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 new here Hi I'm janet .I'm new here to get support to lose weight.I lost my father's _mother_brother and sister all to heart attacks.they where all over weight.and did nothing about it.I have 3sons and3granddaughters.I want to live to see the girls grow up. I live in Florida and just getting started here Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:04:49 EST Hi. I'm Sarah. I'm scared. So, I'm Sarah. I'm 26. I work as a house manager at a local mental health agency. I am super morbidly obese and I'm very afraid. I'm afraid that I'm going to die very young or that I will never be happy again until I can be healthy. But I have not the faintest clue of where to start. I guess this is a good place to do so? I'm stressed all the time and I think that's probably part of the big mess of my health right now. I've been crying for a half hour so far about this. I don't want to cry an... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:52:47 EST I'm finally ready Well I've been over weight since i was 13. Im now 23 and 320lbs. I got a job last year that has me doing quite a bit of moving around. I do lawncare. Trimming and blowing off can be pretty exhausting. Thing is i never changed my diet and overate last year so bad that i didnt even lose any weight. I've never tried to diet before in my life. This is my first time ever attempting it. I've changed almost everything i pack in my lunches and cut down on everything else. I'm tired of treati... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:24:43 EST Something has to change That's why i find myself here. <BR> <BR> I'm eating enough for 4 people and my body is showing it. I have neuropathy and my laziness is not helping that. My self esteem is non existent. Since I can't drive/have no friends I've become a hermit. So I have to make some changes. <BR> <BR> I'm not happy with how I look or how my life is going. Sitting here being depressed about it isn't working so well. <BR> <BR> I'm here to make lifestyle changes and get into shape, loose a few pounds in the p... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:53:22 EST Hi, my name is Brenda Hi, my name is Brenda. I am 59 yrs old and I live in Wichita, KS. I have been widowed for 7 years and have 4 Pomeranians that are my world. I work with a nutrition company who has an amazing all in one supplement that I am passionate about, and a weight management program, which most everyone has great success with. I'm not a shake person and I find myself "forgetting" to eat and realize that I need something structured, which is why I am here. <BR> <BR> I was always the "Barbie Doll" an... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:41 EST trying this again I was here 3 years ago and a lot has changed I lost my mother,a brother ,and my mother -in-law in a two year span.I just lost my sister on March 8th,and it was very unexpected.My husband and I are empty nesters,and I am getting use to that.I really need to lose the weight for me and also to encourage my husband who has hypertention. I am ready to go Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:50:56 EST Feeling OLD Hello everyone...I was here ages ago, but not a very active participant, but I need something to keep me on track, to hold me accountable...but I need it to be fun and social, all at the same time. A lot to ask for? Probably...but from what I see here, I think this might be the place for me. <BR> <BR> I've just become lazy; I can make up the best excuses in the world to not exercise or to have a piece of chocolate, then 2 hours later, catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see my fat ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:14 EST Healthy journey. Where to begin? I am sick of feeling uncomfortable in my clothes and addicted to carbs and junk, but I am not sure where and how I start this new health journey. I have gone through my diets before but I don't follow through. I feel like I have to be in the right mindset in order for me to stick with any program. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be so wonderful! <BR> <BR> Thank yoU!!!!! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:11:43 EST Mommy of four and nursing student needing freinds I am a mother of four kids, I have a very overweight husband (who don't care if I lose weight or not because he thinks I am beautiful just the way I am), I have two dogs, and I am a full time college student in nursing. My life is crazy I have day classes and evening classes and summer classes and I just need someone to help me keep going I started at 250 in Dec an I am down to 228 now but I seem to be stuck. I need some extra help I guess and some friends to help me motivate myself to eat ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:58:01 EST staying consistent hi all. i just want to say i lean on ones for support i have a problem with staying consistent, mostly with eating good for the whole day, i do great at breakfast, but mid day around 11:30 my mind wonders something awful about sweets, salts, anything but what i've packed for lunch, when i do eat the lunch i bring, i am soooo soooo thrilled with myself, this is how hard i struggle with this ordeal, anyway i'm not real computer savvy but i don't quit, but it is really tough. <em>46</em> i a... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:14:24 EST Trying Hard Hello everyone, <BR> Need support and tips on how to lose weight. I have tried trainers and, and hot yoga and sooooo much more and still can not shed a pound. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:22:22 EST Ready to make a change Hello, Stephanie here. I've struggled with my weight since I was a child (I'm 28 now). I'm finally ready to become healthy rather than simply seeking to lose weight. My focus in the past has always been about shedding pounds no matter the cost to my health (dumb fad diets...). After some serious thinking about how I feel and who I want to be, I really want to learn how to approach food the right way. <BR> <BR> I've always been a picky eater, so finding healthy recipes that I enjoy has been ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:11:25 EST New Day Glad so far I have made it for two weeks now. Happy about that. Just taking one day at a time. I am still trying to get motivated to e exercise. I have had a lot of health issues but still keep trying. Anyone know how to motivated me. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:07:23 EST Starting fresh! Hello SP.. Joi here. I am definitely not new, but am trying to find everyone yet again. This is hopefully the last new account I will end up making. I'm sorry if it confuses anyone, but I deleted the last one because I had so much going on, and there's sadly no disable option, only to delete it. I didn't want to keep getting messages from SP during that time. Please feel free to add me again, or if you didn't know me before, also feel free to add me, and I'll add everyone back!!! <BR> <BR> X... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:35:39 EST Day 1...Again. Well here I am. I am looking for the motivation to lose around 60 pounds. I did it before-two years ago. Then I proceeded to put it all back on. I am so disgusted with myself. I love food, and I love to eat. I have tried many methods for losing weight over the years, most of them I am sure. But this is first time I have ever tried SparkPeople. I am really hopeful that I can get this weight loss going, so that I can feel better about my outer self. I am really motivated at this point ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:38:44 EST Try Try Try Again and Again I don't know how many times I've tried to lose weight till I found this site. This site has helped me so much. I just started a couple of weeks ago and have lost 3lbs already. The food tracker and fitness tracker is so much help. I see being here will benefit me in the long run. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:55:52 EST Working on a lifestyle change... Hi! I have never ever done something like this before, but I figured that I might as well try a new angle. I've never been consistently thin and have always had trouble with my weight. Right now I'm trying to lose about 30 pounds in a way that allows me to keep it off. I've always been active and consider myself to be athletic, but my eating habits are all out of whack! I honestly don't think that I've ever reached what I consider to be my ideal weight (around 130) in ways that are healthy or... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:37:53 EST Hi There Hi there my name is Leigh and I am a mom of 5 who is finally looking to get her figure back... I know I know after 5 kids it will never ever be the same but that doesn't mean I can't try... all I know is that some of this weight has got to be lost I am 5"1" and currently tipping the scales at almost 200lbs I need to lose some of this weight so I can go out with my kids and run around but these days I sweat and huff and puff just to get down to the corner... I am really glad that spark people ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:59:52 EST Ideal Protein I am new to Sparks and I am looking for others who are on Ideal Protein. I have been on for several months and I am 10 lbs from my goal. I did follow another forum setting but the folks on there are pretty nasty and not the most comfortable place to post. Any others who follow Ideal Protein? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:20:35 EST One more wont hurt!!!! Hi my fellow dieters, I am a banker too much sitting, eating and disregard for nutrition. I have always had issues with my weight because I have no Thyroid grand and I can't exercise due to two back surgeries. But anyway I start the diet and a few days later I just leave it. I really need to loose weight I want to be able to look nice in clothes and at 198 pounds and 5' 3" its not very nice. My goal is 160 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:55:55 EST I'm new, and have no idea what I'm doing! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am attempting to get healthy, starting now! I just joined the 28 day boot camp, and while I am a little nervous, I know I can do it. <BR> <BR> I am doing day three today since it is Tuesday, then I plan on taking my pooch for a walk. <BR> <BR> I welcome any suggestions or support! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:10:38 EST Hello, Everyone! Hello! I'm sort-of new; I joined about mid-March, but things happened and I forgot about this place... But now I've found SparkPeople again and it's really helping me get to start get back on track with my weight and fitness goals. [: <BR> <BR> Well, here's to what will hopefully be a successful journey! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:50:42 EST Looking for Sparkfriends Hello, my name is Dana and I used to have an account here in 2012, but I recently remade about 2 weeks ago. I want to lose weight, but I mostly just want to be more active and feel better overall. <BR> <BR> On my last account, none of my sparkfriends were very active and they eventually all just quit. I'm a little afraid to just message people and ask if we can be friends, or to just add them. I'd really love to have an active friend feed and people to share experiences, goals, and accompli... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:23:02 EST hi Hello everyone, I am so excited about using this amazing website. wish everyone a good luck Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:43:15 EST joan Hi I'm a cook for disabled and mentally challenged people, I have tried all kinds of diets, I found one that worked but when I reached my goal I was done, then they closed up and I gained it all back . I am an emotional eater. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:56:04 EST Hi My name is Marsha Hi everyone, <BR> I am rather new to Spark People and still learning my way around the site. Weight has been a challenge for me for most of my life. I got married at 20 and after my having children the pounds just piled on with each pregnancy. Now at 67 my doc told me it is critical to lose weight because of health issues. For the last 20 years I have weighted over 200 pounds. I have tried Weight Watchers a couple of times and various fad diets but now I found Spark People and am determi... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:36 EST Menopause and loosing weight :( help Hello ... Help .... I'm going through menopause and I have put on weight .. im having a hard time loosing it.... has anyone gone thru this that can help. ... thanks Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:11 EST Nervous Newbie I have been using SparkPeople for over a months now and have decided I should introduce myself. I have to change my diet and exercise for extremely dangerous health issues. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:26:40 EST I thought I was ordering a healthy meal for lunch I am depressed. I had lunch at 99 after working out at the gym and I ordered a large salad. They had a crispy honey mustard chicken salad which I asked for no bacon, did not eat all of the chicken, used only a slight amount of honey mustard dressing and did not eat the flat bread. When I got home I signed on to SparkPeople and discovered that my "healthy lunch" was over 1200 calories! I thought I was being good but was hit with reality. I can't believe I did this. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:06:36 EST Trying again I hate to say it but work or family events tend to take over my focus on losing weight. Sometimes I get lucky and fall back to bad habits a few days, but its been a bad MONTH. <em>360</em> Time for me to get back to tracking and being accountable daily. <em>249</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:46:18 EST Doing the Right Thing Hi <BR> I came across SparkPeople's and I can say that this is the best thing that happen to me in a while. <BR> <BR> My sister and I join Curves, she did the Curves complete. But I only sign up for the exercise portion. (-10 lbs since Oct. 2013) <BR> <BR> I told her about the SparkPeoples' website and how it does the same thing the Curves Complete does. <BR> <BR> I join on 4/14/2014 and I lost 3.5lbs. I can not wait until my next weight in. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:21:23 EST Just Getting Started on Getting back Healthy Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My Name is Summer. In the last few years I really let go of my health. I am ready to get back into shape. My goal this years is to lose a total of 55 pounds. Right now this seems like it's so far away, but I am going to do everything I can to get back into shape and live a happier, healthier life. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:25:50 EST Newbie from the Windy City Just getting started on SparkPeople. I've been working to eat healthier and exercise more as a goal for 2014. I heard about the great resources on this website and the meal plans, and thought I would give it a go. With the new plans here, I'm looking to cook at home more frequently and get my husband-to-be on board as well! <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:11:35 EST Newbie! :) Hi! I'm new to this. I finally decided it was time to get serious about losing all this weight. I'm unhappy with myself and I know I can do better. I plan on losing at least 100 lbs. Any advice/tips are welcomed and appreciated! :) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:55:31 EST Will Powerless Hey there everybody, <BR> <BR> I made a profile on here a million years ago and alternated between counting calories for three days, then binge eating for a week. The tool is as good as the wielder, I guess. I've been unable to maintain an exercise regime for longer than a month and have trouble motivating myself for even a walk around the block if I have no chores to do at the time. <BR> <BR> I'm 190 cm tall and I weigh around 112 kg. I'm a smoker who's afraid to quit due to the additional... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:32:28 EST Hello everybody Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am J3llybee and I am new to this site. I have been trying to lose 25 lbs for a while now but I have been struggling to keeping my motivation, to eat healthy and to exercise. I am hoping that joining this site and having a support network will help me achieve my goals. Anyway I sure hope this will be my last stop because I am sick of starting over Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:14:16 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST Just trying to get back into shape 24 year old from Texas who has recently fallen off the wagon and am looking for a community and trackers to help me get back on! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:23 EST Hi I am new I just wanted to introduce myself, I have been trying to lose weight all my life. I lost 50 pounds and have manged to keep it off, but since then I have not lost any more. I have tried everything and just can't seem to stay motivated. I hope that joing sparks will help me stay motivated and finally lose the weight. I need to lose over a 100 pounds and at times it seems over whelming. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:15:27 EST Excited to Find This Hi, I'm Cheryl and I'm so excited I found this site! I'm a 6th grade teacher 'by day' and a mom to 2 teens. I have learned to love fitness in my adulthood after a thyroid cancer diagnosis nearly 15 years ago. All is good on that front, but it helped me realize that fitness is more than a number on a scale, which had been my focus for far too long. <BR> I initially did a YogaFit training to add to my own practice and get proper alignment instruction for the yoga I used with the track team I wa... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:27 EST new to Spark People Hi! I'm new to spark People, but have heard and read about it in magazines. It sounds so great! I'm really looking forward to getting my life and weight back on track. I feel both nervous and happily excited. I've tried Weight Watchers Online before, for a few months,but just didn't have the motivation to stick with it. I'm hoping that this will be something I will stay with, through thick and thin (no pun intended, LOL). <BR> I know I need to lose weight and get fit, for so many reasons, ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:09:23 EST Hello :) Hi Everyone, I am a 30 year old mother looking to lose 60 pounds. I am getting married this time next year - a destination wedding in Jamaica and really want to get serious about getting healthy. I have seen a dietician and have a healthy eating plan but would love to use this site for exercise tracking and making new supportive friends :) <BR> <BR> I wish everyone the best of luck in their goals !! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:07:46 EST Mommy to a 2 year old and a baby, ready to get fit Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is sarah and I have always loved to work out, I love to eat healthy delicious food...but i also love chocolate and have a huge problem with lack f sleep due to my month old son. <BR> I recently became a beachbody coach to help with my motivation and fitness goals and it has been awesome! <BR> Just looking to expand my network of like minded people who are needing to lose that baby weight and we can help keep each other motivated and on track! <BR> My daughter wil... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:44:40 EST I'm just getting started... Hello, My name is Michelle and I am just getting started. I am a little scared but I know that this time is the right time. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:37:13 EST Newbie from NY. Ready to lose some weight! Don't have a big support system at home so hoping this helps. Stumbled across this site while looking for weight loss solutions. I have a back injury so I find alot of exercise hard to do. I am also clueless when it comes to what to eat! Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:20:54 EST Newbie from PIttsburgh! Morning all! Where do I start? <BR> <BR> My name is Marie and I live in Pittsburgh :) I've lost around 60lbs in the past year with a lot of hard work. I've done various programs in my life and have had my ups and downs in weight loss, but I'm determined to make this time STICK! <BR> <BR> I lost much of my weight through healthier eating, with Weight Watchers and then working out at least 3x a week or more. I started running last summer as well, and am still trying to build up my endurance t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:53:11 EST Renewed Determination Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have joined Sparks a few times in the past, but never posted and would log my efforts from time to time. I quite smoking almost 2.5 years ago and joined a gym and took up jogging. I jog 5km every other day and do strength training and weight training on the other days. I exercise 6 days a week. Exercise is not my problem, but food certainly is considering that I haven't lost any weight! I do good for a week and then end up binge eating which then makes my whole ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:39:05 EST First day, first post Hi eveyone. I am new, and this is the first online program that I am making a concerted effort to succeed in. I have tried weight watchers, and my fitness pal, but that was at the behest of well intentioned friends/colleagues. This time I am doing this on my own initiative. I need to lose 105 lbs to meet my goal, and I hope to attain that in about 1 yr. I hope to lose about 2 lbs a week if possible. I have noticed lately in the past 6 -8 months that I have had intermittent episodes of u... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:43:40 EST Hi! My name is Dina and I'm 28! I've already lost about 11 lbs so now I am about 150. Eating no grains, diary and sugar, going to the gym. Hope not to give it up :) I'm wishing to everyone to stay strong! Together we can do it! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:01:08 EST Fun and supportive friends needed. Hi everyone, I am April. I would love there to be 35 pounds less of me by December 2014. I want to start my running program as soon as I teach that new puppy of mine to walk on the leash and not play tug of war. I am a fun, happy lady with a wonderful family who is looking for fun, supportive friends. I love, eating, exercise and coffee. Did I mention, I love coffee. ;-) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:14:21 EST Hello, Everyone!! hoping for the best,hope with me hello, my name is Eva Marie....I am trying to lose 105 pounds. Please, hope with me if you can. I am hoping hard myself. I will return the favor if you muster up the heart to help me with this. I would love your support. Message me and friend me, if you can give me that support. Thank you. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:25:36 EST Hello all! Hello! I am 27 years old, a mother of two (7 years old and a 5 weeks old) and working to lose all the additional weight. I gained it all pre-pregnancy due to stress eating. <BR> <BR> I am a registered nurse and a medical student. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:59:26 EST Having a hard time juggling I'm going on week three with SparkCoach and it is a great tool. But, it makes me realize how much I'm messing up. I'm not perfect and I feel bad about how I can't seem to get all the pieces into the puzzle of food and exercise. I spend at least an hour a day going through my plan but then I get thrown a curve ball and panic. Does anyone else have this problem? Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:47:43 EST Howdy My name is Kent. I am new to Sparkpeople. I have been trying to lose weight for quite some time now. I would like to lose about 35 pounds. I have been running off and on for the last 20 years. I really enjoy running but lack consistency and motivation. I recently signed up for a half marathon in September. I joined Sparkpeople to share my journey of running and weight loss. Would like to say hello and let's do this. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:11:11 EST Howdy My name is Kent. I am new to Sparkpeople. I have been trying to lose weight for quite some time now. I would like to lose about 35 pounds. I have been running off and on for the last 20 years. I really enjoy running but lack consistency and motivation. I recently signed up for a half marathon in September. I joined Sparkpeople to share my journey of running and weight loss. Would like to say hello and let's do this. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:10:33 EST newbeee Any advise for a 40+ that needs to lose 100+ pounds? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:21:35 EST Live. Laugh. & Love b/c We Deserve that & More Love life just not the extra pounds I have on me. But will not let those extra pounds define me. Rather, hopefully my journey can be something positive and we can all encourage each other to lead a healthier lifestyle and have some fun while we are at it. Cuz', at the end of the day, everyone shines! Peace. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:18 EST Hi! Hello! My name is Danielle and so far I have lost 23 lbs counting WW points. I joined SparkPeople because I really like the community, articles, and recipes. I'm hoping the resources here can help me reach my goals! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:39:26 EST Let's try it again! I have gained some weight over the past few years. I am hoping to achieve a better balance and Spark People might just be a tool to help me get there! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:52:22 EST Third times a charm, right? It's been a rough couple of years and I'm back for the third time to try to get fit and trim. <BR> <BR> My husband just bought me a new bicycle. This was quite the investment as I have an enlarged heart and went into heart failure last fall. I started the year last year having a spinal tumor removed. I was at great risk of waking up from surgery paralyzed from the waist down (or worse). My surgery was considered successful,but I do live with a weak left leg which makes walking and other m... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:44:14 EST 40 and fabulous! Here I am again, this time I'm 40 with some serious health issues and suffering from them. I need a lifestyle change. Nit just a diet. I need to get my azz in gear and succeed so I can live feel my feet and see. I'm scared for what may come if I don't. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:17:53 EST Hello All Hi everyone <BR> I've been on a weight loss all my life with big and small loses. I need all the tools available to make a permanent change. I envision a life where I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I know that if I keep doing what I've done, my life will be short lived. So I'm getting up once again and see if I can finally find that life that I've envisioned. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:08 EST Happy Easter - New Beginnings Good morning everyone. I'm just starting today. I thought it would be a fitting day to start a "New Life" <BR> <BR> Such a struggle to stay on track - so I'm open for any pointers/advice. I'm 215 (ugh) and would love to drop 50lbs. I'm almost 52 and I'm at the heaviest I've ever been. TIA <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:32:48 EST new to spark people Hello everybody. I'm glad I found this site. I am so excited and looking forward to my new body. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:10:42 EST new to spark people Hello everybody. I'm glad I found this site. I am so excited and looking forward to my new body. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:06:58 EST new to spark people Hello everybody. I'm glad I found this site. I am so excited and looking forward to my new body. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:05:42 EST Intro Hello everyone, my name is David and I'm here to join the journey towards physical and nutrition success. My goals are simple, shred fat, gain muscle, and transform my body completely. This is a lifestyle, I began 10 months ago weighing 360lbs, now I'm at 290lbs and still losing. I will complete my goal and succeed in this challenge. Thank you. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:15:03 EST hello I have been here for about a week. Slowly getting on track. The articles have been encouraging and informative. The success stories are inspiring. The variety of exercise videos have been very helpful. I'm looking forward to succeeding in my healthy weight loss journey with SparkPeople. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:50 EST Starting the Journey again I've been on SP for a few years but stopped for a while. I am once again walking down this road of Fitness. I think this time I will succeed. somehow the resolve to change is stronger. My goal is to get to a healthy weight and to become fit. <BR> <BR> That means running up the stairs without feeling like I am going to have a heart attack. That means I can wear my clothes without feeling tugs and pulls. That means I am comfortably able to stretch/touch my toes. <BR> <BR> I want to be s... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:19:36 EST Spark Coach So, I am going to try Spark Coach. :p I think my biggest challenge as far as staying healthy is working out. It used to be eating as well. I have changed how I eat now I just need to start exercising more regularly to stay healthy. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:50:04 EST need inspiration I'm am looking for ideasnon losing weight. I'm still trying to learn the site. After my first week I still have not lost. Not sure what to do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:50:12 EST Introduce myself Howdy, <BR> <BR> My name is Karen. i discovered this web site today while searching on Google for lap-band diets. I had lap-band surgery some years ago. I did not have any support group at that time . I am planning to have my band refilled and start over. I am glad to have found this site. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:27:24 EST New Here Again - To lose weight & to Become Fit I'm here to track nutrition, lose the extra fat, & get fit. If the ticker works & is correct you'll see where I am on my journey. I lost 5 pounds this last month using another online tracker. I decided to try out SparkPeople since my sister mentioned it and was pleasantly surprised at all the options. Much more than what I was using & more suitable to my needs. <BR> <BR> I hope along the way to encourage & challenge others as they do the same for me. It's taking me a bit to navigate my way a... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:06:25 EST Hello I've just joined spark people and hope with help from the community I can stick with my diet goals. Two years ago I lost 20 pounds, last year I lost about 15 but then gained it back. I realized I had to be back in the state of mind to want to and be ready to stick with my goals. So here I am and I'm determined to lose weight and feel better! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:03:31 EST New & ready to do it! I am new and tired of the diet yo-yo .. want something that is sensible and "do-able" I think this is it.. I know what to eat, and what not to -- just need a place to meet people w/ the same goals and motivation.. So here goes! :) Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:50:57 EST Back After a Ling Time Away Hi, my name is Debby and this is probably the 4th time I've tried the Spark program. Check out my spark page to see how I'm hoping it will go differently this time. Part of that is hoping that you all out there will support and encourage me on my journey. Sure, right now I'm excited about the newness of it all again, but there's months and months of learning new ways of living stretching ahead of me, and that's going to take a lot of determination to change, so I'd love it if I could make ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:55:45 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST Hi From Another Newbie I am lucky enough to be entering a new phase in my life: Retirement. So far it has been wonderful in all aspects other than how I feel about my health and appearance. Fortunately, my health is good other than a few aches and pains. However, I know that now is the time to lose the 30 pounds that I keep losing and gaining (mostly gaining). Losing the weight will keep me healthy and make my life much more enjoyable. I am so tired of wearing the same few clothes because most of my clothes e... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:26:31 EST Hello Everyone Hello everyone, <BR> I'm excited and scared at the same time. Of course I'm afraid I will fail but I think being here is a step in the right direction. It's all about the journey not the destination. Why is it that we know what to do but taking the first steps is always the hardest. Together we can accomplish a lot. Hang on, lets start the ride. <BR> Thank you ahead of time for listening and support. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:59:44 EST Hi! Been using Spark for a year, but never got involved in the community. Thought it was about time to introduce myself. Been fighting with multiple health issues that are out of my control for the past couple of years. The only thing I can control is what I eat and how I behave. So here I am. Wish me luck! <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:59:38 EST New to SparkPeople! Hi there, I am Becky! I Have been on this weightloss and fitness journey for five years, I lost 40 pounds felt amazing and was my healthiest ever when I started having health issues, that left me very limited with food, and unable to workout any longer. I started working back to my fitness level when I had to have surgery last August and start all over. I am now finally at a point where I feel able to push myself harder than ever, though I still haven't been able to get back to lifting at the... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:32:21 EST Hi. Just starting I am almost 58 years old. When married at 21 I was 133, 2 years latter I was 180,which was my weight after daughter (who is now 33) was conceived and I was 200 after she was born, and now I am 340-390. I haver never exercised in my life an am addicted to carbs. If it is not sweet, even in fruit, I can not stand it and will not eat it as I HATE seasoning and by taste or body's reaction I can not stand any spice, even black pepper. I am 58 and fill like an unfit 90. <BR> I am thinking of ge... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:05:13 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself, and tell you I joined a week ago, and think this is a great site! I was looking for a video on lifting weights and stumbled upon Spark, but I know I was meant to be here! No such thing as an accident I always say! :) <BR> <BR> I've been faithfully exercising most days and logging in my food intake (just what I normally eat but better!) and weighed myself for the first time today at the gym and found I'd GAINED three or four pounds! <BR> Very... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:51:12 EST Hello! I joined SP last weekend. I received my Activity Tracker Thursday. I really need to get moving and love how the Activity Tracker and Edomondo app (to time and verify distance) has already "sparked" me to do just that. Hubby and I had a gym membership for 2 years....sadly probably used it a total of 6 months. We take our dogs for a walk twice a day but it is usually just a stroll. Now we take them a little bit faster and then drop them off at the RV and hit it. <BR> <BR> I work from ho... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:06:08 EST Introducing J. Mahoney I just wanted to take this opportunity to say 'Hello' to everyone. My name is J. Mahoney and I am new here. I have an interest in the paleo diet since I really hope to learn as much as I can here and succeed in improving my physical wellbeing. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:05:32 EST I am re-new to spark people I joined spark many years ago and it seemed to be working for a little while. I then hit a weight and couldnt seem to get past it. <BR> I really want this to work for me so if anyone can offer some ideas on how to pas that platue let me know. <BR> Thanks <BR> laura Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:40:37 EST New today I'm Christy from Indianapolis. 37yo mon of a son. Joined for friends and motivation!! Add me please I'm really looking forward to making new friends &#9829; Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:19:48 EST New to program Just a short note to let you all know that I am new to this system and trying to get things figured out, so I apologize in advance if I am doing things incorrectly. I am a 57 year old women who is in need to get my life in order. I deal with a lot of stress, and I know I am an emotional eater which makes my life tough. Hoping to hear from others who deal with this issue and how you have overcome some of the issues which I encounter. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:10:17 EST BULLETMOONTEAKA's SparkPage I hope I am doing this correctly, I have tried before but not sure where things have gone to as of yet. I am 57 years of age and ready and most importantly need to get myself in better health. I am hoping with the support of the team I can succeed in this journey. I hope to connect with some of you so we can share our experiences.... hope to hear from you out there. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:43:37 EST Lets do this I am new to this website; but decided to start as I have gained 80lbs within two years. I am ready to show the world that it doesn't take money to join a group. So here it goes I am in it to become healthy!!! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:45:45 EST hello everybody hello Im new to sparkpeople Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:43 EST I need some friends.. Hi Everyone, I would Love to meet some people. I am a 46 year old mother of a text book ADD child. He is my daily challenge. We live in Texas but I was raised in Michigan. Go Tigers and Red Wings. I don't care where you live or your favorite sports team. Just add me as a friend. Thanks Marie Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:43:28 EST Hey all Hi I am not new to Spark, but I have been away from it for a long time. I need to lose a few pounds (like about 20) and get fit. I live in a remote area so I have to rely on self motivation to get going, so I am hoping that this will give me the accountability that I need. :) Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:50:14 EST Introduction Hi I'm Shawn, <BR> Just joining sparkpeople today! I'm excited! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:41:06 EST Hello, everyone! Hey guys I am new here. (Obviously!!) I am Ivy and I am on a journey to find myself. Along the path of life I gave up and stopped caring. I am finding myself and fixing the flaws. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:06:02 EST Cindy2chubby Hi! I'm the girl described as has a great personality. I worry that since I am heavier 5'5" 220 lbs that people judge me as gross lazy and pathetic. I also worry no decent man will ever truly love me. So I have come for support to get back to the fun beautiful lady I used to be. I'm having trouble getting motivated for exercise and laying off the comfort foods. Please help and be kind please. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:20:11 EST hello My names donna, looking for some friends, eileen is one friend who helped me get on here as i do need friends to keep going, im married and anniversarys sunday, easter,lol..18 yrs,and ill be walking on sunday but weathers doesent cooperate so ill do some on my chair, im 55 yrs old and between husbend and me have 6 kids 2 are mine 4 my cats my baby <em>30</em> I love photography and country music, always listening to music! hope to hear from someone soon,donna Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:37:36 EST Hi, I'm Shely. I think I put my introduction in the wrong section. So here goes again, me introducing myself. I bought a sunbeam scale from Amazon, and will get it on the 22nd. I've been wanting to get a scale since last year. <BR> <BR> I go to school at a local community college. I'm taking Spanish, part time student. Anyways I bring that up because I just started going to Zumba wellness class and I LOVE it!! <BR> <BR> I'm 175 and I need to be 130, I'm 5 foot 1. My doctor put me on a low (no) carb d... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:53:36 EST Bragaboutme Walk 5 Miles 3 Times Week I have been doing this for a year, but once I hit 5 miles, 2 hours after exercise extremely fatigued,eat, shot for the day. I have discussed w/ MD. HEALTH NOT AN ISSUE, they says it's just age. Can this be Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:32:12 EST Hi everyone! I just signed up for spark people to help me drop 32lbs. I'm always looking for support and to support people on their healthy journey so feel free to add me as a friend so we can reach our goals together! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31:58 EST introductions Hey Everybody! <BR> <BR> Just joined and am loving the site. I would love to hear from you as well. I am currently on a weight loss ambition of about 35lbs. I am on day 2 of a 7 day challenge with advocate products. I am feeling the difference already. <BR> <BR> So what's your story.... and what do you do to lose weight.....lastly what is the biggest thing you've changed? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:13:14 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:55 EST Hi Hi everyone. My name is Diane and I seem to be in a constant struggle to lose weight and eat better. I have varied shifts (some evening and some really early) so it is sometimes a challenge to find the energy to work out. I also struggle with ensuring I allow enough time between eating main meals and having snacks to keep my blood sugar even. <BR> <BR> Currently I work out between 4-5 days a week doing cardio daily and am going to start incorporating weight training tomorrow. I stay with... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:48 EST Love my Spark Hello fellow Spark trackers, <BR> I just want to say that I really enjoy and love wearing my Spark tracker, it's a great motivator, specially when I'm at work sitting at my desk for 8 hours. I look at my Spark tracker and make it a point to get up and move. <BR> The more activity the better....!!! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:17:22 EST Starting over again and again Hello, My name is Betty. I have use spark people over and over. I have lost weight but was not able to keep it off. This last time I have gain more weight than I did before. It seems that I can not stay motivated in sticking to this new life change. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:49:55 EST Here We Go Again Well here we go again with the weight loss battle. You would think that I would have this perfected after all of the attempts that I have had over the years, unfortunately the success has been fleeting. This time I want it to be the last time that I have an excess of weight and that I don't feel good about myself. This time I was the results to last more than a couple of times. This time I want to be healthy, strong, lean and fat burning machine. This time I want to be in amazing shape and lo... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:02:55 EST Excited for a new beginning Hi, my name is mariah. I recently moved back to california after living in Wisconsin for 3 years and I'm ready for a fresh start. My goal is to lose 65 pounds and get ready to run a 5k on july 4th. I'm so excited to be finally getting my act together! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:54:12 EST Back and Serious Hi there. I'm back for a second time and serious about getting back in shape. Visited the doctor who did a complete fitness check and results were ok. I'm 55 on no medication, cholestrol, blood pressure, liver all normal. Losing weight and upping my fitness levels will surely improve my overall health and well-being. Glad to be part of the community. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:33:16 EST New to sparkle Hello I'm a week in and down 7lbs. Feeling great. Had a union meeting yesterday and there was a table full of goodies and I didn't even desire them. I need to be more active , I do have a work out world membership but haven't been going. I don't like going alone or when it's crowded. Anyone in the Brockton MA area looking for a workout buddy? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:32 EST Looking for a members in Kihei, Hawaii. Hi my name is Debbie and I am 54 years old. I am looking for members in Kihei, Hawaii. I need a walking buddy. I am new to Maui and I have no friends. I don't know anyone and I have no one to walk with. I lost my husband that was the love of my life for 33 years. He died 3 years ago from an undiagnosed genetic heart condition. Together we have 3 kids. They are all married and all 6 have graduated from college. My daughter moved us here to help with my grieving. She was afraid I was ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:23 EST Back again, but for REAL this time!!! When I started this new journey back on February 1st, 2014 I was 5'2" and approximately 218 pounds. My goal is to also lose 65 pounds and be in a size 8 by December 31st. To date, I have shed around 29 pounds and lost 2 pants sizes. I started in an 18 and now I'm in a 12. I may exceed the size 8 but we'll see. I may also get to 150 and want to go down 10 more pounds to 140. I'm really not sure. My goal this journey is to push myself a little bit more. So who knows what the year's end ma... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:48:25 EST Hi everyone. My name is Kay. I really want to lose 10-15 lbs and have tried many times in the last month to get started but I just fall back into my junk food eating habits! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:04 EST Hello everyone! My name is Julia, and I have always been athletic until back injury 6 years ago. They tried everything but in the end I decided to deal with it myself - no pills, no procedures, etc. They said I will never run, but this July I decided to run the hike trail toward the waterfall and back. I was sure, I won't be able to walk for days afterwards but I ended up just fine, no pain. I started my fitness and diet then, even started boxing. I went from 160 lbs to 143lbs by early November. However, I ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:17:15 EST Second Tmer <em>224</em> <BR> Hello There Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am here again at the dawning of my 30th birthday being upon me at the end of this month. I have been trying steadily for the last 5 years to shed 30lbs and somewhere along the way got caught in the limbo of life. <BR> <BR> I am currently a FT employee at JHH and go to night school for Nursing soooo I have very little me time. I spend what I do have devoting it to my wonderful fiance who I could not live without! She is the most a... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:13:33 EST Good Morning I have tried so many times to lose the weight I have been carrying for over half my life. I have even written a blog but managed to quit even that after a while. I am so ashamed of quitting I haven't even gone back in to update it with the news that I have joined SparkPeople and haven't linked my Spark Page to the blog itself. I am hoping that with some success I will feel motivated and less embarrassed to post. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I have 60 pounds to drop to be healthy and possibly heal some... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:10:37 EST Hello! My name is Janet and I'm 27. I've been on this weight loss journey on and off for five years, but this year I'm taking it more seriously than I ever have. I have a little sister that is overweight and I want to be a positive role model for her. I want show her that a positive attitude and hard work will pay off. I've hit a plateau in my weight loss recently, so I'm here to take the boot camp 4week challenge and get healthier and fitter. If you have any tips or secrets to share, please message... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:13:43 EST here's to this So, posting a message to keep myself accountable. I am enjoying doing a little bit of exercise each evening, and keeping track of what I eat. I thought keeping track would make eating seem more like a task, but it hasn't had that effect, which is pleasantly surprising. I'm hoping to end up more in shape, better able to be active with my kids, and have more energy. Losing a few pounds during the process isn't going to hurt me any, either : ) <BR> Cheers to all of you who are working towards t... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:44 EST the New guy w/ Dialysis Hello there, little about my self ...Life was good i was getting into better shape and working out and that all changed about 5 and a half years ago taking out the trash 1 cold March evening i slipped on some ice and fell in the door jam of my house landing on my kidney side, i stood up and shook it off not realizing what i had just done, 8 months later..i was hospitalized & have been a Dialysis patient ever since.had 7 surgical procedures done to my left arm just trying to create a Dialysis ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:29:30 EST Newbie, but not a noob! Hey fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> My name is Simi and while I'm new to Sparkpeople, I'm not new to this style of website nor am I new to weight loss! I used a different site, similar to Sparkpeople but based in the UK (because I'm from Ireland you see :D ) Since I started my weight loss journey 2-ish years ago I've lost 37kgs, but since then I've moved to Japan and the change of environment and lifestyle has wreaked a little bit of havoc on my previously strict routine! After a lifetime of diet... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:27:01 EST So discouraged. I started back with SparkPeople about 30 days ago. The first time around it didnt stick. I want to lose about 100 pounds give or take, but my short term goal is 34. So i can be back in the 100's again, for the first time since I got pregnant. <BR> My first week I lost 10 pounds, probably mostly water, and then the next week was back up 6. I gave myself a get away weekend, and didnt track, gained back another pound, and now I am having a hard time picking up where I left off. <BR> But I know I... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:23 EST Hello Hello everyone! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:49:28 EST Back in Action Hi SparkWorld, <BR> Just swinging by to introduce myself...i did sparkpeople a few years ago to loose my grad school weight and now I'm back! I have hypermobile joints and right now I have my second torn hip labrum... seeing as I can't run or walk far at the moment, I figured I need to start staying on track with my nutrition (especially with bathingsuit season coming up, eeek)! I'm going to try to keep up with cycling and some swimming til my next hip surgery but nutrition is my main goal f... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:48:08 EST confused abt d site Not getting it how to use seems interesting but donno ..wana loose weight m extremely obese Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:41:01 EST Hello hello! Hey Spark People community! My name is Michele and I signed up last week, This website looks like a fantastic tool for weight loss and motivation from the community. I've been getting used to the different tools on this website and how to navigate what. <BR> <BR> Currently I am a full time student in college and a full time worker. Although I am busy, I am motivating myself to exercise for the health and mental aspects. My life can get stressful with studying, and I find myself having m... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:02 EST Mom of two princesses and wife to an army vet Hi my name is Shannon and I am the wife of an army vet and the mom to two princesses ages (9 and 18 months). Some of my challenges are that my Husband and 9 yr old princess are very picky eaters, my 18 month old can not drink milk and I can really only afford to cook one meal for dinner. I am trying to figure out how to get the healthy foods I need and still have food that they will and can eat. On the fitness side my challenge is that my husband works nights so during the day he is sleeping ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:33:06 EST Starting Today! Just joined SparkPeople today (4/16/14) and I am ready for my change of lifestyle for the rest of my life (hopefully this will be many more years). All this information is a little overwhelming. Any suggestions on which site will help the most? Looking forward to interacting with my support groups and feel like I am on my way to Healthy and Happy. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:31 EST susan Hi people on Spark! Trying to renew old goals and set some new ones; need to get motivated to lose some extra pounds. Thanks for encouragement! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:43:36 EST Stuck for 3 weeks I have been a member of Spark People for a while. <BR> I am 41, a wife, a mother of 2. <BR> This year is different than all other years. <BR> I am tired of the Plus Size clothing, I am tired of wearing oversize hoodies. <BR> This time last year I was 233lbs. Today, I am 213. <BR> I have been running 3-4 times a week on the C25K program, I am on week 6. <BR> I go to kickboxing 2 times a week. I am very careful of the food that goes in my mouth. I track pretty much everyday. the days I d... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10:11 EST Hello All I am excited about Spark People. I am looking forward to changing me! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:58 EST Grams to ounces Hello, <BR> I bought a food scale that only measures grams and i want find out how to convert things to ounces can anybody help? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:49:15 EST Not so new but still struggling Hi everyone. I've been a member of Sparkpeople for a long time but this is actually my first post. I'm a bit of a lurker. Anyway. I was doing really well on my journey. I ran my first 5K last year in October. I was so proud of myself... and I haven't run another day since. I'm gaining all my weight back but I have absolutely no motivation to work out or run. I've tried Zumba, going to the gym, cycling, etc. Nothing sparks my interest. What can I do to get back into it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:11 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone, my name is Cassandra. I am new to SparkPeople. I just wanted to introduce myself; I am 28 years old, I just had my first baby 9 months ago today, I am currently a stay at home mom. My husband is away a lot with work, so most of the time it's just me and the baby. I do have a membership at the most amazing gym in my state, Anytime Fitness. I have been a member there since right before I found out I was pregnant. Before the baby it was really simple for me to lose weight, eat le... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:54:16 EST On A ROLL I HAVE BEEN USING SPARK PEOPLE FOR A WEEK AND A HALF AND HAVE LOST 6LBS. I AM EXCITED THAT I FOUND SPARKPEOPLE. WISH I HAD AN EXERCISE BUDDY THOUGH, IT WOULD BE SO MUCH EASIER. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:13:22 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 55 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing two official SP challenges. <BR> <BR> SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge (in week THREE) and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge (in week TWO) <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories wi... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:23:43 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:26 EST New here... Hello! I'm from North Dakota, and would like a buddy on here ... I had a lap band put in 5.5 yrs ago. I'm trying to get back on track and would love to have someone to bounce ideas off of, get in put, suggestions, thoughts, etc... Looking forward to hearing from you! :-) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:10 EST back here after being absent for two years Hi. Needing motivation and didn't know if there is or will be a group of sparks that is in the 91030 area or very near what I have searched up is not close. I will be moving this summer to that zip or very near that zip. Thanks Snifne Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:41:49 EST Struggling with shame and frustration Hello, I started Spark 3 weeks ago and am having a difficult time right now. I started out strong but last week I felt completely out-of-control with food. I ended up binging most days. I woke up today to see that in the past week I ended up gaining 5 lbs. I feel so defeated and frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> I'm in my mid 30s and have been on health and weightless programs my whole life. Right now I'm having such a hard time just not feeling completely embarrassed about my lack of cont... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:59:29 EST What is your goals how will you meet them? My name is Heather I'm young and weight is a problem in my family. I just recently joined spark and so far enjoy it very much. My goal is to lose 42 pounds. I want to exercise at least 5 days a week although I also would like to work out every day if Ii can manage to. I have tried to diet before and I thought about what might help me to actually be successful. I decided for myself I am going to take a picture of myself 1 time a week, and only weigh myself 1 time a week as well. I think for me... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:29:36 EST Greetings from An Excited Sparker I'm so glad to be on this journey with all of you. Let's encourage each other, reach our goals, and make new friendships. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:46 EST Sandi Ricks I am very excited to be starting this part of my life! In hopes that i will gain the motivation and friendships that will help keep the weight loss going. I am off to a good start but with a busy lifestyle with 3 boys my habits tend to be broken easily. I hope through this site I will be able to keep the pace. My husband is very supportive and I know that should be enough but he loves me regardless my weight. Please help my push and strive to meet my goals! <BR> <BR> Good Luck to ever... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:30 EST New & Confused So, I'm starting my lifestyle change with a doctor who is trying to figure out what foods I am sensitive to through a process ? called Applied Kinesiology. I don't know if it will work or not, but my brother and sister in laws have been going to this doctor for two years and she looks/feels great and he is off of all of his diabetic medicines - so whatever it is it's worth me giving it a try. <BR> <BR> I'm 51 and I haven't "felt good" in about 20 years or more. I have no energy, no desire t... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:52:50 EST New Need to lose 50+ pounds Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:13:26 EST New Here and Excited Hello, I'm am new to SparkPeople and am so excited about the opportunity to be able to change who I am, inside and out! Spent so many years taking care of everyone else and not me! I'm so out of shape! Began working out and realized how bad it is!!!! LOL!!! <BR> <BR> I live in Chicago with my husband and 1 Lab mix (We had 2 dogs and had to put my boy down 4 week ago- very Hard!!). These are the loves of my life!!! <BR> <BR> I see there is so much to learn and read, I'm a bit intimi... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:44:01 EST new I am back again, Its been a few years, but I look forward to the support and challenge Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:47:35 EST Hello from the UK Hi Everyone, <BR> I've just joined SP after trying to rejoin the tracking website I've used in the past and finding their subscription charges have doubled! in the last 12 months. So I've come here and I'm hoping you are all as friendly and helpful as the members on the site I used to use!? <BR> I have about 3 stone to lose (42lbs) to lose and need some help and encouragement to do it. <BR> Here's looking forward to "meeting" you all and helping each other out. <BR> PJ <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:51:15 EST Returning After Several Years Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have been happens and things get in the way, but I am determined to stick with this!! I am 51 and so far have joined 2 or 3 (I think) 50+ Teams tonight. So...I plan on getting my Spark back!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:27:39 EST Striving to be a better dad! I have a 5yr old daughter who is just starting to get active in sports and such. I want to be able to be there for her to play catch, run for fitness, and get outdoors for nature and sight seeing. <BR> <BR> I am 40yrs old and currently I weigh 224lbs and still loosing. Just 2 months ago I was at 246lbs. I hit a plateau and needed help with my diet and fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> My wife suggested and here I am. So far I have been tracking for a week. Seeing the info on my di... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:15:34 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy I'm going to be 27 in June. I had my first child last July. I am 5'8 and 250 lbs. I have tried over and over again to lose weight, and I can't manage to do it. I love JUNK food. I love going out to eat. I work of a very famous restaurant chain, and eat there 5 days a week. I've never been very active. I hate working out. I know I NEED to work out but I nee the motivation. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 3 years, he also over weight. Together we have gained 120 pounds ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:58 EST new to the program hi everyone. Just getting started..Recently found out i have type 2 diabeties. Diet exercise and carbs is hard for me. I am looking forward in making new friends and having help from others to met my goals. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:28:41 EST Starting over Again I'm trying to get myself back on a regular gym schedule. haven't been there in almost a year. My trainer is leaving me message to know if I'm ever coming back. Every day I tell myself I'm going back today. and then I get home and get Cold feet. All those training where you get weighted in and you sometimes don't even see the numbers on the scale move, and the trainer thinks you are just slacking or just shooting up MCdo when you're not at the gym. Anyways. I wanna do it again. problems surro... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:22 EST Looking for Spring and weight loss buddies Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am going to try this again with determination this time! I have about 60 pounds to lose and have finally overcome one of my terrible habits of drinking a lot of Pepsi. I am hoping to find someone to connect with for motivation and to root each other along. Let me know if you are looking for the same thing. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:25 EST just starting I do mainly walking and lifting at my job but I realize that I need to do more whole body toning and tightening. Any suggestions? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:51:31 EST Just beginning <em>29</em> There is so much information, any tips on what to focus on first? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:22:03 EST Day one Flat Belly Jump Start anybody doing this ? Hi, I looked at the Flat Belly community, do not see any one that is active. I completed Day 1 of 4 day menu. anybody doing this eating plan ? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:34:53 EST Taking it slow I have been in and out of Spark People. I leave, come back, leave, come back. This time I am taking it one day at a time. I am learning to love myself, little by little. I have turned to God, and my life is a whole lot better. Depression is gone, anxiety under contol. I feel a love of life never experienced before. Tomorrow, I join the gym with my wonderful Hubby, who loves me no matter what weight I am at. I will do this! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:59:34 EST Doctors Orders My new doctor is taking a proactive interest in my health. I have been overweight for a number of years and he wants me to lose weight. He would like me to lose 10-15 pounds in the next three months. I have used Spark on and off four about five years but I have always fallen off the wagon and gone back to bad habits. Today is a new day and I am going to take it one day at a time. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:52:23 EST Back Again After More Than 2 Years <em>524</em> I have been a member for several years; however, I had to drop for awhile. I have been exercising and logging my food for a couple of months. Recently, I got more serious about it. I had gained back what I had lost, but I am motivated to feel better and improve my health. I have a condition that has caused breathing problem; I am in therapy for my breathing. I am also working outside therapy to lose and get back my strength. Glad to be back! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 EST College student wanting to lose some weight! I'm Angelina, a college freshman in Wisconsin. I'm looking to lose some weight for next semester, but my overall goal is to lose at least 50 pounds. If you're interested in being weight loss buddies and keeping track of how each other is doing, feel free to message me, comment on my page, or reply to this topic! I'm looking forward to this weight loss journey with Sparkpeople! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:05:46 EST Rejoined with renewed determination I was just told by my doctor that I am pre-diabetic! Who knew? So, I feel I had better get back on that horse and try, try again. <em>39</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:22 EST Waves, Hi All Hey everybody I'm Karin and I joined last monthish and so far I'm really enjoying myself on here, But i could really use some friends who understand the wanting and needing to lose weight thing. So please stop by and say hi or whatever. <BR> Thanks Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:14:16 EST New and struggling... Hi All, <BR> I'm Sue, I live in Ocala, FL, 62 and have to lose 60 lbs...ugh! I have been on SparkPeople for 2 weeks and have lost 7 lbs. I have been diligently tracking all my food and exercise and have even stepped up the exercise. I got on the scale this morning and have gained a pound AND I'm retaining fluid as my hands are swollen...ugh! I'm not eating over my calorie limit and now I'm bummed. Any helpful ideas for me? Thanks! <em>24</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:11:30 EST New here -- looking for support. I am 34 and have started this weight loss journey to get in better shape for myself and my children. My starting weight 3 weeks ago was 282. That is the biggest I have ever been. I am limiting my calories and trying to exercise. I am open to any helpful tips. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:54 EST I'm new here Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm a 34 year old wife and mother. I have lived in the beautiful state of Oregon all of my life. I am a stay at home mom and my active kids keep me busy. Somewhere along the way, I forgot to take care of myself. I am now at a point in my life that I have to do something about my weight if I want to see my kids get married and start families of their own. I am not setting a very good example for my kids and I want to change <BR> <BR> I am looking for suppo... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:57:01 EST Hello All! I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but new to this section of it. My name is Lauren, and I feel that I was born to be an encourager! I'm here not only for myself, but to motivate others. I look forward to meeting all of you! <em>381</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:45:02 EST Day 1!!!! Hey all! My name is Danielle. I am 36 years old and have a one year old son. I am still 40 lbs over my goal weight. It has taken me a long time to start back with exercising due to an EXTENDED recovery time from my emergency c section! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food on my phone for the last week and today I started 30 day shred (again). I used to be able to do level 2 without a problem but level 1 killed me this morning!!! Thanks to all who will provide support and good luck ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:21 EST Just joined! very new to this but really want to change the way I eat and my activity level. I'm a widow am very happy I found this site. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:32:54 EST Hi! turned 44 and have some weight to lose Hi! I turned 44 at the beginning of the month and saw myself in a full length mirror and I am now determined to lose weight. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:13:59 EST On the journey I have been on the eating healthy and loosing weight journey for about 2 years. I never made it to my goal weight, but lost about 25 lbs and felt energized and good. In the last months I have slipped back into some old habits and need to kick start my way back. Although my weight is now in the normal range, I'd like to get in the mid part of that range, but more importantly gain more consistent healthy eating habits. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:11:16 EST Hello I am new I am just a university student trying to loss weight to become healthy again. I saw a picture of myself at a party and I hated how I looked so I decided enough was enough. I joined this site to have a support group and to hold myself accountable. All of the resources are awesome as well. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:10:17 EST New to Sparkpeople! Hi! I'm fairly new to Sparkpeople and I'm looking for people who are on the similar journey that I have started. Recently been told by the doctor that I have a few health problems (Elevated blood sugar and cholesterol, along with high blood pressure) that could be reduced by losing weight. So, here I am! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:49:25 EST Starting Nutrition Tracking and Have a Technical Q Hey, <BR> <BR> Does any one know how to delete something that is preset in the nutrition tracker? I need to delete "snack 2" so those calories can disburse over the 3 meals and 1 snack I am trying to track (per a nutritionist). I found the place where I can add meals but I can't find how to delete them. I tried emailing the SparkPeople Technical folks and kept getting an "error" message. How ironic! If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:42:09 EST New here ... 40 with 200+ pounds to lose HI <BR> <BR> My name is Tammy. I just turned 40 in January (still hate admitting that) I am a wife and mother of three. Its even harder to admit that I weight 415.7 pounds. A fact not even my husband knows. I wear a 6x in a shirt and a 4-5x in pants. <BR> <BR> I have set my first goals. My long term goal for now is to be 200 lbs by May 2016. My first short term goal is to get to 399 by Mother day 2014. <BR> <BR> I have tried loosing weight before but this time I have something to prove to... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:01:56 EST hello everyonne I am zen-girl and want to share my goals and be a part of a motivated team Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:48:33 EST Just getting started Hi. I am on a journey to be the best me I can be. At 195 pounds with high blood pressure I realize I need to commit to shedding some unwanted mass. I am a 51 year old senior in college. My field of study is health care related. The more I learn about healthcare the more I realize that I have to take responsibility for my own health if I want to enjoy my later years. I've started and quit so many weight loss strategies. I really want and need this one to be the plan that keeps me motiva... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:20:29 EST My story Hello everyone, my name is Kristin and I'm somewhat new to this website. I first used it several months ago, but didn't really stick to it. This time I'm here to stay, but I'm hoping I can find some people for emotional support. I had my first child in July of last year, and since then have had a hard time losing weight. Before I got pregnant, I had a very bad struggle with bulimia. I went to therapy and managed to break that habit, but gained so much weight during pregnancy as a result. I'm ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:40:44 EST Hello Everyone Really Excited to get Started... <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:35:58 EST Hello All Hey everyone, my name is Tammy and I am a 33 year old mother of four wonderful children. I just joined this page but I am really looking forward to being a part of this community. I am also looking forward to using this to help me lose the weight that I am trying to get rid of. Not only for this awesome contest we are having at work (hey $5000.00 is amazing motivation lol) but also for myself and my family. I look forward to getting to know people and getting advice from y'all. Thank you so m... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:47:11 EST Eager to lose weight Hello. This is my first time here. I have lost 14 pounds on my own but have begun to lose motivation. I'm hoping to use the features of this program to keep me motivated. My goal is to be healthy. I'm not sure how to use this website but I plan on searching throughout it every day a little more. <BR> <BR> Can someone tell me how to input my own recipes so I can calculate the calories? That way I can adjust my recipes to make them more healthy. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:43:20 EST Excited and Nervous I am excited and nervous about my new journey. I have tried so many times to lose weight The most I ever lose was 25 pounds. then lose the motivation to continue. Then end up with that gained back with some more extra pounds. <BR> I do feel different about this program, It seems to have everything I need to do it. Other programs that I started in the past concentrated on weight. This programs has a diet regime that is easy to follow. a simple grocery list and other tools that I feel may help,... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:06:19 EST Hello :) I have been with spark people for a few years now. On and off diet. Recently I realised we can speak to other members. So hello!, <BR> <BR> I have always fought with my weight but last October, after looking at myself on the mirror I realised the time was now. Since then I have lost about twenty pounds. I have joined the gym and started exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> I would very much like to speak to other members. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:45:54 EST Hi everyone Hi, <BR> I have only been doing this for a few days, so I'm just getting started. Still learning my way around. But I must say what a great website. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:50:29 EST New and need to lose 30 lbs Hi, <BR> <BR> I just recently got engaged this month finally giving me the motivation I need to lose the 30 lbs I put on the past couple years. I am a typical yo yo dieter so I am hoping I can find a steadier route through this site. I am definitely nervous I won't be able to achieve my goal since I am a major foodie and just finishing up pastry school, so I am constantly around all the goodies. Hopefully this site will help me stay motivated and I will achieve my goal. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:33:35 EST Hi!! New here.... I am new to this site and trying to figure it all out. I lost 20 pounds last year and have gained that plus more back which is depressing but I am trying to get back into eating right and getting to the gym. I signed up for a 5k and although I am not a runner I am hoping to take baby steps in that directions so any tips will be helpful. Thanks!! Wish me luck! <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:12:47 EST HELP please-100 lbs to lose and need to start NOW I have been trying to motivate myself by reading weight loss success stories and I stumbled on this website. I am close to 50 years old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I would like to find a way to 'jump start' my weight loss journey and lose as much as possible in the next 2 months for a very special event. Is there a way to do this???? <BR> <BR> I have gained a lot of weight recently and I am miserable! My legs, knees, and feet hurt all the time, and it is very difficult for me to 'w... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:04:55 EST Is it finally enough? All the usual issues: lifelong weight struggle, sedentary job, high stress/low sleep, done this all before but it never sticks, etc. etc. But now I'm 42 y.o. and just added another 5 lbs onto my body in two weeks. I'm the heaviest I've EVER been and this will only get more challenging as the years add on. So enough. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:47:14 EST Trying again! Hi there folks. I have been away for three years and am back to try again. My weight goes up and down, my joints creak, and I am a total couch potato. Time for all that to change - one step at a time! Signing in is step one for me. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:42:49 EST Hello for the first time Hello, just recently started. brief history - stroke in 2007(weak left side) - became very sedentary - developed diabetes, obese (bmi-31+), elevated cholesterol and triglyceride's. have been dieting and exercising and doing well but i prefer to see quicker results -just have trouble facing the reality that it will take much longer now. also hoping to find more stroke survivor friendly activities that take into account weak side and balance issues. any help or suggestions greatly appreciated... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:49:56 EST Tried everything and the weight is not coming off For the past month i have been eating healthy. So i have two scrambled eggs for breakfast usually a salad for lunch and protein and veggies for supper. I have given up sugar, bread pasta and rice. I also have been working on the elliptical for 45 minutes a day and i have not lost a pound. I am thinking i cant give up much more or i will be starving. Does anyone have any saving advice as i feel like i am hitting my head against a brick wall. I want to give up because i am sore everyday for WHA... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:54:12 EST Back on track and feeling great! My name is Ali and I'm back with spark people with a renewed vigour and commitment! I did really well with this program last year and surpassed my goal by two pounds and was thrilled. Work stresses and poor habits sent me back to old habits of skipping breakfast, coffee and muffins and little or not fruit and vegetables. I have been back on the program for the past 3 weeks and cannot believe how truly better I feel. Much more clear headed and far greater energy. I started with the fast b... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:46:13 EST Goes Hand in Hand I joined a couple of years ago. Fantastic program, tons of support, I lost the weight I wanted to. I maintained it for a couple of years. February 2 2014 I QUIT smoking. The weight started to come back on, because I started to put whatever was within 2 miles into my mouth. Oh it was horrid. It seemed like I was eating 24 hours of every day/7 days a week. Ok this has to stop. I came back in, opened up my account, and its now making me accountable for what I am eating every day. I didn't wait u... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:08:53 EST This time is working I've tried Spark People before,but this time I really am determined to do it.I have to for my health.My first month I lost 23 LBs.I can see myself doing it this time.As they say one day at a time. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:52:02 EST help I have been struggling with trying to lose weight for majority of my life. I lose weight and then it decides to come back. I walk at least 1 mile a day and don't eat a lot of food. I do suffer from a thyroid condition. Does anyone have any suggestions Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:08:54 EST Wake-up call It's been a while since I've been on but I ignored my health for too long and ended up having a minor stroke on March 17. My unhealthy lifestyle finally caught up to me. The stroke was caused by high BP, High Cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes.Thankfully, I'm doing very well all things considered. Since being in the hospital I've completely changed my eating habits and have got my Blood sugar and BP under control, and have lost almost 20 lbs. Dr. is very happy with my progress. ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:22:39 EST Hello! Hi there! <BR> My name is Sammi and I'm new to this site. I was originally using MyFitnessPal, but wanted to try something new. This site seems to have so much more that you can track. I've struggled with my weight for years, and I'd like this time to actually be successful :) Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:24:22 EST Hey y'all And I'm back again. Oh well... first came here to lose 20 lbs, I was weighing 180 at the time. This morning I weighed in at 198.7... I really don't want to go over the 200 mark, ever.... so here I am again, planning my weekly menu, and looking at my schedule to fit in exercise, and feeling beat up by life. <BR> <BR> Well, previously I've tried to include those crazy work outs and long exhausting hikes to loose inches off my butt and get my flabby tummy hard... but after a while, I get so ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:59:46 EST Failed but back because I have started to lose it Hello Everyone. <BR> <BR> Very happy to be back. I failed last time, but I am back on track. Came here to motivate and be motivated because sometime we will need it. Well I am carrying the weight equivalent to my 2 kids a total of 90 pounds. that is like carrying my 6 yo and 8 yo in my back 24 h a day. <BR> <BR> I am tired of the overweight <BR> <BR> Hope to be here a long time. Luck to you all as well. lets try to stick to see ourselves living healthier Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:29:36 EST NEW HELLO NEW TO ALL THIS,BUT EXCITED TO JOIN. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:45 EST hi, here to make a change Hi, here to commit to taking care of myself and continue to work on my emotional eating and food addiction, I am 51 and have over 200 pounds to lose but today is about taking the first step in my journey and reaching out to the spark community, thank you! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:31:26 EST I'm diabetic and a "bad" patient I'm also a nurse. I would like to hear from others who are working on lowering their blood sugars as well as losing weight and increasing their exercise! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:21:30 EST New! finally got here Looking for people I know in real life and yes, I've forgotten the usernames! Loving the tracker! the OHLinda is Ohio Linda, not surprised Linda and the 1 is b/c I must have signed up once b4 with ohlinda :-) Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:18:01 EST birthday Good afterrnoon,one of my goals is to be 160 for my b-day may 28 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:08:08 EST I feel like I'm learning to drive a stick on a hil I think I joined this site shortly after it started, and here I am again. :-( Like that kid, I start, I move forward, I stop and then I start rolling backwards again. Before I know it, I'm halfway down the hill, rolling towards my original start point. So here I go again. I know what to do, I've only been at this weight loss thing for almost 15 years now, but I keep getting side tracked and falling off the wagon. I haven't figured out how this time will be different, other than I recently... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:04:52 EST Been away Working to stay on track with my health. I have gotten behind. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:41:29 EST Hello from the Southern Part of Heaven Hi fellow SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I am from North Carolina. I am new to SparkPeople and hope to be successful on my journey to get fit by my 40th birthday in July. I am a member at my local O2 Fitness and have a ball exercising. I hope to motivate others through my journey and be motivated by you all! Good luck on your journeys and take care. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:24:37 EST Frustrated I have been doing Weight Watchers for 2 years and lost a total of 25 pounds and have now about gained it all back I am currently trying another approach...I tend to get to a 20lb lost and my body just comes to a halt!!! So frustrating any suggestions?? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:58:05 EST Hello from Sacramento Hello everyone! I am starting a new journey of health and well being. I just beat a rare cancer and look forward to a life of positive actions. I wish you all good health and each day filled with joy. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:57:04 EST Dreams in Reach! Complete weight-loss has always been an elusive dream for me...I lose 20-40 pounds and that's it. I either re-gain all + some, or just stay at that weight. My highest weight was 280ish, and my lowest 195. This go-around, I want to realize my dreams of being fit, healthy, and beautiful with a goal weight of 140. <BR> <BR> Hello! :) Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:55:03 EST Hey ya'll! I am so ready to make a change!! I am 53 years old and having my 35th high school reunion in August. I live in Texas so it will be really hot by then I want to attend and feel good about myself not fat, hot and depressed. I need to lose about 65 pounds to be ideal but I will be satisfied with 40 or so by reunion time. I now have Type 2 diabetes and high bp and cholesterol. I am basically a mess. I really need support and encouragement! Any suggestions on getting over my carb addiction would be helpful. I am ready for this jo... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:52:26 EST So Fed Up With Being Fed Up!!! Ok, so I have been registered member of SparkPeople for nearly 3 years, but have never really connected with anyone or committed to doing anything. I try to get started, go pretty well for about a week or two...and then life happens. I am now 59 years old, work full time, direct a church choir, serve on church leadership teams, help my 88 year old mother--who just moved in with us last November-- help our three 25-32 year old sons with various things (nothing huge), and be available on occasi... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:22:28 EST starting over again, using fitbit now Hello all, I have been here for a while, it is hard when I don't have anyone to be motivated with locally. Would love to workout with someone, I am married and going to be 47 years old today. I would love to be able to go to Jamaica with my husband in August and lose at least 20 lbs to fit into a great bathing suite. Ladies, need walking buddies and I have a gym membership to blink, so please let me know Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:00:00 EST Getting my life back I gained ALOT of weight when I went through breast cancer treatment. I am looking to lose it but the doctors tell me it will be slow going and the weight will not come off like it would for a "normal" person. This is a little intimidating but going to give it my all for my children and husband. I will need all the support I can get! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:57:41 EST I want to be a runner... again. I am 28, and before my two girls 6 years ago I used to run 4 miles a day, without fail. Now, 25 lbs heavier and much more inactive, I am struggling finding the time to workout and have found myself dreading to run since I feel so out of shape. Today, I am going to begin my commitment to change my life for the better. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:49:30 EST Ready for a successful year Greetings and salutations! <BR> <BR> I'm 44 years old, single mom with 2 boys that needs to lose a good 50 pounds! After shopping for clothes this week for my new job, I REALLY saw how much weight I had gained. Snacking and portion control are life long struggles for me. Here's to the beginning of a great journey! I am determined to stick with this and not throw in the towel whenever I "blow it" - Jen Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:55 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:24 EST Hello Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Well I've taken the first step and registered with SP in the hope that this will be the ONE. You know, the ONE where weightloss finally stays off. I've done other diets, and had good results, but ultimately and slowly it has crept back on with interest! So here I am today full of hope and anticipation. Not sure what I'm going to do different this time, and I'm a little confused about that! Motivation could be a problem when it comes to exercise - I usually start of... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:13:25 EST busting weight loss plateau Hi <BR> <BR> I am Neeraja from Chennai. I am new to this forum. I want to break my weight loss plateau. I use Jillian's BFBM and NMTZ on alternate days. My inches are dropping but my scale doesn't. Pls advise. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:45:58 EST Nancy Watson Evans I am fairly new to Spark People but I love it. I am a born again Christian, attend Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon CA. My pastor is David Jeremiah who some of you may know through Turning Point MInistries. I have been attending that church since 1962 when Tim LaHaye was Pastor there. I have high cholesterol and need to lose weight and get my cholesterol within the normal range. I was on a statin but my muscles ached so I went off the medicine. I am working also with a nutritionist so that ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:13:59 EST Need to break sugar addcition! Hello! I am a fit, active, 37 year old female who used sparkpeople to lose 70 pounds 6 years ago. I have not gained any of the weight back, but I have developed a bad habit over the years, sweets! I cannot just stop at one or 2 cookies, I have to have 10! Sugar is like an addiction for me! I do not drink soda or juice, I only drink water, lots of it, I eat decent meals, lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, poultry. I am extremely active, I power walk 6 miles every single day,... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:20:18 EST Greetings from the Heartland Hello, I am Mara. I am Spark People's new kid on the block tonight. I am very motivated to losing weight, and getting control back of my health. I was recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetic two weeks ago, and my doctor also thinks I have sleep apnea. I am undergoing a sleep lab test in two weeks. I honestly cannot let my situation get any worse. I have had enough. <BR> A RD at the hospital said that every day I need to be eating around 45 carbs per meal and 15 carbs a snack. I have read s... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:21:21 EST "I think I can..." Hi! My name is Peg. I will be 60 years old this winter. I have been married over 30 years and we are still in love. I have four adult children and eight grandchildren (7 girls!). I teach Public Speaking at a local university and I love it! This past year has been rough. I lost my sigmoid colon, gall bladder, and had a full hysterectomy because of some tumors that decided to have fun without my permission. Good news is I am doing very well. Bad news is, my "chubby forever" has become morbid o... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:14:31 EST New Spark... Hello, all! I'm new to the SparkPeople community and just wanted to introduce myself. I've tried the weight-loss thing many times over the years with varied success. For the first time, I'm totally committed and know that it's going to work long-term. I'd like to lose a couple of pounds a week, but if it doesn't happen that quickly, I'm ok with that. I understand that slow is usually better in the long run anyway. I'm looking forward to the support that comes from a community of like-minded p... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:54:17 EST Here we go Here I am taking some time effort and love and spending it on me. Now I just need the "stick to it ness" and follow through to get to my happy place. I want to be a better me and better to myself. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:44:03 EST Never giving up on me again!! Hey ya'll. I'm Angie. 38 y.o. divorced single mom of 2 ( ages 16 & 20) . I also have a one year old grand daughter who is the light of my life and alot of the reason I am here. I want to get healthy. I want to watch Paislee grow up. I want to show her how to make healthy choices!! I am looking forward to all the inspiration and motivation you all have to offer. Please feel free to add me as a friend!!! <BR> <BR> xoxo- angie Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:26:02 EST My reflection isn't pretty and I know.. that's depressing sounding.. but the reality of the situation is that I'm fat. I need to change. I know I feel better at a healthier weight. I know I feel better when I eat healthier foods. So why don't I just do it?? <BR> <BR> Well.. I'm giving it another go. I'm motivated to at least try again and for today, that's enough. Today I will make a shopping list for fruits and veggies. I will find 3 new recipes on ths SparkPeople site and make them this weekend. Baby steps will get... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:05:38 EST Hey there I'm focused on fitness and health in 2014, and beyond! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:55:31 EST So glad to be here! <em>213</em> Hello Everyone!! My name is Debbie and I found this site this morning and thought....WOW, what a wonderful idea. I live in a town near Cleveland Ohio, so I'm REALLY REALLY looking forward to warmer weather! I'm married, no kids, just a little doggie who I think of as my child. <BR> I have a heart pacemaker and I'm a stay at home wife for the last 4 years. Looking forward to loosing more weight and feeling better emotionally and physically. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:41:33 EST It has to be for me I'm Beckie, just turned 50 years old and know that I need to do this for me. I live in South Carolina with my husband of 32 years, we have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren and another on the way, and are working on building our dream after 30 years as an Air Force family. <BR> Weight and fitness have always been an issue for me, as a busy wife, mom and Nana, I tend to put everyone else's needs above my own. Three years ago I started a journey and did very well, initially...then, 9 months... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:04:03 EST Hello from San Diego Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Tiana and I just joined this site. I'm looking for support. I recently decided to end my 20 year relationship with food, but it has been a struggle. The past month I've eaten clean and exercised hardcore everynight with barely any results. I don't know if I can handle this emotional journey. The constant agony and letdown everytime I hop on the scale. <BR> <BR> My highest weight was 356. I'm down to 262, but I still have so much more to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm e... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:18:44 EST Like-minded Hey! I'm new to Sparkpeople and just looking to connect with people who assist others with their fitness goals, need assistance, like to discuss self-improvement both physically and mentally, and everything in-between! :p Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:07:21 EST Rejoining Sparks Hi this is the first of many messages I will type. My name is Dianne and I have struggled with my weight for over five years, or longer. When I get stressed out or depressed I eat all the wrong foods and I know it. Then feel bad for eating things that I know are not good for me, like smoking. which I need to quit too., but right now I am focused on losing the weight. Five years ago I was in this weight lose program and really worked at losing successfully,30 lbs. I was so proud of myself, but... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:52:50 EST Total newbie here... I'm new here. I'm a fitness nut and have always been. I lost all my hearing in both ears in 2008 and wanted to give up on life. Being no fun anymore made my friends all leave. Music was my life. The family I had who loved me all died within 2 years. I'm an only child. Any family'/ others in my family turned their backs. My condition too depressing for them to bear. I turned agoraphobic and inward. <BR> <BR> I decided I want to live and have found the online community to be an equalizer since... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:38:07 EST I'm back again... again. I did really well for about a year and a half, lost over 110 lbs. and was feeling so good that I thought I'd move closer to work so I would have an extra hour or so a day back. What I didn't realize was that closer to work meant that I would see those people more often. I'm not a social person, so I actually became a bit more withdrawn. Except of course for my friend who lives a couple miles away. Which of course meant more meals together, dining out somewhere instead of my planned out meals.... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:40:31 EST Hello I've started this journey 10 days ago. I've already had a setback. My Sister-in-law, my best friend, passed away on Tuesday. Can't find the gumption to get out and walk. Feeling depressed. The good thing is I don't overeat when I'm sad, I just make bad choices. I just need a hug. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:20:09 EST This is MY Time!!!! Hi! My name is Stephanie and this is MY TIME!!! I AM going to lose the 20 pounds I need to and get fit!!! I live in Arkansas and hope to make some friends to encourage me along the way. I am excited about this community!!!! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:27:25 EST Hi! I've been doing this awful weight yo-yo for about ten years. I've reached one of my highest weights, and I'm just sick of this lifestyle. I'm usually pretty good about watching my weight and getting back on track. But, on top of an out-of-control holiday season, I quit smoking in January. Since, I picked up 10 pounds. But, I swore that no matter what, I wasn't going back. <BR> <BR> This year, I want to turn it around for good. I know what it takes to get the weight off, I just need to keep ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:14:42 EST starting over Severe knee problems Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:53:13 EST Return of Graves or over medicated Hi, I'm new here soooo very glad to have found this board. I was diagnosed with graves about 15 years ago and had rai. Which in return made me hypothyroid. I have been on Synthroid since then . My weight has fluctuated over the years, but last year I got real serious and became vegan and lost about 120 pounds.&#956;y doctor kept me on 200 mcg if synthroid never changing my dose for whatever reason even though thyroid medicine is fat solluble. Just a few weeks ago I started having symptoms of ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:45:10 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> I am ready to start my weight loss journey finally. I realized when I took family pictures that it was time. I knew I needed to lose weight, but I was truly embarrassed to see myself. I have never felt like that before. I have a long hard journey ahead of me. I know that if I don't do something, I will not be around long enough to see my kids grow up and start families of their own. <BR> Now I just have to have the will power to say no to only hobby. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:42:51 EST SAYING OUT OF MY WHEEL CHAIR Hi new here, was in a wheel chair for 5 years, been out of it for 2 years now with help of a total knee replacement and a lot of physical therapy. Still need my other knee done and shoulder done, but want to lose more weight before doing so. In pain every day from Fibromyalgia and Degenerate bone disease. But have a great attitude and gone to start to get in better shape. Would love to have some friends while doing so. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:20:25 EST New to Spark HI, I'm 66 years young and for an old lady quit healthy, I need to lose this weight so that I can stay healthy for my grandchildren. Need all the help I can get. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:34:44 EST Hi, I'm new (first day today) I lost over 100 lbs. with WW and gained almost all of it back. Now I am starting over: I am getting a physical and seeing a dietician soon. I am very excited about changing my life for the better and hope to make new friends here too. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:49:08 EST Bonjour Hello <BR> I have been using Sparkpeople for a few weeks and am really pleased with the results. <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose and a few health problems to solve. This site is really helpful in making the shopping and meal planning so easy, now just to get my metis French Canadian recipes to work for me. LOL <BR> <em>636</em> <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:35:44 EST Starting Over... Again. Here I am again... 60lbs overweight. <BR> 4 years ago I started my journey to lose 85lbs. I did AMAZING until my hysterectomy almost 2 years ago. I got so close I could taste it!!! only 3 lbs to go!!!! but I never did it :''( My body changed, I changed. I didn't have inside me what i did before. And I lost my best friend along the way who was my super supportive partner to get me moving. I feel crippled without her. I don't know how to do this on my own, but I need to find a way. <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:54:29 EST Introducing Myself Hi I'm Ashley I was currently diagnosed with a thyroid issue and PCOS which my doctor said both would hinder me in weight loss I really feel like I don't have a good support system so looking for new weight loss friends that I can talk to and help support each other on our goals to a better us. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:07:26 EST Back to basics/starting over Hi sparks people. Im rejoining and starting at step one to insure the full effect this time. After 2 years and gaining about 20 more pounds I knew I had to get back to fitness and eating healthy. Spark people has the best site so naturally it would be you I'd go thru my lifestyle change with. I look forward to getting into the challenges and working with my teams. Thanks for being patient with me and congrats to all of you who have been sticking with your goals. Have a blessed day. :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:06:02 EST From South Africa Hi I am from SA and have joined SparkPeople and so far am really enjoying tracking my eating and exercise. The only problem is that SA does not have many of the foods that are listed and analysed on SP, so almost every item has to be researched and added - a bit of a pain. <BR> However, I am 69 years old and am very involved in photography, especially flower close-ups, macro and wild life. <BR> <BR> I am over weight and intend to loose about 15kg this year - a tall ask, but I must do it for ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:51:36 EST cleaning the Kitchen QUESTION: I want to rid my kitchens of foods I should not have. Where do I <BR> start? <BR> DETAILS: I want to have a more healthy kitchen, (ingredients, staples.) I have <BR> no idea where to start and what all to remove. I am a single person, and know I <BR> must remove foods . My worst times to eat is at night after a very long day at <BR> work. <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:27:13 EST Bound and Determined to get it right Looking for a place to be honest about my weight loss. I'm 52 and need to lose 40lbs. How can I create a weekly meal plan I can live with? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:09:29 EST Gastric Sleeve and Hashimoto's Hello! I am so thrilled to have found this site and hope to learn from others as they may possibly learn from me. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a little over two years ago but have no doubt it was been with me quite a while wreeking havoc on my cholestrol, causing me to go into early menopause with hot flashes that would be constant and quite exhausting. I am sure my bilateral carpal tunnel had Hashi's written all over it!!! Thankfully the surgery has decreased the pain but left me wit... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:45:11 EST Getting in shape for my wedding Hi! I am Lindsay from Virginia... I am a little late joining Sparkpeople but I am working to get a little more in shape for my wedding. <BR> <BR> The dress fits and I am fairly happy with my body right now but I just want to get healthier for the wedding especially since I know I will be eating and drinking a lot on my all inclusive honeymoon haha! <BR> <BR> I am still learning all the tricks to this site and how to input everything but I am really excited to get started!! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:55:44 EST hi, looking for "get in shape" pals and gals I used to climb run hike cycle to work... to eat only salad or soup for dinner and sleep 9-10 hours ... then I meet a guy who cooks French Cuisine, we moved in we had to lovely kids and... here I am 17 kilos heavier, out of shape and demotivated - I definitely need help! he doesn't get weight and still is in shape and doesn't understand why for me it's not the same. well... we're not all the same aren't we? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:59:06 EST Arizona Made~ Hello just wanted to introduce myself! <BR> I'm Louisa from Arizona! 30 year old single mom I work grave yards so my life is sort of flipped! I'm just out to just get fit and be one super hot mom.... <BR> Lots of work to do! <BR> Please feel free to add me as a friend! <BR> My work outs include everything from zumba to hiking.. <BR> I go to the gym 3 times a week ALSO... I currently am trying to perfect my squat and trying to get into plyometrics. <BR> <BR> Any tips or advice is apprecia... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:38:16 EST new to the fitness family hi everyone. my name is leslie. i'm new to the healthy living/fitness lifestyle. it started because my roommate decided to go on a diet, and i felt terrible for having a pizza around when i knew she couldn't have it. so i decided to join her in eating healthy. today is my 7th day of healthy eating. i've also incorporated exercise into my daily routine. i'm happy to say that in 7 days i haven't cheated a single time despite literally dreaming about taco bell! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:32:17 EST I am getting started Hello to my new family of supporters. I have just started with sparks people and I am excited. I have really gotten pumped up. I am in my second day. I have hit all my goals. I think the site is amazing. I have decided that I want to be healthy so I can set out to do what God has in store for me. I have been ignoring all the health problems cropping up and expecting God to fix it . Guess what this is my baby. I created the problem now it is time to own up to what I have done to my self and k... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:32:49 EST 2nd time around and feeling defeated Hey everyone, <BR> About 4 yrs ago, I was on an incredible journey and lost 83 lbs. After that, I quit smoking and stopped working out regularly and eating right and have gained back 70 of it....That alone is hard to handle but now, trying to do this again, living a better life for me and my family (no diet, just better choices), I am feeling overwhelmed and constantly reminded of my failure. It's hard to know what I once was and how I can't do the things I used to do. I am having a hard ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:54:20 EST hello from finally sunny Florida New to sparks people and have to say I'm loving it. Still trying to figure all the features out but it really does help. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:54:17 EST hello from de hello I am from Delaware. I have battled the war over my weight and body and I lost. My body is telling me to lose weight. and I am finally listening to my body. I am also looking for a weight loss buddy. I am 41 and female. I don't know if this is the right way to go about doing this but I think I need the extra support, more information is on my spark page. Just joined spark people 4 days ago. Kind of hesitated to post on the message boards. Kind of feel better now that I did. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:16:41 EST Hello from NC Hi, my name is Shari. I have been trying to get healthier after a heart attack a few years back. I stopped smoking, reduced stress and have lost 60 lbs. I still have about 85 lbs to go and needs some accountability. I have hit a plateau and am trying to shake it off. I thought a fresh start on a site like this would help. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:31:49 EST hello hello my name is Mechelle. I am a health and wellness coach. I am here to inspire and be inspired, so let me know how I can support you. <BR> <BR> cheers to your health Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:08:39 EST Hello :) Im sophie, I live in the UK and after moving in with my long term boyfriend i have put on a stone after not being comfortable with my weight before, but I am going on holiday in September and I have decided this summer I dont want to be wearing jeans. <BR> Im just looking for some motivation and tips and advice really to push my to do it. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:24:27 EST hi there Hi there, . I have some weight to lose. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends. :) Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:45:50 EST Climbing back on the wagon Hello everyone. My name is Jennifer and I love to eat and I'm not particularly fond of exercise. I've always been on the "chubby" side but when I was 19 I had a life altering vehicle accident. I broke my lower leg, requiring a metal plate and screws. While recovering from that, I got pregnant with my first child. That was the beginning of my downward spiral to obesity. After about 5-6 years after giving birth, I finally struggled back to 175ish pounds. Then, I got pregnant again. This... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:14:58 EST Hey! Hey everyone, my name is Jennifer and I just joined today. I have a very supportive family but none are overweight so itsreally hard for them to relate sometimes! Just looking for friends who might be going through the same things I am and hoping we can motivate each other! I love to read, like to do anything outdoors. Love to cook so any recipies would be great! I have 3 kids and a loving husband. Hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:34:55 EST starting over Hello, I am back again, I first signed up several years ago and never really followed through with this program. I had lapband surgery 4 years ago and it was successful; however, during these long winter months I managed to put on some extra pounds. I am now going to use this venue to help me get back on track and lose those unwanted extra pounds. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:15:26 EST Hello all! New to this site but not to the weight loss journey. I am 26 years old and mother of 3 beautiful girls! I am trying to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off. I have lost weight in the past but not because of healthy ways. I am trying to slim down and get in better shape to keep up with my girls. We are planning a big trip this summer and I would love to be able to be more active and keep up with my family. I am 5'3 and 206 lbs. I would love to get down to 165 and be in shape. I am look... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:40:52 EST Oh BOY!!!! Here I am.. All 200 pounds of me..Started today .. I want to be thin again..At my age 64, this weight keeps piling on,cause I don't overeat !! LOL LOL!! Now that the nice weather is here I would like to start walking. A friend of mine started couple of months ago & she looks terrific lost 20 plus pounds. Going to follow the program for now by just logging on the food. This is a start for me .. <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:34:48 EST hello Re-starting with sparkpeople - could use any support/advice you want to give. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> (: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:09:25 EST Marianne, S. Florida, Career Dieter!!!!!!! Hi all... I say I am a career dieter because I go up and down over and over. I had gastric bypass surgery 7 years ago and lost 113#, but over the last 3 years, I have put back on 44 of it. I am trying to stop the cycle. So, one of the things I really have never tried are the message boards and am wondering how these boards have helped. I am a single woman, so keeping on track is a lonely proposition. I guess I am looking for support and ideas from all of you.... I am actually foll... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:44:44 EST looking for support Hi, I am a mom of 3 and a grandma of 5, and I am morbidly obese. I have high cholesterol and I am diabetic. I have tried diet after diet, I lose weight then I go back to my old eating habits and gain it plus more back. I am tired of being overweight. I don't have the support at home, I struggle day to day with my eating habits. Its not that I eat a lot, I just like everything that's not healthy for me. I am looking for support to help me gain the will power I need in my weight loss. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:06:09 EST Hello from Colorado Hi, <BR> I am 47 . I have one son who has a family and has given me 2 wonderful grandkids. <BR> I live in Colorado and work full time. I am married to an incredible man who is very supportive. <BR> I have been on and off diets since I was about 14. I just want to be heathly and comfortable in my own skin. :) <BR> I signed up for the Rookie Running program. I have always wanted to run a 5K so that is a goal. I also think that low carb eating makes alot of since to me and I think that should be... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:49:05 EST hi im new I need lots of support to stick to plan, <em>39</em> not happy with weight sometimes depressed when I think about it. I stress eat and the hardest time is at night time. maybe someone knows something healthy I can snack on and not feel the effects the nest morning? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:46:55 EST hello from the UK Hi I'm Emma from England. I've just joined here in the hope of loosing this stubborn last stone. I've so far gone from 215lbs to 150lbs. Its been a hard struggle but I'm getting there. Would love to meet new people for support and friendship. Please feel free to ask me any questions. X Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:40:06 EST Trying for a new me My name is Kim and I am just starting on my actual journey. Downloaded the app a long time ago and never used it. Time to get my butt in gear and get healthy for myself. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:19:18 EST back and ready to do go hello everyone, I am back and ready to make the lifestyle changes that is needed. I look forward to meeting new friends and the support during this journey will be appreciated. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:39:59 EST hello from Manila Hi, to everybody!I am a 56 years old guy,happily married with two beautiful daughters.I worked as a ship fitter on board cargo vessels with world wide destinations for 20 years.2 years ago,I was diagnosed with coronary artery diseases and undergone angioplasty twice.Now,I stay at home since my family don't want me to work overseas again.I feel better now.I do walking and cycling everyday as my excercises.I want to lose weight and that's my goal.At present,my weight is 163 lbs.I want it to be... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:09:33 EST *insert something witty here* Hi Well, I have been on this official journey for maybe 3 years and I am currently at my smallest! Things curve in! My clothes are lose, but i still have a ways to go since my smallest is still over 200 pounds and I am only 5'8. So my first mini goal is getting under 200 for the first time since primary school. Some days are better than others specially since I am in University in China! Long story, thanks for reading looking forward to the support! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:30:22 EST Hello Hi, I'm a 40 something mom who is on the verge of being an empty nester. I've been yo-yoing for the past too many years and it's time to stop! I'm here to move forward and not look back. <BR> For the first time in 21 years I have time to my self, for myself, with my youngest being 17. I have about 80 lbs to loose. I know it won't happen overnight, but I know I need to just start and stick with it once and for all, and just loose the weight. <BR> I'm a person that needs accountability and... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:47:55 EST Not exactly a newbie I joined Spark a few years ago, my weight has been more up than down and I know that once I commit to doing this, I have found a site that will defiantly help me to achieve my goals. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:58:06 EST The nutrition plan format - too complicated Adjusting the menu, adding items, etc. is just too difficult and time consuming. It is easier to do it manually on paper and to do the calculations instead of looking for items to add to the possible items I might eat. I am slow at handling this and it is so much of a brain strain. I'm going to have to bow out. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:52:47 EST Hello from North Dakota Hi. Somehow I ended up at 213#; down to 193#; and back to 207#. My bp was around 150/90 and above while being on blood pressure meds. <BR> <BR> In the last six weeks, I've changed my eating habits; abstained (mostly) from alcohol and started exercising.. <BR> <BR> I'm now at around 194 to 195. <BR> My bp has been in that 120/60ish..and that's after my doctor took me off meds. <BR> <BR> My bmi (I'm told) says I should be 173# but that seems kind of light to me. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:38:25 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:40 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST Hi, Newbie here Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself.. I'm Jennie and I have about 65-70 more lbs to lose and I have hit a wall. I have twins born 2010 & a singleton born 2011 and after giving birth to him I was at the heaviest I ever have been. I'm 5'11" but then weighed 324 lbs and I'm currently at 247 lbs, so yes I've come a long way but I have not been able to get under 243 since June 2013, I'm just stuck and looking for advice so thought I'd give this a try. <BR> <BR> Thank you & lookin... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:09:53 EST I'm back again ... need advice. Hi y'all. I'm back again and I've decided to try to do WW on my own. I have a really old points finder so I'm using that instead of points+. I don't want to spend any extra money by going to classes or joining online. Is anybody here doing the new points+ system and if so, is there a way to use SparkPeople to help with this? Thanks much for any replies. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:04:33 EST Needs Motivation Hi. My name is Teri and I am 27 years old. I am not happy with they way I have been unhealthy the last couple years. I have signed up for my first 5k in May excited and nervous at the same time. Looking for support to help me loose extra weight that I have put on and motivation for my 5K. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:31:41 EST Finally, I am back for good. Hi there, <BR> I have been a member for several years, but just keep falling out of good habits. Sticking with it is my problem; emotional eating; stress; eating rather than sleeping when tired, and a really sweet tooth. <BR> I am a mum, work full time, happily married (lucky me). <BR> I weigh 250lbs, and I want to lose 80lbs to take me back to a confident, healthy weight. <BR> I'm going to be 50 this summer - time to ditch the weight that has dogged me since age 10. All those years of fa... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:07:28 EST So many options... I'm coming back to Spark after a 2 year hiatus. I'm so glad I decided to check it out again and it's gotten much better!! I feel very overwhelmed by all the different ideas floating around out there. If you have any advice to reel me in, I would greatly welcome it!! I'm very confused by diet and exercise both. How many calories should I consume? Is it food quality and listening to your body that is better then counting calories? I feel that could get me into trouble fast! What workouts will w... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:38:51 EST Hello :) I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:24 EST Today is the first day of the rest of my life! Having had leg surgeries that have "crippled" me in the past few years, I have decided to not only shed that mindset, but the extra weight and pain that I experience in my legs and body every day. <BR> <BR> I joined a small fitness center at a local senior center today. Once I am healthier, I will be able to walk there and back every day, an added bonus. I also felt joining something close to home will take away the "it's too far to drive" excuse. <BR> <BR> I walked in experiencing great ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:20:10 EST 200 to lose looking for friends I have 205 lbs to lose and I'm looking for friends with large amounts to lose to share stories and rough days.... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:12:18 EST Hello Hello, I am 26 years-old and new to SparkPeople. I am really trying to get healthy and lose weight the healthy way. I have tried for years to lose the weight I have gained after having my baby 6 years ago. It has been really hard seeing my weight increase the way it did. I just want to be able to grab anything out my closest and just throw it on and not have to worry bout it being too small. I am trying to use SP to help me make better choices when it comes to eating and being able to learn h... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:04:07 EST Sometimes you can't make it on your own... Hello! I'm Jessica, a 32 year old mother of 1, and wife to the greatest man alive. I started on SP last July and lost 15 lbs during the three months that I gave SP my all. Well, life kind of got in the way, I strayed from SP, gained 8 lbs back, then lost 10 lbs with the 21 Day Fix program, and I have now come to the conclusion that I don't like life without the camaraderie of the SP community. I look forward to catching up with past SP friends, and making new ones!! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:42:29 EST I'm new Hey ya'll. I'm Angie . Single divorced Mom to 2 kids who are age 20 & 16. I have a one year old grand daughter, also. I have been over weight my entire life. I just want to be happy and healthy.. Its not going to be easy. But I am worth it!! Please add me as a friend!! I need all the motivation I can get! Nice to meet ya'll!!! <BR> <BR> xoxo-Angie Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:35:07 EST Looking to meet people Hello SP world, <BR> My name is Sarah. I came back to SP after about a year. I joined last year and was very successful at losing weight and tracking what I ate. I lost about 20 lbs but had to stop working out because of a foot injury. I gained all that back which makes me very sad. <BR> <BR> I am determined to lose the 20 lbs PLUS a lot more. I am looking for people that have the same motivation as me and want to make friends. <BR> <BR> I have 3 children, 1 girl and 2 boys. I have ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:56:38 EST Hello I'm determined to make this a new start. I'm over 40 and do not want to be a heart attack waiting to happen! Received some results today re: health and need to change my diet to change that blood work. I'd love to lose weight along the way, but really need to be as healthy as possible. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:47:02 EST Hello All! Just wanted to introduce myself. I am here to find support, recipes and new exercises to lose the last 75 lbs. I have already lost about 110 lbs but have been stuck at my current weight for the last year or so. I'd like to finish what I started! :) A little about me, I play guitar and I am in a band. I love to read books and write poetry/lyrics. I also paint and sketch when I have the time. I work in medical but I hope to soon be making music full time. I'd love to be able to have as much ene... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:41:00 EST Everything All At Once Everything in my life seems to be happening all at why not start trying to lose weight, right?!? LoL <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to graduate from law school, my family is preparing for a cross-country move, and I will soon be looking for a job. <BR> <BR> I've tried SparkPeople before but just couldn't get into it. I'm hoping this time it sticks. <BR> <BR> This week, I'm focusing on changing my eating habits (for the most part) and trying to get in a 20 minute walk each day. ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:35:08 EST Looking for Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Mia! Full-time working mom to a one year old little boy. I definitely let pregnancy get the best of my body. After reaching my highest weight ever when I delivered my son of 250lbs I'm now here to correct this once and for all. I currently have already lost 53.6 pounds and have another 50 to go! I can't even myself believe that when this is all said and done I will have lost over 100lbs. Why do we do this to our bodies?! I personally just love food, but I h... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:33:37 EST I am NEW...again Hello everyone, I am new .....again as I have been on here in the past.....2008. I am 49 yrs young, starting weight 182, I do 30 min treadmill daily, P90X workout-(weights), after 7 days I am now 179. I seem to have a problem with the calorie intake limit, (have not reached the minimum yet) strange....... Any way, that me and am open to any suggestions and will be happy to help anyone if I can.....Have a great day and good weight loss and fitness to all... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:31:55 EST