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 I'm in the house Hi, I have just joined and I'm looking forward to try out some of the programs on this site. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:47:43 EST my iintroduction Hi Carol here....hope we can all be successful Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:43:58 EST Trying to learn SP HI all. I've just completed my 75th continuous day of posting my food and fitness. I am trying to learn SP's various functions and aspects. This is the first time I am checking out message boards. Do people find this useful? How so? Any other advice? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:45:57 EST I have hit ROCK BOTTOM..... I have never been this heavy in my life! I am an emotional eater....look at me and you can tell just how good (or bad) my life is going. I have finally hit over 250! I was always a healthy weight until I quit smoking and had children in my 30s. <BR> <BR> My mom was sick with physical and mental issues the past couple of years and has been hospitalized with both several times. To make matters worse, my marriage is falling apart, so I do not have a supportive spouse. My 15 year old daughter h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:27:09 EST New and gaining weight... Today is my 3rd day on the site. I've been within my calories and have added 20 min. of walking each day so far and in the last 2 days I have gained almost 1 pound. WHY?? Any advise or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:14:09 EST Hi all My name is Patti. I am 52, a wife and mother of 2 boys and 3 stepdaughters. I'm 5'5 and last week topped out at 170. I am new to this, but started this Monday. I'm hoping to reach 125, but 130 would do also. I don't work outside of the home as I take care of my elderly mom. I has been to easy to get in a rut and not make time to eat, ( except for dinner) and exercise. My husband and I work out 3 nights a week and I walk our Greyhound 2 miles the other 4 nights. Since I started on Mond... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:38:01 EST Back on Track! After 10 months of having lower back issues and be quite sedentary, I'm feeling quite excited, motivated and enthused about being healthy again to get back on the trail as a run/walker, going swimming and focusing on my nutrition! Readings by Brendan Brazier ("Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide" - although I'm not vegan) and by Thomas M. Campbell ("The China Study") have been great motivators and incentives! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:16:25 EST TGIF is on it's way yahoo! Happy Thursday evening and close to being another weekend. Hope everyone has a great one! I'm back after years and happy to meet some new friends, read message boards, blogs, team postings. I'm here to have the support from others and be a great support for any of you. I'm here to get healthy, lose weight and have fun reading all the recipes, articles, and videos. I miss the community boards so here I am. <img src=" Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:13:46 EST Paleo Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:37 EST If you're saying you'll start later... ... you'll never start at all, so start today! <BR> That is totally true for me at least... So I've started! <BR> <BR> Hope to connect and reach better health goals. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:38:52 EST New Member Hi everybody <BR> My name is Masoud. I lost 8Kg until now. <em>672</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:38:09 EST Hey everyone Hoping to lose a few pounds through better eating. Looking forward to learning from everyone's successes here. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:39:03 EST Need support I'm Misha, 22, college student. I need to loose a lot of weight, but, I have a bad habit of giving up. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:46:27 EST Heyyyyyyy everyone :) Hey! <BR> <BR> So I'm a 21 year old Irish guy. I'm in college right now and work part time. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago I embarked on my lifestyle change and I lost over 80lbs. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So yeah after about a year I started to maintain. However college took over my life as well as moving away to Dublin. I really began to neglect my health again. I ended up gaining 20lbs. Between November 2015-March 2016 I ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:27:49 EST Herro Hi. I'm brand new, just joined like 5 minutes ago. I've already written a blog entry, and I'm really excited to be here. I live with some very sedentary people, including my roommate, who is 5 feet tall and weighs close to 300 lbs. I keep inviting her to the gym with me to use my guest privileges, but she insists that she's losing weight by not eating chocolate. She's not, and I love her, but she's not a very good support system. So here I am. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:18:34 EST I'm actually ready to face the truth. My weight has been creeping up really steadily for the last five years. I always had a good excuse for why the scale was higher than it was last time ("oh my new medication makes me gain weight", "we're traveling in a foreign country, of course I have to eat the local dessert", " My injury made it so difficult to move, of course I'm a little heavier", "This semester was just so harrowing, I had no time to take care of myself") Sometimes I even managed to lose some weight, only to have it come... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:23 EST Missys Back <img src="">Okay, I admit it, I strayed. Not on purpose though, I thought that maybe I could make it without tracking, but I cannot. 10-15 lbs of weight gain later. I'm Back, with a renewed sense of motivation and a knowing look re: what happens when you stop doing the things that you did to help you feel better. Its on now bc I'm angry (at myself) and I am starting to miss my slimmer body. Ugh, sigh. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:52:39 EST Hello! Grad student looking to eat better Hello Spark People! <BR> I'm going to grad school in the fall and excited to try new foods as well as eat better. I've been slowly weaning myself off of processed foods and refined sugars for a couple of years now, but still need work on getting my daily servings of vegetables in. The nutrition and fitness trackers are amazing for this gal, who can check and make sure I'm getting enough of my vitamins and minerals from my food. This site is such a wonderful place of information and support, a... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:47:50 EST Hi Hi everyone, I am David... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:04:18 EST Need motivation I lost 22 kgs 5 years ago and slowly because of emotion issues a lot of the weight has come back... Now I exercise spiradically bc of commitments and issues and my diet is not very controlled. I want to get back to my old self again and fit into those size 28 hudson skinny jeans again!!! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:41:08 EST New Member here Finding so much info and helpful topics. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:40:07 EST new member <img src="">Hi I'm a 52 year old diabetic who need to get her act together <em>521</em> so I can live life without having no regrets I do not want my diabetes to win Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:42:51 EST hello new here Hi---My name is Janet and I live in Overland Park, Ks. Have about 75 pounds to loose. Looking for recipes and good support. Would be great to find someone in my area to exercise with. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:55:23 EST Food lists Hello I am new. While i found a lot of foods with calories listed, i am not finding how to calculate an item that I am not seeing out there. For instance today, I was trying to calculate some salad dressing that i did not see when I did a food search. Would love to know where I would go to calculate <BR> <BR> thank you so much Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:57:19 EST Hi Day 1. Not too sure what I'm doing yet but I'm trying......... <em>40</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:31:34 EST Introducing the New Cheri At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself to start a new journey. One filled with healthy food, more activity, and drinking lots of water. A journey where I focused on the things that really matter to me. A journey that would result in me being much more healthy so I can live a long life with my wonderful husband. <BR> <BR> As I look back on the last 6 months, I can honestly say I have kept that promise. Sure, it has had its ups and downs. Not every day or every week ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:38:47 EST Hannah Hi Spark People. I'm introducing myself as part of the new member challenge. Not sure I feel about sparkpeople yet. It seems like a great place to start a fitness and nutrition journey, but I have some experience so I'm not sure how much it can help me. I'll try it for a while anyway. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:06:53 EST trying this site again...... medifast online??? Hi Everyone! <BR> I have struggled so long with my weight. <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a while back... I like the format... but didn't give it enough time. <BR> I want to try again. <BR> Also, I would like to try Medifast...I don't want to go to the centers thought... just want to do it online. Is that possible? <BR> I am a full time RN, single mom... so very busy... <BR> Thoughts? <BR> Advice? <BR> Thanks... hope I can do it this time :) Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:49:00 EST Fresh Start Hello all. My name is Lacey. I've been a member for a while but never introduced myself and never really took this seriously enough until now. I am a boudoir photographer, have 3 beautiful little girls (ages 9, 4, and 1) and a husband who is extremely supportive. I enjoy writing and being creative and crafty. I'm a type 2 diabetic and my sugars have been creeping up especially with me not having access to any kind of medications. So that makes this even more important. I want to live li... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:23:05 EST New Member Hi, I have joined before but for some reason I couldn't get my password to work even though I reset it like 4 times - anyway so new username same name - Hi I am Brandi - lol <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my weight for quite some time and I loose just a little bit then gain it back then loose a little bit and gain it back - <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Very frustrating so I need some help, encouragement - and I think you all can give me that - <BR> <BR> I want to loose at ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:06:55 EST NEWBIE....Jun 2016 -Lose 75 by Nov. 2017 Hello my goal is to lose 75 pounds from June 2016 to November 2017. I would appreciate your wisdom, your experiences, & your support. <BR> <BR> I began to have weight problems after baby #2, it has gone on for 14 years and I am shocked that my weight went up to 165 as of June 2016. I have tried Atkins, Fit for Life, Protein Power and some other fad diets and all of them were hard for me to follow. <BR> <BR> I am at loss and realized that I needed some support from others who are like me on... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:37:56 EST I think it's too many calories for me I've been thin all my life, but my calorie consumption was always under 1000 and usually closer to 500 (and a lot of times under). Now that I'm disabled and my activity is extremely limited, I find myself eating lunch, dinner and snacks at night. I've put on 45 lbs which I now need to lose at least some of, but I find that the Spark calorie limit is very high. I fear I have seriously messed up my metabolism during the approx 40 yrs I have eaten hardly anything and there is no way I can los... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:42:34 EST PattieCarey Hi I'm Pattie.I have been struggling with my weight off and on all my life. I'm ready to get back on top of things. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:59:27 EST vickie I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:26 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST Hi it's me, Christy I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:43 EST New Member to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> My name is Cat. I'm new here to SparkPeople. I decided to join as I worked with a woman many years ago who had great success with SparkPeople. <BR> I lost about 30 pounds a year ago, pounds that slowly snuck on, why do the never sneak off? I got fit and have a job that requires me to stay fit, BUT it also leaves me sitting for LARGE parts of my day - like 12 hours on some days. <BR> I saw three pounds come back last week and don't want any more to follow. <BR> SO. . . . I joined... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:56:31 EST Greetings! :) Hello, everyone! I joined Spark People on Friday and today is the new member challenge day when I'm supposed to introduce myself. ;) <BR> <BR> I just finished the 30 day Wild Diet meal plan and did well on that but I thought it would be a good idea to join Spark People to keep the momentum I've started going. <BR> <BR> I get my excercise by a combination of kettlebell, bellydancing, and yoga and my nutrition follows the Wild Diet tenets (kinda like paleo, but you get to have things like da... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:44:01 EST Hi There SparkPeople! My name is Debbie. I am a teacher and I will be starting at a new school next year. I have several changes or milestones coming my way in the next year: new school, will turn 60, and will celebrate 41 years of marriage. My husband has been very ill for the last 8 years and I am his sole caregiver. I have come to realize this year, that I need to take care of myself better in order to do the best that I can for him. Somewhere along the way, I have really lost myself but I plan to change tha... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:28:31 EST NEWBIE NEED MOTIVATION AND FRIENDS! HI GUYS, <BR> <BR> So I'm new to this and have been on this for three days so far I'm loving it! I've lost a few pounds already but hoping to lose A LOT MORE! <BR> My sugar cravings are so bad :( always wanting chocolate it's so hard! <BR> <BR> Need determination and motivation and friends who will support one another on this journey! Hope you all get what you want to achieve - slowly but surely! <BR> Byeeee xx Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:15:05 EST Hi Hi All <BR> Today is my first day of this diet and exercise plan. Feeling very motivated! Good luck to everyone this week, we can do this! Would love to hear from others how you have been getting on and how you are finding this plan. <BR> Anne-Marie Mon, 20 Jun 2016 03:45:32 EST Reintroducing Myself I was on Sparkpeople for a while, and on it I switched to a whole food, plant based diet and successfully lost 90 of the 200 extra pounds I was carrying. But due to familial pressure, I fell off the band wagon. <BR> <BR> Now I am more determined than ever to make a permanent lifestyle change, family be darned. Transitioning back to a plant based diet, and starting to just move more. I have more weight than ever to lose, but that just means I need to start now and work hard. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:03:03 EST Newbie Here! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Jessica - I'm 31, married with three kids and a bunch of fur babies! I work for a school, so have a lot of time this summer to dedicate to getting myself on track and kick starting my weight loss. I have about 100 pounds to lose and would like to see a good part of it gone by this time next year. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a small group of people in similar circumstances (male or female) that can help keep each other accountable. If you know of a group that already ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:03:40 EST Newbie here Hi everyone, just joined and in some serious need to lose a lot of weight! Hoping this site will help me and keep me motivated. <BR> Hope everyone is doing great:). Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:54:56 EST jalisa hello, I'm jalisa from barbados. new to the site. trying to find friends who will motivate and help me along my weight lost jourey and beyond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:57 EST Startin over again, but message board newbie Hello sparks friends, Im Melissa from Chicago burbs, im 40 have a beautiful daughter, an great boyfriend. Ive been here before but ive quit many times and Im goin to keep trying to stay on task. I do have depression and anxiety so it makes life hard..its no excuse for me though to have all my issues and not try my damndest to get help which I hate doing. I love it on here that now only can you track your weight and fitness, but other goals which im tryin, Im doin the new start challenge - lov... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:05:50 EST Hi, Spark Community Members! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there fellow "Sparkers"! I've been a SP member since Jan. 30, 2015 and it has proven to be one of the major motivators in my quest for better health and less weight. <BR> <BR> I've been a regular participant in the 5% Seasonal Weight Loss Challenges, since joining SP, and it's my favorite! I encourage all members to participate in at least one SP Challenge! Just go to "Challenge Centr... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:23:18 EST Hi Everyone!!! I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:10 EST Looking for support buddies Hi everyone! <BR> I am looking for other like minded people to create a support circle who I can interact with on a daily basis so we can support each other and share our progress stories or even rant about our daily stresses and difficulties we face! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from you if you feel that this is smithing you can commit to and would like to be a part of! <BR> My goals are to lose weight and built emotional and mental strength in the process! <BR> <BR> Speak soon xx Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:29:55 EST any martial arts people ? Hi! I'm trying to get a group of friends who also enjoys working out and trying to lose weight like me. My fitness goals are centered around my martial arts training. So I was just curious if there are other ppl out there who also enjoy trainin in the martial arts? I'd love to talk workouts and see what works for you! Thanks Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:05:03 EST Back For More! I love SparkPeople. I have another account, that I've had since 2009. I just thought I would start a new one and see if there were things I can learn and do that I might not have been able to do before, because of the distraction of friends or just random people commenting on stuff. Already, I have found the new member challenge and am working toward a badge on my page! If I can do it, I thought I would go ahead and do it on the other account. That's what I may do with all of the challenges, ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:42:49 EST Returning to SP Hey everyone! I'm Melissa and I am returning to SP after a year long hiatus. I have recently been diagnosed with fatty liver disease and am now working toward being healthier. I've started eating healthier, but I find that SP helps me stay accountable for what I eat so I'm back! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:09:28 EST Any other disabled people out here? Hello to all, <BR> <BR> This is my first week on SparkPeople though I've been working seriously on eating better for about 2 months, and working out however possible around my physical challenges. <BR> <BR> I have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, which started showing up gradually when I was around 4 or 5 years old. I used crutches for many years but l fell and injured my shoulders 14 years ago, and occasional power-wheelchair use went to daily use. I've gotten much more rotund the last few y... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:53:02 EST New to Sparkpeople but not new to logging I have been using MyFitnessPal for quite awhile now, and every once in awhile I decide to review other options, so I have decided to give this site a try for a bit to compare its offerings. <BR> <BR> I have been successful at losing some weight, then gaining it back. I am currently at 209lbs and I am looking at losing about another 20lbs or so. I have been eating at around 1700-1900 calories a day and it appears to be working for me right now. <BR> <BR> If anyone has some suggestion for usi... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:25:28 EST Hello I am here because I need to lose this weight. I am 51 year old. I am divorce mother of two daughters. At this is the heaviest I have ever been. I self sooth with food ever since my marriage fell apart in 2003. I have spent a lot on weight loss and they say an accountability partner helps. How ever the ones that I have had left me for what ever reason. That is the past. I have had a recent discovery that i have been brainwash by my ex and I need to deprogram myself. I know things nee... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:11 EST I need more friends!! I am so bad with computers, still trying to figure out how to get around on this site. I cant figure out the teams thing. I would love to have some people as friends so we can chat / motivate each other. Im 27, married, have a 3 year old daughter, and I need to lose 60 pounds or more. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:38:04 EST help to get started if there is anyone that can help me get started on this I would be very greatful to them I am new to all these sites and carnt seam to figuar out what to do on them I'm just use to doing regular diets and exercises and toning up thankyou in advance. and if anyone has any info they can help me with I would be grateful there to thanks everyone Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:55:37 EST will not give in if I get started on a diet and excesise and tone up programme as long as this helps me get my life back on track I will never give up on it all I want is help to get sorted not just given tablets that don't help and sent away Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:51:19 EST new to all this just thought id introduce myself my name is shirl I'm 46 years old been through a very bad marriage of 26 years battered from one end to another and been s****ally abused I am nearly divorced from him I have a new guy in my life who I live with now we have been together for around 6months now. He is very kind caring and loving. I would love to get back into shape not just for him but mainly for myself. my weight has gone up and down (from 9 to 18 to 9 to 26 in dress size) now its messing arou... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:48:22 EST Need some support! Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I have been on this site for a few years now and sort of done it off and on with friends in real life, however they have stopped using the program and I have personally stagnated in my goals. Last year I lost 50 pounds by eating healthy and exercising 4-6 days a week. Now I have stagnated for over a year in the same 10lb range - including through seasons of injury and increased/new activities. I am seeing about the medical side of things, however I need encourage... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:51 EST starting over I am once again starting over. I have gotten away from sparks for quite awhile and now I am back and going to try harder this time. I now have diabetes. I do not want to be taking meds for the rest of my life. I also do not want to lose limbs. So I am going to work on this harder then ever before. <em>246</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:40:15 EST Get fit - take 3! Hello all - this is my 3rd time trying to get fit since I gained more weight than I did when I was pregnant with my 3rd child <em>2</em> . <BR> <BR> I've tried WW, the 30 day diet, 21 day fix, nothing seems to be working other than counting calories and exercise. <BR> <BR> I started logging my food and exercise on 5/30/16 and so far I'm down 10 lbs. Looking forward to a healthy journey! Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:46:18 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:33 EST Thyroid issues and weight gain Anyone else battling with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? The only way I have been able to lose weight so far has been to drop to an unhealthy 800 calories a day. Doctors say my thyroid levels on medication are "normal", so why the steady gain of 10 pounds a year? I hired a personal trainer, then herniated all five lumbar discs, so yoga, walking, light weights and swimming are what I do for exercise. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:54 EST Looking for sample meal plans - New to sparks I made a commitment to take back control over my life and make a life style change in regards to food. I tried this site several times but as a newcomer I keep finding myself unsure what to eat and when. I am two weeks into taking aqua fitness classes and zumba and love both of them. Need to get my meals on track and I will be on my way to lose the weight and get my life back. I would like to lose 50 lbs. Any help would be greatly appreciated..... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:05:49 EST New and Not losing weight Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople today and am pleased to see that it seems to be a thriving and lively community <em>334</em> . I have been struggling with weight loss for the past 6 years. Initially this was to do with health issues which have been as resolved as they are going to be but despite a clean diet, I do not lose consistently. <BR> <BR> I recently started on ST and cardio regime which I actually like and do regularly plus sticking with the clean eating however, since ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:07:38 EST From eating disorder to healthy weight loss Hi all! <BR> <BR> This is my first post and I'm hoping this community might be able to help guide me on my journey. I have a history of anorexia for a few years from age 22-25, which ironically enough began during nursing school. I was never too low weight (119 at 5'7" was my lowest) but it certainly took a psychological toll leading me to anxiety and depression, and eventually the excessive exercise and strict calorie restriction of 800-1000 calories lead me to bingeing. I ended up shooting... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:30:38 EST Brand New Just wanting to say hi.....and looking forward to meeting others on the journey. <BR> Im Ron. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:48:26 EST ANSUL from VEGAS. Hi <BR> I am new to spark Finally I have decided to lose last 25lbs. <BR> <BR> I will be posting pics of food and pics from my training everyday for next 42 days. <BR> As a high functional alcholic it's gonna tough because I drink 4 to 5 days a week followed by binging on junk foods. <BR> <BR> But I am ready go cold turkey NOW. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:00:34 EST Day 1 of the New Me Hi everyone, my name is Sue and I just joined SparkPeople. I have been struggling with weight loss since the birth of my last daughter 9 years ago. I have had success with Weight Watcher's in the past, but for one reason or another, I gained the weight back. After reading one of the SparkPeople blogs on facebook today, it really home for me. I am sabotaging myself by negative self talk, which leads to negative behaviors. Food binging. I have been using food as my friend, my stress reliever... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:05:01 EST withdrawn from toxic drugs Dr. overdose taking 11 drugs each morning Dr,s orders became toxic , now off all drugs and is having withdraw <em>198</em> .its had when yoy 75 years old Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:49:15 EST Bobby Grow Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST Newbie here Hi! <BR> <BR> Im a sports girl who's trying to loss weight. I hope to learn from you and share my knowledge. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:40:49 EST It is time to reboot and move forward I was a sparker for many years during a critical time in my life. I had a chronic degenerative lung disease and had to lose over 100 pounds to have a life saving surgery. Spark People was invaluable in helping me change my lifestyle and overall health. I did lose the weight and had a lung transplant in 2011. For about 3 years I was doing well health wise. Then I began to have various issues related to transplant and have had a number of steroid (prednizone) therapies. The weight creep back ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:57:25 EST Senior Citizen looking for support Hi Sparklers -- (I just made that up). I'm recently retired and carrying a lot of extra weight that I need to shed. I started out fit and athletic when young but after 40 I found I put a few extra pounds on year by year. A stressful job with lots of travel didn't help. Now my joints and knees are starting to complain so I wanted to begin a regular exercise and diet routine to try and reverse this trend. I recently joined an Aquafit group at my apartment complex but my main exercise is walkin... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:40:05 EST New and nervous Hi, I'm from the UK, just turned 53 and a wheelchair user for the last six years following a spinal cord injury. <BR> I have gained 60lbs in a very short time following my SCI, I have lost 18lbs so far but have a long way to go. <BR> I have suffered from terrible depression over the last six years and exactly one year ago today I attempted suicide. I'm happy to say that I no longer feel suicidal, I still don't feel like my old self but am in a much better place. <BR> Exercise is hard due to m... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:31:38 EST Texting motivational buddy Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am new here, seeking a texting/weight loss buddy. I am 21, female and changing my lifestyle. I wish to Improve my health, so I can live life to the fullest! My goal is to lose 120lbs. I am seeking someone to help keep me on track, exchange recipes and just talk. Thanks so much! Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:51:25 EST Good to be new i just want to start out by saying that i am happy that i am apat of this awesome group. i hope that i can help give insight and knowledge to those in need as well as get a little motivation as well. Im always available to anyone in need of a little insight. as well as some inspiration or motivation, or just a hello. It all works for me Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:37:41 EST New Path to Healthy I have been at this weight loss now for 8 yrs. Now it has come to the time I cant play around with it any more. A lot of reasons that I can give will still be there tomorrow, but the extra weight, the smoking and the no sun no life can change for the better. So again, here I am giving it another go. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:55:13 EST New Beginnings Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a returning member of SparkPeople. I lost 20 lbs. between December 31, 2014 and April 1, 2015 - in time for my son's wedding. Unfortunately, starting in April of 2015 I had to begin a different journey - 18 months of treatment for breast cancer. The good news is, I just finished last Friday. The other news is, I regained 13 of those lbs. and need to take them - and an additional 5 off - to help me get, and stay, as healthy as possible. I am already encourage... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:03:54 EST Good day to start Hello everyone. I am so glad to be starting out with a healthier lifestyle. I am hoping to stay on track and keep motivated. I look forward to hearing from anyone that needs support and wants to send encouragement. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:10:25 EST First day Ready for a life change! <em>249</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:15:03 EST Looking to avoid diabetes I a 53 years old and diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Both parents had it and I truly want to avoid it because I want to enjoy life. I have about 50 pounds to lose. That wont make me as small as I was in High School but i just want to be healthy. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:08:24 EST Need a change Hi I am new to spark people. I am feeling lost lately and in a lot of physical pain. Just can't do this on my own Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:29:37 EST frustrated frustrated and down. want to figure out how to lose my weight naturally and have had my dad dieing in the last month and stress at work where does a person start Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:25:51 EST Can we be strong for one another? Hi All I'm Jane and am motivated to begin! I hope to meet a lot of nice people and make some new friends. I'll be reading a lot and I'm hoping to gain the strength to get myself through this thing. I hope everyone succeeds in what their doing and I wish you all the best of luck. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jane Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:57:36 EST Coming back to Spark I signed up in 2014 and didn't use the site much; I still lost about 15 pounds. I then had some health issues ending with a month hospital stay. For a while I was inactive and ate terribly. I gained back the weight and a little extra, two years later. Now, I'm very motivated. My sister is getting married next month, and I'm in the wedding. I want to look toned and shapely. I'm excited about the Spark app and mobile site. It makes it so easy to track food and exercise. Plus, I picked up a mai... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:32:45 EST Newbie with diabetes Hello All, <BR> I have messed around with Spark People and I love this website. So easy to use. I'm recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the other websites I've looked at are not as easy to maneuver as this so I'm hoping this with help with getting my diabetes under control, which at this time is not really very bad, and to get the weight off and motivate me to MOVE!! I also have Fibromyalgia which makes it even for of an effort to get off my tush!! So all the help that is offered w... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:45:51 EST Good Morning from Florida I am completing the New Member 21 Day challenge and today's challenge for me is to introduce myself on the boards. I am awe struck with the amount of help and information in these boards. <BR> Looking forward to my journey with Spark People Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:02:14 EST Greetings From Canada! I was an active member of SparkPeople several years ago, and the results were great; however, I decided to go it alone, for whatever reason, and I managed to undo all my good work ... and more! It feels great to be back. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 03:03:55 EST Greetings! My name is Mellie and I live in Chicago. Just wanted to stop by and say hello :) Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:27:01 EST A newbe Hello all, My name is Theo. My girlfriend is already currently apart of your community. My doctor has put me on a strict diet so she thought we should do this together. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:27:40 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST Nana Have fibromyalgia and want start moving more. Lose weight, feel great and look great. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:29:24 EST Hello To Spark People Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Seth, new here & would like to say hello to everyone. :) Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:39:58 EST New here I'm looking forward to getting back to a healthy weight and managing my connective tissue disorder. Here's to less chronic pain! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:50:18 EST Re-igniting the Spark Like many other "drop-outs," I'm back to give Spark People another go 'round. I know that it's an excellent tool to help with weight loss and fitness, but it's only "excellent" if I use it! ...So I'm back and ready to SPARKle. ;-) Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:38:27 EST fear of eating I'm afraid to eat my first meal early for fear of being hungry all day Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:25:01 EST New to Spark. Hello, I am 38 year olld wife and mother of two wonderful boys. I was diagnosed at age ten with epilepsy and have struggled with it ever since. I recently had a bad few months of non stop seizure activity and was unable to work. I have moderate control with a new medication I am on, but I have gained thirty pounds very fast. I am looking for encouragement and suggestions for how to excercise when you are chronically ill. I am also hoping to encourage others in their journey. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:36:04 EST new member on spark people Hello, I just joined spark people. This past Tuesday, I joined weight watchers meetings and etools. I don't know how much weight I have lost yet. Tuesdays is my weigh in day. I am hoping to lose over 100 pounds on my healthy lifestyle journey. I weigh over 300 pounds. I have been drinking lots of water, eating lots of veggies and fruits. I also took a 15 minute walk which is hard for me because I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:33:45 EST New to Spark People Hey! I'm looking for some extra support while I take the first steps towards being a healthier me! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:36:25 EST Hello Fitness Peeps! I was busy playing with my friends, getting my driver's license, staying active in sports, when I blinked and suddenly found myself middle aged, out of shape and tired! Life flies by and if only I'd made a promise to my younger self to love myself more and take better care of myself, I wouldn't be clinically obese now. Alas, this is where I am now, no use in wishing for what might have been! <BR> I'm here for support and to offer support as I make significant changes in my eating and fitness... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:29:17 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:45 EST Fitness buddies online Hi my name is amanda i am looking for a fitness buddie online who is 100% committed to fitness....message me Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:54:54 EST Yay Healthy Eating.. Hello All, <BR> <BR> Just your everyday over stressed, underpaid, over worked American. I use sarcasm to get through most things. When I got on the scale and saw the weight, in its full glory in March I decided to get serious with eating better and end the joking to cover my insecurities. <BR> <BR> I cannot control a lot of aspects in life, but what I put in my body, within reason, is controllable. I started doing lower carb (NOT no carb), which isn't bad. I am full most of the time, an... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:31:29 EST Life and living I am over 40 with three boys ages 15, 12, and 11. My husband and I work full-time and live on 6 acres. We have cattle, chickens, dogs, and one cat. I was always very active until around age 40. I went to work at a job that had me on my feet 8-10 hours a day and worked for a boss that was extremely high maintenance. Now, I am at a sit-down job trying to let my body and spirit heal. The trade off is weight gain, and slow recovery. My main challenges are finding time to cook healthy meal... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:08:47 EST Trying Again!!!!!! Hi my name is Eileen and I joined sparkpeople many years ago. I never did anything to help myself, until 20 days ago. I have been tracking my food intake for 20 days now and following the new WW points plan and have lost 7 lbs. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:26:59 EST I see I can't do this alone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there, <BR> I am back again and I don't mean for a second time but I hope I can finish this and achieve my desired goals. I need help because I feel like I am trying to save everyone but losing myself in the process because there are few things I can't get control of in my life: my weight, my eating and my BS. So this is who I am and my current situation. I am looking forward to using e... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:07:38 EST New here Ready to get started! <em>524</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:34:58 EST hello..newbie here:) Hi People!! New to sparks.. might be a while till I understand and get myself familiar with this site and all there is to offer.. starting my journey and looking forward to reaching my goal by FEBRUARY 2017. (or sooner) One never knows..LOL I'm into non gmo and certified organic food only.. Having said that.... Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.. Life is good!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:32:38 EST New and ready to make a change Hey everyone -- just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole. I've been battling with my weight my whole life, even as a kid. In my teenage years, me and my mom did Weight Watchers for a while and she put me on Nutrisystem. We also tried the Atkins diet. I never stuck with them, even though I did lose some weight with Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> I am officially the heaviest I've ever been and I NEED to make a change. And I want to, so bad. The biggest clothes I've... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 02:51:19 EST Diabetic, Chronic Pain, lots of medicens and restr Hi my name is Alice, I'm 52, and have lots of medical issues. Losing weight is very difficult since I can't move around so well. I need support and advice, to help me. Looking to lose 20 plus pounds. Mostly in my stomach area. I'm also looking to keep my attitude up. I am a Christian who believes in prayer and miracles, but I also believe I need to help myself. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:43:38 EST I'm back! So I've been gone since around the start of 2011 I think, but I've come back! I'm having issues with blood pressure and weight (Although the weight isn't really a new thing) and have to change my diet so that I don't take nearly as much salt. <BR> <BR> I have to say, I am loving the new app--with the ability to scan items into your tracker, that's just awesome and makes things wayyy easier to track! I used to hate doing it just because I couldn't find anything and had to enter everything man... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:32:34 EST Beginner's Jumpstart? Hello Spark Community! I just joined a few days ago and would love to know if anyone here has a good "jumpstart" eating plan to lose a few pounds fast. I have been trying everything for months with no results. I have 15 pounds to lose and when I cut my calories back to 1200 or increase my exercise, it takes me a week to drop a pound but then I gain it back again in the next few weeks so I can't break the cycle. I'm feeling so discouraged and have really run out of ideas. I try to meet my prot... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:23:51 EST Spark People Attempt #2 I've been here before but never participated, just read e-mails and blog posts. So this time I'm doing the new people 21 day challenge and creating a Spark People Habit. I'm 60 years young, I have a husband of 40 years, 2 grown children and 2 teenage grandchildren. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree after majoring in Piano Performance and Music Theory with a minor in harpsichord performance. I've taught piano since I was 16 up until Bipolar Depression and Stress put me on Social Security Di... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:37:59 EST New hopes I was here several years ago (not sure how many to be honest) but did not stay long because I let the other issues in life overwhelm me and lost myself in there somewhere. Since then I've had a stroke and made a complete recovery, gotten older and of course gotten heavier. I have several things I need to do to get my life back to where I want it to be. Yesterday I was thinking about those things and how to accomplish each one. I decided to start where I have the most control - what I eat. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:49 EST Hello Spark My name is Debbie. I am a full time intervention. Specialist for students with severe disabilities, a full time mom of 3 teenagers and a full time employment student. <BR> My weight and health lately has been my last priority. I need to change my life so I can be there for my family for years to come. I hope spark will help me do that! Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:04:12 EST Looking for friends:) I am a woman. I had my first son. He is 5 months old. I am 243 lbs and would love to join some ladies, and add friends, who will encourage each other as we lose weight and share our journey. I had a c-section and could not breastfeed. What was possible regarding diet is no longer possible for me to lose weight. I need to go super ninja!:) My daily goal would be to stick to 1200 cals a day and do 5 one hour workouts a week. I would love to be 145 lbs. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:04:51 EST Hello Hello my name is Rachel and on March 21st I had Gastric Bypass surgery and I am feeling so good with my healthy life-style change. I have always been over weight and bullied in High School and in a result of that I was homeschooled so it feels good to show my family that being healthy is a wonderful feeling. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 01:33:52 EST Time for a Change. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Leah and this is me pushing my boundaries. I have had enough of the up and downs with my weight and fitness so now that there is a year left in school it's time to get into a routine that I can keep up with when I have a real job next year. I'm 25 and studying engineering. My biggest challenges are my deep and undying love of all things chocolate, lack of routine, and general dislike of change. <BR> <BR> Here we go! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 22:16:12 EST Is anyone on facebook? Hi all! I'm Katrina, 23, married with a 7 month old girl. Setting out to lose 15lbs! I'm looking for a facebook group of young moms to connect with that use I like using the Spark Site but I get on facebook a lot more frequently. It would make it easier for me. Thanks! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:21:31 EST Let me introduce myself.... Hello. My name is Mia Simmons. I am a 50 year old married mother of one who is on her way to getting her health back. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose at least 65 pounds before the year is over and keep it off because my son is getting married in October 2017 and I want to look my best for his special day. I also want to keep the weight off so I can be the best me I can be. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all here and get as well as give support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Take care... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:18:42 EST new here :) Hi guys, I'm new, first day..but I've been on my weight loss plan since January 20. <BR> <BR> I got a fitbit flex for Christmas, and didn't really start using it until January 20, when I went to the doctor. I'm a 43 year old female, standing 5'6 and at that point I was 267 lbs and starting Wellbutrin for depression. She put me on topamax. She said Wellbutrin would decrease my appetite, (which it did) and topamax would add to it, and make things taste bad (which it did) so with the combi... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:14:55 EST Hopelessly Devoted... Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Dee and I am new to Spark People, a bit nervous and more than a bit ready to get started, so where too? I have quite a bit of weight to lose and reluctantly receive the realization that it is easy to put it on, and despite many efforts, next to impossible to remove! Can someone please lead me to a starting point by sharing how you got started, where you are now, and what it took to get there? I have many people in my life that say they will be a support, but n... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:33:33 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Back again Hi everyone Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:26:37 EST new boy with plenty to learn - G' day everybody I am just new here but understand what I read. I was 110 kg and at 167 cm that's not good . Cut my calorie intake down to around 1000 each day even though I was told - for a man - 1500 is a minimum . I know best of course and at 77 quickly fell to 95 kg and really felt smart , Started to fast two days per week but my weight steadily increased and fluctuated between 103 and 104 for months and my measurements remain unaltered. <BR> Found this site and decided that i was wrong s... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:37:15 EST Summer slimdown! Need a buddy! Looking for buddy! <em>9</em> I'm on summer break (I am a teacher) and looking for someone to keep track of each other's progress and to motivate. I have about 20 lbs to lose. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:18:34 EST rocky start Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople like a week ago. <BR> I have some difficulties being consistent with my food. I will eat barely anything for a couple of days and then eat evrything I can find in less then an hour :) <BR> I am a dance student, so it's not very healthy for me. <BR> I should also lose about 4kg, but I'm aimig to lose 10 by the start of the new schoolyear (mid september) <BR> the first days have been already quite difficult, it's hard to get rid of these bad habits.... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:15:48 EST IM NEW AND READY FOR A CHANGE..BUT WHERE TO START IM OVERWEIGHT AT 184 LBS AND ACCORDING TO MY BMI...IM OBESE! I HARDLY DRINK WATER OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHOCOLATE AND JUNK FOOD. THERE'S NO WONDER I'M FAT. <BR> <BR> MY PLAN IS TO BE MORE AWARE OF WHAT IM EATING AND TRY AND STICK TO HEALTHIER OPTION BUT WORRIED THE CHOCOLATE ADDICTION WILL TAKE OVER. ANY RECCOMMENDATIONS?? <BR> <BR> I AM DRINKING TONS MORE WATER AND FEEL LIKE I'VE FIT AN OCEAN IN MY STOMACH...EEK HERE'S TO A BETTER ME!!! <BR> <BR> I WORK 12 HOUR... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:19:52 EST New to this - intro Hi <BR> <BR> New to this message boards thing, hadn't found it via my phone (which is where I normally use SP) but decided to use the computer today and finding lots new things <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've made some decisions today and written a blog piece about that but now I'm thinking I need to make sure I log in via my computer each day as well and keep up to date with things here. <BR> <BR> Sometimes struggle to stay on track - two years ago I lost 70 pound but added over 30 back o... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:31:48 EST Working towards my wedding day! Hello all! I'm still new here, this is my first week using SP and I'm trying to blog about my successes and failures. My main goal is to get more fit for my wedding next June (1 year to go!), that includes losing some weight (maybe 20 lbs.) but mostly getting my nutrition in line and getting more fit (toning up a bit). I'm also training for a big week-long cycling event this fall, so I'd like to be eating better so that body is properly fueled for the ride. Eating is the hardest part for me, ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:22:27 EST Never Giving Up! Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST Plateau for months...frustrated Hi, I'm new here. I was losing weight and am half way to my goal but have been stuck on a plateau for months. I get to 170, then the next day 171 , next day 172, the third day 173. Then I will sit there for a day or three and then go back down over the course of another three days to 170 and start all over again. I'm dieting and following a metabolic program with support but nobody knows what's wrong with me and I'm really frustrated. If anyone has any ideas I'd be glad to hear them! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 11:50:12 EST New here Hi everyone who reads this. I am new to Spark People. Are there any boards for "retired" people. I have a few health issues, so exercise can be a problem. But I really want to lose some weight. Any thing I should know about this site? Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:23:36 EST day 6 Today is day 6 of my weight loss going good Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:22:22 EST Hey, I guess I am new here! For my 30th birthday present to myself I want to get a bit healthier....I hope this is the route to go!! Why did I choose summer in TN to do this though? I can barely even walk to my car in this humidity, much less exercise! LOL! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:21:11 EST I'm a newbie I am hoping to get the support on this sight that I need to get on track and stay on track to healthy eating. I had been following the Daniel Plan which is basically no processed food. If God didn't grow it don't eat it. I actually did really well on it and lost 40 pounds but I got sick and gained 34 of it back. I have to get over my sweet tooth...and mindless eating. <em>29</em> I am aiming for 2 pounds a week. <link>Daniel plan </link> Thanks and hello <BR> Liz Fri, 3 Jun 2016 22:46:08 EST HI !!!!:) 51 yr old mom, trying to lose 50 lbs. going through menopause and have hashimotos. live on the east coast,but my dream is moving to Arizona!!! love my family love plants!!!! currently I'm trying the one meal a day method,I always tend to want to eat at night!! so dinner works for me also going to get my butt back to the tabatas love them,simple quick and they work,drop me a message would love to hear your story !!!! Cheryl Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:27:15 EST Returning Member with 110% Committment! Hi Everyone! Hope ur all having an awesome day. I am a returning member but last time only tried the food tracker. This time I'm doing everything! I want to lose the last 20 lbs before veterinary school in August. #newschoolnewlife #Committment #Day5ChallengeComplete Fri, 3 Jun 2016 07:20:01 EST Nice to meet you all! I joined the site a couple of days ago in hopes of losing fat and gaining some tummy muscle. <BR> <BR> I was many medications as a kid that caused me to be a chubby-chub. I have lost the weight now, but I THINK I have some loose skin (which appearance will improve in time! It already has a little bit!) and a horrid wall of fat around my muscle, causing me to be all jiggly! <BR> <BR> I also have a skin condition (hence meds) and my diet heavily contributes to the conditions 'temper'. This is... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 18:41:08 EST Hi.. I'm new here :) Weight loss buddy? Hi everyone. My name is Katerina I'm 27 y/o I joined this place in hope of finding a weight loss buddy .. someone to keep me on track and vice versa. I am 5'3 and 133 pounds my goal is 110 pounds. Soon I'm going to change all my clothes.. so I need to be in the shape of my life before I buy stuff. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 18:40:46 EST Hello Hello guys! I am new to spark people and would like any tips to lose the 20 pounds I want to lose. I am 24 years old and need friends that are into fitness and healthy eating to accomplish my goals lol.. thank you! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:42:55 EST Hawaiian delights Aloha everyone!! I am back on Sparkpeople after a 3 year break (not sure why), and I am always looking for support and suggestions to help me back to a healthy body and mind. I really want to lose weight and become healthier, cause at my age (60), I must do it now! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:06:56 EST trying to lose... Hello my name is Jacklyn. I'm 21 and weigh currently 213.6lbs. I want to get down to at least 180lbs. I don't have a set amount of time to lose that right now. I just want to do it soon. I am started I have issues being consistent and I make excuses because I work a lot as well as having a 1 year old. I just need motivation and to continue to lose weight. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:58:41 EST Getting started! I am excited to start tracking my food and exercise to lose weight! I am happy of my progress before using this app but now, I am way more impressed of how it makes me aware of my calorie intake. Therefore, it makes me more responsible of what I eat. Thanks! Way to go for each one of us! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 14:30:22 EST Excited About Getting healthy and in shape I am convinced that doing alittle at a time will get me to where I need to be thank you for this forum! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:04:00 EST Hello Gotta get going, I am so heavy it's scary. Would love to buddy up with someone. <BR> I am 62 Tue, 31 May 2016 23:29:31 EST Introduction Hello everyone. <BR> I am hoping we can all reach our goals and share what is working for everyone. I am a registered nurse living on the beautiful Oregon coast. We have cruise planned in October and want to lose about 30 pounds by then. I have not been a huge fan of exercising and sweating in many years so I will need a lot of support get back in shape :) I am here to help others in any way I can, and meeting many new friends! Tue, 31 May 2016 21:11:19 EST Doing it right! I have been on Spark people for 2 weight loss yet, not discouraged just anxious for it to happen. Tue, 31 May 2016 18:36:52 EST hello im looking for new friends to help me reach my goals so please feel free to add me to your friends list! Tue, 31 May 2016 17:52:36 EST Hello Everyone I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST New Day Hi all! I am looking to becoming more involved with this site besides tracking my calories. I am stuck in my own world of eating healthy vs. eating all my heart's desires. No happy medium. Sound familiar? Had unsuccessful weight loss surgery due to my abdomen being too thick. Am being referred to another surgeon who would proceed with the surgery once I lose about 50+ lbs. Now I'm eating emotionally. Confused. Stuck in my fat world. Tue, 31 May 2016 13:18:21 EST new member on spark people Hello, I am an obese lady in her mid 40's and pre diabetic. I also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees, I have tried PT but aquatic therapy is too easy moving in the water is not a challenge for me. I need to lose this body weight. I am going to try walking everyday if not just for 15 minutes at a time and build up strength in my knees. I will also track everything I eat, and be honest about it. Evening time is worse for me because I am sitting searching for something to do. And I ... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:27 EST hi everyone!!! hi, my name is kelly, i am 30 years old , <BR> i have been overweight ever since my teens and have struggled to lose the weight and get motivated and always making an excuse why not to lose weight, but this time around i really am determined to lose the weight,get fit and healthy ready to start my new journey with my future husband who i will be marrying on the 8th oct this year, ( i know just over 4 months away!!) and with my being quite short i always look fat and frumpy and just hate what... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:03 EST Introduce yourself Hi everyone I'm Nala from the lion king. Thanks to my grandkids for introducing me to that wonderful movie. I have been a member since 2012 but did not participate. I began once more at the beginning of this year thinking I could lose the weight by just sheer will. Did not work. I thought about weight lost surgery but was told I would still need to be accountable for what I ate. I began tracking my meals on another site but I like Sparks tracking and meal plan a lot of the food they list I ... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:44:30 EST Back in the saddle Hi everyone! I was very active on this site for a long time, then things happened and I had to be away for an extended period. I am back in the saddle and looking to lose the last few pounds to reach my goal weight. I've really missed this place!! Tue, 31 May 2016 11:19:05 EST Needing a Spark The past year and a half has been very difficult for me. My husband of 33 years died from ALS. Two weeks later I lost my job of 35 years. And just recently I had an episode of stroke like symptoms. I have put on an enormous amount of weight. I need to lose 100 lbs. I really need support of people who are going through or have gone through what I am dealing with now. I cannot afford Weight Watchers and so I turned to this site for support. Mon, 30 May 2016 22:53:46 EST New Member Hello! My name is Kelly, and I'm new here. I wanted to say hi! :) <BR> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:18:19 EST Hi, everyone!! Hello!! It feels relief that I can find a place, where I will be able to express my thoughts, my interests.... A place, where I can stay motivated, because I have started to join a healthy lifestyle many times, but now I know this is a journey, which you can't take alone. First of all, I would like to learn how to live a busy, but healthy life!! I would like also to learn how to maintain my motivation and achieve on goal at a time, by enjoying this process!!!! It is important for me to begin ... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:52:43 EST Hello :) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> This account is new but I had an account on here when I was younger (about 14-15). Just getting back to grips with the website and finding my way around again! <BR> <BR> I am 21, female and 114.9kg (253lbs - 18st1), I've lost 77lbs so far (HW: 330lbs). My weight loss is slowing down and I'm losing confidence in what I'm doing so I'm on here for support and reassurance, and to support and help others! <BR> <BR> I have been obese since childhood (really since I... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:47:25 EST Old but New Hello, I used to hang out here some years ago. Got where I was going and deleted my account. The last 2 years I have been off the rails with bad eating - putting on 60 pounds. I eat a whole food plant based - except for when I'm shoving processed junk in face - which as I've put on weight is quite often. My goal is to eat ONLY whole foods with a plant base. Today is the beginning. I need accountability. Anyone care to partner up for daily emails and support? Mon, 30 May 2016 12:10:02 EST Professional procrastinator <em>249</em> <BR> Good morning! I am looking forward to indulging myself into this community and make drastic changes in my lifestyle. I spend most of my time caring for others. Its time I take care of me. Mon, 30 May 2016 11:47:37 EST Knock, knock. A healthy new you is waiting. I've only had this app for about a month and it's proving to be very helpful. There's a wealth of information on here, it can be overwhelming. But, I'm excited to learn from the experiences of other members as well as the experts. Good luck everyone on your weight loss and healthy new you journey! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:03:59 EST Just saying hello My name is Kayla James I am 23 years old. I am on 145 pounds, I'm trying to lose weight. I was wondering which is the safest amount of weight every week? Is it 1 pound or two? Or will someone mentor me and help me. Mon, 30 May 2016 08:58:11 EST Intrduce myself Hi. I'm Ludie. Been on Sparkpeople since April 13th of this year. Have numerous health problems including type 2 diabetes. Taking way too many prescription medications before. Doctors would not help me get off, just kept adding more. Finally decided I had enough of it. I have lost weight and feel better than I have felt in many years. I love Sparkpeople! Sun, 29 May 2016 22:33:15 EST Introduce Myself I'm Kathy and I just signed up for SparkCoach. I've used SparkPeople off and on for 6 years to develop better eating habits. However, I don't stick with those good habits. I have also tried various ways to increase my activity levels - work outs, outdoor activities and such - but have not made those activities a part of what I do every day. In the six years I have been trying to lose weight and get active I have had three major injuries (broken arm 2011, broken foot 2012, and torn meniscu... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:56:57 EST Newbie alert :-) Hi everyone. I am here on SparkPeople since a couple of days, but really jumped in since this weekend. <BR> I am almost 37 years old and I have to change now. I am complaining about myself all day long. I don't need somebody to talk bad about me, as I am the best negative self-talker. Believe that. But I am getting better in keeping myself to hush and switching the negative into the positive. I was wishing, but not doing anything to make a change. I knew I was not eating right. Wrong food, s... Sun, 29 May 2016 12:32:08 EST Looking to be fit and healthy... So due to a problem with gluten or wheat, I lost a great deal of weight when I gave up all grains. I went down to 110 pounds which made me look model thin, which is way too thin in my opinion. I wasn't exercising so I've come back to Spark to start an exercise program to tone up and I want to find the perfect amount of gluten free healthy grains to keep a little weight on me so I look like a woman and not a stick :). Sun, 29 May 2016 11:58:40 EST Reintroduce myself HI everyone. I have been away from eating healthy and unfortunately, I have put on same weight. I am hoping to lose...quite a bit of weight, and feel better about myself. I know I can't do it alone, and I need the support of people who truly get it! Sun, 29 May 2016 11:46:15 EST New to Message Boards Hi! I am new to using message boards but not new to Sparkpeople. I have tried it in the past without continuing success. So my hope is now to utilize all the tools available for permanent weight loss. Sun, 29 May 2016 08:30:17 EST New to SparkPeople Hi my name is Johnna I am 52 years old and this is actually my 5th day. I've looked at teams and challenges but have only discovered the message board today. I've been overweight most of my life and have tried dieting and some programs in the past. This time feels different, I'm ready to get serious about my weight and fitness. I'm tired of not being able to walk far without being in pain or trouble breathing. I want to be able to walk the malls when my sister comes to town without having to ... Sat, 28 May 2016 10:15:15 EST Healthy over 40? Hi, I'm new to SP, and am looking to finally getting (and staying!) healthy. I'm a 41-year old mother of 3 kids under the age of 6, and I've always found it hard to keep the motivation for exercise going past 3 weeks. Life gets in the way! I'm tired of all the excuses - laundry, too tired after work, guilt for taking time for myself, etc. I'm starting to see that giving myself an hour every day is not taking away from my family, but it's giving them a happy mom who is teaching them the im... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:59:53 EST Exercise for 300+ slow, steady, safe? Hi. I'm Sue. First goal achieved - finally 298. So happy to be on a regular (under 300) scale. Too embarrassing to go to gym at my size. Any suggestions for safe, slow and steady exercises I can do at home? Treadmill helps. Sat, 28 May 2016 07:31:57 EST Hi! My name is Rachel. :) <BR> This is my second go-round with SparkPeople. My first was a few years ago and I went from 190 to 130, but did it in an unhealthy and disordered way--eating under the site's recommendation and pushing my body harder than I should have. Over the course of the last couple years I gained most of it back and went up to 173. I was running out of clothes that fit and didn't have enough money to buy new ones, so weight loss it is, haha. I started back in mid-April and have ... Sat, 28 May 2016 06:20:31 EST Frustration I'm a 54 old lady. I've battled my weight most of my life. About 6 years ago, or more, I'd gotten down to a size 12 from a size 22-24. I felt awesome. Depression attacked... and I gained most all of it back. Now back up to 18-20. I started a diet about 3 weeks ago... low fat, high protein, no added sugar ... lots of veggies. Using a protein supplement for 2 meals a day. Today, I splurged a little... had a 5 inch portion of an italian sub for dinner and a small ice cream cone with crunchies on... Fri, 27 May 2016 21:46:47 EST introduction/how to get into cooking as single Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Carla and I am new here and i am also a member of Weight Watchers. <BR> I am single and I have a hard time getting myself to cook for myself. <BR> I know how to cook but it is hard to cook for just one person. I am tired of frozen dinners. Any hints? Thank you. Fri, 27 May 2016 19:32:44 EST Must take this weight off Hi everyone. I am back using SparkPeople after many years away. My health has brought me back. I have struggled with gout in my toe and phlebitis in my leg for the last couple of months. Common denominator = I am carrying 100 pounds more than my body can handle. I am hoping that participating in the Blogs and Message Boards this time will help me stay on goal. Be back soon... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:22:35 EST Looking for a weightless buddy/supporter! Hi, I'm looking to lose 15 pounds and have been struggling with the attempt for a few years now. I think having a weight loss buddy can help both of us out with the support we need! My main struggle is saying no to sweets...😞 I wouldn't consider myself overweight but I certainly don't like how I look. If I could just get down to my ideal weight I know I'd be a lot more confident and overall a more happy person😋 <BR> Message me if you are in the same boat! Fri, 27 May 2016 10:47:39 EST Hello I have been on SP for awhile. <BR> I lost ~30 pounds on Weight Watchers, and now I am trying to maintain. <BR> I don't have a lot of time, to be on message boards, but I will try to check in at least weekly. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:44:39 EST Not to be defeated Hello! I am definitely not new to battling weight loss. I live in Northern Indiana, summer coming, formulating new goals. Excited to be here. You can call me Wen. Thu, 26 May 2016 14:27:36 EST BUDDIES NEEDED! Hi everyone, I have just purchased a Jawbone fitness device, and am looking for buddies to encourage, motivate, challenge, and support each other. If you also feel the same, then please add me as a friend! My search ID is "Suzanna Hot", with a profile picture of a sunflower :) Thu, 26 May 2016 14:09:41 EST Finding My Happy Ok, so I'm already a happy person, but I'm looking to be healthier (whatever that means) so I can keep up with my family, especially since the kids are getting older! I'm looking to find the path to healthy in a way that keeps me happy and positive. Thu, 26 May 2016 12:43:27 EST New to Board...Not to Weightloss Although I am new to SparkPeople, I am, unfortunately, a veteran to weightloss and health choices. <BR> <BR> I have twice before lost greater than 70 pounds, only to have them pile back on. There are a lot of reasons I can throw out as to why I was unable to keep off the weight, all legit, but they are unsatisfying, and I my goal is to keep the weight off permanently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2016, and I have another 90 or so to go. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:41:50 EST HEY! - Where are all the REAL TEAMS ???? What's Up Spark People! <BR> <BR> Help me out here! <BR> <BR> Where are you hiding all of the REAL TEAMS ?? <BR> <BR> There are many definitions for "TEAM". <BR> <BR> I went online and found this one...and it really resonates with me, especially when I think about weight management teams. <BR> <BR> If you can honestly say that the definition below describes how YOUR TEAM functions... <BR> <BR> I DEFINITELY want to hear from you! <BR> <BR> If not, maybe this will inspire you to a... Thu, 26 May 2016 09:04:08 EST Hello My name is Marci and this is my story. I battled all my life with weight gain . I would go up and down the scales all the time . I had my sleeve on May 16 2016. I am 10 days post op and yes it is hard but in those 10 days I am 18 lbs lighter. My doc had me to 2 weeks pre op Liquid diet and I could have 1 cheat meal a day as in a small salad or a health choice meal. The post op liquid diet I find very easy bc my brain tells me either I'm not hungry or you don't even like that . I have to make... Thu, 26 May 2016 05:52:46 EST Best health and wellness to everyone! I think it's great that more and more people are becoming aware of the links between health, diet, physical fitness and beauty and mental fitness. <BR> <BR> What you eat and what you do for exercise have such a huge effect on well-being! Wed, 25 May 2016 21:33:35 EST Needing support Struggling to get back on the band wagon, and lose the weight I gained back, anyone want to befriend me <em>90</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:05:53 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to spark people and looking to get fit and healthy. I struggle with Osteoarthritis and it has become severe, so I am trying to get back on track with my weightloss and exercise. When I have really painful flare ups it's hard to function and move. <BR> But I am using the tracker on here and slowly starting to get back to a exercise routine suitable for me. Currently I have been doing water therapy which has been really helpful to me. I'm also looking to change my d... Wed, 25 May 2016 14:05:24 EST Fitbit Wearer Hi, I've bee wearing my Fitbit Alta since March & I love it. It make me aware of when I should move, track eating & water. I plan to do great things with it. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:58:05 EST Hello! Hi all, Shy beginner introduction here. Enjoying all that Spark People has to offer, and getting fit in the process:) Daily challenge completed. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:24:49 EST Hi there. Hello! I've joined years ago, but never actively used this site. I've lost about 72 lbs on my own so far, however hoping to find ideas to lose the last 10 to 37 lbs. Hope you all are having a fantastic day/evening/night. Tue, 24 May 2016 21:53:27 EST Completely New To Tracking Apps.... Hi, I'm, Samantha, and extremely New to any of the weight loss tracking apps, and there is so very many to choose from. I've recently started a new diet with a diet pill called, Phentermine, I take, 37.5 mg tablet once daily. My, PCP, limited me to an, 800 caloric daily intake and told me to start out by at least walking 1 mile daily. Height 5'7 & SW 315.2 lbs. with a specific GW 180 lbs. I'd like to achieve this no later than, Jan. 1st, 2017. Tue, 24 May 2016 21:14:12 EST Joining on my three month anniversary! Hi my name is Janet, and I live in California. Today is my 3 month anniversary, after reading the requirements for being a community team member, I decided to join. Sparkpeople is changing my life and I hope to help others in the ways I've been helped. <em>252</em> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:13:28 EST Hello - its me Good Afternoon, <BR> <BR> I started spark-people with a group of people from work, I am hoping this program helps me lose weight and get healthy. Does anyone have ideas on how to get motivated? Thank you Tue, 24 May 2016 15:43:25 EST Hello I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:43 EST looking for new friends plz as not got any hi <BR> ive had to change my email address as my blaze messed up <BR> so im looking to add friends if anyone would like to friend me plz my email is now <BR> <BR> please feel free to add me i dont have any friends as yet <BR> ty Pep x Tue, 24 May 2016 11:59:28 EST Here we go! I've done Sparkpeople a FEW times, but never saw it through to results. This time it's different. I NEED it this time. Day 5 and it's going well!! Tue, 24 May 2016 11:48:00 EST So far so good Feeling sparky, everyone? Hope so! It's Tuesday, almost the weekend! <BR> <BR> I've used various nutrition logs and was looking this time for one I could use both on phone and computer - a lot of them are too tied to one nutritional profile or another, and only one other one I could find has the kind of nutrition break-out SparkPeople does. Logging keeps me on the right track by keeping me more conscious of not just what I'm eating but portion control. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get my sister on ... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:57:34 EST Hi there I just found this website and I'm looking forward to starting my weight loss journey (again!). Bit of back story... When I was 21, I lost 140lbs and kept it off for 15 years. In 2010, my husband and father both passed away and since then I've packed back on about 60lbs. I'm so ready to get this weight off and get back to feeling healthy and being comfortable in my own skin, not to mention my favourite pair of jeans which are languishing in the closet. Looking forward to exchanging support and... Mon, 23 May 2016 21:56:19 EST Day 5 I finally got serious about losing weight and getting healthy. It took a serious talk from the doctor for me to wake up and smell the coffee. The tools on SparkPeoplel are just what I need! Mon, 23 May 2016 18:52:06 EST old user starting fresh Hi Guys. Am on day 5 of the 21 day challenge and I am now using the message board. Super excited and motivated this time! Mon, 23 May 2016 16:55:00 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:20 EST Determined, but in need of support! Hi, everyone. I am not in this to just lose weight. I am trying to create a healthy lifestyle. I am hoping one day it will just be automatic to choose better food and enjoy it. Would love feedback on what has helped you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Thanks. Mon, 23 May 2016 16:11:21 EST Please Help Hi everyone great place just needing to find the right group for me hoping to get some buddies, I have a long way to go hopping to lose 40 pounds, then the rest im from Orlando, FL 32828 my mayor problem is that I don't like eating I'm fine whit a meal also have thyroid problem anyone else Mon, 23 May 2016 15:51:01 EST Hi everyone is really hard to start alone 🙄 <BR> Hi everyone great place just needing to find the right group for me hoping to get some buddies, I have a long way to go want to lose 40 pounds, . Mon, 23 May 2016 15:49:24 EST No more Again Well I'm back but no more again. I have finally gotten to that point where no more again I will loose this 25#. Five yrs. ago I lost 45# at spark and the last 2 yrs. with a lot going on in my life I have gained back 25 so I am finally mind set to do it. I am now 63 and I know it's harder but I will do it. <em>224</em> . Mon, 23 May 2016 15:21:37 EST Been There Done That Hi SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I tried on my summer pants this morning and plummeted into a bit of a depression. Our youngest son is getting married in Sept and I really, really, really want to shed pounds prior to dress shopping. During a water aerobics class this morning I was chastising myself again. I know what to eat, am aware of portion control, am fully accepting that exercise is a necessary component to staying fit and healthy. So why am I still gaining weight?!? Seems like I cannot get... Mon, 23 May 2016 15:01:45 EST new to are waterford lake orlando fl 32828 Hi needing buddys i have a long way to go don't now where to start ...hola buscando compañer@s para comensar a ejersitar no se por donde comensar Mon, 23 May 2016 14:59:54 EST Hello there! My name is Brynn. I joined SparkPeople to try to help me get back into exercising and living a healthier lifestyle. I want to lose around 60 pounds by time next summer comes around. That is, if my husband and I don't decide to have another child by then! We have a beautiful 5 month baby boy. I lost all my pregnancy weight by nine days after he was born. I didn't really gain much weight with my pregnancy, which was surprising, but I was overweight before I got pregnant. I had a lot of problems... Mon, 23 May 2016 12:36:05 EST Having a great day! I started with SparkPeople as a lurker about a month ago, seeing what the place was like while I figured out what to do. I was in TOPS for a long while, but left it recently because the stress of going was worse than the lack of accountability. Anyway, I finally reached my 30 pounds loss (actually thirty and a half!!!) today, and I am chuffed! I thank God--I've been fat/overweight most of my life, but these last ten years have been the heaviest (stressful job, deaths in the family...). Ea... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:49:55 EST Restart Sometimes I wish I was a computer and could just restart when things start going haywire. Well, this is me trying to start anew in the midst of a busy life and chronic illness. I have been putting off the challenge of starting again, but I have even given up on that. It is a huge mountain to climb when you look at it in front of you, but if you pull out your road map and take it turn by turn it isn't as daunting. This is me trying again, with a road map in hand and destination being healt... Mon, 23 May 2016 09:35:24 EST trying again Hello everyone, I have been in and out of spark people for several years. I don't believe I have always taken full advantage of what is offered. My plan this time, it to utilize everything I can to be successful. Mon, 23 May 2016 07:41:47 EST Have sleep apnea, but can't use the CPAP I have had sleep apnea for about 10 years now and have high blood pressure, diabetes, GERD, etc (all from the apnea). My problem is that I am super claustrophobic and can't use the CPAP machine. I have tried to get the dental appliance, but they say my case is too severe. They won't do the surgery either...not that I want that anyway. I've tried hypnotists and everything under the sun, but I can't get used to it. No matter how well I eat, I can't lose weight. Has anyone had any luck trying to... Mon, 23 May 2016 07:00:07 EST fit bit friends Hello I'm new here. I'm looking for some fit bit friends to add Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:34 EST How is everyone? I been with SP now for a month and wanted to introduce myself. I hope to be able to meet my weight loss goals with he help of community members. Sun, 22 May 2016 20:14:28 EST Trying Sparkpeople (again) after 3 yrs of MFP Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been using MyFitnessPal for I want to say 3 years now. Recently, I've had constant issues with the sync between my Fitbit and MFP. Not to mention the app has become super laggy and that makes logging a pain. So I'm going to try Sparkpeople again (tried it in the past, but can't remember why I didn't stick around). <BR> <BR> Some background information about me: <BR> <BR> I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys (4 yrs and 2 yrs) and I'm 5'4.5". <BR> In 2011, I was p... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:15:27 EST Needing some motivation/inspiration Hello.... <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say I'm exactly "new" here since I've been using this site on and off for about 9 years now. But I'm not consistent with it. <BR> <BR> I'm 33 years old. I used to weigh 205 and over the course of 2 years I lost 50 lbs. I look at old pictures of myself and I am so happy that I don't look like that anymore. However, I got complacent once I lost most of the weight I wanted to and I plateaued last year. I haven't budged from the 155-160 range ever since. It's most... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:11:28 EST Newbie Hi Sparkpeople, <BR> I am excited about learning more about nutrition and health. I'm a type 2 diabetic since 2011. I've been trying a fresh food diet with only fish and veggies with no added salt since my bottom number on my blood pressure keeps running high. I use spices now. I find that ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to lower my bg readings especially in the mornings. <BR> However, because I have really bad bedtime heartburn I eat oatmeal before bedtime which I find helps me sleep and allevi... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:55:41 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 14:19:47 EST New (again) I've been a member for a while, but let this one slide for a couple years while I tried other things. Since I'm back that means the "other things" didn't work out and I'm trying once again to get healthy here. I'm a stay-at-home mom of an 11 year old and have trouble with snacking throughout the day or generally just overeating and not moving around enough. I think if I stay focused on tracking all my food and making sure I get out for a walk everyday, it will get easier. <BR> <BR> Have... Sun, 22 May 2016 14:05:57 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 13:26:11 EST Healthy Habits Hi there, <BR> I'm trying to establish healthy habits like regular exercise and eating well. I joined the site 3 years ago but am trying to restart. Currently I am doing the new member and small changes challenges. Sun, 22 May 2016 11:07:42 EST Hello all I am new to spark people. I have a question on nutrition , if I eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day but burn 2500 according to my fitbit. Am I going to lose weight. This is where I get confused. <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 May 2016 21:45:32 EST Back At It! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so ready to get OFF the Up/Down Roller-Coaster of procrastination, excuses, pity parties (I have allowed medical issues that knocked me off track too many times to count to completely control me) & plain ole weakness! <BR> <BR> It's time to BECOME the Strong Woman I know and I desire to be! <BR> <BR> 25 - 30 lbs are not going to be easy to remove since I'm in my 40's and I need to get started NOW! <BR> <BR> It's Time To Change. <BR> <BR> It's Time To Shine... Sat, 21 May 2016 19:04:25 EST Taking this journey again. Hi! I am a mom, grandma and nurse. I had joined Spark People about 10 years ago and lost 50 pounds. Life got busy and I didn't have time to worry about me. Now that my youngest one is on his own I need to concentrate on those 50 pounds that I gained back~~he brought friends with this time and they need to go to!!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 18:26:47 EST To rethink this whole idea diet? Healthy? Hi my name is Karen, I am 65 and my weight is climbing all the time. I work for a small school district as a Food Service Director (which I love) and I also put in part time work at a Bed & Breakfast as a waitress on the weekends. So one can say I am around food all the time. My goal is to loose 30 lbs and try and stay healthy. Now that the summer is coming and the school year is almost over (one more week). This is what I want to do for myself. I want to put myself First!! I have a gre... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:04:54 EST Newbie Well decided to really get into shape once again, I am hitting half way in November and just booked a holiday and have another new grandchild arriving in August. I want to be able to enjoy the grandchildren one is Autistic and he says what he sees as you can image which made me take this step. Sat, 21 May 2016 10:52:34 EST Hello Hi everyone. My name is Rachel. I used to be in great shape, loved working out, dieted diligently, etc. but after high school I started working in food and the weight just packed on. I gained 30 pounds in months and never got if off. Between motherhood and a sedentary job I never had before, I gained even more and just can't seem to shed it effortlessly anymore. <BR> I am hoping to lost fat first and be inspired to make real lifetime changes when it comes to my diet, something I have always ... Sat, 21 May 2016 07:55:02 EST Hello There Everyone My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:47 EST Day One Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:11 EST Restarting a weight loss journey Hello! <BR> My name is Caroline. I joined spark people about 7 years ago but did not use it frequently and eventually stopped. I came back a little over a week ago. In between I reached a peak weight of 336 lbs and since I have lost over 100lbs of that. I Plateaued a year or so ago. I am ready to get back into the swing of things. Fri, 20 May 2016 11:58:31 EST I Need a "True Friend" I Need a “True Friend” <BR> <BR> I probably wasted a good hour of my life and journey tonight on a potential teammate. <BR> <BR> I don't get it. I reach out to people hoping to create something more than a superficial blogging team of cheer leaders, and the folks I have talked so far just aren't into it. <BR> <BR> I don't understand. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone prefer to blog meaningless rah-rah comments to one another, and then claim they are providing, or receiving, anything more ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:16:16 EST Hello! Erm... So I am new. I am terribly over weight, and I would really like to get healthy and lose all this heavy weight that I have been carrying for most of my life. And prevent myself from gaining anymore. <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old and I am currently at my heaviest, that being 235 lbs. I am a student trying to finish up my bachelors degree, and am afraid that I will continue to put other things I deem as more important above my health. Other priorities. But I think it is time that I made ... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:17:38 EST DaisyLou60 I'm new to this community and as I look at some of the recipes I see they use a lot of Splenda. I'm not a big fan of Splenda but would like to still make good recipes - are there other sugar substitutes you recommend? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:27 EST Hello from Georgia! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Amber, from Augusta, GA. I'm a personal trainer at a YMCA, blog owner, and young adult author. I also do ballet, but I'm currently on a break from it while I get my hip fixed and stabilize my finances (no one said making money as a trainer is easy). In the meantime, I'm big into weight lifting and using HIIT as my cardio. Thu, 19 May 2016 17:56:46 EST new member on spark people I am a 43 year old obese woman who desperately needs to lose weight for medical reasons and also reasons to improve my self esteem. <BR> <BR> I little about my medical history, I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, high triglycerides, migraines, hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and allergies mostly all my conditions are controlled by medications. <BR> <BR> It is also hard for me to exercise because of my bone on bone. My doc has t... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:30:27 EST woooo firstie!!! Hi I'm Luna and this is my millionth time trying to get in shape. I am a dance enthusiast, science buff, ex-high school choir geek, and movie nerd extraordinaire. <em>345</em> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:22:53 EST hi everyone Hi everyone, 1st day today. went for a pre op test and finally realised how i have let myself go. so now i am gonna reign in the fat girl and let my slim sexy girl have a chance. ( girl that makes me chuckle im 55 lol ). <BR> so i hope you lot are all doing well and maybe some of you will keep me spurned on to lose that fat person that has taken up most of my life. oh and by the way I have an underactive thyroid if any of you suffer the same would be grat to hear how your all coping, I live i... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:04:47 EST Here I Go Again <em>24</em> I'm new to the Message Boards, but definitely not new to dieting, having struggled with my weight since 4th grade when a doctor put me on diet pills. I've lost count of the number of diets I've been on and have tried every one ever devised. In the last 4 years I've lost 40 pounds twice, only to regain it...twice. I've come to the conclusion that the best plan for me is "calories in/calories out" and once we return from vacation in 2 weeks, that's my battle plan. I loo... Thu, 19 May 2016 07:58:02 EST intro hello everyone I'm a newbie and I like this site so far I'm Jane Thu, 19 May 2016 06:29:53 EST Hello!! I've been gone for awhile. Hoping to get back on track and finally get control of my weight and my health. Wed, 18 May 2016 20:39:18 EST Hi,back again! Hello, <BR> I was a member years ago and stopped sparking. Gained so much weight since then and I am trying again. Does anyone want to be friends with me? I could use the accountability. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 18 May 2016 12:44:08 EST Hello Im Jasper! :) finding ways to make my body thin... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:43:55 EST Hello from Huntington Beach, California! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Barb and I'm new to Spark People. <BR> <BR> I can't believe how much stuff is on this website! I'm still trying to get my head wrapped around everything! <BR> <BR> Until then, I wanted to do a quick intro. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and make some new SP friends. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:48:42 EST Attitude of Gratitude While you are checking out teams to join come visit ours...we would love to have you join us at Gratitude Journals <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Wed, 18 May 2016 07:04:26 EST Is SparkCoach the Right Answer? I am currently in day 3 of my trial, and I am being consistent with "checking-in" with SparkCoach. I am considering if I should continue after my trial is over. Any thoughts? Wed, 18 May 2016 06:50:38 EST New here again This is my first week, so far so good. Nice to see positive people. Wed, 18 May 2016 06:46:07 EST Hi there. Hello. I'm really only doing this so I can check it off of the 21 Day challenge. I digress, I'm Eileen and I need to lose weight. I've been overweight my entire life- not true- I was skinny birth, it's been downhill since then ;). I REALLY do not want to have weight loss surgery, but doing this is sometimes impossible. Then a thought will pop into my head, like, 'if they put a man on the moon then you can lose this weight,' but then I try to rationalize it by saying that 'I'... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:15:17 EST Hello I'm Cindy Just signed up so bare with me. I'm 55 years young and have just recently started walking every morning. Granted I am not and have never been a fan of exercise but, seem to be doing okay so far. I am not on a journey to loose weight, if pounds come off that is just another plus. I started walking because I needed to move...I recently quit smoking and decided to replace an old bad habit with a much healthier habit. Looking for motivation and conversation with like minded people. So hello and l... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:09:02 EST Hello All! Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm not brand new to Spark, but previously never really got into using it. I'm rededicating myself to my health and weight loss goals and look forward to using it on a daily basis as well as making new friends. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being tired all of the time and decided this morning that it's time to get my butt in gear & do something about it! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 May 2016 13:54:41 EST Hi I'm Mallory! Hi everyone. My name is Mallory. I've been off of SP for awhile. I'm 32 yrs old with two children, ages 4 and 6. Since having kids...Ok I'll be honest, I started gaining weight BEFORE I had kids, I've gained over 75 lbs. I'm so tired of being uncomfortable in my clothes, in my skin. Some of the struggles I have are that I am an emotional eater! I eat when I'm happy, sad, mad, stressed, bored, you name it. And I seriously lack motivation. I've tried motivating myself with a new wardrobe, a han... Tue, 17 May 2016 02:03:44 EST Hey I'm Kassandra! Hey I am Kassandra, I am 22 years old. I am married to the love of my life, September will be 4 years. He is in the Army so life has a lot of difficulties. <BR> <BR> We really wanted to start a family as soon as we got married but unfortunately that is not going very well. After 3 years of trying I finally got pregnant, but then sadly miscarried at 7 weeks in November. We were devastated to say the least... I kinda just lost it. Then even though we weren't trying I got pregnant right after.... Mon, 16 May 2016 23:56:24 EST Hello from a musically inclined Grandmom. Hi I am Lynne, age 63. I am reinventing myself to the me I have always wanted <em>521</em> to be, one small step at a time! <BR> Anybody else learning a musical instrument in their senior years? I hate that my belly gets in the way of my holding my guitar properly to play classical music. I hope to change that. I can, and I will. Yes I really will, won't I?! <BR> Tell me I will this time for sure, lol. Mon, 16 May 2016 21:10:34 EST New and Hopeful I am new to this community but I had success years ago with checking in with a weightless community. I had my second baby a few months ago, and since I never lost all the weight from my first pregnancy, I have a lot to lose. I would like to lose about 25 pounds, but right now I am setting a smaller goal of 8 pounds by the end of the school year (I am a teacher). <BR> <BR> I am trying to be nicer to myself and my body and recognize the small changes I am making rather than the big ones I sti... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:29:19 EST Here I go Again Hi, my name is Amber and I am a 30 something year old mom of three boys and a full time nursing student. Since I have gone back to school, I have gained 50 pounds, and would like to see how many of those pounds I can lose before graduation. I have been here before, trying to lose weight, and I do good for the first week or two, then slowly fall back into my old ways. This time I want to succeed, and know I need support. I would love to find a few spark friends who can encourage me along ... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:08:20 EST Carbohydrates Hi! I am very new to this and can't always get on the internet as I don't have access at home. Why is it so hard to keep calories and carbs balanced? I seem to fight this most days but I am getting better. Mon, 16 May 2016 15:26:48 EST Hello!! : ) Hi everyone!! I am new-ish here and have re-committed to sticking with this this time and trying to figure out this whole spark website thing and get the most from it. You are all so amazing all the helpful tips and encouragement you give to everyone - thank you and I look forward to staying here with you and hopefully encouraging some members myself <em>381</em> : ) Mon, 16 May 2016 14:58:41 EST Coming back for a new start I am about 350lbs very obese and I know and need to loose weight, since my son was born he is now 6 i have had no motivation. I want to do this, I plan on using the carb count and go by that also at the end of this week I am giving up all pop, will only drink flavored water or water in general. I will be keeping a diary of what I eat and the exercise. <BR> <BR> I wanted to know what are the best resources there on this site. Thanks for the support Mon, 16 May 2016 14:52:00 EST Are You Really SERIOUS? I want more than cheer leading. I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> I need a close-knit group of people who want to become friends over the long haul that it takes to sustain behavior modification and will result in achieving our individual and Team goals. <BR> <BR> I need cheer leading, but I want accountability partners. <BR> <BR> If you ARE serious, write me back, or check out the team I am starting "I Control Me - Calorie Crushers 01". <BR> <BR> I'm in this fight for life, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:10:22 EST It's Momday..... Live Enjoy life to the fullest Time 2 get ready for a busy lovely Day. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 09:02:23 EST Hello Here as part of an accountability aspect of my weight loss program with my husband. We're apart right now due to work so this is a good way of keeping each other accountable. I'm looking to use 15-25 pounds. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:09:14 EST Newbie Hi I'm Tiaa, new to the SparklePeople trying to lose this weight before my birthday in July. Good Luck to everyone! <em>381</em> Mon, 16 May 2016 00:13:54 EST hi are there any other obese RDs on these boards? I am a rehabbing RD. I have lost 15# since 2/1/16 d/t diet changes, tracking cals on MyFitnessPal, and exercising for an hour most days. I am interested in getting support from other rehabbing RDs, rehabbing Physical trainers (yes I have seen those too), or other health professionals. I am an obese RD who was put into charge of a weight loss class at my job a couple months ago (OMG). I now feel more confident since my belly size has decreased, but these past few months have been mortif... Sun, 15 May 2016 19:59:20 EST Looking to lose I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST Giving SP another try! I love this community and all the potential help it offers. The key is for me to take action and participate, something I did not make the time to do the last time I was a member. Now 5 years have passed and I'm no closer to achieving my weight loss and health goals. I plan to use the trackers, blogs, and message boards to stay on track. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! Sat, 14 May 2016 21:42:13 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello all. I am new to this and I am enjoying it. My Doctor gave me the info and challenged me to use this and lose weight. Sat, 14 May 2016 19:17:04 EST MammaChe I am here not only trying to lose weight but to learn how to love myself through care and consideration. I used food to replace love, I have used food for comfort, I have gained weight because at night when I am lonely cookies and milk replace companionship, but now I am going to change my thinking and let healthy foods love me, instead of cookies. I have not reached this point yet but it is my goal. Sat, 14 May 2016 09:49:45 EST How to find a local partner Hello new here in missippi from vabeach.I dont know anyone.I train boxing 5 years weight train 15 and self learning mma.I really need a partner for grappliing but tried everywhere and dont know where or how to meet a partner,any advice. Sat, 14 May 2016 00:34:08 EST Returning Hello everyone. I use to have an account a while back however I no longer remember that account so I created a new one. <BR> Not really sure what to put on here so if you have any questions just ask. Have an awesome Friday!! Fri, 13 May 2016 16:20:12 EST Starting all over AGAIN! Happy Friday! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! I am not new - but starting all over. I had started long ago, back when I weighed 220lbs and lost just about 80 pounds. I feel off the wagon and gained almost 30 pounds back and cant seem to motivate myself to get into the routine of working out and eating right all the time! <BR> <BR> I have a HUGE family reunion coming up at the end of June, so not only do I want to look great for that, I am so tired of feeling out of shape, I want to... Fri, 13 May 2016 14:09:36 EST Starting Today Hi, my name is Ann I am 54 and married to my husband for 36 years (not all easy either but wouldn't change it). I have always had some weight issues (up and down) my average from age 17 to 35 was 165 but from then on it was a little more every year. However, when I hit 50 It was even more. Now at 54 I weigh 205 and in a size 16/18. I have no energy to play with my grand kids and I want to change that starting today! I look forward to getting to know others that are on the same path. Fri, 13 May 2016 12:39:00 EST Hi Iam new to program My name is tim. I live in the northwest. I am herefor a class assignment and also to get healthy Fri, 13 May 2016 10:54:57 EST Returning to Spark I need to get motivated. I would like to lose 60 to 100 pounds. Any encouragement will help. <em>192</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:33:01 EST Returning Hi everyone! I am returning after not using SP for many years. I've been enjoying how easy it is to log my foods & exercise. <BR> <BR> I love to ride my Harleys, I love plants & animals, camping, exploring new places. Great to meet you all! Fri, 13 May 2016 09:56:06 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:49 EST New here !! Hi !! <BR> I'm indu from india. Gained weight and want to lose it very badly. Hoping to get a online fitness partner!! Fri, 13 May 2016 06:14:09 EST Introducing Myself Hi there! I'm returning to Spark People hoping to be more consistent this time around and actually get results. I have only been back for 5 days and so far it is going better than before - I'm having an easier time with the trackers, etc. Thu, 12 May 2016 23:04:49 EST Hello Hello, My name is Melanie...I am returning to Sparkpeople to help me get back to where I use to be. I had a profile before, but I deactivated it when I became ill. We believe that I have MS, but I have yet to find a doctor to care enough to help me. I have an appointment set up with a new doctor and I am hoping she is the one that cares. I had the lap-band surgery done many years ago, but due to complications, it has not worked for me. With the complications, I lost 60 pounds, but it was unhe... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:01:26 EST New to Sparkpeople I am new to Sparkpeople, Day 4. I have been more successful in a short time than I expected. My blood sugar has dropped alot and I am so happy with this that it is keeping going. I am looking forward to more happiness. Thu, 12 May 2016 19:27:55 EST Time to get serious Hello spark people! <BR> I'm a married twenty-something, and I am a new mom to the most wonderful baby around. However, it's been 7 months and it's time to get serious about losing this baby weight. I've begun this journey by trying to pay more attention to what I am eating, as well as why I am eating. I've begun an exercise regimen. I need to lose about 50-100 lbs to feel good about myself again, but my first goal is 25. Thu, 12 May 2016 14:33:33 EST looking for a running partner in Naperville My name is Mark Brohan. I live in Naperville but spend lots of time on the job in downtown Chicago. I am 58 and am looking for a running friend(s) to go long (and short) on training runs, especially Saturday or Sunday. I have conquered the world of half-marathons and just starting the 16-week program for the Fox Valley marathon on 9/18. <BR> <BR> I can pace about 11 minutes per mile. Current mileage is 15 per week building to 44 per week. I am a nice guy and very friendly -- also now hate ru... Thu, 12 May 2016 13:17:50 EST January to May January 1016 to April 10 I followed my sparks plan. A family illness and some traveling most of April I stopped. After a month I am ready to begin where I am the three pounds I put back on. I am really struggling. I have yet to have a perfect day. Last night scoffed down two wine and half a pizza. Pray today ends better. I began with breakfast , exercise and logging into Sparks. I am turning to the community. Please help me. <BR> I am a 73 yr. old great grand mother. I l... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:54:21 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST Not new, but returning after a hiatus I started spark people a few years ago, but I fell out of the habit and put on some pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm back now with some new goals and new motivation and I intend to stick with it. I have the tools and the mindset this time, something I was certainly missing before. <BR> <BR> I'm excited for this journey and looking forward to sharing it with the community. Wed, 11 May 2016 20:12:03 EST Menopause Hello. So I am not loving menopause! I've gained at least 40 lbs in less than 6 months!! I need help! Wed, 11 May 2016 17:42:45 EST Looking for Support Hi there! Bouncing back from thyroid cancer surgery and facing down POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Ready to do this and improve my quality of life as best I can. Looking for motivation and support as this is a real challenge for me. <em>381</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 14:05:33 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST No idea how to use this website Hey guys! I have no clue what I'm doing, but I saw a bunch of post like this. I want to lose like 75 lbs and want an amigo so we can motivate each other! If you're interested add me or message me? <BR> <BR> THANKS :) Tue, 10 May 2016 22:50:42 EST Hello I'm new (at least a week) on this site. Stopping by to say hello. I have 80 lbs to lose and I'm going to need lots of help! See you lighter. Tue, 10 May 2016 14:48:22 EST Huge mountain to climb Good morning, I find myself at the bottom of a huge mountain that I must climb. I'm fighting breast cancer, trying to lose the weight I have gained since treatment began, and quit smoking all at the same time! I know it sounds crazy and some say just focus on the cancer, but addopting a healthier lifestyle will do just that. Wish me luck! And good luck to all of you with your own mountains to climb!! Tue, 10 May 2016 09:15:38 EST New I'm new here. I'm a 25 year old guy trying to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year if I can. Mon, 9 May 2016 19:14:15 EST New-need accountabiility and support Hey All. <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople (last week) and thought I'd say hello. I've tried other things in the past, but am only really successful if I have support and accountability along the way. Have enjoyed using the app and learning more about the other features of the website so far. <BR> <BR> I'm working on the last year of a PhD program and hoping to add more healthy eating and exercise so the stress doesn't make me insane! <BR> <BR> Female, 34 yo, looking to lose 25-35 pounds ... Mon, 9 May 2016 17:25:45 EST Ready for the next Phase I have been on my journey to lose weight for a little while now. I have lost almost 50 pounds all together. Not close to my goal yet, but closer than I have been! Eating has been the biggest challenge so far but I think I have almost tackled it completely and I make much better healthy choices now. Now my next big thing is moving more. I have my Fitbit Charge and some days I have no problems getting in my first goal of 8,000 steps....other days I struggle to get them in and fall short. I wou... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:09:50 EST freaking out!!!! I've been dieting for a couple of years. Recently I stopped dieting and started eating close to a maintenance diet of 1600 calories. Most days it was between 1300 and 1500. I am steadily gaining weight. Up 7 lbs. I exercise everyday including 3 days a week with a personal coach at a gym and track everything that goes into my mouth with MyFitnessPal app, <BR> I am really worried. What should I do? Mon, 9 May 2016 03:17:01 EST baffled about weight maintenance I am really worried. I was on a weight loss plan using MyFitnessPal and faithfully counted my calories. I started at 133 and lost down to 131 and stalled. After a couple of weeks I decided that possibly I was not going to lose that last pound because it might be a vanity pound. I started eating more towards my maintenance calories but almost never up to the 1640 calorie amount. Mostly I stayed around 1400- 1500 a day. I started gaining weight at an alarming rate. I'm now at 138, the most I've... Sun, 8 May 2016 23:41:50 EST Ear health I keep seeing joggers in the neighborhood and on sparkpeople wearing headsets while walking/jogging/or running. DANGER to the EARS? I know from other's experiences while in Air Force. Caution!!! Sun, 8 May 2016 22:01:20 EST New to Sparkpeople <em>30</em> This is my start Photo. I am new to Sparkpeople. I have type 2 diabetes and have been trying to lose weight for 5-6 years with no luck. Looking forward to getting the motivation I need to keep going. Sun, 8 May 2016 20:00:53 EST Hi All Hi All My Name Is Tracy <BR> I live in Calgary, AB Canada <BR> I will be 46 on May 18 <BR> My Goal is to lose 45 pounds <BR> I can't walk very well I have knee problems I cannot straighten my right knee and I walk with a cane <BR> which make it hard to excercise which makes it hard to lose weight <BR> I have tried everything to lose weight but instead the weight keeps adding on <BR> and the more weight I gain the harder it is on my Knee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 17:14:23 EST