SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Any one from BC Canada If you are from BC Canada a new thread has been started - here I how to get to it <BR> <BR> Message Board = Community Journals = BC people connect <BR> <link><BR>messageboard.asp?imboard=4&imparent=43<BR>859468 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Look forward to anyone from BC to come so we can get to know you. <BR> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:56:32 EST Hello! Hi there! My name is Carrie. I'm 46. Wife. Mother. Career gal. Once upon a time I was skinny and could eat whatever I want. As the years went by and I had my kids it got harder and harder to maintain or lose. I tried different fad diets. But always looked at it as temporary. I've been trying hard to get healthy, and for the most part I do ok. I can workout no problem. It's getting my nutrition in check I need the most help with. I'm such a snacker. <BR> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:32:42 EST Let's try this again Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People, I am hoping this can give me the additional kick I need to get my nutrition and exercise back on track. I was doing really well with nutrition and exercise, including running/going to the gym 4-5 times a week with at least one long run of about 7 miles every week. <BR> <BR> Had a little hiccup and got totally derailed as of about June, the weight is starting to add up and running/working feels more challenging than ever. Maybe joining a g... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:53:20 EST Confused Hi everyone, I have a question. I've recently (about a month ago) decided to start eating healthy and exercising. I've been wanting to start tracking my weight loss. Right now u can't afford a scale so I used the 1 at Publix. I know before I started I weighed about 342ish But when I stepped on the scale it went past the 300, past 0 and stopped on 3. Now would that gap between the zero and 300 equal 10lbs (because it's about the same sized gap of 10lbs on the rest of the scale) and make me 313... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:30:56 EST Changed Mindset After a few years away due to a health problem, I'm starting again with a different resolve. My "health problem" involved full hip replacement and in order to be eligible to even be considered for the surgery, I was required to lose 20 pounds. Well, if you've ever lived with 24/7 pain, you'll do anything; so I dropped the 20 pounds by literally starving myself. Seriously. Yeah, I know, it wasn't the right way to do it, but that was the extent of my desperation. The surgery was a breeze a... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:01:59 EST Too old to try and look nice or thin. Hello Lovely Ladies, <BR> I'm Wendy, married to my hero and am 64 years old. Most of you already know the drill of all of the things I/we have tried. I've even had the gastric sleeve and I'm 214 pounds. I thought that the surgery was my forever answer, but I would keep "grazing" between my small meals and have really sabotaged myself. 🙁? <BR> I would love to find a buddy who is around my stage of life, I have 54 pounds to lose, but I have lost 100 pounds TWICE so our weight loss number goal i... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:41:16 EST Hi Hi I'm Marcy from New Brunswick Canada and I'm here to try to loose over 50 pounds for next summer...not easy but if I have some support for at least one of you guys it would help..I have lots of health issues and really need to loose some weight. Thanks Fri, 8 Dec 2017 07:22:46 EST Restarting I rejoined the site today, and I was hoping some nice people would add me as a friend for accountability and encouragement. I’m 37f, ~190lb, with some physical limitations. Let me know if you’re interested in corresponding. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 02:46:51 EST Best Self Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> This year I've put fitness on the back burner and focused on a lot of other things. However, even though I've grown in all these other areas, my fitness is definitely lacking. Im putting my focus on becoming more fit and healthy now. It will help with all my other goals as well. I'm excited to get started and see the results of something so important that I've put off for so long. <BR> <BR> Kris Thu, 7 Dec 2017 20:02:51 EST The Simple Diet Dr. James W. Anderson wrote this book with Dr. Nancy Gustafson. However, I cannot find anything current. Is anyone using this diet, and if so can you or do you, cook instead of buying boring freezer meals? Thu, 7 Dec 2017 16:30:51 EST Hello I recently was hospitalized and placed on prednzone which added 25 pounds to my already heavy frame and figured now is the time to start my journey. <BR> <BR> I started a little over a week ago and have already dropped four pounds. I am going the Slim Fast route to start as my main problem is not eating and kicking my metabolism into starvation mode making me gain, or lose no weight. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to losing quite a bit and wearing cute clothes for the holidays next year. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:36:11 EST Making Changes I've got to start making some changes to my life or something bad is going to happen. I don't normally make New Year's resolutions because they seem to always fail. So this isn't a New Year's resolution. It's a change-my-life-or-die resolution. And since I started in December, it's more of an old-year resolution as well. No matter what you call it, I want to stick to it this time. I've looked at SparkPeople before but gave up. I can't afford to do that this time. I think the tools are ... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:18:14 EST Back Again Hello everyone, <BR> I have been gone for 4 years and I am looking forward to re-joining the Spark!!! <em>382</em> Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:50:32 EST Glad to be here I am a person who spent the first 29 years of my life, at war with my body. I went from chronic dieting to anorexia, to bulimia, to binge eating , and I was every weight between 103 and 266 pounds. What I realized was during that time, no matter how thin I was , I never thought I was thin enough and I never liked myself or my body. I finally realized it was not about the size of my body, it was about learning to love myself from the Inside-out. I am so happy I learned to take the focus off my... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:22:23 EST Here we go again! Here we go again! I'm back on the diet train for what seems like the millionth time ever, but am more motivated than ever to make a healthy lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> I'm at the highest weight I've ever been (26 years old and over 280 lbs) and am unhappy and lacking confidence after more than a decade of failed diet attempts and an unhealthy relationship with food. After receiving some scary high A1C levels from my blood test last week, I am more committed than ever to lose weight and chang... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:31:12 EST Lost Motivation Hello - New Member Here!!! <BR> I have been on a weight loss journey for the past 2 years. I have lost 76 pounds on my own. I have gained some back. I have lost all motivation. All the motivational tips and guidelines I have used in the past and read about on line are not working. Weight loss is such a struggle that it is much easier to just give up and go with it. <BR> <BR> I am a very introverted person and have a hard time sharing my personal journey. Need help getting back on tr... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:47:35 EST Starting again Hello everyone! I've tried to lose weight several times but I always give up when I start to progress. I guess I foolishly think I can do this on my own, even though I've proven time and again that I can't. I really want to stick with it this time. The only thing standing in my way is me. I'm reminding myself daily that it isn't all or nothing. I don't have to be ashamed and throw in the towel if I have a bad day. I am trying to stay motivated. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:30:06 EST Commitment Hello there SPARKPeople. I came here to try and get help with my weight-loss. Sadly, I'm a big procrastinator. I do not chose to not commit, its just sometimes things come up, things get out of hand and then the day is gone. No room to exercise. I know that sounds like excuses, and to most people that's what they are. But I've learned that I don't have to commit to 1-hour of exercise a day! I've started off small. A 10 minute walk almost everyday has suddenly turned into a 30-minute jog in on... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:08:29 EST Hello I'm working on getting myself back on track with my eating and exercising. <BR> <BR> I'm determined that I'm going to get my weight off. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure 3 years ago, and lost over 200 pounds. Still have right under 100 pounds left to go. Been struggling the last year and a half with my eating. <BR> <BR> Looking to make some friends here. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:25:19 EST Help me to help you Hi Spark! I'm here to help others with lessons from my own long journey. I take a very sensible approach. No crazy diets or killer exercise regiments. I believe weight loss starts in your head, not your stomach or running shoes. Shedding fat is not hard if you do it the right way and cut out all the "noise". I proved it to myself first. Perhaps I can be of help to others as well. Connect with me if you take weight loss seriously and haven't found the right way yet. Good luck and lose... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:29:18 EST Breaking out of the rut Hello my name is Gaya. I'm 40 and a mother of three. My twins are 8 and my oldest is 12. Which means I should have done this atleast 7 years ago. But that river has flown. The main thing is I'm ready to do it now. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for accountability partners. People that can motivate, and support me on my weight loss journey. I know I should be doing so many things differently, but I keeping falling back into my unhealthy patterns. I want to break out of the rut and start getting healt... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:19:13 EST Fitness Friends Hello! I am looking to add some friends for motivation! Please feel free to add me :) Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:25:39 EST looking for weight loss buddy Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've had a bit of a bumpy weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. I started off at 253lbs a few years ago and at this point I was struggling with a lot of joint and back pain. My main motivation to lose weight was for health reasons. <BR> <BR> After spending a couple of weeks looking into diets and how I could lose weight I decided I would try slimfast. It was easy to follow and it didn't take much food preparation. I had never tried to lose weight before so I menta... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:14:53 EST Goodbye unhealthy habits, hello healthy LIFESTYLE Hi :) my name is Amber and I'm super happy to be here. <em>252</em> so much positive support that I joined as a premium member <em>334</em> I would love to meet new friends. I'm aiming to lose close to 70 pounds+ in the next year and half. I love my fitbit device, really gets me up and moving <em>312</em> plus I'm a mom to 3 kids, and 3 fur babies(a 9 month old Labrador and 2 cats). Sci-fi nerd, love stranger things on netflix and all the DC and marvel shows. Feel free to add me. Ca... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:19:26 EST New to Spark I have done MyFitnessPal for 2-3 years worked for the beginning then I wasn’t holding myself accountable would log late or not log at all! So far I love the interaction and challenges! Sat, 2 Dec 2017 23:50:49 EST Back again and need your help again. Back in 2012 I lost almost 70 lbs with the help of SparkPeople and the support from its members. I have unfortunately gained 50 of it back. This time around I now have arthritis in my ankles which is posing quite the problem. I don't post very often, but read every entry. Thank you for your help in the past and the help I know you will offer again. Hugz to all. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:38:53 EST Hi im new! Hoping everybody is doing well, nice app so far and wondering if there is some people in my area interested in having a workout buddy as much as I am!! It's nice to have a boost/a push from a workout buddy!! Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:21:11 EST Be kind to your body Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've just started today and feeling very optimistic. Wishing all the newbies good luck and of course, some patience. Be kind to your body and be kind to yourself. :) Fri, 1 Dec 2017 17:05:55 EST goes! Hi I'm Sheri I'm on my 5th day with this site. I don't really know how to use all of the features but I'm optimistic. I've got some pretty big goals for my health so I'm trying to not get too overwhelmed. Any helpful suggestions on how to get the most out of this site? Fri, 1 Dec 2017 15:18:45 EST Getting an uplift Hi. Im definitely not new to Spark People, and have been using it for workout videos and tracking my fitness and food to maintain where I am - increasingly difficult as you get older!. <BR> I haven't really connected via message boards before, but have been a bit derailed by a stress fracture in my foot which means I can't do my usual activities of walking, hiking and cycling, possibly for up to 3 months! Still doing my yoga and any strength and cardio videos I can find which don't stress... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:50:16 EST Motivation Looking for a accountability partner Fri, 1 Dec 2017 07:04:41 EST Back4Balance Heading into my first weekend tracking. I have made a lot of changes for the positive. Shifting my mindset has had a major impact on my health and my happiness. I hope everyone has a great day. I am looking forward to to continued personal growth. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:52:07 EST Trying again I tried Sparkpeople years ago but am starting over and trying again. Trying to get and stay motivated is a struggle for me. I'm taking it one day at a time. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:53:25 EST New Diabetic Hi! I was just diagnosised with diabetes.. I joined because I need to loose weight and get my sugar under control. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:12:13 EST New Hey I'm new on here for the third time and I'm looking for somebody to help me lose some weight if anybody's interested let me know Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:52:04 EST Just signed up! I signed up this week.. I lost 20lbs but I really like the challenges on here better than some of the other apps. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:34:07 EST Starting Over Hello everyone. This is not my first journey on SP. I do really well in the beginning of any weight loss journey and then for one reason or another I find myself getting side tracked and reverting back to my old habits and end up not losing weight. I have actually been told I don't eat enough to lose weight, ( I didn't think that was possible) I really need help to keep motivated and on track so I can get healthy and fit. I would appreciate any help I can get. <BR> <BR> sheryl Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:20:54 EST And so the journey begins An old Chinese proverb says that "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Well, I've taken 5 steps into what I hope will be a lifelong journey. This is my 5th day with Spark People. I love that this place is so accepting and non-judgmental. I have been so busy caring for others (kids, grandkids, husband with dementia, parents) that I have completely ignored caring for myself for a very long time (pretty much never.) As a result, I am older and grossly overweight, completely ... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:16:11 EST New here I’m feeling very anxious about trying this. My weight has reached a new high since my cancer diagnosis and treatment last year. I hope this program helps me. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:04:48 EST Hello All! I'm on Day 5 of the 21 Day New member challenge and today's challenge is introducing yourself on a message board. I'm enjoying it so far and exciting to keep going over the holiday season which has been a big challenge in the past. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:48:20 EST How do I make friends here? Do I just randomly add people? Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:29:48 EST Hello. It's my first day here. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> It's my first day in here. Need some friends for support. Please add me. Thank you. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:25:42 EST Another newbie... Hello fitness friends. <BR> <BR> I’m a middle-aged guy who has over the last 3 years dropped about 50 pounds and become a fitness junkie. My strategy to lose the weight consisted of logging calories, changing what / how I eat. For fitness, I’ve tried various forms of cardio but what has stuck has been running. I also do a fair amount of resistance training with dumbbells and body weight. <BR> <BR> Looking for ongoing sustainable improvement I’ve integrated Pilates using the mat and appa... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:46 EST Hi I’m new. It is a Beautiful Hi I’m new today is my first day. It is Beautiful Sunday in Ohio today. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:29:08 EST New Kid On the Block Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to being part of a supportive band of brothers and sisters. <BR> <BR> My longest and rockiest relationship has been with the scale. I was heavy as a child and teen. I managed to lose the weight in my 20s, but when marriage and children came along, I topped out to my heaviest weight ... 223. Five years ago, through diet and exercise, I lost 95 lbs. For the first time, I was truly comfortable in my skin. I guess it had more to do with the fact that, un... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:22:44 EST Good Morning Hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving <BR> I'm on a low carb program, 20 carbs per day, some days more. Is anyone on Atkins? Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:43:11 EST BUDDY GROUP CREATED Any new or existing members need more of a group support system I created a buddy group, where you can befriend each other via facebook or whatsapp and video message to weigh in together or just have someone to talk to. the page will be used to support you all week. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:50:12 EST Trying again Need to get back on track again. Motivation is a big issue for me but I gotta get back on track for many reasons. I'm trying this site again. I have about 22 more pounds to go for my goal and need to be there and toned up by sept when I get married. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:54:27 EST Habitual restarted! Hi my name is Cathy. I’m one of those who thinks weight loss is a Solitary pursuit.Turns out I’m wrong. While I’ve been a member for awhile now I’ve never really engaged in the community much. As a result I’ve never gotten very far. This is totally out of my comfort zone, so it must be good. I’m 47 and a single mom. Life is pretty hectic sometimes so good advice is always welcome. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:10:24 EST Welcome <em>199</em> to all new members <BR> Have a great weekend <BR> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 03:48:58 EST New grandmother I am a 70 year old grandmother of 9 who has struggled with weight for many years. I am determined to do it this time. Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:48:26 EST C J Ramin's Crooked on back pain industry This is a spectacular book on the treatment of back pain. I hope somebody has read it so we can discuss it. Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:34:32 EST New Member from Pakistan Hi Friends! <BR> I'm Muzammil Hingoro from Pakistan and I'm new to this community Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:22:15 EST Back to basics, sparking again Hi everyone! I first used Sparkpeople way back in my early twenties. It led me to the greatest shape of my life and even running a marathon! I even credit my cooking skills to SP because it was the first time in my life I started to make my way around the kitchen. Now, in my thirties, feeling overwhelmed by all of the nutrition information and options (and opinions!) out there for diet and fitness, as well as facing some chronic illness that requires me to scale back my exercise options, I've... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:33:50 EST Intro My name is Patty and I am on my second week of contrave, weekly doctor visits. Lost 4.6 in first week. I'm a big eater and drinker and the contrave is really helping so far. Hoping I can communicate with some others on it. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:53:35 EST Greetings & salutations From Another New Girl :) Hay.... I just wanted to say hi & hope you are having a day, as nice & lovely as you are :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you, shrinking beside you & learning together. <BR> I'm hoping to connect with other Low Carb/Keto people. <BR> Always open to help & Advice :) <BR> Oh yeah!! I'm Mel :) Pleased to meet you :) Mx Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:13 EST Hi new here Hi, my name is Fay. I am 65, I have COPD and use oxygen 24/7. I exercise daily and over the past couple of months have lost 8lbs. I know it is not much but I do not move as quickly as I used to lol. I need to lose weight because I am hoping to have a double lung transplant. I am being evaluated in a couple of weeks to see if I will qualify to be put on the list. We do have pulmonary rehab programs to help us but unfortunately my insurance company (I am not on medicare yet, I use my husb... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:52:58 EST Hello everyone Lynnette here sending a big hello to everyone. About 3 months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I have made a lot of changes and lost almost 20lbs. Still have more I want to lose. <BR> The hardest thing with all of this is making sure I am eating right and snacking right. I must be doing ok though because I had my A1C done yesterday and my numbers are down to 6.3 from 7.8. I just have to keep going. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:52:27 EST Hello Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Heather. I'm married and have one son, Damien. I'm in school for medical assisting, and I look to continue on with my RN eventually. <BR> I'm currently 49lbs overweight, and very unhappy with myself. I'm staying depressed constantly, and I'm having a hard time finding the motivation to work out and lose this fat! If you'd like to be friends and motivate each other, please add me! <BR> Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:15:23 EST Looking Forward to the View from the Top <em>213</em> Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm no stranger to weight loss, but have not been doing it very well for the past year or so, especially after a planned semi-retirement. I say semi because I still work part time at least for the next month or two ;-). I found SP so very many years ago ~9?, but didn't do anything about it really. I have found my spark again and it joyful to be among people all trying to do the same thing: get healthy. Hello to you all and best wishes for a good weight-loss/g... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:10:39 EST New Hello. I am new to this group. I do not know a lot about fitness or nutrition. I have the foundation set as I know which foods are good and which are bad lol. My problem is staying motivated. I work a day job Monday through Friday. A part time job Tuesday and Thursday nights. I am an aspiring actress who also produces at times so I spend my weekends making movies and short films. And I am also the single mother of an almost 14 year old daughter. I have high stress and high anxiety which count... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:55:11 EST Day 5 of Baby Steps Good morning, I'm Suzanne and have rejoined the site. On my first attempt on the site, I was fine the first month, then I started missing a day of tracking here and there. My perfectionism got in the way. Instead of jumping back in and not be concerned about missed tracking, I felt that I failed the Program and just gave up. This time around, I am taking baby steps and building on one habit at a time and then adding another. I have started with 10-15 minutes of exercise a day. I can do ... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:54:36 EST Hello everybody Hi dears, it's been so long for me looking for such a community full of such gorgeous people. my aim is to lose 70-80 lbs i gained the last three years because of bad life style. i believe i would be able to do it with you. <BR> kindly share your goals with me Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:15:48 EST New and nervous Hi everyone! My name is Courtney and I am excited to be on here! This looks like a great community site for weight loss. I am starting my changes tomorrow and hope to find awesome support here. Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:18:12 EST Back again! Hello all! My name is Lisa and this is the 3rd time I am joining this world of Spark People.... I just turned 50 and I had made a promise to myself to lose some weight and get fit! I seem to be able to do the fit part but the pounds are just so stubborn! Gotta make myself accountable for what goes into this body of mine :) Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:06:54 EST A new beginning Hi everyone! 25 year old here from New York. I think I used SP back in 2011 when I lost 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> BUT I'm considering this a new start for myself. I am at the highest weight I have been in my life, but I am going to make the changes that I need to and try and stick with it. <BR> <BR> I think I was most successful with SparkPeople because the points were so motivating. Sure, I like to see a streak, but after a while it doesn't take much to log in and the points keep adding up. <BR... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:56:38 EST Shifting Gears I've been gaining and loosing the same 30 to 50 pounds since 2002. Over the past year, I've lost 30 of the regained 50 using a different tracking system. The tracking system had been very effective while I was tracking, however, the site underwent significant changes and removed the items that motivated me. After a year of trying to get with the new program, I decided it was time to look for something that was more of a natural fit. <BR> <BR> I hadn't visited SparkPeople in years. This w... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:53:45 EST Returning Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Cheryl. I am returning for my second time. I am having a challenge with working on losing weight. I am 61 years old and I find it really hard to lose weight. I am married with no children, but I have two awesome dogs. I work in an office space where I sit most of the day. My husband purchased me a fitbit and I just love it. I do get my 10,000 steps in per day. Help! Cheryl Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:51:01 EST momrockz hello..i just sighned up and am ready to get moving Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:03:54 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:18 EST Saying hello!! Hi my name is Neshia. I am looking to make myself fabulous for my 40th bday and hope this site will help. wish me luck!! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:28:19 EST HI, i’m New here Hi, I was a member on here a few years ago and actually lost around 40 lbs. unfortunately I gained it all back to an all time high of 234 lbs. I had a gastric sleeve procedure 5 weeks ago. I have lost 29 lbs and starting to feel so much better. My current problems is nausea and struggling with water intake and getting enough protein. Any advise would be appreciated. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:52:58 EST Feeling Hopeless... I know that's not a very positive message title but since the tears are always flowing, the weight keeps coming on, and my body has started to give out, it's exactly how I feel right now. I'm 59 years old and I work at a desk job where I sit for 9 hours a day and I sit in a car for over 2 hours a day to get to and from this job. I'm too tired when I get home to do anything but eat, drink wine and go to bed. I try almost every day to start eating healthy but I fail every time. I have a foo... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:44:29 EST Hello I Am New Too I am very happy to be in this community. Great to be here! <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:19:09 EST Swallowing My Pride Hi! I never ask for help and am embarrassed to post. I am 3 years post chemo for stage 2B hormone positive breast cancer. Outside of that struggle, my life has fallen apart in the last few years. My children are almost out of the house and my marriage is abnormal. I need to take back control of me and stop being controlled. I am tired of waking up every morning not knowing the woman in the mirror. I am tired of the stress. I am tired of being unhappy. I want to start living my life ag... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:43:32 EST Newbie I am new here. I have type 2 diabetes and am overweight. I want to decrease or eliminate my need for drugs with diet and exercise. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:44:25 EST Back to Square One. I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I needed a clean slate. <BR> <BR> I am the quintessential yo-yo dieter and I'm really tired of dieting. I lost about 50 lbs, very slow and steadily prior to my wedding last year. And wouldn't you know... it's back. All of it. This is the third time I've felt this feeling. Sabotaged, disappointed... That being said, I'm not the worst dieter. I'm a terrible maintainer. And I want to drop the pounds (again), and learn how to live a healthy life, everyday, and mai... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:56:45 EST Second time around. This is the second time I have started this program. My goal is to lose 100 lbs. I am taking baby step. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:07:03 EST Can I Be Motivated Good evening! My name is Laurie and I'm a 52 year old widow. My husband passed away from a massive heart attack. I am also a mother of an angel. My son (20) at the time, passed away from an accidental drowning. Shortly following the death of my husband, I went back to school, and now I'm an Elementary Principal. I'm tired of feeling tired, old, and out of shape. I have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful and supportive son in laws, and four grandkids. I want to be healthy for them-but more... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:03:09 EST Starting again Hello everyone. I am not new to Spark People but am a "returnee". I am hoping to stay constant because I need to get healthy for me, well and docs orders. I had 2 knee surgeries and for me to completely healed, I need to eat healthier and lose some weight. So, onward to a new journey! Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:20:40 EST Begin again :) Hello! <BR> I've done Weight Watcher, Whole30, Paleo, and the dreaded starving 500 calories a day. Ugh. I just want to get to a healthy weight. I think that magical number is probably somewhere between 20-25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm in my late 40s and tell myself it's harder than it was in my 20s. Which is probably true - but that just means I have to work at it a little more! I've accomplished many things in my life that were important to me. If I want this - I can do it! Right???? <BR> <BR>... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:15:50 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:29:17 EST Low Carb / High Fat? Is anyone on this board following at LCHF diet? If so, what board should I be looking for? I've been following this lifestyle on and off for over a year and have decided to get serious again. Anyone else following this type of plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:56:19 EST Hi! I'm Dawn I'm new. I'm open to suggestions & ideas. Have you been successful or somewhat successful with this plan? Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:52:21 EST Nice to meet you! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa. I, my husband, and our two dogs are from the Seattle area, but we're currently living in San Miguel de Allende, MX. I am 49, a type II diabetic, and have 100+ lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be combining fasting with whole-foods (Paleo) based keto. I've done all of these before, but not in this combination. I'm hoping this combination helps me beat the lapses back into carb-heavy junk food. Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:11:19 EST Starting over Hello, I signed up for SparkPeople a couple of years ago but I did not do much here on the boards. I have now gained more weight and need to lose 60 lbs to be at a healthy weight. I really need some motivation and encouragement, and would love to correspond with someone daily. Is anyone interested? I am a 53 year old woman and live in Georgia. I like to do workouts such as Leslie Sansone's walk away the pounds. I also have a light set of dumbbells. I would love to hear from you! Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:50:42 EST Hi there :) So I used to be a member of SparkTeens like 5 or 6 years ago when I was in high school. I kept most of my weight off, but I did gain a little bit back. <BR> <BR> In the summer I had knee surgery to prevent further knee dislocations. I'm excited to be in physiotherapy now, and I feel like this is the perfect time to develop an exercise routine and healthy habits that will stick this time. <BR> <BR> I think the difference between now (I'm turning 21 next month and I'm finishing up university ... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:53:05 EST Introducing myself Hi! My name is Stephanie I am 37 and I live in NC with my Husband, 3kids, and 7 furbabies (our dogs). I have been overweight since I was 18. I have tried just about every "diet fad" out there with no success. Now that I live with a chronic illness, losing weight is very much need more so than ever before. So my doctor has told me to lose weight so I can somewhat feel a little or even a lot better. So he put me on Contrave for weight loss and suggested portion control and exercise. That advice... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:40:26 EST Back Again Been here before, quit before. Back again and this time just doin' it. <BR> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:27:51 EST New to SparkPeople Hello all, I joined SparkPeople about 9 days ago. I want to live a healthier, active life. I am 62, retired & in relatively good health. I would like to lose about 15 lbs. I enjoy family, friends, good food & wine. I like to travel, in short I am enjoying everything life has to offer. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:01:54 EST Old but New member. Decided to come back! : ) Hello Everyone! I'm back after a year away from Sparkpeople. Decided to come back to not only keep myself on track but to help others as well! I'm currently the co-leader of the "Loving Yourself Team" and feeling so inspired by the members and the support. We're currently having a "Fall Back Into Fitness Challenge"! Stop by anytime! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:58:57 EST New to Sparkpeople I'm new to the program, hoping to get it together before turning 50 next July! Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:09:28 EST Hey! Hello, i've just discovered this forum and am looking to connect with like minded people on my goal to a better body! <BR> <BR> See you at the finish line! Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:23:25 EST I'm New and Motivated I weighed in at 205 my highest weight ever. I was miserable. today is the start of day 5 on this program (i have tried before but lost interest/commitment) I'm getting ready to head out for a run and want to connect with people. I live in NJ, I'm starting a running program, I knit, I watch football, I have grandkids, I work, I play, I love. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:52:22 EST Hello! Hello!! I am new to all this so bear with me please. In 2015 I had a serious health scare and it is still wrecking havoc in my life. I had started losing weight before this and had hit my first goal!! Now, that weight is back with more. My husband had moved out right before all of this happened (which was a good thing (long story)) and my father, who has health problems of his own, had to move in with me. I have 6 wonderful grandchildren, 3 amazing kids and their mates. I have big iss... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 23:33:30 EST Greetings I just joined this forum. Hoping to achieve my goal I have set here. <BR> <BR> Have a nice day to everyone! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 18:50:45 EST formu-3 diet sheets did in late 90's and 2000 and did very well (was nutrabolic) would like to get back on it again. any sheets or help appreciated. it worked well with the t2 diabetes HBP and high Chloestral (I am allergic to statins). Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:01:50 EST Fun & Fluffy Journey to Fit Hello fellow SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I'm a 56 year young retiree. I'm a 3 time heart attack surviver. Not bragging, truly blessed. At my highest weight of 325 lbs, I met my 3rd cardiologist who listened to me vs see a fat woman. He saved my life. Turns out I needed a quadruple bypass. <BR> <BR> Now I'm doing well and have lost 59 pounds. I have 91 lbs to lose before I reach my goal weight. I never thought I'd be less than 100 lbs of my goal. Especially because when I was sick, I changed my d... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:00:31 EST New to Message Boards Hi: I'm a 69 year old woman who has struggled with my weight for all of my adult life. I am currently within 13 lbs of my goal weight but am stuck in a rut!!!! Hoping that sharing my frustration will help me to stick with it. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:56:45 EST Newish Mom I had my first baby 18 months ago and am still at my pregnancy weight and then some. I start to lose weight, but am so exhausted all the time from being up at night (and other life responsibilities), that I'm a zombie all day, which makes me want to go for quick calories. And excerising when I'm this tired? Forget about it. <BR> <BR> How can I break out of this cycle? Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:20:27 EST New to message boards I've tried Spark People before, but I never used the message boards. So here I am again, going to give it my all this time. A little more about me. I've struggled with my weight for a while now. I go up and down but never seem to be able to keep it off for good. I now have an amazing little boy who is my pride and joy. I want to be a good role model for him, and want him to see his parents living a healthy life style. Also heart problems, and diabetes run in my family, so I am determine... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:19:20 EST Introduction I am serious about my need to lose weight. I am a 74 year old man who is healthy accept for weighing 60 pounds over my target weight. This weight is causing a daily drain on my energy level. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 52 years. We have nine wonderful children who honor us almost daily. I am a wealthy man in so many ways who needs to be healthy in weight. I look forward to using the spark tools and receiving help from my SparkCoach. I am THANKFUL this Thanksgiving month... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:25:50 EST New Here I'm new here and just starting my journey. I have realized over time that no matter how busy I get, it is critical to take time out for my health. With a time consuming career, as very busy 12 year old, and my DH, I have to put things on my calendar, or they become unimportant and I miss them. So, I've started to fill my calendar with times to set goals, meal plan, and exercise. I have to take baby steps until I can develop good habits that become second nature, otherwise, I will get burn... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:52:11 EST hello Good morning, I am new and just wanted to say hello to everyone . Wed, 8 Nov 2017 07:29:45 EST New Member Challenge Day 5 Introduction Day 5 so early days so going well. It's keeping it going that is usually my problem. Want it to work so am even doing this! <BR> <BR> I'm 74, healthy, active, should lose 25 pounds. Arthritis in right knee is going to make some of my much enjoyed activities impossible. Weight loss might make me able to hike longer. Here's hoping Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:30:31 EST Type 1 Diabetes Mom My 5 year old daughter was diagnosed Type 1 two weeks ago today. Sparkpeople was mentioned to me in the hospital by a nurse as a recommendation. Prior to diagnosis our family ate pretty well, healthy. For last 7 years I was a distance runner, having run the Twin Cities Marathon and Great River Ragnar. My husband and 8 year old son are hockey players and very devoted. My specific need now is a finding recipes out there that are healthy, whole grain carbs that are kid friendly, have detailed nu... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:13:13 EST Left with a sour taste It has probably taken me longer to think of a catchy ironic title for this post than it will to actually introduce myself.... <BR> <BR> It has been a long road living with the curse of the "yo-yo", there have been times during my fight for "normalcy" and where I have driven myself near to the brink of madness to be a particular thing. At some point in my youth my search for the perfect body was certainly driven by the daily public shaming of my peers, these days it is about strength in body ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:03:52 EST Good morning everyone I've started over a million times it feels like :( the older I get the harder it gets . I have over 100 pounds to lose . My problem is every time I cut calories I get light headed and I suffer from vertigo . Any suggestions on how to cut calories without all the withdrawals ? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 05:24:12 EST Hello from the Poconos Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Cheryl. 34, a bit of a nerd, as I like board games, reading sci-fi/fantasy, going to renaissance faires... A few years ago I was doing 5Ks and trying to get into running. Then I dislocated my kneecap, which tore some cartilage, and got out of habit for a bit. Then life happened and I turned to food for comfort. Shot up to 335 pounds. I've managed to drop down to 295 but realize that's only just a start, and want to get back to doing stuff like hiking and 5Ks. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 17:53:04 EST Finally my introduction I stopped in for a few days over a year ago, lost my weight, and have now returned as the too-much-weight-lost me. Yup, trying to build some muscle, now that my fat has been mostly used up. I know...poor me. But I earned it. I lost my weight with incredible chronic pain (CRPS) as well. <BR> <BR> This is why I'm back, to share with others the information I learned, to encourage, and to continue to learn how to live well. <BR> <BR> Hopefully we can encourage each other on our journeys. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 21:24:03 EST Lose it and keep it off 5 years ago I lost 28lbs and kept it off until about 6 months ago when the weight started to creep back. If I'm honest I never really learnt to maintain the weight loss, it always felt a bit precarious. I want to lose the 8lb I've gained in the last 3 months - <em>198</em> - and then learn to maintain. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 16:14:29 EST returning Hello all, <BR> My name is Penny. I am a 33yr old full time mom during the day and a full time CNA at night. I try to find motivation to lose weight, as I really need to lose 100lbs. I've used in the past, about 10+ yrs ago and lost 40lbs. so I figured after failing on losing weight so many times in the past two years, figured I'd come back and see if I can do it again. <BR> Anyway, I have three children, my oldest girl is 6, my son is 5, and my youngest girl is 2. I... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:01:22 EST Can do <em>521</em> <BR> Determined to put the belief into action this time. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 07:38:45 EST SINGLE AND PASSIONATE Love is the answer. Sun, 5 Nov 2017 05:08:47 EST Hello lovely folks of the interwebs. Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm Tiffany, and it's a pleasure to e-meet you all. I'm not too great at introductions, but I'll spew a little about me in case you are wondering... I'm a 28 year old female, from Washington state, and I just had gastric bypass as of September '17! I'm here in hopes to start my journey in the right mindset, and hopefully communicate with people of like-mind mindsets. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me! Sun, 5 Nov 2017 00:38:17 EST Looking for geezers who run ...and geezerettes. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for friends who are 60+ (or thereabouts) who run, especially 5K. I've recently started running and I want to find out what I can do to help protect my knees while running. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:18:35 EST Over 60 and Still Struggling! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here and wanted to say "hello." I'm a retired English teacher living in OHIO. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 17:25:14 EST Newbie Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Just signed up for Sparkspeople as an alternative to Weight Watchers. Six smart points for a serving of plain grass fed yogurt seems excessive to me. I'm hoping for motivation to be more mindful of my portions and more consistent with exercise. Switching to a sit down job from a run around job has resulted in weight gain that I just can't seem to lose (58 year old female). <BR> <BR> Anybody else out there that loves streaming barre workouts? <BR> <BR> Millie Sat, 4 Nov 2017 15:34:57 EST Hello Everyone!!! New to Spark People looking for workout tips and etc... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 06:46:57 EST Here we go AGAIN! Now since I have become 63 years old I need to REALLY get my butt in gear. Still working at a desk job but the problem is I need to exercise and start tracking what I eat and control my portions. Hoping this time I can do it. I have a lot of weight to lose but my first goal is to get to 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone on this journey. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:31:39 EST Starting...Again Hello. This is now try 451655514578754152121. Not really but it feels like it. I moved to Switzerland 4 years ago and by the end of my first year I gained 60 pounds (which seems impossible in a country where hiking is king). <BR> <BR> I need to do this. I am starting to track all my meals (and see how unhealthy I am eating), I am tracking my steps, and my workouts. <BR> <BR> I bought the Body Boss Method on a whim and am trying my best to utilize it, even if it means doing the 4 wk pre trai... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:06:08 EST Following the new member Challenge I have gained and lost weight many times and have used various nutrition trackers. I do best when tracking my eating/exercise. I am currently about 25 pounds heavier than my desired weight. I chose Spark People because I liked that they have exercise videos available. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 14:43:40 EST Marching to the 160's When I look back at things that have worked for me, having a thread with the goal to get to the next 10 pounds was very motivating and fun. Join to share tips and celebrate success! <BR> <BR> HW 215 <BR> LW 164 <BR> GW 140 <BR> CW 177 <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:02:49 EST Oh no you don't Six years ago I started a major weight loss journey and went from 264 to 150. I was successful in keeping the weight off until it started to come back over the last year. I'm now at 195 and I'm scared. Please help me in regaining that focus and dedication needed to get back to a healthy weight. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:07:31 EST hello Hi My name is mamamj66 and I'm new to this sight . I've got a long way to go on my journey but I know with the support of a few friends and my fitbit I"m going to make it. <BR> Thanks for letting me join <BR> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:15:14 EST Take 1280 but still trying It is so easy to let LIFE get in the way and get you way off track. When you work 12 to 16 hours a day 5 - 7 days a week at a computer and then family/husband/house on top of that there just does not seem to be time for exercise or even just general physical activity. UGH <em>39</em> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:02:49 EST NEW! So only kinda new. I have been logging food and exercise while I have been getting a feel for this place and checking out all the recipes. I have already lost a bit so I am definitely continuing to track here. I'm so glad to have a supportive community to turn to for this challenge. I am currently 150 lbs. The goal is 130 by Christmas. Lets see how it goes! Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:18:07 EST Starama Age 26, Take 4 Hi all. Not much in the way of an introduction, but I wanted to say hello. This is my 4th time "seriously" focusing on my weight loss. I used to think 220 lbs was the worst I could get, but now I'm 237 and not getting any younger. Gotta get back on track. More to come in the future. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:02:59 EST New here, again Hello! I have been battling the bulge for ten years now. It is no longer just inconvenient and embarrassing - I have arthritis in my hips and knees and almost all movement is at least a little bit painful. I have to find a way to eat less junk. I eat a lot of whole, healthy plant foods (that's not really the problem), but I feel helpless against the chocolates and cookies and cakes and ... My kids are teenagers and I want to be able to keep up- not just with them, but with all the other thin... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:51:23 EST New I have,a hard time staying accountable and motivated I need a few ppl wanting to lose weight with me Who in??? Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:03:41 EST Maintain Not Gain I am new to Sparkpeople. I have a challenge that I joined for work called Maintain not Gain from now through the first of the year. It's going to be a rough one but hoping that I can Maintain or Lose. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:39:25 EST Round 173246284? Hello :) I'm here to lose weight and I'm hoping to get as much encouragement and motivation as possible... I have a long way to go. I'm 160 pounds away from my goal but I have faith that I can get there... <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been on a "diet" pretty much my entire life and I'm just done. I'm ready to change for good... This isn't some temporary thing, I want to change completely! <BR> <BR> I'm 25 and a stay-at-home mom to a 2 & 1/2 year old little boy. <BR> Hoping to find friends ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 01:06:10 EST Take 2 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I've actually been on here since about 2009 and was pretty successful then. Three long distance moves, a few jobs, and two kids later, I've realized that I need help again in the motivation and accountability departments again. So I'm back full time (I've poked around the site a few times in the past few years but never fully committed) looking to find a few friends, learn to make myself a priority, and hopefully fit back into my jeans. :) Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:29:00 EST New HERE! Weight Loss Surgery 2012 Hi! <BR> I had weight loss surgery in 2012! Loss 100 pounds! <BR> I have a picture on my page showing the results. <BR> I've since gained 50 back and need help finding a eating/exercise plan that will help me get back on track! <BR> <BR> I'd appreciate any ideas! Thank you for reading! (= Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:22:56 EST New Year/New Me October 17 2017, I turned 55 I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Diabetes II, I have 5 grandkids that are my life and I want to be around a long while. So here I am. Have heard a lot of good about this website. Gonna need a lot of encouragement and support if I'm going to make this work. So hello Spark People. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:26:57 EST Starting Over It has been several years since I was here. Hoping it works just as well now that I turned 50 and gained 30 pounds. Here we go. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 20:52:44 EST Following the New Member Challenge Hi everyone. My name is Stephanie. I'm 35 years old, married with no kids. I'm in college for Dental Hygiene, which many would find is surprisingly stressful. I live in Houston (Go Astros!). I was diagnosed with PCOS about 6 years ago, but am still attempting to manage it with just diet and exercise. I'm an emotional eater, and I've been sort of eating my way through classes. I'm currently 210lbs, and have a goal of 180 set for myself. I would like to get healthy and have more energy.... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 17:04:22 EST Returning again Decided to return to sparkpeople after being away for about a year. Have about 80 lbs. to lose. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:46:04 EST Here I go again I used Spark a few years ago under the name amberclouds but forgot my details for that account so I'm starting a new one. Losing weight is extremely difficult for me because I am only 4'10", have hypothyroidism and am unable to walk due to cerebral palsy. The last time I did this I continued to gain weight eating my SP recommended calorie allotment each day, so I suspect that with my unusual situation I will have to drop below the sacred 1200 daily to make any progress, I'm aiming for 1000 ca... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 03:36:40 EST Starting again.. need a buddy. The first three words of the topic were 'starting again' which lets you understand that this isn't the first time i've attempted to lose weight. For the past 6(?) months I've tried my my best to lose weight, without the help of anyone else. But after plenty failed attempts, i have come to a conclusion that having someone with me on the this lil' boat of weight loss would be great. <BR> <BR> I come in at 4'11ft (149.86cm) and 126lbs (57.153) and would like to lose 15-20lbs. In the past 6 mon... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:17:07 EST I’m new to the site looking for friends I’m new and looking for friends anyone can add me please feel free to send me a request. I’m currently working on improving my over all health and getting my weight down. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:47:35 EST Third...Fifth...Some Time's a Charm Hello everyone! <BR> I've used SparkPeople a few times with success, and I'm back again. I'm 27, have two kids, and recently kind of hit that "I have to work to lose weight now" age/body. After a move in April, I gained about 30 pounds in a month-I wasn't eating great, but I suspect other issues. Anyway, my health insurance stinks so I've been trying to get control over the situation with no luck. SparkPeople is another attempt to drop at least a few of those pounds. The tracking will give ... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:49:15 EST starting over I am starting over because I want to have a healthy lifestyle. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:54:20 EST Hello! Hi all! My name is Alli and I'm a 20 year old mommy of 1 from Michigan! I'm ready to get back in shape and live a healthier life! Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:45:57 EST Hello there! My name is Jessica, and I found SparkPeople after several months of not tracking my food and putting on pretty much all of the weight I had lost. I was on another tracking site until that shut down, and I didn't find the tracker they suggested at that time to be as engaging. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, I was squatting down for a reason I can't remember, and it was so uncomfortable, it didn't even feel like my body. It felt like there was twice the mass between my tibia and femur than there o... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 01:12:46 EST Just arrived to Sparkpeople Hi everyone, my name is Pamela. I am new to Sparkpeople. I jumped over from Flat Belly Diet website. I love the eating plan but their website is awful and I think I was the only person using it! I have lost 30 lbs since May and another 28 before that. I would like to lose 40 more. Feeling so much better. Bought some new clothes because my pants literally feel around my ankles one day while standing in the kitchen talking to my husband! I would love to hear any tips from anyone. Looking forwar... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:48:16 EST Hello. A list. I'm a 30-something SAHM of two toddlers. <BR> I wish I had the energy of said toddlers. <BR> I'm working on losing the baby weight. <BR> (you'd think chasing two toddlers around all day would be enough to do that) <BR> Finding time to track and meal plan would help bigly. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:16:18 EST 2nd Time Around Back at it! Where it all started! Had to come back! <em>593</em> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:17:47 EST Hello everyone!! I'm here in Gettysburg, PA. A mom of a tween and a toddler. Full time college student, pt/ft worker/manager, volunteer and much more. I stay busy! I used to be on SP years ago and loved it. Tried WW this past winter and was so frustrated in not losing weight. I maintained it, but didn't lose more than 15 lbs. On Sunday, I was so excited to take my son zip-lining! I get up to have the harness put on, and it wouldn't go above my thighs. In front of about 2 dozen people, I had to have the guy p... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:51:55 EST Hello Everyone My name is René and I have some health issues that my weight has contributed to and I need to get it off so that I don't end up in the hospital again and I want to see 50. So if you have any advise or just words of encouragement I'd appreciate it. Thank you. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:13:01 EST Back Again A year ago I had a hysterectomy, and was diagnosed with pre diabetes. I had lost 15 pounds to get ready for surgery, and was eating a low carb diet. After things became a routine and I was less scared and foods crept back in that I should be avoiding. I have gained back 10 pounds and I am noticing higher sugars. I am hoping tracking and wearing my fitbit will help again. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:27:34 EST #freshman15 #struggle Hello all! My name is Margo and I am a freshman in college...wah. I have always struggled with my weight and now that I am here in college, the struggle is real. <BR> #praisetheLORD - I have not gained the #freshman15 but still, I need to lose this extra crap. <BR> <BR> My BMI is (___) horrible and apparently my body fat % is nearly 35%....gross. <BR> <BR> I need help and some people to talk to and...a place to escape I guess. <BR> <BR> Thanks, buds! <BR> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:20:13 EST Looking for support (oh, and hello!) Hello all, <BR> <BR> So, I decided to join because I need some motivation. <BR> <BR> About 4 years ago, I lost almost 70 pounds. I found out I had a hernia, and worked hard to lose the weight. I was a thin kid and teenager, but as I got older, the pounds crept up. During a family crisis 20 years ago, I put on about 55 pounds in a year, and was able to take that off 4 years ago. <BR> <BR> But now the weight is creeping back, and I'm terrified. I'm in perimenopause, and my hormones have been... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:25:15 EST Hello from ND Hi, I'm kinda new. <BR> <BR> I am originally from TN, but I have been in ND for around 5 years now. I am back on another weight loss journey and doing well. So far I've lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks, and I'm working hard to keep losing consistently. Nice to meet everyone. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:49:24 EST Hello From Louisiana Hello everyone! The name is Jay from New Orleans, LA. I have actually already started my journey of losing weight and getting healthier. I signed up here to find new food ideas, motivation, inspiration, and support. I look forward to making new friends and talking to all of you. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:40:31 EST Hello Everyone! Hey everyone! My name is Suman I am turning 50 in August and I want to be 60 lbs lighter. I have tried to lose weight before but got discouraged and gave up. Not this time. Health is too important. <BR> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:22:36 EST pounds lost Hey Everyone <BR> Since I started this calorie diet, I have lost 13 pound so far. I probably lost more but I have refrain myself from weighing myself everyday or once a week. So I weigh monthly, I figured I will see more results if I space it out. I am also proud of myself that I haven't caved and started eating the foods that got in this position. So that is a good accomplishment for me. Also I use to be a pop drinking, I mean I would wake up with a pop and go to bed with a pop, and I have... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:30:57 EST Weightloss buddy? Hi, <BR> I'm 41, used to be 50-55 kg, sporty and active until about 36, then stuff happened, went into a downward spiral and now I'm not doing much anymore. With this also came a sizeable belly and health problems on the horizon. <BR> So for getting a handle (hee!) on the belly part I'd love to find someone in a similar situation who wants to shed some weight and keep in contact for mutual motivation. Maybe easier to resist a craving when sharing goals? <BR> Toobat <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:06:18 EST Introduce myself Hello I'm Jackie. This is kinda new for me but since I'm staying on track with this challenge is giving me hope. I'm tired of being unhappy with my self so in order to change that I have to start with me. See I'm the kinda of person who can't take a compliment. So I need to change me and be a healthier and happier person. Hoping with the help from this site and the members ill be able to reach my goal and find happiness. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:49:05 EST Hello Hey everyone! My name is Meghan and after a very stressful year, I've decided it is time for me to stop procrastinating. I originally started my journey almost two years ago, but was never able to really keep my head in the game. As a result, I would lose weight onlly to gain it back again. I'm looking for a change and Sparkpeople is a way for me to make a big one! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:10:25 EST hi there. <BR> Hi there I am back and fired up! The weight loss is going good. But am stuck around 230. Hi there all <BR> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:05:17 EST everything I enjoy involves sitting All my hobbies and pass times involve sitting down, watching, tv, playing computer games, writing, crocheting, doing bead work, doing crafts, reading. <BR> <BR> Something has to give and I need to make some changes so that I don't spend all my sitting. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:52:54 EST Hi guys! :) Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I've started a new project called 'HMNZ: humanize. life' where I humanize the world's most successful people by diving into their lives and looking into their setbacks en route to their success. This is all in an effort to make the rest of us realize that we too can achieve our biggest dreams. After all, we're all human. <BR> <BR> So far I've got articles on: <BR> • The Rock <BR> • Ellen DeGeneres <BR> • Bill Gates <BR> • J.K. Rowling <BR> <BR> With the next two upcomi... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:08 EST Kidney cancer and Diabetic Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with kidney cancer two weeks ago, and last week, confirmed as a diabetic with an A1C of 8. <BR> <BR> I've been managing my sugars really well for the last 3 years with simply diet - the doctors feel that the cancer has spiked my sugars, as well as my liver enzymes. <BR> <BR> I will have my left kidney removed in two weeks, and I'm still in shock. <BR> <BR> Back on Spark to track, track, track, and survive this - because I will <BR> <BR> I appreciate... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:16:14 EST Colleen C I have been on many diets and now it is difficult to choose one that will work for me. It is hard for me to stay motivated. <BR> I just recently retired, I was in the Easter Seals program for Seniors and I reached the duration limit of 4 years with them. My last position with them was working with the Clothing Closet. All the clothes are free and the clients could come in twice a month and get up to 25 items. So I got to know a lot of people in the community and I miss that. The clients are... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:26 EST Busy working mom trying to become motivated Hello! I am a mom of 3 very busy boys aged 1, 4 and 5. I also work full time at a computer during the day. And at night we are busy with skating, hockey or swimming. My husband also works full time and is in a coed volleyball league. And I am also volunteering on a board for a non-profit organization that tries to help women new to the city meet others in their position. So that leaves me with very little time to do anything, which has lead me to having difficulty shedding baby weight from my... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:13:17 EST Feeling strong today. Hi! I am feeling strong today, so it seems like a good time to jump in and meet all of you. <BR> I have been struggling with my weight and self esteem most of my life. I'm feeling optimistic that this community will help me stay positive and motivated. I have failed many, many times before, but I am not going to live in the past. <BR> I hope to become good friends with some of you! <BR> Lola Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:06 EST Weight struggle Hi I'm Debbie Heard I have been on Jenny Craig Weight Watchers only to gain almost all the weight back ready to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Any tips or advice or motivation would Sincerely be appreciated one day at a time. <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:14:28 EST I have a goal I started 10/10/2017. I turn 60 in May and I want to be 60 lbs lighter. That is doable, about 2 lbs a week. I have tried to lose weight before but got discouraged and gave up. Not this time. Health is too important. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:29:44 EST Back again I’ve been away for quite some time. I have gained 45 pounds in the last four years. I’m tracking but not falling within my ranges but I am close. Right now my goal is to simply track. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:06 EST Lorelei Hi there! I'm Lorelei. I'm 51 and I lost 50 pounds, with SparkPeople's tools and support, 8 years ago. Now I've gained back 25 and need to get back on the weight loss wagon and lose it. <BR> I have no SparkPeople friends, this time around, yet, so feel free to friend me. <BR> Thought for the day...if I eat like crud, I feel like crud. <BR> Mantra for the day..."No donuts..." LOL Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:24:02 EST Hi Everyone Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm Bill. <BR> <BR> Not much to say really, been active all my life--love bodybuilding--although I sure dn't look like I do! <BR> <BR> Love to read all I can about fitness and nutrition. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:28:09 EST Hi My Name is Christa and I'm not a newbie but been on here for a long time but haven't post a lot. I'm feeling low on energy and no motivation at all to lose weight which I'm not happy about. I wish I can lose the weight but I'm gaining back what I lost (30 +). Now my clothes aren't fitting me and feel disguised about it. I need some help. Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:18:57 EST Newbie The first couple of days were good, now I am always hungry. I try to keep busy and drink water, but I am not winning. I can't figure out what to eat when I'm hungry! I've tried mini carrots, celery and such, but it seems it just makes me more hungry. <em>39</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:35:05 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:18 EST How do goodies / points work? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the community. <BR> I'm curious as to how goodies/points work. I want to get a pedometer. Do I use the points to get a discount when buying? <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all with your weight management! <BR> <BR> Lilly Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:19:04 EST Hello Hello, I take medications that cause weight gain and they're weighing me down. I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency which causes blood to pool in my legs. Being overweight aggravates it. My doctor said weight loss for me would be difficult but not impossible. Thank you for being here to support me. <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:59:11 EST Weight loss advice I am Tanu from India & want to lose 20 pounds in 2/3 months for my marriage Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:49:20 EST Hi Ya'll I'm a Christian Conservative lady from Alabama, trying to get healthy again. I have many health issues and gained weight, now I'm feeling better and doing better eating and some exercise. Looking forward to my journey with Sparks People. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:24:39 EST Need help to stop binge eating I used to be anorexic but when I tried to stop that I turned into a binge eater. I`ve gained 40 lbs in 2 years and I binge eat multiple times a day every day. The more I know I should stop the more I eat. I need help.. :( Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:45:04 EST HIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:18:26 EST My Husband inspired me! Yes, it's true! I've been struggling with weight gain due to some health issues and was pretty low. My husband decided he needed to get healthy, found SparkPeople and got started. I sat and listened to him each time he tracked his nutrition, listened to new things he was learning, and saw that he was losing weight and feeling better! I was sold! Just began a couple of weeks ago and, while the fitness is a struggle because of those pesky health issues, I am determined! And it's fun having... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:28:12 EST Finally over it Hello! Heaviest I have ever been after a back injury 1 year ago. Clothes don't fit and I see it in pictures. Denial is now gone. Getting into action. I sit all day for work and have committed to 3xs/week AM workouts at Orangetheory. On week three of going. Lost 2 lbs so far. Haven't change diet. Love my happy hours and Sunday Fundays. Figured I would start with showing up and a commitment to start moving again. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:40:37 EST Mama and weight loss :) Hey all! My name is Jennifer and I live in a tiny town in Wyoming. I had the 1st baby of 2017 in the county I live in. I've decided it's time to get back "on track" especially if we might decide to have another baby in a few years.Just wanted to introduce myself and find out if there are any other members with young babies for support. <BR> <BR> ~jennifer Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:55:15 EST Doing Things My Way Good morning to all. I'm old enough to have tried a lot of weight loss programs. I've decided no more fad diets, no more diet supplements, no more diets in general. In May I started exercising again, I'm watching what I eat, and I've lost 20 lbs. I had a complete hysterectomy last month for endometrial cancer. Now it's time to go the next level. Taking care of me 10 lbs at a time. I'm now tracking my exercise, and tracking my food.. Going to Disneyland in February and want to do it all w... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:16:53 EST A New Me Hello everyone! I'm ready for a new me.....I've decided its my time, I want to loose 35 pounds and get in shape and have a more healthy lifestyle so I can feel great, look great and enjoy the things that I like doing which include riding motorcycles, scrapbooking, playing with my grandchildren and spending time with my husband and friends. I hope by joining this site it will help me stay motivated and be accountable for what I do. <BR> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:07:43 EST A restarted journey Hi, I've been a member of the site for a while and I've been slowly trimming off the weight but I"m trying to launch into a concerted effort. <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 something teacher in the south, I read too much, and I cook. <BR> <BR> Ok, feeling a little self-conscious now. <BR> <BR> Hi Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:22:57 EST Back on this Journey to Health Greetings, <BR> <BR> New to SparkPeople but not to this journey to health. I have been experiencing a lot of knee pain this last year because of the extra weight I'm carrying. Just celebrated my 65th Birthday and I'm determined to get healthy this year and lose the extra pounds. Looking forward to this journey with the support of this group. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:50:07 EST Wolf is new Hi im new here Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:20:20 EST Need help!!! Hi everyone! Going to give this one last try...i really need support to keep the motivation going :) I'm a great motivator for others just not for myself for some reason. Looking to share this journey with others :-) Sun, 8 Oct 2017 23:59:48 EST Hello I am so discouaged. Food is evil to me. I go round and round, never stopping eating. I am trying again to follow a plan. I know I'm crazy, but I keep sabotaging myself over and over. Every day I get up and vow to change my eating habits. Every day I sabotage myself. But I will get up tomorrow and do something different. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:13:18 EST Looking for movitation I am looking for someone who is in the same boat as me or someone who can help me get over the hump. I start out good then after a few days I give into temptation. I'm just starting back today and plan to make spark a daily place for me. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:04:22 EST Hello Hello Friends, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople. Here to support others on their journey to health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Lyd Sun, 8 Oct 2017 21:52:14 EST Hello Everyone Hello! I'm a 32 year old nursing student currently trying to find a healthier lifestyle. Weight has be en a chronic problem for me but now I'm getting sick of shopping at specialty stores, falling behind when walking with a group, and fearing that other countries I travel to won't be able to handle my weight. SparkPeople is the first website I've come across that makes me want to participate in community while setting realistic goals. I'm looking forward to what the future brings! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 18:31:59 EST Hello All! My name is Marzetta. I am 34 years old and really need to lose weight. I really hate the way i look and feel. I have tried losing weight in the past but with no avail. I'm hoping this will help me out. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 17:20:13 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:46 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:45 EST Trying again Hello everyone, here I am!!! My goal is to lose 10% by the end of the year!!! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 07:42:23 EST Terri Norris One of my friends told me about this website so I thought I would check it out. The doctor has said I needed to lose 15% of my body weight and bring down my triglycerides, so here I am. I needed something that would let me know how many calories I was in taking and carbs I was eating, so she told about this site. So far it has been wonderful, and I am on a 1300 to 1650 cal diet on here, it has been hard, when you love food so much watching what you eat, I just seem to be hungry all the time. ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 21:01:50 EST Just getting started with Spark I think posting my food intake will be a big help in not overeating <em>595</em> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:13:46 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:06 EST Starting again and bringing my husband with me I have used SparkPeople in the past, but get lazy or annoyed having to track food constantly. This is very sad, because I know that the tracking helps me. So I am starting again and have signed up my husband as well. We are both at least 40 pounds too heavy and it is affecting our bones and joints. I do not want to hit 60 with all this extra weight, so I am striving to keep on track this time. And I'm taking him DOWN with me! Have not said anything to family, just want to quietly make a... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 11:50:23 EST Starting over again The past two years I have been lazy. Not walking or eating right. I can feel it. Ready to lose some weight get back some energy. Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:30:23 EST Looking for a team with a good motivating group Hello, I know this is an Introduce yourself forum. I have been on spark people for a year now, I like it a lot with all of its features, and I actually signed up for premium a little over a year ago. Let me reintroduce myself my name is Tammy and so far I have lost 56 pounds and I am 44 years old and I am now under 300 pounds very close to 290 pounds. . I have had a bumpy road on my journey.The reason I am typing this now is because I am looking for a good spark team with lots of motivatio... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 01:42:27 EST Just Realized I Need Help I made this account several months back but never actually used it until now, so... hello! <BR> <BR> I sort of had an epiphany during a small emotional breakdown this morning. I was recently offered a job as a CNA and was trying on my scrubs this morning to go do a physical abilities assessment. I was just wearing these scrubs not even two months ago during a clinical assignment for a class I was taking, and they fit fine. I was also doing some stress-eating (read: binging), largely thanks t... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 22:59:34 EST Day 5 Hello! New to SparkPeople. Day 5 and on the path to being 40 pounds lighter next year! Thu, 5 Oct 2017 10:58:29 EST New to Spark People Hi, I'm new to Spark People. I'm a female. I'm 57. I've been changing my eating and exercising lifestyle since May of this year. have lost 20 lbs so far. Looking to lose about 80 lbs more. I am currently working out about 4-5 days a week. I spin and lift weights. I really enjoy it. always looking for healthy food ideas. I count calories but don't have a 'diet' so to speak other then trying to keep it healthy and as clean as possible which is really hard for me for some reason. also looking f... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:07:58 EST New to Spark Hello everyone my name is Terry and I am 54 almost 55 years old widow. I have a lot of weight to lose and am hoping this group can help me meet my goals. I would love to get healthy and start doing the things that I love to.I have always taken care of those I love but decided now it is time for me to take care of myself especially after having a health scare which every thing turned out ok but left me thinking.Hope to hear back from you <BR> Terry Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:32:30 EST New and for me Hello all! I am somewhat new but an old pro at dieting and yo-yoing. I have 30 pounds to lose and would love to have some new friends to help motivate me! Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:42:23 EST requesting a friend to assist with accountability Hi, my name is Carla. <BR> Would anyone be interested forming a team to assist each other with accountability to exercise and other daily plans? <BR> Thank you for your consideration of this idea- Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:33:22 EST Hello! I am not new here, but back again. Hopefully for the last time! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 19:38:16 EST New Here Hello, I'm new here and just dropping in to introduce myself. I've got a long way to go (110 lbs) but I'm on the last year of my 20s and determined to make the necessary lifestyle overhaul before I hit my 30s next year! I've got a lot of health issues too, so this change is absolutely necessary. <BR> Anyway, I've heard great things about this website, so I'm excited to get started! Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:19:59 EST It's time to cut the crap... Hi, I'm Kayla. I'm about 18 years old, 5'6", and 165 pounds. I'm not morbidly obese (yet), but a lot heavier than I'd like to be, especially at my age. Plus, if things keep trending the way they have the past few years, that very well could be my future. <BR> <BR> I hope you all don't get too bored with my life story. <BR> <BR> Anyways, when I was younger, I was very fit and skinny. I would always exercise (by just doing stuff like monkey bars all the time and whatnot), and so I never ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 23:31:41 EST New to Spark People - Former Noomer Hey Folks, <BR> <BR> I'm 33 and a larger guy at about 328 looking to significantly cut down on weight due to arthrosis developing in my back after an injury. (Moving a 600 lb gun safe by yourself is a bad idea, by the way.) I've used Noom in the past and found some success with it losing 30 or so pounds but I could never really stay below 300. I need to really attack my sugar and salt intake drastically. I am having some issues adjusting to the pain and lack of exercises I can now do so I'm ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:31:19 EST Getting started I have enjoyed getting more familiar with the website today. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:24:32 EST Greetings! For the first time in my life, I find that I need to lose weight. All my life I have been underweight, but as I have aged (I'm 60), I have found I have been packing on the pounds. Recently got on the scale and found I weighed over 190 pounds! That and having to buy ever larger waist pants has convinced me I need to shed a few pounds around the middle. My wife is on these boards as well, and her weight loss journey has inspired me. I am apprehensive about this journey. I have always been one o... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 18:07:07 EST hi I'm brand new here hi all,please add me as a friend! I am just starting out today with Contrave and shedding some of this oppressive weight! Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:08:15 EST Newbie here! Hey you guys! <BR> So this past year has been such a roller coaster for me ans my way of dealing with ao many emotions was... eating. I gained about 85 pounds and this new body does not do it for me. I don't feel comfortable in my own skin and I must do something about it now. Strangers have begun shaming me for way I look, and that was the tipping point for me: it's unacceptable! I came here to get support and to support others in this situation. Feel free to say hi, I'll do my best to keep ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:28:54 EST Hello (SparkPeople) World! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Darrel. I'm here to lose some weight, keep it off, and learn the habits to stay healthy. A bit over a year ago, my son was delivered via emergency C-section at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed only 15oz at birth and had a long stay in the NICU. He and mom are both doing great. <BR> <BR> I was fairly happy with my weight and health before he was born. I could have stood to lose a few pounds, but I was basically at my "normal." Nothing like 148 days in the NICU and... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:14:39 EST New here...add me, please Hi all! I want to drop a few pounds and have fun doing it. Feel free to add me for support and hopefully a few laughs along the way! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:03:21 EST Hi from PNW! Hello from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You'd think I'd be in better shape with all of the stunning scenery and hiking trails here! But alas, here I am, weighing the most I've ever weighed in my non-pregnant life. I look forward to joining all of you in this long but fruitful journey. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:49:56 EST New to this Hello...My name is Trisha and I am new to this site. I lost 30lbs last year and gave most of it back. I have no willpower. Toking for suggestions on how to get it back! thanks! Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:28:40 EST hello Hello my name is Maryjane I need help I am 57 years old I hurt in my body and i think if I can lose the weight it would be helpful but it don't seem i can get started and to stay on it. I am in this stupid wheelchair so i don't think there is anyway for me to get help Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:18:34 EST New Here Hi, I'm on day 5 of the 21 day challenge. My situation is different. My weight and BMI are fine, but now I am "pre-diabetic" with an A1C of 6. My Dr. suggested I try this site. I am not recording my food, just my exercise. Hope all of this will help bring my # down. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:14:06 EST Hello Everyone I am new here I am a female. I had Gastric bypass done in July of 2012 I lost 100 pounds from 310 and now I have gained some back I get the foamies a lot and I get diarrhea a lot. Last year I was in the hospital back in August and September for a Twisted stomach and Back in October for an infection. Can anyone relate to me. <BR> <BR> Channing Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:09:42 EST Introduction I've been here several times throughout years since I heard about SparkPeople. BUT, I've never followed through. I'm so bad, my kids, husband, and grandkids all make fun of me and dieting. I have dealt with unexplained pain since 2005 and doctors go from its in my head, to lupus, to fibromyalgia, to osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. They do not know what it is, but I'm finally on a medicine regime that works ( they are trying to treat me for all of it). That being said, I'm at least 50 lbs ove... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:18:57 EST motivation I moved to a new state. Went from a house to an apartment. Need help in getting started. Just plain lazy. This is not a poor me but a finally me. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:39:02 EST Introduction Hello. My name is Deb. This is my 5th day on the program. My 21 day challenge was to introduce myself to the message board. <BR> I am a Practice Administrator for an Endodontic business. I stay extremely busy and am trying to fit in learning about all the wonderful things SPARKPEOPLE has to offer. This Coming February I will turn 65 and looking forward to partial retirement. I have many things on my bucket list to accomplish. However, before then I NEED to take off 40 lbs (which I gained bac... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:52:38 EST Survivor of Chronic Pain Hello, I'm Ella and it is lovely to meet you! <BR> <BR> Actually, it's just lovely to be able to finally regain some control over my life which has been turned upside down by chronic pain for the past year and half. Up until 2 weeks ago I have been struggling with severe chronic abdominal pain that resulted in me spending majority of my days unable to get out of bed, not that I didn't try. With my new DRG (Dorsal Root Ganglion) nerve modulator I now am up and doing things I had started to t... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:20:07 EST Introduce myself Hi Im Trish. I joined Spark people 6 days ago. I really need to make a change in my life. I am 44 years old and i have 100 pounds to loose. Luckily my health is good, but my knees are bad. I decided to make a change, and i really want to stick with it and learn more about weight loss that stays off and not these roller coaster diet fads i keep trying. Its time for a change. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:20:05 EST come and say hello! Hello Fellow SparkPeeps, <BR> I logged in for the 1st time yesterday and so far so good. I began a weight loss program through my employer and needed a site that made tracking food simpler. I chose this one. Glad I did. I am now a proud member of a support group called “thirtysomethings with 25-49lbs to lose”. I wish I could go back and tell my high school self about that. Anyway… I am a mother of two very active girls. I work full time, at a desk. I have a pug. I usually start things and do... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:24:15 EST Glad to be with the group Hi there. Searched the internet in the middle of the night to see what I could find to help myself. Came across Spark People. I kind of remembered it from years ago. I've tried so many different so called "tricks". I've completely omitted foods from my diet like dairy, grains, and cane sugar only to gain weight. I have two sisters who had babies this past spring and are looking better now than before their pregnancies. They both are about my height and are about 125lbs. Despite the fac... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:39:16 EST SparkCanadian new! I belonged to SparkPeople years ago when it was just starting out... I remember receiving a gym bag and t-shirts with the SparkPeople logo on them for free! I wish SparkPeople were a one time price, but $5.00 monthly is not bad. I put my starting weight at 216 pounds, as that was my heaviest and I want all my weight loss to show up. I am currently around 183 pounds or so (I'll weigh myself tomorrow). Good to meet you all! I wish you well in your journey of good health! Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:21:55 EST New to Message Board Hi, <BR> My name is JoAnn, a 67 yr old widow, living with my 72 yr old cousin. I have been on low carbs program since Oct of last year. I started out at 335 #'s. Now down to 270 #'s. I started using the recording food part of this app in May or June of this year. I had lost down to 260 #'s but have started gaining back. I can not go back up. I am the world's worst at counting calories and measuring food that is the reason I went on low carbs. I limited my carbs to 60 - 75 a day. I would rewar... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:51:00 EST New to SparkPeople message board Hi! My name is Annie and I have recently began using SparkPeople again for my weight loss and health goals. I have researched many apps but none are as motivating and complete as this application. The point winning reward system motivates me everyday to win as many points as I can. And the database for food and exercise outside of the programmed plan is very extensive and complete allowing me to adapt to real life occurrences in my journey towards my goals. I am happy to be a part of this com... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:34:02 EST Trying to get healthy, have a baby, and just be! I just want to be and feel better you know? It is so simple and so hard at the same time. I am 26 years old and I have 330 pounds and I hate that I weigh so much! I really think losing weight will help me overcome somethings that are going on in my life. Having a kid, getting over social anxiety, etc. So, this is why I am here and I am so ready to get on with my life. How about you? Why are you here? Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:27:30 EST 10 years to overcome weight loss surgery Hi all, Lost 152# after roux n y. Had excess skin removed. Followed strict diet for 7 years and exercised faithfully. Then MS got bad, husband split, and a little at a time, bad habits came back. Started eating whatever I wanted and smoking again, which I had quit to get surgery. Still exercising though, so pounds just crept back on. I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and started eating like crazy in the evenings. The other day, I couldn't get into my jeans that used to be loose and had a har... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:55:03 EST taking care of me hello everyone <BR> hope everyone had a great day. I had a great start to a new me. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:57:40 EST Question I am new to Sparkpeople and have a question for anyone. Do you find it easier to stay on an eating plan by not thinking about food so much and replacing it with something else, or focusing on healthy foods and recipes and doing a lot of cooking, planning etc? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:20:11 EST Time to crawl out of the cave My name is Peg and I have a long way to go. I am an overweight, over 50, couch potato that not only needs to make different foods choices, but need to find a way to be more active. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:14:36 EST No smoking = too much snacking I finally managed to quit smoking - yay me! - but ever since, my weight has been creeping up way past where it needs to be. <BR> <BR> Decided it was time to really pay attention to how much exercise I get and my calorie intake. So ... here I am. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:59:46 EST "The readiness is all" Actor Kenneth Brannagh mentioned this quote from Shakespeare in an interview, and it explains why I'm back at sparkpeople today, with a new weight and goal. It's time to resume taking care of myself by making my own meals and diversifying my exercise regimen. It's good to know that sparkpeople is still here for me! Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:18:28 EST Trying to get back to the healthy me Hi I'm just starting my path to regain the lifestyle that I miss so much. I have been in a relationship the past two years that has destroyed my self worth and motivation. This has resulted in a 80lb weight gain and it is putting even more of a strain on every day life. I am a vegan now for 6plus years and want to get back to the healthy foods and activities I enjoy. I am joining here in the hopes of making a few friends and having someone for motivation and give them motivation as well. I do... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:58:47 EST Trying again I first joined SparkPeople several years ago. I love the site and community. The support and tools are fantastic. <BR> <BR> However, I have struggled with anxiety and depression and my weight has crept back up to a point that I never thought it would be ever again. I'm so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I know what it takes to lose and maintain yet I'm not doing it. <BR> <BR> My plan is to be accountable to both others and myself and login every day and track and interact with others. I ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:11:26 EST Getting Fit !! Hello ! <BR> This is Reema .. I'm 38 .. wanna eat healthy .. and become more flexible .. I'm fed up of always being tired and having lots of aches .. I do believe it us because of eating in a bad way and being not active .. I woul appreciate your motivation and support . Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:59:18 EST On the road to a NEW life! Hi, My name is Tina and I am excited to be beginning a new lifestyle. I have in the past three weeks been following a Ketogenic diet. I have already seen a reduction in my blood sugar, my cholesterol, and most wonderfully my food craves, ie. sugar. I am finding myself less and less hungry. That is quite a feat for a 27 year long diabetic. I am hoping to hook up with other Keto folks here on Spark People. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:30:27 EST Lossing for me and for good Hello, <BR> <BR> I was doing so well with excise and tracing what I was eating and excise. Until about a year ago this. When I got a ganglion cyst on my big toe...I had to stop excise. Then I last tracking my foods too...What was sense of it....I am old now...Couldn't afford to get operated on...Just before that I was told I have stage 2 kidney disease...That inself is horrible to hear...I was doing Newry system at the time too m..That what set of said, my kidney specialist said...m Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:24:33 EST Hi My name is Melanie and I want to get healthy Hi <BR> <BR> I'm 55 and want so to get healthy, it seems like since I have turned 55 all hell is breaking loose don't remember all these aches and pains from last Anyway I'm glad to be here Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:04:04 EST Trying again Almost 52, want to eat better and get in shape. I like being able to track food and exercise. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:53:54 EST Finally.. Well I finally am taking the time to officially introduce myself although some of you already know me.. <BR> but here's a little more. I love Jason Mraz and next to George Michael R.I.P. is my favorite musician. I also love my family and it is for them that I am trying to get healthy but have lost 35 or so pounds so far and have been maintaining this loss for 2 years. Been with SP for over a year now. <BR> <BR> I love to walk, spend time with my dad and mom who are both in poor health and... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:58:42 EST New to SparkPeople, too This looks like a very good plan! I am on day three and it is helping me keep on track. My major issues are depression, diabetes, and cholesterol. I am on medication for cholesterol, high blood pressure, and I also have issues with dry eye, possibly due to diabetes. I called myself healthy for nearly 60 years and found I had possible diabetes two years ago. I was diagnosed after moving to our new city. I love to eat but that has changed gradually. I am going to the doctor next week to see if ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:46:35 EST 52 trying to make changes but struggling 😣😣?? Hi <BR> I'm not totes new here <BR> Belonged several years ago but here I am again <BR> I am 52 years old <BR> 5 foot 2 and weigh 256 pounds 😣😣😣??? <BR> Heaviest I've ever been and I hate 😣t ?? <BR> I feel unwell , no energy, very low self esteem due to my weight. <BR> I'm an emotional eater, eat out a lot and also take put a lot. <BR> I'm.not happy with my weight , how I feel or how I look. I'm looking for message boards or teams in my age group as well as looking to lose 50 pounds pl... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:06:38 EST New Hello, everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new here. I have a goal loss of 33 pounds, but I just want to be healthier, feel better, and slim down a bit. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:46:23 EST Getting over past Have you ever feel that you get jealous from mothers? <BR> I am feeling like this after my infertility. It’s been 8 years to work on the things that matter to me. I have been working on my infertility. <BR> So the first year was quite great and we enjoyed a lot but the second year we decided to expand our family. It’s been a bad life when I realized I am not able to get pregnant. <BR> From that point, we have changed several doctors and meet with the experts but we are still failing at it.... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:19:26 EST Brad new I am new here… <BR> There is a long time to my fertility. I have been reading the stories on successful IVF from last many days and t giving me hopes too. <BR> You think IVF tests are easy and provide results but unfortunately, it didn’t happen in my case. I want to share everything that happens for the reason. <BR> I felt at the bottom when I diagnosed with it. I was devouring at that time that fear was kicking as out of me. I want to share everything that can help me to recover my self. <... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:03:53 EST Feeling come back Infertility sucks!’ <BR> I felt at the bottom when I diagnosed with it. I was devours at that time that fear was kicking as out of me. I want to share everything that can help me to recover my self. <BR> After trying to conceive after the two years I was feeling bad. We decided to go for thenearest hospital in our town. <BR> After the long time, we decided to work on the thing that makes me better and healthier. Even went through IVf cycle which gave us disappointments. <BR> Wish me a luc... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:08:15 EST Trying Something New Hi Spark Community! I'm back on the site after a long absence with a renewed commitment to my health. I've used Spark successfully in the past, but haven't stayed with it and gained a lot of weight back, plus those pounds brought friends to the party. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Recently I've been having some minor health challenges and it has renewed my interest in tracking my food and exercise, and this time around, getting involved in the community, which I haven't done before and is new fo... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:51:18 EST Looking for a swimming partner in Indy I'm a former competitive swimmer and I'd like to get back into shape. If there's anyone in the Indy area who is interested in grabbing a few laps with someone who can push and encourage them, feel free to reach out. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:13:40 EST Starting over! Who is with me Good Morning! It's time to get back on a good track for me. I was so proud to not gain weight after quitting smoking for nearly 2 years; then BAM the last 3 months I did put on 10 lol I was already over but just maintaining my typical low 200s was enough for me in exchange for quitting; one demon at a time. <BR> <BR> I'm quit for good so now it's time to take on the weight challenge and this time make it happen. I've always tried to quit and eat right at the same time and when one flopped th... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:08:41 EST Hi looking for fitness buddy In philadelphia Marquita ,Here looking for a workout buddie in the Philadelphia area. single mom of four looking to get motivated and also to motivate someone else. so lets get started and kick this fat ass. lol Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:49:38 EST Newby Hello I have decided to come to this community of people for assistance and support in my weight loss /health journey. I have just turned 65 and need to get my health goals on track. Thank you and glad to be here Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:57:08 EST Hi I am just trying to get healthier and stronger. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:34:38 EST Recognizing the need for community! Hi, all! I've wanted to be healthier for longer than I can remember. But, I inevitably fall back into my old patterns of thinking and behavior. I'm realizing that part of this is because I try to do it alone. I'm hoping to get more involved in the community here because it seems like there are a lot of people here who are dealing with the same things I am. Any advice on getting involved in the community would be greatly appreciated! <em>220</em> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:55:33 EST Amber here Starting again for myself. I got lost in every day life and taking care of others. So now is the time to start carving time for me! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:33:42 EST Hello! Twice Retired Banjo Player Here Hello! I'm TophatBanjo, retired military and recently retired high school English teacher. Now I play the banjo. Strangely, I have a dog named Banjo the Dog. Follow us on IG, 'tophatbanjo,' for lots of pictures and stuff. I'm in great shape, but I joined SP to log my food intake, which is terrible. Thanks! Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:09:55 EST Getting back on track Over the last 15 months I have lost 90 pounds. I am 53 years old and had a very serious health scare and decided it was time to get myself onto a healthier track. I joined an amazing gym that I love and go 6 days a week. I also attend Weight Watchers. My mother was pretty sick during this last year and passed away in July. My dad is now dealing with a serious illness as well. I have completely fallen off track. I have gained about 6 pounds over the last couple of months. I decided that... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:37:02 EST Getting my groove back Hello, I am Ivana, 34, and trying to get back to the version of me who actually got up at 4:45 for a run. <BR> This time around it sucks because I lost my old dog, who never missed a morning. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:53:01 EST I am back again I am 70 years old and still trying to lose weight from gain on medications. Gonna do it. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:09:14 EST Shakila Here Hello! I am Shakila. I used to weight around 120 lb before I gave birth to my baby but now I am 155lb I just can't seem to lose the weight I gained and totally lost control of my diet. I don't know if its my hormones or what, I just can't resist not eating and get easily hungry. I am not breastfeeding. I want to go back the way I was before so bad! Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:58:36 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:44 EST Why do I keep failing/quitting? Well here I am again, starting over. Heavier this time, more miserable, more disgusted with myself and still wondering why I can't stick with anything. I have visions of success, goals and aspirations. Dreams of being fit and strong, instead I am 50 pounds overweight, recently turned 40 and questioning my ability to ever change. My family is overweight, my husband loves me the way I am, so why change? UGH! Thanks for letting me get this out. Maybe this time will be different. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:04:32 EST new member Hi, my name is Larry. I've been on weight watchers, helped for awhile, started to backslide, thought it was time for a change. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:44:28 EST Greetings Hi. I am new to Spark and the online community. I am hoping to make positive changes and regain some of the sparkle in my life. It has been a tough few years and it is time for me to take control of my choices. I hope we can support each other and become friends. Thanks for listening. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:34:35 EST What was I thinking??? Hi, I am new to message boards. I have been on sparkpeople a week and thought I would introduce myself. I am a new empty nester that was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I used Sparkpeople years ago (yes, before 2015) and really liked the approach. At 50+ I would all of support I can get. I work full time in a high stress business development job and feel a bit overwhelmed about all of this. I look forward to walking in the fall here in VA. :) Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:28:16 EST B&T office chair Hello, I'm Angel. <BR> <BR> I work from home and have been buying B&T office chairs for a few years now. I've spent as little as $150 (crazy Amazon deal) up to $600. For weight limits from 300 -- 500lbs (I've been around 300 - 325 for the better part of the past 5 years), but can't seem to find one that will last more than a few months. <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest a product they've used that has been comfortable and durable? Do I need to spend $1,500+ to find a quality chair? <BR> <BR>... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:17:02 EST Grey's Anatomy Spark Team Hi, <BR> I am the administrator for the Grey's Anatomy Spark Team and wanted to send out word. I would love to keep this Spark Team going but at this time there are no active members besides myself and one other person. So if you guys want to join please do stop by the page :) Thanks and have a great day! Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:06:10 EST Newbie Down 50 pounds, 23 to go. Hoping this site adds a spark to my journey! I didn't lose or gain over summer but now it's time to get back at it!! Sun, 10 Sep 2017 01:32:55 EST Anyone looking for a teammate(s)? I just started so I'm not sure about the logistics of starting a team but I would like to find a couple people to create a team with. I love the community aspect of this site but getting to know a couple of people specifically to be accountable to might be a nice incentive. Any takers? Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:49:29 EST Starting again... Starting over again. Hoping to lose at least 50lbs. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 23:14:47 EST Back again!! Hello from a Ontario Canada member Hello there!! I am here once again, and I hope to stick with this. I have used WW before and was doing well but finances and motivation were an issue, so I stopped following any plans and I found my discipline was way out in left field..... hello Hagen Daaz chocolate peanut butter ice cream!! So I decided to reign the eating back in before I am back to 236 pounds. Nice to meet you all and I hope to "meet" some great people!! Thu, 7 Sep 2017 20:05:52 EST I weigh what? Hello, <BR> <BR> I am back on Spark after a major crater in the road. I absolutely have to lose weight, my doctor insists, but my focus is on getting well. I have struggled with weight since my first starvation diet at 12. Had finally gotten to a healthy, comfortable weight and maintained for several years, but now I am back to the wrong category on the BMI scale and am fighting my body to do average things every day (and night). <BR> <BR> I know the "health is wealth" is heard/quoted a lo... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:43:30 EST Hello & bonjour :) Hello everybody! I'm new to SP and just wanted to take a moment to do the obligatory new member introduction :) My name is Jenn and I lost a substantial amount of weight a couple years ago, but I've since put about half that weight back on and would really love to lose it again, and more :) What helped back then was having a support buddy. Unfortunately my buddy and I no longer keep in touch so finding motivation has been difficult :-/ I turned to Google and this site showed up, so I'm hoping... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 11:23:47 EST Life change Hi, Let me introduce myself. I am a 53 year old with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have always been struggling with my weight. I finally decided to start exercising. I have been doing the Jessica Smith exercise video's. I love her video's because you can start slow witch allows your joints to warm up before it gets to intense. I will keep you posted on how I'm doing as the weeks go. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:09:54 EST Calorie intake seems wrong--what am I missing? I've been a member of SparkPeople for years, but until this week, I've basically ignored my account, or used it only to look up the nutritional information of specific foods. I always had good intentions of starting a healthy eating plan--next week, or next month, but nothing ever came of it. <BR> <BR> So after years of eating almost constantly, with a large percent of it being "junk food" or desserts, I finally reached the point that I admitted this week that I have to do something to ge... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 23:20:52 EST Brand New here Brand new to the forums and looking to meet some cool people. I'm a 40 year old man at about 225 pounds. looking to get down to 180. Hopefully i can reach that goal, my hopes is that it'll make me feel better and more active and i'll be able to go out on walks and enjoy keeping up with my son more! Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:36:18 EST Food Management For Over-The-Road Truck Drivers I would be interested in getting feedback on reasonable suggestions for food management for long distance truckers as I will be returning to this lifestyle in early October. <BR> <BR> Appreciate your help. <BR> Marc Z Wed, 6 Sep 2017 19:00:12 EST Needing Friends New to Spark people (again). I have a new mind set and ready to go. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 17:41:54 EST Over 50 and struggling to get healthy.... Hi there! I am 52 years old and have three wonderful children and a husband who is truly my best friend. My two oldest children are my sweet girls and have left the proverbial nest to pursue their careers and education....I am SO proud of them and excited for their next journeys in life! My youngest child is still at home finishing high school and biting at the bit to experience the next step in his life. He is the apple of my eye! With that being said, my husband and I are looking forward to... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:16:49 EST Good morning (afternoon, evening) y'all! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> After a ridiculously mentally difficult weekend I stepped on the scale and I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been. I can't live like this and I need to do something about my weight. <BR> <BR> So, Hi, y'all! I'm happy to be taking the first step in creating a healthier lifestyle and eating habits! Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:08:52 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS Anyone try the New Smartpoints system? Thinking about joining WW. Debating using a free app or pay for the WW program. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:20:02 EST hi hi im jarael i joined a few days ago, i suffer from fibromyalgia and a few other health issues and im hoping to lose 1 to 2 stones x Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:08:40 EST spouse with ptsd and my eating habits I have rejoined Spark People with renewed energy, but, as I was attempting to see what my actual eating habits are, I found that when my husband, diagnosed with PTSD from his time serving during the Viet Nam War, has a bad day, my eating of carbs and sweets abounds! <BR> Yikes! <BR> Am trying to eat healthy and beat this emotional eating that I do on the bad days.... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 18:03:50 EST Making positive changes SparkPeople looks like a fun site to look for support and motivation. I'll be 41 this month and I want to start now in making my next week more healthy and active. I'm going with small reachable goals this time around. My first weight goal is 10lbs down by the end of the year. Slow and consistent is going to be my motto. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 17:15:04 EST Nice to meet you! Hi, my name is Belinda and I am glad to joint this group. I am a health lifestyle enthusiastyc and if you need support on this matter I can help. Let´s get in touch and work together for a fullied life. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:31:43 EST Too much load for my joints Hi there, <BR> <BR> Back on the 21 day challenge as I know that it does work. Need to loose some weight as my hips/knees are getting sore from carrying too much weight. Hope to lose 10 pounds by mid November and see how I feel then. Mon, 4 Sep 2017 11:26:26 EST Back again.... Good morning! I'm a repeat under a new name to get a new start. I originally lost 20 pounds back in 2006 with Spark People and now I'm back because life got away from me and I'm now needing to lose almost 30 pounds! My doctor was happy with everything EXCEPT my weight so I'm back to the one place that helped the most. Things have definitely changed over 11 years, but it looks so much better with so many more ways to help stay on track! Looking forward to this journey.... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:16:55 EST Calorie intake range I don't understand what I consider a fairly substantial calorie intake range. My nutrition page gives me a petite, ,59 year old female with a calorie goal of 1200 to 1500 calories per day. My resting metabolic rate is calculated at @ 1350 calories. By eating 1200 cal per day I have a deficit, of 150 calories, if I exercise estimate a 200 calorie burn, my deficit will increase and I will shed weight faster. If I eat at the high end of my given range and exercise the deficit will be negligi... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:16:35 EST Try, try again Hey, I'm April! I haven't been on the site for a very long time but I'm back and starting to live a healthy lifestyle. My weight is up, my health is down and I feel like I am backed into a corner and need to fight my way out. <BR> <BR> It's great to be here! <em>521</em> Sat, 2 Sep 2017 22:53:29 EST Greetings and Best Wishes Hello to all new members of SparkPeople. So happy that you are here. I am from Tennessee and love SP. It has been so beneficial to me and I know it can be for you. There are so many benefits here for you. Have a great week. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 13:04:46 EST hello Hello..... <BR> I am Donna and I have decided it is time to work on me. I have tried this many times before however I am more determined now than ever. I had a health scare earlier this year and I realized that its a now or never type situation for me. I am a 36 year old mom of 5 who is looking to loose 100 lbs ultimately but I am starting with smaller goals. My first goal is 33 lbs away at the 200 mark. I know I can do this I just need to stay on track. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:49:18 EST