SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Hi everybody I've been working out for the past six months, lifting weights and the elliptical. I decided to take a Plates class the other day for a change. <BR> <BR> The teacher told us to do push-ups . I thought oh no I can't do those yet but surprise I DID FIVE! <BR> <BR> Really happy because I started them on the wall! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:09:56 EST Newcomer to Sparkpeople Hello, my name is Victoria, this is my first post on the message board. <BR> <BR> I am thankful to have such a comprehensive personal trainer alongside ( I am excited to be able to chart and track my progress. I look forward to receiving support, assitance and encouragement from people who currently share or have successfully overcome the numerous struggles to achieve a healthy body, spirit and mind. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:42:15 EST New to SparkPeople... New to SparkPeople thought I better stop by and say hi! Married for 12 years and father of 2...the last couple of years things have started to slip away. My wife has been good at watching what she eats as well as losing weight. After much hesitation and well...slacking here I am. <BR> <BR> Love forums so this is exciting for me. Looking forward to learning from everyone and hope I can return the favor. Thanks for letting me say hi! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:38:14 EST New to S/P Hello everyone, I am a 48 woman and I would like to lose 100lbs. I need to rebuild my confidence. I no longer allow my picture taken, missed my 30 yr. High School reunion, and I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror. It wasn't always like this, there was a time when I felt great about myself and my body. Then, in the past 15 yrs. I tried to quit smoking three different times. The first 2 attempts I gained 20 lbs. each time and then went back to my bad habit of smoking I final... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:05:30 EST Hi there! I had been a member of Spark People quite a while ago, but never really got into it. I'm ready now to dive in and make some serious, permanent changes! <BR> I've done all the diets, tried all the more! This time, it's about making healthy choices one day, one meal, one snack at a time. I'll reach my goal by eating healthy, good for you foods and stopping when I'm full. (Wow! What a concept!) In other words....a lifestyle change. Something I can do for the rest of my life. <BR> As ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:57:42 EST keeping the weight off Hello everyone <BR> I'm Barbara. I hope I can reach my goal and keep it off. Thanks in advance for all of your help. I think I can do it this time. I'm beginning to become out of breath and my belly gets in my way. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:27 EST Hello Everyone I'm Lora and I'm here to lose weight, learn how to eat healthier (on a budget), find exercises that I will do and have fun with. I also want to help my kids and hubby with their weight. I've done it before and I know, with patience, hard work, lots of love and faith I can do it again. Thank you and I hope you all have a blessed day. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:11 EST SparkTeam Question Hi Everyone - <BR> I'm not "new," really, but on my most recently created SparkPeople account and looking for some support with disordered eating / thinking. I've never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but notice that I really struggle with impulse eating and binge eating at night. I'm not sure if there is a group here that might provide support for those kinds of things or not. I searched in the Teams section but didn't see a category that really fit. If anybody knows of anything... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:07:01 EST Gonna get it done this time! Been yoyoing with my weight for the past 10 years. Dropped 30 after my second child, but I'm struggling to get down the last 30. I am so done with the unhealthy lifestyle and am feeling more determined than ever. I am 42 stay at home mom with two toddlers so my health means more than it ever did. Last month went back to cardio kickboxing, which I love and I have been eating much healthier than I ever did in my entire life. Lots of protein, veggies and water. Don't get me wrong I still love al... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:55:11 EST Hi, I'm Leila :) I just signed up today, and I'm looking for a buddy. I'm 34 and a single mom to a 3 year old little boy. He requires lots of energy, and I would love to be able to give that to him! I have been eating healthier for the past 5 months or so and lost about 30 pounds, before gaining a few pounds back during the holidays. I am hoping to lose about another 75 pounds, but I'm developing a dip in my motivation, which is really frustrating for me. I am hoping SP will help me with that :) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:13:32 EST Hi, I'm Kate I joined Spark People because I wanted to be inspired by everyone and also wanted to be able to share my journey. <BR> <BR> I have had weight issues most of my life. I am 65 years old and would like to lose between 12-20 lbs. I don't really like exercising but do get out for walks when the weather permits (I live in a rural area so have to watch out for icy roads as I'm a Michigander and winters can be harsh). <BR> <BR> I did lose 85 lbs on WW about 5 years ago and am within 12 lbs of tha... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:16:14 EST WW refugee Hi, <BR> I am coming back to give Spark a try after deciding to quit WW, not because I wasn't having success but because of the money involved. I have also linked my Spark account to my recently acquired Fitbit. I am looking forward to continuing the success I have had so far and getting to my goal weight. Exercise is a challenge here in NE Wisconsin in the winter, but I get walks outside whenever possible and walk in stores and the mall when it isn't . I'm 60 and have about 14 more lbs t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:11:45 EST Hello Hi my name is Diana. I am 51 years old and returning once again to Sparkpeople. I have always found this site to be so helpful in keeping me motivated and accountable for what I eat and my exercise (and sometimes lack there of). You cannot fudge what is right in front of you! I have decided that this time is the time I really do make it. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong I have had great success with the tools and support I get here. My problem is that I will be going along great eating rig... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:59:09 EST Back to Spark I lost about fifty pounds using Spark and then stopped. Guess what, I gained it all back! So, I'm back again and plan to stick with it this time. I felt a lot better when my weight was down and I miss that feeling. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:34:45 EST Hello, I'm John I'm happy to be here and very upbeat about my chances of being successful. I'm 62 and a management consultant with a big firm. That has me traveling every week, which is a complication to weight control. I have about 45 pounds to lose. I enjoy walking my dog, Dottie, and practicing Tai Chi and Yoga. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:16:34 EST Getting my healthiest body back Hi, My name is Maureen. My goal is to lose another 20 pounds by following the Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise. I would love to get on a message board with other people using this same food plan. I have lost 3 1/2 pounds so far and started 4 days ago. I realize it is just water weight, but I'll take weight loss any way I can get it! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:36 EST Working on the best year ever! Hi! My name is Theresa, I live in South Georgia, and I may be the most unhealthy person I know. Arriving at such a harsh realization has the potential to be soul crushing and paralyzing. And paralyzed is a fair description of my life over the past few years. Being stressed about my weight and health put me into a downward spiral of even more unhealthy behaviors and eating. Almost all physical activity stopped because I just felt too bad. I refused to go to a doctor out of pure fear, altho... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:39:34 EST New Hello everyone Im new to the board and Im excited about being here. I decided this year was the year to a new me. I, almost 44 and have a wonderful family, but we are on the run so much we have forgotten to take care of ourselves. So I have decided its time to put me first but I am my own worst enemy and after working long days I can talk myself out of everything. Im here for friends and postive pushes as I will call it to help me achieve my goal. I cant wait to meet each of you along th... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:13:36 EST MY SPARE TIRE I am bound and determined to lose my "SPARE TIRE" before summer this there anybody else out there "TIRED" of their "tire", haha.... I JUST made that up ...LETS DO THIS ya'll!!!!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:33:56 EST Hell Everyone Hello, My name is Kieran, i am a 32 year old male and would like to loose 80 pounds by Christmas 2015. I have struggled with y weight since my early teens and have tried loads of diet plans but never found one that is right for me. i am hoping that this site and the people using it will be able to keep me motivated and help me reach my goals. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:23:15 EST Hello I am Rakhi Hi all, I am Rakhi. I really want to reduce my weight and my waist size. :) Hope being with you people will help me:) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:00:16 EST Here I go again I don't know if I ever introduced myself here goes...I have been attempting to lose weight for most of my life with little or no success...I have very low self esteem which doesn't seem to help...I have had no luck in eating healthy or sticking to a so called diet, or exercise plan...Until now..This Is MY time...I recently applied for a weight loss challenge in my home town and I was accepted so starting Monday I finally will be able to set my self off on a new journey as I have nev... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:33 EST Keeping up with the grandchild I am a 48 year old grandmother and survivor of breast cancer. I have never been able to lose weight and keep it off. I have back problems as well as the dreaded diabetes and high blood pressure. My goal is to get down to a healthy weight and maintain it. I want to be able to be the fun grandma....I want to run, play ball, go on hikes, and just be active with my Little John. I know I need support to do this....and I hope I can be a support to others. <em>390</em> <em>249</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:54:29 EST Ready to make a difference Hi my name is Teresa and I have been on sparkpeople before, but never got into contact with anyone. I am ready to make the changes to a happier and healthier me! Wanting to meet new people and learn from other people that are making changes in their life. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:21:45 EST new to sparkpeople I need sooo much encouragement...thank you so much in advance! My name is Vicky... <em>213</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:30:23 EST Loving Sparkpeople so far!! Hello, My name is "Sio" I am looking to loose some weight I've obtained since turning 30, (can't rely on my metabolism like I used to.) Only about 10 pounds for now then see how good I feel! So far I'm loving this website and I find myself more involved than with another website I tried. <BR> Anyone in the same boat? <BR> <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Sio Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:26:23 EST Hi, I'm Amber hello! I am so excited to have found this AMAZING community! I have just started what is going to be a LONG journey. However, I know this time my reason for taking it on is right and I think that will be the difference between the failures in my past and THIS time! I wish ALL of you the best in your journies :) Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:49:35 EST new to sparkpeople 66 female embarking on quest to a healthier me. Goals to lose weight, lower BP and Glucose levels. <em>521</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:43:44 EST 9 days on SP and 3lbs lost :) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople 9 days ago after realising I needed to start tracking food if I wanted to start losing this excess weight. It has been creeping up over the last few years, and I realised I was getting very close to the 'obese' bmi range- a bit of a wake up call! My goal is to reach a healthy bmi, be fit and healthy and generally feel good inside and out. One big motivator is that DH and I would like to start trying for a baby this year and I'd like to be as health... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:35:44 EST I Am New Hi i am new to the team!! hope everyone has a great day. Is there any where you all have like a chatroom where we can all talk it. If not that would be great support for sure. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:23:38 EST One more time! I used the site a few years ago with some success, but didn't get involved with anyone which was my loss as I had no support. <BR> <BR> I lost my husband last year and have since gained 15 lbs. It's now time to focus on myself and take care of me. Losing the weight and establishing a healthy lifestyle is now my priority. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:07:04 EST New Year New Attitude! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I decided to start the new year with a new attitude. I am committing to myself, my health and my future. I decided to find people that were going thru the same things I was regarding my health and fitness goals. I hope to find people I can encourage and support who will do the same for me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know many of you this year and to fulfilling my goals. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:25:41 EST Returning user .... A lot has changed. I love this site! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:14:43 EST new here and excited lost 22 kg in last year and half, from 88 to 68 kg. have 5 more to lose and have feeling that it's harder than when I start:) <BR> but also know that If I can do it, every one can do it also. <BR> good luck to all Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:02:13 EST Starting I'm 73 and would like to lose about 50 pounds. I find it hard to start a diet but once I start to lose it gets easier. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:43:53 EST Never seeing results For two years I have struggled, not to lose weight but from gaining it. I was 127 and feeling comfortable with my body again after my second child. <BR> <BR> I have slowly been gaining back the 20 I lost after he was born. I feel like I didn't really change anything but surely I must have. I have done the 30 day shred. I track all my food. Starting taking vitamin D since I was lacking it. I drink an average of 50oz of water a day plus my diet coke, green tea and zero energy drink. <BR> <B... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:06:32 EST Trend to start all over again Hello to everyone! Let me begin introducing myself since I am a newbie here. <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to lose weights in the past 15 years of my life since I changed my lifestyle when I was 9 years old. I have been exercising a lot even though I have classes in the first 8 years. That's what I have been proud of. The problem is I have been wanting to change everything but when I reached the age of 18, I kept on eating and eating and eating, did little exercises (sometimes once a day onl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:30:00 EST Hello Hi I am 53 years old and very overweight by 120 pounds and have to lose it. I have a lot of health issues in including diabetes. I have to count my carbs and get moving. I look forward to working with this. I have tried other diets some I paid for with no success Id lose but couldnt keep it off. So here I go. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:59:42 EST To begin again Hello all <BR> I have been over weight for the last 12 years. I can't say it is a real challenge, as I have only worked at losing the weight hard for short periods of time. I need to find the motivation to make this year the one that I take my health seriously. I do need to lose weight as I am afraid one day the doctors will tell me my health is deteriorating. I want to be able to hike well into my old age, I want to tuck my shirt into my jeans and wear a belt. ha ha <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:55:26 EST hi my name is amanda I would like to know how to get my family to help me exercise everyday or every other day. How has this help u lose weight for urself. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:24:59 EST Back at It... Hello, <BR> <BR> So, I'm back. I haven't lost any weight, but I have not gained any, so that's something I suppose. I hate tracking calories. Can I just say that? That's the toughest thing for me, well besides the eating. ;) I could use some help staying motivated and in the right frame of mind. I really need to stop giving myself deadlines I think and frame my thinking around a lifestyle change and a slow change. I get upset when I haven't lost three pounds in a week, I expect the sca... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:21:41 EST 2015 is a New Beginning!!! Hi there, well I made a commitment to myself that the year 2015 will be different from previous years! I am going to lose the weight and I will not allow anything to be in my way!! I know that I will have my ups and downs but I will hold on to my goals and stay positive and motivated! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:46:41 EST Hi My name is Paige and I am 48 years old and I live in Ohio! I have been dealing with a health problem with my back and feet and with my feet i have lost my ability to walk very far! One foot is numb and both of them are very swollen. I have gained 80 pounds and just haven't put my self first in a long time! I am just trying to figure out how to exercise with my feet because they hurt so much with activity! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:27:18 EST Ready for a change I've hit the big 5-0 and see things are changing...I've decided to fight these changes. I'm looking for motivating friends Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:21:05 EST Extending my hand Hello, My name is Pamela and I'm looking for friendship and support! You can never have enough. Please join me in my journey to a healthier me. We can do it together, all of us! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:31:48 EST I'm New At This Hello. My name is Kara Stribling. I have been trying to lose 40 pounds for a long time. One of my friends referred me to this site. I have a good feeling about this time around. I have already lost 2 pounds in 3 days. I know that's not much but at least its a start. :) Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:11:32 EST Hello Friends! Hi, I'm determined to make this time count and make the most of every day. ! I recently retired from 33 years at a bank and lost my husband two years ago. I've lost 30 pounds by eating healthier. I still have 30 pounds to go. I've started working out at the YWCA mostly on the treadmill. I know it's going to be tough and I look forward to making new friends and reaching out for help! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:57:50 EST One day at a time I signed up years ago and actually lost the weight I wanted to. But last year, I got sick and couldn't eat much for months. Then when I got better, I didn't stop eating. It didn't help that I left my husband at the same time. BUT, my name is Cyndie. When I started back on my journey on Dec 31st. I weighted 188lbs. My goal is 140 and I would love to be at 130lb. I am 5 foot tall so because of my small frame I can't eat much. I am living with an emotional abuser, ME. I don't know why I... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:35 EST Hello Just to say hello Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:15:45 EST New I'm fat. I haven't always been fat. I have been fat and lost the weight and then got fat again...a couple of times. <BR> <BR> I'm a 48-year-old married father of two. I was super thin and fit in high school and college (distance runner) and graduated from college at 5' 4" and 119 pounds. I continued running a lot through my 20s and even ran a couple of ultra marathons...a 50-miler and a 40-miler up a mountain and back down as well as lots of other races from 5ks to the marathon (26.2 mil... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:28:18 EST So excited Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Sierra. I have been an inactive member for a little while, but now I am back in full effect. I have decided to not only make a health change, but a lifestyle change. This has been a great journey. I have been tracking my food and water intake, and honestly for the last two weeks, I have not really exercised. In that two weeks, I have lost a two pounds. That is such a big deal, and encouraging. Now I am thinking, if that is what happens when I eat right... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:39:12 EST "While there is tea, there is hope." ~Arthur Wing Yes. There's hope. <BR> <BR> "As it has been used by Asian people as a native treatment for different diseases, like cancer, using this herb has become popular. There was one patient with a stage 4 Lymphatic Cancer who testified and recognized the efficacy of this plant. The diagnosis of his doctor way back in 2008 was that he would live for the remaining 3 months of his life, knowing that his illness is already irreversible. Hence, his chemotherapy was stopped. However, he took the extracte... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:19:55 EST hello hello everyone just started this , is it easy let me know thank you Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:13 EST Hi! I am new to the message boards. Hi ! I am new to Spark People. I am anxious to start losing the weight that I gained last Fall. <BR> Wanted to say Hi! Hope that I can lose weight so I can feel better ! Ihave a difficult time resisting sweets and junk foods. Any advice /help would be great! Thanks! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:04:05 EST Newbie! Hi! Hi! I am anxious to get started on Spark People. Any advice would be helpful. I can use all the help that I can get to lose additional pounds that I gained and swore that I wouldn't last Fall.I have a difficult time resisting sugary sweets and junk foods. Help! <BR> Happy to be joining Spark People. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:02:32 EST Motivation to exercise Good morning all ~ I have been with Spark People since 7/6/14. This is the day my husband and I embarked on a journey to better health. We had tried many "diets" for losing weight and none worked, for long. I even had gastric bypass surgery, thinking this was the answer. It was at first, but my bad eating habits and lack of exercise cause me to gain most of the weight back. When I read lots of information from, I decided that this program would help us, but of course, we had ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:29:27 EST A bumpy start Hi folks <BR> <BR> I joined at the beginning of the week - had a good first day investigating the site etc. Managed to set up a basic page but.... <BR> <BR> .... then went down with a nast infection. Still suffering and not eating properly so haven't really got going. <BR> <BR> Hoping to be joining in properly very soon, still trying to check in each day and do what I can. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some of you. Have a great day. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:59:18 EST Journey Hello. This is the 3rd time I have signed up with spark people. I know this time I have to do this. I just feel so alone in all this. I ask for help from my family and do not get it. I really have no friends that are not to busy to help me keep motivated. Most people in my life just tell me if that is what you want do it, they really have no idea how hard that is for a food <BR> addict. Sure they are all skinny and can eat anything they want , they do not have to worry about the stares and gl... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:49:52 EST Hi Again! Back to getting in shape.. Need support! Hoping to find buddies to add me as friend for support. I am trying to start again my blogs and I need to stay motivated in this journey! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:46:45 EST Staying focused Hello, <BR> I joined spark in 2013 and did not take advantage of what was being offered. Nor did I stick to my goals. It was excuse after excuse, about why I didn't excercise, why I was making poor eating choices? My goal has been in reverse since and I have recently learned that my health is in danger (pre-diabetic). I have to make a change. I must NOT give up as I have in the past. This is for a bright, and healthy future. My goal is to lose 86 pounds by the end of this year. (Fingers cr... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:07:29 EST Brand new to SPARKPEOPLE HEY EVERYBODY!!! how's everybody doing?? I am doing incredibly well tonight.. Just wanted to drop in and say HI and introduce myself.. My name is Margaret. I just joined 2 days ago and I am feeling absolutely fabulous.. I love the food selections and with me exercising now I can feel alot of my stress slowly winding down. Which is good.. I am happily married for 11 years to a wonderful man Marlin and I have a 19 year old boy Robert and a 15 year old boy Justin. If anyone would like to be my ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:44:05 EST Just getting started! Hello <em>249:-)</em> <BR> First day here so ill introduce myself... <BR> Im 27, married, an have 3 kids under 8. Im nit so worried about losing weight as i am about judt living a healthier life. I find it very hard to find the time to spend on getting into shape with my busy life. I have tried a few times in the last few years but get discouraged easily and withn a few weeks am back to my old habits. I m fed up with the fatigue and stress that come with an unhealthy lifestyle! This time ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:24:49 EST Getting Better! So I have not made this kind of effort in many years. I was fit and active and a mostly healthy eater for most of my life. Then I banged up my body and stopped moving but continued to eat like I could just burn it off. Uh, nope. I got fat and unwell. Never really had to think about it before, but now I see how hard it is to move more and eat less when everything hurts (including emotionally). But I will not be my own victim anymore! In a year I will be 50 and I will be amazing! (As th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:58:28 EST Hello I'm new to all of this. But really trying hard. It is difficult, but giving it my all. I have several health issues which limit my exercise and diet, so I am having difficulty with calorie intake, sodium intake, and exercises that I can accomplish. <BR> I tried this previously but had to stop due to health. Coming back to try again. Truly hoping it works this time. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:24:29 EST Just started Hello everyone! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:24:51 EST I lost 65 lbs Now I'm back on track to tone up! So, High school was not my forte. I was overweight and always bullied and teased. <BR> Well I finally lost all the weight with working out and lots of cardio and now I'm back to lose and tone up that final 15 lbs for a sexy photoshoot!! <BR> Would love to make friends on here and hear about other experiences! <BR> -Lauren Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:36:29 EST Hello! My name is Mindy. I am 34 years old and I have five children. I have for the last several years tossed around the idea of loosing weight and getting healthier, (I even created a spark people account about 7 years ago) but never took any serious action. I am ready now. I feel my health any lively hood declining everyday and I want to change it. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:26:33 EST happy Focus Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:04:25 EST Hi I've been signed up for this for a fairly long time, but never really used it. I'm to the point now where I really feel like I have to get started. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:10:12 EST New.. but not new... Hello Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:26:08 EST im new hello im new looking for encouragement and great ideas <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:18:59 EST This is Hard but I know I can do it. So I've been struggling with my weight for years. This year I'll be 30 and I'm tired of being unhappy with myself. I recently found out in the past 2 years that I have food sensitivities so I need to keep up with tracking my food. I've found myself going through all the links here and feeling a bit overwhelmed and emotional. I've always had trouble with feeling good about myself. Losing weight is one of the hardest things I've ever attempted. I've been trying to lose weight since I was 18 wit... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:12:07 EST Motavation Hi everyone! I'm new and I hope I can find someone to help me and I'll help you! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:36:57 EST I'm back because it works. In 2008 I got started here and did very well. I fell of and now I'm getting back on my feet. Time to clean up my act. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:07:38 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:31 EST back and looking for a friend Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Kelly and I'm back to Spark and Connecticut. I was Sparking a couple of years ago and was in great shape, so healthy. Then life happened (dad passed, I moved across country) and I let myself gain about 80 lbs. I am looking to get back my health. Anyone out there want to e-mail, talk, text about the journey, support each other and hold each other accountable to eat right and exercise with nonjudgmental support? <BR> <BR> Kelly Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:35:18 EST Hi I am 33 years old residing in India and a mother of a one year old baby. Since college, I have always been on the heavier side. But the pounds piled up like anything during my pregnancy. I gained around 45 pounds during my pregnancy and at present my total weight is 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> My target is to reach 132 pounds (around 60 kilos). Need some support in my journey Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:36:46 EST Ready to Dive In I am ready to make some long-lasting changes in my life! I started tracking my food in but then heard about SparkPeople. This may be more motivating so I look forward to the support of a community where we are working hard to make positive health changes in our lives. <BR> <BR> It seems a bit daunting when you have a habit of starting something and not carrying through (unfortunately I do) yet I am encouraged by the momentum I have in already being down 4 pounds just through chan... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:13:33 EST New and excited to get started! Hello, my name is Abby and I am from Seattle. I have been struggling with my weight for the past few years and am looking forward to making those problems a thing of the past! I would love to hear any advice from SparkPeople Veterans about what works for you on this site. Thank you for your support! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:02:03 EST New here, and 20 lbs down! Hi I'm Katie and I just joined spark people :) <BR> I have made a major lifestyle change from eating junk food and being sedentary to working out and eating clean everyday. <BR> I have lost 20 lbs with the help of the 21 day fix and piyo programs and I plan on toning up my body with les mills pump. I'd love to share my journey with you and I hope I can help and motivate others on here! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:59:29 EST tracking my meals is anyone else having as much problems as I am tracking my meals. I can spend 2 hours just filling out what I have eaten during the day. I don't have that much time. I do not understand why it is so hard to fill out the forms. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:59 EST Getting started Hello just signed up for this and will be using this website to track my progress. I have set the 13th March to achieve my goal, I have been under some pressure recently and I have found today that I considerably under eating , that would not have been the case had I started yesterday. So my yo yo ing of overeating and under eating is causing weight gain. I do exercise and I lost a lot of weight last year but I put it back on again after getting married and falling pregnant but losing that ba... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:34:02 EST I'm back and committed Hi, My name is Shannon. I have not been on here since 2011 (12). I have had different health problems over the past couple years that I let get in my way. The biggest was an inner ear problem that kept me in bed for most of 6 months because i was falling all the time, unstable, couldn't keep my balance. I still have the occasional day that everything is still kiddywompus, but I am determined that it won't run my life anymore. I have the biggest motivations of my life now - my daughter is g... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:21:44 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy I'm Matt. I'm 46 and currently a big & tall guy who is way too big and not tall enough at the moment. :?) <BR> <BR> I need someone to go on the weight loss journey with me -- guy or gal it doesn't matter. I'm very positive and encouraging and am looking for the same. <BR> <BR> Maybe use myfitnesspal app or something like that together and share messages and progress and help keep each other honest and share ups and downs would be good. I need to lose over a hundred pounds, but I hope to lo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:55:44 EST Hi everyone I am new here to this community of Sparkpeople. I hope to meet lots of new people and help me through losing another 61 lbs. I get out and walk lots normally but have slowed down since Christmas and have not found the rhythm since. I hope everyone is having a great day out there! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:38:35 EST Trying Again! But NEEEED HELP!! PLEASE! I had started my weight loss journey almost 4 years ago! I did so well lost 85 pounds and kept most off. Then they found tumors on my thyroids and i associated my great weight loss with cancer, as it can be one of the symptoms, so i ate everything in site and gained about half back. I tried so many times to get back on track but if was not one thing or another I have not been able to. Well now I have Prehypertension and I am getting really bad migraines. I just really need to be healthy now! ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:37:58 EST Hello, determined to complete this journey <em>15</em> to <em>9</em> is my journey. This is my first day of exercise at the YMCA. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:47:47 EST Introduce Hi there, <BR> <BR> I just joined and look forward to doing this, any friend request would be great. I am a great supporter! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:44:13 EST Hello Day two and taking one step at a time here. I have a lot to lose or should I say get healthy. Excited to be here and need support. I have finally taken time for me and here I am sounds like a song lol. Look forward to meeting others support needed. Have a great Day! <em>521</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:24:05 EST New to message boards <em>213</em> First time posting, hello to everyone! I am excited and ready to lose about 40 lbs. I know it will be hard, but I am determined! My name is Connie and I am ready to see a new me! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:54 EST finally thinking about me Im a mom of 3 beautiful kids, im a stay at home mom with my youngest who is almost 2. I watch my cousins newborn baby. Im ready to finally take care of me! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:11:25 EST New and Hi everyone!!! Hi everyone!! Just started on Jan 19, and I'm very excited and optimistic!! About to be 43, need to lose 55-60 lbs. I know I can with Spark!!! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:45:57 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST Almost 60 Hi, I'm a First Nation woman from Canada. I first started my journey to weight loss February 2012 and during that first year I lost almost 40 lbs., strictly from walking, joining a gym and eating healthy. The 2nd year for the first 7-8 months I took off and additional 22 lbs and for some reason or another I lost motivation. I rejoined the gym again last May but my attendance has been sporadic. So here I am...with a definite plan and stick-to-if-ness...determined to succeed where I stopped. Oh... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:51:36 EST Looking for an acct partner, 40's w/ 30 to lose GM! <BR> In the past 18 months I have put on about 30 pounds and feel depressed, sluggish and not motivated to get back on track. After several false starts, I'm looking for an accountability partner in the same situation...If you are early to mid 40's and have 25-35 lbs to loose - consider me as a buddy! I'm thinking kind of a daily check in about eating/excercize and a weekly weight check in with each other. <BR> <BR> Maybe we can trade emails - not sure if there is messaging on this si... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:37:06 EST Hi... First time posting to any board. I'm halfway to my goal already. I wish everyone the best of luck with your goal's..... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:09:28 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST Need to lose weight by April,2015 Annual Dr. Visit coming up in April. Dr is really strict about diet and exercise. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:50:54 EST Not new just returning Hi everyone. My name is Amber. I was on Spark about 3 years ago but left for another site. I got burnt out from the social part of that site...the lack of fitness and nutrition talk on the other site mainly. So I came back here in hopes to get my focus back. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:50:05 EST Hi!!! Hi!! I'm Cindie(CINANN) I'm a Mother to a smart, beautiful teenage daughter, a Mother to 7 kitty cats, soon to be a Mother to a 2 year old Boxer we will be adopting. I'm a housewife to a wonderful, sweet man who is a computer engineer at a winery. I'm on a mission to lose 45 pounds. LOST 5!!! WOO-HOO!! YIPPIE!! Now 40 to more to go. I just bought a brand a new home that closes escrow Jan. 29th. IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm so happy with it. :) Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:58:43 EST Hi all, happy to meet you I am excited to begin this year with spark people - I have never stuck with my weight loss goal for more than 2 days at a time! with all these people, videos, articles and the honesty of the tracker I think I can make it! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:53:44 EST New to posting It's taken me a while to figure out how to post on the message boards. I am JoAnne, 62 years old, retired and T2 diabetic. Have had success in past with OA but needed more flexibility in my food plan. I just signed up for the Diabetic Weight Loss challenge. I like the food plans, right combo of structure and flexibility. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:53:25 EST Starting over, first time on message board I love Sparkpeople. I lost 87 pounds, but put most of it back. Now I'm starting again and hoping using the community features will help. This is all new to me. I'm not sure what I'm doing, but I'm giving it a try. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:53:00 EST Apple shaped emotional eater needs a fresh start Hi all I am new and looking to eat more healthy and lose weight especially around my middle. I like the gym when I go but sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I have found sites like this very helpful in the past. Have lost lots of confidence in myself and am tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and reluctant to get a bigger size. Looking for friends for mutual help and support on my journey xx Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:38:50 EST new starter Super excited about getting my health in check! <em>30</em> Been at this for 2 weeks and am well on my way. Good luck to everyone Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:34:39 EST New Hello, I am new ... I am having a very hard time getting started.... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:24:18 EST Hello Everyone, My name is Marie. Hello Everyone, My name is Marie. I had first joined in October of 2009. I checked out the site, thought it was cool and never returned. Obviously, I was not in the right frame of mind to get this done. Now, I am back and I need to make a change. I could say I'm here because I want to lose 60 pounds and that would be that, but there is more to it. I am a mother of six (Yes, I said Six. WHEW!) including a surprise new addition who came to us September 2014. I am not only doing this for me but ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:49:24 EST Another newbie...hello! Hey everyone, I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself so I won't be hesitant to post here in the future! <BR> <BR> My name is Kaitlyn and I look forward to getting to know everyone while making big changes with SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm 26, living in the Pacific Northwest and on a mission to lose the last of my weight. My highest weight was 244 lbs in 2010. I lost 55 lbs that year and got down to 190 lbs on Weight Watchers and my life changed dramatically after my fi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:48:07 EST New to the group Going to try and lose weight again... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:18:30 EST New and pretty nervous.... Hi. :) This is my second attempt on SparkPeople, and my first attempt at actually introducing myself... and pretty much doing anything on here. I'm 5''7 and weigh about 175 lbs. My ideal weight is 145. I pretty much had always been skinny up until I was 24. But I was also working, and very active, so I kept my weight at 130. My brother passed away when I was 24, and I also lost my job around that time. My brother dying pretty much stopped life for me. I didn't leave the house. I basi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:51:10 EST New here - A new beginning! Hi guys! My name is Tábata and I don't remember the last time I was at a healthy weight. As much as I was unhappy with my weight, I never had the will to make a change. Blame others for something I did to myself is no longer acceptable. Currently I'm weighing 133 kg (+ - 294 lbs), which means that I have to lose more than 60 kg (+100 lbs) to improve my health. I know that my journey will be long and I'm in no rush to make the necessary changes. <BR> <BR> I've started my day being careful wit... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:53:07 EST Starting Over I joined SparkPeople years ago and lost some weight. I dropped off and of course the weight came back plus some. I am turning 50 this May and it is time for me to take control of my eating and to start moving more. I am going to need all the help I can get because I have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> From those of you who have tried unsuccessfully for years and have finally succeeded, what was different this time? What worked or didn't work for you? <BR> <BR> All suggestions are extreme... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:37:09 EST Public introduction so that I can't keep hiding! Good morning, everyone! My name is Amy and this is my 2nd, ... no, 3rd attempt at SparkPeople! This time, I am trying to take steps that will make it more difficult to just walk away! <BR> <BR> I am 38-years old, got remarried a year ago, have a 14-year old daughter, an 8-year old son, and have taught high school math (currently calculus, precalculus, and financial algebra) for 16 years in Washington State. <BR> <BR> I tend to blame my job for my weight problems. I go to work too early to e... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:44 EST Two Years on but never on Message Board Okay, so here I am on the message board, something I thought I would never need to do. I have been counseled by Jumpstartmd and prior to that HMR over the past two years. I started out a whopping 244 and now weigh 167.2 but have also been down to 160. My goal weight is 145. I feel like a look pretty good now and have made many changes to my diet and even to what was a non-existent exercise regime. I have been on a low carb diet, but have in the last six months been adding more carbs out o... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:52:39 EST Challenging myself to be better Hello, I am new to the site, and so far I like what I see. I have 44 pounds to my goal, and I cant seem to stick to my guns on a lifestyle change. I work as a cook in a restaurant, go to school full time, and have a small farm. My life is busy to say the least. I bought an elliptical to get some cardio in, when the weather is nice (like today) I ride my horses or work with them in some way. I have tons of farm chores, so if I can stick to a healthy meal plan, I should have no problem losing w... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:39:27 EST Active Spark Teams? Hi you guys! <BR> <BR> I'm joining teams here left and right and as soon as I have access to their team page, I see that the team has been inactive for over a year, at least. <BR> <BR> Does anyone around here know of any really active groups that might have a spot open for a talkative fittie? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:57:38 EST Low Carb Plan with Plenty of Vegetables and Fruits I eat a low carb life, but need some menu plans, guidance and support - I also realize how important veggies and fruits are- want to know how to incorporate them- Looking for target date of may 15 2015 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:23:25 EST Inspired in the Inland Northwest I recently found "" while searching online for Christian friendly resources for people like myself struggling with the many health issues related to type 2 diabetes. <BR> <BR> I was immediately impressed at the amount of work that has gone into the development of this site and all of the amazing resources that are available! I'm a 56 year old husband, father and grandfather who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nearly 15 years ago now, but who never really made a serious comm... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:08:42 EST Wanted: a healthy life It's my 54th January and anither year of wanting to loose weight and keep it off! What makes this January different? I'm not longer that 30 something that wants a sexy body. Im know in my mid 50's and want a healthy body weight that will allow me to do all the mission trips and ministries that the Lord reveals to em as well as be active to enjoy this time of life with my husband. We love to travel! <BR> <BR> So -I'm placing this Help Wanted Ad. Spark People, can you help me? What will... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:40:32 EST Glitter & Rainbows & Unicorns & Rain & Eyeliner These are all things that make me happy. My technical name is Amber, but my friends call me Lumy. I am 24 years old and I have a LOT of weight to lose. It's almost overwhelming to think about. Honestly I need to lose over half of my weight. I weigh 436 pounds. *exhales* There, it's out there. No hiding behind vague comments about being obese. No I am MORBIDLY OBESE and I want anyone considering friending/ messaging me to know that up front. I'm not going to pretend to be anything other than ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:09:08 EST To stay motivated Seems like a positive site to stay motivated to a healthy lifestyle <BR> Look forward to the success stories Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:52:05 EST Restarting Hello, must say I signed up for Spark People over a year ago, but never really looked at what it has to offer. I am taking a 2nd look and am grateful to see such an amazing resource for free! Watching the video about how it all began gives me hope that there are still people in life that do things, because they truly want to help people succeed, Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:34:46 EST Help! I'm afraid this will be long and desperate. I don't want to be that way. Here goes: <BR> I'm married to an alcoholic. In the last 2 1/2 years he's almost killed himself with alcohol. This last time is it for me. He was in ICU for almost 3 weeks. Burned up at least 1/2 his pancreas. Had a stroke. Was not allowed any foods for almost 2 weeks, finally a feeding tube. Then he could have a "diet" because the feeding tube made everything by pass his pancreas. Running constant fever. No id... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:49:52 EST Just wanted to Hello :) Hello to my fellow determined lifestyle changers, <BR> <BR> My name is ally, I life in So Cal. I am here to gain support and advice in this Journey for a healthy wellbeing. I am currently on my rest day, with 6 days of working out straight. This is a huge step for me because I've never committed this long before without giving up. <BR> I think I've finally had my ( oh no) moment which made me realize the importance of real health. Also how does anyone feel about rest days? Is it even possi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:49:20 EST Newbie here checking in.... I worked with horses for a long time and never worried about staying in shape. A few months ago found me giving up my horse world to become a paid writer and now I sit behind a desk writing at home and I seem to not work out as I'm always writing. I bought an elliptical trainer today and even joined a gym. I've been eating 'clean' for 2 months now and about 80% raw. I just bought a juicer and am having them 2x a day although I ADD back the pulp in for the fibre. I'm hoping to find some b... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:29:10 EST New here Hi, <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm having some trouble navigating the site, so hopefully I do this right. This is only my second attempt ever to lose weight. I have hypothyroidism, so losing weight feels impossible (although I know it can't be!). I'm trying to learn about nutrition and exercise so I will be successful this time. I want the weight gone for good! My main reasons for wanting to lose weight are for my health and for my kids. My husband died 2 years ago and since then I am terri... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:56:11 EST Cannot eat soy or dairy SOS I tried spark people in the past but get bogged down with options that are not options and then I give up. Any advice ? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:51:10 EST I'm new! Let's talk(: Hey everyone..I am new to this site and super determined about losing the weight! Anyone who wants motivation should add me..or comment...or however this website works, I haven't explored too much yet!(: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:32:12 EST New here I am in need of a jump start. My weight loss journey began in 2011 and has been on a decline ever since. I look back at my enthusiasm then and wonder who that person was as i am so NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT ANYMORE. I have let life get in the way and its not good. <BR> <BR> I am here on this site to get some motivation going again. i do not belong to a gym, have no support system and am hoping to find some of those things here. <BR> <BR> Thanks all for your support in advance Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:25:18 EST New to Spark Hi my name is Dana. I dont know my way around spark just yet so if you are looking for motivation, need energy, or lose those unwanted pounds add me on FB. I can help you!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:45 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:00 EST Hello everyone, I just bought the Eat to live book and i am a need of support and help. I would like to loose the weight and be healthy. Had breast cancer 2011 and gained 100lb. Tried so many diets, but i could not loose the weight. I have tried this last summer but i i have stopped loosing and i quit. So I need some help and advice. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:05:57 EST Hello My name is Barbara and I am just getting started. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:13:14 EST Just getting started. Hi my name is Sue. <BR> <BR> I am just getting started on my diet and I have been having a hard time of it. <BR> I thought this would be easy after my son moved out and there was just me. <BR> Come to find out, I've gained 10 lbs since he has been gone. I have no one <BR> at home to cook for anymore and I find it hard to cook for myself and I eat <BR> whatever is quick whether it's junk food or just a handful of pretzels and cream <BR> cheese. I have chose to give up my Coke and switch to ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:46:35 EST Hello people Just moved back to ohio from Maryland. Seriously depressed there. Started weight loss day after Thanksgiving. Lost 32lbs. Trying to continue. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:29:25 EST Amazing woman looking for Continued Support Good Morning SparkPeople World. <BR> <BR> I am back on board for the last time. This will be my final journey to health and wellness. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 170 lbs and gain self esteem, self-respect and a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am an Alberta girl- and would love the support and encouragement from ALL Spark folks. <BR> <BR> Speak with you soon. <BR> <BR> Doddie Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:05:37 EST can't wait to get started My name is Tammy. I am making changes in my life. And I am going to use Sparkpeople to make these changes. I am setting things up today but look out tomorrow because I am going as this full force. Look out world because there is going to be a new me.... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:57:56 EST Signed up last year, but didn't really use site Hey, I'm not new, but haven't really been following my goals to their full potential. <BR> <BR> I have lost some weight since last year but still have a few more pounds to go. I'm definitely not overweight (5' 61/2 " 144 lbs), but suffer from chronic depression so exercise is very important to my mental health and sometimes I lack motivation. It's especially difficult in Canada this time of year because it's so cold outside and the lack of sunlight makes people depressed. <BR> <BR> I ha... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:45:33 EST new addition Hi All I am new to spark people and just looking for some motivation from others that may know my struggle with the hopes that we can motivate each other. I started T25 last week and am determined to be healthier and feel better about myself. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:57:07 EST Hi name is Amanda! My name is Amanda and I live in Georgia. I just moved back to the states from living in Chile for three years and believe it or not it's been harder moving back than I thought. In Chile, they eat very healthy, exercise all the time (walk everywhere) and there's hardly any processed foods. I had to cook EVERYTHING from scratch. I lost thirty pounds while I was living there and have now gained it all back plus ten <em>39</em> . I decided to join SparkPeople hoping to find some motivatio... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:50:44 EST Feeling better than ever Hi hope everyone has an awesome day I have been working on getting. In better shape for two years I'm down 70 lbs I feel better and really enjoy meeting my daily exercise goals thanks for letting me join I don't have all the tracking down yet but will work on it thanks again Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:14:13 EST Hi Everyone My name is Erin I'm 52 yo woman from Vancouver BC Canada. I love this site. I came here because I'm real trouble. Over year ago (467 days ago) I quit smoking cold turkey but I gained 45 pounds! I'm very upset. <BR> Anyway I'm glad to be here, this year I'm kicking this weight down. Wishing everybody a happy new year! <BR> <BR> Erin Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:51:51 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, it is 5.25pm now. A good time to start sweating but I am in front of my PC to say hallo you at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Everybody want a good health. So am I. But it is not easy to get up and start sweating alone. I found Sparkpeople just by chance on the internet. Look nice. Maybe can help me a bit. I've been reading many of the articles / stories. Interesting, and I hope I can sample some of them. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. Wish me luck! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:28:43 EST getting frustrated! I been a member for yrs on and off again. I've been trying to find groups to join but all the ones that would work well with my interests are not active <BR> ... some have been inactive for weeks or months. Any suggestions on some fun busy groups? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:44:11 EST New here, how can this page help me get on track? Hello, <BR> <BR> Just looking around this site to see if it's something that can help to get me back on track. Was doing well on Weight watchers and fell off the wagon again. Love to hear ideas and buddy up with some people that can share their Success :) Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:29:53 EST Could this be the time that works? Hello Everyone, I'm Deanna. I have been on and off of Spark People for almost 6 years now. I have a hard time with connecting to others. I don't really get these message feed boards, but they say they are critical to my success, so let's give it a whirl. I am a person with a physical disability which makes certain types of exercise challenging, but I am bound and determined to loose 150lbs although I have lost the same 15 pounds over and over. Today I got a membership to a gym, but I need hel... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:32:10 EST Trying AGAIN!!!! Hi everyone! I am starting my weight loss journey again. I had lost nearly 30 lbs earlier this year. Then I fell and broke my ankle in September which resulted in surgery and months of not being able to put any or very little weight on it. Following that I had a hysterectomy in November. After sitting on my butt for 4 months (by Dr's orders) I gained 25 of it back!!!! So here we go again. But this time I am trying to change my life style...not diet. I am struggling with exercise because I sti... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:46:04 EST Hello Everyone! I am happy to be here. Hello everyone. I am Sherita. I live in Florida. I am 40 something with 50 to 99 pounds to lose. I am the mother of 4 and a grandmother of two. I need help with inspirations so that I do what I need to do to be healthy. My biggest challenge is lack of energy to exercise. I love music so any good exercise music suggestions are greatly appreciate. I love nature. I love riding my bike. I am so ready for a new way of doing things. Please loan me your advice and encouragement. I am open to it. <B... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:24:37 EST Goal before 50 I have been fighting my weight for years! But I really want to loose 70 lbs and keep it off with in the next 4 yrs! I just have trouble sticking to it. Sadly I'm an emotional eater. <em>234</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:21:13 EST Lapband restart! Hello all! I had Lapband surgery in 2007. I lost about 40 pounds, but then had to stop going for fills and follow-up when my insurance changed. I gained most of it back. I've been off and on Sparkpeople for many years as well. Just got new insurance, went for my first fill in 5 years and am back on Sparkpeople. I am committed to using my tool and eating well, moving my body and getting healthier before I turn 50 next January. :) Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:32:41 EST Here I go again! I am doing it again, Strong start and weak middle and end. I am at a point in my life where I can not go on Real roller coasters but on the other hand, I can't seem to get off this weight off/weight on roller coaster. I know all the things to do, eating cleaner, moving more, but this middle age spread stays right where it is. I guess I am just looking for support and accountability I think. Thanks for reading! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:29:05 EST 20 lb weight gain over 4 years Hi, <BR> My name is Janice. I have gained 20 lbs in the last 4 years that I would like to shed. I struggle every day to eat the right foods, but don't seem to make much headway. <BR> I am well past menopause and work full time in a sedentary position. <BR> I am glad to be able to participate with "sparkies" to begin a journey that will help fit comfortably back into the clothing I already have. <BR> Thanks for being there. <em>524</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:23:22 EST Completed my first week! Wow! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:44:38 EST Hi! My name is Erica. I am almost 31. I have four kids and I am freshly divorced.Im "new here". Today is the first day of my journey.I hope to lose 35 pounds, which I am great at losing weight, but I also hope to mantain that loss which is where I struggle. I am trying to look at this as a journey of a healthier lifestyle not an end in sight to which I gradually stop working out, eating right, and back to the sugar addict I can be. Thats what usually happens once I get to the weight or look or pa... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:16:43 EST Introduction Hey, all... This is Christi and I would like to say hi :) This is the first time ive ever attemted anything like this program, but I just got the ol' "pre-diabetes" wake up call from the doc, and I have almost an even 100 lbs to lose...I am a sedentary 42 yr old woman, married, mom to 3 older boys, and, omg, I am SCARED SCARED SCARED. I don't know any other way to be, and I hope to meet some friendly people that can help me along the way... I am determined to become healthy... Thanks so muc... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:13:42 EST my Its been 4 months since the operation. Pysical Therapy went wextremely well. This is my day 2 of the January Challenge. So far so good. I modify the movements to my comfortabilty. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:03:44 EST Starting an exercise program with a 3+ new replace I need to know if there is any other members that may have the issue of wanting to create a weight loss program and have to do it with a hip or knee replacement. I am fearful of causing me more pain. I am aware that it will take time to develop a routine and that there is always discomfort that happens when starting exercising. Any suggestions on ways to start b and stay motivated and consistant to reach my goal to lose 20-25lb by the end of this May. <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:58:33 EST Hello, my first post to a message board :-) Hello to all you Spark Slimmers, <BR> <BR> I just want to introduce myself and say for the past 2 weeks I have been filling in my nutrition and exercise page in, which has been helping me. <BR> I am being quite strict on myself for the month of January because I go on holiday in 48 days and want to fit comfortably into my bikini, and feel good in it. <BR> <BR> I have mostly been writing blogs for myself to make a mental note of what I am doing and how I getting there. If I any small improv... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:39:13 EST This is me... I'm a 32 year old mom with a full time job. Recently separated, now going through a divorce. <BR> <BR> I figured it time for me to focus on me! So eating right and exercising at a gym and with a personal trainer... Lets see where this goes! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:20:22 EST can't remember how to put weight tracker on This is my third time with sparkpeople hoping to make it stick this time. I can't for the life of me remember how to add a weight tracker. I wish they made it easier to find. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:12:59 EST Trying this out I've been trying to lose weight since the end of 2013, and I'm down about 20 pounds, but I thought I'd try something new. Hopefully I can get my butt in gear and reach my goals this time! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:36:54 EST Are you just starting & don't know where to begin? Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink.... <BR> <BR> Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, w... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:09:54 EST Back Again - Fitness and Fabulousity here we come! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Laura from Scotland. <BR> I was on Spark a few years ago and moved around fitness sites, thought I'd give it a go back here again. <BR> I'm trying to lose about 50lbs and train for some Obstacle Races this summer. <BR> Looking forward to a healthy year. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:54:34 EST Struggling I am 48 years old. I've been on a diet for 6 weeks so far. I gave up soda completely (huge for me as I had become quite addicted), went from sedentary to walking at least 8000 steps per day, and I've lost 12 lbs so far. <BR> However, I am having a hard time with hunger between meals. And I can't figure out how to exercise. Like what exercises and how many and how long and when. I'd welcome any tips. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Karen Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:01:07 EST Now's The Time Joined SparkPeople during the first week of January and have enjoyed all of the activities. I recently retired and have realized that my excess weight is keeping me from doing a lot of the things I had looked forward to in retirement. One of the most important of those is spending time and being active with my young granddaughter. I also would like to do some traveling. Losing this weight and improving my nutrition will allow me to have the energy I need to do and enjoy these things. I look f... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:44:59 EST Official introduction Hi All! My name is Sarah- I'm ready to immerse myself into the Spark world! I have been here before but not at this level with the spark coach guiding my way. Looking forward to reading other's reality with living for health! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:18:49 EST Accountability Features Where is the best place or what is the best feature on SparkPeople to keep yourself accountable? I think that has been one of my downfalls. I have the best of intentions....but don't always keep myself I drift off and go back to my old ways...just because. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:09:45 EST Hi! Hey everyone my name is Kassandra. I am 21 years old. I am going to just keep it short and sweet right here but if you want to know more about me you can read my introduction blog. Feel free to add me I would love to make some motivation buddies on here! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:46:32 EST A little about me Hi I am really excited to be part of this community. When I started my weight loss journey last year I couldn't have imagined what this journey would mean to me and all that I would learn. I am here to continue in my journey and to help others with theirs. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:55:39 EST OCR Addicts? Hi there <BR> <BR> I'm looking to make my newsfeed more interesting <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm looking for lifters who follow programs such as 5/3/1 Stronglifts 5x5, love quoting Rippetoe and Wendler and debating the benefits and setbacks of the different program options out there. Also great if I can find some obstacle course racers. Im a Tough Mudder girl but I plan on doing a few more Spartans and eventually trying out Battlefrog and whatever else fun may come along. <BR> <BR> <em... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:40:09 EST New start Hi all, <BR> In the past I have tried so many times to lose weight. I have often just given up and then got so frustrated and piled on more pounds! <BR> <BR> I did have a profile on here before, but as this is a new start I thought I would make a nice new profile. <BR> <BR> I am on my 5th day of healthy eating and feeling far more in control. It is a lovely feeling. <BR> 2015 is going to be my year. I have said that before but this time I feel ready or something :) <BR> <BR> Anyway just... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:39:14 EST Wrestling for flexibility and strength Looking for adult male wrestlers for recreational wrestling match in Northeast Texas. 40 years old and above with weight of 150 to 170 lbs. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:58:21 EST It's just me:) <em>30</em> <BR> I go many times do I have to lose and gain the same pounds! <BR> This time though, it's for me to feel better about myself and feel better physically. <BR> <BR> I'm a married,57 year old Preschool teacher. <BR> My favorite things to do is play music on piano and guitar, read read read, and watch movies. <BR> <BR> I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren with 1 more on the way! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:32:07 EST Hello Hmm where should I start..... <BR> <BR> Well I guess i should say that I am 5'8 154lbs. i would categorize myself as overweight/skinnyfat. I am a couch potato & get no exercise. I basically sit on my computer all day. I want to try to get my diet in check to lose weight first & then start working out when I get to my goal weight of 135lbs. I guess thats it, wish me luck! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:46:16 EST No more excuses! I want to become fit and healthy. I really enjoyed exercising as a child and still do. Due to some life issues my weight has spiraled out of control. I always have had curves and seem to build muscle, so by being obese I really feel lost, scared and quite frankly overwhelmed. My mantra is No More Excuses. I WANT TO BE THE REAL ME! But I need help to know where to start. I'm hoping that by joining Spark that I found the seeds to plant to succeed. I appreciate the time any spark people take to... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:14:23 EST Trying Again!! I am going to get fit this year. I have lost 120 pounds in the past and had a back injury in which I gained it all back. Sooooo here I go again. I just hope I can find that zone once again. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:32:51 EST Need help to loose wight, mu name is vida and I need help to get to my goal. I need serious help to loose 50 pounds in six month. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:26:23 EST Need help to loose wight, mu name is vida and I need help to get to my goal. I need serious help to loose 50 pounds in six month. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:24:26 EST pjacksonrn1 I am so looking forward totaking this journey towards learning to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle plus losing 20 lbs with your support. I hope to develope long lasting relationships that will encourage and support me!! <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:26:08 EST Looking for spark friends Hi there! My name is Cindy...I am 45 years old and I have 120 pounds to lose...I have such a long way to go...I am trying so hard to just stay focused on just one day at a time...I would love to have some spark to spark or been here forever it doesn't matter to me...I just want to have some support... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:03:39 EST Hello I am a people who eats no matter what I lose 99 pounds 6 years and gained it all back plus 10 more pounds -I lost one of my very best friend- My Father. He used to be there for me...he went through so much medically that all he wanted was me to lose the weight and become healthy. I let him down and myself. I now take care of my mother. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:14:50 EST this will not be a diet but a lifestyle change I am almost 40 and i'm done making excuses. I am ready to get this fat off of me! I'm a mother of 2 great kids and have a wonderful husband. They are great support but none of them struggle with their weight. I am looking for like minded people to support me through this and hold me accountable. I will be glad to do the same. I've tried Weight Watchers and it worked very well until they quit doing the support groups in my area. I've done Healthy Figures which worked great until I decide... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:07:20 EST I am succeeding Hi all, <BR> I am succeeding this time. It is not an option. I've had lots of ups and downs and false starts. No more. I am succeeding this time. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:45:13 EST New! Hi everyone, i just joined SP today!! I am really excited to become part of the community. <BR> <BR> I am on week 3 of the Couch to 5k program and am signed up to run a 5k in March. Hope this will help with inspiration and accountability :) Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:26:34 EST Need Motivation Hi, I am in need of some guidance and most of all motivation....I need to loose 15 pounds, I don't seem to have the motivation to stay away from the wrong foods and exercise.....I have an hour for lunch here at work and I could very well walk for r30 minutes, but I always have an excuse not to do it. I don't know why I can't seem to focus......I have gone through some difficult times and I don't know if that has anything to do with it,,,,any advice will be much appreciated.... <em>39</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:05:43 EST 2 time loser hi everyone.......been gone a year...... im gonna work on my 3rd try losing 60 lbs to go and hope to lose this cigg habit I picked up in st. martin 6 months ago..... thanks for listening Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:03:21 EST Hello Everyone! I'm back to SparkPeople after a few years off. Had some health issues and am now heavier than ever. Going to give this all another try despite arthritis in my back and bursitis in my shoulders. PT helped some, so I'm ready for more! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:02:26 EST Hello, I'm Back Hi SP, <BR> <BR> It's Sharon <BR> <BR> I'm back and living Life Naturally! I'll be posting, right now I'm getting familiar once again. If you are interested in more on My Life Naturally follow here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:32:30 EST 4 months from 40, finally getting on it. Hey! So, I gained about 40 lbs in grad school working hard, writing papers at 3 am with a mug of coffee and a bag of microwave popcorn to stay focused, then going to bed an getting up 3-4 hours later to go to work or school. Which was cool, because once I got my degree, I was going to have time to have a life and work it off. . .yeah. . .I gained more weight instead. I wasn't thrilled about it, but I was and am comfortable with who I am, so there was no rush to drop the weight. I joined 24... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:43:10 EST NOOB, Newbie, New Member...but old hat So, I will start where many of us start... <BR> <BR> I have no self control. <BR> I eat to fill a void. <BR> I am a foodie and I am a food addict! <BR> <BR> I have a LONG history of weight issues. I have been fighting extra pounds my whole life. And even when I was my ideal weight I was flabby. So, here I am still 50 pound over what I am told is healthy. <BR> <BR> I do not remember a time in my life that my mother has not been battling her weight. I watch as she dieted, and worked out, and... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:24:14 EST Mommy in need to loose weight. Hi my name is Lisa & I need help. I'm 29 years old & a mother of 2 (5 & 1) I'm 245 lbs & I have set a long term goal to one day be 160 lbs. I have set some short term goals as well. I want to do this the right way I just don't know where to start. I am a stay at home mom & I know a lot of people think I'm lucky to have all that free time on my hands & I should be able to loose weight in no time, but the truth is I'm always on my feet. I'm always doing something. After putting this weight lose... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:38:33 EST Young Grandma joinging Sparkpeople! Hi all! I've been hearing about this site from my TOPS, (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), team leader who raves about it. My goal is to make my KOPS, (Keeping Of Pound Sensibly), status by our last weigh in for 2014 on December 29. My long term goal is to lose 47 pounds by the end of the year, my short term goal is to lose 24 pounds by the end of June. My even shorter goal is to just take it one day at a time and be positive. <BR> I'm doing this to inspire my family, to have the energy to kee... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:45:49 EST Getting started...AGAIN! Well, I am trying this yet again. Been having a hard time getting myself motivated (and caring about myself enough) to begin. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:30:00 EST Appreciate all Help and Advice I am 51 and just came off of a very stressful year so I need to get back on track. I have a new husband, new job and new address so I am making quite a few adjustments. I always appreciate advice and encouragement. I struggle a little with keeping motivated but hoping this site will keep me focused! (I have gained 15 pounds that I desperately want to shed by my April birthday!) I appreciate all the resources on this website so I think I can do this! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:31:17 EST Getting Back on Track Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on vacation from here literally and now it's time to face reality. I lost 65lbs in 2009 and have kept it off but never finished my goal. Now I have 30 of that back haunting me daily and I am reminded of the hurt and the shortness of breath the extra pounds I had carried before. I am here to set my short term and long term goals to finally reach them and to continue to always challenge myself since I have come to know I love a good challenge. That's where... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:17:31 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Bev, and I've been a lurker here for a while but finally feel brave enough to jump on board. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, but am going to concentrate on one pound at a time. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:24:26 EST Newb Hey everyone, <BR> I am new to this site... I am 26 and I am hoping to lose weight and get in better shape before my wedding in 2016. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:03:08 EST Bumpee Good morning, I am stepping out of my comfort zone in the hopes of gaining support in this journey and offering up any wisdom/experience I may have. I am a nurse and a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a mom and I want to work and learn how to be more available in a healthy way for my family. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:09:04 EST Watusi3 Hi everyone! As of this March I have been with Sparkpeople for 1 year. I have not lost a single pound, infact I have gained 3. I am a 55 year old grandmother. The weight just does not melt off like it did thirty years ago. Oh well I am not giving up yet. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:32:23 EST Hello! Looking for buddies Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly new, but I started over on January 1st. I am doing the best that I have ever done, and I know that I'm in this for the long run. It has been so much easier this time around since I haven't been putting so much pressure on myself. As of right now, I've been tracking food and fitness on MFP. I've tried spark a few times, but I found it hard to get into. I am hoping that it is easier if I get some buddies on here :) SP offers a ton of great things - I would love... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:27:20 EST hi im Phelicia Hi im phelicia...iv been on here once before and life got the best of making some changes in my life and decided this is part of my 3 big changes that i feel will make mine and my familys life goals are <BR> 1) get down to 175 by my anniversary may 26 <BR> 2) get down to 160 by july <BR> I will be starting school in march so i will be a working mother and going to school....wish me luck Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:13:50 EST Support Hey everyone Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:09:18 EST Low Carb I eat low carb and I have lost 35# since April 28, i got off track the past couple of months with going on a cruise and the holidays and ready to get serious to get off about 30 more #'s. Does anyone else do low carb on this site. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jody Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:51:31 EST good morning! Good morning all! I just created a new sparkpeople account and I'm ready to make some serious changes! Can you recommend a good group or challenge to join? <em>41</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:12:06 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST pre type 2 diabetic , Newbie I am 43 yrs old, recently found out that I am pre diabetic type 2..... if I don't start making right choices I am doomed.... <em>24</em> . I have made changes in my diet, and started walking 1 mile everyday. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:22:52 EST 14 down, 52 to go Hi Everyone, I'm Amanda. <BR> <BR> After many failed attempts to get my weight under control, a diabetes scare gave me the good hard kick in the seat I needed to stick to it. Thankfully the tests came back good, but I'm not going to that be an excuse to ease up, I'm in this for the long haul! I've looked at my past efforts, and I see where my weak points are and planned ahead to make sure they don't sabotage me again! I was using NOOM Coach and was having great success with it but I wanted ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:02:56 EST Newbie I've lurked around the site for a couple of months. New things tend to overwhelm me so I've stayed quiet and hidden. But I guess its time to come out of the corner and using this to actually help me. A little about me, i'm 37, and fat. There I said it. I am Fat. I hate being fat so I am just hoping being active here will help me stay more motivated and less discouraged. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:14:40 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST New to Sparkpeople and Diabetes Type II Hello and thank you for reading this. I am a newly diagnosed diabetic as of December 29th. I ended up in the ER with many symptoms due to a blood glucose reading of 509. I was shocked. I am learning to control it with sparkpeople and the blood glucose logbook app and web page. I have lost 30 pounds and I hope to lose 50 more. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:10:58 EST New and want to Lose 50 by June HI My name is jeannie <BR> <BR> I am looking to lose 50 lbs by June when my hubby and I get to go to Cabo with another couple. I want to be my best for my hubby. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:46:51 EST (Not So) New Member Hi there - my name is Clare. I'm 33 years old (soon to be 34). This is actually my second "real" time on SparkPeople. I had a lot of success learning how to eat heathily about 7 years ago (gasp!). A lot has happened since then - I got married, I had a baby, I finished my MBA (at night), and also gained about 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> My main concern is just keeping myself honest with not eating out too much and trying to fit in exercise when I can. A lot changes in 7 years on SP, too! I am lovin... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:30:26 EST Hi! Sticking to realistic expectations... Hi. I am hoping that a community of others trying stay or get healthier will be inspiring. I have been fortunate to be able to manage weight until early forties. Now that I am 49 and dealing with osteoarthritis and lower metabolism, it has become much more difficult to maintain. I could lose 15-20 lbs. I have been doing power yoga 3x wk for about a year but not a whole lot of cardio. I think I need to really lower the calorie intake more to really lose any ( approx. 1300 cal. a day) al... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:41:29 EST Convinced that 3rd Time will be the Charm Through no fault of this excellent website and healthy living resource, I am back for the 3rd time after gaining back much of the weight SparkPeople has helped me lose. Now older and wiser, I am hoping that with the help of this site and the community backing it, I will realize total success in reaching my weight loss and healthy living goals. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:29:04 EST My first day Hi, my name is Andrea and this is my first day on sparkpeople. I'm doing the meta small changes challenge. I like it so far because the goals are simple and realistic. So far I like this better than the other fitness app I was using. If anyone would like to support buddies, that would be awesome. Let's make 2015 a year for positive changes and making support buddies. Excited to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Andrea Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:33:29 EST Great First Week. Counted calories and every bite I ate I put it on my food tracker. Cut out soft drinks and drank 70 ounces of water a day. Weighted today and down over 5 pounds! Here goes week two! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:25:54 EST Not Really New.. I made this account last year, and immediately forgot about it. I recently saw something on Pinterest that sparked my interest to come back. I'm 22, 5'4", and 166 lbs. Spark set me a goal of 133 lbs by September. My non-scale goals are to run a half marathon, do a tough mudder, and eventually train and complete a Spartan race. <BR> <BR> I'd love to make new friends and find support buddies! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:23:27 EST new member getting back into working out Hello everyone I'm Elizabeth and im getting back into working out and getting myself back in shape! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:52:37 EST New member Looking to lose 100 pounds. Was ill and lost my ability to walk for a while. Put on a lot of weight. Able to move better now so with the help of these tools I am looking to live a healthier life. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:50:34 EST New member Looking to lose 100 pounds. Was ill and lost my ability to walk for a while. Put on a lot of weight. Able to move better now so with the help of these tools I am looking to live a healthier life. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:38 EST First timer! One year to 40!!! Hi, everyone! I'm new to this site and found it by accident :-) <BR> <BR> Today is exactly 1 year to my 40th birthday - YIKES! I've decided to take this year by the horns and reach the hilltop in my best shape ever! I have the mentality of a 25 year old (I try to be a fun mom), but I definitely have the body of an overly busy, never take time for myself, mom of 2. I'm ready to change that - for myself and for my family. I'm not obese, but I'm not fit. I want to be as happy with my outsides a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:43:48 EST Previous member, new name and challenges Hi again. I was a member several years back and had great success in losing weight and getting healthy. Back then I was EclecticCelt think. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today. Due to injuries from a car accident 2 years ago I had some major mobility issues for a long time and started putting some weight back on gradually. Then I quit smoking and more came back. I am still struggling with chronic pain but know I have to get back in to some fitness routine before I gain back ALL the weight I ha... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:33:34 EST Week 2/Newbie My name is Kimber. I just started my weight loss and health journey last week. I lost 2.5 pounds. Mostly it has been trial and error with meal plans and exercise. I am a single mom to an amazing soon to be four year old. I just graduated college. I want to be healthier and enjoy my life more to the fullest. I don't just want to lose weight, I want to gain a sense of self. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:09:27 EST HI-can't seem to make myself exercise Hi, I just started this one week ago. I do love it!! I just can't seem to make myself find the time to exercise! How do you do it?????? Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:35:02 EST Hi Good Morning, <BR> I am new to this, especially when it come to dieting.... My goal is to lose 30lbs, I am pretty active - I have a 4 yr old and 1 yr old. I have never been good at dieting or watching what I eat, but it seems since I had my boys my body has changed and I am having no luck on loosing weight and I am really starting to get frustrated. <BR> One catch is I have a desk job and sit all day, I do bring my lunch and snacks to work and rarely go out to eat. My lunch always seems... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:29:51 EST New Member Hi my name is Pat Reynolds and I just found this site and so far it's very exciting! I have 60 pounds to lose and have been very depressed since I broke my ankle about a year ago and am finding it hard to get motivated to exercise since I am always in pain. But I plan to overcome this this year. I am looking for any advise on some low impact exercises. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:17 EST Hello! I haven't been on since last year, but I'm going to make an effort to log in every day, so that I can get inspiration from you! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:40:50 EST Trying to practice what I preach Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site, I'm finding it a little confusing -- but I am sure I will get use to it soon. <BR> <BR> I've lost a lot of weight several years ago (5 years ago to be exact, over 100 lbs), but I've been slowly gaining some of it back. I don't want to go back to where I was so I am motivated to lose the recent weight I have gained back and more. <BR> <BR> I'm in a helping profession where I work with individuals with low self-esteem and struggle with self-care, t... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:21:09 EST Tess2k9 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST Returning to a healthier me I am also returning after more than a year. I need to keep myself accountable. I need to do this for health reasons also. I am looking into using NutriSystem also.... Any suggestions with that? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:40:15 EST Trying to be a better me! Hi! I've joined spark people to try and build some healthier habits. I have been gaining weight and I don't feel very good about myself or my body, and I want to learn how to take better care of myself and start feeling better. I've heard great things about the site and I am really looking forward to making lasting changes! <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:58:07 EST Got lost for a while, need help getting ME back! I am 52 year old female that use to work out and be in good shape. I've lost my way over the past couple years. Lost my dad to cancer two years ago and then have had my own cancer battle. I need to get back into a solid workout routine ! I'm having no luck getting there on my own. I know I'll feel better about everything if I just get myself going again!! I'd love some help Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:19:52 EST Fish and Veggies and Quinoa... OH MY! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Vanessa and I am about to start my fitness regimen once again. For some reason I cannot go the whole year without stopping. THIS is MY year. I am NOT going to stop. I want to be able to see what my body can do and of course I want to see how it can look. <BR> <BR> I am going to do my regular spinning classes 3x a week with weight training 2x a week. When I was doing this last year, it was the best I have looked in a long time. OI course, I was eating ver... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:57:47 EST working hard to make a change I have the goal of climbing Mt. Katahdin next year. I am tired of being overweight and stressed out. I have a very high stress job and have work related goals that often feel impossible to achieve. Sometimes that stress makes me depressed and I just kind of shut down and self destruct. I have figured this out about myself and I want to change that pattern. I think being healthier and more organized should help me handle the stress I face at the job and keep me working hard to reach all m... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:30:39 EST For the Tank Tops and Skinny Jeans! My highest weight ever was 215 lbs at just 14 years old. When I was 17, I decided I would begin to lose the weight that held me back and haunted me for my entire life. I lost 95 lbs and was very happy! But then I let myself fall back into old habits and gained back almost 15 lbs. I want to finish losing the last bit of this weight so I cal finally wear tank tops and skinny jeans without feeling self conscious! I just want to feel good about myself. I want to reach at least close to my goal we... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:28:10 EST Shocked and appalled at my weight! Hello everyone. I was introduced by a very good friend of mine. I decided to join because I recently admitted the fact that I am fat. I weight 170 lbs am now wearing size 14-16. I am not happy and now I have to do something about it. I am a 44 years old mother of 4 and I want to get this weight issue under control before it is too late. I have spent the past two days on the site and I really believe that this is the place for me. Thank you all for being who you are and sharing your spa... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:27:21 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:56 EST Hello everyone I am needing support for this long awaited goal of finally keeping the weight off. I always seem to start out strong then I manage to let other peoples needs come first and my weight always seems to suffer. I am on a much needed journey for myself. I need to be healthy both physically and emotionally. I just know I need this for me. I hope this is a good start of something that will last for me. Hope you all have a good day and thank you in advance for any advice! <BR> Thank you <BR> Ma... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:33:08 EST I am back and plan to stay My names Keli and I was on this site a while back and lost 30lbs, then sadly gained it back when I lost track during the holidays. I am back now even more motivated. I can not let the fact last time I fell off track get me down! I am happily married to a very supportive man and we are ready to start trying to conceive. I am so ready to see what's in store for me. Looking for great friends and motivation to stay on track. It easier and very rewarding to find a site where I am NOT alone. I look... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:25:37 EST Hi everyone I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I am looking for weight loss buddies. I'm hoping to be part of a support group that will help each other stay motivated. I'm a female in my fourties and finding that it is much more difficult to stay thin at middle age. I have a sedentary job with long hours. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:34:52 EST Hello Just introducing myself. Don't really like tracking but am going to give it a try to see if it will help me lose weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:39:08 EST Hi starting over on this long journey Hi guys and girls my name is Amanda. I have decided to take this journey and change my life. To live a long and full life not only for myself and my family but for my boyfriend as well. I want to be around to watch my nephews Conner and Mason grow up. I have always struggle with weight loss and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Looking for some friends to help me stay on track and stay motivated. Hope you guys have a wonderful and blessed day!! <BR> <BR> Keep Calm and Spark... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:15:54 EST I'm starting over! Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm restarting SparkPeople and sticking with it this time! I tried it last year, liked it and then life became crazier... same old story. I want to reach my goals. Weight loss is one of them (a substantial one) but there are several others - finding a job I love, moving, etc. 2015 is going to be full of positive changes! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:46:02 EST Here we go again! I made a half-hearted start at SparkPeople last year ... lost weight, but gained it back, plus, of course, after losing my connection to the regime. This time, I am blogging, to hold myself accountable. But I also need FRIENDS. No more anonymity. Day 3 and three blog posts. Today's is a reflection on the re-cycling winters of our discontent. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Join me in my quest to keep summer in my heart. -- Terryism Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:45:13 EST Here we go!! Good morning!! <BR> I am super excited to be trying Sparkpeople. I want to lose 35 pounds to feel better! I love exercise-walking and weight training, but I don't watch my calorie intake enough-portion sizes, etc. <BR> I would like to build some new, good habits this year!! <BR> I am really looking forward to talking to more people on this board and accomplishing this goal!! <BR> <BR> Barb <em>521</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:21:55 EST HELLO!! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm giving myself another chance at life, because I will NEVER lose HOPE as to one day get back to my regular weight, (I need to lose 90 pounds, at least). Through-out the last 4 years I get on a goal to lose weight and I do, but then I am very irresponsible and gain it all back up. But now the weight has affected my health and having 3 amazing kids I need to fight back for my health! I plan on loosing the weight and keeping it off for sure with permanent lifestyle changes.... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 01:54:52 EST Hello Hello I'm new to spark people... I registered in 2012 but really never committed to it. I was introduced by a friend and I registered but never actually got in. Now I'm here again and really ready to commit. I don't have support in my weight lost battle so I came on her for help. Just don't know what to expect. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:59:40 EST New here, again. I started here in March, 2013 and due to life circumstances I put my health on the back burner. I all but gave up on everything and have gained 30 pounds on top of the 100 or so I already had to lose so here I am again! <BR> <BR> I am in a different frame of mind this time and have some solid goals to achieve, a half-marathon if my knees agree, and I'm ready to do what it takes to lose this weight forever! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:28:15 EST new on the block Hi my name is Ginette , and I have decided that I need help with losing weight as well as staying motivated to reach my goal. Hi everyone looking forward to success. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:58:09 EST Hello&#128513; I have never posted on a message board before so I'm a little nervous. I have dieted on and off for many years and really am hoping to find something that "clicks". I am hoping to lose 50 pounds by my son's August wedding. Any tips, tricks and ideas wou <BR> D be greatly appreciated. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:20:52 EST First Timer Just started SparkPeople yesterday and I have to say, I'm really enjoying reading through the site. I've decided (once again) to try healthier eating and daily exercise. I made progress today when my hubby suggested a Stromboli for dinner....I opted for a buffalo chicken wrap and only ate half. I'll save the other half for tomorrow....that's a good start, right? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:18:09 EST Hello There! Hi All - <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! My resolution this year? Not to spend one more dollar on a crazy eating plan that doesn't fit ME and my lifestyle. If I could add up how much money I've spent in my lifetime on books, plans, foods, etc. it would be enough to buy a Honda Fit, I'm sure!!! <BR> <BR> It's time to get back to basics. Stick to my calorie limit with wholesome healthy filling food and get activity everyday. <BR> <BR> I'm making this commitment to myself. Have a great weekend ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:07:24 EST Hi! Hi! I'm new! I've been on SparkPeople before, but it's never really "stuck." <BR> <BR> I'm determined this time to make a change for the better. Something has clicked in me and I really want it to work. <BR> <BR> I have 41 lbs to lose and SparkPeople says it's possible to lose it by June 1st, so we will see! <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom, 7th grade teacher, and graduate student. I'm also really involved in Church. Because I stay so busy, it's hard to fit anything else into my schedule. Tips a... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:00:56 EST Looking forward to next week I'm a newbi <em>9</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:25:30 EST Making my "One Days" come true! Hi, my name is Deanna. I finally have reached the point that I'm mentally, emotionally ready to begin the journey to change my life. I decided that this year would be the year that my "One Days" came to true. I've been saying one day I'm going to lose this weight along with other ONE DAY dreams. SO here I am to begin the process to fulfill this ONE DAY goal. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:57:17 EST A New Beginning Here I am in the same place as last year, and the year before and Im not giving up on myself. I want/ need to lose weight. Most importantly for my help health. All encouragement to stick with it welcome. Thanks. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:27:51 EST I'm Going to Do This -- Really Healthy for most of my life and yet the last few years I've wrestled a brain tumor, bad medicine, the real negative effects of brain tumor bad medicine, a fall that broke a lot of me, new knees, had my right eye removed, and a host of other surgeries and repairs. Yet, out of all of this the thing that has bothered me the most was my increasing weight. I was able to set out a plan of recovery, survive and conquer everything else, against all odds; but put a cookie in front of me and I caved... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:48:02 EST Who am I? No, really. This journey is about finding who the new me is. And who I want to be. I want to be fit, healthy, up for anything. Not afraid to fail, more afraid to NOT try. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:35:40 EST Snowed in! Hi there, <BR> <BR> My name is Memmy and I am 32! <BR> female - living in frosty Canada. <BR> I have done this before and never really gave it my 100% <BR> I even had a personal trainer for 5 months and succeeded BIG TIME! <BR> I loved my body back then.February 2012 I met my bestest friend and now almost husband. At that time I sort of stopped doing the healthy thing :) and slowly the fat/jiggle/pounds added up. He has a physical job and is not fat - he is actually kind of thin. <BR> I on... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:14:14 EST old jeans Hi, my name is Kimberly, I spent my whole life heavy and sad and lazy. Just four years ago I made a big change and started exercising and eating better. I dropped 67lbs in about a year and a half. I was feeling pretty good. Got down to tight size 16 and 193lbs at my lowest. Its now 2 years later and I'm back up 40ish pounds. A size 22/24 which is the size I started at. I've lost a lot of my strength and endurance. It's like starting all over again.. I keep starting over. I'm so sic... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:12:24 EST Hi there, my name is Angela and I am new to Spark I am feeling pretty excited about my journey and what it will uncover for me. I am looking to remove about 45 pounds and gain good health, confidence and maybe some new friend along the way. Over the years I had developed an addition to Starbucks scones and I am breaking that addiction. I refuse to be a slave to that unhealthy sugery sweetness that does not serve me. I am breaking free of these chains and would love some support and maybe a few recommendations for some snacks. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:56:11 EST Again.... I'm at it again...hopeful that it's the last time. I'm one of "those people" who hate exercising more than almost anything. When I made the commitment to do this, I made a goal to exercise 5 days a week, first thing in the excuses. I just finished my fifth consecutive day of fitness and I feel great. <BR> I also made a goal of learning to deal with food in a rational way...not depriving myself of the foods I love, but trying to learn to adjust portions so I can make it a way... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:33:44 EST Howdy everyone :) I've been off an on this website for about a year now but have been to afraid to actualy post somthing. I have managed to go from 270lbs to 220lbs 3 years ago and have been stuck there ever since. Im hoping that the spark people comunity will help me stay on track because the friends who helped me are now out of my life and the ones I have now are not helpful with weight loss and fitness goals. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:14:49 EST New in northern Cache Valley Hi! My dietician suggested SparkPeople to me. It looks awesome! I lost 20 pounds and maintained thru the holidays. I want to lose 20-25 more. I joined a gym and LOVE to jog in the water. Gotta keep going. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:08:05 EST Tired of beginning but never finishing I love and appreciate the blessing of new beginnings. It means Im still alive and God is still blessing me. However, in my 20 years of fighting the weight loss battle, I have never finished a round. I am glad to announce that this new beginning will have a happy ending! Thanks for your support. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:33:50 EST 3 days in...and I got a whole year? Oh Man.... 3 days in and I thought I would really cut my calories in half but only thing I notice is that I tried not to eat a whole lot and nothing in between meals just my meals and I made smarter choices. When McDonalds was calling out to me as I drove by, I ignored them and I have drank nothing but water. I was beating myself up yesterday because I was disappointed in myself but maybe little steps is what I need. My doctor told me not to tell myself I need to lose 80 pounds, but just lose 10 pounds... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:13:53 EST I am praying this works out Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Morgan. I have lost weight many times before but I always put it back on. Most times I am losing and gaining the same 10 pounds. Weight has been an issue for me my entire life. Sometimes I want to give up and just eat everything. So to be honest, my eating habits are the issue. I really like food :) <BR> <BR> I really hope spark people can help me. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:07:26 EST Hi everyone I'm Marissa and I'm new here. I am 18 years old and I have a little son who is 10 months. He is my joy. Here to start my weightloss journey little steps at a time this year and for the rest of my life. I am very excited to get healthy and fit and be a great romodel to my son. I have a long road ahead of me but i know i could this with all of you to <em>306</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:51:44 EST calories are my problem Hi everyone I am having trouble with keeping my calorie count in the range listed. Any idea will help me stay in that area. I exercise most of the calorie i take in off but still need to reduce calories. please give ideas thank you Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:41:26 EST first timer I joined SparkPeople in June and have just gotten motivated to start! Unfortunately I've never been very dedicated when it comes to exercise and healthy eating. I start full force but after a few weeks I slack off, mainly because I need encouragement. I'm not saying my family isn't (married for 20 years with two kiddo's) but they don't push me when they see me slack off....which isn't there fault. I just feel that if I join some sort of group I will MAKE myself be held accountable because I'l... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:49:13 EST I'm a newbie Hello everyone! My name is Jo and I started on the road to weight loss on January 1st [as I do every January 1st]. This time, I hope it sticks!! I've done well for a week and then sabotaged myself bigtime last night. I honestly posted the foods I ate and am back on track today, but, why do we do this to ourselves when we are having success? I need someone to stand in the kitchen door to bar my entrance late at night! Thank you all for being out there - I know that I'm not alone in my qu... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:13:50 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and my goals are to lose approximately 95 lbs, feel better, look better, and learn to have a healthier lifestyle. I like what I see so far and am looking forward to exploring more. <em>213</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:08:50 EST Post 01: Starting Fresh Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Maria and I have a confession to make. I suck at online blogs and communities! Hence why I have left this step of the process for last. I feel like there's so much that I don't know how to navigate it, ends up being overwhelming and then I give up. <BR> <BR> Well, this time Im giving it an honest try so I hope you welcome me and are patient if I don't reply quickly. <BR> <BR> Im resolved to kick butt this year, but different from all the millions of time bef... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:58:35 EST Let it go let it go! Hi am new to spark recently just signed up last night not too sure how this works looking to find friends to help me out with this page I would like to also help you out with anything and everything you need in categories let's strive to survive.feel free to send me an email Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:02:11 EST Newbie I'm new to this so it will be interesting. I really don't like to exercise but I know I need to and my clothes are not fitting and I love food! So begins the adventure -- with your help maybe I can accomplish my goals! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:08:37 EST Hallo Everyone my name is Ronel. I'm a 36 year old mum from new zealand. I am married and have two teen girls. I have set a goal for myself this year to lose 20 kg and need all the help and support I can get. So, I'm putting myself out there if anyone is interested to buddy up with me on my long journey to shake it off. My weight is 102 kg as of this morning. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:39:44 EST I'm here! Hi all, from Florida! New here, like many of you. Finding this website really awesome. I like it SO much better than WW. My hubs has been really ill the last two years, and so my focus has been on him, but it's time to refocus on ME! So here I am, making this work this time! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:18:09 EST New Year, differently motivated This isn't my first trip to the SP website, and certainly not my first go with losing weight. I'm recently without kids, two in college and one out on his own prepping for his wedding. I'm relearning all the things I thought I already knew. This past year I made some major headway with the mental part of losing weight, and gave up on trendy fixes. This year I'm facing my weight in a new way called - measure servings and count calories (what a novel concept) and I've opted to give up prepa... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:04:57 EST newbie i started using SP monday and i am so excitted. I tried using it years ago but didnt stick with it. I live in VB , i am 36 yrs old and i am looking to lose and KEEP off 60-70 pounds. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:23:20 EST Searching for support I need to lose 30 pounds but I have a hard time staying on track. I am looking for support from others who have had this problem but has been able to overcome this. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:10:02 EST my name is tammy hello everyone!!! MY NAME IS TAMMY, I AM MAKING A HUGH EFFORT TO GET BACK IN SHAPE AFTER A CAR WRECK THAT TOOK THREE YEARS TO FINALLY GET BACK INTO A WORLD WITH LESS DR VISITS. STILL HAVE MORE SURGRIES TO GO BUT I GAINED 100 PLUS LBS IN THE 3 YEARS THAT I WAS UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO A TRAINER AND AM WORKING ON GETTING BACK IN SHAPE AND LOSING WIEGHT AND PROVING ALL MY DRS WRONG... THANKS Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:44:19 EST This is IT! Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST new here My name is Pam. I am a wife, mother,grandmother and great grandma. I love photogra phy,sewing and writing. Glad to be here Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:25:43 EST Midwife on Board Back on Spark people after being away for a few years...Should have never left! Now, after doing a 21 day "cleanse" i.e. reboot for my metabolism, and losing 22 # with Trim Healthy Mama eating style I am back to keep the healthy lifestyle going with spark people tools. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:27:16 EST New here - picking up the pieces after Atkins... Hello! I am new to Spark People, and spent most of last year eating whatever) I felt like after a very intense two years on the Atkins program. I lost a lot of weight, but it was so strict and not sustainable for me at all. I completely gave up, and went way overboard and here I am wanting to lose 41 pounds. I felt so deprived and obsessed on Atkins, and last week I found the Chris Powell carb cycling book and started it. It seems to be far more manageable for me, and my goal date is Ma... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:03:30 EST Mother of 2. 40 lbs to lose... Confidence to gain! I don't know what happened. I used to not care what anyone thought of me... Was that before I got pregnant or was that before I had my babies? Or did I become so self conscious because I stay at home and don't really have any friends... I feel like I can't look at anyone in their eyes, like I'm always awkward. I feel like I hardly talk because I'm always afraid I'm going to say something stupid. I used to just not care!! I used to just be myself..., but who am I? I have no idea anymore.... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:49:10 EST Seneca Falls,NY any one in my area looking for an exercise Buddy? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:44:57 EST Cousin brought over home made goodies. I could have just died. My cousin who is the baker of the family stopped by to drop off stuff she made for the holidays. I was sick so I didn't see her for our annual Christmas celebration. I told my son to remove them but I snuck some before he did. I was depressed the rest of the night. <BR> <BR> I am so weak, but what I learned is that I just can't have the stuff sitting around. Out of sight out of mind. <BR> <BR> I have to push myself to do even better today. Why can't they sell willpow... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:53:28 EST SAHM looking for support Hi!, I am a stay at home mom of 2, with 3 step children (grown). I am trying to lose 10 more pounds, I've lost 8 so far! WE have horses and love to ride, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. My biggest challenge is eating when I'm tired and anxious. I still get up a lot during the night with our toddler and feel tired very often! I am starting the year out very positive and hope to find some encouragement here to meet my weight loss goal and maintain a healthy weight! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:26:37 EST new today Hi. Newly retired and need to lose a bunch! Moved to a 55-plus and we have a fitness center with an indoor pool. I have been up to exercise almost every day. Aim to get stronger and lose, but hard cause I have a block that weight loss to me means sick and cancer. Also a real sweet tooth. REALLY want this but scared. I also never lost weight because no matter how much I lose I am ugly at any weight, so see no difference--just a fact of my life. Also have big belly--drink water-one gla... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:30:59 EST Hi there Hi! I'm Amira. I'm from Alexandria, Egypt. I'm 37. I'm married and have no children. I'm a returning member, but the site looks really different now. <BR> I would like to reach 64 kg before the end of this year. <BR> Please come visit my page and add me as your Spark Friend. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:19:30 EST Been Here,Done that and Back AGAIN!!! Hello All! I'm returning once again. I joined sparkpeople a few years back and now its that time again to lose weight! I have been yo-yo dieting for the past 2 or so years and just getting fed up of not being comfortable in my own skin, not fitting my clothes, feeling lesser than. Its time for a change..a makeover. Now I know its not a walk in the park but I know I need to get back in shape and healthy. I have one husband lol and one son, a 6 year old. I really want to feel better about mysel... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:32:26 EST motivation doesn't come easy Intoduce myself, lets see about 60# over weight. Need motivation everyday because its so much nicer to lay on the couch and read. I've tried many different programs and quit because they are too expensive. Doesn't help in the long run. Found this site and its not much different than everything else, and has a big benifit of cooking ur own food. Prepackaged food is not so good. And I'm allergic to coconut so it's hard finding a premade supplier that doesnt use coconut in some way. Well thats a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:22:07 EST Introduction Hi, new here and looking to make some life changes. I'm 50+ with a few health problems. I want to get healthy to enjoy the best years of my life with my soul mate and grandchildren. I look forward to learning and sharing with others. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:12:08 EST Time for change I am 71 and want to get back into my running. I learned when it got real hard to run during marathons - that I needed to put one foot in front of the other and push pass the discomfort. And then I would get to the finish line and be proud of my achievement! Now I must drop 45 lbs and hope to use the same thinking to reach my goal. Instead of 1 foot in front of the other - I remind myself that everyday I have a chance to meet my goals. <BR> <BR> I welcome any support - any age group. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:39:09 EST Starting Again Hello well here I am starting the diet again. I have lost 75 lbs then do to stress of a job and family I started gaining it back again. When walking up a flight of stairs gets me out of breath it is time to adjust my diet, now that life is much less stressful and want to enjoy playing with my grandbabies and my husband. Any and all encouragement and guidance will be welcomed. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:21:11 EST Newbie Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined sparks and glad to do so. I am a diabetic and also have high cholesterol. Since I had knee cap replacement I am limited to certain exexcise. as well. but with persistence I walk the dogs everyday weather permitting. I"m talking about Calgary weather. Happy to be on board. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:10:55 EST sharonagibson Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST Brand new!! Hello everyone! My name is Andrea and I am brand new to this site.....and am at a place of starting to eat clean, track calories and add exercise. Wish me luck and perseverance as I do for you!! Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:08:40 EST Hello it's me..Diane Im a 57 yr old me, from Massachusetts. I've been on the skinny side of life several times and back to the fat side like an elastic, I know what works for me and what doesn't. I refrain from discussing this with anyone outside of this sort of circle because, well, you know, everyone's an expert and everyone knows what I should and shouldn't eat. I do not like people telling me what to eat and what not to eat, so I keep it to myself. Everyone is different and what works for one, will not work f... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:07:52 EST