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 Hello From BC Canada <em>636</em> <BR> I am Canadian! <BR> Hi name is Matt and I reside in British Columbia (The Lower Mainland) I have recently joined SparkPeople and thus far have found the site to be very useful and informative. I did some exploring and came across the message board and thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> I have a fair bit of weight to lose and it is a slow albeit steady process. <BR> I also work overnights which can make eating healthy and exercising a bit of an issue. ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:05:37 EST Hi there :) Hi there, my name is Marah. I am 22 and I'm from Alaska and I've been overweight for most of my life. I don't know what it is, but something just clicked in my head. I NEED to do this. There are a lot of things I want to do with my life, and worrying about whether or not I am capable of doing them is exhausting. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have friends, add me if you want! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:50:36 EST hoping sparkpeople will teach me Hey, I'm 38, just found out I have the metabolic trifecta including a hypertensive crisis, and just recently got over two late first trimester miscarriages in a row. I am very sad about that but I will always wonder if those lost babies were a big wake up call for me. <BR> <BR> This site is overwhelming, but I am excited that there is so much to learn and keep me interested. You'll probably see me around a long time. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:31:48 EST Newbie Hi All, <BR> I'm 61 with about 55 or so lbs to lose. I live in RI (yup...about 28" of snow fell since Monday). Exercise is tough right now as I was just told I need a knee replacement soon and also need to see a rheumatologist, but I wear a pedometer and try to log as many steps as I can each day. I'm going to have to try to lose weight mostly through eating a gluten free (it's supposed to help with anti inflammatory properties) diet. I'm in this for the long haul and need support. Thank you ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:57:21 EST How do you stay focused on one thing... I find that I keep looking for the 'magic pill" that does not exist. I move from one diet to another, I look at different exercises and don't start. How can I get focused. I just joined WW online and I'm not sure that is the way to go either. I lost 80 lbs on the Richard Simmons diet and it worked well but that was about 20 years ago. I have no one in my life to be supportive plenty to sabotage me. I'm totally lost, I just want to stop "starting again for the first time" Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:09:12 EST I KNOW THAT I NEED TO LOOSE 100 POUNDS <em>15</em> Hello To Everyone. I am a single Mom and a Grandmother of two grandkids. <BR> My goal this year on my 50th Birthday is too loose 100 pounds. I have been carrying this extra weight or baggage as I should say way too too long. <BR> I feel like this has got to be my year to shine and be me for Change. <BR> Everyone Pray for me and I will Pray for you all as well on my Journey of trying to Succeed at finally getting this extra weight off. <BR> Thanks so Much... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:43:02 EST 2015 2015 Is my year. I have LOTS of plans. and I am counting on SparkPeople and all of you to help me achieve my goals. thanks! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:27:25 EST Never Ending Syncing Mode After getting past the initial challenges with the SP app on my Smart Phone a while ago, it seems for weeks now whenever I try to scan a bar code or register my workout, the app starts to "sync". Pressing OK when the 'sync' is done only seems to send it into another cycle. Does anyone have a solution? I have been regulated to tracking from my desk top at home and work as a result of this which is not always convenient. Powering off my phone did not help. Last time I had similar issues, att... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:25:52 EST Hello SparkTeam! I am here today to set my new lifestyle goals. I needed some motivation and someone to hold me accountable. So here I am! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:02:33 EST HELP Hi am new to group and am soo confused, hi have no idea how to access anything am basically a dummy, can you all help thanks. Is it like facebook lol <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:51:51 EST HELP Hi am new to group and am soo confused, hi have no idea how to access anything am basically a dummy, can you all help thanks. Is it like facebook lol <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:51:18 EST HELP Hi am new to group and am soo confused, hi have no idea how to access anything am basically a dummy, can you all help thanks. Is it like facebook lol <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:49:57 EST HELP Hi am new to group and am soo confused, hi have no idea how to access anything am basically a dummy, can you all help thanks. Is it like facebook lol <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:47:41 EST Hello. Hi my name is Maggie. I am 26 years old. I have a wonderful one year old son and a amazing husband. I want to lose weight so that I am around longer and most important I want to be able to play with my son and run around with him. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:13:11 EST Hello Hello, I'm Cindie I am a single mom of 5. I have a 22 year old son a 18 year old daughter a 14 year old son and 12 year old twin daughters. I joined this a long time ago and pretty much did nothing with it. I have decided I want to get healthier in order to help my kids get healthier. All of my kids have weight issues and I am trying to help us all. I would love to have some tips on how others have lost weight. I am trying to do it so I won't have to go and have surgery. I hope to have ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:25:23 EST Hello My name is Sue. I use to be part of SP a long while back but just got away from it. My health and ability to get around has gone down hill fast. I am 5 foot 2 inches and as of yesterday I weigh 396,,, way too much I know. I have polymyalgia and have been on prednisone for about 10 years now for it. My thyroid had gone into a tumor and it was talking all the calcium out of my bones and flushing it out of my body which caused Kidney stones,, and I only have one kidney so they had to remove my t... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:07:20 EST howdy! My name is Michelle, my friends call me Chelle. I've been a member of SP before (many moons ago) I'm looking forward to much support and meeting new folks. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:35:53 EST my Dad died 2 years ago He was younger than I want to be when I go. Fairly suddenly, from internal bleeding due to anti-coagulants and probably vulnerable internal organ tissues. Doctor's had discovered a mass on his kidney and then blood clots in the lungs, hence the anticoagulants. A day later and he was dead. He had been chipper until the last couple days, when he seemed anxious about unfinished business. He died way too early. 76. Peaking in his second career as an English teacher. Generous, kind, fun-lo... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:25:19 EST YAY FOR ME!!! I stepped on my scale this morning and I was so full of excitement I nearly woke everyone up in the house. So I came downstairs and hollered and danced around til I was dizzy and light headed.. I had lost another 3 pounds.. That makes 6 pounds in 2 weeks since I started with SPARKPEOPLE. Now trust me when I say this if I can do this ANYBODY CAN..I don't feel blah any more I feel good about myself and I have so much energy that my husband said I'm looking really good. We've been married 11 yr... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:23:35 EST 56 and hoping to loose weight I am 56 and diabetes is big in my family, although I have not been diagnosed with the disease. Both my age and diabetes are worrying me. <em>39</em> I consciously know what to do. What I miss is someone in the same condition as me to share and learn with. <em>41</em> I know <em>521</em> , but not alone. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:01:52 EST I'm back! Hi! Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself. I've use before but wasn't ready to discipline myself to use it. However.....I'm back and I'm ready now. Looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for me and my overall health. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:12:17 EST New and need Help Hi everyone, my name is Melissa and I'm 26 years old, I weigh 225 and I'm new to this website. Guess I should start with my goal. My goal is to lose 60 pounds by September. My cousin is getting married and I'm in the wedding. I want to look good for her and myself. Actually, I guess in reality my goal is to lose the weight for myself. I’ve never been a girl who has had a real problem with her weight. I started gaining weight in high school, but never cared too much, I had friends and family w... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:39:34 EST My best friends death is my motivation. Weird title, eh? <BR> <BR> My best friend died December 13, 2014. She had battled stage 4 breast cancer for 17 months. She was 36 years old, a single mom, and had two small children. She was fit all her life, I was the heavy one. I would try diet after diet and she would be my cheerleader. Now she is gone, cancer took her life and she could not control that. I can control my weight. I can control my health, and she did not have that luxury. After her funeral on December 19 I started,... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:57:40 EST SparkPeople Newbie Before last week I hadn't heard of Spark People. I had tried WW and didn't really like the emphasis placed on points instead of nutrition and started using MyFitnessPal which I found quite boring. After 3 days of SparkPeople I'm very impressed with the tool, the community and the 2lbs I've lost (yay waterweight). <BR> <BR> Here's a little info about me - <BR> <BR> I'm in my 30's, happily married (since 2008), no children (yet), live in Ontario Canada, and have 100lbs to lose to reach my go... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:49:36 EST weight tracking motivation Can someone tell me where to find the weight tracking motivation scale where you can pick your own moniker, colors and watch yourself run toward your goal? <em>2</em> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:35:44 EST Yay Finally After trying so hard and not getting anywhere, ive lost my first twenty pounds! <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:50:11 EST Louise Hi! Starting on optifast Wednesday! Am nervous and excited! One day at a time - one step at a time wish you all well! Let's do this! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:07:13 EST Hi... I am a new, old member. I was here a few years ago. Decided it was time to come back and see if I can utilize the tools and support here better than I did the last time! <BR> Looking forward to getting to know some of you folks and learning how to take better care of myself. <BR> Thanks... <BR> Pam Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:20:24 EST New from the forest Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I was told about this site so thought i would give it a go. So far i am liking it. Minus the food tracker on my phone :( it seems to not look up the food i want to input. I shall figure that out soon enough. <BR> <BR> Just thought i would say hello from the forest of Coombs BC Canada. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:16:11 EST Victory over emotional eating! Hi I am new to SparkPeople. I have been a lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I know how to exercise and eat healthy, But I have emotional eating!! I want victory over emotional eating. I WANT to do this !! I will start exercising again and eat healthy foods . I will stay away from junk foods. I want to be a good example to family and friends. I am a grandma too!! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:16:53 EST Time to change I have been dealing with being overweight for 5 years now. I have reasons I like to blame for me being overweight. Ultimately, the issue is that I have not had a very positive mindset nor have I had the drive to change. Now, I am so sick and tired of this, I need to continue to be driven to make this work. So, I am looking for support and motivation to keep pressing forward. Yes, I tried, my days can get pretty busy, and I get distracted with other people stuff. Now it is about improving me ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:45:22 EST MMA MOM Hey everyone. I am a young (25 years old) mother of 4 boys from Iowa. I am into MMA and also train dogs! I am really looking to get in shape and start competing in MMA. I got to my goal weight a year and a half ago and then got pregnant with my last son. It's harder now to lose weight because before my trainer lived near me and was on my case constantly about dieting and exercising. I don't have a lot of support now and its hard to find time to work out with 4 children. I realized last week t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:13:08 EST Ok Spark People here I go again ....... Just reading a few of your Introductory posts and realizing I am not alone in trying to get back on track. I took quite a few months off and it is time to get serious again. I'm ashamed to say I've lots a fair bit of ground but I'm putting that behind me and looking forward. Resetting my goals and determined to meet them. Wish me luck and good luck to all of you!!! I do recall that it is a tough process, one day and one step at a time but so worth it!! I am a retired grandmother; I love to to... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:09:56 EST Pilates and getting bulked? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm returning from a few years back. I now have chronic migraines, so I really can't engage in heavy cardio. I've found Pilates to be relaxing and make me feel strong. But ever since I started, my thighs and glutes are really bulky! Plus it's hard that I've just gained because I lost so much at my sickest-- and ppl would just say how good I looked. I'm 5'6" and would like to be at 135. Is this newbie gains? I do see a measurable change in muscle definition in my arms, legs ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:38:40 EST Hello, I am new to sparkpeople <em>521</em> I have been looking around and am finding all the options are feeling a little overwhelming right now. But, I look forward to getting used to this system and seeing the results in the mirror. I would like to know which aspects of this site do people like or use the most for encouragement? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:05:25 EST Hello, I am new here I am new here obese in weigh and Very unhealthy with lots of other problems. I am very overwhelm being on here and taking the 1st step to being a newer and improved me. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:23:05 EST Introduction Hi I am Angie and I would like to run a 5K this fall and get healthier for myself and my children. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:02:54 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST A Fresh Start Back again... but failure is not an option! Rather than forcing myself into a diet. I am looking at food differently. I'm going to look at each meal and how it will effect my weight loss goal. I will not starve myself of the things I love - but enjoy in moderation! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:21:01 EST First Post Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm finally starting to use all the features on this site. I'm excited to get things going! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:03:55 EST New to Spark Hi all. I am new to this site and looking for help and motivation. I am very unhappy with my current weight and yet I can't seem to find the motivation to do anything about it. I saw this site and it looks amazing. I am hoping to find the motivation I need here. I have been reading a lot of posts from people who have been successful and it very inspiring. I would love to know what has worked for you. I am open to ANY ideas! Thanks in advance for your help I look forward to getting to k... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:02:23 EST It's Time I coming back to sparkpeople after being off for 7 years. A lot has happened in those years, divorce, getting remarried and becoming a stepmom. Two kids heading off to college while a third is starting to drive. Needless to say, I've had my share of ups and downs along with some stress....add to that being a teacher and stress is a constant in my life. I've decided that it's time to lose the weight and get healthy. Now that my kids are becoming independent, it's time to focus on me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:49:55 EST Back on Track I am back on track with my weight loss and exercise. I went "wild" for months and just did/ate whatever I wanted. Now I'm back in the game - In it to Win it, but More importantly to Maintain it. I'm from Virginia (close to Richmond) and I do Weight Watchers and Sparkpeople to get to my Goal. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:28:00 EST Hi My name is Tammy and I am looking to loose 65 lbs. I have high blood pressure and Fibromyalgia. I am hoping that loosing weight will not only help feel better about myself but will also improve my health. I am not very good at this. Growing up I never had weight issues, however, the older I get I see that I cannot keep going the way I am. My health is only going to get worse and I want to be around for my 3 boys and I also have 2 grandbabies that I would like to see grow up. I can use any enc... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:09:03 EST Hello I'm Debbie and I joined here to get support, give support and make myself accountable for my own new healthy choices. <BR> I'll admit, I have tried doing similar programs in the past and have always dropped the ball. I really want to stick with this this time and get my body and mind healthy. I am so tired of being heavy and not liking my self image. I am very uncomfortable in my own skin and it just makes me depressed. <BR> <BR> Time for positive change! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:11:20 EST back on spark after using mfp, need friends Just got back and I did miss spark, I have a stressful job and I have been emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I reset all my numbers and am starting fresh. <BR> <BR> I also had foot surgery and need to be careful with my eating since I'm not able to exercise much. <BR> <BR> Anyone that needs buddies add me... <BR> <BR> Karen Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:54:47 EST Hello- Hello, Im a newbie here- have been laid up due to an injury & re injury after surgery( 6 months total) I work with special needs kids and had a knee injury, after 4 months surgery was done- laid up 2 months then back to work to be re injured a month later-- just now able to started exercising again ( thanks to PT and a new up loader brace)and trying to lose what I gained- get my body & life back. I seem to be a stress eater- NOT good and I also have food aller... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:59:28 EST Day 3 Trying to get myself moving and grooving! <em>381</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:38:26 EST Hi...Im new and desperately need some support Hi everyone. I am 46 and I have 5 children and 1 granddaughter that all live with me.. I am a stay at home mom. I need some support on losing weight. I am a compulsive eater. I'm excited to get started on a healthier life style Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:04:20 EST working good Hello EVERYBOBY!! Just dropping in to say that my first week went GREAT!! I am so happy <BR> I joined. I'm going to start my 8 hours of sleep so catcha in the morning.. Good night to all... <em>41</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:21:46 EST Hello My name is Julie. I've been following the Spark plan since Jan 5th. I am nine pounds lighter. I'm just going to keep going one day at a time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:10:34 EST Hello everyone, im new here Hi everyone my name is Joe and im 18 and having a problem with my weight. I want to fix it but am hitting a few obsticals. I have been playing football since i started highschool and just finished my last year and couldnt finish the season do to reinjury to both my knees. I just recently finished having a tenex procedure done to both knees and i am almost able to start working out again for the first time in 6 months. I do plan to start working out daily and start to lose some weight before c... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:25:20 EST Hello everyone! My name is Dayna and I'm 23 years old. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. When I was younger, I used to weigh 265lbs. It's crazy thinking back to that time. Currently I weigh 165lbs and I'm looking to lose around 35-40. Last year I got down to 148lbs, but I let myself backslide. This time around I'm serious about making a permanent change for my health and wellbeing, as well as my happiness. I've let my weight hold me back for too long and I'm ready to make a change. I used to use ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:41:15 EST To be young again! Just started this challenge and excited to get started! Looking forward to some great rewards for some hard work! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:04:19 EST Hello I am new to Sparkpeople Hi everyone I am new my name is Lyn and I am a single mom of 1 daughter 12 years old. I have come to a point in my life that losing weight has cost more money that I do not have and still no results. Please can we discuss when you can any options you may feel might help. Thank you so much cannot wait to hear from you. <em>30</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:54:11 EST Hi, New Here Hi. I'm Sara. Just joined today. I live in WI and really need help staying motivated and getting fit and healthy. I have a plan but I always end up giving up. <BR> I am a wife and a mother of 2. I love to cook and bake, walk, and just be around people. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:42:40 EST low carb recipes Prefer to count carbs rather than calories, anyone on board? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:11:24 EST *February Walking Challenge* *February Walking Challenge* <BR> <BR> You're <em>229</em> to Join Us! <BR> <BR> 100 Miles ** Virtual Walk ... <em>311</em> <em>543</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> AT... Ready * Set * Spark - SparkTeam <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard.asp?board=24671x58290 </link> <BR> <BR> We are preparing now and it will be fun! <BR> <BR> We are picking 100 mile destination spots (like vacation spots) and sharing some brief info/history re: the spots we p... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:06:13 EST G'day from Down Under! (Can't wait for stories! ) Hey there guys. My name is Jo-ann, but everyone usually just calls me Jo. <BR> <BR> This is my third attempt at weight loss. First two were successful but I managed do derail and pack some kilo's back on! Every attempt has made me stronger and wiser than the previous time. I will keep getting up until I am where I want to be. <BR> <BR> My 21st birthday is around the corner and I want to be fit and healthy. My blog goes a bit more in detail about the reasons and the motivations. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:46:02 EST Introductions Hi all, <BR> <BR> Five days home from the hospital after having a Vertical Gastrectomy (gastric sleeve). I tried it MY way for over 30 years (including Weight Watchers, nutritionists, Beverly Hills diet doctors, Zone delivery, medications, countless gym memberships and personal trainers, etc.) That clearly wasn't working as my weight crept up and up. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and my father dianosed with diabetes, it was time to do something drastic. <BR> <BR> So h... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:05:32 EST Hormone replacement therapy did anyone around here or does anyone have a spouse who quit HRT due to the WHI study? Come on board and let's talk about what this study should and should not lead women to conclude from this work. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:54:48 EST HCG diet I am just looking to see if anyone out there has ever tried the HCG diet with IC and what the outcome was. I would really like to try it but I am scared to death. What if I still eat what's allowed on the first column of diet only less and take the HCG drops. Does anyone have any feedback. Would love to hear from anyone in my shoes. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:46:51 EST Hey there :-D Hi! My name is Sam. <BR> <BR> I am 23 and working on an internship. I studied music therapy, and currently work with preschoolers. I live by myself (single, no kids), which can make it more difficult, in my opinion, to stay healthy. My cats don't really care when I drink soda, or eat junk food. <BR> I am a musician, I play guitar and piano, but mostly I sing. I am also crafty I crochet and sew a bit. I am trying to work out knitting, but I am not nearly coordinated enough to make that happe... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:46:09 EST Change is today Hi, I'm Sandy and have been battling my weight for about 12 years now. Yoyo dieting has been me. I'm hoping this site will get me back on track to stop this and finally get my weight off for the rest of my life. I am a diabetic, high cholesterol. I am 67 years old retired lady and keep pretty busy with dancing, walking, etc. The problem with the way I diet, is plain not eating most of the day, which I know is not healthy with diabetes and reading all articles is the main reason I'm not lo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:12:58 EST Hi from Michigan <BR> <BR> I finally decided to really begin losing weight again. I started this a couple of days ago. I went to see my doctor the 23rd of January and when she weighed me I weighed 204 pounds. I made up my mind at that time to lose weight. I am now down to 197 pounds . I am going to need a lot of encouragement. I am a Christian lady and I believe that prayer works wonders. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:05:22 EST I have found my way back to Spark People! Hi my name is Ronie I use to come into Spark People every day and it was a great way to stay motivated and to loose some much needed weight. I did very well. Then I went on Maintenance and after a few years the weight came creeping back on. I have just recently started drinking more water and exercising on my own and I have lost almost 20 pounds since August 2014. <BR> I feel like I am floating. I don't feel like I am in all that much control or that I know what I am eating any more. I mis... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:54:08 EST Determined and focused I have started this journey before only to get get distracted and deterred. I need to stay on track and use all the help I can get. Time to step it up and just do it. I am now determined and focused. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:18:51 EST Homesteader,home eschooler,writer Looking to find other people just like me you need to work out more and eat better. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:09:55 EST Hi! Starting a healthy active year! Hi I'm working on losing the holiday/being sick extra and looking forward to upcoming races! My asthma gets me down sometimes but I don't want it to keep me down! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:04:23 EST Hello, My name is Micheal and I need help. My name is Micheal, I am 60 years old and an ugly\discussing 272 pounds while only 5' 10" tall. I was born and raised in a very small Kansas town (pop. 136). 39 years ago I married and Angel and the love of my life, we seldom leave the house alone, many people joke we a attached at the hip. Let me stress that my wife is in no way over weight, she is 5' 4" and weights less than 130 (although I don't know the exact number), so other than her excellent cooking she is in no way responsible for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:19:57 EST Hi everybody I've been working out for the past six months, lifting weights and the elliptical. I decided to take a Plates class the other day for a change. <BR> <BR> The teacher told us to do push-ups . I thought oh no I can't do those yet but surprise I DID FIVE! <BR> <BR> Really happy because I started them on the wall! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:09:56 EST Newcomer to Sparkpeople Hello, my name is Victoria, this is my first post on the message board. <BR> <BR> I am thankful to have such a comprehensive personal trainer alongside ( I am excited to be able to chart and track my progress. I look forward to receiving support, assitance and encouragement from people who currently share or have successfully overcome the numerous struggles to achieve a healthy body, spirit and mind. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:42:15 EST New to SparkPeople... New to SparkPeople thought I better stop by and say hi! Married for 12 years and father of 2...the last couple of years things have started to slip away. My wife has been good at watching what she eats as well as losing weight. After much hesitation and well...slacking here I am. <BR> <BR> Love forums so this is exciting for me. Looking forward to learning from everyone and hope I can return the favor. Thanks for letting me say hi! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:38:14 EST New to S/P Hello everyone, I am a 48 woman and I would like to lose 100lbs. I need to rebuild my confidence. I no longer allow my picture taken, missed my 30 yr. High School reunion, and I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror. It wasn't always like this, there was a time when I felt great about myself and my body. Then, in the past 15 yrs. I tried to quit smoking three different times. The first 2 attempts I gained 20 lbs. each time and then went back to my bad habit of smoking I final... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:05:30 EST Hi there! I had been a member of Spark People quite a while ago, but never really got into it. I'm ready now to dive in and make some serious, permanent changes! <BR> I've done all the diets, tried all the more! This time, it's about making healthy choices one day, one meal, one snack at a time. I'll reach my goal by eating healthy, good for you foods and stopping when I'm full. (Wow! What a concept!) In other words....a lifestyle change. Something I can do for the rest of my life. <BR> As ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:57:42 EST keeping the weight off Hello everyone <BR> I'm Barbara. I hope I can reach my goal and keep it off. Thanks in advance for all of your help. I think I can do it this time. I'm beginning to become out of breath and my belly gets in my way. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:27 EST Hello Everyone I'm Lora and I'm here to lose weight, learn how to eat healthier (on a budget), find exercises that I will do and have fun with. I also want to help my kids and hubby with their weight. I've done it before and I know, with patience, hard work, lots of love and faith I can do it again. Thank you and I hope you all have a blessed day. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:11 EST SparkTeam Question Hi Everyone - <BR> I'm not "new," really, but on my most recently created SparkPeople account and looking for some support with disordered eating / thinking. I've never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but notice that I really struggle with impulse eating and binge eating at night. I'm not sure if there is a group here that might provide support for those kinds of things or not. I searched in the Teams section but didn't see a category that really fit. If anybody knows of anything... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:07:01 EST Gonna get it done this time! Been yoyoing with my weight for the past 10 years. Dropped 30 after my second child, but I'm struggling to get down the last 30. I am so done with the unhealthy lifestyle and am feeling more determined than ever. I am 42 stay at home mom with two toddlers so my health means more than it ever did. Last month went back to cardio kickboxing, which I love and I have been eating much healthier than I ever did in my entire life. Lots of protein, veggies and water. Don't get me wrong I still love al... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:55:11 EST Hi, I'm Leila :) I just signed up today, and I'm looking for a buddy. I'm 34 and a single mom to a 3 year old little boy. He requires lots of energy, and I would love to be able to give that to him! I have been eating healthier for the past 5 months or so and lost about 30 pounds, before gaining a few pounds back during the holidays. I am hoping to lose about another 75 pounds, but I'm developing a dip in my motivation, which is really frustrating for me. I am hoping SP will help me with that :) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:13:32 EST Hi, I'm Kate I joined Spark People because I wanted to be inspired by everyone and also wanted to be able to share my journey. <BR> <BR> I have had weight issues most of my life. I am 65 years old and would like to lose between 12-20 lbs. I don't really like exercising but do get out for walks when the weather permits (I live in a rural area so have to watch out for icy roads as I'm a Michigander and winters can be harsh). <BR> <BR> I did lose 85 lbs on WW about 5 years ago and am within 12 lbs of tha... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:16:14 EST WW refugee Hi, <BR> I am coming back to give Spark a try after deciding to quit WW, not because I wasn't having success but because of the money involved. I have also linked my Spark account to my recently acquired Fitbit. I am looking forward to continuing the success I have had so far and getting to my goal weight. Exercise is a challenge here in NE Wisconsin in the winter, but I get walks outside whenever possible and walk in stores and the mall when it isn't . I'm 60 and have about 14 more lbs t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:11:45 EST Hello Hi my name is Diana. I am 51 years old and returning once again to Sparkpeople. I have always found this site to be so helpful in keeping me motivated and accountable for what I eat and my exercise (and sometimes lack there of). You cannot fudge what is right in front of you! I have decided that this time is the time I really do make it. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong I have had great success with the tools and support I get here. My problem is that I will be going along great eating rig... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:59:09 EST Back to Spark I lost about fifty pounds using Spark and then stopped. Guess what, I gained it all back! So, I'm back again and plan to stick with it this time. I felt a lot better when my weight was down and I miss that feeling. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:34:45 EST Hello, I'm John I'm happy to be here and very upbeat about my chances of being successful. I'm 62 and a management consultant with a big firm. That has me traveling every week, which is a complication to weight control. I have about 45 pounds to lose. I enjoy walking my dog, Dottie, and practicing Tai Chi and Yoga. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:16:34 EST Getting my healthiest body back Hi, My name is Maureen. My goal is to lose another 20 pounds by following the Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise. I would love to get on a message board with other people using this same food plan. I have lost 3 1/2 pounds so far and started 4 days ago. I realize it is just water weight, but I'll take weight loss any way I can get it! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:36 EST Working on the best year ever! Hi! My name is Theresa, I live in South Georgia, and I may be the most unhealthy person I know. Arriving at such a harsh realization has the potential to be soul crushing and paralyzing. And paralyzed is a fair description of my life over the past few years. Being stressed about my weight and health put me into a downward spiral of even more unhealthy behaviors and eating. Almost all physical activity stopped because I just felt too bad. I refused to go to a doctor out of pure fear, altho... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:39:34 EST New Hello everyone Im new to the board and Im excited about being here. I decided this year was the year to a new me. I, almost 44 and have a wonderful family, but we are on the run so much we have forgotten to take care of ourselves. So I have decided its time to put me first but I am my own worst enemy and after working long days I can talk myself out of everything. Im here for friends and postive pushes as I will call it to help me achieve my goal. I cant wait to meet each of you along th... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:13:36 EST MY SPARE TIRE I am bound and determined to lose my "SPARE TIRE" before summer this there anybody else out there "TIRED" of their "tire", haha.... I JUST made that up ...LETS DO THIS ya'll!!!!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:33:56 EST Hell Everyone Hello, My name is Kieran, i am a 32 year old male and would like to loose 80 pounds by Christmas 2015. I have struggled with y weight since my early teens and have tried loads of diet plans but never found one that is right for me. i am hoping that this site and the people using it will be able to keep me motivated and help me reach my goals. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:23:15 EST Hello I am Rakhi Hi all, I am Rakhi. I really want to reduce my weight and my waist size. :) Hope being with you people will help me:) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:00:16 EST Here I go again I don't know if I ever introduced myself here goes...I have been attempting to lose weight for most of my life with little or no success...I have very low self esteem which doesn't seem to help...I have had no luck in eating healthy or sticking to a so called diet, or exercise plan...Until now..This Is MY time...I recently applied for a weight loss challenge in my home town and I was accepted so starting Monday I finally will be able to set my self off on a new journey as I have nev... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:33 EST Keeping up with the grandchild I am a 48 year old grandmother and survivor of breast cancer. I have never been able to lose weight and keep it off. I have back problems as well as the dreaded diabetes and high blood pressure. My goal is to get down to a healthy weight and maintain it. I want to be able to be the fun grandma....I want to run, play ball, go on hikes, and just be active with my Little John. I know I need support to do this....and I hope I can be a support to others. <em>390</em> <em>249</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:54:29 EST Ready to make a difference Hi my name is Teresa and I have been on sparkpeople before, but never got into contact with anyone. I am ready to make the changes to a happier and healthier me! Wanting to meet new people and learn from other people that are making changes in their life. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:21:45 EST new to sparkpeople I need sooo much encouragement...thank you so much in advance! My name is Vicky... <em>213</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:30:23 EST Loving Sparkpeople so far!! Hello, My name is "Sio" I am looking to loose some weight I've obtained since turning 30, (can't rely on my metabolism like I used to.) Only about 10 pounds for now then see how good I feel! So far I'm loving this website and I find myself more involved than with another website I tried. <BR> Anyone in the same boat? <BR> <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Sio Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:26:23 EST Hi, I'm Amber hello! I am so excited to have found this AMAZING community! I have just started what is going to be a LONG journey. However, I know this time my reason for taking it on is right and I think that will be the difference between the failures in my past and THIS time! I wish ALL of you the best in your journies :) Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:49:35 EST new to sparkpeople 66 female embarking on quest to a healthier me. Goals to lose weight, lower BP and Glucose levels. <em>521</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:43:44 EST 9 days on SP and 3lbs lost :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople 9 days ago after realising I needed to start tracking food if I wanted to start losing this excess weight. It has been creeping up over the last few years, and I realised I was getting very close to the 'obese' bmi range- a bit of a wake up call! My goal is to reach a healthy bmi, be fit and healthy and generally feel good inside and out. One big motivator is that DH and I would like to start trying for a baby this year and I'd like to be as health... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:35:44 EST I Am New Hi i am new to the team!! hope everyone has a great day. Is there any where you all have like a chatroom where we can all talk it. If not that would be great support for sure. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:23:38 EST One more time! I used the site a few years ago with some success, but didn't get involved with anyone which was my loss as I had no support. <BR> <BR> I lost my husband last year and have since gained 15 lbs. It's now time to focus on myself and take care of me. Losing the weight and establishing a healthy lifestyle is now my priority. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:07:04 EST New Year New Attitude! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I decided to start the new year with a new attitude. I am committing to myself, my health and my future. I decided to find people that were going thru the same things I was regarding my health and fitness goals. I hope to find people I can encourage and support who will do the same for me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know many of you this year and to fulfilling my goals. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:25:41 EST Returning user .... A lot has changed. I love this site! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:14:43 EST new here and excited lost 22 kg in last year and half, from 88 to 68 kg. have 5 more to lose and have feeling that it's harder than when I start:) <BR> but also know that If I can do it, every one can do it also. <BR> good luck to all Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:02:13 EST Starting I'm 73 and would like to lose about 50 pounds. I find it hard to start a diet but once I start to lose it gets easier. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:43:53 EST Never seeing results For two years I have struggled, not to lose weight but from gaining it. I was 127 and feeling comfortable with my body again after my second child. <BR> <BR> I have slowly been gaining back the 20 I lost after he was born. I feel like I didn't really change anything but surely I must have. I have done the 30 day shred. I track all my food. Starting taking vitamin D since I was lacking it. I drink an average of 50oz of water a day plus my diet coke, green tea and zero energy drink. <BR> <B... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:06:32 EST Trend to start all over again Hello to everyone! Let me begin introducing myself since I am a newbie here. <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to lose weights in the past 15 years of my life since I changed my lifestyle when I was 9 years old. I have been exercising a lot even though I have classes in the first 8 years. That's what I have been proud of. The problem is I have been wanting to change everything but when I reached the age of 18, I kept on eating and eating and eating, did little exercises (sometimes once a day onl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:30:00 EST Hello Hi I am 53 years old and very overweight by 120 pounds and have to lose it. I have a lot of health issues in including diabetes. I have to count my carbs and get moving. I look forward to working with this. I have tried other diets some I paid for with no success Id lose but couldnt keep it off. So here I go. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:59:42 EST To begin again Hello all <BR> I have been over weight for the last 12 years. I can't say it is a real challenge, as I have only worked at losing the weight hard for short periods of time. I need to find the motivation to make this year the one that I take my health seriously. I do need to lose weight as I am afraid one day the doctors will tell me my health is deteriorating. I want to be able to hike well into my old age, I want to tuck my shirt into my jeans and wear a belt. ha ha <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:55:26 EST hi my name is amanda I would like to know how to get my family to help me exercise everyday or every other day. How has this help u lose weight for urself. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:24:59 EST Back at It... Hello, <BR> <BR> So, I'm back. I haven't lost any weight, but I have not gained any, so that's something I suppose. I hate tracking calories. Can I just say that? That's the toughest thing for me, well besides the eating. ;) I could use some help staying motivated and in the right frame of mind. I really need to stop giving myself deadlines I think and frame my thinking around a lifestyle change and a slow change. I get upset when I haven't lost three pounds in a week, I expect the sca... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:21:41 EST 2015 is a New Beginning!!! Hi there, well I made a commitment to myself that the year 2015 will be different from previous years! I am going to lose the weight and I will not allow anything to be in my way!! I know that I will have my ups and downs but I will hold on to my goals and stay positive and motivated! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:46:41 EST Hi My name is Paige and I am 48 years old and I live in Ohio! I have been dealing with a health problem with my back and feet and with my feet i have lost my ability to walk very far! One foot is numb and both of them are very swollen. I have gained 80 pounds and just haven't put my self first in a long time! I am just trying to figure out how to exercise with my feet because they hurt so much with activity! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:27:18 EST Ready for a change I've hit the big 5-0 and see things are changing...I've decided to fight these changes. I'm looking for motivating friends Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:21:05 EST Extending my hand Hello, My name is Pamela and I'm looking for friendship and support! You can never have enough. Please join me in my journey to a healthier me. We can do it together, all of us! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:31:48 EST I'm New At This Hello. My name is Kara Stribling. I have been trying to lose 40 pounds for a long time. One of my friends referred me to this site. I have a good feeling about this time around. I have already lost 2 pounds in 3 days. I know that's not much but at least its a start. :) Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:11:32 EST Hello Friends! Hi, I'm determined to make this time count and make the most of every day. ! I recently retired from 33 years at a bank and lost my husband two years ago. I've lost 30 pounds by eating healthier. I still have 30 pounds to go. I've started working out at the YWCA mostly on the treadmill. I know it's going to be tough and I look forward to making new friends and reaching out for help! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:57:50 EST One day at a time I signed up years ago and actually lost the weight I wanted to. But last year, I got sick and couldn't eat much for months. Then when I got better, I didn't stop eating. It didn't help that I left my husband at the same time. BUT, my name is Cyndie. When I started back on my journey on Dec 31st. I weighted 188lbs. My goal is 140 and I would love to be at 130lb. I am 5 foot tall so because of my small frame I can't eat much. I am living with an emotional abuser, ME. I don't know why I... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:35 EST Hello Just to say hello Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:15:45 EST New I'm fat. I haven't always been fat. I have been fat and lost the weight and then got fat again...a couple of times. <BR> <BR> I'm a 48-year-old married father of two. I was super thin and fit in high school and college (distance runner) and graduated from college at 5' 4" and 119 pounds. I continued running a lot through my 20s and even ran a couple of ultra marathons...a 50-miler and a 40-miler up a mountain and back down as well as lots of other races from 5ks to the marathon (26.2 mil... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:28:18 EST So excited Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sierra. I have been an inactive member for a little while, but now I am back in full effect. I have decided to not only make a health change, but a lifestyle change. This has been a great journey. I have been tracking my food and water intake, and honestly for the last two weeks, I have not really exercised. In that two weeks, I have lost a two pounds. That is such a big deal, and encouraging. Now I am thinking, if that is what happens when I eat right... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:39:12 EST "While there is tea, there is hope." ~Arthur Wing Yes. There's hope. <BR> <BR> "As it has been used by Asian people as a native treatment for different diseases, like cancer, using this herb has become popular. There was one patient with a stage 4 Lymphatic Cancer who testified and recognized the efficacy of this plant. The diagnosis of his doctor way back in 2008 was that he would live for the remaining 3 months of his life, knowing that his illness is already irreversible. Hence, his chemotherapy was stopped. However, he took the extracte... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:19:55 EST hello hello everyone just started this , is it easy let me know thank you Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:13 EST Hi! I am new to the message boards. Hi ! I am new to Spark People. I am anxious to start losing the weight that I gained last Fall. <BR> Wanted to say Hi! Hope that I can lose weight so I can feel better ! Ihave a difficult time resisting sweets and junk foods. Any advice /help would be great! Thanks! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:04:05 EST Newbie! Hi! Hi! I am anxious to get started on Spark People. Any advice would be helpful. I can use all the help that I can get to lose additional pounds that I gained and swore that I wouldn't last Fall.I have a difficult time resisting sugary sweets and junk foods. Help! <BR> Happy to be joining Spark People. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:02:32 EST Motivation to exercise Good morning all ~ I have been with Spark People since 7/6/14. This is the day my husband and I embarked on a journey to better health. We had tried many "diets" for losing weight and none worked, for long. I even had gastric bypass surgery, thinking this was the answer. It was at first, but my bad eating habits and lack of exercise cause me to gain most of the weight back. When I read lots of information from, I decided that this program would help us, but of course, we had ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:29:27 EST A bumpy start Hi folks <BR> <BR> I joined at the beginning of the week - had a good first day investigating the site etc. Managed to set up a basic page but.... <BR> <BR> .... then went down with a nast infection. Still suffering and not eating properly so haven't really got going. <BR> <BR> Hoping to be joining in properly very soon, still trying to check in each day and do what I can. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some of you. Have a great day. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:59:18 EST Journey Hello. This is the 3rd time I have signed up with spark people. I know this time I have to do this. I just feel so alone in all this. I ask for help from my family and do not get it. I really have no friends that are not to busy to help me keep motivated. Most people in my life just tell me if that is what you want do it, they really have no idea how hard that is for a food <BR> addict. Sure they are all skinny and can eat anything they want , they do not have to worry about the stares and gl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:49:52 EST Hi Again! Back to getting in shape.. Need support! Hoping to find buddies to add me as friend for support. I am trying to start again my blogs and I need to stay motivated in this journey! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:46:45 EST Staying focused Hello, <BR> I joined spark in 2013 and did not take advantage of what was being offered. Nor did I stick to my goals. It was excuse after excuse, about why I didn't excercise, why I was making poor eating choices? My goal has been in reverse since and I have recently learned that my health is in danger (pre-diabetic). I have to make a change. I must NOT give up as I have in the past. This is for a bright, and healthy future. My goal is to lose 86 pounds by the end of this year. (Fingers cr... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:07:29 EST Brand new to SPARKPEOPLE HEY EVERYBODY!!! how's everybody doing?? I am doing incredibly well tonight.. Just wanted to drop in and say HI and introduce myself.. My name is Margaret. I just joined 2 days ago and I am feeling absolutely fabulous.. I love the food selections and with me exercising now I can feel alot of my stress slowly winding down. Which is good.. I am happily married for 11 years to a wonderful man Marlin and I have a 19 year old boy Robert and a 15 year old boy Justin. If anyone would like to be my ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:44:05 EST Just getting started! Hello <em>249:-)</em> <BR> First day here so ill introduce myself... <BR> Im 27, married, an have 3 kids under 8. Im nit so worried about losing weight as i am about judt living a healthier life. I find it very hard to find the time to spend on getting into shape with my busy life. I have tried a few times in the last few years but get discouraged easily and withn a few weeks am back to my old habits. I m fed up with the fatigue and stress that come with an unhealthy lifestyle! This time ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:24:49 EST Getting Better! So I have not made this kind of effort in many years. I was fit and active and a mostly healthy eater for most of my life. Then I banged up my body and stopped moving but continued to eat like I could just burn it off. Uh, nope. I got fat and unwell. Never really had to think about it before, but now I see how hard it is to move more and eat less when everything hurts (including emotionally). But I will not be my own victim anymore! In a year I will be 50 and I will be amazing! (As th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:58:28 EST Hello I'm new to all of this. But really trying hard. It is difficult, but giving it my all. I have several health issues which limit my exercise and diet, so I am having difficulty with calorie intake, sodium intake, and exercises that I can accomplish. <BR> I tried this previously but had to stop due to health. Coming back to try again. Truly hoping it works this time. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:24:29 EST Just started Hello everyone! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:24:51 EST I lost 65 lbs Now I'm back on track to tone up! So, High school was not my forte. I was overweight and always bullied and teased. <BR> Well I finally lost all the weight with working out and lots of cardio and now I'm back to lose and tone up that final 15 lbs for a sexy photoshoot!! <BR> Would love to make friends on here and hear about other experiences! <BR> -Lauren Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:36:29 EST Hello! My name is Mindy. I am 34 years old and I have five children. I have for the last several years tossed around the idea of loosing weight and getting healthier, (I even created a spark people account about 7 years ago) but never took any serious action. I am ready now. I feel my health any lively hood declining everyday and I want to change it. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:26:33 EST happy Focus Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:04:25 EST Hi I've been signed up for this for a fairly long time, but never really used it. I'm to the point now where I really feel like I have to get started. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:10:12 EST New.. but not new... Hello Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:26:08 EST im new hello im new looking for encouragement and great ideas <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:18:59 EST This is Hard but I know I can do it. So I've been struggling with my weight for years. This year I'll be 30 and I'm tired of being unhappy with myself. I recently found out in the past 2 years that I have food sensitivities so I need to keep up with tracking my food. I've found myself going through all the links here and feeling a bit overwhelmed and emotional. I've always had trouble with feeling good about myself. Losing weight is one of the hardest things I've ever attempted. I've been trying to lose weight since I was 18 wit... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:12:07 EST Motavation Hi everyone! I'm new and I hope I can find someone to help me and I'll help you! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:36:57 EST I'm back because it works. In 2008 I got started here and did very well. I fell of and now I'm getting back on my feet. Time to clean up my act. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:07:38 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:31 EST back and looking for a friend Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Kelly and I'm back to Spark and Connecticut. I was Sparking a couple of years ago and was in great shape, so healthy. Then life happened (dad passed, I moved across country) and I let myself gain about 80 lbs. I am looking to get back my health. Anyone out there want to e-mail, talk, text about the journey, support each other and hold each other accountable to eat right and exercise with nonjudgmental support? <BR> <BR> Kelly Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:35:18 EST Hi I am 33 years old residing in India and a mother of a one year old baby. Since college, I have always been on the heavier side. But the pounds piled up like anything during my pregnancy. I gained around 45 pounds during my pregnancy and at present my total weight is 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> My target is to reach 132 pounds (around 60 kilos). Need some support in my journey Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:36:46 EST Ready to Dive In I am ready to make some long-lasting changes in my life! I started tracking my food in but then heard about SparkPeople. This may be more motivating so I look forward to the support of a community where we are working hard to make positive health changes in our lives. <BR> <BR> It seems a bit daunting when you have a habit of starting something and not carrying through (unfortunately I do) yet I am encouraged by the momentum I have in already being down 4 pounds just through chan... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:13:33 EST New and excited to get started! Hello, my name is Abby and I am from Seattle. I have been struggling with my weight for the past few years and am looking forward to making those problems a thing of the past! I would love to hear any advice from SparkPeople Veterans about what works for you on this site. Thank you for your support! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:02:03 EST New here, and 20 lbs down! Hi I'm Katie and I just joined spark people :) <BR> I have made a major lifestyle change from eating junk food and being sedentary to working out and eating clean everyday. <BR> I have lost 20 lbs with the help of the 21 day fix and piyo programs and I plan on toning up my body with les mills pump. I'd love to share my journey with you and I hope I can help and motivate others on here! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:59:29 EST tracking my meals is anyone else having as much problems as I am tracking my meals. I can spend 2 hours just filling out what I have eaten during the day. I don't have that much time. I do not understand why it is so hard to fill out the forms. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:59 EST Getting started Hello just signed up for this and will be using this website to track my progress. I have set the 13th March to achieve my goal, I have been under some pressure recently and I have found today that I considerably under eating , that would not have been the case had I started yesterday. So my yo yo ing of overeating and under eating is causing weight gain. I do exercise and I lost a lot of weight last year but I put it back on again after getting married and falling pregnant but losing that ba... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:34:02 EST I'm back and committed Hi, My name is Shannon. I have not been on here since 2011 (12). I have had different health problems over the past couple years that I let get in my way. The biggest was an inner ear problem that kept me in bed for most of 6 months because i was falling all the time, unstable, couldn't keep my balance. I still have the occasional day that everything is still kiddywompus, but I am determined that it won't run my life anymore. I have the biggest motivations of my life now - my daughter is g... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:21:44 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy I'm Matt. I'm 46 and currently a big & tall guy who is way too big and not tall enough at the moment. :?) <BR> <BR> I need someone to go on the weight loss journey with me -- guy or gal it doesn't matter. I'm very positive and encouraging and am looking for the same. <BR> <BR> Maybe use myfitnesspal app or something like that together and share messages and progress and help keep each other honest and share ups and downs would be good. I need to lose over a hundred pounds, but I hope to lo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:55:44 EST Hi everyone I am new here to this community of Sparkpeople. I hope to meet lots of new people and help me through losing another 61 lbs. I get out and walk lots normally but have slowed down since Christmas and have not found the rhythm since. I hope everyone is having a great day out there! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:38:35 EST Trying Again! But NEEEED HELP!! PLEASE! I had started my weight loss journey almost 4 years ago! I did so well lost 85 pounds and kept most off. Then they found tumors on my thyroids and i associated my great weight loss with cancer, as it can be one of the symptoms, so i ate everything in site and gained about half back. I tried so many times to get back on track but if was not one thing or another I have not been able to. Well now I have Prehypertension and I am getting really bad migraines. I just really need to be healthy now! ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:37:58 EST Hello, determined to complete this journey <em>15</em> to <em>9</em> is my journey. This is my first day of exercise at the YMCA. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:47:47 EST Introduce Hi there, <BR> <BR> I just joined and look forward to doing this, any friend request would be great. I am a great supporter! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:44:13 EST Hello Day two and taking one step at a time here. I have a lot to lose or should I say get healthy. Excited to be here and need support. I have finally taken time for me and here I am sounds like a song lol. Look forward to meeting others support needed. Have a great Day! <em>521</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:24:05 EST New to message boards <em>213</em> First time posting, hello to everyone! I am excited and ready to lose about 40 lbs. I know it will be hard, but I am determined! My name is Connie and I am ready to see a new me! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:54 EST finally thinking about me Im a mom of 3 beautiful kids, im a stay at home mom with my youngest who is almost 2. I watch my cousins newborn baby. Im ready to finally take care of me! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:11:25 EST New and Hi everyone!!! Hi everyone!! Just started on Jan 19, and I'm very excited and optimistic!! About to be 43, need to lose 55-60 lbs. I know I can with Spark!!! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:45:57 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST Almost 60 Hi, I'm a First Nation woman from Canada. I first started my journey to weight loss February 2012 and during that first year I lost almost 40 lbs., strictly from walking, joining a gym and eating healthy. The 2nd year for the first 7-8 months I took off and additional 22 lbs and for some reason or another I lost motivation. I rejoined the gym again last May but my attendance has been sporadic. So here I am...with a definite plan and stick-to-if-ness...determined to succeed where I stopped. Oh... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:51:36 EST Looking for an acct partner, 40's w/ 30 to lose GM! <BR> In the past 18 months I have put on about 30 pounds and feel depressed, sluggish and not motivated to get back on track. After several false starts, I'm looking for an accountability partner in the same situation...If you are early to mid 40's and have 25-35 lbs to loose - consider me as a buddy! I'm thinking kind of a daily check in about eating/excercize and a weekly weight check in with each other. <BR> <BR> Maybe we can trade emails - not sure if there is messaging on this si... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:37:06 EST Hi... First time posting to any board. I'm halfway to my goal already. I wish everyone the best of luck with your goal's..... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:09:28 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST Need to lose weight by April,2015 Annual Dr. Visit coming up in April. Dr is really strict about diet and exercise. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:50:54 EST Not new just returning Hi everyone. My name is Amber. I was on Spark about 3 years ago but left for another site. I got burnt out from the social part of that site...the lack of fitness and nutrition talk on the other site mainly. So I came back here in hopes to get my focus back. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:50:05 EST Hi!!! Hi!! I'm Cindie(CINANN) I'm a Mother to a smart, beautiful teenage daughter, a Mother to 7 kitty cats, soon to be a Mother to a 2 year old Boxer we will be adopting. I'm a housewife to a wonderful, sweet man who is a computer engineer at a winery. I'm on a mission to lose 45 pounds. LOST 5!!! WOO-HOO!! YIPPIE!! Now 40 to more to go. I just bought a brand a new home that closes escrow Jan. 29th. IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm so happy with it. :) Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:58:43 EST Hi all, happy to meet you I am excited to begin this year with spark people - I have never stuck with my weight loss goal for more than 2 days at a time! with all these people, videos, articles and the honesty of the tracker I think I can make it! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:53:44 EST New to posting It's taken me a while to figure out how to post on the message boards. I am JoAnne, 62 years old, retired and T2 diabetic. Have had success in past with OA but needed more flexibility in my food plan. I just signed up for the Diabetic Weight Loss challenge. I like the food plans, right combo of structure and flexibility. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:53:25 EST Starting over, first time on message board I love Sparkpeople. I lost 87 pounds, but put most of it back. Now I'm starting again and hoping using the community features will help. This is all new to me. I'm not sure what I'm doing, but I'm giving it a try. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:53:00 EST Apple shaped emotional eater needs a fresh start Hi all I am new and looking to eat more healthy and lose weight especially around my middle. I like the gym when I go but sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I have found sites like this very helpful in the past. Have lost lots of confidence in myself and am tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and reluctant to get a bigger size. Looking for friends for mutual help and support on my journey xx Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:38:50 EST new starter Super excited about getting my health in check! <em>30</em> Been at this for 2 weeks and am well on my way. Good luck to everyone Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:34:39 EST New Hello, I am new ... I am having a very hard time getting started.... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:24:18 EST Hello Everyone, My name is Marie. Hello Everyone, My name is Marie. I had first joined in October of 2009. I checked out the site, thought it was cool and never returned. Obviously, I was not in the right frame of mind to get this done. Now, I am back and I need to make a change. I could say I'm here because I want to lose 60 pounds and that would be that, but there is more to it. I am a mother of six (Yes, I said Six. WHEW!) including a surprise new addition who came to us September 2014. I am not only doing this for me but ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:49:24 EST Another newbie...hello! Hey everyone, I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself so I won't be hesitant to post here in the future! <BR> <BR> My name is Kaitlyn and I look forward to getting to know everyone while making big changes with SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm 26, living in the Pacific Northwest and on a mission to lose the last of my weight. My highest weight was 244 lbs in 2010. I lost 55 lbs that year and got down to 190 lbs on Weight Watchers and my life changed dramatically after my fi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:48:07 EST New to the group Going to try and lose weight again... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:18:30 EST New and pretty nervous.... Hi. :) This is my second attempt on SparkPeople, and my first attempt at actually introducing myself... and pretty much doing anything on here. I'm 5''7 and weigh about 175 lbs. My ideal weight is 145. I pretty much had always been skinny up until I was 24. But I was also working, and very active, so I kept my weight at 130. My brother passed away when I was 24, and I also lost my job around that time. My brother dying pretty much stopped life for me. I didn't leave the house. I basi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:51:10 EST New here - A new beginning! Hi guys! My name is Tábata and I don't remember the last time I was at a healthy weight. As much as I was unhappy with my weight, I never had the will to make a change. Blame others for something I did to myself is no longer acceptable. Currently I'm weighing 133 kg (+ - 294 lbs), which means that I have to lose more than 60 kg (+100 lbs) to improve my health. I know that my journey will be long and I'm in no rush to make the necessary changes. <BR> <BR> I've started my day being careful wit... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:53:07 EST Starting Over I joined SparkPeople years ago and lost some weight. I dropped off and of course the weight came back plus some. I am turning 50 this May and it is time for me to take control of my eating and to start moving more. I am going to need all the help I can get because I have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> From those of you who have tried unsuccessfully for years and have finally succeeded, what was different this time? What worked or didn't work for you? <BR> <BR> All suggestions are extreme... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:37:09 EST Public introduction so that I can't keep hiding! Good morning, everyone! My name is Amy and this is my 2nd, ... no, 3rd attempt at SparkPeople! This time, I am trying to take steps that will make it more difficult to just walk away! <BR> <BR> I am 38-years old, got remarried a year ago, have a 14-year old daughter, an 8-year old son, and have taught high school math (currently calculus, precalculus, and financial algebra) for 16 years in Washington State. <BR> <BR> I tend to blame my job for my weight problems. I go to work too early to e... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:44 EST Two Years on but never on Message Board Okay, so here I am on the message board, something I thought I would never need to do. I have been counseled by Jumpstartmd and prior to that HMR over the past two years. I started out a whopping 244 and now weigh 167.2 but have also been down to 160. My goal weight is 145. I feel like a look pretty good now and have made many changes to my diet and even to what was a non-existent exercise regime. I have been on a low carb diet, but have in the last six months been adding more carbs out o... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:52:39 EST Challenging myself to be better Hello, I am new to the site, and so far I like what I see. I have 44 pounds to my goal, and I cant seem to stick to my guns on a lifestyle change. I work as a cook in a restaurant, go to school full time, and have a small farm. My life is busy to say the least. I bought an elliptical to get some cardio in, when the weather is nice (like today) I ride my horses or work with them in some way. I have tons of farm chores, so if I can stick to a healthy meal plan, I should have no problem losing w... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:39:27 EST Active Spark Teams? Hi you guys! <BR> <BR> I'm joining teams here left and right and as soon as I have access to their team page, I see that the team has been inactive for over a year, at least. <BR> <BR> Does anyone around here know of any really active groups that might have a spot open for a talkative fittie? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:57:38 EST Low Carb Plan with Plenty of Vegetables and Fruits I eat a low carb life, but need some menu plans, guidance and support - I also realize how important veggies and fruits are- want to know how to incorporate them- Looking for target date of may 15 2015 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:23:25 EST Inspired in the Inland Northwest I recently found "" while searching online for Christian friendly resources for people like myself struggling with the many health issues related to type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I was immediately impressed at the amount of work that has gone into the development of this site and all of the amazing resources that are available! I'm a 56 year old husband, father and grandfather who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nearly 15 years ago now, but who never really made a serious comm... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:08:42 EST Wanted: a healthy life It's my 54th January and anither year of wanting to loose weight and keep it off! What makes this January different? I'm not longer that 30 something that wants a sexy body. Im know in my mid 50's and want a healthy body weight that will allow me to do all the mission trips and ministries that the Lord reveals to em as well as be active to enjoy this time of life with my husband. We love to travel! <BR> <BR> So -I'm placing this Help Wanted Ad. Spark People, can you help me? What will... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:40:32 EST Glitter & Rainbows & Unicorns & Rain & Eyeliner These are all things that make me happy. My technical name is Amber, but my friends call me Lumy. I am 24 years old and I have a LOT of weight to lose. It's almost overwhelming to think about. Honestly I need to lose over half of my weight. I weigh 436 pounds. *exhales* There, it's out there. No hiding behind vague comments about being obese. No I am MORBIDLY OBESE and I want anyone considering friending/ messaging me to know that up front. I'm not going to pretend to be anything other than ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:09:08 EST To stay motivated Seems like a positive site to stay motivated to a healthy lifestyle <BR> Look forward to the success stories Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:52:05 EST Restarting Hello, must say I signed up for Spark People over a year ago, but never really looked at what it has to offer. I am taking a 2nd look and am grateful to see such an amazing resource for free! Watching the video about how it all began gives me hope that there are still people in life that do things, because they truly want to help people succeed, Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:34:46 EST Help! I'm afraid this will be long and desperate. I don't want to be that way. Here goes: <BR> I'm married to an alcoholic. In the last 2 1/2 years he's almost killed himself with alcohol. This last time is it for me. He was in ICU for almost 3 weeks. Burned up at least 1/2 his pancreas. Had a stroke. Was not allowed any foods for almost 2 weeks, finally a feeding tube. Then he could have a "diet" because the feeding tube made everything by pass his pancreas. Running constant fever. No id... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:49:52 EST Just wanted to Hello :) Hello to my fellow determined lifestyle changers, <BR> <BR> My name is ally, I life in So Cal. I am here to gain support and advice in this Journey for a healthy wellbeing. I am currently on my rest day, with 6 days of working out straight. This is a huge step for me because I've never committed this long before without giving up. <BR> I think I've finally had my ( oh no) moment which made me realize the importance of real health. Also how does anyone feel about rest days? Is it even possi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:49:20 EST Newbie here checking in.... I worked with horses for a long time and never worried about staying in shape. A few months ago found me giving up my horse world to become a paid writer and now I sit behind a desk writing at home and I seem to not work out as I'm always writing. I bought an elliptical trainer today and even joined a gym. I've been eating 'clean' for 2 months now and about 80% raw. I just bought a juicer and am having them 2x a day although I ADD back the pulp in for the fibre. I'm hoping to find some b... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:29:10 EST New here Hi, <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm having some trouble navigating the site, so hopefully I do this right. This is only my second attempt ever to lose weight. I have hypothyroidism, so losing weight feels impossible (although I know it can't be!). I'm trying to learn about nutrition and exercise so I will be successful this time. I want the weight gone for good! My main reasons for wanting to lose weight are for my health and for my kids. My husband died 2 years ago and since then I am terri... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:56:11 EST Cannot eat soy or dairy SOS I tried spark people in the past but get bogged down with options that are not options and then I give up. Any advice ? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:51:10 EST I'm new! Let's talk(: Hey everyone..I am new to this site and super determined about losing the weight! Anyone who wants motivation should add me..or comment...or however this website works, I haven't explored too much yet!(: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:32:12 EST New here I am in need of a jump start. My weight loss journey began in 2011 and has been on a decline ever since. I look back at my enthusiasm then and wonder who that person was as i am so NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT ANYMORE. I have let life get in the way and its not good. <BR> <BR> I am here on this site to get some motivation going again. i do not belong to a gym, have no support system and am hoping to find some of those things here. <BR> <BR> Thanks all for your support in advance Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:25:18 EST New to Spark Hi my name is Dana. I dont know my way around spark just yet so if you are looking for motivation, need energy, or lose those unwanted pounds add me on FB. I can help you!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:45 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:00 EST Hello everyone, I just bought the Eat to live book and i am a need of support and help. I would like to loose the weight and be healthy. Had breast cancer 2011 and gained 100lb. Tried so many diets, but i could not loose the weight. I have tried this last summer but i i have stopped loosing and i quit. So I need some help and advice. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:05:57 EST Hello My name is Barbara and I am just getting started. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:13:14 EST Just getting started. Hi my name is Sue. <BR> <BR> I am just getting started on my diet and I have been having a hard time of it. <BR> I thought this would be easy after my son moved out and there was just me. <BR> Come to find out, I've gained 10 lbs since he has been gone. I have no one <BR> at home to cook for anymore and I find it hard to cook for myself and I eat <BR> whatever is quick whether it's junk food or just a handful of pretzels and cream <BR> cheese. I have chose to give up my Coke and switch to ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:46:35 EST Hello people Just moved back to ohio from Maryland. Seriously depressed there. Started weight loss day after Thanksgiving. Lost 32lbs. Trying to continue. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:29:25 EST Amazing woman looking for Continued Support Good Morning SparkPeople World. <BR> <BR> I am back on board for the last time. This will be my final journey to health and wellness. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 170 lbs and gain self esteem, self-respect and a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am an Alberta girl- and would love the support and encouragement from ALL Spark folks. <BR> <BR> Speak with you soon. <BR> <BR> Doddie Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:05:37 EST can't wait to get started My name is Tammy. I am making changes in my life. And I am going to use Sparkpeople to make these changes. I am setting things up today but look out tomorrow because I am going as this full force. Look out world because there is going to be a new me.... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:57:56 EST Signed up last year, but didn't really use site Hey, I'm not new, but haven't really been following my goals to their full potential. <BR> <BR> I have lost some weight since last year but still have a few more pounds to go. I'm definitely not overweight (5' 61/2 " 144 lbs), but suffer from chronic depression so exercise is very important to my mental health and sometimes I lack motivation. It's especially difficult in Canada this time of year because it's so cold outside and the lack of sunlight makes people depressed. <BR> <BR> I ha... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:45:33 EST new addition Hi All I am new to spark people and just looking for some motivation from others that may know my struggle with the hopes that we can motivate each other. I started T25 last week and am determined to be healthier and feel better about myself. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:57:07 EST Hi name is Amanda! My name is Amanda and I live in Georgia. I just moved back to the states from living in Chile for three years and believe it or not it's been harder moving back than I thought. In Chile, they eat very healthy, exercise all the time (walk everywhere) and there's hardly any processed foods. I had to cook EVERYTHING from scratch. I lost thirty pounds while I was living there and have now gained it all back plus ten <em>39</em> . I decided to join SparkPeople hoping to find some motivatio... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:50:44 EST Feeling better than ever Hi hope everyone has an awesome day I have been working on getting. In better shape for two years I'm down 70 lbs I feel better and really enjoy meeting my daily exercise goals thanks for letting me join I don't have all the tracking down yet but will work on it thanks again Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:14:13 EST Hi Everyone My name is Erin I'm 52 yo woman from Vancouver BC Canada. I love this site. I came here because I'm real trouble. Over year ago (467 days ago) I quit smoking cold turkey but I gained 45 pounds! I'm very upset. <BR> Anyway I'm glad to be here, this year I'm kicking this weight down. Wishing everybody a happy new year! <BR> <BR> Erin Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:51:51 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, it is 5.25pm now. A good time to start sweating but I am in front of my PC to say hallo you at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Everybody want a good health. So am I. But it is not easy to get up and start sweating alone. I found Sparkpeople just by chance on the internet. Look nice. Maybe can help me a bit. I've been reading many of the articles / stories. Interesting, and I hope I can sample some of them. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. Wish me luck! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:28:43 EST getting frustrated! I been a member for yrs on and off again. I've been trying to find groups to join but all the ones that would work well with my interests are not active <BR> ... some have been inactive for weeks or months. Any suggestions on some fun busy groups? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:44:11 EST New here, how can this page help me get on track? Hello, <BR> <BR> Just looking around this site to see if it's something that can help to get me back on track. Was doing well on Weight watchers and fell off the wagon again. Love to hear ideas and buddy up with some people that can share their Success :) Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:29:53 EST Could this be the time that works? Hello Everyone, I'm Deanna. I have been on and off of Spark People for almost 6 years now. I have a hard time with connecting to others. I don't really get these message feed boards, but they say they are critical to my success, so let's give it a whirl. I am a person with a physical disability which makes certain types of exercise challenging, but I am bound and determined to loose 150lbs although I have lost the same 15 pounds over and over. Today I got a membership to a gym, but I need hel... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:32:10 EST Trying AGAIN!!!! Hi everyone! I am starting my weight loss journey again. I had lost nearly 30 lbs earlier this year. Then I fell and broke my ankle in September which resulted in surgery and months of not being able to put any or very little weight on it. Following that I had a hysterectomy in November. After sitting on my butt for 4 months (by Dr's orders) I gained 25 of it back!!!! So here we go again. But this time I am trying to change my life style...not diet. I am struggling with exercise because I sti... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:46:04 EST Hello Everyone! I am happy to be here. Hello everyone. I am Sherita. I live in Florida. I am 40 something with 50 to 99 pounds to lose. I am the mother of 4 and a grandmother of two. I need help with inspirations so that I do what I need to do to be healthy. My biggest challenge is lack of energy to exercise. I love music so any good exercise music suggestions are greatly appreciate. I love nature. I love riding my bike. I am so ready for a new way of doing things. Please loan me your advice and encouragement. I am open to it. <B... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:24:37 EST Goal before 50 I have been fighting my weight for years! But I really want to loose 70 lbs and keep it off with in the next 4 yrs! I just have trouble sticking to it. Sadly I'm an emotional eater. <em>234</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:21:13 EST Lapband restart! Hello all! I had Lapband surgery in 2007. I lost about 40 pounds, but then had to stop going for fills and follow-up when my insurance changed. I gained most of it back. I've been off and on Sparkpeople for many years as well. Just got new insurance, went for my first fill in 5 years and am back on Sparkpeople. I am committed to using my tool and eating well, moving my body and getting healthier before I turn 50 next January. :) Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:32:41 EST Here I go again! I am doing it again, Strong start and weak middle and end. I am at a point in my life where I can not go on Real roller coasters but on the other hand, I can't seem to get off this weight off/weight on roller coaster. I know all the things to do, eating cleaner, moving more, but this middle age spread stays right where it is. I guess I am just looking for support and accountability I think. Thanks for reading! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:29:05 EST 20 lb weight gain over 4 years Hi, <BR> My name is Janice. I have gained 20 lbs in the last 4 years that I would like to shed. I struggle every day to eat the right foods, but don't seem to make much headway. <BR> I am well past menopause and work full time in a sedentary position. <BR> I am glad to be able to participate with "sparkies" to begin a journey that will help fit comfortably back into the clothing I already have. <BR> Thanks for being there. <em>524</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:23:22 EST Completed my first week! Wow! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:44:38 EST Hi! My name is Erica. I am almost 31. I have four kids and I am freshly divorced.Im "new here". Today is the first day of my journey.I hope to lose 35 pounds, which I am great at losing weight, but I also hope to mantain that loss which is where I struggle. I am trying to look at this as a journey of a healthier lifestyle not an end in sight to which I gradually stop working out, eating right, and back to the sugar addict I can be. Thats what usually happens once I get to the weight or look or pa... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:16:43 EST Introduction Hey, all... This is Christi and I would like to say hi :) This is the first time ive ever attemted anything like this program, but I just got the ol' "pre-diabetes" wake up call from the doc, and I have almost an even 100 lbs to lose...I am a sedentary 42 yr old woman, married, mom to 3 older boys, and, omg, I am SCARED SCARED SCARED. I don't know any other way to be, and I hope to meet some friendly people that can help me along the way... I am determined to become healthy... Thanks so muc... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:13:42 EST my Its been 4 months since the operation. Pysical Therapy went wextremely well. This is my day 2 of the January Challenge. So far so good. I modify the movements to my comfortabilty. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:03:44 EST Starting an exercise program with a 3+ new replace I need to know if there is any other members that may have the issue of wanting to create a weight loss program and have to do it with a hip or knee replacement. I am fearful of causing me more pain. I am aware that it will take time to develop a routine and that there is always discomfort that happens when starting exercising. Any suggestions on ways to start b and stay motivated and consistant to reach my goal to lose 20-25lb by the end of this May. <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:58:33 EST Hello, my first post to a message board :-) Hello to all you Spark Slimmers, <BR> <BR> I just want to introduce myself and say for the past 2 weeks I have been filling in my nutrition and exercise page in, which has been helping me. <BR> I am being quite strict on myself for the month of January because I go on holiday in 48 days and want to fit comfortably into my bikini, and feel good in it. <BR> <BR> I have mostly been writing blogs for myself to make a mental note of what I am doing and how I getting there. If I any small improv... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:39:13 EST This is me... I'm a 32 year old mom with a full time job. Recently separated, now going through a divorce. <BR> <BR> I figured it time for me to focus on me! So eating right and exercising at a gym and with a personal trainer... Lets see where this goes! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:20:22 EST can't remember how to put weight tracker on This is my third time with sparkpeople hoping to make it stick this time. I can't for the life of me remember how to add a weight tracker. I wish they made it easier to find. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:12:59 EST Trying this out I've been trying to lose weight since the end of 2013, and I'm down about 20 pounds, but I thought I'd try something new. Hopefully I can get my butt in gear and reach my goals this time! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:36:54 EST Are you just starting & don't know where to begin? Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink.... <BR> <BR> Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, w... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:09:54 EST Back Again - Fitness and Fabulousity here we come! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Laura from Scotland. <BR> I was on Spark a few years ago and moved around fitness sites, thought I'd give it a go back here again. <BR> I'm trying to lose about 50lbs and train for some Obstacle Races this summer. <BR> Looking forward to a healthy year. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:54:34 EST Struggling I am 48 years old. I've been on a diet for 6 weeks so far. I gave up soda completely (huge for me as I had become quite addicted), went from sedentary to walking at least 8000 steps per day, and I've lost 12 lbs so far. <BR> However, I am having a hard time with hunger between meals. And I can't figure out how to exercise. Like what exercises and how many and how long and when. I'd welcome any tips. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Karen Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:01:07 EST Now's The Time Joined SparkPeople during the first week of January and have enjoyed all of the activities. I recently retired and have realized that my excess weight is keeping me from doing a lot of the things I had looked forward to in retirement. One of the most important of those is spending time and being active with my young granddaughter. I also would like to do some traveling. Losing this weight and improving my nutrition will allow me to have the energy I need to do and enjoy these things. I look f... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:44:59 EST Official introduction Hi All! My name is Sarah- I'm ready to immerse myself into the Spark world! I have been here before but not at this level with the spark coach guiding my way. Looking forward to reading other's reality with living for health! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:18:49 EST Accountability Features Where is the best place or what is the best feature on SparkPeople to keep yourself accountable? I think that has been one of my downfalls. I have the best of intentions....but don't always keep myself I drift off and go back to my old ways...just because. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:09:45 EST Hi! Hey everyone my name is Kassandra. I am 21 years old. I am going to just keep it short and sweet right here but if you want to know more about me you can read my introduction blog. Feel free to add me I would love to make some motivation buddies on here! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:46:32 EST A little about me Hi I am really excited to be part of this community. When I started my weight loss journey last year I couldn't have imagined what this journey would mean to me and all that I would learn. I am here to continue in my journey and to help others with theirs. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:55:39 EST OCR Addicts? Hi there <BR> <BR> I'm looking to make my newsfeed more interesting <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm looking for lifters who follow programs such as 5/3/1 Stronglifts 5x5, love quoting Rippetoe and Wendler and debating the benefits and setbacks of the different program options out there. Also great if I can find some obstacle course racers. Im a Tough Mudder girl but I plan on doing a few more Spartans and eventually trying out Battlefrog and whatever else fun may come along. <BR> <BR> <em... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:40:09 EST New start Hi all, <BR> In the past I have tried so many times to lose weight. I have often just given up and then got so frustrated and piled on more pounds! <BR> <BR> I did have a profile on here before, but as this is a new start I thought I would make a nice new profile. <BR> <BR> I am on my 5th day of healthy eating and feeling far more in control. It is a lovely feeling. <BR> 2015 is going to be my year. I have said that before but this time I feel ready or something :) <BR> <BR> Anyway just... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:39:14 EST Wrestling for flexibility and strength Looking for adult male wrestlers for recreational wrestling match in Northeast Texas. 40 years old and above with weight of 150 to 170 lbs. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:58:21 EST It's just me:) <em>30</em> <BR> I go many times do I have to lose and gain the same pounds! <BR> This time though, it's for me to feel better about myself and feel better physically. <BR> <BR> I'm a married,57 year old Preschool teacher. <BR> My favorite things to do is play music on piano and guitar, read read read, and watch movies. <BR> <BR> I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren with 1 more on the way! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:32:07 EST Hello Hmm where should I start..... <BR> <BR> Well I guess i should say that I am 5'8 154lbs. i would categorize myself as overweight/skinnyfat. I am a couch potato & get no exercise. I basically sit on my computer all day. I want to try to get my diet in check to lose weight first & then start working out when I get to my goal weight of 135lbs. I guess thats it, wish me luck! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:46:16 EST No more excuses! I want to become fit and healthy. I really enjoyed exercising as a child and still do. Due to some life issues my weight has spiraled out of control. I always have had curves and seem to build muscle, so by being obese I really feel lost, scared and quite frankly overwhelmed. My mantra is No More Excuses. I WANT TO BE THE REAL ME! But I need help to know where to start. I'm hoping that by joining Spark that I found the seeds to plant to succeed. I appreciate the time any spark people take to... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:14:23 EST Trying Again!! I am going to get fit this year. I have lost 120 pounds in the past and had a back injury in which I gained it all back. Sooooo here I go again. I just hope I can find that zone once again. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:32:51 EST Need help to loose wight, mu name is vida and I need help to get to my goal. I need serious help to loose 50 pounds in six month. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:26:23 EST Need help to loose wight, mu name is vida and I need help to get to my goal. I need serious help to loose 50 pounds in six month. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:24:26 EST pjacksonrn1 I am so looking forward totaking this journey towards learning to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle plus losing 20 lbs with your support. I hope to develope long lasting relationships that will encourage and support me!! <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:26:08 EST Looking for spark friends Hi there! My name is Cindy...I am 45 years old and I have 120 pounds to lose...I have such a long way to go...I am trying so hard to just stay focused on just one day at a time...I would love to have some spark to spark or been here forever it doesn't matter to me...I just want to have some support... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:03:39 EST Hello I am a people who eats no matter what I lose 99 pounds 6 years and gained it all back plus 10 more pounds -I lost one of my very best friend- My Father. He used to be there for me...he went through so much medically that all he wanted was me to lose the weight and become healthy. I let him down and myself. I now take care of my mother. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:14:50 EST this will not be a diet but a lifestyle change I am almost 40 and i'm done making excuses. I am ready to get this fat off of me! I'm a mother of 2 great kids and have a wonderful husband. They are great support but none of them struggle with their weight. I am looking for like minded people to support me through this and hold me accountable. I will be glad to do the same. I've tried Weight Watchers and it worked very well until they quit doing the support groups in my area. I've done Healthy Figures which worked great until I decide... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:07:20 EST I am succeeding Hi all, <BR> I am succeeding this time. It is not an option. I've had lots of ups and downs and false starts. No more. I am succeeding this time. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:45:13 EST New! Hi everyone, i just joined SP today!! I am really excited to become part of the community. <BR> <BR> I am on week 3 of the Couch to 5k program and am signed up to run a 5k in March. Hope this will help with inspiration and accountability :) Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:26:34 EST Need Motivation Hi, I am in need of some guidance and most of all motivation....I need to loose 15 pounds, I don't seem to have the motivation to stay away from the wrong foods and exercise.....I have an hour for lunch here at work and I could very well walk for r30 minutes, but I always have an excuse not to do it. I don't know why I can't seem to focus......I have gone through some difficult times and I don't know if that has anything to do with it,,,,any advice will be much appreciated.... <em>39</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:05:43 EST 2 time loser hi everyone.......been gone a year...... im gonna work on my 3rd try losing 60 lbs to go and hope to lose this cigg habit I picked up in st. martin 6 months ago..... thanks for listening Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:03:21 EST Hello Everyone! I'm back to SparkPeople after a few years off. Had some health issues and am now heavier than ever. Going to give this all another try despite arthritis in my back and bursitis in my shoulders. PT helped some, so I'm ready for more! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:02:26 EST Hello, I'm Back Hi SP, <BR> <BR> It's Sharon <BR> <BR> I'm back and living Life Naturally! I'll be posting, right now I'm getting familiar once again. If you are interested in more on My Life Naturally follow here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:32:30 EST 4 months from 40, finally getting on it. Hey! So, I gained about 40 lbs in grad school working hard, writing papers at 3 am with a mug of coffee and a bag of microwave popcorn to stay focused, then going to bed an getting up 3-4 hours later to go to work or school. Which was cool, because once I got my degree, I was going to have time to have a life and work it off. . .yeah. . .I gained more weight instead. I wasn't thrilled about it, but I was and am comfortable with who I am, so there was no rush to drop the weight. I joined 24... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:43:10 EST NOOB, Newbie, New Member...but old hat So, I will start where many of us start... <BR> <BR> I have no self control. <BR> I eat to fill a void. <BR> I am a foodie and I am a food addict! <BR> <BR> I have a LONG history of weight issues. I have been fighting extra pounds my whole life. And even when I was my ideal weight I was flabby. So, here I am still 50 pound over what I am told is healthy. <BR> <BR> I do not remember a time in my life that my mother has not been battling her weight. I watch as she dieted, and worked out, and... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:24:14 EST Mommy in need to loose weight. Hi my name is Lisa & I need help. I'm 29 years old & a mother of 2 (5 & 1) I'm 245 lbs & I have set a long term goal to one day be 160 lbs. I have set some short term goals as well. I want to do this the right way I just don't know where to start. I am a stay at home mom & I know a lot of people think I'm lucky to have all that free time on my hands & I should be able to loose weight in no time, but the truth is I'm always on my feet. I'm always doing something. After putting this weight lose... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:38:33 EST Young Grandma joinging Sparkpeople! Hi all! I've been hearing about this site from my TOPS, (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), team leader who raves about it. My goal is to make my KOPS, (Keeping Of Pound Sensibly), status by our last weigh in for 2014 on December 29. My long term goal is to lose 47 pounds by the end of the year, my short term goal is to lose 24 pounds by the end of June. My even shorter goal is to just take it one day at a time and be positive. <BR> I'm doing this to inspire my family, to have the energy to kee... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:45:49 EST Getting started...AGAIN! Well, I am trying this yet again. Been having a hard time getting myself motivated (and caring about myself enough) to begin. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:30:00 EST Appreciate all Help and Advice I am 51 and just came off of a very stressful year so I need to get back on track. I have a new husband, new job and new address so I am making quite a few adjustments. I always appreciate advice and encouragement. I struggle a little with keeping motivated but hoping this site will keep me focused! (I have gained 15 pounds that I desperately want to shed by my April birthday!) I appreciate all the resources on this website so I think I can do this! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:31:17 EST Getting Back on Track Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on vacation from here literally and now it's time to face reality. I lost 65lbs in 2009 and have kept it off but never finished my goal. Now I have 30 of that back haunting me daily and I am reminded of the hurt and the shortness of breath the extra pounds I had carried before. I am here to set my short term and long term goals to finally reach them and to continue to always challenge myself since I have come to know I love a good challenge. That's where... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:17:31 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Bev, and I've been a lurker here for a while but finally feel brave enough to jump on board. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, but am going to concentrate on one pound at a time. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:24:26 EST Newb Hey everyone, <BR> I am new to this site... I am 26 and I am hoping to lose weight and get in better shape before my wedding in 2016. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:03:08 EST Bumpee Good morning, I am stepping out of my comfort zone in the hopes of gaining support in this journey and offering up any wisdom/experience I may have. I am a nurse and a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a mom and I want to work and learn how to be more available in a healthy way for my family. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:09:04 EST Watusi3 Hi everyone! As of this March I have been with Sparkpeople for 1 year. I have not lost a single pound, infact I have gained 3. I am a 55 year old grandmother. The weight just does not melt off like it did thirty years ago. Oh well I am not giving up yet. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:32:23 EST Hello! Looking for buddies Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly new, but I started over on January 1st. I am doing the best that I have ever done, and I know that I'm in this for the long run. It has been so much easier this time around since I haven't been putting so much pressure on myself. As of right now, I've been tracking food and fitness on MFP. I've tried spark a few times, but I found it hard to get into. I am hoping that it is easier if I get some buddies on here :) SP offers a ton of great things - I would love... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:27:20 EST hi im Phelicia Hi im phelicia...iv been on here once before and life got the best of making some changes in my life and decided this is part of my 3 big changes that i feel will make mine and my familys life goals are <BR> 1) get down to 175 by my anniversary may 26 <BR> 2) get down to 160 by july <BR> I will be starting school in march so i will be a working mother and going to school....wish me luck Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:13:50 EST Support Hey everyone Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:09:18 EST Low Carb I eat low carb and I have lost 35# since April 28, i got off track the past couple of months with going on a cruise and the holidays and ready to get serious to get off about 30 more #'s. Does anyone else do low carb on this site. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jody Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:51:31 EST good morning! Good morning all! I just created a new sparkpeople account and I'm ready to make some serious changes! Can you recommend a good group or challenge to join? <em>41</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:12:06 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST pre type 2 diabetic , Newbie I am 43 yrs old, recently found out that I am pre diabetic type 2..... if I don't start making right choices I am doomed.... <em>24</em> . I have made changes in my diet, and started walking 1 mile everyday. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:22:52 EST 14 down, 52 to go Hi Everyone, I'm Amanda. <BR> <BR> After many failed attempts to get my weight under control, a diabetes scare gave me the good hard kick in the seat I needed to stick to it. Thankfully the tests came back good, but I'm not going to that be an excuse to ease up, I'm in this for the long haul! I've looked at my past efforts, and I see where my weak points are and planned ahead to make sure they don't sabotage me again! I was using NOOM Coach and was having great success with it but I wanted ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:02:56 EST Newbie I've lurked around the site for a couple of months. New things tend to overwhelm me so I've stayed quiet and hidden. But I guess its time to come out of the corner and using this to actually help me. A little about me, i'm 37, and fat. There I said it. I am Fat. I hate being fat so I am just hoping being active here will help me stay more motivated and less discouraged. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:14:40 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST New to Sparkpeople and Diabetes Type II Hello and thank you for reading this. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic as of December 29th. I ended up in the ER with many symptoms due to a blood glucose reading of 509. I was shocked. I am learning to control it with sparkpeople and the blood glucose logbook app and web page. I have lost 30 pounds and I hope to lose 50 more. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:10:58 EST New and want to Lose 50 by June HI My name is jeannie <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose 50 lbs by June when my hubby and I get to go to Cabo with another couple. I want to be my best for my hubby. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:46:51 EST (Not So) New Member Hi there - my name is Clare. I'm 33 years old (soon to be 34). This is actually my second "real" time on SparkPeople. I had a lot of success learning how to eat heathily about 7 years ago (gasp!). A lot has happened since then - I got married, I had a baby, I finished my MBA (at night), and also gained about 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> My main concern is just keeping myself honest with not eating out too much and trying to fit in exercise when I can. A lot changes in 7 years on SP, too! I am lovin... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:30:26 EST Hi! Sticking to realistic expectations... Hi. I am hoping that a community of others trying stay or get healthier will be inspiring. I have been fortunate to be able to manage weight until early forties. Now that I am 49 and dealing with osteoarthritis and lower metabolism, it has become much more difficult to maintain. I could lose 15-20 lbs. I have been doing power yoga 3x wk for about a year but not a whole lot of cardio. I think I need to really lower the calorie intake more to really lose any ( approx. 1300 cal. a day) al... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:41:29 EST Convinced that 3rd Time will be the Charm Through no fault of this excellent website and healthy living resource, I am back for the 3rd time after gaining back much of the weight SparkPeople has helped me lose. Now older and wiser, I am hoping that with the help of this site and the community backing it, I will realize total success in reaching my weight loss and healthy living goals. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:29:04 EST My first day Hi, my name is Andrea and this is my first day on sparkpeople. I'm doing the meta small changes challenge. I like it so far because the goals are simple and realistic. So far I like this better than the other fitness app I was using. If anyone would like to support buddies, that would be awesome. Let's make 2015 a year for positive changes and making support buddies. Excited to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Andrea Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:33:29 EST Great First Week. Counted calories and every bite I ate I put it on my food tracker. Cut out soft drinks and drank 70 ounces of water a day. Weighted today and down over 5 pounds! Here goes week two! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:25:54 EST Not Really New.. I made this account last year, and immediately forgot about it. I recently saw something on Pinterest that sparked my interest to come back. I'm 22, 5'4", and 166 lbs. Spark set me a goal of 133 lbs by September. My non-scale goals are to run a half marathon, do a tough mudder, and eventually train and complete a Spartan race. <BR> <BR> I'd love to make new friends and find support buddies! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:23:27 EST new member getting back into working out Hello everyone I'm Elizabeth and im getting back into working out and getting myself back in shape! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:52:37 EST New member Looking to lose 100 pounds. Was ill and lost my ability to walk for a while. Put on a lot of weight. Able to move better now so with the help of these tools I am looking to live a healthier life. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:50:34 EST New member Looking to lose 100 pounds. Was ill and lost my ability to walk for a while. Put on a lot of weight. Able to move better now so with the help of these tools I am looking to live a healthier life. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:38 EST First timer! One year to 40!!! Hi, everyone! I'm new to this site and found it by accident :-) <BR> <BR> Today is exactly 1 year to my 40th birthday - YIKES! I've decided to take this year by the horns and reach the hilltop in my best shape ever! I have the mentality of a 25 year old (I try to be a fun mom), but I definitely have the body of an overly busy, never take time for myself, mom of 2. I'm ready to change that - for myself and for my family. I'm not obese, but I'm not fit. I want to be as happy with my outsides a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:43:48 EST Previous member, new name and challenges Hi again. I was a member several years back and had great success in losing weight and getting healthy. Back then I was EclecticCelt think. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today. Due to injuries from a car accident 2 years ago I had some major mobility issues for a long time and started putting some weight back on gradually. Then I quit smoking and more came back. I am still struggling with chronic pain but know I have to get back in to some fitness routine before I gain back ALL the weight I ha... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:33:34 EST Week 2/Newbie My name is Kimber. I just started my weight loss and health journey last week. I lost 2.5 pounds. Mostly it has been trial and error with meal plans and exercise. I am a single mom to an amazing soon to be four year old. I just graduated college. I want to be healthier and enjoy my life more to the fullest. I don't just want to lose weight, I want to gain a sense of self. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:09:27 EST HI-can't seem to make myself exercise Hi, I just started this one week ago. I do love it!! I just can't seem to make myself find the time to exercise! How do you do it?????? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:35:02 EST Hi Good Morning, <BR> I am new to this, especially when it come to dieting.... My goal is to lose 30lbs, I am pretty active - I have a 4 yr old and 1 yr old. I have never been good at dieting or watching what I eat, but it seems since I had my boys my body has changed and I am having no luck on loosing weight and I am really starting to get frustrated. <BR> One catch is I have a desk job and sit all day, I do bring my lunch and snacks to work and rarely go out to eat. My lunch always seems... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:29:51 EST New Member Hi my name is Pat Reynolds and I just found this site and so far it's very exciting! I have 60 pounds to lose and have been very depressed since I broke my ankle about a year ago and am finding it hard to get motivated to exercise since I am always in pain. But I plan to overcome this this year. I am looking for any advise on some low impact exercises. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:17 EST Hello! I haven't been on since last year, but I'm going to make an effort to log in every day, so that I can get inspiration from you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:40:50 EST Trying to practice what I preach Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site, I'm finding it a little confusing -- but I am sure I will get use to it soon. <BR> <BR> I've lost a lot of weight several years ago (5 years ago to be exact, over 100 lbs), but I've been slowly gaining some of it back. I don't want to go back to where I was so I am motivated to lose the recent weight I have gained back and more. <BR> <BR> I'm in a helping profession where I work with individuals with low self-esteem and struggle with self-care, t... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:21:09 EST Tess2k9 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST Returning to a healthier me I am also returning after more than a year. I need to keep myself accountable. I need to do this for health reasons also. I am looking into using NutriSystem also.... Any suggestions with that? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:40:15 EST