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 spark tracker I just got my tracker yesterday, what is the battery life? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:41:41 EST Newstartjanane I'm going to try this. I hate how I look And feel. I started this morning. Hope I can do it. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:45:17 EST Just turned 49 and time to get serious Hi There, <BR> <BR> My name is Bev and for the last nine years I have been toying with getting into shape and thinking of ways to better my life. Time to stop thinking and start doing! Since my birthday just two weeks ago I have come up with a plan to change my life called 500 days to fabulous! Changing my eating, exercising and career plans. I have done pretty well, but feel by becoming part of the spark community could really help keep me on track. I enrolled in college "first time ever... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:27:35 EST Getting motivated So this is my first post and want to just put it out their and make myself accountable for the exercise I have been remiss in doing regularly for the past few years. So I've gained back all the weight I lost the first time around. Now I need to loose 35 lbs all over again (to start with). <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:34:34 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople After two failed tries with Weight I decided to try SparkPeople. I tend to Binge with Sweets and am an Emotional Eater. We just lost my Mother-In-Law in August and in the two years we were visiting at the Nursing Home & making Healthcare decisions for her (she had dementia), my weight ballooned and I have developed High Blood Pressure. I want to learn to control these behaviors, get my blood pressure back down, and take off the weight this time. <BR> Any Help I can get from th... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:46 EST afternoons are hard Afternoons I want to eat. I eat a snack but I can't seem to get over the carvings for chips. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:40:43 EST afternoons are hard Afternoons I want to eat. I eat a snack but I can't seem to get over the carvings for chips. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:38:53 EST afternoons are hard Afternoons I want to eat. I eat a snack but I can't seem to get over the carvings for chips. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:38:29 EST afternoons are hard Afternoons I want to eat. I eat a snack but I can't seem to get over the carvings for chips. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:37:44 EST afternoons are hard Afternoons I want to eat. I eat a snack but I can't seem to get over the carvings for chips. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:37:25 EST Hi! I'm A Overeater And New To Spark! Hi Everyone! Food became my best friend and my comfort when the stresses of life beat me down. Time to get back up, lose all this weight, and get back to my life! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:31:17 EST Struggling to lose weight Hi everyone, <BR> I joined SparkPeople a couple of years ago and was doing pretty good at losing weight and then I'm not sure what happened but I got side tracked and gained most of the weight back. Now I'm determined to lose the weight and keep it off! I got back on SparkPeople a couple of days ago and am inspired by how well others are doing and want to join them on the weight loss journey! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:41:47 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Lo, I just joined SP and i'm on my journey to lose 25lbs! Please visit my page and add me as a friend so we can motivate each other! Thanks! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:18:49 EST New to SparkPeople from Weight Watchers Hi! I'm June. I'm a 58 year old widow, my husband passed away of kidney cancer in Oct. 2002. I went back to school and graduated in 2007 with a teaching degree. I'm a 2nd grade teacher. I've been on Weight Watchers on and off since I was 18. WAY TOO LONG! I did a Whole 30, 2 months ago, and this showed me WW is not working for my body the way food should. SO, I'm here trying to do it without WW----which is scary to me. I think I've used WW as a crutch for a long time. I need a weight loss bud... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:11:24 EST New to Spark but not the fight Good morning everyone :) I'm a total newbie at this Spark thing and I'm kind of fumbling my way around trying to learn the site and the app in the little time I have during the day to do it. I initially signed up in July but never did anything with it so I'm really just starting out this week. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm a 40 year old mom of a 4 year old boy who has only two speeds: off and on. I started my lifestyle change a few months ago. I learned last year (almost to the day... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:28:59 EST hey :) hey everybody :) <BR> my name's Krystyna. i'm a 25y/o SAHM, and i live in Shreveport, La. i have one child, and he's 15 months old. i recently found out i have arthritis in my knees, which is one of the reasons i quit working. my main goal is to lose some weight so that i can walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. i would LOVE to get at least down to the weight i was after i delivered (177). i at least want to get rid of my baby fat and shrink my thighs. my ultimate goal would be ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:06:40 EST NewBeeeee HI, I am new here :) and hope this will help to loose my weight Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:02:00 EST Future Iron(wo)man Hey, <BR> My name is Julia. I am working on completing my first Ironman. I attempted my first half and I failed. I am going to work on the nutrition, motivation, and physical aspects and hope to complete this goal next season. <BR> <BR> I also hope to model a healthy lifestyle so my daughter can learn to live well and practice healthy habits early when it is easier to create habits. <BR> <BR> Any advice, support or just friendship would be appreciated. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:22:24 EST Motivated to fight depression and lose weight I am 35, recovering from depression after battling infertility issues and losing my husband 3 days after a miscarriage. I have always been passionate about wellness and health in general. I love to exercise and eat healthy. I gained 10 lbs in the past year with all the hormones that I took for my fertility treatments. I'd like to get back to a healthier weight. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:16:18 EST Time to get tough! Hello out there! My name's Stacy and I just joined SparkPeople today in an effort to get back into shape, build up my muscle tone, feel better about myself, lose a few pounds and, hopefully, make a few friends along the way. I'm 38 years old and have a few health problems... I've had a few surgeries in the past 5 years for various things (I had a complete bowel reconstruction done) plus I just beat cancer this summer... but I'm pretty healthy now and have been cleared by my doctors to exercis... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:16:13 EST New but not new... Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Faith. I have been on sparkpeople for a while but have not particpated in much of anything. I need to get healthy. I am being tested or MS, was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia two weeks ago and my A1C is 6.5.!!!! I do NOT want type II and I can reverse this! <BR> <BR> I am a slacker by nature when it comes to exercise. I am not lazy in most things but yes physical activity I most certainly am and I need to figure out how to change it. Being a pessimist since I could ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:11:28 EST Newbie and Searching for other Newbie's <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> TOGETHER Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:54:01 EST help! I'm so confused! How do I add friends on here?! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:10:12 EST Back again! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name's Rebecca, and I'm back to being active with Sparkpeople. I had great success a few years ago where I dropped forty pounds, and I've managed to keep most of it off. However, the scale is creeping back up, my double-chin is making a reappearance, and I'm generally unhappy with how obsessed I've become with eating. <BR> <BR> I have problems knowing when I'm full, and I crave anything sweet. I hate water. I eat whatever my boyfriend (who looks like a stick figure... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:50:23 EST Struggles Wow! I find it harder and harder everyday to maintain my weight. I love to lift weights and it seems every time I really get into it I gain 10 to 15 pounds. I know it's what I am eating as far a my portions. My brain assumes I need to eat more to make up for the strenuous workout. The battle continues again today. I now have eaten beyond my calorie intake for the day and it's only early evening. Workout still to come and dinner. Hmmm? Strength! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading this. I really ne... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:35:50 EST New and looking for support Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Darla. I am new to Spark People. Well, kind of new. I have started and restarted a few different times under different emails and usernames. I am a start, this is going to be the day it all comes together person only to find I fail and want to wipe the slate clean, so I reset everything or create a new user ID, etc. and begin the process again only to find I am discouraged once again at the end of the day. This is the first time I have ever reached out throug... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:38:02 EST weight loss <em>381</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:43:47 EST Committed to ME and looking for support =) Hi! I'm Bobbi and today is day 1 <em>249</em> ... hopefully for the last time! Determined to lose 35-ish pounds by grabbing hold of my diet/exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm mid 40's, mom of 2 and married to an amazing guy for 19 years now. But, I'm tired of not putting myself first. Usually I put myself dead last actually and that needs to change. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Would love to meet new people and get/give support along the way. <em>30</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:48:10 EST Calling all MOMS :) I've started a team for moms! <BR> Stay at home, working, single, married, dating, widowed, divorced, biological and non-biological moms of any age! <BR> As long as you're a mom then this team is for you! <BR> <BR> We'll have weekly challenges beginning Monday November 3rd. Our monthly challenge will begin November 1st-- simply pick your fitness minutes goal and update it regularly in our November challenge thread. <BR> <BR> Team goodies will be given to our Top 3 "Monthly Achievers" in fi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:34:35 EST Hi everybody! What do I do with my SparkPage? I am joining sparkpeople after another website that I joined. I realized I needed to start over, so here I am! <BR> <BR> I have no idea what to do with my SparkPage. I'm completely out of ideas! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:26:44 EST Hey :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany. I'm 25 years old. Married to a wonderful man and I just had my beautiful daughter, Ava. She is 4 weeks old tomorrow. About 2 years ago I lost 60 pounds with WW. Someone recently told me about this site, saying it was similar to WW. After having Ava, since I was so sick, I'm actually smaller now than I ever have been. I'm 197. I want to get healthy for my daughter, so that I can teach her about living a healthy lifestyle as she gets older. My hubb... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:14:12 EST Looking forward to a successful journey I just finished my first week with my new fitbit one. Came across Spark People this morning and like what I see. Also doing Weight Watchers. Here's hoping I can find the self-discipline I need. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:58 EST Hello everyone!!! :D Hi everyone!! My name is Farah, i am 20 yrs old, studying degree in economics. and i am very very excited to start changing my life to become a healthier person. <BR> <BR> So the real reason i'm doing this is because i just broke up with my boyfriend. I'm heartbroken and miserable and i miss him a lot. Even if he was a jerk to me. <BR> <BR> But im not like going on a diet to impress him or anything, NOOOOO <BR> I have decided that i DONT want to wallow in self pity and wonder what's wrong ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:32:08 EST Determined newbie here! Hello everyone! I am Jessica. I'm so excited to be on SparkPeople and get to know you guys! <BR> <BR> I've always been overweight since I was young. I stopped exercising after 18 years old when I got out of school. I'm now 24 years old, meaning that I haven't exercised in 6 years! My work is very sedentary so there's not much opportunity for me to be active. <BR> <BR> Lately, reading all those health books and newspaper articles, I've gotten worried about what my health would be like whe... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:05:49 EST michgan girl Michigan girl here looking for buddies!! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:04:56 EST Just starting out...agaain Hi all. I just joined but I wonder.... Is it o.k for me to blog about my journey if I know it is going to end in Bariatric Surgery? I have heard SparkPeople is a great tool and I look forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:52:43 EST Willy Maykitt? asked Betty Don't :-) Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I'm Kurt. I just spent some time today joining this fantastic site and all that seems to come along with it. I'm quite moved that SPARKGUY has given SO much to us and asks for nothing in return! <BR> <BR> I live in Las Vegas. Not the easiest place to lose weight! Lose money, yes. Lose weight, no. LOL. <BR> <BR> I kind of got here by accident and as an ancillary result of joining the V.A.'s MOVE weight management program. I started out as a portly 249 pounds and without ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:46:34 EST NewBie I'm a newbie here! Hoping to find lots of support and inspiration here. I am also looking forward to meet new people. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:25:12 EST Hello all, new here Nice to meet you. I've been on a 1200 calorie diet plan made by a dietician for 2 months now.I've also been walking 2-3 miles per day. I am only losing 1/2 or 1 lb. a week. Seems like it should be more from what I'm doing. I'm currently 177 lbs. and 5'7. Want to get to my normal weight of 135. I packed on the weight cause I lost my dad who I loved very much, then my husband of 18 years abandoned me without a reason. I was devastated over what my life had become and just ate and didn't care. N... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:32 EST Hello all again I did this years ago but had to quit due to dial up internet. I know have high speed so I'm back to start over. :-) Back then you could have a scale that kept track of your lost pounds with smiley faces and such to go with it. I couldn't find it back then and I can't find it now. Could someone tell me where to find that scale if it still around? thank a bunch Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:30:18 EST starting again Hello everyone, I am new to the site. I've tried losing weight for over 30 years. I've had some success and some not so good experiences!!! I lost about 20lbs rather quickly in 2007 due to stress and depression. I gained it all back and more. I was told by my doctor I need to lose some weight before my upcoming surgery. I need as much support as I can get!!!! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:36:12 EST Day one...again. So many times, I've gone through my head and decided, "this is going to be my day one of getting healthy." I'm hoping this time, and with the help from Spark, that this truly will be the last day one I will ever have. <BR> <BR> Cheers, to no more day ones! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:08:13 EST HELLO! Hi, I'm from Denmark and I just joined today and trying to figure out how this all works. <BR> Looking for support and meeting new friends. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:30:38 EST trying to get back on track I am new to SparkPeople and trying to get back on track. About 4 years ago I lost 15 pounds and kept it off until this past summer. I got lazy wtih my workouts and eating and gained 10 pounds...I am trying to turn it around. I recently had laparoscopic surgery to remove an ovary but was cleared of any restrictions yesterday at my appt. I want to get back into working out but don't want to hurt myself, either. Walked on the treadmill yesterday and was a little sore after, but it is a star... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:02:25 EST Back to SP and need a buddy (: Hello (: My name is Torie. I am desperate for a change in my life. I need to lose about 30 pounds, and lose it for good. I play soccer almost every day, but my poor eating habits and lack of strength training prevent me from actually being in shape. It needs to change, but I have been making excuses time and time again, and I'm done with it. If you would like someone to help keep you accountable please message me so we can help each other succeed (: <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:32:47 EST Starting over ~ Wanting to meet sparkpeople. Good Morning, <BR> I"m starting again. I have been reading the starting guide and the it says to go out and meet people and get/give supports. I've never done that much. So this time I'm going to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm in day 4. I'm doing ok. I'm looking forward to using this site and getting to know many of you. Here's to a good start at getting healthy, and a great start to meeting some great friends!! <BR> <BR> Happiness <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:49:08 EST HMCCRAY1969's SparkPage I am finally loosing the weight I need. Almost to goal weight. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:47:02 EST Hello Everyone.. Hi, I am here and doing WonderSlim...I am still quite lost on what all is on this site and where to find things. Anyway...hello :) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:32:44 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST New Here!!! Just joined today and trying to figure out how this all works. Looking for support and meeting new friends. My goal is to lose 33 pounds by next summer. I'm excited about changing my eating habits and losing weight the right way. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:10:09 EST New here Just joined today and trying to figure out how this all works. Looking for support and meeting new friends.. How do you make your tickers for your weight loss? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:12:00 EST my name is Angel. I suffer from chronic illness. My name is Angel, I really need to get back into shape. I have fibro and a muscle disease, it all peaked last fall when I caught the Epstein barr virus from my little boy. I still get painful lymph nodes/spleen. My energy and strength were starting to disappear. The weekly shots I have been getting have made significant changes, and I am starting to regain my life, little by little. Have a great day! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:10:45 EST Advice-I can't win I am so frustrated &#128556;. I lost 7.2 pound with in the first week. Then with in few days I gained back 6 pounds. It''s been 4 weeks and NOTHING!!!! I weighed my self today hoping to see the scales go back down again but still the same. It''s my story for 5 years and getting pretty tired of it. I watch what I eat 80 percent of the time and I am active at work all day. I have to watch what I eat all the time or I be much bigger &#128532; <BR> I honestly think my thyroid and other meds are ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:35:46 EST HELLO EVERYONE! IM FROM VEGAS!(RUN4U) WELCOME TO RUN4U! <BR> Hello my name is Josue Santos, Thanks for stopping by. My goal in creating this web site is to help others like myself make this “lifestyle change”, whether on a Diet Program or following one of your own. It can be done! and I will show you how. I hope my web site helps you to get the motivation you need to lose the weight you want while incorporating a healthier lifestyle to forever live by. The Idea is simple, just run or walk 2.0 miles a day with out stopping, nor c... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:38:39 EST Hello Looking to get back in shape after taking a couple months off after my wedding. I'm in a strength training rut. Need some new ideas and motivation. Thanks! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:11:14 EST Beginning this program My name is Sharon. I have struggled with my weight for many years. I want to change that. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:36:03 EST NEW country, NEW lifestyle, NEED encouragement Hello to the life-changers of the world! <BR> <BR> I moved to Russia (YES Russia!!!) 3 weeks ago and I will be living here until June. Everything in my life is changing. The grocery stores are incredibly different over here. My schedule is hectic and constantly changing. So I thought, hey, I don't want these changes to conquer me. I want to be the best version of myself. I certainly am not doing that by drowning in the jar of Nutella which I was excited to find in the store the other day. (... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:50:42 EST Starting Again!!! I've been on this weight lose journey for almost 2 years now.And have had success lost around 65lbs. For the last 6 months It's been like hitting my head against a wall. 2lbs up 1lb down like a yoyo.Soooo now I'm trying to get motivated again like in the beginning.When I was on fire.To say the least I'm not on fire right now. Barely warm!!!! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:06:39 EST Day three and trying to embrace lifestyle change I am finding it hard to make the changes I know are necessary in my life. I start the day great and log all my food, sync my fitbit and plan to do everything I want (cook, exercise, stay on track). Then, once I get home from work, it all falls apart, I eat even though I am not hungry, I find reasons not to exercise and generally fall into the same bad habits that got me here. I do truly want to change, but I don't understand why I can't seem to make the right choices. I am trying to figur... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:35:08 EST how do i join this group? how do I join this group? I didn't see a button that said join. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:30:58 EST retiring oct 31st I am retiring oct 31st...been with this company for 28years! I am looking forward to not eating out for lunch as much...planning on cooking at home...but I am not a it will be adjustment for husband has already been retired 7 years... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:29:02 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:03 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> I’m Wendy and I’m new to spark people. This website seems great so I’m very excited to be a part of it, although I’m also a little bit nervous because I’ve let myself down before. I’m a bit scared to get my hopes up! I want to lose weight to feel better about myself and my health. These days when I see photos of myself or try to zip up dresses it can be kind of heartbreaking. And I’m a huge comfort eater, which doesn’t help!! <BR> Anyway, sending everyone lots of best wishes... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:27:27 EST Restart day 2 looking for balance = theme Day 1 too many carbs. Day 2 too few but too much fat, but did better getting my calories up to goal. Checked out the stability ball core exercises and spoke about balancing other areas in my life. Yesterday seemed overwhelming on Sparkpeople. Today was better. Started 2 yrs ago then dropped out. Now my weight is 6 lbs higher than 2 yrs ago. Dedicated to 7 days then maybe it will become easier. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:24:59 EST Hello I am somewhat new to sparkpeople. I had an account in the past and it really helped me. <BR> I look forword to meeting new people. We all need support and motivation. <BR> My name is Bethy, I live in the states. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:22:35 EST New Here!!! Hi..... I am brand new to this site....I am 46 yrs old about six years ago, i had a hysterectomy and put on 33 pounds since then struggling to lose weight. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:25:53 EST 3rd Time is a Charm Trying this for a third time...keep switching back and forth between Spark People and MyFitnessPal...both have their good qualities and both have their not-so-good qualities. <BR> <BR> Need to lose 52 pounds total and my first goal weight is 160 with will put me down my first 17 pounds. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:55:14 EST Here I go again Here I go again...trying to make health choices Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:49:01 EST hello new to spark people.... Hello and welcome to my health and wellness fitness journey, this was actually my very first day of my journey. Actually a few days ago I have made a health discovery from my cpap machine. I really haven't been consistent with my machine and the cause of myself not being consistent with it, very tired throughout the day, very low energy. At first I thought it was my thyroid problems, but I said to myself let me try using my machine consistently for a few days and see what happens. The results... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:04:54 EST New wife, new life. Hello all :) <BR> <BR> Since March my life has changed drastically! I got married, moved to an acreage, picked up an adorable colt and switched jobs. While my life is turning out the way I have always dreamed, my health and weight are suffering. <BR> <BR> I am now ready to take my health back into own hands and feel confident once more. I am excited to start this journey and meet many wonderful people along the way! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:47:59 EST new journey new me <em>521</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> Hey Everyone <BR> I am a single mother of 6 Thank God for that lol.... Is was always a big girl but since the recent events in my life I decided to get a bit more healthier for both me and them. I realized that it will be a long journey to a better happier me however am willing to try. <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:20:43 EST Just starting out Hi everyone! This is my first day and it wasn't too bad. I cleaned all the 'bad' foods from my kitchen that I snack on at night, my biggest problem. I dusted off the my Fit Bit and linked it, love that feature on this site. Now I'm looking at few of my DVD's to start exercise tomorrow, I figure the Punch one by WW is looking pretty much my speed :) I have a whole lot to lose, like 60, but if I don't start today it will be 70..right? I remember when I had 40 to if you don't ch... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:13:31 EST Back for my Future! Hello Spark People! I joined over a year ago when I was ever so close to having lost 100 pounds. Now I've put almost 50 pounds back on and I'm SICK. Sick of not being able to stand and sing in the chorale I'm a part of without ending up in major pain. Sick of only having a few things I can wear (since I pretty much gave away all my "big" clothes). Sick of carb crashes! Sick of needing daily naps. You get the idea - I'm just SICK! <BR> <BR> I saw the Spark activity tracker advertised and dec... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:11:13 EST New Younger Member Trying to Stay Ahead of Myself Hi all, <BR> I just ordered my spark tracker and joined online. I am 21 and am hoping to lose anywhere from 10-30 pounds by January. I know that is a big gap (haha) but I would like to start my losing 10 pounds and see how I feel (if I need to lose more or not). I don't know how much of my weight is fat vs muscle so I would like to start with a lower goal and increase if necessary. I am hoping if I start trying to work with my weight and activeness now, it will be easier to maintain when... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:55:10 EST new member he freinds I just plan to marry next year but my body is not goods to attract the best girl in the city. <BR> So guys i need your help to improve my self so that a a good partner in my life about whom dreams can be achieved. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49:16 EST 1 Year to a NEW me! I've used SparkPeople before but not diligently. I've recently had LapBand surgery (post-op 2 1/2 months now) and am looking for additional support for weight lose, exercises, recipes, snack..etc. I'm looking to loose around 75 lbs so anyone who'd like to jump on the bandwagon with me and be a buddy is welcome! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:33:37 EST Western Canada Good morning everyone. I am a new member here although I have used Spark for receipe ideas for a few years now. Time for some healthy lifestyle changes so here I am. Eating mainly Paleo, minimal empty carbs. So far I have lost about 8 pound (this month) with a 70 pound goal by my birthday at the end of April. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to interacting, I do need support as I get completely frustrated during my plateaus, which is when I tend to go back to my bad habits. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:12:16 EST WW CoreProgram I have been doing the dukan diet for awhile and have had okay success. It's all protein and vegetables until you reach your goal. I have been thinking about the WW Core program. Does anyone have any information on this plan? I don't know what to do anymore. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:51:29 EST Here I am again! I'm Amy. I'm 57 and have been overweight since I hit my 30s. I've gained and lost and gained and lost and never really hit my target. I was on a good path a year ago, but then I had to change careers quickly to avoid unemployment. Starting that new job in a new field was scary, so I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. And I went for it. I gained 17 pounds in one year. But I've settled into the job and now, after the shock of what I've gained wore off (sort of), I... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:50:22 EST No more excuses! I just spent the weekend listening to my father moan and groan about his aches and pains and saying how he felt that all he was doing was waiting to die. He is 320lbs and plagued with arthritis and back pain that leaves him barely able to walk. His favorite phrase it "I can't" whenever he's told to walk a short distance or do any type of exercise. It finally hit me! This is going to be me in few years if I don't get a grip soon. I am currently about 160lbs overweight myself and while I ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:18:13 EST "To Beginning the Next Chapter in My Life" Greetings Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People one month ago, however, I really did not have the chance to become familiar with the site until this past weekend. Still, with each new thing I learn, there seems to be ten more things new things to right afterwards, so I expect it will take me awhile to learn everything this site has to offer. <BR> <BR> The reason that I joined is because I want a Fresh Start for Me, because for the first time in my life, I can finally begin to thin... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:02:16 EST Saying hello and asking advice Good morning, all. <BR> <BR> I've been a member of sparkpeople for quite a few years, but never really delved into it more than a few days at a time. Back when I first started here the time and resources I had at my disposal were much greater than they are now, and I found other ways to meet my goals. But something happens, I fall off the wagon, so to speak, and I keep coming back. Now, although I am not the unhappiest I have ever been in my life, I am definitely the unhealthiest, and tha... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:12:21 EST using spark New to this site and what to get the best out of it any suggestions Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:13:07 EST My name is Rachel and I am excited / i look forward to try to stay motivated by looking ahead and visualizing myself at my goal weight. They say every journey starts with one step, and i have deciced to make that step. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:18:58 EST Brand new, have never interacted online Hi, my name is Cynthia. I'm 2 months away from being 59 years old. My goal is to lose 37 pounds by the end of Feb. Sparks made that goal for me after I told them how much I weigh(167 lbs) and my height (5'3''). I'm excited about changing my eating habits and losing weight the right way. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:33:20 EST Just beginning again Over the past years I have let everyone in my whole life be first. My kids, my job, my husband, my friends, my aging parents, my niece. Now I am at the point that I realize to have the quality of life I want to as I age, I need to let everyone else find their place in the world and I need to find my own. I am ashamed of what I have allowed myself to become and more ashamed that in the past 2 decades, I have allowed this weight that holds me back to grow to crazy levels. I remember at a poi... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:53:45 EST Geared up to lose ! Hi All <BR> <BR> I am here on spark people to lose some extra Kgs and would need your support in keeping me geared up down the line. <BR> <BR> Happy losing to all :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:29:34 EST Hello from Orange County Hi all, <BR> <BR> I used spark people 6 years ago and now I am back. I run, hike, swim and like to stay active on a weekly basis! Please feel free to contact me any time :) Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:57:27 EST New to Spark Hello! I am new to this site. I am very excited to begin this journey. I just need to stay excited and motivated! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:22:01 EST New to SparkPeople and looking for friends! Hi there! I used MyFitnessPal last year and ended up losing 60 pounds. I am so proud of my success and am happy with my new found size, but for the last year I have not lost any weight. I decided to try SparkPeople to see if I can get out of my rut. I love all of the resources here and am hoping this will help push me through this plateau. I'm looking for some mutual supporters! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:17:35 EST Hello Everyone! I am new here to the spark people community! I am very excited to start working on my weight loss goals! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:31:11 EST starting over before I turn 60 <em>249</em> Hi My name is Mimi. I did Weight Watchers for three years and lost 27 pounds but it got boring and I slacked off, started eating out a lot and buying lots of sweets . Also have gone back to sitting at a computer for work 5 days and just not making time for regular exercise or doing the healthy food prep. And gained back 20 lbs. I let myself down and got wicked depressed. I hope to get back to healthy habits and take care of myself. Every choice counts today! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:14:35 EST Hello All! My name is Maggie. I am 24 year old and I am ready to start living my life. I live in Canada and I work as a registered nurse. I am approx. 35lbs overweight and have been for years. I am ready to take control of my life and I am hoping this is the way to do it, Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:06:53 EST New Here and Would like Suggestions and/or Support Hi- <BR> <BR> I'm a 32-year-old and long-time binge eater who would like to drop 20+ lbs. I used to be a runner, which kept my weight down significantly, but I developed a chronic pain issue that has prevented me from running and most physical activity in general. I had surgery back in February and have been cleared to exercise (yoga, swimming etc.) but with caution. I don't feel like myself anymore; not being able to be active has sent me into a decline physically and emotionally. I don't h... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:27:31 EST New Here!!! struggling to lose weight, I log in but no spark in me to keep going and lose this weight, I know there are a lot of people in the same boat as me, hopefully logging on more often will help me push myself harder. Have a nice day to the people that read this message good luck in your success. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:32:28 EST Hey everyone Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:11 EST Take two! Newbie AGAIN <em>521</em> <BR> I joined SP a while ago but wound up not using it. It seemed too overwhelming at that time. It's still a bit overwhelming lol but I'm trying to figure it all out. It seems like a great tool to help me get to where I want to be...a healthier me! I'd love to make more SP friends and I look forward to getting to know you all and learning from your successes. I'll need help along the way but that's ok. We all need help from time to time. Thanks for reading my post. Ha... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:26:04 EST First Day..Low carbohydrate must be followed I am beginning Spark today. My doctor wants me to follow a very low carbohydrate meal plan. I am a type 2 diabetic. I am not that concerned with calories. How do I track my carbohydrates? Ann E. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:21:15 EST Newbie Hey everyone! I have been on a weight loss journey for a few years. I lost 10 pounds with ww and then 10 pounds from being sick and have been able to keep it off for 2 years but now I'm ready to get rid of the rest of the weight. I don't really have a goal weight in mind. Whenever I feel good and look good is my goal. Probably about 30 pounds though. I just did PiYo and I'll be starting slim in 6 in a week. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:40:52 EST Brand New Hi..... I am brand new to this site....I am 66 yrs old about two years ago I quit smoking and put on 30 pounds and I am ready to lose it and I would appreciate any help I can get. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:19:38 EST Hello I am new here. 55 year old and just diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Was told to lose weight. I have tired almost very diet under the sun and have little to no luck. Hoping this site will help. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:50:52 EST Hello from Cindypray I'm Cindy. I have had quite a year, My husband had a stroke on Nov8th, and my life has been significantly impacted by it. I have been a weight watcher since 2006, and I had successfully lost 65 pounds at the highest point. My role as a caregiver, added enough stress to my life to trigger stress eating, and many other coping techniques which have not treated me very well. I am close to 40 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> Recently I joined the October Unprocessed challenge on Facebook, and it... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:01:15 EST GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!!! IM LOVELYDUTCHESS Hello All! I have been a member for a long time now. but I never actually took the time to explore the site. I did a few exercise videos and then I moved on to something else. Any whoo I started my weight loss journey over again 9/29/2014 and I have receive an email from spark with some weight loss tips and I log in and be logging in ever since. I can only say I wish I paid more attention to the site back then. I might have been successful with my journey. I LOVE everything this site offers a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:12:27 EST I am not the Walrus. Koo Koo Kachoo Kids say the cutest thing. My adorable 4 year old and I were at the zoo this past weekend. We went up to see the Walruses when my daughter shouted ( In front of 30 people) "Hey Mommy, The walrus looks big like you." (Jaw dropped) In ones life, you have to wonder... When are you ready to make that lifestyle change to a happier and healthier you? My day started the second I was compared to a overweight sea mammal with bad facial hair. I am looking for friends on her for encouragement because th... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:18:30 EST getting healthy and sticking with SP to reach goal Hello, everyone! I have been a SparkPeople member for years but have yo yo'do back and forth with Weight watchers and trying to reach goals on my own. I have finally come to the point in my journey that I realize the value of SP in helping me attain my goals, once and for all, without having to pay a monthly fee. I have committed myself to working out at the wellness center on campus and doing DVDs workouts with Jillian Michaels. I also started taking Sam-e and have had great improvement with... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:38:02 EST Not new to SparkPeople but new to the message boar Hello Everyone, I've been an on again off again SparkPeople user. Decided to join in and see if it helps remotivate me. I've been on the weight loss roller coaster my entire life. In November of 2010 at 246lbs I finally got serious and went to work at it hard. My son was rehabbing from ACL surgery and needed a workout partner. I have been a walker for a long time but we actually joined a work out facility and started doing free weights, the elliptical machines, tread climbers, etc. I could do... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:37:56 EST where do i start?hi my name is debbie Hi my name is Debbie i thought i would try spark people my friend told me about it i have over 150lbs to lose. drs say i halfto lose the weight i have thought of surgery but i really don't want too do that there is too many side effects. i know that i can do this i do have another opstacle against me its that i have copd i cant walk very far.i get so down most days that all i want to do is eat but i really dont want to do that i want to lose the weight and have a life go out have fun m... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:22:33 EST Here I am on this journey again Started back in July and have lost 34 lbs to date. It has been extremely hard. Coming out a very difficult divorce after 24 years and being divorced for 4 years.and 4 daughters. Oldest daughter had a stroke last year. Second oldest daughter just had my first grandbaby (son) and has post partum depression. Youngest has finally adjusted to her father leaving. So I have had no time to focus on myself. So I am taking it one day at a time Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:57:04 EST Mother of 2 boys 15 and 3 - 42 years old I am 4'10" tall and I am 165 lbs. I am tired all the time and don't eat healthy and I want to change that with exercise and diet. I can't keep up with my 3 year old, my house is dirty, I am not motivated to do very much and I know it is time. I am an accountant by trade, so I sit at a desk all day. I am an artist by passion so when I have time I paint, draw or whatever hits my fancy at the time. I have also written a children's book that has SAT words in it to help them learn. I want my... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:18 EST Ready to change and have fun Hi everyone ! My name is Dana and this is a big step to let my walls downn and make a change. I would love to travel and do exciting activities but my weight keeps me from it. Well I do I am a strees eater and feel safe hiding behind my weight. There has been a lot but I pull through. I want to have the life I always dreamed of. I have always cared for othees never for myself. Hope I set my goals and reach tm I always start to workout someone compliments me a I self-DESTROY all I've done. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:37:18 EST Hello... Re opened new account, need support to lose 10 lbs. I am going through menopause at 40 and it is taking over my life. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:16:32 EST Treadmill desk seeking new home - Los Angeles Selling my treadmill desk. It was a nice idea, but I need a regular treadmill that can take a little more abuse. It's practically new and works perfectly. <BR> <BR> PM me about a "spark friend discount" if you're interested. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>19266744.html </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:42:07 EST New Hello everyone. Not really sure where to start. I have 60lbs to lose and have yo-yo'd my entire adult life. I am off to read more. Thanks and support for everyone in the struggle. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:12:53 EST New and looking for friends! About Me: <BR> <BR> Just turned 40! <BR> <BR> Lost 25 lbs over the past year and a half going from 215 to 190 lbs. <BR> <BR> Looking to keep moving forward through this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I'm a slow loser....I chug along and the weight comes off when it comes off. <BR> <BR> I do basic calorie counting and walking for exercise. Nothing fancy. I eat all food groups. I don't follow any commercialized plan etc. <BR> <BR> Looking for friends and support along this journey! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:59:52 EST Hi, everyone I'm here again! I found this site many years ago but started backsliding and now I am back. I am a 61 year old retiree with osteo-arthritis and newly diagnosed with diabetes2. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall and weigh 211 pounds. I haven't yet seen my doctor or started any medication for the diabetes, but expect to soon. <BR> <BR> My ideal weight is 115 but I would be delighted if I could get to 150 pounds. I have tried many things but have had little success. I am currently trying the Atkins diet, but after ini... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:35:53 EST Intro Hi, Just a quick intro about me. I have decided to try SparkPeople for two reasons: <BR> 1) Lose Weight - 30 pounds (ugh) <BR> 2) IBS - I noticed there is a FODMAPS community here and I would like to try this diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST Newbie Hello, I'm new (for the 3rd time over about 12 years.) Still trying to control my eating, increase my activity and manage my life. I feel positive and have organised some time in my diary each day for SparkPeople and activity, starting Monday. This weekend, I am going to get to know the SparkPeople site and organise my food for starting on Monday. <BR> Your success gives me motivation to try again. Thank you. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:10:35 EST Hi! I'm new here and have no idea what I'm doing! Hello, my name is Susiejo! I'm 46 years old and have been over weight for about 11 years. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time and I really need help getting motivated to lose weight. I am a very easy going person and enjoy taking walks, watching movies, and browsing the internet. I am a stay at home wife and mother. I have a beautiful 13 year old daughter who has unfortunately inherited my bad eating habits so I really need to change things not only for me but for ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:32:18 EST Sparkpage Hello Everyone, <BR> I am new to Spark and am having trouble finding the Sparkpage. Could someone please help me out? Thanks! <BR> Lisa Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:24:38 EST New Here Hi there, I am new to Spark People and am looking forward to using this site for help with weight loss. I have recently developed some health issues and need the help to keep motivated. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:03:48 EST Introducing myself! Hello! My name is Benji, & I am a 370 lb. 41-year old who's tired of telling everyone "Yeah, back when I was thin like you..." I am in theater & am a worship leader, & I am sick of never being able to fit into a costume and feeling tired & winded every time I'm up on stage! I've been noticing that my body has, in recent years, been feeling like it's slowly falling apart, & I want to do something about it! I stumbled across this site searching for easier exercises than the ones in my current... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:43:49 EST Hi everyone, I'm the new "kid" here! ;-) Hi everyone, I am Lou, 56 years old, with 71 more pounds to lose. I am "starting over" learning to exercise and eat right. I just had a baby 2 years ago at 54 and I realize that to raise her up I need to be in much better shape. My goal is to lose 71 pounds and go from obese and recliner-happy to fit and healthy and in shape. I have recently discovered Leslie Sansone DVDs and they have been my motivation, I love them! The first exercise that I have actually I am having fun... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:44:36 EST Newbie <em>524</em> I'm new to this site but I have been walking to lose weight for awhile and have lost 15 lbs so far and seek more motivation and to motivate others. Want to be friends? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:13:07 EST Hello- I'm a new spark! Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to getting to know folks. I'm a 56 year old woman with about 70-80 lbs to lose. My first goal is to lose 18 lbs by Jan 17th which will get me out of the 200's - that gives me two weeks built in over the holidays to "maintain". I'm single and my wonderful daughter just left for college this fall (only child)and I'm excited for this new phase of my life with more time for me! I feel positive about this new opportunity to work on my health, but intimidated someti... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:05:19 EST Just getting started One day at a time. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:38:26 EST Hello I am new here: struggling to lose weight, I log in but no spark in me to keep going and lose this weight, I know there are a lot of people in the same boat as me, hopefully logging on more often will help me push myself harder. Have a nice day to the people that read this message good luck in your success. <em>41</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:07:28 EST I'm back. I left and now I am back and would like to make friends if anyone is interested. I am looking forward to making my goal this time. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:57:09 EST Hi I am new here Hi I am new here. I thought it would be nice to join others in living a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> I started a 60 juice fast. I was encouraged to do by a show I watched, "Fat sick and nearly Dead." With all the pain I suffer in my joints and body after 28 surgeries this might help. <BR> <BR> I am now on day six and it has been hard physically but I know it will soon pass. <BR> <BR> Is there anyone else who is doing a sixty juice fast? <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:08:02 EST Newbie here - on a weigh loss journey with fun Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I stumbled upon this site " by chance" - but I think I was destined to find this community :) <BR> <BR> I gained weigh in recent month due to "inactivity" compared to previous times in my life. I mean I stopped doing martial arts and also my work is different now: sitting in front of a computer for hours, so no wonder this happened.... <BR> <BR> But I decided to get back on track and include exercises every day into my busy life. THis is where you come into the pict... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:37:50 EST Hello Sparkpeople Hi there. I have been lurking around Sparkpeople for a long long time and I'm not good at asking for help; and clearly I'm not good at helping myself either. I have been hanging on to not being the fit person I want to be for so long that I need to admit I have a problem and ask for help. So here I am... about 6 stone over the weight I was in my thirty's and now almost starting my sixty's. I do want to change and I am ready to take control, and yes, I have said this before...though not q... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:22:47 EST Anyone from Victoria, BC? Hi, I would love to find an accountability buddy who lives in Victoria, BC. Perhaps even someone who could be a workout buddy or healthy batch cooking friend. <BR> <BR> Food plan - carb cycling <BR> Exercise - yoga, waterfit, walking <BR> Self-care - spiritual <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:55:54 EST Introducing myself Hello everybody <BR> I have been sparkling for three months, and hadn't tried to post something on the Community Board since then. <BR> I don't see how the Community can interfere with my health goals. Could you give me your opinion on this ? What the Sparkling community have brought to you ? <BR> <BR> My name is Katarine, I am French, so sorry for my English ! <em>211</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:23:26 EST work out buddy Hi,I am sharon <BR> <BR> I am looking for a site I could find a work out buddy on. Someone who will work out with me in my gym. That might sound strange but I need a push and that will help me. Thanks Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:52:21 EST On a journey to change my life! Looking to improve my life one day at a time by losing weight, exercise and all the other great ideas and support this website can give me. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:11:22 EST Looking for friends and help staying on track Hi everyone. I am a 37 year old mother of 5 boys ranging from almost 25 to 4. My youngest is in Jr. K. My 18 year old just moved to Florida, so I am home alone most days. I had lost about 65 lb., but due to some slacking off at holiday time last year and going back to some bad habits, I have gained about 28 back. I'm a shorty so any amount of weigh gain can take a toll. I am currently around 165 and am really wanting to get down to 120, but will be happy to get back down to around 140 o... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:29:01 EST New and nervous Hello all:) <BR> <BR> I'm Natasha, and this is my first time trying to get healthy. I nervous and am hoping I'm going in to this with my eyes wide open. I know that this wont be easy, I know that it also wont happen over night. Good luck to all the newbies. <BR> <BR> Nat Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:16:48 EST Newbie on deck Hello all, my name is Stacie and I just joined the group today. <BR> <BR> A little bit about myself; I am 41 yrs old, reside in Atlanta, GA & am the proud mother of 3 adult children. I am also the Nanna of a gorgeous 4 yr old little boy who is the love of my life. <BR> <BR> I have been yo-yo dieting for the past 4 years and have tried over 10 different ones. One thing that I have learned is that all diets work, but maintaining is what counts. It never failed, after I came off the diets, I... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:18:44 EST Looking for frieds to loose 20 pounds by January 1 Hello, I'm starting my weight loss challenge for myself. I want to beat the 2015 New Year Resolution, by loosing weight now. I would love to get insight on your thoughts that can help me maintain this goal. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:40:49 EST New to spark... i made an account a year ago and deleted because it was like i wasnt keeping up. well.. now i am back to give this a really hard push to see what i can do. <BR> <BR> Anyway, enough about that.. My name is Amanda, I am 29 and I am from michigan, I have a boyfriend, a dog named Roxy, I like pickup trucks and country living... <BR> <BR> Anyone thats looking for a friend on here please send me a message or a comment on my spark page and ill more than gladly add you on as a friend Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:45:18 EST Brand New and nervous!! Hi All! I am a 43 yr old female with over 100 lbs to loose. My son is getting married next October and I am determined to loose at least 70 lbs by then. I've been overweight all my life and tried hundreds of diets. I need help to keep me motivated and on track. My husband says he is supportive but always buys chips and ice cream, it's soooo hard to resist. Asking him not to bring it in the house doesn't seem to work. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:32:17 EST Just joined -- glad to be here. I added 19 pounds to my resume without realizing and am looking to take them off. I think it mostly comes down to handling my stress better by finding myself a new job as well as not eating the same portions that my husband does. I'm sure I can do it and joined Spark People to help ensure that I do. Nineteen sounds like a lot, but as they say, "Life by the yard is hard, but by the inch it's a cinch". Thanks for having me. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:58:49 EST Changes are coming I am a 49 year old stay at home mom of 2. I hve a 10 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. In less than a year my daughter is off to college and I turn 50. I want to lose my weight to become healthy and gain some confidence back. In the last 14 years I have literally given up on myself and I have thrown myself into taking care of my family. I don't even recognize who I am anymore. I have 100 pounds to lose. I lost 40lbs since February 2014 but I gained 20lbs back since June. Any a... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:54:51 EST Hi I am Melisa I just started and am excited to get going!! I am planning on losing 48 pounds by March but more than that I want to learn how to be healthy! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:23:16 EST Hi I'm Erin I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm really stressed out about it. I'm a graduate student. Any and all support welcome. <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:36:00 EST A-fib I am isabekka and I want to loose 60 lbs. i have A-Fib what makes it hard to diet and exercise. <BR> Any one there that is in this situation? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:37:19 EST Thanksgiving Canadian Thanksgiving was yesterday. I enjoyed being with family, had a great meal, and still lost a pound. I'm thankful for that. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:17:14 EST Newbie here just joined today I am looking for a local or online partner to help keep me motivated and on track. From what I see of this website I feel I can reach my goals. Hoping for all the support I can get! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:59:48 EST 3rd Day Beginner Hi, I am 66 and newly retired. My goal is to take better care of myself. While working my excuse was "I don't have time, etc. Now I don't have an excuse. Went to the doctor, found out my Cholesterol is borderline and my vitamin D count is too low. My. goal is to lose 50 lbs and stay medicine free. I am talking 1 day at a time, and am proud I am at day 3 and counting. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:57:33 EST Just joined Looking forward to the support and supporting! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:24:07 EST Here again......... Just wanted to say Hello to all.... My name is Sandee, I live in Tennessee and I am starting over again. I have R.A. and Scleroderma and trying to keep myself in the best shape I can, But for the past year I have gotten off track . <em>521</em> So here I am !!!!!!! <em>249</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:58:04 EST Here i am hi I am back with a better attitude and a determination to succeed....i underwent thru an abusive relationship and now that i have been given a second change i am taking it,,,so here i am older, wiser and stronger... <em>521</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:11:45 EST Hi My name is Lynn I'm 39 years old. I'm married to an awesome guy and have two teenage boys. I am head over heals for Jesus! <BR> <BR> My goal is to get to a healthy BMI so that when it's time I will be able to get on the kidney donation list. I think my BMI has to be 30 or less. As of now I need to lose around 50lbs. I have been counting calories and walking for 58 days now and I have lost 13 pounds...with still 50 pounds to lose. I am in a very motivated state right now and do not want to fa... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:08:47 EST Brand newbie! Joined today :) Hello, my name is Sabrina. I've been going up and down with my weight for years. I was a heavy smoker and quit 2 1/2 years ago. I don't have much weight to lose, 25lbs would be great, 35 - ideal! I'm getting married next year and want to rock my wedding dress in October of 2015 :) My problem is that I'm experiencing hormonal changes (i'm 47 years old) and my stomach has blown up and it seems that everything I eat or drink causes this reaction. I can wake up in the morning and it will be g... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:04:56 EST Beginning a new chapter Hi. My name is Christie. I am a recent widow still struggling to find my place in this world alone. I need to get healthy and begin to think about myself and my new place in this world. I hope to get motivational support along the way. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:10:57 EST Not really new but... I'm not really new...but I've fallen off the bandwagon so many times that it feels that way. I'm looking for someone to help me be accountable. If I have a SparkBuddy that's counting on me to help them on their journey and that's helping me on mine, then maybe this journey won't be so hard. Please leave me a message and add me! Thank you! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:23:07 EST First Day Again So yes today was another first day. First day to loose this weight again. Not because I need to be a model. I know I am beautiful the way I am but for health. So I tracked points and did great until I found myself a bit off course and hungry. Now some may say it was my choice I say that that damn Duncan donuts sign lured me in. I got 21 munchkins only ate 18 and boy was I surprised when I went to track them and they are 70 calories per munchkin (no not the cute ones that sing lollypop lane bu... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:56:40 EST Greetings from California! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Michelle. I joined yesterday! <BR> <BR> I've been back on my fitness lifestyle journey since July of this year. I've lost 19.2 lbs on my way to losing a total of at least 54. 35 left to go. :) <BR> <BR> I'm excited to learn more and continue to improve my overall health! <BR> <BR> Thanks for providing for such a great website full of information and helpful tips! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great evening! <BR> <BR> Michelle K Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:09:56 EST Let's do this!!! I've been a member of Spark People for a while now but I haven't logged on for a long time. In my absence, from the site, I've lost a few pounds and I'm officially in the 130's!! However, my ultimate goal is to be in the 120's. I have four weddings to attend, and all of them are in less than 6 months. My goal is to look great for those weddings. <BR> <BR> Like I said, I've lost some weight but I feel like I'm gaining it back and I really don't want to head in the wrong direction. I've... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:59:56 EST Diabetic friendly meals Any ideas? I am not a very good cook but would like to make some healthy things for my grandpa who is diabetic. Diabetic snacks would be handy too. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:48:22 EST hi New friends? I'd like to make some new friends and mentors. Any advice? <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:44:02 EST Joint Replacements, Anyone? I am an old diet pro stuck at the most I've ever weighed. (5'7", 239 lbs.) I am also, apparently a queen at making arthritic joints. In the last 18 months I have crossed the US by bicycle, come home to have both knees replaced, and buried my elderly mother. I've always been an enthusiastic biker and a focused walker. But the knee replacement surgery completely changed my gait, making walking very painful to my back. And I haven't been on a bike the way I would expect because I now have no ca... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:45:40 EST Just had a baby! Hi! My name is Kayleigh. I live in a little town in central Illinois with my husband (04/2013) and my three week old baby boy! Before I got pregnant with Joshua, I had been working hard to lose weight and was down to 165. Well, so much for that. I am at about 204lbs right now. :/ I am pretty busy adjusting to being a mom so I don't know how much daily tracking I will do right now...but I guess I want a place to hold myself accountable and maybe make some friends to help me do the same. Any ot... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:28:06 EST Hello everyone! A little nervous to post, but here goes anyway! <em>30</em> I am new to the site and liking it so far! Any support is appreciated, I fail at being accountable! <em>246</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:20:16 EST Whatsapp Motivation Group - Weight Loss Buddies! Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I know we could all use some motivation and I think an amazing way to do that is if we create a whatsapp group with 5-8 people where we can motivate each other every day! <BR> <BR> My name is Megan, I am a 20 year old student living in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and want to lose weight and exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> We can give each other advice, inspire each other to work out, make weekly goals, everything! <BR> <BR> Email me at: if... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:52:37 EST Happy Fall! What a great time for me to start this journey over again! Right at the beginning of pumpkin pie and Christmas cookies/candy season. But here I am! I have up to 20 lbs. to lose and have developed hypothyroidism after radio active iodine treatment in March. Now it is harder than ever for me to lose weight. Even maintaining is very difficult. Although I have been checking out sparkpeople for years, I have never made an honest go of it using the site. I love reading all of the encouraging words ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:12:04 EST Reunion for me I am sort of new to Spark. I knew about it but never really got involved using it. A ex co-worker introduced me to. Its a really cool way to reach out to others that have similar goals. I am looking forward to engaging and learning all the healthy lifestyle ideas that are found on the board! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:47:41 EST Starting Over I am super excited to say that my husband and I are starting over on a lot of things. We are both former Marines, and we have both suffered some injuries that have caused plenty of issues, weight gain especially!! But, we are on the up and up!! We both just quit smoking...again...but this time is much better since we are doing it together, and we plan on keeping each other on track so we don't start again. We are also working on getting back into shape. Our daughter loves it because it means ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:17:43 EST Moving Forward! Hi I am just starting out with SparkPeople. I have tried dieting and exercise and typically have a hard time sticking to it because I have a very busy schedule and often lack the motivation to continue when I don't see changes. I am hoping that using SparkPeople will give me the motivation I need to make progress! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 30 pounds so that I will feel healthier, happier, and more confident. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:55:56 EST Newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Hi, I'm Sharon. Just found out on Saturday 10-11-14 that I'm diabetic. You know the overwhelm. I'm looking for online buddies. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:16:20 EST Tosha Good morning and have a outstanding day. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:02:49 EST Indiana!! Hello everyone! I am new to spark people and hoping to find someone in Indiana near Lake Village/ Rensselaer/ Kentland area for maybe a walking partner or someone to help me keep motivated. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:11:05 EST Second time around I joined SP a couple of years ago, did really well, and then went off on my own again. Obviously it did not work very well, as I gained it all back. I have already lost 4 lbs this go round, and quite honestly I feel much more motivation, and really want to stay with this program. I am so inspired by so many who have lost so much simply by being a part of SP. My biggest road block is having the time to be involved and stay in touch with SP. I will be 62 next May, and it would sure be nice... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:41:39 EST Thyroidectomy is a disease About me: <BR> <BR> Born - 1956 <BR> Very slim (early teens) / growth spurts <BR> 1975 (late teens) - 135lbs <BR> 5'9" adult <BR> 1993 - 150lbs, easy weight control with diet <BR> 1995 - 140 lbs <BR> Itchy skin, increasing severity x 2 years, (I refused prednisone Rx) <BR> Depression developed, MD Rx'd Paxil <BR> Changed MD <BR> Losing a lot of hair <BR> Went to MD- "I just don't feel well, but I don't know why" <BR> TSH - 8~9 <BR> Diagnosed hypothyroid <BR> Started levothyroxin, dose adju... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:01:20 EST Carlinda I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:34 EST Ready for some motivational friends! :D Hi! I'm new and ready to make some friends who are encouraging and friendly. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get in shape for so many reasons. I want to like what I see when I look in the mirror, I want to be able to keep up with my three year old, and I want to have enough energy to enjoy life again. :) <BR> <BR> I lack motivation - it's like a sickness. I've never been able to convince myself to keep going, and I've always just given up. But I want to make a difference, and I want to start t... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:38:13 EST Looking For A Walking DVD That Is ONLY Walking Does anyone know of a walking DVD that is ONLY walking? I have bad knees and cannot dance, lunge, kick, etc. I walk about four miles, outside ~ but it's getting too rainy where I live. Wondered if anyone had a suggestion? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:37:04 EST Just started and ready to lose!! <em>30</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:11:09 EST Just Joined I like what I see on this site and excited to start. I've set a start date of Oct 12,14 and with the help of Spark People and P90 I'm hoping to get healthy, fit and lose 100+ lbs. Taking it one day at time. <em>521</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:03:20 EST Getting Started! I am 54, have yo-yo'd about 4-5 times but never been the right weight, and strong and healthy at the same time. I keep hearing stories of how that can't be done after the age of 50....and I would like to prove that wrong to myself and for encouraging others. I am positive it will take a discipline, or I should say a focus -- a commitment -- that I haven't had to do before. But I am excited about the challenge!! I'm already encouraged by the Community -- Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:21:35 EST Had a baby a year ago and have yet to lose ONE ... Hi! <BR> I had a baby 11 months ago...I have been working out and eating well for the past year...I have not lost ONE pound. I am stationed in Italy so I am trying to do this by myself....has anyone else had this issue....I am so frustrated I can't take it anymore..... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:51:43 EST Overcoming bad habits Hi - <BR> I have just started and so far I'm doing pretty well. I found when I started charting my food that I was eating too much salt and carbs and not enough fiber and protein. I've been able to change that, and I've even started to cook again. <BR> <BR> I have a sit down job that doesn't give me much of an opportunity to exercise. any suggestions for "office workouts"? <BR> <BR> Also working on an ice cream addiction - so far I'm trying baked apples. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:11:40 EST First step Every journey starts with a single step. My tourney starts today, my first step is joining sparkpeople. <BR> Hello fellow travellers! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:38:08 EST Starting Over and Need a Partner :D Hi, <BR> My name is Sana. I am a mother of two. I am residing in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I weight 82 kgs now and my target weight is 62 kgs. I would love to have a partner here to be accountable to and supportive in my weight loss journey. And be a motivator in turn (hopefully <em>43</em> ). So, any one in? <BR> <BR> Disclaimer : There will a lot of heavy pushing required <em>198</em> <BR> I am a big time procastinator <em>334</em> <BR> And I looooove ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:59:10 EST Today is my day off Good morning to everyone. <BR> Today is my day off for my working out routine. I'm working out Monday to Saturday. Just take Sunday off to spend time with my family and friends. <BR> <BR> Best regards. <BR> Thiem Tran Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:05:13 EST ready to loose! Ready to loose those pounds! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:23:20 EST Just starting Hi this is my first day have spent the morning setting up favourites so it will make my working week a little easier. I have a goal to lose at least 30kg before August next year. I started a 8 week physical health challenge last week, my body is still recovering from that have muscles aching that I didn't know existed but it is all for the end goal :). I look forward to sharing my ups and downs on here and would love some help and encouragement along the way. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:48:07 EST Just starting and looking for support Hello, I've been on this website for a while but I never got serious. I want to start fresh but I need some help. I'm trying to build a community of support. I have a YouTube channel as well if you watch videos frequently check me out and we can build a community there also! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dTf5ku6_we6W-JvFxPfw </link> <BR> <BR> If that link doesn't work, just look up my username AdeleMyra <BR> <BR> I'm posting weight loss updates, recipes, new ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:20:24 EST Horse gal from Iowa I accidentally found this site on a horse forum. I joined about a week ago and looking forward to being accountable. I have horses, dog and cats. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:53:12 EST Here I am So here I am...My doctor has recommended a program called Transitions. What I am getting out of it is low glycemic diet. There is a 4-7 day cleanse in which I can only eat veggies, then follow a list of foods that are low glycemic. I said I would give it a try but am having trouble grasping restrictions. Has anyone heard of this program? Any thoughts? Honestly, not sure I can do this. Looking for any thoughts and advice because thinking this is my last ditch effort before weight loss surgery... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:50:45 EST Hey y'all! Im kinda new on this site.. been on here before but not long enough to see any changes. I am starting over and would like to make some friends along the way :) I have 100+ lbs to lose.. It would be great to get to know new people and share the journey together!! Please feel free to add me! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:22:54 EST Kansas Anyone??? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this page and thought I would try to see if anyone was from Kansas. I live in Johnson County and very close to KCMO! <BR> <BR> Where are you all from? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:31:55 EST Looking forward to my new journey Hi, My name is Alan. I am from Winnipeg Manitoba. I am a father of two girls and the latest edition to our family is our beautiful granddaughter who turns 1 on the 18th of this month. I have been using this site now for a couple weeks and have shed off 3 pounds to go. I am a former weight watcher life time member but feel off the wagon and put on 40 pounds. I look forward to to losing that weight and becoming a part of the spark community. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know others f... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:51:21 EST Hello Hi everyone I was part of spark people years ago but life took over and in trying again. <BR> <BR> Here I am for a new start, we have a gorgeous toddler And I want to spend this autumn running in the park and getting home for home baked treats, not sitting on the sofa (where I am now!!!) <BR> <BR> I have a big social event in 28 days and got the spark book yesterday so hoping this autumn can be the transformation our little family needs &#128516; Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:47:36 EST Hello I am new to message boards, feeling overwhelmed by all the information. I have been using to mainly keep track but need to learn more what Sparkpeople has to offer! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:26:18 EST New & Excited to Be Here! Hello, I'm new to your site & this is my first time posting <em>30</em> I am 63 yr old female, happily married & recently retired. Had a very sedentary, stressful job...but I loved the position! I just can't seem to lose the 25 lbs I've accumulated. I've dropped 10, but I'm stuck. I do have thyroid issues, and had a pacemaker put in 2 years ago. I try to keep active by walking (even 5Ks), riding stationary bike or using my DVDs. Nothing is working! I've been monitoring my calories... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:58:56 EST Fell Head First off the wagon I want to really get back on the serious health wagon again and start to see the results that I was seeing previously. If I eat well it will happen, but I need to understand to my core that you can't out train a poor diet. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:26:31 EST Would not say it out loud I never would say out loud that I would love to weigh 110 pounds. I have always said that I want to be healthy. Then it was I just want to be stronger. After trying those things I now realize that I would be healthier and stronger if I weighed less. Over the last 10 years I have lost hundreds of pounds, only to gain some back. I hope to never weigh 202 pounds again, but I would also love to not weight the 155 pounds I weigh now. I want to be on stage, but not look like the new year's bl... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:56:09 EST Back on Course Hi Everyone, My Name is Betty I'm back on Spark People again having Ups and downs like everyone. I lost 40 lbs and was running but hurt my shoulder had surgery going thru and Divorce now back on the road of trying to lose another 50 lbs its hard I know but I'm back on the Road Again. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:53:48 EST Hello I'm new to sparkPeople I am 38 yrs old and have five children i am currently on a nicotine patch to stop smoking, I fear weight gain on top of already battling with a weight problem. Anyone have any helpful suggestions? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:30:45 EST Hello - I am new to Spark People Hello, I am new to this site. I have to loose about 100 lbs and just writing down the number it feels like a huge obstacle. I am made with myself that I left the pounds pile up but I know it will take time, determination and diligence to lose the weight I have accumulated through the years. My family usually sabotages me every time I try to lose weight but at the same time they want me to lose weight. I am tired of being tired all the time. I am committing to a healthier lifestyle by try... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:53:26 EST Hi and help please. Hi!! <BR> <BR> My name is Karen and while I've been on this page awhile, I kind of gave it up for a long time. I had lost a substantial amount of weight, but due to some really awful circumstances I've gained it all back. I really need help in motivating and finding a good and safe exercise routine. <BR> <BR> I now weigh 310 lbs. I battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as having suffered a stroke in 2010. After my stroke, one of my sons started showing signs of schizophrenia, and he... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:01:31 EST Sugar Addiction <em>46</em> I have been addicted to sugar for 19 years. I have done enough sugar to kill a pack of dinosaurs. Has anyone had this experience, and how did you conquer it? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:26:28 EST Hello Hello, I'm new, I am 25, married we have one little boy. My goal is to loose about 28 lbs and be more energetic. My energy levels are very low and I am loosing my self-esteem, which never happened before. I am always confident in who I am but lately in the past few days I've been loosing it. Guess its coming from not being able to fit into my work clothes anymore. :/ Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:25:19 EST Hello, new to the community Hi, I decided to do spark people after the results I saw in my sister-in-law. I like that this web site helps me realize how much I was eating and how little I was moving. I have been a member for almost a month and I have already lost 1.5 pounds. I have a long way to go but at least with this web site I will stay challenged. I jsut discovered today I can caluculate my recipies which will be a big help going forward. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:46:23 EST Moving soon, leaving 50 pounds here. Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Shelby and I am 23 years old. I have struggled with weight from the time I was 14 to now. I was bone thin until age 8, yet it didn't occur to me that I was fat until age 11. At 12, I lost weight after being put on medicine for Tuberculosis trait, after I was taken off the meds at 13, the weight started to pile back on and it never stopped. I have dealt with eating disorders, diets, detoxes, what have you and I have never managed to lose more than 20 pound... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 23:21:21 EST another newbie! I'm hoping to lose 25 pounds by Christmas, which I know is the high end of the scale but I've already lost 41 pounds before starting this round and I still have a long way to go. Since starting, I've already lost 1.5 pounds! I'm looking for people to help with motivation, as I know this strict a program will be hard to stick to. I know I can do it for 11 weeks, and then stick with normal healthy eating for awhile to help my set point reset before I make another move downward. Any people w... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:10:31 EST need motivation I have been here before, but always drop out. I need motivation & I have 100 pounds to lose. My health is so important to me, but I seem to lack the stick to it that I need. I have seen so many people here do it....It truly is a wonderful site. I pray this time I stick to it and get this excess weight off for my health, to feel better & be here for my husband & son. Thank you in advance for any help <BR> <em>524</em> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:36:46 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:21 EST Hello! I'm delighted to join SparkPeople I started out using the Noom website. There were some good things about the website. However, SparkPeople has some features that make it a much more flexible program, with lots of videos, motivation, fitness, support Teams, and the recipe app. After comparing the two sites for about a month, I decided that I needed to be here. Noom was a good starting point. SP simply has more resources. <BR> This is the second time in my life that I've been obese. The first time, I'd been out of work, ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:29:47 EST SCUBA SPARKPEOPLE Any SCUBA divers out there. Loosing pounds with SPARKPEOPLE has been a big plus for my SCUBA diving (And my wetsuit) Let's hear from you divers. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:08:11 EST new to this site!! Am new here and want to learn all I can. I found a recipe for creamy tomato sauce which I need to get the nutritional information on. Where do I go to find that out? Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:19:20 EST Hello I am new to the website! My name is Caroline and I have 65 lbs. to lose. I am 5 feet tall and weigh 180 lbs. I was eating a very poor diet until just recently (potato chips and pastries) and I am determined to get down to 115 lbs. and start wearing a size 7 again. I am following a very healthy eating plan that focuses on lean protein and lots of fruits and vegetables (fresh preferably). I am a writer and am working on a novel. I have never been published before and have recently started writing after a long hiat... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:02:33 EST Hello Today is my first time using this site so not sure how it works. I need to lose about 80lbs so have a long rough road ahead of me. Need all the help I can get. I have already lost 30lbs. I am a member of weight watchers and have started going to aquacises and aqua zumba (both are a lot of fun!). Other than that I go walking as often as I can. I purchased an exercise ball and am going to try the routine they have on this site. Hoping to make some friends to share support with. <em>30</em> ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:41:10 EST Sick and Tired "starting over" Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. I need all the help and support i can get. I have been trying to eat healthy and lose weight for over 4 years now since i had my son. Being in nursing school, i have gained over 15 pounds and just can't seem to stick to a healthy lifestyle. It seem like every Monday, i am "starting over," or trying to eat right. By the end of the week or even Mid week, i've had fast food several times and often stuff my fac... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:30:22 EST NO regrets...from this moment! I have been on here for a few year but did not utilize the site as I should. <em>386</em> <BR> EVERY New Years I woke up vowing to make this THE YEAR FOR CHANGE only to approach summer feeling STILL ashamed to wear swimsuit. THIS lead to self-loathing and condemnation which lead to drowning my failures in food. <BR> <BR> NO MORE!!! THIS past year I have lost 30 pounds. I refuse to GO back! I'm living a life with no regrets from this moment! BABYSTEPS!! One pound at a time.... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:54:34 EST Need Help Desperately in need of advice and motivation. Lost 60 pounds last year and am steady gaining it back. I'm what they call morbidly obese and need to lose approx at least 150 pounds . I know that little changes turn into bigger changes, and I try to start a plan which usually by midweek ceases to exist. I'm a little older, (late 50's), with some health issues. Please, I'm trying to get healthier, Can any one give me some advice? Is there any one out there who can relate to me? <em>303</em... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:13:56 EST Back on Track I wish I had a dime for every diet I've tried -- I'd be rich! After spending way too much time on Google, asking "how to lose weight", I decided to try the only thing I KNOW to get results. So I cut my calories and got off my butt and back to the gym. I started 8 weeks ago and I'm down 12 pounds. I started on the treadmill with a goal of 3 miles 5x's a week. I am NOT a runner -- I'm like the OPPOSITE of a runner. My knees hurt, I get winded...just don't like it. So walking was the key f... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:57:02 EST I am new to this site! Hello everyone, my name is Lucinda and I just joined yesterday at my doctors office. I have been trying to lose weight most of my life. I have tried everything, Nutrisystem, TOPS, Over Eaters Anonymous and several times Weight Watchers just to name a few. <BR> <BR> I went so far as to have Gastric Bypass, that (in my opinion) did not work. I only lost about 70 pounds. I have not gained the weight back, but never lost the weight. So my doctor did a metabolic test on me, and now I am do... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:14:27 EST Returning member My name is Iris B. Although I've sued this site previously, I am more determined than ever to lose weight and live a more healthier lifestyle. I recently discovered that my blood pressure is high and know I need to make immediate changes. Using this site as a means of support and accountability I will succeed. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:08:21 EST Its time After feeling like a yo yo for so many years I am just so done.... From the time I was little until I hit my 20s I was pretty thin. Then BAM you have a thyroid problem and we need to fix it. Fix meant taking it out. Since then my weight has been a roller coaster from 130 to 296. I am just so ready to level out and take control. I have bins of jeans ranging in size from 6 - 22 . Because I never know what size I will be. This is not healthy for me and taking a toll on my body. So to start... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:59:13 EST Hi I'm back ,,, I need to lose weight for a total hip replacement surgery but can't get any video or exercise to help. I'm walking with a cane .. So my spirit is really low.... I need something to do during the winter months to stay positive. I need exercise and food advice of what would help me. Just thought maybe someone out there went through something like this and has advice for me ... Thank you :)) <BR> Selena Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:57:18 EST Finally doing it. Hi my name is Marcia and I am finally going to loose this extra weight. I have made excuses for way too long and I am now ready to make the change. I have to admit I need help and do whatever it takes to get healthy again. I am looking forward to the support that SparkPeople offers. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:11:42 EST On the road again... I have been on this road for almost as long as I can remember. I have always struggled with my weight. I am currently at my highest weight I have ever or even wanted to be at. I used to tell myself I would never be this heavy, and here I am. It is so depressing to try to lose weight and to constantly fail. I have actually succeeded once, it was around 6 years ago, I lost a bunch of weight and felt/looked great. It lasted a few months and before you knew it I had put all the weight right back ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 02:23:03 EST New and looking forward to meeting my goals New to sparkpeople and am looking forward to receiving motivation from the community to assist with meeting my goals Wed, 8 Oct 2014 00:15:26 EST New and Hello So I'm fat and feel like for the first time seriously ready to make changes to my life. I reached the highest weight of 350 this year and could barely move. My back hurt because of my big ginormous stomach and walking mid to long distance almost impossible. My feet hurt. My diabetes was out of control. Sugars as high as 450+ and A1C at 10 and 11. I have struggled alot with making changes over the last year. The biggest improvement I succeeded with was stopping to drink diet soda 10-03-... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:49:16 EST Newbie Hi, I'm new here, a lot of information on this board and will take time and read over everything. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:17:03 EST Newbie Hi I just joined sparkcoach. I am approx 130 lbs overweight and I am tired of being uncomfortable in my skin so its time for change. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:57:52 EST Trying something new. Hello. I'm trying something new to see if making healthier choices will finally stick. Here's to looking better by the summer. :) Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:12:16 EST New user for the third time :-0 So over the past three years I've started SP and did OK for a couple of months. Each time, life happened and I got sidetracked and finally stopped. The last time that I stopped using the site was approximately three months ago. This time I need SUCCESS!!! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:02:22 EST I'm here! In memory of my mom. Hey folks! I'm in my 30s with 100+ to lose. I'm in for a long hard journey, but I am ready to enjoy each step. I Sparked back in 2010 and lost 40 pounds in 4 months. I thought I was so good that I didn't need to track anymore...WRONG! Gained back 30, and then just gave up. <BR> <BR> A year ago my mom passed away. She was my best friend and we had started Sparking together a few months before she passed. She was taking her new healthy lifestyle more seriously than I was. After a year of lonel... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:16:20 EST Help me! Hi! <BR> <BR> My names Nay and I have 100 pounds to loose! I'm only 21 and would like to have this done by my 23rd birthday! It sounds like a mission but I'm confident I can do it. Earlier this year I lost about 30 pounds but gained it all back after going through a stressful period in my life but now I'm back and ready to shift this extra weight. <BR> <BR> I want to become an overall fitter person and also get my asthma under control. I only got asthma from my weight gain and I've been tol... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:42:25 EST NO SLEEP My food is on track (could use more protein) and I have become active outside. Where I live is great. I have a hiking trail right behind my house, boat ramp and their roads to utilize, outdoor theater that has tons of stairs and seats to challenge myself. I could go on. However, sleep is not my friend. I NEED SLEEP!! To top it off, I worked my butt off last week, nutrition spot on and only lost 1 lb. To top it off, a friend of mine that KNOWS I am trying to lose weight is going in for her se... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 00:56:02 EST Just joined! Hey all, <BR> So I'm sure my story is similar to a lot of other's out there. I'm 19 years old and after high school I put on 30 pounds. I was already a little overweight before and now I'm about 50 pounds overweight. My sister is getting married in April and I want the weight gone by then. I've tried so many different diets and plans and I get super motivated and then fall back into the same old unhealthy habits. I'm really hoping that this community will help keep me accountable so I can re... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:09:50 EST Lost 70lbs with MyFitnessPal Hello, <BR> I just joined the site as a recommendation of my primary care doctor. I had lost about 70 pounds using MyFitnessPal just over two years ago. While I was feeling great about myself and felt like I was at the best point in my life, I blew a disc in my lower back and required surgery this past November (2013). I recovered and went back to work in July, but not my back has started bothering me again. I went to the doctor today and it turns out I have gained 13 pounds since surgery, Sh... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:38:50 EST Hello! Hello! I am new to the boards here however I have begun a workout plan and stumbled across this site. I am hoping to make some new friends while working towards my goal of losing 130 pounds, hopefully before my birthday in March. (I turn 30!) I also wanted to get some help with my personal fundraiser, to share it as far as possible as I am starting to get desperate to get some help. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:40:23 EST I'm new and I'm trying this out My name is Ashley. I'm 17 and currently overweight. I want to lose it but I don't know where to start. I weigh about 250 and my goal is 160. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:37:28 EST Just curious My husband and I are trying to have healthier eating habits. We use to calorie count together and he lost a lot of weight. Now we are doing our own thing because I got a bit frustrated and gave up. He likes to eat anything but for me if it doesn't taste good I really don't like to eat it. I sometimes think that I should just eat things I don't like and then I wont eat as much because I don't like it, LOL. I know that doesn't work though. Anyways, during that time of calorie counting I f... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:17:24 EST Hello Ya'll! I'm new (here, not to the whole weight loss thing)! <BR> <BR> I'm the K of K&G Rebel Ranch. I am 24, from SE Texas. I live on 3/4 of an acre in a subdivision and I raise 80% of my family's food. We have meat and dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits (and dogs and cats-not for food, just because everyone needs a dog and a cat!) <BR> <BR> We started this whole self sufficiency thing last year when my husband lost his job. I went from a competitive-level powerlifter at 16% bodyfat to a ranch ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:44:27 EST kind of new! Hi! <BR> I've been wanting to start a program like sparkpeople for a long time, but never had the resolution to actually do it. My husband suffered a stroke two months ago and lost part of his sight. It has been very hard on all the family. <BR> I've discovered that I really have to take care of myself if I want to take care of my children and hubby. <BR> Some people lose weight with stress right? Well, I'm NOT one of them. I was really overweight before, but I gained nearly 15 pounds since ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:31:51 EST New to this....HELP! I am new to Spark and just trying to find something that will stick. I have countless apps on my phone/ipad such as MFP, WW, etc but find myself overwhelmed and in information overload. I'm 47 with about 12 lbs to lose to get in healthy BMI but , ideally, I'd like to lose 20 lbs to feel really good about myself. I find that weight has gotten so much harder to lose in my 40's and being on an SSRI hasn't helped matters either. I gained a quick 15-20 the second I started taking Lexapro but ev... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:57:30 EST A Better Me! Hi, Iam Kathee. I have been overweight all my life. Tire of it! I am in my mid-40s and I am still young. I want to live a long life! My dad died of a heart attack when i was 5. My mom is in a nursing home, due to stroke 13 years ago. I dont want diabetes or heart disease. I am healthy right now and want to stay that way. :) <BR> I do suffer from depression, Sciatica nerve pain, and some anxiety. <BR> I have two dogs, that are my world...Bella and Pyper. They keep me going! :) <BR> I live i... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:36:38 EST Need to loose without giving up pasta and wine! <em>39</em> I love my pasta and wine and I need to loose 30 lbs. I can't seem to stay on track. I have never had a weight problem until I got into my 60s. Now at 64 I am 30 lbs over weight and unhappy. I have lots of friends and they don't share this problem. We have lots of get togethers (every week) and it always involves eating and drinking. I have tried to pass up some of events but my friends make it hard. They always make it known that they have planned this with me in mind. ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:15:32 EST It's Never too Late to get Committed and Focused I started with Spark People in 2013 but I realised I hadn't joined the community and so when I started loosing weight I was excited. Lost 23kg in 8 months but everyone around me started discouraging me that it was too fast and that I knew I wasn't so well or looked sickly and should relax a bit. <BR> I wish I had the community to turn to but I listene and relaxed and put the weight back on. I felt so discouraged and unhealthy but Spark People didn't give up on me, they kept sending mails and ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:04:44 EST Attempting to lose 10 lbs per month Hello, my name is Marley. I am 18 years young and I weigh 216 lbs. Within the past 4 days I have lost 2 lbs, I started off at 218. I am currently trying weight watchers and so far so good. It's only been a week, but I can say the food actually isn't bad at all, and it's not as expensive as I thought it'd be. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to lose 50 lbs by March 6, 2015. That's 5 months from now, so I need to lose 10 lbs per month. I'm young and healthy, so there's no excuse if I don't make i... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:50:49 EST need help with exercising with RSD Hi my name is Deb. I have RSD or reflux sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. I am in severe constant burning pain. My legs are especially sensitive to anything touching them. Which makes it very hard for me not to be a nudist. LOL. I also am diabetic, have graves disease and allergic to gluten . I have severe swelling and decrease motor skills. I have a lumbar stimulator inserted in my back and have had a minimum of 20 back procedures in the last year. I would love to find some kind of exercise th... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:38:17 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST The road to 200 lbs. Hi everyone, after many starts and stops, I've been motivated to finally lose this weight that I need to in order to be healthy. My name is Erica and I'm 36 (almost 37) years old. I'm currently at 256 lbs. and I need constant motivation to lose this weight. I enjoy working out, but I can't do too much that is heavy on my knees, because I have arthritis in one of them.. I'd like to meet other people who can share ideas with me about knee-friendly exercises. I am walking right now, so I'm also ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:13:59 EST 71 & new goals now I've been on/off this site, off for several years, and here I am, back again, with new goals and motivation. Over the past few years, I've had a total right-knee replacement which has helped immensely - I can walk without pain!! Yeah!! I've also lost 60#, and have about 30# or so to go to get back to a healthier weight --- mainly to help with my osteoarthritis. My hands/wrists and ankles/feet bones are all involved. Makes most exercises challenging, and my poverty means that all exercises ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:24:57 EST Starting OVER with a MADE UP MIND!!! Hello SPARKPEOPLE, <BR> <BR> My name is LaWana and I am 45 years old. I have decided that it is time for me to get my life back. I am tired of allowing my weight to control what I can and cannot do. I know it is not going to be easy but I am going to take it one day at time until i reach my goal. I know that I can not diet for the rest of my life. So I decided that I am TRANSFORMING my LIFESTYLE. That means clean eating and exercising so that I will be able to have a PRODUCTIVE LIFE, and no... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:49:05 EST Taking one step at a time I am in college and it is always hard to stay on track when you are around people that do not have to track what they eat. The day to day stresses have me feeling out of control so I thought that I would take control of my health. First step, take control of my eating. It is usually difficult for me to do it all at once so I thought once I have my eating down I can start on exercise. I know that the weight took time to come on and it will take time to come off. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:10:20 EST I am never too old to start getting healthy <em>521</em> <BR> Hi everyone! My name is Karen and I am 62 years old, 5'6", 185 lbs. I was diagnosed with acid reflux called Barrett's syndrome last month, my doctor (whom I love!) told me I was obese and needed to lose weight to help control this. My main problem area is my stomach, I am what you may call "apple shaped", I really don't have much in the way of a butt or big thighs, it is all in the middle. Any suggestions or advice is wanted, I am determined, I have 5 beautiful grand... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:44:58 EST My weight loss journey Hello everyone!! I lost 80 pounds in 2009 and kept it off since then. Went from 275 pounds to 195. How I did that? I basically stopped eating processed food and gluten food. Although I'm not allergic to gluten, I somehow felt that wheat products make me addictive and stopped eating them alltogether. <BR> So, I ate what's left, which is whole foods. But I tried to eat only veggies that are proclaimed to be superfoods (avocado, garlic, carrots, ginger, kale, onions, spinach, celery etc.). I al... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:59:51 EST Back to SP and dedicated to getting healthy Hi Everyone! I've been here before, but I guess just not really dedicated to getting healthy. Well now I'm back AGAIN and ready to go! I talked to my Doctor about my weight and he jumped to this new DNA healthy weight program. I have to say I am truly excited about it and I've turned to SparkPeople to help keep me motivated with recipes, exercise and healthy tips! The diet process is breaks down your DNA (through a saliva test) and chooses a diet specifically for you. (min... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:20:53 EST Food Addiction: Bad Coping, but oh, so common Hi! I never did the "intro" - or if I did, it was a long time ago, and really, I have such a different philosophy toward weight loss now that I am starting all over again, so it's worth it to reintroduce myself. If anyone feels like this is your issue, too, please feel free to reach out. <BR> <BR> I am a food addict. I think many people are - we are really set up to be in America, and we are rewarded for our addictive behavior with delicious treats that can be had for very little money, so ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:24:50 EST I am new here Hello Spark People. I am a 57 year old woman who needs to develop healthier habits in order to improve my physical and emotional health and lose 65 pounds. I am very happy to be a part of your wonderful community. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:55:26 EST Newly diagnosed with Graves Disease. I just completed an uptake and scan series and was diagnosed yesterday with Graves disease. Everything started for me in February this year when I went to my GP w/ complaints of severe fatigue, lack of energy and some weight gain even though I was eating less then normal. He ordered blood work to check my thyroid (big family history of hypo disorders on mothers side) and my vitamin D. Thyroid came back as Hypo and vitamin D was non-existant. I don't eat dairy at all, am a red head and light c... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:15:09 EST new to the team Hi new friends. Just got a whole lots of lab work back and I don't know where to start. I've been having wicked headaches, gut aches and belching. Lab test results says that have fructose sensitivity and also allergic to cow milk, eggs and peanuts. That's just what is new, I've been on meds for high cholesterol. Because of the high cholesterol I've been eating more fruits and veggies. I'll be seeing a dietitian but not until next month. in the mean time I need to find something to make for di... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:26:55 EST new to the team Hi new friends. Just got a whole lots of lab work back and I don't know where to start. I've been having wicked headaches, gut aches and belching. Lab test results says that have fructose sensitivity and also allergic to cow milk, eggs and peanuts. That's just what is new, I've been on meds for high cholesterol. Because of the high cholesterol I've been eating more fruits and veggies. I'll be seeing a dietitian but not until next month. in the mean time I need to find something to make for di... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:23:45 EST shift workers anyone? does anyone know if there is any message boards on shift work and working till midnight for help and support? <BR> <BR> I tried to look it up twice but my computer say's loading and after a few minutes I give up as it does not seem to be working <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you <em>41</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:19:06 EST Hello! I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:44 EST Hello! I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:21 EST Not so new new user. Hi everyone I am Sherri. I am just coming back after a long time of not using Spark People. I have been working on my weight for a while but unfortunately have lost motivation recently. I would like to meet some new people who are also working on their own journeys! So feel free to come say hi! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:07:45 EST Tired of hearing ppl call me fat greetings to u all <BR> u can address me as Amraey.I hv tried losing weight on my own but I always get bored doing it alone n I'm so happy to find out about sparkpeople. <BR> I just want to associate myself wit ppl dat understand wat I'm going through n I need online friends to help me out by inspiring me n sharing with me,plzzzzzz Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:26:38 EST Have been on here, but not present Well, I signed up a couple of years ago, but did not follow through. I am back on here now and going to make myself do this, even if I don't like it at first. I know in the end I will love it!! So hi to everyone and wish everyone on here success!!! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:32:30 EST Hello Im Mark and im here to lose some weight, so far so good ! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:42:50 EST Wanting my health back Hi there I am a 37 year old mom of two super kids. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, namely Cape Town, South Africa. I have always been a slim person but after I had my kids my weight ballooned and I have recently been diagnosed as hypertensive. I want to get my health and energy levels back as well learning to feel better about myself. I look forward to meeting all the fellow spark people out there Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:27:07 EST Blasting off fat before Christmas! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I am from Oz. I have been dieting for a few weeks and things are going the best they have gone for me in years! I am dedicating this last term of the year to blasting off some decent kilos, I want to be 85 kilos by years end! <BR> <BR> I am committing to cooking the majority of food and organising my social life away from food. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Lisa x <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:12:51 EST This is my time to shine! Hey there <em>213</em> I'm Katrina I am going to be 18 in April (I tried Spark teen many were too immature to provide real support). I have been self conscious about my weight since I was about 5 years old I wasn't too large but I had few extra pounds and as I got older the few extra pounds grew with me. I have tried a lot of things to try and lose weight and they didn't work very well. I have even battled with anorexia and bulimia I have recovered for the most part, I still occasionally ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 03:27:32 EST New Girl in town Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am looking to shed some much overdue post baby weight. I find that motivation that is nonjudgmental is always helpful. I am always looking to learn new tip and tricks from others and having someone to be accountable to is helpful for me! I look forward to meeting ya'll! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 01:59:52 EST New girl here :) Looking for fellow chicks to obsess with over every aspect of weight loss! <BR> <BR> Hullo, I'm Chelsie and I've already lost 50 pounds, woo! and want to lose the final 20. <BR> <BR> My problem is, I have no one in my life that is as in to being healthy as me. <BR> <BR> When I want to eat a nice salad, drink water and share an appetizer they want an appetizer, pizza, cokes and no salad -_- <BR> <BR> And an exercise buddy? Forget about it. <BR> <BR> I mean, Netflix and wine for hours and hours is great for once a wee... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 01:17:02 EST Waking up to eat I'm new and wondering if anyone else gets up during the night to eat. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 22:28:05 EST LifeStyle Change not a Diet What I want for my life is to lose this last 45 pds and to stay strong and healthy to the ripe old age of 100. I'm on the right track in my life right now. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 21:37:36 EST Just saying hi :-) My name is Tiffanie. I am horribly out of shape and horribly overweight ... I have been for a couple years now. I am wanting to lose quite a bit of weight and increase my fitness so I can start doing some of the things I enjoy again ... like riding my bike and running. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:27:41 EST New to this site. Hi, My name is Kim and I'm hoping to lose 80 pounds. Over the last 6 years I lost 45 lbs. by following a low glycemic diet that my ex husband had to go on for diabetes. At my heaviest I was 285. I'm divorced now and I started eating whatever I wanted and noticed the weight creeping back up. I'm hoping by tracking and paying attention to what I consume I will shed the rest of the weight. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:19:21 EST I'm back hi everyone <BR> I did sparks about 3 years ago, had some success but never posted in the message boards, this time I feel will be different. I'm not AS nervous to post & from what I'm told participating in the message boards produce results and keep people in the program. That is exactly what I need cuz I have a habit of doing great in the beginning then I lose 40 or so lbs and boom back to old ways. I have 103 lbs to lose, god that's a giant #! I'm so sad and scared. That's all for now, see... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:41:23 EST Where do I start? So I have never posted here before, goes. Today, I start to finish. I have had health issues all my life and the weight has been the biggest (no pun intended) problem of them all. I struggle with fibromyalgia with Lupus traits, sleep apnea/deprivation, back muscle spasms, hypothyroidism, chronic need to go on. I began this journey weighing in at over 389#. I am now at 222#. I need help....I have NO will power or MOTIVATION and I hate to exercise (well it's pai... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:44:12 EST Weight Loss surgery Hello i am new here. Has anyone had any weight loss surgery? Planning on having weight loss surgery? When? Details if possible. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:42:10 EST New and starting fresh Hello my name is Claudia. I have been struggling with my weight for about 11 years. I seriousley didn't think i was overweight. I had always been skinny but as soon as i had my first child i juts couldn't keep the weight off. I had tried several different things and nothing seemed too work too long. It would at first and then i would be stuck. I'm 27 years old, 2 daughters, current weight is 225 but i started at 300. I have lost 75 in just 1 year of eating healthier, gym, lifting weights, zum... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:36:43 EST New Vision Healthy and energetic!! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:44:44 EST Introducing better healthier habits I'm new to spark people and I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone! I'm hoping this site (and the fantastic people here) will help keep me motivated and accountable for my lack of will power. I have been fighting a long battle of being overweight and as I near 30 I really want to change my eating habits as I should have long ago. I'm open to anything! New exercises & foods to help in cravings. I'm ready for a lot of input and a lot of change. Thanks guys! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:51:50 EST i'm aproll hello i'm aproll i'm a 400lb women that can not do much exercise i never tried dieting before i love coffee and of course food,i'm trying to learn thhis diffrent way of eating any suggestions Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:14:20 EST I'm new! and aiming to loose 83lbs :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined a couple of days ago and still trying to figure out my way around the site. But I love it! <BR> So what can I say, I'm a yoyo dieter... I've tried many diets before and each time I stopped, I put on more lbs... <BR> So this time I decided not to go on a diet and change my lifestyle instead. Eating healthy and being active, that's the way to go! <BR> I really need diet buddies so we can support each other on our journey. <BR> <BR> All the best to everybody! <... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 04:34:55 EST New Member Hello there! <em>104</em> <BR> I just want to start over and regain the healthier lifestyle i once had. So after reading wonderful reviews about this site and it's loving community, i decided to join . My weight-loss goal is to lose at least 10 - 20 pounds . <em>213</em> <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 03:01:23 EST newbie Hello new to spark people can anyone let me know where to start. <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:26:28 EST newbie Hello new to spark people can anyone let me know where to start. <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:25:44 EST Hi everyone Day three, just getting use to the tracking. Missed all of yesterday, but back on track with food today. Other than those corn chips, I did well!! Exercise is lacking, but hope to begin that soon. <BR> I am currently only working part time, after 12 years of 40-60 hours per week. Turn 60 next year so it is way past time to work on me!! <BR> Dog rescue is my passion. <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:00:09 EST gayle "hi". My name is Gayle, I live in Cutler Bay Fl. I have always been heavy (not this heavy), want to loose 10lbs fast, 15 more after that. Very frustrated. I am 47yrs. old and put on 10lbs this year !! Help !! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:03:17 EST Hello Everyone I am back and ready to start my journey all over again. Looking for friends to support and have support as well for the sake of accountability. I look forward to meeting new people and learning a better way to fo things. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:37 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST First day on spark people Hi everyone, <BR> I am brand new to spark people and would appreciate ANY advice you guys could provide on getting started. I have a ways to go, but am looking forward to creating a healthy version of me. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:51:50 EST the healthier me. Hi my name is Rosie, I am 34 and have been on a roller coaster, when it comes to my weight, I will work so hard to get to were I want to be, and then I start gaining it all back, I want to loose and keep it off, so I hope that SparkPeople will be the right place for me, to not only loose, but keep it off as well. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:43:45 EST new begininng <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Hi hi, <BR> <BR> I am currently separated from my husband because of infidelity. It has taken a huge blow to my self esteem . I was always thick and short and always compared my self to other people. <BR> <BR> Now this happened and I want to change my lifestyle. I want to look good for myself and get out of this self pity. I want to feel better about ,y self and move forward. <BR> <BR> would really appreciate your support :) Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:36:03 EST Starting over I have been off and on SP for a few years and have had some really great success but seem to have lost the motivation and support. I am finally ready to recommit to my weight loss journey. I have found SP to be very motivational and hope to find the community here that have helped before. <BR> <BR> Bekka <em>67</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:04:23 EST I'm back HI everyone. Just getting back on track and trying to get my health under control. This is the best way I know how. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:50:07 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> My name is Jacklyn and I am new to this site. I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of years ago and I am looking to live a healthier lifestyle. My husband and I have been together for 8 years now and we are looking to start a family! So please give me all the advice and tips that you can! Thank you!! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:52:11 EST What am I doing wrong.... Not sure what I am doing wrong on SparkPeople....It is not what it used to be on this site...I added people as my SparkFriends that inspire me to lose weight and log on today only to find that they are deleting me. Can someone tell me what it is that I am doing wrong.?. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:36:49 EST I'm lost. I've written several posts but I don't remember where they are and so many have been written since then that I can't find myself. <em>2</em> I have the box ticked for getting email notification - but they're not coming through. sigh Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:29:30 EST Newbie whose lost 75lbs but shooting for 100! Hello All! <BR> I just found SparkPeople this week after a friend I am doing yoga with recommended it. Looks like an intro is needed…. I am a mom of four (ages 13-18 yrs), a wife to a sweet supportive guy and a "retired" social worker. <BR> In September 2013 I was in terrible pain and suffering from numbness in my extremities. The Md's were testing me for MS, RA, Fibro, and a slew of other scary things. I found out I had several herniated disks, nerve compression and was grossly malnourishe... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:55:39 EST