SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard New to the SparkPeople Community? Introduce yourself on this board. We are a friendly group always looking to meet new people! And do not worry, you can edit any post you make. SparkPeople Introduce Yourself Messageboard Hello y'all. <em>524</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:22:57 EST Hi there! Hi, I have been struggling on my own. I knew I needed something more. I did well for about a month and lost 20lbs. Then I with the weight off, I lost my will power. I have about 100+ pounds more to loose. I have probably lost and gained the same 20lbs for a year. I want to keep going and loose more. I'm very curious about what my new body will look like. I've been over weight my whole life. I realized I want to be that beautiful woman on the outside that I am in the inside. I am a wife and a ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:31:32 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:22 EST Workout buddies Hi imnew here- was wondering if anyone can get together to exercise- im from houston- nice to meet yall- path1091 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:03:40 EST Not new, but it has been awhile! I'm not new here, but it has been a very long time since I've been on. My name is Candra, and I am 25 years old. A lot has changed in my life. I am a brand new mama. I had my first baby (boy) on 7-11-16. I am looking for other mama's that want to be friends and help each other out on a weight loss journey? I have over 100lbs to lose, so if you do as well, that'd be even better. I am willing to be friends with anyone though, and will appreciate any help/support anyone is willing to offer. I ca... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:34:40 EST uhh Hi Just wanted to introduce myself, but not sure what to say. I'm here because I need to make healthy changes for my body and mind. I have a long way to go but I feel I'm off to a good start. Love all the resources available here and the community seems very supportive. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:56:34 EST Hello I'm on board for downsizing bodily and upsizing mentally. I'v tries many diets during my life and I know this one is going to be the one that will work for me. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:37:09 EST Hello everyone! I'm new to this message board, but I have lost 35 pounds so far on my weight loss/get healthier journey with the help of SparkPeople, and I hope to be of support and encouragement for others. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:46:55 EST Hi!! I was previously on Sparkpeople in 2012 and lost 70lbs! I am sad to say that I allowed myself to gain 40 of it back. I am jumping back in head first to create lifestyle changes that stick. Thank you to everyone so far for the support! Taking it one pound at a time! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:43:07 EST Hello Everyone!! Hello, my name is abby and my goal is to change myself and live a healthier lifestyle. I've been stuck in this kind of life for less than 15 years. Hopefully in time it will change. I wish all of us the best! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:04:58 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, I am new to this site. I am wanting to learn how to eat healthy. Problems with my health have prompted me to join this site. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:40:25 EST TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) I was the biggest loser at my TOPS meeting today. Yay me.....7 lbs. lost. I think <BR> there may have been a scale malfunction somewhere along the line but I am celebrating anyway! Can anyone direct me to the TOPS community here, I posted once and someone can't get back there again. Thanks. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:37:32 EST Hello everyone! This is new to me putting myself out there really scares but here it goes. I am 48 years old. Divorced after 24 years together. I have two beautiful children and 3 grand children. I have taken care of everyone but myself always on the diet roller coaster ride throughout my life. I have realized its time to take care of me no more crash diets. Its time to work on a healthier way of life for me. I was told take one day at a time slow and steady wins the race. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:42:06 EST New Beginnings Thank you for your support. Sometimes we get caught up in our minds saying we <BR> cant do this. Then all of a sudden we get that burst of confidence and motivation from others who are moving in the same direction. May God Bless all of you . You are truly a blessing to me. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:19:43 EST This is MY time!!! Hello everyone! I am very excited to be a member of Spark People! Looking through the site there are so many resources to help me achieve my goal and so much encouragement! This is only my 4th day but I am so proud of myself for tracking every day and moving more! I learn something new every day on this site and I am going to use it to propel myself forward into a new leaner, healthier version of me! Have a great day everyone! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:30 EST No more excuses Hey everybody! I'm a 23 female who has been over weight my entire life. And I'm tired of it! I have always told myself I want to lose weight...but have I actually done it? If I did I wouldn't be here! I woke up last week and that was it, I woke up went for a run(or so I like to believe that's what I was doing) . <BR> My mother in law introduced me to spark people and it has changed my opinions on dieting and exercise! Obviously like any new beginner it gets a little discouraging... I don't e... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:33:08 EST Chewing Synthoid I just recently heard that one can chew their synthoid thyroid pills, has anyone done this, and have you noticed any benefits? Thanks :) Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:04:26 EST New to the site Hi this is my first time on message board. I have been using spark people for keeping track of calories but not much more.. I am really struggling right now with wanting to work out and eat right. I have lost weight but am starting to put it back on . I just cant get my motivation back. Any ideas out there? Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:26:26 EST I'm back, again. I need to stick with it this time I struggle to stay on task when it comes to weight loss. I disappoint myself by not achieving the goals I set for myself. I need to put on my big girl panties on and buckup to the struggles of working towards a thinner me, a healthier me and a happier me!!! It's time to push forward towards my goal and this time reach the finish line!! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:12:11 EST Newbie Hello to everyone Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:15:20 EST 19 years old and need to lose weight! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I've introduced myself before, I've been off SparkPeople since 2012. <BR> <BR> My name is Robert. I'm 19, and I'm 5'11 and weigh about 240 lbs. I have to lose about 55 lbs. It hasn't been easy either. <BR> <BR> I have an exercise bike which I use and dumbbells plus I try to do squats, push ups, sit ups, mountain climbers, and planks, but they aren't always easy for me to do. I do them anyways, however. I really just started with the push ups, etc exercis... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:34:15 EST Mother of 3 Hey everyone! My name is Amy, and I'm from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I am in my late 30s, I'm married, and I have 3 children. I teach grade 8 full-time, my husband works full-time, our kids are between the ages of 6 and 10, and they each are in activities. It is a crazy and hectic life <em>198</em> I have never been "skinny," but I used to be healthy. Now, after years of eating like crap, sitting on the couch, and getting more and more tired, I need a change. <BR> I've given a lot of ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:45:31 EST Hiya Hi all, I just joined yesterday. Spent some time learning this site, so far I like it <em>30</em> . I live out near San Diego, CA with my hubby and two cats. One of our favorite things to do is walking which we decided to do more often. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:10:29 EST Raw Vegan here I am looking for anyone that is Raw or wanting to work <BR> towards raw. <BR> I am a retired Senior. Love to do long walks and be out in Nature. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:03 EST Here's to a new beginning! Hi everyone! My name's Maria and I am really motivated to change my lifestyle for the better. I want to go into senior citizenship being strong and healthy. Also, I want to be able to help care for my future grandbabies whenever the Lord blesses us that way. Right now I couldn't do it, but that's going to change. :) Here's to new beginnings! <em>9</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:30:18 EST Starting again Am starting again and hope to be able to stick with it- no excuses! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:46:37 EST Hi All! Hi! I'm hoping I can find a weight loss buddy that would want to email/text encouragement back and forth. It'd be cool to find someone has a similar amount to lose (75lbs), has kids, etc... anyone interested??? <BR> <BR> If I need to post this somewhere else, please let me know! Thank you! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:53:46 EST Hello All Hi everyone. My name is Tiara Moore. I am on the path to drop at least 100 pounds. I am 25 years young and married to the love of my life. This will be a big change for me, but it will be well worth it in the end. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:10:25 EST Week 7 and know I can commit! So I gave myself a few weeks to make sure this is something I can stick with. Been reading the mobile chats and just made my first blog. I have 150 lbs to lose, make that 132 now. Looking forward to meeting others. I'm a retired teacher from Ohio (Go Bucks!) who enjoys swimming. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:52:26 EST Hi Im Marge Hello evryone! <BR> My name is marge, im 29, TTC , still 3 days for pregnancy test and i want to be a fitmom.. Ive always been fit but latly ive been missing my workouts due to the fact of a probable pregnancy.. Being kind of affraid of weight training and excercising.. Today i startes some light cardio and my first pregnancy was 10 years ago.. Trying to conceive my 2nd.. I was pretty young now everything is all new to me! Hope to make some friend in here! Blessings! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:57:53 EST trying to find my fit so I am short at just about 5'2" and would like to lose 30 lbs. My challenge is I have hip problems. I like this site because the work out videos offer a variety and some are shorter along with the support I have seen here I decided to give it a go. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:56:57 EST New gal on the block Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST Hello Hello! I'm a serial yo-yo dieter that has been trying to lose weight for years and have only managed to lose and regain the same 5lbs. <em>198</em> I'm so ready to feel healthy and fit again and I'm looking forward to sharing support with others on this journey. Friend me if you're looking for a weightloss buddy to help with accountability and encouragement, I could sure use it too! We can do this! <em>244</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:34:41 EST SALUTATIONS from sunny Spokane, WA I am ready to say goodbye to the woman I was in order to become the woman I envision. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:12:29 EST Second Chance Back in March I woke up in ICU and told I had been in hospital for several days before having a cardiac arrest following multiple organ failure and had spent several days in a coma. <BR> <BR> I have been home nearly four months and feel that I have a second chance at life, especially after hearing there were three attempts at CPR before I came round. <BR> <BR> I have signed up for a four mile charity walk in September so want to get fit for that Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:19:20 EST New to Spark Sorta Just wanted to say, Hi. First post. Have been using Spark for a while to eat better.... better exercise form an ideas for Goals and inspiration. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:37:50 EST Hi! So happy to be here!! I'm Shawn. I'm 50 and live in Albuquerque, NM. I am a language arts teacher and reading specialist at a charter school. I have 3 kids and 6 grandkids :) <BR> <BR> I weigh over 300 pounds but have lost 7 pounds since the start of July. I am seeing a wellness coach and working hard to get the diet under control. Eventually, I'd like to weigh 150, but for now I am aiming to get below 300 for the first time in close to 10 years. <BR> <BR> I started hiking a couple of years ago because I love ta... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:12:13 EST Hello everyone! My name is Bj and I look forward to meeting and sharing with others on this site. <BR> My goal is to be a fit, healthy and strong grandma and share the knowledge & tools I obtain on this journey called life! Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:24:09 EST Turned 50. Excited I'm returning. For this is the place that got me started to stay fit. Got sidetracked with a other fitness groups. Nothing compares to Spark People. It's the best place. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:00:57 EST Turning 50 As we get older is there anything that we require different from the 40's Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:58:00 EST how can I change 65 years of bad eating habits? I am 75, and have been waking each day since age 10, hoping to eat like a normal person--that is, eating when hungry, and not giving in to my constant "hunger" impulses, which I certainly recognize come from a need to fill a hole in my life. <BR> I know it won't help, but seem powerless to change this behavior. I have tried every diet program, including overeaters anonymous, and have tried to remind myself that I will just feel awful each time i give in to this compulsive eating. All sugges... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:57:28 EST Post-surgery weight loss I'm Mary, just turned 40, and am just starting here... I had been able to maintain a previous weight loss of 40+ pounds for a few years, but I was injured while teaching a group fitness class last year and had right knee surgery at the end of February. Going from super active to almost immobile has been difficult on me and my family. I love being active and being outdoors and because recovery is taking so long, I have had to postpone a lot of things I had wanted to do. I finally have a goo... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:33:15 EST YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!! YOU CAN DO IT! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I LOST OVER 100LBS AND YOU CAN AND WILL REACH YOUR GOALS! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:10:24 EST new I have just started the fat resistance diet. I am a 70 year old Cdn lady with about 75 lbs to lose. I have tried many different diets and end up gaining. I am mother of two and grandma to 4. I would like to lose enough to be able to keep up with them. Looking to meet others who are also older but in for the long haul. Joyce Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:31:41 EST Counting Calories Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I want to loose weight and need much support. Can someone give me some helpful tips in how do I start this program in tracking my calories. I do not have a smart phone so I would have to do this the old fashion way. I would like a Support Buddy. Any suggestion is helpful. Thanks Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:34:48 EST Hi! This is my second time as a member on SparkPeople and it's so good to be back. Tried a couple of different sites because of friends who were on those sites, but I like SP better. I'm trying to take advantage of the slower summer schedule to jumpstart my road to health and reestablish some healthy habits before the school year starts. Looking forward to the journey with you all! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:31:33 EST exercise and eating Hello! I have started doing Zumba classes and love it. The class is not until 7:45 p.m. Don't usually get home before 5:30 and dinner is hopefully ready by 6:30.. My question is do I eat before or after and what? Don't want to eat anything heavy of course but could use some guidance. Thank you Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:54:48 EST I'm back and it's time to change! Hi :). I'm going to try again to shed some pounds and live a healthier life. I've realized that I can't eat like I'm 20 anymore, the metabolism just isn't there lol. I will admit that I feel overwhelmed with the fitness and food trackers. I think babysteps will work for me in the beginning. If anyone has advice or tips to help me along the way, I'm open to hear them. Tks <em>4</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:03:06 EST Hello Hello All! My name is Kristin and I am new to Spark People. I have on the site for the past 5 days and absolutely love it! I hope that all of you are having a great week!!!!! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:36:23 EST My personal Triumph Hi, Everyone! My name is Liza Gabrek, I am 19 years old, and I am from Illinois! My goal these past couple years has been to maintain a comfortable weight, as well as to become more self-aware about my health. Although, most of all, my greatest goal over the past two years has been to recover from a stroke I had just after my seventeenth birthday. My stroke has gifted me with the courage and the optimism to push forward and continue on, in hopes that I can maintain the healthy lifestyle I onc... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:59:52 EST Help! I need some quick, easy lunch ideas for work Help!!!!! I work in a very small office. I usually bring my lunch. Today I brought a Birds Eye Steamable bag. At lunch, I popped it in the microwave and couldn't wait to dig in. How disappointed was I to dig in and be totally turned off by the flavor variety I brought today??? <img src=""> Very disappointed. Luckily I had a back-up in the freezer here at work. But it got me thinking, give me some of your quick, eas... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:45:48 EST Hi! My first time here I am Gail. I am a g-mom to 4, mom to five, and have been married for 36 years. I enjoy all kinds of out door activities. I work in our local library. I enjoy traveling with our church to help with mission work around the world. <BR> I have attempted to lose weight on my own, but I have not been successful. I am looking forward to learning from you. I hope that we can encourage each other and reach our goals together. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:21:13 EST Back Again! Well I am back for my third time here. This time I am going to find a way to stay on track, even if that track has some bends! I am on day three right now and working things one day at a time. <BR> <BR> At 43 I really have to fast track getting on the right track! I have spent so much time the last few years making sure to keep my husband healthy (due to stomach issues I have to force him to eat some days), working 2 jobs, and all the time I spend volunteering with Relay For Life I have l... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:58:59 EST Hi, casual runner in need of reboot Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a casual runner, by that I mean a couple of times a week and almost never during the unpredictable New England winter. I have one 5K, a virtual race via US Road Running, under my belt (and a medal to prove it, which I'll eventually share). <BR> <BR> I wanted to do a second 5K this year, but I have what I think might be a serious problem. <BR> <BR> I can't afford to see a personal trainer more than once a week, and that's pretty much all the strength training I ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:52:22 EST Intro new to site Hi I'm shea Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:19:06 EST Putting my life back together I have many health issues, and hit bottom when my mom passed(Oct.2015). My health was getting worse. I decided to take my life back, that is what my mom would of wanted. So through diet, exercise and herbs I am feeling better and stronger once again. <BR> <BR> I am looking to make some great new friends, to join my journey as I join theirs also. <BR> <BR> Staying positive is the key. <em>247</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:15:48 EST Intro: I want to be fit by 40! Hi All! I'm glad to be here. I've been on and off diets/exercise regimens all my life, and I've never stuck with it. I would like to lose around 60 pounds and get stronger by my 40th birthday in August 2017. I'm currently doing online WW but I think I may cancel it if SparkPeople winds up being a source for community and good information. Nice to meet you! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:42:49 EST New here Hi everyone, new here & just looking for motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who has been in denial that I'm "not that big", even though my clothing no longer fits and my weight has crept up higher than its ever been. I'm 36 & trying to get pregnant but know my body isn't at its best and that depression will creep in of I don't do something. <BR> <BR> I work out occasionally, and have forever, but it's not consistent enough and I always give up. I'm determined for this time to b... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:31:42 EST HI Marvin Here Just an average guy who is into bodybuilding, reading and staying fit. <BR> <BR> I am always willing to help out with any knowledge that I have. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:11:05 EST Hi Everyone! :) Hi! Am new to this website. Looking forward to meeting others that are struggling with their weight and getting onto a healthy life style like I am. I have 150 pounds to lose, and I know that I can this, by taking little steps, baby steps at a time. Need to get back to eating healthy and exercising again. Was doing good there for awhile, in fact took off 60 pounds and that weight climbed back on. Starting over. God Bless You! We can do this.... Debbie :) <em>381</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:17:30 EST Rebooted my journey and I'm ready to do this... <BR> Hello everyone! My name is Ren and I am 29. I recently rebooted my weight loss journey 6 months ago after dropping off of it for a few years due to life and stress. This is my first time being active on this site and I am hoping to make some friends, inspire, motivate, encourage, and support whomever I can while I'm here. I do have over 100lbs to lose but I'm excited and ready to go because I know what I'm capable of and I know I can do this! <BR> <BR> So far, I have managed to steadil... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:06:06 EST introducing my self <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Marcia and have been married to my child hood sweetheart for 57 years. We have 5 children,we adopted 2 of our grand children when they were 5 and 7 she is 23 and he is going to be 26 .Both parents were herion adicts <BR> My son died 8 years ago We have a daughter 56 not married ,a son married a darling wife and a son applying for med,school. OH my daughter has a precious miniture black lab. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:57:13 EST New to Spark Hi everybody. I am 31 with a boy of 3 and I so need to lose weight as my weight is 160kg or rather 352 pounds at the moment. I'm changing our diet and wanting to exercise. <BR> Thank you Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:24:37 EST Hi I'm Lynda This is a very confusing for a 62 year old woman to start, but, I am trying very hard. I lost 85 lbs on my own after I was diagnoised with Congestive Heart Failure. I have gained 10 back, but, for the most part have kept the weight off over 5 years. I need to lose 32 more lbs to get to my goal for a total of 106 lbs lost. I look forward to playing with this and learning how to use it to my best advantage. You all seem so nice Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:50:08 EST Third Time's the Charm --- Hopefully I'm Kim and this is my third time on SP. I was here many years ago and have fallen off the wagon many times since then. I'm near my all-time high weight and, although all of my blood work tells me I'm perfectly healthy, I am uber uncomfortable in my own skin these days. Other than overall health, one of the motivating factors of getting the weight off is that I am in a new relationship and we're talking about getting married next year. I want to be proud of my wedding photos, instead of b... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:07:14 EST Another start at life on the lighter side Hi, my name is Kimberly. I am 34 years old. I have been struggling with my weight for the past 8 years that I can remember. I eat healthy but I could not shed any pounds that stayed off. Just started on this website and it sure has been an eye opener in the one day I have used it so far. I actually had a hard time meeting my minimal calorie intake. I want to lose the weight. I want to be able to enjoy all the things I use to but now give me pain or shortness of breathe...hiking up hills, bike... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:31:59 EST Having Trouble Hi, <BR> Started this program about a week now. I to maintain my calories on 1200 a day. am having trouble finding things to eat that are low on CARB. Any Advise? <BR> thank you <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:57:33 EST BACK AGAIN I am Saad. I am not new but wasn`t around. I have come to learn more. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:45:56 EST Back on Spark I started Spark in June and haven't been here for a while. So reset my weight and goals, getting back on track today. Motivation is not my strong point and seems I can't jump off the yo-yo and on track. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:20:27 EST Hi Everyone Hey guys, my name is Hilda. I wanted to stress the importance of having an awareness of everything we put into our mouths. I had been on a rocky up and down movement with my healthy lifestyle. It wasn't until I had my negative wow consequence that I realized I had to snap out of it and start making permanent changes to my daily living. I would like to say every day is choice we have to make. Everyone will have their good days and bad. Some days we will want to regress but the important thing... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:58:45 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> As you can obv tell im new to SparkPeople since im posting in here :) <BR> Im here just like everyone else and thats to lose weight and to make a better and new version of ourselves! <BR> <BR> im a 22 year old male who is currently gonna be joining the rest of the fathers in the father categorie i have a daughter on the way girlfriend will be 31 weeks this thursday bout 9 more to go :) shes due on sept 15th so im pretty excited!!.. <BR> <BR> Im a pretty big guy i wo... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:24:10 EST Surgery soon and anxiety increasing <em>24</em> Hey friends I'm new to this site but I wanted to check in and see how people talk about getting the sleeve. My surgery is Wednesday I'm worried about the pain, the organization of all the things we have to do post surgery and especially hair loss. I'm already at a deficit because of the scalp infection condition. Any feedback is welcome. Happy to be a part of this and hopefully make some friends. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:18:41 EST Garmin Vivosmart? Anyone using a Garmin Vivosmart? I'm on there as Katie Neill. I'd love to connect for steps challenges... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:23:32 EST New hear Retired and just trying to drop some weight and keep active and stay healthy. Looks like some great people here. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:49:06 EST Ready or not here I come. Howdy Ya'll I have been reading The Spark for a couple days now and decided if I was going to understand and implement the teachings I better go all out. So both feet in and eyes open. Ready for anything, except running. Too heavy yet for that but I WILL get there. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:27:54 EST returneeeeeeee You would think as old as I am (69 1/2 years old) and SOOOO many attempts at losing weight that I would have figured it out by now. <BR> <BR> I am youngest of large family, (nine siblings) five I have lost to complications of diabetes including mother. I am the only one who is not diabetic, yet. So I have a great fear of this disease. And you would think this would be my incentive, but I guess I feel like it is inevitable and I will die a horrible death like all of them. I was the care... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:25:29 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST Hi I am new. Trying this site out. Hoping to lose weight. Getting married at the end of September. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:53:29 EST New to Sparks Hello <BR> Looking to loose 50 pounds. Want to hear from people who have disabilities, as I'm <BR> <BR> limited to what I can do. I walk to my mail box, good around the house and drive my <BR> <BR> car; however, the repeated motion I am not able to do. Have had surgery on both <BR> <BR> hips and back. Have gained weight from not being active. Wish me luck. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:04:31 EST Back Again I've been back on SP for about a week. So far, simply reading articles, posts, and getting my mind in a good place to get back on plan. I've been eating, out of control, for about 6-7 months and gained back the weight I had slowly lost over the past couple of years. Menu planning, in advance, and prepping food helped in the past so I'm going back to what worked. Hope everyone has a good Sunday! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:14:21 EST Newbie Hi folks, <BR> I'm new to SP. Joined 5 days ago and want to get back to some semblance of structure in my fitness and nutrition routines which have been very haphazard for the last few years. I really need help in the area of social events where there is a lot of food and drink to be had, I am involved in a very busy social setting. Any suggestions for staying on track while still staying involved. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:55:43 EST Getting back on the path Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I was here and active on Spark sometime around 2009-11, I believe. It has been so long, that I couldn't recall my old username or password, & had to start again from scratch. I don't even really remember how to set up my profile page. I've not started tracking yet, & have only been reading message boards for inspiration. I did have success my first time around. Between April 2015 & now, I've managed to pack on 30 lbs. Safe to say that it's high time to throw myself b... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:38:53 EST New Hi! I am a wife and mother of two. I have over 100 lbs to lose and ready to start the journey. I want to be healthy and feel good about myself. New beginnings! Nervous because I have never done this before. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:52:53 EST Here I Go I done attempted to do many weight loss things, but never see the results. I am hoping that with sparkpeople and some support from all the amazing people on here I can do it this time. I am trying to learn to find time for myself to exercise and eat healthier not only for myself but for my almost 4 year old too. My biggest struggle is where to start. There is so much too it, but here I go to a new beginning. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:20:11 EST Trying to start I'm almost 300 pounds and newly separated and just ready to focus all my attention on getting healthy and fit. I just turned 36 and full of aches and pains and refuse to think it's too late. So I'm here looking at articles and groups. <BR> Grace <em>521</em> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:49:06 EST Hi from Upstate New York! Just wanted to say hello from the upstate part of NY (the part with the dairy farms and the wineries and Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence river and Canada). It's not to hot today but is humid up here. Not florida humid, but humid nonetheless. Hope all is well with everyone, and have a successful weekend. :-) Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:09:44 EST Trying to keep up with the 21 day challenge I'm new to spark people and trying to keep up with the 21 day challenge. I'm hoping that engaging more might help me stay motivated. My weight is drifting down again lately, but 50 or more pounds to go and lifestyle needs some change! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:06:02 EST Menopause and Stress knocked me down Hi everyone, <BR> Menopause and stress have really taken a toll on me over the years. I'm so ready to take my health back and get my weight down to a healthy number. <BR> Turning 50 last year threw me into a depression for a short time, and now 51 is creeping up on me. I've tried to eat right and at least walk, but I can't seem to stay in a routine. I'm hoping I can get a little help from here and to learn how to cook and eat right again. Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:42:23 EST Hi Everyone :) Hi all, I'm Sarah, 30 years old and hoping this is third time lucky for me on this site. Finally finding the motivation I need to lose the weight due to various health issues cropping up :(. <BR> <BR> Good Luck everyone - here's to achieving our hopes and dreams :D Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:29:03 EST Here's to a New Beginning. Hello I'm Sandra from the Eastern US, and I am 35 years old. I'm a nice person who loves to read, write, listen to music, look at and create art, crochet, and spend time with my family and friends. <BR> <BR> On July 3rd I landed in the ER with a sprained hip and when I was leaving they told me that I needed to see my doctor for hypertension. <BR> <BR> My reaction: Wait a minute? Hypertension at 35?!?! Sandra, what are you doing to yourself? <BR> <BR> It was then I knew that I needed to ma... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:50:22 EST Hello from Bulgaria Hello everybody. My name is Plamen and I am from Bulgaria. I would be happy to meet some friends here and take part in the discussions! :) Fri, 8 Jul 2016 19:26:58 EST Need Support This is my first time ever doing something like this. I need help to keep myself accountable. Someone to push myself. I am 29 years old and weigh 217. After 2 children and one miscarriage I have not been able to lose weight. Before my children I lost weight the unhealthy way. Total of 70 pounds. Now every time I eat I feel like i'm getting bigger. I have a hard time with diets. I don't eat raw vegatables but I can when they are cooked. I have a sensory processing disorder that the crunch text... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:49:03 EST Fell Down and Getting Back Up.... Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Kaniesta and this is my second time joining Sparkpeople. I joined the first time back in 2012 and then went through a horrible time in my life when everything fell apart. So, now I have put my life back together, got married this last October and now I want to get back on track with getting healthy. <BR> I have 2 areas I struggle with: <BR> 1: I get to wrapped up in seeing numbers on the scale so right now I am trying not to focus on losing weight but retrai... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:15:30 EST I am sooo ready Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST First time Spark This is my first time with SparkPeople. I can already tell that I am going to feel "at home" here. I am here for more than just to lose weight. I lost 69.6 pounds (from 193.6 to 124) in 2010 with the help of Weight Watchers. It was the feeling of community that motivated me more than anything. I have gained 17 pounds back since then. I'm looking forward to losing the 17 plus another 13 this go around. A lot has changed since 2010. The healthy eating habits that I adopted then are still with m... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EST believing in myself in 2013 I relocated to California. My life style changed, less walking,change of food, less regular meals. I added 25 lbs to what I already had.With osteo-arthritis in my knees, my quality of life has gone down hill. I want to loose weight to see and feel a healthier me and believe that I can do it. Staying on track is one of my goals. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:19:54 EST Raising my (accountability) game Hello! Long time listener, first time caller. <BR> My name is Meredith, and I'm from Missouri. I've been off and on this site for awhile and decided it was finally time to say howdy. When I first became a Spark peep it was after having one of those "moments" -- you know, when the reality of your choices hits you hard. I was tired all the time, lonely, down on myself, and in danger of becoming a diabetic. It was time for me to take the plunge and make a change in my life. I spent time act... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:18:47 EST New Beginnings HI! My name is Karla and I live in Michigan. I was a single parent until my daughter was grown and she is now happily married and currently living in Washington. I've been married for three years to my wonderful and very supportive husband Rob. We live with and take care of my father who has Alzheimer's and other health issues. My husband also has health issues for which he is under a doctors care and has had several surgeries in the last few years, the last one just weeks ago. We have severa... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 20:42:25 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Joanne and I am from Melbourne Australia. I am starting afresh using SparkPeople as I have 40kg to lose, am in my mid-40s and scared to death that this life I have is as good as it gets. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:01:40 EST Looking for ideas about sugar Hi, <BR> <BR> I really want to get healthy and craving sugar seems to be my biggest problem right now. I know better but eat it anyway and then end up paying for it. <BR> <BR> If anyone has ideas about how to stop or manage ( is that possible? ) eating the stuff I'd love to know. <BR> <BR> I'm also here because I need to lose a lot of weight and want to be in a community. <BR> <BR> I've heard this is a great place to be with good folks and look forward to meeting you! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:24:45 EST New and hopeful Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and I'm really hoping it helps. I've been at a dead end for quite awhile. This weekend has not been helpful with Mom's brownies and ice cream! But, that's for special occasions, right? Back on track now! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:20:21 EST So glad I joined SparkPeople! Today is my second day, but I feel so motivated and since it's a holiday,(which in the past has been an excuse to not eat as well as I should) I found the support I needed to remain on my healthy food plan right here! Thank you all! <BR> Ann paul Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:01:03 EST Greetings. Hi, i am a senior, 62 yrs, old and would love to reach out to my vintage peers. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:45:39 EST surgery Hi , I am new to this, and have had sugery recently so welcome any easy exercises that wont pull and strain stitches/staples for the next week until they are removed <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:10:57 EST greetings from a newbie Hi guys <BR> I'm new here and I hope this will work for me <BR> I hope to lose a few kilos before the start of the new term in August and it will be my pleasure to get to know some of you <BR> Have a nice day! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:40:36 EST Hello to everyone Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sue and I am from Adelaide in Australia. Have lost 25kg and still have 50 kg to lose... Looking to share ideas, accountability and the trials and tribulations of the journey with likeminded people. <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 06:40:10 EST harder to keep track during holidays So many things going on and so much food available. I haven't been all that good at tracking, but kept trying even if I had to go back one day. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:01:35 EST Back on the Wagon! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I am back on SparkPeople after a long hiatus...longer than I'd like to admit. I am at my highest weight and I am tired of all my clothes not fitting. I am determined for this time to be the beginning of the rest of my healthy life! <BR> <BR> Thanks For Reading! <BR> <BR> Katie Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:40:56 EST Really struggling So i lost 70lbs a few years back and felt amazing. I used Sparkpeople to achieve this and was eating between 1200-1500 a day I problem. I have gained back all of this weight as I stopped tracking and met someone. Any ways I've been trying to jump back on the wagon for the past 2 years but keep falling. Sometimes it's hard to even manage one successful day of tracking. I honestly don't know how I managed to eat within that calorie range and not feel hungry or deprived! If I could lose weight t... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 18:31:47 EST Hi I'm new, and I'd love some friends! My name is Stephanie, I'm 28 and I've been happily married for 8 years now. I love lifting weights and cooking all kinds of tasty things, and I read and game a lot in my down time. <BR> I'm so happy to be using SP again! I've elaborated more on my page, but to keep this from being a wall of text, I'll condense it to this: I started originally in 2009, and after a few years of dieting I switched to myfitnesspal because I had some friends that were using it. I didn't like it as much though, an... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 23:07:13 EST trying to find myself again! hey everyone! my name is alisa. i'm almost 26, living in los angeles. i actually google searched "weight loss motivation support diet buddy" and it led me here! a bit embarassing, i know, but i'm a little desperate [even more embarassing ?] <BR> <BR> i finally got my weight under control and to my goal almost 10 years ago, but about six years ago, the weight came back slowly, with the past three or four years being the worst. i'm now the heaviest i've ever been and am getting more and more d... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:49:16 EST Starting again I'm back to Sparkpeople after losing over 100 pounds, but then gaining back 35. I know it's not unusual, but I want to stop this gain and lose that 35 pounds. I am motivated and need to write down some goals. That is my task for today. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:15:46 EST T4nkGerl Here And a tank girl I am!! I just want to be a lean machine, instead of a rusted out broken relic! <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> I'm here to make sure I reach my goals. Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:22:56 EST hope I am around for 9-10 years I hope to be healthy enough to make it to at least 85. I plan on going to Concord, MA in 9 years to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the battle of Concord, as my ancestor was at the old north bridge. <BR> <BR> Got to lose more weight, stay active, and eat healthy!!! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:59:40 EST Lumpy Couch Princess NO MORE! I refuse to be a lumpy couch princess anymore! I'm getting older (31) and I'm starting to feel the strain of my weight on my bones and joints. I can't get up in the mornings without my lower back KILLING me. My feet and knees hurt in the mornings too. I can't be feeling like this at 31! NO! <BR> <BR> So on April 28, 2016 I started my journey to a better me. 2 months have gone by and I've already lost 9lbs of fat mass and 7lbs of weight! <BR> <BR> I exercise 4 - 5 days out of the week. 2 o... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:30:20 EST aid for 65+ So many of these exercises are for those who are less than 65. 50 years ago I could out do most of those who do exercises regularly. I did, in one day, 100 push-ups, 100 squat thrusts, 100 sit ups, and 100 what is called "dolphin", and a 1 mile run in 6:05 minutes. Later I did the sub-6 minute mile. But I have a bad right foot, 5 by-pass surgery last year, and asthma. Sure could use help from SparkPeople. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:40:23 EST Low carb Those who are on low carb diet, how many carbs are you eating a day? Do you have any trouble with eating enough calories? Would love any tip or ideas from anyone who is being successful with this plan Fri, 1 Jul 2016 16:24:36 EST May the Spark be with you! Hi everyone! While I'm not new to SparkPeople, I have to admit that I've never fully embraced it before. I lost a ton a weight not so long ago and gained back nearly all of it. I'm trying not to focus on that because it's behind me. Time to forge ahead and take it a day at a time. <BR> <BR> I would welcome any tips, suggestions, and motivational people who would like to help. I've joined a couple of challenges and will be setting some goals very shortly. <BR> <BR> By the same token, if you... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:41:41 EST New and looking for advice on vitamins I'm new to SparkPeople and hoping the challenges and forcing myself to track my food and exercise will keep me motivated and moving toward my goals of overall health. <BR> <BR> One thing I am currently trying to figure out is what vitamin is best to take if you have a sensitive stomach? Are the chewable ones good? <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:49:02 EST Off the wagon...Struggling for motivation I'm 37 and at my heaviest in over 10 years. Managed to keep of 60lbs I lost but this last year I've gained 20lbs and counting!! I don't know where to start and am embarrassed I let myself go because I am soon not happy. Actually disgusted with myself and that not enough motivation. I need encouragement and support anyone else feel or felt like this?? How did you get out of the funk and get started??? Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:51:58 EST where to start? This feels odd to me to be on a public forum such as this, however this is the first time that I really want to take a diet seriously and I think i need some advice! <BR> <BR> First of all, how do you guys keep yourself motivated? The beginning is so hard, especially when you see little to no results. In my head, it should be "okay great, I've started eating better and exercising, let's just watch the pounds melt away!" <BR> *5 days later* - "okay I don't see any results. Let's go get ice... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:09:26 EST This time I will lose Wow, for one this site has sure changed since I was here ! I was losing weight when life knocked me down and gained nearly everything back. NOOOO! This is not going to happen! I got knocked down, got up again, and ready to fight this fat. Motivation is my weak spot so looking for help staying strong. I want to lose 70 -80 lbs to get close to a normal weight for me and out of the obese range. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:36:23 EST Starting over Hello fellow sparkpeople, my name is Dawn and I am back. I joined Sparkpeople back in 2013 and lost 28 lbs in the first 5 to 6 months. Unfortunately, in July 2014 I began a new relationship that got me drinking caramel vodka almost daily, and I stopped tracking my food... Shocker, the pounds came back quickly and then some. Now 2 years later that relationship just came to a crashing end, <em>46</em> so I am back and ready to start all over again! <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:26:08 EST Supartz New to Spark and wanting to know if anyone has had relief from these injections. I have a blood disorder and was refused by an ortho reharding surgery to repair the meniscus in both knees. We all know how the FDA is crackibg WAY down on pain kedications so these injections are my only options right now until I get into see the hematology department at the Mayo Clinic who might approve surgery thete with an ortho. I'm on crutches and knee braces and still in so much pain. Obviously if you can'... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:01:34 EST My "Someday" Someday... I want to wake up and not worry if I have gained weight. <BR> Someday... I want to not pick my outfit out by what does or doesn't show my bulges. <BR> Someday...I want to plan activities with my grandchildren without worrying that I will get too tired too early. <BR> Someday...I want to leave my house without thinking about how I look to other people. <BR> Someday...I want to walk without having pain in my feet. <BR> Someday...I want others to see me as I am; without facades, with ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:25:49 EST I'm new Hi everyone! I'm a new girl to this. I have to take it slow because I am recovering from open heart surgery. My health is my biggest concern at this point, so I am really looking forward to this program and interacting with others. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:43:44 EST spark challenge Hi All, Today my spark challenge is to introduce myself so here goes. I am over 70 and just gave up on the new WW site. Not easy to use. I want to lose 10 lbs and increase my exercise as reading and sitting on couch for hours not good for me. Thought I would give sparkpeople a chance. At least it is free and not trying to sell me something all the time. Started last Sunday and so far I like it very much. I live in Chapala Mexico with my retired husband. Moved here from Plano Texas. D... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:04:36 EST Niles, Illinois weekly weight loss group meeting Anyone willing to meet in Niles, Illinois to join a weight loss group once a week? Members weigh in before each meeting and discuss weight loss issues, many found on SparkPeople. The meeting lasts an hour including the weigh in. . We meet at the Howard Park district center in Niles at 9:15am until 10:15 am. every Friday. <BR> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:37:10 EST Help required Previously you were able to track your Glucose levels if you are diabetic or pre diabetic, I can't find this tracking on the site?? Any help would be appreciated!!! Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:01:35 EST New to Spark Hello everyone... <BR> I am new to spark and really hoping that this will help do the trick to get this weight off once and for all. 25 pounds has been hanging on like no tomorrow. <BR> Have been faithfully wearing my fit bit, working out at the gym 3 to 4 days per week, walking a minimum of 8000 steps per day and many days much more. Have been doing several programs thru my employer to earn HSA money but just can't seem to get it started. <BR> I know for a while I wasn't eating enough ca... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:08:24 EST Hello, From Texas My name is Katheryn, but everyone calls me Kat. I'm a new grad of a sonography job, and I am working hard to pass my boards. I have been heavy my whole life, but only the past 8 years have I been obese. I have tried to lose weight before, but I have extremely low will power, and I used to have unrealistic expectations. But I know this time is different. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:00:20 EST Going it alone sucks Dear Sparkpeople, <BR> Hello from Germany. <BR> I'm 39 and living a good life blessed with wonderful friends and a wonderful, if completely crazy, family. I have a good job that supports my love for traveling the world, I love music and singing and keeping up with pop culture. <BR> I have also had a difficult relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Having been bulimic for 20 years, I have been purge-free for more than two years now, after a stint in a clinic for eating disorde... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:10:12 EST Hello from Upper Panhandle WV My name is Misty Pullen. I am an Ohio valley girl that has been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember. Walking, cardio, running, a combo. YoYo dieting. Almost anorexic. You name it, I can say I've tried it. I'm sticking to it this time. Last time I had lost weight and kept it off for 2 years was because I was going through a lot stress and then I let my family tell me I wasn't eating enough and of course I let them brainwash me into believe that I needed to eat as much as... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:59:38 EST Okay, Let's DO this!! I'm here on a mission. I'm a 43 (about to be 44) year old lady that will be starting the TTC process. I just married my soul mate a year ago. I need my body in tip top shape and I've done this before. I need support, encouragement and reassurance that I can get this done. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:28:21 EST Hello from Iowa! Good morning! My name is Amy and I'm a homeschooling mother of 2 in Iowa City, IA. I am a professional photographer, work part time as office manager at our church as well. I love Jesus, running (4x half marathoner), kayaking, hiking, taking walks, PiYo, biking and swimming. <BR> I'm currently at 195lbs and working to get to 150. I have a long road ahead but I am determined to do it. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:56:49 EST Vegan Weightloss I don't know how to count calories or fat or carbs & I don't know how much of each food item I should have, I am vegan & have already lost a bunch of weight, but I am having trouble creating a meal plan w all the essential vitamins. Is there an easy place to look up calories, carbs & protein for a vegan? I also need info on how much of each food I need to eat is - like 1cup broccoli per meal or whatever. I do add things like Ground FlaxSeed Meal @2-3tbsp per pot of food & I use Chia Seed too.... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:36:11 EST New beginnings Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm completely new here and wanted to share my story. I am making a life change and moving across the country to continue my education which means living with friends between my move and basically messing up my entire diet/workout routine completely for the past 3 months! Needless to say this move has been very stressful and I was recently diagnosed with stress induced- gastritis (I have been living with a different friend each month for the past 3 months and finally ma... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:12:15 EST Happy to be back I am working on losing weight and get healthier Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:27:34 EST My First Day Hi, this is my first day with Spark People and this is my first time using a message board / forum. With that said, I feel this is my last chance to get back on track. I have tried a lot of different weight loss programs and a lot of weight loss support sights and after my review of this sight, I must say that I am very impressed with what I have found and I am very excited to be a part of this family. In the past I have lost over 50 pounds and I found that I didn't know how to make the tra... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:43:52 EST Hey everyone. First day today! <em>249</em> In the past I have been a self saboteur and with this in mind am committed to using this journey as an opportunity to work through that side of my being and stay true to my commitment along the way. Be lovely to have anyone who experiences the same or other sides of their being who are into a change perspective, learning more about what it is that stands in the way of their own commitment, observing it, having compassion for it, and moving it out of their lives for a better and... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:30:28 EST Newbie here Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie to this site. I was over at MyFitnessPal for awhile, but kinda got tired of not being able to customize macros, etc. That being said, I decided to try this place out. So hello! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:56:39 EST Hello from Spain Hi all, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark yesterday and I'll try to participate as much as possible. <BR> <BR> I'll be 65 in August and would like to age in a healthy fashion. The first thing I must do is to lose the few kg, 5 to be exact, I gained in the last few years. More than once I said I had to lose these kg but never really took the matter in hand. Now now birthday just around the bend it's time I act and react. <BR> <BR> I think that writing my menus and participating here will keep me on ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:52:04 EST Hello Good morning, I am not new to Sparkpeople, but I am starting over again with the hopes of transforming myself from the inside out. I need to love myself so that I can take care of myself. Because if I don't love me at any size, I won't do what is needed to get healthy. It's not about weight loss, but being fit and healthy. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:42:49 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm a 30-something Mom trying to make some lifestyle changes that I can stick with. Looking to connect with people that are doing the same so we can keep each other in check. <BR> <BR> Also, this site seems to have so much information that I haven't figured out how to maneuver it all. Do you have any recommendations on how you use the site to help you reach your goals? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:23:48 EST Hello I am looking forward to losing weight. I have failed other programs and am hoping this program will help me be successful. I like the support so far. I am a 55 year old woman who lives with her husband on a farm. I work at a mental health facility as a nurse educator. I have four grandchildren and love animals. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:47:09 EST Feeling optimistic joined this site a few months ago and really enjoy the app. I am not much of a joiner, so I haven't posted much. I find the encouragement and support given in this community so encouraging! I hate that I have been in limbo since February (moved once and have to move again). <BR> <BR> I have severe food allergies and diabetes. So when I find something I can actually eat (and enjoy), it's hard for me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being more active in the community ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:11:06 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:38 EST Tips on how to lower blood sugar level If you have any tips on lowering blood sugar, please let me know. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:59:38 EST Hello there :) My name is Reyanne, I'm 29 and on a mission to get into the best shape of my life before heading into my 30's. I work full time, love spending time with my family and know that it's important to prioritize fitness and nutrition at the same time! I would love to have some support as well as support others along the way. Please add me as a friend or send me a message if you'd like to join me on my journey. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:33:40 EST 1st week Trying to get fit and healthy at 50! <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:40:41 EST hello getting started. this is day 5 and haven't lost anything yet, but have gained encouragement that i can turn the tide here. social engagements and a foodie vaca to NYC will keep me out of the losing game to start, but i am building tools to kick it in high gear by next week. i have felt desperate about turning it around as i have done all the diets before and after achieving goal would gain it all back plus more. this seems like more of a true lifestyle change and hoping this gets me lasti... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:25:22 EST Just joined and looking for mutual support(((((((: Friend me? Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:43:07 EST I'm new and ready to be motivated Hello! My real name isn't Ginger first off. She was my dog growing up. <BR> <BR> I am here because I am having a hard time dealing with my weight. I've become really depressed over it. I lost 27 lbs over a year and lately I've gained it all back I feel due to depression and a lack of feeling motivated... I just don't know what to do.... Groceries are expensive and programs are expensive and only work if you can afford the monthly fees... <BR> <BR> <BR> I get bored really easy so I can't ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:48:25 EST Newbie I'm just saying hello, looking for friends & supporters Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:20:25 EST Newbie w/ 60 lbs to lose. Hello! :) I'm a newbie to this website, so I'm still exploring everything and figuring it out. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm 18 and have about 60 lbs to lose (more or less). If any of you have a similar amount of weight to lose, feel free to let me know; maybe we can be buddies and keep eachother on track! :) Side note: I just started a blog ( to write about my weight loss (and other things lol), so feel free to check that out.. but I wanted to join this site as well t... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:49:30 EST where were you 50 years ago I was back stateside with 9 months to go of a 4 year career in Air Force. I was getting more excited, but loved my last tour of duty in San Angelo Texas. My last 3 months I was a life guard at the base pools!! Had to try to make it all last. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:54:48 EST Just Joined Today Hi my name is Jenny and I recently had a heart attack and found out at the same time I am diabetic. So I really need to change my diet but have been having a really hard time doing especially since my bf doesn't want to eat any of the food I now have to eat. I just thought it would give me more inspiration to be in a group with other people trying to accomplish the same things, eating better and trying to lose weight. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:30:36 EST Oh jeez waddup Hello~ As you may guess, I'm new to this and are trying to do my first introduction thing (which I'm not very good at, A+) <BR> <BR> Some things cool about me: I speak English (oh wow no way), I can't do a somersault (I know, pathetic) and last but not least, Dogs are in fact my least favorite animal. (Don't kill me just yet please and thanks) <BR> <BR> How about you? What are some super cool jazzy things that aren't maybe already obvious but whatever. Hope your day is going as groovy as mi... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:15:02 EST introducing a returning member I am returning because I need to track the nutrition I am getting out of the foods I consume. <BR> Also, I am the only cook in the household and the members are still sabotaging my efforts. <BR> Spark People helps me feel like I am part of a community that has experienced everything and understands me better than me. I love learning here. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:36:16 EST Day 6 - first time on the message boards Following the new member challenge. Trying to follow the roadmap others have laid out for me. The blog thing has been good for keeping me focused and somehow seems to make sense to me. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:37:19 EST getting started I am excited to start on this new journey Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:46:36 EST A Healthier Me Hello, I'm new here and hope I'm doing this right! I've struggled with weight the last few years and now I've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I need to lose weight and learn to control my diabetes better and this looks like a great site to learn how. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:26:08 EST I'm in the house Hi, I have just joined and I'm looking forward to try out some of the programs on this site. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:47:43 EST my iintroduction Hi Carol here....hope we can all be successful Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:43:58 EST Trying to learn SP HI all. I've just completed my 75th continuous day of posting my food and fitness. I am trying to learn SP's various functions and aspects. This is the first time I am checking out message boards. Do people find this useful? How so? Any other advice? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:45:57 EST I have hit ROCK BOTTOM..... I have never been this heavy in my life! I am an emotional eater....look at me and you can tell just how good (or bad) my life is going. I have finally hit over 250! I was always a healthy weight until I quit smoking and had children in my 30s. <BR> <BR> My mom was sick with physical and mental issues the past couple of years and has been hospitalized with both several times. To make matters worse, my marriage is falling apart, so I do not have a supportive spouse. My 15 year old daughter h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:27:09 EST New and gaining weight... Today is my 3rd day on the site. I've been within my calories and have added 20 min. of walking each day so far and in the last 2 days I have gained almost 1 pound. WHY?? Any advise or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:14:09 EST Hi all My name is Patti. I am 52, a wife and mother of 2 boys and 3 stepdaughters. I'm 5'5 and last week topped out at 170. I am new to this, but started this Monday. I'm hoping to reach 125, but 130 would do also. I don't work outside of the home as I take care of my elderly mom. I has been to easy to get in a rut and not make time to eat, ( except for dinner) and exercise. My husband and I work out 3 nights a week and I walk our Greyhound 2 miles the other 4 nights. Since I started on Mond... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:38:01 EST Back on Track! After 10 months of having lower back issues and be quite sedentary, I'm feeling quite excited, motivated and enthused about being healthy again to get back on the trail as a run/walker, going swimming and focusing on my nutrition! Readings by Brendan Brazier ("Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide" - although I'm not vegan) and by Thomas M. Campbell ("The China Study") have been great motivators and incentives! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:16:25 EST TGIF is on it's way yahoo! Happy Thursday evening and close to being another weekend. Hope everyone has a great one! I'm back after years and happy to meet some new friends, read message boards, blogs, team postings. I'm here to have the support from others and be a great support for any of you. I'm here to get healthy, lose weight and have fun reading all the recipes, articles, and videos. I miss the community boards so here I am. <img src=" Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:13:46 EST Paleo Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:37 EST If you're saying you'll start later... ... you'll never start at all, so start today! <BR> That is totally true for me at least... So I've started! <BR> <BR> Hope to connect and reach better health goals. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:38:52 EST New Member Hi everybody <BR> My name is Masoud. I lost 8Kg until now. <em>672</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:38:09 EST Hey everyone Hoping to lose a few pounds through better eating. Looking forward to learning from everyone's successes here. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:39:03 EST Need support I'm Misha, 22, college student. I need to loose a lot of weight, but, I have a bad habit of giving up. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:46:27 EST Heyyyyyyy everyone :) Hey! <BR> <BR> So I'm a 21 year old Irish guy. I'm in college right now and work part time. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago I embarked on my lifestyle change and I lost over 80lbs. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So yeah after about a year I started to maintain. However college took over my life as well as moving away to Dublin. I really began to neglect my health again. I ended up gaining 20lbs. Between November 2015-March 2016 I ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:27:49 EST Herro Hi. I'm brand new, just joined like 5 minutes ago. I've already written a blog entry, and I'm really excited to be here. I live with some very sedentary people, including my roommate, who is 5 feet tall and weighs close to 300 lbs. I keep inviting her to the gym with me to use my guest privileges, but she insists that she's losing weight by not eating chocolate. She's not, and I love her, but she's not a very good support system. So here I am. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:18:34 EST I'm actually ready to face the truth. My weight has been creeping up really steadily for the last five years. I always had a good excuse for why the scale was higher than it was last time ("oh my new medication makes me gain weight", "we're traveling in a foreign country, of course I have to eat the local dessert", " My injury made it so difficult to move, of course I'm a little heavier", "This semester was just so harrowing, I had no time to take care of myself") Sometimes I even managed to lose some weight, only to have it come... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:23 EST Missys Back <img src="">Okay, I admit it, I strayed. Not on purpose though, I thought that maybe I could make it without tracking, but I cannot. 10-15 lbs of weight gain later. I'm Back, with a renewed sense of motivation and a knowing look re: what happens when you stop doing the things that you did to help you feel better. Its on now bc I'm angry (at myself) and I am starting to miss my slimmer body. Ugh, sigh. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:52:39 EST Hello! Grad student looking to eat better Hello Spark People! <BR> I'm going to grad school in the fall and excited to try new foods as well as eat better. I've been slowly weaning myself off of processed foods and refined sugars for a couple of years now, but still need work on getting my daily servings of vegetables in. The nutrition and fitness trackers are amazing for this gal, who can check and make sure I'm getting enough of my vitamins and minerals from my food. This site is such a wonderful place of information and support, a... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:47:50 EST Hi Hi everyone, I am David... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:04:18 EST Need motivation I lost 22 kgs 5 years ago and slowly because of emotion issues a lot of the weight has come back... Now I exercise spiradically bc of commitments and issues and my diet is not very controlled. I want to get back to my old self again and fit into those size 28 hudson skinny jeans again!!! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:41:08 EST New Member here Finding so much info and helpful topics. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:40:07 EST new member <img src="">Hi I'm a 52 year old diabetic who need to get her act together <em>521</em> so I can live life without having no regrets I do not want my diabetes to win Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:42:51 EST hello new here Hi---My name is Janet and I live in Overland Park, Ks. Have about 75 pounds to loose. Looking for recipes and good support. Would be great to find someone in my area to exercise with. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:55:23 EST Food lists Hello I am new. While i found a lot of foods with calories listed, i am not finding how to calculate an item that I am not seeing out there. For instance today, I was trying to calculate some salad dressing that i did not see when I did a food search. Would love to know where I would go to calculate <BR> <BR> thank you so much Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:57:19 EST Hi Day 1. Not too sure what I'm doing yet but I'm trying......... <em>40</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:31:34 EST Introducing the New Cheri At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself to start a new journey. One filled with healthy food, more activity, and drinking lots of water. A journey where I focused on the things that really matter to me. A journey that would result in me being much more healthy so I can live a long life with my wonderful husband. <BR> <BR> As I look back on the last 6 months, I can honestly say I have kept that promise. Sure, it has had its ups and downs. Not every day or every week ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:38:47 EST Hannah Hi Spark People. I'm introducing myself as part of the new member challenge. Not sure I feel about sparkpeople yet. It seems like a great place to start a fitness and nutrition journey, but I have some experience so I'm not sure how much it can help me. I'll try it for a while anyway. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:06:53 EST trying this site again...... medifast online??? Hi Everyone! <BR> I have struggled so long with my weight. <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a while back... I like the format... but didn't give it enough time. <BR> I want to try again. <BR> Also, I would like to try Medifast...I don't want to go to the centers thought... just want to do it online. Is that possible? <BR> I am a full time RN, single mom... so very busy... <BR> Thoughts? <BR> Advice? <BR> Thanks... hope I can do it this time :) Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:49:00 EST Fresh Start Hello all. My name is Lacey. I've been a member for a while but never introduced myself and never really took this seriously enough until now. I am a boudoir photographer, have 3 beautiful little girls (ages 9, 4, and 1) and a husband who is extremely supportive. I enjoy writing and being creative and crafty. I'm a type 2 diabetic and my sugars have been creeping up especially with me not having access to any kind of medications. So that makes this even more important. I want to live li... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:23:05 EST New Member Hi, I have joined before but for some reason I couldn't get my password to work even though I reset it like 4 times - anyway so new username same name - Hi I am Brandi - lol <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my weight for quite some time and I loose just a little bit then gain it back then loose a little bit and gain it back - <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Very frustrating so I need some help, encouragement - and I think you all can give me that - <BR> <BR> I want to loose at ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:06:55 EST NEWBIE....Jun 2016 -Lose 75 by Nov. 2017 Hello my goal is to lose 75 pounds from June 2016 to November 2017. I would appreciate your wisdom, your experiences, & your support. <BR> <BR> I began to have weight problems after baby #2, it has gone on for 14 years and I am shocked that my weight went up to 165 as of June 2016. I have tried Atkins, Fit for Life, Protein Power and some other fad diets and all of them were hard for me to follow. <BR> <BR> I am at loss and realized that I needed some support from others who are like me on... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:37:56 EST I think it's too many calories for me I've been thin all my life, but my calorie consumption was always under 1000 and usually closer to 500 (and a lot of times under). Now that I'm disabled and my activity is extremely limited, I find myself eating lunch, dinner and snacks at night. I've put on 45 lbs which I now need to lose at least some of, but I find that the Spark calorie limit is very high. I fear I have seriously messed up my metabolism during the approx 40 yrs I have eaten hardly anything and there is no way I can los... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:42:34 EST PattieCarey Hi I'm Pattie.I have been struggling with my weight off and on all my life. I'm ready to get back on top of things. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:59:27 EST vickie I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:26 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST Hi it's me, Christy I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:43 EST New Member to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> My name is Cat. I'm new here to SparkPeople. I decided to join as I worked with a woman many years ago who had great success with SparkPeople. <BR> I lost about 30 pounds a year ago, pounds that slowly snuck on, why do the never sneak off? I got fit and have a job that requires me to stay fit, BUT it also leaves me sitting for LARGE parts of my day - like 12 hours on some days. <BR> I saw three pounds come back last week and don't want any more to follow. <BR> SO. . . . I joined... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:56:31 EST Greetings! :) Hello, everyone! I joined Spark People on Friday and today is the new member challenge day when I'm supposed to introduce myself. ;) <BR> <BR> I just finished the 30 day Wild Diet meal plan and did well on that but I thought it would be a good idea to join Spark People to keep the momentum I've started going. <BR> <BR> I get my excercise by a combination of kettlebell, bellydancing, and yoga and my nutrition follows the Wild Diet tenets (kinda like paleo, but you get to have things like da... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:44:01 EST Hi There SparkPeople! My name is Debbie. I am a teacher and I will be starting at a new school next year. I have several changes or milestones coming my way in the next year: new school, will turn 60, and will celebrate 41 years of marriage. My husband has been very ill for the last 8 years and I am his sole caregiver. I have come to realize this year, that I need to take care of myself better in order to do the best that I can for him. Somewhere along the way, I have really lost myself but I plan to change tha... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:28:31 EST NEWBIE NEED MOTIVATION AND FRIENDS! HI GUYS, <BR> <BR> So I'm new to this and have been on this for three days so far I'm loving it! I've lost a few pounds already but hoping to lose A LOT MORE! <BR> My sugar cravings are so bad :( always wanting chocolate it's so hard! <BR> <BR> Need determination and motivation and friends who will support one another on this journey! Hope you all get what you want to achieve - slowly but surely! <BR> Byeeee xx Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:15:05 EST Hi Hi All <BR> Today is my first day of this diet and exercise plan. Feeling very motivated! Good luck to everyone this week, we can do this! Would love to hear from others how you have been getting on and how you are finding this plan. <BR> Anne-Marie Mon, 20 Jun 2016 03:45:32 EST Reintroducing Myself I was on Sparkpeople for a while, and on it I switched to a whole food, plant based diet and successfully lost 90 of the 200 extra pounds I was carrying. But due to familial pressure, I fell off the band wagon. <BR> <BR> Now I am more determined than ever to make a permanent lifestyle change, family be darned. Transitioning back to a plant based diet, and starting to just move more. I have more weight than ever to lose, but that just means I need to start now and work hard. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:03:03 EST Newbie Here! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Jessica - I'm 31, married with three kids and a bunch of fur babies! I work for a school, so have a lot of time this summer to dedicate to getting myself on track and kick starting my weight loss. I have about 100 pounds to lose and would like to see a good part of it gone by this time next year. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a small group of people in similar circumstances (male or female) that can help keep each other accountable. If you know of a group that already ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:03:40 EST Newbie here Hi everyone, just joined and in some serious need to lose a lot of weight! Hoping this site will help me and keep me motivated. <BR> Hope everyone is doing great:). Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:54:56 EST jalisa hello, I'm jalisa from barbados. new to the site. trying to find friends who will motivate and help me along my weight lost jourey and beyond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:57 EST Startin over again, but message board newbie Hello sparks friends, Im Melissa from Chicago burbs, im 40 have a beautiful daughter, an great boyfriend. Ive been here before but ive quit many times and Im goin to keep trying to stay on task. I do have depression and anxiety so it makes life hard..its no excuse for me though to have all my issues and not try my damndest to get help which I hate doing. I love it on here that now only can you track your weight and fitness, but other goals which im tryin, Im doin the new start challenge - lov... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:05:50 EST Hi, Spark Community Members! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there fellow "Sparkers"! I've been a SP member since Jan. 30, 2015 and it has proven to be one of the major motivators in my quest for better health and less weight. <BR> <BR> I've been a regular participant in the 5% Seasonal Weight Loss Challenges, since joining SP, and it's my favorite! I encourage all members to participate in at least one SP Challenge! Just go to "Challenge Centr... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:23:18 EST Hi Everyone!!! I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:10 EST Looking for support buddies Hi everyone! <BR> I am looking for other like minded people to create a support circle who I can interact with on a daily basis so we can support each other and share our progress stories or even rant about our daily stresses and difficulties we face! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from you if you feel that this is smithing you can commit to and would like to be a part of! <BR> My goals are to lose weight and built emotional and mental strength in the process! <BR> <BR> Speak soon xx Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:29:55 EST any martial arts people ? Hi! I'm trying to get a group of friends who also enjoys working out and trying to lose weight like me. My fitness goals are centered around my martial arts training. So I was just curious if there are other ppl out there who also enjoy trainin in the martial arts? I'd love to talk workouts and see what works for you! Thanks Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:05:03 EST Back For More! I love SparkPeople. I have another account, that I've had since 2009. I just thought I would start a new one and see if there were things I can learn and do that I might not have been able to do before, because of the distraction of friends or just random people commenting on stuff. Already, I have found the new member challenge and am working toward a badge on my page! If I can do it, I thought I would go ahead and do it on the other account. That's what I may do with all of the challenges, ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:42:49 EST Returning to SP Hey everyone! I'm Melissa and I am returning to SP after a year long hiatus. I have recently been diagnosed with fatty liver disease and am now working toward being healthier. I've started eating healthier, but I find that SP helps me stay accountable for what I eat so I'm back! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:09:28 EST Any other disabled people out here? Hello to all, <BR> <BR> This is my first week on SparkPeople though I've been working seriously on eating better for about 2 months, and working out however possible around my physical challenges. <BR> <BR> I have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, which started showing up gradually when I was around 4 or 5 years old. I used crutches for many years but l fell and injured my shoulders 14 years ago, and occasional power-wheelchair use went to daily use. I've gotten much more rotund the last few y... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:53:02 EST New to Sparkpeople but not new to logging I have been using MyFitnessPal for quite awhile now, and every once in awhile I decide to review other options, so I have decided to give this site a try for a bit to compare its offerings. <BR> <BR> I have been successful at losing some weight, then gaining it back. I am currently at 209lbs and I am looking at losing about another 20lbs or so. I have been eating at around 1700-1900 calories a day and it appears to be working for me right now. <BR> <BR> If anyone has some suggestion for usi... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:25:28 EST Hello I am here because I need to lose this weight. I am 51 year old. I am divorce mother of two daughters. At this is the heaviest I have ever been. I self sooth with food ever since my marriage fell apart in 2003. I have spent a lot on weight loss and they say an accountability partner helps. How ever the ones that I have had left me for what ever reason. That is the past. I have had a recent discovery that i have been brainwash by my ex and I need to deprogram myself. I know things nee... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:11 EST I need more friends!! I am so bad with computers, still trying to figure out how to get around on this site. I cant figure out the teams thing. I would love to have some people as friends so we can chat / motivate each other. Im 27, married, have a 3 year old daughter, and I need to lose 60 pounds or more. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:38:04 EST help to get started if there is anyone that can help me get started on this I would be very greatful to them I am new to all these sites and carnt seam to figuar out what to do on them I'm just use to doing regular diets and exercises and toning up thankyou in advance. and if anyone has any info they can help me with I would be grateful there to thanks everyone Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:55:37 EST will not give in if I get started on a diet and excesise and tone up programme as long as this helps me get my life back on track I will never give up on it all I want is help to get sorted not just given tablets that don't help and sent away Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:51:19 EST new to all this just thought id introduce myself my name is shirl I'm 46 years old been through a very bad marriage of 26 years battered from one end to another and been s****ally abused I am nearly divorced from him I have a new guy in my life who I live with now we have been together for around 6months now. He is very kind caring and loving. I would love to get back into shape not just for him but mainly for myself. my weight has gone up and down (from 9 to 18 to 9 to 26 in dress size) now its messing arou... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:48:22 EST Need some support! Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I have been on this site for a few years now and sort of done it off and on with friends in real life, however they have stopped using the program and I have personally stagnated in my goals. Last year I lost 50 pounds by eating healthy and exercising 4-6 days a week. Now I have stagnated for over a year in the same 10lb range - including through seasons of injury and increased/new activities. I am seeing about the medical side of things, however I need encourage... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:51 EST starting over I am once again starting over. I have gotten away from sparks for quite awhile and now I am back and going to try harder this time. I now have diabetes. I do not want to be taking meds for the rest of my life. I also do not want to lose limbs. So I am going to work on this harder then ever before. <em>246</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:40:15 EST Get fit - take 3! Hello all - this is my 3rd time trying to get fit since I gained more weight than I did when I was pregnant with my 3rd child <em>2</em> . <BR> <BR> I've tried WW, the 30 day diet, 21 day fix, nothing seems to be working other than counting calories and exercise. <BR> <BR> I started logging my food and exercise on 5/30/16 and so far I'm down 10 lbs. Looking forward to a healthy journey! Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:46:18 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:33 EST Thyroid issues and weight gain Anyone else battling with weight gain after a thyroidectomy? The only way I have been able to lose weight so far has been to drop to an unhealthy 800 calories a day. Doctors say my thyroid levels on medication are "normal", so why the steady gain of 10 pounds a year? I hired a personal trainer, then herniated all five lumbar discs, so yoga, walking, light weights and swimming are what I do for exercise. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:54 EST Looking for sample meal plans - New to sparks I made a commitment to take back control over my life and make a life style change in regards to food. I tried this site several times but as a newcomer I keep finding myself unsure what to eat and when. I am two weeks into taking aqua fitness classes and zumba and love both of them. Need to get my meals on track and I will be on my way to lose the weight and get my life back. I would like to lose 50 lbs. Any help would be greatly appreciated..... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:05:49 EST New and Not losing weight Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople today and am pleased to see that it seems to be a thriving and lively community <em>334</em> . I have been struggling with weight loss for the past 6 years. Initially this was to do with health issues which have been as resolved as they are going to be but despite a clean diet, I do not lose consistently. <BR> <BR> I recently started on ST and cardio regime which I actually like and do regularly plus sticking with the clean eating however, since ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:07:38 EST From eating disorder to healthy weight loss Hi all! <BR> <BR> This is my first post and I'm hoping this community might be able to help guide me on my journey. I have a history of anorexia for a few years from age 22-25, which ironically enough began during nursing school. I was never too low weight (119 at 5'7" was my lowest) but it certainly took a psychological toll leading me to anxiety and depression, and eventually the excessive exercise and strict calorie restriction of 800-1000 calories lead me to bingeing. I ended up shooting... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:30:38 EST Brand New Just wanting to say hi.....and looking forward to meeting others on the journey. <BR> Im Ron. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:48:26 EST ANSUL from VEGAS. Hi <BR> I am new to spark Finally I have decided to lose last 25lbs. <BR> <BR> I will be posting pics of food and pics from my training everyday for next 42 days. <BR> As a high functional alcholic it's gonna tough because I drink 4 to 5 days a week followed by binging on junk foods. <BR> <BR> But I am ready go cold turkey NOW. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:00:34 EST Day 1 of the New Me Hi everyone, my name is Sue and I just joined SparkPeople. I have been struggling with weight loss since the birth of my last daughter 9 years ago. I have had success with Weight Watcher's in the past, but for one reason or another, I gained the weight back. After reading one of the SparkPeople blogs on facebook today, it really home for me. I am sabotaging myself by negative self talk, which leads to negative behaviors. Food binging. I have been using food as my friend, my stress reliever... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:05:01 EST withdrawn from toxic drugs Dr. overdose taking 11 drugs each morning Dr,s orders became toxic , now off all drugs and is having withdraw <em>198</em> .its had when yoy 75 years old Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:49:15 EST Bobby Grow Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST Newbie here Hi! <BR> <BR> Im a sports girl who's trying to loss weight. I hope to learn from you and share my knowledge. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:40:49 EST It is time to reboot and move forward I was a sparker for many years during a critical time in my life. I had a chronic degenerative lung disease and had to lose over 100 pounds to have a life saving surgery. Spark People was invaluable in helping me change my lifestyle and overall health. I did lose the weight and had a lung transplant in 2011. For about 3 years I was doing well health wise. Then I began to have various issues related to transplant and have had a number of steroid (prednizone) therapies. The weight creep back ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:57:25 EST Senior Citizen looking for support Hi Sparklers -- (I just made that up). I'm recently retired and carrying a lot of extra weight that I need to shed. I started out fit and athletic when young but after 40 I found I put a few extra pounds on year by year. A stressful job with lots of travel didn't help. Now my joints and knees are starting to complain so I wanted to begin a regular exercise and diet routine to try and reverse this trend. I recently joined an Aquafit group at my apartment complex but my main exercise is walkin... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:40:05 EST New and nervous Hi, I'm from the UK, just turned 53 and a wheelchair user for the last six years following a spinal cord injury. <BR> I have gained 60lbs in a very short time following my SCI, I have lost 18lbs so far but have a long way to go. <BR> I have suffered from terrible depression over the last six years and exactly one year ago today I attempted suicide. I'm happy to say that I no longer feel suicidal, I still don't feel like my old self but am in a much better place. <BR> Exercise is hard due to m... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:31:38 EST Texting motivational buddy Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am new here, seeking a texting/weight loss buddy. I am 21, female and changing my lifestyle. I wish to Improve my health, so I can live life to the fullest! My goal is to lose 120lbs. I am seeking someone to help keep me on track, exchange recipes and just talk. Thanks so much! Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:51:25 EST Good to be new i just want to start out by saying that i am happy that i am apat of this awesome group. i hope that i can help give insight and knowledge to those in need as well as get a little motivation as well. Im always available to anyone in need of a little insight. as well as some inspiration or motivation, or just a hello. It all works for me Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:37:41 EST New Path to Healthy I have been at this weight loss now for 8 yrs. Now it has come to the time I cant play around with it any more. A lot of reasons that I can give will still be there tomorrow, but the extra weight, the smoking and the no sun no life can change for the better. So again, here I am giving it another go. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:55:13 EST New Beginnings Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a returning member of SparkPeople. I lost 20 lbs. between December 31, 2014 and April 1, 2015 - in time for my son's wedding. Unfortunately, starting in April of 2015 I had to begin a different journey - 18 months of treatment for breast cancer. The good news is, I just finished last Friday. The other news is, I regained 13 of those lbs. and need to take them - and an additional 5 off - to help me get, and stay, as healthy as possible. I am already encourage... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:03:54 EST Good day to start Hello everyone. I am so glad to be starting out with a healthier lifestyle. I am hoping to stay on track and keep motivated. I look forward to hearing from anyone that needs support and wants to send encouragement. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:10:25 EST First day Ready for a life change! <em>249</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:15:03 EST Looking to avoid diabetes I a 53 years old and diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Both parents had it and I truly want to avoid it because I want to enjoy life. I have about 50 pounds to lose. That wont make me as small as I was in High School but i just want to be healthy. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:08:24 EST Need a change Hi I am new to spark people. I am feeling lost lately and in a lot of physical pain. Just can't do this on my own Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:29:37 EST frustrated frustrated and down. want to figure out how to lose my weight naturally and have had my dad dieing in the last month and stress at work where does a person start Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:25:51 EST Can we be strong for one another? Hi All I'm Jane and am motivated to begin! I hope to meet a lot of nice people and make some new friends. I'll be reading a lot and I'm hoping to gain the strength to get myself through this thing. I hope everyone succeeds in what their doing and I wish you all the best of luck. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jane Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:57:36 EST Coming back to Spark I signed up in 2014 and didn't use the site much; I still lost about 15 pounds. I then had some health issues ending with a month hospital stay. For a while I was inactive and ate terribly. I gained back the weight and a little extra, two years later. Now, I'm very motivated. My sister is getting married next month, and I'm in the wedding. I want to look toned and shapely. I'm excited about the Spark app and mobile site. It makes it so easy to track food and exercise. Plus, I picked up a mai... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:32:45 EST Newbie with diabetes Hello All, <BR> I have messed around with Spark People and I love this website. So easy to use. I'm recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the other websites I've looked at are not as easy to maneuver as this so I'm hoping this with help with getting my diabetes under control, which at this time is not really very bad, and to get the weight off and motivate me to MOVE!! I also have Fibromyalgia which makes it even for of an effort to get off my tush!! So all the help that is offered w... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:45:51 EST Good Morning from Florida I am completing the New Member 21 Day challenge and today's challenge for me is to introduce myself on the boards. I am awe struck with the amount of help and information in these boards. <BR> Looking forward to my journey with Spark People Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:02:14 EST Greetings From Canada! I was an active member of SparkPeople several years ago, and the results were great; however, I decided to go it alone, for whatever reason, and I managed to undo all my good work ... and more! It feels great to be back. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 03:03:55 EST Greetings! My name is Mellie and I live in Chicago. Just wanted to stop by and say hello :) Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:27:01 EST A newbe Hello all, My name is Theo. My girlfriend is already currently apart of your community. My doctor has put me on a strict diet so she thought we should do this together. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:27:40 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST Nana Have fibromyalgia and want start moving more. Lose weight, feel great and look great. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:29:24 EST Hello To Spark People Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Seth, new here & would like to say hello to everyone. :) Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:39:58 EST New here I'm looking forward to getting back to a healthy weight and managing my connective tissue disorder. Here's to less chronic pain! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:50:18 EST Re-igniting the Spark Like many other "drop-outs," I'm back to give Spark People another go 'round. I know that it's an excellent tool to help with weight loss and fitness, but it's only "excellent" if I use it! ...So I'm back and ready to SPARKle. ;-) Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:38:27 EST fear of eating I'm afraid to eat my first meal early for fear of being hungry all day Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:25:01 EST New to Spark. Hello, I am 38 year olld wife and mother of two wonderful boys. I was diagnosed at age ten with epilepsy and have struggled with it ever since. I recently had a bad few months of non stop seizure activity and was unable to work. I have moderate control with a new medication I am on, but I have gained thirty pounds very fast. I am looking for encouragement and suggestions for how to excercise when you are chronically ill. I am also hoping to encourage others in their journey. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:36:04 EST new member on spark people Hello, I just joined spark people. This past Tuesday, I joined weight watchers meetings and etools. I don't know how much weight I have lost yet. Tuesdays is my weigh in day. I am hoping to lose over 100 pounds on my healthy lifestyle journey. I weigh over 300 pounds. I have been drinking lots of water, eating lots of veggies and fruits. I also took a 15 minute walk which is hard for me because I have bone on bone arthritis in both knees. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:33:45 EST New to Spark People Hey! I'm looking for some extra support while I take the first steps towards being a healthier me! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:36:25 EST Hello Fitness Peeps! I was busy playing with my friends, getting my driver's license, staying active in sports, when I blinked and suddenly found myself middle aged, out of shape and tired! Life flies by and if only I'd made a promise to my younger self to love myself more and take better care of myself, I wouldn't be clinically obese now. Alas, this is where I am now, no use in wishing for what might have been! <BR> I'm here for support and to offer support as I make significant changes in my eating and fitness... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:29:17 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:45 EST Fitness buddies online Hi my name is amanda i am looking for a fitness buddie online who is 100% committed to fitness....message me Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:54:54 EST Yay Healthy Eating.. Hello All, <BR> <BR> Just your everyday over stressed, underpaid, over worked American. I use sarcasm to get through most things. When I got on the scale and saw the weight, in its full glory in March I decided to get serious with eating better and end the joking to cover my insecurities. <BR> <BR> I cannot control a lot of aspects in life, but what I put in my body, within reason, is controllable. I started doing lower carb (NOT no carb), which isn't bad. I am full most of the time, an... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:31:29 EST Life and living I am over 40 with three boys ages 15, 12, and 11. My husband and I work full-time and live on 6 acres. We have cattle, chickens, dogs, and one cat. I was always very active until around age 40. I went to work at a job that had me on my feet 8-10 hours a day and worked for a boss that was extremely high maintenance. Now, I am at a sit-down job trying to let my body and spirit heal. The trade off is weight gain, and slow recovery. My main challenges are finding time to cook healthy meal... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:08:47 EST Trying Again!!!!!! Hi my name is Eileen and I joined sparkpeople many years ago. I never did anything to help myself, until 20 days ago. I have been tracking my food intake for 20 days now and following the new WW points plan and have lost 7 lbs. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:26:59 EST I see I can't do this alone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there, <BR> I am back again and I don't mean for a second time but I hope I can finish this and achieve my desired goals. I need help because I feel like I am trying to save everyone but losing myself in the process because there are few things I can't get control of in my life: my weight, my eating and my BS. So this is who I am and my current situation. I am looking forward to using e... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 09:07:38 EST New here Ready to get started! <em>524</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:34:58 EST hello..newbie here:) Hi People!! New to sparks.. might be a while till I understand and get myself familiar with this site and all there is to offer.. starting my journey and looking forward to reaching my goal by FEBRUARY 2017. (or sooner) One never knows..LOL I'm into non gmo and certified organic food only.. Having said that.... Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.. Life is good!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:32:38 EST New and ready to make a change Hey everyone -- just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole. I've been battling with my weight my whole life, even as a kid. In my teenage years, me and my mom did Weight Watchers for a while and she put me on Nutrisystem. We also tried the Atkins diet. I never stuck with them, even though I did lose some weight with Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> I am officially the heaviest I've ever been and I NEED to make a change. And I want to, so bad. The biggest clothes I've... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 02:51:19 EST Diabetic, Chronic Pain, lots of medicens and restr Hi my name is Alice, I'm 52, and have lots of medical issues. Losing weight is very difficult since I can't move around so well. I need support and advice, to help me. Looking to lose 20 plus pounds. Mostly in my stomach area. I'm also looking to keep my attitude up. I am a Christian who believes in prayer and miracles, but I also believe I need to help myself. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:43:38 EST I'm back! So I've been gone since around the start of 2011 I think, but I've come back! I'm having issues with blood pressure and weight (Although the weight isn't really a new thing) and have to change my diet so that I don't take nearly as much salt. <BR> <BR> I have to say, I am loving the new app--with the ability to scan items into your tracker, that's just awesome and makes things wayyy easier to track! I used to hate doing it just because I couldn't find anything and had to enter everything man... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:32:34 EST Beginner's Jumpstart? Hello Spark Community! I just joined a few days ago and would love to know if anyone here has a good "jumpstart" eating plan to lose a few pounds fast. I have been trying everything for months with no results. I have 15 pounds to lose and when I cut my calories back to 1200 or increase my exercise, it takes me a week to drop a pound but then I gain it back again in the next few weeks so I can't break the cycle. I'm feeling so discouraged and have really run out of ideas. I try to meet my prot... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:23:51 EST Spark People Attempt #2 I've been here before but never participated, just read e-mails and blog posts. So this time I'm doing the new people 21 day challenge and creating a Spark People Habit. I'm 60 years young, I have a husband of 40 years, 2 grown children and 2 teenage grandchildren. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree after majoring in Piano Performance and Music Theory with a minor in harpsichord performance. I've taught piano since I was 16 up until Bipolar Depression and Stress put me on Social Security Di... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:37:59 EST New hopes I was here several years ago (not sure how many to be honest) but did not stay long because I let the other issues in life overwhelm me and lost myself in there somewhere. Since then I've had a stroke and made a complete recovery, gotten older and of course gotten heavier. I have several things I need to do to get my life back to where I want it to be. Yesterday I was thinking about those things and how to accomplish each one. I decided to start where I have the most control - what I eat. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:49 EST Hello Spark My name is Debbie. I am a full time intervention. Specialist for students with severe disabilities, a full time mom of 3 teenagers and a full time employment student. <BR> My weight and health lately has been my last priority. I need to change my life so I can be there for my family for years to come. I hope spark will help me do that! Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:04:12 EST Looking for friends:) I am a woman. I had my first son. He is 5 months old. I am 243 lbs and would love to join some ladies, and add friends, who will encourage each other as we lose weight and share our journey. I had a c-section and could not breastfeed. What was possible regarding diet is no longer possible for me to lose weight. I need to go super ninja!:) My daily goal would be to stick to 1200 cals a day and do 5 one hour workouts a week. I would love to be 145 lbs. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:04:51 EST Hello Hello my name is Rachel and on March 21st I had Gastric Bypass surgery and I am feeling so good with my healthy life-style change. I have always been over weight and bullied in High School and in a result of that I was homeschooled so it feels good to show my family that being healthy is a wonderful feeling. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 01:33:52 EST Time for a Change. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Leah and this is me pushing my boundaries. I have had enough of the up and downs with my weight and fitness so now that there is a year left in school it's time to get into a routine that I can keep up with when I have a real job next year. I'm 25 and studying engineering. My biggest challenges are my deep and undying love of all things chocolate, lack of routine, and general dislike of change. <BR> <BR> Here we go! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 22:16:12 EST Is anyone on facebook? Hi all! I'm Katrina, 23, married with a 7 month old girl. Setting out to lose 15lbs! I'm looking for a facebook group of young moms to connect with that use I like using the Spark Site but I get on facebook a lot more frequently. It would make it easier for me. Thanks! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:21:31 EST Let me introduce myself.... Hello. My name is Mia Simmons. I am a 50 year old married mother of one who is on her way to getting her health back. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose at least 65 pounds before the year is over and keep it off because my son is getting married in October 2017 and I want to look my best for his special day. I also want to keep the weight off so I can be the best me I can be. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all here and get as well as give support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Take care... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:18:42 EST new here :) Hi guys, I'm new, first day..but I've been on my weight loss plan since January 20. <BR> <BR> I got a fitbit flex for Christmas, and didn't really start using it until January 20, when I went to the doctor. I'm a 43 year old female, standing 5'6 and at that point I was 267 lbs and starting Wellbutrin for depression. She put me on topamax. She said Wellbutrin would decrease my appetite, (which it did) and topamax would add to it, and make things taste bad (which it did) so with the combi... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:14:55 EST Hopelessly Devoted... Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Dee and I am new to Spark People, a bit nervous and more than a bit ready to get started, so where too? I have quite a bit of weight to lose and reluctantly receive the realization that it is easy to put it on, and despite many efforts, next to impossible to remove! Can someone please lead me to a starting point by sharing how you got started, where you are now, and what it took to get there? I have many people in my life that say they will be a support, but n... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:33:33 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Back again Hi everyone Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:26:37 EST new boy with plenty to learn - G' day everybody I am just new here but understand what I read. I was 110 kg and at 167 cm that's not good . Cut my calorie intake down to around 1000 each day even though I was told - for a man - 1500 is a minimum . I know best of course and at 77 quickly fell to 95 kg and really felt smart , Started to fast two days per week but my weight steadily increased and fluctuated between 103 and 104 for months and my measurements remain unaltered. <BR> Found this site and decided that i was wrong s... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:37:15 EST Summer slimdown! Need a buddy! Looking for buddy! <em>9</em> I'm on summer break (I am a teacher) and looking for someone to keep track of each other's progress and to motivate. I have about 20 lbs to lose. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 19:18:34 EST rocky start Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople like a week ago. <BR> I have some difficulties being consistent with my food. I will eat barely anything for a couple of days and then eat evrything I can find in less then an hour :) <BR> I am a dance student, so it's not very healthy for me. <BR> I should also lose about 4kg, but I'm aimig to lose 10 by the start of the new schoolyear (mid september) <BR> the first days have been already quite difficult, it's hard to get rid of these bad habits.... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:15:48 EST IM NEW AND READY FOR A CHANGE..BUT WHERE TO START IM OVERWEIGHT AT 184 LBS AND ACCORDING TO MY BMI...IM OBESE! I HARDLY DRINK WATER OR ANYTHING FOR THAT MATTER AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHOCOLATE AND JUNK FOOD. THERE'S NO WONDER I'M FAT. <BR> <BR> MY PLAN IS TO BE MORE AWARE OF WHAT IM EATING AND TRY AND STICK TO HEALTHIER OPTION BUT WORRIED THE CHOCOLATE ADDICTION WILL TAKE OVER. ANY RECCOMMENDATIONS?? <BR> <BR> I AM DRINKING TONS MORE WATER AND FEEL LIKE I'VE FIT AN OCEAN IN MY STOMACH...EEK HERE'S TO A BETTER ME!!! <BR> <BR> I WORK 12 HOUR... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:19:52 EST New to this - intro Hi <BR> <BR> New to this message boards thing, hadn't found it via my phone (which is where I normally use SP) but decided to use the computer today and finding lots new things <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've made some decisions today and written a blog piece about that but now I'm thinking I need to make sure I log in via my computer each day as well and keep up to date with things here. <BR> <BR> Sometimes struggle to stay on track - two years ago I lost 70 pound but added over 30 back o... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:31:48 EST Working towards my wedding day! Hello all! I'm still new here, this is my first week using SP and I'm trying to blog about my successes and failures. My main goal is to get more fit for my wedding next June (1 year to go!), that includes losing some weight (maybe 20 lbs.) but mostly getting my nutrition in line and getting more fit (toning up a bit). I'm also training for a big week-long cycling event this fall, so I'd like to be eating better so that body is properly fueled for the ride. Eating is the hardest part for me, ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:22:27 EST Never Giving Up! Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST Plateau for months...frustrated Hi, I'm new here. I was losing weight and am half way to my goal but have been stuck on a plateau for months. I get to 170, then the next day 171 , next day 172, the third day 173. Then I will sit there for a day or three and then go back down over the course of another three days to 170 and start all over again. I'm dieting and following a metabolic program with support but nobody knows what's wrong with me and I'm really frustrated. If anyone has any ideas I'd be glad to hear them! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 11:50:12 EST New here Hi everyone who reads this. I am new to Spark People. Are there any boards for "retired" people. I have a few health issues, so exercise can be a problem. But I really want to lose some weight. Any thing I should know about this site? Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:23:36 EST day 6 Today is day 6 of my weight loss going good Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:22:22 EST Hey, I guess I am new here! For my 30th birthday present to myself I want to get a bit healthier....I hope this is the route to go!! Why did I choose summer in TN to do this though? I can barely even walk to my car in this humidity, much less exercise! LOL! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:21:11 EST