SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard A New Beginning This is the start of my new beginning and I am really excited for everything that is to come from it. I have struggled with my weight most of my life and now I am taking control of the things that I can change. I know that this journey will not be easy all the time, but I have to take it day by day and realize that in the long run this will better myself and my quality of life. <BR> <BR> I have always felt like the friend that was bigger than the others. I would never call myself fat be... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:57:48 EST new here i hope here i can lose weight and deal with my depression im currently in college and it is hard to exercise and eat right in college if anyone has any tips please message me Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:11:54 EST Newbie here! Hi All, <BR> I'm here to lose weight with the support of what I heard is a really great community...all of you! Looking forward to my journey and sharing the moments of your journeys too! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:49:40 EST sheri I have joined Sparkpeople and hope to lose weight Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:21:48 EST Support support support To me this is the hardest but most criticical step in my weight loss and a win win for all. Hats off to spark people for these forums. <BR> <BR> Rob Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:20:57 EST A new member I have been meaning to get stared as my healt issues increase Wish me luck Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:12:20 EST hello to everyone here...I am new with high hopes! I am amazed at the stories I see here detailing just how supported and successful many of you feel about your progress toward your goals..this gives me real hope that a online community "feels" like real community, with all the power that offers. I have weight loss goals, but more important to me are the overall health/fitness/healthy choices goals. I have not gotten excited about reaching for health goals in a long time (little voices say "oh, you can't..."), but ready set go. TIA for ev... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:07:06 EST Ready for a healthy change Hiya, I'm Amanda. I'm 23 years old and I'm from New York, I'm married to an English guy and I currently live in Malta (although we'll be moving to the UK soon). I'm a wee short girl of 5'3" and I have PCOS, and I have Gerd as well, unfortunately. I've been trying to be healthy for many years but since a few years ago, I've gotten a pretty bad eating disorder (EDNOS) and I'm tired of it. I'm tired of how it makes me feel and the harm it's doing to my body. Exercising has always been the easy p... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:03:27 EST For real this time! <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> Hello! I am new here, and once again embarking on a weightloss journey. Im 60 pounds away from my goal weight. I have a bad habit of quitting before I reach my goal, but not this time. Looking for accountability partners! <BR> <BR> Haley <em>334</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:17:00 EST Hi! Here to lose weight Hi, first time here. Not new to dieting-lose and gain back. Starting a Sparkpage, so hoping for new friends for support. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:08:40 EST Hello my name is Pam I'm 49 and need to lose weigh I am 49 and need to lose weight, I have already lost 39 lbs and and find that I am now stuck. I joined Spark People with hopes of help and support so that I can get where I need to be. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:22:09 EST Busy Working Mom - New to Spark Hello, I've tried Spark before, but had a hard time keeping up with calorie counting. I lost 40 lbs doing South Beach, then about a year later we moved and I got out of my exercise routine, gained it all back, so been pretty hard on myself. This time has been harder than last. I'm trying to find something that works for me - tweaks in my lifestyle, without anything dramatic. I don't eat a ton, but I absolutely love food and often make bad food choices. I do light exercise, but am often e... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:10:01 EST Taking my life back Hi everyone! I haven't been on spark in a few months, but I am back now ready to challenge myself to reach my goals. I have always received so much support from the wonderful people in the spark community. I look forward to checking in daily and staying motivated. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:15:11 EST Hello fellow sparkers Hi, I'm Cindy, I started back with spark people for the third time last month. the first two times I lost some weight but gained it back as soon as I stopped tracking my food in take. I never posted anything on the message boards and thought I was alone with my struggles for weight loss. This time I'm looking at this journey as a life change and not a diet. wish me luck!! <em>334</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:24:15 EST Natural dietary supplements people are using What are some of the natural dietary supplements that people are using? And do you find their work? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:17:19 EST Whats your motivation? Hello all, as an icebreaker i would like to know what made you decide to start spark people! <BR> <BR> I want to take control of not only my weight, but my overall health and just feel happier, Junk food always makes me feel like poo after! Wanna know more about my story? message me or check my blog! <BR> <BR> <BR> Whats your story?! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:09:21 EST H Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST ANGIEDAWN1213's SparkPage Hello my name is Angie Hanna. My doctor told me about the site because my insulin levels were extremely high. I also need to lose at least 40 pounds. I will need a lot of help and encouragement. I will need to change my eating habits and work exercise back into my daily routine after neglecting it for about a year. My interest are working in the garden and being outside when the weather is warm. I also enjoy reading. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:42:45 EST Ready for a fresh start! Hi, my name is Paula. I am a single mom to my amazing 15 year old son Sean. I have lost a total of 60 lbs. About 6 years ago, I got into a bad car accident which prompted me to evaluate my life....and weight. I started eating healthy and started to workout again. Not an easy task. I had managed to keep the weight off but recently the weight is slowly starting to creep back on to me. Lately, I have been a little depressed. I recently ended a very emotionally unstable relationship. During this ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:09:24 EST Just want to introduce myself I am Kristie from southern Virginia. I have been watching my weight my entire life! i have watched it go up and go down! I am a lifetime Weight Watchers member that needs to go back again! I have been married to my husband for 16 years and we have two children! I have started and restarted this journey countless times and to be honest, I'm tired of failing! I keep telling myself that I can't expect results without making a change in what I'm doing! So, now I'm make those changes.. A... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:45:10 EST Hi, this is me I am ready to start the journey. My marriage of 21 years broke up nearly 5 years ago, my girls are all working and independent (although 2 out of 3 are still at home). Its now time to put me first. My problem is WHERE DO I START????????? I find tracking what I eat tedious at best (although I recognise its importance) and really need a complete overhaul!! Looking forward to some words of advice/guidance and support. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:34:41 EST newbie here thinking of trying paleo hi! ben here for bout a week maybe and still looking for motivational friends and help. im thinking of trying the paleo diet . have u tried it? if so how do you feel with it? can it be budget friendly and if u are comterble to answer how much have you lost with it and how long did it take to lose it? any and all info on this will be greatly appreciated thanks!! <em>10</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:07:58 EST Older, wiser ... going to lose the weight AGAIN I've been overweight most of my life. I have had success losing weight a few times - at one point getting to my goal weight and becoming a lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I stayed at my goal weight for about 2 years and slowly re-gained all but 20# of the 150# I lost. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to lose it again. Although I did well on WW in the past, the part that always helped me the most was the meetings and the people I met there. I have tried going back but just haven't found the "conn... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:58:28 EST Looking Forward to the Future I never realized just how badly I want to live a long, full life until somebody tried to kill me. I fought harder than I ever have in my life to save myself. That was one year ago 2 days ago. I have thought about it and know that keeping this much extra weight can also shorten my time on Earth. I've been told that I'm now pre-diabetic. I hate meds so I am choosing to again fight for me; this time by loosing the weight and gaining the health. Starting late is better than never, so now I start ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:06:20 EST Newbie from Los Angeles!! using Fitbit Hi all!! <BR> <BR> Wanted to introduce myself and see who else is using Fitbit? <BR> Im following a low carb plan and wondering how I can change my carbs to 20. Not sure how all this works yet <BR> talk to u soon!!! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:55:33 EST My username is mature Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a senior in college and I'm in this to get fit and back to my healthy self. I'm not overweight in the least and I love my body, I just want to get back in shape since my final year has really fricked up my priorities. Eating right and exercising have not been at the top of my list and I know that now is the best time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to meet everyone and finally get this show on the road! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:27:12 EST Hi there, new here Hello! I am here to lose 20-30 pounds, get toned, and live a healthier lifestyle. I have been an avid runner for the past several years, but have gotten out of if over the past several months because of work and the bitter cold. I've had trouble with my weight for as long as I can remember and would like to end that once and for all. I think my biggest problem is motivation to keep going (I've lost and gained the same 5-9 pounds more times than I can count!). Any help and support is greatly a... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:43:38 EST Hi - here we gooooo! Good morning! I guess you all can relate when I say I'm tired of this struggle. I know that tracking my calorie intake is the beginning to making this change in my life. I am an empty nester, my twin daughters away at college this year and a stressful job. I also suffered an injury to my wrist back in October and that has impacted some of my activity level. I am committed to myself and THRIVE it's amazing and I know will help me with this journey!! I hope you all will join me! <em>524</em>... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:07:10 EST My last chance Chrystal here. Friends call me Sugahmama. 55 years young. Married. In a wheelchair and have emphysema. Have not walked in 3 years,but this will be my year. Live in Houston, Texas. Need support. 375 lbs. Want to connect with people who are now in, or have been in my shoes, as far as weight. Love to cook and eat. Giving up frying food.Will eat it maybe once every 2 months.Love people. Currently working on my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:07:09 EST Stilll trying I can't fail again, it has worm me out.I don't want to feel dumpy anymore and I want to be able to dress better for work, instead of wearing what fits, which is getting less and less. I need to be accountable to someone. I have summer clothes I need to fit in, last summer I kept wearing the same couple of pairs of capris , black and navy. Need help! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:49 EST Returning to SP <em>223</em> Hello, <BR> My name is Casey. I use to use SparkPeople many years ago. I was really into it and involved deep into the Spark Community. But after some time life got in the way and I fell off the Wagon of Success. I ended up becoming inactive and inevitably losing my account due to inactivity. I was 40lbs away from my goal and I ended up gaining it all back and more. I have returned with a vengeance. I am now more determined than ever to reach my goal and involve myself mor... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:07:21 EST Trying to lose weight AGAIN It really is harder after 50 and recent widowhood. I have lost 10 pounds in the last year but the first time I tried this I lost 40 in 9 months. I get discouraged. I guess it is a good sign that at least I keep trying. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:50:41 EST New to Spark, but not to WL Hi! <BR> <BR> I am Rene and I am a newbie here, but as many of us, I am not new to WL. <BR> <BR> I am looking to shake things up and get serious about getting the right amount of nutrients. <BR> Looking forward to being here :-) Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:15:28 EST new Hi I just joined hope to lose 50lbs my goal I to improve my health.I I am 63 years old and find it hard to lose weight. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:59 EST Second time lucky Hey people, I was on spark people 2 years ago but didn't really use it as I was busy with school etc and ended up losing weight anyway (went from 146 to 118 lbs), now I am back at 140 lbs and am hoping to get down to about 105 lbs. I'm 24 and a junior in college. I'm getting married next year to the love of my life and need to lose weight before then and just to be healthy in general :) Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:04:35 EST Back to ignite the Spark and save my life! Hi, I'm married, 54 and have spent the last decade an invalid. I have multiple health issues and the latest is cancer. So far so good. The endometrial cancer was caught and dealt with very early and I pray it will be the same for breast and colon. My mother died from both breast and colon cancer and in January I was diagnosed with all has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least and I joined Spark to hopefully keep me positive and motivated in these difficult times. I need all th... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:59:36 EST New to Spark Stopping in to say "Hello". I am new to Spark but not new to my weight loss struggle. I hope that all of you are encouraged and are having great success in this journey. I am 43, since last June I have lost 55 pounds. Currently, I am struggling with a plateau. I find myself balancing frustration with stalling and being excited about my progress. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to continued progress and getting to know you as we take this journey together! <BR> <BR> Jen Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:30:37 EST I've come back to do it right this time around I was in a nearly fatal car accident on 12/19/14. Spent nearly 6 weeks in the hospital with 4 broken ribs on my left side, a broken ulna bone in my right forearm, a broken claveical bone rt shoulder, torn shoulder muscles rt side, 4 cracked vertbrae back and least but not last bleeding on the brain which had caused memory loss of the complete event. While in the hospital I weighed in at 320lbs. Because of my weight I was put on a 1,800 cal a day diet. I lost 25 lbs during my vacation. Wh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:29:25 EST New, just starting, suggestions for over 50 (age) Hello, <BR> I am just starting out and it looks like I have to figure out the navagation of Spark. <BR> I am 54, I have chronic pain, have 50+ lbs to loose and pretty sendetary with my job and home because of chronic pain. Also have rods in my back and two kneee replacements that are all painful due to my body not liking the foreign metals. I have had life long depression too. <BR> SO IN REALITY IM A HOT MESS. LOL So any help and suggestions I would really appreciate. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:27:39 EST I'm New! Hello everyone! I've had a Spark People account for a while now, but have realized through my weight loss journey that it is hard to go at it alone. I've had thyroid cancer, which added to my weight gain and have been going through the ups and downs of life and have neglected myself. I am starting anew and have realized that I have not been alone in my weight loss journey, I've had all of you all along! Can't wait to meet all of you and to be a cheerleader and shoulder for all of you! Let's S... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:23:33 EST Back at it again Hi everyone from the frigid Canadian Polar Vortex!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to introduce myself. I'm 35 years old and have struggled with my weight my entire life. It has been a bone of contention for as long as I can remember, and I am again. I've tried Weight Watchers more times than I'd like to admit, once I was very successful, but was never able to achieve that same success twice. I've done Atkins, I've seen registered dietitian's and tried their programs, I've done just abou... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:08:24 EST coffee anyone? Hello. Welcome to my livingroom. In Sweden it is morning so I thought I'd say hello and introduce myself before I head out. New here, would't mind some new sparkfriends. I am about to loose 88 pounds, very confident I will do it. Hope you will have a great day! (Night) depending on where you live. Xxx Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:50:31 EST Hi Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I'm a lifetime weight watcher member currently attending meetings just looking for more support. <em>41</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:40:28 EST Introducing myself I am 60 yrs old still working and need to do something about my health. I sit too much, eat too much and need to exercise to keep my joints and my body going.. I really hope I can do this. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:18:02 EST Angie Hi my name is Angie just joined Spark. I am 46. I workout mixing it up cardio and strength. I have started to eat health recently. I am always looking for people to help me with my journey. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:50:15 EST Need help! Hey guys! I'm in desperate need of motivation. My weight has been yo-yoing for the past decade and sadly its on the rise yet again. I would really like a motivational partner/team to help me finally reach my goal and adapt a healthy lifestyle to stay there. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:51:08 EST New team, 100+ to lose (motivation/ac ccountabilit The Journey Team is a for people with 100+ pounds to lose who want accountability, motivation, and talk daily. It's a private group so please send me a reply or an email if you're interested! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>334</em> <em>48</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:40:53 EST Greetings from France ! Hi everyone ! <BR> <BR> My name is Marion, I'm 25 (turning 26 next week !) and I'm from south of France. Please apologize any english mistake I may make, we'll say it's because I'm not fluent, when really it's mostly because I'm not paying enough attention to what I'm typing :-) <BR> <BR> I came across SparkPeople through Pinterest, and I like the whole idea. We have something similar in French, but not as good, so hopefully I'll be more commited to this website than I was to the other one... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:41:40 EST Just wanted to introduce myself Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am actually really excited about joining Spark People, but truthfully I am placing a lot of faith and hope into this. I realize I have an extremely hard time making a habit out of working out and being active, but once I do it consistently I can get the hang of it. <BR> <BR> When I started working and earning my Master's degree full time I noticed I was becoming less and less active and gaining weight. All my life I have hovered between 138lb-145, I never went above ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:22:02 EST New to SparkPeople, but been trying for years Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Justin, I'm 31 years old, and I'm just starting with sparkpeople. When I started losing weight this time, I was at 346 (1/7/2015). The lowest I've been since I gained the weight is 278 in 2007. I'm currently 326.8 (that's about 19lbs in roughly 7 weeks). <BR> <BR> My weight issues stem from never being taught how to eat healthy as a kid, and also because I played football in high school, so I was exercising off all of my extra food I was eating....I just didn... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:19:08 EST Back to square 1 Well hello everyone I am not new to spark people but I haven't been on in like 2 years so I am going back to the basics and I'm definitely going to need some support ;) Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:48:58 EST New to this but not to Sparkpeople I came to Sparkpeople several years ago but have not really used it consistently or followed through with any of it. This time I am taking a different approach to losing weight. I'm eating healthier whole foods as often as I can and tracking everything I put in my mouth. We'll see what happens. I hope to gain as much information as I can from everyone and stick with it this time! <em>41</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:56:55 EST new to this Hey there. I'm new to the spark people thing... kind of. I did weight watchers about 8 years ago, for a month or 2. Since then I've had a kid and gained another 60 pounds. I started weight watchers again last week. Tuesday was my weigh in day and hey, lost 5 pounds! I'm pretty excited and just looking for encouragement and support. My husband and I are divorcing and I only have myself to rely on lately. I'd like to start working out but don't know anything about it. I'm sure I'll end u... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:24:47 EST new to this Hey there. I'm new to the spark people thing... kind of. I did weight watchers about 8 years ago, for a month or 2. Since then I've had a kid and gained another 60 pounds. I started weight watchers again last week. Tuesday was my weigh in day and hey, lost 5 pounds! I'm pretty excited and just looking for encouragement and support. My husband and I are divorcing and I only have myself to rely on lately. I'd like to start working out but don't know anything about it. I'm sure I'll end u... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:23:41 EST new to this Hey there. I'm new to the spark people thing... kind of. I did weight watchers about 8 years ago, for a month or 2. Since then I've had a kid and gained another 60 pounds. I started weight watchers again last week. Tuesday was my weigh in day and hey, lost 5 pounds! I'm pretty excited and just looking for encouragement and support. My husband and I are divorcing and I only have myself to rely on lately. I'd like to start working out but don't know anything about it. I'm sure I'll end u... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:22:50 EST new to this Hey there. I'm new to the spark people thing... kind of. I did weight watchers about 8 years ago, for a month or 2. Since then I've had a kid and gained another 60 pounds. I started weight watchers again last week. Tuesday was my weigh in day and hey, lost 5 pounds! I'm pretty excited and just looking for encouragement and support. My husband and I are divorcing and I only have myself to rely on lately. I'd like to start working out but don't know anything about it. I'm sure I'll end u... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:21:28 EST One! More! Time! I need external motivation, because apparently, "I feel blah because of my weight," isn't concrete enough. So here I am, back at SparkPeople, hoping to find a little help. <BR> <BR> Day One - I managed three short walks (about 3/4 mile total) at work, and stayed in my approved calorie range. I plan on going to bed and sleeping a whole eight hours. <BR> <BR> Come on in, say hi! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:30:19 EST Hello out there! Hey y'all! I am Erica. I'm a 33 year old Stay at Home Mom from Texas. I got about 85lbs to get off of this body! Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to do so. Look forward to meeting you all and reading your posts. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:55 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm Melissa I'm 28 and I have 80 lbs to lose. I've been trying to lose weight for a very long time but have yet to lose any substantial weight. Becoming actively involved in spark people is a good first step. talking to others going through the same struggles I am will really help me and I hope to be able to motivate others as well. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:02:24 EST Newbie here Hi <BR> I'm Pat,60 years old,call upstate NY home. <BR> Have had lots of thyroid,cholesterol and blood pressure issues the last few years and decided to do something about it... <BR> So,I started using an exercise bike an hour a day and doing 50-60 lifts with a 10lb. kettlebell,as well as eating healthier,so far,I 've lost 10 lbs,lots more to go but I'm finding new energy and a better mood. <BR> A bit more about me widowed 9 years ago,3 kids,3 grandkids,currently rent my friends 2nd floor wh... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:32:02 EST Hello everyone! My name is Susan. I read how to post on the message boards and they're right getting started is kind of scary. What if no one responds to my post? What if no one really cares? It could happen, but I know we are all here for common reasons. I need to loose about 40 lbs. To figure out how to better take care of myself, and somehow like exercise Most of all please tell me why when the day starts great it can go down hill fast and now all I want to do is call pizza delivery?. i also want... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:06:41 EST Hello my fellow 'Change Agents' My name is Loretta I'd like to tell you a little about why I joined "Spark People". I have struggled with weight gain, loss, and regain for about 15 years now. I picked up some very bad eating habits over the years running a home with husband-children, working, and going to school. As we all know bad habits are hard to break and I am hoping that I will find people in this social network to help encourage me, kick me in the backside when I need it, cry with me, and walk with me through my successes and failur... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:19:13 EST Starting a New Journey Hello everyone I just signed up a few days a go and I am feeling my way around Spark People site. I have enjoyed the info thus far but this a lot to digest. I really excited to be a member. Is there any suggestions for people that have a very BUSY life. Thanks Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:15:38 EST Ready for change. Advice and info needed Im 40 and up until i was 35 was in pretty good shape, weighed 185 lbs forever and started on a bad path with drugs coke to be specific. One night did to much and found myself waking up my wife to call an ambulance. Well since that day i havent even thought of touching drugs but was left with bad anxiety attacks. Since then i have been extremely lazy and have gained 90 pounds. Im out of shape and desperate to know where to start on a road to better health and weight loss. Ive been thinking abo... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:15:58 EST HELP ME!!!! Hello I'm tiffmichelle and I've known about spark people for about three years now. About a year ago I was following everything just like I should, I was losing weight and stopped. I lost myself, I'm not encouraged, I have no support group. BUT I want to lose weight. Sixth pounds is my goal. I need help. I fall off, fall down and I know I can do it. I need support and some encouragement. <BR> Thank you. <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:53:07 EST College Student Struggles Hi ya'll, my name is Clarissa and I'm a college student. I've been overweight for most of my life and have tried to lose weight countless times. So, I thought I'd try this site and see if it works. My goal is to lose another 50 pounds and I'm excited to see if I can. I'd love to hear from people here, any tips you can give me, and words of encouragement. Thank you! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:17:03 EST Hi everyone! I am totally new but really motivated and focus. <BR> Sending all of you best regards! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:35:02 EST Exercise partner wanted in Dillon, Colorado? !! <em>524</em> I really want an exercising partner in or close to Dillon, Colorado. <BR> Anyone out there? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:52:02 EST Failed day but try again tomorrow Folks, thanks for your warm welcome and encouraging words, yesterday. I'm on Day 2 and think my only achievement has been to drink more water! My fitness plans were stalled which led me to the snack cupboard I'm afraid. I'll do better, I hope. Hope everyone else did better than I did today though. Where is my motivation!? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:19:43 EST Lap Band or not? I am thinking about getting a lap band procedure but my brother suggested I act as if I had already got it and see how that works. Has anyone done this? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:27:21 EST New member I hope I can find friends that can relate to my emotional eating and binge eating. It is embarrassing to me to admit it, but I need to get a grip back on my life and get healthy again with my exercising and eating. I want to find some buddies out there to help me stay motivated and focus and I will do the same for them! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:55:55 EST Ok, Now I really want this! Hello my friends-in-weightloss world...I am fully committed to this no matter how long it takes or how many failures I have along the way....I AM going to do this! Thanks for the support and encouragement and knowledge you all have in this world of tracking, exercising, successes and not so successes :0) Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:50:29 EST its a new day (need a health partner) Hi, I'm Lacy. I've used sparkpeople off n on for about 3 years but this is my 10 day streak- its just the beginning. I've been eating healthy and burning those calories! But I have a hard time staying motivated, when unhealthy foods like bojangles exists. Lol. Any suggestions on how to beat those bojangle munchies? I'm trying to build up my willpower. I've been on this journey before but I plateaued and then I gave up and gained the weight back. I don't want this to happen ever again. I'm hop... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:20:27 EST Back agsin Am back again .. Had lost over 200 lbs starting in 2008 .. Gained most back after a surgery.. Ready to go again .. Need some support Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:09:16 EST mirena nighmare Hello, new to this. Hoping to lose some weight after my IUD is removed! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:55:37 EST Valdosta, GA Buddies?? Hi, I am new to this but would like to find a workout buddy in Valdosta/South Georgia area. I am 44 years old and need to lose 80-100 lbs. Jen Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:45:32 EST Motivated to lose! I have lost and regained weight many times. As age and a few health issues provide new motivation, I am here and I am determined to lose 100 pounds. Seriously, if I lost 50, I'd be thrilled! At age 58, the prospect of pain-free joints and improved blood pressure are my motivation rather than the size 10 dresses that were my motivation at age 28. I hope to be able to offer encouragement to others, too. 2015 is my year - and I hope to make some friends here along the way. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:34:48 EST Hello! Let's see where do I start? I have been on Nutrisystem for the last year and I have lost 40 lbs. I still have 20 to go, but can't seem to get motivated to lose it. I actually have been up and down the same 5 lbs since before Christmas. I think I was just finally getting tired of the food. I love the convenience of prepackaged food that is portioned for me and comes right to my door, but being a vegetarian my choices are limited and in an effort to revamp their menus my favorite foods keep fal... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:34:00 EST Hello Hi, I'm always looking to lose 20lbs, I'll probably be around for a long time then ;) Always stall on my health and fitness, when I overdo the fitness bit. This time I ended up getting shots for anaemia and I'm hoping that this will help with my energy levels. I walk at least 30 mins at a fast pace every day. That doesn't seem to do the trick though - so now looking for more inspiration and motivation. Sound familiar? heh heh! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:30:39 EST NY Mom & Teacher Struggling with Eating Healthy Hi Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> I find so many of you very inspirational. <BR> <BR> I am a 31-year-old Mom and full-time secondary teacher in New York State. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight for years and am now considered obese after having my baby. <BR> <BR> Since October, I have attempted and failed at so many healthy eating plans. I really do have motivation but I'm having trouble balancing work, home and making myself a priority. Sometimes I completely lack will-power. I know it is poss... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:58:09 EST New I just started to diet and exercise. My name is Kalyn Melton and I am 23 years old. My husband and I are starting to lose weight. I want to lose at least 125 lbs. I know this is going to be a hard road ahead but I believe in myself. I just want to have friends that I can talk to and to help me and me help then. I also have 2 children and I really only get to work out when they nap and when they go to bed. I am also a student I go to university of phoenix. I want to be able to talk to have fr... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:24:41 EST Getting Healthy Hi! My name is Maureen & my goal is to lose 100lbs. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:41:50 EST Hello from Oregon. I live in Damascus, Oregon and am new to SP. Have done WW off and on for years and Medifast a couple years ago. Both worked however I gained weight back. I think the key is to establish contacts and friendships with like minded, health conscious people instead my Happy Hour friends:) Need balance and hope to find some here. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:39:57 EST Hi everyone! Hi! I'm Ruby. I am looking to lose 100 lbs. I need lots of help. I hope this works Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:03:00 EST back again Hi Guys, <BR> Here I am again. I was an active member back in 2012, then life happened. I started college and instead of logging on to spark, I had to do homework. I am still in college to finish my next degree and just had a baby boy. <BR> Starting from 201 lb this time and I hope to get rid of it ASAP, I can't fit into any of my clothes. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:34:11 EST New member Signed up yesterday.Stared my journey today.I stay at home taking care of my brother who is in a wheelchair.He has been living with me and my husband for 6 years.I have let myself go and need to loose 120 lbs.I have tried everything and they all help but cost alot of money then I put it back on.This time I am going to do it on my own with the help of all of you and sparklpeople.So lets begin. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:34:41 EST New Member Hoping to hang with some awesome people! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:52:07 EST stay at home mommy need to lose 100+ lbs My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mommy. I have really just let myself go. I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. I really need to lose at least 110 lbs for my own health. I am looking forward to meeting gold and my long journey for success Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:45 EST New Member from Louisiana Hello! I'm Sara and my weight loss goal is 100 pounds. I am a culinary arts major a my school so I love trying new recipes and trying new foods. My current weight is 328 and I am hoping to weigh 228 by next year. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:05:32 EST Hello Hello, my name is Sarah and I am looking for motivation , exercise, & healthy receipe's. :) Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:14:11 EST Not so new member Hey guys, <BR> <BR> so I am actually new to SparkPeople, but not to weight loss. I am honestly struggling to actually continue on my journey towards a healthy weight and think that actually actively participating in the community board might help to get me back on track. <BR> So, I'll just leave a little introduction about myself here and hopefully find some like-minded people. <BR> <BR> I am 23 and a student and tried almost everything to lose weight. With a mix of WW and (mainly) calorie ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:07:35 EST Seeking Supportive Vegan Environment Hi All: <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and am wondering if there is a group for vegans to share concerns and to learn more about what it takes to be successful with weight loss while assuring adequate nutritional intake. I am looking forward to this journey and hope to meet others working toward similar goals so that we may learn from one another. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:46:08 EST New member I have never had a weight problem until late in 2011. I weighed 140 for most of my adult life. At first I blamed menopause and getting older. My weight jumped to 180 in about 2 months. Turned out I had thyroid cancer. I have been cancer free for 3 years. I have managed to lose 15 pounds but cannot seen to lose the last 25. I am very frustrated. I am 56 years old and I am desperate to lose the weight. I have a title for my new life plan. I call it "my journey back to health and a size 10". I ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:58:44 EST New guy Hi, I am in my 2nd year of college now and after working construction for 12 years and being able to eat what ever I want to now sitting around and studying all day I seam to have lost sight of my belt buckle, right now I am at 290lbs but I am hoping to get that back down to 220 (Im 6-2 so any smaller and I start to look to thin) Time is tight for me but my girlfriend got me a spark tacker thing and helped me set some dailey goals on here that will hopefully help me stem the tide until I am d... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:34:37 EST new Hi everyone, I'm new to the site, looking forward to meeting new friends, I know I could use a helping hand at times motivation/accountability wise, and I would like to offer the same in return. Kamila Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:25:11 EST Hello , New Here! Hi, I'm new here and need to lose weight and gain control over my health. Any suggestion for a newbie especially concerning joining message boards and sparkteams Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:04:12 EST Hi, I'm New Hello, I'm new. Just wanted to introduce myself to the community. Looking forward to using SparkPeople to connect with others and offer mutual support and encouragement. I'm learning how to love myself and treat myself well -- body, soul and spirit. Hoping the same for you. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:58:12 EST Begin Again... And again... And again I have started and restarted the "today is the first day of the rest of my life" day so many times I cannot count them all. My family see's my weight issue as only mine, although I can see my teenagers weight creeping up because of her poor choices. Because of my example. I chose to eat to celebrate, to mourn, to feel whole. As a child, I was not provided for when it came to food, and now that I am an adult I use food to show myself that I am successful. I can buy whatever food I want, w... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:05:47 EST Need motivation I am celebrating my 56th birthday tomorrow and although I am healthy I am overweight. I am looking for a nutrition andfitness plan that I can stick with for the long term. I am hoping that the tools provided here will help me achieve my goals and keep me accountable. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:47:43 EST Food Tracker Hello everyone! <BR> I signed up last night and used the food tracker today. I ate pancakes and eggs. 480 calories isn't bad until I came to the fat grams. <BR> Such a great tool! Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:39:46 EST 2015 year of changes, starting with my weight! Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer. I live in Middle TN with my husband and three boys. I'm a nurse at a local hospital so I've always been used to taking care of everyone else, but at my last doctors visit I was told that I am pre-diabetic. So I have vowed to make a change in 2015 for a better and healthier me! I am looking to lose a 100 pounds or more. Getting started seems like the easy part so far, staying focused is where I'm going to have trouble! So any suggestions or motivational tips a... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:10:37 EST Hiya from upstate NY! Hi, I'm Anna, a single 25 year old from upstate NY. I am in love with music in all it's forms and play a little piano and guitar but love singing the most. <BR> <BR> I want nothing more than to be healthy and feel good about the decisions I'm making for my body- no "diet" for me! It's all about a lifestyle change. I'm finishing up making a very in-depth plan to keep myself on track and I start in March. <BR> <BR> I'm really hoping I can find someone to buddy up with who is around my ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:42:01 EST I need accountability For over a year now I've been gaining back ALL 50 pounds that I lost in the last half of 2013. I am 5'0" and I went from 170 to 120 by eating a mostly vegan diet and walking 2 1/2 miles 5 days a week. Then Christmas came and I got hooked on sugar again and off I went...WAY off. I'm like a drug addict and I need healing, not just a program/plan/diet. I am hoping to meet some of you and stay in touch for accountability. My (skinny) husband and I have recently moved far from town and someti... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:02:20 EST Looking for some Spark friends, newbie My name is Audrey, I am a 28 year old mom of two, one 7 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. I am engaged to my best friend of almost 9 years and I am currently a stay at home mom. My goals are to eat as clean as I can without feelings of deprivation, to reshape my body, gain energy, and be a good role model for my family and friends. I love animals and have a passion for learning about health and the human body. I am looking for friends on this site that can help motivate and support me and h... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:53:03 EST Starting over Need to re-focus and get healthier again. I will track daily and 30 mins walk daily. <BR> Have to start somewhere. <BR> Helen Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:05:33 EST Accountability buddy?? Hello all am new here and I started my weight loss a month ago. I've lost 14 pounds but am starting to lose track so am looking for a support and an accountability buddy that's willing to check in daily. I would do the same. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:17:33 EST Yep... It's Me Hello World! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:45:38 EST new to this Hi everyone! I'm looking for support on how to work on my self esteem and to lose weight! <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:10 EST Glad to Be Here! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to being a part of this site and making a change in my life. After being overweight all of my life, I am ready to make a serious difference and set attainable goals. I look forward to meeting new people and encouraging everyone to do their best. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you! :) <BR> <BR> Until next time, <BR> Vanessa Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:45:55 EST I'm new! Hey everyone, <BR> I am new to this website! I would really love and appreciate your support on my journey to lose weight. I'm 60kg, I have an issue with eating food when I am not hungry and so overeat and binge eat. I really want to tackle this issue so that I can get back to my normal weight pre eating disorder. <BR> If anyone has any tips to help I would really love to hear from you <BR> Jennifer Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:10:53 EST protein shakes/carb cycling Hi! I was looking for advice on which protein powder to buy to make my own shakes? I went to the local Riteaid (our towns small) and they had quite a few choices which was confusing. I ended up not getting one because I had no idea which one to get. I now it needs to be whey and low sugar. Maybe I need to go to a different store. Does anyone have any advice. I like chocolate flavor but others would be okay. I drink a lot of water so anything flavored or (not) is okay. Any advice is greatly ap... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:27:17 EST photos deleted Some of my photos were reported for nudity, but had no nudity. sad Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:23:17 EST Hello Hello <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:28:06 EST Hi new here Hi everyone I am new here 54 with a lot of health issue had gastric by pass 7 yrs ago Never reach my goal weight so i need to do something different. right now i work in a special needs school. so very busy started a low carb was doing well then i got sick and fe11 off the wagon. wanted to get back on track. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:45:49 EST Hyperthyroid I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid due to graves desease 3 years ago. Was on tapazole and beta blockers for 2 years. My doc told me to take my thyroid out. I declined and got off meds. For one year i felt normal. Then felt the symptoms again. Realized i was eating alot of seaweed snacks which contain tons of iodine. Very bad for hyperthyroid. Then i read somewhere that soy can balance out hyperthyroidism better than meds. So i started eating tempeh and drinking soymilk. Was told to stay away f... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:18:56 EST Hi I'm new again. I don't have any friends on here anymore, I left and now I'm back, and would love to have someone to share my experiences with. I'm basically starting over from scratch. I have 80 pounds,,, actually 70 now, to lose and I just turned 50 in January. That birthday was a wakeup call to me, not to mention limping on my leg from sciatica that I realized I needed to get in shape once and for all, and stop messing around. Joined the gym last week, and this week was my first week of working out. Its ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:09:51 EST Is this what rock bottom feels like I feel completely hopeless. why? why cant I lose this weight? It seems like I have no control over my own body... it should be so simple, eat healthy exercise. people do it everyday. Then why is it so hard for me. I look in the mirror and feel depressed so I eat. Then I feel so disgusted and cant look at myself anymore. I do not think that I have ever felt this bad about myself. The only good thing is that there is no place left for me to go other than up because I don't see how I could pos... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:18:49 EST Where to start? I just signed up today. I'm looking at losing 20-25kg to get back down to 60kg. I need to eat less (and better) and exercise more. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of lost on this site, where do I start? Can I get custom meal plans and exercise plans? There's lots of info to take in so I'm not sure where to go. Thanks :) Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:42:06 EST Daily stay on track challenge Hello , day two on track&#128131;&#128079; Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:58:19 EST Back in the saddle. Again. Hello all! <BR> Im new here. Turning a new leaf so to say.. I have to get myself healthier and having a rough time. I have fibromyalgia which makes exercise rather difficult on top of being a single mom of two and working a full time job. Im hoping to find some friends here to help motivate and keep me accountable. Im determined but friends make this all so much easier. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:05:03 EST Just wanted to Introduce Myself I am fairly new to Spark People. My name is Mary and I am 52 years old and weighing in at 231 lbs. I was married to my first husband, Bob, for 11 years and am currently married to Chuck for 6 years now. I have two beautiful daughters, Michelle is 21 & Melissa is 18. I am a social worker for the county Aging Office and loving my job. <BR> <BR> My weight is centered around my stomach area and I knew it was a problem when I starting having problems with my health and being short of breath walk... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:49:39 EST HI, Hello Friends, got a way to go, hope to lose around 60 pounds, taking small but sure steps at first. <BR> Take care, and thanks for reading. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:30:52 EST just wanted to sat hi My name is Deb I have been trying to lose weight for a long time this is the first time that I have been able to stick with it .I think it is because I am eating real food. I just wanted to say thank you Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:23:22 EST Hi everyone, why did I ever leave?! I have to say, I left for a number of months to try some other sites, and they are just not as good as SparkPeople. The support on here is amazing. Thanks everyone, for being so great! I'm glad to be back. :) Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:10:15 EST Hi everyone My fourth day in sparkpeople and really motivated. My main goal is to loose about 15-20kg, but I'd like to make permanent changes in my live so I stay at that weight and feel healthier. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:09:43 EST I'm celebrating today. I haven't seen the weight I'm at for at least a year. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:08:55 EST Los Angeles work out buddies?? Hey guys! I'd really like to have a work out buddy who will work up to running with me, anyone around the area? Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:40:30 EST 58 and Losing ! Hi, my name is Peggy and I joined SP three days ago! I am happy to report that I have lost ten lbs. in 5 weeks and one lb. since tuesday! I have really enjoyed the daily articles and the support that I have already received. <BR> <BR> God bless! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:53:06 EST Hi all hey everyone, i have no idea what to do in this message board thing I have been with spark for 10 days now. I love the recipes awesome ideas and well I'm trying to my blood pressure down and my weight lost 7 lbs already hoping to lose more have a blessed day spark people. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:05:59 EST I can do this! Hi everyone. My name is Pam. I'm 48 years old & recently moved in with my elderly father to take care of him. In that process I stopped taking care of me. I have many health issues. I have a disease called Lymphedema that makes my whole body retain an ungodly amount of water. Which makes me look 60 pounds or better more than I really am. I also have chronic back pain. My doctor is doing his part in helping me all he can. But, it's getting pretty serious for me as my Diabetes is now out of con... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:40:14 EST Over 100 to lose Hi there, I'm new here. Came from myfitnesspal and I already love this 100 times more. I have 120-150 lbs to lose, as my current bmi is 56. I need some accountabilibuddies! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:13:30 EST Hey All! I am BACK! Lol, I started on this site when it was just a baby, back in 2006. I've been dropping in every so often but it's time to get serious again. I want to loose about 50 pounds. I'm a super busy person which is what I've used as my excuse. Well, no more. I started working out again as a new years resolution this year and I've stuck with it, however, my eating habits are crap. I've updated my Sparkpage and am here to offer support and help whenever needed so feel free to add me as a... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:01:11 EST Daily Nutrition Goals? Hi, <BR> <BR> How are daily nutrition goals set, and can you edit the info that goes into determining goals to make sure your weight loss goal is included? I want to make sure that my nutrition goals reflect my desired weight loss. Thanks very much! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:22:38 EST Future looks promising hello I am Lorena. I am currently way over weight and I finally decided I was going to change this. For my first goal I started small with 20 pounds in 2 months. I want to prove to myself that I could do it. I want to change how I look and feel. Since I started this goal for my life, I am already feeling different. I can't believe it. Makes me want to keep going and not look back until I reach my goal of losing 250 pounds. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST Dangling here until I REALLY want to lose weight Hi all <BR> I joined awhile back. Not sure when, since I start and quit so many diet-related activities/sites it's hard to keep track, but it was in the last few months anyway. <BR> About 10 days ago I decided that I was DONE with dieting, tracking and dwelling on the weight loss "process". I was tired of fighting myself. I was tired of wasting half of the day reading, researching, planning, calculating, tracking, and monitoring my food I was going to be free at last! I told myself that I was... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:57:36 EST 54, 4'11" 148lbs. I need lots of help and encouragement to lose weight and get healthier. It's very frustrating to work out, eat right, and not lose I give up for a while...then start I again. It's a cycle I don't like. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:45:37 EST New Hey there, new on this site, I have a goal to lose 68 more pounds. I started January 12 on 14 day challenge, then continued with certain products. Lost 10 pounds since i started, I had to change to weigh one time a week, I wanted to do more. Then getting discouraged. Last I weighed was Saturday, but anxious to know where I am. I'm eating good, taking my vitamins, drinking lots of wAter. Seems I'm about 10 ounces short of my goal each day, I need a place to be accountable so I get off my butt ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:08:36 EST New here Hi how are you? My name is Jen and I'm new here would like to have some support through this hopefully 160# weight loss journey in my life. This is a journey I can handle more support from as my Husband is smaller yes he supports me also. My husband lives me big or small however its me uncomfortable in my own body right now. Anyway please add me and hopefully someone on here is in the same home town and we can workout together at the YMCA or just walk as ling as someone is on the journey also... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:42:55 EST New here Hi how are you? My name is Jen and I'm new here would like to have some support through this hopefully 160# weight loss journey in my life. This is a journey I can handle more support from as my Husband is smaller yes he supports me also. My husband lives me big or small however its me uncomfortable in my own body right now. Anyway please add me and hopefully someone on here is in the same home town and we can workout together at the YMCA or just walk as ling as someone is on the journey also... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:42:16 EST back on track Working to losing 30 pounds. I am 65 years young and want to be back in shape. Let myself go to crap for the last two years. Will enough poor me crap. Back in the gym and working out at a slow pace to build up again. three times a week to start. My eating habits got really bad so I thought I would give this a try. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:54:02 EST Happy to find you! Hi! <BR> I have just found SP and happy to find some support. I hope to lose some weight, but am really looking forward to becoming more fit and having more energy. I'm at that stage in my life when women generally put on weight around the!! I hope to reduce my cholesterol and firm up the bulge! I work full-time so finding the time for exercise tough....and the weather where I live has not been conducive to walking...I also make a lot of excuses!!! I need a good swift kick to g... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:00:48 EST 3rd Times a Charm I've been on SparkPeople about 3 times now. I desperately need to lose the weight, exercise, and eat healthy...for me and for my family. I've been back at the gym for a 3-4 weeks, but this is the first week that I've faithfully been entering in my caloric intake. I thought I was going to do poorly, since I had three days that I went WAY over on my calories. But, I didn't do poorly! I lost 3.2 lbs.!! It certainly feels amazing to lose weight again!! And, my energy level has skyrocketed! <em>... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:23:15 EST I'm brand new and looking for support! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and social dieting in general. I could definitely use some cheerleaders! I'm looking to lose about 50 pounds or so and return to a weight that I once was in college-- I've let delicious food and a desk job get the best of me, and I want to regain some better habits and better-fitting clothes! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have words of wisdom to offer a first-time user? I'm making it a goal to try to log on at least once a day in some capacity- either to tr... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:23:22 EST So glad I was told about SparkPeople! This is exactly what I have been looking for to help me get in better shape, lose weight and eat healthier! I saw a picture of myself at Christmas time and could not believe that I have let myself get so unhealthy. I am 44 years old and this is the first time in my life that I have a significant amount of weight to lose. I am setting a goal for 42 pounds. I have been going to the gym everyday at 5am and do 20-30 minutes on the elliptical and have changed my eating habits dramatically. I ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:11:52 EST hi! So I'm new. I have a long way to go to reach my goal and I need all the encouragement I can get. I just want to be healthier and feel better. Here goes! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:53:02 EST Back after a long time gone Hello everyone, <BR> I am back :) I really would love to have you all add me as a friend. I need all the encouragement I can get and I will also do my best to encourage you. <em>304</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:35:12 EST Is there anybody out there?! (the story of me) Hello to anyone who might be reading this. I am Blue, an 18 year old art student, with an ever so slightly odd look on life. A month ago I realised that I hit rock bottom when it came to looking in the mirror and avoiding thoughts about weight loss and obesity. When my BMI actually said that I was OBESE I cracked. I have always had trouble with my weight and ive always been chubby. And every single attempt at losing weight has failed so far. But the last year something has changed. My life is... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:02:25 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Julie. I am new to posting messages so forgive any mistakes. I live in KS. I am married and have 1 grown child. I am a couch potato who just found out she has pre type 2 diabetes. So it is time to remake myself. I have already quit smoking, 7 wks now, started walking 5 days a week and am trying hard to readjust my diet. THAT is harder than quitting smoking. Fats and sugar are my enemies. Can't seem to get the sugar out of the red. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:26:17 EST Jennifer Sturm Hi my name is Jennifer Sturm. I am the mother of four wonderful kids and engaged to a wonderful man. I really want to lose weight to where I have more energy to where I can play and do more fun things with my kids. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:20:26 EST Hello Hi, everyone, I am new to this group. I like to run long distance, lift-weights and do cardio circuit training. This past weekend I did a 10k in 43:20. I've been doing additional circuit training the past 5 weeks and it's helping me to run faster times, especially on my hard day, which is Saturday. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:44:48 EST Ready for improvement! I am at a disadvantage for weight lose since I have limited mobility. My lifestyle is extremely sedentary since I have post polio and am bound to a wheelchair. Any advise is greatly appreciated. I want this to be a success story and not just another attempt to add to the long list of attempts. Looking forward to seeing your ideas and your support. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:37:05 EST Motivation, Can't Find It I am a 37 year old and have lost about 40 pounds over the past 6 years and have been able to maintain it somewhat, give or take 5 pounds but I can not seem to find the motivation to start working out again. My best time is in the morning, about 4:30am, if I work out at night (free time about 7pm) I can't sleep. I would like to lose 15 more pounds. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:37:01 EST The thing i'm missing is people. I need to lose half of me. :) I am 39 years old 5'1' and 290 lbs down from 309 last year. I have started a new diet every year and I do really well at first as a matter of fact almost every year i lose 35 lbs and then put 40 back. :/ I did all the research and got approved for weight loss surgery, but I dont want to go that route. I KNOW I can lose weight. I know I can live a healthy lifestyle when I choose. I just need to stop eating my discouragement when something throws me off course. I ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:55:17 EST border line of diabetes I'm heating better and so is my husband I'm so blessed that I went to the doctor's this year and got the physical and blood work done or I would have never known. Walking more with husband and dog (wolf) my goal is to loose at least 40 pounds by this year and keep it off. I do thank EAH Housing for the excellent Insurance they provide for there employees. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Maria Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:45:44 EST 100 pounds to go I quit smoking about 5 years ago and this is my next big goal. It took me years to quit smoking. I'm hoping it doesn't take as long to lose weight. Looking forward next year when I'll be able to see some progress. Have a great day everyone! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:18:43 EST Introduction :-) Hello!! <BR> <BR> I just signed up this morning and wanted to say hello to the SparkPeople world! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight since I was about 10, I've been on many fad diets and my weight has fluctuated A LOT since then. I have been vegetarian for more than 13 years and vegan since January 1. <BR> <BR> I am a newlywed, recently married in September and we're in the process of buying our first house. We also have a cat, Cookie, whom we both just adore. There has certai... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:29:34 EST Help I am the heaviest I have ever been pushing 270. I got rid of one bad habit----smoking---5 years ago. Taste buds were no longer dulled and now I am a mess. Sore knees, joint pain and overall I am feeling awful. Been on SparkPeople before but did not stay committed. I am determined to have some success this time&#128549;&#128549; Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:22:32 EST Help I am the heaviest I have ever been pushing 270. I got rid of one bad habit----smoking---5 years ago. Taste buds were no longer dulled and now I am a mess. Sore knees, joint pain and overall I am feeling awful. Been on SparkPeople before but did not stay committed. I am determined to have some success this time&#128549;&#128549; Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:21:42 EST Nobody likes a QUITTER Hi, 3rd or 4th time on spark. Felt overwhelmed at first but finally getting the hang of it. I am 44, WOW 44 and I want to be healthy and happy at 100. Losing 25lbs will help me get started, but I want to maintain a healthy life so that I can be the grammie chasing her grandchildren in the yard. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:59:11 EST Turning 46 in April, NEED to be healthy <em>249</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:14:32 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST New Ideal Protein User Hey all, <BR> <BR> I am just starting IP and I have to admit I am nervous. How did you to manage to stay on track and what advice can you give me? I am looking to lose 90 pounds... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:56:50 EST Creating Healthy Habits despite demanding work sch Hi - I am looking for encouragement to continue my healthy habits, especially when i am feeling stressed and overwhelmed with work. Want to be healthy and look sexy in a bathing suit! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:31:10 EST Just Started Eating Low Carb Hello Everyone!!! I just started eating low-carb and I am loving it. I do not feel hungry as much and I can still enjoy the foods that I eat. I am excited to be on this journey of weight loss. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:24:59 EST Day 8 and I love this website! My name is Krystal. I am a divorced mother of 3. I also work and go to school full time and my kids play many sports! I am 5'8" and ever since having my first child in 2003, I have struggled with my weight. I graduate with my Master's in speech pathology in May so I decided along with my new career, I also wanted a new, healthier me. I joined SparkPeople 8 days ago, but this is my first post. This website is the best thing I have ever stumbled upon, in regards to dieting. When I started... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:59:11 EST New Here Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a wife and mom of three. I'm a busy teacher who seems to put everyone before herself. This year, I'm trying to take better care of myself. I'm committed to losing at least 45 pounds. I would love some accountability along the way. If there are any other teachers out there, I'd love to hear from you too. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:03:28 EST I need a friend to help through this journey I am 60 yrs old... never had a weight problem till, I start the change of life. Now I am 40 pounds over weight, it is effecting my back and knees. I need to do this to feel and look better for me. I'm always looking after everyone else, I want and need to do for myself. I'm reaching out...I need a friend to so we can help each other. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:47:52 EST eating sweets Can't seem to stay await from sweets. Do great all day and then at night about 10p.m. Eat so much sweets that I blow everything I did good all day. Seem to be at a plateau. Can't back into the groove. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 23:17:18 EST New, plateaued. Hi everyone, my name is Alee. I'm a 22 year old single mom who really wants to set a good example for my son. He's 1 year old, and my goal is to reach a 150 pound loss within 2 years. So by the time he understands I'll be in good health. I've been stuck within a plateau for a month though and cant move. I'm trying to find new alternatives and work out of my rut to get back on track. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:04:26 EST Getting excited Hi, I am new in that I was on Sparkpeople in 2007 but offline for several years. Back again and excited to get back into shape. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:18:31 EST feel like crap i keep having to lose the same weight over and over again....i'm tired and frustrated...i don't feel like even starting again Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:42:51 EST brand new - hi Hi everyone. I have struggled with weight my whole life. Some years I have managed a good weight, and some years not so much ... the past 4 or 5 years it has really gotten away from me. But even the good years has taken constant effort to keep my weight down. I have always maintained a level of fitness ...but again - some years better than others. I will be 55 in 1&1/2 years and I want to turn 55 better than ever. It's definitely getting harder to lose. The past 3 weeks have only yielded ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:36:15 EST buryboy Marathon enthusiast. ..gym rat..tough mudder lover...devoted husband and father to 3 beautiful boys( with another on the way) <BR> Just on the mend from a debilitating herniated disc injury.gettong my fitness back to where it belongs. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:02:42 EST buryboy Marathon enthusiast. ..gym rat..tough mudder lover...devoted husband and father to 3 beautiful boys( with another on the way) <BR> Just on the mend from a debilitating herniated disc injury.gettong my fitness back to where it belongs. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:54:20 EST Asking for Help Hi. I'm a 61 year old female who needs to lose 50 lbs. I am grateful not to have more to lose. I need some advice about how to make this happen. I recently began a treadmill program. I'm walking 50 minutes 5 days a week...2.0 incline, 4 mph. I am solely responsible for the condition in which I find myself. A fat stomach, uncomfortable with the load this extra weight is putting on me. I know I look awful....I feel like a slug. I'm wearing yoga pants all the time because I can't get i... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:08:25 EST Hi there! So, here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm 39 and for a long time was on the weight yo-yo. Now, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been and decided I didn't want to turn 40 like this. So, I decided I need to take control. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that SparkPeople will help give me the accountability I need to make some serious changes. <BR> <BR> Here I go. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:36:53 EST Introduction I am a type 2 diabetic and have had most of my teeth removed due to poor oral health. I am finding it very hard to get the nutritious value of fruits and vegetables since I can't chew hard foods. I cook for a family of 7 (which 2 are very picky eaters). I just gave up drinking soda and caffeinated drinks(except for 1-2 cups of coffee). I am trying to force myself to drink more water. I am having several health problems due to my out of control blood sugars. This is my new journey! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:36:28 EST Introduction Good Morning <BR> <BR> I am back once again. I am a 40 pound over weight 58 year old. My challenge is portion control, time to exercise and knowing what to eat. I work at a desk all day, and the rest of the time I am looking after everyone else. Is there I program that can get me on the right track of portion control and a exercise program. <BR> <BR> I really need lots of help <BR> Cheryl Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:15:11 EST losing weight when older as I am headed to mid sixties it at times seems so difficult to lose weight. I am certainly more tired at night after working whole day. I am 14 lbs heavier now than I was at 20, however I most likely was a bit over weight then. I weighed 168 on my 5 foot 8 inch frame. I have lost 6 lbs since January 1st, but sometimes I end up spending two days losing what I gain from going out to dinner on a Friday night. My goals are not so much to or lose weight to be drop dead gorgeous, lol, but t... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:48:09 EST Hi Sparks!! &#128156;&#10084;&#65039; Hey everyone!! My name is Cyndi, I am a new member on here. I am so excited and ready for a much needed change!! I want to clean up my diet and implement an easy workout program for myself. I am not allotted a whole lot of time for myself during the day since I have a 7 month old at home and a 5yr old that only goes 1/2 day to school. They r my world and I am ready to take the leap into a healthier mindset and lifestyle in order to be a good role model for my babies <em>30</em> I no longe... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:05:10 EST Ricky Mayhew Hello everyone. I am type 2 . Need to lose weight. Sugar readings to high, Doctor put me on 45 carb diet. Started 248 lbs sugar 270 -305. Dec 11 2014 changed by life. It's amazing how our body works if we eat the way God made our bodies. I was hungry all the time. to many carbs and not enough protein to much fat. Today sugar reading at wake up 104. Weight 224 lbs. you know how it feels to take a 24 lbs sack off you body!!!! Pants size 44 now 38. shirt 2x now large. 67 years old. Doing Tai... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:04:57 EST Optimistic I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:11 EST New and need diabetic help My glucose is high when I got my blood test back. I need some guidance making any eating plan. Any help suggestions would be appreciated. Have a lot of wait to lose. Thank you Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:07:44 EST Turning 60 in 2 wks....I need to lose this weight! Hi to all! I'll be turning 60 in just two weeks (that in itself is unbelievable!) I've let myself go, I am 60 pounds overweight, have back problems and heartburn of which I am positive if I lost the weight some of those issues would be gone. I just seem to have lost all motivation mentally and physically and can't seem to get motivated with anything. I have lost my way along the road of life and I want I want to get it back. I have two great grandchildren that I want to be around for as l... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:06 EST I am a Newbie Hello, my name is Terri and I have 94 pounds to lose to reach my Goal Weight. If I do everything correctly, I can celebrate my 60th birthday (next year) by achieving that goal. My Mom died young (age 61) and I take after Mom. I only have one child and I would like to be around for many more years for him and his wife. I am recently divorced and I am hoping that my stress level will decrease and I can concentrate more on myself and my health now. I do have heart problems and osteoarthritis so ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:39:53 EST Back Again, After 4 Years I'm back on Spark People again after four years. Back in 2011 I successfully dropped 30 extra pounds that I'd been carrying around for years. I kept the weight off for about a year, and then life got in the way; death of close family members, 2 job changes, 1 period of unemployment, and having to move. <BR> <BR> The weight slowly crept back up, to the point that regained practically all the weight that I'd lost. After about a solid year and a half of knowing that my weight was out of cont... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 14:56:24 EST &#9734;&#9734;Joanie ...&#9734;&#9734; Joanie, I am here. Could you please invite me to the place? Thanks. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:52:58 EST new here Hi, When I started dieting at the beginning of the year I was 248lbs. I'm on the Atkins diet and I go to the gym 6 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half. as of 2/13 I now weigh 219lbs and dropping. I also keep photo journal of my weight loss progress, warning: contains some nudity. Thanks Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:09:34 EST Hello Another newbie going through the welcome pack {{{waves}}}} <BR> <BR> I'm Shelley and basically want to eat cleaner, losing a little weight would be a welcome bonus :) <BR> <BR> I started running last year with C25K and graduated completing 3 parkruns (5k timed race) before the winter dark nights arrived. In January I started C25K again on a treadmill at home and I'm currently up to W5R2 this time round going much faster. <BR> <BR> I have 3 Labradors one of which I would like to take out ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:07:41 EST Happy Valentines Day! A gift of love... Today I signed up for Spark People's Spark Coach program! I have been attempting restrictive weight loss programs only to sabotage any progress with food binges. I am ready to develop a healthy attitude and mindset about food! I'm excited to embrace this journey this Valentines Day . . . Because I love myself, I love my family, and I want to live my best life &#10084;&#65039; <BR> <BR> I can no longer do this on my own. I'm looking forward to getting to know many of you on Spark People! <BR... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 03:40:11 EST Hello I would like to tell everyone "hello", Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:18:09 EST hi here I go again hope I can stick to it this time Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:52:57 EST Joining a Challenge I thought I had joined a challenge and now I cannot find it again??? Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:05:33 EST New to Spark People and Social Media I joined Spark People around the first of the year and love the tracking features, the articles and videos. I'm now going to try and get my feet wet in the "Community" section. I plan to lose 18 pounds for my son's wedding in July. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:41:02 EST Staying off the Heart Attack Track I am enjoying retirement! Owning my time is better than my best dream about the freedom of work free days could possibly be. But this new freedom of scheduled time comes a deded responsibility. my new phase of life, retirement, time demands that I keep moving to keep living healthy. In my previous life sitting at my work station for 8hrs or 12hrs a day was the norm that introduced me to "no time for exercise" living. Hopefully hooking up with spark people will encourage changes in eati... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:39:49 EST hello 20 pounds snuck up on me <em>15</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:06:28 EST hi new here and looking for friends and support <BR> <em>249</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:41:46 EST bad day Well the day was not bad, but tonight I am having trouble deciding to stop eating. I am just hungry tonight, I think I will stop when I go to bed. Maybe I should go to bed so I will stop! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:58:52 EST how many calories should you do to lose weight? I weigh 186.6 right now but of coarse I need to lose at least say about 35 lbs would be nice. <BR> So what should my calories be daily? <BR> Thanks for your help...... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:43:45 EST Hello SparkPeople :) HI, <BR> <BR> Well here I am starting off a new goal. Giving myself till July to lose 76 pounds. This page seems to be a great place to start. I have a husband that can eat all day and all night long and not gain a pound, and he never wants to eat alone. He has never complained about my weight he loves me the way I am so do my 3 boys. I am always trying to catch up with them even including eating. <BR> <BR> Now with my weight at 211 I can't even walk with them down the street withou... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:25:56 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST new spark here Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to sparkpeople. It looks like a great place to start my new adventure. I find that I run out of time to do the things I know I should (exercise). I eat well all day its when I get home that the trouble starts so an input on getting me motivated between my busy schedule (I have a 13 year old that keeps me busy running here and there) and keep me on track when I am home. Can't wait to hear from people and figure out how all this works. I am ready!! Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:44:51 EST New, kind of. I signed up 2 years ago, and never did anything with my membership. After a hysterectomy and steady weight gain, I decided in January to take control back. My DD is an athlete, and she coaxed me to sign up for a 5k in May, Mother-Daughter style. So, here I am. <BR> <BR> Since beginning to track my food and exercise in earnest, with nothing more than a desire to get a baseline for myself, I have found that I've lost a few pounds and I'm beginning to feel better. I've managed to make better ch... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:31:52 EST Greetings to All I have perused the Spark site and been a member for some time. I have never been active, but now want to utilize all that it offers. I have 120 pounds to lose and honestly feel very overwhelmed by it all. I'm in my mid forties and feel like time is of the essence. I have accomplished a lot in life and have been blessed with so much but can't seem to conquer this issue of weight. I want to be a success and hope that communicating with others with similar weight loss goals will help encourag... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:19:19 EST unicorn33 hello this is my first time on here and i hoping that i will get the support and make new friends i need to lose 45-50 lbs Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:21:12 EST Hi from Michigan Hi I am new to Spark. I was on here years ago and I need to start over. I am at an all time high in my weight. I want to get started losing but I have absolutely now idea where to start. I am disabled and exercising is hard on me and also walking. I know if i could lose some weight i would be able to walk more and enjoy like. I do not enjoy life right now. I would appreciate any ideas from you to help me get back on track. I need to find a diet that is easy to follow. I can not afford any we... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:25:27 EST I'm back After a 70 loss, I have gained 54 of it back. I am devastated. I had some issues with family boundaries that I was not able to handle on my own, partially due to depression and anxiety, so I moved away and in with my ex who made a lot of promises, not of which he kept. Since I moved here, he quit his job, so we have been living on my social security. I had kind of a breakdown. We were living in a terrible neighborhood that was very unsafe. I had just lost the love of my life, my 15 year... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:57:01 EST Returning Sparky I had joined Spark back in 2010 and I was also seeing a doctor and I was doing really well ..Sadly I have gained back all plus the weight I lost and now really need to get a grip on my health and weight ..All I really want is to be healthy and to get there I need to lose weight..I have also joined weight watchers but am having a hard time with their point system.. I don't want to have to buy special food as then once I reach goal and go back to regular food am concerned about gaining weight a... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:30:34 EST weight my goal is to loose 20 to 40 pounds bring it on new year Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:13:39 EST Hi from a yoga learner :) i am learning yoga for 1 year . I think for weight loss and to make your body active yoga is a great technique. what you think ? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:50:22 EST taking drugs and feeling happy For years i have been counting calories BUT stayed between 165 and 170. I got my first smart phone in December so joined Sparks because it was easier to track my calories, fat, etc. Except i still wasn't losing weight like the graph said i should :(. As a treat to myself i had my TSH checked in Jan and found my thyroid to be at 4.2. So for 3 weeks now i have been on Synthroid to increase my metabolism along with counting calories and for the 1st time in years i am at 164.5. Seems small to mo... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:09:36 EST I'm Baaa-aaaack!!!!!!! (Nicolette) Not sure if anyone I've met before is still on here. I've been gone for quite a few years and my old Spark name was NicoletteDimon. But, I'm back on and was hoping to hook up with some of the friends I made in the past, and new ones! I even got to meet some of the old ones :) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:31:37 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm a recent college grad, who realized I had come out of college 40 pounds heavier than I was when I went in! I want to love my body, so I'm working to get into a more athletic shape (whether the pounds come off or not). <BR> I work a desk job, so I've recently converted to a standing desk, and have started taking irish dancing lessons, along with walking with friends and eating a cleaner diet. My biggest issue is that I have nobody keeping me accountable, which is why I w... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:28:05 EST hiya ...My 1st post hi i'm karin, <BR> i'm really excited to be a part of such a positive community! Everyone is so knowledgeable and friendly! <BR> this time...i know i will reach my fitness/weight loss goal! i've been "seriously-(joyfully)" utilizing the trackers ,videos&goal board with more effectiveness! - <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> &#9829;karin Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:06:47 EST Here goes my first post... Hi! <BR> Finding some like minded people to keep in touch with was one of my biggest motivations for joining SparkPeople, so I wanted to get the ball rolling right away with an introductory post. <BR> I'm in my twenties and I'm a new mom. I am here to build a running habit and run a half marathon that I signed up for over a year ago (I found out I was pregnant two weeks later!). And maybe most importantly, I'm here because I want to try new things that I might have been too chicken to try in ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:34:28 EST re-introducing myself I'm not really sure if I introduced myself the last time I was here (2010, as the nickname implies). But here I am again, back on the wagon, and more committed (I hope)! I am a 44 year old working mom of one, who wants to get healthier (and lose weight as a result) to have a long, happy life. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping for a series of small successes that reap large results! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:31:38 EST introducing myself hi, my challenge is i weigh fourty pounds more than I did last year (and i was 30 pounds overweight then). Im feeling so overwhelmed. Every time i try dieting i am sick to my stomach. I am tired of venting to my husband. It's really a stress on him. A butty to vent to would be helpful if anyone is looking for one. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:10:51 EST Hi from Kentucky! <em>524</em> <BR> Newbie, here! My name is Bianca. I used to be a part of this site LONG ago when I was on the Weight Watchers program. At that time, I lost 75 lbs and was very successful. Upon reaching my weight-loss goal, I got pregnant and gained everything back and then some. Fast forward a couple years and I quit smoking and that made things even harder. I came back to have some accountability and to be a part of a community of people with similar goals! I look forward to friendship, ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:17:41 EST fat fat and fatter I Rose, I've finally made up my mind to start eating healthy again!! I have seen the progress you have made an it is amazing girl!! I am so happy for you; I need all the help and encouragement Ii can get please, since I don't work any more have no excuses this time, except my health problems of course like my COPD, no running but I can ride my stationary bike,I have to do something to get back on track again I am 64 year old and have chronic COPD but with a little help d a lot of encourageme... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:48:23 EST Goodbye Old me, HELLO new me! Hi everyone!! I'm Lisa! I'm from the land of cheese curds and brats! (Wisconsin) and I'm addicted to strawberries and blueberries (well really all fruits and foods lol) <BR> <BR> Well it is time for me to start shaping up!!! A little about me! I'm 30 (yikes!) roughly about 240lbs :-( I have been married for close to 8 years and we have a wonderful controlling little 3 year old who is the prince of the house (LOL) I'm not 100% new to Sparkpeople years ago in high school I used the site to lo... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:59:07 EST Trying again This is my second time on sparkpeople. I have had some trouble and surgeries and life. I'm ready to do this again and do it right. I'm a 37 year old mom of three kids. They are 17, 13, & 8. I've been married for almost 15 years. We live on a farm but don't have any animals at the moment besides our three dogs. I am considered morbidly obese. I need to lose 100 lbs and I need to do it now instead of waiting. I want to have the energy that I had in high school and be able to keep up with my kid... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:41:41 EST New Excited to get started on this journey. Just taking it one day at a time and trying to make good choices. Best wishes to all. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:46:57 EST New but excited! Hi everyone! I'm Diane and I am so excited to start this new journey! I lost 90 lbs. about 12 years ago and kept it off for about 5 years. I did it on my own, but I really didn't do it the right way or for the right reasons. Now that I have gained 50-60 of it back, I am ready to lose it again and this time keep it off! Heart problems runs in my family and I have high blood pressure which just makes me realize even more that I need to take better care of myself. I kept putting it off and... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:44:40 EST Giving it another shot! Hello everyone, I am new here. I wanted to join a community where I could find support on this journey that I always seem to find myself on. My goal is to lose weight and get in shape. I have done this several times and then I find myself just giving up. Well, I thought maybe having a support system and a place to get positive reinforcement might help nip this in the butt once and for all :) Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:04:10 EST Pacer Pedometer Friends Hi There, <BR> <BR> I could really use some support with my pedometer. It's so much more motivating when you have others along for the ride. If you use Pacer for iPhone. Please add me! <BR> <BR> PacerID: S2619454 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:46:06 EST New Member Hi. My name is Wanda but I gave myself the tag, Ericas-Mom because my daughter is getting married next month and I am trying to lose weight so I can look good at her wedding. I haven't seen my daughter in two years and I want her to be proud of me. <BR> <BR> So my hairdresser suggested She lost an amazing amount of weight with Sp and assured me that if I followed the program I would lose weight too! So here I am and I really enjoy checking in everyday and seeing the progre... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:09:46 EST newby Logged in over a year ago and never went forward with this. Now I have packed on more pounds and really need to get this weight under control. Hope to read many of your posts and get some inspiration. Thanks Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:07:37 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST Introducing myself! First post Hey everyone! So I am not necessarily new to sparkpeople, I have been on and off for a while. But, this time I am committing myself and getting out there to meet some people for support! I read that people who are involved in the posts are likely to stay with it and loose weight. We are all in this together! I hope to loose about 30 lbs, or at least feel more comfortable with myself. I too have seen that one picture of me that makes me realize I need to change, and I WILL change. <em>381</e... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:51:00 EST weight to loose 20 pounds Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:27:02 EST I'm new hello everyone - I'm new to the group!! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:58:04 EST time for a change Hi! My name is Ann. I go to Florida twice a year. I refuse to buy bigger jeans and cannot fit into shorts that used to be baggy on me and cannot fit into a lot of my clothes. So, it is time to make a change! I have lost 3.5 pounds and will keep losing and will know my steps and calories! Yea Spark! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:46:13 EST I'm desperate Hi there, <BR> I'm a very private person and don't really feel comfortable with the internet but I really need some motivation to lose weight n get healthy. I was recently on a group with friends to lose weight but didn't get motivated at all. eventually I got uncomfortable being in the group not doing anything even tho they were my friends. So now I'm willing to try something different and outside my comfort zone. For some reason I feel like maybe a group of strangers might help better alon... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:14:45 EST working overnights How do you count calories and lose weight when you work the overnight shift? Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:05:10 EST Day one and ready to go Hello Spark Community. I am 59 years old and have been trying to make lifestyle changes for a while now. I know that support and community are vital to my success. My son and daughter-in-law recently gifted me with a week in Aruba. It took seeing photos of myself in the pool and on the beach in my swimming suit to make me realize just how out of control my weight has gotten. Sooooo, my weight goal is to get down to 150 pounds. My ultimate goal is to just feel comfortable in my own skin aga... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:44:15 EST This time, I'd like to really work the program Hello! As my name suggests, I'm done with the games. I've allowed my weight to hold me back for far too long. I've played around with this site before, but never really took it seriously....hmmmm, could that be the reason it didn't work?!? <BR> <BR> I see that this site has the potential to offer some really great accountability. It's great to see so many different people on here from so many different places! I've got a ways to go, but together we can get it done! :-) Mon, 9 Feb 2015 20:52:35 EST Day 1 for me I feel very alone in my weight struggles. On the outside I present to the world a happy, friendly person yet inside I feel so inadequate and uncomfortable because of my weight. Food has been my comfort since early childhood and I struggle. <BR> Last November I turned 70 and had promised myself I would not be fat for this birthday, but I was. I have raised 3 daughters as a single parent and between them, I have 6 very handsome grandsons ages 25 to 7. <BR> My passion is sewing and all types... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:08:15 EST Keep Being Motivated! I'm happy to be here and hope to lose my weight by May 11th!!!!!! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:03:59 EST Needing help Hi, my nick name is Mickey. I have struggled with depression for a very, very long time. I have no friends outside of work and my husband is the only support I have. We are so different and that makes loosing weight even harder. I have decided, (depression or not), enough is enough. I must stop doing this to my body. I don't have a real good support system to do this on my own. So I would love if someone would want to help guide and support me. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:52:59 EST Hoping to be motivated Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Julie and I have joined SparkPeople looking for some motivation to lose 46 pounds. I would love to lose the weight by November 2015 for my 31st birthday. <BR> I am a mother of two a 6 year old and a 7 year old. <BR> I am looking for anyone with similar goals or situation to be accountable to <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day <BR> <BR> Julie Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:11:51 EST Hi I'm Frank Just turned 65 and want to get some weight off, new to the site, I'm looking to lose at least 20 pounds,but fear of the unknown and being alone is blocking my efforts. I pray that this will help. I read in a blog on this site site that there are three devils ..procrastination, fear and I can't remember what the third one is but I know that have have all three. I recently had neck surgery and concerned with injuring's been over a year. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:55:01 EST Hi!! I just thought I would introduce myself. I'm Stacy and its nice to meet you!!! I'm 27, have 4 kids and a cat. I am 186lbs. I have depression and a few bad habits that make me gaon more weight and feel bad. But hopefully with this program I can lose the weight and feel alot better about myself!! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:58:49 EST Introduction-Long time away! Greetings everyone I'm Christine! I had been on SparkPeople a few years back. It's been awhile but I am back now. Now that I am at a different point in my life, I hope to be able to share my story and my journey just do what I can to help motivate others cope and get through any current challenges of their own. Please feel free to reach out if you would like or need any nutritional resources, performance training plans, etc. I am finishing up my Registered Dietitian license as well as current... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Starting afresh again..never stop trying. Did Spark a few years ago...dropped 20 pounds, did not gain it back but I did not lose more. Trying to knock my self down to be lighter!! Again. <em>9</em> I can do that as I never got rid of my fat jeans. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:19:31 EST Back again Hello! I have rejoined SP a week ago and am so enjoying it. Love all the motivational tools and the Spark points. Am hoping to get some get up and go from following other people's journeys. I am 61 and retired for three years. Married with two grown children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Looking forward to meeting you all. Oh yes-I reside in Saskatchewan Canada. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:15:49 EST Hello to All I'm fairly new here and I'm happy to have stumbled upon this site. I am looking to better health to improve my sugar levels. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all and to being inspired by your journeys. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:49:55 EST Trying to motivate myself! ! Hi! I'm trying to motivate myself to get started on my weight loss journey. I have 85 lbs to lose so it's overwhelming. Any tips or advice? <em>24</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:49:22 EST Rejoining.. and hoping to make it count. I'm a former SP person for about 10 years now!! I've always done very well when following and tracking my food... However, in the last 5 yrs after having 2 kids.. It's been harder for me to keep up with tracking and I really need to get back on the wagon. <BR> I really need to lose 50lbs to be health and fit, but I'm comfortable being big and that is hard for me to motivate myself to lose. <BR> I could use motivation and support.. If there are boards that you would like to recommend please ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:10:58 EST Newbie from Dayton Hi! I'm Megan from Dayton, Ohio. I need to make this my year and change my unhealthy habits into healthy ones. My goal is to lose around 100 lbs. I don't have a time limit but would like to accomplish it within the next couple of years. <BR> <BR> I work in healthcare and see the consequences of bad habits on a daily basis. I'm single with no kids but I get to lavish love on my niece and nephew and my two doggies. I would like to become more involved in this healthy community to keep me moti... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 03:49:50 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows constant... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:08:43 EST Spark Newbie Hello all, <BR> Well, I have decided to give this site a try. I need to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, maintain my goal weight (once I get there) as I have fluctuated in my weight for 10+ years now... <BR> Anyways, I look forward in meeting new people though out this life long journey we have now set for ourselves :) Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:44:08 EST Hi I'm Felia B Okay, I'm going to try this again! This morning I was praying and telling the Lord that I really need to lose some weight and I wanted to find a good way for me to do so. <BR> <BR> I was web searching and came upon SparkPeople! Wow! Get that a "spark" in my mind to search the web and "sparkpeople" came up which "sparked' me into wanting to be a part of this group! <BR> <BR> I'm excited and afraid at the same time! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me so far. And a specia... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:43:59 EST New friends hi my name is nerak22 and I am looking for new people to support me and keep me motivated. I am starting a new program and having a hard time of believing in myself and have the belief that I will be able to do this Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:45:30 EST hello new Mary Dixon nuby on message board first time on one of these things. So don't get upset if I don't reply right away to your messages or questions, I am new at this, <em>249</em> so as say one day at a time. Right. You can email to at if you already had contacted me another way for some other reason I check my e-mails so HI THERE <em>246</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:23:05 EST New to Sparkpeople Hey there, I'm new and am hoping to find motivation and accountability :-) Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:24:49 EST Lovee says hello Hello my name is Lovee, no that's not my government but that's what I'm called. In September I will be 50 years old and I have been diagnosed with too many ailments. I can barely move from all of the pain that I'm in. I love to dance and I want to exercise but it hurts too much. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:12:26 EST My first post :) Hi Spark Community, <BR> <BR> My name is Charleen and this is my first post here on the message boards. I have been using Spark people on and off over the past few years. I first joined when I was a teenager (Spark Teens), but have since graduated into the full site. <BR> <BR> On New Years Eve a few weeks ago, while most of my friends were at parties getting drunk, I had a profound realization. I thought to myself "why would I want to spend my New Years screwed up?" After all, the holiday ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:10:25 EST Hi! I'm Laura I am looking to add some Spark friends to keep me motivated! I am hoping to drop 10lbs, keep running, get stronger and feel healthy. I like to run on my own and take classes at the gym (pilates, zumba, bootcamp). I log on daily and track my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find some similarly motivated friends! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:37:27 EST It's time to get healthy! Hi everyone, I am Raine. I am not new (was here years ago), but I have a new outlook on fitness and am ready to succeed! In the past I have tried to lose weight like everyone else and tried to follow all the other experts out there, but I have a medical condition (PCOS) that makes weight loss for me difficult. In the past I have been discourage when I wasn't hitting that 1-2 pounds a week mark. Now I understand my body more and my condition giving me a different set of goals that I hope will ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:54:51 EST Looking towards a more healthier lifestyle Bula! My name is Joanne and I am from the island Fiji located in the South Pacific. I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and need to shed a lot of my weight to ease the pressure on my spine. I am very shy by nature and have been hiding behind this instead of going for regular the weight has been piling on. <BR> I find it so hard to turn away from my sweet cravings and drinking soda...esp coke. <em>213</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:30:28 EST Hi I'm Carla Hi today is my first day. I have 95 pounds to loose but my first goal is 10 :). I tend to jump into things with 110 percent get overwhelmed in a few months and quit but not this time :) <BR> <BR> Slowly making lifestyle changes this time. This weeks goal is a 10 min walk each day and to drink my water everyday. Oh and to figure out how to set up a spark page. <BR> <BR> In 2010 I walked/ran the princess half marathon in Disney all on my own. I trained myself and went on my own. It was sca... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:41:30 EST Nashville Hi I'm Brandy and I am new to this. I'm looking for friends near Nashville to support each other. Message me! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:49:30 EST Hello everyone :D Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It's not the first time I try to change my habits, but this time I really have to do it because I'm starting to feel uncomfortable with myself. I also noticed I became gloomy and depressed, and I suspect a lack of proper sleep, physical activity and healthy food is what's causing all my problems. <BR> <BR> I'm one person you could see as "a weakling". Always sick, often alone and with no strength at all. <BR> <BR> My objective here is not to become slim (although ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 06:28:56 EST Hi i'm Dani Okay, so this is my very first time using SparkPeople. I've tried multiple different ways of losing weight before and although they have initially worked, I always fall off the healthy wagon and am now the heaviest I've ever been. 191 pounds at 5ft 3inches seems quite unhealthy. So I thought if i found a buddy who could help keep me on track and stop me reaching for that bar of chocolate and vice versa. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 04:40:13 EST hi I hope to slim down Hi my name is mindie I am a mother of four two are adults now and two are younger they are in elementary school I need to lose weight and get healthy for me and them Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:25:52 EST Rayne is the name Hey ladies, I am 20 almost 21 and i am looking to lose around 25 30 pounds and get healthy. Im horrible with self motivation so i need to find a get healthy buddy with my sameish goals.. to help keep me motivated. im friendly and upbeat can also txt and email to make more healthy friends.. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:01:10 EST Hi from Atlanta! Hi everyone!. I'm new to the online community here. I have been on a journey to overall health and fitness for the past 18 months. I have lost over 45 pounds and have another fifteen pounds to go. I love to work out. I am a member of a Black Girls Run running group here in Atlanta, Georgia. Feel free to add me if you like the same. Best of luck to everyone on their way to reaching their health and fitness. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:57:58 EST the new me hi all, my name is Amy I am 44 and after losing my dad last february to cancer I have taken a new look at life, I want to get my life in order and be healthy. i want to live life not just watch it go by. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:31:59 EST Introducing Myself Hello there, I am slvegirl10, and I am a little new to this site (although I have been here before I am really getting my first taste of how useful and motivational this site can be). I have recently started my weight loss journey, which has been put on the back burner for almost 4 years now. I am sad it has taken me this long to actually start the process. I have tried a weight loss program (SlimGenics) in the past only to leave it behind feeling more discouraged than ever. <BR> However, af... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:05:42 EST Committed Beginner Hello, <BR> <BR> I am joining Sparkpeople for the second time and would like to be successful this time around. Does anyone have any tips for getting started and being successful? Last time I didn't use all of the resources afforded me. My biggest challenge is staying motivated. I would appreciate any and all suggestions that will help keep my head in the game!! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> <BR> Trying to keep it moving <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:43:01 EST restart Hi my name is Dawn.I have been a spark person for sometime but never took it seriously.That all changed when I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and was told I have high blood pressure.I'm not allowed to do anything right now till I see a heart doctor.Having some heart problems with it.I can't wait till I can start walking on treadmill again.I'm keeping track of my foods and doing good with that.Well hope everyone has a great day. <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:06:26 EST New here but tried before Trying again ,this time ,.Ive been a compulsive eater for a long time ,anxiety disorder ,but I have health issues that my bad habits need to slow down and come to an end to get me healthier I have Osteoarthritis in the knees and baker cysts on the back of the knees pain to do alot of walking ,dr says weightloss will help.Hammer toes and bad toenails make it hard to do alot of walkingI hope this isnt alot of complaing ,its why its hard for me to loose Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:27:21 EST Hello from Buffalo Hi~I'm Colleen from Buffalo. Just wanted to throw a question out there first of all. Started eating Paleo Jan 19th. Lost 8 lbs the 1st week. Went off last Sunday for the Superbowl. Didn't reallt aet that much out of context, but drank a few beers. Gained 3 pounds. Got right back to it on Monday, and as of today, stayed the exact same as Monday. Seriously? Just a little discouraged. What the heck am I doing wrong?? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:21:47 EST Sudden weight gain I was always able to lose weight even at my age of 52 but since the past two months I've gained 15 pounds I was never a small person since after the kids but I was able to maintain my weight at 165 steady then it went up to 175&#128560; because of my arthritis of both knees... so soon I got used to being 175lbs my doctors said I needed to do double knee replacement surgery... but now it's at its max of 185lbs and it's very hard for me to even do the household chores... Because of my knees I... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:12:55 EST At It Again Hi Everyone, I am 41 and a mother of 3. I am back at this weight loss thing again. I want to turn this thing into a lifestyle change. My goal is to lose 80 pounds. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:25:57 EST Hi! I am a 70 year old wife, mom to 3 kids & grandmother to 5. Been retired for 8 years. Have suffered with obesity for several decades and have been using Spark People off and on for a few years with some success. Now I finally feel this is my time for true success. Joined our local Y and started an exercise program of Water aerobics to combat health issues related to my obesity. Working for true success and hope to see 200 on the scale by mid summer....but need to drop 15 pounds in 6 weeks........ Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:30:58 EST Hello folks Hi. I am new here. I am 43,and out of shape. Advise and support would be welcome. Thank you Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:53:20 EST Good Morning From the Middle East Hello everyone. Glad to meet you all and good morning from the Middle East. I'm Air Force currently deployed oversees to kick some bad guy behind. I'm only here for 6 months, for which I'm very thankful. This is the perfect environment to stay away from "feeders" and distractions of home life and get back into shape. My goal is to lose 25 lbs while I'm out here. That will put me down in the 150s which I was almost 2 years ago before the Air Force sent me to a doctorate program on steriods (6 ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:08:25 EST Back and steady at it After I met my goal I let myself go a bit, now I am back and hard at it looking for support and hopefully encourage others along the way. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:41:46 EST Hai let's aim for happy life..... This anantha Iam 27 yrs old........ I should reduce my weight 6 lbs.... Iam happily welcoming my parter Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:43:21 EST Looking for a friend with similar goals! Hello, my name is Kelsey and im new to this website. I googled specifically to find a friend to help me lose, and hopefully I ca help you lose weight, and the search came up with spark people, so I'm hoping this works. <BR> I'm 190 pounds and 5 foot 3 and I'm looking to lose about 60 pounds. If there is anyone with a similar goal, to lose 60 pounds, and is looking for support and even possibly want to exchange emails, I'm being serious here. I'm 21 and I feel like at this age I'm supposed to... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:03:55 EST community portion of spark people loses me This is not my first time trying spark people but I see a great value last time I was on I was working 8 hr a day 5 days a week (now I am retired)I had a very sick husband who was my life. He died a year ago (he want me to lose the weight because of Health issues i was about to face I had just learned I was diabetic.) and I was also wife I do miss that part of my life. Then there is our church you see we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints( Mormon for those Of you w... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:11:17 EST I wanted to introduce myself HI everyone my name is Brittany, I am 18 years old, I am looking for a positive life style and wanted to get to know everyone.. I am new to this site, i love to ask and answer questions .. So hit me up and even add me!!! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:30:44 EST I'm Back..... I am 280 lbs. My goal is 175. That is 105 Pounds that I will lose. I need people, cohorts, friends to help me through this process. I really can not do it alone. I am looking forward to the lifestyle part of it when it is in you to just live well. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:28:55 EST Just Joined SparkPeople - This is amazing after trying every diet and diet pill. I just completed Advocare24 day challenge and did lose 10 lbs but it is expensive and feel that I have jump started my weight loss. So, glad I ran across this site the food tracker is going to help keep me on track. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:39:23 EST Fairly new. Finally evicting my fat cells! Well my name is Tina Rose, and I am usually a silly and goofy girl, but now I'm serious! <BR> <BR> I am truly doing an eviction. This is a final notice to my many fat cells.They have set up residence and have multiplied over the past 10 years. No more "squatting" in the area of "Gluteus". No more excuses! I am doing a swift removal and I will not be kind. I envision the leaving of each ugly one of them every step I take. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:38:01 EST where do I begin?...... My entire life I have been goal the age of 35(9 years ago) I had 2 heart attacks, a quadruple bypass and now have a pacemaker/defibrillator. I have since found out that 2 of my children have heart issues as well. With all of this going on, things have spiraled out of control and I have gained 30lbs. I need to loose at least 20lbs by summer or risk another heart attack that I may not survive. Its hard for me to stay on track when my husband and children are all thin and do not need... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:40:49 EST Lit a spark under me!!! Thank you Spark People. <BR> I am finally ready to commit to losing weight. My back, legs, ankles and feet ached so much that I couldn't walk long enough to shop for Christmas for the last time. SparkPeople gave me the courage to get it together. I have shared the recipes and articles with friends and family for a couple of years, but, never got busy doing something for myself. I managed a 28 day detoxification for inflammation and it worked. I can walk with out pain now...I can also exerci... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:02:37 EST Starting My Journey I am starting my journey to a happier and healthier me! I have reached the point where I have to make a change because I know I am not myself anymore and I let things get out of control with my eating habits and not working out. I feel tired and generally unhealthy most of the time and I know it's because I have to change what and how I eat and be active. Looking forward to the journey! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:39:46 EST Gong for goal. Hello, spark people I going for 142 in December 2015 from 185. Lets go for the goal. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:05:57 EST 90 day journey back to good health Hello Spark Folks, <BR> <BR> I just started my 90 day journey back to good health. I've been pretty active all my life. From skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, running, hiking, biking... and many more. But, tennis has been the sport I really enjoyed. For the last 10 years since moving to Cal I haven't been very consistent with any sporty things especially tennis. <BR> <BR> Recently, I played singles with a friend and found myself so weak, tired, and frustrated. I used to play so m... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:40:42 EST Hello all, new here! Good morning, <BR> <BR> My name is Madie, I am new to SP. <BR> <BR> I am 38 years old live in NJ and a mother of 4. <BR> <BR> I did WW and MFP and lost 50lbs back in 2012. I maintained for 2 years exercising 5x a week and logging. One day I took a turn that was unexpected and was recently diagnosed with Lupus and RA. I went from very active to nothing and a depression kicked in. I have gained 36lbs back since my diagnosis, not working out and the freaking pills I am on. <BR> <BR> I need ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:52:12 EST Newby here I'm sure you see newby a lot. I hope to have a great time while I finish my last 45 lbs. My neighbor told me about this site and I got very excited. Making new friends who have something in common is great. Thanks for letting me join Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:05:05 EST college life weight loss Hi :) <BR> <BR> I decided to start back up on here because of the weight I gained during my first semester at college ( they're not lying when they say Freshman 15). So, I thought why not introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My goal is to loose all my extra weight by the time I start my junior year (August 2016) because I plan on studying abroad that year. I mean if I can do it faster I'm not complaining! If anyone would like to join my on my mission, feel free :) I'm looking for (and giving) as muc... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:58:04 EST Starting Over With Spark People I joined Spark People many years ago. I have been on Weight Watchers since November 11, 2014 when I came back from my honeymoon. I have lost 15.5 pounds over the last 12 weeks. I feel better and have gotten off a couple of medications. I can't really exercise right now as I have a still slightly sprained ankle, but I won't let that stop me. I have 110 pounds left to hit my ultimate goal, but would ultimately like to just lose 100 right now. When I hit that 100 pound loss we are going to try t... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:22:42 EST newbie with a question Hi, <BR> I just joined spark and am beginning my weight loss journey today. I am trying to locate the area where I put in my stats...i.e. weight, how many pounds per week I want to lose, etc. How do I get back to that? I cant seem to locate it on this site. Thanks in advance for any help. <BR> Kat Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:50:56 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Looking for a friend to do this with I have previously lost 20lbs with spark people, but then lost motivation, stopped tracking, and slowly gained almost all of the 20lbs back through unhealthy choices and lack of exercise. <em>46</em> I really want to make the right choices and make them part of my everyday life, so here I am back with it, and I would love to find some friends to help me stick with it this time. <em>381</em> I need to loose at least the 20lbs, but would like to loose 30. If anyone out there has similar g... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:33:58 EST first day How does one keep track if your on the FMD diet? My first day on here n am lost on here!!! <em>40</em> anyone doing the FMD? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:11:25 EST hello hello!!! My name is Lisa. I am 52 yrs old, I am new to SparkPeople and would love to have some friends. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:39:39 EST