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 Began this journey just yesterday Hi everyone. I am 59 years old, 5'1.5" and weigh 207.6 pounds. I plan on losing 70 pounds and learn how to eat healthy. As of yesterday I made myself eat three times during the day. Usually I only have one meal a day but this has not worked for me. Not only am I a new Spark Person but last week I began in the MOVE program at my local Veterans Hospital. The MOVE program is a weight loss and nutrition program. Also starting this coming Sat. I plan on going to the same VA Hospital for a T'ai Che... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:53:46 EST The Ins and Outs of Ups and Downs I fell into the refrigerator and apparently ate my way out. <BR> In 2009, I lost 130 pounds (yeah,) lost my mind (Boo, ) got a much needed divorce (Freedom!,) left my active homestead life for a much higher paying, sit-on your-bum-and watch-it -grow job as a corporate trainer until 2014 (yeah and boo) <BR> Gained back 50 pounds during that stint! The scale refuses to move so I guess that means that I have to do the moving. So, here I am back on my beloved homestead with a home full of love, ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:34:16 EST Week-old newbie, here Day Five of my New Member challenge has me here at the message boards. I had never heard of SparkPeople; I added a pin to my Pinterest page that led to this great community. Serendipity, right?! I've only tried losing weight once before (doggone liquid diet with Oprah...I GAINED weight! 😛?). I never tried again because at 300+ pounds, with no money for gastric bypass, it didn't seem possible. Now down 47.9 lbs., I wish I had started a couple of decades ago. Oh, well, I guess I just needed to ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:59:18 EST New here Hi, I just started the program this week. Can't say I am off to the best statrt and this is only the third day! <BR> I do have GI and some health issues so have been concerned how this diet would affect me. I felt horrible yesterday with some nausea, bloating and the runs. Sorry. Did on line Chat and was advised to try going without the shakes. I skipped the shake the day and don't feel as bad but a little shakey. Per my scale, I lost 3.5 lbs but I hardly ate yesterday. <BR> I will t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:01:33 EST I'm Back (Again) Getting back on track to lose the weight I've regained and continue all the way to my goal weight. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:55:40 EST I'M BACK Hi I am 63 and need to lose a lot of weight, at least 50 pounds. But my mini goal is to get below 200. Hoping to make some friends that are in the same boat as I am. Menopause didn't help at all. Good luck to all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:59 EST Trying again Hi everybody! I've been on the site on and off for about 6 years but have never been able to keep up with it. I just graduated from nursing school and gained about 40 pounds while I was there. I'd like to lose around 50 pounds this time around and be able to actually stick with this! I'd love to find some online friends with similar goals so we can help one another! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:51:47 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Introduce myself I live in the Philippines. I am a Pentecostal missionary. I am a breast cancer survivor. I daily deal with the side affects....lymphdema. I have set a goal to loss 50 lbs. <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:10:55 EST Oatmeal What are the benefits of oatmeal? Is it a good source of fiber? Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:51:28 EST I'm back Hello, I am not new to Spark People, but it has been a few years since I have been here. My check up at the doctor, and my daughter, have motivated me to improve my health. I'm taking baby steps, by starting to track my eating. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Hello! I'm Leigh Wanted to introduce myself and say hello to everyone else taking the same journey. I'm here to lose some weight and become a healthier me. Hope to catch you guys around sometime. You can always find me at my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday and peace to all! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:29:07 EST Keeping up motivation Good Morning, my goal is to lose 10 pounds. It’s been frustrating since I gained back a pound this week - even though I have been increasing my walking, my exercise, and trying to watch what I eat. Today is another day, though, so my goal is to walk for at least 30 minutes. <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:17:15 EST I'm new here Hi I'm Erika from North Queensland Australia. I am a married mum of four. Alex 11 years, Georgia 9 years, Amelia 3 years and Xavier 4 months. I started a self improvment month with an online group at the start of July, but two weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed. I was all keen to join a local dance fit group and get my booty moving but now I have had to drop it down a notch and stick to walking and swimming for now. <BR> Through the online group I was reminded about this page. I had... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:08:48 EST Continuous cycle Was here a 2 years ago. Back again. I need to get healthier. I'm tired of always being tired. I would love to drop 20 pounds, but would be happy with 15! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:37:01 EST Hello :) Hi! I've joined this group to help me keep track of my fitness goals. Hopefully this will help me not only keep track of food and exercise, but also help me stay motivated and accountable. I'm excited to be starting on this journey to better health! Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:46 EST Heyy My name is Ashley. I have 4 kids and 30 pounds to lose. I am addicted to mountain dew and sweet tea. Also i have strong cravings for chocolate. I recently got engaged and i want to have a grest body for my wedding. Also want to wear a bikini next summer. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:43:49 EST Hello Summertime and vacation is a good time to start with new eating and sport routines Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:06:23 EST Starting over <BR> Tough to hear that you risk of heart attack is over 20 percent. So time to do something. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:03 EST Losing weight I am fairly new to Spark People. I have been eating better and exercising since March 17th. I have lost 37 pounds and am proud of myself! I have a new hip injury that is going to limit what I do for the next seven weeks. I am very worried about falling into old habits during this time. I am trying to stay positive and motivated, but am also frustrated at the same time. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:35:23 EST Hi I've been making many positive changes in my life and would like to add weight loss and fitness programs to those changes........I have 30-35 pounds to lose......I'm going to begin on August 1st. I feel confident that I will be successful. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:08:16 EST Hello sweetie! Not sure if you can see from the title I'm a doctor who fan. <img src="">Thanks for clicking on my thread. My name is Amber, <em>213</em> I'm not new to sparkpeople but new to plant based eating/vegan eating. My kids and hubby are doing this with me. I made the switch a few weeks ago and so glad I did. I've always struggled to lose weight. I would like to get to healthy BMI range, have more energy, meet new fr... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:25:48 EST Feels good to be here Starting over, feels good to check in. Setting goals and being accountable. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:23:52 EST Hello Again I want to be serious about my health and fitness, so have come back again for the 3rd time. I seem to return to SP in the summer, when it's easy to get exercise and eat fresh food. But I live in the midwest, and winters are hard. My body changes, I get food cravings, and put the weight back on. Gonna give winter some thought this year, and try some new recipes. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:29:48 EST Hi everyone. I was here years ago & love the people & all the inspiration, but as many do, I got tied up with other things & found myself not coming back. I thought about it many times, but lazy ? scared ? so many reasons. I am anxious, obese, older and lost confidence in myself. I am going to physical therapy & I do enjoy it, but worry the minute I get short of breath. Thank you in advance for any encouraging words. I really want to come back & make this work. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:37:58 EST Looking for MARYJO2017 for a recipe Hello thanks to MARYJO2017 I found this wonderful site. I am glad to be here. I would like to find MARYJO2017 for a recipe she posted somewhere, it contains pumpkin and cream cheese. Unfortunately when I took a screen shot of the recipe I did not include what it was called. Help please Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:34:40 EST New Just started this process 5 days ago. It appears to be going well. I have been able to make some good choices. I'm newly retired and trying to find my new routine. I'm having difficulty getting the movement part in place. My husband is being very supportive. That is making this so much easier this time around. I really want this to be a permanent change this time. I have had difficulty with weight all my life. There have been times, up to 3-4 years, where I have been able to maintain a health... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:09:20 EST Hello Hello, my name is Cheryl. I have been on here a few weeks but have just now worked up the courage to post something. I am a fairly shy person until I get to know someone. Then you cannot shut me up. lol. I have lost 5 lbs so far. I am really excited about that. I don't really exercise much, except for walking a little bit at work. I have mainly been focusing on my eating habits. Which I am starting to get under control. Baby steps. I could really use a buddy, we could keep each othe... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:28:26 EST New x Hi everyone :-) <BR> I'm just popping my head in as I just joined the site. <BR> I hope this will be a good tool to help me along my journey. <BR> I have recently lost 14lbs and am hoping to lose another 36lbs to take me to BMI 25 :-) <BR> Then I'd love to get fit and be fabulous by my 43rd birthday in April! <BR> Id love to find some friends here x Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:36:41 EST Just joined! My friend called me this evening and inspired me with her weight loss and how easy this site can be so I've sat down joined and entered my food for today and I didn't do too bad! <BR> I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue so I'm going to take the exercise slow and easy so I don't set myself back. <BR> It said I could obtain my weight goal by March 2018! 67 pounds, that seems doable. <BR> My main thing is not not complicate this and make it burdensome. <BR> So I'm excited to join you all and hopef... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:03:50 EST trying again/ always trying Hi! ive got 75 ibs to lose, 43 yrs old, have 4 children, work outside the home, have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 cats, havnt worn jeans or anything other than stretchy pants for the last 14 years. Im ready to stop feeling sorry for myself and could really use other's support and in turn to support others because this is hard! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:30:17 EST Time for a new start I took a good look and decided it is time to shape up and eat healthy. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:13:38 EST Try, try again Hi's been a long time. I've been through a lot these past 10 months, husband had an accident at work, (still recovering after 10 months), I had surgery, was out of work for 3 months and other family issues I stress about on a daily basis. I lost myself in all this mess. I was on WW for awhile, but can no longer afford or have the focus to get to it. But I'm trying again, I have to find the strength to focus on myself, to distract myself from worrying about everyone else. It'... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:38:07 EST New and looking for workout buddies Hello, <BR> I'm Karol and I just signed up and looking forward to get started. I am at my heaviest of 176 and want to get down to 135...5lbs increments at a time...makes it more manageable I think...I just bought PiYo also and can't wait to try that along with the gym. Anyone ever try PiYo? If so, how do you like it? It looks fun actually. I live in Albuquerque, NM and hoping find buddies to workout with also pen pals would be nice...motivate each other. Anyhow, good luck to everyone...WE CA... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:38:48 EST Hi - new to message boards On the weight loss journey .... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:40:03 EST Hi - I'm New So I'm Tee and I'm new to SparkPeople - <BR> <BR> I've been in a battle with 27-29 lbs for more than 10 years... <BR> <BR> I'll lose it and gain it back in a matter of months, but now I'm literally sick and tired and I need to lose the weight to feel better and get healthy. <BR> <BR> I feel the weight on me when I walk and it feels like a heavy burden and I'm ready to lighten the load, get healthy and active. <BR> <BR> I live in Mercer County, NJ and I would love to start a walking grou... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:31:50 EST Looking for friends Hello, I am looking for friends with similar goals to help motivate and support one another through this journey. I am older and trying to lose about 60 lbs! (Yikes). Please add me as a friend. I need all the help I can get. Thank you and have a wonderful day. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:25:25 EST I'm back been gone a while at my highest weight yet since my son doesn't go to school anymore I have to stick around the house more. My son is mentally handicapped he aged out at 26. So I gained weight and now need the support to loose it. We have a family business and I do a lot of office work in the two to three days I am in there for a couple hours. have a sitter for that time but every time I try to go in town to walk the park. Parts are needed or something and they take off with my van. Makes me mad. <em>28... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:55:51 EST New and For Real This Time Hi, <BR> <BR> I signed up years ago - but never took advantage of this. <BR> <BR> I got borderline blood test results back for the first time and my dr recommended DASH diet. <BR> <BR> I've been doing DASH for a month and have lost weight :) <BR> I'm in a happy place in my life - engaged to be married and I'm here to get encouragement to keep going :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:32:28 EST Hi Hi..just saying hi. Is anyone from Florida? I am in Clearwater,Florida. I am female,48 years young and love doing deep water aerobics at the YMCA.. Hope to meet others of the same mind <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:34:48 EST ready to commit this time day 5 today. Doing OK. Just need to keep going and reduce the need to use my will power Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:32:38 EST I'm back and ready to rock n roll Starting over yet again, and I'm doing my darndest to keep positive and motivated. It can be more than a little frustrating when you've made progress and then slipped back into bad old habits. (Stupid bad old habits! 😣?) But I know I'm not the first to have this happen and I can't keep putting this off to another day, so here I am. I hope to be motivating and to get motivation on the days I need it. I've never gotten involved with posting in the past, so maybe this will help to make a d... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:52:49 EST I'm back! And with more to lose! I've lost track at how many times I've tried to lose weight over the years, but after succeeding once when I was 25 yo (I lost 20 kilos and got down to 81 kilos), I am now 36 yo and weigh 125 kilos <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I need all the help and support I can get as my weight is now affecting my health. So any encouragement and advice will be hugely appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <BR> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:57:27 EST Hello I habe been on Sparpeople for a while now. Great information. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:37:13 EST Back again I too have been here before but not under this user name. I forgot both it & my password. Lol! Anyway I'm back, needing support & more than willing to support & encourage . By the way, how do I get the little ruler that so many have that shows their progress? Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:16:59 EST Back Again I started this about a year ago and didn't finish. I am back and intend to complete the challenge and get healthy. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:42:21 EST New Again :) I was a member here quite a while ago and decided today that I'd like to come back.. I have lost some weight.. My all time top weight was a long time ago but I was at 250.. I've managed to get myself down to 185.. I get frustrated looking at the healthy meals online because most of them include green veggies.. I had a pulmonary imbolism a couple years ago and have been on Warfarin ever since.. It's been confusing because I am told one thing by one pharmacist as to not eat alot of green to oth... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:46:33 EST Returning SP'er. Hello, all. Hi, I am a returning SP member. I had lost some weight back in 2007-08 after buying a treadmill, but needed a place to keep track of my fitness and food intake and someone suggested Spark People. It was a huge help then. I went from 267 to 220 in about five months. It was a real boost to my confidence. <BR> <BR> Had an illness in 2009 (pneumonia) which nearly killed me. It took me about six months of recovery to feel like moving again. In years since, the weight has creeped back up a l... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:45:40 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, new to Spark here (day 5). I had an injury to my feet in 2008 (they were the victim of a 500lb pallet dropping on them) and ever since, I just kind of let myself go. I used to be a healthy, active person but I lost interest in taking care of myself for a while. After I weighed myself recently and saw myself in a picture, I realized I needed to make some changes. So here I am! I've lost 2lbs since I started and I'm feeling really good about this new journey! Feel free to add me a... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:15:52 EST Help!!! <BR> I set up my Sparkpage and then it just disappeared! Not sure what to do. Very frustrated. any suggestions. <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:05:26 EST happy <BR> just so happy to be here thanks all. <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:17:15 EST Recommitting Hi I'm not a new SparkPeople user but this site has so much useful advice and "how to's" that it keeps me coming back. Let the fun begin (again)!! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:08:24 EST Looking for a few friends. <BR> Sorry not sure where to post this. Am feeling kinda on over whelm. Am looking for a few friends to talk to and be responsible for here. I know what I need to do and would like some support doing it. Thanks! scott Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:42:48 EST New Beginnings I'm back. Hopefully to stay. Looking for some insight and encouragement along the way. I don't have a lot of support here at home. Mainly just my kids, however sometimes I feel they lead me in the wrong direction when it comes to nutritional choices (I'm a bit of a push over). My husband is our soul provider and works ALOT so his encouragement is rarely around, and when it is, it is him sitting in front of the TV saying, "do whatever you want, honey.". Don't get me wrong, I love the man ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:46:48 EST Hi everybody Hello my name is Karen. I have a quick question I am trying to update my sparkpage and everytime I click on it, it says that it can not be found. Any idea Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:47:32 EST Introducing Myself Hi, <BR> I am Stephanie and I was diagnosed five years ago after a partial hysterectomy. I was diagnosed as a Type 2. After seeing what my mom went through, I have, and still am determined to take care of myself. It has not been easy but I do my best. I love to eat and I have struggled with the knowledge that I cannot eat like I want anymore. For the past few years, I ate what I wanted but did it in moderation and portion control. There are times that have overeaten and my BS have shown that... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:09:20 EST Never used the message boards Hi all. My name is Sue and I have been a member (back and forth) for a while now but haven't really checked out all the opportunities on Sparkpeople. I am hoping I can get and give some encouragement on here. I start out all ready to do it right and then loose my enthusiasm. Yesterday after going to the grocery store I sat down and made out a menu for all my meals for the rest of the week. I am hoping this will help me stick to eating better. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:27:17 EST Back after a few years I'm looking around and trying to get my bearings. There are quite a few changes and yet it's so familiar. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:22:26 EST Newbie Hello, I am a newbie to spark, but getting to be an oldie at the whole losing weight game. I have had success but recently gained over half back. I was a WW member but a change is needed. No more excuses. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:48:07 EST I'm here Joined last week, but it has taken me a while to figure my way around here. There are so many different avenues and places to introduce oneself. <BR> <BR> I'm on the weight loss adventure for what feels like the millionth time. But i keep coming back and that is all that matters. I'm ready to work on me. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know everyone. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:03:00 EST I am back and need support please.. Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Diane from Georgia. I am struggling with my weight loss. I use to go to Weight Watchers, became lifetime member, gained it all back PLUS. I have lost 10 pounds since last summer but I am constantly yo-yoing. I walk and I journal what I eat, then I get off track. So frustrated. Thanks for listening. <BR> <BR> Diane Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:35:35 EST New Member Hello, I have known about sparkpeople for a long while and thought it is time to join. This site looks very informative and inspirational and have already gotten started tracking today. I am going to check out the over 50 support group next. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:35:33 EST Newbie just saying hi! Just wanted to introduce myself and say how excited I am to be part of this group! I am hoping to loose 80 pounds before next Aug. I am a mom of two boys and wife to a very supportive husband. I have been tracking my calories for a week now on here, and am amazed how many I eat for breakfast. So, my goal for this week is to cut down on breakfast calories. Talk later, Beth! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:19:18 EST Hello all. Hello all. I just found this forum. Looking forward to learning and continuing my progress in weight loss and fitness. Middle of Missouri here . Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:55:01 EST HI From Chillicothe Hi. So I was a member before. I'm back after my dr did some labs that the results came back on. They were not good and I need to make some changes. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend me. :) Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:27:28 EST Repsonding to the Wake Up Call Hello, I'm Becca aka Redis2K17. I'm back with Sparkpeople because I need all the help I can get to make the changes needed to restore my health and save my life. I'm 59 and single, living south of Houston, TX, near my loving daughter and grandkids. I have a couple good friends who will support me in this time of change, but I also need people who know what I'm going through and who are either walking the journey along with me or willing to encourage me from their spot just ahead of me. I love... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:51:54 EST Back again Good morning! My name is Jess and I am back again to try and lose this weight. Approximately 2 years ago, I lost 20 lbs with SparkPeople over 6 months, but then lost my motivation and fell back into old habits. This time, I'm trying a different approach. I have a problem with just jumping in and doing everything at once. This time, I'm just going to try and go slowly and each week to two weeks add in a new habit. I have 100 lbs to lose, and it's not going to happen in one night (as much as I ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:56:35 EST I'm back! I've been gone for a couple of years and it's nice to be back! I'm here weighing a little more than when I left, a new user name (previously jen348), and a refreshed outlook on life. <BR> I am looking looking for motivation and support to get back on a sustainable and healthy track that include my mind and my body. <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:42:30 EST Back again.... I am looking for some support and accountability. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me. <BR> <BR> I feel unmotivated and overwhelmed. I am dealing with several things right now including, being off from work, major depression, moving and "empty nest" issues. I use sitting on the couch for hours at a time, binge eating, binge watching Netflix and isolating myself to cope with these things. <BR> <BR> Here's to trying again.... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:32:26 EST I am new and need help navigating the system I see all the support and encouragements. I am really not a very social media savvy person. Also due to my work hours and family commitments, I do not have a lot of time to devote to social media. I do not even have a face book page. For real. Any ideas please. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:06:31 EST Hi, I'm SHER & Join me with the "Sticks Of Butter Hi there. hen I lose weight, pounds, I also lose Sticks of Butter from My Body. <BR> example: their are 4 Sticks of Butter in 1 Pound. So... <BR> If I loose 5 pounds I also loose 20 Sticks of butter from my body. <BR> If I loose 2 & 1/2 pounds I also loose 10 sticks of butter from my body. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there.<BR>individual.asp?gid=68668 <BR> <BR> or go to my home page and click on Sticks of Butter. <BR> <BR> Thank you, SHER <em>290... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:16:19 EST Thrilled to be Back Again I am back after a few years of gaining weight and trying to find short cuts and magic pills and anything else that would help. Spark worked for me before and I know, if I work the plan, it will do the trick again. Committing to doing what it takes to achieve success and looking forward to inspiring others to do the same. :) Sun, 9 Jul 2017 11:06:36 EST I have returned!!! <BR> My name is scott I have been gone from here for years. I am old and not in great shape. But I know I need to do something. Hello to all. I do hope to get <BR> some support here and maybe a friend or two. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:37:59 EST Hello Hi. My name is Shelly and Iive in GA. I am about to turn 41 and have been battling with my weight for more than ten years. I have bad knees which makes it often difficult to work out, but I am determined to get in shape and stay the course this time. I would like advice and tips from anyone on best foods recipes and best exercises. I am a picky eater and maybe there is another out there that has tips for me. Does anyone have ideas about good workouts that will burn calories, but will not... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 21:38:13 EST Returning Sparkpeople member Hello all, <BR> I am a returning member to Sparkpeople. Trying to make healthy choices for eating, exercise, and managing stress better. Would welcome new Spark friends to share and support this journey. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:40:30 EST Hello, world! Hi! I'm Jane. I'm sort of new to this whole diet/fitness tracking thing (never having had to worry about it before until now, suddenly, at 40, I do) <BR> <BR> I try to climb at a climbing gym once a week or so, and I'm taking once-weekly pilates and TRX classes. <BR> <BR> My primary hobbies are fiber-related: spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing, etc, which mostly fall under the umbrella of historical reenactment. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:59:18 EST Newbie- Trying to beat Diabetes Found your website here through WebTPA of course: looks like a great area and lots of things going on. I started tracking my nutrition already and plan on using your walking guide next. I'm really glad I found you- looks like a huge group of support. <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> See ya around - Jen <BR> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:22:22 EST Newbie here! Nice to meet you!! Hello everyone!! I am so glad to have found this community :) I think this is exactly what I need to push me towards success. I have struggled with my weight for quite some time now, and I have decided its finally time to do something about it. No more excuses. I look forward with interacting with everyone here and seeing all of our progress!! <BR> -Angie Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:32:42 EST Joining After Many Years Away Hey everyone!!! My name is Melissa. I'm 28 years old and I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was on this site many years ago (back in 2011/12); and I loved the friends I made and the support I had. I lost over 70lbs in less than 6 months back then. Unfortunately, my life took a drastic change in many ways- and I fell off the wagon and website. I'm laying here tonight, on my heating pad, in pain. Pain in my hips, legs and feet. And I know it's from my weight. I've decided I'm tired of it... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:31:59 EST Want to say and introduce myself. Hello!! <BR> My name is Denise. I am from Massachusetts. I have 2 children, both grown and live on their own. I am 48 years old. <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople by googling forums for Lipedema. I find I am a bit confused by the website so far. And also by even typing on a laptop again, or even being on a forum. I haven't participated in a group since the AOL forums of the 90s. <BR> <BR> Is this a general weight loss site? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any help anyone wants to give as I learn to na... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 18:02:14 EST Hello from Steamy Texas! In Need of a Re-Set From 2009 - 2010 I lost 100 lbs going to the gym and eating healthier/smarter. Then I hit my 40s. Hysterectomy in 2014 and have slowly gained majority of that weight back. Not only gained weight, but recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and hiatal hernia. Kinda feel like my 86 yr old mother!! I've half-heartedly tried to get back on track, but nothing seems to work. This site seems like a great place to try again. Hoping to get motivated and somehow find my willpower again. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:08:11 EST Trying Something New Hi Everyone- <BR> <BR> I actually joined Sparkpeople a few years ago but didn't do much with my account. Since then, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and gained and lost about 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> So why am I here? To set up healthy routines that will contribute to a healthy and stable weight. I'm 5'7'' and 200lbs (ok, maybe 203. I need to weigh myself). Goal weight? TBD. <BR> <BR> After being treated for said eating disorder, I have hesitated rejoining the forum, as I don't want to ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:06:12 EST New friends to support each other Hi! I'll try to keep this brief. I'm 36, 5'8" and a half, and today I weighed 170.4 lbs. I've lost 25 pounds since January. Five days ago, I started going to the gym again. I finally got the motivation back to exercise. I'm working on building my running endurance and love the treadmill. My goal is to get back down to 145-152 pounds, which is where I was in 2015. It was hard to achieve and I maintained for a while but due to a sickness, I gained weight. I'm not sick now, I'm doing much better... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:02:32 EST I'm new here I'm trying to get healthy for ME...gonna need all the encouragement I can get... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:34:12 EST Assisted Living Hi I joined July 1st and am looking for someone who lives in an assisted living facility Wed, 5 Jul 2017 17:22:08 EST I'm just here for the sparkpoints. Hahaha. My name is April, from Gig Harbor. First week back on this site since I think 2012?! Discovered the "challenges" and really like being given little assignments. What a great idea! First week down just a couple more to make some new good habits. Going in the right direction! Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:58:23 EST Looking for a spark buddy Hi, I am looking for a spark buddy..someone to message when things get tough or perhaps just to give each other a bit of support. I know I have a long journey ahead of me and I cannot fail this time. If like me you feel the same please message me and maybe we can motivate each other xx Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:00:41 EST New member change of account Hi I was new here this morning but have had to create a new account.... Don't ask too complicated to explain lol can anyone tell me how I can get a ticker please I would appreciate it as I had one this morning and now I cannot seem to get one. Thanks x Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:47:50 EST New Again Hello, I am back. It has been seven years since my last log-on, but I am back and motivated to lose 70 pounds. <em>386</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 11:35:05 EST New member Hello my name is Anna and I have gained 4 stone in the last 3 years...yikes that sounds really bad lol.... But I am now watching what I eat and am doing some exercise so I should lose some before my sons Portugal wedding in may 2018. I do know that I can lose weight but after losing 6 stone with a popular slimming club I become I'll and was losing my hair and bruising for no reason so this time I am doing it the healthy way by lowering my portion sizes and eating foods from all the food group... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:36:04 EST painting my own toes i want to be able to bend enough to paint my toes and breathe,,lol i love how i feel when i lose weight but don' <em>213</em> t stay motivated and fall back on bad eating habits and being lazy! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:23:57 EST New here, anyone else "maintaining"? Hi, everyone. I'm new to Spark People and new to fitness/nutrition tracking in general. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I had some health problems that made it hard for me to keep on weight. Recently I started to get back to a normal weight. But then I just KEPT gaining. Despite initially wanting to gain weight it's been difficult to see myself go up one size after another. I'm still getting used to it, and now I want to maintain my weight. Not necessarily lose but at least not gain any more. Als... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 19:47:29 EST Hi..I'm Lou Have to lose about 40# so I can get a double knee replacement. Been "trying" for about a year, but it's time I put my whole heart into it! So tired of the awful pain and reduced mobility...and my son's family is having twins and I have to be able to keep up with them since I am the sitter (I live with them) and am barely able to keep up with the 2 year old! So heres to making myself 1ST and to getting healthier! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:50:17 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, just checking in! My name is Carole and I am new to SparkPeople. I have about 80 # to lose and I am on a pretty good streak so I thought I would join this to keep up the momentum. <BR> <BR> I am currently doing the Whole 30 program and walking everyday. I would like to get more consistent about walking twice a day instead of just once a day because I know that it would help me with my long term weight loss and fitness goals to get in more mileage everyday. I am also... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:38:06 EST STARTING SPARK COACH AGAIN I am starting Spark Coach again and hope this time I will follow the program and succeed. Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:21:25 EST coming back <em>30</em> I used to be on this site many years ago but some how I lost this from daily my list .I am back with retired under my belt try to focus staying health much as possible and excerise this body I do mess up trying to staying healthy but I am willing to stay more on me .I like to go walking and try do 3 miles 3- 4 time week.Hoping meet some new friends . Tue, 4 Jul 2017 09:39:04 EST Re introduce myself In 2015-16, I lost 60 pounds, with much thanks to the Spark team. Unfortunately, I gained 50 lbs of it back, and feel worse than I ever did. I've been trying to get back in shape since November, but 2 foot problems have extremely limited that effort. Now, my foot is feeling better, and I'm ready to do it. And for any new members out there, the people, recipes, and information on this page can and will help. Wish me luck. Tue, 4 Jul 2017 08:18:55 EST The loss of my son The loss of my son Tim, who was a very active Spark member, has prompted me to join. I need to loose over 100 pounds, in fact more like 175. I am 60 years old, and very out of shape, so I'm thinking I'll have to focus on diet first, as I can't walk long at all without my back hurting. The problem is I feel like I'm facing a mountain, that is a lot of weight. I know I need to give up soda and late night snacking, but I can't seem to. I promised Tim before he passed that I would lose weigh... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 23:40:45 EST Day 1 on here I'm new on this site. I'm on the journey to improve my nutrition and my health. if I lose weight in the process that's wonderful. I currently weigh 295. I have no set in stone weightloss goal, because my journey is not exactly to lose a specific number on a scale. I'm going through a cancer scare and we are waiting on the words from doctors, that may change my life and my 6 children's lives forever. I've messed around with crazy diets and I have been on the weight gain roller coaster all of m... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 20:21:28 EST Greetings I am new to SparkPeople and excited to get started. I've been on a weight loss journey for quite some time and am excited to say that I am 9 lbs away from my goal weight. Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:36:19 EST checking in for the day I hope all is well with everyone today !! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 16:03:49 EST Hello I'm glad to be part of the Spark's Community. Finding it real hard to lose weigh the older I get. Hoping to find the right balance of dieting and exercising and get to a healthier me. Sun, 2 Jul 2017 12:36:37 EST A Brazilian lost in Sweden! Hi, my name is Thaís and I just started in this journey again for this past week. <BR> I am a 33-year-old Brazilian that has moved to Sweden 2.5 years ago to live with my boyfriend. We got married this last March and now want to have kids... but I think I am too fat for that and it would probably not be healthy for me or for the baby. <BR> I started at 123.4 kg (272 pounds) and I am trying to change my "always munching" habit into something healthier. <BR> I am also looking for supportive spa... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:13:57 EST Weight Loss Well Getting on the last 20 lbs of goal weight of 170. My all time high was 293, so I dropped 103 lbs. If I can do it anyone can !!! <BR> So hang in there and keep trying Sun, 2 Jul 2017 07:56:05 EST Hello My name is LauraAnne and I used Sparkpeople ohhhhh about ten years ago and then lost track of it and thus gained weight. I need to make changes and desperately need accountability. I have been pretty lonely and I think that has contributed to the gain as well. I have a husband and a five year but no real girlfriends to speak of so its been hard. I am hoping to meet people here to help keep me motivated and on track. Also, question--what are the sparkpoints for?? <BR> Thanks and thanks for l... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 14:44:59 EST How to begin Several months ago I drastically cut pop out of my diet, and saw changes in how I felt. So about six weeks ago, I started walking about 5 days a week and reducing portion sizes. I have lost about 20 pounds at this point but the challenge I am having is how to keep exercise integrated into my life when I also deal with chronic muscle and tendon pain. Some days I can walk two miles fairly easily. Others I am struggling to finish a 20 minute mile with my hips and legs aching. I need to figure ou... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:51:18 EST Hello ... again Hello, I'm not new to SparkPeople but I'm starting over, again. I hope to do it right this time. Either I'm working out and not eating properly or I'm eating properly and not working out. It's no wonder that I've seen no progress. I've calculated that I've gained 70 pounds in 39 years. Staggering and Sobering. Well, I'm back in the fold and for the long haul. ✋🏽? Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:28:05 EST Just starting and feeling great Hello, My name is Sharon. I am on a new journey with this board and with a program at my job that focuses on wellness. Week 1 down and I am feeling great! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 10:39:24 EST New Beginnings Hi all! I am an old spark member but it had been a long time since I logged in, so Im starting fresh! <BR> <BR> I have decided to go through with Weight Loss Surgery and am in a 6month pre-op program now. I think spark will be super helpful for me to track everything in one place and record my journey through blogging. <BR> <BR> So glad to be back! Sat, 1 Jul 2017 07:58:45 EST Hi, My Name is Sheila Hi, Everyone! My name is Sheila, and I joined Spark People last Monday. I had been a pre-diabetic but now declared a Type 2 diabetic. I have struggled with weight my whole life and have lost and gained over the years. This is my last straw. I have thought about bariatric surgery, but my heart is not there. I am hoping and praying this community and accountability will help. I have recently found a Dr. who works specifically with obese patients, and I am excited to start working with her. I ha... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:49:25 EST New Member saying Hello and Get To Know Me Hello. I'm a new member. I want and need to lose this weight I've been big my entire life. I'll be 23 on July 25th and my weight isn't where I want it to be. Last year on my birthday I was 250 pounds. I'm currently 274 pounds. I'm trying to lose enough weight to join the military. I don't want to walk into a recruiters office when I'm still...fat. I'm hoping that joining this site with connect me with others. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:11:07 EST Mama on a mission! Happy Friday Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark. I am 40 years young, 5'4" and 272 pounds. I have the goal to lose 125 lbs. I have tried numerous different ways to lose weight, but even if I lost a few pounds, I always gained them back with interest. This time is different. I am not going it alone. <BR> <BR> As with everything in life, it takes a village and for once I have my village not only aware, but actively engaged. I am working with my doctor, my nutritionist on my goals an... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:42:41 EST Lynda Carr Hi, I am Lynda Carr and I have no idea what I am doing, or really how to get started. Plus I want to download to my phone so I can scan nutritional info at store, etc. Can somebody please help me. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:37:43 EST New Member Hello I just joined I have a long journey to go with over 100lbs to loose. I am looking forward to using this site to help me on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:33:43 EST Hello to everyone from user B_determined Here to lose some stubborn wieght. <BR> Currently at 165lbs with a goal of 120lbs. <BR> <BR> Never had a fitness buddy or community so thought maybe that is what I am lacking because people and situations around me were never a motivation. <BR> Tried many times failed as many. Will never give up trying. <BR> <BR> I believe "Each time we fail we learn something new about ourselves. The reason why we failed becomes another area to be improved." <BR> <BR> I have medical issues and can only g... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 06:28:07 EST I'm Linda; looking to lose weight Hi, <BR> <BR> I would like to lose weight and would really like some support. I care for my elderly mother and there are always lots of sweets around. It's particularly difficult in the evening. She brings in lots of sugary desserts from her meals and it's hard to leave them alone. Any ideas? She had a fall a little over a year and I haven't taken any time off (have a little part time help during the week). <BR> <BR> Any coaching/support greatly appreciated! Thanks, <BR> Linda Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:01:38 EST jo Anne starting a challenge if I can only get a diet plan with meal suggestions <BR> Can anyone direct me?? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:26 EST 1st time on Sparkpeople I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Donna and I'm 55 years old. I have been happily married to my husband for 20 years this September. I have just recently lost 17 lbs on my own over the last couple of months. I now feel like I need some help to continue as I have a long way to go. I would really like to lose the weight and keep it off this time. Thanks. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:14:24 EST Hello, I have a question Hello everyone, I am pregnant and was unfortunate the other day after being caught up in an accident. I went for a check up immediately and was told my baby was in perfect condition. Two days ago I began bleeding, and I am worried if this could be a miscarriage. Help! Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:27:27 EST Hi, I just joined Hi everybody, I just joined. I have been thinking about trying to diet for a few weeks now. I have been looking for strategies on the internet, but I can't seem to get myself going. I am a 51 year old male. Very soon to be 52 and in the past year I have gained weight so that I am larger than I have ever been. For many years I didn't have a GREAT DIET , BUT MY WEIGHT MAINTAINED. This past year I notice that I have not been as fortunate. i could use some help or some tips here. Things like how ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:55:47 EST Day 1.....again :) Here to give and receive some much needed support. After stepping on the scale and seeing my body changing for the not so great, I'm here to make some changes!! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:48:24 EST 7 years later, back on Sparkpeople! Hello all... <BR> <BR> I'm Reese. I joined Sparkpeople years ago and stopped consistently logging in around 2010. Now I'm back...and ready to get back on the wagon - 7 years later! New name, new attitude! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:44:41 EST Starting Over Again, Just Passed My One Month Hi Everyone, <BR> I live in SoCali in the desert near Idyllwild and retired. My challenge in losing weight is limited mobility due to RA. Some days I feel great, and others it is a struggle to move around. I need to lose, but taking meds that keep weight on, NO EXCUSES I TELL MYSELF, so really focusing on everything that goes in my mouth. I do not drink or smoke, nor do I drink sodas or fancy coffees, so pretty much a veggie and limited chicken, fish, turkey as my protein. I like Spark as ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:02:45 EST I'm just me 💕💕?? I'm 58 years old; all my life I've taken care of and done what others want to do. One day it hit me. It's time for me.......time to do things I want to do and need to do for myself. So at the ripe weight of 264 off I go. I'm now at 237. I started on February 24, 2017. I'm giving it my best but need some good stomach exercises. I can't do sit-ups for nothing and it's went down but have a way to go. Have a good day fellow Sparkers!! 😜? Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:34:59 EST Hi I am Lollie17 I have a LOT of weight to loose. So my goal is to take one day and do the best I can. My interests are first to learn to live more healthy. Luckily until now no big sickness, so if I want to keep it like that it is time I step up and start looking better after myself. I've joined the site because a friend could not stop talking about this wonderful site. So here I am... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:32:55 EST Hopeful and Eager to Get Healthier Hi, Everybody! I just started with SparkPeople, and I think I'm going to love it. It is very motivating to get emails that encourage and help in practical ways. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:33:39 EST hello I am the one in the sweater I don't like to take my picture I am in a slump right now and I need to lose 30 pounds. I cannot seem to get motivated and get up and do it. I am an isolated person I stay home mostly, I do have a treadmill and I used to walk daily but I just cannot seem to do it I sure hope joining here will help me God Bless Each one of you and I hope we can help each other to lose the weight we need to !! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:32:43 EST New Hello to all from everywhere i am looking for some friends in my own area I live in the Fleetwood Pa area. Please feel free to say hello. Always looking for help and advice from anyone anywhere.Meshell Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:49:54 EST Hi! Hope you're having a wonderful day. I've taken my sweet time to introduce myself! I'm Ashley. I'm already thrilled by how many loving, wonderful people are still on this site. I'm so excited to re-start my journey with you guys. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:13:21 EST I am a minister and do mainly outreach to shut ins and have church services and singing in nursing homes. I am 55 yrs old, married since 1984, and a dog mama to a rescue Beagle and an Italian Greyhound, who was given up for adoption. I love to work out and eat healthy most of the time. I love riding my bike and kettle bell swings best. I have been using a different fitness and nutrition tracker for over a year so I am trying Sparkpeople to decide between the two because I need something insp... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:19:51 EST ! month weigh in and measurements ! Hey all I am a mom of 2 grown children and a grandma of 2 1/2 ( one more on the way). A loving husband who love me any way I look. Not me I want to look and feel healthy so I am on Ketogenic diet. I have weighed and measure myself after a month. I've lost 10 pounds and very proud, it has been a long time coming with yoyo dieting but this Ketgenic diet is the bomb. I've lot an inch off my waist and other part as well. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:23:26 EST Starting over fresh Hi all! After yo-yoing for 10 years, I decided to start over fresh! I closed my previous account (jesswahoo) and am doing it right this time. I'm trying to be more active; making sure I log EVERYTHING; and getting at least 10 minutes of movement in a day. I'm looking forward to getting going again! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:51:41 EST Exercise to regain health Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am a 60 years old male. I have had a series of heart and weight problems in the last year. <BR> <BR> Doctor's advice : Lose weight and do exercise. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople offers assistance in both fields. So here I am <BR> <BR> Michel Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:53:07 EST Hi Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I have decided to join Spark People and get my weight loss back on track, hopefully with the tools on the site rather than stumbling through on my own. <BR> <BR> Around 5 years ago I weighed 286lbs (20st 4lbs) and started to lose weight, and managed to get down to 183lbs (13st 11lbs) ish. I did this by basically eating a weight watcher soup of 99 calories for lunch and a 500 calorie ready meal for dinner during the week (weekends were a free for all). Obviously this ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:56:30 EST Trying something different Good morning for day 5! I'm a frustrated WW member who is trying something different with my food journal. The smart points are not working for me and I'm starting to gain the weight back.Wish me luck. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:35:17 EST Back again Was trying low carb now going to try this need support Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:07:40 EST Caregivers How do full time caregivers find time for themselves? And for folks cooking three meals a day for invalids who are trying to gain wieght, how is your weight loss plan going? And how to people find the energy? Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:25:09 EST New here I'm 47 years old and told myself that I would never see the scale hit 200 lbs. Well 2 weeks ago at my yearly physical I was 206. I was so bummed. I'm completely commitment to getting this weight off. I'm tired of always feeling so tired and sore. I know that if I drop some weight some of my aches and pains will go away. I've been at it for almost a week now and I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I haven't been able to do a lot of exercise due to a foot injury. I can't wait to go on... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:59:39 EST moving from beginner to intermediate exercise leve Hi: Could we talk about when an individual is ready to move from beginner to intermediate exercise level with the videos here. How do I know when I am ready and how much time do I need to put into a workout at a beginner level? Thank you for any help you can provide. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:54:11 EST Im new to the group and getting back in shape I joined a gym in march i believe and it has been super sloe progress to this point. I clean houses all day and get to the gym 1-3 times a week. Diet is good for the most part some weeks and terrible other weeks 😂? <BR> I do 20-20 eliptical each time then the remainder is weight machines. I am more heavily concentrated on leg machines though as my trap muscles kill me and make it hard to do those machines. Lost 7lbs then regained it all back, but i have gained 2 inches in the thigh and los... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:34:29 EST Newb to SP not new to trying to get healthy I am Debbie. I am 54. Currently weigh around 254. It is not weigh in day. I was 267.7 at the doctor on the 31st of May. The doctor was mad at me because I previous lost 15 lbs last summer. So I took the hint. Walking is about all I can do. I tried the elliptical and it made my bad leg scream. So I bought a treadmill so I have no excuses. So I did that 11 days in a row for 30 minutes. Today I walked the trail for 52 minutes. I jogged the last 40 feet. Tomorrow I am participating in a race. th... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:00:14 EST A returning journey Hi there! I am a 30 year old homeschooling mama to three with some weight to lose. I have planned for weight loss before and have somewhat succeeded until I plateaud and gave up...or something threw my off my routine (and I mean something as simple as a doctors appointment at the time I normally worked out). <BR> <BR> My plan is to accept that bad food choices happen, things happen where I won't be able to work out when I have the energy and want to work out, and that reading the labels isn... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:40:03 EST Hiya Everybody! New to these boards, just looking for like minded people to shoot the breeze with. My gf and I have spent the past year getting our health and fitness level back in order, and although I'm within a few lbs of my goal, it's time to set some new ones! I've gone from an all time high of 194lbs down to my current 145! Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:19:11 EST New Hi, im jen. I want to try a new support group. Weight Watchers is not that good. I want to lose 30 pounds. <em>104</em> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:55:28 EST Trying again I used Sparkpeople 5 years ago and lost 85 pounds then my mom passed away and I gained it all back plus some. I'm trying again and I would love some new friends on my page. Fingers crossed I can do this again! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:35:55 EST Accountability Buddy? Hey everyone, I'm Tara. I would love to find a partner to help each other stay on track and check in with each other through text or email. Anyone else looking for that? Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:07:44 EST Totally Committed I have struggled for the past 30 years with my weight. It is now or never and it is NOW. I have at least 100 pounds to lose and I know with prayer, community support and daily accountability I CAN lose it. I have an office job and walk at least 4 mornings a week. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:35:31 EST Restarting member... Have decided to try some of the challenges. Today I'm supposed to introduce myself on the message boards. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:14:25 EST New members please do not set page to private. I love to welcome new members and offer encouragement but am finding the majority lately set to private .. If they are private, no one can come visit. <BR> Thanks ....... it is your choice but difficult to welcome newbies. <BR> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:54:43 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:36 EST Doing it this time Hello everyone. My name is Alex and I and trying this road again. I have been on and off SP several times but this time will be different. I am finally at a place where I can commit to myself over anything else. That is what I am here to do! Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:29:30 EST The last 16. I lost 55 pounds in the last year, gained back 11 pounds ..... and here I am back on the trail ready to drop the last 16 pounds for good. I've done this before so I know what to do pretty well, it's just finding the energy to stay motivated. But, so far so good! Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:12:09 EST Hi Again Not new here, back again after several years. I came pretty close to my goal weight last time, but struggled with my emotional health which set me back. Now that I'm in a much better space, I'm here to get back on track with my overall wellbeing. This is important to me, because I am now a student teacher so I want to be a positive role model to the kids I work with, physically, emotionally and mentally. Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:56:28 EST Returning User Preparing for a new Lifestyle Hi, all! I am a returning user to SparkPeople...I used it several years ago and enjoyed it then. It has made some great improvements since then, so I am excited to be back. <BR> <BR> Recently I was diagnosed with hypertension, hypothyroidism and pre-diabetes and a continuing diagnoses of PCOS (since I was 16) and obesity (almost 300 pounds at 5'7"). At the age of 37, I am hoping to reverse or manage several of these conditions. The doctor has me taking several medications; but I know in gen... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:15:10 EST Starting over for the millionth time! Hi everyone. I just discovered this group. I have been on every diet known to mankind and have failed at all of them. I am hoping that maybe I can get some inspiration and motivation here. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get started? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:39:42 EST Join our Gratitude Journals Team New to Spark? Join our Gratitude Journals Team.....we'd love to have you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59036 </link> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:03:29 EST it's me :) Mom of 6. Halmeoni to 5. Birthday in July and want to get back to 163 before that time. @ 163 I am still overweight, but this is where I was back in 2010 when I lost 35.8 pounds. Made a move and gained it all back. Have been on and off every since trying to get it off, but never really consistent in my efforts. This time... it is coming off and staying off. PERIOD. :) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:53:15 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. I'm new here, joining SparkPeople on 6/5/17, but actually started on 6/12/17. I'm really excited about joining and look forward towards total transformation one day at a time. I'm looking to lose 100+ pounds and would love to hook up with others with the same long goal challenge. Best of luck to everyone in their weigh lost journey! <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:35:54 EST new to sparkpeople and gastric bypass Hi, I am new to sp and I joined because my bariatric doctor wants everyone to join for the support and experience of others that have gone through or is going through the same things I am. But all the groups I found that are related are not active. So are there any bariatric ppl look for a group for support? If so I would be willing to Co lead one.. hit me up! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:35:44 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. I'm new here, joining SparkPeople on 6/5/17, but actually started on 6/12/17. I'm really excited about joining and look forward towards total transformation one day at a time. I'm looking to lose 100+ pounds and would love to hook up with others with the same long goal challenge. Best of luck to everyone in their weigh lost journey! <em>213</em> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:34:04 EST New girl Hi-I'm Heather. I'm 41 and live in Northern California. I lost over 100 pounds a few years ago by cutting out sugar and processed food. I was very active and taking care of myself, and I had never been happier. I moved from Georgia to California 2 years ago and lost my father and grandmother soon after that. I also work from home, so I'm somewhat isolated. All of this has lead to a 30 pound gain. I have given half-hearted tries, but I'm ready to commit to getting my happy place back. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:43:42 EST New here My name is Deborah but most people call me Deb. At 225 and 63 years old, I need all the help I can find. Not sure exactly how all this works but I would like be to hear from others who are on this journey. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:42:36 EST No more dieting...I want a new way to live! Really interested in changing my whole lifestyle and I like how SP has set up a community to facilitate the process. Someone had shared a picture yesterday that said it takes 21 days to create a new habit and 90 days to change a lifestyle. I believe this to be true as I look at the last 90 days of my life and now I want to tailor make my life to include all the things that make me happy and healthy. I want to lose weight and if it happens quickly YAY! However, I want the weightloss and confid... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:24:34 EST Belly fat This may have been discussed previously. Would like to know if there are any posts regarding how to get rid of belly fat. I have mobility problems so can't lay on floor. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:17:33 EST Old but new :) Have been on Spark for quite some time - have lost over 100lbs but still have some to go - it took almost a year and a half, but have maintained for about a year now. Starting to feel old habits slipping back in, so the 'spark' in me is going to put a stop to that and work on getting the last 50 or so pounds off. So glad Spark is always here, patiently waiting for my return :) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:51:47 EST Slow loser, but plugging along For the last 5 years I've gained 10 pounds each year. In March I committed to Get Healthy! I joined a gym and now work out with weights and on the treadmill. It's been nearly 8 weeks, and I've lost 12 pounds. I'm hoping there is some muscle gain in there too. I had hoped for nearly double that weight loss, but I do feel great about all the positive changes I've made. Any other slow losers out there? Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:37:27 EST Back onboard! Hello from Baton Rouge! Just wanted to introduce myself once again. I've been bouncing around for a couple of years across various weight loss companies and sites trying to find the one that I can follow and enjoy. Mine is the usual story.....start a program, lose weight, stop the program, gain weight, start another program, maybe join a gym, lose some weight, stop the program, stop the gym, gain the weight back. Yeesh! Why can't I succeed?? It seems I can't seem to break the cycle and un... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:12:01 EST Hello all Well I just wanted to introduce myself...I am new to SparkPeople. I was previously using Calorie Count the past year and switched to My Fitness Pal. I still use My Fitness Pal in this transitional phase because it is easier for me to log. I lost both parents as a child and I am an emotional eater. I recently lost my grandmother who raised me, and was up to my ultimate high at 170 (I have not weighed that much since 10 years ago when I had gestational diabetes with my first of three sons). I h... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:27:12 EST New to Spark People After trying unsuccessfully for years to lose weight I had weight loss surgery and did great for the first year - lost 50 lbs. My life took a drastic change and the weight is coming back. <BR> <BR> I hope to find a meal plan and exercise routine that will keep me accountable for what I do. <BR> <BR> Here's to 40 lbs gone in 6 months Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:19:31 EST A year of small changes equals a better me! Greetings, friends! <BR> My name is Tracy and I am back at SparkPeople once again for some motivation to reach my goals! <BR> I have committed myself to making ONE small change every day for a year; 365 small changes that will add up to a healthier, happier, greener me! <BR> In the next year, my goals are to: <BR> 1. Lose 30 lbs. <BR> 2. Increase my fitness level by at least 50% <BR> 3. Eliminate unnecessary chemicals from my home <BR> Wish me luck! I'm going to need it <em>211</em> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:23:48 EST Day One Day one of the rest of my life and I am choosing to live it one day at a time, be the best I can be, celebrate my sucess and forgive any failings. For all the diets I've been on in my life they have shown me that losing weight isn't about a diet, but about a life change and today I am making that change. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:50:50 EST Trying to find the right VSG board Hi Everyone, I had my lap band removed and VSG surgery on 5/5/2017, I just had my one month checkup and I'm down 20 pounds, WAHOOOOO <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to connecting with other people who have had VSG. I am doing great and adding more steps and exercise each day. Hope you have a great day! Mary Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:50:22 EST New again from Kentucky Hi all. I am back into my weight loss journey again after a break. Just moved to Covington, KY and starting a new job. Lots of stress lately. <BR> Needing all the help I can get to become more healthy, get in shape and lose around 100 lbs. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:48:01 EST New from SC <em>30</em> Hello I'm a diabetic type 2. I need the challenge, weight loss buddies and encouragement. I'm ready to offer encouragement too. Hope to hear from a lot of you. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:08:06 EST Need a workout buddy... Hi from Andrea <BR> Is there anyone in San Diego looking for a buddy to walk, bike or workout with? Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:36:55 EST Twenty Pounds to Lose! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a 27 year old female living in the South. Lots of good food, lots of activities and lots of opportunity to spend time by the pool. Unfortunately, I have been engaging in less activities and much much more enjoying of the food. While I always have and always will love food, I am not so in love with the other aspects of this affair. I have very little energy, I am tired constantly and I am much less social than I used to be. I have tried to cut back and cut out, but poor... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:11:04 EST Not new, just starting over... Have been diagnosed with diabetes. I can use all the help i can get. I do not want to become medication dependant. Any of you out there that have controlled yours by diet only, please share your success with me! Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:31:45 EST Hey Hey Hey Its just me! I'd like introduce myself! They call me Colbert....I am a father of two and a loving man. Oh and we got a pup also, but I just want to share a little bit of my success story. I mean for now success story. I feel like it's been a long ride. I am 35 years old and have been strugglin' with weight for sometime now.....A bunch of up and down. Since I was a kid. I would always get up in the middle of the night and eat hole in the fridge. One day a man told me that if I drank water instead of pop a... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:25:37 EST Jen Hey out there, I am a 40 year old engaged woman with a graduate, senior in high school and a freshman in high school. I work up to 13 hours a day at an assisted living facility in a memory care unit which I love. On December 15, 2015 I had a ROUX-EN-Y surgery. At that time I was at my heaviest which was 254. I am currently 186 and wanting to be 140. I love to do needlepoint, cross-stitching, going for walks and playing cards or board games. I am currently looking for exercise ideas because th... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:21:09 EST Hello from New Brunswick, Canada Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> It is a lovely day by the ocean and I am starting my day. Although I would like to lose weight it is my primary goal. I am on medication that causes weight gain so I do not know if I am able to lose weight. After a long illness I am trying to re-establish a more healthy lifestyle. I have had great difficulty with eating so I am now learning to eat normally. The meal plan is really helpful. I am also trying to establish an exercise program. Walking 15 min per... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:09:07 EST Hello From Iowa. Hello everyone I'm here in Iowa where the Temperature are extreme half the year lol no but seriously I have joined this site to lose weight i really need to cause i do not feel healthy at 295.2 but when i started last week i was 297.2 so I'm on a good start and I'm proud of myself this is a start to a new me the me who is healthy and who has her GED and a better job a car and her own place I'm hoping to make it all happen by the end of 2018 wish me luck! :) Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:21:55 EST Anyone from South Dakota or Minnesota? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I Recently retired to Sioux Falls, South Dakota from Worthington, Minnesota. Looking for someone fun to do things in the community or just to have a cup of coffee and talk. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:55:51 EST New Life Hi Everyone, my name is Mike, my story is like so many others. Fat as a child, remained obese through high school, and adulthood. Ive tried so many times to lose weight and gain control of my bad eating habits. Everytime with same results, lose some weight, then gain it all back plus a few. In 12 days I turn 50 and here i am on another journey to try and change. I'm also fighting a gambling addiction, so i find myself rewarding me for not gambling by eating. I feel like I'm in a washin... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:14:30 EST i had email told me to introduce my self Hi, I a 41 , looking to lose, 85 to 90 pounds, my I deal weight for my height, etc is 115 to 120 pounds . I started here on spark 6/5/17 my weight was 203.5, my bf 40.7bw 43.2,bmi 37.4., last night weight jump on the scale, bf. 40, bw 43, bmi 36.6 <BR> amd my weight is now 199.9 pounds. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:38:13 EST BThomas 161 hope everyone had a great weekend , now I am ready to get this weight off and will take any help I can get Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:18:01 EST Hello! Hi there! I'm Erin and I just re-joined after being away for a year. Hoping to lose weight, get in shape and feel better after dealing with some health problems. Hoping to meet some new friends too :) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has an awesome day! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:46:05 EST Looking for support Hello, I'm Clovervine. I did the MMWL program at Kaiser last year, and lost 70 lbs (still have quite a ways to go) and have regained about 20. I'm struggling with focus and motivation right now, and am just looking for a place to talk about it with those who face the same struggle and challenges. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:32:06 EST Motivated I'm starting at my almost heaviest ever weight and have decided this is enough. I'm starting at 284 and hope to lose over 100 lbs. My initial goal is to lose 20 pounds and keep it off so I can continue to lose. I'm 42 and I want to be able to ride my bike, kayak, hike without feeling tired and winded. I'm excited to be on this journey and find my hidden athletic me! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:08:13 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My name is Felisha, I just joined. I think maybe this website/app will help me lose weight and get in the shape I want to be in. <BR> <BR> I'd also love to make new friends, so feel free to talk to me! <BR> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:50:14 EST Starting over. Hi, <BR> I have used Spark on and off for a few years, I never seem to stick with it or any other diet plan. I am hoping to find a friend/buddy who is willing to chat and keep each other motivated. exchanging ideas of what works and doesn't work for us. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:36:02 EST New here Good morning everyone. I'm new here, wanting to lose weight and feel good at the same time. I will welcome any and all advise to help me on this journey! Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:43:49 EST Hi all. I've lost 23lbs and I have a ways to go but I feel better losing this much already. I really struggle with staying motivated though. I think in the big picture it's rather easy losing weight, eat less calories, simple. But when you get to that goal weight, do you continue to track everything you eat? Is it pretty much a lifetime of calorie counting? It sounds so depressing. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 18:36:42 EST almost 50 and the weight is coming off slow hi i am going to be 50 this year ( september ) and i really want to lose weight I want to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday which is sept 22. Do you think this is possible? It seems to be coming off so slowly. Help keep me motivated please Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:18:56 EST 5 years after weight loss, body image Hi! My name is Julie, I'm 49 years old and had lost a total of 84lbs, reaching my goal weight 4.5 years ago. I have gained 15lbs back. Maintaining that for two years. I'm reaching out because it's been a tough road and I'm still struggling with body image issues that plague me daily. Not only beating myself up for gaining 15 lbs, but I also feel my body image issues are worse now than when I was overweight. I've kept all of this bottled up for years and anytime I reach out to family and frien... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 08:44:57 EST Old new user Im back. I did SP several years ago and then just kinda stopped. Well my weight gain didn't stop. So here I am. Ready to make changes. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 16:11:31 EST Intro Hi I am Lynn. Username here is BOPO Lynn for Body Positive. I am determined to love myself into health! Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:43:28 EST Again! I have been on and off Sparkpeople for several years for a few weeks at a time and the life gets busy and I get distracted. I'm working on the Full-Plate Diet concept which is plant based and focuses on eating more fiber so that you don't feel hungry all the time. It's been amazing and I can eat until I'm full with high-fiber foods but the calories don't add up so quickly! I've lost 3 pounds already in 1 1/2 weeks. My goal is 30 pounds by the end of September. Glad to be back on this jou... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:20:36 EST Hello there Hello everyone. I have been a member of sparkspeople for years but have had a major setback in my physical issues which led to a major weight gain for me again. I am currently trying to get it back off but know it will be a up hill battle. Coming back to the community to get that love and support I know that is out there. Hope to talk to you all soon. <BR> Ann Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:19:52 EST good morning Been on the site for two days. gain weight maybe it because I have started exercising at the local pool and it muscle gain I don't know but it driving me crazy because I want to quit losing the same 5 lbs only time will tell. <em>39</em> <em>246</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:23:21 EST Hello Hello, I am known as Edna, I currently am living in Vermont with my son and my boyfriend of 10 years. I am just starting out to get fit because I always thought that I just didn't care anymore. My son is 22 years old and he works at nights and my boyfriend also works at nights. I love my family so much that they are my backbone and willing to be there when I need them too. When I am not working out, I love to read, playing on my gaming system and spending time with my family. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 14:21:00 EST Better Plus Greetings! I'm a plus-sized woman, always have been and am deeply okay with it. I do not need or want to be skinny. That being said, I can do better. I can be under 200 lbs. I can ease the wear and tear on my body, and prevent certain diseases. I can be mindful of what I eat and make sure I use the body I have to do things besides sitting on my glorious posterior. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:43:20 EST MS Hi everyone, I have just joined the SP community. I have secondary progressive MS, which means my mobility isn't good or my balance. I've always been a keen walker and horse rider so it's a bit frustrating. Anyway, today I was silly enough to hit the scales and now I need HELP! Exercise is really important to keep the strength and mobility I do have, but it's the last thing I feel like doing sometimes. <BR> I'm determined now to follow the seated workouts every day and use my stationery... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:45:59 EST New to SP Hi Everyone, I am new to SP. Looking forward to learning a lot, making new friends, being motivated and motivating in return, and losing the dreaded extra kg's! Have a super day! Carol <em>381</em> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:15:12 EST Let's try this again Trying to make permanent lifestyle changes rather than dieting. On 2 BP meds which my doc says he thinks I can loose both with weight loss. He challenged me to loose 20 lbs by the time I come back to him in mid July & I am happy to be down 25 now with about 5 weeks to go. Domino effect of eating better, is I find myself hitting my YMCA now also. Try to get there 5-6 days a week. I figure if I get to the Y, I won't feel bad about having a couple of beers occasionally. <BR> I'll be honest, I do... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 16:45:11 EST Hi Everyone! (an introduction) Hi :) <BR> My name is Mary, I'm a divorced, recent empty nester. I've fought my weight for most of my life. I've decided to look at my historic gains & losses as learning experiences. I have a pretty good idea of what works for me and what doesn't. My goal is to focus on what works, allow myself to make mistakes, and keep moving toward a healthier me. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:12:15 EST Newbie Hello! 57 male with a 21yr old brain, retired 2 years now and have worked out nearly daily now for past decade. Here to learn, share and grow old gracefully kicking & fighting all the way! :-) Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:32:33 EST Back and motivated... Needing 2 new knees and the Ortho kindly stated he preferred to operate on smaller knees. Guess that should be enough to get me started again. Plan to use the tools for tracking and accountability. Best wishes to all on this same difficult journey! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:09:44 EST I keep trying Hi Everyone, <BR> Like some others, this is not my first time here. Over time, I have tried this site as well as others (including Weight Watchers). I have lost and gained many times. But I am now at a point in my life where I want to be around as long as possible for not only my family but now that I am retired, I truly want to be able to enjoy whatever time I have left. And to do that, I need to be healthy. I have found the people on this site to be the most supportive and I love all ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:55:21 EST Hi! Hi all! I'm a former jock who had an injury that sidelined me for a long while. Exercise always worked for me as an appetite suppressant and a way to burn more calories, so I gained a bunch of weight. I finally have the injury under control, and I'm now back on the weight loss plan. <BR> <BR> I've done this once before--also after an injury--so I know it's slow, but not as hard as it seems. Mindful eating, consistent small changes in behavior and diet (more fiber, more water, more exercise,e... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:19:02 EST Hi all! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this fitness journey. I'm in my 40s, a mother if 2. <BR> I've slowly and steadily gained weight over the past 10 or so years. I've tried and successfully lost 10-15 pounds a few times and put it right back on plus a few extra for good measure. <BR> My goal is to get healthy and make healthier choices regarding food and exercise more frequently. I don't want to feel deprived just healthy. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 22:38:29 EST Hello to All Hello to all. I am new to Spark and am looking forward to sharing my journey ahead. Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:40:52 EST Introduction Hello. This is my tenth time trying this out. I'm not so much here to lose weight as I am to improve my health so I feel better. Poor eating and exercise choices have taken their toll. This time around I will not try to do everything at once, but try to focus on just one improvement at a time. Any support or encouragement would be appreciated. TIA Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:01:12 EST Starting Over Again Good morning everyone. <BR> I just started my healthy lifestyle again today for I can't tell you how many times I started over. I am bound and determined to make it this time and I need to lose 30 pounds, which I know doesn't sound like alot to some and I know its very possible, I just have had no willpower. Thank you Spark People for this wonderful site and hopefully by September 12th, which is my grandaughters 11th birthday you will see 30 pounds less of me. God bless you in your endeavo... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:41:17 EST Hey all. Newbie Hoping to improve some of the results from my last lab results. I've let myself get out of shape again! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:48:27 EST Let's try this again... I had a lovely intro post all typed out, and when I hit "Post Message," I got a white screen. Not fun. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> To summarize: <BR> <BR> I'm a 43-year-old mom of 4 -- but I ain't old! I'm young at heart and pass for much younger. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My oldest is 20, and my youngest is not-quite-yet 4 months old. I'm dealing with a few pounds that I've been carrying for some time, 10 pounds of pregnancy weight, and the challenge of trying to lose weight cautiously w... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:36:05 EST Emotional eating Stressed out & so anxious and seem to be addressing these feelings with eating. I know I'm doing it but still can't stop. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 19:35:29 EST Whats up? Former HS and college athlete who suffered a carrier ending knee injury looking to get back into the swing of things. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 15:33:04 EST New - 26, UK based, not weight loss Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm Lizzie and I'm 26 and have decided that I want to start being healthier. I have used SparkPeople before as a weight loss tool (leaving after I had achieved my goal) but am looking to live a healthier lifestyle (generally). <BR> <BR> I'm back - and hopefully long term! <BR> <BR> Would love to meet anyone else going through the same process! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 14:08:35 EST Help I'm new to this site I had a bleed on the brain back in February this year and haven't been able to do much. I haven't been able to even do much housework let alone going to work as a carer. I'm going on holiday in a few days but wanted to sign up ready for when I get back. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm also hoping to go back to work in the next few weeks thank you for taking the time to read this and good luck to you all. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 05:07:53 EST GI doc today I've been gone for a while and of course gained weight. Today I went to the GI doc and feeling hopeful, anyone else been to the GI doc? Thu, 1 Jun 2017 21:34:45 EST Salutations. I'm Nova. I like to stay pretty anonymous on sites about weight and fitness, because I get embarrassed easily by all the various stats, so I hope none of you mind that I won't be sharing much about that. <BR> <BR> I will say I'm around the average height of American women and I am already quite tiny. I just want to maintain my weight (changes in my body, like weight gain, tend to extremely stress me out) and I wouldn't mind getting slightly toned. <BR> <BR> I have various disorders, but all... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 19:05:17 EST Recent Surgery Hello everyone. I just joined on May 31, 2017. I recently had surgery on May 30, 2017. I was advised by my doctor not to do my normal workout routine which consist of jogging, weights, or stair climber until another four weeks. My son and I usually go to the gym together since October 2016. My doctor said it was okay to walk. So I have been walking. Hopefully, I will be able to get back in the swing of things shortly. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:45:37 EST Got a lot to lose Hi I'm Mary. I'm a 42 year old women who has struggled all my life with weight. I started once again to lose weight back at the middle of April. Since I need to loss at least 100 lbs I didn't tell anyone about this because I didn't want anyone to know I failed again. But I have lost 15 pounds now. I have decided that maybe I do need other people to talk to. So I'm hoping this forum will have like minded people who understand my struggles. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:40:58 EST Finally got here I finally decided to get healthy and have started Sparkpeople---I've been searching for a lifestyle change but couldn't find any that could deal with my physical challenges until now....Thank goodness for Coach Nicole and her seated workout routines Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:05:58 EST Trying to get back into things, after surgery. Hi there! This is my second serious attempt to get back into the swing of things with Spark. My last time on Spark, I managed to lose 30 pounds, before a surgery knocked me off track. I was forced to remain pretty much sedentary for about 8 months, and it shows. Now, I'm actually kind of scared to try any activities, because the last time hurt so bad. Starting out walking, and getting back into healthy habits for my nutrition. My current mantra is "one day at a time", hopefully, taking it slo... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 07:54:42 EST Back to Dukan Hello everyone, I'm new here to the forum and came in hope of encouragement and support! About 5 years ago I went on the Dukan diet and followed it faithfully and lost about 40 pounds, bringing me down to my school days weight of a size 8. <BR> <BR> I'd held onto that weight for years, but now just this past year I can feel the pounds creeping back on and I've admittedly been eating badly. I love to bake and I have an 8 year old child in the house who makes requests for cakes and cookie... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 03:31:18 EST New and looking for friends! Hey everyone. I'm Katie. I'm looking for some new friends who can help me with this weight loss journey. I struggle getting started with my weight loss, especially when it takes time to see results. <BR> <BR> A bit about me: <BR> I am 23 <BR> I am a student <BR> I coach youth soccer <BR> I was a former runner until a knee injury put me on rest and put on the pounds <BR> I love bread <BR> I use my Fitbit every day <BR> I am looking to lose 20-40 pounds. If I can lose 20 pounds I will be a h... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 02:01:01 EST Hello.. new here and starting my journey over. <BR> First time one this site and liking it so far. Weight is no stranger to me, and been trying to lose it most of my life. So here I am starting the journey over again but with a positive attitude. Wed, 31 May 2017 14:36:17 EST Hi Everyone Hi - I'm not actually a "new" member here. Many years ago I joined this site, but because of life, I did not last very long. I have a lot of medical issues (lupus, fibro., osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, nerve problems in lower back. I am also a survivor (still on medication) of breast cancer (radical mastectomy-removed all chest muscles on that side, and had chemo). This was in 1995, so the maintenance meds I'm on now have been working. In May, 2009, my dog (a black lab mix) tripped me and ... Wed, 31 May 2017 14:29:24 EST No more procrastination! Hello! My name is Dawn I live in beautiful Florida and I HAVE to live a healthier lifestyle! I will soon be a grandma and will be getting married in 2019 (yay!) I currently weigh 220 and I don't really care about the weight number so much as to how I feel and look. I just recently "retired" and have oodles of time on my hands I guess I just don't know how to start. I tried walking but I can't walk very far without pains in my legs. I went to my Dr. and he told me just try to walk a little mor... Wed, 31 May 2017 07:47:24 EST Grouping Foods I am having trouble setting up a new group of foods. I try to follow the steps but can not get to Step 2. I enter the foods I want then I do not see a step 2 button. Directions say to hit the "close" button" I do not see one so I "x" out which closes all that I entered. Do I need an upgrade or something? Wed, 31 May 2017 07:38:33 EST 24 and already halfway there Hello, <BR> You can call me Katie, I am 24 and living in South Korea as an English Teacher. Last year, before I moved, I went from 247 lbs to 185 lbs. The move and adapting to so much made me pause but I am happy I maintained the 180's. My goal is to now finish and be in the 140's. <BR> My plan is portion control and less junk. I need to start working out again and planning better for my schedule. So add me and we can be inspiration buddies, just know my online times are strange because I l... Tue, 30 May 2017 21:07:15 EST Hello everyone!!! I'm a full time working mom with very little me time and I have just literally become lazy to do anything. I'm tired all the time, any free time I do have all I want to do is rest. I have nooo motivation to get started on working out and getting healthy again. All I seem to do is dwell on how "i used to be"....feeling really crappy with myself. Tue, 30 May 2017 17:34:13 EST Time for Change I'm new at this but I know the asset of a support group. I'm 69 and have been dealing with being over weight most of my adult life . Although the I love learning and applying healthy eating , I have bad habits that creep back and sabatoge me all the time. My biggest problem is consistency , somehow in my mind I equate that with boring or mundane. Thus my roller coaster life of never reaching my goal. So I've decided it's time for CHANGE . I could use a buddy along the way, close to my age ... Tue, 30 May 2017 09:17:02 EST Trying again Hi! I'm back to try again. I reached my goal once but couldn't keep it all off. I've gained back about 10 lbs but don't want it to contine. I turned 60 in December. I want to stay active and mobile even after I retire. This site has so many resources and good information to help. I hope I will be able to help others too. <BR> <BR> This is day 2 of my return and I love being able to track my food, water and exercise all in one place. Look forward to hearing from everyone. Mon, 29 May 2017 19:04:14 EST Hi again I started SparksPeople last Winter & thought I would have reached my goal by now. I lost 2 lbs. then remained the same. I did feel much healthier when I was exercising and eating better & not gaining weight. I pretty much became discouraged and discontinued. I've gained 4 lbs. since then I know it doesn't sound like much, but in the past I was much heavier. I feel if I do not get back on track now it will keep creeping up. I am determined to succeed this time. Mon, 29 May 2017 16:52:30 EST 27, wondering if this is all my life will ever be Hi everyone. I had an account several years ago and forgot all the information. I'm back and giving it a last ditch effort before I call it quits, and just curl up in my bed and wait for old age. <BR> <BR> I have 2 problems. <BR> <BR> First, Adrenal Fatigue. I've been extremely exhausted, to the point of sleeping 24-36 hours a day, for years. I've also gone 4-5 days with as little as 4 hours sleep. I either eat too much, or don't eat at all. I have 50ish lb to lose. I'm in a constant brai... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:07:51 EST Healthy living 😇? Hello everyone. I'm hoping to find some like minded people who are into health and nutrition. And we can swap info an educate one another. Cheers Sun, 28 May 2017 14:00:02 EST Hello! Hey everyone :) <BR> <BR> On my journey by taking it 20 lbs at a time...I'm hoping to lose 50 total, but 20 to start I think will be a good reasonable aim, and i'll notice a big difference and want to keep going. <BR> <BR> I'm just worried about my waistline and my overall health/stamina! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to become a part of the spark fam. <BR> xo Sun, 28 May 2017 11:47:03 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople and still finding my way around the site, although I've been here 2 weeks I still find new things every day to read. I find the motivation so supportive and thank you all for your amazing help 😊? Sun, 28 May 2017 07:18:08 EST Hello I'm on my second attempt at the program. Much has changed since last time and I'm feeling much more positive. Sat, 27 May 2017 22:53:46 EST Hi! I'm a 27 year old mom and wife looking to lose 35lbs. <BR> I work overnights. Type 1 diabetic. <BR> <BR> Recently started eating healthier and drinking more water. Smothered with a head cold the last few days so haven't been doing much physical activity. <BR> <BR> Hoping this site will help guide me in the right direction and lose this weight in a healthy way. Sat, 27 May 2017 13:21:28 EST Hi there! Hi there my name is Sarah, I'm 36 and I need to get my act together, I have type 2 diabetes and I would like to have a better grip on it. I also just want to be healthier. I used to be on Sparkpeople but I lost my info and made a new profile. I don't want to primarily focus on weight loss I want to focus on moving and making healthy choices. Sat, 27 May 2017 13:09:11 EST Hi from Long Beach If anyone goes to the Fitness 19 in Long Beach, could you tell me please about your experiences there. I'm thinking about joining. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:37:28 EST Hi Everyone Hi, <BR> I'm Emily and have packed on some pounds since getting married (fat and happy, lol) and just wanted a convenient way to track my nutrition and activity so I can work on losing some weight, but not so fast that it'll come right back on! And...I know for me the community support is vital. It has worked for me in the past. Sat, 27 May 2017 11:58:29 EST Time for some significant change. Hello everyone. My name is Mike, I'm a 53 Y/O retired U.S. Naval Officer and on this past Monday I had a mild stroke. While I am recouping quite well, it was a wake up call. I knew I need to exercise more, lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle but couldn't get started. Well this has lit the spark I needed. My ideal weight should be about 40 - 50 Lbs under what I am now. So here we go. Don't know if or when I will get all the way down, but I am going to try like hell. Let's Roll! Sat, 27 May 2017 11:35:53 EST recommitting to the program Hello. My name is Trisa pronounced TREE-SA. I joined SPARKPEOPLE back in January and had lost 13 lbs in a couple of months, then LIFE got in my way, so I re-started this past week. I am still down 7 lbs(haven't had my first weight check since re-joining) from my original start date. I have 2 beautiful daughters, Natalie, 29 and Jenna 13. I also have 2 adorable grandkids, Nicholas, 9 and MIa 2. I am babysitting her this summer(and sometimes him) and she is a busy little thing so I need to get ... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:19:07 EST It's me! Hi I'm in NJ- been here for 10 years...lots of weight to lose-trying to spend more time in here and less time snacking mindlessly. Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:41 EST Hi Gaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh I just wrote a whole big thing about why I have joined Sparkpeople only to have the message fail to post and delete itself. <BR> For now, I will just say hi and that I'm glad to be surrounded by what seems to be a very supportive community. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:43:04 EST A month into keto, and a week into SparkPeople Hey, I'm Patrick and moved to NYC a year ago to kick my career into the next level. My wife and I have had a great time eating and drinking our way across the islands, but we finally decided we wanted to return to our college weights and levels of activity. <BR> <BR> Our particular diet plan is quite easy for us because we're eating things we would anyway with only a few small restrictions (I know almost everything has carbs, but we manage). The main thing we've found that seems to trip othe... Fri, 26 May 2017 00:10:33 EST Looking for a weight loss partner! I lost 10 stone previously when i was 17 and quite fast, 5 stone in 4 months and kept going until i was 12 stone at age 21, the last 2 were a side affect of good habits not dieting and exercise! <BR> <BR> Anyway 4 years later I have an on/off relationship and a child and gained it all back within 18 months since the beginning of our relationship. <BR> <BR> Originally my motivation was to lose my virginity, go out with friends, go to college and enjoy life. <BR> <BR> Now I have nothing, i ... Thu, 25 May 2017 16:35:06 EST Coming over from the "Dark Side" Or more commonly known as MFP :) I'm 4 years into maintaining a 50lb loss (I've done various IF protocols +CICO for the loss/maintenance). I've got my weight management plan nailed down but like having a forum to hang out on, with others who are also focused on their weight/health. <BR> <BR> I've hung around the other site on and off for a while but frankly I'm bored with it and the tone of the forums has been making me more and more irritated. Decided to delete my account over there and he... Thu, 25 May 2017 12:59:27 EST Hello - Just Joined :) Hello everyone. I'm Rushell. <BR> <BR> I was searching for a for some help and advice about fitness and exercise when I came across SparkPeople. So I signed up. :) <BR> <BR> I'll try to put just an intro here then post my questions in the Fitness and Exercise section. <BR> <BR> I'm 45 years old, but often feel twice that (or at least in my 70s-80s). I'm tired of feeling this way and tired of hating what I see when I look in the mirror. When I was younger, I never had problems with main... Thu, 25 May 2017 11:51:41 EST Recovering from surgery Hi all! I'm Lisa. I'm a proud mommy and married to my high school love. I had a total hip replacement and osteotomy in January, and am still in recovery mode. My surgeon said that full recovery could take up to two years! I'm doing what I can physically, but nutrition wise, I could do better. I'm measuring and tracking all my food, even when I really don't want to. It's a big wake up call to see how many calories and carbs are in my favorite foods! I've gained some weight since the surgery, w... Thu, 25 May 2017 09:19:53 EST Hoping for success Hello. I'm hoping that I can keep going on this journey and not give up. So far each day has not gone as planned but I didn't jump off the deep end and give up. Today is a new day and hoping to stay on track! Thu, 25 May 2017 07:47:48 EST this has to work... I started my journey, again, March 4th when I quit smoking, stopped soda pop, and went to pretty much all whole foods. I stared this app beginning of May. I am an avid walker and have been staying below the calorie intake. I see many people doing so great and unfortunately I am not one of them.. any ideas to try or ideas behind I am not seeing any results. Wed, 24 May 2017 20:37:01 EST New - looks like the type of site I was looking I need to get better control over my blood sugar. I had a stroke a year ago and had my blood sugar under control after that and lost 20 lbs. I've gained it back. <BR> I'm glad to find such a great site. The stroke was frightening - trouble talking and being understood as it was happening, then a few hours later I had right sided paralysis. I worked very hard to regain handwriting. Wed, 24 May 2017 19:58:38 EST Mary intro Hi I'm Mary. I'm trying to lose 17 pounds this summer and still enjoy my vacations, etc. I've promised myself a kiteboarding lesson if I can do it. We'll see... <BR> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:14:59 EST Health Breakfast I would like to get some health breakfast tips Wed, 24 May 2017 11:42:54 EST Happy go be alive Just grateful God gave me another day! Wed, 24 May 2017 06:33:03 EST New Here Hello everyone, My name is Mark and I am just starting my journey. Today is day 3 of my lifestyle change. I am a father of 3 and my youngest is 6. I have been fat all of my life. I am my heaviest right now which is about 475 pounds. That is a staggering number and I cannot believe it took me this long to wake up. I've lost weight in the past and would gain it all back and then some. I would go into with incredible gusto only to flame out in a few weeks or months. <BR> <BR> I believe ... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:44:46 EST I was 30 pounds lighter my last log in So I could tell you that tragedy struck and I couldn't focus on healthy living, so I gained 30 pounds since my last log in. But the truth is, everything was going well. For whatever reason, I stopped weighing myself, watching my portions, exercising. Imagine my surprise when this morning, whenafter a lengthy absence from Spark, I logged in and weighed myself. 30 pounds heavier. I could be embarrassed, sad, perhaps even move towards depressed....But I'm not going to. I have contacted a f... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:01:08 EST Sometimes I'm up late, sometimes I'm up early. Hello everyone it's day 3 for me on this site and I just discovered the message boards. I am trying to get to a healthy weight and am loving this site so far for that. The nutrition tracker has inspired me to make healthier food choices, and the challenges motivate me to move more. In addition to getting to a healthy weight I quit smoking just over 100 days ago so I am really getting my health on track! I am 46 years old and trying to lose 50 pounds. I do a lot of walking, some yoga, and dumb... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:44:21 EST the egg pizza recipe Hi, my name is Janice and I am using sparkpeople to help me lose 15-20 lbs. I tried the egg pizza recipe this morning and I would say it was the best breakfast that I have had in quite a long time! Thank you so much for whoever created that. I use gluten free pizza bread and it was great. Thank you again! Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:33 EST lost 19 lbs from knees replaced Recovering from having both knees replaced in last 1--last one 6 weeks ago. Challenge is not being able to exercise much. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:54 EST Sugarpie18 Hi, I've been checking in, counting calories for 10 days and have lost 11 pounds. Yeah! But I just do not find myself able to meet my daily goals. Recovering from one knee surgery and have another in the near future. Exercise is almost non existent except for physical therapy with limitations. Simple recipes are what I need. Foods that do not make me feel gassy or foods my body does not agree with. No wheat, dairy, or chicken. Most veggies are okay but had to live on. Well, hello and thanks ... Sun, 21 May 2017 22:07:04 EST Strength for the times.... Hi all <BR> I'm Brenda. Glad to be here with all of you. My goal is not as much to lose weight, although that will be nice, but to get my strength back. I don't know where my muscles have gone but I intend to find them! <BR> Best wishes to everyone. <BR> Stay strong, <BR> Brenda Sun, 21 May 2017 20:00:45 EST Staring Fresh Hi Everyone, <BR> I am 50 years of age and it has been a very long time since I've been a healthy weight. I recently got back into exercising hoping that would get the pounds off but I'm still struggling with the food aspect and I also like my red wine. I think reading about everyone's success and troubles with help keep me motivated. Sun, 21 May 2017 10:10:52 EST So excited to be here! I have been "off the wagon" for about 8 months. After an AWFUL doctor visit, I chose Mother's Day to get back down to business. I have almost made it through my first week! I started back at the gym and have been counting every calorie. I joined Spark People many many years ago and met so many wonderful people. I am so excited to be back! Wish me luck! <em>334</em> Sat, 20 May 2017 15:04:48 EST New to SparksPeople Only on Day 5 -- doing OK -- Down 5 lbs -- only 45 more to go <em>30</em> . Everyone have a great Weekend. <BR> <BR> Nana G Sat, 20 May 2017 13:56:10 EST Hello! Hi. I am new to Spark people. I have been with Spark for less than 2 weeks, and I have lost just over 2 pounds. I have 12 to go. Any ideas are welcome! <em>41</em> <img src=""> Sat, 20 May 2017 13:10:22 EST New I am new here and was wondering how to get the tracker for weight lost that I see other people have? Sat, 20 May 2017 11:39:03 EST I'm tired of hurting! I'm 68 years old and I need to lose 150 pounds. I'm tired of feet hurting, legs hurting, hips hurting, back hurting. I've battled with weight issues all my life and I've always lost the battle. I'm going to need to know that I'm not alone and to know that even this old lady can succeed and start to feel better, emotionally and physically. Sat, 20 May 2017 07:14:41 EST here once and happily back again At one time I was getting down to a good weight but I gained it back and more of it. My ended up with bad eating habits again and overall just not being in good health. But I want to lose weight and this time continue to lose weight. I am happy to be back with SparkPeople and intend to stay around this time. It is a great group to be part of. Fri, 19 May 2017 21:33:19 EST Nice To Be Here So happy to be part of such a positive community, I look forward to my time here! Fri, 19 May 2017 17:34:20 EST Looking for support! I'm on day 5 after trying Spark people about 9 years ago... I find I'm always great with starting something new and then get discouraged. Want to see some small changes to keep me motivated and keep my eye on the end goal! Fri, 19 May 2017 15:20:27 EST Glad to be back and heading in the right direction <em>213</em> Fri, 19 May 2017 12:05:17 EST Hey there I am a 69 year old ex weight watcher leader that needs to take off about 35 pounds. I live with my sister and she does most of the cooking. I think she is making a "Sugar Pie" right now and boy I don't want to put anymore on but I also don't want to upset her by not tasting the pie. I am also the "mommy" to a 2.8 pound mini-schnauzer, Sassy. I am learning the ins and outs of being a new pet owner again and loving it. Only had to get up once to go out and that was at 7:10 this morning. I... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:42:27 EST Hello I've used SparkPeople on and off for a long time, but never have I managed to be as consistent as I have this time around. I've been on track for over 60 days, and I've lost just over 30 lbs. I'm almost 10% down from my starting point of 363. Fri, 19 May 2017 02:16:19 EST Newbie <em>29</em> Thu, 18 May 2017 15:20:56 EST Returning to SparkPeople and glad to be here! Hello everyone! I once did SparkPeople, seriously at that, and lost a whole bunch of weight! It was awesome and then I had some serious stuff go down...stopped tracking...well, it's been tough but I'm in a better place in my acceptance and I just want to be healthier and I know I'm getting older. I'm 38 years old now so I can't really ignore the proximity of 40 for that much longer! Also the fact that members of my family tend to acquire health issues exacerbated by weight gain as they get ol... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:49:16 EST This place looks familiar... because I have been here before. I am feeling motivated once again so I am back. Have always liked this site and appreciate the help it provides very much! Thanks all! Thu, 18 May 2017 11:59:56 EST Newbie :) Hi, <BR> I started my journey with SP last Monday, but am just getting around to doing my intro. My first few days were great. I was motivated, tracking everything, feeling great...Then, I went off track and wasn't feeling too great about it. Well, I'm back and realize the importance of the support of a community such as SP. I am so thankful to be back on track. Even though I did slip a little today, once I entered all of my meals and snacks, I discovered that's all it was, just a little slip... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:04:14 EST hi. I'm Breeze. I'm really enjoying the site and the motivation. I hope I can stick with it! Baby steps..... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:34:31 EST Re-starting. Hi everybody! <BR> All my life struggling with my weight. I had a bariatric surgery 4 years ago, I lost 88 pounds, but I'm re-gaining weight (40 pounds until now). I really need to do important changes in my life style. I feel I fail, completely fail. <BR> I really would like some advices to re-start and have the best results, I know it is easy and it will not be quick, but I'm not hurry, I just want to changes for life, for my entire life. <BR> <BR> How to deal with a busy schedul... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:05:28 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! <BR> I just signed up a few minutes ago! I have about 21 pounds to shed so I'm excited to get started. I'm getting married next October and I want to feel good in my dress. Hope you all are having a great day! Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:31 EST Hi everyone, I'm new to SparkPeople! <img src="">I'm a recent retiree and a budding artist living in Maine. Because of that, I've become very sedentary. I think this website is going to be invaluable to me as it has been to all of you. I'm looking forward to the Small Goals Challenge. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your group! Tue, 16 May 2017 21:49:38 EST New and Lost Although I signed up several weeks ago, I'm just getting started exploring the board. Mostly I felt I had to wait until the end of a very difficult semester to take on anything new. I had a lot of success with Weight Watchers years ago but when I joined again, I found that they have eliminated the discussion boards--the number one reason for my prior success. I've been working on becoming more active and served recently completed Walk Across Texas (although I substituted aqua-jogging and yard... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:47:46 EST Try again Sticking to it Tue, 16 May 2017 19:27:01 EST Time to Start is Now! My name is Robin. It seems that once I turned 50, my body started a downward spiral with minor back and hip problems. I weighed between 210 and 265 most of my adult life. I quit smoking in July, 2014 and really started putting on the weight. Now I weigh 302 lbs. I have joint problems (back, knees and feet) which limits my mobility. I have 4 grandchildren and they want me to go to Disney World! I joined Spark for motivation, support groups and ideas to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Tue, 16 May 2017 15:21:10 EST New and Old Yep I am new to this site. Yep I am not young! But I do want to learn from all of you. My goals include losing weight, gitting fit, and eating / acting healthy. Also hoping to journal this process - which is why I thought Spark People would be helpful. <BR> <BR> I hope no one will mind when I ask questions, because I am sure I will have plenty. Looking forward to getting started. ;-) Tue, 16 May 2017 13:58:27 EST Newbie Hi all...I've been doing Spark -- off and on -- for about a year. Got neck deep in a kitchen reno and fell off the wagon. Back and raring to go. My name is Pam. I'm 62. Married for 29 years. I'm hoping to lose 50-60 pounds before 63. Not real big on the GROUP thing...more of a loner. Good luck to us all! Tue, 16 May 2017 12:46:29 EST New and Improving Everyday, but I need help I am a new Sparkie, and I am finally trying to take care of me. I refuse to be on medications all my life for cholesterol and high blood pressure. My doctor has put me on a special diet to help me lose this weight. I am eliminating wheat and dairy, watching my sodium, sugar and carbs. Is there a way to pull up recipes this way on here or do I have to filter them out myself? I am trying to get my body conditioned and exercise again. I know I can do it, I just need help along the way. Help with... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:07:00 EST learning how to track Hi! I'm a former WW member and am starting using Spark People after going to my doctor's today!! I lost 18 lbs previously on WW (my goal is 25!) but got lazy and regained it all back!! This looks like a good program and I'm glad that we have to track but I'm not sure how to do it! Could someone explain to me how/where you track? Also, how do you know the values of the items that you're tracking? WW used to have a scanner type app but not sure how to do it in this program! <BR> Thanks everyon... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:38:28 EST Menopause help please! Hi! I was thin my whole life, or at least normal. Dropped weight easily after my three kids. I hit menopause and I put on 15 pounds out of the blue and it doesn't want to leave. I don't eat dairy and I don't eat processed food (haven't for years). I have an office job but I try to be active outside of work. My sleep is terrible cause I wake up all night, often staying awake. I'm just sad because I just am not sure where to go from here and I'm nervous I'll keep putting on weight. I know many... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:59:45 EST Hoping to motivate other with my story Hello, <BR> <BR> I was always pretty active, I started goign to the gym when I was 13 off and on and played basketball through junior high and high school. At 25 I get certified as a personal trainer. One morning I was having horrible chest pain and I went to emerge, they did a cadio gram and it came back normal by my blood test did not. It was just random that they did the test they did. I was told to stop working out to see if my CK levels would come down ( though I might have been over tr... Mon, 15 May 2017 14:09:24 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Nikol. I am 30 year old single mom. I am also a college student and I work part time. I have roughly 70 lbs to lose to hit the goal I set for myself. I am off to a great start so far losing my first 5 lbs this past week. I have very little time for myself and when I do I read and now I use some of that time to exercise. I hope to keep my motivation high this time around and really stick to things. Mon, 15 May 2017 13:38:03 EST introduce Hi I'm so happy that I finally found the courage to start fresh with you guys. I'm a 38 year old Young woman from the heart of downtown saint Paul. I started at anytime fitness and at YMCA to. So now I got to learn to stick with it and not to quit. Sun, 14 May 2017 21:45:55 EST Hi! Hi everybody! My name is Mavi (or Kitten). I am a 30 year old female who has about 165 lbs to loose to get to my weight goal that I have personally set for myself. I do not work as I am disabled due to mental and physical aliments. I currently reside in South Carolina but will be moving to Oklahoma July 27th. I am obsessed with Supernatural. I collect Hello Kitty and anything I think is cute. I love to color. I have four tattoos and plan to get more. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, don'... Sun, 14 May 2017 09:39:26 EST Hi, I'm Regan Hello everyone. I'm 26 years old and I have always struggled with my weight. I was in the military for 5 years but since getting out managing my weight has gotten much harder. I've also moved to a new area so I don't have anyone to talk to or keep me motivated. I hope I can make some friends in the spark community so we can keep each other motivated! 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