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 Needing a LOT of help Hi, SparkPeeps! I had been a member before, a long time ago, and didn't really try very hard to keep my goals, despite my best intentions at the onset. <BR> However, due to some recent health issues, it's imperative I not only lose some weight, but that I change my lifestyle to get as healthy as possible. <BR> I have to warn you, I am lacking in the self-control arena, so I have let myself down again and again. Luckily, this time around, my 17-year old daughter is on board with our entire fa... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:24:55 EST Time for a change after going to the doctor and seeing I had gained 20 lbs since my last visit, I needed a place to start so my daughter suggested I try sparkpeople. Heres to losing 20+ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:44:37 EST Trying again in Texas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople in 2011, did a miniscule amount and ended up gaining 30 lbs between then & now. I've been called lazy and people at the office are very free with criticisms and what I need to do & will go on & on about how big THEY are when they are a size 4 or size 6. <BR> <BR> We should celebrate each other's successes, and I try. I felt my weight increase bothered others more then... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:47:39 EST Intro. Hello...Changing your life is not always easy...but I believe loosing this 60lbs is a great start... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:27:10 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! I'm Ann and I have been a "member" of Sparkpeople since 2010. At that time, I had been doing WW successfully when a coworker told me about this site, so I joined but I wasn't active. Well, now it's been a few years and I've managed to gain back the weight I lost before so I'm starting back, almost at square one. I'm determined to get healthy and stay that way this time! <BR> One thing I do have in my favor this go around is that I'm a runner. I'm training for my next half marat... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:47:49 EST Hi I'm Amy It's time for a change. My diabetes is only getting worse. I'm so uncomfortable in my own skin I need to do something. I'm hope joining Spark People will help me. I'm very optimistic. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:20:58 EST Hello Hi everyone. My name is Melissa and I am new. I am needing some encouragement and motivation along my journey. I have lost 35 lbs. on my own but still have about 50lbs. to go to my goal. I am trying to eat right and get to the gym 5 days a week. Some weeks are harder then others. Life is crazy at times. There are some days that I get up, eat all the right things, exercise and feel great. Then there are other days where it is a struggle and I want to eat everything in sight and be lazy all day... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:29:22 EST major health issues 2 years now, exercise a prob. Well, I am back trying to restart after a 2 year absence. I found out that I have no metabolism. The hormoneh that is your metabolism is all in an inactive form. They have been trying to re-activate it but it has not worked. I am functioning on 1 adrenal gland now and require daily steroids to survive. I am really starting to feel down, but my inner nurse knows that I can turn some of this around by watching what I eat and moving more. There in lies the problem. I am now so severly short of ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:28:01 EST Hello everyone Greetings everyone, my name is Maria and <BR> I am new.I am joining for the support and encouragement. I am getting married next year, and need to lose weight. I am on Methadone maintenance therapy, and it makes it extremely difficult to lose weight. I am really trying harrd!!! Looking forward to meeting everyone. Hopefully there is at least one other person will be in the same boat as I am. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:40:55 EST New today Hello trying to lose wt Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:22:26 EST Hello Hello. I am new. I have kids and just started a new relationship, so I have motivation to get healthier for my kids and gf. :) Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:43:31 EST Late night binging Does anyone on here tonight eat late at night and lots of food? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:31:11 EST New and needing Motivation! Hey, I am Liv.I am 19 and in need of losing about 85 pounds.I lost a great deal of weight in the past so I know I CAN do it,but my problem is staying motivated enough to get to my goal. I am completely open to any buddies on here to help keep eachother motivated :) <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:02:08 EST starting over Hi, my name is Candi and I'm basically new to SP. I joined several yrs ago, but never took it any further than joining. Of course, I still need and want to loose weight, so I'm starting over again. I'm trying to figure out how everything works on here. I'm 41 yrs old, married w 2 teenagers, and work fulltime as a nurse. I need to loose 30-40 lbs, and I would love to loose 8-10lbs by mom daughter's graduation on June 5. Any motivation, tips, knowledge, etc... Is welcome&#128515; I want to l... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:28:28 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I am new and am looking for some motivation to complete my goals. <BR> I work full time, and I am completing college online around my busy work schedule. <BR> <BR> Just joined the YMCA, I plan on attending the gym at least two times a week to start out. <BR> <BR> Here's to a awesome spring and summer! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:25:21 EST Hi I'm Kat Hey all! I am Kat. And i have been struggling with my weight for the past couple of years. I lost my mom 2 years ago and i turned to food to comfort me. I am now trying to keep the motivation to lose the weight and get back to my healthy size so i dont stay on the track towards heart disease like my mom and for my upcoming wedding! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:37:35 EST Hi I'm Shanti my goal is lose 30 pounds. i have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, high blood pressure, kidney cancer, breast cancer, and the list goes on. most of these diseases in my family could be avoided by eating right, exercising regularly, and handling stress better. These are the health problems that i am trying to avoid. Sparks really helped me to maintain my weight when i was at 107-110lb. however, i fell into a terrible times in my life that i gained weight 143lb.... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:23:37 EST Being a diabetic New on here and hoping to get a conversation going on how others are coping with diabetes. I've had to start on insulin recently and decided now to cut carbs and see if I can be able to cut down or off insulin. Hope to hear from you with your experiences. <BR> Laurie Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:27:27 EST Hey Hey everyone kind knew at this. I might push know and then. <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:24:11 EST Re-Set Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I started on SparkPeople at the end of last year when I was trying to recover from my injury. I didn't do too hot because I was really down about the injury and how it really impacted my life. Well, I have been tracking my exercise and food for a little over a week now, and have an all new motivation! I am doing it right this time and sticking to it, even on my down days. I really want to get healthy again so I can do the races and 5k's I was planning on doing last yea... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:06:28 EST new start I am back AGAIN. I am still trying to lose the weight I put on after retiring,15 lbs.. Not only did I retire and become less active, I have developed sciatica which has stopped me from walking. I am now trying to do exercises that won't bother it so much, I think I am going to be able to use the stationary bike and some weights. I still have not conquered the evening snacking but I am going to take some advice from some of the other members, thanks for letting me join you again. <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:46:16 EST newbie I am new and ready to be healthy for life Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:44:03 EST My BF List Hiii... I'm a 40-something mom with a BF list as my goal - Be Fit, Be Fab, By 50. I've scrolled thru and recommended others to the website for several years but only joined recently myself. I've decided to use the website as the spark to help motivate me to complete my BF list and make that much needed lifestyle change. I was an exercise fanatic, an avid reader, and motivator for anyone that needed support; that all changed once stress stepped in and took over my life. As a result of all... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:28:52 EST Have the tools, need the focus and motivation Hello! I am 26, happily married, raising a son, and living in Texas. I am a gamer, artist, foodie, and cat lover! <BR> <BR> After extensive research on food and nutrition, I do believe that I have the knowledge needed and tools at my disposal to lose weight, but what I lack is focus and accountability. I have members in my house that claim to want to make a change, but those boxes of cookies, bags of chips, and endless hidden candies still pop up on a frequent basis. <BR> <BR> I've tried ma... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Hello! My name is Mandy and I've been on Spark People for a little while now however I've never made a post before. So here I am! I'm no good at losing weight. I honestly suck at it. Just like I'm a diabetic and I really suck at that! The meds make me sick but they say I have to take them. If I take them I gain weight. If I don't take them I feel great, I'm able to lose weight, and I'm not sick all day every day. I attempt to eat right some of the time but no one else in my house makes that easy and... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:49:13 EST New here and looking for motivation I know I need to exercise regularly - and I truly struggle with it. When it comes to meeting the needs of loved ones - I'm a pro! For some reason I don't have the same love and care for myself. <BR> <BR> I've lost my grandparents, parents, a cousin and am starting to lose aunts and uncles. <BR> <BR> I want to start my own family and be strong and healthy. I just need a kick in the ass to get started. <em>40</em> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:05:30 EST New and goal to lose weight before hip replacement Trying to get healthier and get some weight off this frame before I have hip surgery. Last trip to the doctor upset me when I was weighed. Since that visit (end of Feb.), I have lost about 14 pounds but have a long way to go. Seems like when I weigh myself in the morning, I'm stuck on a weight for a few days and then one morning it drops a couple of pounds. Just have to keep the long goal in mind and don't sweat the small steps. If I can lose 8-10 pounds each month, suddenly this summer I... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:15:22 EST new and my goal is lose 55 lbs by December 2015 I am new to sparkpeople. I found it reading a testimony on how someone lost her weight and reached her goals. I am 35 and at 24 I was closer to my goal. After surgery (had a cyst removed beind my knee) I gained so much weight. I reached 200lbs and have been struggling since. I went down to 180 for my wedding and after my second pregnancy I went up to 202...after my 3rd pregnancy I reached my heaviest 213. I started making changes in January losing lbs but with no support or motivation I gaine... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:04:30 EST newbie Hi, I am new and going to lose weight and stay commited Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:04:22 EST new at this i am trying to lose weight and get fit and this site has more information and that i have ever found Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:21:44 EST New To Spark People Hi All, <BR> I am new to Spark people. This is great and I am glad I found itl! It looks like it is basicly counting calories and watching portion sizes. I tried to count calories on paper this is so nice it adds it up for you. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> Joni Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:48:09 EST Toonie6 hi everyone. I am a 63 year old grandma who is looking forward to a new idea and support from friends to lose 25 pounds. Looking forward to meeting some of you on the site Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:33:16 EST Emily Johnson I'm 26 years old with Downs syndrome, I'm 221 pounds over and I need help to find my inner beauty. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:19:06 EST I'm new and need lots of motivation I was in the hospital almost 3 years and nearly died. When I come home my husband had a girlfriend which he moved in with us. He threatened to leave my son and I with no income, if we didn't agree to it. Now my health is better and I am divorced. My son and I are doing fine but I want to get healthier. Thanks for listening. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:45:17 EST Need a friend Hi. Anyone here need help staying on track? I need a friend to keep me on task. I am an encouraging buddy who needs another encouraging person. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:01:41 EST Never introduced myself so here I go :) Hello everyone! I am 23 years old with about 90 pounds left to lose. Before Sparkpeople, I was a yo-yo dieter. I grew up trying all types of specialty diets (atkins, cabbage soup, etc.) with my mother but rarely made it past one week. I started high school at 140 lbs and graduated high school at 190 lbs. I went to a college with a buffet-style dinning hall and gained 60 lbs over the course of 5 years (my heaviest was 250 lbs.) I probably worked out a total of 10 times during those 5 years and... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:06:10 EST Tired of Being Tired all The Time Hi, my name is Sylvia. I am tired of being tired all the time and am most hopeful that this time around will be the last time! I've been overweight most of my adult life. A recent visit to my family doctor showed that my cholesterol and sugar numbers were going up, not yet in the 'danger' zone, but if they continue to climb things could become complicated. I certainly don't want that to happen. Here's to positive changes and finding SparkPeople!! :) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:44:33 EST New and needing Motivation! Hey, I am Liv.I am 19 and in need of losing about 85 pounds.I lost a great deal of weight in the past so I know I CAN do it,but my problem is staying motivated enough to get to my goal. I am completely open to any buddies on here to help keep eachother motivated :) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:36:02 EST Trying again Hello, <BR> I'm new and would love to give and receive support. I have a hundred pounds to lose! I'm getting married within the next year and would really like to be a smaller version of myself! I welcome new buddies. :) Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:05 EST No Time To Myself Where do I fit in more exercise. I have 9 kids 7 in school. 2 at home. If the weather is warm I can go for a walk with the 4 year and 1 year old kids that stay at home. Once the kids come home from school I have no time to my self. Trying to get the kids to help around the house is a constant struggle. My husband works late, sometimes until 8 pm. And often has to work the weekends as well. If I spend them amount of time I would like on exercise, nothing will get done and meals will be late. I... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:01:15 EST Looking to finally lose weight for me! Hi, <BR> I am a stay at home mom of a 7 year old boy and 8 year old girl. For years I have tried to lose weight through various programs and have been somewhat successful...but the weight always comes back. <BR> Having two children that are involved in several activities has left running around and lots of fast food and bad choices. I realize now that I need to finally put my needs first and prepare what I need, make sure I have healthy choices available to me and accept that I am worth ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:43:28 EST Losing the baby weight without much support I'm a stay-at-home mom to a 8 month old "mischief machine" named Hunter. I'm trying to lose the last 20lbs of baby weight. Most of the people in my family are overweight, except for my boyfriend, so they think I look fine at 160lbs. Any time I mention that I'm trying to get back to my normal weight I get eye rolls. It's frustrating to say the least. I run and normally eat lots of fruits and vegis. My family and sometimes even my boyfriend call me crazy for doing so! I joined Sparkpeople becau... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:35:03 EST New to Spark People My name is Lisa I am prediabetic and I Know if I exercise and lose weight I can change my AIC levels.I have tried so many diets and I have always gained the weight back. I want to be healthy and I want to feel good about myself. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:59:33 EST feeling like a failure everytime I start a diet I end up failing...I feel like such a failure that I end up gaining wt because of this feeling. I need help... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:51:04 EST Fitbit friends!! Hello I'm new to the site. I am looking for fellow fitbiters to have friendly challenges with. I'm from Spokane Washington. Any one interested? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:07:12 EST Time to Buckle Down and Get Healthy Hello everyone! I am here to learn how to eat healthier and how to be more physically fit. I am 22 and for all my life, I have not been eating healthy. I want to change that. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I do not eat healthy or exercise. I drink a lot of pop (soda, or whatever you may call it), and I tend to eat a lot of junk food. I recently have quit drinking pop, pop free for the last 8 days, and I plan to keep it that way. I don't drink a lot of water, and since quitting drinking pop, I... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:29:23 EST Starting fresh Hi everyone! My name is Desirea and I am here to learn to eat healthy and get some motivation. I am 41 and mom of a beautiful 16 year old girl. I divorced from her dad a couple years ago and I have found a new love! He treats us both the way we deserve to be treated. Now we are all moved in with him and happy and content I have put on 50+ pounds. I need to lose this weight because I am going to do the craziest thing ever, I am going to adopt a baby so he can have the opportunity to be a dad a... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:00:54 EST Hello I am new to the message board I am 61 and will soon be 62. I am female and have recently moved to Mesa, Arizona. I am going to school online, but I do walk to and from the library at least three times per week. It is 1.9 miles away, I also do 25 sit-ups,15 crunches, and 13 pushups each day. I really want to stay healthy, active, and as flexible as possible as long as possible. I also have not been in a relationship for over six years and would like to be. <BR> I like hiking, especially in and around Superstition Mountain... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:32:35 EST desire obstacle or challenge Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:02:36 EST Hey! Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Jess! <BR> I am 25, I live in Canada, have a 1 year old daughter and a 5 year old step son. <BR> I got fortunate and lost weight during pregnancy (well, not fortunate. I had HG so I was quite sick) so I am not trying to lose "baby weight" BUT I am trying to lose my mom pooch! <BR> I'm looking forward to chatting with people! <BR> <BR> Jess Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:55:39 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST Spark seeker! Second time trying SP, did well the first time. I work full-time, have a teenaged daughter and am engaged to an incredible man. Life is definitely great, but I have got to lose this weight!! Looking for any tips, tricks to make meals quick (but healthy). Fiance is a bit picky (not many veggies and no fish), that is really my only dietary challenge. I also need accountability and motivation. I know I feel better when I'm not carrying extra weight, I'm not afraid of exercise (I was in the milit... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:09:06 EST A new Dawn Back to Spark after a VERY long time away. Been doing the busy life thing and along with it the trap of yoyo dieting. WW, slimfast, coffee and berry suppliments - you name it. I am ready to commit and get real with myself. Hoping to find some great like-minded folks to chat with and find support from/give support to. Tired of being unhappy at my reflection and want to look like I feel inside. <BR> Thanks for reading this and I hope we can Spark together!! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:19:53 EST Motivation help I've been on a long weight loss journey, and I've learned my patterns, but not how to defeat them. I'll be really excited about the changes and being active, and then a switch flips and my motivation dies out, or if I don't see results I get really discouraged. <BR> <BR> Basically I'm looking to see if anyone has tips for staying motivated (I've looking through the lists and challenges but they don't quite resonate), or if anyone would want to be a motivation buddy. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:48:30 EST My Name is..... Hello all, My name is Nikki. I have been using Spark for a few weeks now, but just today have been able to really get into the Forums & Message Boards. My weight loss goal is to lose 100 lbs. I have lost 12 lbs so far & I'm very excited to be on this journey with all of you. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:40:54 EST Hi I'm Anna. Hi, I am Anna. I live in Texas. I am a group leader for two groups here on Spark People. I love Spark People and if I follow the eating plan and the exercise suggestions closely I always loose a lot of weight. My problem is 1. I have a hard time not cheating and with keeping up with formal exercise (I work full time with tons of overtime plus I homeschool my child) and 2. Maintenance..........once I loose the weight my struggle is keeping it off. Hopefully this go around is the charm an... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:40:15 EST Getting though Life and dealing with daily things SO HERE IS THE STORIE OF MY LIFE <BR> Well here is a quick story of my Life how it started back in Michigan in the year of 1951 that the day my life started. I lived there in a small house with my 3 sisters and 2 brothers plus my Dad and Mom. We all live in a small house all 8 of us in a two bed room house till around 1954 that when my little brother was born, so we moved one year after that to my Dads Farm where he grow up and that where we lived and we all grow up there on the farm. The... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:09:32 EST Taking Control... Neigh born and raised in Southern California, I was an active person! Swimming, the beach, riding my bike, track and softball in high school...I was always moving! I had a kid, got married, and moved to Indiana. That's where I sat. And had two more babies. And sat. I felt alone and isolated from my family and friends in SoCal. 15 years of constant weight gain and a lousy marriage, I moved to North Carolina. I have been here for 10 years and I love it! I am starting to feel alive again! Of cou... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST Creating a change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been trying very hard to get in a brisk walk each day for about thirty minutes. <BR> <BR> I have also been trying very hard to eat better, and have printed off two weeks of sample menus from the Spark People's plans. For the most part, I have been able to stay true to the recommendations. <BR> <BR> It's very hard to do so with four children in the house, two of which are selling chocolate bars as a sch... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:53:36 EST Wedding Difficulties Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kat and I'm new to the message boards on here. Not new to Sparkpeople, been on and off for awhile and I love it! It got me to shed quite a few pounds I gained over the holidays...but now I new issue. I could use for friendly advice. <BR> <BR> My wedding is in just over a month. Actually it's just my reception. My husband and I eloped about a year ago and now we are having the big party. <BR> <BR> So, last week I tried on my dress and it was very loose. ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:51:42 EST Portion Control Is always a struggle for me. I was raised go big or go home...... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:01:00 EST in need of workout friends :) Hey all :) I am CeCe and I am new here as of 10 minutes lol :) I am 23 and gotta lose 70 pounds...I could use all the support I get. A little info about me: I an an "ex" dancer. I used to do ballet and hiphop dancing and had a back I am 70lbs heavier. I am a student, will log on regularly, and look forward to meeting others in the same boat :) Feel free to add me :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:38:09 EST Inspired to start again Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I believe this is my 2nd or 3rd intro on this site. Yesterday, I was searching for some weight loss blogs and I came across the I Run for Cookies blog. It inspired me and when I noticed she was a Spark member, I thought I'd give it another try. I'm a 41 year old mother of two of my own (11 and 5) and one stepson (21). I'm currently unemployed but have worked in Marketing for 15+ years. I live in cold Chicagoland and we just got another 3 or so inches of snow yesterday... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:28:23 EST Time to SPRING into action! Good morning, everybody, and welcome to Spring 2015!!! <BR> <BR> I'm back to SparkPeople after another long break. Life has had a nasty habit of giving my husband and I some very stressful things to deal with, and rather than be adults and make taking care of ourselves a priority, we have both allowed ourselves to slide into some very bad habits. I'm not at the highest weight I've ever been, but it's getting close. I lost 6 pounds in December, and I'm actually surprised that I haven't gai... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:37:59 EST Trying to figure this out. Hi! My name is Laura, I am 45 yrs old, and I am twice the size I was 20 years ago. My daughter got married this summer and I didn't realize how out of control my weight was until I looked at the pictures. I know a lot of people will say " What you don't own a mirror?" I do. I just quit really looking in them a long time ago. I don;t own a mirror that goes below my chest. Once in awhile I would see my reflection in a glass and be disgusted, but just push it out of my mind and move on. I can't ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:30:22 EST Doing it again and better Hello I have been down the weight loss road many times. This time I want it to be all about health! I want to feel great! I want to get this pregnancy weight off and feel awesome about myself again! I can do it with the tools on this sight and my determination! Love this site! I hope to encourage my mom and my husband to get healthy as well and stay that way. I don't want my daughter to have body distortion. I just want her to grow up and see me love myself, inside and out! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:05:41 EST New - Fabulous and over 40 - making life changes My name is Rachelle - I am now in my 40's and I get it... <BR> <BR> I will never be a super model but I really want to feel good and I am learning and making good choices everyday! <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:29:43 EST I am a newby and sixty and need a buddy. Just sign up yesterday and love what I see. I am 170 and would like to lose 40 lbs. <BR> I have questions. <BR> I use the flavored packs in my water, is there one better then the other. <BR> I also am on my feet all day and can get up to 7000 steps. I have posted my steps but I don't see it in my burned calories section. <BR> What should I do? <BR> <BR> Dee Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:00:51 EST Just starting out... AGAIN. Need a buddy. Hi everyone. I've been a member for a while but have never really been active on SparkPeople. Like most people... I've been on the weight roller coaster for a while now. I have recently decided to try again, and have done well for the past week and a half. But my end goal is still a long way off.... (I'm 130kg now, trying to get to 65kg) <BR> <BR> I would love to find a weight loss buddy... some I can check in with every day that can encourage me, and who I can do the same for. My big str... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:01:47 EST Husband and Wife best to do this Hey, <BR> <BR> So my wife and I together have decided to make some changes to get healthier, primarily around how we eat. I love that SparkPeople will create a meal plan for me, but what's the best way to go about coming up with a "blended" meal plan that would be suitable for both of us...I'm a lot bigger than she is, and undoubtedly the calorie counts and such will be quite different for me than they are for my wife. If we're cooking for the whole family (which we would like to do), there'... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:57:01 EST Ready to eat again Hey everyone! I am new to this site and everything it has to offer. I want to heal in my life severely right now! I know it takes one day at a time but it sometimes feels like forever. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to stick with this everything on this site, how to get more involved, and how to succeed even though I might fail sometimes. <BR> <BR> Also I just put this post on today and someone edited putting horrible things on do I make sure no one does this? <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:39:08 EST Returning to the weight loss grind Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, I am back. I was member 8 years ago and left b/c I was doing so well. I had lost more than I had aimed to originally causing me to to believe that I would never need my "big girl clothes" again. Well, that was wrong. <BR> <BR> Shortly after I left the support systems I had created, I slowly stopped working out and began another round of an unhealthy lifestyle. 8 years later after a divorce, some large life stressors, and being in a new very healthy relationship... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:07:20 EST Hello, new one here Hello my name is Carla Paradis. I have tried losing weight, and always gained it back. I don't eat red meat, fish, or tofu. I do love fruits and veggies. So, I'm here to lose weight and this time with support. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:28:16 EST Time to be committed!! I started sparkpeople a couple of weeks ago and have not been very faithful to the program. I really need to become a healthier and lighter person. I am engaged to be married and although I know my man loves me the way I am, I would like to be in better shape. I want to have more energy for myself mainly, but I know I would feel like doing more if I would lose some of this excess weight. I have set a goal to lose 50 pounds by the end of August. I know I can do this if I commit myself to ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:56:45 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy! :) 22Yrs, Hello, My name is Jemma, <BR> I am 22 and weigh 170lbs, my goal is to lose 44lbs before summer which will leave me at 9 stone. <BR> Anyone else a similar age with similar goals want to add each other on facebook and maybe some support/friendly competition, let me know :) x Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:22:03 EST Really tired of being over 200 lbs Hello I've named myself thinkinthin I'm in my early 30's and a single mother. I have lost 45 lbs so far and I am struggling to lose 78 more pounds. I have lost weight before and gained it slowly back. I have been able to keep this 45 lbs off for the last year. But I was having a hard time losing more so I looked up weight loss help and I came across this site which I think is wonderful. I hope to be 157lbs by the end of this year. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:55:11 EST fairly new to sparkpeople hi, I've been using sparkpeople for a couple weeks now as I have started a couple different fitness courses at my school. Not really sure how to use this part of it yet, so I guess im jsut here to say hi and figure out how all this community stuff works out. lol. Thanks! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:09:41 EST Accountability To be Accountable for portion Control and Healthy Choices Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:13:23 EST Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:06 EST Starting over This is my 2nd time around with SP. I am 42 and my short term goal is to lose 30 lbs. (long term goal is 100 Lbs) I am focused and determined to get this weight off of me. I am ready for this journey. I am positive that I will need encouragement from time to time to keep me motivated but I am in it to win it! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:57:26 EST Back on Spark People! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am finally back on SparkPeople after about probably 6-7 years of consistent use. At that time, I managed to lose 40 lbs and was in the best shape of my life. Slowly but surely, I gained back every bit and some more. I have been back on here for two weeks now and feeling extremely motivated. I have a weight loss goal of 40-45 lbs. I am hoping to utilize message boards and community for support! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:55:58 EST New on the scene Hi there, <BR> I am a new member of sparkpeople. I am looking forward to this new journey of changing my lifestyle and becoming healthier. If you have any tips and or suggestions on how to stay motivated, or what groups are out there for me to join, please let me know. I would love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Thanks you! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:02:05 EST New member New to all of this, going to see if this helps me return to health. <BR> My name is Tina. I live in Groveton TX. I am 52 years old and I am at my heaviest weight, <BR> since being pregnant with a 10 pound baby. At 5'3" and 170 I am not healthy. So I will try this <BR> spark people to see where I am going wrong, and get new ideas. <BR> I have fibromyalgia, not other health problems, and I want to loose 50 pounds. Time really dose not matter as long as its consistent. <BR> Thank you for... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:50:46 EST Just started Today is the start of a healthier new life <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:31:41 EST Going to try this Hi, I'm 64 and need to lose some weight. My grandson was born at 27 weeks so I spent 3 months with my daughter at children's hospital and gained back about 35 pounds from eating out. I also fell and broke my femur bone so I now have limited walking. I either have to use a cane or walker so getting a lot of exercise is not the easiest to do. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:20:41 EST Giving this a try... Hi! My name is Karen. I am 37 years old from Saskatchewan, Canada. <BR> I have struggled with my weight for the better part of the last 10 years. I have hashimoto thyroiditis and allowed this to be an excuse for weight gain for far too long. I recently lost 10 pounds and I am hoping this website will help me find the support I need to continue this journey. Only 31 pounds to go until I reach my first goal! <BR> I look forward to meeting you all, joining challenges and celebrating successes! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:54:52 EST Thank You Thank you everyone for welcoming me to my new journey. I appreciate everyone for all the kind words. This is going to take me a little while to post messages and figure out how this works. Please be patient with me if I do not answer if you send a message. <BR> <BR> Thanks again. <BR> Donna Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:42:45 EST New comer Sparks was the health plan my former employer recommended. My husband doctor wants him to get his weight and BP under control again. So I looked up Spark on line. Not only does my husband need to lose some weight I need to as well. I love the layout of the website and can fine lots of tools to help keep me on track. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:52:51 EST New--again. I've been here a couple of times before. I always thought I was ready to be serious but I wasn't. Now, I'm ready. And I feel like I'm ready for the right reasons. Glad to be here again! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:30:51 EST My name is Audrey I joined Sparks as a means of support Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:09:49 EST HELLO CINDIE HERE!!! Hi I'm Cindie. I'm a 41 year old Mommy to a teenage daughter who is 14, a Mommy to 10 RESCUE CATS!! (yes 10) and my Rescue Doggie Zoey. You can tell I'm a huge softie for animals. I just moved from Folsom, Ca. to Elk Grove, Ca to BRAND NEW GORGEOUS home!!! I am a huge Led Zeppelin Fan. And I'm into Pagan Religion and Astrology. I'm taking on the holistic way to improve my health, both physically and mentally. I'm on an intense vitamin and nutrition supplement regimen,90 minutes of walking dai... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:43:23 EST Hello pastor's or missionary wives Hi, I've started a new team for pastor's wives and women in ministry called Accountability for Ministry Women and Pastor's wives. Look there to find out more about the team and see if you'd like to join. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:12:27 EST My Grain-Free Weightloss Journey Hi All, I am on the final leg of my weightloss journey. I had a Sparkpeople account years ago but can't access it so I created a new one. Anyways, my highest weight was 310 pounds in 2010 and by May, 2013 I had gotten down to 280 by cutting fast food. I was a mess physically though! I discovered by accident that I was sensitive to grains and sugar and since eliminating them I have lost 140 pounds. I need to still lose 45 more pounds. I did hit a plateau over the last four - five months ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:43:26 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Amber. I'm a 22 yo college senior. Since my junior year of high school, I have struggled with weight. I was at 196 my freshman year of college and took b12 shots and diet pills and dropped down to 150. I was able to maintain that for about a year and a half, until I met my boyfriend who is an extremely picky eater. Now I am up to 212 and feeling miserable. I hate my body, the way I look, the way I feel and I'm just overall very depressed. <BR> <BR> I gain weight VERY... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:36:43 EST Ready to get this started Hello everyone , I am new and ready to start losing weight . I have many obstacles like Hashi's , heart disease , sciatica pain and numbness , and Copd but I am hoping that joining this group I will be successful ... Looking forward to seeing everything this spark people has to offer !! <em>521</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:14:33 EST new (again) Hi all! <BR> Not the first time here, but first time posting. Need LOTS of support to lose 40lbs by October as I'm getting married :) Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:04:06 EST Not so new Hello! I'm not so new; I joined last week but I haven't introduced myself yet. So, hi to all and hope we could help each other out in achieving our goals. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoying it so far, and I believe that small changes do make a big difference. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:41:35 EST New Post Hi, I'm Mary and I have health issues. Pre-diabetes, Iron-deficient anemia, and high blood pressure. The recipes for weight-loss only deal with part of these at a time, so I'm looking for any tips on how to eat healthy without compromising my health. I am not allergic to any foods, but I do have a limited budget, 4 kids and a husband, all of whom do not wish to change their diet, no matter what. I also suffer sleep-deprivation, as I work in the afternoons 2-10 shift. Can anyone help me with t... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:37:49 EST Hi there! - beating binge Hi there! I'm Pol, I'm 19 years old and I'm here aiming to become healthy. I've been struggling with disordered eating for years and recently self-diagnosed binge eating disorder. Because I've always been on a restricting-bingeing cycle I've managed not to be overweight, but my mental health was very damaged. I'm reading a very good book that's helping me a lot with my bingeing and I'm determined to become healthier and lose the weight I need to in order to have an appropriate weight for my h... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 02:38:43 EST New Looking for Friends Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Today was my first day on SparkPeople and I'm looking for friends to keep me motivated. I've made similar changes and commitments to myself in the past, but always fell off the wagon. I don't want to be at the same place that I am this time next year. So here's to friendship and lifelong changes!! :) Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:18:16 EST Love life I am a health care provider and want to serve as a role model to my kids and patients. Lifestyle change is the best treatment and it is time for me to follow my own advice . My mom developed a chronic illness in her mid 50's and I am worried the same could happen to me. I have neglected my health over the past two years. I want to feel sexy towards my husband again and healthy enough to keep up,with my two young children. Keeping a commitment to exercise and better eating are difficult. I kno... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:37:49 EST Releasing the weight! I heard a short message by a certain Lisa that you shouldn't want to "lose" the weight... because you don't ever want to find it again, lol. <BR> <BR> That's how I feel!! <BR> <BR> I'm Natalia. I'm a mommy & wifey with a bit over 90 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> Got a few short term goals: <BR> <BR> - Run a half-Marathon by September <BR> - Participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all!!!! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me :) Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:30:00 EST Howdy from Texas Hello everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople, but not new to the weight loss journey. Over the years I've gained and lost weight too many times to count. I've tried every fad diet and lose weight quick gimmick that has come along. I’m finally starting to get it through my thick head that the best way to be healthy is to eat right and exercise. I think my Mom told me that the first time I decided to lose weight at 16, but of course I didn’t listen and that started my years and years and years o... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:02:02 EST New Member HELLO!!!!! Hi there!!!! <BR> I am Mae, I live in Northern NH, and what brought me here to Spark is that after a brutal winter I find myself with 23 pounds to lose to get back to where I like to be. <BR> I have begun taking steps to modify my diet I am looking to make a lifestyle change and have begun a Low Gylcymic Load diet. <BR> I am a Diabetic 2 so this is very important.I bought a BitFit Flex yesterday and will load the #s every day on here. <BR> Nice to meet ALL of you!!!! <BR> Best Wishes <BR> ~M... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:31:09 EST Hi! I'm Debbie, the Teacher I am looking forward to this venture. I have tried many alternative weight loss programs. I refuse to give up and give in. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:19:32 EST My name is Sandra I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST Hi! Can you find me Mom? Love you! HI my name is Camden and my Mom and I are doing this together, on opposite sides of the world. :) Wish us luck, we wish it to you. :) <BR> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:04:03 EST Back after life-threatening malnutrition Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am back at SparkPeople after a couple of months in the hospital and a couple more trying to recover at home from severe malnutrition. <BR> <BR> My malnutrition was sparked an inability to process nutrients from food. My second month in the hospital I was diagnosed with Celiac. I never had this disease prior to taking and then ceasing use of Zoloft and I steadfastly believe that use of the drug lead to Celiac (contact me if you'd like to know more). <BR> <BR> I lost 50 p... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:27:25 EST skinnyrasven I am many things: retired social worker,cancer survivor. grandmother, and a life long Alaskan. this is my first time to take my weight and health seriously. I love the tracking charts and find that to be helpfull. I don't know about message boards. I do want one of the cute measuring TAPE at the bottom of your messages.t . I think visuals are important especially if you are a left brain kinda person. I am trying to catch up with technology especially when my granddaughter laughed when I ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Not new, but finally back on track! I joined Spark back in January, so I'm really not new....BUT....I did get way off track for a while. I'm back now and ready to finally get my butt in gear! <BR> Anyway, just stopping by here to re-introduce myself, say "Hi!" and hopefully, find a few friends to experience this journey with. <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:23:08 EST l'm new here!! Hello everyone. This is my first day. Kind of scared this won't work, but I'm going to give it my best shot. I've already lost a good amount of weight and I really want to finish up. Just can't get going again!! Have a good one! Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:05:55 EST life style change Hi. My name is ashley. I'm 26 and am making a lifestyle change and this involves trying to loss weight. I live in oklahoma city and go to planet fitness. I currently weigh 250 lbs and would like to get to 160. I would like a work out buddy to help keep me accountable for my actions and help me along this path. Everyone in my family are health nuts but no one really understand what it means to be a big girl since I was little. Must be Willing to meet me in the morning 6 or 7 and afternoons aro... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:06:51 EST Back again I joined spark awhile ago & then just didn't keep up with it...usual life stuff. I had joined weight watchers at that time & remember taking a commitment quiz to determine if I was really ready to lose the weight. It had said maybe. I think I just have been waiting for the right time.... When my kids are less dependent on me, when I live closer to where I work, when I have time. <BR> But there won't ever be a right time & I can't keep on like this. So, I'm trying to do things different th... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:19:11 EST weight loss partner Hi, <BR> My name is Lisa. I'm a 46 year old mom of 3 (20,18,11). I'm looking to loose 10 lbs by the end of May. I need accountability, so I'm looking for someone who would like to partner with me. I lost 10 lbs last year with a coach that I had to call everyday. It worked really well knowing that I had to call her and tell her what I ate since the last time I called her. <BR> <BR> I like to work out and read books. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 snake, 1 hamster, and 1 frog. All have been brought h... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:08:36 EST New to Spark People I'm new and learning my way around the web site, with all its many features. Haven't joined any online communities in such a long time, but I'm looking forward to being part of the Spark People community. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:55:47 EST Reaching my goal I was told by my doctor I needed to lose at least 30lbs. I decided to reach a goal every season I reached my goal for a year so far but I have 30 more to lose. I want to be at my goal for summer Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:46:45 EST Hello Hello everyone <BR> New to SP but excited to join. I'm 59 and hoping to lose 15-20 lbs before my 60th birthday in October. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:31:24 EST Hello Just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself, i am 41 mother of 3 and a grandmother of 2. have been divorced from my 21 year marriage 2 years this june. i am trying to juggle work, home, social life, and going back to school to complete my 2nd degree. It is really hard for me to eat healthy or take time to exercise, along with this depression and stress has me eating all the wrong food. i am wanting to get back on track,meet new friends and know that i am not the only one out here that... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:57:04 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been here before but never successfully so this time I thought I'd better make the most of the community. <BR> <BR> So <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I figure that if I try to do this alone then it's not likely to work but not really at a point yet where I want to talk to family and friends about this. I am just over a healthy weight range - not by very much but have been steadily gaining weight over past ten years and it's impacting on my self-esteem and I'm worried tha... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:28:19 EST Happy Springtime! about me Ready to lose 14 pounds! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:42:30 EST About Me I'm 35 I have 5 kids and 2 grandkids thank God only three kids are at home and one is fixing to move back out lol Iv just started working out with Zumba and a gold's gym ball as well as a weight watchers ball, I'm in the process of a book being published with Tate Publishing and I'm trying to find that ground where I'm happy with myself when I look in the mirror..... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:04:26 EST new member I am a new member of spark people. I started on 3/18. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:20:37 EST Ready and willing to make the necessary changes. Hi, my name is Gail and I'm ready to make lifestyle changes to improve my health and well-being. I look forward to hearing and receiving support from the many bloggers who are trying to improve themselves for the better. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:02:03 EST hello from Jeanna Good evening. My name is Jeanna, I'm 50 years young and I'm excited to be apart of SparkPeople. I am wanting to not only loss weight and look better, but I want to be more healthy. I do not have any major health issues at this time but I want to ward them off. I have never been an active person so I am also going to use the tools to help motivate myself to get up and get moving. So, just happy to be here and ready to get started. <em>524</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:06:57 EST I need help! Hello, I'm a 24 year old female and I have been over weight ever since I can remember. I'm sick of it. I want to be healthier and change my ways but unfortunately everyone around me has either taken the surgery route or doesn't want to join me in this journey. I need some support, people that can share this experience with me. I am 275lbs now and have an ultimate goal of 130lbs. <BR> <BR> I hope someone out there can be my weightloss buddy :) <BR> Thank you Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:45:42 EST hello I am new to this my name is jennifer Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:43:20 EST hi:)I'm nicole I'm new to this site would love to make some friends for support thank you:) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:59:03 EST Hello Hello All, I am Felecia. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:10:29 EST chrisie I just started today, I am having a problem with the calorie in take.Can't get to work..... Like how many calories are in something that I have put down,it always says O that does not help me!!! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:09:03 EST Hi Everyone Alright, I've been of and on learning how to use this site and today, started with replying to emails, and now introducing myself. <BR> <BR> I've been battling weight since age 11 and then was very successful in finally losing almost 35 pounds 14 years ago with WW and pretty well keeping it off, working as a leader for them, for 11 years. <BR> <BR> Now, I've been medically retired due to an autoimmune disease. I had gained 19 pounds by the beginning of this year, and now I am down 7 pound... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:19:37 EST Challenges Hey there everyone! On here to get motivated and find a support group. The only way I seem to be motivated to take action is to join challenges so if you have any to suggest feel free to. Hope to meet you all at some point or another in our journey to a better us. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:33:11 EST Time for a Lifestyle Change I've had Type 2 diabetes for 13 years but despite being relatively healthy and active, I'm tired of the pills and insulin and want to do a better job of maintaining my weight, blood sugars and A1C. Found this website today and can't wait to get started! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:57:54 EST Not new to this Well I'm going to try this again! I guess that's the beauty of this site, it's always here for us. This time I'm getting my husband involved because he was told to by his doctor. We are just slow at getting started again. Winter stopped my walking, and I work two jobs which kills my energy for anything. I'm going to try to use the job that kills me the most to my advantage to losing weight. I have to set my sites to eating better again. That's where I keep messing up. anyway, here I am... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:58:24 EST 3 times a charm! I'm giving this another try and have more to lose now than ever before! Ugh! I'm looking for support and I will give it back too. <em>30</em> We can do this together! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:53:08 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople but I'm finding it a fabulous motivational tool! Just wanted to say hi and I look forward to embarking on my weight loss/fitness journey with you all Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:42:03 EST Good Morning My first day here. I am a little overwhelmed. I have been to the gym, and logged my breakfast. Looking forward to learning to use this site and losing weight. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:33:21 EST Hello I've dieted off and on for years, hoping i can stick with it this time. I need to lose about 30 to 40 lbs. I have low self confidence and social anxiety. I could use your encouragement to keep going with this diet. Thanks <em>41</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:13:25 EST Hi! I don't know if I've posted here. Hellow! <BR> <BR> I am already losing weight. I like shooting hoops. :) <img src=""> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:04:08 EST Ready to lose 100+ pounds! Hi everyone! I am new here and just started Slimgenics today. My goal is to lose 117 pounds. I was stunned when I weighed myself this morning!! It is shocking to think l have gained so much weight over the past few years. SHOCKING! I know I did it to myself, but it just happens so easily. UGH!! I am done being fat!! I am tired of having no energy. I am tired of walking and getting out of breath. It is insanity to continue the path I have been on!! I have an amazing husband and thr... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:15:08 EST Great start! Just rejoined SparkPeople and I'm very excited! I'm 32 and have struggled with my weight all my life. I've never been obese but chunky. Ten years ago I lost 40 lbs bringing me down to the lowest weight of my adult life-112 lbs. I'm 5'2". It was an okay weight for me. But I lost it through not eating much. I looked great in my wedding dress though and that was all that mattered. However, after the wedding I had to start cooking for my husband, who by the way, is active and healthy and ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:31:16 EST I'm back. It's been forever, it seems since I was here. Truth is at that time I didn't want to eat better and didn't really need to. <BR> <BR> But now I have fibromyalgia and had to stop aerobic exercising. Walking in water isn't doing anything for weight and I can't walk on land far enough to help. I now have to depend on diet alone, with the little exercise I can do as well as medicines with side effects of weight gain. I'll go to one of the other boards to share more details. As it is, I'm a ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:39:57 EST Hi there! Hey! Im Brittany and I'm a 26 year old stay at home mom to my precious baby girl Ava. I have an amazing and supportive husband who has stood by me since day one! I heard about SP through a friend on Facebook and decided to give it a try! I want to get healthy for my family and myself! I wanna be able to walk into any store and not have to look for the plus sized section. I'm currently 180. My gravest was 270, so I've lost almost 100 pounds in the past 4 years. I used to be in a very abusive r... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:45:48 EST Nice to meet you Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marquita. I live in Detroit and I am a diabetic. I'm looking revamp my health and become nutritionally cognitive. I'm trying to change my lifestyle by becoming more informed and motivated to exercise more. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! <em>30</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:47:47 EST exercisedee Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been here a while but I thought I would just post to share some info. I'm engaged, living with my fiance and dog and cat in the Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area in California). <BR> <BR> We have a very busy life in a busy city. <BR> <BR> My fitness interests are: dancing, zumba, yoga, walking the dog, and trying new things. <BR> <BR> My nutrition interests are: vegetarianism, ethnic cuisine, and whole foods and organic. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose fat and bui... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:16:35 EST Hello all I am an American expat currently living in Tokyo, Japan. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight all my life. I tried everything, do well initially, and then give up. I think in the past my failure had to do with the fact that I was so focused on the numbers on the scale. This time I am just focusing on being healthy and making the right choices. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting into the swing of things and meeting all of you! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:33:23 EST Cantankerous old punk grrrl. Not new to dieting! Hello, it's good to be here. I am, as i said above, new here... but sadly not new to dieting and all its attendant frustrations and misery! My name's Kit and i live in London, UK. Are most people here in the US or do any of you live over this side of the pond? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:48:49 EST Mom of 9 My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. My kids range from S- 18, D-16, D-15, S-13, S-12, S-9, D-6, S-4, S-1. Our house feels like Grand Central Station. It's hard to keep things clean and in order. I am a little unsure if I should reach out like this. I guess I can give it a try. I use to be 100 lbs. I use to walk every where I needed to go. Now I am 172 lbs. I want the energy back and I want to look good again. I have struggled with depression in the early years of my marrig... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:52:35 EST Hello everyone! I guess we are all here for the same reason.. <BR> Good luck to everyone. :) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:22 EST new here...Hello!!! I just joined this morning and I already LOVE this site! I am excited about this now! I am going to try my absolute best this time and with all this support from this awesome program, it should help. Anyone on here with a LOT to lose? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:04 EST Hello Hii I'm new and I already love spark people this place has everything I need and the support is amazing. I'm 27 I want to lose some weight and I think this could really help me on the way. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:31:33 EST starting again..for the LAST time Like many of you, I have tried to start my weight loss journey, failing every time! I let life get in the way, for years I made excuses for myself. I started my weight loss journey in 2011, I was determined and never saw my self giving up.. I ran every morning. 3 miles 5 days a week, and ate very good, mostly salads and sandwiches. I cut all drinks but water... and lost 30lbs in a couple months... but then... I stopped... I weighed 155 then... and for my height 5'9 I thought it was pretty goo... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:45:04 EST Back in the saddle Hi all...been a member here for several years. It's been 2 years since I last utilized the site. I found I miss all the features that SparkPeople offers...the amazing recipes, videos, forums, etc. etc. So...I am here to lose the elusive last 10 pounds with the support of you amazing spark people! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:49:38 EST Hi new to SparkPeople Hello everyone I am pumped up to lose weight and I hope this website helps me along the way. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:24:03 EST FRUSTRATED Help, I cant stop eating! I am always eating, even if im not hungry, Even after eating a meal i can still somehow make room fir some kind of snack. And to be honest i dont even want it but for some reason i eat it. And the guilt afterward is the worse. NOW some will say its psychological. But I can assure you its not. I have dug deep and searched, and nothing. I have a good job, my kids are all healthy and responsible adults. Im in good health (except the weight) I enjoy my days. Nothing in... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:06:36 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:18 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:35:56 EST Finally submitted to the inevitable I just joined this past Thursday and I am doing all the right things as recommended by SparkPeople. I am trying to stop the madness with my weight controlling me after menopause. I went from a once athletic gal to being unfit, heavy and poor, poor diet. I want to lose between 35 and 40 lbs but hope to lose the final 10 after that if my body will allow it. I weighed 100 lbs when I was married, but also know realistically I probably will never see that weight again after children and such. I ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:48:49 EST Paleo diet a new journey for me Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:43:40 EST grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Try, try again I am new here. Like most people I have tried many different ways to lose weight, But nothing worked. I am hoping this program will be the help I need. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:13:20 EST new and a bit timid Hi I am new on site and a bit timid about sharing a lot of personal stuff. I need to lose over 100 pounds and have a lot of health issues. I am a bored eater and nervous eater. I just turned 54 this year and have recently (October 2014) been laid off of job had for just short of 15 years. Am now on disability due to health issues. <BR> <BR> If anyone wants any more information about me please ask. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:32:13 EST New Member... New Start I just wanted to say hi to everyone as I start my journey back to a healthy lifestyle. I am 36 years old I am guessing I weigh about 450 lbs. My scale only goes up to 400 so that's a rough and scary estimate. I have been overweight my entire life except for a 2 year period where I lost over 100 pounds but of course I have put that back on and then some. My motivation is my 4 year old daughter and wanting to be around for her. Also my motivation is vanity/sanity, I am tired of being looke... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:09:00 EST New My name is Dawn. I am 40 and newly diagnosed diabetic. I need to drop 30lbs. to get off my meds. Looking for help to get I do Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:50:42 EST Trying to Get My Health Back I am not new to Spark People but it has been several years. I lost my husband last month after spending a little over a year in the hospital. He went in with bladder cancer which was taken care of but he ended up with other stuff happening. He finally got to walk out of the hospital, well at least he got out of his wheelchair and walked through the 2 doors which he told everyone he would do. He got to seat on his patio and spend time with Alice, our dog, and the grandchildren. He also go... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:05:43 EST Starting over...long over due Today I have decided that I am going to make a change. My eating and lack of activity is simply out of control. I see my body changing rapidly for the worse every time I look in the mirror. I have no energy to play with my 3 and 5 year old. I need to make a lifestyle makeover and begin to try to change how I live my life. I once found success using these community boards years ago and plan to try to get back into it to help motivate me. I plan to go for a walk this afternoon after I get off o... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:52:57 EST New Here - hopeful This is my first time on sparkpeople but it's certainly not my first time trying to get healthy and lose weight. I'm 30 and have 3 kids. I'm finally ready to do this for me. It's always been about other people before. I've tried almost every fad diet, but I'm not wanting to diet anymore. I want to change my life. <em>524</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:52:48 EST new here any help on quiting sugar Hi this is new to me and feeling a bit nervous. I am 54 and 76 pounds overweight . I want to get off sugar and caffeine but don't want to have the withdraw quiting cold turkey gives you. any one got suggestions on how to do this. <em>24</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:11:38 EST Food Addiction and Binging I am new to this board this morning. I am having trouble with food addiction and binging. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:11:38 EST Greetings from London! Hello! I am completely brand new to SparkPeople! I am a convert of MFP and while i like their tracking, the people there are just foul, seriously! I also like the layout of the site here and the groups etc plus the goal tracking too. Still getting to grips with it all though and have no idea if i can add people i know as a friend or whatever. Anyways, any suggestion on what there is to do next as a noobie? :) <BR> <BR> Peace and love, <BR> Ian <BR> iankuk Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:39:09 EST Hi from Brisbane :) Hey all! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, hoping to find a buddy! My goals are pretty much to get fit and stay active. I'm currently studying at the University of Queensland. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend me :) Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:17:50 EST Quick Intro I am just returning to full training after 12 months of injury (Torn Medial and Lateral tendons in the right elbow) and felt like joining a new community. So far So good with the site but exercise tracking is a bit cumbersome. <BR> <BR> A bit about me <BR> <BR> I am 42, a qualified Sports trainer (roughly equivalent to an athletics trainer in the US), Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and Coach. <BR> Getting back on track can be hard after a 12 month layoff so lets just see what happens ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:27:48 EST Feeling a bit overwhelmed Hello, I just joined and am cautiously hopeful. I have a long way to go, but I have to start somewhere! My name is Dee. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:09:18 EST new here...and already feeling discouraged. Hi all, so I just started and tracked my food and had 30 grams of fat just for breakfast.. and I didn't even count the 1/4 cup of sugar and full cup of 1/2 and half in my late this morning... argh.....hellllp! <BR> Any name is Angie and I am 37 this is the first time ever I've really tried to lose weight and be healthy its never been too much of an issue because I was always I am averaging fat on a daily basis, I'm not loving this person and I need to fix it.. i will fi... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:54:08 EST Back on the saddle again! I logged back on after far too long, and am so glad I have. I have received so much positive feedback already! :) <BR> I am on a mission to find myself and become the best version of me I can. I struggle with depression, anxiety and PCOS as well. I feel that my inside is beautiful, and just want the outside to match that. <BR> I am looking for friends and people whom I can help encourage along this journey. We can make it together! :) Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:26:37 EST Back on the saddle again! I logged back on after far too long, and am so glad I have. I have received so much positive feedback already! :) <BR> I am on a mission to find myself and become the best version of me I can. I struggle with depression, anxiety and PCOS as well. I feel that my inside is beautiful, and just want the outside to match that. <BR> I am looking for friends and people whom I can help encourage along this journey. We can make it together! :) Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:26:14 EST Hi everyone Hi, I'm Jackie I'm really wanting to loose weight I just lack the motivation. I want feel healthy and beautiful again. After having kids I feel so worn out. I can't remember I got dolled up sort of speak. Really hope this site helps me stay on track. If anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:14:36 EST Hi Everyone My Name is Theresa Crumpler <BR> And I have type 2 DIABETES, looking for some new friends to help me <BR> with some Recipes and some weight loss. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:47:35 EST Feeling like a failure! I'm sitting here feeling sorry for myself. <em>46</em> I've lost count on the number of weight loss programs I've tried......losing and regaining the same 30 pounds. I'm 50+ and completely understand that I will never have a thirty-year old body again. I'm fine with that! I would just like to feel healthy, look nice in my clothes, and feel in control of what I'm eating. So, I'm taking a deep breath and planning on how to make this weight loss journey different from the past. I've be... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:46:25 EST New member Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'ma mother of twin boys and 21yr old. I'm trying to lose 19lbs before summer. Was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last month. Now on meds for it. I started to take herbalife.I've lost 4lbs so far. Hoping some support and meeting others here. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:30:32 EST So tired of being fat!!!! I was never thin but i would give anything to have my pre-pregnancy body back! My son is almost 3 years old and i STILL look pregnant! This is the heaviest i have ever been and im so sick of it. I'm only 24 years old and i feel so old because of how tired i am from having so little energy. I had gestational diabetes when i was pregnant and i had to follow a plan exactly like the one that's created for you here and its exactly what ive been looking for. That plan helped me stay healthy during ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:29:34 EST Introduction HI, this is Maggie or ba4415 as you can see. Today is my birthday. I joined here today as a gift to myself. I look forward to making some friends and getting started on my goals. <em>239</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:33:43 EST New Kid on the Block Hello all! Today I decided to become a part of the SparkPeople community after starting the 30 day challenge 5 days ago! Hope we can learn a lot from one another and be an inspiration too! Wish me luck! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:54:21 EST Hi all!! Hi, i'm starting new again, not sure of what to put, but need help. Have a lot going on and need to get the weight off. <BR> Thanks for being here or for having a place to go. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:47:09 EST Hi Sparke People Hi my name is Jeanie. I'm a 55 year old Nana to 4 boys and Mom to 2 daughters and 1 son. I'm married to my wonderful husband for 36 years. I am in the school bus business and manage 1 of 3 sister companies. <BR> <BR> I have had nothing but struggles with my weight since the birth of my first daughter in 1979. Last year I lost 50 pounds using the Medifast plan which was very good for me. I felt great! Drama at work combined with Medifast going crazy and replacing their great user friendly web... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:56:04 EST Hello, Spark people Hey, <BR> <BR> My name is Kasi, I'm 22, and I am new to spark people I have always had a yo yo-ing weight and health. I got may weight down finally and was living a healthy lifestyle. In june 2013 I hit my head in an accident and caused damaged to a gland in my head, the gland that talks to the Thyroid. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism/hashis and fibromyalgia. I gained 115 lbs in a year, 50 lbs of it in 3 months up to my wedding. The doctor wanted me weight OFF due to the health complica... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:51:01 EST New today on sp Hi I'm new today coming over from my fitness pal. Hoping that sparkpeople will be able to help me learn how to lose weight and get healthy. There seems to be a ton of info on this site so I am hoping to learn a lot. I am a 43 year old mom of 3 kids and I need to lose a lot of weight. Please friend me if you need a friend. :) Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:30:09 EST Hey to all you beautiful people! Going to be trying this again. Hope all of you can help keep me motivated. I have two daughters getting married in 2016, so I have to do this! Please help me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:06:16 EST A Brand New Me So far so good, my husband and I started SparkPeople a week ago today and have lost five pounds. YAY!! Our goal is two pounds per week. We have tried verything but this seems to be the one that is going to work for us. . . long term. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:38:48 EST Mesquite Texas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SPARK Mesquite Texas * The Official Team <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64790 </link> <BR> <BR> If you live in Mesquite or if you're like me and visit family, shop, visit the parks/exercise and more in Mesquite - Come Join this Fresh * New Team! <BR> <BR> The previous team for Mesquite has been completely inactive for a long time. <BR> <BR> I'm an Active Leader at ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:30:35 EST New today and struggling with 10 lbs I am new today and need an accountability partner to release these 10 lbs. I have lost my weight with Weight Watchers and have maintained my weight for 20 years. But a move to a new state for a new job, leaving family and friends I have gained about 10 lbs in 9 months. It doesn't seem like much but I don't feel like me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:52:22 EST Hiya Hello! My first day here and 4 weeks in on my way back to health. I look forward to finding others with similar goals and interests to share with. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:06:03 EST Hello I was on here awhile back, and now just started back up. I am trying to lose weight but it is hard, I have a pituitary tumor, cushings, IBS, and lumbar spinal stenosis. I am determined to lose this weight I have gained over 100lbs. since 2009 and now it is effecting my back. I re-opened my team back up also, come join me in this fight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60727 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> <em>43</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:58:23 EST Hello My name is Maggie and I just joined Sparkpeople this morning. I have struggled with my weight all my life and recently, it's just gotten out of control. I have decided whining about it isn't going to change anything except maybe make me more miserable. It's time to take control and find the real me, someone who doesn't hide to avoid being seen. I'm ready to make this change once and for all and I look forward to joining all of you in OUR new journey! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:00:29 EST Hello My name is Maggie and I just joined Sparkpeople this morning. I have struggled with my weight all my life and recently, it's just gotten out of control. I have decided whining about it isn't going to change anything except maybe make me more miserable. It's time to take control and find the real me, someone who doesn't hide to avoid being seen. I'm ready to make this change once and for all and I look forward to joining all of you in OUR new journey! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:52:56 EST Hi, new to SP Hello all! My name is Brenda and I am new to SparkPeople. I would love to lose 80 pounds in the next year and know that it is not an easy thing. I found SP by chance and am learning to navigate the site and use the tools here to help me on my way to becoming a healthier person. Looking for friends and motivation! I recently went to my doctor after not going for at least 5 years to be told my blood pressure was high, I have a desk job and a family and I used that as my excuse not to be healthy... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:31:24 EST New to SP...Stuck! I really need support and motivation. I know how to eat the right way and I exercise everyday, I just lose momentum when my thyroid keeps me on plateaus forever. I am sure I am missing something and I am eager to learn from you all. I am in my mid forties and live in NC, former Central New Yorker. I am married, we have 2 dogs and 3 children. We love to golf, camp and explore new places. I have been training for several 5Ks coming up in the next few months. I am thrilled to join... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:14:45 EST Hi I'm Deb and would love an accountability partne This is my first day and I have a lot of weight to lose. I would love to have an accountability partner, someone to share this journey, support and pray for one another. I live in South Florida, but with today's technology, it doesn't have to be someone local! I love Jesus and want to lose this weight in order to live the best life He has called me to live! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:11:13 EST Visit My Orlando Zumba Classes Hi. <BR> My name is Francine. I train people to get fit, that is, to drop Bodyfat stored converting into Zumba energy. Whether simply maintaining or looking to torch unwanted calories and reduce inches. I'm an instructor by request. Therefore became licensed in 2009. My classes are available to you four days and two nights per week. I teach all ages 18 and above. I blend a mix of high and low impact zumba and ask that beginners who have not done any form of cardio as walking, to start out lo... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:51:13 EST Getting my life back on track! I'm 46 and trying to get back on track after losing my mom to liver disease. I turned to food to ease my pain of losing her five years ago and just created more pain by not caring about myself or my health.Now I'm ready to get my life back. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:24:01 EST Hi, I'm Kat. I'm new. And overwhelmed. Hey Sparks! <BR> <BR> I'm just setting up my account here, and trying to figure out the first step to take towards a healthier lifestyle, but it's a little intimidating when I need to take ALL the steps, haha! <BR> <BR> Where's number one? <BR> <BR> Anyway I would love love LOVE any pointers you have if you can remember waaaay back when you were a newbie who first realized you couldn't look down and see your toes anymore (belly) or that walking up two flights of stairs to your apartment l... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:46:25 EST Hey there! Hello! My name's Charlene, and I'm new here. I'm a 20 year old college student, and a single mother of twins. I live in the midwest U.S. I hope to get to know all of you through my weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> To sum it up, I've been overweight all of my life. However, after giving birth to twin girls in 2013, my weight dramatically increased. I now weigh 50 lbs more than I have in my life, at all of 250 lbs. I'm very weak willed, so I always give up on my diets and exercise when things g... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:38:13 EST Hello, my name is Eva. My name is Eva. I guess I finally decided to move forward with my weight-loss, instead of just dreaming for the day I'll be at a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with leukemia. It has changed my view point. I'm tired of waiting, I want to live! I'm here to lose the weight and find freedom and happiness along the way. Any support would be appreciated. I already feel inspired by the success stories I've read. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:22:53 EST hello! Hi there! Name's Jacqui. I've got a lot of weight to lose and I'm looking for some healthy spark friends to inspire me to further meet my goals! Right now I'm mainly working on being consistent with exercise and eating my calorie intake every day. I struggle with the latter part more than the former, but it's all a bit of an uphill battle! I look forward to getting to know people the further down this journey I go. If you want to say hi, feel free! <em>29</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:03:45 EST Hey! Ready to lose weight in my belly area! I can't seem to lose weight around my waist. Any advice?? Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:56:13 EST Greetings everyone! Well, I have been on my weight loss journey (seriously on it) since Sept. I have dropped a total of 25 pounds during this journey. A few years ago I found out that I have lupus. Instead of taking care of myself, I decided to eat and wallow in self-pity. Oh baby, I was eating good and feeling sorry for myself. I would go to the Dr and see the extra two or three pounds and I would think "oh that's just my curves." It got to the point that people started asking when I was due. I knew that it wa... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:31:09 EST Rebecka ready to drop some lbs. hi im rebecka from los angeles. Ready to loose weight with your help. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:40:59 EST Hi everyone! New and confused Hi im trying this weightloss thing. Im the most confused person ever when it comes to nutrition and calories. They call for me to eat more food than i have ever ate in one day but i have 120lbs to loose. I have cut out sugars, caffeine, cigarettes, and eat lean meats with vegis. Im sure im doing something wrong because my scales are not budging and I eat 1000 calories less than they call for. After my daily exercise i still have those calories open. I also do 60 min of daily circuit training ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:13:33 EST Onederland! Im so close to being under 200 yet it seems so far because i havnt lost anything since last Tuesday!!! =( Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:44:51 EST Post Divorce Hi Everyone. <BR> My name is Teresa. I'm a 46 year old single Mom and desperate to loose weight and get healthy. I would like/love to loose around 30 - 35 lbs. I have always struggled with my weight. Well mostly as I got older. I have been through some bad relationships where over years I was put down because of my weight and made to feel that if I wasn't a size 1 then I was an awful disgusting person. Needless to say that and many other reason lead to my first divorce. Well as you can imagi... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:19:30 EST The Time Has Come... Hello - I'm BJ, and live in Canada. I'm 49, and very happily married for over 27 years. Mother of two grown sons, both still living at home. I am 5'8" and weighed 245 when I started two weeks ago. I would like to lose a minimum of 65 pounds. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:52:14 EST LOOKING FOR NEW WEIGHT-LOSS BUDDY'S HI my name is Donna, I am looking for new friends, a bit about myself I've had bariatric surgery about 3 years ago and went from almost 500 lbs to 300 lbs now still would like to lose 120 lbs. I am a happily married woman just turned 60, and am very lonely. I am disabled with my feet but can still walk thank GOD...I belong to a gym but can't seem to find my motivation any help would be of great help to me. thank you did <img src=""> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:26:05 EST Discouraged and need motivating <em>24</em> I'm new on here. Hoping it'll help me get motivated by talkin to others! I'm 28 and have a beautiful 2 year old girl I want to live for! I'm feeling so downs ill always be this big. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:05:43 EST not new I Hi, <BR> Not really new. I started Spark years ago, and because of this and that, I never get back. I am hoping I can now. <BR> How is the best way to get started, and stick with it? Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:56:31 EST Hello, I'm Lilly Help guys. My name is Lilly and I've been to spark people twice before. Right now I think my life is really miserable and it shouldn't be. So, people say the third time is a charm, therefore here I am again <em>30</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:33:42 EST Hello Y'all!!! Hey everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am 33 yrs old and I'm trying to lose around 40 pounds to be healthier and happier. I am a pre-k teacher do I am always having to get up and down a lot and with the extra weight I have its not helping!!! I also used to like running and I don't anymore because it hurts my knees, but I would like to get back to it!!! <BR> <BR> I have however been in love with Walk away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone. I'm trying to get back to that and to my gym. <BR> <BR> If any... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:40:47 EST Hi guys, I'm starting over, and really jumping in! Hello everyone :) <BR> I'm Jenibelle. The reason I'm "Jenibelle2" is because I have an old account. I was on SparkTeens when I was younger, and then joined SparkPeople once I turned 18. I couldn't quite handle the change though, so soon quite the site. But now I'm back, and I think I'm ready to jump in! <BR> <BR> I'm 19 years old, a freshman in college. <BR> I came back to lose that "freshman 15", but er... it is actually a freshman 20 for me, ha. I blame it on the buffet style cafe... our c... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:30:31 EST Time to stop playing around I've been planning, making lists, filling out to-dos, but I've never actually followed through. <BR> I'm 35 and I should be well out of the playing around game when it comes to taking care of myself. I think I just need to remember that it took years to get this way, it won't actually be months for me to be finished no matter how carefully mapped out I make it. <BR> <BR> Here I go. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:01:12 EST cook who need to lose weight Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST Hi! I'm trying to staying track I'm Maria and I've list 70 lbs on WW. Want to involve Spark and the community, resources to help me keep at it... Drop me a line Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:14:14 EST Another Newbie Has Entered The Building! Hi everyone, I hope you're all well and each of your weight loss and fitness journeys are going great. Your feet may tire but once you're at the end of the road, you'll be jumping for joy - at least that's what I need to start telling myself, I am wasting my resources, my money because I just cannot find the motivation to go to the gym (even though I used to go like 4 times a week) and I cannot find the self-discipline to not go to the nearest fast food take-out when someone brings their Big ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:08:50 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone. I'm not really new here just never talked in the community. I'm starting a weight loss/muscle building thing. Mostly cause of how little movement i have now . I have one of those desk jobs and at home i sit a lot too so yeah haha. Anyway friendly HI Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:08:13 EST Hoping to learn willpower Hi, I just joined today. I was told by my Dr. that my cholesterol is way to high and I'm on the highest dose of medication she can give me. My only option now is to eat healthy, low fat, low carb and exercise on a daily basis. My problem is, I am addicted to eating. I have NO willpower. My co-workers all bring snacks, and treats, and I can't control myself around sweets. I am also borderline diabetic and prefer not to need medication for that too. My body aches all the time and I'm so tired a... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:56:03 EST blog41 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Second Chance @ Life I'm a 50 yr. old with 2 children. in 2014 had brain surgery to fix an aneurysm and shoulder surgery. I own my own business and have not been working for 8 months. I've put on 15lbs. I eat healthy, but eat to often. Sparkpeople have been there for me previously and I;m ready to get back to normal. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:07:24 EST Something for me I want to do something for myself and getting a body back I haven't seen in years would be a good start. I have given a lot of myself to others over the years which I thought made me very happy but I lost myself along the way. Time to find ME again! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:33:46 EST Introducing myself ...again Hi all, <BR> First of all i just want to introduce myself again...because I have joined this site about 5 times in the last 5-10 years. I started off when I was 235lbs and miserable...and I remember coming back when I was 213 and again in the 190s a couple times and at least once in the 175lb range. I guess I never really left I just have had a hard time logging every day so I havent been a great spark....but I have always been trying. <BR> I started by drinking water and eating off a smalle... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:02:43 EST First Step Just wanted to say hello to everyone, new member, Need to lose weight and get in shape for the rest of my life Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:39:24 EST Newbie I'm new here and looking for fitbit challenges. Anyone here want to do a challenge? I'm Debbie, and I live in Texas. Nice to meet y'all!! Also looking for friends, please to help motivate one another. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:55:52 EST New member - needs help I'm new to this and not very tech savy. I've lost about 30 pounds and I'm feeling bored and unmotivated. I had lost about 50, but gained about 20 back. How do you stay motivated? What works for you? I'm not the "flowery" type, and have rewarded myself along the way, but lack motivation right now. I've been on a diet for nearly a year. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:52:25 EST Day 1 of forever Hi everyone! <BR> I just joined today and I hope this site helps me get into shape. If you look at my page, you will see I am a laundry list of bad things. Overweight, diabetic, smoker, high bp, and more. I have to do something to get fit or I won't be around much longer. My long term goal is to loose 70 pounds and quit smoking. <BR> I know it's going to be a lot of hard work and I will have some setbacks, but I am determined to do it this time. I have to. <BR> <BR> Julia <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:29:46 EST Hello, Im new but not really. Ive went back and forth with Sparkpeople. Hopefully I will stick with it this time. I have gained about 25lbs in the last year and half. That would be some good eating and I just havent done that. It doesnt seem to matter what I eat or do just seems to gain a little more. I havent eaten over 2000 calories in a day in years (that would be on a big cheat day). I track calories, I can eat 1000 calories each day and exercise and still seems to gain. What am i doing? ugh Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:10:43 EST Motivating friends!! Hi all, I figure what a better way to keep myself motivated and focused than to join SparkPeople. I would really like to meet new people/friends struggling with the same things that I am: Overeating and lack of motivation. Feel free to add me as a friend and message me, maybe we can keep each other motivated. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:43:45 EST Accountability starts today! Hello - - I am starting my SP journey to be accountable on my daily food intake and activity level. Have gotten into some bad overeating/comfort eating behaviors and need to push the stop button! I planned my meals for today, got in some activity, and am committed to staying on course. Looking for positive friends for support. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:26:52 EST Hi my name is Diana. Hello my name is Diana, <BR> I am currently living overseas with my husband who is in the Air Force. I have two wonderful children who are only 15 months apart. Now that the youngest is 2 years old, I really can't use them as an excuse for the extra weight anymore. :) My goal is to loose the weight before returning back to the states at the end of this year. WISH me luck! I've been working out and changing my eating habits over the past couple months but I haven't seen very much results yet. ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:55:58 EST Jumping in... Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been a member on here for what seems like forever, but I've never really gotten too active in the community. Well, I'm recently engaged (yay!) and think maybe it's time to branch out a little and be more active around here. Over the past 5 years I've lost almost 100 pounds and kept it off, and now I'm down to the last stubborn 10-15 that refuse to go anywhere! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm glad I decided to get more active on Spark and am looking forward to getting to know some ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:53:59 EST third time is a charm....right? It has been four years since I have visited the Spark People. In that time, I have gained back over 50 pounds of what I worked so hard to lose. I let life's challenges drive me back to food and chaos. My blood pressure is back up (140/100 this morning). It is hard to be active again. My clothes don't fit. Spring is here and it is time to shake myself out of the doldrums and get healthy again. With 13 grandchildren and the Spark Team to keep me going, it shouldn't be too hard....right? ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:19:41 EST New here Hello.. I'm Shirnette & I literally joined this site today. A friend of mine who is diabetic found this site & told me about it. I had a full thyroidectomy in Sept 2013 and since then my weight has increased quite a bit. I've recently changed doctors and this new one seems more caring about my health. To make a long story short, he has increased the dosage for my medication, I have resumed taking iron and vitamin D supplements. He referred me to an endocrinologist as he was concerned that I'... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:17:13 EST I need to renew johnna sue... Hey folks! as you can probably guess my name is Johnna Sue :) <BR> I singed up because I am about to turn 44 in couple days and I realize that if I want to change my lifestyle from sedentary to active... if I want to get in shape...if I want to feel healthier... I really need to stop thinking about it and just do it! So, my focus for the year 44 is going to be to renew Johnna Sue!! :) <BR> So far I have found this site to have so much information and it is so easy to use! I have only been lo... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:11:47 EST 2nd Time Around... This is indeed my 2nd time to SparkPeople. My first go round was years ago, and I remember how positive it all was, not just the experience and tools that linked me to others, but the effect on my health. But I got lazy, full of excuses, and dropped off. I've tried curves, weight watchers, diet pills, and recently joined the local YMCA. I spent November & December religiously getting myself up to hit the treadmill and weights every morning and I LOVED it. You read that right, I survived the h... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:52:57 EST Hello my name is Debi I never had an issue with weight until I quit smoking. Yes quit smoking May 2001, got hypnotized yes it worked. I have not had a smoke since. But slowly my weight went up I did gain 40 lbs. Started using a smaller plate and ate smaller portions and lost 25 of the 40. Then we moved to WV from MA in 2013. My routine and eating habits certainly changed. Now I have gained back the 25 lost lbs. The nice weather is just around the corner and I plan to take advantage of doing things outside to incr... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:36:38 EST joining.. .. again Hello out there fellow strangers and weight loss goal buddies <BR> <BR> I am joining Spark again.. Last I was here was a decade ago... I remember it helping me to actually consciously know what I was putting into my body and making better decisions vs restricting all day and then gorging on unhealthy food. So, here I am again. <BR> <BR> This time, I am happy in my relationship and home though :) <BR> <BR> I don't own a scale, but a recent trip to the doctor was an eye opener.. I know I h... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:08:23 EST Today is the first My name is Diana and I am a over weight unhealthy person who has sat and watched life pass her by. I was recently told I have diabetes and with weight reduction I can come off of medication. For the past 18 plus years I have helped care for Alzhemiers patient and now I promised for the next year I will take care of me.I have 4 grown sons , 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. That alone should give me the motivation to get my act together.Most of my friends have no weight problem so they d... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:18 EST All Aboard Hello SPARK PEOPLE, <BR> My name is Stephanie. I have been working up my energy to do this for myself as well as my family to get on the healthy train to loose weight and be healthy. My husband needs to loose at least 10 pounds in the next month and the way this program is designed I hope to accomplish our goals for the next month. As I am reading the steps for these plans it says to make friendships to be more successful at being committed. I am a stay at home mother who wants to look and... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 04:47:40 EST Hello! Newbie here! Hi everyone! I'm new to SP, but not new in my weight loss journey. I'd like to about 50 lbs, but more importantly I'd like to develop better eating habits and a health mentality. I've done other fitness trackers before but merely tracking my food doesn't seem to help. What about SP has worked for you? What makes this program better? I'd love any tips that you have found helpful in your own weight loss journeys :) Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:05:19 EST Hello! I'm new Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've used SparkPeople before but not for a few years so I made me new account. Feel free to add me! I have about 14 pounds to lose and losing weight is challenging for me. I'd appreciate the support, and of course I'll give support in return. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 22:02:10 EST Hello Everyone! I am Christine . I have been on a diet off and on since I was 11 or 12 years old. I stopped when I was pregnant with my oldest as I wanted to focus on being healthy and not be fearful of weight gain. I have gained so much and I don't want to have the obsession I had in the past with diet and exercise. I am committing today to keep the Spark journal, to try to stay within the calorie limits, drink more water, and exercise more regularly. I actually like walking and hiking. I need more en... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:48:30 EST New to this....again I joined last year but really didn't participate in much. No weight lost either! I really want to make some changes to lose, but all attempts have failed. I am active (hiking, biking, go to the gym) but stress eat. Any encouragement would be appreciated. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:14:16 EST I'm Doing It! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a few days ago (last Wednesday to be exact) I decided to cut out all soda, fast food and desserts/candy and try to eat more proportionate to what I should be eating. I didn't think that I would feel better and lose anything but I did. I weighed myself on Wednesday at 236.5 and then this morning I weighed 229.0 :D So I want to continue this journey with the support of others. I'm looking for friends to encourage me on a daily basis about my food choices and exercis... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:05:42 EST Newbie hey y'all, so i just joined today. i'm hoping this helps me with my health goals and everything. to make it a bit easier. so here goes nothing....35 pounds you are so going bye bye Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:56:32 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jen, and I've joined because I would love to lose 15 pounds and I need encouragement and accountability to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> I've had struggles with my weight my whole life. At 5'5 and 143 lbs, I have been as little as 82lbs, and as much as 172lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm at a point in my life where I figured my happiest weight was anywhere from 128lbs-130lbs. <BR> I don't have a lot to lose-but I feel like it's been a real struggle. <BR> <BR> So here I am... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:38:45 EST The Hardest Part for me! Hello All! My name is Nicole, I'm 29 and a mother of five wonderful children ages 8 all the way down to 2. As you can imagine I'm a very busy women :) I wouldn't want it any other way though. My kids are my life there is nothing I wouldnt do for most mothers i'm sure. Thats why I've decided to get fit and healthy. Finding time to exercise has never been the issue for me, it's always been having the energy after the long days to actually do it. I've started getting up an hour earli... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:17:24 EST Its hard to get motivated Its hard to get motivated, I have had several surgeries and find it hard to the energy to get back to moving. I had lost so much weight but Im back to where i started, with extra baggage. <BR> What are some things I can do to get my motivation going? Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:26:18 EST The Carrot in Front of My Nose My son gave me hiking poles and a daypack with the idea that when I can make a six mile round trip hike to the top of the hill in front of my house and back, he will take me into the back country of Yellowstone--places most people don't go to see. To that end, I am biking, swimming, walking, and hiking. Friends want me to make this goal so they are helping me out--walking with me, swimming with me, and checking to see where I hike on Saturdays. I am hoping that this will become a yearly ev... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:16:07 EST Hello Again Starting over Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:20:27 EST Hello Out There! My name is Amy and I've got 60 lbs of weight that I want to lose. I'm trying to learn all the secrets to this website and eat healthy today. Planning seems to take me a lot of time. Anyway, I hope to learn a lot from all of you. Talk to you soon! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:44:46 EST I'm returning! My weight has been creeping up steadily since I left a couple of years ago. Losing weight alone is no fun...and I need people to talk to! I know this will not be easy. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:40:57 EST Just joined Day 1 ~ Wow this looks amazing. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:22:40 EST So Excited!!! Hi there! My name is Chris. I am a mother of 3 boys. I am very proud to say that I have already lost 40 pounds and feel great. For the past 2 months though I have luckily maintained this loss yo-yoing 3 pounds here and there. I am stagnant with the weight loss program I am currently involved in and was looking for something to revive my excitement for eating healthy and being active. I read about this site and am taking the plunge!!! Looking forward to being part of such a positive community!... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:56:02 EST new me Hello !!!!! My journey begins today!!! I am leery but excited!!!!!! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 11:48:50 EST Newbie - troubles w evenings i am new to Spark. I need help with evening and weekend selections and temptations. I do fairly well during the days but when I get home late from working out I seem tempted to eat not as healthy foods:-(. And it is crazy I am working out hard and ruining my efforts! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 07:44:29 EST Returning Member Hello :) <BR> My name is Gabriella, I used to be a SparkPeople member but never really took it too seriously! I would track every few days then not care too much for it. I've always cared about my weight the last 3-4 years i've gained about 50 lbs, but I was always more concerned with my happiness, than the number on a scale. Seeing the number creep up every few months when I would check it never really bothered me. What bothered me was my fatigue levels were always high, I eat like crap and ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 03:17:13 EST its been a week I did ok , i lost maybe about one lb <BR> i am not sure why i have been tracking my food and excercising <BR> so it seems it is harder now , maybe as i get into it more i will loose more <BR> i would like to loose 2 lbs a week at least <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 03:15:00 EST Need some support and motivation to take the first Not feeling good about myself and not feeling good. My outsides are not reflecting my insides. I was always thin growing up and I've lost that confidence. Busy with my kids and work and not taking the time to take care of myself. Eating too much sugar and eating when kids and hubs are all in bed, comfort eating. I'm determined to take better care of myself, to look and feel better and reach my goal. <BR> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:21:13 EST New to Spark People Hello, I'm new to spark People and I ma eager to start my weight loss journey and strive for a healthier lifestyle. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:31:55 EST First Day Today is my first day to join Spark Coach. I'm hoping to learn healthy habits that I can stick with. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:19:01 EST Second time around... Hey all, it's my second time signing up for SparkPeople...hoping to meet people that share my same goals for some support and motivation1 Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:18:24 EST Hello All! Hello! I'm Crystal and I'm really excited about starting on the path to a healthy life. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:19:02 EST Learning again <img src=""> <BR> I've been on the weight loss roller coaster for years. Along the way, my health has increasingly gotten worse. About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, years later high blood pressure, then a few months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I have 5 grandchildren that I want to be around for. I know how to lose weight, I need to learn to be healthy. My goal is to be taken off of all my medications. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:34:56 EST Winning BIg in 2015 Hello my name is hazel Lewis. I weight 229.4 lbs and I am struggling to lose but I am trying. I need all the encouraging words I can get.I know this is going to be a long journey but I am willing to keep going. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:51:51 EST Join The Journey SparkTeam! Join The Journey SparkTeam for motivation, accountability, tips, daily talk, and more! Hover over the orange tab that says COMMUNITY, then click SparkTeams, in the red box that says... Search for SparkTeams, type the words The Journey, click SEARCH. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:04:54 EST I am new looking for friends Hi I am Leslie <BR> I have been a spark member for 21 days. <BR> How do you go about making friends on spark people. <BR> I live in san diego and hoping to make some positive new connections with like minded people. <BR> Making friends is hard when your so busy with work and family. <BR> <BR> I wrote my first blog, it tells a bit more about myself if you would like to read it. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a fun productive and happy weekend Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:03:44 EST Rebooting I started out with the goal of losing a few pounds to look better. Not only did I never get serious about it I now have 40 pounds to lose and it is for health. I'm excited to connect to people who are in a similar boat as me on Sparkpeople. Getting healthy has to feel better than ignoring what I know I should do and feeling guilty, embarrassed and sluggish. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:58:56 EST Determined to make changes As my title suggests I've found the determination to start my fitness and weight loss journey again. Just wanted to say hi and hope to become part of this community :-) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:56:34 EST Chronic fatigue Hello! I have had chronic fatigue for 20 years and need to lose 40 pounds after a severe, year long "crash". I am going to start a graded exercise program starting at just 1 minute per day so I am not going to be burning a lot of calories at first. Does any one else have chronic fatigue? I was feeling better last year (March 2014) and was training for a 5K run. I was not ready and have not had more than 2-4 good hours a day since. I would love encouragement and community because taking consi... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:53:21 EST Good afternoon from slightly overcast Melbourne AU Hi <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the bit where I hit a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> Not the bit between now and then. <BR> <BR> I'd really like that to be a finite amount of time - not 'one day'. <BR> <BR> Let's say 2 years... <BR> <BR> But until then I'll be about on these boards a bit.. <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day <BR> <BR> C <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:43:08 EST I'm new here Hi there - <BR> I am new to Spark People. I once lost 40 pounds using another program, but since my husband had a major heart attack two years ago, we have changed our diet to a plant-based diet and that "other" program doesn't support that very well. <BR> <BR> I must admit that I do not adhere to the plant-based diet 100% of the time and have found all kinds of creative ways to become a vegan junk food junkie!! I really want to stop eating poorly and follow the plant based diet, at least... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:32:30 EST Hi I've been here almost two weeks and enjoy the support. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:12:36 EST Stepping outside of my comfort zone. Hi Everyone, <BR> It may be that part of my issue is that I am very private. So...I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself and publicly state that I am committed to getting fit. <BR> I wish you every success in your journey. <em>381</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:54:38 EST Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1, AGAIN. I vowed to never lapse again, but I am back on track and that is what truly matters. Picking myself back up and dusting myself off. I am new to Spark and look forward to chatting with others for motivational, kind words and overall support. I know we all do better when we are held accountable within a team. I have at least 50lbs to lose and I want to do it with my health in mind, the correct way. I d... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:27:02 EST Happily Returning I am 39 years old with 4 great children from ages 6 - 17 and a wonderful husband who LIKES to work out. I've always been on the heavy side, but after having my thyroid removed a few years back and pushing the 40 mark, I've really packed on the weight. I've been having hip and knee issues which I'm sure will disappear when I lose the weight. I know that having the nutrition trackers really help me, and this would be the first time I've ever really attempted to use the Spark Community. I'm ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:26:25 EST Just another new guy just buzzin around Hey all just got on the system a couple of week or so ago. This is for me. Just not much on the social think, but from reading the stuff over Sparky say just do it. Well it it helps I say do it. So Hello form a guy that likes to WIN but is trying to Lose. LOL <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:59:22 EST Back Again ... Hi Guys I'm back again in Sparkpeople. I've been absent but I have actually been doing well the last year but keeping up with sparkpeople became difficult with full time shift work and part time uni, but went I kick started my healthy living programme last year it stuck quite well. I just wasn't as strict as I could be. <BR> <BR> Anyways this year I have decided to focus on me. Especially the next six months . I have finished my post grad study and work is balancing out so I've decided the... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:11:32 EST loosing weight second time I was on success page in 2004, gained weight back, harder to stay motivated, on track, age doesn't help. anyone dealing with the same things? Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:17:02 EST six weeks out of surgery Feeling some type of way &#128554; Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:42:55 EST Hi new here Type2on insulin for I month low carb diet have lost 14 lbs <BR> Oatmeal and boiled egg for breakfast <BR> Need some ideas for breakfast <BR> Walking every other day on treadmill 30 min one 1 mile Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:41:38 EST Some what new Hello every one Is looking for new ways to lose 102.8 pounds and to stay motived <em>15</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:45:25 EST belly Fat Does any one know how to get rid of belly fat? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:41:39 EST My recipe uploaded all ingredients twice. How do Fix this? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:33:56 EST Belly Fat Hi everyone my name is Belinda and I someone that has strayed from this site and asking for advice and help. I am slowly losing weight but am also gaining belly fat. Today I reached the big "60" and I am looking forward of moving closer to my grandson instead of "Face-timing" him. But I need help getting rid of belly fat and spending time with family. So any help or advice is welcomed, thanks for reading. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:07:22 EST Old and need help I'M 67 DIABETIC, BAD KNEES AND NEED TO LOSE 75 LBS. BY 10/31/2015. oldest granddaughter is getting married want to look good and be healthier. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:47:17 EST Back at it again Hi! My name is Kathy and this is my second attempt here at SparkPeople. I tend to need a lot of support from people in general for success to happen. Like a lot, I slip back into old habits and then before I know it, I'm right back where I started from. Now that I am approaching 59, health issues are arising that need to be taken seriously. Every level is high, weight is up, I keep hurting get the picture. My husband and I just bought an RV and starting in September will be... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:34:53 EST Getting Fit! Hi! My name is Kate. I'm a wife and mom and owner of my own preschool/childcare. <BR> <BR> I turned 38 in November and realized that I always felt tired and sluggish. Thankfully I've never had issues with weight, but as we all know that doesn't necessarily mean one is healthy. Because my job is very busy, I would find myself grabbing whatever to eat - something I could consume quickly. I also find that between the paperwork required for my job, maybe having younger children in care, I was n... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:03:12 EST hello newbie here doing advocare! Hello I am a newbie on my journey. I use Advocare to supplement my healthy eating and exercise. I am loving it so far. Hope to get great meal ideas and support. Thank you! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 06:48:38 EST Hi I'm new...and fatigue question Hi everyone! My name is Caroline and I am 22 years old. I'm starting the program because I've been having a hard time maintaining a healthy weight for myself, espeically because I've had to change a variety of medications over the years. I've also noticed that I feel as though I lack a lot of energy to exercise. I constantly feel like I want to fall asleep throughout the day. Has anyone else had that problem? How did you overcome it? Any tips would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you!! <em>... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:37:43 EST Time for Major changes I am 52 years old and recently married to a wonderful Lady!!! I had a massive heart attack 2 years ago and 3 stents. I was a body builder in my 20's to late 30's and have not exercised in over 10 years and plain gotten out of shape, 50lbs over weight and suffer depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and looking to loose weight for my health and sanity and get back on a moderate exercise and healthy eating routine and looking for much needed motivation <em>104</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 04:07:03 EST Silly Sally Here I was attracted by the page that I fell onto (don't know how) funny. The attraction was liberty financial. I''d like to read the discussion. I'm new, don't know my A from a hole in the ground on where/how to get to the discussion thread. I am disabled, and do not read much, cannot spend much time on the computer, and right now just trying to distress. <BR> <BR> I am about to do debt settlement, and really need to find out about Liberty Financial; can any one help me? <BR> <BR> I do not ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:12:58 EST I'm Kathy and I need help!! I've been struggling for so long and never gave it to serious of a thought. With the way my last 2 years have gone I have really let myself go. Mentally and physically. I suffer from depression and (recently) anxiety. I have also developed other health issues that concern me enough to seriously do something about it!! I want to exercise more and try to eat better.... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:12:40 EST Hello! Hi y'all. I'm Penny & I'm new to this whole SP thing. Hoping to find some friends who are going through the same struggles, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'4'' and most recently weighed in at 174, which is the heaviest I've been. I just don't feel comfortable in my body. :( <BR> <BR> My doctor put me on Adipex 37.5 mg, and I'm on day three. I haven't weighed myself yet because I know myself well enough to know I'll become a total slave to the scale if I don't stay off it. I figure I'll weigh in once a... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:45:39 EST Intro Hi All, <BR> I am new to this web site and have been trying different method to lose weight and finally here with high hopes at least I will achieve my goal weight this time.. <BR> I am able to control my appetite until evening and not able keep myself full after 5.00 Pm.. I eat uncontrollably and end of either increasing the weight or just stay in the same.. <BR> Need all your suggestion hoe to control my hunger after 5 PM and need support rom you all to reach my goal weight... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:23:10 EST do-over Hi! I'm a wife, mom and fur-mom looking to get back in the swing of things. I first joined SparkPeople in 2008 but quickly let life be an excuse for "I'm too busy". Now I'm ready to try it again so I can be healthy and capable of enjoying life with my family. I look forward to feeling better and being able to play outside without huffing and puffing!! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:36:04 EST