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 Hi Everyone! I created an account here a couple of years ago, but I never really did anything with it. I came back here for real on July 24. I am so excited with the changes I am seeing already. It has been nice to meet some great people here, participate in the forums, and be accountable to myself on what I eat and drink each day. I have started exercising regularly, which is a first. I feel great, and so far I have lost 12 pounds. I hope to get to know more of you as time goes on. <em>252</em> <em>... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:56:42 EST What to do when periods became longer? I hardly remember my consciousness and I have been working really hard to get back it. Infertility is such an issue that difficult to handle in any situation and even it feels so depressing while facing uneven periods. <BR> I decided to check up with the doctor and going for some tests on it. I am really nervous and I have been working really hard to get what it really means to me. It was so hard on some days to take the days out of me. It is taking lot of energy out of me. I am not sure wha... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:09:35 EST Ignored. <BR> This is interesting. I asked for new friends and got ignored. Isnt that kind of the purpose here to support each other? Is it because I am old? Dont know what to do. scott Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:07:42 EST Hello to all my fellow friends ... I am once again going to go down this road of losing weight. This time i am doing it for me. Usually I do it to please others and then i gain it all back. I am an emotional eater. Looking forward to eating healthy as I improve my wellness of my body. <BR> C <em>521</em> <BR> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:27 EST HOWDY! Hey there everyone! Super excited to get started on SparkPeople again! So far I've been doing pretty good so far and I look forward continuing! Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:05:25 EST JUST SAYING HI Just join the 21 day new member challage and I am on day 5. So far so good, I have enjoyed being part of spark people. It has help me and I can see the improvements in my mental and physical health. If by chance anyone has any tips, quote, and/or want to start a friendship with me all are welcome. Have a great and blessed day !!! Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:16:08 EST I guess this is a start ... Im at the beginning and 3 months in on my 1st attempt at losing some weight and getting back to healthy. Ive made a lot of changes and feeling good. <BR> <BR> Ive been listening to a lot of podcast, reading blogs and while mostly r helpful and inspiring ... they have cause a new fear and im searching for answers. Im hearing/seeing over and over in many peoples stories that they had to try many times before they found what works or were able to reach goals. <BR> <BR> Being so new to th... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:46:12 EST Where's My Vegans?! Hey y'all! I'm a vegan bunny slave (two adorable rescued house rabbits!) I'm in Orlando, FL. Love animals and want friends to join me in weight loss/exercise/healthy living goals cruelty-free! 💚? Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:17:59 EST Hello from Italy Just popped in to say hello to you all! <BR> I'm a girl (bit aged maybe <em>334</em> ) from somewhere near Florence. <BR> Trying to lose some weight and be more constant with my fitness routine Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:29:53 EST Returned Product My name is Marie but i go by Maya. im 39 and have done this before but it didnt stick. this time i hope it will. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:03:58 EST Hello! I have to lose about 70 lbs and I'm happy to be here. I've been here before and it helped me a lot. Looking forward to being back in the swing of things! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:52:25 EST Is there someone like me in here? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Mia, and I´m 22 years old. I´m actually from Norway, so I hope you can excuse my grammar. I´m currently working in a bookshop while I study economics, and live with mye husband-to-be and our son that is 2 years. <BR> <BR> This is my first time trying to "reach out" for someone in the same boat as my self. I am disgusted to tell you that I weigh around 125 kg (275 lbs), and only 1,65 cm tall. I decided that I finally are going to do something about this ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:33:25 EST Hi from Michigan! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm sparking from Northern Michigan. I have recently started my weight loss journey and looking for friends and support. I'm on My Fitness Pal and use Spark People everyday! Add me on here or MFP (Sunshineblonde2017). <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:44:27 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) No no really, I am 100% most definitely starting my diet this Monday!" <BR> <BR> I have been saying this every Friday evening over a glass of wine and a takeaway for the last 2 years and my weight... well, I've gained 5 and a half stone!!!! Yup, in just 2 years! (Going from a slim 14 to a voluptuous 22) <BR> <BR> I feel disgusting, I know it's vein but the fact I've piled so much weight on has caused me great depression. I can't bear to look in the mirror, I dread going out the house for pa... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:31:49 EST I'm back...again! Hello all! I've been on and off the "wagon" now for about 12 years and it has cost me my health. I am here to reclaim it once and for all! I'm a 33 year old female with about 75 lbs. to lose. I also have t2 diabetes and high blood pressure. My goal is to be off all my meds in the next 6-12 months, and bring my A1C down below 6.0 by my next doctor visit in February...wish me luck! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:22:35 EST Already a Spark Fan I joined Spark a few months ago, and I'm excited about all that I've been learning and the encouragement I've gotten. Thought it was time I introduce myself. I'm married with two married children and five grandchildren. Enjoying retirement and looking forward to moving towards a healthier me. I love walking and spending time with family and friends. I'd enjoy getting to know more of you as we travel this journey together. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:28:57 EST New to Site I'm new to the site, but not new to losing weight. This is the third time in my adulthood that I've lost significant amounts of weight (2001 I lost 65, 2008 I lost 110 and Now I have about 85 to lose to be the same weight I was in 2008). I'm PCOS/insulin resistant. I started on 1/10/2017 and have lost 57 pounds so far, but was looking for a support group. I'm a low-carb person because of the insulin resistance. I'm looking to lose at least 30 more pounds, and we will see how it goes from... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15:22 EST Hi ! Just getting started 😊? I started today with the exercise videos for about 40 minutes. Nothing crazy but worked up a sweat 😅? <BR> I haven't exercised in a long time but it felt great! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:28:03 EST Losing the last few pounds is hard I want to introduce myself. I rejoined after a year off from Sparkpeople after losing over 100 pounds. No surgery, just discipline, exercise and maintaining good nutritional habits. But I have not been able to loose the last 15 pounds so I have decided that I need to start tracking again and reading again and connecting with this magical community. I have lost lots of pounds. I've had ups and down but have been pretty stable the last two years. Now I am never going to be where the height/wei... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:22:53 EST Ready to succeed Hi, A few years back I joined SP but eventually fizzled out. Now I am back and ready to succeed. Exercise is by far my biggest challenge, yet I know it is crucial in order to obtain my healthy life goal. It is my hope that I will find the inspiration and motivation through all of you as I restart this journey. I look forward to joining the SP family. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:11:09 EST I'm taking it seriously finally! About 3 years ago I signed up and didn't do much with this site. I lost almost nothing and then forgot it was even a thing. A few days ago I decided it was time to get serious so I could get healthy. So I signed back in and added the 21 day new member challenge. I'm taking baby steps so those steps stick. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:41:30 EST Hello from Cleveland Ohio! Hi! I have been on Sparkpeople for a while but this is the first time I have posted anything about myself. I am 5'2" and weigh 144 lbs. My largest weight was 149 lbs. My goal is to first get to 140 lbs but eventually I would like to get to 135 lbs. 135 lbs for my height is still overweight, but I think I would look sickly if I got lower than that. I have never had to lose weight before (with the exception of my 3 pregnancies- I was fortunate in that the pregnancy weight came off pretty e... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:16:31 EST good morning from Texas good morning sparkies =) <BR> im kitty & have been in this site off & on & its Still Fun! <BR> always learning,, <BR> im currently workin w/my pcp on the fda approved Contrave <BR> an enjoy learning on this & meeting others that also went the route <BR> as weight loss surgery ...yuck! skeerd me! <BR> i also started a new group for anyone dointhis is most welcome ! <BR> thank you kitty <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=68798 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:27:17 EST Looking for support and humor, please. Hey there, <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren and I'm looking to shed 75 pounds for my physical and mental well being. Honestly, food is a drug to me and I cannot do this alone. I know this sounds bad, but literally all of my friends and family are thinner, and they don't understand when I try to explain my relationship with food. I am willing to comment, text, email, call, anything you need if you can do that or me. I just want to get better. <BR> <BR> Also, this post is like, heavy but I promise... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:27:04 EST Hello everyone Hi, I started five days ago, I need to get healthier, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, I also have high blood pressure. I've been working with a dietitian from the clinic, but with no results at all, it is a public program, so in the last 2 years I have had 6 sessions with the dietitian, really basic information and not really enough. <BR> <BR> I hope to be able to learn more about nutrition, meal planning, exercising to control my blood sugar levels as well as the high... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:30:43 EST I will do this! Hey all! <BR> <BR> My name is Alicia and I'm here to change my lifestyle, lose weight, and become more fit. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off the wagon for almost 8 years. It feels strange to say that. I've done really good in the past and made it within 15 lbs of my ultimate goal weight. That was about 4 years ago. My weight has slowly climbed back up over time. I found it increasingly harder to focus on my diet and fitness. I had a lot going on between college and becoming a mother for the ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:16:52 EST Second Time Around Hello! <BR> <BR> I was on this website a couple years ago and managed to lose around 50lbs, but I've gained back about half of that loss. I have 66 lbs total to lose for my goal weight. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:07:17 EST goals goals: <BR> <BR> get under 200 lbs (by 10.1.17) <BR> <BR> finish JM Body Revolution, 8 days done out of 90 <BR> <BR> fit into Medium sized clothing comfortably <BR> <BR> have chiseled arms <BR> <BR> have more energy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:35:20 EST Hi! Hi. I have been trying to lose weight and be healthier for about 6 mos with no success. No matter what I do I continue to slowly gain weight. So I am hoping this program and community can help me change that. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:04:18 EST Good afternoon, Hi. I have been doing this for a few weeks and have lost about 4 lbs. I am really trying to pay attention to the things that are causing me to gain weight. I am too sedentary. I don't eat enough, and I don't drink enough water. I don't have a lot to loose, but once I do, I want to be able to maintain it. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:56:32 EST Trying to be motivated Hello all! I am a RN married 4 kids. Only 4 short years ago was I running 5 miles a day, then poof life happened. I am at the heaviest weight I have every been without being pregnant. I weigh now what I weighed when I gave birth to my last child. <BR> I feel like such a loser, let down and ugly. I am a RN and feel like such a hypocrite some days preaching good health and exercise to my clients. <BR> I want to eat better, I want to exercise I just don't know how to find time to work 40+hrs a ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 02:41:58 EST Hello! My name is Erica and I (re-)joined SparkPeople about a week ago. I'm here for motivation to stick to my weight loss goal, and hopefully offer whatever support I can give to others who need help. I am such a big foodie and that has always done me in. I also tend to be overly impatient with seeing results faster than I earn them. I also have had a lot of knee pain in the last year, which also poses a challenge for me to get more active. <BR> <BR> During my last doctor's visit I had eleva... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:07:10 EST Accepting Day Five Challenge Going out of comfort zone while exploring all that sparkpeople has to offer. First time posting on any message board. Have a goal to lose 75 pounds and looking for any motivation, encouragement and information to keep me focused and on track! <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:19:18 EST Hello Saturday Just discovered these message boards. Following the beginner's challenge! Hope everyone has a great day <em>30</em> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:43:15 EST saturday cuppa☕️ hi 👋🏻??. just found the message boards! i have been on the mobile app 24-7. didn't know this community was here-topic boards! <BR> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:35:27 EST newbie just saying hi Just started this past Sunday. I thought it was a little overwhelming at first, but as I just took it one step and one day at a time I find it makes a lot of sense. I just need some accountability. Hoping to find some online friends to keep me company on my journey to a healthier me Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:29:00 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm back here, trying to get healthy. Happy Friday to everyone! Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:18:14 EST Hi people helloo guys, I'm new here and I've joined because I need to lose weight and tighten my body. I'm 23 years old, a student who is a total couch potato. I've come to realise that that has to change. I'm a movie buff, amateur photographer and I play a guitar. I hope to meet new people and maybe make some new friends in this new adventure. If anyone needs a workout buddy or just some stranger to talk to please contact me.I really need to change my lifestyle and I think this site is a great way to ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:55:51 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Bindy. I just retired after carrying mail for 30 years. 3 years before I retired I moved to a shorter route and gained 13 pounds, which was disappointing. I worried that once I retired, if I didn't keep up walking I would gain more weight and I swore that wouldn't happen. After retiring we moved to Florida because it was so much more affordable. What I didn't count on was that I wouldn't feel like walking in the heat and humidity, so... I wound up gaining another 12 pounds. I felt so ... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:55:21 EST Kind of New... Been there done that before! So hi, I am a mother of 3 kids and I have destroyed my body and I am ashamed. I can't go back on what I did, but I can fix the damages that were done. Anyway, I created an account here a year ago and I gave up hope, I lost all hope to even to do anything and for that, I am disappointed in myself. I guess it just took me a while to get it through my FAT head that I need to do something about this. I went to my doctor on the 14th of July and I weighed in at a whopping 448lbs and that scared me.... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:38:06 EST Type 2 diabetes / Insulin Resistance Anyone interested in the Insulin Resistance Diet <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:29:30 EST Balance Hi Everyone <BR> Quite uneven at the moment. Look forward to saying "I'm Balanced." <BR> I hear, this is the place to be, so ready to get started! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:14:49 EST Hi Hi, Hows everyone doing? This is my first time using Spark. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:48:12 EST HIV and #POSITIVE! 😃? Hello, fellow seekers of health! I'm Brianne. I'm 39 years old, 5'7" tall and JUST REACHED my first goal of 122#! <BR> I'm HIV+, diagnosed at age 22. I've not been able to reach a healthy weight and sustain it- that is, until Fitbit came into my life! <BR> I'm healthier than I've been in a long while, and my Christian faith gives me all I need- the love and guidance from God my Heavenly Father! <BR> I'm a little over 11/12ths of the way they the Bible now. I purchased it September 5th, 2016,... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:37:41 EST Another go Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just introducing myself. I've been on and off diets for my whole adult life. I'm almost 31 and I still haven't found a way to keep it off for good. This is my 3rd or 4th time on this site, so it's not like it hasn't worked in the past. I've just given up so soon, or a health complication undoes all the hard work. So I now have a clean bill of health again and some stability in my daily routine. <BR> <BR> I would love to exercise again. That is the one thing I miss t... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 13:20:27 EST A motivated girl needing a fitness buddy Hi from Asia <BR> Im 30 yo n really motivated to lose weight...I need a buddy on this journey to motivate n help each other... <BR> Anyone interested? Reply plz... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:49:41 EST Doing it right this time! Hey everyone! This is my second go at Spark. The first time around, 6 years ago, was highly successful. I lost almost 60 lbs and got into the best shape of my life. And then last year, life threw a whole bunch of curve balls at me in quick succession, and I've gained about half of the weight back. So, here I am again, hoping to make changes that will stick even through the toughest things life has to offer. Because hey, no matter what, life is a lot easier when you're healthy and happy! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 22:23:46 EST Contrave Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Dr has started me on contrave, I'm a bit concerned about the side effects. Anyone here experienced any? Also he mentioned that they gave me a free scale but I can't seem to find anything online about it. Does anyone know, I have a feeling they might have discontinued that program. <BR> Thank you! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:51:56 EST Looking for success. I'm on day 5 having just started with Spark People. Have been thoroughly impressed so far with all the info available. Having failed so many times to lose the weight I need to (100#), I am truly looking, praying to succeed at this with all the help available to me. Know its up to me to make it work and work is what I plan to do! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:33:30 EST Hey howdy--hit rock bottom and clawing my way back Well, I've been here before, but it's been a long time. I also have had too many things come up that I've ALLOWED to derail my efforts. I actually found exercises I've enjoyed and then all kinds of things have come up (mostly work, health, and financial) that have made me stay on the back burner. <BR> <BR> I hate it. I'm ending it. <BR> <BR> I've never weighed this much before and I'm appalled that I just stopped caring. <BR> <BR> Well, today I'm getting my gym shoes on, going back to the ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:12:57 EST Back at it Hi there well it's been almost a year since I have logged on been trying to lose weight on my own and in turn gained even more weight and have come to realize that I really do need to hold myself accountable for what goes in my mouth and how much I move around and I need to be able to talk to other people who are in the same situation that I am. So I am back and this time I am staying here and I'm gonna crush the goals I set for myself Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:29:13 EST In it to win it I am 38 years old with about 40 pounds to loose. I usually start out strong with diet plans and then fizzle out. I am determined to stay strong and muscle this time. <em>30</em> Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:55:22 EST Pleasantly surprised I have been unhappy with my eating and physical condition for some time now, and was afraid It was too late to make a change in my life. Last Sunday, I was talking to a man at my church who said he made radical changes to his eating when he was 50 when his doctor said he was prediabetic. That was 20 years ago, and now at 70 something he is the picture of health. <BR> After hearing his story, I decided to investigate what online software tools are available. I found this Sparkpeople site, and... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 23:21:51 EST Hello there! Newbie saying hello... just recently began to excercise since the last ice age, and also trying to eat better.. looking forward to hanging out and participating Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:55:22 EST re-committing Hello. I am recommitting myself to this program. I had lost 13 lbs at 1 point but backslid a lot this summer, going back to work tomorrow, will have student(s) on Thursday, so am hoping that shadowing my 1 on 1 students will help me shed some more pounds. I am 49, will be 50 on Christmas Day. I have 2 lovely daughters that are 15 years apart(29 and 13) and the 13 year old has a mild Autism Spectrum Disorder, I am the leader of her Girl Scout troop, and we have one other scout. I am looking ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:31:32 EST A big hello from me to you! G' Evening from Missouri, <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old, single woman with no children. I joined a week ago for my last and final time. I had a great start here a couple years ago and have lost about 1/3rd (or less) of what I want (need), but the journey continues. <BR> <BR> I work a stressful customer service/ claims job and live at home with my mother. She had to retire early, so I need to help with the bills. I very much feel stuck at the moment in both; however, I've decided THIS I can ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 23:06:25 EST Literally working my butt off If you call three pounds working your butt off. Well, it's a start anyway. Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:23:23 EST Second time around First time was late 80s. Only 40 lbs then, with success. Today 75!! <BR> <BR> I live in the central sountern tier of NY. <BR> <BR> Hope to find motivation here, of some kind. I have no friends where I live and spend MANY hours on my stitching. Been at it for 47 yrs, my oldest was an infant back then. I also volunteer three afternoons a week in my community. <BR> <BR> I'm all alone with this and while I know I could do it on my own, I lack the motivation. So, good or bad, I started... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:20:50 EST Hi from MT Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Tara (tar-rah, not Tera). I am originally from WA state but moved to MT almost 4 years ago. I've never really been on a hike until I moved out here. <BR> <BR> I used to be on SparkPeople many many years ago, but fell off the bandwagon and later I breifly was part of Weight Watchers (it worked until they kept changing their program), and then I have been on MyFitnessPal. The food database is great, but I've been finding it to be a bit boring lately... so ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 14:32:52 EST Former Weight Watchers Member I lost 60 pounds on points plus. I had a lot of stressful events and gained back a few pounds , but I wa s always able to get back on track. The. WW changed to smart points . It felt like a diet . Anything with carbs or sugar was a huge amount of points . I let hungry and gained weight, and I craved sugar all the time . The meetings were useless to me since they were talking about a plan I don't feel I can follow . <BR> Now I have pretty much given up . I have gained over 40lbs back . I a... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 12:50:25 EST Sunny in Florida Hello all. My name is Andrea from Fort Lauderdale FL <em>213</em> . I am a proud new mommy to a handsome baby boy! He is the light of my life and he has inspired me to best I can be. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:53:21 EST Hello! Hello everyone, out here in IL! Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:45:14 EST Hi from Minnesota! Hello, my name is Rachelle. I live in Minnesota as a single mom, with my three daughters (ages 17, 13, and 10) and our cat, Zappa. I have had a weight struggle ever since having my second daughter. I have been on SP before and liked it a lot, but always let life get in the way of my success. I have always struggled with balancing self-care with the needs of others. I am hoping to continue to work on prioritizing myself in my own life (preferably without guilt) and also get in better shape/hea... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:55:18 EST Greetings from Amish Country Hi, my name is Jenny and I live in and grew up in Amish country in Holmes County Ohio. I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor, and would like to lose 100 pounds. My husband is my biggest supporter! I have started and stopped different programs, and hope this will be my last time starting one! Sat, 5 Aug 2017 09:06:58 EST Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 23 years old. I was born and raised in Nebraska. I'm a college student studying cyber security. I have 200+ lbs to lose. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 18:43:56 EST Good Morning Hi, my name is Michelle. Ive been a member for 5 days now. I'm still learning where stuff is and where to go. I'm sore today from doing some weight training yesterday. It wasn't a lot but I'm really feeling it today lol... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:32:12 EST Starting on myself! 🏋🏻‍♀️?? Hi! I am Stephanie from NC. I am married with 2 teenage boys and 1 adult son. My husband and children are my biggest motivators and they support my weight loss journey. I am on my 9th day of a healthier me! Still learning this site, any encouragements is very appreciative! 🏋🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏊🏻‍♀️?????? Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:30:22 EST Hello! Hi board! Just getting started back on a fitness journey after two years of poor choices. Glad to have found Spark People and looking forward to the journey together. Thank you for reading this. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 18:01:23 EST Hi from WI I am in desperate need for restarting my life. I have chronic back pain. I need to change my eating habits and try to find exercises I can do. I am looking to chat with other members who have chronic pain to learn from. Now to dive in a learn how to go from high carb, sugar, processed foods to eating healthier. Any suggestions? Thu, 3 Aug 2017 16:23:20 EST Hi from NH Hi all. Starting on the journey to a healthier, happier me. Hoping that the community and shared stories of successes and struggles will inspire me on the way. If you are from the area, would like to create a local group. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 14:07:39 EST My sleep apnea is back Ugh..Two years ago I moved back to Florida after living in Montana for 15 years. Since moving back I have gained twenty pounds, mostly due to lack of exercise. I really need to get the weight off (again) so I can ditch the CPAP machine. I am a divorced, single mom. I have three teenage sons left at home, and they are always hungry. I feed them lots of meat and potatoes to keep them full. I have to figure out a strategy to feed me better and fit exercise back into my life. I am very excited to... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 15:22:29 EST Colleen Hi everyone, my name is Colleen, I am new to this. I look forward to comment on my journey, as well as hearing from all you that are just starting the program, or have success stories. Good luck to all and have a wonderful day Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:49:09 EST Ready To Make The First Step Hello, Everyone. This is my first time on any kind of community forum. For the last couple years I have really struggled to balance my life responsibilities with my health. What I put in my body has been a last thought and it's showing a lot. I barely recognize myself. I am hoping I can find some encouragement and somebody to talk to while I go through this journey. I'm ready to take my health back. <BR> <BR> -Robert Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:49:03 EST Starting over The beginning of a healthier me! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:57:29 EST new and not good with computers new to the message board but not sparkpeople. usually I can read them but not respond or post anything. have to go now, the lawnmower is waiting. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:05:12 EST Hi everyone! I am on day 5 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:51:17 EST Hi everyone Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Pallav. <BR> <BR> I am on my weight loss journey for about a year now. I am really satisfied with how much weight I lost during this period. From a 38 inches waistline to 31 inches right now, I'm very happy. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to maintain my weight. And also build a little bit of muscle. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 03:12:28 EST Hello To All Just wanted to say "hello" and "good morning". Have a great day, and an awesome week. I'm rooting for all of you!!!! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:13:25 EST Hello Hi There!! <BR> I'm new here and only just really started getting into this and hope to loose some weight. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:01:37 EST Exsmoker needing to get fit Hi there. <BR> I quit smoking about 1 1/2 years ago and gained 40 pounds. I feel pretty good, but I would like to get fit and lose a few pounds. I eat too many carbs and drink beer. That's the problem I think to my weight gain. I work and sweat everyday, but I don't lose any weight. I'm thinking that in order to lose, I really need to focus on my diet and get a structured exercise program, meaning...just doing something other than housework or work. Something more targeted. I have a hard time... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 02:28:38 EST Starting Over Hello everyone. My name is Brynn. I'm attempting to start my weight loss journey over for the 3rd time this year alone. I didn't follow through with New Year's resolutions and seem to try to sabatoge any healthy habits I try to set for myself because it's hard to stick with them. My health is declining rapidly. Some from conditions beyond my control and some because I fail to care enough about myself to make the little changes that will add up in a big way to better health. I need to find mo... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:49:47 EST i'm back I was gone for a while now back! I have 5 pounds to loose and a plan to help me jump start it. <BR> <BR> have doing a little challenge with myself and wanted to invite others to join me. Here is what i am doing. For me long term challenges like 30 days are always to hard. I need short term goals. So i figured 7 days and 7 goals seemed just about right. <BR> <BR> Guidelines <BR> 1. Write down your 7 goals every morning then check them off as you go or at the end of the day ( meet every g... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:44:47 EST FIRST DAY STARTING (AGAIN) Well, I haven't been here for quite some time and am needing to get my butt into gear and start losing weight. Hopefully with the help of friends here in SP I will be able to do that. Good Luck to everyone on their weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Jean Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:10:37 EST working mum trying to look after herself Hi - I've been on the roller coaster way too long and found myself totally neglecting myself. I work long hours and travel a lot for my job. I have an 8 yo son who is awesome and a wonderful husband who supports me. But I'm am struggling to be motivated to do exercise. I try and watch what I eat then I slip into rewarding myself with junk food once I've looked after my work, business, son, husband, family and friends. Not sure why I can't stop that emotional eating when I know I am doing... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:12:41 EST Began this journey just yesterday Hi everyone. I am 59 years old, 5'1.5" and weigh 207.6 pounds. I plan on losing 70 pounds and learn how to eat healthy. As of yesterday I made myself eat three times during the day. Usually I only have one meal a day but this has not worked for me. Not only am I a new Spark Person but last week I began in the MOVE program at my local Veterans Hospital. The MOVE program is a weight loss and nutrition program. Also starting this coming Sat. I plan on going to the same VA Hospital for a T'ai Che... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:53:46 EST The Ins and Outs of Ups and Downs I fell into the refrigerator and apparently ate my way out. <BR> In 2009, I lost 130 pounds (yeah,) lost my mind (Boo, ) got a much needed divorce (Freedom!,) left my active homestead life for a much higher paying, sit-on your-bum-and watch-it -grow job as a corporate trainer until 2014 (yeah and boo) <BR> Gained back 50 pounds during that stint! The scale refuses to move so I guess that means that I have to do the moving. So, here I am back on my beloved homestead with a home full of love, ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:34:16 EST Week-old newbie, here Day Five of my New Member challenge has me here at the message boards. I had never heard of SparkPeople; I added a pin to my Pinterest page that led to this great community. Serendipity, right?! I've only tried losing weight once before (doggone liquid diet with Oprah...I GAINED weight! 😛?). I never tried again because at 300+ pounds, with no money for gastric bypass, it didn't seem possible. Now down 47.9 lbs., I wish I had started a couple of decades ago. Oh, well, I guess I just needed to ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:59:18 EST New here Hi, I just started the program this week. Can't say I am off to the best statrt and this is only the third day! <BR> I do have GI and some health issues so have been concerned how this diet would affect me. I felt horrible yesterday with some nausea, bloating and the runs. Sorry. Did on line Chat and was advised to try going without the shakes. I skipped the shake the day and don't feel as bad but a little shakey. Per my scale, I lost 3.5 lbs but I hardly ate yesterday. <BR> I will t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:01:33 EST I'm Back (Again) Getting back on track to lose the weight I've regained and continue all the way to my goal weight. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:40 EST I'M BACK Hi I am 63 and need to lose a lot of weight, at least 50 pounds. But my mini goal is to get below 200. Hoping to make some friends that are in the same boat as I am. Menopause didn't help at all. Good luck to all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:59 EST Trying again Hi everybody! I've been on the site on and off for about 6 years but have never been able to keep up with it. I just graduated from nursing school and gained about 40 pounds while I was there. I'd like to lose around 50 pounds this time around and be able to actually stick with this! I'd love to find some online friends with similar goals so we can help one another! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:51:47 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Introduce myself I live in the Philippines. I am a Pentecostal missionary. I am a breast cancer survivor. I daily deal with the side affects....lymphdema. I have set a goal to loss 50 lbs. <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:10:55 EST Oatmeal What are the benefits of oatmeal? Is it a good source of fiber? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:51:28 EST I'm back Hello, I am not new to Spark People, but it has been a few years since I have been here. My check up at the doctor, and my daughter, have motivated me to improve my health. I'm taking baby steps, by starting to track my eating. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Hello! I'm Leigh Wanted to introduce myself and say hello to everyone else taking the same journey. I'm here to lose some weight and become a healthier me. Hope to catch you guys around sometime. You can always find me at my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday and peace to all! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:29:07 EST Keeping up motivation Good Morning, my goal is to lose 10 pounds. It’s been frustrating since I gained back a pound this week - even though I have been increasing my walking, my exercise, and trying to watch what I eat. Today is another day, though, so my goal is to walk for at least 30 minutes. <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:17:15 EST I'm new here Hi I'm Erika from North Queensland Australia. I am a married mum of four. Alex 11 years, Georgia 9 years, Amelia 3 years and Xavier 4 months. I started a self improvment month with an online group at the start of July, but two weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed. I was all keen to join a local dance fit group and get my booty moving but now I have had to drop it down a notch and stick to walking and swimming for now. <BR> Through the online group I was reminded about this page. I had... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:08:48 EST Continuous cycle Was here a 2 years ago. Back again. I need to get healthier. I'm tired of always being tired. I would love to drop 20 pounds, but would be happy with 15! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:37:01 EST Hello :) Hi! I've joined this group to help me keep track of my fitness goals. Hopefully this will help me not only keep track of food and exercise, but also help me stay motivated and accountable. I'm excited to be starting on this journey to better health! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:46 EST Heyy My name is Ashley. I have 4 kids and 30 pounds to lose. I am addicted to mountain dew and sweet tea. Also i have strong cravings for chocolate. I recently got engaged and i want to have a grest body for my wedding. Also want to wear a bikini next summer. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:43:49 EST Hello Summertime and vacation is a good time to start with new eating and sport routines Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:06:23 EST Starting over <BR> Tough to hear that you risk of heart attack is over 20 percent. So time to do something. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:03 EST Losing weight I am fairly new to Spark People. I have been eating better and exercising since March 17th. I have lost 37 pounds and am proud of myself! I have a new hip injury that is going to limit what I do for the next seven weeks. I am very worried about falling into old habits during this time. I am trying to stay positive and motivated, but am also frustrated at the same time. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:35:23 EST Hi I've been making many positive changes in my life and would like to add weight loss and fitness programs to those changes........I have 30-35 pounds to lose......I'm going to begin on August 1st. I feel confident that I will be successful. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:08:16 EST Hello sweetie! Not sure if you can see from the title I'm a doctor who fan. <img src="">Thanks for clicking on my thread. My name is Amber, <em>213</em> I'm not new to sparkpeople but new to plant based eating/vegan eating. My kids and hubby are doing this with me. I made the switch a few weeks ago and so glad I did. I've always struggled to lose weight. I would like to get to healthy BMI range, have more energy, meet new fr... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:25:48 EST Feels good to be here Starting over, feels good to check in. Setting goals and being accountable. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:23:52 EST Hello Again I want to be serious about my health and fitness, so have come back again for the 3rd time. I seem to return to SP in the summer, when it's easy to get exercise and eat fresh food. But I live in the midwest, and winters are hard. My body changes, I get food cravings, and put the weight back on. Gonna give winter some thought this year, and try some new recipes. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:29:48 EST Hi everyone. I was here years ago & love the people & all the inspiration, but as many do, I got tied up with other things & found myself not coming back. I thought about it many times, but lazy ? scared ? so many reasons. I am anxious, obese, older and lost confidence in myself. I am going to physical therapy & I do enjoy it, but worry the minute I get short of breath. Thank you in advance for any encouraging words. I really want to come back & make this work. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:37:58 EST Looking for MARYJO2017 for a recipe Hello thanks to MARYJO2017 I found this wonderful site. I am glad to be here. I would like to find MARYJO2017 for a recipe she posted somewhere, it contains pumpkin and cream cheese. Unfortunately when I took a screen shot of the recipe I did not include what it was called. Help please Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:34:40 EST New Just started this process 5 days ago. It appears to be going well. I have been able to make some good choices. I'm newly retired and trying to find my new routine. I'm having difficulty getting the movement part in place. My husband is being very supportive. That is making this so much easier this time around. I really want this to be a permanent change this time. I have had difficulty with weight all my life. There have been times, up to 3-4 years, where I have been able to maintain a health... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:09:20 EST Hello Hello, my name is Cheryl. I have been on here a few weeks but have just now worked up the courage to post something. I am a fairly shy person until I get to know someone. Then you cannot shut me up. lol. I have lost 5 lbs so far. I am really excited about that. I don't really exercise much, except for walking a little bit at work. I have mainly been focusing on my eating habits. Which I am starting to get under control. Baby steps. I could really use a buddy, we could keep each othe... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:28:26 EST New x Hi everyone :-) <BR> I'm just popping my head in as I just joined the site. <BR> I hope this will be a good tool to help me along my journey. <BR> I have recently lost 14lbs and am hoping to lose another 36lbs to take me to BMI 25 :-) <BR> Then I'd love to get fit and be fabulous by my 43rd birthday in April! <BR> Id love to find some friends here x Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:36:41 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST trying again/ always trying Hi! ive got 75 ibs to lose, 43 yrs old, have 4 children, work outside the home, have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 cats, havnt worn jeans or anything other than stretchy pants for the last 14 years. Im ready to stop feeling sorry for myself and could really use other's support and in turn to support others because this is hard! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:30:17 EST Time for a new start I took a good look and decided it is time to shape up and eat healthy. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:13:38 EST Try, try again Hi's been a long time. I've been through a lot these past 10 months, husband had an accident at work, (still recovering after 10 months), I had surgery, was out of work for 3 months and other family issues I stress about on a daily basis. I lost myself in all this mess. I was on WW for awhile, but can no longer afford or have the focus to get to it. But I'm trying again, I have to find the strength to focus on myself, to distract myself from worrying about everyone else. It'... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:38:07 EST New and looking for workout buddies Hello, <BR> I'm Karol and I just signed up and looking forward to get started. I am at my heaviest of 176 and want to get down to 135...5lbs increments at a time...makes it more manageable I think...I just bought PiYo also and can't wait to try that along with the gym. Anyone ever try PiYo? If so, how do you like it? It looks fun actually. I live in Albuquerque, NM and hoping find buddies to workout with also pen pals would be nice...motivate each other. Anyhow, good luck to everyone...WE CA... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:38:48 EST Hi - new to message boards On the weight loss journey .... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:40:03 EST Hi - I'm New So I'm Tee and I'm new to SparkPeople - <BR> <BR> I've been in a battle with 27-29 lbs for more than 10 years... <BR> <BR> I'll lose it and gain it back in a matter of months, but now I'm literally sick and tired and I need to lose the weight to feel better and get healthy. <BR> <BR> I feel the weight on me when I walk and it feels like a heavy burden and I'm ready to lighten the load, get healthy and active. <BR> <BR> I live in Mercer County, NJ and I would love to start a walking grou... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Looking for friends Hello, I am looking for friends with similar goals to help motivate and support one another through this journey. I am older and trying to lose about 60 lbs! (Yikes). Please add me as a friend. I need all the help I can get. Thank you and have a wonderful day. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:25:25 EST I'm back been gone a while at my highest weight yet since my son doesn't go to school anymore I have to stick around the house more. My son is mentally handicapped he aged out at 26. So I gained weight and now need the support to loose it. We have a family business and I do a lot of office work in the two to three days I am in there for a couple hours. have a sitter for that time but every time I try to go in town to walk the park. Parts are needed or something and they take off with my van. Makes me mad. <em>28... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:55:51 EST New and For Real This Time Hi, <BR> <BR> I signed up years ago - but never took advantage of this. <BR> <BR> I got borderline blood test results back for the first time and my dr recommended DASH diet. <BR> <BR> I've been doing DASH for a month and have lost weight :) <BR> I'm in a happy place in my life - engaged to be married and I'm here to get encouragement to keep going :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:32:28 EST Hi Hi..just saying hi. Is anyone from Florida? I am in Clearwater,Florida. I am female,48 years young and love doing deep water aerobics at the YMCA.. Hope to meet others of the same mind <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:34:48 EST ready to commit this time day 5 today. Doing OK. Just need to keep going and reduce the need to use my will power Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:32:38 EST I'm back and ready to rock n roll Starting over yet again, and I'm doing my darndest to keep positive and motivated. It can be more than a little frustrating when you've made progress and then slipped back into bad old habits. (Stupid bad old habits! 😣?) But I know I'm not the first to have this happen and I can't keep putting this off to another day, so here I am. I hope to be motivating and to get motivation on the days I need it. I've never gotten involved with posting in the past, so maybe this will help to make a d... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:52:49 EST I'm back! And with more to lose! I've lost track at how many times I've tried to lose weight over the years, but after succeeding once when I was 25 yo (I lost 20 kilos and got down to 81 kilos), I am now 36 yo and weigh 125 kilos <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I need all the help and support I can get as my weight is now affecting my health. So any encouragement and advice will be hugely appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:57:27 EST Hello I habe been on Sparpeople for a while now. Great information. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:37:13 EST Back again I too have been here before but not under this user name. I forgot both it & my password. Lol! Anyway I'm back, needing support & more than willing to support & encourage . By the way, how do I get the little ruler that so many have that shows their progress? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:16:59 EST Back Again I started this about a year ago and didn't finish. I am back and intend to complete the challenge and get healthy. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:42:21 EST New Again :) I was a member here quite a while ago and decided today that I'd like to come back.. I have lost some weight.. My all time top weight was a long time ago but I was at 250.. I've managed to get myself down to 185.. I get frustrated looking at the healthy meals online because most of them include green veggies.. I had a pulmonary imbolism a couple years ago and have been on Warfarin ever since.. It's been confusing because I am told one thing by one pharmacist as to not eat alot of green to oth... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:46:33 EST Returning SP'er. Hello, all. Hi, I am a returning SP member. I had lost some weight back in 2007-08 after buying a treadmill, but needed a place to keep track of my fitness and food intake and someone suggested Spark People. It was a huge help then. I went from 267 to 220 in about five months. It was a real boost to my confidence. <BR> <BR> Had an illness in 2009 (pneumonia) which nearly killed me. It took me about six months of recovery to feel like moving again. In years since, the weight has creeped back up a l... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:45:40 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, new to Spark here (day 5). I had an injury to my feet in 2008 (they were the victim of a 500lb pallet dropping on them) and ever since, I just kind of let myself go. I used to be a healthy, active person but I lost interest in taking care of myself for a while. After I weighed myself recently and saw myself in a picture, I realized I needed to make some changes. So here I am! I've lost 2lbs since I started and I'm feeling really good about this new journey! Feel free to add me a... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:15:52 EST Help!!! <BR> I set up my Sparkpage and then it just disappeared! Not sure what to do. Very frustrated. any suggestions. <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:05:26 EST happy <BR> just so happy to be here thanks all. <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:17:15 EST Recommitting Hi I'm not a new SparkPeople user but this site has so much useful advice and "how to's" that it keeps me coming back. Let the fun begin (again)!! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:08:24 EST Looking for a few friends. <BR> Sorry not sure where to post this. Am feeling kinda on over whelm. Am looking for a few friends to talk to and be responsible for here. I know what I need to do and would like some support doing it. Thanks! scott Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:42:48 EST New Beginnings I'm back. Hopefully to stay. Looking for some insight and encouragement along the way. I don't have a lot of support here at home. Mainly just my kids, however sometimes I feel they lead me in the wrong direction when it comes to nutritional choices (I'm a bit of a push over). My husband is our soul provider and works ALOT so his encouragement is rarely around, and when it is, it is him sitting in front of the TV saying, "do whatever you want, honey.". Don't get me wrong, I love the man ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:46:48 EST Hi everybody Hello my name is Karen. I have a quick question I am trying to update my sparkpage and everytime I click on it, it says that it can not be found. Any idea Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:47:32 EST Introducing Myself Hi, <BR> I am Stephanie and I was diagnosed five years ago after a partial hysterectomy. I was diagnosed as a Type 2. After seeing what my mom went through, I have, and still am determined to take care of myself. It has not been easy but I do my best. I love to eat and I have struggled with the knowledge that I cannot eat like I want anymore. For the past few years, I ate what I wanted but did it in moderation and portion control. There are times that have overeaten and my BS have shown that... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:09:20 EST Never used the message boards Hi all. My name is Sue and I have been a member (back and forth) for a while now but haven't really checked out all the opportunities on Sparkpeople. I am hoping I can get and give some encouragement on here. I start out all ready to do it right and then loose my enthusiasm. Yesterday after going to the grocery store I sat down and made out a menu for all my meals for the rest of the week. I am hoping this will help me stick to eating better. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:27:17 EST Back after a few years I'm looking around and trying to get my bearings. There are quite a few changes and yet it's so familiar. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:22:26 EST Newbie Hello, I am a newbie to spark, but getting to be an oldie at the whole losing weight game. I have had success but recently gained over half back. I was a WW member but a change is needed. No more excuses. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:48:07 EST I'm here Joined last week, but it has taken me a while to figure my way around here. There are so many different avenues and places to introduce oneself. <BR> <BR> I'm on the weight loss adventure for what feels like the millionth time. But i keep coming back and that is all that matters. I'm ready to work on me. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know everyone. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:03:00 EST I am back and need support please.. Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Diane from Georgia. I am struggling with my weight loss. I use to go to Weight Watchers, became lifetime member, gained it all back PLUS. I have lost 10 pounds since last summer but I am constantly yo-yoing. I walk and I journal what I eat, then I get off track. So frustrated. Thanks for listening. <BR> <BR> Diane Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:35:35 EST New Member Hello, I have known about sparkpeople for a long while and thought it is time to join. This site looks very informative and inspirational and have already gotten started tracking today. I am going to check out the over 50 support group next. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:35:33 EST Newbie just saying hi! Just wanted to introduce myself and say how excited I am to be part of this group! I am hoping to loose 80 pounds before next Aug. I am a mom of two boys and wife to a very supportive husband. I have been tracking my calories for a week now on here, and am amazed how many I eat for breakfast. So, my goal for this week is to cut down on breakfast calories. Talk later, Beth! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:19:18 EST Hello all. Hello all. I just found this forum. Looking forward to learning and continuing my progress in weight loss and fitness. Middle of Missouri here . Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:55:01 EST HI From Chillicothe Hi. So I was a member before. I'm back after my dr did some labs that the results came back on. They were not good and I need to make some changes. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend me. :) Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:27:28 EST Repsonding to the Wake Up Call Hello, I'm Becca aka Redis2K17. I'm back with Sparkpeople because I need all the help I can get to make the changes needed to restore my health and save my life. I'm 59 and single, living south of Houston, TX, near my loving daughter and grandkids. I have a couple good friends who will support me in this time of change, but I also need people who know what I'm going through and who are either walking the journey along with me or willing to encourage me from their spot just ahead of me. I love... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:51:54 EST Back again Good morning! My name is Jess and I am back again to try and lose this weight. Approximately 2 years ago, I lost 20 lbs with SparkPeople over 6 months, but then lost my motivation and fell back into old habits. This time, I'm trying a different approach. I have a problem with just jumping in and doing everything at once. This time, I'm just going to try and go slowly and each week to two weeks add in a new habit. I have 100 lbs to lose, and it's not going to happen in one night (as much as I ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:56:35 EST I'm back! I've been gone for a couple of years and it's nice to be back! I'm here weighing a little more than when I left, a new user name (previously jen348), and a refreshed outlook on life. <BR> I am looking looking for motivation and support to get back on a sustainable and healthy track that include my mind and my body. <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:42:30 EST Back again.... I am looking for some support and accountability. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me. <BR> <BR> I feel unmotivated and overwhelmed. I am dealing with several things right now including, being off from work, major depression, moving and "empty nest" issues. I use sitting on the couch for hours at a time, binge eating, binge watching Netflix and isolating myself to cope with these things. <BR> <BR> Here's to trying again.... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:32:26 EST I am new and need help navigating the system I see all the support and encouragements. I am really not a very social media savvy person. Also due to my work hours and family commitments, I do not have a lot of time to devote to social media. I do not even have a face book page. For real. Any ideas please. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:06:31 EST Hi, I'm SHER & Join me with the "Sticks Of Butter Hi there. hen I lose weight, pounds, I also lose Sticks of Butter from My Body. <BR> example: their are 4 Sticks of Butter in 1 Pound. So... <BR> If I loose 5 pounds I also loose 20 Sticks of butter from my body. <BR> If I loose 2 & 1/2 pounds I also loose 10 sticks of butter from my body. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there.<BR>individual.asp?gid=68668 <BR> <BR> or go to my home page and click on Sticks of Butter. <BR> <BR> Thank you, SHER <em>290... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:16:19 EST Thrilled to be Back Again I am back after a few years of gaining weight and trying to find short cuts and magic pills and anything else that would help. Spark worked for me before and I know, if I work the plan, it will do the trick again. Committing to doing what it takes to achieve success and looking forward to inspiring others to do the same. :) Sun, 9 Jul 2017 11:06:36 EST I have returned!!! <BR> My name is scott I have been gone from here for years. I am old and not in great shape. But I know I need to do something. Hello to all. I do hope to get <BR> some support here and maybe a friend or two. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:37:59 EST Hello Hi. My name is Shelly and Iive in GA. I am about to turn 41 and have been battling with my weight for more than ten years. I have bad knees which makes it often difficult to work out, but I am determined to get in shape and stay the course this time. I would like advice and tips from anyone on best foods recipes and best exercises. I am a picky eater and maybe there is another out there that has tips for me. Does anyone have ideas about good workouts that will burn calories, but will not... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 21:38:13 EST Returning Sparkpeople member Hello all, <BR> I am a returning member to Sparkpeople. Trying to make healthy choices for eating, exercise, and managing stress better. Would welcome new Spark friends to share and support this journey. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:40:30 EST Hello, world! Hi! I'm Jane. I'm sort of new to this whole diet/fitness tracking thing (never having had to worry about it before until now, suddenly, at 40, I do) <BR> <BR> I try to climb at a climbing gym once a week or so, and I'm taking once-weekly pilates and TRX classes. <BR> <BR> My primary hobbies are fiber-related: spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing, etc, which mostly fall under the umbrella of historical reenactment. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:59:18 EST Newbie- Trying to beat Diabetes Found your website here through WebTPA of course: looks like a great area and lots of things going on. I started tracking my nutrition already and plan on using your walking guide next. I'm really glad I found you- looks like a huge group of support. <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> See ya around - Jen <BR> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:22:22 EST Newbie here! Nice to meet you!! Hello everyone!! I am so glad to have found this community :) I think this is exactly what I need to push me towards success. I have struggled with my weight for quite some time now, and I have decided its finally time to do something about it. No more excuses. I look forward with interacting with everyone here and seeing all of our progress!! <BR> -Angie Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:32:42 EST Joining After Many Years Away Hey everyone!!! My name is Melissa. I'm 28 years old and I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was on this site many years ago (back in 2011/12); and I loved the friends I made and the support I had. I lost over 70lbs in less than 6 months back then. Unfortunately, my life took a drastic change in many ways- and I fell off the wagon and website. I'm laying here tonight, on my heating pad, in pain. Pain in my hips, legs and feet. And I know it's from my weight. I've decided I'm tired of it... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:31:59 EST Want to say and introduce myself. Hello!! <BR> My name is Denise. I am from Massachusetts. I have 2 children, both grown and live on their own. I am 48 years old. <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople by googling forums for Lipedema. I find I am a bit confused by the website so far. And also by even typing on a laptop again, or even being on a forum. I haven't participated in a group since the AOL forums of the 90s. <BR> <BR> Is this a general weight loss site? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help anyone wants to give as I learn to na... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 18:02:14 EST Hello from Steamy Texas! In Need of a Re-Set From 2009 - 2010 I lost 100 lbs going to the gym and eating healthier/smarter. Then I hit my 40s. Hysterectomy in 2014 and have slowly gained majority of that weight back. Not only gained weight, but recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. Kinda feel like my 86 yr old mother!! I've half-heartedly tried to get back on track, but nothing seems to work. This site seems like a great place to try again. Hoping to get motivated and somehow find my willpower again. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:08:11 EST Trying Something New Hi Everyone- <BR> <BR> I actually joined Sparkpeople a few years ago but didn't do much with my account. Since then, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and gained and lost about 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> So why am I here? To set up healthy routines that will contribute to a healthy and stable weight. I'm 5'7'' and 200lbs (ok, maybe 203. I need to weigh myself). Goal weight? TBD. <BR> <BR> After being treated for said eating disorder, I have hesitated rejoining the forum, as I don't want to ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:06:12 EST New friends to support each other Hi! I'll try to keep this brief. I'm 36, 5'8" and a half, and today I weighed 170.4 lbs. I've lost 25 pounds since January. Five days ago, I started going to the gym again. I finally got the motivation back to exercise. I'm working on building my running endurance and love the treadmill. My goal is to get back down to 145-152 pounds, which is where I was in 2015. It was hard to achieve and I maintained for a while but due to a sickness, I gained weight. I'm not sick now, I'm doing much better... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:02:32 EST I'm new here I'm trying to get healthy for ME...gonna need all the encouragement I can get... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:34:12 EST Assisted Living Hi I joined July 1st and am looking for someone who lives in an assisted living facility Wed, 5 Jul 2017 17:22:08 EST I'm just here for the sparkpoints. Hahaha. My name is April, from Gig Harbor. First week back on this site since I think 2012?! Discovered the "challenges" and really like being given little assignments. What a great idea! First week down just a couple more to make some new good habits. Going in the right direction! Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:58:23 EST Looking for a spark buddy Hi, I am looking for a spark buddy..someone to message when things get tough or perhaps just to give each other a bit of support. I know I have a long journey ahead of me and I cannot fail this time. If like me you feel the same please message me and maybe we can motivate each other xx Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:00:41 EST New member change of account Hi I was new here this morning but have had to create a new account.... Don't ask too complicated to explain lol can anyone tell me how I can get a ticker please I would appreciate it as I had one this morning and now I cannot seem to get one. Thanks x Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:47:50 EST New Again Hello, I am back. It has been seven years since my last log-on, but I am back and motivated to lose 70 pounds. <em>386</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:35:05 EST New member Hello my name is Anna and I have gained 4 stone in the last 3 years...yikes that sounds really bad lol.... But I am now watching what I eat and am doing some exercise so I should lose some before my sons Portugal wedding in may 2018. I do know that I can lose weight but after losing 6 stone with a popular slimming club I become I'll and was losing my hair and bruising for no reason so this time I am doing it the healthy way by lowering my portion sizes and eating foods from all the food group... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:36:04 EST painting my own toes i want to be able to bend enough to paint my toes and breathe,,lol i love how i feel when i lose weight but don' <em>213</em> t stay motivated and fall back on bad eating habits and being lazy! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:23:57 EST New here, anyone else "maintaining"? Hi, everyone. I'm new to Spark People and new to fitness/nutrition tracking in general. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I had some health problems that made it hard for me to keep on weight. Recently I started to get back to a normal weight. But then I just KEPT gaining. Despite initially wanting to gain weight it's been difficult to see myself go up one size after another. I'm still getting used to it, and now I want to maintain my weight. Not necessarily lose but at least not gain any more. Als... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 19:47:29 EST Hi..I'm Lou Have to lose about 40# so I can get a double knee replacement. Been "trying" for about a year, but it's time I put my whole heart into it! So tired of the awful pain and reduced mobility...and my son's family is having twins and I have to be able to keep up with them since I am the sitter (I live with them) and am barely able to keep up with the 2 year old! So heres to making myself 1ST and to getting healthier! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:50:17 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, just checking in! My name is Carole and I am new to SparkPeople. I have about 80 # to lose and I am on a pretty good streak so I thought I would join this to keep up the momentum. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing the Whole 30 program and walking everyday. I would like to get more consistent about walking twice a day instead of just once a day because I know that it would help me with my long term weight loss and fitness goals to get in more mileage everyday. I am also... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:38:06 EST STARTING SPARK COACH AGAIN I am starting Spark Coach again and hope this time I will follow the program and succeed. Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:21:25 EST coming back <em>30</em> I used to be on this site many years ago but some how I lost this from daily my list .I am back with retired under my belt try to focus staying health much as possible and excerise this body I do mess up trying to staying healthy but I am willing to stay more on me .I like to go walking and try do 3 miles 3- 4 time week.Hoping meet some new friends . Tue, 4 Jul 2017 09:39:04 EST Re introduce myself In 2015-16, I lost 60 pounds, with much thanks to the Spark team. Unfortunately, I gained 50 lbs of it back, and feel worse than I ever did. I've been trying to get back in shape since November, but 2 foot problems have extremely limited that effort. Now, my foot is feeling better, and I'm ready to do it. And for any new members out there, the people, recipes, and information on this page can and will help. Wish me luck. Tue, 4 Jul 2017 08:18:55 EST The loss of my son The loss of my son Tim, who was a very active Spark member, has prompted me to join. I need to loose over 100 pounds, in fact more like 175. I am 60 years old, and very out of shape, so I'm thinking I'll have to focus on diet first, as I can't walk long at all without my back hurting. The problem is I feel like I'm facing a mountain, that is a lot of weight. I know I need to give up soda and late night snacking, but I can't seem to. I promised Tim before he passed that I would lose weigh... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 23:40:45 EST Day 1 on here I'm new on this site. I'm on the journey to improve my nutrition and my health. if I lose weight in the process that's wonderful. I currently weigh 295. I have no set in stone weightloss goal, because my journey is not exactly to lose a specific number on a scale. I'm going through a cancer scare and we are waiting on the words from doctors, that may change my life and my 6 children's lives forever. I've messed around with crazy diets and I have been on the weight gain roller coaster all of m... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 20:21:28 EST Greetings I am new to SparkPeople and excited to get started. I've been on a weight loss journey for quite some time and am excited to say that I am 9 lbs away from my goal weight. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:36:19 EST checking in for the day I hope all is well with everyone today !! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 16:03:49 EST Hello I'm glad to be part of the Spark's Community. Finding it real hard to lose weigh the older I get. Hoping to find the right balance of dieting and exercising and get to a healthier me. Sun, 2 Jul 2017 12:36:37 EST A Brazilian lost in Sweden! Hi, my name is Thaís and I just started in this journey again for this past week. <BR> I am a 33-year-old Brazilian that has moved to Sweden 2.5 years ago to live with my boyfriend. We got married this last March and now want to have kids... but I think I am too fat for that and it would probably not be healthy for me or for the baby. <BR> I started at 123.4 kg (272 pounds) and I am trying to change my "always munching" habit into something healthier. <BR> I am also looking for supportive spa... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:13:57 EST Weight Loss Well Getting on the last 20 lbs of goal weight of 170. My all time high was 293, so I dropped 103 lbs. If I can do it anyone can !!! <BR> So hang in there and keep trying Sun, 2 Jul 2017 07:56:05 EST Hello My name is LauraAnne and I used Sparkpeople ohhhhh about ten years ago and then lost track of it and thus gained weight. I need to make changes and desperately need accountability. I have been pretty lonely and I think that has contributed to the gain as well. I have a husband and a five year but no real girlfriends to speak of so its been hard. I am hoping to meet people here to help keep me motivated and on track. Also, question--what are the sparkpoints for?? <BR> Thanks and thanks for l... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 14:44:59 EST How to begin Several months ago I drastically cut pop out of my diet, and saw changes in how I felt. So about six weeks ago, I started walking about 5 days a week and reducing portion sizes. I have lost about 20 pounds at this point but the challenge I am having is how to keep exercise integrated into my life when I also deal with chronic muscle and tendon pain. Some days I can walk two miles fairly easily. Others I am struggling to finish a 20 minute mile with my hips and legs aching. I need to figure ou... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:51:18 EST Hello ... again Hello, I'm not new to SparkPeople but I'm starting over, again. I hope to do it right this time. Either I'm working out and not eating properly or I'm eating properly and not working out. It's no wonder that I've seen no progress. I've calculated that I've gained 70 pounds in 39 years. Staggering and Sobering. Well, I'm back in the fold and for the long haul. ✋🏽? Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:28:05 EST Just starting and feeling great Hello, My name is Sharon. I am on a new journey with this board and with a program at my job that focuses on wellness. Week 1 down and I am feeling great! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 10:39:24 EST New Beginnings Hi all! I am an old spark member but it had been a long time since I logged in, so Im starting fresh! <BR> <BR> I have decided to go through with Weight Loss Surgery and am in a 6month pre-op program now. I think spark will be super helpful for me to track everything in one place and record my journey through blogging. <BR> <BR> So glad to be back! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 07:58:45 EST Hi, My Name is Sheila Hi, Everyone! My name is Sheila, and I joined Spark People last Monday. I had been a pre-diabetic but now declared a Type 2 diabetic. I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost and gained over the years. This is my last straw. I have thought about bariatric surgery, but my heart is not there. I am hoping and praying this community and accountability will help. I have recently found a Dr. who works specifically with obese patients, and I am excited to start working with her. I ha... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:49:25 EST New Member saying Hello and Get To Know Me Hello. I'm a new member. I want and need to lose this weight I've been big my entire life. I'll be 23 on July 25th and my weight isn't where I want it to be. Last year on my birthday I was 250 pounds. I'm currently 274 pounds. I'm trying to lose enough weight to join the military. I don't want to walk into a recruiters office when I'm still...fat. I'm hoping that joining this site with connect me with others. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:11:07 EST Mama on a mission! Happy Friday Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark. I am 40 years young, 5'4" and 272 pounds. I have the goal to lose 125 lbs. I have tried numerous different ways to lose weight, but even if I lost a few pounds, I always gained them back with interest. This time is different. I am not going it alone. <BR> <BR> As with everything in life, it takes a village and for once I have my village not only aware, but actively engaged. I am working with my doctor, my nutritionist on my goals an... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:42:41 EST Lynda Carr Hi, I am Lynda Carr and I have no idea what I am doing, or really how to get started. Plus I want to download to my phone so I can scan nutritional info at store, etc. Can somebody please help me. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:37:43 EST New Member Hello I just joined I have a long journey to go with over 100lbs to loose. I am looking forward to using this site to help me on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:33:43 EST Hello to everyone from user B_determined Here to lose some stubborn wieght. <BR> Currently at 165lbs with a goal of 120lbs. <BR> <BR> Never had a fitness buddy or community so thought maybe that is what I am lacking because people and situations around me were never a motivation. <BR> Tried many times failed as many. Will never give up trying. <BR> <BR> I believe "Each time we fail we learn something new about ourselves. The reason why we failed becomes another area to be improved." <BR> <BR> I have medical issues and can only g... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 06:28:07 EST I'm Linda; looking to lose weight Hi, <BR> <BR> I would like to lose weight and would really like some support. I care for my elderly mother and there are always lots of sweets around. It's particularly difficult in the evening. She brings in lots of sugary desserts from her meals and it's hard to leave them alone. Any ideas? She had a fall a little over a year and I haven't taken any time off (have a little part time help during the week). <BR> <BR> Any coaching/support greatly appreciated! Thanks, <BR> Linda Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:01:38 EST jo Anne starting a challenge if I can only get a diet plan with meal suggestions <BR> Can anyone direct me?? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:26 EST 1st time on Sparkpeople I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Donna and I'm 55 years old. I have been happily married to my husband for 20 years this September. I have just recently lost 17 lbs on my own over the last couple of months. I now feel like I need some help to continue as I have a long way to go. I would really like to lose the weight and keep it off this time. Thanks. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:14:24 EST Hello, I have a question Hello everyone, I am pregnant and was unfortunate the other day after being caught up in an accident. I went for a check up immediately and was told my baby was in perfect condition. Two days ago I began bleeding, and I am worried if this could be a miscarriage. Help! Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:27:27 EST Hi, I just joined Hi everybody, I just joined. I have been thinking about trying to diet for a few weeks now. I have been looking for strategies on the internet, but I can't seem to get myself going. I am a 51 year old male. Very soon to be 52 and in the past year I have gained weight so that I am larger than I have ever been. For many years I didn't have a GREAT DIET , BUT MY WEIGHT MAINTAINED. This past year I notice that I have not been as fortunate. i could use some help or some tips here. Things like how ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:55:47 EST Day 1.....again :) Here to give and receive some much needed support. After stepping on the scale and seeing my body changing for the not so great, I'm here to make some changes!! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:48:24 EST 7 years later, back on Sparkpeople! Hello all... <BR> <BR> I'm Reese. I joined Sparkpeople years ago and stopped consistently logging in around 2010. Now I'm back...and ready to get back on the wagon - 7 years later! New name, new attitude! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:44:41 EST Starting Over Again, Just Passed My One Month Hi Everyone, <BR> I live in SoCali in the desert near Idyllwild and retired. My challenge in losing weight is limited mobility due to RA. Some days I feel great, and others it is a struggle to move around. I need to lose, but taking meds that keep weight on, NO EXCUSES I TELL MYSELF, so really focusing on everything that goes in my mouth. I do not drink or smoke, nor do I drink sodas or fancy coffees, so pretty much a veggie and limited chicken, fish, turkey as my protein. I like Spark as ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:02:45 EST I'm just me 💕💕?? I'm 58 years old; all my life I've taken care of and done what others want to do. One day it hit me. It's time for me.......time to do things I want to do and need to do for myself. So at the ripe weight of 264 off I go. I'm now at 237. I started on February 24, 2017. I'm giving it my best but need some good stomach exercises. I can't do sit-ups for nothing and it's went down but have a way to go. Have a good day fellow Sparkers!! 😜? Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:34:59 EST Hi I am Lollie17 I have a LOT of weight to loose. So my goal is to take one day and do the best I can. My interests are first to learn to live more healthy. Luckily until now no big sickness, so if I want to keep it like that it is time I step up and start looking better after myself. I've joined the site because a friend could not stop talking about this wonderful site. So here I am... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:32:55 EST Hopeful and Eager to Get Healthier Hi, Everybody! I just started with SparkPeople, and I think I'm going to love it. It is very motivating to get emails that encourage and help in practical ways. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:33:39 EST hello I am the one in the sweater I don't like to take my picture I am in a slump right now and I need to lose 30 pounds. I cannot seem to get motivated and get up and do it. I am an isolated person I stay home mostly, I do have a treadmill and I used to walk daily but I just cannot seem to do it I sure hope joining here will help me God Bless Each one of you and I hope we can help each other to lose the weight we need to !! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:32:43 EST New Hello to all from everywhere i am looking for some friends in my own area I live in the Fleetwood Pa area. Please feel free to say hello. Always looking for help and advice from anyone anywhere.Meshell Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:49:54 EST Hi! Hope you're having a wonderful day. I've taken my sweet time to introduce myself! I'm Ashley. I'm already thrilled by how many loving, wonderful people are still on this site. I'm so excited to re-start my journey with you guys. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:13:21 EST I am a minister and do mainly outreach to shut ins and have church services and singing in nursing homes. I am 55 yrs old, married since 1984, and a dog mama to a rescue Beagle and an Italian Greyhound, who was given up for adoption. I love to work out and eat healthy most of the time. I love riding my bike and kettle bell swings best. I have been using a different fitness and nutrition tracker for over a year so I am trying Sparkpeople to decide between the two because I need something insp... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:19:51 EST ! month weigh in and measurements ! Hey all I am a mom of 2 grown children and a grandma of 2 1/2 ( one more on the way). A loving husband who love me any way I look. Not me I want to look and feel healthy so I am on Ketogenic diet. I have weighed and measure myself after a month. I've lost 10 pounds and very proud, it has been a long time coming with yoyo dieting but this Ketgenic diet is the bomb. I've lot an inch off my waist and other part as well. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:23:26 EST Starting over fresh Hi all! After yo-yoing for 10 years, I decided to start over fresh! I closed my previous account (jesswahoo) and am doing it right this time. I'm trying to be more active; making sure I log EVERYTHING; and getting at least 10 minutes of movement in a day. I'm looking forward to getting going again! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:51:41 EST Exercise to regain health Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am a 60 years old male. I have had a series of heart and weight problems in the last year. <BR> <BR> Doctor's advice : Lose weight and do exercise. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople offers assistance in both fields. So here I am <BR> <BR> Michel Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:53:07 EST Hi Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have decided to join Spark People and get my weight loss back on track, hopefully with the tools on the site rather than stumbling through on my own. <BR> <BR> Around 5 years ago I weighed 286lbs (20st 4lbs) and started to lose weight, and managed to get down to 183lbs (13st 11lbs) ish. I did this by basically eating a weight watcher soup of 99 calories for lunch and a 500 calorie ready meal for dinner during the week (weekends were a free for all). Obviously this ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:56:30 EST Trying something different Good morning for day 5! I'm a frustrated WW member who is trying something different with my food journal. The smart points are not working for me and I'm starting to gain the weight back.Wish me luck. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:35:17 EST Back again Was trying low carb now going to try this need support Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:07:40 EST Caregivers How do full time caregivers find time for themselves? And for folks cooking three meals a day for invalids who are trying to gain wieght, how is your weight loss plan going? And how to people find the energy? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:25:09 EST New here I'm 47 years old and told myself that I would never see the scale hit 200 lbs. Well 2 weeks ago at my yearly physical I was 206. I was so bummed. I'm completely commitment to getting this weight off. I'm tired of always feeling so tired and sore. I know that if I drop some weight some of my aches and pains will go away. I've been at it for almost a week now and I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I haven't been able to do a lot of exercise due to a foot injury. I can't wait to go on... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:59:39 EST moving from beginner to intermediate exercise leve Hi: Could we talk about when an individual is ready to move from beginner to intermediate exercise level with the videos here. How do I know when I am ready and how much time do I need to put into a workout at a beginner level? Thank you for any help you can provide. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:54:11 EST Im new to the group and getting back in shape I joined a gym in march i believe and it has been super sloe progress to this point. I clean houses all day and get to the gym 1-3 times a week. Diet is good for the most part some weeks and terrible other weeks 😂? <BR> I do 20-20 eliptical each time then the remainder is weight machines. I am more heavily concentrated on leg machines though as my trap muscles kill me and make it hard to do those machines. Lost 7lbs then regained it all back, but i have gained 2 inches in the thigh and los... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:34:29 EST Newb to SP not new to trying to get healthy I am Debbie. I am 54. Currently weigh around 254. It is not weigh in day. I was 267.7 at the doctor on the 31st of May. The doctor was mad at me because I previous lost 15 lbs last summer. So I took the hint. Walking is about all I can do. I tried the elliptical and it made my bad leg scream. So I bought a treadmill so I have no excuses. So I did that 11 days in a row for 30 minutes. Today I walked the trail for 52 minutes. I jogged the last 40 feet. Tomorrow I am participating in a race. th... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:00:14 EST A returning journey Hi there! I am a 30 year old homeschooling mama to three with some weight to lose. I have planned for weight loss before and have somewhat succeeded until I plateaud and gave up...or something threw my off my routine (and I mean something as simple as a doctors appointment at the time I normally worked out). <BR> <BR> My plan is to accept that bad food choices happen, things happen where I won't be able to work out when I have the energy and want to work out, and that reading the labels isn... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:40:03 EST Hiya Everybody! New to these boards, just looking for like minded people to shoot the breeze with. My gf and I have spent the past year getting our health and fitness level back in order, and although I'm within a few lbs of my goal, it's time to set some new ones! I've gone from an all time high of 194lbs down to my current 145! Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:19:11 EST New Hi, im jen. I want to try a new support group. Weight Watchers is not that good. I want to lose 30 pounds. <em>104</em> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:55:28 EST Trying again I used Sparkpeople 5 years ago and lost 85 pounds then my mom passed away and I gained it all back plus some. I'm trying again and I would love some new friends on my page. Fingers crossed I can do this again! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:35:55 EST Accountability Buddy? Hey everyone, I'm Tara. I would love to find a partner to help each other stay on track and check in with each other through text or email. Anyone else looking for that? Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:07:44 EST Totally Committed I have struggled for the past 30 years with my weight. It is now or never and it is NOW. I have at least 100 pounds to lose and I know with prayer, community support and daily accountability I CAN lose it. I have an office job and walk at least 4 mornings a week. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:35:31 EST Restarting member... Have decided to try some of the challenges. Today I'm supposed to introduce myself on the message boards. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:14:25 EST New members please do not set page to private. I love to welcome new members and offer encouragement but am finding the majority lately set to private .. If they are private, no one can come visit. <BR> Thanks ....... it is your choice but difficult to welcome newbies. <BR> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:54:43 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:36 EST Doing it this time Hello everyone. My name is Alex and I and trying this road again. I have been on and off SP several times but this time will be different. I am finally at a place where I can commit to myself over anything else. That is what I am here to do! Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:29:30 EST The last 16. I lost 55 pounds in the last year, gained back 11 pounds ..... and here I am back on the trail ready to drop the last 16 pounds for good. I've done this before so I know what to do pretty well, it's just finding the energy to stay motivated. But, so far so good! Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:12:09 EST Hi Again Not new here, back again after several years. I came pretty close to my goal weight last time, but struggled with my emotional health which set me back. Now that I'm in a much better space, I'm here to get back on track with my overall wellbeing. This is important to me, because I am now a student teacher so I want to be a positive role model to the kids I work with, physically, emotionally and mentally. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:56:28 EST Returning User Preparing for a new Lifestyle Hi, all! I am a returning user to SparkPeople...I used it several years ago and enjoyed it then. It has made some great improvements since then, so I am excited to be back. <BR> <BR> Recently I was diagnosed with hypertension, hypothyroidism and pre-diabetes and a continuing diagnoses of PCOS (since I was 16) and obesity (almost 300 pounds at 5'7"). At the age of 37, I am hoping to reverse or manage several of these conditions. The doctor has me taking several medications; but I know in gen... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:15:10 EST Starting over for the millionth time! Hi everyone. I just discovered this group. I have been on every diet known to mankind and have failed at all of them. I am hoping that maybe I can get some inspiration and motivation here. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get started? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:39:42 EST Join our Gratitude Journals Team New to Spark? Join our Gratitude Journals Team.....we'd love to have you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:03:29 EST it's me :) Mom of 6. Halmeoni to 5. Birthday in July and want to get back to 163 before that time. @ 163 I am still overweight, but this is where I was back in 2010 when I lost 35.8 pounds. Made a move and gained it all back. Have been on and off every since trying to get it off, but never really consistent in my efforts. This time... it is coming off and staying off. PERIOD. :) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:53:15 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. I'm new here, joining SparkPeople on 6/5/17, but actually started on 6/12/17. I'm really excited about joining and look forward towards total transformation one day at a time. I'm looking to lose 100+ pounds and would love to hook up with others with the same long goal challenge. Best of luck to everyone in their weigh lost journey! <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:35:54 EST new to sparkpeople and gastric bypass Hi, I am new to sp and I joined because my bariatric doctor wants everyone to join for the support and experience of others that have gone through or is going through the same things I am. But all the groups I found that are related are not active. So are there any bariatric ppl look for a group for support? If so I would be willing to Co lead one.. hit me up! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:35:44 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. I'm new here, joining SparkPeople on 6/5/17, but actually started on 6/12/17. I'm really excited about joining and look forward towards total transformation one day at a time. I'm looking to lose 100+ pounds and would love to hook up with others with the same long goal challenge. Best of luck to everyone in their weigh lost journey! <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:34:04 EST New girl Hi-I'm Heather. I'm 41 and live in Northern California. I lost over 100 pounds a few years ago by cutting out sugar and processed food. I was very active and taking care of myself, and I had never been happier. I moved from Georgia to California 2 years ago and lost my father and grandmother soon after that. I also work from home, so I'm somewhat isolated. All of this has lead to a 30 pound gain. I have given half-hearted tries, but I'm ready to commit to getting my happy place back. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:43:42 EST New here My name is Deborah but most people call me Deb. At 225 and 63 years old, I need all the help I can find. Not sure exactly how all this works but I would like be to hear from others who are on this journey. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:42:36 EST No more dieting...I want a new way to live! Really interested in changing my whole lifestyle and I like how SP has set up a community to facilitate the process. Someone had shared a picture yesterday that said it takes 21 days to create a new habit and 90 days to change a lifestyle. I believe this to be true as I look at the last 90 days of my life and now I want to tailor make my life to include all the things that make me happy and healthy. I want to lose weight and if it happens quickly YAY! However, I want the weightloss and confid... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:24:34 EST Belly fat This may have been discussed previously. Would like to know if there are any posts regarding how to get rid of belly fat. I have mobility problems so can't lay on floor. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:17:33 EST Old but new :) Have been on Spark for quite some time - have lost over 100lbs but still have some to go - it took almost a year and a half, but have maintained for about a year now. Starting to feel old habits slipping back in, so the 'spark' in me is going to put a stop to that and work on getting the last 50 or so pounds off. So glad Spark is always here, patiently waiting for my return :) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:51:47 EST Slow loser, but plugging along For the last 5 years I've gained 10 pounds each year. In March I committed to Get Healthy! I joined a gym and now work out with weights and on the treadmill. It's been nearly 8 weeks, and I've lost 12 pounds. I'm hoping there is some muscle gain in there too. I had hoped for nearly double that weight loss, but I do feel great about all the positive changes I've made. Any other slow losers out there? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:37:27 EST Back onboard! Hello from Baton Rouge! Just wanted to introduce myself once again. I've been bouncing around for a couple of years across various weight loss companies and sites trying to find the one that I can follow and enjoy. Mine is the usual story.....start a program, lose weight, stop the program, gain weight, start another program, maybe join a gym, lose some weight, stop the program, stop the gym, gain the weight back. Yeesh! Why can't I succeed?? It seems I can't seem to break the cycle and un... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:12:01 EST Hello all Well I just wanted to introduce myself...I am new to SparkPeople. I was previously using Calorie Count the past year and switched to My Fitness Pal. I still use My Fitness Pal in this transitional phase because it is easier for me to log. I lost both parents as a child and I am an emotional eater. I recently lost my grandmother who raised me, and was up to my ultimate high at 170 (I have not weighed that much since 10 years ago when I had gestational diabetes with my first of three sons). I h... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:27:12 EST New to Spark People After trying unsuccessfully for years to lose weight I had weight loss surgery and did great for the first year - lost 50 lbs. My life took a drastic change and the weight is coming back. <BR> <BR> I hope to find a meal plan and exercise routine that will keep me accountable for what I do. <BR> <BR> Here's to 40 lbs gone in 6 months Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:19:31 EST A year of small changes equals a better me! Greetings, friends! <BR> My name is Tracy and I am back at SparkPeople once again for some motivation to reach my goals! <BR> I have committed myself to making ONE small change every day for a year; 365 small changes that will add up to a healthier, happier, greener me! <BR> In the next year, my goals are to: <BR> 1. Lose 30 lbs. <BR> 2. Increase my fitness level by at least 50% <BR> 3. Eliminate unnecessary chemicals from my home <BR> Wish me luck! I'm going to need it <em>211</em> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:23:48 EST Day One Day one of the rest of my life and I am choosing to live it one day at a time, be the best I can be, celebrate my sucess and forgive any failings. For all the diets I've been on in my life they have shown me that losing weight isn't about a diet, but about a life change and today I am making that change. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:50:50 EST Trying to find the right VSG board Hi Everyone, I had my lap band removed and VSG surgery on 5/5/2017, I just had my one month checkup and I'm down 20 pounds, WAHOOOOO <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to connecting with other people who have had VSG. I am doing great and adding more steps and exercise each day. Hope you have a great day! Mary Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:50:22 EST New again from Kentucky Hi all. I am back into my weight loss journey again after a break. Just moved to Covington, KY and starting a new job. Lots of stress lately. <BR> Needing all the help I can get to become more healthy, get in shape and lose around 100 lbs. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:48:01 EST New from SC <em>30</em> Hello I'm a diabetic type 2. I need the challenge, weight loss buddies and encouragement. I'm ready to offer encouragement too. Hope to hear from a lot of you. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:08:06 EST Need a workout buddy... Hi from Andrea <BR> Is there anyone in San Diego looking for a buddy to walk, bike or workout with? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:36:55 EST Twenty Pounds to Lose! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a 27 year old female living in the South. Lots of good food, lots of activities and lots of opportunity to spend time by the pool. Unfortunately, I have been engaging in less activities and much much more enjoying of the food. While I always have and always will love food, I am not so in love with the other aspects of this affair. I have very little energy, I am tired constantly and I am much less social than I used to be. I have tried to cut back and cut out, but poor... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:11:04 EST Not new, just starting over... Have been diagnosed with diabetes. I can use all the help i can get. I do not want to become medication dependant. Any of you out there that have controlled yours by diet only, please share your success with me! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:31:45 EST Hey Hey Hey Its just me! I'd like introduce myself! They call me Colbert....I am a father of two and a loving man. Oh and we got a pup also, but I just want to share a little bit of my success story. I mean for now success story. I feel like it's been a long ride. I am 35 years old and have been strugglin' with weight for sometime now.....A bunch of up and down. Since I was a kid. I would always get up in the middle of the night and eat hole in the fridge. One day a man told me that if I drank water instead of pop a... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:25:37 EST Jen Hey out there, I am a 40 year old engaged woman with a graduate, senior in high school and a freshman in high school. I work up to 13 hours a day at an assisted living facility in a memory care unit which I love. On December 15, 2015 I had a ROUX-EN-Y surgery. At that time I was at my heaviest which was 254. I am currently 186 and wanting to be 140. I love to do needlepoint, cross-stitching, going for walks and playing cards or board games. I am currently looking for exercise ideas because th... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:21:09 EST Hello from New Brunswick, Canada Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It is a lovely day by the ocean and I am starting my day. Although I would like to lose weight it is my primary goal. I am on medication that causes weight gain so I do not know if I am able to lose weight. After a long illness I am trying to re-establish a more healthy lifestyle. I have had great difficulty with eating so I am now learning to eat normally. The meal plan is really helpful. I am also trying to establish an exercise program. Walking 15 min per... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:09:07 EST Hello From Iowa. Hello everyone I'm here in Iowa where the Temperature are extreme half the year lol no but seriously I have joined this site to lose weight i really need to cause i do not feel healthy at 295.2 but when i started last week i was 297.2 so I'm on a good start and I'm proud of myself this is a start to a new me the me who is healthy and who has her GED and a better job a car and her own place I'm hoping to make it all happen by the end of 2018 wish me luck! :) Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:21:55 EST Anyone from South Dakota or Minnesota? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I Recently retired to Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Worthington, Minnesota. Looking for someone fun to do things in the community or just to have a cup of coffee and talk. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:55:51 EST New Life Hi Everyone, my name is Mike, my story is like so many others. Fat as a child, remained obese through high school, and adulthood. Ive tried so many times to lose weight and gain control of my bad eating habits. Everytime with same results, lose some weight, then gain it all back plus a few. In 12 days I turn 50 and here i am on another journey to try and change. I'm also fighting a gambling addiction, so i find myself rewarding me for not gambling by eating. I feel like I'm in a washin... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:14:30 EST i had email told me to introduce my self Hi, I a 41 , looking to lose, 85 to 90 pounds, my I deal weight for my height, etc is 115 to 120 pounds . I started here on spark 6/5/17 my weight was 203.5, my bf 40.7bw 43.2,bmi 37.4., last night weight jump on the scale, bf. 40, bw 43, bmi 36.6 <BR> amd my weight is now 199.9 pounds. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:38:13 EST BThomas 161 hope everyone had a great weekend , now I am ready to get this weight off and will take any help I can get Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:18:01 EST Hello! Hi there! I'm Erin and I just re-joined after being away for a year. Hoping to lose weight, get in shape and feel better after dealing with some health problems. Hoping to meet some new friends too :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has an awesome day! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:46:05 EST Looking for support Hello, I'm Clovervine. I did the MMWL program at Kaiser last year, and lost 70 lbs (still have quite a ways to go) and have regained about 20. I'm struggling with focus and motivation right now, and am just looking for a place to talk about it with those who face the same struggle and challenges. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:32:06 EST Motivated I'm starting at my almost heaviest ever weight and have decided this is enough. I'm starting at 284 and hope to lose over 100 lbs. My initial goal is to lose 20 pounds and keep it off so I can continue to lose. I'm 42 and I want to be able to ride my bike, kayak, hike without feeling tired and winded. I'm excited to be on this journey and find my hidden athletic me! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:08:13 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My name is Felisha, I just joined. I think maybe this website/app will help me lose weight and get in the shape I want to be in. <BR> <BR> I'd also love to make new friends, so feel free to talk to me! <BR> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:50:14 EST Starting over. Hi, <BR> I have used Spark on and off for a few years, I never seem to stick with it or any other diet plan. I am hoping to find a friend/buddy who is willing to chat and keep each other motivated. exchanging ideas of what works and doesn't work for us. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:36:02 EST New here Good morning everyone. I'm new here, wanting to lose weight and feel good at the same time. I will welcome any and all advise to help me on this journey! Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:43:49 EST Hi all. I've lost 23lbs and I have a ways to go but I feel better losing this much already. I really struggle with staying motivated though. I think in the big picture it's rather easy losing weight, eat less calories, simple. But when you get to that goal weight, do you continue to track everything you eat? Is it pretty much a lifetime of calorie counting? It sounds so depressing. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 18:36:42 EST almost 50 and the weight is coming off slow hi i am going to be 50 this year ( september ) and i really want to lose weight I want to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday which is sept 22. Do you think this is possible? It seems to be coming off so slowly. Help keep me motivated please Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:18:56 EST 5 years after weight loss, body image Hi! My name is Julie, I'm 49 years old and had lost a total of 84lbs, reaching my goal weight 4.5 years ago. I have gained 15lbs back. Maintaining that for two years. I'm reaching out because it's been a tough road and I'm still struggling with body image issues that plague me daily. Not only beating myself up for gaining 15 lbs, but I also feel my body image issues are worse now than when I was overweight. I've kept all of this bottled up for years and anytime I reach out to family and frien... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 08:44:57 EST Old new user Im back. I did SP several years ago and then just kinda stopped. Well my weight gain didn't stop. So here I am. Ready to make changes. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 16:11:31 EST Intro Hi I am Lynn. Username here is BOPO Lynn for Body Positive. I am determined to love myself into health! Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:43:28 EST Again! I have been on and off Sparkpeople for several years for a few weeks at a time and the life gets busy and I get distracted. I'm working on the Full-Plate Diet concept which is plant based and focuses on eating more fiber so that you don't feel hungry all the time. It's been amazing and I can eat until I'm full with high-fiber foods but the calories don't add up so quickly! I've lost 3 pounds already in 1 1/2 weeks. My goal is 30 pounds by the end of September. Glad to be back on this jou... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:20:36 EST Hello there Hello everyone. I have been a member of sparkspeople for years but have had a major setback in my physical issues which led to a major weight gain for me again. I am currently trying to get it back off but know it will be a up hill battle. Coming back to the community to get that love and support I know that is out there. Hope to talk to you all soon. <BR> Ann Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:19:52 EST good morning Been on the site for two days. gain weight maybe it because I have started exercising at the local pool and it muscle gain I don't know but it driving me crazy because I want to quit losing the same 5 lbs only time will tell. <em>39</em> <em>246</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:23:21 EST Hello Hello, I am known as Edna, I currently am living in Vermont with my son and my boyfriend of 10 years. I am just starting out to get fit because I always thought that I just didn't care anymore. My son is 22 years old and he works at nights and my boyfriend also works at nights. I love my family so much that they are my backbone and willing to be there when I need them too. When I am not working out, I love to read, playing on my gaming system and spending time with my family. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 14:21:00 EST Better Plus Greetings! I'm a plus-sized woman, always have been and am deeply okay with it. I do not need or want to be skinny. That being said, I can do better. I can be under 200 lbs. I can ease the wear and tear on my body, and prevent certain diseases. I can be mindful of what I eat and make sure I use the body I have to do things besides sitting on my glorious posterior. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:43:20 EST MS Hi everyone, I have just joined the SP community. I have secondary progressive MS, which means my mobility isn't good or my balance. I've always been a keen walker and horse rider so it's a bit frustrating. Anyway, today I was silly enough to hit the scales and now I need HELP! Exercise is really important to keep the strength and mobility I do have, but it's the last thing I feel like doing sometimes. <BR> I'm determined now to follow the seated workouts every day and use my stationery... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:45:59 EST New to SP Hi Everyone, I am new to SP. Looking forward to learning a lot, making new friends, being motivated and motivating in return, and losing the dreaded extra kg's! Have a super day! Carol <em>381</em> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:15:12 EST Let's try this again Trying to make permanent lifestyle changes rather than dieting. On 2 BP meds which my doc says he thinks I can loose both with weight loss. He challenged me to loose 20 lbs by the time I come back to him in mid July & I am happy to be down 25 now with about 5 weeks to go. Domino effect of eating better, is I find myself hitting my YMCA now also. Try to get there 5-6 days a week. I figure if I get to the Y, I won't feel bad about having a couple of beers occasionally. <BR> I'll be honest, I do... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 16:45:11 EST Hi Everyone! (an introduction) Hi :) <BR> My name is Mary, I'm a divorced, recent empty nester. I've fought my weight for most of my life. I've decided to look at my historic gains & losses as learning experiences. I have a pretty good idea of what works for me and what doesn't. My goal is to focus on what works, allow myself to make mistakes, and keep moving toward a healthier me. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:12:15 EST Newbie Hello! 57 male with a 21yr old brain, retired 2 years now and have worked out nearly daily now for past decade. Here to learn, share and grow old gracefully kicking & fighting all the way! :-) Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:32:33 EST Back and motivated... Needing 2 new knees and the Ortho kindly stated he preferred to operate on smaller knees. Guess that should be enough to get me started again. Plan to use the tools for tracking and accountability. Best wishes to all on this same difficult journey! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:09:44 EST I keep trying Hi Everyone, <BR> Like some others, this is not my first time here. Over time, I have tried this site as well as others (including Weight Watchers). I have lost and gained many times. But I am now at a point in my life where I want to be around as long as possible for not only my family but now that I am retired, I truly want to be able to enjoy whatever time I have left. And to do that, I need to be healthy. I have found the people on this site to be the most supportive and I love all ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:55:21 EST Hi! Hi all! I'm a former jock who had an injury that sidelined me for a long while. Exercise always worked for me as an appetite suppressant and a way to burn more calories, so I gained a bunch of weight. I finally have the injury under control, and I'm now back on the weight loss plan. <BR> <BR> I've done this once before--also after an injury--so I know it's slow, but not as hard as it seems. Mindful eating, consistent small changes in behavior and diet (more fiber, more water, more exercise,e... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:19:02 EST Hi all! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this fitness journey. I'm in my 40s, a mother if 2. <BR> I've slowly and steadily gained weight over the past 10 or so years. I've tried and successfully lost 10-15 pounds a few times and put it right back on plus a few extra for good measure. <BR> My goal is to get healthy and make healthier choices regarding food and exercise more frequently. I don't want to feel deprived just healthy. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 22:38:29 EST Hello to All Hello to all. I am new to Spark and am looking forward to sharing my journey ahead. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:40:52 EST Introduction Hello. This is my tenth time trying this out. I'm not so much here to lose weight as I am to improve my health so I feel better. Poor eating and exercise choices have taken their toll. This time around I will not try to do everything at once, but try to focus on just one improvement at a time. Any support or encouragement would be appreciated. TIA Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:01:12 EST Starting Over Again Good morning everyone. <BR> I just started my healthy lifestyle again today for I can't tell you how many times I started over. I am bound and determined to make it this time and I need to lose 30 pounds, which I know doesn't sound like alot to some and I know its very possible, I just have had no willpower. Thank you Spark People for this wonderful site and hopefully by September 12th, which is my grandaughters 11th birthday you will see 30 pounds less of me. God bless you in your endeavo... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:41:17 EST Hey all. Newbie Hoping to improve some of the results from my last lab results. I've let myself get out of shape again! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:48:27 EST Let's try this again... I had a lovely intro post all typed out, and when I hit "Post Message," I got a white screen. Not fun. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> To summarize: <BR> <BR> I'm a 43-year-old mom of 4 -- but I ain't old! I'm young at heart and pass for much younger. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My oldest is 20, and my youngest is not-quite-yet 4 months old. I'm dealing with a few pounds that I've been carrying for some time, 10 pounds of pregnancy weight, and the challenge of trying to lose weight cautiously w... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:36:05 EST Emotional eating Stressed out & so anxious and seem to be addressing these feelings with eating. I know I'm doing it but still can't stop. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 19:35:29 EST