SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Hi! I'm new! I just wanted to post for my first time and let you know who I am. I'm starting today and hopefully with the support of some people here, I can lose weight and start to live a little better life. I'm doing this alone meaning nobody at work or in my family knows. I am not really close to anyone in my family except my Dad and honestly he really has other things to stress over other than my weight problems. I work around a bunch of men which is fine, I guess I'm just one of them, nobody cares wh... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:32 EST Beta Blockers and Exercise Calories At 62, recovered from heart attack, and on heart meds, I am finding that Rest HR and Max HR formulas are shifted and vary greatly for those folks who like to exercise and count calories. <BR> <BR> Long story short...I can't believe what my HRM is telling me for calories burned from exercise. I doubt that calories burned based on any online calculator (SPARKPEOPLE and MyFitnessPal) will be correct as each patient's physiology may vary wildly based on dosage of Beta Blockers. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:12:55 EST How can I become lean? Hi, I'm 204 lb, 5'7 and I'd like to loose 70 lb to be at 130 then id like to be 115 . I don't want to starve myself I'm willing to do things the right way , I aspire to become a model like my parents and grandparents before me I really desire it . If anyone has advice don't be shy Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:59:37 EST A New Beginning I came back after a lot of personal stuff...the stress made me over eat and I gained 5.5 lbs on top of what I already needed to lose. I am hopeful that by tracking everything I eat and drink I will succeed this time. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:45:11 EST starting over Ive been here before,but quit now I'm serious because i have health issues and need to lose weight.My goal is to lose 75 pounds but i need help. I need people to motivate me on this journey. <BR> thanks for time Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:04:38 EST I'm Back :) I've been on here before I'm excited to be back I've already made more progress lately, more than I ever have, my heaviest was 220 pounds and now I'm down to 185. My goal weight is 160. I spend a lot of time hiking, fishing and enjoying the outdoors which is really easy in the summer here in Wyoming not so much in the winters. I'm a pretty busy person with college and working. My degree will be in auto body repair I grew up working on cars and trucks and have always loved it. Looking for new ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:13:54 EST Still Struggling Hi There, <BR> I joined sparks quite a few years ago but due to unforeseen issues and excuses I discontinued. Unable to control type 2 diabetes I graduated to type 1 a few weeks ago and I am now on insulin was 255 lbs I am now 197 lbs. Due to knee cap replacement I have 80% use . I am very limited to types of exercise. I need help help, help. Diabetic recipes and also how to read labels on food. Thank you in advance for any and all help received. Blessings to all Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:02:30 EST Hi Hi, I'm Katie! <BR> Excited to get fit again Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:36:12 EST Making a New Me Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristin and I'm 24 years old. I'm getting to the point where I realize that I control my own future and I can either choose to continue living life overweight or I can do something about it. <BR> <BR> I record my first EP (short album) in less than a month and I really want to start life fresh. I am starting new and molding myself into who I want to be. I know I can do this and thrive and it means the world to have support! Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:05:49 EST Jumping in I've been procrastinating on my post for the past few days because I'm one of those people who wants to say something meaningful and motivational every time I post. Well I still don't have anything meaningful or motivational but I'm posting before the new wears off and I let myself become one of the ones who just watch and don't participate. <BR> That pretty much sums up my weight loss journey all of my life. I've been waiting and waiting until that one day -tomorrow, of course- when I decid... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:57:49 EST Back after a long absence! Hello! My name is Lynnette. I'm here to find a group of people to help support me in my weight loss journey. I'm tired of being overweight and I'm ready to get my body healthy. I would like to lose over 100 pounds, so I've got a long journey ahead of me. I hope I can find an active group of people I can connect with, inspire and be inspired by, as we do this together. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:50:19 EST I want to be a cadaver I know that topic had to get someone's attention ,, LoL <BR> Actually it is true. I want to be a cadaver for a medical school when I die. In order to do that you have to have a 33 bmi or less. I know there has to be a better reason to loose weight but in the end does it really matter the reason? <BR> I've got fibromyalgia, migraines, asthma, and I'm bipolar just a few of the excuses. I've been working on building up to walking and I'm up to 1/4 of a mile twice a day. Netflix is my friend but... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:19:02 EST New Here/Wake up call Hello. New here and getting serious. Ive always exercised occasionally but have trouble being consistent. My diet is horrendous. Getting ready to start a family through adoption, and a recent medical exam (which was really only to get the required medical form filled out) revealed very high cholesterol. Doc thinks I will likely need medication. <BR> <BR> I want to be a healthy mom, I am in my mid 30s and embarrassed of how bad I have let things get. I know I am depressed & I know this affe... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:16:22 EST A new member. I am anxious to meet some of my goals here with a group of people who care about others. I have many bowel health problems, like, IBS, etc. Need to touch base with people that understand what it is like. Hope to meet you all soon, gail Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:39:06 EST Hello I am a 47 year old stay-at-home wife. I have already been walking 3 days a week consistently. I am hoping to workout 6 days a week and improve my eating habits. I have 66lbs to lose. I struggle with motivation, and emotional eating. I am hoping this site will help. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:47:02 EST New Member Hello all! <BR> My names Ania and I'm a senior in college. Over the least two years I gained back 25lbs of the original 60 I lost since I first started trying to get healthy in 2011. So with a net loss of 35lbs right now, I decided to try something new and that brought me here! <BR> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:17:43 EST This is me Hello, my name is Scott. I am here because I saw the website URL on From Fat to Finish, and I need help to get healthy. Working towards my first 5k in June! Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:15:02 EST First time user i have started to track food here instead of fitbit..i just don't understand why the food trackers out there are mostly restaurant and confusing on portion least here you see carbs and protein so we will see how this works...logging is such a pain...also the carb/fat percentage goals are off... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:45:39 EST Hello Hi I am a newbie took the plunge on Wednesday and decided to join. I have been doing the best I can with the food I have in my house and hope to get out shopping this weekend. <BR> <BR> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:29:01 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople and I am very excited to get started on this journey. I would like to ask for meal plan ideas to get me started. EASY ON THE GO MEALS ARE preferred as I am a busy mom to two young littles. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:11:46 EST First timer Hello everyone! My name is Samm and this is my first time using Spark People. I joined because I'm finally ready to change control of my body. I am 23 years old. I work full time and go to graduate school part time. I've always struggled to maintain my weight. It seems ever since I was in high school, I consistently gained weight unless I made a constant effort not to. I've taken control before and lost 25lbs right before entering college and I was at my lowest adult weight of 128lbs. However... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:43:51 EST Starting over I was with SparkPeople a while ago but I have fallen off the wagon, so I'm back and determined. I have 50lbs to lose and I just hope to be over all healthier. <BR> I'm a 42yr old homeschooling mother of 2, part time church secretary, pro photographer and runner. I'm a 6x half marathoner and training for my first marathon starts in May. <BR> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:55:25 EST Hi! I'm new here. Hello everyone. I have been looking for some sort of forum to discuss my weight loss/ goals with other like minded people and this is where I was directed to go. I've been working really hard to lose weight but I really have no one to share my journey with because when I gained weight I withdrew from all my social events and pretty much stopped going out except for school and work. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in December at 245 lbs. It's been stop and go but as of this mornin... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:48:47 EST New to Spark Greetings everyone! Not my first ride in the diet rodeo. I have a lot of weight to lose. About 2 years ago I was able to lose over 60 lbs and going strong but I was getting bored. Life started to throw me challenges. Right before Thanksgiving in 2015 I found out my daughter had breast cancer and my diet efforts took a nose dive. She is now a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and for that I am grateful. My problem now is I can't get motivated to start losing again. Tonight I came across a top I ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:43:26 EST I'm Back! I am back under a different name. I think my last name was judydgentry. Surgery is behind me and I am back for another weight loss for me! I would love having your encouragement again. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:15:27 EST My page Testing to see if I created a page, and if I have a weight ruler. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:21:09 EST Trying this again... Hello I am going to try this again. My goal is to become more fit and healthy for the long haul. I have already started working out, watching portion sizes, and using Whey Protein with milk. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:26 EST Food obsession Hey you guys. <BR> Im new to spark. I signed up because Im having difficulty staying motivated and worse, controlling my cravings. <BR> When I get a urge to eat something, I may be able to delay it, but eventually, Im going to have to eat it at some point. I get kind of obsessed and it takes over my mood and overall well-being. <BR> I think it usually happens after 5 or 6 well behaved days (eating properly and according to my current diet) and it may be linked to some anxiety. <BR> Does it ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:54:39 EST A bit about me... So, I just turned 30 last month...I m not necessarily married but my Tiger and I have been together for almost 9 years. It's been a rough two years, Tiger was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, my father had a heart attack, my mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the family welcomed 5 new children into the mix, throw in a few weddings and I repeat; It's been rough. I'm not the mother to any of them though, I'm content borrowing them and giving them back to the parents. All is gett... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:50:35 EST New to Spark Hello every one my name is Jen I am a mom to 4 great kids 3 boys 1 girl. I have recently joined a weight loss support group with my daughter and would like to blog about my weight loss Journey any pointers would be greatly appreciated Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:59:55 EST Longtime SP user... Trying to use more of the resources to figure out maintenance. <BR> <BR> Hi! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:37:06 EST Anyone with thyroid issues on here? So, this may be a long message. I used to have loads of energy, always active. For example, in high school I was in every sport, worked multiple jobs etc. Then at only 20 years old I all of a sudden found myself with zero energy. I thought at the time if I just slept more, ate as healthy as possible, kept consistent excersizing it would go away. But I was constantly extremely exhausted & on top of that was gaining a ton of weight. I had been off all soda for over 5 years but found myself need... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:56:25 EST Hello All! Im a newbie Im here for the first time but not new to having to lose weight. I want to lose 38 lbs. Several years ago I lost over 100 lbs with diet and exercise and I have slowly started to gain the weight back. Time to stop. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:20:16 EST Hi I'm Donna ~ nice to meet you! :) Hi Everyone, My name's Donna and this is my first try at the message boards here - I'm hoping to make some friends and participate in motivating each other. <BR> <BR> I've been a little hesitant to use the community section due to severe stalking/harassment issues for the past 3 yrs - both online & off . As a matter of fact, within minutes after creating an id here that was the first thing that happened- an id calling itself 2BDYNAMIC posting pictures of "her friend Donna" trying to ha... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:42:49 EST Back on Spark Been gone from Spark for over a year or so but am turning 60 this year and need some motivation to lose those menopausal pounds. Sure I'll find it here! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:05:53 EST Sparkpeople and Advertising Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I just started spark this week. I've mostly been lurking and reading, but I really love the community vibe. <BR> <BR> One thing has bothered me since starting here, though -- some of the advertisements that pop up. I keep seeing one from Cosmo with a girl sucking her stomach in and recommending 'apple cider vinegar cleanses'. It feels a little bit disturbing to see something like that in a community with the tagline 'live healthy and happy'. <BR> <BR> Am I being too touc... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:39 EST Well, hello everybody! Hi, all! I'm Robin J., and I just joined the Fitbit Users Unite team! I'm ramping up my game plan. Waited over two weeks to get on a scale after my last doctors visit disappointed me. I've set a goal to lose 70 lbs., no end date, but to reach the goal I have to keep it off for two years or longer. My first ten lbs. passed me by and I just can't believe how much fitbit and Spark calorie counter have helped to show me where I needed to improve. Hope everyone is having a great day! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:43:04 EST Just saying Hi! Hi! I am getting older, 65 this month, but inside I'm still young, still me, still have a ton of dreams. I know I will never be gorgeous, never be young again, but I'm determined to ignore my age and be full of energy, be strong and fit, and do all the things I love again, as long as I can. Some of my physical goals are to be able to run again, jump rope, hula hoop, and ride horses all day long if I have the chance. I've been with SP for about a month and a half, and already I walk 2 mile... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:37:11 EST Hello SparkPeople!! <em>636</em> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:12:30 EST Introducing myself Hello, <BR> This is my first time as part of the SparkPeople community. I'm eager and excited to get started and take hold of this battle and win. <BR> <BR> I know I can do this, its a matter of willing to change the way I think about food and be part of a team who have the same goals as myself. So here I go..jumping in and making changes one step at a time. <BR> <BR> A great quote from a movie I recently watched: "It's you against you..everything else is in the way." <BR> <BR> A beautif... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:06:14 EST Hello :) Hi everyone I'm Angela 45 and have 4 wonderful childrens I took great care of them but I failed to take care of me. So now I want to take care if me, it's my turn for some tlc or a kick up the arse to get me in shape so that I can be fit and healthy. I live in Skipton North Yorkshire so lots of places to go for walks and let the wind blow the old cobwebs away. If you've stopped by to read this say hello and maybe add me as a friend God knows I could do with the support as I have zero will pow... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:45:46 EST Hello Spark World My name is Monique and I just joined Spark today! I'm a full time District Manager for and insurance company and married to a retired Army Vet. I'm always on the go and needed to find something to help me stay away from all the junk food along with getting rid of these 65 lbs that I've gained after the death of my dad! I recently hoping Plexus with my husband and I am hoping to get the extra encouragement I need to stay on track. We don't know many people where we live so sometimes it is hard... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:21:52 EST Getting serious.........don't want insulin--help I'm almost 54, started on Thursday, March 10. I'm a full-time student w/extra classes. I need to lose weight but, more important have to get my sugar down. Dr says insulin if not better in 4mths. Sugar never a question til 1 yr ago. BP is high..body has gone wacko on me, and I need to lose 75-100lbs.(Weight 238) Need some meal plans until I can take time and focus on here on my own(finals etc..) No Fish--, lunch, dinner needed. I love to cook but no oriental food(hubby won't touch it) 1500 ca... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:50:04 EST Have a Good Day Hello. I hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> <BR> I suppose I should introduce myself since I have been here for a week. I am 27, a mother of two, a 1L law student, and have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for nearly 11 years. My boyfriend and I have decided to get in shape and eat better together. People that he hasn't seen since he was a teen have been commenting on his weight gain and I need something to relieve stress from school and parenting, so this is it. <BR> <BR> Out... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:07:43 EST First time Sparkperson, the stakes are high! Hey there. <BR> <BR> I was a skinny kid, then I started gaining weight when I hit puberty. Decades later and I'm still fat. I lose a little and get stuck and long plateaus even counting calories and exercising. I've tried many times but life and depression gets in my way. The last time I was exercising 5-7 days a week and using another app to count calories. I maybe lost 10 pounds spread out over a year. I eat okay (was a vegetarian for a while even) but sometimes I have an evil sweet tooth,... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:42:31 EST Hello Hi everyone I am new to sparkpeople and I thought I would just introduce myself, i have decided today that I am going to lose weight, I have tried and failed many times but I am determined now that I will lose all my weight forever starting here :) Sun, 12 Mar 2017 04:01:59 EST First time trying SparkPeople. Hi! Hello, my name is Kimberly. I'm a 29 year old female with a family history of diabetes. My main goals are to improve my health, get in the best health I can to try having a baby, and to delay onset of diabetes for as long as possible. I love board games (favorites are Pandemic and Betrayal at House on the Hill) and animals. I am fortunate enough to spend some of my days rescuing dogs at my local shelter. Thanks for any support you all can give. Also let me know about you. 😊? <BR> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:39:48 EST New/Old Kid on the Block ok I am 65 and need to lose 50lbs. I have tried many times but have not gotten very far. The problem is I am going in for knee surgery in a couple of weeks so will be limited on exercise or walking for a while. <em>192</em> I I can use all the help I can get. <BR> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:07:54 EST Hi! This is one half of the first week. Hi! I wanted to introduce myself. This is my fourth day and I am trying very hard to stay on top of all the documentation of foods and exercise. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:43:41 EST Intro Hi everybody. I'm a 35 year old female with a full time job. I've got 6 incredible kiddos and a hard working hubby. I've joined this site in hopes of encountering a pal or two on my new journey. I've set my goal to lose 55lbs at the least. Anybody with encouraging words or advice on how to stay motivated; I'm all ears. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:51:57 EST Feel good again Hi everyone this is my first time to join a group. I need help. I have been over weight and diabetic for too long. I have many days I feel all alone in this problem. I am so glad I found this site. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:53:49 EST I want to be happy. I want to be finally happy with myself again. I struggle with my weight so much that it is the one thing I think about from the time I get up until I go to sleep. I am not happy with myself, because I have so much more going for me. I want to be able to have a better self image. Any help would be appreciated. I follow a wholesome whole foods diet and I exercise when I have the energy. Currently going through menopause so that makes it even harder. Encouragement and advice would be greatly app... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:38:46 EST Outside my comfort zone here! Hello! I've joined the 21-Day New Member Challenge (I've actually been trolling SP since the early 2000's but never followed through with it). Today's challenge is to introduce ourselves on the message boards. YIKES!! This is NOT easy for me!! But if I can do this, then changing my lifestyle should be a piece of cake, right? <BR> And if this helped me make some Spark Friends, that would also be good. I know I will need the support! It seems no one appreciates the party-pooper who tries to eat... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:50:31 EST SP Premium I finally upgraded to premium. Just got tired of the ads everywhere. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:30:42 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Liz and I'm new here! Looking forward to meeting folks for support in trying to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. :) Wed, 8 Mar 2017 21:56:05 EST Introducing myself Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Mikey and I'm excited to join a like minded community. <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:26:48 EST Time to Lose Hi, I am a mother of 4, all grown (27, 26, 22, 18), I just turned 50 and have multiple medical issues. My doctor's said I have to lose weight and I agree but I love to eat. I am trying to learn healthy life style changes and get motivated to MOVE. My dietitian recommended this site and so here I am. I look forward to any help anyone can offer. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:03:47 EST First timer seeking advice and help. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is the first time I have ever joined a support/forum site. I have always tried to lose weight on my own (usually by following fad diets) which caused me to do a lot of yo-yoing. I've finally reached my heaviest weight (not too big - 154 pounds) and I want to lose a stone for summer. <BR> Planning on using the no S diet to get me on track. <BR> Any advice on how to best use the SparkPeople site would be greatly appreciated! <BR> Thanks :) Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:32:04 EST Getting down to business! I have been away for a while, but now I'm back! I will be going to gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I am training to run a marathon in my favorite place in the world-Walt Disney World! I have signed up with Team in Training and I am going to do this! I have 200 lbs loss goal with goal date between June-October of 2018. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 13:38:26 EST Ready to change. I recently turned 48 and realized that I had wasted a lot of time when it comes to myself. When I reflect back to the person that went to the gym between 3 - 5 times a week, I wonder how I could end up in such bad shape. Life threw some sharp punches my way and knocked me down. I know that I have to get up and punch back so I can take myself back. I know I'll never be the person that I was in my prime, so many years ago, but I can be better than who I am today. I am ready for this next chapte... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:03:55 EST Back after long time away Well started this new account as can't remember my old one but that's ok cause a new account is good thing. I once weighed over 500lbs today I weighed in at 280 and my goal is to get down to a minimum of 225 before having any skin removal. I Walk run and mostly bike. I cook almost all my own food these are the things that have helped but I need accountability and friends and remembered how great this site was for that back in the bigger me days. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:46:28 EST Back Again... This is my third or fourth time around with SparkPeople. It is by far the best of the programs I have used over the last 40+ years. This time, I am signed up for Premium and using the Spark Coaching feature along with the regular things SP does so well. <BR> <BR> I will be 56 on Wednesday and my weight has been an issue for all of my life. Of course, the fact that it was an issue at all for a 6 year-old resulted in making it an even bigger issue in later years. Now, there are health pr... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:27:55 EST I'm back!! It's been a little over 2yrs since I've been on spark & boy have I missed it!! Life happened and I got super busy but things have changed and spark helped me so much in the past with staying accountable and meeting people who shared common interest as myself. Super pumped to be back and would love to meet all of you and help push each other to reach our fitness goals!! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 01:10:03 EST hi So time to get serious, a bit overdue! Need to lose weight to improve overall health and relieve physical discomfort. <BR> Hoping daily routine with Spark People and the community will help keep the motivation and will power in check! <em>224</em> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:45:40 EST Hi! I am excited to get into an exercise rhythm that will help me alleviate back pain. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:30:36 EST I'm back Hi! I have been a spark member for many years..with this program ,I lost weight and gained confidence! Unfortunately life got busy,and I got lazy about caring for my body. Now I'm regrettably 50lbs. over where I was years ago. I am ready to make a transformation for good . I love food and drink...I need to learn to love it less, or at least not use it as an emotional escape. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 13:13:29 EST Home To Long Stayed home to long.. being a homemaker, stay at home mom of a teen, having a husband that comes home for lunch everyday and 2 dogs, I always worried about getting every one out of the house in the morning, getting the dogs taken care of, making lunch and dinner while doing all the cleaning around the house, taking daughter to violin lessons, practice, and performances, I forgot about my self. Now that I am over 200# and refuse to buy bigger clothes here I am on day 6 of the 28 Day Challenge.... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 12:25:55 EST Introduce Myself Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Joy. I am again attempting to lose weight and I believe this time it will stick. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 10:45:46 EST Hi everyone Hello! Today is my first day with you guys on sparkpeople, i have always struggled with my weight I've been on so many diets (i even created my own diet) i always lose aaaaaaaall the weight and gain it back again, I'm fed up with the yoyo effect. Today i subscribed on this website as an SOS, I've reached that point where i don't even care anymore about my weight anymore and I'm just looking at those numbers getting bigger and bigger! Can anyone please help? Ps. I'm a bit ashamed to say that ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:38:15 EST Hello I have been working and living in Minneapolis and N Wisconsin for two years- and in that time I put on some weight. Lots of driving and getting use to the cold. Then business lunches etc. It has taken me this long to get into a routine- in Minnesota - since I moved from Colorado. Good to be on your team! Richard Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:37:04 EST New today I have been using the tracking for food for about 35 days. Had no idea how many calories I was using. Was diagnosed about 3 years ago as diabetic. Not a very good cook so this is another challenge. Due to injuries I am not currently able to walk which was my go to exercise. Need to lose at least 45 pounds. Looking forward to being a part of the group. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:37:51 EST New today I have been using the tracking for food for about 35 days. Had no idea how many calories I was using. Was diagnosed about 3 years ago as diabetic. Not a very good cook so this is another challenge. Due to injuries I am not currently able to walk which was my go to exercise. Need to lose at least 45 pounds. Looking forward to being a part of the group. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:37:16 EST Yes I can! Started my journey in October , this time lose the weight and keep it off is my goal. I am 47 and want to better at 48. In December I talked my exercise buddy into training for a 5 k (using the free C25k app) . I will attempt my first 5k March 18. I'm not going to set any speed records but I am going to do my best to run the whole thing. Trying to stay motivated when the scale moves slow! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 20:24:17 EST I AM DOING IT!!! I am positive and absolutely losing this weight. I have set myself for success and I do not expect failure. That's my positive self-talk. <BR> <BR> My name is Bethanie. I am married to my knight in shining armor (we've been through a lot) for 17 years. We have 3 beautiful children ages 14, 12 and 10. Two of which are autistic. My hands are full. We live in Salt Lake City, UTAH. <BR> <BR> We are always taking care of the children's needs first so I finally decided this is my year to ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:02:02 EST Sue Bee Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Once again...Cause momma didn't raise no quitter! Hi Everyone.....I'm gonna try this again...but this time, I'm going to succeed. <BR> In 2014, I was on the road to being healthier.....then my mom, my biggest cheerleader passed away. All that hard work went right down the drain and I started eating food that was all wrong for me. 9 months after my mom passed, I lost my younger brother. Once again, food brought me comfort. Add in a daughter that attempted to commit suicide, was hospitalized and was diagnosed with bipolar, yeah food agai... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:05:39 EST Trying Again I'm here again. One more time. I've tried over and over. This time I'm just really scared so maybe this is what it'll take. So many health problems and I'm just not ready to kick it. And I don't want to be alone. And I'm tired of feeling like I'm walking through mud all the time. I'm trying to get supports in as many different directions as I can this time. The problem is this time I'm in a wheelchair so the exercise options are very limited and finding those options are even harder....needin... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:02:08 EST Starting out for a new,healthy lifestyle Hello, this is my first week with Sparkspeople. It is going great. I'm going to lose 30 pounds but more importantly...I just want to feel healthy!! I was exercising faithfully for 6 months but have stopped again :( I am hoping tracking everything will help me get motivated again! Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:53:03 EST New and Getting Married <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! Looking for some new weight loss buddies here, I used SP years ago and it helped a ton. Wish I hadn't have quit back then but I'm back at it for good this time! <em>344</em> I have a new goal and NEED to meet it! <em>336</em> I'm getting married in November and I just can't see me at 198 lbs walking down the isle. I'd love some support to get healthier and I am a good sup... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 23:28:19 EST Hi New Today Hi, I am Annie and was here a few years ago. Ended giving up after a death in the family and now ready to jump back on the weight loss wagon. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:15:30 EST Is the weight of meat before or after it's cooked? I've been confused on that issue. Meat loses weight when you cook it. So when I say I ate 3 ounces of meat, is that the weight of the meat before I cooked it or after I cooked it? I haven't been sure how to put down the weight of the meat I eat because of being confused about that. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:55:06 EST Hello Friends! Hi Friends, <BR> Muzammil here from United Arab Emirates. I've just joined this community. I really like this community for healthy and happy life. <BR> Thanks Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:27:45 EST new and determined Hi, I'm here to lose the 25 lbs I put on last year due to steroids from being sick. This will make myself and my oncologist very happy. I find I do a lot better with accountability and a forum to use for extra support. I look forward to getting to know a lot of you and hopefully forming some friendships along this journey. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 03:44:04 EST I;m A 74 year old Granny... <em>104</em> <em>527</em> I'm a 74 year old Great Granny...I just go out of the hospital a few weeks ago...Couldn't breath...I Had Water in one lunge...O2 up to 4...Diabetics...Copd...High-BP going to low...Congestive Heart Failure is what put me in the hospital this time...I was 205 at the hospital... I was 189. when I got fluid is going down...I hope to join some groups once I learn how... <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day...Love Always Char... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:43:07 EST Trying it again Tried this program several years ago and it worked for me...SO much started coming in my life to camping that I slipped away with regrets but now I am trying it 1 more time...Determination Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:33:43 EST Hello, I just wanted to give a shout out and let you know that I am excited to have joined Sparks and I am looking to be more active not just in the community. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:43:18 EST Just joined! Hi! I'm a 29 year old, stay at home mom of 2 (Boy & Girl - 5 & 3 ), and full-time student. I'm at my heaviest weight and am just really, really down about it. I've had body and weight issues since a young age and definitely have disordered eating (over eat, binge, food issues, BDD, never realizing I was a healthy weight when I was smaller). Long story short, my mom lost a good amount of weight when I was about 11 via really bad means. She was bulimic, abused laxatives and excessively exercise... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:28:45 EST Pam My kids recently approached me about my appearance in a picture and worried about my health - i need to do this Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:41:59 EST I hit rock bottom and am ready for a change I've been a member for four years and only active for 10% of the time. I've been unemployed for 3 months, 2 were supposed to be relaxing and getting my head straight. Instead I worried and stressed over my lack of employment and drank my way to the hospital. Now I'm ready. <BR> <BR> Instead of just binge watching, after each episode of a show I spend 10 minutes doing something constructive. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:59:13 EST Hay There From Iowa! I'm from the cold midlands and recently retired, Now that I have more free time, I'm intent on losing the flab I put on while working a desk job most of my life, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been and hate the way I look and feel! February 10th I started walking on the treadmill and haven't stopped using it since then. While cruising through the internet, I came across Spark People and now here I am! So far I'm motivated by what I'm reading. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:11:28 EST New and Scared! Hi everyone..........I am SUPER NERVOUS to start this journey. I always think I'm ready, but right now I'm heavier than I've ever been and I feel like (well, I KNOW) my weight is contributing to EVERYTHING negative in my life right now; health issues, self-esteem, etc. <BR> I don't want anyone (in my real life) to KNOW I'm trying to lose weight because I feel like instead of encouraging me, people will judge everything I do and not help, but SHAME me. I feel like I could go on and on forever ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:08:54 EST 60+ Hey there! I'm 60 and back. Looking for friends to keep me motivated that are my age. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:24:43 EST Hello From Texas Hello I am a 30ish (lol) mom from Texas. I use to weigh 420+ I had a gastric surgery 7 months ago and i am now down to 300. I joined because I can feel my aniety and stress starting to levitate me towards Mcdonalds and Burger King again so I thought I would re-motivate myself and try to join a community that might be positive instead of all the neg that lives in our world. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:32:32 EST Busy momma looking to change Hi my name is danielle , <BR> I'm a mother to a adorable 2 year old little boy . I also nanny a 2 1/2 year old little girl 4 days a week . And i am also a dog groomer 3 days a week. I'm fairly busy but I'm tired of being over weight and need to make a positive change. My problem is I loose motivation and since I'm so busy I resort to fast food WAY to often . Do any of you have tips to stay motivated? And keep on your diet even though your constantly on the go ? Thank you all in advanced Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:40:31 EST New on here I'm currently blaming hrt for my weight gain.. After tracking calories on this app I've lost 6lb, so I was guilty of under estimating my food intake,!!! N <em>593</em> ext stage is to begin a walking programme, starting with 3 times a week and increasing to 6 times a week in better weather.... I am preparing for a few setbacks etc as I'm only human, but I will try to stick to the goals and know that I have made lots of improvements to my life! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:25:53 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST I am the new gal from TX. Hi! I'm back with Sparkpeople. After a huge life change which included moving 1100 miles, I am needing this community. My change also included some horrible eating habits, and even worse exercise habits. So....I got myself a Fitbit and have been walking. YAY! Now I need to get the whole package together and feel better. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:03:59 EST Looking To Succeed! Hi Everyone! I'm Gianna23 and I'm looking for a message board where people share stories and information and support each other. I hope to at least find one person to listen to, swap stories with and support each other and lose weight along the way. I'm looking forward to meeting any individual's who are serious about dropping pounds. I'm on a special diet called "Don't Eat So Much", LOL :) I pay attention to nutrition. I hope to meet you whether you're male or female soon. Thanks, Gianna Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:50:56 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> My name is Diana. I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time. However, I slacked off and regained all the weight I had previously lost - plus some. I'm now starting over. I goal is to lose 70 pounds by the end of the year. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:43:55 EST Hello !!! My name is Sandy . Looking for friends Hi there. My name is Sandy. I live in Fl. I am looking for friends that have the same goals as myself so that we may work together. My goals is to change my eating habits, lose weight, have fun exercising, and creating more awesome experiences for myself. If you have the same goals please hit me up. Let's work together. {{{Hugs}}} Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:03:45 EST Looking to make some changes Hi! I've just recovered from a relatively serious bout of illness, and I'm trying to get my fitness levels back up, as well as improve my eating habits. I'm also turning 30 this year, which is my signal to really invest in my health (and skincare). <BR> <BR> As the name implies, with a very busy job amongst other things, I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands, but I think with a bit of help, I can find a way to reach my goals and not give up sleep! <em>24</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:53:37 EST I'm hoping this time will be different! Hi y'all! I'm here to get healthy and lose this extra weight! <BR> <BR> Who's with me??? ;-) <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:54:55 EST My first time on a message board. Any advice? Any advice about using message boards? This is new to me. I'm on Day 5 of Spark People. My user name ironclad57 is loosely inspired by the ironclad ships of the civil war, the Monitor and the Virginia. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:11:40 EST HELLO FROM TEXAS hi yall ! kitty here aka vdubbkittty <BR> an have started 'nother team AlLI & friends <BR> Ive recently restarted back on ALLI <BR> as when it first came out i didn great. then they pulled the plug for some reason.. <BR> im happy it was FDA approved as i drive truck So cant have anything that would interfere with my license <BR> & tryin to hold meself accountable most days on my spark page LOL <BR> an also lookin for others doin alli & weight loss buddies always a Plus too!! <BR> but ima... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:20:25 EST Doing it on my own! Hello everyone, my name is Akilah but I also go by Kiki. I heard about this site by reading other's testimonials about their weight loss success. I decided to check it out for myself. I am supposed to be getting a gastric sleeve next month but I have been on the fence about it. Its a huge thing to commit to and yet I feel as if I should do it because otherwise I will fail at trying to get healthy for the gazillionth time. My mom and best friend thinks I can do it and I am certainly determined... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:28:51 EST Hello, my name is Maria. My name is Maria, and I'm a totally blind college student from Washington State. I live here with my wonderful fiance`, who is my source of inspiration. I've always gained weight quickly, but in recent years, it has gotten way out of control. My hobbies include rock music and rock and roll, writing, reading, and learning new languages. I speak Spanish, English and German, and I am learning Russian. I love meeting new people, and I can't wait to make friends here. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:49:38 EST It's time... Hello if anyone is there, I'm Sharon, 45 years young :) Live in France. Need to focus and get some of my life back. On the 13th October 2016 I had 2 level ACDF surgery, two discs removed and two cages inserted (C6/C7), not the funniest of moments - I have been given the all clear to carefully start my life again, so, I have some weight to loose, and some strength to gain. baby steps, so here I am, really hoping I can stay on track, Spring is coming and I am so tired of being unhappy with wha... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:17:19 EST I am back I am 70 yrs young. I am happy to have any happy helpful help. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:47:05 EST Starting and then Keeping going Hello everyone !! I am here again started strong !! <BR> Wish me luck Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:30:13 EST Pat101 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:18 EST Hello everyone! Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople (again) has been a few years since I have been on the site and I thought it is a good time to see if anything has changed. Looks like a lot of the old is still here, but there have been a lot of cosmetic changes and things are running smoother. I have a little weight to lose, but my main focus is on being healthy in general and creating the small habits that are going to last a life time. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:39:07 EST Good Saturday Morning I am almost 49 years old and looking to lose about 35 pounds. I also want to feel better overall, not feel so tired and drained all the time. I am only a few days in and I notice that this week despite a very stressful week at work, I did not feel so tired and drained. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:44:47 EST Thank you all for being awesome. Hi my name is Sandy. I am new to SparkPeople. Looking forward to making new friends and working on challenges together. I am here for all. {{{Hugs}}} Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:39:33 EST Here I go again! I have been on here in past years but this time I am fully committing myself to my healthy weight loss journey. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:04:52 EST I'm back! Hi all, <BR> If I don't start again, I'll never reach my goal...right? Having been laid off from my job 17 months ago, I have gained all the weight back that I lost with the help of our in-office WW meeting. I'm determined to finally lose weight without spending money. While I'm unemployed, I can't justify paying for WW or exercise classes. I am grateful that SparkPeople is here to help. Just leaving this intro message is a sign that I am "all in" this time. Okay...let the games begin!! Good ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:47:55 EST Having a hard time with SP I am new here for right now.I was here 8 years ago.Don't remember how to get to my own spark page 👎? <BR> Can someone please tell I feel very stressed out.I don't have a regular computer only my cellphone . Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:15:38 EST Fairly new returning customer I have appreciated this site in the past and need to use it again. I have close to 100 lbs to loose and could truly use anyone's support! I have had a few stressors in my life for the past few years and things are only getting more envolved. I know I need to take care of myself to be able to help others! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:21:37 EST Round 2 I think... Hi everyone, I am not new per se. I have been using saprk tracker on and off for a few years. I only used the message boards and the other things Spark offers 1 time. I have tried so many things over the years and while they have worked for short term nothing seems to stick. In 2015 I lost a lot of the weight and I felt great about myself. Then in 2016 life though a lot of curve balls to me and my family and I turned to food to cope... now here I am in jeans that are a size bigger and som... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:22:13 EST Where do you live and how old or young are you? I'm in Indiana and am 58 years young Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:15:47 EST good morning from snowy nebraska Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:17:33 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Samantha, in North Carolina. It's my fifth day here. I've done pretty well this week, actually. I've tracked my meals all week - even putting not-so-good-for-me things, for accountability. I did share a piece of cheesecake with my husband, but it was my birthday, so I'm not going to feel guilty about it! I have lost six pounds this week, so I'm feeling pretty good about that. Next week, I need to add more exercise to my routine. Even if you don't send me a message, please just offer u... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:08:59 EST Anyone want to help or coach me? I'm a 60 year old male who knows little about losing weight. I never had to diet when I was younger. I'm a difficult case, I think, for a variety of reasons. But if anyone wants to work with me, please write me. <BR> <BR> Please don't write if you're selling something... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:08:55 EST hey, can we be friends?? Its been a couple years since I've dedicated myself to getting on track to good nutrition and health. I've had some family issues at home that occupied my mind and took me off track. My mom had dementia for many years and I dealt with a variety of different emotions, we were very close She passed away last month. More than ever, it's time for me to do what I know needs to be done. I got a new fitbit for Christmas and I'm really looking forward to increasing my daily step goal.. I sit at... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:36:08 EST New girl! Hi, my name is Kelly and I am an almost 29 year old police fire and medical 911 dispatcher. I am a self soother with stress eating, binge eating and sleep when I'm sad. I am six months out of a walking boot due to an ankle condition that will only get better with surgery. I am allowed to do low impact exercises but even that hurts me. I am willing to get the surgery, but due to the down time post op, I would like to get at least a 50 pound head start before. My husband and I are also try... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:28:15 EST hey I'm new here Hey I'm new here, I've lost 30 kgs last years and have to lose 20kgs more, but I'm just weak can't stop myself from sweeties and chocolate those days, who can be my friend and help me with that? <BR> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:53:06 EST Hi Everyone!!! This is day 5 for me, and I am looking forward to being a part of this Spark Community. I am 55 years old and have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have been a vegetarian for 33 years , and a vegan for about a month . I was also diagnosed with celiacs six years ago, and now eat gluten free. I don't like to eat out, preferring to cook and create recipes at home. I don't eat much boxed or canned or processed food, but I definitely have a problem with portion control! Slowly but sure... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:18:59 EST New to SparkPeople Looking to meet new friends, health motivators and fitbit charger 2 friends. I am so ready to do this. 2017 is my year. Woo <em>381</em> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:51:36 EST New to Spark People Hi I am Rosalie and have just started on Spark People. Love the online tools. Very user friendly and I love the tracking. It keeps me aware of what I am eating and how much (or little) exercise I am getting. I am looking forward to really challenging myself to exercise more and eat less and healthier. <BR> Look forward to reading all the tips from everyone. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:42:38 EST Hi! I always struggle to "stay the course" Back to the Spark diet. As of late, I have had difficulty staying on the plan. I will get started, put in a good week or two. I will get good results, and then, I will excuse make, allow myself a diet break and then slip back into my old bad habits. I am really hopeful that this time, I will stay the course! Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:17:46 EST Good morning I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile, but never been consistent with it. I'm restarting it, I trying to use a lot of the great tools here. I'm trying to lost over 100 pounds, so I have a long way to go! <BR> - Karen Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:33:25 EST Spark People Newbie Hello everyone! I am new to Spark People looking to find ways to help with my weight and fitness goals. I am busy with a pretty sedentary job and finding time and motivation to workout and and eat healthy is a challenge. So any tips and tricks you guys have would be greatly appreciated! Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:59:00 EST Hello to all Hey spark people i'm new to this site, been disappointed in my weight for years but am making 2017 that year of my lifestyle change. I have about 70lbs i want to lose. Looking to meet any like minded people so we can motivate each other and compare how we are gonna meet our goals. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:33:08 EST HI! been on since this weekend. have to say that i'm really enjoying the options and variety this site offers. <BR> <BR> while i truly need to loss weight my main objective for doing this is simply to strengthen my core muscles and gain flexibility that i've been losing over the past few years. loss weight i just see as an added benefit for doing those two things. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:18:37 EST hi-i'm a newbie/looking 4 friends n a cynthnia 2! hi- my journey is like most others- had gastric bypass surg- was 360 at my heaviest- lost down to 200lbs- never got past that- it's been 10 years now-and i gained a whopping 20lbs back- i'd like to get down to 175- not as active as i used to be but only because of back issues ( failed back surg- getting ready for another one ) i live very remotely and the surgeon who did my surgery never gave me the post op tools i needed- he did my abdominaplasty leaving me with horrible muffin top n b... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:51:05 EST Hi Everyone! I'm Cynthia Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Well, I did something I somewhat regret cause I'm lazy (but that will change). My mom is turning 60 next year and she wants to do the marathon but was not feeling motivated, she's done it before and she's a fit little lady. So my dumb butt said "for your 60th birthday present, I will run with you". At that moment, I knew I messed up lol. She put her hand out and make me shake on it. Boy oh boy am I a little sad now lol. <BR> <BR> I've used to be active, played ball... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:48:38 EST Due for an upgrade I am taking on a new job and realize how sloppy I have become. I don't even fit in what I call "my good clothes". I am looking to use this new job as a time to upgrade myself starting with getting back in nice clothes. Then buying some NICE clothes. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:01:52 EST Hi Everybody! ~~~Waving~~~ I found this site while doing a google search about weight watchers. I read this this place is much better so here I am! I don't know a thing about what goes on here so I'll be doing a lot of reading. <BR> <BR> I am insulin resistant and have metabolic disorder so it's REALLY hard for me to lose weight and mostly to keep it off. I don't eat much but I still maintain my weight. When I just joined it said that I could eat 1300cals/day and lose. hahahahahahahahaha NOT! <BR> <BR> I am at a ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:57:24 EST Less of me to become more of me. I am a very busy working single mom. I am a social worker and spend my days empowering others. I am good at taking care of others, but not so good at taking care of myself. I know to really take care of others, though, I need to take care of myself first. I am committed to doing this. I want to lose 40 pounds and find my way to less of me in order to become more of me. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey in Spark. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:17 EST Hello my name is Joyce D Mother of two beautiful daughters Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:07 EST Hello mad mad world I'm an older lady who should know better. Trying again to drop 20ish + pounds. So far for 5 days I've done well. I'm going to try to do all the challenges and see how long I can endure. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:51:54 EST psychnurse My weight has been fluctuating due to health related issues. Two years ago I underwent treatment and surgery for breast cancer. The medication that I am taking is an estrogen suppressant and in the past two years I have developed quite a large belly. My grandson asks me "do you have a baby in there grandma?". I desperately want to get rid of this belly fat, regain my strength and increase my activity level. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:41:36 EST New to Spark People Here to lose weight. Been big all my life and at a point in my life where its time to do something about it. Depression in the last few months have not helped me. No job and no money took a toll on a stress eater. Biggest I have ever been in my life. Don't want to be this way anymore. Have to make better choices and be accountable. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:31:04 EST Welcome Good morning, my name is Yvona and I am 62 years old. I have lost 45 pounds and need to loose 10 more. Since I started I have had two hip replacements, retired, got married and moved to another state. I am much healthier but getting tired of always having to do these things to keep the weight off. Getting older is always a new set of issues that no one ever talks about. Living a happier, healthier, life in the third quarter of your life is amazing. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:29:49 EST Looking for new friends! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kerry and I am a wife and mum of 3 from the UK. <BR> I've got about 50+ pounds that I want to lose this year. <BR> <BR> I'm a full time mum and I also run my own business, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming to balance it all and stay fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Hopefully here I can meet some like minded people and find some inspiration and motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm quite introverted and so don't often like to be out much so it would be great to meet new... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:08:47 EST day 5 of using sparkpeople :) Hi There! <BR> I am starting my 5th day of using SparkPeople to track my exercise and eating. I am not trying to loose weight, but rather to not gain weight as well as to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Both of my parents took medication for their cholesterol, my mother also took medication for her blood pressure and I was recently told that my blood pressure is slightly elevated and my cholesterol numbers have started to rise. So I want to do all that I can to avoid ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:55:28 EST Brand new to Spark People My name is Liz. I'm a 41 year old married mom of one. I had previously lost 65 lbs on My Fitness Pal, but, as is common, gained some back. I thought I'd try Spark People to find inspiration and a new way of looking at health and weight loss. The thing that works for me is accountability, so I'm looking for people that aren't afraid to call me out when I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:48:16 EST Newish Member Hi everyone, <BR> I have used sparks for a few over a month using food tracking and exercises. I am just starting to get into the community aspect now. I am in my 30s and have 55 pounds to lose. I am already down 11 pounds and really happy about it. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:05:36 EST Not a new member but . . . I never post . I am a 50+ mom of 7 who just can't keep the weight off and in fact am going up all the time. I hadn't been on sparkpeople for a few years so when I checked my profile and saw that I was 30 lbs. higher than the last time I was on here it made me cry. I love to eat and I totally struggle with willpower. I feel like I am 2 people as I say "no, no, no" while I am shoveling it in. <BR> I feel like I don't have any time to commit to weight loss. But I must! But I can't. But I... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:22:51 EST My fifth day Hi, My name is Charlie: <BR> <BR> I understood that in order for me to stay on track with eating right, it is better for me to plan, prepare, and have a menu for the week ahead. Trying to figure this out on my own is pretty difficult. This is hard work, perhaps, then I get going, it will get easier. <BR> Thank you in advance Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:57:44 EST anybody living in peru just started about 6 days ago. I am a little slow on the weekends but hope to have a super week coming up. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:58:27 EST First Time Here!! Hi There I am starting my new healthier life today and it is mostly because I stumbled across this website. Very encouraging, with great support. I am not putting it off for another day!! I also am fighting a bad cold (which would usually be enough to make me say maybe I will start tomorrow) but I am not going to let that stop me from making small changes today. I am glad to be on board with everyone that is trying to better their lifes. Good Luck to all of us!!! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:30:36 EST Hello Hi Everyone. Just signed up last night. I'm a WW member who needed community support. WW changed their website so I can't access the support I was getting so I'm here. Hoping to make some friends. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:02:47 EST Reaching out...time for me to tend to me! Hi. I am Dunelady. I am reaching out because I know I can't do this alone. Tried multiple times and have discovered that I am extremely successful at my lack of success with sticking to a plan...even when it is working! Life always happens and I get derailed and wind up right back where I started, which is carrying around 40 pounds of pregnancy weight gained with each pregnancy that I never lost. (Totally not an excuse...youngest is 17, so it's not like I haven't had time to lose the wei... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:47 EST 2nd day yesterday i restarted the program. i think documenting what i eat is prob the most important but i could use some other tips.. I switched from weight watchers, i wasn't doing well on it Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:36:22 EST Hello Hello all, <BR> <BR> I initially got serious about losing weight about 8 months ago and have lost about 65 pounds. I would like to lose 35 more pounds. I am 57 years old. On December 5th, I suffered a left occipital stroke and had a right occipital stroke on January 5th. I only have about 10% of my vision left as a result of the strokes. I was employed as a registered nurse prior to the second stroke. I would like a pen pal/weight loss buddy, preferably female and in my age range. We ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:33:00 EST back on track <em>249</em> Hello all, I am a 55 year old mom of 4 grandmom of 6, happily married to my best friend. 8 months ago I was taken to the hospital with back and neck pains. I was diagnosed with Angina and high blood pressure (I already knew about the high cholestral). While being tested to confirm results it was found that I had gone from pre-diabetic to diabetic. So much going on at the time that I became very overwhelmed but had wonderful support from all the doctors and clinics they suggeste... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:37:07 EST Hi, my 4th day Hi. I am new to Sparkpeople. I haven't made any commitment until now. Very optimistic about this change. <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:32:53 EST New Member Hi, my name is Dollie Wagner. I am new to Spark. I am 22 years old, and struggling with obesity. I have a 1 year old son, and I am newly married. I have always been overweight, and I have let food take over my life. Growing up, if I was upset I would eat. When I was bored or we were celebrating I would eat. I am 200 ibs today. This is my first day to Spark. My son is my biggest motivation for wanting to loose weight. I want to be, able to be around for him. In general I would just like to be ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:27:29 EST Let Me try This Again! Hello everyone, I am back at it again. I was a member of SparkPeople for about two years and I lost 45lbs <em>9</em> . After that I deleted my account thinking that I had things under control. Well lets just say that I am starting over again <em>39</em> . But I am excited to see my future weight loss and share in your success as well. <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:51:38 EST Hello :>) I'm Melissa. I used sparks years back and have decided to come back. I have tried other fitness apps and pages and there are just things about it I was not a fan of. <BR> But anyways... hello. I am Melissa and I would love some friends Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:19:55 EST I'm Back! I originally joined in 2011. Stayed a while. Left. Returned. Left. I'm back now because I like tracking calories, carbs and exercise, and this site has become user friendly, which it was not 5 or 6 years ago. I have no particular weight-loss goal in mind. A pound this week, maybe 2 pounds next week. Whatever comes off is good. Whatever is maintained is good. Whatever is gained is not good. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:11:52 EST Searching for diet buddy in Monroe, Mi Hi, my name is Fran & I need someone to do this with. Someone to help keep me on track for I am very weak when it comes to food. I love to cook and I love Italian! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:35:04 EST First Day... Hi! <BR> I'm a 34 year old mother of four, and I'm starting this journey for the billionth time; however, this time, I'm doing it "better" (I hope). <BR> <BR> I'm committed to accountability as I undergo this journey, and I'm excited/anxious to get started. <BR> <BR> Some obsticals I will overcome are: generally being busy (full time job, full time mom, homeschooling 4 kids), and just feeling like I have so far to go that I give up. <BR> <BR> However, I hope with support and determination... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:18:57 EST need a partner to help each other stick to it start out ablaze but then feel defeated and slip back to old bad habits need a partner to help me stay the course as I help them too Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:07:05 EST New Best Friends? Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Kayla and I am new to Sparkpeople. I've been lurking in the shadows for a few days now and from what I have seen so far I am really looking forward to meeting new people and using the amazing tools that Spark has to offer! <BR> <BR> A little about me? I just turned 30 and I am ready to start living my life! After 10 years of not allowing myself to care about ME, I am ready to make a change! <BR> <BR> I'm really excited for this new journey and to share it... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:22:17 EST Starting again How many times should you start again? As many times as it takes to get where you need to go, I suppose. <BR> I found Spark people last night and am beginning my weight loss journey again. I have 50lbs to lose... So here goes Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:11:45 EST Hi, my name is... Hello. I am new to spark people. I joined 1 week ago and I am still navigating my way through the app. I have been tracking my food intake and WOW I had no clue how horrible I actually eat. Now that I can are this I can start to make changes. My first change is my water intake! I never drank water but now I am consistently drinking 1 glass a day. For me this is huge progress. Now my next focus is to increase to 2 glasses a day. I will continue to focus on this until I get to 8...wis... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:39:45 EST I am back Hi, I'm Don, n1zyf is an FCC call sign. I was doing fine, brought my A1c down to 5.6, lost 30 Lbs got all my meds reduced and felt fine. I was pretty sure I had it down pat. My major goof was I was fooling myself. From Thanksgiving - Valentines day I went to the Dr. I'd gained back 11 lbs. He got me to do a full lipid panel and A1c today. Bet I'll catch hell Friday or Monday. He asked me what changed - I was doing so well -- I told him. He shook his head and asked what I'd do about it. I ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:46:48 EST I hate oatmeal I am 60 years and have always hated oatmeal. or grits, or cream of wheat, the flavor, the texture, etc. But I have cooked it for my family for 36 years. I have been told that eating oatmeal will help lower your cholesterol. I need alternative foods to lower my cholesterol. Any ideas? I would appreciate it. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:44:06 EST Gratitude Team We would love to have you join our Gratitude Journals Team. <BR> <BR> There is something to be grateful for in each and every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:14:07 EST Never been this big before I have lost weight many times but at the top of my weight now. I had parathyroid tumors causing severe osteoporosis and broken bones, causing the weight gain, loss of mobility, etc. Now I am ready to walk and make the change. Anyone experiencing brittle-breaking bones? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:45:43 EST I'm back So when I watched the biggest loser they always had a something holding them back. <BR> I am working through a few things in a bible study class and once I am free I am hoping this will no longer hold me back. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:53:15 EST Start of something new Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Michaela, I'm new to sparkpeople I used to have a sparkteen account when I was 14 yrs old. I am now back on here trying to lose the weight I have gained back after loosing the weight when I was a teenager. I hope using this site will keep me motivated and continue to strive way after I lose my goal weight. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:51:58 EST Hello I am new here I just found this site and am super excited about it. I am from Oregon but now residing in Phoenix area. I have had some very great life changes and am looking to correct some health issues as well as lose some weight. Glad to meet you all. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:07:03 EST HI! I am back on SparkPeople because two years ago I lost 50 lbs using this app. Due to an injury I gained 20 back. Time to start over. Good to be back!! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:28:32 EST All in I've done Sparkpeople before but never fully participated. This time I'm all in. My name is Marci. I'm 47 and have 25 pounds to lose. Well, I'm sure I have more than that but I'm not looking to be a model, just comfortable and fit. This time I feel like it's going to work and if I am all in, I can't say I didn't give it everything I have. I'm posting, sharing, connecting, tracking, and MEASURING. No cheating, no giving up. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:10:47 EST Hello I'm a brand new member, this is my first time using Spark people. My goal is to lose 25 lbs and i have found it hard to get motivated to get out & exercise in the winter. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:58:34 EST Third Times The Charm Hi everyone! This is my third time joining SparkPeople. This time I am going to make it. I am finding the older you get, the harder it is to get the weight off. I want to do this for me and my health. <BR> <BR> A year ago I had Septic Shock and had a heart attack, my kidneys were failing and other organs were taking a pounding. I also coded and they brought me back. This year has been a year of struggling but I am finally doing fairly good. So I woke up this morning and thought today is the... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:45:36 EST cowyav Hi can someone help me? I would like to do WW points plus ..I weigh 275 :( how many daily point plus do I get? also do I get extra weekly points? and how many..... I am 5'4" 275 libs and I am 59 years old and not very active thank u for any help :) Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:39:14 EST Returning After a couple years away from Spark's I'm trying to find my way around there has been changes in this period of time. <em>40</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:30:44 EST Starting over Hi everyone, I'm trying again at losing weight but I think I'm on to a winner now. After trying all different fad diets and slimming clubs, I have settled on a low carb diet. I have Tom Kerridge's Dopamine diet book to hand and a supportinve network around me to keep me on track. I'm on day 3 and not hungry, not searching for snacks and not feeling deprived. I'll keep posting as i go along and weigh in each week. wish me luck! 150lbs to go!!! Mon, 13 Feb 2017 03:32:33 EST Introducing myself Hello everyone! I've been here on and off for a few years but now I am back and more motivated than ever. My DH and I have adopted a little girl from my BFF and she is my whole world. I want to be able to run around and keep up with her, share in the joy of childhood with her and raise her in a healthy family environment. I am ready to shed this extra weight and become a healthier, happier mommy. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:07:47 EST j pouch Hi, I'm new here and anxious to lose weight. I have a j pouch (I don't have a rectum and part of my lower intestine) due to cancer. Unfortunately, this means that it is very hard for me to digest a lot of fruit and vegetables. I also have to eat a lot of carbs to avoid problems. Obviously, this makes it very hard to lose weight. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:20:18 EST Day 5 Challenge Day 5 of the 21 Day Challenge - Introduce yourself <BR> Hi to all of you committing to better health. I skipped this day of the challenge. Working an extra job during tax season is my challenge. Looking forward to one day at a time. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:35:53 EST I'm back and starting over I came back after a long absence. I decided to do the Get Started 20 Day Challenge to make a solid reentry. I am glad I did...I already lost a few pounds. <BR> <BR> Hi out there <em>213</em> <em>213</em><BR>boardpost.asp# <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:39:06 EST New and anxious member Beginning today and a little anxious. Need to get out of my head and stay focused on why I am here and remind myself of my goals. I am in tough shape right now. I have multiple premorbid diagnoses, such as high blood pressure, GERD, severe sleep apnea, asthma as well as osteoarthritis. My knees have deteriorated to bone on bone over past two years and I am now in need of knee replacements. Cannot have those surgeries at my current weight due to my risk factor. Needless to say, this is o... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:03:44 EST Just getting started I'm just getting started. I have had this account for a while but now I have to get the work done. I hope to meet like minded people who are trying to lose weight I need the support and would like to support others. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:54:53 EST Feel free to friend me I'm new here, just having joined this morning. I'm a 44 year old male, currently employed by the YMCA organization. I'm in training to become a personal trainer and aspire to be as physically fit as possible. My goals include losing over 100 pounds, during the next year and a half. I'm also a (semi) professional musician - saxophone, piano and guitar. I teach music privately out of my house, as a second gig. <BR> Feel free to friend me - from my experience, one can never have enough su... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:28:02 EST Hi 👋? My name is Marquita Wilson, and I have currently loss over 100 pounds and 21inches on my waistline, I would love to share my story with you to inspire you to never quit on your goals and dreams do come true, follow me on Facebook:Marquitalookatmenowwilson <BR> Instagram:Marquitalookatmenowwilson <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:28:56 EST Hello everyone! My name is Brenda. This is my second attempt at trying to follow SparkPeople. I had a baby a year ago, but still have kept 20 of the 27 pounds I gained during pregnancy. I'm very frustrated I've allowed myself to get this unhealthy. This is the most I've ever weighed and the clothes that I've stayed the same size in forever are starting to not fit. I want to lose the weight so I can more easily play with my children and be a more active role in their lives than just being an unhealthy couch p... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:33 EST Hai ho! Day 5 here Introducing myself... my name is Steph, and I'm a 34 year old mom from western Pennsylvania. I'm here on day 5. This has been a very difficult 5 days, but I'm here doing it and sticking it out. 3 short gym visits this week to start. Gotta start somewhere. Looking forward to this journey with you all! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:28:53 EST Hello! Day 5 I'm Terri. Tried Spark once, and never logged in. I'm on a streak now--5 days in a row AND I'm got my fitbit connected. I wish there were someone in my area who was an early riser like I am and wanted to walk at 5AM. Oh well. Oh well. Keep plugging along. <em>311</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:18:23 EST Hello everyone! Today I turn 55. I am starting to take care of myself. Went to a few doctors and have been diagnosed with IBS. I am following a low fodmap diet to help with that. I want to track here and make friends and get support. I've been here before and know this place is awesome! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:17:23 EST New here looking for weight loss buddies Hello, my name is Emily in 27 and am looking at a 160lb weight loss goal by my 29th birthday! I joined spark people in hopes to fin the support that im lacking in my everyday life .. id love to find some weight loss buddies who i can chat with and support eachother through the rough times and praise on the great ones :) Thu, 9 Feb 2017 23:49:51 EST No Longer Living to Eat Hi, just want to say that so much has changed for me in the last 4 weeks since I found SparkPeople. I used to live my life around meal time, not anymore!! I no longer live to eat now I eat to live, big difference! Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:18:31 EST New Hello , want to say hello hoping to online friends and the support is a 360 turn of helping each other . Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:22:13 EST HOW 2 REACTIVATE A TEAM My wife and I rejoined Spark after a three year hiatus. We would like to reactive the Spark Team called Eagles' Wings for pilots. How do we go about reactivating a team? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:04:54 EST Hello Everyone Trying out this new fitbit and seeing how it works. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:00:18 EST Here to do my best to provide Motivation! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> How is life? It's going great for me too. I know, I know how is life so great for a 220-ish pound guy from Australia? Well, I know I am already on the path to losing weight, playing with my future children and doing all the activities I have always wanted to do. <BR> <BR> I have motivated a lot of people over the years and it has mostly been with my words, never with my actions so I am looking to make that major shift. I can tell you EXACTLY what Tim Ferris did t... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:45:43 EST having trouble getting movated I started with Spark People in September of 2016 I did great until after Christmas, I had lost 40#'s. had a weeks vacation the an awful UTI and I have gained back 9 #'s. I know what and how to do, but am having a really hard time getting my mind set back and knuckling down with my program. Habits are hard to change but they can be changed. I have to keep on keeping on and reminding myself I want to be healthy more that I want to eat what is unhealthy for me. I am praying that the Lord will he... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:02:23 EST New girl here and I'm struggling! I have done Dukan here and there throughout the last few years. I've been pretty dedicated this time. I'm on day 18 and I'm really struggling. My first week I lost 4.6 lbs. second week I lost 0! That was a bit rough for myself to see. Being on the third week I feel like I want to snack. I already failed with eating out and having steak tacos last night. It's like I just needed something different. How does everyone else cope with cravings? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:27:56 EST Just rejoined SP My name is Lula, I am from Southeastern Ohio. have 2 grown sons, 2 grand children and a great grandson due any day. I am thrilled. <BR> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:53:10 EST Returning member It has been awhile since i have been on sparkpeople. My user name was horseman65 . I would like to get back to the friend that i had before. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 21:34:05 EST Back and ready to lose weight can you help me A long time ago I was a member of Sparks people. Now I have came back because I think you system is the best online and the easy way to check in everyday. Granddaughter getting married in 17 months. Want to look great, feel better and more able to walk a lot better. So Here I am hoping to meet someone that would like to be a buddy preferrly around 72 year old female. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:08:07 EST New to this site New to this site, looking for people to add to my Sparkpeople friends! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:15:14 EST Hi! Newbie here! Hi, <BR> I have never done anything like this online before but I realize I need to find help and support. Finding the Spark People Community seems to be what will help. <BR> Thank you all for being here and offering a kind and understanding spirit. <BR> Peace, Love, Light <BR> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:21:54 EST Just saying Hi! I am new to Spark People. This is the 5th day of my 21 day challenge. I need to lose 100+ pounds but am starting at just losing 10% as my first goal. I am finding the tools that I need and the support from Spark People so easy to do on Spark People. So far I'm loving this site. Hope all of you have a very wonderful and successful Wednesday! <em>521</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:28:59 EST Returning member I was a member when SP just got going. I reached my goal and then work got in my way. Today is my second day back gonna try to lose 20 lbs Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:28:51 EST Hi! Hi, everyone! My name is Dani. <BR> <BR> I'd love to build my network of Spark Friends and also to connect with people who share similar fitness and health interests. <BR> <BR> I have PCOS and had gestational diabetes, so if you have diabetes or follow a diabetes-friendly diet, we have a lot in common, nutrition-wise. <BR> <BR> As for exercise, I really love variety. I like to do a lot of different things, so my mind and my body don't get bored. As a single mom, I do have to do a ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:17:00 EST Looking for some accountability I've know SP for a long time and lurked in the threads digging out ideas, recipes, workouts, etc.... <BR> <BR> I signed up tonight simply looking for some folks to help hold me accountable and hopefully reciprocate. I'm having trouble getting back to the mid to high 180#'s. Been hovering between 194# - 198# for quite awhile now but just cannot seem to get over the hump. <BR> <BR> Are there any groups/ongoing threads around where folks are publicly tracking/journaling food? Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:02:19 EST just saying hi don't really like posting messages~ Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:54:31 EST I want to live a healthier life I am Jean Williams from Cape Town, South Africa. I work for Biblionef, a book donation, non profit organisation. I will be 60 in a months time and will retire from work in 18 months rime. I wish to live a heathier life by making wise decisions on all spheres of my life. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:58:16 EST Just me... I am an empty nester, with grand boys only or so far, I live on a farm, grow my own garden, cook, garden and watercolor artist. I have goats and make bath bombs and soap from the milk. joined a gym with my hubby and I still cant seem to lose weight so here I m with Sparks. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:00:37 EST New to SparkPeople <img src="">. <BR> Hi there everyone. I'm committed to start healthy eating habits with you. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:38:43 EST Saying Hello! Hi! I'm Ashley, 36, mom of three beautiful kids. I've let the stresses of life control my life too long. My comfort has been found in the one thing I feel I can control: my food. I've made so many poor decisions. I know sugar and carbs are my biggest downfall. I'm looking to lose the weight and get healthy for myself and for my kids! Ok..that's step one! On to Step 2.... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:43:33 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:43 EST HOPE TO HELP SOMEONE LOSS WEIGHT. I am spiritually grounded & balanced in life. Having a strong connection with God makes me balanced and humble. My goals in life are to be fulfilled and share my life with my soul mate. I truly want to treat my soul mate like the queen she is. My mission in life is for us to be happy together, respect each other, grow as a couple, love and cherish our family. My family is very important to me and I have a Son that I love with all my heart and soul. I come from a strong family background and w... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 02:18:11 EST Hi Everyone Hey everyone!!! I'm a 23 year old work from home dad from San Francisco who is determined to finally lose some weight! I'm aiming to lose about 20 pounds for the next 3 months! I'd love to hear from you & share your weight loss journey. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:05:44 EST New Here Hi, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure a little over 2 years ago. I have made a lot of changes to my diet. I've lost over 200 pounds now, but the thing is that the last 9 months I have been really struggling and having a lot of trouble staying on track. I am so scared of gaining my weight back and with my health condition, I can't afford to do so. I am usually fine until the evening time and I just want to munch excessively. I'm out of control. I also find I crave sugar. I s... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:30:03 EST Lose weight to better health💜💜?? Hi I'm Linda I'm 56 and prediabetic, 199lbs 5'0 and I am in poor health I have fibro,osteoarthritis, bursitis, I have bone spurs in my neck and shoulders got to get it together and get this weight down. I am having to take diabetic classes they will last a year I hope to learn lifestyle change and learn to cook and eat better. Take care of me and be a better me also. 💜💜💜??? Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:19:46 EST New Here I'm new here. Kind of overwhelmed with the message boards though. Would like to know where I should nest to give and get support. I'm 61 and would like to lose about 50 pounds. TIA! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 11:56:22 EST I'm back to do it right this time So, I have been with Spark on and off again for years. I love the idea behind Spark. I just started reading the book he wrote. It's great. This time I am here to win. I am going to start over and do it in small steps. That's where I go off track. I get ahead of myself, get all the balls in the air and one by one, down they come. Then I'm discouraged and I quit. Not this time. I started a blog on Spark and I will keep on that. I am going to go to the message boards regularly and keep the commu... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:12:59 EST New to site New to site trying to learn how to navigate. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:57:58 EST Returning after losing and gaining again Hi, I lost weight about 3 yrs ago and I have gained it all back and more. I have thyroid issues and it has also been more difficult to lose weight and also feel better. I am hoping to get back into shape and find the motivation here again. I must feel better and also get healthy again. I am sure I will accomplish it if I keep it up! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:23:36 EST THIS time I am determined and will do it. Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well. <BR> <BR> This is it! I will do it this time! <BR> <BR> I am a 30 year old woman, currently living a very sedentary life as I am off work with disability. I am suffering from PTSD that makes interactions with others a little difficult. Well, in person at least. I would love to make some friends on here to help me remain motivated, and to motivate you. <BR> <BR> I also suffer from IBS and Fibromyalgia. These two things make it a little difficult ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:26:16 EST Back agian Lost 50 lbs a few years back and much of it thanks to this site. I am back now cause over the last six years I gained back 30. Funny how life tends to drag us away from the good things !!! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 04:56:40 EST New to Spark Hi! I'm Roxanne and I'm in upstate NY. I'm 57 and I'm doing Weight Watchers along with using this I hope that I'll be successful. I have about 100ilbs to loose, I have joined a couple of Spark Teams, Hopefully this will help me to stay focused. Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:51:17 EST I'm Back I'm back after about 5 years. Weight climbed back fast after post surgery. I've been there, where the weight was lost and the Dr. is happy. The weight is back and I'm feeling every pound. Fri, 3 Feb 2017 17:12:03 EST mama1234563 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST New and Determined Hi, everyone! My name is Mae and I'm in my fifth day on Spark. I just turned 31 on the 30th of January (which was my first day. It was the number shock of realizing I'd just kissed 30 goodbye and felt like crud about the shape I was in physically that motivated me to make 31 the year for change for me. Hoping to lose 60ish lbs all in all, but I'm less concerned with the numbers than I am just feeling better and learning to love my body again during the journey, but I've always done better wit... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:20:21 EST just started hi everyone I am trying out spark people. weight has been creeping up to my highest ever and I don't want to let it happen. lots of stress eating the last few months and I need to cut it out! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:27:39 EST Addictive self soother I over eat sweets, I don't exercise, consistently, I'm a recovering alcoholic and a cigarette smoker, Oh and I'm dyslexic, I welcome all support, thanks. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:18:00 EST MY FIRST MESSAGE HI , MY NAME IS CHARLOTTE AND I AM JUST TRYING TO FIND MY WAY THROUGH THIS SITE. AM A LONG TIME DIETER AND SELF SABOTAGER BUT I DID COMPLETE ONE WEEK AND I FEEL GREAT IN THAT I HAD NO CRAVINGS. I AM FOCUSED ON ONE POUND AT A TIME.I AM A SENIOR AND BALANCED HEALTH IS MY NEW GOAL. AS THEY SAY , ONE IS NEVER TOO OLD TO KEEP TRYING OR TO LEARN NEW TRICKS TO STAY ON COURSE. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 21:08:03 EST Out to make 2017 my fitness year! I am rejoining SparkPeople to take my weight loss journey forward. I hope to make some real changes in my life when it comes to food and exercise. I have spent a long time allowing my weight to control how I feel and things that I do. I don't want to do that anymore! I want to move forward and make 2017 the year of change in my life! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:03:12 EST Hello Just introducing myself. My name is Chris and I have been meaning to log in to SparkPeople for awhile now. I am currently doing Nutrisystem (my third time but this time I get it!) and get frustrated when cravings hit, though I've been good at keeping them at bay and following the program. I guess as my body gets used to a new way of eating it will get easier. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any replies. <em>41</em> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:59:32 EST Atkins life Hey! I'm Beckie. I just turned 29, and officially hit my weight goal of 145 lbs. About six months ago I was 171, and even though I stayed active I never dropped weight. It was when I got weighed at the doctors that I realized the scale wasn't lieing, and I had some work to do. I followed strict Atkins of 20 carbs a day, and when I hit plateaus I dropped my carb intake even lower. I never cheated, not one day, not one meal, and it took me 5 1/2 months to reach my goal, and I've never been happ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:22:08 EST Just a hello, Kind nice to share with my lot1 Just started last week. need to lose 20LB. to some it's not much to others it's a lot. All I know is every pond is work. I am happy to share. and I appreciate you too. <BR> My plan calls for 1500 cals. per day. That seems like a lot but even that is tough somedays. Damn lots of cals in cheese. <BR> lets all stay well today. <BR> Stu, in Omaha By the way Stu's my dog Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:19:50 EST Grief and weight gain My name is Teresa I am 60 years old and I am from Alabama I have been overweight most of my life I have been on everything from WW, Atkins, Stillman, Cambridge diet to calorie counting and just couldn't stck with it I did lose 80 lbs with the WW Momentum program about 15 years ago but regained it plus some. I have 2 sons ages 24 and 19 I was married to the love of my life we were looking forward to retirement when my husband was diagnosed with intermediate stage prostate cancer in February 20... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:32:21 EST I'm Back I am returning... Not sure where to start, but I made the decison Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:02:31 EST Late on introducing mysel But I am happy to be here. This is my fourth week of trying but only my second week on SP and this made a big difference. I have been overweight for 11 years. I lost 7 lbs my first two weeks. I have never been successful on my own before. The food log is the best help. The publicly accounting is second. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:38:44 EST I am new here! :) Hello everyone! I am looking for friends who are serious about losing weight. <BR> <BR> I've tried to lose weight for many years, but I kept gaining it back. I almost lost 100 pounds the first time, but I gained it all back and more. This time will be different, and I will not let anything stand in the way, especially not myself. <BR> <BR> I went through some very serious personal issues recently and I wasn't able to eat at all. I am just now introducing food back into my diet. These issues... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:10:19 EST need to lose 80# Hello I'm back again (Melody) <BR> <BR> I went to see if I could get the new knees that I really need. however. I need to get my bmi down to35. Any suggestion on how to do this quickly and healthy. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:23:55 EST Hi there! I'm Bellona, I'm a 33 year old kindergarten teacher who is looking to have my own children in a few years, and I want to get fit and healthy for them and for me before I do. <BR> I'm a big fan of yoga and belly dancing, though I have a tough time being consistent, and I'm an amateur costume designer and work renaissance faires during the summer. <BR> I hope that the camaraderie and accountability here can help me see this through, and I'm always ready to lend an ear and be a cheerleader for ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:11:04 EST Dumb newbie ?s (and I'm no newbie😕?) Feeling quite stupid - joined this site a few years ago & now I'm back - and it seems I've forgotten the basics! <BR> I tend to wat a lot of the same foods repeatedly - but can't figure out how to save them, and there appears to be no logic to when or if they will appear in a search. Very discouraging & huge time-waster. For example, I'll enter "Slimrite Chocolate Shake" in the search field when I try to enter breakfast - and the results will say not found, even if I've seen it come up ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:11:31 EST Hey everyone! My name is Carly. I'm 25 years old and live in Utah. <BR> <BR> I've never been truly happy with my body. I always thought I was overweight, even when I really wasn't. Except I've always been too lazy and busy with life that I never did anything about it. A few health problems and major life changes later, and now I'm definitely overweight. I'm more unhappy with my body than I have ever been. <BR> <BR> I've missed out on a lot because I was too ashamed of my body to participate in certain ac... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:09:04 EST Year of Change HI, My name is Deb. This year I turn 60 and have decided I am at the now or never point in my life. This site is really an awesome encouragement. Looking forward to creating a new Spark lifestyle that will give my next phase of life a Spark! Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:42:39 EST Weight watchers no more Hi my name is Joe and I just started spark-people last week. Very simple and way better than my previous weight loss program. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and I tend to chat alot. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:09:03 EST Newbie Hello every one I"m Diane looking encouragement.Would wonderful to find a buddy that we could support each.Ready for the new me😀? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:12:12 EST Hello--with a question :) Hello~ Im a mommy to three very energetic boys and want to be able to keep up with everyone. I know food tracking is important but I struggle to "breakdown" foods. When it is a packaged meal with all of the nutrition on the label its simple. But when we are at a friends house eating, I typically have no idea what made up all the parts of the meal. How do you guys typically track that? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:48:05 EST Hello Spark People! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm new to spark people! I'm a thirty-something trying to lose 100+ pounds. Seems like a huge goal sometimes, but I'm trying to break it down into manageable goals. I'm eating low GI/low carb. I was very happy eating low GI in the past, so I'm hoping it will work again. I'm not diabetic, but I just feel better eating less simple carbs. I haven't started an exercise routine yet. I'm just trying to eat better for now and add more healthy lifestyle things as time goes o... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:49:29 EST Hello everyone! Excited to see if this works! It all makes a lot of sense and seems to be a great program! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:26:19 EST starting over I was on SparkPeople several years and lost about 30 lbs and went back to my old ways. I fell and had a hairline fracture in my hip. It was not a bad enough fracture to fix right away due to my weight and the risk of anesthesia. This was a wake up call for me and I sought the help of a Gastric Surgeon (but no surgery) and a Nutritionist. I modified the way I ate, measured everything, drank my water and started doing Senior Yoga. From June 2017 to December 2017, I lost 40 lbs....but now s... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:31:01 EST hello I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Sort of new; sort of not Hi. I was a member here many, many years ago. It helped me a lot, but I "fell off" and basically just didn't bother anymore. Well, I am a lot older now, with many more health issues, but also something of a new life to live. <BR> In November of this year, I'm going on a cruise. It's the first time in my life for cruising, and for traveling solo. I want to lose at least 50 lbs, for appearance, health, and the ability to have more fun. <BR> BUT....this is not the SparkPeople site that I ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:35:18 EST Energy Hi, I'm Jennifer. I started a new job 3 months ago, basically all I do is sit around. I know I've gained weight since I've been here. I have no energy, I'm tired all the time. On my days off I just want to sit around the house (I've gotten so good at sitting). I need some advice on how I could get my energy back, less depressed, and why am I so tired all the time. Doesn't matter if I sleep 2 hrs or 10, I'm tired! I'm tired of being tired, tired of being depressed. I want my life back. My kids... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:18:45 EST New Here Hello there. I am new here and just wanted to say hello. I do not have a great deal of time to spend online, but I am looking forward to popping in to read about your successes and what keeps you motivated. This looks like a great place to learn, share, and grow. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:20:13 EST Do or Die I am new here. I've gained so much weight that my doctor told me that I have no choice. I am tired all the time. My cholesterol numbers are not good and I had my first real health scare. So I am here. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:20:26 EST New to Spark People I am a diabetic! My glucose levels have been pretty good up until the last few weeks. They have been high for me and I need help in getting the numbers down, losing wait and increasing my activity. I've heard good things about Spark People. What do you think is one of the most important aspects of this program? Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:55:52 EST skin sagging Just wondering how long it seems to take to get some elasticity back in my skin. specifically my upper arms and midsection. <BR> I've been on spark for six days is there a forum for body specific questions? Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:43:57 EST First day! Hi all. I planned my meals last night and already logged them so I don't change my mind. I did a workout ( just walking) already this morning and I am hoping and praying for just one great day to set me straight. Going to keep extra busy this week - all I need is one week of doing what I need to do to get me back in the swing of things again. Feeling hopeful today but blahhhh because the sun hasn't been out in weeks and it's cold. It's crushing my spirit :( can't wait till spring Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:01:58 EST Day 5 of new member challenge For day 5 of the challenge I'm supposed to introduce myself. Well I'm 27 years old, I currently work at home taking calls for stranded motorists needing roadside assistance. When I was 22 years old I had a brain anneurysm which left me paralyzed on my left side. For the past 5 years I've struggled with learning new ways to do everything, as well as a lot of anxiety. I've gained 30lbs in the passed 5 years and it really upsets me because at the time I was working out regularly, just starting t... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:43:32 EST Happy Friday Trying this out to see if it will help me as I begin my journey to lose weight, get fit and improve my health overall. I'm 36 and a diabetic and last week I turned an inkling to go to the gym and actually use the gym membership that I've been paying for for many years and that has turned into me going to the gym 5 days a week so far, measuring myself, cleaning up my diet and upping my protein intake. I hope this all culminates into a new lifestyle of health and confidence, I can already fee... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:01:42 EST New to Spark Good morning everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am just as my topic states! LOL I have not been on here long and thought I would introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am Nikki, a single 35 year old mom in Fort Worth, Texas. I have two very active boys that are my life. I am struggling with all aspect of being healthy and getting back on track. I had a sleeve in February of 2014 and I am so far gone that I am finding it harder and harder to get back on track. I have been in contact with another surgeon to hav... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:31:01 EST Gypsy Juls .. Hi I have found myself in Mexico under some really stressful circumstances that started in September 2016 and I've recently been told that I'll be here for another 6 to 9 months. Since I've been in Mexico, I've lost my local support group in Henderson, NV and I've gained about 20 pounds. I'm looking for some support as I get back in shape. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:37:13 EST Hello and Help Needed <em>39</em> Hello, I am a Type 2 Diabetic with Neuropathy in both of my feet. I need to lose about 50 lbs. I am now on Insulin which I hate. I am also clinically depressed and have no motivation. My big question is directed toward others with the peripheral neuropathy, is there anything that works for you to help with the symptoms? I have tingling all the time, stabbing pain, wooden feeling feel and it makes it so that I can not sleep at night without a sleeping aid. I am sure that is not h... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:08:26 EST Hello (again) I'm Patty House. I'm not really new. I was here a few years ago. <BR> <BR> I've renewed my goal to lose weight. I currently have 40-45 pounds to lose. I just lost 10 since January 1. <BR> I work out with a personal trainer at work 4-5 times a week. <BR> I'm following the Daniel Fast close as I possibly can. I have added meat back in so I can get in more protein. I'm trying to stick as close to 1200 calories as I can, but do go over on occasion. <BR> I mainly use Fitbit to track what I eat si... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:58:58 EST Once again I am a return user of sparkpeople(SP). I was in Weight watchers and reached my goal,and so I wasn't passionate enough to keep going with SP. Then I got married and gained, now I need to loose 15-20 lbs.I am so happy that SP is here now, I am so appreciative of the support of intentionally committing to keep my calories and nutrition in my mind always. <BR> I am also hoping to heal my ailments through intense chiropractor and massage, as my knees give me grief. Knee issues are hard when you... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:36:09 EST Starting over again so here i sit ready to start again I started a long time ago and was very successful and also met my very best long distance friend. and we are still friends today <BR> so heres hoping to meet new friends and get back on track <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:44:44 EST Hello! I'm sorta new, sorta not. Hi, my name is Michelle! The reason I'm sorta new is because I had another account, but I fell off the wagon when it came to weight loss. But, I'm determined. I have 180 pounds to lose, and I want to lose it before I graduate college in two years. If anyone wants to chat or become weight loss buddies, feel free to message me <em>30</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:31:45 EST Hello, everyone :) Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Karissa, and I am new to SparkPeople. I have never really joined a fitness community like this before, but I thought I would give it a shot. I am using SparkPeople to track my calories and macronutrients because I recently received my second kidney transplant in December, and it is very important that I am healthy. I also am concerned about gaining weight from high dose steroids, so I am carefully watching what I eat. I lost about 35 pounds this past year and do n... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:24:43 EST New here Hi. I tried SparkPeople years ago and just couldn't get my act together. Now I am back (with even more to lose) and ready to make a long term commitment. I set my goal - 49 pounds in the next year. Honestly? I'd be thrilled with 35, but hopefully by then I will have some great new habits that will make me want to push myself. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is exercise. First, I live in a place where there is snow and cold for six months at a time. Second, I found a sport I adore (kickboxing... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:11:04 EST Hello! So... I'm terrible at online interaction and while I often need accountability I tend to be extremely introverted in online settings. But, I'm trying SparkPeople to try to help me get healthier and so I can like what I see when I look in the mirror. Which means putting on my big girl panties and working ~with~ the system. :) <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm old enough to know that I'm going to need to learn new ways of acting, thinking, doing if I want to change the old me. I've done fad diets, not so fa... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:23:45 EST Hello I'm new to Spark People. My wife introduced me to the site. Looking to loose weight, eat more healthy and become more fit. It is not easy. I've been eating less at meal times but I like my late night snacks. They are my biggest downfall. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:19:18 EST newly diagnosed diabetic I have been thinking about getting back into shape before I got a health notice like this... and boom - there it was - cholesterol high, weight high, and now diabetes. So, it's time to get my rear end shaking and see what I can do to get rid of all these issues. <BR> <BR> I just had surgery on Wednesday so my fitness level for the next two weeks is super limited, but I am taking the time to create meal plans and really read up on diabetes and, of course, perusing the SPARK boards. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:42:06 EST Work out buddy I need to get in great shape for three weddings this year and I am looking for a serious work out buddy. We would hold each other accountable for our work outs and provide support and affirmation. I am 22 years old, very affirming just looking for someone who wants to reach their goals and wouldn't mind helping someone else do the same Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:18:16 EST New to the board Hi all...I have been retired about a year, and while my stress levels are down, my weight is up 15 lbs. So ready to do something about it. Counting calories has always worked best for me, especially with diet buddies to keep me honest and going. Especially interested in how older members (I'm 63) find success with calorie counting and less exercise. I am in good health but just can't seem to exercise at the same level I did when I was younger. Hoping to gain a lot of positive tips and in... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:37:32 EST After <em>381</em> Being away for past two years; packed on the weight again and would like to do better than the last time. Weighed in at 216 lbs which is obese and a lot for my 5'7" frame. Misery loves company; however my Spark friends aren't miserable; rather doing something positive. Being aware and taking responsibility. I'm inspired and yes..... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:31:10 EST New and looking for serious buddies I'm from calorie count (they are shutting down) and I'm still interested in losing weight and being healthy. It would be great if I could have a weight loss buddy(ies) who like to message or email, be supportive, share workouts, etc. <BR> <BR> I am still exploring this site, but from what I can see it looks great. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:32:43 EST Finally Found You Having given up totally on one other forum and despaired of another, today I discovered where all the smart people have landed. My goal is to improve my stamina via regular aerobics and building up my youthful looking body. I'm glad to be here! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:10:26 EST Ready For A New Life! Hi! I just found SparkPeople about a week ago. So far it, and all of you, are helping me stick with my goal of creating a healthier life for myself, and in turn, my family. Thank you for all of the support you have already given! I promise to do my very best to pay it forward. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:21:58 EST Kill me if I can't stick to my fitness program Hi, <BR> <BR> I want to change my health regimen. My weight yoyos from 170 to 210 and is usually at 190. I am pretty steady in strength training. I am spotty with cardio. I usually get on a "roll" and eventually hurt my Achilles , hip or knee. It takes me months to get back to running and the cycle continues. I was once a 7:00 minute pace runner and I think I get injured as I try to get back there and am having a problem accepting that is probably no longer achievable. I don't drink and drin... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:42:26 EST Hi Hello, I'm new :) Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:21:42 EST Last bit of baby weight Hi! I've been on and off this site for years. Now I'm back because i need the support and the tools to lose the last bit of baby weight. I have set my goal to reach my ideal weight on my daughter's first birthday! And if I succeed, I will get myself a cute outfit to wear to her party. No more rewarding myself with treats! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:14:11 EST First Timer Hi, this is my first time looking for an online community to assist with my eating. I'm part of a few 12-step groups, however I also seem to revert back to eating is the solution, even tho I know it isn't. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:07:25 EST Ready to do this! I'm a 44 year old instructional coach in NC and I'm ready to get healthy! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:37:21 EST Being diabetic , low protein Can this program help me if I do a lot of substitution's to the menu as I have been doing? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:15:06 EST I want a new me but need some help First off hi guy's I'm so excited to be working on a new me. I decided this year that I was tired or my 4yr old new mom body it had to go. Never been real big on working out but I love walking so I figured I would start there. Nothing big at first started with a mile a day January 1st now I'm at 6 miles a day. It's working I'm losing the weight but now I need to tone this is where my problem starts I miss my abs but crunches and sitting ups kill me because I have a rare form of scoliosis whic... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:46:17 EST It's Me Again Hi, I joined Spark People once before with much success. However my depression over came me and I stopped coming online. <BR> Things have improved to a degree for me and I was helping a friend learn how to do things on the Internet. Not sure how this happened but we came across Spark People and it lit a fire under me. <BR> So, now I'm back. I love all that is offered from the tools to log your progress, to the recipes and exercise programs to follow, and the uplifting motivational articles... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:09:17 EST New Year=A New Me!!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just started a couple of days ago, but so far I am loving it. I have been trying to get in better shape for over 7 years, but always seem to fall of the wagon . I have decided to serious about my weight and my health. I look forward to all the new friends I will meet along the way on here. <em>521</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:38:30 EST Introduction Hello from sunny Florida (Apollo Beach area). Sailing, exercise, swimming and a little sun keeps me fit.... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:19:02 EST Work in progress :) Good morning! This is partially for the Challenge points. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I went to the doctor for an upper respiratory infection. She had labs completed and that started the journey to reduce my cholestrol, which does run high in my family. We've been working for two years to get this down, during which there have been good checkups and bad checkups. The most recent (last Thursday) was not so good. She wants me on cholestrol meds but I really do not want to take a statin (to... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:11:36 EST Time to get really serious I keep going back and forth. I was doing really well, depression and work hit me again and I lost all the momentum. I gained weight back. I don't feel well. So it's time to put my game face on and get back to work. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:45:36 EST Time Hello Everyone, <BR> I know that I am not knew to the sparkpeople community but since I have been away for a while this is a new beginning for me. We are sitting here in 2017 and I have started in here around 2015 which I am not even half way or even reached my goals yet. It has been a rough couple of years for me to do anything or to even keep up on top of my goal. The change of my decision was when I was at work the other day and saw myself in the window I knew it was time to make a change... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:39 EST Thankful for the community I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times and how many different weighs I've sought to get myself healthier and to lose weight, but I'm back to SparkPeople again. I find the community here so welcoming, and it helps to have one place in my life where others are immersed in trying to achieve the same goals I am. I am so grateful for this outstanding community. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:45:36 EST Hi everyone I need to lose 20 pounds Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:36:24 EST Trying Again Not sure how often people read these messages, but I am going to be brutally honest here because I have to be. I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and my body. in 2014, something amazing happened where I hit rock bottom and somehow came out of it and changed up my whole world. I stopped crying and landed a pretty awesome job and somehow was able to get myself down to a solid 135 pounds (i'm 5'7" with a huge butt so this was amazing). then i had an interaction with a guy that broke ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:05 EST Nutrisystem newbie Day one!! Hello everyone!! Day one of nutrisystems! I am 55, male, 6'3 291#. I would like to lose 50#. i would appreciate any help or advise, my wife and i are both on this and we are trying to understand the system.Day one has been quite a shock, haha but we are both commited to this!! <em>381</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:33:14 EST Please allow me to introduce myself... I am (wo)man of (no) wealth--but great taste, I think. <BR> I am excited to discover the support Community offered by Sparks people--I am a strong, damn' near-socialist believer in the power and grace of sbaring; after all, that is the basis of democracy; isn't it, if I can't, perhaps you can, & you can show me--& vice versa. So I am grateful to be a part. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:36:49 EST Back after trying WW online Hi! Melissa here :) <BR> <BR> Back after having used Sparkpeople for some years. Over the last couple years I tried WW. I had some success at first with going to meetings, but after a while had a hard time making it to them so early on the weekend. I eventually just started paying for the online access, which I eventually realized with so silly as I could utilize this site for free. So I'm back and ready to make some changes! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:23:03 EST Hello Hi my name is Hope and I joined spark last year. Took a break from it a couple months ago and now I'm going stronger than before. I want and need to be healthier. I love that God and my family is my greatest motivation to better myself. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:01:49 EST