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 Hi Hi, I'm Clover, well not really, but that's what my sisters call me. Something to do with me being the fourth daughter and the four leaf clover being lucky, and then there's always the luck of the Irish. Works for me! Glad to be aboard. Been here before, a couple of times, but thinking positive, this one's gonna work. I've got a lot of weight to lose, and at 58, I think it's high time I do something about it. My ankles are swollen all the time and I'm out of breath most of the time. So... Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:59:06 EST Getting Healthy with Lupus Hi, after several years of just feeling tired and sick and not sleeping and having Dr,still me My weight was due to calorie intake, but never bothering to ask me what I was eating or telling me to excersize moreIde start to feel better, ignoring that I already told themI I was working out and for 3 months it wasn't getting easier and didn't feel better they finally did blood work to find out I have Lupus. I know this won't be east but I gotta do it. Anyone else dealing with this ? Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:40:44 EST Spark & Healthywage Betting on myself...earn money & get healthy! <BR> <BR> I'm setting a goal with some mini-goals in there: -20 lb / 10% by December <BR> <BR> - Under 200...asap...I'm tantalizingly close <BR> <BR> - No longer in "obese" BMI category - 29.9 BMI and 15 lbs down Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:04:50 EST The journey continues... And it's "all about the journey". <BR> I am returning to SP full time. <BR> <BR> First signed up 6 years ago. Lost 100+ lbs. Food tracking and exercise. Met my goal. Maintained and everything. Visited SP infrequently. Got into triathlon. Successfully completed an Ironman last fall. <BR> <BR> But, I took my foot off the gas a bit. I still exercise...a lot. But, because of the volume of training for the race, I could eat whatever, whenever, and how ever much I wanted all last summer. After th... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:54:05 EST Road to recovery Hello <BR> I have been working hard to lose weight, last Jan <BR> I weighed 220, I am 5 ft tall, and that is a LOT of extra luggage to carry around. Since then, I have joined an aerobic class, (go 4 times a week), I have cut my calories to 1200 cal.did not realize there was a TON of foods you can eat (in moderation) <BR> I have gone down to 185 lb to date. <BR> I feel in the 6 months I have been working on this, I should have lost more wieght than I have. <BR> Any suggestions would be wonde... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:15:53 EST Starting on the road to Health Hi my name is Dawn, I have had some health problems that ave made me gain a lot weight. I am going to need a support team , that is one of the reasons why I joined Sparks.. I have made a major decision we have ,]moved from RI to New Mexico, total lifestyle changes nd I hope this one changes me completely. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:18:09 EST Returning and hoping to break old cycle I've been on and off SP for the last 5 years; I recently decided that enough is enough, having reached 290 lbs., the heaviest I've ever been. I have a nutritional plan, and will be abstaining from alcohol for the next few months, but am struggling to motivate myself to exercise. My energy levels are super low at the moment. <BR> <BR> Anyone have suggestions for how to get started after a long hiatus? I don't have a gym membership and would love to find ways to workout in the outdoors. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:53:23 EST New Here Happy Tuesday Everyone, <BR> <BR> I began on Sunday but in earnest started yesterday. I have 150# I would like to lose. I am focusing on one day at a time, one pound at a time. I hate the way that I currently feel and am looking forward to feeling healthy. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:34:04 EST rodney, have 110 #'s to lose I do not understand this stuff real well. I have been below my BMR every day for 60 days and no weight loss. My sugar levels are much better and my blood pressure is 10 points better but no weight loss. I average 2100 to 2200 a day and my BMR is 2800. Something not right. I usually get 300 to 400 on the exorcise and that makes me feel better as well. I have diabetes, and reducing my meds on it due to eating less carbs and more protein and fat. I use a mix of the paleo, ketogenic and at... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:11:15 EST Hello Friends Hello Everyone, I am slightly overweight, looking to lose 10 to 12 kgs. So, joined this platform for support, motivation and guidance. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:41:11 EST long time gone I haven't been here in a long time. I have to go to a heart doctor due to congestive heart failure. I am stage 1 and doctor told me if I lose weight, exercise and take care of myself, I can stay at that stage. I am eating so much better and have lost 17 lbs. I am trying to walk every evening but it is hard with our HOT weather. Anyway, I just wanted to update. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:12:33 EST doing what i am told morning sparkers I joined the new member challenge day 5 and I have been doing what I was told to do LOL tracking my nutrition was shocking! I hardly ate a 5th of what I normally eat and used up all my calories. I didn't like that, really opens one's eyes this tracking business. <BR> I love this site and am determined to keep doing what I am told to do , even though its going to be quite the challenge, becoming aware of oneself is always an uncomfortable experience, thanks to all the members... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:14:27 EST Hi I�m Lisa Hello just joined spark people, looking for walking buddies and looking to join walking challenges. Trying to stay the course on maintaining my weight lose and staying healthy. Sat, 16 Jun 2018 07:08:24 EST Starting over...and it's complicated So...this is hard for me to let out. I guess I'm back here for I guess the fourth time because I don't know what else I can do. <BR> <BR> David's the name if you need one. I've been fighting -- and failing -- to deal with a restrictive eating disorder for over two years now. I'm basically the outcast here because I'm needing to gain weight in a community intended for weight loss...but I felt unwelcome at MyFitnessPal and this is about the only other place I can think of off the top of my ... Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:44:39 EST hello everyone Hi my name is Jocelyn and I am the mother of 4 and gonna be a gg(grandmother) in july or maybe sooner. I have been wanting to lose weight for a very long time, cause I want to know what it would be like to be one of the thin women in the room. I have never been thin or skinny. I cant say that really care about that anymore, but more about being more healthy and loving the skin I am in. I don't have to stay at this size cause I can do something about it. so here I am, oh yeah I currently... Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:52:27 EST Needing a buddy😊? Hello folks! <BR> Heather feather here. I'm 49 and addicted to sugary foods. Addicted, not just eating an extra cookie type of thing. I'm about 20 pounds overweight and know that when I have a buddy to hold me accountable, I do well in my food plan. OA has helped in the past but meetings are hard to get to. Anyone need a buddy? Thanks Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:01:17 EST Hello! I have decided to get fit to feel better! I welcome any tips and tricks to keep motivated! Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:52:15 EST Los angeles California Hi! I'm looking for friends in the los angeles area for some accountability and motivation. Pregnant with my 2nd child and dont want to gain too much weight. I'm up 35 lbs :( Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:05:34 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone, I'm Di and I'm a 25yo girl from Portugal. <BR> <BR> I used the site on and off in the past and also tried Fitness Pal, but in the end it always goes back to the same. <BR> <BR> I need to know more and motivate myself so I can achieve long lasting changes. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. :) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:40:47 EST New here Hello everyone! I just joined and have a goal to lose 15 - 20 pounds. I have done weight watchers before, but I have heard very positive things about sparkpeople. I am looking forward to getting familiar with all that sparkpeople has to offer. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:59:30 EST Hello all Hi, I've been here a little while now but haven't been on the message boards. I'm a 41 yrs old mom of 5 working to lose 45 lbs. I'm down 20 lbs so far. I've got 25 lbs to go. I started at a size 11/12. I'm down to a size 7/8 so far. I'm going to physical therapy and going to Crunch Fitness 5-6 days a week and working around the house as I'm doing heavy cleaning and packing and moving boxes as we're preparing to move next month. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:56:40 EST New Today Im new to this site and so far I am very excited. I am looking to get out of denial and start taking care of myself the way I know I need to. I hope SP can help me with some motivation and accountability. I am so happy to see so many people reaching out to others and I have been here less than 12 hours and someone has already reached out to me. Thanks in advance for being so welcoming. <BR> Sarah from Wisconsin Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:47:00 EST I have a question please Hello all, I have been on this site and wol for just 7 days now but i am finding it a bit confusing...I filled in the forms and it says i should be using 135-252 carbs daily. I thought we were only supposed to eat 20gr carbs daily., Can someone please help explain it to me? Thanks. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:08:22 EST How do you add the tracker that you can customize I was hoping someone could help me with adding a tracker to my profile page. Thank you for your help! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:13:08 EST new (again) Hi.... I'm Pam. Sparkpeople helped me lose weight about 15 years ago. I've started gaining again. I had to buy bigger pants in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday, I tried on most of my summer clothes and was very surprised to find over half of my clothes are too tight! I don't need to lose a lot ... I just want to be healthy and get back into some favorite summer clothes! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:52:31 EST This time.... Feels like the 20th time this year I've said "I start today" and I just haven't been able to keep it up! So, for my own health, energy levels, mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem, I commit today to make changes. My goals are to: <BR> * track calories <BR> * attend 3 gym classes per week <BR> * use the community forums on Sparkpeople twice a week and <BR> * forgive myself occasional mistakes instead of letting them sabotage everything! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:35:28 EST New me Hi I am Jaclyn. Trying to stick and maintain to improve my self to be a better person. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:01:44 EST new Hi just joined yesterday . still trying to learn all the ins and outs lol <BR> <BR> Sharon Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:44:31 EST Lisa C Hi my name is Lisa I am a 52 year old widow of almost 2 years my husband had Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes I also have type 2 diabetes but I didn't my husband had diabetes until he was in the hospital with his heart condition we could of worked together on a better diet or something if I knew anyway, I know he is a better place but now if I want to live a longer life I need to get my sugars and A1C down so I won't run into any complications like my husband did, he had heart disease on... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 16:10:01 EST Back on board ! Hello everyone. I'm back and ready to make some changes. lost 5.4 lbs this week. Hoping I can keep this going. have to lose lots of wieght to get healthy. About 170lbs. <BR> Im just doing it 1 step at a time ! thanks for listening. <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:53:42 EST Lifestyle change a must Hi all: I just learned this week that I am prediabetic. Having lost both of my parents to this ailment, this was a huge scare and wakeup call that I need to change! Open to any suggestions from others who have beaten this ailment. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 17:12:21 EST Trying my best Good morning everyone! My name is Ashley and I am 23 years old. My main goal is to lose some weight to feel better about myself. I joined this website earlier in the week. While it hasn't been my most healthy week as far as food goes, I have been motivated to work out more. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 08:49:29 EST new hi new here hoping this works out Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:53:55 EST New Start Hi I need to loose 100pds. When I met my husband 18yrs ago I was 147 n a size 10. Now I am a 2x n 254. I am tried n body hurts. I use to weight lift till I became ill. Now its time to get healthy. I love all your stories. <em>521</em> Fri, 8 Jun 2018 19:02:29 EST New beginnings Hi, I joined here yesterday and am starting my weight loss goals again today. I am down 25 pounds since last year, but I could have been closer to my goals if life didn’t get in the way. The past few months I’ve been losing and gaining the same 10-15 pounds over and over. I’m a stress eater who needs to figure out a way to eliminate my stress eating. It looks like I joined a great group of people here, after reading several posts I’m excited to be a part of this group. Have a great day ever... Thu, 7 Jun 2018 07:21:18 EST Back Again Was away for awhile. Just started back the 1st of May. Looking for a walking buddy on Northside of Jacksonville Fl. I Like to walk early mornings Just got up to 3 miles an hour. I am 66 and retired. Have thus far lost about 5 pounds with about 55 more to go. Walking helps me stay on track and helps with stress. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 20:02:39 EST Losing Weight Over 50 Was member about 6 years, fell away. Happy to be back among so much support! Seems the older I get, the harder it is to lose and keep off those sneaky pounds. Looking forward to a successful journey here with SparkPeople! Wed, 6 Jun 2018 15:30:15 EST New Chapter Just turned 61 trying to create a little spark in my step, so I decide to go to the local senior center to work out. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 13:27:04 EST I've returned to Sparkpages,but posting first time Good Morning! I'm a 68 year old woman seeking support to FINALLY get my act together to lose weight and become strong and fit. I've lost weight so many times over the years, but have always returned to overweight and uncomfortable in my clothes. I'm not at my heaviest now - only 258 pounds - LOL Only! I should weigh under 200 to be healthy and fit. I have lots of good ideas and start out like gangbusters toward my goals, then my feet and legs start to really hurt and give me problems - or my ... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 07:55:49 EST Once Again Once again, I'm starting to diet...I know...we hate that word. I'm changing my lifestyle...starting a new way of living...focusing on my health. Whichever way you want to say it, I'm back on Sparkpeople for the umpteenth time! <BR> I'm off to a great start though, which is so encouraging and makes me excited to do more. I started June 1st and so far I've lost 8 lbs and my blood sugar has gone down 2 points (I'm diabetic). Yesterday, I had more energy than I remember having in a long time. I ... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 07:13:00 EST A new Life a new Start! Hello I'm Marianne, and I have been a member of SparkPeople for a few years but shortly after I became a member life got in the way and I never really got involved but my life has settled down for the moment and I am needing to get back to working on losing a lot of weight, and living healthier! <BR> <BR> I have been involved in Weight Watchers and lost 60 lbs years ago but gained all that and more back! UUHHHGG.... but thinking positively I can do this again, and I am wanting to try the ... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 14:40:37 EST Seeking the Impossible, or so it seems. While I am new to sparkpeople, I'm no stranger to a world of eating healthy and being active, I'm also no stranger to being overweight and obese. <BR> <BR> I've never been a "small" girl/woman. Not sure I ever will be. I have to fight to remain Obese, instead of morbidly obese. <BR> <BR> The smallest size I remember ever being in my teenage and adult life was a size 10. I am now at a size 10/12 at the age of 36 (So essentially I'm at my smallest that I can ever remember) <BR> <BR> My hea... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 14:03:54 EST Just diagnosed Although I was a Sparkpeople member, I just became a Living with Diabetes member last week. I have fibromyalgia, stage 3 chronic kidney disease, and was just diagnosed with diabetes. I love the website and it is really helping me get my head around this newest challenge. I need to lose 20 pounds, plus figure out how to create a kidney friendly diabetic lifestyle. Any help is appreciated. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:39:31 EST Testint...testing Literally..just testing..trying to add a ticker! Mon, 4 Jun 2018 03:48:08 EST Women Mid 30s With No Kids who loss Pregnancies I'm looking to build some friendships with other ladies around my age of 35 who has loss a pregnancy or pregnancies and still doesn't have any earth bound children yet. I still consider myself a Mommy although I didn't get to birth my babies due to a miscarriage and ectopic. If you can relate ladies please feel free to message me. Our Angel Babies still exist in our hearts and alway's in our thoughts. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 01:29:18 EST Day 5 of the 21 day new member challenge Day 5's challenge is to look around and post on a message board. <BR> I am still sorting through all this information to find what is most helpful and efficient for me. So far this challenge has been informative. <BR> I am 52 y.o and have gained 80 lbs over the past 15 years. I am slowly adopting healthier lifestyle habits that will help me lose the extra pounds and become more physically, emotionally, & spiritually fit. I really struggle with motivation and consistently doing the hard... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 22:26:07 EST Hello! Hi! I'm a single mom of 2 amazing kiddos. My youngest has special needs. We've been through a lot these past few years with the loss of my husband, and all that comes along with that. We're finally getting settled into what is our new "norm", and I've realized that I have to start taking care of myself. The kids need a healthy mom, and I want to feel better. I've decided to focus less on counting points and weighing everything I eat (I just don't have the time or energy to do that righ... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 15:24:02 EST Hi new friends! 👋? Hi! I’m Farrah, and glad to be here! This is my first day. It looks like there’s so many amazing, useful resources here. I’m happy to have some community support and look forward to getting healthy! <em>224</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2018 18:31:25 EST Day 2 I'm Jeannie and decided I needed more support with my weight loss journey and the best way for me to stick to something was if I put money into it. So, that's what I'm doing and it's working. I'm on day 2 and will be sitting down later tonight to figure out my fast break goals and go from there. I'm doing this for me. Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:07:36 EST Hey guy! My name is Claire Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Claire, and I actually started my weight loss 18mo ago (had a baby in that time too), and have already lost 92lb. I've got 52 more to go though! <BR> <BR> I'm actually looking for an accountability partner outside of this website (I don't have wifi at work), so someone I can either use text to talk to, or like kik or something. <BR> <BR> What I hope to get out of this - <BR> Constant supporting each other <BR> Talk about successes <BR> Talk about st... Thu, 31 May 2018 13:15:30 EST Introduction Good Morning!! <BR> <BR> I am 68 years old, need to lose over 100 lb., and on over 100 attempts to lose weight! This is the time that it is going to work, be a new lifestyle, and I will be a normal size!! I am not looking to be THIN, just normal. <BR> <BR> I have always been active and will continue to be. I have decided to eat healthy, cutting out sugar, staying around 1000 calories, and journaling all my food and exercise on another site, reading articles that deal with good health, an... Thu, 31 May 2018 08:56:11 EST One Step At A Time..... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm still up, past my bedtime and I've come to the conclusion that I'm over the weight gain... "Overweight" and I have had a good run together... He loves Inviting the friends over, you guys may know them, "Over Indulgence" and his companion "Over Eating". Yeah, they gotta go... So I'm serving them with an eviction notice. I know longer want their company. I'm making new friends now and they are "Healthy Choices" and the "Fruits and Vegetables family". They are so m... Wed, 30 May 2018 23:44:25 EST I'm at my MAX and need to figure it out I'm new to the diet thing. I really don't know where to start...I'm at my Max weight 208 and I need to get motivated and need direction! My BIGGEST problem is I don't eat enough...I skip meals all the time and the food I do eat is not good...It's quick. I used to be pretty good about snacking and preparing but over the last 10+ years I have gotten worse and worse. I have a son that is VERY into sports and I have been coaching sports for over 20 years. It's the food I really am one of the... Wed, 30 May 2018 12:22:06 EST I just joined today I think I'll start by 1) tracking food 2) walking 3) no sugar <BR> <BR> I need the support of this community. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 30 May 2018 10:57:01 EST Hello fellows Sparkers Hi all, my name is Mel and I have rejoined Spark after being off for a year. I quit using it after my accident due to injuries and lack of motivation to exercise while recovering. Now I am restarting my weight loss and fitness journey! I have two boys and am a full time student! Nice to meet all! Wed, 30 May 2018 08:35:09 EST Help! At my wits end I'm really struggling to even start. I have zero willpower or motivation, but I'm depressed and sick and tired of this routine. Tue, 29 May 2018 20:38:26 EST Hi Everyone My name is Eric and I have been interested in fitness and exercises since I was a young teenager. <BR> <BR> Got into working the weights heavy, but, I have to be honest, as I have gotten older, I am not too concerned any more about gaining massive muscle, but, just staying mobile and lean--and trying to stave off aging. Tue, 29 May 2018 20:28:55 EST I'm Going Keto and IF (Intermittent Fasting) <em>213</em> My name is Teresa. Is there any Spark Buddies doing Keto and IF? <BR> <BR> I've decided to eat Keto (low carb, moderate protein, healthy fats) and do IF (Intermittent Fasting). I never thought I could cut down on carbs because I like bread. I had never tried fasting because I thought I had to eat a bunch of small meals throughout the day. But I found out that with just a little change by little change <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I have a lot to learn and a long way to go (over ... Tue, 29 May 2018 15:29:39 EST Greetings I'm new here. Ready to start again on my weight loss journey. I just want to see a change. Tue, 29 May 2018 13:36:15 EST Here From Recommendation Hello! My name is Josh. I've been trying to get into working out and creating healthier habits. My Coworker recommended this website as a great community to keep me going. Just from reading some of the other messages, this community seems to be friendly and helpful. Tue, 29 May 2018 12:10:33 EST Today is the Day NO More Excuses! Today I decided no more excuses for the extra 40lbs. I'm done feeling sorry for myself after being diagnosed a year ago at about this same time with a rare skin disease PRP (Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris). So what if I have to under go oral chemo, so what if the medication makes me gain weight, so what if I can't be in the sun anymore. I'm alive! My skin has cleared up. They are slowly reducing my medications with hopes of eliminating soon. I have plenty of energy to workout. I have friends ... Mon, 28 May 2018 16:28:26 EST Jenny Here.. Hi I am Jenny. I have been on SP off and on for awhile. But I decided to try it again since I reached my last goal and now have a new one :) I am at 153 and trying to get to 125-130 for my final goal to be achieved. :) I will post my beginning pics for this new beginning soon. Mon, 28 May 2018 14:06:28 EST Newbie Hi all (from europe), i started today. Can't wait to make some progress with getting more active, lose some weight and get more healthy. Hope to find lots of stuff and interesting ppl and topics here. <BR> Have a nice day! Mon, 28 May 2018 04:01:02 EST Looking to get back on track Hi all! I have been a member of Sparkpeople for almost 10 years now. I am working my way through the New Member Welcome Guide as I feel the need to get back on track and starting back at the beginning, forming a plan, seems like the best method to achieve this. I look forward to putting some structure back into my crazy, busy, off-kilter life. Wishing you all lots of Spark success!! <BR> <BR> Patti Sun, 27 May 2018 21:31:12 EST Im new Hello everyone im new and i want to loose my stubborn weight. Sun, 27 May 2018 19:08:02 EST New here.......again I am trying to do this again. I appreciate everyone's advice and suppport Sun, 27 May 2018 16:33:17 EST Hello from Wi. Hello everyone, <BR> This isnt my first go round with weight loss. Its hard to eat healthy an exercise with all of the temptations out there. My first time I was able to lose 50 lbs in 6 months. I know its possible, but its so easy to find the excuse not to. I went to the gym for the first time in 4 years today. Directly afterwards i rewarded myself with some McDonalds..... I can do this. I have to do this. I must do this for my wife who is fighting diabetes and got a poor health check up thi... Sun, 27 May 2018 01:11:40 EST New here from Scott City MO Looking for new friends and some encouragement and support and recipes 53 F diagnosed with type 2 Sat, 26 May 2018 22:10:59 EST New to SparkPeople and eating Keto Hi. I am new to SparkPeople and have been eating keto for about 2 months. I am still learning lots about keto and benefits/concerns. So far it is going good but I have found I really need to log food to stay on track. Sat, 26 May 2018 10:53:36 EST Recipes I am very new to Sparks and determined to lose some weight before fall. I appreciate all the recipes and support from others. Sat, 26 May 2018 09:55:33 EST Starting over. Hi, I have been a member on here for awhile but seems life always pulls me away. I have decided to commit myself this time to do it for me. I am hoping to find people who are like-minded and would be interested in keeping each other motivated. what is it everyone drinks daily, I am currently winging myself off pop and plain water isn't something I can do all day. Fri, 25 May 2018 15:36:03 EST Hello Hi! I'm Hannah and I'm super excited to lose weight and live healthy! Best wishes to you all! Fri, 25 May 2018 01:40:42 EST Hi there My name's Pippa, I'm a 31 year old teacher from the UK. I don't hate my body but I want to get back to feeling confident in it. I've put on a lot of weight since my brothers wedding (that feeling of "I don't have to fit into a bridesmaids dress anymore EAT!) and I want to clean up and refine my diet so it matches the effort I pu into working out. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 24 May 2018 01:41:17 EST Trying to get healthy Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose some weight and get my diabetes under control. Wed, 23 May 2018 09:31:41 EST Trying again I am back after several years. I need to lose weight for health reasons. I have over 100 pounds to lose. Would love some Spark friends. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:33:43 EST Hi! I'm 73/210lb/wife/mo other/grandmother My story is typical. Been overweight most of my life, tried many diets, but refuse <BR> To give up losing weight. Now that I'm over 70, my weight. Is really taking its toll <BR> On me. I'm on blood pressure pills, Cholesterol bills, antidepressants,. I've. Had <BR> 2 back surgeries and one knee replacement. <BR> <BR> I love this website and all the wonderful articles it has. I would now like to join <BR> In on the community message boards. It is always helpful to talk with people <BR> ... Wed, 23 May 2018 08:07:05 EST Ready to be back! I'm excited to be back to Spark. The last couple years have been tough on me, lots of life changes I am dealing with. Lots of self destructive behavior I have fallen into... I'm ready to get back on my feet and be stronger than I've ever been. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I know it wont be easy, but i'm ready to get started <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 May 2018 20:56:42 EST I'm back but this time with baby weight! 35 year old looking for friends that I can talk to during my weight loss journey. I love life and try not to take myself too seriously, but it's time that I started taking my health seriously! My biggest downfall is late night snacking, after the kids go to bed I start finding snack cakes and ice cream and I just really need to stop that! <em>20</em> Tue, 22 May 2018 19:02:48 EST Recent labs-do I need a higher dose of Synthroid? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I really need some advice about my recent labs. I have hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> TSH is 0.402 <BR> Free T3 is 3.0 Normal Range (2.2 - 4.2). Optimal level is (3.7-4.2) top quarter <BR> Free T4 is 1.59 Normal Range(0.80-1.90) Optimal is (1.6-1.9) top quarter <BR> <BR> I’ve read that you want your Free T’s in the top quarter of the reference range. I did the calculations and listed them above. I was on Synthroid 112 for 7 years, but started taking Synthroid 100 mcg do... Tue, 22 May 2018 12:50:38 EST First day Hey all!!! <BR> <BR> This is my first day. Don't have much weight to loose but trying to get into a more healthy lifestyle by eating better and exercising. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Tue, 22 May 2018 08:44:56 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:40 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:46 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Would love some friends I am excited and nervous. I have 150lbs to lose. I usually am very optimistic and happy person. Feeling overwhelmed but needing a change. I will have to learn to navigate around. What a nice place to find so many people <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Where do you find journey buddies? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Kristin Mon, 21 May 2018 12:31:43 EST Hi everyone Hello all, <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I have five months clean from stimulants and have been packing on the pounds. I believe my metabolism has been altered by self imposed starvation for about the past 8 years. I am also 54 years old and my metabolism is slowing down with age as well. My goal is to lose at least 20 pounds through proper diet and exercise. I feel confident that with the help of this community and my own wishes and desires that I can do this. Thank you all for reading this a... Mon, 21 May 2018 12:27:09 EST Beginnings are Amazing This weekend I marked my 38th trip around the sun. And the best present I received (apart from a 23 and Me genetic test and a Leslie Knope doll) was actually from me! I've decided that I want my 38th year to be my best, healthiest, and happiest. <BR> <BR> I tried SparkPeople around the time it first started and did quite well. I fell off the wagon but now I want to pull the wagon on a new journey filled with self-acceptance and love. <BR> <BR> Here's to new beginnings and happier end... Mon, 21 May 2018 08:48:22 EST Hello everybody.. 5th day on SP. Hi all, <BR> <BR> This is my 5th day on SP. I originally started on SP since I needed more support and I like the nutritional tracker on here and the nutrition reports. I started with Weight Watchers (WW). I get confused on WW and I'm confused on SP, to be honest. Confused on what to eat, what not to eat. <BR> <BR> I messed up last night and ate some junk food. Ugh!! <BR> <BR> Here's to another day! <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> ~gagafeminist. Mon, 21 May 2018 07:06:46 EST introduction and question for the board Hello, I am new to the board. If it is determined that my inquiry violates the policies of the board, please delete it and accept my sincerest apologies. I'm a 57 year old physician and at the not so young age of 56 I obtained 2 group fitness certifications. For the last 8 months I have been instructing a FREE LIVE ONLINE SAT MORNING hybrid cardio strength and core class, because I love offering it. I started doing this for people from my work. I have a small consistent group but since it's f... Sun, 20 May 2018 17:42:05 EST Starting Again Back again. Really hoping to get it right this time. Sat, 19 May 2018 22:38:56 EST Ready to Feel Better I'm back with Sparkpeople and making a change. I'm tired of feeling horrible everyday from eating horrible food and sweets. Sat, 19 May 2018 15:50:06 EST I've made a decision! Today I decided to change my life! I was an avid Sparker several years ago, and I loved the way my body felt and the way I felt about my body! Today I am beginning again! I will lose the 30+ pounds that make me cringe when I see candid photos or videos of myself. I'm looking for other Sparkers to help keep me accountable and on track. Fri, 18 May 2018 10:00:33 EST Happy to find a community I used an online community specific to weight loss once and the best part of it was the online community. Message Boards and the like were a fundamental part of my success and when that community basically disappeared from under me it made it hard to continue to maintain my success at finding a healthier life. <BR> <BR> This community looks like it is pretty active and I am really looking forward to participating in it! Thu, 17 May 2018 18:57:08 EST ready to make this work!! Hello, I have been lousy at working this plan.I have had some health issues for a few years and now my weight is a serious issue. Tipping the scales at 282# I am so disgusted with myself. Today I am on day 3 of my nutrition plan and I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE FOODS I GET TO EAT!!! I am making things I don't recall ever eating!! I look forward to the meals not only because at this point my stomach growls all day but because the meals are fun and filling. I'm exploring member recipe's as well a... Thu, 17 May 2018 12:47:35 EST paleo diet New to this site. Questioning the Paleo diet. I have Crohn's and I am wondering about this diet. Anyone tried it? I would love to know if it helped you. <BR> thanks <BR> Pat Wed, 16 May 2018 20:35:14 EST New member, needs support and advice <em>41</em> Hi to all! <BR> I'm new here and just signed up! <BR> I really need support and advice to stay on track with eating healthier and exercising more, despite bad back pain, and losing motivation. <BR> I'm looking to lose around 120 pounds. <BR> Many Blessing to you all! Wed, 16 May 2018 20:21:08 EST This time I am working towards balance & happiness I have been on and off SPARKPEOPLE for years (always returning), it is always so comforting to know this site is here. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight with merchandisers, fad diets, and I even underwent a sleeve gastractomy. Gaining and losing weight has become my lifestyle, as sick as that may sound. In fact, it is a sickness and finally I got real help and I am working with a nutrition therapist along with my LPC. I have disordered eating, I binge. I do not purge, and I can go years wit... Wed, 16 May 2018 19:32:26 EST Newbie Like so many of you, I have spent what feels like my entire life in a battle of the bulge. I'll be turning 49 next month, and for the past year, I've been making small, but very meaningful changes in my approach and focus. <BR> <BR> For me, it was always about getting thin, and I was willing to do anything to get there, including restricting calories to an extremely unhealthy level. I'd go down the scale, stay there for a while, and then eventually make the climb right back up. Not anymore.... Wed, 16 May 2018 18:32:27 EST Back again with Spark Just like so many others here, I've tried so many other programs to lose weight, including Spark several years ago. This time I'm giving in to the fact that sugar & any other white foods are not my friends, and it's given me a new motivation to focus on low carbs, more vegetables & protein. And I realized that the features of SparkPeople provide the accountability I need to keep myself going, even points! <BR> <BR> I'm 65, a retired teacher but active in many community groups. But a year... Tue, 15 May 2018 23:32:51 EST Trying to Get Started This must be the 100th time I've started a weight loss program. It is very difficult because of the failures from the past but Now I have decided to make it a life change, not a temporary diet to loose weight. I cut out white foods and sugars. Not totally Keto but close. My partner is helping me with encouragement but still hasn't quite got the whole absence of bread, potatoes and pasta. He loves to cook which I enjoy but eventually he'll get the concept. I also have started exercise which is... Tue, 15 May 2018 09:30:47 EST Hey Ya'll! Hello from TX. I am not new to dieting, but trying to get a fresh start and looking for some friends for mutual support. I have a tendency to do really well during the week and then blow it on weekends....or sometimes even by Wednesday :-) Mon, 14 May 2018 20:22:00 EST coming back to SP, for the long haul Hi all, I am coming back to SP from some time off. Here is a little short bio of my life. I have been doing weight watchers since June 2016, and I signed up for Spark People in August for that same year. Since doing weight watchers I have lost about 74 pounds, not quite 75 yet. I think it is time to step up my game and lose these inches and pounds. I started when I was 340.6 and now I am about 266 pounds. These stubborn pounds are getting rather a nuisance. I want and need to lose these pound... Mon, 14 May 2018 13:33:13 EST New beginnings Hello! I am new to Spark People, but not new to weight loss. The last 9 months and been rough on my weight and stress. My mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer in Dec. We found out in Jan that it was stage 4 and spreading. She passed away eight weeks ago. She had been sick off and on in Aug and the cancer came as a shock. I've been under stress and eating junk pretty much since all this happened. I am a middle school teacher as well as a college adjunct teacher. I have 2 kids and a husband... Sun, 13 May 2018 22:56:17 EST I'm trying again Hi, my name is nikki. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I now have two kids but im tired all the time. I want to be able to run and play with my children. I want to live a long and healthy and happy life. So I'm trying to not only get back to a healthy weight but improve my energy and my mood. I'm looking for support, someone that will help me through and keep me accountable. i've tried this before and always go back to old ways. This time im determand to make it. Sun, 13 May 2018 15:14:38 EST Decided to get control back in my life Hi. I gained 7-8 kilos about 20 pounds and it is making me very upset. I did exercise before, never athletic but I was fit. I can’t breathe normally. My life as a wife has changed. My clothes don’t fit. I feel sad and mad and tired... is anybody willing to be each other’s accountability friend/support? I have decided to improve, but it would be great to have a common goal and focus. Contact me, please! My goal are1.5 kilos per week. Start exercising 3 times per week and drinking 2 litres of w... Sun, 13 May 2018 08:28:11 EST Good Morning From OK Thought I'd drop by on way to a nap lol, I have odd hours thanks to Insomia. I'm Cloud and I live in Oklahoma. I am obesed. I am also limited to what I can do . I live with Chronic pain, due to a congential narrowing of the spinal column and lumbar Sl1-L5 adds to it. I am a non-candidate for back/neck surgeries so my life is.. either lay in bed daily 24/7 or take meds. My pain management suggested Morphine but I said no, I'd stay with what I'm on for now but he increased it to 4xs a day. I o... Sun, 13 May 2018 05:52:48 EST New here Hello <BR> <BR> I am new here. I am 47 years old, 90 lbs to lose, I have a severely herniated disc, and I started a LCHF diet 2 weeks ago following I have been in ketosis for about 10 days and I have so far lost 12 pounds. Is anyone else here doing LCHF? Oddly I do not miss carbs (even sugar) Also, my back pain feels better. Inflammation down all around. Has anyone else experienced this? I feel I am able to start hiking again. I would love to hear other stories. Thanks! Sat, 12 May 2018 09:54:46 EST New to Dukan Diet Hello, <BR> <BR> I have just started the Dukan Diet and wanted to say 'hello' <em>213</em> . <BR> <BR> I am on the 3rd day of the Attack Phase and so far so good. <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing this diet? <BR> <BR> XE Sat, 12 May 2018 04:02:57 EST New to this. Hi, I'm new and need help with this journey. Anyone having success with this program out there? Fri, 11 May 2018 20:49:26 EST 5 days new Well so far I am enjoying what I am learning and I really like all the encouragement I have seen on all of these pages. I have been sedentary for about 2 years now and I know I need to get busy if I want to enjoy the rest of my life. I am plagued with pain and I love to eat. I love being outdoors but moving in’t a high priority. My goals are to get moving again and to treat my body better in my food choices and activities. I look forward to seeing you posts and drawing on you strength and gui... Thu, 10 May 2018 19:51:21 EST Feeling Frustrated I am fairly new here, this is my second week. I am feeling good about the healthy changes that I am making in meal planning and my workouts. I feel a difference already! The technical side is the source of my frustration. I need accountability and was looking forward to making friends for positive support. I really have no support group. I am having difficulty finding the time to sort out the teams, message boards, blogs, and email messages. I am a friendly and positive person who tries to en... Thu, 10 May 2018 16:13:22 EST I'm back, just to let you know. I am so happy to be back. I've been mia for almost 5 years. <BR> I can't wait to learn more about my SparkPeople family and myself through this life-changing, for the positive role. Thu, 10 May 2018 10:10:22 EST Greetings Hello everyone! I'm the on again off again dieter who has finally reached my rock bottom. Here I am having put on all the pounds I thought I lost several years ago, but managed to find again, along with many of their friends. I'll spare everyone the excuses, because in the end they are my excuses. <BR> <BR> I was listening to a podcast and a question was posed to listeners: WHY? Not the 'why do you want to lose weight' because we can all give 1001 really great reasons. Rather, this WHY... Tue, 8 May 2018 09:39:36 EST I am new to SparkPeople Hello! My name is Marcel and new to Sparkpeople as of 5/7/18, I have a goal of losing 47 Lbs by October and I can use some great advice. I have one obstacle that makes this difficult for me. <BR> First-I work third shift and when I get home I have very little energy to exercise before going to sleep. Is anyone who can relate or can give some guidance in setting a idea routine? <BR> Mon, 7 May 2018 17:59:50 EST East Coast Canada....anyone else? I am in Halifax anyone else in the maritimes? Mon, 7 May 2018 16:37:08 EST New Around here Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm Artie, I'm new to sparkpeople. I am in desperate need for an accountability buddy. <BR> I am 26 and want to lose 30lbs by my birthday on August 7th. My current weight is 140lbs <BR> <BR> Would ideally like someone looking to lose around the same amount of weight so we can keep each other on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Artie Mon, 7 May 2018 13:55:37 EST Let's try this again :) It's been 10 years since I've been on and off sparkpeople. It's been the only way I've actually managed to lose weight and I love this site honestly. I read some quote or something on Facebook that basically said that a year from now you won't be in the same place in life. I really thought about that for a while. And I thought, well, what can I accomplish in one year? What can I look back on next May? I don't want to be in the same place. I want to be way more positive and relaxed. I can hand... Mon, 7 May 2018 11:18:52 EST Hi all :) I've been an "absent" member for a while and now I'm back and trying to stay motivated! Thanks for all the support :) Mon, 7 May 2018 10:07:14 EST Back at it Hi all! I'm back to sparkpeople after some time away. Love it here! Mon, 7 May 2018 10:00:42 EST hi I am Tom and my goal is to hopefully find help and inspiration to be able to get down to the weight I need to be for a kidney transplant. I am currently on dialysis. Sat, 5 May 2018 15:31:00 EST Returning to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! I'm a long time member of Sparkpeople but admittedly it was years since I last visited. Was having trouble with motivation this week and something made me log in. Now I'm wondering why I ever left. <BR> <BR> So happy to be back. Have a great weekend! Fri, 4 May 2018 18:12:42 EST I've come back Hi, I'm not exactly new here, but it's been a about 3 years since I've been on. I was so motivated at first and then....I just lost my motivation. No excuses, I just got lazy. I'm hoping coming back on here will help get me my motivation back. The stories here are very inspirational! <BR> <BR> Finding time to work out is hard as I have almost a 2 hour commute each way to work. I've also found my cravings are getting harder to resist. I'm turning 50 in a few months and I don't want to... Fri, 4 May 2018 08:15:10 EST Hello there Hi my name is Melanie. I am here because I don't know where to begin and I was hoping for some help. Food prep and procrastination are my biggest issues. Hope to get to know you as we share our journeys toward a healthier lifestyle. Fri, 4 May 2018 07:37:50 EST New Today I did pretty good today but I really need to track my salt intake. I am excited with the meal plans. Thanks! Thu, 3 May 2018 22:39:51 EST New to Sparkpeople - 2 days Hello everyone. this is just my second day and I am quite overwhelmed by all the information. I signed up for the trial Premium Page and my head is spinning by all that I have to do in one day. <em>40</em> Hopefully I will get used to it. <BR> I am a seasoned person (over 55) so I sure hope I can accomplish my goals. Slow and steady wins the race but sometimes I like to put the cart infront of the horse and that is when I get discouraged. I need to remind myself. "Baby steps." <BR> <BR... Thu, 3 May 2018 21:58:41 EST Back to SP Hi, y'all <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I was on this site. But, I'm back and ready to work on positive, long-term changes for a healthier me. <em>593</em> Thu, 3 May 2018 18:56:20 EST hi- i am judy--- Nanny to most i am here because hubs is on a low sugar- high protein- low carb thing-- on the other hand- i was at 63 pounds for 3 years-- happy to say i am at nearly 85 lbs-- anyway-- i would love to hear some other ideas-- as he has to have lunches every day- no sandwiches:-)-- well, any and all suggestions are welcome-- thanks to all:-) Thu, 3 May 2018 17:36:30 EST Hello from the land of Oz I'm trying to get back into the healthy eating/fitness routine once again. A few years ago I was very successful, but due to personal situations and working two full time jobs it has fallen to the way side. Unfortunately my work load can't be reduced at this time so I am hoping logging my food intake and ANY exercise I am able to get in will at least motivate me to make better choices. Going to the gym or taking an exercise class is not an option currently, hopefully in the future I can add... Thu, 3 May 2018 11:25:30 EST Newbie Hello I’m Meghan, I’ve been overweight all my life but have recently gained 20 lbs in a few months after the unexpected passing of my brother. I now have gone on blood pressure medication and am pre diabetic. I don’t want my parents to have to bury another child. I’m hoping this will help learn better habits and keep me accountable on trying to better myself. Thu, 3 May 2018 04:01:07 EST carboholic Hey there fellow Sparks! I'm a newbie, but I did use SparkPeople about 15 years ago and lost 40lbs, so if I could do it then, I know that I can do it again now... So, I'm a carb-o-holic..Yes, I love bread, pizza, bagels, you name it, I love it! Any ideas on how or what I can substitute to stop eating carbs and supplement with something more healthy and less fattening?? Looking forward to your feedback! Toni Tigrina Wed, 2 May 2018 21:14:55 EST Keto diet and gluten free a New to the site. Hello all <BR> I started Keto lifestyle for weight loss about two weeks ago. I have been on a yo yo diet journey for years. After I was hurt at work in 2010 I gained weight and after two hip replacements and many epidurals, I am ready for the change. I could not lose any weight I am waiting for the Woosh they talk about. However, I realized I was not counting my calories macros and I came on board with SparkPeople. It has been easier to control what I eat and plan ahead. I like to bake my h... Wed, 2 May 2018 19:42:38 EST Newbie Hello, I'm new to all of this, but I do love it. Looking forward to meeting new friends. Wed, 2 May 2018 14:24:47 EST Am I the only guy here? Hi! New here--I am Angel. <BR> <BR> How's everyone? Wed, 2 May 2018 12:08:04 EST Looking for SparkBuddies Hiya! I’m a long timer on this site, but haven’t logged on in years. I love sparkpeople and know it can work to help achieve goals. I would like to add sparkbuddies who will be accountable with each other and check in. If you want to know more about me check out my recent spark page blog. Thank you! Wed, 2 May 2018 05:31:25 EST Hello, Spark People! My name is Tiffany and I have been what I affectionately call a "chub chub" nearly all my life. I was raised on poor eating habits - huge portions, takeout every day, every unhealthy thing you can imagine from chips ahoy to cheez whiz being a staple - and was considered overweight by the time I was 5 and I never stopped growing. By 15 I was 190 lbs and bulimic (I have been in recovery for years now, and been without a total relapse for the past two). At 22 years old I was at the heaviest I ha... Tue, 1 May 2018 21:44:03 EST Moving Forward Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Today marked my third day since Saturday that I've gone to the gym. It's been a long time since the gym was a regular part of my life, and it feels so good to going again! <BR> <BR> I (re)joined SparkPeople on Sunday . . . specifically so that I would have a platform to be transparent about my fitness and weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Recently, I met a goal that had been many years in the making: February 24th marked one full year of my being seizure-free (*with... Tue, 1 May 2018 20:30:00 EST Back on SparkPeople Hi! Day 4 of the 21-Day New Member Challenge is to introduce myself. I'm Isabelle, a 44 year old woman with about 100 lbs to lose, although my goal at this point is only to lose half that. I'm back on SparkPeople after many years (maybe 10?) and in a much better head space to be committed and successful than I was the first time around. Tue, 1 May 2018 16:54:54 EST Hi. I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel overwhelmed by where to start on this journey. I stayed home from work today because I was sick with a fever. When my wife came home, she made some chicken soup. After eating, I felt better... so I kept eating.... (crazy, huh?). After finishing some guacamole with chips, I had ice cream for dessert. <BR> <BR> I was so full that I was bulging at the seams (uncomfortably full). I’m sick, but I’m eating ice cream?!? This wasn’t making sense. The stupidity I felt in that moment made me r... Tue, 1 May 2018 02:21:29 EST Here I am again Had a pretty good first day. It felt good to make some changes and good choices. Does anyone know how to get the weight tracker on my page? The one that counts down your weight loss and you can customize it? Thanks for your help! <em>30</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 22:09:01 EST Starting over Hi there! I’ve done SparkPeople in the past, and have decided to try it again. I just had a baby and am trying to get back down to my goal weight. I have about 10-15 lbs to go, which is actually less then before I was pregnant. I just need to start eating healthier and stop eating sweets all day long 😳? Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:14:20 EST Enough is enough! Hi sparks people! This year I have gained 15lbs! Prior to this crazy weight gain I was about 15lbs heavier than I wanted to be. Now I have a bigger hill to climb. I am hoping to find some support here. Need to find a community of people to check-in with daily, think that would be a great help. Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:27:48 EST A Complete Mess Three days ago I started a Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox. I'll tell you about my current medical condition so you can relate to yourself. I'm on a blood thinner (warfarin) for artificial metal aorta valve; so I decrease vitamin K intake (green vegs). I have stage 3 kidney disease so I have to decrease my protein. I also have type 2 diabetes so I decrease my sugar intake. I am a 72 old male with a full right knee replacement and just had PrP (stem cell) on my right knee. I am now seeing a ch... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 11:12:16 EST Fresh Start I am new to Spark, looking forward to making new goals, working hard to achieve a healthy me. Inside and out. Look forward to learning and grow g within a community that understands and can relate to me. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 21:33:10 EST Carol Hi. I just joined today. I'm hoping I will have some success with this program. I was on the WW free style for 2 months with only a 4 pound weight loss. So many seem to be disappointed with their new program including me. I lose very slow to begin with and need to take off 30 pounds. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:46:53 EST I'm ready! Today is day one here at Spark People. I'm impressed with the variety of support, ideas, recipes and suggestions to keep on track. I lost thirty pounds last year and have gained 20 back during the winter and spring (bad weather, bad excuses). <BR> Happy to be here! Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:28:30 EST newbie I'm new to this and would like to find friends to help me on my goals. I'm a mom of three adult children and two grandsons. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:22:41 EST Well Hello Here I am introducing myself. I want to be able to be more healthy and definitely have more energy. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:17:13 EST step conversion If you are like me you want to know how far you have walked not just the number of steps you have taken. I found the formula and it is amazing to know the distance as well as the number of steps taken. I am going to share it with you. To calculate how many steps you take in a mile: <BR> 1. convert you height to inches <BR> 2. multiply your height by 0.413 <BR> 3. convert that back into feet by dividing your answer by 12 this tells you how many feet per stride you take <BR> 4. divide the nu... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:55:11 EST Starting over I was a member many years ago and was on track to getting to my goal got in the way....lost a good friend which put me into a tail spin...lost all my motivation... In 2014 had to have heart surgery...aortic valve replacement and double bypass and pacemaker...developed Type 2 diabetes... In June of 2015 my husband passed away...learning to live without him is a daily struggle... I moved into a seniors building and started meeting new people and doing more... went to my cardiolog... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:38:18 EST New to spark Hey everyone. I am a mom to two very busy little girls, along with being a fulltime student. I desperately need to lose weight but it has been a massive struggle for me. Ive began tracking my food and paying more attention to portions but snacking and exercising is where i strugge. Hopefully this works out!!!! Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:21:34 EST New Beginning I lost 60 pounds over three years but have gained back 10 plus I'd like to lose another 10 for a total of 20. I'm going through a lot of stress and have been since 2016 when I started taking care of my uncle who now has passed but I'm now taking care of my aunt, his wife. I sometimes eat unhealthy or not at all, skipping meals and then eating what I shouldn't. I can't seem to get the energy to take care of myself. I love to walk and will get back to it when the weather gets better. I really c... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:40:39 EST Health Conscious Here Being fit is the dream of many and I am one of them. I have joined this forum to share and learn different health-tips to lead a healthy lifestyle. <BR> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:49:33 EST Hashimotos Warrior I have Hashimotos, which has caused many health problems, weight gain being just one thing to deal with. I'm to have a total thyroidectomy on May 14th, and am not wanting to gain any more weight. I already have 60 plus pounds to lose. I do good on a "diet" for about three days, then for some reason I get off track by eating something I shouldn't. I'm determined that I will succeed this time though. I do better with encouragement, and am hoping to find what I need to succeed on here. I need so... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:58:00 EST Hi! Need a buddy to keep me honest! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:35:06 EST New here but not to dieting Hello everyone. I'm David and I finally decided to go a different direction with my dieting goals. I've kinda sorta been watching what I eat along with exercise but I've never tracked it. SparkPeople has given me a way to set goals and see exactly what I've been eating and how it affects my weight. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:55:20 EST I’m Fat and Not Fit and Signed up to do WHAT??!! Hey I just wrote my first blog in case anyone wants to read it !! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2018/04/26/th </link> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:40:42 EST New to Sparkpeople I have just started using Sparkpeople and I am really loving this site, community and all the resources and motivation. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:21:54 EST New I'm excited to be a part of spark people. I want to be healthy and lose more weight and be the best I can be. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:55:08 EST A newbie needs help please! Hi, <BR> I signed up today and need to know what to do next. <BR> It's late afternoon, so I will start tracking calories and fitness tomorrow. <BR> Is there a way I can watch exercise videos on my tv in the living room? <BR> I really need someone to keep an eye on me to keep me going. <BR> Thx so much :) Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:01:59 EST I'm back agin I was a member several years ago and loved it. Then life happened and I just quit. This time I'm back and plan on staying <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture on my walk today Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:14:29 EST Back after quite a while Hi all! I'm Melissa & I'm back after quite a while. Lifetime journey right? <BR> <BR> A few years ago I did Weight Watchers (for about 2 years) and at one point had been down 25 pounds. I gained most of it back after a while and then around last June I started cleaner eating and joined Beachbody. I did 21 Day Fix and Country Heat and tracked my servings of protein, veggies, fruit etc. on the 21 DF app on my phone. Altogether I had lost 36 pounds. <BR> <BR> Then Winter hit. Depression got wo... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:13:04 EST Another Beginning Good Monday Everyone, I've crossed that threshold of beginning again, in search of getting mentally focused and challenged to journey into healthy habits. I went through 4-stents a few weeks ago after being told bypass. Life is scary, now with 7 new proscription drugs to wishfully wean off of at some point, I realize exercise or simply moving must become part of my life. At 59 I'm beyond wondering "How the hell did this happen...and when?" I could use and welcome all the support, advise, and ... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:34:45 EST Commitment has never come easy So here I am again. :) I have had a hard time sticking to things. I get bored or feel consistency is no longer needed because "I got this now". Turns out that is not my lot in life. I do not "got this now" hahaha I need structure or I flitter through life. Not that that is a bad thing. I have created so many beautiful things by flitting, but I am in the business of getting healthy now. I am almost 40 and I wanna see more than 40 more. Here's to sticking to it!!! Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:31:41 EST New B on a boat Greetings. I am new to this site and new to you all. I may be unique that most of the time I right now I live on a sailboat out of the country. I have some difficulty finding fresh veggies, but I am provisioned with canned when I cannot find them. <BR> So I am trying to start this challenge while I am in the US for a week and then translate this to the boat when I return next week. <BR> <BR> I do eat out, and I will have to modify this as well. I know I will have to cut down on by brea... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:39:22 EST My hubby lost more weight than I ! I was always the thin one in my family. when I got married I was still the thin one in the family, three children and I managed to keep my belly fat to a minimum. With my last pregnancy I lost most the weight and then suddenly started putting it back on. I am now an extra 40 lb more than I ever wanted to be and losing it sometimes seems impossible. On top of that my hubby lost 60 lb and looks sexy as hell. <BR> Maybe its because I work a 40 hour week or maybe its because I don't sleep well o... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:34:59 EST Wake-up Call I've been playing around with losing weight/gaining it back for several years. In fact, I've been on SP for about 5 years or so. I retired about a year and a half ago. It was a great move in the my stress level has decreased dramatically. However, it also mean that I was doing very little in the way of exercise and watching what/when/how much I ate. I was basically a slug. <BR> <BR> However, a couple weeks ago I had an appointment with my sleep doctor (I have severe obstructive sleep ap... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:25:00 EST Return Flight <em>521</em> So much happened over last year but its time to get up and at it with no excuses. <BR> <BR> Started over and feeling good about it. No looking back. Good news is first 'great grandchild last year. Hard to believe he will be a year in June! And expecting another one end of this year. <BR> Time to get fit and healthy to enjoy these babies. Best To All Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:35:44 EST 50 and Fighting it All The Way!!!!! In 5 weeks I turn 50. Many Many people have told me that this is what 50 looks like. There is nothing we can do about it, we just have to accept it. Well, NOPE! I am going to fight it all the way and prove everyone wrong. My journey started yesterday and it will go one day at a time!! My goal is to lose 15 pounds by July. I am going to be one HOT 50 year old mom of 3 this summer!!!! Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:58:09 EST Graduating at 45! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am about to graduate from college in September and have been quite sedentary these last seven years. I want to make a permanent change in my lifestyle and live the remainder as a fit(ter?) woman. I hope everyone is having a great Friday and have plans to make the best of the upcoming weekend. <BR> <BR> Amy Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:11:04 EST I quit and came back Hello everyone, I was here on SparkPeople before. The site is very useful and helpful and it works if you have the motivation to keep up with it. For someone who can't sit very long it was hard for me to sit and track all my food every day. Back then the computer ran slow. Till I was done tracking I didn't want to do anything else on here. So I stopped. I continued to try and eat right but I have to admit it got away from me some what. I did manage to loose some weight but not as much as I ne... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:01:08 EST I'm Back! I backtracked and ended up gaining more weight. Due to some serious health issues, it's so important to lose it now! Specialist says I have to lose 80 lbs. Time to get real! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:58:14 EST Is anybody out there Hi everyone..I'm a newbie and wanted to say hello from my first 2 weeks with Dr Poon I lost an amazing 14 lbs..I got a "raised eyebrow"and one "good" from Dr Poon..guess that is as good as it gets..🤗? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:25:11 EST New year, new opportunities I have been a Spark member for awhile and re committing to improved wellness. Here is to a new beginning and routines. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:20 EST New with a long way to go... Hello! <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople... and about 1 month into my weightloss journey and have 106.4 lbs to go. I have lost 9.6 so far by just concentrating on tracking my calories and trying to make better choices... more fruits and veggies, less chips and sweets. I tend to use food as a comfort mechanism... sad, I eat... angry, I eat... bored, I eat... something to celebrate, I reward myself with something to eat. Which has resulted in being 116 lbs overweight. <BR> Now it is time to get ... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:31:02 EST Not Starting Over, Reconfirming the Commitment In 2016, I lost from 310 to 260 through exercise and calorie/nutrient tracking. Going back to 335 brought me to an acute awareness of the place inflammation and pain can have in our lives if old habits continue. Now I have a renewed understanding that to live my life to the max requires a constant daily re-commitment to a managed food intake and exercise program. Letting the guard down is costly. The rewards of self-control are an increased self-esteem and possibly years added to the time spe... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:32:32 EST Deep-end Diver Hey there! I'm BinaryStitch and I tend to jump in the deep end, so to speak, with anything new I try or goal I have. I've been on the weight loss journey before, and have overdone it to the point of exhaustion or even injury. This time I'm taking it slow. Going for multiple small wins in a day. It's day three, but so far so good! <BR> <BR> I was tracking my food on MyFitnessPal before but I was getting super frustrated that my activity data from my Apple Watch wouldn't sync. I went looking ... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:05:08 EST Still in the game at 70 30 minute BIKINI workout at 4 AM every morning, 5 balanced meals a day, lots of water, and a 3 mile walk, that's my secret. Hi, I am Faetta age 70. The key to my success is wearing a compression bikini. It forces me to see areas needing extra attention and the compression fabric makes the muscles work harder. Please visit my fun blog about my custom handmade fitness outfits. Very proud of my compression miniskirt, a repurpose from old supplex yoga leggings. I have nothing to sell, just for fu... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:07:56 EST Howdy! I'm a returning member hoping to get back on track. Trying to track every single day! So far I'm down 6 pounds! 24 to go! Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:04 EST Diets don't work! Hi! I was very discouraged when I read a recent book about several studies showing that dieting is actually dangerous because it is short-term and almost all people gain the weight back within 10 years. It also permanently slows down the metabolism so that a person is worse off after dieting than if they had never dieted. <BR> <BR> That being said, I have decided to lose weight as slowly as I have gained it. Maybe my body will be tricked into letting the fat go and the muscles stay. So... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:36:29 EST Hello...I'm the new kid on the block Good evening! Today is my first day of becoming a healthy me. I have a long way to go. It took me 21 years to get to this point and I know it won't take me that long to get back to where I need to be as long as I work hard. Hope we can support each other on our journeys! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:45:50 EST Find who’s doing what and what’s working... Hi, I’m new here. I was wondering how I find out what diets are being followed. And if anyone has ever tried Nutrisystem? Or any other prepackaged meal diets? Been contemplating going that route. But would like feedback and find a support group of friends when I’m firmly decided on a plan that will work for me. Thank you. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:29:55 EST Ready to begin a new journey This is my first day and I'm excited to finally be taking care of me! I need to lose 100 pounds, but I am so motivated to get going. I hope to get to know some great people who are in the same situation! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:51:55 EST Trying Again I have used Spark People a few times over the past several years. I am back and trying it again. I am trying to use as many features as possible so ensure my success. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:09:54 EST New here... Hi all. <BR> <BR> I'm new here, but am not new to fitness / weightloss. Been at the lifestyle change for the last 5 years. <BR> <BR> I enjoy interacting with folks so I'm hoping to gain some friends here. <BR> <BR> Best wishes! Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:49:30 EST hi everyone Hello from Georgia! so, i have decided to get back on track, AGAIN. anyway, looking for a weight loss buddy, who can do a one month challenge with me. I am on high protein, low carb diet. I exercise 1 hour every morning, sometimes it is hard to stay on track though. Anyway, I am starting tomorrow, who wants to join me? Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:33:21 EST Started about two weeks ago My name is Ingrid: <BR> I am looking to lose about 40 pounds to start. I love to eat good food. Lately, I am also loving foods that are much more healthy for me to reach my weight loss goals. <BR> I love SparkPeople and is learning a whole lot from reading your post. For three months now I have been eating well and trying to lose some weight because of a lot of reasons, one of them is I am going on vacation to Barbados, next week and will be on the beach for about 10 days. <BR> After weighin... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:40:38 EST Long time user of spark, new to community Hello all, I am mzizgayle, 71 yrs old, owned by couple of fur babies and have kept the hubby around for 47 yrs. I am type two diabetic, have graves disease, and still active and work full time. I have used spark mainly to track my carb intake because of the diabetes. Once I got that in control several years back got rid of 20 pounds I did not need, so I figured. I stopped visiting here. Now that I am older maintaining the weight is getting a bit harder and 6 pounds managed to find me once a... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:39:52 EST Hello :D I am 37, just got diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and for the first time in my life feel more interest than repulsion toward tracking information in my life, so I'm giving this a shot. I am an online student and full-time parent. I am married to a great guy, am an INFP, and tend to be very indoorsy and spend too much time sitting. I am trying to do a yoga with adriene video five times a week for my fitness as it is the only thing I will do inside and by myself. My doctor wants me to do keto, but I... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:22:04 EST First day tracking here. Hi --I am WW dropout--not a "meetings" person. But I liked the tracking online and I see I can do it here. I know what to eat and how to prepare it. I just need the motivation and I am hoping I will get that from others here. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 01:03:00 EST Back & Getting Started After Many Years Away Nothing like news from your doctor that your labs are showing yet another indication of weight & age-related decline to get you back to basics of tracking foods and starting to exercise in earnest again <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've reset my goals and already started tracking. I'm now in the process of seeing which former friends are still active and evaluating the teams I was following before and those SP added automatically. Not sure how much posting I'll do here yet, as combined with o... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:51:55 EST Getting back to myself Hi I am Roohi, currently in Australia. Over the last few years, I have been so busy taking care of my babies that I forgot to take care of myself. My weight skyrocketed and I don't feel like myself anymore. I am currently looking to lose about 25- 30 kgs in total. My first goal is to lose 7 kgs Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:37:46 EST Hi everyone! New to the idea of having support with my weight loss goals. I've come so far with it only to be stalled with that last 25 lbs to go. I hope that this gets me out of the funk that I might be sabotaging myself to quit. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:17:22 EST Day 18, might as well introduce myself... Hi All - <BR> <BR> As the topic would suggest, I've been at this lifestyle change for 18 days now. So far, so good. I need to get back down to a healthy weight and this time, learn from my previous mistakes. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old, mother of three girls. They are my whole world, and I want to be around a long time for them. I want to be able to keep up with them too, lol. <BR> <BR> I started a running program Couch to 5K, and am tracking everything I eat/drink. In the past, t... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:05:02 EST Time For A Change Hello. I’m Claire, I’m 28 and from Scotland. <BR> <BR> I’ve had a few tough years, I returned back to Glasgow after two years abroad and depression and anxiety hit me like a ton of bricks. I ended up having to leave my job. I’ve basically drank myself obese. <BR> <BR> I’m utterly miserable and my big flabby body isn’t doing my mental health any favours. I have no doubt getting my physical health back will drastically improve my mental health. <BR> <BR> I need some support and someone to... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:41:50 EST Getting back in shape Brief history of my body. <BR> from birth to graduating highschool i was tiny 5'1" 88lbs at graduation <BR> joined air force at 21 and weighed 106lbs which is still small <BR> got pregnant at 24 and weighed 108lbs <BR> after birth had to lose weigh 25yrs old weighed 135 after initial weight loss <BR> 26yrs old able to start going to gym regularly got down to 120lbs in a few months, still breast feeding so that helped. <BR> 27 yrs old started new desk job instead of stay at home mom weighed 12... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:33:23 EST Hi from NC I have been a member since Friday, so not quite a full week. Took the kids for pizza after work today, so I guess I fell off the wagon already. Ready to get up and back on tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My weight was 218 at the doctor on Friday. My goal is to get down to 180. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:19:27 EST sparkcoach First day with sparkcoach. Couldn't make my way with regular spark. Just hoping I will do this! <em>211</em> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:56:42 EST Hi from Texas New here. Looking for buddies to help one another achieve weight loss. Need to lose 70 pounds. <BR> Anyone else here from Texas? <BR> Can anyone tell me how to get the ticker on my page? <BR> Hope to hear from folks. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:39:59 EST Hi I am new I am new here. I have a FitBit Zip to track walking and I was on MyFitnessPal until it won't play nice with FireFox. <BR> <BR> I need to lose so much weight, I just don't know. I eat when I am stressed and I seem to be stressed a lot. <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:29:11 EST Trufix Trucontrol Has anyone tried either of these products? Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:42:13 EST New to forum Hello, just checking in. I am fascinated by the variety of weights/heights vs. clothing sizes and stories on this forum so I thought I would share my journey so far... <BR> <BR> I finally became fed up with my weight of 208 in August 2017 and began a low carb. (50-100 carbs/day) Low cal. (1200/day). I am now 158 lbs. Goal another 20-30 lbs. Today I bought a size 10 dress. While this dress might have been a size 14 20 years ago it still felt good to finally get back to a size (near) where I f... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 02:47:35 EST Hello everyone! Going through some painful times In october I put a little too much weight (115lbs) on the Adductor, Abductor machines and messed up my Sacroilliac joint! Therefore I am in a great deal of pain and trying to lose at least 50 pounds to start. I am having a hard time concentrating on my goal, even on monitoring my intake. I haven't been able to exercise until now. I'm in the gym 3 days a week just doing 15 min on the Treadmill @ 1.5 and 30 min on the bike! That's all I'm allowed to do right now. <BR> I said all that to say,... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:12:54 EST I feel so Isolated I have Hoshimots's and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I am physically disabled...but I need to stop being in bed depressed and move when and how I can - but I feel so Isolated. Anyone else with mobility issues who would like to become friends so we can encourage each other. We are trying to reduce carbs - but our Autistic daughter who wont eat meat is making the change difficult - but for her health as well we are going to keep trying. BTW - I am Angie, 45 and I am an advocate for special needs c... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 06:52:27 EST 3 years post stroke Always struggled with weight , but been able to diet and exercise. Since stroke it�s been difficult and I�ve gained even more. Regaining mobility now and motivated! Was left side paralyzed, can now walk and have some shoulder and elbow mobility. Waiting for left hand! Thank God for his love and care! There were no cognitive effects from stroke, just motor! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 08:16:10 EST Having a hard time introducing myself I've been a member for awhile now and like most I've struggled with my weight. A few years back I worked on my weight and had lost 50 lbs by watching what I was eating. I found by logging my food I could control myself and keep from overeating. I tracked my food I was eating before I started and found I was consuming 4500 to 5000 calories a day. Once I lost enough weight I quit tracking my food and found I fell right back into overeating and gaining 34 lbs. I'm now committed to losing weight ... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 06:02:22 EST When to weigh in Just wondering how often and when do you weigh in? Thu, 5 Apr 2018 23:01:16 EST Hello new to the group Hello I'm new to message boards. I'm a single mother to wonderful 19 year old son. I need to lose about 60-70 pounds. I enjoy walking and trying to increase my step accountability I'm up 8,000 steps working on 10,000. Just started sparkle this week. have enjoyed it so far. In a couple challenges the New People spark people and the walking challenges. Hoped to meet some friends here. I need to motivation. I live in Orlando Fl. Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:27:25 EST Long time low-carber switched to WW <em>213</em> <BR> I've been low-carb (well, on and off) for the better part of 15 years. <BR> I've lost, gained, lost, stalled, lost, gained... you get the picture. <BR> For the last 5 years, I've been slowly re-gaining, no matter how strict I am. <BR> I decided that now, at age 53, low-carb is just not working any more. <BR> I don't feel good, I don't have any energy. <BR> I recently switched to the new WW freestyle, though I still limit carbs, I do allow things like beans and grains in ... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:33:15 EST A KIND WEST MICHIGAN HIKER SEEKING OTHER HIKERS My name is Thomas Hooker and I posted this ad in a effort to find other hikers who do not care for the group style of hiking to hike with. The thing I dislike about hiking with groups is you have to keep up and not be able to stop and just sit and enjoy the sights at will at the extra nice looking spots along the trail? I found that when you are new to a group the other hikers talk mostly to the hikers they know and little to you? It is also hard to hear and hence communicate well with the pe... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 21:45:38 EST need a motivation friend/penpal I'm a foodie /wineo lol ...its so hard for me to stay or keep to a diet. If I dont see results i give up.I just need someone to give me that extra push.... If you are in the same boat send me a note. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 19:50:09 EST Trying Something New -- well, sorta new Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump in... <BR> <BR> I tried SparkPeople out years ago and really enjoyed the format and all the features. But, like every other thing in my lifelong attempt to lose weight, I didn't stick with it. I don't remember my old user name and the email is one I no longer use. So I figured I'd start fresh again. <BR> <BR> I'm in a different place in life than I was way back then. Every day is a step closer to being better at sticking with this and... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 16:27:55 EST Ok Making the change finally Hi all, ok, this is not my first time around the block but I've been stuck after loosing 60 pounds. for months I have a long way to go so here I am. Looking forward to finding out new ways to get things accomplished that are reasonable, doable, and more importantly for me sustainable. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 16:09:29 EST Yo-yo Here I begin another spring and another round of getting to my goal weight. I do great at achieving it but once I do - my battle is to maintain it. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter weather. I then get into my size 16 where I find myself AGAIN. with a range of clothes all the way down to size 8. This is my 11th year in a row I find myself in the same situation. Thankfully I am on no medications or any health issues with all the dangers I read about yo-yo dieting. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:21:10 EST It's working! Today I weighed and the scale is still going down. I am weighing less than I have in over 20 years! I think I am finally seeing what works for me, still working on the portion size and getting more active. But everything seems to be coming together. WOO-HOO, that's me tooting my horn this morning. This site has provided some answers I needed. I just want to thank everyone for sharing what they have learned. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 09:55:28 EST Need a major boost Hi, I've just joined this site. I've been trying to lose weight for years...I did get down to my goal weight once, and have put it all back on. I keep hitting a brick wall, and I appear to have taken up residence here. I'm trying again, and hoping that this time can actually achieve something cos I've been feeling like a failure for quite a while now. Good luck to everyone else on here. :) Tue, 3 Apr 2018 10:21:36 EST At a plateau, here to switch it up Hi everyone! I've never done sparkpeople so I figured I would give it a try in hopes that it would help break a plateau I'm hitting. Let me know if you have any tips! Tue, 3 Apr 2018 09:14:37 EST Returning back Hi everyone, its been a while. I decided to come back and be a healthier me. I'm a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic in 2016. Metformin wasn't getting my sugars down enough. Went to seen a diabetes specialist towards the end of 2017 turns out I'm type 1 taking insulin now. Thinking about getting the Omni Pod Insulin management system. My doctor was telling me it could make managing my diabetes much easier, plus I'm and Asthmatic also. Double whammy for me. Its cool I'm jus... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:33:12 EST Restarting, Hello! Posting as part of the 21 day new member challenge, which I decided to do as part of getting restarted on SparkPeople after a year long hiatus. Hi! My name is Rachel. Currently 30 years old. Been overweight most of my life and happily trying to change that. Despite some slipping back, I am still 24 pounds down from my original starting weight from 2016. My new goals are to be consistent again and bring that number on the scale under 200. Sun, 1 Apr 2018 21:10:37 EST Hello Newcomer to the site and I am loving it! Sun, 1 Apr 2018 20:28:04 EST April fools day Here I begin again another year of yo yo dieting and 37 lbs to loose again! Sun, 1 Apr 2018 19:48:10 EST Just wanted to say "hello." This seems to be a great site full of friendly people! I certainly hope you won't mind having an "older" guy hanging around. I'm 76 with some physical defects, which are being treated by various means (Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea). I exercise regularly at a local gym and walk 5 or 6 days/week at a local mall. Although my Cardiologist wishes for me not to push my heart too hard, I do walk between 2.5 and 3 mph. I wear a Fitbit mainly to keep an eye on my heart rate and count my st... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 21:23:11 EST Keep Sparking! Out There Move Your Body <em>224</em> <em>315</em> <em>23</em> <em>362</em> <em>414</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:54:44 EST Looking for a buddy or 2😃? Just rejoined after 5 years. I’m from Canada, 51 year old mom to 2 adult children. I’m recently divorced loving life again! I enjoy working out, eating healthy but I seriously need some motivation and support to get back on track again so I can feel good about my body again. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 20:12:36 EST Hi, I�m Francine Hi, <BR> I�m not really new here. I�ve been here before and wish I would have stayed. Weight lose I�s so hard. I hate it when people say �just don�t eat�. I have many health issues and many diet restrictions. I had cancer surgery this year, and for now I am cancer free. I had the lower left lung and 11 lymph nodes removed. In addition. I have LUPUS, fibromyalgia, diabetes, kidney disease, gout and minor heart problems. Needless to say I spend a lot of time visiting doctors. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:13:48 EST starting over..again. staying focusd is the key... hi,im sweetheart001 I'm beginning a new chapter in my aproud 56yr.old .tie and gravity has had its way with me. now its time t fight back I know it wont be easy . but I'm determined focused I have my mind set on this. thank you all for listening cant waitto talk in yexts lol.bye now Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:11:35 EST Hello, again just stop by to say hello and tell everyone this is a wonderful site for support during a healthy journey. I am a different stage in my life where I need to reorganize my priorities. I am looking forward reading your post to get inspiration. Thanks. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:10:39 EST Hi everyone Hi guys, <BR> I've finally reached the point where I needed to change, and now I'm here, it's both scary (because I don't want to let myself down again) and exciting, because I think that this time I can finally change how I nurture myself for the better! <BR> I don't have family support on this, so struggling a bit with them going out for snacks and junk when we're out together, and bringing it home is a daily challenge... <BR> One day at a time right? <BR> Thanks for the great community, an... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:37:39 EST New. Want a weight loss friend Hi, I'm new here. I found this site through googling for a weight loss buddy app. I couldn't find anything except this. I am 28yrs old. 185 lbs 5" 5. First time mom to an 11 month old. I'm here because I feel hopeless with getting my body back. I feel like I just can't lose the weight and I'm eating more and more due to the stress of not losing the weight. I know.. bad. I really would love a partner who wants to lose at least 30lbs. My goal is 150. Idk if this is even appropriate but I don't... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:41:59 EST Hello I joined this community for motivation and support. I have lost weight before and went through some stressful things and stress ate, before I knew what happened I put the weight back on. I am going to get the weight back off and try my hardest to keep it off. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:59:48 EST joined this community to get support My first day as a member of this community. I will lose 76 pounds with the help of this community and try to contribute as well. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:15:19 EST Looking for a diet accountability partner Hi there. I'm a twenty something trying to get serious about dieting again. I really need an accountability partner that will help me stay honest about what I'm eating in a day. Hopefully can provide the same to you! Let me know if you're interested. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:53:33 EST Have questions, need help Hello all, I'm 50 yrs old, i am new to online socializing and need some support and help to reach my weight loss goals. Just last week i started the keto way of eating and constantly looking up, on my phone, information, or asking questions. However i find it hard to get definitive answers often so l am trying a more personal route. I've never done this before so please be patient my awkwardness. I hope this will help me succeed and and more importantly aid me in perhaps helping others down t... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 12:14:18 EST New to SparkPeople and looking for friends! Hi, my name's Courtney, I'm 24 years old and I live in Minnesota. I have tried many, many times over the years to lose weight, but I lack motivation and accountability. I'm looking for some people who would want to be friends, doesn't matter the distance, and keep each other motivated and accountable! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:41:08 EST New to SparkPeople! In search of friends! Hi Everyone! I'm Cheyenne, and I'm a 23 year old mother of 2. I recently started my health change, because I'm the heaviest I've ever been, and it has been difficult to keep up with my babies...I love being a motivation to others, and I love working together as a team to achieve if you want to be friends, and pen pals, feel free to add me as a friend! I need all the help I can get! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:32:44 EST A more positive re-introduction : ) I came back on here I think a month ago with a majorly negative post. I was feeling hugely negative, and with good reason! Job loss, near home loss, 2 body injuries, and a 35-lb weight gain from the last time I'd been here (years ago). <BR> <BR> Since I was injured, it was hard to exercise beyond walking. But I went for walks, started drinking a lot more water, cut back my portions and did slow, gentle stretching and simple exercise at home. Walking still isn't easy for me, because I get wi... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:56:25 EST Trying a different approach this time I am a 38 yr old married, working mom. I am an emotional eater, food addict, yo yo dieter. I am now at my highest adult weight, and my long term goal is to lose about 80 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have realized that I will never reach my goals if I can't love myself as I am now. So I am trying to learn to be more positive and to be kind to myself, which is difficult for me. I am working on setting goals that are not weight related. <BR> <BR> I would love to connect with some new friends on this site... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:57:36 EST diet and exercise friend needed! Hi, I'm new here and just getting the hang of this site! Is there anyone in florida that needs a diet /exercise partner or even a pen pal. I need motivation and just cant seem to stick to anything. I always cave into food. Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:43:54 EST 1 week at a time Its all about a lifestyle that was well sad really, sitting and watching tv, eating chips and drinking beer, a no brainer- dah? yup gained weight and after several years, yikes! Now, made some roommate changes and lifestyle changes.Like I promised to volunteer to set up for an ecstatic dance class which gets me out even after I've come home from work and am pooped! Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:51:46 EST Back again I may go away for awhile, but I always come back. I'm an "almost" 47 year old grandmother of 5 trying to get healthy one day at a time so I can watch those precious babies grow up. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:38:52 EST New here and looking for other mindful eaters Hello all <BR> <BR> I am kinda new here to Sparkpeople. I was on here years and years ago with the wrong mentality. I left years ago and found mindful eating/intuitive eating. I have been studying that and finally have overcome some inner turmoils that I can now be in the right position mentally to want to care for my body and give it what it needs to be healthy. Looking forward to a second time around with a better mindset. Anyone else taking this journey? Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:45:14 EST I used to be cute and I didn't know it Hello fellow Sparkers! Once upon a time I lost a lot of weight. Then I gained it all back plus more. Menopause has not been kind to me and now I find myself heavier than ever. Then I found some pictures of myself when I was at my best weight before I started to gain it back. Back then I thought I was still fat but looking back... I was ADORABLE! But I was in a bad marriage, in a bad place emotionally and didn't realize how great I looked. So Mr. Man and I went out and bought Fitbits. I sta... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:01:56 EST Hello to all.... I'm new to this site and need to lose 30 lbs. All motivation is appreciated. <em>521</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:44:40 EST Hello All I'm border line diabetic. I would like to prevent getting it full blown. I'm over weight, 56 years old, and ready to make life changes and choices in my life. I am so grateful this site is available to all. Looking forward to help and be helped on this journey! <BR> <BR> Thick611 <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:45:14 EST Hi everyone I'm not new to the SparkPeople world, though I haven't been on in a couple years, and I had a different username at the time. While I was using SP before, I would maintain my calorie range, but struggle to lose weight and was very discouraged. While gone the last couple of years, I've tried out different eating plans and learned a lot about food and what my body likes and does not like. I feel this time I'm armed with a lot of information (tools) to help me do it right and am excited to st... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:36:19 EST hello I'm fat I'm not really sure what to say on here, but basically i'm female married with one kid (actually he's my husband and i love him) I am 5.2. weight over 300 lbs and i'm just a couple years short of 40. I struggle daily with what to eat and have a binge eating disorder. I also have depression and anxiety, that reinforces my eating disorder but i'm pretty sure is only caused by my weight. I have chronic pain knees from a injury in high school plus new regular pain just from being my size. ... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:26:04 EST Hello All Nick this side, A web Designer and a father of a kid. I am here for a special reason. wait for my new post in other thread. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:16:32 EST I failed at Weight Watchers Hello from New York! I am writing because I just quit Weight Watchers today. I really thought I would be into it when I signed up but after a couple of weeks, just driving there was a pain in the you know what. I did lose a pound here and there and I was happy about that, but I wasn't into the meetings like I thought I would be. So I said to myself "Stop spending all of that money on WW and stressing yourself out". I am going to give Sparkpeople a try. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. T... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:33:40 EST Find the proper amount of calories verses exercise Hello all, <BR> I have been working on weight loss for 5 months now. Dropped 28lbs feel good and have not been able to really make the scale move much. I looked at the Mayo Clinic Diet and Weight watchers Free Style. One makes me feel like I am starving, the other makes me feel like I am eating way too much. Currently 57 year old, 5'7" 240. On my feet all day at work in a retail archery Pro Shop. Competitive shooter, instructor etc. Any one place to go for really accurate information. Eat ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:48:29 EST VSG Binge Eater I had weight loss surgery Jan 2018, and thought it would stop me from Binge eating (emotional eating). I'm less than 6 months out and I've had more than 3 binge episodes. Weight loss surgery is only a tool when you have Emotional eating issues; you need therapy and a support group. I'm starting today by trying to heal as well I figure out why do I turn to food. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:35:16 EST struggling to eat right I have been on this journey to lose weight for little over a year now. I got a trainer and I lost like 10 lbs but I have come to a point to were I can am not eating right, but I am still working out. I would like to lose at least another 20 lb, but my eating habits are horrible. I just don't know what else to do. I know that it is no ones fault but mine. I guess I have lost my motivation and stay consistent but it just has been hard for me. I also believe that work and kids have me just trans... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:28:59 EST Note from a Newbie!! HI Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a 62 year old, retired woman. I live in a suburb of St Louis with my wonderful husband of 41 years. I have tried, and failed, to lose weight and keep it off for more years than I care to count. I am ready to make life long, sensible changes in my food intake and exercise. I have so much to be thankful for, and I want to be healthy. Of course there is more, but you get my drift. I would love to hear from anyone! We can help each other!! Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:49:02 EST Hello I'm doing the new member challenge and this is my challenge for today. Don't totally understand how all this works. But Hi everyone. 70 years old and 30 (more or less) pounds to lose. I love Sparks People! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:59:54 EST My personal challenge Day 5 and still motivated. This is as hard as quitting smoking. But I succeeded in that challenge. Onward and upward. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:53:33 EST New here and ready to get healthy Hi all. I moved to Sunny South Florida last summer from up north. I am a retired school teacher after 36 years in the public school system. I want to not only lose weight but I want to get healthier and feel more energy to be able to enjoy the lifestyle in this new state I live in. Year round warm and sunny means more outdoor and active lifestyle, so I need to be able to have the ability to take every opportunity to experience all that this place has to offer. <BR> My hubby recently was d... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:26:11 EST On being authentic Hello, I I joined Sparkpeople in May 2013 at age 67 several years after I retired from the US patent and Trademark Office. Since then I lost 32 pounds and been maintaining my current weight give or take 5 pounds since February 2018. I know that some may feel that losing 32 pounds in 45 months is not much of an accomplishment, but I am proud of my accomplishment and continued growth in character. I switched from being a quasi-Christian to a full-blown Humanist. I invested 134 dollars in two... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:14:44 EST GETING STARTED WORKING MYSELF THRU THE SYSTEM & GETING EXCITED <em>20</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:25:46 EST Its been a LONG LONG time since Ive been on Just dropping by to say hello to everyone and get myself back into the swing of the page. Have a good weekend Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:28:21 EST Looking for buddy with Lupus Hello, I am looking to buddy up with someone that has Lupus and Fibromyalgia. Also, any groups out there for Lupus? Thanks. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:17:04 EST Hi I'm 5 feet 9 and 163 pounds but I have love handles which I'm looking to lose. I have no idea where to start. Can you help ? Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:04:08 EST Hi Everyone ! This is my 4th day of logging on. ( Even tho I apparently created my account last year, I never really used it then. But, now I'm going to ! ) <BR> <BR> I live in NJ. I like to do outdoor activities which is difficult to do in the winter, because I don't like the cold. I like Running, Hiking, Biking, Walking, Scootering. I have 35 pounds to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to participating on the site with challenges, the boards, maybe even a blog or 2. Have a great da... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:19:07 EST Hello ! I'm here at the end of the world! So happy to have such inspiration to saving my life literally. I am motivated and am in a groove to reach my goal of not becoming full on Diabetic. I have been trying for a while and have been borderline for about 15 years. I have diagnosed myself to a Keto/ Paleo sort of diet. I love to cook and hike. I am a jazz singer. My husband is very supportive and eats everything I eat. I have found Spark to be fun and inviting and non-judgemental. I have very limited resources (food, testing suppli... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:14:03 EST Introduction Hi everyone! I'm Susan and really happy to have found this site. While my overall health is good, I want to shed quite a bit (60 # is my goal) to be even healthier. Glad to 'meet' y'all! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:04:38 EST Hi! I'm new here. I'm positive I'm not the only one with this story. I gain and lose and gain and lose and gain and lose. In 2014, I thought I finally figured it out! I began running, eating well, and hiking and the pounds came off! I was down 75 pounds and BOOM, I got pregnant. My husband and I were over the moon, but I didn't realize the toll it would take on my body and my brain. I was tired, so I stopped moving, and I was hungry, so I ate EVERYTHING. I gained a ton of weight and it didn't come off afte... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:04:08 EST Positive growth Every day, go the extra mile, cherish that which is good, and nurture the skills that you want to develop. The rest of what is needed will fall into place. Mr Owl <BR> <BR> When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may be only a second to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime. - Unknown <BR> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:14:36 EST New to this forums Hi guys, glad to be here, about my user name,,, i adopted that in this forum just to motivate me,,,im 50 years old, looking to lose 30-35 lbs this year, and get into the habit of exercising daily. With the hope of not hearing my doctor to say: "Mr, You have high blood pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, etc etc...So,, in order for that, i intend to check this forums for good tips on starting a good workout at home and outdoors,,,, I love walking and running by the way...can't last too much, but... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:32:22 EST A good way to gain self-esteem I joined SparkPeople 57 months ago, it took me 44 months to lose the weight, have been maintaining my weight for 13 months. I loved the experience in Spark and aim to help others turn their lives around too. I'm looking for someone to join and be active in my team so I can better be able to do this. Mr. Owl <BR> When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may be only a second to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime. - Unknown Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:30:59 EST Introduction Hi. I'm an older student pursuing a bachelor degree. I love photography and being outside. <BR> <BR> I've been on the on-again-off-again exercise and diet yo-yo for years. I've gained and lost and gained back more a few times. I have asthma and it's getting worse. Since I'm going to school, I sit a lot to study. I really want to do something to get healthy, but just when I start thinking I can, I want an ice cream cone. I don't really have any accountability. <BR> <BR> So, I'm looking for m... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 23:17:18 EST A New Beginning :) Hi everyone I am new on here. Looking for some positive supportive friends. I am married and have always struggled with my weight. I want to loose weight and become healthier. My husband is not supportive at all. In fact he thinks its silly and counts on me to go back to my old ways. However I decided this year for my birthday that I wanted to change. I have at least 100+ pounds to loose. I don't know where to start or what to eat other than to drink as much water as i possibly can everyday. ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:29:43 EST Second Time Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Returning after about a three year absence. Good news is not much in terms of weight gain. However, I am still far from my desired weight goal. What is different this time is my attitude. I am fully committed to Me! Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:53:42 EST Here again :) If only I'd stayed and completed what I'd started last time, I'd be a lot lighter and healthier at this point in my life, but oh well it is what it is, so here I am. Not going to beat myself up over it and am just going to look forward, not backward. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 52, have a slew of health issues but I'm not going to let that stop me from taking charge of my life. Going to do the best I can with what I have. <BR> <BR> I've started a challenge if anyone would like to join: https://www.... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:09:56 EST New Start Hello all! My name is Michele and I am here for a fresh start. Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:11:33 EST Excited to be here! I am so glad to be here!! I am excited and optimistic about what SparkPeople is going to help me accomplish in the next few months and beyond! Although I do not have a lot of weight to lose, it is stubborn weight recently gained in midlife. I want to reverse the trend I see on the scale and I want to develop healthy habits that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I think that this can be a powerful tool for me! Fri, 9 Mar 2018 22:36:25 EST Introduction Hello my name is Gelaine and I'm new here at SprarkPeople. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:01:40 EST Hello world Hello world my name is Stephanie and I am new to Spark People. I am hoping that I can start a habit of a better lifestyle and that it will stick. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 23:46:37 EST Hello! I've done this before but my computer updated and cleared my history so I have to start again. Today would be my 7th day on here. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:28:37 EST Where to find people in my area? Hola! Restarting here. It’s hard getting back into shape after sickness and surgery. Especially when my friends have no interest in Getting healthy or helping me lol. Things have changed since I’ve been back lol maybe someone could point me to a San Antonio chat if there is or events. Thanks!! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:04:00 EST I felt the need to return I used to be a regular user of this site. Still struggling and I felt the need to return, after a gap of 5 years. <BR> After a bit of bother, I was able to find my old profile, and rejoin it. <BR> It would seem that I am 3lb lighter than I was 5 years ago. <BR> The amount of stressing I have done over this time about gaining/losing weight, for a net result of 3lb, moves me to the conclusion that I am wasting too much of my adult life (and at 67, I have to make the most of every year) worryi... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:15:16 EST Let me introduce myself <img src=""> Hello, my name is Jody. I just turned 50 on January 20th, 2018 and I am completely embracing it. Actually, turning 50 has me feeling like I accomplished a big milestone. I am happily married for 27 years, I have two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. I love animals and nature. I have one cat, and I think she doesn't think she is a cat. She is more like our baby ... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 21:36:55 EST Joined Last Thursday Still getting the hang of things on the website. I have a question about how to count calories for cooked white rice - the nutritional content seems all over the place. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:35:35 EST 21 day newcomer challenge Missed Day 4 challenge yesterday, so today I made up for it! I hate exercise so I'm glad I did yesterdays challenge today bc I'm in a much better frame of mind. Turned on the stove timer for 10 minutes and I managed to finish even with modifications. I have to say my thighs must weigh 10-15 lbs each bc that slowed me down quite a bit when I did those knee raises. Ah well, tomorrow is another day! Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:29:05 EST Hello! Well, I've been on this app for 5 days now. I was a T2 diabetic then I had gastric bypass surgery. Didn't lose as much as they hoped but my main purpose was to remove my diabetic status, which I did for 3.5 years. Well 2018 didn't start off real well, I'm back to being a T2 diabetic and this time it is much harder to keep the sugar levels in check. I'm on a low carb diet. I'm not much of an exerciser despite my good intentional thoughts. I've gained 24 pounds back of the 80 I lost with the su... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 13:29:40 EST Continuing to improve Me. I joined Sparkpeople years ago while quitting smoking. Improving my health was highly important to me then and it still is. At my annual physical for my 64th year I got the biggest kick out of my Doctor; "Where have you been for the past year? Why haven't you been in to see me?" "Well, if a person isn't ill or having problems I didn't think they needed to go see a Doctor frequently, so I haven't been here." "Well, let me take a look and we shall see. Your Labs are all good, well within the no... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:33:10 EST new here i found this site by looking up things to keep my mind off of smoking. i try to stop but the urge always wins.this time im not gonna let it win ima beat it.. what are some things you you guys do who are trying to stop smoking do? Sun, 4 Mar 2018 21:36:24 EST Starting my journey to a more healthy lifestyle! My name is Addison! <BR> I'm a 29 yr old male and I'm 5 feet and 4 inches. <BR> I currently weighh 216 pounds and aim to lose 66 pounds. <BR> I lost my long "Introduce Yourself" post I recently made due to posting the message and then receiving "No HTML please" and had to press the back button and was hoping that my post was saved, nope. It wasn't. So, that sucks! <BR> So, I'm just going to keep this short this time around. <BR> <BR> Starting Monday, <BR> I'm deciding to toss out Sugar, Past... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 13:30:12 EST 3.4.18 March Forth To Healthier Lifestyle! March 4th is my favorite day of the year! Great day for anyone on the move! <BR> I'm Carol...relatively new to Spark...its been a little over a month. <BR> <BR> I started my journey to better health around the first of the year with a resolution to do something every day to make me healthier. Another resolution (and I NEVER make them) is drinking 90 ounces of water each day, so I have the first resolution covered no matter what! <em>30</em> Anyway I'm rockin' the resolutions this year.... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 12:36:44 EST I've lost my old profile a few years ago I was a regular user and contributer to spark people. While I was not active, EE advised me that my old e mail address had been withdrawn. All orangehome e mails. I can't get into my old profile and had to set up a new account. I would love to find it and see what (if anything) is different now to when I left <BR> It's good to be back. Does anyone have any idea how I can retrieve my dormant profile? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 05:43:08 EST A New Me Hello I am Snoochie because i prefer not to use my real name. I am a mother of 3 kids children all who are under the age of 6 years old. Since having these kids who are a blessing it wasn't so much for my body for i have let myself go. I ready to change that one step at a time. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 18:28:55 EST Newbie Started today,. Using the tracker and can already see where there are opportunities to achieve success. Greetings to all :-) Fri, 2 Mar 2018 11:28:50 EST trying to focus on me For more than 10 years my life revolved around my aging parents. Dad had alzheimers and Mom needed a lot of help physically. I do not regret a minute of the time I spent caring for them. But now that they are both gone, I have been feeling that the reason I was put here is also gone. At a regular doctor's appointment recently I was told that I needed to focus on me now and get back into some kind of social environment. She suggested that I try to get back to the weight I was before my f... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:50:37 EST Hello all! I am new here, this is my 3 day of tracking my fitness. <BR> <BR> I started changing the way I eat about 2 weeks ago, and began wanting a way to track my progress (or lack of). After several searches, I found this site. <BR> <BR> So far, I am not disappointed at all. I appreciate the format and how adaptable the tracker is to my particular diet needs. In the past 3 days, I have done more research on what I've been stuffing into my face than I ever had, and the results are eye opening for me... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:12:16 EST Hello My name is Holly. I have early onset ataxia (you walk like your drunk) and into a few months of a back surgery. I am modifying exercise as I go. My walking is standing, walking with hubby, or with my walker. I have used a rolling walker for about 10 years. At this time, I have not been able to go places by m6self. My goals are simple working towards that. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:26:00 EST Weight loss buddy Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I’m new here and am looking for a weight loss buddy. I’m a girl in her 20s who recently graduated and also retired from my sport. <BR> Now, I have a hard time maintaining a healthy lifestyle and sticking to it every day. <BR> <BR> I would love to have an accountability buddy so if you’re interested shoot me a message :) Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:21:22 EST Still haven't lost weight, but am making progress <BR> I started out 2 weeks ago or so with a whiny rant, so am trying to course-correct with some positivity :) <BR> <BR> For a minute, I lost 2 lbs, but it was temporary water weight or something. However, I have been doing small things to get me in the headspace for getting healthy and losing weight. I've pretty much kept up with drinking more water and fruit/veggies. Portions are no longer a big problem since I've gotten older...I don't get the urge to eat as much. I've been walking a bit... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:40:23 EST Hi am Mac, I am a 64 year male that really needs to drop some weight and keep it off. No health issues but really noticing a lack of energy. this is my 1st time joining a system like Spark. Looking forward to getting pointers on the do's and don'ts and having someone push me. <BR> Mac Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:12:44 EST New, motivated, fanatic scale-hater Greetings to all! <BR> <BR> Recently moved to the states (have been living here for the past 14 months). <BR> <BR> I've always been kinda chubby and I always struggled with diets and fitness programs. I'm 5'6'' and I was weighing almost 170 pounds when I moved here. Which was terrible. About 7 months ago I decided I needed to do something about all this fat lurking around. I was always bored to do repetitive stuff, I always hated any form of running, treadmill or not. So I figured maybe I ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:18:52 EST Motivation and a Standard Poodle puppy <img src=""> <img src="">Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparkpeople member for several years, and I come and go. This time I am here for real. After committing to Whole30 for a month, I think I can do anything. I eliminated everything that I was told to eliminate and I was diligent, really diligent. However, I found them to be ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:40:43 EST Hello! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Trish, I'm 33 Married with a 12, 6 and 4 year old chlidren. I like to walk, read, crochet, knit and lift weights. I've been trying to lose weight since I first met my husband almost 14 years ago and I seem to struggle. I'm halfway between what I was then 245 and my highest ever 315. I suffer from Depression, mood disorder and anxiety. Every one of them is ugly and can either cause a daily struggle or it can cause me to be persistent for 2-3 weeks then when ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:34:18 EST Just Starting Just getting started. Want to lose some weight. 63 year old with heart transplant Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:38:58 EST Feeling fat and frustrated abroad Hi everyone! My name is Tia. My fiance and I are currently working as English teachers in South Korea and had a very rude awakening when we stepped on the scale recently. <BR> <BR> Since we arrived several months ago, we have both gained over 10 lbs. I get free lunch at school every day, which always includes rice. Starting today, I'm going to say "no thank you," and hope my Korean coworkers don't think I'm being rude. <BR> <BR> Additionally, delivery is so cheap and easy here, whereas buyi... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:01:48 EST coming back hello, i was a member years ago.. plus a TOPs member.. and well.. just quit taking care of my self. and didn't have self control/ambition or care.. so the weight came back on. NOW.. i need some help cause i am ready. My goal is to start focusing on my weight March 1. Why March 1.. i want to make it a goal.. get rid of what i dont need, and plan ahead and have everything needed to get to my goal. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:43:33 EST