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 Hello! I came here to change my life :) Hello! <BR> <BR> I came here 2 weeks ago or something like that and I took spark coach because I need a reminder every day and something which will lead me trough all resources. <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with weight loss for too long and I guess the biggest problem was that fact I didn't really have a support. <BR> <BR> I like this page but I would also like to join a community and meet people in the same situation as mine. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:00:30 EST The family curse didn't skip me Hi everyone. I have been on Spark for about a week. I found out 2 weeks ago that I have type 2 diabetes. It was a real wake-up call for me, especially since my father and grandmother both died from complications of the disease. The fact that I had a 50/50 chance of getting it had been in the back of my mind for a long time, but it didn't get real until I heard the diagnosis. <BR> I've been overweight for most of my adult life, but at 5'4" and 218 I crossed over into obese. I've never been ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:50:08 EST I am new here. Hello my name is denise and i am new at sparkpeople i just started my weight loss goals and i want to lose at least 15 pounds. I am getting married next year and i want to look great on my wedding day. I will take any advice or help. Thank you for letting me join. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:17:45 EST Saying hi Today I started my journey to losing 89 pounds and I was looking online for the support of like minded friends. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:59:25 EST Hello Hello everyone, I am new to this and hoping to stay motivated in reaching my weight loss goas. I hope I can help encourage others as well as be encouraged by all the wonderful people out there who are on the same path. Have a wonderful day and good luck during your journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:50 EST Want to loose 10 pounds I am 49 yr. old and weigh 135 lbs. 6 months ago I was 130 and now I am trying to loose weight from 4 months and I am fluctuating between 134 and 135. I eat healthy . I take my 10000 steps everyday. drink 8 glasses of water. <BR> I want to loose at least 10 pounds. I am just frustrated. Please advice me. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:16:13 EST Hard time getting motivated I am so struggling with my weight. I never had to lose weight before but after 45 I started to gain and am now at 173!! I can't get motivated. I am depressed about my looks (not depressed about life, just my looks). <BR> I just moved to a new neighborhood and have no friends here. I would like to meet women my age to walk with. <BR> Sad girl :-( Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:06:16 EST "You're Going to Get Diabetes" Or that's what a friend told me the other week. He was (mostly) joking, because I have a horrible habit of flooding myself with Red Bulls in the morning. Certainly not a good habit, but my overall health is in a (relatively) good place. Or if not in a good place, I just had a physical at least, so I know I'm fortunately in no actual danger of getting DM just yet. <BR> <BR> Still, it got to me. <BR> <BR> I would like to drop 7 or 8 pounds, drink way less sugared/HFC stuff, exercise more, an... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:45:03 EST Hello Hi, I don't really know how to do this whole thing. My name is Leilise. I have been trying to lose this last 15 pounds for a while now, but it is soo hard for me. I have been through a lot of struggles in my life as many people have which definitely contributed to me turning to food for comfort. I am trying to change my relationship with food so that I can finally take control over my weight and health. This has been so hard for me because I live in a home full of diet-sabotagers as I like to... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:42:11 EST Good morning!!!! Good morning guys, I must say I had a wonderful weekend!!! This Monday morning is starting off very well. Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful day and keep up the GREAT work!! <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:17:26 EST hey all hey all new to site and doing the fitbit anyone else out there have fitbit wanna be friends and challenge and motivate each other. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:01:53 EST Hey Everyone! Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm brand new and I just want to say hi. This is dorky, but I'm kind of nervous about posting. I joined this site because I thought the online community support would really help me lose the last 10 or 15 lbs. I've lost 16 lbs this year already. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:44:04 EST Feeling focused I'm in it to get this fitness / health thing going right. I have goals set and am learning my way around Spark People. It is so important to me that I am able to keep up with my 1 year old Grandson. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:12:33 EST Please allow me to introduce myself! Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this site and I really hope it can help me. I've been a bit of a yo yo dieter since I was in my twenties (56 now). I did manage to lose weight after my pregnancies and was able to maintain fairly well until a really depressing breakup a few years ago, Then I slowly put on about twenty pounds. At the beginning of September of 2014 I quit smoking and a week later fell down my stairs resulting in a broken left foot and four broken bones in my right leg, then a... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:31:30 EST new member I am new to the whole community thing. I don't even facebook. I'm just looking for some support in overcoming emotional eating, hoping to find others who have the same struggles. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:56:43 EST new here Hi, I'm new to sparkpeople, I have 40 pounds to lose, I've tried for many years to lose weight, I did succeed but only to put it all back on. This time I'm determined to make real change and be healthier and happier with help and support from sparkpeople. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:23:07 EST anyone in the bay area? On Medifast for 30 days, just starting to get the hang of MF meals and deciding what to have for Lean and greens - want to start exercising with walks around the mall? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:02:57 EST Running HI I am new on SP. Just joined today. I will be training for a marathon in 2016. I need all the support I can get. I would like to train for weight loss and maintain the muscle I have. I have tried various ways and nothing seems to stick. I am very athletic and have done several triathlons but now I'm only running and weightlifting it's the way Im headed. I would also like to figure out how many calories as an athlete I should be eating. So if anyone has any tips or pointers, send them my way... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:30:04 EST I'm a newbie :) Hi to all! Joining SP is the first step to reaching my goals. I need to lose 30lbs for health reasons. I'm a nurse and know what I need to do but just can't seem to stick to any diet for longer than a couple weeks then I cave back to my old habits. I'm a stress eater, not good! I know it's all about lifestyle change and I'm trying to do just that but am struggling with low motivation and willpower. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting new friends on this site and helping each othe... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:21:30 EST help at it again Hi I'm Brandi from St Louis mo.....I'm 208 wanting to get down to 180......I'm cutting back not dieting ...I'm 37 .. ANY TIPS OR SUGGESTIONS???????HELP Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:57:17 EST Anyone hear of the Isagenix program? Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. My goal is to lose 50+ pounds. I am looking at a diet system called Isagenix to get me started. It includes cleansing and shakes in its plan. I figure a system would be better at first because I have a hard time preparing meals so shakes would be easier for me. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:32:36 EST Hello! I am so ready to live a healthy life! I know that with hard work, determination, and the right amount of support I can make this goal a reality! :) Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:01:38 EST Old "New" Member Hi, my name's Diane and in October, I will be fifty. I can remember when age fifty sounded so old; but now that I am almost there, I realize that it is not very old at all. I still have a lot of life left for living and I want to live it as healthy and happy as I can. Do you know what that means? For me it means getting rid of those old, old habits that are making me unhealthy and unhappy. <BR> <BR> What old habits do I want to rid myself of? What would I like to change? My entire adult life... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:16:25 EST Back again.. Hoping to reach fitness goals Hello All, Spark Friends, <BR> I am back again after a couple of years. I have lost 23 pounds since 2013, but my weight has hit a plateau since 2014. Looking to lose weight. Unable to stay motivated consistently. Been on and off fitness schedules. Fairly good diet. Need to break the plateau. <BR> <BR> Current Weight 170 lbs <BR> Height 5 ft 3 inches <BR> Female Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:41:20 EST New Member Hello everyone....I am new to this site an looking forward to having success with my weight loss and fitness goals. Like a lot of people I have tried different things that I have not been successful with, but I am confident that this will be the turning point for me. I would love to hear from others that are on the same journey, and would love to help support you with your goals. <em>381</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:01:30 EST New member Hi there. My name is Jennifer and I joined SparkPeople this past week and have been slowly poking around the site. I live in MN and my husband and I have a cat and dog. I am a knitter and crafty girl, a bookwork, and I love to take our old camper out to the state parks and hit the trails. My goal is to make healthier choices and to educate myself on what it takes to get to a healthy weight and to maintain that for life. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:36:09 EST Trying to learn more about food &Type 2 Diabetes My boy friend has Type 2 Diabetes, and I am the primary cook of our meals. Although my step dad had this disease I was rarely around as I was married to a military member at the time and only got to see my folks during holidays. I want to prepare meals that he can eat and enjoy without breaking the bank. We both enjoy the basic meat and potatoes meals and want "healthy" ways of fixing them. While we enjoy the occasional fish dinner it is something that doesn't fit in out food budget as we are... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:31:20 EST It took me a while Hello, everybody! I first heard about SparkPeople in 2012 but didn't really do anything. Since then, I've gained more weight. I happened to come across the website earlier today and I'm very glad I did. I realize I need the motivation to stay the course to remain consistent to achieve my goals. Any help and encouragement would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:52:30 EST Things Just Got Real I am new to Spark People. I have always been overweight but recent blood work just took me to a new category with my health. Now, it's not just overweight or obese but "morbidly obese." The weight has to come off now because my life may depend on it. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:29:35 EST Hi, I'm new Hi-- I just read "Better than Before" by Gretchen Rubin and it made me realize how much I need outside accountability to stick to good habits--so I'm here for some friendly accountability and to support and encourage anyone else on the weight loss journey. I have lots of weight to lose so I plan on being here for awhile. Cheers! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:26:22 EST HI Im a mom to now 3 boys, wasn't planning on that happening, but the reason I joined here was to lose weight and cook healthier for my boys... I need advice what to cook for a 8,7 and 4 year plus a 35 year old husband lol... I know its not going to be easy, but I need to stick to my goals of losing at least 50 pounds. Thank you in advance to anyone who can or will give advice :) Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:58:44 EST Didn't know this was here. Just discovered this today, and have been with SP for several years, so I am new to the message board. I need to be reminded to exercise every day. I am 71, in fairly good health, have asthma and on oxygen every night. I try to stay active, being a farmers wife I wear many hats, and no day is the same as the last. Some days I don't know from hour to hour what I will be doing. May be running for parts, helping hubby move equipment, picking up bales, etc. I don't have the full use of my l... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:51:54 EST i am new Hi there im new to spark its my first day 1 i wish us all a lovely journey to reach our goals we are strong and capable.. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:24:59 EST New girl here Hello, my name is Patricia. I'm 38 years old and currently weigh 287.8. My heaviest was 309 last summer. My weight has gone crazy. I'm the homeschool mother of 6 kids, 3 of which are special needs children. In the past I have used many "diets" but always met failure. So, somewhere along the way, I simply gave up! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to kick the diet coke addiction, shamefully consuming 100oz every day. I also have a horrid deadly habit of not consuming any fruits or vegetables and living s... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:34:59 EST I am a Newbie Hi, my name is Melanie. I am 35 years old. I am 5'3" tall and at the moment my scale tells me that I weigh an awful 182 pounds. Yes, that's too much for me. They came from unhealthy eating, laziness, sometimes emotional eating (boredom, lack of self-esteem etc.). I would love to look good, change nutrition, do more exercising, BUT I do lack of motivation and I am good in finding cheap excuses. <em>234</em> Sad but true! <BR> I would like to join Spark People to finally change. I hope I ca... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:09:44 EST Just had a baby 3 weeks ago I just had a baby (my first!) 3 weeks ago and at my highest weight ever. I am off work until July and would like to use this time to really push myself and take care of me and the baby. I am incredibly out of shape but will need to take it slow as I am still recovering from a c-section. I started taking small walks with the baby in the stroller but need to wait until my 6 week appointment to do anything more strenuous. I am looking forward to spending more time here to re-focus myself and mak... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:01:35 EST trying to hard Hey everyone my name is Brittany and I am 21 years old and I have reach my weight limit in my life my weight is up too 300 pound it's because of stress and's hurt cause every time I try to lose weight I give up I might not be the only one but I do need some support or what the best way for me to just keep going Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:42:21 EST PCOS Weight Loss Hello! I'm joining to continue my PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) weight loss. I have lost 30 pounds and I would like to lose another 35. I'm hopeful Spark People can help! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:37:02 EST trying to hard Hey everyone my name is Brittany and I am 21 years old and I have reach my weight limit in my life my weight is up too 300 pound it's because of stress and's hurt cause every time I try to lose weight I give up I might not be the only one but I do need some support or what the best way for me to just keep going Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:17:28 EST trying to hard Hey everyone my name is Brittany and I am 21 years old and I have reach my weight limit in my life my weight is up too 300 pound it's because of stress and's hurt cause every time I try to lose weight I give up I might not be the only one but I do need some support or what the best way for me to just keep going Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:17:03 EST Reached my highest weight Ever! Trying on last years clothes today, everything to tight. Not having been on the scale for some time, I was shocked to see 250 lbs this morning! My highest ever! Got to do something about this! Winter was brutal in Ohio and I wasn't as active and the munchies really kicked in. Not easy getting started on a plan, but this is something I need to do. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:19 EST Hi from Idaho I joined SparkPeople about a year ago, but have not been very involved, other than receiving the emails and trying the wonderful recipes. I have done well. I worked with a trainer for 6 months and then went at it alone. Unfortunately, I have had several issues with joints and the gym became a painful place for me to go. I always loved swimming and after losing 55 pounds since last April I felt confident enough to join my local YMCA and started attending a 5:30 am water aerobics class thre... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:48:34 EST New to SparkPeople I have been a Weight Watcher Member since 2003. I lost 25 pounds within 3 months. I reached my goal weight after 6 weeks and have been lifetime ever since. In the last few years I have gained most of the weight back and have been struggling to maintain my lifetime membership. I would like to loose 10 pounds but it has been harder this time since I have gotten older and need less food but continue to eat too much. I have been not been tracking for a long time so I need to motivated again and g... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:01:24 EST Healthy lifestyle I started Spark People back in 2013, but I fell off because I was all about dieting at that time, but now I am just trying to live a healthy life style. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:07:44 EST Hello, I'm backkkkk Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm back on this site after 2 years. This time around I'm taking my weight loss a lot more serious because I need to lose weight to be healthy. The biggest thing I realized is that I need support. Without support, I just have no motivation and I need to lose 30 lbs. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by August. I know ambitious, but I am willing to make a commitment with your help. So any words of encouragement can help me a lot. Thanks for reading! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:36:36 EST Hello friends I'm a new member Hello I am Quen, I've recently joined Sparkpeople. I'm friendly, excited and I am not sure how to join the community or if I am placing this in the correct section. I'm asking to be your friend and a part of you community. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:50:18 EST Newbie ! Hello :) <BR> <BR> I'm Jackie and I'm here to help get off the pounds that have accumulated over the years. I'm looking to be healthier as well as lose weight. I've been here for a week so far and really like everything I see. I love the trackers and they have helped me continue to 1 more lb after loosing 10 before coming here. I hope to have a great experience here. I've struggled with weight all my life going up and down. I would like to find a way to stay consistent now. I'm done with th... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:11:57 EST Hello&#128522; I was widowed 1 1/2 years ago. I have been eating ever since. I am embarrassed to say that I start walking or controlling my intake. I am 65 & it is so depressed I don't know if I can do this. Many things have held me back. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:40:18 EST Hello Hi to all. This is my 2nd time doing this healthy thing. The 1st time, I think I got tired of all the tracking & gave up. It's been a few years & a few pounds later, but I am willing to give it my all. I recently turned 60 & can really feel my weight. I am very uncomfortable all day long & have recently been hired on as a para for children with behavior problems. I do love the job! I am 5 ft. & 180 lbs. My short term goal is to lose 10 lbs by July because we have a wedding in tx. with... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:41:16 EST Back again Been on here for a while and getting serous about my weight loss and getting healthy , taking one step at a time and one pound at a time Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:59:32 EST Hello there! Hi! My name is Lauren and I'm 28. I'm here to learn all I can and meet other people that are on their weight loss journeys. My weight began fluctuating around 21. It was due to health issues and it was quite a shock. It is vital that I lose this weight and get healthy. I'm trying to start a family with my husband, so it's about darn time. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can. Hope you're all having a wonderful week! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:16:56 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST Just Me introducing myself My nae is Carolyn. I am 33 years old. I am trying to lose weight for an upcoming surgery. It can get HARD! But SparkPeople has helped me out a lot, I am trying to do a low carb diet & I dont have to count anything :) thats the best part. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:27:18 EST Newbie here, ready to reach my goals Hey guys! My name is Laura and I'm 24 from San Diego. I'm graduating college next month and I'm finally ready to make the changes to create a healthier, happier me. I'm looking to lose about 65 pounds and I just started training for a half marathon in November. I have rheumatoid arthritis, but luckily it is not too severe yet. My boyfriend is deployed in the middle east right now till the end of the year. So instead of being sad about him being gone, I'm trying to focus on bettering myself, I... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:55:41 EST Runner Mom Looking For Support Somehow after entering my 49th year, I have gained 7 pounds that won't go away. I run marathons and am finding the extra weight depressing and slowing. I need to get serious about my health and am hoping this community can help. I am also a great cheerleader for others and as an educator, I am always thrilled to see people reaching hard-earned goals. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:58:25 EST SparkPeople Newbie Hi, I stumbled onto this site while looking for healthy recipes and I'm so excited about all of the wonderful resources that can be found here. Last year I completed a 12 week challenge and lost almost 20 lbs. I always meant to begin another challenge, but I have become a serial starter/quitter and gained all of the weight back plus more. I know I can stick with it this time! <BR> Everyone here seems so friendly and supportive! I know it’s going to be fun getting to know people here. <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:49:43 EST Sarah Amanda Holt Hi there my name is Sarah Amanda Holt. I use to go onto the teen spark person but since I have turn 19 in March I figured I join sparkpeople main site. Anyway I am a new mom as of January 22 2015. I had a little boy that me and my fiancé Trandon named BrentLee Ralph. I really want to lose weigh so I know that I can keep up with the little one as he grows up into a man, I also want to reduce the insulin that I am taking so maybe one day I wont have to take any and I have a better chance of bei... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:59:40 EST cute weight loss "banners" How do I get one of those creative banner's that show weight loss progress? I'm down 25! :) Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:39:40 EST New to SP & posting Hello All - This is my first post. I've been tracking for a month and figured it's time to use more of the resources available here. I've read lots of the success stories, and other posts, but I wonder what else I 'should' be doing to help reach my goals. I've got a long, long way to go, but I feel very optimistic and I'm glad I found this site. Any suggestions where I should check-in every day besides trackers? <em>9</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:20:21 EST New to SP Hi everyone, <BR> New to this site and looking forward to connecting with others who have like minded goals. <BR> I would like to take a few exercise classes at the gym, but wanted a few suggestions, on which might be better for beginners. Doesn't really say in the 24 Hr class descriptions. Thanks for any feedback. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:52:08 EST Biggest Loser Teams I have been a Magnificent Midnight Mustang for several rounds. I enjoy the Weekend Challenges by hey help keep me focused instead of falling off the wagon on weekends. The group has lots of different teams, but the Mustangs offer lots of support. That's really important to me as I continue on my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I hope to see some of you around the corral. <BR> <BR> Cassie Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:52:34 EST This time it's for real So, I joined up a handful of years ago, and learned a lot about portion sizes and things, but a few years ago, I stopped counting my calories and exercising regularly. I could give you excuses about not being able to afford the gym, or that my new neighborhood isn't a safe place to walk, but that's all they would be. I have a Gazelle, and I have a couple of steps off my front porch, I could have done something. <BR> <BR> I didn't. For a while, I was able to maintain my weight just because I... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:58:40 EST Back again Hoping that this time I can achieve my goal. This is the third time using Spark People. The previous two times I started losing weight but didn't stick with it. This time I am determined to do it and am hoping that the community forums/message boards will help. That's one thing I really didn't use in the past - I really do need some support. <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:46:01 EST Getting serious now after 10 weeks on the 5:2 diet need a bit of a boost to keep me going - ideas to make it fun again please Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:35:13 EST Ello!! I am new to sparkpeople. And Amazed at the wealth of information on here. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:51:27 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:25 EST i know I have pcos but haven't gotten diagnosed I am seriously crying right now I had been going to docs for months with pelvic pain, weight gain, getting hairier, abnormal period and never got 100% a answer. Mostly I was gnna be okay take this med should help. I am so sad because before I got more hair on my face i tried getting to the root of my problem and now I feel horrible. I feel like hiding under a rock everyday. I'm so sad, and now knowig it won't go away is killing me more. I have sensative skin and when i shaved omg i messed up ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:00:29 EST Hoping to make this lifestyle change,not just diet Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I basically dieted my whole life, but I have never tried any diet fads. I count my calories and eat healthier and exercise more, and that has always worked. I start "dieting" around the period of spring to summer and sometimes even till fall. And then I eat more during winter. This gives me a weight range of lowest being around 125 pounds during summer and highest around 136 pounds in winter. I skipped dieting last year because I was very busy with school and I have ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:58:39 EST Anyone doing Weightnot i just started so I would like to hear from others Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:28:52 EST health hello everybody my name is Mauricio.i am very happy to be part of spark people Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:47:06 EST another newbie to the site Hi everyone. I was on the site a long rime ago but life got in the way. I am now making my health a priority. I am taking a stained glass class and now this. I will be a new gramma in September and want to be able to keep up! <BR> My daughter and I have been following a quasi-Palo lifestyle for about 6 weeks and so far so good. I'd like to keep it going but find the convenience of pasta or cheese and crackers I really miss - not the taste though. Would love some hints to make Palo more conve... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:49:24 EST It's been for ever ! It has been forever since I have been to spark people. Last time I was here the year was 2012 and I was 271 lbs. I seen SP on my email folder and thought I might drop in. Yes I am still over weight. I have made a little progress since I was here last. I now weigh 246. I have be doing thing to cut back on my sweet in take. I have given up all soda for the most part. I am still trying to give up fast food. I have a new goal for myself. I would like to weigh under 200 by my 52 birthday in Augu... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:34:14 EST Hello everyone! Hi all. I am 38, 5'2, 216# and sick of looking the way I do. I have Type 2 Diabetes, severe anxiety and Bi-Polar disorder. So food is my friend. lol <BR> <BR> I am sort of lost on how to really start this whole challenge. I know that I am sick of looking in the mirror! <BR> <BR> I am on 1500mg of Metformin a day and my glucose numbers are all out of whack. <BR> <BR> Please help. I want to be down to 115 by the same time next year! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:04:23 EST howdy Newbie here. Cancer survivor looking to regain the healthy living! Interested in nutrition, looking to gain muscle mass back. Look forward to chatting with you all! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:16:34 EST New Here Hello, <BR> Just joined spark people. I am excited to start loosing again. This will be such an encouragement to me. <BR> <BR> Joni Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:36 EST Hello, I'm new to the site Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> My name is Ashley and I am looking forward to being a part of this supportive community. I am a graduate student, but graduating next month. I wanted to begin losing weight this summer as the stress and pressure of my studies will finally lighten up! <BR> <BR> I have found that I do well by holding myself accountable to someone (in the past, my nutritionist) by weekly weigh-ins. Are there any forums or groups that weigh-in on a weekly or bi-weekly basis? <BR> ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:17:58 EST Ready for the challenge Ready to kick it up to a new level. Kicking up the amount I go to zumba. Love it! It feels like Im dancing and not really losing weight! Good luck to everyone Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:52:41 EST just dropped by to say hello Just wanted to say hello and to let you know I need lots of support. I need to lose 50 pounds by the middle of October. Must be slim for my grandson's wedding. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:37:08 EST Protein options that are low salt I need to up my protein and fiber!! I keep kosher so no Ham or Bacon or shellfish...Thanx!! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:13:38 EST Hello, I'm new to the site! I just wanted to introduce myself and maybe get to know some people. I really wanted to find a community that could help keep me motivated on my fitness journey. My name is Anissa (pronounced: Uh-Nih-Suh) what's your name?? :) Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:57:06 EST low carb diet Does low carb diets work? if so can anyone help me get ideas Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:35:39 EST Atkins hi im new. Anyone on atkins induction? I'm just past first week. Wondering can I have a gin and tonic lol Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:34:16 EST newbie Hello friends, I am looking forward to meeting everyone .....I need this badly, as my health is suffering .So I hope I can fit right in with you guys Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:27:17 EST Atkins hi im new. Anyone on atkins induction? I'm just past first week. Wondering can I have a gin and tonic lol Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:26:09 EST Ketogenic Diet Hi! I am Kate. My daughter and I want lose weight and end the cycle of loss/gain once and for all. Our Doctor recommended the Ketogenic diet to kick start our weight loss and then, slow re introduce some Carbs and dairy. <BR> Does anyone have any great recipes or meal plans for this diet? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:23:01 EST New Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople. I have 35 pounds to lose and am out of shape (in desperate need of motivation). I'm interested in a high protein diet. As far as fitness, I would love to walk/jog/run.. February 2016 is my 50th birthday, and at 50 I would like to be jogging/running at a good distance regularly. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the SparkPeople experience! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:07:05 EST Love to bake My name is Nancy, my husband and I moved to North Carolina in June 2014. I love to bake for my family and cookies are the number one thing, I have tried various sugar substitutes and they all make me sick on the stomach so I have cut way down on tasting. I now taste only one per batch instead of one from each tray baked. Since June I have gained 20 pounds, my son is getting married in October of this year, and I want to look better in what I am going to wear. So to achieve that goal I am go... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:26:54 EST Just joined Hello! I just joined. I have 30 pounds to lose. My daughter is getting married in November and I don't want to look like the matronly mother of the bride. Unfortunately, I have torn my ACL, MC and messed up my exercise is a challenge....though I go to a trainer 3 times a week and do what I can to stay as fit as possible. <BR> <BR> I need support from others who are on this journey. I know I can do it with help! <em>213</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:49:06 EST Hello from Middle GA Hello everyone. My name is Brande and I am new to the message boards. I joined back in January, but have only been using the tracker part of this web site and sporadically at best. I was using a different tracker on my phone for the most part, but have had a little more time to explore and have found there are some really great things on this site, so I think I will quit jumping back and forth and stay here :) . So for my intro, I am a 40 year old mother of 3. I have always battled my weight ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:38:06 EST Hello! Looking for SP friends, feel free to add me! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:20:02 EST Hello, I'm back I was a member of Sparks a few years ago and I haven't been active for a while. I really need to get back on again, doing my trails and watching my food intake. I don't know my weight right now, but I will eventually get on tomorrow morning. My goal is to lose 10lbs s month, if possible. By October, I want to fit in a size 14-16. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:14:45 EST Back on Sparkpeople. Hello everyone. My name is Jackie and I was on your site once before. I look forward to talking to everyone. I have gained a lot of weight and need to start eating right. My health hasn't been good since I gained the weight. I am hoping with the support on here and from my family I can lose the weight and be able to do things like I used to. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:54:56 EST not been around fr a while I havent been on here for ages. I have had a big wake up call , i have put on 20lbs since last november. i havent been monitoring anything i eat or drink. so its back to basics and taking stock of the fact i need to do this for my health as well as looking better. feeling so disappointed in myself but not surprised . i have been shopping and bought lots of fruit and veg instead of chocolate crisp etc. so im back and raring to go !! <BR> Loz <BR> x Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:28:38 EST New to SparkPeople I am new to SP and looking for support from like minded people who lost their weight with Ideal Protein Weight Loss. I would appreciate any information or direction on this website! Thank you! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:16:18 EST hello....again I was here a few years ago and now many pounds heavier and anxious for a change I am back. This was a great place then and I see it is even better now, so glad you are still here. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:33:25 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first day on this site and I am excited to learn more and grow in knowledge as I continue on my weight loss journey to getting healthier! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:51:15 EST overwhelmed-lot of weight to lose <em>39</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:40:35 EST Diabetic Neuropathy pain n Exercise. HELP!!!! I am diabetic for over 20 yrs now n my neuropathy. is bad... i used to walk 5 miles a day. n be very active n always busy ... now i cant even walk to the bathroom. from my bed.... i am on pain meds n sometimes they work n when they do ... i feel like i am normal again.... i am getting depressed. . i want to try to do a 5k walk... im looking for good sneakers since my feet hurt so bad... i want to do this ... i need to do this... i want my life back i dont want to give up on myself.... if the... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:01:18 EST Diabetic Neuropathy pain n Exercise. HELP!!!! I am diabetic for over 20 yrs now n my neuropathy. is bad... i used to walk 5 miles a day. n be very active n always busy ... now i cant even walk to the bathroom. from my bed.... i am on pain meds n sometimes they work n when they do ... i feel like i am normal again.... i am getting depressed. . i want to try to do a 5k walk... im looking for good sneakers since my feet hurt so bad... i want to do this ... i need to do this... i want my life back i dont want to give up on myself.... if the... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:59:33 EST Atlanta Newb: First Day Here Hello everyone. I'm Nakita. 28, new to Atlanta (since December). I came here on a whim, kind of, and so far it has been the best decision I could've made for myself. I whave a semi-awesome job, opportunities that I didn't have before, and motivation that I needed. I am going to be 30 in May of 2016 and my current goal is to use this site to drop from 216lbs to 150lbs by then. I am more than certain that I can do it, and I'm looking forward to having this community to keep me on track every st... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:16:17 EST want a friend who wants to lose weight and motivat Hello everyone! I am 20 and I want to lose 30kg. I want a friend who is eager to lose weight. I want motivation and I am tired of listening to people calling me cute but fat. Please help. Thanks in advance :) <em>381</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:10:00 EST Hello My name is Deana Hello My Name is Deana and I'm currently trying to loose a little weight, but I'm getting bored with my snacks and am Looking for some new 100 calorie snacks to try. Ive been doing a program called body by VI and I've just recently started seeing some results with it. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:45:09 EST Here We Go Again - For the Last Time! I'm Carol. I had Gastric Bypass Surgery a few years ago, but very slowly gained back half of the 120+ pounds I lost. I am having some weird health issues, so I went to see my doctor, and he scared the beejeezus out of me about being pre-diabetic, having a fatty liver that is 150% the size it should be, and needing to have my gallbladder removed right away due to gallstones, even though I'd never had a gall stone attack. I just had my gall bladder removed 9 days ago. He also laid down the ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:13:29 EST does Medifast work after the first time? <em>39</em> <BR> Hello, I'm brand new here and excited to be a part of this community. I'm a 42 year old female that had major success on medifast a few years ago (lost 70 lbs in ten months). Kept the weight off until a year ago and been back on it faithfully with no results. Help! <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? <BR> <BR> Thanks a mill!! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:05:47 EST Looking for encouragement to keep me on track Hello all, <BR> I am doing weight watchers, because points are easier for me to track than calories, and have lost my first 5 lbs (of what is going to be somewhere around at 80-100 lb journey) but I stuggle with the lack of encouragement in my life. The bf encourages bad eating habits and doesn't want to exercise the way I do. I have also started the c25k program to help me get moving. <BR> <BR> Would love have some encouragement buddies to message with and help keep each other motivated a... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:26:17 EST Aching To Get Back Hello, My Friends. After a huge weight loss in the last 2 1/2 years and going from an out-of-breathe from walking up the stairs, couch potato to a bona fide gym rat, I'm aching to get back on track. I've gotten into some less than healthy eating habits (though it's not a dozen donuts for breakfast like I used to!) and due to a lower back injury, I've been benched from the gym until further notice...I'm itching and frustrated from just sitting here....I joined Spark to find others looking to ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:47:23 EST Charley's journey to a better me Hey there I am Charley and I'm 20 for a few more weeks before I turn 21 next month. <BR> After feeling really un-confident about myself,I wish to lose some weight and take some control back after a few rubbish years. <BR> <BR> I'm currently 11stone 4ibs and would like to be at least 10stone then work to go smaller if my body can since I am fairly big-built anyway. <BR> <BR> I struggle with eating right because I still live with my parents and they do the cooking, <BR> but they rely on a fat... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:17:31 EST Hi Everybody Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Maria and I'm trying to get healthy and start enjoying life. I have a lot of weight to lose, but my main objectives are to feel better and have a more active lifestyle. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:45:33 EST Hope this works I am 60+ lbs over where I should be. I have lost weight over and over but just can't have the ability so far to keep it off. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:19:19 EST Hi ALL... &#10084; SparkelStar -Day #6! I guess this is an Introductions message board, so I'm saying "Hello!" I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley) & find I've become sedentary Have lost my active friends of youth & need motivation to lose almost 100lbs. Know I can find the Support here! This site is the answer to many prayers!!! xoxo &#10084; SparkelStar Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:44:32 EST Here we go again... I'm Victoria and I am 33 years old. <BR> <BR> Last year around this time, I was doing great. I had lost 70 lbs, I was feeling good, looking good and working out all the time and loving it. Then everything came crashing down. I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease and ended up in the ICU having a thyroid storm. But, I lived to tell the tale, which many people don't get to do. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, I am cleared by the doctor for exercise and back at it again. Weighing in at my heaviest yet, I n... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:39:32 EST Hi Everyone My name is Crystal and I'm looking to lose an additional 15 pounds. I have lost over 40 pounds so far. :) So i'm on my way. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:06:49 EST never give up a few years back my daughter told me about this site. if i had not given up on myself i would be much healthier now. so yesterday i started logging in my food and on day two i am very proud of myself. this time i need to remember that i have to take care of myself first not last. i am looking forward to a new life style with my family glad to be back Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:04:43 EST Baby Sparkler! ;-) Just starting my first 12 weeks on the Venus program. SOOOOO excited. <BR> My goals are: <BR> Work out 3X per week. <BR> Eat my calories. <BR> Get my water. <BR> Get more sleep. <BR> Build my confidence. <BR> Make new friends. <BR> <BR> Give me a shout out if'n you want! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:16:03 EST At it again. Hi everyone. I have been losing and gaining weight for most of my adult life. I always end up losing interest until I notice my clothes are shrinking. Here I am again, I need to press the "restart" button but I'm so lost in all the information and fears and insecurity that I'm not even sure where to start. I have no health issues at this time but diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are family heirlooms I'd like to avoid. ANY SUGGESTIONS/SUPPORT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. I reall... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:57:56 EST New Spark :) Mrs-Couch is my name, 40 years old, 5 6" and 190 pounds . I began my journey back to myself on June 14th and already I have stumbled. However, my bad habits were not formed in one day and my good habits will come time :) I love that I found SP. The food and water tracker really hold me accountable. I hope I continue to grow each day with nutritional knowledge and shrink in size . The nice people I have encounter here with SP will make this an enjoyable journey. <BR> <BR> Thankful for S... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:40:47 EST tired I've been at this since January and yes I've seen results. I lost 23 lbs. I've gained about 3 of it back by on the road eating. I'm ready to try again but I'm very tired of the boring food I was eating. I can't afford the diet on the site or much else than what I buy. I really do want to continue losing weight but I'm losing motivation from being so bored with it. Help! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:20:11 EST so.. here we go.. So... im a mother of two boys, <BR> new to all this , hoping it will help .. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:04:34 EST The New Guy I am new here, only about 12 days on the site. I have tried dieting many more times than I care to mention. I am going to make this the final diet that WORKS!! I believe I am ready for a lifestyle change. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:09:01 EST Introduction Hi everyone, <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I want to let you know that I am very excited to interact with people who are just as excited as I am to reach their goals. Thanks for all your positive energy! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:14:55 EST Need help with low carb meal plans! Please! Hi, I have not been on Sparkpeople for maybe 5 or 6 years. I am a Diabetic and have started a diabetic diet to try to reverse my diabetes. I have been on a very low carb diet the last month, under 20 grams of carbs a day. I have lost 13 # and got my BS numbers pretty good, but not perfect. But I am running out of ideas on what to eat, and have started wanting to add more carbs in now, but some are not good with my BS readings! I absolutely hate counting calories or carbs or anything like... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:17:42 EST Have to get my weight on track for myself Hi everyone my name is Stacey I am a mom of four beautiful girls and a grandmother. I live in northern Indiana and have chose to get my life on track for myself and my children I need to lose at least 800lbs to be under 200lbs it hard to get myself to eat at all so this is a great challenge for me hope to have good luck on here Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:09:10 EST just wanted to introduce myself! Hi my name is Darlene. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:05:04 EST I am my own worse enemy.... 2nd day of my new get healthier plan...I am the person who goes I want to lose weight & I make all these plans, including menus and snacks and buy all this great healthy food and then stop at Wendy's for Junk....The most I lost was last year when I started the first time to lose weight and that was 17 pounds and I was my own worse enemy again....and started eating and decreasing my gym work outs... <BR> <BR> Well I am on day two and will be heading to the new gym we joined yesterday so that ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:47:33 EST I need Encouragement Please. Im doing this Alone! Hey All, <BR> I have started the Journey to get healthy. I have been emotionally eating for the past year and gained 50 pounds. I can hardly breathe without using my inhaler multiple times a day. I woke up one morning and wanted to end it all. I need to get healthy for my children. I am doing this diet thing all alone. If anyone would like to add me for encouragment please do so. Since April 1st im down about 8 pounds. Which couldve been better butttt I went on Vacation and had a bit to drink... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:35:00 EST hello, I am Carl I am Carl, I live in Cleveland, OH and I am in some desperate need of change. I recently went to get a pinched nerve in my lower back treated where I was turned away for not being healthy enough for an injection. I am 37 years old and dealing with, aside from being 400 lbs, non-alcoholic liver disease. Both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have declared my weight and over all health to be an issue and will not place me on the list for a new liver till I am under 300 lbs. I have s... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:45:44 EST New to all this! Wow! Never thought I'd be saying this, but I am in between the "Uuoh and Totally lost" zones. I am new to Spark people, new to blogging, new to forums, and new to being Type 2 diabetic. <em>40</em> . I am also totally terrified! I have 95 + pounds to lose while keeping my blood pressure down and my blood sugar stable. I don't know exactly how I am going to do this. My Dr. gave me a paper that looks more like it was written in a foreign language and a prescription, then my niece -in-... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:08:29 EST 10 years ago now trying again. 10 years ago I lost 150 pounds. That only lasted a week and gradually gained it all back and then some. So started at 320 and trying again. So thankful for finding this site. I just know its what I need. <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:16:32 EST hard to lose weight having hard time losin weight ..... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:31:53 EST tbyrd1015 I have been here before but I never really did anything. This week end at my Granddaughters cheer competition a picture was taken of me and I just couldn't believe it was me. I went out and got a scale and really was shocked so I looked in the mirror when I got out of the shower and I almost cried, what have I done to myself. I knew I was depressed after I lost my job and I have done nothing but eat and watch tv. But now I want to do something, I have to do something,so tomorrow I'm going sho... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:49:46 EST seeking daily email check in buddy I'm new to the site. Want to lose about ten pounds and stay involved to maintain. I am a whole foods vegan who loves walking and yoga. Recently decreased calories and increased activity in order to be healthier and achieve my goal. <BR> I'd like to find an email buddy to send a brief check in email to daily for accountability. Please let me know if you're interested. Thanks! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:28:12 EST Third time is a charm After some added health problems and a bump up to almost 300 lbs, i'm back to do it again. I have some major diet changes. 1800 calorie ADA, low fat, low sodium. Any help I could get would be greatly appreciated. I'm lost at the moment. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:50:46 EST over eater Hello. My name is april I'm a compulsion eater . The Dr says I have to much weight on my knees. I just had sugery. I have a food adiction and need help Ty Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:15:38 EST I'm Back Can't believe I haven't logged into this site since September of 2012 but I am glad that I am back, so much information and support to be had on this site. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:48:53 EST I'm a newbie <em>257</em> , today's weather for SE Alabama! I hate to start off my first time here asking for help, but I am in serious need of someone's help and generosity. I would like to know if anyone has the 6 week body makeover Accelerated Body Sculpting chart they are willing to part with? I lost mine in a move from Indiana to Alabama. I called customer service @ Provida and was informed I would need to purchase the entire kit in order to get the chart.... Can anyone help me..?? TIA Susan Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:02:05 EST "mommy weight" Just joined! So I have been trying to start this journey for a year now. I have a one year old daughter and she is everything! Unfortunately I gained 40 pounds that I havent been able to lose (ive even gained since having her) I have tried diets and lifestyle changes and personal trainer and crazy detoxes and my fiance and I keep getting slipped up on pizza and other haults. I recently stumbled upon a picture of myself where I was thinner and I was wearing the same shirt!! I looked so much di... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:18:16 EST Ready for Change Hi guys! I just started back here on sparkpeople. I was a member 2 years ago and was happy with the way things went. I fell off track a bit and I am ready to get back on it. I am currently quitting smoking :0 and starting to exercise some. Any tips or words of encouragement are welcome. Thanks!! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:13:40 EST Hello! Nice to meet all of you <em>524</em> I officially joined yesterday. What I am planning is different than in the past with making healthy changes. I am 'gathering' what I need: an inspiration journal, starting (today) my nutrition tracker, and my goals for fitness are to include walking 3x a week and doing at home exercises, which I have found here at Spark People. In my 50's, and although not alot of weight to lose (10 lbs), my goal is to 'get off' the merry-go-round of up and down 10 or more pounds and change my ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:28:06 EST hi im back and ready to lose:) its been about 3 or four years since i been on here i belive,well im back and more serious then ever,now being a single mommy.feel free to add and hi:) <em>252</em> <em>524</em> <em>229</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:55:14 EST Loose 50 pounds before 50 in July Hello, I am turning 50 and my goal is to loose 50 pounds by July 8th... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:15:43 EST Loose 25 pounds by July? Hello, I am turning 50 and my goal is to loose 25 pounds by July 8th... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:02:29 EST Weight loss round 2 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm reaching out for a support system. I was obese my entire life and two years ago, I lost 100 lbs (in a year. Unfortunately, as a result of some knee issues, I fell off the wagon after a year of maintenance. This seemed to snowball as my splurges became more frequent and my workouts became less frequent because I was frustrated by the restrictions my knee was putting on my routine. Now, I've gained back 25 of the 100 lbs. I lost. This has been mentally draining and I j... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:44:20 EST Starting Fresh I am starting over again. I originally after the birth of my son lost 47 i have thus gained 26 lbs back and am not to thrilled about that. I got into that depressed state of mind and used food for comfort. I have decided no more! I am tracking everything I eat this time and am not cheating by not logging my food in. We will see where this journey takes me! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:16:48 EST I'm BACK! <img src="">Hey there, I'm Jessica, nickname Jebbica, and I have been away from SparkPeople for far too long! I have been struggling with my weight for years but didn't make a real commitment to do anything about it until January of 2014. Since then I have lost about 55 lbs out of 75, but I still struggle, I still have days where I just feel disgusting and fat and useless. That's where a support network would really be helpful! I love to ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:02:40 EST Day 2 a success... I was hungry all day yesterday, but stick with it. Eating a lot of starch/sugar makes me hungry, so I know I have to get used to not eating as much of it. I felt like I was still hungry soon after lunch, but managed to avoid snacking til later. On to day 3... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:13:34 EST *Trying my best to get myself back under control* So, I am new to Sparkpeople & thought I would introduce myself. My name is Blair & I am a receptionist...yes I know, how exciting? Lol It's not only boring, but it's not a very physical job. This has put a damper on my weight. Also, everyone there likes to bring in cupcakes & sweets of all kinds...& of course that just happens to be my weakness. Another factor in my weight gain lately is that I just recently got married (October 4th, 2014). Yes I'm going to jump on that band wagon...ho... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:07:20 EST a plan hI! <BR> I am just logging back in after a while away -- I need major change - and to take responsibility for my own success and I am ready -- at least I have a plan and am coming here for support and community. <BR> I finally have gone back to work, I have insurance that would pay for bariatric surgery if I do opt for it - but I want to start with myself. I don't know exactly how much I weigh -- but around 400 I think. I have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, asthma, sleep apnea, high bl... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:14:57 EST A dire need for change Hi everyone, I signed up for this site some time ago but never really took advantage and gave up on my desire to shed some pounds. Everyday I sit here tell myself how I can't stand the way I look but I cannot get my mind right to do anything about it. I'm 36 yrs old, mom of 4 teenagers and a smoker. I know that is problem number one. It's a habit I find very hard to quit. I am always under so much stress and smoking helps me release that tension. Sad but true. I'm scared. I haven't been to th... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:53:51 EST Returning member I am so determined to take this weight off! There is so much against me but I AM and I WILL do it. Ive started walking. Tbe big thing will be to eat better which wiil be a struggle but I WILL do it. <em>381</em> we can all do this. TOGETHER! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:06:23 EST Coaching and learning at the same time Four years ago I was at a weight plateau too high for good health (195), and was always tired, depressed, and having trouble concentrating. After two years, was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and am still trying to find the best combination of medication, supplements and foods to keep my weight down and my spirits up. Have tried SP in the past in a casual, inquiring sort of way, but this time I'm in for the long haul -- 'cause feeling poorly is not my idea of a future, and I ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:52:12 EST I'm a newbie Although I would love to "blink" all this weight off, I seem to have no motivation to stick with anything. I do good for a few days and then I'm not sure what happens, I run to my crutch of night eating after work. It's like having a friend to turn to at night but that "friend" is packing on the pounds. I know this but yet, I still keep messing up nightly. I did lose weight before but now, it just seems so difficult to even start..I don't mean to be a downer, I figured if I released my feeli... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:34:30 EST Hopefully a Lifestyle Change Not Another Diet New to Spark People. But not new to dieting. Can't think of one I have not tried. I like to eat healthy but because of my sedentary job and I believe age and genetics, I have struggled with my weight, on a roller coaster, for the past ten years. I want to exercise more. Spark seems like a good start. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:57:57 EST Just getting started I've used SparkPeople in the past just to look up nutritional info. I just learned last week that SparkPeople offers so much more. I'm really excited to get started on my journey to a healthier and more fit me! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:36:34 EST New girl on the block! Hi guys! I'm Kelly and I just signed up yesterday. I've never used spark people before so I'm excited to get started. I used to do Weight Watchers but it got really expensive and with the online program I found that there was no accountability. I know that this is online too but I like that we can add friends to talk to and keep us honest. I'm looking for friends and friendly motivation! Add me if you think you can help!! <BR> <BR> A little about me, I'm 25, I'm addicted to all things Disne... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:07:49 EST Challenges ahead -I've made a start... Again. Wow. What a wealth of information. New to Spark but not to diet and exercise. Coming off medication for MS (and a plethora of other stuff) and finding newfound energy and motivation! <BR> Still exercising on my own but looking for some external inspiration. <BR> Supported by medicos ... kinda... And doing alright. <BR> Happy to chat, located in Oz. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:16:41 EST Hello Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:16 EST Hi, guys! Hi, guys! I'm a 20 year old college student who needs some support on her weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey! I have always been the chunkier of my friends, and sadly my weight has been slowly increasing since I entered high school (I entered high school at 200lbs, gained 20lbs by the time I graduated HS, and have gained an additional 20lbs since starting college). My current weight is my highest weight (240lbs). My goal weight is anywhere from 140lbs-160lbs depending on how my body... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:44:44 EST Diabetes Smackdown <em>104</em> <BR> Diabetes is silently wrecking my life. I got the biggest scare of my life when I ended up in the hospital last month. Now I am dealing with elevated creatinine levels -which signifies impaired kidney function or kidney disease. This is a HUGE punch in the gut to me. I have to get rid of this weight and conquer this diabetes monster. My kidney is not up for the taking. Pray for me! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:10:22 EST Newbie on board... Things have gotten out of control, and I figured calorie counting is the way to go. I actually eat a healthy diet, just eat too much. Probably a little heavy on the starch/sugar. I definitely eat too fast and "graze" too much. I'm not consistent with anything, so I really hope I'll make the time to keep tracking my food. I'm a little limited with exercise because of foot arthritis (really bad in one foot!) but I'm doing what I can. Glad to see so much going on on this sight. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:52:34 EST Returning Member Intro I've been a SP member for awhile and after a long hiatus I'm back. Just a little info about me: after sitting in front of a computer the last dozen or more years my activity has dramatically decreased and my weight has dramatically increased. Add to that I've had back problems since taking a fall with my first child more than thirty years ago. And my knees went out more than a year ago after I apparently pushed my walking to hard/fast. Now I'm not able to stand for more than a few moments at ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:01:56 EST I am a newbie to the message board I have been trying on my own to eat healthy and going slow and steady, but back on track today with everything I eat, drink and scrubbing my shopping list to only stock good items for recipes. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:14:30 EST Mommy, Look at that man!! So that phrase changed my perspective on how I looked at myself and hopefully changes my life. I have always been a big guy, played football in high school was always over 300 pounds. That was a long time ago, now I am around 450 but I don't know the exact number because scale only goes to 400. I knew things were getting out of hand but never did much about it. That was until I heard that comment from a 6 year old as I was walking through target on Saturday with my kids. It really hit ho... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:44:27 EST Fighting the fight! I lost myself along the way. After suffering what I call my "mental breakdown or breakthrough" I have released myself of the cursed crutch of medications. Now I am trying to mentally and physically filter through my emotions and addictions and find my true self. Learning how to deal with my emotions, allowing me to feel them, and most importantly- realizing that I don't like the person I had become (even with medication). I have learned that food is a major crutch but that it also has had som... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:10:31 EST new to message board I am a dieter with medical problems, diabetes 2 (controlled), diverticulitis (controlled), thyroid (controlled), and other things, and my husband, whom I care for has a diabetes pump for juvenile diabetes, neuropathy, and other things. I do cook with natural cooking and it takes a lot of my time, I follow more of the anti cancer diets, recently my husband has developed colon problems with narrowing in the colon, still diagnosing that, actually that is when I got to going with more the anti c... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:47:49 EST Hi! I'm New! So MUCH going on here! LOVE it! <em>381</em> WOW! This is my first time on, and it's like driving a brand new car. I have to figure out where all of the buttons are, and what they do. I have heard so much about this site, and when we had a couple give an inspirational speech about losing enought weight between the two of them to account for a whole new person...and they credited SparkPeople...I KNEW I wanted to be one of you! You all know what this is like. And I have a LOT to lose. I am going to set small goals and rewa... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:25:52 EST Finally ready to launch Salutations, greetings, and good day. <BR> <BR> HI! I figure it's time I got around to finally introducing myself. My name is Tia, I am 32 with a wonderful 12yo and an amazing significant other. I am working on loosing the weight a sedentary lifestyle of working 40+ weekly, plus school for 20+ weekly helped pack on the pounds. I graduated college a year ago but resided myself to taking care of my ailing grandmother until the time she passed. I am now able to use all the pent up energy to loo... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:32:37 EST Returning after years gone... I lost 60 lbs with Spark in 2006-2007. I felt and looked the best I ever had. Then divorce and other lesser tragedies struck and my health and fitness didn't hold. I made great friends here, but coming back here reminded me of a time in my life that I didn't want to remember...and I let everything here go. Now what I remember is that Spark was the only thing that seemed to ever work for me. I really want to make a go of it again. I want to feel better and have more energy. I want to not g... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:50:56 EST New Member! Hi my name is Kelsey and I am a new member! I love the idea of specific goals and joining with other people to make that goal happen. I want to look AWESOME in my swimsuit when I go on vacation to Florida. I am starting the 28 day Bootcamp on this site next week if anyone would like to join in. Is there a SparkTeam for that? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:37:29 EST New Member Here I go again! I am hoping to really do this this time! I have a hard time staying motivated after a few months. I plan on challenging myself and posting often to make me stay accountable. I have a lot of weight to lose and the gains have just gotten away from me since my kids were young. I am looking forward to getting feedback from those who are 45+. <em>249</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:19:42 EST Quick Weight Loss Centers Hello! I am new to Sparkpeople and I just signed up for the Quick Weight Loss Centers Diet. I would love to hear from you if you have tried this diet. Thanks! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:41:14 EST Returning Hi, I'm Tamara and I'm returning to Sparkpeople after a long hiatus. Right now, my goals are to eat more fresh vegetables, make sure I'm getting enough protein (I'm a pescatarian), and adding yoga and walking to my routine. <BR> <BR> Feeling hopeful! :) Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:55:41 EST not new, returning! i originally joined here back in 2011, but have not utilized; until recently my wifes gotten involved! marv. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:31:40 EST My journey to better health... Hi I'm Brenda & a newbie to SP. Currently over 300 lbs so I have a long journey ahead of me. With hard work I know I will succeed. Please feel free to offer tips & encouragement, be a friend & we can motivate each other. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:13:35 EST Joined here instead of slimming world. Hi everyone, I've joined here instead of paying for slimming world. Plan to save the £5 per week in a jar for new clothes when hit target weight. If I can lose the two pounds a week it's recommending and be 3.5 stone lighter by the autumn that would be amazing. I'm 50 this November and would love to be the 2 dress sizes down which is my ideal weight. <BR> <BR> So that's the plan, I have local swim pool membership and have started doing the challenges there so am swimming 3 to 4 times a w... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:57:13 EST Need motivation! Hey everybody! <BR> I'm new here and I need help staying on track. I need to lose 30 lbs. If anyone as any tips or fitness/motivation groups please let me know! This is really important to me! Thanks yall Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:09:28 EST Antidepressants causing weight gain! Since I've had to be on antidepressants, I have gained about 30 pounds! It is so depressing! Is there anybody else out there with the same problem, or is it just me? Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:18:36 EST Spark Solution Book I've purchased the Spark Solution Book and received it yesterday. Today I have read Part 1 and Part 2 and am ready for Week 1. This is a two week jump start program. (You also get week 3 and 4) Lots of motivation! Give it a try! <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:35:06 EST Desperate to lose some weight! Hello all <BR> <BR> I am new here and desperately need to loose some weight. I am 5'5 and weigh 190 pounds. I am so insecure about the way that I look. I try to hide by wearing loose fitting tops but I catch people looking at me, so I know I'm not hiding behind the clothes the way I had hoped that I was. I make many excuses for myself. I was in the military and very fit but four kids and 10 years later I'm struggling. Like everybody else, I work full time but also go to school full time and ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:22:10 EST New and a little doubtful Hey! I'm chocowoman. I'm 5'6" and use to weigh 140 lbs. After a few pregnancies, the excuse that I can eat whatever since I'm eating for two, and overeating or undereating, I now weigh 210 lbs. and am somewhat doubtful that I'll ever look like I did though I know it's possible. I am so determined to look like the women I see on magazines. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:20:14 EST Recovery and return to health. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 55 five years old and a 5th grade teacher in a small town in Montana. I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in October 2014. I had a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. Through the process I gained weight and of course loss quite of bit of my fitness. I had a wonderful natural path doctor who set great nutrition guidelines for me. The one that I have to follow for a least five more months in eating 80-100 grams of protein a day. I am finding it difficul... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:06:37 EST A New Me Hello, All <BR> <BR> Its time to eat to live. <BR> <BR> Felipe <img src=""> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:38:24 EST Out for coffee Was out for coffee this morning with the mall walkers Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:32:50 EST Determent Hi everyone <BR> I am new and I am ready for a better lifestyle( Healthy)!!! <em>521</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:46:39 EST New here but determined Hi, I'm new here and finding the site overwhelming tonight but I am determined to learn my way around. Any suggestions on where I start? I look forward to some encouragement, motivational stories, etc. Coming soon: Lifestyle Change(s) by Slankdot!! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:37:41 EST Starting Over It's so frustrating starting over. I was 185 when I quit smoking a couple of years ago., and now I am 217 and it's so depressing. I am back on spark, back in the gym, and counting calories Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:36:07 EST 21 day fix I just ordered the 21 day fix last weekend and I won't get it for another two weeks since I'm stuck in the middle of the pacific. Is anyone doing the 212 day fix?? Is it working on you? I know a friend that lost 16 pounds in 40 days Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:30:10 EST Losing Weight with PCOS Hello. I want to start by saying I've been overweight my whole life. Even when I thought I looked good (late teens/early twenties, toned and tanned) I was considered to be obese for my height. I had a dream of going into the military and being a pilot, but was declined due to my weight (even though at the time the recruiter was shocked by my weight). That just basically put me into a void. I tried to lose weight. I exercised a lot and ate very little, but only managed to lose 10 to 15 pound... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:28:31 EST A Proper Introduction...... Good Afternoon! I have been on Spark People for almost one week and have failed to introduce myself! My husband calls me Peanut, so we will use that name for now! I am turning 35 this year and I'm ready to shed these dreadful pounds and live life to the fullest! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:47:01 EST Hope I can lose more weight, never giving up! I have been on this journey of losing weight now since Aug, 2013,. I decided to change my life for myself and was am determined to continue. lost 72lbs and gained 12 back but keeping off 60lbs so really I should be happy yet I just keep slipping back into bad habits. Not exercising faithfully daily as much as before. I know I can I did. I need my mojo back. Any suggestions PLease??? Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:59 EST almost under the 200 mark! Im so close but feel so far. I was down to 203.8 and got my time of the month and gained 3 lbs this week. Im so close to 200 and want to be under so bad. Its a huge milestone for me. LOL the struggle is real!!! anyone feel me!? Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:55:16 EST Body Wraps? Has anyone tried the body wraps? Not for weight loss because i know that it wont do that lol but i've lost 43 lbs and has loose stomach skin and im interested in trying one. My coworkers wife is selling them and he told me shes having good results. I would like to hear everyones feedback/experience. thanks Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:53:40 EST Back in the saddle! Okay, I've never ridden a horse that wasn't made of fiberglass with a pole running through it and galloping in circles, but the point still stands! <BR> <BR> Hey all, I'm Faith, and I've finally accepted that fact that due to a blend of lifestyle and genetics, my health is something I'm always going to have to keep a firm handle on. I'm happy to be back on the boards here- community and support is SO helpful with any task like this. <BR> <BR> This time last year, I was a smoker and weighed... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:03:26 EST Have to do this I could lose 100 pounds and be at a low healthy weight, but I'd be absolutely thrilled if I could lose 50. I started Nutrisystem last weekend and so far so good. I will find out tomorrow what (if) I've lost. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:21:15 EST SPARK PEOPLE SITE I know this site is just wonderful. I've lost another 2lbs, wow. I can't believe it. I wasn't sure it was going to work but it did., and for that I am grateful. You see, I haven't been to disciplined in sticking right to the program, but I now realize if this is going to work I need to keep myself on track., despite what other people in my home might say. My husband is one, cause I've been on all kinds of weight loss programs, and he thinks I'll just lose interest and quit. But I find... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:54:53 EST At home workouts for beginners? Hi, I am totally new to weight loss and really looking for some help and suggestions. Since moving about two years ago I have gained about 35 pounds. I'm very unhappy with my weight and how I look. I've wavered back and forth trying different things to help me lose the weight but nothing sticks. I just can't seem to stick with it. I've recently got a great blast of motivation going and I really want to get a good program going before it passes. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have some good suggestio... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:20:29 EST I Can Do This! Hello, my name is Ruth. I am a wife, mother, and friend. I have two young adult boys both in college. My husband and I are whats called "empty nesters". This has been a hard winter on us both. Spring is here. My husband used to call me "Hot Momie". I want to lose weight, BOTH of us to eat healthy and get my exercise in EVERY DAY. I work full time and love my job at a nursing home doing admissions. I am usually always happy and smile alot. If you want other people to be happy, you h... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:07:51 EST Back again! I am back for the fourth time!! ugh I don't know why I can't I realize that this is where I belong! Looking forward to really using the program ALL of it. Looking for anyone who wants to be friends and help each other out. <BR> Toots <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:27:15 EST New to Spark Today is my first day and I am honestly surprised at how well I have done. I was sure I was going to be starving and craving my normal bad choices, but surprisingly I found it difficult to eat all my calories. I struggled to drink all of the required water, but I feel that even the 4-8 ounces servings I did manage to ingest is a step in the right direction. I usually drink 120 - 144 ounces of soda a day. Also, I normally eat only one meal, so this was really a good day for me. <BR> <BR> I w... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:38:04 EST starting again I have been on this site before. Now my children are mostly raised (my youngest is 10). I have recently been told by my doctor that if I do not lose weight I have less than 20 years to live. Since then (Thanksgiving) I have struggled to lose 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have recently been promoted at work and am working twice the hours I'm used to. I am also doing more strenuous work. This has left me exhausted and putting everything else on the back burner. <BR> Now I'm starting to feel better an... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:16:35 EST getting started Hi! I'm new to Sparkpeople...joined today..I have a long way to go, but had to start somewhere.. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:38:59 EST hi everyone I have been on here for a few years, but finally it is the right time for me to do this!! <BR> <BR> Jess Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:19:35 EST Hello everyone ! i need support in a bad way! Hi there. my name is kate. I will be 24 next week ( I cant believe it lol) I have struggled with weight for the entirety of my life. at my highest I tipped the scales at 400 lbs. :( I managed to shed 150 lbs but gained back 50 lost 60 so on and so know the story. while I am still 100 lbs lighter than before I have a long way to go. its been 6 years since I lost the weight and am ready the shed the rest. I am really just looking for some friends and some support. I work full time a... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:53:47 EST INTRO Hi There. This is Manish from Gujarat, India. Would love to introduce myself, as an avid Internet Blogger, Affiliate marketer, and a health concious freak. I am new to the Forum, and wouldlike to have suggestions, and lot of interaction from like minded individuals, on being an interactive and contributing member. You can visit me at <BR> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:00:14 EST Energized and ready! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm tired of giving up. I'm going to get to 117 pounds. I'm 132 pounds now and losing weight is really hard, especially since I'm in college and the food at the dining hall isn't the best and I have no access to a stove or oven. I look forward to meeting all the amazing and inspiring people on here and I hope I can help you reach your goals too! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:10:41 EST Never thought I'd be back in this position Four years ago I was a success story. I was more fit than I had ever been in my life. I had lost 85 pounds and kept it off for well over 3 years. Then, I slowly stopped... it crept back in. Then... it did more than creep. I have gained nearly all of my 85 pounds back. I remember how great I felt and swearing I'd never "live that way again". Yet... here I am. <BR> <BR> What's different this time? I know I can do it. I know I have it in me. I know what worked for me. What's stoppin... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:57:53 EST NEED TO GET HEALTHY & HAPPY HI <BR> <BR> Here I am again I have lost weight before and gained it back, like many other people. <BR> I want this time to be different. I know I am a lot happier when I lose the weight and also more outgoing. <BR> Of course I also feel better ( healthier).. So hopefully with the help of Spark because doing it alone does not work for me I will reach my goal and maintain my weight so I can have a Healthier & happier life ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:25:14 EST Hi there! Hi everyone I'm Nancy. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:53:24 EST How do you find a work-out buddy locally? I live in zip code 06351, in CT - 20 or so minutes from Casinos, looking for actual spark member to become a work-out buddy... I do not see where you can search for one local to where you live?! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:33:16 EST wanting to take the "character" out of actor I'm a 28 year old widowed mother of a beautiful autistic boy, and I'm also an actor. More than that, I'm what's called in the industry a character actor, a nice way of saying fat. <BR> "It works for you!" I hear it all the time, but does being overweight work for anyone? Is "holding my weight well" because I'm tall an excuse to continue disrespecting my body? I'm ready to get out of depression and back into the life my Holland and I deserve. I'm ready to be held accountable for my actions an... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:52:50 EST Newbie from Florida Just joined today and I am hoping to get help with my cholesterol Target. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:53:38 EST Beginning a new way of life After a recent doctor's visit, where the scale read 215 pounds, I had reached a point in my 64 years where I had to make some lifestyle changes. My name is Carolyn, I live in southern Arkansas, I teach at a small technical college, and perhaps most importantly, I am raising two adopted grandchildren, ages 17 and 15. I cannot continue to put my health at risk by adding pound after pound after pound to what is basically a small boned frame. Spark seems to be a good way to begin my needed lif... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:21:36 EST Overwhelmed, but ready to shed some weight. I might need a lot of a push here and there. <BR> <BR> I am a Christian, married, mother of three boys and a devoted daughter and sibling. Currently dealing with depression and anxiety, struggling finances, career path changes, child with ODD, parent with Alzheimer's, sibling with multiple autoimmune diseases (including Lupus), and an overwhelming feeling of pressure being placed upon me to somehow make it all better. Did I mention that eight years ago... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:02:09 EST Newly Joined Joined only a couple of days ago and hoping to make some friends along my journey. I'm hoping to lose 25 lbs. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:40:41 EST I am a newbie :) Hi! I have had friends tell me I should join this site for years every time I talked about getting healthy. I am glad I finally did. First step in the right direction! :) Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:51:14 EST New and hoping to get it right this time Hi there, <BR> <BR> New to the site and hoping I can stick with tracking this time around! <BR> I've lost my goals and motivation the last 6 months so I'm hoping to find it again and actually see results instead of maintaining. No one can do it for me right? Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:27:05 EST Here with 55 lbs to Lose Hi all ~ <BR> <BR> Just peeking in to say "hi"! I'm 15 lbs down from last year at this time, which was my highest weight ever, and 55 lbs away from "goal". This is week two of recommitting to healthy living and I'm encouraged. All of the weight highs and lows and all of the attempts to lose weight over the last 20 years are, frankly, disheartening. I guess there has to be "that one time" it sticks, and I'm looking only forward to this being it. <BR> <BR> Food has been my "only good thi... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:01:27 EST Hello there! Good morning, <BR> <BR> I'm a rejoiner. It's been about 8 years since I used this and I just reset everything to start new. I have a lot to lose. I've been on many different plans the past 15 years or so. I always find that I do REALLY well with tracking my food in the beginning and then that tapers off after a while. <BR> <BR> This time I'm hoping to stay motivated. Recently, when I was traveling for my birthday last month I had to ask the flight attendant for a seat belt extender. The ne... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:57:23 EST showing my weight loss I want to show my total weight loss but when I joined I only showed my then current loss. How can I go back and show my very start. I would also like to show this the banner I see on alot of peoples page when they post. It may seem silly but I'm proud of my achievement. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 08:13:20 EST Hi, I'm Amanda! Hello I am Amanda and I am here hoping that I can make a permanent lifestyle change stick. I am not great at social networking even in real life but I am willing to try if it means new friends and a better chance at creating real change in my life. I have about a hundred pounds to loose and a lot of work to do. Between being the full time caregiver for my small children and attempting to restart my career as an illustrator I'm looking for simple but powerful things I can add or change in my d... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 00:06:26 EST newcomer Hello. my intention is to establish a plan of eating for a lifetime of good self care. i realize that this is a spiritual journey. i don't want to hurt myself with food. i ask the universe for the willingness to tell someone <em>29</em> BEFORE i eat it. commit to a meal plan and then eat it. i weigh 213 pounds and i see my blood pressure creeping up. i already have high cholesterol. i want to see my grandchildren grow up. this is very serious to me. i am powerless over my binge foods. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:38:46 EST Back On Teack Iron core kettlebells with Sarah Lurie volumes 1-4 I find this 30min. DVDs to be quite effective so far. Over lost 7lbs so far. I find this series of DVDs to be enjoyable and easy to commit to. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:52:35 EST back on track... Hi! i had lost 40 lbs over about a period of 10 months and was very happy with that weight. But then the weight started to creep back up. Now I am only down 25 lbs. 7 lbs since Feb 2nd! What went wrong? I am not exactly sure. I stopped tracking my food intake, but have remained active. I went back to old habits :( Anyway I thought I maybe need a support team too. I am committed again to getting the 15 lbs back off :) Tue, 7 Apr 2015 19:04:42 EST Want to run 5K, but terrified and habits not good Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not completely new -- I've been tracking for a smidge over two weeks now -- but it's pretty clear I need help. <BR> <BR> I want to run a 5K someday, because my sister has two to her credit and if she can do one, why not me? But I'm having a lot of problems getting my feet under me. I tend to be busy because I work a part-time job but am in the process of looking for a new one, and since I still live with my parents I don't get to cook for myself much. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:07:11 EST Time for me I lost almost 30 pounds and regained all of it back because I'm an emotional eater. So I'm getting back on track by really utilizing SparkPeople. Wish me luck. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:32:22 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:43 EST Hello from Virginia I'm a newbie to the site. Just started exploring to see what's here. Started my journey of weightloss and getting healthier last August and have lost about 38lbs. Looking for support and motivation as I continue this journey. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:00:49 EST fresh start Just starting this while workout/get healthy thing again. Got a bit out of shape since I got out of the service. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:38:37 EST Where do I belong ? weightloss - supersize Hello, <BR> <BR> Back again to try and find my way around this huge site. <BR> <BR> I would like to find a board or forum where there are people similar to my weight 300++ to share and support. <BR> <BR> Where do I go? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, and good luck to all :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:22:13 EST back again I have tried sparkpeople before. but not with the community messaging or encouragement. I recently had a very bad accident and havent been able to work so once the pain medication wasnt needed I started to gain weight. I am trying to work myself back to healthy. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:45:12 EST Introducing SparkSeansmom I am a mid-40s woman with hypothyoidism, depression, anxiety, and bad eating & exercising habits. Help! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:29:35 EST Hi, I'm new here. Hello. My name is Raquel. I'm 22 years old and I'm aiming to lose 55 pounds. I'd like to lose 20 pounds before my wedding in June, we'll see about that though. I joined this because a friend recommended it, said it was better than myfitnesspal. I'll try anything to keep me motivated to lose weight! I lose my motivation pretty quickly. I'd love to make some new friends! We can motivate each other! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:01:19 EST New to Spark People and want to be Fit & Fabulous Fifty this year and want to be Fit & Fabulous. Healthy First. Looking to join in on some groups. Walkers, Goal setting groups etc. to support one another. Hope you are all doing well with your tracking. This is Day ONE for me :) Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:47:18 EST Hello my name is Tammy Hello everyone I joined Spark people about a week ago. I have some pretty big goals to achieve. I am a mom of four grown children and a grandma of 2 a two year old and a 4 year old. <BR> <BR> I am finally getting to a point when I can do some things for me. Going into a more healthy me so I can enjoy what I have and trying to develop into what I would like to be. <BR> <BR> More than delighted to see spring coming as it makes it all seem possible Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:25:58 EST Hi, my name is Wendy I am 38yrs old. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 23yrs. We have a beautiful 21yr old daughter and 2 amazing grandsons. I am looking to lose weight so I know I can be healthy to continue to enjoy my family and to hopefully help build my self-esteem. I struggle hard with motivation. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:31:58 EST Newbie with questions Hello, I just wanted introduce myself I am 34 years old. I have currently lost around 118 lb. I feel good and I hope to never get that big again. But I am not posting for myself. I have some questions about a loved one. This loved one was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year ago. And their blood sugar has yet to drop under 100. Also they have been trying to loose weight. They have been hitting the gym hard and watching what they have eaten. They have been trying for s... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:43:39 EST I can DO THIS! I am a single 40 yr old mother of three children (17, 15 and 10). I have been overweight ALL my life (since about age of 6). I have lost weight, gained weight, lost weight, gained more weight! In 2006 i had the gastric bypass surgery and went from 350 to 173 (my lowest I think). I am currently at 219 pounds and miserable. I hate that I let myself get back up here and I am ready to change it. My ultimate goal is 185 as that is a nice weight for me and my size (very large boned, 5'10"). I... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:22:24 EST Finding it hard to lose those d*** pounds Hi. I'm 48 and the weight has crept up to 13st 7lbs (189lbs) and I don't know how, (well, I do ....). Im looking for inspiration and motivation to feel and look better. I'd like to be a positive role model for my sons but get bogged down in the hustle and bustle of a busy life. Looking forward to joining the community Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:25:24 EST getting healthy I am on a journey of health and wellness, getting healthy from the inside out! <em>521</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:33:15 EST Atki s induction startin 4/7/15 Hi i am Eileen, 54, from long island. Have to loose 50 pounds and have food allergies to egg whites and wheat grains, nitrates. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:02:18 EST Getting fit i am a 55 year old women who wants to get strong and continue to live an active life style. Weight loss would be a bonus ( would like to loose 20lbs but really want to increase my strength so that I can continue to garden, hike play with my grand kids. My goal for this July is to be able to get up on one water ski again. I skied a lot through out my thirties and have not in 15 years. I am going back to my favorite vacation spot of Lake Powell with my kids and grand kids and I want to get up a... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 07:28:38 EST Fit for life in the UK Hi. I am in the UK. Are there any more UK members out there? I am trying to restore some sort of work/life balance as recently my work seems to have taken over! Love fitness but do not indulge enough! I enjoy swimming, gym,cycling and walking.. Love to hear from you. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 03:29:48 EST Need saving :) Hi, <BR> <BR> I have had a horrible life and was "sedating" the pain with so many things including food! <BR> I used to smoke like a maniac also but thank God I quit. <BR> I am now however in a very bad shape, I had lost all the post-birth weight and even further and lost over 50 kilograms (110 pounds; I had done it in a really healthy way and I was counting calories) but after quitting and many other really depressing stuff going on, I am gaining it all back + more self loath. <BR> NOW what... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:22:21 EST reggiea1 anyone in zipcode area 12804 Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:27:49 EST gonna do it this time! I tried this befoe but not ussing a app,sure glad i found this site Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:30:41 EST And away I go.... I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Just starting I've spent the last 15 years focusing on my career, really anything but my health. I'm turning 40 and if I don't change now I worry about the consequences. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 22:39:12 EST Just a brief introduction Hello everyone! My name is Leigh and I've decided once and for all to lose weight. I've been trying this off and on for two years now but with a lot of things happening lately like being engaged, trying to control my type 2 diabetes and re-joining a local gym, it's gonna be a struggle to get my health in check but I have to learn to take care of myself. I've joined this group not only to use it to my advantage in the battle against my weight, but I'd also love to make new friends and connect ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:39:21 EST I Return Again Wanting to Keep Going with Exercise I am 59 years of age, live in Alberta, Canada, Have a wonderful husband, two awesome grown children with families of their own, which have also blessed me with six of the most loving, energetic little grandchildren. <BR> Since November 2014 I have been getting the help I need both mentally and physically to provide me with the tools for success in life. I have decided that if I am to lose extra pounds and keep it off it is time to incorporate food choices and activity. <BR> This is not abou... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:49:27 EST 56 and out of shape 56 years old and birthday next month. 5 ft 4 and 220 lbs. Need to loose and be healthy. Had knee surgery and replacement is in my future. No squats, if I sit on floor I can't get up. Walking can be done but swelling and pain are never ending. Any tips appreciated. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:41:38 EST New member over 65 I am wanting to lose weight and get fit. I do have a few medical problems that interfere with the exercise that I can do. I am ready to do whatever it take to change my lifestyle to become healthy and fit. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:34:06 EST Back again... Not totally new here but I've been away (and gained back the weight I lost) for about 2 years. I'm looking forward to starting my journey again. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:39:05 EST Introducing myself. Morning. My name is Dee and I am 61. Need to make some changes and lose 50lbs. Just this past week or two I have noticed some stiffness in my knees....sure it is caused by extra weight. My blood pressure is under control but why tempt fate. Not as easy to move about....extra weight. Had a bit of acid reflux this past week which can be caused by extra weight. Have been attempting for I think it is getting serious. Know what to do...just a matter of doing it and sticking wi... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:30:08 EST It can only go up from here I'm in the worst physical and emotional state and I'm done with my negativity and my bad health. Newly diagnosed diabetic and would like to embrace clean eating lifestyle. Suggestions? Sat, 4 Apr 2015 03:11:26 EST introduction hi my name is faith, I was a stay at home mom for five years. within them five years I gained to much weight , witch i'm now tired of and so is my skinny husband.(even though he don't mention it, I know )I created my account on sparks awhile a go, I was motivated for about two weeks then the motivation left. then I got sick of sitting in the house and now that my daughter is in school I got up and found a job, during my six month period of work in lost almost twenty pounds. once I realized i... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:28:08 EST looking for a buddy! I'm 26 have about 40lbs to loose.Looking for someone who wouldn't mind checking in daily. Let me know! Fri, 3 Apr 2015 22:33:34 EST I'm a rejoiner. How is everyone today? Hope you all have a nice Easter. I last was on here in 2011. I'm back. Just bought my own home. signed papers yesterday. very happy. I have 12 grand kids now. I did weigh 213. got down to 170 now. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 22:11:07 EST Back Again I've been off of SparkPeople for a while and am seeing the weight come back on. It's time to get back on track and get rid of what i lost 3 years ago. Time to be the me that I want to be and know I can be. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:55:47 EST Hi everyone! Hello! I just joined sparkpeople a couple days ago. I'm hoping being connected to a lot of people with similar goals will help me stay motivated. I'm always open to advice, chatting etc! :) Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:01:18 EST In search of SUPPORT! Hey name is Sonja, I am new to all of this but I was told by my doctor to join as he said I could find a lot of support on here. I am beginning a weight loss journey because I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. The doctor said that if I lose weight, the diabetes will go away. I need to lose at least 100 pounds, but am really overwhelmed by where to start, what to eat, what to cook at home, and what kind of exercise I can do with arthritis in my knees. I am 42 years old and h... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:48:55 EST Starting over Good morning everyone. I know it's eater weekend but am ready to start Monday. Belong to weight watchers don't like it. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:05:43 EST I've been here before and now I'm back... I hope to continue a lifelong commitment to healthy eating and exercise! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:06:07 EST Happy I found this page on a google search I am happy to be here, plan to invite my husband as soon as he's home from work, and looking forward to getting to know y'all. I've been a Nutrisystem buyer, a Weight Watchers attender, a crazy dieter, and have found success at all of them which ultimately was fleeting. <BR> <BR> I know making healthy choices needs to be a lifestyle change. I also know like many things in life, if it were really easy, we all would be doing it. <BR> <BR> I'm liking what I'm seeing so far! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:39:14 EST Hi spark people I'm excited to be apart of the community. Does anyone know of a message board for fitbit or jawbone users? Any help would be appreciated! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:33:56 EST Newly Recommitted I am returning after a lengthy absence. I have a firm intention to succeed. <BR> Posting was my biggest difficulty in the past. I find it incredibly intimidating. <BR> I like being behind the scenes, not in the front. <BR> I know if I want to find the change I seek, I need to do something different. <BR> Believe me, for me this different. (I think I am bad at this and I know that is a <BR> negative judgement, I can't help it just yet). <BR> Whew! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:12:26 EST This time I must succeed! I have been Promising, threatening, talking about losing weight. I never seem to get to actually doing it. I am 54 and its high time I put my weight loss into action. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:42:20 EST Just getting started Hello, <BR> My name is Auroa. I am in Washinton St. any other Gonzaga Fans out there! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:12:54 EST Hello everyone - again Hi. I just want to say "hello" to my friends and the Sparkpeople people. I was gone for a long time, a long trip, family illness, my surgery and now suffering quite the complications. I am miserable with this non-serious but very annoying complication. <BR> <BR> Since it has to do with body issues I will tell about it. After the surgery (a woman's surgery) I had a huge scar across the lower abdomen. I even had drainage tubes and everything. My abdominal area was not that bloated but my... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 06:58:49 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:05:00 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:55:35 EST Newb! Hi! I am Jesie a newly single Momma of twin four year old special needs twin sons. I am on a journey with weight loss surgery and i need to lose a certain amount before i am considered. Needless to say I am an emotional eater and i have a very strange relationship with food. I look forward to getting to know everyone! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:13:33 EST So glad to be back I went back to school for a few years and made a real commitment to my education. In that time I didn't take the time I needed to commit to myself to take care of me. I'm getting ready to graduate now and it is time to recommit to health and happiness. I am so glad to be getting the "spark" back in my life. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:36:30 EST Gettin started! Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this site. I used a similar site from Jillian Michaels last year and had great success. I think logging my food and exercise is the best way to keep on track. I was able to get rid of my baby weight both times within about 6 months- the first time was pretty easy. The second time I had to work a bit harder. But my problem is that everything else in my life has been flipped upside down and I gained the weight back, feel terrible, and haven't been able to get my... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:41:08 EST Re-committing I joined in March and didn't do very well. No loss, No gain. April 1 is my restart date, I reset my goals and getting more serious about reaching my goal. No Excuses! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:12:11 EST hello my family!! I'm Teresa, Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:14:12 EST I'm back After finishing chemo and radiation and lymphedema treatments for breast cancer I have now received permission from my oncologist to concentrate on getting some weight off. I know that Sparkpeople has helped me in the past, so I am now back to begin again! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:34:45 EST Good morning I recently came back to this site to help motivate to lose weight and keep fit. Please send me a request to help each other stay motivated :) <BR> <BR> have a wonderful day Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:34:16 EST New to Spark People and over 50 Hello Folks, new (about a month or so) and looking to live longer for my grandkids, kids and husband. <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:26:43 EST Hi! Hello, everyone!! I'm semi-new here...was a member lots of years ago, trying it again...would love some new friends to help me along!! I'm 43, have over 100 pounds to lose so I'm in it for the long haul!!! Have a great day!!! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:36:58 EST Weight Loss surgery I had 'gastric bypass' surgery on December 17th,2014. To date (April 1,2015) I have lost 116 lbs. I so wish I would have done this 5 years ago.. BUT I finally didi it & am so happy that I did. I will be 59 in 11 days, & I am getting healthier than I have ever been! I NO longer have : Diabetes , High Cholesterol ,High Blood Pressure . <BR> <BR> I can now walk anywhere , any time , with NO back pain of any kind. If your considering this type of surgery to help you lost weight, I highly reccome... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 04:32:45 EST hello!!! New to this. I just got the gastric sleeve three weeks ago and was wondering if anyone had any advice? Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:13:37 EST staying focus with the help from each other WE CAN DO IT Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:59:44 EST Hi there <em>524</em> <BR> Excited to be working towards a goal <BR> Looking forward to meeting new folks along the way Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:24:15 EST baby fat It seems impossible to lose this baby fat from having my second baby. Doctors say it's harder to lose weight from your second child but I see some girls with 4 5 6 kids and their body is on point. I know it is possible but finding the motivation is so difficult. It's like being fat makes me depressed and this depression makes me tired. Eating healthy is hard because distinguishing between bad and good foods is hard. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:36:05 EST Fitty Bitty Wannabe Hi there! My name is Gabby. I am 22 years old and live in Florida. I am very excited to be starting on Sparkpeople. I've decided to overlook motivation and focus on discipline this go around, and I'm hoping that I can accomplish my goals. <BR> <BR> I'm sort of in this alone, so I can use all of the support I can get. I can support you too! Just feel free to stop by and say hi! I'm nice. :) Also, I'm on tumblr with the same username if you have a tumblr, we can follow each other and hold each... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:25:49 EST Hey there! I enjoy the articles and videos. I just can't get over how easy it is to track using bar codes. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:59:38 EST good morning trying to stay on track. Just so busy. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:05:42 EST Introduction Hello everyone. My name is Tiffany. I am from Hattiesburg,MS. I started my weight loss journey 2 years ago. I lost almost 70 pounds. In early 2014 I was diagnosed with thyroid disease. Since then I have had a hard time losing weight. I have also gained 15 pounds back. I have rejoined spark people in hopes that tracking my food intake and exercise will help me to stay motivated. My goal is to lose 64 more pounds!!! Good luck everyone!! <img src=" Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:42:59 EST New Hi everyone, I am new here my goal is to lose 75 lbs. I live in Oregon looking for friends for support. <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful day! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:09:42 EST newbie here! Hey everyone! My name is Miesha and I currently reside in Columbus Ohio. My goal is to lose about 60 pounds. I look forward to getting to know people on here and being as supportive as I can. Have a blessed day! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:54:10 EST Back on the wagon After a few years of ill health I am back. I look forward to what will become. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:33:36 EST Weight loss after hysterectomy I was put on rest due to excessive bleeding and managed to gain 15 lbs. before having complete radical hysterectomy in August of 2014 and have been struggling to lose it to get back to my goal weight. Really who would have thought losing 15 lbs. would be so hard after losing 50lbs. and keeping it off almost 6 years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:14:55 EST Myself and SparkPeople Site Hi, my name is Diane Kleemola, and I am very new to this site., but I'm learning. Trying to keep up to what I need to do on this site and eat healthy. This is my 8th day. And I'm still tracking my meals. I love that it so easy. Just finding other areas of this site that are helpful to me. Each day I read a little more and find more things on this site. <BR> <BR> Have a good day everyone! <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:22 EST any thoughts of encouragement hi i am new to spark people and i was wondering what advice you could give me on getting my mind off snacking at night . Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:08:48 EST On the road again... Weight is a life long battle for me. I started again on Monday... and am hoping to get back into my healthy living habits. I especially need to work on stress levels and improved sleep (although last night was pretty darn good!!). Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:35:42 EST help!!! hi! I am a senior with many major health issues. I must lose weight or else. anyone that thinks they can help or just add moral support would be gratefully acknowledged. thanks. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:24:01 EST new member Hoping to get needed motivation and help from others to keep me heading to my goal! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:32:41 EST How do I beat the EAT FEELINGS? Hey, <BR> I have been trying everything to get back on track with eating better and shedding the weight. I start the day out on track with eating the right portions and such however as the day progresses I fall off quickly. I am currently on disability for a Work related Injury so I have Nothing but free time and I have limited income to do hobbies so I spend much of my day watching tv and tv watching leads to boredom which leads to eating. I am working very hard at getting my pain unde... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:40:52 EST New here. a little about me Hi, I am new here. Hopeful this will help me to stay on track. I lost 90 pounds on my own and then gained 50 back :( I am determined to lose 80 pounds and keep it off.... I have two grandsons that I need to be around for. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:18:28 EST Low impact cardio for Sr with bad knees Over 70 and arthritic (bone on bone) knees trying to find just the right cardio exercises for under 30 mins. Found FASHfit on Utube but using the SarkProple site so want to find one here. <BR> Do 60 mins twice a week of water aerobics and the rest of the weeks I walk little but am an active type but not exercise. <BR> Started a new Diet program with Medicare where I keep a diary of my food intake. Boy do I like FAT! ha ha <BR> Hope to learn more about balancing foods groups to my best advan... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:10:55 EST Hi! Hi, I'm a mother of four amazing kids and a wife to an incredible man. I had hernia repair and really need to loose some weight for health reason and have had not success and that's when I found this sight Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:38:26 EST