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 fitbit user I have been on and off with tracking my food, but now I have been taking classes at the gym. My husband just got me a fitbit for my birthday. So any tips on things to do with it would be appreciated. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:33:25 EST Introduce Myself I Just wanted to introduce myself. I am here to give my support to each and everyone of you. My name is Eric and have been a Personal Trainer for a short while and a chiropractor for over 14 years. I just want to say. I am proud of each and every one of you who has health as your top priority. I want to encourage you to not give up and keep striving for your goals. And just a tip, don't be so hard on yourselves. Every step in the right direction even if it is small is an accomplishment... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:31:26 EST Hi Guys! Advice for a newbie? Greetings fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have re-joined Sparkpeople after two years. I felt that I needed a motivator to get myself fit and healthy and I know that Sparkpeople is a wonderful place to be for such things. <BR> <BR> I'd love to know what your stories are, where you are and how things are going for you and if you have any good advice for someone starting, or starting again in my case :) <BR> <BR> Write a comment here, on my page or in a Sparkmail. I'd love some new friends! <BR... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:54:34 EST New to the place... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I just start today looking forward to be in a healthier version of my self <em>9</em> felling scare and excited <em>30</em> but moving one step at a time <em>521</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:03 EST It's nice to meet you! Hello there! <BR> <BR> My name is Siri. I am new to spark people. I am really excited to get started on this journey. I am 22 and recently upturned my whole world for a post grad job. In the past 6 months, I have graduated, moved to a new city (that I had only visited once), started a new job, started my Masters degree and got engaged.... needless to say my stress level went through the roof. I have gained a lot of stress weight and I want it off!! I am pumped to have the support that... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:05:36 EST Starting again I've been a long term subscriber to Sparkpeople and here i am again. I have added 10lbs over the last 18 months and am now determined to loose it. I am not sedentary - I walk daily and competed in two 10K walks this year. One issue I know contributes to the weight gain is the 2 or 3 drinks I have in the evening. So I plan to start by having alcohol free days Monday to Friday and I'll track my food intake daily. <BR> Any other tips are welcome. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:57:20 EST New member I am a new member. I need help with getting motivated and staying on track. I know what to do, but am having trouble staying focused, especially about exercising. I always feel better after I exercise and it is the best way for me to have improved mood, decrease in appetite, and increased energy. Winter time always makes it harder to stay the course. I look forward to using this formate to give and get support!! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:51:06 EST Hello Hello, I am new to the sparks community, and I am so happy to be a part of success Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:58:16 EST Ready set GO! Hi, my name is Gwyn and I am here to lose 35 pounds and to get the support I need to do this by next summer. I have three little girls who keep me busy. I am looking forward to getting started on my new lifestyle. <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:47:20 EST New but Not.... So I'm back but I didn't really use spark the way I think I should have used it before... I'm a single Teaching mom who has a 15 and 13 year old... Trying to get myself where I once was as a stay at home, working out, all non-whole foods off limits kinda gal! It's hard and I need support! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:19:23 EST Introducing Cookiemaker-01 I'm retired from a desk job April, 2014. I have a back injury in which occurred back in 2000, I fell down our front steps and I went down on one step and my back hit the step above. It pushed a disk forward but didn't realize the injury was there until several years later. I went on the Ideal Protein Diet and lost about 65 pounds back in 2012 but had other health issues that required me to forgo the diet. I have since been trying to loose the remaining weight with no luck. I loose some t... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:18:15 EST new I have been on here almost a month. I enjoy the app and the people I have met on here. 41 years old I live in NY. <BR> I had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago. I work very very hard to stay healthy an thinner then I was. I have been in the last 8 months causing me not to work so it was easier to gain. <BR> I find this app keeps me on track. At one point I was 260. Went to 135. Now I am at 165ish and uncomfortable. So I am here like everybody else to help myself and maybe som... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:47:49 EST Restarting Spark Hi! I started Spark back in 2011 and lost 30 pounds, then somehow I lost track and gained it back plus some after having my sweet baby boy. Now... I'm ready to start all over again and keep it off. I'm looking for new spark buddies, so feel free to add me! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:38:34 EST Bride Mode:tips and good vibes needed I have struggled with my weight for many years. I finally lost about 20+pouunds last year from diet and exercise. I have since gained about 5-7 of it back over the last few months due to the fact I thought I could eat whatever I wanted and stay my current weight - and was also slacking on my workouts. I am getting married in less than 6 months and want to hit my goal of the last 15 pounds by March (for my dress fitting). <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips on getting back on track...ways to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:30:39 EST Hello! Hello all, <BR> <BR> This sure looks like a cool hangout. Hope to make some valuable contributions. <BR> <em>250</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:23:36 EST New - seeking friends Hi, my name is Kaila, I am a 25 year old mum of 4, due to medical reasons I desperately need to lose weight and REALLY need some accountability buddies to help me stay on track SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ADD ME :) Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:41:58 EST Frankie I there I am from Bangalore India looking to loose 100 lbs Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:43:41 EST Looking for advice to relieve stress on foot I have been walking 4 miles a day for 8 months and now I am having trouble <BR> getting rid of the pain on my foot at the heal and arch area. <BR> I have relieve stress on the painful areas such as hip pointer,ham string, and <BR> skin splints over a month period but my foot remain in pain. I'm currently putting ice on <BR> it and soaking my foot in epsom salt but it is still painful specially when I wake up in the <BR> morning. It appears that the pain was all on my right leg from my hip to... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:49:35 EST Restarting Sparkpeople! I SO need to lose weight. I am 174 now and want to get to 150. I love to cook (that's a problem) and live in New Orleans (SO many great restaurants....). And I hate to admit that I need encouragement. I am forcing myself to jog around my block once and walk for twenty minutes. I am so mad at myself for getting this way.... I am 58. Would love to correspond with others on this journey. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:23:13 EST Newbe questions on fitness Hi Everyone I have been to this site in the past but had some issues that prevented me from full filling my goals so her I am again. <BR> I am currently have several health conditions that do not allow me to do much physical activity other than my job and my doctor would rather me not do that right now. I have a torn meniscus in my knee and a hernia in my belly. So I am not allowed to lift any weight and I am not allowed to bend my knee. <BR> I really feel that I would be more successful wi... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:56:47 EST Hi I am new Any tips on the Paleo diet ...I will appreciate it vey much! I need all the support I can get, Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:32:42 EST Hello Everyone I'm new to Sparkpeople, hoping to make a few friends as I go on this journey. I'm a senior citizen trying to stay healthy. I've lost about 70 lbs, but still would like to lose another 15. I have been at a standstill for the last 2 years, but at least I'm not gaining it back. Hoping for change soon! Blessings to you all! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:12:53 EST Hi! I'm Harley. I'm 19, 146 pounds, and I'm looking to lose eleven more. Problem is, I've hit a wall of depression, and I don't really have any friends left in my life? It would be nice to have someone to talk to for support with working out and what not. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:34:11 EST Zumba and Spinal Fusion Question Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a kid from the 1980s, so if I'm a little redundant on posting, please forgive me &#128512;Since 2013, I've had multiple back surgeries, 5 so far, with at least one more to remove my fusions' hardware in about 10 months. <BR> <BR> My question is what are your thoughts about pursuing a dream of becoming Zumba certified and maybe even becoming certified to become a personal trainer and teach group classes with the emphasis on injury prevention. I absolutely love, ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:49:54 EST Just Saying Hi for the First Time I am a newbie to the full Sparks Community but have loved all the great receipts for over a year. My goal is to loose 90 pounds. I started on Wednesday the 19th. I am down 7 pounds using the helpful suggestion on what to eat. I do know that it is problem water weight but it still good to have it gone. I am looking forward to talking with everyone soon. <BR> <BR> Tammy <em>213</em> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:25:50 EST Newbee Hello, this is a new experience as i have never used all the resources Spark had to offer Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:14:55 EST New-Hello Hello, I am new to Spark People and I am ready to lose this weight and lose it for good. I was planning on getting the surgery but, I decided go natural and do it right. So far so good for the first week. I lost 5 pounds. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:56:21 EST new Hi all, I am here to lose weight and keep it off. Having so much trouble keeping it off or shhedding weightdue to my antidepression pills and antiflamation pills i am on. But I need to lose weight and keep moving Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:22:51 EST Starting over for the 82nd time. I don't really know how many times I've started over over the years...but it's been a lot. My OCD perfectionism has me doing this way too much. I want this to be the last time I have to do so and am posting here hoping that it is one more positive thing that "counts" enough to keep me from getting the anxious feeling that I need to start over to make things right. <BR> <BR> So...hello...again. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:44:53 EST I'm homeless?? Ok, so not really. But I have lived in SW MO for EVER. I want to move. Summer of 2015, I turn 40 that summer and want to start my 40's somewhere new. In paradise. I don't know where but I have a list of things I'm looking for and time to vacation in a few places to see if I really like it. First it has to be on a lake. Some where where I can enjoy all seasons proportionally. I want snow on Xmas, hot blazing sun for 4th of July. It has to be a small town where everyone knows who you are but wh... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:39:43 EST Back, again. New me, again. Really struggling with my weight since a myriad of things have happened - but mostly just depression. I'm trying hard to get back into SparkPeople as MyFitnessPal never really worked for me. The people at SP are just so much more caring and kind, supportive. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to put into the Sparkworld that I'm thankful to be able to come back (again) and take care of myself (again). I know this is a safe place to try again in... thank you to all. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:33:14 EST I'm feeling motivated. I'm so glad I found sparkpeople. All these possibilities and new achievements await me. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:10:18 EST The Procrastination Must Stop-Or is it Fear I'm 31-years-old and almost starting a new life. I moved to a new town, started a new job, and got married all in about 6 months. Imagine the stress...and weight gain.This is not really my first time on SparkPeople. I tried it out several years ago, but never really took advantage of all that the community has to offer. But this time I intend to do everything in my power to lose the weight and keep it off. I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been in my life at 279 pounds. I've lost and gain... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:06:29 EST Just to tired to work out I feel like I lost my drive to work out.I turned 50 this last summer and I don't know what happened to me but I don't want to do anything, work out, go out, Im tired all the time.Help Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:10:00 EST Hello!! Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I'm a 23 yo female from Alabama and I lost 35 pounds on my own before discovering SparkPeople. In my own weight/fat loss journey, I have discovered a true passion for fitness and recently made the decision to compete in the bikini OR figure division in the NPC next summer!! While I don't have visions of my IFBB Pro card dancing in my head (yet...), the idea of stepping on stage just once keeps me so motivated. <BR> <BR... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:09:33 EST Looking to Get Fit & Fab Hello my name is Nicole, I am new to the community. I really need all the motivation to be successful. My problem is being discpline starting out on a good foot and lose sight because of life on a daliy basis.. I need the community motivation which will help me with beig Diligent.. I want to be more active with my childrenand live a much healtier lifestyle Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:26:16 EST trying to get my groove on Hi! <BR> My name is Monique aka summerkind129, aka sweetheart aka mommy aka dear, I have a few more alias's that will not be listed. <BR> My husband, daughter and mother-in-law are all heavily dependant on me, and in all honesty the only one of the three that should be is my daughter with 18 months. <BR> I just turned 36, I have morbid obesity, and I absolutly HATE it!!! I am what one that loves the unusual in everything from furniture to decorations to clothes and glasses. I can't buy clothe... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:40:12 EST so this is a first I'm 26 and its been ten years that I have been weight cycling. I was never a thin girl, but always active. At 16 I gained 70lbs within a year. I was pushing 200lbs and this was my wake up call. <BR> <BR> As I started college I slowly began to lose weight. I lived on campus and walked everywhere. It was great to see small changes. For four years I was losing weight slowly going up and down from 195 to 180. After graduating I was able to focus on my health. I even got a new running partner and... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:47:04 EST Getting Started Doing something New is like "Pulling Teeth" with Me-- I'm 63 yr.'s with Type 2 Diabetes-- I've had this "Stuff" for over 20yrs & Still have not except the side effect-- Have been using another Calories counter for Year's but after talking to Dietition the other day, decided to try Sparks also-- so much on the other system were not as acuate as Sparks--- other is Free also but need more refined information-- Seem like every thing I eat no matter what portion size is doing Nothing for My Weight... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:10:04 EST Here we go again. I've keep starting over and it's driving me crazy. I do okay for a bit (maybe a few months, days, or even just a few hours), then I make a "mistake" and find myself "erasing" all evidence that it counted, mattered, or happened. I'm starting over here again and hoping that this time I won't give in, but rather that I push through the anxious feelings and make better choices or actions from that moment on w/o having to start over. <BR> <BR> Hello, again, SparkPeople for, like, the 82nd time. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:52:50 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! My name is Justine, I am 28, married and suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have been struggling with my weight for a while now and it's very hard to lose weight because of the RA. Between medicines that pack on the pounds and not being able to be physically active without being in a lot of pain has put a damper on weight loss! My biggest motivation to lose weight is that my husband and I want to have a child and my weight is one of the factors preventing this. I also need to lo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:33:37 EST new! Hey! just wanted to say that i'm new, joined because i saw a horrible FAT pic of myself and was appalled! i'm 38, 3 kids and generally happy but need to cut out the extra wine calories! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:22:58 EST New to sparkpeople and need help! Hi! I want to lose weight and be healthy for SO many reasons! For some reason, I start in the morning and fail at some point during the day and end up saying..."Ill try again tomorrow." I want to stop failing and start living, and I now that means changing my lifestyle, but I need help! I can't do it on my own! (Trust me I've tried a countless # of times!) Hoping to lose weight, get healthy, be a better wife/mom/daughter/friend/PT - and help others along the way:) Let me know if anyone out th... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:57:29 EST Hello Sparkly friends I just started running (with help from the C25K program) about 5 weeks ago. About 3 weeks ago I had a doctors appointment and had some lab work done. Good news I don't have diabetes or any other health issues but my numbers were slightly high, so my doctor recommended a lower fat/carob diet. So since then I have been running/ exercising 3 times a week plus eating a lot better. <BR> <BR> My goal is to just be healthier in general and be able to run for 30-60 minutes at a time a couple ti... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:10:46 EST Needing Accountability Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> My name is Nicole. I have a beautiful daughter who is growning up entirely to quickly. She is now 14 months old. I am 29 years old and work at a bank in the Electronic Banking department. I deal with debit cards; internet banking; and a lot of back end stuff no one even thinks about :) <BR> <BR> I am getting married in the summer and am looking to get healthy again. I use to be an average of 125 lbs......I am currently 174. This is the... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:58:54 EST Brand new to Spark People <em>41</em> Hello everyone!! I am so nervous, excited, and relieved to be part of the Spark People family :) I am very hopeful, I feel like I have finally found the tools and support I need to overcome my food addiction and lose weight for good. One day at a time, after all, life is a journey...not a race!! ;) Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:32:03 EST Respirologist suggested Sparkpeople Hi. I'm still figuring the site out. It looks like there's a lot of help here. Need to lose the weight and feel healthier and breathe better. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:04:47 EST Hello All I am Scotty Carr I am a Long Haul truck driver that live 4 to 5 weeks out on the road. Weight is and issue in my business. I am going to Loss around 100 lbs now and through next year. My Blood Pressure shot up and I almost lost my License over it. Many folks don't know the much we as drivers do to keep legal and the road safe for all. And being healthy and alert is one many component. Well I started 2 weeks ago here and have lost 8 lbs already. Plus my blood pressure is already lowering with... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:14:29 EST Need Encouragement <em>46</em> I have gained and gained and gained weight this past 2 years. 54 pounds since I quit smoking November 26, 2012. I am so uncomfortable and my self esteem is very low. I have never never been over 200 in my life. <BR> I eat eat and eat junk food and cooked food cause I have to cook for my dad who lives with me and my husband and both are meat and potatoe guys and so am i. This morning I made them bacon, eggs, pancakes and I ate a banana!!! I have some blueberries in the fre... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:33:55 EST Hello everybody! Hello all! My name is Emily, and I'm trying to lose 117 pounds! I'm currently in nursing school full time and work part time, so I'm always busy, but there aren't time for excuses. Good luck everybody, and healthy living! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:52:20 EST vivofit verses fitbit charge hr Hi everyone, this is my first time on this I am still learning how to use it. My question is I want to buy the vivofit or the fitbit charge hr. I heard good and bad things about both but can't decide which one to buy...does anyone have any suggestions..thanks for your help Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:51:38 EST First Message Post Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I started the Spark program in mid August and have been diligently working to loose weight. My primary goal is to loose 50 pounds by Easter. I originally lost 20 pounds but I've begun to slip and have gained 3 pounds back. So I decided to join Sparks coach to keep me on track. <BR> Gotta go now, it's time to walk the dog. <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:03:10 EST Hello!! Hello, <BR> <BR> So I'm trying this out again! Last time I had started losing with the group I belonged to due to the accountability that was set up. However, I got pregnant and stopped coming online. Now I'm back and ready to give it another go. I can't find my old group, but hope to join new groups and find other accountability partners. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:14:12 EST HI people I just signed up for this and hope I will keep finding my way back Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:51:30 EST New to the site My name is Chad. I'm giving SparkPeople a shot to try to get motivation to stick with my diet and exercise plans. I've tried time and time again to diet and exercise, but I lack the motivation and the discipline. I'm really hoping to find people that can positively support and motivate me to stick with it and give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> I'm 24, 5'11", 208 lbs. I had a weight problem in high school - I was about 180 lbs when I was 14-years-old, and stayed that throughout high school. A ye... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:12 EST Help required Hi . It's my first time on this site. Want to loose around 25 pounds for an ivf treatment due in February. Need a weight loss buddy to keep on track for those craving days &#128522;drop a line if you are interested Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:07:02 EST First time here! Hihi, :D <BR> <BR> My names Eva and im 22 and a 4th year in college studying computer science! <BR> I decided I want to change my life and start losing weight for multiple reasons. Being in comp sci requires me to sit and program 12h a day on my bum coding an assiginment so I'm alwyas sitting most of the time on campus doing work... <BR> I started becoming extremely busy with school and after going through some hardships/personal issues, I only gained more weight... and now its become suc... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:44:34 EST New to SparkPeople Just started using SparkPeople last Thursday and so far I LIKE it! I am a 54 year old retired guy that enjoys my family, camping, pottery, and just being retired. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:13:56 EST Guess who's back, back again? Hello! I'm Melissa from Alabama. I'm trying this again and hopefully for the last time! I've recently gone back to school to get a degree in Film and Digital Media Production. I need to get my eating habits back in order and start exercising again. I would love and appreciate any new friends who want to kick me in the backside when I lack motivation! lol I have about 40 lbs to lose. <BR> Thanks! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:45:27 EST Hello <em>9</em> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:58:01 EST Kimbooz73 Day 1 - I want to lose a small chunk, around 75 lbs. starting with food tracker first couple weeks and adding in excercise. <BR> <BR> What are your 3 favorite foods that give you the most energy or fill you up? (Low calorie, high fiber, high protein)."The details matter less than the power packed food options I should consider as I head to the grocery store this week) Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:14:43 EST When was the moment you knew? I'm new to spark people and just browsing other boards. I read a comment about someone being 10 months into their journey and closing in on their goal which inspired me! I am 40, about 48lbs overweight, and a little down on my ability to stick with really anything. Deep down, I know I am a successful, optimistic person, who can accomplish goals. But when it comes to weight loss, I get stuck in a negative outlook (working on it :) <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to ask "when was the moment you... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:32:55 EST Hi my name is COWBOY4GOD Hi I was a Cross country runner in Highschool a long distance runner I used to do my training on the weekends early in the morning I loved it I was eating salad my mom made me and I used to be on Jenny craig diet and also Nutri systems diet I tried Sparks people because I met a good friend on Christian Chat which referred me to sparks people he was from New Zealand he recently had has Gallbladder removed and I want to start eating more healthy because my mom is dietbetic and I am on medicatio... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:26:54 EST Drop by to Greet Hello everyone. I stumble at this site while searching for ways on how to keep healthy. <BR> I'm hoping that this will help me. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:08 EST New and want to change my life, without TV Hi I am a 30 year old man, I have a wife and a little boy. I am 350lb and if i want to be there for my family then I need to lose this weight. I have tried and tried and tried, but have always failed. I have done the counting diet, low carb diet, and even high protein deit. I am short of straving myself to be honest. I need help I need to know that I can turn somewhere where people will help and can help. this is just not a one way street though as I will help you in return. We can and will d... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:33:22 EST Good-bye Calorie Count, Hello Sparkpeople! I started out on this weight loss/lifestyle change venture about 17 months ago. I was very determined and needed to lose 100 pounds. I was able to lose 60 pounds using Calorie Count and exercise. A few months ago I slowly started to "fall off the bandwagon" so I returned to Calorie Count but it seemed no one was commenting on my posts- it didn't feel interactive at all and I was not getting the support I needed. Although I am a very highly motivated person I came to realize that I truly ca... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:31:17 EST new to spark people hi I am new to spark people.I have the odds stacked up against me with my medical conditions. Hypothyroidism, Pre Diabetic, Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, along with Depression is some of my diagnoses. I totally believe that these diagnoses revolve around my obesity. I thought it was hereditary, my mother is obese. But I want to break down these barriers and lose some weight. I need to lose some weight for my health and sanity. I am at my wit's end and to increase my self esteem and to beat my de... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:49:21 EST Hello everyone! Today is my Day 1. I've started stopped and restarted this journey so many times. I'm ready this time for sure! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:14:14 EST Started in 2010...things happened. I stared Sparks People in 2010. A lot has happened since then. Lost weight gain some-not all the weight back. Have tried several different programs...21 DayFix was the latest. It isn't the program I need it is the "stick-to-it" I need. I hoping The Spark will "spark" again in me. I have "lots of knowledge" that I know what I need to do and a spare bedroom that has been turned into a home gym. I'm a numbers girl-the scale is my friend and my biggest enemy. I know there are other ways to measur... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:32:28 EST Terry448 I am 62 years old, married and have 3 fur babies. I am trying to lose 25.5lbs. By Jan. I lost #18 so far but then just stopped. My husband is my workout partner, which helps us both. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:52:52 EST Been here a month and no SP friends Hi Everyone - I'm Kaylynn, Been on Sparkpeople for a month and doing really well, I'm down 11 pounds and feel really good!! Would love some extra support and motivation from new friends, I log in everyday and I have my food tracker open for people to see to, so hopefully that'll keep me mindful of what i eat ha! :) <BR> <BR> Best wishes to everyone! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:32:32 EST Really need help to lose weight Hi everyone! I need to lose 65 pounds but I also need to learn to get fit and keep up with good eating and exercise. Every time I lose a little weight, I fail because I don't use something like this site for encouragement. Thank you. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:04:56 EST Cravings How do you deal with cravings for sweets? Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:52:55 EST back and looking for accountability friend Hi all ! I joined spark people many years I am again...I'm hoping there's someone out there who wants to be friends who understands mental health is just as important! I'm single mid 30s with kids so would be cool to find someone who understands life gets busy and overwhelming and be each others support :-) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:15:58 EST back and looking for accountability friend Hi all ! I joined spark people many years I am again...I'm hoping there's someone out there who wants to be friends who understands mental health is just as important! I'm single mid 30s with kids so would be cool to find someone who understands life gets busy and overwhelming and be each others support :-) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:15:34 EST back and looking for accountability friend Hi all ! I joined spark people many years I am again...I'm hoping there's someone out there who wants to be friends who understands mental health is just as important! I'm single mid 30s with kids so would be cool to find someone who understands life gets busy and overwhelming and be each others support :-) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:14:55 EST back and looking for accountability friend Hi all ! I joined spark people many years I am again...I'm hoping there's someone out there who wants to be friends who understands mental health is just as important! I'm single mid 30s with kids so would be cool to find someone who understands life gets busy and overwhelming and be each others support :-) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:14:06 EST Hiya I am a complete novice to this page and have signed up before but completely forgotten about this site until I woke up this morning with the dragged on goal that I have to physically and mentally do.... lose these last few pounds and shape up before the holidays. <BR> Wish me luck! Thanks! :-) Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:18:43 EST hello Hello spark friends, <BR> This is my first post. I have picked up on fitness off and on over the years. This team I am sticking to my plan. <BR> I want to loose 5 more pounds and get physically in dhape Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:30:45 EST The Cady Heron of SparkPeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Beth, new to SparkPeople (I've admittedly been on the site in the past, but wasn't in a good place to be making changes), and super excited to take charge of my health. I'm not from Africa, haven't been homeschooled, and my name isn't Cady Heron, but since I'm new, I'm hoping to find some Janice Ians and Damiens to help me out. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm a 20-something, in graduate school and working, and love to have fun. If anyone watches New Girl, I'm the... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:44:39 EST Starting Over for the Last Time Tried this again and again but I keep "messing up" according to my perfectionist standards. Wanting this to be the last time I do so. Wanting to track the good, the bad, and the ugly without having to attempt to erase the past. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:22:00 EST Hiya Everyone! My name is Aislinn, I am in Southern Illinois. I actually just so happened to stumble across this page and am looking at it as a sign. I hope to build relationships with like minded people and achieve my goals. Here's to breaking away from the old! <em>524</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:02:13 EST Hello Hello, just joined the Community-- My name is Phylis... glad to get started! Already do most of the challenges, but need the extra motivation!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:53:45 EST Hello After having my fourth baby I have reached my heaviest weight is time to go back to my old self and get healthier. Count on all of you for support Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:06:41 EST At it again Like most of here with a significant amount of weight to lose - I am back at it again. I have been on Sparkpeople before, I have belonged to TOPS, curves and the YMCA. I have had success int he past and I have had failure in the past. We all have, we are all human. <BR> <BR> My name is Cassandra. I am a 24 yesr old female from Stratford, ON. Currently I weigh 342lbs and I am taking back control of my body. I had an appt with my Dr the other day and she wanted to sign me up for Gastric Bypas... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:35:56 EST Starting over Hi, my name is Becca and I need to lose weight and get healthy! Back in 2011 I found SparkPeople for the first time and committed myself to weightloss. I lost 32 pounds by monitoring what I ate, walking every day and drinking plenty of water. (I went from 230-198). I then had a major life change when I had my son. During my pregnancy I topped the scale at 260. I became determined to lose that weight again when the baby arrived.... and well.... here I am today in 2014 and am stil at 244. ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:04:35 EST Take that, Polar Vortex! It's cold out, but I walked anyway! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:45:27 EST Just started C25K <BR> I am starting the C25K at age 50 having NEVER run before. I repeated weeks 1 and 2 and will begin week 3 tomorrow. <BR> I have been pleasantly surprised that my feet, knees, and hips feel fine. My only discomfort is in my back. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:47:08 EST Back after a long absence Hi, my name is Julie and I need to lose weight and get healthy! I have had weight loss success in the past, but in recent years not so much. I've been unhappy with my weight for a long time, but not enough to get serious (I am VERY short on willpower). <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I had to go to the walk-in clinic -- first time I've been to the doctor in a couple years. I was shocked to see that I was about 20 lbs. heavier than I thought I was (and what I thought I was was bad enough!) I am ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:16:16 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST New Hi I am new here and I need all the support I can get. I turned 50 this year and I really want to make this the year I take off the weight once in for all. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:29:26 EST Hello all! I'm back! Turned 48 today and really want to get this weight off once and for all! Would love some buddies for support. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:42:48 EST Food Anyone else have an issue with eating too many sweets and breads? I can't seem to find the strength to say "no" to them and they are getting me into trouble! I love food and I love to eat, doesn't matter my emotional state, I just love to eat! Anyone else struggling with this too?? Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:32:20 EST It's been 6 years but I'm back. I was with Spark People for over two years while living in Kingston, Ontario. I changed many poor habits and saw a dramatic difference in my every day life. I participated in message boards, tracked everything and even met other members at running events. Then I moved out to BC on a small island where internet was only available in the bar/restaurant. I faded away. When I moved off the island I then had two falls and broke both my feet a month apart. I now have a different email and have n... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:23:30 EST Trying Not to Give Up Well, I am back again. I started Aug of 2010 and lasted 2 weeks. I tore a rotator cuff from not being in shape and starting right. That started a downward spiral of one ache that lead to another ache, as well as losing both of my parents while going through all that. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since then, and learning to cope. I will own this, it will NOT own me!! <BR> I see I have gained 7 more pounds since I was on here before. :( I have tried so many things and nothing seems ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:04:59 EST Looking to lose 60 pounds by February 2016 That's the realistic goal, anyway. <BR> <BR> Hi, I'm Mandy, and I'm a mother of three, trying to lose the extra fat and get my body in peak condition to be the healthiest me I can be. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been pretty unmotivated. I haven't been eating as healthy as I should, and I almost never workout any more, minus a walk or two a week. <BR> <BR> Don't be shy, say hi! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:10:59 EST Hi I'm new here looking for avirtual workout buddy Hi my name is Julie. I travel a lot and whenever I'm home its hard for me to be motivated to workout. All of my friends are married with children and it's hard to find a morning workout partner. I've lost 50 pounds but have stalled and my motivation has capped I would like to find a virtual workout partner to motivate one another. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:47:43 EST Hello! I just wanted to say hi! I am from Alabama, but living in Utah. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:31:30 EST Calculating food How do I break down meals that are made with more than one ingredient? ex: I made home hash, it consist of ground round broken very small, diced potatoes, carrots, celery and tiny home made dumplings with chicken broth. I have no idea how to enter on food tracker, or any other homemade soups, lasagne's, bake mac to mention a few. I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure this out. Thanks for any suggestions Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:58:14 EST rejoining Hi I am starting again. I started changing my lifestyle in September and have lost thirty pounds along the way. I no longer have severe cravings and I am convinced it is the mental attitude I have that helps. I also pray a lot and that seems to help. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:46:32 EST Hello! Greetings, I am just getting started...again! I lost weight on SP last year, then got a little "burn out", but starting fresh now. I kept quite a bit of the weight off, as I used better habits formed while on SP. I am excited about reaching my goals again, and meeting new SP friends. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:20:03 EST Back again I am back again. I have been away. It is not that I haven lost weight, I have. However I have missed the support of the people at spark people;so I am back. I am stuck now. I have hit a plateau, for about the last 2-3 weeks. Finding it very frustrating. I have about 20 pounds till I meet my goal, and I would love to talk to others. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:16:19 EST <3 Hi I'm Misty I've been yo yo dieting forever and now I finally found something my own pace and for once I can say I found something that completes me. Hopefully I can get some friends to join me and share with their friends. But if your skeptic, I was, so please friend me and watch my progress like I did my friends. All they changed was their preference of coffee. I'm starting to feel like I can do way more than the last few years. <em>213</em> Loving my weight loss coffee! Cheer me on please! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:23:32 EST Getting Serious Hi! I love this site. I gained 30 pounds about 3 years ago and am down 15, but have been stuck for about a year. I decided to get serious in the last couple weeks and needed a place to track everything and keep myself accountable. I am pretty much going this alone (getting fit) in real life, but thought that making myself track and post my progress would put my feet to the fire. <BR> <BR> I lift heavy and eat pretty clean, but just found out how many calories my ciders and glasses of win... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:21:32 EST Hello I am 35 yo mother of 3 always on the go. I work full time so don't have a lot of time for me. But I am over 50# since the birth of my son 2 years ago. I decided that I needed to change my healthy lifestyles because if I don't and continue down the same path I won't be around to for my children. I've done it before losing weight and eating healthy so I am committed to being a success this time around. <BR> <BR> Arizona K. <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:02:01 EST Back at this again, need help Hey all, I am back at this again. Since I last been on here I have put on the pounds, I am needing the motivation and support to getting starting and to losing weight. I live in the Corona area so if any one wants a walking partner let me know :) Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:35:59 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Shawanda Muse, I am 33yrs old and I live in Selma, Alabama. I joined SparkPeople because I need help to reach my goal by my 40th birthday and the help that I have at home is not enough. I welcome all help. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:34:00 EST Hello I have been using SparkPeople on and off for a few years. I'm fed up with my bodyweight going up and down. I have decreased 18 pounds but am hitting a lot of levels off so I signed up with Sparkcoach to hopefully get shifting in the right route again. <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:21:56 EST Anyone Want To Be Motivational Partners? hello everyone. my name is Cym I am 31 years old and mama to two very active boys under the age of 5. I am getting married for the second and final time ;) in January 2015 as well as returning to work around that time with my oldest son starting kindergarten. where does the time go? I would like to find someone to help me and me them during this period of transition as I learn to eat healthier for myself and my children. currently I am eating breakfast every morning (which I usually skip) wit... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:27:01 EST Hi everyone!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, a little about myself. Guy in my 30's, living in Alberta, Canada. It's only taken me 10 years to get my butt into gear and do something about getting healthier, all the usual excuses........(work long hours, travel, kids blah blah blah). <BR> <BR> I fell like a switch has gone off in my head, early days but healthy eating is going well and I've found myself in the gym, 7 days out of the past 7! Ex athlete, so I know I can be dedicated to mak... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:00:33 EST Holley Caraballo "Join Me on My Journey" Name: Holley Aslyn-Dawn Caraballo <BR> Age: 21 <BR> City: Sedalia <BR> State: Missouri <BR> Pets: Labrador <BR> <BR> Hey everyone, I'm Holley. I was born in Columbia , Raised In Otterville and I am currently living in Sedalia. <BR> <BR> All of my life I have been struggling with my weight, I went from Weighing 250 pounds to being anorexic in my middle school, and High School years. I wasn't the happiest girl you would run across. I have spent my whole life battling Depression and several ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:20:30 EST Not totally new, been away and back with a vengenc Hello all, <BR> <BR> I logged in here back in 2011 and was doing really well. I started off at around 250lbs and got down to 142lbs, nearly made my goal of 135lbs. But then last year I got derailed. I found out that I have multiple sclerosis and have had it for years not knowing anything was wrong. <BR> <BR> My left leg is constantly asleep. I gained 40lbs back since being hospitalized and have been trying to figure out how to live with my new normal. But getting on that scale yesterday... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:34:10 EST Calculating dinners How do I calories, fat, etc. when I make a home made soup or any type of food <BR> EX: I had home made hash and had no idea how to break this down It's made with ground round, rotelle tomatoes, small home made dumplings with chicken broth and some seasoning Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:25:48 EST and.... I have damaged discs in my back plus degenerative hip disease and use a cane for light walking and have a walker for strolling through stores like Wal-Mart or Giant Tiger so the only exercise I can do in my low seat stationary bike.....right now I push myself to do 30 minutes but once I really get back at it I can go for an hour...... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:24:20 EST evenings hey all....I can follow my plan not bad (not using all my points yet) but at night time I just want junk....anything sweet like candy and chocolate....any pointers on what I can have that will curb these cravings? Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:18:45 EST Not really new...Been away for awhile Hi I am not new, but back after a few years. I need help from people who get it! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:14:39 EST New Hi - I joined this site in 2009 but never really participated. I did end up losing 85 pounds but unfortunately I have regained about 60. I want to do this and really participate, but I don't really understand the teams (I am signed up for teams from a long time ago that aren't active) and I don't understand the points, etc. I have read the getting started materials but still don't know what to do, other than to start logging my food and exercise. Any advice would be appreciated! <em>24</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:39:39 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Jayne and I joined SparkPeople today! Hope we can all reach our goals! <BR> <BR> I am not overweight but I want to become more fit through better eating and exercising. I am looking forward to completing the steps one at a time. <BR> <BR> If any of you have advice for a newbie, please share as this is a bit daunting. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:00:55 EST Hello Just trying out a post on message boards. I am into week 3 of my journey. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:11:39 EST Hello! Hello everyone! <em>213</em> I am brand new to SP. I am looking to finally stick with a plan to lose weight and get in shape. I am 29 years old, at 5 foot 5 I weigh 290 pounds. Lately I have started to feel the effects of being unhealthy, I am not sleeping well mainly. Next year is a big year for me and I want to be able to take pictures to remember all the events (college graduation <em>58</em> , start at a university, 30th birthday, Hawaiian vacation <em>47</em> ) and I want to look ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:54:54 EST Losing without tracking! Hi everyone, I am new to this site and wish to try something new. For years I have tried tracking my food, and I would never be able to maintain doing that for long periods of time. Personally, I find that tracking my nutrition gave me a poor relationship with food. I'm new to SP, and was curious if anyone had any tips for someone who does not wish to track nutrition, but still wants to lose weight and get fit! <BR> <BR> -Frixion Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:51:23 EST Thyroid question I am really struggling with weight issues. Almost 3 years ago I had a complete thyroid removal. The medication nauseates me and no matter how hard I try the weight just is not budging. Any thoughts? Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:34:10 EST Time for a Reset I'm a 27 year old female and I live in Indiana. This isn't my first time on SparkPeople, but it has been a solid two years since I was consistently part of the community. I am back to try and regain my healthy lifestyle. After several major life changes, I've decided it is time for a reset! <BR> <BR> I am excited to get back in the swing of things and create healthy changes in my life, just need some support to get there and stay there again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading! :) <BR> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:33:39 EST checking in more I had been on Spark people occasionally for a few years. I have been wanting to lose weight and realize I need more support. I am getting on Spark people more often now, and I do appreciate the support. Thanks! Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:04:49 EST Hi Ive been here before and no wim back. Just looking to shake things up and get back on track. Ive lost 25 so far and have another 25 to go. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:48:46 EST Hopeful As I start this journey, I am hopeful that I will obtain my goal. It's not easy but I'm going to try. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:04:23 EST Staying Motivated!! Hello my name is Ashley i am a 25 yr old mother of four! just had a baby almost 3 months ago and i am working out alot walk 4 miles everyday and beginning too eat healthy but the only thing that seems to keep getting me down is the junk food snacking in between breakfast and lunch and supper it always gets me down when it comes too that. which isnt good. and also the question i have is how do u lose what they call the muffin top!!?? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:37:32 EST mrs.Mitchell Hello everyone im ready to be all that I can be with the Sparks excited Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:28:38 EST new to spark people Hello I am new to spark people, and I don't know too much about health and fitness but I know one of the best exercises I can do is walk. I want to get on a walking routine or walking program. I think that will help me but I don't know about how to start. I want to portion out my food and stay within my calorie limits. I need to lose weight, I weigh about 347. I want to lose 25 pounds to start off with. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:48:00 EST New to Spark Hi. My name is Melissa. I just started. I have over 50 lbs to lose. So far so good. <em>521</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:11:06 EST Hello, I am new I am new here and am ready to begin my journey with you. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:03:39 EST HI!!! Hi my name is Maria and Im back to Spark People! I had a baby 6 months ago and i cant seem to shed this weight so here i am! cant wait to start this journey with all of you! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:59:13 EST Oh boy here we go! Hello folks! My name is Jennifer, I am 28 Yrs old. I'm climbing back on the spark wagon! I've been stuck in a weight loss/ fitness rut. I know running with a partner helps me do better so I figured I would give this a go around with the help I get from this site! Here's to many success's to come. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:57:33 EST Hello Hi, my name is Michelle. I'm 26 years old, recently married, and looking to start living a healthier lifestyle. I've always struggled with my weight, have used SparkPeople before, but never was 100% committed. I can use any and all support to help me on my journey. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:57:07 EST Hey from Arizona New to spark people! <em>20</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:07:50 EST Time for a CHANGE! My life changes in the morning! I am SO ready <em>224</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:20:22 EST I've started my journey&#128515; <em>521</em> <BR> Hi my name is Ana, and I've been struggling with my weight since I was a teen. After having 3 kids and gaining lots of weight during the pregnancies, life became harder. And trying to lose the weight became even harder. So I've dealt with lots of challenges in my life and I've let them take over my life. But back in August of this year I decided to make changes that would lead me on the right path of sanity. Making an effort everyday to not let other people's problems be ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:23:40 EST New from Southern Utah I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Intro to friends. I really like this site so far, i hope its free and not a gimmik. I really hope want to lose my wight, i would greatly be thankful if anybody could help me. <BR> <BR> God bless <BR> Stone. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:07:52 EST Just joined Hello everyone, I just joined this site, looks like a great place to get inspriation & support. Trying to get rid of an extra 10 lbs. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:36:09 EST Hey I'm Kelly! I've been on my weight loss journey for a long time. After recovering from an eating disorder that left me dangerously underweight, I was forced to gain back some weight. I became depressed and that depression contributed to a binge eating disorder which caused me to gain too much weight. The depression and bingeing disorder still make appearances, but they no longer consume my life or prevent me from happiness. I'm 18 and a freshman in college, which makes it very hard to lose weight- many c... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:31:34 EST pam Hi. I am pam and I like to lose weight but need the strength which I hope I could get from you. <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:12:51 EST "JOIN ME ON MY JOURNEY" Hi Everyone, I got on this site for inspiration, and wisdom, and to learn. I want to eventually get to 130 on the scale, but my main goal is to figure out who I am and what life holds for me. Right now, I just don't know that answer. I know there is something AMAZING and incredible waiting for me over the horizon, but I also don't want to miss what is here for me each day. I look forward to all of the changes that will take place as I walk this walk, and talk this talk. I hope to meet some fa... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:13:55 EST Took 4/5 months off I don't know if my name was toxic but my job and my house was. if you know sunshine momma tell her hi for me. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:40:16 EST New to Sparks Hi I'm Karen. Still working on navigating the website....I pray this works for me. Approaching 60 years and want to age more gracefully than I am currently experiencing. Like the lifestyle component instead of using the ugly D word. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:34:05 EST back from last winter about to face another Hi introducing myself. Constance happily married to my college sweetheart. I have three daughter.Oldest one just became a mom to twin boys. Middle one just got engaged and youngest one about to graduate from high school. Lost a house and career at same time. Love animals children and making a home. <BR> Looking to take my health to a better place although I'm much improved I really like this weight to be gone. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:14:23 EST Back Again Here I am, back at Sparkpeople for the 3rd time. My name is Tammy and I live in small town Ohio. I'm in a better place mentally this time around so I am really feeling positive that I can do this now. Unfortunately, physically, I have developed osteoarthritis and it's causing a lot of problems in my left knee. I know that losing even 10 pounds will help and that's my first short term goal. My eventual goal is to lose 80 lbs. I have an amazing man to support me this time, who is happy with me ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 01:45:19 EST High Protein Diet After 8 years with chronic health issues, I finally have a complete diagnosis. The treatment prescribed is helping greatly, but my doctor said that a high protein diet is a good step for helping myself. Does anyone have tips or articles for implementing a high protein diet? I am a person strong on eating my fruits and veggies, so there's no worry that I'll lose that essential part of my diet. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 22:25:25 EST 25 Year Old Looking for a New Start and Support Hi all. I recently turned 25 and realized I needed help with my health and weight. I am currently in law school and have become lazy regarding eating healthy. Not only is it bad for me, it is counterproductive. Usually I start a diet and it only lasts 2 days before all the cravings come back. I know what is healthy and what is not, but I lose all self control. I grew up in a healthy household, so when I was able to get my own snacks after school or stay at friends houses, I would just eat jun... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:24:34 EST Hi I'm new at Sparkpeople Hi everyone, my name is Ana Maria, just trying to learn about this great web. My goal is to be healthier and stay motivated. I would like to know about other women like me who are persevering to lose weight and be positive in the way.I have pre diabetes, so I really need to be urgent with my goals . Thanks for any advice. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:50:27 EST hey there im Chris im new here I'm trying this out to try and lose a little weight and help would help Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:36:23 EST I deserve to be fat That's why I'm here. I actually said those words to myself. Out loud. Now those words are my motivator. I didn't even know I felt that way. I am here to lose weight, feel better, get strong, get moving and eat healthy. It would be great to make some friends and motivate also. Here I go! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:33:09 EST Starting fresh Hi everyone, <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 8 years ago while in college and hoping to lose a few lbs. My weight has crept up over that time, and while I really liked this site I used it inconsistently at best. I'm sick of my weight dictating what I feel comfortable wearing and tired of making excuses! It's time to make a change, and my goal is to lose 30 lbs before my 30th birthday next June. I started a new account so that I could have a fresh start, and plan on checking in daily to sta... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:33:39 EST Newbie here Hi I'm Erica & I'm 28 years old. Wife, mother of 2. Working full-time. I have the knowledge & equipment to get fit but am finding trouble looking where to start and could also use some friendly motivation. I've never been on a diet before and never had a consistent work-out/exercise regimen. I'm looking for a lifestyle change. I want to be fit and healthy. If you think we have something in common or are willing to take a newbie under your wing that would be awesome. I look forward to the gett... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 16:26:32 EST Getting back on track! For the longest time I was an exercise fanatic, going to gym for hours on end, never thinking what I did was satisfactory. I worked myself to the point of exhaustion, rarely ever taking a day off. A while ago, I took a couple days off, telling myself that it was just my body telling me it needed rest. As time went by, I realized that it had been a week, then two, then three before I went to the gym! That's not me... <BR> <BR> I'm an alpine skiing and sailing instructor, so being active i... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:56:57 EST Re-introducing myself to exercising Starting out again , injured my knee's about 4 months ago so got off track with my weight . <BR> I'm still working on getting back to feeling like doing what I need to achieve my goals of feeling good. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 12:12:47 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:21 EST Night Shift Worker with issues OK…so I have been told by my physician that, even though I may try very hard, I probably will not lose my weight I will not because I work nights and my circadian rhythm / system is so messed up. I have also been told I have hypothyroidism and family genetics going against me. I actually don't care about eating but I DO NOT EXERCISE. I had parents who believed "that's not for girls, our place was in the house caring for the men." So, I have a lot of changing to do. Any suggestions? I know I h... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:26:02 EST 2 part question My eye sight must be gone, lol can't find recipe box and how to use. <BR> Also wondering if any one has used ceylon cinnamon. I have been using it along with chia seeds in my oats each morning, Dr. recommended the chia seeds to lower cholesterol, which has worked wonders for me, # are perfect. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:39:40 EST new name - old member Hello all! I was a active member back in 2009 or so. I battled my weight successfully for a while, but fell off the wagon. I have made alot of changes and ended up having a gastric sleeve surgery 11 months ago. I have gone from 389 to 254! I still have 60 lbs to go and came home to Spark People to finish this off. My old name was RedSonya I think. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:10:10 EST I want to get healthy and happy this time I am new. I have been overweight my whole life. I am tired of it. I am ready for a change, although it scares me a lot. I want to be happy and healthy as my husband and I begin to think about starting a family. I have tried so many diets, trainers, programs, but it seems I lose a little weight, fall off the wagon and gain all the weight back plus more. I want to be healthy and happy so badly, but it seems overwhelming and I don't know where to begin. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 23:46:01 EST 159 last Dec, 167 now-remaking goals My motivation to keep track this last year fell off four months, and that time just doesn't make itself back up. Because Spark peoples recommended max is 2 lb a week for weight losing goals- I really need to stick with it better- and get into community interaction for keeping accountable. We moved twice this last year and bmi at 27 range now. I didn't get all the good health markers on my insurance screen for life insurance because of that and new high cholesterol. I need to make progress bac... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:19:22 EST New to spark Just saw this and it looks like a tool to help in my journey. I am doing low carb. Is anyone else doing low carb? Fri, 7 Nov 2014 19:47:29 EST First Post, long time sparkpeople user I've been a sparkpeople member for over 5 years, but have never taken advantage of the communities. Since I've rollercoastered and not met my goals, i thought this time around I would jump right into the deep end. <BR> <BR> A little about me. I've been overweight for 10 years and my weight has pretty much been all consuming in my life. It holds me back from doing some things and feeling like a normal person. By "It" I don't mean my weight, I mean the fact that being overweight has become... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:38:57 EST Super confused and it's not getting any better! Hey everyone! My name is Heather and I am currently a grad student. I joined spark people after a friend of mine highly recommended it check it out, and so far I am really liking it! The reason I decided to join is kind of a long and boring tale, but it can be summed up like this: <BR> For the last 10 years I have had weight gain, lethargy, acne, irregular periods, etc. I knew something was wrong, but every time I went to a doctor they just said it was all in my head and everything was fine. ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 15:30:51 EST Finding A SparkFriend..Finding A Buddy...Support.. .....Is EASY at READY * SET * SPARK!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> You're Invited! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58290 </link> <BR> <BR> Together, One Day At A Time we can make Small Changes that lead to BIG SUCCESS! <BR> <BR> What Goal Do You Want To Accomplish Today or this Week? <BR> Come share it with us at READY * SET * SPARK!! <BR> <BR> Our Team is very different because #1 we are active and we have great Topics/Forums t... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:58:54 EST Hopefully this is my highest weight ever... I stepped on the scale this morning and was seriously stunned. I cannot believe I have reached 184 pounds, and that I am officially 'overweight'. I finished my 3rd half marathon in May, and it was an absolutely terrible race. I had to walk most of it because I have a hip injury and I was nowhere near mentally prepared for 13.1 miles on that particular day. It sounds silly but that race was so bad that it made me severely depressed, and 6 months later I've gained 20 pounds. This morning was th... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:52:56 EST I'm all in! I'm dazed and confused but I'm here and I'm all in. At 59 yrs young, Dr. says I am insulin resistant and I need to turn things around. I am glad Dr. recommended this site because I had no idea where to start. I AM going to do what it takes!!! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:34:04 EST first post Here's to new beginnings! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:50:48 EST Do you follow other people's blogs on here? Hi all, <BR> Any recommendations on your favorite blogs on here? <BR> I started mine to keep me accountable but I was interested in other people's blogs I can check into from time to time. <BR> Thanks for sharing! <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:27:12 EST new to this I am tired of not being able to to do simple everyday things due to my weight.I'm on 34 and feel so much older I so many aches and pains that is resulted from being overweight.I'm in a low income family can't afford the gym and healthy food can be more expensive at times. Don't have much support at home and my family teases me about my weight (which just makes me emotional eat ) I'm on my own with this battle and a battle it is. Watching everyone around you eat lots of the foods you love.I ha... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:30:16 EST Hi I am Mary! I am excited about joining SparkPeople! I am the mother of 5 and the grandmother of 9. I am originally from TX but moved to Kentucky in 2006. I love Kentucky for the true seasons. In TX it could be 32 and warm up to 70. I have tried other means to lose weight and stay healthy but I am an emotional eater. I need to get healthy and stay healthy so that I can see all 9 of these grand kids grow up. I have health problems that make it a important to stay healthy. I do good for a while and then jus... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:26:57 EST Coming back to The Spark- this time to stay. Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have been here off and on for years, but have not been in a place where I was able to use the tools as well as I might have... Now, I am back and down 16 pounds- 19 pounds from my highest weight. I am using every tool I can now, and want to become more involved in the community this time. <BR> <BR> As I approach my 40th birthday (3 weeks), I am ready to commit to bettering myself, and my life. I am choosing to make my 40th year my year, for me. I want to ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:46:02 EST Move On LIVE WELL!!! Eat Wisely && Move! More && Weigh Less!! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:35:20 EST New and motivated Hi all! <BR> I'm following all the steps that SparkPeople is recommending and one of the first is to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My story is similar to probably many of you so I will spare the details. Let's get down to the point. I need to lose weight. I came here in hopes that I will. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone and GOOD LUCK TO ALL on this journey! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:13:12 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST Ready for my resolution Hello everyone I am looking forward to being apart of sparkpeople, the motivation will help get me back on track I recently gave up meat because I really did not have a taste for it so I am a lacto ovo vegetarian but it seems I am doing something wrong so I really need help maybe some recommended recipes to jump start me back to where I was 219 from 308 now back up to 250 a tear. <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 00:31:18 EST I'm a newbie I need a change! My clothes are all fitting so tight, I'm tired all the time, hungry and snacking often... This is my first step. Keeping my fingers crossed Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:54:57 EST New here Hey, I'm new. I'm a thirty year old mother of three. I ran my first 5K last month. I'm ready to make a healthier lifestyle change! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:23:01 EST Scale said 200, I said not on my watch I've tried sparkpeople a bunch of times before. At least 5, graduating from a sparkteen to a sparkperson and still loosing little to no weight. In fact, since my last attempt to lose weight, I have gain a good 20 pounds and now have hit in my head the dreaded 200 range. This is unacceptable and I feel that it is urgent that I make a change. <BR> I have been working on loving myself, but for some reason loving myself also includes shoving really gross food into my face as fast as I can. I fee... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:08:06 EST After 23 years, I finally feel motivated! Hello! <BR> I am Victoria and new to this website. I actually came across this website by accident and ended up falling in love with all the features that it offers. I showed the site to my close family and friends that struggle with weight loss and some of us ordered the activity tracker as well. <BR> When I was younger, I lived in NYC and like most New Yorkers and children, I was skinny and active daily. At 8 years old I moved to New Jersey- and my family bought a computer. I spent most of... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:50:43 EST Hello, this is all new to me <em>524</em> <BR> My name is Angie and I am 40. I am not that energetic and always looking for short cuts to lose weight. I get tempted to try anything out there that says it can burn fat and make you lose weight fast. I used to have the drive and patience to work at things I needed but as got older that is when became lazy, Yes I know shameful right. My biggest excuse is that when I was diagnosed with my condition the doctors prescribed me with meds that kept me drowsy and feeling out of ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:08:54 EST Introduction I have been using SparkPeople on and off for a few years. I'm tired of my weight going up and down. I have dropped 26 pounds but am hitting a lot of plateaus so I joined SparkCoach to hopefully get moving in the right direction again! <em>4</em> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:03:32 EST Struggle with all Medications Doc is giving me!! Hello out there! I am a Diabetic Type 2 for 4 years and have no friends or family with this condition. When I was diagnosed, I had an amazing Internal Medicine Doc and she really helped me! I had my A1C at 6.3 and lower for 2.5 years. I was taking 500 MG of Metformin daily along with Cholesterol Meds, Allergies Meds, and small dosage of Lexapro for Depression. My doc even encouraged me to cut Lexapro in 4ths and it would help take the edge off. I was feeling great and checking blood sug... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:14:18 EST Need Motivational Support: People of like mind. Hello there all. I'm Miss Squid. I just joined sparkpeople in hopes I could find some like minded people to help keep me motivated in my health. The trackers and such are a nice add-on as well. <BR> I've slipped off for a good month, and now it's hard to get motivated to get back into the gym. <BR> I also let my healthy eating slip. I blame this partly on myself and partly on the fact that my husband is a skinny for life guy. He has to eat high carbs and fat to energize himself. I know if you... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:43:31 EST Hello I am Susan. I like to do outdoor activities but lately I have not been able to do much, because not much energy and I have been on Herbalife and it was working then I could not afford it every month. So I also have some leg problems like a syactic nerve/ but need to exercise. I walk every two weeks for about 30 minutes a day one day a week. My goal for the first month maybe lose 5 more pounds. Then so on ..... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:30:07 EST Here I go I have struggled with weight my whole life, but never been as obese as I am now at 237 lbs. Much heavier than when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter 20 years ago! I feel so depressed and hopeless that I will ever make a life change and be at a healthy weight. I want to be. I want to be. I hope to be. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:50:34 EST Mentality is Everything Hello all! Looks like there are several other new members than just me today. My name is Paige and I feel like I'm finally ready to do this through the long haul. I've been praying a lot and I feel like God led me here for a reason. This seems like an awesome community and I hope to be meeting a lot of new friends and finally be able to reach my long awaited weight loss and fitness goals. For more information about me, check out my new Spark Page =] Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:54:38 EST Ankylosing Spondylitis HI,my name is Freida Amos, I am a returning member and I have AS, I was wondering if anyone else has AS and if so what kind of exercise do you do? I have gained 50 lbs since I have be diagnosed so any help would be appreciated thanks Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:43:42 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:56 EST Ready to Jump In Just turned 40 and looking to make it my best decade yet! Excited to be here! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:05:47 EST Hello this my first time using sparkpeople I am a 45 year old female of a special needs child . I am over weight and can't seem to loss the weight no matter what i do . I love being outside with my kids . Now that winter is fast approaching its kind of hard to get outside and get the exercise that i need . Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:40:20 EST new to sparks Good evening, I'm here to get motivated in exercising, and eating healthy for mental and physical good health. I have been trying for the last 10-15 years to loss 30lbs, I'm now ready. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:06:29 EST Hi I took a break from losing weight & exercising. I'm back & feel invigorated &#9786;&#65039; Wed, 5 Nov 2014 22:52:15 EST Trying not to fall off track... again. Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> I've joined this site in hope to keep my self motivated and accountable. I continuously gain and lose weight and cant seem to balance myself out. Just three weeks ago i ran my first half marathon in 2:34. i still cannot believe it. after that i sort of stopped exercising.. i get really down and sad when not exercising and i know this after being in the cycle for so many years. ill work out reach a goal, then stop. i would really like to shed 30lbs and im not in a ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:14:44 EST struggle with life and fat Have been on this site several times over the years and never seem to stick with it. I'm forty-six and am having so many life struggles I feel like giving up most day,But instead I decide to come on here again and ask for help. I eat at night really bad, and I have no set limits of what I eat. I'm close to the 300 lb mark on the scale and 5'3 inches tall. I have anxiety ,depression, low self esteem and do take meds for that and see a psychiatrist , talk therapist . Any advice, suggestion wo... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:49:01 EST New to Spark What a great Group. <BR> I live in Sydney, Australia. Getting back into fitness and a lifestyle change <BR> <BR> I want to connect with motivated people which is why I have joined this group. I am a web designer and a technology manager. Always worked for corporations but for a few months I want to pursue some personal projects. <BR> <BR> My latest project can be found at <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day. <BR> <BR> Nick <em>30</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:46:58 EST New to group I started this adventure on my 56 birthday, little over a month now! I am a full time caregiver for my Wife and I guess I just let myself go! I took a long look in the mirror and ask myself what I wanted out of Life myself. The answer is simply to feel better, have more energy for my Wife and my Grandchildren. To loose all the extra pound I have put on and to eat more healthy! I started out at 242 lbs. and walking a mile a day. I am happy to day I am down to 220 Lbs. and up to 4 miles a day ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:16:53 EST New to spark people and new to diabetes I've literally just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and u have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I'm looking at future Dr appointments and probable blood sugar tracking. It's scary and unknown to me, but I also know that it's a manageable condition. I think this is the kick in the butt I needed to get healthier. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:54:16 EST New to spark people and new to diabetes I've literally just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and u have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I'm looking at future Dr appointments and probable blood sugar tracking. It's scary and unknown to me, but I also know that it's a manageable condition. I think this is the kick in the butt I needed to get healthier. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:54:10 EST New to spark people and new to diabetes I've literally just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and u have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I'm looking at future Dr appointments and probable blood sugar tracking. It's scary and unknown to me, but I also know that it's a manageable condition. I think this is the kick in the butt I needed to get healthier. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:53:53 EST New to spark people and new to diabetes I've literally just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and u have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I'm looking at future Dr appointments and probable blood sugar tracking. It's scary and unknown to me, but I also know that it's a manageable condition. I think this is the kick in the butt I needed to get healthier. <em>40</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:53:36 EST “And so it goes...” - Kurt Vonnegut Hi. I stumbled across this site yesterday and haven't closed it since. My name is Katy, and I'm thirty years old. I've been overweight all my life, and I'm currently at 205 pounds -- down from my lifetime high of 240. That leaves me with 75 pounds left to lose in order to reach my goal weight of 130. Anyone who would like a new friend on this site, please do add me. (Disclaimer: I've always been known as a strange girl. Fat and strange.) <BR> <BR> “I thought: this is how you make a hu... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:24:38 EST First DAy Hello... My name is Pam and I really need to lose weight... I do exercise a lot, but have not been eating right... Please, please help me... I also want to add a picture to my blog to really make me see what I look like.. How do I do this? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:07:18 EST Newbie Hi, I joined a week ago and have held off posting untill I was sure this was a program for me! I am 50 years young and my husband and I have decided to live a healthier life style. I love this program! Just being able to track my food has helped me reevaluate my eating patterns and make adjustments, I haven't been so great at excersizing but I'm getting there! Thanks SparkPeople! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:33:53 EST Greetings Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm 51 with advanced rheumatoid arthritis and am about 30 pounds over weight (I weighed in this morning at 175 and need to be at 145). Strenuous exercise can be difficult for me as a result of cartilage loss in major joints which makes losing weight somewhat difficult. I've used Fitday in the past to track my activities and weight but there is no community for support and encouragement, which is why I joined here. It's so easy to fall off the weight-loss-wagon when you've go... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:36:40 EST Staying Motivated <em>198</em> <BR> I have stopped smoking and I am trying to eat healthy, get fit and lose some weight. I am terrified of picking up weight since I have stopped smoking. Not always easy to stay motivated and to exercise everyday. Does anyone have any suggestions?????? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:50:58 EST Returning an this time gonna reach my goals I was on here a few years back an did well. I lost prolly 30lbs well then 1 i got a bf who loves to buy me food an treats an take me out to eat an 2 some bad personal things happened an I ended up gaining it all back plus alot more. My highest weight was about 215. September 1st I was 203lbs I started Keto eating (low Carb Higher Fat Moderate protein) an have gone down to 190 as of November 1st. I go to the gym now regularly. I do alot of strength but am currently gonna up my cardio more in h... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:57:35 EST What To Say... Hello everyone! My name is Cymeron (Cym for short). I am 31 years old and mama to two wonderful boys under the age of 5. I am wanting to learn to eat healthier and be more active with my kids instead of making excuses. I want to teach my kids that there are foods other than ramen noodles and chicken nuggets (slight exaggeration) but my youngest is by far the pickiest eater and also teething. I hope to make a few new friends on this journey to a healthier me and family. <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:02:08 EST Hi :) Hi :) <BR> <BR> I'm Natasha. I'm not new to weight loss and fitness. The past 6 months I've been working hard on losing weight and improving my general health and fitness. I've lost a little over 30lbs and fell in love with exercise along the way! I started off following Blogilates, I've tried Jillian Micheal's 30 day Shred, I love fitnessblender workouts and Ballet Beautiful. I'm currently eating between 1350-1700 calories a day, depending on how much I exercise. I'm following Kayla Itsine... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:33:31 EST New member Have MS and post menopausal I'm the heaviest I've been and now am trying to get healthy. Wish me luck! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:00:24 EST Hi - I'm new too Hi .. I'm Debi, am 58 years old and so need to lose weight. Today is day 4 for me and so far, it's seeming to go well. I have a whole different mentality this time so am expecting that I'll lose the weight. <BR> <BR> One thing I can tell will tremendously help me is to be able to track everything ... so far since the 1st, I've walked 80 minutes and trust me, that is the most I've moved for a long time [on purpose, for exercising I mean]. <BR> <BR> I started at 256 on November... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:21:36 EST --- Back On Track to Get Fit For Wedding --- Back on track to get fit for wedding. Looking to loose 40 pounds by 05/31/2015. I would like motivational people in my life to keep me up and I could keep you up too. I think a healthy lifestyle is personal as well as having a great community that believes in you. <em>104</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:05:04 EST Hello! Newbie here! I'm a 44 year old mother of 3, my son is 19 yo and is currently in the National Guard, my step son is 6 yo and is in the first grade, we have him on most weekends, and my husband and I have together a 2 1/2 yo little girl who lights up our world. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my daughter, but now have Type 2. I struggle daily with my diet, as I live with an Italian that loves his pasta. I do well at work, but when I get home my husband and mother in law do majority of the ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:53:12 EST newbie Hi all, I'm 41, a stay at home mom and I love skating and keeping active. I basically have to maintain my weight but if I could lose 5-10lb I wouldn't be upset. Looking forward to seeing all this site has to offer. It's great to have support of a community when doing this sort of thing. Can't wait to get acquainted with Spark. <BR> Ali Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:34:49 EST new to sparks i am new i just got diagnose with a buldgeing disk and arthritis in my back, so i have started to exercise more and been on a weight lost program and have lost 30 lbs so far. i have another 20 to reach my first goal it is hard going with some ups and downs but i know i can do this, i like the new me and the lost of 30 lbs brought some new energy i havent had in a long time. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:50:16 EST The Maintenance Tightrope Hi guys! I'm a 36 y/o married mom of 5. November of 2012 (right before Thanksgiving!) I had finally had it and committed to losing weight. I started at around 190 (I'm 5'9"). By the following summer,with diet changes and exercise I had somehow made it down to the mid 150's. I was soooo proud of myself. I even managed to get down to the high 140's last winter. Anyway, I've put back on a little of the weight. I'm back to hovering around the mid 150's currently. I workout 5 days a week. I no... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:34:01 EST introduction Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jen, I am 26 and joined today. I recently finished my university studies not only with a degree but also with a couple more pounds and a less healthy nutrition due to the stress I was under writing my thesis. I hope that this programme will help me get back to a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Also, I think that this is a great way to meet people with same interests etc. If anyone would like to share some tipps or just get to know me, message me. Looking fo... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:33:28 EST Hello everyone! back to Spark! Phen? I was on Spark about a year or two ago. I gained 11 lbs and need to get down. I was in a medical weight loss group that i cant find now. Any idea how I can find it? Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:38:48 EST Back Again! Hello!! This isn't my first time on Spark People. I left when life started to get a bit too hectic, but now I'm back! <BR> <BR> I'm kind of frustrated because I was previously able to get down to 79kg, but am back up at 89.8 :-(. But I guess, it's never too late to start again!! Looking for encouragement and motivation!! <BR> <BR> Happy to be back! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:19:31 EST Living healthy Hi everyone! I'm a 40-something female living and working in Lincoln, Nebraska. I've finally stopped dieting and started living healthy. It's been amazing what that change in mindset has done for me. I recently lost 40 pounds by changing my eating habits and adding regular exercise to my day. I'm hoping to continue my quest to a healthy lifestyle with the help of other SparkPeople! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:21:02 EST Want a balance of healthy and contentment So, I made a commitment approximately a year ago to get myself in better shape, mainly to feel better about myself, and to generally feel more energetic. I have finally began to feel like I'm getting into a better grove with working out regularly, but I still struggle with finding that right balance of a consistent workout regime that is effective, and establishing a diet that's not too overwhelming, nor too far removed from what I do already. It would be cool to exchange ideas and motivati... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:52:50 EST New to Spark I lost 50lbs on myfitnesspal back in 2010-2011 and I've been slowly gaining it back since I stopped tracking in 2012. I'm here so I don't lose all that work I've done and to get me back on track. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 03:18:07 EST my introduction <BR> I am Rachel Msimuko, 29 year old Zambian female wanting to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. I am a pharmacist by profession and did not want to go the pill route to lose weight. I am part of a ladies fellowship sports team at work and we jog twice a week and meet to play sports (netball, football, volleyball) every Friday. I hope to learn more about health and fitness here on sparkpeople. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 02:02:58 EST Trying to re-lose the weight My name is Becky and I'm from Papillion, NE. A couple of years ago, I lost approximately 60 pounds. Now I'm noticing the weight has been creeping back on. It has all gone to my belly and thighs. I've been feeling more and more defeated because it seems like the harder I try to lose weight, the more I gain. Any advice and tips would be most welcomed. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:32:32 EST Learning to be Healthy and Fit, not just Slim Hello everyone. I am never good with introductions, so here are some facts. I am 24 years old and am a baker/waitress. I work 60-70 hours a week which is good for building character :) but not conducive to a stable relationship with healthy eating and exercise. A normal day goes as such; I wake up at 5-ish, skip breakfast, and work through lunch. It is now 4 pm and I am starving, so I will grab a muffin or cookie because they are right in front of me and I need an energy boost. Then I will wo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:01:45 EST MY time to shine! Coming back again! Hi y'all! I'm sarah! Last week my husband sat me down for a heart to heart and was afraid I was giving up. He's an avid obstacle course racer and he wants me to be able to be active with him. I was so hurt that he was calling me fat. I decided to not take it personally but use it as FUEL. I have signed up for my first 5K to run with him in 3 weeks and also signed up for the Warrior Dash obstacle race in March. I'm excited to start but failing this time is NOT an option!! I want to succeed ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:27:25 EST Back Again-needing help Hi, I'm Cathy and I need to lose at least 20 pounds. I started AGAIN two days ago, but I've actually been on SP since 2005 and have had some success. Before I joined SP I had lost 12 pounds. I started loosing weight after I found that I was at 180 so I have not gone back to that. I've been as low as 133 and was told by a doctor that I was under weight. My current doctor said 140 would be a good number; I want to be at 135. <BR> <BR> This 2014 has not necessarily been a good year. I'v... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:20:44 EST Struggling for a new me! ok i think i am totally ready for this. I started weight watcher a year and a half ago. lost 30 lbs and gained back ten of that. i am wanting to hold myself more responsible. i want to have more energy and to be able to get off of bp meds.... to fit into most of my wardrobe that is brand new and has never been worn. not much out of style still. i want to fit into a booth or ride and not worry about not fitting. Mostly i want this for me and to be here a l ong while for my family. :D I am alw... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:15:48 EST Recovering Emotional Eater! Hello! My name is Cheyenne and I am an emotional eater! I have been battling my own body and dieting since I was 12 years old and I am pretty much over it! I turned 28 two weeks ago and I have decided that overcoming my eating disorder and distorted body image is the last step in being whole! <BR> <BR> I am from Columbus, OH by way of Michigan. I am a social worker that currently works in child welfare. I know all the right things to say to myself to overcome my eating and body image cognit... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:53:56 EST Last 30 lbs. to go I am here to try to keep going. I have lost nearly 80 lbs but the last 30 seem impossible and I am tired of eating the same foods. Chicken and broccoli are my mainstays as I really don't like many vegetables or red meat. I need to stay with it. I also need some exercise motivation to help get rid of the "unsightly skin" from weight loss. To say I feel unattractive is an understatement. How do you all finish the race???? I don't want to start regaining. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:21:30 EST One more time will this be the time I sure hope so <em>521</em> I'm been at this point many time and probably at my age don't have that many times to start over.So I need to succeed and have the discipline necessary to go though this now. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:26:52 EST Hello everyone! I need support and accountability I am once again trying to get this weight off and be healthy again. I have lost and gained so much weight over the years and honestly I am sick of it. I need daily support as well as accountability to get this done! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:53:26 EST looking for some motivational friends :) Hey name is CeCe and I am 22 years old. I moved here from MFP and I have to say I like this site alot better...anyways since I am new, I am looking for motivational friends- anyone is weclcome. :) I have about 70lbs to lose and I work FT and I am a FT college student..but I do find time to work out. I am looking for someone with similar goals and who checks in regularly and who I can also support. This is going to be a tough journey so I know I need some friends to help :) Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:43:56 EST So scared I'll fail again Not a good way to begin I know, but seriously this is where I am at. I have no motivation but am sick of looking at myself and feeling so awful. I have put the 7 day boot camp link on my calendar so they are easy to pull up and plan to start today. I all ready feel the failure sneaking up inside me and want to have the strength to stomp it out and I can only have that by beginning. I am coming off a surgery from mid October so hoping I am ready. The doctor cleared me but I have to watch... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:36:25 EST Staying motivated Hi, I love this site but found it hard to stay on tract. I've been on and off for a while, but found it hard to stay motivated. I am alone so I have no help at home. . I have friends and family with busy lives, so they don't think I need anything, which is find. I accept this. I can't walk far because I am waiting for hip replacement surgery. Now I need a friend that understands where I'm coming from. Any advice would be appreciated. <BR> Have a nice day :)). <em>213</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:03:26 EST Jumping off the Struggle Bus..... ....and back on the Wagon. I had lost 30ish pounds in the past but have put about 1/2 back on. I'm here to hopefully get back on the right track! It's been a struggle recently so I thought joining an online community would give me the push I need! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:41:39 EST Hi From Aus Hi! <BR> Hope you are all well and succeeding on your journey. I'm on day 46 of the Insanity program, its a love, hate relationship. I've lost 7 lbs and 2.5 inches off thighs, hips, waist and 1 inch off my bust. A loss is a loss but I honestly thought I would of lost more. My calories intake is 1200 but some days under a 1000 because after training I cannot stomach anything and just have a protein shake. I feel like I am doing something wrong! I'm not a small girl so the weight should be f... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:14:16 EST Hi Everybody! Hi Everyone!! My name is Mackie and I am back! And I am determined that this will be the last time I have to reintroduce myself as a returning starter. I was doing great, lost 90 lbs, and then fell off the wagon and have gained 38 lbs back. I am done with being overweight! I want to lose 92 lbs. I am looking for like-minded friends to cheer for and to cheer me on. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:34:31 EST A (former) lurker has appeared! *wave* Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been sparking since summer 2012, but until now, have only been reading articles, perusing the recipe section and using the nutrition/exercise tracker. Great stuff, by the way! I love this site! <BR> <BR> Sometimes, though, it feels pretty lonely going through this on my own and despite my great success last year (65lb loss!), I'm an emotional eater and my difficulty dealing with adversity has lead me to gain a little more than half of the weight back. <BR> <B... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:52:08 EST Saying "Hi!" From Canada's Far East Hi all - just saying hi from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labradot, Canada's (& North America's!) most easterly city. <BR> <BR> I have lost 54 pounds in the last year and a half and need a new "push" to get the remaining 35 off :-) Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:47:18 EST Trying again... I joined Spark People about 8 years ago and it helped me to reach my goals, I started a new job and lost my motivation, determination and focus. I am back to Spark People weighing more than I have ever weighed in my life. I'm tired of feeling bad physically and emotionally. I want my athletic body back! I KNOW Spark People will help me achieve my new goal of 52 pounds. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:12:27 EST Beginner Hi I'm new. How do I get started Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:04:16 EST Great To Join The Community Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Dan Bukowski and I am happy to have found and join this community. I am all about self-improvement in all facets of life and I am looking forward to gaining new knowledge from this forum. I have some great success stories to share. I have lost 60 pounds this past 18 months and have fully rehabilitated from an ACL tear in 7-months at the age of 39. Check out my site in the signature to find out more about me. There is a lot more to the story. Let's all be each ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:39:59 EST Starting over again...for the last time... ...*finger crossed*. I first discovered SparkPeople several years ago when looking for an app for my BlackBerry (that tells you how long ago...I miss BlackBerry) where I could track my food and exercise. I kept it up until my BB gave out and didn't start again until I finally got another smart phone recently. I have an OCD problem of starting over and I'm hoping that this is my last time of doing so. <BR> <BR> So, hello. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:23:39 EST Beginning Hi everyone. I'm totally lost. How do I get started <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:36:22 EST Need to tone- up .... I have talk to many trainers over the years and have got a lot of feed back. I am on this website to learning more about my body. So if you have any infor please let me know by sharing. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 02:28:43 EST hi i was in spark people about a year ago than i bought myself another computer and never did get back to you guys so now here i am ,wow you guys have realy changed things,in the food and fitness not sure how to do things now,hope to get some help please Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:48:04 EST Ready to lose weight forever I have been dieting on and off for about 30 years, I am so sick of this roller coaster, I am a happy person but would be much happier if I could lose this weight, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:19:30 EST Hello! I am new to this community. I stumbled upon it just looking up articles on weight loss. I am hoping to lose 50 pounds and I just want to be healthier. I have several health conditions that can be improved by me losing weight and eating better. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:07:44 EST Hello Here I am, just like the rest of you. Trying to lose weight. My current weight is 155, and I'd like to get down to 125. I can no longer say that my weight is because of my baby (who is 9 years old now). I used to be 110 before getting pregnant but I was 21, i don't expect to ever get to that weight again. I'm looking to be healthy and to be able to feel happy with how I look. Lets hope I can get there... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:54:47 EST Here we go! Hello!! <BR> <BR> My name is Audrey and at this very movement I weigh 233 pounds. I want to be able to be happy with my weight by the time it is my 21st birthday which is next July! My goal is to weigh 164 pounds because that is how much I weighed when I was a freshman in high school. I have tried many different weight loss ideas and they didn't work so here I am! I am super excited and ready to do this! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:20:26 EST Not fit and fabulous Hi to all. <BR> I'm recently turned 51 and am in the worst shape of my life. I suppose you could say I had an "aha" moment. I realized I'm short of breath doing almost anything, have sleep apnea, weak, inflexible and uncoordinated. <BR> <BR> I have been menopausal for about a year, but it seems like this has all crept up on me while I wasn't looking. <BR> <BR> So, in the interest of continuing to live and breath, I and enjoy the rest of my I am. <BR> I have joined a gym, ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:18:00 EST Newbie from Down Under I have been following SP on Fb for a while now and love the posts. I thought I would download some of the Apps and also jump on the laptop to check out the actual website. Impressive to say the least. I want to drop 20 kgs but really lack that is not true...I lack organisational skills in devoting time to ME! <BR> <BR> I am nearly 41, have three kids, a fantastic hubby and a roof over my head. Life is good. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:12:01 EST Hi there! I'm just trying to start good habits and motivate myself to do so. It's rather more difficult than I had at first thought. Hopefully interacting with people with similar goals will help me. :D Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:54:40 EST The Koyal Group Info Mag - Prototype Paper Test DNA-programmed blotting paper could soon be giving doctors a simple disease test that will reveal an infection in 30 minutes for just a few pence. <BR> <BR> Researchers have proved the technique works by developing a prototype Ebola test in just 12 hours, and using just $20 of materials. <BR> <BR> The smart diagnostics use a soup of biological ingredients including the genetic material RNA. <BR> <BR> The researchers say this can be freeze-dried and preserved on ordinary paper. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:35:57 EST Struggling to get motivated All - <BR> <BR> I have to slow down for 8 weeks do to a knee injury; this is almost impossible for me to do. My husband jokes and says I have to step down to his level. ha ha <BR> <BR> I feel like I have giving up because I can't exercise to lose weight. I know something is better than nothing. I am working on my diet which is okay; but the halloween candy is killing me!! <BR> <BR> I need some motivation!!! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:26:46 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Jwalkergirl, I am a retired RN. I have type two diabetes and want to improve my health. I recently join Sparkpeople and feel good about the program. I have never believe in quick fixes. I feel confident that this educational program will work for me. I would like to hear from other that has had success and willing to share information. Thanks Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:54:18 EST Hello to low carbers! I am looking to get with some people to motivate each other and share stories, goals and recipes! Anyone out there that would like to tag along? Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:43:53 EST Greetings from Ventura Hello to all. <BR> <BR> Just thought I would pop in and say hello before I headed out and about to read the boards. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:33:26 EST cant start the new year off fat so I'm starting no hi mill68 im trying to get in the right frame of mind for a diet found this great sight need to pull off 50 lbs. by next summer cant seem to stay away from the goodies <em>524</em> <em>4</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:45:34 EST starting over Today is a new day. It's also my day to get back on track and take control of my eating again. I've been in this place before and lost 45lbs (and felt great) but I let stress/life get to me and I just gave up all control. I continued to exercise but over time have put on 35 of those lost pounds. Ugh. I'm tired of feeling this way and I'm sick of hating what I see when I look in the mirror. <BR> So here I am! I've been a "member" but I haven't ever really been active on this site. I'm hoping ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:24:08 EST Hi Hi, <BR> I've been heavy since I was in high school. I'm going to weight management class and struggle with losing weigh. I join a fitness center but don't go ad often as I like (2-3 times a week). I have no energy to do anything. I still have 120 pound to lose. <BR> <BR> Confuse1 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:07 EST Time to get healthy! Started working full time 3 years ago and have steady watched my weight go up due to my now sedentary lifestyle. I spend 9hrs a day sitting at a desk to go home and sit on the couch to watch tv. Many times we order pizza because it's quick and easy. This was never my life before. I was a stay home mom, I ran 3 miles a day and loved to cook. <BR> I now work in a Dr's office watching unhealthy, overweight people come in daily to complain they do not feel well. Took a long look in the mirror an... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:58:11 EST Hello I'm Alicia. I've been making my way around the site and getting familiar with the layout of the land so to speak. I thought I would take the time to introduce myself to everyone. I look forward to sharing this journey with you all. Have a great day! <em>381</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:57:09 EST So ready for this! Hey everybody! This is a mother/daughter team....I'm 29, my mother is 73 and we're both from Topeka, KS! I'm 156 pounds now after loosing 2 and my mother well she's stuck at 177. She's type two diabetic and I'm pre - diabetic (insulin resistant). <BR> <BR> My main goal is to get down about 120 but hey if I get down to 130 I'll be just as happy, I don't expect to look like my high school days or anything. My mother wants to get down to about 150 for now which is fine considering her age an... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:11:50 EST Getting motivated A neighbor encouraged me to join her in a "eat real food for 10 days" challenge. We decided to keep each other accountable for getting back into running and ex cerise through the winter. Looking for motivation. Need to lose a few pounds and get off easy fast and processed foods and back to natural ingredients. Feeling too busy to exercise, but sooooo need some! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:47:03 EST G'day Hi, <BR> I rejoined SP a bit over a week ago after a crazy 18 months or so filled with a mixture of health problems, death in the family, and a lot of other related stuff. I had lost 17kgs with SP early last year but regained 8kgs ... working on losing that again and a lot more as well (the kind of losing that doesn't require finding again though!). Glad to be here and taking part in several teams. Australian member here <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:36:36 EST Hopefully my last binge ever! Hello all. I am rejoining Sparkpeople after being gone a very long time. I have been slightly overweight for most of my life, but after having a baby 8!yrs ago and weathering the illnesses and passing of my parents, I am officially obese. I have a joyful life, but am miserable due to my weight and my constant diet failures. I binge regularly. I have resolved to give losing weight another chance. I binged tonight, but it will be my last. I'm ready to take back my life by getting skim an... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:09:05 EST hello hi, <BR> nice to meet you. I am going to be 24 in five weeks. I want to be healthier than I ever been. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:07:13 EST I'm a newby and need motivation Hi everyone my name is Lauren and in the US Air Force. Currently deployed overseas and will be returning to the states in a few months. While here I've been losing weight off and on. I thought I'd reach out here to find people with the same goals as me so we can motivate each other. Currently my motivation is gone, going through a rough patch right now and could just use some friends. Hope everyone is doing well today! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:06:42 EST The New Kid Hello, folks! A new kid is here. <BR> <BR> I'm Amber -- Natural born Texan, musician, sports chick & just plain rowdy. Joined SparkPeople to gain some friends to keep me motivated on my journey to becoming more awesome. <BR> <BR> Check out my page for my full story. I look forward to making this place home. :) Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:49:59 EST Back to work. Back to the Spark community. After total knee replacement in 2012 w/a few problems I am finally ready to get back in shape. I find the most difficult thing for me is logging my food. It know its very important for me and I am also coming completely off sugar. I do miss sugar in my coffee, I will admit. <BR> I love to cook, so adding fun and different foods to our diet to keep it interesting isn't really an obstacle for me. <BR> I've been sidelined w/my exercise due to a recent asthma d... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:46:59 EST The Beginning of the New Me! Hi! Today is the start of the new me! Hopefully I will be able to stick with it since I'm doing it on my own. And this time, I'm doing it at my own pace. Things are looking up from here! I can't wait! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:45:09 EST Back on the wagon I've been up and down for the last few years. <BR> <BR> Dealing with fertility issues and being (almost constantly) on injections to get pregnant and stay pregnant have put my body and mind on pause. This spring I tried one more time to have babies and when I miscarried twins I decided its time for me. My turn to be the best I can be. I've beaten up my body, mentally and physically, for way too many years. <BR> <BR> It's time to focus! <BR> <BR> Anyone looking for support? I always feel... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:43 EST Hi Everybody! Hello! I opened this page and one thing I noticed was the large number of comments like "back on track", "here we go again", etc. No offense but...believe it or not, this was very encouraging to see! I'm truly not alone! Like all of you, I'm back to try again...and this time I will lose the wait AND keep it off! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:46:58 EST First Time here! This is my first time to introduce myself. I am a retired District Attorney. My husband is also a retired attorney. <BR> <BR> I am the mom of three sets of twins, and one set of triplets.. All of my children have all left the nest. <BR> <BR> Three of my children are currently in college. I am the Grandmother to 10 beautiful grandchildren. One of my daughter's has a set of identical twins. All of my twins are fraternal. Meaning they do not look alike! <BR> <BR> Before you ask if i knew a... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:08:58 EST New Hi everyone, I've trid everything and now I am here. I am praying that I can stick to this. The last thing I did was Medifast and I did get on it. I did it for 3 months and lost 26 pounds but then ran out of money and could not afford to but their food anymore. I gained it all back plus some. I am hoping this will teach me how to cook so that I wont have to change my eating habits once I reach my goals Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:23:12 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:47:04 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:46:41 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:46:08 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:45:54 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:45:40 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:44:59 EST Can I finally stick with something... Hey everyone , my names nichole and im a27 year old mother of 2. My don is 11 and had adhd and odd and my daughter is 3 and full of energy . My weight has always been a problem for me . Im now almost 300lbs and miserable. Iv tryed wright watchers several times and i always find myself giving up . I came across this site on a facebook page and thought mabey i could give this a try . Here's to never giving up . Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:44:45 EST Hello! Hi, I'm "Glyzabeth" and I'm looking to lose ten pounds as well as become stronger and more in shape. Is anyone else in a similar position? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:10:11 EST Hi...I'm Risa Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:04:01 EST I'm new Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST trying to save my life I am new here. I 358 lbs and 5'2" tall. I am the biggest I have ever been and I am afraid if I don't do something soon I won't have s life much longer. It is already hard for me to get up and do the things I used to. My biggest fear is getting so big that I can't get out of my bed. I have bipolar disorder and that makes it difficult to stay with any program long term. just when I get going good everything changes and so does my eating. Hoping that this will help me stay on tasks no matte... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:01:51 EST I'm still me The years keeping slipping by. Every year I tell myself this will be the year I "get back" to being me. <BR> I will delve deep and tap into that part of me that was so strong and so full of hope back in the summer of 69. . . <BR> For all of us who have been gotten away from being our best....I dedicate myself. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:39:44 EST Rollercoaster no more (I hope) *waves* <BR> Hi there. <BR> I've never posted in any weight loss forum (and I've been members of a few) but doing this feels like a real commitment to do this properly once and for all. <BR> I'm 25, live in London, England and I'm currently a size 14. I can't bear to weigh myself but the last time I was this size, I was around 170lbs. <BR> <BR> I suffer from bouts of anxiety and this really affects my attempts at losing weight and getting fit; I know what I should be doing and I can stick to... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:59:33 EST Second Chance Hi. Sherry here. Turning 50 encourages one to take stock of one's health. Some of those things that the youthful take for granted (like "good" knees) are starting to protest. I expect that the extra 50 pounds that I'm packin' around does nothing to make my knees any happier. I tend to be a compulsive know, I have good intentions of having only one Halloween chocolate bar and before you know it, I've eaten 10! Of course, then one feels like a doofus for doing so. I know what to do, ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:36:00 EST New member and new to message boards Hi everyone! I have never posted to message boards before but since I am living life differently now, I figure what the heck. I have recently quit smoking and lost 11 lbs at the same time. I am feeling encouraged and loving the changes I have made. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:36:08 EST Just saying hello Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Feel free to friend me if you like. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:13:09 EST Doing it again!! Looking for a low carb eating plan to start. Can anyone help/ <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:41:46 EST Losing weight with Hypothyroidism I am new to SparkPeople and have been tracking my food intake, fitness and weight loss going into the second week now. I have lost 3 lbs. towards my goal of 25. Any help you can give me with regard to losing weight with hypothyroidism would be most helpful. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:05:25 EST Lunch break New to spark ... My name is Ayla. I am sitting here on my lunch break absolutely hating my job and everyone I work with, particularly those smug and self congratulating men in my department. But I am eating a salad. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:08:42 EST back in the game! hello (: my name is victoria. i am 23, an avid soccer player and an aspiring trauma nurse. i have trouble keeping my motivation up, and need the support of fellow sparkers. if you need a buddy please message me and we can help each other out (: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:46:30 EST Feeling Sad/Starting Over SparkPeople was recommended to me by my fitness trainer and personal friend. I have 'fallen off the wagon' and am in need of some help. I have been doing a series of eating better/working out challenges with my friend for a year now and did the Fast Metabolism Diet about a year ago and lost 23 lbs. Now I find myself with the weight creeping back on and my workouts are just so so. I am a self employed woman who just turned 46 and I am in a rut. I work non stop and sometimes grab something... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:15:33 EST Starting Over I've been bad for a few weeks now, and am ready to start over. I had lost 28 lbs, and now have gained back 10. I'm one of those binge eaters. I can't just take one bite, I have to eat it all. I think I need to be really strict on my diet to start with, and then maybe learn how to be more moderate. I'm just now recovering from a badly sprained ankle, so am limited in physical exercise, but want to resume as soon as I can. Walking and stair climbing are my most successful forms of exercise... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:17:24 EST