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 hey everyone. I've been speaking and dreaming of weight loss pretty much my entire life, but never knew how to put it into action without eventually giving up. I don't want to give up on myself this time because I know that I'm capable of living a better and healthier life, and I figured why not join a support group because it gets lonely on this end. I guess I struggle with the whole aspect of it but I want to look and feel my best this time around. Thank you for reading this! Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:07:08 EST Hi to everyone I'm a soon to be 46 year old mother of two girls 8 and 5. I have knee and foot issues and about 20lbs to lose. I'm looking for support and I love to cheer people on. I've failed many times over, but I'm planing on posting here daily and would love to make some friends. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:33 EST Back on track I did very well this summer - exercised regularly - ate well and then fall comes and with it grey wet days - I'm still exercising regularly but I'm finding it very hard to get my food back on track....sugary treats keep calling my name. When I eat sugar, my joints hurt and my belly gets bigger - why isn't this enough motivation to keep it out of my diet??? what do you do to keep your food on track when you find the temptations too great??? Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:09:45 EST Hi, new member here Two or three years ago, I managed to lose about 12kg but then I started to have late night snack, missing my jogging routine, etc. <BR> <BR> After a year of self indulging I'm back at square one. <BR> <BR> I'm quite angry at myself and kind of want to give up, but I'd like to try once more. <BR> <BR> This time I plan to find weight loss buddy who would remind me or help me pass those snack time periods. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:43:32 EST Day 1 !!! just weighed myself after 3 years today 300lbs OMG... But I did more today then I have done in a long time.. Also first day no Cigs.. just wanted to write something.. Have got to make a change. Better to write then eat.. Thanks Chrissy <em>40</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:25:59 EST Hi yall Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark People <BR> I do the Dukan diet and I joined for some community support. <BR> I'm on some Dukan teams and low carb lifestyle. <BR> I'm happy with my progress : 9 lbs lost in 7 weeks <BR> I'm happy with the diet so far and excited about progressing through the stages to maintain my goal weight for good. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:15 EST Eight years ago... I lost 70 pounds with Spark People 8 years ago! Eight years later...I've gained almost all of it back. I've had some health complications along the way -- broken foot and surgery -- bouts of debilitating back pain -- but now I'm back and ready to begin again. I'm going to do this and I'm heading back to my goal weight. Spark People was very helpful to me last time, and I want to make it part of my plan again this time. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for buddies who can encourage me and who I ca... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:56:57 EST Hello Hello! I'm trying out this website to try to help me loose weight. I was using myfitnesspal, but it quit working with my fitbit right now. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:26:00 EST A New Beginning Can not wait to wear my tight fitting jeans again Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:21:52 EST Just Starting Looking forward to losing weight and eating healthy. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:24:48 EST Colleen Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:06 EST Blog buddies?? :-) I've been a spark member for years now. I lost 75 pounds at the beginning of my journey, which was 6 years ago already!! Wow! I gained 30 of those pounds back and have been trying unsuccessfully to lose them the last 2-3 years. I've had NO luck but I have had several obstacles in my way and my motivation is super low. I'm thankful that I have kept the rest of the weight off and my body seems to REALLY like being where I'm at. I recently had to put my page on friends only for certain reasons ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:01:14 EST Beginning again Hi all, I'm back after about 3 years. I have been so indulgent and have gained some serious weight. I'm retired now so I've been pretty sedentary, plus with spinal stenosis, and knee problems, its hard to really move around a lot. So, consequently, I have been sitting and eating and drinking and having a heck of a time. That is until I went on vacation with DH and realized how compromised my physical condition had become. I weigh more now than EVER in my life, so I'm serious to get back to... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:31:39 EST Hello newbie here Hi boys and girls my name is Tina and im from South Africa , Cape Town. Im a little bit from everything... personal motivation coach, blogger traveler and most important im healthy food fanatic :) Just search online to find some places where i can share my ideas and some of my blog articles as well to collaborate with some people that work in this area. I just start my healthy food blog and would like to know if i go in right direction or no. Hope is ok if i post some articles from time to ti... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:29:13 EST Spark Points This is probably a really stupid question, but I just signed up like 15 minutes ago so...yeah. I'll probably be asking a lot of stupid questions. Anyway the question: What are Spark points what are they for and how do you get them? Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:39:59 EST Just me Hi! My name is Kafris, and I just signed up for Spark People. I'm pretty excited to have a program that keeps track of things for me (I think it's pretty awesome that I don't have to). I'm glad that there's something to motivate me to lose some weight! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:30:47 EST Hi! I am a 35 year old woman and mom of a 4 and 2 year old who has always struggled with my weight. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 30 pounds and am looking to lose another 30-40lbs. I do great for a while on my weight loss journey but I always have a tendency to fall back into bad habits and gain weight back. I could really use a weight loss buddy to help me with support and accountability on this journey. I am sure there are many other women out there like myself who have struggle... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:45:24 EST Trying again I am once again trying to change my lifestyle. This time, I am using the Challenges and have completed the Diabetes Weight Loss and now am doing the New Member 21 day challenge. As part of this challenge I am using the message board and introducing myself. <BR> This time something has clicked in my life and I have recorded all my food and fitness for the last 35 days and have lost 5 pounds. I am setting small goals and have my celebrations planned for when the first goal is reached. S... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:27:09 EST Re intro Hello from Ks, starting over on my journey :) Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:14:09 EST Restart Hello Hello! Although I am not new to SparkPeople I am rebooting my eating and working habits. So here is to fresh starts! - Sam <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:09:14 EST Eat Healthy When Broke? Currently, I stay as still as possible for most of the day (conserve energy)... Grab a cheeseburger or two and a soda on the way to work (3 buck lunch)... And then eat whatever leftovers are at home when I get here. Usually pasta or rice. <BR> <BR> I'm broke. I live in a trailer in my husbands girlfriends driveway (yeah. I know). *they* claim food stamps on me. I have enough money for "rent" (without me they'd lose the house) gas to get to and from work, and to keep the trailer livable. ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:13:15 EST Introduction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just finished my first week here. Dropped 7lbs! So far finding this to be a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> ~Steve Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:12:45 EST Hey I am a mom of 2 and I know I have to lose weight. I also have 2 herniated discs so if anyone has any workout ideas I am all ears. I am kinda reserved so this is new to me but I know it can help! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:46:18 EST Semi-new to Sparkpeople Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm Kathrine, a 21 year old dane trying to get in some sort of shape (other than round). <BR> I have been a member of sparkpeople for a couple of months, but I haven't really gotten around to doing much - until now. <BR> I'm struggling with some depression, and some days it's hard to just get out of bed, but I think it's better now. <BR> <BR> I'm a student at Aarhus University, and in my spare time I work as a substitute care worker. <BR> <BR> I am happy to finally beg... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:51:16 EST Be my friend?!? Hi all - I'm new to SP (not dieting, of course) and need all of the friends and support I can get. Please add me to your friends list! I have a long way to go and could use some friends to lean on. <em>361</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:39:41 EST Just joined and I have Multiple Sclerosis Hi! I was doing some research on new activities and exercises I could add to me daily regimen and I found this site. I have multiple sclerosis (11 years now) and try to stay as active as I can. I suffer from severe fatigue, imbalance and mobility issues. I do use a cane most days for assistance. I can no longer run, jump or do any major physical exertion. I lift weights and try to get my cardio through incorporating weights into exercises that I can physically handle. I am hoping to obtain so... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:31:10 EST Returning to Spark People... Hi. It's been a long time. But I stepped on the scale this morning and knew I had to do something about the weight I've gained in the last 3 years. And what happened 3 years ago? One of my oldest friends committed suicide... well, it's never quite that straight-forward, is it? We, her friends and family, think she had a mental health crisis, which caused her to run away. We searched for her for a month. And then the police found her body in a forest below a bridge. <BR> <BR> I basically sto... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:08:53 EST NMacKinno2 Hi everyone, I have already started my weight loss journey with a 12 pound loss. I have joined in hopes that all you wonder people out there can help me with the emotional ride I'm on. Someone who has lived this and understands, no judgement. <BR> I'm looking forward to the learning that is about to take place! I have never used a forum like this before. I'm married have 3 daughters, one grandson and two dogs...a busy household! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:27:49 EST Hello good people! My name is Marcus, and I just want to introduce myself to this group. I love to run and have finish 5 full marathon in my life. I have not been good with the nutrition at all. This is my goal for 2017 to eat clean so my marathon times can improve. I think to be your best in life you need both a fitness program and nutrition program. People think all the time just because I run and look fit that my health is good. If you diet sucks than you health is not good. Food plays a major role in health... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:09:35 EST Butter? Hi, my name is Carol and I came/started here yesterday for the first time :). I have a question about butter, or it's counterpart. What do the majority do about/with butter? What is better to use a substitute, if so, what? Or is real butter the best, say on toast or a sweet potato, or do we just not use it? I am on a 1200 calorie Diet or Livit, I like to say. Thanks for any advice you can give Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:53:40 EST Newbie!! New to SparkPeople ! I started my weight loss adventure yesterday. I have never struggled with my weight until about 2 years ago when I started gaining. I have been in denial but 50 lbs says this is reality and you need to do something about it. I want to be my old self again. Wish me luck! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:29:05 EST CartelFitness (Fitness Gears) You can check the hottest fitness gears on Etsy by Sarah Watts CartelFitness...thanks Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:00:30 EST Hello! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany. I'm joining Sparkpeople in hopes that this will help me change myself for the better. I'm considered overweight for my height of 5' 1.5" at 150lbs. Obesity, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Hypothyroidism runs in my family. I currently work at a desk job 5 days a week for 7-8 hours a day. I'm tired of being overweight and unhealthy. I'm hoping to loose 30lbs by my birthday or by Summer of next year. I'm needing a little guidance on nutriti... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:51:40 EST Old Spark member new introduction Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to reintroduce myself. I originally joined SparkPeople in June of 2006 when I had a number of issues including a need to lose weight. Well I lost some weight, lost my husband (March 2008) of 32 years, gained weight I had lost and met a new best friend. <BR> <BR> I have returned to SP for extra moral support in the journey I am traveling. All my friends from that time are no longer active or have moved on for one reason or another so I welcome some new fr... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:31:36 EST Time for a change Hello all! Realized that nothing will change until I make it change. Looking to change a lifestyle and outlook on life Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:01:08 EST First time at this Hi, <BR> <BR> This is the first time I join an online community to try and lose weight. Well, this is the first time I try to lose weight. In the past few years, my weight has gone up like crazy thanks to my very sedentary job in corporate America with long hours, unhealthy eating, lots of snacking, and no time for the gym. Over the past year or so, I noticed that my health was getting affected, so I decided it was time for a change. <BR> <BR> I really don't know where to start in my journ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:15:07 EST One more time I have joined to kickstart my quest toward better health and fitness. <BR> Hoping to lose weight as well but more interested in just becoming more active. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hanging out with others with similar goals. <BR> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:31:09 EST New and determined Hello everyone! I am a 40something year old woman with a small challenge. I also have Epilepsy, which means I cannot drastically change my diet, blood sugar drops or spikes can trigger a seizure. HOWEVER, I have a plan...mine is usually drop in sugar levels so I have oj and oranges as well as 6 mini candies for my purse to save me in a haste. I have put on weight in the past for years, grieving and realized I emotionally eat. So, This morning and all day I changed a lot. Meals, added more veg... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:28:52 EST Newbie needs lots of motovation! I am going to consider myself a newbie again cause I haven't been here for over 4 yrs! I still have over 100 to lose and now am over 50! Need lots of motivation! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:34:08 EST tough to be an retired outsider in a new location I have been retired for about 7 years, now living in a new state. It talks about in several articles in Sparkpeople, about spending time on self. I have been going to local mall and rehab center to get my socialization in. I have plenty of time for self, need to keep finding new friends who will walk with me. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:20:44 EST Hello from England. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just re-joined today, and had my 1st weign-in at 383 pounds (27stone 5 pounds), and I need to lose 229 pounds (16 stone 5 pounds) to get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm 51, and I have a 19 year old son who has just started university and I would like to reach my goal weight before he graduates in 3 years'time. <BR> <BR> I lost 108 pounds back in 2011, but stupidly regained all that weight and more since then. I want to lose weight so that I can be healthier, fitte... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:56:54 EST Just Starting Glad to be here. Working hard Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:35:53 EST Hello Hello I am Criss im sorta not new and would like to introduce myself and also Im interested in joining a challenge. Im here to make a life change by adding exercise back in my life because I have not really worked out in maybe 3years ( horrible I know) so Im here to change that and lose some weight and make some friends in the process oh and also try to keep motivated. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:15:50 EST Hallo! Any other blood clot survivors? Hi, all, I'm giving this motivator a go. I need to pick up my exercise level. I loved dance for many years, but as I've gotten older I've done less of it. In February 2016 I was diagnosed with a "significant" blood clot in my right leg. Since then, I've been walking daily to and from the bus, but it's not enough. I hope to drop actually 60 pounds and get the stiffness out of the leg where the "interventional radiology" (read: micro-surgery thing) was done. I have an appointment with an ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:09:53 EST Hi Bertyhay back again This site really works.I keep leaving because I am stubborn and want to eat what I want.This site makes me conscious of what is healthy and how many calories I take in.Recently I fixed me a country breakfast,eggs,bacon,grits,biscuits,honey,<BR>put it in spark and I had eaten 2200 just for breakfast.No wonder I was gaining weight.I am a diabetic and have crohns disease so it is very important that I control what I eat.Also on the vain side would love to fit into my clothes in the closet.thanks... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:12:02 EST Hi I'm new I would like to find out some exercises for someone that is in a wheelchair and can't stand or walk. I've had five surgeries on my knee because of infection after a knee replacement, and now I can't walk or stand and am gaining a lot of weight getting short of breath and I can not get in pool for water except Isra. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:40:06 EST Starting over Hi everyone. This is not my first time on Sparkpeople. More like my 21st time, but who's counting right? I am a first time Grandma now, so its important that I make it this time. Want to be around to see my children's children's children. Smile. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:39:20 EST Introduce Myself & My Reason I Subscribed Here I have RA, high blood pressure/cholesterol, asthma, chronic pain (refuse to take pain meds), type 2 Diabetes (uncontrolled due to RA), take nitrate for chest pains, fibro, diabetic nerve pain, I lose feeling in my hands/feet often, and migraines. I really hate going to the dr's anymore because they always find something else. This site was a Godsend for me. I will not say it doesn't hurt to do anything but I have learned to deal with that with a smile and it does get unbearable at times. But ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:55:42 EST change daily menu plan The menu plans I'm getting are all vegetarian. How do I get menu suggestions for chicken, fish etc.? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:39:17 EST help my name is faylene my hubby and i have both just been diagnoised with diabetes and am very overwhelmed by it all any help is appreciated <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:04:20 EST Step It Up USA Hi, I'm checking in to see if has anyone joined the fitbit step it up USA campaign or formed a team? <BR> Fitbit and the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy are running a two week <BR> challenge to get people to move more. <BR> If you have a fitbit you should have received an invitation to join. If you didn't receive one here's a link. <BR> <BR> I signed up. How about you? <BR> Jeanne Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:13:23 EST Hello! I'm discovering spark people Hi, My name is Sarah, I started Spark People, and I am trying to figure out how to use all the gadgets and things we are supposed to use. It has been fun, and alittle time consuming! lol :). I have "met" some wonderful people on here, and hope to meet more. Thanx! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:25:25 EST Hi Hi my name is Denise.. and I need to lose weight... I need to do something,.. <BR> just need some help in where to start.. any good suggestions? <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I got married in June 2015 and I put on weight need to get it off! I dont want my hubby to have a fat wife! Help! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:24:53 EST HI INTRODUCING MYSELF i LIVE ON MY OWN FOR SOME YEARS NOW.I do not like it, but that's life, I want to stay fit and positive and faithful to the LORD I believe in. I need to be encouraged to go out off the house, I tend to become very isolated and home bound, hense lonely Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:26:36 EST Looking for motivation buddies Hello, <BR> I have been trying (or not trying) to lose weight for several years now. I have periods where I am doing great going to the gym at 6:00 am for an hour 4-5 days a week, eating 3 healthy meals with healthy snacks in between, staying away from red meat, but I can't seem to stay motivated. Right now I am at my heaviest. I am 294 lbs. at 5' 7" tall. I am uncomfortable in every way possible. I have no energy and no desire to go anywhere. I decided to join a forum to hopefully hear other... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:34:17 EST Looking for accountability partner! Hi! <BR> I'm a 29-year-old mother of a two-year-old and I am wanting to get back in shape! I was a college athlete but years of a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet has caused me to gain 60+ pounds. I am motivated and looking for a partner who would be willing to go on this journey with me. I love the idea of having an accountability partner so we can both stay on track! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:36:37 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST Returning and have a question please Hi, I'm Queeniemama and am returning yet again for another try. I figure as long as I keep trying that one day I will succeed. I am trying to add a food grouping of 2 egg omelet with cheese and salsa. I thought I created the grouping but it doesn't show up anywhere. This is a huge wonderful website but I get a little lost on it sometimes. I would appreciate some help. Thanks so much for being here!! <em>524</em> <BR> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:34:25 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Hiya from Dani Hello everyone! My name is Danielle (Dani for short) and I am restarting my wellness journey. I need to lose about 125 pounds but I would be satisfied with 101. Haha! I have done all the diets and yes, I have done Spark before however, I feel as if my heart wasn't really into it. I didn't stick to it. This time I am renewed and my two littles (Sarah (6) and Jenna (4)) are my inspiration. I want to be around for them for a very, very annnnd very long time. Thanks for having me! I hope... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:42:46 EST Squeak!! Hi all. I'm new to sparkpeople. I've lost 5 lbs so far, woohoo! My baby girl just turned 1 year old and I am still working on the baby weight. I realized nothing was happening, that I needed to get serious, so here I am. I am a stay at home mom, in my twenties, married, and I have 4 cats & 4 rats. I would love to make some friends on here to try and keep each other motivated :) Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:09:18 EST Healthy Life, Healthy Me, Healthy Family Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting over for the one millionth time. It seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life, and on this message board. <BR> <BR> The thing it I'm generally active (I have ADHD and never stop moving), and I eat healthy foods. . . I just eat them to excess. I have a really poor relationship with food and that's what I'm looking to change. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to repair this relationship with food so that I can demonstrate successful, healthy behaviors for my fam... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:40:13 EST lethargy, overeating and depression I struggle with prediabetes. It affects many aspects of my life. I am about 40 lbs ow. I do have some neuropathy in my hands and feet. It gets particularly bad if I don't exercise and don't eat well. I crave food, particularly sweets from shortly after breakfast until I hit the bed at night. If I exercise for a few days, I soon start to feel better. Actually, I notice now, at almost 70 yrs old, that the day following a good workout, these problems diminish. I work irratic hours so at... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:51:04 EST Greetings Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST Hello! Hello so I am new to this. I hope to find encouragement and support! I have 40 pounds to lose to my goal. I was doing so good last year then kinda fell off the wagon. Time to get back on! If anyone is from FL give a shout out! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:03:43 EST It's me again! REBOOT I was the founder of the group A BETTER YOU over two years ago. I lost weight successfully on Sparkpeople and had an amazing time doing so. I met some great people during that time and I wished I had never let life tear me away from this site. It had me inspired and losing weight. I want to get that back. I want what this group once had to thrive because it was great. I want to help make it great again. I want to feel great again. I moved due to my work and it pulled me away from life altoget... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:24:35 EST Hello from Brazil! Hey! I found this site I while ago, but I didn't have the commitment to use it. I decided to give it a try. It looks like a great way to lose weight and connect with people who have the same goals that I have. I'm hoping to lose weight and get back into exercise. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:09:52 EST Terrific in Tennessee! Hello everyone. In Jan of '17 I'll be 50 and I'm determined to have the multiple health diagnoses I live with under control. Nutrition, Weight loss, Fitness, and overall well-being are keys to this success. I look forward to the support I will gain from my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> Doctors have been puzzled at my weight issue for many years. No matter what ( healthy) thing I try, I have been unable to lose 1 pound for over 20 years until the last 4 months ( I lost 7 pounds!). You see, I was ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:31:00 EST Staring anew Good Monday morning all :) I restarted fresh last week after being an ona nd off member for years. The renewed spirit is wonderful :) It's great to be "home" and healthier already! I have recommended this site to many. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:38:13 EST Hello from France Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST Disabled US Marine in Wheelchear I am using a stationary recumbent bike to do 140 revolutions and then walking laps.with a walker and.adding a lap each week. My goal is to one day walk and not.use all. I with a cane or I use to after my Major.Stroke. I had a Brain Stem Stroke in 1994 antibody to Agent Orange which causes my blood to.cloat when it should not. I am not complaining mind you afterall I am. alive!!! <BR> <BR> Bill <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:05:12 EST Hey Everybody! Please check out my SparkPage. Really hoping to get some 'sparkfriends' behind me to keep me motivated! I have 60lbs to lose and I'm going to be getting started tomorrow. Thanks everybody! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 17:57:23 EST New member Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> I started the Dukan Diet 9/12/16. <BR> I am looking for support. I am over 50. <BR> I have lost 7 lbs. So far.I am happy to be losing! <BR> My target weight per Dukan is 133. I currently weigh 145. I appreciate any help I can get. <BR> Thanks! <em>30</em> <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 08:57:09 EST Gerry Hi <BR> <BR> I am Gerry and I am trying my hardest to get healthy and get down from 13 7 to 12st. Any hints or tips would be most welcome. Thank you Sun, 9 Oct 2016 05:42:59 EST Starting over...yet again :/ Hi Everyone! I am starting over again... I started this back in March and had some success, then fell off of the's to hoping this time I can stick to it better! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:52:58 EST Getting back on track--total health! Hi! I'm new to the community. Most of my life, I've been pretty svelte. But a year ago, I made a huge commitment to myself and I kicked a problem drinking habit. I feel great about that, but have put on 35 lbs. since! I guess food is my thing now. I don't think I have miserable eating habit with fried foods or anything like that, but I just seem to snack a lot. And for the last month, I've been resting to recover from minor surgery adding a few extra pounds. Now, my doctor has cleared me to g... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:37:36 EST Hi, looking for weight loss friends Hi, I have just joined. I have managed to lose around 40 pounds by myself but am now looking for support to lose another 30 to 40 pounds. I would love to find some friends to share our weight loss journeys together :-) Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:03:46 EST Intro Hello there. I am here again at SparkPeople to help myself regain control of specific areas of my life that affects my health. I felt my husband and I were forced to move out of state because the ridiculously high taxes in New England to North Carolina. I don't regret the move but the stress of being unemployed, different cuisine, mood changes, and environment led to my out-of-control ballooning waistline. <em>15</em> I want to thank you all at SparkPeople for being available again to... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:55:28 EST Holiday Tips Holidays are here! <BR> Any good tips--> Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:42:47 EST Eat healthy, increase exercise, lose weight! The Spark People resources look great! I was just introduced to the site a few days ago but am excited to use this tool as I move forward with the plan to eat healthy, increase my exercise and lose weight! I'm unfortunately a "yo-yo" dieter and have been known to lose weight and then those pounds seem to find me and the scale goes back up. At this time I want to totally change my eating habits and lose those unwanted pounds for good! I'm looking forward to using the various tools offered with... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:37:14 EST Starting Over Hi everyone! I'm Kiara and I'm starting over until I get this right. TIme to focus on my needs. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 08:54:31 EST Hi my name is Carol I'm doing the New Members Challenge and trying to get to grips with the web site, There seems to be a lot to do. I should be better equipped when I've finished the challenge. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 03:15:28 EST Support Partner(s) Hello Everyone, My name is Crystal. It's been a long time since I've been on this SparkPeople. However, I made my way back. I have set a goal to loose 30 pounds within the next year. I would like to have some supporters and team players to take this challenge with me. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:24:54 EST Starting again I started with Spark back when I was trying to have my son (I can't believe he is 7 now) and have been successful in the past with this site. For me, it works even better than Weight Watchers. Hoping to lose 10 lbs to start this time and go from there. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:17:55 EST Adding recipes Hi, I'm new to this site and was wondering if there is a way to add recipes. I've been adding manually ingredients, but I'm on a low sodium diet and have been trying new recipes, I'd love to log the whole recipe one time and then have it just a quick click away. Any tips/suggestions? <BR> Since I've started low sodium, I'm down 4lbs in one week! and my bp is under control. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 21:15:55 EST I am here for my change Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Alex and I have been introduced to this site by one of my friends. I think this is useful as the site is built in such a way in which it helps you keep track easier of foods and exercise. I mean it does have some lacks, but overall i find it helpful. <BR> <BR> In my real life I am currently looking for a job after our company dissolved our contracts and I am a volunteer for animals at Blue Cross. <BR> <BR> My plan is to finally loose the weight I kept putting o... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:11:44 EST Hi My name is... Hi there.. My name is Sarah Amanda and I'm at stay at home momma for a two year old. I have had diabetes for 4 yrs I was diagnose at 16. I really struggle with this disease and all I want is some control in my life for once and to be a happy and healthy mommy Thu, 6 Oct 2016 23:22:35 EST Just joined today Hi , I am 26 year old female , and I have to lose 45 pounds, I have been trying for a long time, without any success, but I don’t want to go in to a new <BR> Year looking like this, would someone preferable female with similar goals like to do daily check ins and motivate each other. I think daily check ins are <BR> Very important. <BR> Bit about me: I have a desk full time job, I don’t go to gym, most of my meals are Asian/indian/Pakistani. <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:02:30 EST New Member I am trying to loose weight a healthy way without taking medications. I can loose if I really watch my carbs but I seem to regress after awhile. I plan my meals and snacks for awhile then I get slack and stop planning and just grab something. Chocolate and sweets are my weakness. I crave something sweet at times. I was exercising regularly but then I started having plantar fasciitis so now I am pretty sedentary trying to let that heal. I am also hypothyroid but I think that is finally under c... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:35:41 EST 60-Day Juice and Protein and Vitamin Shake FAST! Hi! I just signed up for this amazing site! My name is Cherie, and I'm looking for a partner who is willing to chat every day for 60 days of a fast program. It's going to be challenging. I'm looking for someone is is ready to rock with a positive attitude to climb a mountain. We can bitch about fasting, it's going to be hard, but let's both push each other and be honest about struggling, and be optimistic about this. :) After all, if I can find someone who's down, we'd be in it to win ... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:17:54 EST Hi, I'm Pam! I'm 63, newly retired, and loosing about 25 pounds this year is my goal. I've already lost ten pounds! <em>41</em> I'm doing Walk Away the Pounds videos at home and trying to adjust to prediabetic limits on carbs. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:36:38 EST Just joined today Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST Make that belly fat a history I have an XS size (referring to t-shirt sizes) upper body and M size belly, it looks really funny, and I laugh at myself along with my friends! I don't feel sad about it, but many times I imagine how amazing it would feel if my belly didn't protrude in all my dresses, or that I don't have to wear loose clothes. I have tried different workouts to burn the belly fat, but not much has changed. It's proving to be very challenging which has given birth to a new desire: I want abs! I am determined.... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:26:10 EST Ive got two things going on.... HI! <BR> Im 58 and have an active lifestyle. I am not self motivated so am part of a small group personal training thats main focus is strength, balance and cardio that I do twice a week. Over the years I have tried different things to lose weight. I have many tools on exercise and eating well. What seems to be making the most sense for me is to focus on keeping active and being mindful of my eating. Im trying to make lifestyle changes taking small steps. Since December last December I ha... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:26:36 EST Time to get healthy Hi my name is Lisa, <BR> I am making a commitment to myself to lose the weight I've put on over the years.. I have gone up and down 5-10 lbs over the last few months but that's not good enough anymore! <BR> I want to lose 43 lbs by this time next year, ideally 50 would be great. My daughter is getting married next November so now I have the incentive to motivate myself to eat healthier and stay on track. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 01:16:08 EST Reintroduction... I have been around SP on and off for a number of years. A few months ago, I became disgusted with myself for letting myself for slipping back to old bad habits and regaining so much weight. The disgust was so bad that I closed my SparkPeople account, yeah I know that doesn't make much sense when I should have been running towards SP not away from it. I started a new account in late August did okay for a few days then slipped again. :( A few days ago, I decided enough is enough and came runni... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:28:43 EST im here to make positive changes to my lifestyle Hi everyone, my name is Dee. I'm looking forward to new ideas and how to stay motivated while I make progress, There is no turning back I am only looking forward, Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:22:55 EST Failure I was 410 lbs. Got down to 225 lbs. Won a triathlon. Long term relationship ended, ate through a depression, and am back up to 380 lbs. I drink too much. Can't seem to regain momentum. I failed. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:08:31 EST Hello from Ontario Canada :) Hello all, I'm new to SP and just reached Day 5 of my new member's 21 day challenge. Today's goal is introducing myself to the SP community. I'm from Ontario Canada, 37 years old and 260 lbs. My goal weight is 160 lbs and I'm finally working on fulfilling a promise. <BR> <BR> My friend Jocelyn and I had big plans. She was going to have a surgery for weight loss (gastric bypass) and once she'd recovered we were going to join a gym together and keep each other accountable with our workouts and... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:19:31 EST karen Looking for a walking buddy and weight buddy near Poway Ca Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:35:09 EST Low carb diet plan Good morning! Does anyone know of a good low carb diet plan for beginners? Mon, 3 Oct 2016 07:34:40 EST New member Hi. I am new here. I have been on this weight loss journey for a year and a half. Due to weight loss surgery and a lot of hard work, I have lost 127 lbs. However, I have not lost any in several months so I am trying to get the weight loss started again. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 06:27:57 EST New.. looking for weight lose buddies Hello.. my name is Karen. I am a married mother of 4 with a lot of things (not food) on my plate. I have 4 kids ( 2 special needs) and am always putting everyone first and myself last. After dealing with some recent health issues I have decided that it is time for me to look after me for a change and work on losing approx 50lbs. My goal is to haven this weight gone by spring 2017. I know it will be a long hard road ( special since I am recovering from surgery and can not exercise at all this... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 13:51:14 EST Rollercoaster Ride Day 5. The first couple of days were great. I've been eating well, getting at least 45 min of exercise daily, and limiting my caffeine intake. Day 4 started well, (I even got my power walk in) until my daughter's birthday sleepover which included pizza, candy, chips, popcorn, and 7 girls who kept me up until 3am and woke me up at 8am. It was fun but today I'm exhausted and am going to require multiple cups of coffee to survive. I have zero motivation for a workout. A good night's sleep is def... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:18:26 EST New girl I am new to the community . My good friend green Sapphire referred me to this site because it has been very helpful to her. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 17:02:50 EST I'm New Hi I'm Doreen and I am happy to be here with other like minded people. Creating a new spark in themselves. I am running a 3.25-3.50 every day with a 1.65 or so walk in the evening. My downfall is evening munching while watching a movie. I am about 45 pounds above the weight I want to be. But I will get there the determination is in me. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, not of my own, but of His great strength!!! Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:50:58 EST Day 5 So, now it is day 5 of the 21-day challenge for new members. Well, I am a returning member and I must say that I really like the changes in the website since the last time I was here and I am loving the app. My name is Diana and I am a 60-year-old single grandma living in Nebraska City, NE (a town of less than 10,000). My goals are to lose weight and get healthier. I don't like huffing and puffing going up stairs. I also want to be able to be active with the grandchildren. So, I am trac... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:24:33 EST Taking the first steps I just wanted to say hello. I am dedicating myself to losing weight and getting healthier for myself. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:21 EST Hello. I'm Back! I joined SP what seems like many moons ago, post babies to lose weight. Of course "life" gets busy and who has 5 minutes to do anything, let alone log in and track food and fitness????? <BR> Fast forward to today.....a teenager and a 10 year old later, and I am on a mission to lose that last 15 pounds before Winter Vacation. <BR> So far it's been a week, and I am down 2 pounds. I love this site. <BR> Wish me luck! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:54:51 EST Looking for motivation and answers! Hey yall! I've been on sparkpeople before but I don't remember when I dropped it so I'm back. I recently shattered my ankle and am just now recuperating from it all and am walking again. During this accident I was wheel chair bound for a whole month and sadly gained 20 pounds.. stretch marks and all. I'm really looking for motivation and also what I exercises I could do slowly but still help? I'm able to do everything except run and jump. (before I would do dance videos and now I cant:( ) <BR... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:59:15 EST hello i am 24 and i need to lose 30 pounds to barely be in the healthy range and 50 pounds to reach my goal weight <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:59:44 EST Looking for buddies who can motivate everyday! Hi, <BR> I'm new to this site - but like many on here, not new to dieting. But I'm thinking motivation/check-ins/support may be the one piece that has been missing in my past attempts. <BR> I'm looking for a few buddies that I can communicate with everyday -- hoping to create a small network where we can encourage and motivate each other. <BR> I have 30-50lbs to loose -- and ideally, my buddies will be in their 30s or 40s. <BR> Hope to hear from you! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:48:09 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Annie from San Diego, CA. I'm new to this site. My foremost goals in life daily is to: Seek First the Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added unto us, as well (Matt.6:33); and to learn to Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths straight"(Proverbs 3:6). "...For without Him, we CAN DO Nothing."(John 15:5). I hope that s... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:19:40 EST Hello Hello fitness travelers....1st day on this site, I was on MFP and have decided to switch over to this site....I've been on this journey for a long time at present time my journey has been a bumpy road...The summer was not good to my waistline, put on a few pounds and need to get back on the proper journey. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:30 EST Hello! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and thought it would be good to have a community to interact with to help me in my goals. I'm currently in college and struggling to have a healthy relationship with food. I often overeat because I'm stressed, bored, or just to get the "high" feeling that food can provide.This leads to negative feelings about overeating, which leads to me feeling guilty and eating more to try to feel better (cycle continues). So, I'm working through the Mind Ove... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:57:07 EST Still At it Hi am Tara. I have been using Sparkpeople off and on for a few years. I am not regular at tracking but I do work at it watching what I eat and make better food choices. I have come a long way and have even more of a reason to lose weight and get healthy as I plan on donating a kidney to my mom if she is viable for one at the end of 3 years. <BR> Any way I do have a question and I would love to hear for anyone so that I know I am not alone in this. <BR> <BR> On my weigh in days I have foun... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:47:35 EST Trying again! Hi! My name is Kathy, and I am from Missouri. I gained about 35 pounds when my doctors put me back on prednisone so I am back to try and lose it. I'm currently in kidney failure so I don't have the energy to exercise, but I can control what I eat! My goal is to lose the 35 and then an additional 25 I was trying to lose before my kidney started to reject. I'm waiting for a transplant and once I have surgery and get the OK from my doctors, I plan on getting back into an exercise routine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:37:14 EST Overwhelmed with the power of this site. Starting up a fitness program after stroke robbed me of a considerable group of my faculties. This site seems to have most of what I need I just have to learn to use it. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:40:07 EST Ready Set Go!!! Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:14 EST reconnecting again with spark people Hello, my name is Tammy. I want to reconnect again with spark people. I have been on here and there. Not really determined to lose weight. I just weighed myself this morning after being sick, and I actually lost 5 pounds from having diarrhea. It is going around. I told myself this is the strength I need to fight back I need to lose this excess body weight. It is getting cooler out now, so walking is a good thing. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:51:05 EST Another shot at reaching my goal Hi everyone, <BR> I am not new to spark but I am new to the community. I have been exercising regularly which helps but need help with diet and support so thought this would be very helpful. I am looking forward to exploring the website more and finding more ideas to help me reach my goal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:14:16 EST Hi everyone :) My names Brittany. I'm 27 years old. I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful 2 year old little girl! I heard about SP and decided to join! My weight has been fluctuating a lot lately and I've been recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Epilepsy and Rheumatoud Arthritis. All in the last 3 months. During this time my weight at its lowest was 145. I was in the hospital and was septic. I'm on lots of meds now, including steroids, infusions and seizure meds so I have gained a good bit back. ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:59:51 EST Tampa Fl Anyone from the Tampa area? Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:37:22 EST Time for a real change! I have a bad habit of starting something and not following through. I start to lose the weight, eat healthier and see results and feel great, but for some reason, I stop. and I gain the weight back, and i don't know why. I have come to the realization, that I don't have a great support system. I am hoping to find that here and would love for this lifestyle change to be the last and have it stick! I have a 3 year old son who i am putting my bad habits on as well, and i don't like it. I a... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:20:38 EST Simcoe County Ontario Members? Hi. I have just signed up and have begun my long arduous trip (once again). I am wondering if there are any others in Simcoe County who would like to chat. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:25:49 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:38 EST Glad to have found SP I'm glad to have found SP. I enjoy the articles and feel that this is a good way to gain information. It's only been a few days but I feel more motivated about this weight loss journey ahead of me than ever before. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:07:35 EST back at it :) Hi - so i'm here looking to continue my journey and re-engage with spark as it's been so helpful for me in the past. Wanting to meet new positive people to help me reach my goals of losing weight, becoming healthier and fitter. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:08:03 EST Hit a Plateau - annoying 4 pounds Hello everyone and I hope all are having a fabulous time, feeling healthy and energetic. <BR> <BR> I was wandering around looking for dukan diet the nutritional staircase program and came across this site, which felt like a reservoir of health and diet information. I did see a forum topic on dukan diet here, and having following the dukan diet, yet again, but the last 4 pounds are really annoying and discouraging me. <BR> <BR> I don't understand what needs to be done more. If I specifically... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:40:12 EST Lost over 70 pounds Sparkpoeple helped me lose over 70 pounds and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I came across Sparkpeople back in 2010 when I weighed 222 pounds. Just by tracking what I was eating and being aware of the calories in the foods I was eating I was able to shed off the pounds. <BR> <BR> Within months I had lost 70 pounds just by getting rid of the junk. That was the easy part. Keeping it off once I met my goal was the hard part. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:31:17 EST Sort it out. I have taken my eye of the ball for a couple of years. Moving house, a new baby and other things meant my priorities were elsewhere. Time to get things back in control and sort things out. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:18:59 EST whats for lunch? Hi everyone, I have been on the web site for about 3 weeks now and I am still finding my way around. <BR> Does anyone else have a hard time finding something to eat at lunch time? I hate sandwiches and really don't want to eat the extra carbs with bread. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. <em>4</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:46:45 EST self sabotage! Yoyo dieting brought on by self sabotage. Here I go again! I lost 13kg in 20 weeks 4 years ago, put 8kg on and lost 8kg in 20 weeks 2-3 years ago. Now I've put 7kg on again (and its rising) and hope to loose these quick smart as my cholesterol level over the years has slowly risen to the unacceptable figure of 7.1. I have only lost this weight through the Dukan Diet (and reduced the cholesterol) and will go back to that as it worked previously. BUT, how does one stop the self sabotage! ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:41:16 EST I am at a loss I started my weight loss program Oct. 12, 2016, through the VA and I go down a few pounds and back up. HELP Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:44:25 EST I need lots of help I can usually follow a diet but I need help in figuring out what I should eat because I'm a diabetic. and I also take a blood thinner. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:03 EST Weight Watchers Has anybody here ever gone to Weight Watchers and had success? Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:20:56 EST Get together I was wondering if there is a Spark People group in my area... I live in Ojai, Ca. <BR> If there are people anywhere around this area I would love to eat from you. <BR> Sincerely <BR> Armand Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:14:14 EST here again i joined sparkpeople years ago before my daughter was born. it worked for then, and i'm hoping to repeat that success now Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:43:46 EST Tired of failing. I was taking in 1200 calories a day and burning 600 at the gym. On day four I lost it. I hit up every fast food joint open at 1:00am . I felt like such a moron. It was humiliating. Please tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to. I know I'll never look like Sophia vegara but I need to lose 50 pounds and food has always been my go to. Is this achievable? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:43:41 EST Really want to succeed I really need support and hope I have found a strong community. <BR> Ready to work on this weight gain and start loving me again. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:20:49 EST Ready to do this! Hi Team! Just introducing myself. Started again this week and like the enthusiasm and support I see here. I have a long journey ahead of me so keeping the momentum going is important. I'll be looking into some of the other groups such as the over 50's. I always love new recipes too so I'll be checking out those areas as well. Excited to be here. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:06:50 EST Saying hello – it's been a rough day! Hello :) Good to meet all of you. I'm on Day 5 of the 21 day challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified of weight-associated illness – that's the biggest reason I'm here. I used to play on Spark back in y'olden days when I was a student, and I love that it's evolved to such a wonderful service. <BR> <BR> It's good to be here. <BR> <BR> May your journey and mine go well and lead to paths of happiness. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:39:03 EST 50 plus with a new healthy lifestyle Hi everyone glad to be here on a great site with so much help to be had which is great. Still navigating the site and learning as I go, with my husband and I in the house alone most of the time it has been easier to get into a more healthier life style and it's not as bad as I thought getting rid of all the negative, unhealthy stuff. It took awhile to put it on so I know it will take awhile to come off. 1 step at a time !! Greater Days Everyone ! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST New day ... new me When putting on stockings is an aerobic activity, it is time to get back on track. This is day 5 and so far I have stayed on my meal plan each day. I need to figure out exercise time since I can't seem to make it to the gym during the week, although I am at the gym on the weekends. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions to work in exercise during the day and evening would be a big help. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:08:45 EST On the road again... Hello everyone, I have gone through this journey many times. I am ready to succeed this time and get healthy. I am married and have 2 wonderful boys that I need to do this for. I would love to lose at least 50lbs, but more is always better. I have been struggling with my weight pretty much my whole life. I have an addiction to food. I am trying to build my will power up to put the food down if I don't need it, but it is so hard. Mostly sweets, I have finally broke away from soda this year, wh... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:43:25 EST Getting in shape again trying to get in shape again. This seems like a fun forum!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:13:32 EST Doing the 21 Day Challenge I'm on Day 5. So far I'm am staying on track. I'm not much of a message board or blogger person, but I thought this would be a safe place to start - with people who have the same struggles I have with living a more healthy lifestyle. I'm trying hard not to think of this as a DIET! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:43 EST So lost Ok so I have gained 20 lbs over the last year and so out of control. I don't know where to start. I was thinking WW but its so confusing and figured I would start here to get motivated etc. But don't know how to even start on here. Like what is the first thing I need to do? <BR> <BR> Help, I need to start with step one, but what is it. <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:09:50 EST Well, here I am! Good morning all! I'm Chrissy, and I'm on day 5 of whatever this is. A plan? A new habit? <BR> I'm newly married (almost 4 months!) and I just graduated with my bachelor's in April. I work in HR. <BR> <BR> I have about 50-60 pounds to lose, which seems like an incredibly daunting task to me. I've tried many a time before and given up, so. I'm trying to have faith that this will be different! I'm trying to build habits, like tracking and exercising, which I know won't have an immediate... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:16:32 EST 1st day... 27 kilos to lose ha ha Somehow I got old and fat... I hope to correct one of those. I was on this site quite a few years ago and have no idea where I went. Between changing phones... changing countries... getting married...I forgot all about this app. Glad I found it again! <BR> <BR> I am a 52 year old man, living in the Philippines with my wife. I retired 4 years ago - best thing I ever did - I highly recommend it! Love being retired, don't love the 6 kilos I put on since retiring, though. <BR> <BR> I was ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:43:52 EST Introducing Myself I have had years of trying to lose without success. Now I have gotten up to the highest I've ever been and my health and physical well being is suffering as a result. <BR> <BR> I don't know yet if I can face trying to lose but I need to at least stop gaining. <BR> <BR> And get into some better eating habits along the way. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:37:51 EST It's Never Too Late Most of my life I have been up/down on my weight - mostly up, but managed a happy, generally healthy life, but now my youth is gone, and my bad habits are catching up with me. So its time to finally make those changes I need to make. Never ever giving up! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:27:50 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST hello Hi, just joined today, and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 48 year old wife and mother, I work full time in two permanent night jobs which means that I really only have one night a week off, and I'm ashamed to say I've been making a ton of excuses over the past few years to let me off the hook re exercising and eating well (ie I work so hard, I've no social life, of course I deserve this cream bun/bar of chocolate etc). As a result, my weight has crept up over the last five years and my hea... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:53:01 EST Hello Team Hello, I am looking for a 1260 calorie meal plan. Need help. Thanks Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:22:05 EST Sparked before.... can I spark again? As we all mostly know, Spark People is awesome. I've been here before, it's helped it has motivated, and then whatever happens I fall away. Now I am at my all time heaviest weight and I've been off spark people for almost 2 years. :( I'm REALLY REALLY heavy. over 200 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I used to be an athelete when I was young. Track & Cheerleading for school, weights and aerobics class during school and swam alot or I played basketball with my friends ..... <BR> <BR> Now I'm at a jo... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:47:44 EST If I don't go over my calories, I lose? If Sparkpeople knows I want to lose 2 lbs a week, is it building in the deficit I need to lose the weight? Like tonight...I have had a perfect day and now want to eat my arm, and have 466 max calories left in my day, but if I do not go over the calorie max, I will still be working toward the 2lbs/wk? Trying to figure out the calories in/out thing. Thank you, Patty Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:57:09 EST Start of Something New! So, today is my first full day on a new diet. Its nothing specific, just a diet on cutting back on how much I eat. Besides the basics, like drinking plenty of water and cutting out sweets what re some ideas and advice on what to do for my new diet? Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:07:17 EST just sayin hi! Just figure i would drop in. Doin' okay today, been making good choices got some walking done etc. <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking to make friends please add me to your friends list, id be more than glad to talk to ya'll we can motivate eachother! <BR> <BR> Anyway, Hope yall have a great day! Take care and ill pop in again soon! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:06:46 EST Stopping by to say hello! It has been awhile since I was last on Sparkpeople, but when my sister was told by her doctor that she absolutely has to lose weight or she would die, well, we all took exception to that and have started doing food diaries and calorie counting. She sees the doctor again on Wednesday, the 21st. Guess she'll BE seeing the doctor on a weekly schedule for awhile. <BR> <BR> With that said, I'M BACK!!!! <em>104</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:21:35 EST 21-day new member challenge, day 5 Well, my challenge today is to introduce myself on the message boards... so here I am. I don't tend to be one to normally do such things but I've got a lot to accomplish and I know that stepping out of my comfort zone will help me reach goals. Apparently the support here is pretty great too! <BR> <BR> I'm a 41-year-old Heather who lives in northern British Columbia. Single momma with kids aged 22, 15 and 7 years old... and they're all great! Work full-time (and sometimes more) at an office j... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:34:14 EST Hi, everyone! Newbie here. I'm trying to get in shape and prevent my pre-diabetes diagnosis from evolving into Type II. I know this is going to be a long road, but I'm excited to see my transformation. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:39:55 EST Hi from Maui! Anyone else from Maui here? I live in Kihei. Any Maui Sparklers out there? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:33:07 EST Just to say hi Hi everyone I am mom of 2 dear sons aged 4 and 18 months. <BR> <BR> I started my journey by randomly doing fat loss exercises walking in the park skipping doing overall exercises for 2 hours daily and also changing my diet drastically but I didn't see any results. <BR> <BR> So I feel back again jus finding a reason to start over. <BR> <BR> So I am I am going to SP for my support now hopefully I can get it done. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:21:16 EST Hi Started this to see if can lose the wait that I have gained. I'm hoping it works. <em>41</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:19:04 EST Just a newcomer's HI Hello from Lynn. We retired to be near kids and grandkids 2 1/2 years ago, and I was a bit overweight, but felt and active. Fast forward to September, 2016. Arthritis and probably inactivity put me in physical therapy, son and new bride moved to Canada, and daughter's family moved cross country this summer for a super job. The grandkids kept me young (feeling, anyway) and moving! I've bee sitting way too much and my BMI is in the danger zone. I love healthy food, but also have little power fo... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:23:34 EST Newbee Question Will searching on the site I have noticed that some people have a weight loss banner on their posts. How do you earn these? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:12:24 EST Hello Hi everybody! I've been on this site since the start of August but I haven't really taken the time to properly introduce myself to the community yet. I also have heard that those who use the message boards are more likely to reach their goals than those who do not. Everyone on this site seems super welcoming and willing to help so I figured it was time for me to make the effort to get to know you all. I'm really friendly so don't be afraid to chat with me! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:33:55 EST I'M BACK!!! Hello everyone !! I was with SP a year ago or less but had so much happening I couldn't focus on anything so I stopped for awhile. I went by CINDY5412 back then, it would be nice to reunite with my friends. <BR> <BR> i need to try and take my health more serious now , due to so much that has happened. Feel free to check out my Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Cindy <em>465</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:22:06 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I would love to introduce myself to all the lovely people here. My name is Lea (pronounced Lee) and I'm excited to go on this journey of weight loss. I've made way to many excuses over the years and after a really tough year I want to dedicate myself to change. I know it isn't going to be easy but I'm ready. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:05:08 EST Hello! I've been on this journey for a long time. With different levels of dedication. This time I'm dealing with it as a change of lifestyle, to a better version of myself. I'm looking for like minded individuals for support and inspiration. People who move change the world! Believe in better and do what ever it takes! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:51:59 EST not interested in following my diet goals i feel lost today. i used to be very motivated about my body and weightloss and now i dont seem to care how my body appears like. i have cholesterol and diabetes and i keep eating junk food and helplessly can stop? please help, what to do? Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:52:36 EST Hello!!! I just signed up for Sparkpeople today. I have +100 to lose. I also need to get organized in my work and home lives. My work is coming along nicely, and I joined a team I think will help with my home. <BR> <BR> I just don't really know where to start with my physical self. I've been exploring the site today, but there is SO much here. It's a little overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I did sign on with the coaching, that seems to be a good guide. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I can do this on my own though. ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:42:39 EST Less than 48 Hours to a New Beginning Just dropped by to say, hi! I'm finishing up my 2 week liquid diet and am scheduled for a RNY at 8:00 am Monday, September 19, 2016 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:16:44 EST new and getting to know you :) Hello. I eat low carb foods and would love to connect with anyone that is in the process of losing weight. I am doing well and will continue to and would love some fun and support as I will return it! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:16:16 EST Hi Hiya! <BR> <BR> I'm just getting started here. Been using the fitbit for a while but wanted a way to add in some more workouts, on top of the walks and this place has been pretty great for motivating me with that. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, have a great day all! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:47:10 EST Hi Hello, <BR> My name is Carlos and found this site trying to find fitbit friends. <BR> Glad I did come across this site. looks like there are a lot of good people here. <BR> I'm here just trying to get healthy and stay motivated. <BR> Any fitbit users out there feel free to add me and get some challenges going. <BR> Carlos Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:00:05 EST Time to Practice what I Preech Hi everyone! I am new to SP and would like to lose this weight that has stopped me from living my life fully. It's gotten in the way more times than I can count. Most recently, I broke out of my shell after my Mom passed from Alzheimer's. After mourning, I knew the last 3 years I dedicated to her care and well being while taking care of my family took a toll on my health. I just let it fall by the wayside. Ignoring it made it go away...but so not true. My dream of becoming a Licensed M... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:12:10 EST Hello, All Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Ashley, and I am looking to go down the healthy path in life. Over the years I have been on a roller coaster of weight gain and loss, and I am looking to put my foot down and make a change. I am a Criminal Justice major, where I will later be serving my state as a State Trooper, and need to get into shape! Tips, Feedback, or inspiring posts are appreciated! Good luck on your fitness journey, everyone! <em>48</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:54:09 EST Hello there My name is Mimi, I'm 23 and stay in SC. I hope to lose 95 pounds by my next birthday and I am looking for support buddies for the journey. I am starting small for now with light exercise and dietary changes so i can remain realistic and gain momentum along the way. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you don't like shakes that are pre-made, try Designer Whey. I buy them at Bilo. 100 cal, low fat and carb, high protein and fiber. They are a lifesaver for me right now. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:56 EST REDEDICATION!!!!!! Thursday 9-15 day 1 <BR> Today I rededicate myself to the "PLAN" <BR> 1. I will walk at least 5 days a week. <BR> 2. I will strength train at least 3 times a week. <BR> 3. I will make healthier choices on my foods. <BR> <BR> With this "PLAN" my goal is to be under 150 lbs. when I have surgery on Nov. 17. <BR> That is 8 pounds in 8 weeks. <BR> I believe I can do this. I just have to get back in the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Where I went wrong: <BR> * I haven't been walking. The weather tur... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:11:27 EST Getting a fresh start! Hi. At the beginning of 2016 to become mindful of my eating. I stopped snacking at night, kicked my sugar craving and ate a fat and protein at every meal. Over the summer I stopped losing weight but I did keep it the same. That's big for me. I'm now here with Spark People to get a fresh start with support. Hoping to lose 50 pounds. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:10:44 EST Happy to be here.. I've been on SP about 2 weeks now.. long time WW member who found solace in the blogging community which they dismantled, developed some great friendships through our sharing and felt completely let down when WW couldn't see the value any longer.. sure there's connect, the twitter version of blogging, but most long posts start with an apology for being long or not 100% weight loss related.. well duh, everything in life is weight loss related. Every action, reaction, emotion, rain drop, ray o... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:44:37 EST introduce yourself <em>213</em> My name is Sharon and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I joined yesterday and am very much finding my feet . I suffer from chronic depression and I'm hoping that this forum will help me stay on track. First priority for me is to start exercising again on a regular basis then add in dietary changes. Went for a swim today so I've taken the first step. Challenge is to take another one tomorrow. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:55:37 EST Looking forward to Success! Here it is day 5 already and I feel like this is fun and easy. I am a 78 year old female diabetic and my goals are lofty need to lose 55 pounds and get moving, so I will just take a day at a time. Hope we can inspire each other. My biggest challenge is exercise. I have found some limited mobility chair exercises that I can do,but not on this site I can't get the exercises on this site to play. Maybe I should find a DVD? Good luck to everyone it's always fun to be on a winning team - although ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:09:33 EST Introducing myself, 33 and keeping myself in check Hello! My name is Carolyn. I'm a 33 year old very happy woman. I have stable life goals that I am super motivated to achieve and many fulfilling relationships. I don't have a family to take care of but I work 2 jobs, one is full time, and so I have trouble feeling motivated to make meals at home and exercise regularly. I joined spark to regain a sense of control over my weight as I watched 10 lbs creep on over the last year. I lost abaout 50lbs in my late 20s and don't want to get back there.... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:35:34 EST I need some support Hi! I'm new to this..a friend athat work was tEllington me how much it's helped her so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm 42 years old..5'1 and I weigh 248 pounds. Ivery been to my Dr and have been diagnosed with diabetes. I lost my job a couple months ago and family stress and finances have made me gain 8 pounds. I was losing weight before all this happened. I just got a new job and I'm waiting to start next week (woohoo)..I'm trying to get started on the right foot (again) ..I went through f... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:48:03 EST Hello to all. My challenge says "members who use the Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not". Can't see how that's true. But as I am trying something new (losing weight), I'll try other new things as well (posting here). <BR> <BR> My aim is 10% @ 1 pound per week. Easy pesy. I think. Completed day 5, hardest part is not having my wife cooking two different meals each night, one for her and one for me, so I'm hoping to achieve this through portion control. Weekend is co... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:31:05 EST New to Message boards Hello everyone, my name is Donna, I just started again for the umpteen time and I am trying something new. I am not used to reaching out and look for support, but I have read a lot about how message boards can be very supportive. I have lost and gained weight my entire life, but recently found out that I am pre-diabetic and need to get my A1C down. I just started having to take medicine to help me along. So it would help me to talk to someone that may be going through the same issues. If ther... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:48:25 EST Trying again. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. <em>24</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:44:14 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:05 EST Going to be a grandparent! Hello, My name is Dana and I am 47 years old. My oldest daughter is going to have my first grandchild, a boy, in March 2017. I want to lose about 23 pounds before then because I want to feel healthy and be able to enjoy taking care of my grandson. I have recently found out I have bursitis in both hips and I suffer with a lot of hip and leg pain. The pain keeps my sedentary most days except when I am at work. I teach special ed inclusion in a high school so I walk around a good bit everyday. W... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:48:03 EST Hello. My life is in a chaos, nothing is right, my goal is to be healthy. I want to exercise and eat balanced and healthy meals. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:08:50 EST Wrestling with Sodium Hi everyone. My name is Tom and I am a long time diabetic who weighs in at a hefty 259lbs. I have struggled with my weight for almost the entire time I have been diabetic so this is one more effort to bring that down. I think I can stay with the calorie/carbohydrate/protein/fats program, but I noticed just after the first day that my sodium intake was 10 times what was recommended and that was twice what my Nephrologist recommends. Since I do not salt any of my food I have to assume that this... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:01:18 EST hello Hello, I'm not new to sparkpeople, but have been away for a few years. I am 37 and trying to get off about 40 lbs. I have tried many diets and plans. I have only had success when following the HCG protacall. I got down to my goal weight and stay fairly close for about a year. Then I got pregnant and gained again. I don't want to do HCG again because I know it is not a healthy option. This time around my goal is to be healthy. I want to exercise and eat balanced and healthy meals. I feel this ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:07:47 EST Hello Hi, my name is Laura and I'm new to Spark People. I bought the book (I think years ago) but have never gotten past the first few pages. I've put it on my bedside table and have been reading nightly. I thought I wasn't going to "join" until I finished it... but decided against that idea. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article where this woman lost weight and she said she worked with a trainer that never focused on the numbers on the scale.... just a mantra... Each Day Better. It stuck to me. ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:19:06 EST new to sparkpeople and have diabetes Just started w sparkpeople and have to go from 203 to 170 6ft according to docs and started a planet fitness today. Not looking forward to diet...but at least I'm hypoglycemic so a little easier. Hard to eat out esp in SA TX Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:05:54 EST Postive! Well, I've been on Spark a little over a week and was kind of waiting to see how I like it. Well, I LOVE IT!! The people here are so supportive. The tracking makes me "think again" and keeps me motivated. Due to being techno-challenged, I couldn't figure out how to use the scale in my office's workout room. Thought I had only lost 3lbs- NOPE....11 yes that's right 11 in 2 weeks. I am over the moon! <em>9</em> So positive about this journey and moving on in my life. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:33:50 EST First timer I have heard of this site and get pop ups on my facebook and figured before I try WW again, I will try this site. I have been trying for years to keep my weight down and have always been around 150 with exercise and watching what I eat, with cheats of course. But the past I would say almost 2 years I have just stopped. Started watching more tv and eating more snacks and not paying much attention. Now I am up 20lbs and know it can go even further if I don't stop. I am a night time snacker... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:39:09 EST New to sparkpeople My name is Bridget. I been trying to lose weight off and on for five years now. I tried other websites that I thought would help, but I didn't like them as much or the people was really rude. So far from what I been checking out, I really like spark and glad that I became a member. I can't wait to see what my journey brings. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:08:36 EST Phentermine I'm taking phentermine for 4 weeks lost 9 lbs 1st week.nothing since.I'm 280 I eat 2000 calories a day, but also do cardio for 60 min a day. Help Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:36:14 EST Newbie! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old single female from the Detroit area. To begin with, I'd like to lose 64 pounds, to put me in ONEderland. But ultimately, I'd love to lose 100 pounds. I'm hoping the Spark People community can help get me there! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:57:12 EST New again... FitBit Question Hi all, I'm back to get on track. I noticed that I could connect my fitbit tracker, however... where do I go to actually see if they are connected and see what I see on my fitbit website. Thank you in advance! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:48:28 EST Looking for Fitness Friends. So my name is Mel and I am new to Spark People. I am 24 years old. Back in 2014 I went from 233 to 169 in 2015 and I was really killing it. I also had an amazing fitness partner who motivated me, worked out with me, cooked with me. I became obsessed with eating healthier and low carb. I was great at working out and keeping up with my routine. I was also great with cooking and trying tasty, new, healthy recipes. I was seriously great at being healthy and losing weight. <BR> <BR> I got off tr... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:46:13 EST Hello new here Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:32:54 EST Need Motivation! In the last couple years, I have managed to gain about 75 pounds due to minor illnesses, major life events, quitting smoking, poor diet, and lack of motivation. I have decided to grab a hold of my life again and jump back into a healthier lifestyle with better meal choices and exercise! I am looking to lose weight, one pound at a time, and I need to be held accountable! I am 26 years old and I don't want to be obese anymore! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:57:04 EST Trying to jump start this weight loss again Good morning. <BR> <BR> A few years ago 50lbs. I then started having really bad breathing issues and could no longer exercise. I gained 60 lbs in the year that followed from not being able to exercise, quitting smoking and having a very poor diet. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I found out I had silent reflux. I had to have surgery to repair my valve at the top of my stomach. It is similar to having a gastric bypass, but not quite. You go through the same steps when you are done with surgery as... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:02:26 EST I'm back!!! Greetings! I did my best at bring healthy, all around, when I joined spark people years ago. So, I'm going back to what works best. <BR> <BR> Happy to be here! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:38:43 EST New to Sparks Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Hello! Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:04 EST Jan from Colorado Hello all, I was a spark member for a few years ,under jaycee05 but now when I tried to sign back on that name was taken. So now I am jaycee007. Like James Bond ...007. <BR> Let's see if I can be fast with getting my metabolism geared up. I need all the help I can get, because I have been hypothyroid for about 10 yrs now and for switching my meds...going from levothyroxine to synthyroid. I have gained weight in the last five months... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:16:29 EST In an act of desperation I've had Insomnia for quite some time now and have weight issues. lost some weight but still not better sleeping..hoping for support esp. from anyone who suffers from the ripe "young age" of 40 + years old Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:15:18 EST I'm new to this, looks like a fun place to be. I have lost alot of weight in the past, but, gained it all back. I need to lose it again and hopefully this place will help me get and keep the motivation to do it. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:55:40 EST Trying Again Hi, I have tried everything to lose weight. Being 50+ years old has made it a little hard. I've also been able to make excuses to myself that I wasn't that big. I was just fooling myself. I am very close to being Type 2 diabetic and want to reverse that if possible! But, I want to be around for a long time to enjoy my family and future grandchildren. With my busy lifestyle, I feel as though this will work better for me. I do have a positive outlook on this. I also have a goal to take... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:52:43 EST Could Use Your Help! Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am hoping to be able to find a place of community support and accountability each day! There are a lot of chances to mess up between a weekly weigh in and I'm searching for a place to hold myself accountable every day. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a message board or support group on here where that can happen? <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for any guidance and have a great Saturday! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:00:22 EST Newbie Hi, I am newbie to Sparks and have been doing weight watchers for over a year and not liking the new program. So something new to try out. Hoping to get to know some of you and give as well as receive encouragement. Oh yeah I like to laugh and can be quirky at times. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:53:32 EST One Day At A Time Hello, I'm GalaxyDreamer, or Amber. I like space and animals and science. I'm 29 and over 100 pounds overweight. I'm starting on a slow, but steady journey toward weight loss and a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Exercise is difficult for me as I have a health condition that prevents me from doing much (POTS/Neurocardiogenic Syncope/Dysautonomia). I'm trying to find more good seated exercises that I can do without passing out. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:42:07 EST Need a little help from my friends So I came to this site after my gastric bypass. I had gone from 256 lbs down to 123 lbs at my lowest. I work as an RN and injured my back lifting a patient. I have just finished a workers comp that lasted almost 4 years. Lots of pain meds, injections, procedures and I've become isolated and lonely. I miss the intimacy with my husband of 2 years, boyfriend of 13 years. I am ashamed of my weight gain. I am now 209 lbs and it hurts to even say. I just got super emotional before writing this and ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:11:56 EST I need help with accountability I am in the same boat, I am 5'4 and 235 pounds. I am looking for help staying in line I am a single mom and I think I have been over eating due to my broken heart from the divorce. I need an accountability buddy someone to text or email daily with, if interested just send me a message. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:16:50 EST When you get hidden in a picture So I was just in a wedding the other day. My reality hit when I saw pictures of how bad I really looked but what hurt was when I saw the photographer actually used the other girls to cover me up. Ho embarrassing. I mean the picture was still gorgeous but it's like you barely know I'm there. I'll put the picture on my page since I can't share. Anyways looking for friends. I'm a wife of 13 years and a mommy of 4, child of God, makeup addict, craft enthusiastic and love mostly everything es... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:29:45 EST Getting fit and losing weight Hello all! I joined SP today because I really need a place to be accountable and keep on track. I'm 27, engaged, and looking to lose 25 pounds by January or February since that's about the time I plan to start looking for dresses (and would like to be close to my ideal weight so alterations aren't more drastic than they will already be for my short stature). Looking forward to joining ya'll to reach our goals. :D Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:57:08 EST I'm new here Today is my first day here. I have been thinking about joining, and finally decided today was the day. Three years ago, because of multiple things going on in my life, I lost over 70 pounds (my biggest weight loss ever). I have gained about half of that back, but it is creeping up, and I do not ever want to get as heavy as I was. A little history...I was always overweight, heck I weighed more than 10 lbs when I was born, but I was 23 inches also. I joke that I came out ready for kinderg... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:34:01 EST Need to get back to *Me* Hi all. I was a SparkPeople member about five years ago, and remember really enjoying the wonderful, supportive community. My life circumstances have changed drastically over the past couple of years. I'm done repeating the story, because it's time to tell a new one. I have been working earnestly during that time to figure out how to live with the depression that has accompanied me most of my life, as well as the anxiety that showed up as an unwelcome cohort. My extraordinary fitness and heal... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:09:45 EST Starting over I've been a member since at least 2013, popping in when ever I needed a feel good, motivational moment. The problem was as soon as I closed the screen, I'd forget what motivated me and go back to eating what ever. <BR> <BR> 2 life events have brought me back. First, I was diagnosed pre diabetic, second I had to tell my husband we surpass the weight limit on a jet ski rental, somehow he had no clue I was as heavy as I am. <BR> <BR> I talk the talk but can't walk the walk. I'm good at losing ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:33:13 EST new here Hi all, <BR> I'm new here. I hope I'll get enough support and help from here. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:42:45 EST new here Hi all, <BR> I'm new here. I hope I'll get enough support and help from here. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:38:46 EST Back after some time Im trying again and been working at it for 10 days. One day at a time. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 05:57:44 EST 5% Weight Loss Challenge Fall 5% Challenge Invitation; and everyone is invited!!! You took the first and most important step toward a better you when you joined SparkPeople. Now, give yourself a boost by joining the Fall 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:23:00 EST New Just signed up for support Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:59:35 EST Back with a vengeance... Okay, so I've been playing a round for years, teeter-tottering with my weight. I have been on SparkPeople for a while but never was consistent with tracking or working out, and my weight showed it. Up to 216, down to 175, up to 214, and now fluctuating around 207. I'm tired of the yo-yo, tired of being tired, and tired of just not feeling like I want to feel. I am determined to finally get it done! I know it is a lifelong process of eating healthy and exercising, and I am ready to make it par... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:46:21 EST Trying Again Hey Everybody, it's been a proper while since I tried to lose weight. I think I pretty much lost all hope. But I'm going to try again and I'm hoping to get some motivation through Good luck to you all :) Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:47:56 EST I'm back after a few years of being gone Hi, I have come back because I just had triple by-pass(It's been four weeks now). Way pass time to get healthy. I've been taking care of a friend with CP for the last 3 years along with my more that 8 hour a day of job and it has given me no time to myself or to my own home. I have felt for a long time that I have needed to get out of the situation but quilt takes over. Hoping that maybe my situation will help him see he needs to call in extra help. <BR> In my recuperation, I'm walking ever... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:59:55 EST Starting over....again Hi, I am back with a new spark page, and a new plan. Here's to success this time! <em>521</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:49:55 EST Hi, all! I'm looking forward to learning how to live a healthy lifestyle! <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 13:34:00 EST Here goes.... My name is Marcia. I just want to get motivated again to keep going on the program. Life is getting in the way, it seems, and I am starting to feel it. Time to refocus on myself and get going! <em>249</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:16:53 EST Needing Support I'm not one to share my personal life with others, but I have found that I have really been struggling (more than ever before) with body issues. I'm 29, soon to be 30, and my weight has been fluctuating my entire life. I grew up as the overweight girl in every grade. And in my early 20s, I was around a size 22+ in female US sizes. I lost a little weight somewhere around age 22 and being too poor to afford too much food plus working constantly. It wasn't until I started graduate school that I ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:24:54 EST Need to say alive .. I know the topic dose not sound good but I'm 41 male who can't walk up the stairs with out being out of breath I'm 26.3lbs I think this is right I only weigh in Tesco on their scales as gp don't have any that I can get on. I been told I have 2 years to live if I stay as I am I need real help <em>15</em> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 14:00:46 EST Not new, but....... Been here since 09 but lapsed big time. Labour day always seems like a reset in the year, so I am here doing the reset. Good wishes to all who might be in the same boat, give it your best. I'm aiming for 2 to 5 lb loss in September. :) Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:39:02 EST It's just that time. Where do I begin? Hm. Well- I'll just get right to it. I'm 45 years old I'm brand new to this website. At the age of 40 I couldn't work anymore due to disabilities including severe osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, Fibro and many other things after having worked since I was 17 years old. I use a cane and a wheelchair. I'm only 5'4 and I zoomed up to 267 pounds after my ailments bombarded me and now of course I'm struggling even more. This past week I started a weight loss challe... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:21:36 EST here I go again Hi everyone, I am going to try very hard this time. I am 74yrs young and still have a bucket list.I am out going,love animals,love to read and am most proud of my daughter. My health could be better, but so many people tell me oh you'll never lose weight. This time I am doing it for me an d staying away from the nay sayers. Wish me luck. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:58:20 EST Hello, Hello, I really don't know what to write, but I have to introduce myself. So here it goes. My name is Line (Lyne I spell it Line because my maternal language is french) I'm 47 years old and I'm a housewife but I help out my husband because we have a bodyshop business at home. I have three kids and I'm a grandmother. I've been dieting since I was about 12 or 13 years old. I've tried weight watchers, tops, mincavi, herbalife, the cabbage diet, the flat belly and I've been followed by dieticiens... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:22:58 EST Hiya, Sparks!! I honestly don't know why I put this off for so long, but I'm definitely glad I signed up. Just from what i've seen so far, there is so much to offer here, and even more so, I've heard wonderful things about the community here. <BR> <BR> My name is Gabby, and I'm 27 years old. <BR> My story is probably very similar to a lot of people here. At a young age, I gained weight very quickly and despite every diet and trick attempt in the past, I only got bigger. I gave up after awhile. Pretended... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 23:24:43 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:47 EST New to Spark Happy to be here! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:05:26 EST New to spark people... Today, I hope, is the first day of my journey to get fit and healthy. I'm just seeking motivation and support in doing so! So let it begin! <em>9</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2016 17:00:44 EST New kid Hey everyone, fresh day 2 newbie here! Looking for motivation and inspiration to set some (realistic) goals and get them done! Hope everyone had a great Monday (it's Tuesday morning here in NZ) :) Mon, 5 Sep 2016 15:29:25 EST Staying motivated with SparkPeople I am Barbara, a returning sparker!! One thing I love about this site is that SparkPeople is such an excellent tool for keeping the motivation going and for accountibility! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 14:56:37 EST It Is Time Hello everyone <BR> Signed up for the 21 day new member challenge and I am on Day 5. Have been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but have never posted before. I am a tiny bit out of my comfort zone but have decided to just take it a day at a time. That is the great thing about SparkPeople -- you can always begin again. I don't have to do everything perfectly, I just need to do something. <BR> I certainly am looking to lose weight but this time I am more interested in my overall he... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 12:02:06 EST hello hey guys hope all are well i have lost 150 pounds working on last 50 i am 66 retired i excercise each day off sat and sunday what are you all doing today!!! nice to meet all Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:53:49 EST Coming Back Hi All, I have been in and out for years trying to lose weight with no success. This time I have to take it more seriously. I am so tired of spending big bucks on medicine. All my problems could be helped if I just lose weight, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I am married and have 7 wonderful grandchildren three of whom live 5 minutes away. I want to be around to see them reach adulthood! My husband and I have post retirement goals and I want to be able to enjoy them. Finally, I'd like to sav... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:51:01 EST Goal Buddy Needed ASAP Im a 17 year old girl and I'm trying to drop 8kg. I like movies, music, art, craft, pot and rain. Please comment, like, reply if you are interested in being my goal buddy. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:50:47 EST New old member getting act together Hi! I had joined Spark People some time ago and never really stuck with it. I was committed before and I am committed now. I am also learning a lot. It is great to be able to learn and understand everything that one needs in order to accomplish their goals. With Spark People I feel I can do this!! Looking forward to this journey. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 02:06:55 EST Time for me Hello. I'm new to sparks. So glad to have found this site it seems to have everything I could possibly need to help with this journey I'm on. For years I have taken care of everyone else's needs, letting mine get lost somewhere. Rushing to tend to others doesn't always let me have time to get a healthy meal so drive through is faster or frozen pizza etc. It also doesn't help that I am a stress eater. So now the kids are grown. I have learned to say "No" at work and not do double shifts day af... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 01:00:00 EST Transforming So it's time to go to the next stage. <BR> I've been a caterpillar, chomping, chomping. <BR> Now I enter the cocoon - time to fast and reconfigure <BR> I will emerge transformed. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 13:55:50 EST Day one - time to do this.... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've finally hit the point where I really need and want to get myself feeling and looking healthy again. I have had a challenging few years but feel ready now to get back to my old self. I have 56lbs to lose and would like to have this gone by May 2017 ready for our family holiday, maybe 60lbs but going to take every few pounds at a time. <BR> <BR> Now to figure out how to get one of the awesome figure trackers :) <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 08:57:09 EST weight loss Hi my name is Marie and Iive in Brooklyn New York. I really want to lose 50 pounds for now. I'm going to travel next year and I want to look great and feel great. Message me if you can motivate me, I will motivate you too to reach your weight goal. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 02:49:34 EST New, and Looking for some friends! Hello I am Christina, <BR> I am in search for some Text/or call motivation buddies! <BR> I am 19 and looking to lose 50-56 pounds-But am finding it hard to get motivated. <BR> <BR> I am ready to get in shape and live a life with happiness and health, I want to enjoy my life without my weight getting in the way. <BR> I believe one day I can reach my goal weight of 180Ibs. <BR> Sun, 4 Sep 2016 00:58:42 EST 8 Days Here I'm a point counter from WW, but have started counting calories here as well. Love the community and all the info! 2.6 down my first week using both methods! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:52:27 EST Being true to yourself So many times I have talked to myself negative. Times are going to be changing. Right this minute I am replacing those old depressing thoughts with new empowering ones. <img src=""> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:09:36 EST Greetings! I'm new here and looking forward to the journey. I'm an almost-50-year-old who loves to read, cook, and knit. I'm a writer, a job which always stretches my mind but leaves my body quite sendentary. My husband and I homeschool our son (who is a senior in high school this year). How nice to meet you all! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:05:03 EST Hi Hi, i am back to SP after a long period. Due to unhealthy habits i gained a lot of weight and it is time to say good bye to all those extra pounds for good. <BR> Have a great weekend all! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:01:07 EST Here we are again... I'm Shelly and fitness has been an ongoing struggle for the majority of my life. Both my weight and my fitness has fluctuated greatly over the years, definitely looking for a source of motivation to keep me on the right path. Enter SparkPeople. I'm always down for buddies. Good luck and *fingers crossed* for everyone's success! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 23:58:56 EST I'm just fluffy... Yeah, I've been telling myself that for years and I'm tired of saying it, lol. I'm done feeling like crap every day. I'm 5 days in and have lost 4 pounds. I generally yo-yo between a 10 pound range but I'm keeping my hopes high. For the first time EVER in my life I am a NON-SMOKER and an even bigger accomplishment (for me) 2 weeks alcohol free. The simple fact that I've been able to make it that long without a drink is a huge motivating factor to keep me moving in the right direction to make ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:39:50 EST Getting back in the world again! Started Spark today. Have had lot of physical pain and problems since knee surgery 2+ years ago, but am ready to get myself back again. Please wish me luck? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:10:07 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:24:59 EST 3 Days pre op and I'm freaking out a little I am having surgery September 6th. I'm starting to get so nervous, but I'm so excited to become the person I was always meant to be. I've talked about it a little bit on my youtube channel, but Lately the support and love I have gotten from the people around me has blown my mind. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have tips or suggestions for recipes for the post op puree phase? need some ideas. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:47:39 EST from jojo dieting to lifestyle Hi Everbody! <BR> Today is my 46th birthday and i am tired of jojo dieting, which i have been doing since i was 12 years old. I don't want to give up and want to make healthy living a lifestyle for good, that's what got me here. I'm so excited and scared of failing again. I have about 20 kg to loose. One down so far. The tracking is really an eye opener. Hope to meet a lot of like minded people. <em>524</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:51:03 EST Counting Calories VS Points I can't bare to stop counting Points since I've been doing that for 15 months now, but since joining SP last week I've tracked my eating here too and I have to admit I love it. I take a multi vitamin every day, so my nutrition flaws are mostly covered by that, but it still is a big eye opener when I see how much fat I've had in a day or how little Calcium I've had. It's making me even more aware of my food choices...I like that! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:12:53 EST First day...nervous Hello my name is Kathi. Today is my first day. I have PCOS which contributes to my excess weight as well as I have been living with high stress and depression for many years now. I cannot do this alone. Thank you Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:35:32 EST Working towards feeling healthier and happier Today is my first day with SparkPeople. I've tried so many types of diets and have probably been dieting for over 40 years. It seems crazy that my life has constantly revolved around trying to lose weight and feel better. As I reach the post-menopausal years, the weight is coming on and sticking around. I am resolved to finish this race a healthier, happier me. I need to get control of my food choices, my portion control and my exercise, these are the three areas I want to focus on. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:17:06 EST Here's to a healthier me- 1st day Hello, everyone! Today I am trying to make positive changes to get my health and weight on track. I've let stress and unhealthy eating control me and today I choose to take that control back. I've not been successful in keeping weight off so I'm hoping this site will assist me in being successful. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:01:30 EST Returning at long last Hello I'm a returner to Sparkpeople having last used the site in around 2010! <BR> So far it seems even better than I remember so I'm confident this will be the start of a healthier (and slimmer!) life for me. <em>41</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 12:51:19 EST For real this time. Where to start, where to start... Well, let's see. I'm 24 years old and currently a stay-at-home mom to my 18 month old son :) I've struggled with my weight, like many others, majority (if not all) of my life. If I could go back a few years ago when I was a size 8 & around 140 lbs and kick myself in the butt, I would. I remember when my weight started getting out of hand, I'd step on the scale to see that I had gained 5 pounds & I'd say "Oh... it's only 5 pounds. I can lose that, no problem."... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:50:38 EST excited My name is sonja and I'm excited to change's been hard and afraid I won't accomplish what Im wanting...I'm165 and my goal is 125...this is the biggest I have ever been and been diagnosed with high cholesterol and I have an umbilical hernia...I'm not sure what I can and can't do exercise wise but willing to try anything...I'm also a busy mom of 3 and always seem busy because I'm known as the go to person...I'm sry if I'm rambling I'm not sure how to do this lol Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:14:55 EST 66 Weeks to Go My name is Cindy and I'm getting married in 66 weeks! <BR> <BR> My fiance and I have been together for 8 years + a few months. We decided we'd get married when we'd been together 10 years and all the kids were grown and on their own. So December 7, 2017, we're doing it! <BR> <BR> And by then, I want to be so much healthier than I am right now. I don't have any major health issues (surprisingly, none, really!) but my joints ache and I lack energy. Plus, I know, at 44, the health proble... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:51:52 EST weightloss without exercise I'm brand new here and could use some help on my get fit journey. Due to a broken foot, I'm restricted on exercise for awhile so it's not going to be easy with diet alone. I would appreciate some motivating advice, tips and perhaps even a few friends to share encouragement with each other. <BR> First bit of advice I'm seeking would be ideas for work lunches that don't require reheating. Something to ease the boredom of carrot sticks and salad. It would be so nice to have something really app... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:20:13 EST Hello! I'm here for the first time hoping to get inspired and motivated to lose weight before trying to get pregnant. I'm at my heaviest weight ever and I can't believe I let myself get here. I'm almost 6 feet tall, so my weight gain wasn't noticeable to me until I was looking at some old pictures and realized that I wasn't that skinny anymore. I want to get pregnant in the next 6 months or so, but I really want to be at a healthy weight before I do. I've tried dieting before but never really had an... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:08:15 EST frustrated Twice now I've written a long introduction, clicked on the "add an emoticon" button, chosen an image and moved on. Then when I click Post Message, I just get an error message saying no HTML allowed. **I** didn't add the stupid HTML, no matter what my nick name is.... This program did. <BR> <BR> Anyway: The short intro. <BR> <BR> I'm a woman. I've dieted a LOT. I'm sick of it. I am enjoying Spark People, but I don't hold out a lot of hope that it will be any more successful in the long ter... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:56:29 EST Joliet Illinois Hey yall my name is Bobbi and I am from Joliet I have been on here before but I am really ready to get healthy. I am 36 years old and just graduated from school. I am looking for advice and support. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:27:25 EST Returning For Good Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been here before, and the site really worked for me. However, I had a struggle with depression over the last year, and I ended up gaining back some weight in the meantime. But I'm back and ready to get on track again! <BR> <BR> I'm currently a junior in college, with a passion for both labor and animation (I know, totally compatible right?), and people in general. Talk to me, I love to hear from others! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:52:43 EST Greetings from Indiana I am looking to get healthy and drops some weight. This isn't new for me to have these goals but I am in a different position now. For the last 22 years I have focused all of my attention on my kids. Making sure they have everything they need, going to all their activities or as many as I can and I have put myself on the back burner. Since both of my children are at college now and I seem to find some extra time on my hands I want to focus on me now. To be a better wife, mother & person. One ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:10:32 EST Hi! Hi, I'm new to this site! I joined Goodlife gym and am just looking for someone to help motivate me...I don't really have anyone who is into fitness/health around me and was hoping to make a few friends :) Hope everyone has a good day. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:18:16 EST Hello I'm new. I hope everyone has a great day! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:50:47 EST hi Hello , I am Kampo <BR> <BR> I been a member since 2011 ( I think). but never participated past tracking my nutrition . <BR> <BR> I hoping I can be more involved in the community! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:41:30 EST Hello wonderful People Hi my name is Shannon and I am trying to get back on track and lose some weight. about 50 pounds is my goal Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:55:09 EST Howdy Hello! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:11:19 EST It's me and I hate message boards and blogs But they say this helps you lose and I really want to lose 100 pounds. YES 100! I am loving tracking my meals. I have never found an app that works for someone that cooks at home as much as I do until now. I love fresh food! Cooking for myself and my husband... I am a great and creative cook. What I make is often better than eating out... and you actually know what is in your food. I'm diabetic, so that's important. I like to eat out maybe once or twice a week... but I make breakfast ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:46:46 EST New member on day 5 Hi! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose eventually over 100lb, Would like to make spark buddies along the way :) Let's encourage each other to keep pushing forward even when things get tough! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:03:18 EST new again for the last time I do not even know how many times I have reset the button to start over again and again. I really plan on losing. I did lose 50 lbs about 8 years ago. Then I regained it not exercising. That is what I have to do this time I am going to make it. The reason is because I never introduced myself or went on one of message boards. Thank You. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:29:10 EST im new here hello my name s Bonnie i am new here need to lose 65 lbs im 48 yrs young i also use a fitbit one to help ty for taking the time out to read Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:30:28 EST Fighting the fear that this won't work The big problem with losing weight and then failing to keep it off is that when you regain it, you also gain MORE back. I've done lots of different diets and have lost lots of weight, but I can't seem to keep it off. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:35:31 EST New to this game!!!! Been dieting forever and are VERY frustrated by the scale going up....not down.... Think I haven't been eating enough and no weight loss..then I move into eating everything I can find!!! Have begun to track all I eat... also hope to friend people as to have support and accountability. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:54:41 EST Time for change Hi everyone, I am 35 years old, married to a wonderful man for the past 3 years. I have PCOS and my husband is type 1 diabetic. Together we are trying to better our health because we are looking forward to adopting a child within the next 2 years and we want to be around a long time for our child(ren). It has been a huge struggle. I have talked him into every diet under the sun and he has fought me every step of the way lol. With our health conditions it seems like everyday diets just are not... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:02:37 EST Hello Hello I have been on this healthy lifestyle for 7 days with spark and i like it very much looking forward to this new journey in my life. <em>334</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:08:03 EST Here I am again Hi, I'm here once again needing help to get healthy, my mind is my bodies enemy. I have no motivation, where do I start, what will keep me going. How do I find the power within me? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:20:02 EST Homeschooling mommy trying to get healthy Hey all, <BR> <BR> I was on spark from 2008 to 2012. Went from 200 to 127. After 2 babies I gained it all back!! I made half attempts to lose the weight again and then went thru a fat is fabulous stage...and had a bad dr appt...and here I am now! <BR> <BR> I would love some spark buddies. We can encourage each other! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:20:28 EST just joining <em>213</em> I want to get healthy and get back into my old clothes. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:53:34 EST My ever expanding waistline :/ I joined here oh a year or so ago and used the site for counting my calories etc. I was at a healthy weight after p90x I managed to keep the weight off until my husband and I moved. Since that move and 40lbs of weight gain later I find myself needing to meet people in the same boat.. I seem to have zero motivation after leaving Toronto and all my friends and am finding it hard to get my head around the size of my gut lol. I need some serious talking to and a few folks to tell me to get off my... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:52:17 EST