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 pounds lost Hey Everyone <BR> Since I started this calorie diet, I have lost 13 pound so far. I probably lost more but I have refrain myself from weighing myself everyday or once a week. So I weigh monthly, I figured I will see more results if I space it out. I am also proud of myself that I haven't caved and started eating the foods that got in this position. So that is a good accomplishment for me. Also I use to be a pop drinking, I mean I would wake up with a pop and go to bed with a pop, and I have... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:30:57 EST Weightloss buddy? Hi, <BR> I'm 41, used to be 50-55 kg, sporty and active until about 36, then stuff happened, went into a downward spiral and now I'm not doing much anymore. With this also came a sizeable belly and health problems on the horizon. <BR> So for getting a handle (hee!) on the belly part I'd love to find someone in a similar situation who wants to shed some weight and keep in contact for mutual motivation. Maybe easier to resist a craving when sharing goals? <BR> Toobat <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:06:18 EST Introduce myself Hello I'm Jackie. This is kinda new for me but since I'm staying on track with this challenge is giving me hope. I'm tired of being unhappy with my self so in order to change that I have to start with me. See I'm the kinda of person who can't take a compliment. So I need to change me and be a healthier and happier person. Hoping with the help from this site and the members ill be able to reach my goal and find happiness. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:49:05 EST Hello Hey everyone! My name is Meghan and after a very stressful year, I've decided it is time for me to stop procrastinating. I originally started my journey almost two years ago, but was never able to really keep my head in the game. As a result, I would lose weight onlly to gain it back again. I'm looking for a change and Sparkpeople is a way for me to make a big one! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:10:25 EST hi there. <BR> Hi there I am back and fired up! The weight loss is going good. But am stuck around 230. Hi there all <BR> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:05:17 EST everything I enjoy involves sitting All my hobbies and pass times involve sitting down, watching, tv, playing computer games, writing, crocheting, doing bead work, doing crafts, reading. <BR> <BR> Something has to give and I need to make some changes so that I don't spend all my sitting. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:52:54 EST Hi guys! :) Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I've started a new project called 'HMNZ: humanize. life' where I humanize the world's most successful people by diving into their lives and looking into their setbacks en route to their success. This is all in an effort to make the rest of us realize that we too can achieve our biggest dreams. After all, we're all human. <BR> <BR> So far I've got articles on: <BR> • The Rock <BR> • Ellen DeGeneres <BR> • Bill Gates <BR> • J.K. Rowling <BR> <BR> With the next two upcomi... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:08 EST Kidney cancer and Diabetic Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with kidney cancer two weeks ago, and last week, confirmed as a diabetic with an A1C of 8. <BR> <BR> I've been managing my sugars really well for the last 3 years with simply diet - the doctors feel that the cancer has spiked my sugars, as well as my liver enzymes. <BR> <BR> I will have my left kidney removed in two weeks, and I'm still in shock. <BR> <BR> Back on Spark to track, track, track, and survive this - because I will <BR> <BR> I appreciate... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:16:14 EST Colleen C I have been on many diets and now it is difficult to choose one that will work for me. It is hard for me to stay motivated. <BR> I just recently retired, I was in the Easter Seals program for Seniors and I reached the duration limit of 4 years with them. My last position with them was working with the Clothing Closet. All the clothes are free and the clients could come in twice a month and get up to 25 items. So I got to know a lot of people in the community and I miss that. The clients are... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:26 EST Busy working mom trying to become motivated Hello! I am a mom of 3 very busy boys aged 1, 4 and 5. I also work full time at a computer during the day. And at night we are busy with skating, hockey or swimming. My husband also works full time and is in a coed volleyball league. And I am also volunteering on a board for a non-profit organization that tries to help women new to the city meet others in their position. So that leaves me with very little time to do anything, which has lead me to having difficulty shedding baby weight from my... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:13:17 EST Feeling strong today. Hi! I am feeling strong today, so it seems like a good time to jump in and meet all of you. <BR> I have been struggling with my weight and self esteem most of my life. I'm feeling optimistic that this community will help me stay positive and motivated. I have failed many, many times before, but I am not going to live in the past. <BR> I hope to become good friends with some of you! <BR> Lola Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:06 EST Weight struggle Hi I'm Debbie Heard I have been on Jenny Craig Weight Watchers only to gain almost all the weight back ready to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Any tips or advice or motivation would Sincerely be appreciated one day at a time. <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:14:28 EST I have a goal I started 10/10/2017. I turn 60 in May and I want to be 60 lbs lighter. That is doable, about 2 lbs a week. I have tried to lose weight before but got discouraged and gave up. Not this time. Health is too important. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:29:44 EST Back again I’ve been away for quite some time. I have gained 45 pounds in the last four years. I’m tracking but not falling within my ranges but I am close. Right now my goal is to simply track. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:06 EST Lorelei Hi there! I'm Lorelei. I'm 51 and I lost 50 pounds, with SparkPeople's tools and support, 8 years ago. Now I've gained back 25 and need to get back on the weight loss wagon and lose it. <BR> I have no SparkPeople friends, this time around, yet, so feel free to friend me. <BR> Thought for the day...if I eat like crud, I feel like crud. <BR> Mantra for the day..."No donuts..." LOL Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:24:02 EST Hi Everyone Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm Bill. <BR> <BR> Not much to say really, been active all my life--love bodybuilding--although I sure dn't look like I do! <BR> <BR> Love to read all I can about fitness and nutrition. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:28:09 EST Hi My Name is Christa and I'm not a newbie but been on here for a long time but haven't post a lot. I'm feeling low on energy and no motivation at all to lose weight which I'm not happy about. I wish I can lose the weight but I'm gaining back what I lost (30 +). Now my clothes aren't fitting me and feel disguised about it. I need some help. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:18:57 EST Newbie The first couple of days were good, now I am always hungry. I try to keep busy and drink water, but I am not winning. I can't figure out what to eat when I'm hungry! I've tried mini carrots, celery and such, but it seems it just makes me more hungry. <em>39</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:35:05 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:18 EST How do goodies / points work? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the community. <BR> I'm curious as to how goodies/points work. I want to get a pedometer. Do I use the points to get a discount when buying? <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all with your weight management! <BR> <BR> Lilly Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:19:04 EST Hello Hello, I take medications that cause weight gain and they're weighing me down. I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency which causes blood to pool in my legs. Being overweight aggravates it. My doctor said weight loss for me would be difficult but not impossible. Thank you for being here to support me. <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:59:11 EST Weight loss advice I am Tanu from India & want to lose 20 pounds in 2/3 months for my marriage Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:49:20 EST Hi Ya'll I'm a Christian Conservative lady from Alabama, trying to get healthy again. I have many health issues and gained weight, now I'm feeling better and doing better eating and some exercise. Looking forward to my journey with Sparks People. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:24:39 EST Need help to stop binge eating I used to be anorexic but when I tried to stop that I turned into a binge eater. I`ve gained 40 lbs in 2 years and I binge eat multiple times a day every day. The more I know I should stop the more I eat. I need help.. :( Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:45:04 EST HIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:18:26 EST My Husband inspired me! Yes, it's true! I've been struggling with weight gain due to some health issues and was pretty low. My husband decided he needed to get healthy, found SparkPeople and got started. I sat and listened to him each time he tracked his nutrition, listened to new things he was learning, and saw that he was losing weight and feeling better! I was sold! Just began a couple of weeks ago and, while the fitness is a struggle because of those pesky health issues, I am determined! And it's fun having... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:28:12 EST Finally over it Hello! Heaviest I have ever been after a back injury 1 year ago. Clothes don't fit and I see it in pictures. Denial is now gone. Getting into action. I sit all day for work and have committed to 3xs/week AM workouts at Orangetheory. On week three of going. Lost 2 lbs so far. Haven't change diet. Love my happy hours and Sunday Fundays. Figured I would start with showing up and a commitment to start moving again. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:40:37 EST Mama and weight loss :) Hey all! My name is Jennifer and I live in a tiny town in Wyoming. I had the 1st baby of 2017 in the county I live in. I've decided it's time to get back "on track" especially if we might decide to have another baby in a few years.Just wanted to introduce myself and find out if there are any other members with young babies for support. <BR> <BR> ~jennifer Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:55:15 EST Doing Things My Way Good morning to all. I'm old enough to have tried a lot of weight loss programs. I've decided no more fad diets, no more diet supplements, no more diets in general. In May I started exercising again, I'm watching what I eat, and I've lost 20 lbs. I had a complete hysterectomy last month for endometrial cancer. Now it's time to go the next level. Taking care of me 10 lbs at a time. I'm now tracking my exercise, and tracking my food.. Going to Disneyland in February and want to do it all w... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:16:53 EST A New Me Hello everyone! I'm ready for a new me.....I've decided its my time, I want to loose 35 pounds and get in shape and have a more healthy lifestyle so I can feel great, look great and enjoy the things that I like doing which include riding motorcycles, scrapbooking, playing with my grandchildren and spending time with my husband and friends. I hope by joining this site it will help me stay motivated and be accountable for what I do. <BR> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:07:43 EST A restarted journey Hi, I've been a member of the site for a while and I've been slowly trimming off the weight but I"m trying to launch into a concerted effort. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 something teacher in the south, I read too much, and I cook. <BR> <BR> Ok, feeling a little self-conscious now. <BR> <BR> Hi Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:22:57 EST Back on this Journey to Health Greetings, <BR> <BR> New to SparkPeople but not to this journey to health. I have been experiencing a lot of knee pain this last year because of the extra weight I'm carrying. Just celebrated my 65th Birthday and I'm determined to get healthy this year and lose the extra pounds. Looking forward to this journey with the support of this group. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:50:07 EST Wolf is new Hi im new here Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:20:20 EST Need help!!! Hi everyone! Going to give this one last try...i really need support to keep the motivation going :) I'm a great motivator for others just not for myself for some reason. Looking to share this journey with others :-) Sun, 8 Oct 2017 23:59:48 EST Hello I am so discouaged. Food is evil to me. I go round and round, never stopping eating. I am trying again to follow a plan. I know I'm crazy, but I keep sabotaging myself over and over. Every day I get up and vow to change my eating habits. Every day I sabotage myself. But I will get up tomorrow and do something different. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:13:18 EST Looking for movitation I am looking for someone who is in the same boat as me or someone who can help me get over the hump. I start out good then after a few days I give into temptation. I'm just starting back today and plan to make spark a daily place for me. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:04:22 EST Hello Hello Friends, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople. Here to support others on their journey to health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Lyd Sun, 8 Oct 2017 21:52:14 EST Hello Everyone Hello! I'm a 32 year old nursing student currently trying to find a healthier lifestyle. Weight has be en a chronic problem for me but now I'm getting sick of shopping at specialty stores, falling behind when walking with a group, and fearing that other countries I travel to won't be able to handle my weight. SparkPeople is the first website I've come across that makes me want to participate in community while setting realistic goals. I'm looking forward to what the future brings! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 18:31:59 EST Hello All! My name is Marzetta. I am 34 years old and really need to lose weight. I really hate the way i look and feel. I have tried losing weight in the past but with no avail. I'm hoping this will help me out. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 17:20:13 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:46 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:45 EST Trying again Hello everyone, here I am!!! My goal is to lose 10% by the end of the year!!! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 07:42:23 EST Terri Norris One of my friends told me about this website so I thought I would check it out. The doctor has said I needed to lose 15% of my body weight and bring down my triglycerides, so here I am. I needed something that would let me know how many calories I was in taking and carbs I was eating, so she told about this site. So far it has been wonderful, and I am on a 1300 to 1650 cal diet on here, it has been hard, when you love food so much watching what you eat, I just seem to be hungry all the time. ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 21:01:50 EST Just getting started with Spark I think posting my food intake will be a big help in not overeating <em>595</em> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:13:46 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:06 EST Starting again and bringing my husband with me I have used SparkPeople in the past, but get lazy or annoyed having to track food constantly. This is very sad, because I know that the tracking helps me. So I am starting again and have signed up my husband as well. We are both at least 40 pounds too heavy and it is affecting our bones and joints. I do not want to hit 60 with all this extra weight, so I am striving to keep on track this time. And I'm taking him DOWN with me! Have not said anything to family, just want to quietly make a... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 11:50:23 EST Starting over again The past two years I have been lazy. Not walking or eating right. I can feel it. Ready to lose some weight get back some energy. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:30:23 EST Looking for a team with a good motivating group Hello, I know this is an Introduce yourself forum. I have been on spark people for a year now, I like it a lot with all of its features, and I actually signed up for premium a little over a year ago. Let me reintroduce myself my name is Tammy and so far I have lost 56 pounds and I am 44 years old and I am now under 300 pounds very close to 290 pounds. . I have had a bumpy road on my journey.The reason I am typing this now is because I am looking for a good spark team with lots of motivatio... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 01:42:27 EST Just Realized I Need Help I made this account several months back but never actually used it until now, so... hello! <BR> <BR> I sort of had an epiphany during a small emotional breakdown this morning. I was recently offered a job as a CNA and was trying on my scrubs this morning to go do a physical abilities assessment. I was just wearing these scrubs not even two months ago during a clinical assignment for a class I was taking, and they fit fine. I was also doing some stress-eating (read: binging), largely thanks t... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:59:34 EST Day 5 Hello! New to SparkPeople. Day 5 and on the path to being 40 pounds lighter next year! Thu, 5 Oct 2017 10:58:29 EST New to Spark People Hi, I'm new to Spark People. I'm a female. I'm 57. I've been changing my eating and exercising lifestyle since May of this year. have lost 20 lbs so far. Looking to lose about 80 lbs more. I am currently working out about 4-5 days a week. I spin and lift weights. I really enjoy it. always looking for healthy food ideas. I count calories but don't have a 'diet' so to speak other then trying to keep it healthy and as clean as possible which is really hard for me for some reason. also looking f... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:07:58 EST New to Spark Hello everyone my name is Terry and I am 54 almost 55 years old widow. I have a lot of weight to lose and am hoping this group can help me meet my goals. I would love to get healthy and start doing the things that I love to.I have always taken care of those I love but decided now it is time for me to take care of myself especially after having a health scare which every thing turned out ok but left me thinking.Hope to hear back from you <BR> Terry Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:32:30 EST New and for me Hello all! I am somewhat new but an old pro at dieting and yo-yoing. I have 30 pounds to lose and would love to have some new friends to help motivate me! Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:42:23 EST requesting a friend to assist with accountability Hi, my name is Carla. <BR> Would anyone be interested forming a team to assist each other with accountability to exercise and other daily plans? <BR> Thank you for your consideration of this idea- Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:33:22 EST Hello! I am not new here, but back again. Hopefully for the last time! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 19:38:16 EST New Here Hello, I'm new here and just dropping in to introduce myself. I've got a long way to go (110 lbs) but I'm on the last year of my 20s and determined to make the necessary lifestyle overhaul before I hit my 30s next year! I've got a lot of health issues too, so this change is absolutely necessary. <BR> Anyway, I've heard great things about this website, so I'm excited to get started! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:19:59 EST It's time to cut the crap... Hi, I'm Kayla. I'm about 18 years old, 5'6", and 165 pounds. I'm not morbidly obese (yet), but a lot heavier than I'd like to be, especially at my age. Plus, if things keep trending the way they have the past few years, that very well could be my future. <BR> <BR> I hope you all don't get too bored with my life story. <BR> <BR> Anyways, when I was younger, I was very fit and skinny. I would always exercise (by just doing stuff like monkey bars all the time and whatnot), and so I never ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 23:31:41 EST New to Spark People - Former Noomer Hey Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm 33 and a larger guy at about 328 looking to significantly cut down on weight due to arthrosis developing in my back after an injury. (Moving a 600 lb gun safe by yourself is a bad idea, by the way.) I've used Noom in the past and found some success with it losing 30 or so pounds but I could never really stay below 300. I need to really attack my sugar and salt intake drastically. I am having some issues adjusting to the pain and lack of exercises I can now do so I'm ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:31:19 EST Getting started I have enjoyed getting more familiar with the website today. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:24:32 EST Greetings! For the first time in my life, I find that I need to lose weight. All my life I have been underweight, but as I have aged (I'm 60), I have found I have been packing on the pounds. Recently got on the scale and found I weighed over 190 pounds! That and having to buy ever larger waist pants has convinced me I need to shed a few pounds around the middle. My wife is on these boards as well, and her weight loss journey has inspired me. I am apprehensive about this journey. I have always been one o... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 18:07:07 EST hi I'm brand new here hi all,please add me as a friend! I am just starting out today with Contrave and shedding some of this oppressive weight! Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:08:15 EST Newbie here! Hey you guys! <BR> So this past year has been such a roller coaster for me ans my way of dealing with ao many emotions was... eating. I gained about 85 pounds and this new body does not do it for me. I don't feel comfortable in my own skin and I must do something about it now. Strangers have begun shaming me for way I look, and that was the tipping point for me: it's unacceptable! I came here to get support and to support others in this situation. Feel free to say hi, I'll do my best to keep ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:28:54 EST Hello (SparkPeople) World! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Darrel. I'm here to lose some weight, keep it off, and learn the habits to stay healthy. A bit over a year ago, my son was delivered via emergency C-section at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed only 15oz at birth and had a long stay in the NICU. He and mom are both doing great. <BR> <BR> I was fairly happy with my weight and health before he was born. I could have stood to lose a few pounds, but I was basically at my "normal." Nothing like 148 days in the NICU and... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:14:39 EST New here...add me, please Hi all! I want to drop a few pounds and have fun doing it. Feel free to add me for support and hopefully a few laughs along the way! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:03:21 EST Hi from PNW! Hello from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You'd think I'd be in better shape with all of the stunning scenery and hiking trails here! But alas, here I am, weighing the most I've ever weighed in my non-pregnant life. I look forward to joining all of you in this long but fruitful journey. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:49:56 EST New to this Hello...My name is Trisha and I am new to this site. I lost 30lbs last year and gave most of it back. I have no willpower. Toking for suggestions on how to get it back! thanks! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:28:40 EST hello Hello my name is Maryjane I need help I am 57 years old I hurt in my body and i think if I can lose the weight it would be helpful but it don't seem i can get started and to stay on it. I am in this stupid wheelchair so i don't think there is anyway for me to get help Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:18:34 EST New Here Hi, I'm on day 5 of the 21 day challenge. My situation is different. My weight and BMI are fine, but now I am "pre-diabetic" with an A1C of 6. My Dr. suggested I try this site. I am not recording my food, just my exercise. Hope all of this will help bring my # down. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:14:06 EST Hello Everyone I am new here I am a female. I had Gastric bypass done in July of 2012 I lost 100 pounds from 310 and now I have gained some back I get the foamies a lot and I get diarrhea a lot. Last year I was in the hospital back in August and September for a Twisted stomach and Back in October for an infection. Can anyone relate to me. <BR> <BR> Channing Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:09:42 EST Introduction I've been here several times throughout years since I heard about SparkPeople. BUT, I've never followed through. I'm so bad, my kids, husband, and grandkids all make fun of me and dieting. I have dealt with unexplained pain since 2005 and doctors go from its in my head, to lupus, to fibromyalgia, to osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. They do not know what it is, but I'm finally on a medicine regime that works ( they are trying to treat me for all of it). That being said, I'm at least 50 lbs ove... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:18:57 EST motivation I moved to a new state. Went from a house to an apartment. Need help in getting started. Just plain lazy. This is not a poor me but a finally me. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:39:02 EST Introduction Hello. My name is Deb. This is my 5th day on the program. My 21 day challenge was to introduce myself to the message board. <BR> I am a Practice Administrator for an Endodontic business. I stay extremely busy and am trying to fit in learning about all the wonderful things SPARKPEOPLE has to offer. This Coming February I will turn 65 and looking forward to partial retirement. I have many things on my bucket list to accomplish. However, before then I NEED to take off 40 lbs (which I gained bac... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:52:38 EST Survivor of Chronic Pain Hello, I'm Ella and it is lovely to meet you! <BR> <BR> Actually, it's just lovely to be able to finally regain some control over my life which has been turned upside down by chronic pain for the past year and half. Up until 2 weeks ago I have been struggling with severe chronic abdominal pain that resulted in me spending majority of my days unable to get out of bed, not that I didn't try. With my new DRG (Dorsal Root Ganglion) nerve modulator I now am up and doing things I had started to t... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:20:07 EST Introduce myself Hi Im Trish. I joined Spark people 6 days ago. I really need to make a change in my life. I am 44 years old and i have 100 pounds to loose. Luckily my health is good, but my knees are bad. I decided to make a change, and i really want to stick with it and learn more about weight loss that stays off and not these roller coaster diet fads i keep trying. Its time for a change. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:20:05 EST come and say hello! Hello Fellow SparkPeeps, <BR> I logged in for the 1st time yesterday and so far so good. I began a weight loss program through my employer and needed a site that made tracking food simpler. I chose this one. Glad I did. I am now a proud member of a support group called “thirtysomethings with 25-49lbs to lose”. I wish I could go back and tell my high school self about that. Anyway… I am a mother of two very active girls. I work full time, at a desk. I have a pug. I usually start things and do... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:24:15 EST Glad to be with the group Hi there. Searched the internet in the middle of the night to see what I could find to help myself. Came across Spark People. I kind of remembered it from years ago. I've tried so many different so called "tricks". I've completely omitted foods from my diet like dairy, grains, and cane sugar only to gain weight. I have two sisters who had babies this past spring and are looking better now than before their pregnancies. They both are about my height and are about 125lbs. Despite the fac... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:39:16 EST SparkCanadian new! I belonged to SparkPeople years ago when it was just starting out... I remember receiving a gym bag and t-shirts with the SparkPeople logo on them for free! I wish SparkPeople were a one time price, but $5.00 monthly is not bad. I put my starting weight at 216 pounds, as that was my heaviest and I want all my weight loss to show up. I am currently around 183 pounds or so (I'll weigh myself tomorrow). Good to meet you all! I wish you well in your journey of good health! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:21:55 EST New to Message Board Hi, <BR> My name is JoAnn, a 67 yr old widow, living with my 72 yr old cousin. I have been on low carbs program since Oct of last year. I started out at 335 #'s. Now down to 270 #'s. I started using the recording food part of this app in May or June of this year. I had lost down to 260 #'s but have started gaining back. I can not go back up. I am the world's worst at counting calories and measuring food that is the reason I went on low carbs. I limited my carbs to 60 - 75 a day. I would rewar... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:51:00 EST New to SparkPeople message board Hi! My name is Annie and I have recently began using SparkPeople again for my weight loss and health goals. I have researched many apps but none are as motivating and complete as this application. The point winning reward system motivates me everyday to win as many points as I can. And the database for food and exercise outside of the programmed plan is very extensive and complete allowing me to adapt to real life occurrences in my journey towards my goals. I am happy to be a part of this com... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:34:02 EST Trying to get healthy, have a baby, and just be! I just want to be and feel better you know? It is so simple and so hard at the same time. I am 26 years old and I have 330 pounds and I hate that I weigh so much! I really think losing weight will help me overcome somethings that are going on in my life. Having a kid, getting over social anxiety, etc. So, this is why I am here and I am so ready to get on with my life. How about you? Why are you here? Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:27:30 EST 10 years to overcome weight loss surgery Hi all, Lost 152# after roux n y. Had excess skin removed. Followed strict diet for 7 years and exercised faithfully. Then MS got bad, husband split, and a little at a time, bad habits came back. Started eating whatever I wanted and smoking again, which I had quit to get surgery. Still exercising though, so pounds just crept back on. I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and started eating like crazy in the evenings. The other day, I couldn't get into my jeans that used to be loose and had a har... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:55:03 EST taking care of me hello everyone <BR> hope everyone had a great day. I had a great start to a new me. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:57:40 EST Question I am new to Sparkpeople and have a question for anyone. Do you find it easier to stay on an eating plan by not thinking about food so much and replacing it with something else, or focusing on healthy foods and recipes and doing a lot of cooking, planning etc? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:11 EST Time to crawl out of the cave My name is Peg and I have a long way to go. I am an overweight, over 50, couch potato that not only needs to make different foods choices, but need to find a way to be more active. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:14:36 EST No smoking = too much snacking I finally managed to quit smoking - yay me! - but ever since, my weight has been creeping up way past where it needs to be. <BR> <BR> Decided it was time to really pay attention to how much exercise I get and my calorie intake. So ... here I am. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:59:46 EST "The readiness is all" Actor Kenneth Brannagh mentioned this quote from Shakespeare in an interview, and it explains why I'm back at sparkpeople today, with a new weight and goal. It's time to resume taking care of myself by making my own meals and diversifying my exercise regimen. It's good to know that sparkpeople is still here for me! Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:18:28 EST Trying to get back to the healthy me Hi I'm just starting my path to regain the lifestyle that I miss so much. I have been in a relationship the past two years that has destroyed my self worth and motivation. This has resulted in a 80lb weight gain and it is putting even more of a strain on every day life. I am a vegan now for 6plus years and want to get back to the healthy foods and activities I enjoy. I am joining here in the hopes of making a few friends and having someone for motivation and give them motivation as well. I do... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:58:47 EST Trying again I first joined SparkPeople several years ago. I love the site and community. The support and tools are fantastic. <BR> <BR> However, I have struggled with anxiety and depression and my weight has crept back up to a point that I never thought it would be ever again. I'm so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I know what it takes to lose and maintain yet I'm not doing it. <BR> <BR> My plan is to be accountable to both others and myself and login every day and track and interact with others. I ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:11:26 EST Getting Fit !! Hello ! <BR> This is Reema .. I'm 38 .. wanna eat healthy .. and become more flexible .. I'm fed up of always being tired and having lots of aches .. I do believe it us because of eating in a bad way and being not active .. I woul appreciate your motivation and support . Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:59:18 EST On the road to a NEW life! Hi, My name is Tina and I am excited to be beginning a new lifestyle. I have in the past three weeks been following a Ketogenic diet. I have already seen a reduction in my blood sugar, my cholesterol, and most wonderfully my food craves, ie. sugar. I am finding myself less and less hungry. That is quite a feat for a 27 year long diabetic. I am hoping to hook up with other Keto folks here on Spark People. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:30:27 EST Lossing for me and for good Hello, <BR> <BR> I was doing so well with excise and tracing what I was eating and excise. Until about a year ago this. When I got a ganglion cyst on my big toe...I had to stop excise. Then I last tracking my foods too...What was sense of it....I am old now...Couldn't afford to get operated on...Just before that I was told I have stage 2 kidney disease...That inself is horrible to hear...I was doing Newry system at the time too m..That what set of said, my kidney specialist said...m Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:24:33 EST Hi My name is Melanie and I want to get healthy Hi <BR> <BR> I'm 55 and want so to get healthy, it seems like since I have turned 55 all hell is breaking loose don't remember all these aches and pains from last Anyway I'm glad to be here Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:04:04 EST Trying again Almost 52, want to eat better and get in shape. I like being able to track food and exercise. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:53:54 EST Finally.. Well I finally am taking the time to officially introduce myself although some of you already know me.. <BR> but here's a little more. I love Jason Mraz and next to George Michael R.I.P. is my favorite musician. I also love my family and it is for them that I am trying to get healthy but have lost 35 or so pounds so far and have been maintaining this loss for 2 years. Been with SP for over a year now. <BR> <BR> I love to walk, spend time with my dad and mom who are both in poor health and... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:58:42 EST New to SparkPeople, too This looks like a very good plan! I am on day three and it is helping me keep on track. My major issues are depression, diabetes, and cholesterol. I am on medication for cholesterol, high blood pressure, and I also have issues with dry eye, possibly due to diabetes. I called myself healthy for nearly 60 years and found I had possible diabetes two years ago. I was diagnosed after moving to our new city. I love to eat but that has changed gradually. I am going to the doctor next week to see if ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:46:35 EST 52 trying to make changes but struggling 😣😣?? Hi <BR> I'm not totes new here <BR> Belonged several years ago but here I am again <BR> I am 52 years old <BR> 5 foot 2 and weigh 256 pounds 😣😣😣??? <BR> Heaviest I've ever been and I hate 😣t ?? <BR> I feel unwell , no energy, very low self esteem due to my weight. <BR> I'm an emotional eater, eat out a lot and also take put a lot. <BR> I'm.not happy with my weight , how I feel or how I look. I'm looking for message boards or teams in my age group as well as looking to lose 50 pounds pl... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:06:38 EST New Hello, everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I have a goal loss of 33 pounds, but I just want to be healthier, feel better, and slim down a bit. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:46:23 EST Getting over past Have you ever feel that you get jealous from mothers? <BR> I am feeling like this after my infertility. It’s been 8 years to work on the things that matter to me. I have been working on my infertility. <BR> So the first year was quite great and we enjoyed a lot but the second year we decided to expand our family. It’s been a bad life when I realized I am not able to get pregnant. <BR> From that point, we have changed several doctors and meet with the experts but we are still failing at it.... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:19:26 EST Brad new I am new here… <BR> There is a long time to my fertility. I have been reading the stories on successful IVF from last many days and t giving me hopes too. <BR> You think IVF tests are easy and provide results but unfortunately, it didn’t happen in my case. I want to share everything that happens for the reason. <BR> I felt at the bottom when I diagnosed with it. I was devouring at that time that fear was kicking as out of me. I want to share everything that can help me to recover my self. <... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:03:53 EST Feeling come back Infertility sucks!’ <BR> I felt at the bottom when I diagnosed with it. I was devours at that time that fear was kicking as out of me. I want to share everything that can help me to recover my self. <BR> After trying to conceive after the two years I was feeling bad. We decided to go for thenearest hospital in our town. <BR> After the long time, we decided to work on the thing that makes me better and healthier. Even went through IVf cycle which gave us disappointments. <BR> Wish me a luc... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:08:15 EST Trying Something New Hi Spark Community! I'm back on the site after a long absence with a renewed commitment to my health. I've used Spark successfully in the past, but haven't stayed with it and gained a lot of weight back, plus those pounds brought friends to the party. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Recently I've been having some minor health challenges and it has renewed my interest in tracking my food and exercise, and this time around, getting involved in the community, which I haven't done before and is new fo... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:51:18 EST Looking for a swimming partner in Indy I'm a former competitive swimmer and I'd like to get back into shape. If there's anyone in the Indy area who is interested in grabbing a few laps with someone who can push and encourage them, feel free to reach out. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:13:40 EST Starting over! Who is with me Good Morning! It's time to get back on a good track for me. I was so proud to not gain weight after quitting smoking for nearly 2 years; then BAM the last 3 months I did put on 10 lol I was already over but just maintaining my typical low 200s was enough for me in exchange for quitting; one demon at a time. <BR> <BR> I'm quit for good so now it's time to take on the weight challenge and this time make it happen. I've always tried to quit and eat right at the same time and when one flopped th... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:08:41 EST Hi looking for fitness buddy In philadelphia Marquita ,Here looking for a workout buddie in the Philadelphia area. single mom of four looking to get motivated and also to motivate someone else. so lets get started and kick this fat ass. lol Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:49:38 EST Newby Hello I have decided to come to this community of people for assistance and support in my weight loss /health journey. I have just turned 65 and need to get my health goals on track. Thank you and glad to be here Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:57:08 EST Hi I am just trying to get healthier and stronger. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:34:38 EST Recognizing the need for community! Hi, all! I've wanted to be healthier for longer than I can remember. But, I inevitably fall back into my old patterns of thinking and behavior. I'm realizing that part of this is because I try to do it alone. I'm hoping to get more involved in the community here because it seems like there are a lot of people here who are dealing with the same things I am. Any advice on getting involved in the community would be greatly appreciated! <em>220</em> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:55:33 EST Amber here Starting again for myself. I got lost in every day life and taking care of others. So now is the time to start carving time for me! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:33:42 EST Hello! Twice Retired Banjo Player Here Hello! I'm TophatBanjo, retired military and recently retired high school English teacher. Now I play the banjo. Strangely, I have a dog named Banjo the Dog. Follow us on IG, 'tophatbanjo,' for lots of pictures and stuff. I'm in great shape, but I joined SP to log my food intake, which is terrible. Thanks! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:09:55 EST Getting back on track Over the last 15 months I have lost 90 pounds. I am 53 years old and had a very serious health scare and decided it was time to get myself onto a healthier track. I joined an amazing gym that I love and go 6 days a week. I also attend Weight Watchers. My mother was pretty sick during this last year and passed away in July. My dad is now dealing with a serious illness as well. I have completely fallen off track. I have gained about 6 pounds over the last couple of months. I decided that... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:37:02 EST Getting my groove back Hello, I am Ivana, 34, and trying to get back to the version of me who actually got up at 4:45 for a run. <BR> This time around it sucks because I lost my old dog, who never missed a morning. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:53:01 EST I am back again I am 70 years old and still trying to lose weight from gain on medications. Gonna do it. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:09:14 EST Shakila Here Hello! I am Shakila. I used to weight around 120 lb before I gave birth to my baby but now I am 155lb I just can't seem to lose the weight I gained and totally lost control of my diet. I don't know if its my hormones or what, I just can't resist not eating and get easily hungry. I am not breastfeeding. I want to go back the way I was before so bad! Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:58:36 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:44 EST Why do I keep failing/quitting? Well here I am again, starting over. Heavier this time, more miserable, more disgusted with myself and still wondering why I can't stick with anything. I have visions of success, goals and aspirations. Dreams of being fit and strong, instead I am 50 pounds overweight, recently turned 40 and questioning my ability to ever change. My family is overweight, my husband loves me the way I am, so why change? UGH! Thanks for letting me get this out. Maybe this time will be different. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:04:32 EST new member Hi, my name is Larry. I've been on weight watchers, helped for awhile, started to backslide, thought it was time for a change. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:44:28 EST Greetings Hi. I am new to Spark and the online community. I am hoping to make positive changes and regain some of the sparkle in my life. It has been a tough few years and it is time for me to take control of my choices. I hope we can support each other and become friends. Thanks for listening. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:34:35 EST What was I thinking??? Hi, I am new to message boards. I have been on sparkpeople a week and thought I would introduce myself. I am a new empty nester that was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I used Sparkpeople years ago (yes, before 2015) and really liked the approach. At 50+ I would all of support I can get. I work full time in a high stress business development job and feel a bit overwhelmed about all of this. I look forward to walking in the fall here in VA. :) Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:28:16 EST B&T office chair Hello, I'm Angel. <BR> <BR> I work from home and have been buying B&T office chairs for a few years now. I've spent as little as $150 (crazy Amazon deal) up to $600. For weight limits from 300 -- 500lbs (I've been around 300 - 325 for the better part of the past 5 years), but can't seem to find one that will last more than a few months. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest a product they've used that has been comfortable and durable? Do I need to spend $1,500+ to find a quality chair? <BR> <BR>... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:17:02 EST Grey's Anatomy Spark Team Hi, <BR> I am the administrator for the Grey's Anatomy Spark Team and wanted to send out word. I would love to keep this Spark Team going but at this time there are no active members besides myself and one other person. So if you guys want to join please do stop by the page :) Thanks and have a great day! Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:06:10 EST Newbie Down 50 pounds, 23 to go. Hoping this site adds a spark to my journey! I didn't lose or gain over summer but now it's time to get back at it!! Sun, 10 Sep 2017 01:32:55 EST Anyone looking for a teammate(s)? I just started so I'm not sure about the logistics of starting a team but I would like to find a couple people to create a team with. I love the community aspect of this site but getting to know a couple of people specifically to be accountable to might be a nice incentive. Any takers? Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:49:29 EST Starting again... Starting over again. Hoping to lose at least 50lbs. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 23:14:47 EST Back again!! Hello from a Ontario Canada member Hello there!! I am here once again, and I hope to stick with this. I have used WW before and was doing well but finances and motivation were an issue, so I stopped following any plans and I found my discipline was way out in left field..... hello Hagen Daaz chocolate peanut butter ice cream!! So I decided to reign the eating back in before I am back to 236 pounds. Nice to meet you all and I hope to "meet" some great people!! Thu, 7 Sep 2017 20:05:52 EST I weigh what? Hello, <BR> <BR> I am back on Spark after a major crater in the road. I absolutely have to lose weight, my doctor insists, but my focus is on getting well. I have struggled with weight since my first starvation diet at 12. Had finally gotten to a healthy, comfortable weight and maintained for several years, but now I am back to the wrong category on the BMI scale and am fighting my body to do average things every day (and night). <BR> <BR> I know the "health is wealth" is heard/quoted a lo... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:43:30 EST Hello & bonjour :) Hello everybody! I'm new to SP and just wanted to take a moment to do the obligatory new member introduction :) My name is Jenn and I lost a substantial amount of weight a couple years ago, but I've since put about half that weight back on and would really love to lose it again, and more :) What helped back then was having a support buddy. Unfortunately my buddy and I no longer keep in touch so finding motivation has been difficult :-/ I turned to Google and this site showed up, so I'm hoping... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 11:23:47 EST Life change Hi, Let me introduce myself. I am a 53 year old with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have always been struggling with my weight. I finally decided to start exercising. I have been doing the Jessica Smith exercise video's. I love her video's because you can start slow witch allows your joints to warm up before it gets to intense. I will keep you posted on how I'm doing as the weeks go. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:09:54 EST Calorie intake seems wrong--what am I missing? I've been a member of SparkPeople for years, but until this week, I've basically ignored my account, or used it only to look up the nutritional information of specific foods. I always had good intentions of starting a healthy eating plan--next week, or next month, but nothing ever came of it. <BR> <BR> So after years of eating almost constantly, with a large percent of it being "junk food" or desserts, I finally reached the point that I admitted this week that I have to do something to ge... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 23:20:52 EST Brand New here Brand new to the forums and looking to meet some cool people. I'm a 40 year old man at about 225 pounds. looking to get down to 180. Hopefully i can reach that goal, my hopes is that it'll make me feel better and more active and i'll be able to go out on walks and enjoy keeping up with my son more! Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:36:18 EST Food Management For Over-The-Road Truck Drivers I would be interested in getting feedback on reasonable suggestions for food management for long distance truckers as I will be returning to this lifestyle in early October. <BR> <BR> Appreciate your help. <BR> Marc Z Wed, 6 Sep 2017 19:00:12 EST Needing Friends New to Spark people (again). I have a new mind set and ready to go. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:41:54 EST Over 50 and struggling to get healthy.... Hi there! I am 52 years old and have three wonderful children and a husband who is truly my best friend. My two oldest children are my sweet girls and have left the proverbial nest to pursue their careers and education....I am SO proud of them and excited for their next journeys in life! My youngest child is still at home finishing high school and biting at the bit to experience the next step in his life. He is the apple of my eye! With that being said, my husband and I are looking forward to... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:16:49 EST Good morning (afternoon, evening) y'all! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> After a ridiculously mentally difficult weekend I stepped on the scale and I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been. I can't live like this and I need to do something about my weight. <BR> <BR> So, Hi, y'all! I'm happy to be taking the first step in creating a healthier lifestyle and eating habits! Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:08:52 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS Anyone try the New Smartpoints system? Thinking about joining WW. Debating using a free app or pay for the WW program. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:20:02 EST hi hi im jarael i joined a few days ago, i suffer from fibromyalgia and a few other health issues and im hoping to lose 1 to 2 stones x Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:08:40 EST spouse with ptsd and my eating habits I have rejoined Spark People with renewed energy, but, as I was attempting to see what my actual eating habits are, I found that when my husband, diagnosed with PTSD from his time serving during the Viet Nam War, has a bad day, my eating of carbs and sweets abounds! <BR> Yikes! <BR> Am trying to eat healthy and beat this emotional eating that I do on the bad days.... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 18:03:50 EST Making positive changes SparkPeople looks like a fun site to look for support and motivation. I'll be 41 this month and I want to start now in making my next week more healthy and active. I'm going with small reachable goals this time around. My first weight goal is 10lbs down by the end of the year. Slow and consistent is going to be my motto. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 17:15:04 EST Nice to meet you! Hi, my name is Belinda and I am glad to joint this group. I am a health lifestyle enthusiastyc and if you need support on this matter I can help. Let´s get in touch and work together for a fullied life. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:31:43 EST Too much load for my joints Hi there, <BR> <BR> Back on the 21 day challenge as I know that it does work. Need to loose some weight as my hips/knees are getting sore from carrying too much weight. Hope to lose 10 pounds by mid November and see how I feel then. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 11:26:26 EST Back again.... Good morning! I'm a repeat under a new name to get a new start. I originally lost 20 pounds back in 2006 with Spark People and now I'm back because life got away from me and I'm now needing to lose almost 30 pounds! My doctor was happy with everything EXCEPT my weight so I'm back to the one place that helped the most. Things have definitely changed over 11 years, but it looks so much better with so many more ways to help stay on track! Looking forward to this journey.... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:16:55 EST Calorie intake range I don't understand what I consider a fairly substantial calorie intake range. My nutrition page gives me a petite, ,59 year old female with a calorie goal of 1200 to 1500 calories per day. My resting metabolic rate is calculated at @ 1350 calories. By eating 1200 cal per day I have a deficit, of 150 calories, if I exercise estimate a 200 calorie burn, my deficit will increase and I will shed weight faster. If I eat at the high end of my given range and exercise the deficit will be negligi... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:16:35 EST Try, try again Hey, I'm April! I haven't been on the site for a very long time but I'm back and starting to live a healthy lifestyle. My weight is up, my health is down and I feel like I am backed into a corner and need to fight my way out. <BR> <BR> It's great to be here! <em>521</em> Sat, 2 Sep 2017 22:53:29 EST Greetings and Best Wishes Hello to all new members of SparkPeople. So happy that you are here. I am from Tennessee and love SP. It has been so beneficial to me and I know it can be for you. There are so many benefits here for you. Have a great week. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 13:04:46 EST hello Hello..... <BR> I am Donna and I have decided it is time to work on me. I have tried this many times before however I am more determined now than ever. I had a health scare earlier this year and I realized that its a now or never type situation for me. I am a 36 year old mom of 5 who is looking to loose 100 lbs ultimately but I am starting with smaller goals. My first goal is 33 lbs away at the 200 mark. I know I can do this I just need to stay on track. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:49:18 EST "I can't, but we sure can! Hello SparkPeople community! My name is Danielle, though some people call me Dani. <BR> I am a 21 year old professional Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Atlanta, GA. Though my heart has always lied in the arts, I've recently found love in many more things about this life I'm blessed with. <BR> <BR> I'm an eternally grateful recovered alcoholic and drug-addict. I am also in an on-going recovery journey from anorexia and bulimia. <BR> <BR> I'd like to share my story with you all in m... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:22:00 EST Hello I joined a couple of months ago but then summer hit and it was one thing after another eek! But now that school is starting up I am hoping to get back on track and find some accountability and support here. I really do look forward to getting to know ya'll. As for me I am a SAHM with a soon to be kindergartner daughter! Where does the time go?? I have various health issues I am dealing with but right now my physical health needs to be a priority and I am finally ready to focus on losing the w... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 14:15:04 EST Hi! My name is Caroline, and I need to loose 40 -50 lbs. My biggest struggle is what I should (or shouldn't) be doing; I know people who've lost weight via Weight Watchers, doing low carb, going gluten free, paleo, IF, etc., so I am really struggle if my journey came be as simple as reducing my calories to 1200 a day and removing sugary snacks, or whether I need to be a little more extreme and go gluten-nut-dairy free. <BR> <BR> But it is said a journey starts with the first step. So here I am... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:10:05 EST Happy Psychotic One Hello. I'm the Happy Psychotic One. <BR> Why am I psychotic? I don't know! I wish scientists would hurry up and figure things out! Haha. <BR> Why am I happy? Because I've found happiness. (Or maybe happiness found me) <BR> <BR> I wasn't always fact, the first part of this year SUCKED. I struggle with depression and psychosis and most of all, feeling worthless. So what does one do when you reach the end of your rope, you feel like all of life hates you, and you are despicable? Co... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 11:47:02 EST hulagrl, Aloha! I need to get on a program that will help me lose weight. But what's more important is I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure, kidney problems, and thyroid problems. Having a hard time getting started. I just want to feel better and get in control of my life. Mahalo Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:11:48 EST Finding my way back I joined SparkPeople around 5 years ago and it has been a great support tool and am just now finding my way back after a long year and half. Looking forward to supporting all of us on our journeys and getting back some in return. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:51:10 EST working on me again Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am back on track after losing 30 pounds., The summer it was all about maintenance and now I am hoping to lose the last 20. Looking forward to chatting with everyone, especially when my will power falters. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:32:06 EST Hi! newbie wants pals :-) dieting alone is boring Hello, I have been using my fitness pal and I heard good things about spark people. I really wanted to add the social component to my weightless and health journey. I recently had some major life changing events and along with the stress, I gained 35 pounds! None of my clothes fit anymore :-\ I committed myself back to tracking and my health about six weeks ago and so far I have lost about 8 pounds with what seems like a lot of effort. Anyway, after six weeks, I need friendly help to stay on ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:25:58 EST New Scale I finally purchased a new scale after using an old scale for over twenty years and well aware it wasn't accurate. The scale is making me honest and brought me to begin a long journey of losing both pounds and inches. I am noting physical problems related to my weight, so I am motivated to improve my health. My husband, who now has an overweight BMI with the new scale, believes the old scale is more or still accurate. The old scale weighs you fifteen pounds less than the new scale. What c... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:17:11 EST New to the group HI; <BR> I just finished ordering my first month of Nutri system meals. I was on NS about 4 years ago and lost about 30 pounds. I never should have quit. <BR> Now I am older and have more aches and pains and really need to lose weight. My biggest problem is portion control. That is where NS really helped me. <BR> Anyway, I always like to hear how others are doing and some ideas. <BR> My name is Rae and I am 64 years young. Just retired last year and we bought a 5th wheel. So we are ready to ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:20:45 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:05 EST new mom looking to get healthy I am a 28 year old mother of a 4 month old. I'm on the move a lot, but not actually devoted to exercise. And I eat a lot of healthy food, but unfortunately follow it with a lot of unhealthy food! Looking to get everything in balance and become healthier and happier for my family! Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:01:28 EST Decided to buckle down Hi my name is Venus and honestly the last few years I have been a little bit stubborn. I lose weight and everything is well. Well guess what I am almost 40 and it isn't going anywhere anymore and in fact it is still packing on. Why? I eat what I thought was fairly healthy, I drink water over soda and many sugar drinks and yet here I am pushing the limits of my wardrobe and the scale numbers are going up verses down. Plus I seem to be retaining water and there is no medical reason behind it an... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:39:08 EST Trying to come back This probably wont be a happy post, but I'm here because I've reached a really low point in my life. I've been on Spark on and off for years, I've spiraled into a depression that I'm trying to work my way out of. This year has thrown me curve balls left and right... I'm ready to be healthy and happy, get healthy habits back into my life and meet some great people on this site. I miss the support I've gotten in the past and I'm sure that hasn't changed here Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:47:35 EST new here again Ive been here before, but once I lost a few pounds I quit...Gained more, and knew I had to come back...I always lose weight if Im faithful to spark people...Im 75 and love to bake, and love sweets...That in itself is so bad for my health...I got involved with paleo recipes and love it...So far here Ive lost about 4 lbs...I still need to lose at least 6 more to feel better...Had company over the weekend so I ate more then I should have...back at the good stuff today.... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:59:33 EST Let me introduce myself Hi there! Week 1 on SP and lovin' it! Already went to Premium for the year 😄?Just to let you know I've bounced around a little. I used to belong to Calorie Count and LOVED it. Made such great friendships there, but then it shut down😢??. Went to MyFitnessPal and liked it okay but missed the ease of social interaction and support. Looking to make a a permanent home here. <BR> I'm an active person who has spent my life as a personal trainer and corporate wellness manager. Now I'm semi retired ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:24:19 EST Try #1,000,000 Hi! I've tried before to lose weight, but I've had a hard time sticking to anything in the past. This time, I'm trying to move slowly. When I've tried to do a total overhaul overnight, I become overwhelmed and give up very quickly. This time, I'm setting small, weekly goals (though my week is from Wed-Tues, as my work schedule usually gives me Wednesdays off). For example, this week is only about getting into the habit of tracking and measuring servings. I'm not worried about my calories yet-... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:40:03 EST Greetings from Dublin. My name is Thomas. I'm 36 and have about 30kg to loose. I'm on 3rd week of 0-400kcal fast diet and so far so good. Hope i find some motivation and support if dark times come :) Stay strong. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:20:53 EST Decided to give this another shot! Hello, <BR> I use to be a member before I had kids then I fell off the exercise wagon. Since having my two beautiful children I have developed sore and hurting shoulders and neck what I believe to be due to my pillow and bed but I can't be sure. I got to physiotherapy for this and hoping to try and find a pillow that my help which is not easy task. Anyways because of this I have to do exercising that won't aggravate or make my shoulder and neck pain worse. I am hoping to join spark people aga... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:16:28 EST Spark points I'm new here - what is the deal with Spark points? Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:26:00 EST Help Please <em>524</em> I want to loose weight so badly just not sure where or how to begin. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:10:40 EST No clue where to begin!! Hey to anyone who's out there! <BR> I have been on a weight loss journey before, gotten to goal, lost my way and desperately want to figure out where to go from here. I have attempted a restart a few times, but haven't had the same drive that I did the first time I was successful. I am also SO much more overweight than I was the first time I started in 2011. Aging has unfortunately taken it's toll also and arthritis in my low back, ankle and hands now is complicating (but not making impossib... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 02:14:09 EST Hello from Pennsylvania (Soon to be Nevada!) My name is Tayler, I'm 24 years old. My non-health-related goal is to one day be an astrobiologist and work at NASA, so I looove astronomy. My health goals are to lose around 200 pounds (hopefully a little more) and prepare for WLS. I'm always looking for healthy buddies to help motivate each other etc so if anyone needs one just let me know. :D Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:31:02 EST Feeling Fab on this Friday First time post. Good morning Sparkers. As we get older, something's get easier and some get more challenging. Weight is sooo challenging. So to work on 17+ lbs to loose, I am super motivated. Been working hard for a week, eating well, no preservatives, or junk. Not much on the scale but my attitude is thru the roof and feeling Fab. Hope you all have a wonderful day. I love this "Do one more thing today to bring you one step closer to your goal! Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:51:48 EST Hello from Ohio :) Hi! I've been here what seems like a million times before, but yesterday I made an impulse purchase and got myself a FitBit Alta HR. I'm hoping that the little reminders of my fitness needs will help me and by having this on my wrist I feel like I'll be constantly reminded of my goals. That's the plan anyway! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone :) Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:11:24 EST Accountability Hi, I'm 21 years old, male and can't ever get past the first week of working out before I give up. I have used accountability partners before to achieve other goals and I'm sure if I have an accountability partner I will be more motivated to not let them down. We can communicate via social media. If anyone is interested please let me know. <BR> Thanks Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:57:29 EST Hello! I am Julia and I am just starting over after 10 years of being in pain - back and hip. I finally had enough and went to the chiropractor and am now completely pain free and feeling great. So, now I am just working on getting everything meshing together - food, water, and exercise. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:43:26 EST Introduction Hello. My name is Chelsea. I’ve recently been really sick with my Crohn’s Disease. So, I decided I needed to take control of my health. I’m eating foods that are healthy for me as a whole while trying to increase my physical activity. It isn’t easy to completely change your lifestyle but it’s manageable if you take one day at a time. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:42:51 EST Not how I remembered it. I'm coming back to sparkpeople after being away for a while...a long while. And things have definitely changed. (Ah the good old days when we weren't assaulted by ads all over the page.) The thing I'm not finding, which is my whole purpose of coming back, is the pen pal advertisements. Once upon a time there was a whole message board just for that. At least I think there was.... I know I was able to make contact and begin conversing with 3 people and those direct relationships really helped m... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:41:08 EST Introducing Myself Hello, my name is Judy and I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and now live in a small town in TN close to the Kentucky state line. I have been on SP for an approximate total of 6-7 years. I began at 357 lbs and lost to 117 lbs for a loss of 240 lbs. Because of health issues I had to leave for a while and have regained some weight. I would like to lose about 40 pounds over the next year. It is something we can all do. I am back to share my success with others. 1) Make small ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:57:03 EST New to this site ... Hello everyone, anyone from Canada? Ontario? Looking for friends, motivation and support!! <BR> Feel free to add me , Im hoping to lose over 100lbs, it's going to be tough but I'm ready!! <BR> I look forward to a slimmer waist , no plus size clothes , able to walk possibly run, no more seat extender on air plane, a healthier me would be great and an added bonus to rub it in the faces of those who didn't believe in me !!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:58:32 EST Hi, I'm new to the message boards. I look forward to participating with the SP community. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:34:50 EST Hi Everyone! I created an account here a couple of years ago, but I never really did anything with it. I came back here for real on July 24. I am so excited with the changes I am seeing already. It has been nice to meet some great people here, participate in the forums, and be accountable to myself on what I eat and drink each day. I have started exercising regularly, which is a first. I feel great, and so far I have lost 12 pounds. I hope to get to know more of you as time goes on. <em>252</em> <em>... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:56:42 EST What to do when periods became longer? I hardly remember my consciousness and I have been working really hard to get back it. Infertility is such an issue that difficult to handle in any situation and even it feels so depressing while facing uneven periods. <BR> I decided to check up with the doctor and going for some tests on it. I am really nervous and I have been working really hard to get what it really means to me. It was so hard on some days to take the days out of me. It is taking lot of energy out of me. I am not sure wha... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:09:35 EST Ignored. <BR> This is interesting. I asked for new friends and got ignored. Isnt that kind of the purpose here to support each other? Is it because I am old? Dont know what to do. scott Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:07:42 EST Hello to all my fellow friends ... I am once again going to go down this road of losing weight. This time i am doing it for me. Usually I do it to please others and then i gain it all back. I am an emotional eater. Looking forward to eating healthy as I improve my wellness of my body. <BR> C <em>521</em> <BR> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:01:27 EST HOWDY! Hey there everyone! Super excited to get started on SparkPeople again! So far I've been doing pretty good so far and I look forward continuing! Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:05:25 EST JUST SAYING HI Just join the 21 day new member challage and I am on day 5. So far so good, I have enjoyed being part of spark people. It has help me and I can see the improvements in my mental and physical health. If by chance anyone has any tips, quote, and/or want to start a friendship with me all are welcome. Have a great and blessed day !!! Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:16:08 EST I guess this is a start ... Im at the beginning and 3 months in on my 1st attempt at losing some weight and getting back to healthy. Ive made a lot of changes and feeling good. <BR> <BR> Ive been listening to a lot of podcast, reading blogs and while mostly r helpful and inspiring ... they have cause a new fear and im searching for answers. Im hearing/seeing over and over in many peoples stories that they had to try many times before they found what works or were able to reach goals. <BR> <BR> Being so new to th... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:46:12 EST Where's My Vegans?! Hey y'all! I'm a vegan bunny slave (two adorable rescued house rabbits!) I'm in Orlando, FL. Love animals and want friends to join me in weight loss/exercise/healthy living goals cruelty-free! 💚? Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:17:59 EST Hello from Italy Just popped in to say hello to you all! <BR> I'm a girl (bit aged maybe <em>334</em> ) from somewhere near Florence. <BR> Trying to lose some weight and be more constant with my fitness routine Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:29:53 EST Returned Product My name is Marie but i go by Maya. im 39 and have done this before but it didnt stick. this time i hope it will. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:03:58 EST Hello! I have to lose about 70 lbs and I'm happy to be here. I've been here before and it helped me a lot. Looking forward to being back in the swing of things! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:52:25 EST Is there someone like me in here? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Mia, and I´m 22 years old. I´m actually from Norway, so I hope you can excuse my grammar. I´m currently working in a bookshop while I study economics, and live with mye husband-to-be and our son that is 2 years. <BR> <BR> This is my first time trying to "reach out" for someone in the same boat as my self. I am disgusted to tell you that I weigh around 125 kg (275 lbs), and only 1,65 cm tall. I decided that I finally are going to do something about this ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:33:25 EST Hi from Michigan! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm sparking from Northern Michigan. I have recently started my weight loss journey and looking for friends and support. I'm on My Fitness Pal and use Spark People everyday! Add me on here or MFP (Sunshineblonde2017). <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:44:27 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) No no really, I am 100% most definitely starting my diet this Monday!" <BR> <BR> I have been saying this every Friday evening over a glass of wine and a takeaway for the last 2 years and my weight... well, I've gained 5 and a half stone!!!! Yup, in just 2 years! (Going from a slim 14 to a voluptuous 22) <BR> <BR> I feel disgusting, I know it's vein but the fact I've piled so much weight on has caused me great depression. I can't bear to look in the mirror, I dread going out the house for pa... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:31:49 EST I'm back...again! Hello all! I've been on and off the "wagon" now for about 12 years and it has cost me my health. I am here to reclaim it once and for all! I'm a 33 year old female with about 75 lbs. to lose. I also have t2 diabetes and high blood pressure. My goal is to be off all my meds in the next 6-12 months, and bring my A1C down below 6.0 by my next doctor visit in February...wish me luck! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:22:35 EST Already a Spark Fan I joined Spark a few months ago, and I'm excited about all that I've been learning and the encouragement I've gotten. Thought it was time I introduce myself. I'm married with two married children and five grandchildren. Enjoying retirement and looking forward to moving towards a healthier me. I love walking and spending time with family and friends. I'd enjoy getting to know more of you as we travel this journey together. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:28:57 EST New to Site I'm new to the site, but not new to losing weight. This is the third time in my adulthood that I've lost significant amounts of weight (2001 I lost 65, 2008 I lost 110 and Now I have about 85 to lose to be the same weight I was in 2008). I'm PCOS/insulin resistant. I started on 1/10/2017 and have lost 57 pounds so far, but was looking for a support group. I'm a low-carb person because of the insulin resistance. I'm looking to lose at least 30 more pounds, and we will see how it goes from... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15:22 EST Hi ! Just getting started 😊? I started today with the exercise videos for about 40 minutes. Nothing crazy but worked up a sweat 😅? <BR> I haven't exercised in a long time but it felt great! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:28:03 EST Losing the last few pounds is hard I want to introduce myself. I rejoined after a year off from Sparkpeople after losing over 100 pounds. No surgery, just discipline, exercise and maintaining good nutritional habits. But I have not been able to loose the last 15 pounds so I have decided that I need to start tracking again and reading again and connecting with this magical community. I have lost lots of pounds. I've had ups and down but have been pretty stable the last two years. Now I am never going to be where the height/wei... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:22:53 EST Ready to succeed Hi, A few years back I joined SP but eventually fizzled out. Now I am back and ready to succeed. Exercise is by far my biggest challenge, yet I know it is crucial in order to obtain my healthy life goal. It is my hope that I will find the inspiration and motivation through all of you as I restart this journey. I look forward to joining the SP family. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:11:09 EST I'm taking it seriously finally! About 3 years ago I signed up and didn't do much with this site. I lost almost nothing and then forgot it was even a thing. A few days ago I decided it was time to get serious so I could get healthy. So I signed back in and added the 21 day new member challenge. I'm taking baby steps so those steps stick. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:41:30 EST Hello from Cleveland Ohio! Hi! I have been on Sparkpeople for a while but this is the first time I have posted anything about myself. I am 5'2" and weigh 144 lbs. My largest weight was 149 lbs. My goal is to first get to 140 lbs but eventually I would like to get to 135 lbs. 135 lbs for my height is still overweight, but I think I would look sickly if I got lower than that. I have never had to lose weight before (with the exception of my 3 pregnancies- I was fortunate in that the pregnancy weight came off pretty e... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:16:31 EST good morning from Texas good morning sparkies =) <BR> im kitty & have been in this site off & on & its Still Fun! <BR> always learning,, <BR> im currently workin w/my pcp on the fda approved Contrave <BR> an enjoy learning on this & meeting others that also went the route <BR> as weight loss surgery ...yuck! skeerd me! <BR> i also started a new group for anyone dointhis is most welcome ! <BR> thank you kitty <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=68798 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:27:17 EST Looking for support and humor, please. Hey there, <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren and I'm looking to shed 75 pounds for my physical and mental well being. Honestly, food is a drug to me and I cannot do this alone. I know this sounds bad, but literally all of my friends and family are thinner, and they don't understand when I try to explain my relationship with food. I am willing to comment, text, email, call, anything you need if you can do that or me. I just want to get better. <BR> <BR> Also, this post is like, heavy but I promise... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:27:04 EST Hello everyone Hi, I started five days ago, I need to get healthier, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, I also have high blood pressure. I've been working with a dietitian from the clinic, but with no results at all, it is a public program, so in the last 2 years I have had 6 sessions with the dietitian, really basic information and not really enough. <BR> <BR> I hope to be able to learn more about nutrition, meal planning, exercising to control my blood sugar levels as well as the high... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:30:43 EST I will do this! Hey all! <BR> <BR> My name is Alicia and I'm here to change my lifestyle, lose weight, and become more fit. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off the wagon for almost 8 years. It feels strange to say that. I've done really good in the past and made it within 15 lbs of my ultimate goal weight. That was about 4 years ago. My weight has slowly climbed back up over time. I found it increasingly harder to focus on my diet and fitness. I had a lot going on between college and becoming a mother for the ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:16:52 EST Second Time Around Hello! <BR> <BR> I was on this website a couple years ago and managed to lose around 50lbs, but I've gained back about half of that loss. I have 66 lbs total to lose for my goal weight. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:07:17 EST goals goals: <BR> <BR> get under 200 lbs (by 10.1.17) <BR> <BR> finish JM Body Revolution, 8 days done out of 90 <BR> <BR> fit into Medium sized clothing comfortably <BR> <BR> have chiseled arms <BR> <BR> have more energy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:35:20 EST Hi! Hi. I have been trying to lose weight and be healthier for about 6 mos with no success. No matter what I do I continue to slowly gain weight. So I am hoping this program and community can help me change that. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:04:18 EST Good afternoon, Hi. I have been doing this for a few weeks and have lost about 4 lbs. I am really trying to pay attention to the things that are causing me to gain weight. I am too sedentary. I don't eat enough, and I don't drink enough water. I don't have a lot to loose, but once I do, I want to be able to maintain it. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:56:32 EST Trying to be motivated Hello all! I am a RN married 4 kids. Only 4 short years ago was I running 5 miles a day, then poof life happened. I am at the heaviest weight I have every been without being pregnant. I weigh now what I weighed when I gave birth to my last child. <BR> I feel like such a loser, let down and ugly. I am a RN and feel like such a hypocrite some days preaching good health and exercise to my clients. <BR> I want to eat better, I want to exercise I just don't know how to find time to work 40+hrs a ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 02:41:58 EST Hello! My name is Erica and I (re-)joined SparkPeople about a week ago. I'm here for motivation to stick to my weight loss goal, and hopefully offer whatever support I can give to others who need help. I am such a big foodie and that has always done me in. I also tend to be overly impatient with seeing results faster than I earn them. I also have had a lot of knee pain in the last year, which also poses a challenge for me to get more active. <BR> <BR> During my last doctor's visit I had eleva... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:07:10 EST Accepting Day Five Challenge Going out of comfort zone while exploring all that sparkpeople has to offer. First time posting on any message board. Have a goal to lose 75 pounds and looking for any motivation, encouragement and information to keep me focused and on track! <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:19:18 EST Hello Saturday Just discovered these message boards. Following the beginner's challenge! Hope everyone has a great day <em>30</em> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:43:15 EST saturday cuppa☕️ hi 👋🏻??. just found the message boards! i have been on the mobile app 24-7. didn't know this community was here-topic boards! <BR> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:35:27 EST newbie just saying hi Just started this past Sunday. I thought it was a little overwhelming at first, but as I just took it one step and one day at a time I find it makes a lot of sense. I just need some accountability. Hoping to find some online friends to keep me company on my journey to a healthier me Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:29:00 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm back here, trying to get healthy. Happy Friday to everyone! Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:18:14 EST Hi people helloo guys, I'm new here and I've joined because I need to lose weight and tighten my body. I'm 23 years old, a student who is a total couch potato. I've come to realise that that has to change. I'm a movie buff, amateur photographer and I play a guitar. I hope to meet new people and maybe make some new friends in this new adventure. If anyone needs a workout buddy or just some stranger to talk to please contact me.I really need to change my lifestyle and I think this site is a great way to ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:55:51 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Bindy. I just retired after carrying mail for 30 years. 3 years before I retired I moved to a shorter route and gained 13 pounds, which was disappointing. I worried that once I retired, if I didn't keep up walking I would gain more weight and I swore that wouldn't happen. After retiring we moved to Florida because it was so much more affordable. What I didn't count on was that I wouldn't feel like walking in the heat and humidity, so... I wound up gaining another 12 pounds. I felt so ... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:55:21 EST Kind of New... Been there done that before! So hi, I am a mother of 3 kids and I have destroyed my body and I am ashamed. I can't go back on what I did, but I can fix the damages that were done. Anyway, I created an account here a year ago and I gave up hope, I lost all hope to even to do anything and for that, I am disappointed in myself. I guess it just took me a while to get it through my FAT head that I need to do something about this. I went to my doctor on the 14th of July and I weighed in at a whopping 448lbs and that scared me.... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:38:06 EST Type 2 diabetes / Insulin Resistance Anyone interested in the Insulin Resistance Diet <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:29:30 EST Balance Hi Everyone <BR> Quite uneven at the moment. Look forward to saying "I'm Balanced." <BR> I hear, this is the place to be, so ready to get started! Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:14:49 EST Hi Hi, Hows everyone doing? This is my first time using Spark. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:48:12 EST HIV and #POSITIVE! 😃? Hello, fellow seekers of health! I'm Brianne. I'm 39 years old, 5'7" tall and JUST REACHED my first goal of 122#! <BR> I'm HIV+, diagnosed at age 22. I've not been able to reach a healthy weight and sustain it- that is, until Fitbit came into my life! <BR> I'm healthier than I've been in a long while, and my Christian faith gives me all I need- the love and guidance from God my Heavenly Father! <BR> I'm a little over 11/12ths of the way they the Bible now. I purchased it September 5th, 2016,... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:37:41 EST Another go Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just introducing myself. I've been on and off diets for my whole adult life. I'm almost 31 and I still haven't found a way to keep it off for good. This is my 3rd or 4th time on this site, so it's not like it hasn't worked in the past. I've just given up so soon, or a health complication undoes all the hard work. So I now have a clean bill of health again and some stability in my daily routine. <BR> <BR> I would love to exercise again. That is the one thing I miss t... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 13:20:27 EST A motivated girl needing a fitness buddy Hi from Asia <BR> Im 30 yo n really motivated to lose weight...I need a buddy on this journey to motivate n help each other... <BR> Anyone interested? Reply plz... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:49:41 EST Doing it right this time! Hey everyone! This is my second go at Spark. The first time around, 6 years ago, was highly successful. I lost almost 60 lbs and got into the best shape of my life. And then last year, life threw a whole bunch of curve balls at me in quick succession, and I've gained about half of the weight back. So, here I am again, hoping to make changes that will stick even through the toughest things life has to offer. Because hey, no matter what, life is a lot easier when you're healthy and happy! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 22:23:46 EST Contrave Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Dr has started me on contrave, I'm a bit concerned about the side effects. Anyone here experienced any? Also he mentioned that they gave me a free scale but I can't seem to find anything online about it. Does anyone know, I have a feeling they might have discontinued that program. <BR> Thank you! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:51:56 EST Looking for success. I'm on day 5 having just started with Spark People. Have been thoroughly impressed so far with all the info available. Having failed so many times to lose the weight I need to (100#), I am truly looking, praying to succeed at this with all the help available to me. Know its up to me to make it work and work is what I plan to do! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:33:30 EST Hey howdy--hit rock bottom and clawing my way back Well, I've been here before, but it's been a long time. I also have had too many things come up that I've ALLOWED to derail my efforts. I actually found exercises I've enjoyed and then all kinds of things have come up (mostly work, health, and financial) that have made me stay on the back burner. <BR> <BR> I hate it. I'm ending it. <BR> <BR> I've never weighed this much before and I'm appalled that I just stopped caring. <BR> <BR> Well, today I'm getting my gym shoes on, going back to the ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:12:57 EST Back at it Hi there well it's been almost a year since I have logged on been trying to lose weight on my own and in turn gained even more weight and have come to realize that I really do need to hold myself accountable for what goes in my mouth and how much I move around and I need to be able to talk to other people who are in the same situation that I am. So I am back and this time I am staying here and I'm gonna crush the goals I set for myself Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:29:13 EST In it to win it I am 38 years old with about 40 pounds to loose. I usually start out strong with diet plans and then fizzle out. I am determined to stay strong and muscle this time. <em>30</em> Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:55:22 EST Pleasantly surprised I have been unhappy with my eating and physical condition for some time now, and was afraid It was too late to make a change in my life. Last Sunday, I was talking to a man at my church who said he made radical changes to his eating when he was 50 when his doctor said he was prediabetic. That was 20 years ago, and now at 70 something he is the picture of health. <BR> After hearing his story, I decided to investigate what online software tools are available. I found this Sparkpeople site, and... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 23:21:51 EST Hello there! Newbie saying hello... just recently began to excercise since the last ice age, and also trying to eat better.. looking forward to hanging out and participating Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:55:22 EST re-committing Hello. I am recommitting myself to this program. I had lost 13 lbs at 1 point but backslid a lot this summer, going back to work tomorrow, will have student(s) on Thursday, so am hoping that shadowing my 1 on 1 students will help me shed some more pounds. I am 49, will be 50 on Christmas Day. I have 2 lovely daughters that are 15 years apart(29 and 13) and the 13 year old has a mild Autism Spectrum Disorder, I am the leader of her Girl Scout troop, and we have one other scout. I am looking ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:31:32 EST A big hello from me to you! G' Evening from Missouri, <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old, single woman with no children. I joined a week ago for my last and final time. I had a great start here a couple years ago and have lost about 1/3rd (or less) of what I want (need), but the journey continues. <BR> <BR> I work a stressful customer service/ claims job and live at home with my mother. She had to retire early, so I need to help with the bills. I very much feel stuck at the moment in both; however, I've decided THIS I can ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 23:06:25 EST Literally working my butt off If you call three pounds working your butt off. Well, it's a start anyway. Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:23:23 EST Second time around First time was late 80s. Only 40 lbs then, with success. Today 75!! <BR> <BR> I live in the central sountern tier of NY. <BR> <BR> Hope to find motivation here, of some kind. I have no friends where I live and spend MANY hours on my stitching. Been at it for 47 yrs, my oldest was an infant back then. I also volunteer three afternoons a week in my community. <BR> <BR> I'm all alone with this and while I know I could do it on my own, I lack the motivation. So, good or bad, I started... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:20:50 EST Hi from MT Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Tara (tar-rah, not Tera). I am originally from WA state but moved to MT almost 4 years ago. I've never really been on a hike until I moved out here. <BR> <BR> I used to be on SparkPeople many many years ago, but fell off the bandwagon and later I breifly was part of Weight Watchers (it worked until they kept changing their program), and then I have been on MyFitnessPal. The food database is great, but I've been finding it to be a bit boring lately... so ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 14:32:52 EST Former Weight Watchers Member I lost 60 pounds on points plus. I had a lot of stressful events and gained back a few pounds , but I wa s always able to get back on track. The. WW changed to smart points . It felt like a diet . Anything with carbs or sugar was a huge amount of points . I let hungry and gained weight, and I craved sugar all the time . The meetings were useless to me since they were talking about a plan I don't feel I can follow . <BR> Now I have pretty much given up . I have gained over 40lbs back . I a... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 12:50:25 EST Sunny in Florida Hello all. My name is Andrea from Fort Lauderdale FL <em>213</em> . I am a proud new mommy to a handsome baby boy! He is the light of my life and he has inspired me to best I can be. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:53:21 EST Hello! Hello everyone, out here in IL! Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:45:14 EST Hi from Minnesota! Hello, my name is Rachelle. I live in Minnesota as a single mom, with my three daughters (ages 17, 13, and 10) and our cat, Zappa. I have had a weight struggle ever since having my second daughter. I have been on SP before and liked it a lot, but always let life get in the way of my success. I have always struggled with balancing self-care with the needs of others. I am hoping to continue to work on prioritizing myself in my own life (preferably without guilt) and also get in better shape/hea... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:55:18 EST Greetings from Amish Country Hi, my name is Jenny and I live in and grew up in Amish country in Holmes County Ohio. I am an 11 year breast cancer survivor, and would like to lose 100 pounds. My husband is my biggest supporter! I have started and stopped different programs, and hope this will be my last time starting one! Sat, 5 Aug 2017 09:06:58 EST Hello! My name is Halee. I'm 23 years old. I was born and raised in Nebraska. I'm a college student studying cyber security. I have 200+ lbs to lose. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 18:43:56 EST Good Morning Hi, my name is Michelle. Ive been a member for 5 days now. I'm still learning where stuff is and where to go. I'm sore today from doing some weight training yesterday. It wasn't a lot but I'm really feeling it today lol... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:32:12 EST Starting on myself! 🏋🏻‍♀️?? Hi! I am Stephanie from NC. I am married with 2 teenage boys and 1 adult son. My husband and children are my biggest motivators and they support my weight loss journey. I am on my 9th day of a healthier me! Still learning this site, any encouragements is very appreciative! 🏋🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏊🏻‍♀️?????? Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:30:22 EST Hello! Hi board! Just getting started back on a fitness journey after two years of poor choices. Glad to have found Spark People and looking forward to the journey together. Thank you for reading this. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 18:01:23 EST Hi from WI I am in desperate need for restarting my life. I have chronic back pain. I need to change my eating habits and try to find exercises I can do. I am looking to chat with other members who have chronic pain to learn from. Now to dive in a learn how to go from high carb, sugar, processed foods to eating healthier. Any suggestions? Thu, 3 Aug 2017 16:23:20 EST Hi from NH Hi all. Starting on the journey to a healthier, happier me. Hoping that the community and shared stories of successes and struggles will inspire me on the way. If you are from the area, would like to create a local group. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 14:07:39 EST My sleep apnea is back Ugh..Two years ago I moved back to Florida after living in Montana for 15 years. Since moving back I have gained twenty pounds, mostly due to lack of exercise. I really need to get the weight off (again) so I can ditch the CPAP machine. I am a divorced, single mom. I have three teenage sons left at home, and they are always hungry. I feed them lots of meat and potatoes to keep them full. I have to figure out a strategy to feed me better and fit exercise back into my life. I am very excited to... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 15:22:29 EST Colleen Hi everyone, my name is Colleen, I am new to this. I look forward to comment on my journey, as well as hearing from all you that are just starting the program, or have success stories. Good luck to all and have a wonderful day Wed, 2 Aug 2017 08:49:09 EST Ready To Make The First Step Hello, Everyone. This is my first time on any kind of community forum. For the last couple years I have really struggled to balance my life responsibilities with my health. What I put in my body has been a last thought and it's showing a lot. I barely recognize myself. I am hoping I can find some encouragement and somebody to talk to while I go through this journey. I'm ready to take my health back. <BR> <BR> -Robert Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:49:03 EST Starting over The beginning of a healthier me! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:57:29 EST new and not good with computers new to the message board but not sparkpeople. usually I can read them but not respond or post anything. have to go now, the lawnmower is waiting. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:05:12 EST Hi everyone! I am on day 5 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:51:17 EST Hi everyone Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Pallav. <BR> <BR> I am on my weight loss journey for about a year now. I am really satisfied with how much weight I lost during this period. From a 38 inches waistline to 31 inches right now, I'm very happy. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to maintain my weight. And also build a little bit of muscle. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 03:12:28 EST Hello To All Just wanted to say "hello" and "good morning". Have a great day, and an awesome week. I'm rooting for all of you!!!! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:13:25 EST Hello Hi There!! <BR> I'm new here and only just really started getting into this and hope to loose some weight. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:01:37 EST Exsmoker needing to get fit Hi there. <BR> I quit smoking about 1 1/2 years ago and gained 40 pounds. I feel pretty good, but I would like to get fit and lose a few pounds. I eat too many carbs and drink beer. That's the problem I think to my weight gain. I work and sweat everyday, but I don't lose any weight. I'm thinking that in order to lose, I really need to focus on my diet and get a structured exercise program, meaning...just doing something other than housework or work. Something more targeted. I have a hard time... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 02:28:38 EST Starting Over Hello everyone. My name is Brynn. I'm attempting to start my weight loss journey over for the 3rd time this year alone. I didn't follow through with New Year's resolutions and seem to try to sabatoge any healthy habits I try to set for myself because it's hard to stick with them. My health is declining rapidly. Some from conditions beyond my control and some because I fail to care enough about myself to make the little changes that will add up in a big way to better health. I need to find mo... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:49:47 EST i'm back I was gone for a while now back! I have 5 pounds to loose and a plan to help me jump start it. <BR> <BR> have doing a little challenge with myself and wanted to invite others to join me. Here is what i am doing. For me long term challenges like 30 days are always to hard. I need short term goals. So i figured 7 days and 7 goals seemed just about right. <BR> <BR> Guidelines <BR> 1. Write down your 7 goals every morning then check them off as you go or at the end of the day ( meet every g... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:44:47 EST FIRST DAY STARTING (AGAIN) Well, I haven't been here for quite some time and am needing to get my butt into gear and start losing weight. Hopefully with the help of friends here in SP I will be able to do that. Good Luck to everyone on their weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Jean Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:10:37 EST working mum trying to look after herself Hi - I've been on the roller coaster way too long and found myself totally neglecting myself. I work long hours and travel a lot for my job. I have an 8 yo son who is awesome and a wonderful husband who supports me. But I'm am struggling to be motivated to do exercise. I try and watch what I eat then I slip into rewarding myself with junk food once I've looked after my work, business, son, husband, family and friends. Not sure why I can't stop that emotional eating when I know I am doing... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:12:41 EST Began this journey just yesterday Hi everyone. I am 59 years old, 5'1.5" and weigh 207.6 pounds. I plan on losing 70 pounds and learn how to eat healthy. As of yesterday I made myself eat three times during the day. Usually I only have one meal a day but this has not worked for me. Not only am I a new Spark Person but last week I began in the MOVE program at my local Veterans Hospital. The MOVE program is a weight loss and nutrition program. Also starting this coming Sat. I plan on going to the same VA Hospital for a T'ai Che... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:53:46 EST The Ins and Outs of Ups and Downs I fell into the refrigerator and apparently ate my way out. <BR> In 2009, I lost 130 pounds (yeah,) lost my mind (Boo, ) got a much needed divorce (Freedom!,) left my active homestead life for a much higher paying, sit-on your-bum-and watch-it -grow job as a corporate trainer until 2014 (yeah and boo) <BR> Gained back 50 pounds during that stint! The scale refuses to move so I guess that means that I have to do the moving. So, here I am back on my beloved homestead with a home full of love, ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:34:16 EST Week-old newbie, here Day Five of my New Member challenge has me here at the message boards. I had never heard of SparkPeople; I added a pin to my Pinterest page that led to this great community. Serendipity, right?! I've only tried losing weight once before (doggone liquid diet with Oprah...I GAINED weight! 😛?). I never tried again because at 300+ pounds, with no money for gastric bypass, it didn't seem possible. Now down 47.9 lbs., I wish I had started a couple of decades ago. Oh, well, I guess I just needed to ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:59:18 EST New here Hi, I just started the program this week. Can't say I am off to the best statrt and this is only the third day! <BR> I do have GI and some health issues so have been concerned how this diet would affect me. I felt horrible yesterday with some nausea, bloating and the runs. Sorry. Did on line Chat and was advised to try going without the shakes. I skipped the shake the day and don't feel as bad but a little shakey. Per my scale, I lost 3.5 lbs but I hardly ate yesterday. <BR> I will t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:01:33 EST I'm Back (Again) Getting back on track to lose the weight I've regained and continue all the way to my goal weight. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:40 EST I'M BACK Hi I am 63 and need to lose a lot of weight, at least 50 pounds. But my mini goal is to get below 200. Hoping to make some friends that are in the same boat as I am. Menopause didn't help at all. Good luck to all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:59 EST Trying again Hi everybody! I've been on the site on and off for about 6 years but have never been able to keep up with it. I just graduated from nursing school and gained about 40 pounds while I was there. I'd like to lose around 50 pounds this time around and be able to actually stick with this! I'd love to find some online friends with similar goals so we can help one another! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:51:47 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Introduce myself I live in the Philippines. I am a Pentecostal missionary. I am a breast cancer survivor. I daily deal with the side affects....lymphdema. I have set a goal to loss 50 lbs. <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:10:55 EST Oatmeal What are the benefits of oatmeal? Is it a good source of fiber? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:51:28 EST I'm back Hello, I am not new to Spark People, but it has been a few years since I have been here. My check up at the doctor, and my daughter, have motivated me to improve my health. I'm taking baby steps, by starting to track my eating. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Hello! I'm Leigh Wanted to introduce myself and say hello to everyone else taking the same journey. I'm here to lose some weight and become a healthier me. Hope to catch you guys around sometime. You can always find me at my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday and peace to all! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:29:07 EST Keeping up motivation Good Morning, my goal is to lose 10 pounds. It’s been frustrating since I gained back a pound this week - even though I have been increasing my walking, my exercise, and trying to watch what I eat. Today is another day, though, so my goal is to walk for at least 30 minutes. <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:17:15 EST I'm new here Hi I'm Erika from North Queensland Australia. I am a married mum of four. Alex 11 years, Georgia 9 years, Amelia 3 years and Xavier 4 months. I started a self improvment month with an online group at the start of July, but two weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed. I was all keen to join a local dance fit group and get my booty moving but now I have had to drop it down a notch and stick to walking and swimming for now. <BR> Through the online group I was reminded about this page. I had... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:08:48 EST Continuous cycle Was here a 2 years ago. Back again. I need to get healthier. I'm tired of always being tired. I would love to drop 20 pounds, but would be happy with 15! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:37:01 EST Hello :) Hi! I've joined this group to help me keep track of my fitness goals. Hopefully this will help me not only keep track of food and exercise, but also help me stay motivated and accountable. I'm excited to be starting on this journey to better health! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:46 EST Heyy My name is Ashley. I have 4 kids and 30 pounds to lose. I am addicted to mountain dew and sweet tea. Also i have strong cravings for chocolate. I recently got engaged and i want to have a grest body for my wedding. Also want to wear a bikini next summer. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:43:49 EST Hello Summertime and vacation is a good time to start with new eating and sport routines Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:06:23 EST Starting over <BR> Tough to hear that you risk of heart attack is over 20 percent. So time to do something. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:03 EST Losing weight I am fairly new to Spark People. I have been eating better and exercising since March 17th. I have lost 37 pounds and am proud of myself! I have a new hip injury that is going to limit what I do for the next seven weeks. I am very worried about falling into old habits during this time. I am trying to stay positive and motivated, but am also frustrated at the same time. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:35:23 EST Hi I've been making many positive changes in my life and would like to add weight loss and fitness programs to those changes........I have 30-35 pounds to lose......I'm going to begin on August 1st. I feel confident that I will be successful. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:08:16 EST Hello sweetie! Not sure if you can see from the title I'm a doctor who fan. <img src="">Thanks for clicking on my thread. My name is Amber, <em>213</em> I'm not new to sparkpeople but new to plant based eating/vegan eating. My kids and hubby are doing this with me. I made the switch a few weeks ago and so glad I did. I've always struggled to lose weight. I would like to get to healthy BMI range, have more energy, meet new fr... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:25:48 EST Feels good to be here Starting over, feels good to check in. Setting goals and being accountable. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:23:52 EST Hello Again I want to be serious about my health and fitness, so have come back again for the 3rd time. I seem to return to SP in the summer, when it's easy to get exercise and eat fresh food. But I live in the midwest, and winters are hard. My body changes, I get food cravings, and put the weight back on. Gonna give winter some thought this year, and try some new recipes. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:29:48 EST Hi everyone. I was here years ago & love the people & all the inspiration, but as many do, I got tied up with other things & found myself not coming back. I thought about it many times, but lazy ? scared ? so many reasons. I am anxious, obese, older and lost confidence in myself. I am going to physical therapy & I do enjoy it, but worry the minute I get short of breath. Thank you in advance for any encouraging words. I really want to come back & make this work. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:37:58 EST Looking for MARYJO2017 for a recipe Hello thanks to MARYJO2017 I found this wonderful site. I am glad to be here. I would like to find MARYJO2017 for a recipe she posted somewhere, it contains pumpkin and cream cheese. Unfortunately when I took a screen shot of the recipe I did not include what it was called. Help please Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:34:40 EST New Just started this process 5 days ago. It appears to be going well. I have been able to make some good choices. I'm newly retired and trying to find my new routine. I'm having difficulty getting the movement part in place. My husband is being very supportive. That is making this so much easier this time around. I really want this to be a permanent change this time. I have had difficulty with weight all my life. There have been times, up to 3-4 years, where I have been able to maintain a health... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:09:20 EST Hello Hello, my name is Cheryl. I have been on here a few weeks but have just now worked up the courage to post something. I am a fairly shy person until I get to know someone. Then you cannot shut me up. lol. I have lost 5 lbs so far. I am really excited about that. I don't really exercise much, except for walking a little bit at work. I have mainly been focusing on my eating habits. Which I am starting to get under control. Baby steps. I could really use a buddy, we could keep each othe... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:28:26 EST New x Hi everyone :-) <BR> I'm just popping my head in as I just joined the site. <BR> I hope this will be a good tool to help me along my journey. <BR> I have recently lost 14lbs and am hoping to lose another 36lbs to take me to BMI 25 :-) <BR> Then I'd love to get fit and be fabulous by my 43rd birthday in April! <BR> Id love to find some friends here x Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:36:41 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST trying again/ always trying Hi! ive got 75 ibs to lose, 43 yrs old, have 4 children, work outside the home, have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 cats, havnt worn jeans or anything other than stretchy pants for the last 14 years. Im ready to stop feeling sorry for myself and could really use other's support and in turn to support others because this is hard! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:30:17 EST Time for a new start I took a good look and decided it is time to shape up and eat healthy. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:13:38 EST Try, try again Hi's been a long time. I've been through a lot these past 10 months, husband had an accident at work, (still recovering after 10 months), I had surgery, was out of work for 3 months and other family issues I stress about on a daily basis. I lost myself in all this mess. I was on WW for awhile, but can no longer afford or have the focus to get to it. But I'm trying again, I have to find the strength to focus on myself, to distract myself from worrying about everyone else. It'... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:38:07 EST New and looking for workout buddies Hello, <BR> I'm Karol and I just signed up and looking forward to get started. I am at my heaviest of 176 and want to get down to 135...5lbs increments at a time...makes it more manageable I think...I just bought PiYo also and can't wait to try that along with the gym. Anyone ever try PiYo? If so, how do you like it? It looks fun actually. I live in Albuquerque, NM and hoping find buddies to workout with also pen pals would be nice...motivate each other. Anyhow, good luck to everyone...WE CA... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:38:48 EST Hi - new to message boards On the weight loss journey .... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:40:03 EST Hi - I'm New So I'm Tee and I'm new to SparkPeople - <BR> <BR> I've been in a battle with 27-29 lbs for more than 10 years... <BR> <BR> I'll lose it and gain it back in a matter of months, but now I'm literally sick and tired and I need to lose the weight to feel better and get healthy. <BR> <BR> I feel the weight on me when I walk and it feels like a heavy burden and I'm ready to lighten the load, get healthy and active. <BR> <BR> I live in Mercer County, NJ and I would love to start a walking grou... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Looking for friends Hello, I am looking for friends with similar goals to help motivate and support one another through this journey. I am older and trying to lose about 60 lbs! (Yikes). Please add me as a friend. I need all the help I can get. Thank you and have a wonderful day. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:25:25 EST I'm back been gone a while at my highest weight yet since my son doesn't go to school anymore I have to stick around the house more. My son is mentally handicapped he aged out at 26. So I gained weight and now need the support to loose it. We have a family business and I do a lot of office work in the two to three days I am in there for a couple hours. have a sitter for that time but every time I try to go in town to walk the park. Parts are needed or something and they take off with my van. Makes me mad. <em>28... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:55:51 EST New and For Real This Time Hi, <BR> <BR> I signed up years ago - but never took advantage of this. <BR> <BR> I got borderline blood test results back for the first time and my dr recommended DASH diet. <BR> <BR> I've been doing DASH for a month and have lost weight :) <BR> I'm in a happy place in my life - engaged to be married and I'm here to get encouragement to keep going :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:32:28 EST Hi Hi..just saying hi. Is anyone from Florida? I am in Clearwater,Florida. I am female,48 years young and love doing deep water aerobics at the YMCA.. Hope to meet others of the same mind <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:34:48 EST