SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us in our 30's on our way to losing 50-99 pounds. Have a little more or a little less? Come on in! SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard New to the Team! <em>524</em> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Amber and I'm looking to lose around 50-60 pounds. I don't have a deadline, I just want to lose the weight at a healthy rate and keep it off! I've struggled with motivation in the past so I'm hoping that by joining a challenge, I'll have others in the same boat as me to help push me along and keep me accountable! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:51 EST 3rd times a Charm!!!! I have been the one again off again diet this diet that person and I am tired of things not working. I will be 40 this year (which is very scary) and I don't want to go into a new year of my life the way I have gone into every year thus far. I have just recently decided I want to live a more clean lifestyle, which for me is very hard when you have lived off of fast food and cokes. In January I quit smoking and my thinking is if I can do that then I can do anything..... So here I am, ready for... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:35:44 EST SP Newbie...again Hi, hey, and hello! I was a member of SP a long while ago and life...well life did it's thing and got chaotic. I lost track of myself and my weight. I'm here again knowing this site was one of the reasons I did so well the last time. I have a set goal of 50lbs to lose, and after that we'll see where I go from there. I just want to be comfortable with myself. It's hard being so sick of being sick and tired. <BR> ~V_A Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:29:35 EST New Journey! Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new to spark and trying to figure everything out! I just joined this group hoping to find a place that I can share all my goals and achievements with people that understand what I'm going through with no judgements. So I'm very excited! Well a little about myself, my main goal is to lose 83 pounds over time the right way. I'm pre-diabetic and so tired all the time. I'm done feeling this way I've had enough! I have two wonderful daughters that look up to me and I want ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:51:04 EST Starting Fresh Hello everyone! <BR> I've been a long time member of the forum (since I first joined SP in 2009) but I've let the scale go the wrong way for too many years and it's time for me to start fresh! <BR> We have booked a cruise for next summer with the extended family and I want to be comfortable on the trip. Right now airplane seats would be brutal, hiking with the family would have me moving at a snails pace, and I don't even own a swim suit that would fit. <BR> With 14 months lead time, I h... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:52:43 EST what diet plan is everyone doing ? ive been using spark people for about three weeks and i was losing and now my weight has swung back up . can someone look at my entries and see what im doing wrong? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:44:01 EST Hello all Good morning all, new to the group. just wanted to drop in an say hi. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:51:51 EST Starting on a healthy lifestyle! Hi all! I am new to the group and SparkPeople! I am 32 with 2 boys and an amazing husband. I've got a lot of weight to lose. I am currently at 221 and would like to get down to 150ish. I weighed that when I got married in 2008 and felt good about myself and could do anything I really wanted to do. Now I feel like I am holding back my family and am not able to do the things I enjoy! Thank you for all your support and I hope I can offer mine to you all as well! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:50:13 EST Trying this again... Hello I am going to try this again. My goal is to become more fit and healthy for the long haul. I have already started working out, watching portion sizes, and using Whey Protein with milk. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:26 EST Hi! I've been on sparkpeople before, actually since 2012. But I got away from it for some reason and I'm not sure why. Well here I am, still needing to be healthy and lose weight! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:53:17 EST Reboot Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm starting again after crashing from the stress of Grad School a couple of years back. Need inspiration to complete my goals by the end of the year. I want to feel better about myself as I search for the next phase in my life. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:07:55 EST 30, 2 kids, and 60 pounds to lose! Hi all! I am 30 this month and have 60 pounds to kick this year! I have two young (not in school yet) boys and I am married but he is gone 6 days a week 12-15 hours a day. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and gained a bunch of weight and I need to get my life under control!! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:06:28 EST Hungry, Emotional, or Bored So here it is. I am a bored, emotional eater. I am addicted to food. If I am happy I will eat to celebrate, if I am sad I will eat to try to feel better, depressed eat because I want to, someone dies we have a big dinner. Food does not ever judge me, disappoint me, get disappointed in me, and it can't leave me. People can. I know this is a horrible cycle and I know I have to break it. I have tried for years. Slim fast, atkins, visalus. Now I just want to change slowly, less junk more... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:31:03 EST Hello Well I am a 37 year old mother of two and have been married for 16 years. I have had this weight to lose for a very long time. At this point I am diabetic, have high blood pressure, and am being treated for anxiety and depression. I also have AFib and I just plain need to get my butt in gear. My mom died on Thanksgiving from complications of diabetes and I do not want to leave my young daughters without a mom. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:29:52 EST Fitness/Health Buddies, are you out there?! :) I recently had this "need to moment". I have been struggling with my weight for years, there was a short moment when I had everything under control and then life happened. So now I'm months away from turning 31 and I just want to have myself in order by the end of this year. 54lbs by August.... seems doable... <BR> <BR> But the challenge for me is staying motivated and accountable. Id love to get fitness/health buddies that I can talk to on a daily or weekly basis to help with this. When... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:21 EST Looking to meet new friends and find motivation! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kerry and I am a wife and mum of 3 from the UK. <BR> I've got about 50+ pounds that I want to lose this year. <BR> <BR> I'm a full time mum and I also run my own business, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming to balance it all and stay fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Hopefully here I can meet some like minded people and find some inspiration and motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm quite introverted and so don't often like to be out much so it would be great to meet new frie... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:43:26 EST Beginning again... Hello, I am 38. I a, 5ft 10. I weigh 230 lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I have been here before, the journey. About 2 years ago i was 25 and I managed to lose 20, however same thing happened that always does, I met someone new and I made my life to be all about them. <BR> <BR> I was raised to be independent but yet "housewife". I was taught about getting a job and paying bills ect but also was told to make sure you take good care of your man by cooking, cleaning ect. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:59:08 EST Looking for guidance, motivation, and support This is my first time ever joining any type of online group. Work and family limit my time to commit to any local groups, and most people locally I know aren't interested in health and fitness or have all these extra pounds and challenges to lose.. Expanding my reach and looking for inspiration Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:51:26 EST Greetings and salutations! Hiya! <BR> My name is Jennifer. You may call me Jennifer, Jen, Squirrel, or even Bob if you'd like as long as no one calls me Jenny. I'm a 31 year old mama of a 2 year old boy with way too much energy and an obsession with stealing any fruit I have or may even want. I am probably what people would consider grossly overweight and I'm extremely unhappy about it. So I finally decided to get off my literal and figurative rear end and do something about it. I'm really nervous, to be honest... I fe... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:18:13 EST Help I want to add the weight loss tracker to my Sparkpage and my posts. How do I do this?? <BR> <BR> The little tickers showing weight or loss and you can customize them with different pictures? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:54:01 EST Hello from Guatemala! I'm new here! I'm 31, living in beautiful Guatemala and have about 50ish pounds to lose. I don't really focus on the number so much as in how I feel. <BR> <BR> I used to practice MMA and Kenpo but I was in an accident last year and broke both feet and my shoulder so I'm not able to go back. My weight has ballooned up and I've gotten so lazy. I'm looking into new workouts now, any advice would be awesome! I recently got the okay from my doctor to do pretty much anything but fighting and ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:14:15 EST Trying to Be an Active Participant Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I've been on this site for a little while now, figuring out trackers, completing a challenge, using the resources for exercise, but this is my first attempt at posting on a forum. I've enjoyed reading everyone else's posts and really appreciate the motivation and inspiration. For the first time, I am looking forward to the weight loss journey, not just the destination. All the best! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:58:06 EST 1st Day Back Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just rejoined SparkPeople for what feels like the 100th time, but in actuality it's like the 3rd time. I'm excited to do my best at remaining active on a daily basis, meeting new "friends" who can help motivate me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading other people's stories as to why they are on SparkPeople and of course learn, and share, any tips that will help all of us get to our healthy goal weights! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:39:03 EST I just joined Hellol! I just joined the spark community looking for a place to track macros... ive been in diets my entire life but I need to lose weight for a competition i am training for.... I am hoping to lose about 30 lbs by March 17th. I know is crazy, but Ive done it before and didnt starve myself, I only need a better meal plan :D <BR> This place is awesome! Thanks for reading, txt me if u want to become spark - friends :D Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:41:35 EST weigh in just started back up after a very bad year . hoping this one will be better. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:11 EST New to Team I've been on SP for about a year now. I started with 142 lbs to lose. Just today, I realized that I have lost 43 lbs and now finally have less than 100 to go! I figured I would join here, and hopefully find some more, and give more motivation. Knowing I only have 99 lbs to go feels great! It gave me the motivation to get my butt up and workout today!! If I can do this, anyone can! <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:03:37 EST How many are actively participating in group? Hello. Just getting set up with Sparks. Hoping to get motivated soon. Ha. Just wondering about how many people are actually still active in this group right now. 30? Looks like it is a huge group. Thanks. Glad to be here. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:41:30 EST HI! I recently gave birth in October to our 3rd child. My pregnancies aren't very difficult, but this time around it was harder on me physically and emotionally. I have never really lost any of my pregnancy weight from any of my pregnancies and I really want to do that this time around. I feel like I'm finally in a position mentally that I'm ready to work on me. <BR> <BR> I think that is the hardest part - making time for myself - especially when I'm tired from life in general. I had Gesta... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:08:12 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hello everyone! This is my first day and I'm so excited to begin this new healthy living journey! I'm hoping to lose roughly 50 lbs and simply begin to LIVE healthy! I can't wait to get to know all of you and see what we all can accomplish! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>524</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:29:39 EST Hello!! Hello there! I'm Mary. I'm recently married and 30. Have about 60 pounds to lose courtesy of my not friend PCOS. We want to start having kids sometime this century and therefore need to get the ovaries in check so that we can, and the easiest way is being in prime physical condition. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. I've done this before but never actually had a reason other than my weight went up some. Now I know why it did, and I have a good reason to stay healthy. Hopefully this time it stays awa... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:29:27 EST Rough start to a cold snowy morning Well I have had a rough start to today! First, the roads in my area were really bad and what is usually a 15 minutes drive to work took me 45 minutes. I passed 2 cars that slid off the road and one car accident. <BR> <BR> I get to work just to realize I left my yeti at home. Not the end of the world because I have a mug, but my tea/coffee gets cold so fast. <BR> <BR> After making my hot tea, I go to my desk to have my breakfast just to realize that I forgot it at home. <BR> <BR> Can... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:42:09 EST Hello! Hi There! <BR> <BR> I am back to Sparkpeople...haven't been on here in years! I have yo-yo dieted so much and I just want to make this a lifestyle. I need a good network of people and support, as no one else in my household needs to lose weight. I am 224 and would ultimately like to be at 160, which Ive never been before (that I can remember of course). <BR> <BR> On a side note, are we still able to put a weight tracker on our Sparkpage so people can see where we are at? I remember we... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:55:35 EST Coming out of Hiding Hi, I'm Trace. <BR> <BR> 37 years old, female, overweight yet somewhat fit, working two jobs and writing music, with lots of dreams, lots of stress, and lots of joy. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm not in a big hurry to do it. I've been overweight to one degree or another since I was 13 and PCOS kicked me in the tail, but I'm willing to work on myself, and in this for the long haul. <BR> <BR> Anyway... hi! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:28:33 EST My New Year Resolution Hi all, I'm new here! I find myself in need of an outlet and helpful community, I heard this is the place to get it! <BR> My New Year Resolution is "Worry Less". I vow to live this year and the rest of my life by the words of a wise old turtle, Oogway. "Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, and Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present! <BR> And Rafiki "Yes, the past can hurt; but the way I see it, you can either Run from it, or Learn from it! Now, what are you going to ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:16:57 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site and new to the team. I recently found out I have hypertension, and that's my main focus right now, but the weight loss that comes with an improved diet is also welcome. :) <BR> <BR> I have 105 pounds to go, but I took the "a little more, a little less" part of the team intro seriously. <BR> <BR> Any friends or advice about high blood pressure, low sodium diets, or anything really would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you. <B... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:35:13 EST Hi! Introducing myself Hi! I'm Katie. I've had a rough year due to early menopause (I'm 39) so my hormones were completely out of whack. Getting back on track in 2017 as I hit the big 4-0! Not hoping to hit a certain number on the scale but my goal is to be healthy. I have a way to go to get that, at least 40-50 lbs and I'm okay with that. I used to do crossfit but burned out while I was pregnant so I'm looking to ease back into the gym scene. I hope everyone has a great day! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:49:38 EST Hello 2017! Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for extending an invitation to this group! I'm ready to say good bye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and all of it's possibilities! My overall goal is health and the dream body I want will be a side effect. I'd love to lose 35# by 35, but since that's in March and not that far off, I'm going to get as close to that as I can. My biggest barriers are busy schedules and finding the time to fit everything in. <em>521</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:46:33 EST looking for more support! Happy New Year! I am excited to enhance my journey to health by seeking support from this wonderful SP community! I've only ever used SP for tracking before... This is definitely out of my comfort zone! No way to start a new year like pushing limits! <BR> Looking forward to "meeting" and supporting you all! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:49:24 EST Hello! Excited to get started!! Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I only have about 6 months left in my 30 somethings, lol. I am married for 14 years and have two kiddos, a 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy. My ultimate goal is to lose 90 pounds, but I at least want to lose 75! My first big goal though is 40 by I want to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 in June. My best friend and I are gonna go on a road trip for my birthday if I reach this goal! This will also put me into ONEderland for the first time... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:56:12 EST Hi everyone!! Hi everyone! I'm Renee, I'm 35yrs old and a mom of 2 boys, and I live in Southeastern Minnesota. At the end of April of 2016, I became a single mom for the first time. (divorced after 16yrs, we had been together since I was 18yrs old) I took the rest of the year to really make sure the kids were good and now I'm ready to make 2017 the year of figuring out me! <BR> I have about 50-60 pounds to lose, and I'm ready to step up and make it happen!! I hope to make some friends along the way and I... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:12:58 EST 55 Pounds before Wedding in Nicaragua in August! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am here because I need to lose 55 pounds before my brother's wedding in Nicaragua in August. I need to look good in a bathing suit and bridesmaid's dress. <BR> <BR> I have several chronic health conditions that are literally weighing me down including POTS, EDS, and Mitochondrial disease. These limit my ability to exercise in a "normal" way so I have to modify a lot of things in exercise routines. I did get myself a recumbent stationary bike that I am excited to... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:51:36 EST Losing the weight again Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am back at losing the weight again. I lost 110 pounds about 5 years ago and have put it back on. Now I have 95 to lose but need to find a way that is more sustainable. <BR> <BR> I figured getting things worked out before the new year would be a good start. <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:29:42 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I'm 35 years old, and I've got about 60 pounds to lose. I gained quite a bit of weight after I remarried, but I gained over 40 this past year due to antibiotics, emergency surgery, and general lack of exercise and poor eating. I'm finally recovered and off antibiotics, but to be honest, I'm overwhelmed by how much weight I've gained and how much I have to lose... again (I lost a good chunk of weight about 8 years ago). I'm excited but nervous to start. I guess I know how ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:46:57 EST Lets Do this!! Hello, I believe I joined your team in May. However I didn't officially start with the tracking until yesterday as I was still yo-yoing with my fake WW app. I'm here to try again and hopefully with the skills have mastered over the years I will have the ability to stick to it. I'm 33, semi active in my career and need to make a change to stick with. I have gotten into the art of Yoga this year and although I will forever be a beginner I do enjoy the benefits it has showed me. Good luck with y... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:28:25 EST Time to get in gear Hello, my name is Josh and I need to loose some weight so that I can wrestle in an old timers tournament. I need to do this for my son I know it will make him insanely proud of me. First step is to control my diet then worry about getting in wrestling shape again. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:43:53 EST Hello Good morning, <BR> <BR> Using Sparkpeople as a tracker for macros and fitness. I'm a 30s something Mother of 5, trying to continue my weight loss in a healthier fashion. I've lost 50lbs so far and am aiming for 60lbs further. I welcome all positive friends, and will do my best to a cheerleader to others successes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:06:08 EST Back for round 2! HI guys! My name is Chrissie, and I'm actually a sp alum! I was on here about 7 years ago and had great success, going from 178-135. Buuuuuut, as life goes, about 4 years ago I started slowly putting it back on. After leaving the 100's for the first time in my life - I hit 200.0 yesterday - I decided it was time to come back. I'm so very excited to get to know you all and would love love if you could intro yourself! I won't be able to be on here much for the next 2.5 weeks as I'm about to fin... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:19:42 EST Hello everyone. I am brand new to this. I'm hoping for a fresh start to go with the New Year. I want to look and feel better. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST hey Hi, I am dani_2002 I am in my mid thirties and I am looking to lose some weight and exercise and looking for more support. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:58:12 EST Newbie says hello! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and am returning to Sparkpeople after a long absence. I had a crazy-busy 2015 (bought a house, planned a wedding and got married, had to say goodbye to my terminally ill kitty, traveled a ton for work, etc), and the pounds piled on. <BR> <BR> Now I'm finally catching my breath after all these life changes and am ready to tackle my weight. My DH and I are hoping to start a family in 2017, so now is the time to focus on my health! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:12:34 EST Hello My name is Heidi and i want to loose 85-90 lbs looking to be healthier not just for me but my 3 kids as well. I work full time as a manager working 48+ hours a week. This is my 3rd day using this program i have a great feeling about this as well. Any advise that anyone can give me or suggestion are great i am in this for the long haul. I am gonna loose this weight. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 09:49:05 EST This is me I am a 39 year old Nurse creeping up to my 40th birthday. I have a few blood tests out at the doctor's that will basically clear me to start an exercises program yesterday... basically the doctor said that the only thing keeping me from losing weight is my own head. He is pretty smart and we work together so he knows what I am capable of. My doctor calls me out on my bull crap. I have been married to my second husband for almost a year and we are in a coop relationship. He knows me and is... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:55:04 EST In your experience.... Hello all, so I'm curious about two specific things that I was hoping maybe I could get some insight on. <BR> <BR> The first being- When I work out and the calories are added to my daily goal. Now I know that I can change this setting so they don't get added, but I'm curious if any one has some tips as to whether it's better to not have them added, or to just leave it as is? I am hoping that they wouldn't be added if they would just cancel out the calories I'm fighting to lose by just eating... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:33:59 EST Looking for an accountabuddy! Hey there! I am new, but kinda old to SP. I have been on SP for about 3 months, I have been on my weight loss journey now for also about 3 months. I have a year goal and I wish to keep it. I am pretty good at keeping myself motivated, but sometimes life gets in the way, and I would just like someone or someone's to talk to and keep things real. I love the SP community but sometimes it is only online. I wish I had someone to text with or email. I am a stay at home mom to one beautiful boy, and... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:34:39 EST Bah Today was day 2, and it started off badly!!!! I woke up late for work, so didn't have time to plan a meal.... One of my crew brought me a hot chocolate, because he knows I hate coffee. Starving, I drank the whole thing, whip cream at all. Didn't get a chance to eat until 4 o clock, and I ended up eating Spaghetti with meat sauce. Restaurant portion with garlic bread, so NO CHANCE of it being manageable calories. Then I developed a craving for McDonald's. Like, I don't even like McDonal... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:10:45 EST finnaly taking care of me I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:21 EST Newbie here! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 34 year old married mom of one 8 year old boy in Calgary, Canada. <BR> <BR> I've got about 90 pounds (or more) to lose and am dealing with some health issues so the time to deal with my lifelong weight problem is, quite seriously, now. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:02:30 EST Low Carb Diet I just saw my PCP yesterday to discuss my fasting glucose level and my insulin resistance level. My fasting glucose level was high and my insulin resistance is high. I was told that I am on the verge of being diabetic. My PCP sent in a prescription for Metformin. She did tell me that the medication alone may help me with my weightloss efforts, but she also put me on a low carb diet of 150 grams a day. She is closely supervising this diet. I am excited about having the close watch and support,... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:02:14 EST Hello ^_^ My name is Amber and I'm new to Spark and this group. To share a bit of back story, from a young age clear up until I hit my 30's I was active and extremely thin. Then like a smack in the face, my metabolism decided to up and die on me. I put on weight quickly, and went the fad diet route - which only made me gain more weight. This year I decided it was time to shed the pounds. I have a healthy, active teen girl who demands I do every activity available ^_^ As a side note, I'm getting married... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:39:55 EST Hey I am a mom of 2 and I know I have to lose weight. I also have 2 herniated discs so if anyone has any workout ideas I am all ears. I am kinda reserved so this is new to me but I know it can help! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:46:18 EST Hi yall!!!! Okay well my name is Shelly and I am a mom of two beautiful children. They are the light of my world. I feel like I am letting them down because due to my weight I can't run around and play with them as much as I'd like. I am a CNA so at work, I am very active but I really need to work out more than just at work but my major problem is the eating right. It is very hard to make sure I'm eating the right things when the bad things are always easier and readily available and when you work fullti... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:59:31 EST Hi Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Rachael and I live in Tucson AZ. I'm in interested in losing around 50 pounds and increasing my fitness level. Recently gained back 5 of the pounds I lost and seemed to lose motivation for a bit due to an injury. Hope everybody has an awesome week. Keep up the great work!! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Rachael Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:10 EST Hi! Hi there! After many years of wanting to lose weight and adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle, I'm finally committing myself to making the change. In the past, I've given up quickly and lost motivation because I didn't think I could stick with it. I'm hoping to find the motivation, encouragement, and support from all of you on here! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to starting my journey with all of you! <BR> <BR> Kate Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:36:13 EST Hella everyone! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Lexie and this is the perfect group forme! I am 35 and need to lose at least 50 lbs (more would be better, but I am trying to tackle at least this first step). I am feeling very overwhelmed but I am excited to be here! <BR> <BR> -L Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:31:28 EST Hello There! Oops! I just realized this morning I never introduced myself. =) <BR> <BR> On SparkPeople I go by 2_B_Comm_Shep. In "real life" I am a wife, mother, grad student, and wanna-be-homesteader. I use these experiences as inspiration for my blog and also do freelance writing jobs. Although improving our homestead has helped me become more active, because of my work and online school, I spend a lot of time at my computer. My highest weight was 300 pounds. Before joining SparkPeople, I managed to ge... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:03:13 EST motivation I am worried I will have trouble staying motivated threw the slow weight loss process. Any tips? Tue, 4 Oct 2016 17:37:51 EST Gastric Sleeve So, I have made the difficult decision to have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery. I am doing this to have as a tool to help me achieve my goals. I am hoping that with the positive changes that I am currently making that I can be successful in achieving my weight loss goals. I have talked with my PCP as well as a nutritionist and I attended a seminar on it as well as support group. I have my consultation on the 14th of this month. I am excited and nervous, and ready to have this as a tool to ac... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:48:22 EST Just Joined Howdy, new to the team was looking around the website and saw a suggestion to join a team which would help you on the weight loss mission so here I am hope every reaches their goal, my goal is 70 lbs so got some work to do go team! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 16:30:38 EST Newbie here! Hello! My name is Katie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm here for a few different reasons - one is obviously to get more fit! I'm so tired of being tired when I get to the top of the steps, if you know what I mean. My current goal is to replace all the clothes in my closet because they're too big! :-) <BR> I'm also here because I'm trying to find a good site to get my company involved with for wellness tracking. We've been on a wellness focus and are looking to expand! <BR> Here's to r... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:35 EST Trying again! Hi! My name is Kathy, and I am from Missouri. I gained about 35 pounds when my doctors put me back on prednisone so I am back to try and lose it. I'm currently in kidney failure so I don't have the energy to exercise, but I can control what I eat! My goal is to lose the 35 and then an additional 25 I was trying to lose before my kidney started to reject. I'm waiting for a transplant and once I have surgery and get the OK from my doctors, I plan on getting back into an exercise routine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:37:14 EST Newbie Hello, I am new to this group. I am recently married(4 months October 4!) I am trying to lose some weight in preparation of becoming pregnant! I am hoping to find encouragement and motivation here! I look forward to learning more about the journeys that others have had in their weightloss as well as sharing my own journey! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:38:24 EST New to the Crew Hello all! My name is Marita and I just joined SP yesterday. I am a single mom of a 3 year old boy and he is literally my motivation to become the best i can be. And part of that is losing this weight so that I can run around and play with him instead of just watching on the sidelines. My main objectives from this site is to learn strategies that work for other people, get some support when "life" gets in the way of my focus, and tips and tricks on how to fit it all in a day! :) I look fo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:43:30 EST New to team :) Hi all <BR> I've been on spark off and on for 8 years. I've had some great success in the past and have gained some of the weight back. I'm looking to get back on track and make some changes once and for all... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:01:57 EST Starting Day 1 Tomorrow I am super excited! Starting Day 1 tomorrow. I know if I stick with Spark I will accomplish my goals. A few years ago I used Spark and it kept me in check and I lost a ton of weight. However, I stopped and fell into a huge depression. But, now I am done feeling unhealthy and overweight. Let's get this started!!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:10:52 EST Bouncing back after baby #5! Hi there! Mommy of 5 with 2 step kids making us a daily of 7 kiddos!! I had my first 3 kids naturally 2001,2003&amp;2005 lost all the baby wt. Got Down to 142 at one point .I'm 5'9" so I'm happiest at 150. I recently got engaged to what will be hubby #2. We've had 2 babies 2014,2016 both by csection .I'm having a really difficult time bouncing back this time the csection was a brutal recovery. I'm learning to take baby steps towards my goal but know I can lose the baby weight again.#Round2... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:50:02 EST I've done this before - Doing it again I was here a couple of years ago and it's almost depressing to see that i was at my lowest weight and now i have let myself creep back up to one of my heaviest weights. <BR> <BR> I know that being held accountable is what i need to lose this weight and keep it off. I want to do it the healthy way by changing my eating habits, creating new healthier eating habits, exercising when i can and being gentle with myself when i cant. I suffer from chronic pain so sometimes i feel great which causes... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:23 EST Hello! New here! Hi guy! I'm new to the group. I just got the email about the challenge and I'm excited. I've lost 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks of using SparkPeople. I did use the WW app since the beginning of the year and lost almost 20, but let myself slip and got a little discouraged because of long term Prednisone use. I decided to get motivated again, start something new, and it has been working! Nice to meet you all :-) Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:56:40 EST Hello wonderful People Hi my name is Shannon and I am trying to get back on track and lose some weight. about 50 pounds is my goal Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:55:09 EST delete delete Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:53:12 EST Just Joined!! Hi :) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure all this out (site) but I'm here to slowly get in shape and maintain it for the long haul. <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:33:59 EST Hello all Me in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> I'm 30 years old currently married and have a son who is going to be turning 5 in November. I work as a customer service rep with one of the large insurance companies in the country so I know sit at a desk for 8 hours a day which has contributed to a 40lb weight gain in the past year I have had the job. So here I am attempting to lose weight again and really commiting to this journey. I love anything to do with art and literature. My ultimate dream at this poin... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:45:26 EST new New here, hoping to find a team that logs on everyday. Looking for some positive motivation and to motivate other people! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:41:24 EST New here and starting all over again! Hi! I am Stephanie new to this group and to spark in general. Last year I lost 45 pounds and have gained it back. So here I go again. I get pretty aggravated about having to start over but it has to be done so I thought I would try a social outlet for tips and motivation. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:31:33 EST Round 2, or maybe 3 Hey, just rejoined spark for the 2nd,3rd, or maybe even 4th time.. but this time I NEED TO DO THIS!!!! I try losing weight on my own and I can't do it, I need support, and accountability. Hope I can find what I need to keep me going. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:10:47 EST ReSparking I lost 65lbs after I had my first son, ended up weighing less than my pre-pregnancy weight. <BR> But, then I got married and put on some comfort weight. <BR> Last time around, I was here to lose 25lbs and never quite did it. <BR> This time around? I've got a lot more to lose. <BR> <BR> After my husband and I bought our house, I had to start working longer hours because he couldn't find work. I knew I could make more money if I finished my B.S. (which I'd put on hold during my first pregna... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:15:20 EST Time to Introduce myself :) Hi All! I'm Ashley. I am 30 years old (turning 31 next month) and a mom of 3 amazing kids. 10, 8 and almost 2. I am a single mom, I work full time during the day and go to LPN school at night 5 nights a week. I'm tired to say the least lol. I wouldn't be able to do any of it though without my amazing parents helping me along the way by taking amazing care of my kiddos when I am unable to. The sacrifice now will be worth it in the end I hope. Anyway, I have always struggled with my weight sinc... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:57:43 EST Country Heat! Autumn Calabrese has a new program out called Country Heat. It's a dance program with country music. I have tried it and it is a lot of fun! If you want more info message me or comment below! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:10:33 EST Gotta do something, need to lose weight Hello I am a 37 yr old mother of 2 teenagers. I work with a disabled gentleman in his home 5 days a week. I am on a mission to lose weight and get healthy again. I have tried different things but nothing seems to work. I have a hard time eating healthy with my kids and husband who don't care what they eat. I am determined to get healthy and feel better about myself. I looks forward to talking with everyone and finding new recipes to try. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 18:08:12 EST girl with major back pain Hello I am new here and I would like to have some movitation to return to wieght lose.. I had accident that broke my back 15 months ago and I have gained a major amount of weight since then I was 150 now I have gained aleast 50 pounds since then I have alot pain when I do anything major so hard to get into the mood to get up each day I know that I am not helping myself by being sitting around on the couch in my misery <BR> I would love to have some feed back to help me get started <BR> Jen Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:43:16 EST Hullo everyone My name is Amandine, I am about to be 33 years old in 1 month and I have been overweight for a while now. I have a few health issues that I used to hide behind and let myself feel uncomfy in my body, but I have been working on getting healthier and fitter for a few months now! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:22:52 EST Hey y'all! Hi Y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm Deidra. I'm 32 years old, soon to be 33. I live in San Antonio, Texas and just recently married my husband, B.j.. We decided our goal was to start a family in 2017 so I would like to get healthy and lose some weight before trying. I'm so exhausted all the time now that to keep up with a baby is going to be a killer if I don't do something now. <BR> <BR> I start my new job next Friday, I'll be working as a Quality Control Specialist for a mortgage company here in ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:09:13 EST Hey ya'll!! I'm a return Sparkie. I've been away for a couple of years, but I'm back now. I'm trying to get down to a healthier weight so we can have another baby. I have a 2 year old and I am a cardiac cath lab and interventional radiology nurse taking call. It's somewhat hectic, but I survive because of my supportive husband and extended family. I'm not sure what else to say, but I'm glad to be back! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:14:33 EST Healthy this time around Hello All. I'm not good at sharing.. feelings, weights, or otherwise. Anyway, I've got quite a bit to lose and would like to be healthy about it. Small life changes is what I'm looking to do. So, while I know I will not get fast results, real lasting results is what I'm going for that will make an overall positive impact on not only my weight and body, but my life. Good Day Everyone Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:05:45 EST I'm here because is never to late I decided to join the rank of Spark because it's not easy to lose weight in our little corner alone. If you need a cheerleader in your moments of discouragement I'm your girl. If you need small challenge that comes with the little voice telling you don't give up ... I will be there! Motivate yourself by motivating others ... it sounds good in my plan. <BR> <BR> The future is ours ! <BR> <BR> N.B. Just say that English is not my first language ... or my second ha! Ha! That is why it's a litt... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:14:28 EST Just want to feel healthy Hi everyone I'm 36 and I need to lose about 60 pounds to be healthy. I was always a good weight and then I gained after my kids and never Lost it. I've always wanted to lose and I've made some decent efforts but never got there. Now I am really motivated. I am wondering if anyone who has been losing weight has noticed a positive change in how healthy they feel. <BR> <BR> Right now I get out of breath going up the stairs in my house and feel like the extra weight puts so much stress on my bod... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:58:10 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:23 EST New from NC I am new to the group and the site...hoping for support on this journey...I have gained a massive amount of weight due to medication for anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia (my doctors have confirmed that my diet has not caused the gain). I gained almost 70 lbs in a little over 2 months on the evil seroquel.... then other meds caused slower gain...I am finally off those meds and hopefully on meds that will not only not cause continued gain but allow me to lose this weight... Being this size ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:57:11 EST Hello from the middle of nowhere! Hello everyone! <BR> I live in the middle of nowhere in central New Mexico. I have been off and on Spark for years, the first time losing about fifty pounds.After my husband died in 2013 I started to put those pounds back on. And kept putting on the pounds. Well, 90 pounds later I am here. I am 31 but have been the same 230 pounds for the last year. <BR> <BR> Between having bipolar disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and a love for food, I have the deck slightly off my side. The arthritis is pr... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:27:10 EST Hello From Florida! Hi, my name is Jesi. I am a 32 year old wife, mother of 2 and a kindergarten teacher. This is my third time here on Spark People and I am determined to make it my last and most active. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:40:37 EST New gal on the block Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST Just started Hi everyone... I just found this community and so far it seems like the perfect place to help me stay on track and stay accountable... just what I need, hopefully! :) <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose... I have tried before, dieted many times in many wauys and lost varying amounts... three times I have lost more than 10 kilos, but then I always burned out and it all crept back plus that little extra. Well... I just decided that on my 35th birthday (about 1.5 years from now) I w... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:51:04 EST Smoothie, berries - any use for weight loss? Hi there, <BR> I will be spending 1,5 moths in a place where there are tons of fruits, berries veggies etc, and they are not so expensive, so looking how to use this for my goals. <BR> Does anybody have similar experience? What were the results? <BR> Currently I drink berry smoothie instead of breakfast and eat only veggies after 6 pm. Feel quite hungry. <BR> Thanks Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:50:52 EST New to the team Hi everyone. I have been on SparkPeople 29 days, but just joined the team this morning. I actually have more than 99 pounds to lose, but this team seemed more active than my proper weight group. I have lost 10 pounds since joining SparkPeople, but still have 108 to go. I look forward to getting to know you all on this journey. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:08:32 EST 90lbs to lose looking for buddies I'm back at Sparkpeople to lose the weight I had previously lost and regained! So disappointed in myself. I know I can do it as I've done it before but I could really use some new supportive friends here Mon, 4 Jul 2016 04:03:54 EST Here we go! So this is my third attempt at trying Sparkpeople and dieting/exercising. This time I've got a really great gym and personal trainer behind me, as well as my family. My mom and sister go to the gym with me to help keep me motivated (and I'm there for them too). <BR> So far I'm off to a great start! <BR> <BR> I began my journey April 28, 2016 and have already lost 9lbs of fat mass and 7lbs of total weight! My endurance and strength are improving every day too. My water intake has increased s... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:21:05 EST hangin in there <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> this is the longest stretch of a journey that i have ever been on! O.O Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:09:01 EST What's Up Peeps! New from good ol' Glendale! Stoked to be here .. again lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:38:52 EST Back After 3 Years Good morning everyone! I'm new to the team and back on Spark after a 3 year absence. I'm from Alabama, but currently in NYC. I am hoping to reach onederland by the end of the year (about a 30 lbs loss). I am looking forward to getting to know you all! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:24:06 EST Calorie deficit I'm new to this, does anyone know what my calorie deficit should be? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:57:47 EST Returning to SparkPeople Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am returning to SparkPeople after a little hiatus. I have been trying to lose weight for almost 7 years (since I had my first child). I have decided that enough is enough! I am the type of person who will have a bad day and then throw my workouts and eating habits away until the next day, week, month or year. I have come to realize that it's okay to make small mistakes. As long as I don't give up or continuing making mistakes I will be fine! <BR> <BR> I have disc... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:01:39 EST Intro I'm Natashia I have a wonderful boyfriend and between us we have 3 girls! I am 33 and I work part time as a secretary for mental health at maximum security prison. I love music, reading, fishing and being outdoors. I am looking to loose around 50-60lbs. In the last couple of months I have gained probably 20lbs just eating bad and not exercising. I am really going to focus and keep myself motivated this time around. I need to be healthy for my kids and not get out of breath when I am outside p... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:42:48 EST Hi Hi there. My name is Barbara and I've been on this journey for too long. Well actually I've been more off of it then on. But a week ago I decided it was time to change that. I've been working out everyday for a week and trying to quit drinking soda (that is not going to well). I'll be 39 next month. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be under 200lbs by the end of the year. My starting weight is 218. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:16:20 EST Hello! :) <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Jessica and super excited to be here. I have almost exactly 100 pounds to lose. It seems like such an unattainable goal right now, but I'm really looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. I am really interested in forming some relationships, because I think that will really help motivate me (and hopefully some of you as well), to help me along. Talk to you soon! <BR> <BR> Jessica <BR> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:36:27 EST Consistent diet, inconsistent weight loss So, for several weeks I was consistently losing an average of 2 lbs a week. Some weeks more, some weeks less, but it averaged out. <BR> <BR> But my body has been out of whack the past few weeks for some reason. Gained a few pounds one official weigh-in day, but since I felt like something was off, I weighed again the next day and I had lost a little. Lost maybe a pound the next week. Then lost over 5 lbs the next week. Then my official weigh-in day this weekend, I had gained again. So... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:32:06 EST "Ideal" Weight? What do you use to calculate health stats (Body fat/BMR/TDEE/etc.)? I want to lose weight but haven't had any luck, so I'm trying to see if maybe I'm expecting too much? <BR> <BR> Background: I'm currently stuck around 230 pounds, if anything I seem to keep losing and gaining back 2-5 pounds (depending where I am in my cycle). Originally I wanted to weight about 150, but now I'm adjusting my goal weight and getting crazy different results depending on criteria. Going by BMI, I should be 130-... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:53:01 EST Getting ready for baby... Hi, everyone! My name is Jamie and this is actually my second time using Spark People to lose weight. The reason this time though is a special husband and I are going to try for a baby in December!!! I already know pregnancy is hard on my body and I will have to have a c-section and quite possibly bed rest toward the end of the pregnancy, so I want to be in the best shape that I can be in. So the goal is to get down to 150 (I'm currently at 203) by time we start trying in December. ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:36:01 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Kathryn. I'm dealing with binge eating disorder and all the feelings/weight gain/physical issues that accompany it. Other than that my life is good! I married my best friend this past November and I have a new job that will give me a chance to learn and grow. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm just trying to take better care of myself. I try to move as much as I can without bothering my knees and feet too much. I'm also trying to eat better but with the eating disorder that's dif... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:23:51 EST June Challenge - 10 minutes a day This month I challenge the team to move 10 minutes EVERYDAY, it could be walking, dancing, running, swimming, biking, anything that gets you off your tush for 10 mins. <em>312</em> <em>362</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Every step, is a step in the right direction <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:18:19 EST Goal Buddy? Anyone interested in an accountability partner? I just joined Spark's Find 10 Challenge, and I need a goal buddy to keep me on track. Let me know if you are interested, thanks! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:49:14 EST Hi :) Hi everyone! I'm Rachel and just joined Spark. Today is Day 1 in my weight loss journey and I am determined to stay focused and reach my goal. I look forward to getting to know all of you and supporting/motivating each other! We can do this!! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:39:29 EST hello (though I say hey0 I am misty Pullen and I am new to spark people. I'm hoping that being a member I can help others. I am 36 with a few health issues that decades over due on being worked on. Maybe if I can lose the weight, the other issues can be corrected or stopped dead in their tracks. Tue, 31 May 2016 22:18:14 EST Newness I am a bit random. Trying to find what works best for me. So far just some Tai Chi for beginners. <BR> <BR> PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name ONLY? Betsy <BR> 2. Birthday? 11/12 <BR> 3. Ideal weight? 220 <BR> <BR> <BR> FAVORITES <BR> <BR> 4. Beverage? Water or Root Beer <BR> 5. Fruit? grapes <BR> 6. Veggie? Green Peppers <BR> 7. Meat? chicken <BR> 8. Dessert? Ice Cream <BR> 9. Cocktail? No <BR> 10. Season? Spring <BR> 11. Dream Vacation? Traveling <BR> 12. Exer... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:25:19 EST Hi, everyone!! Hello!! It feels relief that I can find a place, where I will be able to express my thoughts, my interests.... A place, where I can stay motivated, because I have started to join a healthy lifestyle many times, but now I know this is a journey, which you can't take alone. First of all, I would like to learn how to live a busy, but healthy life!! I would like also to learn how to maintain my motivation and achieve on goal at a time, by enjoying this process!!!! It is important for me to begin ... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:52:43 EST Excited to Join I randomly found this website &amp; app through a google search on Zumba shoes. And I'd have to say I am impressed with all that it has to offer. I have struggled with motivation to get healthy for the last few years and I think this may be the tool for me. I have a lot of loving support from my boyfriend but I feel this is gonna be the extra push I need from like minded individuals. I recently started experiencing excruciating bad back and knee pains and decided now is the time! I am 34 year... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:38:47 EST Trying again I'm 33, and trying to lose at least a 100 lbs. The last time I tried Sparkpeople was in 2010. So much has changed in my life since then, I've gotten divorced, and engaged again. My ex and I didn't have kids, my fiance has three, and it's filled a big part of what was missing in my life. I want to help them be healthier, set a good example for them, and help make sure I'm around for them as long as possible. My willpower and motivation tends to be very lacking. And I'm definitely scared of fai... Tue, 24 May 2016 13:57:23 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 14:19:47 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 13:26:11 EST New AGAIN! Hi all - <BR> <BR> I'm back again for my third or fourth time! Hopefully this time will be fully successful for me this go around. I'm glad to see this group seems to be active and I can join in with similar age and weight goals. Today is day 5 for me of being on a solid plan. I'm making it throughts the weekend which is my biggest hurdles. My immediate goal is just over 20lbs, but have about 56lbs total that I'm hoping to lose. Would love to meet some new friends for shared support! Sun, 22 May 2016 00:36:46 EST 85 lbs to go. Taking the first step today by joining and I did exercise some via riding my bike and walking in the hall of my apartment building. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds by the end of next April which will be my 37th birthday. Fri, 20 May 2016 21:52:58 EST What's Your Workout? Being fairly new to this, and having not worked out since I was in high school (20 years ago!) I am starting out real slow and walking either outside on nice days or on the treadmill. I was wondering what others were doing for their workouts. I need ideas for when I graduate from just walking. Tue, 17 May 2016 13:41:40 EST Restarting again Hi everyone! I am once again restarting this journey and making myself a priority after 3 extremely difficult years. I am homeschooling my kids and trying to show them that being healthy is more than a number on a scale. Tue, 17 May 2016 09:18:41 EST Hi, new here..... I am 33 and have been stuck in a rut for the last 10 years or so. I gained weight after high school, lost some before my wedding and now 6 years after having my daughter I am still holding on to baby weight plus some. <BR> <BR> I have such a hard time with motivation even though I am miserable and hate the way that I look. I am an emotional eater so that doesn't help. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:57:41 EST Weigh In Starting Weight: 223lbs (03/16) <BR> 05/09/16: 213lbs <BR> 05/16/16: 211.6 <BR> <BR> Started training again, 7 years later, to run my first half marathon this December. <BR> A goal to help me stay on track :) Mon, 16 May 2016 10:38:19 EST Looking for accountability Hi! I am back at it. My starting weight in June 2015 was 240. I got down to 216. Not sure where it is right now. I am prepping this weekend so I can start on Sunday. If anyone is interested in supporting each other- send me a note/ friend request!! Thu, 12 May 2016 23:29:33 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST Hi, I am a newbie :-) Hi, My name is Melanie. I will turn 37 this year. My main issue is not the weight. I have 183 pounds at a height of 5'3". I love my curves, BUT with exercises they would look much better <em>334</em> <BR> And if I would lose some pounds and get healthier as a side effect, that's even better <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, <BR> Melanie Sat, 7 May 2016 08:46:47 EST Too big for massage? I woke up this morning with a massive knot in my neck/shoulder area. So bad I can barely move my head, so I did the sensible thing. I called Massage Envy and managed to get an appointment tonight while my girls are in Taekwondo. I was thrilled by my luck. They actually had an open appointment. Then a few mins went by and I I too big for the table? Will they be able to get through my fat rolls to make a difference? Will they want to? How mortifying is this going to be? Any other ... Fri, 6 May 2016 15:58:58 EST Calorie tracking Hello all! I have been tracking my calories for almost two weeks now and have been doing really well with keeping right around my intake goal. I know that too few calories will stall weight loss and too many is part of what got me in the shape I'm in now ;) My question for you is what do you do when you add in exercise? I know some people eat more to still stay in the suggested range, but others don't. Yesterday I added in an hour of cardio and according to my calorie tracker I was WAY under... Fri, 6 May 2016 10:59:13 EST back again!!! Needed a break from everything, but am back again and ready to get it done. I have 65 lbs to go. Ended up in the hospital for a few wks and that wasn't any fun. During my stay there I found out that i am diabetic. So i'm here to lose the extra weight that I have and to maintain my diabetes. <em>41</em> Thu, 5 May 2016 14:01:36 EST DAY 1: Starting Over....For real this time! Two weeks ago, on May 14th, I told my husband that it was over. There was a lot of stuff going on that I never should have allowed to go on for so long. When I saw how much it really was affecting my kids, I knew it was time to quit being a pushover, and to quit being naïve and to really put my foot down and stand up for myself for once. I had fallen out of love with him a long, long time ago, but I was always feeling like I HAD to suck it up and deal with it. Then like I said, I saw just how... Mon, 2 May 2016 13:13:31 EST Quick Question about site settings Hey all, <BR> <BR> I was looking over my daily calorie allowance for the day and saw that it's attached to the amount of exercise I do in a day. It says if I work out more I am allowed to eat more calories. I am trying to track a daily deficit, so when I start working out my numbers will change? Is there a way to stop them from changing? <BR> <BR> I followed the link and it said that it was the old way of tracking and new members after 2013 can't change? Did I read that right or am I total... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:43:25 EST Monopoly? Hi! I joined a couple of weeks ago and I am interested in participating in the monopoly challenge. What are the rules? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:39:56 EST Need Fiber...Please help! Ok team - Help me out here please! After tracking my food intake for a few days, I see that I still need to up my fiber and I need ideas on how to do it without adding a bunch of calories. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:16:35 EST Hi, I'm new here I just joined today, and I've been immersed in all the stuff there is to do on this site that I forgot to introduce myself. I don't know what else to say really. So hi! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:42:43 EST I'm here...what next? I thought I'd come in and introduce myself to the team. I'm here to hold myself accountable for the choices I make, keep myself motivated, gain some inspiration and hopefully have support when I falter (and support others when they do.) I've finally made the decision to do this whole health thing the right way and this looks like a great place to start. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:08:01 EST "starting" again... I've been away for a while and have yet again regained all I had lost. BUT...I have done really well in the past, I know what I'm capable of and I'm excited to feel good again. I've learned a lot about myself and my reactions to stress, etc, so..I'm hopeful! <BR> <BR> One thing that really helps me out on here is getting to know others and interacting with them, so please feel free to friend me, chat, etc. <BR> <BR> I work, have a soon to be 1st grader, write in my spare time and like to ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:34:05 EST New Girl on the Block Hey there :) <BR> <BR> Well... here I am new to SparkPeople. Excited to have another venue of motivation. I am 34 years old. I have a 2.5 year old and a 1.5 year old. I was always on the heavier side all thu school and college. I moved overseas and gradually lost quite a bit of weight. Mostly because I was moving more and it was easier to eat healthy. Stayed pretty trim the first couple years after being married... but because of stress (job related) I started to gain weight again. Then I g... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:48:16 EST SparkPeople noob! hi! <BR> <BR> i'm glad to join everyone! this looks like a fun way to stay motivated while working towards my goals of getting healthier and fit! I have two main reasons I'm doing this: I'm getting married June 2017, and also I want to work my way into joining my local roller derby team. i also have bipolar disorder, which makes community support super important to me. thanks for reading! <BR> <BR> -charm Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:32:29 EST Hey y'all Hey everyone. My name is Courtney. I am a 30 year old nurse practitioner from MS. I have been on SparkPeople for a long time now, but I have been inactive for a while. I am jumping back on, hoping to be successful &amp; stick with it this go around. It really seemed to help last time. <BR> <BR> My plan is to count calories &amp; eat as little processed foods as possible, drink LOTS of water, and exercise 4-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 230. My ultimate goal is 135. I ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:15:13 EST Hi I'm Beth I am 36 and have been on Spark for years. I have lost around 60lbs about 5yrs ago and have gained it all back. I say everyday I am going to start exercising again and watching what I eat and every day I fail. About the only thing I do every day is walk. I do walk on each of my 15 minute breaks I get at work and on my lunch break. But it seems once I get home that's it. I don't even know were to start. I'm one of these people that If I don't see results fast I give up. I have also tri... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:27:56 EST Allow me to introduce myself... Hey y'all! I'm Marie. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for about a week now and just read about this group. I'm starting over my weight loss journey. I fell off for some time now, especially since last summer when I had an ankle injury. <BR> <BR> My original journey started in January 2013 at 290lbs. My summer of 2014, I was down to 225 and then sort of got stuck around there. I was able to maintain 225-230lbs for quite awhile and then when I got engaged in Dec 2014, I let go a little bit, but sti... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:52:43 EST Low Calorie diet Hi all, I started at a boot camp workout center and they supplied me with a meal plan. It is very restrictive; I am to eat the same 5 meals everyday for 4 weeks. I think I can do it but once I added up the total calories it came to about 1038. Is this okay to do? I have message my Dr. to get their input but wanted to get some quick feedback. <BR> Let me know what you think. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:16:35 EST trying again. I am Misty. I am trying to lose weight again since my doctor is adamant about me losing weight (5'1" and 165.1 lbs in jeans, shoes, and a shirt). I work in a fast food joint. I am addicted to food, live an apartment building that has a manager that would make the military blanch with how clean she wants everything to be (yes she wants the apartment look like it is brand spanking 40+ years new). I do stress eat and stress drink pop most of the time. I also live with someone who doesn't kn... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:39:47 EST Hello! Hi everyone! New to the group, but an old hat at SP. I'm used to trying to do everything on my own (as a single mom, I guess that's my MO) but I obviously haven't been very successful with that tactic. So I'm jumping in head first this time and trying a more sociable way. I'm really really going to try! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:29:11 EST MY JOURNEY TO A NEW ME Hi, I am 34 years old and type 1 diabetic. I have tried to diet many times but I get lazy and stop trying. I have decided it is about time I do something about my health. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:02:36 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:30:14 EST Hello Lovelies :) I'm mechel :) Mum to six, foster career, student, wife. I love glam planning, fitness, heath, nutrition, being a mum and Australia (which is where i live)! I currently live in Brisbane, Australia with my Partner(who i refer to as hubby but we aren't married yet,) our six kids, two cats, two dogs! I recently lost 20kg, but its slowly creeping back because i have had a rough last six months. I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder. <BR> <BR> I am here to get support with eating mostly. I se... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:34:52 EST New Here Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I am Laura, I am a 31 year old wife and mother working full time and going to school part time. I gave birth to my son, Connor, in July and really need to get healthy s that I can be there for him and the rest of my family. I was already overweight before getting pregnant and actually lost some weight during pregnancy, but Connor was born early and I lost sight of me weight while attempting to deal with his NICU stay and special needs as a premie and also while dea... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:32:11 EST New to the Team I am motivated to lose about 50-75 pounds. I had the lapband done about 5 years ago and do not have any restriction in my band. I have gained about 20 pounds in the past 3 years and would like to lose that again plus get to my goal weight. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:17:57 EST New here... looking for buddies :) Hello everyone! My name is Chelsey. I am a Canadian living and working overseas. I work full time. My goal is to lose 90 lbs! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:15:54 EST New Here Hello I am new here looking to loose a 100lbs. <BR> Full time office job. <BR> Three kids 19, 17 and 7 Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:12:02 EST Starting over...again I'm 32 years old and ready to make time for me again. I have 3 wonderful kids, am married and have a very demanding career. I'm currently 292lbs....not exactly sure how I got to this point! I used to be an athlete, playing 3 sports a year through high school and college, but once I started having kids, I lost the time for me. <BR> Looking for friends and encouragement as I start this long journey. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 14:08:01 EST Progress Well, I'm thrilled to be joining this team as a statement of progress. I've come a long way in the last 9 months. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:50:36 EST Oops meant to post a bad (edited: 04/04/2016) Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:00:01 EST Full Time Job with two kids and 60 pounds to shed <img src=""> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:43:19 EST Meltdown Challenge (April 1st - June 1st) Who loves the summer <em>67</em> , but in the past has felt their weight has held them back from a lot of summer fun? <em>300</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> This team challenge is to MELT DOWN for summer: <BR> I Challenge everyone to lose a minimum on 10lbs starting April 1st to June 1st <BR> We will all weigh in today (or the day you join the challenge), and you can choose to post your weight, or not. Each time a pound is lost, come back to this th... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:18:39 EST Almost New I've been a member on sparkpeople for awhile, but I've always been too shy to introduce myself on here. I'm at a point where I finally feel like I'm ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and I decided that since I'm making changes to my health, I could also make a change and say 'hi' to everyone :). Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:18:19 EST Starting over, AGAIN....but that's ok :) Hi everyone! I was here on SP a few years ago, and lost about 30 lbs. I never made it to my goal weight, which is what I'm attempting this time around!! I have 50lbs to lose and I'm ready to make the changes I need to be successful. I've always loved how supportive everyone on SP is, and I can't wait to get to know you all so we can help each other on our journey! <BR> <BR> - Brenda Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:09:44 EST Hi! Hey there everyone, I'm Carla. I just rejoined SP after being away for several years. SP added me to this group. Does it matter that I'll only be in my 30's for a few more months? lol <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know some of you and striving together to reach our goals. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:16:17 EST I'm Back! Again! I keep falling off the wagon, then wasting way too much time eating crappy food and not moving. I really want to do it this time. I bought a FitBit and am waiting anxiously for it to arrive. I have 57 to 62 lbs to lose. I need as much support and encouragement as you can send to keep me on track. :) Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:08:22 EST Back at it Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Megan 32 years old mother of 2 ... I've struggled with my weight most of my life... however aside from being pregnant, I'm currently the biggest I've ever been, I'm trying to reestablish healthy habbits and get myself back into a fitness routine... I know I can only do it one day at a time... so here I am today. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:38:50 EST Back on the grind! My name is Celleste. I went from about 321 lbs. to 279 to date. Much is excess water in which i have a hard time keeping off. I have limited my salt and table sugar in take for over five years now. It seems tough getting rid of "gut fat" my skirt size has lowered a great deal and i'm loosing my back fat. upper arms are tightening, but the under arm fat seems like its not going anywhere. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to hook me up with some tips! :) Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:37:56 EST Back and ready to fight Hi, I'm Aleks, 31 and member for 2 years now. I didn't lose (all) the weight but changed my eating and built a habit of working out almost every day. Let's see how the weight loss will work out this time around! <BR> I am not doing it so much to hit a number on the scales as to improve my health, increase my stamina, give myself a better quality of life and make sure I can enjoy every day to the fullest. <BR> I have a few health issues and they do try to interfere, but I won't let them win a... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:35:25 EST Just taking it day by day I did good at the first part of the day and through lunch. When I got home we had leftover easter candy and pancakes. Ouch!! That hurt. I did however manage to stay under my top number on calories, so I am going to look at that as an accomplishment and try to do better today when I got home from work. <BR> <BR> My co-worker did introduce me to Bom Chica Pop for a snack and that is really good and low calories, so I am excited about that. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:22:28 EST 16 Pound Challenge Date: 03/23/16 <BR> Starting Weight: 204.4 <BR> 16 Pound Goal Ending Weight: 188.4 <BR> <BR> I'm excited about this! I just lost 20+ pounds so far this year (I have a lot more to go). Hopefully, this will provide more motivation for me to continue. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:43:52 EST Howdy! I'm Julie I'm Julie, a newbie. Not really looking to get to a certain weight, just want to be able to be active and healthy. 34 in Nashville, TN and working on living healthfully as a counter to stress in my life. Would appreciate support and encouragement. Not sure what else to say. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:28:38 EST New in town Hiya everyone, well it's day 2 of my eating habits change. Day 1 went pretty well, Day 2 has started well, I was really tempted to buy a cookie on my way to work and managed to talk myself out of it. My current strategy is it plan my food the day before and then only eat what a sane and not "I'm so hungry or bored I want to eat" totally irrational me has decided is reasonable to eat. <BR> <BR> I have an old injury with my leg, and I've noticed with my recent weight gain that my leg is much ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:12:01 EST Weekly weigh in down from 243 to 236 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:58:40 EST Weekly weigh in 243 down to 236 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:52:38 EST Newbie Here! Hi! I'm Candice! I joined 3 days ago and I'm super happy to be here! I am 30 (at least until May), I'm a single parent to two girls, two puppies and one very pregnant kitty. I've got at least 70 lbs to lose to reach my weight goal and my target bmi range. I'm 5'7", 235 lbs and am currently wearing a size 16/18 in clothing. Reaching my weight goal is important to me bc being overweight has had a terrible effect on my overall health. I want to be a better role model for my children and others. ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:00:20 EST One goal at a time challenge ***New March 2016**** I think it is time for a new challenge!!! <em>244</em> This challenge is simple. <em>306</em> At the beginning of your day, come here, write down 1 goal for yourself (eg: no pop today, 10mins of activity, or no fast food etc ) Then at the end of the day, come back, find and edit your post with <em>248</em> if you were able to reach your daily goal. <BR> <BR> ** the quickest way to find your post is CTRL F and type in your user name*** <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:06:14 EST newbie, early 30s Hi everyone, I'm new to Sparkpeople. I would really like to begin a living healthier lifestyle. I think the three things that will help me achieve this is a better diet (no fads here!), becoming more active and making some fitness buddies along the way for motivation/inspiration/encouragement/accou<BR>ntability. I'm getting a handle on the first two things, could really use help with the third aspect. Feel free to add me as a friend and together we can encourage each other to realize our pote... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:30:59 EST The Fit Awakens HI Gang! <BR> Just to give you a little background, I got married in October of 2014, changed jobs, changed cities, got pregnant two months later and had a beautiful baby boy in August of 2015! I also gained an extra 50+ pounds. I love being a mom but I don't enjoy the extra weight, not fitting in my clothes and not loving my appearance! Oh...and the extra weight causes me to snore! Ugh! Seriously, it's worse for my Husband. But I digress. My goal is to map my journey to health and take all ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:38:20 EST Here I go again So I've been a SP member for a long time and have had multiple accounts (I think this is #3), I recently turned 30 in Oct and it wasn't as bad as I thought <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not married but I do have a boyfriend who I love very much, my children are my furbabies (which I have 4), and I'm a HUGE gamer. I'm looking to lose about 70 pounds ideally in a perfect world 90 but lets start smaller! The smallest I've been is 160s and I was alot happier there so I would like to get there a... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 03:34:01 EST Can you break a yo-yo cycle? Looking for motivation -- like many others, I have a horrible history of yo-yo weight loss/gain -- up and down up to 50 pounds multiple times in my adult life, I was recently looking of pics of myself at one of my low points (15 years ago, before marriage and kids) and thinking how awesome it would be to get to that point and stay there, or get even lower and stay there (even at that point I was still about 15 pounds overweight.) <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you have been able to brea... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:28:26 EST Hello Hi everyone, I decided to join this team so that I can talk to other people my age who are struggling with weight issues like I am. I am 35 and I'm actually currently pregnant, so I'm not trying to lose much weight right now, I'm just trying to work on eating a healthier diet so that after I have my baby I will be on the right track and can lose all of this extra weight for good. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:09:08 EST Happy Tuesday! Good afternoon!! Today is my first day on SparkPeople and my first day on our company's new Wellness program, Naturally Slim...lots of firsts, so excited to be here! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:41:27 EST I have to make a change Hi everyone! I'm Jenn. Mom to four kids, and three cats. Wife of 14 years. A week ago, I decided I needed some drastic lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> I was having chest pains almost daily. I was plagued by horrible joint pain and fatigue. Then, I stepped on the scale and weighed in at the heaviest I've ever been - 245 pounds. <BR> <BR> I decided then and there, this has to stop now. I'm trying to eliminate white carbs from my diet (bread, pasta, sugar) at least for now. This is on my doctor's... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:47:13 EST Mid-30s, single, no kids... alone. I've read a bunch of the other introductions, and I feel a bit out of place. Most people seem to be married with kids already. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely glad to have found this group of people who have the same approximate weight loss goal. (In the general chat it's disheartening to read "I just can't get from 110 pounds to 105 pounds... I need to fit in these size 2 jeans.") <BR> <BR> I'm in my mid-30s, live alone, fight my own willpower, and am here for the 2nd time. The first tim... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:20:38 EST new girl Hi. My name is Bethany. I am new to this site and looking everything over and trying to see how it works. Seems a little confusing. Anyway, I'm 31 and feel like I am at a crossroads in my life. I really want to get healthy and fit but it has always been a difficult thing for me and I always fall off the wagon so to speak after like a week. I am trying to remain realistic and not burn myself out by going overboard like I always do. I am hoping that I can finally commit to it this time and I'm ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:03:11 EST Gna give this another shot Hi, I am a married mom of 2 (one autistic), have struggled with weight issues for diabetes absolutely sucks. Trying to get that under control and would like to find some support here. Look forward to meeting y'all. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:07:32 EST Bouncing Back HI guys, I am not new to the Sparks scene. A few years back I went from 210lbs to 145 lbs in 6 months thanks to logging in exercise and food on here and doing 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. Well.... time, life, kids (a million other reasons), I am back up to 199lbs. I am 38 and needing to rid this 60lbs for GOOD! I had a hysterectomy 3 months ago and the weight is piling on. I have been back active on this site each day as well as I am a Beach Body Coach....already in 2 weeks doing 21 Da... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:30:30 EST Trying to get back to me.... Hi I am a 32F and for the past three years I have let myself "go". I have always been on the heavier side my whole life , but I was involved in sports so it never really got bad. Had my daughter and stayed in an emotional roller coaster of a relationship for 6 years, which didn't help . Got out of it and got comfortable in a relationship and gained some weight. Got put on a medication that caused me to gain some weight also. This year I will be turning 33 and I want to start this year of my ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:19:17 EST Brand New to All this Hello everyone! I am brand new to the team aspect of losing weight but I thought I would give it a try. I am 35 and have a 1 year old daughter. She is my reason for deciding to make better choices. The last thing I want to do is teach her bad habits by example. I have never been small but was always so active that I could eat whatever I wanted. Then after I got pregnant I was put on bed rest half way through. So, on top of the bad eating habits I had I now wasn't able to get up very m... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:44:11 EST first day! hi all! <BR> today is my first day here. i read great reviews on how supportive and helpful everyone is here and just had to join. :) ive got about 85 lbs to drop. i can take any and all the help i can get. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:56:07 EST Hi, All! Hi, everyone! New to the team with about 50 pounds to lose. This is my second spark journey (first one was about seven years ago), and I'm so excited to be back. Hoping to feel a little more like myself and be more comfortable in my skin come summertime. Look forward to cheering you guys on! Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:13:14 EST 100 lbs to lose this year! Hi everyone! I started losing weight at the beginning of the year. I actually joined this website a few years ago but never actually followed through with anything, but this time is definitely different. I started this year as the heaviest I have EVER been, but I'm going to end the year by getting to my goal weight. I'll need lots of support and good vibes which is why I'm hoping this site will cheer me along my journey. <BR> <BR> I'm using weight watchers, which is really helping me fi... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 15:09:57 EST Unhealthy family... any advice? I was a working mom up until exactly one week ago. Then I was hospitalized, and was released from the hospital yesterday. I am now a SAHM since I quit my job, and I just realized how horribly we have been eating. How did I just realize this? I mean, I buy fruit and veggies, and we barely ever eat out. But, we snack a lot, I cook a lot of rice, pastas and sandwiches because it's fast and easy after a long and tiring workday; and if we do eat out or order pizza, I don't portion control any... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:24:33 EST New lifestyle! Hi gang. I just rejoined SparkPeople after a long hiatus. This is my first day back at it, and so far I feel pretty good. However, here is my dreaded beginning number, recorded last night: <BR> <BR> 2/15/16: 240 <BR> <BR> There it is. I'm not doing an "ultimate goal" weight yet because really, my ultimate goal is to be healthy and happy, and I'm afraid setting a particular number right away might discourage me. I'm starting with this: I want to lose 40 pounds by June 16. I will weigh in eve... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:48:50 EST Coming back to SP I use to be very active on here, tried to come back before but it was hard since most of the friends I made on here are no longer on here. I went through 8 shoulder surgeries and got off track with all my favorite activities being taken away. I've been back on track over a month now and looking to meet some new people that are active on here :) <BR> <BR> My name is Amy and I live in Tucson, AZ am married with to kids in High School Living at home. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:01:31 EST Hello! I'm a 31 year old woman who is so tired of being unhealthy, so for my birthday I've decided to give myself the gift of healthy living. I can't wait to meet all of you and to see all of us reach all of our goals! <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:45:49 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, I joined Sparkpeople last night. I really need some motivation to keep me going and on track. I've tried many different things, nothing seems to work. I exercise regularly, so trying to work on the nutritional side. We just moved to a new state, so I feel like 2016 is my year, and I'm going to conquer this! <BR> <BR> Kelly Mon, 15 Feb 2016 07:43:32 EST New to the group Hello everyone, I am new to this group. My name is Candice and I have been working on losing weight, but I wanted to try Sparkpeople to meet others that are wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:00:55 EST Hello Sparkers! I'm ready to start again. I'm 38 and glad to be here. I was on Spark a few years ago and managed to lose 50+ lbs. I felt great and even ran a couple half marathons. Then I started to get complacent and didn't log in to Spark regularly because I was a "success story." I started graduate school and stopped exercising regularly. I found it was too easy to fall back into old habits, and here I am again obese and winded after climbing 1 flight of stairs. I've logged into SP a couple of times over ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:44:37 EST Here's the journey so far. Goal weight : 175 lbs <BR> Current weight : 228.6 lbs (Feb-7) <BR> Previous weigh-ins : <BR> - 231.4 lbs (Feb-1) <BR> Starting weight : 233 lbs (Jan-24) Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:42:41 EST hopeless Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 05:58:57 EST hopeless Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 02:06:44 EST Hey There I am facing a CPAP machine and I really don't want to do that. I have been putting off losing weight for far too long, it is time I committed to it. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:29:43 EST update Current weight: 259.4 <BR> GOAL:245.2 <BR> Current activity: Fitbit 10k/day goal, heading to gym at least 3 times a week <BR> Current eating strategy: low carb/high protein MORE VEGGIES DAILY <BR> Goal date: April 2, 2016 <BR> Activity goal: run 5k by goal date 4-2-16 Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:08:47 EST New Here Hi guys. I've been around Sparkpeople for quite a while but was also inactive for quite a while. I restarted on my weight loss journey on January 9th with a starting weight of 275.5 and am ending January with a weight of 261.3. I am so proud of myself for losing weight while dealing with the stress of work and family. I have an amazing supportive husband who is on this journey with me and is willing to do what he can to help motivate me to lose weight. I know the maximum weight for my height... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:51:08 EST New-B Hi-- I tried this before but didn't stick with it. I am overweight and have been for years. I work out--- lost 40 pounds. But, I can not seem to lose any more I feel as though I am in a rut. Any advice? Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:48:52 EST Hello team! I have attempted to start a nice routine with SparkPeople several times throughout the years but haven't stuck to it. I took some time to really think about about things and have decided that I am ready to start this journey again. I look forward to improving myself and having the support of others on similar journeys! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:29:39 EST Hi there. Hey all, I've been a member of spark for a good while now. But I failed to follow up on a lot of things therefor never met my goals. This time I'm hoping to be more involved and dedicated so that I can meet my fitness and health goals. With everyone's help I'm sure I'll be able to do just that. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support. :) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:35:20 EST Back at it again! This is my second time on Sparkpeople. I have a 2 year old daughter and I'm ready to get this going so I can be healthy and happy for her! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:28:20 EST I'm new here I'm mindi and I am new here I joined this because I have been sick a very long time and I hope it helps me improve at least a little bit <BR> I'd like to at least lose the 50 pounds I found over the last year Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:23:36 EST Meal Planning - Variety/ Monotony best for success Hi Team! <BR> <BR> After reviewing the results of this week's tracking, I realize that I need to put more thought into planning my meals in advance. I like to cook some meals in advance and usually by the end of the week I rebel. <BR> <BR> Do you guys find it helpful to eat the same thing for the most part (like eating the same breakfast every weekday) to stay consistent and on point? Or do you shake it up often? <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:08:16 EST Let's give this a go again! Hello everyone. I'm new to this team, and a returning sparker. I'm a bit older than I was the last time I did this. This puts me into my 30s now, and on a new team of peers. I'm 33 and I am at the heaviest I've ever been in my life. My metabolism greatly slowed down and my eating habits got worse after that once I turned 30. I look forward to chatting with the people in this group and sharing our weight loss journeys with each other! Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:01:29 EST Howdy! Here's my intro Hey everyone. I'm Junie and I have 99 pounds to lose. Since I have started losing weight I have lost 20 pounds. I am happily married and have a daughter who is almost 6 months old. She was a wonderful surprise as we were not suppose to be able to have children. I also have 2 furbabies. I am more serious about changing my lifestyle then I have ever been. I don't want to pass these bad habits on to my daughter. Since I have made this decision I haven't looked back. I recently quit drinking po... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:39:27 EST Challenge Accepted! Hi there - I am very excited to be a part of this challenge! <BR> ...I don't know my current weight right now, but I will enter it in when I get a chance to weigh myself... <BR> Wahoo! I'm ready to work hard! <BR> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:01:37 EST Morning, I'm new! Hello there! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, and just thought I'd pop in to say hello. <BR> <BR> I'm Mina. I'm 35, newly married, and seeking to reclaim my health!! <BR> <BR> Really looking forward to learning about this site, and tracking my progress. :D Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:31:45 EST Hello! Happy to be a part of the team! Finished my dissertation and moved and now I need to make MYSELF a priority! Looking forward to transforming with all of you! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:27:29 EST Introducing myself! Hi everyone! Again, thank you for the add (: Today is day number one and I'm excited. Seeing the number on the scale this morning really got me motivated. In addition to getting healthy. I have quit smoking. Hoping I can keep all my ducks in a row and those little guys don't go wandering off!! Lol. Anyone have any advice? More information about the group? I've used Spark before for tracking, but never blogged or participated. Are there rules? <em>249</em> <em>524</em> <em>160</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:57:24 EST 16 in 2016 I'm in! 250 as of 1/16/16! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 16:31:36 EST let's do this! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! 15th Jan 86.5 kg >> December 2016 78.5kg. Let Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:33:52 EST team work Hey everyone! My name's Julie I'm from Missouri. I've struggled with my weight for years. I've finally got my husband on the band wagon. We've been married 5 years and both of us have put on at least 30 lbs since getting married. We've just started eating healthier. I've not started exercising yet. I prefer to walk outside vs our treadmill. I don't have the attention span and get bored. I'm really looking for exercises to lose weight off of my legs (thighs &amp; knee area). Does any... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:11:37 EST Newbie with questions Hello Spark People! <BR> I just joined this group a couple of days ago. I'm female, 34, and have recently reached a significant number of #'s lost. I'm cold a lot unless I'm actively doing something and then I'm sweating. I guess I'm confused because I thought losing weight would help increase the blood flow and circulation to stay warm and comfortable. My second concern is more of a psychological question but even after looking on Dr. Google, I didn't find a satisfying response. Why are peop... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:56:06 EST Introducing: ME!!! Good Morning! Long-timer lurker, first time poster :). <BR> I'm a teacher, wife, and mother of a two year old. I lost a bunch of weight way back in 2010 but marriage and having a child changed my body and my lifestyle and I wound up going back to my old habits and gaining back all 50 pounds that I had lost. <BR> So here I am, struggling to lose those 50 pounds and more, again. I need to get myself healthy again before we give it a go for #2! Looking forward to getting to know you all! <... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:04:19 EST HI Hi I have just joined and really hoping that this year I will finally lose the excess 70 pounds that I am carrying around <em>30</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:14:13 EST Newbie here.... Hello all! So after being on this site off and on for a few years, I'm actually going to use a lot of it, instead of just the recipes. <BR> As many other women, baby fat is difficult to lose. I'll be turning 40 in six months and trying to get a few sizes smaller. <BR> I'm going a different route than others on here though. I'm trying for the low-carb thing. This is a life style change, not just a 6 month diet. I have a stupid auto immune disease and am unable to exercise, so I need to chang... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:58:04 EST Hello! Hi! I am a long time yo-yo SparkPeople user. I successfully used Spark after the birth of my son in 2009 to lose the baby weight. I did and was the lowest weight I've been since college, yeah me! Then I stopped. I would hop on for a few months here and there, but at the end of the day I was committed and did not see the results. I found myself at a very unhealthy and wake-up moment in August 2015. I have been regularly Sparking since and am looking for motivation from others and hope t... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:16:31 EST Here I am! I am a 32 year old mother of two who is ready to do it RIGHT! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:44:14 EST I'm in I'm in 1/12/16, 233/215 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:59:10 EST ***** LOSE 16 IN 2016 CHALLANG ******** <em>213</em> Team!! <BR> <BR> Not sure how many of us were able to keep up the "New Year's Resolution" momentum, so I wanted to make a challenge to help us stay or get back on track. <BR> <BR> I challenge YOU to lose 16lbs this year. This amount may seem too small or too much depending how you look at it. But I think it is very "do"able <BR> <BR> So be sure to check in often and update how your doing and feeling. <BR> <BR> If you accept the challenge then put your name today's ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:47:38 EST Happy New Year! Starting up again - I've had some wonderful success in my life - and it frustrates me to see myself weigher more than I ever have, and my fitness so much lower than I expected (I used to play roller derby, and got into running for awhile after I retired). <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to let my significant backslide get me down,and instead motivate me to surpass what I've been able to do in the past. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:48:07 EST Buddy anyone? I need someone to be an accountability email buddy for me. In turn I will offer support and cheers and hold you accountable during your journey. Please SparkMail me if you'd like to be my buddy. I know it helped me out a lot to have buddies last time and.... I lost 97lbs that time! So, how about it? Let's help each other reach our goals and to lose this weight! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 02:47:29 EST Hi y'all new today Hey every one I just came back today been awhile and I must say already loving it so with that said <BR> 1/6/16 186.4 Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:37:49 EST Newly Diagnosed Hello everyone. I'm Jessica, from Louisiana, live on the Mississippi gulf coast. 37 years old. <BR> I got diagnosed with Diabetes on 12/29/15. The diagnosis came along with a few additional pills to join my regiment of meds that treat my heart problems. (Acute Sinus Tachycardia, Resting heart rate 165+ without meds). <BR> <BR> So, I am trying not to get depressed and just take this new diagnosis head on. I am trying to use it as motivation to get my health back in line and also to be able ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 02:20:11 EST Determined to make a change! Hello all! <BR> I joined about a week ago- this is my second time on SparkPeople. I have yo-yo'd with my weight for years and am now committing to make a healthy lifestyle change so that the yo-yoing stops. I have two young boys, 2 and 4, and I want to have more energy for them. I also want to have more energy for me, but my biggest push is being a good role model for them, which includes having a healthy relationship with food (which is unfortunately very hard for me). <BR> <BR> I have 90 ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:57:43 EST Hello looking to lose weight this year and need all of the support that I can get :) Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:56:02 EST Ready to find some adventure My name is BattleofEndor, and I've got nearly 100 pounds to lose. I set myself the goal of accomplishing it in 18 months. Around the time the next Star Wars movie comes out. <BR> <BR> I don't know what it was about sitting in the dark theater watching the characters on screen kick ass and go on space adventures that made me feel so painfully how limited I was by my complacency, and my weight, but something in it all hit my hard, and I've decided I have to take action before I'm that bloated ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:29:05 EST Early Early Morning Workouts With my current schedule, the only time I have to get in longer workouts is early in the morning (4:30am). I enjoy mornings, and am awake at that time anyway...I just can't seem to make myself exercise then! Anyone else work out early? Have any tips? Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:03:25 EST Living in the beauty of Each day!! Hi. My name is Ranaa. I am from the lovely twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago(I sound like I'm in a pageant lol). I always tell people that I love to exercise, however I lost my motivation along the way and I felt stuck and in a rot. 2015 was the year of the detox for me. I got rid of toxic people, situations, jobs etc. I must say that I feel fresh as a daisy now. Time to continue building myself up now. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 85 pounds!! 60 of those pounds MUST leave me this yea... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:37:49 EST Day One Number 1,000 Hey group! 31 year old single mommy of four young ladies. Originally from Trinidad but I now call Baltimore my home. I am currently 229.3 pounds as of this morning and looking to drop ideally 80 pounds. Look forward to meeting new people with similar goals! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:12:58 EST Starting a healthier me Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Tammy.36,preschooler teacher,newly married and needing to drop 88lbs.I've always struggled with my weight and Fibromyalgia has hinder the process for the last 19 years.Determined to over come both struggles.Looking forward to making friends and helping others along their journey while learning to navigate my own Sat, 26 Dec 2015 23:36:50 EST It's a start to a new finish line Hello <BR> I'm a young woman who is tired of having his arms shaky, her hips with greasy attitude and tiredness way too present. <BR> <BR> I take control of my body in 2016 and not vice versa. My mantra for the coming year: <BR> You are beautiful! You are good! You are capable! <BR> <BR> As i'm a francophone, I will improve my English at the same time loll <BR> <BR> It'll make me happy to encourage you on the path to weight loss :) <BR> <BR> See you! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:25:55 EST NEWBIE Hi, My name is Heather. I am trying something new to lose weight Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:20:48 EST Hi, I'm Caroline. I was in denial a long time.... I am Caroline. I, for a long time, reasoned with myself that because I occasionally run, go to the gym, hike, and generally love the outdoors, I was somehow exempt from needing to lose weight. "I am just built this way", "I can run farther and longer than you", "Just because I am not a size 2 does not mean I am fat".... These are phrases I would commonly think to myself to stay comfortably tucked away in my denial. ...The reality is that I am overweight. I need to lose over 50 lbs. This... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:56:02 EST Complete Newbie - Support Needed! Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Complete newbie here in need of online support. <BR> <BR> I have always been on the heavy side, but this year, specifically, has been the worst. I lost two very close friends in a car accident, and have been dealing with chronic pain in my back from an older injury. I spent the majority of the year being sedentary and depressed: a recipe for health disaster! I gained 40 lbs, putting my goal weight loss at: <BR> <BR> 90 lbs. <BR> <BR> It's so daunting a number, ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:43:19 EST Hi All Hi. I just joined Spark People today. I have about 65 pounds to lose. I've thought about joining for awhile but finally made the leap today. I look forward to my new journey. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:19:39 EST 70 lbs to lose Hello! I have been part of the group for awhile but I haven't logged on in forever so I am basically new again. I am a mom of 4 and I have anxiety and depression. I lack serious motivation but I reallly need to lose this weight. I need a structured workout plan but I also get bored easily. Also when those depressed feelings come a knockin' it's hard to want to do anything. I need some help and someone to help me keep on track. (not my husband. He's too critical.) I have the following... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:41:46 EST 60 lbs to lose I have struggled with my weight since having my sons, and worse since having my youngest 2+ years ago. In the last 2 years I have gotten divorced, been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and after getting on the scale today realized that I am the highest that I have been since after giving birth to my kids. I am getting remarried in 2017 and I am tired of feeling this way about myself, of feeling like I look like stuffed sausage in my clothes, and hating every picture I take of myself. So... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:38:46 EST Here I am! Having made a major move in the last year - I find myself putting weight back on (that I had gotten rid of a few years ago - SO frustrated!) I cannot believe I'm where I am now and trying hard not to feel discouraged. I keep telling myself that I've lost it once - I can do it again (but I was seeing a nutritionist last time). I am doubting I can do this alone which is why I'm here. <BR> <BR> I finally stepped on the scale this past week to see I had gained 30lbs this past year. I know wh... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:17:37 EST NEW! 63 lbs to lose! Hey everyone! I am Echo. I'm 32, married, and the mother to 3 hyper little boys. I just joined today after being diagnosed with stage 2 hypertension. Guess the doctors don't like when someone's blood pressure hits 170/114... Oops. Anyways, I have a goal to lower and maintain my blood pressure through healthy eating, exercise, and my HBP medication. I was also advised to lose 50+ lbs... how great. <BR> <BR> I want to be around to watch my children grow into amazing men so today is the day I ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:51:12 EST How do you guys do on LinkedIn? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I'm new to LinkedIn and just got my stuff going on it. I really want to do it as best as possible and waited a while to start because i saw a lot of people just treating it like facebook and adding people they happened to know. Seriously--some of the people who contacted me I hadn't spoken to face-to-face in several years and i barely remembered them, but we were still on facebook together so why not? Heck, i don't recall reading many of their posts either. <BR> <BR> But... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:32:13 EST Help! How do I keep my goals/in tentions in mind? I just started yesterday and, to be honest, I'm pretty disappointed with how the day turned out. I started one of those Before-During-After journals, which helped me not eat leftover pasta. However, then I went to work for my night shift (I'm a nurse), and I completely forgot that I'm supposed to be monitoring my eating. It's Christmas time, so patients and their families are bringing in chocolates and sweets by the truckload. <BR> <BR> I feel like I could have and would have avoided the t... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 11:34:01 EST Tired of the yo-yo Hi, everybody. I'm a mid-thirties nurse with about 80 lbs to lose. I've had great success on programs before, but always go back to the uncontrolled eating and sedentary lifestyle, usually gradually and then it gets out of hand. And, boy, is it out of hand! I've been eating the worst foods and spending a lot of time in front of the TV, bored out of my mind. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to connect with people on this site who can help me stay motivated and on track, because I'm so tired of my unheal... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 06:43:05 EST Hi, help please! Hi, <BR> i'm not new to Sparkpeople, this is my 3rd or 4th time really, i'm a yoyo dieter, emotional eater, with on/off eating disorder. <BR> The reason I joined or rejoined today, is because the weight and size i'm at today is totally a new record, I never thought I would ever reach that number :( I found myself researching surgery options and seriously considering it! <BR> <BR> My marriage of 9 years is going through a tough time, mostly because how I feel about myself, my husband never c... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 14:27:08 EST Afternoon snacking I have been really good all day about my eating and now I am sitting here at my desk and I am starting to get hungry again. I did the whole drink water to make sure that it isn't just me being thirsty and not hungry. I waited out the 15 minutes and still hungry. I don't want to ruin all of the amazing progress I am making with my new life change. I have 783 to 1133 calories left for the day and I am worried that if i have a snack that it will not leave me enough calories for dinner. Plea... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 17:52:31 EST Just rejoined Spark with 70+ lbs to loose! I am here to move BEYONDTHEFENCES that have been holding me back! It is past the time to take control of my own life, to break free from what others want from me and to follow my own dreams to make a life I can look back some day and be happy with. <BR> <BR> We all have a lot of reasons for wanting to loose weight, get healthy, be in better shape. For me... <BR> <BR> # 1 - I am miserable!!! Physically I feel terrible, my body hurts, I feel sick and exhausted all the time, I am uncomfortab... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:45:06 EST Good Afternoon! Hello Fellow Sparkers! I am stepping out of my comfort zone to look for support, friendship, and motivation. I have been "trying" to lose weight for a very long time. I have had some success but plenty more "not-so-much-success". I have reached the heaviest weight and I want it to stop. I know the plan and have the tools, I just need the motivation and tenacity to keep up the work. Looking forward (rather nervously) to meet you all. I went from an "always moving, on the go" position at work ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:25:34 EST How do you all deal? I am struggling with mentally catching up to my physical changes. I am grateful to notice wonderful changes on a daily basis and so glad to be on my way to where I feel healthiest. However, I am definitely in a transition stage: it feels like my body isn't mine and it is hard adjusting to it all. Just like my clothes are too big and don't fit right, my body no long feels like it 'fits' right and it is so weird. Can anybody relate and if so, how do you deal with it? Mon, 30 Nov 2015 02:01:20 EST starting my first week Hi everyone. My name is Meg. I am a mom of 2. I weigh 210. I hope to lose 60 pounds. I want eating healthier and exercising to become part of my routine. I am motivated by spark people and excited to start this journey. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:16:18 EST Hey Y'all Hi, <BR> My name is Sarah and I am a mother of 3 with my youngest five months old. During my last pregnancy I developed a very large hernia. In order for me to have surgery to get it repaired I have to lose 50 - 100 pounds. I have developed hypertension, depression, GERD, anxiety,and pre-diabetes. My health has just gotten out of control and I need to get a grasp on it. With the help of sparkpeople and my doctors I really hope to meet my goals and get my health back in check. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:33:08 EST politeness, gratitude, annoyance...a conundrum... Hey. <BR> <BR> Wrote a long blog post about the whole situation. Any help on this from some of you guys would be great. I honestly have no clue what I'm supposed to think or feel about this week's situation and I don't want to go back to work Sunday all frazzled about it. <BR> <BR> Here's the link--sorry so long, I was trying to get thorough enough for context to be clear and my reactions: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038740 </link> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:58:10 EST Hello Everybody I am new to all of this: technology, paying attention to fitness and what I eat, interacting with others. I am a loner who prefers books to socializing, so this is difficult for me. I recently moved and am in a transition mode, so while I am stepping outside of my box, I might as well make it worth it. I am serious about making major changes in my life and am in a very different life stage that my friends and family, so I need to begin reaching out to those who are in similar situations or mo... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:54:48 EST hi everyone! I want to introduce myself. my name is Shannon and I'm a 34 yo mother of 2 ages 15 and 13. <BR> I am on here to get back to a healthy weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. and upon weigh in this morning, I'm down 5 ilb! <em>521</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:12:35 EST hello My name is Tracy. I need to get serious about losing weight, I never stick long term to it. I need to loose 95lbs. I also have the concern because my 12 year old gained some and she needs to loose it. Figured if I am eating healthier and exercising, she will join in. <BR> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:17:26 EST hi My name is Bonnie, I am turning 35 next month. I am married and have four boys (14, 10, 7, and 3 years old). I work part-time as a substitute teacher. <BR> <BR> I have been on actively on spark for 7 years since 2008 (with the exception of one year). I lost 70 lbs back in 2009-2011. When was pregnant with my youngest I gained a lot of weight which put me close to gaining back all the weight I lost. It has been a lot harder to lose this time around too. I finally started losing again in Dec... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:34:18 EST Q for the ladies--hairy situation... Hey howdy there, <BR> <BR> I really need some advice on facial hair (yeah, that thing we as a gender don't have according to the outside world). I have tried so hard to get rid of it and hide it and it won't stop growing. The problem is my hair is thick and dark under my chin and lips, and under my chin it grows in funky ways. it looks like I'm a teenage boy who's not quite at the point they can shave yet but has stubble. <BR> <BR> Its disgusting and the one thing I want to change more than... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:44:04 EST 30th bday in 18 weeks Hi!!! So, technically, I'm not in my 30's yet, but it's around the corner so I thought this might be a good place to make friends. I live in Missouri. I am single/ no kids. I have already lost 16 pounds and I have a TOTAL weight loss goal of 90, so 74 pounds left. I have made a goal to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. I am using Power 90 for my cardio and some SP videos for my strength training. My goal is to work out 6 days per week. I've been sitting on the side of the road for the last ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:39:20 EST Well, I'm Here My doctor requested I try this. I've tried this before a couple of times. My biggest issue is that nothing ever works for me for more than 20 lbs. After 20 lbs I've always gained the weight back, plus more, while still on the healthy eating & exercise plan. <BR> <BR> And now, I cannot have fresh fruits or raw vegetables due to dietary restrictions from abdominal surgery this summer, so that makes it even more difficult to figure out exactly how this is supposed to work. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:19:26 EST Always starting over Hello I am a longtime weight loss person (and gain) just looking into starting again... I will write more in the near future. I am waiting for results from testing on my bowels and such before i can change my eating habits (colonoscopy). but i gotta get my mind around it all again :) Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:04:03 EST Love Autumn Calabrese or Sagi Kalev? Autumn has teamed up with Sagi Kalev and created a brand new program called "The Masters Hammer and Chisel." It is going to be released in December. <BR> <BR> If you want more info and updates about the workout go to and make a free profile or let me know you are interested and I can add you on Facebook! <BR> <BR> Some of the things I know about the program are: <BR> <BR> It is a 2 month program <BR> It will have 14 workouts <BR> They are including cardi... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:25:51 EST Newbie from Opotiki, New Zealand Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie to SP, hoping this is the key to staying motivated so I can reach my weight loss goals for the long term. Slowly finding my way around the site. Good luck to you all :) Thu, 5 Nov 2015 03:16:19 EST Hi from rainy NC I have 99 pounds to lose, and I'm trying to start a healthy lifestyle for the umpteenth time now. I also start a new job tomorrow (which I'm excited about). I'm also hoping that leaving my stressful job behind will help. There are a lot of things in my life I need to change, so I'm working on it, and trying my best. Hope to find a "buddy" or "pen pal" that I can communicate with. Hope you all have a good week. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 22:30:40 EST New to the team Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Jen and I have been a member of Sparkpeople for about 4 years, not actively and I am trying to change that. I weighed in today after a few months and had to face the fact that I am the heaviest I have ever been. I do not feel good about myself and need to do something about it. My long term goal is to lose about 80 pounds, the short term is start a new habit every week and lose 6-8 pounds a month along the way. My biggest hurdle is the way I eat, it's anything... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:19:32 EST I am in need Hello all, I too have been here for years. I am in desperate need of a buddy. All my old ones have seemed to disappear. or I can't find them anymore. any which way, Someone whom will be in contact daily to keep me accountable. I am not good enough on my own! I have the app that would be better or whatever way you want. let me know! thanks April Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:02:28 EST Hi y'all I'm back. I just had my last baby in June and then 19 days after I was in a bad car accident. I need to lose 55 lbs by May 31st. I am known to cheat myself by not documenting everything I eat. I am going at it full force and making a healthy change for myself and my children. Starting photo and I even have a baby strapped to me! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:30:27 EST Hello I'm working on myself. I've spent the past 10 years taking care of kids, hubby, household. All the while my personal care has somewhat dwindled inch my inch. <BR> <BR> After having chronic fatigue for as long as I can remember (at least two years) and having perfect blood work and no elevated issues that seems to trigger any concern with my dr., I'm taking this healthy lifestyle approach even more serious. Wouldn't it be nice if there was something wrong? Then a pill can fix everything! Not ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:22:02 EST wantin to live out the rest of my life on purpose I am inspired bc I lost 40 lbs over past year without much effort so now I believe that actually trying to get healthy while loosin the last 60, I will learn how to stay healthy and keep d weight off Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:48:45 EST New to the team but not new to spark people Hi all! <BR> I've been a member on and off spark people a couple of years. Mostly life has gotten in the way, or I've just been too busy with stuff to deal with the important bits. <BR> <BR> Now I've decided to use my mid life crisis (not that I really have one, but still) to something useful. I also have a gym just across from work, and am participating in a weighloss program there too. With that program I've already lost about 10 kgs. :) <BR> <BR> I've been finding I'm self sabotaging ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:26:53 EST Motivation & Accountability Hello! I need to get serious and start moving the scale in the opposite direction. Thought some friendly faces would help! Look forward to meeting everyone. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:39:35 EST Hi all I am Laurie Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am here to shed this weight. Not to look better and not because anyone has told me I need to. But for me. I need to feel better. I need to get off my couch and outside. I have 2 daughters that are 13 (going on 40) and 9. I am a single mother and work a more than full time job. My hours a week go from 40 to 60. So for me it is the meal prep and exercise time without feeling like the worst mom ever for leaving the kids to go to the gym. How do I get past that? ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:30:31 EST Im at it again :) Hi yall... My name is Melissa. I'm a full time mommy and part-time partner in my husbands ac business. I have about 70 lbs to lose ( more would be awesome). i was active on spark sometime ago but due to my mom's failing health ( associated with small cell lung cancer) in 2013 i fell off the wagon. Now I'm back and have begun working on myself a little bit at a time :) <em>521</em> <em>520</em> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:14:33 EST Full-time job, family, 2 kids - and 60+lbs to lose I was active on SparkPeople a long time ago, but I'm back now - trying to lose a ton of weight (not too fast!) and get myself to a much healthier place. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:04:40 EST Starting again I am 36yo married with 2 wonderful kids. I need to get back on track and loose weight to be healthy for my family Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:42:19 EST Wife & Mom of 4. My name is Heather. I've been married to my husband for 7 1/2 years. I have a son from a previous relationship and 3 children with my husband. Ages 9,6,5 & 3..Two boys & Two girls. Over the years my weight has gone up and down. I was doing really good for a while. I had a knee injury last year and was down for a few months with surgery. I am wanting to lose 50-60 lbs. 6 sets of steps use to be a piece of cake for me,Now when i go to the dr's and take the stairs i feel winded. Also I want to l... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 19:36:26 EST Wife, Mom of 2 boys need to lose 90 lbs. I'm new to this team.. <BR> <BR> I am tired of being a fat wife, a fat mom.. I am tired of eating in darkness, in hiding.. I am looking for an email buddy, someone to hold me accountable.. Someone I can be honest with daily.. <BR> <BR> I broke my leg 9 months ago.. The process has been very slow.. I haven't been to the gym in 1 year. I need to just get some motivation, a spark under my tail. <BR> <BR> My email is <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading.. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:19:04 EST Weekly Weigh In This is my first week on Spark. My starting weight is 180.8 and I weigh in on Mondays. <BR> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:18:23 EST New to the Team My name is Dana, but I go by the nickname Kymoree. I am very much a nerd...I am into Face Off (Syfy), Dr Who, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Miss Fishers Mysteries, etc....I am really into Halloween. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose fifty pounds, but most importantly to have a well rounded healthy life. Looking for a buddy to lose weight with. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:16:17 EST Jenni My name is Jennifer and I had a gastric sleeve on 9/9/15, the day I started my clear liquid diet I was 265, day of surgery I was 255, now im 240 lbs and its been almost 4 weeks, I been eating soft fish, chilli, yogurt, grits, and mash potatoes, I hate the protein shakes but I drink 4 ounces of one every meal. I feel like I should be losing more weight but for 2 weeks my weight been at a stand still, am I doing something wrong because I but in some exercise about 4 times a week, not to mention... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:18:28 EST Trying to get back to a size 12 :) Hi, I am 35 married with 4 kids, two live with and two live elsewhere. They are now all over the age of 10 which gives me more time to concentrate on my needs. So, I am trying to get back to a size 12 which is where I am happiest. I have been smaller and right now I am bigger. Hopefully I will stick to this. I am really trying to change my lifestyle so that working out and eating healthy are natural throughout my day. Hope you all are having a great day! Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:10:45 EST New Kid Hi. I'm Cassie. I just joined SP today. I'm 30 and I have 59 pounds to lose, but my biggest goal is to eat better and become more active with my family. My family and I recently moved to Washington state from Colorado, and I figured what better time to make a change! Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:30:33 EST 30 and ready for a change Hello all, <BR> I must say that this is new for me. Most of my weight loss attempts have been alone or with family. <BR> So to start, I have been struggling with my wieght my entire life. My family is a string of Obess people, all of whom love food, myself included. I have my wedding coming up in June and it is time for a change. Of all the silly things, I want to feel beautiful and slim on my wedding day. <BR> I picked up my wedding dress a few weeks ago and they wanted me to try it on to ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:15:23 EST Breast reduction surgery Hi, everybody! <BR> <BR> In addition to losing weight, I'm also planning to get breast reduction surgery. I currently have Medicaid, and I wonder if it pays off if you can prove that you need it for health reasons. Behlor Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:06:09 EST I've graduated to needing to lose less than 100lbs I joined this team after I saw that a sparkfriend had posted to "Monopoly Challenge". I was intrigued, so I followed the link and here I am. <BR> <BR> I am 38 and started my journey at 295lbs. I am down to about 220 so I've graduated to your group. I belong to the 30 something 100lb plus group but haven't been all that active lately. There used to be some good challenges but they have changed and I never got into them. I am happy to see what this group has to offer. <BR> <BR> I'm als... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:02:30 EST New to the group Hi! <BR> I'm new here, just wanted to post and introduce myself. My name is Ginger. I'm a mom of 2 girls. I've recently recommitted myself to working out on a normal basis and eating better. <BR> Looking forward to working towards my goal along with encouragement. 😊 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:31:40 EST I'm 35 and tired of being fat!!! Hi, <BR> <BR> Just a brief introduction. I'm a 35-year old African-American woman rebuilding my life. I grew up in a highly dysfunctional family, which led me to serious emotional problems as a teenager, and a 20+ year regimen of psych drugs. Haldol, Thorazine, Depakote, Lithium -- you name it, I took it. The drugs led to my weight going up and down, mostly up. At 5'7", I'm currently 210 pounds, a size 12, and I want to do better. I want to slim down to a normal BMI, between 135 and 145 poun... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:28:46 EST