SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard A support group for those who wish to lower their cholesterol levels and maintain healthy numbers. SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard New from Southern Utah 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 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 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! 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 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!! 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! 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 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! 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 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 :) 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 I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:34 EST Apple Cider Vinegar 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 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! 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! 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 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 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! 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 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 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? 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 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. Hi. I am Linda from Texas. I am happy to be joining this team. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:58:09 EST weight loss 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 <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 <em>100</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:30:13 EST Yes I Can! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:16 EST Hello! 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 <em>244</em> 20 Bonus Points Today Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:55:17 EST hello 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 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 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 ... 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 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! 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! 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! 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 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 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! 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 I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST Finally Caring about me 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 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! 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 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! 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! 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 Just started today, I need motivation. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:13:20 EST 2014 Chit Chat & Discussion Board 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 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 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 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 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 Ready to go! 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 I quit smoking but gained weight. I am ready to lose it Sat, 24 May 2014 19:29:23 EST I will do this! 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 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! 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 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.'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 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 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 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' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:45 EST HELP! cym222 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' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST Hello everyone! 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 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 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 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! Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth 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.. 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 <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 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 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 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 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 <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 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 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 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. 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 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 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! 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 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 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 <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 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 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! 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 Hi my name is bev and I need help loosing weight! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:37:23 EST Prediabetes. 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 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! 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 <em>245</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:19:11 EST hi team 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 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 New today. Did ok so far! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:07 EST Woah, you just put me on the spot 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 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 My name is lynda2327 just joined looking for help support on my journey in this,. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:23:41 EST Hello! 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 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, 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 Hi, every body. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:15:41 EST HIya I'm Kaity 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!!! 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 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 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.... 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 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! 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 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 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST Hello I just joined this team 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 I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST Hi-starting again! 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 ! 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 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 February goals: 15 minutes physical activity 5 times a week <BR> <BR> Whats yours? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:27:56 EST Need support 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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" 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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! 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 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. 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 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 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 I thought I'd pass this on here. Feel free to discuss: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:41:52 EST hi my name is kathy new member 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 <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 Happy New Year everyone. I will try to be here more. <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:03:10 EST weigtloss I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST new and clueless 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 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! 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 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 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><BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=32668647 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:38:33 EST Hi my name is Gloria 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. 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 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! 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 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 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 Life is not a practice run Hi SparkPeople, my name is Deb and really look forward starting a healthy life with all of you. I have been on this DIET game for over 30 years and it is time to stop. I think I have been on every diet out there and spend 100s of dollars only to loss weight and gain more weight back. I'm now at the highest weight I have ever been and my body doesn't like it! Everything is hurting me, my back, my knees and my feet. I pray that I stay focus and get healthy with SparkPeople along with enjoying m... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:35:33 EST December 2013 Chat <em>524</em> Team <BR> well everyone we are way behind in preparing for Christmas. now we will have to hustle to get everything done but for today there is finish the laundry, wrapping the trunks of my trees as colder weather is coming in as we speak and , bringing in my clay pots so they don't crack in the cold weather. once i find our Christmas mugs and my advent wreath we will be lighting my advent wreath and sipping on hot spiced cider. Christmas music will be in the air and I have to ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:17:37 EST New member from Union NJ Hi today is my first day with Spark. I am a 50 year old woman who has is discoraged by the amount of weight I need to lose. I am hoping the Spark community can help me stay motivated and finally get healthy! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:05:25 EST Yesican150 Trying hard again to be healthy and full of the energy I need to live fully! Have lost weight through weight down to 160s, but did not do what I need to to keep it off. I now weigh 188 through a combination of optifast and my mds advice for a month. I am weaning off the optifast shakes and transitioning to a healthy diet and exercise routine through spark people. My main challenges are staying organized and committed..especially on long days babysitting w grandchildren! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:31:35 EST Yesican150 Trying hard again to be healthy and full of the energy I need to live fully! Have lost weight through weight down to 160s, but did not do what I need to to keep it off. I now weigh 188 through a combination of optifast and my mds advice for a month. I am weaning off the optifast shakes and transitioning to a healthy diet and exercise routine through spark people. My main challenges are staying organized and committed..especially on long days babysitting w grandchildren! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:31:35 EST Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving How was your Thanksgiving? Please share. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:21:43 EST How often do you weigh? Some people weigh every day to keep on top of things. Others weigh monthly to avoid the "scale drama" fluctuations. What's your opinion? Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:56:25 EST Where were you when JFK was assasinated? Are you old enough to remember? I am and I will never forget it. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:05:35 EST I will no longer accept average as a way of life My name is DJ and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone!! I am here to get fit again for my son, my wife, and myself. I want to to play with my child and not get worn out after five minutes. I want to be the person who enjoys being outside again and i will be that person. I have accepted average as a way of life for too long and refuse to do it anymore. I hope I can be an inspiration to all of you as you have already been for me as I have looked around the site this morning. There ar... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:19 EST BRIGITTE HELLO, I AM BACK AT IT AGAIN...I HAVE 40LBS TO LOSE...GOOD LUCK! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:53:06 EST I will win! My motto is "I will win!." I have 25 pounds to lose and I am waiting on a surgery date to have left knee replacement and then surgery on my right elbow for an Ulna nerve transposition and carpal tunnel..obviously I have good days and bad days..this is just a bump in the course I am limited right now in the kind of activity I can do however, I want to build some strength and perform some exercise to prepare for the upcoming challenges.. <BR> Any suggestion will be appreciated..I will... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:04 EST Hello I'm new here. I lost 60 pounds from January thur April but then I lost my mojo and put 40 pounds back on. I'm here looking to get my mojo back. I'm the type of person who needs a little push from someone um anyone to keep me going. I thank you In advance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:20:48 EST Day One Very complicated diet requirements, supposed to be healthy heart, vitamin K, renal, low salt, to name the ones I remember. Must take 26 pills a day and still have set backs and have to go thru detox and start different prescriptions. When I see other lung transplant patients I am doing great except for being overweight and this is common with the drugs I am on. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:39:14 EST Hi I am a wife, mother and grandmother who believes life is as good as I choose it to be. Health problems have caused me a challenges and I believe with all my heart that with so many that have challenges too that we can over come anything with the support of family and friends. Looking forward to see what the future has in store for me. Enjoy life, Shirley Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:12 EST New to group, but not new to Spark Hello! I was recently told my HDL is low. LDL is fine, but Dr. wants me to get my HDL up. I guess it's pretty low. That made absolutely no sense to me but I think I understand how HDL works now. I've been reading labels and doing research and not only eating low cholesterol, but want to get my HDL up and I don't think I am doing it right? Need help with nutrition and how this cholesterol thing works. Don't want to end up on medication because now Dr.'s orders are simply no red meat, or d... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:09:49 EST snow Well, today was Alaska's first snow.... Don't forget your studs! <em>252</em> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:37:32 EST Need Motivation to Lose Weight I need to lose 20 lbs. The results I would hope to obtain: Lower cholesterol, Lower blood sugar, Being able to wear most of my clothes again. So my health is the major reason. I don't want to take meds to lower my blood sugar or lower my cholesterol. BUT, I just can't seem to motivate myself to make the choices needed. So what motivated you to lose weight? <BR> <BR> Thank you for the response. I might also add that according to most plans, I need to lose at least 32 lbs, but I would ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:10:02 EST Saturated Fat is good for us - by cardiac surgeon This talk by cardiac surgeon Donald Miller from the University of Washington is from 2011 and explains why saturated fats are good for us and important for our health. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you find it as interesting as I did the first time I watched it. <BR> After you've watched it feel free to discuss. <em>30</em> <BR> Birgit Thu, 7 Nov 2013 01:38:58 EST cholesterol numbers I'm thinking this is all pretty good, but am not entirely clear. I am a 56 year old female, 5'4, 141 lbs. My last cholesterol readings were total cholesterol 214, HDL 93, LDL 104, Triglycerides 84 and ratio of 2.30. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:44:32 EST NOVEMBER CHAT I THOUGHT someone should start a thread for NOVEMBER.. so here I am. Hope nobody thinks I'm being rude. <BR> <BR> I am spending November keeping my numbers low... and being thankful for all of those that come here and spend some time chatting.. <em>252</em> <em>426</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:32:34 EST Introduction Hi all! Happy to be here. I have already lost 14 lbs. since joining Spark People. Thanks in advance for your support. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:34:14 EST hello my name is peggy I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST healthy hi again for the month of november i plan to take baby steps like not eating late or when i am stress Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:36:31 EST Time to get real. I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST leighleigh57 Hi. I am new at this and kind of lost about how to do all of this right now. But I need to get moving and into shape, and I am so tired of being overweight. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:58:10 EST Hello everyone My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST I'm going to do this! I'm a 63-year old woman who is changing my life by eating vegetarian meals (no dairy or eggs) and stepping up my exercise program. I have high cholesterol and arthritis in my shoulders, hips and back. I'm scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery in January 2014 so I am losing weight and getting healthier in general to aid in my recovery. I came across this website through AARP's website. I usually don't get on my computer every day so I will have to get used to checking in daily or at l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:31:51 EST Hi! I am finally going to introduce myself. I am here because I am very determined to get to my goal. I have been on here for about a month now and I love it. I struggle from time to time but it is great to know that I am not alone in that either. Hope to get to know some of you.. Good Luck To All Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:45:52 EST 27 pounds for health and happiness Hi, I've been here years ago and generally I do Weight Watchers at home but love this site for motivation. I don't call losing weight a diet. I try to use the winter months for winter maintenance or as I call it "my tune-up". The last couple of years I just could not get my head in the right place for many personal reasons. This year is different. My thyroid is misbehaving and is being addressed, with my weight up my lab work is elevated in the wrong areas. I know my weight can make a ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:29:12 EST hello I'm Jeanie Mullins I have type 2 diabetes, i am on a 1500 calorie a day diet and exercise I need all the support I can get!! this is the first time I have been faced with this situation. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:18:59 EST new yet not... I'm a marathon runner and currently use My Fitness Pal. I love it but am looking for a community of weight training buddies to help with my winter off season goals. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:15:05 EST Hello I'm Stevie I have gallstones and went to a dietian she recommended 1800 calories so that's what im doing I saw her last month and I have lost 6 pounds its just 6 pounds but it feels nice and I know I don't want to be 233 again so I gotta keep on goin!! my goal is 130-140 lbs I have a 4 year old daughter and wanna live very long so its time for this change, its hard im a sweets aholic..anyone is welcome to comment and join im new to this so I will need guidance thanks Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:10:48 EST Hello All My name is Donna, I'm trying again to lose weight, get in shape and mainly just be healthier. Being 50+ and seeing people you know getting sick, having heart attacks and dying makes me realize that I can't afford to put this off any longer, I NEED to get healthy to minimize my chance of being of those people. I always appreciate any help and support I can get and would love to be able to help someone else meet their goals as well. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:25:09 EST Hi Hi there! <BR> I'm Liz, 25, almost 26, have a little fireball who's almost two and a great husband who is a Soldier. I am still trying to process the fact in my head that I've got high cholesterol. I went to the doctor early this week to test for diabetes, and she tested me for diabetes, thryoid, cholesterol and an ana test..of all of these I honestly expected the diabetes or thyroid to come back bad, but those came back fine, and my cholesterol is kinda high, my triglycerides are high, I ha... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:57:58 EST hi Hi I'm Chrissy. I'm 33 and over weight. I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After many failed attempts at losing weight I'm hoping this site will be helpful. Exercise is sometimes very difficult for me but I'm hoping tracking my food intake will get me on the track to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:12:28 EST Nancy Looking for a partner to help me loose 11kg Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:21:36 EST Hello Sunday, October 13, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi my name is Nancy. I am 48 years old and have recently been told I have high cholesterol and am extremely overweight. I have always known I was overweight, but now I know I need to do something about it. I am hopeful I will be able to take advantage of everything sparkpeople has to offer to stay motivated. Right now I am a little overwhelmed! I am looking forward to setting goals for myself and reaching them. Let the journey begin! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:19:33 EST Hello! Hi! Morning! Good Day. I have multiple annoying health problems and have tried to deal with each one individually to get a handle on it. It is Cholesterol's turn. I am now taking Naicin 500 mg twice a day for it. Which in my case really seems to be helping to lower the numbers. Apparently I have been low on this B Vitamin for some time. I decided to not take the aspirin prior to taking the niacin and had none of the side effects until one night I forgot that I took it and took a second one.... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:58:16 EST hello So glad to have joined SparkPeople, hoping to find encouragement from everyone. I love to read everyone's success stories and hopefully make some friends. <BR> <BR> thanks and looking forward to chatting or blogging Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:57:03 EST Hi my name is Tammy I am obese for my size and need to lose more than my goal but I tried to make it reachable to start off. I work full time and volunteer at my church in the children's department. I joined a run/walk ministry and love to crochet. Exercise is new to me and it takes alot out of me to do any type of exercise. I have arthiritis in my back so therefore my legs bother me at times. I have been married for 31 years and have two grown boys, 22 and 26. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:28:04 EST Statin side effects I hunted through the topics in this forum and didn't find one on the side effects of different statin drugs. <BR> <BR> Because I am pre-diabetic and Lipitor is associated with worsening diabetes, I switched from Lipitor to Pravastatin about a month ago. Soon after I developed bad muscle pain/weakness/tiredness, especially in my legs, a daily headache, increased ringing in my ears, sleepiness, and found myself crying a lot for no reason except that my achy muscles made me want to just sit al... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:21:17 EST OCTOBER CHAT FALL IS HERE. LEAVES ARE CHANGING. HOW'S EVERYONE DOING? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 03:51:37 EST Hi! Just started a month ago. Still finding my way around website. I feel good about finding spark people. Thank you all for being here! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:26:37 EST It's time to move on... I've gained and lost the same weight for the past 20 years. I don't mind gaining and losing the same weight--as long as it's between 140 and 150 rather than what it has been. LOL! <BR> <BR> I am a widow of 18 months with 3 kids--boys--in their teens. I recently moved closer to my family, but 1500 miles away from where my kids have spent their entire lives. I am working online to receive my Masters degree--I have four classes to complete and am enrolled in one now. I am currently une... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:28:26 EST Introduce Myself Hi my name is Bonnie, I also have high cholestrol, and am new to Sparkpeople. I was on a statian for high cholesterol and I quit it in JUNE 2013 thinking that I didn't need it. Boy was I mistaken I went back to the Dr. for check up and cholesterol numbers were way out of wack ldl and hdl numbers were out of wack too. Needless to say she prescribed lipitor. I am glad I found this team. I hope that I can be of supporti to others as well as others to be of support to me. <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:49:56 EST Back on the wagon! I first joined Spark People when it first arrived on the scene. Not motivated and not impressed. So I decided to check it out a couple of days ago after going to the doctor and being at my highest weight ever. The nurse practitioner and I made a deal - we are both going to be down 30 pounds in 6 months. We had a great discussion about weight loss and weight loss failures. Someone finally understands what I have been going through for the past 30 years of my life! <BR> <BR> So I decided ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:53:06 EST April I dont know what I am doing....but i do know i want candy andother food to eat. It is 3:28am and have to fight the sadness and gear in my heart. I need toremember rhe poitive of eating is 2min satisfactionof the food and remember thenegtavive outways the postive. I need to care more to do omethimg productive and not eat junk.ithinkgoing togetjust a drink and go back to slee Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:32:32 EST Yet Another Newbie Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm a nurse practitioner trying to drop some weight and lower my LDL (again!). What a frustrating, lifelong battle this is, huh? <BR> <BR> Have a great day, everyone! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:58:56 EST Keeping track Hi, my name is Donna, I have a very short attention span and I have a very hard time keeping track of things, so if u don't see me for days at a time, that's why. I NEED as much support as I can get though. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:08:18 EST I'm going to do this! I'm Teri, and yes I'm a diabetic. I don't really take care of myself and recently my neuropathy has reminded me this!! I have joined the 8-week challenge and hopefully this will spark me to continue on the right path!! I have been diabetic for 4 years, with gestational twice. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:03:39 EST Hi ... Blew it today on cholesteral foods Oop's... I needed to eat to be able to take my meds, and hurried and fixed something. <BR> <BR> I peeled and grated two small potatos, then spray pam'd a waffle iron and tossed them in... <BR> Then I cooked 2 eggs, with only Pam... in a non stick pan... but when I put it on the food tracker, it showed up REALLY high cholesterol for the eggs.. Much higher than I would of expected. <BR> <BR> Oh well.. tomorrow I will go back to less.. No harm no foul.. as long as I don't do it a lot. T... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:39:15 EST Hello, I'm new! Hi, <BR> My name is Paula and I just joined Sparkpeople. I am almost 200 lbs and am on the shorter side, 5'3". I don't have much emotional support surrounding me in my "real life" and I'm hoping to make some online friends that can understand what I'm going through and maybe give me that boost that I need to finally begin to work towards my weight loss goals. Thank you. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:55:54 EST joe Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined yesterday and I'm still learning all the tools of the spark page. I started at 208 lbs and my first goal is 185 by Feb 25th 2014. Mt final goal will be 159 by Sept 3rd 2014 <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from anyone. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Joe Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:11:08 EST Hi I am new! I got my test results back... <BR> <BR> HDL 50 LDL 117 TRI 207 ... so... that means now I am on a low cholesterol diet, with 1500 calories, and having to drink water.. since I don't DO water.. or should I say I didn't.. but am now with the help of MIO drops. <BR> <BR> Weight has ballooned up since 2002 <BR> <BR> So good time to start is NOW!! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> water is my friend... <em>194</em> water is my friend... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:21:01 EST HAY I'm New to this Team <BR> I'm Janet <BR> just found out that I have HIGH cholesterol. <BR> been having dizzy spells .Doc sent me to have an EEG SCAN. <BR> WOW don't know yet what is causing my dizziness. But my cholesterol is way up. <BR> Gonna try to lose weight before going on meds. <BR> sure hope this will work. <BR> I go for an MRI on the 18th. <BR> <BR> I also have HYPROTHYROIDISM. <BR> Seems as if at 58 yrs.of age I'm falling apart. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 15:13:31 EST Just Started Vytorin-Should I take CQ10? Over the last few years I have tried 4 different statins and had to stop because I became very depressed each time. My total chole. is 272 and trigs 221, so the Dr. gave me a three month supply of Vytorin to take and then he wants to re-test in 3 months. I have been taking it for a week and so far no depression, so that is good. However my muscles ache so much. I was just wondering if I should take a CQ10 supplement? The Dr. didn't mention taking CQ10, but I wonder if it would help with t... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:56:48 EST dont know why Start off by saying im 19 years old i weigh 127 and I just had gotten my blood work done and my cholesterol is 187) 27My hdc level is( 51) and my ldl is (118) Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:58:22 EST Almost 60 and wanting to be more healthy My name is Elaine. I live in western Montana. I will have my 60th birthday in November and rather dread it. My head feels young but my physical being feels well my age. I am mostly vegetarian. I eat healthy but just too much without sufficient exercise. I am a "diet" veteran, having used Weight Watchers several times as well as many other ways of trying to lose for good the 20+ extra I am carrying around and have gaining and losing for years. Anyway, I hope to stick with it this time w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:27:59 EST Finally coming out It's ironic that i give myself a post name NE1CAN but CANT be consistent on my journey to be fit. I use to be an advocate walker for years until i started working from home. No matter how badly i beat myself up about it I find that i start/stop allot. So I finally decided to stop hiding (spark member for years) and join the rank on getting the support I need to succeed. My goals is to walk again, adopt good healthy eating habits, lose wieght to lower my blood pressure and most of all keep it... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:51:35 EST What to eat to lower cholesterol? Hi, all...I need to lower my cholesterol and have no clue what is good to eat and what to stay away from! Help!! Can anyone recommend a book or website to help me? Thanks! Karen Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:07:19 EST Hi! I'm new. I'm Sue. Have packed on the pounds since my husband's 2 strokes. Had a "poor me" attitude about my new life. Better now. Must take care of myself to take care of him and everything I must do now. Enjoying tracking and searching for recipies. Hope my enthusiam continues! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:48:59 EST Getting ready to start my new way of life Before I get started I wanted to clean out my potato chips that I love. I also wanted to make sure I had several days of menus set up and the ingredients to make everything. So 9/11/13 is the day I start. My main problem is sticking with a new way of eating. I always crave things like chips or salty things. How do others do this to not give in or to curb a craving? I myself struggle with this every time I try to start a new way of healthy eating. I am good for about a week then I start to w... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:42:32 EST hello am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:21 EST Hello I am starting this program to get back on track once and for all all my life i''ve been overweight I am a diabetic type 2 i don't want to go on insulin I have to succeed this time. any encouragement will be greatly appreciated. I suffer from depression as well Baby steps and we all will reach our goals look forward to hearing from you all. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:41:18 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkpeople. I am glad I found this site. There are alot of tools and support here to help you on your journey. My goal is to lose at least 60 lbs and get off all the meds I am on. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:11:34 EST GETTING STARTED.......hoping to get further! I stumbled on this site for a reason. Commitment is not my strong point at this moment. I believe I am here for many reasons EXAMPLES: ~ overweight ~ fibromalgia ~ high colestrol ~ slightly enlarged heart [ my friends always say I have a large heart lol ] <BR> <BR> My home is my castle, me and Zeta the cat live here. My two adult sons live far from me. I believe in family. I only want positve and strong people in my misted. I need to take care of me for a change. How can I help others withou... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:07:34 EST hi new to this page Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:14:00 EST Betster I am 59 yrs old, weigh 205 lbs and I hope to retire in June 2014, a much healthier and thinner person than I am now. I'm very excited about spark program and honestly a little overwhelmed, there;s just so much information. Thanks for all the nice welcoming messages. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:17:06 EST SEPT CHECK IN Happy September!!!! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:00:34 EST Hi new on SparkPeople Hi my name is Nikki. I am new on SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:15:47 EST BACK AGAIN AND EVEN MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER.... Hi fellow Sparkies, my name is Denyse and I am back again on Sparkpeople committed to getting in shape and living a healthier and more productive life. I hope to meet as many of you as I possibly can as we are all here for the same purpose to get in shape, look great and achieve the health benefits of choosing and adopting a healthier lifestyle, Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:08:29 EST THANKS FOR THE REPLIES After my email I received numerous replies to my request for help. There are several I thought might be suitable and have saved them. If you replied to the email and are still interested in helping greet folks, jump on the INTRODUCE YOURSELF FORUM and start welcoming the new additions to the team. I want people who are going to be active on the team as co-leader. Would like to appoint 2-3 for greeting new people and 2-3 to think up new challenges. That way there should be someone checking in... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:30:51 EST KANSAS is my State , and Health is my GOAL Hi, I look at all the places my message could be posted, and it looks like almost all apply to me. I want to lose weight, and my first goal is February 14, 70 lbs. Seems like a lot to lose, but I will work at it. I live a pretty sedentary life, due to osteoarthritis, lumbar and spinal stenosis, and alot more problems. But the doctors encourage me to lose weight and to walk, even if I have to use my walker. <BR> <BR> Here I am and excited to get started. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:17:30 EST Hello, I am Loraine Rogers from India I am a writer. I am new to internet article and blogging. I am married and a mother of a girl. I give support to women suffering from uterine fibroids. Please go to fibroids in women dot com .I have been researching about the ailment and finding alternative cures to shrink fibroids. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:17:34 EST Weezy I was told I have diabetes and I do not want to believe it. I decided to join the 8 week challenge. I am not on medication yet but my last a1c number was 7. I keep gaining wait and all of this info over whelms me. I am so confused. I hate diets and exercise but I think I am ready to take this very seriously. This web sight seems to look great but I am Confused and would like help with it. I have joined weight watchers in the past 3 times with no success. I just need help, I really do not know... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:11:17 EST cholesterol limit everyday I track my food , and get terribly annoyed at seeing that my cholesterol count is always a bit over 300mg. I like to have a boiled egg 2X a week and every time it shoots my count over the limit. I read somewhere , that when an egg is consumed, the chol amount could be deducted from the total daily chol amount as long as this one doesn't exceed 200mg. <BR> Ha anyone seen such an article? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:24:23 EST Carrol's Corral I retired in 2005 from teaching school and lost 20 pounds in the first 6 months. After I got over the initial giddiness of planning my own time, I started gaining weight and am now up 43 pounds. It is much harder to lose at the age of 69 than it was at younger ages. I know I need support and so thought I would try Spark People. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:04:48 EST FIRST TIME ON MESSAGE BOARD HI I"M NOT SURE THAT I AM COMFORTABLE WITH GOING PUBLIC WITH TOO MUCH SHARING BUT I DO ENJOY TALKING WITH OTHERS SO HERE GOES.........I AM 82 YEARS OLD ,MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS TO A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND LOVING CARETAKER ,WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND LOVE TO SERVE OUR LORD IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES (AND AS OUR AGING BODIES WILL ALLOW) WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES ,8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREATS AND ANOTHER TWO ON THE WAY. I SINCERLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND EAT HEALTHIER IN ORDER TO BE ACTIVELY IN... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:54:37 EST just me hello i am fred out shape after stroke and and accidents Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:40:08 EST change of lifestyle Hi my name is Lisa and 45 years old. My husband and I a month ago quit smoking. I have gained 55 pounds since 2007 when I had my hysterectomy. We said we are going to get into shape since we give up smoking. My goal is to be very challenging, 77 pounds by April of next year (8 months).. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:18:02 EST CHOLESTEROL MISTAKES <link><BR>rol/common-cholesterol-mistakes.aspx </link> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:15:59 EST Hello to all!! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself... My name is Kelly and I'm brand new here... Looking to change my eating habits, eat healthy, be more active... Feel better... Looking for support from others on the same journey... Life is to short not to live it to its fullest... Good luck to all who are here and I hope to make lots of friends along the way... GOD bless us all Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:02:37 EST Just found this today... I had been on the Atkins Diet and I was able to loose some weight, but I was hungry. My husband found this and the foods look much better. I hope it will help me reach my goal of fitting into my Mother of the Groom dress comfortably by October 18.. Right now with it on I can not breath.. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:09:29 EST Some great resources about cholesterol I just found this team by accident and have two up-to-date resources I want to pass on. The first is a series on cholesterol by Peter Attia, the first part of which can be found here: <BR> <link><BR>ight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i </link> <BR> <BR> I know some of this is not easy to understand but it is the kind of info that is great to hand to your physician and it is based on the latest research. <BR> <BR> The other one is this book written by a car... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:34:28 EST Hi. I'm new here. I just joined today and am excited about getting started. I have a goal of losing enough weight to be able to cut back on the amount of medications I take for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. And to be healthy and fit enough to enjoy being active with my family and especially my 5 grandchildren. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:51:10 EST AUGUST CHAT PaiNting supplies have been purchased for our painting project. Now it just needs to quit raining so we can get it done. Other than that nothing special going on. I am on vacation from Mcdonalds until next Thursday so I 'm trying to get some stuff done around the house. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:11:13 EST