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 Taking the first steps I just wanted to say hello. I am dedicating myself to losing weight and getting healthier for myself. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:21 EST Hello. I'm Back! I joined SP what seems like many moons ago, post babies to lose weight. Of course "life" gets busy and who has 5 minutes to do anything, let alone log in and track food and fitness????? <BR> Fast forward to today.....a teenager and a 10 year old later, and I am on a mission to lose that last 15 pounds before Winter Vacation. <BR> So far it's been a week, and I am down 2 pounds. I love this site. <BR> Wish me luck! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:54:51 EST Looking for motivation and answers! Hey yall! I've been on sparkpeople before but I don't remember when I dropped it so I'm back. I recently shattered my ankle and am just now recuperating from it all and am walking again. During this accident I was wheel chair bound for a whole month and sadly gained 20 pounds.. stretch marks and all. I'm really looking for motivation and also what I exercises I could do slowly but still help? I'm able to do everything except run and jump. (before I would do dance videos and now I cant:( ) <BR... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:59:15 EST hello i am 24 and i need to lose 30 pounds to barely be in the healthy range and 50 pounds to reach my goal weight <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:59:44 EST Looking for buddies who can motivate everyday! Hi, <BR> I'm new to this site - but like many on here, not new to dieting. But I'm thinking motivation/check-ins/support may be the one piece that has been missing in my past attempts. <BR> I'm looking for a few buddies that I can communicate with everyday -- hoping to create a small network where we can encourage and motivate each other. <BR> I have 30-50lbs to loose -- and ideally, my buddies will be in their 30s or 40s. <BR> Hope to hear from you! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:48:09 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Annie from San Diego, CA. I'm new to this site. My foremost goals in life daily is to: Seek First the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto us, as well (Matt.6:33); and to learn to Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths straight"(Proverbs 3:6). "...For without Him, we CAN DO Nothing."(John 15:5). I hope that s... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:19:40 EST Hello Hello fitness travelers....1st day on this site, I was on MFP and have decided to switch over to this site....I've been on this journey for a long time at present time my journey has been a bumpy road...The summer was not good to my waistline, put on a few pounds and need to get back on the proper journey. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:30 EST Hello! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and thought it would be good to have a community to interact with to help me in my goals. I'm currently in college and struggling to have a healthy relationship with food. I often overeat because I'm stressed, bored, or just to get the "high" feeling that food can provide.This leads to negative feelings about overeating, which leads to me feeling guilty and eating more to try to feel better (cycle continues). So, I'm working through the Mind Ove... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:57:07 EST Still At it Hi am Tara. I have been using Sparkpeople off and on for a few years. I am not regular at tracking but I do work at it watching what I eat and make better food choices. I have come a long way and have even more of a reason to lose weight and get healthy as I plan on donating a kidney to my mom if she is viable for one at the end of 3 years. <BR> Any way I do have a question and I would love to hear for anyone so that I know I am not alone in this. <BR> <BR> On my weigh in days I have foun... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:47:35 EST Trying again! Hi! My name is Kathy, and I am from Missouri. I gained about 35 pounds when my doctors put me back on prednisone so I am back to try and lose it. I'm currently in kidney failure so I don't have the energy to exercise, but I can control what I eat! My goal is to lose the 35 and then an additional 25 I was trying to lose before my kidney started to reject. I'm waiting for a transplant and once I have surgery and get the OK from my doctors, I plan on getting back into an exercise routine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:37:14 EST Overwhelmed with the power of this site. Starting up a fitness program after stroke robbed me of a considerable group of my faculties. This site seems to have most of what I need I just have to learn to use it. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:40:07 EST Binge Eating Hey Spark People! <BR> I was a binge eater for way too long. I had many shameful moments with very large amounts of food. However, after doing a lot of work on myself and really understanding why I binged, I'm happy to say I don't do it anymore. If anyone is interested, I've been working on a weekly video series about binge eating and how to overcome it. If you want to check it out, here's the link to the first video in the series, which is my story in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:55:45 EST Ready Set Go!!! Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:14 EST reconnecting again with spark people Hello, my name is Tammy. I want to reconnect again with spark people. I have been on here and there. Not really determined to lose weight. I just weighed myself this morning after being sick, and I actually lost 5 pounds from having diarrhea. It is going around. I told myself this is the strength I need to fight back I need to lose this excess body weight. It is getting cooler out now, so walking is a good thing. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:51:05 EST Another shot at reaching my goal Hi everyone, <BR> I am not new to spark but I am new to the community. I have been exercising regularly which helps but need help with diet and support so thought this would be very helpful. I am looking forward to exploring the website more and finding more ideas to help me reach my goal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:14:16 EST Hi everyone :) My names Brittany. I'm 27 years old. I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful 2 year old little girl! I heard about SP and decided to join! My weight has been fluctuating a lot lately and I've been recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Epilepsy and Rheumatoud Arthritis. All in the last 3 months. During this time my weight at its lowest was 145. I was in the hospital and was septic. I'm on lots of meds now, including steroids, infusions and seizure meds so I have gained a good bit back. ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:59:51 EST Tampa Fl Anyone from the Tampa area? Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:37:22 EST Time for a real change! I have a bad habit of starting something and not following through. I start to lose the weight, eat healthier and see results and feel great, but for some reason, I stop. and I gain the weight back, and i don't know why. I have come to the realization, that I don't have a great support system. I am hoping to find that here and would love for this lifestyle change to be the last and have it stick! I have a 3 year old son who i am putting my bad habits on as well, and i don't like it. I a... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:20:38 EST Simcoe County Ontario Members? Hi. I have just signed up and have begun my long arduous trip (once again). I am wondering if there are any others in Simcoe County who would like to chat. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:25:49 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:38 EST Glad to have found SP I'm glad to have found SP. I enjoy the articles and feel that this is a good way to gain information. It's only been a few days but I feel more motivated about this weight loss journey ahead of me than ever before. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:07:35 EST back at it :) Hi - so i'm here looking to continue my journey and re-engage with spark as it's been so helpful for me in the past. Wanting to meet new positive people to help me reach my goals of losing weight, becoming healthier and fitter. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:08:03 EST Hit a Plateau - annoying 4 pounds Hello everyone and I hope all are having a fabulous time, feeling healthy and energetic. <BR> <BR> I was wandering around looking for dukan diet the nutritional staircase program and came across this site, which felt like a reservoir of health and diet information. I did see a forum topic on dukan diet here, and having following the dukan diet, yet again, but the last 4 pounds are really annoying and discouraging me. <BR> <BR> I don't understand what needs to be done more. If I specifically... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:40:12 EST Lost over 70 pounds Sparkpoeple helped me lose over 70 pounds and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I came across Sparkpeople back in 2010 when I weighed 222 pounds. Just by tracking what I was eating and being aware of the calories in the foods I was eating I was able to shed off the pounds. <BR> <BR> Within months I had lost 70 pounds just by getting rid of the junk. That was the easy part. Keeping it off once I met my goal was the hard part. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:31:17 EST Sort it out. I have taken my eye of the ball for a couple of years. Moving house, a new baby and other things meant my priorities were elsewhere. Time to get things back in control and sort things out. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:18:59 EST whats for lunch? Hi everyone, I have been on the web site for about 3 weeks now and I am still finding my way around. <BR> Does anyone else have a hard time finding something to eat at lunch time? I hate sandwiches and really don't want to eat the extra carbs with bread. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. <em>4</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:46:45 EST self sabotage! Yoyo dieting brought on by self sabotage. Here I go again! I lost 13kg in 20 weeks 4 years ago, put 8kg on and lost 8kg in 20 weeks 2-3 years ago. Now I've put 7kg on again (and its rising) and hope to loose these quick smart as my cholesterol level over the years has slowly risen to the unacceptable figure of 7.1. I have only lost this weight through the Dukan Diet (and reduced the cholesterol) and will go back to that as it worked previously. BUT, how does one stop the self sabotage! ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:41:16 EST I am at a loss I started my weight loss program Oct. 12, 2016, through the VA and I go down a few pounds and back up. HELP Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:44:25 EST I need lots of help I can usually follow a diet but I need help in figuring out what I should eat because I'm a diabetic. and I also take a blood thinner. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:03 EST Weight Watchers Has anybody here ever gone to Weight Watchers and had success? Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:20:56 EST Get together I was wondering if there is a Spark People group in my area... I live in Ojai, Ca. <BR> If there are people anywhere around this area I would love to eat from you. <BR> Sincerely <BR> Armand Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:14:14 EST here again i joined sparkpeople years ago before my daughter was born. it worked for then, and i'm hoping to repeat that success now Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:43:46 EST Tired of failing. I was taking in 1200 calories a day and burning 600 at the gym. On day four I lost it. I hit up every fast food joint open at 1:00am . I felt like such a moron. It was humiliating. Please tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to. I know I'll never look like Sophia vegara but I need to lose 50 pounds and food has always been my go to. Is this achievable? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:43:41 EST Really want to succeed I really need support and hope I have found a strong community. <BR> Ready to work on this weight gain and start loving me again. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:20:49 EST Ready to do this! Hi Team! Just introducing myself. Started again this week and like the enthusiasm and support I see here. I have a long journey ahead of me so keeping the momentum going is important. I'll be looking into some of the other groups such as the over 50's. I always love new recipes too so I'll be checking out those areas as well. Excited to be here. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:06:50 EST Saying hello – it's been a rough day! Hello :) Good to meet all of you. I'm on Day 5 of the 21 day challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified of weight-associated illness – that's the biggest reason I'm here. I used to play on Spark back in y'olden days when I was a student, and I love that it's evolved to such a wonderful service. <BR> <BR> It's good to be here. <BR> <BR> May your journey and mine go well and lead to paths of happiness. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:39:03 EST 50 plus with a new healthy lifestyle Hi everyone glad to be here on a great site with so much help to be had which is great. Still navigating the site and learning as I go, with my husband and I in the house alone most of the time it has been easier to get into a more healthier life style and it's not as bad as I thought getting rid of all the negative, unhealthy stuff. It took awhile to put it on so I know it will take awhile to come off. 1 step at a time !! Greater Days Everyone ! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST New day ... new me When putting on stockings is an aerobic activity, it is time to get back on track. This is day 5 and so far I have stayed on my meal plan each day. I need to figure out exercise time since I can't seem to make it to the gym during the week, although I am at the gym on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions to work in exercise during the day and evening would be a big help. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:08:45 EST On the road again... Hello everyone, I have gone through this journey many times. I am ready to succeed this time and get healthy. I am married and have 2 wonderful boys that I need to do this for. I would love to lose at least 50lbs, but more is always better. I have been struggling with my weight pretty much my whole life. I have an addiction to food. I am trying to build my will power up to put the food down if I don't need it, but it is so hard. Mostly sweets, I have finally broke away from soda this year, wh... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:43:25 EST Getting in shape again trying to get in shape again. This seems like a fun forum!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:13:32 EST Doing the 21 Day Challenge I'm on Day 5. So far I'm am staying on track. I'm not much of a message board or blogger person, but I thought this would be a safe place to start - with people who have the same struggles I have with living a more healthy lifestyle. I'm trying hard not to think of this as a DIET! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:43 EST So lost Ok so I have gained 20 lbs over the last year and so out of control. I don't know where to start. I was thinking WW but its so confusing and figured I would start here to get motivated etc. But don't know how to even start on here. Like what is the first thing I need to do? <BR> <BR> Help, I need to start with step one, but what is it. <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:09:50 EST Well, here I am! Good morning all! I'm Chrissy, and I'm on day 5 of whatever this is. A plan? A new habit? <BR> I'm newly married (almost 4 months!) and I just graduated with my bachelor's in April. I work in HR. <BR> <BR> I have about 50-60 pounds to lose, which seems like an incredibly daunting task to me. I've tried many a time before and given up, so. I'm trying to have faith that this will be different! I'm trying to build habits, like tracking and exercising, which I know won't have an immediate... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:16:32 EST 1st day... 27 kilos to lose ha ha Somehow I got old and fat... I hope to correct one of those. I was on this site quite a few years ago and have no idea where I went. Between changing phones... changing countries... getting married...I forgot all about this app. Glad I found it again! <BR> <BR> I am a 52 year old man, living in the Philippines with my wife. I retired 4 years ago - best thing I ever did - I highly recommend it! Love being retired, don't love the 6 kilos I put on since retiring, though. <BR> <BR> I was ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:43:52 EST Introducing Myself I have had years of trying to lose without success. Now I have gotten up to the highest I've ever been and my health and physical well being is suffering as a result. <BR> <BR> I don't know yet if I can face trying to lose but I need to at least stop gaining. <BR> <BR> And get into some better eating habits along the way. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:37:51 EST It's Never Too Late Most of my life I have been up/down on my weight - mostly up, but managed a happy, generally healthy life, but now my youth is gone, and my bad habits are catching up with me. So its time to finally make those changes I need to make. Never ever giving up! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:27:50 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST hello Hi, just joined today, and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 48 year old wife and mother, I work full time in two permanent night jobs which means that I really only have one night a week off, and I'm ashamed to say I've been making a ton of excuses over the past few years to let me off the hook re exercising and eating well (ie I work so hard, I've no social life, of course I deserve this cream bun/bar of chocolate etc). As a result, my weight has crept up over the last five years and my hea... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:53:01 EST Hello Team Hello, I am looking for a 1260 calorie meal plan. Need help. Thanks Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:22:05 EST Sparked before.... can I spark again? As we all mostly know, Spark People is awesome. I've been here before, it's helped it has motivated, and then whatever happens I fall away. Now I am at my all time heaviest weight and I've been off spark people for almost 2 years. :( I'm REALLY REALLY heavy. over 200 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I used to be an athelete when I was young. Track & Cheerleading for school, weights and aerobics class during school and swam alot or I played basketball with my friends ..... <BR> <BR> Now I'm at a jo... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:44 EST If I don't go over my calories, I lose? If Sparkpeople knows I want to lose 2 lbs a week, is it building in the deficit I need to lose the weight? Like tonight...I have had a perfect day and now want to eat my arm, and have 466 max calories left in my day, but if I do not go over the calorie max, I will still be working toward the 2lbs/wk? Trying to figure out the calories in/out thing. Thank you, Patty Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:57:09 EST Start of Something New! So, today is my first full day on a new diet. Its nothing specific, just a diet on cutting back on how much I eat. Besides the basics, like drinking plenty of water and cutting out sweets what re some ideas and advice on what to do for my new diet? Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:07:17 EST just sayin hi! Just figure i would drop in. Doin' okay today, been making good choices got some walking done etc. <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking to make friends please add me to your friends list, id be more than glad to talk to ya'll we can motivate eachother! <BR> <BR> Anyway, Hope yall have a great day! Take care and ill pop in again soon! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:06:46 EST Stopping by to say hello! It has been awhile since I was last on Sparkpeople, but when my sister was told by her doctor that she absolutely has to lose weight or she would die, well, we all took exception to that and have started doing food diaries and calorie counting. She sees the doctor again on Wednesday, the 21st. Guess she'll BE seeing the doctor on a weekly schedule for awhile. <BR> <BR> With that said, I'M BACK!!!! <em>104</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:21:35 EST 21-day new member challenge, day 5 Well, my challenge today is to introduce myself on the message boards... so here I am. I don't tend to be one to normally do such things but I've got a lot to accomplish and I know that stepping out of my comfort zone will help me reach goals. Apparently the support here is pretty great too! <BR> <BR> I'm a 41-year-old Heather who lives in northern British Columbia. Single momma with kids aged 22, 15 and 7 years old... and they're all great! Work full-time (and sometimes more) at an office j... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:34:14 EST Hi, everyone! Newbie here. I'm trying to get in shape and prevent my pre-diabetes diagnosis from evolving into Type II. I know this is going to be a long road, but I'm excited to see my transformation. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:39:55 EST Hi from Maui! Anyone else from Maui here? I live in Kihei. Any Maui Sparklers out there? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:33:07 EST Just to say hi Hi everyone I am mom of 2 dear sons aged 4 and 18 months. <BR> <BR> I started my journey by randomly doing fat loss exercises walking in the park skipping doing overall exercises for 2 hours daily and also changing my diet drastically but I didn't see any results. <BR> <BR> So I feel back again jus finding a reason to start over. <BR> <BR> So I am I am going to SP for my support now hopefully I can get it done. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:21:16 EST Hi Started this to see if can lose the wait that I have gained. I'm hoping it works. <em>41</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:19:04 EST Just a newcomer's HI Hello from Lynn. We retired to be near kids and grandkids 2 1/2 years ago, and I was a bit overweight, but felt and active. Fast forward to September, 2016. Arthritis and probably inactivity put me in physical therapy, son and new bride moved to Canada, and daughter's family moved cross country this summer for a super job. The grandkids kept me young (feeling, anyway) and moving! I've bee sitting way too much and my BMI is in the danger zone. I love healthy food, but also have little power fo... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:23:34 EST Newbee Question Will searching on the site I have noticed that some people have a weight loss banner on their posts. How do you earn these? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:12:24 EST Hello Hi everybody! I've been on this site since the start of August but I haven't really taken the time to properly introduce myself to the community yet. I also have heard that those who use the message boards are more likely to reach their goals than those who do not. Everyone on this site seems super welcoming and willing to help so I figured it was time for me to make the effort to get to know you all. I'm really friendly so don't be afraid to chat with me! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:33:55 EST I'M BACK!!! Hello everyone !! I was with SP a year ago or less but had so much happening I couldn't focus on anything so I stopped for awhile. I went by CINDY5412 back then, it would be nice to reunite with my friends. <BR> <BR> i need to try and take my health more serious now , due to so much that has happened. Feel free to check out my Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Cindy <em>465</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:22:06 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I would love to introduce myself to all the lovely people here. My name is Lea (pronounced Lee) and I'm excited to go on this journey of weight loss. I've made way to many excuses over the years and after a really tough year I want to dedicate myself to change. I know it isn't going to be easy but I'm ready. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:05:08 EST Hello! I've been on this journey for a long time. With different levels of dedication. This time I'm dealing with it as a change of lifestyle, to a better version of myself. I'm looking for like minded individuals for support and inspiration. People who move change the world! Believe in better and do what ever it takes! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:51:59 EST not interested in following my diet goals i feel lost today. i used to be very motivated about my body and weightloss and now i dont seem to care how my body appears like. i have cholesterol and diabetes and i keep eating junk food and helplessly can stop? please help, what to do? Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:52:36 EST Hello!!! I just signed up for Sparkpeople today. I have +100 to lose. I also need to get organized in my work and home lives. My work is coming along nicely, and I joined a team I think will help with my home. <BR> <BR> I just don't really know where to start with my physical self. I've been exploring the site today, but there is SO much here. It's a little overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I did sign on with the coaching, that seems to be a good guide. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I can do this on my own though. ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:42:39 EST Less than 48 Hours to a New Beginning Just dropped by to say, hi! I'm finishing up my 2 week liquid diet and am scheduled for a RNY at 8:00 am Monday, September 19, 2016 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:16:44 EST new and getting to know you :) Hello. I eat low carb foods and would love to connect with anyone that is in the process of losing weight. I am doing well and will continue to and would love some fun and support as I will return it! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:16:16 EST Hi Hiya! <BR> <BR> I'm just getting started here. Been using the fitbit for a while but wanted a way to add in some more workouts, on top of the walks and this place has been pretty great for motivating me with that. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, have a great day all! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:47:10 EST Hi Hello, <BR> My name is Carlos and found this site trying to find fitbit friends. <BR> Glad I did come across this site. looks like there are a lot of good people here. <BR> I'm here just trying to get healthy and stay motivated. <BR> Any fitbit users out there feel free to add me and get some challenges going. <BR> Carlos Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:00:05 EST Time to Practice what I Preech Hi everyone! I am new to SP and would like to lose this weight that has stopped me from living my life fully. It's gotten in the way more times than I can count. Most recently, I broke out of my shell after my Mom passed from Alzheimer's. After mourning, I knew the last 3 years I dedicated to her care and well being while taking care of my family took a toll on my health. I just let it fall by the wayside. Ignoring it made it go away...but so not true. My dream of becoming a Licensed M... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:12:10 EST Hello, All Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Ashley, and I am looking to go down the healthy path in life. Over the years I have been on a roller coaster of weight gain and loss, and I am looking to put my foot down and make a change. I am a Criminal Justice major, where I will later be serving my state as a State Trooper, and need to get into shape! Tips, Feedback, or inspiring posts are appreciated! Good luck on your fitness journey, everyone! <em>48</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:54:09 EST Hello there My name is Mimi, I'm 23 and stay in SC. I hope to lose 95 pounds by my next birthday and I am looking for support buddies for the journey. I am starting small for now with light exercise and dietary changes so i can remain realistic and gain momentum along the way. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you don't like shakes that are pre-made, try Designer Whey. I buy them at Bilo. 100 cal, low fat and carb, high protein and fiber. They are a lifesaver for me right now. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:56 EST REDEDICATION!!!!!! Thursday 9-15 day 1 <BR> Today I rededicate myself to the "PLAN" <BR> 1. I will walk at least 5 days a week. <BR> 2. I will strength train at least 3 times a week. <BR> 3. I will make healthier choices on my foods. <BR> <BR> With this "PLAN" my goal is to be under 150 lbs. when I have surgery on Nov. 17. <BR> That is 8 pounds in 8 weeks. <BR> I believe I can do this. I just have to get back in the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Where I went wrong: <BR> * I haven't been walking. The weather tur... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:11:27 EST Getting a fresh start! Hi. At the beginning of 2016 to become mindful of my eating. I stopped snacking at night, kicked my sugar craving and ate a fat and protein at every meal. Over the summer I stopped losing weight but I did keep it the same. That's big for me. I'm now here with Spark People to get a fresh start with support. Hoping to lose 50 pounds. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:10:44 EST Happy to be here.. I've been on SP about 2 weeks now.. long time WW member who found solace in the blogging community which they dismantled, developed some great friendships through our sharing and felt completely let down when WW couldn't see the value any longer.. sure there's connect, the twitter version of blogging, but most long posts start with an apology for being long or not 100% weight loss related.. well duh, everything in life is weight loss related. Every action, reaction, emotion, rain drop, ray o... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:44:37 EST introduce yourself <em>213</em> My name is Sharon and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I joined yesterday and am very much finding my feet . I suffer from chronic depression and I'm hoping that this forum will help me stay on track. First priority for me is to start exercising again on a regular basis then add in dietary changes. Went for a swim today so I've taken the first step. Challenge is to take another one tomorrow. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:55:37 EST Looking forward to Success! Here it is day 5 already and I feel like this is fun and easy. I am a 78 year old female diabetic and my goals are lofty need to lose 55 pounds and get moving, so I will just take a day at a time. Hope we can inspire each other. My biggest challenge is exercise. I have found some limited mobility chair exercises that I can do,but not on this site I can't get the exercises on this site to play. Maybe I should find a DVD? Good luck to everyone it's always fun to be on a winning team - although ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:09:33 EST Introducing myself, 33 and keeping myself in check Hello! My name is Carolyn. I'm a 33 year old very happy woman. I have stable life goals that I am super motivated to achieve and many fulfilling relationships. I don't have a family to take care of but I work 2 jobs, one is full time, and so I have trouble feeling motivated to make meals at home and exercise regularly. I joined spark to regain a sense of control over my weight as I watched 10 lbs creep on over the last year. I lost abaout 50lbs in my late 20s and don't want to get back there.... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:35:34 EST I need some support Hi! I'm new to this..a friend athat work was tEllington me how much it's helped her so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm 42 years old..5'1 and I weigh 248 pounds. Ivery been to my Dr and have been diagnosed with diabetes. I lost my job a couple months ago and family stress and finances have made me gain 8 pounds. I was losing weight before all this happened. I just got a new job and I'm waiting to start next week (woohoo)..I'm trying to get started on the right foot (again) ..I went through f... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:48:03 EST Hello to all. My challenge says "members who use the Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not". Can't see how that's true. But as I am trying something new (losing weight), I'll try other new things as well (posting here). <BR> <BR> My aim is 10% @ 1 pound per week. Easy pesy. I think. Completed day 5, hardest part is not having my wife cooking two different meals each night, one for her and one for me, so I'm hoping to achieve this through portion control. Weekend is co... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:31:05 EST New to Message boards Hello everyone, my name is Donna, I just started again for the umpteen time and I am trying something new. I am not used to reaching out and look for support, but I have read a lot about how message boards can be very supportive. I have lost and gained weight my entire life, but recently found out that I am pre-diabetic and need to get my A1C down. I just started having to take medicine to help me along. So it would help me to talk to someone that may be going through the same issues. If ther... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:48:25 EST Trying again. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. <em>24</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:44:14 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:05 EST Going to be a grandparent! Hello, My name is Dana and I am 47 years old. My oldest daughter is going to have my first grandchild, a boy, in March 2017. I want to lose about 23 pounds before then because I want to feel healthy and be able to enjoy taking care of my grandson. I have recently found out I have bursitis in both hips and I suffer with a lot of hip and leg pain. The pain keeps my sedentary most days except when I am at work. I teach special ed inclusion in a high school so I walk around a good bit everyday. W... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:48:03 EST Hello. My life is in a chaos, nothing is right, my goal is to be healthy. I want to exercise and eat balanced and healthy meals. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:08:50 EST Wrestling with Sodium Hi everyone. My name is Tom and I am a long time diabetic who weighs in at a hefty 259lbs. I have struggled with my weight for almost the entire time I have been diabetic so this is one more effort to bring that down. I think I can stay with the calorie/carbohydrate/protein/fats program, but I noticed just after the first day that my sodium intake was 10 times what was recommended and that was twice what my Nephrologist recommends. Since I do not salt any of my food I have to assume that this... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:01:18 EST hello Hello, I'm not new to sparkpeople, but have been away for a few years. I am 37 and trying to get off about 40 lbs. I have tried many diets and plans. I have only had success when following the HCG protacall. I got down to my goal weight and stay fairly close for about a year. Then I got pregnant and gained again. I don't want to do HCG again because I know it is not a healthy option. This time around my goal is to be healthy. I want to exercise and eat balanced and healthy meals. I feel this ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:07:47 EST Hello Hi, my name is Laura and I'm new to Spark People. I bought the book (I think years ago) but have never gotten past the first few pages. I've put it on my bedside table and have been reading nightly. I thought I wasn't going to "join" until I finished it... but decided against that idea. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article where this woman lost weight and she said she worked with a trainer that never focused on the numbers on the scale.... just a mantra... Each Day Better. It stuck to me. ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:19:06 EST new to sparkpeople and have diabetes Just started w sparkpeople and have to go from 203 to 170 6ft according to docs and started a planet fitness today. Not looking forward to diet...but at least I'm hypoglycemic so a little easier. Hard to eat out esp in SA TX Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:05:54 EST Postive! Well, I've been on Spark a little over a week and was kind of waiting to see how I like it. Well, I LOVE IT!! The people here are so supportive. The tracking makes me "think again" and keeps me motivated. Due to being techno-challenged, I couldn't figure out how to use the scale in my office's workout room. Thought I had only lost 3lbs- NOPE....11 yes that's right 11 in 2 weeks. I am over the moon! <em>9</em> So positive about this journey and moving on in my life. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:33:50 EST First timer I have heard of this site and get pop ups on my facebook and figured before I try WW again, I will try this site. I have been trying for years to keep my weight down and have always been around 150 with exercise and watching what I eat, with cheats of course. But the past I would say almost 2 years I have just stopped. Started watching more tv and eating more snacks and not paying much attention. Now I am up 20lbs and know it can go even further if I don't stop. I am a night time snacker... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:39:09 EST New to sparkpeople My name is Bridget. I been trying to lose weight off and on for five years now. I tried other websites that I thought would help, but I didn't like them as much or the people was really rude. So far from what I been checking out, I really like spark and glad that I became a member. I can't wait to see what my journey brings. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:08:36 EST Phentermine I'm taking phentermine for 4 weeks lost 9 lbs 1st week.nothing since.I'm 280 I eat 2000 calories a day, but also do cardio for 60 min a day. Help Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:36:14 EST Newbie! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old single female from the Detroit area. To begin with, I'd like to lose 64 pounds, to put me in ONEderland. But ultimately, I'd love to lose 100 pounds. I'm hoping the Spark People community can help get me there! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:57:12 EST New again... FitBit Question Hi all, I'm back to get on track. I noticed that I could connect my fitbit tracker, however... where do I go to actually see if they are connected and see what I see on my fitbit website. Thank you in advance! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:48:28 EST Looking for Fitness Friends. So my name is Mel and I am new to Spark People. I am 24 years old. Back in 2014 I went from 233 to 169 in 2015 and I was really killing it. I also had an amazing fitness partner who motivated me, worked out with me, cooked with me. I became obsessed with eating healthier and low carb. I was great at working out and keeping up with my routine. I was also great with cooking and trying tasty, new, healthy recipes. I was seriously great at being healthy and losing weight. <BR> <BR> I got off tr... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:46:13 EST Hello new here Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:32:54 EST Need Motivation! In the last couple years, I have managed to gain about 75 pounds due to minor illnesses, major life events, quitting smoking, poor diet, and lack of motivation. I have decided to grab a hold of my life again and jump back into a healthier lifestyle with better meal choices and exercise! I am looking to lose weight, one pound at a time, and I need to be held accountable! I am 26 years old and I don't want to be obese anymore! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:57:04 EST Trying to jump start this weight loss again Good morning. <BR> <BR> A few years ago 50lbs. I then started having really bad breathing issues and could no longer exercise. I gained 60 lbs in the year that followed from not being able to exercise, quitting smoking and having a very poor diet. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I found out I had silent reflux. I had to have surgery to repair my valve at the top of my stomach. It is similar to having a gastric bypass, but not quite. You go through the same steps when you are done with surgery as... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:02:26 EST I'm back!!! Greetings! I did my best at bring healthy, all around, when I joined spark people years ago. So, I'm going back to what works best. <BR> <BR> Happy to be here! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:38:43 EST New to Sparks Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Hello! Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:04 EST Jan from Colorado Hello all, I was a spark member for a few years ,under jaycee05 but now when I tried to sign back on that name was taken. So now I am jaycee007. Like James Bond ...007. <BR> Let's see if I can be fast with getting my metabolism geared up. I need all the help I can get, because I have been hypothyroid for about 10 yrs now and for switching my meds...going from levothyroxine to synthyroid. I have gained weight in the last five months... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:16:29 EST In an act of desperation I've had Insomnia for quite some time now and have weight issues. lost some weight but still not better sleeping..hoping for support esp. from anyone who suffers from the ripe "young age" of 40 + years old Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:15:18 EST I'm new to this, looks like a fun place to be. I have lost alot of weight in the past, but, gained it all back. I need to lose it again and hopefully this place will help me get and keep the motivation to do it. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:55:40 EST Trying Again Hi, I have tried everything to lose weight. Being 50+ years old has made it a little hard. I've also been able to make excuses to myself that I wasn't that big. I was just fooling myself. I am very close to being Type 2 diabetic and want to reverse that if possible! But, I want to be around for a long time to enjoy my family and future grandchildren. With my busy lifestyle, I feel as though this will work better for me. I do have a positive outlook on this. I also have a goal to take... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:52:43 EST Could Use Your Help! Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am hoping to be able to find a place of community support and accountability each day! There are a lot of chances to mess up between a weekly weigh in and I'm searching for a place to hold myself accountable every day. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a message board or support group on here where that can happen? <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for any guidance and have a great Saturday! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:00:22 EST Newbie Hi, I am newbie to Sparks and have been doing weight watchers for over a year and not liking the new program. So something new to try out. Hoping to get to know some of you and give as well as receive encouragement. Oh yeah I like to laugh and can be quirky at times. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:53:32 EST One Day At A Time Hello, I'm GalaxyDreamer, or Amber. I like space and animals and science. I'm 29 and over 100 pounds overweight. I'm starting on a slow, but steady journey toward weight loss and a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Exercise is difficult for me as I have a health condition that prevents me from doing much (POTS/Neurocardiogenic Syncope/Dysautonomia). I'm trying to find more good seated exercises that I can do without passing out. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:42:07 EST Need a little help from my friends So I came to this site after my gastric bypass. I had gone from 256 lbs down to 123 lbs at my lowest. I work as an RN and injured my back lifting a patient. I have just finished a workers comp that lasted almost 4 years. Lots of pain meds, injections, procedures and I've become isolated and lonely. I miss the intimacy with my husband of 2 years, boyfriend of 13 years. I am ashamed of my weight gain. I am now 209 lbs and it hurts to even say. I just got super emotional before writing this and ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:11:56 EST I need help with accountability I am in the same boat, I am 5'4 and 235 pounds. I am looking for help staying in line I am a single mom and I think I have been over eating due to my broken heart from the divorce. I need an accountability buddy someone to text or email daily with, if interested just send me a message. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:16:50 EST When you get hidden in a picture So I was just in a wedding the other day. My reality hit when I saw pictures of how bad I really looked but what hurt was when I saw the photographer actually used the other girls to cover me up. Ho embarrassing. I mean the picture was still gorgeous but it's like you barely know I'm there. I'll put the picture on my page since I can't share. Anyways looking for friends. I'm a wife of 13 years and a mommy of 4, child of God, makeup addict, craft enthusiastic and love mostly everything es... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:29:45 EST Getting fit and losing weight Hello all! I joined SP today because I really need a place to be accountable and keep on track. I'm 27, engaged, and looking to lose 25 pounds by January or February since that's about the time I plan to start looking for dresses (and would like to be close to my ideal weight so alterations aren't more drastic than they will already be for my short stature). Looking forward to joining ya'll to reach our goals. :D Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:57:08 EST I'm new here Today is my first day here. I have been thinking about joining, and finally decided today was the day. Three years ago, because of multiple things going on in my life, I lost over 70 pounds (my biggest weight loss ever). I have gained about half of that back, but it is creeping up, and I do not ever want to get as heavy as I was. A little history...I was always overweight, heck I weighed more than 10 lbs when I was born, but I was 23 inches also. I joke that I came out ready for kinderg... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:34:01 EST Need to get back to *Me* Hi all. I was a SparkPeople member about five years ago, and remember really enjoying the wonderful, supportive community. My life circumstances have changed drastically over the past couple of years. I'm done repeating the story, because it's time to tell a new one. I have been working earnestly during that time to figure out how to live with the depression that has accompanied me most of my life, as well as the anxiety that showed up as an unwelcome cohort. My extraordinary fitness and heal... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:09:45 EST Starting over I've been a member since at least 2013, popping in when ever I needed a feel good, motivational moment. The problem was as soon as I closed the screen, I'd forget what motivated me and go back to eating what ever. <BR> <BR> 2 life events have brought me back. First, I was diagnosed pre diabetic, second I had to tell my husband we surpass the weight limit on a jet ski rental, somehow he had no clue I was as heavy as I am. <BR> <BR> I talk the talk but can't walk the walk. I'm good at losing ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:33:13 EST new here Hi all, <BR> I'm new here. I hope I'll get enough support and help from here. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:42:45 EST new here Hi all, <BR> I'm new here. I hope I'll get enough support and help from here. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:38:46 EST Back after some time Im trying again and been working at it for 10 days. One day at a time. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 05:57:44 EST 5% Weight Loss Challenge Fall 5% Challenge Invitation; and everyone is invited!!! You took the first and most important step toward a better you when you joined SparkPeople. Now, give yourself a boost by joining the Fall 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:23:00 EST New Just signed up for support Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:59:35 EST Back with a vengeance... Okay, so I've been playing a round for years, teeter-tottering with my weight. I have been on SparkPeople for a while but never was consistent with tracking or working out, and my weight showed it. Up to 216, down to 175, up to 214, and now fluctuating around 207. I'm tired of the yo-yo, tired of being tired, and tired of just not feeling like I want to feel. I am determined to finally get it done! I know it is a lifelong process of eating healthy and exercising, and I am ready to make it par... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:46:21 EST Trying Again Hey Everybody, it's been a proper while since I tried to lose weight. I think I pretty much lost all hope. But I'm going to try again and I'm hoping to get some motivation through Good luck to you all :) Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:47:56 EST I'm back after a few years of being gone Hi, I have come back because I just had triple by-pass(It's been four weeks now). Way pass time to get healthy. I've been taking care of a friend with CP for the last 3 years along with my more that 8 hour a day of job and it has given me no time to myself or to my own home. I have felt for a long time that I have needed to get out of the situation but quilt takes over. Hoping that maybe my situation will help him see he needs to call in extra help. <BR> In my recuperation, I'm walking ever... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:59:55 EST Starting over....again Hi, I am back with a new spark page, and a new plan. Here's to success this time! <em>521</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:49:55 EST Hi, all! I'm looking forward to learning how to live a healthy lifestyle! <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:34:00 EST Here goes.... My name is Marcia. I just want to get motivated again to keep going on the program. Life is getting in the way, it seems, and I am starting to feel it. Time to refocus on myself and get going! <em>249</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:16:53 EST Needing Support I'm not one to share my personal life with others, but I have found that I have really been struggling (more than ever before) with body issues. I'm 29, soon to be 30, and my weight has been fluctuating my entire life. I grew up as the overweight girl in every grade. And in my early 20s, I was around a size 22+ in female US sizes. I lost a little weight somewhere around age 22 and being too poor to afford too much food plus working constantly. It wasn't until I started graduate school that I ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:24:54 EST Need to say alive .. I know the topic dose not sound good but I'm 41 male who can't walk up the stairs with out being out of breath I'm 26.3lbs I think this is right I only weigh in Tesco on their scales as gp don't have any that I can get on. I been told I have 2 years to live if I stay as I am I need real help <em>15</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 14:00:46 EST Not new, but....... Been here since 09 but lapsed big time. Labour day always seems like a reset in the year, so I am here doing the reset. Good wishes to all who might be in the same boat, give it your best. I'm aiming for 2 to 5 lb loss in September. :) Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:39:02 EST It's just that time. Where do I begin? Hm. Well- I'll just get right to it. I'm 45 years old I'm brand new to this website. At the age of 40 I couldn't work anymore due to disabilities including severe osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, Fibro and many other things after having worked since I was 17 years old. I use a cane and a wheelchair. I'm only 5'4 and I zoomed up to 267 pounds after my ailments bombarded me and now of course I'm struggling even more. This past week I started a weight loss challe... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:21:36 EST here I go again Hi everyone, I am going to try very hard this time. I am 74yrs young and still have a bucket list.I am out going,love animals,love to read and am most proud of my daughter. My health could be better, but so many people tell me oh you'll never lose weight. This time I am doing it for me an d staying away from the nay sayers. Wish me luck. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:58:20 EST Hello, Hello, I really don't know what to write, but I have to introduce myself. So here it goes. My name is Line (Lyne I spell it Line because my maternal language is french) I'm 47 years old and I'm a housewife but I help out my husband because we have a bodyshop business at home. I have three kids and I'm a grandmother. I've been dieting since I was about 12 or 13 years old. I've tried weight watchers, tops, mincavi, herbalife, the cabbage diet, the flat belly and I've been followed by dieticiens... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:22:58 EST Hiya, Sparks!! I honestly don't know why I put this off for so long, but I'm definitely glad I signed up. Just from what i've seen so far, there is so much to offer here, and even more so, I've heard wonderful things about the community here. <BR> <BR> My name is Gabby, and I'm 27 years old. <BR> My story is probably very similar to a lot of people here. At a young age, I gained weight very quickly and despite every diet and trick attempt in the past, I only got bigger. I gave up after awhile. Pretended... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 23:24:43 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:47 EST New to Spark Happy to be here! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:05:26 EST New to spark people... Today, I hope, is the first day of my journey to get fit and healthy. I'm just seeking motivation and support in doing so! So let it begin! <em>9</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:00:44 EST New kid Hey everyone, fresh day 2 newbie here! Looking for motivation and inspiration to set some (realistic) goals and get them done! Hope everyone had a great Monday (it's Tuesday morning here in NZ) :) Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:29:25 EST Staying motivated with SparkPeople I am Barbara, a returning sparker!! One thing I love about this site is that SparkPeople is such an excellent tool for keeping the motivation going and for accountibility! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:56:37 EST It Is Time Hello everyone <BR> Signed up for the 21 day new member challenge and I am on Day 5. Have been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but have never posted before. I am a tiny bit out of my comfort zone but have decided to just take it a day at a time. That is the great thing about SparkPeople -- you can always begin again. I don't have to do everything perfectly, I just need to do something. <BR> I certainly am looking to lose weight but this time I am more interested in my overall he... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 12:02:06 EST hello hey guys hope all are well i have lost 150 pounds working on last 50 i am 66 retired i excercise each day off sat and sunday what are you all doing today!!! nice to meet all Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:53:49 EST Coming Back Hi All, I have been in and out for years trying to lose weight with no success. This time I have to take it more seriously. I am so tired of spending big bucks on medicine. All my problems could be helped if I just lose weight, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I am married and have 7 wonderful grandchildren three of whom live 5 minutes away. I want to be around to see them reach adulthood! My husband and I have post retirement goals and I want to be able to enjoy them. Finally, I'd like to sav... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:51:01 EST Goal Buddy Needed ASAP Im a 17 year old girl and I'm trying to drop 8kg. I like movies, music, art, craft, pot and rain. Please comment, like, reply if you are interested in being my goal buddy. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:50:47 EST New old member getting act together Hi! I had joined Spark People some time ago and never really stuck with it. I was committed before and I am committed now. I am also learning a lot. It is great to be able to learn and understand everything that one needs in order to accomplish their goals. With Spark People I feel I can do this!! Looking forward to this journey. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 02:06:55 EST Time for me Hello. I'm new to sparks. So glad to have found this site it seems to have everything I could possibly need to help with this journey I'm on. For years I have taken care of everyone else's needs, letting mine get lost somewhere. Rushing to tend to others doesn't always let me have time to get a healthy meal so drive through is faster or frozen pizza etc. It also doesn't help that I am a stress eater. So now the kids are grown. I have learned to say "No" at work and not do double shifts day af... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 01:00:00 EST Transforming So it's time to go to the next stage. <BR> I've been a caterpillar, chomping, chomping. <BR> Now I enter the cocoon - time to fast and reconfigure <BR> I will emerge transformed. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 13:55:50 EST Day one - time to do this.... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've finally hit the point where I really need and want to get myself feeling and looking healthy again. I have had a challenging few years but feel ready now to get back to my old self. I have 56lbs to lose and would like to have this gone by May 2017 ready for our family holiday, maybe 60lbs but going to take every few pounds at a time. <BR> <BR> Now to figure out how to get one of the awesome figure trackers :) <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 08:57:09 EST weight loss Hi my name is Marie and Iive in Brooklyn New York. I really want to lose 50 pounds for now. I'm going to travel next year and I want to look great and feel great. Message me if you can motivate me, I will motivate you too to reach your weight goal. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 02:49:34 EST New, and Looking for some friends! Hello I am Christina, <BR> I am in search for some Text/or call motivation buddies! <BR> I am 19 and looking to lose 50-56 pounds-But am finding it hard to get motivated. <BR> <BR> I am ready to get in shape and live a life with happiness and health, I want to enjoy my life without my weight getting in the way. <BR> I believe one day I can reach my goal weight of 180Ibs. <BR> Sun, 4 Sep 2016 00:58:42 EST 8 Days Here I'm a point counter from WW, but have started counting calories here as well. Love the community and all the info! 2.6 down my first week using both methods! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:52:27 EST Being true to yourself So many times I have talked to myself negative. Times are going to be changing. Right this minute I am replacing those old depressing thoughts with new empowering ones. <img src=""> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:09:36 EST Greetings! I'm new here and looking forward to the journey. I'm an almost-50-year-old who loves to read, cook, and knit. I'm a writer, a job which always stretches my mind but leaves my body quite sendentary. My husband and I homeschool our son (who is a senior in high school this year). How nice to meet you all! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:05:03 EST Hi Hi, i am back to SP after a long period. Due to unhealthy habits i gained a lot of weight and it is time to say good bye to all those extra pounds for good. <BR> Have a great weekend all! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:01:07 EST Here we are again... I'm Shelly and fitness has been an ongoing struggle for the majority of my life. Both my weight and my fitness has fluctuated greatly over the years, definitely looking for a source of motivation to keep me on the right path. Enter SparkPeople. I'm always down for buddies. Good luck and *fingers crossed* for everyone's success! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 23:58:56 EST I'm just fluffy... Yeah, I've been telling myself that for years and I'm tired of saying it, lol. I'm done feeling like crap every day. I'm 5 days in and have lost 4 pounds. I generally yo-yo between a 10 pound range but I'm keeping my hopes high. For the first time EVER in my life I am a NON-SMOKER and an even bigger accomplishment (for me) 2 weeks alcohol free. The simple fact that I've been able to make it that long without a drink is a huge motivating factor to keep me moving in the right direction to make ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:39:50 EST Getting back in the world again! Started Spark today. Have had lot of physical pain and problems since knee surgery 2+ years ago, but am ready to get myself back again. Please wish me luck? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:10:07 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:24:59 EST 3 Days pre op and I'm freaking out a little I am having surgery September 6th. I'm starting to get so nervous, but I'm so excited to become the person I was always meant to be. I've talked about it a little bit on my youtube channel, but Lately the support and love I have gotten from the people around me has blown my mind. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have tips or suggestions for recipes for the post op puree phase? need some ideas. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:47:39 EST from jojo dieting to lifestyle Hi Everbody! <BR> Today is my 46th birthday and i am tired of jojo dieting, which i have been doing since i was 12 years old. I don't want to give up and want to make healthy living a lifestyle for good, that's what got me here. I'm so excited and scared of failing again. I have about 20 kg to loose. One down so far. The tracking is really an eye opener. Hope to meet a lot of like minded people. <em>524</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:51:03 EST Counting Calories VS Points I can't bare to stop counting Points since I've been doing that for 15 months now, but since joining SP last week I've tracked my eating here too and I have to admit I love it. I take a multi vitamin every day, so my nutrition flaws are mostly covered by that, but it still is a big eye opener when I see how much fat I've had in a day or how little Calcium I've had. It's making me even more aware of my food choices...I like that! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:12:53 EST First day...nervous Hello my name is Kathi. Today is my first day. I have PCOS which contributes to my excess weight as well as I have been living with high stress and depression for many years now. I cannot do this alone. Thank you Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:35:32 EST Working towards feeling healthier and happier Today is my first day with SparkPeople. I've tried so many types of diets and have probably been dieting for over 40 years. It seems crazy that my life has constantly revolved around trying to lose weight and feel better. As I reach the post-menopausal years, the weight is coming on and sticking around. I am resolved to finish this race a healthier, happier me. I need to get control of my food choices, my portion control and my exercise, these are the three areas I want to focus on. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:17:06 EST Here's to a healthier me- 1st day Hello, everyone! Today I am trying to make positive changes to get my health and weight on track. I've let stress and unhealthy eating control me and today I choose to take that control back. I've not been successful in keeping weight off so I'm hoping this site will assist me in being successful. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:01:30 EST Returning at long last Hello I'm a returner to Sparkpeople having last used the site in around 2010! <BR> So far it seems even better than I remember so I'm confident this will be the start of a healthier (and slimmer!) life for me. <em>41</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 12:51:19 EST For real this time. Where to start, where to start... Well, let's see. I'm 24 years old and currently a stay-at-home mom to my 18 month old son :) I've struggled with my weight, like many others, majority (if not all) of my life. If I could go back a few years ago when I was a size 8 & around 140 lbs and kick myself in the butt, I would. I remember when my weight started getting out of hand, I'd step on the scale to see that I had gained 5 pounds & I'd say "Oh... it's only 5 pounds. I can lose that, no problem."... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:50:38 EST excited My name is sonja and I'm excited to change's been hard and afraid I won't accomplish what Im wanting...I'm165 and my goal is 125...this is the biggest I have ever been and been diagnosed with high cholesterol and I have an umbilical hernia...I'm not sure what I can and can't do exercise wise but willing to try anything...I'm also a busy mom of 3 and always seem busy because I'm known as the go to person...I'm sry if I'm rambling I'm not sure how to do this lol Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:14:55 EST 66 Weeks to Go My name is Cindy and I'm getting married in 66 weeks! <BR> <BR> My fiance and I have been together for 8 years + a few months. We decided we'd get married when we'd been together 10 years and all the kids were grown and on their own. So December 7, 2017, we're doing it! <BR> <BR> And by then, I want to be so much healthier than I am right now. I don't have any major health issues (surprisingly, none, really!) but my joints ache and I lack energy. Plus, I know, at 44, the health proble... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:51:52 EST weightloss without exercise I'm brand new here and could use some help on my get fit journey. Due to a broken foot, I'm restricted on exercise for awhile so it's not going to be easy with diet alone. I would appreciate some motivating advice, tips and perhaps even a few friends to share encouragement with each other. <BR> First bit of advice I'm seeking would be ideas for work lunches that don't require reheating. Something to ease the boredom of carrot sticks and salad. It would be so nice to have something really app... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:20:13 EST Hello! I'm here for the first time hoping to get inspired and motivated to lose weight before trying to get pregnant. I'm at my heaviest weight ever and I can't believe I let myself get here. I'm almost 6 feet tall, so my weight gain wasn't noticeable to me until I was looking at some old pictures and realized that I wasn't that skinny anymore. I want to get pregnant in the next 6 months or so, but I really want to be at a healthy weight before I do. I've tried dieting before but never really had an... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:08:15 EST frustrated Twice now I've written a long introduction, clicked on the "add an emoticon" button, chosen an image and moved on. Then when I click Post Message, I just get an error message saying no HTML allowed. **I** didn't add the stupid HTML, no matter what my nick name is.... This program did. <BR> <BR> Anyway: The short intro. <BR> <BR> I'm a woman. I've dieted a LOT. I'm sick of it. I am enjoying Spark People, but I don't hold out a lot of hope that it will be any more successful in the long ter... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:56:29 EST Joliet Illinois Hey yall my name is Bobbi and I am from Joliet I have been on here before but I am really ready to get healthy. I am 36 years old and just graduated from school. I am looking for advice and support. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:27:25 EST Returning For Good Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been here before, and the site really worked for me. However, I had a struggle with depression over the last year, and I ended up gaining back some weight in the meantime. But I'm back and ready to get on track again! <BR> <BR> I'm currently a junior in college, with a passion for both labor and animation (I know, totally compatible right?), and people in general. Talk to me, I love to hear from others! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:52:43 EST Greetings from Indiana I am looking to get healthy and drops some weight. This isn't new for me to have these goals but I am in a different position now. For the last 22 years I have focused all of my attention on my kids. Making sure they have everything they need, going to all their activities or as many as I can and I have put myself on the back burner. Since both of my children are at college now and I seem to find some extra time on my hands I want to focus on me now. To be a better wife, mother & person. One ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:10:32 EST Hi! Hi, I'm new to this site! I joined Goodlife gym and am just looking for someone to help motivate me...I don't really have anyone who is into fitness/health around me and was hoping to make a few friends :) Hope everyone has a good day. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:18:16 EST Hello I'm new. I hope everyone has a great day! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:50:47 EST hi Hello , I am Kampo <BR> <BR> I been a member since 2011 ( I think). but never participated past tracking my nutrition . <BR> <BR> I hoping I can be more involved in the community! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:41:30 EST Hello wonderful People Hi my name is Shannon and I am trying to get back on track and lose some weight. about 50 pounds is my goal Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:55:09 EST Howdy Hello! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:11:19 EST It's me and I hate message boards and blogs But they say this helps you lose and I really want to lose 100 pounds. YES 100! I am loving tracking my meals. I have never found an app that works for someone that cooks at home as much as I do until now. I love fresh food! Cooking for myself and my husband... I am a great and creative cook. What I make is often better than eating out... and you actually know what is in your food. I'm diabetic, so that's important. I like to eat out maybe once or twice a week... but I make breakfast ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:46:46 EST New member on day 5 Hi! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose eventually over 100lb, Would like to make spark buddies along the way :) Let's encourage each other to keep pushing forward even when things get tough! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:03:18 EST new again for the last time I do not even know how many times I have reset the button to start over again and again. I really plan on losing. I did lose 50 lbs about 8 years ago. Then I regained it not exercising. That is what I have to do this time I am going to make it. The reason is because I never introduced myself or went on one of message boards. Thank You. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:29:10 EST im new here hello my name s Bonnie i am new here need to lose 65 lbs im 48 yrs young i also use a fitbit one to help ty for taking the time out to read Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:30:28 EST Fighting the fear that this won't work The big problem with losing weight and then failing to keep it off is that when you regain it, you also gain MORE back. I've done lots of different diets and have lost lots of weight, but I can't seem to keep it off. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:35:31 EST New to this game!!!! Been dieting forever and are VERY frustrated by the scale going up....not down.... Think I haven't been eating enough and no weight loss..then I move into eating everything I can find!!! Have begun to track all I eat... also hope to friend people as to have support and accountability. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:54:41 EST Time for change Hi everyone, I am 35 years old, married to a wonderful man for the past 3 years. I have PCOS and my husband is type 1 diabetic. Together we are trying to better our health because we are looking forward to adopting a child within the next 2 years and we want to be around a long time for our child(ren). It has been a huge struggle. I have talked him into every diet under the sun and he has fought me every step of the way lol. With our health conditions it seems like everyday diets just are not... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:02:37 EST Hello Hello I have been on this healthy lifestyle for 7 days with spark and i like it very much looking forward to this new journey in my life. <em>334</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:08:03 EST Here I am again Hi, I'm here once again needing help to get healthy, my mind is my bodies enemy. I have no motivation, where do I start, what will keep me going. How do I find the power within me? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:20:02 EST Homeschooling mommy trying to get healthy Hey all, <BR> <BR> I was on spark from 2008 to 2012. Went from 200 to 127. After 2 babies I gained it all back!! I made half attempts to lose the weight again and then went thru a fat is fabulous stage...and had a bad dr appt...and here I am now! <BR> <BR> I would love some spark buddies. We can encourage each other! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:20:28 EST just joining <em>213</em> I want to get healthy and get back into my old clothes. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:53:34 EST My ever expanding waistline :/ I joined here oh a year or so ago and used the site for counting my calories etc. I was at a healthy weight after p90x I managed to keep the weight off until my husband and I moved. Since that move and 40lbs of weight gain later I find myself needing to meet people in the same boat.. I seem to have zero motivation after leaving Toronto and all my friends and am finding it hard to get my head around the size of my gut lol. I need some serious talking to and a few folks to tell me to get off my... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:52:17 EST Just Getting Started I am just getting started here. I'm a mom of three who has always struggled with my weight. I'm at my heaviest right now, and hate not being able to keep up with my kiddos. I want to get back to a healthy weight so I don't have to be a spectator in their lives. I want to get healthier for myself and my family, and I want to set a good example for my children. I love the community idea of SparkPeople and having the ability to connect with others working towards a better lifestyle. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:54:16 EST Diet, Nutrition & Weight Lost I'm a vegan. I been working out and lost a considerable amount of weight, however, I hit a plateau. I did a lot of research and they're was a lot of contradicting information. Some information said to lower carbohydrates and other information said to lower calories. The grain, fruits and vegetables have higher calories than carbohydrates or the other way around. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:50:27 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I've been on Sparkpeople for a little while now but I'm looking to meet some new people who can help me out even more on my healthy lifestyle journey. I've also heard that people who post on the message boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not, so I figured I'd give the message boards a try. I've heard that everyone is super welcoming and willing to help so any tips and tricks that you could share with me would be super helpful.I'm really friendly and I look fo... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:29:16 EST Hi everyone! Not sure where to start but finding my way around and looking to ditch 250 pounds Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:20:53 EST Howdy Introducing myself for the new member challenge! I recently got engaged and we set a wedding date for roughly a year from now, so I wanted to get a head start on feeling better about myself. A few years ago when I met my girlfriend, I was working in a warehouse doing a lot of manual labor type stuff so it was easy to stave off extra weight, but after I got laid off it was sort of a downward slide...then I got a desk job and put on a good 30 lbs, at least. My parents recently started their own... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:07:52 EST Back again.... Hi there. This is my second go at Spark, and I'm hopeful to be successful again. The first time was about six years ago - I had been fit, but had a back injury which made it difficult to do anything, even being motivated to do anything was a challenge. Though my weight didn't go up a lot, my muscle turned to fat and I was not happy with the result. My brother in law introduced me to the site, and things turned around. I found tracking my food made me more accountable as to what I consumed, an... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:46:12 EST Giving it another try... Hello All, <BR> I joined Spark years ago but I never made the effort to achieve or really even set many goals. Fast forward a few years and I am back with a new attitude and working on a plan for success. <BR> I need to loose a substantial amount of weight in order to improve my health. I like snacks and never hardly portion my meals so that is where I plan to start. The good the bad and the problematic first. <BR> I hope to make friends and meet many others on their road to success this ti... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:20:31 EST BLUECHESSDRESS HELLO EVERYONE I AM HERE TO GET CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LIFE... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:48:40 EST Message Board Challenge Been sparking for quite a while, but never posted to the message board before. SP is a great way to get encouragement. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:07:06 EST eating right Hi I'm Kris, I would like any tips on meal prep. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:26:27 EST I need some encouragement... <em>39</em> <BR> Every time I look in a mirror I feel like this is the worst I have ever looked and its really affecting me because I just got recently married and even he says I need to diet and lose weight... I'm not happy with how I look and I'm here to do something about it. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:43:58 EST Restarting a diet Hello <BR> <BR> I am 29 years old and am once again trying to restart a diet. My weight is at 172 roughly and I have a minimum goal of 145. If anyone has any recommendations, I am all ears :). I have downloaded MyFitnessPal as a helper. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:06:31 EST New here, just wanted to say hello =) I just discovered this site after spending the past 2 years on MFP. I thought I'd try it out and see how it compares, as I feel I'm not having a lot of success using MFP any longer. I lost 40 pounds there but have been slowly regaining it and I just don't want that to happen. So I thought I would spend some time poking around the message boards and see if I can meet some motivated, encouraging, positive people here to maybe give this weight loss journey of mine some new life <em>30</em> ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:59:57 EST Hello I am new to the boards and on day 5. I am trying to lose the weight that I have gained since last summer due to a muscle injury and not paying attention to my food in take. Have 10 pounds to lose but finally feel the motivation to get this done. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:53:29 EST Hi, motivated Hi everyone. <BR> I believe spark was the final straw for finding my motivation. I was in excellent shape for years, 22nd fastest 2 mile time in my army brigade, then started strength training with someone that has been working out since he was in the womb, but over the last 5 I've just been indulging in life (read; food, beer, and not exercising). I'm now 55 pounds heavier than when I graduated boot camp. Though I know I'll never see that weight again, I am aiming to lose about 30. I don't w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:33:20 EST Hi everyone First time every being on here but interested in meeting some new friends. Hope we share some of the same goals. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:14:26 EST Hello Hello there, I'm here to lose some weight which snuck up on me. I was always a skinny girl never had to worry about weight issues even after having babies I just bounced back. Well, then, I hit my forties and I noticed a decrease in energy, I began to feel the effects of my smoking , so I struggled and finally was able to quite for good. It's been 3 years of consistently Not smoking. But my body went into recovery and I gained 30 pounds right off the bat. My appetite increased, my energy leve... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:36 EST Hello Everyone!! I'm Chrissy, I'm from Kentucky. I'm new here looking for motivation & friends. I need to get healthy & lose 50 lbs, because I found out I have Thyroid Disease. If anyone is going through this, I would love to chat about your journey with Thyroid issues. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:52:44 EST New Gut Hi everyone. My name is Tom and I am changing my lifestyle. That may seem a little bit late as I am coming up on my 70th birthday in a couple of months. I made the decision to commit to the change about 3 months ago after my doctor <BR> suggested I enroll in a weight loss program (10 weeks). the program concentrated on controlling caloric intake. Not good enough for me. at the end of the 10 week class, another program was suggested-a low carb diet (similar to the Adkins diet) Tomorrow is the ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:16:18 EST Hi! Senior Sparker here! Hi everyone, I'm a senior age 63 planning on reaching my weight loss goals. OK, I'm a turtle and losing weight is not easy for me. Any other senior or other Sparkers looking for a friend, please add me. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:13:32 EST Hello fellow fat fighters!😄 I've been working on getting healthy for the last 4 months. It's been a slow progress but I'm making life changes not "dieting". I want to be healthy and feel good. I have lost 16 lbs so far 😃 I have had a few bad years. I nursed my 19 year old daughter thru cancer for 2 years, and April 2014 she passed away in my arms. It has been a long mourning process, but now I have to pull myself together and get healthy. I know that's what she would want. She would be usset with me for not taking ca... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:48:25 EST Hello! My name is Audrey, from Canada. I have been struggling with my weight for quite some time and thought I'd try something new. Hopefully SparkPeople will help me reach my goal! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:47:57 EST Hello HI, my wife found this site and I've been using it for a few days. It looks like a great way to stay on top of getting into better shape. I'm hoping to lose some weight and get back into exercise. I'm a cyclist and am doing a training plan to ride 100km in the next 12 weeks. I'm hoping that this, combined with much better eating habits will work to get the weight off and the body feeling better. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:45:15 EST Third times a charm Hi, fellow Sparkers. This is my third time with SparkPeople and plan to make it permanent this time. At least as long as the good Lord gives me here on this planet. I am 71 years old. been married for 47 years to one sexy Frenchman and have already 29 lbs. from my previous sprint on SP. Looking to lose about 50 more lbs. in 20 lb. increments. Bless all of you and have a great sparking day! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:46:38 EST Trying to get healthy for me and my family Hi my name is Jackie and I am trying to get my self healthy while teaching my little girl how care for herself properly and love herself no matter what she looks like. I look forward to the beginning of our journey together. :) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:44:44 EST Hello from Texas! I'm a SAHM to 3 kids and I wear many hats to keep everyone organized (including my biggest kid, my husband!). I am looking for some friends to talk to, to help me stay motivated, or just to make sure I'm keeping on track. Add me and we'll chat! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:09:59 EST Glad to be here Just joined and am very determined to reach my goal. So far, so good. I'm feeling motivated. This is life changing for me. I have diabetes and psoriatic arthritis. Losing weight will help me live a longer, fuller life. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:51:58 EST Hi all I forgot my username and password so I made a new one so how do I delete my old username from sparkpeople? I finally found out what was wrong with my leg inflammation is their anyone here that deals with same issue? Any advice would be appreciated Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:14:33 EST HEY to my getting healthier family !!!! Hi all I'm Debulia, <BR> <BR> Just signed up for SparkPeople today, looking forward to getting to know you all, and getting healthy, <BR> <BR> I just started getting serious once again about loosing weight and getting in shape, I have tried time and time again, but I refuse to give up. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:52:20 EST newbie Hi my name is dana I am new here. I am looking foward to sharing my journey with you all. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:52:43 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST Can I Lose Weight Doing This Plan? I'm a former lap band person. Have not been able to get my band adjusted to where it needs to be. Always too tight or too loose. Then I had problems with my esophagus. Want something I can do and not starve myself. Want to feel comfortable and lose the weight. I have only lost about 45 lbs. and it has been some years since my surgery. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thank you. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:17:34 EST Hustlin' to Fit Back into My Old Pants Hi there, everyone! <BR> My name is Quinn - I'm a Los Angeles housewife (but not like a "real" housewife of Los Angeles, if you get my drift). My husband and I have both gotten fairly heavy, which goes against the general perception of what a Hollywood couple should look like. For me, I'm at my highest weight ever. <BR> I thought I'd try SparkPeople and see if that helps me to get our daily diet back in order (bye bye, Pizza Hut!) and reduce the guts on both myself and my other half. <BR> <... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:08:48 EST Hi,Everybody! I lead a healthy lifestyle and like making new friends! <BR> After pregnancy, I have gained much weight and now still can't get rid of some kilos that's why I need your help. I would be glad to share experience! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:34:28 EST Hi <em>524</em> <em>41</em> New here hoping to lose weight. Eat healthier going to be hard with shift work.... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:54:56 EST Hi there. I'm back after some years Hi there, Sparkers! I'm an old Spark member that took some years off. I'm 40 now. Mostly over the fact that I gained back the tons of weight I had lost. Today is a new day and instead of shame over losing ground, I'm saying "wherever you go, there you are." It's that simple! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:16:43 EST Begining again with a Bang Hopefully Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am beginning again here on Sparks people. I tried it a couple of years ago and then stopped. I have been consistently loosing weight since March of this year. I am down 25 lbs and have about 100 more to go. I got this crazy notion in May to loose weight, and train to compete in a bikini competition. It has been a slow start. I hope to get my calories on track and make amazing friends here along the way. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:08:12 EST Starting over again from scratch My name is Dawn and I'm currently at 360 and when I started again just a week ago I didn't have much room in my mobile home until my aunt helped me out by removing 3 adults from my home. And now I pretty much have 2 empty rooms to work with for my exercise equipment. Now I can get them out of the corner and into the small bedroom and get things going a bit. <BR> <BR> So today I will be rearranging a few things to make things eaisier. So wish me some luck. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:27:43 EST Hi! Completing a challenge task, so no responses needed. My biggest challenge is not being active enough. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:50:09 EST Hi - Beginning Again... Hi all! I've been a Spark People member for several years with great success, but about two years ago I fell off the "health" wagon and slowly started gaining back the weight and incorporating unhealthy choices in my daily routine. I'm hoping to combat these decisions by starting fresh again with the 21 day new member challenge. I wish everyone the best and love the spark people community! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:54:08 EST Hello Hello everyone! My goal is to lose 40 pounds. I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food that got worse when I quit smoking 3 years ago. I have promised myself over and over that I would do something about my weight. I never follow through. That has changed. I have made the commitment to myself and it feels different this time. I am tracking my food, exercise and water consumption. Meeting small goals is giving me the motivation to keep going. I'm going to do this! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:36:20 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and hoping to lose weight within a supportive online community :) Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:09 EST New today with renewed goals Hello from Tubby Michigan, <BR> One of the heftiest states in the country. I moved here only 3.5 years ago weighing in at 130, I now weigh 161. I tried the Dr Oz rapid weight loss program a few weeks ago and lost 5 pounds in the first week. I then had to rent my lakeside home during the month of July and the disruption in my life led to gaining back 4 of those pounds. The diet seemed doable to me, so I am back starting yesterday. Wish me luck, I want to get back in my gorgeous skinny jeans ag... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:43:13 EST Hello Hello everyone.... I'm excited to start this weight loss journey. I know it will be difficult at times but in the end it will all be worth it. It has been a struggle just to make it out of the 200's <em>39</em> . My favorite hobbies are reading and listening to music. Food has always been apart of my life. Ready to learn all I need to know about losing and maintaining my weight. <em>41</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:15:14 EST hello Hoping to meet people who understand how hard it is to get healthy and fit. I'm It's so hard to stay motivated. I'm pretty shy but I would love to talk to other girls who can relate and can share tips and advice. <BR> xoxo Pammy Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:31:35 EST feedup1964 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST (re) :) Introduce M redoing 21day Challenge, again. <BR> I got off-track in May, this year and m getting re-established on SP. <BR> <em>252</em> , I think I understand it much better this time. <BR> Last week I learned from a fellow 'Sparker': <BR> "Do Not Focus on the (desired/prescribed) Result" (s). <BR> But rather; <BR> "FOCUS ON CHANGE INSTEAD"; <BR> that was a 'thinker-changer' for me!! <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:14:34 EST introduction hello all...i am completely new to this and welcome all the motivation you have to offer!ive tried many times to loose weight alone.NO SUCCESS! i hope becoming a part of a community will make a life altering difference for me Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:54:36 EST Week One Completed Just finished my first week, really helping me to keep track of my eating and exercise habits. New to all this and really enjoying the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of this site. Good luck to all. <em>665</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:09:06 EST Healthy Lifestyle Hello. I am returning to Spark People after a several year hiatus. I had lost about 30-35 pounds about 8 years ago, but unfortunately gained it all back. Here's to adapting a healthier lifestyle again!! <em>9</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:13:14 EST Hi SparkPeople!! I have been on and off with SparkPeople since 2012. I LOVE IT!!! I have lost over 100 pounds in less than a year. I was an over eater that overcame the vicious cycle. I eat healthy now. And in moderation. I absolutely LOVE fitness!! I love the gym, walking, strength training every other morning from 5am to 6am. ZUMBA IS SO MUCH FUN!! Crunch Gym is so AWESOME!!! <BR> Anyway, hello!! My name is Cynthia(Cindie Lou is what my friends call me)I'm a 43 year old Mother and Housewife living in Elk G... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:25:15 EST Hello everyone! So, three years ago I started my weight loss journey. I went from 237 to 160. Instead of continuing, I decided I felt satisfied where I was, so I relaxed a bit... Then I relaxed a bit more :( Then, recently, one morning, I woke up to 190 lbs. Yes, it may have been difficult to lose the weight, but it was downright heartbreaking to see all that hard work go out the window. So, here I am again. Trying to be thankful that I caught it after 30. <BR> <BR> I've started working out to CI... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:21:54 EST Looking to see if any one here is from Guelph, Ont I am looking to see if anyone is here from Guelph ON area that you like to be my support person. I don't know that many people and don't have support at home. My weight keeps going up. I try and try to no avail. I have a hard time with walking so my exercise is almost non existent for now. I know if I can get some of the weight off I will be able to do more. Any help would be appreciated Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:51:41 EST Hello /so many questions My name is Jana. I just started nutrisystem this week and have questions . I was at 260 3 years ago and did Medifast and got down to 180. While 180 sounds like a lot , I was good with it, my insulin intake was wayyyy down and I was in a size 10/12 so I was good but then I moved, started eating more carbs and now I'm at 230, so I thought I'd try something new. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:05:44 EST Hi All! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Stephanie. I have at least 50 pounds to lose and I am determined this time! Happy to meet you all. <BR> <BR> Stephanie Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:32:37 EST Hello I am 53 years old, married with 2 grown up children. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the end of April 2016 and, after much research, started on the Blood Sugar Diet with the aim of reversing the diabetes and losing weight. By the end of July 2016 I had been successful in the reversal of the diabetes and had lost 15 of the 30kg that I set out to lose. I have reduced my dress size from a 24 to a 16 and am now smaller than I have been in over 35 years!! <BR> As well as following the... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:14:44 EST Frustration I just wrote long message and it blanked. Why? <BR> I find the appearance of a preset menu to appear on tracking page and then have to substitute stuff or enter individual choices very, very, cumbersome and unduly annoying. I hope it is blank tomorrow so I can make my own food choices. It is useful, I suppose, as a guide but too time consuming. <BR> <em>234</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:06:32 EST So Grateful and still working on self improvement My name is Jeremy and over the past year I partnered with a health and wellness company and have been getting the most amazing nutrition . I've released 35 pounds and I'm still going strong. I was tired all the time had health problems and needed change . I feel so much energy and my Heath is awesome. I would love to share this gift with everyone. I had tried all kinds of diets and nothing worked until now. I'm so blessed and if anyone would like to know how I have done this and continue to l... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:58:33 EST Isagenix 9 Day Cleanse Starting Tomorrow Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting my 9 Day Isagenix Cleanse tomorrow and I'm so excited. I'm new to Sparkpeople, and love it so far. If there is anyone on the Isagenix program I have started new posts on the Isagenix Users Board, would love to hear from anyone who is on the program. <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:18:28 EST 40 + lbs gone... Almost halfway there So after a long time away I am back Sparking. At one point I was a motivational sparker. I lost 50 lbs and i went from couch triathalete. Then Life cycled and in January, 7 years later, I found myself at 256 lbs. <BR> I have been eating low carb since March. I am looking to make friends to encourage each other to reach those goals! I know I can do this. I also know that Spark people is the site I need for motivation and accountability! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:08:31 EST Back With A Vengence Hello all you lovely SP. I rejoined SP to get some accountability as I try to overhaul my rather sedentary, processed-food-eating self. I could use some friends to join me in this adventure, so don't be shy! <BR> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:17:02 EST Tired of feeling bad about myself I'm excellent at making myself feel like a fat, ugly, slob. Wonderful at beating my self-confidence to a pulp and kicking it into a dark corner. No more. It's time to say "to hell with that" and turn over a new leaf--but that leaf feels heavy enough to break my back and I need support. Which brings me here! <BR> <BR> Hello, my name is Mel and I'm tired of my unhealthy ways. I need to lose weight, lower my blood pressure, and learn to love myself. I'm diagnosed with clinical depression and bi... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:14:13 EST new here again Ok, I am trying this again. I have tried this before but didn't really get into it. I get busy & forget to log anything. I need somebody to remind me, someone to compete against maybe.I did 2 years of online school so i gained a little weight from sitting to much. i really need to get rid of it. I am working my butt off, not literally of course. That is the plan but it is not working. I am eating less, but better. I exercise 2x's a day 5 days a week plus am outside working more than not. I am... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:09:31 EST Hi! Hi. My name is Mary Catherine. Youll be hearing a lot from me in the future. I have joined Spark People to jumpstart my weight loss and get healthier. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:13:23 EST Introduction Good morning everybody... my name is Elizabeth and I would like to take the time out to introduce myself. <BR> I am here for some awesome ideas on helping me to continue my journey to lose more weight and keep it off. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:58:54 EST Walking 30,min It gives me lots of energy Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:36:22 EST Starting over again I've been a sparkpeople member for many years but I haven't been using it. I've just got to get back on track. I love this website. It's so informative and the tracking is great. Good luck to everyone! Have a great day! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:42:45 EST Fitbit motivation Just got a Fitbit today and looking to add contacts who may want to challenge to stay motivated. I am no gym freak so don't destroy me too bad. <BR> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:56:07 EST After so many years starting back up again Looking forward to making this move toward a healthier me. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:16:22 EST New again I just started using Sparkpeople - again. I have used it in the past and it has been very helpful, but I have had a lot of life changes and fell away from taking care of myself. I am ready to get back on track and do this. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:01:41 EST Hi! New to Spark on day 5 I am new to Spark and on day 5 of the getting started challenge. I love the workout videos because of the great variety. I am looking forward to exploring more of the site and seeing all there is to motivate me to stick with exercise and healthy eating. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:15:22 EST New here Just started on here. Trying to get a bit fitter and lose a bit of weight for my friend's wedding! <BR> Lots of motivation needed! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:26:14 EST Hi Everyone my name is Antonia and starting today. Feeling good about starting this. Fed up with not feeling good about what I look like. I want to enjoy clothes shopping rather than just getting clothes to cover up the fat. Plus it will teach me better food choices. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:51:07 EST Getting a routine I'm starting to really get into the swing of things now and I'm down 5 pounds. <em>104</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:21:11 EST New & Determined to meet my goals Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> My name's Sammee. I'm 25, live with my amazing boyfriend and two very bratty, very spoiled cats. I love to sew and take part in other crafts, and have a fondness for all things nerdy. Reading is my absolute favorite past time! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get in shape for a variety of reasons: personal health, an interest in aerial arts, an upcoming engagement, all kinds of stuff like that. A couple of years ago I was losing weight pretty regularly, but fell off track wh... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:06:06 EST Hi SP! I would like to INTRODUCE myself: I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother to two young men (22 &26), sister in Christ and friend to many...I am 45 yrs young Probation Office for male juvenile minors. I have struggled with weight loss for years. I lost 72lbs in 2010 and kept it off til 2015 when my husband had a truck accident want is unable to work. I gained 40lbs in a year, but I finally lost 36 lbs due to a Low Carb lifestyle...I joined Spark to be a part of a Community that's striving to... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:28:27 EST Help! Why am I putting on so much weight? I'm blaming menopause but there's got to be other reasons. My boobs are huge, my neck and shoulders look thicker than ever. I used to have toned biceps but now just look FAT. I'm 5 ft 5 and 154lb. I used to hate the thought of approaching 135 but that was a while ago. I'm 52 yrs now but still very active. I want to lose 30 lb but I'd be delighted with -20 <BR> <BR> Tonight I just ate sausages and martinis and chocolate pudding. What an idiot. I feel disg... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:43:39 EST CARBFREE LIFE Looking for support in trying another diet...Carb 1...Morning started off great...Lunch is happening right now....then someone in the office brings in a cake <em>234</em> <BR> I have not touched it...wishing 5 o'clock would get here so that I can leave. Need encouragement...Does Spark have any support boards that discuss a CARBFREE LIFESTYLE? <em>46</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:30:12 EST Looking forward to getting this together This isn't my first find with sparkpeople . In fact it was 2009 and id had enough- the tracker and support i go t here was wonder - lost 170lbs - got into shape to receive a kidney transplant. As luck would have it the donor kidney was diabetic so they don't give this one that much time . anyway i need to loose 30lbs and get into a good cardo place to be prepared for surgery again! My name is Tommy and i live in st louis, Mo as i said i've lost 170 lbs - the last 30 is always the hardest - i ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:41:46 EST Hello, I just joined Good Morning! I just joined this forum today, and I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Denise. I'm 58 years old, married to my husband Frank for 16 years. . We live in CT. I'm a homemaker and Frank is a retired letter carrier. Besides the computer, my interests are walking, exercising, reading, and cooking. I have three step sons, and one very spoiled orange tabby cat Oliver. I've been looking around this site for a few days now, and can't believe all the information that is on here. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:09:01 EST Heeeeey! :) Hey Beautiful Spark People! <BR> <BR> So much has changed since I lasted posted. Where do I begin??! Well, I’ve been overweight my entire life. At 19, lost nearly all the weight that I planned to lose (70 pounds) A few months later, I started college, and regained 20 pounds (the Freshman 15 is real! Well in my case the Freshman 20). At the end of my Sophomore year I lost the 20 pounds. Then, I fell back into unhealthy habits and a sedentary lifestyle for years, and gained back every single... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:54:59 EST New to SparkPeople Hello! I found this site last week and knew it was just what I needed to help me on my weight loss journey. I think it is wonderful the support and encouragement found in this community. I have lost 12 pounds and have 50 more to go. I'm looking forward to this adventure. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:46 EST Hello from England! I'm 52, married, no children,15 st 2 (212 pounds), and looking forward to making new friends here and to doing BLC32. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>609</em> <em>665</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 EST Picture How do I put my picture beside my postings. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:36:28 EST Hi I am Rose Hi. I have started Spark this past week and I am excited as I am already losing some weight. I want to lose 40 pounds I am 72 years old, and wow did that happen fast. It seems like yesterday I got married, yet we celebrated our 50th anniversary last June on Father's Day. I have three grown daughters and six grandkids. I am pre-diabetic, so I am concentrating on eating very low carb. I would love to meet others with similar goals. Exercise will be a challenge since I am recovering from ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:40:44 EST Hi! I'm new and ready to start fresh! Hi! I'm Patti and ready to start fresh and ready to go! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:50:52 EST new to counting calories noob question Hello everybody that clicks <BR> <BR> Im new to the calories counting lifestyle and I have a noobie question about the amount of calories I need to consume in a day. <BR> <BR> on the mobile apps Log screen is my goal to eat until Im at 50% of the line graph in green or is my goal to eat all my allowed calories per day without going over? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:25:56 EST Hey, I'm new here. Hey, guys. I'm new here. Would like to know how this works. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:20:37 EST New Girl !!! Using Fitbit Hi <BR> Just joined today, training for the London moonlight walk with my Fitbit. <BR> Training plan, 4 to 6 miles min every day except Saturdays when I increase my miles by one each week. I am up to 13 miles this week, next Saturday I will be walking 14 miles, then 15 the Saturday after and so on, until I reach my goal of 25.5 miles. <BR> It's getting harder. I am also doing slimming world but struggling a little. <BR> I aim to lose 2 stone eventually. <BR> <BR> I haven't got any Fitbit... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:22:52 EST I am new! I just joined today and working my way through getting everything set up. I'm so excited to start feeling better and take control of my eating and exercise. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:01:17 EST wow 8 years since I was on Sparkpeople last. I first joined Spark people when I was 19 years old and I weighed 230lbs I was able to drop about 30 lbs with this site. I absolutely loved all the motivation and encouragement everyone always gave me. I am back and I plan to stay and I plan to reach my goal. I weigh 210lbs and I am looking to eat healthy and exercise and lose 40lbs and then reevaluate once I hit that goal. I have also started C25K and I am hoping to run my first 5K early next year. Feel free to add me to your page. I Love ma... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:28:54 EST New to the community Hey there my name is Sandra and I am a newly married Canadian woman who has embarked on a new weight loss journey. I have a lot to lose but I am determined to do it,. My husband is a sick fellow but a tough SOB. He is a trucker and good at his job. He is along for the ride so hopefully we can both lose some weight and feel better. As I am sick aswell and do not work it is hard to be active but I am hoping giving this program another try will work. What do I have to lose? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:31:57 EST New and hoping this works for me Good evening! I'm new here today, and looking around and getting an idea of what the site has to offer. I am here because I found the link on a blog (Runs For Cookies), and figured it can't hurt. I am (almost) 31, a wife, a mother, and sick and tired of being overweight. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I lost a little, and I gain it back. It's a vicious cycle, and I want it to end for good. Hoping to find the motivation, inspiration, and will. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:44:41 EST Newbie saying Hello! Hello! I'm new here at SparkPeople starting my long journey of weight loss. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:30:17 EST ** Hello ** I have to admit, this is not my very first time here. In the past, I have found SparkPeople a great tool to kickstart and stay motivated on my goals, but turning 30 this year has really opened my eyes to the wonder of planting roots for the long haul; I am very excited to plant some here in the SparkPeople Community. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me back <em>30</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:26:17 EST Motivated to Exercise OK well I have the exercise portion down! I've worked out everyday for 9 days! Now to get this healthy eating habit down...that's the hard part <em>39</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:29:49 EST Hello! :) My name is Rozielle, I originally was fit and energetic but over the last 2 years, have lost my willpower. I am back into exercising and dieting and will love being involved in the Sparkspeople Community. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:38:02 EST My first time I came upon this website by accident and I'm really excited to try it out. As I get older and my schedule becomes more hectic, I notice how challenging it is to keep exercise and good nutrition in my life. I hope the challenges and encouragement will help me along the way. I'm also a very picky eater (getting pickier as I age) and am wondering what people think of using a vegan protein powder for quick meals. I bought Naturade Vegan smart all-in-one nutritional shake today hoping it will help... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:52:07 EST Never Too Late to Start Again Hi everyone! I've been on SP before, but never really gave it much of a chance. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight since childhood - I can't ever remember wearing anything smaller than a size 14. My highest weight was 320, but I'm hovering around 300 right now, thanks to a few months with Weight Watchers. I decided to cancel my membership because I didn't want to spend money to lose weight, but also because I want to focus on health first - and let the weight loss take a back seat (although def... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:30:44 EST Hello again!! Hey everyone! I'm 48 years old now and desperate to get back on track. The last time I was here I weighed in at 287. I got down to 195 but have gained back up to 220. I actually lost a little over 100 lbs in a year but seem to have lost my focus. I find myself giving in to my cravings for junk food. I am not sure what it is going to take for me to get serious again but I definitely don't want to gain back all the weight I have lost. I guess I am just looking for some encouragement and ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:52:13 EST Hi starting again Starting over , I'm 44 , any groups you can suggest to me ? Also , i am using from my phone how do i make a profile page ? I can see peoples pages but how do i make my own ? Glad to be starting again. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 01:50:09 EST Newbie Well, I was looking for some Information about chills after running 2 miles in 90 degree heat, however, when I clicked on this I thought I died a went to heaven. It's tough for me , a 58 yr old , technically challenged female to find message boards with kind people. I read the guidelines and look forward to getting I formation from here. Thanks, Karen Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:43:28 EST New here and ready to change Hello.... been here a few days... and I can see the advantage of keeping track of eating.... no more mindless eating and more taking charge.... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:20:48 EST New to Spark Hello! <BR> I stumbled on to SparkPeople while checking out fitness programs. Signed up to give it a try! <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 50 lbs or so. I just started a couch to 5K program this week, and so far so good! <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:43:09 EST Gratitude Journals Are you new to Spark and looking for a great team to join? Why not visit our Gratitude Journals team......we would love to have you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:11:53 EST Support for a healty lifestyle + Invitation :) Hi! <BR> I signed up last weekend. I hadn't heard of SP before, but I had been considering joining another service here in Norway. But I wanted to try this first, and I guess I'll buy the premium membership after a while. <BR> <BR> I'm a family man of 40, and I want to live a healthy lifestyle. Weight isn't a big issue for me, but I want to reduce some fat. Primarily, my motivation is to be more energized :) <BR> <BR> A year ago I started a morning routine including some short excercise. It... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:03:10 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST