SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1135 A support group for those who wish to lower their cholesterol levels and maintain healthy numbers. SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1135 Happy 4 th Of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x61922631 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8594e70-46b7-4480-8491-2e65d1c092c5.jpg"> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 03:39:12 EST hi walter here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61871732 hello everyone my name is walter and im new. im joining to reach my goals in order to change my life for the better. <BR> im currently 500lbs at 5'6 height and im joining so i can lean to reach my goal of reaching atleast 250lbs. my main sources of exercise are walking and a 100lbs heavy bag. my montly budget for meals per month is about $200. any help and support will be greatly taken so i can start things on the right path and continue strongly. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:12:02 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61825607 Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:38 EST Hi Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61812651 My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61742885 where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:15 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61706033 My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST Viking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61691157 what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST Trying Again...This Time I'll Make It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61674547 Hi! I'm Linda from Houston TX. Tried SparkPeople a couple of years back and lost some weight. Then I stopped long enough to pack on about 50 lbs. :-( I've recently divorced and am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle which will include weight loss and becoming more active (I sit at a desk all day). Since I've tried Spark before, I know it works as long as I keep with it. I'm using Spark mostly for the motivation to keep me strong when I stumble. Cheers to a healthy journey :-) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:58:59 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61600828 hi just join. fail all of the other time. sure hope spark work for me Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:28 EST Red Yeast Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x61564286 Hello!! Wondering if anyone has tried red yeast rice? My husband and our dentist swear by it. I've been taking it but haven't been retested since started and just hit the 10 lb weight loss goal - yay me!! I haven't needed medication at this point but getting nearer ... and older... (53) Sat, 23 May 2015 08:39:42 EST Donnie Sand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61559695 I really need to lose weight, but have a hard time sticking to a diet for a long period of time. Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:02 EST My name is Vicki http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61522272 I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:45 EST Sina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61465835 hi my name is Selena I just wanted to introduce myself to say hi and I hope this program will help me reach the goals that I have set thank you and have a good day Tue, 12 May 2015 03:03:32 EST A Smile isn't helping you control cholesterol ???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17980x1135x61458671 <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>245</em> <em>3</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 09:47:50 EST ziadawn2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61387882 I recently received custody of my two grandchildren. I have been taking care of family members and have decided that I now need to concentrate on making changes with me, including losing weight and becoming healthier, so that I will be able to be there for a long time for my grandchildren. I enjoy working out (I became lapsed because I hate going alone - I am trying to change that), and I enjoy cycling. Sun, 3 May 2015 08:39:56 EST Joel Fuhrman, M.D. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17980x1135x61369934 I am reading "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and I am thinking seriously by overhauling my way of eating. I got the book at the Library but I am thinking this would be a good book to keep around, so I think I will look on the internet and see if I can find a bargain. I used a lot of his ideas to lose weight without ever knowing. Now I understand how I lost the weight and why I feel so much better. Fri, 1 May 2015 07:49:36 EST Hello my name is Paula http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61349170 Hello. I am new to this and really need a friend to helpguide me. I have gotten to the point of fearing for my life after this past weekends events. We went to an all day concert outside in the full sun in Fort Myers Florida. I was with my two girls that have been to a concert before and 3 hours into it I pvassed out. I was taken by golfcart to a medic tent and then on to the hospital by ambulance. I had to leave my children behind to find for themselves. They are adults so they could no... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:31:09 EST Glucose levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=770x1135x61343171 Hi - <BR> <BR> I've been treated for both high cholesterol and hypothyroidism since 2010. It seems like ever since I started taking medications for both conditions (atorvastatin and levothyroxine) my fasting glucose readings took a leap upwards. Normal glucose levels are listed as being 65 to 99. My glucose levels used to be in the mid 70's. Now they are pretty much solid around 94 and 95 although they have dipped as low as 87 once since 2010. About 2 years ago I changed my style of eati... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:35:56 EST MEDICATIONS?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x61242159 WE HAVE TAKEN OUR MEDICATION WELL; WHAT KIND I'M INTERESTED. I take Crestor and it seems to be working just fine. Blood work next week will tell one way or the other????????? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:03 EST Newbie from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61164446 Just joined today and I am hoping to get help with my cholesterol Target. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:53:38 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61152526 My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:44 EST And away I go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61129864 I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Here I go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x61022722 Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST My name is Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60995512 I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST grandma needs to loose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60952462 I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60946745 I'm not new to SP but I am new to this team. I had some blood work done last week and my cholesterol is way too high. The doc gave me an option - either take care of it via diet & exercise or go on meds. I really don't want to be on meds, so I chose diet & exercise. I have about 3 months to make a difference. <BR> <BR> Here are my results... <BR> <BR> Cholesterol 200 <BR> HDL 36 <BR> Triglyceride 103 <BR> LDL Calculated 143 <BR> CHOL/HDL Ratio 5.6 <BR> Total NON-HDL CHOL (LDL+VLDL) 164 <BR... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:42:41 EST Hi all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60932929 Hi, i'm starting new again, not sure of what to put, but need help. Have a lot going on and need to get the weight off. <BR> Thanks for being here or for having a place to go. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:47:09 EST Getting my life back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60924849 I'm 46 and trying to get back on track after losing my mom to liver disease. I turned to food to ease my pain of losing her five years ago and just created more pain by not caring about myself or my health.Now I'm ready to get my life back. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:24:02 EST cook who need to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60909165 Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST blog41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60903983 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Hello my name is Debi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60891873 I never had an issue with weight until I quit smoking. Yes quit smoking May 2001, got hypnotized yes it worked. I have not had a smoke since. But slowly my weight went up I did gain 40 lbs. Started using a smaller plate and ate smaller portions and lost 25 of the 40. Then we moved to WV from MA in 2013. My routine and eating habits certainly changed. Now I have gained back the 25 lost lbs. The nice weather is just around the corner and I plan to take advantage of doing things outside to incr... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:36:38 EST Winning BIg in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60861537 Hello my name is hazel Lewis. I weight 229.4 lbs and I am struggling to lose but I am trying. I need all the encouraging words I can get.I know this is going to be a long journey but I am willing to keep going. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:51:51 EST MARCH ALREADY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x60851848 WOW!!! How's everyone doing? I am hanging in there. Those who don't know, I lost my mom a couple of months ago and it's been rough. I find myself wanting to call her then remember. Pretty much a downer. Yesterday would have been her birthday. <BR> <BR> Please remember to hug your parents while you can...... <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:41:39 EST Chia seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1255x1135x60845123 Good morning, <BR> <BR> I am new to this. I have heard that flax seeds are beneficial. Anyone familiar with the benefits (if any) of chia seeds? Can they be used like flax seeds? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:12:32 EST Losing 60lbs to gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60816432 Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Losing 60lbs to gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60816089 Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:44:55 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60815997 Hi everyone,my name is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very cl... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:31:24 EST Hello my name is Pam I'm 49 and need to lose weigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60801053 I am 49 and need to lose weight, I have already lost 39 lbs and and find that I am now stuck. I joined Spark People with hopes of help and support so that I can get where I need to be. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:22:09 EST Stilll trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60789500 I can't fail again, it has worm me out.I don't want to feel dumpy anymore and I want to be able to dress better for work, instead of wearing what fits, which is getting less and less. I need to be accountable to someone. I have summer clothes I need to fit in, last summer I kept wearing the same couple of pairs of capris , black and navy. Need help! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:49 EST How does one stay motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x60773376 When I first get the High cholesterol report I am very intent on getting those numbers down so I take my fish oil and eat a cholesterol lowering diet. I take my daily walk and do my other exercises at least twice a week. Then, after a couple of weeks I start wanting the foods that drive up the cholesterol like take-out pizza, Ice cream, butter on my bread rather than olive oil and Benecol. I find myself thinking, just a little bit which turns into more than a bit. <BR> <BR> I'll be having th... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:53:50 EST Hello my fellow 'Change Agents' My name is Loretta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60764080 I'd like to tell you a little about why I joined "Spark People". I have struggled with weight gain, loss, and regain for about 15 years now. I picked up some very bad eating habits over the years running a home with husband-children, working, and going to school. As we all know bad habits are hard to break and I am hoping that I will find people in this social network to help encourage me, kick me in the backside when I need it, cry with me, and walk with me through my successes and failur... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:19:13 EST new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60727649 Hi everyone! I'm looking for support on how to work on my self esteem and to lose weight! <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:10 EST 54, 4'11" 148lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60700630 I need lots of help and encouragement to lose weight and get healthier. It's very frustrating to work out, eat right, and not lose weight...so I give up for a while...then start I again. It's a cycle I don't like. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:45:38 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60696460 Working to losing 30 pounds. I am 65 years young and want to be back in shape. Let myself go to crap for the last two years. Will enough poor me crap. Back in the gym and working out at a slow pace to build up again. three times a week to start. My eating habits got really bad so I thought I would give this a try. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:54:02 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60679410 I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST Not yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x60678962 I knew for awhile I had high cholesterol but that starting diet and exercise would help, but since I have only been doing this for a few weeks it didn't go down enough and got put on meds today. :( Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:22:55 EST Turning 60 in 2 wks....I need to lose this weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60659231 Hi to all! I'll be turning 60 in just two weeks (that in itself is unbelievable!) I've let myself go, I am 60 pounds overweight, have back problems and heartburn of which I am positive if I lost the weight some of those issues would be gone. I just seem to have lost all motivation mentally and physically and can't seem to get motivated with anything. I have lost my way along the road of life and I want I want to get it back. I have two great grandchildren that I want to be around for as l... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:06 EST surviving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60641499 Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST Hi I'm patty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60563682 Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Never too late!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60506299 I need to get healthier, so I searched online and found this site. Been reading on it for quite a while. Sounds inviting. <BR> I'm retired and live in SNOW country Maine. Been overweight most all of my life but figure it's never too late to make <BR> new habits!! Hope to hear from others with over 100#'s to lose. Happy Friday!!! Sandy Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:20:28 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60462135 And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Change is today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60451791 Hi, I'm Sandy and have been battling my weight for about 12 years now. Yoyo dieting has been me. I'm hoping this site will get me back on track to stop this and finally get my weight off for the rest of my life. I am a diabetic, high cholesterol. I am 67 years old retired lady and keep pretty busy with dancing, walking, etc. The problem with the way I diet, is plain not eating most of the day, which I know is not healthy with diabetes and reading all articles is the main reason I'm not lo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:12:59 EST Hello, My name is Micheal and I need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60450281 My name is Micheal, I am 60 years old and an ugly\discussing 272 pounds while only 5' 10" tall. I was born and raised in a very small Kansas town (pop. 136). 39 years ago I married and Angel and the love of my life, we seldom leave the house alone, many people joke we a attached at the hip. Let me stress that my wife is in no way over weight, she is 5' 4" and weights less than 130 (although I don't know the exact number), so other than her excellent cooking she is in no way responsible for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:19:58 EST Sharing a smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17980x1135x60406384 &#128515; Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:33:47 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60369575 Hi, it is 5.25pm now. A good time to start sweating but I am in front of my PC to say hallo you at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Everybody want a good health. So am I. But it is not easy to get up and start sweating alone. I found Sparkpeople just by chance on the internet. Look nice. Maybe can help me a bit. I've been reading many of the articles / stories. Interesting, and I hope I can sample some of them. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. Wish me luck! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:28:43 EST Appreciate all Help and Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60320639 I am 51 and just came off of a very stressful year so I need to get back on track. I have a new husband, new job and new address so I am making quite a few adjustments. I always appreciate advice and encouragement. I struggle a little with keeping motivated but hoping this site will keep me focused! (I have gained 15 pounds that I desperately want to shed by my April birthday!) I appreciate all the resources on this website so I think I can do this! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:31:17 EST back again never quit quitting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60315946 No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST SlimGrandma5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60311746 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST Tess2k9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60299866 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60296491 I have been a lurker and wanted to say hello. Thanks to all the great support and information here, I have successfully lowered my cholesterol. Even with the statin that my dr says I need since I lost my mother and grandmother from strokes at my age (which I consider relatively young), my cholesterol still remained higher than she liked. <BR> <BR> I read about Cholesterol down here and also Eat to live. I pretty much do Cholesterol down and do a modified Eat to live diet (I hate to say, di... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:13:29 EST Who am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60282764 No, really. This journey is about finding who the new me is. And who I want to be. I want to be fit, healthy, up for anything. Not afraid to fail, more afraid to NOT try. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:35:41 EST This is IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60263427 Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST Midwife on Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60260661 Back on Spark people after being away for a few years...Should have never left! Now, after doing a 21 day "cleanse" i.e. reboot for my metabolism, and losing 22 # with Trim Healthy Mama eating style I am back to keep the healthy lifestyle going with spark people tools. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:27:17 EST sharonagibson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60252420 Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST Nutritional supplements - for or against http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x60244978 I want to ask has someone took a dietary supplement that contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) from the plant Garcinia Cambogia. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:17:55 EST Penny from Vermont http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60238424 Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST Sugar... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60238083 Sugar...that is my downfall, and one I aim to conquer :) Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:58:17 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60224538 hi everyone just getting started its gonna be a long road but im ready to walk it Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:39:50 EST getting started anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60191805 Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I found this site when a patient of mine was telling me about 12 week challenges she found for motivation. A Google search brought me here. I have lost weight in the past, gained back, yo yo'd awhile. At 64 years of age it's time to get my life in order- I have a mother with Alzheimer's, and if anything happens to me there is no one to take care of her. So here I am- and I plan to reach my goal (104 lbs down) in 12 months as a Sparkpeople member. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:40:11 EST New Member looking for tons of support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60188004 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Griselda and I am new to this site... I am very excited to start this path of healthier choices and a healthier life. Well one main issue I know I have encountered my whole life is the compulsive overeating habits I have. I think that's been the main reason of my being overweight, I have minimized it a bit but it is still a problem and it will probably continue to be a problem the rest of my life. However, I have learned to be open about it and let othe... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:55:34 EST Needing help to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60162211 Hi, my name is Starsassy. I've been on here before but it's been a long time. I'm 45 years old. I have 3 kids & 7grandkids. I'm a proud mom & Nana. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:29:11 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60142036 I need tips on what to do for lowering my cholesterol numbers because the blood work showed they were high. thanks Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:27:27 EST Learning more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60139216 Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST Hello From Halifax, NS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60137025 Just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is well with everyone. I have returned to SP in the hope that much needed change will come this time around. I am at my heaviest (Last Weigh-In was October) 637.5 lbs. With this weight comes much discomfort & a host of health issues. I hope you will all support me in my journey as I will of yours. <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:35:52 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60136266 Hi <BR> <BR> I joined a while ago and have been reading the messages coming through, but have now decided that it is time to get off my butt and be a be more active about participating on this website. I am hoping that this will help me keep motivated make a difference to my health and well being. <BR> <BR> Claire Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:54:50 EST Just a quick hello to everyone!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60122042 Hi, My name is Jennifer and i just recently joined. I am 47 years old and am looking forward to getting healthy and making better choices. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:44:42 EST kcatron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60114821 I am soon to be 60 and tired of being out of breath and joints hurting. I have young grandkids that I would like to be active with. I have started to sew and have been part of a card making group for a few years. My husband is diabetic and is on disability so there is not much extra money to do much extra things. support, guidance and encouragement is needed Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:55:22 EST Hoping for a healthier life.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x60040739 Hi! I'm a 42 year old stay at home mom.First off, I need to do this for my health, but who doesn't want to look better? My starting goal is to lose 50 lbs. I don't have any emotional support. I'm hoping to find some here. I definately need it! I would love to make this journey with others who are just starting out. Also, would love to hear from those who have had success, especially those that remember just how hard it was to start their journey. Hopefully, I can make new friends here :) Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:56:57 EST Jean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59987490 Hi joined awhile back but I am finally starting to keep track of my food intake. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:48:31 EST My First Blog - Not My First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59952571 I've rejoined the Sparkpeople, probably for the 5th time, but I'm determined to stick with healthier meals and more exercise. I want to do better, for me - for me only. My family will have to deal with the new food choices. I have to be selfish for a change. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:12:21 EST starting over!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59949925 Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:12 EST Jennifer at 50 is READY FOR CHANGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59941711 I turned 50 this year and am in dire need of a lifestyle change. I was a very active person in my younger days but I have gotten very complacent when it comes to physical activity and though I eat enough healthy foods, I have been indulging in the "not so healthy" category for too long. I want to lose 35 pounds by May, my next birthday and adopt a physical activity program that I can stick with. I want the next phase of my life to be the better phase and am ready to take the steps to do ju... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:22 EST Cedwyer is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59889802 I want to feel alive again because I am so tired of eating myself to death. Looking for support and words of inspiration to keep me moving forward. Moving at all, sounds pretty good right now. <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:55:22 EST Staying with a Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59882457 It's very hard for me to stay with a program because I am under a lot of stress. I either eat to much or too little. I am over 50, and losing weight is much harder. I need to lose 30 lbs. I have difficulty keeping track of what I eat because I have so little time to do anything for me. I am also dealing with depression because of the stress. It goes around in a circle. I try to work out, but have back problems and sometimes it becomes too difficult. I was on Spark People several years ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:37:39 EST Need Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=770x1135x59848415 I had a rough week last week. Bad news from my cholesterol tests sent me off the edge for a couple of days but I am back on track. What was most discouraging about the tests was that my LDL jumped from 100 to 155. This blew me away as I had been eating very healthy. I even made it a point to make almost all my 40ish grams of daily fat very healthy ones. However I did discontinue taking Lipitor about a month before I had the tests because of experiencing peripheral neuropathy type symptom... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:16:35 EST Need Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1255x1135x59848395 I had a rough week last week. Bad news from my cholesterol tests sent me off the edge for a couple of days but I am back on track. What was most discouraging about the tests was that my LDL jumped from 100 to 155. This blew me away as I had been eating very healthy. I even made it a point to make almost all my 40ish grams of daily fat very healthy ones. However I did discontinue taking Lipitor about a month before I had the tests because of experiencing peripheral neuropathy type symptom... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:14:32 EST New from Southern Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59709890 I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST hey there im Chris im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59703632 I'm trying this out to try and lose a little weight and help would help Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:36:23 EST Hi I'm Cathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59680389 i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Hello! Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59659337 I'm a 44 year old mother of 3, my son is 19 yo and is currently in the National Guard, my step son is 6 yo and is in the first grade, we have him on most weekends, and my husband and I have together a 2 1/2 yo little girl who lights up our world. I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes with my daughter, but now have Type 2. I struggle daily with my diet, as I live with an Italian that loves his pasta. I do well at work, but when I get home my husband and mother in law do majority of the ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:53:12 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59653917 Hello everyone -- <BR> <BR> I just joined today, after having heard a lot of positive things about this site. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 40 lbs by the end of April. About half of this amount was gained in the past 3 years as a result of some ankle surgery which kept me immobile for quite some time. <BR> <BR> I have had high cholesterol for the past several years, and am not on medication (yet) as I want to try to control it on my own. It's due to a combination of heredity as well as... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:59:10 EST Doing it again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59592963 Looking for a low carb eating plan to start. Can anyone help/ <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:41:47 EST Treating Myself Better Starting Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59579386 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm starting fresh today for a healthier me in the future. I have contemplated weight loss surgery or the stomach band but I want to try AGAIN to do this on my own and I think Spark People can help me. I want to be much healthier when my son and daughter-in-law come home to visit from Japan in June of 2016. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:24:17 EST Tootsn 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59565036 Hi everyone. I,m back after being away for a few years at that time I didn,t know how to write in my food lists . My friend Norma with all her patience with me finally got me up & running . I have 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, , I like reading & folkart painting . Want to lose this weight now I do walking & aquifit swimming . It will take some time to lose this weight but I,m going to give it my best . Blessings toots 74 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:45:23 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59528854 Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST Mother of 2 boys 15 and 3 - 42 years old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59487794 I am 4'10" tall and I am 165 lbs. I am tired all the time and don't eat healthy and I want to change that with exercise and diet. I can't keep up with my 3 year old, my house is dirty, I am not motivated to do very much and I know it is time. I am an accountant by trade, so I sit at a desk all day. I am an artist by passion so when I have time I paint, draw or whatever hits my fancy at the time. I have also written a children's book that has SAT words in it to help them learn. I want my... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:18 EST Brand newbie! Joined today :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59456349 Hello, my name is Sabrina. I've been going up and down with my weight for years. I was a heavy smoker and quit 2 1/2 years ago. I don't have much weight to lose, 25lbs would be great, 35 - ideal! I'm getting married next year and want to rock my wedding dress in October of 2015 :) My problem is that I'm experiencing hormonal changes (i'm 47 years old) and my stomach has blown up and it seems that everything I eat or drink causes this reaction. I can wake up in the morning and it will be g... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:04:56 EST Carlinda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59437482 I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:34 EST Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x59434231 hi, has anybody tried this?- its supposed to help with a multitude of things weight loss, HBP, Cholestrol, blood sugar. to name a few. <BR> <BR> mix 1 cup hot water <BR> 1/4 cup apple juice <BR> 1 teaspoon honey <BR> 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger & cinnamon <BR> 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar <BR> i started on wednesday and see a difference in my blood sugar , cant tell about the <BR> HBP yet or cholestrol yet <BR> just wondering?? Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:54:52 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59429081 I'm aka Tina, 42 with HB & HC & Hypoglycemic & Hypothyroidism and some other health issues. Looking for all the support I can get. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:08:38 EST Nice to meet you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59337337 New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59337336 New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST So far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59333321 I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST Natural Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1255x1135x59331324 Hi team,glad.I've.found you guys! <BR> Has anyone found resultra from flex seed,walnuts or. Ex.v.Olive Oil use?? Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:05:42 EST excited to try this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59313679 hi guys! i'm excited to try spark people and see how well this works, Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:14 EST just for me1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59235767 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST Ready to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59200067 Hello, My name is Bobby and I just turned 61. Spent most of my life over weight and now with various medical problems popping up it is now time to become the slim person I can be. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:43 EST can you help interpret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=770x1135x59095084 total chol: 242 HIGH <BR> trig: 74 <BR> LDL: 127 <BR> HDL: 100 <BR> Chol/HDL: 2.42 <BR> <BR> Eat well--mainly fruit, veggies, very little meat, although I do love cheese. Moderate exercise. Age 56, female, overall health very good. <BR> <BR> I want to know how to interpret these results because I am within range for everything but total chol--although I could lower LDL some too. Why is HDL so high-compared to other people--and does this serve to negate the high total chol result? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:26:13 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59078352 Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST Hello. I am glad to be here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59075620 Hi. I am Linda from Texas. I am happy to be joining this team. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:58:09 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x59047545 hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST SEPTEMBER ALREADY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x59005623 <em>465</em> Time for leaves changing, hot chocolate and sweaters coming soon. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 05:33:19 EST Share A Smile With The Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17980x1135x59002867 <em>100</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:30:13 EST Yes I Can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58974333 Hi Everyone, I started my weight lost journey in March, 2014. I am so glad I found this site last week. There are so many great resources. Congratulations for make this decision to improve your health. I wish you all much success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:48 EST Pattyfay40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58965596 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST I'm new here and got a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x58946186 Hi everyone! I went to my doctor for my yearly physical and she took my blood to check for all those things doctors check for and she told me I have mixed hyperlipidemia. Evidently my cholesterol was off the chart and it is a hereditary disease. So she gave me a horse pill and sent me on my way. Every time I go to the doctor for one reason like I originally went to her for an mri of a torn meniscus (too young for surgery) and osteoarthritis, anyway I walk away with another ailment. Is it just... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:03:30 EST Hi Y'all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58884864 Hi Y'all i' am from Oklahoma City and have found out that my doctor wants to put me on Insulin shots but I prefer to get health and get off all my meds that are not necessary. Today I will be going to a new gym to try a different water fitness program and I' am excited. Well I hope all have a great and blessed day today. bye for now Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:31 EST lajh1973 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58801870 Hi I'm new to the spark people program. Say that 3 times in a row. I live in Licking County and hope to lose a big whooping 80 pounds. I know it will take time, patience, determination and help from all of you. I've been told that I worry and take care of everyone else. Now that I'll be turning the big 60 in March, I should take care of myself. So can I lose the weight this time? Yes! Yes! Yes! With some help from all of you. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:46:46 EST try to make it to 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58695768 my name is Terrence I'm 49 years old married with kids ,we all need to get in shape but im doing this for me ,and hopefully ill inspire my family to do better, but for now im going to do me. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:13 EST New to Site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58693572 I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Who is KillRbee18? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58670992 So who is KillRbee18? For starters, my name is Dagoberto Sabino Chavez. I know you’re probably asking yourself "what in the heck did he just call me?” Do not be alarmed, I go by the name "Sal" (short for Sabino). My name is Hispanic originated. It was taken from my grandfather that I never met, so in respect to him; I wear it proudly! I was born in Reno Nevada and spent most of my teenage years in a small town called "Gerlach" (107 miles northwest of Reno). Just to give you an idea of how sma... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:28:48 EST whitegirl14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58669761 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:16 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58656157 I'm Dawn and I have been on a weight loss mission for a couple months now! I have lost 20 lbs and plateau'd.. I want to lose.. no I need to lose 75 more pounds or so. I am excited to have you all as a support team as I work my way to healthy and happy! Stop by my blog.. I'm hoping to keep it updated! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:52:47 EST Hi, I am Karen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58654587 I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:50 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58624514 Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:33 EST Confused Newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58613716 Hello! My name is Linda, and I am a 65 year old lady that is totally confused about nutrition/dieting today. I have done the weight watcher points, and it just doesn't work for me any more. Then I read books about dieting and see that you should do without wheat, or do away with dairy products, or corn, or anything with preservatives. And I now have a Fitbit - so think the additional walking is a good way to go. How do you separate all of the books / dieting and know what is best for you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:18 EST Hi there to everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58602230 Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58581861 Hello All! <BR> I am completely new to all this. I found SparkPeople just surfing the web. I am a nurse, mom to 2 boys (18 & 14) and wife to my wonderful husband who, unfortunately, has a neuromuscular disease. It is hard to find time but I know I need to get healthy for myself and my family. So, here I am and I am sure I"ll need a lot of help and support! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:27:54 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58541586 Hi everyone, I am new to Sparkspeople, and I am hoping that I have finally found where I belong, I suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and have almost every symptom from it, including high cholesterol. I have been battling trying to get my triglycerides down and have been unsuccessful...I am hoping that with a little help from the group maybe I can learn some new ideas :) Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:12:07 EST New at this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58540107 Hi my name is Debbie an was told about this site by my niece. I am 53 married an have 2 children an 2 grandchildren. Moved to the state of Maine 9 months ago. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:05:42 EST Not so new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58524029 Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:10 EST Cholesterol Team Bonus Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x58515103 <em>244</em> 20 Bonus Points Today Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:55:17 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58504582 Not sure what to say here, other than hello. I'm new here. I've been using spark people since Oct 2013, but never used the message boards before. I started at 211 and am down to 190, but seem to be stuck. I keep fluctuating between 190 and 195 for the past 6 months - frustrating, but probably my own fault (I like to "cheat" a little too often). One thing I'm concerned about is getting the right nutrients. According to the nutrition tracker, I need to increase my potassium and magnesium... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:30:05 EST 46 and scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58485760 I'm new to this and I've gotta change, so I can stay alive. I want to live to see my grandchildren. There are two people in my body. I would appreciate the help from all of you. Thanks Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:07:17 EST CourtClerk1987 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58480033 I've been struggling forever with weight and have tried almost every diet/weight loss program. I'm so afraid of failure, AGAIN! This really looks like something I can do. I actually took a 15 minute walk at lunchtime and it's been about a year since I've walked for exercise. There was a time I could stick with maintaining my weight but not so much anymore. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a successful journey. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:29:46 EST Returning for the spark ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58478171 Somehow I've gained all the weight I lost 4 years ago, plus another 10 lbs. I've tried WW, myfitnesspal, going it alone, trying to "be good" at least 80% of the time .... and I'm tired of struggling. Bottom line is I need to track for the portion control and the monitoring of calories, fat & carbs I'm consuming. Also, I need to MOVE. I have a new treadmill in my living room, there is NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE USING IT. <BR> <BR> I created a new account, clean slate. If anyone remembers me, I used ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:36:42 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58468909 Hi, <BR> My name is Shelly, I am looking for help..I am disabled at 52 years old from an accident and looking at having several surgeries, but must lose weight before. I have so many obstacles right now that have played a huge role in my weight gain and inability to lose the weight! One of the many things I have wrong is Thyroid disease, hypothyroidism and I have only gotten worse..I see no hope in sight as I am doing this all alone and unable to exercise...So I guess God has sent me to this ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:17:39 EST Greetings from Alaska! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58459505 I am new to SP and this board. I joined because I struggle with high cholesterol as one of the health side effects that comes with thyroid disease. I try to keep it under control with healthy eating and at least 2 hours of exercise, 5 days a week. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:38:27 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58457974 I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST Another newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58431692 Hey y'all! I'm "iadopted5". Yes, I did adopt 5 children. They were 4,5 7, 14 & 16 at ages of adoption. They are now 16, 16, 18, 18 & 19. Yes, they are a big stress and blessing in my life. Being a therapeutic parent for the past 13 yrs has taken a HUGE toll on my body by way of stress, worry and secondary PTSD. I have ridden the weight loss roller coaster most of my adult life, but the past few yrs have been the hardest. I am 42 (in September) and will be married 25 yrs to the love of... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:21:46 EST loannac http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58402532 I was searching for a menu planner to learn how to manage my diabetes and was becoming increasingly frustrated. Finding Sparkpeople seems like a miracle. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago, and have waivered between denial, depression and avoidance until today. I think now I am ready to face facts and get on with living. I have a lot of changes and choices to make. After seeing what is offered here I feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:02:47 EST Introduciton http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58373529 Hi, everyone. My name is Bridget and I am almost 40 yrs old. I am new, but hoping to find some help and support. If I do something wrong, just let me know. I am still figuring this all out. <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with chronic severe migraines during an ongoing battle with vestibular vertigo. I am happy to report the positional vertigo has been fixed, so now I am concentrating on the other issues. I am not on cholesterol medicine as of yet, but I do try to remember to take Fish O... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:17:20 EST Guy looking for tips, tricks, and whatever else! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58367603 Hey. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old man who would like to lose weight. I've been overweight most of my life and have struggled with it quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I think I've done the song and dance enough to understand the basics about exercise and nutrition. I've come to realize my main issue tends to be emotional eating. That and hating fruits and veggies. And maybe love of ice cream and pasta. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from others who have tips on how to overcome hatred/disgust of veg... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:10:20 EST My name is Kathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58307518 I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Finally Caring about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58304948 I am a 45 year old wife and mother . I work 40 hours per week. and i suffer from a joint disease called MCTD. and i have vertigo. I never know when it will strike. Trying to make a change in my life and get healthy. The doctors have told my husband he has fatty liver disease. so now is a good time to change the way we eat and move. I have failed before but know that i have to do this for him. So i wont fail this time. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:24:09 EST Hello and Goodby........ ......patricia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58264307 I don't mean to run out on everyone but I will be back on Monday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:41:47 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58237164 Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro,... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:45:56 EST bequiltn8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58228524 I finally decided I need to take better care of myself-- I have a lot of weight to lose, and I certainly need help doing it. I have just spent 18 months away from my home caring for my ailing 90 yr old mother--has made me realize we don't have forever to do the things we thought we did. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:48 EST Hello There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58228484 My name is Denell and I just joined SparkPeople today. I have high cholesterol and am on meds for it. I'm sure by eating healthier, losing weight, and getting fit I will lower my cholesterol and be able to get off the medication. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:52:09 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58199143 Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST LeslieShawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58149762 Just started today, I need motivation. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:13:20 EST 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x58147629 Now we can all post on the same year...some were (myself included) posting on 2013 boards! <BR> Have a great Sunday! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>87</em> <em>379</em> <em>88</em> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:05:20 EST Hello, I joined Tuesday June 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58120346 I have been yo-yo dieting for many years, I would succeed and lose major amounts. Show off what I did, then go back to my old habits. Then I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I lost some weight and kept it off. Dieting is a bad word. I prefer lifestyle change. Changing my lifestyle, of no activity, overeating, feeling bored, lonely and frustrated was easier than I thought. I began to read labels, I began to plan my meals ahead of time. I began packing my lunch the night befo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:49:51 EST Joking to make a better self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58111045 Hi.my name is chyna Rochelle, I really need to make a change in my life and need all the support I can get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:45:05 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58108044 Hi I am new to Spark and am on a quest to lose weight. I want to get healthy and fit for myself and my two grand children so I can do more with them. Any and all help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:37:31 EST need to watch my weight seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x58057441 I am Henrietta,a mother of one. I was weighing 56kg but my weight now is 85kg, I really need to reduce my weight!!! Sat, 31 May 2014 06:52:32 EST COFFEE CAFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x58053133 <BR> HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? I was hoping someone would step up and take over for me but I guess not. I have been very busy and have had some pc issues but I will try to check in more ofter. <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:06:17 EST Ready to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57995242 My name is Lori (BellaMitzi are the names of my two dogs) and I searched for a carb counter online and found this website! I am a sugar addict and I just got off a day detox eating program to get off sugar and bad carbs. I lost 12 lbs but now at a stand still. I need to lose 65 more lbs so this website is perfect for tracking what I eat and exercising WHICH I AVOID but know I must exercise to get the rest of this weight off. It seems to be harder to lose weight being 50+. I am excited on... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:18:08 EST Hi. I'm nancy I have had 3 heart attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57985852 I quit smoking but gained weight. I am ready to lose it Sat, 24 May 2014 19:29:23 EST I will do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57953919 Hello my name is Gerda,i found this site by chance. I have lost 55lbs 2 years ago ,but have added back 25 lbs since then. My goal is to loose those pounds. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:53 EST Twotop20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57943937 Hi everyone. I am going to send a pic of myself soon. Well my goal is to have 10%-12% of body fat. I want to become a professional body builder. And I joined because my weight manager said it would help me to get the results I was looking for. I am about to have weight lost surgery soon. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:02:09 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57905482 My name is Chelsee and I'm new to this site. Looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Sat, 17 May 2014 14:16:34 EST mutual encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57870862 I just joined today, and while I have already managed to lose 20 lbs before joining, I would love to meet some people for mutual support and encouragement. I am not the criticizing type of friend, but I do try to be supportive, and have days where I need the encouragement myself. So...it's nice to meet everyone...feel free to add me. Have an awesome day, and push yourself just a little harder than you did yesterday! It all adds up in the end. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:13:01 EST My numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=770x1135x57870662 January 2014 May 2014 <BR> Chol 250 174 <BR> Tri 92 83 <BR> HDL 57 55 <BR> LDL 175 102 <BR> Ratio 3.06 1.86 <em>1... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:57:06 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57870557 I've been fighting cholesterol since the first time my blood was drawn when I was in my twenties. I didn't eat red meat, pork, eggs, or cheese at that time; I weighed in at 112 lbs on a 5'3" frame, and I was close to 300. My grandparents and bio-dad were probably put on cholesterol meds the day they were invented. And it looked like I was headed there too. My difference was my good cholesterol was freakishly high. So my docs for the last 20 years have monitored me. I found that eating r... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:44:04 EST HELP! cym222 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57843520 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I'mdoing.222cym@gmail.com ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:45 EST HELP! cym222 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57843430 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I'mdoing.222cym@gmail.com ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57841195 My name is Maritza and I am 58 yrs old. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure too. I need to loose weight to get better. I will appreciate all the support given! thanks! Sun, 11 May 2014 23:33:03 EST First big step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57837038 Hi...I am hoping to come over with my overeating through this program and become fit and healthy. Sun, 11 May 2014 15:06:31 EST New to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57820500 Hi, I'm Jen and new to SP. I'm looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Fri, 9 May 2014 21:51:53 EST cindy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57811944 I am over weight and in bad health, I am trying to change my way of eating and getting exercise daily Fri, 9 May 2014 07:30:23 EST Hi, Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57780868 Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth time...my husband and I just recently got health insurance, and at my first doctor's appointment in nearly ten years I found out I have high cholesterol. I am hoping that, now that I have a legitimate medical reason to start taking care of myself, I will actually be able to follow through and get myself healthy. I've always known that I was overweight, but to have this added incentive will hopefully end up being a blessing ... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:52:26 EST Trying to get back to what I know is best for me.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57779555 Though I did find this great site back in 2008...I have not been a faithful follower...a lot has changed in my life since 2008, the most life changing being that I lost an adult child in 2009, married my long time sweetheart in 2012 ( my "present" for my 60th birthday), and inherited a 14 year old grandson in Dec 2013. I am a survivor. But raising a teenager, who has now lost both parents, after the nest has been empty for at least 15 yrs, has been a bit of a shock to my system. I am so bl... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:11:29 EST May Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x57716695 <em>524</em> As I try to get about in the new "broken" version of sparks with no blog links & huddle, etc and tiny print I am going to have to limit my visits as it is taking so much longer to post, read and share. <BR> Know that I am thinking of you, <em>247</em> and <em>458</em> praying for you, but so far I can't seem to wrap my mind around these changes. <em>39</em> <em>253</em> <BR> <em>88</em> Dusty Thu, 1 May 2014 11:57:03 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57653024 Hi, thank you so much for your welcoming me to SparkPeople. I'm veryexcited about this journey and look forward to loosing the extra pounds. <BR> Thanks again, <BR> Tinka Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:41:20 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57646103 My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:43 EST A little hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57623878 I'm posting to the forums for my very first time. I don't have a lot of experience doing this but am glad to finally be taking this step. I joined spark people for the same reason that many others join, to lose weight. However, another side to my joining is with the hopes that I can make friends and learn to change my eating habits. I have a strong desire to learn a healthy way to eat. I want to be able to choose the right foods and the right portion sizes to not only lose the weight, but whe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:46:34 EST YO YO EFFECT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57603477 I am a banker too much sitting, eating and disregard for nutrition. I have always had issues with my weight because I have no Thyroid grand and I can't excersive due to two back surgeries. But anyway I start the diet and a few days later I just leave it. I really need to loose weight I want to be able to look nice in clothes and at 198 pounds and 5' 3" its not very nice. My goal is 160 pounds. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:55:56 EST APRIL CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x57592533 <em>524</em> EVERYONE! <BR> BACK FROM CLINIC FOR DH...HAVE TO SET UP SEVERAL MORE TO CHECK OUT SEVERAL ISSUES...A LOAD OF LAUNDRY IN THE WASHER, BEGAN TRANSPLANTING MY VEGGIES <em>376</em> TO LARGER POTS AND THEN I AM GOING TO HANG CLOTHES ON THE LINE <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <BR> THE TEMP TODAY IS 70F BUT IT WILL COOL DOWN AGAIN..ONE DAY RESPITE SEEM TO BE TEHE NORM THIS SPRING...BUT WE WILL TAKE THEM <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I PLAN TO GET INTO MY GARDENS <em>374</em> BUT WI... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:57:17 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57591182 Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST Live. Laugh. & Love b/c We Deserve that & More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57583665 Love life just not the extra pounds I have on me. But will not let those extra pounds define me. Rather, hopefully my journey can be something positive and we can all encourage each other to lead a healthier lifestyle and have some fun while we are at it. Cuz', at the end of the day, everyone shines! Peace. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:18 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57571634 I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57549359 I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:56 EST want a healthier life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57529620 I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST Sandi Ricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57522260 I am very excited to be starting this part of my life! In hopes that i will gain the motivation and friendships that will help keep the weight loss going. I am off to a good start but with a busy lifestyle with 3 boys my habits tend to be broken easily. I hope through this site I will be able to keep the pace. My husband is very supportive and I know that should be enough but he loves me regardless my weight. Please help my push and strive to meet my goals! <BR> <BR> Good Luck to ever... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:31 EST Nice to meet you'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57482187 Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57463184 HI, I'm 66 years young and for an old lady quit healthy, I need to lose this weight so that I can stay healthy for my grandchildren. Need all the help I can get. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:34:44 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57445630 Hi, I'm a 40 something mom who is on the verge of being an empty nester. I've been yo-yoing for the past too many years and it's time to stop! I'm here to move forward and not look back. <BR> For the first time in 21 years I have time to my self, for myself, with my youngest being 17. I have about 80 lbs to loose. I know it won't happen overnight, but I know I need to just start and stick with it once and for all, and just loose the weight. <BR> I'm a person that needs accountability and... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:47:55 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57440949 Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:40 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57440872 Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57426463 I'm new to Sparkpeople, my name is Catherine and I joined this community to help me try and lose weight and stay motivated along the way. I'm now at 183 and working my way down to 135 by October, I aim to get there so staying positive about all this. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:11:38 EST Fed up with the fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57422731 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Muhsinah. I recently had a physical and my physician informed me. I have high cholesterol and am a borderline diabetic. She gave me six months to loose the weight before medication will be prescribed. I want to eliminate animal products from my diet along with any food that work against me. I am interested in transitioning into a gluten-free vegan diet. Just a diet. I am 37 year old African American female weighing in at 295. I need/want to loose 95-100 lbs of wh... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:51:21 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57420535 My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:00 EST busy and fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57404999 I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x57402445 <em>244</em> <BR> Last blood work up report came in the mail today and cholesterol was all better. I did take my medication today also. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:49:39 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57400659 I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:27 EST mikibrowneyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57397199 At 4' 11" and over 50 years old I need to lose 10 lbs. and maintain to get to my ideal weight, which I was at 10 years ago so I know I can do it. Metabolism has slowed in the last few years and I drink too much wine and last check my cholesterol was at 200. I have to get healthy and I think having a forum to answer to will help with motivation. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:41:44 EST New..beyond help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57394944 my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:59 EST hi im Bev http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57364820 Hi my name is bev and I need help loosing weight! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:37:23 EST Prediabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57337055 Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57283152 I read Lynn Modranskis Biblical group weightloss plan and I decided to start one in my home. <BR> We are on the 2nd week of her plan. Which group should we join on Spark people? Christi Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:37:28 EST I'm finally on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57216541 Hi, <BR> I have been on the Ideal Protein Diet for four weeks and I have lost 18lbs & 22 inches. I was very apprehensive at first but my coach asked me to give it two weeks and then decide if I want to continue on. I am so glad I did. It has been the best diet I have ever been on and I am able to stick with it. I have not cheated, I have no cravings, and I am not hungry at all. I have a long journey ahead of me but these last four weeks has given me hope that I can do this and hopefully... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:45:03 EST MARCH CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x57192404 <em>245</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:19:11 EST hi team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57183879 my primary care doctor says my number are off but never gives me any meds so I am on the fence. I eats more greens and fruits, nuts and grains and stay away from processed foods and avoid white foods like sugar, salt flour, and potatoes <BR> <BR> I've taken up walking and yoga and love gardening <BR> <BR> my long term goal is to have three digits in my age so everything else lines up after Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:42:22 EST New and excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57177297 I am just getting started on this site, and I love it! If you have any good advice I would love to hear it. I am trying to loose 50 pounds that have creeped on over the past 10 years. Love food, but trying to learn to love it a little less. Currently reading Wheat Belly, and it is helping. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:33:39 EST 54tiggersue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57176810 New today. Did ok so far! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:07 EST Woah, you just put me on the spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57162510 Hello everyone. My name is Sunny and this feels a bit like rehab ( not that I've been there). Anway, I'm 21 and graduating from college this semester and I really hope to slim down by then. My sister's wedding is also soon and I really don't want to hear any negative comments. I'm smart, pretty ( how conceited of me),sporty, adventurous and funny(they point and laugh at me, I must be funny). Just gave up so many times, but now I'm serious! I won't let my loser side win this time! You're g... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:34:11 EST A Happy Returning Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x57159939 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Penny, and I am so happy to be joining you. I look forward to chatting with all of you and giving support where I can. <em>524</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:33:59 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57139767 My name is lynda2327 just joined looking for help support on my journey in this,. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:23:41 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57110043 Hi everyone, my name is Michele. I'm 28 years old (just a couple months shy of 29). I have finally decided to do the one thing left that I have to do to make myself happy...dedicate myself to losing weight! I have made so many other changes over the past couple years, it's time to tackle my biggest obstacle. I am so grateful to have the support and inspiration of all of you. Please be patient with me, as I may stumble from time to time...but I will always get back up and try again! I look for... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:53:23 EST Hope To Be Accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57090353 Hi, <BR> I learned about this group through support meetings at the military hospital on Ft Bragg in North Carolina. I injured my knee and started to gain weight after doing Atkins for around 10 years successfully. Due to my physical limitations, I have had problems exercising at the level I used to do. As a result I have been going through the process of preparing to have bariatric surgery. I am looking for support and am hoping to find others that have been through the process. Thanx! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:08 EST Hello there everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57065927 I came across this site today and it looked and sounded great! I have been over-weight all my life. <BR> Not a new story I know. I stay at home most of the time. And so I would like some new friends, that <BR> might help and encourage me along the way. I am open to new ideas, recipes things like that. <BR> I believe I can get these pounds off! Maybe we can help each other. Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:36:27 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57065160 Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST Hello and advise please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57054022 Hi! My name is Yvonne and I joined SP this past Jan. Had been doing well keeping up with everything, but was hospitalized for 11 days three weeks ago on account of an internal abscess. Was given 2 strong antibiotics, which helped, although messed up my stomach and energy levels. I was taking 40 mg of Pravastatin before that, but haven't taken it since. <BR> Right now I am feeling better and trying to get back to the swing of things, but it has been hard. What can I do to get over this hu... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 17:32:23 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57030474 I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST Alikat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57008263 I need help! I am a yoyo dieter and have recently been on a non stop eating binge! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:08:40 EST Hi my name is Shawna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57006200 Today starts my weightloss journey! I'm very nervous, almost scared. I have failed at this journey so many times, but today I'm just doing one day at a time:) Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:59:05 EST Missanne on the move http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x57001388 I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST had to start over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56993321 i was doing so good ,had all my food put in. <BR> was feeling like i was getting somewhere. <BR> then poof it was all gone! a whole month!!! took the wind out of my sails. <BR> i have skipped the last 5 days on sp! <BR> help, it this what happens it just randomly starts over? <BR> so discouraged! backy Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:47:03 EST hello from denton texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56965037 I am 64.Should weigh 170 or even less.I weigh 210.I have exercised 6 out of last 8 days.I had open heart surgery 3 years ago.I am a registered nurse,past 37 years.I work in ICU. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:56:43 EST daryl kemp retired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56964500 I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:53 EST 52 and ready to start living. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56926278 Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:46 EST Not eat, pray and love myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56923561 I am 55 years old, been dieting since I was 12 and I am still 50 lbs overweight! I am searching for a lifestyle that I can live with and will help me reach my goals. I am on that shaky third day and would love to hear from those of you who are further along, and how you tgot there. Hope it's not too obvious that this "community" thing is very new to me, but hey, I can't keep doing the same things and expect different results, right? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:11:58 EST nallan71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56907000 Hi, every body. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:15:41 EST HIya I'm Kaity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56903271 hi I'm Kaity and I'm looking forward to this new journey in life to better myself physically. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new life choices to better myself. I hope along the way I can help others as well. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:07 EST I'M READY TO DO THIS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56850868 Hi everyone I'm Lyndsie and trying to stay motivated to better my health and life. I have a 9 month old and work full time and it is so hard figuring it all out and trying to get fit. HELP! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:06:29 EST success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56849112 Hello, I have been a member for a while now and just have not been able to stick with the program until now. I have made it through 8 days of tracking fitness and food and sticking to the program and I have lost 6 pounds. Feeling good. Introduced three co workers to spark people today as well. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:12:10 EST MY FIRST DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56827525 hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST I so want to loose weight.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56813472 trying for the millionth time to loose 45 pounds....usually last one day on a diet.....but I try again each day.......can I ever do this? I am a successful teacher in real life.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:31:35 EST RTERRELL 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56812491 I would like to lose70 pounds. I have lost so far with sparkspeople 24 pounds. I am impressed how well it works for me and my wife. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56797924 I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST A new Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56774039 I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST SBrinson01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56772263 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST Hello I just joined this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56762588 Hello everyone, yesterday I went to my family Dr. and was told my cholesterol needs to improve with diet and exercise. So I have joined you guys in hopes to make some changes and learn about the healthier choices. I was also told that I am anemic, so I need to work on that too! <BR> I have joined Sparkpeople 5 months ago and am finding that this is really the best thing that has happened to me! We are all on a journey to bettter health! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:20:27 EST AFFAIDOO's SparkPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56760325 I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST Hi-starting again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56758066 I'm starting this again with a few more added pounds to lose!! Seems I start out fine, then lose my way. I'm trying to get healthy and in shape. I've never posted before, I always thought I could do it myself, but it seems I need help. So here we go again. Wish me luck! It looks like a lot of support out there and I hope to one day be helpful to others. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:45:04 EST high cholesterol visited/walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1255x1135x56757881 I have high cholesterol. After my last visit to the Dr's., who said that my levels have gone up I will be taken this more seriously now. My age and weight has caused me to be more health conscious . I will be using the spark team for their support for now on. Love. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:26:19 EST Bryan G2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56719069 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56716749 Hi! My name is Kelly and I am so ready to do this!! I am excited and scared all at the same time! I want to be successful....and I am so afraid to fail. I have learned a lot in the last year though. I have learned that I can do this! I did it before....but I made choices that changed that. I don't feel like I used to....like it is just a terrible cycle that I keep going around and around....I don't feel so helpless. I realize that the power to change things in my life is in my hands. I am th... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 05:02:28 EST I'm trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56710872 I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56707995 I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56707990 I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Renewing my commitment to myself to be healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56705681 Hi all, I've been here before. A couple of times actually. Decided to give it one more try, and to take it slow. Previously I'd jump in with both feet and get a good start then run out of steam fairly quickly. Hopefully by taking it slower this time I will succeed. After all I didn't get this way over night. Happy Sparking and God Bless. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:19:44 EST god bless god is good ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56653904 hello my name is zully and i am currently having a super hard time trying to loose weight i need help and suport to get motivated . Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:26:19 EST Newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56645479 Hello everyone, my name is Mark, I am 6'2" and slightly over 300 pounds.I live in a very small town with no gym and am tired of being overweight! I used to run a health club for crying out loud! I competed in power lifting for years when I was younger but after 2 bouts with cancer and much MUCH over eating I let my weight get away with me! I am 53 yrs old, fairly healthy and love working out. My 2 biggest problems; I love food! lol...and no access to a gym. I do however have a few dumbells an... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:21:28 EST FIT FEBRUARY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x56642634 February goals: 15 minutes physical activity 5 times a week <BR> <BR> Whats yours? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:27:56 EST Need support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56620949 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Vanda. I want lost weight. I lack determination and give up easily. Need help to push myself to excercise Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:31:20 EST Diva in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56588620 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST Hello all! Gotta get back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56574956 Hi, <BR> I'm 46 years old and have struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. I was working out very regularly at high intensity until about 5 years ago when a new job combined with a stubborn injury got in my way. Then came hysterectomy and bam hormonal issues that seemed to crank up my appetite while slamming on the brakes metabolically. :( Seems like my body changed very drastically in about 2 months time. I've been trying to do this alone but am realizing I need support an... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:55:07 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56567859 Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Fat mamma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56553236 Hi Iam tired of looking at a fat mother in the mirror. Don't feel good. Feel fat and ugly. Have no energy Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:32 EST Hello, Ya"ll From Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56537208 Let me introduce myself. I am 52 years old and live in the Greater Houston area. I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man and we have one teenage daughter. I also have 3 fur babies--2 cats and a Chinese Crested dog. My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and walking my dog. In 2012, I graduated from 7 years of school obtaining my BSW and MSW in social work. Over those years, I put on quite a bit of weight--mostly late night eating and stress/comfort eating. This year, I had ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:19:15 EST Challenging myself to a Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56516865 Hi. My name is Faye. I live in Prosper, just north of Frisco and McKinney. I am a 72 year old great grandmother who lives with my son and his family of a wife and two teen sons. I am chief cook as I enjoy watching everyone eat when they get home after their busy day. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds gained over the years. I love walking but have been very lazy this year. I do pilates and some weights but I also love baking for family and friends. Of course that requires a lot of t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:22:46 EST dropping in to say "Hey" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56488074 I'm Jackie, 56 y/o, I am first and foremost a Christian, a wife. a mother, a grandmother, a 20 year hairdresser, an artist. Originally from upstate NY I have lived in FL since 09. I have a significant amount of weight to loose. I would be honored if you would allow me to participate in this discussion/ message board/ forum. Thank you! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:57:05 EST Fat and Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56486341 I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST New to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56476302 Hi Everyone, <BR> I joined a week ago, but this is my first post as I've been surfing around the site getting used to it. So far, I'm very impressed! Your stories are inspirational and the amount of info is amazing. I need to lose 36lbs, and according to the calculations here, I might be able to do it by May. I've been using the nutrition tracker , which I was dreading, but I found it extremely helpful. ( Who knew that those little semi-sweet chocolate chips I like to munch on had so many cal... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:48:19 EST almost there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56458568 finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:58 EST need a partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56454955 I need a diet partner . I am a 64 yr female ,need to lose weight for my heart. this is my first time with sparkpeople and could use some coaching. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST new to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56446877 Hi my name is Tammy and I have just a small amount of cholesterol that is high and the doctor said if I watch what I eat and exercise she will not put me on medication so that is what I am planning to do this year. I have until May my next appointment for blood work. Any suggestions can help me thanks <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:34:18 EST Need to Take Control of My Number in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56439743 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I have been lurking here for I'm not even sure how long... but I start with good intentions and then life happens and I get distracted, forgetting all about SparkPeople and the goals. <BR> <BR> 2014. This. Year. Has. To. Be. Different. <BR> <BR> I have 2 beautiful children and a devoted husband. I need to take control of my medical ailments, numbers and weight and beat it down. I need to strive into this next decade of my life with purpose. <BR> <BR> I bury my 4th ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:01:50 EST Starting again... this time for good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56438893 You know how it goes, you start with the best intentions, and after 1 or 2 weeks, you slowly start going back to your old ways. Well not this time! I am bound and determined to lose the weight and feel healthy again! For me, it's not about the size or the number on the scale...I just want to feel healthy again. I want to feel like myself again. This will be hard, the weight didn't come on overnight and I won't lose it overnight. So far, I have created a motivational board that I look at... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:09:10 EST new to this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56438707 I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST My six-week experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56428118 I recently joined SparkPeople because my cholesterol is over 300. I plan to live with some extreme (for me) diet and exercise changes for six weeks. Afterwards, I'll get a cholesterol test to see whether that amount of change is enough. (I suspect it might also require medication, since my cholesterol was over 200 in my early twenties.) <BR> <BR> Of course, I've also been making changes I think I can sustain for a long time. I'm just treating this period as an all-out science experiment. <BR... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:50:38 EST I am glad to have joined the group recently. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56394278 I am excited about eating healthier and losing some unwanted pounds. At this point I have been tracking for 1 week and lost 3 pounds. I am excited to join all of you in our goal to be healthy. I know I am not in this alone and I have others who can support me and I can support them as well. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:17:20 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56385821 I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST Almost 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56373322 My name is Pam. I have two teenage daughters and a wonderful husband, all of whom love me just the way I am. I have high blood pressure and two brothers who have died from massive heart attacks and both were younger than I am. I am not in "bad" shape but not in great shape either. I run some, do some yoga but I am not consistent. I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate when it is cold outside. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill which I have at our neighborhood gym. I ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:26:23 EST new research findings on eggs and cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x56368767 I thought I'd pass this on here. Feel free to discuss: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23021013 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:41:52 EST hi my name is kathy new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56363918 I've been down this road before. I have become a yoyo dieter. I need ALL the support i can get. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:54 EST hi my name is kathy new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56363917 I've been down this road before. I have become a yoyo dieter. I need ALL the support i can get. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:55:54 EST Hello! I'm joan from Va http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56332668 I'm interested in getting started to change my <BR> bad habits into good eating habits. I hope that <BR> you have some good recipes you all would like <BR> to share. I have to great grand daughters that I <BR> would love to see grow up. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:47:34 EST Hello! I'm joan from Va http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56332602 I'm interested in getting started to change my <BR> bad habits into good eating habits. I hope that <BR> you have some good recipes you all would like <BR> to share. I have to great grand daughters that I <BR> would love to see grow up. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:42:09 EST Hi, I'm Maria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56332577 It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:12 EST Hello from Sue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56331179 Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56321486 I am determine to start leading a healther life this year. Hoping SP can help me stay motivated. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:30:46 EST Doctor's Orders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56314076 I have 90 days to lose weight and bring down my cholesterol before my physician makes me go on cholesterol medication. Here we go ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:08:45 EST A Better Version of Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56291376 Hello, <BR> I just started a profile on here and I'm not quite sure yet how to use Spark. Im currently on My fitness pal, but thought I might be able to find some people with mutual goals here. I started a regime as of last Saturday-which basically includes a low calorie diet and lots of walking. So far success, 7 pounds! I still have a long way to reach my goal but Im not looking for a quick fix or diet. Im looking for a lifestyle change. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:34:05 EST Nonstick cookware and increased cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x56289652 I was just reading an article about nonstick cookware in MSN Healthy Living and found this: <BR> <BR> "While younger people are often more susceptible to chemical exposure, a study in Environmental Health Perspectives found adults also suffered higher cholesterol levels when they had more nonstick chemicals circulating in their bodies. These chemicals are different from many other persistent organic pollutants, which are stored primarily in fat tissue. Nonstick chemicals instead cling to pr... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:59:52 EST New to Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56283794 My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:48 EST hi im lulu and im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56243310 hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:05 EST Hello Everyone, my name is Jolie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56239626 I have joined this site because I really want to lose weight, but have a hard time losing weight. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. I lose the weight, then I gain it all back, and then some. My goal is to lose at least 60lbs and KEEP IT OFF FOR GOOD. Last year I lost 30 lbs in 2 months walking for 1 hour and doing Zumba, but gained it all back as soon as the doctors injected me with hormonal injections for the back, neck and foot pain I have due to an auto accident . I ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:40:05 EST Unsure but excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56228387 Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST I Need to lose 100 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56221995 Hello, my name is Deborah and I and well over 120 lbs overweight. For health reasons <BR> and self esteem issues, I need to lose the weight. Has anyone lost on nutri-system or <BR> weightwatchers? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:38:00 EST ONE MORE TRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56211633 BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST 7 Majormom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56208234 Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:18:18 EST Dionna Reilly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56204307 <BR> My name is Dionna. I'm 48 years old. I have two sons 26 & 23. I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the light of my life. I'm enrolled in college pursing a degree in Political Philosphy. I love art and support local artists in my community, I'm trying to live more sustainable lifestyle by being more envirnmentally aware. I want to join the local YMCA in Feb. I start start taking a yoga class. I need to lose at least 65 pounds and get healthy I had a hear attack in July 2012 so I have... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:29:30 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR-JANUARY CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x56165301 Happy New Year everyone. I will try to be here more. <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:03:10 EST weigtloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56144702 I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST new and clueless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56134861 hi there everyone.Im Rozzadee and new to this site and have no idea how to use it or get around,im not on facebook and would like to keep away from them as always get unwanted attention.But I would like to know how I can get the site to work for me and help to get food wise and find out what foods I can eat that are low cal.as I need to loose 2 plus stones as quickly and safely as I can.Your help would be much appricated Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:54:10 EST Here we go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56099067 Another year, another try at getting healthy and losing some weight. Like the website, and am planning on using it, but not getting hopes up for now. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:03:46 EST I've Been Fooling Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56079235 Greetings! I've been a member for quite a while but not actively seeking to lower my cholesterol. I knew it was high but hadn't had it tested. Actually had lab orders to get it drawn for almost a year. So - who was I trying to fool - myself? I did it and YES the results were HIGH. I have a choice to lower it or not. I choose today to lower it. I'm asking for support from the team? Any helpful information, motivation please I'm open and willing. I have to be the one to change. I know changin... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:36:09 EST Discussion about A1 c levels on message board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1135x56051530 I started a thread about A1 c levels on the message board because I see more and more connections between heart disease and elevated blood sugar levels, even in the early stages where they are easy to treat with diet. <BR> Feel free to join the discussion and share your experiences: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=32668647 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:38:33 EST Hi my name is Gloria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56035734 I just turned 51 this year, i try to stay fit and active, haven't reached my goal yet, but i am getting there, any suggestions anybody. Who else is on the chat tonight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:23:28 EST Here I go again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56019645 Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:08 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x56000283 Hi there! My name is Melani and I have been on spark before and am finally back for good this time. No more excuses or giving up! I haven't been feeling well and I went to the doctor last week to have blood work done and found out that my cholesterol levels are off by a good amount. I have been researching a lot and finding heart healthy foods. I started working out again and today I am going grocery shopping to get the goodies I need to be eating! Its really hard to stay on track, I wont lie... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:06:15 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x55968681 Hey y'all! My name is Jerrika and I am a 24 year old mother of two. I am getting more active every day but I feel like it's not enough. My mood is still horrible, I have about 120 pounds to lose. My family is supporting me but its difficult when my husband doesn't share the desire to get in shape that I do. Any tips? Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:12:44 EST CMN123RUNNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x55908670 Hi everybody!!! Today is my first full day on the program. I am so excited to get started!!! There is so much to learn as far as eating right, but as soon as I can get rid of all of my bad habits, I'm sure I'll be okay. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:01:57 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1135x55844429 I joined the team earlier, but just decided to get more involved. Looking forward to getting new ideas for lowering my cholesterol. <BR> <BR> Martha Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:53:48 EST