SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard For our members over the age of 50, meet and get support from members who share your common interests and experiences. SparkPeople Getting Fit Over 50 Messageboard Timelines Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> While I have been on my weight loss journey since November 2013, I am new to using Sparkpeople on a regular basis. I have lost 30 lbs and continue to lose 1-1.5 lbs a week. I am determined! <BR> <BR> I noticed that on many people's posts there are timelines with progress and goals. Can someone tell me how to create these? <BR> <BR> Thank you so much. <BR> <BR> Terrie <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:26:24 EST Hi, I'm new here I'm not quite sure how to go about "meeting" people on here.. I'm 61 and need to lose 50+ pounds. Arthritis and fibromyalgia have prevented me from getting much physical exercise recently, and in all honesty I've never been terribly athletic, but I am really determined to do my best to get healthy and fit. I love to read, garden, scrapbook, cook ethnic foods, write, craft, quilt, and I love walks in the woods, birding, and wildlife watching. I am married and have 2 grown daughters, but no ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:11:00 EST 5 pound gain Is it possible to gain 5 pounds in one day <em>29</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:10:02 EST frustrated i think that my work out routine is hindering my weight loss. along with thyroid, menopause issues. Also i had my gallbladder removed last year. Since the gallbladder removal. i had gained 18lbs. Since March 26, i have only been able to loose 3lbs. Any suggestions. As i had mentioned before, i am in the gym 4 days a week 3days is 15min cardio and 35min in on weight machine 10 situps. the 4th day is a zumba class. Any suggestions <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:41:16 EST motivation I hope I can make it this time. Just started again about to weeks ago. I am thinking this will bee better this time. I need support from spark people that are facing every thing that we face every day. I know I will do better this time because I am taking advantage of everything they have to offer. Thanks for being there. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:12 EST New Here Hello all, I just quit smoking 5 months ago and I gained a lot. I guess food is my new smoke and I can't control it yet. Any help is welcome. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:44:04 EST Holiday Celebrations Long Gone Happy Passover and Joyous Easter to all! <BR> <BR> On the treadmill this morning my mind began to drift. I was remembering Easter as a young girl. Every year my mom and I would ride the bus to Newberrys or JC Pennys for a new spring outfit for me. It was always a frilly flowery dress with a matching pastel cardigan, <BR> <BR> On Easter mornings we awoke to find cellophane wrapped baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jellybeans. My mom, a very strict Catholic, forbid us to nibble on... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:31:26 EST blood pressure and step aerobics I am just starting an easy step aerobics workout, but I get throbbing pulsing in my head after 10 minutes. I guess it is my high blood pressure. Should I keep on using this video until I get used to it or should I try an easier light aerobics workout? I am a 67 year old lady. I have used video workouts before. I have no trouble with weights alone. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:24:58 EST Hi Newbie here HI i have just joined and this is so new, I have no idea what I am doing so I could use all the help anyone wants to give. My 14yr daughter is also going to do this with me. we both have a bunch to loose so ahhh! We live on a farm and I home school so this should be a kick. We are emotional eaters I am logging but like I said i can use all the help.. Looking forward to meeting u all! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:10:35 EST Weight Gains Today I had my first gain since I started over. I had lost 8 lbs and this morning when I got on the scale I thought I had lost 1 more lb, but discovered that it was a gain. How can 1 pound upset us so much? I use a balance beam scale and I usually leave it on my weight so that when I get on the next time I know right away if I've lost or gained. Yesterday, DH weighed himself, so this morning I had to set my weight all over again and at first glance I thought I had gone down. To me, this ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:53:55 EST I'm getting there well..seem to hit a snag...only lost .4 lb...BUT...the really good news is that I have lost.."inches"..see I quit worrying about the far I have lost 0.4 lb....2 inches off my waist.... 3.5 inches off my hips .... 1 inch off my thighs ...1 inch off my arms <BR> <BR> now that is what I call "victory" for me <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> need to do more work on my thighs...the weight will come off in time...but...on the bright side of this clothes are looser... <em>224</e... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:13:03 EST possible plateau I'm 60 years old and I've been at the same weight for 3 weeks and before that dropping by .5 of a pound. I was hoping to lose at least 1-2 lbs. by Easter but it doesn't look like that'll happen. get me off this I've been active every day(getting a spark glow) and am on the spark people diet. Any ideas would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Pam Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:31:58 EST Do you have a good elder role model or are you one I am 59, as I age I have been looking for good elder role models, I have found none. My parents, in their 80's, bicker with each other, put me down like I was still a child and are never happy with where they go, what they do, the rest of the family or the food they eat. I had one Grandparent who died when I was young that was a good role model and the rest of my Grandparents where mean and cranky. I want to be a good role model for my Grandkids and others around me. I do the best I know ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:19:10 EST New to SP Hi! I am a newbie. I have just downloaded the Spark Coach on my devices, and am anxious to get started. Right now I am just looking around and familiarizing myself with everything that SP has to offer and I am amazed!! I am 61 years old and I live with my husband in Grants Pass, Oregon. I am an ceramic artist and I love to walk and ride bikes and do photography when I am not out working,(playing) in my pottery studio. <BR> I had worked hard to lose 70 lbs. and kept the weight off for 5... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:31:24 EST New to SP I am new to SP and could really use a "buddy" system. I stay within my calories, try to exercise every day, even if it is only 10 minutes. I have tried everything and still seem not to lose weight. I'm so sick of dieting...can be real discouraging. I would love to lose 35-50 lbs! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:53:51 EST Hard to consume 1200-1500 cals So my understanding is that in need to consume 1200-1500 cals per day, My largest meal is breakfast. then lunch , i do have snaks in between, such as fruits nuts and somtimes yogurt. I am at the gym 4 times a week, 4 days of cardio approx 20min, another 30 min weights, once a week a cardio class, After my work out i have a protien drink. And cannot drop an ounce. ERRRRGGGG need some help..... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:39:31 EST Hi everyone I am new to the 50 and over. I would like a friend to help keeep me going. Anyone live in Greenvill,l South Carolina Let me know !!!! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:02:29 EST In need of help Hi everyone my name is Linda. I have been a member of Sparks People for several years. Time after time I have told myself this is the time, this is the time!! Etch time it will last about 3 days. I am about 75 pounds over weight. I have high blood pressure, a bad thyroid and Rheumatoid Arthritis. All of the conditions cry out for eat healthy and exercise and all of them give me an "excuse" not to. I would appreciate any advice on motivation and dedication!! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:47:33 EST New here Hi I am new here and I need to lose weight. I have hip and knee problems along with back problems. I know a lot is to do to my weight so I am hoping and praying that I can get motivated with the help of this website Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:53:03 EST When is your birthday you can put the year if you want, but just the month and date are OK too <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:13:04 EST gardener The weather was so nice the week. I work in my yard setting out flowers, putting down fresh mulch, clean out the flower bed. All my muscle are sore.that were a good workout. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:10:37 EST penguins... any penguin lovers? i have been to antartica Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:38:47 EST New to this site.... I just signed up for the support and help that I am hoping this online community can provide to me. I have been overweight most of my life, with some periods of healthy weight. Those times when I weighed less, I had more energy and I felt more confident and overall better. As I've gotten past 50, my weight is so much more problematic than when I was younger. Added to arthritic joints, the knees and hips and feet hurt like crazy. <BR> <BR> I am eager to encourage others and to be encouraged ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:39:14 EST Bucket List I'm curious ... does anyone else have an actually, written in black and white, bucket list? Or is it something that most people just "think" about? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:08:18 EST born in 43 Born in 43 Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:45:46 EST You can do it ! I have pars fraction in the L4 and L5 of my back. This makes it hard to do some of the thing I need to do. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:30:47 EST losing weight for organ transplant. I need to loose 35 lbs. My goal is 65 pounds. I would very much like to be around 140 lbs. I need to loose and maintain the weight loss. I am a lung transplant recipient. Any help or suggestions will be welcome. I also start pulmonary rehab. on the 29th of April. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:57:01 EST Did anyone start the 10 day spring challenge? I am so proud of myself! I actually got up at 5 am and walked for 11 mins. I want so badly to keep it up ! I heard or read some where the other day that early in the morning is easier because there is usually only one thing standing in your way "sleep". where as any other time you have a busy life that you have to fit it into. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:26:14 EST Born in 1956 I just turned 58 but feel about 70. I need to make changes. I am only 1 day in, but feeling pretty motivated. <em>521</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:37:59 EST Over 60 want to rediscover self I hope to find others who would love to share in this experience of rediscovery. While cleaning out and trying to organize to move (yet after 30 years in the same home) I found a notebook I had worked on years ago. It opened with a picture of me at my son's wedding weighting over 300! I was hanging on my grandson as at that time I couldn't walk far and steps, well forget those without doing the side shuffle one step at a time thing. I felt bad everyday and those first couple pictured sh... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:55:47 EST I'm have 65 pounds to lose: There is so much information on Spark People. I'm 50 and I chose to lose over 60 pounds. I'm use to eating fried foods. What do you recommend? It's hard to start something cold turkey. Looking for reassurance. I enjoy eating lettuce, but I don't eat vegetables. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:44:31 EST Over 70 Exercise I am over 70 and exercise is still important Best types are stretches balance and walking Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:08:40 EST Skating at this age? Hi! I'm one of those that hates exercise but not fun. Do you think it's totally asking for trouble to start skating again at this age? I've tried to ignore this urge but it sure would be fun. I work at a storage place so I could skate in the parking lot until I get good enough to do it in public. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:14:03 EST BEYOND THE SCALE~ 10 Week Challenge! How often have you wished you could find something to help you with your "stick-to-it-ness"? Have you found that you LOVE Sparkpeople, but have just hit a lull and need a little extra something? <BR> <BR> This 10 week challenge places you on a team with approx. 30 other members who are all working toward the same goal - to be accountable, get and give support, learn some nutrition tips, and build friendships! By setting a 10 week goal, and weighing in each week, you make a COMMITMENT to you... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:10:44 EST Was feeling drab Well I was on the pity pot today and was falling with the feeling! I started to think to myself I don't want this, so what the heck can I do? <BR> I got up went into my kitchen and found my olive oil and had 1 tbsp. waited a bit drank water and prayed the feeling would pass. <BR> It did so I wiped the dust off my old exercise dvd's and got into it. <BR> Took a nice shower and the smile I lost earlier, I found it back. <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople your tip of the day really helped me today <BR>... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:46:45 EST Starting Again Hello again...and again and again..and...well you get the picture..this is like my 6th start over in about 3 years. <BR> So much has changed since I logged on last Im almost overwhelmed by all the new options on SP. <BR> Just wanted to say hello introduce myself and make my new start official. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday everyone !! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:49:27 EST Tough day... 3/22/2014: I am new to OA - I am only on Step 3 of the 12 Steps - Today is my first day of abstinence from over eating, and accountability to a Food Plan. I sure could use prayers and any support you can offer to help keep me from eating in between meals and sticking to my plan today (and everyday for the rest of this month). Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:30:26 EST Hi I was born in 1942 anyone else? Hi, I am just recovering for a month and a half already and impatient :) A severe respiratory problem and am on Oxygen again anyone else with COPD and Asthma and allergys? <BR> <BR> Anyway the first time this happened I got off the oxygen just like I told the doctor I wanted to do not sure this time, but just as determined to try doing just that. I have lost about 18 pds and still have a way to go to goal, but am working at it had 50 or so to lose. I also have diabetes type 2 but am determ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:20:44 EST rut What do you do when you hit a rut with your weight loss I mean I am doing what I am supposed to but not losing anything does anybody have any ideas? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:03:52 EST HAPPY SPRING!!! We made it! It's SPRING!! <em>378</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> "April showers" <em>257</em> "bring May flowers" <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Drinking water... <em>91</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:25:31 EST HELP: Quitting Smoking I've decided it is time to stop smoking. I'm doing all these other good things for my body but still keep puffing away at these darn cigarettes. <BR> Went to the doc yesterday and got a script for Chantix. (need all the help I can get). I start taking them today. They list a ton of side effects but "cold turkey" simply hasn't worked for me and the patches and lozenges and gum still have nicotine in them which I'm trying to get away from. <BR> The Chantix says to stop cigs anywhere from ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:09:58 EST Need encouragement I've been on a diet since last Nov. I lost about 15 lbs total and then the weight loss stopped. I've tried everything. I eat the amount of calories Sparks tells me to. I eat less. I exercise the best my back will allow by walking ten thousand or more steps a day, with hand weights for 20 minutes of that time. I can't drop any weight, it won't budge. If I lose a pound I find it within 2 days. I'm so discouraged. I know the scale shouldn't matter and I do feel better physically, but I just want... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:20:04 EST Hello everyone. Hi everyone I'm Angie and as you've probably guessed from my username I was born in 1958. I've been trying to lose weight for over 30yrs now (since birth of kids) and have got so far then plateaued, got depressed when scales weren't moving and comfort ate sending the scales in the wrong direction, which results in me getting more depressed and giving up. I've had arthritis in my knees since I was 27 so I just kinda ignore it now (which isn't really too clever I know). I now have a whole array... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:56:46 EST Were you born in 1947? We have a lot of years popping up but not 1947. So I am starting one. Hope some will join. I currently post in some other threads but it was suggested I start one for my own year. I'm sure there are others around as well. <BR> <BR> New friends and encouragers are welcome and lets make this journey together. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:08:11 EST Thanks for getting back to me I like the advice not to worry about burning calories at this point. I am spending a lot of time thinking about meal planning, getting 8 glasses of water in and 5 servings of fruits/ veggies and not being hungry. I also have to compromise with my husband at dinner who is not dieting. <BR> <BR> Physical therapy eventually should help my hip and knee joints which should help me increase my exercise routine. I can't walk to far now but hopefully when the weather gets better I'll be able to incr... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:42:42 EST Menopause weight I'm having a terrible time wanting/doing exercising or keeping my weight down. I'm a returning Spark person, so hoping for support. Meal planning/shopping being simplified may help. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:37:02 EST Hello From Newbie Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> Want to introduce myself. My name is Kelley and I am 54 years old with 45 pounds to lose. I just joined SP recently and have lost 3 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> Looking to meet other people in my age group so I am glad I found this board. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to all of you on your weight loss journey! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:21:13 EST Newbie Hello, I'm new here and want to lose 20 lbs . The site says this is possible to do by May 21st. Just wanted to know if anyone has lost 20 lbs in a little over 2 months? Thanks Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:45:40 EST burning calories I'm not sure where to ask questions. I want to find out how many calories are burned with physical therapy exercises as I can't do strenuous exercises due to health problems Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:20:38 EST New here Though I have been on Sparkpeople for five months now, this is my first time posting on a message board here. I am 52 years old, born in Nov. 1961. It is so strange to be one of the younger members of a message board for once! Usually, I am one of the older ones. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to reading your posts and being supportive. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:20:57 EST Staying focus If I review my spark results early in the morning it helps Motivate me the rest if the day. Need to change eating habits. I'm working on eating more durning the day and less at night. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:38:56 EST staying on track when u have anxiety i find it very hard to stick to my diet when emotional cravings set in what i have done is stickk to high fibre snacks Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:57:39 EST Back again I was ill for about 18 months, I did nothing to. Get involved in any major moves toward losing weight and being healthy. I need advice, encouragement, good recipes , and some good old common sence. I am 74y.o. I live with a good husband, our children live many, many miles away. Both my husband and myself are type 2 diabetics . We are retired and have all day, most days to do what ever we want to do. I lost a lot of muscle strength while was ill. I am ready to get started and this time... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 20:21:17 EST walking partner I'm just starting out and would like to get more fit by walking in the Knoxville area, 37924 but need some motivation. Anyone interested? Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:49:47 EST Letterboxing for exercise anyone? Are there any who do letterboxing for exercise? I created a team for Letterboxing if you are interested... <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62576 </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:46:41 EST 1, 2, 3 oh my like Lions, Tigers and Bears oh my Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:14:24 EST How often do you weight? How often do you weight? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:05:17 EST I'm new to SparkPeople and in the over 50 group I am over 50, need to lose about 70 pounds and looking for help and inspiration from others in this age bracket. I actually live in Arkansas not Hawaii as my username might lead you to believe. It has just been so cold and we have had such a bad winter I have been wishing I was a Hawaii Girl! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople seems like it has a lot of great people on it fighting weight loss battle and actually winning! That is great and looking at the success stories give me such great hope. I have... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:00:46 EST Hi ,,,,back again ,,,needing some motivation,,,, So upset with myself for not sticking with my program ,,,but today is a new day ,,,and a new start for me ,,,:) Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:39:51 EST you may be surprised at this 'new lease on life' the best place to get sick is the doc's office or the hospital. i don't go to either if i can avoid it. but i noticed lately that even to renew a script an APPT has to be made - time consuming to say the least. i could understand the once a year or twice a year ' we must see you first' thing. but not every 30 days. <BR> so here it is - unless there is something wrong - i won't be coming in doc!!! if you don't renew my script - that's fine - there are lots of natural alternatives which i ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:23:36 EST StreetStriders Hello, I am new to this site? my name is Nan..... And Someone over 50?? want to stay in shape?? I was wondering if anyone from my area? Pinellas County?)...... (Pinellas Park or St Petersburg area, owned a StreetStrider? I would like to know because we could form a group to go to parks and streetstride!....... It's not only fun but will help you lose weight and stay in shape! If you haven't heard of this amazing bike, for those interested you can go to and see the 3 wheel... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:48:24 EST Adding calories help Is there a way to just add calories to the tracker for a dish at a restaurant. Tried the "search others" and it isn't listed but I do know the calorie count and want to put it in for my dinner. Clicked around and still can't find a way. I created a new item and noted the calories and saved it but where does the "save" go? Can seem to pull it up anywhere. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:18:21 EST Gripe I am amazed that clothing manufactures think that glitter on plus size clothing is a good look, especially for those of us over 50! Sorry, just received JMS t-shirts and they are so glittery! In the whole scheme of things this isn't huge but it's irritating. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:05:47 EST I am 61 Boy is it hard to lose at this age!! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:59:02 EST I am new and need help. I'm very new to this site, and I need help.I am very depressed and sick and obese, I stay in bed and never go anywhere and dont want to get out of bed, I'm just waiting here until the day I die, no one cares.I want to change my life but just cant on my own, please help. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:04:36 EST I am new and need help. I'm very new to this site, and I need help.I am very depressed and sick and obese, I stay in bed and never go anywhere and dont want to get out of bed, I'm just waiting here until the day I die, no one cares.I want to change my life but just cant on my own, please help. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:03:07 EST weight ticker Can anyone tell me how to set up a ticker? They look like a good motivator. Thanks for any response Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:49:57 EST New here as of today! Wanted to say hello. Joined today. <BR> I am 50, 7ft tall and 353 Pounds. Needing to lose weight to avoid health issues in my family history. <BR> Looking forward to getting healthy here! <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dave Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:31:56 EST WHERE IS THE 1955s Baby Boomers <em>104</em> <em>223</em> STILL GOING STRONG <BR> Hi my name is Sharon and I was born on March 29 1955 - I am working on losing 15 pounds by this date... Come and join me or root me on..... 1955s!!!! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:45:10 EST I will be 50 in November. I don't want to play around with my good health anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:17:40 EST Just started today need some help Hello Everyone, <BR> I just started today for the THIRD time, I would like to make a profile, and can not figure out where to go to make it .. <BR> Can anyone help ? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jean Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:46:53 EST exercise Can anyone point me to a 10 or 15 minute tabata workout for seniors? Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:45:31 EST Yearly, NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY-USA Has anyone here ever celebrated National Senior Health and Fitness Day in the USA? <BR> <BR> Annually, it's the LAST WEDNESDAY of MAY, each Spring. <BR> <BR> For 2014, this will be May 28th. What events are you planning? <BR> <BR> National website: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Everybody please help spread the word, and then have a ball! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:30:52 EST Journey I am on my 3rd week (this time) of logging all of my food and work outs. I have been burning roughly 3,000 calories a week. For the most part staying within my calorie range, with the exception of a couple of days. The scales will not budge. The only thing I can figure is gaining muscle. I am losing inches but I really want to see that scale go DOWN.. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:08:46 EST introducing myself Hi there, I am new at these message boards so here goes......I am over 50 and am looking to lose fat and weight to become healthier - I am interested in learing what has worked for others out there and if you have any tips/suggestions for what has worked for you I would love to hear about it. Thank you Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:46:09 EST What is the one thing that motivated you today? Being able to get out of bed this morning....I am grateful for God's mercies that are re-newed every morning for us who need them -- no left overs!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:19:45 EST My five words I heard it in church this Sunday, the best 5 words this week...Eat less and Sweat more. <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:14:24 EST born in 1943 Is there anyone out there that was born in 1943. Just wondering, the closes I see is 1948. <BR> Would love to have a friend my age. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:42:58 EST Getting off the couch It has been difficult mentally to get myself out and around other people. My husband and myself have become housebound due to his health issues. What is more, I find myself sitting around a great deal of the time keeping him company. When I get bored I bake. NOT good. I enjoy cooking so food has become the highlight of our days. After a talk with my doctor about how frustrated I was getting, so unlike the usual busy high energy person I was, not so many years ago,, he encouraged me to ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:30:13 EST Eating less and Sweating more It's true. When I was younger and in better health and worked EVERY day, I weighed 90 pounds less than I do today! And felt great! Years, serious injuries and illnesses later I am fat and stiff and slower. Now, at 66, I am finally getting over the illnesses and the 'junk' with my eye on the prize of weighing 58 pounds less! <BR> Today the weather is sunny and in the 50's so I was outside! My dog and I walked and I put some of the neighbor kids in the rear basked of my trike and rode th... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:43:13 EST Hi I'm 1 month new Keep trying to find a forum where someone will far no luck. <BR> Tried my local "team" 3 times but no luck so thought I'd try here. <BR> <BR> BTW, doing pretty good...lost 10 lbs this first month and on my treadmill for 30 min 5 times a week :) Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:14:58 EST just found this website via pinterest What a wealth of info here. It will take me a while to take it all in. I recently lost 28 lbs. Well 7 of those found their way back.i've always had a weight problem. I have to admit practice makes perfect. Each time I've tried to lose.I would keep a healthy habit. So I'm positive with the support I've noticed on these boards that 7 lbs will go away. Looking forward to getting to know you all. <em>524</em> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:58:59 EST Valentines Day I hope everyone has a nice Valentines Day! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:10:49 EST Doing this over again. This HAS to work or ELSE!! Well I'm new here and have to lose the weight or else. Life has to change. Lost 30 then gained it all back again. Need the support to keep me going. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:11:28 EST Born in 1938? Yes! I want to see if I get many takeers on this one? I was born on July 12, 1938!!!! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:31:46 EST I'm a new sparkle Look forward to the Journey with you! <em>198</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:55:08 EST In Memory of Shirley Temple I was sorry to see that Shirley Temple passed away as she was 85, but I do remember watching her movies in the 1950's when I was a child. They'd be on TV on Saturday afternoon. <BR> <BR> My older half sister was named, Shirlene, after her. My other older half sister who was 14 when I was born had a Shirley Temple doll that was a big deal. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:45:54 EST Born in 1946? I have not seen anyone mention being born in 1946. I was born Jan 24, in the middle of a snow storm. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:43:34 EST Hi everybody I am Judy, a 53 year old soon to be divorced woman in Temple Texas. I find that I now have the time to take of myself and get this weight off me. My son is grown, I am retired, so I can focus on myself for the first time in a very long time. I have set a short term goal of losing 30 lbs by July. I have well over 100 to lose in total but I figure small steps and goals are easier to attain. I look forward to talking with everybody and making this journey together. <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:44:59 EST WOW!!!!! I won a video from Sparkpeople yesterday!!! <em>224</em> <em>334</em> I din't even know you could win stuff like that!It's GREAT!!!!! <em>334</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:12:02 EST Onging exercise I find it hard by the end of a week to continue exercising. I start out great on Monday then it goes down hill by Friday. Does anyone have any suggestion regarding staying on track with exercise and how they get motivated. It also does not help that it seems like it snows every day of the week and has been an extremely cold winter. <em>213</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:33:11 EST Compulsive overeater - OA I lisgned up for SP a while back but i have an addiction...It's to Overeaters Anonymous. In 1980, a few months after my 34 year old son was born, I went to OA. I went on their 3 meals a day, no flour, no sugar, no potatoes, no rice diet..and lost 80 lbs in no time. My whole life was OA. I went to daily meetings, went for coffee with OA members at night and my life was OA. The minute I stopped going to OA, I gained all the weight back. Since then, I (in my head) have tried to do their diet.... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:48:59 EST 1964 and hitting 50 this year I am looking for someone else,that refuses to grow old graciously and wants to partner with me thru menopause and the crap that comes with it. I need to lose about 30 pounds, I am pretty active and just need another person who wants to encourage and ride this roller coaster with me. Thanks, Linda in Georgia Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:26:47 EST Hiking for exercize Hi everyone! I love to hike. I got the idea, for which I know has been done before, to hike the Appalacian Trail.... for now, virtually. Love to get ideas how to do this. I could probably blog it I guess. Would love to have some company. I'm in Connecticut, 53 years old, fairly active (I just got a fitbit one and am addicted to it, lol!) I run a greenhouse program for adults with developemental disabilities, and am on my feet most of the day, then try to go for a hike if I have time late in t... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:40:44 EST Born in 46 - New member of Spark Community Hi, <BR> I'm overwhelmed by the whole Spark website and the technology involved in using it. I am hopeful that I will find a way to become more fit, lose weight, get my life in order, and on and on and on. <BR> My user name comes from the fact that I learned to scuba dive at the age of 64 and I'm a Nana to my 5 amazing grandchildren. There is not much opportunity to scuba dive in Indiana, especially in the winter. I've managed to get in about 90+ dives over the past three yea... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:47:52 EST AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGG GGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So angry at myself!!!Been on a binge for the past <em>39</em> week and a half and gained 4 lbs...Well, todays a new day. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:01:10 EST Continue loosing one, gining one... I lost another pound and a half today, continue with my roller coaster gaining and loosing, but am happy because today was loosing, not gaining. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:18:57 EST Born in 1939 I am 74 years old a widow with three rescue Chihuahuas one with three legs. My husband was in a wheelchair on oxygen ten years. He died at home three years ago. I could not leave him a minute due to his seizures. He died 3 years ago. I am short 5 feet 2 inches tall. At time of his death I weighed 250 now weigh 189. My goal is 150. Jan 1 I started water aerobics a hour a day Mon to Fri. I walk on the weekend.Im loosing about a pound a week. I eat about 1200 calories a day. My son is in very ba... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:23:41 EST listening to my body I kept going under my nutrition goals. I would berate myself at every turn. then it thought, why not lower them? as I've gotten older i realize I don't need that much to keep me going. eating healthy fills me up, and satisfies me, so why force myself to eat more? I'm going to start listening to my body, I'm finding it knows best Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:05:01 EST Prednisone weight gain Anyone here doing battle with prednisone weight gain? I've been on prednisone for 5 years now and have gained at least 20 pounds. It's frustrating to know that the med that keeps me pain-free also makes it so difficult to shed this extra weight. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:39:48 EST A Pound a day keeps the Doctor away! Well, lost another pound! Hooray, that is the best feeling to step on the scale and see it drop to the left and loose a pound!!! Wow! I truly didn't expect that! I hope to keep the motivation going!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:54:20 EST tracking emotional eating Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople, and I was born in 1948 - yeah to retirement and grand kids! I retired from special ed teaching and school nursing (2 part time jobs in the same district) in June, 2013. the first thing i did was sign up for an exercise class for seniors, which I love! 3 days a week, and now I'm looking to add another one for the extra two days. Haven't exercised regularly in 30 years! <BR> I am OK at tracking food, blood sugar, and exercise. I am wondering if there is a way on Spar... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:54:53 EST you don't look 50!! my eldest daughter couldn't believe I was 50! she said my skin looks amazing! I think I've found the first thing I acc be proud of, something positive to focus on Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:12:51 EST getting fit at 50 is it my imagination or is this much harder than it was in my 20's? Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:16:06 EST Slow but steady I have been a member since the beginning of this year and even though I get so discouraged at times and I confess, I don't follow the rules to a T, I had lost 5 pounds so far. Not much for almost a month but I can say, on the positive side, that I had increased my exercise time, even look forward to it, :(, and I had been logging in my food faithfully for 3 weeks. I can now have a general pictures of how many calories I have been ingesting without even realize it. I quit my soda habit and I f... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:18:02 EST I'll start tomorrow...... So I am having big issues staying motivated. I recently found out that I am pre diabetic and have metabolic syndrome. I have tried the Atkins diet,going easy on the carbs, and even saw a little weight loss. But I cannot keep going and I don't know why! I am so frustrated. I am travelling in March and June and really want to be in shape and shed some pounds, but I find myself putting it off until "tomorrow.". I don't eant to do that anymore and would love some words of encouragement if an... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:35:43 EST Happy hormones slim belly Interested in anyone following happy hormones slim belly diet plan. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:14:36 EST plexus slim Hi, im new to this group. Happy I've found you. <BR> I recently started plexus slim and hopefully will <BR> find others here who are using it. <BR> Thanks Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:24:08 EST Spark Activity Tracker and overseas travel Does anyone have experience wearing your tracker and going through airport security and/or international customs? Did you wear your tracker through the airports or just carry them with you in your handbag or carry on? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:15:06 EST Quick weight Loss I am going on vacation to Hawaii in March. Any suggestions on a quick weight loss? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:38:17 EST Hawks to the Superbowl <em>380</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:09:40 EST Getting started How to start losing weight when you're extremely overweight and have many health problems . Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:26:42 EST Kickboxing Trying to find a board where people kickbox. Kickbox in Middletown, DE where the workout is for mind, body and soul. I do a 3 night a week workout that has been helping me loose weight and tone up. 1 hour 3 times a week. Very challenging but stress relief. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:11:17 EST Fibro exercise What type of exercise do you do with fibro? I also have neuropathy and arthritic knees. I work 2 jobs, go up and down stairs painfully. I do a lot of stretching but not much of anything else. <BR> Joycce Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:53:56 EST self conscious about walking I want to start walking but I feel so self conscious about people seeing a fat lady out walking. <BR> How do I motivate myself to just do it anyway? I hate to leave the house because I'm so fat and beat myself up on how I look. I want to fit into my skinny clothes again! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:58:06 EST Does it get easier? I am 53, trying to get back in shape. I don't have a problem walking up to 5 miles a day, but other exercises I just struggle with all the time. <BR> <BR> I can't seem to get past doing a few here, a few there, they never get eaiser <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:59:24 EST Getting fit at 60 It's never too late. I plan on being fit and at my proper weight a year from now, a step at a time. 62 pounds to lose in a year is my goal. Thanks sparkpeople for all the encouragement and tools to get there Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:20:08 EST getting fit over 50 Each year can be rather challenging. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:06:37 EST Hello I am new here my name is Sylvia ,I am 59 and just about that much over weight. <em>39</em> I have started Sp because I am really tried of all the diet hype that never seems to work for me..A couple yrs ago, i tripped and fell on all fours,and messed up my knees ,didn't know that then but here it is 2 yrs later and they are really giving me grief. All the extra weight sure doesn't help my knees at all.I can't walk for very long so I am taking it slow,I know I can work up to more minutes as I go along.I ha... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:52:26 EST getting started I want to get healthier this year. I have been walking 3 miles a day. My goal for this first week is to drink 8 glasses of water every day. I need to drink 4 more glasses before I go to bed tonight. Any suggestions on how to get the water in? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:13:18 EST Never Too Late Hello everyone <BR> Its never to late for a healthier lifestyle. We can take small steps such as walking instead of taking the elevator, walk on lunch break at work, instead of taking bus six block trying walking to the train station. <BR> <BR> Age doesn't matter what matter is what steps we are taking to ensure a healthier way of living better now than never. <BR> <BR> It's never to late...So what are we waiting for. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:54:03 EST What to have when energy levels are low? When working I find when I eat less, I have energy lags usually in the later afternoon, that are difficult to get out of. My schedule changes, so some days my work day is longer than other days. I am allergic to nuts, seeds and milk products, this makes eating an energy bar life threatening. I love eating a piece of fruit, carrots, celery, dried fruits or drinking juice, but they are problematic when I am working for other reasons (they make me gassy and usually bring on uncomfortable bath... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:00:30 EST scared to begin exercising I am 51 and afraid to start exercising. I can't afford a gym pass and feel like I am going to fail at this. I am joining a group at our church who is using a book named Danielle. It is based around the bible but a weight loss program. I could sure use some help to not feel so afraid. <em>46</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:12:43 EST slowly gaining wieght and stuck Please help me; I am desperate. Does eating 1500 calories per day, while exercising to burn 300-400 every day, equal eating 1200 per day? Or should I stick with eating 1200 calories per day and still exercise to burn 300 or more per day? Does doing the latter count as eating less than 1200 calories per day? Help! I can't find an answer ANYWHERE. Two years ago (at age 48) I was able to count calories on my own and eat only 1200 per day and lost 15 pounds in two months WITHOUT EXERCISING. I... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:09:53 EST New Here Birth year 1957. Trying yet again to lose weight. So tired of being overweight but guess I have not found strong enough motivation or help before. Tried WW worked for awhile, then had surgery and all went out the window. Tried gong back to WW but was so discouraged, seemed like boasting women and no support when feeling down, tried other programs, nothing worked. Trying once again. Hoping to find support and get my motivation back. My main problem is giving up soda. I can cut down but not suc... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:34:30 EST Four days in, and I have to face my 1st temptation My son wants to celebrate his 18th birthday at a japanese restaurant tonight. I am not a big sushi fan, so I have done the research on which foods (I have a menu of the restaurant). I am thinking miso soup, hibachi shrimp and veggies and steamed rice. Suggestions? Revisions? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:53:23 EST Emotional Eaters Coming Out! 2014 My name is Brenda and I am an emotional eater and have been for almost 35 years! I have been told it is an addiction and also habbit! I have been as high as 250 and as low as 129 in wt. I however am proud that I haven't even been close to the 250 lb mark in 23 years now,the highest I have been is 175..The last few years I have been staying around the 160-169 range but would still like to get back down to where I was about 4 years ago. It isn't about the number anymore on the scale but how I f... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 06:47:36 EST New thing I just discovered that works!! I had been eating under 100 carbs and keeping my calories under 1200 a day -- even though that was my low end of my totals. I could eat up to 1500 calories per day and 250 carbs per day, and more protein and fats than I was eating. <BR> <BR> THIS TIME AROUND, I am eating way more food and carbs and protein, and checking my percentages (when you go to the bottom -- after adding your food -- and click on (see daily report), if you scroll down to the bottom of that, it shows you a pie chart of ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:04:55 EST Starting my new life Hello--Never have done this before. Going on a message board and asking for help to get my weight under control. I am 53 years old and have been heavy all of my life. But know I want to get my life and weight under control. Need some guidance and thought this might be the best way. In the past year I got a new lease on life with 2 brand new knees. I feel like a new person and have more energy. I am working out 2 days a week on weights and 2 days walking on the treadmill. However, I still cann... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 08:11:08 EST Emotional Eaters Coming Out! -2014 <em>381</em> My name is Brenda and I am an emotional eater and have been for almost 35 years! I have been told it is an addiction and also habbit! I have been as high as 250 and as low as 129 in wt. I however am proud that I haven't even been close to the 250 lb mark in 23 years now,the highest I have been is 175..The last few years I have been staying around the 160-169 range but would still like to get back down to where I was about 4 years ago. It isn't about the number anymore on the sc... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 05:49:12 EST Emotional Eaters Coming Out! 2014 My name is Brenda and I am an emotional eater and have been for almost 35 years! I have been told it is an addiction and also hobbit! I have been as high as 250 and as low as 129 in wt. I however am proud that I haven't even been close to the 250 lb mark in 23 years now,the highest I have been is 175..The last few years I have been staying around the 160-169 range but would still like to get back down to where I was about 4 years ago. It isn't about the number anymore on the scale but how I f... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:09:54 EST Day 1 --Back on the wagon-- Day 1 of being "back on the wagon" weighed this morning weight has went up to 205 not as bad as I thought it would be, but definitely not good!! So far today I have worked out and been staying active--and have planned 3/4 of today's meals and so far I have stuck to the plan--So off to a pretty good start --hope all my Spark Friends are doing good also --Write back and let me know-- <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:01:53 EST back Trying to stay committed and healthily. Stay away from sweets. I lost 26 lbs on weight watchers and got stuck. I do not need to pay to lose when I have Spark. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:09:46 EST Hi Everyone my name is Shirl, I'm a new user. Married mother of 1 daughter, 4 dogs, 9 cats, 6 guinea-fowl, 1 chicken, 1 dove and 1 cockatoo and I outweigh them all and would like to change that. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:19:14 EST measurements location Hello <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and I would like to know where I record my body measurements. Thank you. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:35:21 EST Snack ideas? I am a nibbler, that's my downfall. So help me out and come up with snacks that are good for us. <BR> <BR> Snack: APPLE <BR> <BR> If I'm looking for something sweet, I'll cut up an apple and sprinkle sweetener and cinnamon on it, and microwave it to melt it all together and heat up the apple. It smells like apple pie and it's delicious. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:11:26 EST travel for work Does anyone out there travel 80% or more for work? I joined this site several years ago but never logged in. I am trying again with the help of several family members but the rest of them don't travel, so I am looking for more people like me. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:21:49 EST It's my birthday! Today I celebrate my 57th birthday along with my twin brother. Yes I'm a twin - Paul and Paula! <BR> I got a nice card and some presents from my hubby, one of those being a new workout mat! <BR> I'll use that tomorrow, today is treadmill day. <BR> Feeling positive and motivated! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:51:45 EST new to Spark people Hi everyone ! Peggy from Ma here. I hope I can figure these boards out as I am not computer savvy. <BR> I have not been eel for several years now with a breathing situation. When you can't breath exercising is the last thing you want to think of. Well, here I am to start the new me--with spark people's help. My goal is to drop about 17--20 lbs. I hope to hear from others in my age group or location <em>213</em> for support and friendship. I am a bit down right now but I think spark ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:28:10 EST Introduction- Hello my name is Henry and this is day 3 of my amazing transformation and everything is going pretty well. I have been active and on my meal plan and I am trying to get use to being on this site and getting to know as many of people as possible. I was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan where I am currently living at. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona but moved back here a while back. We got about 10 inches of snow and the temperature is around 12 degrees right now so I am thinking about moving... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:13:57 EST Chalean Extreme workout Starting my 4th week of Chelean extreme including walking on the treadmill. Having difficulty staying away from eating junk food and haven't lost any weight. Getting frustrated. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:15:45 EST Starting Over AGAIN!! Will this be the last time? I do so well the first part of the year, but then I just get fed up with it all, and I've gained it all back by the end of the year. So sick of the ups and downs and the 5 sizes of clothes in the closet. This has to be the year where I say ENOUGH!! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:39:15 EST New walking shoes purchase Hello everyone. Recently, I purchasd a pair of Spira walking shoes. Darn things were quite expensive. Anyone wear these and are you happy with the performance? My favorite Sketchers are no longer produced, and after trying some Nike and New Balance that did not support my low arch, I thought I would try the Spira. Any opinions? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:18:29 EST Hi new to this group I'm new to this group and have 85 lbs. to lose. I am excited to be on here and meet new people my age. Oh by the way I was born in 1955. <em>30</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:26:15 EST Happy New Year: you can lose it! Hello, I am 53 and lost 60# last year with modifying my diet and exersize. It can be done and I want to encourage those of you in my age group to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I am a nurse-midwife in Maine and am proof we can do it!!! <BR> Lori Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:38:06 EST A happy new year from England hi everyone. I have just joined SparkPeople so this is my first message. <BR> I am a fairly young looking (I hope) 62 year old woman who has recently put on about 9lbs - must lose it quickly! <BR> I am also quite unfit as my recent attempt on my rowing machine has shown. <BR> So, in the best new year tradition I am determined to lose the weight and get fitter. <BR> If anyone has any exercise advice for me about how to build up fitness I would love to hear it. <BR> I'm just about to retire fr... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:40:21 EST Just for today Yesterday is history <BR> tomorrow a mystery; <BR> I am excited about today <BR> and call it my "present" <BR> <BR> Happy New YOU Year Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:17:38 EST A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Happy 2014, to all us older folks! <BR> <BR> Let's get in our workouts; enjoy life and this new year!!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:56:12 EST Losing weight <em>39</em> <BR> Now I know why I didn't keep up with this site, I need something structured like Weight Watchers but just don't have the $$ to do it & I don't seem to see any help on here. <BR> I need a daily plan with foods I like. <BR> I can't eat eggs or fish. I don't like tofu & am on a limited budget. <BR> Somebody please give me a reason to continue as I'm already discouraged! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:43:41 EST Full social security retirement age Perhaps this should be called "Getting Fit Over 66". My goal is to eat healthy, loose weight, and exercise to tone and increase flexibility with arthritic hip joints. Anyone else out there with encouraging ideas? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:53:49 EST If I Won the Lottery...I would immediately put 30% away for taxes <BR> invest 25% <BR> save 25% and <BR> spend 20% on family and recreation Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:30:09 EST The hardest part is getting started I was doing Zumba and walking until about a month ago, my heels spurs which hadn't bothered me for years came back with a vengence. Just now getting back to where I can walk without limping around. Not going back full force yeat, will simply walk at work and do yoga on weekends at home during Jan to get myself back in the groove. Also nursing a sore arm, ( calcification in the shoulder causing my arm to hurt. It kept me off of the Golf course all summer and fall. Yeah I'm a woman that Gol... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:02:01 EST Merry Christmas <em>446</em> Taking a few days off of Sparking for the holidays--I will be back the day after Christmas--Thursday of this week--Talk to you then Spark Friends--Merry Christmas to all my Spark Friends-- Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:19:04 EST tracker mania Walked over 10,000 steps yesterday. This walking is doing good to combat arthritis in my feet! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:22:23 EST Where are the diets??? Just joined and was sure it said there were calorie counted diets??? Sure don't see any. <BR> Do you just make up you own? Sorry, I am confused... it took forever to get signed in, <BR> Can't seem to find a real peson to help me... <BR> <BR> Thansk for any help, Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:45:54 EST Bigs Guys - 60+ Fighting Obesity I thought that I would put this out there and see if there's anyone else who has put themselves into the predicament that I have - being overweight and unhealthy. If there are any of you who wish to chime in and share your thoughts, concerns, activities and progress, please do so. I would love to learn from others and share my experiences. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:31:16 EST Is there something that people consistently .... Is there something that people consistently ask for your advice on? What is it? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:46:42 EST catching up to do Hello guys and gals .. I have some catching up to do here just want to introduce myself my name is James and I wanting to get healthy here and I know this is the place to come to .. really needing some motivation here because I like to eat and eat the wrong foods starting today fruits fruits and more fruits and fresh veggies huh ... hoping you all guys help me out here looking forward to reading emails from you guys <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> James Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:41:46 EST tablets and cell phones Hi! I would like to buy a tab. and a cell phone ( in sync with each other ) My old computer is fine for have I do but it would be great to have a tab or smart phone to take advance of all the free apps. I don't have much skill with computers. Is there one that is easy to use that you may be using, anyone. I am 62 yrs. old, grandmother of 7 under 5 years of age. In a few years they can help me out but for now, any advise? <em>387</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:26:00 EST 11 Day streak challenge - 'Lose 2-3 lbs by 12/24" Pick your streak to lose and tell us how you're doing!!! <BR> <BR> I want to lose 3 lbs by Christmas <BR> <BR> 11 day streak: <BR> stay in calorie range <BR> exercise at least 20 mins a day <em>381</em> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:15:39 EST DO YOU LOOK YOUNGER OR OLDER THAN YOUR AGE? younger. people who meet me for the first time always think i'm twenty years younger. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:24:57 EST Help for people over 70 All diets are for young people, I need advice about early evening attacts,can do good until <BR> 7 PM help Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:11:57 EST Back to the drawing board I have been away from good habits and Sparkpeople for a bit of time now and it is definitely showing on the scale. I am feeling really stressed with life in general and need to get back to the drawing board here. Being over 50, not only is the scale tipping, but the joints are aching. Normally, my moniker is Positive Peg, and I want to get back to earning that title. I hope that you all will help me along the way! Looking forward to being a part of the group. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:14:12 EST BORN IN 1940 I FEEL CLOSED TO THIS TEAM FOR ANY SUPPORT. I HAVE BEEN WITH SP FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS AND HAVE ONLY SEEN ONE POUND GONE. THERE IS ONLY 17 POUNDS I WANT TO GET RID OF. THAT ISN'T THAT MUCH BUT I AM JUST SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE OLD CLOTHES AND THE OLD FLABBY ME WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR. FIT AND TRIM SOUNDS GOOD BUT WHAT I NEED TO DO IS COMPLETE RESTYLING OF RAE. WITH THE HOLIDAYS AHEAD I FIGURE IT WILL BE A GIFT IF I STAY THE SAME WEIGHT. <BR> IT WAS SO EASY TO TAKE OFF THE EXTRA POUNDS 20+ YEARS... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:30:03 EST over 50 and feeling great I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in May 2013 and weighed 366 pounds, so I wanted to change myself, didn't work out very good the first month, then I found out of the blue and tried it, helped me get on track and I have lost 127 pounds, went from a size 46 in pants to a 38, and to top it all off, on December 2nd my doctor took me off metamorfin and told me I was completely under control, blood pressure for the first time in years is under control. I am so glad I found Spark... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:01:39 EST food cravings Woke up today to realize I have NO cravings. It took about 40 days of no sugar or bread. It was hard in the beginning but wow, is it worth it to me! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:01:04 EST Knee surgery I lost enough weight for my surgeon to agree to knee replacement surgery. I was very happy until he told me that I could not drive for six weeks. I live in a rural community and drive a fair bit even now that I am retired. My question is, is it worth it. I do not have terrible pain but I can't do some activities especially climbing stairs. I expect I will do it and my husband will be happy to drive me around but I hate to give up my independence. Is the result worth the aggravation... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:32:25 EST Breakfast? Can anyone suggest anything for breakfast that is healthy, low in calories & quick? What does everyone eat for breakfast? <BR> <BR> thanks Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:54:46 EST working to make fitness intentional. . . As I review this last year, I notice that a lot of my activity has been on "auto-pilot" and I want that to change! I want 2014 to be more about intentional activity in my consumption choices, my grocery shopping decisions, and my efforts to be active! <BR> <BR> My plan isn't complete yet but, here's my first attempt at resolutions for 2014: <BR> • Eat toward the lower end of my SP calorie recommendations <BR> • Add more fruits and vegetables -- 2 fruits; 3 vegetables daily, to st... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:45:28 EST Have any inspirational quotes?? A place to leave inspirational quotes-- Fri, 29 Nov 2013 13:36:15 EST temptation My grandkids left some oreo cookies, i never buy that stuff, i don't like sweets that much, and i just don't know why i eat three yesterday and three today.... i guess because hubby was eating them while watching tv. I still dont understand why would i eat something that i know i shouldn't, and that i don't really like..... <BR> Laura <BR> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:22:11 EST Pilates Tried pilates for first time yesterday; am definitely going to continue. It's awesome! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:28:10 EST Holidays Looking for suggestion for a health holiday season? Now that I am retired it is much easier to stay away from all the bad foods choices during the holidays. However seeing all the good food in magazine and TV it is harder to make good choices. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:19:03 EST Being Thankful! I am very thankful for all my <em>223</em> all their encouragement threw all my health problems,it really helps knowing people care,Happy Thanksgiving to all,GOD BLESS <em>252</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:48:56 EST steak and cheese buscuit- wow!! just found out the steak and cheese biscuit I ate this morning has 700 calories and 45 grams of carbs but, after being sick and feeling better I was starving, but wow, 700 calories!! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:17:41 EST A place to to talk about your day Hello I just wanted a place to talk about how things are going--please feel free to join me and talk about how things are going with you-- Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:21:46 EST Food Lovers Program Has anyone had success on this program? I purchased it and I love it.....just looking for some buddies to maybe toss some questions to. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:25:55 EST weekends are tough Weekends are the hardest for me to give into junk food and overeating in restaurants but I will hang in there and figure out ways to control my diet!! It can be done I know-- just got to sit my mind to doing it!!! Drunk beer and ate about a whole big bag of Cheetos last night, and feeling really draggy and low on energy today--Every time I overeat like that it is just a reminder of why I want to lose this weight and be healthy, because I hate the day after gluttony like this compare to how go... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:26:02 EST Flab after weight loss Is it set in stone that one will have wave after wave of skin after weight loss? Do insurance companies consider skin removal cosmetic or something that needs to be done? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:29:36 EST HOLIDAY TRADITIONS Anything unique, strange, funny, odd, from your Childhood or you Married into, you heard about, love it or hate it, anything at all, let's perk up this site. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:59:47 EST is there any one out there from my area im just wondering if there is any one in the Leicester area that is on here trying to get fit and lose weight I'm looking for someone to maybe meet up with in the city centre once in a while maybe for a coffee or something I am over weight and in my 50;s with a young son of 12 yrs.' I don't mind if you have kids with you just think it would be nice to have someone to buddy up with and encourage each other Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:35:22 EST Let me introduce myself Hi everyone! , I'm suzyq. A little scared, never done this before. Just trying to get back in shape. Not an easy job, much easier when younger, not that I'm old!! Never ever lol!! Hope to hear from others . Have a great nite My best to all of u. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:15:34 EST Hi new here looking for local fitness buddy Hi I am an almost 54 yr old female looking for a local fitness buddy in the Broward County, Florida area. <BR> I currently cannot do any exercise involving my feet whether standing, sitting, running/jogging due to injuries. <BR> Would love to find a local person to work out with. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:37:19 EST What’s your definition of an ideal houseguest? Though it would be fun to throw out a new topic... <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:15:51 EST Ugg, scale peak Took a couple of weeks off last month because of traveling. Managed to lose a couple of pounds case we were so busy. I've been working hard to get back to my routine and eating good, but oh my goodness, the scale did not make me happy this morning. <BR> I guess I haven't been as faithful with my eating as I thought. So today is going to be a game changer: <BR> 1.) Measure all eats <BR> 2.) water, water, water <BR> 3.) honesty is the best policy, log it all ASAP! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will ge... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 04:45:19 EST Back problems/exercise A couple of weeks ago I bend to put the harness on my dogs and my back just gave out. Went to the Chiropracter and told me I have Scoliosis. After 2 weeks of walking crooked I went to my GP and she gave me muscle relaxer and a steroid. <BR> <BR> Im still not all together healed as I tried to do even the simpliest yoga moves (which I find difficult) but just any type of workout that I can do. Help Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:34:44 EST Sticking with it Tired but I have been able to stick with it. What are you doing to stick with it? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:03:00 EST Anyone born in nineteen hundred and fifty-nine? A lot of things happened in 1959; one of which was that a certain segment of those born during that year in the USA or to parents of USA citizenship were exempt from the selective service. What else do you remember or know about 1959...if that is your birth year? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:30:57 EST Weigh in today Joined 3 days ago, and don't have a scale, but weigh myself at work anyway - always wear same uniform, etc so I can track my weight! <BR> <BR> Started my mother in law on spark today, and set her up with Skype, also so we can do some things together online. We did the 11 minute cardio seated workout from this site today, and it's a lot harder than it looks. <BR> <BR> don't quite understand the point system yet. I mean the purpose, I guess. Motiviation, yet? Does anyone treat themselves ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:29:18 EST born in 1963 And my 50th birthday isn't officially until December, but taking some weight off is going to be my all-my-fiftieth-year gift to myself. I hope to be to my goal of 75 pounds lost by my 52nd birthday. Here goes. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:05:49 EST Today I am thankful for: Whatever made me wake up this morning since the electric went out and my alarm clock would not have gone off. <BR> Also thankful that I have a full time job to go to since I need it and many others don't have the security of one. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:39:47 EST New but not really I'm sorry if this post gets long. I signed up with this site quite a while ago. Being the stubborn person that I am, I didn't really do too much, figuring that I could do this on my own. Well, you can probably guess that it didn't work. I went to a new doctor last week. My numbers are horrible and she's threatening insulin if I don't get them down. She gave me a slip for blood work but my next appt isn't until January! I want to prove to her that I can do this and I don't need insulin.... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:45:06 EST Really Dr. Oz ..... ??? Todays miracle weight loss is Yacon Syrup. Why is there a new miracle weight cure every day, but still so many overweight people. You don't have to diet or exercise and you still lose weight. Really Dr. Oz ..... ??? Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:41:08 EST Vintage 1952 I don't know about you, but it is hard to work out every day because EVERYTHING HURTS! I still do it, but does anyone else have that going on and if so how do you deal with it? Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:23:48 EST blood pressure readings hi <BR> I have been in spark people almost 6 months and try to watch my sodium intake however I still have readings of 180 to 200, this worries me a lot and it is like sodium is the hidden enemy. I just want to get my blood pressure down. Any ideas on the subject <em>46</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:50:32 EST HOW MANY CALORIES? Hello Spark People, <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever eaten their base calories daily and worked out more? How does this work? Does this help weight loss? Must you increase your calorie intake if you work out a lot? Or can you just stay at the low recommended level and increase your workouts? Please clear this up for me! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> MJ Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:40:18 EST getting back on track I was using Sparkpeople faithfully, then the computer got my Spark Streak wrong and said I didn't have any, and due to other stresses in my life-namely, trying to get some money coming in as I lost my job of 14 years July 2012. Anyway, I got out of the habit. Gained some weight, not a real surprise. Now, I'm back! Reaching out for support and maybe that will help me stay on track. I hope to lose weight, about 15 lbs, and get my blood pressure down. We shall see. I hope everyone here is doing... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:43:33 EST Mascara Hello! i didn`t know where to ask this, so I`m trying here! I am having a problem finding mascara that is made for older women with thinning eyelashes. The brushes are all huge and I just end up either poking myself in the eye or mascara all over my eye lids & nose. Does anyone else have this problem? I just started having this problem the last few years. I always had beautiful long eye lashes ....then menopause! I have tried 11 different brands in the past 3 years. Any help? Anybody? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:32:46 EST Never too Late ---51 and Just Starting Jogging!!!! Excited to say that at 51, I started jogging... I am up to 30 minutes, which for me is huge. All my life I wanted to jog/run, however my upper respiratory allergies kept me from it. I felt I couldn't breathe well enough. Found out that was truly not the case. At 15, first time trying, I got so out of breathe I barely made it home. Found out I was allergic to dogs (had a Chihuahua). So I was afraid to try. <BR> <BR> Then, as I would work and and loose weight, as I've one umpteen times... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:05:05 EST Exercise for today Who is going to get up and exercise this morning? <BR> <BR> I'm going to walk at least a mile. <BR> <BR> Just DO it folks! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Jools <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:26:55 EST Exercise after surgery Just had breast reduction surgery. Therefore my normal exercise spinning and kickboxing is out of bounds. Any ideas? Walking is all I can think of. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:08:24 EST Heel I hurt my foot, I can not workout for one month. <em>520</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:56:04 EST How did you overcome self defeat Hi and good morning all... I am 21 days into this life style change and was doing really well and then I crashed. I gave into my appetite and gorged myself with fried food and ice cream. i know that this is defeating my purpose. I need some good tips on how to over come sabortaging my life style change. True the food tasted wonderful going down, that was last night but today I am feeling soooooooo very guilty. Help.!!!!!! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:21:50 EST Bicyclists/Spinners! I am hoping fellow 50+ SparkPeople will join me in posting times and/or distances and/or minutes and/or calories burned. <BR> <BR> I use an AirDyne Evolution for my spinning. I have come up for the following guestimations for my spinning: under 17 mph, I give myself 5 calories burned per minute; 17 and over, I give myself 6. I think the bike module and most sites that give calorie burn are too generous for me, based on my data keeping. There is nothing particularly scientific in how I ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:54:22 EST Born in 1960 Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for just a few days. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:43:07 EST Total Knee Replacement Hi I am a 53 years old. I have had both my knees replaced since I was 42. I want to loose 50 pounds. I have lost 100 pounds in 2 years. I go to the gym almost everyday but I am limited to the workout I can do. I can't run or do to many things that require me to get down on my knees or even bend them to much. My current weight is 207. I eat pretty healthy. I do like peach cobbler once in a while.I am stuck at 207 for the last month do any one have any ideals how I can workout better and get th... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:26:23 EST Getting used to smaller portions Sometimes at the end of a day when I've kept strictly to my calories I think, Whoa no wonder I was gaining weight before. Even though I usually eat pretty healthy the amount of calories was way too much for my 55 year old body, even with exercise. But 1200 - 1500 calories doesn't comfort me the way I need it to. How do you all keep yourselves from feeling deprived once your weight is down and you try to maintain? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:02:44 EST 50 and new to spark people Hi I am new to spark people and turned 50 in June. I had lost 35lbs for my daughters wedding in June and recently gained 10lbs back. I am going to school so I definitely have some stress eating daily. Would like to see what is out there any support is appreciated. I just ordered the track your activity hoping it would give me some motivation. My starting weight was 235 I got down to 200 before the gain, my goal weight is 185. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:56:42 EST Staying motivated with other things to do... Hi <BR> Does anyone else have to make themselves do exercises each day? I feel guilty when I really am so busy and not home to do them that sometimes I want to give up. Am I the only one that experiences those feelings? Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:38:46 EST How to track..... Ok. So today I drank my half of the coffee pot (6 cups)- 3 cups of the very large mug size (think it was 12 oz.) how does one multiply in the tracker? <BR> <BR> Also how does one track the walking you do when out 'shopping'? <BR> <BR> Heavy exercise for me is being up on my feet for three hours with intermittent car rides. By that time I'm in enough pain to take aspirin or so type of inflammatory drug and I'm walking like an old woman in need of a cane. <BR> <BR> Meh. Getting old is not f... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:48:01 EST Born in 1956 Here I go again need to get back on track Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:09:27 EST Over 50 Sparkteam I am new to the Spark site (I signed up a few years ago but never did anything with it). Is there any over 50 Sparkteams? <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Donna Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:21:21 EST Hello! Hi there. Brand spanking new, as of an hour ago. Went on a painful slow 5? min walk up a tiny incline 'hill' of our street. My big beef and misery is every time I try to get into shape, I do something that puts me almost or entirely flat on my back. Hot Yoga. Ti Chi. Yoga. Low impact, right? Dufus can over do it very easily with bad joints all around (had an exciting and active time while young- now paying for Its very depressing. But I do know that a with a low carb diet I can lose w... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:50:11 EST hit my hawaii 50 hit the 50 mark this year and have decided its time to do something for myself this year. GET HEALTHY!! i dont think i have ever been so determined about something in my whole life. have a friend who had a stroke today and it is a definite wake up call. i dont have false hopes and i know i will not look i did when i was 20 but by gosh i can be healthier than i was at 20. working strong and working hard. :) Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:41:17 EST I'm having minor surgery tomorrow I'll survive the surgery. What is hurting me more is the complete indifference of my husband. I've told him several times that I have surgery scheduled but he hasn't even asked what it is for! He is obsessed with our beautiful teenage daughter who is also avoiding me because I do things like gently suggest that she practice test-taking strategies for her upcoming PSAT. My husband spends most of his free time doting on her and is completely oblivious to the fact that she has to prepare for col... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 02:45:23 EST Born in 1962 I was born in 1962 (cold war era) and was about 70 years old 10 years ago but am now kinda ageless, I workout 4x's a week, I am off of my diabetic meds (almost 3 years now), I shave my head and have a girlfriend (also my age) and we DON'T want to be turtles, EVER! We are WOLVERINES! <BR> <BR> Any other Wolverine types out there? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:01:10 EST Big Weight Losses i have a lot of weight to lose and am worried about fitness and "extra skin" after i reach my goal. have any of you lost 100 lbs and if so was extra skin an issue? i have started a work out program so that i can shape up as i lose the weight but i am still worried. <BR> <BR> Thanks.... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:26:49 EST Embracing being over 50 vs...... having backward pride and making excuses & being apologetic for being over 50. <BR> <BR> Say what!? <BR> <BR> Time and again I hear folks in real life or read statements here by my generation (I'm 51) who act like they are from the Depression Era.....SERIOUSLY!? <BR> <BR> The coming of age for us was the end of the war, Nixon's impeachment, civil rights, the birth of Jazz Fusion and funk, the SUPER BOWL, Laugh-In, The Jetsons and Flintstones at night during prime time! <BR> <BR> I am NOT ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:10:08 EST Spark Tracker I got mine today and I am amazed how it practically tracks every move you make. I think it definitely it is worth the small investment. Very good training aide. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:12:46 EST Spark Tracker I got mine today and I am amazed how it practically tracks every move you make. I think it definitely it is worth the small investment. Very good training aide. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:11:29 EST 1947 Prime Timers Hey we need some interesting folks to join in on out discussions of the difficulties of loosing weight for those of us born around 1947. Come on over and visit our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Go on to your SparkTeam page. There is a box called "Explore SparkTeams" <BR> Click on ~~ Age Group~~ <BR> Then click "60s" <BR> Scroll down to the bottom you will find "1947 Prime Timers" click join now. <BR> If you are part of the team page, you can create your own interest area as part of the sight... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:57:22 EST It s Monday I have a solid week of 'sparking" under my belt and it feels great. Tomorrow I weigh in for the week...I tend to be a 'daily weigher' and am trying to be wise and keep it at once a week. I can be and will be healthy and fit at fifty. Thank you Spark People! Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:52:15 EST Staying Motivated I have had a really great week/weekend. Weekends usually throw me off big time, but I planned to eat heavier this weekend, I journaled and I survived. <BR> <BR> My WI was not as good as I hoped, .2, but a loss is a loss. How did I deal. I waited to log my weight in my tracker. Finally I said the heck with it, it is what it is. I didn't binge, didn't get said, I have moved on and ready for the week to come. <BR> <BR> We had a pretty hectic weekend, lots of family, eats and activity. I didn'... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:00:34 EST Anybody else use an acupressure mat for health? Who else has an acupressure mat? <BR> <BR> This is a small but great - and portable - health aid. Find them on the Internet. <BR> <BR> Right now, the soles of my feet are getting a spiky massage on my mat. This is soothing and pleasant, and stimulates circulation, etc., at the same time. <BR> <BR> Good for overall health, plus releases endorphins and oxytocin! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:57:48 EST Over 50 and from Indiana I live in Anderson and would love to meet people from this area who want to work out and keep each other inspired to meet your goals. Would love to start doing 5K's. But of course I have to get busy and start practicing! If your in Indiana,check in and let us know where? What would you like to accomplish? Mine is a half marathon! Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:36:44 EST Spark Streakers Unite! Want go get and stay on track?.Check out today's blog post on my spark page "Spark Streakers Unite." Streaks are a great way to stay motivated and consistent ! Happy Spark Streaking! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:59:40 EST Bad Knees I started working out again about 3 months ago and feel I have done pretty well. Doing strength and weight training really keeps me motivated. However, today I went to the orthopedic doctor because of knee pain and he told me I should not be doing squats or things that are hard on my knees. I have thinning of the cartilage behind the knee cap due to arthritis, according to the x-ray and my doctor. I am really disappointed. I know that this will change my training each week and I am just ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:14:06 EST What kind of fats and oils are healthiest? What kind of fats and oils are healthiest? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:55:45 EST Would you eat a lab-grown burger? something to think about...would you eat a lab-grown burger? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:55:03 EST Born in 1963 My mom gave birth to me the day before Thanksgiving, on the 27th. She didn't get to have the goose dinner she made request for from her mom, but she did get to have the leftovers when she got home with me <em>334</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:27:14 EST not getting enough sleep I have been so tired the last few days. I have insomnia and have tried everything I know. I dont eat before I go to bed. I took melantonin and that didnt work, I tried theanine and that didnt work I even tried sominex and that didnt work. I dont exercise before i Go to bed. I eat healthy all day. I dont know what else to try. I never had this sleep problem until this year. Anybody have any suggestions? Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:16:42 EST Taking care of yourself I've lurking for a bit and have now decided its time to 'come out'. <BR> I restarted logging my food last week and have done pretty good until yesterday. I let myself get really overtired (pulled an all nighter at work Monday nite) and I totally lost control. Back on track today, logging and exercise. <BR> Its funny how you have those aha moments and you finally listen. I realize now I really have to listen to my body and take those hints, signs and run with them. I can't always run or deny ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 05:00:52 EST Programs on TV on exercising from a chair. Hey, does anyone see those programs on TV where it's mainly for over 50ish where the host shows you exercises to do while in a chair? <BR> <BR> If so, what do you think about them? <BR> Do they work for you? Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:55:20 EST Weight fluctuations My greatest source of frustration is my sluggish digestive system especially the day before my weigh in. I have tried Senna tea but I still feel a significant fullness when I get on the scale upon rising in the morning. Has anybody learned any tricks for this on your journey? <BR> <em>18</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:06:08 EST Printable Shopping Lists for Week 1 & 2 Does anyone have a link to pdf's for the Week 1 & 2 (and beyond) shopping lists. I need to go through my kitchen and check off what I already have and what I need to get. <BR> <BR> Also, the plan menus in pdf would be helpful. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:36:12 EST What do you do to motivate you? One thing that I do is try on clothes that I haven't been able to get into. I do this about every two weeks, and when they finally fit; that just makes my day. Did that last night and was able to wear an outfit today that I haven't worn in nearly a decade. Felt good all day long! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:58:06 EST Getting back into SparkPeople :) I am down 65 lbs., which means that I have another 70 to 80 pounds to go. <BR> I can't seem to get past the 65 pounds and it has been awhile being stuck here. <BR> I need to buckle down at get totally focused. Besides, I went to my yearly doctors checkup and labs. were taken, and I'm sure others are concerned about the results coming back with the big D/diabetes. <BR> Henceforth, it is time to get focused!! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:13:59 EST exercise Not a new topic, however I need ab exercises that are not done on the FLOOR . I have had knee replacement and need abs exercises I can do at home. I have bands I can use, I use the treadmill daily, and I do some free weight to tone. I have lost 20lbs in the last 2 months. I have cut down portions as well. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:08:06 EST New Day Had a great weekend fall colors are looking beautiful. Pressing forward toward my goals. <em>247</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:29:40 EST I would like to introduce myself Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I will be 55 this October (I kept thinking I was only 53) and I really need to get a handle on this diet and start exercising. I will do the diet for one day then that's it. As for exercising I always seem to find reasons not to. I do not belong to a gym but I have lots of exercise DVD's at home. I was hoping to find others who live near me who I may be able to work out with and to have as a "diet buddy". They always say that dieting is easier if you have someone el... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:13:05 EST create a pictogram with emoticon <em>249</em> ; <em>27</em> ; <em>239</em> ; and <em>200</em> <BR> pictogram "day 1, raining cats and dogs" Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:41:22 EST Not losing fast enough Hi all!! I have been using this site since June 18 2013 and I LOVE it!! I need some advice on what I am doing wrong? I started off with doing my treadmill for 30 min. 5 days a week along with abdominal and thigh work on M,W,F; on Tues and Thursday I do a full body strength training for about 30 minutes on my universal gym. The inches and weight do not seem to be dropping as fast as this site states? Every 3 months I increase my exercise regimen. Since Sept 20 2013, I have dropped my work outs... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:45:52 EST Frustrated (AGAIN) We're supposed to get "smarter" when we get older, so why is it I keep messing up on my healthy living plan? Even though I haven't lost a drastic amount of weight yet, I've at least been going downward, which I am happy about. It's just that I've been allowing the, shall we say, "BAD BETTY" to keep steering me in the wrong direction instead of listening to the "GOOD BETTY" (good and evil sitting on my shoulders). I used to keep sabotaging myself all the time whenever I decided to stop eating... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:24:28 EST Discovered a "gold mine" I found a roadside stand that is not just a produce garden, but a regular plant and decoration place as well....the fruit & veggies are huge, clean, neatly organized and better than simply reasonable!! Needless to say that's a miracle in today's society. I bought myself silly and have already enjoyed a lovely fruit salad dessert with dinner tonight!! I also froze some wonderful California grapes (I use them like ice cubes, for example) and some strawberries, which work wonders when they ar... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:37:14 EST New to this Hi, everyone I am new to this site. I just started last week. I am a grandmother of 3 wonderful kids and enjoying everyday with them. I have lost 7 pounds in my first week and hoping to keep it up. There are times when it's very hard to stick to the plan. I could use as much help as I can get and will return the favor if needed. Thanks for reading this. Have a wonderful night or day. Mary Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:04:15 EST HI all!! Just joining group!! looking forward to getting support and encouragement from the group. and passing on my experiences. I'm hoping I can help someone too. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:03:41 EST What Holiday is your Fav?!?!?!? <em>428</em> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:48:01 EST Off My Chest I don't want to bring people down but I feel the need to vent. I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with limphoma. It has already spred through her blood stream and into her bones. This woman, eight weeks ago was vacationing and hiking, helping to plan her grandaughters wedding, and living her life. Today she can't even get up. I am so sad and am having a really hard time with this. I'm not sure why I am sharing, I guess to ask for prayers and to tell others to not take life for grante... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:30:43 EST moved msg moved msg Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:33:28 EST Do you like gardening? I love to be outdoors and play in the dirt. I have a large selection of cactus and succulents and can't leave a store without browsing among the assortment of plants in the gardening department. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:04:58 EST protein how to get enough protein and stay within your calorie for the day <em>303</em> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:17:51 EST Profiles questionnaire Hi, I thought of trying the profile questionnaire, but found that most of the questions didn't have answers that applied to me. I don't live in the USA, don't go to Fast Food restaurants and I observe the laws of eating Kosher so a breakfast of eggs and bacon doesn't appeal to me ha, ha! So after having to skip several questions I quit! I mostly choose vegetarian meals, made by me, no prepackaged ones, no canned foods either. I grew up in South America eating wholesome home made meals with lo... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 03:42:52 EST Trying to lose weight post menopause Help! I have been in menopause for 8 years now and I never had weight issues before. However, 5 pounds of weight per year has crept up on me and it does not want to leave. I saw a nutritionist and she suggested eating all whole foods from the earth and lots of healthy fats (olive oil,etc) for Omega 3s. I also walk several miles a few times per week with friends. However, the weight just stays put. In fact, I have learned that doing all this just helps me maintain my weight! If I got out o... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:57:02 EST Fit for life, over 50 I started this program around the end of June of this year. I need to lose approximately 55-58 lbs. I joined a gym and use the stationary bike for 30-35 minutes four to five days a week. I also do womens circuit training, 3 reps of 15 with weight of 30-35 lbs. also 4-5 days a week. I have lost 21 lbs, but I thought it would come off more than that. My calorie intake is 1200 calories and under. The last two weeks I lowered my calorie intake to under 1000. Any other suggestions? <BR> <... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:07:39 EST Hello, new to the over 50 site I just got back from vacation, camping. I put 6 pounds back on so I'm getting back on track today. It's so frustrating that the weight comes back on so fast but takes so long to take off. I'm going to keep trying though. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:39:11 EST Finding "Active" members on Spark People I've been looking at sparkpages and I'm curious as to whether people are currently active (checking in, participating in teams etc). So many show the last status update to be 50-100-or more days ago. I would guess these people aren't active on the site right now. <BR> <BR> I am looking for people to "friend" who are active and who hopefully share some of my same interests and goals. What's the best way to find friends? <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> Jeri in Texas Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:30:42 EST Keeping fit by keeping busy I am not one to sit around on my butt unless I have to at work. So on my days off I like to keep busy besides my morning routine of walking and my afternoon routine of Zumba. Today I am painting a bedroom. Going up and down the ladder is great exercise. Have a great one! (We need a painting emoticon -lol) Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:27:15 EST Today!!!!!!!!! I hope every one has a great day and many losses. I look so forward to this fall weather up here in Maine. <em>213</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:57:07 EST New Sparkie <em>30</em> I am excited about joining SparkPeople. I love how it tracks everything. Its such a good way to observe myself. Otherwise I just forget how bad I was that day and start my bad habits again the next day. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 04:01:23 EST another beginning I've been over-indulging for wayyy too long and it's time to just get back in shape. I've gotten old, fat and tired, and I'm tired of it. All this fat's gotta go. <BR> <BR> Speaking of shapes, I'm apple-shaped. Isn't there a certain set of foods to focus on depending on which shape you are? Can't recall. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm going to focus on fruits and vegetables and yoga and zumba, and hopefully I'll be having some good results to report soon. :) Have a great day everyone! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 01:30:07 EST ;-) My exercise for today was mostly walking back and forth with my hubby while he was working. whew! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:28:19 EST Wish granted today? If you could be granted one wish today what would it be?? Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:47:02 EST STILL HUNGRY & FRUSTRATED I know I just started this program and tracking my food and calories. I am on or try to stay within 1200 calories. I am 5'3" and want to lose at least 30 pounds. I am still hungry and don't want to eat just to eat. My water intake is great just wonder if I should increase my calories. I work in an office environment and have no time to really exercise. I try to walk when I can and take my g/d to the park, but am frustrated I am hungry. I heard that diet really is 80% food and 20% exerc... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:19:32 EST Donut Day I started SparkPeople August 26 and luv it! Here at the office, every second Friday of the month is Donut Day and I love sugar/donuts. At 53yy (years young) I am going to lose my extra 30 pounds and to do that I need to skip the donuts. My friend Laura told me "you have to start somewhere." And, as a diet procrastinator, I HAVE started. I used to binge the night before the diet I would start "tomorrow," but you guessed it - tomorrow never came. Also, I know that if I eat sweets in the mo... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:27:22 EST What year were you born? I was born in 1955 <em>30</em> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:30:00 EST A lot of water for an old man! But the exercise from walking to toilet is a plus! <em>100</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:59:35 EST menopause and weight loss I'm 55 and in perimenopause. I've been led to believe losing weight at this time is extremely difficult. I'm working on the final 4 pounds and realize my new "matronly" body may be it for a while. My question is, when in menopause and the following years, does science support that, with work of course, I will be able to lose weight again? Anyone find it easier to lose weight after menopause then during perimenopause????? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:47:24 EST Any widowed folks out there? I myself have been widowed TWICE!!!! My first marriage lasted a wonderful 38 years and when Charley died suddenly, I thought my life was over....little did I know that I would, at my age, be writing to a man on a bulletin board for widowed folks and eventually fall in love. I never expected or even wanted that...but when it stared my in the face, what could I do?? So, we married and had 15 very happy years. He died from a stroke 3 years ago and now I'm alone again and liking it!! I have ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:01:28 EST Do people treat you like you are invisible? It seems to me that men can be of any size and it is acceptable. I have experienced a lot of discrimination, especially from young men. For example I was waiting for an oil change and a pretty young lady came in some time after me, and then somehow her car went in before mine. I had a Sybil moment after that. I asked the young man if he would like someone to treat his Mother like that. He acted like I was crazy and denied that she was more important because she was attractive. A lot of times ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:32:53 EST spark solution book Hi has anyone bought the book spark solution? Does it help ? or are you just doing the sparkpeople. counting the calories? <BR> Thanks <BR> KIm Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:02:29 EST day one just getting started, and I have a good plan for both food and physical activity. I hope I can get through the first few days. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:17:12 EST up two pounds, darn it. I'm 62. At the end of my second week, I gained back two pounds of the three that I lost my first week, despite the fact that I have been doing lots of cardio and strength training and staying within my daily calorie limits. I am discouraged, but chalk it up to either an increase in muscle or water weight, or a relatively big meal the evening before. Even my measurements did not change this week, when I felt sure they would. I just feel firmer and stronger. I did lose a little body fat accordi... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:26:31 EST excited! on October 11, 2011, 8 months after I quit smoking, I started my weight loss journey with WW. It's been a struggle at times. Today I was getting ready to log some food and looked over at the the weight tracker.....I have REMOVED 22.8 pounds! Meetings have me at 18, I started meetings after my 1st 2 came off..... I almost cried when i saw that! I couldnt have done this with out the support of my family and friends! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 16:52:01 EST I am a binge eater, I need help with it. I have been trying to get healthy and off some of my meds. I lost 42 lbs then lost my motivation and have been playing the yo yo game. I was exercise 4 days a week for an hour each time. <BR> Then had an accident that caused a great deal of pain. Start physical therapy next week. Can anyone help me get my head back in the game. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:59:21 EST 50 years young Hi, <BR> I've always been fairly fit for my weight, or perhaps I've been kidding myself for a very long time. I've going to try to get out of this situation on Monday, and this site looks the place to help. <BR> Fingers crossed <BR> Paul Sat, 7 Sep 2013 15:01:05 EST Great Activity Day! Had a good work out this morning before work. Was able to walk on the treadmill for 30 mins and even did 5 minutes with a 3% incline. I learned how to do some crunches sitting on a weight chair with dumb bells too. Now need to find some exercises to strengthen my back that doesn't entail getting down on the floor. Time to search the SP site! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week-end! Happy Heathy Life style to all! <BR> <em>315</em> <em>248</em> <em>34</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 19:14:57 EST frustration i need to get to 159.9. not for any other reason than the fact i've been in the 160's for over a year~ lst week i was 2.3 pounds away. today i went to WW to weigh in, not my normal saturday morning time frame, but i'm not going to be home. 5:30 tonight.... up .8 now i know if i had been able to go tomorrow morning and had an empty belly and not dress clothes on it would have been down. <BR> just annoyed Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:11:57 EST POLIO VOLUNTEER When I was in 1st or 2nd Grade, my Mom signed me up to be a volunteer for the Polio Vaccine trial. I received a ID type card, which is somewhere in this house. Does anyone else remember this. This would have been in the early 50's. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:49:29 EST Fitness Over 50 is LIke.... ...Fitness over 50 is like getting as thrilled as the first time you rode a bike without training wheels <em>108</em> <BR> <BR>'s like feeling better than you did in your 30's-when you were worn down by jobs, kids, bills, etc.!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> What's it like to you??? Share your humor & thoughts...Dee from MO <BR> <BR> .... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:01:27 EST Wow! What a swim! Diana Nyad, age 64, swam all the way from Florida to Cuba, without using a shark cage. She was in the water just short of 55 hours. 55 hours of swimming and no sleeping. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Hey, maybe we 60's people are only as old as we feel. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 03:45:51 EST Losers Angst Weigh in for me is tomorrow. I keep away from the scale until weigh in day. I hope I did it...I hope I did it...I hope I did it... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:44:03 EST Hi everyone! New here and determined to follow through with getting this weight off. I have at least 30lbs I'd like to lose! My willpower is low, so I'm hoping to find some inspiration! 52yo and from Maryland, if anyone wants to share support! Good luck to all. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:37:36 EST I don't feel over 50 I may be 56 years old; and before I lost 70 lbs, I felt every bit of it. It is amazing how much younger I feel now. Thirty nine lbs to go and I'll be feeling even younger! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:41:02 EST It's because......... I have been ill for the last year with one thing or another, including a major surgery, therefore I have spent an inordinate and unfamiliar amount of my life in doctor's offices in 2 counties. Whenever something new crops up, they look at my records and say to me "Oh - you are over 50 (I am 53), these things happen when you reach that age". So far I can expect, per my physicians, to suffer shingles, lactose intolerance, insomnia, knee and hip problems, arthritis and osteoporosis. Now reall... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:48:32 EST HAPPY and SKINNY and PEACEFUL SEPTEMBER What more could anyone wish?? Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:33:33 EST Love this group! Just joined SP today and saw this message board <em>224</em> Nice to meet all of you!! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:36:44 EST HI I have Come back to get some motivation. and Just turned 50 in July.So I guess I am over 50 by a couple of months. My name is Noreen and I have been away for a long time. I have decided I want the rest of my years to be happy and healthy. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:25:31 EST "Members" using SP to sell weight loss products I've noticed something on a few boards that I've visited here on SP and it's people becoming SP "members" to sell weight loss products. Some have been very overt about it by putting links to their products in their posts. But I found a guy today who started a challenge and when I noticed that he had only 2 posts, I decided to check out his SparkPage that had no information but it did have photos. So I checked them out and most of them were motivational sayings, but one was taken from SP sh... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:36:02 EST What part of your body do you like the best? Trying for a positive question rather than a negative. <BR> <BR> I like my brain... <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:13:54 EST Baby Boomers: Your thoughts about current TV Ads? Do you feel too many of the ads on both commercial TV and cable/satellite TV are ignoring us Baby Boomers and seniors? That is, are too many ads geared toward the under 50 folks? <BR> <BR> Also, do you feel that today, TV is more willing to show ads that us Baby Boomers/seniors connect to (health-leisure-entertainment, etc) than it was when we were in our 20's and 30's? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am just curious as to your thoughts about TV ads for older people. <BR> <BR> I personally think the ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:47:15 EST Not eating enough? Weight loss indicator? In my past I have been told that I don't eat enough for my body weight and the amount of calories I burn. My goal is to see a "1" as the first number on the scale which I have never seen. I am 51 years old, used to be 250 pounds overweight...long story short, when I exercise I cannot find the way to eat the calories suggested and am not losing weight in conjunction with my calorie burn which is usually 500 cal plus/minus every day of the week. Does anyone have experience or advice regarding e... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:25:12 EST Week 2 results Well, I do expect numbers, guess I am programmed for that and no I did not measure my waist and hips, etc. when I started. In two weeks I've dropped 2 pounds. I feel great but given that I am burning 300 to 800 calories a day I think I am expecting more actual pound lose, but I will accept it as good health and move on. Thanks to Sparkpeople for giving me direction right now. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:20:59 EST Peroneal Nerve damage I have been struggling with a peroneal nerve problem just started walking again. I was down and out for over 9 months. I gained 35 lbs. I still have problem with tingling numbness. I am 56 I was in good shape not so much now. Does anyone has a suggestion for a fitness program that will not hurt the nerve. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:13:23 EST The Niki slogan says Just Do It Make up in your mind that you want to do it and then ask God to help you because He can do it. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:48:46 EST Prom Theme Song Wonderland by Night Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:15:20 EST Bike Riders Any bike riders on the Getting Fit Over 50 board? I recently started riding and am loving it. It seems to be a great way to get exercise and spend time outdoors. I am not and never will be a runner and even long distance walking takes a toll on my feet after breaking both ankles. I've been checking out charity events and week-end rides and I'm really excited about what I've found. Any other enthusiasts out there? Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:27:49 EST Right food before workout. Hello Everyone. I am having a problem with what I eat before a workout. I run out of energy, get cold and I'm famished after a workout. What I'm I to eat after a workout. I get tired of protein shakes and bars. Not much of a meat eater. Help. <em>381</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:25:27 EST is your stress beyond your endurance? i have not posted to this site. are any of you involved in the care giving of a mentally ill person ?do you have any help? <BR> can anyone comment on your coping strategies. i am at the end of my endurance and i fear for my own sanity. <BR> i don't want to elaborate - just a general response might give me a nugget of hope. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:16:55 EST ANYONE BORN IN 1940 ?? JULY 26. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:45:10 EST It's time to take charge This is my first day at tracking on sparks. I did manage to exercise for 10 minutes, drank all my water & and took the steps. Did not have much trouble today but it is only the first day. Usually the weekends are horrible for me. I always eat to much. I also managed to get rid of some of the junk food out of the house. I know this is not going to be easy. I seen to get an injury every time I start to an exercise routine. Going to start out slow and add some time after the first week. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:25:32 EST