SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=14 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=14 BLUECHESSDRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39781065 HELLO EVERYONE I AM HERE TO GET CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LIFE... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:48:40 EST Message Board Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39780554 Been sparking for quite a while, but never posted to the message board before. SP is a great way to get encouragement. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:07:06 EST eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39779327 Hi I'm Kris, I would like any tips on meal prep. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:26:27 EST I need some encouragement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39779093 <em>39</em> <BR> Every time I look in a mirror I feel like this is the worst I have ever looked and its really affecting me because I just got recently married and even he says I need to diet and lose weight... I'm not happy with how I look and I'm here to do something about it. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:43:58 EST Restarting a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39776787 Hello <BR> <BR> I am 29 years old and am once again trying to restart a diet. My weight is at 172 roughly and I have a minimum goal of 145. If anyone has any recommendations, I am all ears :). I have downloaded MyFitnessPal as a helper. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:06:31 EST New here, just wanted to say hello =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39776537 I just discovered this site after spending the past 2 years on MFP. I thought I'd try it out and see how it compares, as I feel I'm not having a lot of success using MFP any longer. I lost 40 pounds there but have been slowly regaining it and I just don't want that to happen. So I thought I would spend some time poking around the message boards and see if I can meet some motivated, encouraging, positive people here to maybe give this weight loss journey of mine some new life <em>30</em> ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:59:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39776101 I am new to the boards and on day 5. I am trying to lose the weight that I have gained since last summer due to a muscle injury and not paying attention to my food in take. Have 10 pounds to lose but finally feel the motivation to get this done. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:53:29 EST Hi, motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39775241 Hi everyone. <BR> I believe spark was the final straw for finding my motivation. I was in excellent shape for years, 22nd fastest 2 mile time in my army brigade, then started strength training with someone that has been working out since he was in the womb, but over the last 5 I've just been indulging in life (read; food, beer, and not exercising). I'm now 55 pounds heavier than when I graduated boot camp. Though I know I'll never see that weight again, I am aiming to lose about 30. I don't w... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:33:20 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39774354 First time every being on here but interested in meeting some new friends. Hope we share some of the same goals. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:14:26 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39771678 Hello there, I'm here to lose some weight which snuck up on me. I was always a skinny girl never had to worry about weight issues even after having babies I just bounced back. Well, then, I hit my forties and I noticed a decrease in energy, I began to feel the effects of my smoking , so I struggled and finally was able to quite for good. It's been 3 years of consistently Not smoking. But my body went into recovery and I gained 30 pounds right off the bat. My appetite increased, my energy leve... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:36 EST Hello Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39771306 I'm Chrissy, I'm from Kentucky. I'm new here looking for motivation & friends. I need to get healthy & lose 50 lbs, because I found out I have Thyroid Disease. If anyone is going through this, I would love to chat about your journey with Thyroid issues. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:52:44 EST New Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39771135 Hi everyone. My name is Tom and I am changing my lifestyle. That may seem a little bit late as I am coming up on my 70th birthday in a couple of months. I made the decision to commit to the change about 3 months ago after my doctor <BR> suggested I enroll in a weight loss program (10 weeks). the program concentrated on controlling caloric intake. Not good enough for me. at the end of the 10 week class, another program was suggested-a low carb diet (similar to the Adkins diet) Tomorrow is the ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:16:18 EST Hi! Senior Sparker here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39770535 Hi everyone, I'm a senior age 63 planning on reaching my weight loss goals. OK, I'm a turtle and losing weight is not easy for me. Any other senior or other Sparkers looking for a friend, please add me. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:13:32 EST Hello fellow fat fighters!😄 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39770401 I've been working on getting healthy for the last 4 months. It's been a slow progress but I'm making life changes not "dieting". I want to be healthy and feel good. I have lost 16 lbs so far 😃 I have had a few bad years. I nursed my 19 year old daughter thru cancer for 2 years, and April 2014 she passed away in my arms. It has been a long mourning process, but now I have to pull myself together and get healthy. I know that's what she would want. She would be usset with me for not taking ca... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:48:25 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39769650 My name is Audrey, from Canada. I have been struggling with my weight for quite some time and thought I'd try something new. Hopefully SparkPeople will help me reach my goal! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:47:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39769282 HI, my wife found this site and I've been using it for a few days. It looks like a great way to stay on top of getting into better shape. I'm hoping to lose some weight and get back into exercise. I'm a cyclist and am doing a training plan to ride 100km in the next 12 weeks. I'm hoping that this, combined with much better eating habits will work to get the weight off and the body feeling better. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:45:15 EST Third times a charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39768204 Hi, fellow Sparkers. This is my third time with SparkPeople and plan to make it permanent this time. At least as long as the good Lord gives me here on this planet. I am 71 years old. been married for 47 years to one sexy Frenchman and have already 29 lbs. from my previous sprint on SP. Looking to lose about 50 more lbs. in 20 lb. increments. Bless all of you and have a great sparking day! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:46:38 EST Trying to get healthy for me and my family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39768196 Hi my name is Jackie and I am trying to get my self healthy while teaching my little girl how care for herself properly and love herself no matter what she looks like. I look forward to the beginning of our journey together. :) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:44:44 EST Hello from Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39766719 I'm a SAHM to 3 kids and I wear many hats to keep everyone organized (including my biggest kid, my husband!). I am looking for some friends to talk to, to help me stay motivated, or just to make sure I'm keeping on track. Add me and we'll chat! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:09:59 EST Glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39766110 Just joined and am very determined to reach my goal. So far, so good. I'm feeling motivated. This is life changing for me. I have diabetes and psoriatic arthritis. Losing weight will help me live a longer, fuller life. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:51:58 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39765005 I forgot my username and password so I made a new one so how do I delete my old username from sparkpeople? I finally found out what was wrong with my leg inflammation is their anyone here that deals with same issue? Any advice would be appreciated Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:14:33 EST HEY to my getting healthier family !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39764575 Hi all I'm Debulia, <BR> <BR> Just signed up for SparkPeople today, looking forward to getting to know you all, and getting healthy, <BR> <BR> I just started getting serious once again about loosing weight and getting in shape, I have tried time and time again, but I refuse to give up. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:52:20 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39764297 Hi my name is dana I am new here. I am looking foward to sharing my journey with you all. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:52:43 EST Hi, just call me Deb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39763930 Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST Can I Lose Weight Doing This Plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39763476 I'm a former lap band person. Have not been able to get my band adjusted to where it needs to be. Always too tight or too loose. Then I had problems with my esophagus. Want something I can do and not starve myself. Want to feel comfortable and lose the weight. I have only lost about 45 lbs. and it has been some years since my surgery. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thank you. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:17:34 EST Hustlin' to Fit Back into My Old Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39762544 Hi there, everyone! <BR> My name is Quinn - I'm a Los Angeles housewife (but not like a "real" housewife of Los Angeles, if you get my drift). My husband and I have both gotten fairly heavy, which goes against the general perception of what a Hollywood couple should look like. For me, I'm at my highest weight ever. <BR> I thought I'd try SparkPeople and see if that helps me to get our daily diet back in order (bye bye, Pizza Hut!) and reduce the guts on both myself and my other half. <BR> <... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:08:48 EST Hi,Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39760772 I lead a healthy lifestyle and like making new friends! <BR> After pregnancy, I have gained much weight and now still can't get rid of some kilos that's why I need your help. I would be glad to share experience! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:34:28 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39758595 <em>524</em> <em>41</em> New here hoping to lose weight. Eat healthier going to be hard with shift work.... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:54:56 EST Hi there. I'm back after some years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39758448 Hi there, Sparkers! I'm an old Spark member that took some years off. I'm 40 now. Mostly over the fact that I gained back the tons of weight I had lost. Today is a new day and instead of shame over losing ground, I'm saying "wherever you go, there you are." It's that simple! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:16:43 EST Begining again with a Bang Hopefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39757909 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am beginning again here on Sparks people. I tried it a couple of years ago and then stopped. I have been consistently loosing weight since March of this year. I am down 25 lbs and have about 100 more to go. I got this crazy notion in May to loose weight, and train to compete in a bikini competition. It has been a slow start. I hope to get my calories on track and make amazing friends here along the way. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:08:12 EST Starting over again from scratch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39757079 My name is Dawn and I'm currently at 360 and when I started again just a week ago I didn't have much room in my mobile home until my aunt helped me out by removing 3 adults from my home. And now I pretty much have 2 empty rooms to work with for my exercise equipment. Now I can get them out of the corner and into the small bedroom and get things going a bit. <BR> <BR> So today I will be rearranging a few things to make things eaisier. So wish me some luck. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:27:43 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39756808 Completing a challenge task, so no responses needed. My biggest challenge is not being active enough. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:50:09 EST Hi - Beginning Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39755674 Hi all! I've been a Spark People member for several years with great success, but about two years ago I fell off the "health" wagon and slowly started gaining back the weight and incorporating unhealthy choices in my daily routine. I'm hoping to combat these decisions by starting fresh again with the 21 day new member challenge. I wish everyone the best and love the spark people community! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:54:08 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39755587 Hello everyone! My goal is to lose 40 pounds. I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food that got worse when I quit smoking 3 years ago. I have promised myself over and over that I would do something about my weight. I never follow through. That has changed. I have made the commitment to myself and it feels different this time. I am tracking my food, exercise and water consumption. Meeting small goals is giving me the motivation to keep going. I'm going to do this! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:36:20 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39751163 I'm new to SparkPeople and hoping to lose weight within a supportive online community :) Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:09 EST New today with renewed goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39748411 Hello from Tubby Michigan, <BR> One of the heftiest states in the country. I moved here only 3.5 years ago weighing in at 130, I now weigh 161. I tried the Dr Oz rapid weight loss program a few weeks ago and lost 5 pounds in the first week. I then had to rent my lakeside home during the month of July and the disruption in my life led to gaining back 4 of those pounds. The diet seemed doable to me, so I am back starting yesterday. Wish me luck, I want to get back in my gorgeous skinny jeans ag... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:43:13 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39747831 Hello everyone.... I'm excited to start this weight loss journey. I know it will be difficult at times but in the end it will all be worth it. It has been a struggle just to make it out of the 200's <em>39</em> . My favorite hobbies are reading and listening to music. Food has always been apart of my life. Ready to learn all I need to know about losing and maintaining my weight. <em>41</em> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:15:14 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39747277 Hoping to meet people who understand how hard it is to get healthy and fit. I'm It's so hard to stay motivated. I'm pretty shy but I would love to talk to other girls who can relate and can share tips and advice. <BR> xoxo Pammy Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:31:35 EST feedup1964 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39746096 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST (re) :) Introduce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39742146 M redoing 21day Challenge, again. <BR> I got off-track in May, this year and m getting re-established on SP. <BR> <em>252</em> , I think I understand it much better this time. <BR> Last week I learned from a fellow 'Sparker': <BR> "Do Not Focus on the (desired/prescribed) Result" (s). <BR> But rather; <BR> "FOCUS ON CHANGE INSTEAD"; <BR> that was a 'thinker-changer' for me!! <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:14:34 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39741838 hello all...i am completely new to this and welcome all the motivation you have to offer!ive tried many times to loose weight alone.NO SUCCESS! i hope becoming a part of a community will make a life altering difference for me Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:54:36 EST Week One Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39741293 Just finished my first week, really helping me to keep track of my eating and exercise habits. New to all this and really enjoying the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of this site. Good luck to all. <em>665</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:09:06 EST Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39740098 Hello. I am returning to Spark People after a several year hiatus. I had lost about 30-35 pounds about 8 years ago, but unfortunately gained it all back. Here's to adapting a healthier lifestyle again!! <em>9</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:13:14 EST Hi SparkPeople!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39739664 I have been on and off with SparkPeople since 2012. I LOVE IT!!! I have lost over 100 pounds in less than a year. I was an over eater that overcame the vicious cycle. I eat healthy now. And in moderation. I absolutely LOVE fitness!! I love the gym, walking, strength training every other morning from 5am to 6am. ZUMBA IS SO MUCH FUN!! Crunch Gym is so AWESOME!!! <BR> Anyway, hello!! My name is Cynthia(Cindie Lou is what my friends call me)I'm a 43 year old Mother and Housewife living in Elk G... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:25:15 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39739341 So, three years ago I started my weight loss journey. I went from 237 to 160. Instead of continuing, I decided I felt satisfied where I was, so I relaxed a bit... Then I relaxed a bit more :( Then, recently, one morning, I woke up to 190 lbs. Yes, it may have been difficult to lose the weight, but it was downright heartbreaking to see all that hard work go out the window. So, here I am again. Trying to be thankful that I caught it after 30. <BR> <BR> I've started working out to CI... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:21:54 EST Looking to see if any one here is from Guelph, Ont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39737681 I am looking to see if anyone is here from Guelph ON area that you like to be my support person. I don't know that many people and don't have support at home. My weight keeps going up. I try and try to no avail. I have a hard time with walking so my exercise is almost non existent for now. I know if I can get some of the weight off I will be able to do more. Any help would be appreciated Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:51:41 EST Hello /so many questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39733010 My name is Jana. I just started nutrisystem this week and have questions . I was at 260 3 years ago and did Medifast and got down to 180. While 180 sounds like a lot , I was good with it, my insulin intake was wayyyy down and I was in a size 10/12 so I was good but then I moved, started eating more carbs and now I'm at 230, so I thought I'd try something new. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:05:44 EST Hi All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39732769 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Stephanie. I have at least 50 pounds to lose and I am determined this time! Happy to meet you all. <BR> <BR> Stephanie Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:32:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39731398 I am 53 years old, married with 2 grown up children. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the end of April 2016 and, after much research, started on the Blood Sugar Diet with the aim of reversing the diabetes and losing weight. By the end of July 2016 I had been successful in the reversal of the diabetes and had lost 15 of the 30kg that I set out to lose. I have reduced my dress size from a 24 to a 16 and am now smaller than I have been in over 35 years!! <BR> As well as following the... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:14:44 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39729822 I just wrote long message and it blanked. Why? <BR> I find the appearance of a preset menu to appear on tracking page and then have to substitute stuff or enter individual choices very, very, cumbersome and unduly annoying. I hope it is blank tomorrow so I can make my own food choices. It is useful, I suppose, as a guide but too time consuming. <BR> <em>234</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:06:32 EST So Grateful and still working on self improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39728867 My name is Jeremy and over the past year I partnered with a health and wellness company and have been getting the most amazing nutrition . I've released 35 pounds and I'm still going strong. I was tired all the time had health problems and needed change . I feel so much energy and my Heath is awesome. I would love to share this gift with everyone. I had tried all kinds of diets and nothing worked until now. I'm so blessed and if anyone would like to know how I have done this and continue to l... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:58:33 EST Isagenix 9 Day Cleanse Starting Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39728148 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting my 9 Day Isagenix Cleanse tomorrow and I'm so excited. I'm new to Sparkpeople, and love it so far. If there is anyone on the Isagenix program I have started new posts on the Isagenix Users Board, would love to hear from anyone who is on the program. <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:18:28 EST 40 + lbs gone... Almost halfway there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39728104 So after a long time away I am back Sparking. At one point I was a motivational sparker. I lost 50 lbs and i went from couch triathalete. Then Life cycled and in January, 7 years later, I found myself at 256 lbs. <BR> I have been eating low carb since March. I am looking to make friends to encourage each other to reach those goals! I know I can do this. I also know that Spark people is the site I need for motivation and accountability! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:08:31 EST Back With A Vengence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39727702 Hello all you lovely SP. I rejoined SP to get some accountability as I try to overhaul my rather sedentary, processed-food-eating self. I could use some friends to join me in this adventure, so don't be shy! <BR> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:17:02 EST Tired of feeling bad about myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39727678 I'm excellent at making myself feel like a fat, ugly, slob. Wonderful at beating my self-confidence to a pulp and kicking it into a dark corner. No more. It's time to say "to hell with that" and turn over a new leaf--but that leaf feels heavy enough to break my back and I need support. Which brings me here! <BR> <BR> Hello, my name is Mel and I'm tired of my unhealthy ways. I need to lose weight, lower my blood pressure, and learn to love myself. I'm diagnosed with clinical depression and bi... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:14:13 EST new here again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39727289 Ok, I am trying this again. I have tried this before but didn't really get into it. I get busy & forget to log anything. I need somebody to remind me, someone to compete against maybe.I did 2 years of online school so i gained a little weight from sitting to much. i really need to get rid of it. I am working my butt off, not literally of course. That is the plan but it is not working. I am eating less, but better. I exercise 2x's a day 5 days a week plus am outside working more than not. I am... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:09:31 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39726481 Hi. My name is Mary Catherine. Youll be hearing a lot from me in the future. I have joined Spark People to jumpstart my weight loss and get healthier. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:13:23 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39726385 Good morning everybody... my name is Elizabeth and I would like to take the time out to introduce myself. <BR> I am here for some awesome ideas on helping me to continue my journey to lose more weight and keep it off. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:58:54 EST Walking 30,min http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39726012 It gives me lots of energy Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:36:22 EST Starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39725594 I've been a sparkpeople member for many years but I haven't been using it. I've just got to get back on track. I love this website. It's so informative and the tracking is great. Good luck to everyone! Have a great day! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:42:45 EST Fitbit motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39723468 Just got a Fitbit today and looking to add contacts who may want to challenge to stay motivated. I am no gym freak so don't destroy me too bad. <BR> daniellecone@rocketmail.com Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:56:07 EST After so many years starting back up again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39722100 Looking forward to making this move toward a healthier me. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:16:22 EST New again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39719309 I just started using Sparkpeople - again. I have used it in the past and it has been very helpful, but I have had a lot of life changes and fell away from taking care of myself. I am ready to get back on track and do this. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:01:41 EST Hi! New to Spark on day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39719030 I am new to Spark and on day 5 of the getting started challenge. I love the workout videos because of the great variety. I am looking forward to exploring more of the site and seeing all there is to motivate me to stick with exercise and healthy eating. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:15:22 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39718145 Just started on here. Trying to get a bit fitter and lose a bit of weight for my friend's wedding! <BR> Lots of motivation needed! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:26:14 EST Hi Everyone my name is Antonia and starting today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39717312 Feeling good about starting this. Fed up with not feeling good about what I look like. I want to enjoy clothes shopping rather than just getting clothes to cover up the fat. Plus it will teach me better food choices. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:51:07 EST Getting a routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39716793 I'm starting to really get into the swing of things now and I'm down 5 pounds. <em>104</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:21:11 EST New & Determined to meet my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39714904 Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> My name's Sammee. I'm 25, live with my amazing boyfriend and two very bratty, very spoiled cats. I love to sew and take part in other crafts, and have a fondness for all things nerdy. Reading is my absolute favorite past time! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get in shape for a variety of reasons: personal health, an interest in aerial arts, an upcoming engagement, all kinds of stuff like that. A couple of years ago I was losing weight pretty regularly, but fell off track wh... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:06:06 EST Hi SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39714113 I would like to INTRODUCE myself: I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother to two young men (22 &26), sister in Christ and friend to many...I am 45 yrs young Probation Office for male juvenile minors. I have struggled with weight loss for years. I lost 72lbs in 2010 and kept it off til 2015 when my husband had a truck accident want is unable to work. I gained 40lbs in a year, but I finally lost 36 lbs due to a Low Carb lifestyle...I joined Spark to be a part of a Community that's striving to... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:28:27 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39713072 Why am I putting on so much weight? I'm blaming menopause but there's got to be other reasons. My boobs are huge, my neck and shoulders look thicker than ever. I used to have toned biceps but now just look FAT. I'm 5 ft 5 and 154lb. I used to hate the thought of approaching 135 but that was a while ago. I'm 52 yrs now but still very active. I want to lose 30 lb but I'd be delighted with -20 <BR> <BR> Tonight I just ate sausages and martinis and chocolate pudding. What an idiot. I feel disg... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:43:39 EST CARBFREE LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39712541 Looking for support in trying another diet...Carb free...day 1...Morning started off great...Lunch is happening right now....then someone in the office brings in a cake <em>234</em> <BR> I have not touched it...wishing 5 o'clock would get here so that I can leave. Need encouragement...Does Spark have any support boards that discuss a CARBFREE LIFESTYLE? <em>46</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:30:12 EST Looking forward to getting this together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39711750 This isn't my first find with sparkpeople . In fact it was 2009 and id had enough- the tracker and support i go t here was wonder - lost 170lbs - got into shape to receive a kidney transplant. As luck would have it the donor kidney was diabetic so they don't give this one that much time . anyway i need to loose 30lbs and get into a good cardo place to be prepared for surgery again! My name is Tommy and i live in st louis, Mo as i said i've lost 170 lbs - the last 30 is always the hardest - i ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:41:46 EST Hello, I just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39711115 Good Morning! I just joined this forum today, and I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Denise. I'm 58 years old, married to my husband Frank for 16 years. . We live in CT. I'm a homemaker and Frank is a retired letter carrier. Besides the computer, my interests are walking, exercising, reading, and cooking. I have three step sons, and one very spoiled orange tabby cat Oliver. I've been looking around this site for a few days now, and can't believe all the information that is on here. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:09:01 EST Heeeeey! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39707800 Hey Beautiful Spark People! <BR> <BR> So much has changed since I lasted posted. Where do I begin??! Well, I’ve been overweight my entire life. At 19, lost nearly all the weight that I planned to lose (70 pounds) A few months later, I started college, and regained 20 pounds (the Freshman 15 is real! Well in my case the Freshman 20). At the end of my Sophomore year I lost the 20 pounds. Then, I fell back into unhealthy habits and a sedentary lifestyle for years, and gained back every single... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:54:59 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39706572 Hello! I found this site last week and knew it was just what I needed to help me on my weight loss journey. I think it is wonderful the support and encouragement found in this community. I have lost 12 pounds and have 50 more to go. I'm looking forward to this adventure. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:46 EST Hello from England! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39705303 I'm 52, married, no children,15 st 2 (212 pounds), and looking forward to making new friends here and to doing BLC32. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>609</em> <em>665</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 EST Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39705256 How do I put my picture beside my postings. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:36:28 EST Hi I am Rose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39703699 Hi. I have started Spark this past week and I am excited as I am already losing some weight. I want to lose 40 pounds I am 72 years old, and wow did that happen fast. It seems like yesterday I got married, yet we celebrated our 50th anniversary last June on Father's Day. I have three grown daughters and six grandkids. I am pre-diabetic, so I am concentrating on eating very low carb. I would love to meet others with similar goals. Exercise will be a challenge since I am recovering from ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:40:44 EST Hi! I'm new and ready to start fresh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39702489 Hi! I'm Patti and ready to start fresh and ready to go! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:50:52 EST new to counting calories noob question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39702035 Hello everybody that clicks <BR> <BR> Im new to the calories counting lifestyle and I have a noobie question about the amount of calories I need to consume in a day. <BR> <BR> on the mobile apps Log screen is my goal to eat until Im at 50% of the line graph in green or is my goal to eat all my allowed calories per day without going over? Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:25:56 EST Hey, I'm new here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39701480 Hey, guys. I'm new here. Would like to know how this works. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:20:37 EST New Girl !!! Using Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39698462 Hi <BR> Just joined today, training for the London moonlight walk with my Fitbit. <BR> Training plan, 4 to 6 miles min every day except Saturdays when I increase my miles by one each week. I am up to 13 miles this week, next Saturday I will be walking 14 miles, then 15 the Saturday after and so on, until I reach my goal of 25.5 miles. <BR> It's getting harder. I am also doing slimming world but struggling a little. <BR> I aim to lose 2 stone eventually. <BR> <BR> I haven't got any Fitbit... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:22:52 EST I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39696897 I just joined today and working my way through getting everything set up. I'm so excited to start feeling better and take control of my eating and exercise. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:01:17 EST wow 8 years since I was on Sparkpeople last. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39696430 I first joined Spark people when I was 19 years old and I weighed 230lbs I was able to drop about 30 lbs with this site. I absolutely loved all the motivation and encouragement everyone always gave me. I am back and I plan to stay and I plan to reach my goal. I weigh 210lbs and I am looking to eat healthy and exercise and lose 40lbs and then reevaluate once I hit that goal. I have also started C25K and I am hoping to run my first 5K early next year. Feel free to add me to your page. I Love ma... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:28:54 EST New to the community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39693875 Hey there my name is Sandra and I am a newly married Canadian woman who has embarked on a new weight loss journey. I have a lot to lose but I am determined to do it,. My husband is a sick fellow but a tough SOB. He is a trucker and good at his job. He is along for the ride so hopefully we can both lose some weight and feel better. As I am sick aswell and do not work it is hard to be active but I am hoping giving this program another try will work. What do I have to lose? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:31:57 EST New and hoping this works for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39693731 Good evening! I'm new here today, and looking around and getting an idea of what the site has to offer. I am here because I found the link on a blog (Runs For Cookies), and figured it can't hurt. I am (almost) 31, a wife, a mother, and sick and tired of being overweight. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I lost a little, and I gain it back. It's a vicious cycle, and I want it to end for good. Hoping to find the motivation, inspiration, and will. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:44:41 EST Newbie saying Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39692128 Hello! I'm new here at SparkPeople starting my long journey of weight loss. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:30:17 EST ** Hello ** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39691288 I have to admit, this is not my very first time here. In the past, I have found SparkPeople a great tool to kickstart and stay motivated on my goals, but turning 30 this year has really opened my eyes to the wonder of planting roots for the long haul; I am very excited to plant some here in the SparkPeople Community. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me back <em>30</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:26:17 EST Motivated to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39689943 OK well I have the exercise portion down! I've worked out everyday for 9 days! Now to get this healthy eating habit down...that's the hard part <em>39</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:29:49 EST Hello! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39688158 My name is Rozielle, I originally was fit and energetic but over the last 2 years, have lost my willpower. I am back into exercising and dieting and will love being involved in the Sparkspeople Community. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:38:02 EST My first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39687897 I came upon this website by accident and I'm really excited to try it out. As I get older and my schedule becomes more hectic, I notice how challenging it is to keep exercise and good nutrition in my life. I hope the challenges and encouragement will help me along the way. I'm also a very picky eater (getting pickier as I age) and am wondering what people think of using a vegan protein powder for quick meals. I bought Naturade Vegan smart all-in-one nutritional shake today hoping it will help... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:52:07 EST Never Too Late to Start Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39686232 Hi everyone! I've been on SP before, but never really gave it much of a chance. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight since childhood - I can't ever remember wearing anything smaller than a size 14. My highest weight was 320, but I'm hovering around 300 right now, thanks to a few months with Weight Watchers. I decided to cancel my membership because I didn't want to spend money to lose weight, but also because I want to focus on health first - and let the weight loss take a back seat (although def... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:30:44 EST Hello again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39680606 Hey everyone! I'm 48 years old now and desperate to get back on track. The last time I was here I weighed in at 287. I got down to 195 but have gained back up to 220. I actually lost a little over 100 lbs in a year but seem to have lost my focus. I find myself giving in to my cravings for junk food. I am not sure what it is going to take for me to get serious again but I definitely don't want to gain back all the weight I have lost. I guess I am just looking for some encouragement and ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:52:13 EST Hi starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39680500 Starting over , I'm 44 , any groups you can suggest to me ? Also , i am using sparkpeople.com from my phone how do i make a profile page ? I can see peoples pages but how do i make my own ? Glad to be starting again. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 01:50:09 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39679829 Well, I was looking for some Information about chills after running 2 miles in 90 degree heat, however, when I clicked on this I thought I died a went to heaven. It's tough for me , a 58 yr old , technically challenged female to find message boards with kind people. I read the guidelines and look forward to getting I formation from here. Thanks, Karen Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:43:28 EST New here and ready to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39676298 Hello.... been here a few days... and I can see the advantage of keeping track of eating.... no more mindless eating and more taking charge.... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:20:48 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39675656 Hello! <BR> I stumbled on to SparkPeople while checking out fitness programs. Signed up to give it a try! <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 50 lbs or so. I just started a couch to 5K program this week, and so far so good! <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:43:09 EST Gratitude Journals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39674723 Are you new to Spark and looking for a great team to join? Why not visit our Gratitude Journals team......we would love to have you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:11:53 EST Support for a healty lifestyle + Invitation :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39674705 Hi! <BR> I signed up last weekend. I hadn't heard of SP before, but I had been considering joining another service here in Norway. But I wanted to try this first, and I guess I'll buy the premium membership after a while. <BR> <BR> I'm a family man of 40, and I want to live a healthy lifestyle. Weight isn't a big issue for me, but I want to reduce some fat. Primarily, my motivation is to be more energized :) <BR> <BR> A year ago I started a morning routine including some short excercise. It... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:03:10 EST Living life on new terms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39672676 Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39672673 Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST Walking buddy----- Warren Mi area http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39672416 Hello everyone. I am returning to try this again. I must lose weight. No questions asked. No beating around the bush anymore. I live in Warren Mi and was looking to see if anyone is in the area and wants to walk. I am 40 years old with chf and an icd so I'm not looking to over-exert myself. Only trying to get in a little exercise to keep me from not doing anything at all. I work full time on my feet but that is really all that I do. Please if we can help each other let me know. Good ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:59:23 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39671995 Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Just saying hi. I've yo-yo'ed all my life. But last year I lost 30 pounds and kept it off by eliminating milk products and sugar/bread from my diet. <BR> <BR> I don't even miss cheese, surprisingly! <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, I would like to lose 15 more to be at my goal weight. I've been on the Eat to Live plan for two weeks and I can already see results Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:21:48 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39671417 hi ive been on this sight for two days and am starting to learn how it works now I just need somebody who is motivated to help each other push each other, anybody interested Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:24:52 EST Need an accountability partner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39670687 Trying to focus on my diet. I'm finally at the point where I go to the gym everyday and it's routine but I have issues with the food I consume. Anybody else feels? <BR> <BR> I need an accountability partner! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:43:54 EST A Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39670463 I can't remember when I joined Spark People but I know it was years ago. I was very successful and then I got derailed somehow and I quit smoking and lost my father in a month's time and didn't really care for a long while. <BR> Between quitting smoking and grieving the loss of my father, my weight was slowly creeping up to what I call the dreaded weight which is the highest weight I get to before I do something drastic to turn it around. I joined weight watchers and obtained minimal succ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:14:55 EST Getting Started (Again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39670089 Hello! <BR> <BR> I first joined Sparkpeople in 2007. I hadn't joined the message boards, so I thought I would do something different this time around. From medication to losing my job and turning my career path around, I have been yo-yoing my whole time here, and most of my life. <BR> <BR> Now I am in my thirties, and it feels like now or never. I am really intent on losing weight and getting back into shape, becoming stronger and faster. My go to exercise is cardio, especially runnin... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:22:53 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39669995 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather and I'm just getting started with SP. Today is day 5 and I'm feeling great! I must say that I love all of the information that this website offers. I am learning so much about how my bad habits have been slowing down my weight loss. I'm still learning and I'm sure I'll continue to learn for quite some time. But, my goal is to stay motivated and push through to a healthier me! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:09:31 EST Not even the doctor could help me lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39669859 I was fat..then slim..after side effects of a year of meds I am fat again. I went to a weight loss center and the doctor put me on phentermine and I only lost 6lbs in 2 1/2 months. I have Lupus and fluid retention is an issue. My weight is up and down those 6lbs every week. I know to watch the sodium, drink lots..but nothing has helped. I know how to eat right and what to do but I'm just stuck. Yes I have had my thyroid and everything else checked. I've tried everything and I'm just at a loss... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:46:35 EST I'm losing motivation now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39669492 I lost total of 19 kilos already however I still need to shred more 5 kilos to atain my goal weight. It seems its harder to lose weight now...........just wondering...is it me or its always like this? Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:01:32 EST Hello NEW HERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39669229 Hello everyone ...I am renew here but not new to trying to lose weight I am in my mid 40 and just having a heck of a time ...but going to give it my best shot ...My goals are to lose weight eat healthy work out and quit smoking ...I plan on having all this done by year end taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:41:18 EST Finally starting properly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39668006 Hi, I'm Nadya, a 25yr old from the UK looking to lose around 70lbs! I love food a bit too much, but not so keen on exercise! Hoping to make some friends along the way:) Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:16:51 EST Hello, Here's to the start of a new, healthy me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39667137 Hello, <BR> I've just started with Sparkpeople when I returned from holiday. I always suffer with swelling of the ankles and legs, however this time unfortunately while away I suffered with an attack of cellulitis. Not wanting to risk my health or any future travels, I've decided to stop procrastinating and focus!! Hope you are all succeeding in your healthy eating aims and lifestyle changes. <BR> Good Luck, Clair. xxxxx Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:09:09 EST From starvation to fitness :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39665616 Hello! I'm someone who went through hard times of starvation to try to lose weight and now I'm here to get healthy and lose weight the easy way :) I'm 4'11 and 121 pounds heavy. How much exercise would you recommend for me and how many calories per day for a steady weight loss? Thank you so much in advance! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:39:20 EST Needing to get healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39663894 Hello there. My name is Lisa and I am on a journey to get healthy. I am just over 3 years to retirement and want to be able to go out and experience the world. I am finding that it is a lot slower then when I was younger, and I need to focus on what is a realistic life change rather than a "fad" diet. Thank you all for your support. Reading about your trials and accomplishments gives me hope each day. Keep up the good work!! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:44:46 EST Time to Introduce myself :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39663664 Hi All! I'm Ashley. I am 30 years old (turning 31 next month) and a mom of 3 amazing kids. 10, 8 and almost 2. I am a single mom, I work full time during the day and go to LPN school at night 5 nights a week. I'm tired to say the least lol. I wouldn't be able to do any of it though without my amazing parents helping me along the way by taking amazing care of my kiddos when I am unable to. The sacrifice now will be worth it in the end I hope. Anyway, I have always struggled with my weight sinc... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:57:43 EST Back at It - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39661578 Hi All, I am a 77 year old grandmother of 8 , with COPD, and I am just plain tired of looking at myself in the mirror. I am active in my church, love to travel but am waiting for some cooler weather. This summer has been dreadful here in CT - hot and very humid. Married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. Getting depressed by having to stay inside so much of the time. Know if I lose the xtra lbs I'll feel much better. So here I go - again! Wish me luck. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:44:21 EST Hello, New Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39661277 I'm 50 years old, female. Developed a chronic pain problem 13 years ago and gained a lot of weight. The pain is much better now and I'm dedicating myself to losing the weight. My plan is to take small steps in the right direction, set weekly goals, and course correct as necessary. One pound, one healthy new habit, and one relinquished bad thought at a time. <BR> <BR> Wanna come along?? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:19 EST Just started again but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39661028 Hi everyone. Well, 2 days into the plan and if nothing else at least I tracked my food intake and it tells the story of why I have put weight on over the years. Thats the positive side of it; the negative is that I did not stick to the days plan for eating. Will do better today. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:10:02 EST Looking for friends! MN girl with 150 pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39659563 to lose! I would love to have friends. I've tried following the Profile plan too. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:51:01 EST Hey there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39658690 Just here to say hi! I'm 45, full time human services worker, wife, mother and full time graduate student and the weight just doesn't melt off like it once did. I am at an all time high with my weight and it has caused some serious health issues. I just decided that I don't want to have a heart attack or a stroke. I want to be around for my daughters' graduations, weddings and my future grandchildren. I've been seriously dedicated to food journals, blogging and I joined the local chapter... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 22:13:18 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39655241 My name is Jana, I'm 20 yrs old, 230lbs, 5'4" and I've used SparkPeople a few times on and off but never really committed... I am trying to lose weight and be healthy and have strong muscles but I am currently suffering from a binge disorder(It started when I was a child so this is a real struggle for me). I don't have the money for a therapist so I am hoping to find some new friends on this site so maybe we can keep each other accountable! My fitness life usually looks like a big roller coas... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:42:40 EST Getting back at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39655041 After 6 years of yo-yoing with my weight, I am beginning again. I have been with Sparkpeople for 6 years, and had a lot of success. I've also stalled a lot. In 2010, I was 218lbs. In 2016, I am 206lbs. After losing over almost 50 lbs, I became lazy. Thinking I was maintaining my weight, instead, I have put most of it back on. Now is the time to change my habits permanently! I have begun to walk again - I go 6 kms a day, and I am watching what I am eating and tracking my calories. After a week... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:47:16 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39654068 My name is Olivia and I am trying to get back i shape. I am a college student and I would like to live a healthier lifestyle. I have yo-yo dieted a lot during the years in a struggle to keep my weight down. I am now longer overweight, but I am 5 pounds above my goal weight. I hope to achieve my goal weight and meet more people on this site. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:50:57 EST I can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39653870 i am 55 and I really need to lose weight, I know what I need to do its just i never stick with it. Any suggestions Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:18:23 EST Lynn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39653127 I am Lynn and need all the support I can get for this endeavor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:22 EST Looking for an accountability buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39650321 A little about me, Hi I am 43 years old and needing to lose over 100lbs. I live alone here in Delaware and I cook for one and it is kinda hard for me. I buy pre portioned meats like perfect portions chicken and pork chops but the rest of my meals gets meals and when I try to measure my foods I feel like I am depriving myself. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 19:45:49 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39649284 I'm a student of First Moscow Medical University. 1 year ago I get involved into fitness and since then exercise regularly (about 3 hours per week). I have 10 kg of fat that I want to lose and can't do it for 2 years already... I tried so many times and failed: it's all because of eating disorders. So now I try to change my eating habits. <BR> It's nice to be in such cozy place as Sparkpeople (: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:10:40 EST Getting back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39648588 I am a life long yo-yo dieter. I have been back on SP about a week now and by tracking my food and workouts I am making progress and seeing my energy return. I plan to make SP apart of my day as much as I can. <BR> <BR> Barbara Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:58:03 EST Hoping to Enjoy Colorado! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39647470 Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Cassie, I am 27 and born and raised in Colorado. I had a rough start to my 20's which has led me to be my heaviest weight. I used to be super active and athletic and would love to get back to that. <BR> <BR> I love weightlifting and am trying to learn how to love cardio as well. I recently participated in the Beachbody 21 day fix program which helped retrain my mind to view food as fuel and not as an anti depressant. It also helped get me to love getting up earl... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 11:22:20 EST First 45 years - next 45 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39647262 Hi there! My first 45 years of life was spent over-indulging on food and alcohol, not focusing on my health or weight. As a result, I was up to 207 pounds, ended up with a benign pancreatic tumor, and now type 1 diabetic as a result of said pancreatic tumor removal. However, I'm more determined than ever to change by lifestyle and be healthy for the next 45 years of my life! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:50:56 EST Trying to stay motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39646560 Hello SP! <BR> My name is Michelle and I am brand new to SP! I am hoping I can make some friends, find support and most of all stay motivated through my journey. <BR> <BR> I have tried several times to live a healthier lifestyle but somehow manage to get off track. I think I really need some accountability in my life and hope I can find that here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading! <BR> Mihelle Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:44:34 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39644727 Hi. I am from Texas. Been Sparking since April 13th. Love it. Has completely changed my life. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 23:58:11 EST fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39643684 I added Meal Plan to my food place and don't like it how do I get rid of it. so annoying me, Sun, 7 Aug 2016 20:31:50 EST brand new on spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39642166 Hello everyone, I have been obese for most of my life, all of my adult life thus far and three quarters of my teenage life. I am 43 years old and I joined weight watchers program on June 7th and I have lost 21 pounds. My weight loss journey seems like a roller coaster I have some weeks where I lose weight and then I have weeks where I don't. Sometimes I feel like I miss out on the good food that is advertised on tv like pizzas and ice cream and I crave them. But I know they are not healthy fo... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:10:42 EST one day closer to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39638833 I have decided to make it a priority to stick with spark people and log in everyday. I have dieted off &on for too long; a healthy me needs to be everyday not just a few months each year to lose 20 lbs so that I don't have to buy new clothes. <em>67</em> Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:27:32 EST Rollar Coasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39638532 My boyfriend loves going to Cedar Point and loves coasters, he's been trying to get me to ride since we started dating but I'm terrified I won't fit. <BR> <BR> I'm currently 266lbs, about a size 14/16...does anyone have any tips/hints/suggestions or personal stories? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:58:55 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39634820 I'm a 45 year old woman who has yo yo dieted for 20 years. I know i'm going to be in good hands on Spark People. <BR> My goals are to lose weight slow and steady. As a cook, I need to make lasting changes to my nutritional needs. <BR> I have set a goal for myself and would like input on how to stay the course. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:25:19 EST Never too late. Never too old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39631697 Starting up again at 59. My workouts are not as pretty as they use to be and I find my self giggling with thoughts of "You have to be kidding" as I watch some of the work-out videos but, I know I'll get there. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:59:38 EST Here supporting my wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39631559 I joined this site to support my wife, not to lose weight. This site is GREAT for tracking nutrition! I'm going to be able to use it to be a much healthier me. Really happy with this place. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 06:55:16 EST Hello Spark family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39630399 Hello Spark family. I am doing the twenty one day challenge. I am now in my fifth day and the challenge is to introduce myself on the message board. I am a New Yorker who is starting Spark for the third time. We've all heard the saying "third times a charm". I started a low carb moderate fat/protein way of eating approximately 2 months ago. Am seeing results as Im down about 20 pounds. I intend to continue my weight loss/healthier lifestyle journey for the rest of my life. The Spark site is a... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 22:40:34 EST Hi From Nevada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39630275 Hi my name is Madison. I'm from Las Vegas and want to look better and feel great. I struggle with self esteem issues and are looking for support. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 22:27:39 EST Reta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39628923 Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39628922 Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:05 EST Hey From Kansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39628562 Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a native Kansan, born and bred in the heart of the western wilderness..happily married, sahm andgrandma. Need to drop a lot of weight, but not necesarily in a hurry.Looking forward to enjoying the many cool Spark tools and the fellowship of such an enouraging bunch of folks. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 17:04:07 EST Old, Fat and Ugly in Taylor, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39628486 Hi, I'm a gamer girl and technogeek and I'm ready to lose weight. I think. I'm scared I'll fail again. I know if I do it alone I will. <BR> <BR> If there is anyone in my area that would like to start walking and/or losing weight together, let me know. <BR> <BR> -t Fri, 5 Aug 2016 16:45:53 EST Starting again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39627580 Good afternoon, <BR> <BR> I'm back again, used the site years ago after my son was born with great results. Since then I have had some highs and lows in my life. I have decided I need to get healthy again, I only need to loose about 12lbs to be at my happy weight of 145. I am discovering at 43 loosing weight when I want has become a challenge. I started tracking last Friday so I am actually 1 week in. Was very disappointed this morning when the scale informed me I did not loose any weig... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 13:28:00 EST I am starting a health change again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39627345 Hello! I am trying to start again and do it 'official' by introducing myself. My name is Jennefer and I look forward to seeing you in other groups! Good Luck Everyone!! We can do it 🙂 Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:35:22 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39627098 Greetings! I have been here at Spark since 2009. Some years more than others. <BR> Three grown children and have had to watch what I eat for over 40 years. Diabetes 2 in 2007. Uphill battle always. But I have lost over 30 lbs in the 6 months, so feel great about that. <BR> <BR> Welcome to all Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:40:59 EST Need to find my mojo..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39623132 Hello everyone. <BR> I looking for my mojo. About 3 or 4 years ago I had my mojo and I was walking 4miles a day and had lost 50lbs. But sadly a pulled muscle in the leg ended my walking and next thing I knew I lost my mojo. I've gained the weight back and yes some additional too but I need to find my mojo and get back out there. I am hoping I can find some inspiration here. <BR> <BR> Thank you. HP Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:49:01 EST Starting my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39620865 Hello, my name is Stephanie and I have tried dieting before and failed. I am at a point in my life where I need and want to live a healthier lifestyle. I want it more than ever. I just started everything on August 1st. I have been on this site before but never got into it because I was not serious. Well, now I am. I love the food tracker and the challenges. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>320</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:14:47 EST Starting Over (Again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39620564 Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> I'm "new" here! Well, at least under this username. Formerly known as SONGBIRD2015. Last year I lost 35 lbs, then lost track of SparkPeople and my sense of discipline, and gained back almost 20 lbs. So I'm back to what I know works, and hoping to learn from my mistakes to that it'll be permanent this time! <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:23:43 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39619187 New here and I'm taking it one day at a time! Like this site. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:47:11 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39616336 My name is Sarin. I am here for some motivation to lose weight and stay fit. This looks like a great community and i am really glad to be a part of it now!!! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 22:48:18 EST Introduce Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39611275 Hi! I am Sue, and I am here to get serious about my health. Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:01:37 EST Impetuous loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39607552 I'm really getting frustrated about the weight not coming off. I walk a 12 minute mile. I do 11 miles a day plus an aerobic for 45 minutes 5 days a week. It's only been a week. Sometimes I don't even use the minimum recommended caloric calories for the day. Anybody had a hard time or has been having a hard time losing the weight at first. I have a lot of energy and do s lo more exercise at home like cleaning house, garage, cars. Should I just be patient? Any reply would be appreciate... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:11:28 EST 1 week down!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39605018 <em>224</em> 1 week down on my Isagenix journey and my 1st 2 day cleanse done! down 6.5 pounds!!!!!! so excited to see these results - feeling motivated <em>334</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:59:31 EST Back after a time out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39604950 I was pretty active on this site for a few months, and then lost track of a lot of things in life. I am back and hope to get more active again. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:51:17 EST Finding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39604625 I'm here at SP to hopefully find inspiration, support and friendship to help me through a very rough patch in life. I'm a 35 year old mother of 2 that has been surviving with Chronic pain and depression/anxiety for over 15 years. I've fought through a great deal to still be here but of late I have found the limit of my strength, determination and stubbornness. With an empty tank I am trying to struggle my way back up and I'm looking for help, this is something I am not good at admitting or as... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:11:33 EST gastric sleeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39603381 Hello <BR> I am recovering from gastric sleeve surgery on July 11th. <BR> Anybody have ideas about what to eat? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 07:57:13 EST New to community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39603199 Hi to all of you. I wanted to thank all of you for the welcome I've received. And to let you know that I am still getting used to this website and am not sure how to use everything as yet. Most importantly, although it's been almost a week, I have lost some of the stomach bloat I was experiencing and FINALLY feel I will be able to lose weight. <em>224</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 07:42:29 EST I'm new here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39600241 Hi everyone! I'm going on a diet journey to gain/maintain weight and eat healthier starting August 19th. Can anyone relate with me? If so, please follow me on my journey. Hopefully you would like to participate! Really would like to build a support team! Leave a message if this interest you at all. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:35:11 EST DO ONE THING EACH DAY WHICH SCARES YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39597838 Looking for more "fitbit" friends...different challenges in different geographic areas...hit me up, lets do some steps together.... This is new to me.... <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:42:10 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39596538 I just had my yearly physical and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I am ready to make a permanent change. It has to be a lifestyle change for me. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:53:49 EST New member at Sparks and excited about it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39592394 Hello there, <BR> <BR> I am new at Sparks, and I think I made a good decision. Have been browsing around and reading around to understand how to move in this owesome place, since yesterday and today I decided to "do it"... and register. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, very excited to find friends (man or woman). I am a single retired Senior and need to give my life a little "lift". In general, I´m a healthy woman, but I need to keep an eye on my High Blood Level, and take care of my eye sight (had... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:25:20 EST Gotta do something, need to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39591992 Hello I am a 37 yr old mother of 2 teenagers. I work with a disabled gentleman in his home 5 days a week. I am on a mission to lose weight and get healthy again. I have tried different things but nothing seems to work. I have a hard time eating healthy with my kids and husband who don't care what they eat. I am determined to get healthy and feel better about myself. I looks forward to talking with everyone and finding new recipes to try. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 18:08:12 EST Biggest Loser Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39591616 First of all, you will need to have a sparkpage made and set to public. <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name of this challenge. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several little teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that consist of e... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:24:04 EST New to Spark, Already Impressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39591408 I've been tracking my food intake diligently since February of this year and have gone from 190 pounds to 170 and from 14% body fat to 11.5%. I'm very happy with my progress but I'm done with weight loss for now and want to focus on muscle gains. I'm moving my food tracking from the USDA Supertracker to this website as well to keep everything integrated. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to be a part of this community! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:52:33 EST Hey! New here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39591112 Hi, I'm wanting to get fit....to help depression, for one thing. I'd love to have some support and motivation to help me and keep me accountable. Glad to be here and looking forward to meeting others and giving support, motivation as well! <BR> <BR> Elena <em>524</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:21:49 EST girl with major back pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39590955 Hello I am new here and I would like to have some movitation to return to wieght lose.. I had accident that broke my back 15 months ago and I have gained a major amount of weight since then I was 150 now I have gained aleast 50 pounds since then I have alot pain when I do anything major so hard to get into the mood to get up each day I know that I am not helping myself by being sitting around on the couch in my misery <BR> I would love to have some feed back to help me get started <BR> Jen Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:43:16 EST Back to Stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39589258 I'm a novelist who used Spark and lost over 50 pounds! Then I stopped, and... well, you know the ending to that story. I'm back now and plan to stick with it. I could use some good friends who can help me stay focused... ooh, shiny... what was I saying? Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:57:47 EST High Cholesterol Levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39589029 Hello Spark People Family. My name is Catherine Antoinette Wright. I am currently a 36yr old and finally decided that it is time to take care of myself for myself. I have decided that I don't want to take any more cholesterol pills. I have decided that I am tired of looking at belly fat. Finally I am tired of not feeling sexy anymore and it is time fore a make over. The next 30 days will be hard, but once I have passed that hurtle then everything will be routine. During those thirty day... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:21:23 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39588085 Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:51 EST Hey Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39587226 I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! I wanted to come on and say hello. My name is Ariana and this is officially day 3 for me (so far so good:)). I know that leading and maintaining a healthier lifestyle takes a lot of determination and dedication, but I'm ready to do this. For my health, for my happy, for my family, and for my dreams....these are the motivations that keep me going. I hope for the same for everyone. Cheers to all! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:49:25 EST Back on Spark after nearly 10 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39585382 Hi, <BR> I think the first time I used Spark to lose weight was probably about 10 years ago. Not entirely sure, but I think the site was pretty new at that time. Anyway, I lost about 60-70 lbs with this website and after a long break, I'm back. I've gained back about 20 lbs due to depression and laziness in this oppressive summer heat. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to revitalizing my diet with fresh, healthy foods again because I've recently fallen on the convenience items like frozen piz... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:44:43 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39585379 Hi, I am Janice and I am looking for diet buddies that are looking to lose 200+ lbs.. I am 48, and have a lot of weight to lose...262 lbs to reach my goal. Single mom to one teen son. Disabled. I am a stress eater. Let's do this together! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:44:19 EST just started today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39585335 trying to learn this site Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:39:53 EST Coming back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39580918 I have been here before, I really enjoyed being here and my Diabetes was really good. Left due to hackers hacking into my programs and website. I have already lost weight since I have been back a total of 5 pounds to be exact, Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:00:19 EST brand newto spark people...my intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39579886 I joined spark people because I needed that extra push, that motivation that i am not getting from weight watchers. I joined weight watchers June 7 of this year (2016) and I have lost almost 20 pounds through that program but I have sooo much weight to lose, I needed that extra something, and I believe spark people can do this for me. I read up on spark people and the reviews were very helpful on my decision to join. So I joined this evening and I am very happy I did. I am pre diabetic so I... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:00:28 EST new and confused!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39578983 Hi, <BR> I am starting on a new journey and found this site. I have been looking at some of the other posts and I need to find someone available to show me how it works. I have been trying to use the tracker and I am getting frustrated and confused. I don't know how to enter something I made. Am I supposed to list every ingredient from the list and then add it to my favorites? I don't know the nutrition facts it's mostly vegetables. <BR> <BR> Any help will be greatly appreciated. Unfo... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:54:28 EST Re-Engaging after a long heavy hiatus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39578139 But keeping my sense of humor. Working hard at this, trying to make it fun, praying it pays off on the scale. Prayers appreciated. My health has to get better. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:19:18 EST Nursing Student seeking to live by example http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39574998 There's nothing worse than someone who tells you what to do and it is obvious they need to listen to their own advice. Currently I'm a little overweight with a BMI of 27. This, however, is not good enough for me. I'm a nursing student. At the beginning of the program we are told that a lot of people gain 40 pounds during the program!! 40! Forget freshman 15. <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So this is what I'm here to do. I've just joined, and my goal is to lose weight from 147 poun... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:45:56 EST Hit my rock bottom today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39574270 I've been playing the games with myself for awhile now: not looking in the mirror, telling myself when I do catch a glimpse that it's a "fat" mirror, having to buy larger sizes and convincing myself that it's just to be more comfortable, getting out of breath walking up the stairs and telling myself it must be really humid outside, etc, etc. All of this time, in a tiny corner of my head, I have wondered at what point will I just admit that I am fat and I have to do something about it. I am an... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:32:10 EST Atkins Induction - One week in and down 8 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39572620 Hello Sparkles! I began the Atkins induction 8 days ago and I have lost 8 pounds. I'm excited and really feel this is going to save my life. I have a lot of weight to lose (120 pounds). <BR> <BR> I really feel gluten has been killing me over the years as I stopped eating it about two years ago and my rashes went away, chest pain and acid reflux. I got texted for Celiac but it turns out I was just gluten intolerant. I would have never known that until I quit gluten just by chance and saw a l... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:27:32 EST 3rd or 4th time's the charm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39571668 Hello. My name is Cassie. This isn't the first time I've been to this website to lose weight, but it's been a long time, so I thought I would introduce myself again. Hello, everyone! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:33:17 EST New here and doing Spark Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39568618 Hi, I'm Patricia and I'm new to Sparkpeople. I am also doing Spark Coach. I am worried that I can't do this. I have been on SO many diets over the years. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:57:58 EST Need 9 pounds down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39566385 Hi everyone! I'm new here and very excited about using Sparks! <BR> <BR> An introduction: <BR> - College student <BR> - 5'2, 112.5 <BR> - Want to lose 9 pounds!! <BR> <BR> That said, do hit me up haha I believe that motivation from the community is the best support!! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:36:15 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39563949 Hi I'm on the Day 5 challenge, so I'm introducing myself. I am Janet from Wisconsin and I am working on losing the excess weight I have been carrying due to thyroid malfunction. I have been battling thyroid problems for the past 10 years (and didn't know it), and I finally had my thyroid removed on July 12. I am now recovering and already feel better than I have in a long time. I am glad to have the support tools from SparkPeople to help me drop this weight. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:57:46 EST Just beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39562689 I have been tracking with Sparkpeople for about 10 days now. After a week I was down 4#. Happy about that. Had a bit of a problem over the weekend and went over calories a couple times. <BR> As a former WW member I find this to be quite easy to do because everything is calculated for you. The trouble I have is with the activity. Because of severe arthritis and spinal stenosis exercise is limited to chair exercise and sometimes I can do a bit of walking on the treadmill. Can't walk outside be... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:50:09 EST Hi I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39560289 Good day all. My name is Yolanda. My challenge today is to introduce myself. I am trying to lose weight and will need all the help and support I can get. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:11:37 EST Just joined. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39559672 Hi, all. I just signed up tonight. I need to lose weight in a serious way. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the end of October 2015. I have been on the right path off and on since then but I need to find a way to stay on track. I'm faithful in checking my blood sugars and taking my meds. It's keeping my diet and exercise on track that is the struggle. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:31:49 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39557071 I'm new to Spark, about a week into it. I have been tracking my foods and man does it help to show how much and how little I actually eat healthy. I am glad that my dietitian referred me to the resource page at the clinic. If I hadn't found this site, I might be still in a bad place, going up in weight and down in the dumps. Looking forward to tracking my health and seeing how my eating habits change. Wish me luck!! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:06:26 EST where do i find help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39555673 I need to reinstall my dongle. where do I find help? Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:45:32 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39555152 Hello SP! <BR> <BR> I'm Julie. <BR> I'm a cyclist and yoga teacher and I want to lose 5-7 lbs and get to the number I feel really good at and maintain it this time. <BR> <BR> I've been doing WW since May with little success. I wanted accountability of weighing in front of ppl, and it's served its purpose, but the point system is not sustainable for me. <BR> <BR> I need whole real foods and mindful way of eating. I'm one of "those" that already knows what to do, but I need to get back ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:29:00 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39555100 Trying to make a healthy change for life. I have said this to myself a thousand times. Hopefully this time will be different! ☺ Wish me luck! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:21:46 EST Day 5 and challenge is introduce yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39552071 Hello, <BR> <BR> Will follow the advice to be more involved as a help to weight loss. Day 5 and taking it one day at a time and hopefully 2 lbs a week. Seems like it will take forever but time passes quickly and steady progress with grit will pay off. Thanks everyone for your support and making this journey with me. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:19:37 EST Ready to meet other Spark Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39548906 Single momma of three hailing from Indianapolis. Would love to get to know other people here at Spark. <BR> <BR> I enjoy running, cooking, being a great momma, art and photography. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:45:36 EST Good Morning :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39548108 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> I'm new on here and wanted to say Hi. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great day. <BR> Lisa Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:13:37 EST starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39548062 I am Vanessa and am starting my weight loss journey over...again. <BR> Portion control and moving more are my go to's this time around. Lets see how it goes. <em>521</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:03:20 EST GOOD MORNING / NEW HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39547137 So today is my 1st day of my Isagenix Journey -turning 50 this year & would love to be @ my goal wait by year end! <em>521</em> - I'm so tired of feeling awful & gaining weight during menopause - if anyone has words of encouragement / or advice 2 Isagenix it would greatly be appreciated! <em>334</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:40:44 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39545142 I've been here for a few days and am feeling motivated about not only my exercise but my eating. I'm excited about tracking because I find it makes the healthy lifestyle more concrete. I'm much more goal-oriented now about losing the pounds I couldn't seem to keep from creeping back. I'm enjoying the site! <em>244</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:26:18 EST A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39544932 Greetings and Peace to each of you. I am new to this and have posted a few things on here. I got a really amazing idea from some amazing people on here. Baby steps. We all know what to do. It really is mental. So a lady told me to start with just drinking water. <BR> What a wonderful idea! I am on disability and it is hard at times to move around and you get sucked into wanting to eat and watch TV and feel sorry for yourself at times. I am getting more active again with swimming and minist... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:51:59 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39542448 Hey everyone I'm new here and just really looking for accountability. I could lose 5-10 lb but if I don't no big deal. But I am a stay at home mom and can tend to get a bit lazy. I'd love to run a 5k at some point too. Like run the whole thing I've walk/run a couple of 5ks back in a former life. :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to "meeting" my fellow Sparklers. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:03:39 EST 28yo and ready to transform myself) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39541882 Hey everybody =) <BR> I'm Diana and I'm 28 years old. I'm new to this site, my friend recommended it to me. I want to reach my goal and lose weight. This bit.ly/2al8iQa helped my friend, and of course training in the gym. I work hard and I am sure that I have everything happen ;) Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:30:14 EST New Mom - New Weight to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39540451 Hi everyone! I'm mom to a 6 month old, with a full time job. Life is crazy busy with just those two going on, but my goal is losing weight and being healthier by the end of this year, before my baby is 1. Looking forward to all the great recipes and advice on this site. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:42:06 EST Hello y'all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39538709 <em>524</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:22:57 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39537684 Hi, I have been struggling on my own. I knew I needed something more. I did well for about a month and lost 20lbs. Then I with the weight off, I lost my will power. I have about 100+ pounds more to loose. I have probably lost and gained the same 20lbs for a year. I want to keep going and loose more. I'm very curious about what my new body will look like. I've been over weight my whole life. I realized I want to be that beautiful woman on the outside that I am in the inside. I am a wife and a ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:31:32 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39536560 Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:22 EST Workout buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39535650 Hi imnew here- was wondering if anyone can get together to exercise- im from houston- nice to meet yall- path1091 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:03:40 EST Not new, but it has been awhile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39535515 I'm not new here, but it has been a very long time since I've been on. My name is Candra, and I am 25 years old. A lot has changed in my life. I am a brand new mama. I had my first baby (boy) on 7-11-16. I am looking for other mama's that want to be friends and help each other out on a weight loss journey? I have over 100lbs to lose, so if you do as well, that'd be even better. I am willing to be friends with anyone though, and will appreciate any help/support anyone is willing to offer. I ca... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:34:40 EST uhh Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39533018 Just wanted to introduce myself, but not sure what to say. I'm here because I need to make healthy changes for my body and mind. I have a long way to go but I feel I'm off to a good start. Love all the resources available here and the community seems very supportive. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:56:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39529149 I'm on board for downsizing bodily and upsizing mentally. I'v tries many diets during my life and I know this one is going to be the one that will work for me. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:37:09 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39528950 I'm new to this message board, but I have lost 35 pounds so far on my weight loss/get healthier journey with the help of SparkPeople, and I hope to be of support and encouragement for others. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:46:55 EST Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39528071 I was previously on Sparkpeople in 2012 and lost 70lbs! I am sad to say that I allowed myself to gain 40 of it back. I am jumping back in head first to create lifestyle changes that stick. Thank you to everyone so far for the support! Taking it one pound at a time! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:43:07 EST Hello Everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39527837 Hello, my name is abby and my goal is to change myself and live a healthier lifestyle. I've been stuck in this kind of life for less than 15 years. Hopefully in time it will change. I wish all of us the best! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:04:58 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39525243 Hi, I am new to this site. I am wanting to learn how to eat healthy. Problems with my health have prompted me to join this site. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:40:25 EST TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39523549 I was the biggest loser at my TOPS meeting today. Yay me.....7 lbs. lost. I think <BR> there may have been a scale malfunction somewhere along the line but I am celebrating anyway! Can anyone direct me to the TOPS community here, I posted once and someone can't get back there again. Thanks. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:37:32 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39520425 This is new to me putting myself out there really scares but here it goes. I am 48 years old. Divorced after 24 years together. I have two beautiful children and 3 grand children. I have taken care of everyone but myself always on the diet roller coaster ride throughout my life. I have realized its time to take care of me no more crash diets. Its time to work on a healthier way of life for me. I was told take one day at a time slow and steady wins the race. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:42:06 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39520312 Thank you for your support. Sometimes we get caught up in our minds saying we <BR> cant do this. Then all of a sudden we get that burst of confidence and motivation from others who are moving in the same direction. May God Bless all of you . You are truly a blessing to me. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:19:43 EST This is MY time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39520194 Hello everyone! I am very excited to be a member of Spark People! Looking through the site there are so many resources to help me achieve my goal and so much encouragement! This is only my 4th day but I am so proud of myself for tracking every day and moving more! I learn something new every day on this site and I am going to use it to propel myself forward into a new leaner, healthier version of me! Have a great day everyone! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:30 EST No more excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39520016 Hey everybody! I'm a 23 female who has been over weight my entire life. And I'm tired of it! I have always told myself I want to lose weight...but have I actually done it? If I did I wouldn't be here! I woke up last week and that was it, I woke up went for a run(or so I like to believe that's what I was doing) . <BR> My mother in law introduced me to spark people and it has changed my opinions on dieting and exercise! Obviously like any new beginner it gets a little discouraging... I don't e... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:33:08 EST Chewing Synthoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39517520 I just recently heard that one can chew their synthoid thyroid pills, has anyone done this, and have you noticed any benefits? Thanks :) Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:04:26 EST New to the site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39513934 Hi this is my first time on message board. I have been using spark people for keeping track of calories but not much more.. I am really struggling right now with wanting to work out and eat right. I have lost weight but am starting to put it back on . I just cant get my motivation back. Any ideas out there? Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:26:26 EST I'm back, again. I need to stick with it this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39509785 I struggle to stay on task when it comes to weight loss. I disappoint myself by not achieving the goals I set for myself. I need to put on my big girl panties on and buckup to the struggles of working towards a thinner me, a healthier me and a happier me!!! It's time to push forward towards my goal and this time reach the finish line!! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:12:11 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39507721 Hello to everyone Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:15:20 EST 19 years old and need to lose weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39506879 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I've introduced myself before, I've been off SparkPeople since 2012. <BR> <BR> My name is Robert. I'm 19, and I'm 5'11 and weigh about 240 lbs. I have to lose about 55 lbs. It hasn't been easy either. <BR> <BR> I have an exercise bike which I use and dumbbells plus I try to do squats, push ups, sit ups, mountain climbers, and planks, but they aren't always easy for me to do. I do them anyways, however. I really just started with the push ups, etc exercis... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:34:15 EST Mother of 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39506526 Hey everyone! My name is Amy, and I'm from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am in my late 30s, I'm married, and I have 3 children. I teach grade 8 full-time, my husband works full-time, our kids are between the ages of 6 and 10, and they each are in activities. It is a crazy and hectic life <em>198</em> I have never been "skinny," but I used to be healthy. Now, after years of eating like crap, sitting on the couch, and getting more and more tired, I need a change. <BR> I've given a lot of ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:45:31 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39505785 Hi all, I just joined yesterday. Spent some time learning this site, so far I like it <em>30</em> . I live out near San Diego, CA with my hubby and two cats. One of our favorite things to do is walking which we decided to do more often. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:10:29 EST Raw Vegan here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39505766 I am looking for anyone that is Raw or wanting to work <BR> towards raw. <BR> I am a retired Senior. Love to do long walks and be out in Nature. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:03 EST Here's to a new beginning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39504021 Hi everyone! My name's Maria and I am really motivated to change my lifestyle for the better. I want to go into senior citizenship being strong and healthy. Also, I want to be able to help care for my future grandbabies whenever the Lord blesses us that way. Right now I couldn't do it, but that's going to change. :) Here's to new beginnings! <em>9</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:30:18 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39503687 Am starting again and hope to be able to stick with it- no excuses! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:46:37 EST Hi All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39503071 Hi! I'm hoping I can find a weight loss buddy that would want to email/text encouragement back and forth. It'd be cool to find someone has a similar amount to lose (75lbs), has kids, etc... anyone interested??? <BR> <BR> If I need to post this somewhere else, please let me know! Thank you! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:53:46 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39499983 Hi everyone. My name is Tiara Moore. I am on the path to drop at least 100 pounds. I am 25 years young and married to the love of my life. This will be a big change for me, but it will be well worth it in the end. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:10:25 EST Week 7 and know I can commit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39499898 So I gave myself a few weeks to make sure this is something I can stick with. Been reading the mobile chats and just made my first blog. I have 150 lbs to lose, make that 132 now. Looking forward to meeting others. I'm a retired teacher from Ohio (Go Bucks!) who enjoys swimming. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:52:26 EST Hi Im Marge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39497845 Hello evryone! <BR> My name is marge, im 29, TTC , still 3 days for pregnancy test and i want to be a fitmom.. Ive always been fit but latly ive been missing my workouts due to the fact of a probable pregnancy.. Being kind of affraid of weight training and excercising.. Today i startes some light cardio and my first pregnancy was 10 years ago.. Trying to conceive my 2nd.. I was pretty young tho..so now everything is all new to me! Hope to make some friend in here! Blessings! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:57:53 EST trying to find my fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39497438 so I am short at just about 5'2" and would like to lose 30 lbs. My challenge is I have hip problems. I like this site because the work out videos offer a variety and some are shorter along with the support I have seen here I decided to give it a go. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:56:57 EST New gal on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39495333 Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST Hello Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39494347 I'm a serial yo-yo dieter that has been trying to lose weight for years and have only managed to lose and regain the same 5lbs. <em>198</em> I'm so ready to feel healthy and fit again and I'm looking forward to sharing support with others on this journey. Friend me if you're looking for a weightloss buddy to help with accountability and encouragement, I could sure use it too! We can do this! <em>244</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:34:41 EST SALUTATIONS from sunny Spokane, WA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39493659 I am ready to say goodbye to the woman I was in order to become the woman I envision. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:12:29 EST Second Chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39491975 Back in March I woke up in ICU and told I had been in hospital for several days before having a cardiac arrest following multiple organ failure and had spent several days in a coma. <BR> <BR> I have been home nearly four months and feel that I have a second chance at life, especially after hearing there were three attempts at CPR before I came round. <BR> <BR> I have signed up for a four mile charity walk in September so want to get fit for that Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:19:20 EST New to Spark Sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39485968 Just wanted to say, Hi. First post. Have been using Spark for a while to eat better.... better exercise form an ideas for Goals and inspiration. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:37:50 EST Hi! So happy to be here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39485861 I'm Shawn. I'm 50 and live in Albuquerque, NM. I am a language arts teacher and reading specialist at a charter school. I have 3 kids and 6 grandkids :) <BR> <BR> I weigh over 300 pounds but have lost 7 pounds since the start of July. I am seeing a wellness coach and working hard to get the diet under control. Eventually, I'd like to weigh 150, but for now I am aiming to get below 300 for the first time in close to 10 years. <BR> <BR> I started hiking a couple of years ago because I love ta... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:12:13 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39485502 My name is Bj and I look forward to meeting and sharing with others on this site. <BR> My goal is to be a fit, healthy and strong grandma and share the knowledge & tools I obtain on this journey called life! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:24:09 EST Turned 50. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39483445 Excited I'm returning. For this is the place that got me started to stay fit. Got sidetracked with a other fitness groups. Nothing compares to Spark People. It's the best place. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:00:57 EST Turning 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39483429 As we get older is there anything that we require different from the 40's Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:58:00 EST how can I change 65 years of bad eating habits? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39481985 I am 75, and have been waking each day since age 10, hoping to eat like a normal person--that is, eating when hungry, and not giving in to my constant "hunger" impulses, which I certainly recognize come from a need to fill a hole in my life. <BR> I know it won't help, but seem powerless to change this behavior. I have tried every diet program, including overeaters anonymous, and have tried to remind myself that I will just feel awful each time i give in to this compulsive eating. All sugges... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:57:28 EST Post-surgery weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39481152 I'm Mary, just turned 40, and am just starting here... I had been able to maintain a previous weight loss of 40+ pounds for a few years, but I was injured while teaching a group fitness class last year and had right knee surgery at the end of February. Going from super active to almost immobile has been difficult on me and my family. I love being active and being outdoors and because recovery is taking so long, I have had to postpone a lot of things I had wanted to do. I finally have a goo... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:33:15 EST YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!! YOU CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39477954 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ec1c03b-a22b-4670-8a8c-4bae8c155893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOST OVER 100LBS AND YOU CAN AND WILL REACH YOUR GOALS! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:10:24 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39477803 I have just started the fat resistance diet. I am a 70 year old Cdn lady with about 75 lbs to lose. I have tried many different diets and end up gaining. I am mother of two and grandma to 4. I would like to lose enough to be able to keep up with them. Looking to meet others who are also older but in for the long haul. Joyce Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:31:41 EST Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39477227 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I want to loose weight and need much support. Can someone give me some helpful tips in how do I start this program in tracking my calories. I do not have a smart phone so I would have to do this the old fashion way. I would like a Support Buddy. Any suggestion is helpful. Thanks Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:34:48 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39474811 This is my second time as a member on SparkPeople and it's so good to be back. Tried a couple of different sites because of friends who were on those sites, but I like SP better. I'm trying to take advantage of the slower summer schedule to jumpstart my road to health and reestablish some healthy habits before the school year starts. Looking forward to the journey with you all! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:31:33 EST exercise and eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39472553 Hello! I have started doing Zumba classes and love it. The class is not until 7:45 p.m. Don't usually get home before 5:30 and dinner is hopefully ready by 6:30.. My question is do I eat before or after and what? Don't want to eat anything heavy of course but could use some guidance. Thank you Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:54:48 EST I'm back and it's time to change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39470941 Hi :). I'm going to try again to shed some pounds and live a healthier life. I've realized that I can't eat like I'm 20 anymore, the metabolism just isn't there lol. I will admit that I feel overwhelmed with the fitness and food trackers. I think babysteps will work for me in the beginning. If anyone has advice or tips to help me along the way, I'm open to hear them. Tks <em>4</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:03:06 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39467420 Hello All! My name is Kristin and I am new to Spark People. I have on the site for the past 5 days and absolutely love it! I hope that all of you are having a great week!!!!! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:36:23 EST My personal Triumph http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39465993 Hi, Everyone! My name is Liza Gabrek, I am 19 years old, and I am from Illinois! My goal these past couple years has been to maintain a comfortable weight, as well as to become more self-aware about my health. Although, most of all, my greatest goal over the past two years has been to recover from a stroke I had just after my seventeenth birthday. My stroke has gifted me with the courage and the optimism to push forward and continue on, in hopes that I can maintain the healthy lifestyle I onc... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:59:52 EST Help! I need some quick, easy lunch ideas for work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39464513 Help!!!!! I work in a very small office. I usually bring my lunch. Today I brought a Birds Eye Steamable bag. At lunch, I popped it in the microwave and couldn't wait to dig in. How disappointed was I to dig in and be totally turned off by the flavor variety I brought today??? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4deac6d0-e932-407a-b2dd-e5a7e9b66eac.jpg"> Very disappointed. Luckily I had a back-up in the freezer here at work. But it got me thinking, give me some of your quick, eas... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:45:48 EST Hi! My first time here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39464327 I am Gail. I am a g-mom to 4, mom to five, and have been married for 36 years. I enjoy all kinds of out door activities. I work in our local library. I enjoy traveling with our church to help with mission work around the world. <BR> I have attempted to lose weight on my own, but I have not been successful. I am looking forward to learning from you. I hope that we can encourage each other and reach our goals together. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:21:13 EST Back Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39463436 Well I am back for my third time here. This time I am going to find a way to stay on track, even if that track has some bends! I am on day three right now and working things one day at a time. <BR> <BR> At 43 I really have to fast track getting on the right track! I have spent so much time the last few years making sure to keep my husband healthy (due to stomach issues I have to force him to eat some days), working 2 jobs, and all the time I spend volunteering with Relay For Life I have l... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:58:59 EST Hi, casual runner in need of reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39463403 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a casual runner, by that I mean a couple of times a week and almost never during the unpredictable New England winter. I have one 5K, a virtual race via US Road Running, under my belt (and a medal to prove it, which I'll eventually share). <BR> <BR> I wanted to do a second 5K this year, but I have what I think might be a serious problem. <BR> <BR> I can't afford to see a personal trainer more than once a week, and that's pretty much all the strength training I ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:52:22 EST Intro new to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39461010 Hi I'm shea Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:19:06 EST Putting my life back together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39460101 I have many health issues, and hit bottom when my mom passed(Oct.2015). My health was getting worse. I decided to take my life back, that is what my mom would of wanted. So through diet, exercise and herbs I am feeling better and stronger once again. <BR> <BR> I am looking to make some great new friends, to join my journey as I join theirs also. <BR> <BR> Staying positive is the key. <em>247</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:15:48 EST Intro: I want to be fit by 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39459976 Hi All! I'm glad to be here. I've been on and off diets/exercise regimens all my life, and I've never stuck with it. I would like to lose around 60 pounds and get stronger by my 40th birthday in August 2017. I'm currently doing online WW but I think I may cancel it if SparkPeople winds up being a source for community and good information. Nice to meet you! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:42:49 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39458620 Hi everyone, new here & just looking for motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who has been in denial that I'm "not that big", even though my clothing no longer fits and my weight has crept up higher than its ever been. I'm 36 & trying to get pregnant but know my body isn't at its best and that depression will creep in of I don't do something. <BR> <BR> I work out occasionally, and have forever, but it's not consistent enough and I always give up. I'm determined for this time to b... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:31:42 EST HI Marvin Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39458430 Just an average guy who is into bodybuilding, reading and staying fit. <BR> <BR> I am always willing to help out with any knowledge that I have. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:11:05 EST Hi Everyone! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39458170 Hi! Am new to this website. Looking forward to meeting others that are struggling with their weight and getting onto a healthy life style like I am. I have 150 pounds to lose, and I know that I can this, by taking little steps, baby steps at a time. Need to get back to eating healthy and exercising again. Was doing good there for awhile, in fact took off 60 pounds and that weight climbed back on. Starting over. God Bless You! We can do this.... Debbie :) <em>381</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:17:30 EST Rebooted my journey and I'm ready to do this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39457594 <BR> Hello everyone! My name is Ren and I am 29. I recently rebooted my weight loss journey 6 months ago after dropping off of it for a few years due to life and stress. This is my first time being active on this site and I am hoping to make some friends, inspire, motivate, encourage, and support whomever I can while I'm here. I do have over 100lbs to lose but I'm excited and ready to go because I know what I'm capable of and I know I can do this! <BR> <BR> So far, I have managed to steadil... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:06:06 EST introducing my self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39456473 <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Marcia and have been married to my child hood sweetheart for 57 years. We have 5 children,we adopted 2 of our grand children when they were 5 and 7 she is 23 and he is going to be 26 .Both parents were herion adicts <BR> My son died 8 years ago We have a daughter 56 not married ,a son married a darling wife and a son applying for med,school. OH my daughter has a precious miniture black lab. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:57:13 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39454914 Hi everybody. I am 31 with a boy of 3 and I so need to lose weight as my weight is 160kg or rather 352 pounds at the moment. I'm changing our diet and wanting to exercise. <BR> Thank you Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:24:37 EST Hi I'm Lynda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39452308 This is a very confusing for a 62 year old woman to start, but, I am trying very hard. I lost 85 lbs on my own after I was diagnoised with Congestive Heart Failure. I have gained 10 back, but, for the most part have kept the weight off over 5 years. I need to lose 32 more lbs to get to my goal for a total of 106 lbs lost. I look forward to playing with this and learning how to use it to my best advantage. You all seem so nice Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:50:08 EST Third Time's the Charm --- Hopefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39450825 I'm Kim and this is my third time on SP. I was here many years ago and have fallen off the wagon many times since then. I'm near my all-time high weight and, although all of my blood work tells me I'm perfectly healthy, I am uber uncomfortable in my own skin these days. Other than overall health, one of the motivating factors of getting the weight off is that I am in a new relationship and we're talking about getting married next year. I want to be proud of my wedding photos, instead of b... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:07:14 EST Another start at life on the lighter side http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39450643 Hi, my name is Kimberly. I am 34 years old. I have been struggling with my weight for the past 8 years that I can remember. I eat healthy but I could not shed any pounds that stayed off. Just started on this website and it sure has been an eye opener in the one day I have used it so far. I actually had a hard time meeting my minimal calorie intake. I want to lose the weight. I want to be able to enjoy all the things I use to but now give me pain or shortness of breathe...hiking up hills, bike... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:31:59 EST Having Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39449099 Hi, <BR> Started this program about a week now. I to maintain my calories on 1200 a day. am having trouble finding things to eat that are low on CARB. Any Advise? <BR> thank you <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:57:33 EST BACK AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39449037 I am Saad. I am not new but wasn`t around. I have come to learn more. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:45:56 EST Back on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39448841 I started Spark in June and haven't been here for a while. So reset my weight and goals, getting back on track today. Motivation is not my strong point and seems I can't jump off the yo-yo and on track. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:20:27 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39448396 Hey guys, my name is Hilda. I wanted to stress the importance of having an awareness of everything we put into our mouths. I had been on a rocky up and down movement with my healthy lifestyle. It wasn't until I had my negative wow consequence that I realized I had to snap out of it and start making permanent changes to my daily living. I would like to say every day is choice we have to make. Everyone will have their good days and bad. Some days we will want to regress but the important thing... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:58:45 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39447335 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> As you can obv tell im new to SparkPeople since im posting in here :) <BR> Im here just like everyone else and thats to lose weight and to make a better and new version of ourselves! <BR> <BR> im a 22 year old male who is currently gonna be joining the rest of the fathers in the father categorie i have a daughter on the way girlfriend will be 31 weeks this thursday bout 9 more to go :) shes due on sept 15th so im pretty excited!!.. <BR> <BR> Im a pretty big guy i wo... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:24:10 EST Surgery soon and anxiety increasing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39444272 <em>24</em> Hey friends I'm new to this site but I wanted to check in and see how people talk about getting the sleeve. My surgery is Wednesday I'm worried about the pain, the organization of all the things we have to do post surgery and especially hair loss. I'm already at a deficit because of the scalp infection condition. Any feedback is welcome. Happy to be a part of this and hopefully make some friends. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:18:41 EST Garmin Vivosmart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39443537 Anyone using a Garmin Vivosmart? I'm on there as Katie Neill. I'd love to connect for steps challenges... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:23:32 EST New hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39442748 Retired and just trying to drop some weight and keep active and stay healthy. Looks like some great people here. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:49:06 EST Ready or not here I come. Howdy Ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39442638 I have been reading The Spark for a couple days now and decided if I was going to understand and implement the teachings I better go all out. So both feet in and eyes open. Ready for anything, except running. Too heavy yet for that but I WILL get there. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:27:54 EST returneeeeeeee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39442629 You would think as old as I am (69 1/2 years old) and SOOOO many attempts at losing weight that I would have figured it out by now. <BR> <BR> I am youngest of large family, (nine siblings) five I have lost to complications of diabetes including mother. I am the only one who is not diabetic, yet. So I have a great fear of this disease. And you would think this would be my incentive, but I guess I feel like it is inevitable and I will die a horrible death like all of them. I was the care... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:25:29 EST New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39442560 Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39442201 I am new. Trying this site out. Hoping to lose weight. Getting married at the end of September. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:53:29 EST New to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39441148 Hello <BR> Looking to loose 50 pounds. Want to hear from people who have disabilities, as I'm <BR> <BR> limited to what I can do. I walk to my mail box, good around the house and drive my <BR> <BR> car; however, the repeated motion I am not able to do. Have had surgery on both <BR> <BR> hips and back. Have gained weight from not being active. Wish me luck. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:04:31 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39440302 I've been back on SP for about a week. So far, simply reading articles, posts, and getting my mind in a good place to get back on plan. I've been eating, out of control, for about 6-7 months and gained back the weight I had slowly lost over the past couple of years. Menu planning, in advance, and prepping food helped in the past so I'm going back to what worked. Hope everyone has a good Sunday! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:14:21 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39439871 Hi folks, <BR> I'm new to SP. Joined 5 days ago and want to get back to some semblance of structure in my fitness and nutrition routines which have been very haphazard for the last few years. I really need help in the area of social events where there is a lot of food and drink to be had, I am involved in a very busy social setting. Any suggestions for staying on track while still staying involved. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:55:43 EST Getting back on the path http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39438521 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I was here and active on Spark sometime around 2009-11, I believe. It has been so long, that I couldn't recall my old username or password, & had to start again from scratch. I don't even really remember how to set up my profile page. I've not started tracking yet, & have only been reading message boards for inspiration. I did have success my first time around. Between April 2015 & now, I've managed to pack on 30 lbs. Safe to say that it's high time to throw myself b... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:38:53 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39437089 Hi! I am a wife and mother of two. I have over 100 lbs to lose and ready to start the journey. I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. New beginnings! Nervous because I have never done this before. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:52:53 EST Here I Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39436517 I done attempted to do many weight loss things, but never see the results. I am hoping that with sparkpeople and some support from all the amazing people on here I can do it this time. I am trying to learn to find time for myself to exercise and eat healthier not only for myself but for my almost 4 year old too. My biggest struggle is where to start. There is so much too it, but here I go to a new beginning. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:20:11 EST Trying to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39436153 I'm almost 300 pounds and newly separated and just ready to focus all my attention on getting healthy and fit. I just turned 36 and full of aches and pains and refuse to think it's too late. So I'm here looking at articles and groups. <BR> Grace <em>521</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:49:06 EST Hi from Upstate New York! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39436019 Just wanted to say hello from the upstate part of NY (the part with the dairy farms and the wineries and Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence river and Canada). It's not to hot today but is humid up here. Not florida humid, but humid nonetheless. Hope all is well with everyone, and have a successful weekend. :-) Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:09:44 EST Trying to keep up with the 21 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39435527 I'm new to spark people and trying to keep up with the 21 day challenge. I'm hoping that engaging more might help me stay motivated. My weight is drifting down again lately, but 50 or more pounds to go and lifestyle needs some change! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:06:02 EST Menopause and Stress knocked me down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39433332 Hi everyone, <BR> Menopause and stress have really taken a toll on me over the years. I'm so ready to take my health back and get my weight down to a healthy number. <BR> Turning 50 last year threw me into a depression for a short time, and now 51 is creeping up on me. I've tried to eat right and at least walk, but I can't seem to stay in a routine. I'm hoping I can get a little help from here and to learn how to cook and eat right again. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:42:23 EST Hi Everyone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39432934 Hi all, I'm Sarah, 30 years old and hoping this is third time lucky for me on this site. Finally finding the motivation I need to lose the weight due to various health issues cropping up :(. <BR> <BR> Good Luck everyone - here's to achieving our hopes and dreams :D Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:29:03 EST Here's to a New Beginning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39430600 Hello I'm Sandra from the Eastern US, and I am 35 years old. I'm a nice person who loves to read, write, listen to music, look at and create art, crochet, and spend time with my family and friends. <BR> <BR> On July 3rd I landed in the ER with a sprained hip and when I was leaving they told me that I needed to see my doctor for hypertension. <BR> <BR> My reaction: Wait a minute? Hypertension at 35?!?! Sandra, what are you doing to yourself? <BR> <BR> It was then I knew that I needed to ma... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:50:22 EST Hello from Bulgaria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39430517 Hello everybody. My name is Plamen and I am from Bulgaria. I would be happy to meet some friends here and take part in the discussions! :) Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:26:58 EST Need Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39422384 This is my first time ever doing something like this. I need help to keep myself accountable. Someone to push myself. I am 29 years old and weigh 217. After 2 children and one miscarriage I have not been able to lose weight. Before my children I lost weight the unhealthy way. Total of 70 pounds. Now every time I eat I feel like i'm getting bigger. I have a hard time with diets. I don't eat raw vegatables but I can when they are cooked. I have a sensory processing disorder that the crunch text... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:49:03 EST Fell Down and Getting Back Up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39422246 Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Kaniesta and this is my second time joining Sparkpeople. I joined the first time back in 2012 and then went through a horrible time in my life when everything fell apart. So, now I have put my life back together, got married this last October and now I want to get back on track with getting healthy. <BR> I have 2 areas I struggle with: <BR> 1: I get to wrapped up in seeing numbers on the scale so right now I am trying not to focus on losing weight but retrai... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:15:30 EST I am sooo ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39421406 Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST First time Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=14&imparent=39413811 This is my first time with SparkPeople. I can already tell that I am going to feel "at home" here. I am here for more than just to lose weight. I lost 69.6 pounds (from 193.6 to 124) in 2010 with the help of Weight Watchers. It was the feeling of community that motivated me more than anything. I have gained 17 pounds back since then. I'm looking forward to losing the 17 plus another 13 this go around. A lot has changed since 2010. The healthy eating habits that I adopted then are still with m... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EST