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 On being authentic Hello, I I joined Sparkpeople in May 2013 at age 67 several years after I retired from the US patent and Trademark Office. Since then I lost 32 pounds and been maintaining my current weight give or take 5 pounds since February 2018. I know that some may feel that losing 32 pounds in 45 months is not much of an accomplishment, but I am proud of my accomplishment and continued growth in character. I switched from being a quasi-Christian to a full-blown Humanist. I invested 134 dollars in two... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:14:44 EST GETING STARTED WORKING MYSELF THRU THE SYSTEM & GETING EXCITED <em>20</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:25:46 EST Its been a LONG LONG time since Ive been on Just dropping by to say hello to everyone and get myself back into the swing of the page. Have a good weekend Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:28:21 EST Looking for buddy with Lupus Hello, I am looking to buddy up with someone that has Lupus and Fibromyalgia. Also, any groups out there for Lupus? Thanks. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:17:04 EST Hi I'm 5 feet 9 and 163 pounds but I have love handles which I'm looking to lose. I have no idea where to start. Can you help ? Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:04:08 EST Hi Everyone ! This is my 4th day of logging on. ( Even tho I apparently created my account last year, I never really used it then. But, now I'm going to ! ) <BR> <BR> I live in NJ. I like to do outdoor activities which is difficult to do in the winter, because I don't like the cold. I like Running, Hiking, Biking, Walking, Scootering. I have 35 pounds to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to participating on the site with challenges, the boards, maybe even a blog or 2. Have a great da... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:19:07 EST Hello ! I'm here at the end of the world! So happy to have such inspiration to saving my life literally. I am motivated and am in a groove to reach my goal of not becoming full on Diabetic. I have been trying for a while and have been borderline for about 15 years. I have diagnosed myself to a Keto/ Paleo sort of diet. I love to cook and hike. I am a jazz singer. My husband is very supportive and eats everything I eat. I have found Spark to be fun and inviting and non-judgemental. I have very limited resources (food, testing suppli... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:14:03 EST Introduction Hi everyone! I'm Susan and really happy to have found this site. While my overall health is good, I want to shed quite a bit (60 # is my goal) to be even healthier. Glad to 'meet' y'all! Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:04:38 EST Hi! I'm new here. I'm positive I'm not the only one with this story. I gain and lose and gain and lose and gain and lose. In 2014, I thought I finally figured it out! I began running, eating well, and hiking and the pounds came off! I was down 75 pounds and BOOM, I got pregnant. My husband and I were over the moon, but I didn't realize the toll it would take on my body and my brain. I was tired, so I stopped moving, and I was hungry, so I ate EVERYTHING. I gained a ton of weight and it didn't come off afte... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:04:08 EST Positive growth Every day, go the extra mile, cherish that which is good, and nurture the skills that you want to develop. The rest of what is needed will fall into place. Mr Owl <BR> <BR> When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may be only a second to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime. - Unknown <BR> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:14:36 EST New to this forums Hi guys, glad to be here, about my user name,,, i adopted that in this forum just to motivate me,,,im 50 years old, looking to lose 30-35 lbs this year, and get into the habit of exercising daily. With the hope of not hearing my doctor to say: "Mr, You have high blood pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, etc etc...So,, in order for that, i intend to check this forums for good tips on starting a good workout at home and outdoors,,,, I love walking and running by the way...can't last too much, but... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:32:22 EST A good way to gain self-esteem I joined SparkPeople 57 months ago, it took me 44 months to lose the weight, have been maintaining my weight for 13 months. I loved the experience in Spark and aim to help others turn their lives around too. I'm looking for someone to join and be active in my team so I can better be able to do this. Mr. Owl <BR> When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may be only a second to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime. - Unknown Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:30:59 EST Introduction Hi. I'm an older student pursuing a bachelor degree. I love photography and being outside. <BR> <BR> I've been on the on-again-off-again exercise and diet yo-yo for years. I've gained and lost and gained back more a few times. I have asthma and it's getting worse. Since I'm going to school, I sit a lot to study. I really want to do something to get healthy, but just when I start thinking I can, I want an ice cream cone. I don't really have any accountability. <BR> <BR> So, I'm looking for m... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 23:17:18 EST A New Beginning :) Hi everyone I am new on here. Looking for some positive supportive friends. I am married and have always struggled with my weight. I want to loose weight and become healthier. My husband is not supportive at all. In fact he thinks its silly and counts on me to go back to my old ways. However I decided this year for my birthday that I wanted to change. I have at least 100+ pounds to loose. I don't know where to start or what to eat other than to drink as much water as i possibly can everyday. ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:29:43 EST Second Time Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Returning after about a three year absence. Good news is not much in terms of weight gain. However, I am still far from my desired weight goal. What is different this time is my attitude. I am fully committed to Me! Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:53:42 EST Here again :) If only I'd stayed and completed what I'd started last time, I'd be a lot lighter and healthier at this point in my life, but oh well it is what it is, so here I am. Not going to beat myself up over it and am just going to look forward, not backward. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 52, have a slew of health issues but I'm not going to let that stop me from taking charge of my life. Going to do the best I can with what I have. <BR> <BR> I've started a challenge if anyone would like to join: https://www.... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:09:56 EST New Start Hello all! My name is Michele and I am here for a fresh start. Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:11:33 EST Excited to be here! I am so glad to be here!! I am excited and optimistic about what SparkPeople is going to help me accomplish in the next few months and beyond! Although I do not have a lot of weight to lose, it is stubborn weight recently gained in midlife. I want to reverse the trend I see on the scale and I want to develop healthy habits that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I think that this can be a powerful tool for me! Fri, 9 Mar 2018 22:36:25 EST Introduction Hello my name is Gelaine and I'm new here at SprarkPeople. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:01:40 EST Hello world Hello world my name is Stephanie and I am new to Spark People. I am hoping that I can start a habit of a better lifestyle and that it will stick. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 23:46:37 EST Hello! I've done this before but my computer updated and cleared my history so I have to start again. Today would be my 7th day on here. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:28:37 EST Where to find people in my area? Hola! Restarting here. It’s hard getting back into shape after sickness and surgery. Especially when my friends have no interest in Getting healthy or helping me lol. Things have changed since I’ve been back lol maybe someone could point me to a San Antonio chat if there is or events. Thanks!! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:04:00 EST I felt the need to return I used to be a regular user of this site. Still struggling and I felt the need to return, after a gap of 5 years. <BR> After a bit of bother, I was able to find my old profile, and rejoin it. <BR> It would seem that I am 3lb lighter than I was 5 years ago. <BR> The amount of stressing I have done over this time about gaining/losing weight, for a net result of 3lb, moves me to the conclusion that I am wasting too much of my adult life (and at 67, I have to make the most of every year) worryi... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:15:16 EST Let me introduce myself <img src=""> Hello, my name is Jody. I just turned 50 on January 20th, 2018 and I am completely embracing it. Actually, turning 50 has me feeling like I accomplished a big milestone. I am happily married for 27 years, I have two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. I love animals and nature. I have one cat, and I think she doesn't think she is a cat. She is more like our baby ... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 21:36:55 EST Joined Last Thursday Still getting the hang of things on the website. I have a question about how to count calories for cooked white rice - the nutritional content seems all over the place. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:35:35 EST 21 day newcomer challenge Missed Day 4 challenge yesterday, so today I made up for it! I hate exercise so I'm glad I did yesterdays challenge today bc I'm in a much better frame of mind. Turned on the stove timer for 10 minutes and I managed to finish even with modifications. I have to say my thighs must weigh 10-15 lbs each bc that slowed me down quite a bit when I did those knee raises. Ah well, tomorrow is another day! Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:29:05 EST Hello! Well, I've been on this app for 5 days now. I was a T2 diabetic then I had gastric bypass surgery. Didn't lose as much as they hoped but my main purpose was to remove my diabetic status, which I did for 3.5 years. Well 2018 didn't start off real well, I'm back to being a T2 diabetic and this time it is much harder to keep the sugar levels in check. I'm on a low carb diet. I'm not much of an exerciser despite my good intentional thoughts. I've gained 24 pounds back of the 80 I lost with the su... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 13:29:40 EST Continuing to improve Me. I joined Sparkpeople years ago while quitting smoking. Improving my health was highly important to me then and it still is. At my annual physical for my 64th year I got the biggest kick out of my Doctor; "Where have you been for the past year? Why haven't you been in to see me?" "Well, if a person isn't ill or having problems I didn't think they needed to go see a Doctor frequently, so I haven't been here." "Well, let me take a look and we shall see. Your Labs are all good, well within the no... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:33:10 EST new here i found this site by looking up things to keep my mind off of smoking. i try to stop but the urge always wins.this time im not gonna let it win ima beat it.. what are some things you you guys do who are trying to stop smoking do? Sun, 4 Mar 2018 21:36:24 EST Starting my journey to a more healthy lifestyle! My name is Addison! <BR> I'm a 29 yr old male and I'm 5 feet and 4 inches. <BR> I currently weighh 216 pounds and aim to lose 66 pounds. <BR> I lost my long "Introduce Yourself" post I recently made due to posting the message and then receiving "No HTML please" and had to press the back button and was hoping that my post was saved, nope. It wasn't. So, that sucks! <BR> So, I'm just going to keep this short this time around. <BR> <BR> Starting Monday, <BR> I'm deciding to toss out Sugar, Past... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 13:30:12 EST 3.4.18 March Forth To Healthier Lifestyle! March 4th is my favorite day of the year! Great day for anyone on the move! <BR> I'm Carol...relatively new to Spark...its been a little over a month. <BR> <BR> I started my journey to better health around the first of the year with a resolution to do something every day to make me healthier. Another resolution (and I NEVER make them) is drinking 90 ounces of water each day, so I have the first resolution covered no matter what! <em>30</em> Anyway I'm rockin' the resolutions this year.... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 12:36:44 EST I've lost my old profile a few years ago I was a regular user and contributer to spark people. While I was not active, EE advised me that my old e mail address had been withdrawn. All orangehome e mails. I can't get into my old profile and had to set up a new account. I would love to find it and see what (if anything) is different now to when I left <BR> It's good to be back. Does anyone have any idea how I can retrieve my dormant profile? <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 05:43:08 EST A New Me Hello I am Snoochie because i prefer not to use my real name. I am a mother of 3 kids children all who are under the age of 6 years old. Since having these kids who are a blessing it wasn't so much for my body for i have let myself go. I ready to change that one step at a time. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 18:28:55 EST Newbie Started today,. Using the tracker and can already see where there are opportunities to achieve success. Greetings to all :-) Fri, 2 Mar 2018 11:28:50 EST trying to focus on me For more than 10 years my life revolved around my aging parents. Dad had alzheimers and Mom needed a lot of help physically. I do not regret a minute of the time I spent caring for them. But now that they are both gone, I have been feeling that the reason I was put here is also gone. At a regular doctor's appointment recently I was told that I needed to focus on me now and get back into some kind of social environment. She suggested that I try to get back to the weight I was before my f... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:50:37 EST Hello all! I am new here, this is my 3 day of tracking my fitness. <BR> <BR> I started changing the way I eat about 2 weeks ago, and began wanting a way to track my progress (or lack of). After several searches, I found this site. <BR> <BR> So far, I am not disappointed at all. I appreciate the format and how adaptable the tracker is to my particular diet needs. In the past 3 days, I have done more research on what I've been stuffing into my face than I ever had, and the results are eye opening for me... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 09:12:16 EST phase two food makes me vomit I really vomit after a snack of three egg whites and half a cabbage plus broccoli plus green onions and asparagus. I am unable to eat much of the stuffed mushrooms and/or stuffed peppers so I eat as much as I can as often as I can. Phase two is really hard for me. I would really like fasting better, but slog along pumping iron as I get really angry. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:55:21 EST Hello My name is Holly. I have early onset ataxia (you walk like your drunk) and into a few months of a back surgery. I am modifying exercise as I go. My walking is standing, walking with hubby, or with my walker. I have used a rolling walker for about 10 years. At this time, I have not been able to go places by m6self. My goals are simple working towards that. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:26:00 EST Weight loss buddy Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I’m new here and am looking for a weight loss buddy. I’m a girl in her 20s who recently graduated and also retired from my sport. <BR> Now, I have a hard time maintaining a healthy lifestyle and sticking to it every day. <BR> <BR> I would love to have an accountability buddy so if you’re interested shoot me a message :) Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:21:22 EST Still haven't lost weight, but am making progress <BR> I started out 2 weeks ago or so with a whiny rant, so am trying to course-correct with some positivity :) <BR> <BR> For a minute, I lost 2 lbs, but it was temporary water weight or something. However, I have been doing small things to get me in the headspace for getting healthy and losing weight. I've pretty much kept up with drinking more water and fruit/veggies. Portions are no longer a big problem since I've gotten older...I don't get the urge to eat as much. I've been walking a bit... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:40:23 EST Hi am Mac, I am a 64 year male that really needs to drop some weight and keep it off. No health issues but really noticing a lack of energy. this is my 1st time joining a system like Spark. Looking forward to getting pointers on the do's and don'ts and having someone push me. <BR> Mac Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:12:44 EST New, motivated, fanatic scale-hater Greetings to all! <BR> <BR> Recently moved to the states (have been living here for the past 14 months). <BR> <BR> I've always been kinda chubby and I always struggled with diets and fitness programs. I'm 5'6'' and I was weighing almost 170 pounds when I moved here. Which was terrible. About 7 months ago I decided I needed to do something about all this fat lurking around. I was always bored to do repetitive stuff, I always hated any form of running, treadmill or not. So I figured maybe I ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:18:52 EST Motivation and a Standard Poodle puppy <img src=""> <img src="">Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparkpeople member for several years, and I come and go. This time I am here for real. After committing to Whole30 for a month, I think I can do anything. I eliminated everything that I was told to eliminate and I was diligent, really diligent. However, I found them to be ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:40:43 EST Hello! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Trish, I'm 33 Married with a 12, 6 and 4 year old chlidren. I like to walk, read, crochet, knit and lift weights. I've been trying to lose weight since I first met my husband almost 14 years ago and I seem to struggle. I'm halfway between what I was then 245 and my highest ever 315. I suffer from Depression, mood disorder and anxiety. Every one of them is ugly and can either cause a daily struggle or it can cause me to be persistent for 2-3 weeks then when ... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:34:18 EST Just Starting Just getting started. Want to lose some weight. 63 year old with heart transplant Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:38:58 EST Feeling fat and frustrated abroad Hi everyone! My name is Tia. My fiance and I are currently working as English teachers in South Korea and had a very rude awakening when we stepped on the scale recently. <BR> <BR> Since we arrived several months ago, we have both gained over 10 lbs. I get free lunch at school every day, which always includes rice. Starting today, I'm going to say "no thank you," and hope my Korean coworkers don't think I'm being rude. <BR> <BR> Additionally, delivery is so cheap and easy here, whereas buyi... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:01:48 EST coming back hello, i was a member years ago.. plus a TOPs member.. and well.. just quit taking care of my self. and didn't have self control/ambition or care.. so the weight came back on. NOW.. i need some help cause i am ready. My goal is to start focusing on my weight March 1. Why March 1.. i want to make it a goal.. get rid of what i dont need, and plan ahead and have everything needed to get to my goal. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:43:33 EST New... overwhelmed... lost in the forest. I cannot see my goal weight, much in the same way that I cannot see my toes without bending over. How did I get to this point? I climbed Mt. Rainier on my honeymoon. I had a dogsled team and was competitive in long distance swimming. I cannot point to some drastic event as an "ah, yes that's it" type moment where I slid into this hell hole. I can't blame abuse, or an accident, or an injury or an illness. I am not looking to abdicate responsibility to society or someone else. I recogniz... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:07:29 EST I'm New :) Hello, I've just discovered this amazing website and I'm hoping to finally stick with a healthy lifestyle. I knew that I had to get serious when I realized that I am the weight that I was when I was 7 months pregnant! How depressing is that? I have always been off and on different diets and meal plans but keep gaining the weight back. I'm hoping to take a more gradual approach this time and that it will stick. Anyway, hello to you all and I look forward to embarking on this journey together! Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:05:47 EST Working to have surgery! I have Barrett's disease, GERD, a hiatal hernia, and a problem with my stomach emptying. Because of all of these issues, my doctor has recommended that I have gastric bypass surgery. In order to do that I need to lose 50-75 lbs. After this is all done I am hoping I can get off of at least 7 medications that I am taking plus my CPAP machine. I have fibromyalgia as well and my doctor believes that me losing the weight will aid me with this as well. I am looking forward to what I know will ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:57:46 EST Newbie I had my consultation a week ago today. Right after my consultation I went ice skating and some kid knocked me over and I got a concussion. I also suffer from depression and anxiety which have been magnified since the concussion. I�m on day 5 of the diet and find that I�m so depressed I can barely move. I am also itching from head to toe and it�s unbearable. I called the office and they said to stop taking the magnesium for now but that the itching could be from the soy products. Has anyone ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:06:18 EST Getting stronger I everyone! I started this journey last Sunday, Feb18. As of yesterday I lost 12 lbs but today I weighed in 2.5 lbs up. Bummed but glad I am still down 10 this week. I assume it is my body naturally slowing down the process. I am excited to be moving forward. I started this because I was a carb addict. i am breaking those chains. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:41:24 EST Find myself Hello, we're here Fo get in shape & loss these stubborn last few pounds. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:33:33 EST Newbie I have been using app for two weeks now! Just love it! Anxious to talk with other people. Have battled with 40 lbs for 40 years after 4th child. Said I was going to lose it at 40,50 and now I am 60 and I am seriously over myself. Started new life 1/1/18 I am down 7 lbs, eating well, tracking well and have got off my lazy but and walking 10 miles a week, This app has been so encouraging😄?. I will make it this time with help from this app and positive thoughts. The best part... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:20:23 EST I'm back....again Hello everyone! I became a member of SP a long time ago but never disciplined myself to stay active. But 3 kids, a divorce and now finally a career I love, I have decided that it is my time! I need to be healthier for my little ones (who aren't so little anymore). <BR> <BR> So...a little about me... <BR> My name is Melinda and I'm from Greenup,KY. I'm 40 years old. Some days I feel like 80 and some days I feel 25. I work with children with behavor disorders. I have a big heart for t... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:14:15 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:15 EST Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, so overweight I am in need of some kind of emotional support. I am in month 6 ( really 8 since my first surgery). I gained 20 lbs my first surgery in June of 2017 and an additional 20 lbs after my second surgery in August. I have rods from T6-L3. I stay completely exhausted all of the time and am in peri-menopause. I ate great for 2 months to try and take some weight off but I only lost 5 lbs in two months. I�m so frustrated, I feel like I�m in a Catch 22 where, I have to spend all day in my back bra... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:48:54 EST Hi Everyone Can't honestly say I'm new to Spark People. In the past I was a member but I think I used it more for motivation off and on and truly enjoyed reading everyone's posts but I didn't really write any myself. <BR> <BR> I'm back now and need the support and motivation that this site offers and hope that I can motivate others along the journey. I so sincerely miss the feeling of my body when I wasn't carrying around extra weight (which was all of my life except the past couple years) Never did ... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:29:42 EST Hi Hi Everyone, I've started and stopped sparkpeople countless times.... but hoping this time to create real change....slowly but surely Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:25:01 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! my name is teresa, and i am from nc. I am new here, and i hope to meet amazing people the help me get healthy. anyone have any advice on how to get started? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:37:10 EST Semi new here, looking for a weight loss buddy Hi all, I am not really new here as I used spark people about 4 years ago to help me start my weight loss but then life got in the way as it does sometimes. I'm back and recommitted to losing weight. I started back in September weighing 241 and am now at 217 but STUCK! Looking for a few new friends to help me keep pushing through. I just started a personal training challenge at my local YMCA and am really liking it. I'm back to tracking my food and watching what I eat. I feel like I'm missing... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:01:14 EST New to Spark Hi <BR> This is my first time in Spark. I am 55 and I weigh 180 lbs. I am going to try to stick with this program. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:12:58 EST Hello! i'm ready to spark it up~! Hello just stopping by to say hi! I would love some motivational friends so we can spark together to reach our goals! <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:05:53 EST new here Hi, im new here. Looking forward to sharing my stories and experiences with you all. I would also appreciate it if you all keep me updated on what has been going on in your lives too. Let us all connect and make friends. I'm a mother of a nine-month-old boy who I had through surrogacy. I'm a strong supporter of this concept. Let me know about your views regarding this. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:14 EST College I am in my second semester of my first year of college. The weight gain they warn about for first year college students is a totally real thing. I found it difficult to balance my eating with my schedule and had a difficult time getting into the gym. I started Spark over a week ago and I have lost 4 pounds already. I have been really working to be a better person all around and Spark really helps me to keep track of all kinds of goals in order to reach my full potential in college. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:33:41 EST New here Hello! Just joined and am planning on losing 25lbs. I would appreciate any tips you may have to offer. Thank you! Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:17:10 EST Newby I am new again. Couldn't figure any of this out the first time. Trying again. Forums confuse me. Mainly because I can never find my way back to them. I downloaded the app but deleted it . So I downloaded it again and will try to remember it's on my phone. Gotta go to work. Have a sparkling day!!!! <BR> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:27:15 EST A Sparkpeople retread Hello. My name is Janet and I have been a Sparkpeople user in the past but got busy going back to school to get a degree so I put this fantastic website on the back-burner. Big mistake. I gained a fair amount of weight and now I get to deal with the ramifications of it. I am so glad to have this website to keep me accountable each day with my food and exercise. It's also a great place to make new friends. I hope to meet some of you as we walk our journey's. Best wishes to all. Feel free to ad... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:35:23 EST I will, just watch me. I have 100 pounds to loose. Now that I have said that I hope on Valentines Day next year I will be at goal or close enough. Two pounds a week it is possible. My journey really started on 2-1-18. I have given up diet soda, stress eating and fast food for Lent. It is a time of reflection for me and I am feeling very much at peace. I have my meals scheduled and enjoy them. I am determined to become a healthier me. <BR> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:34:43 EST Yoyo dieter ready to make lifestyle changes Hey! I have been a yoyo dieter for years and I'm sick of it. I'm ready to change my lifestyle for good. I want to be a good example to my children. Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:47:15 EST hello I am starting this weight loss journey to better myself and to be around for my kids. I can motivate others I just have trouble motivating my self. I am asking anyone who has this same issue to every now and then send me words of encouragement if possible and I will do the same for you. Be blessed and above all else KEEP IT MOVING! <em>381</em> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:57:25 EST Hi I'm new to this but need any help I can get. I had my weight under control until my Doctor prescribed gabapentin and in 1 month I gained 40lbs and just went up from there. I quit taking the drug and now comes the hard part, losing all this weight. I WILL DO IT! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:34 EST New to this site Hello Spark Friends, <BR> I live in San Jose, CA and looking for a walking/jogging buddy. <BR> This is my first time on this site so just getting my feet wet. <BR> <BR> I'm 10 pounds away from my goal weight. <BR> They can be the most challenging pounds and also referred to as vanity pounds :) <BR> <BR> Anyone have suggestions for the best way to meet an accountability partner in the Bay Area? Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:00:48 EST Julius here from California My name is Julius from Anaheim, California. I am a promotional consutant I love to walk. I do meditation and love to bike. I have a pre-hypertension. Just doing some diet. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:59:19 EST Who I am Wanted to say hi, I’m still trying to learn my way around this sight. I wanted to loose around 20 pounds & then my son died Nov 6th & I gained 10 more so now it’s 30. I’m trying to eat healthy & keep the calories down & stay away from refined carbs. I am a 71 years young my husband is younger than me so I need the weight off to stay active. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:18:17 EST ms. kathy mccloud I ba wedding this summer and in need to lose weight, not only for the wedding but for myself. All the weight is in my midsection. my bad habit is soda and juice. I need a replacement for this besides water and crystal lite. my eating habit are bad it just sugar drinks. I swim and walking 3 days a week, plus I voluntary at a day care 4 days a week, so the work out is happening. help Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:34:31 EST suurogacy Hey every one. I am not getting my desired results at this forum. I want to know about the surrogacy process. I am planing to have a baby through surrogacy process. Recently i visited a clinic. I am hoping for the best. Right now i am very much confused either i should do it or not. Because i don't want to live in clinic. I don't find my self comfortable there. I want to live with my friends. They are forcing me to live with them because this is urgent and i have to choose the right decision ... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:49:20 EST surrogacy Hey every one. I am not getting my desired results at this forum. I want to know about the surrogacy process. I am planing to have a baby through surrogacy process. Recently i visited a clinic. I am hoping for the best. Right now i am very much confused either i should do it or not. Because i don't want to live in clinic. I don't find my self comfortable there. I want to live with my friends. They are forcing me to live with them because this is urgent and i have to choose the right decision ... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:43:13 EST New I'm Alexie a new member who's starting once again my journey towards becoming a healthier version of myself. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:34:38 EST A little about me and My epiphony I am 39yrs old, I have asthma, diabetes and have been overweight my whole life. I recently had that moment where I realized I need to start taking my own advice. You see I happen to be a LPN and find myself shaking my head at some of my patients when they are noncompliant in their care and management of their diabetes reminding them of the dangers of high blood sugar levels and they don't seem to care or make the effort to improve their situation. That's when it hit me. I am a hypocrite. My o... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:49:40 EST I'm new to this board and have some quesions. I've not been exercising to any significant extent for 8-9 years. I was caring for my mom and just couldn't do it. Now that Mom's passed away I do have time but not very motivated. I was going to a friends house and walking her treadmill and riding her bike for 10-15 minutes each twice a week. The holidays interferred, then she had we will start again. Meanwhile, I started walking through my house. Oh, I'm 80 years old this month, I have a lot of back issues, and use a cane to g... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:13:16 EST new member hello everyone <BR> i am a traumatic brain injury survivor. my weight has gone up over 10 lbs in the last year and i want to lose it again to feel better. i need your support out there Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:35:45 EST Hello everybody, I am new Well I have a few months just looking and developing a weight loss plan. My first goal is to lose 60 pound from here to December 2018. I split my goal into 5 to six pounds per month. As part of this process I just started adding changes to my lifestyle one by one, I am drinking 8 cups or more of water and just finished my 3 week of WATP YouTube challenge ( I am afraid to hurt my knees with something harder). My next step is add healthier choices to my diet, exercise moderation instead of d... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:28:31 EST Brand new to SP Happy to have joined on Feb 15th. I have not shared this type of journey or info online before. Lots of thoughts and feelings running around! I am appreciating the supportive tone, some good tips, reading about other peoples' journey, and like the detail of the reports. I have already noticed that journaling my food choices reduced my impulse to nibble here and there. When I did choose a treat, I did so with intent and enjoyed it a bit more. I felt more accountable to myself. Interesting stuf... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:53:15 EST New Hi, just started this week. My first post and first time on a message board. Learning my way around. Hope this helps keep me motivated as I am easily distracted and loose interest doing things on my own especially trying to loose weight. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:36:52 EST i am almost there for many years I have been trying so hard to get down to a comfortable weight. my highest weight has been 192 pounds and I am 5 feet tall. after many years of struggling I have decided I needed a weight management person to help me out. they recommended low carb and high fat. I am concerned about the high fat because I need to watch my cholesterol. anyways, I am finally doing better than I have in a long time. I am 138 pounds now and have 8 more pounds to my goal weight. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:40:29 EST Learning! I am learning so much about many things! This is an encouraging place to be! <BR> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:07:25 EST hi again well hello ... <BR> i am not new at all but i am on day 5 of the new member challenge trying to step up and get back on track <BR> i was on some meds that made me gain back all i had lost.. i have been hovering with small loses and gains ... now i am not on them i have no excuse i want to start losing and no gaining <BR> i am going to be Grandma in April and i want to be able to play and run with my grandson Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:05:15 EST Hello&#128522; I'm new to this site. My name is Penny and I really need to shed some weight. For the last year I've followed THM and although I feel healthier I'm not losing weight. I'm thinking of trying the KetoDiet. Would love to have a sharing community to help me through this process. I'm 63 years young and M very busy with grandchildren. So would love to support all of you. Thanks! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:31 EST New member w/ goals I would like to let you all know that I am new to SP. Thank you in advance for your support! <em>30</em> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:04:28 EST New once again. :) I was on this board back in 2014. I am back to stay this time. I am on the South Beach eating lifestyle. Learning new ways to eat and getting healthy. This is my third week on the plan and it has been good to me. It seems like it fits and isn't hard for me to do. My husband is on it as well and that makes things much better this time around. I am looking forward to getting into smaller clothes and being able to go to any store and get them right off the rack. Most importantly for me, is ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:12:41 EST Need a accountability partner Hello, my name is Shelly and i need some extra help and need a friend that will encourage me through this journey. Im kinda a shy person at first when you try to get to know me but I will eventually open up. I deal with a lot of social anxiety and deal with depression on a daily basis. I am currently 160lbs and would like to get down to 125lb. Message me if interested. thanks Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:28:01 EST Just me Hi my name is grace I am a 60 year old wife and mother I had a neck injury 7 years ago and after 3 surgeries and many months in a neck brace I've gained 60 lbs please help me in my struggle I'm really liking spark <em>524</em> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:22:49 EST Following Doctor's Orders I have to lower my glucose levels or else my doctor will increase my medicines. I was so bad over the holidays and now I have to get back on tracks. She recommend limiting carbs and food intake, and increasing exercise. So I have joined SparkPeople to get the hep I need. I need to show improvement in 3 weeks or else! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:44:46 EST Success starts NOW! Hi. I'm BobbiLynne2 and I wish us all success! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:48:16 EST Hello... any one else out there? I am here hoping to improve my overall health, reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle as a 3rd shifter. My goals are to be active, feel good, and achieve a healthy weight. I have joined this site in hopes of find people who also work night and have found ways to have a healthy life. My interests include music, attending concerts, talking, and being active. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:42:29 EST This is maddening I was halfway to my goal weight (low-carb diet and moderate exercise) and last week I broke my foot. I have to stay off it for at least six weeks. How do I keep the weight from creeping back up (short of not eating at all)? Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:44:01 EST New to Contrave Hello everyone, a little about me. I'm 67 yrs old and was married for 34 yrs until my husband got stomach cancer. I was a medical assistance for 10 yrs and gave up my career to take care of my husband. During his sickness I gained 20 lb so that's why I'm on the contrave I've tried everything to lose this weight and it just doesn't want to come off before my husband's cancer I was in top shape I was doing 5 K's had done too and was very healthy but the cancer and his health and the chemother... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:01:04 EST Been here before I have been here before but now real serious about my health. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:44:37 EST Introduction as a newbie Here’s the challenge request, to introduce myself as a newbie. <BR> Being a perfectionist, but also vey imperfect, I have to discipline myself not to do all the changes at once, but that I have to take baby steps. Not easy but essential for that long journey of mine. <BR> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:12:18 EST Starting again on Monday Last week I saw the doctor and the scale was up again so this Monday I started one more time to try to reach my goal o f 147. I have been up and down all my life. Now I am 73 and have many bone problems, but I still want to lose weight and feel better and healthier. I will give it my all. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:38:16 EST New to group I have just started Contrave last week. So far I'm doing ok. Any suggestions on what to eat, is their a diet to follow? Or are we on our own on this journey. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:16:05 EST Time to start over Hello to all, hope your day is already going well. I have finally decided that I am going to do this! 3 years ago I had 3 Stents put in my heart...shorthly after I got the diagnosis of diabetes. Meds, meds and more meds. I admit, I haven't change much of anything or exercise. I pray this is the answer. And with the support of others I can do this. I have a long way to go.. <BR> Bev Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:54 EST I Just Can't Do It Without My Spark! Hello Everyone, <BR> Yeah, I, like others started a New Years Resolution last year... to lose weight! I joined Spark People and lost 21 lbs., then I began to eat whatever, whenever and really gave up. The, I can start again tomorrow was long gone! Gained it all back!! So, this time around I am determine to stick with it and lose this 50 lbs. I can't do it alone! I need my SPARK PEOPLE!!! Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:18:17 EST Hello Hi everyone. I'm back at Spark after several years away. I'm married with a fur baby and two step kids. I'm on day 30 of logging my food. This is exciting since I usually throw in the towel pretty quickly. This time, along with losing weight, I'm concentrating on making the changes stick as a new way of life. I haven't posted much recently and felt ready to ease into it. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:02:08 EST New to Spark Hi, my name is Cathie. I need to lose 70 pounds and I need all the support I can get. I'm excited and to be honest I don't know where to start. But I will take all the advise I can get. Thank You Everybody. Lets do this together!! :) Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:08:51 EST First timer Hello everyone! First time in this group and hope to meet some wonderful, motivating people along the way. 😁? it's a long journey ahead, but an exciting one😁?? Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:28:59 EST Getting back to where I was After a couple of years with severe depression and fatigue, I'm getting back to working on my physical health which will help with my emotional health. I'm 63 years old and 40 or more pounds too heavy. I love the outdoors - camping, hiking, fishing and hunting, yet being out of shape and overweight has hampered too much. It's time to get back to nature and enjoy, but to do that, I need to lose some pounds and get more fit. <BR> <BR> I used tracking and recipes on Spark People several years ... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:08:24 EST so far to go Hi, my name is Donna and I am new to Sparkpeople. I've been using Myfitnesspal for a number of years, but felt it had grown stale for me and was more routine than motivational. <BR> <BR> I lost 35 pounds about 3 years ago, but due to some depression and medication issues, I gained most of it back. Now I have my resolve back to (re)lose that and more. Ideally I would like to drop 50-75 pounds, but my first goal is to get under 200. I just peeped at that last time I was focused so I know i... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:25:43 EST Back at it again!! Hi Y'all.... i'm back again.... i have tried and long term failed several times but i'm at it again. I need to loose this extra weight!! I'm young and want to start a family but I know that for my own health I need to lose the weight first. I started the Nutrisystem diet on Saturday and i'm currently on day 3 of the Turbo Fast Start week. Its brutal!! But I can do it! Just looking for a support system to help me through on those days when i'm struggling! Can't wait to be successful this time! Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:59:24 EST Returning Sparker! Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> Newly returned to SparkPeople, and so happy about this. <BR> It takes a great deal of self-love to want to take care of yourself again, so I feel happy that I am here and making it happen. <BR> <BR> A bit about me: <BR> I am 45, mother of 2 adult children, Meema to an adorable granddaughter. <BR> I am a first time grandparent, so this helps motivate me too. <BR> Diagnosed bulimic/binge eater - struggled with those and my weight my entire life. <BR> I am in recover... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:45:30 EST New today Hi! Beginning my weight loss journey today and so excited! Starting 239 lbs <em>249</em> with a goal of reaching around 180 lbs for now, then perhaps a few more to go. Since i'm older, I know this will be a challenge but I will get the weight off. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:25:57 EST Hello all I just came across this website. Nov 2016 I was 260 lbs, I am 5'8". Today I am 235 lbs and doing well. I don't want to lose the good role I am on, so today I am starting crossfit. My goal weight is 185 lbs. Hope you all have a great day Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:39:34 EST Hello! Hello, <BR> <BR> My dietician told me about this website, and I was hesitant to check it out, but now that I did it looks interesting. I am currently a grad student, and I sit in a lab (or in a class) majority of the day. I've been overweight my entire life- but I just turned 31, and I know it's time I took control of my eating habits. I'm hoping to meet some people that can help motivate me and that will be understanding of my journey. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:20:57 EST New Gal Here Hi <BR> everyone..Im new at this and need help understanding how this works... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:02:28 EST New Member Hello everyone, My name is Lorrie and I look forward to getting to know the SparkPeople's community. I have a goal to lose 50 pounds by September 2018 and to get in shape. I look forward to sharing with you! Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:18:18 EST Newbi Hello, <BR> I'm new to the group... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:17:06 EST Healthier snacks Hi my name is sara im pretty new iv been with spark people for 4 weeks im doing well but learning my healthy snacks has been hard . Im on my way to healthier life and excited to motivate and be motivated . Im in with the new family and would love to get ur opions on what works and what dont . Feel free to follow me and i will as long as you dont mind Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:22:21 EST Ugh. I'm back. Geez, how depressing. <BR> <BR> I decided to come back here after reading that a facebook friend had a heart attack. It made me think about how heavy I've gotten and how much I'm putting my own health at risk by not doing anything. <BR> <BR> My last check in here was over 3 years ago. I was 126 lbs then and now I'm 161 (and 5'). Menopause hit me like a bus. I look and feel lousy. Even my ob gyn is irritated with me, but I just don't feel motivated to exercise like I used to. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:52:01 EST introduction Hi my name is Dianne I have always been an animal lover and fight for their rights to life and love. I am a vegetarian trying or in the process of becoming a vegan. I enjoy nature finding its beauty very soothing to the soul. I enjoy knitting, sewing quilts, dolls and animals. I am a believer a born again christian. We are all here to lose weight and I wish everyone all the best you can fail if you keep trying. Good luck and <BR> God bless you all. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:22:20 EST Hi!!! Almost finished the first week I am a retired nurse and a people person. Still need to loose about 140 pounds and could use some friends focused on loosing weight , keeping it off and getting healthy, I love all the resources on here. Glad I found Sparkpeople. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:25:16 EST Spending more time on Sparkpeople I have been with Sparkpeople since 1/25/2007. I realized I need to spend more time with Sparkpeople again so I can truly get back to my goal of weighing under 200. "News-flash!" I'm starting to be more aware of why I'm not achieving my goal for the last two years - I wake-up everyday and log into Sparkpeople to log my exercise and get my log in points - then I start checking my e-mail or Facebook or Instagram or my text messages on the cellphone - so I miss out on really taking the time to se... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:42:41 EST Starting over...again, and scared Hi... <BR> <BR> So, this isn't my first time here, but...I'm hoping to make it work this time. <BR> <BR> I'm just starting to recover from an eating disorder and need to regain a pretty significant amount of weight. I realize that's like speaking Chinese in a community like this, so I'm not asking for help there. <BR> <BR> What I do need help with is getting back on the exercise wagon and staying there. I'm a jumper from Daily's a long story and not worth getting into here (it ... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 20:25:36 EST Hi I am new here Hello i am new here. I am a mum to 3 from Cornwall in the Uk. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 11:44:11 EST Hi! New and looking for buddies Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> So I just signed up to Sparkpeople. I'm sure ready. I am a woman, 38, live in Europe. I have 77 lbs to lose but have already lost a stone since January and now I feel I need to give and recieve a bit of fun / support along the way to not lose focus and motivation. Maybe occasionally via snail mail too. The food bit I am learning to handle quite well but I need to get exercising. Soo..hit me ;-) Fri, 9 Feb 2018 04:28:08 EST Newbie Hi! I am new to the site and I already love it!! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 22:49:47 EST I'm back I left for a while and I decided to do this again because it works. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 20:16:17 EST new to group Hi my name is janine- I had weight loss surgery in 2016 and have lost 96 pounds. I am wanting to loss 60 more pounds need some help. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 09:44:27 EST Hi guys :) New....sort of Hey guys :) I'm sort of new here. I've dabbled in weight loss before and lost 40 pounds but, as per the usual have gained that plus a lot more. I got my wake up call a few days ago when my doctor told me my health was in trouble due to my weight. I have PCOS, high blood pressure, arthritis, and i may have diabetes. She told me she wants me to lose 70 pounds in 6 months. My goal is to lose 130 pounds. I really hope i can do this this time and keep it off. I have also seriously considered weigh... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 02:06:40 EST trying this out im anne, hope this works Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:37:57 EST All In Friends Hey guise, Im Andrea ,31, Stay at home mama and looking for like minded people. I am looking to loose 35 pounds and get my pre baby body back. Lets be accountability buddies and get through this together! <BR> <BR> Andrea All-In Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:40:23 EST Accountability buddy? Hi - <BR> <BR> They are saying that the #1 key to losing weight is to have a buddy. I am looking for someone who would want to check in every few days (via text, phone, e-mail) to see how it's going and to help keep each other on track. <BR> <BR> I am 55, have about 35 lbs. to lose. I go to the gym about 4x/week - I am pretty motivated to lose this weight. I am going to South Africa in July and don't want to be carrying this extra weight up Table Mountain! <BR> <BR> Please contact me if y... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 13:33:42 EST Hi After a lifetime of trying to lose weight, I believe I found something that works! I've lost 10 pounds so far and have stuck with it for 4 weeks. That's the longest I've kept at it before getting discouraged. Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:39:00 EST HI its me! HI there, I am Jennylynn but i don't mind being called Jen for short. I am 43 yrs old and engaged. <BR> <BR> I am back from vacation and found that I gained 10 extra pounds from all the good food from Louisiana :( <BR> <BR> I live in a small town called Littleton, Colorado. Its not that far from Denver, Colorado. I would love to buddy up with someone so that we can bolster each other through sparkpeople. Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:07:09 EST Hi I’m new I weigh more now than I have ever done. I’ve tried so many times to lose weight but after a slow nearly a stone gone I give up because it’s too disheartening. Last time I lost 12lbs In a year. Exercise every day - truthfully - and rigidly stuck to healthy calories - again, truthfully. I have an under active thyroid and which I gather makes it worse. <BR> <BR> I know I’ll struggle but aim to keep positive. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Feb 2018 07:13:16 EST Let’s do it...again Hello all you SparkPeople! It feels weird coming back on here because I felt like I really did not have it together the last time. Now I’m ready to move forward with my life and actually make something of myself. I love seeing so many positive and encouraging people on here! Tue, 6 Feb 2018 19:32:59 EST Hi, I'm new here Hello, I'm new to this so I hope I can get some encouragement and support from some of you who have been here a while and who are making such great progress. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 13:38:15 EST Hi I'm new again Hello, Lots of things have happened over the past year and that is making exercise very difficult. I had major kidney surgery a year ago and they didn't have time to see my stomach muscles back together correctly. So I have to be careful not to get hernias. I can'5 do sit ups, sit from lying down lift my legs up while lying on my back. The muscles just aren't working. And now I've completely torn my rotator cuff and bicep muscle. Heading for surgery next week. I won't be able to use my arm fo... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 12:00:09 EST Hello again! I’m back on SparkPeople after 10 years. I joined originally in 2006. And shaped up. Now I’ve gained about 20 lbs and lookkng to lose it. My lifestyle is totally unhealthy, I don’t really exercise anymore, I eat whatever, and drink alcohol in excess, almost everyday. I want to quit drinking. I need more hobbies and to get back on track fitness and health wise, start taking care of myself. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 02:14:54 EST What to start doing at ymca Hello everyone, I need some advice. I am joining the YMCA this month and would like to know what should I start on after I get there. The machines or group exercise classes. I know there is a lot to do there, just asking for a little advice. <BR> <BR> Btw my name is Tammy and weigh 273. Highest weight 355 current goal 225. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 22:39:22 EST TTC from past 7 years hello every one i need suggestions. I have decided some thing really important in my life I was trying from almost 7 years from now. And now i decided to have a baby through surrogacy process. Is it safe? I want to have the complete information from the couples who experienced this in their life. I am, hoping for the best and planing according to that. I need some advice's quickly so i can start the process and visit the clinic as soon as possible. Wish me luck. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:34:41 EST New Type II Diabetic – needs friendly support I live in southern Ontario (Canada), in my early 50’s and definitely consider myself out of shape, poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle with little concern about any of it. That is until mid-January 2018, I was admitted to the hospital with the flu. I ended up having pneumonia and Gastroenteritis. I also got the diagnosis of type II Diabetes. This wake-up call required some serious lifestyle changes. I quit smoking and started to learn about a healthy reduced carb eating plan. I ... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 12:40:43 EST Excercise buddy I live in stark county in ohio.I would like to have an excercise me to stay accountable.I'm 57 2 hips replaced and a knee.I weigh over 240..So I'm a slow walker.In Navarre, Ohio .Let me know if there is anyone interested in same thing. <BR> Sat, 3 Feb 2018 09:10:09 EST Hi! I'm new....again Day 5 of starting again. This time I will do it and keep It! I will be 50 in 1 month and I refuse to continue with my old ways. I'm doing well so far - my biggest change is exercising 5 days a week...for 2 whole weeks now. Believe me...this is HUGE for me. Sat, 3 Feb 2018 07:32:10 EST New Journey Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and in hopes of meeting new people who are fighting the same battle as me. All of my life I have been overweight and struggled to stay healthy. Now that 60 years of age is fast approaching I would like to make another attempt at getting healthy again. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:11:04 EST Got a long way to go....... Hi ~ my name is Teresa. I need to move toward losing 170 pounds! <BR> Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:45:17 EST Hi, sort of new Hello everyone! I used to get Spark People emails years ago but never actually joined. So, I've been following for a while. <BR> <BR> I am a lifelong dieter, but this year I have decided to really tackle the problem. I recently slipped a disc, and losing weight is part of the cure. In addition, diabetes runs in my family and although I don't have any signs yet, many of my siblings do. <BR> <BR> Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, I'm off on my transformational year. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:22:04 EST Newbie Hi, I'm new, getting ready to be 55 yrs old and was sleeved 6 yrs ago. I've regained 40 lbs and am looking to lose it. Any other 50+ lady sleevers out here doing the same? Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:21:04 EST Looking for a daily check-in buddy Hey I'm Melissa. New here. I'm 140lb right now and am looking to be 128 by spring/summer and eventually 125 by end of summer. Needing some serious motivation, just someone to check in with every night to say "hey, I went out and exercised at some point and didn't eat five cookies to myself" because it's just so much easier to stick to a plan if I know that I'd have to actually tell someone if I ate five cookies in one sitting. I also have a goal to run a half marathon this year so if someone ... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 02:22:18 EST Spark Veteran I have been a routine recipe follower and weigh in partner. I plan to check weight and <BR> weigh in weekly. I like to be an over all small to medium in a ladies size. I was <BR> Large to Plus. I like my body mass index to be normal not morbid . I do not have <BR> unrealistic goals. I just know that studying and following helps my peers as well <BR> as myself. Together we get better . We will not be perfect , but we will be less <BR> up and down in our clothing sizes. The yo yo process stops... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 20:57:33 EST Not New but Restarted Jan 2018 Well hello everyone!! I am restarted my journey. Had a lot going on and my dr got all over me because of my sugar. It was in the range of 300-500 (diabetic coma range). I wasn't taken my Ned's properly and just didn't care anymore. I was ready to give up in life. See I take care of my Mother 24/7 along with an Aide that I have coming in to help. It really open my eyes when my A1c was 14.9 and tryglicidrides (I know it's not spell right) was extremely high but HDL and LDL and total cholesterol... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:18:36 EST Back after 5 years of pain to a new life! About 6 years ago, I was in the best shape of my life. I weighed about 235 (wanted to get to 227) but I was working out with a personal trainer 3 days / week and also went jogging / biking on the other days. My wife would comment on my "figure" when she walked behind me. I loved doing pushups. <BR> <BR> Then I started to have sciatic pain. A horseback accident a few years earlier caught up with me by disintegrating my discs in my back at L4-L5-S1. After trying everything else, I found... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:42:24 EST I'm back- switching plans- need help I was here once before but had to leave due to a family emergency. I recently rejoined WW and the new program. How do I change my program on this website? Thanks ! Looking forward to chatting. Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:30:18 EST Hi, new here, but tried before seems like I've been trying for 15 years, sometimes seriously, sometimes halftuckusing it. <BR> <BR> I've joined, I'm eating what I planned for today, and will see where that lands calorically, then begin to pare down my meals and snacks. <BR> <BR> I'm fat, short and diabetic. <BR> <BR> I can't fix the short, but the rest maybe I can fix. Thu, 1 Feb 2018 12:41:15 EST Hi new here My name is Cyndi and im new here. I gained a bunch of weight after a surgery and I am now very motivated to get off that weight. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:28:04 EST hi everyone! Hi everyone! It's my first day on SP and my first day of healthy living. I finally realizing just how much all of this extra weight has been hindering my life and I'm ready to do something about it! <BR> <BR> I love the idea of all this support on this site and may looking forward to meeting some new friends with similar goals! Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:15:54 EST New here and have questions I just signed up. <BR> <BR> Like I said in my intro, I have some questions. <BR> <BR> 1. My TSH has raised from 4.1 in May, 2017 to 7.3 (last week). <BR> <BR> 2. My dr started me on 15mg Armour Thyroid. I'm sure I will have to go up in dosage but he wanted to start small. <BR> <BR> 3. Is it normal to be extremely tired when starting this medication? <BR> <BR> 4. Is it normal to have headaches? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:54:16 EST Back online, Life changes, Try again Ok I was here years ago and did well. Dr said, "Whatever you are doing, KEPP doing it" but the dial up I had no longer supported and got me in here. <BR> Life Changes since then: <BR> I am now my 87 year old moms caretaker, guardian and conservator and she lives here now. She has severe dementia, under-active thyroid, colon issues, bladder inc, and is on meds for bone thinning among other things. 3 surgeries since I was appointed by court. She was removed from her Alabama home during a pendi... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:11:40 EST Maintence... I'm still feeling my way around it. I may not be looking in the right places for the info I need. Spark is where I've lost my weight, (58 lbs) helping me through 3 drives to achieve my goal. Also, I'm looking for community, I've given up on Facebook after 7 years, too many negative vibes, but I do miss the social aspect. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:13:03 EST Looking for some weight loss friends <em>213</em> Hi everyone! I just joined sparkpeople today after a few friends of mine told me how motivating it has been for them when it comes to weight loss. I have tried myfitnesspal but can't seem to get motivated and stick with it. Hoping to have better success here. Feel free to add me as a friend so we can support each other with our weight loss. I am 32 years old, 5'2 and 182 pounds. I am hoping to lose 50 and get back in my skinny jeans!! Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:20:21 EST Good Monday Morning! (If there is such a thing!) I am new here- branching out, and stepping out of my box! I have heard GREAT things about this community, and need a little support and help for my self :) I am a Lifetime WW's member who has jumped ship! I am a CPht who is also an Ideal Protein coach. We are a small clinic, just starting out. I reached my goal, but started to play the "cookie game"- you know, the one that you get to goal and then you see how many cookies you can eat before it starts to show ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:28:27 EST Excited - BUT - Scared. Could use some advice Hi Guys, <BR> I hope everyone is well & I wish each and everyone of you nothing but the best of health. I JUST found out this past Thursday from bloodwork - That my Glucose level was 298 - of course I'm at the Drs and it scared the HELL OUT OF ME. So the Dr. Ran a A1C test on me and it came back a 9.4. He wanted to instantly put me on insulin - BUT - I convinced him to let me try taking (2) 500 mg Metformin a day and also Vitamin D3 - Along with making a DRASTIC lifestyle change with my diet ... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:52:26 EST Me, Myself, and I Hi, my name is Brittany. I'm 28 and live in Colorado with my wife and 6 fur kids. I'm currently on Nutrisystem, with a mixed dieting and exercise plan. I hate saying diet, so I'll say plan, goal, journey, etc. I'm a fun and outgoing person, even online! LOL. Sun, 28 Jan 2018 18:01:40 EST Starting the journey <em>249</em> Friday 1-26-18 Scale-back weigh-in day. Hope this time it becomes a lifestyle, not just a journey Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:46:48 EST introduction to the group Hello Everyone! Glad to meet so many people! Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:27:18 EST What’s left ? Good evening . I’m a 30 year old woman and ex personal trainer ! I have gained 40 pounds since changing industries . I’ve had countless test from thyroid to diabetics and etc . Nothings wrong with my body and I’m at that point where I’m realizing it’s all me . I’m not moving enough and I’m eating too much . I’ve never had to put much thought into my eating habits , I’d been one of the lucky ones in the past . But now here I am , on this message board , feeling like a complete failure . I have... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 22:49:29 EST Brand new and intro Hi! I am a 47 year old recently diagnosed ASD with GAPS diet protocol. There are many foods that I cannot eat. Which is a problem as I have more in tolerances than the GAPS protocol. I require surgery in march or may and need to be down 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Every year I choose a word or phrase for my year instead of resolutions. This year is 'in order'. Includes rest of health, diet etc. It is what I am living by this year. <BR> <BR> I am also a married empty nester. We are not expecting... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:14:35 EST Yup I'm looking to lose 12lbs and to learn how to maintain and eat smart while not depriving myself of what I love the most. Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:45:35 EST Introducing myself and looking for friends I'm looking to lose 60 pounds.. I was 126 most of my life and I want to get back there! I love hiking, waking my little dog and canoeing when weather permits. My other hobbies are quilting, spinning, knitting and crochet. I am 61 and have been married 36 years and have one son and one adorable granddaughter. <BR> I love Sparkpeople, and I am looking for friends of all ages and sizes and interests. If you are into it, no matter what it is, I want to know all about it! (That may because I am a ... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:23:24 EST Newbie Hi my name is Susan. I was referred by my friend Steven who thought this might be helpful.i just turned 60 and need to make some important lifestyle changes I�m hoping for an emotional and stress eater.Hoping that the support that I hear that you offer will inspire me. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:17:38 EST Nighttime binge eating I have a horrible problem of binge eating beginning with dinner. When I start eating, I just want to keep eating. I am aware that carbs will help me sleep. However, the amount of food that I eat is horrendous. Is there anyone who has concurred the problem? If, so what coping mechanism has work. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:22:11 EST Getting Back in the Groove I just wanted to say hello to everyone. My name is Marie. I had started back exercising last August & did it consistently until the holidays came. I managed to lose 10lbs so I was really happy. <BR> <BR> With all the holidays & things getting crazy I slacked off on my exercise. I am looking to find supportive friends & motivation to get back to what makes me feel good. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym & did 5 miles on the stationary bike before so that is a start. Hope everyone is having a great d... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:06:25 EST Day 3 Day 3 underway! Glad I found Sparkpeople. I had heard about it before but never considered it. I am not good at connecting online with these message boards and they say it's important for overall success. Help to anyone who can give me ideas on the best ways to use the site, Happy Friday! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:16:08 EST Back again I'm back again. I was using another calorie tracker but their community isn't as positive as SparkPeople and I've got enough negativity in my life. Ha. <BR> My goals include eating within my calories, getting outdoors to do things I love, losing this weight and then maintaining. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 03:17:09 EST Weight Loss mission Hi I am Andrew Sierra currently weighing 200LBS my goal is to reduce it up to 180LBS. I mainly focus on cardio and abs. This is a great site, full of lessons and inspirations. Love to be here! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 23:18:07 EST New to Spark and confused Hello My Name is Irene. I am on day 5 of the new member challenge. I retired last July and put on 12 pounds. I have always had issues with my weight so this was not a surprise. I now need to lose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Success does not come to you. You go get it. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:50:07 EST Trying to get in shape after 2 knee replacements Good morning! I came across this site and decided to give it a go! I've been overweight and out of shape for years. In the past 5 months I got two new knees, which I had put off doing for far too long. I'm in the process of rehabbing, and it's time to get in shape and lose some weight! I do the majority of the cooking in our household, which includes my husband, my son and grandson. Though we eat pretty wel,l I am looking for easy healthy meals and snacks. I also need a better, low impact wor... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:08:27 EST an impatient man with a patient plan I'm down 21 pounds and nearly half way home. that said, i'm amazed at how much moment to moment focus weight reduction takes. <BR> also, it requires patience .. lots of it. despite the near term success its still hard to see the new me... i've been a fat guy for a long time.... its even hard to feel the weight i've lost . <BR> so i've got to find a way to see this process differently .... i've read the literature but I still don't feel that this is about anything but deprivation, so to ... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:11:45 EST FEAR & EXCITMENT ALL IN ONE This is DAY 1 for me. My name is Lacy, and I’m trying to lose over 100 lbs not only for appearance reasons but for health reasons as well. The spark People website and app are amazing. They have so many tools and reaources and it’s just sooo great. I’m trying to read and see everything as I start this journey. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:11:20 EST I HAVE STARTED GOING TO THE GYM I started going to the gym and now i have lost weight. I control my diet and follow spark people. There is alot to learn and am gaining. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:43:50 EST Looking for a weight-loss buddy and friend Hi! My name is Carey, I'm 28 years old, and from Leamington, Ontario. I've been struggling with weight-loss all my life. At present I need to lose at least 50-60 pounds. I'm friendly, and easygoing, and would love to meet a friend who can help keep me motivated to reach my goals. I have a very boring desk job that takes up 10 hours of my day. I used to be a chef, and love cooking and baking treats and other goodies which is my downfall. At present, I do not workout, other than walking my dogs... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:06:36 EST New to Lifestyle change, Not new to dieting I'm in my mid 50's and have been dieting my whole life. Decided that following a clean food plan maybe my only hope. Since I've abused my body all this time. It needs a rest with good food and nutrients. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:35:05 EST New Knee - New Me Spent a few years with a bum knee which restricted what I could do for exercise. Last year I got a new knee and am trying to get myself back to my old weight. Don't want to sit around anymore since walking and biking no longer hurt! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:57:08 EST Dee Dee big goal is getting in shape for hiking. I love being outside with my dog Ozzie and she loves to take walks. Looking forward to a big trip planned this spring. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:26 EST New granddaughter Went over to see my new granddaughter on Sunday. She was born Thursday and was 5.12 lbs and 18 inches long. She is beautiful. She was a bit fussy while we visited but they are trying to establish a routine. Everyone was great and my son is jumping right in and helping. They named her Vivian Elaine. Long day but a great trip. I'm trying to stay on track with my food. Staying with 3 meals and 3 snacks. Healthy carbs and adding more fruit and veggies. So far doing better. I'm not hungry and the ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:54:20 EST Needing to gain weight :-( I know most people are here to lose or maintain weight, but I need to gain some. I'm about 5'11" and 120 lbs and I would like to get back at least to my lifetime average of about 130 or higher. My challenges are gerd, a small hiatal hernia, some hypoglycemia, lots of gas. I have to work very hard to to maintain my weight by eating more than 1300 or so calories a day, because even a small amount of food causes discomfort. <BR> I am working with my GP and GI doctors and a nutritionist, but can... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:26:48 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:14 EST Welcome to new members. Welcome to all new members. You have come to the right place to achieve your goals. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:46:28 EST Back. Again:( Hello, <BR> I am not new here. Not by a long shot. <BR> I've had mixed results depending on my level of effort and commitment. <BR> I'll be honest 2 years ago when I worked it, it worked GREAT. Then life stepped in and I let things slip. I gained back the whole 35 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get back on track and loose the weight again and more. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:00:10 EST Need advice!! Alcohol Issues! My friend (really, this question is for my friend) is 275 pounds and recently started consuming more alcohol (since 2 months - mostly beer and some wine). There is a lot going on in her life now (sick parent, not much support from friends/family etc.). She is 44 years old. She is prone to depression and anxiety and takes meds for those as well. Now, she has started drinking more. She has already undergone gastric bypass (GB) surgery. <BR> <BR> Is there any suggestion to reduce the alcohol c... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:56:24 EST weding I am going to be 60 in September. My youngest son is getting married February 18 of this year. (4 weeks away.) I am a diabetic, Just want to be healthy and look a little bettter than I do. I need to loose at least 50lbs. My goal is to loose the 50 by my birthday. HELP Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:20:56 EST Anyone from Nova Scotia I’m in halifax and wondering if there are any other sparkers! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:21:56 EST Looking to commit 100% this time Dear All, <BR> <BR> I have tried and failed several times at weight loss. I succeeded once but only for all the weight and then some to be added back. This time, I am hoping to stick and get better. <BR> <BR> Tired literally and emotionally of having to start from square one again and again. Wish me luck, friends. <BR> <BR> All those who are in the same boat as me, wish you good luck!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Holly Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:09:20 EST New Member Hi, I'm Carolyn, a lifetime yo-yo dieter, mainly because I've always dieted on my own and don't have (never had) a support system at home. I love my foodie husband of 44 years dearly, but..... I've never joined a group like this and am hoping to be an encourager and receive encouragment from joining SparkPeople. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:03:00 EST Back To SP Hello, I am coming back to SP after many years away. I found a lot of motivation here and have really missed the whole atmosphere that can be found here. It is very positive and encouraging. I am not as heavy as I was a few years ago but not where I want to be either. <BR> <BR> I didn't do the message boards the last time but wanted to try them out this time in the hopes it would help me be a bit more open. I tend to be fairly private and while that is a good thing sometimes it also doe... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:57:57 EST Getting back on track and coming back to SP I've been away for a while- short version of the story, experienced a devastating life event, lost motivation and will, regained some weight, 2 years later- I am emotionally and physically ready to get back on track and advance toward my goals. Please stop by my page and say hello, I'd love to connect and rebuild a network on SP. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:51:32 EST Back at it - for real Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm back after a couple of years - and with more determination than ever. I had done so well back in 2016, losing almost 30 pounds, and was well on my way to my target weight. Then in August, I was in a bus collision that left me with a head injury and I got thrown off all of my healthy lifestyle because I was in constant pain. Needless to say, I've gained back all the weight. But now, since I've had a non-stop headache for a year and a half, the neurologist is worried about... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:04:56 EST Hard to stay motivated Hi <BR> My name is Julia and i really need to lose this weight. Its really hard. I am at least 70 lbs overweight. I am 60 and I can't seem to stay motivated. Is there people here that have weight buddies to help them motivate them. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:26:41 EST Newbie Hi, I'm new here. Just wanted to wave hello. I am well on my healthy diet and proper exercise journey. I'm pretty active but I lose my focus as most humans will. Joining for social and motivational purposes. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:13:22 EST fatigue daily I am 71 years old and I get very tired and fatigued every day in the afternoon. I have to lie down for 2 or 3 hours and I still feel tired and dragging. I am retired so I stay home and I have no children. I do not think it is just because I stay up late because I can sleep late in the morning. <BR> <BR> Is there anything that can give you real energy? Is there a good energy shake that is not too sweet? How about beet juice? <BR> Blood tests do not show anything. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:19:30 EST New Changes for 2018 I am going to continue to strive to have a better attitude, family, friends, and to get my health back on track where it is suppose to be from the very start of time. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:51:39 EST Hello, I am new! How do you do? Hello! I'm Faith! I recently decided to log back into sparkpeople after years of not doing so. I am starting from scratch and have yet to add any friends or have a group of people to hold me accountable and visa versa. So far I am off to a great start! I have been working out a little everday. I have been drinking water and logging on. I also have a great reason to get in shape. My four year old son has made a wish with the make a wish foundation and it sounds like we will be going to florida... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:49:58 EST New to SparkPeople Hello, I'm from Houston, TX and am new to the SparkPeople. Like so many others, I hope to lose weight to better my health. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and high blood pressure - actually, my doctor's words were "borderline high blood pressure and diabetic." I'm going set small goals and try to lose 10 pounds at a time. Here's to a new year filled with reaching goals for us all! Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:29:18 EST new! I'm appreciating how easy it is to enter foods and mostly have the nutrition info all there- great! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for small steady progress- how about you? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:20:23 EST starting again or recovering from a detour? No matter how you look at it, here I am, still trying. Really feeling the need of some support, structure, and inspiration. I cannot muddle along the same unfocused path I have been following. So, here's to better days ahead. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:43:11 EST New Here Hello, my name is Carol. I really joined Sparks People again to help my husband. While he doesn't exercise, I am hoping to get him to join the Y. Mostly I wanted to learn what I can cook to make us both eat more healthy and in return, we will learn a healthier lifestyle. We will be joing the Silver and Fit through our insurance and I will make every effort to get him to go. He still works at 71 and is up and out by 5:00 a.m. EST so when he comes home the last ting he wants is to go out a... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:41:33 EST Hi loves Char here... Hi loves, too many ailments & way too much "fluff" to not make 2018 the beginning of the best year yet.Looking forward to losing weight & illnesses both while working out with my hearts love & my daughter as well as any new friends we are blessed to meet along the journey. Blessings to all Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:05 EST Hello, I'm new! Hi everyone, I'm Elle and I'm stepping up my game. <BR> <BR> Last year I was told I had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. Those words were a game changer for me. In 2017 alone I lost 61 pounds through diet modification. Now for 2018 I'm stepping up my game and adding exercise to it all! Here is to hoping to dropping another 100 pounds and I would be a very happy camper! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:15:19 EST New to Spark Hi there! New to the site but really need the community support. I tend to have no willpower with food! The pounds have been creeping on quicker than they used to, so looking to make a positive change! Thanks for the support 🙂? Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:53:31 EST Back to Pound those pounds!! Quick intro -- hit the big 50 and am seeing where weight is quicker to hop on and harder to lose. So, I'm back at it! Hello to all! Ready to lose and get back in shape with healthier choices. My biggest obstacle?? Sugar, sugar and of course, sugar! Got to put down those M&M's. <BR> <BR> Candace <BR> Losing It in North Carolina Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:14:10 EST Hello from chilly Minnesota Hi everyone! My name is Rachelle. This is not my first time on SP but I am back with a renewed focus and less pressure for perfection than I had before. I think this is always where I go wrong. This time I�m going to take it one step at a time and celebrate my successes! On a side note, SKOL Vikings!! (What a game!!!) Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:55:48 EST Rebel on a Diet I'm not a joiner. <BR> I do like to think that I can get things done, doing things my own way. <BR> <BR> I did a lot of great work this past year, and these last few weeks, I've backslid a LOT. <BR> <BR> I think it's probably time I confess to myself that I have a real problem. Not just a problem with being lazy or a problem with being a glutton, I have a problem-problem. I have a terminal issue with food and diet. I can diet, but then I can't work out. I can work out, but then I can't di... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:25:14 EST Not sure where to start. Hello, <BR> I am not sure where to start on this. I would like to find a diet plan. Do they have that here? Many years ago they use to have a biggest loser program and I was super successful on. <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Thanks, <BR> CG Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:50:12 EST Introduction Greetings All, <BR> I have tried a few weight loss plans in the past and have had some success. They have been very restrictive and expensive, and the weight eventually came back. <BR> I'm glad to see some older men like myself on this program. I want to be healthy enough to enjoy retirement with my grandkids. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:44:13 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:34 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:34 EST Introduce Myself Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> I am 54 years old, I live in Merry Olde England and need to lose 100 lbs. All without or with very little exercise due to severe chronic back pain. Unfortunately, the back pain was with me before being overweight. So it won't be disappearing when I lose weight. Although, less weight is definitely good for the back. <BR> <BR> Here's to good results on our shared journeys <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:23:32 EST Not there yet! Hello .. Marsha here. After working with a weight loss doctor last year, I was successful in losing 30 of the 50 I need to loss. After gaining back 3 pounds, I realized I was in denial that I had eased back into my old ways. I've been a member for many years but never took advantage of all that Sparkpeople has to offer. I've proved to myself I can do this. Day 2 here I come!. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:49:31 EST Introduce myself I am turning 50 this summer and I want to be "Fabulous at 50!" I'm really good at starting to eat healthy, but no so good lasting! I'm hoping the motivation of my birthday will help be successful! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:28:41 EST Hello I am trying to follow through with losing weight. Any tips how you did it? Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:32:51 EST Introduce myself Starting the 21 day new member challenge today. I have been a Sparkpeople member for awhile, but never really followed through with my diet, or utilizing everything Sparkpeople has to offer. This is my first post. Hoping this will give me the incentive to start over again, with tracking my food and exercise. Here I go! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:58:22 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Kristie, I'm from NM and have about 100 lbs I want to lose Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:28:50 EST Wanting and needing to lose weight I am starting over and wanting to encourage others and well as being encouraged. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:23:07 EST NEW AND IN NEED OF HELP Hi. My name is Jean from Wisconsin and I am 63 years old and really need help. I am overweight and need to lose at least 50 pounds. Right now I would like to just lose 20 and get down to 200. I really could use some inspiration to keep on this journey. It isn't the first or the second or third time I have tried this. I have lost count. Once I hit menopause it has REALLY been a battle to lose the weight. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:06:52 EST Never, ever gonna give up Hi, I'm Suze. I realized today it has been exactly one year since I set some goals for myself, and while I have made progress, I have not completed any of them. So, I'm here to start again. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:22:03 EST Hello from Eastern NC :) Hello everyone! I am working on my goals here in Eastern NC and am happy to be in such good company :) Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:28:42 EST add me as a spark friend please... need motivation Good morning, I'm trying to find friends that are motivating and post awesome stuff. I am determined to get more fit and feel better again. I'd love to read some blogs and keep fitness at the front of my mind. I'd love new friends. :) Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:23:55 EST Looking for a 30 Day Shred Buddy I'm on Day 3 of the 30 day shred. This is my third, or maybe forth, attempt at this program. In the past, I didn't quit because I found it too hard (though it is!) but because I always struggle to "find the time". Several of the women in my circle have in recent years committed to a healthier lifestyle and are having a ball doing all sorts of fitness things. I want to get back to that, too! Despite my weight gain, I've always continued to be somewhat active - walking, hiking - so I don't... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:01:38 EST hello! hello everyone! I am new here. I started a keto lifestyle on 1/8/18. where do we get the weight loss tickers I see on member pages? thanks for your response! <BR> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:57:24 EST Starting Over Again... Hi, my name is Meggan :) I've used Sparkpeople in the past after I had my first daughter (who is now 14!) and found the support to be phenomenal! I gave birth to my second daughter almost 6 months ago and am trying to lose the weight that I gained during my pregnancy. 45 lbs seems like a lot but, I'm hoping with the support I get from this site, some hardwork, and determination I can achieve my goal! I've never been able to wear a bikini, and I want 2018 to be the year I can finally wear ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:52:10 EST Newcomer kinda I really would like to lose 10-15 pounds the last few years slowly gained and am not liking it at al. Need to get my act together to lose and do more exercise Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:30:04 EST First day hey! 53 and overweight and unhealthy. Ready to change. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:00:55 EST how to use website Hi everyone, <BR> Happy New Year! I have resolved to be more active on sparkpeople and use the tools available. I am having trouble with the favorite foods. I cannot figure out how to edit a favorite once it has been added (I have a few that I noticed had typos :( ... ) <BR> Is there anything that I can do? Tue, 9 Jan 2018 18:18:29 EST Here to Learn, Share, Help! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just introducing myself to what seems like a great community. Can't wait to learn from you all, and share anything I can that may be helpful as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here :) Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:44:41 EST Not sure if I introduced myself I'm Natalie. Otherwise known as gnat (g pronounced) there is a story behind that lol. Looking to lose 50 to 60 pounds to start. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:04:14 EST New start for the new year I'm tired of feeling like this and ready to make changes..... <em>15</em> Sun, 7 Jan 2018 23:25:14 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:36 EST Here I go again <em>524</em> Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:41:26 EST Let's try this again Hi, <BR> It has been awhile since I have been around here and this is the second time I am trying to follow the Beck Diet Solution, the last time being in 2012 prior to being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. <BR> I'm having a hard time motivating myself to get started with the workbook again, I go thru and have looked at my answers from the first time and find myself struggling to really implement it into my daily life. <BR> When I was first diagnosed with diabetes in April of 2016 I lost a ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 18:02:25 EST Re-Entry Week- HI, <BR> I've been on Spark years ago-did great, but lost my way, SO, back again & know that I'll have the support I need to make changes for a healthier me...changing my mindset is key-caring about ME is key, & realizing I'm worth the effort...if anyone else out there has similar 'walks', join me on my re-entry journey today! <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 7 Jan 2018 16:17:33 EST I am new here and this is a HUGE webpage.... Hello, my name is Linda. First I am a born again Christian and Jesus is first in my life. :) I am a 62 year old mother of 2 grown sons, Michael 33, who is an OTR flatbed trucker and Troy 29 who is still working on a career. I was married once for 9 years and have been divorced for 24 years. I have three precious grandchildren, Lane 12, who is the light of my life, Gabriel who is 2 (but I have never seen) and Alexis who will be two in February. Lane and Gabriel belong to Michael and Alexi... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:48:41 EST Seeking Walking Buddy I have currently relocated to the Augusta, GA area and I am looking for a walking buddy. Or if I could at least have suggestions on safe places to walk for someone who has anxiety attacks very easily (and is female). Although I have never been diagnosed professionally, I think I may actually have social anxiety disorder, so quieter places would be preferable. If I am with someone, it's not too bad. <BR> <BR> Thanks all! Sun, 7 Jan 2018 14:59:30 EST New and Old .. New to Spark... and old to dieting My name is Ashley and I am a 30 year old mother of a soon to be 6 year old (hard to believe). I have struggled with weight most of my life. I struggle with constant pain. I have struggled with a dislocating knee cap majority of my life. My first experience was when I was 6 years old. And since then it has been something I have had to deal with. I had my first knee surgery at 14 years. My doctor tried to reconstruct my knee cap so it would stay in place. After long physical therapy I was able ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 14:48:56 EST how do I stay motivated past my normal quit mark Hello all, I've had a long struggle with weight loss. I lost in total about 70 lbs 4 yrs ago. I'm now back up about 40lbs. I start & stop, start & stop. I've noticed a trend, right around the end of the second week I tend to give up. I'm not sure why, other than I fear success. <BR> <BR> Things I'm doing differently this time: acknowledging the problem. Preplanning better on meals, prepping ahead of time, logging my meals ahead of time, all of these things seem to be helping. I also tend to ... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:45:06 EST Second time around I must said I am doing much better this time. Thanks for all the support!!!😁? Sun, 7 Jan 2018 08:09:19 EST friend seekers I am new at this ,I don't do face book, not sure how to track on message board or find how to stay in contact with the person who befriends me...... <BR> please help me,,, I need to be with a group that will help me on my journey , there is so many groups and I want to narrow it down. <BR> Thank you...ready to learn , <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:58:13 EST A Better Me I will be 50 in March, and I'm the heaviest I've ever been at 224 pounds. I am not comfortable in my skin and embarrassed to go around people that knew me at 174 pounds 2 years ago so I stay home a lot. I just got engaged and that combined with turning 50 has motivated me to get back to myself and I have set a goal of 170 pounds. I need all the prayers, support, and encouragement I can get! I need to hold myself accountable and do the work but most of all I need consistent self motivation.... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:47:07 EST Starting over Hi, I'm Pam. This time I'm taking baby steps. Sat, 6 Jan 2018 11:25:21 EST Good morning Day 5 I started SP on the 2nd...not because it was a new years resolution thing, but because I'm newly retired and it's the day I decided I had plenty of time to work on developing a healthier lifestyle. Lots of bad habits to fix and I have a ways to go, but the only thing holding me back is myself. I'm 62 yrs old and learning to take baby ironic is that. <BR> <em>246</em> <em>521</em> <BR> P.S. the 21 day challenge for Day 5 was to post to a message board. One more baby step c... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 09:32:23 EST Hello! I've known about Spark People for many years, but have decided to use it as a tool to help me be mindful about my self care habits. I'm having fun with it so far, and hope to keep up as life starts amping up again! Sat, 6 Jan 2018 07:03:49 EST Battling the bulge and the MS battle. Hello! I will eventually figure this all out. I am 69 yo and MS finally beat me down in 2000. I had to learn to walk, well, a wall walker and like a penguin. Sometimes I use my walker in the house but always outside and a wheelchair for going to the mall, movies,etc. My career ended in 2000 as I could no longer have the skills necessary. I also had speech and physical therapy. They have traced my first symptoms back to my teens. I feel fortunate to have had so many good years. My husband is a... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 21:12:32 EST Returning I am a returning member. I recently starting going back to the doctor and my blood pressure won't go down, I'm having a lot of women issues, and my anxiety is through the roof! I had lost 60 pounds in 2014 after leaving a 20 year relationship but now I'm almost two years into a marriage and finding myself with every bit of the weight back on and health ten times worse. I could really use some friends and support while I push myself beyond my comfort zone! I'm looking to lose 100 pounds at le... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 19:55:20 EST Hello my name is robyn I'm a 47 yr old, mother to a 13 yr old with adhd and a wife. I'm working on getting healthier so I can be a better role model for my son. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 19:35:29 EST I'm new to Sparkpeople Trying to figure out the social aspects of Sparkpeople. Started on 1/1/18, doing well tracking nutrition and fitness, leaning what needs to be changed. <em>41</em> Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:17:43 EST Hello! Natalie is my name Been here for 5 days now and loving it. I hope everyone meets their goals! I know I will be!! Or at least that's the plan haha. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:19:07 EST **New! Seeking New Friends! Back again!** Hello, my name is Valerie. I am here again and here to stay. I started last year, but did not really try and life seemed too busy. This time I not going to let anything get in the way!! I would love to help each other, encourage, and motivate to achieve goals! Let's help eachother. :) <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> My Goals: Gain friendships, loose weight 30 lbs, strengthen muscles and bones, eat healthier, walk and jog outside more, lifestyle change and 5K. <BR> <BR> Life is short, ... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:44:44 EST my assignment Hi everyone, <BR> I join at the first of the year. My assignment today is to introduce myself. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:17:08 EST New member Hello everyone! Just checking in as a new member. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:11:16 EST new member Hi I am new here ,looking forward to a new start Fri, 5 Jan 2018 06:26:17 EST Hi, I'm new! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Roxane, I'm 22 years old. I'm one of the many people who decided to live a healthier life starting January 1st. (I know, I know, but setting a goal, starting at the beginning of the year, might just have been what I needed.) Right now I'm only a few days in and SP has been really helpful and motivating so far! <BR> <BR> I am starting at 155lbs (70kg) and want to get down to 135lbs (60kg), which is a more normal weight for my height. My biggest weakness i... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 03:12:25 EST Another returner!!! Hi, I joined SparkPeople a couple of years ago and the lost steam. Would LOVE some accountability and am willing to cheer others on. I know what to do, I just need to do it. Here's to 2018, eating right, exercising and being the best me. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 20:42:54 EST Hi, I'm new! I was on this site a couple years ago, and now I'm back (on a new account). My goals are to lose 87 pounds by November, to get back into running, to try a variety of exercises, to track my intake daily, and to get healthy and fit again because I love how it makes me feel. <BR> I've been making small changes to not burn myself out again and I've lost 2 pounds this past week. Feeling motivated to keep losing more! My goal for next week is to lose another 2 pounds and to exercise 10 minutes per ... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:30:56 EST New here!!! :) Hi all! New here. Looking forward to meeting some new folks! :) Thu, 4 Jan 2018 16:43:17 EST New here My husband and I are doing the low carb way of losing weight. We both want to get healthy and I want to get off the medication I'm taking for high blood pressure and pre diabetic. We are making changes in our way of eating and I already feel better. <BR> We live in North Carolina. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:52:13 EST Back again and more determined I have been on this site on and off since 2012. Always saying this is the year I will stick with this. Now with my health being involved and 3 beautiful grandkids, I am more determined than ever to do battle against this weight. I want to be around to watch them grow and be able to play with them without being out of breathe just shortly after starting. <em>521</em> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 20:42:23 EST new to this again I have been struggling with my weight for a long time. i have tried sparkpeople and haven't logged as i should and find myself straying and eating things i shouldn't. i have lost a little weight on my own but need to be held accountable and meet the newest goal i have set for myself. i am hoping that logging and seeing it all will help me. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 20:20:30 EST Nancy I am 67 and 200 lb. I think it is time to do something better late then never Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:57:20 EST saying hello So I am new to the sparkpeople site and the whole idea. However, I know that I need more help than just myself. My story is not too different from many others, but it is mine with its own twist. I was married for 33 years, to a remarkable man and then he was diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson's. After a long battle in which I gained a lot of weight, he passed. I was 61, overweight and miserable. I managed to lose about 70lbs. I had a lot of time to work on myself and took that oppor... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:50:27 EST Back at it...again! Hi, <BR> I'm a returning Sparkperson...I was on Sparkpeople a few years ago but left due to life etc. I found the website very informative and helpful. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:19:32 EST I don't want to lose weight, I want to be healthy I don't know if anyone else on this website is in the same situation as me but I don't want to lose weight. I want to gain a happy and healthy relationship with food. I have been anorexic for a very long time and I am now 5' 11 and a bit - and 88lb. I am trying to recover now and I hope this site can help with that. Good luck and best wishes to all the people who are trying Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:54:45 EST New to this, again..... lol Hey, i'm Sasha, I live in Bristol Virginia. I had a profile on here years ago, lost the log in info, so I started a new one. <BR> <BR> I've had weight issues most of my life. Was at 265 by the time I was 15, lost over 100 pounds at 16 - did it the wrong way. Over the years, the weight came back. In 2012, I was at my highest weight, 336.4. I managed to lose about 80 pounds in 2012/2013, was down to about 250. Still big, but felt SO much better. More confident, more energy. Cuter clothes. <BR... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:42:03 EST Getting fit for a bicycle tour in Europe Hi. My name is Merry. My husband and I and two friends will spend the summer of 2019 biking through Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and a couple days in France. We have gone on several long bike tours from the time we were in our mid-thirties until two years ago when we were 68. My goal with rejoining SparkPeople is to take the next year and a half to lose my excess weight and strengthen my muscle so I will be able to enjoy this wonderful opportunity. Encouragement... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:43:30 EST Hello My name is Christina and I am using this website to help me achieve my weigh loss goal of losing 80 pounds. I was on here years ago and their was a weight loss tracker that could be seen at the bottom of the profile page. Could someone help me figure out what to click on to create one? I would really appreciate it! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 15:33:55 EST I'm the classic Yo-yo It's so hard to admit that I had lost 41 lbs a few years ago, only to gain most of it back <em>198</em> I swore when I was working hard at loosing the weight that I'd NEVER gain it back....I'm so tired of the yo-yo I've been on. I know what works. Tracking calories, meal planning, and exercise...and yet I slowly got lazy and thought I didn't need that anymore. SO....I'm here (again) with a plan to be a healthier person in 2018. Good luck to everyone on their journey.... <em>381</em> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 21:53:47 EST Day 1 and 60 lbs to go. Day 1 and 60 lbs to go. Spark Coach, Spark challenges & Mayo Clinic Diet to rescue! Goal to run 5 races in 2018. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 20:25:55 EST Spark-friends Wanted... Hey Ya'll Hey Ya'll, <BR> <BR> I'm back again (...yes again); yet, better than ever. I remember starting here about 3-4 years ago with a lot less determination then I have today; and, still loosing 50+ lb.s. I've since kept that weight off and am ready to lose more! In doing so I'm also ready to make more friends! It takes a village eh? <BR> <BR> Feel free to shout a hello, or send a message out if you need an ear (or "eye" rather) to lend. Just don't give up! We're stronger together! Best of luck,... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 20:04:19 EST hello hi everyone . Im just starting, so Im checking in. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:32:05 EST Hiya everyone My name is Kayla. I live in oregon with my 2 children. My oldest just turned 15 today and my youngest is 5. I tried this website about 10 years ago ( date may be wrong) but i never stuck with it. After my dad was dignosed with leukemia back in april (which he is now in total remission) I thought about how i needed to lose weight. I kept putting it off and being miserable. I can't stand looking at myself in the mirror. With the new year starting i think it's time to actually complete my goal.... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 18:30:48 EST Back at it Hello happy new year been gone some time had some issues in 2017 but back and ready to tackle my weight I have been smoke free for 9 months and I have put on weight but now ready to slowly tackle that as well so here is to a great 2018 one day at a time every step counts good luck to all of us Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:43:48 EST Newbie who needs help finding meal plans This is the 1st time I've actually tried to diet/lose weight. I would really appreciate finding a meal planner to help me outline what I should eat. I know that there is one on SPARK PEOPLE, however there is so much information here that I cannot find it ! <BR> <BR> If someone can point me in the right direction or have other meal plans that have been successful, would you please pass them along? I have no idea what I am doing! <em>24</em> Many advanced thanks! de66ie Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:47:09 EST Hi all! I'm Laurie I'm starting the new year with a renewed desire to accomplish something on my weight loss journey. I am also a member of weight watchers at the moment, but I figure, hints from both WW and SP can't hurt, right? Had a rough 2017 with the death of my father at the first of the year and my brother in law at the end of the year... my focus was pulled away from my weight loss journey. I'm hoping 2018 will be easier on the emotions so that I can get somewhere with this project. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 12:09:05 EST Another New Beginning I really want to start the New Year on a positive note. I need to feel good again!! <em>381</em> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 11:08:39 EST Fresh Start Hi! <BR> My name is Kaley. I'm looking to start off 2018 with a fresh start. The New Year's resolutions that Sparkpeople will help me to complete are to exercise on a daily basis, break the habit of overeating, drink more water, and lose anywhere between 10 lbs and 24 lbs. I already know a lot about nutrition and fitness, but I would like to actually practice what I preach and I would like to help out others. I'm not going to allow myself to make excuses for overeating or not exercising from ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 10:13:35 EST Starting over I'm back! This time for me. I had success, then life gave me a huge tragedy. Needless to say I'm an emotional eater and gained everything back plus. Taking baby steps instead of giant ones. And I'm going to try my best everyday. And not allow my anxiety and depression to be excuses anymore. I could really use a friend. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:47:36 EST 2018 old to this site but new to this message board Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:45:33 EST New Year, New Me Happy 2018 to everyone. I lapsed a bit last year and put on a stone so, this year i am going to get right back up on that wagon and start losing again. Thanks everyone in advance for all the encouragement and help. <em>521</em> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 05:47:42 EST Busy mom Happy New Year! I am a wife and mother to twin boys. They are very active and keep us on the road with their sports. My goal is to eat healthier and workout consistently. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 01:33:59 EST hi from los angeles hi <BR> i have issues with weight , hopefully this will help me <BR> thank you Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:11:50 EST Hi! I am new here and I am very nervous as I start making serious lifestyle changes to become healthy again. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 21:39:32 EST I want to be happy and healthy I'm really looking to start working out again and eating healthy and looking good and feeling good but I've been saying it for months now and ugh always lack motivation . What has helped you guys strive for it and want it and do it and not give up or give excuses please help Sun, 31 Dec 2017 18:24:57 EST Need to Be Healthy Hi All! <BR> I am a 31 year old mother to an amazing 5 Year Old, he is my whole entire world. Being with my SO for almost 12 years I have definitely fallen off the wagon and have lost my self...completely. I have gained about 100lbs and feel completely miserable. I am lack motivation...100%. I will have it for a little and then something happens and I fall off once again and start back at square 1 all of again. How do y'all stay motivated? <BR> <BR> You'd think wanting to be healthy for... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:31:22 EST newbie Hello everyone! I want to say hi to you all and wish you all a Happy New Year ! This is my first time trying Spark People and so far I am liking the support it gives and recipes. I tend to get stuck in a rut at times. I am a 66 year old grandma who needs to lose a lot of weight. I don't do well at this sort of thing so hoping this year will be different with all your support. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:56:21 EST Back again I'm back once again. Life in the past couple of years has been insane, but I am back and more determined than ever. I have so much planned for the rest of my life. I've never planned for the rest of my life before, just lived day to day, so this is new to me to have goals reaching into the future. Over the past couple of months specifically, I've placed the past behind me, sorted out the negative people in my life and am finally putting me first. Looking forward to going from obese (yes,... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:44:41 EST New here Hello everyone. I did the 6 week body makeover about 10 years ago and lost a lot of weight. They had a site where you could join challenges and had various boards and such. Well, I gained weight and wanted to get on that board again and it was GONE. I needed the support from that site! Well, I am hoping this will provide the same type of support. Love that there are challenges here and it looks like it is somewhat the same. <BR> <BR> I find it hard to exercise because I am a single mom... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 05:23:57 EST BEENUTBUTTER's SparkPage Hello Everyone! I'm new to SP and learning the program. I am 45yr old and starting a low calorie and carb diet starting Jan 1 2018. I am really hoping to loose about 50lbs by May. I would love to enjoy my sisters new pool this year so that is my goal so far. Nice to meet anyone who views my page and responds. Happy New year to you all...! Sat, 30 Dec 2017 14:28:55 EST Greetings Hi! I'm Laurajean--age 56, Married, mother Of 3 Adult Daughters. Companion to loving grey tabby named Luna. I'm here for education, motivation & motivation to help me to build a healthy lifestyle. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 10:49:18 EST Just started today I found a lot of great ideas. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:20:41 EST New Here Hi Everyone, <BR> New here and hoping to get motivated and have accountability. I am doing the Low Carb lifestyle. Nothing too extreme, just watching Carbs. I find it very difficult to get focused with so many options out there to choose from. I have to keep things very simple but organized to stay on a path. I find that when I watch my carb intake, I am more energetic and clear minded. <BR> Looking forward to meeting you here! <BR> I am from La Pine, Oregon...anyone around here? Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:14:33 EST newbie good morning from the frozen state of maine...i am 60 and 5ft and weigh in at 220 i have found this wonderful site and hoping to meet lots of new friends that will help me reach my goal of losing 100lbs this yr...i have 4 grandchildren ages 19 to 7 and want to watch each one of them grow...i have diabetes and high bp and other medical problems that can all go away with weight loss...ive been reading so many stories of how others have done it here and cant wait to get started...God bless you a... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:48:50 EST I'm new here. Hi everyone! I joined here Christmas Day knowing I was already looking at 60 pounds to lose while staring at a house full of Chinese food. My husband, son and I don't exchange gifts and that's how we celebrate. Well, that's out of the way and now I'm on to business and taking it by the horns. This will be a transformation year for me. This site is powerful, so much information and inspiration. I look forward to being here and sharing our successes. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Deb~ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:10:18 EST