SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Telling people about your goals is one of the surest ways to reach them. We will cheer your successes and support you during your setbacks. SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Recommitting to health Last year, I hit my goal weight of 145. Then....Fat Megan took over (You can have one cupcake, it's fine...) and regained half of what I lost. Today represents Day One of my journey to lose the pounds again. Sat, 27 May 2017 15:16:52 EST Sherry's trying to Escape the LBS! I have gained about 6 pounds seems like the story of my life and I need to rewrite it. I'm the worst one out there I can't start a diet it never happens. I do a lot of talk but no do.I can ever give up and throw in the towel or I can use it to wipe the sweat off, so I guess I will stop typing and start sweating. <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:59:12 EST The light at the end of the tunnel!!! I started what I call my final weight loss journey on January 5th of this year at 288.8. As of my last weigh in I was 236.6, which is a loss of 52.2 pounds. Over the last few weeks I have not really cheated but to be honest I have not given it my all. Tuesday I gave myself a little pep talk and reminded myself that life is always going to have issues whether it be family, work or whatever it is I can not let it stand in my way of getting healthy and losing this weight. Well it seems to have w... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:44:47 EST My journey to better healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1 = May 17 2017 <BR> <BR> I am in need of losing over 100 pounds therefore I will be using this as my journal of how I am doing this. <BR> <BR> I will be for the next 100 days using the 100 days of weight loss to help with motivation and to get me focused. <BR> <BR> SO...... <BR> <BR> It says to record my weight = yuck = 282 pounds <BR> <BR> 10 reasons why I want to lose weight are:... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:42:36 EST Finished First 5k / Office Challenge & Sugar ! Greetings all! <BR> <BR> I have a semi rant /accomplishment this morning. First , I finished my first 5k! I clocked in at 32 mins which is huge for me considering it took me almost an hour to run /walk 3 miles 2 months ago. I started at 165lbs & am now between 155-158(wight fluctuates a lot). In conjunction to this awesome feat , I was also participating in an office weight loss challenge. It started in March & ended this past Friday(team name was 'Gorditas no more' ). My weigh ins were unmo... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:59:01 EST Creating a Healthy Life Writing is my passion, so I thought a journal would be really great way to add to my connection with SparkPeople and maybe with myself. My life seems like it is just an obsession with dieting and weight loss. I would like very much to get off the diet roller coaster and just live a simple, healthy life that makes me look and feel good. <BR> <BR> I am just going into my second week at SparkPeople and I find that the most important thing I can do right now is build a foundation for the lifes... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:39:47 EST feel down for now Scarlet said, "After all, tomorrow is another day." I have a harness to protect me from heart failure. Hopefully it is just for 3 months. After all, next month is another month!!! (;-) Wed, 3 May 2017 00:01:37 EST Tired of how things are!!!! Starting a new way of eating for me tomorrow. Going to start watching carbs and sugars. I'm giving my self 5 months that will be my birthday to lose about 36 pounds, that will get me out of the 200's. Going to throw exercising in there too. <BR> Going to keep it simple at the beginning. No so much limiting any food but cutting back on it at first then a little more as time goes on. <BR> <BR> Some of my reasons why; <BR> 1. to see if the world will see me different. <BR> 2. to feel bette... Tue, 2 May 2017 20:49:33 EST 50 yrs ago tonight I remember how nervous, excited, etc. this night 50 years ago. I was going to sleep on the Air Force cot one more night, then leave the base one more time. Many emotions. It had been 4 years less 2 days that night. then as now I could recite my Air Force serial number!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:59:55 EST Weight Goal Achieved I have been tracking since the end of May last year, due to a medication side effect of weight gain. I am weaning off of the meds and have lost 7 pounds!! Goal reached! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:30:53 EST Losing Weight Abroad - Emma's Diary Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my first post on SparkPeople so I'm really not sure what I'm doing. But I just thought I'd start a little journal to keep myself motivated and accountable every step of the way during my weight loss journey. I am currently living abroad in South America with a host family, and so weight loss has been slow and difficult - I have no control over the meals I eat, although I am taking care with my portion control and am trying to get more exercise in when possible... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:00:18 EST Losing 20 lbs: The Countdown So I set a goal to lose twenty pounds a while ago by July 1st. <BR> At that time (4/18/17), I was at 206 so recording that as my starting weight. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a challenge by the Walk at Home lady, Leslie Sansone's called The Great Walk Challenge: 100 miles in 100 days (TGWC)! Today is Day 21. And speaking of days, in this community journal for losing twenty pounds, I'm not gonna label each entry as "Day 1" like in TGWC. Instead I am going to do it in "Days left" like a countdown to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:02:39 EST Stripes:the war within myself- MsJennifer's Day 1- <BR> <BR> The War Within Myself begins with preparation... <BR> <BR> -Today I choose to keep a food journal. <BR> -Today I choose to get in cardio exercise and strength exercises <BR> 20+ minutes of either treadmill or elliptical at the gym <BR> A home workout of various strength exercises (arms- legs and back & abs) <BR> I've been following a stretching routine on DVD with Miranda Esmonde White <BR> each day. <BR> - Emotions Journal Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:22:23 EST Goal To Work out every other day. I'm Going to Work hard at this. My Goal is To Do a Different exercise every day. but For Sure Exercise Every other day. I found some Videos Here I Will Do. and You Tube Has So Much I can't Believe how much is out there. I Have Loads of Mr. Simmons DVDs Too So I'm not Going to Be With out any of Them either. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:30:19 EST Challenged by holiday and trips out of town I did well at Christmas. Sweets are a real challenge for me. Easter has proven to be more of a challenge. I have candy out in the house the past few days, and I need to put it away and get rid of some. I am less likely to overindulge if I can have a taste now and then. Putting the candy in a cupboard means I need to think about having any and ration myself. Having it out is just too tempting to have many helpings. It's not that I'm gaining this week. It's just that I did gain weight by the fr... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:20:57 EST Ten Suggestions, round 3. Here I will track how I do on a daily basis. These are my goals for the day: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347528 </link> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:15:47 EST Holli's Healthy Life So here I go. Yesterday, I started my life reboot and it's going to be hard. I have so much to do in the next 6 months, and it's so tempting not to do any of it, and just let my life cruise along as it is -- but I won't. I've wasted too much of my time doing nothing to improve my life, simply existing, and I won't do that anymore. I'm going to start actually LIVING. <BR> <BR> I have challenges and health issues, but I can overcome them with persistence and dedication (and maybe some surgery)... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:32:23 EST 100 days April 1, 2017 <BR> <BR> My struggle with weight loss has been ongoing for years. One issue I have is I tend to get bored, tired, or just lazy and stop trying. I lack commitment, I lack motivation and I just never get any where on my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So today I am DETERMINED to change and get committed, get motivated and lose the weight. Today I am starting a 100 day journey of weight loss. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Check in at SP and post daily. <BR> Walk at least 10 minute... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:46:11 EST Weight Watcher Smart Points Looking for Sample Menu Plans Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:21:55 EST I ROBOT PROGRESS REPORT 1 hour walk on treadmill Zone 2 <BR> <BR> 10 minutes BOOTCAMP Alternate these two <BR> Standing row 45# 10 reps Zone 4 <BR> Jumping jacks until legs hurt from lactic acid Zone 5 <BR> <BR> Max HR 149 <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:19:16 EST Lisa's healthy highway travels Hello today is my first day of journaling, but my journey started March 1st. I am doing a whole 30, then I plan to live a paleo lifestyle to maintain my health and wieght. Allowing some special treats on very special occasions. So far it has been going pretty well, the beginning was rough, and at first I had some dizziness, and headaches, but at this stage, I am feeling great, my energy level has improved greatly, my mood has been good and stable, my sleep has improved. I fall asleep easier, ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:15:17 EST Introduce myself Hi all im new here. So i want to say hello Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:58:10 EST They quit the bonouses For what ever the reason Spark quit the clicking onto various challenges/teams for extra points. That was a motivator that cuts back a desire. May quit?!? Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:14:08 EST Mix 'n Match 28 day challenge. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332136 </link> <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow: Mix 'n Match 28 day challenge! <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:55:25 EST Sherry's Sweet Escape & Walking to Escape the LBS! Sweet's has been my way to escape from everything. My sweets of choice are candy bars, Little Debbies snack cakes, cakes, pies etc, I'm including all cokes and diet ones too Tired I eat sweets, happy I eat sweets, unhappy I eat sweets, bored I eat sweet's. The junk food I eat. I want to escape from this way of eating and being lazy. <BR> <BR> I did great about a month ago, I went from eat sweets 5-6 times a day to eating them maybe 1-2 a day. I lost a little bit of weight, energy level ca... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:58:28 EST . . Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:53:32 EST How to add an icon Can anyone help me to add the little turtle to my icon? You know that tracks your weight loss. Someone told me to edit my page but I tried that and can't find what I need. I can't private message that person and this site isn't set up to help you easily find threads you've commented on. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:02:42 EST Alley''s Diet journey <img src="">Hello, all! <BR> Alley here! After a long while away, I have decided to return here and give it another go, especially as I have to lose weight due to health issues... I did lose a lot before but put it back on during cancer it all has to go so that I can deal with knee and back problems. I have made a start and am more committed than ever... I hope I can make it this time! <BR> <em>239... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:30:52 EST Roxanne's Rant So I have had to keep my dads surgery under wraps he didn't want anyone to know and I found out after he was in the hospital for 2 days. He went in on thurs and I found out on sat. Didn't really like that. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 23:41:02 EST Sharon's Sugar Challenge - Join Me! 3/6/17 - Day One - A Gift to My Health <BR> <BR> Starting right now at 9:34AM EST. Just had about 3 tsp. sugar in coffee but challenging myself to stop all sugar until April 16. That is Easter and will be celebrating my DH birthday with family. My guess is that if I can stay off or at least severely restrict sugar/desserts, that I will not even want to break the challenge in April. <em>449</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:38:18 EST Tracking Anyway Yesterday I went to a party. Drank, ate, enjoyed myself without over indulging. This morning I did some reflecting and tracked what I ate. Obviously I didn't eat like I would have at home but I didn't go over-board so I'm happy. I gained 0.6 but that's OK. No more wine this week, no more cookies, no more cheese. I can do this. I already blogged my menu for today so I'm not going to repeat it. Anyone can read that if they want. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to good day of staying on plan ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:33:35 EST ASDASD ASDASDASDASD Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:30:58 EST My community Journal I am so glad I found this. Just notes to myself about myself. For now! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 14:56:39 EST Lenten Challenge Hello amazing people, am starting a new challenge from today as my Lenten challenge after a couple of failed attempts in the past. The challenge is to wake up earlier every morning, do my morning routine including workouts and take small actions towards my goals. Will continue this till Easter Sunday with today being my first day. <BR> Do drop in a message or a word of encouragement if you happen to drop by this page. I will update on my actions later today and on following days as well. Hav... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:23:37 EST My community journal I am done with thinking about me Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:39:09 EST Marianne's Journal Today is my second day on SparkPeople this time around, and goshdarnit, this is the last time I'm starting over! <BR> <BR> My plan has 3 prongs: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition. For me that's low carb. I'm pre-diabetic and determined not to go over that line into the disease that killed my mom and grandmother. Eating low carb keeps my blood sugar stable, so that's that. My goal is to log everything I eat, no exceptions. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness. I'm not concerned with running a 5K or looking... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:54:56 EST trying to lose again I got off track recently. i'm now gaining instead of losing so I want to make myself more accountable. so I joined this group. if anyone would like a partner I still haven't found one. I recently have lost 17lbs. taking two off for the weight I gained back. it could have been 19. I lost some weight,about 22 lbs before and then I started focusing on other things but luckily didn't gain the weight back. so I started out at 267 and have now gotten down to 228. but my resolve has been broken. I l... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:04:33 EST 2017 Pick Your Part Challenge I started my journal in another section of the boards and am moving it here. <BR> <BR> This is where it started: <link><BR>oard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=40913089&<BR>strViewThisPage=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It came from an idea that I needed to make my own challenge because others' challenges did not quite work for me. This blog describes this:<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311358 <BR> <BR> I got through a we... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:14:05 EST Week by Week Week 1: I managed to lose 4 lbs my first week back even with eating out twice. It's a bit shocking when you start booking restaurant meals, especially the sodium. I told my husband that we needed to limit going out b/c it doesn't allow as much control over our diet as eating at home...We'll see how that works out. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:40:56 EST My Weight Loss Ok, been back on track for a week now. Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> I cut out sugar and sugar substitutes and I'm no longer craving sugar. <BR> <BR> This week I lost 10.4 pounds. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:01:22 EST A little about me My name is Stacy, I am 42 years old, I am a T1D since I was a year old, so, yes, over 41 years of experience being an extremely brittle Diabetic. I am currently working with my doctors to be put on an insulin pump, hopefully, one with a built in CGM, will be a fight to get my secondary insurance to cover what medicare will not cover, but my endocrinologist has told me she will help me fight for coverage if need be, because she feels I will die without a pump and a CGM. Please wish me luck, ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 04:09:48 EST Passionate about letting meat rest after roasting? How passionate are you about letting meat rest after roasting? Would you start an argument about it, take over and do the carving yourself? Inform the other person how important resting the meat is? Please tell me how passionate you are. I kind of get if vegetarians and vegans really don't want to get involved. I'm a bit confused as I didn't think this was an inflammatory topic. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:29:14 EST How do i get through this without gaining weight Im new to spark but have already started my diet 2 months ago.. so far i have lost 15 lbs.. lastnight i found out my uncle who i loved very very much passed away in august of cancer and no member of my family told me anything about it. I am devastated and have been fighting hard to not eat away my pain and sorrow from losing my uncle without getting to say goodbye or i love you.. spark is my only outlet for support! How do i fight this emotional eating nightmare i could really use some kind w... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:32:54 EST Joyful Life Years ago, with help from SparkPeople, my weight dropped from 228 to 172 pounds. I still needed to lose more, but I maintained that loss for 12 years or so. Suddenly, within this last month or so, I gained 8 pounds (I turn 60 this summer, which likely has something to do with it). So I'm back and working to remind myself of what worked before. <BR> <BR> Now, however, my task is more complicated. I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, tachycardia and Neurofibro... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:46:03 EST Tracy6659's 2017 Journal <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Starting a fresh journal for the new year. I have restarted my travels. Tired of calling it my "journey". <BR> <BR> I have been doing really good with my foods the past week or so. I have been eating fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am down 2# this week. Which is fantastic because I was up 5# last week! Today I am holding water..which I normally don't do. Hoping whatever it is will pass. Trying to push my water intake tod... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:16:29 EST Challenging Myself Daily Today I have stepped 8, 467 steps. 2,663 calories burned. 3.59 miles walked and 32 active minutes. These are my fitbit statistics and I am proud of these stats. Almost 10,000 steps, My tomorrows goal is to at least get 8,700 steps. I have that motivation. I am morbidly obese and I would be ecstatic to get under 300 pounds by my birthday on February 28. I will turn 44 and hopefully I am on a track to a healthier me. I am eating nothing but fruits and vegetables and some protein. I th... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:51:58 EST Life is.... "like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get" <BR> <BR> Any one who has seen the movie Forest Gump knows that quote. It is one of the most accurate analogies I've ever heard. I never really know what any one day will bring. Sure certain aspects and little things we can plan for and actually make happen, but somewhere along the line life throws a curve ball to put us off our game. <BR> <BR> I can plan what I'm going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks until... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:14:24 EST Trying to get focused For about the upteenmillionth time I need to get myself focused on loosing weight and moving. I don't know why I can't seem to get motivated. I would like to blame the winter weather but that is just a poor excuse. It is me and I need to realize only I can change my attitude. Deep breath and GO!!! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:07:56 EST Misbehaving <em>524</em> <BR> Well, I joined spark people I think in 2011, & I have been in & out of here , numerous times(unfortunately). Still working on self motivation, so I'm trying again....adding spark people onto my to do list least 2-3Times per week...seems like I have gotten myself into a revolving New year's resolution door, I seem to come on strong for each new year but Peter out after first month or so... <BR> As I looked at my blogs just for 2017, I have already gone into lazy m... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:35:13 EST you're good enough today :) I want to encourage YOU today! what if you took a break from "fixing" yourself? <BR> <BR> what if you treated you with kindness, patience and care. giving yourself a break..... <BR> <BR> this type of thinking use to scare the crap outta me! <BR> but after a lifetime of riding my self, Someone showed me it doest work. <BR> <BR> so now i think differently which helps me smile from the inside out. i breathe more. i count. my choices have improved. i listen.... to my needs and treat myse... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:35:32 EST I want to be free I have always liked the idea of documenting my journey, but never had the courage - mainly because I wasn't sure I could do it. Now I understand that failure is part of the journey..... <BR> <BR> After years of trying and failing, I now believe that I am in the right place to give myself the 100% commitment that I deserve. So, 2017 is my year for freedom - to be free of the burden of carrying extra weight, feeling unhealthy, unworthy, and feeling guilty if I put myself first. I want to be fr... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:12:23 EST Jump in and Begin Again! I welcome all the positive support coming from this community thread. I find myself experiencing a rough patch and am confident I will benefit from your success. <BR> <BR> Momentum is key to my success, Starting ( Beginning again) is always the most difficult because the first step always seems the steepest. My only support is on Sparkpeople and, honestly, I want more people encouraging me to jump in and begin again. I want to pick up momentum with nutrition and exercise and even more impor... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:27 EST Food Journaling: Jenna Wolfe's Thinner in Thirty Day 2: Share My Food Journal Daily: <BR> <BR> Checking back in at the end of the day with a full update. Anyone care to join me? Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:26:11 EST meeting people in my area Hi I'm a very happy newbie here and want to meet other spark <BR> people in my area. Is there anyway to do that on this site? <BR> Thank you <img src=""> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:51:06 EST Selfish in 2017 Hi everyone, I am a single mom of 2 grown boys [early 20's]. I have always put them first and still do. Don't get me wrong they are very important to me and I love them very much, but somewhere along the road, I lost track of taking care of me. <BR> I have been traveling for work the last 5 years and my body has taken a major bashing for it. Hotels, airports, nights out with coworkers, you name it. I work long hours and travel on the weekends, so exercising and eating well were the first thi... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 01:57:56 EST Can Exercise Be Fun? Is it possible to find a way to make exercise fun and interesting? Some ideas, please. Started to learn some different dances like the Salsa. That's been fun. The time goes by fast. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:36:47 EST Clare's Journey - Journal This journal records my path to a better body weight, happier disposition, greater willingness to participate in (minor) physical challenges and to loving my life more. I will know I am winning when (a) I love to get up and get going at tasks and can keep some endurance going and (b) it is easy to move snappily and do things like run, play tennis. <BR> <BR> Week 1 completed Started at almost 128 and 1.8 kg disposed of. And am up to 2 km a day on cross trainer. 126.1 kg now. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:38:06 EST Putting Myself First in 2017 Hi everyone, I am a single mom of 2 grown boys [early 20's]. I have always put them first and still do :( as well as my parents, sisters, nieces, nephew, etc. Don't get me wrong they are all very important to me and I love them very much, but somewhere along the road, I lost track of taking care of me. <BR> I have been traveling for work the last 5 years and my body has taken a major bashing for it. Hotels, airports, nights out with coworkers, you name it. I work long hours and travel on th... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:42:27 EST commitment I struggle to make the commitment and get passed the first couple days then keep the commitment when I hit a plateau I end up so frustrated and angry with myself Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:41:25 EST changing the little star for the current top threa I have started some new threads for 2017. How do I remove the little star from the 2016 threads and put them on the new 2017 threads? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:23:03 EST 2017 Changes, Choices and Challenges It's January first...again. I've had 51 of these now. The first 20 of them were fairly insignificant as I wasn't screwing up to much or was too young to make any resolution that went beyond setting a goal to marry Harrison Ford. In 1985 I was 20 and marrying Harrison Ford seemed doable. At 51, I still feel like it's an honorable goal, but I'm getting the feeling it's probably not going to happen. <BR> <BR> I'm giving this example to illustrate a couple points. Number 1. Harrison Ford is sti... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:53:02 EST 2017 and all that it will bring Day 1 <BR> <BR> Like so many others, I've chosen today to start anew. <BR> <BR> My goals for the month of January: <BR> No chocolate <BR> No chips of any kind <BR> No booze unless I have it outside of my home <BR> At least 40 ozs of water daily <BR> At least 5000 steps daily <BR> <BR> I tried to enlist a few of my friends to join me in setting goals for the new year. None of them were enthusiastic about making a fresh healthful start. Well, all except one - my coworker who's a wee little t... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:32:47 EST WHAT WORKS FOR ME!!! I started on Jan-18-2017 watching and cutting back on my carbs and sugars. I'm a BIG sweets eater, I eat them 5 to 6 times a day if not more. <BR> <BR> The first week was awful trying to get use to it. I think I'm doing pretty good about it, better than I thought I would. <BR> <BR> It's been almost 3 weeks and I have notice a few things: <BR> 1. My energy level is a tad bit better. Hope it comes up a lot. <BR> 2. I have some facial hair on my chin and it seems to be getting less. I hope an... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 01:07:57 EST Xmas Day Walk Today I chose to take a walk outside in the 31 degree weather. I walked for a half hour. I cleared my head, got some fresh air and just walked with no step or distance goal in mind. <BR> <BR> It felt good. It didn't feel like exercise. It felt like a mini-soul retreat. Especially after all the weeks leading up to the holidays. I needed a little mental breather. <BR> <BR> And I got to wear the jaunty, purple hat that I got in England last year for 2 pounds. It just makes me happy. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:43:03 EST MY LIFE AND THE SWEET STUFF!!! STARTED ON 12/14/2016 There are many addictions : drugs, alcohol, gambling, porn, people, and food. I'm the food, my addiction is sweet/sugar: candy bars, cookies, cakes,some pies, snack cakes and I will throw cokes and diet cokes in there too. I eat this 5-6 times a day. I think that if you cut me open I would bleed sugar. I'm just a big 237 lbs bag of sugar walking around. I have to start doing something about it, so I have started on DECEMBER 14 2016, yes this is a Wednesday. I picked thi... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:35:24 EST My Own 10% Challenge 219 Days Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:39:37 EST Spark Points So excited, only 800 more points until 100,000 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:26:31 EST Misty's journal Walking more, so I can at least keep my weight down. Hope it will at least keep me from gaining. I use the gym as well and that helps with the walking. Set a goal for the Ghost Hunters page, and looking for more members. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:31:23 EST 60-Losin' 20! I have had it, I need to get my act together and stop fooling around. I saw some photos of me on Thanksgiving, and cannot believe how large I am, and that is UNACCEPTABLE. It's so horrid, I actually had no idea - how could I have no idea??? <BR> <BR> Not a good time to start a diet and exercise program, the holidays, but I need to just get started and doing it - and once they are over, I can keep going. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:54:24 EST My Zero Carbs and Atkins Diet So I messed up this week with my carbs. I was originally following the Orange Atkins Book where you start on 20 net carbs made up of mainly green salad. I lost the first week then nothing. I have been here before. So I dropped the carbs and followed the original Atkins diet from the 70's. Zero Carbs following the Induction Sheet. This has worked well and I have had between 1 and 2lb losses per week. My daily carb intake has been between 2 and 8 carbs from mainly salad (not net carbs). If it w... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:07:46 EST sadness and happiness all together well so happy i lost 2lbs week of thanksgiving and on the sad side i lost my little brother to the heavens yesterday, i am going to stay motivated and not try to eat out of sadness, and remember good times as kids we had, this is more of a motivation for me to get fit and healthy, brother was only 54 and lost friend last week at 55 because of poor health and eating choices they made, i will succeed and hopfully be around for my kids and grand kids a long long time Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:17:59 EST Those last 10 pounds! Hi, new to these boards ---- need inspiration --- have lost 40 pounds so far --- working on the last 10 ----- very very challenging ---- need ideas! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:47:50 EST Found a hunger and sweet tooth tamer I have been drinking an equate ultra weight loss shake (creamy milk chocolate) every morning for the last seven days instead of a regular breakfast and surprising it has been taming my sweet tooth and hunger until around 1 in the afternoon. Pretty tasty too. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:06:00 EST Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving. We get much more stuff than the early settlers, native or English. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:46:48 EST Michelle's Journey to a better self I'm starting this journal because I need a place to.... well, journal. I have a lot of goals I am trying to accomplish at once, and just like you would think, none are getting accomplished because I have too many balls in the air. I need a place to structure and plan out myself. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm really focused on my weight loss and eating better. I am currently at 154lbs (at my last weigh in on 11/12), working to get back down to 135ish. I'm 5'9", so anything below that would be unco... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:16:52 EST Journal of a journey I have been on this journey for just over 4 months and have lost 55.5 lbs so far. I have also lost 2 sizes, 4 inches off my waist and I am able to walk a little longer than I used to. My hopes are that as I make this lifestyle change and improve my health I continue to gain confidence in myself, which could prove to be more difficult than losing weight. Suffering from depression and stress/anxiety disorders can make a person lose themselves very easily, so I hope to find myself once again. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:17:35 EST So Long Farwell - 1st 3 lbs Down to 185 - I'm feeling great and I'm not hungry....YET. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 06:45:35 EST Biggest Loser Challenge - Winter Season! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> One of my main motivators and sources of success is the Biggest Loser Challenge! We are ending our Fall session and starting to prepare for our Winter session. We have 10 teams of 24 and we work together on weekly nutrition and fitness challenges to keep you on track! <BR> <BR> You can sign up here: <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just join the team and add your name to the Winter sign up thread! <BR> <BR> Happy... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:38:41 EST How to stay motivated on your journey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finding your motivation can be difficult, trust me I can relate! I know what it feels like to give up a million times and I also know what it feels like giving your all and doubting yourself . When I finally decided enough was enough... I found my motivation and changed my life. <BR> <BR> 1.Why are you living,What is your purpose? <BR> 2.What keeps you going? <BR> 3.Do you love yourse... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:12:17 EST Candycane's Goals for Success Journal Most real, long term successes start out small and slow. I don't mean the kind that cause the roller-coaster effect, but that last a lifetime. So I'll only start with 2 little goals. <BR> <BR> My Beginning Plan for Success... <BR> ...drinking 8 cups of water a day <BR> ...walking for AT LEAST, but not limited to 10 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> That's all for starters....and until those goals are so a part of my life that they're habits, I'll not set any others for now. Believe me, just maki... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:42:22 EST Blog Suggestions? Shout outs? Who are your favourite Spark bloggers? I'm looking to follow a few people who have had really great success and who started out very obese (or who still are but are making progress!). <BR> <BR> In serious need of some..not mentors, that's not the right word...guiding stars? LOL People whose stories I can tap into when I'm in need of emotional support.. <BR> <BR> So - who do you like to follow? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:13:51 EST 66 Day Challenge Hey Guys, it's Day 1 of my 66 day challenge. My goal is to wake early every morning for 66 days, workout first thing every morning and take action (even small steps will do) towards my goals. <BR> <BR> I woke up today at 6.20am, worked out in the morning and am making steady progress on my to-dos, so am feeling really good... need to keep this up going forward as well. Hope you all are having a great day as well... do comment if you happen to drop by this journal... thanks and take care. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:04:26 EST 90 Day Challenge - Day 7 Hey Guys, I have started on a 90 Day Challenge since Fri, 7th Oct in order to meet my goals. The objective is 2 fold: <BR> <BR> 1. To sleep (max 11pm) and wake up early (between 5 and 6pm) everyday and <BR> 2. To meet my goals for this quarter <BR> <BR> Will post my daily successes and failures and lessons learnt from today on wards on a daily basis in this journal in order to stay accountable and keep track of the progress that I'm making. <BR> <BR> Will share my goals for the quarter w... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:40:32 EST Request due to Setback Surround me with your Sparkpeople Love everyone! Not long ago I realized MOMENTUM was a key to my weight management & chronic pain management success. Momentum has been rolling along smoothly until today when sinusitis struck. Now with heavy head I feel like staying in bed most of the day. I know this will pss, I'm just bummed about the momentum slowing to a halt and the chronic pain possibly returning. I know there is power in friendship so please focus a few minutes a day on my speedy recov... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:50:52 EST Maintenance Is there a place on spark just for maintenance? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:40:36 EST calories for 9/29/2016 Calories for 9/29/2016 thursday is 1600 <BR> exercise: walk one hour Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:27:25 EST calories calories for tuesday 27th was 1266 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:24:11 EST Dot's Daily Gratitudes 9/17/16--I am so grateful for: <BR> ~Jesus, my savior - helps me through any tough times <BR> ~Family, Sonya and Don- my biggest supports <BR> ~my extended family as well- loving sisters, brother, and Mom. They're the best <BR> ~Good health <BR> ~beautiful new home <BR> ~new church with loving, supportive members--potential friends <BR> ~hiking and kayaking clubs-enjoying getting to know new friends <BR> ~Spark People support <BR> ~early retirement <BR> (Since this is my first gratitude post... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:28:33 EST HCG I just want to ad my humble and honest two cents to the conversation. <BR> <BR> Of course at 500 cals. anyone can lose weight with and without the HCG.!!! <BR> <BR> The thing is that with HCG you are not just at 500.. you are at over a 1,000 cal. because the HCG what it does is that TAKES FROM YOUR FAT the rest calories needed to go througout your day (some you eat, and some it will be taken from your stored 'material') <BR> <BR> With a 500 cals. diet WITHOUT the HCG, the rest the body n... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:29:51 EST Want To Move To Your Home With Packers And Movers Hyderabad is such a wonderful city with allot many historic places as well as with allot many tourists. Hyderabad is famous for its brilliant Indian foods as if it is always being a city of Nawab’s which is famous for their life styles and food traditions.If you have a thought of moving to Hyderabad or from Hyderabad to some other destination then you should preferably choose Packers and Movers Hyderabad. In such a huge city if you think that you can hire domestic workers for your relocation ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 03:50:20 EST Tracy 6659's Lifestyle Journal <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> New journal for the new stage that I am in on my fitness and better health journey. <BR> <BR> I continue to make strides in achieving my new lifestyle. I often struggle on a daily basis with something or another. Often it is myself being too hard on me. <BR> <BR> I struggle with being tired. Tired of always having to be "on" and "working hard". Many times I just want to give up. The big picture is just so overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I am at a stage where I am try... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:14:25 EST The WHITE journal I think it's a good idea to post about my goals on this thread. I need to keep this simple! <BR> <BR> Goal nr. 1: be rested - go to bed on time, take breaks, manage my agenda to plan in enough time to rest. <BR> Goal nr. 2: stick to my food plan. <BR> Goal nr. 3: exercise daily, 40 minutes per day or more if I can. <BR> Goal nr. 4: do yoga and foot exercises at least 3x per week. <BR> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 05:22:43 EST starting over So I live with my mom and it seems that sometimes she prefers me to be heavier. I think it is like a way of knowing that I will need her or something The other day I was at work at a girl told me that I looked like the golden egg from willie wonka. it hurt I know that I need to lose the wright and I know that I can. I am going to start going to a gym. People ask me why when I have a treadmill at home, I feel that if I am paying my hard earned money than that is a way of holding me accountable... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 01:18:58 EST Juice fast day 29 I'm on day 29 of a 90 day juice fast. I've never done any fasting for 90 days but I feel like if I can do 29 then I can do 90. I've lost 23 pounds. I think men and younger women would probably lose weight faster but my metabolism is slow at best. <BR> <BR> I started walking and even started to run yesterday for the first time! I only made it a quarter around the track before I had to stop, but I walked ran for 4 laps. I think I ran too fast. I always do things in excess so will try again to... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:32:10 EST Starting over Here I am back on Sparkpeople. <em>252</em> It has worked for me in the past and I'm sure it will continue to work if I'm sticking to the basics of exercise and moderate eating. I'm hoping to keep this as a diary and food journal. I'm exercising at home using Jillian Michael's Body Revolution and it has worked wonders for my strength at the beginning of the year. Otherwise, I'm planning on increasing my daily step count from around 6500 steps to eventually 10000 daily steps by beating my ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:03:34 EST My Fitness Journal <em>198</em> Time to make some fitness goals. I've fallen off the proverbial wagon. It doesn't matter why. It only matters that I start again. <BR> <BR> Since I never really know what I can do from one day to the next I am breaking this up into 2 week segments. <BR> Week 1 - Treadmill 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes. Longer if I can. <BR> Strength training twice a week. Remembering to start slow. <BR> Stretching 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Once I... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:47:40 EST Bad influnces I've tried over and over again to eat healthier and keep a regular workout routine. I know my body is my burden, but it can also be my blessing if I want it to be. I try to maintain my social life as well, however all my friends seem to always want to be doing something unhealthy, and they are always trying to discourage me from working out or eating healthy. If I want to go for a jog, they have a way to talk me out of it, if I want to eat a salad, they talk me into a pizza. I'm not trying to... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:23:08 EST Hidden Calories Gaining and confused why. Eating balanced meals, but coffee and cereal was having to much sugar added to it. Began a review of intake. I was eating the right amount of food and drinking enough water. I had cut out Latte drinks and sodas. <BR> <BR> I see the problem; sugar packets. Each raw sugar packet is 16 kcal of which I have been using way to much. Plan to focus on how many I use. This morning only used one in my hot tea. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:12:27 EST How can you get more followers going through... Hello Everyone, <BR> I am on day 72 of my journey and write blog entries about the process I am taking that other women may relate to. I copy and paste my blog from wordpress but only have a handful of readers. I'd really like blogging buddies who can give me feedback and who I can give feedback to on their blog. If you are interested, visit my page and let me know. This is very important to me being that we are heading towards holiday time again and this will be a difficult ( though it does... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:40 EST exercise i am making it a point to exercise 30 minutes 5 times a week at the fitness center. sometimes i just want to stay home, and then i remember how important exercise is for my body. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:35:04 EST STRUgGLE I Seem to struggle with my trying to loose weight but i am not going to give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:39:33 EST TRYING BUT NOT TRYING !!! I have taking a small break from dieting and exercising. I'm ready to start again, all over again a fresh start. This time I'm not stressing over it. Not thinking about it 24/7. I'm going to make healthy choices and I know I will make unhealthy choices that's just me. It might get easier along the way but until it does that's what I'm going to do. Going to exercise mostly walking and then throw some weights in there. I'm not going to put a ban on all food, not going to call it a diet (cause... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:20:52 EST JERZGURL'S JUNKET Hmm, what is JUNKET?? <BR> <BR> 1) a dish of sweetened and flavored curds of milk, often served with fruit. <BR> <BR> 2) an extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by a government official at public expense. <BR> <BR> Well, since diabetes threat or rather diagnosis (I think) the sweetened part of this JOURNEY will be minimal <BR> <BR> I'll take #2 since in fact, I am retired and my Social Security is now supporting my extravagant celebration of life. <BR> <BR> This is... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:29:48 EST PATTYKLAVER's Grandma Journal I'm writing in this because I believe I need a new computer and printer. If only I could keep Helena off them if I do get new ones! She loves to figure out things; push buttons, look in things, etc. <BR> <BR> Saturday evening was a fun night for the 4 of us girls. Helena saw her first real life rainbow in the back yard. She loved it. Then Sarah and Sherry took the truck into the cul-de-sac and had Helena drive it (the one she got for her birthday). They took turns having Helena chase a... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:52:31 EST Looking for Fitness Buddies Hi there! My name is Lala (Laura in the Hawaiian language). I am one of those who has "started fresh" a gazillion times. Well, this time... I'm getting SERIOUS! No, REALLY!! That's why I need YOU... and why you need ME! <BR> I am "designing" my workout plan and plan to start on Sept 1. You won't have to do the same exercises as I'll be doing, but the intention is to hold each other accountable, check in each day, report your activity(ies) and cheer each other on. What do you think? Wo... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:02:54 EST Looking for Spark friends Would love to get some visitors, followers and comments on my page/blog or twitter <BR> shiftinbeautymovement <BR> Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:47:50 EST Not a Diet! Just Trying to Find Balance. This is the most basic way to describe my journey now! I'm tired of the container meal plan, counting points, etc. I have to find a way to live healthy, lose some fluff pounds and still enjoy life! More to come.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 12:48:50 EST Fitbit friends... I'm looking for new fitbit friends! Please add me :) // Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:00:54 EST Fit & Healthy at 40 I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a few months' break. <BR> <BR> I was quite successful at the beginning of the year with consistent exercise and moderate eating, but life got in the way and I got bored. Thankfully, I haven't put on any weight, which to me is just confirmation that what I did earlier in the year really worked. I'm concentrating again on getting healthy and strong... <BR> <BR> I'm not calorie counting, but it does help to write things down. So this will be a food journal ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:43 EST Ending the Summer Strong Tuesday, July 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> My Beachbody group has fizzled out, and I seem to really need the accountability, so I'm going back to recording a journal here! <BR> <BR> It's been a great summer. I started running consistently and keeping track of my diet in April, and lost the 10 lbs that I gained over the winter! However, I really fell off track after the 4th of July, and haven't done much exercising since. <BR> <BR> My worst problem is with my eating habits. There is no middle groun... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:28:14 EST Need a schedule for life to get motivated. The last few years have seen my schedule become worse and worse until it doesn't exist. I need to get hold of it to correct my sleeping and eating patterns. <BR> Gotten into the habit of staying up half the night and sleeping from 12-18 hours a day. That means that I start eating most of the time after 5 or 6 pm and having lots of sleepless nights. I know that improper sleep causes weight gain so that certainly goes against my goal of losing weight. <BR> Since this all started I have gained o... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:17:48 EST Willow's very honest accountability journal I'm gaining weight. Dating does not make it easy. I can't blame's my choices. The nighttime eating and self sabotage is all me and something I don't yet understand. I'm determined to make changes but I'm weary from trying...I'm not giving up though. <BR> <BR> Today I ate 1380 cals. The report says it was mostly fat, carbs and then protein. So that tells me I need to get over my fear of cooking and try some new foods here at home that will serve me better. <BR> <BR> I also did 4... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:35:52 EST yum_yum's accountability journal This journal is to track my daily fitness and feelings. I have entered a triathlon in September and i also have about 15-20lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> Today I tried running and failed. It was mostly walking but I still managed to do 5km in 45mins. I am concerned that the run is going to be part that lets me down. It is hard as I am a much stronger swimmer but the swimming section is only 750m compared to the 5km run. There is arunning club that meets at 8.30am on a Sunday. I am going to a... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:13:25 EST Dominika wants to lose 10 kg (22 lbs) Yesterday my scale showed me 66,7 kg. My goal weight is 56,7 kg. That means that I need to lose exactly 10 kg to lose weight. I'll take this as a sign. <BR> <BR> I'm starting over. First time I tried, I wanted to start small. Long story short - I didn't. And so I gave up. <BR> <BR> This time, I want to want to focus on one habit - doing yoga every day - at the time. After finishing my 30 days. I'll reward myself with a new yoga mat. <BR> <BR> I hope that by this, I can build a habit of ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:21:44 EST A Healthy Me So I just signed on with one of the fastbreak goals to post to the message boards. This one caught my eye and so here I am. My real goal is to be as healthy as I can despite some health issues that aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I have fibromyalgia, diabetes, am bipolar, have an anxiety disorder and bursitis (that hopefully will go away though). I have found that changing my health lifestyle has had a positive effect on a few of these. I just recently got to cut my diabetes medicine in h... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:06:24 EST My Self-Discovery Journey & Journal I am slowly awakening- I no longer feel blocked- Subdued in the heavy fog. The grey matter in my brain slowly dissolving- as the heavy dose of medication leaves my body. <BR> <BR> I LOVE my Psychiatrist. I really do. He has helped me get through some very tough times. I can't say I fully "trust" him though- as when I became pregnant with my now 12 year old "healthy" daughter- he had told me the medication I was taking (and still am) wouldn't harm her. I really don't know if it was j... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:19:12 EST Blasting Out of My Rut I have a community journal on here somewhere, buried deep when I stopped posting in it after 9ish months. I celebrated my 2-year sparkversary on May 28th of this year. However, I've been stuck in a rut for the past couple months, just keep repeating the same mistakes. I'm nowhere close to giving up but feeling a bit stuck and like I may never get out of this rut. So I'm trying things that I did when I FIRST started my journey, because on some levels, I feel like I went back in time. I've main... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 01:20:45 EST beginning again with the help of God. Trying to ma back again . fighting the fight. I now found a new incentive to lose. Don't want to be a fat cow anymore. Want to get healthy and be able to get my energy back., I am so tired all the time. I know there is something off in my body. Because I am losing hair like crazy and I am so tired all the time. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:42:35 EST Just For Today Day 3 of my "Eating For Life" trial (I'm sticking to it until June 30 to see if this plan works for me). <BR> <BR> I'm shocked that I'm not hungry. I was so hungry the first time I tried it that I thought I would implode. <BR> <BR> I named my journal "Just For Today" because that thought has helped me make difficult life improvements in the past. If I think I can't do it, I tell myself that it's just for today. It makes me do it now! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:37 EST Weigh in Wednesdays: the good the bad and the ugly I am restarting Spark People with a goal in mind: to lose 50 pounds before my birthday next year. I will be posting here weekly - I need accountability! <BR> <BR> I am power walking for 30 minutes almost every day to start. <BR> <BR> Weight: 175.5 <BR> <BR> Lets do this! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:03:42 EST Up and down and up again I've been with Spark for about 4 years now, but this is my first time trying the community journal. <BR> <BR> I started this journey when I got a new job, and had to buy a size 16 suit for the interview. At 200 lbs, I was the highest I had been, not counting pregnancy. <BR> <BR> During those 4 years, I lost weight, suffered an injury, am still recovering from it, and gained weight again. <BR> <BR> So now, I am preparing for a new job. I wore the same size 16 suit again, and am back to ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:38:35 EST 30kg Weight Loss Journey Hi guys! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> So I'm finally back after, who knows, probably two or three years? When I was 15/16 years old, I managed to loose around 15 kg by myself, using SparkPeople daily for motivation. Then I met my boyfriend, and I gained all of the weight back +++. We didn't have a scale at the time and therefore I was unable to see how much weight I actually had gained. Then you can understand the shock when I went to the doctor and he told me I was 95 kg's, right? That is waa... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:34:31 EST Wendy's "Garden of Success" Hi All, <BR> Here I am going to record my journey to success in becoming fitter and in charge of my life. After a long time of knowing that I needed to be fitter and have more energy I am finally doing something about it. Bravo, bravo comes from the background. I am finally in a place where I can take charge and with God's strength be who I am meant to be. <BR> <BR> This journey began last June/July when I finally admitted that I couldn't keep on going the way I had been for years. I had a t... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:23:30 EST Aura Highest Omega 3 Atlantic & Pacific Mackerel (not King high mercury) & Atlantic Salmon (higher omega 3 than pink) To make your life easier, EWG has identified six fish species that it recommends as "good choices" for people who are looking for high omega-3, low-mercury fish: anchovies, herring, salmon, sardines, shad and trout. 4 oz. light tuna-omega 3 is 13mcg <link><BR>omega-3-low-mercury-levels.php </link> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 02:59:56 EST Turtle (71) Journey to Lose 18 Pounds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 1st, 2016 weight is 152.6 pounds. Had a 1 pound gain in May. Plans were to lose 3 pounds but that clearly did not happen. <BR> <BR> June plans are to lose 4 pounds. Walk a minimum of 4000 steps a day. Drink 64 ozs. water (liquids) a day. Limit sweets, choose lean proteins and fresh vegetables. <BR> <BR> I am capable of accomplishing these June goals. I am capable to eating and ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:28:15 EST Ups and Downs The journey to healthy has a lot of ups and downs. I think I want a small space here to keep track of the ups, my successes, motivators, inspirations, and gratitudes where I can celebrate and reflect on the positive. But also mention the downs so I can remind myself life's like a jump rope and while I acknowledge the down in my life I'm not going to let myself dwell on it. <BR> <BR> Ups: Made some healthy choices, got outside and played, visited with family, actually got away from my compute... Sun, 29 May 2016 23:33:01 EST Can't back down Hi, I'm Jess. 23 - almost 24 years old. I had my son in Sept. 2015, and i put on 60 lbs since conception... I NEED to lose this weight because I swore I'd never be over 300lbs. I'm too close to it, still, even though I've lost 5lbs. I was 250 when I got pregnant with Rayne. I wanted to cry at my weight since he was born... it just went up.. Granted, I had the depo shot and unfortunately it can make one eat more than they need/gain weight. I'm off of it and on a hormone BC now, depo is complet... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:02:50 EST Ready To Do This Right! I'm probably like a lot of people here I've jumped on and off the healthy eating/ exercising bandwagon more times than I can remember and tried most of the quick fixes that are out there, some of them worked, for a time, but then I reverted to my old habits and the lb's just came back on because essentially nothing had changed. <BR> <BR> So what is different this time? Well I'm sick of starting over and I'm ready to make lasting changes. I'm 46, 50lb overweight and have niggling aches and... Tue, 17 May 2016 06:26:19 EST Elaine's Struggles, goals, and accomplishments I became a member in 2005 and thought "wow this is great a free program who needs a weight trainer I can do this it's simple." <BR> <BR> Wrong not so simple. It turns out that I had a lot of work to do with motivation and changing the way I eat. I am happy to say I love the new way of eating and I still fall off now and then but eating fat free foods and vegetables is not the problem. It is TIME. I have to learn to plan a ahead with my meal and excercise. I was a gym member but my long commu... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:48:59 EST I lost 27 lbs! started at 138, now down to 111 lbs <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145998 </link> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:57:52 EST Beating the Blues I have been overweight most of my life. I was thin (i thought I was fat) in my teen years because I spent endless hours in the pool or in the ocean while I was living in Florida. When I moved to Kansas, got married, and had two children and that it was when the weight starting piling on. All the while I was living with depression.. I ate because I depressed I was depressed because I ate and was fat. I am 5' weight ballooned into 150.. I would go on a diet, lose a few pounds only to watc... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:01:41 EST Caution.... Curves Ahead. That's not my main goal but it would be a nice benefit. <BR> I started again in January but got a bit side tracked by life. April 5, 2016 will be my day to remember. I am soooo motivated. I am taking charge of my life and refuse to give up regardless of challenges that present themselves. Best of all - my sweet hubby is doing it with me. All of it. So here we go. Baby steps. One day at a time. <BR> Today was the second day in a row I was on the treadmill. In a few days I will add s... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 01:34:03 EST Michael's Journal 3/26/16 - I have spent many sedentary years working at my desk. Now I'm overweight, out of shape, and in pain. I hurt every single day, all day long. The pain in my legs / feet / ankles just never stops. I have a bone spur growing into my Achilles tendon and haven't been able to use my right foot effectively in over a year. I feel horrible and I miss walking normally, dancing with my wife, roller skating, walking the dog, driving comfortably, sleeping through the night, and doing things with ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:13:02 EST Mary's Really Losing It!! This will be my public journal here on SP, and I hope you'll all join me on this difficult--but awesome--ride :) <BR> <BR> Here's my weight timeline, to start with! <BR> <BR> Age 3 - Went up 6 clothing sizes in one summer due to being a picky eater that my adopted mom severely indulged. I pretty much existed on greasy burgers, fries, and chips. <BR> <BR> Ages 4-8 - I was a pretty overweight kid, probably in obese territory. I didn't play outside a lot, and when I did, I wasn't runni... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:59:16 EST 22 Minute Hardcorps Journal Friday, March 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> I've decided to officially begin Beachbody's new program, 22 Minute Hardcorps, next week! This thread will act as my journal through the 8 week journey. <BR> <BR> To prep: <BR> <BR> Use SP to track all of my food today-Sunday. It's the weekend, and I'm hosting a big Easter brunch on Sunday, so it won't look like my typical diet structure! This way I'll get a sense of my "normal" diet as well. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, take before measurements, photos, and the F... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:06:52 EST I just realized! I've been on SP for 10 years! I joined in 2006, it's now 2016! And in all this time, I've done nothing but gain! Sigh! I really need to work harder at this! However, I have more definition in my abs now! But I need to further shrink my waist because I can't fit into my tightest shorts! <BR> <BR> Do you think I'm being unrealistic? After all I am in my 40s now, no more in my 30s or 20s. Maybe I should accept my new size? Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:04:43 EST Eat Every 3 Hours and Lose Weight Hi, Kathy here, I just started the 3 hour diet. I am down 4 lbs. I finally found something that makes sense and satisfies my hunger. Eating every 3 hours is about eating smart and staying full. So far I have been waking up without "fog brain". I am eating under 100 Sugar Calories a day. So I can pick what I want for those calories. It is very healthy eating. If anyone is doing something similar let me know. I would love to have a cyber buddy to work with. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:48:17 EST having trouble losing weight. I'm having trouble losing weight. I love to eat ice cream and I need to get back on track I gain one pound. I do go to see a dietitian and go to classes like low sodium, low fat, weight management. I still have 91 pounds to lose. I'm hoping to lose it sometime in few years. Like 3-4 years. <BR> I'm so tired from helping my neighbor in apt #3. They constantly need help and does not have a car. One lady I drive to work doesn't give me money for gas. I can't take her. She spending on thi... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:35:48 EST Wandering Cuppa's Wanderings Journal. Interesting. Writing this just to hold my place...checking out how this "journal" thing works here.... <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:08:35 EST Elaine's Fitness Journal I really didn't feel like exercising yesterday evening. I had done cardio 2 days in a row over the weekend, so I decided to do some bodyweight exercises. <BR> <BR> I set my hiit timer to 45 secs work, 15 secs rest, 30X. It was over before I knew it and I even sweated a little. I did crunches (3 kinds), planks, pushups, bridges, double leg lifts, single leg drops. <BR> <BR> It wasn't much but it was better than nothing! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:46:22 EST I've Figured it Out! (Fasting/Nutritional Ketosis) NOTE: Currently Fasting (water only, as per Dr. Fung's protocol): <BR> Tues. Feb. 9 - 9:00 PM through Sat. Feb 20 - 1:00 PM <BR> 10 DAYS, 16 hours <BR> <BR> Re-Feeding day: Saturday, February 20th <BR> <BR> <BR> A ketogenic diet: "eat small portions of protein, about twice that of veggies (the green leafy stuff), and a third more fats" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keto Macros: <BR> 2 - 5 % (10 - 20 grams) Carbs <BR> 10 - 12 % (35 - 45 grams) Protein <BR> 83 - 88 % (105 - 145 grams) Fat <... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:20:50 EST Kelly's Not So Exciting Conversations in Her Head This is a journal where I will try to sort out my thoughts concerning weight loss and trying to improve health. It will be boring with such great thoughts as "Do I really care about getting healthier? Why wouldn't I. Why doesn't this motivate me?" <BR> <BR> I will also journal foods I have trouble resisting and should probably stop buying: like Ritz crackers and rotisserie chicken (no!!!!!! how can I give up my yummy salty rotisserie chicken. . . sigh). <BR> <BR> I will honestly report my d... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:48:52 EST Middle Earth Routes I plan to (virtually) explore Middle Earth through the following link: <BR> <link><BR>alk/walk.html </link> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:21:24 EST Trying to succeed but fearful of failure I lost 130 lbs on my own 4 years ago but I've gained 30lbs back. I'm back at it again because I really do want to feel better. I want to fit comfortably in a movie theater seat. I want to go places without feeling like people are staring at me and making jokes at my expense. I want to have more energy and less pain. I am tired of being tired. I know there are a lot of changes I can make but I keep thinking about all of my road blocks. My biggest road block is my pain level. I cannot physical... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:04:16 EST A New Start in 2016 Happy New Year to ME <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:22:55 EST Serene's food journal I'm going to put each day's food into these entries, but I'm also going to put an asterisk by any food that I find truly delicious -- that is, I wouldn't mind eating it once a day forever if necessary. <BR> <BR> Today's plan: <BR> <BR> B: Grape-nuts with almond milk, apple <BR> L: Vegan chili <BR> D: At mom's: shrimp scampi, pasta, broccoli <BR> S: Frozen cherries; hummus/toast; soup <BR> <BR> Today's actual: <BR> <BR> B: *Grape-nuts with almond milk <BR> L: Lunch out with Dad. Ate one pl... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:16:14 EST Baconburger's Zero Carb Journal I am a zero carb eater. <BR> <BR> stats are 234---188---170 and below! <BR> <BR> I thrive on meat and high fat with a little dairy. period :) <BR> <BR> I monkeyed with LC a long time. carbs called my name constantly and I sunk into zero carb and would climb the carb ladder a little and not do well. <BR> <BR> until I just stayed at ZC I found my stride. Like everyone I want food in my life mostly :) but I realized I had to get off the carb yo yo failure plan----my way was ZC and I am do... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:23:25 EST The Ultimate Life Journey Here on the first day of December, 2015 I'm starting my community journal to track my progress as I take on SparkPeople's Ultimate Life Challenge. I intend to track my progress during personal challenges here. I intend to set goals and create some public accountability for myself. My SparkFriends are welcome to join me and comment on my posts, or post your own goals or progress. New friends are always welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm currently working on FOCUS cornerstone. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:09:41 EST Goal: Fifty Fit and Fabulous I just turned 48 years old this month I am depressed, fat, unfit, moody, b****y, I have Graves disease and on the meds alone I gained 20lbs!! I also have another autoimmune disease called lichen sclerosis, both of these came about in the last 2 years. <BR> <BR> I have bags under my eyes, grey hair.... lots of grey hair I do color, I'm flabby and don't even care if I suck in my stomach around people anymore, I use to care but heck what is that going to do for me now. I have no will power I l... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:49:42 EST Life goes on and I am choosing to go with it! <BR> <BR> As a mom to many that is in the final stretch of child rearing, life can be a challenge. I have marrieds with children, marrieds no children, dating, not married, single helping a married sister etc, etc <BR> <BR> My life is changing, I have no preschoolers, only 3 teens. And 3 in elementary school. <BR> <BR> As I age, I am noticing aches and pains, I am not moving as fast or as graceful as I used to...and being a natural born klutz that is scar... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:08:57 EST Tracy's 2015 Journey to better health So this is the first time that I will be journaling in a public forum. Seems a bit intimidating, but it is what it is, so lets go. I started Sparkpeople after my 48th birthday last October. My journey is slower than others because I am making small changes that I can live with and then will make more changes as I progress. My goal is to be able to live without being stressed about every tiny thing I stick in my mouth. As of today I have thrown away 41#. I only need to do 10.5 more to be b... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:13:10 EST The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force I have been doing a food journal type blog on my Spark page for about 4 weeks and (a) found it very useful for my own accountability and (b) found that comments soon dropped off as people got bored with it! I don't really want comments, but I DO want a place to keep a record and hold myself to account. So I'm starting a community journal. <BR> <BR> How my food journal works is: <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really good food (... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:31:00 EST Chiggers Best Year of my Life I've been 'flirting' with a few forums and need to make a commitment for the summer. So Sparkpeople is my choice. It's time to get serious - at least for the summer. <BR> <BR> Got a clean bill of health - various appointments last week and this week to check everything out. There is nothing 'wrong' with me. Well - I do need to have a blood test repeated Thursday to make sure glucose levels are ok - we'll see. BUT - all-in-all, I am blessed to be in a healthy position. <BR> <BR> This su... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:56:51 EST LillyRose Gratitude Journal Blessing of warm home to live in <BR> Healthy family members <BR> Day to relax Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:24:47 EST SOOKIE'S NEW DAY, FRESH START! I started these on the mobile chat via the app, but its a challenge to get on there. So I'm moving them to a community journal. Subscribe or check back daily for the New Day Fresh Start motivator! As I encourage others, I encourage myself on this journey! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - New Day, Fresh Start <BR> Day 2 - Do something today that your future self will thank you for. <BR> Day 3 - Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time - not all at ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:09:24 EST Nola's Journal I am learning to eat Gluten Free and also hoping to shed at least 30 pounds. I am quite motivated. I am a former WW member (for over 20+ years) and quit. I tried to return, but just couldn't get motivated. I found this site quite by accident and am so excited. It is super knowing that there are so many people with the same goals as I have. The support is outstanding.. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:46:24 EST Patty Klaver's Mom's Story My mom got out of the hospital on January 1, the day that I can down with shingles. My niece Lisa went to pick her up and called me from the hospital so I could look up the meds that she was given. Harry went to the store 3 times to pick it up. He questioned whether it was right and the pharmacist assured that it was. <BR> <BR> Barbara stayed with mom because Harry had to work. She took the pills upstairs with her so mom couldn't be picking and choosing what pills to take. She also w... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:36:09 EST Deby is BLESSed <em>104</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:45:56 EST starting fresh I am starting fresh right now 162 to 140 by 11/22 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:27:53 EST PATTYKLAVER'S Goal Journal August 29, 2013: I have been telling myself all summer (well, at least since July) that I was going to do a few things. Although I feel that I have made some small strides, I really haven't pushed myself as I want to or should do. So, I start this journal to write down my goals. I will consciously think of them. I will come up with short, medium and long term goals. I will only take a few on at a time as to not overwhelm myself and not do them again. <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> 1) I wi... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:18:26 EST A 50 Something's Journal My first week on SparkPeople. I didn't think I would like doing this online, but by the second day I loved it! I lost 5 lbs this week!!!! Now comes the hard part. Usually, after a week or so of dieting, I give up. Not this time. Today I am still going strong and did a 20 minute aerobic workout. I feel great! <BR> <BR> That may not sound like a lot to some, but for me it is pretty great. I can usually find an excuse for not working out or for eating things I shouldn't. Can't wait ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:03:23 EST GWynlee's accountablity journal this journal is for me to hold myself accountable for losing weight. I am coming up with my goals and will post them soon Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:35:23 EST I AM DOING THIS This year one of my major goals is to keep this journal active in the hope to be helped by sparkies in 2013. I am determined to tell all about my fears, my victories, my challenges and breakthroughs as I go on. <BR> <BR> Watch out for me. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:08:44 EST Rhonda's Ramblings About 10 days ago, I started a new personal challenge. I decided that each day I would do a 1 minute plank. I know it doesn't sound like much, but if you add up the numbers just doing 1 minute a day adds up to 6 hours a year. That has to be worth something! I'm hoping that as time progresses I will add additional 1 minute daily challenges. Other ideas include push-ups, crunches, scissor kicks, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc. I think anything that can be done without equipment would work ... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:37:37 EST PATTYKLAVER's Journal The doctor is trying to lower my dose of Geodon. I usually take 80 mg at night. The first time, he lowered it to 40 mg. I'd not sleep that much and about 2 pm, I'd become so tired I was almost comatose. After two days of that, I started taking the 80 mg again. <BR> <BR> The second time, the dose got lowered to 60 mg. I didn't sleep good and I noticed that I felt more depressed. Sometimes the depression was pretty bad. <BR> <BR> So, the last two nights, I have been taking the 80 mg ag... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:15:08 EST Jibbie's 2010 sedulous, pluck, Moxie, doggedness. <em>15</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:38:50 EST PAT'S EXERCISE RECORD. <em>249</em> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 1. AEROBICS 30 MIN. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12 <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> I LOVE ME BETTER THAN THAT <em>473</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:34:00 EST Annie's Journal Down 13.5 pounds since I created my Spark Page on May 12, 2008. Down 22 pounds from my January 1st weight. I'm learning some good habits, and feel good about my journey. <BR> <BR> My personal goals: <BR> 1. Eat mostly healthy whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. <BR> 2. 8 glasses of water <BR> 3. Stop at one helping. <BR> 4. Don't eat after supper. <BR> 5. Work with weights a minimum of three times a week. <BR> 6. Get 7 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> I have been very successful with t... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:41:40 EST Audrey's Ramblings Today is New Year's Eve here in Australia. A new start is imminent! <BR> I'm disappointed that I've put on over the Christmas period, and my exercise is out the window! I'm so close and yet so far. The first half was easy but now it's one step forward, two steps back. The motivation is low. Sat, 30 Dec 2006 17:02:07 EST never give up For those of you who might remember, I'm the same Linloseandwin. Still trying to focus. <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Denise for the invite back/info and thank you Sparkpeople for the membership! <BR> <BR> Planning to continue the gains (losses), I made the last time I was here, with help from my friends! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get back to "I can see clearly now....." <BR> <BR> Lin Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:51:40 EST Welcome to: Challenging US! This is a new kind of challenge board and we decided to set it up on the journal board. <BR> <BR> What we, Janice and I have been discussing, is a different way of challenging ourselves. What we came up with is to set our own challenges and goals and work on them for a week at a time. <BR> <BR> A few of the challenges that each of us might consider is: tracking the minutes you expend on a daily basis for work out/exercise and anything else that expends energy on a day by day basis. Countin... Sun, 12 Dec 2004 07:59:07 EST