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 Once again Hi All... I am joining again... haven't been able to focus on this goal as much as I wanted. Now , it is my main focus. I am heavier than I have ever been, tired and just really frustrated with myself for gaining so MUCH weight. I have over 80 pounds to lose but I know that I can get this done.....Nothing is impossible with God ;) Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:47:10 EST MY journey TO HEALTHIER ME :) Well Hi people I am new her in SP <BR> how is everyone ... <BR> well I started my weight loss journey around 1.5 year back and till now just by controlling my portions and doing exercise on and off I lost almost 15kg (33 lbs) <BR> Now I have to loose 25kg (55 lbs) and really I need inspiration..... <BR> I started controlling more of my meals ... eating less bread since 8 days now .. plus I am doing brisk walking /jogging 45 mins every day with 30-45 min of cardio or any other exercises ... <... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:54:21 EST Erin So excited to get started! Long term goals are to lose 100 pounds and run a 5k. I earned my 2nd degree Black Belt before I had my daughter and want to get back to that fitness level. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:24:47 EST Here We Go Again! This is my third time being a SP member. <em>193</em> <BR> I lost some weight on my own and decided I needed more of a network than just my husband to relate to with my weight issues. <BR> Looking for ideas and recipes, and maybe making some connections along the way. <BR> <BR> Party on. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:54:52 EST Just getting started Hi, I desperately need to lose about 150lbs, learn better habits and I pray I can keep it off. I would not be truthful if I didn't tell you I am scared to death that I can't do this, I have tried other plans and gained the weight back with a few extra which got me where I am today. 150lbs over weight and so weak I can barely participate in my own life. <BR> I have checked out some of the teams and was brought to tears by the support and friendships that have developed between people who on... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:11:29 EST Cool Grandma This Grandma likes staying sexy and young looking but injuries sometimes knock me off my feet til' I heal up. I have a tough job as a Paraprofessional working in the special education system. Trying to keep going is all I ask, so I can be there for my children and grandchildren. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:18:55 EST Getting Started Hi, <BR> I'm just getting started and looking to lose 30 lbs ( I am 180lbs at the moment). I am nervous but looking forward to this process. I work in a very stressful environment and I did not take care of myself. I'm looking to lose weight and take better care of myself. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:11:11 EST Starting something new Hi. My name is Michelle and my Dr. recommended this site to me. I'm needing some support in losing my last 55 pounds and hoping that I could make new friends. The best time for me to do my workouts are in the evenings. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:18:53 EST NEW IN WASHINGTON <BR> Hi! My name is Miette. I started exercising about 3 years ago when I saw the scales hit nearly 200. Afraid to see that first number at a 2, I thought I had time and resources, so there should NO LONGER be an excuse to not try a couple times a week. I started with Zumba. TIP-If you want to lose weight without feeling like exercise and have fun, I highly recommend this! I lost 30 lbs and 3 dress sizes without dieting in 4 months. Once I had done that, I thought to myself, if I can do this... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:06:19 EST New here I am feeling miserable. I need to do something and I need to have some accountability. Is there a way of doing that here? I have been really good at exercising 3-4 times a week for a year and a half but I am horrible with my diet so I haven't lost anything. My clothes feel horrible. Let me know if there is a way to have daily accountability on here. Thanks. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:49:42 EST new member I'm happy I found this site and am excited about the program Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:36:47 EST Hello all! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi. Starting my first day on SparkPeople today! Here's to a new beginning. I had lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers a year ago, but have gained 8 lbs back. I am looking forward to getting back on track w/ a new start. Great to know I could join the program for FREE!! <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:43:21 EST New girl in town <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Jodi and I'm new to Sparkpeople. Ive spent most of the morning reading blogs and checking out the site. Looks like it's good place to be. Starting out my weight loss journey here. I want to lose 50 pounds. I start boot camp with a personal trainer next week, and I've also signed up to do a 5k in a couple months. Hope everyone has a fantastic day! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:01:52 EST Technical question Dear Spark Friends: <BR> <BR> How do I delete specific teams that I "joined" a while back but with which I no longer wish to associate? <BR> <BR> I went to the "Spark Teams" link and then hit "Manage my teams," but all it invites me to do is re-order the teams. I see nothing that says "delete this team." <BR> <BR> Help? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:54:02 EST exercise Was doing quite well, walking almost an hour every day. Broke my leg and tore my meniscus. Cannot walk around like I used to. Still doing well with food, even though I cannot prepare everything I want to. Will not give up the fight! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:40:23 EST Hello all spark people Today is my first day in joining Sparkpeople and so far i am finding it to be very interesting. I recently went the dr.s office after having some blood work done and found out that if i don't get my sugar and weight down then 3 months from now it will medication. I am very frustrated as i always watch the sugar in anything i eat or drink so i am looking for support and guidance on my newest journey. I am limited on exercise for now after having 2 surgeries on my right leg but hoping next wee... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:34:35 EST Hi, I'm Christie! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! I recently lost 10 pounds, but need help to get over the hurdle. I started at 174, I am currently 164, and my goal weight is 130. I know that I can do this, but I have a very stressful life and tend to be an emotional over eater. I would love to make a few friends on here so that we can encourage each other. I am friendly, supportive, and, most importantly, judgement free! Say hello, I would love to meet you! <BR> <BR> Christie Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:14 EST Just starting out Hi! <BR> I am 43 and am want to eat healthier, loose 50 lbs and feel better. I am hoping to Spark people will help me focus and help me learn better habits. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:07:22 EST Hi there I am Vanessa. I am currently 62kgs and I intend on loosing 7kg = 55kg. I have done it before, I can do it again. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:32:50 EST Hello I am from the Texas panhandle. My biggest challenges are motivating myself to exercise and also making healthier and better food choices. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:00 EST New-ish Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This is (I think) the third time I've used Spark and third time is the charm! Spark always worked for me, but I didn't always work for Spark, and now I am finally ready to make the changes I need to make to be healthier and happier. <BR> <BR> I'm 27 and I live in Ottawa (Canada) with my husband and my dog. I study library technology, and we hope to start a family in 2 years or so. That is one of the big motivations for me, because I want to be in optimal health when t... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:56:07 EST This is new, so it's ok to laugh, I likely am too I have been using SP off and on for over a year and have decided to take that bold, daring leap into this generation. I am really impressed by the posts and thought provoking blogs that I have been reading for the past week. I am also glad to be here.... Just not really sure what to do next! <BR> I am half way to my first goal. After a full year at a plateau, I am ready to try a little something different to hopefully kickstart my push toward the goal line. Being over 50 isn't for sissie... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:54:08 EST Back to sparkpeople and on THM Hello all! I'm starting at sparkpeople again after 2 years and wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change. I've started the 10 min exercise challenge (something I have always been inconsistent with) and am implementing the trim healthy mama plan. Starting with small changes that I hope will lead to big results! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:17:48 EST Yes I Can! Hi Everyone, I started my weight lost journey in March, 2014. I am so glad I found this site last week. There are so many great resources. Congratulations for make this decision to improve your health. I wish you all much success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:47 EST Hello Everyone This is my first time posting, I am very new to this!! I am hoping to find similar people with like minded goals and struggles. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:11 EST New Team and a New Fall Challenge We started a new team STOP (Sensibly Take Off Pounds) July 3rd 2014. We have acquired approx. 31 members. <BR> <BR> We are starting a new Fall challenge Sept 4, 2014. Weigh ins are on THURSDAYS ONLY. <BR> Sept 4th will be the Start weight for the Fall Challenge called "Leaves and Pounds Fall" <BR> STOP is a private team which means you need an invite to the Team. <BR> If you think you might be interested in our team and weight loss challenges please send me a message and I will send you an ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:53:14 EST Hello! I'm proud to say I've made it to 40 and apparently I'm the oldest one in my class team. I know that makes my road quite a bit harder (due to slower metabolism supposedly), but I'm here to give it my best shot!! I guess I was a bit of an over achiever and put on more than 15 lbs for the "freshman 15" and it just started climbing from there and got worse once I had my daughters. My girls are to old to say I still have some "baby weight" to lose since my youngest is 6 now so it's just time I ta... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:45 EST Hey everyone! “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” <BR> <BR> I think that sums up my efforts to improve my health very well. When I was in 5th grade, my parents started a long, brutal divorce. Around the same time, my weight became unhealthy. Partly due to some of the circumstances surrounding the divorce, I lost most of my self confidence and my body image became extremely poor. I became very withdrawn and quiet, all of which I still struggle with today. I took a couple dance classes, which... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:57:10 EST Hi! I'm New To This <em>40</em> My name is Paula. I'm 59 years old, and will have a birthday this December. My daughter is getting married this coming April. For a variety of reasons - plantar fasciitis; being my father's conservator and guardian (he's got Alzheimers); working too much - AND making some poor nutrition choices - I've managed to weigh more now than I ever have. I am informed about good food choices. I need to make a commitment to myself to continue to exercise as much as I am able, and to... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:40:59 EST Hi I'm Sunny126 I've finally gotten the hang how to use this site and navigate a it a little better , so I'm ready to really get moving here. <BR> My goal weight is 126 pounds which means I'm here to lose 135 pounds. Due to health and pain issues I have been very sedentary for quite sometime so I'm looking to build a supportive community to help me finally achieve optimal health. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:20:44 EST Pattyfay40 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST creating a ticker Could some one help me please? Hpw do you put a ticker on your page? Thank you Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:11:58 EST robbinlee Hello everyone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:04 EST newbie! Need some spark help Hi! I'm 29 and TTC. In order to do so, I need to lose weight first. I have type 2 diabetes so this makes it a little harder. I've been on here for a few hrs now and I just cant seem to figure out how to use some of the features. I'm getting frustrated already :( - Can someone please help me figure out how I can add a recipe so that the nutrition info is added to my meal tracker and so I can always choose that recipe again in the future. I just can not figure it out for the life of me! So far,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:44:06 EST Newbie and ready to lose weight Hello everyone! My name is Candi. I am a 38 y/o mother of 4 (daughter 19, son 15, son 11 & son 8). I used to be skinny and I knew it. But now with age and medical problems, my weight is crazy. I have plantar facititis in both feet, I have a partial tear of my right ACL, I have had several c-sections, hysterectomy, bladder surgery, abnormally low heart rate, I have hypothyroidism and my hormones are totally out of wack. I have been trying for years to level everything out but I would get my th... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:41:31 EST New Girl Hi Guys <BR> Am looking for some motivation and some friends to help me through this as i know this will be a challenge. <BR> Gems Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:45 EST Newbie again! I feel like a cereal dieter Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:18:37 EST Hello Everyone!! I am ready to do this :) Hello All!! My name is Donna & I am 45 years old. I want to lose at least 20 lbs (25 is even better) and get in shape. Getting rid of my yucky little belly would be nice. I get tired of changing my clothes ten times every morning before work. Does anyone else do that?? I joined a gym a few weeks ago and joined Spark to get support & encouragement as well as be a support to everyone out there. As many of you my age know, my metabolism is soo slow which makes it hard to stay motivated when I ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:01:59 EST Old and confused! I am looking for low carb plan to help control type two diabetes. Is that on sparkpeople and if so where?.. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:55:34 EST Eager to stay healthy I'm 71 and have been blessed with excellent health , no chronic conditions, no medications. I have had to watch my weight since I had my first child and have been successful in maintaining an acceptable weight until menopause and now as I'm aging. Now much has changed in my life except LESS stress and it seems that that has created my gaining 30 pounds over that ten years since I've retired. I maintain ~1200 calories a day and get my fruits and veggies most of the time but since starting to w... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:43:46 EST Hi I'm Pam Looking for better health and weight loss. I always fail due to lack of motivation and low self-esteem. I am hoping to change that this time. I just turned 40 and I want to live the rest of my days as happy and healthy as possible. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:57:20 EST Hi - I'm Laura Lee <em>521</em> I just turned 50 this year and I'm about 75 pounds overweight. I am excited to start changing my life and my body for the better! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:23:51 EST New to Spark Hello Spark members I am new to this very supporting site to help meet my weight loss and fitness goals, I also like to wish everyone continue success in their weight loss and fitness journey! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:28:38 EST Compulsive Over Eater Osteoarthritis of left knee Well, I am not new to this site, but almost gave up on myself and basically stop trying. I now know that when you give up you are defeated and your worst nightmares come true. When I started back in 2010 I weighed in at 217 lbs. Now I weigh 255 lbs and as of today been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the left knee. I am sure as much weight as I have gained over the past 90 days, when I go to my Primary Care Physician at 3:00 tomorrow for more test the old dreaded diabetes will be in full... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:25:09 EST A little about me. I am perpetually trying to loose weight. This time I will try the diet plan and stick as close to it as possible. I have lost about 2 pounds in 2 weeks. I have a goal to loose about 50 pounds in six months. That would be sooo cool! I like the motivational things on this site. Blessings to those who started it! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:12:06 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:32 EST How do i Create one of them little timeline things at the bottom? Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:15:38 EST Here I go again..... I have been a SparkPeople member for years! In 2005, I had gastric bypass surgery when I weighed 287 lbs. At my lowest point (weight wise) I dropped over 150 pounds and kept under 150 for quite some time. Here I am divorced and remarried since then - but my current husband and I love eating together and hanging out together and I am back up to 175 pounds and would like to get back to my "sweet spot" of 145. I'm looking back to my SparkPeople community to help me along my newest journey. I c... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:10:26 EST Hello First step to a large amount of weight to lose. Excited to get started. Tonight I plan on doing my first walk around the neighborhood. Hopefully these steps lead to a much more active life style for me! <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:27:10 EST hi i'm back on track with the help of sparkpeople <em>259</em> yes it's hottttt outside but that don't stop me from going to the gym. i swim at the gym and do my exercises and thanks to Sparkpeople i lost weight. but i stopped for awhile cause i was on Weight Watchers. i am still on it but i LOVE Sparkpeople more. i lost 18lbs on WW and i know i can still lose more with the help of Sparkpeople community <em>532</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:50:24 EST Hi I'm Cloud, and I'm 52 years old. I am a type II diabetic and hyglycemic , diet / excercise only since 2001. However the Excercise part has been almost none as its sometimes very hard to do much moving, I have arthritis of the Neck/ Spine, Joints. Possible RA (Dr thinks its Lupus), Neuropathy - severe, no longer able to distinguish heat/ cold and can't feel pain unless its severe enough, has fibromalagia, but when I can I do walk as often as i can on a good day. Which good days are far and few... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:43:56 EST Hi Everyone HI Everyone, <BR> I am coming back to Spark People after a time away. I have started tracking my food and exercising. Both of which I know has worked for me in the past.I joined a water aerobics (aqua zumba) class and it is really fun. over the past year I have been involved with a weight loss surgery clinic and was even on the wait list for surgery. For lots of reasons I have decided I do not want surgery and it is not for me personally. So here I am. <em>30</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:56:47 EST Accountability Buddy? anyone? anyone? Bueller? Hey there! <BR> So I'm looking for someone who might also benefit from having a weekly (or bi-weekly) check-in partner because I really need someone to support me and also keep me on track. <BR> Thanks! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:18:24 EST Fighting to get fit Hello All <BR> <BR> I have had enough of being overweight <BR> <BR> I have tried loads of diets but have lots of problems / issues with food so find it hard to always be able to eat healthy <BR> <BR> I want to lose about 4 stone and it feels like an impossible job <BR> <BR> I keep saying to myself just be good for a few months then you wont have to feel so guilty about having treats every now and then but then I get stressed out or annoyed and shove lots of food down my throat before I ca... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:14:17 EST Ready for change Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> In the last year I have gained 70lbs. I've been on the road back to getting healthy, however it has been an uphill climb and I am now ready to start being accountable for what I put in my mouth as well as what I do for exercise. <BR> <BR> Recently a friend invited me to come visit and go for a hike. I struggled through it at first but the reward at the end was fantastic and I felt great afterward (minus a few aches and pains). She encouraged me to start up on Spark P... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:29:58 EST Joining while participating in Kaiser Weight Prg. Hello, <BR> <BR> Just joined SparkPeople after hearing about it in a session at a Kaiser Medical Weight Management program I am currently in. Started at 246 lbs and have lost 25, but want to get to 170. Even more important is wanting to keep it off for the long term, and that is where I am hoping SparkPeople will help. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:15:27 EST starting over Day 2 of starting over (from 2011). Moving forward and not looking back. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:09:13 EST Hola! Hi! I just joined tonight - after dinner! I live in Panama, Central America. My husband and I retired here. I hope to maybe find another Panamanian for local support. But if I don't, I still look forward to both giving and getting support as I work to optimize my health, my weight, my fitness. It will be a challenge to adapt many of the food choices/recipes to locally available options, but I will be doing my best. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:08:25 EST New Day Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom that has been overweight my whole life. I had good success with Atkins about 13 years ago, so I'm starting over with a low carb lifestyle. But I do understand it's supposed to be much harder the second time around (this scares me a bit) but I believe in myself and I wan to live a long and "healthy" life! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:45:07 EST I lost another Job i can't handle this anymore. i'm tired, i'm fat, i'm sick and i'm emotional. on my birthday i decided to want to lose 100 pounds by next year and now that i don't have a job. i feel i can't do any of it. i have IBS so i called in a lot. guess i just didn't care anymore. and i've been emotional and apparently rude. i don't even remember. i do know that i hate stupid people....or at least when they act stupid. <BR> <BR> i'm so depressed, all i want to do lay in bed at cry. i'm a 26 year old l... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:55:32 EST New Today Hi. new here. This is my last attempt at losing weight..other diets became to restrictive or boring, and I spent way to much money on fad pills and supplements pills that never worked long term. I have a lot of weight to lose. So here and beginning with small steps. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:43:30 EST Regaining my life and health... <em>249</em> <BR> Hi, <BR> My name is Danyell, I'm a mother of two boys 12 and 17. The past year and a half have been a whirlwind of turmoil in my life and marriage. During my separation I was able to lose weight almost 30 pounds. I am happy to report I am with my husband of 19 years, and we are going strong. However, I have regained my weight back. I have been overweight on and off for 20 years. I am ready to change for good and become happier and healthier. I am a new college student and... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:03:55 EST New Sparkie and Scared Hi. I just signed up weighing 202 (awful) and wanting to get to a goal of 135. I know this sounds funny, but I'm scared. I have tried so many things -- Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, and Atkins, to name a few. I have never been able to stick to them and end up gaining more weight than I lost. I guess I just need a shot in the arm for self-confidence. I just don't want this to be one more failure. <em>24</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:42:18 EST new to spark people Hello I am Andrea Duhe', I also go by Ooops as a nickname. I got this nickname because I am a performer and my stage name is (Miss Ooops or Ooops the Clown). I am new and just finding out about this site. And pointers on navigating through Spark People is helpful. I do exercise alot due to the fact that I am an aerialist, but ironically lack alot of discipline I need to have to really really advance in my practice. I would like to be healthier, and having a stronger will power and follow thru... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:26:53 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:47 EST Hope this will change my life Just wanted to introduce myself. Hoping this site will help me change my life. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:51:45 EST I want to change my life habits! Hi I have two wonderful children and I want to get healthy so I can be there for them for a long time. My weight is not the issue, but my diet,sleeping and lack of exercise is, and that is what I want to change. I have sparked a long time ago and did not see it thru, this time I have every intention to do that. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:28 EST Hi everyone Hi all. New here. Im ready to do this weight loss journey. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:23:20 EST hi there! Hi! I'm Amy. I am 32 and a grad student living in Nashville, TN. This account is new but I've used SP before with good results -- just need to get with the program again! Among my health issues are asthma and celiac disease, both of which make getting/staying healthy a little more difficult, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm glad to be part of the team! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:33:50 EST eating at night hi everyone, i lost 74 lbs a few yrs ago and little by little ive managed to gain it all back now i feel stuck and confused i need support and help! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:09:08 EST New man here So, I started utilizing this site because it lets me track my food intake and exercise routine. But as I continue to utilize the site I am finding that there are a lot of great tools offered here. What I am concerned with is that I am not seeing a huge male presence here. Is this site geared mainly towards woman? I don't care either way because this is helping me reach my goals, just curious. Anyway, I have been exercising for quite a while now. Trying to build some muscle and lose some fat. ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:26:59 EST New team! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I created a new team, one which seems to be fairly unique on this site. My team is all about success in all aspects of life. <BR> <BR> I really would like to be here to motivate you and help you grow as well as myself. Please feel free to drop in a check it out. <BR> <BR><BR>fe <BR> <BR> -Amanda Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:16:51 EST Returning Member - Ready to Finish This Time! Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a returning SparkPeople member. I have managed to keep the weight off that I lost (51 lbs) but am eager to lose the remaining 25, which will get me to a healthy BMI and a nicer figure too! The CATZ in my name is the gym that I attend regularly. It stands for Competitive Athletic Training Zone. One of my long term goals is to run a 5K... and I will! <BR> <BR> Together we can do more. Let's get to goal together! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:07:45 EST Back On Board, last visit December 2012 On Christmas 2012, I decided to take a break from my diet and from Sparkpeople. Well my hiatus lasted much long than anticipated. (20 months, plus 40 pounds) I have always had great success in my weight loss endeavours. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Sparklepeople. <BR> <BR> Currently I weigh in at 256. (281 back when I was still working, around 2006) This is not the heaviest I have ever been, but it is the point where I start noticing some physical problems. Knees, back, and increase... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:24 EST New & looking for support & encouragement Hi everyone, I am a wife & mother of two who desperately wants to lose weight & improve my health for myself & my family. I have been through a stage of my life where I was so unhappy with myself I didn't see how my husband could love or want me. I felt embarrassed to meet the other moms at the school. I want to be proud of myself & want my family to be proud of me as well. I have talked to them about the changes I want to make in my life & they are very supportive. They have agreed to exerci... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:35:23 EST I'm a mom of two young kids looking for inspriatio Hello! I'm Kat, a mother of two little ones, and I'm looking for Sparkpeople inspiration. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:06:08 EST Returning member / from Australia Hi there Sparkies. Been absent for nearly 2 years, but back again to attempt my Health Improvement for the 3rd time. Tried to have a Family Club with 2 of my sisters - but only lasted a 3 months. I have set a preliminary goal of losing 8kg between now [24.8.14] and Jan1 2015. Never managed to get under 92kg - but have returned to my prior weight of 98kg in the last 8 months. I'm guessing that with a lot more knwledge under my belt that this will be a smoother process this time. A bit more de... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:49:42 EST EXCITED TO START AND READY TO GO!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Sierra and I finally feel ready to get myself back in shape and become a more positive and productive person. In the past, I have had many attempts at getting in shape but the excitement and dedication just doesn't seem to hang in there with me and I fail at what I attempt to do. I have not had the most encouraging and supportive people around to go to when I needed help or motivation so this is one of the major reasons why I joined this site. <BR> <... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:11:41 EST Hi to everyone I just joined the site today. I have been trying to lose weight for the past year. I did have some success and was able to lose 30lbs on my own but have recently got back into some of my old habits and have slowly been gaining the weight back. I am hoping that joining this website will help kickstart my weight loss again and help me get some of the motivation I have lost back. I can't wait to get started! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:39:47 EST Hello everybody! Hi there. I have just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I work full time and have a 2 year old. I used to have all the time in the world. I exercised, I ate healthy food and cooked meals. Now I get home from work to a demanding child, feed him, eat his leftovers, eat some more rubbish, run around trying to sort out the house work, washing, cleaning, shopping, and stuff for work the next day, have a glass (or 2) of wine then collapse into bed. I have put on so much weight. I also suffer a... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:04:45 EST Good Morning from Texas I just want to introduce myself. I am 62 years old and live in rural Texas with my dh of 42 yrs. He has diabetes in his family and I have arthritis so we are on a mission to embrace a healthier lifestyle. We began last year and have both lost weight. I've lost 24 pounds since last November and am currently stuck at 150. SparkPeople looks like a great place to help get the scale moving downward again. I want to lose another 15 pounds. We live in the country so I naturally walk a fair amount bu... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:57:04 EST I need support in mississauga Hi I just joined Sp and am a little nervous. I am a single mother that needs to start taking care of my health. I am really lazy and a stubborn person that needs motivation. I just moved to burnamthrope and Winston Churchill. I desperately need a buddy to work with please. thanks Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:21:10 EST Newly diagnosed I am 66 years of age. I recently was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. I have been treated for sometime for high blood pressure and depression. I have suffered TIA'S also. I need much help specially with meal planning for the diabetes. Does anyone have the same problem that can offer suggestions? Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:49:03 EST Suen Hi. I just signed up today. I am 25 lbs. over weight and I am diabetic. I also have heart disease. I look forward to interacting with all of you so we can help each other to reach our goals!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:33:09 EST In search of a health life Hi Everyone !! <BR> <BR> First day ....I'm so excited to get started. Need to get rid of this burden called excess weight. Tired of carrying it around. Need motivation to stay on track. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:45:57 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:34:10 EST Workout buddy wanted :) Hi guys! I am new to this site and am greatly in need of a workout buddy to share accountability with and to keep each other motivated! I have the greatest intentions every evening for the day ahead, but every morning seems to drag and all my time gets taken up by other things that push their way to the top of that day's priority list. I am 18 years of age, 5'3", at 130lbs, looking to lose 20lbs. My biggest fitness goal is just to get overall toned up and hard so that I can extend my physical... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:28:00 EST I have no determination or motivation. So, I need to loose weight... Im going on vacation in November and I can't care enough to stop eating bad food and start working out. I'm here to find motivation and someone I can talk to so I can get some accountability and help them out as well. <BR> <BR> I'm a 26 year old female, currently at 168lbs at 5'4". Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:09:58 EST Howdy ya'll! Just saying hello! My name is Kristal, I'm 28, I've been a big girl most of my life so I.m trying this weight loss thing again. First time around I lost 30 pounds but ended up pregnant with my son. :) I hope that doesnt happen again haha <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 254 and I'm in the 220's now, yay me! Who's from Texas around here? <BR> <BR> Have a good day ya'll! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:26:46 EST now is as good of time as any After 18 years of marriage I took the terrifying step of leaving my husband this past June. I did not want a divorce but he had cheated many times and left me no choice. I am on my own now with our 8 yr old daughter and our teenage boys have chosen to stay with him at the farm. It is very easy to succumb to depression and allow myself to wallow, but today is a a good day and I have decided to take a good friends advice and take this transition period to focus on my own well being. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:38:32 EST Needing support & encouragement for weight loss Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and would love to have some encouragement and support for my weight loss journey. I am 35 years old, have been married almost 14 years & have 2 boys (9 & 2). I seem to always do well for a week or two on my diets and then I just lack the willpower/motivation to continue. :( I get so extremely frustrated with myself. I also struggle with knowing what to eat other than salads and get tired of that very quickly! I need to lose weight for my kids and my husband--so ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:51:15 EST coming back Hola, hello everybody, no more vacations, starting strong again!!!! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:10:17 EST Ready, set. go! My wife and I have set up SparkPeople accounts and have begun our journey to better fitness and health. It is great for us to do this together. We help motivate each other. We've been enjoying the new dialogue in our home and the SparkPeople website is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Something I've been doing when watching TV is to do a variety of movement exercises during commercials. <BR> <BR> We're glad to be here! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:10:30 EST Looking to be healthier! I just joined Spark people and am looking to lose 10 pounds an seat healthier. Any tips on th best way to use this site? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:55:11 EST Life's Challenging moments My name is Anne. I've been involved with SparkPeople before, losing 60 lbs. I kept that off and it's time to get myself going again....taking time out for me from my crazy world of stress and chaos that seems to follow me. <BR> I work a very stressful job and recently left my abusive marriage of 17 years. I then found the love of my life after having lost contact with him 30 years ago. We're married now but the divorce/shared parenting dulldrums really get me down. that being said, I h... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:23:53 EST hello there . . . I am waaaay too old to be trying to lose the same ol' 40# again . . . but here I am. <BR> <BR> This time I want to get rid of it for good! Yes, I want to look better, but at 63 y/o it's more about health. Don't have any problems yet, but . . . don't want any! <BR> <BR> My main concern is shopping for food. How do I purchase 4 stalks of celery for the weekly menu plan? Is the salad bar at my local grocer an option? What if I hate broccoli? Is there an "exchange" list available? I've l... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:55:24 EST support needed I know I need to lose about 30 pounds, but need exercise more. Been at a desk job for 25+ years and this 62 year old body is ready for some serious tune out. ooking for some support and encouragement. Married to a skinny active man who can eat constantly, so would be nice to interact with someone who understands how difficult this can be. Starting right now Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:50:07 EST Hi, Everyone! My name is Jackie. Looking to lose the same 20 pounds that keep finding me! I'm hoping to not only be successful but to keep it off this time. I'm very new to the site and still learning how to navigate my way around. Anyone from Central/Jersey Shore area? <BR> <BR> Have a great night! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:19:11 EST Hello: anyone from Escondido CA? I'm back and ready to do this. I have joined Weight Watchers and have lost almost 10 pounds. I would love to get a walking work out buddy. I love to walk outside (park or drive to the beach on the weekend) and also have a 24 hour membership. Anyone interested? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:09:31 EST Let's do this! I used to be fit. <BR> I used to be motivated - eating well, working out every day, drinking all my water, etc. <BR> <BR> Over the past 7 years I met my husband, we bought a house, had our son (now 3), got married, and packed on about 30lb. <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed every day that I haven't managed to get my act together. I'm uncomfortable in my skin. <BR> <BR> Working as a business executive full time and being a wife & mom often means I put myself last... this is nuts since my husband ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:03:06 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:45:38 EST Back again Hi everyone! I'm back as so it seems. I am a type 2 diabetic, looking for support. I have great family and friends some that are also diabetic, but don't seem to deal with the same things I do. Seems like they can do or eat what they want and it doesn't affect their sugar at all. I guess I am get very frustrated and was wondering if there was anyone else out there that has or is going through this. I don't even know what I'm doing wrong so I am guess I'm just clueless at this point as to what... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:22:38 EST My Story My story is a testament to the fact that you can have all the right information, but unless you can put it into action, you will not succeed. I have been overweight/obese for as long as I can remember. I hate it, I have always hated it! <BR> <BR> My parents tried to be supportive by signing me up for Weight Watchers and other programs while I lived at home, but nothing seemed to work. In college I studied Nutrition and graduated with a Bachelors' degree in Dietetics--mostly because I belie... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:07:09 EST Testing one... two... three... <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Testing one... two... three... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:54:06 EST Hi! I REALLY need a weight loss buddy... Hi! My name is Sheryll and I am 27 years old. I weigh way more than I should. I've been through some things over the past 2 years that led to me overeating and gaining a lot of weight. My confidence is sometimes a lot lower than I should be and it is all because of my weight. I don't feel healthy lately and I had finally lost some weight, got pregnant, was so excited, and then miscarried... :-( And, I have gained about 7-10 pounds back since then. I don't like how easy it is to gain weight qu... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:04:44 EST Feel like I've been here before... Hi - just wanted to introduce myself. I'm JenniK... I'm starting my journey for many reasons. But #1 is my brother's wedding in August 2015. I don't want to be the "fat one" in the pictures...I have about 100lbs on each of my family members. If I could just lose 50lbs before the wedding I would be VERY pleased! <BR> 2ndly - We REALLY want to be parents...currently doing foster parenting...but want to have children of our own. If I can't get some of this weight off I will never have a ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:48:33 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! I just joined a few days ago. Over the past few years the weight has been slowly creeping on. I try to eat a pretty healthy diet (whole food, plant based) and have been training for a half marathon. Even with eating right and exercising I wasn't losing any weight, so I decided to join SparkPeople. I'm excited to be a part of this awesome and supportive community! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:01:31 EST Looking for online and in-person motivation! Hello! My name is Madeline, and I am 22 years old living in Ithaca, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am looking for inspiration and motivation to maintain my weight loss! I love to do yoga and Pilates, and I eat a gluten-free diet. I consider myself pretty disciplined, and I want to find people like me! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:08:34 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone. New member here! I am 27 (28 in October) with 3 kiddos. I have a 6 year old daughter, 3 year old and 11 month old sons. I am a stay at home mom primarily, school volunteer, PTO vice president, and youth worker (youth pastor's wife). <BR> <BR> I need to lose about 50 lbs. Mostly through my mid section. I start exercising and then lose motivation so I truly need an accountability partner of some kind. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:19:45 EST Hello! Hi! I just joined the sight today, and thought it might help me stay on track if I could talk to some others going through the same thing I am! :) I want to lose 50 lbs by next February, and I know that isn't going to be an easy road. I'm a 25 year old female from North Carolina. Anybody have some tips on exercise? I'm a vegetarian and had already started working on a healthier diet, sticking to it around the holidays is going to be a bit tough. lol Thanks for taking the time to read my post!... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:40:13 EST Hi there! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sherry and I am working towards a healthier life. Just recently I decided I am sick of feeling like I do. I also decided I don't want to look like I do any more either! I want to feel sexy and look it too! I was divorced two years ago and while he and I are still good friends I am ready to strike out with confidence! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:34:31 EST Hiya! I'm Savannah, a 21 year old college student from Flint, Michigan. I am looking to make a group of weight-loss buddies on here to keep each other accountable and encourage one another on this journey. I am looking to lose 120 pounds and I'm 2 weeks strong on a healthier lifestyle and exercise regimen. Please add me as a friend if you would like. Thanks! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:23:03 EST Want to be a great Wife? Hello. I empower those that are or want to be a great Wife. If you are married or not. I like to help empower women and young ladies but starting with themselves. <BR> The first things is to make time for yourself. Love yourself. If we do not start of doing these things we can not give "Our Very Best". <BR> Ladies you are beautiful and you can do anything you put your mind to. <BR> Make it a wonderful and successful day! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "Live Life To The Fullest Every... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:13:05 EST hello from MT, ready to be successful! I have been exploring salespeople for a week now, I love the different short workouts they offer daily!! Just getting started so even these are a great challenge! I of course want to lose weight, but my main goal is to just become a healthier person, be more active so that I can enjoy what life brings my way! Nice to find a place where people are dealing with the same issues and offer encouragement along the way!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:14 EST Greetings! My name is Whip (well, it's a nickname that stuck and I go by that name more than my real name). I'm a 40-something ex-professional musician and current IT guru. <BR> <BR> I was terribly skinny all through school, even through college, until I hit my mid-20s and I just slowly started getting bigger and bigger. I've dropped weight and put it back on a half-dozen times. But now that I'm recently divorced, my motivations are a little different this time and I feel much better about the pac... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:29:43 EST hello Hi there! I am Ashley from West Virginia. I am looking to really absorb myself in sparkpeople and a healthy way of life to try to achieve my goals. I am very interested in meeting people like me that are just starting out, on their way, or maintaining. I think a network of people who understand is very important. I am always a message away! I will help be your supporter as well! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:18:41 EST Needing Encouragement I have really struggled with my weight for the past 18 years. I was a chubby kid but lost weight when in Jr. High and kept it off. When I was pregnant with my son I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and three weeks after he was born I was put on prednisone for the first time. <BR> I gained 80 lbs in 4 months and over the course of the next 15 years I was off and on Prednisone, gaining every time I had to take it. <BR> I had surgery 4 years ago to remove my colon and have been prednisone ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:56:18 EST Hello from Kansas I have started and restarted a healthy living change several times now. I've had some things happen that have kind of changed my way of thinking. I have wanted this really badly for a long time and just didn't have the courage to speak up and address the issues. I know that I'm not a good healthy living role model for my family. I preach to the choir but never practice what I preach. Yesterday, I made it through the day. Day one down. Today so far has gone well, and I think that if I c... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:54 EST Hi from Upstate New York Hi! My name is Melissa. I am a 46 year old mother of 3 daughters and grandmother of 1 granddaughter. I have battled with my weight my whole life. Done the diet/lose/gain multiple times. This can't be a diet for me, this has to be a life style change. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter lives with me and I watch her a lot while my daughter works and I need to be able to keep up with her. So I need to find ways to stay motivated. Any advise is greatly appreciated. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:29 EST Hello from sunny, hot, hot Florida Just wanted to stop and say hello to everyone...I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2011 and just a few weeks ago started to feel a little better, unfortunately I can't give my doctor all the credit, that's a whole other story. I'm hoping to be back to my old self again soon! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:01:58 EST Which one are you? Hello Spark Peeps! <BR> <BR> I joined on Monday and am easily settling back into eating better foods and healthier portion sizes. I find that I go to either one extreme or the other -- sometimes it's easier for me to work out than eat properly, and other times it's easier to eat better than work out. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm in the latter, although I find it's easier to keep on track when that's the case. I would like to find like folks who are the same way so we can keep each other motivate... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:45:59 EST Hello from North Carolina Hi all...I'm a restarter once again...I'm hoping the third time is the charm... lol...I'm from NC and am trying to lose as much weight as I can for Bariatric Surgery.. I really need to improve my health and also quit smoking... I know its going to be hard but is a serious goal for me and a must... I wish everyone with as much luck as possible and I'm happy to be here and share my thought with and hear yours as well... GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:06:25 EST Exercising and Extra Calories Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope you are enjoying your weight loss journey. I am having so much fun! I have a question my daily calories are 1500, when I exercise they can go up to as much as 1800. Does this mean I have to eat the full 1800 calories? I'm really struggling with this because it's a struggle trying to get those extra <em>213</em> calories down. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:54:07 EST Hello All!! I am not that new to Sparkpeople. However, I am back after a 5 year break. using sparkpeople before I went from 280 pounds down to 203 in just about 4 months. Spark people inspired me to do a 120 day challange with my friends. After some unseen life events and a bit of depression I gained almost all of the weight back! (272) my goal is to be a healthy 190#'s. my long term goal is to be a contestant on the American Ninja Worrier. I am now in a way better place in my life with people that... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:57:04 EST Hi there! My name is Corine and my goal is to get down to my pre-baby weight by December 27th!! I have had a bumpy start my first couple of weeks on SparkPeople. I find myself committed and doing good and then the littlest thing will throw me off for a 3 or 4 days and I find myself starting over. Any tips to stay motivated not get off track? Thanks!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:29:42 EST New to the group! Hey everyone! I'm new to the group :) I'm a busy stay at home mom of two boys, two puppies and cats :-p I love to workout and swap good healthy recipes! I'm always looking for something different to add to my menu so hubby doesn't get bored! It's always great to meet new people so I'm super excited! If anyone's on facebook I'm on there all the time too! My name is Lyndsay Wiltse! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:29:16 EST Newbie Just started yesterday. Determined to make this work. I'm only 54 and I look like I'm 64 and feel the same. I'm up to a startling 285. <em>40</em> Never in million thought that could happen. Anyway my goal is 184. The weight I carried for many years. I want some self esteem back...None at the moment. Anyway..2nd day on the way to a better me. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:03:30 EST Im a restart needing help Started this program 6 months ago and really have not worked at it much. Now I've gained another 10 pounds. Im looking to food for comfort I guess now that I'm semi-retired and really beginning to hate myself. <BR> <BR> What do others do for strength when temptations (little voices) tell you it's okay to have more than you need? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:44:15 EST Today was the day I have been messing around too long and need to get back to a healthy weight. I have watched the Welcome information and am looking forward to using the tools provided. Hello from the Seattle area. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:42:16 EST Hello to all the Sparkpeople! My name is Luiza, and I live and work in Mexico. I am working on finding out more about binge eating and have recently joined the Shrink Yourself program. I would like to meet other people online to share and discuss strategies to implement to help me to deal with my emotional overeating. For those of you who know the site perhaps recommend a forum to join to find like minded people. Thank you. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:30:39 EST Great to be A Newbie Here! Hi everyone! I am glad to be here now and share all my thoughts, feelings and inspiration with other members of the community especially to those health enthusiast like me! I hope to meet you all guys! Let's all have a happy and productive day today! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:53:27 EST Newbie Good evening everyone , excited to be starting a new journey to weight loss and feeling healthy. Let the tracking begin in the am. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:21:45 EST saying hi. Returning to SparkPeople after about 6 years. Need the information and accountability that comes from tracking food and exercise so I can make better decisions on food choices. Gotta lose weight again. <em>521</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:54 EST newbie. sayin hi Hi. I just joined toda. I am in rhodeisland . Was tryin to figure how i could see if there are any others that are in maybe the same goal level. Maybe someone to help show support. I have a goal to lose 146pds. I list my daughter recently to domestic violence she died on jan. 5-2014. Now i am raising her 2year old son. I wanna be able to watch him grow. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:15:35 EST nutrition Tracker Hi my nickname is BeBe and I just started Spark People again after a long absence. I am trying to find out how to transfer a member's recipe for "Healthy Moussaka" and get the Nutrition information to transfer as well. Can someone advise. I was successful in the name of the recipe and the ingredients but not the other stuff like "calories, sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrates and so forth. <BR> <BR> Thanks everybody and keep on truckin'! <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:13:38 EST New Mommy and New Sparker I am a new mommy...well my baby is now a year old. I have looked at my friends who had babies around the same time I did and they look great. I on the other hand am still at my prego weight!. i have always been over weigh but now I really feel bad. I look at her father and I'm so in love with him that I don't want to lose him because I'm fat. I know what you are thinking if he would leave me because of that who needs him. Well I want to look good for him and me. I don't want to always be thin... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:39:48 EST First post! PCOS & Weight loss Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> I am a 20 year old female college student and just joined SparkPeople yesterday :) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15 years old, and I've always been overweight from this disease. It seems like my entire high school/half of college life has revolved around dieting with no results. Because of the PCOS, I recently developed acne (frustrating because I've always had clear skin), and went on Accutane at the beginning of this summer. Yesterday, I started ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:37:05 EST Time to Change for the Last Time Hello, <BR> <BR> I am to young and smart to have my body hold me back like I allow it to. Maybe it is age or depression has set in, but usually in the past I have always found motivation to get fit, I was in the Marine Corp! Yet these days, I feel like I have let myself get so gross that I can not see the light. All my attempts this last year have failed miserably and I need support. The one thing that I know I had in the past and have lacked this last year. I want this pity and this 35 lbs ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:29:08 EST HI Hi my name is Tiffany and I am 24 years old. I am currently working on loosing my baby weight. I have slacked up until now assuming that the weight would disappear like it used to when I was younger. I have a son who is almost 3 and I am still the same weight as I was when I delivered him. EKKK! I look forward to joining in on the conversations to help motivate and improve myself! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:18:14 EST newbie Hello :) I'm new to Sparks and to discussion boards in general. Looking forward to joining the 'get in shape' adventure! 44 years old and wanting to lose 20 pounds and just get in better overall shape ~ more muscle tone and more endurance would be great! <em>244</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:06:44 EST my first post and my introduction im early 60 something senior. i dont accept that but suppose its true. im 6ft 1in 203 lbs. however 9 months ago i was 263. not crazy bad but i knew i had to do something. i lost this weight thru just walking and eating right and some biking. i bought my spark late july 2014. my reason for buying it was to help me get down to 195. and to keep me honest with myself on my physical activities. -----------i must say that you cannot fool or dupe the sparkpeople gadget. i cant tell you how m... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:05:31 EST Hello everyone! I am currently using MyFitnessPal to monitor my calories and exercise. I've been using it since last June and I have lost a decent amount of weight healthily. The progress isn't fast, but every half a pound a week is still progress. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:53:48 EST New to Spark and Ideal Protein Started IP July 21st and feel so much better.With a Life habit change I know I need support. So Googled and I found you!!! Im 63 and never to late to make changes. Looking forward to all the imput to keep me going. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:22:49 EST Back On Track As a double lung transplant recipient, it is not always possible to "plan" ahead for the future, but one thing we do have control over is making the decision to establish goals for the future. I started Spark People 2 years ago in an attempt to heal my body after such a miracle healing offered by my donor. I knew that my body had been through such an ordeal of having been on the verge of dying for several years and then the surgery that gave me a second chance at life. Sparkpeople gave m... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:11:55 EST Hi Y'all Hi Y'all i' am from Oklahoma City and have found out that my doctor wants to put me on Insulin shots but I prefer to get health and get off all my meds that are not necessary. Today I will be going to a new gym to try a different water fitness program and I' am excited. Well I hope all have a great and blessed day today. bye for now Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:30 EST hey i want to lose my wight can u help me???? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:52:49 EST Hello everyone Hi. My name is Margaret - my Username is Rissole8 actually because of the saying "see you around like a rissole" - and I hope to see a lot of everyone from now on. I do have a problem, however. I'm in a wheelchair. Are there any exercises designed for wheelchair users that I can do which will help ? Actually, being in a wheelchair is precisely the reason I am joining because I have to be sedentary all the time. I really need to bring my weight down but just don't know where to start. Does Sp... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:52:10 EST Just not to look pregnant would be lovely Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm jumping into sparkpeople / coach and fingers crossed my skinny jeans to. <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old, stay at home mum with two crazy little ones. <BR> <BR> I'm about to turn 30 at the beginning of October and would love to be 10lbs lighter by then. <BR> <BR> I have always been on the slender side but after having two kids who left me with torn stomach muscles a hernia and other issues, I haven't been able to just jump back into things. <BR> <BR> And I'm still ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:37:42 EST Day Two! Blogging, Walking, Tracking! This is my second day on SparkPeople and I'm super excited! <BR> <BR> Three days ago I was crying that I was completely out of control and couldn't--no matter how hard I'd beat myself up to--get myself to eat right, exercise, or even attempt to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> My husband said, "Just do it". So we signed up for SparkPeople together. Today is the second day I've eaten right and exercised! AND I'm drinking water! Which is huge. I would go days without drinking water... Day 2 of ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:17:28 EST New to Spark I signed up late last night and began eating healthy today. Some success & some work to still do. I got my water in and then some. Kept mostly to my eating plan. I did NOT however get time to exercise. My challenge will definitely be fitting in the exercise. Still getting used to the site. Hopefully I will feel comfortable getting around it soon. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:19:26 EST Losing the weight for a better me After 35 years of dieting I am trying SPARKPEOPLE. I have always been between the 200 and 310 poundage since becoming a woman. <BR> Now I need surgery, new knees, the operation depends on how healthy I can be. The less I weigh the better chance I have of success. <BR> Why now? I guess it took me this long to see the seriousness of being overweight. I could no longer hide under clothes and with a good facade. <BR> Hoping for support here.... <em>213</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:07:41 EST New to SP Just wanted to introduce myself. I signed up yesterday for SP. Still finding my way around the sight but have found it very user- friendly. I'm in my mid-60's and married. My husband and I are both native Floridians and our primary home is in Jacksonville. Children are grown and right now we are enjoying our 2nd home in the North Georgia mountains. Looking forward to permanent life- style changes which is something that has alluded me with the numerous weight loss programs I've been on.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:20 EST just joined Hi everyone. Just joined. Hope I can do this!!! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST Starting over again Just rejoined spark people. It worked well for me before but I got away from tracking so here I am....45 extra pounds later. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:13:23 EST Gonna be fit by 50! I am a teacher and mother of 3. Somehow, over the last 2 years, my body has gone to heck! I'm enjoying all that I see on Spark so far, and hope that I can get and give motivation on this site! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:09:23 EST seeking an /Accountability friend/partner Hi All, <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in having a friend to check in with and keep each other motivated and on track, I can use a partner. My email is Please email me if you're serious about checking in and keeping each other on track. I have 50"+ pounds to lose, and need someone who has experience controlling their own self sabotaging... Please email me if interested. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:50:12 EST UPDATING ... I'M BACK .. ITS BEEN A WHILE STARTING OVER AGAIN!!! HOPE TO LOSE 60 LBS. BY MY 60 TH BIRTHDAY. THATS ABOUT 17 MONTHS. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:21:57 EST I can do it - with a little help from my friends On July7th of this year I decided it was time to do something about my weight gain. I began preparing better meals, weighed myself everyday and logged on a sheet of paper as well as I began walking a couple of times a week with a neighbor (I also allowed myself one cheat meal a week). I was doing fine until about a week ago when I wasn't seeing any movement on the scale and noticed my walks were getting fewer and fewer and my cheat meals were getting more and more. I then decided I needed ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:09:52 EST New me Well I hope I can see this through. Started out weighing 173 down to 170 by cutting my calorie intake and trying to get 30 minutes of some form of exercise in a day. Starting the couch to 5k program today but don't know how many calories I should eat so I don't feel ran down. Trying to stick to 1200 as closely as I can a day right now but I don't think that will be enough from this day on. Please help. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:09:23 EST This is me… Hello, I'm Rachael and new to the sight. I'm 24, and have been on an up and down roller coaster of trying to loose weight and gain muscle tone. in the past I've tried different diets and exercise routines and something would work but then my emotions would make a plunge for the worse and I would binge eat and loose motivation. <BR> <BR> Currently, I've been getting myself trained since april to be able to run in races. I've done two in the past two weeks, a simple 5k run and the Dirty Dash.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:55:44 EST Doing it this time! Good morning Sparkers! I am back again on SP. This is my 3rd attempt this year. I need to lose 52lbs. <BR> I am a runner, I started running in Jan. So I know my diet requirements are different than others who are losing weight, I just need to figure all of that out. I also have to do meals in a way that the rest of the family will also eat them, so any advice there would be much appreciated. <BR> My diet is probably my biggest obstacle, because I am working out almost 5 days a week, and... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:40:57 EST Hi Hi all wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Michelle and I live in Canada, I have three great kids a wonderful boyfriend and love life in general :) The only thing that I don't love is my weight lol. I have been battling emotional eating and boredom eating for as long as I can remember (currently I am on the losing end of the battle) I am ready for a change ! I look forward to getting to know new people who share my struggles and know what this battle is really like :) Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:03:22 EST Good Morning Just joined, day 1. Created some goals and am poking around the SP pages to see how I can use these tools. Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:31:36 EST hello Hello! I am Marilyn <BR> I am a retired viola player from the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland. I am 68 years old and an accomplished yoyo dieter. But recently my husband decided to eliminate sugar from his diet. We eat healthily (NO fast food) but I was always jealous that he doesn't have eating issues. His decision has really helped me! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:28:09 EST New to SP Hi! I am new to SP and I find it a bit confusing. Any ideas or suggestions? Thank you! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:25:12 EST Ready I have gotten to the point where I want to quit so I am trying this community. Would love to chat with people that need to lose at least 100 pounds. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:19:09 EST Brand new and nervous! Hi! My name is Dena and I new here. This site is very cool yet really intimidating! I'm looking forward to a successful journey! I'm excited to get started and to be a part a supportive group. Thanks and best of luck to all of you. <em>224</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:18:32 EST fat sassy gramma 1 husband, 2 kids, 5 grandkids, and an aging MIL, I need to be much fitter in order to keep up. The RA treatments aren't helping, but I discovered activity helps. A busy summer and I lost the gains 4 mths of physical therapy got me so, looking for some encouragement and accountability cause I do have a sweet tooth and I am lazy I like to read not run Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:35:20 EST Hello Hi. I am Cat, 23 years old, and I am determined to get to a healthy weight and I"m hoping that this site will be helpful. I started at 268 and am already down to 259 so I'm feeling pretty encouraged. However I have been struggling with bingeing and purging since I was 15 and this is the biggest obstacle to my weightless. I also have other mental health issues like psychosis and depression so I'd love to meet other similar people on here. <BR> I have a horse named Chester who is the love... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:23:00 EST Here I am again.....starting fresh My name is Bonnie, gained alot of weight and need to act on this right now. I need any and all the help I can get to get me to stay motivated. When you weigh as much as I do at 5'1", help is definitely needed. I will give you the support that I am able to give it forward. Thanks for listening to my call. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:48:56 EST restart Hello all <BR> coming back, got kinda lazy. recommitted to lose the weight I regained and then some. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:55:55 EST 5th Time Newbie Hi everyone I'm Debbie. This definitely not my first time on Spark, but it's a fresh start. No more starting over. Just gonna pick myself up, dust off, and keep moving forward. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:39 EST Here goes nothing Hi I'm new to all this got a health scare and well here I am looking to loose 120lbs by next Oct. Here's hoping. I have a 11 year old daughter and she is my life. I'm doing this for the both of us. I need all the help i can get! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:38:29 EST Newbee This is my very first day here. I have great hopes that this will work for me Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:54:52 EST What Now? I bought a FitBit and began using it about 3 weeks ago, then promptly went on a two week vacation. LOL. I was shocked to discover how sedentary I was! I have been working on increasing my steps. I have even had a couple of "10,000 step" days. But so far no weight loss. The good news is I didn't gain weight on vacation. But now where do I start. This is a great site, but at the moment, I find myself a bit overwhelmed. Can someone help? Have a Blessed Day!!!! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:31:31 EST Returning here, discouraged but motivated I have been working hard the past 2 weeks and I have gained 5 pounds. <em>39</em> The site I was using is very confusing so came back here as this site is easier to use. I have a Fitbit One tracking my steps too. So far I have been walking and hiking and trying to go at least 5 days a week. I am discouraged but I refuse to give up. I really want to get this weight off and moving more is the only way to go. I am already seeing differences in strength and stamina. Yesterday was my best outi... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:34:49 EST first week down 5 I have never been one for having willpower, for anything. If I don't see immediate results, I quit. However...I decided to give this low carb thing a try, I mean really....pork rinds with french onion dip is OK??? ya...I will give it a shot. Well....tomorrow is day seven but I noticed I wasn't bloated anymore, and my cravings were minimal, so I wanted a sneak peak as to what the last ix days have done. DOWN 5 POUNDS!!! I know this is water weight, and I am OK with that because it is just the ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:18:39 EST first post Good day. This is my first day on Spark. I'm not sure what to expect but hope that I will find guidance and motivation to help me gain my good health back. <BR> TIA, Lynn Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:14:56 EST Hi from Australia Hi, <BR> My name is Shoshie. I am from Australia, and am a new member here. Just wanting to lose weight for my health. <BR> Spark people is such a great resource that I know that I will learn so much from the community here. <BR> Best wishes <BR> Shosh Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:15:34 EST Shamageddon is gettin to Shreddin'! Just signed up a couple of days ago. Not sure what I am doing yet, but I will get there. It's nice to be here. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:22:14 EST Rania2006 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:12 EST Brand New member... Hey everyone Not to sure if I am doing this message board right. LoL I just wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little about myself as well. <BR> I am 23 years old and just found this site. I have had so many ups and downs with my weightloss and until recently I have 30 pound after my parents death. I lost my dad in april to AML Leukemia and my mom in June to stage four Glioblastoma (brain cancer) <BR> This last year have been such an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself eating my ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:28:32 EST I'M READY TO FIGHT FOR MY HEALTH HELLO MY NAME IS RAKEYA AND I'M A MOTHER OF TWO WONDERFUL BOYS AGES 14 AND 7 AND I'M A GIRL FRIEND TO A LOVING MAN THAT BEEN HERE AND LOVED ME FOR WHO I'AM THE LAST 2/12 YRS THEY MAKE ME SO HAPPY BUT THERE A FEW FLAWS THAT I'M NOT HAPPY WITH AT ALL AND THAT'S MY BODY I'AM 299 POUNDS AND I'M REALLY FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE ALL OF THIS WEIGHT COMING FROM SEE I HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN THIS BIG INTEL I STARTED HAVING KIDS AFTER MY LAST CHILD WAS BORN I STARTED TO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS AN... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:13:44 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Vicki, I am less than a month away from turning 46. I live on disability because of chronic pain and an autoimmune disorder. In the last two years I have gained over fifty pounds and I am sick of being obese. I go to school via online classes full time and I am hoping to eventually work helping people like myself who live with chronic pain and illnesses. I live in rural Oregon and I am really looking forward to getting to know some new friends through... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:50:38 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:19 EST Hopeful Just signed up because I finally must actually try to get healthy. Feeling hopeful. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:33:24 EST coming back to sparkpeople i was doing weight watchers etools for 3 months now and it's free till the end of the month so i canceled the etools and i'm back here. i love this cause it's free and it does help. i'm still on weight watchers but i really like sparkpeople better when it comes to the etools. i'm 29 years old and i weigh 210.4 and i want to weigh 165-170lbs by next summer. i have a gym membership and i have asthma so i can't run or jog. i would love to know what is the best exercise to do in a pool. the gym p... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:38:42 EST DAY 1 Hello everyone my first day and I am so ready to get fit. Excited to get to know as many people as I can. I surely need the support. <BR> <BR> Dawn <em>249</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:04:59 EST new to spark people Hi, My name is Jamie. I'm am on a mission to lose weight, gain energy, stay motivated, and build confidence in myself Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:32:57 EST Hey ho, let's go! Hi everybody <BR> <BR> I'm Laura, Belgian and 22 years old <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I lost 20 lbs with the help of a dietitian, but unfortunately I've gained it all back in the last year. That's why I want a change in lifestyle and not another diet I can't stick to. I hope Sparkpeople can help me with that! <BR> <BR> Sorry for my bad English. It's not my mother tongue :) Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:16:44 EST Looking for motivational people! Hi! I actually am recovering from severe 'fibromyalgia' That's what I was diagnosed with, but I've stopped taking my pain pills and lost 10 lbs on my own. It's been a hard process in the last year, but the results are amazing. I'm looking for some extra motivation, and I'll be motivating as I can in return. Feel free to add me if you are interested. I look forward to the next part of my journey here. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:29:10 EST Staying Committed Wow! I feel motivated to eat right and then I'm out and about around 8pm and haven't eaten it messes up my diet for the week because I have to eat out which I try to avoid. I'm trying to stay on schedule, I slip back and eat something I know I shouldn't. I can do very well for 3 days and I slip up and eat bad! I ate 2 slices of pizza tonight! I need help to stay on track!! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:28:28 EST Just signed up, Retired but have a new zest 4 life. Could use some cheering & will definitely give u positive encouragement. Drop a few lines. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:52:20 EST loving my SPARK Hi everyone, I'm 49 and married to an awesome man (almost 30 yrs). I know that eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are the keys for me to weight loss and maintaining that loss. The last 3 years have been filled with medical issues, a big surgery this year (12 weeks to fill fully recovered), and struggles with hormone and depression issues. Finally, I feel like things are getting back on track and I'm LOVING seeing a full SPARK blink at me at the end of each day. I've been on a ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:26:54 EST Just getting started Hi! I am a new member and looking forward to changing my fitness for the better. My biggest challenge is usually finding time to exercise and make healthy foods. It looks like this site can help me to get more organized about my goals, meals and be more on top of things. I would like to lose 37 pounds, and I'm making this more of a priority in my life. It is pretty cool that so many people are working toward the same personal goals, and I am glad to be here too. :) Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:49:23 EST hello Coming back to spark feeling a little panic like everyone but me can do this i know thats wrong but it sure is where my head wants to go no turning back this time no excuses is my new mantra thanks for letting me vent granny Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:47:56 EST Month-long member - First Post Looking to maintain and tone! <BR> <BR> I've been a member now for just over a month and so far have been using SP to track fitness and nutrition. I haven't had a computer available and have been working on mainly mobile devices so I haven't been able to enter information (goals, blogs, etc.) as of yet. This is my first day looking around at some other parts of the site and my first real post. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being part of a health-conscious community and giving and receiving s... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:30:17 EST Vacation time?? Help please! I have only been here for a few months and I still have alot to learn. I am going on vacation and I want to keep up with my Sparktracker. What do I have to do to keep it going? Can somebody help me out? I am not sure if I can find a computer in the area? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:38:56 EST need help Hi. I have not been on SPARKPEOPLE in a very long time. I am admitting defeat. I was doing so well exercising and eating right until a very very very stress and drama filled summer. I just stopped. Now I can not get back into the swing of things. My weight has gone up, the weight I lost is back and then some. I have no energy, no matter how much I sleep I am still tired, and I just can not seem to break this cycle.I hate the way I look and feel. I know I sound like a whiner- I really am... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:57:04 EST Losing the baby weight….and then some Hello everyone! My name is Mona and this is my second time around at using Spark People but the first time wasn't my best effort. I had my baby 4 months ago and am ready to lose the baby weight and the weight I needed to lose before I even got pregnant, overall about 35 pounds. I know this will be a lot of effort initially, but I'm ready to stick to a plan and change my lifestyle so I can look and feel healthier. I really am interested in clean eating so I think Spark People will be a great t... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:18:40 EST 2 months in ... been here since mid June. <BR> haven't done much cept learn about how <em>252</em> works for me. <BR> and learning i have Severe Major Depression // PTSD. <BR> trying to get myself out of my Funk. <BR> my BFF of 12yrs came to visit (was going to stay til Christmas), she Left w/out a word goodbye and was only here for 2.5 days. (this has me with lost w/out inspiration) <BR> i am eating better lately. <BR> more water. <BR> less diet soda. <BR> my birthday was a few days ago and i ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:04:09 EST After weight loss.Now i need toning. Hey,my name is Allison from the great state of Georgia. <BR> In the past 3 years i have lost 120 pounds of mostly unprovoked weight loss and now need toning badly. <BR> I started drinking water and pacing around the house due to depression and severe anxiety 3 years ago and dropped 30 lbs in the first year,70 lbs in the second and 20 lbs this year so far. <BR> The weight loss has mainly affected my upper inner arms and the inside of my thighs. <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate some tips an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:42:15 EST Back Again Hi it's me attempting to change my lifestyle once again in an effort to ditch 80lbs. I have started walking/jogging these last two weeks. I also try to have at least 6 oz cups of water per day. My goal is to have eight. I have been tracking my water, exercise and fruits/veggies. Now I am ready to attempt the big boy, tracking everything I put into my mouth. This time I will do it. From reading articles here I realise that its important for me to actually interact with others on this site to ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:42:02 EST coastygirl Hi ...Joined today and am looking for tons of support . Hope to reach goal 1 day at a time. <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:57:35 EST Renewing my faith in becoming a healthier me I have been on this roller-coaster ride for many years now. I would get motivated to lose weight and I might lose about 10 lbs but that's it. I end up going back to my normal weight. You see I call my weight normal. No it's not normal because I feel uncomfortable all the time. I am here to change my life not to on anymore diets or quick weight lose gimmicks. I really don't believe in surgery so here I go again. I am more motivated than ever before. I am working out at work almost everyday no... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:53:00 EST New member - Introduction Hello everyone, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Debbie Green, a wife, student and mother from South Yorkshire, England. <BR> I've come here to hopefully get some support and a press from others. I know all of us at times need that little extra motivation and determination. <BR> <BR> I gained my weight after having the hormone implant fitted in July, 2011. I had the implant for a year and gained 3 stone, 7 Ibs and severe acne. <BR> I started to exercise after having the implant removed. S... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:42:12 EST Pressing Forward!! Just started today on SparkPeople. This looked like a great site and great people that has similar weight goals as myself! Looking forward to my weight goal and I'd love to have supporters and getting to know the SparkePeople Community! <BR> Thanks Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:13:35 EST Learning a new way of life Hi There!!! <BR> To introduce myself. . . . <BR> My name is Kristin I'm on the downhill side of 40, and after a nasty injury where I fractured both my hips, and messed up my back I find myself with LOTS of excess weight and ready for my next phase of recovery (lot's of physical therapy) My bones have finally healed and I'm looking to rebuild. Having such a bad injury was an incredibly humbling experience that through turns and twists has brought me here. I hope to make friends in the Spark ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:33:51 EST It's all in the mind and what I eat! Hi all, my name is Chris and am from the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 180kgs and my goal is to lose 80kgs. I have had a very tough life growing up where food was my comfort. <BR> <BR> At the age of 16 I was fit as a fiddle and a State swimmer, 1 step away from national squad. But after a traumatising an depressing time at a club that did not have a like for us Ethnic blooded swimmers I quit and gave up all sport. I hit a low and started eating fo... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:01:34 EST FIGHTING I always feel like I'm fighting: <BR> I fight for time at work, I fight to get my work done, my calls made, my appointments completed and followed up with. <BR> I fight for personal time. I am divorced and live alone and feel like all I do is run in circles. <BR> I fight because I don't have time to eat decent meals and because I'm alone I don't bother cooking. Most of the food I buy at the grocery store turns bad before I eat it. <BR> I feel like my life is out of control and I need some s... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:54:39 EST Have to make a change Hi I'm Krystal and I love food. Food has been my best friend for far to long. This is one relationship I need to end. Well, maybe not end but work on appreciating more. I use food for every emotion out there - If I'm happy or celebrating its a sweet treat, if I'm sad or stressed (which lately has been all the time) its fats and salt and If I'm bored its whatever is in reach (first sweets then salty then sweet - trying to balance it out). I want to stop USING food and start enjoying it but I... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:35:07 EST Here's To Good Health The main reason I am trying to lose weight and get in shape is because I do not want to end up like my grandfather and die at the age of 50. I am 32 years old now, and I want to live a long healthy life. I just started using SparkPeople today, and so far I enjoy it. I currently weigh nearly 260 pounds. I am morbidly obese. I want to get down to at least 200 pounds by the time I am 35, if not sooner. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:52:22 EST Hi! I am new to the site and hope use it to lose weight and manage multiple health issues. I am a breast cancer survivor (1.5 yrs). I also am a Type II diabetic, have osteoarthritis in my hands and knees. I suffer from depression and insomnia as well. I'm not whining, just stating the truth. The medications and side effects can be overwhelming and make me think about just not trying to lose weight, but I will! I am looking forward to making new friends so that we can support each other on th... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:19:11 EST Losing weight is hard! I have been using the website for a month. I have the activity tracker and I log my foods daily. I already eat a very quality vegan diet. I walk an hour a day with a pack that weighs 5-10 pounds. I just signed up for the coaching program because I thought maybe it would help. Haven't lost any weight at all. I do feel good, and that's worth a lot. Hoping the weight loss will kick in at some point. I'm going to start adding strength workouts as well. So I am a little frustrated but still eage... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:47:45 EST Weight Loss I'm here to lose weight and keep it off. <em>249</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:39:28 EST Hi, I am here to lose weight Hi I am Alliandre, <BR> <BR> I am originally from Michigan in the states, but am living in England at the moment, and am having difficulty finding some of the foods that they have over here in England on this site. I will use substitutes from time to time, but the struggle is all the same, whether I am in the states at home, or I am in England working. I enjoy working in the office, but I also love a nice long walk in the wonderful outdoors. Had a stroke 8 years ago, and have recovered comp... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:13:54 EST newbie Hi, I just happened upon this page. Can you tell me what it is all about? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:45:56 EST Hi Im here to oose some weight and get back in shape Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:43:44 EST SECOND-TIMER Hi all! This is my second time with Spark People, after a long absence. I am 76 years old and have been retired for 3 years. Since retirement I have put on a lot of weight. Too much sitting and eating and not enough activity. I hope to change that as quickly as I can. My long range weight goal is to lose at least 15 pounds. My short range goal is 5 pounds. It would be great to lose that within the first 2 or 3 weeks. So here I go again! Any messages of encouragement would be most ap... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:41:54 EST I'm kind of new here... Hello - again...I joined SparkPeople back in 2011 but I never took off with it. Today, I revisited the site and feel inspired. I'm hoping I can get going and catch some momentum. I am so tired all the time and I miss the once active life I used to live many years ago. Over the last 12 years, I have gained 100 pounds!!! WHAT?! I just can't believe it. How did I let that happen? I could use all the support I can get right now, any words of encouragement, inspiration, personal success stories, a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:54:04 EST I'm 67 and in a bad way -- HELP! Hello Sparkpeople! This time I really need all the help I can get so I'm actually introducing myself. As I said, I'm 67 (68 next month) and I have osteoarthritis in my back, hips and knees - especially my right knee which is bone on bone. My Dr. says I need to lose 20 pounds before we would think about surgery but since I'm raising my 7 year old grandson, I really don't want surgery now. My right calf and foot hurt like that of a diabetic but I'm not diabetic - numb, tingly and burning. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:07:52 EST Need Motivators and Support Hi everyone, I'm Sarah. 20 years old, 279pounds. I'm returning to sparkpeople as I have had no luck getting support and motivated at home. I just moved to a city from a small town, I'm starting college soon. I have nobody here but my cat to silently judge me so I turn back to the community. I have a lot to lose weight wise and everything to gain in life. I want to be healthy and fit, to get rid of my high blood pressure and help my back feel better. And to fit in nice clothing, lets face it... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:15:28 EST Let's Do This! Hi everyone. I'm here not for a diet, but for a change in lifestyle. My goals are to lose weight & to start an exercise routine. I want to learn how to eat healthy for life. I'd like to lose 45 lbs and go from a 10/12 to a 6/8. I'm in my mid 20s n since leaving college my weight has gone up & down drastically. I've gained 50 pounds in 18 months bcuz of medication and eating my feelings. <BR> I'd love to have some supporters on here who are trying to accomplish similar goals or anyone who can... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:40:46 EST My first day My name is Petra, I am 54 years old and I weigh 228lbs. Today begins a new life style for me. If all goes as planed I will be at my goal in April 2015. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:43:06 EST GRANDMAISDOINIT's SparkPage Hi my name is Cindy and I am new to you all. I have a 135+ to lose. I am looking forward getting to know you. I am already encouraged by you. Hope to hear from you soon! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:59:35 EST I'm baaacckkkk (again...) I've been on SparkPeople for around 4 years but I kind of go 'inactive' every once in a while. I'm not sure why, life probably gets in the way but I noticed when I get too distracted, I gain my weight back!! I've been through new relationships and break ups, fitness plans and food plans. I currently am working on my eating, I've come soo far in eating healthy I'm excited to say. But my mom and I joined a gym together in January and I'm very proud to say we've been going at least 3 days a week... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:40:17 EST Want to get my life back Hi I'm new to spark people. I joined in hopes of getting encouragement, support and a blue print for eating and living a healthy life. As my weight increased my mobility decreased and my health down hill. I welcome tips, and suggestions for getting started and staying on track. Thanks Peaj Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:20:10 EST New to Spark People... Being obese most of my adolescent life and all of my adult life, has given me low self esteem and depression, which I am still conquering these obstacles in my life. I am 41 carrying 340 pounds of weight on my body. And I have finally said to myself stop these negative thoughts and choose the healthy way of life. I am finally having the courage to step up and try to lose the weight I have been carrying around so long. I heard about this program through a friend and thought I would give it a t... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:07:22 EST Another Newbie Hi everyone Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:01:02 EST hello from east central minnesota Trying to lose weight after being down for too long with broken cartilage and then just sitting on my butt... Time to get off the butt and get losing! <em>213</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:51:50 EST hello!! I am new. I am beginning this journey very slowly. I have finally reached the fitness and diet part after detoxing myself off of soda. which was tough, but I am now all water and maybe 2 cups of coffee. <BR> My goal weight is 135 which is down 38 pounds from where I am now. <BR> I'm excited, and hope that with a lot of determination I can do this. <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:51:56 EST Thought I would give it a try. My friend Suzie told me about this site. She knows that like her, I have been struggling with my weight. I am looking forward to this adventure and the things I can learn from this site. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:51:54 EST broke charger new info K all is well my bf let me borrow his computer thank god Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:32:28 EST Second Day Hi, After completing Nursing school at 50 years old and going through a divorce, single Mom to 3 kids, Losing Baby brother (42 years old ) to Cancer, I find myself over 50 pounds over weight and in the worst shape of my life. Its time to start focusing on me and my health, for myself and for my kids. Never been this out of shape in my life and so disgusted with myself. I see myself in pictures and just want to hide, can't believe this is me. Well this is day 2, the start of a long journey. Pr... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:50:23 EST Hi there. Would like to make friends I there. I am new here. II just signed up yesterday and I need a little help get through some of the things on here. Please help me. I love to read and knit and now I like to exercise I never did before because I could not breath. I can now. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:48:33 EST Hi ::waving:: Hi everybody... august 7 is the day I signed up for spark.. <BR> <BR> who knew you had to actually eat a lot of calories to lose weight.. I've been hoarding everything I when I signed up on this site I started drinking/eating slim fast items...and keeping up with how much I usually eat... I still don't get to the top most number they gave me.. And I don't believe I'm eating all that I should but I'm happy to report I've lost 3 pounds since I joined up.. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:03:29 EST Repeat newcomer: Hi, I am from the middle of Nebraska... retired nurse, married, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Trying to get use to this new way of life.. not getting up at 5 am.. and cramming all my work into a day off. I enjoy reading, crafts, embroidering, want to learn to crochet. Most of all I want to lose some weight .. cuz there is plenty here to lose.. I hope I can make some friends along the way.. I miss being out with the public.. do not see many people staying at home.... <em>41</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:34:47 EST NEWBIE ALERT! Hey everyone! Today is my first day here and I am looking forward to meeting others on the same path. Feel free to say Hi / Add me.. you can never have enough support right? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:41:50 EST I am new I'm new to this site! Hoping it will help my on my NEW JOURNEY IN LIFE! I seen a post on you tube Lori Snow posted it she did a thing called sparks boot camp. I did it right with her ;) ! I would like to know more about this?????? I myself weight 370lbs I will be have been approved to have gastric bypass on Sept 15,2014. I am looking for friends and support.... <em>304</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:26:55 EST broke charger Hey I am new just let y'all know my charger broke on my computer ,I am gonna ask my bf if I can borrow his today so hope he lets me use his cause I really like this site Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:02:24 EST New Spark Person Hi, My name is Susan. I just joined sparkpeople yesterday. I am 58 years old. And recently did a challenge that my sister hosted through facebook. I lost 6 pounds in 5 days. But I can't afford her program. So I searched the internet trying to find something that I could afford. I came across sparkpeople and am very interested in it. I found out with doing that challenge that my sister hosted, that I do not eat near enough food. I guess my body is storing fat cause I just don't have a well... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:41:09 EST Hello Hello all, <BR> I am new to the spark. I am excited to start a new lifestyle change. I need to balance my eating and exercise to get to a better weight. I would like this to become a lifestyle rather than a diet. I didn't enjoy the faddy "shake" diet because I didn't want my kids to think that is what a normal diet should entail. I plan on including them (7 and 8 years old) in the new life style so they will not struggle with their weight and body image when they are teenagers. So I ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:05:22 EST Newbie Hi my name is Salllie. I have 3 girls , ages range from 20, 8, n 6 yrs old. Happily married for going on 10 yrs on oct. <BR> I joined this site to get help losin weight. Looking forward to gettin to know everyone. If u have any input as to keep the motivation going, it'd be greatly appreciated. <BR> Thank u, Sallie Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:01:21 EST Help in more ways than one. Hi all <BR> <BR> So over the years my weight has fluctuated significantly. From when I was really young and severely underweight (28kgs at 12 years old) to 70-odd kgs in 2009, down to the right kind of weight-range (60-odd kgs in 2010) and then up to 80-odd kgs in 2013. It's not a case of diet, because my diet over the period hasn't really changed that significantly. <BR> <BR> There came a point over the past two years when I decided that rather than trying to lose weight, I just needed to ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:03:34 EST it's just me trying to be better Hi! My name is Taylor and I have been unhappy in my body for long enough! That is why I have joined spark people. I feel that I need to try something different to motivate me to be a healthier person, and if that means baring my soul to a bunch of strangers(for now) on the internet so be it, as long as it works! For now my goal is to lose 102lbs which would make me 150lbs, smaller than Iever have been as an adult and a teenager. <BR> I really hope to get to know some of you more so that we c... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:00:07 EST Hey Y'all I am a mamma of two toddlers that have more energy and get up and go than anyone I know. So with keeping track of them, working, and going to school; I have found that I have lost any kind of me time. So my commitment to Sparks People is going to be the little bit of time I spend on me. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:25:17 EST fluttering I am new to the community area of this website. I have been on and off using the trackers to track my exercise and food intake. I am taking steps to break out of my cocoon, and to step into a new life. I am morbidly obese and soon to be 49 years old. My goals for this month is to exercise at least 15 minutes a day at least 3 days a week, keep track of all exercise and nutrition, and to write in a journal a minimum of 3 times a week. I use food like a drug to pacify myself and I need to f... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:38:24 EST trying the 3 day cardiac diet <BR> <BR> Has any one tried this on their own? how was the results? I need a new knee and need my bmi down to 40 before they will talk to me for surgery. If this doesn't work then the next <BR> thing is gastric by pass. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:15:23 EST New Senior Sparker Hi Sparkers! I am 62 and about 70 lbs overweight. I have already lost some very slowly. I try to eat healthy and limit junkfoods, and walk for exercise. My husband is a couch potato and not supportive of me losing weight-he wants me to join him eating and watching tv in the evening. This is recking my motivation! I'm told I am to old to lose and to stop trying. I want to lose to keep my health, so far I have no weight related health problems, I want to get out of the Plus Sizes and look ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:13:41 EST Hello New here, first time posting on a Spark board. Looking forward to my journey. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:28:29 EST New here, I've been Sparked Hope that my life will change for the good. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:30:13 EST Starting over! I have been on Spark People before. I have gotten out of the habit and slipped back into old habits and gained back some of the weight I lost so here I go again. I will make it this time because I have to. My health is in danger unless I loss weight. I need all the support that I can get. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:24:29 EST New Here I have had an account and just never really used it much. I used to track my calories on my fitness pal, and the message boards just seemed kinda full of people who were always judgmental of others….too much drama for me. I just want to get healthy and lose some weight. So I hope this site is much better. From what I have seen so far, I like this site so much better. It seems more motivational, people seem helpful (in their posts), and not much drama from what I can tell. I realize ther... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:17:54 EST Hoping this will work for me Have tried just about everything, optimistic this can help. Otherwise not sure what I will do. Can't even think about it. Am still reading through the New Member Welcome Guide and figuring out how best to work this site, and I guess trying to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:26:08 EST Hi everyone! My name is Ciara, and I am a graphic design student at Texas State University. I am seriously considering "going Insane." My younger brothers and sister have taken on Shaun T.'s Insanity Workout this summer and have underwent dramatic physical transformations. I, myself, have tried the Shred Diet by Dr. Ian Smith and lost 20 lbs. before school let out for the summer. Since home, I have put on about 10 lbs. and am ready to get back on the horse. Does anyone out there have advice on how to mak... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:53:53 EST Hey y'all My name is Mandi and I am new here. I am trying to lose about 20 pounds and be healthy and fur. I love to hike and walk outdoors. I lack confidence and the accountability to keep on track and would love any support I can get. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:19:19 EST Trying to be gentle on me I don't even feel like torturing myself with the scale. I lost 70 or the past 3 years and regained 50 with multiple surgical steroid treatments. I did 30 minutes of exercise today, drinking my water, and am going to continue to add healthy habits one at a time every few days until I'm feeling back on the right track. The scale is a useful tool but today I just want to focus on recreating healthy habits. That's my goal. I feel plenty bad and see no need to punish myself further. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:58:42 EST Cinderella As the saying goes, 'if Cinderella would have went back and got her shoe she never would have been princess'. That is the attitude I have to take when it comes to my weight loss. I was on this site last year and when I got returned to SparkPeople today I saw that my goal date and come and gone. I did not make my goal but actually am 8 pounds heavier than when I left. But that is the past and I can't focus on where I wish I was or where I should have been and only focus on where I am goin... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:45:53 EST Help Please Hello, my name is Sky. I'm trying to get rid of these last 7-10 pounds. I need help, because everything I have tried on my own has not got me anywhere. Been stuck here for months. Help! Thank You :) Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:28:06 EST Wanting my new SEXY back! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Denise in my mid 40's mother of three teenage daughters. <BR> <BR> I have found that my body is changing and what I was able to eat I can no <BR> <BR> longer since the weight doesn't come off as easily. I am in a relationship and want <BR> to feel sexy again for my husband. <BR> <BR> He says I look fine but it's me that doesn't feel it. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am eager to learn new habits and tips from all of you on how to incorporate new healthier ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:31:41 EST Here we go! Getting my act together.. Hello to all, <BR> <BR> I joined this site a few years ago, I am now back again because I love the support you can receive here. I recently did a bikini competition last year and gained a few, let's just say post show. So my goals are to slim down in a healthy way! I find also sharing and support keeps you from sinking into the food binge attitude. I would like to reach a healthy 140 lbs by New Years and would love to meet great people along the way, <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading <BR> Gl... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:23:05 EST Hello fellow sparkpeople Today is my new beginning. <BR> My first day of my new life style. <BR> Glad to know I am not alone on this journey. <BR> Just wanted to say thank you in advance. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:09:46 EST Where do I begin? Newbie! Where DO I begin? I realized that I made this account back in 2012 and never came back until now. I came back in hopes of finding the support that I need. A place to go when I feel I want to attack the vending machine at work. A place I am hoping to find some support and learn about the journeys of others. <BR> <BR> Im 32 years old and Im recently married..June 2014. Last May 2013 I started my weight loss journey with the ever popular HCG diet. I went through a clinic and was under doctor su... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:29:02 EST Need Friends and Followers Like I said on my spark page, this is not my first rodeo here. I have tried this site multiple times but I always seem to fall of the bandwagon before I even get started. <BR> <BR> I am really hoping that this time around I can stick with the program and get the weight off. I am in need of friends/ people for me to follow that will motivate me through the next 85 pounds. <BR> <BR> Help Please :) Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:28:35 EST Introduce yourself Hi my name is Mary and I am a compulsive overeater and a sugar addict. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:47:23 EST Hello I'm Bob and I'm a Food Addict I grew up in a household with two obese parents. Needless to say I wasn't raised in an environment that stressed healthy eating and exercise. Food was always a significant part of my life. Luckily in my youth I was hyperactive and very into cycling, swimming, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, and rock climbing. I had terrible eating habits but an active lifestyle and a youthful metabolism kept me thin-too thin in fact. In high school I had some people tell me that I needed to put on... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:28:04 EST I'm new here! Hello, I'm a 48 year old distance runner and semi-professional roller derby player. I started bodybuilding after several bad injuries playing derby in order to build strength and stamina in taking the big hits out there! I"m 5'2" and 125 lbs. I've been trying to get to a leaner 118 without losing muscle mass. I know HOW to do this, but I'm having a problem staying committed to my diet plan. I seem to be fighting hunger in the evenings alot, especially on the low-cal days of my plan. I'm ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:49:39 EST Hello, I'm new to this Hello, I'm new to Sparkpeople. This is all very new to me and I'm very nervous about joining, but I am really ready for a change in my life style, and want to lose weight the healthy way. I'm hoping that this site will help me. I do gop to the gym and work out, I just can't stay motivated because of lack of friends, and family support. I really hope this work, because my other option is to try liposuction or something. Keeping muy fingers crossed, and steping out on faith, and giving this a t... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:47:04 EST Another "newbie" onboard Hello everyone. I'm here to un-learn 62 years of bad eating and activity habits, and get my type 2 diabetes under control by losing weight (my initial goal is 20 pounds, and my ultimate goal is 60 pounds). I signed up about 2 years ago and didn't do anything with the site, but I'm back now because I know I need the help and support. <BR> My favorite things right now are the trackers. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:16:34 EST I will lose 100 pounds <BR> Hi everyone my name is Sheena and I am 28 years old. I am a mother, I work FT, and go to Graduate school part time. I started my weight loss journey on 12.11.13 at 255.6 pounds. Today makes 8 months since I started and I’m down 66 pounds.My long term goal is to lose 100 pounds in one year. My short-term goal is to weight 175 by my birthday September 12th. I’m very happy I decided to make this a lifestyle change and not a diet. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and just ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:06:27 EST long time lurker here :-) I have been lurking on the messages boards for awhile looking for motivation. I am not new to sparks people though. I got within 5 lbs of my goal when I first joined but then slowly put it back on. I seem to jump back on board every few months and lose a few lbs but then put it back on. So......this is it.......I want to weigh what my drivers license says I do!! <BR> <BR> I can't really talk about weight loss in real life as people don't understand and just tell me " you don't have to wor... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:57:34 EST hello! Help! i'm 33 years old with chronic migraines, GERD, lupus, fibromyalgia, bipolar undefined, anxiety disorder, and rampant insomnia. I managed to lose almost 15 pounds but in the last 2 weeks I have gained a ton. I'm 5'1 and right now I think I weigh 168 pounds. I want to get down to 120 pounds. The lupus is out of control since my rhuemotologist quit and I I don't see a new one on till Sept 10th. This has made exercise especially difficult along with migraines nearly everyday. I could really... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:35:33 EST Hello Hello everyone Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:15:41 EST Needing serious help My name is Dinah, age 67, and right now 70 lbs over weight with no motivation, support system in my local area, no car right now to get anywhere, I am not in a good living situation my room mate will not eat fresh hardly any veggies, I come home from work and I fix supper go to room and stay in room that has no furniture other then a bed and tv....I can't stop eating at night and the more I want to loose weight the more I eat.....I have no friends in area, no outside activities, and basically... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:55:12 EST Re-Committing I am re-committing to daily fitness and eating well. It has been over a year since I started Spark People and "fell off the wagon". Here is to new beginnings! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:37:20 EST hello I am making a huge choice and I'm ready to feel better about myself. I am looking for a buddy. Someone to work with to help each other reach out goals. hope to hear from you soon. Until then have a great day! !! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:01:44 EST I'm new! I'm a teacher and start school today. Need help on what to eat while at school. I take my lunch and breakfast and snacks. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:51:20 EST Returning Today I begin on my last 15 pounds. I really want to get these last pounds off. Getting these pounds off now seems more difficult than the first pounds. I started at 228 pounds and am so grateful for SparkPeople. Truly need more help now than before. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:33:32 EST Staying focus I just recently started to get serious about losing weight. I have done 10 minutes of exercise the past 4 days, and drinking more water. Am learning my way around this site, and hoping to use tools and support I find here Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:46:21 EST Hello I'm new here. I have a health issue (not obesity induced) that limits my ability to do strenuous exercise. As a result, I am looking to lose weight mainly through diet changes and just generally being more active. I'm looking for ideas for exercise that may be compatible with my issue. I'm looking for friends and support as well. <BR> <em>524</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:04:15 EST starting anew I Keep trying, but when ever i get into the 220s, i stop and go back into the 230s , I've done it 3 times this year.......... <BR> <BR> I will keep trying. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:26:28 EST second chances I did really well last year, then I slowed down and stayed even. I have not gained much back but I never reached my goal. Lots of stuff has happened in life as is usual, but I know better then to have excuses. I am struggling a bit to get motivated for the next big push. But step 1 is to start be pushing post I guess. here we go Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:13:50 EST I'm so tired. Hi! I'm Lily, and I'm currently at 240. I reached 250 and I couldn't take it anymore. I hated the way I felt, the way I looked and the fact that getting dressed was such a hassle. I've tried losing weight many times and I've fallen off the wagon every. time. My goal is to reach 200 by the end of the year. I just want a little more confidence and some energy. I've been on this site a couple days and I'm already loving it! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:12:25 EST For Me This Time Hi, I'm Natalie. I am 255.6 lbs and I am approximately 92.8 lbs overweight. My BMI is 40 which is considered obese. I have been overweight for the majority of my life. I feel that my weight as been a way for me to cope with difficult life events. I want to lose weight because I have a lot of family history of cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. I don't want to fall into the trap of my family's past. I've tried losing weight in the past, however I tried losing it too rapidly and ending up qu... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:39:27 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! I am not exactly new, but I'm back and ready to make a change. It's been a few years, but the kids are getting a little bigger now. I need to get myself in shape. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:04:58 EST hey there My name is Terri. I've been a pharm-tech for almost a yr now, but the long steady hours on my feet are causing sever lower back issues so I hope to loose weight to alleviate the pain I go though on a daily basis. I know I have a long journey ahead of me and I'll get there someday. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:18:51 EST lajh1973 Hi I'm new to the spark people program. Say that 3 times in a row. I live in Licking County and hope to lose a big whooping 80 pounds. I know it will take time, patience, determination and help from all of you. I've been told that I worry and take care of everyone else. Now that I'll be turning the big 60 in March, I should take care of myself. So can I lose the weight this time? Yes! Yes! Yes! With some help from all of you. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:46:46 EST Ready to go Hi I am ready to lose weight and this site looks an awesome place to start . <BR> I am 53 with an under active thyroid that I feel makes me struggle with weightless but I maybe using that as my excuse .........I am hoping for support and a kick up the rear lol. <BR> Cheers Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:08:44 EST Hello from a newcomer. I'm retired military and have a good track record for staying active and healthy. I got lax for a while after retirement in 2001. Within five years my weight ballooned from 230 to over 300 pounds. In 2006 I decided to make a change and get back on track. By summer of 2007 I had dropped over 80 pounds. At 6 ft 4 in and 220 lbs., I thought I looked pretty good. I slowly put on weight over the next 5 years. I kept hitting the gym, walking, lifting weights, and watching what I ate (for th... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:07:24 EST I Need help to setting up my site HI <BR> <BR> I need to find someone to help me with my site I can not get it to work the right way or search for daily stuff and send my stuff out to everyone. Can someone help me, if so send me a e-mail at please. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:53:03 EST Determined this time...I hope! So I have had a steady weight gain after meeting my husband, then getting married, and having two kids, this weight gain as resulted in about 90lbs in 11 yrs. I have yo-yo'd throughout this time. Well a year after giving birth to my last daughter I was shocked to weigh myself at 221. I swore I'd never let myself get over 200lbs. So I really hope I'm fed up enough to make some REAL lifestyle changes... permanent ones. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:45:19 EST 1st Timer Hi everyone. I just found this website and am very impressed. I used to be very active (walking favorite exercise) but now have foot problems that have stopped me in my tracks. I was looking for aerobic exercises to do sitting and found this site. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:44:02 EST Newbie Hi I'm a wife and a Mom to a wonderful daughter. My plan is to get to my goal weight of 150 pounds. Which means I will have to lose over 100 pounds. A big task. But I'm up for it. Looking for accountability, support and maybe even a buddy. What a beautiful day! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:38:50 EST 1st day here 52 male, type 2, father of 5 yr old twin girls, want to lose 50lbs by next August Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:34:33 EST Newbie switching from Slimming World Hi everyone, I decided to join Spark people as I need a change from SW. Fed up with getting the highs and lows of eating too many carbs and not seeing results on scales, just eating too much. Also feeling deprived of things I love/ social events. Got about 3 stone to lose. Never done calorie monitoring before. Ideally want low carb diet as think that will help the cravings. Can anyone recommend the right % of carbs? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:35:42 EST Erie, PA - Anyone in the MIllcreek area? I'm new to Erie, PA and I'm looking for some workout buddies as well. <BR> <BR> I moved to Erie in May. I'm a bit on the shy side and it's hard for me to meet new people and make friends. I'm in the Millcreek area and I'm hoping to meet a couple people to walk off the pounds with. I don't drive so my options are a little limited. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose about 60-70 pounds and I hope that I can meet up with some friendly people with similar goals. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:37:10 EST ready for change 54 year old mother of 3, found myself weighing the most I've ever weighed. Decided not to do another ''quick weight loss program", as I really need to learn how to make wise choices consistently. Love this web site and the positive manner it portrays. Looking forward to meeting others and walking this road with them Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:28:41 EST Hello :) I'm not technically new as I registered back in 2011 but I never really used the website. However, I'm back and ready to get at it again. <BR> <BR> I'm Sabrina. I'm a 22 year old graduate student earning my MSW. I'm looking to get healthier and maybe meet some friends on the way. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:31:19 EST new start I am choosing to a new way of living Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:03:43 EST Thank you Hello Sparkpeople and friends, <BR> I just wanted to say thank you for all of this information in one place! I have just been entering my daily nutrition for about 3 weeks. I have lost 4 lbs. and am much more aware of how many calories are in what I eat. This alone has helped me on my journey to losing 53 lbs. Thank you! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:01:26 EST