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 52 year old Celiac needs help &#128532; I just turned 52, depressing enough but I'm 70 pounds overweight and too tired to do anything about it. Having to follow a GF diet is difficult enough and I feel totally overwhelmed and defeated before I even begin... is there anybody out there with the same challenges as me? Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:00:31 EST New to this! I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 2011. I'm 54 and always have the typical "winter weight gain". Seem to lose the weight when spring rolls around, but the parkinson's meds. have a slowing of the metabolism effect so I want to nap a lot.Getting harder to lose with my inactivity. Noticed some of my dress slacks don't fit(gotta really suck it up to button) I HATE THAT. Need to drop some weight, not ready to sit around with the shakes, got stuff to do! I don't feel old so I want to not ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:36:00 EST Today is my first day here... I am excited and ready to go. I wish all of you luck in your weight loss goals! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:13:02 EST Starting over Hi, I'm starting over trying to lose weight again. I've got close to 60 pounds to lose. I can't believe I've let myself get this over weight. At least this time my husband is trying to lose weight along with me. We've been working out together for four days now. I can tell that I've lost inches around my waist and thighs already :) This time I'm going to keep the weight off. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:37:00 EST Good Morning I am 61, out and shape and overweight. By December of 2017, I want to be in shape and just the right weight. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:16:24 EST Introduce myself Hi I am dixie4526, this is my 5th day. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:15:19 EST Hi there, My name is Liber8ed2Aspire I'm excited about joining this forum. I've been self-defeating myself thinking I can do this alone. Now five years later no results. I'm hoping to be held accountable...Yes, I know it shouldn't take all of this yet apparently it does for me. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I need to lose 60lbs to accomplish my ideal weight. Now that I've turned 46 years of age a few weeks ago, I do not want to have another failed year. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!, any support from like minded... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:10 EST Newbie here Sparkpeople looks great, looks like a support group online. I am excited to get going. :) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:54:03 EST Looking forward! I can't believe that I waited so long to get serious. I have been a member since 2011 and yet I never stuck to the program. I have been consistently logging and exercising now since the first of the year and have lost an honest 9+ pounds. I know that as long as I keep at it, I will slowly get rid of this extra baggage. As it has turned out after the first couple of weeks of logging it got easier and now it does not seem like such a big deal. This site is so much more than just a nutritio... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:03:31 EST I'm back... Hi my name is E. I joined in 2012 I was 203 lbs, I started strong but for some reason quit or lost momentum. Today 2016 I am 220 lbs, wondering how could I do this to myself. <BR> I am determined to lose the weight. My goal is to get to 185, I am 5'8" and would be happy to get back to my size 14. <BR> I have joined a gym but could use help and encouragement. So this is why I am back to SparkPeople. <img src=" Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:20:15 EST new here as a college student So I was using the spark stuff way back when, the teen version of the site. Stopped for some reason or another, can't quite remember why now. At any rate - here I am, second year college student. Chemistry major, currently taking a spinning class which sort of reignited the health and fitness flame. I'm in a much better place with my self image and confidence than I have been previously, but I would like to slim down that last bit and be more aware of taking care of myself - starting my part ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:26:23 EST Fit At Forty is my goal Hi everyone! I've heard so many great things about this community and I'm finally rest to really commit to my goals so I joined! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be forty this year (yikes!) and I want to be at a healthy weight and be fit- which means I have 50lbs to lose. End of June is the deadline. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been married 12 years now and he is an amazing help and support for me. We have six kiddos - 17, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3 (I'd like to say the extra weight is "baby weight" from pre... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:41:20 EST Lurker Hey y'all if you have the mobile app you may recognize me by my screen name. I'm a lurker on there and you'll see me occasionally on the mobile chats. I have a spark streak almost 30 days long and I just got an activity tracker and I'm so excited to see how it effects my weight loss journey. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:29:25 EST Weight loss after 60 I am determined to lose with Sparkpeople this time. It seems no matter how I try the scale never moves in yhe right direction. Any ideas to get started will be greatly appreciated. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:26:48 EST Introducing Ms. Taking-it-slowly Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'd love to make friends! <BR> <BR> I'm nearly 25 and very recently "obese". I've struggled with weight my whole life, and I'm now on SparkPeople to set a definitive, longterm pattern of improvements. <BR> <BR> I'm trying NOT to do too much exercice, nor to change my eating habits too drastically. I'm looking to build everyday on top on yesterday's little achievements. <BR> <BR> I don't know much about exercise (so I only try to dance sometimes, for now), and I'd... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:30:31 EST Friends Hi! I am getting active on spark people again and I need more active friends to socialize with and send encouragement. <em>252</em> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:56:31 EST New to this forum I'm 48 yr old Grandma. I'm on disability due to Multiple Sclerosis. I spend most days taking care of my grandson Abel. <BR> I've never been happy with my weight. I weigh 176 right now and wear a 12 - 14. The only time I've ever been happy with my weight I weighed 140-145 & wore a size 4-6. I was put on a medical leave of absence. That took me away from my constant physical activity. Hence the weight gain. Then people start telling me I didn't look healthy when I was thin. I look hea... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:30:03 EST Dealing with Disappointment in Myself Hi everyone.....I'm a "hot and cold" female member of Sparkpeople. I want to change that. I am so very upset with myself. My best friend in this world committed suicide last year (May, 2015). I had NO idea she was going through anything that would lead her to do such a horrific thing. I was devastated by her death, because we were so close. She was my dearest friend in my life. Since then, I have gained 35 lbs. because I have turned to food for comfort. I finally got myself on a scale... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:12:05 EST Hello Again Long Time No See I have been a member of SparkPeople for long time really. In the beginning, I came on often. Then things got thrown into the fan, so I ended up not being on as much. Every time I came back, something else comes up and takes my attention somewhere else. <BR> <BR> Now I never really gave up sight in my journey to losing weight and being healthy. I have actually lost weight couple of times, but only to have them come back due to stress or being sick. But I always went back to being as healthy ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 13:34:47 EST Lipids, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure Regarding high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol, etc. I am amazed at the people who blindly listen to bad advice and don't investigate the benefits of a ketogenic diet. It is the best thing I ever did! If you have high cholesterol or prediabetes and are being told to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber, you may want to look elsewhere. "Everything in moderation" is not ok and sugar is your enemy, in any form, If it ends in "ose", i.e. fructose, lactose, it's bad. I changed m... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:46:31 EST Catching up I have been relaxed in my tracking and posting but I am back. I slipped back into bad habits for a couple of days but I am feeling good and am refocused. Let's do this!!! <em>381</em> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:10:15 EST Hi, I,m new here! Hello all, I haven,t exercised or eaten properly in many years, so I have about 80 pounds to lose. I would appreciate all encouragement and tips to help me on my way to be a happy loser! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:14:52 EST Hello Hello everyone! I Am Jessica, and on a health and fitness journey. In August I was at 217 and now down to 185. I do a 30 minute workout at home pretty much every day of the week. And working on eating cleaner. It can be a struggle, but I am "failing forward". Just looking to meet likeminded people who are also on their health journey! Looking forward to connecting with you! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:10:41 EST Juice Fast for nutrients & weightloss Hi. My name is Jeanette. I just joined today to share my experience on doing a juice fast to lose weight & get healthy. I got the idea from the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix by Joe Cross. I've juiced before for 30 days & lost 27 pounds, regulated my blood pressure & lowered my cholesterol. In about a year & 1/2 I've gained it all back plus 12 because I didn't maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now I'm back on track & today is day 29 of my 55 day juice fast & im down 25 pounds. Tod... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:43:21 EST 20/20 plan Hi everybody <BR> So I recently started following Dr Phil's 20/20 diet plan and it really has been a big help to me. I had originally started at before the holidays but then went off track. I started back on it a few weeks ago. Anybody else using this plan? Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:11:25 EST Hi Hi Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:44:37 EST Buckeye100SparkPage Hello, <BR> <BR> I am looking to make new friends and accountability partners please. I was always the "skinny" kid growing up but have gained a lot of weight over the years and it has gotten much worst the past few years. I have lost both of my parents , most recent was my Dad a few months ago, and I also have a rare autoimmune disease. Exercising is a challenge as I don't feel good most days and also have knee issues, but I know i have to loose the weight as my bmi is so high and my doctor... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:27:30 EST flip-flopper back So i have been flip flopping between diets and sparkpeople. I have come here this time to make good changes to my life. I hope to get support from community and give support as much as i can. <BR> <BR> Wish you all the best! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:48:19 EST We need MOTIVATION! I'm here on behalf of my husband as well as myself. We just hit 30, we're both horribly out of shape and 40+ lbs overweight. We deal with some untreated mental health issues and are working hard to push ourselves out of addictive behaviors. He also has asthma and chronic back pain. Basically trying to get on the right track after years of being rather unkind to our bodies. We know what we need to do, it's just a matter of making it a habit. We are stuck in the cycle of discouragement/procrast... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:54:38 EST Bons baisers du Québec Hello, I am new to sparkpeople. I think this is a great website and i look forward to explore all its content. I would love to find buddies to keep me motivated to lose the few last pounds i need to lose. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:59:16 EST Calories Calories in, calories out, it's what makes us look and feel the way we do. When i was released from active military duty many years ago, I ate constantly, sort of making up for lost time. A friend told me i was gaining serious weight, which I didn't recognize, so for vanity reasons I curbed my food intake, it worked, so I accelerated the process by working out, again for vanity, at that time health wasn't a priority. <BR> The feeling better aspect was a secondary benefit of my goals to stay i... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:30:36 EST 17 DD day 5 and already lost 4.2 -anyone else on ? anyone else just starting the 17 DD or have had success with it? Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:01:44 EST GOING TO MSAKE IT THIS TIME Hello everyone - My goal and my Spark name is GOING TO MAKE IT THIS TIME and have been a member of Spark People for several years now. I am not an active member as I should be but I do plan on trying to change that way of life. Over the past couple of years I have been suffering with diverticulitis. Something I would not wish on anyone!!! If any spark people have experienced this or know of someone who has then you know what I have been going through. I have hbeen hospitalized twice wit... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:45:34 EST Been Around I learned a long time ago what I do, what I consume has a strong bearing on my health. Sometimes we forget, it's human nature, we all fall into bad habits, then they become the "norm", we tell ourselves it's ok not to do this, or to do this, it's self programmed. <BR> It's necessary to reboot, break those things we know aren't what our bodies need, or deserve, stop being stubborn with getting better, feeling better, looking better. <BR> Sometimes we just accept, make excuses, condition oursel... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:25:26 EST join Tnx for add me in this forum..... <em>30</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:44:53 EST New to sparks people need help Hey guys, I'm new to this and I'm really having a hard time losing weight. I was a wrestler and football player who got into college and just let go I'm at a high 359 lb please help me stay on track to reach my 285lb goal Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:37:42 EST Back and ready for new ideas I've lost about 30 lbs using spark people over the past 4 years, but I have never gotten into the social part of SP. So I am looking for some support to lose the next 30 lbs! Does anyone have suggestions for sparkteams that have helped them feel motivated and excited about losing weight? Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:17:04 EST new to spark people Hello, I am a very obese lady 338 pounds, I really want to lose weight and get healthy and I know it takes baby steps to do this. Many Doctors have told me I would feel a thousand times better if I would lose this weight. I have many health conditions that contribute to my obesity. I also have sleep apnea which I would do anything to get cleared from not having to use it. My health conditions are too long to list. I will turn 43 the 28th of this month and I am hoping I have a good start ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:16:09 EST Support Hi everyone. I've been on a couple days now and have really like all posts I've read. My husband had a gastric bypass a few years ago but now that he is starting to be able to eat " normal" foods again I'm finding it harder to keep the weight off. Just wanted to say thanks for the support. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:41:57 EST New Member Hi I'm new to Spark. I started tracking my food and now I'm exercising at least 5 days a week to reach my goal of getting rid of 25 pounds. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:07:06 EST Third time's a charm Back to Sparking. Been here before and lost some weight, so new attitude and mindset and ready to Lose! Will reach my goal this year! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:46:01 EST Spark People Newb I'm 43, live in Australia and have been grossly overweight/obese since the age of 4, so for 39 years weight has been an issue. Wow, typing that out just makes me want to sit and cry because it makes me realise how much of a battle it has been and it is absolutely exhausting. <BR> <BR> However, I am here and now giving Spark a shot. I have used one other tracking style website, which had a great community, but from what I can see so far, Spark is the better one, I am very happy with its perfo... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:16:38 EST day 1 well I have nothing to loose-other than weight! have been over weight my entire life but have never given more than a half heart try at loosing. some reason have decided today is a new day and i can make changes -however small-that will improve my life and my family. have looked at spark in the past but have decided to join finally. using this next week to meal plan so can start cooking better for the family. starting with making changes to the three biggest obstacles to my loosing weight...s... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:39:45 EST Any Walking partners available in Bowie Md Love walking the street here in Bowie. Plenty of hills to challenge you. If you live here and want to get together let me know. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:52:24 EST First Step Hello Everyone, <BR> It took all of my energy today just to sign up for SparkPeople but I feel hopeful about what might be the outcome by using this tool. I'm most excited about the community support because I know that some days I just wish that I had someone to give me the smallest of encouragement to get moving. Here's hoping! <BR> <BR> Maddie Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:50:26 EST First Day Hello to all, this is my first day. Left another program recently because they changed their program all too often and my weight was stagnant for months. I tried to find out what my calorie intake was for my point count because I thought maybe I was taking in too many calories. They could not answer me or refer me to anyone who could. Been looking at Spark for a while and see you offer tools and help and was able to give me a calorie count. Looks very inspiring to me with lots of help. I... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:03:01 EST Good morning! It's the start of a grat week! Have a great day! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:00:16 EST Seeking help from any and all I am newly back to Sparks and ready to build my own support group. I need all the encouragement and reality checks I can get. I am also seeking people that could use an uplifting word, I am only on the computer once or twice a day. If you can handle a turtles pace that welcome , welcome!!! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:42:38 EST Trying again Hi, <BR> I have always been overweight since I was a kid. I have tried lots of different things, but always give up and gain back the weight I lost and more. I turned 40 last year and a couple weeks ago weighed myself and was 325. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I know I need to make changes and stick with it. I am starting to make small changes and this first week have lost 2 pounds. Here is to the small climb up the mountain. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:32:16 EST Starting Again My name is Marie and I have been on sparkpeople for about 4 years with an initial weight loss of 104 pounds thanks to this site. Since 2012 I regained 25 pounds which I am trying to lose. I workout every single day and log as best as I can. But I just cannot seem to lose any pounds. My site includes my fitness in my caloric intake and I do not go over for the most part. Should I just stick to 1400 calories a day to try and lose this weight? I keep telling my self this is muscle gain but... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 07:46:21 EST new beginnings I am just trying to better myself these days. Looking forward to the warmer days where I can get back outside to think.In the meantime I'll take what I can get. These have been the longest days without any sleep! It's torture being up at night with nothing to do.Maybe I'll start out with some nice yoga if the powers that be let me. I don't know how much longer my situation will be like this. I do know that I have to do something before it's too late! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:52:18 EST hopeless Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 05:58:57 EST hopeless Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 02:06:43 EST Day 1 intro This is my 4th day on this site. I love the encouragement I get from people. I do not get that at home. I'm 25 today. It's my birthday. Whohoo. snyways, I Am Here For Help losing weight. I'm diabetic. I want to reversed this. Also I need a beast reduction. Doctor suggest me to lose 50 pounds. That get alot of my fat away from my heart. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 01:32:06 EST Hey from Indiana I just started Spark People and am doing a few challenges. I lost about a hundred pounds with Weight Watchers, but I had some financial problems and couldn't afford it anymore, so I let myself go and gained about 30 pounds back. I joined a gym and am exorcising more, but I also need to watch what I eat. I am a firm believer in keeping track of nutritional facts which is what Weight Watchers was all about. Spark People, so far is the closest to Weight Watchers. I like the web site. It's fun an... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 01:21:38 EST New Beginnings Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:43 EST Looking for some one to challenge me hi any one there willing to help me get back on track would be welcome. <BR> <BR> Note I am way out of condition Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:59:29 EST Not going it alone this time I recently retired (a little early) and am ready to get serious about my weight and overall health. I want to travel to exotic places and do those crazy things you can't when you're working and living in hotels all the time. I need to be skinnier if I'm to make the most of this precious time in my life. <BR> <BR> They say that getting involved with like-minded people is the key to success so here I am. Might even start a blog, as I need a continued outlet for my sometimes humorous obser... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:18:55 EST Hello from Florida Hi, I'm Lynn and I've been here before, though it has been several years since I have been active. I've gained about 25 lbs in the last two years and am at the highest I've been in a long time, so I decided it was time to get back to being serious about being healthy again, although my doctor is happy with my overall fitness, excluding my weight, all my labs are good. So, the weight loss is all on me now. I started back on a healthy food plan last Monday and had a really good week. I'm re... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:54:22 EST Healthy Momma Hello there people on the internet just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Sarah Holt and I am a first time momma and a diabetic. I joined the site in hopes of losing some weight to control my sugars so i can live a healthy and long life with my loving fiance and beautiful little boy. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:47:50 EST Hello.... From Illinois!! I'm brand new to this site and making a change in general. I'm at my highest weight ever and determined to get healthier. I don't have a goal weight... I find that keeping track of the scale discourages me if I don't lose. So I'm focusing on getting more fit. I look forward to your feedback and support as I'm on this journey alone. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 02:21:59 EST Ready for change. Any guidance would be great. Hi, I'm Mandy. <BR> <BR> A bit about me; I'm 25. I started getting chubby when I was about 8 years old, though I was always active up until I got sick. I got cancer first when I was 14, again when I was almost 16; and then I had almost a year of chemo. That's when I reaaaaally packed on the weight since it wasn't often I could do things outside, and so I just stayed in bed. <BR> Currently, I don't have too much of an appetite. I eat one meal a day usually and I don't exercise as ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:47:12 EST Hello Im Susan It sure would be nice if losing weight was as simple as eating all the food it took to get fat.This time I have to do this for my health before its too late. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:47:49 EST Guess who's back? I took a little hiatus because I was quite busy working, homeschooling and volunteering. The girls are in regular high school, so I am back. <BR> <BR> Sheila Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:25:06 EST Howdy from Tennessee New to spark and the whole weight loss program. Had never had an issue with weight while serving in the Army and even in the first few years after retiring but after hitting 45 and deciding to quit smokeless tobacco at about the same time - I found a bunch of weight that I now want to lose. <BR> <BR> A friend recommended this site as a good source to track my intake and progress. So far, after a week and 5 pounds of weight shed it has helped. I have found that my self control and the amount... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:31:32 EST I'm going to to win this battle I am new to the program, taking a break from WW to try this, wish me luck Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:09:48 EST Hi I am new to this group. I have been on this group in the past. I am ready to start over and get healthy. I appreciate any tips . Thanks Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:20:35 EST I'm a new/returning failed the first time Member. To sum me up I'm a 34(5) Year old working mom of four. Essentially I work all day and then get home, start fixing dinner, help kids with homework, and clean. Boring I know. <BR> <BR> This is not my first time trying to lose weight. My all time highest weight was 233 right after my four child. I worked hard (joined sparkpeople) etc...and was able to briefly get down to 199. But I always felt so tired. Like I was pushing myself to do everything. I figured as I lost the weight I would ha... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:44:41 EST Cathy here Hi. It has been a very long time since I have been here. I need to kick start my weight loss. I have LOTS to lose. One day at a time. I'm kind of looking at WW. I have some old programs. Anyone else doing WW? I am 63 yrs old. I have a bum knee and bothered with achilles tendon problems. so it is hard to walk and do exercises. <BR> I am currently laidoff from work. Just me and my hubby 3 dogs and a cat. We live in Beautiful Kentucky. Looking for support and to help support others. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:38:32 EST Wanting to feel good and look better! Hi! My name is Marion. I have around 15 - 20 lbs to lose and am looking forward to feeling better, slimming down and firming up. I like to walk and hike.So here is day one. I started my day trying to do squats and walking stairs. I could only do a few squats with pain. Same with stairs. One day at a time. Looking forward to feeling better. My dream? Get down one size and firm up. I also am hoping this will work for my husband, so he can lose weight! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:07:17 EST Cathy McManus Hello I am new to Spark people. I have been fighting weight my whole life and it has slowly crept up over the past 20 years. I really want to do it this time. Look better, feel better, eat better, think better. I hit the big 50. I am on my 2nd week and really want to reach it to the finish line this time. I live in the Vancouver, BC Canada area, have 5 grown children and several grandchildren. I work straight nights and run a business with my husband. I am very busy and looking forwar... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:52:44 EST Introducing....Aj's nana Hi. I'm a 47, yr old mom of 5, married too long (lol). I have a 30yr old son, 22 yr old fraternal twin girls, an 18 yr daughter, and a 15yr old son. <BR> I work pt at a local community college. I'm originally from Louisiana but now live in Florida. <BR> I have gained back all the weight I lost before the holidays, about 12-14 lbs, and although I need to lose more, I need to re-lose that! <BR> My birthday is at the end part of March, I hope to have lost at least 5 pounds or more by then. <BR>... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:46:36 EST Hi, I'm new to this community! Hi,I am new to this community. I am almost 46 and the largest I have ever been. A few years ago I went from a 12-14 to a size 6-8 with ease in a 11 month period. I got lazy and gained it back and more. I am now a 14-16 but more determined than ever! I measure everything and even though I've only been a member of this community for 3 or 4 days now, I have been dieting hard core for 11 days and have already lost 8 pounds. I love bagels and donuts and chips and all the ugly food we shouldn't eat... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:08:21 EST mrs b looking to get healthier in2016 hello <BR> I just wanted to introduce my self to the spark teams. I am from Louisiana and im 48 yrs old. I have a few goals that I am trying to accomplish to better my health and become more active in exercising. I came across the website and also heard about it from a few friends. I need support in eating correctly and following meal plans also challenging myself to keep up with daily goals that I have set up for myself Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:16:35 EST any OA sponsors out there? I'm 26, 272lb, living in the UK. I've struggled with food for a long time and recently started going to OA. I'm trying to find a sponsor for email, Skype or phone based help with the steps and my eating plan. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there!? Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:31:28 EST Back on need motiviation Hello been off and on this site. I need motiviation for weight loss and recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes... im open to meeting people with same goals. add me. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:17:43 EST Hi I am obese and finally facing my reality. I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:54:22 EST Struggling on my weight loss journey I am a retired librarian, Unitarian Universalist, grandmother living on a beautiful lake in Wisconsin. I have been a Weight Watchers member for about 2 years. I have lost 100 pounds and gained back about 30. I have 60 pounds to lose to reach my goal, even 40 would be great. WW helped me get off medication and I started working out in the swimming pool because I have arthritic knees. I just can't seem to move forward right now. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:07:41 EST Hi - new/returning member I was told by medical professionals that I need to lose between 13 - A1Cs have been getting higher with every test :( I am an exercise addict...meaning if you ask me to do something physical with you, i will do my best to work it out. I lift, run, aqua jog, yoga... According to the charts, I am obese. At 5', I am 137lbs (I lost 1 lb since I started last week). My question is - I may be having trouble eating as many calories as recommended. Could that impact my weight loss? It seems... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:03:53 EST Hello! Hi! I am a 26 year old accountant. Unfortunately, I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life... and I'm also planning to get married this September. I've made myself countless meal and exercise programs and have obsessively tracked each and every calorie. But I'm never motivated to keep it up. So this time, I've decided to use SparkPeople to manage reasonable goals. Hopefully, this will help me to keep up my streaks. I'm a bit worried since I'm not attacking this plan with the same for... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:21:32 EST Up and Down Hello, <BR> I am new to Spark People and I am trying to lose weight and keep it off successfully just like all of you. I am 41 years old, I have a very hectic schedule. I work 9am-5pm, M-F and I attend school 5:30p-9:30pm and not to mention life. You know family and everything else. Most of the time I am on the go and may not always make the right decisions when it comes to food choices. Every morning I cook breakfast but, the rest of my day consists of eating out due to being on the go all t... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:11:06 EST New to Message Boards Hi, puppybug here. I'm not exactly new to Sparkpeople, but I am new to the message boards.I'm 28 going on 29 and have just over 100 pounds to lose. My health journey is exacerbated by my struggle with anorexia that started 16 years ago. I own a family care business and am usually flitting from one client to the next and trying to make time for myself. I don't particularly like working out, but I love the results and the accompanying soreness. I live with my husband and our roommate along with... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:56:47 EST New Hi, <BR> <BR> Finding my way around the site, looking forward to making some connections. <BR> Wishing everyone a successful day :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:35:28 EST ADD MEEEEE!!! =) I am looking to make friends, in general. If you are losing weight, gaining weight, maintaining weight, just getting more fit... <BR> <BR> Male or Female, Young or Old... <BR> <BR> I'm sure we will find SOMETHING in common. =) Gonna add some interests to my page but in the meantime, don't be afraid to ask. <BR> <BR> Oh, and my name is Tura. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 04:36:14 EST Back again but still pretty new here I am pretty new here. I tried this before but didnt stay long. Gonna give it another try and I wont be using their tracking methods here. They are just too confusing to try to figure out. I dont want to put the time and effort into it. But I will try keeping a journal or some kind of note book. SparkPeople you really need to simplify your tracking methods and then write it in crayon for some of us. <BR> <BR> I have a lot going on in my life as do many other people. I am trying to learn a wh... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 03:32:48 EST Hello :) Hi, my name is Vanessa. I joined this to meet people going through the same thing I am. Lately I've been finding myself binge eating mostly at dinner time. I'm an emotional eater and I can't stand it but I feel like I have no self control and I feel so guilty afterwards. I keep telling myself I need to lose weight and yet I'm doing nothing about it. Ive been feeling depressed a lot lately and I'm sure it's the weather playing a small role but since I'm feeling this way I turn to food. So it w... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:26:15 EST Looking for a Partner in Crime Hi! I'm Laurie. I am 59 years old and about 50 lbs overweight. I want to get my weight under control before it causes me serious health problems. My goal is to lose a couple of pounds a week by eating more healthy food and less comfort food and by becoming more active. I'd like to meet some like-minded people on this site that I can work together with by coaching and encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:21:26 EST new member/start all over again Hello all <BR> <BR> I previously tracked all my food, wt, etc. Then I went through a bad time and stopped recording info, etc. How do I start over from the beginning. I want to erase all the info that I previously recorded <BR> thank you. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:18:39 EST trying to do the right thing Hi I am lina I am 62 and Have 4 kids 3 boys 1 girl, and believe it or not 13 grandkids. I am getting ready for a mud bootcamp race. I did one in sept and was happy I did it . was the hardest thing I every did. I am going to do it again and this time try to do it faster. Jumping over walls at my age is not as easy as when I was young. I workout every day and do zumba 3 time a week. I love biking , but for right now I walk for 1 hour with my snow shoes and poles I can not say that this... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:11:38 EST Hello I am coming here today because after 20+ years of basically killing myself I realize now I can't do this on my own. I was watching a documentary on a heroine addict a couple of weeks ago and was baffled as to all his feelings he had toward drugs was the exact feelings I have for food. I would hide my food eating, I would feel depressed about eating, even if I was full I would eat to just eat. I knew I was killing myself but that hasn't stopped me. I realized fast that I was an addict myself e... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:08:36 EST I'm Louise - Hi! I've been on my weight loss journey and maintenance since Feb 2012. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2005, and slathered on 35lbs because of the meds. Who wants to move around when you're tired and in pain? My DH was told by his doc that he needed to lose weight, and he lost 10lbs in 6 weeks. I thought, "If he can do it, so can I!" <BR> <BR> Using a different app in my phone I lost the 35#. We lost our kitchen two year ago (steam pipe ruptured, black mold everywhere) and had to eat out... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:51:35 EST new member hello from Michigan,im here to finally start my weight loss challenge Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:35:10 EST Vanessa Hello. I am ready to lose weight and start feeling better. Tired of being "tired" when I get up and not having any energy. <BR> Want to look better also. Just need help along the way!! Thanks. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:56:31 EST Need to lose over 100lbs Hello everyone Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:32:03 EST Hello This is my 2nd day here. My daughter went to see a nutritionist, so I thought I would try to help her and try to eat healthier also. I stumbled upon this site on my phone and I really likes it. <BR> My goals are to change my eating habits and get myself back down to a healthy weight. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:24:43 EST Hello Hi I just joined after seeing this on google. I decided to get back on the fitness band wagon and started Master's Hammer and Chisel on Monday. Its been a tough two days for sure. Its 60 days and my plan is to complete it without missing a single day except for scheduled off days Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:59:42 EST Hello Hello everyone I decided to join so I can keep track of everything I look forward to getting to know everyone <em>524</em> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:18:16 EST Ready to do this! Hi ready to do this. My weight has been 150 for quite awhile, then this last year 170.where did that come from? Due to my back pain Iam unable to do much walking. But today with the help of my pain meds, I took the challenge of "Let's Get Moving" and got back on the treadmill, for 25 minutes and walked a mile. I didn't go that fast, and my incline was at a 4, but I walked a mile! So Woooohooo. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday's I go to the Y to my swim class which helps my back pain. But I li... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:35:18 EST Fit after kids Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a long time (on again off again), but am hoping to get in shape after 2 kiddos! Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:21:00 EST Hello New here day two kind of excited <em>30</em> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:46:30 EST all time high weight and confused I have gained about 60 lbs since I got married and am at all time high weight and am worried about health. it seems to be so difficult for me to get going. I refuse to spend more money on this. atkins worked but I gained it all back plus more . do you use less carbs. or does that not matter and should I just count my calories and live Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:03:00 EST duplication Is anyone noticing that whenever a food item is added to your nutrition tracker that it is adding 2-3 times even though you have clicked that food and serving only one time. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:50:23 EST Trying to stay motivated to continue weight loss I've already lost a 15 lbs since Nov 2015. Have a ways to go before reaching goal weight. Looking for ways/suggestions to stay motivated. TY and God bless. javascript:void(0) Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:20:05 EST Happy Birthday New Me Hi everyone. Today is my birthday, and I decided to give myself the best gift I can; the gift of a healthy and attractive body. I don't want to spend the rest of my life overweight; I deserve better (we all do). I know this is not going to be an easy journey, but it's one that I want to take. I really want this and with hard work and determination, I will get it. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:53:02 EST Hello I just want to be a healthier me and get use to using spark to help me. Time for a challenge. :) Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:45:26 EST carlene <BR> im very much over weight and miserable. i hate the fact that i have done this to myself with boredom and depression . all three of my girls want me to l9se and they want me to be happy again. my husband is not a good support person he is very much an enabler. so this is pretty tough but two days in and im doin good <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:59:20 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to this website. I have started and stopped many diets and exercise plans before, but have always put weight back on. This past year has been very stressful for my family as my husband has been hospitalized twice due to complications from diabetes. He is now on track and I find that I keep gaining. I am an emotional eater, so that has gotten me in trouble from the stressors. So, now I need to get myself on track so that I don't end up with medical issues that will cause eve... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:44:43 EST Seeking Central Arizonans I've been with Spark since 10/11.....and have met only one Sparker who lives anywhere near me. <BR> <BR> I would really like to meet Sparkers in my area - to chat and perhaps to occasionally walk together. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Dolly <em>87</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:50:39 EST Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after divorce I was very fit and healthy for years but after a divorce I fell back to my old terrible habits (not working out, too much wine with dinner and even smoking). I've decided to make drastic changes and I'm hoping to find encouragement on this site. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:16:15 EST bluejeanslady Good Monday morning, decided to join spark because I think I will do better with help and support from others like myself. I am a carb freak, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch I usually good but if not then I am looking for candy etc, dinner I try to cook healthy unless I am exhausted then it's something quick. I am addicted to Coke 0 for the caffeine throughout the day and change to caffeine free at 6:00.. I also drink V8-Energy drinks 50 calories but I tell myself it's healthy because fruit an... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:45:24 EST bad day yesterday :/ got off track yesterday at lunch( boyfriends brother showed up with 30 tacos for 6 people lol) ,planned to get in some exercise but wound up at the hospital until 11 pm with my daughter ( thought she was having miscarriage and still dont know ) by the time we got home just grabbed a quick bowl of spaghetti that my 20 yr old son made while we was gone and went to bed...355 comes WAY to early so gonna try to get back on track today Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:17:56 EST hi Hi, <BR> I've lost 9 pounds over the past several months. I have yo-yo'ed a bit and sometimes get mentally off track -- like every other day :)) <BR> So I am going to start tracking and would love support and look forward to reading about all of you! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:07:22 EST any Canadians out there Hi my name Bonnie I live in Edmonton Alberta. I am a mother of 5 ages 21,19,18,13,10. I am 38 and taking another go at getting healthy and losing weight. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 01:53:22 EST One week in! I'm just finding my way around. Today was the end of my first week. I'm down 4 pounds, but it feels like more. <em>252</em> Everyone is very supportive. I've drank all my water and tracked all my food. I've also been getting my exercise in. Down 4 pounds, 24 to go. <em>9</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:15:12 EST Trying again. Looking forward to feeling better.. Looking forward to our daughter's wedding in August. Hope to be healthier and thinner by then. Weight has always been a problem for this child of the "clean plate club" generation and it has caught up to me. If I am to minimize my pain in my years to come, I must get some of this weight off. Most of my hobbies - genealogy, crocheting, card making, sewing, and most crafts - are sedentary. With new exercise machine, I hope I can challenge myself to balance my hobbies and desk job with more move... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:08:57 EST New (again) to Sparkpeople & wondering why I left Hi, I'm Ali <BR> From Cold Colorado <em>20</em> <BR> I joined SP about 5 years ago, lost about 50 lbs. got busy and decided I could do everything all on my own. It didn't work! <em>198</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:43:02 EST prediabetic Now the reason to lose weight has become serious. I don't want to be a type 2 diabetic. I am so happy I found Spark People to help me! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:37:25 EST trying to get back on track but with three diet restrictions it is not going to be easy <BR> <BR> First I am Gluten Free - that one would be easy <BR> Then I am Dairy Free - That one is also easy (allergic to Casein) <BR> <BR> Then my GI added in another problem - I have Gastroparesis - my stomach has a hard time digesting food. I have to eat low fat and low fiber - the list of foods I CAN eat is actually pretty low. Not many fruits, not many veggies <BR> <BR> ESP when I add in the gluten/dairy free <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:52:38 EST Hello Hi. I'm Nikki and I am starting my get healthy journey for about the millionth time. I'm from Northern California, and am a special education teacher. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:33:28 EST Read to motivate and be motivated Hello guys i'm new on this site, I have battled with emotional eating and weight loss most of my life and i have over come it, that is why i decided to join this site because people who are working towards their motivate me. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:10:16 EST Howdy Starting over been back for three days Have had some progress. this time I am looking for support always before I didn't get to involved with the teams and I didn't last very long there was support at home now there is not. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:03:24 EST Hi Hi everyone :) I've recently started my journey to my ideal weight. hoping I can get some motivation and some help through the boards :) x Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:00:46 EST My Progress Hi, Im Tonya. I am just in my first week , feeling so enthused and excited to be making these changes. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:25:42 EST A New Journey! Hello! Its me, memreekeepr. I live in St. Petersburg FL, married with 2 grown children. I am a member of the 1/2 century club. I have worked in the banking industry all my life. My job has been pretty much one that does involve a lot of sitting. I am a proud owner of a FITBIT device and wear it daily. I love it when I exceed my 10,000 daily steps, however, there are days when I struggle to get to that goal. I decided to join SparkPeople, 1, because it is free and 2, because of the larg... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:50:27 EST HI I m great fan of spark people hi <BR> <BR> I am from india . fighting with weight issue for last 7 years. want to get rid off excess weight during 2016-17. want your support.. thanks Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:44:44 EST Starting Spark in NJ I'm starting with sparkpeople to keep me motivated. I'm 56 and I live in NJ. I've lost and regained weight many times but this time has to be it! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:18:53 EST does spark have a low carb diet plan? Hi everyone, I have been using the diabetic plan on spark and I have lost currently 10 lbs. but my sugar levels are still too high. I consulted with my doctor and she feels that with the diet I am eating too many carbs (200-251 g per day they recommend). She is about to send me to a endocrinologist and says that I need fewer grams of carbs per day to get my blood sugar in check. I know I can go in and change the nutrients I track but I thought if spark had a low carb diet I would like to t... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:40:33 EST Hi there! Good morning everyone! I have recently lost 70 pounds but am just starting my Spark journey. I'm so glad that I found this community and that you all are here! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:10:10 EST New Joined about a week ago. Finding it working pretty well. Love all the great support and articles to help keep me on track. I WILL DO THIS.... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:29:28 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I've just joined this board. I'm really committed to eating healthy, as I eat primarily a whole foods, planet-based diet. I've lost around a hundred pounds eating this way and exercising a lot since last March, and I want to keep up the good work I've done. <BR> <BR> So, yeah. Hey! Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:18:54 EST Back to spark, ready to get healthy Well I have a long way to go but I am not giving up this time . I need support and I need to have faith . U have some issues that could prevent my success at weight loss but I am going to try. My progress will be slow but eventually I will be where I need to be. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:59:39 EST really confused hi, i started on this on wednesday and im confused. i need to lose over 100 pounds and so far ive gained 3 since wednesday. i dont usually eat sweets, i might drink 1/2 a soda a month and i cant seem to reach my daily calorie range. im usually about 500-900 below it and someone told me that can make you gain weight :/ i did a lot better yesterday and only wound up 320 below my minimum range but was so stuffed i felt like i was going to throw up :( any suggestions ? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:09:30 EST Anyone near Merrillville, IN? I need more support than what I have at home. I'm getting frustrated, & I'm trying really hard to not give in & have Mountain Dew again, or my favorite fried foods. If anyone is in my area & doesn't mind making a new friend & having company exercising, contact me :) Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:30:22 EST 21 and looking for accountability buddies! Hi- I just turned 21. I weigh about 155 pounds , but I would like to get down to about 125. I am on medication that makes it harder to lose weight, but I am determined to not let that stop me! I am also training for the Ragnar Relay this summer! I would love to find friends to keep me accountable for exercising and making health eating choices, preferably ones with similar goals! Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:37:13 EST What up, my Spark Peeps!! I'm ready for a change! Hello, I'm in New Mexico, and I'm ready to get back to being an athlete, again. I just figured out that if I eat right and workout, I can conquer the world. Lol. ;) Seriously, though, it really is all about confidence, and I currently don't have that. I did have it, once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away. I hate "Star Wars," by the way. Lol. Um, I hope to find a community to keep on track. My journey is about learning to eat for health and to enjoy the food I'm eating. That's th... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:17:37 EST lost 155 lbs from bypass, but now....... OH it was so awesome to be 112 lbs!! It was 10 years ago Had gastric bypass, roux and y surgery in 2006. It was fabulous. Even had body contouring surgery, went to the gym everyday, wonderful. I have managed to get up to 186 as of this morning. I am so depressed, hate myself like this. I am 65 years old, and have COPD so my exercise potential isn't great but I can do some and will. And I will chart my food etc. My goal is to be at 150 by mid June for my birthday, Sparky here tel... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:43:49 EST I Will.... Those two words spurred on my committment to loose weight. I am not waiting any longer, I am not going to mess around, this is it! I will loose over 30 pounds this year. I will get healthier so when I take my black belt test in May in Taekwondo I will have NO problem with the knuckle push ups. I will have more energy for my kids, and my husband. I will finally embrace myself for who I am in the package I am in. <BR> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:06:44 EST Ready to Climb Stairs without Needing to Stop I am ready to take the stairs without holding my side or my lungs burning. I am ready to be more active! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:08:36 EST Hi from Christchurch, New Zealand After developing gallstone pancreatitis I decided it was time to seriously change my lifestyle habits.It started with just drastically cutting my fat intake to ensure I didn't have a reoccurring pancreatitis attack and then to allow my body to cope after having my gallbladder removed and I have now started to monitor my carb and sugar intake as well as cut out gluten because since my gallbladder removal it has been irritating my stomach. I have also started an HIT/Cardio 20 week workout progr... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:52:44 EST I am new Hi everyone , I am new to this I just turned 50 and loving it. I have a daughter 25 and a son 23 I have 1 adopted grandson who is almost 2. My significant other has 2 grandsons. I am so blessed to be able to travel all over U.S with my partner he builds water towers and I work from home with a great wellness company. I am looking forward to meeting you all. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:02:48 EST New from Colorado <em>40</em> This is all a bit overwhelming. But I think I'm going to love it! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:02:31 EST Back to Sparkpeople I am a 39 year old single female in Illinois. <BR> <BR> This is my second time using sparkpeople's website. In the past it was so encouraging connecting with people. I found so many diverse people to talk to on this site. I can't wait to connect with people again. <BR> <BR> This time I am working to reduce my medication dependency as a diabetic and to be more active. Oh and what everyone comes here for. Lose weight!! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:55:04 EST 10-15lbs to lose Hi! I'm THINK I'm almost to my goal but would love some support and motivation to get there and help keep me there! <BR> I've searched through the teams a little and super overwhelmed and kind of disappointed. Either tons of people or not active (or both). <BR> <BR> :-/ <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:16:35 EST Starting the transformation Hey everyone! I am just getting re-started with SparkPeople (I had an account maybe 4-5 years ago and it did me well). I am looking to shed some inches and start to prepare for a year around summer body ;). Basically, I'd like to look close to what I looked like 5ish years ago. I'm looking for an accountability partner too if anyone is interested. Someone to email or text each day to see how food life is going and exercise time. :) <BR> <BR> Here we go! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:17:51 EST Hey everyone! Old member returning :) From 2005-2010 I was a Spark People member with awesome success! I made a ton of friends (which some I still associate with) and felt good overall. Since then, I've had a child and fell off the wagon a few times. I'm down 35 pounds currently from my highest, but still would like to lose an additional 25-30 pounds before my wedding in September. Looking forward to making some new friends!! <em>30</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:01:47 EST Today is the day. My name is Rhonda. It has been 481 days since I have logged in. Today is the day I start gaining control of my health and the food choices I make. Time to make time for myself. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:08:51 EST Reaching out I am reaching out (which is one of my 2016 words of the year) because, it is not something I am good at. Asking for help and support comes very hard due to the fact I do training for a living. This is very new to me. If you would like to help me (vise versa) please friend me and lets get going in this successful year. Thank you for reading this and your help in advance. <em>41</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:26:19 EST Kim's 2016 Weight Loss Journey Hi! My name is Kim. I have eosinophilic esophagitis. I was just diagnosed with this last week. I have joined this website to keep myself accountable for the things I am eating. I am on a 6 food elimination diet. NO fish, milk, eggs, wheat, soy or nuts. This is a huge challenge because there isn't much on my list that I can eat. I am seeing an awesome dietician that is helping me through my journey. I look forward to meeting some positive people in this group! If anyone else in this group ha... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:34:32 EST Gotta help my sleep apnea Hi all, my name is Braeden and I have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. The CPAP machine will make a difference in my sleeping, I know, but I also know that if I lose some of all this extra weight I'm carrying around that I will sleep better as well. So that's one of my main goals! Excited to be here. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:24:34 EST Tish is ready to change my lifestyle This is a new year and I hope a new lifestyle for me. I have been on a lot of diets and even had gastric by-pass seven years ago. I do not exercise right and I have totally lost all focus of proper eating habits. I hope this support and group of spark people will be the help I need. Then I want to help others with the success I will have this year. Stay with me people. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:15:38 EST Graduating Noob Hi everyone! I'm in my final semester of college, and trying to lose the weight that I have put on over the last few years here in time for my graduation in May - that said, if it does not happen I will not beat myself up over it. I am thrilled to be making positive changes in my lifestyle, and feel like I have so much more energy than I ever did before. <BR> <BR> I have a good head on my shoulders and knew what a good diet entailed, but I just kind of ignored that to be honest. I feel like... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:35:34 EST Back at it So by the end of 2014 i had lost 30 lbs. Shortly after the new year, i became severely depressed and gained. Got pinto some meds after admitting i needed help. Gaining slowed, but i want ready to take care of me. <BR> <BR> I married the best guy last year and while it was the best thing that year, the rest is overshadowed. Im ready to care for me. <BR> <BR> We'll actually be having a year anniversary/reception this year, as our wedding was extremely last minute. <BR> <BR> I want tho bring... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:23:44 EST introduction New to this with the computer skills of a potted plant so please be patient with me. <em>381</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:39:21 EST New to site, 6 months out after weightloss surgery Hey Y'all <BR> I am a wife and mother, 6 months out of weight loss surgery. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and failed miserably at many different programs to help with weight loss. I hope to be an encouragement to all who need it and find encouragement when I am feeling down. <BR> Have a great day Y'all! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:53:00 EST I'm back to try again. Hello, I tried SparkPeople a couple of years ago but was so overwhelmed by it I never got involved. Now I have taken my time to get acquainted with all that it has to offer, and I'm really impressed. I am looking for friends for mutual support and motivation! Everyone have a fabulous day! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:55:23 EST Hi there. Hey all, I've been a member of spark for a good while now. But I failed to follow up on a lot of things therefor never met my goals. This time I'm hoping to be more involved and dedicated so that I can meet my fitness and health goals. With everyone's help I'm sure I'll be able to do just that. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support. :) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:35:20 EST weigh before or after should i weigh potatoes before or after baking? Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:49:13 EST Hello :) I'm Kat and I have a lot of weight to lose. I finally decided something really has to be done about it, and I don't suppose anyone will do it for me, so here I am. Nice to meet you all! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:20:18 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone. I've been going to a pilates place 4 days a week since October, but they are no longer offering my lunch classes, so I am moving on to something new! I am 33 years old. I have a 15 month old and plan to try for baby #2 later this year. I joined mostly for the community. Since taking pilates, I'm down 12 pounds! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:20:13 EST Not giving up! Hi, my name is Brenda. I weighed 300 lbs five years ago. Two weeks ago I weighed 262lbs. I decided I was sick of feeling like crap, so I decided to get back on track. I've lost 10 lbs so far and I'm feeling great! I appreciate this community's support! If you are feeling hopeless like I was or just need friend, message me! I'm excited to share my weight loss journey with you all! 160 lbs, here I come!!! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:59:20 EST losing weight slowly Hello,my name is theresa.I have a goal to lose 10 pounds.My highest weight was 186.I am now down to 155.I have been up and down noon the scale for years.Now I realize that I can lose the weight slowly instead if relying on diet pills and quick fixes. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:26:03 EST No joke: Study finds laughing can burn calories .. A study from Vanderbuilt University found that laughing raises energy expenditure and increases heart rate 10% to 20%. Ten to 15 minutes of laughter could increase energy expenditure by 10 to 40 calories per day, which could translate into about four pounds a year. <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:38:22 EST Third time's the charm! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new here and just getting started (a week ago). I've lost significant weight in my life twice before (I'm 34), and am now looking to lose for the third and final time. I come from a chubby family and if I don't exercise, the weight comes RIGHT back on. I got lazy the past few years and stopped going to the gym, and it came on fast. :( But now I am determined to get back into good habits! So far I have joined Daily Burn for exercise (I work from home so I can do it anyti... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:35:15 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! I'm Mandy and I love to have fun but trying to lose weight too for health reasons. I would love to meet new friends and feel free to add me or if it's ok I can add you as a friend too! Ready to go! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:21:51 EST Hi! New here and hoping to make some friends. Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Natalia and I'm 21. I'm new here and looking to meet some people here to work on our weight loss journeys together, or at least looking for a venting buddy. :P I'm not planning on following the spark people food plan as I'm currently following the weight watchers plan, but I find that spark people has amazing social support compared to other sites. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:58:44 EST New and need support! Hi my name is renee and im struggling with overeating out of loneliness, boredom, and stress. I need support from other people to change my habits and lose the 50 pounds i have gained in the last 2 years. <BR> Renee Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:49:24 EST answering all your posts I have been reading all your posts and finding them to be just like how I am feeling right now...change is great and we can do it - TOGETHER!! Thank you for being here and helping me to know I am not alone! <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:41:38 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparksPeople and so far I really like the site. I'm really committed to losing the weight in 2016. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:29:55 EST Hi. I'm new to Spark People ...again I am back for the 3rd maybe 4th time. I would love to make this time "the one" that sticks. This is a wonderful tool with so many great ways to lose weight. I know I have to want it and I have to do it but I absolutely need motivation and support that I know can be found here. <em>15</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:19:03 EST Hello, I'm new to Spark and it's great! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Spark is great! Its teaching me how to eat healthy and keep track of what Im putting into my body. Its never been easy for me to keep track of the nutrition. I struggle with things like that. I have fibromyalgia and I am in the "FibroFog" most of the time which is the confusion of being stoned but without the high. <BR> Anyway Spark makes it so much easier for me :) I am really enjoying it here. Im still looking around and learning new things everyday. I have been here... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:50:36 EST 2016 is going to be my year! The time has come to implement some long overdue lifestyle changes. One of which is to lose weight and get back to what I like to refer to as my "fighting trim". Even though I signed up in December, I just started using SparkPeople this week to help me keep my goals top-of-mind. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:37:59 EST I'm new I am new to this, I am trying to lose weight to lower my cholesterol and help my disabilities am looking for people help me on my journey....I'm 54 and really want to make this change! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:18:37 EST Jumpin' In Hi all, I'm Eric and I was a member a few years ago and got away from it and re-joined as I couldn't remember my password. I saw the scale a few mornings ago and saw a number I didn't like and it made me motivated to get back on here regularly to help keep me on track. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:05:12 EST hi, newbie here..... Hello everyone, I am new to sparkpeople! I did a workout video this morning on the site, logged my first meal, and joined a few teams. Im hoping I can stick to something. I know that is always a downfall for me, but Im giving it a try!!! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:34:55 EST New My name is Alice and I now live in TN, just a little north of Nashville. I am very interested in nutrition and fitness for seniors. I weighed over 200 pounds 7 years ago and thru a slow process (over a year) got to a normal weight which I have maintained. I love strength training and walking. My goal is to encourage other seniors to get healthier and lead a more enjoyable lifestyle through eating better and exercise. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:02:45 EST Hello, new to spark. Hi my name is Lorie and I just started using Spark yesterday. Hoping it will help me stay on track and motivated to lose weight and stay in shape Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:16:29 EST hello all I am in need of some help, to stop the binge eating and to learn to not be afraid to live my life with food and enjoy happiness without feeling guilty with anything I put in my mouth Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:25:09 EST After trying to lose weight over n over for 7 yrs Here I am, sitting in front of my laptop. 7 years is such a long time. I had to lose 20 pounds, i wanted to do it in 2 months, i always wanted a quick fix and whoa! look where i am with so much fat in my body weighing a staggering excess of 55 pounds. But, I did learn alot and with this 7+ years of experience I am going to take my time and lose this damn weight by aug-08-2016. Join me in this thing! <em>30</em> <em>386</em> <em>249</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:10:48 EST Debbie Hi all I am using spark to help me count protein in my diet goal is 60 - 65 I had a gastric bypass 2 months ago, so not really a diet I am on but only soft foods that are dense in protein Can only take portions of half a cup or so every 2 to 3 hours. Suppose stay away from sweet but I did a few chocolates over Christmas. So far I am down 47 lbs got 60 to go. just starting to exercise now as I had to wait and make sure everything was healed. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:52:48 EST HI I am just starting and wanted to say hi to everyone and say good luck Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:47:57 EST 20lbs! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Not new to Sparkpeople- but new (again) to a healthy lifestyle. Sadly it can just get away from you! Back and ready to commit. Looking for a motivational partner to check in with and hold one another accountable. Let me know if that is you! <BR> <BR> Sarah Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:47:19 EST Gotta stay on track. I recently started with this website so i can manage my calories and weigh. Then we were victims of the nasty blizzard and got trapped in the house by 2feet of snow. We didnt have much on the healthier side so I got off track quickly. Our driveway was plowed though so we are no longer trapped and i can get back on track Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:09:59 EST I can't keep doing what doesn't work... Hi! I am back after a long while away. I just need to make better choices, all around. With food, money, exercise, family. I need to learn a lot, and obviously what I have been doing so far isn't working. Something needs to change, and I know it's me. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:31:21 EST Hello, Yesterday was my birthday. I'm 70 years old, I think young for 70. All my life I've needed to lose from 30 to 40 lbs. I plan to stay active and alert and losing the 30 lbs will help. I'm short 5'1" so it really shows on me. I'm off and doing well. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:27:55 EST New here and looking for friends for the journey! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am turning 35 in April, am married and have two kids ages 4 & 8. I never had a weight issue until after having kids. I just put myself to the side in order to care for my family which I now realize wasn't fair to any of us! I am looking to lose 50-55 pounds. My main reasons are to feel more energetic, be a great example for my children and to just feel more like myself again. I look forward to making new friends here to both encourage and be encouraged by! We C... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:40:34 EST NEED TO LOSE HALF MY BODY WEIGHT Hey everyone am back for the 3rd time and never leaving Spark again!!! My name is Allie and had gone from 287 to 248 went back to weight watchers totally hate the new way they are doing things and therefore gained back 20 of the 39 I had lost . <BR> I am on the 5th day of 21 day challenge,doing great and soooo glad to be back. <BR> I live near Columbia S.C. in small town of Gaston. <BR> Have a great week everyone. <BR> Allie Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:34:05 EST I want to lose 60 lbs. Hello. My name is Keith. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. I am a right-leg, above-the-knee, amputee and I use crutches to walk with because of my back problems. My old doctor gave me the wrong Blood-Pressure pills and I was gaining 10+lbs a month for 4 months. I changed doctors and the new doctor told me that if I had stayed with the blood-pressure pills that the first doctor gave me I would be dead in 3 months. This new doctor gave me the right pills to reduce my blood pressure, but now I am tryin... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:21:02 EST I'm going to do it this time!! Hello, I joined Spark People in Nov of last year and lost 6lb but then gave up over xmas and have only just felt inspired to start again. I have put that exact 6lb back on!! I have started up my exercise again in the last week and feel better for being more active and have started tracking again today. I want to go abroad in the summer and don't want to be self conscious by the pool and I have found I have high blood pressure over the last couple of weeks. These two things are my inspirat... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:19:18 EST Hello! Hi! I am not brand new to Sparkpeople, but I am just getting started with exploring the community this site has to offer. I am excited for this journey, and can't wait to hear new ideas, share progress, and motivate one another. I'll have to explore things a little more, but I just wanted to say hi and start making connections! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:54:36 EST Sjogren's Syndrome If you suffer from this condition, please check out the Sjogren's team here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:52:52 EST Hello from CT Lost 44 on my own last yr and have gained 12 back. On a mission to lose 32 lbs by June. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:11:50 EST Hello! My name is Crispy Phat and I am at the starting line, once again, to finding a healthier way to live so I can lose weight and do more. <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and to using any type of online support group style thing for my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Not really sure what to say, it's not too easy to open up about something that has been my biggest and ugliest issue for most of my life. <BR> <BR> Maybe I will open up a bit more in a little while, I know that talking about things... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:47:40 EST Newbie Hi everyone. I'm a newbie and excited to be here. I'm hoping this site is the inspiration I need to get me going and stay on track. Any advice will be welcome. I have spent the better part of 58 years taking care of other people. I'm finally ready to take care of me. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:30:17 EST new to spark people, glad to be here I have many medical conditions, I can't really blame my weight on my conditions but what I can do is change my lifestyle around to get healthier and happier. I want to exercise more and eat healthy. And drink plenty of water. I have watched many you tube videos on weight loss yesterday and today and I searched the net and found this site, hoping to change my life around one healthy habit at a time. I am a little depressed because this weekend we got at lest 15 inches of snow here in Delaw... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:40:57 EST Hello out there in SP space! Funny thing is those are my initials; user name is Norahsemp. <BR> I've joined the site, mainly because I'm having kidney difficulty. I've just recently learned, not only does Sodium play a big role, but also Potassium, Phosphorus and Protein. Mercy me, I didn't realize, desire for wellness must foster determination; to bring commitment; to find focus for success to overcome deficiency, disease, disappointment and discouragement! My goal is to become learn-ed; (brain and body) re: the 3 el... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:35:44 EST I'm new here I am new trying to get a bit healthier , I need to help myself a bit more cuz my Dr's obviously can't I've been sick a very long time I am depressed but I manage on my own I have narcolepsy and sometimes I sleep all day long other times not for days on end so my body is extremely weak as an outlet I sing and write songs and becoming disabled I have literally lost my purpose in life so it's hard but I'm trying I'm the strong one you know the one who is there for any and everyone but never tal... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:22:02 EST Hello, wading in. I'm new and wanting to lose weight. I am finding it difficult to track certain foods I eat, and if anyone has advice on making tracking easier, please let me know. Perhaps it is just something I need to get used to. I do find the spark people site to be uplifting, motivating, and helpful. Nice to meet you. Amy Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:46:30 EST Coming back again... After the holidays I stepped ont he scale and I'm coming back to SParkPeople to track my calories. <BR> I had attempted to do Low Carb High Fat, then started gaining. I read an article that said even if you are cutting carbs, you still have to maintain a caloric deficit. SO why should I deprive myself of things like fresh fruits and carrots, etc? <BR> First I'm doing a 3 day apple cleanse, last day is tomorrow, then Tuesday it's back to calorie tracking. <BR> I'm married, no kids, living in n... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:33:33 EST Hi Ya'll from TX! Hi everyone. I've been here a bit, but had no focus due to some cancer treatments I was undergoing. Finished up with them (for now, hopefully forever), so I am starting fresh today. I am reaching a milestone birthday (50) in August and hope to reach my goal by then! I'd love to have some friends. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:49:50 EST "New" today Hi! My name is Mary and I was led here after doing some research on the new WW plan. I joined once about 5 years ago and never stayed, but this time feel that this plan is best for me. I'm 47 and would like to lose about 30 pounds. My kids (3 boys - oldest 18) are getting older and I'd like to make a bit more time for "me" now and focus on my health. I'm looking forward to exploring the site a bit today and plan on officially starting/logging tomorrow - would love to make friends to en... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:52:33 EST Trying to lose 60 pounds by November I am trying to lose 60 by November for a trip to Africa that will require a bit of uphill hiking. That's 10 months away (40 weeks), so I should be able to do it. That's an average of 1.5 pounds per week. Here's what I'm doing: Walking an hour a day. Staying between 1200 and 1350 calories a day and trying to keep my meals balanced. Doing reps of 72 stairs up and down 2 to 3 times a day. I started January 1st and weigh-in once a week. I had lost 6 pounds on January 22nd. I started at 217... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:09:09 EST New here/Need some friends Hello my name is Jennifer. I am starting the journey to a new me. I have been over weight for most of my life. It got worse after I started to have kids. I was always busy taking care of them, and making sure they had everything they needed. In that time I forgot about what I needed and about keeping myself healthy. Now that my kids are a little older I can start to take care of me. I am so excited to start this journey. It scares me a little, but I am just going to take it one day at a time.... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:08:06 EST Hello y'all! Hello everyone! My name is Lisa. I'm a mom of two and Avid PlayStation gamer (when I get time). I'm looking forward to meeting other moms, gamers or just people ready to get fit and healthy. I didn't see a team for just Playstation gamers so I created one! Check it out! It's called PlayStation gamers fitness. Can't wait to get going! Let's go!! Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:06:11 EST UNTRAINABLE REACHING FOR UNTHINKABLE Hi. I am now 67 and soon to be 68, One would think I'm to old to teach .... new tricks but I sooo want to do this so here I am with at least 60 pounds to lose. I now have a ticker and ready to go but ned help and THOSE new tricks you guys know all about, Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:44:24 EST new to sparkpeople hello, just introducing myself Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:10:31 EST Hello I just wanted to say hello. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:40:10 EST Hello Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:39 EST Saying Hi :-) Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lisa. Single Mom to 3 amazing kids. I'm a Sales and Marketing Coordinator for a commercial cleaning company in the Boston area. <BR> <BR> I decided to log in here and see if it is something that may help me keep my sanity while I start my weight loss journey...again. <BR> <BR> I say 'again' because I managed to lose 120lbs about 2-3 years ago (took me a year to do it), but I have since put it back on :( <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get it through my head this time t... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:12:23 EST I am eating less, more active and still gaining... I'm getting frustrated with this 58 year old metabolism.... <BR> I've stopped eating my fast food breakfasts, started tracking most of my food again, got back on my exercise bike every day, am wearing my Fitbit and getting in my 10,000 steps on most days, All this and I have still managed to gain 6 pounds in 3 weeks. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:42:38 EST Learning the website Good morning! I've been on Spark people for one week. I wasn't aware of two sites so I didn't know how to access spark mail or forums. It seemed random and a new friend enlightened me on the inside and outs! So this is my new beginning! I'm 56yo living in Memphis, TN. Married 34 years. 3 kids happily settled with 1 grandchild and 1 grandbaby on the way. Yoyo dieter and strictly GF. Getting off yoyo roller coaster. Determined! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:19:02 EST newbie here Hi all <em>524</em> , Back on my weight journey again! Feeling frustrated as I promised myself l would never come back here to this weight again Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:37:45 EST Nice to meet you :-) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 66 years old and need to lose 118 pounds (ideally 128 pounds). I've started this long journey with a smile and hope in my heart. It's day 5 today and I'm looking forward to my next "weigh-in". <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:34:01 EST RE-introducing myself! Hi, everyone! Coming back to Sparkpeople from myfitnesspal. Also, leaving Weight Watchers to do this on my own. I'm 44, I have about 112 lbs to lose and would love to be a motivating friend! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:16:17 EST newbie here desperately wanting to lose weight...every <em>39</em> time i think about it i eat more <em>39</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:51:53 EST 2016 - Year of Miracles Hi and thanks for stopping to read my intro. I live in Queens, NYC. For many years I haven't cared to lose the 40 lbs I gained over time. I am feeling the need to begin. I would enjoy encouraging and being encouraged by people who are positive and filled w/inner joy. Although I haven't looked at the shell that carries my soul ... I am soulful and happy. I am also hoping to write my transformational book. If you like writing we could mix that up w/nutritious chat. <BR> <BR> Looking f... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:47:19 EST Hello Hi Everyone one, member since 18th, I am here to lose 70 pound, I love many things-people, places and adventure. Need your help. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:55:23 EST HELLO I am new here (3 days) ago. I started a fitness and lifestyle change last August and I am always looking for sources of inspiration and motivation from like-minded people. My goal was to lose 90 pounds by the first day of spring. So far 60 pounds is gone! Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:33:21 EST Hello My name is Loweride and I'm new to sparkpeople Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:11:44 EST introduction My name, Is Lisa Fletcher I need to loose weight. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:13:20 EST New member - started 7 days ago Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Mandy, I'm 37, and I'm from Altoona, PA. I started SparkPeople a week ago, and so far I have tracked the way I'm supposed to. <BR> Three years ago I went through a very bad break-up and decided it was time to make things better for myself. I used SparkPeople and managed to lose 60 pounds. Unfortunately, due to ankle injuries and other living situations, I gained all of the weight back plus additional. I first twisted my ankle in April 2014, and then... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:42:57 EST Hi Hi everyone, my name is Kym. I'm from florida, ready to get started. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:28:01 EST help hi i am back again, u know i cant do it alone all my friends are thin and dont really help/i try but i guess i giveuo and get mad at my self ,i know i have to lose weight and my doctor wants me to lose to but it is so hard by ur self help some body. i live here in egypt is there anybody from egypt that can help? deneise Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:13:22 EST Back again!!!!! Hello! I started sp about 10 ish years ago..with great success..a few times....but I have to stick with it and other healthier habits to stay successful! Hello to all newcomers and old timers..would love any support I can get ! :) Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:32:06 EST Hai! Nice to meet you. Good morning, names Sarah I'm 29 soon to be thirty in just a few days. So here I am! I've been overweight my whole life and I refuse to live my thirties this way! No more feeling sorry for myself and making excuses, I will meet my goal (200 plus) so hopefully I can meet some like minded people who are looking for support and friendship. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:01:40 EST just got my fit I love my new fitbit,new to the spark people looking forward to losing weight. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:46:17 EST fitbit I love my fitbit.looking forward to losing weight. .. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:42:57 EST Getting through the 1st week. Hello to all, I live in Cleveland Ohio. About a year ago I had a double lung transplant and between my age ( and being a woman) and the assorted , yummy meds I take on a daily basis.... I watched my self cruise from size 14 to a size 18.... My docs are yelling, my kids are yelling and I'm in my room crying cause every time I open my drawers my clothes seem to have shrunk another size. My sugar is a mess.... my energy is a mess..... and all around I feel ugly and .... well, fat. So I decided ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:23:09 EST Need to lose weight fast Hello everyone. I'm so glad I've found this site. My name is Julie. I'm 39 and my doctor says I'm overweight for my height. I'm 5 feet and weight 149 lbs. My goal is to lose 15 lbs. I could use all the support i can to keep me motivated. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:43:28 EST New Hello! I am Michelle I am new, I was looking at before and after pictures of extreme weight loss and found a link to this website. I weighed myself for the first time today and I started my diet today finally. 50 pounds is my goal. I just wanted to say hello! I am very upset about what the scale said and I haven't been his heavy in years. I did a homework out today and got a groupon for yoga and kickboxing.. Any tips? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:51:24 EST Hey everyone Hello. I'm looking forward to sharing and getting info. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:04:27 EST how to get started I just joined on the 17th of January and so far the tracking seem to be doing fine. Hopefully the scale will show a difference at the end of the week. The thing is how do I get started moving? I walk a little, less that 5000 steps a day. Usually just around at work. I have bad knees and a lower back issue. What would be the best type of exercise to get my butt in gear? Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:59:51 EST Hello Hello! I am new to this and I think that it's awesome! Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:42:59 EST Go Cards My brother lost 100 lbs on this program a few years ago. It gave him a new lease on life. Last week I underwent knee surgery, prior to surgery I lost 14.2 lbs on my way to 30. Feel like I am in a bit of a rut, but getting more active every day... NO crutches now, but could use some love from the SP team. GO Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:22:04 EST if At first Hello this is my second time. with spark people I was successful until my world started fall apart. My Husbands became very ill and for 4 yrs He was my focus not me. Now I trying to create a new me so that I don't become a burden to my step children of 32 yrs. they are good to me. But I have this problem I don't like being depended on any one. Besides I Just Like to feel as good as I did when we go Married 32 yrs ago and I was Just 150 lb and on top of the world. <em>521</em> I not to go... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:46:29 EST Here We Go Again I am embarrassed to even admit I am trying again. I have lost at least 200 pounds with more Weight Watchers memberships than I can count. I lose around 40 pounds, feel great, tell myself I am never going back, then slowly get back into my bad habits and gain the weight back again. I am trying to find the courage within myself to try something new this time. It started with a New Year's resolution to get fit and shed the pounds. Here it is, January 21st and I have not lost a single pound a... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:07:40 EST Glad to be here I am 63 years old and tired of "diets"! From what ive been reading this is where I shoukd be. I did wwmfew years ago and I did loose the weight I wanted to but it all came back. I'm determined to loose and keep it off this time. I recently got off a prescription drug that causes weight gain and am hoping to get my metabolism to normal as I gained over 30 pounds on this drug. Looking forward to meeting fellow spark people. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:02:01 EST This is AWESOME I am new to SP. This is day six for me on SP and I am really excited. I have made more progress than I have ever before in these six days. There have been some bumps but its all good. I love this. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:17:52 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:14:46 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:14:25 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:13:30 EST I'm Back! Hey, Spark Community! <BR> <BR> It has been a busy few years for me. I have joined before (under a different username that I can't remember anymore) and lost a lot of weight, only to put it all back on (and then some) when life threw major stress my way. I am now a mother of three girls (a singleton and twins) who is looking for a lifestyle change, instead of just "weight loss". I want to learn more about cutting out processed foods for me and my family. And I want my active lifestyle ba... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 01:37:36 EST not new Hi my name is Leslie and I have been joined to Sparkpeople since about 2012 I have been in a really dark place and had to move from salt lake Utah to Montana to live with my daughter it was the only way I was going to make it out alive so I have started a job but don't have any friends here so I am having issues with getting started on the right track i have lost about 25 pounds since moving here 8 months ago because now I move around at my new job but I still think I need some help with find... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:08:18 EST hello everyone I'm having problems picking up the pieces of my life. My husband passed away last month, need to lose 45+ pounds, and need to crawl out of downward spiralling void. I'm hoping watching what I eat and starting to exercise will help me feel better, and see a light at the end of the tunnel I so desperately need to see. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:03:17 EST New to SP Hi everyone! I'm relatively new to SP and looking for a little motivation here and there to keep going when life gets busy. :) Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:44:40 EST Hello everyone! My name is Ali and I just joined. My weight loss goal is to weigh less than 150lbs. I currently weight 220 pounds and I'm extremely embarrassed about it. I'm afraid to go out in public because I always think that people will make fun of me for being so fat. I suffer from major depression and ptsd (part of my trauma history is connected to body-image issues, which is a major barrier in my weight loss journey). <BR> I'm looking for support around weight-loss with the added challenge of mental ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:17:09 EST Comfort zone Stepping outside of my comfort zone to do my official introduction. :) I am Laura, 28, single mom of the most amazing 5 yr old boy. I am not so much focused on the number on the scale, as how I feel about myself. Self confidence has always been something I lack, and of course after having a baby, it certainly didn't get better. Hoping to kick a few pounds before summer!!! Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:27:12 EST Hi Been here for 3 weeks and now noticing I am loosing weight. This is HUGE for me I have not been happy with myself since my divorce 7 years ago! I just kept getting bigger and self esteem kept withering away. I recently found the urge to get into shape as I am a single father with no help this is no the most important thing ever! I have to make sure I stick around for my little girl. Already people are noticing my loss and believe it or not women actully notice me again. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:53:21 EST Back to sparkpeople! Hello, <BR> <BR> I have been on and off with Sparkpeople since around 2004 and it made a world of difference each time. I usually have no problems working out but my nutrition and portion sizes are what get me in trouble time and time again. Well here I am again trying to take control of my calories. I just wish I could just get to where I need to be and stay there without falling back into the old habits. All I want is this to be the year that I accomplish that goal once and for all. W... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:17:24 EST New Hi! My name is Laura. I am new to sparkpeople. I heard about this site from a friend and then I accidentally stumbled onto it when I was researching a different diet. I am a 39 yo mother of 3. I have struggled with my weight and self image for most of my life. I am hoping to open a new chapter with change. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:28:30 EST can't get connected here. I was on this site several years ago and lost 80 lbs. and wanted to try again. however I am getting very confused by the site now. I have made no connections, I get referred to e-mail, asked for password and on and on.. I get no response to any post. I fell and have been out of commission for a while due to a serious fall. I think I will try WW and find a group for those over 70 and have serious osteoporosis. I am not getting anything here except frustration. Sorry. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:59:09 EST new to spark people <BR> Hello, I am new to spark people. I want to be honest. I know what I need to change to lose weight, but it is motivation all the way. I start to get motivated but after a week or 2 I lose my motivation to get into a healthier lifestyle. I weigh 338, and my sleeping schedule is way off. I am up almost all night and crash about 5:00 am and sleep almost all day. I want to change my sleeping habits. How do I go about doing this? That is my very first goal. My second goal is to get the requir... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:22:11 EST 34 and ready to be healthy again! Hello everyone! I am excited to start this new challenge. I want to be back done to the health and size I was when I was in the United States Navy.. Of course that was years ago and I have grown older, and with growing older, I of course have also gained some health issues. :( I am hoping the SparkPeople can help me on my journey of weight loss and a healthier me! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:46:51 EST Hello! My Name Is Hi Sparkpeople! My name is HeatherAnne. I first joined Sparkpeople in 2009 and used it way back then to help me track my meeting and I lost 25 pounds! I've kept it off until about 6 months ago. Ugh. 10 pounds snuck back on me. I'm back on board keeping a food diary and realized that my snacking - while healthy - had crept up to just too dang much. So I'm back using Sparkpeople to help keep my honest and lose these 10 pounds - and maybe another 10! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:11:45 EST Hello.... Hello all, <BR> I am weisdoc, I am new here trying to find my way around. I need buddies/motivators to keep me going. Thanks Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:22:26 EST Hello! Hi everyone. My name is James and i'm 23 from the UK. I'm looking to lose around 3 1/2 to 4 stone and looking for advice. The hardest part about this is the will power and confidence to it, which I don't have much of. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> James. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:10:21 EST Allergic to Exercise! Well ... hello! I hope that got your attention! LOL Really! I AM allergic to any form of exercise "for the sake of exercise." I do like to swim but access is not possible due to transportation challenges. I thought about a mini trampoline / bouncer but decided to put it out there and see what suggestions come up! I am new to Spark People. Joined ... January 13th? I think? Have lost 6 pounds ... need to do some serious work on reducing refined carbs and fats. (HINT: you are looking... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:35:36 EST Fellow Dukaners Hi, I've been doing the Dukan Diet for 2 weeks and lost 7kg (1 week of Attack). It would be great to connect with any other Dukaners who are keen on sharing experiences... I'm based in South Africa. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:57:23 EST New today! I'm Sim from the UK. I had no idea there was a whole bunch of people communicating and supporting one another via this forum. It's great! I'm planning to sort myself out, feel fitter, improve my health & confidence and make my body stronger. I have already been working towards this and I am getting there, it's nice to have others for support and motivation. I look forward to speaking with you all more. Xx Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:35:10 EST Honesty right from the start Hi, everyone. I'm Jessica, and I joined SparkPeople a couple days ago but have been stalling on writing this post to introduce myself. Couldn't figure out why until this morning, when I realized I had been wanting to post an upbeat introduction so I didn't bum anybody out and so I could convince you all I am excited and motivated about this...but, in truth, I'm not. <BR> <BR> I'm not excited. I'm not motivated. I'm just...I'm staring at myself in the mirror and reading the number on the scal... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:35:53 EST Fresh start for 2016 Hi everyone, <BR> I just started up with SP for 2016. Looking forward to meeting people and getting in shape! We started a weight loss group at work last week where we weigh in once a week. No loss for me this week, but hope to change that by tracking my food. Got a fitbit for Christmas, and have been trying to get my steps in. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:05:47 EST New year, new me! Hi there! <BR> My name is Cindy. I am 24, an elementary teacher, and I am new to sparkpeople. I joined with the goal being to lose 50 pounds so that I feel more confident about myself. I am doing this for me an no one else. I am looking for a support system of friends who can motivate me and keep me accountable. I will be sharing my success and minor setbacks in a blog. Please come be my friend and feel free to message me or reply!! :) Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:07:31 EST Hi I am annacass95 I hope I can lose weight and get fit thanks for all help Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:44:41 EST Just About to Start the Gastric Balloon Process! Hello! Please visit my page, NancyKravitz, and check out my blog. I need all of the encouragement that I can get! There is so little info on the Gastric Balloon procedure (that I can find anyway!) that I would LOVE to share thoughts and experiences with those who have done it, or are considering doing it. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:22:40 EST New and ready to go! Hello! I'm new and I am so ready to start this journey to a healthier life!!! Any tips and advice would be very appreciated!!!! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:13:00 EST Newbie Kind of a newbie. I've been using the program for a couple of weeks and love it. Initially I was going to return to WW. An app search brought be to Spark People...and I'm glad. The resources available are amazing. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:51:47 EST New Country, New Me I joined Spark a few years ago but soon found myself forgetting about the site as time ran away from me. Thus I didn't see any progress or learn more about how to take care of my body. <BR> Last fall I moved to the complete opposite side of the world from where I grew up. I love everything here, except the food is not really agreeing with my body. (It's the oiliest and fattiest ever!) So here I am again, seeking motivation to keep going and knock off those pounds that the cuisine here has giv... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:16:30 EST German Newbie Hi all, <BR> I just joined SP to keep my small fitness goals going. Last year there was a company programm which helped me a lot to start some healty habits and I lost some kilos. I think SP will help me to continue this. <BR> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:37:10 EST Weight Loss support Hello everyone my name is Roxana from Los Angeles and I have done this before to where I have lost 35 pounds in just six weeks and was feeling great. I tried last year to restart but really didn't get the motivation to do continue. This year my motivation is to finally lose all the weight in a reasonable time and healthy. I miss the energetic me. Hoping to get some support to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Roxy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:38:27 EST Looking for support to succeed. Hello everyone. I have done this before to where I have lost 35 pounds in just six weeks and was feeling great. I tried last year to restart but really didn't get the motivation to do continue. This year my motivation is to finally lose all the weight in a reasonable time and healthy. I miss the energetic me. Hoping to get some support to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Roxy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:30:44 EST Popping in to say hello :) Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Stephanie and I am looking forward to making friends and sharing here on the Spark boards! I am married with 3 kids (ages 8, 20 and 26) and am a school nurse at my youngest daughter's school. I am working to lose ~115 pounds and this time, I am not taking shortcuts...I am learning how to eat like a normal person and how to address my anxiety/emotional eating in a healthy way. Looking forward to getting to know everyone :) Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:30:00 EST Discouraged in western new york Here I am in the new year having not made any resolutions but since I am snowed in I weighed myself at an all time high of 205 pounds (I have never reached the 200 mark!) Last year I was on diet drug Contrave and while I didn't lose a lot of weight it did help me not to binge on food so much. But I was using a discount card through the Contrave company but can't use it now since I have Medicare part D and without the discount too expensive. <BR> <BR> So I find myself back on this site and ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:27:41 EST And again... I've been on a weightloss rollercoaster that for a long time now has gone up and up. I want to hop off and start on an even downward motion. I weigh a lot; my health is paying for it. In fact, I injured my knee and am waiting for the dr to tell me my weight is a real hindrance for my joints. I need a plan. I need to begin again. I know I will find inspiration, empathy, and support here! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:34:15 EST Once and for all I joined spark years ago but never maximized. I am finally exploring the full site and am committed to using the tools here to help me reach my health and fitness goals! I desire to loose a minimum of 60 pounds. I'm turning50 soon and REFUSE to live my remaining years in regret. Regret that I have not maintained a healthy and desired size and fitness lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am truly excited and looking to build community with like minded people! Yay for us daring to take steps towards the th... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:37:36 EST I'm Gonna Try Again I would like to say this is my first time trying to lose weight, but sadly it is not. I start each time telling myself I can do this, but I always go back to my old habits. The truth is, I cannot do this alone. I need the support of people who are going through the same thing. I'm going to keep trying. I care too much about myself to go through life this way. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:32:32 EST Hey everyone Hi everyone I am new here and happy to be here. I live in Nyc and my working out challenges have been not getting to the gym because I am always exhausted. I live in a 6th floor walkup and was recently diagnosed with spine disease as well as other things. This is just one more challenge for me. I recently bought an eliptical and have been going for 3 to 4 laps. I am excited to learn any successes you all have had. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:09:52 EST Addicted to Spark Points Hi!! I am KimLadybug. I have been using Sparkpeople for a few months and LOVE it. I find that earning Sparkpoints motivates me to "beat my own score". My current daily "goal" is to earn 100 points. I am working on earning the bulk of them before lunchtime. So far, so good. It is working! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:56:37 EST New to Sparks Hi, my name is Lori and I live in Idaho. I am fifty and I can't believe that I let myself put on so much weight. I want to do everything I can to be healthy so I can stick around for retirement and my Grand-kids. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:14:32 EST College student trying to get fit Hi, everyone! My name is Dana, and I'm a 21-year-old junior in college. I just joined last night. I weighed in at 231 pounds at a recent appointment (which was discouraging), and I'm not quite 5'4", so my goal weight is 130, which would put me into the healthy BMI range. I'm hoping to achieve this goal by the time I'm done with college. (How fun it would be to wear the same size six dress for my college graduation that I wore for my high school graduation!) But if I'm still in the process of ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:51:55 EST Getting fit before fifty . Let's get <BR> the scale digits on our scary scale. <BR> Down and get nice an firm.💪🏼 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:33:32 EST Second Time Joining Hey everyone! Yup, this is the second time that I've joined this group. The first time it was mostly a self image issue, and while I still have problems with it I've found a much better motivator. I didn't make many changes the last time around so this time I'm focusing on making small consistent changes that will (hopefully) lead to huge lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> I used to be very athletic and have several times in my life been back at healthy weights. During those times I remember feel... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:58:09 EST Fitness Accountability Group <img src=""> Hi guys, I am a fitness coach. I am currently doing an amazing program and getting great results, but I wanted to extend an offer for my next fitness accountability group. They are only women (sorry men, the women aren't comfortable with you in the group) free and I do prizes. If you are interested let me know by going to my fitness page at the link provided and message me. It starts Feb.1st. <link>... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:13:20 EST Newbie 50's gal Hello everyone!! And my journey begins (AGAIN!!) today. Spark has suggested I lose 49.5 lbs so I am going to try to aim for that. Hubby took some before pictures. Looking forward to the after pictures. Would love a weight loss buddy or two who have similiar goals of 40 plus lbs to lose. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:51:48 EST Happy to be part of Fit Bit Users Unite I just got my fitbit and I'm excited to have this new tool. I joined this team to learn from other users and make sure I can fully utilize my FitBit Zip. I'm a single, retired diabetic from Montana and I've been a member of Spark People for just over a month. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:32:25 EST How do I create a weight tracker I'm new and want to add one of those weight trackers they have at the bottom of all the posts I see, but don't know how to make it. Can someone tell me how? Thanks. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:29:44 EST Hello Hey I'm back after being on a long retreat, I've come to realize that I have to stay accountable to keep this working for me, not being accountable was not so good..So I'm going at it again hopefully I know better now!!!!!!!! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:11:16 EST newbe again Hi everyone, Just received a call from my doc a1c is 10, time to get off pitty pot and forge forth new a way of living! I have a sweet tooth so I may be in withdrawals. I have prayed for GOD to give me knowledge and grace. Glad to be with people who know how I feel. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:52:39 EST Sjogren's Syndrome There is a team for those who have Sjogren's Syndrome. Feel free to check it out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66419 </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:14:04 EST Brand new and struggling with sweet tooth. I have joined the Sweet Tooth Challenge and hope to break my habit of eating sugar. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:01:58 EST debi Hey friends just join any advice Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:22:53 EST Brand new and need some support! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Liz and I just signed up! I joined because I need to get healthier and I actually need to stick to it this time! It's so easy for me to get distracted because I am so busy! I work full time and I am a mom and wife which makes it very hard to find time to exercise and cook. I'm hoping to find some support and tips on here so I can attain my <BR> goals! All advice and tips are welcome! Thanks :) Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:25:25 EST nervous new member Hi, my name is Litsa and l'm from Melbourne. Although l have been thinking of losing weight for a while, today l decided was going to be D Day. I went to the gym and tried to do a workout. I lasted about 15 - 20 minutes. But l have told myself that l am 15 - 20 minutes better off today then l was yesterday. I don't know a lot about this program, so this is where the nerves have kicked in. How does it work?Please feel free to offer many any advice. <BR> Thanks <em>249</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:08:09 EST Hi Hi I am Candy from Florida, new to Spark people. I want to loose 15 lbs and keep it off for a change. I use fitbit to keep track of my exercise and sleep patterns, I can always use more motivations! <BR> Good luck to everyone on this journey! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:27:20 EST Hello Everyone Hey Everyone !!!!! My name is Rian and I live in Ohio. I have been married to the best guy for almost 5 years now. We have a boxer named Brutus and a cat named Chessie. We also have two outside cats named Matches and Patches who adopted us since we moved here. I am currently going to school full time thanks to my wonderful husband. I am in the Pre-Nursing Program right now but hopefully will find out this week or next if I am in the RN Program. <BR> <BR> Where my journey began...... <BR> <... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:36:59 EST Introduction for BobbyTop Hello team, <BR> <BR> I'm here to get my health back in order. I haven't gotten extremely overweight, but want to turn it around before it gets that way. My goal is to lose 25 lbs, but it's not about the weight. It's about being more healthy. <BR> <BR> BobbyTop91 Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:24:25 EST Hello and working to get back on track I am working on several different areas in my life and one of them is losing weight and getting healthier to enjoy my grandkids. I am really struggling with keeping the motivation and would be nice to have some friends and we can help teach other out with encouragement and motivation. I love this website but can be overwhelming at times. I really want to succeed this time. God bless everyone! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:56:38 EST Howdy from the Willamette Hey all, first time on SP or any fitness-oriented website! I'm a web developer in Oregon who could sure use the web to not only loose weight but get back into shape. Back in my school days I used to compete in soccer and swimming; hopefully I can reach that level of fitness again, and beyond! :) Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:50:37 EST New to SparkPeople - Hello! Joined today - Hoping this will keep me motivated through 30 lbs of weight loss! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:30:23 EST plantar fasciitis If anyone is suffering from Plantar fasciitis it can be hard to cure if you are overweight like myself it can be even harder. there is a site that can help howtocureplantarfasciitis .org Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:08:58 EST Joined Sparkpeople This Week Hi! My name is Tammy and I rejoined Sparkpeople this week. I used the program a few years ago with a lot of success, but failed because of my own lack of motivation. I am determined to make it stick this time! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:39:53 EST Hello from southern Wisconsin Good morning I am Jean R I have just come back to SP. I was a member a long time ago. Site has changed but looks better. I am looking for motivation and support in my challenges of beginning a healthy program of eating and some exercise. I have 100+ pounds to lose. My energy level is non exitant at this time. I have juiced in the past and want to get back into it. I know when I eat better I feel better. I have been apart of WW so I have many tools to work with, I just need a kick in the butt ... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:37:56 EST