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 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 question for acid-reflux peoples. ..newbie help. Hey howdy. went to get my migraine and other issues checked out (I hoped my stomach probs weren't related, but the fact that all this stuff was piling up recently with severe headaches that finally went to migraine freaked me out). turns out my inner researcher just lumped it all together. intermittent migraines with a low level of acid reflux. I'm gonna be taking nexium for the next month to regulate my acid and calm it down. <BR> <BR> But in the meantime, I need to get to eating low-acid s... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:08:54 EST Trying again Hi! I'm not new but I've just been gone and giving this another try. After 3 kids in 5 years I'm finally not pregnant or nursing and really want to loose the weight. I've been watching my calorie intake (keeping to 1200-1500 per day). I try to get to the gym or get out to walk during lunch but working full time and 3 small kids does not make it easy (not an excuse just a statement of my current activities). I'm not going to lie I'm getting frustrated trying to do this on my own, and can't get... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:59:29 EST 34/F looking for support Hello! <BR> Busy married mom of 2 teens looking to invest in herself! Looking for support and encouragement while I balance work, college, two kids in school and sports and all the other things that come with life! Feel free to add me on here. I am new to the site and hope to build a community of friends! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:04:59 EST New and motivated I am excited to get my whole family eating healthier as well as my husband and I losing weight. We can do this! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:13:38 EST Let's try this again I'm 33 y/o have 3 kids and am an at home mom. My youngest finally started school so I have too much free time now. I have just started to get back into working out. I have done SOMETHING the past 5 days and today decided to join spark people. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:18:03 EST Howdy! My name is Audra and I'm 31. I'm originally from Texas but I am currently reside in Washington state. I'm a navy wife and mom to a high functioning autistic kiddo. I'd like to lose somewhere around 80 pounds and get back down to where I was before I got married 10 years ago. I'm a volunteer at my local fire station and plan on going to EMT school this coming spring. My ultimate goal is to become a paramedic. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:54:08 EST Hi from California! Hi everyone! I'm a stay at home mom to 3 kids and homeschool my oldest (1st grade). I feel like I'm always running around for my kids (swim lessons, speech, park day, classes) that by the time I get home all I want to do is veg out. I'm trying to add more movement into my days and watch what I'm eating better. Like 1/3 of the sweets I have been! <BR> <BR> I would love a buddy or two to be accountable too! I've lost a bunch of weight before so I know I can do it.. I just need to figure... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:31:52 EST Moved to a sit/stand desk at work... I am not new to the board but I am trying it again for about the 3rd time. I have a hard time finding the time to actually get online and log my activities, food, etc. I am hoping to try harder now that I have a new desk at work and it will help keep me moving more! Which brings me to my question: I have a job that required me to spend about 70% of my time sitting at a computer. Then we transitioned into a paperless system which changed that sitting time to 95% of my day. Last week I fi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:38:04 EST hey everyone :) hey everyone, <BR> I came to a point where I decided that I don't want to live like that any longer. I am ready to start living life again. I used to have another account on Sparkpeople and I even logged in a couple times a week but only out of a habit and not because I would log my food or post things. <BR> I achieved great things when I first joined Sparkpeople, even though, I had some up and downs, but sometimes life gets in the way and I failed to make the new healthier and more active l... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:18:29 EST Hello from Guatemala This is the last time I start over. I'm not going to quit this time! <BR> <BR> Hi, y'all! I'm 30, and I've got about 50 - 60 pounds to lose. I don't have any set number, to be honest, I just want to be healthy not "thin" if you know what I mean. I have lost a lot of weight in the past, but for some reason it's harder this time around. Well, not for "some reason", it's because I'm more lazy now! haha When I was 15 I weighed nearly 300 pounds, and went down to 135 by the time I was in ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:18:15 EST hello all! Just getting started and serious about losing the weight. Really unsure of how to get into the swing of little energy and no real no money to really purchase equipment. But something has to change and I want to get healthy for my kids. <BR> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:17:50 EST Hello all you gorgeous people! Hello all you gorgeous people! My name is Rachel and I am new to Spark! So excited to start this new journey with all of you! Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:13:49 EST Hello Everyone I am fairly new to SP. I activated this account about two weeks ago when I found out I had diabetes. At first I found it extremely overwhelming and swore that making the appropriate changes would be the worst thing in the world! Surprisingly it is not. Although I do get frustrated at times, every day is different and I find myself not minding the changes more often than I feel frustrated. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:22:40 EST Hi Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm Chris. I wanted to stop in and tell you all a little about myself and what I'm wanting to achieve. I'm a former independent professional wrestler. A few years ago I hurt my back and later found I had severe degenerative disc disease. According to the my doctors, I should not be walking unassisted right now, but I am. Unfortunately I had to retire from wrestling and I went into a deep depression. <BR> <BR> More recently I've started my own business and started feel... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:14:19 EST Hello Everyone! My Name is Kerry, I've been doing Sparkpeople for a month now. I am down 6 lbs and about 6 inches! Looking for a great support team, looking forward to meeting you all! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:58:21 EST Hello...and bula! Hello...and bula! My name is Joey (aka Joanna). I keep trying to lose weight, but lack the motivation to stick with it. I'm hoping joining SP will keep me accountable and help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> It's sometimes hard for me to get all the nutrition that I need. I reside in two very different countries. Being in the US, I can whatever I want whenever I want. Being in Fiji (where I am currently), it is difficult to get what I'm used to cooking with for a reasonable price. Just the oth... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:19:22 EST First time trying a team Hello, I am Nikki. I am 36 and would like to lose about 80 lbs right now. I started with 100 lbs to lose but since the beginning of June I have lost 24 lbs. I slowly changed my eating by first quitting all fast food and drinks with calories and have progressed to eating mostly clean food and calorie counting and for the last 6 weeks I have been going to the gym a few days a week and have gotten very interested in interval walking. I am mom to 5 teenagers and an RN. I work 12 hour night shifts... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:32:47 EST Happy to see I'm not alone Hi, <BR> <BR> New to the group and need to lose about 50 pounds. I'm overwhelmed as I've never had to lose this much before. I'm also scared b/c I have no choice but to get it done as medical problems are creeping up as a result. <BR> <BR> Help! I need an active team with individuals going through it with me :) Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:37:35 EST Totally terrified and no idea what I am doing Hi, I'm so terrified about this. My name is Lindsay. Married, mum of 2. Need to lose quite a bit of weight. Needing lots of help. I'm a good listener if anyone needs someone. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:35:35 EST Hello, newbie here I have 50-60 lbs I need to lose. I am glad I joined this site, I had no Idea there were so many tools available here. I wish joined before now. I am happy to be here. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 03:38:16 EST Back Again and not giving up Hello Everybody: <BR> <BR> This is also my second big attempt at weight loss. I have about 200 lbs to loose total but I'm setting my first goal of 83 because that will get my to a big mile stone. I will be the same weight as when I graduated high school (300 lbs). I want to achieve this by New Years day. <BR> I have a 3 year old daughter and been married for 10 years. My weight has really be holding me back playing with daughter now that she is coming a lot more active. I'm loosing the wei... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 12:40:24 EST Hello Hello :) Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:07:12 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Molly. I am 33 years old. This is my first post and day on Spark People. I am here, because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired, if that makes any sense. I am excited to start this journey! Have a great day! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:12:58 EST HELLO HELLO EVERYONE. IM NEW HERE. 34 YEAR OLD SINGLE MOM OF A 2 YEAR OLD <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:20:20 EST Hello there I am Jen and I gain weight in the blink of an eye :) I have carried around 25 extra pounds for awhile now. In March of this year I was forced to stop running due to a broken foot and added another 25 to the mix. I have PCOS and am very carb sensitive. weight goes on easy...comes off only with a fight. Always love to be inspired by other fighters on their mission to get healthy. Glad to meet you all. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:10:12 EST Now is as good a time as any So now that I am officially in my 30's it truly is time to lose the weight I have been steadily gaining since 18. I have tried and failed many times before this so any insight on how to keep the motivation going would be GREATLY appreciated. Goal for the year is to lose 30 pounds by my anniversary (12/30). and I am starting today. <em>362</em> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:17:24 EST Moving forward I've been on sparkpeople lost 40 lbs, I'm really pleased with the outcome so far but I'm ready to push forward. I want to increase my fitness and endurance and I know sp has the resources to help m reach my fitness goals. Right now I'm not worried about losing weight that will come in time but being more active is the most important right now. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:56:31 EST Did it once, time to do it again Hey everyone! For those of you that have been here a while, you may remember my success in weight loss. Well, as life happens, I hit some extremely rough patch of life and gained all the weight back (with a few extra). <BR> <BR> So, in the beginning of the year I made it a point to get back on the wagon and lose the weight again. I started this year at 310. As of this morning I'm at 271. My goal is 180. <BR> <BR> Check out my page for my first journey and where I'm headed on my second time... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:19 EST changing habits So I have been changing my eating habits slowly over the past 3 months in efforts to make this weight loss attempt permanent. I have cut out most fast food, cut out soda, went from 8 cups coffee a day to 1, stopped buying cookies at work, stopped buying biscuits at work, went from 1 candy bar a day to 1 a week, started eating protein filled breakfast, and started drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. But...I have gained 10 lbs rather than lose. Has this ever happened to anyone else befo... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:41:17 EST Hey there! Hi everyone! I wanted to take a second to introduce myself :) I'm Christy and I'll be 31 in November. I started my weight loss journey in late 2012 and I was able to lose 65 lbs over the course of a year or year and a half. Over the last year or so, I've pretty much plateaued and made little progress. I'm super frustrated with myself and my progress, so I joined Sparkpeople in hopes of finding a sense of community with others who have struggled with and overcome the same challenges. I l... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:14:43 EST Hello Hello. I just joined today. My weight's snuck up on me a bit at a time over the years, and now that my arthritis is backing off a bit, I'm determined to shed as much as I can. If I don't, I know I'm staring down the barrel of knee and/or hip replacement surgeries before I hit fifty. Plus, I'm the mom of two very active kids. I want to be able to keep up with them and still going strong when I'm a grandma some day. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:09:45 EST New here, for the second time! Hi there, my name is Sheena. I am 31 and am looking to lose about 75 lbs. I was an avid Sparkpeople member about 7 years ago, and lost 60 lbs! Life, a marriage and two kids later I saw my bad eating habits return and stopped working out. So here I am again, hoping to see that same success through SP again. Excited to be back here! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:23:44 EST Feeling Good I'm so glad to have found an organization that is committed to providing a community to aid in developing and sustaining health goals. It's free. I'm ready to commit myself to bettering my lifestyle by placing my health first. Thank you to all those that have welcomed me, newbies, and those that continue to work hard and make small steps toward healthy habits. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:18:08 EST Back To Spark People Happy Thursday to everybody. <BR> <BR> Making this my official return to spark people. Haven't used the site in about 3 years, but looking at making some serious changes again. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old married father of a 8 month old boy. Transition after having a child has been hard on workouts and diet, and finally starting to get things back under control again. Unfortunately it definitely took a toll on my body, and my goals, as I am now back to needing to lose about 60 lbs. <BR... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:14:56 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:19:11 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:29 EST I'm ready to change! Hi everyone! <BR> I am 38 years old, a mother of two, and I need to lose 58 lbs. I have battled my weight most of my life and I'm ready to change... change my habits, change my mind and change my life! I'm hoping to find support here to help me on my help me stay motivated and accountable. It's so comforting to have people around who are on similar journey's. :) Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:49:19 EST My name is Mary Posey Hello everyone I am determined to make some big changes in my life and I have already made quite a few changes but it is a struggle especially when trying to do it on my own and i am unable to afford any of the other programs i have heard of because i live well below the poverty line and can barely pay my everyday bills. I have had 4 surgeries in 6 months and i have another procedure this afternoon where they go down your throat (endoscopy) and my prayer is they dont find what they are lookin... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:57:32 EST I am new here :) Hi, <BR> I am a 36 year old who wants to lose a lot of weight, and generally learn to have a healthier lifestyle. I have a 10 year old autistic boy who is developmentally delayed and suffers from epilepsy and other neurological/medical problems, so for the last 9 years I have just not had any emotional or mental energy to even attempt this, as it seems we have been in "crisis mode" most of the time. I have spent the last year getting a stronger support system around me, and we have been ab... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:18:14 EST Hardest Meal Do you have a meal that is hardest to follow your plan? I have the worst time at lunch time. I do very good for breakfast and dinner. I have a wonderful husband who motivates me to be good. Lunch is completely different story. I work at a office that is food motivated. There is always someone ordering food or bringing food. Sometimes I feel obligated to join in and then I feel bad afterwards for giving in. I definitely need to continue working on sticking to my plan for lunch and not ordering... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:57:14 EST Hello! Hello everyone! New to this group. I have been in Minnesota a year next month and LOVE it here! Transplanted from Montana. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:56:58 EST Hi all! Back on the wagon... after a few attempts. This time, though, I'm feeling less like it is punishment to eat well and exercise, more as a reward. So I think I'll be good! <BR> <BR> I'm 33, and currently 217#. At my doc's a couple of weeks ago, it was 215. I've been doing cardio, eating perfectly, and strength training since. I was feeling a little frustrated by that, so I decided to hop over here for support. I am losing inches, so I know it's probably just gaining muscle, but still, it sucks. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:12:40 EST Hola I’m Juli from Wisconsin. I joined SP long time ago. I guess it wasn’t until last week that I was really ready to work on losing my weight. I lost control of my weight a few years back when I was diagnosed with RA/Lupus. I have about 60+ lbs to lose. I’m focusing on winning small goals at the time to make it more manageable. Looking for all the support I can get. I started keeping track of my daily food intake and learning more about nutrition. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:45:14 EST Hey there Hello, everyone. I'm getting started again, but this time I want to actually be more active on the forums and stick with a weight loss plan. So, here's a little about me. I'm 32, getting married in 12 days, and have about 75 pounds to lose. Really, I just want to get healthy since I have been feeling so run down while carrying around the extra weight. I'm an avid knitter/crocheter/spinner/weaver and love anything to do with fiber arts. Looking forward to getting to know you all and join... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:48:28 EST Hello World! Hello Friends, <BR> I've never been a part of an online community before. In fact, this is my first post on a message board. Ever. So please be gentle. :-) <BR> Like all of you I'm looking to make a healthy change to my life. I'm equal parts excited and terrified and I'm hoping I can find the support I need within the SparkPeople community and maybe give some support back. <BR> That's all for now...but I'm sure I'll 'see' you again soon. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:38:10 EST Having a hard time I went off my diet a few days ago not horribly but I can't seem to get totally back on track. Please if you have some motivation share it with me! I'm sinking fast. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:51:35 EST This is me Hi Everyone, I am new here and am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:28:43 EST Hello from a lapsed Spark Person! Just thought I would pop on and say hello as this is a new group for me! <BR> <BR> I followed the Spark plan 3 years ago and got well on my way to my target... but then I got married, got complacent, got knocked up on honeymoon, had a baby and suddenly he's one and I haven't lost the baby weight and am worse off than I was before! <BR> <BR> So I'm back with new motivation (my son!) and enthusiasm to get fit and lose some pounds along the way. When I followed the plan before I was in the 20 ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 16:56:46 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone my name is Celeste and I just turned 30 and really need to get this weight off. I had a scope of my knee last year and now my knee is hurting again. Not good. Once this weight comes off I hope the pain will go away. I am setting my first goal just to lost 5 pounds by the ending of this month. If I can do that I can do anything. Baby steps Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:41:42 EST Weekends/Free Time I'm sure this is a topic that a lot of us have dealt with throughout our lives, what to do with free time. Within the past year I've moved into a different area in my field and for the first time in my adult life (particularly since that moment where I realized I needed some kind of help), I have weekends off in the summer and I have a lot more free time that I need to fill. <BR> <BR> Now, I don't want to sound like a guy who's complaining about having a good problem, but I spent the last 1... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:32:51 EST Time to reignite the spark! Hi all, I am Jessica. I have been on Spark before and had some success. Then I had a surprise baby and now I am back to where I started. I am a proud mother of three beautiful girls and have been happily married for almost 11 years. My family is great but it's time I stop moping and start making myself a priority! I am hoping joining a team and having like minded and same goal oriented people to talk to will help keep me motivated. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:02:36 EST A good place to start? Hi - I'd love some recommendations on how to best begin and maintain some new health habits in terms of fitness. I've begun tracking meals, but otherwise, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. My wife is willing to commit to some new ways as well. I love yoga, but regular classes seem hard to come by in the town where I'll be for the majority of the summer. Without a class, though, I fear I won't commit to anything active. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:09:47 EST GREETINGS Hi everyone! my name is Alicia... Haven't really been on SP besides to weigh in for the last year...but wanting to use it more to motivate me...I have been going to the gym since march and have lost 30lbs... but the last two weeks I have fallen off the wagon and managed to gain 4lbs... but as of today I am back on it and hoping to stay there.... just wanted to introduce myself.... nice to meet everyone! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:21:44 EST Newly 30 and Newly Back! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being in this group as I recently turned 30 yrs old and need all the extra motivation I can get!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's a little about why I recently rejoined SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> About 2 yrs ago I was happy in love but so unhappy with how much I weighed- it was the heaviest I had ever been! Suddenly I found myself out of a relationship a couple months into my weight loss journey and that helped me get my butt in gear and I managed to lose 72... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:11:40 EST Hello Hi! My name is Lisa. I am a 30 year old mom of 6 (if you include biological and foster parenting) from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am ready to lose this baby weight and be healthy for good. I have had other attempts before, but never was I really into it. This time I feel it is different and I am making a support network and taking measures to keep myself accountable, as well as having my husband support and change with me for a healthier lifestyle. I really look forward to this journey and hope... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:40:29 EST Hello everyone! Today is my very first day and I would just like to say hello. I am excited to get started and would welcome any tips that people have. About me - I live in Colorado, have a puppy but no kiddos, love to read and take pictures. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:08:14 EST Hello! I have been on sparkpeople before under a different username, just rejoined on the 24th. Trying to lose 86 pounds and really track my nutrition, as I am a vegetarian. Happy to be here! <BR> <BR> Carly Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:09:16 EST New Life, New Choices Hello! I'm a 30 something mom of 2 kids. I went through a tumultuous divorce, and was lucky enough to meet, 3 years later, a great guy who's supportive, and responsible. He thinks I'm beautiful the way I am, but I feel the need to lose the 40 or so extra lbs I'm carrying around. Can't wait to get to know some people on here, and utilize some of the information I've already picked up from Spark!! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:40:32 EST Finally losing weight! So I created this account a long looooong time ago hoping it would motivate me to lose weight. I ended up avoiding it :) especially when the weight stopped coming off. I have been in the 190-200 bracket for the past two years and no matter what I tried, the weight would not come off. <BR> <BR> A Little About Me <BR> I am 33 and a mother of two. I have suffered with PCOS, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol for the past several years.( Before kids, I was always in the gym, ate clean, a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:05:43 EST Hi!! Hello everyone. My name is Kelly and I just joined spark people again this afternoon after being away from it for about five years. I lost almost 100 pounds back then, but had some health issues and gained most of it back. I am back again determined to lose what I gained back plus a bit more!! I look forward to participating in this group!! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:03:25 EST Starting over! Hi, I have been in this group for a long while now. I have been going back and forth on the weight loss train for the last 2 years (how long I have been on Sparkpeople). Last year I managed to lose 17 pounds for our 15th anniversary vow renewal. But after the summer, I went back to old habits (we homeschool, so it was pretty easy to slip back into the snacking on whatever the kids are eating, drinking my Mountain Dew to keep me moving, you know all the big no-no's!). Well, I am at it again. T... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:39:14 EST Newbie and ready to loose Hello, my name is nikki. I have a great husband and 5 great kids. I am happy in my life but my weight and body is not a happy thing for me. I weigh 200 pounds right now and have lost 7 pounds so far. I want to get down to 130. I have made drastic changes in my life and my families life so fat. I got us a gym membership, pay for a trainer to give me my monthly workout plan, have only been drinking water, and took all unhealthy food out of our house and bought healthy food. My husband is... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:38:37 EST line between awkward and sexual harrassment... my best friend's not reachable at the moment (on vacation with family after her surgery--good for them, they need it), and I'd ask her. I talked to some of my friends last night, but I'm still bereft of good advice (and a female perspective). <BR> <BR> Part of my issue the past week with work and my "blowing things out of proportion" post reared its head on Thursday and Friday morning when I realized that some boundaries b/w me and a co-worker were getting crossed. he expressed a liking for ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:49:00 EST Hello I'm new to the team and rejoining Spark People after a few years' absence. I am hoping to learn how to create a healthy lifestyle and lose about 70 pounds to reach my goal. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:58:00 EST Advice: blew things out of proportion at work... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't realize how badly the events of the past two months were affecting me. small things here and there lumped with big things and suddenly everything accumulated in the past two days. now I feel like a total heel. <BR> <BR> Basically, I was concerned about our break room at work which has 2 fridges for 2 different crews, and one of them's for a special program that stays overnight and provides food because of their funding to that crew. well, I saw a co-worker... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:11:57 EST Hi! I'm in my 30's and trying to finally lose weight so I can live a long life with my husband and be a good role model for my daughter. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:40:43 EST hi kim i like to text. i can help you. i need the same things you do. i eat out of boredum. im also on facebook which is the best way to get ahold of me cus my phone dont work at home but does on our wifi. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 01:36:42 EST feeling alone even when surrounded by family Hi y'all! I have been continuing to move forward with my goals and have stuck to my guns as far as making a healthier life for myself but lately the stress and loneliness is so disheartening!! As I am new here i will just give a recap of my life... I currently live with the love of my life and our 2 wonderful boys who are 5 and 13! We also live with my in-laws to make their living situation better. I love them of course as well they are family :-) My main issue as of lately is that everyone i... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:25:17 EST Hello Hi, I just found this team tonight and it looks fun!! I have been on SPARK for a little over a year now and I have lost 20 pounds. I'd love to lose more. I will be 32 next month and I live in Seattle. Hello everyone here :) Wed, 3 Jun 2015 00:06:38 EST New and in search for buddies :) Hello everyone! :) I'm a 33 year old Slovenian girl and need to get healthier. :) I need to get rid of around 40 kg or around 90 pounds, which I've lost and regained several times throughout my life. I tend to eat my emotional states - stress, boredom, anger, happiness, disappointment, etc. so it might be nice to chat to people who have dealt with that kind of thing as well. I'm generally very positive and love to laugh. :) Anybody up for an international shed the pounds buddy? I will do my b... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 03:34:04 EST Hi Everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople so I wanted to drop in and say hi! I'm a 33 year old mom of a nearly 2-year-old daughter. I have Hashimoto's Hypothyroid and when I was diagnosed in April 2012 at about 215#, I lost about 40# and had gotten down to 175#. I got pregnant in December 2012, gained 55#, lost half, and gained it back. So here I sit at 230# struggling to stay motivated to lose it despite being so upset with how I look and feel. I finally feel motivated by the fact that I'm hating being in... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:45:09 EST hi I have been on on diets it seems for a very long time and i just realize I am not getting any younger, so i figured why not give it a shot. I have taken medication to lose weight. I did Jennie Craig for awhile and then afterwards I did weight watchers and attended meetings but stopped. I sometimes find dieting kinda hard and hope to find a simple way of doing things. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:59:22 EST hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm 36 years old, and have been over weight since I was in elementary school. I want to lose 70-75 pounds. Sun, 31 May 2015 22:21:58 EST Looking to stay motivated I just want to say hi to everyone and hope I can make friends here that can help me with accountability and staying motivated. Sun, 31 May 2015 22:03:00 EST Hello So I have never done a weight loss site like this before and to be honest, I'm a little nervous. I've always been alright with my weight but I know that as I get closer to 40, it is going to be so much harder to break all of my bad eating habits. So I decided now is the time to start so that I can get healthier and more active with my family. The one reason I joined here was to be part of a supportive community with a collective healthier goal in mind for ourselves and each other. I'm loo... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:50:00 EST Waves Hello Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am currently the heaviest I have ever been, talk about a low point. I'm hoping things can only go up from here. I want to be healthy, as a mom of two young ones I want to be there for them as they grow. I have 65 pounds to lose and an entire lifestyle to change, as an emotional eater this is going to be tough. I'm hoping to find others I can talk to as I go through the up and especially the downs. Fri, 29 May 2015 01:37:13 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Rebecca, and I am a returning Sparker. I have gained weight steadily over the past 4 years due to two pregnancies, and stress eating during one of my sons medical treatment. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to rededicating myself to my health, and lose the 88lbs that i need to lose. Tue, 26 May 2015 15:49:38 EST Weigh in I lost 3 pounds since my last weigh in but the last time I weighed in was 2 weeks ago. Just happy for a loss! Tue, 26 May 2015 10:11:24 EST Hello! Hey everyone, I've been on spark for a while and am recommitting and finally getting into a groove with things. I wanted to stop by and say hi. My name is Ariel and I'm on spark to lose 100lbs. Just taking it one choice and one day at a time. Have a great day everyone. Sun, 24 May 2015 07:05:36 EST Hey there!! Hi! I'm Cristina, I am new to this team, and am just getting back to sparking, after a 6 year hiatus, so I hope this team is active and encouraging, that made all the difference last time I was on here. <BR> I'm a SAHM of 5, I home-school my kids, I'm taking online university courses in biz management and I help my hubby with his business. It's a busy life and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to fit exercise in, I suppose the best way is to JUST DO IT!! <em>211</em> <BR> ... Thu, 21 May 2015 15:18:48 EST Ready for fun! Hi all. I am excited about joining SparkPeople and getting my health back in line. Over the last year I've developed arthritis and high blood pressure, so it is time for me to get this under control. My goals are to run with my kids and to ride my horses without pain again. Thu, 21 May 2015 11:37:02 EST Mother of 2 Hello! <BR> Just wanted to jump in here and say hi. <BR> Quick about myself... <BR> Mom of 2 (2yo and a 2mo). <BR> I'm 35 (36 in Sept). 5'3", 212lbs. <BR> <BR> Have PCOS, Insulin resistant, Hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> Have a Christmas 2015 goal to lose 30+ pounds. Figure that's a realistic goal since my body holds onto weight like crazy. Hoping to be down a lot more than that by then though. :) Wed, 20 May 2015 22:21:07 EST Howdy. Howdy. =) <BR> I'm Valerie, 30 and live in Cincinnati. <BR> I love music and reading. <BR> I have a cat called, Nestle. <BR> <BR> I am looking to get back on track as far as the weight loss process goes. I eat healthy (for the most part) and try to exercise at least an hour a day (this includes a 30 minute walk). Sometimes I don't quite get there because, I just don't feel like it, to be honest lol. I'm hoping to lose between .5 and 2 pounds a week. I'm trying to keep the weight loss "no... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:42:43 EST Looking to find a plan that sticks. Hi there :) <BR> <BR> I have done the dieting thing over and over. Sometimes with success and sometimes not. This time I am trying just to make lifestyle changes. I have a very supportive partner that is on the same track that I am and I'm hoping that this time I'll lose the weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I am not looking to be a size 2, just to feel better in my skin, be healthier and to not shop in the plus size section. <BR> <BR> I am excited about this journey and would love any t... Fri, 15 May 2015 07:31:27 EST Hi So today is the day I decided i wanted/needed to make a change in my life. What has lead me to this journey is my frustration with myself, the way I feel and look, and the fact that I am not getting any younger! I am 36 and feel like I'm 86. It's time for a change. Time to gain back control of my body and life. Who's with me?! Thu, 14 May 2015 18:07:54 EST In Seek Of Motivation!! Hey!!! New to the community - <BR> I'm loosing all motivation and need to get back on track! <BR> I've had setbacks because "Life Happens" And took a week off but today I just did nothing. I wanted to work out but was LAZYYYY as HELL!!!! I need to get back on it and get it together. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:02:16 EST Hi, my name is Danny Hi! My name is Danny and today I'm starting my weight loss journey... it's a long road, I mean to loose 77 lbs to be on a more healthy weight than today. I also want to quit smoking and start a more active life. Thanks :) Mon, 11 May 2015 13:19:02 EST Starting over Hello, several years ago I tried SP and like a lot of other things in my life stopped doing it...I now have a 2 year old and some extra 2 year old baby fat still lingering behind...I'd like to lose the weight not just to be better for my child because my overall health is great, but I'd really like to enjoy how I look and feel!! I am taking steps in other areas of my life to make changes and feel that this will also help me!! I'm glad to be back! Mon, 11 May 2015 11:32:02 EST Let's do this!!! Hi, my name is Randi and I am new to SP!!! I am excited to be dedicating myself to getting fit and becoming healthy. I have tried many things in the and have always failed. I ready to be a winner!!! Please help!! Thanks!!! Sun, 10 May 2015 23:09:02 EST Trying again! Hello-- I actually joined this team when I first joined Sparkpeople back in 2012-- and proceeded to do not much. At all. But I'm back and more determined and really need to connect with some people so I'm not relying on coworkers and family members for encouragement and support. <BR> <BR> I'd forgotten how great SP is-- tracking my food is such a help! And how did I miss the meal plans before? It's often a struggle to plan any shopping list, let alone one that encompasses complete, balan... Thu, 7 May 2015 20:49:09 EST Introducing myself Hey! My name is Andria and I am 34 years old. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 16 years this month and we have 3 wonderful sons that are 15, 13 and 9. I work full time running lab and x-ray so I have always put off exercise because I felt like I never had time to work out. I am starting to realize that I just have to make time so that I can get healthy. My husband is a personal trainer so he is going to help me with figuring out exercises that will work for me. I am ready to ge... Thu, 7 May 2015 14:45:20 EST New Members Check Your Settings! Hello New Members! I've been with Spark People for a week and for the first couple of days my settings wasn't set up correctly to receive friend requests or to have others view my page. In order to change you settings on your spark page make sure you select edit settings on your spark page. Once this is selected on the upper right hand corner you will see the following: <BR> <BR> More Options: <BR> <BR> Only allow my SparkFriends to see my page <BR> Turn my page offline <BR> Link to my ... Thu, 7 May 2015 11:07:10 EST Hi Hello! I'm new here. Have at least 50 pounds to get rid of and get in the best shape of my life! Wed, 6 May 2015 19:05:22 EST hello hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa I joined a few weeks ago and thought I should introduce myself. I'm 37 years old. I have been recently diagnosed with BED (Binge Eating Disorder). I'm on a waiting list for a eating disorder program. I'm looking for support with this. Hopefully I will be able to beat this once and for all. <BR> <BR> Melissa Wed, 6 May 2015 18:29:28 EST Hi :) My name is Nicole. I have been on here before but i have always delete my page, but this time i am ready to get healthy for me this time and no one else. Tue, 5 May 2015 16:21:09 EST Aloha from Oahu Hello! I am beginning my Fit before 40 challenge as of...well, yesterday. This is it, my last stretch before the big four-O to get back into shape, become healthy and boost my energy. I want to last over another 40 years, have another child, meet and play with my grandchildren and great grandchildren and be healthy doing it. I'm going to need a lot of encouragement and have a lot of encouragement to give. I look forward to meeting team members on SparkPeople and making lifelong friends. ... Tue, 5 May 2015 02:31:00 EST I need a routine and motivation Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am 206 lbs 5'4. I am really want to lose weight but I am having a hard time getting the motivation and finding a routine that works for me. I do like having a routine because I need the guidance and the structure. <BR> <BR> A little bit about my situation: I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids. 10, 8, 3, 1. I am on antidepressants and have a hard time getting motivated or not self sabotaging myself. <BR> <BR> I have lots of exercise DVDs and weights (hand, ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:52:13 EST Hello! new and looking for friends... I just joined and so far so good! Looking for friends to share this experience with. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:19:00 EST Grocery Store For someone getting back in the game of things, what are some of your best advice for the grocery store? Fri, 1 May 2015 13:37:29 EST Second time around... I'm returning to SparkPeople after many years as well. The first account I created I weighed in at 212 and I was devastated. I'm now at 230 and must say I'm mortified. I'm truly not sure how all of the weight crept up on me. (Well, I do know, but I can't believe that I let it get this far out of hand.) <BR> <BR> I remember hitting 202 at 40 weeks pregnant with my oldest and thinking that I'll never do that again and since then I've had three more kids and have allowed my weight to creep... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:59:29 EST Not new to Sp but new here. Howdy from Ohio! <BR> <BR> Im a 30.5 (gasp!) SAHM momma who is currently at 235 lbs. My 5ft 3 frame cant take the weight any longer! I need to do something about it. This has been a battle for YEARS. I have been on used and forgotten SP since 2007. Now is the time to change that, Now is the time to change for good. I have no excuses for my weight. No excuses for how I got this way except stress and a lot of life changes lately. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading.. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:02:26 EST Greetings from Mexico Hello everybody. My name is Jessica and I am 32 years old. <BR> I recently became a vegan because I don't like animals being killed for any reason. <BR> This new life style has been ok for me, the problem is that sometimes I don't cook that much and I end up eating vegan junk food :( This, along with me taking contraception pills and eating sweets and chips led me to gain 22 kilos, which I'm looking forward to losing and being thin and healthy again. <BR> Please wish me luck! :) Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:31:07 EST Hello Hello everyone, I am new to this and hoping to stay motivated in reaching my weight loss goas. I hope I can help encourage others as well as be encouraged by all the wonderful people out there who are on the same path. Have a wonderful day and good luck during your journey. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:43:50 EST Me Sue Barber I know I have done this before but things have happened in the last year and I haven't been able to do a lot of things. I have had a complete hysto and than had to have a hernia repair due to the hysto. I'm still recovering from the hernia repair. <BR> <BR> I want to lose 100lbs and this time I'm doing it with my hubby. They haven't fully diagnosed him with MS but they are working on it. My hubby can't walk without his cane, he don't sleep a lot anymore, he get massive headaches, he has dep... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:49:00 EST Hello all I am joining Sparkpeople again and ready for a change! I am a mom of two boys, Dominick will be 3 next month and Derek will be 3 months old next week. I have at least 80 lbs to lose and really hope I can do it this time. I first joined sparkpeople in 2008 and have yet to reach my goals.... I want to do it this time to stay healthy and fit for me and my family. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:05:27 EST I am a Newbie Hi <em>213</em> My name is Melanie. I am 35 years old. I want to get healthy, physical fit and look good!! I am starting today and hope to stay motivated, as I am not very good in it <em>24</em> Have a blessed weekend! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:13:47 EST Just Me introducing myself My nae is Carolyn. I am 33 years old. I am trying to lose weight for an upcoming surgery. It can get HARD! But SparkPeople has helped me out a lot, I am trying to do a low carb diet & I dont have to count anything :) thats the best part. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:27:18 EST Hello everyone. Hello everyone. My name is Mandy. I am 37 years old and the mom of 4 wonderful children ages 9, 14, 16, and 18. I am fully disabled (severe fibromyalgia, minimal disc bulge in my back and neck, debilitating migraines, aneurysms, and I just had skin cancer removed). In the last 13 years of being disabled I have gained around 70 - 75 pounds. I am tired of this excess weight and look forward to getting it off now that I am getting back on my feet. This is my 4th day on here and 3 of the 4 days h... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:09:38 EST Have to get my weight on track for myself Hi everyone my name is Stacey I am a mom of four beautiful girls and a grandmother. I live in northern Indiana and have chose to get my life on track for myself and my children I need to lose at least 800lbs to be under 200lbs it hard to get myself to eat at all so this is a great challenge for me hope to have good luck on here Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:09:10 EST Hi Y'all! Hi 30 somethings...I signed up a bit ago but have never used it. I joined a challenge last week at work to try to kickstart my weight loss goal. I'm a full-time mommy (8yr/13yr), wife, employee (60+hrswk) and soccer mom. Gesh - therefore I absolutely have NO time for the gym. I'm constantly tied to my computer and/or phone therefore I believe that this group would be a great motivator to my journey. Thank you for allowing me to join Team 30 Somethings! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:57:21 EST Another reason to bounce back quickly I'm going to share an article I saw on yahoo today which may have been shared here before but I hope people take this in the spirit is intended. I used to be a binge and emotional eater and I tended to also be an all-or-nothing kind of eater where I'd just call it a day if I slipped up. "Well, today's goal is already shot so might as well go to town with it". Obviously, that wasn't helpful or else I wouldn't need the awesome support and encouragement and guidance of this community. Hopefully,... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:38:49 EST HI Trying Spark for the first time. I live in Oklahoma work as an RN. I have a very wonderful husband (he is skinny and never has to worry about his food intake) but he is very supportive and never negative. I have 2 very active boys that I would love to able to run around and play with more. I am currently 230 lbs, I have been heavier in the past when I was in college and lost 60 lbs and have yoyoed my whole life. I hope to lose 80 lbs. Over the past couple of years I have gained about 60lbs w... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:22:52 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Holly. I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I've been gone for a while It's good to be back. Right now I'm at my highest weight ever and it's taking a toll on me physically and emotionally. I have high blood pressure and am pre-diabetic. Plus I'm on medication for depression. I really need to get my life back, and I really need some accountability buddies to encourage and support me, and who I can encourage and support as well. Looking forward to getting to know you! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 22:04:03 EST weight just starting out <BR> goal is to lose 80lbs Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:38:35 EST weight First day, Starting at 265lbs Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:33:20 EST Hello Hi I'm 31 and hoping to lose approx. 80 lbs. I have struggled with weight issues for about the last 10 years. I want to feel better about myself both physically and mentally. Looking forward to the adventure!! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:23:54 EST Just joining Hi Everyone. I'm 32 with 55 lbs to lose. I've and just joined Spark and this team. I've actually lost a similar amount of weight before and managed to keep it off for years but since having my baby last year, I've been struggling to lose it back and get back into a healthy space in my life. I bounce from feeling like I don't care and am happy with wherever I am at to feeling really bad about myself but still demotivated to be starting over - AGAIN! Anyway, I'm glad to have found this group an... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:26:53 EST Frustrated So I started working out in February. I joined a gym, and I go to the kickboxing class there twice a week, and I go to the gym for 2 hours on Fridays to practice kickboxing and get some strength training in. The days I go to the gym, I usually get between 10,000-13,000 steps (according to my FitBit). My dietician has me on a diet of 1,500 calories a day, 2,500mg of sodium a day, and 30g of carbs per meal. <BR> <BR> My weight went up about 5 lbs when I started working out. After going to ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:38:56 EST positivity comes in all sorts of places I am new to the group, but I had something happen to me this week I thought was not only inspiring to me, but may help a few of you out there. I was sitting in my normal place in church, in front of a family who has 5 kids. The youngest of which is 3 and has taken a liking to me. This last week, he asked if he could sit with me. To keep him happy and quiet his mother and I agreed it was alright. After service was over he gave me a hug. Following this he went to his mother and trying to whispe... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:52:07 EST Hi, I'm Cassie Hey, just wanted to introduce myself; my name is Cassie. I'm 33 yrs old and ultimately, I'd like to be 150lbs lighter. I know it's going to be a rough journey, but for the first time ever in my life, I feel 100% committed to doing it. Right now, temptation is not a problem. Slacking off and eating a bunch of junk food isn't even entering my mind. I've been working out almost 2hrs everyday in the pool like a fitness addict for 2 months. But I'm not taking any chances. If I do start to l... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:02:07 EST Hi everybody! I'm new here. Hi. <BR> <BR> My name's Jean. I'm 37 y/o, married, kids, happy life, or seemingly so. I've battled depression for about 7 years, but I've been on a diet or "losing" weight for 20 years. Anyway, I'm here now b/c I really am trying to change my habits and change my life. <BR> <BR> So, I'm happy to be a part of the team. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:24:52 EST hey! newbie here Hi everyone, my name is Miesha, I'm 37 and reside in Columbus Ohio. Looking to lose about 60 pounds. Looking forward to getting to know you guys! Take care and good luck to all of you! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:10:47 EST Down 1 Sw: 249 <BR> Cw; 248 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:57:57 EST I'm ready.. Let's do this! Hi everyone! I'm Jenn and have a bit of extra fluff to cut down on! I am looking forward to the motivation as well as support this team has to offer. If anyone would like, please add me as a spark friend! <BR> <BR> My goal is just to settle at a weight that is happy for my body, as this one isn't so much right now, plus improve fitness and enjoy life at the same time! <BR> <BR> Jenn Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:58:20 EST her to join in on all the fun & support! I'm new to the team! I'm hoping this team is active and that I can find some great support, ideas & enthusiasm from you all! I'm also hoping that I'll be able to help you along your own journeys!! <BR> <BR> A little about me.. i'm 36, live in BC, Canada. I'm single, I live alone with my 7 year old dog and 12 year old cat. I work full time as a registered nurse specializing in TB care (so no shift work for me!) <BR> <BR> I'm working at losing weight again - i've been steady at 255-257 lbs ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:28:41 EST New and done with who I have become! I have joined Sparkpeople before I just couldn't get motivated. I ran into a old friend I haven't seen in years and she looked FANTASTIC. She told me she rejoined Sparkpeople and got motivated. So here I am. I have a better support system which is great. My husband is encouraging me to reach my goals. He aid he is tired of me being depressed and so hard on myself. My kids constantly say Mommy lets go for a walk. My co workers and I are all trying to lose. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:26:33 EST New to group and ready to lose! Hello everyone! My name is Jonelle and I am beginning my weight loss journey/lifestyle change....again. I am currently at my heaviest weight and refuse to sit back and let my weight and health continue on its current path! I have a goal to lose 71 lbs. by my wedding anniversary in December. I've used SparkPeople in the past to track and help me lose weight. There were times of success and times of not much success at all. I recently had a baby, which will be my last, so now I am determined to... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:43:10 EST A New Start I just transferred to this team as I restart my weight loss journey. When I first joined Sparkpeople in 2013 I was in the group for losing up to 49 pounds and in my 20s. When I came back to spark people a little over a month ago I had turned 30 and went from needing to lose 40 pounds to needing to lose 77 to reach my goal. I have lost 8 so far and I am feeling much more positive this time around as I tackle my weight loss with my fiance by my side. Looking forward to sparking with all of you! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:16:03 EST Overwhelmed Hi, folks. I joined SP on St. Patrick's Day (2015) after a weekend of putting myself into a tizzy about being 37 and never having known what it's like to be healthy and fit. After years of not taking care of my body and health, it's finally catching up with me and scaring me. I'll be a first-time mom in a year or two, and I want to be healthy for that so I can increase the odds of having a baby. <BR> <BR> I still want to hide in a teapot with a box of Swiss Rolls (friends know I feel overwhe... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:20:06 EST Giving SP a second go Hi everyone! I hope yall are having a great day. I just wanted to pop on the message board for a minute to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of new here. I'm giving SP a second go after a wildly unsuccessful attempt at weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle. I did not have any support (offline) and actually met with some negative people here on Spark People. So I was very discouraged and gave up on being healthy, weight loss, I gave up on myself, basically. BUT NO MORE! I'm r... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:53:25 EST Lose 15 in 2015 <em>24</em> I am starting the challenge today at 226 Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:27:01 EST Starting Back Up Hi Everyone! It's been a long time since I have been on SP. I had some success last time (40lbs) but never made it to my goal. I have an additional 70lbs I hope to lose over the course of this year. I look forward to learning about and supporting you guys in your trials and successes. If your interested in an accountability buddy, hit me up! <em>381</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:41:53 EST Ready to lose weight and get healthy Hello all my name is Candice. I am a wife and mother. It is time to get healthy and lose this weight. Summer is coming and I want to be able to play and have fun with my family. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:59:38 EST New member to SparkPeople and this group! :) Helloooo! <BR> <BR> Im totally new to this site, i'm usually MFP fan myself but thought i'd give this a try as i've heard the people are a lot nicer. So i'm still getting to grips with the site and what there is to offer and stuff. As the title says, i'm 34 and reckon ive got 70lb to lose. Its hard coz i LOVE chocolate and beer and i comfort eat too! Still, near 18stone, 251lb ain't great so have made a start. I saw this n thought i'd say hello and i've put my morning food on so far. Hope t... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:30:22 EST Day 1 Hello Everyone Hey team, <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa. I am 34 mom of 3 boys. I found myself complaining ALOT about my weight lately. I have decided to stop complaining and do something about it! Today is Day 1 of fixing the problem. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:51:57 EST Cravings for salt? I have been using spark people for about three weeks now and in the last couple of days I have started craving salt really strongly. I am not talking about craving salty foods like chips or popcorn as much as just a general craving for salt and the urge to salt all foods more than usual. I just ate salt on my grapefruit and I never do that! My nutrient ratios have been reasonable and I am eating a variety of foods. I don't think I am deficient in anything (In the past I have been b-12 and D d... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:37:13 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Crissy. I'm 30, been married 10 years to my amazing husband, have 2 children (9 year old son, 2 year old daughter), and I've been blessed with the ability to be a stay at home mother. <BR> I've joined SparkPeople because I'm so tired of being unhealthy and not being comfortable in my skin. When I started, I weighed 220 lbs and I have so far managed to lose 20 lbs. My goal is to weigh 100 lbs. which would put me at a healthy BMI for my very small height of 5' 1". <... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:53:47 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, <BR> I am a member of Sparkpeople since 2009 and started on the 20 somethings group with 50-99 pounds to lose Team. For a brief time I had less than 40 pounds to lose but fell off the wagon. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I began exercising again in February <em>224</em> but only today I realized I was on the wrong team (I turned 30 last September) <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm with the heaviest weight I've ever been and I'm looking to lose it because I want to b... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 19:13:05 EST Hello All! Hello! I'm Crystal and I'm really excited about starting on the path to a healthy life. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:19:02 EST HELLO Hello to all. I been on Spark since 2006. I have gained and lost so many times between then and now. I am determined to make 2015 my year! I would like to lose between 50-60 lbs. I am not focusing on the numbers because I want to get healthy. <BR> <BR> Excited to join the team and look forward to making new friends! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:50:20 EST Uh, Hi.. This always feels kind of AA support group-ish, introducing yourself. I guess maybe that's a good thing. Support is always a good thing. <BR> <BR> Me: "Hi, I'm Mindy and I am fat." <BR> <BR> Everyone: "Welcome Mindy." <BR> <BR> I have hypothyroidism and PCOS which is a killer combination for weight gain. I gained 80-100 pounds in about 5 years before I was diagnosed which was probably 10 years ago now. I have been fighting the fat since then. (Please don't tell me that calling myself fat ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:27:07 EST Keep putting one foot in front of the other Hi....joined sparkpeople recently and have been trying to take the steps to lose weight. I want to get myself happy/healthy to keep up with my two toddlers and become a more positive role model for them. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:11:10 EST Hello Hello I have been a member for a while, but have not been active on the page. I am working at losing 75 pounds. I am glad to be a part of the group! I would like to lose they weight to be more active with my children and for myself just to be healthier. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:54:43 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Hiya Hi everyone, my name is Valerie I am 28 not yet 30 but close hehe, <BR> 5'4,214lbs,mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 50-60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:56:50 EST Challenge I am joining the challenge. <BR> Starting weight 215 <BR> goal weight 140. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:25:10 EST HI :) Just wanted to say hi to all, im a almost 34 year old mommy of 1, who is 2 years old with a great and awesome supportive fiancée I also have high blood pressure, and need to get into a better frame of mind and healthier attitude. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:26:37 EST Hello! My name is Angela and I just turned 31 yesterday. My aunt sent me "The Spark" book and as I was reading it, I decided to hop on the site. I have 2 boys, ages 3 and 5. I have a hard time keeping up with these little balls of energy, so I decided to do something. My husband and I both need to lose weight, and since I'm the cook it's on me to really make changes in our food. I am also currently 2 years into my PhD in Criminal Justice and the stress is taking hold of my life in a way I do no... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:55:23 EST Looking for a WL community Hey Everyone, <BR> My name is Jess and I am 31 yrs old. I've been on spark people for a while but I haven't been very active as of late, as I've found it easier to track my food in a notebook and well,,,basically just didn't log on. I have however been doing pretty well with my weight loss journey. Since the 2nd week of January I have lost 22lbs! I have been eating healthier and exercising 5 times a week and I'm starting to feel a lot better about myself. I still have 60lbs I want to l... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:53:16 EST living a health life Hello <em>249</em> <BR> I have never been part of any health group are club but i did live a health lifestyle. I've decided to join because ever since my accident i have been putting on a bit of weight i no stress(am disabled for the rest of my life) and lack of exercise and not eating right is the problem. <BR> Because of my injuries i have no idea what to do <em>39</em> just because am injured does not mean that i don't want to look great and be healthy plus losing the weight will hel... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:13:20 EST Hello out there! Hey y'all! I am Erica. I'm a 33 year old Stay at Home Mom from Texas. I got about 85lbs to get off of this body! Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to do so. Look forward to meeting you all and reading your posts. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:55 EST Opinions on Stalling Out Something is going on the past two weeks. I've stalled out with the weight loss. I count everything. Drink all of my water. No caffeine or coffee. I change up my exercise routine (Walk a bunch more, but I box, too). But, the scale is maintaining. <BR> <BR> Five years ago, what I'm doing now would have created a slow and steady loss, but not this time around. <BR> <BR> So, what do to jump start your weight loss when you get stuck? <BR> <BR> (I know, I should be taking waist measurements, b... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:10:45 EST Starting Again Hi all! I'm new to the group. I've been a member of spark for a while (just not really using it) and am getting back into the swing of paying attention to what I eat and why. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:37:36 EST New to this group! I just turned 30 and I really need to get this healthy lifestyle on track! I'm hoping to make some friends for support,motivation and to just tell me to get my butt in gear! Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:20:21 EST Totally In this and super excited <em>381</em> <BR> Starting weight: 262lbs <BR> Challenge goal Weight: 247lbs <BR> My goal weight: 180lbs Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:04:20 EST Hello out there! Hi fellow 30 somethings. <BR> My name is _____ and I need to lose weight. A lot of weight. <BR> I'm a single mom of two crazy kids. <BR> I have fibromyalgia which makes many things a million times harder. <BR> Im determined. <BR> I need motivation from friends to help me do this. <BR> I need other people to held me accountable. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:29:12 EST Back at it again My name is Amy I am 38 years old and a mother to three wonderful children. Happily married to my best friend and soul mate for almost 13 years. I am also overweight. I have been most of my life. <BR> <BR> I started my original weight loss journey on January 1, 2013. I did well for awhile, then I plateaued and pretty much gave up. It was a slow journey back to old habits, but I got there just the same. Since then I've restarted and given up a few more times. Once I even got to my lowest weig... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:54:32 EST Lose 15 in 2015 I'm in! <BR> <BR> Current weight February 18th, 2015 - 270 lbs <BR> <BR> Short term goal = 200 lbs <BR> <BR> Long term goal 150 lbs <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:16:29 EST Im in my current weight is 183. My goal weight is 130. <BR> I only have until August before i'm no longer in the 30 something group. This is a great goal!! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:01:11 EST I'm in My current weight is 183. My goal weight is 130. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:56:17 EST Starting Over Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am starting over again. I have been on this team for a while, but haven't been very active. I am ready for a change. The first part of the year has been extremely challenging for me, not because of any great stress in my life or anything, but just because I don't have the energy or the motivation to keep going. I'm hoping that getting back involved with the SparkTeam will help me reach my goals. I have about 60-65 lbs to lose. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:06:48 EST Starting Week 2 I am starting week 2...very motivated and committed to this. I lost 10.8 pounds in my first week (sure a lot was water weight!) My name is Krystal, I started at 234, I currently weight 223.2. I'm not not taking any supplements besides vitamins and a fiber pill. No major health problems, I just want to love my body again :) At 36 and 3 kids, now is the time! My goal weight is 150! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:36:01 EST Hello Hi, I am Jamie, at 36 my life is undergoing major changes, and I decided now is a good time to put real effort into getting healthy. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:35:17 EST New to Forum I just wanted to introduce myself- I am new to this forum. I have a total of 122 lbs. to lose to hit my personal goal weight. But I'm doing it 50 lbs. at a time. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to chat with others who have similar goals to keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> I'm excited- and want to keep it going. <BR> <BR> Thank you for allowing me to join your team. <BR> <BR> ~MiMi~ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:08:13 EST hi new hear my mane is Margaret, I am married and a mother to 3 boys.. I have a lot of weight to lose...I wont to lose it the safe way not the easy way..I'm looking for as much as a support group I can get...other how know how it going to feel to lose a lot of wight and how hard it going to be..not give me a piety party but courage me to move on and keep trying when i fall..hear to the begging <em>48</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:23:48 EST Hello Hi I have just joined. I am a stay at home mum to four children aged 11 down to 3. I am obese and need to lose around 65 pounds. I struggle with binge eating and emotional eating. I used to be healthy before the children cam around, now I am intensely embarrassed about how I look, I would love to be lighter for the summer Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:55:50 EST Hi! Hello! My name is Bianca and I'm a 35 year old, married mother to one beautiful 6 yo daughter! I have about 80 lbs I'd like to lose and I'm taking it one day at a time. My goal this week was to drink my 8 glasses of water a day and to exercise at least 4 times this week. So far I've done really well. I'm looking to make new friends who are on the same journey, so feel free to add me as a friend! <BR> <em>524</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:18:41 EST Help this mom! Hey all! I am new to this, but love all the supportive people that are on here! Please add me as a friend. Any comments, support or challenges... I AM IN! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:52:41 EST We are all in this together!! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to the team. I joined Spark People the last week of December 2014. I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. Last August, I decided it was time to focus on me by getting myself in order spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, vocationally and physically. I started with the first three and I made a lot of changes and great progress. Financially, I am doing OK. I am working on my goals of saving more money. I can't really complain about my career, but I am ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:05:04 EST Allow me to introduce myself Hello, I am Ashlee. Although I am not completey new ato Sparkpeople, I am starting over again. I have 98 lbs to lose. I have never been this heavy. EVER. <BR> I have a 10 month old. During my pregnancy, I had gestation diabetes and was able to control my blood sugar by diet alone. It was hard, but being a NICU nurse, I knew what could happen to him if my sugar were not controlled. Once he was born, I went on a food free for all. And I rediscovered how much I liked pie. <BR> This introdictio... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:34:42 EST This is my first week Hello this is my first week so my starting weight is 230. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 23:27:35 EST Hello Hi folks nice to meet you all. I look forward to this exciting journey ahead. Good Luck all!!! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 23:25:58 EST Weight Lost Challenge 1% at a Time Anyone interested in taking baby steps? Having short term goals tends to get you motivated. <BR> If so follow the below format <BR> My Info for example <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Challenge Start Weight: 248.4 <BR> <em>58</em> Challenge Goal Weight: 236.0 <BR> <em>193</em> Weekly Check In Weight 241.2 ( Feb 13) <BR> <BR> 1%-246.0 2/6/15 <em>248</em> <BR> 2%-243,4 2/6/15 <em>248</em> <BR> 3%-241.0 <BR> 4%-238.4 <BR> 5%-236.0 <BR> <BR> My Weigh in are on Fridays. But fee... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:46:24 EST Hello everyone! I'm 37 and have 53 pounds to lose. I must have some sort of mental/physical block that keeps me from losing weight. Every time I start to lose weight I sabotage myself. I haven't been under 160 in 19 years. I am hopeful that this will be the time it works. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:55:39 EST Hello, I'm new here Hello, <BR> My name is Ruthie. I am a 30 year old mom of 2 beautiful little girls. I am currently in the process of a divorce and I am trying to undo 10 years of not caring about myself. I have to little personal trainers who have mommys back 100%, but it would be nice to find some grown ups who have similar goals as I do to socalize with lol. I would love to get a supprt group around me. Feel freee to drop me a msg. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:17:06 EST Another newbie hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm Lauren, and I live in Los Angeles! My mom and sister back in Chicago encouraged me to sign up with them so here I am! <BR> <BR> My goal is to return to my high school weight (175lb) or smaller. I was very active back then, toned and trim, even as a size 14, but that comes with being a student athlete. Through laziness and battling depression over the years, I've let myself go. And now living in such an image-conscious city doesn't feel very good. Shopping for my size ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:57:46 EST 38 Yr old male with over 100 ponds to lose Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> I started about two weeks ago. and am down 3 pounds woohoo. This site is simple and I'm liking when i log in and there's a quick reminders of taking a vitamins, or drinking your 8 cups of water. I'm at 302 today and I feel good. Thanks to the makers of this sire you rock... - Eric Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:12:42 EST Hello guys!! Hello everyone! This is Damara, I'm from Mexico and I joined SP not even a month ago, I'm still getting to know the site and all the things it has to offer! It's crazy how much tools you have here! I'm so happy to have found it! <BR> <BR> I hope I can also meet people here to support each other! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:53:26 EST Getting healthy Hi, I am new to this. I have finally decided to lose the weight and develop a healthy lifestyle. Looking forward to your support. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:20:11 EST Getting back on track...again! Hello. I'm looking to lose the 40+ lbs I've gained over the last 2 years. After my daddy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012, my weight began to pile on. It was slow at first, but over the past 3 months as his health declined so did my weight management. Daddy passed this month, so I'm back. I have a family that I need to be healthy for and I know my daddy would want me to lose the unhealthy weight. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:09:50 EST New to this Hi! Can't wait to get started and see some results! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:00 EST Hey Y'all! I'm not new to Sparkpeople but I've taken some time off when life kinda took over and I guess you can say I gave up for awhile....But now I'm BACK and I am So freaking DONE with being the fat girl.....I'm ready for the new chapter of my life to start and to get back on track with achieving my weight loss goals.. I would LOVE to have a Spark buddy to help keep me in check and remind me of just how done I really am! I'm working on some new changes in my life, and getting some of this "extra bag... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:28:26 EST Hello :) New and Excited! Super pumped to have found Sparkpeople. I've heard about this site time and time again, but I've never checked it out. I am sorry I waited so long. Looking forward to getting to know those of you who check in regularly! Wishing all a happy & healthy wkd! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:32:22 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> I am Michelle from Southern Oregon. I have used Spark before and have really missed the community support and making it a daily part of my routine. I have 65 pounds to lose before I turn 40. I turn 39 this year so really want to make it happen. I enjoy doing 5 ks and have found an oniine usa running club to earn badges and compete with myself. It's the one thing I have never been good at but want to be. Anyway I look forward to getting to know you all as we work on our healthy jour... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:55:30 EST Hi guys! I am 36 and want to lose riiiiiight around 60 some pounds. I am a single mom, my children are 7 and 5. I just lost my best friend last month to cancer and that is when I started this journey. She could not be healthy. I have that option. I need to take it!!! <BR> <BR> -Emily Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:40:59 EST Feb? Are there any challenges in the works for Feb? I need to kick it in to gear this coming month. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:48:27 EST Trying to say hi not sure if I did this right??? Hi I'm Ulyn a long time struggler with my weight. I am currently 289 (my heaviest ever). My husband and I are busy parents to 6 kiddles (atually we have a total of 8 but 6 I've given birth to), our youngest being 10mths old. Where do I begin??? I joined Spark people years ago when I was single mom of 4 and my youngest then who is now 6 almost 7 was 2yo. I loved the trackers but never got involved with the community. I did have a modicum of success...however there have been many stop and start... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:23:43 EST stuck on understanding calories. Ever since i was little i was told to watch my calorie intake. But i never listened much to it. What i am struggling with is i think my body has been on starvation mode for years. I have been working out for just 2 weeks and i have gained 5 pounds. I started this site yesterday and counted calories for the 1st time in forever. Seems i only eat 1000 calories but my goal thing stated i should have eaten around 2000 or more seeing i worked out. My question is do i eat the full calories that the ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:39:19 EST New from the forest Hello! <BR> <BR> I just joined today and thought i would say hello. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:22:08 EST maintaining? Hi. I am Beggs, and I have 65 pounds to lose. I have been working hard on making my lifestyle more healthy. So far, the only thing I've managed to do is stop gaining. I even tried a belly dancing video. Now THAT was funny. My cats didn't know how to react. I have some challenges by way of weight gaining medications. But I still need to lose the weight. So thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> Beggs Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:35:36 EST How much 'water weight' from PMS Weighed myself this AM to find I gained back the 1.5lbs I lost last week! Trying not to get discouraged and hoping it's just due to PMS....but not sure that's realistic! How much weight can I blame on that? <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:34:59 EST Hi team! <em>213</em> Hi everyone! I am back on SP after a three year hiatus. I was losing weight to get pregnant and...then I did! So that's great, but then I gained it all back after breastfeeding. I am back on SP to finally conquer my relationship with food and to get back to onederland (which I haven't seen since my 20's). I am 37 years old and I have a 2 year old. I am also in my last year of graduate school. Woot! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here. <em>334</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:59:53 EST Happy to join! Joining SP in the hopes that I can finally start getting myself to make the right decisions. And I know that what will help is the kind of support and motivation found here. <BR> <BR> I am at the heaviest point of my life, 235 lbs, and I am far too uncomfortable, too unhappy, too unhealthy. I'm making my life so small by making my size so big. <BR> <BR> I know the challenges I face as I lose weight will not be easy, but I must simply remember that they are worth it. <BR> <BR> Thanks in ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:31:13 EST Great! I'm sick. Keeping on track when sick ideas? So I'm not drop-dead sick, but yesterday's throat tickle and headache have not improved and the headache is actually worse and my sinuses have been bullied into playing along. Today is a day off for me which usually means grocery shopping and working out, but historically I don't work out when sick. Also, water tastes disgusting at the moment, so I'm on tea and ginger ale to keep hydrated. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any thoughts on staying on track when mildly sick? Should I just take a pain... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:54:55 EST I'm back... Again... This is probably the third time I've tried this, both a weight loss journey AND Spark People. BUT- this time I'm committed! I've already lost 20 lbs, and I know doing this can only help me further my goals. My name is Deborah, and I'm 32. I have 4 kids, I started on my weight loss journey once again. I don't know why, but it always seems to get started in October, possibly because that's my oldest child's birthday, but I'm not really sure. I'm super motivated still, somehow, and through diet ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:05:01 EST Hello! Hello all! My name is Achsah. I’m 31 and I’m a first timer here. <BR> <BR> I have never been overweight or even heavyish. I got married 7 years ago to an amazing man and in those 7 years, I have gained about 10lbs for every year I’ve been married. <BR> <BR> I was runner and an avid exerciser and for one reason or another, I just stopped all after marriage. <BR> <BR> Six years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS and that kind of forced me to eat better and be more active, but to no avail. So i... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:51:20 EST Keeping motivated I am 3 weeks into this streak on Sparkpeople, as usual around this point I am starting to lose my mojo...extra calories are creeping in and I'm struggling to keep going. This always happens, and usually I quit tracking and gain whatever I lost back. <BR> What do you do to stick with it long term? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:56:03 EST If at first you don't succeed... Trying again! I've been sparking off and on under different names for years but life changes had me too distracted with everyone else's issues for the past 3 1/2 years that I didn't stay focused on my own life for more than a few days at a stretch. This year though its time to move beyond MY fences that have held me back from where I want to be in my life and my new years resolution fits that perfectly... <BR> <BR> I'm done! That's it. No promises to myself that I'll wind up breaking just t... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:25:53 EST Public introduction so that I can't keep hiding! Good morning, everyone! My name is Amy and this is my 2nd, ... no, 3rd attempt at SparkPeople! This time, I am trying to take steps that will make it more difficult to just walk away! <BR> <BR> I am 38-years old, got remarried a year ago, have a 14-year old daughter, an 8-year old son, and have taught high school math (currently calculus, precalculus, and financial algebra) for 16 years in Washington State. <BR> <BR> I tend to blame my job for my weight problems. I go to work too early to e... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:44 EST Finally Saying Hi! Even though I've had a Spark account for over a year now, I am finally at the place where I've begun to be motivated. I gained another 20 pounds shortly after signing up, but over the last month, I've lost that plus 4 more pounds and boy do I feel like I can actually do this! So, I guess it's time to stop being shy! I'm 36, and the mother of four. I am disabled, but trying to become more active. I walk about 30 minutes a day right now, and have been eating mostly veggies and lean proteins lik... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:18:25 EST Hi all I have been wanting to lose weight for several years. I cant seem to get my self off the couch and away from the snacks. I'm tired and my body hurts all the time, that makes it hard to do anything. I have tried gym memberships, weight loss programs, doctor prescribed weight loss medications etc. I just want to set a better example for my girls. Something has to change... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:38:54 EST Hello Everyone! I am done with this weight DONE DONE DONE! I keep losing and gaining and I have too much to live for to keep all this extra weight on me preventing me from doing all the things I want. The hardest part for me is my emotional struggles and attachments to food to comfort. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:16:07 EST Hi :-) Hey Im Candice new to the team starting to lose 50 lbs :-) Excercise is my hardest task!! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:58:16 EST New to the team! Is there anything more revealing to your self perception than having to shop for new clothes? I have gotten a new job recently and went shopping tonight to buy my work outfit. <BR> <BR> I know I have become heavier over the last year and a half due to one family crisis after another and relapsing into my old way of dealing with things, but I came out of the store dressing room feeling like a different person than when I went in; horribly, utterly ashamed of myself and wanting to hide. I did... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:32:22 EST fingers went numb during exercise I am just getting back into exercise and ended up on the elliptical for the first time in a while. there were some intervals involved (slight, since I tried an easier setting to ease back into routine). Well, about 15-20 minutes into it, I started to feel a bit of tingling in my hands, which didn't go away even after I moved my hands from the moving bars to the stationary hand grips. I wasn't going particularly hard and don't recall my hands ever go numb during exercise before. <BR> <BR> Now... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:01:12 EST New I'm new, just made my profile today, though I did successfully lose weight a while back on sparkpeople, I gained everything back over thelast couple years. Starting over, focusing on health and small changes, and going to a weight watchers meeting today for extra in person help and accountability. Looking forward to making some friends on here :) That was the best part of my experience last time, the friends and support, both given and received. Looking forward to a great healthy 2015. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:58:05 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:34 EST Newbie I've lurked around the site for a couple of months. New things tend to overwhelm me so I've stayed quiet and hidden. But I guess its time to come out of the corner and using this to actually help me. A little about me, i'm 37, and fat. There I said it. I am Fat. I hate being fat so I am just hoping being active here will help me stay more motivated and less discouraged. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:14:40 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST finally losing the baby weight?? Hi there!! I'm currently at 209 which is heavier than I've ever been in my life. I shouldn't complain as the weight happened during 2 healthy pregnancies of 3 children (twins +1) but it is still difficult for me to see the 2 on the scale every day. <BR> My pregnancies were not healthy weight gain either - pasta, fast food, huge sandwiches, fried foods, etc. I would have been better off staying healthy and gaining around 40 rather than 60+ pounds each pregnancy, but we can't change the past! ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:18:26 EST Hello Everybody! I just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself. I'm Kelli, and I live in Nebraska with my dog and my cat. I have decided to start taking care of myself, and loving myself the way I deserve to be loved, and treat myself the way I deserve to be treated. I appreciate everybody's support, and I hope that I can be there for you in the same way that I know you're there for me. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic Friday and enjoy your weekend! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:02:05 EST Newbie Hey. My name is Amber and I live in (paradise) also known as Key West, Florida. I've lost 40 pounds so far but slowly losing motivation. Hoping SPARKPEOPLE can help. :-) Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:54:18 EST The New Girl Hey there! My name's Nichole and i'm from Oklahoma. I'm 30 years old and have about 55 lbs to lose. I live with my husband of 10 years and our 3 amazing kiddos. This Christmas my father decided to do something about all his girls constantly talking about needing to loose weight and started a "biggest looser" challenge for my mom, 2 sisters and myself. I think it'll be a great way to encourage us to lose weight (and who says no to daddy's money). Anyways I've never really been able to stick to... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:30:41 EST Trying again! I was a fellow SP member a few years ago and had life get in the way. I fell off track. This year I committed myself to starting fresh, taking it one day at a time and hopefully loosing weight and getting healthy again. Recently I had become very ill with Shingles from all the stress I've been dealing with. I also had a discussion with my doctor about my immune system being so weak and not being able to figure infections without medication, because of this I'm trying a more natural, less ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:51:33 EST Tying something new based on dr's recommendation Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople. My husband and I need to lose a significant amount of weight. I joined this site at the recommendation of his dr. Hope this can give us both some good success! We are going to try out some of the meal plans to begin with. Has anyone had success using the specified meal plans? <BR> <BR> I have tried other weight loss programs without much success. I'm hopeful the this community, in addition to the suggested meal plans, will provide the help we ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:46:01 EST Hello, starting fresh! Hello, I am here to start up again, fresh and new. I am 38 with at least 70 pounds to lose. I will now lose this weight before I have to join the 40 somethings with up to 99 pounds to lose lol. I have not been active on Spark for a few years. Hello to everyone! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:37:31 EST motivation doesn't come easy Intoduce myself, lets see about 60# over weight. Need motivation everyday because its so much nicer to lay on the couch and read. I've tried many different programs and quit because they are too expensive. Doesn't help in the long run. Found this site and its not much different than everything else, and has a big benifit of cooking ur own food. Prepackaged food is not so good. And I'm allergic to coconut so it's hard finding a premade supplier that doesnt use coconut in some way. Well thats a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:22:07 EST Hi there!! Hi everyone! It's wonderful to "meet" all of you! It's an incredible feeling realizing how many people are in the exact same situation all the while having an opportunity to learn and grow from one another's experience. <BR> <BR> I turned 30 in September. The age aspect doesn't scare me one bit - but realizing that I STILL hadn't followed through with the one thing that makes me uncomfortable in my own skin certainly did. I've had some success in the past, but never stuck to anything long en... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:23:57 EST Moving over from the 20 Somethings Hello there! <BR> <BR> Long time Sparker but new to the team! <BR> <BR> I'm at my highest weight every in my life and trying to lose 60 lbs, eventually <em>211</em> . <BR> <BR> I'm married to a wonderful man and we have one son. Ideally, I'd like to lose about 30 lbs before trying for baby #2. <BR> <BR> I work full time and don't really have a fitness routine in place, yet. <BR> <BR> I've restarted my fitness journey so many times I've lost count. But I'm still here, I refuse to ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:53:33 EST Trying again Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Jen, I'm 31 years old and I'm at the heaviest I've ever been at 217 lbs. I've made a lot of excuses for my self in the past but I'm not going to let myself do that anymore. My biggest motivator is to get healthy before my husband and I try to conceive. I want to be as healthy as I can so when we do decided to try to get pregnant, I provide the best environment for the baby to grow. <BR> <BR> I joined a gym on the 1st and so far I have been every day except the 3rd. A g... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:02:36 EST Introducing myself to the team..... Greetings... <BR> My name is Renita I am a mother of 3, grandmother of 1 (yes, at 3o something yrs old) and a wife to a wonderful man. After having my youngest (almost 10 yrs ago) and dealing with his health issues I let go of myself. I weigh more now than I did when I was pregnant with him and I gained 70 lbs in that pregnancy. <BR> <BR> Anyways now it is time that I take care of myself. For the past few years I have gained so much weight and it is taking a toll on my health. :( I want to... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:17:02 EST Newbie signing in... My name is Carmen and I'm sorta new. I've been on Sparkpeople for years but couldn't manage to make it last very long....a few weeks at best. This time I believe it's going to be different because I now have God on my side. I mean, my life has totally changed for the better and I have officially run out of excuses. :) <BR> <BR> I love to eat and carbs are my major problem. I started doing the Keto diet on Saturday (low carb/high fat) and it's going well. I was going to start working out ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:06:48 EST New to the Site, Seeking Support! Hi everyone. I'm Knight. I joined the site today after I saw someone in my Facebook feed comment about liking this website for tracking their activity and calories. <BR> <BR> I am one of many, many people that made a New Year's Resolution to be healthier in 2015. It is, however, the first time I've ever made any resolution at all. <BR> <BR> I used to be very athletic. Archery, lacrosse, and karate were all things I used to excel at. But 10 years ago, I was in an accident, and that resulted ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:21:22 EST I can do this...right? Hello there! My name is Donna. I am a nurse practitioner student and am really struggling with my weight. I need to lose the weight for myself and my family, but I also need to do it so I can be the most effective clinician that I can possibly be. My goal is to lose the weight and therefore be able to counsel (and perhaps even inspire!) my patients on weight loss. I was a SparkPeople member many years ago (I don't even remember my old name) and lost 20+ pounds, but I have much more than that... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:02:37 EST Hello from Minnesota Hi, my name is Rachelle and I am rejoining Sparkpeople after a couple of years away. I am a single mother of three beautiful girls and run a pretty busy schedule, so I am working towards making a commitment to take more "me" time. If anyone would like a support buddy, please feel free to add me as a friend so we can support each other.Happy new year to all you all- wishing you all lots of success! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:45:41 EST New from Delaware My name is Aisha. Im new here but not new to Spark. I was on Spark for the first time 10 years ago and it helped me so much with being fit then. This time im back and excited to shed so many unwanted pounds and to begin to feel wonderful about myself again. <BR> <BR> Im always open to new support systems. Enjoy your day. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:40:18 EST Day three Hi! This is day three for me, so I am still learning how to navigate this site. It's kind of confusing, but I guess it will get easier. I am not really sure how to have "friends" since I only get messages from Sparkguy who is getting kind of annoying. ha! But, I do like the nutrition and fitness tracker. After a holiday get-together today, I have only 99 calories left for dinner. oops Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:13:12 EST Rewards for losing.... Hi! I was just totally inspired by SARAHSLY and her weight loss, especially liked how she set a big concrete reward for losing 10% of her body weight. <BR> <BR> I'm going to do the same and was wondering if anyone else had set out rewards? And what they are.... <BR> <BR> I'm going to reward myself with a new iPhone 6 when I lose 10%, which is 22lbs (also happens to be when I get under 200lbs for the first time since last April). This will be motivating for me because my current cell is ne... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:15:40 EST Losing it for my girls Hi there! I've been on and off Spark People for years. I know tracking works for me - when I stick with it. I usually go at it hard for a few weeks and then fall off after a 'bad' day. I know exercising helps me stick with it, so I'm trying to do 30 min on my arm bike (paralysed from chest down, limited exercise options) every day. <BR> Hoping that trying the support from these message boards helps. <BR> Trying to focus on getting healthy and losing weight so that I can be here and stay ac... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:00:53 EST Newbie from half way round the World Hi all <BR> I'm a 30-something girl from Denmark and I have decided to get fit and get healthy. Stumbled across SparkPeople and I like what I see. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know more about this site and to take part in your journey as I invite you to take part in mine. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:42:19 EST New Member looking for tons of support Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Griselda and I am new to this site... I am very excited to start this path of healthier choices and a healthier life. Well one main issue I know I have encountered my whole life is the compulsive overeating habits I have. I think that's been the main reason of my being overweight, I have minimized it a bit but it is still a problem and it will probably continue to be a problem the rest of my life. However, I have learned to be open about it and let othe... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:55:34 EST Yoga when you are very overweight Anyone do yoga who is/was really over weight? I also have rheumatoid arthritis and had surgery on my right wrist (non RA related, but I can't put weight on it). <BR> <BR> I tried the Leslie Sansone Yoga workout and thought it was OK, but it was still a tad hard for me. <BR> <BR> Anyone try the sparkpeople yoga videos? <BR> <BR> Any help or direction would be great! Thanks so much! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:24:53 EST 2015 pounds to lose in 2015--Join in & read 1st! Hey howdy and welcome <BR> <BR> This is a basic group contribution challenge that just needs your weight loss efforts and some elementary math skills. We start at 2015, and when each person loses a little weight, they subtract their loss from the group's current total and put the new total down (please check the math, though). <BR> <BR> We're focusing on the positive and counting losses, so if you've gained, DON'T ADD the weight, just focus on the losses. Just put in whatever you lost sinc... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:25:25 EST Just someone who wants to live life again.... I am a 36 mother of 3, grandmother of 1 who just needs to get back in shape and lose lots of weight. I want to be healthy for my family but most importantly for myself. I always put others before myself and by doing so I gave up on myself. I lost my younger brother to brain cancer a few months ago, before he passed I promised him that I would live my life for the both of us. I need to take my life back but I have no idea where to start. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:13:22 EST Intro Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm a 30 year old mom to two. I wish I could say that my many extra pounds were just baby weight but my kids are 11 and 9. I actually didn't have any trouble losing the baby weight, but then in 2012 I went on an anti-depressant and gained 60-70 lbs over a two year period. (It got me through a very rough time, so despite the weight, I have no regrets about taking the medication.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have been off of it for a couple of months and have slowly, effortlessl... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:45:00 EST Using the SparkPeople meal plans Does anyone use the suggested meal plans? I was thinking about trying them because I know I don't end up with balanced meals on my own, but my grocery bill & the amount of wasted food would be outrageous! Is there any way to tweak them so that you're only buying what you can actually use up within a week? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have good suggestions that they have come across to make healthy meal planning work for them? I've read a few resources, but it still seems so tough! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:17:45 EST Refocusing to get back in the lifestyle Hello! <BR> <BR> I turned 30 this year and thought about getting fitter, but didn't really commit and so didn't make any progress. Since the holidays are a time always full of food, I decided to spend the time reviewing what I really want and trying to create some SMART goals to go with them. I realized that a couple of years ago when I was more committed and saw my fitness improve that it was because I was in regular contact with other people on SparkPeople, so I'd like to start building so... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:10:53 EST Back again .... Hi everyone, I have been on Spark before and lost a bit but still have 60 pounds to go. As it is a new year (nearly) I have decided to have a fresh start and so have set up a new account. Good luck everyone for a happy and healthy 2015 :-) Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:21:49 EST Finally ready to lose the baby weight! Hello Spark People Community, <BR> <BR> I am a 37 old single Mom in Iowa. My twins will be 12 years old in May. I still currently have all the baby weight I gained with them plus a few extra pounds. I have recently decided that I really want to get healthy again. I am really enjoying the Spark People website, there is so much great information and I feel really motivated! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:03:35 EST Newbie looking for accountability buddy! Hi team! <BR> I'm Kim, 31, looking to lose about 70 pounds. I need all the help I can get! I'm an impulsive/convenience/emotional eater and really need someone to like text me every day and help me stay accountable! I am more than willing to do the same for you as well. If you're interested, feel free to Sparkmail me, that's probably the easiest way to reach me cuz I have trouble keeping track of all the chats on this team and on the website in general. I just joined Spark on Dec. 24 and... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:42:51 EST New to the Group Hi All, <BR> <BR> New to the group. Bit about myself... I'm 39 and a mom... I've struggled with my weight my entire life and for much of my childhood always heard "such a pretty face... if only you lost a little weight." I became a mom when I was young, and after 2 kids have finally accepted that with a 12 year old and 20 year old I can no longer use "baby weight" as an excuse. Starting the long journey to losing about 75 lbs, but am starting off with a small goal of 10 lbs. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:13:45 EST Looking for texting buddies Hey, I am looking for people who are interested in exchanging phone numbers to text one another encouragement throughout the week. I have 83lbs to lose to reach my LTG weight. I really could use some motivation from like minded individuals. I am not always able to get on spark everyday and to be honest I don't really like the spark app via my phone so I don't use it that much. Is anyone interested in being texting buddies with me? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:55:11 EST hello there I've been doing the off and on weightloss thing for what seems like forever, tried 'everything' and nothing worked. I always felt awkward at the Gym, I don't like people looking at me while I workout (or feeling like they're looking at me). I even tried OA but it just wasn't for me <BR> <BR> Recently I became part of a group of mers locally (men and women who make/buy tails and swim like merfolk). The first time I was in the water with a loaner tail things changed, something clicked in me. S... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:02:47 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:55 EST I need support Hi <BR> I'm Monica and I am 31 years old. I live in Southern WI and work two jobs. Hopefully, this finds someone going through the same issues and we can befriend each other for support. <BR> I am at my wits end with this weight loss thing. The more I convince myself to workout the more I just sit on the couch and feel sorry for myself. The past year and a half has been stressful and the end result is that I am now sitting at my heaviest weight of 220. Where did all this weight come from? ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:42:17 EST Starting Again I am starting again- and taking baby steps to make changes. I find myself constantly being busy- I have two small children and I have always put them first. My husband works full time and is in the military- as well as working myself. I am trying to make exercise a priority in the mornings, since that seems to be the only time I have to myself. Making the changes with food and making healthy changes. I am happy to join this group- and here to support and be supported. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:12:55 EST starting over Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting over for the last time! I'm tired of saying "i've been too busy to exercise" I'm always busy. I need to make time for myself. I have a very busy, and fun year coming up in 2015, and I don't want to be miserable during all the celebrations because I am self-conscious. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be 35 in July. I have at least 60 pounds to lose between now and then. I know I can do it. I have my husband behind me, and my cousin as a gym partner. I'm g... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:10:56 EST Back to the Spark I am finally taking the initiative to be serious about losing weight again. I lost 70 lbs about 4 years ago with spark people, and I felt the best I've ever felt in my life. Unfortunately I hit some rough life events, and as an emotional eater, gained it all back plus a few pounds. I loved sparkpeople before, and I am looking forward to getting to know many of you and losing this weight again. Hopefully for good. My goal is to be down at least 50 lbs by May or June of next year, although I ne... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:51:49 EST Newbie saying hello... Hi I'm Mae & I just joined SP. I recently turned 35 & I'm tired of being & feeling unhealthy. I want to lose weight, but more importantly I want better health. So this will hopefully become a lifestyle change for me. I welcome any advice, tips and friendships that come my way. I'm also a positive person in general so would love to return the support & encouragement to others. Together we can do this! Have a fabulous day! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 04:39:41 EST retrying to lose weight Im 31 and im at my highest weight in my life. Im trying this again for myself and my husband. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:33:20 EST Hello from Kansas! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to SP, but the time has come to get serious about my weight loss. I've yo-yo'd all my life, and was actually close to my goal weight about 2 years ago. In that time, I let stress get the best of me and gained back nearly 50 lbs. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm the heaviest I've ever been, but it really hit home for me last week when I was at the doctor and saw him mark "obesity" as a health concern on my chart. I'm not blind; I know I'm overweight, but I think I was ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 02:11:46 EST New Again Hi everyone! My name is Holly and I'm returning to SparkPeople after being gone for a while. My goals seem simple to a lot of people, but they seem daunting to me when it comes to actually working towards them - get off my medication for diabetes, high blood pressure and depression and actually live and enjoy my life. I need SparkPeople for the accountability and sharing my goals and struggles with others in similar situations. It's good to be back. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:56:34 EST Insanity Max 30 team Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> I didn't know if anyone was planning on getting Max 30 for Christmas but I started a team and would love for you to join! <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=64021 Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:58:28 EST Brand new Hey everyone. I'm Sabrina and I'm 38 yrs old. I live in Maryland. I would like to lose 55 lbs within the next year <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me if you would like Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:36:18 EST accountability partner Hi, my name is nette, 32 years old, married with 4 kids located in Dallas,Texas. I am in need of a weight loss buddy. I am so tired of starting over, and over, and over I am at my breaking point and it's time to get serious. I really need help. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:55:56 EST Starting over ....Again! hello to all I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. once again I've decided to start something new. Since ive last logged my stats I've lost close to 3 pounds. No major changes no exercise yet just drinking more water I went from no water to about 5 to 6 cups a day no junk food and I've actually been eating I had 3 meals yesterday. I had no cravings for picking or snacking. I have not done any exercise yet I plan to start Dec. 1st I've been using spark people to log my food.... I read... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:13:03 EST victorious_diva Hi fellow Sparkers....I could really use some support. I am trying to lose weight and fight againt medication that causes weight gain. I want to be healthy and I hope Spark can keep me going to see results. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:55:26 EST thanks! Thank you for the welcomes! Look forward to working with you guys towards our goals. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:19:36 EST Hello from NJ Hi Everyone, <BR> Was on the verge of having lapband and decided to try this the natural way... again! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all :) Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:41:23 EST Advice & Opinions Ok, I need some advice. I have to lose about 80 pounds. I work a demanding sedimentary job that sometimes requires A LOT of hours. Also, to be quite frank, I'm lazy and L-O-V-E all the wrong foods. I've tried to "budget" my calories but it only ends up with me wanting to eat the entire pantry by the time I get home. While I might be able to find motivation today, I'll most likely be tired and lose it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> What am I supposed to do? For every nugget of information I hear, there ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Newbie Hi, I'm the newbie to this group. Trying to use SP again. My goal is to lose 66lbs. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:04:24 EST Hello! Hello!!! <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. God has blessed us with 2 children. Our son who is 9 and our daughter who is 1. We live in the southern part of Kentucky, but I was born and raised in a small, farming community about 45 min out of Cincinnati, Ohio. <BR> <BR> I've always had a hard time with my weight. I always hoped I would grow out of my whole "chunky" stage and I did...just not the way that I was hoping. I grew right o... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:12:45 EST