I like all the fixings, you know cream and sugar whip cream when I can. I need a way scaled down good version. In the street and at home Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:44:39 EST Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes-Consistency I am new to using the Advocare meal replacement shakes. I don't mine the flavor, but them seem to be very thick. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there any ideas to help alleviate this? They seem so much thicker than the pre-bottled replacement shakes and I have tried several. <em>30</em> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:06:59 EST New Year, New Me! Since the new year is a time of reinvention and renewal my goal is to recreate myself in several ways, although my weight tops the list. I'm tired of my closet experience being a negative one - some many beautiful clothes that I once wore. I'm determined not to purchase another size upward and work my way back down to the treasure trove of items hanging patiently in my closet. So this year's goal. One pound a week by year's end I should be down 52 pounds which is within my ideal weight range.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:59:26 EST new start on my weight loss journey hi all, <BR> i am a new member who has just ordered the 12 day fix. which will arrive tomorrow , i will be starting this on monday 16/1/17. I chose it because i have tried many diets but find that they are always lacking the foods that i crave so i end up eating the things i crave most, and too much of it. I would like to someone to travel this journey with me , a whole team if you are out there, i am aiming to loose about 50lbs using the 21 day fix eating plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:51:34 EST Becoming authentic and real this time Hi- I'm 47 and getting real with myself and my struggle with my weight and food! <BR> I have fluctuated about 50 lbs all of my adult life. I lose and gain, lose and gain. I am an emotional eater- happy, sad, alone, with friends. I have rationalized and lied to myself for YEARS! No more. I can't blame anyone but myself for the weight I have put back on. That's okay, because I have begun the journey to be accountable to myself. No more will I lie to myself that it's okay to eat a box of Little ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:57:06 EST New Kid from Washington State Hi. I just joined yesterday, and I'm looking for friends to keep me motivated and accountable. I'm 32 years old. I live in Washington State. I have a 10 year old son and a great husband. I love to get outside and go hiking and geocaching. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:11:24 EST Hey Gang! Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I live in a small town in Michigan. I got serious about living a healthier life several years ago. It's a constant struggle! And, honestly, it's not a battle I always win. But, my theory is doing a little SOMETHING, anything!!!, adds up to noticeable changes. I loved feeling better when I was really committed to living healthier. <BR> But, in August of 2016 I fell at work and broke my ankle in all three places, a trimalleolar fracture. I spent TEN long d... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:33:34 EST Time for me to stop complaining and start doing! Hello! I joined some time ago but never kept up. However, I am not doing well on my own, so it's time to seek out some support. <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds initially after going a post cancer reoccurrence medication. I went on a diet at the same time, as losing fat would help prevent a reoccurrence. The diet was mostly aimed toward eliminating my mindless snacking and emotional eating. I do not overeat at meals. I get bored and stop eating while I am still hungry, and make it up with junk la... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:40:52 EST Brand new here, 1st post . So hello! Trying an on line site for the first time to help keep me motivated, track my progress, food and fitness activity. Excited to have found such a positive site, with warm, friendly, helpful people to turn to for advice and a helpful comment or story. <BR> <BR> Currently at 190 with 50lbs to lose. Excited and scared, cautiously optimistic about my weight loss abilities!! <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:51:40 EST New Hello, trying to get this fit thing down this year. 2017 needs to be the year for me, I keep trying and keep not sticking with it. Trying to have this year be the year that I stick with it, I know I will be happy I did. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:42:59 EST New, but not so new Hi! My name is Joan, and while I am new in 2017, I have been here before(over 10 yrs ago). That also includes the weight. My entire life I have struggled with my weight, I image many of you all have too. I probably have lost the same 30 pounds 20 times over my lifetime and that's not including the extra that comes along with the gain. I get so frustrated with the numbers! I know what I need to do, and how to eat right(make good decisions), but I get lazy and soon I'm back on that nasty ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:33:33 EST CALORIECOUNT (shutting down) users ... Hello! Hi, I am new to spark people... up until now I was on but they are shutting down so looking for new home! loved the community aspect of CC really helped me --this looks similar so I'm hoping some of my CC friends will join spark people too. not sure how it all works just yet, and working with broken casted elbow so bear with me! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:53 EST Re-joining Spark - Retiring and Moving to Florida Hi! I joined Spark years ago, but I let things lapse, including my weight. This year I am determined is going to be the year of change. I'm finally going to lose the weight. I'm also retiring, selling our house, and my husband and I are going to move to Jacksonville, Florida. So I'm scared, stressed, and excited at the same time! But I am so looking forward to getting away from the Minnesota winters!! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:16:31 EST introducing myself Hi everyone i am 8 weeks postpartum as a surrogate and boy do i have some weight to loose. gained more weight with this pregnancy then i did for my own kids. go figure huh. no good deed goes unpunished i guess Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:22:55 EST Hello, Add me! Good morning all <BR> I am starting to begin my journey. I am currently obese, have diabetes, and am very unhealthy. I am new at this and having trouble with carbs, I grew up in a poverty ridden home on an indian reservation and we ate what we could when we could, I am trying to change my habits and needs lots of encouragement and motivation and any low carb tips out there. I have 85 lbs to lose. Thanks! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:28:51 EST I'm new here Hi, I'm new to this site and relatively new to weight loss programs in general. This fall, some co-workers started a weight loss group using the iTrackBites app. We used the Smart Points plan. I wanted to lose 15 pounds. I've lost nine so far. Yesterday I happened to run across this site and thought I would check it out. I'm satisfied with the iTrackBites app, but counting calories seems easier and more convenient than counting smart points. I am going to try to track my food and activities i... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:37:38 EST love this site hello my name is Rachel and I love this sight!! I am 57 weigh 263; I have had to quit my job because of pain in my back so now I get even less exercise. so glad I found this site and hope I can stick with it and loose this weight, Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:21:14 EST Hi, I'm new here! Hello, I am 57 yrs old ,female, and am interested in receiving support and motivation from this site. It looks like just what I have been needing.I am 5'7" and weigh 198 lbs. I am interested in losing 50 lbs, at least 3 lbs per week. I started using the daily food tracker for a goal of 1200 calories/day. My greatest challenge is exercise as I have had 2 spinal fusion surgeries and am limited as to the exercises I can do without causing pain and per Dr's orders.I am planning on joining a warm ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:52:22 EST Hello all This is a new experience for me. Look forward to making new friends and learning to live a new healthy life style. Have found lots of interesting information and am learning how to interact online. I am finding myself a little shy and for a loss for words and hopefully in time you will learn that is not me. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:41 EST New I'm here for support and to get fit. Had a cardiac scare and I need to get my act together. Good to be here. Doing the 21 day challenge. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:25:18 EST HI - KIWI SPARKY Hi All, My name is Tootz, it is day 3 since joining SP. Weight gain has yo-yo’d over the years, 3 days ago I stood on the scales & I was at my heaviest….Reality check / 2kg heavier than when I was carrying my first born child ….. that was 25 years ago!!.... Now, over the initial shock & armed with a healthy dose of sheer determination… I am back on my healthy eating buzz. I achieved amazing results after having read Dr Mike Moreno’s, 17 Day Diet, so will stick to what has worked for me pre... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:07:46 EST lowering my carbs Hi I'm Maria, I'm, 47. I quite smoking Dec 3 2016. A few weeks later I started walking a couple days a week. I do yoga and heavy bag at home. i don't care for gyms and need to work out on my schedule. I recently realized that I was eating way way over the recommended daily amount of carbs. I decided to jump start my weight loss this week. I read a lot and keep seeing this garcinia cambrosia and apple cider vinagar everywhere. So I started that yesterday with a low carb low sugar diet. I'... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:49:34 EST i didn't quit i quit everything . . esp when it comes to dieting . . i've been at least 30-40 lbs overweight all my adult life .. (70y/o) , started this diet , 12/27, wrote my weight down on my new calendar (2017) ...185 ..and a few days ago , i posted on SP that i had Gained a lb and a half .. i was so disappointed .. as most chronically overweight people , i want an INSTANT FIX . . i want to wake up tomorrow morning in a Size 6 ... well i got a few posts back telling me NOT TO QUIT !! and so i kept on a... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:28:28 EST I am back (AGAIN) and still FAT Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I have pulled myself from that black hole that we go when we disappear from SP! I claim 2017 a my year to kick some major weight loss booty!! Today is oddly my 6 year SPARKaversary and I some how found myself back here!! Let's call it fate! <BR> <BR> A lot of my old faithfuls have fell in that black hole I mentioned above so I am looking for new SP friends. So feel free to add me!! <BR> <BR> Here is to the NEW YEAR and the BETTER US!!! <em>9</em> <em>593</em> <e... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:30:42 EST Introducing myself :) Hello everyone! I am Franki... <BR> <BR> I'm a 28 year old with an amazing husband and the most fantastic 10 month old daughter. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight ever since leaving school. I got down to a weight I was happy with and then became pregnant with our little girl! The most precious gift ever! <BR> <BR> During pregnancy I gained a fair amount of weight and had gestational diabetes. This is gone now... But I still have the weight! I thought I would lose the "baby weig... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:53:49 EST I am morbid obese I need a female buddy I am 56 as of last week I need to lose about 180 lbs .i am a born again Christian ,but my whole family struggle with obesity, I can only do low impact exercise do to my back and knees. I just need a friend I can talk to who understands and will stick with me on my journey I am at 345 right now I have been on here a week and need friends to a diabetic and have b/p problems my daddy died at 46 I want to be healthy. Thank you and God bless <em>43</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:09:56 EST Just Started Weight Loss Journey with Nutrisystem I ordered the Nutrisystem New You Now program and have started the Fast Five. I'm very interested to hear how other people feel about the program and what successes and challenges they experience. I would like to lose 30 pounds, 40 would be even better. For exercise I mostly like to saber fence and lift weights. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:22:35 EST stress eating need help when I get stressed out by adult children. I eat then guilt sets in. need advice Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:13:04 EST Starting out again Hello all well here i go again on a diet but i am not going to call it a diet just a change in the way i eat if it helps it helps last time i found good help on this site and lost a little. well i am from Yorkshire England but follow the colts or should i say this may be why i am in a low mood last couple of weeks come on chuck sort it i .maybe that's why i eat to much on a Sunday /Monday .yes you guessed it i need help as well as the colts well talk soon <BR> ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:52:52 EST I'm new! hello <BR> I'm fairly new. My name is Eileen and I have 150 pounds to lose. I am doing my own diet and going to the gym and walking. it is a challenge to do the exercise at my weight but i am just taking it one day at a time. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:31:47 EST Hello All. Just starting out. I'm 57 now and have decided I needed to start Concentrating on me. <BR> <BR> All my life I have been putting others before myself. Trying to be sure that everyone is happy. Always helping others even if it was not making me unhappy. I think I was a born caregiver, always taking care of everyone else. My Children, my handicapped mom for 15 years, my siblings when they needed me and now my handicapped Friend and a Son with emotional problems. <BR> <BR> My boys who ju... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:29:55 EST Hello All I had joined SparkPeople a few years ago, and didn't stick with it. Then, I got a new doctor that prescribed medication for everything, and I mean everything, and one of the side effects of some of the meds was weight loss, so, I ended up being too thin, almost skeletal. Long story short, I got a new doctor, and rid of most of those meds, and found all of that weight that I lost lol. I'm not comfortable in my skin, I'm about 45 pounds overweight, but, I know that dieting won't work, I nee... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:19:50 EST Does anyone need a buddy? Hello, I'm Donna and wondered if anyone wanted to go on this journey together and be fellow fat fighters. I'm so done with being out of shape. Time to turn things around! Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:01:16 EST New to SparkPeople (Just not new to tracking) Hello my name is Suzanne and I am new to SparkPeople. I have done weight watchers and MFP in the past with fairly good success but I stopped tracking and gained back the weight and then some. I decided to try a whole new site so it won't just be starting over. I am really happy with all the cool features in this site and I actually paid the one time fee for the premium membership. I am really excited to be here and feel like I can do this as long as I take it slow and steady. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:16:36 EST A work in progress Hello everyone! My name is Amanda. I am 23 years old and I live in the Piedmont-triad area of North Carolina. I am here to begin my weight loss journey. I actually made a blog post today explaining what brought me to this point in my life if anyone wants to check it out! I am here for support as well as to support others. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:48:16 EST That last bit of fat ... Hi. I joined this community hoping to learn how to lose that last little bit of fat from around my waist. I'm 45, 5'3" and 114 pounds. I don't think I really need to lose too much, but I strength train every other day with resistance bands, and do a HIIT workout every other day, and take one day to rest. I'm really just trying to firm up and lose the fat around my middle, so I've recently started to try clean eating. Right now I'm just trying some new recipes and tracking what I am eating. I ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:19:01 EST Wendy Hi, I just heard about this and am going to have my only childs wedding in October. I AM READY! I love carbs so this will be tough but I have to do it. I want to lose 50 by October 1st. any recipes you want to share I would greatly appreciate. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:34:16 EST Weightloss Hello all. Trying to get fit in 2017..And hopefully finding some great people to be an encouragement Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:50:01 EST I'm back (for good!) Not a total newbie here, but due to medical issues I had to stop. Thankfully due to the knowledge of others who had my issues, I got good advice to try some things and now I'm back on track and almost 100%! <BR> <BR> So again, here I am going for the gold and armed with sparkpeople to make it a success! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:39:45 EST Sooo Ready! Hi, everyone. My name is Michelle, and I just started a low-calorie diet 3 weeks ago. I've already lost 7 pounds, so now I have the motivation to stick to this. I have over 100 pounds to lose, so it will be a long ride! Good luck to everyone in reaching their goals! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 13:52:32 EST Here I am I just started last week and I'm making my way through the information available. Just a little overwhelmed but it's like any new thing. Looks like I can get lots of help and support! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:57:13 EST New....but not really Hey guys! I'm Ashley. I was a Spark member about 8 years ago and met so many amazing people; most of who are still very good friends! <BR> <BR> I left because Spark was taking up so much of my time. If you aren't careful, you could spend all day logging fitness and nutrition and not really get out to exercise. I finally feel like I'm at a place in my life that I can balance so much more. It's amazing how much growth you can experience in 8 years! <BR> <BR> So, I'm back and (I feel) better... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:26:26 EST It's creeping back on! Hi everyone. I lost 35 lbs about 2 years ago and have done well with keeping it off, UNTIL NOW! I'm well into my 50's and active, but not "true exercise". I don't have time to go to a gym because I work more than one job, and don't really like the intimidation of a gym either. I was walking a couple of miles a day this year until the weather turned bad. My problem are the sweets! The holidays got me! 7lbs over the last couple of months, not to mention the couple of lbs that I would teeter wi... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:14:12 EST Hello from Alaska Hello everyone. I have tried many ideas to lose weight over the last couple of years and stumbled upon SparkPeople and decided to give it a try. I'm currently working on losing 70lbs to get back to a healthier size. I felt super happy with my body at the size I'm trying to reach again. When I went to having desk jobs it got difficult to be as active as I had been. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:50:24 EST Need a female buddy Hi I am new to Sparkpeople and need an accountability partner. Female only please:) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:38:43 EST Saying Hi! I'm participating in the 21 day new member challenge because even though I've been using spark people for years, I've never really learned all about the site. So, to introduce myself, I'm mid-fifties with about 100 pounds to lose initially. I've lost 15 over the past few months. I am trying to get healthy, and make exercise a part of my life. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:39:44 EST Need advice for energy for my husband Here's my issue. I am 57 and definitely morbidly obese (265 pounds). My husband is 78 and definitely morbidly obese (310 pounds). My husband has recently been diagnosed with aneurysms and even more recently, a very mild case of congestive heart failure with swollen feet and ankles. They put him on Lasix, we go back this next week to check potassium levels. But he's having an incredible amount of lack of energy and I know we need to get back to a good diet. I'm wondering if anyone has an... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:11:20 EST Hello Just wanting to say Hello. My name is Jeni and I have a lot of weight to lose. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:32:24 EST Hello Well, after many years watching my weight go up and not taking any action to stop it, I finally decided to get serious and really work toward a healthier lifestyle. I'm looking forward to the support SparkPeople will give me. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:20:23 EST Let's Do This So it's been years since I've been on Sparkpeople, but figured I would give it another try as I try to go forward with my goals for 2017. Recently left a very high stress job that left me exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. Getting adjusted to normal life and really looking forward to taking off about 35 pounds to get me where I need to be. Excited to be here! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:05:34 EST Back at it Hi. Looking to get back to feeling more like myself. First step is better nutrition and more activity. Feeling motivated! Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:21:56 EST From the UK Newbie I'm new to this and slowly getting my head around the site. I would like some friends so we can help and encourage each other. I'm 59 years young and need to lose about 22 pounds or 10 kg Thank you in advance for your replies :) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 07:36:13 EST Hi from Sydney Australia! I'm looking for a buddy HI everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Maddie, I'm a 25 year old girl from Sydney, Australia. More specifically, I live in Camden area. <BR> <BR> I am here because I have a goal to lose 16kg. I am currently 70kg, my highest weight, and want to get down to 52kg. In 2013, I got down from 62kg to 52kg and I felt great at that weight, but due to a relationship breakdown and moving back into my dads, I got into a depressive slump and got lazy, gained all the weight back plus more... I have now been... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 03:50:45 EST HI! I'm new.. Need to start a healthier eating habit but it is so hard! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:17:52 EST Hello as I start this new year I start a weight loss journey for myself before it is to late to do it as the years have gone by I have watched myself grow in the wrong way I am new to sparks and I want to use it or all it has to offer I hope to meet many new friends offer them support as I hope to be able to support and encourage them to. I am a stay at home mom o 4 and a grandma of 2 soon to be 3, married and living the good life in the midwest Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:12:55 EST Carol I am a grandmother of 1, a retired Probate Paralegal of 38 years, and have been diagnosed with NASH a few years ago and just days ago I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and full blown type 2 diabetes. Medications affect my cirrhosis so I need to lose 50 pounds and get back to good and healthy living. I am raising my 6 year old grandson and have many stressful times with my daughter, his mother. I also need to learn how to handle the stresses in my life without letting them tota... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:00 EST First Day Here Hello! This is my first day here, and first step on a hopefully long successful path towards weight loss and a long healthy life. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being out of breath walking up the stairs, and not being comfortable in airplane seats. I want to live life, and feel foolish for not realizing sooner how my weight was holding me back. <BR> <BR> I recently moved, so I don't have a support network here, and I'm hoping that SparkPeople can fill that void. I am learning about what I sho... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:49:45 EST Newbie Here!!! I just signed up today! I am new here, but not new to the workout world. I just registered for a half ironman, and I am hoping to get some motivation and possibly new friends who may be on the same journey! I am an avid runner as well...four time marathoner. I obviously swim and bike in addition to Crossfit. I sprinkle in yoga and dance to take a break from more grueling workouts. I hail from Pittsburgh, PA if any yinzers are on here Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:03:30 EST Hi it is me Hi this is my 2nd day with sparks and I have lost 1 1/2 lbs and i just would like to say I fell find and I will keep tring Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:04:45 EST Hello, Its ME Hi there, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Vikki, I have been married for 29 years to my DH. I have 3 very grown up daughters. When I was younger I was very thin and on the go, but after having 3 children the wieght started to pack on and then I was diagnosed with Hypothyriodism. I am ready to really get back into shape and be a healthy ME again. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:14:30 EST Hello Guys! I joined Spark many years ago and as with everything related to weight loss I gave up. Here I am back at it again. My 40th is not that far away and I'm ready to get back to a healthy weight. I'm 5'3" and currently weigh 182lbs. I have lost 4lbs since the beginning of the year! Yay me! lol My goal weight is 135lbs. I've set realistic goals and I do have the support of my family. My youngest daughter is a volleyball and softball player and is going to be my "personal trainer". She doesn't give... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:13:52 EST Broken... and here to be mended! Hello everyone! Old and new members! <BR> <BR> I am not feeling very happy with myself at the moment... but I am happy I am here and I have put one foot in the right direction! <BR> <BR> I have set myself goals and I am all ready to go! I know I can find the right tools and help here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Here goes ..... :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:11:15 EST 2nd day Hi SparkPeople, this is my 2nd day at SparkCoach. I am off to a good start thanks to all the great information I am finding and learning about here. <em>30</em> Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:09:57 EST I'm brand new to this! I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:01:19 EST Hello SparkPeople I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. Far from new to SparkPeople but I have to say I've never followed through for more than a day or two. This time needs to be different. I have over 200 pounds to lose and the updates to this site look like they can provide the motivation I need. It's a small success but I've logged my food for 6 days in a row. More then I ever have in the past. I love that SparkPeople has a home page that opens each time I open the browser. It's that quic... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:11:27 EST Just introducing me Just wanted to say hello. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:19:32 EST Hello World Hello fellow sparklers! I'm 64+ with extra pounds that is here along with you working on losing some of me. I am doing this for me because I would like to look in the mirror and see me instead of the overweight me. I had a desk job for 20 years and am now retired. I'm walking, eating right, but last night I went off the wagon! It was a spontaneous dinner out. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries and ate half of everything. This morning I'm regretting this because my stomach hurts, it's cramping... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:29:12 EST 2017 Im taking my life back! Im 37 yrs old and have fought my weight my whole life my kids are grown and out of the house so its my time to work on me!! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:21 EST Tired of what I see in the mirror, time for change Hello all. I was recently diagnosed with MS, and am also diabetic. Thanks to steroid treatments to control symptoms, I have had some pretty significant weight gain. I went shopping recently with my wife and saw a lot of clothes I liked and used to wear similar items. I knew that if I tried to pull off wearing these clothes now, it just wouldn't be a pretty sight. I saw myself in the mirror and made the decision that this year is the year I make the change to lose the 100 pounds that trea... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:51:26 EST Getting my health, and my life back. Hi, my name is Jessica and I am a 23 year old, Type-2 diabetic. <BR> <BR> Having been denied the basic medication that every diabetic like myself needs, I have spent the last six of my life, very sick... The kind of sick a 23 year old shouldn't have to be at such a young age, and it hasn't really only been my physical health that has had to suffer, but fighting with Doctors and begging for my medication has also increased my depression, anxiety and stress levels. Coupled with the fact that ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 05:21:55 EST Manhattan Sparker saying hello On this fifth day of my 21-day challenge, wanted to say hello and thank everyone here for participating in the community that brings us together. Will be on the look-out for fellow New Yorkers. :-) Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:58:30 EST St. Louis Area Sparker New, sort of. I've used Spark People before, but stopped. Anyone else do that? Mid 40s, obesity all around me in family and in laws. Just want to be healthy. And strong. Eating well and working out, setting an example for our children. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:50:37 EST Selfish in 2017 Hi everyone, I am a single mom of 2 grown boys [early 20's]. I have always put them first and still do :( as well as my parents, sisters, nieces, nephew, etc. Don't get me wrong they are all very important to me and I love them very much, but somewhere along the road, I lost track of taking care of me. <BR> I have been traveling for work the last 5 years and my body has taken a major bashing for it. Hotels, airports, nights out with coworkers, you name it. I work long hours and travel on the... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:51:35 EST Challenge Working on my day 4 of the new guy 21 days. So far I am impressed by the number of foods that can be added/tracked. That is what I sue the most on this site. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:47:44 EST 2017 Goal Healthy and Lean Post menopausal 25 lb weight gain, with health issues. I've previously used Spark People and loved it. I'm excited to be back again. Health is my number one goal. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:44:20 EST Used to be at-home Mom... Now I'm just at-home Kids all gone; now it's time for ME! And I'm sooo ready. Cannot wait to start seeing results. Mentally I'm there. Sparkpeople will help stay on track. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:14:30 EST newbie here! Hello Guys, Rachel here! I joined this community to learn more about diet and fitness. I'm a new mum and wanted to get my body in shape again :D aside for that to feel and look healthier! :-) Nice to you meet you here everyone! :) Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:33:01 EST Trying to lose again New to Spark, trying and tracking, second day, so far so good. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:14:26 EST Really wanting to loose weight! :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople but SO happy to have found this community. When I (finally) succeded in quitting smoking 15 years ago it was largely due to support from an online community – and because I REALLY wanted it! <BR> <BR> I have been dieting for years on/off (mostly off in recent years). However, this time I want to succeed in loosing the excess 54 lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been and I REALLY want to be slim (again), so this time I will succeed! I want i... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:57:00 EST Brand New Just getting started. I am a software engineer and website designer. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:16:58 EST New here Just started on this site today. Looking for encouragement and giving it as well. <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:30:53 EST Hi I'm doing the 21 day challenge. Day 5 say to Introduce yourself. So here I am. I use to be very healthy. Until a few years ago. I started putting on weight. I didn't even see it happen. I don't even feel fat. I went in for a check up and Dr. said loose weight and oh by the way you have a thyroid problem and diabetic problem her are some meds. I don't like taking meds. So my attempt to get off them or reduce them is the major goal. I've tried WW. The only thing that helped was tracking food. I... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:22:53 EST Not sure what to put here, sorry. Hi my name is Leslie , I am 49 and weigh 201. My goal is to lose 51 pounds and then maintain. I have many health problems . I joined this site in hopes to help me learn how to eat and exercise right. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:49:07 EST Getting up again I've had lots of setbacks in my life. Its just time to get up again! I'm about 50 lbs heavier than i want to be, so here i am. I'm planning on loosing 2 lbs per week and reaching my first goal by July 4th. I'm going to walk 5 miles a day to loose the first pound per week and im going to cut 500 calories per day to loose the 2nd pound per week. <BR> Some of my setbacks include Amputated right foot (Hit by 16 year old driver while i was jogging) <BR> right shoulder messed up in same acciden... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:44:29 EST Challenge Just saying hi. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 03:34:45 EST getting it right this time! I'm back. I can't tell you how many times I have failed at my weight loss journey. My biggest obstacle is eating because I get an instant gratification from chowing down on junk food. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that I'm ready this time. I'm back here on SP to get support and inspiration from others. I hope everyone else has success in whatever you are striving for. Amy Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:45:20 EST hi I re-joined tonight. It has been years since I was here. I am tired of looking and feeling the way I do.I look forward to getting back into the groove.I am hoping to accomplish my goal with the help of all you lovely ladies Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:43:18 EST First day using this app Today is my first day using this app and I'm not sure I'm doing it right. I connected my fitbit so that it could add stats from it to my exercise log on this site. But this morning I went to a HIIT exercise class and added that as well. Is that correct? or should I only have the fitbit stats count for my exercise? I feel I should have both added because the fitbit doesn't show things like when I ride a bike or swim or play tennis etc, so I would have to add those things separately to get... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:19:39 EST Tracking food for life After many years of trying multiple weight loss plans, the best ones for me are the ones in which I track everything that I eat. So, the weight will come off and stay off as long as I track my food intake. When I get tired of tracking, I slowly start to regain the weight and then have to start all over again. I'm working through convincing myself that tracking has to be the life style change that I must make. Spark people makes this easier with the mobile ap. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:39:56 EST New here Hey everyone. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:16:14 EST Lost it and Found it <em>24</em> Hi, I am a returning Sparker/Sparkite/Sparkler...take your pick. (I kind of like Sparkler, but then again, I believe there can never be too much glitter.) Back in 2011 I had lost 70 lbs. with Spark. Woo Hoo. But then life snuck back in. So did the 70 lbs. Boo Hoo. I am back. Newly motivated and ready to take on this challenge. This time it is for my health so I have to make it stick. I live in the midwest, have two sons in college, and have been married almost 30 years. I enjoy ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:23:02 EST on the right path <em>381</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:19:12 EST Desperately need to do it Hey y'all got to do it this time.......need all the help and advice I can get Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:42:36 EST Now or Never 2017 Hi I'm Joyce from South Florida and I have to get healthy beginning NOW. No better time than now for me to get it right by eating healthy with small portions and get back to the gym at 4am. In 2018 I will turn fifty and my doctors are always telling me to loose weight. I have to focus on the never, Never give up, Never let something stop me. So it is now or never for me. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:34:52 EST Back to Spark Hi there! I am a 34-year old mom of two. I have sparked before with some success but the last year or two has really caught up with me and the scale so I am back to sparking. I am also hoping to pick up some better ideas for dealing with my husband's high cholesterol -- any good habits I pick up may rub off on him! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:12:42 EST Newbie friends I am currently wanting to get off the dieting roller coaster and get lean once and for all. I am a 47 year old female wanting a group of us to support each other and hold ourselves accountable. Please add me as a friend and we can have a great support group! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:02:12 EST Hi There! Hi There, <BR> <BR> I'm Janice. Nice to meet you. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:59:32 EST MOTIVATION It is going to feel so great to see my abdominal area get smaller. I want to take an awesome before and after picture! This is my motivation (part of) to lose weight. What's yours? Your answer can be as silly, shallow, healthy or logical as you want. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:56:48 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new here. I'm currently going to weight watcher meetings but am not to impressed with their online community. A friend told me this is a great place for support. I'm on a mission of losing weight and exercising more to become a healthier me in 2017. I appreciate any advice or help on what things here are best to do. It seems a bit overwhelming at first glance. I will have to take some time to get used to this. Looking forward to all this site has to offer. <em>524</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:23:46 EST Here I go Hi, this is my first time of posting, joined spark awhile ago tracked for about 2 weeks. New year, new start. I turned 46 yesterday hoping to lose 15 pounds. I have been married for 25 years and I have 2 daughters. My oldest daughter graduated college in May 2016 and lives 300 miles away. My youngest daughter will graduate high school this May and plans on leaving for college in the fall. I'm facing an empty nest, hope I am ready. I have gained 30 pounds in the last 14 years sometimes i... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:35:41 EST self confidence i want my self confidence back Wed, 4 Jan 2017 04:42:16 EST Learning to eat to live not live to eat. All my life I have been overweight. I have used food as a way to hide from things. I know I have to take steps to change my I'm healthy life style and relationship with food. I am scared of not having the will power to change my life but more scared that I will kill myself if I don't. My Dad had his first heart attack at 40. Any help or suggestions would be welcome. I feel like I don't know where to start. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:35:11 EST newbie I am new and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have a bad back and legs and on oxygen so it is hard to exercise <BR> I have quite a bit to lose and I am hoping it will help my other problems if I can stick to this <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:26:47 EST Introduction Hi! I used Sparkpeople a bunch of years ago and decided I needed to come back. I really like reading the stories of others-it is very motivating. I haven't completed my profile information; I will get to that soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I look forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:52:32 EST Just signed up Hi everyone! My name is Gabby. I just signed up but this isn't my first rodeo. I used Spark People many moons ago. It worked but I reverted to my old eating habits. So, I'm back. My goal is to do this slow and not make a ton of huge changes all at once. I need to get back down to a healthy weight and be fit. I'm miserable the way I am now. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:00:01 EST I'm new and nervous! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Ashley and I'm 24 (oops I just typed 23 and had to think about it). I've never joined a forum/community like this before. I'm nervous and excited! If you have any tips about great ways to use this site I would love to hear them! <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight for a long time. Throughout middle school and high school I was the girl eating a salad at lunch, then binging on cookies and chips the moment I got home. Since then, I've read a lot about ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:40:43 EST My name is Kelly I have 2 babies, Sophie will be 5 in February and Sammuel will be 2 in September. I have been battling depression since Sophie was born. I was 18 at the time and thought my whole world was ending. It got worse when Sophie's dad left me after she was born. I am taking medication for it. It helps most days but everyone has their "downs". I don't really eat all that much but most of the things I eat are not really healthy (if at all). So here is the "New Year New Me" chant about getting my life ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:03:18 EST Why hello, fellow humans! Hey hey! <BR> I'm mostly sedentary because of a few chronic illnesses (hurrayyyy, immune system) and need to start eating better/losing weight so that I don't add any other illnesses on top of what I already have! <BR> <BR> I have one extremely important question that is essential to my new journey into better health: how does one get a cute tracker for my signature? :D <BR> <BR> Thanks, and hopefully some of you will add me as a Spark Friend, if nothing else, just to enjoy my new saga o... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:25:10 EST Intro My name is Tricia. I am ready for a healthy change in my life. I am a mother to 3 beautiful daughters. My oldest is 12 and I have twins that will be 10 very soon. I work full time as a data analyst for a local hospital. I just finished my bachelors degree in data analytics a couple months ago, so I finally have some extra time to focus on my health. I am looking forward to the challenge! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:15:48 EST new memeber Hello everyone. MY name is Rashea. If there is a way to add friends please add me. Also if there is an app I can download please help. I want to get the most out of this. I have 19 pounds to lose. I currently take Tru Vision products and gave lost 20 pounds with them. You can check out my stuff here I'm hete to get a great support system Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:50:23 EST Hello Hello there Sparkpeople! I hope that this year I can make friends with others that are on this journey with me to get in the best shape we can and feel good about ourselves. I know I can learn a lot here and with your help the motivation will keep flowing. New year, new me, new you! <BR> <BR> Kari Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:09:27 EST Jan 3, 2016 Good morning everyone. This is my first time posting on one of the message boards. I am fulfilling today's challenge of my 21 day challenge goal. <em>334</em> I began this journey with Sparkpeople on the last week of Dec 2016 and have already dropped 2lbs. <em>244</em> I am 60 yrs old, have been married for 41 years, all but 1 out of 7 grandchildren have all grown up and don't need Granny as a babysitter anymore, and the last of the grandchildren is only needing me periodically now, ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:26:48 EST Let's Do It Right This Time.... I've been a Spark member for probably 4 years now, and have continually stopped, restarted, stopped, let the dust settle on the program, shook off the dust and started again. I'm sick and tired of looking and feeling so lousy. I am not at the "end of my rope", but I have a new attitude, which is "the beginning of reaching out" for advice, support and the obvious joy that comes with getting healthy and losing the excess weight. The stories in here are so inspiring that I no longer want to b... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:14:28 EST I can do it again! <BR> Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I was a member years ago....and I lost 72 lbs. Woo Hoo!! lol Then I had a lot of medical problems and was put on a daily regime of Prednisone. Which is like eating a cheesecake a day, only not in a good low-carb dieting kind of way. <BR> <BR> But thankfully my health has improved, I'm off of Prednisone and I'm back to lose the weight again and hopefully make some friends in the progress. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Best of luck to everyone on thei... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:57:47 EST Hoping to lose weight Hello all, I am joining today hoping to lose 25 lbs by my 60th birthday April 14th I know that following this program I have a better chance than doing it alone. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:55:07 EST Hello I am new to this site . I am 44yr and have about 100lbs I would like to loose ! I am looking to change my life style. And get my life back on track since my divorce 3 yr ago. The other obstacle I have is I took a job working midnights and in the past year my sleep and eating cycle is out of control at times . I am looking forward using this site and getting to know some of you. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:16:46 EST Back Again Hi there Im Floyd and im back. I have done a lot of moving in the last two years and now its time to settle down and get in shape. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:52:15 EST You can never fail as long as you try... 2017 is going to be different... I am going to own what I eat, how often I exercise, my weight and all my changes towards a healthier life style. I will be using many to lose and maintain weight loss. I will Encourage Myself to do what it takes to get where I need and want to be. <BR> <BR> Kisses, Love and much support to all those who are traveling with me.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:39:58 EST Back at it Hello. Middle aged guy that lost the weight seven years ago but gradually have gotten back to where I started. Back at it now and looking forward to making healthy lifestyle changes. We got this, right? <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:14:59 EST Hello I'm new to this site. I have used other sites but they represent failure to me so it is hard to use them again. I need a new start. <BR> <BR> I am 41, divorced mother of 3 teens. Working 2 jobs. Been dealing with depression, something I am willing to admit now. <BR> <BR> I just want to get healthy and happier. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:01:24 EST Living in Balance 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without a vision it is hard to move into the future with hope; my vision for the future is one of greater peace, health, fulfillment of purpose, and sharing the journey with others. Part of my vision now includes the acceptance that without consistent work, the results do not come; so it is ok to be a priority on my own "to do" list. GBU! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:42:22 EST 2017 is our year! Hello everyone, My name is Liz, and here I am back again. I've used Spark People on and off forever. I've lost 100 lbs in the past, but unfortunately gained it back when i quit smoking. I'm smoke free 6 years now! So I need to lose the weight again. I'm 34 years old. I'm looking for some buddies who are serious about losing weight. I find it hard to to do all on my own. So I'm hoping to make some new friends to check in with everyday. I use my fitbit everyday, and would love to get bac... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:47:28 EST A newbie to Spark Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just found this site and I'm hoping it will give me the motivation I need to get my weight back in control. I live in a very small town and I do not have access to group meetings. Please connect with me to share your success and offer advice. I know I will not keep at it without a supportive group of people. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 22:26:49 EST Hello 2017 Happy New Year Everyone! <BR> I have been on and off SP for a couple years now, I am hoping to be more consistent and keep up with my healthy habits this year. I looked over my Spark page and wanted a fresh new start. I need to get back to the basics buts its really overwhelming. I guess I know on paper what I need to do, but its the actual doing it. <BR> <BR> Hoping this year I will stay focused and hit my goal! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:55:06 EST Friends Hello Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:50:11 EST New member - cancer survivor Hello, I am an almost 50 year old woman, just finished treatment and final surgery for colo-rectal cancer. I had an ileostomy for 10 months, which I just had reversed. I am on a low fiber diet at the moment, which makes healthy eating difficult. I am just starting to feel up to exercising and I still have a few health barriers, which make it difficult. I plan to start going to my local community center to walk on the track. I got a Fitbit to help motivate me. I would love to connect with othe... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:18:43 EST Running Running has been a serious hobby for a long time. But as I turn 50 I have gotten lazy with nutrition and cross training. I need a re-set and to lose 30 pounds or so. Going to cut back on the miles and do some body weight training while counting calories and increasing intake of proper nutrients. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:05:07 EST Over 100 pounds to lose? I would like to get together with others who have over 100 pounds to lose. I had a knee operation 3 years ago and still can't walk without a walker. I have been truly sedentary for over 2 years now. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol/triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, and COPD. I want to live to collect social security. I am 63 now and in very poor health. I have 7 days in a row of this new way of far so good. Please contact me and we will travel this road to good health toge... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:49:09 EST Hi Brand new member!,, Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:10:40 EST 2017 Happy New Year Everyone, <BR> I've been off and on this website for a couple years. Decided to start a fresh account because it's a new year and I'm not going to look at how much I've gained (hides face lol) <BR> <BR> #newyearnewme Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:18:22 EST hello! Hi, <BR> Ive joined today and have 25 lbs to lose. I live in Montreal, Canada. <BR> Looking forward to sharing success stories with all you! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:57:34 EST looking for more support! Happy New Year! I am excited to enhance my journey to health by seeking support from this wonderful SP community! I've only ever used SP for tracking before... This is definitely out of my comfort zone! No way to start a new year like pushing limits! <BR> Looking forward to "meeting" and supporting you all! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:49:24 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Casey and though I'm new to the site I'm not new to the diet/fitness lifestyle. Sometimes I'm better than other at eating and exercising but "maintaining". I'd like to lose around 25 lbs. Now that the holidays are over I'm more determined than ever to track EVERYTHING no matter how much it sucks. <BR> For exercise I run, do yoga, and this summer I found a Youtube video for cardio boxing that I enjoy. I recently got myself 3 lbs weights to do with my Jillian Michaels Hard Body ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 01:38:09 EST environmental toxins bloat I have come back to Spark People with the need to loose fat and questionable other tissue, gain muscle mass, and detoxify. I have that fresh commitment and am interested in fasting and hearing of others' experiences with removing toxins lodged in our bodies. <em>30</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:44:37 EST @( year old mom with 30lbs to lose THis is so new to me.. ive been always so what i want... After 3 kids( 1 who was stillborn) I have been at a standstill!!! I need to lose 30 lbs.. i feel insanely horrible about myself.. it sucks..... I need accountability!!! someone to put a fire under my ass and smack that bagel out of my hand LOL no but really!!! Im 29 mom to 2 kids who keep me running everyday!!! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:20:10 EST Back again <em>15</em> I need to get back to <em>33</em> <em>362</em> <em>342</em> . My <em>26</em> and body need the new routine. I want to try to get down to 3 medicines or less!! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:22:38 EST New Member Hi! I joined a few days ago. I need to lose some weight and incorporate exercise as a regular pattern into my life. I feel like the discipline will help me in other areas of my life, also. Very grateful for spark people and optimistic that the support will help me meet my goals. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:03:58 EST Lost then gained Hello. I joined today, although I have been eating healthy for about a week now. I lost 110 pounds about 6 yrs ago. Unfortunately, I gained a significant amount of that weight back after my father passed away last year. I feel my weight effecting my health at this point. So I decided last week to make a change. Wasn't going to wait for the new year. I certainly would love to meet some people to have some support. Thanks. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:25:56 EST Hi from Decatur, GA! Hi, Y'all! <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople before (many moons ago), but being an introvert (and sometimes asocial, I admit that), I didn't participate as much as I should. So I'm back! :) <BR> <BR> I've got a giant goal - 145 lbs - but I am more patient and am determined to get it off. Plot twist: I broke my ankle a couple of months ago. I'm out of the cast and in a boot most of the time, but my challenge is finding exercise that I can do while I heal. I have another 2 weeks in the boot,... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:51:54 EST Hello from the Highlands Hi everyone I live in the Scottish Highlands. I've lost quite alot of weight recently through changing to a healthy diet and exercising... Walking running zumba and cycling... I really would love a fitness buddy it's a long shot but is there anyone close by who would like to keep me company and motivate me on these cold winter days... Here's hoping. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:05:45 EST New, with Hashimoto's Steadily gained weight from my old normal of 130 pounds in 2012 to my current normal of 155-160 pounds since developing Hashimoto's. I am so frustrated because on some days, it is all I can do just to function, let alone exercise. I have started seeing a naturopath who is working closely with me regarding my thyroid levels and medications and he says that I should worry first about getting my hormones stabilized, then work on weight loss. During my good periods, I can hike for 10 miles a day,... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:54:49 EST I did it before and will again! Had a major accident last year and finally am feeling good enough to start on the journey to being healthy again. I had lost 120lbs though healthy eating and exercise several years ago, but allowed it to come back after the accident left me sedentary. But I am back now, ready to do this again, but this time with the knowledge that it can be done. <BR> <BR> I found that by using these sites and the motivation through the groups, it really helps through the tough times and keeps you focused. ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:21:09 EST Happy New Year to Health Hello everyone, yes I am brand new and need to lose 50 lbs. I'd appreciate any help I can get. One knee replaced and another to go. Only 46 years old and I need to help these knees for the rest of my life. I am ready for all the advise and good recipes anybody has. Thanks in advance! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:30:33 EST Hello! Hi everyone! So I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I'm back and this time I'm sticking around! I have approximately 40-50 lbs to lose! Feel free to add me as a friend...I need all the motivation and support I can get! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:12:03 EST New again I was doing the Spark program a few years ago and decided to get back to it. It is such a great site. Happy New Year everyone Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:04:20 EST Happy3 Want to start on December 30th w/ better eating habits. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:24:47 EST I love and approve of myself I love and approve of myself. I choose to believe this about myself. I am focusing on continually moving into the position of enjoying myself more and more. I believe talking with other like minded people can be part of this journey. Joining Spark People is me giving a gift to myself. I can sense that this is a positive and safe place where I can share and be shared with. Thank you! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:10:36 EST WIDRT (what I did right today) Today I stopped putting off something that has been looming over me. I took my self back though and went for the ever feared 2 mile wog (walk/jog). With the recent loss of my job and depression kicking back in, I knew it was fly or die time. I need to do this for me. I don't want to feel like I'm heading into a bad spiral of bad decisions which will result in my situation getting worse in all aspects. I want to make smart choices ,good choices -bc selfishly the idea of getting the world ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:57:59 EST Returning! Hello all! <BR> I'm happy that I have rediscovered the Spark site again after a 3 year absence. I'm excited to gain control over myself by setting goals and successfully completing them. Today I have stayed within the calorie count and I walked one mile! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:56:47 EST Hi. New member looking to start Jan 3. Hi, I need menu planning help for my 1st week. Please. <BR> I have to make out a grocery list. Does anyone have favorite <BR> meals with recipes they would be willing to share? <BR> Thank you Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:59:51 EST DietQuitter Hi~ Starting over AGAIN! Last year I joined Weight Watchers online and loved it, but it cost about $50/month. This SparkPeople website is much friendlier and it is free! I lost over 20 lbs in 5 months last year, but gained most of it back after I stopped tracking my food! So, I KNOW what I need to do! I just need to keep on doing it now! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:28:19 EST Shedding this Albatros Hi All! <BR> <BR> I just joined the other day. I need to be rid of this extra weight and I figured no time like the present...why wait until the New Year to make changes. <BR> <BR> I have been active on MyFitnessPal for years and I really love the community feel of it. I have met lots of great people and value their friendship, but I have not been logging my food there for the last year. I don't know why, I just haven't. <BR> <BR> I think I am really looking for something a little mor... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:55:58 EST Back at it So I've been a member here for a while. But I'm coming back. I keep losing about 10 pounds or so and then taking a break. But things are different. I'm gonna do this without a scale. Why no scale you may ask? Mostly cause I moved across the country from New York to Idaho, with one car packed full. No scale came with us. And I have figured since when I'm dieting I find myself on the scale more than once a day. It's distracting and going to take my measurements today and just see h... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:53:57 EST Becoming a better me! Over the last eight years I've gain a lot of weight and now weigh 350 pounds. I don't like that number nor how I feel. My house is cluttered and I feel depressed. <BR> <BR> I'm retiring in 18 months and want to be a healthy, active and happy person. <BR> <BR> First step in this process is to declutter my body by getting rid of all the processed and fast food out of my life. <BR> <BR> On to cleaning out my cupboards and refrigerator of all items that don't work for the new me. <BR> <... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:17:07 EST Public Speaking Skills / Presentation Skills Looking to improve your speaking skills, reduce your speaking anxiety or need help with your presentation skills, feel free to visit our website for FREE Public Speaking Tips. We also provide seminars, workshops and private coaching. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lenny Laskowski, National Best Selling author of, "10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking" and "Painless Presentations - The Proven Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking" <BR> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:50:03 EST Hi my name is Jerry I' m hoping to lose. at least 45lbs by October Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:14:24 EST VoiceOfAnEagle2 Hi there! Happy New Years everyone. I am here to make major changes in my life this year because if I don't I won't be here next year. I am fifty years old and I am fighting bad habits that I need to break. I am looking forward to joining this team of people and meeting my goals along with all of the rest of you. <BR> Sincerely, Brenda. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:45:00 EST introducing myself Good evening, I have a two day streak so far of logging in and I joined the 30 day challenge. Small steps , big results. Tracking food intake I will work on....I love water , so that one is easy.. Learning how to use the sight itself, I am in process. Computers are not on my top ten lists of loves. My intension is to be that inner whoosh of energy again. clear minded, sparkly eyed, feeling good in my skin . <BR> Gratefully I have my furry four legged walking buddy to keep me company on th... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:32:16 EST Returning and ready to get healthy! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sarah and I am a 54 year old nurse in Texas. I have been a Spark Member before and found it to be very helpful. I am ready to get healthy with all of you and hope to reach my goal in April 2017. Let's help each other do this! Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:28:24 EST Focus on selfcare Hi I'm new to spark. Can you help me find a group that is focused on self care? <BR> Its a head game with me I guess ;) <BR> <BR> I do better when the focus is not on "weight" loss or "no pain no gain" groups. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I'm excited to be a part. I work out at home with dumb bells and treadmill. <BR> <BR> I am in my 38th week of moving my body. No longer focused on what I don't like....yeaaaaa! Now I want to focus on doing, making choices that are kind to me physically and min... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:54:00 EST Hi, my name is Winnie I have been in need of a diet for years, this is the day. I am hoping for support to get rid of about 50lbs Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:38:41 EST Hoot Hoot! Hello! I've been off here for a while but glad to be back. Since last coming on here I've healed a lot of wounds. I feel this time around I will be successful in my endeavor for becoming healthy again! My goal here is to get inspiration, support, and track my food, water, and exercise. It will be interesting to see where the next days, months, and years take me. I'm looking forward to this journey with my Sparkpeople friends! I also would like to be an inspiration to others. And so, I begin a... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:21:35 EST New and need help Hey everyone... I m Richa, 33 and mother of two. My youngest is 6 months old. <BR> I have always been on higher side with my weight, but even I think that 275 pounds is really pushing the limits. <BR> <BR> I want to b healthy for my kids... Wow can't believe I m crying writing this down. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:07:51 EST Hey There! Hi! I am a 4th year college student that has been pretty much overweight/obese most of my 21 years. I want to lose 90-100 pounds and learn to build a healthy and more active lifestyle. I'm moving across the country a few months after I graduate college and want to lose the weight so I can start the next point in my life. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:04:56 EST Hello again! Hi all! I have bounced around here for many years and have losted and gained many pounds. I have literally gained 80 lbs at this point and have started to have some health issues. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:38:40 EST nutrition tracker -- recipe builder Can anyone tell me where the nutrition info comes from? I entered a squash that I know has sugar and fiber but it showed 0 for both. There were several options in the drop down so I went back and chose a diff one. The second choice showed a completely diff nutritional breakdown. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 02:34:06 EST Over 40 and starting....replacement meal request Hello, <BR> I am over 40 and I am starting this journey in the new year. I want to prepare for this. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever used replacement meal or diets? Ideal Protein has been recommended to me. Has anyone ever used it with success? Has anyone else every used anything like that? Any ideas as to what works best for a first timer? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input anyone has and any support anyone can give. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:30:03 EST Hello I used to use Spark People when they first started. The site has come a long way since I first found it. I am excited to be part of this community and will achieve my goal through the help of this website. Thank you Spark people. I look forward to using the site. I look forward to meeting new people on this site. <em>9</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:32:54 EST Getting started - again Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople and I have been struggling to get focus on loosing weight. I had a good start today with breakfast. I have never blogged or joined a team. However, I hope with writing I can change my eating habits and lose the weight. I like the support this site offers. Hope everyone has a great day Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:27:08 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST good morning Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:34 EST At Difficult Place I feel like it is a life and death matter about weight loss now and quality of life. I also have a lot of emotional issues to conquer since I don't manage stress well sometimes. It's one day at a time. Yet, "Just do it" comes to mind as well. Except I also have physical problems and need to take it slow with exercise for the time being but NOT GIVE UP!!! This means a lot to me and I will do my best to achieve these goals. However, I am a bit nervous on the starting block for now. Yet, I do fe... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:51:47 EST Hello - Joined for support and motivation It's so easy for me to give up on myself. In fact I have joined Spark more times than I can even count. This will be the time I take advantage of all Spark offers. <img src=""> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:01:56 EST Help & Encouragement Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this and am looking for some hope & encouragement! I really want to lose around 130 lbs! I used to be an avid runner and was super fit. After my dad died, I fell apart and let myself go in the process! I just really need accountability and someone to encourage me along! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Carolyn Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:12:26 EST One mo' time I'm back. In 2004, I was down to 153, just 12lbs away from my WW goal. Fast forward to yesterday, and I hit the 300lb mark - I'd never been that heavy in all my life. <em>39</em> <BR> So, I'm here for support, inspiration, and motivation. Hopefully, I can return the favor along the way. Thanks! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:43:47 EST support Hey Yall I am giving this another try been a good while. This is the first time I introduce my self. But just wanting to say that I am determined to loose this weight and I am looking for support along the way, thank you so much! Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:32:06 EST Hi Everyone!! Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I'm new to the site and so far I love it !! It's only day one but love reading all the posts & motivation I see from other people on here :-) Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:04:03 EST Hey All! My name is Shelly. <BR> <BR> I'm here to meet awesome people who want to be focused, positive and have fun while improving their health. <BR> <BR> I'm 51. Just married an English guy, became a Grandma and sing Barbershop for fun. I'm a huge nerd and proud of it. Would love to encourage others and have us all feel good about something that can be hard and challenging at times. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:56:20 EST Hello everyone! Obese, Ready to change for good. Classic yo yo dieter. I have been successful with WW. I need support from other birds of my feather. :) Happy to be here. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:48:16 EST Found my way back Finding my way back on sparkpeople. I became handicapped and basically gave up on exercise. But now Im back on my way. And advice on ways to make exercise happen when you are handicapped? Please let me know. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:41:26 EST finding my way back to my old self Hi I'm looking forward to being a part of a group that will help me with support so that I can work on recognizing myself when I look in the mirror. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:55:17 EST Good morning indeed Hi everyone! I'm Dianna. A couple of years ago I lost 50 pounds and reached a weight/look in which I was completely proud, happy, and content. <BR> <BR> And then (dramatic music inserted here) I got too comfortable. <BR> <BR> All the weight is back along with the associated baggage (self loathing, depression, etc.) <BR> <BR> Last Thursday I owned this; made it my own and accepted responsibility for it. I joined a gym, quit smoking, made a meal plan and came back here. <BR> <BR> I'm lookin... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:32:13 EST A new beginning Hello I am here for to learn the ropes to getting healthy and fit I am a grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 4 i am in my fifty's and ready to start a new journey Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:12:33 EST New to SparkPeople Hi All, I'm new around here and over forty. Somehow I managed to gain about thirty some odd pounds over the past six years and I'm really hoping this site will help me stay motivated. I am a mom of five (24 on down to 13) and have been married for 26 years. Hope to get to know some of you out there for friendship and encouragement. :) Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:58:12 EST Merry Meet! Hi everyone my name is Manda. I am a 26 year old blogger, life coach, and ActiLabs Ambassador!! I love animals I own two ferrets and a sugar glider named Lily. In my free time I enjoy writing,shopping,reading,spending time with friends and most importantly family! I am excited to meet you all and hope to make some wonderful friends as I begun my journey with the Baladea workout series and Acti Labs. Blessed Be, ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:57:32 EST SP December Newbie :) Hi! My name is Kim. I've been here before (2010 - to be exact!). I lost weight by counting calories & going to the gym. I stopped coming on SparkPeople... thought I could do this all by myself. Boy - was *I* wrong? I gained a lot of the weight I lost back. And now I am back and ready to get my life in order. Ya know... before it's too late! I even bought myself an elliptical machine. :). I am motivated. I hope my motivation lasts through Christmas AND My birthday (on the ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 22:32:23 EST Hello All! My name is Greta and I am endeavoring to lose 50 pounds over the next year. I'm planning to go slowly because it's going to require a lifestyle change because my current habits are awful and are what got me here in the first place. I am committed to getting started and am open to all helpful advice. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:50:32 EST vacation for Christmas My granddaughter and I are going to Florida for vacation over Christmas. We are so excited to see Disney World and Universal Studios. Hopefully it is warm there and after I come back I need to get my hip replaced, so I hope I am able to walk and I will rent a scooter for the park. Anyway my name is Sharon and I just thought I would check in and introduce myself. <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:23:04 EST Hello Hello , my name is Pam, I am 45 yrs old , I am a Mom to two children and 1 Dog and have been with my partner for 25 years . I live in beautiful Nova Scotia where I experience all 4 seasons ( sometimes all in the same day ! ). I am just looking for motivation to help me get back to a healthy life style. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:40:59 EST Hi...again :) I'm back for the...5th? time...I lost count :) Anyway, I have about 100 lbs to lose and I'm finally realizing that I can't do it on my own because, tbh, I have zero discipline! I'm here to change that :) Sun, 18 Dec 2016 01:48:23 EST New, but Not I probably should have introduced myself when I joined almost 90 days ago, but... procrastination. Heh. <BR> <BR> Anywho... Better late than never, I suppose. So, hi, I'm Niki! I'm a 24-year-old, video game loving mom to 3 and I'm currently in the 250 pound range. I spent the first 16 years of my life as a happy, thin and healthy person, but I gained a lot of weight during my first pregnancy and just never lost it, so I've spent the last 8 years unhappy, overweight and unhealthy. I'm finally... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:17:56 EST introduce myself Hello my name is lisa im 45 live in indiana.i had wls aug 12th 2015.Still having trouble with eatting right and exercising.trying to track more im supposed to get 64 grams of protein and 64 oz water a day but on a fixed income any suggestions on high protein foods Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:21:19 EST Just checking in for the first time. I am 58 and have been yo-yo dieting my whole life. I am fairly healthy, and have not medical restrictions. I'm seriously trying to loose at least 110 pounds in 12 months. My official regime begins tomorrow. I am also seeing an internist that specializes in Weight Loss. I'll see ya tomorrow. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:00:58 EST Back to Spark Hey everyone! I'm Kerrie! About 3 or 4 years ago, I tried my darnedest and lost about 60 lbs! I was doing everything right, seeing a nutritionist, blogging on Spark, eating as good as I could, and running a lot. Then I met my wonderful hubby and I really started to enjoy life! While enjoying life, I forgot to eat healthy and keep the weight started creeping up again. I gained about 80 lbs over the course of a year and a half. I hit my highest weight. I'm ready for it to c... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:28:11 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople Hello!! <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, but not new to fitness and health. However, I have lacked lately keeping track of my calories....eaten and burned. Always up for new challenges and meeting people!! Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:17:43 EST losing weight with limited excercise have spinal stenosis so difficult to walk....have just started using a recumbent bike, but only doing 10 minutes twice a day slowly....only doing 2 miles in 10 you think following this plan I can lose weight without intensive exercise?...Oh, yes, I'm just starting here Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:26:32 EST Ready to get back to my old self Back in 2013, I lost 40 lbs. and kept the majority off for a few years until now. I injured my knee in February 2016 and all my activity stopped, no running, hiking, working out at the gym, biking, etc. In the beginning, I still maintained, but then in about August I lost all control because the only way I could solve my problem was with surgery. I ate my feelings of sadness and stress and I am back to were I started in 2013. <BR> <BR> I had the surgery in November, so I am post almost 5... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:44:42 EST New here Hey, <BR> I had gastric surgery 2 mos. ago and I loss 23 lbs. I think that I am stuck. I started exercising but have not loss weight. I am afraid!!! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:27:23 EST New to SP Hello, I recently signed up to SP and have been browsing around the last couple of days. Thought I would "stop in" and say, "Hi" here. I've already joined a team and I'm finding SP to be very helpful tool as I embark on my quest to lose a few extra pounds (more like 60-65 lbs!) that have seem to find their way to my waist. No longer the days of eating unconditionally and never gain an ounce! Well, I just finished my second 16 oz bottle of water so need to go give myself credit for 2 more glas... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:43:26 EST New Life I am starting to change a lot of things in my life. Eating better and exercising is two of the biggest changes I am making. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:18:15 EST 30 lbs down with 55 to go in need of motivation. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and joined because I'm looking for some motivation in my weight loss journey. I am 27 years old with a wedding on June 24th and am hoping to be at my goal weight by then! I have about 55 lbs to go before I will reach my current goal weight. I'm just hoping that I can get to a place where I feel happy with my body and my pictures, but sometimes feel like that might never happen! <BR> <BR> I have always exercised and watched what I ate, but I ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:08:12 EST New start to an old journey Hello, <BR> I am Mark. I am 48 years old going on 13. <BR> <BR> I had been using My Fitness Pal on and off for over five years. I have been in a rut for most of the past year. I am trying something new to try to jump start my fitness. <BR> <BR> My focus is mostly ability based. I want to have more strength, endurance and flexibility. <BR> <BR> I am a fan of Convict Conditioning and Body Weight exercise programs. I am not a big fan of running but need to do it. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:25:27 EST Drive needed My name is Alexis and weight has been a struggle my whole life. I woupd go up and down but most of the time I was all the way up lol. Last year I gave birth to a healthy baby baby who's flourishing everyday. But Ive been down I had to have a C-section in order for him to come out safe. Ive pass the stage of healing , but haven't really gotten back to trying to workout. Im depressed about me stomach muscles never beeing the same so insyaed of working out I eat and complain lol. But im tierd of... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:47:25 EST Re-motivated on a very long and windy road Hello fellow sparks! I'm LaLa, I was a memeber of SP about 10 years ago when I had undergone Bariatric surgery, Lap_Band to be specific. Life's journey has taken me on many adventures to include: new jobs, moves, a divorce, an engagement and just about everything in between. At my highest weight I was at 364 pounds, at my "lowest" (in adult life) I was at about 244. I'm back up to about 270 and I'm scared, frustrated and in need of serious motivation and support. <BR> <BR> I know I came... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:25:49 EST Back on track! Last year was all about my students and making sure I was rehired for this school year (I'm a high school biology teacher). Because of this I did not really put any time towards myself. I saw myself gain about 40 lbs last year and it's time to get back on track! <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:16:14 EST New I am struggling with my weight, I feel I lost control of my eating. I joined so I seek new ideas to hopeful help. <BR> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:40:32 EST Looking for friends to stay motivated! I just started Spark People and am hoping to make some new friends who are also looking for motivation and help along the way! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:10:15 EST Looking for friends to help stay motivated! My name is Ginny, I'm 34 from California. I have been dieting and exercising for 10 months now and am down 80 pounds. I have hit a stall and need that extra motivation to keep going even if my scale doesn't show it! I'm loving this site so far (still learning how to use it) and love reading about everyone's stories and journeys! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:07:10 EST Hello first time here to the spark bunch. At 54 it seems harder for me to stay motivated. So, I am hopeful that I can get my ippy back in my skippy.. I need to if I really want to do a 10k next year. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:34:43 EST Hi everyone! So I have actually been tracking for two weeks now, but I haven't introduced myself yet! :) <BR> <BR> My name is Lindsy, I am a 24 year old Website Design and Development student and a mommy of one. I live in the beautiful, currently freezing (lol), state of Maine. My starting weight two weeks ago was 169 (5"6), and I weighed in this morning at 163. My goal weight is to be 140, but ultimately I would like to be back in the 120's! <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit of eating when I am bored, sad,... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:24:18 EST Starting again Hello from Indianapolis! I'm an administrative assistant who's looking to increase my physical activity and decrease my overeating. I look forward to reaching my goals with all of you! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:55:58 EST Trying out new things Here I am, having joined 2 weeks ago, trying to use more of the tools and support that I joined Spark for! I am on my way to 60 years old. I am needing to lose close to 100 lbs. I have severe osteoarthritis and have had several replacement/reconstruction surgeries in recent years. I have a desk job and an extended family living under my roof. I would like some ideas for increasing my activity levels while still achieving all of my daily commitments!!! That would be low impact or agreeab... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:47:44 EST Hello! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Christine, and I'm trying to pay more attention to being healthy and get more active! I can't wait to browse around and see what there is to learn :) Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:12:01 EST Hi everyone Hope all is well with everyone. My name is Precious. I'm looking forward to getting fit with you all. Have a great night. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:52:15 EST fresh start Hello. I am restarting my journey here on Spark. I have "started over "more times than I can count. I really want 2017 to be my year. I need to continually remind myself that this is not a temporary diet. It is 100% the truth when people refer to it as a lifestyle change. I have decided to start now in December though. I can not afford to put off my health and well being for another second longer. I am tempted to beat myself up and feel more discouraged, but I don't have the strength to be on... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:00:24 EST Hello everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Janel and I live in the beautiful mountainous state of Utah with my family. I enjoy it here. There are wonderful outside activities to do here. I have about sixty pounds to lose and I want to do that so that I can enjoy the outside activities more. I am so happy to be a member of Sparkpeople. The motivation to lose weight and become a better you is amazing. I have met many people and they have all expressed the same thing. Sparkpeople is a tool that wi... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:23:31 EST Hello everyone, Hi, I am trying a new tool in my journey to a healthier future. I am hopeful I may find and give support and useful information. If anyone shares similar circumstances I would appreciate hearing any insite you wish to share. I am 62 and as they say Wheelchair Bound. I can not walk at all due to polio and so being as active as I should is difficult. I do not want to use the chair as an excuse to not obtain my goal I have found several "sitting" exercises on Utube which are helpful. I Lost 60 ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:45:20 EST Starting again Hello! My name is Rebecca. I am 35 years old, married, with 2 young children. And a dog. I successfully lost about 30 pounds 5 years ago...and then promptly got pregnant. Since then, I've had that child and another one, plus I just finished grad school. My weight has gotten out of control again, but it was hard to find the motivation with so much on my plate. Not to mention how hard it is to give up Mt. Dew! So I'm finally doing it. I'm on Day 5, and I'm trying to take it slow and st... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:52:44 EST Hello to everyone here. Hi, <BR> I'm Kathie. My weight problem spiraled out of control when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2009. Instead of losing weight while going through chemo - I gained it. After all my chemo, surgeries, and radiation, I never felt strong enough to go back to work. So, I have just been sitting around the house and 'eating' for 7 years now. I find that some of my eating habits are emotional and a lot from boredom. I am married and I feel that my spouse kind of sabotages my ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:56:03 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am (somewhat) new to Sparkpeople. In the past I have gone through some of the "Mind Over Body" program. Unfortunately, I've never stuck with the program all the way through, and my same problems have come back. However, I've realized the importance of needing to do this program and intend to stick with it this time. <BR> <BR> I have struggled a lot with taking control of my choices (using "I statements" and with toxic guilt. Often times I will go to bed, telling... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:58:18 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Melanie and this is my first week back on SparkPeople. I am excited about this journey and lifestyle change. Would like to meet other ladies 40+ to friend on here and have as a support group. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 22:17:05 EST New Friends Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Tanya and apparently I joined this website initially in 2010 (per my profile) and I'm making a first attempt as it relates to actually using this site to assist in meeting my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> I would love to meet new people for motivation, support, ideas etc. Accepting all friend requests! <em>213</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:42:40 EST