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 Reintroducing myself! Hey everyone, I'm Milissa from Clovis, California. I've always had problems with my weight, and it's always been something I've been working on. I went to MyFitnessPal for a few years, but discovered that their "logging in streak" was making me have anxiety problems. I was recently diagnosed as having moderate OCD, and I think that's part of why MFP was triggering the anxiety attacks. I remembered how I had lost from 284.8 to 224 on Spark People, so I'm back here, attempting to get back d... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:35 EST Had Gastric By pass and gained 50 lbs back I am 60 yrs young and had gastric bypass 11 years ago this month. I have put on 50 lbs since surgery and feel like I am out of control. At my Dr.s visit last Friday my blood sugar was up. He told me I could take meds or he would give me 3 months to get my act together. So here I am. I have high blood pressure also. I know if I could lose this weight and start eating better I will be OK. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:48:49 EST Another go at it I am not new to this site but then again I have never spent much time on it. Lack of a computer for many years anyways here is a little about me. <BR> <BR> I am from Northern MN, I am always on the go, and I am a workaholic. Eating right and finding time to exercise is not the easiest thing for me to fit in. I also have to say that finding things I can take to work to eat isn't easy either. I have many food allergies and not always the time in a day to cook right. I am doing better with ma... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:45 EST pictures I wanted to put my picture on my spark picture page...not sure how to do it ! I hit browse and it does nothing ! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:24:07 EST Desperate My name is Mary, I am just Exhausted! of being overweight I think it's an understatement. I have tired every diet you can think of and I fall off the wagon. I just need help with motivation. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:24:05 EST The first day of many! Today is day 1 for me with spark coach ! I am ready to get back to the healthy active me I use to know and Love! I miss her! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:17:42 EST 22 year old female student back in action Hi everyone. Two years ago I was a gym fanatic...toned, energetic and healthy. Relocating to a new city became a bit overwhelming and my priorities became a little scattered. Gained heaps of weight and my fitness levels rocketed south. <BR> <BR> Been toying with getting fit again and last week I decided, "enough talk, let's do this". 18 kgs to lose by the end of this year. With a 1200 cal, low carb eating plan; as well as a daily circuit strength routine, I'm confident I can attain my goal ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:07 EST 40 years old and ready to change my life! Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday and I am working my way through the intro pages trying to figure it all out. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight most of my adult life. I have lost a lot of weight and I have gained a lot of weight. Then I gave up. It felt hopeless. <BR> <BR> A few months ago I turned 40 and something snapped, (midlife crisis perhaps?) and decided to change how I approach food and exercise. It was a huge change for me. <BR> <BR> I stopped think... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:59:54 EST Introducing Myself Even Tho I'm an "Old Timer" Hi All! I've been intermittently on and off SparkPeople for many years. My top weight in 1992 was 382 and bottom within the past 40 years was 242 (a year ago). Today, it's 253.5. Since 1992 I estimate I have easily gained and lost over 300 pounds. Really appreciate the Trackers and the Community. I am also using the Coach Program and am sure that is helping a lot. "Small steps" and "do what you can" philosophies work! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:55:18 EST Time to try something different Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Cathrine. My story.... I've managed to lose the same 10 pounds 4 times over the last 8 months. Sad that if I'd kept them all off I'd be at my goal now. Sigh.... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm 47 and I just don't have the stamina I used to. Menopause is making weight loss harder. I just lost my Dad from complications related to diabetes and congestive heart failure in June. I'm tired of feeling sluggish. Its time to do something. <BR> <BR> I decided I need a ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:23:38 EST Second time's the charm...? Hi Everyone! I'm Tee, I'm 28 from Jamaica and I recently entered the 300lb club. I've been fat/bigger all of my life. Often the tallest one in my grades in school and usually the biggest as well. It took me years to accept that who I am wasn't a bad thing. Being fat, being big, being tall doesn't make me a monster and I would happily continue being fappy [Fat and Happy] if I was guaranteed good health as well. For me though that is not the case. My biological mother was diagnosed with diabete... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:18:01 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly, I was a marathoner in what seem like a different life. Lots has happened and I need to get my back on track. In the last 2 years I moved away from my home town, got married, gained a 3 year old amazing step son overnight, became a same at home mom, had my son 3 months ago, went back to work, and now I am looking to get my health and fitness back on track. <BR> <BR> So Here I am on the first day of my journey back to health. It feels like I have a ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:09:05 EST never too late I am a grandmother to 11 , great grandmother to 2, been married 49 years ! I am so out of shape, have tried so many plans and sites. I am down 20 lbs from where I had been but I find to so hard to stay motivated when all those around love to eat !! We camp a lot and there is always so much junk food. My husband loves to eat out, I always cave in and eat the wrong things. I get frustrated because he is diabetic and should be watching also. But he doesn't. This new site is my last tr... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:18:40 EST Hi, All! Beginning my divorce recovery journey.... Hi, everyone! My name is Christina and I am a brand new member...overwhelmed and completely insecure with myself. This is my story: <BR> <BR> Married for 15 years, BLINDSIDED & DEVASTATED by a divorce, forced to face/admit/understand that I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. For the past year I have been eating my way through my pain & sadness. I have been hiding from the world, from myself......but not from food. <BR> <BR> NO MORE!!!!! I have two AMAZING kids, 15 & 13, and ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:37:50 EST Hi! I am a 32 year old mother of four. I have three daughters - ages 13, 11 and 5 and one son - age 8. My husband started dieting about 2 months ago and he's lost about 30 lbs already. I have been trying to do things with him a little at a time, but I discovered that I need more help than that. I have a lot of weight to lose. I would like to lose at least 100 lbs eventually. I could probably lose even more than that. I'm a very picky eater. I tried to eat a salad the other day (really just lettu... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:26:09 EST Happy to be back again even though I'm fatter : ) Oh, god--just checked in after a 7-year hiatus. Gained back all my weight +13 pounds extra. Yowza--I am GREAT at the art of weight gain! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm keeping my chin up. Just set some more goals and this time entered a specific food tracker plus specific exercise plan. I usually fire up after 2 weeks of steady gym time, but this time I really have to apply myself. I got lazy over the years, had a back injury and a fair bit of stress, but I don't want to make excuses a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:32 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed The problem with me is that I have lost weight in the past. And by that I mean a lot of weight. But I have gained it again due to my carelessness. I am back on track again, but the momentum is not as it was the last time. So I need a buddy with whom I can track my progress and celebrate the journey of getting fit. <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:35 EST Over 65 Hi, I am looking for people who are over 65 to help me (I am actually 71) loose weight. I am in need of someone to talk to to help me stay on track. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:55:18 EST Almost 40, it's now or never Hello everyone, been on spark since July 19, 2014. Battling health issues, and need to get at least 50 pounds off. When I make it there, I will work on another 34... keeping up in here everyday is keeping me focused... thank you! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:02 EST Hello!!!! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new here and I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 39 year old stay at home mom to 4 kids. Our boys are 18 & 14 and our girls are 9 & 6. My weight has fluctuated over the past few years but at 197 I am definitely ready for a change! I have bipolar and depending on which phase I'm in I tend to overeat or not eat at all at times. I am really excited to make a change and get my eating and exercise habits in control. I'm glad to be a member now because from what I've hear... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:07:05 EST 21 year old a recovered eating disorder Hello fellow spark people i'm a 21 and a recovered eating disorder i was a anorexic and its been 2 years now, but now i have another issue i'm now overweight since learning to love and enjoy food again i'm hoping to get motivation to back to a healthy weight and doing it with out starvation and maintaining the weight loss the healthy way. I hope to be motivated by people you are aspiring the same thing. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:02:30 EST Anyone with a LOT of weight to lose? I've got a FitBit, a membership at the Y, my SparkPeople Account ... but I've got a long, long, long journey ahead of me. Anyone else like me? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:13 EST diagnosed this week as having mild diabetes <em>24</em> <BR> I'm 65 years old, way overweight, with some health issues and have just been diagnosed as having diabetes. I'm pretty sedentary, but plan to start exercising, using the workout videos that I've found on this site. Hopefully, I'll keep up the momentum, increase the amount of exercise as I get comfortable with it and be around to enjoy my famly. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:51:34 EST It Needs to Work This Time - SAHM with 3 Kids Hello everyone. I think I joined SparkPeople in 2012, and forgot about it quickly afterwards. I am a stay at home mom with three kids - 6, 3, and 15 months. I'm always busy and always putting myself last. I love to eat and have no willpower! I also have high blood pressure and have had it since I was 27 - part genetic and part lifestyle. I had gestational diabetes twice and it was horrible. I'm dreading getting heart disease and diabetes. I need to be around for my kids. I want to be around f... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:11:35 EST Hi! I am new here! Hi my name is Katie. I play volleyball, basketball, and I love being outside. I also love spending time with my friends and family. I am looking to lose about 15 pounds and make better eating choices! <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:01:41 EST 18-Year-Old, College Bound, Type 2 Diabetic Female Hi there! My name is Dez. As the title says, I am an eighteen-year-old lady who is ready to take her life in a new, healthy, and productive direction. Here are a few short and sweet facts about me: <BR> 1. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in September of 2012. <BR> 2. I was born with a mild case of asthma. <BR> 3. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol in 2013. <BR> 4. I was diagnosed with anxiety in December of 2013. <BR> 5. I take 70/30 insulin and Metformin ER t... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:44:40 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople :) Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new but i'm excited to start finally getting on board with losing weight. I've tried and fallen off the band wagon multiple times. I hope that being here and having support from you guys will give me the motivation to really kick it in gear. I'm happy to cheer anyone on and i'm excited to start smashing goals! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:26:57 EST 62 Year Old Type 2 Diabetic & I'm Scared to Death Hello Everyone! <BR> I have known I'm a Type 2 diabetic for years and have tried everything to bring my numbers down but I have such a hard time making myself stick to any program, exercise, etc. You would think I would have more discipline, but I don't. I've joined SparklPeople because I have "lurked" on this web site for several years reading success stories one after another and wanting to be one. I NEED HELP! I'd love to hear from someone who had no willpower and is willing to share w... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:43 EST A second start Hi, I joined Sparkpeople, logged things for a couple of days, then went away for almost 3 weeks. I visited family and was served meals with double carbs ie: rice with sweet potato as a veg. I was amazed I had only gained 2 lbs while away! I am back home now and ready to get back on track!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:06:37 EST hi I am Mary, a long time member finally made by way back. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:39:29 EST Trying to get pregnant. Hello. I just restarted my sparkpeople account. I am now going on my second weight loss journey, this time for a much different reason. I was first successful in losing over 90 pounds and kept it off for 2 years then along came blissful marriage. Horrible excuse but sounds much better than I got lazy. I managed to gain all the weight back and have had a much harder time getting the pounds off. Until now, I want to have a baby! My husband and I want a healthy pregnancy and definitely feel... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:15 EST Newbie Canadian Gal here! Have been on Weight Watchers since May and am down 17 lbs so far. Here for additional support on my weight loss journey. Any tips, advice, exercise ideas, etc. are welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this!!!! We can do it you guys!!!!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:20 EST 3rd day & feeling great! This is my 3rd day and I've already cut my calories down by 1500. Feeling so much better already and excited about this journey! The mobile app is AWESOME and the updates between app and computer happen within seconds. Congrats to everyone else for putting health at the top of your priority list! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:16:42 EST Hi. New here. Hi all. This is my first day on sparkpeople and i am very excited. I am 46 and I have about 68 lbs to lose and it seems very daunting. My weight and my diets have always yo-yo'd my entire life. I am the kind of person that needs to be held accountable for everything, or, and lets be honest here, I won't do it. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:12:04 EST Newbie saying Hi Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I have been working on my for 5 years now since my weight randomly went drastically up. I have bounce up and down from 130-170 for the last 3 years. Right now I am at the higher end after quitting smoking and eating instead of smoking. For the past 3 months though I have gone back to a healthy eating stopped the bad snacking and have been exercising daily but the weight just wont drop. I am hoping by tracking my eating and exercise I can see what I migh... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:28 EST weight loss I HAD to come back to this place after a couple yrs. I have to get whipped into shape. I am very desperate. I have a very doable homework assignment from my doctor. I got to lose 6 lbs by Oct 14. I know I can do it. I have done it before. If I got motivated, I could lost that X 3! I know I can. I just cant get moving. I am (I guess) pre diabetic. I have to act now!!! I called the Diabetes association but they say I am normal. My doctor says they changed it all so people can have time to chang... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:43 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:32 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST HELLO!!! I just wanted tp introduce myself. My name is Holly and I live in nebraska. I have used Spark people before but I have not ever been this serious about it. I am newly remarried and am about to come up to my 1st anniversary. He is super health concious and is a body builder so I am hoping to use this to an advantage. He has been helping me stick to a 1400-1500 calorie diet as well as an exercise plan. I really like that I can track everything I eat as well as making sure I am balancing al... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:07:46 EST New to the site Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Not really sure what to expect or anything. Just looking for support and tips on how to lose weight and stay focused.. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:11 EST Hello Hey guys, well I am new here looking for support and hopefully some awesome tips.:) I am just looking to take back my life from my fluffy suit and get enjoy life more. <em>224</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:37:02 EST Hello Everyone :-) My name is Amanda. I am new to Spark People & still trying to find my way around. Wow, SP is amazing, with so much to offer!! I need to lose 50 pounds & become more active again. I recently had surgery & my activity level tanked. I have always enjoyed walking/jogging, biking & being outdoors. I loved the freedom, peace, & overall wonderful sense of well being it brought to me. I am staying positive & I am confident I will be enjoying these activities again very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:03 EST New Member from Central MA Hi All! <BR> <BR> A friend told me about Sparkpeople. I am new today. I am a 40 yo woman with a 14 yo daughter. I want to lose weight so I can feel good. Actually so I can excellent. It's not about looks for me anymore. It's about my health and where I want to be in regards to my activity level and how I feel when I get out of a chair. Wish me luck! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:08 EST New Jacksonville member Hi! I am very excited to be here , looking forward to hearing from new friends and getting to know yell. I need to get back on track and make my weight loss goals come true. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:48 EST Getting Started Hi, <BR> <BR> I've recently left weight watchers because I will be going away for a month. But until then I am having trouble getting back on track and seem to constantly be craving junk food and carbs. And I am difficulty keeping my calories in check. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to curb my over eating or impulse eating and how to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I also live at home with my mum who I love dearly, but while she has gained a bit of weight is not concerned and while she do... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:15:16 EST Hello From Devine Tx I have joined Spark with hopes of losing weight and toning up. We have diabetes and crohns disease in my family and I'm needing help with eating right and exercises for all the family to keep diabetes stable for my husband and away from my kids! I'm the crohnie and I know a lot of things I eat is trial by error but I need to do as much as I can to be as healthy as I can. Hope to meet some awesome ppl and have great support along the way! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:17 EST Upping the activity Good Morning Anew, <BR> This morning was a bit of a wake up call. <BR> I have noticed that my body feels less shapely and clothes are tighter in ways i dont find flattering so in an effort to thwart denial I climbed on my scale- and guess what? I am 2 pounds down, only 1 pound away from my stated healthy "goal weight". so why do i feel so "pudgy"? <BR> well in truth have been so excited to track (loosely - so i don't become perfectionistic/self defeating) my food again, and checking in ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:37 EST New at Spark I am looking to lower my blood sugar. I have two part time jobs and don't get home until about 8:45. So I need some suggestions as to what would be good to eat so late at night!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:58:32 EST Hi There Hello all. I'm 34, dad of 3, looking to drop 30 lbs. I've had some success in the past on another program that starts with 2 w's <em>211</em> , but I've recently plateaued and I'm looking for something better. Loving the site so far even though it's only my 3rd day. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know many of you. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:15:44 EST! I'm a 34 year old mother of a 12 and 16 year old. Somewhere between being a single mom, going to school full time and working full time, I lost myself. I' ve been done with school for about 4 years and have decided it's time I do something for myself. I am on a plant based diet with no dairy or oil. I started about a week ago and have lost about 8 pounds. I am looking forward to using this site to help me to reach my goal weight. I lost 90 lbs before on WW but gained it all back and then... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:46:48 EST Hello! New Spark Person has Arrived Here... I been into Health & Fitness for over 10 years now... But I just recently got back into the Mixture of working out... I used to just research all kinds of things with wellness information... I used to have the hardest time to find a good work out program... in the past 3 days... I'm happy to say that I found a really good Work Out Program... and I love it very much... I love it so much that I will keep working out and push myself beyond my limits... I joined Spark because I needed a good Meal... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:34:52 EST Newbie here Hello =) <BR> <BR> Wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I am 44 and a mother of 2 boys (20 and 22) I have been a stay at home mom since 2000. I quit drinking in Jan of 1999 and quit smoking in Dec of 2013. Started working out and eating better in June of this year. <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some good workout buddies and friends here =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:30 EST HI! New to sparks just checking out the site. <em>213</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:39 EST Hello there! It's a pleasure to be a part of this community. As a new member I am looking forward to this journey AND to meet others along the way who are on the same path. <em>224</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:15 EST Eating Clean Since November Bascially since November I have been eating clean barely any cheating while my husband has been deployed and while taking care of our 2 year and still making it to the gym everyday . How do you guys stay motivated ?? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:57 EST Starting over again Hi my name is Rocio. I was on Sparkpeople a few years ago and lost 50 pounds. I'm back because I gained the 50 pounds back. This time I might stay on Sparkpeople Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:22:13 EST SPARKIN' GOOD TIME! Hi everyone! I'm a 25 (almost 26!) year-old married speech-language pathologist with one spoiled spaniel mix. I'm committed to losing 60-70 pounds! Since getting married five years ago, I have gained 60 pounds. Over the past few years, I've tried again and again to drop the pounds, but without great success. I go hard for a few weeks at a time, see some small changes, then decide its a chore and completely go sedimentary again. I've decided this time I'm going to do it JOYFULLY. I think that ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:03:56 EST HELLO Hi my name is Nasr I have had weight problems for most of my life and I am sick of it. I am sick of being in the same place. I am happy with my life and now I want to be able to enjoy it. Any advise or tips on weight loss will be much appreciated. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:02 EST Not so new. You may call me Sunny on account that I'm a sunshine kind of personality. I'm returning to SparkPeople with a newly found desire to really push myself off this plateau I've been teetering on for the last several months. I'm hoping that blogging and tracking my calories more religiously will help me finally lose these last twenty pounds. <em>2</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:48:00 EST New and wanting friends Hello, I am new to sparkpeople. I REALLY want to lose about 20 pounds. I am just not currently happy with myself. CW: about 134 GW: 115 Height: 5'3 <BR> Is anybody close to the same? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:13:09 EST Hi Hi I am new here and currently trying to loose weight but loosing the will to leave and end up eating junk which doesnt help :( anyone have any advice. any would be great Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:20 EST Brand New, ready to get motivated Hi my name is Lolly and I need to lose 39 pounds. I think this is a great way to get motivated. I live in far west Texas and you can always walk outside, at least part of the day. <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:32:28 EST Introduction and Greetings Hello everyone, <BR> As a reference point, I should say I'm a 28-year-old woman, 5'5, and, as of today, 158 lbs. I have struggled with my weight since childhood. <BR> <BR> I should also mention that I'm a recovering alcoholic. I bring this up only because I can definitely see the pattern of weight gain after sobriety. In the past, I've attempted sobriety two other times gaining on average 20 to 30 pounds, my heaviest being 180. So in going into this latest attempt at sobriety (and, god-wil... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:37 EST Confused Newby Hello! My name is Linda, and I am a 65 year old lady that is totally confused about nutrition/dieting today. I have done the weight watcher points, and it just doesn't work for me any more. Then I read books about dieting and see that you should do without wheat, or do away with dairy products, or corn, or anything with preservatives. And I now have a Fitbit - so think the additional walking is a good way to go. How do you separate all of the books / dieting and know what is best for you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:18 EST Introduction Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site, not new to tracking. I'm happy to be here and so far I really like what I see. I've read a few member's stories and all I can do is say wow! what inspirations!! <BR> <BR> :D Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:35 EST Climbing Back into the Saddle Once More Hello everyone. My name is Yvonne. I am a 46 year old wife, mother and full-time employee. I am the epitome of yo-yo dieting. All of my growing up years, I was thin - so thin in fact that I was accused of being anorexic. Which was funny because I never deprived myself of food. I enjoyed that fast metabolism until my early 20's. Having never developed an enjoyment for exercise nor a muscle for willpower, I steadily gained. And gained. And gained. I am now 5'2 and weight 217. <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:04 EST Trying to lose this weight before my 40th! Hi. I am posting because I want to get connected. I am not very motivated to lose weight right now. I want to, but I keep eating too much. So, I am tracking my food and exercise. OK, just tracking my breakfast! Today it was too big! 1000 calories +. I need help. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:40:54 EST Back on SparkPeople and Now using SparkCoach! I was on SparkPeople at one time some years ago but then time passed. I had 4 kids, I gained weight, family life got stressful and I started working a full-time job. Then on May 30, 2014, my fiancée passed away. It was devastating but something very positive happened. I had an epiphany and realized that I have to get healthier in order to be there for my children and see them grow into great adults. <BR> With new found confidence, some spiritual guidance and new goals, I find myself back her... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:18 EST Walking Half Marathon Training My big goal for 2014 along with being fit and losing weight is to complete The Running for the Bay half marathon (13.1 miles) in Apalachicola, Florida on October 26, 2014. I walked it last year on October 20th and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes at age 67. This year I hope to finish under that time. <BR> I live in Reddick, Florida north of Ocala where I am retired and having a wonderful life as I age. I am happy to be here with other Spark People! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:00 EST delois hi, my name is delois..... short for DEE......i am new to the sparks family my goil is to lose 50 pds.... i also go to the gym have been hard for me to lose weight been losing inches no married no kids and love ppl... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:58:54 EST Determined! Hi I am a 45 year old Christian and am disabled by a very bad back (two herniated disks and a "broken" vertebra) . I weigh 337 lbs. I want to lose the extra 200 lbs by my 50th birthday or hopefully sooner! I want health for real. I consider this a life journey and not a fad diet. I joined SparkPeople on the recommendation of my pain management P.A. and am finding it helpful and encouraging although I have just begun to take full advantage of it. <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:56 EST New Member Hi everyone! My name is Dianna and I've recently joined SparkPeople to help with weight loss and fitness motivation. I live in New Jersey and currently work as an EMT. <BR> In the passed, I have done Weight Watchers with decent success (lost about 40lbs in 6 months), but was unable to afford the program costs over a long period of time. Since I stopped that program I've lost another 25lbs, but over about 2 years. I tend to yo-yo my weight from various factors like emotions, stress and over in... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:29:10 EST Newbie here! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a stay-at-home Mom who home schools our nine year old daughter, practices holistic medicine, eats as organic as possible, likes to practice canning and preserving, loves to cook and bake, is gluten-free forever and dairy-free for a little while anyways. I enjoy camping, fishing, bicycling and hiking as well as crafting. This includes knitting, crocheting, sewing, paper crafts and scrapbooking. <BR> Looking to create a support group as we have recently moved and don't k... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11:51 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST New to the site Hey everyone, my name is Jon and I'm new to SparkPeople. I've battled with weight issues most of my life - from about age 7 or 8, and I'm 33 now - and I'm just about to the point of giving up on the idea that I'll ever lose weight, so I decided to give this site a shot in a last-ditch effort. I've been adding and losing weight for years until I finally hit an unbelievable 400 pounds last year. Though I lost a little of that, I'm still sitting at 384. <BR> <BR> While I've had some accomplishm... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:03 EST Started Monday 072214 Hi there. I am beginning a new adventure in my life...a Gluten Free Diet. I also need to shed about 30 pounds. What better way to become successful than to join with lots of people with the same goals.. I was a WW for many, many years, but just couldn't get back into the swing of it! I was elated when I found this site. I am looking forward to what this site has to offer... <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:39:45 EST Signed Up Again! My name is Brandy. I am 36 years old. I am trying to get back in the swing of things with my works outs. The winter cold had an effect on my arthritis, so working out in the winter was not an option. Now that it is summer I am starting my work out routine again! If you want to know more about me, just send me a message or watch my videos here on! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:59 EST Pre-pregnancy Health I'm a 26 year old mother of one who is trying to lose a few pounds and get healthy in preparation for a second pregnancy. I gained 50 pounds during my first pregnancy and am still trying to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. i'm 20 pounds away from that. i know i won't lose it all before my next go around but i want to try to be healthier and smarter about what i eat and how much i exercise so it won't be as hard to get back into shape after this next time. i'm always looking for suppo... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:32:35 EST Joined Yesterday <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> I started Weight Watchers in March of this year and wanted to continue, but I could not make the meetings. A Wellness coach at my job suggested SparkPeople and I signed right up. Love it so far! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:08:19 EST Newbie Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this and have a daunting 7/8 stone to lose. There's soooo much information I don't know where to start. <BR> <BR> I am from the UK and one of my worries is that food tracker won't be synchronised to our diet here. Also a little unsure about the calorie count as supposed to have 1600 a day at current weight does anyone else have this issue? <BR> <BR> Anyway stressed and daunted but determined to lose this weight someone. I'm sick of feeling like I'm dragging ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:07:07 EST Reach out to newbies =) <em>235</em> new sparkers! <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to SP! I hope you feel welcome and motivated to achieve your goals! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a positive experience and reach your goals =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:34:06 EST Praise Jesus for giving me hope again <em>521</em> I haven't lost a pound in years. I have always been an emotional eater & just kept gaining. I have prayed . Finally about to give up and think about by-pass surgery, when the miracle happened. I found a tiny book (more like a pamphlet) about how food affects your mood that I bought at the checkout years ago. I started reading it and went on the internet to search something and spark people popped up. I haven't been on in years but everything just clicked. I can only describe... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:31:44 EST lose weight Hello, I am trying to lose weight and eat healthy Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:30:56 EST my goal are eating healthy deal withdepression Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:54:19 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 EST STUCK! New to Sparks. My motivation? I AM HORRIBLY STUCK! I have been at this since February 2014 (well, actually my whole life). I THINK I am making much better food choices and excercising, but I am just not seeing any results (down only 6 lbs). Grrr. I swear it is more psychologic than anything and that's when I faulter. My husband is super supportive but I just don't think he gets it. Hoping there are people out there can help me overcome... ME. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:24:36 EST Getting ready for hip replacement - 43 Hi, I am brand new to Sparkpeople. I was successful last fall with an online food/exercise tracker until a car accident sidelined me and I stopped my exercise program. Regained the weight I lost. So now a year later I am getting my BMI down so that I can have the Total Hip replaced that we penciled in for October 27, 2014. I have a weight check apt on Oct 1. so hear it goes. Lots to loose and much more to gain!!! I know the food stuff - but struggle with getting exercise into my day wh... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:05 EST Total hip replacement, new life style... new me. Hi SparkPeople, <BR> New to this site, just found it on the internet, looks great. I have enjoyed reading the posts, and they give me hope that I too will be able to change my bad habit of eating the wrong things and lots of them. I will need to learn all the posting and charting my personal data, but it will be a great learning tool. I am opened to receiving some good tried and true guidance, trust me I need all the help I can. Thank you all in advance for your help and information and I'm... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:38:08 EST Totally lost here.. I am Galicia, and this is my first day on Sparks and feeling a little lost :( Would love to find some friends! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:26 EST Hello Hi, I'm the new kid in the block! Well, I need help with my eating and tracking what I eat. <BR> I exercise 3 to 4 times a week. However, I need to drop at least 20 lbs. I'm 5'5'' and weigh 179 lbs.! I've been trying by myself for the last two years, but no good results! <BR> <BR> Any advise or ideas please help! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:05:52 EST Hi Everyone - Cheers to a new lifestyle Hello. I am 73 years old and looking forward to learning to LIKE healthy food. (hope its not to late) Other than bad knees I am healthy and consider myself to have "lots" of energy. I am a carb addict. It sounds as though this may be the place I can finally control my cravings. I have an adorable little dog that keeps me walking and off the couch everyday. Have 4 wonderful grown boys, and a good relationship with the ex-hubby. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:43:26 EST recipes I can't figure out how to calculate my own personal recipes, can anyone help? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:19:07 EST new to sparkperople not to tracking I have been tracking my food and exercise for 16 months now. I started with noom which eventually started crashing then Calorie Count which has started crashing. In the past 16 months I have gone from weighing 330 lbs to my current 174. As of 7/20 I am no longer obese. My goal is to get fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:14:12 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:43 EST Emotional roller coaster stress relief Hello, <BR> <BR> First time posting. I simply need to get this off my shoulders. I'm trying to get back onto program. Within the past two/three weeks I've slowly fallen off. My first mental stress is setting my thoughts straight. :) <BR> <BR> Secondly, after reconnecting with a gentleman friend/crush/man I dated, I cannot stop thinking about the "what if's". I'm a single 33 year old woman who has never felt true love before (not saying that this gentleman is love, but he has something on ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:23:33 EST New kid on the block I am from Indiana. I am a mother of 2 with 7 grandchildren and want to get to healthy place in life like never before. Just a little nervous about starting this whole thing, AGAIN! Have never been able to do it before but I want to see all the kids grow up, so I must do something!! I would love to hear from all of you on this same road and tell me some secrets so that I may borrow them. It will be hard, but this time it is forever!!! Good luck to all and keep up the great work... <em>381... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:22:40 EST 63 y.o. gal new to Sparkpeople Hello. I am an almost 63 year old female, new to Sparkpeople. I have dieted or binged almost every day of my life since I was about 12 years old. I have spent more money than I can count on almost every conceivable diet/weight loss program out there, with the exception of Alli, and surgery, although I went to Mexico with my daughter to support her through her weight loss surgery and beyond, so I have experience with it. <BR> <BR> I have to say that I really do not want to be accountable for... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:06 EST a new start Hi, I'm sandra this is new to me. I hoping to start living a healthier lifestyle. I have tried numerous times to lose weight and get healthy with little success. I'm hoping with the help of others I will be successful this time. Thanks Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:29:13 EST Weight gain after quitting smoking After 22 years of smoking, I have finally quit. I am not sure which has been more difficult, actually quitting or the weight gain. I quit the beginning of April and weighed 108 lbs. (I am 5ft tall) and today I am weighing in between 118-122 lbs, which is frustrating. I work out 4 or 5 times per week, either doing cardio for 60-90 minutes or running 3-5 miles. When I smoked, I typically ate 1000 calories a day sometimes I know that I am eating more than that, usually 1200-1500 c... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:42 EST New to this. I'm Amber and I'm new. I'm trying to change my current lifestyle and be more active and put good things into my body instead of the crappy things. I know it will be tough. I'm here for the help and encouragement. Thanks! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:58:33 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST Back into the fitness swing. Hi all! <BR> <BR> My name is Lori and I'm 51 years old. I have been getting back into the fitness swing and right now am doing yoga once a week, running (or some semblance thereof) several times a week, and weightlifting (my favorite) twice a week. <BR> <BR> Not losing any weight, though, so I realized I needed to get serious about tracking my food here I am! I've never tried this site before so am looking forward to using it. Good to see so many people working hard to get fit ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:35:01 EST Hi I am new to this web site. I am from Tenino, WA, I am 43 years old, I have been divorced twice and I work for a Family Practice doctor that is very active in exercising. He told me that I am over weight during a visit that I had with him. Obesity does run in my family. My dad went in and had a double bypass because of his weight and high cholesterol. I am trying to work hard and have not been able to lose the weight on own. I have three children, 2 of them still live at home. My daught... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:18:37 EST I have motivation Hello i've lost 17 pounds as of May 12. Looking to shed another 41. Cardio and weights 5 days a week all by my lonesome lol. I feel great, if i can help you out just ask. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:40:06 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST New to the Spark world hi everyone. I am Matt from San Diego. I turn 55 later this month and have lost 21 pounds so far since Memorial Day. I have been using the Nutrisystem program and re-found the sparkpeople site. I just sent off for one of the fitness tracker things. I had been looking at fitbit and jawbone up but decided on the sparkpeople tracker. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used it? I broke my ankle on Easter Sunday and have just recently gotten out of the cast/boot. I had been walking 3.5 miles every other day w... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:30:07 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone. I am new to this site, my name is Tracey and I am 42 years old, soon to be 43. I am in desperate need to lose at least 100 lbs. I have been overweight my entire life and somedays i think i was just mean to be this way, it makes my depression extremely high. I live in hampstead, Md. I dont have any kids of my own, my fiancé has 4 of his own which i do feel they are my kids just from a different mother. They are all either in their teens or older than 18, i feel like i have missed ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:01:05 EST New to the site Hi! My name is Jessica, and I am just starting on the long journey of losing weight and becoming healthy. I have a large amount of weight to loose (about 100 pound), and know it will not be easy to do. I am hoping SparkPeople will be a great resource and motivational tool. <BR> <BR> I have lost the weight before just to gain it right back plus more. I don't want that to happen again. What are some things that have been helpful to those of you that have had success? Anything that has n... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:33:22 EST new friends meet knew friends, who have ups and downs and know the lord, and our honest about life.and do not mine talking about there weight and age Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:22:46 EST Newly diagnosed Diabetic... HELP!!! I just found out I am an insulin dependent diabetic, and need to change my whole lifestyle fast... Just on here looking for any helpful advice. I have to lose 25lbs starting yesterday. I thought reaching out would help me feel that I'm not alone out here in MD. I am very grateful for any tips you can throw my way... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:16:03 EST new in Birmingham Just saying hello and was wondering if there might be a support group from Birmingham Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:54:37 EST We'll see how this goes! Hi- I am new to the Sparks message board. I am hoping to stick to a plan through the use of this board. It would be great if I had an alarm to go off each day to remind me to check in each day :) I am getting up in age and now in weight. This battle of the bulge...I'm losing and have got to turn things around now! I will win! That's my message to myself- I will win! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:37:35 EST Round 2 Hello All, <BR> <BR> I had great success with SparkPeople a few years ago when I was able to drop 50 lbs. I went out on my own at that point and was able to keep it off. <BR> <BR> I am now back to lose the rest (38 lbs). It is for health reasons, I am a newly minted diabetic (type 2). I remembered how exacting the nutrition and fitness checkers are and I am going to depend on them to help me get this under control. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and see you around the forums. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:06:16 EST Anyone doing the 30 day shred? Hi all just wanted to introduce myself and share that I am starting the 30 day shred tomorrow and cant wait to see what this does for my body shape that Ive been unhappy with for a long time. Would love to hear of any others who are also doing this so that we can motivate each other and touch base from time to time! :) Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:07:19 EST Never too late! Even in your 60s. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple of years. Now I want to get down to business......want to lose 40lbs. Then possibly another 10lbs.....then maintenance. This site has so much to offer. I am going to put it to golly. Anyone who is a senior (or not) and wants support through this journey, we can do it together!!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:49:46 EST Suzan with a Z needs help losing 15 # Hi, My name is Suzan and over the last year I've managed to let myself go and put on 20 #'s. My husband and I just moved to another state and its a little lonely so I find myself eating comfort food a little too much. It's time to get motivated. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:42:45 EST Beginning once again...for the hundredth time!I Well lets just say I've been on a roller coaster both emotionally and physically. During this roller coaster ride I have packed on an extra 136 lbs!! So I have jumped off the roller coaster and planted my feet here on SparkPeople. I live in Texas so it's too for me to do any activities outside,but I do have a treadmill and bike in the house to use...dust them off and they actually are very nice. I broke my left hip in 2014, then has to have my right hip replaced in May 2014. So right now I ca... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:14:40 EST Hello From Ohio Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Ginger and I'm from the Dayton OH area. I'm in my mid-late 40's trying to get healthy while working 3rd shift and looking for a full time position. I love animals, am an avid reader and like to try new crafts (currently I am trying to increase my knitting skills, my crocheting skills and learn to quilt! I also used to do cross stitch and candlewicking. ) Looking forward to making new friends! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:02:02 EST Just starting Hello all. I want to lose those stubborn pounds that will not come off. I'm 62 and it is so hard to feel motivated anymore. I'm hoping with your support I can lose 15 pounds that I've tried over and over again to lose. My name is Debbie and I'm here top support you,too <em>104</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:16:12 EST For my family My name is Rob and I have really let myself go. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters, one 13 and the other 3 months. I want to be around to see both of them grow up and get married. I want to be around for grandchildren but I'm afraid if I don't act now I won't be. So that's why I'm here. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:50:52 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:43:36 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:24:11 EST newbie Hello my name is Gillian. Need to lose about 20 pounds or so <BR> Losing inches more than weight <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:22:01 EST New to SparkPeople Good Evening Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this site.. I am coming back to the workout world. I am 11 weeks postpartum and would like to get back to the weight I was when I meet my husband 8 years ago, which is 20 pounds lighter and toned. I have a 9 year old, 5 year old and an 11 week old. I started little workout but I don't remember be this sore. I go back to work next week and may think that the first few days I will be anxiety eating!! May I get some advice on how to really start back... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:00:09 EST Ready to rock Hello everyone. Need to lose some weight and figured I would surround myself with some <em>381</em> upbeat folks to join me in this excursion. <BR> I'm a newbie here and would welcome any advice you might have. <BR> Thanks in advance for your guidance. <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:01:59 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone. I joined up on Sparkpeople about hearing good things and wanting to get back on the horse I fell off of back in March when I was working on eating better and exercising more often. Now that I've settled in my new home in a new city, I'm ready to get back to it. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:16:13 EST Hello Joined to find support and help controlling my cravings and over eating. Lifelong problem. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:01:41 EST Newbie here Hello everyone new to site trying to figure this out. Would love to hear from people who had Lap Band done! I am 7 weeks post-op. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:42:49 EST New to spark people I am a 64 year old female who has been overweight 95 percent of my life. At this point I just want to be as healthy as I can. I take medication for depression that works against losing weight. Recently I have started attending a water aerobics class 4-5 times a week and find that I am feeling much improved, This has motivated me to try and track calories which brought me to Spark People. I am very pleased with the information I see and the tracking is fairly simple to understand. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:30:29 EST New to site, Working towards a healthy lifestyle Hello fellow community members. I have started tracking food and exercise because it helped me in the past. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support. :) Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:03:00 EST New, and need of support Hi I'm Candice, <BR> I am 25 years old, next month 26 years. And... <BR> My boyfriend just broke up with me, like three days ago. Mostly because I had low self esteem and other factors but three years are gone. I feel motivated though, to lose weight because I felt that has been a cause in my low esteem since I was little. I want to change myself, not for him but for me. I just don't have a lot of friends or support. I am 260 right now and my goal is 60 pounds in 6 months. I never lasted lo... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:51:51 EST New to SparkPeople Hello All! <BR> I am completely new to all this. I found SparkPeople just surfing the web. I am a nurse, mom to 2 boys (18 & 14) and wife to my wonderful husband who, unfortunately, has a neuromuscular disease. It is hard to find time but I know I need to get healthy for myself and my family. So, here I am and I am sure I"ll need a lot of help and support! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:27:54 EST Chubby fire spinning, hoop dancing, artist here Just wanted to introduce myself. I've signed up many times, but never really stuck to logging and staying motivated. I'm a 31 year old living in San Diego and I could really use some encouragement if anyone reading this has some to spare. <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 50lbs but I struggle with bipolar disorder (the mostly depressive type) and medication has made it nearly impossible to lose weight. I want to stay with it this time, but I am easily discouraged and I already needed to los... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:17:27 EST Newbie here <em>524</em> Hi, I'm new here. I signed up a couple of weeks ago and am just starting to get a feel for the website. Earlier this month I finally decided that enough was enough, and that I needed to get back in control of my health. I decided to get fit and eat healthy. <BR> I've worked out 12 times in July so far, and hope to continue! One of my goals is to exercise 6 times a week. <BR> <BR> I've already been inspired by so many people here! <em>252</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:59 EST Hi Hi! MY name is adina i am 16 years old and 74 kg i am relly trying to achieve 64 how are you?? <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:52 EST Starting a long journey. I joined Sparkpeople on the 11th so I would have a way to track my progress to keep me motivated. I started out at 315lbs, and have already dropped 5. I'm currently doing a chair exercise routine designed for folks who are over fluffy, have mobility issues, or are recovering from injury/surgery. My goal at the moment is to lose 50 lbs by January 1st. <BR> <BR> I fell last year can caused some pretty sever ligament and nerve damage in my left knee. I hadn't been the most active person... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:19:32 EST New here! 64 lbs. Less, here I come! Hi everyone, my name is Stefanie! I am hoping to make some friends on here. I have heard alot of great things about the community on this site and I am looking forward to all the support that I can give and receive. I was diagnosed with diabetes last year, didn't take it very well for a while and was in denial. My Dr. had a "come to Jesus" meeting with me as he called it and here I am with a new attitude about it all. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:09:06 EST Inspiration:) Hi everyone! I am new to spark people & I am excited to begin this weightloss journey!! I am intrigued to hear everyone's story & where they begin this journey & where they are now. For me it seems like an almost impossible task to take on & I could really use the inspiration! Needless to say I am starting off at 314 lbs & my long term goal is to get down to 155... It is going to be a long road ahead of me but hopefully I can pull through! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:52:42 EST quit smoking AND lose weight went to the doctor asking for help for both (looking for the magic pill) He gave me some brochures and this website address...I love the website-reminds me of weight watchers website but so much more information! I know I need to quit my terrible habit, but I also need to lose 50lbs~very scary combination...But here goes nothing :-) <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:41:25 EST 47 year old needing to lose 75 pounds I'm a 47 year old who has let me weight get out of control. I was married 24 years and 3 months ago at 135 lbs. today I'm 224. We are going to Punta Cana in December and planning on renewing our vows. I HAVE to lose weight. Any and all encouragement is appreciated and I will encourage back. Thank you! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:26:41 EST 21 with 110+ to lose Hi, <BR> I am a 21 year old female with over 110 pounds to lose. I have lost a total of 8 pound in the past 2-3 weeks of using spark people.I am proud of what I have lost and can't wait to get to the 10 pound mark hopefully by Monday because that is my next weigh in. I have a lot more to go and am trying to stay motivated. I graduated from college last year and am still currently seeking a full time job. I was wondering how everyone can stay so positive even when everything is going wrong? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:09:36 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:54:26 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:54:00 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:49:49 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:49:21 EST 21 female looking to be healthy for life Hey my name is Mary I'm a 21 year old female I've been yo yo dieting ever since I was 13. So for about 8 years when I started putting on weight. I diet for a little while then fall back into old bad habits and stop trying. I have been raised to love food it's what brings my family together. I live with my boyfriend and he loves food just as much as me. So I am looking to reach out to a mentor. I want to become a healthier me for life and for my boyfriend and for our future children!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:48:21 EST Ready to do the hard work Hello Spark Community! I am a very common story. I was thin as a rail for most of my life, and never had to think about food except for health issues. Weight was not my problem. Passing the 35 year mark has opened up the new world of the slowing metabolism. I can no longer consume 2,000+ calories and maintain my weight. I have taken about three years trying other methods to lose weight without counting calories, and I've just come to realize that there is no magic bullet to reduce my w... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:09:31 EST Lost 80lbs, had 3 kids, gained 80lbs back Hello all! <BR> <BR> I had great success here on Spark about 5 years ago. I'd been obese my whole life, and finally with Sparks help went from 245lbs down to 175lbs. I've had 3 children in the last 3 years, my first two natural home births, and my last a C-section a month ago. I'm breastfeeding but prefer Sparkpeople over babyfit so I'm adding on calories to my range here. I'm back up to 242lbs postpartum, but I believe the weight will keep melting off, and I want to keep pushing it in the ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:03:41 EST Newbie..Stuck with consistent # on the scale I started here on Tuesday 07/15. <BR> I'm 28 years old, married and have two boys (5,6) <BR> My husband was the one that encouraged me to get back on track. <BR> To start eating healthy again. He wanted to do it for himself so that he <BR> could get the job he wanted which has weight restrictions. <BR> I decided I would do it because I'm ready to be a better and healthier person <BR> for my kids and myself. <BR> We started off with eating healthy 2 weeks ago. I felt so much more energized <... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:30 EST Old but never posted nor did anything Sad but true. I have been a member since May 2012 and never posted or checked out this awesome forum until I saw a community post that motivated me. I have yoyoed dieted before I realized it was a coined phrase and yet I am here again. Now with a re-newed motivation. The funny thing is, I was looking for a 1600 calorie a day diet plan because I know I do better when someone else plans the meals for me, than I would when I try to plan the meal. I have been taking B12 and lipo-dissolve shots fo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:00:33 EST old but new to sparkpeople I have never been real good about talking, but here it goes.I joined sparkpeople a few years ago but never really did much. When I stepped on the scale at the doctor a few weeks ago and saw that i was a little over 200 lbs i decided that it was time to get serious. I just turned 44 in June. I have decided that i want to get to a healthy weight and feel better about myself. I have 4 kids and 2 grand kids. I want to be able to do things with my family. I would like to lose weight and find love ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:04:52 EST hello Im a first time user of this program and wanted to say hi to everyone. My name is Hester and im 32. Im trying to lose about 40lbs going from 165 to 125. I definitely need motivation and help with this because i know im an emotional eater and get stressed and anxiety easy. Well i hope all of you guys are doing well and hope to become friends with a lot of you with the same issues i am having so we can motivate eachother to do better. Ttyl :) Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:36:31 EST Back to Basics I've been on Spark off and on for the past three years. I found when I was tracking my food, cardio and even vitamins/minerals, I lost weight and felt better physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't budged lately, and I'm ready to work on my weight loss goals. I know that portion control really works for me, and I've been more active outdoors since last year. I want to gear up for another attempt hiking the Appalachian Trail Spring 2015. My husband and I did 6 weeks last year.... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:12:21 EST Spark newbie! Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm Beverly and I just had my 26th birthday on the first of this month! I am at my biggest I've ever been at 220lbs and only standing about 5'4. I'm miserable and have low confidence. I have decided that my biggest goal is to get fit before 30! My goal is to lose 75lbs total in the next four years. If I can lose more that's great, but I'm excited to meet people that are in the same boat as me, and if you have any tips or tricks! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:29 EST Here I am Again..:( Hi everyone I am back to starting again. Life gets in the way quiet often and I try to go at it on my own. I also tend to get overwhelmed by all the info on the web site. I don't always know where to go or log on to record something and loose too much time, reading articles,etc. <BR> <BR> But I will stick with it. I'm here to lose 60 lbs and get more active. I want more energy and to be able to live a long healthy life. I also want to help my kids out as well. I look forward to meeting ever... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:30:18 EST moderate excercise I broke my ankle and a small bone in my leg this past winter, black ice eeeek, which required surgery, pins, then more surgery. 7 months later it is still swollen a bit and not 100% as strong as it was before the break Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on how to get fitness accomplished without causing damage or pain? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:13:29 EST So Nervous...can this really work? Just joined SP after 2 years on Weight Watchers. I lost some weight on that program but was hungry most of the time. Calorie allowance I have been given on SP seems much more "livable" but can this really work when I am so used to being hungry?!? <BR> <BR> Any encouragement would be awesome! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:43:56 EST How does this site work? Hi, I'm Karen and I started a diet and exercise program the first of this year. So far I have lost 20 pounds but the scale has not budged for about 2 months now!! I am 55 and I need to lose at least 10 more pounds but I would really like to lose 20 more. <BR> I'm not sure what to do on this web-site but I've been on here a few times looking around and I can't figure it out!! Anyway any advice would be appreciated! Thanks! <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:21:25 EST A journey to get back fit and fab Hello, a mother to a 7-year-old and 4-year-old. Trying to get back on track to regain a healthy body so that I can really be there not just physically but take an active part in my kid's lives. Having fun and spreading a smile. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:06:09 EST Mom of 4 Getting Body Back Hello!! I am new to Spark but feel strongly about this: <BR> <BR> Oh it is time! My four children were born in 98, 99, 00, 01. It is time to get my body back! Enough of the excuses! My children are now 16, 15, 14 and 13...I need to focus on me just like I focus on them, every day! <BR> <BR> I have a plan I just need to execute. Can anyone relate and if so...what is your plan? I would love to have moms join me!! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:46:51 EST Beginning to begin again. *sigh* I realized I am back up to 262 @ 5'9. Not good. I think my problem is remember in 6th or 7th grade being 214. I remember this because my mother dragged me to a WW meeting. I do not remember getting lower than 220s as a young adult. I am worried that I keep falling off and maybe somewhere in my mind thinking I have always been 'fat'. Terrible I know. Anyone relate to this? <BR> <BR> K-Bobo Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:10:33 EST Hey...Happy to be here! just joined and looks like a very informative and motivating group! <em>224</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:58:09 EST new start This is my third day with sparkpeople. I have a lot to lose and a long road ahead. I have been walking 2-4 miles a day and am committed to doing this everyday. However I have a severe love for chocolate and carbs&#128545; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:46:49 EST No more dieting... Hi everyone. My name is Christine. I am a wife and mother of 4...3 boys and a girl. I absolutely have an addiction to food and diets don't work anymore. I need a complete lifestyle change with as much support and understanding from people who actually know what I'm going through. There are so many message boards wasn't sure where to i figured here was a good starting point. <em>41</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:00:36 EST Just Joined Today Hello Everyone <BR> I just joined today. I am hoping to learn from Sparkpeople how to eat healther, excercise properly, and live a healthier and happier live in general as well as maybe making a few very nice friends who are here for the same reasons. <BR> Thanks Mia <BR> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:14:17 EST i really want to exercise i finally decided that i want to lose weight and be healthy. i am 250lbs. when i started a year ago i was 240lbs, i have gain 10lbs since i last checked this site. At 5'5" and 250lbs i realize its harder to move, i have a lot less energy, and I'm more self conscious about myself. i have trouble finding motivation and coming up with excuses why i shouldn't. if anyone would i like to friend or give words of advice and encouragement that would be so helpful. i really do want to exercise, lose we... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:18:00 EST I'm Ready to start LIVING Hello everyone! I woke up this morning feeling the same way that I did last night: I'm ready to change my life for the better! Let me tell you all a little bit about myself. <BR> I just celebrated my 52nd birthday and at 5'6" I weigh in at a whopping 375 lbs. It might be a little more or a little less because I'm too afraid to get on the scale. Last year I was weighing 421 lbs. and due to relationship woes (my best friend of 23 years left me for another woman) I lost over 75 lbs. My lowest we... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:02 EST New... again.. lol If anyone goes to my page they will see that I've been a member for some years now, but not actively, I'm sorry to say. I started off okay, but it didn't last long. I want this to go better! I have a LOT of health issues, mostly neuropathic, autoimmune, and arthritic. I'm only 50 and on full disability. There is not much I can do in the form of exercising, even the Y here charges you if you are disabled and I didn't think they could, but they do. I can do water exercises, but can't afford to ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:53:19 EST Long time member - but have been missing in action Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm a long time member - but took a long hiatus. I'm back now and am trying to find my rhythm again. This past year or so, I have had many challenges and have come to the realization that nothing works if you are not consistent. As my goal is to become healthier in all ways, and be a successful entrepreneur - consistency is key. So today is the first day of the rest of my life - a brand new healthier me and a success in my business. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:58:40 EST Trying to lose and get healthy, but discouraged Hi, I'm Sheri. <BR> I am on here today looking for support I guess. Someone in my boat that might have figured out whats going on with their body!! <BR> I'm technically overweight by 20 pounds according to the medical stuff at the dr. I don't hate my body but I do want to look better. Normally, I have pretty decent self esteem but I am a mom of a 2 and 3 year old now, and I want my body back!! I've been exercising on and off with Jillian Micheals Total Body Revolution. I did the first ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:53:35 EST New and nervous My name is Genevieve most call me Gen and I started putting on weight a few years after my first husband's drowning in 2002 in Southern Oregon at my age of 29. It was 2 1/2 years after his death I met a wonderful man and we were married in 2006. I sold my beloved farm and moved to his hometown a year after we met and it turns out to be the wettest city in the Northwest. Very Depressing and to add to that I purchased another farm and was failing and then I found out my soon to be new husband w... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:34:28 EST New to Sparke People I am finding a lot great info on this site. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:27:59 EST I'm finished lying to myself. I can no longer ignore the fact that I'm larger and unhealthier than I've ever been. I can't lie when I'm buying size extra large, a size I'd never worn. I cannot fit into any of my clothes, except the extra large I bought this season. I'm not going to lie to myself any longer. <BR> Hi, Sparkpeople. I don't like admitting when I need help, but here it goes. I need help and support. <BR> I've never leaned on anyone else for help losing weight, everyone else leaned on me and my knowledge t... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:04:07 EST Round 2 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I used spark a couple years ago and fell off the wagon. Didn't put much weight back on but I really want to finish what I started in time for my wedding! Looking forward to taking advantage of the online community this time :). Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:49 EST Good Morning Good morning everyone! Made it to the actual gym for the first time this week yesterday! Not happy that it was Wednesday before I made it out of my house and to the gym but glad I went all the same. I love all of the videos on here but it was nice to be out of the house with my headphones and total strangers. <em>211</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:51:25 EST new to spark People I am a diabetic and have asthma, so I need a lot of help. love this site, I have already learned a lot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:48 EST back again I think I wrote on this forum some time ago, but I was not logging in for a while, so this is the time to say ”Hello” again. I am in my late 40's and I am trying to deal -- not with my age, that I still ignore, but -- with the goals of the moment; among this, a healthier life. <BR> <BR> So, hello, everybody! <BR> <BR> PS: I need to remove the reference to the bike until I get a new one or repair the old one. <BR> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:28:00 EST Couldn't find my other post Hey there everyone I am proud of myself after a lot of trial and error I have finally lost nearly 20 pounds and more is coming off all the time. I am happy with my sucess. I am just taking it one pound at a time and I am happy with the results so far. In no time I will be in a much nicer weight I am sure of it. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:38:30 EST New to Spark people :) Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie and I'm 23 years old. I have two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. I have been struggling with my weight since i was 15 and I just cant seem to get a hold of it. I've been yo-yoing for years. I am hoping this will be something that actually works for me. Feel free to add me! :) I'd love to hear about some of your success stories. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:03:06 EST New and afraid Hi im new to the boards. I need to lose weight. I dont want to die young because i was too fat. Daily, I think about me dying from being too fat. IVe got to do something about it. Thats why ive rejoined sp. Ive got to do something. What, I dont know. Ive been thinking about going low carb but then I think of traditional dieting. Not sure which route to go. I cant exercise because of my weight and my knees.What to do? Any advice would be helpful. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:38:19 EST Back on Board Got away from being healthy. I'm ready to get back on board. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:56:39 EST Sugar Addicts Detox with me. I had a conversation with a woman nearly my age in the chemist the other day. We were twins with our constant sugar and chocolate craving. She has never met anyone similar to her. We both had curves when we were younger but now look like we are pregnant and both of us hit 40 and our bodies started to change dramatically. <BR> <BR> We are both only 5'2" or 157cm <BR> <BR> I now have an apple shaped body with the dangerous stomach fat that is not jiggly and wiggly but firm and packed. I have... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:38:54 EST First board post I'm on my third day. I think this May work for me...I sure hope! The site is new to me but not weight loss. Been up and down for many years...mostly up. Does anyone have any helpful hints for a newbie? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:40:31 EST Jumping in Greetings fellow Sparks! I'm a senior who lives most of the week on an 18 wheeler with my over the road trucker husband. I've gained 15 pounds in the more than 2 years I've been riding with him and I need to rein it in! It's very challenging but I love being with my husband seeing this vast and beautiful country! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:04:46 EST I'm back!!! Forever this time. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:52:42 EST Newbie needing help Well I reach out for help and only one person replied. I can see clearly now that no one gives a d#$n so why bother. Waste of my time coming to this program!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:27:38 EST On Day 4 of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Hello everyone, My name is Tara and I am a mother of 4 and live in KW Ont Canada. I have lost 4 lbs so far. I'm really excited to get some support and tools from Spark! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:22:46 EST First time sharing Been doing this for 2 weeks now and have lost 4 lbs. YAY! The nutrition tracker has been an eye opening tool for me as far as my eating habits. I can't seem to get enough protein???? Any suggestions on how to amp up my protein? I'm not a vegetarian but do eat mostly plant based. Any input would be greatly appreciated. :) Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:37:22 EST Newbie Hello everyone I am 40 years old and have struggle with my weight all my life and now its time for me to take charge for myself. I didn't get obese in one day and I know that I am on the right track to getting healthy. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:30:13 EST Hello All: Newbie Here :) <em>334</em> <BR> Hey all, <BR> Excited to add Spark into my over well being! First day today on here. Last week I started on my path to a better me and no pop. Been successful so far. I figured this would give me an extra push to keep on track and get adviced from others. <BR> <BR> Looking to shed some weight, get more healthy and get some toning!!!!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:17:43 EST Newbie Today begins my journey with all you sparkers. Excited to be here. Needing help getting back on track with running. Its been too hot in my neck of the woods as us southerners like to say! Im not an early runner, and prefer afternoons. May just have to dig in and sweat! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:43:51 EST The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday Trying to keep myself motivated and avoid buying into my excuses to not exercise. I figure three days of strength training in between three days of biking every week will give me the results I've been too lazy to accomplish in the past. <BR> <BR> The weather is perfect for biking and I just joined a Planet Fitness. I'm eating better than I have in a long time. Every time I lose a pound or two, I feel great knowing that every day in every way, I get better and better. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:11:35 EST Back And On A Mission!!! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I lost 65 lbs. on Sparkpeople in 2013 and got off track for several months, gaining 17 lbs. of it back. I started at down to 245...gained back up to 262 where I started on Monday...and I've already lost 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> After a very tumultuous time for us, I am ecstatic to announce that we are adopting a baby boy who is due around the end of August! I have a goal to drop at least 20 lbs. by then, before going into full Mommy mode! I will be able to take t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:59:47 EST This time I will succeed! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Names Ashley and I am 22 years old currently leaving in Calgary, Alberta, Canada! I discovered sparkpeople over a year ago and instantly loved the site. I tired a couple of challenges but after a couple days something would come up and I would quit. This time I am easing my way into it with just doing 10 minutes a day and tracking my food-trying to get those habits started. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy, confident, but most of all happy, truly happy with who I a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:01:12 EST Hello team looking for that burning motivation Hello, I am a rural teacher in AZ. I have been thin all my life, but the wrong kind of thin. All my bad eating no exercising has caught up with me. My baby at 35 and some meds changed my body, and my mind. I have spend a seeming unsuccessful journey these last 5 years to fix my old way of doing and thinking. I have learned a lot. But I am still struggling. I have gained 25 and lost back 10 in my health education journey. I would like to know how you all keep the desire and the drive going? ho... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:59:24 EST New Member, just discovered Spark I am 45, about to turn 46 and in my 4th year of pre-diabetic/diabetic lab results from my dr. I feel fine but from poor diet and no exercise for the past 4 years, my glucose and tryglycerides are off the charts. My doctor is giving me 90 days to turn it around before she prescribes the dreaded diabetic meds. I was in denial last year and did nothing but this year I'm determined to bring those numbers back to a healthy range. The jig is UP!!! I'm hoping this site with the food and exercise log... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:55:19 EST Once 799lbs at 16. I lost 600lbs. Hi Sparkpeople! Hey guys, <BR> I've been involved with for a while. I don't always use the tracker, but it does help me when I use it. I am trying to get involved in the community here. I was 16 years old, and I weighed 799lbs. I lost around 600lbs and am trying to stay healthy by using <BR> <BR> I do interact with people on my facebook page and here. So I am looking forward to being inspired by you guys! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! <BR> <BR> -Justin Willoughby <BR> (One S... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:29:30 EST New Member I joined Sparkpeople a couple years back, but only visited the page, maybe, a couple times a year. I haven't been committed until now as the scale approaches 200 pounds. I've lost weight before but not starting at 198. Any pointers and motivational tips are welcome. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:30:34 EST LOG IN Good Morning!! I have tried several times to enter the food I have ate and when I click the search button nothing happens!!?? If I go to recent that is all I can do to record. There is food that is not recorded so I am unable to use this site!! Is there anybody else having this problem?? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:09:03 EST Just plain chunky I am that...just plain chunky. I want to get fit and enjoy life, so I need to reduce some bulk. I want to be able to go to any amusement park and not worry if the belts will fit. I want to be able to fly on a standard airplane without feeling like I'm intruding on the next passenger's seat. There are so many other things....I just need to get started. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:24:35 EST Back again... Hello, I am 33 years old, married, no kids, and have a dog. I seem to like playing the rebound game, lose, gain, lose, gain, etc. Well this time I really want to lose and continue to lose until I reach my goal (by May 28,2015). I have a very busy life and have trouble keeping up with it, not to mention remember to eat and exercise. So this time I am recommitting myself to my weight loss goal. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:01:23 EST Hello Hello there, my name is Anna. I have basically been struggling with my weight my whole life. In late 2009 I began yet another weight loss journey, and by the end of 2010 had lost about 80, and I kept 70 of that 80 off for two years. In summer 2012 I learned I had poly cystic ovarian disease, which I have had probably most if not all my life but was never checked for. Some other stuff such as my thyroid came back abnormal, and I'm finally getting into the endocrinologist next month after getti... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:39:33 EST For real this time I have said this so many times. I think my mind is set and here I go but I only last a little while. I really want to get healthy. Being healthy and truly living while I am here. Any suggestions? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:31:30 EST Just join but need help Hello Everyone <BR> Just joined this site. I am a bit frustrated I have been trying to lose weight for over a year with little to no success. I have done weight watchers, Low carb, and counting calories and keeping it between 1200 & 1400 calories. No success. I was in an accident 5 years ago which caused a crush injury in my leg. I have had 3 surgeries for compartment syndrome and 1 to put a spinal cord stimulator in my spine to help control pain in my low leg. I do not exercise much b... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:13:21 EST Newer Mom Trying to lose weight Hi Everyone, <BR> This is my first post. I'm mom to a one year old. Before I had her I had lost about 50 lbs within 2 years by exercise and portion control. Since I have had her, what I did before isnt working. My doctor checked my labs and they are all fine. I do have a gym membership but with my baby and my husband working 2 jobs( and myself working full time), I dont get to go as often as I should. Plus the energy to go isnt there. Baby still doesnt sleep through the night so I know my lac... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:56:48 EST Nervous. Hey Everyone, <BR> My name is Nikki. I'm 20 years old, and I have a son who is almost 1! <BR> I have never been healthy. Well, I've been "healthy," but I've always been obese. I have tried so many times to lose weight, to no avail. I have been "dieting" on and off for years. <BR> I'm ready to make a lifestyle change. I don't want to diet, I want to change my life. I'm so nervous that I'm going to give up and lose my way again, but I'm willing to try to hardest to make sure that doesn't happ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:33:25 EST Ready to get started... Hi everyone, I'm new to this page.. Just looking for some advice, I just signed up for planet fitness. Today was my first time working out in a very long time. I'm 28 years old, very overweight, out of shape & also have herniated discs in my back that bother me a lot. The only exercise I get is when I work, if you even call it exercise. I stand on my feet 8hrs a day, cashier and food prep. Anyways, I'm just wondering what exercises I should start out with, how long, how many reps? I don't wan... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:06:19 EST hello! Hey guys! My name is brie and ive joined with the goal of losing twenty pounds by october 5th. I really hope that I can find a community here to help me stay motivated! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:44:58 EST A little nervous. Hello, I'm Dawn and I'm a little nervous because this is out of my comfort zone. I'm trying new things so I will feel comfortable with who I am. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:43:37 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone!!! <BR> I am on the road to being healthy again. I have always been active, but was injured at work last August and just had neck surgery June 10. So sitting around all winter has NOT been kind to my body, I cannot workout right now but I have been walking and at least that gets me moving. My first day of PT was today but now there is a hold on that because I have some sort of weird Vertigo from being in such a weird position for long surgery. its calle BppV. Leave it to me,,... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:51:14 EST Just joined! Hey Everyone, just introducing myself. I just joined the site and looking forward to integrating fitness and nutrition into my lifestyle. I'm pretty sedentary during the day due to my job. It requires me to be in front of a laptop most of the time. I just invested in the fitbit tracker so I can start meeting some goals. Right now I work out twice a week through this program called Camp Gladiator. They are "bootcamp" type sessions that usually do full body workouts using minimal equipment (5 I... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:31:27 EST Newbe.. Started my life change about 3/4 weeks ago. I know I have tried to do this many times before, but never could stay motivated enough . So that's something I am working on. I have to tell my self that I didn't put it on over night and its not gonna come off over night. Comments welcome. <em>126</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:12:26 EST workout partner in hudson falls ny hello there people i am looking for someone that can work with me on the workout thing. i have a hard time motivating myself to do this alone but i know with a workout partner it can be done plus it is nice to have someone there with you to help Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:20:25 EST Intro Hi everyone. I'm a mom of five great kids and I'm trying to get healthy enough to keep up with them and loose the weight I gained with my last two pregnancies. Looking forward to figuring all this out. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:47:41 EST Living The Life 23! Hello. I've had heart disease since the day I was born. I've had four open heart surgeries and my 5th open heart surgery, I became a heart transplant recipient. My 2nd birthday is April 29th. I was blessed with a miracle. I feel great. As my past years have been horrible. I've had CHF, valve problems, pulmonary hypertension, and COPD. If you have any questions or just want to know anything, please ask. I love to inspire all people. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:03 EST New and need motivation! I am new to this and in the past I have tracked food well but lacked the motivation to exercise. This time I am determined to lose 70 pounds and just need extra motivation occasionally. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:59:50 EST Exposing myself Hi, I was sitting here looking out the window while at work and I sort of drifted and started thinking about my life. I came to the conclusion that I am happily married with 2 amazing kids but, I am still so lonely. I don't have any girlfriends to share myself with. I hope that makes sense. I talk to my husband all the time but, it isn't the same. I don't have a friend to call and invite to coffee or to go for a walk or a movie or a hike....I am friendless, if you will. Sure, I have the girls... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:08:54 EST Always Looking for Something New Always looking for another way to lose a few pounds and stay in shape, but obviously haven't found it yet. I hope this will help. It's going to start slow because I am on a restricted iodine diet for another week so that limits my food choices. Is there a simple way to find gluten-free recipes? I am also restricting my gluten intake, but that's by choice-no medical issues. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:25 EST A new beginning (again) Hi. My name is Sue and I have been trying to lose weight for most of my adult life. I am now 53 years old and the struggle continues. I have tried many different ways of trying to lose weight. Some have been successful for a while. I have 2 adult children and 2 grandsons. I am excited and ready to get started. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:44:21 EST New at this Hi my name is Debbie an was told about this site by my niece. I am 53 married an have 2 children an 2 grandchildren. Moved to the state of Maine 9 months ago. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:05:42 EST Old timer needing help Although I have been around for about 5 years, this last year has been my banner year. I started this year at 387 lbs. The highest I have every weighed. The medical conditions were piling up and my mobility was extremely limited. Through diet and exercise, from July, 2013 - Mar. 2014 I lost 41 lbs. Then on March 6 I had a sleeve gastrectomy. Since then, I have lost an additional 60 lbs. On June 14, my birthday, I achieved the 100 lb. weight loss. However, since then I have only lost 2... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:16:00 EST Excited to be here, and get motivated. Hello, I am almost 40 and a mother of two. I was in shape and healthy.......And then I fell apart, I don't know what happened really, just got too busy and some big life changes and now I'm 40 lbs too heavy again..... So here I go again, I am here to stay motivated and just meet others who can help. And ultimately to get healthy agin, and stay that way for good this time!!! <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:42:41 EST Back again! Pre-Diabetic wake up call Well here I am back again!! I am recommiting to eating healthy and tracking. At my last doctor appt, I was told that my blood sugar was high and I am pre-diabetic so looking to making some lifestyle changes and any advice is appreciated! <BR> <BR> I find that when I track I am much more conscious of what I am doing. So looking forward to meeting you all and chipping away at my goal!! <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:40:03 EST i am back again why do i leave? Been awhile but always come back to spark people. The only place that seems to help me. I have hoped this since I have breast cancer others on here might be able to help me. Meaning I am unable to do A lot o strenuous exercise. But on a good week I do like to walk. Major changes of diet of lifestyle are a must. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:04:17 EST New girl on the block Apparently tackling my weight loss goals by myself is not the way to go. I have a horribly motivation issue; I set goals and go strong with about a week before my motivation quickly fades away. Hopefully, I will become a successful SparkPeople story! <BR> <BR> I am almost 34 and have struggled with my weight for the last 10 years. I want to be an inspiration to my son, I want to look in the mirror with confidence, I want to be healthy and fit for me! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:25:34 EST A brand new start Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 25 years old and I am just starting in the world of major weight loss. I have a large amount of weight to lose and am honestly a little lost. I always danced so I never had the need to exercise. Now that I've had my kids and have gained 100 lbs, I'm starting to focus on the need to lose weight before I have health problems that are common with obesity. I am also planing on moving to Florida within 2 years for schooling. I want to have a new and fresh life there ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:59:37 EST New To This.. I am trying to meet some new people who are willing to motivate me! <BR> and i of course will do the same!! <BR> I'm a young adult at the age of 19 turning 20 this year and i would love to have some motivators my age who are going through the same journey as me!! add me and well be each others support!! <BR> Thank you if you would like to talk about anything just go right ahead just keeping it short and simple <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:43:41 EST New begining hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am chatting with you all from Calcutta . India. <BR> I used to be very slim and with a perfect figure till i was about 40. But then suddenly i started growing fat and now i am 75 kgs instead of my usual 555 kgs. I am 5ft 5.5 inches tall. <BR> The doc said i have to loose atleast 12 kgs. <BR> <BR> I have sedentary life as i sit in the office whole day. I am quite lazed out so need big MOTIVATION to knock off the kilos!!!! <BR> Need help <BR> <BR> mandy Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:19:59 EST Just getting started I have been doing trying to lose weight for three months and I have only lost 16 pounds. It is my fault the first month I worked real hard at it then went on vacation and when we came back I didn't work to hard. But I am working at keeping myself at it. I am going to do this for me. I have set a goal for myself it is to lose 70 pounds. and I can do it. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:13:43 EST Back with a new outlook and attitude Hi everyone, <BR> Not new to Spark People but back. The same story as most, a life changing event and things are in a new perspective. I truly believe that the main hinge of success is attitude. I want this time to be different, not done when the new wear's off kinda thing. So I know there are lots that can help and have encouraging words and ideas. I hope that I can help someone along the way. In the process of learning that by writing about my feelings can be really helpful when it is hard ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:08:15 EST Another newbie :) Hi everyone! My name is Denise. I just turned 40 and decided that I had to do something to improve my health. I had some health issues that I was concerned about and my doctor basically refused to do anything about it because I am overweight. Looking forward to learning a new lifestyle for me and for my family! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:04:06 EST I have come Back to Sparks ! I had joined several years ago and found it most helpful for me. Then things happened all <BR> around me - health issues with most of my family - and I just felt I didn't have time for Sparks. <BR> I'm looking forward to RE-JOIN ! <em>12</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:02:04 EST A New Beginning Hi everyone! I have been signed up with Spark for quite some time, but never got actually get into the reading and definitely have not followed much of the plan or ideas here. Today, I decided to give it all a real try. A little about myself: I am a single parent/grandparent. The kids are grown, but I want to be around to see the grandchildren grow up. I am a type 2 diabetic, and have several lung diseases and kidney disease. I quit smoking recently, within past thirty days. I have lost 131 ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:18:18 EST Hello I use to use this site along time ago but then left, not sure why. But I am back now I turned 50 this year and stopped smoking now to lose the weight. Wish me luck. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:54:02 EST I know support works on the web I gave up smoking 3 years ago with support on the web. Now I am ready to lose weight the same way. Anyone want to start with me and help each other. No one knows what we go through when we try to lose, except us. So lets get started. <BR> Sue Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:39:27 EST Going to give it a try!! Hello all my name is Sophia 36 yr old single mother of 4 I've struggled with my weight my entire life and I think I'm ready for a lifestyle overhaul I'm tired of hating myself and my body I am hoping to make some friends here while I build a better life for me and my kids!! <BR> Thanks for taking time out to read!! <BR> Sophia Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:00:00 EST I'm a little new... Hello, I was wondering if there were others in my area who would or are, walking. I'd very much like to join with you, or start a group, (if there isnt one and there are people who would like to get a team going in my area. reply back if you are interested! <BR> <BR> Mary <BR> MBUTTLER9 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:44:34 EST New, blah, blah So I'm trying something new...again. This is the umpteenth tracking system I have used but I am really excited about what Sparkpeople has going on. I'm a completion-ist and I love the points. Cheers to a new lifestyle and sticking with it! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:13:56 EST First Time Hello there everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my first time. I am a 35 year old mother of three. <BR> <BR> I always considered my self to be ahead of the game, I love exercise and was pretty good at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Until, I had hernia surgery and now I feel like a mess. Covered in cellulite from head to toe, not eating as well as I should and 20 pounds heavier than I am used to being so humiliating. But that's me I could use some support. Thanks. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:41 EST Hello Hi. New here. Just wanted to say hello and figured I'd give this a shot. Just getting started. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:40:51 EST Newbie! Hello! I'm new to SparkPeople as of this morning. Normally, I wouldn't bother to engage in the message board portion of a website but it's clear that support really goes a long way when it comes to weight loss goals. So, here I am! Hopefully this is the start of something wonderful. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:32:48 EST Intro-second attempt here Hi all, <BR> I am attempting my second try at this deal with Sparkpeople. I am a Leukemia survivor who needs to make sure I change my habits in order to keep my body healthy. I lost about 40 pounds through my sickness couple years ago-want to keep it off too. I still need to lose about 50 pounds to put myself in the healthy range on the BMI index. So here I go! :) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:03:11 EST hello :) My name is Rosa I'm 19 and I decided I'm going to loose weight before I start my freshmen year of college. I have always been a chubby girl. But I have gained a good 30 pounds since I started working at McDonald's. And I feel awful. I been doing good the 30 day walk off by Leslie Sansone. Hopefully it works I been sweating my tale off! I been trying to watch what I eat but it's so hard. I usually just eat once a day and it's usually the same thing from work. I'm trying to cut out soda all tog... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:30:15 EST Looking for a diet buddy in Brownsburg Indiana diet buddy comes in -- a partner who not only shares your weight loss and workout goals, but can help you navigate a kinder, gentler path to sveltesville. Many experts now say buddying up can make the difference between failure and success with any weight loss plan.Looking for a female friend who we can talk, text meet up and motivate etch other. Looking to lose 150lbs and want a serious buddy only. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:14:53 EST Trying to Maintain! Hi Everyone! I've been dormant on spark people for a long time. I lost 43 pounds on Weight Watchers and have been maintaining my weight loss for more than a year now. However, lately I've noticed too many unhealthy choices starting to creep back into my lifestyle. I've gained 4 pounds, and although I'm still at a healthy weight, I know that if I don't get back to making a healthy lifestyle a priority now, it'll be a lot harder later. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support! <BR> <BR> April Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:39:28 EST Hello Everyone! I've been on SparkPeople on and off for the last three years and have loved it when I used it. I had some awesome success with it in the summer of 2011 and lost 20 pounds in a few months, but due to a lot of stress in 2012 and a family tragedy this January I resorted to over eating as stress relief. The WRONG thing to do! But, I am getting back on track and and hoping to get it back off in the next few months! I'm excited about it and am also thrilled to be training for a 5K! You'll be s... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:27:34 EST New member looking for online buddy to email I am 43 yr old mom of 2 teens, a teacher, and a foodie. I am wanting to lose about 20lbs and would like someone similar to myself to communicate with via Facebook or email to share my journey. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:58:34 EST Autoimmune illnesses but still fighting :) I just joined and thought I would say hi! <BR> <BR> I am ill but if you look at me you wouldn't know :], and that's OK. There are a lot of us out there, trying to be healthier with obstacles. <BR> I want to say don't despair! I have lost weight and I am still fighting, it CAN be done! <BR> I firmly believe in exercise and lifting weights, albeit perhaps less weight than others can do, it helps our bones and our muscles and it helps my RA. <BR> <BR> There are days I spend mostly in bed, and ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:47:20 EST Struggling Hi Im new to Spark People......Ive tried even considering having a gastric sleeve but i recognise my biggest problem is eating in response to my emotional state.....and that wont change with a 'sleeve'. <BR> I lost weight last year after separating and finally being brave enough to be on my own. I have now meet a wonderful man and feeling content.....toooooo content. We both love to eat but I am fixated with weight, but have managed to ignore the problem up to now and have ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:33:37 EST New & looking for a little hope... Randomly searching the internet for some kind of trigger to help me get moving and stumbled over SPARKpeople. Hi! <BR> I'm from Melbourne, Australia. You can call me Kit. I have a number of challenges (they get a bit overwhelming if I start listing them so lets just say I'm starting from the heavier end of the difficulty scales of health, wealth and happiness) and I am not sure what I am looking for here but doing something looks better than doing nothing. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:33:20 EST Hi everyone My name is Monica and I'm in real need of motivation. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:12:09 EST Trying Again Hi, I just came back to Spark People. I'm hoping that this is my last time "coming back". I want to make weight loss stick this time around. With a little help from the community, I'm hoping to stay strong and motivated. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:58:32 EST new to online program I found this program quite by accident, after my husband asked me to wait a month before I joined Weight Watchers, so we could try something else. Then I found this, so I am going for it. I have planned for some time to change my eating and start exercising regularly. Currently, I swim at least once a week, and walk at least once or twice a week but I need to increase my exercise. I plan to go to two free exercise classes a week at the Senior Center, and start this week eating Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:15:55 EST Not so new Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:10 EST Second part is a charm..... Hello all, I am glad to be part of this community. Recently bouncing back from heart trouble. Haven't smoked in a month...went cold turkey. Looking to loose about 50lbs. I work in an office setting in sales. So I don't get to move much. I'm still on oxygen at night so as you can see I am one whacked out individual that has got to get off my rear and get back in shape. So here we go....... <em>521</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:08:04 EST Great time for a new me :) Hi! I'm new to spark, and I'm hoping to lose 40lbs with this system. Any advice is appreciated!! It's always been hard for me to keep off weight and over the past year I put back on everything I lost last year using Plexus. :( I'm determined to get this weight off!! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:04:11 EST Day 3 Day three on spark and loving it. Stopped WW and very relieved. I was totally stressed out from the "points" and not losing or motivated to do so. My activity level has doubled in three days because I'm not feeling guilty about eating. That's my story. Oh and I am making healthy choices. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:56:59 EST Introducing myself once again... Hello Sparkpeople!!! Here I go again at Spark!!! I have found much success here in the past and I'm hoping to find it again and make it a permanent lasting one this time. I have made many friends...seen many come and go. Some are still here!! But I'm looking for all the support I can get!! I know that is a key in making this support all around. And I have plenty to give too!! <BR> <BR> My name is Shani. I have an 11 and 15 year old. Life is crazy!! Please feel free to v... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:50:02 EST Back for round 3! Hi! I'm back to Spark for the third time! Each time I've lost more weight - wish me luck as I work on losing my last 30 lbs! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:21:33 EST Introducing myself! I am relatively new to this site, been on (and off) it for a year or so. I'm going to stick with it this time, and this is one of the ways I'm proving it! Getting my points tonight for the first time for posting anything to a message board! <BR> <BR> I was never overweight in HS or College, but then had children and, although I was only 5 pounds over my starting weight after giving birth to my daughter, I gained more in the following years and have been unsuccessful in getting or keeping it ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:59:36 EST In the morning I am starting my total lean shakes in the morning. I am a emotional eater and a snackaholic!! <BR> I was on Herbalife and lost weight , however I don't really wanna be a sales person. I found this site by accident so i am hoping it helps me, ... I am not good at this stuff,,,, So here we go... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:37:53 EST An overweight, struggling grandmother I am a Grandmother of 10. I am retired, but sell Origami Owl jewerly to keep myself busy. I have been overweight all my life, but I want to lose weight to get myself healthier. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:52 EST My first day back! I joined spark a few years ago, and had some success but stopped using the program because I thought I was too busy....little did I realize that I wasn't just too busy for the site, I was too busy for myself. I am a nurse who works night shift, and it is very hard for me to stick to a schedule or routine because my schedule is not consistent and I never get 8 hours of sleep. Any tips for this kind of situation to start a plan and be successful? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:38:06 EST Need support to reach my goals I have gained around 20 pounds in around 6 months. <BR> <BR> I feel awful, I have not been exercising and overeating. I have joined spark people to try to get connected to help me get back to my natural weight. <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:10:40 EST My first day! Hi Everyone, <BR> This is the first day of the rest of my life. I am turning over a new leaf, at the young age of 56! I plan to do the best I can every day, in the hopes that I can lose the weight I desperately want to lose. I may have slip-ups along the way, but I will always get back on the horse and keep riding. SparkPeople seems like a great companion to begin my journey. <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:04:30 EST Our 2nd day hello. My adult son and I started 2 days ago and I already made a mistake! I posted my hello message on his acct! Oh well. A learning curve! I am a 57 year old woman in NYC and my son 27 and i have started using the nutrition tracker to lose weight. Yesterday was day 2 and i am trying. I get so hungry at night. I ate 300 extra calories last night :( but today I again will do my best! My body still craves sugar but I am hoping that will diminish. My son is doing better. Stuck to the tracker wo... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:59:17 EST First day using spark! New to using this site! Looking to make friends to help along the way. I'm no stranger to counting calories and tracking fitness, but really like what I see here. <BR> <BR> I was using myfitnesspal for a long time and was only 5lbs from my goal but got off track and gained 10lbs back. I also use a jawbone up band to count steps and keep me motivated, it's a great help! <BR> <BR> My main goals are to kick up my exercise routine and focus more on healthy eating instead of just counting cals. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:51:04 EST Also new Hi, <BR> I am 46, female, german, married, no kids. Want to healthify my life and like to get an give online support... I won´t manage the change on my own. <BR> Thank you <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:56:52 EST New here = well no just returning so why am I here again <BR> no I did not lose the weight I wanted to <BR> WHY because I did not use the site correctly and to my full advantage <BR> then I was sick (bilateral pulmonary emboli) and heart damage <BR> then a knee replacement <BR> <BR> so here this time and will need help and support (and of course give support) to reach my goals - I really cant do this on my own - I have learnt that <BR> and if I dont get some weight off now I will need a second knee replacement sooner and ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:46:09 EST New to Spark! Hi, everyone! My name is Malinda, and I'm new to this site. I'm looking forward to all your support. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:39:36 EST Begining again Hello fellow sparkers, <BR> <BR> I learned about spark back in 2008 and lost over 40 lbs on it. During the last 3 years I have been going to school full time and working a full time job and a part time one. While I have finally graduated with my B.S in Human Service I am in really bad shape from all the work, sitting, eating late and doing homework. I have fallen out of balance. 3 weeks ago I started to go back to planet fitness and now have started coming on to spark again. I know this is a... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:01:03 EST New and overwhelmed! Hello everyone! My name is Kristi and I am a stay-at-home mom in Colorado. I'm almost 31, married, and have a son and daughter, ages 8 and 4. I am new to the site and am honestly overwhelmed by all of the awesome information out there. I'm working on completing the welcome guide today as well as planning my meals for the week. I weigh 234 pounds, which is extremely devastating as I am only 5'2". I never had a weight problem when I was younger. It wasn't until I started having children that my... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:44:10 EST New to the site Hi to sparkspeople as of today...looking to change myself now the kids are all grown up and start looking after be honest feel very confused with the site lots to read but takes a deep breathe and dives in slowly :)....I do have positive outlook and hope this helps me from weightloss, to sleeping problems and just feeling better about myself now I am a mom living in an empty nest :)..look forward to hearing from others on ideas thoughts and getting to know the communit... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:27:02 EST Hello from the big apple >) Well I am a NOT a mature woman with a grown (almost) son! MY mom accidentally posted on my page! I am the grown son! lol. We both joined sparkpeople yesterday. <BR> I am editing her post so it is actually me! Today is now day 3. So far have stuck to nutrition tracker except for a small addition of a juice bar. I will not weigh until a week has past. Mom and I are doing this together. She is planning the meals and figuring out the calorie count. She was a hospital nutritionist so she can do ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:17:54 EST Where do I begin....... Hi! I am 56 years young. 5ft 1.5 inches tall and weigh 240 lbs. Weigh has been my battle all my life and I had to ad Chron's disease to my list as well 20 years ago. My belly only gets smaller when a flare up happens but gets even bigger when it is not. I know so much about nutrition due my disease but I still cannot motivate myself to move as much as I should. I am on my feet for about 8 hours a day due my job in retail and average about 5 miles a day walking due to this job. By the time I l... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:08:30 EST New today Excited about finishing off the last little bit of my weight loss journey. Looking forward to hearing everyone's stories :) Hello! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:50:21 EST it's my year and my time It is time for me to face reality. I am no longer the thin person i used to be. I packed up all the clothing that I have that doesn't fit anymore and recently purchased new stuff. The problem is my clothing now falls in the plus sizes and even then it is a little tight. <BR> I am starting a new life. Time to lose the weight and get serious. <BR> But boy am I going to need help. 50 lbs to go.. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:01 EST Hi from Victoria :-) Hi, I am gluten intolerant and find it hard to lose weight, I would appreciate tips and advice :-) Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:43:02 EST ready to get serious...need help Hi, I'm a 34 yo mom of 4, married to my best friend for almost 13 years. I'm ready to get serious about my weight loss, I have at least 75-80lbs to lose. I want it gone by next June. I'm really looking for someone with a similar situation who I can buddy up with and be accountable with. I need an encourager/accountability partner. Msg me if you are her :) Sat, 12 Jul 2014 03:08:46 EST I am hoping to find support. Hi everyone! Back in March, I stepped on my bathroom scale and was shocked (kinda) to see the numbers 287 come up on the screen. I was sad that I had let myself reach almost 300 pounds. I mean 300 pounds!! It was then and there I knew had to do something. I started to change my habits, my way of thinking, and especially what it was I was eating. I learned about clean eating and started a Zumba and Pilates class. I am now 34 pounds lighter, I can do a crunch, I can breathe while walking......... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:50:40 EST I'm new!! Hello, everyone!!!! My name is Andra, or you can call me andie. I am trying to lose weight and have been doing things on my own, but its been really difficult. I have a 3 yr. old and 1 yr.old at home, so trying to do things for me is hard. My husband has been a good supporter, but I feel like I need more accountability. I have been feeling depressed since I was not accepted into a weightless program, which was in the spring. What I have been doing is toning, but am needing to do more cardio. ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:43:19 EST hello Not sure what to say here, other than hello. I'm new here. I've been using spark people since Oct 2013, but never used the message boards before. I started at 211 and am down to 190, but seem to be stuck. I keep fluctuating between 190 and 195 for the past 6 months - frustrating, but probably my own fault (I like to "cheat" a little too often). One thing I'm concerned about is getting the right nutrients. According to the nutrition tracker, I need to increase my potassium and magnesium... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:30:04 EST I must not fail this time. I have been here for a while but always fail, it has to stop . I must take back control of my life before its to late. <em>46</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:42:37 EST need to lose weight and i have osteoarthritis hi my name is jill and I need to lose weight I have osteoarthritis and its hard for me to get motivated to exercise I need support its hard for me to lose weight doing it by myself Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:43:39 EST Don't let anything stop you from you goals. Hi I'm Dennis be 74 this August lost 70 lbs when turn 70, last year I had stage 3 cancer didn't stop working out even with a chemo pump, Today cancer free still work out 5 hours a day. You just need to give it your best shot and don't quit and you will feel good about yourself Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:04:44 EST New Habits Begin Today I'm a writer by trade and unfortunately live most of my life behind a desk and keyboard. My life has become mostly sedentary and it's not good. I found out in March that I will be a father in November and I definitely do NOT want to be a fat dad. In my teens through my early 20's I couldn't get myself over 180 Lbs if I tried, but now, I float between 220-230 Lbs. While I've tried several workout plans, I have repeatedly fallen off the wagon shortly after noticing results. No more, I need to c... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:39:10 EST taking back my life :) HI THERE SPARK PEOPLE i JUST WANT TO SAY I'M NEW TO SPARK OBVIOUSLY NOT NEW TO EXERCISE AND WATCHING MY DIET....HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ALL MY LIFE BUT I WANTED TO SAY HI TO EVERYONE SAY I NEED FRIENDS TO HELP ME STAY MOTIVATED AND SO I'M NOT ALONE IN MY JOURNEY. hOPE EVERYONE HAS A FUNTABULOUS WEEKEND!!! AND NEVER GIVE UP!!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:18 EST Healthy Life Hi my name is Tonya and I am new to the site. I have been overweight for awhile now and it is just getting worse ever since I quit smoking 3 months ago. Now that I was able to kick the smoking habit I now am able to tackle my weight issues. I am looking to lose about 75lbs and would love to know the different opinions of everyone. I just want to be healthy and of course more energetic and more active without it feeling as though it is a struggle. <BR> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:14:52 EST Paper weight! Hi all! I'm a new member, looking to get back in shape after finishing a book project. I'm a former dancer (ballet/modern/hip hop) and dance instructor, but I left my university faculty position about a year and a half ago to write a book. Great news! The book's all done! Bad news: sitting on my tush in front of my computer has left me with about 25 extra pounds of paper weight. Time to crawl out from under this manuscript and get back on track! Looking forward to cheering on you fellow Spark... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:28:07 EST Looking for people like me!! Hi there! I'm a "new" member to SP but I've been here before many times. I'm setting up my sparkpage and I want to connect with others, for support, motivation, encouragement, and so I don't slither back out again! <BR> <BR> I am a young female, a college graduate, employed, all that jazz. I'm not married, not engaged, not planning a wedding, not kids, not pregnant- none of it. I'm hoping to find people like me, who have had similar experiences. I'd be happy to connect with anyone (regardle... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:19:10 EST Giving it a Shot Hi everyone, <BR> I happened to stumble on this site, and really liked the success stories - so am giving it a shot to see how things go. <BR> I have about 75 pounds to lose, and would really love to hear how / what works for you? Just some background about me - I work in an office, but try to work out on my lunch breaks (2 days with a trainer and the other days on my own), and we've started going to the pool one day a week. I lead youth group and Sunday School at our church, and am also an... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:10:17 EST Hello I am new to Spark People. My nutritionist recommended trying it after many failed attempts at weight loss. I am trying carb counting for the first time along with other supports. I am looking forward to working with this community as part of my weight loss program. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:38:04 EST Back on track Good Morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I was on here a very, very long time ago and I'm back to get my mind and body right. I've have a couple of kids since I've been on here and I don't want to look like it anymore lol. I just wanted to introduce myself. Anyone from south east Wisconsin?? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:28:41 EST scared into exercise So at a routine doctor's visit I was informed I had high blood pressure. What?! Well it shouldn't be a surprise. I am a mom of three who puts everyone's need ahead of my own. Now I must make time for myself and move my feet. After a family meeting everyone is on board and supporting me. I am very lucky. I don't have to do this alone. But now I have to do it. I hate exercising. I need motivation. Can anyone out there provide it? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:31:06 EST Back and feeling hopeful I really like sp and it helped me lose 25 lbs a few years ago. Ff to now: stressful year on the job with a new boss. It will all be fine but it was rough at times. Family issues, menopause...anyway, I'm off for the summer so I can take time for myself. Doing lots of walking (my usual is a three mile walk in about 45 mins) and gardening. Logging in all food. Trying to reduce alcohol and sugar. Could use your support, thanks so much. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:47:01 EST HELLO EVERYONE!!! [: Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm not gonna waste time and words on explaining on why I am here, because you can read it on my Spark Page. <BR> So, as You see, my name is Emilly, I'm 18 years old and I'm a new member here, hoping that all the good things I've been hearing and reading about SparkPeople will be true and hopefully I'll reach my goals together with You guys. [: <BR> I also had an idea of someone joining me in this journey, because it is much easier doing this together, so if anyone wants ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:41:37 EST Howdy y'all <BR> Brand new to this site and I am so grateful I found it. Support always seems to help as long as I stay connected. Yep, I am discouraged, overwhelmed and ashamed that I allowed this to happen to me and my body. Never dreamed it possible so didn't explore what was really happening as the pounds went up and the clothes got tighter and tighter. Sure, I can find some excuses, such as medications, illness, age, but mostly I lost track of me. I live alone, my children all grown, and reti... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:38:48 EST Hi New here Hi I am Amanda, 31 years of age from Louisiana . I am here because I am sick of trying to lose weight and nothing is happing. I have several health issues that I need to get under control and some are preventing me to really lose the weight. Need all the help I can get and the support. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:35:38 EST Hi, haven't been here in a while. Hi, <em>213</em> my name is Patti and I've not been here in a while. But I'm back and it's for me this time. Looking forward to being a part of this Spark family. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:02:47 EST Taking my life and body back! U with me? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Linda of L.A. I just started on SparkPeople about 3 days ago and am excited to have found the site!!! <BR> <BR> I've been stress eating and taking meds in which side effects are weight gain (not happy). I have been eating so much and do not like to look at myself in the mirror! <BR> <BR> I have to fight hard against the med side effects and drop weight. In 2 months I have gained 20 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> I'm starting off ok, cuz I weighed myself today and lost 2 lb... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:32:48 EST