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 Down 215 lbs with no surgery Hi, I'm Bry. I lost 200 lbs without surgery. I used a Gastric Bypass ALTERNATIVE regimen. The regimen came with Anti-craving which helped dramatically to reduce my hunger and need to snack late at night. It wasn't an easy process but it was worth it. For an all natural regimen, it definitely did as promised and I have never been happier or healthier. I always recommend it to anyone who wants and needs to lose weight. I continue to use this product until I reach my goal of 170 lbs. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:14:36 EST Day 1...I'm a newbie! Hello All! I'm new here ... it's my first day! My name is Michelle, I'm 44 and my weight has fluctuated the majority of my life! Back in 2009, I did WW Momentum and was extremely focused. I ended up losing 90 pounds and hit my goal, but still felt fat! Over the years between stress, break-ups and just every day life...I gained back 55 of the 90 pounds. I've noticed what worked before I was 40, does not seem to be working now! I think we all know portion control, healthy food choices and more ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:34:25 EST Making the changes stick Hi everyone! I dropped off the SP site a few years back, but at my current stage of life I'm realizing if I don't care of myself there are penalties to pay. I tend to work well in structured environments (according to my wife!) so she's encouraged me to get back on track. So far, so good. Best wishes to you in your journeys! Jim Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:03:33 EST Curious and Don't Know ... I just joined, and put in a weight - although I don't have a clue what I weigh. We have been on an extended vacation for nearly two month as a celebration of my husband's retirement. I have really let my hair down and have eaten my way through our time away. In order to make a beginning, I have set things in motion. I am guessing all the way. I am curious. Weigh in when I get to follow. Almost time to pay for my play! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:12:16 EST Trying today so I'm trying to decide if tracking on here or online weight watchers is easier or better. Been tracking on we for a week. Tracked on here first time. Any suggestions? Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:07:07 EST Hello again! I was on Spark people quite a few years ago. I lost 60 lbs in 2009, but have gained and lost twice since then due to life getting in the way. Last year I had managed to stay around 140, but gained a bunch of weight back because I had a rib/spine injury and was very depressed due to being off work, going through a divorce and not being able to workout. I'm pretty determined to once and for all get things back under control and I realized the emotional eating has to stop. This time I want to lo... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:10:02 EST at all-time high (not the good kind, either) Hi. I've come back to SparkPeople because I was successful last time. I really liked the menus and the tracking. Hopefully, this time will work, too. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:25:16 EST STARTING OVER AGAIN How many times do I have to start over before I get serious about this. I get motivated, try really hard for about 3 weeks then that is it, I am back to my old way. I really want to lose weight and feel better, I have set up a home gym down stairs, I have all the info I need right here, so what is the problem, someone please help. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:14:18 EST Newbie Spark Not so new to counting calories, but I am fairly new to this site. Lurked a few times, but finding out the app works on my old phone made me sign up. About time I get back into making better choices! Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:56:21 EST Am I crazy to start now? Boy is this a bad time of year to lose some of this excess weight! Got a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and another on Friday. Then start baking for Xmas. I've got 30 lbs to lose, so I'll keep on tracking. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:50:27 EST New to SparkPeople <BR> I'm 54, male, and trying to lose 30 lbs (230->200). I also just suffered by first gout attack. It was so painful I went to the emergency room thinking I had broken my foot. So I'm also trying to eat carefully to keep my uric acid levels under control. <BR> <BR> I used to be a member of a competitor's site, but gave that up when I got close to my target weight. Of course the weight has since gradually piled back on <em>39</em> . <BR> <BR> I have nothing against the other site. I... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:20:41 EST my first week on SparkPeople Hi to all the Spark Family!! <BR> <BR> So glad to have found the SparkPeople website and have already seen benefits from just a week of participation. I am 53 and have fought my weight and the scales for most of my life. Years of yo-yo dieting, fast weight loss and regain plus sporadic workouts have confused my body. I look forward to learning new skills to regain my health, become fit and mindfully make good food choices. <BR> <BR> Good health and Happy Thanksgiving to all! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:05:00 EST Starting Over Hi all, <BR> thought I had done this a few days ago. I was part of sparkpeople years ago and let it go. Well I'm back and heavier than ever but also more motivated; 2 new hips will do that. Now that I can walk and move again I have to regain my stamina -it's very low currently. Looking forward to sparking every day. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:11:19 EST New here! I'm brand new to SP -- like signed up 20 minutes ago brand new. Does anyone have any tips for a newbie getting started? I'm looking to restart what had been a pretty solid fitness routine after a summer that saw a major (though positive) job shift and a cross-country move. :) Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:56:23 EST Rejoining :) Hello, all. <BR> <BR> I'm rejoining after a much-too-long hiatus from general fitness activity. I've joined a local gym (along with my 13 year old daughter, who will happily drag me out of the house so she can go swim in the pool there while I hit the weight room), I've cleared out the house of most junk foods, and am ready to go! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:31:49 EST Returning former spark member I started over from scratch back to the beginning so I can get a fresh start. I need to lose 30 to 35 pounds. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I exercise and it doesn't seem to be doing much. I believe the being over fifty has a lot to do with it and I think I need to track my food this time. I am looking forward to a fresh start. I am on day 10. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:53:23 EST Anyone doing Medifast? Just thought it would be fun to share with someone else who is trying to do the 5 and 1 plan (5 medifast meals) and one Lean and Green meal. I just started about 3-4 days ago, but have started cheating a bit already. I lost 3 lbs. the first day and got too lax, and put a bit too much regular food into each day. Scale naturally goes back up. I've been good today but craving something salty! We shall see if I will succumb ... maybe I can get pop corners, they are low in calories. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:24:12 EST Just saying Hi. Hello everybody! Glad to be a part of the Sparkpeople community and looking forward to losing weight and having tons of fun at the same time. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:57:35 EST Endometriosis Diet Hello, I have joined spark people to help track my goal of sticking to the endo Diet. I have endometriosis and its become so debilitating that I have 3 options at the moment. one start another round of lupron (which is chemo therapy) 2. have surgery, or 3. Start the endo diet, the idea is what you eat contains prostoglandins and toxins that can either help shrink or reduce inflammation of the endo growth or add to it and make it worse and grow. Out of the 3 choices I choose to make a MAJOR li... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:47:01 EST Weight Gain Hi Folks, I couldn't find the place to write this, so I hope it's okay that I leave a message here. I have stayed on my plan very well for two days and gained two lbs. yesterday. I'm eating the lower end of my allotted calories. Does any one have any suggestions? Thanks Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:23:04 EST Please help I would like to know how to respond to peoples introductions. I can't figure it out. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:46:03 EST This mama is ready to lose the 30lbs! Hi there! I am a new mom of a 6 month old and ready to get back my pre-baby body. I recently finished breastfeeding and have continued to eat food as if I'm feeding 2. My goal is to lose 30lbs and do it slowly, so I don't yoyo diet. I'm ready for a lifestyle change but will really need the support of this community and any other moms who were as shocked as I am of how hard it is to lose the baby weight. Thanks for the support! Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:34:50 EST back again I am back again, my dietary habits have become unmanageable.. I want to do better but lack the motivation... any suggestions.. i did start logging in my food and drinks Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:06:50 EST really trying to get this going 58 still very active in my job pretty physically challenging, however somehow carrying an extra 30-40 lbs. I love to eat but I am battling Cancer, the cancer is in a holding pattern. I participate in a clinical trial in Bethesda, MD my Dr tells me losing weight would be a big help in fighting the cancer. I have 2 daughters and a life partner who I would really like to be around for. I feel fine, but would like a lot more energy and to behealthier from within. I just dont really know how to s... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:38:44 EST Hello (returning to spark) Hello my name is Shann and I am returning to Spark. My sister and I were on the phone and talking about our health weight issues... it has been a long time and she said she was using I thought I should try it again. <BR> <BR> I work out with my friend who is also my fitness coach. She challenges me which I need that! So, here I am again and this time I plan on sticking it out because I am doing it for me. <BR> <BR> :) Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:17:59 EST public static final String NAME="Cleo"; <BR> public static final int AGE = 37; <BR> public static final String SEX = "Female"; <BR> public static final String LOCATION = "New York, USA"; <BR> public static final String JOB="Programmer"; <BR> <BR> public static final int IDEAL_WEIGHT = 150; <BR> <BR> public void useSparkPeople(){ <BR> int weight = 229; <BR> while (weight >= IDEAL_WEIGHT) <BR> { <BR> doMore(cooking); <BR> doLess(takeout); <BR> logFood(); <BR> <BR> d... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:04:31 EST Hi Everyone I'm not new to SparkPeople but just started using the Fitbit tracker & reset my account and goals. I am looking for new Spark Friends and other Fitbit users to buddy up with & work on my goals for a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:04:49 EST I had to change to blkbird2 from blkbird1 because it want let me sign in and it said we already have this name on file. So I lost all my information. Can someone tell me how to get back. I had to change I could not log in. Thanks Everyone. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:16:03 EST New to Sparkspeople I am just learning my way around. So, I will probably just read quietly for a while. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:57:36 EST I have type2 diabetes & cirrhosis stage 4 Hi,I am so glad to have found u.Im having a struggle with my diabetes.I go to a diabetic clinic.My sugar is way too high because im not trying.Can anyone help me get my will power back?Thanks,Patty Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:20:32 EST Hi Everyone I am new to this program and find it very thorough. I will need encouragement to keep motivated as that is my biggest problem. Thanks, Robin Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:41:36 EST Newbie My name is Joanna and I'm 28 years old. I have PCOS, Hypothyroidism and diabetes. I joined sparkpeople to lose weight and get healthy. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:21:09 EST Yogi, 25, and diagnosed with RA Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Courtney, looking to get back into shape through yoga and dance. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is part of the reason I am trying to get stronger. <BR> <BR> I've been practicing yoga on and off for over a year now and joined SparkPeople 3 days ago to help hold me accountable. Hoping to find a community of like-minded individuals! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:52:53 EST New here. Any horse owners here? I just joined yesterday. Hoping to lose about 40 pounds for my health and my horse's! I'm hoping there are other horse owners here. I'm 58 and hope to learn from other over 50 riders out there. :) Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:22:23 EST Losing Weight -again... Hi to all, <BR> <BR> Well here I am again. Have used this site in the past and it has been helpful. I have been trying for a month to lose weight and it just hasn't happened so I thought maybe I would find some motivation with a community. At least I am hoping to. <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 12:05:56 EST New here, new to this whole scene I'm committed but have to stay motivated. The food part of losing weight I can deal with. I just have trouble with the exercise one around to be a fitness buddy, dogs in the neighborhood, and no money for a gym. How do you all keep motivated? Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:33:04 EST New Again Hi, I'm new again. Apparently I was here back in 2010 & 2011 and I have been on myfitnesspal also. Now, I'm trying to use them both to my advantage. Well, I'm about 10 lbs heavier than I was then and I'm going through menapause. I'm looking for friends who will be motivating. Add me, add me, add me!!! HELP!!!!! Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:03:25 EST Introducing myself Hi, my name is Linda, I'm not sure about this, but I need accountability and so I am just going to put my self out there. Need to motivate myself to be a healthier person for myself and my family. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:35:01 EST Here for health I am a recent cancer survivor and I have to be healthier. I am very overweight and sedentary. I love this site. I Know I can stick to this one. I am in the process of changing my life. <em>521</em> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:11:34 EST Hello Hello Everybody. You can call me GiGi for short. I am here to lose 64 pounds before the 4th of July - Independence Day. Woo Hoo!!! I have tried to lose the weight before and have lose about 60 pounds only to gain it all back. I am very serious about weight loss now because I am a new Grandma and I want to be around for my lil' strawberry shortcake of a granddaughter. Smile. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:35:16 EST Looking for penpal cross stich Hi. My name is inglion, living in indonesia, 40years old, a house wife with 3 kids. Looking for penpal friend who like crafts like sewing, cross stitch, etc. Just email me. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:52:42 EST Birthday - new resolve Today I am 66 years old. I am discouraged that over the past 30 years my weight seems to never come off and physical ailments are increasing, and they interfere with some of the exercise that I love to do. I know what I need to do: keep tracking my nutrition and exercise, exercise every day even if it's just a ten minute walk or stationary bike ride, meditate every day, and journal every day. But maybe that's too much. I get discouraged when I set goals and then don't meet them. I feel... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:53:39 EST Hey My name is Carmen and I am tired of not taking care of myself. I invest so much of my time into my family not that I regret it at all, it's just that I forget myself. Here is the beginning of a new chapter in my life! If you need a weight loss buddy, I am your gal. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:44:44 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:44:16 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:43:39 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:43:12 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:42:47 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:39:50 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:39:17 EST New here,over50, never too late ! Hi, I'm Debra. I'm 62, (don't know how that happened) diabetic, and obese.Not a good combination. I recently started a low carb diet, just a few weeks ago. Can't believe how it improved my sugars! Added bonus... dropped 13 pounds! I realize its not healthy to remain on this pattern long term, eating almost no grains at all.I'm interested in learning how to transition into adding carbs without gaining, and keeping my blood sugars under control. I Love to cook, and have experimented with some a... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:37:39 EST slimmer sandra Hi I am 49 years old and need to lose 30 kg l have started cycling and am trying to watch what I eat. I would love to communicate with other people to keep myself and hopefully help to keep them motivated <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:29:40 EST Not sure how to improve myself OK. I may confuse you, but bare with me. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> So, I am 7 st 4, but with IBS, and so my weight fluctuates. This also means that I can not eat as healthy as I would like as I would have IBS attacks. I also now have belly fat that I would like to loose. I am also allergic to tomatoes, which seem to be in everything! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So here is the question. <BR> How do I loose my belly fat, add on a bit of weight, and eat healthier without affecting my IBS and my to... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:21:02 EST Round Two Hi my name is Micheala. This is my second time on sparkpeople. Really like the sense of community here. I love meeting new people. At my heaviest I weighed 315 got down to 235 have now bounced back to 268. Looking forward to getting back down again. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:31:45 EST time to make the changes needed I have reached the point I can no longer pretend I am ok with all the extra weight and associated health problems that come with it. I have a very long journey ahead, but am focusing on one day at a time. I am 51 and live in Manitoba, Canada. I enjoy what I have learned about Spark People so far and look forward to becoming the true me! Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:50:10 EST Staying Motivated I have been up and down in my weight loss journey but I finally decided to grab life by the horns and take control on August 6. I have lost 59 lbs so far. I have started a facebook journey page. Feel free to follow me along as I go through my jour new and offer h ell to others. This is for pure motivation. The page is called Getting Tiny. Tiny is my nickname so I found it fitting. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:47:14 EST Ready to be healthy I started to gain weight in 1997, the year we lost 2 children. Im at 203 now, but its not enough yet. I have two more children now (11 & 13) and still happily married. Just sick and tired of being over weight. Im an older mom and I want to make sure I'm around along time for my kids. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:38:26 EST My Introduction Post Hi! I used to be a hard core smoker, for 8 years a pack a day. I am now almost five months smoke free and twenty pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> I made a healthy decision to quit smoking now I need to continue making healthy decisions. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to exercise, scanning for a treadmill and upping my water intake and counting calories, moving onward for a healthy (and skinny) lifestyle. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:29:16 EST Hello from a second-time SPer! I'm a fan of fat acceptance and health at every size, and I'm happy with my body, but I also want to avoid diabetes (it runs in my family), and I want to run faster and have more endurance at tennis, so here I am. <BR> <BR> If anyone reading this plays tennis, add me as a friend! The tennis SparkTeam is really quiet! <BR> <BR> My story: <BR> <BR> In my mid-20s I lost 50 pounds in two years through some sensible methods: lower carbs, starting every dinner with a salad, packing lunch instead... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:42:49 EST Hello Hey everybody, I am not to new to spark people but I am new to these challenges. I am hoping that doing this new 21 day new member challenge will help me with my goals and staying faithful to tracking my food and exercise. I started a Spark People account about three years ago I would do good for weeks at time with just the food and exercise portion of Spark People but would not do much with the teams, and tracking the other goals. Then eventually I just gave up with all of it and closed tha... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:18:19 EST I am a resparker I was on spark im guessing 4 5 months ago i hurt my leg im guessing i did a stretch that was to hard for me and my left leg hurt so doc said stop workin out , So i gained wait back , So today im going to physical therapy hope it helps . My screenman was mablemonster but i changed it to mablemonster1 anyone that was my friend please add me , Does anyone know how i delete my other account ? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:14:45 EST Good Morning Everyone, I'm a new restarter Hi all, I'm Debbie and I'm restarting again. Over the past 1 1/2 years I have lost 70 lbs. but I have managed to regain 20 of those. I had gotten within 11 lbs. of my goal. So I'm trying to get back into the right mind set again, so far the last 2 days have gone well. Have a great day everyone. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:09:13 EST Challenge to self Today's coaching tip was to take a risk and do something I find scary. Part 1 for myself was to drive on the super scary freeway, so yay I survived, even if I was going 65 miles an hour and it was only 2 miles round trip, it counts! And although, I have been tracking my fitness and browsing through the rest of the site, Part 2 for me was to get more involved. I am introverted and prefer to observe, so even this is way outside my comfort zone. I am 33 and the goal I set for myself is to lose 6... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:54:22 EST Hello Hi my name is Caren. I teach Family and Consumer Sciences at our local high school. I love teaching nutrition and wellness as well as foods and nutrition. I look forward to being a part of the community and learning lots from everyone here. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, <BR> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:52:14 EST Well im back My computer messed up then i injured my left leg ,I think i pulled a muscle in my hip <BR> going to physical therapist in morning for it to see what they say .... Im nervous Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:15:53 EST Introduction Hi everyone!! <BR> I signed up yesterday but i was undecided so here i am. I'm excited but a little apprehensive vecause the holiday is upon us. My biggest issues are emotional eating.I'm a live-in caregiver so my days away from home can be very stressful. I look forward to getting and giving any support i can. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:16:02 EST Hello!! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople just a few days ago. I love this website, it's really helping me! And I want this to last, because I really want to get back to healthier habits and be more fit! <BR> <BR> I wrote a couple of messages on the team pages, but today, the assignment for the New Members Challenge was to write something on the boards, so here I am! :-) <BR> <BR> Now off to preparing a healthy dinner! :-) Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:58:30 EST Hi from South Africa I was looking for something to get motivated and registered here with out reading for what this site is .Well I need to loos some kilos and I think on the same time some off your people will motivate me as well in my goals forward in life , and at the end off the day it will do me good both ways in mental and fiscal health .Hope to get some advice soon . Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:58:13 EST Hello Recently I've had several opportunities to further my education, but each have a fitness aspect of some sort. I am not the fittest person in the world, and was looking for a site to keep me motivated and healthy when I came upon Sparkpeople. I'm actually a bit interested in seeing how this works since I have tried other sites much like this and never had results. Hopefully I'll be able to have a change in some way from this site :) Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:14:04 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:25 EST Good day There were challenges, but overall a good day. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:26:19 EST Hello Hi Everyone! Here I am trying again. I am here again hoping to finally be honest in some area of my life. I want to be able to share the truth of my struggles and hopefully find people who understand and will not judge these missteps and support me in my desire to live and honest, healthy life! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:57:43 EST Hello! Hello everyone! Since I am new to message boards, I would appreciate any help on how to use it effectively. Thanks! <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:40:15 EST anyone into genealogy? I have been doing genealogy for about 35 years. I am amazed at how long my ancestors have lived. Good, natural food back then. I just did not eat right thru the years. Trying to do much better with the years I have left. Trying to lose 20 more lbs. Hope to reach that goal by end of next year. Plan to get to the point of walking 3 miles per day. I am at 2.3. Don't know if I can get to the sub-six minute mile I did 50+ years ago while in the Air Force. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:17:11 EST Well into week two! Hello everyone! I'm excited and well into my 2nd week. I hope to lose 10 lbs before the end of this year! Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:13:49 EST New to the site and new to mission: Lose Weight! Hello!! I'm Bri. I'm 20 years old and currently just moved to Jacksonville, Florida!! 😊 I have struggled with my weight ever since I was little. I've tried different things to lose the weight (most of which I will say were unhealthy ways.😔) I get discouraged and felt like I would never lose the weight and quickly retorted back to my comfort- food. I'm not a big fan of eating much now because I know I will just gain it so I try not to eat as often or when I'm not hungry. I've learned tha... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:14:27 EST I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! Yes, starting a fresh new outlook on health and determined to make it more fun, more challenging. Health is my biggest goal more than losing the weight even. I had a scare I was sitting in a big chair in front of the TV and kept coughing what felt like a heart cough and it hurt, and it was scary and it was then that I determined to get healthier. NO MORE SITTING IN FRONT OF THE IDIOT BOX. I want to do more, read more, learn more and live a long and healthy life. Friday I walked a 5K on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:04:47 EST New here Hello, I am new here. I have been struggling with my weight since my teen years but I am hopefully that with all of the support and information at Sparkpeople that this will be the end of struggling and the start of a health life. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:11:15 EST copd I have severe copd. My doctors encourage me to exercise but going to the gym is difficult for me. I would like to know what exercises I can do at home to help me stay as healthy as I can and lose about 15 lbs. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:46:27 EST New here from vegas Decent person here and just getting over a broken heart looking at food to make it go away. Trying to be positive and not go down that road. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:47:52 EST Hello! I actually started on November 1, but have not introduced myself. So...hello :) <BR> <BR> I started this at the urging of someone very close to me and from the need to finally slim down (I'm overweight, but not serverely so). I originally used this site as nothing more than a tracker for nutrition and fitness. However, I've started branching out a bit and have made a few recipes on here with good success. I've lost 4 pounds already, which is twice the pace I was expecting. Since the sit... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:37:13 EST Hi ! I'm new here Briefly, I'm in my 50's, have 100-lbs to loose, type II diabetic, blood sugars out of control. My last blogging place shut down and I have come here b/c I find that just getting my words out there helps me remain a sense of accountability for both my good and bad behavior. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:10:44 EST looking for a get fit buddy hey guys! <BR> I tried to loose weight quid a few times and it always helped my to have somebody to do it with my... is somebody interested? <BR> <BR> Now who am I? <BR> -My name is wiwi (all my friends call my like that) <BR> -I´m 18 <BR> -I love traveling <BR> -I love music <BR> -I´m a dancer (not really professional) <BR> <BR> After a injury from dancing I could not dance over a longer time and I gained some weight but I want to get ride of it! <BR> <BR> If you have interest ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:30:59 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Dustie. I'm joining spark people with the hope of finding encouragement to be the best me in all areas of my life. I am a born again Christian, wife and mother of 3 young children. I have always struggled with my weight. I am currently heavier than I ever have been and its starting to take a toll on my health and preventing me from being the mother I want to be. The last five or six years have been a struggle for me. I've changed a lot but in some areas I have changed for the worst... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:22:48 EST Hello Hello everyone, my name is Corliss. I am not exactly new to Spark People I have been on it about three years now. About three years ago I started a Spark People account, I would start and do very good a few weeks,then get discouraged and stop. A few months ago I closed that account because I was hardly using it. Well I decided to give it another go and see if I can loose weight and become healthy. I hope I can stay with it this time and accomplish my weigh loss and fitness goals. <em>30</... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:05:34 EST Hello! I am new here, my goal is to lose 22 pounds by April 30th. I have a very active 5 year old daughter that keeps me pretty busy and I want to be able to play with her more than I can now. I am an emotional eater and very unhappy with the way I feel about my self. Could use all the encouraging words you have to offer. <BR> Thank you Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:40:59 EST I'm on a journey Hi all, I'm on this journey to healthy eating and it is a challenge. I'm the junk food and dessert queen and now I need to lose about 10 pounds. I need the communities help and encouragement. <BR> Thanks much, <BR> Verda Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:30:24 EST Let's team up!! Hi! I'm in my sixties, married, two sons and eight grandkids. I'm looking for people to team up with me to lose weight by Christmas. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:39:16 EST Health at Risk So a week ago I was having horrible headaches and dizziness. My husband suggested I check my blood pressure.....203/107. WOW what a wake up call.. I instantly changed my eating habits and went to a dr who sent me for a ton of tests. I see her again a week from today, in the mean time I was able to view my test results on line. My cholesterol is boarder line high, no surprise there. Want to try to bring it down with out meds. Most of my blood work was good but my urine tests show signs of kidn... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:49:49 EST Hello! Hello, I am newbie here but looking forward to everything this site has to offer! Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:33:03 EST Love Health and Wellness Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being a part of this online community! I'm a stay at home momma to 2 amazing little boys! I have a degree in Exercise Science and currently studying for my ACSM Exercise Physiology certification. I love to help people toward their health and wellness goals. With that said, I need some help as well because since having my beautiful boys, the struggle of balance is so real lol. Hopefully I learn from you all and you all can learn from me :) Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:41:41 EST Ready to change for good Hello Everyone!! First, thanks for reading!! I am a 36 year-old mother of 5, so I'm busy but very blessed. I have been overweight most of my life. I have tried almost all of the diets out there, I've started and re-started sparkpeople a few times. I've tried and failed to lose the weight and keep it off. But this time, I will succeed!! I am determined to make positive healthy changes for me and my kids. I would love to make some new friends along the way. Thanks for reading. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:16:53 EST abutton35 I am a 39 year old female that is looking for other fitbit codes so I have friends that will do challenges with me.. None of my life friends have fitbits or are even interested... as i offered to buy a few of them some just so i could get the most out of my fitbit and have ppl to challenge me... anyone want to help me out?? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:18:16 EST Hello Just stopped by to say hello Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:31:13 EST hi everyone I am starting tomorrow. with slimfast and adding more excersize to my life. looking forward to meeting my goal of 50 pounds lost by May 2016 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:59:39 EST Not my first Rodeo! Hello, <BR> So this is my probably 100th attempt to loose weight. I want to loose around 50 pounds by my birthday in June! Which I think it defiantly doable. But more importantly I want to be able to walk up the stairs without getting out of breathe since I will be walking up a lot of them since my recent move to New York. I also want to just live an over all healthier lifestyle. I want to reach for the healthy option before the quick, fast, and unhealthy option, and I want it to be second n... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 20:55:54 EST Round 10 or 11 or 12? Well here I go again. I've always been one to,start something and complete it. Well,that is unless I'm talking about weight loss. I will lose a few pounds and for some reason in my head I think that if I eat those cookies and ice cream I'll just watch what I eat tomorrow and so it won't be such a big deal. For some reason tomorrow comes and I seem to forget that I made that deal with myself. I'm tired of making excuses and just want to lose these 20 pounds that I've been dragging around l... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:30:51 EST Newfoundland Any Spark peeps from or living in Newfoundland, Canada? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:54:32 EST Wishing . . . Time to start making some changes. "Wishing" to be fit hasn't gotten me too far! I've read the SparkPeople information for a long time, but haven't implemented it. Time's a wastin' and this 54 year old needs to get on the healthy lifestyle path. Time to start taking care of myself! Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:58:19 EST Introduction hi my name is Ellen i'm 67 yrs . old married 4 kids , 5 grandkids , 3 great grandkids. <BR> i,m going to need lots of motivation . <BR> exercise will be the hardiest for me . <BR> hoping to make friends along the way ! <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:34:53 EST Brand new to Sparkpeople! Hi Everyone, I had to join a challenge as part of a college course requirement and thought this one looked interesting. I am hoping that by completing it, I will have more energy and will lose some weight. Any suggestions would be welcome, thanks! Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:33:37 EST Hello! It's nice to meet you all Hello, my name is Victoria. This is my first time here at Spark People. I have about 150 pounds to lose and I am ready to get started. <BR> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:35:10 EST Lots to lose ! <em>252</em> My first day back- got 40 lbs to lose...It will be an adventure! Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:05:07 EST Hello I am new to the website and would like to lose 50+ lbs. I have already started and have been getting more active and eating less dessert and sweets. It has been 2 weeks for the diet changes and about 10 days since I have started moving more. <BR> <BR> I got a fitbit and have been averaging 10k steps a day. I would like to eventually add more cardio and strength building but for now I am simply moving more. <BR> <BR> I also just joined a 30 day challenge to make small changes. The first chal... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:25:48 EST HI!! I'm starting over. I NEED motivation, lol. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:20:02 EST SanDiegoPam Starting over again....always trying to lose weight Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:39:20 EST Hello again. :) Looking for Spark Friends. Hello everyone! I'm back on SP after a long hiatus. I've been getting back into the groove of things the last couple of days. The site looks great though. :) <BR> <BR> Looking for some new Spark Friends. Add me!!! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:40:50 EST I'm new and do have a question Has anyone ever tried the body flex program and what were your results? Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:16:28 EST New member fr0m Manchester, England <BR> I'm very new to this but I just wanted to introduce myself. My names Aaron and I live in Manchester (originally from Sheffield. I'm generally a happy guy always positive and like to keep myself busy. I have many dreams and aspirations but it's just finding the time to do them all. I have a blog, (major work in progress but it's coming along slowly but surely!) and it's basically a blog to help motivate and inspire people to follow their dreams. Don't be afraid to... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:28:29 EST I'm Here I've been here for 4 days. So far so good. <BR> <BR> About me: I'm a 46 year old male. I work in IT and am not very active. <BR> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:41:38 EST Starting SP again Hi! I'm Riki. I have 4 kids and 7 grandkids. I was on SP last year and did well. It kept me motivated, accountable and on track. I learned a lot of tips and recipes but then something sidetracked me and I stopped logging in. I gained 10 lbs over the last year which doesn't sound like a lot but my Dr says I'm one of those unfortunate people whose health will suffer with just a small amount of weight. I have HBP and my a1c is a little high. Now that I'm older, losing weight is a real struggle. ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:49:47 EST hi everyone i lost 20 lbs about 2 years ago but am stalled needing to lose about 70 more. I exercise a lot but have a stressful job and family situation and find myself eating comforting foods pretty much daily. I'd love to learn how other people have stopped overeating when they're stressed. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:01:46 EST Good Morning, I would like to introduce myself My name is Shawn. I am 53 years old and I want to lose 70 pounds for myself and my health. I have found so much information and great recipes on this website and now I am trying out the message boards. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:12:49 EST Keeping myself accountable. Greetings! I originally lost over 100 lbs a couple years ago, and for the most part have maintained that loss. I gained approximately 10 lbs back over the last year due to quitting smoking and using food as a crutch. I have lost about half of that again. I usually am not a fan of tracking my foods, but I find that when I do I have a bit more restraint. I used a couple other fitness/nutrition sites in the past, but my sister recently invited me to a spark challenge and so here I am. I am... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:04:42 EST Well, I'm Here My doctor requested I try this. I've tried this before a couple of times. My biggest issue is that nothing ever works for me for more than 20 lbs. After 20 lbs I've always gained the weight back, plus more, while still on the healthy eating & exercise plan. <BR> <BR> And now, I cannot have fresh fruits or raw vegetables due to dietary restrictions from abdominal surgery this summer, so that makes it even more difficult to figure out exactly how this is supposed to work. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:19:26 EST Hi. New mom. New here Hi all. I'm 44 and a mom of a 3 month old. I also have a 23 year old. Before getting pregnant I was 139 and a sexy size 10. I delivered on 8/5 and was 160 at 6 weeks post partum. It's now 14 weeks and I'm at about 175!! My eating is not out of control I only eat 3 meals a day. I'm not nursing. I don't know what's going on. I bought jeans today and they are size 16. I feel depressed. It's getting cold so I don't walk as often and I'm the only one working in the household and I cannot afford a... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:48:23 EST My first week Hi my name is Valdis, I live in Norway but I'm from Iceland. <BR> I'm 49 years old and my occupation is nurse. <BR> I'm here the second time, tried SP for 1 ½ year ago but gave up at that time. <em>39</em> <BR> I really hope I will stay longer this time. That is my plan. <BR> I need to loose about 23 kg. <BR> I started to use Herbalife nutrition products for 15 years, lost 34 kg. managed to keep them away for about 6 years but have gained 2/3 of them back <em>24</em> . <BR> Bein... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:12:14 EST New here TRing to figure this all out Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:32:04 EST New to using website I have had a Sparkpeople login for a while, just never bothered to use the site. I'm trying to become a healthier person through diet & exercise. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:06:15 EST A New Beginning...Again Well, here I am on Spark again...3 years later, and in a much better place. At the beginning of 2015 I had reached my goal of 180 lbs, after getting out of a very bad emotionally abusive relationship. I now find myself at the end of this year engaged to my Highschool Sweetheart, about to start renovations on our new home, a new Step Mom (I don't have children of my own), planning a wedding, and back at 244 lbs, Jeez how did that happen? I am looking forward to starting a healthier lifestyle... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:28:27 EST Biggest Loser team challenge.... Check this out! If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that cons... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:40:06 EST Brand new here...... Hi everyone! names Mike. I joined sparkpeople through its app first, and just discovered it had a full website. Anyways, I would love to make some friends here. I don't really know what I am doing half the time as this will be the first time I have really tried to lose weight. Currently sitting at 311lbs, trying to get to 200. It's a big goal sure, but I hope I can achieve that goal within a year if I try hard, or 1 1/2 years at the latest if possible. <BR> <BR> I am trying to really resear... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:29:34 EST This time will be different Hi I'm isabell, I'm 26 years old with a 2 1/2 year old son. I think this is the fifth or sixth time I've made a spark people account, this time around I'm looking for support and accountability. I also need a buddy who will encourage me cause I don't have a lot of that. I struggle with type 2 diabetes also. Thanks guys, hope to get to know some of you guys!! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 01:02:46 EST Hello! HI everyone!! :) I am not exactly new-I was a member a long time ago, but its good to be back :) My name is Sarah and I am a wife and mother from Cincinnati, OH. I work full time in Logistics and part time as an automatic Body fitness coach. I am about half way to reaching my weightloss goals. I would love to meet some new friends who are into fitness and getting healthy :) Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:24:59 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I have finally decided to put down the wotsits and get off my bum x) I started 3 days ago and I currently weigh a rather uncomfortable 15 stone and 10 lbs. It sucks. So I've decided I want to give this all I've got and a little support would be most certainly welcomed :) <BR> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:02:55 EST New to Spark Hello! I am new to Spark! Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:18:22 EST Newbie here! Hi - I am new here. Mother of 3 (8,3 and 4 months) and have lots to lose! I need to get healthy for myself and my kids. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:12:55 EST Newbie-anyone tried "eat b'fast like King, lunch.. So I am on my guhzillyinth time around trying to lose weight. As an egg in my mother's womb, I was chubby, I swear! LOL. I have already been losing, as my highest weight was 252 at 5'9". I have been eating off of salad plates to keep my portions smaller, have given up soda completely, and a few other things....sooo my question is: Has anyone put into use the old term "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper" and if so, how has it worked for you? Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:56:41 EST New start, new me Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Adele and I'm looking for support in starting and maintaining my weight loss journey, to finally kick my bad eating habits and reliance on food as a source of comfort and pleasure. <BR> <BR> I came to the point recently where I realized (after many failed diets) that I have to truly commit to this, the same way I committed to quitting smoking four years ago. It was a tough slog getting through the first year of my quit, but it was worth every tooth gritted and gnas... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:47:30 EST A new try... I've tried a few things, but it's hard to get motivated... too much convenience food out there. Aaaand it doesn't help that I have ADHD and memory problems - not a great combination! But, this site looks to have a lot that appeals to me, so we'll give it a try! Step by step..... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:41:48 EST It is now Time for Me! Hello, fellow Sparks! My name is Lorraine. I am 58 yo, mother of 3, grandmother to 1, wife for 11 years to a great caring husband. I am a hospice nurse here in Florida. Since 1994, I have worked the night time shift. The weight slowly came on to my once slim Arthur Murray dancer body, all 150 lbs over 21 years. I have had multiple health issues and ER visits to deal with a variety of conditions. Many of my conditions, I think, was that of an overloaded liver. So here I am, on a gluten-fr... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:48:11 EST New to sparks Hello everyone, I am new and hoping to find some people out there that can be some kind of support team for me. I really don't have any and due to health issues I need to loose at least 25#'s. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:32:00 EST Back Again I joined SparkPeople in 2009 and was able to lose 55lbs. I am back now after having my first child, Madelyn, and need to lose about 34lbs. I hope to meet a new group of friends here and will get encouragement from the Spark family. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:51:48 EST Trying again Hi everyone. After two babies, a lost job, move across the country, and several other setbacks, I am attempting to put my health first. I want to be around for my kids and play with them. I want to feel better and not hurt all of the time. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:16:07 EST First Week My name is Dawn and this is the first week of SP for me. I have found that I am excited about continuing the process of becoming healthier. There is a lot of information on this site to process so it has taken a lot of time; however, I feel confident about it. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:21:06 EST Getting Back On Track I'm 21 years old, 5'2" tall and I weigh almost 200 pounds. I have a hormone imbalance that makes it hard to lose weight but extremely easy to gain. I'm hoping by tracking my meals and workouts that I will be more cautious of what I'm putting in my body. <BR> <BR> My plan of action is to start small. I seem to have a really bad reaction to bread so hopefully at some point I can cut it out of my diet entirely. I would like to get a fitness tracker to be more aware of the amount of physical ac... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:21:56 EST New User I have been trying to get the diet/fitness down for awhile now. I had lost 50 pounds but gained 30 pound back. I know what I need to do. I just need to do it. <em>48</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:12:37 EST here I go! so.... I began in earnest to work on some health goals 11 months ago, specifically, I wanted to lose weight and get fit. I lost 27 pounds in the first 4 months then hit a plateau and have been unable to make any more progress since. to make matters worse, the last 5 pounds seem to "come and go." I know my weight will fluctuate even when I'm at my desired size, but I'm not there yet!!!! and I can't seem to stay committed to exercise plans. so here I am to take a different approach to com... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:29:14 EST Hello This time I will create a new lifestyle:) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:29:57 EST Help! Hello, everyone :) <BR> I have created this page to express my feeling because at home nobody cares about them. <BR> Im a 27 yr old female. I'm really scared of my weight I feel so disgusting with it I know it is my fault and all I should do is exercise and eat healthy small plates my family thinks it so easy. Lately i have been over eating then I feel horrible and fatter but i don't stop it. I don't understand why I'm doing this to myself but then I really want to be healthy. These last 3 ye... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:55:15 EST A Little Overwhelmed I joined about 9 hours ago. OK, I'm 72, retired, and live in a senior apartment building that has just been completely renovated. I really enjoy walking, am a voracious reader (Kindle), .and enjoy knitting. I've been overweight my entire life and now that extra weight is causing some mobility issues. So ...I'm here to get a healthier body. <em>249</em> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:45:09 EST First Day to begin a new healthy life! Today is the day i am finally taking control of my life and this thing called healthy life style. It has been a rough 10 years with up and down weight loss. Last year I shed 22 pounds, then quickly put half of it back on over the summer. I am trying to find that healthy balance that gets me to my goal weight and I learn how to maintain it. I need the support and encouragement, which I am finally starting to receive. I know once I commit to this journey, I will be able to forge ahead and ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:35:33 EST Hi - Hi - <BR> I'm a working professional, wife, mother, in my mid 40's and I am loving SP! <BR> <BR> I'm striving to incorporate sustainable changes: <BR> 1. Eat Clean <BR> 2. Exercise Daily <BR> 3. Think Positively & Express Gratitude <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:54:06 EST New user coming from MFP New SparkPeople user here. Do to many issues with MFP I came to find this site. Glad I did :) <BR> Doing good so far started a few weeks ago and I am almost at my first goal. <BR> Started 240lbs current 222.2 lbs so 2.2 to go for first goal. Then I will try and hit 215. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:03:28 EST This is what I am 84 years of age and a bit too chubby. At least four - five time a week I walk to and from a study group 23 minutes each way. <BR> Awake at 5 am daily after about 7 hours of sleep. <BR> Generally never ride whenever I have to get places in the city - all on foot. <BR> I do spend quite a bit of time at the computer (but that keeps me out of the kitchen). <BR> Try to keep my carbo intake to a minimum (not more than 2 slices of bread a day). <BR> I hope to whittle my weight down from 78 Kg to 66 ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:33:31 EST Ready for a change! Hi my name is Tiffany and I am ready for a healthier change. I am getting back on track for eating better and portion control! So far I am very impressed with Spark People and how it works. All the recipes and exercise tips provided are great. I must have downloaded at least 10 recipes in the last week. I'm needing a little motivation for working out but I'm getting there! Good Luck to everyone! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:06:13 EST Howdy Y'all! New friends? :D I'm returning after a couple years hiatus. I have already lost 100lbs and looking forward to loosing the next 100. I'd like to meet new friends from all over but especailly some in my area? I'm in Austin, Texas. :) Have nice night!! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:51:52 EST i am back I AM BACK ON SPARKPEOPLE Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:05:20 EST Not new - coming back! Hello all! I am coming back to sparkpeople after being gone for about a year. I used spar to lose 50 pounds, and I somehow found 10 of it again when I started graduate school and my new job. I am ready to get back to work and feeling good. I downloaded a new app called "happy Scale" and it is so helpful with goal setting and tracking weight! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:03:02 EST New in STL Missouri I am on day 5 of the new member challenge. I have made the switch to water. Who knew it would be so hard? I miss my soda. I have walked every day so far which is a big deal. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:50:23 EST New beginnings.. new me! Hello everyone! I am new here and thought I would stop in and introduce myself. I am hoping that including Spark as a tool to not only track, learn and gain motivation will also help me to meet others who are fighting this battle as well. I have spent most of my life taking care of everyone else.. family, friends, patients and even strangers. Which I don't mind, in fact I love it. However, by putting my own needs on the back burner, I have in a sense let myself go. I am learning slowly that I... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:29:35 EST One day at a time! Hi everyone, I started with SparkPeople today but I really started being careful with what I eat since early August. I am super happy with my progress so far. I am starting to waver - hence me looking for help. I have little time to spend on the computer. I will be reading advice and help topics a lot more than writing. Any good blogs or sites from Spark I should go to right away? Thanks you in advance for all your good vibes and wishes sent my way. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:29:16 EST people that have had bariatric surgery Hi: My name is Sally, I have had bariatric surgery and I seem to be stuck in a rut. <BR> I can't seem to start losing again. Any one else in similar situation? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:43:59 EST New to the Spark I am new here.. found this in a FB private chat and OMG this is alot of things and all I have been looking for in one place. I am excited and ready to get started on my journey. I love to swim like crazy. I am looking for to losing weight with others. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:37:51 EST Hello! My name is Laurie <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I am fairly new here and am looking to be under 200lbs. While a lot of women gain weight DURING pregnancy, I gained weight AFTER I gave birth to my daughter. <BR> <BR> I was able to lose 17lbs during a walking challenge at work. But after the challenge I got lazy again and had no motivation. I noticed my weight increasing slowly. After gaining 6lbs back, I knew I needed to do something. <BR> <BR> So here I am! I look forward to meeting new pe... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:55:27 EST Fat, ugly and unhappy.. LOL I am back to SP. I have never stuck with this in the past but now I have an iPhone to track ALL and I am motivated. I need and want to stop hating myself for being so grotesque. I know I am not supposed to equate my self-worth with my looks but I do. I feel the stares and the giggles and I internalize them. I hate myself for hating myself!!!! It is actually laughable. I lost 80 lbs ten years ago and have eaten myself back. I think it is worse to lose a lot of weight and gain it back. ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:23:21 EST weight or wheel chair Hi, I'm 31, married to a wonderful man, and am a stay at home mom with three young children. When I was a teen (and invinsible) I had a bad accident with my horse. We never realized how bad it was until years later when it started reminding me that it was there. Four pregnancies later I struggle to maintain my pain level. I know my weight is not helping any and is making things worse. There have been many mornings where I struggled to get out of bed because it hurt so bad. I know that i... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:31:29 EST I am READY!!!!!!!!!!! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kiva, I am a wife and a stepmother/step grandmother. I have been married to most wonderful man for the past 4 years!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I lost nearly 100lbs about three years ago. Shortly after the weight lost I became pregnant and the weight never left. I am beautiful no matter of my size, so I see in the mirror. I am looking for a change and I am a fighter <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:35:33 EST I'm New Hey everyone! I'm new here! I'm excited to see what this site has to teach me. I'm ready for a change and I'm ready to get healthy not just for myself, but also for my children! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:26:04 EST Well, hello! I'm new here I am trying to get healthy and lose weight! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 19:19:56 EST Semi-newbie Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be back on SP after a long hiatus. I'm focusing on making small changes and long term consistency in living healthy. I'm looking forward to the journey! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:32:52 EST I heard that BMI of 57.6 is bad, so here I am. Kind of floundering a little. I've been logging food for a few days (gah!), not sure what to do exactly so I'm reading stuff and following The "New Member Welcome" steps here. <BR> <BR> Hi! I'm Aev and I've finally hit on a successful treatment regimen for the severe depression that I've been battling for the past 8 years. That's the good news. The bad news is, during those 8 years I basically doubled my body weight. It's kind of surreal, I don't really recognize myself in the... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:33:41 EST New to SmartPeople I am new to this website, but I am hoping that it will help me in all the areas I need help in to lose the weight that I have desperately been wanting and trying to lose for years now. I am low on motivation, but I have started to make changes and I hope whoever reads this will contribute anything that has helped them so I may gather ideas to be successful and stay motivated! Really looking forward to this journey. God bless everyone and hope you have a successful day! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:58:40 EST lazy and unmotivated Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm a 55 year old overweight female. I struggle with consistency and motivation. I have severe depression which is unmedicated due to intolerance to most drugs. I'm a mess and need to take action but honestly I need help. My husband is very supportive but I need more help. I feel like I disappoint him in my lack of consistency. I would love to have a friend or mentor to help me make some type of progress. I do pretty good with my diet but cant seem to find an exercise I en... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:07:34 EST New Member Hi, I'm new to the fitbit and pretty new to sparkpeople and I am not tech savy so I may <BR> need some help. It's nice to meet everyone ! I am new to exercise per say. I joined a <BR> local YMCA and am loving it. I do find it hard to juggle working full time and working out and having time at home with family, friends & pets - because they need lots of loving! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:59:58 EST New and on a pescatarian diet! Hello everyone! I joined this forum not because of needing to lose weight, but in need of a support group for changing to a pescatarian diet. I used to be a vegan and a vegetarian, but I never felt healthy enough to stay on the diets. Now my goal is to try to avoid antibiotics and hormones. It's hard where I am from in Canada. Organic meats are extremely rare and expensive in my location, but about a week ago it dawned on me to try low mercury fish. I am able to purchase organic milk and eggs... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:46:36 EST I'm new and need help with the website My name is Angie and I have problems losing weight. I joined spark people a long time ago but never fully did anything with it. But I want to use this as a tool to help me not just lose weight but become healthy. I just get confused at where to go or how to search and how it works. This may sound silly to some but I am not computer savvy and there is a lot to look at on here lol! I would love to meet or message people in my community because I feel if you have that support it becomes easier. ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:38:34 EST hi, new here and happy to be here.. <BR> Am from Central Canada and will lose 40 lbs. by this time next year... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:03:58 EST Hello Everyone :) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a new member and I am really not sure what to expect. I have never joined any on line weight loss groups, but I know I desperately need the support. Who knows, I may even make a few friends :) <BR> <BR> I work full time by day and attend Graduate School by night and I am really busy. Lately, I have been eating "really large portions" of food and I do not seem to care; while I am in the process of eating the food. Immediately after eating, I feel sad, guilty, ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:00:33 EST new to sparkpeople and sparkcoach looking forward to some new, fresh, life-lasting strategies to losing weight and getting health! Sun, 8 Nov 2015 03:31:52 EST Hi I'm PotsieP I'm a 57 year old Grandma of three who is tired of not being able to run with the grandchildren. Determined to lose this weight so I can be around to see them grow up. Looking forward to new "friendships" with those who understand the struggle. I love to encourage people and love to be encouraged. Together we can do this. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 22:44:05 EST To motivate and be motivated Hello everyone. I'm Denise. I'm ready to get passed this obstacle of weight loss for good! Let's be Sparkfriends Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:52:31 EST Hi i am belindafa first time here not sure how everything is done here yet but I am sure I will get it in time I think this is a good ideal a site like this glad I found it lucky me lol well I am 57 have 3 kids and 8 grandkids have a dog she is 15 years old she is a terrier sweet dog.I have had 4 back surgerys and 2 neck surgerys that's when I started putting weight on I use to walk 5 miles every day now I am lucky to walk around the block and make it home before I go hurting to much I am here to lose the weig... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:30:41 EST Hi I am Mischief! Hi I am 30 years old and I weigh 300lbs! I want to lose at least 135lbs by next year and looking to make some friends, maybe even some accountability partners along my journey! Please talk to me! I would love to get to know and help you as well! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:02:36 EST Trying Again -- Starting Over I probably posted an intro post back in 2012 when I first joined Spark People. Then stuff happened and I stopped using the site for a long time. Due to injuries keeping me from exercising much for 2 years, I gained 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> Now my doctor has given me 10 weeks to lose 10-12 pounds, and I am back. Trying to get the weight off to see how much of an impact it makes on my blood pressure and sugar numbers. I've already given up soda (mostly--it is still an emergency go to when I ha... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 06:48:53 EST Hi all Hey everyone. My name is Ashlei, but you can call me Ash. I am 24 and have a beautiful little girl. My body has never been the same after having a child. After a few years of this I have decided to really truly commit to do something about. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 00:49:29 EST New Habit Hello, I am starting some new habits, small steps that will propel me towards my goals. Tracking my nutrition keeps my head in the game. I am going to lower my cholesterol with nutrition, not meds. I don't want to add any more chemicals for my body to figure out what to do with. Food allergies are enough of a nuisance. <BR> Thank you all for being here! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:18:52 EST Help losing weight Hello everyone my goal is to lose 10 lbs. Does anyone has an advice. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 17:52:55 EST I need a helping hand Ppl who hav fitbits Fri, 6 Nov 2015 16:10:20 EST Hello to all I am 72 and weigh 212 pounds. My goal is to get down into the 140's. I haven't had a chance to do much reading here yet. I'm curious to know if all of you are on a certain 'diet' or 'way of eating' or all different types of diets, or do you just count calories? Fri, 6 Nov 2015 15:29:55 EST Today is as a good a day as any to get started! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Dana and today is the first day of something great (for me)! Yes, I'm starting.... again. I was at choir practice at my church last night, and I had to sit in front of a window where I was forced to stare at myself for an hour. It was the best and worst hour of my life. I was extremely uncomfortable staring at myself, but it gave me the boost I needed ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:45:44 EST Hello NEW friends! My name is Brittany and I work for a fitness app that pairs people to play sports together at the exact moment they want to play- pretty sweet gig! I'm also a boxer and lifter. I recently got into lifting more heavily and hope to compete in the near future. I love training and one day hope to be a trainer myself, for now I'm doing marketing and digital strategy which I am extremely passionate about. I'm excited to join a community of fitness oriented minds and together we can accomplish anyth... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:37:56 EST Hello All So...I have been hearing about spark people a lot lately via Pintrest. When I went to sign up today I was shocked (and ashamed) to realize I signed up in 2012 and had totally forgotten about it. I don't have anyone in my life who I can stay accountable to, and I need help accomplishing my goals. I guess I'm hoping to find a supportive community here. I have roughly 150lbs to lose, so I have a quite a long way to go. Looking ahead at the journey I need to take, is scary. I'd love to hear... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 10:47:53 EST Giving it my best shot Hello you your typical 31 year mother of a 2 year and wife who works full time and helps my mom from time to time. I've always been overweight by I got on the scale and realize if I blink to quick I could be at 300lbs and I said it is time for a real change. A lifetime change. I'm praying and looking for encouragement wherever I can get it because it is hard. My goal is to lose 50lbs by April 2016 and I think I can do it but it is much easier said than done. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:37:19 EST Hey ho, let's go! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Laura and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm trying to love healthy food and exercise as much as I love pizza, hamburgers, chips, ... <BR> <BR> My mother tongue isn't English, but I understand (almost) everything. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:14:51 EST Starting Over...and over? Hi all, <BR> I'm a returner to the Spark People community, and it already feels good to be back. I had tried this several years ago when I was still in grad school and starting to gain weight from the stress. I didn't last all that long....because grad school eats up all your time. I gained a lot of weight, and was miserable with my health and career choices. I managed to turn things around for a while when I took up boxing and kick boxing at a great gym. Last year I moved and started my life... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 09:09:41 EST Sort Of New My name is Gayle and I am from West Coast BC. Was a member many years back but didn't <BR> stick with it. This time I am determined to commit. With degenerative disc and an arthritic hip <BR> exercise sometimes seems so daunting. Also wanting to lose at least 30 lbs and get fit. <BR> I am in my sixties and still working full time so hoping for <BR> lots of ideas that will fit into a somewhat hectic schedule at times. <BR> Looking forward with connecting with you all. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:18:23 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Misty. I've tried for years to lose weight, and have been successful at times, but lately the weight has just been adding up. I'm now at the heaviest I've ever been (besides during pregnancies) at 215 lbs. I need to get the weight off not just for myself, but for my family. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:14:13 EST tired of being tired I am over 50 and getting larger as the years go by....I want to be smaller and more I am going to try this .... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 14:57:27 EST Progress Not Perfection Hello there, my name is Emberlyn. I am 32 years old and I have been struggling with my weight for a long time. I love food and I am trying to learn to love exercise. (I love Chalene Johnson and she makes working out fun!) I have been working out for a month straight and I have lost 15 pounds! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 13:49:00 EST Introduction How should my calorie table look if I'm losing weight Thu, 5 Nov 2015 12:40:06 EST Introduction Good day <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and would love to get more ideas on how to drop from 70kg to 50 kg. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 12:37:12 EST Introduction Hi there! I'm starting or restarting my journey to self with SparkPeople! I hope to meet new friends and have new experiences along the way. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 12:33:05 EST Introduction Hello everyone! <BR> I am Amanda and I am beginning my journey to a healthy mind and body. I found myself keeping the right mindset but not when I needed emotional support. My weakness is emotional eating, so I have turned to SparkPeople for support. I am excited to chat and interact with everyone! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:35:25 EST Introduction New to this website, found this site after looking for health and fitness site to start getting serious on health, after many health issues and doctor visits....Looking forward to getting to know you all and and this site. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:43:55 EST Weight Loss New and need a push to loss 30 more pounds. Any advice or encouragement welcomed. 😊 Thu, 5 Nov 2015 09:34:45 EST Femail 85 Hi. Day 2 of my journey Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:46:39 EST Been Busy But Need To Get Rid Of Extra Weight My beautiful sister where are you....... <BR> She got me started on this years ago but I could never remember my password, I have so many at work etc. Anyway, I loved all the exchanges and good words for one another. This is a great thing you all are doing! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:43:59 EST Joined Sunday and have already lost 5 lbs - Yeah! My name is Cindy. I just returned from a trip to Puerto Rico where I did a lot of walking and subsequently realized how bad of shape I am in. When I returned I decided to do something different. That's when I stumbled upon Spark People as I was trying to find some healthy recipes. I've been walking an hour a day and am planning my meals so that I can stay within my calorie range. So far so good! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:25:28 EST introduction finally My name is Gail. I live north of the perimeter highway in Atlanta, Ga. Married 57 years. 2 children, 8 grandchildren-2 married, 2 great grandchildren. <BR> <BR> I enjoy friends, reading, gardening (once upon a time before deer) and meals with husband and friends. I especially enjoy studying my Bible. <BR> <BR> I am currantly recovering from a broken wrist therefore exercise is walking and homework prescribed by my therapist. The bone is healed. Nerves are taking longer. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 07:49:03 EST Getting Back on Me I was on SP about a year ago. I didn't lose much weight but I stayed consistent. And then life happened. Buying our first house, moving, kids in new schools, filling up the calendar in new and time consuming activities. It all just became too much and I sacrificed my accomplishments instead of fighting to maintain my path towards my goals. <BR> After the having 3 kids within 3.5 years I was a size 22 pant and I decided to start taking better care of myself. I wanted to have the energy to pl... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 07:14:24 EST Hello Everyone I've been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager, but I have never been to a point where I've seen my mortality connected to how much I weigh. In August a very good friend of mine died at 42 from a massive heart attack. She wasn't much heavier than me now. I'm terrified. Since her death, I've been in a cycle of motivation and denial. Another friend suggested Sparkpeople saying that it helped her stay motivated. I'm hoping I can bring what I learn here to my family, and get us health... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 21:08:37 EST This is my first time here. My name is Maren. I walk with a walker so I am looking for ways I can exercise. I do walk a lot. I am trying to stay on a low carb diet. I am trying to find protein which is difficult because I am on a low- cholesterol diet and can only have two eggs a week and not very much meat. I would appreciate any suggestions. I have a joke for you. Do you know what a well-balanced diet is? (It is a cookie in each hand.) Get it? I hope everyone had a good day. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:36:01 EST Fast food and PIZZA!! Hello everyone. New to Sparkpeople. I have went from fit with good definition to overweight in the past year and a half. Gained 80lbs. Mostly from lack of motivation, and fast food addiction. Its really hard to break the trend of just ordering a pizza st home and watching TV! Am I right?? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 19:32:13 EST Charles Hi there is there anyone else looking to exercise in Ruidoso? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:41:18 EST Hi! About 70+ lbs to lose I started Sparking in September and haven't been here for a while. I lost some weight but need to get more serious about losing. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 15:55:44 EST Back after pregnancy and ready to loose weight!:) Hi! My name is Hannah and I am two weeks postpartum. Even though I am not yet cleared for exercise yet, I figured I could definitely start on my weight loss by tracking calories. In four weeks, I will of course be stepping it up and exercising ect! I have never put myself out here to invite friends and make them, but I feel it would be a great step to make. I want to get in shape terribly, but I know also I need support from like minded people! Feel free to message me or whatever! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:58:35 EST I'm back - AGAIN I've been out for a number of years, but I'm back. Trying to start over again, in many respects. I've been divorced for 2 years now, and still trying to adjust to life as a single parent of 2 young children (ages 5 and 3). I've gained 20 pounds since my son was born, and I really would like to lose a total of about 50. I'm going to have my thyroid checked as I think I have hypothyroidism. I had my gall bladder removed 2 years ago too. I've tried Shakeology, It Works, Advocare, and Compl... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:14:56 EST New here!(: Hey everyone! I'm new to Spark People! I really need to turn my life around! I've gained about 85lbs since October of 2013...It's time to get my life back! I am really looking forward to meeting great people and making life ling friends and fitness buddies! Have a great day everyone! <BR> <BR> -PenguinModel22 Wed, 4 Nov 2015 11:09:31 EST Cardio Rehab Hello everyone! I'm a new spark member. I recently started a cardio rehab program. My nurse suggested that I begin tracking my meals to help make the most of my program. Although this is the beginning of cardio rehab, it is not the beginning of my struggles with health, food, or weight. It's been a long road and to keep myself in the right direction, I think of my dad telling me just to do a little bit better every day. When my son was a toddler and I was teaching him to pick up his toys. We ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:31:48 EST New to Sparkcoach This looks like a great enhancement to sparkpeople; however, I thought this addition would eliminate all the ads which cause my computer to run slowly and take a long time to load. I hope to spend a lot of time on here during the day until I get all these principles embedded in my brain!! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:22:18 EST Hi Sparkpeoples-I'm introducing myself today! Hello, I've been trying for over 2 years to lose the 20 pounds I gained after my <BR> thyroid swelled up and found out I had an enlarged nodule. Thank goodness it <BR> was benign but they have to check once or twice a year keep an eye on it. <BR> I was eating the same amounts of food but suddenly within 4 months I had put on 15 pounds and in the fall of that year I lost 5 but then slowly creeped up to gaining10, so a total of 20-25 pounds I would like to lose but it seem impossible <BR> some... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:28:00 EST New and some advice needed! Hey all, I am a Brit living in France. Until June this year I was healthy and active, going to the gym 5 times a week, and walking every day too.. Then I had a Pilonidal cyst that was operated on in Emergency surgery.. fast forward 5 months and I am STILL out of action.. Gym is out until at best January.. I have gained 10kg and none of my clothes fit, so I have to shift it again.. I have started very gentle walks for around 30 mins a day and light arm exercises.. I have to be careful to consu... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:59:04 EST Hi! I am an active mom and grandma who put some weight back on this past year and want it back off. This seems like a good place to get back at it. Good luck to everyone! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 04:58:09 EST Let's do this!?!? Hi, <BR> I am Kris, Mom to four, 47 years old but want to change that around to 47 years young! <BR> <BR> Doctor said, get off the pot and really try. I thought I would give this a try. Due to depression I am unmotivated but really desire to be thin again. I think if I could just find some success it would drive me to work harder. <BR> <BR> I'm a type 2 diabetic and due to starting insulin, I gained 40 pounds just this year alone. <BR> I want to lose 140 pounds total but probably would ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 23:03:38 EST healthy living Hi, my name is Lisa I lost 2 pounds on this program already I am determent to get healthy Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:23:51 EST Excited and thrilled to be a member Hi, fellow SparkPeople members! <BR> <BR> I've been using this site actively for a few days now, and I love it! I just am so grateful I found this website to help me lead the lifestyle I want. It's full of so many positive and encouraging people, and I'm glad to be a part of it :) Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:50:35 EST New Member Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community. I hope that I am sucessful in reaching my goal to lose 37 pounds. I started about a week ago. I not consistent with my goals so I generally fail. Hoping this site will work for me.....Delli24 Tue, 3 Nov 2015 16:21:08 EST Drs' Orders Haven't been doing this for awhile. Have to lose 40 lbs by Feb, can this be done? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:59:53 EST Will power, I got plenty! it's 'won't power I lack does the title make sense? Being able to tell yourself that you Won't eat something because you want to make a better choice???Ah... the power of Won't! <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I have just returned after several years hiatus...glad to be back Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:55:43 EST Hello-I am new to all of this I am allergic to all soy products and beans also a diabetic 2 any advice with some meals would be so helpful. Thanks Tue, 3 Nov 2015 13:34:27 EST New and looking for a fresh start I've been struggling with my weight for many years now. When I was younger I never gained a pound, now into my 30s I'm having a hard time losing weight. I have a lot of health issues, many of them are my own fault because I am overweight. I am tired all the time and I'm having a hard time overcoming that so I can exercise every day. I also struggle with my diet. I'm really hoping sparkpeople will help me get where I need to be! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:41:54 EST Hello Everyone I am from Pakistan. I am here to lose weight. I have gained almost 15kg :(. I have been doing an office job for 5 years, so I don't know when I gained that much weight. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:40:22 EST I'm a newbie I live at the almost most southern point of Ohio on the Ohio river in Portsmouth. I joined a few months ago and am looking to gain and perhaps give support to anyone who struggles with health issues especially weight. <BR> I am hypothyroid x 40 yrs. and have only recently found a practitioner that will listen to me. My health is now starting to improve, better late than never. <BR> I look forward to my journey and joining all of you who are the same path. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:30:53 EST dryon20081 New and seems overwhelming but I am positive! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:00:47 EST Let the games begin! If this was the hunger games it would have ended - May the odds be ever in our favour. <BR> <BR> I miss the slim person inside me and this is day to of the journey to her. Lets do it! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:25:26 EST Been onhere 2 weeks and lost 10 pounds!!! SparkPeople is so much better than Weight Watchers. I gained weight on that program, and was throwing 45 a month down the toilet for NOTHING!!! TOTAL RIP OFF!!! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:37:26 EST HELLO :) HI my name is Rose and I am a 35 yr old who weighs 350 pounds and I am starting a lifestyle change for the first time ever. I look forward to getting to know every one better. I have a zillion reasons in my head telling me YOU ARE TOO FAT... TOO OLD.. but I also have a zillion reasons to succeed. I want to meet people that can share in my journey. This website is awesome soo far. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 12:38:40 EST No More "I Used To"! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Zora. Post-NYC Marathon, I beginning again. No, I didn't run the marathon, but it was so inspiring that I decided that this is it! <BR> <BR> A few years ago, out of boredom, I began working out. To my surprise, after a year, I had lost 55 pounds. I was having fun, with no real goal in mind -- just tired of doing nothing and it was a way to make some friends. I used to work out 5-6 days a week 90 minutes to 2 hours a pop. <BR> <BR> After the realiza... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:48:47 EST success at 78 years? I would feel so much better if I lost 30 pounds. I am recovering from a broken wrist. Is there anyone else here in the same age range? <BR> <BR> As for the strange user name...I finally gave up when it appeared all names were taken. :-) Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:40:33 EST Introduction My name is Cindy. I live in Dallas. I have gained 90 lbs over the past 20 years. I just celebrated my 51st b-day by traveling to Puerto Rico...a gorgeous island full of mountains, rain forests, and beaches. Notice I put "mountains" first! Needless to say, there was a lot of uphill/downhill walking. I realized how out-of-shape I have become. Since I want to continue to travel and explore, I need to get healthy! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:54:27 EST Hello All! Wishing Everyone Success.... If you want to know more about me check out my page. Thanks! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:21:54 EST Intro Hello all, have to do this for work! I'm at my goal weight, eat healthy, and exercise. I am all about personalizing health to what you think it is. I don't believe in a one-size fits all diet or exercise or wellness plan. I think it's ridiculous that SparkPeople is telling me I have to eat a certain amount of calories (1350 a day) to keep my weight and be healthy. I do appreciate the fact that it is about getting people healthy but I think the focus needs to be not just on diet and exercise t... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:26:12 EST Journey to Health Hey everyone! <BR> I am about to start a new journey and looking for some buddies for mutual support. My life has consisted of one diet after another all with the purpose of looking good. Don't get me wrong, I often said I was aiming to get healthy, but in the back of my mind I just knew I was already healthy and losing weight would just accentuate my health and I would look good as a result. In July I found out I have breast cancer. After a couple of dozen doctors appointments, a lumpe... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:10:15 EST new to sparkpeople Just ate half a Red Baron pizza. Definitely emotional eater. Today was something else, nothing that I can do about the situation. Months ago my neighbor did not take care of himself when he injured his foot and this week his foot was amputated. We have 3 storied houses. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 18:22:30 EST Road warrior-ish, finding my new normal I was at my very very fittest and happiest (with my body) in 2011. After few up and down years, I spent the last year getting used to a new lifestyle. I got a new job where travel a bit for work (8-10 days a month), moved to a new city, switched from house to apartment life, and took up happy hours and brunch as a way of life. I'm excited to get back into some healthier habits and I think I'm going to like the challenge of finding a way to make that work with my new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:14:04 EST My intro I'm shelly, and just began this journey because I'm heavier than I've ever been in my life (except while pregnant). I hate looking at my round face in the mirror. I wanted to lose weight before my vacation and only gained even though I exercised and looked hard at my eating habits. I have worked on this on my own with no results. My self esteem is suffering and I'm beginning to get depressed. I had to do something and this is cheaper than a shrink! <em>24</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:10:37 EST November Devotionals Nov. 1, 2015 <BR> “A Devoted Slave of Jesus” <BR> A <BR> Scripture Reading — Romans 1:1-6 <BR> Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus . . . — Romans 1:1 <BR> I can become too familiar with some phrases in the Bible, like this one: “a servant of Christ.” When that happens, it’s easy not to pay much attention. Eugene Petersen, in The Message, his contemporary language version of the Bible, treats those words this way: “I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment. . . .” That catches my ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:34:14 EST A new start and new journey I moved to Hawaii one year ago with the purpose of getting healthy, sad to say I've gained 12 pounds and injured my knee and hip which had stopped me from exercising. Also developed high blood pressure which I am sure is stress related. So I now am going to stop the excuses and do what I set out to do in the first place. Get Healthy Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:53:48 EST Ready for a new start Hello. I'm new to sp. Over the last few years I have gained a lot of weight due to a drinking problem and severe depression. I have stopped drinking and am taking medication for depression. However, both illnesses have left me totally overweight. I need help. As ever one knows getting started is the hardest part, but I need to do something because of health reasons and also for inner happiness. Please friend me and help me out. Thanks. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 12:24:08 EST Time for Change Great to connect with you guys. Crowd out the unhealthy habits with new healthy habits one at a patient. Get busy living life and one day, poof, you'll see the new you. :) Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:46:28 EST saving my life I am 62 years old and I am about to lose everything I have to my weight. My husband,children,,grandchildren because I am too heavy to enjoy anything and just want to be left alone. So last nite was Halloween and guess what,I was all alone. None of my grandchildren came, and my husband left for deer camp....without me. please someone help me to realize I will be totally alone if something does not change. I feel to embarrassed to even talk to my best friend because she had such a loving childh... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:34:46 EST Hello! I am new to this site. I am trying to lose 30 lbs. It is putting me on a whole new track here and hoping for some support. Thanks ... I am 53 and soon to be 54 in Dec. which is really hard to believe because I am still 22 in my mind! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:17:19 EST The start.... of a healthy sustainable lifestyle. Hi, <BR> <BR> Below are my aims which I am setting myself to reach the goal of a having a 'healthy sustainable lifestyle'. This goal is set long term (for the rest of my life), however, I am going to start by mini re-evaluating myself and my progress/performance each week. My first major evaluation of my aims and what I have achieved so far will be on Sunday 6th of December. <BR> <BR> Aim 1 - Eat cleanly. <BR> <BR> Aim 2 - To do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day - focussing on str... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 05:22:23 EST Feel Free to say Hello! Hi! I'm Ella! I'm 22 and from Alaska. I do not own a scale though I do own a tape measure. I have joined SparkPeople in hopes of learning healthy living skills, finding healthy recipes to try, and to join a community of positive people that want to be healthy too. I do want to lose some body fat but I'd like to focus first on taking charge of the things that have gotten me to where I am now. <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting new people and starting on this journey with nothing but an open ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 02:00:25 EST Excited about the recipes Hi, I'm Diane, a lifelong dieter. I have worked, raised a family and been involved in our church, taking care of everyone else and ignoring myself. Now I'm retired and ready to take care of my health. Since my husband and I always ate out at restaurants when we got off work, cooking at home is new to me. I'm thrilled that there are some sites here where I can go to for recipes! I don't have any support in meal planning or recipes since my husband never had a weight problem and doesn't know a... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:44:16 EST Hi, I'm Shaydi I'm a 25 year old South African looking to eat better and get a bit more active again. I'm learning quite a bit from the lovely articles here and hope to get the ball rolling with the #Find30 Step into Holiday Health Challenge. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 00:29:42 EST Let's Do This... Hi! My name is Kim, I turned 50 last month (Sept) and have to get my self in better health / shape. I signed up a while back but have never done anything. (Seems to happen more than not with me. I think about it, then never follow through.) I need to shed 60 lbs and am hoping this will work for me. I hate to admit I am scared... failing at this and having medical issues. I deal with high blood pressure and this weight is not helping and I have a high risk of cancer. I read articles only to fi... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 20:07:33 EST Returning-yet New I'm returning to SparkPeople after a while off. Yet new to message board. I didn't do it the last time, so I'm breaking out of the shyness shell and going for it. <BR> I'm glad to be back on SP and hopefully will lose the weight I need (so far so good), but will need support in breaking my sugar habit, and get out of my exercise slump. <em>521</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:35:48 EST Intimidated yet Humbled I can't recall ever being Intimidated by anything in life, but here I am, on this site, trying to find my way around, trying to find the right things to do for myself, and trying to learn the right way to eat right and move more at my age. I would like to thank each of you that sent me emails of encouragement. They are appreciated more than you know and I was humbled by your caring thoughtful words. (btw, I just have found them today) About me: I am older. I need to loose 60lbs. I have no i... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:09:17 EST Gotta get serious.... <em>213</em> Hi my name is Jen. I am disabled and in a w/c due to a stroke, leaving me paralyzed on my left side. I also have NASH... non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. I need to lose at least 80lb so I can get a liver transplant. <BR> I'm having trouble trying to do exercises with just my right side working. I can't walk. Any ideas? Am diabetic also, and need a lot of motivation to eat right as I have a very sweet tooth! <em>2</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:54:22 EST Looking for WeightLoss Buddy New to the site and looking for weightloss buddy, Someone I can speak to daily, get motivated. Someone I can create a plan with and set goals with, plan out meals with. Share results with. <BR> <BR> Male or female doesnt matter but i'm thinking maybe female would be better since guys probably also want to gain muscle and I'm just trying to shed the pounds. <BR> <BR> It doesnt have to even be one person maybe a small group of maybe four girls of similar age, weight and goals. <BR> <BR> Ok s... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:12:13 EST Hello! Hello to everyone . I am New to this group . Been losing weight and gaining for years ! Empty nester time to focus on me ! <BR> <BR> Hope to meet new friends and embark on a healthy life style journey today ! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:18:41 EST New Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople--way to join on Halloween! I started this morning by eating nine (I had to count to track them ...) Reese's peanut butter cups. I had wanted to get serious for awhile, but that was the last straw. I'm really looking forward to getting started! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:16:21 EST Hi i am Sarah My name is Sarah and i live in Texas...i am 60 lbs overweight and don't like what i see in the mirror i have tried everything !!!! i am hoping the support from this group will be my success!!! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:25:55 EST I'm done with not succeeding! Hi everyone! I'm Ali, and I used to belong to MyFitnessPal...I was a member for two years and think the trackers and friends I made were great. However, I just didn't feel motivated to log my food there anymore and using the site began to feel like a chore rather than something I cared about. I've known about SparkPeople for a long time, so I decided to change up my fitness tracker/community to see if this would help my program. <BR> <BR> I lost 23 pounds back in 2013 and felt great, but I'... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:39:45 EST Maine newbie Hi, been doing program about 1 month, down 4#'s so excited it's working! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:01:21 EST Hello My name is Jen and I am new here. I'm re-committing myself to a healthy lifestyle and am going all in!!! I'm taking the weekend to come up with a solid plan so that I'm ready for the upcoming week. I'm working on navigating my way through this website (there is a ton of information here!!). <BR> <BR> Please feel free to say hi. I'm looking forward to getting to know the site, the people and just getting back to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Jen Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:38:41 EST I am back again and more determined than ever. I have been a Sparkpeople member for six years. During that time I have lost and regained about 40 pounds twice. I am not giving up this time. My goal is to be healthy and as close as I can to my ideal weight as I can by the time I turn 50 in two and half years. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:12:39 EST Hi I am new to SparkPeople. I want to lose weight. This time I am serious about it. I hope SP will help me to keep myself motivated. :) Sat, 31 Oct 2015 04:27:12 EST how to break a stall hello all! this is my first time on this site and I am really enjoying tracking. its very informative. <BR> my history of weight loss began about 2 years ago when I started the journey to have a gastric sleeve done, which I did 13 months ago. I have lost 75 pounds and have stalled since February. very frustrating! but the most frustrating part of all of it was the mixed messages I have been getting from my Nurse Prac. and my Nutritionist. Eat lots of protein and water and exercise! Don... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:00:34 EST Hashimoto's, Hypothyroid and Weight Loss, Oh My! Hi! I'm Tracy from northwest Tennessee...I am here for round 2 on Sparkpeople to try and lose down to 175 lbs...Since I was here last, I've crushed my T11 vertebre, regained some weight, got married, lost my job due to my inability to keep up with my workload because I wasn't getting proper treatment for Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism and have now torn my ATFL (ligament in the ankle)... <BR> <BR> Since Sept 21st of this year, I've attacked my Hashis and thyroid disease...I've gone gluten fr... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:30:55 EST Half a body Hi, everyone, My goal is to lose half of my body. No kidding! <em>381</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:34:39 EST Repeat Offender Hello everyone, <BR> I'm back!!! I was here before but not really interested enough to participate. I was just not wanting to be left out (my coworker were participating so I joined). <BR> Now I am here for me!!!. Looking for an accountability partner(s). I'm am almost 50 (Happy Jubilee) and about 100lbs over weight and i need of lots of support right now. I sell Avon and have now work that into my weekly exercise routine by walking and handing out catalogs. #encouragingmyself. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:43:42 EST Hello Back to SparkPeople after several years off. <BR> <BR> 4 Years ago I lost 60 Lbs with Weight Watchers and am now back up almost 40. Why...because I let my old habits creep back in, and instead of just doing what I know to do, I spent months feeling sorry for myself and defeated. <BR> <BR> I also think I was burned out with the program. Well, it is time to start anew. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Here is to success. <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:55:50 EST Hello Hey all, I'm not new to Sparkpeople but am new to the message boards, just popping by to say hi :) <BR> I am currently 37kgs down and I would love to lose at least another 4 more, looking for new challenges, motivation and of course, new friends :) Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:06:07 EST retread intro I was on SP last year. I was quite successful for quite a while, then skipped a few days, then a few more. I am close to my starting weight, so here I am again. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:36:06 EST New and looking for friends Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to the site. I have a different mindset for losing weight this time around. I am focusing on short-term weight loss goals instead of getting discouraged. I am looking for friends for motivation. I am looking forward to using this site on my journey! <BR> <BR> Ang Fri, 30 Oct 2015 01:52:37 EST Hello, hello! I'm new(-ish) on SparkPeople and just thought I'd introduce myself. I live in Ottawa, Canada and actually started with SP October 1st. I've mostly been tracking my food & activities and am just now starting to get more involved with the website and community. I'm so thrilled to see all the resources here! This looks like a great and positive community. I'm getting lots of ideas and can't wait to be able to try them all. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:05:58 EST Let's DO THIS!! I saw a picture of myself that I have tried to post like three times but the website keeps telling me "No Links Please!" Even though it isn't a link. I keep clicking the "ADD AN IMAGE" button but oh well.... maybe I'm not meant to post my "why photo" just yet... ANYWAY. I saw that photo of myself that I seemingly can't post and it made me realise that I need to make some SERIOUS changes!! It's going to be a journey and to be honest I'm terrified of making any changes. It's so EASY to not do A... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:55:32 EST New member looking for sage knowledge I had to have urgent removal of my lapband last week. I was planning to convert in one surgery to a sleeve in November. Now that I need to have a second surgery I'm wondering if the bypass is a better choice. I am a grazer, lazy cook who gained by poor choices and sweets,carbs etc rather than that 2nd helping... <BR> Any ideas or advice? Does anyone regret bypass and wish they'd done sleeve?? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:39:04 EST New to Sparkpeople - Arizona Hello, My name is Cathy and this is my 4th day on Sparkpeople. Taking my time and learning things before jumping into this. Making small changes in my habits to make sure that they stick. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:05:58 EST newbiemomnew2SP Hello everybody! Excited to be here <em>213</em> I'm ready for the ups and the downs, and the good and bad days. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:46:49 EST Buckling down So, I have returned to SparkPeople with the idea of making some major changes to my diet. I have to lose the weight for my health, no more excuses. Tracking my food and exercise is making me accountable. I had forgotten what normal portion sizes are. Now that I am starting to eat better, my cravings for sweet and salty foods is going away. Wish me luck in sticking with it to the end. I have about 90 lbs to lose. <img src=" Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:07:26 EST Taking a page from my daughter's playbook! My adult daughter has used SP and recommended it to me. We are using it as a tool to support one another. I like the order it brings to a daunting task...making lifestyle changes. Four days far so good! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:00:27 EST Howdy from Texas! (Newbie) I've used SP before but this is my 1st time on the msg boards. I've always been kinda private so wasn't too sure about this! I'm at the heaviest I've ever been before-236 and out of shape to boot. Something has got to change and it is gonna be me! I am now a stay-at-home housewife for the first time in 30 yrs. My husband will be on the road a lot tho. We have a nice place in the country and I plan on gardening, getting chickens and maybe eventually a couple of goats. I want a real working... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:40:58 EST Hello, new but old I started a vegan lifestyle change in 2014. I did really well for about 6months & fell back into some of my old habits. I felt really good, skin & hair looked much better & slept well. Been part of Sparkpeople off & on for several years but half hearted. So trying to be GOOD now. Glad to be part of the team! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:47:42 EST Fall back into routine I've used SparkPeople off and on since 2006 but last December I used it religiously and lost 30 pounds. However, over the summer it was just too easy to "fall off the wagon" with barbeques and family gathering. I gained 5 pounds back but I would like to ignite that fire again and loose another 20 pounds. This is my first time using the message board - I've read them and found them useful. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:47:01 EST Round 2 Spark worked great for me a couple years ago. I lost 50 lbs in 6 months. Then our computer broke and being a stay at home wife didn't have the funds to replace it. We lost my mother in law maybe 3 months after that so between getting a job and helping my husband with his grief for 2 years- spark people was on the back burner. I am ready to feel good again. Im back for round 2 and I am excited! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:07:01 EST Lost 60 pounds. Bulimia Hi, my name is Andrew and im 6 feet tall. <BR> i used to weight 230 december 2014. <BR> After 7-8 months of strict diet and exercize (1200-1500 and 3 hours of cardio a day) i dropped to 165. <BR> At first i was really happy with my weight loss, eveyone used to say nice things like "wow, you look amazing" etcc. <BR> I feelt really happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> what happend next, you proably already know from the title. <BR> It all started after a huge meal with friends, i feelt so guilty (even if i ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:02:09 EST Good Morning! I have been on a healthy eating, exercising plan since the end of May and am slowly making my journey to leaving a long, healthy life. I am 65 and have been very overweight most of my adult life....yo-yoing, but never winning. This time I am going to make it! I needs lots of prayers and support!!! Thank you! <BR> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:32:34 EST New member intro I'm hoping Sparkpeople will help motivate me on this journey I am starting tommorow any suggestions or tips is greatly appreciated. Add me as a friend please and thank you in advance Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:41:04 EST Newbie facing PCOS diagnosis I have been away from Sparkpeople for iver 5 years, and I am trying to get my weight under control. I'm at 198, and my heaviest ever. I can't seem to even budge more than 5 lbs, and have been diagnosed with PCOS, insulin resistance, and the doctor has started me on Metformin. This site worked for me 5 years ago to lose 25 lbs, and I am hoping I can work on myself with the help of encouragement from all of you out there too. <em>45</em> Trying to eat healthier, wish me luck on my journey. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:18:08 EST Starting the journey to better health I have just starting using Spark People( I signed up about a month ago). I am overweight however I don't have any health problems yet-I want to lose weight before it becomes a health issue for me. Looking forward to the journey with all my fellow Sparks! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:09:29 EST I just had VSG in August! I'm looking for others who have had bariatric surgery. I had VSG in August and have lost 53 pounds already! Let's do this together! <em>381</em> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:00:07 EST Howdy! This is my second time using this website. I am still not very good at tracking everything I eat and my downfall is at dinner. I am very good during the day (or some what good), but for dinner I get so hungry I just over eat. This happens even if I eat a salad, then I have to eat something else as well. I have lost 40 lbs since June 22, 2015, but would like to loose about 80 more and no if I could just eat better that would help. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:58:31 EST Hello I am new here. Stared brand adipex p 37.5 today. Need to loose 70 pounds. I am 5' 11 and weighs 269. REALLY BIG For me...need support. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:13:13 EST Hoping to do better. I just joined this last night. My eating has been out of control and I have gained over 30 lbs in the last 8 months. I haven't done great today, but I am really trying to eat better so I can feel better. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:09:12 EST Just saying 'hi' Hi all, <BR> I just typed out a really long introduction to you, however, hit a snag when trying to post the message and it disappeared! Grrrrrrrrr...anyhow, I apologize for the short version - I must get back to my schoolwork. Just wanted to say 'hello' and say that I am really grateful to have this site in which to find so much inspiration and motivation to eat more healthfully, which includes trying my best to avoid bingeing, and incorporate exercise into my days and find a way for account... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:19:41 EST Re-starting my life Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm JC, a 41-year-old man who lives in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. I am married and have two children. Last June, I weighed 310 lbs...and I kept lying to myself, that I was healthy. I did however suffer from Sciatic nerve pain, lower back pain, high cholesterol, high fat content, weak painful ankles, stress, anxiety, and pre-diabetic. I had a conversation with my doctor, who kept saying, "just diet and exercise" like if it was that easy. I needed a lot ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:29:29 EST robert jeffers hi new to sparkpeople trying to lose weight to help with my health and diabetes Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:57:18 EST Getting there!!! Hi, I am new on here, but I am on my way to my goal already. <BR> In the middle of August my wife was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. That made me look in the mirror. I was 6'0 and 239 pounds. I made a commitment to her to take on the ADA diet along with her. At first we overdid the carb watch and cut them back way too much. We met with a dietician and learned that diabetes does not mean "no carbs" or "no sugar". It seems it is the opposite to some degree. We learned it is more about portion ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:58:35 EST Hello Hello, I signed up for SparkPeople last year on November 9, 2014 and never did anything with it. I have been telling my family that they aren't giving me the support I need to lose my weight, but it is up to me if I want to change and I know that I am now 27 years old and still 280 pounds. I have always been around 250 pounds but since I met my husband back in Aug 2010 I gained 30 pounds before we got married in Aug 2011. I am so tired of being big and overweight. I want to lose weight so th... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:34:31 EST New Member- sort of. Hi. I started SPARKPEOPLE several years ago- but never took advantage of it. I am now back- and I am finding all sorts of aspects of the program to be useful, interesting and helpful. And I am hopeful and encouraged that I will stick with it. It actually seems as if it might be FUN! Thanks, and see you around. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:48:28 EST Back Again After Diagnosis Hi all-- <BR> <BR> I am a 54-year-old Floridian recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, NASH, and raised cholesterol. I have been dealing with the affects of a heart condition since birth. I am a married mother of an adult child (just turned 18 this month) and a musician and writer (both, professionally). I am active at my very liberal church. I do yoga and strength training, hula dance, walk, ride a trike (Gave up the bike after a bad accident three years ago.). I have always been a la... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:43:15 EST Vegan - overweight Vegan for years but ate the wrong things, now 3 months in, I eat plant based, a lot of raw food. I cut the junk, no more diet soda no more candy, no coffee or tea. I have had sleeping issues for years but now I can sleep at night and feel so much better. I have incorporated cycling to work for my cardio. My next goal is to start weight lifting. I have not lost any weight according to my scale but can feel a difference. I keep moving forward. If you are in Pismo Beach area or LA, I would love ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:42:12 EST Back for a second time First time not ready. The second time is the charm. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:20:49 EST Determined Ready for a new beginning <em>521</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:06:30 EST Hello from Lina hello every one, my name is Lina and my gastric sleeve surgery is schedule next month on the 11th. <BR> I went to all mandatory classes, bought all; vitamins, lost 13 lbs so far ( from 257-244) and i still have one more class to go to. Very excited and looking forward to be skinng , healthy and sexy :-) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:46:01 EST Do I belong here? I am 56 years old, disabled, and 100 pounds overweight. I cannot do much physical activity. I am addicted to sugar. I am a binge eater which means that I can have control sometimes over what I eat and then just suddenly want to eat everything in the house. I believe that I need an accountability system and cannot afford weight watchers. I do hope that Spark People can help me. I am not sure about the tracking being accurate, because I tend to cook my own food most of the time and they tracker... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:21:16 EST Trying to get a handle on things... Hi... I'm Alicia and I'm 70 lbs overweight. I need to lose the weight not only to look better for me, but to get my diabetes under control. <BR> <BR> I think I joined this site several years ago... like around 2005 or 2006, maybe... but it was nowhere as awesome as it is now. I can't believe all the great features. I've downloaded the app and I'm on my way!!! <BR> <BR> I'm currently on the HCG diet plan. I'm expecting it to restart my metabolism and get me on track with quick results... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:10:22 EST