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 Hello from Canada!! Hello there!! I am looking for buddies !! I am an on again off again dieter, I have been on and off Weight watchers for many years!! I lose 16 pounds or so then stop and get fed up... I really don't know why. The points and figuring out what to eat can be tedious, and their barcode scanner is horrible!! Their message boards are mediocre, and WW doesn't mediate the boards so you have to email them if you have a problem. Hey it works for some people. But I thought I give this a try and see ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:49:04 EST Motivated~! Hi (: my name is Sarina. I am a full time student, teacher, and Arbonne representative so health and learning is definitely my thing! My big goal is to go back to my healthy and beautiful body that I know and love at 120 lb. My smaller goals is to take gluten out of my diet Monday - Friday; cut dairy down to once and maybe even not at all during the entire week (and absolutely no cow's milk); to have 20 min. of cardio Monday - Friday; and to have 15-21 min. of strength throughout the week wit... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:33:12 EST Trying for the first time Today is day 10. For the first time I trying an organized plan. I have somewhat managed to keep my weight in some sort of restraints. But I have to face it, I can do better. I have never liked the idea of counting calories or carbs, measuring portions and what have you. I have never been a goal setter. Goal have always represented a deadline to meet. I grew up that way. As a kid homework was put off until the last minute. That project due in 2 weeks was done on day 13. <BR> <BR> No I have a... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:12 EST New to Beck Hi, I am working through the Beck book. I am 60 and although I need to a lot of weight, I would we happy with just 20 pounds. Would love a diet buddy. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:30:52 EST Just Saying HI!! Hello! I was asked to introduce myself to the site. I am a stay at home mom of 4 young kids, plus 3 other older kids that visit us regularly. After going through a bunch of stuff last year and then having my last child in October 2014, I decided it was time I was ready to take care of myself. I joined Jazzercise in January 2015 and attend regularly and have already lost 20 pounds. However, I kind of hit a stalling point and haven't lost much recently, so my sister/mom told me about SparkPeopl... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:29:38 EST Florida. Hello everyone!! Hello, looking for friends and support on this new healthy eating lifestyle!!! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:00:27 EST brand new to sparkpeople Hi, I am new to this group. I make plans and plans and plans and don't follow thru at all. I do it or rather don't go to the gym,etc...out of fear. Fear of change, being a stranger, and just plain anxiety. I was fit when I was young. Stopped exercising in every way at 45. Gained 50 pounds. Now I find I may do some activity but never follow through the next day. I am looking to this group for a community of people I will be accountable to. People who will motivate me because you understand or... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:18:31 EST Friends I am searching or friends who are approximately my age and who are relatively new to SP. Please check my SP page for more info about me. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:17:21 EST Back after years. Afraid to weigh myself. I've been away for several years and have gained back the 50 pounds I lost and maybe more. I've lost that same amount probably 5 times in my life. Now that I'm older, that weight is coming on faster and leaving more slowly. I refuse to get discouraged and need to get serious instead. Feeling a little overwhelmed, but here I am. I'd love just one tip to get me started. Thanks and see you around! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:02:23 EST Starting Again Hi all. I'm not really new here. I created my account awhile ago but never really kept up with it. Two months ago, a friend and I joined WW Online. I really like the program and find it very easy to follow. It's more convenient to count points than calories, at least for me. I've never kept up with tracking food until I started WW. I use the app on my Kindle, and I've found it's the method that works for me. So far, I've lost 23 pounds but still have about 40 more to go. But I've def... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:26:22 EST HI my name is Judy This is my first time joining any kind of on-line group except for taking on-line classes. I am excited but it does seem a bit overwhelming, so much information. I desperately want to lose weight to avoid health issues and have seen Sparkpeople's website before. I have joined WW many times and my success has been up and down. Here's hoping.... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:49:56 EST Hi from Wisconsin. I'm pretty new to Spark People, been a member for 1 solid week. I'm 62, and retired. I say I'm new to Spark People but I have actually joined previously but felt it was too time consuming when I was working. Now that I'm retired, I've recommitted to it. I look forward to talking with people. I've read some of the Spark Stories and they are so inspirational. I realize how valuable a support system is. <img src=""> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:52:05 EST Not new, but back to start again. Was on here in 2010 slacked off and now getting back on track AGAIN. Looking for support and motivation. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:51:18 EST I'm here... where to start? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am here now, committed to losing weight without any excuses. I have been walking 10,000+ steps every day for the last two weeks and tracked my calories + drinking 2 liters of water a day. <BR> I have decided that this time around it will be a long, slow effort, and not some new fad diet. However, I would love to hear if anyone have any small steps they can recommend to lose weight? Something that have made a difference for you :) <BR> <BR> Thanks, stay healthy and... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:52:37 EST Looking for support to loose 61.7 ibs To take hold of ones life. <BR> <BR> I turn 29 this year. Somehow, I always thought that to become a responsible adult is something that happens automatically. But that is clearly not true. <BR> <BR> How many times have I told myself that I should start my new life: <BR> -At New Year <BR> -At the end of the month. <BR> -Next week <BR> -Tomorrow <BR> -Today (?) <BR> <BR> And how long does my new life last? Maximum 10 days <BR> <BR> So, what's the big things that my new life shall consist ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:05:30 EST Rebecca Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am new to Sparks People. I have a weight loss goal of 150 lbs. My husband and I are doing it together. I live in the Palm Harbor area. Would love to meet people in my area with my same type goals. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:05:34 EST hi walter here!! hello everyone my name is walter and im new. im joining to reach my goals in order to change my life for the better. <BR> im currently 500lbs at 5'6 height and im joining so i can lean to reach my goal of reaching atleast 250lbs. my main sources of exercise are walking and a 100lbs heavy bag. my montly budget for meals per month is about $200. any help and support will be greatly taken so i can start things on the right path and continue strongly. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:12:02 EST Hello Day 1 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:51:17 EST Welcoming support I'm new to Spark and hoping to get lots of support. Need to lose 30 pounds, in my fifties, and I have a lot of bad habits to break. <BR> Going to try to follow the spark menu plan this week, and I am joining planet fitness tomorrow! Wish me luck! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:29:57 EST wanna get healthy and happy Hello my name is Carter first time on any fitness forum I am an ex heroin low life drug addict who is turning his life around im in the middle of a life changing transformation building lean muscle and changing everything about my health i feel better than i ever have in my life ill post my before and afters next week and maybe more people will want to do what im doing to change my life along with others Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:07:13 EST New here and over 70 years old Hello everyone, <BR> I used to belong to SparkPeople many years ago and just today decided to come back for support. I would like to lose 20 pounds and I'm 73 years old. Are there any other gals on here that old? LOL.....I can't exercise much because of arthritis in so many places, but I love to do water exercises when I can get to the local Y. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:00:06 EST newbie here needs to lose wight. Hi everyone i a, and am not new to sight.I signed up a year ago just cause this we free but am back because I really need help.I need to lose at least 39 punds do to health issues.I want to feel better for myself and for family.I am mother of 5 and grandmother of 9.I really enjoyed reading all the success stories and hoping by Christmas I can be one.I am a happily married housewife of 23 years and hubby supports everything I do..Looking forward to making friends one here that will keep me mot... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:52:05 EST Hi! I just signed up yesterday! I going to change my life for the better! <em>30</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to gain friends here & help out others as well Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:08:57 EST Canadian fellow losers??? Hello any Canadians out there??? would like to hear from you!!! <em>524</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:32:11 EST Looking for a buddy(ies) - 20s/30s with 75-100lbs Hi! I am very active on social media/texting/FB/tumblr/IG etc. and find that if I can keep contact with someone with similar goals, and who really wants to do the work/get this done, we can be successful together. I am ok with a group or more than one person… would love to chat during the day, stay focused, discuss ideas and set backs, someone who is very serious about change. <BR> <BR> I am starting up with fitness/meal plan on Monday (yes another Monday, hopefully the last) and ready t... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:58:33 EST Hi guys I am new today Just to say I am ànxious to get started. I am a fairly new diabetic still trying to get the wrinkles out. Looking forward to meeting people and just chatting and enjoying the company. Thank Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:15:05 EST Hi, Songwriter originally from UK now living in Washington State. Over the last 2 years , my emotional life has hit the lowest i could ever remember, I have lots to be greatly for in life but I feel i have nothing worthy and nothing left to offer anybody. I piled on the pounds because eating is my only source of happiness but its a short lived happiness as you look at you ever increasing disgusting body and say why bother with all anymore. But I am a fighter :-) and i will try just one more tim... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:55:41 EST Hi, I'm new! I joined three days ago and am motivated to keep track of food and do the 7 day challenge. I hope to meet new people who can help me attain my goal of losing 11 pounds by my birthday in October. I have that middle age pooch on my stomach and have let my strength training go, though I walk every day. Excited to be a part of this community. <em>224</em> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:27:59 EST I am new to spark people...A little about me hello, I am new here. I am a 42 year old female that weighs a little over 350 pounds and my self esteem and self image is down the drain. I also have health problems associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, borderline diabetic, sleep apnea, arthritis in knees and feet,depression and anxiety. I want and need to lose weight, but the thought of it is just overwhelming. Any advice. My doctor told me just take it one day at a time but she is not in my shoes. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:55:08 EST Better late than never! <em>128</em> Time is of the essence. I believe you have to strike while the iron's hot....well ... personally I have to do that. I feel motivated RIGHT now to be on track to shed these 40 (maybe 60 :/) extra pounds I picked up the last few years. <BR> I joined SP on June 1st... And somehow I neglected to come to this hub and introduce myself! Better late than never. <BR> I'm still busy, I haven't won lotto, I still don't have much free time and my commute didn't get any shorter... BUT I'm ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:17:10 EST start on the right track Hi I looking for a new way to lose weight. I'm having problem.. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:57:09 EST Ready to love myself again I am 29 years old and over weight. I've been struggling with my weight for almost 7 years now and as much as I want to get it off i can't seem to stick to any diet or excerise programs. Strange how you can want something so bad and you have the power to change but yet you don't. I'm done. I'm tired of being fat. It's been too long since I've looked in the mirror and liked what I saw. I'm sad a lot. But also I'm tired and I can feel that it's due to my weight and my health problems. I just sig... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:15:02 EST Back on Track Like many people, I've tried SparkPeople before and then just lost interest or got discouraged when I felt I wasn't seeing an improvement fast enough. Now that I'm older and much wiser, I've decided to try it again. My goal is to lose 100lbs by October, 2016 and I feel that I can achieve it. I'm nearing 30 and I've seen how all the older, unhealthy members of my family age and I don't want that future. I am well worth all of the effort I put in. <BR> Anyways, I am always on the look out for... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:44:06 EST Hello My first day on Sparks excited for a new beginning Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:43:32 EST Hello I'm Neethu. Looking for good friends and support. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:15:46 EST Introduction Hi everyone, my name is Peggy. I'm 59 years old and disabled, and trying to find a to lose weight. I'm a mother of two wonderful girls and a grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:25:54 EST Hello! How to stick around? I've been on and off Sparkpeople for several years now, but never stick around for more than a week or so. Tracking becomes so boring and it makes me more obsessive about food. However, I know it works and would like to really stay on Sparkpeople and accurately track. <BR> <BR> How do you do track your food? After each meal? Once a day? The day before? <BR> What motivates you to keep tracking after the newness wears off and it becomes boring? Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:46:18 EST How does a gamer lose? Hello SP community! <BR> <BR> My name is Emily, I'm 32, no kids, no husband, and this will be my 2nd start with Sparkpeople. My first go with SP ended a few months back, "technically" but I stopped altogether a couple years ago. The SP emails kept coming in but I had started deleting them and stopped logging, blogging and exercising altogether. And boy it's been a rough. <BR> I had success in 2008 when i dropped 25lbs and I almost reached 200 pounds; a weight I hadn't been at since I was 15... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:01:40 EST starting over I have been an inactive member since 2013 and at that time I weighted 161, looking to lose 26 lbs. Since I discovered my husband's infidelity last summer, my weight keeps climbing up. I gained 24 lbs in less than a year and the number continues to rise. I am sad and depressed all the time. I have no energy to do anything. Weight loss used to be so easy but now I am going to be 50 by the end of this year, I noticed it's incredibly difficult this time. I have no intention to stay down forever, ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:13:52 EST Looking for a Motivated Partner Losing 100+lbs Hi, <BR> I am looking to lose 140lbs, and would like a committed, motivated weight loss partner looking to lose a similar amount of weight. I am looking for someone to keep a weekly log/chat with, and perhaps a bit of a friendly competition to keep us both on track. <BR> Ideally this person would be looking to lose the weight quickly, but in a healthy way. I would prefer if they would keep in regular contact about progress and goals. I am looking for someone that will not give up until they... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:48:45 EST newbie Hi I was wondering if anyone out there has had a gastric bypass but didn't lose the weight promised? That would be me I feel like I have a few different challenges with trying to loose weight since there are some foods that I can't tolerate and can only eat so much at one sitting problem is what I do eat is usually high in calories and I eat more often than I should as the doctors tells me. I only lost about 50 pounds with the surgery and have about 80-90 pounds more I could lose. Is there ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:25:05 EST newbie guy After trying out (and deleting) several online diet trackers I found Sparkpeople. I really like this one. Easy on the eyes, great food log, and best of all it's free. Hope to find some friends, groups, and challenges. Recommendations appreciated. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:35:48 EST Accountability challenge Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on sparkpeople for I'd say a hot minute. I'm 37 years old and have always had issues with my weight. Some things I could control some well let's say not all medications are created equal in the weight gain department. <BR> <BR> I have a warped sense of humor (see above statement) it helps me deal with weight issues. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and well the makes me crave really crave them. Carbs are carbs and I know I need to stay away but... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:56:10 EST Hello fellow spark members I am new to Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Working towards weight loss goal of 40 pounds as I train for end of the year marathon. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting many of you and learning from your successes! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:49:37 EST New Life, New Choices Hello! I'm a 30 something mom of 2 kids. I went through a tumultuous divorce, and was lucky enough to meet, 3 years later, a great guy who's supportive, and responsible. He thinks I'm beautiful the way I am, but I feel the need to lose the 40 or so extra lbs I'm carrying around. Can't wait to get to know some people on here, and utilize some of the information I've already picked up from Spark!! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:40:32 EST Starting over for the first time ... Hi, <BR> <BR> I was an inactive member of Spark people; so, I guess you can say I am back for the first time.I joined the site five years ago because I was an overweight mom and I wanted to feel like myself again. I lost a bit of weight but then I got pregnant with my scond child. I am back again because I feel hopeless, lazy, unmotivated, sluggish and I am constantly tired. I am hoping by joining sparkspeople community i will have a greater chance to achieve my goals by meeting motivated pe... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:12:26 EST New Chapter 2015 Beginning Again 2005-2015 .. Hello My name is Dee and today I was led to this site after a doctors appt. Did not realize it has been 10 years since i became a member and i still fight the same battle. Today is the day I say Die Flesh Die... I am going to defeat the IN NER ME Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:23:18 EST Finally losing weight! So I created this account a long looooong time ago hoping it would motivate me to lose weight. I ended up avoiding it :) especially when the weight stopped coming off. I have been in the 190-200 bracket for the past two years and no matter what I tried, the weight would not come off. <BR> <BR> A Little About Me <BR> I am 33 and a mother of two. I have suffered with PCOS, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol for the past several years.( Before kids, I was always in the gym, ate clean, a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:05:43 EST Hello my name is Denise Hoping this will give me some motivation with some positive thoughts. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:06:43 EST Hello I am new to SPARKPEOPLE as of a few minutes ago! I have also taken a clean eating pledge for the next 30 days! Looking forward to meeting you all and earning some "clean eating tips". Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:01:45 EST Support System Hey guys, Something came to mind today. I always try to find people to add to my friends list but, it seems like its hard to find active people on this website. Alot of SP Pages are from 2013 ect. So, if you active NOW and you want support NOW.. Add me as a friend!! We need all the support we can get! Im here for you guys!! Love you all, and lets get this weight loss journey accomplished with the thoughts and ideas of others!! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:33:34 EST Round 2 Well, I am back for round 2. I was extremely successful before and met my goals..lost 50 lbs and joined the Army. Now, 6 years later, I am out of the Army following injury, multiple surgeries and Tachycardia. I have found all that I lost, lost what I had gained and my new motivation to keep the weight off is trying to find my happiness and being more active with my family. I am tired of being teased and lectured about my weight by friends and family. I have lost faith in myself and am upset... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:40:00 EST New - Hello!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting my journey of self improvement. My husband is in my corner, but boy do I realize I need a support system to pull me over that goal line. This is exciting and nerve racking to take on, as I have failed in the past. But, here is being positive to new things in life! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:55:42 EST HMR Friends?? Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm starting HMR for the 2nd time. I had great success 2 years ago, but did not stick with the lifestyle change after Phase 1. I'm back. Determined to do this and keep it off forever. Looking for other HMR participants, who would like to support each other on this journey! :) Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:42:49 EST great active spark teams HI all, <BR> <BR> I was a very active member of Spark in the early days. I have got to get back on track. Its been several years and the spark teams that were very active, fun, and helpful are now inactive and no more :( SO what are some fun active spark teams that are super encouraging and friendly? Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:45:32 EST Newbie ~ Trying to loose 100+ lbs Hello Everyone. My name is Heidi and I just joined SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Just need some advice on where to start; I need to loose approximately, 169 lbs and I honestly do not want to have bariatric surgery. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting some new people and making new friends. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Heidi Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:48:33 EST Weight loss buddy? Hi my name is liv, I'm 20 years old and I'm looking for a weight loss buddy, I'm looking for someone that would be willing to text me everyday and give me support when cravings hit. I would give you the same support! There would be no meeting in person or anything, just a texting based support buddy until we meet our goals. If you are interested, please reply with a phone number. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:16:03 EST 2nd time around Hi! <BR> I've been here before. Before kids that is. I lost 30lbs using the great tools on this site before I had 2 little ones, and things seem to have gone downhill from there. I had gestational diabetes with both. I was on super strict diets each time to manage it and did well. I only gained 20 with each pregnancy and lost all the weight immediately. BUT...then since I was so strict, I felt like I needed some time to let go and recover after each. I was nursing and eating what I wanted wit... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:44:49 EST Hello I've been yo yo dieting for months now and I'm proud to say, I think I am FINALLY going to succeed because I'm MENTALLY ready, unlike before. I'd love some weight loss support and tips to help me along my new journey if anyone would help. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from someone soon. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:49:44 EST HELLO EVERYONE Hello all! My name is Missy, I'm a thirty-something Mama with 2 kids. <BR> <BR> I've been down this road before, years ago. Lost a lot of weight and have now, 8 years later, gained all but 15 pounds of it back. <BR> <BR> It's so frustrating because I know exactly what I need to do, I just can't stick with it. I found the most successful time I had was when I was on Sparkpeople with other people. The accountability kept me going strong. So hear I am again, and if anyone has recommen... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:30:54 EST Carpe diem! Lost weight two years ago. Felt wonderful but not to goal. Then had Total Knee Replacement Surgery and took year to recover. I feel pretty wonderful now but in process of recovery gained back weight I lost and have not had any desire to stay on a diet past two days. <BR> I entered my goals and see that if I follow the plan I can be at goal weight for my 66 th birthday and that is a very pleasing feeling. All week I have been noticing slim people as in Oh I can be thin like that. That is a... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:46:19 EST new and unsure of plan I am just getting started. I wonder if you all are following the meals they post? Which ones have you enjoyed? <em>249</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:39:49 EST newbie from Indiana Hello y'all my name is Angie originally from Michigan but I've been a resident of Indiana for the last 11 years. I have been on a fitness journey now for the past 4 1/2 months which all started with the squat challenge. I was originally 235 lbs before i started and am currently at 210 quite an improvement but a ways to go to my goal. I am here for support and to help support others. I am not a member of a gym i just use alot of youtube and outdoors for my workouts. I have just started trying ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:18:14 EST The time for change is now! I've been an emotional binge eater for a long time and I never made the connection that it was moods, emotions and feelings driving me to binge eat until recently. I believe that diets have not worked for me..and there were many...because I need to work on the inner me...I need to start feeling emotions rather than covering up the issues with food. <BR> A week ago I had a bad binge episode and the next day I woke up drained and feeling like my body was sick....that morning was the pivotal poi... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:01:32 EST Take 2 I activated this account years ago and I decided to come back yesterday. I really want to stick to it this time around. I look forward to sharing and hearing about experiences. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:22:53 EST Hi, looking for a good workout buddy in Pensacola! Hi, I am a new member living in Florida. I signed up hoping to find a good workout buddy in the Pensacola area. I enjoy walking, aerobics, zumba, yoga and water aerobics classes. I am wanting to stay as healthy as I can and continue on toning and having a healthy body, not trying to lose any weight. My weight stays about 110-115 lbs, currently 112 lbs. I am a young, happily married woman. My husband is in the military stationed here. We enjoy the beach and all new experiences and adventures t... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:55:05 EST I'm back Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:37 EST Back to the Climb Hello all! My name is Heather and I have technically been a member since May 2013, but only used my account consistently for about... two days. <em>20</em> <BR> I lost 35 lb in '13, however, life happened and my determination wasn't quite solid enough to keep going or maintain that loss. Emotional eating got the better of me and I'm currently 20 pounds up from that loss. I'm starting fresh and am excited to use SP and all of its supportive members as a resource for motivation and success!... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:12:11 EST Starting Fresh Again...!!! Hi <BR> My name is Shy, once again I end up back here, starting Fresh Again..... I've been on several programs to get this weight off... I'm on this mission this time to stick with it... I don't understand, I can give things up for Ash Wednesday which is in Feb/Mar and runs until Easter.... I loose weight inches and everything. So one thing I can't do is keep it off and continue I stated a few months ago I was going to continue since the summer months are here and you can no longer hide behi... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:21:43 EST Starting Fresh Again...!!! Hi <BR> My name is Shy, once again I end up back here, starting Fresh Again..... I've been on several programs to get this weight off... I'm on this mission this time to stick with it... I don't understand, I can give things up for Ash Wednesday which is in Feb/Mar and runs until Easter.... I loose weight inches and everything. So one thing I can't do is keep it off and continue I stated a few months ago I was going to continue since the summer months are here and you can no longer hide behi... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:20:48 EST hi peggy here I am Peggy. 49 pounds to lose. I don't know what to do. Low carb high fat, weight watchers contradict one another. I want to eat healthy and the right amounts. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:24 EST Newbie looking to get back on track Hi there <BR> <BR> Ive touched in on this site before but I'm looking to make a real go of it now. <BR> <BR> After a year of mishaps, I've recently had surgery on my leg (last wednesday recently) so I'm aiming to recouperate by eating better with some recipe ideas and then get physically back on track with your good selves. <BR> <BR> Feel free to drop me a message, I'll be looking for tracking buddies to help me travel this path. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Magz <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:33:50 EST Hello, just getting started. Hi, I just joined yesterday. I'm here, like everybody else, to get healthier and stay that way. I haven't been in the healthy weight range since elementary school. I'm 18 now and just graduated. I want to start this new chapter with good goals and a new perspective. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:55:03 EST Hello everyone. New here Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 51 years old and have about 50 pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. I have already lost 15 doing 16:8 intermittent fasting but need to be a little more aware of what I eat and my exercise routine. I also have acid reflux which made the initial stages of 16:8 somewhat challenging but I think I have worked out how to manage that fairly well. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I am the mother of one. I work with adults with disabilities and am an artist. ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:13:08 EST Back again Been a while but after some surgeries I'm ready to get rid of 60 lbs. I have 5 grandchildren ranging from 17 years old to 4 months old. I'd like to be that active fit grandmother who is fun to be with. So I've signed up for the. 5%challenge and looking forward to a blast of a summer. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:05:06 EST Hello from Puyallup WA New today. Want to do something good for myself but finding it difficult. I don't know what I'm afraid of. Hoping to find strength and support in this community and find myself along the way. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 03:55:29 EST Hello from TN Hello, my name is Rita, I am 49 years old, and want to lose 17 pounds. I just found Spark and am excited. Everything else seems to want your credit card which I refuse to pay to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I have always been a thin petite person but recently went through menopause and the fat hit the middle. That on top of quitting smoking two years ago has landed me with too much fat in the middle and I feel so uncomfortable in my clothes. So, I am starting my journey tomorrow. I am so confused ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:17:39 EST Just keep swimming! Hey y'all, I am new and thought this would be a good place to start posting. I am trying to get healthy and lessen my health issues. Everyday i am tired, in pain and just feel like crap. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:21:22 EST New-want to feel good and golf more Hi <BR> I am new to SparkPeople, but excited by all the experts and support offered. I am recently retired and getting back into golf. But my weight makes it harder to feel good the whole round. So I want to lose about a 1 pound a week until I lose 60 pounds. It is going to take a while but I understand I need to change my lifestyle to keep it off. <BR> Thanks in advance for all your help! <BR> Kate Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:45:08 EST Hey Hey everyone, I'm looking to lose 30lbs for my big day at the end of the year. It's always been a struggle to push to be successful. I hope I will be done. I'm really looking for some encouragement. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:10:08 EST Hey Hey everyone, I'm looking to lose 30lbs for my big day at the end of the year. It's always been a struggle to push to be successful. I hope I will be done. I'm really looking for some encouragement. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:09:51 EST Hello Spark Members Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. The reason I am joining this active board is because I am feeling overwhelmed, sad, tired, and am not doing any exercise and/or eating well. Hoping to find some support here....Have a great day and a wonderful Father's Day!! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:43:36 EST Hi Friends My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST Greetings! Just joining today, looking to lose 35 lbs. No particular program, working to get back to plants-based eating. I need to move (forget move MORE..just move!), have goals and work this. 35 lbs. Let's go! Nice to meet you. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:00:38 EST What to do when you don't like your teeth;-( <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>40</em> <em>526</em> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:48:17 EST I am new to spark people Hi everyone, Tammy here. I am 42 years old. I weigh just about 350. I am really sick of looking the way I do.. I need to lose weight, the correct way where it doesn't creep back up on you. I know I have a long haul to lose the weight. I know it is a lifestyle change but don't know where to start. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:37:21 EST Positive attitudes!! Love seeing all the people that want to lose weight and get healthy!! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:06:12 EST Hi I'm back again... Several years ago I lost 75 lbs. Unfortunately I gained back 40 so here I am again. I am looking forward to getting healthy again and feeling good about myself. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:49:28 EST just saying hello. hi,molly herejust started with spark people.having fun ,enjoying it . Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:12:26 EST Hi, back again! Tried SparkPeople before and several others in between as well as having 2 children and I'm back again. I recently went to the zoo with my family and had a blast at the newly reopened children's zoo at the Bronx Zoo...yes I'm from NY. Anyway, I saw a picture of me there and I could not recognize myself. I wanted to delete me from the picture. The last thing I want is for my kids to look back at family pictures and say "Mom, where were you?" So I am committed and going to do my best! <BR... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:41:41 EST need more sleep hi my name is karon i need to eat right and get more sleep my goal is to loose 10 pounds. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:17:53 EST new/looking for walking buddy nyc Hello im new and looking for a walking buddy then eventually ill get fitter to run ,im in nyc .thankyou and gluck to all :-) Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:04:35 EST I am ready to get fit, no matter how long it takes Hello Beautiful Spark People! <BR> I had to take a time off but I am back and ready to tweak my trackers to make them work for me. I have some health issues so each day is a chemical experiment within. Spark People has great trackers and reports for me to make decisions and adjustments. <BR> Thank you, all, for being here and focusing on making yourselves better while helping us figure out how to make it work. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:20:17 EST I am going to do this...60lbs I have been on sparkpeople for more than a year...1st time I put in my weight and what I ate that day...I'm heavier now then I was a year ago...yesterday I started a new chapter...I am reading everything - eating right and have gone walking 2 days in a row...I am going to do this <em>521</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:42:54 EST New here, need help! Hi all! My Dr recommended this site mammy years ago, but I never joined. Little about me, mom to 2 boys, nurse, and I work for a biometric screening company right now. I've lost around 25# since lay September, but I need to lose more. I have chronic low back pain and my main goal is to not need pain medication daily. (I guess really that's two goals)! Mostly though, I want to be healthy and able to keep up with my kids! <BR> Excited to learn from all of you! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:41:47 EST Hello Sussex Co Hi I am a new in the area and am looking for friends who share common interests. I enrolled in a nursing program at University a year or so ago and am starting my new life here. I am a transplant from a big suburban city (San Francisco, Oakland area) <BR> I love the small, gentle quaintness Lewes beach near Rehobeth and can't imagine living anywhere else. <BR> Peace Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:50:53 EST A new beginning. Hey all. Im taking the first step toward a fitter life. I am getting on in my years and want to enjoy as many as I can. Glad to be here. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:27:30 EST I want to lose weight fast Hello <BR> My name is Taline and i want your help so i can lose 3 KG per week. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:35:41 EST New and hoping to stick with this This sounds like a wonderful site with all the articles, videos, and help to stick to something. I have type 2 but it gets better when I take metformin. I just wish I had discipline. I have so many body aches, and I know that losing weight will help. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:17:37 EST 100 lbs overweight...very depressed that I am big Hello my name is Olivia. I am 35 years old and I am looking to start losing all this weight that I have gained. I am 5'7 and I weight 240 lbs. I am considered obese by BMI standards. Well, the problem is that I was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis in my right leg. Plus, I have high blood pressure. I need to get a handle on this because I don't want to get diabetes (runs in my family). Plus, the fact that I weigh this much has really lowered my self esteem. I hate how I look that I cover ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:02:21 EST jmct's SparkPage Hello. I am new to the whole "Spark People" thing and just sort of stumbling around trying to get traction as I recuperate from a recent surgery. All the articles and pictures of grinning young Spartans are a little over-powering, but my commitment to get into the flow of things (even if I am only shuffling along in the slowest of slow lanes) remains strong. Is anyone out there who has some similar impressions? <BR> peace. jmct. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:00:26 EST hello all Well just putting it out there. Hi all. I am starting this journey once more so yeah. Looking for friends and buddies to know along the way. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:49:46 EST looking for friends new on here Hey whats going ony name is ivan and im new just setting up my info now . But im here for pretty much the same reason why everyone else is getting health and losing some weight. Figured it had to be easier with the help of people then alone feel free to please hit me up or add me i dont know how it works but love to meet new people Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:32:35 EST I need help How do I go about getting started. I would like to join a team but have no idea how. I joined spark many years ago but never used it. I now have gained so much weight that I am totally disgusted with my self. I love to hike but my fat won't allow it. Please help me. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:20:36 EST i need help to lose these 25 pounds hello, i am 40 year old women, who is pre diabetes, and my dr said either i lose the weight or she is going to put me on pills. So i am here trying to lose the wieght for good this time. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:15:33 EST Hello from Colorado! Good Morning from Colorful Colorado! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa and I started with Spark People last Monday. This first week and a half has been great! I am down 8 lbs. and have been soda free the entire time. I was a HUGE diet soda addict!! I am really excited to be making positive changes in my lifestyle. I am a runner and have been running 5ks, 10ks, and a half marathon in the last year but I just never got the healthy eating part to connect. I would work out like crazy and then e... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:13:35 EST I'm Dave, and I'm a gamer. Howdy folks. My wifey is working really hard to lose weight, so I'm joining her here to lose my "6-pack Protective Device" I've built up over the years. I don't drink or anything, just sit on my computer most of the day playing Warcraft, kinda like I used to do when I was in the navy. If I wasn't on watch, sleeping, or working, I was in front of a computer playing something or other. To sum up, I'm more here to support my wifey than myself, but if I score some points here too, all the better. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:15:58 EST New and confused Hi... <BR> <BR> I'm new and not sure where to begin with SP. There is so much on this sight and on the mobile version.... <BR> <BR> Any tips on how to get the most of out what SP offers? <BR> <BR> I've heard great things about Spark and would like to give it a good, honest chance to be a tool in motivating me to my goal weight! <BR> <BR> Thanks and blessings, <BR> Monica Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:55:29 EST Unmotivated I suffer from depression and the hardest thing for me is to get motivated to move. My boyfriend tells me that if I exercise I will feel better. (I know) But how can I exercise when I don't feel motivated to move. It's a cycle that has to end. So I am hoping to close the door to the unmotivated me and open a new door to get up and stop letting depression win. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:00:31 EST Scared to start Hi, I'm new to SP. I'm here looking for support, ideas, experiences in this weight loss journey. I need to lose 50# and keep it off. I'm a proverbial yo-yoer able to lose 10# only to gain 15# back. Now I've found SparkPeople and hope I can keep that "spark" to keep going and lose the weight for a healthier life. <em>41</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:20:32 EST Just starting. Hello everyone. I am a new member as of today. I need to lose 35 pounds to be healthy and to get my diabetes under control. I am a widow and am 63 years old. I hope it won't be too hard to lose weight because of my age. I hope you all will help me. I need all the help I can get! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:50:16 EST I'm new here Hi, I am new at this but I desperately want to lose weight and i know that I can't afford the fancy methods, so I am gonna do this the way I have done most everything else in my life…. on my own! The nice thing is that I know being here, I will meet some people that are going through what I am going through and they will be there to support me when I stumble! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:37:50 EST vegan girl here I'm looking for some vegan friends or vegan curious friends! Hello :) Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:56 EST Late Intro Good morning! I'm new-ish here. I've been lurking here for about a week but haven't posted an intro yet. My name is Shannon, I'm a 33 year old mother of three (ages 11, 4, & 3). I'm a public health nurse who loves what I do. I'm constantly taking care of everyone else and while doing that I forgot to take care of myself and gained 30 pounds. I recently joined a gym and I've been going 3 times a week for the last 3 weeks. I started my weight loss journey on Jenny Craig back in April at 175 pou... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:27:24 EST New Challenge starts Sunday! Would you like to join a 60 Day Summer Challenge that you design yourself? <BR> Check us out here! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> CANT GET LINK TO WORK! Please go to my Spark Page and click on the Team there! <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> IT STARTS THIS SUNDAY! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <em>87</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:54:37 EST FAT FAT FAT People say I do not look FAT but I sure feel it. i am 5'11" and i weight 285. I was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years and a full time Paramedic for 20 years. I know that I have a strong lower body but my GUT is horrible. It makes me feel depressed to look in the mirror or put on a bathing suit. I feel tired all the time and I struggle with motivation and direction. I went to the YMCA for weeks and did a little workout but then I gave up because people said I wasn't doing the right workout ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:30:21 EST Tired of being fat <em>15</em> my name is Mia and I have mixed feelings about my ability to lose the 120 lbs I need. Although I feel hopeful I'm going to need some support to get there. Being fat has caused me so many problems, one is isolation, so I look forward to meeting the community! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:02:40 EST Back again A new account, new name, new determination! For the past month I've been eating whole foods plant based lower fat, and have lost 14 lbs! Still have a way to go, but love this way of eating. It does take a bit of work and a lot of planning, but the results have been great so far. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:24:38 EST Hello Hello, ehm this is wierd ... so im 32, originally from romania moved to greece 2 years ago, married and mother of a highly active 19 months baby boy. So ive never had weight issues for as long as i remember and even lost 30 kilos after giving birth in 4 month ( not so healthy i know :P ) however after that i had to have a gallbladder removal and since then i`m stuck with over 16 kilos. I dont feel good, my morale is ehm on a scale to 1 to 10 somewhere around 0 and i know i really do how other... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:18:01 EST Hello All! Hi! I am new to SP and I am very excited about getting started. It is loooooong overdue. I am looking forward to the support system here and to learning from you all and your experiences. I have trouble maintaining my focus once the weight loss slows down so I hope that by getting involved I will continue to be invested in my goals. I would love to know what aspects of the website have been most helpful to you. Thank you! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:13:56 EST Any OTR trucker's wifes? Am a newbie. Travel in semi-truck with husband 2-4 weeks at a time all over US and into Canada. Usually stick to east to mid-west and south. then spend 1-3 weeks on small Penna farm, Am 67 and picked up about 45-50 # after getting in tk. 7 yrs ago. Husband is owner operator- so no regular route or schedule and we do oversize/overweight which has it's own challenges for stopping/eating/sleeping. Have small refri/freezer in tk-carry cereal and small amt food/fresh fruit&veg..Storage space at ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:06:49 EST 50 fat and frustrated day 1, 220 lbs. Somehow i don't think losing this weight will be as easy as when i was 30 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:06:45 EST work out buddy... *Waves* Hello... *Waves* <BR> <BR> I'm looking for anyone who wants to keep each other in check... <BR> <BR> I really could use someone with the same interest as me... <BR> <BR> I love to walk... I usually do 3 miles a day... <BR> <BR> or any aerobic work out video... or gym... anything that has to do with working out <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:51:12 EST A .... Reintroduction I am starting over, yet again - on this day. This weight loss journey has become an ever-evolving road of ups and downs. Looking at my blogs, I could get down on myself - but I'm not going to. I am going to challenge myself though - to keep going on this road no matter what life brings me. <BR> <BR> As an emotional eater - this seems to be a challenge for me. But I will get through it. <BR> <BR> Coming here, I am looking to give and receive support from others who are on this same journ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:22:59 EST ummm Hello ... Hello... Everyone... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:21:30 EST Belinda Hi Everyone. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:13:07 EST I've lost a small child!! Not really, lol, but I have lost more than what my 4 year old son weighs. I'm down 44 pounds since January and I feel amazing! I still have some work to do, but for the first time in my life, I know I WILL do it. I've tried and failed more times than I can remember, but I finally found the what works for me - exercise and counting calories, plain and simple. Yes, I detested counting calories with a passion - until I started seeing the results and now it just comes as natural as breathing ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:09:08 EST Hello I am a 38 year old Mom of two. I've had a lot going on the last year and one has been hitting my ultimate high of weight gain. April 2014 I quit my job of 12 years to stay at home with my kids and try to get a freelance company going. I thought the transition would be easy but came to find out it was not. I finally feel like I am getting control of things except for being healthy. I want to start feeling good about myself by eating better and exercising more which is what I am hoping SparksPe... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:59:48 EST Starting Again I've started too many times to count and have been successful a few time too. Here I am again starting at the beginning with way too much weight to lose. Getting past feeling so unbelievably tired and just feeling crappy... it's time to get my life back. I turn 50 next year and this is no way to go into "the best years"... I'm glad to have support from my husband and family. But mostly I just want to do it for me. This is not who I am. Thanks for reading. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:37:24 EST new member Just want to say hello....and I'm very excited to start my journey a better me/ with on sparkpeople....God Bless!!! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:34:25 EST new here Busy mom, 45, going back to Glacier National Park this summer (10 years later and 20 lbs more). Really hoping to improve my fitness and lose a chunk of weight for the big hikes August 15. Never feel good, exhausted, headaches, bad right knee. This feels overwhelming, but I do want it. <BR> I have tried before, but about two weeks in, I cave due to work, time pressures, pain and exhaustion. I am at that point right now...what are some things you have done to get past that hurdle? Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:15:33 EST The journey begins Hello, today I started with Sparkpeople. I am an American teacher living and working overseas. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:00:31 EST Hi. I'm Briana, 31 swf. Tried this before, but life and lack of support got me sidetracked. Sticking to it this time, and hoping to find support and friends. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:26:32 EST 29/f w/ 90 to lose, looking for friends Hi! I want accountability friends. Having a solid support network is so great, and I know I'll need it for my journey. So, I'm 29, I live in the midwest, I need to lose 90 pounds, I am doing Power90 as my workout right now (one week in!). Ok! Thanks!! Oh, and so far I'm on spark daily. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:22:42 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:39 EST Hello & thanks to everyone who pinned SparkPeople I just started and still visiting parts of the sight, but I have worked out, not just surfing&#127940;&#127995;. <BR> The heat has started early, so it is great to have a site for indoor workouts, nominal equipment required, coaching, plus dietary help! <BR> My goal is take off 50 lbs. I'd love to do it by XMass, but I may even do it sooner. <BR> I'm retired from architecture and, my late life career, residential real estate in Brooklyn, NY. I've lived in a number of places during my l... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:31:49 EST Brand new to Sparks I'm not a very sociable person so these boards are going to be hard for me. But I really want to loose weight and this program says It works better if you're a part of the Sparks here it goes! <BR> Been overweight all my life. Tried all the diets, fads, pills etc. Even had lap band surgery. Nothing has worked for me. I am really going to try hard with this. I have a teenage daughter and I want to be around for her future. <BR> Thanks! Oh, my name is Trina. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:39:22 EST new and need support Hi, my name is Robyn and I need help losing weight. I'm 67 years young and the grandmother of 8 lovely grandkids. They range in age from 21 to 2. I've been married for 47 years. I've have my share of medical problems including cancer. I'm in remission now for 5 years. Right now I'm carrying 50 extra pounds that I need to lose. My favorite exercise is walking with my dashound. On good days( the days he want to walk) we do between 1 to 2 miles. I live in Chaumont NY. and hope to connect with so... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:16:01 EST Hello Hi. I just started last week, so I am just learning how to work the site. So far so good. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:41:56 EST New Member Hi, New to Spark. Wish me luck. Mandy Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:50:38 EST Getting back to business Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I was on SparkPeople years ago, and lost more than 30 pounds by tracking calories and exercise. It was an amazing experience, and I'm grateful for this site. <BR> <BR> I'm back because I had a baby 8 months ago, and I'm still not where I want to be. A dear friend of mine is getting married in September, and I'd like to look more like myself! I don't even recognize the person in the mirror. <BR> <BR> My daughter is amazing, but my midsection may never be the same. I'm... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:15:03 EST New to SP I am a Christian woman, 67 years young, married, and an empty nester except for my beautiful golden retriever. Retired after 40+ years as a legal secretary/assistant. Always have struggled with my weight and want to get rid of it once and for all. I have tried many diets but can't stick with any of them anymore. I just want to be healthy for the rest of my life. I must admit, "I'm addicted to bad carbs and sugar." I have a long way to go and need help with my bad behavior. This site wa... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:25:47 EST Hello- need help Hi everyone- I have never done anything like this before and I realize that I need help. I am 60 years old and weight 165 pounds (5'3'). Ten years ago I was 119 pounds and felt great. I have let myself go because I don't feel that I matter anymore. I have completed a PhD and even that did not fulfill me. I just need someone out there to keep me going- I just spend my days after work on the couch and eating junk until going to bed. My husband could care less about how I feel or look. Is there ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:40:00 EST Starting over AGAIN 63 yrs young, female, married with two adult daughters. That's the basics...the situation is that I am 50-60 lbs overweight. Just am overwhelmed with what the heck is the right way to lose this weight. I tried Nutrisystem a couple of years ago, lost 30 lbs but could not stomach eating that food longer than three months. Was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic several years ago, no meds, but then try to follow a low carb diet but hard to maintain for the long run. My routine is to head out to Starb... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:48:29 EST Back after a long hiatus. I don't even know what my old user name is, so I started a new account. <BR> <BR> I'm a 52 year old guy, married, father of twin girls. I'm down 55 pounds from my all time high with 107 to go to get to my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm also in the process of writing a book about my weight loss journey. I'm about 10,000 words into it, and it can't be completed until I hit my goal.... and maybe even beyond that day. <BR> <BR> Hello. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:38:51 EST I hope I do better this time ! I first joined Spark People in 2012. I used this program for motivation to lose weight and to stay physically healthy and to look as Fit as possible, as I got older. Then I got extra busy, and slowly fell back to my old lazy self. <BR> I am still working, traveling the roads of the Southeast. My goals are to get back in shape and hopefully stay that way. I know it will be a lot easier to do following Spark People. I will keep you posted as to my Progress, from time to time. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:15:17 EST Returning Again Hello everyone, <BR> I am returning to get back in shape and lose some pounds. It seems SparkPeople has been the only way I can be successful in my journey, especially when I get into a slump. Looking forward to meeting my goals again. :-) <BR> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:38:17 EST Lets Try Again Just starting again. Not been doing too well lately, although I have lost 2 stone and 4 pounds over 18 months. <BR> Was at the doctors last week and in addition to being told that I need a new knee, was told I am a borderline diabetic, and that I need to loose a stone in six weeks <BR> Exercise is quite difficult because of arthritis. I have received lots of advice lately, you must do the paleo diet, why not try the Dukan or the Atkins or the Mayo Clinic etc etc. <BR> Advise on which diet to ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:37:46 EST New to S.P. Hello I'm a 31 year old female trying to get back on track of not only shedding some extra fat but getting healthy. I'm having a really hard time staying focused and motivated, so I'm hoping s.p. Can help me Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:45:51 EST New to Spark Hello to all. My name is Charity. I am new to this and hopefully this works better than all the yo-yo- dieting I've tried in the pass, but failed at. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:37:08 EST Looking for BIG losers Have you lost over 70 pounds and kept it off for more than two years? I would love to bend your ear about how you manage to keep your weight down. I have regained a little---still just a little, and I desperately do NOT want to become the woman in my before photo again. What makes you successful? Do you ever get to splurge? Can you ever go just eat what you want and as much as you want for a day, or can I kiss those days good-bye? <BR> Hello all and I wish each of you who read my post ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:15:37 EST spark page Hi, I hope someone can help me. When I post something, to the left there's my little box with my picture, and there should be a box "see my spark page" or something like that. It is not showing. I have checked everything I can think of, and checked the privacy settings. I can't find out what I've done wrong. I've met a lot of nice people already, and they can't get into my spark page. <BR> Any advice? Also, when I put my username into the spark page search engine, it says that I don't... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:43:57 EST Desperately seeking motivation Hello- my name is Patty and I am new to Spark People. In my younger days it was really easy to drop weight, but now that I am older I struggle; and it depresses me. I have lost 60+ pounds on my own, but have lost all motivation to lose the next 70 pounds. I am hoping that Spark People can help me find that motivation. <BR> <BR> I am the cheerleader type and will always be cheering everyone on! No matter how small the victory, it is still a victory and it brings us one step closer to our... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:38:14 EST 105 degrees outside What do you do if it's 105 degrees outside? Too Hot to eat sleep - not getting all your meals and lean & greens - up 2.2 pounds - Summer is here... Need a strategy for this time of year Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:28:30 EST starting Monday! I have been so discouraged, and tired of losing/gaining for years, no support, no will power. My usual diet lasted about 2 days. I've been sad, depressed, basically I gave up. I'm 61, and have been fighting weight issues my whole life. Now I am pre-diabetic, osteoarthritis, GERD, etc. <BR> <BR> Don't I sound like a mess? BUT... here's the good news... I feel like God has led me to this website! I feel HOPE again! I needed support, I needed affordability (haven't worked for 6 mont... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:35:00 EST Good morning! I am a newbie here My beginning weight was 170. I am now at 150 and "stuck." Lowest was 144 and now it's creeping up. I do better with low carb foods. Anyone else find they feel and do better with low carb? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:14:01 EST How to begin I'm overweight and on a limited budget help? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:11:51 EST New to SP New on here this week. Could use some friends for guidance and support. Trying to lose and get healthy. Please feel free to add me as a friend <BR> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:04:33 EST Understanding my Lipid Panel numbers Recently I had a Lipid Panel done at the Veterans Hospital and received the results 6/11/15. <BR> This is how it reads: CoCHOL, 149; Trig, 151; HDL, 49; LDL, 70. <BR> Need someone to interpret these numbers for me and let me know if I should be concern. <BR> Will be turning 66 next month. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:51:27 EST just starting where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:15 EST New to Spark Hello!! I am a newbie! Diabetes type 2. Working on getting my weight off and staying motivated to do this. I am already dropping and I am working on keeping this going. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:21:23 EST eat to live recipes looking for others doing etl Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:23:29 EST New and confused Hello everyone, I am new to the site and so far I really like it. I have been doing the weight watchers points and then I found this site. My question is this... should I do the ww or sp?? When I put infir my food on here and on ww, I was within my points on ww, but I went over my allowance on here. I don't understand why. Any suggestions?? Thank You. <BR> <BR> PS, is there a certain place I can go to that I can see how many calories are in something that I am fixing to eat?? What it I go ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:16:52 EST Had a baby, baby weight wont go Hi there, my name is Athena I'm 31 and had a son in November 2014 and need too loose weight. My last weigh in before today I was it is 208. :(. I live in a small town, I don't have friends, I'm a stay at home mom. Anyways it would be nice to have someone to chat with about staying on track. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:23:07 EST My first step Hello everyone! I am new to the community and I would like to introduce myself. I decided to join a community of individuals who are pursuing wellness because I realized I can’t meet my goal alone. I have tried every diet from the Shred to Intermittent Fasting. I have joined the YMCA and even have a gym at my place of employment. Today, I am 37 pounds overweight and determined to lose them. I realize that the missing link is accountability with people who understand my struggle. So, I ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:05:23 EST Staying on track. This is my first day and I need assistance with staying on track and remembering the end goal. To be healthy.. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:02:37 EST back again too Hello....I am back again. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:40:07 EST back again too Hello....I am back again. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:39:36 EST Just Starting Hi, everyone. Well, I've finally made it to that point - where I am just tired of being fat. I was always skinny growing up no matter what I ate, which did not teach me how to control portions. I'm 5'3" and weight 180.3. I have a work meeting in early September and I would really like to get down to a reasonable weight by then. I'm hoping this site will help with that. I've tried to do it on my own and I evidently don't have the self-discipline required. Here's to lighting a "spark" un... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:42:50 EST beginner Hi I'm Melinda and new to this I'm 47 and a diabetic and have tried and tried to lose weight so now is the time a step in the right direction. <em>524</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:40:31 EST Afternoon Cravings Hello all, I am being very successful with the NEE mantra, No evening eating. I think it is why I am finally starting to shed a few pounds. My next challenge is the afternoon sluggish feeling. , whne you want to reach for a iece of chocolate. <BR> I threw out all the candy in my office and bring a piece of fruit to work for that afternoon time. The chocolate craving seems to be subsiding. <BR> Anyone else have other ideas? <BR> Signed <BR> Determined This Time Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:16:42 EST Low carb Hello my name is ramona and i am starting a low carb diet ..i am a junk food junky lol so been hard so i am learning as i go trying to keep carbs 20 to 25 gr wow lot harder then i thought. need to lose 150 lbs new to this site i am tracking my steps whice also hard because of my hips and knees.. but i know it will become easier when weight comes off .. if u have a simple recipes to help would be great or any tips ..thanks Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:46:25 EST Feeling old, tired and wore out I am 46 years old and cannot seem to lose weight now. It was so easy in my 20's and 30's. I was a runner and could just maintain a steady weight. Now in my 40's nothing makes the scale budge. I cannot run anymore, the knees won't allow it. I also have a job where I sit all day. Walking alone does not seem to be enough. I have been trying to sneak in office workouts but it is hard in a dress suit. I am frustrated and feeling really blue. I work in an office of 20 something's and tried to work ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:50:20 EST Hi...I'm CJ...Good morning all! Good morning everyone. I'm CJ. I originally joined SparkPeople back in 2011...and I use the term "joined" very loosely. Actually what I did on that day in 2011 was sign up...nothing more. Fast forward to 0730 this morning...I awoke...It's my birthday! No special plans...unless trying to decide between an ice cream cake or a traditional cake from Publix constitutes "special plans". Don't know why, but I decided to perch myself on the scales in my bathroom for some much needed reality...and WHO... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:05:27 EST trying to keep fit Having had an eating disorder for about 40 years, I did not join Sparkpeople to get 'cured' or to get slim. My goal is to stay as healthy as I am now (I'm physically quite active already) and I expect 'tracking' will help me to keep eating healthy and to keep moving. I'm a vegetarian and love to take dancing and tai chi classes. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:49:51 EST hi there. glad to be here. hi there. i am a club coach. glad to be here. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:50:39 EST drinking water in freezing cold weather <em>91</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:26:21 EST This is long overdue Hi! My name is Diane and well frankly, today I made up my mind to finally address my weight issue once and for all. The funny (or not so funny) thing is, I joined Sparkpeople on May 10, 2011 and for the last 4 years have done nothing but save the daily emails in a folder on my computer. (I guess I knew all that information would come in handy once I got serious, but wasn't planning on it taking 4 yrs!) On the down side, I now weigh 24 lbs more than I did when I joined in 2011 but on the up si... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:28:05 EST New Girl Hello! I am new to Sparkpeople and so far I can tell this is going to be a good, productive place to be. With over 100 pounds to loose, I have a long journey ahead of me, but it will be well worth it. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:55:06 EST Life is great Hi everyone. This is my first message board entry and I love the whole Sparks experience. I will be doing my best to lose one pound for every year I was on this planet, 54 to be exact. Wish me luck and I will keep you posted. <em>30</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:06:35 EST Here I Am Again-Back! So life knocked me down again and gained back. <em>39</em> Getting back up and starting over, this time I will lose for good <em>41</em> . Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:28:30 EST New and excited! Hi, I'm Heather and starting on this website for the motivation for a more healthy lifestyle. I go to spin at least 2 times a week and I do kettle-bell workouts at least 3 days a week. I get sidetracked with healthy portion control. Excited to join a community committed to making changes for a happy healthier life. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:10:03 EST Getting started... Just getting started today! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:34:17 EST In search of a support buddy :D Hi guys, <BR> <BR> Just joined this site with one goal..find a support buddy who I can support and who can support me too on a daily to weekly basis :) <BR> <BR> I've struggled with my weight for 10 years since developing a mental illness..its very hard since I stress and worry easily which leads to emotional/comfort eating.I want to curb this unfortunate pattern which will take a lot of practice,persistence and patience. I believe one support buddy will be enough for me to achieve my goal.... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:15:53 EST STARTING OUT Hello I am 17 years old and I weigh 306 and I am 5' 11" and summer is coming up and I was wondering how many calories should i be eating to loose like 30 lbs or more over summer before school starts and aswell as how much should I be running every morning. Thank you Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:49:05 EST Just starting out Hi, my name is Michele. I'm just starting on my lose weight/get fit journey and I'm still a bit resistant. I hate to exercise, but I'm 42 and need to lose 50 lbs-I haven't been feeling well and I'm worried about diabetes because it runs in my family and I had gestational diabetes (insulin-dependant) with my last pregnancy 14.5 years ago. So I have to make changes whether I want to or not. Staying motivated will be my biggest challenge. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:55:34 EST Rebooting my Spark Hi all! I am back on Spark for the fourth time (!) and I can't explain what is different about this time, but by gosh it is! I don't feel like I'm in competition with myself, I'm just taking this one day at a time. I would love to have some Spark friends! I'm 28 next weekend, I live in Canada with my husband and our dog, I'm graduating this month with a diploma in library tech, I LOVE to read, and if I had to eat only one fruit for the rest of my life, it would be cantaloupe. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:38:33 EST New to this site New to site. Hope to be able to stick with it, get healthy and lose a little weight in the process. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:24:56 EST Back again Had so much success here in 2009. Got married and managed off the weight until last year. <BR> <BR> Life can be stressful & full of change but I know I shouldn't have let life get in the way of making good choices for my health. Weight is slowly creeping back on. Back here to try to lose 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Looking for new and old buddies for motivation, recipe & meal ideas. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:58:31 EST new to Spark Hi everyone, my name is Ginger. I'm 47 and a single mom who is trying to lead by good example to both my teenage girls. After divorcing I have gave up on everything for my girls including my health and weight. Now 11 years later I have decided its time for me to take my life back. Time for me to get back in shape and to become healthy once again. To enjoy life and to stop faking that I am happy and to become really and truly happy. One of the biggest challenges I am going to face is during my... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:14:32 EST Newbie Introduction Well, here I am. I downloaded the app and recipe apps. I'm beginning by tracking what I'm eating. I'm taking one goal at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time. <BR> <BR> I was born and raised in Texas and grew up on a cattle ranch. As a child growing up I was very active and wasn't overly heavy until I reached 12 years old. Then it all started. <BR> <BR> I'm 33 years old and a type 2 diabetic. I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and was diagnosed with it and prescribed Metformi... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 19:36:41 EST New Member Just starting Spark People and learning all of the features. I work for a school and I have decided that I am going to get healthier and loose weight this summer. Looking forward to more activities as a family. My husband and two sons are doing Spark also! Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:50:13 EST Two Steps Away from Prime Hello Sparkpeople member, my name is Charlene, currently I feel like I'm preparing myself for a new phase in my life and I wanted to make better health a part of it. As one of my two children graduated from high school May 2015 and the other will be starting high school; I felt like sooner than I know it I will have only my own life to manage again and wanted to be able to live it to the fullness. When speaking on fat loss most will say do it now because as you get older it gets harder. So... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:46:57 EST I'm back! Hello SparkFam, I've been gone for 3 years and need your encouragement. I thank you for all your input and help. Thank you and Blessings to all of you who are in this challenge. <em>521</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:43:10 EST New Member I'm amazed and a bit overwhelmed at all this website has to offer. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:27:55 EST New to Spark Hello, I am new to Spark, needing to release 30 pounds and hoping this will help. I have always tried on my own. So this is very new to me. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Cl Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:25:13 EST I am a total Newbie to diet and exercise and Spark Hello, My name is Dusty and am looking to do a total revamp of my life. Any and all help is welcome :) Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:13:32 EST So new here How do you find your saved folder. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:05:30 EST Hi!! Hey everyone! I joined almost a week ago and am looking to shed some pounds and make new friends! <em>30</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 05:17:34 EST lost I am so lost and getting so fat I have no idea what to do. I just want to take a time out and hide from everyone. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 00:13:17 EST In need of quick excerise ideas....... Would love to get any ideas for quick exercises I can do through out the day. My job consists of a lot of sitting, need help........ Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:19:07 EST back again I have been made fun of today for my weight and it has hurt my feelings. I am ready to start again. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:00:19 EST Hey there, I'm Devyn Hey there, I'm Devyn. I'm an aspiring filmmaker and college student. I love to travel, sing, act and watch movies. I am on this website to loose weight. My entire life I have been up and down with my weight. I am currently at my most at 194... My current goal is to be 180 by the end of August. After that I want to maintain that weight and not gain it back at school. I don't want to stop loosing till I reach 130, which is the weight my doctor recommends for my height of 5'8. I have been using ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 20:16:06 EST Transfering from myfitnesspal, have a few q Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am currently searching around for a weight loss site that has active community members and forums. This place looks good so far. A little about me, my name is Antonio, i am from california, i am 33yrs older. My max weight was 400lbs. I got down to about 250. Then i got really sick for about 6 months (digestive issues). I couldn't eat, my weight dropped to 208. I came back up to about 270. I currently struggle with weight loss a bit due to school. <BR> <BR> I rec... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 19:43:09 EST Hello everyone. My name is NASCOW, and i'm just begun to start this new lifestyle of eating better and exercise. I'm looking forward to using this site and making friends along the way. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:23:59 EST New member Hi new here trying to learn how to use this website great to meet you all &#128512; Mon, 8 Jun 2015 18:07:48 EST New to this site Hello all. I am new to sparkpeople and am working on a low carb diet (under a dietitian's oversight). This is a new way for me to eat, so it is definitely an adventure. I am working on bringing down my blood sugar levels since medication has not been helping in that area. I also would love to lose about 100 lbs. Looking forward to 'talking' with many of you. <BR> <BR> Susan Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:55:28 EST Starting Over I was an avid fan back in 2008. I was proud to have lost over 40 lbs in 4 months, but that is where my journey ended. I went home from Afghanistan and I stopped exercising and eating right. As you guessed, I gained the weight back and then some. 18 months ago, I ended up in the hospital with a blockage. It took a while, but I have finally quit smoking and drinking. Depression was a lot of my issue, but I have worked through that and want to begin to do something about my body. I weigh 300 lbs... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:26:25 EST Just joined, now what? Hi all, <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself and say I'm glad (I think) that I'm here. Having three kids added (and keep adding) too much to my frame and I'm just not happy, so it's time to get motivated and do something about it!!!! I'm 48 and have 3 kids 8 and under, I work from home (always on my computer) and I don't get much exercise, if any, so I can use any tips/tricks you have to offer. Oh, and I don't eat red meat, pork or seafood (only poultry), so my dietary choices are limited. ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:38:31 EST LOOKING FOR 3 SERIOUS WOMAN TO GET TO GOAL!! If your serious about losing your weight and you won't give up on me or yourself then I'll help you if you help me. I think if I have to check in with someone daily I know I'll succeed. I've done weight watchers in the past and unfortunately let myself gain in all back. I don't want to sign up for WW again though if I can have the same motivation from the convenience of my computer and iphone and a good friend. I figure a circle of 4 of will work great. So I'm 1 and my hand is extended ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:38:16 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:13 EST First day toward being a new life I have been visiting sparks diet page for a number of years and decided today was the day to start the diet Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:30:23 EST Just joined Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople last night. I've been trying to lose weight from multiple surgeries and knee issues and nothing has worked to keep me motivated. I'm hoping this will do the trick. I would love to connect with folks and create accountability to keep me motivated. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 08:34:55 EST Hello Im Christy. I just joined a gym. I lost weight last month but having trouble this month. I weigh 170. Im 5 3. For 3 yrs now Was 145. Wanting to be 135 LOL.. Doing my best at calories and carbs.. As time goes it gets harder. I drink 5 bud lights twice a week. thats really my down fall. but I count them in with my calories to even things up.. :( Mon, 8 Jun 2015 07:57:47 EST don't want to be killed by myself i am 37 .133 pounds and my goal is 100 or 110 pounds .i am 5 feet 2 inches . my arms and waist and low abdomen look very terrible . i really want to kill myself every time i am trying a new dress . <BR> <BR> any advice for me ? thank you Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:50:17 EST hi my name is toni New to this and have no idea how to use it is there a help site Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:23:07 EST new Hi , I am new here. Tried this before years ago and let it go. Need to drop 40 plus pounds. Looking for a buddy to help with this goal. I am 56 and have a bad thyroid problem. On meds, but still not doing great with it .Part of my weight problem. Anyone in the same boat?? Would love to hear from you. Looking for female pen pals with the same problem.... Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and a happy Monday... Linda Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:53:50 EST new Hi , I am new here. Tried this before years ago and let it go. Need to drop 40 plus pounds. Looking for a buddy to help with this goal. I am 56 and have a bad thyroid problem. On meds, but still not doing great with it .Part of my weight problem. Anyone in the same boat?? Would love to hear from you. Looking for female pen pals with the same problem.... Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and a happy Monday... Linda Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:53:29 EST Want to lose about 30 pounds! I've been trying to lose 30 pounds, that I've gained in the last 3 years, I have a gastric bypass surgery in 2007, and lost 150 pounds, feel sad because gained 30 of those and its because of the sugar cravings. Anyone in my shoes??? Would like to have motivation, but live in a place and have to friends to get motivated. Important thing is that I have really bad problems with my back, and cant do most of the exercises due to pain, and cant run, just walk, and ride bicycle for a short perio... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:57:52 EST Been Struggling the Second Time Around I need to shed this freshman 15. I lost weight in high school but now in university it is harder for me to stick to my goals, for some reason. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like my family can throw my progress off track, but then again, I have to be honest...nobody can force me to eat anything. <BR> <BR> I feel a bit invisible on here, so I wanted to introduce myself. In the past SparkTeens helped me shed about 40-50+ pounds, and now that Im 18 Im hoping to find the same help and motivation on... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 19:55:47 EST Here again Wow almost 10 years later and approximately the same weight 319. Once more with passion! <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 19:47:52 EST New here, looking for friends and support Hello Everyone!!! <BR> I've only been on SparkPeople for a few days and I can already tell that I will really enjoy it! My name is Keita and I'm 32 years old. I just had a baby in April...whoop whoop! I gained about 30 pounds total. My goal is to get to 125-130 lbs. I currently weigh 154:( It seems like such a long way from now, but I'm really trying to stay focused and do the best I can. My weakness is something sweet all the time, lol. So far, my diet consist of baked/grilled chicken, sal... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:33:47 EST silly question I can't seem to find how to track my meals. <BR> Any help is appreciated. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:24:40 EST introduction Just starting, hope to find good ideas here. <BR> Need some light breakfast suggestions. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:09:42 EST Introduction Hello my name is Sandra and I am 64 yrs old looking for help to lose weight on a tight budget. I live in Steelville, MO, I have 4 children,6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Have tried to lose weight but do not stay motivated for long. My health is not the best and losing weight would sure help with a lot of it. Looking for a buddy in my area if there is anyone that would be willing to help me out. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 14:30:39 EST New to Spark People I started a CrossFit exercise routine back in November 2011. I was 340 lbs and had a health scare that had me motivated to do something. The journey for weight loss involved spirituality growing in Christ (prayer/bible devotions) as well as eating right and being more activate. <BR> <BR> Fast forward 18 months later, I weighed 215 lbs and sick of my calorie-counting Paleo diet. I was emotionally immature to handle the praise regarding my weight loss, and spiritually conflicted in sharing m... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 07:23:08 EST teacherterri I've had 34 surgeries on my left leg. Any suggestions on how or what exercises I can do. I can walk about 1200 steps a day. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 02:26:29 EST Oregon girl looking for support Hey everyone ;) I'm Bex, 51 and live in Beaverton Oregon. I am new to Beaverton and new to spark. Would appreciate a few friends for this journey Sun, 7 Jun 2015 00:32:59 EST Just starting I ‘ve spent my life being highly active, only to be diagnosed with severe Osteoarthritis, getting a desk job, and, well, you can guess the rest. I’ve always cooked my own food, and many ingredients can’t be found on the boards. It seems like a lot of work to research each ingredient I use, especially from a Canadian standpoint. I’d love to meet more people who cook from scratch and can give hints on how to portion stuff out. Oh, and I’d love to meet others with O/A… Sat, 6 Jun 2015 22:14:28 EST Im new to sparkpeople I put a message already somewhere so if you see me twice Im sorry. Im 50 pounds overweight and 58 felling like 85! Trying to do the strength exercises to start slow, I new I was out of shape but I had not idea. doing them has made me feel like a limp noodle my muscles are so weak, but im going to keep doing them cause obviously I need them badly. Just want to start feeling better and have more energy. Living a little longer has its pluses too. Good Luck everyone. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:01:17 EST Hi Everyone Hey Everyone, my name is Mandi King and I'm so excited to get to know some new people here and get some of my questions answered too! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 18:50:23 EST Doing it this time Hi, I joined quite a while ago-but never participated, but now its time to get started.I admit to a slow start, but everyday is a learning experience. It would be great to meet other Grandparents who realize their fitness is important in so many ways. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 18:36:26 EST New Hi, I am 20len15 and new to this site. I have about 25 pounds to lose and need to lower my cholesterol. Hope to have a lot of success here and I hope the same for you guys too. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:58:11 EST New Beginning Hi. I am new to SparkPeople and have been very inspired and filled with hope!! Thank you!! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:42:11 EST Viking what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST where do you shop for food? Does your Target or Walmart have what you need for Lean & Greens? Grocery stores have to many temptations Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:46:17 EST where do you shop for food? Does your Target or Walmart have what you need for Lean & Greens? Grocery stores have to many temptations Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:44:50 EST where do you shop for food? Does your Target or Walmart have what you need for Lean & Greens? Grocery stores have to many temptations Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:43:27 EST Getting started...again. Hi! I'm Sonia from Atlanta and as the subject line suggests...I'm getting started again. I've been really working on the weight loss for about a month now and have decided to be more proactive with accountability, by joining Sparkpeople. I use to belong to chatrooms back in the day and I always found great support through them. <BR> <BR> I've lost a lot of weight before and been able to keep it off for long periods of time, but always gain it back and usually the pounds that come back bring... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:36:38 EST Hope SparkCoaching Helps Hi. I'm Susan. I have been struggling with my weight for a while. I'm trying this because it's free and nothing else seems to be working. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:01:46 EST Hey! New Sparker here. Finally getting serious about health and fitness. I want to take advantage of the support this community offers. Good luck to you all! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:49:56 EST Hi- New to Spark- Been spending the day navigating this site and glad to have found the message boards. Im 46 220 pounds and trying to get my motivation back. Long journey ahead- I'd like to hit a 60lb loss. It seems like such a journey- Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:11:09 EST Florida fatty says hello, everyone! I just turned 62 yesterday and I am ready to get serious about losing weight. About the time that I hit menopause, my left thyroid was removed due to nodules. Those 2 things started the big weight gain. Then 2 1/2 years ago I quit smoking after 40 years. Finances have put extra stress on my eating habits, also. <BR> All of this extra weight has caused severe back pain to the point that I cannot stand for more than a minute without leaning on something. Forget about walking for exercise!... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 04:53:57 EST unablel to exercise Hi, I'm new - having a difficult time understanding this site. I am 73yrs and have a bad back and a bad hip. I am overweight and hate how I look but I am always in pain and very limited in movement. Any ideas on how I can overcome this? <BR> Thank you Sat, 6 Jun 2015 00:46:50 EST Hello, I'm new Hi, I'm new here and really looking forward to this new experience. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 23:27:32 EST 4 week no sugar challenge 4 days without sugar..and 4 pounds gone!! Woot woot!! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:51:09 EST Back at it! Hey everyone! I haven't used SparkPeople in quite some time, but I'm ready and dedicated to lose about 20 lbs! I'm 28 years old from Indianapolis, and I work at home for Apple in tech support. I mainly sit for my job, and it's time for a change! Looking to meet new friends, motivators, and even learn some new tips and tricks that anyone may have to jumpstart my lifestyle change! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:29:44 EST well its been awhile since here As said,it has been awhile since I have been here due to life and it's many challenges, losses of family members, friends, being taken for a fool by a room mate who stole my whole life possessions, from childhood things of my kids, my family, grandparents and all else. But life is life and one goes forth, I refuse to let negative rule my life. <BR> <BR> At the age of 68 starting over is not easy but it and will be done. I am with a program that helps senior citizens 55 and older who are lo... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:01:04 EST Hello, back again! I was amused the other day when I reset my goal, that I found clear back in 2007. I have tracked then gotten away from it several time. This time is different, as I have a different motivator to stay on track. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:08:37 EST i am new here glad to be here ! i hope it is a new starting point of my life .anyway i will try my best to lose weight ! <BR> <BR> thank you in advance . Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:23:01 EST UK huddersfield I need a buddy in my area Hi looking to loose 60lbs for ivf in need of a buddy to go for walks I'm 26 and hubby is 31 we have 3 fur babies but in desperate need to get pregnant just need support and I'm more that happy to give support back xx Fri, 5 Jun 2015 00:39:03 EST Back again looking for serious support Hi I am a 38yr old woman who needs serious help. I was on SP a few yrs back didn't really take the site seriously or my health. I am experiencing serious health issues which is affecting everything in my life..... This time I have made up my mind to take this site seriously and I will stick to it Thu, 4 Jun 2015 21:13:58 EST Old Fart with a Crazy Dream I've just started back with SparkPeople after an absence of about three years of failed attempts to lose weight. I've just watched the first video which portrayed a woman with MS climbing nearly all the seven summits of the world. AMAZING! Before I had my heart attack nearly 12 years ago, I was training hard to be a rock and ice climber with aspirations of climbing at least 1/3 of the way up The Chief in Squamish, BC. But the heart attack and subsequent years of excuses smothered those as... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 21:04:59 EST Newbie looking for supportive friends Hi my name is jackie. I have been on many diets in my life, weight has always been an issue for me. Anyhow the last diet I went on was working great I actually lost 97 lbs and I felt great. The problem was the diet I was on (phentermine, high protein & no carbs) pretty much ruined my Kidneys. They were down to 27% function. So needless to say I was forced to go off that diet and now I have stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease that I will have to deal with the rest of my life. The worst part is I h... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:16:41 EST Sick Of Being Fat!! I am so sick of being fat!!! I lost a ton of weight 6 years ago. I kept it off for 5 years and then a little over a year ago I had a hysterectomy and started rapidly gaining weight! I have lost 25 pounds so far and have a bit over 60 left to loose. I am going take it off in 20 pound increments! I need support!! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 16:15:30 EST Trying Again...This Time I'll Make It! Hi! I'm Linda from Houston TX. Tried SparkPeople a couple of years back and lost some weight. Then I stopped long enough to pack on about 50 lbs. :-( I've recently divorced and am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle which will include weight loss and becoming more active (I sit at a desk all day). Since I've tried Spark before, I know it works as long as I keep with it. I'm using Spark mostly for the motivation to keep me strong when I stumble. Cheers to a healthy journey :-) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:58:59 EST Hi, stuck at the last few pounds Hi every one, <BR> I lost almost 25 kilos (more than 55 lbs) over the last two years, getting from 90 kg to 65 kg. But I have gained almost 2 kg during the last few months and really worried that my bad habits are kicking back in again. <BR> I would love to continue my journey to health and fitness with your help and lose the last 6 kilos eventually. :) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:35:07 EST Need some tips Hello, I am 19 and have been overweight my whole life. I really need some help an motivation to help me lose all this weight and get my life together. Would love to have some buddies to help me out as well as hear from some people who have had some success. I need all the help I can get. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:29:50 EST So very far to go, taking the first steps. Hi all! I'm new-ish. Signed up ages ago and didn't do much with it. I have about 130 pounds to lose, which is scary, and daunting. I hope to have success and finally find my way back to feeling and looking better. :) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:03:12 EST I'm doing this for me Anything worth doing is worth doing well! I'm doing this for me. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:32:56 EST Hey Everyone!! Hey. My name is Erica. I'm 26 and starting the biggest adventure of my life so far. My goal is to lose 100 pounds over this next year. I've started and stopped previously but I'm determined to do it this time. I just wanted to stop by and say Hello! <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 09:13:01 EST starting to live again at 53 I have recently lost a very important person in my life and it was a tragic loss for the whole family. Beth was my sister-in-law, but I tried to talk to her at least 4 to 5 times a week. She was my sister my friend. She was 35 yrs. old and was born the year I graduated, I trained her in weight lifting to slim down. She was always trying to get fit. I now 4 yrs. later after having my hysterectomy am struggling with my weight, no longer training. Since April 25 I have really struggled aft... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:53:23 EST Introducing Emme Hi everyone, my name is Emme. I am 38 years old I live in North America was originally born in United Kingdom. I am a wife, a mom, sister, friend and so much more. I want to gain some new friends here on Spark People I want to have some fitness gal pals to encourage one another and to achieve our goals. I dont just want to look at the stars I reach for them. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:24:46 EST Starting over, but never quitting. I'm back... again. I joined SP in 2009, then rejoined in 2013, then left to go to MyFitnessPal. There's a reason I keep coming back to SP... this is an amazing site with awesome people. <BR> My health is steadily on the decline, and I need to kick in the commitment and hard work this time. I'm looking forward to getting and giving support and encouragement. <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:12:19 EST Hey lovely peoples <3 Hey I just got on this site and so far I have no complaints. Looking to have a network of friends for support. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Oh and just a bit about myself. My name is Breanna, I'm in my early twenties, housewife in a tiny apartment haha, I have one cat that I adore, not able to work because of my weight so I'm really wanting to get back into working shape. Can't remember how many times I have tried, a lifelong struggle I suppose. I've never been tested but I have all the signs of... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 00:52:48 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am currently embarking on my 3, 865,217 attempt at losing the insane amount of excess weight I have to lose. (Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that many attempts). <BR> <BR> My name is Jo, and I am on a mission to improve my health. I am an avid traveler, but it has become more difficult to do what I love as my weight continues to skyrocket. My eventual goal is to bike in Provence and kayak in Costa Rica. Of course, my body is in no kind of shape to do either of ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:25:04 EST Working towards Fabulous at 50 I am a wife and mother of three adult birth children. In the past 10 years or so we have 12 more come to call us Mommy and Papi. We are proud to be the parents of many wonderful children. The Lord used his healing and hand and helped me kick Cancer's butt 10 years ago and now am fighting perimenopause weight gain after losing 90 lbs of cancer weight gain. I've done it before and I'll do it again. But like a lot of other things in life support is always needed. From the father as well as peopl... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:42:04 EST just starting need support I am 61 years old and I am tired for being what I am weight 260-270 lbs depend on the scale I use try and try but I am just fall back to my eating habits I look at the different video they are all small is there video with heavy people in it I am try any thought still looking Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:18:40 EST Heyyyy!! I'm Jen, not new to Spark but it has been a few years since i have been on here!! Mainly came back to get some accountability and really track what I am doing! I have a goal to lose around 20 pounds. A little about me: <BR> 5'4 - Female- 27yo <BR> Work a desk job <BR> Gym 5-6 days a week <BR> Cardio and weights <BR> I love being outside <BR> My food intake is my biggest problem. <BR> <BR> Looking for people who enjoy motivating and challenging their friends! I have lost around 35 pounds I k... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:11:45 EST HI Hi! I am new to SparkPeople. I have struggled with weight my whole life. I literally have to eat no more than 1000 a day to lose. I know supplements are not recommended but if I could find something to make this a little easier I would be extatic. Does anyone out there is "SparkPeople" land use anything to help with weight loss? I do count calories and exercise but it is very hard to stick to that low of calories all the time. Please don't yell at me for asking......I am just trying to... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:13:16 EST Sticking With It,The Plan. Hi everyone, I am new to this, and I hope I stick with it, any advice? Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:27:17 EST Good Morning My name is Debbie, I want to lose 100 lbs. a long way to go BUT 1 day at a time. I love this site. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 13:32:59 EST Just do it! I am tired of feeling guilty about eating and self conscious about how I look and just feeling TIRED...ugh. So here I am starting this thing and I am going to stick to it. I actually started 2 days ago and already feeling pretty darn good. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:42:08 EST First time to ever do this I am a walker. Yesterday I walked 12 miles and today I am on my way again. Thanks for reading this post, I am new to the whole thing. Have a great fitness day! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:50:28 EST Lost but fighting my way back Losing weight has been a struggle for me because I am an emotional eater. The guilt I feel after I eat makes things even harder. I don't know how to stop this cycle. I have been fighting this for the last 21 years and the older I get the harder it is. I don't the body I see in the mirror. I will lose weight and find my confidences then something will happen and it is down hill from there. I have fibromyalgia and it affects my feet and hands so I struggle with even getting out of bed. I want t... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:36:16 EST Mimi (grandmother) weighs 92 lbs & I'm de Hi..I'm writing for my sweet but tiny grandmother. She's Always been a short, small, "petite" (and oh so cute) little lady..but she's getting older (79 y.o.) and she now weighs only 92 pounds. Of course we are trying to boost her eating habits...(she's a vegetarian) but my family fixes meals for her all the time and she will drink the ensure, I have two questions..what foods in the form of vegetables are best for her to help her gain weight and clothes...omg...I have shopped ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:25:45 EST Newbie Introduction Ugh...I never know what to say on these things. I'm 27 years old and have been overweight all of my life. Battling some pretty serious emotional and anxiety issues for the last couple of years has forced me to get serious about getting my life together and taking control of my health. Right now, I weigh about 300 lbs. and I'm tired of it. Not really very good at the whole community thing, but I'm trying to work on that too. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:40:49 EST Compulsive Eater Seeking Accountability Hi, everyone! Like so many others, I'm here because I want to feel accountable to someone else for my actions and decisions. Especially right now while my husband is deployed, and there's no one to glance at me sideways when I go back for my sixth slice of pizza... <BR> <BR> For now, I think I want to focus on my blog, so if anyone doesn't mind taking a quick look, I'd be grateful. Honestly, even if you don't feel like reading it, but you want to leave me a comment like, "You've got this si... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:58:55 EST i'm back again i'm back after having some family problems. everything is so different here now. have to relearn it all again. since i was here last in 2007. i have lost 20 lbs. so now have set new goal for me. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:31:03 EST Greetings from Florida I just joined Sparkpeople and am feeling very motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. :-) Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:51:50 EST Just saying hi Hello I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm hoping to lose 60lbs and keep it off. I super happy to have so much support. <em>30</em> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:25:51 EST weight loss for IVF Huddersfield Hi everyone I'm looking for a weight loss buddy I'm in need to loose 60lbs would love to loose it by October 21st (hubby's birthday) I keep failing on diets I'm finding it so hard I need someone I can go for walk with or to the swimming pool with someone who is a great laugh weaved up 2 years ago and don't have any friends would be great to meet someone I can have a laugh with my anxiety has gotten bad since putting all my weight on :( just want someone to relate to xx Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:51:23 EST Hi everyone - questions on getting started Hi all, I just re-joined. <BR> <BR> neptune58 (aka Dan) <BR> <BR> Just curious. Im a male, late 50's. Always been tall and skinny. I have developed some weight on my belly like most folks. I used to be able to burn it off. Not having much luck. <BR> <BR> I am kinda confused on how to figure out the best plan for myself. Carbs per day, how to best burn it off etc.. any help/suggestions appreciated..thanks again... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:53:29 EST Natural Sista getting out of her own way. African american female using Couch to 5k app to start my workout. On my way to the best I can be with no excuses. Looking to start a workout group. Morning jogs on the Trinity. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 16:40:39 EST Natural Sista getting out of her oen way. African american female using Couch to 5k app to start my workout. On my way to the best I can be with no excuses. Looking to start a workout group. Morning jogs on the Trinity. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 16:39:18 EST 3 Day Military Diet Hi, I am Felecia and I started the 3 Day Military Diet today. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:48:51 EST hello everyone! Hello, sparkpeople! I take spin class 4 times a week and sometimes i walk home from class, about 2 miles. I love to crochet and play piano. i am so excited to become a part of sparkpeople and meet everyone! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:18:37 EST guidance, encouragement, etc - that's what I need Hi all. I'm new to this Spark People. I had total knee replacement last year and now need the other one done. But, in that year I gained about 20 pounds that I want off. I'm having trouble walking, everything hurts, my blood pressure is up and I feel like my heart is always racing with any kind of activity. And along with that, my daughter needs to do this too and I know if she sees her Mom really trying hard, she'll be able to jump right in and do it too. I need encouragement. I know ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:46:13 EST Working My Way Back to the Authentic Me <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:21:38 EST New member, switching from MFP I have been a member of MFP for quite a while now. I follow IIFYM and with the recent changes over there I can no longer track my macros by the gram without paying for a premium account. I'm not willing to do that. Someone from one of my IIFYM women's facebook groups recommended this so here I am. I lost about 70 lbs. 2-3 years ago and gained back 20. I am in the process of trying to lose that again. What is it with those last few pounds that are so difficult? I gained them back on a c... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:05:17 EST Retired and Determined Good morning, everyone. <BR> <BR> I recently retired and while very busy catching up with projects in the house that I did not have time for while I was working, I am determined to make my health my priority. I have a lot of weight to lose and plan to eat clean, count calories and keep carbs to a low to modest amount, concentrating on healthy, high fiber carbs rather than simple carbs. <BR> <BR> I find the boards very interesting, motivating and informative - and some really great recipes ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:06:12 EST Hi everybody Introducing myself to the group. I am 58, a lot overweight, and determined to get healthy. I have had melanoma and breast cancer twice, am a borderline diabetic and my triglycerides are too high. Last August I ended up hospitalized with pancreatitis, with no apparent reason. So, I am now determined to get healthy by healthy eating and movement (I don't like to call it exercise, I prefer movement). Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:00:29 EST I'm ready to wake up and feel alive! I have never tasted a truly hard earned goal achieved.  <BR> <BR> I've been lazy. I sleep my life away, like most do. Eyes closed, dreaming of more but not quite able to crack an eye open and see life for what it truly is. Not something to be survived, but something to make you feel alive! To live in! To taste, feel, experience every little sensation for what it is.  <BR> <BR> Hard work, I am ready for you. I'm ready to choose positivity each and every day. I'm ready to work for long term g... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 02:50:41 EST Partner to help lose 100lbs Hello everyone! My name is Jackie and I am 24 years old. I have struggled with my weight for years and have found myself at my highest weight ever. I am tall and have a solid build, so I tell myself that I still look good and feel good at my current weight, but I know that it is starting to get to me more than it has in the past. <BR> <BR> I recently moved across the country to Arizona and in that move, have no workout friends or family locally. I would LOVE to meet someone who is committe... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 02:09:19 EST What happened? Hello to everyone 😊 <BR> I just joined this website in hope of getting some support and advice. Here's a little about me, my name is Ivet and I am 25 years old. Like so many people , I've struggled with my weight for the past year and a half. I went from 148lbs to 188lbs. I am a binge eater and I want to stop. I went from being super active to a couch potato. To be honest here, I think I have lost all motivation to change my habits and I think it's primarily because dwelling on my past t... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:43:54 EST Need help to stop emotional eating... Hi everyone, <BR> This is my second time joining Sparkpeople. It's great - if I'm determined to follow the rules! But I've been shameless and don't even count my daily calories. <BR> I want to lose 10 lbs, and if only I'm disciplined enough, I can do it in no time. But I'm an emotional eater and literally need someone to physically keep me away from food when I feel the need to reach for the cookies and chocolate!! I am a SAHM/part time grad student. Working on my thesis is one of the major... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:02:23 EST What Is Your Best Advice? I've been on Medifast for 9 weeks and lost only 7.5 pounds of solid fat - Dropped 2 pants sizes, 2 bra sizes, 2 shirt sizes and can walks faster and lift more heavy items. I read food labels, I learned to cook and even like vegetables more than candy bars... These are all benefits of the program. So, I am giving myself 6 more weeks to improve in these areas, then I will decide if Medifast is working for me... What's your Best Advice? Make Sure You ______________________ Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:45:31 EST Starting AGAIN........ Sometimes I get so frustrated with myself for how mentally weak I get when life throws me a curve ball. I was doing so good with diet and exercise. Then, out of the blue a curve on the highway of life and boom - I am ricocheting off course. <BR> <BR> Or was the curve ball just a good excuse for me to veer off the path ? Was I already veering that way and struggling to focus when the curve surprised me? And, maybe did the curve just add more fuel to my need to legitimize making poor health d... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:30:39 EST iam a new member I joned to get healty and lose weight. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:49:11 EST Accountability Partners in Crime! Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and looking for some partners... Doesn't matter how much or how little you have to lose, or if you've already met your goals. Looking to give and receive motivation, accountability and just plan chat sometimes :) <BR> <BR> A little about me... 33/f from the Baton Rouge area, today is my first day and could really use some friends! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from yall. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 15:39:22 EST