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 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 HI THERE! Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:46:59 EST HI THERE! Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:44:23 EST HI THERE! Hey guys! I'm a returning spark. I wanna lose 50 pounds and am determined to get more involved with my teams and be more determined to get healthy!! Feel free to add!! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:44:02 EST Extremely Sleepy!!! I don't understand why... i started spark today and i'm trying to keep with the plan. but i'm extremely sleepy. so exercising is the last thing on my mind. and seeing how i have a teething 10 month old baby i just want to sleep with her...i feel like i'm deprived of sleep right now. i want to either go drink 2 strong cups of coffee or sleep.... any ideas why i'm so sleepy.... i was sleepy before because of her teething.... but maybe my body lacking foods and beverages its use to.... i dunno..... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:27:53 EST Hi, kinda new today! I want to start a healthy lifestyle & prevent that winter 15 I put on every year. Today sounded like an ok place to start. <BR> Don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today. <BR> & this sounds like a great support team. <BR> I'm a single mom with 3 kids, 15,10, & 2. I will be 33 in February. I also have MS that effects my mobility some days. <BR> I know we all can be successful in this journey, whatever it is & however it brought us here. <BR> <BR> Dannielle Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:39:45 EST Hello After having my fourth baby I have reached my heaviest weight is time to go back to my old self and get healthier. Count on all of you for support Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:06:41 EST Not a HUGE problem, but could use some advice This is my __th time attempting to lose around 70 pounds. There has been a lot of trial and error over the years. The last time I successfully lost 27 pounds after finding that I had actually been taking in too few calories. I increased my daily intake to 1500 from 1200 along with 45 minutes exercise and lost an average of 2.5 pounds per week. <BR> This time I have a FITBIT tracker which I use to ensure that I get 10,000 steps per day. I get about 6,000 of those during an hour-long walk/jog i... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:55:43 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Shawanda Muse, I am 33yrs old and I live in Selma, Alabama. I joined SparkPeople because I need help to reach my goal by my 40th birthday and the help that I have at home is not enough. I welcome all help. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:34:00 EST Hello fellow 30 somethings! Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark people, and joining because I have 56lb (4 stone) to lose before my wedding next year (woo!). <BR> <BR> My plan is to follow the 4 hour body diet but using nutritarian recipes (I'm literally just finished cooking up my dinners for the week). I'm also starting swimming lessons on Wednesday (I can already swim but I just want to take lessons so I'll push myself a bit more). <BR> <BR> I'm joining Spark people mainly to hold myself accountable with a weekly wei... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:35:29 EST Greetings from the desert Hello everyone! I joined SP yesterday and as I love to waste time at work browsing forums I figured I'd come over here :-) I'm 33, married, have a toddler, work full time and would like to lose about 65 lb. We recently state-hopped to Arizona so life is in a state of flux at the moment. I'm hoping to reach my goal by July 4th, which is a tall order, but I prefer to set lofty long-term goals for myself even if I don't accomplish it in that amount of time. For now, my short-term goals are ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:10:45 EST Back after a year, feeling lost. Good afternoon everyone! <BR> I last logged into spark a week after I found out I was pregnant. That was exactly a year ago today. Now I have a healthy and *if I do say so myself* gorgeous 3 1/2 month old baby boy. I also have another 10lbs on my already obese body. <BR> I clock in at 220 now. And at 5'2, that's shockingly overweight. <BR> I feel so lost. I just can't wrap my mind around where to begin. Even though I know there are articles and everything on where to begin... I just feel li... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:24:07 EST New to Spark I lost 50lbs on myfitnesspal back in 2010-2011 and I've been slowly gaining it back since I stopped tracking in 2012. I'm here so I don't lose all that work I've done and to get me back on track. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 03:18:08 EST Intro weigh in Just started yesterday at 187.7 lbs Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:04:00 EST Intro weight Just started yesterday at 187.7 Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:03:06 EST Hello Team!! I am new here but excited to start my journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:01:41 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I am currently trying to lose weight through logging, exercise and using the plate method used by diabetics. So far, none of this is working. Also, I tend to hold lots of water weight which makes the scale a scary thing unless I have been doing some real manual labor. Can I just get a break? lol. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:31:02 EST Hi everyone Hi there, <BR> I am new and offiically joined yesterday. My goal is to lose 68 lbs. I have been living healthier the last year... eating better, exercising regularly and while mentally I am better for all of that, the scale hasn't seen any improvement. I lose a few then gain a few and just can't seem to make any headway. Which is another reason I am here. My biggest downfall is consistency and my goal in SparkPeople is it will keep me accountable and consistent :) <BR> <BR> Last weekend... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:09:34 EST Hello Team!!! My name is Kerry, I am 37 years old and need to lose 50lbs at least. I have 5 kids and two fur babies, and an amazing loving husband! I work full time and I am also taking classes for work. So pretty much I am a busy girl and having been putting myself last. I have tried many different diets and I lose a few pounds but then lose focus. I am ready to make this work. Any advice you have would be wonderful. Already I have found this journey to be great and I am really pushing myself. I am lookin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:53:28 EST Hello Team!!! My name is Kerry, I am 37 years old and need to lose 50lbs at least. I have 5 kids and two fur babies, and an amazing loving husband! I work full time and I am also taking classes for work. So pretty much I am a busy girl and having been putting myself last. I have tried many different diets and I lose a few pounds but then lose focus. I am ready to make this work. Any advice you have would be wonderful. Already I have found this journey to be great and I am really pushing myself. I am lookin... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:52:17 EST I'm new Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST Just saying hello Hello everyone I'm new to the site. Feel free to friend me if you like. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:13:09 EST Staying Alive HI ! <BR> I am trying to lose weight once again. 7 years ago I weighed over 400lbs. Then just 5 short years ago I had gotten down to 225lbs. I got married to my wonderful husband. Tired to have a baby, only to find out I cant because of a doctor mess up. in the past 5 years I have had 4 miscarriages. My body is in no way on a balance of any kind. i have now gotten back over the 300lbs mark. I am so mad at my self. I tried to get my husband to lose weigh with me as well but he does not want to... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:10:27 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Hey Everyone! My name is Jess. I'm 31 years old, single and have no children. I currently live in South America, and am trying to lose 90lbs before I move back to the states in 13 months! I guess you could say I'm one of those "unsuccessful success stories" as about 7 years ago I lost 130lbs through diet and exercise...and then a year later put all but 20lbs back on. I know I can lose weight and be happy and healthy again....and I am finally ready to get back out there and do here I am! I hope ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:38:13 EST Emoticon <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:38:51 EST Newbie!!! Well I am on here because I am tired of the scale going up and down and I want to be more accountable! I have already lost 61 lbs but got a ways to go!! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:36:31 EST Hello Hi, may name is Joyce I'm a mom of three and go to school part time. I'm trying to loose the weight I put back on from having a baby, she's only six months old. I had finally lost sixty pounds and was able to keep it off for three years before becoming pregnant. now I'm just having a hard time loosing anything or even getting motivated, Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:01:56 EST New Team Member Hi everyone! <BR> I am a new team member. I've been a Spark member for a very long time with ups and downs, but I am recommitting to healthy goals. <BR> I love walking and stretching and cooking healthy meals for my family. <BR> My husband recently began his lifelong healthy journey (25 pounds in a month that stinker!), and I want to support him while looking and feeling better. <BR> This looks like a great group and I am looking for support and new friends. <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:14:05 EST Starting over In 2010 I lost 35 pounds with the help of SP, but since then I have gained it all back and then some. I blame the husband and kids, but I am responsible for my own poor food choices and lack of exercise. I recently got a hand-me-down treadmill, and set it up in the living room so I can walk while I watch my shows. I am hoping to make some big changes! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:12:30 EST Just Joined Today...Day 1 Hi! My name is Renee, I am 33 years old. I'm married, and I have 5 kids. (2 sons, 3 step-daughters) I live in Southeastern MN. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 50lbs. Maybe a little more, but right now I'd be really happy with 50. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by joining your team, I'll make some good friends and we can all support each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone!! --Renee-- <em>249</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:22:23 EST Returning after a very long hiatus :) I originally was on SparkPeople around 8 or 9 years ago and it really helped me lose weight and begin an active lifestyle. I became a bit of a gym rat and even became certified to teach RPM (the Les Mills branded version of spinning). I had regular classes I taught and I stopped using SparkPeople. I wasn't at my goal weight, but I was extremely fit and very active so I figured I didn't need to keep tracking my food. How wrong I was! <BR> <BR> About 3 years ago I had a career change that ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:14:52 EST New to Spark Hello! I am new to this site. I am very excited to begin this journey. I just need to stay excited and motivated! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:22:01 EST Hey everyone Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:11 EST Hi Hi I am new, have been on Spark people before but lost my willpower. Now I am back and hope to finally do it this time. I have very low self esteem due to my weight, I need to lose 60 pounds and Spark tells me that I could do this by next summer which would be fantastic. Now to stay committed!! <em>30</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:59:12 EST Very Depressd Today I don't feel like I can ever lose this weight! How do you handle days you feel like this? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:27:50 EST Challenge Accepted 14 pounds to loose - I got this! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:56:31 EST Reinventing My Life Hello All.. My name is Michelle and I'm new to all this and looking for advise and motivation and my new lifestyle change. I'm open to any suggestions and advise. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:42:20 EST come up with side dishes hello i just started yesterday, and I was wondering what you guy have for side items. my family just mainly want mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. when I fix green beans, or peas or even corn they turn it away. so I was making this tread to see if you all have anyway to spice up side dishes. to wear my family will want to eat with me, and nothing will be just plain boring. thanks Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:59:00 EST Good Morning! Introducing myself here. Hi All, <BR> I'm a returning member. 3 babies have kept me away and added a whole bunch of weight to my life. Time to reset and do a better job this time. I really want to be fit for my kids, and even want to consider having another (if I can get healthy first this time.) I love food, and eat it for all the wrong reasons. I have done spark twice before, but never really used the community forums. I'm giving it a chance this time. Hoping to make some friends I can reach out to. My name... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:18:14 EST Hello... retuning member! Hi everyone! Im a returning member. I really liked this site the first time around...this time it is so much better! I love what they've done with the site! Hoping to find all the motivation to stick to a healthy lifestyle change! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:40:01 EST Halfway To My Goal <em>213</em> Hi Guys. <BR> <BR> I have always been in the 30 Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose and it has just dawned on me that I have only 67 pounds left to get to my ultimate goal weight!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So here I am to join you guys. I hope we can all encourage each other to reach our goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:08:01 EST hey everyone Had a health screen and discovered my blood pressure is higher than it should be. I've been putting off dealing with the weight I need to lose, but now I know its time to try and start making some positive changes and sticking to them! I have several things working against me - a lot of stress, emotional eater, and honestly, a lack of motivation, but I know I need to do this. Anyway, looking forward to using the website and hoping it helps me stick to my guns and see some real results this... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:46:30 EST Starting my journey today I am currently at 300.6. joined the gym today so I'm anticipating the results by this time next Thursday :) Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:12:24 EST Hello Hi! I'm Audrey, and I'm not quite 30... I'll hit that milestone on December 17th. I'm a stay at home mom of 2 little girls (Xena will be 4 in December, Isis just turned 1). I started my weight loss journey most recently as 235 lbs last October just before having Isis. I had been on the journey since 2010, but I figure I might as well start off again with my most recent high. It's not the highest of the high, of course... that was 275 lbs when I was 21. I lost the weight then following an ecto... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:34:50 EST Trying something new. Hello. I'm trying something new to see if making healthier choices will finally stick. Here's to looking better by the summer. :) Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:12:16 EST The road to 200 lbs. Hi everyone, after many starts and stops, I've been motivated to finally lose this weight that I need to in order to be healthy. My name is Erica and I'm 36 (almost 37) years old. I'm currently at 256 lbs. and I need constant motivation to lose this weight. I enjoy working out, but I can't do too much that is heavy on my knees, because I have arthritis in one of them.. I'd like to meet other people who can share ideas with me about knee-friendly exercises. I am walking right now, so I'm also ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:13:59 EST hi hi.. im kaila. 31 (will be 32 in dec) sahm of 5 amazing kids.. and 1 angel baby.. we homeschool so the kids are always here. i am trying to lose weight.. my kids are 7,6,4,3,13 months... needless to say being pregnant 6 times in 5 yrs has killed my body. i have a pants size goal not a weight goal. id love friends who can help me stay motivated because thats my biggest problem. im unhappy when i look in the mirror but im soo tired from the kids i hate excersizing lol. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:32:14 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Patti and I've been a SP member since 2009 but I just came back yesterday. I lost a lot of weight when I first joined... and then stopped using SP and then gained all of the weight back. So, I think I've learned my lesson! I need support, and I need structure, and SP is there for me to help me accomplish my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I know I can do it again. It will be a long road but I can do it. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:21:42 EST Hi everyone So I started with SP back in July, but haven't really done anything. I decided its time!! I need to grow old for my family! I can do this, but I need everyone's health advice and motivation. Please! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:14:14 EST Hi Team! So I started on Spark earlier this year- but I REALLY started last week :P I look forward to reading the team page and seeing what and how everyone is doing. I'm also looking for an accountability partner, feel free to message me. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:57:26 EST Hi Team! So I started on Spark earlier this year- but I REALLY started last week :P I look forward to reading the team page and seeing what and how everyone is doing. I'm also looking for an accountability partner, feel free to message me. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:57:08 EST 2 Week Food Challenge Any one interested in joining me on a 2 week food/nutrition challenge? You can do any food plan that you currently do- just no "cheat" foods. <BR> <BR> I have done very well with tracking my foods, I have increased my exercise, but am not seeing any movement on the scale. I met with my nutrition coach today, and he is also not sure of exactly why. I usually have a 'cheat' food (less than 150 cal per day), but that should not be throwing me off- is it?! So I decided to do a STRICT nutriti... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:36:58 EST Weight Mirror web site for motivation If you want some motivation, search for the Weight Mirror web site. You can upload a picture of yourself, enter your height/weight, and then see what you'd look like at different weights. It's really motivating! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the one I did of my picture! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ompare.php?before=xlmforig-xlmf-68-15-<BR>109-140-540219.jpg&after=xlmf-68-15-10<BR>9-140-540219.jpg&ops=weight reduction-9%-; </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:09:24 EST New here. Looking for buddy Hi everyone! I am new here. I read the spark book a few years ago, but didn't do much with it. I am 35 years old and want to lose 60lbs. I am starting to get worried about my health and want to be a good example for my kids. I live in Illinois with my husband and 2 kids (8&5). I would be interested in buddying up with someone if anyone is interested. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:34:51 EST Hi Hi, I have just joined. I have been on Spark people before but I fell off the wagon. Now I am back to finish what I started :-) Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:53:26 EST New here, not sure how this works Hello, <BR> I am Amanda. I have 5 kiddos ages 12,10,2,1, and 7 weeks. Prior to babies 3, 4 and 5, I was an avid competitive runner. I also was a body builder. I was 139, size 2, Bmi of 28, although I only had 14 percent body fat. (I am 5 foot 4) <BR> <BR> Fast forward 3 years and today I am 227 lbs (granted my baby is just 7 weeks old and pre delievery weight was 262.) My bmi is 40. Yep, morbidly obese. <BR> <BR> In the last week I joined not one, but two gyms. I have seen a nutrit... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:29:10 EST New To Sparkpeople Hello everyone! It's my first day on Sparkpeople, and it's a bit overwhelming, but it looks like exactly the place I want to be. <BR> <BR> I turned 30 at the end of August. This time last year, I was at my highest weight (255 lbs). I managed to lose 20 lbs simply by making healthier meal choices, but I still have a long way to go. Today, though, was the first time I exercised in nearly 10 years and I hope to continue incorporating activity and exercise in this process. <BR> <BR> The reason ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:48 EST ready to loose all the extra weight Hello my name is Katrina and I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids and my kids are my world! <BR> I am 35 years old married to a wonderful man who works long hours. We live out in the country and only have on car so going to town to the gym is not an option for me! I am currently at my all time high of 264 and the last time i weighted just over 200 was the week i found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter Oct 7 2000. i have struggled with my weight all my life. I want to make this change be... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:03:43 EST Introduction Hello. <BR> I am coming back to SP after trying it on my own. <BR> I am super nervous about meeting new people and thought this might be a way to connect with new people who are in the same stage of their life as I am - mid 30's, married, professional, no children (but open to the idea), have 80 pounds to lose, and no one in my personal life is having the same issue. <BR> <BR> I am seeing an endocrinologist based on some hormonal stuff I have going on which may have an impact on my weight, b... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:45 EST Weekends- good or bad? Every week, Monday through Friday, I do great! I stick to plan for nutrition and exercise. The weekends seem to be my downfall. I don't do horrible- I try to stick to plan, but I tend to eat few more "cheat" foods. My exercise, is usually not as intense, but I still get it done... I do my weigh-in days on Mondays so I am still accountable for activities over the weekends, but I think it also just leads me to be more frustrated. What do you do to stay on track for the weekends? Or is you... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:30:23 EST I need to do this Hello! <BR> I need to start something. For my 2 girls, my hubby and myself! Hoping to get some extra support and motivation here :) Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:40:47 EST 2 year Sparker, but new to the forums. Hi everyone, my name is Cat. I've been at SP for almost 2 years now, but I haven't really gotten involved with the forums. I would like to do that now, though. I find that the more contact I have with others facing the same battle, the harder it makes me fight. The support on SP is amazing, and I feel like I'm just now getting into an untapped resource. <BR> <BR> I'm 34, and as of yesterday weight 260.6 lbs. My initial goal is just to make it to 199. From there I will reassess. I am a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:07:01 EST Newbie Hello everyone, I am new to the group, just dropping in to stay hi and wishing us all success on our weightloss. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:18:05 EST I must be missing something I went down t0 205 from 251 and holding now at 220. I just can not seem to make this whole process permanent. Life happens, struggles hit or work schedule changes and I just stop. I know how to eat right just like I know what I need to do to exercise but just don't do it. There is really no excuse for me. I work at an elderly home and know what it is like for people who do not live their best life possible and try to stay active. The ones who have a good positive outlook at living in my assis... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:42:41 EST Starting over...Again Hi. My name is Andrea and I have been sporadically trying to lose weight since a few months after my first daughter was born fifteen years ago. Every few years I decide I'm going to finally reach that goal of wearing a size 8 in jeans to match my size 8 shoes and make shopping that much easier. <BR> I usually manage to lose 25-30 pounds before sliding back in to convenience and laziness. <BR> This time, as with every other time, I am determined; not to fit into a size 8, but to reach a healt... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:51:54 EST Newbie! Hi all! Just wanted to introduce myself here. I'm Amy, I'm 31, and I'm a working mom. <BR> <BR> This isn't my first time working on getting healthy and losing weight. I grew up in a very unhealthy household and was overweight because of it for the majority of my life. As odd as it may sound though, it was never really something I felt (at the time) was holding me back. I felt like a fit girl in a fat girl's body, and I didn't really see an obese person in the mirror. I was in complete denial... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:16:54 EST Dont give up. God is your strength! Hi. My name is Lisa and im from Norway. I always struggle to loose weight,i am active and walk aloot almost every day but that is not enough for me to loose weight only to maintain my weight because i over eat almost every day.These last month Jesus has encourage me to loose weight, because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit i must keep my body healthy. I started every day now to pray towards my goals because i know tht prayer is the first step to success and if anyone else want to try t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:52 EST Hello! From Colorful Colorado! Hello everyone, I have been away from spark for so long that I had to start a new account just so that I could re-learn the website. I was in the best shape of my life before I left spark last time. I was able to maintain my weight loss of 25 pounds for the last 2 years that I was away but I am still a work in progress. I have no clue how I didn't gain any weight to tell you the truth.. I have been eating everything in sight and I just finally kicked a serious chocolate milk addiction over th... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:39:27 EST Hi Hi, I am Jenn. I am new to this website. I started losing weight a couple years ago and dropped 50 lbs, but I've put 20 back on. I had lost a bit of motivation but its back! I am currently at 205 and want to get down to 130. I am married, no children except two kitties. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:40:19 EST What needs Improving I really need to work on staying on point at the end of the week:/ Friday and Saturday this last week were not good days for me. <em>230</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:57:24 EST Hello everyone !!! I'm Maggie 31 years old mother of 3 boys and currently trying for my girl. I weigh 242lbs as of 3 weeks ago, the good thing about that is that I never look what I weigh but I feel it. I have tried prior to this and thought it was pretty ok but after a while I stopped using it I just wasn't motivated anymore. I decided to give it another try and by fooling around with apps I came across Sparkpeople and so far I have no complaints of course I'm still figuring out some things but e... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:35:32 EST Hello I'm a 30-something who is looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle (better late than never, right?) I am looking to lose some weight, but more than anything I want to FEEL healthy. Ideas about ways to motivate to workout are much appreciated ;-) <em>304</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:24:04 EST Hello, Everyone! My name is Megan and I want to get rid of a lot of weight (50 - 60 pounds)., to me this is a lot. I say "get rid of" because to say "lose" makes me think I want to find it again. I know it is weird, but that is me. <BR> <BR> I am a college student, a mother of three, and a wife. These are roles in my life that I proudly accept. I have been a member for a while now (since July, I think) but my ability to procrastinate kept me from doing anything about my weight, exercise, and eating habits. T... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:27:30 EST Hello Just popping in to say Hi. I have just joined and am hoping to lose 63 pounds. The Spark planner tells me that if I stick to this I could have achieved it by April next year. That would be fantastic! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:02:07 EST weight loss hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST Feeling Great! I've lost one pound so far since joining SparkPeople and making better choices in my life. Feeling stoked! <em>252</em> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:19:02 EST Been gone for a while I joined SP a few years ago. I went from 290 lbs to 150 lbs in about 9 months. I worked really hard! Over the last few years, I have started smoking again and gained most of my weight back. I got all the way back to around 260. The last weight I remember being, before starting back on my weight loss journey, was 257. As of now, I'm at 208. I would love to get back to around 150 again. I would be happy with that! If I lose more, that would be great! I've just decided that I didn't want my weig... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:09:21 EST Feeling out of sorts <em>24</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:22:31 EST Commited Food/Exercise Tracking Hi all, I just started back to SP 5 days ago. I'm at the point where I really need to lose 85lbs. Being here in the past and successfully losing 57lbs, I remember exactly what got me there....a big part of it was food/exercise tracking faithfully. I'm IN NEED of some daily SP users <em>48</em> who would be willing to take this challenge on with me. We will look over each others logs and help hold each other accountable! Who's up for the challenge????? Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:37:47 EST Starting something new Hi. My name is Michelle and my Dr. recommended this site to me. I'm needing some support in losing my last 55 pounds and hoping that I could make new friends. The best time for me to do my workouts are in the evenings. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:18:53 EST Sept to Nov 2014 loose 15kgs <em>9</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:32:19 EST Hi from the new girl! Hey all! I'm Lizz, 33 and I'm not so new to spark, and maybe even this team, but I'm new ish and trying to reinvent myself. I've got about 70-80 lbs to lose on top of the 20 I've shed over the last two years, to get me to a weight I haven't seen since I was in middle school. I've been seriously struggling with motivation and perseverance and although i'm good at being a supportive person and helping others, I'm horrible at letting people in and accepting help. I'm hoping that by joining Spark... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:34:22 EST well here I go again I had to reset and essentially just start over. so now I have been added to this team and I am hoping to keep moving forward. previously I had lost 33 lbs. but then gained back 5 or 6 due to loss of motivation that came from a couple of health issues and depression. I really am not ready to give up and I am finding it really hard to keep going however I know that I have to in order to reach my goals. this journey is much harder than I though it was going to be and staying motivated proved to ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:10:03 EST Hi there! Hi everyone, I am new to the team message boards but not to Spark People. I joined about 2 years ago and did great! I lost about 25lbs and was feeling awesome! Then for some reason my husband and I fell of the wagon and I gained every pound back plus a few more. I just lost all motivation. I am trying this again and hoping that I can fully make a new lifestyle for me and my family. That is probably one of the main reasons why I am joining this team. I feel I need more of a group motivation. I... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:37:30 EST Hey There I am just joining and am in need of some motivation. In the past 2 years I started on this journey to a healthier me by ending a long time abusive relationship and quitting smoking. I am now trying to tackle my weight and live a happy and healthy life. I have made significant changes to better mine and my daughter's future and this is just one more step. Thanks for reading! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:41:57 EST hi there! Hi! I'm Amy. I am 32 and a grad student living in Nashville, TN. This account is new but I've used SP before with good results -- just need to get with the program again! Among my health issues are asthma and celiac disease, both of which make getting/staying healthy a little more difficult, but I'm ready for the challenge. I'm glad to be part of the team! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:33:50 EST I need support in mississauga Hi I just joined Sp and am a little nervous. I am a single mother that needs to start taking care of my health. I am really lazy and a stubborn person that needs motivation. I just moved to burnamthrope and Winston Churchill. I desperately need a buddy to work with please. thanks Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:21:11 EST New to the Team! Greetings! <BR> <BR> Not starting over but starting over with spark. I've been absent for about a year here. In that year I've reached quite a few goals and milestones including turning 30. When I first joined Spark I had 150lbs to lose and now I'm down to 75! Progress is slow but steady. By December I'm hoping to see onederland! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:19:32 EST Starting again Hello! I am Heather and I have been on the team for awhile but just now getting around to introducing myself and working on getting everything in order for myself. I look forward to getting know you along this long journey. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:18:38 EST hello from MT, ready to be successful! I have been exploring salespeople for a week now, I love the different short workouts they offer daily!! Just getting started so even these are a great challenge! I of course want to lose weight, but my main goal is to just become a healthier person, be more active so that I can enjoy what life brings my way! Nice to find a place where people are dealing with the same issues and offer encouragement along the way!! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:20:15 EST New to the team. Hi everyone I am new to the team. I faithfully tracked my food and exercise on here about a year ago. Then I quit, I could give you all my excuses but bottom line is I gave up. Well I'm back and now I have more to lose but am determined to give it my best shot. I did my first workout in 9 months today. I have more energy and feel great today. Although it did make me hungrier than normal. Well anyways I would like to say hi to you all and I hope you all have a great day. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:46:05 EST Saying Hello Hello all, <BR> I'm Nicole from Michigan, married w/2 kids. I'm looking to get healthy and lose weight. Overall I would like to lose about 50-60lbs. I'm having a hard time with motivation. Right now, I'm trying to make small changes with drinking more water and getting my servings of veggies/fruits in. I know it's going to take time so here I go, taking one day at a time. Stay blessed! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:52:10 EST New to the team today! Hey everyone! I have been on the weight roller coaster as long as I can remember, and this is my third time on Sparkpeople. The first time, I lost 75 lbs. Then I got married...LOL! The second time, I gave up because it cost so much to eat healthy. My third try now, I'm willing to do what it takes to get this weight off in a slower amount of time so it doesn't come back on so quickly. Just wanted to say hi and feel free to add me as a friend:) Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:27:32 EST 1 Thing I Need To Work On Improving This Week... What is 1 thing you need to or want to work on improving this week? We'd love to hear next week how you did, too! <BR> <BR> I need to work on eating better on the weekends. I don't eat poorly, but I think I really under-eat the good stuff (so I guess it could be considered eating poorly). I need to work on maybe getting in a few more healthy snacks for starters. We are so busy running errands and catching up after the work week that I forget to take care of myself. :) The last 2 weekend... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:28:25 EST Rania2006 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:13 EST Birthday Today! It's my birthday today, and I had "free" evening. I went out to dinner, and didn't even think twice about what I ate... ok, maybe thought twice, but did not go into it thinking I can't eat that, just can't eat alot of it... I tracked my calories for the meal, and it was high (about 1100) but I can imagine it could have been so much worse. Just so it didn't wreck the week... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:09:53 EST Greetings! I'm a 36 year old teacher with a long history of diabetes in the family and a bad habit of eating the cupcakes and munchkins my students bring in for celebrations! So far I have dodged the diabetic bullet in my family (I'm the only one who doesn't have it) but I do realize I can't count on my luck to hold. <BR> When I was in high school and college I weighed in at 145 pounds, which for my 5'5" frame, is in the normal range. Once i started teaching and adding "grown-up" stress to my life I st... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:13:34 EST question about personal goal weight Is anyone else's goal weight in the overweight BMI range? Sometimes I feel silly that I'm aiming to be overweight, but the weight is one I've been before and where I felt healthy, strong and confident. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:03:42 EST Where to workout Do you prefer to workout at home or go to a gym? I have been working out at home but my schedule is changing and it may work that I could join a gym instead/too. What do you do? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:36:59 EST So hungry! Ever since about two weeks ago when I really started focus on changing the way I eat, it seems like I'm starving constantly! <BR> <BR> In a typical day: I have cereal and fruit for breakfast. Sometimes peanut butter crackers as a snack. Lunch is usually a frozen dinner, leftovers, or a sandwich and some chips. And then another snack like peanut butter crackers or string cheese or something. Then dinner can be different things. Salad, sandwich and a side, grilled chicken sandwich. An... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:56:00 EST HELP! I go back to work on Monday! Its been easy to stick to my exercise routine all summer because I didn't really have a time frame to get it done. I have 5 extremely busy children (3 teenagers--enough said) and know I need to get my workout done in the a.m. in time to get to work at 730. Any suggestions on motivation to get going everyday by 5??? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:35:09 EST Hi, Everyone! I'm a 32 year old SAHM of 2 and have hit an all-time high in my weight. 259. I am 5'4. <BR> <BR> Today when I was buying my daughters' school supplies I remembered how LAST year I told myself "This will be the year I get in shape! Both girls will be in school all day!" Yeah, not so much...more like I gained an additional 45 lbs during their school year. If I keep up at that rate...well, I don't want to go there. <BR> <BR> I decided that I have to do this and I have heard good things a... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:52:09 EST In need of support for the long road ahead... hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've recently rejoined spark. I was an active member about 5 years ago and had some really great results. So now I'm back and ready to live healthy and take care of myself the way I should be. And to be honest, loosing weight is a motivator. <BR> <BR> I'm a type 2 diabetic and have hypothyriodism. And as most of you hypos out there know, loosing weight takes a LOT of effort. Sometimes it just feels like you work and work and work AND WORK and get nowhere. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:35:39 EST Advice Needed... Does anyone have any advice on how to workout with a sore back? I'm considered obese and I carry most of my weight in my middle, and I'm sure this is causing my lower back pain. It hurts to stand for long periods of time, including walking. I have a recumbent bike to use but I'm afraid it's not enough. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:12:58 EST I just ordered the Spark tracker...any reviews? I just ordered the Spark fitness tracker on Amazon and am very excited! It should be here Monday. Do any of you have it? I read a lot of mixed reviews online and wanted to check with fellow Sparkers to get your opinion and advice. Where do you clip yours? Thanks! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:10:30 EST A Mommy Losing It Hi Team, I am new to this team but not to SparkPeople. I have previously lost weight but regained it all. I need to lose weight for health reasons most of all and I have recommitted to my efforts of losing this weight, hopefully long term. I lost 20 pounds in July by starting to walk 30 minutes every day and eating 'less'. I still have a long weigh (hah!) to go. I would like to lose about 80 more lbs but would be happy with another 50 lbs gone to take the stress off my back, knees, etc. 2014-... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:26:19 EST Back for good. My name is Carrie and I was on Spark one other time. It worked great I lost about 20 lbs. Then life hit. I went back to school was working full time and gained soem of the weight back. Though I am still in scholl and still working full time. I was the most unhealthy I have ever been and am now ready to make a perment change. I have gone through the house and tossed out all the bad food. (my husband was pissed) I am keeping nothing but heathy food in the house my whole family is going to eat... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:00:56 EST Finally Healthy, but now overweight! I had a stroke when I was in my mid-late 20's and just as I was getting over it physically, I was in a bad car accident, which thankfully I was able to heal from, but all that time down and the meds did MORE than NOTHING for my 130 lbs figure! I have gained nearly a hundred pounds and am ready to get on with my life. :-) <BR> <BR> I am upbeat and happy though, I am thankful to be physically able to pursue this challenge and with God's grace I will shed this FAT and get my body back! I don't... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:10:31 EST Finding My Feet on my Journey of Change... Hi, So today is day 1, I'm not sure of what or how yet but I know it is time to do something so here is my first step to a whole new ME. My name is Wendy I hail from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal but now live in a beautiful country called New Zealand along with my husband two teenagers (one daughter, one son) and a Jack called Coco. Look forward to getting to know you all better as we all travel on our own journey of change. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:28:44 EST Labor Day Weekend (Yikes!) Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good ideas for foods that travel well and make good snacks for in the car or while away from home? Basically, we are visiting some relatives for about 4 days over Labor Day weekend. We know the people we are visiting don't eat very well (a lot of eating out, tacos, pizza, sloppy joes and the M&M bowls are ALWAYS out on the counter). I am looking for some good ideas for snacks and healthy, filling foods that my husband and I can keep in our bedro... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:31:58 EST New to the team... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and wanted to say hi. My quick story...I am 30, I have been on a roller coaster of diets throughout the last 10 years. I am finally ready to make a permanent change in my life....and NOT GO BACK!. I would love to have new friends join me for support during this life changing journey. Wishing everyone the best. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:49:18 EST New to the team... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and wanted to say hi. My quick story...I am 30, I have been on a roller coaster of diets throughout the last 10 years. I am finally ready to make a permanent change in my life....and NOT GO BACK!. I would love to have new friends join me for support during this life changing journey. Wishing everyone the best. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:48:22 EST Mrs. Determination is ready to go! Hello everyone~ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:21:47 EST Newbie Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Andie and I'm terrible at introductions! I'm one of those wallflowers at the middle school dance! <BR> <BR> I'm here to try and get an organizational handle on all this weight loss stuff. It's something I know I need to do, intellectually I know what I have to do, for the most part to do it, I just need a little help getting out of my own way I guess. <BR> <BR> Last year I lost 50 pounds on a medically supervised hell diet. I mean it was awful, I've put 20 poun... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:39:33 EST Hi everyone! Hi!! I am excited to jump right in and start shedding the pounds. My goal is to lose 50lbs. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:56:51 EST Newbie :) Hello!! Excited to jump right in and get going :) I've got 70 pounds to lose and my GOAL is to be at 140 by Summer 2015!!!!! Definitely want to end my 30's feeling fabulous :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:43:56 EST Hello Hi, I have just joined. I have been on sparkpeople a while back and lost a bit of weight but then fell off the wagon. I am hoping this time to stick with it and finally lose this excess weight. I am a stay at home mum to four children and have around 65 pounds to lose. I know this is a lot and it will take time and perseverance but I have high blood pressure and I am determined to get healthy again :-) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:14:17 EST New to the group :) Hi everyone. My name is Mandy and I am new to Spark People. I am excited to be here and involved in a support system. I am a kindergarten teacher in Las Vegas, NV. I never had an issue with my weight as a child. It was having children that did me in! I have 2 kids a boy who is 14 and a girl who is 11. After having them, my priorities shifted and I quit taking care of myself and tried to become super wife/mom and my body has paid the price. They are both older now and I have decided to get in ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:06 EST Tracileah My name is Traci and I am 18 months away from my 40th birthday. For my entire life, I have taken care of everybody else and put me on the back burner. I am a wife for 19 years and a mom to two very busy boys (12 and 14). I have decided, as a gift to myself, I would like to lose 100 pounds and maintain it by my 40th birthday. I am looking forward to the support I anticipate receiving on this site! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:36:20 EST Help!!! I have 22 days to lose as much as I can the good way. Now for those trying to help I am diabetic but very very poorly controlled (I know I know bad me) I work varied 3 hours with little time for eating let alone eating healthy, and I am a food addict! <BR> <BR> Please any suggestions would be wonderful Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:30:33 EST Almost 40, it's now or never Hello everyone, been on spark since July 19, 2014. Battling health issues, and need to get at least 50 pounds off. When I make it there, I will work on another 34... keeping up in here everyday is keeping me focused... thank you! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:02 EST Hello from ON,Canada! Hey everyone, I'm Robyn. I'm new to spark. Came here looking for community, inspiration and resources. I find I am more focused on my goals when I'm more involved (actively tracking and talking and reading about weightloss/fitness). Looking forward to being motivated and motivating others in the struggle we all share. <BR> Hope you're all having a wonderful, negative calorie day &#128077; Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:10 EST Hello Everyone :-) My name is Amanda. I am new to Spark People & still trying to find my way around. Wow, SP is amazing, with so much to offer!! I need to lose 50 pounds & become more active again. I recently had surgery & my activity level tanked. I have always enjoyed walking/jogging, biking & being outdoors. I loved the freedom, peace, & overall wonderful sense of well being it brought to me. I am staying positive & I am confident I will be enjoying these activities again very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:03 EST Hello From Devine Tx I have joined Spark with hopes of losing weight and toning up. We have diabetes and crohns disease in my family and I'm needing help with eating right and exercises for all the family to keep diabetes stable for my husband and away from my kids! I'm the crohnie and I know a lot of things I eat is trial by error but I need to do as much as I can to be as healthy as I can. Hope to meet some awesome ppl and have great support along the way! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:17 EST 8 cups of water too much? Does anyone find that drinking that much water is way too much? I literally go to the bathroom every half hour! it's Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:42:19 EST Hi from NL, Canada! Hi Everyone! My name is Samantha and I'm 38 years old <em>249</em> and I'm not new to SP but have let things fall to the wayside...again. But the good news is that I'm back at it...with some new perspectives. I'm looking for some buddies to help along the way! <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:36:04 EST Needing accountability! 30 with 99lbs to go. Hey everyone! <BR> I'm here to get accountable! <BR> I'm Kat and I turned 30 in April. In October 3013, I was at my heaviest weighing in at 314lbs. It was my wake up call, for sure, not being able to fit properly into a rollercoaster seat at Disney. My focus began with working on my mental and emotional state to be able to successfully work on my physical health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I started a diet and exercise plan at the beginning of July and I'm down 13lbs (!!) as of my last weigh... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:44:03 EST Interested in trying some new products for free? Hello! <BR> <BR> As you may know, partners with brands to keep our website free for you. Our goal is to work with companies who offer high-quality products that are relevant and useful to our members. We've recently partnered up with Meta® to spread the word about their new MultiHealth product line that supports wellness from the inside out. <BR> <BR> As some of our more loyal and active members, we would like to invite you try 3 new Meta products for FREE! <BR> <BR> Tho... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:27:36 EST newbie I am 33 years old i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a 7year old daughter and 16year old step-son. I have a rare form of celiac disease where my body kicks out protein that comes from animal flesh with the exception of fish. This makes if difficult to eat food that tastes good. Just hoping that there is anyone out there who hares even half of my situation. Thats basically me. I love t fish, camp, hike and float the river. I love my family and hope to stick round long enough ti be w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:41 EST Hi! Hi my name is Jeanette. I am on my third start with spark people and am determined that this time is my time! After seeing pictures from vacation, finding out that both my mom and my brother have been diagnosed with diabetes brought on by their weight and unhealthy habits, seeing a friend who has lost over 150 pounds by completely changing how she eats and doing Zumba and she looks amazing, and wanting to be a good role model for my kids, I have decided that I have to make some big changes. S... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:05 EST Hello from Burlington, Kansas Hello, <BR> My name is Elizabeth. I'm a 30 yr old mom of 2 with 50.4 lbs left to lose (I've lost 18.6 so far!). I've been on SP for a while, but I'm hoping to connect with some other sparkers to help keep me focused and offer support where I can. Looking forward to meeting you! <em>213</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:19:13 EST New Today Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a wife and mommy to a very darling 4 year old little boy. I am trying to get in shape and be healthy for myself first and my son to stop the cycle of bad eating habits. Looking for some great motivation! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:15:25 EST Am I really hungry? Sometimes after I eat a meal I still have a feeling as though I were hungry. I think to myself that I cant possibly still be hungry. Example for today's lunch, I had 3/4 c brown rice, 1 c black beans and 3 cups of a mixed veggie medley. about 30 minutes later I feel what I think is hunger. Does anyone else have this issue? Is there something I can try that will help or is this something that everyone goes through when they first start changing what and how much they eat? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:53:57 EST Hi everyone My name is Monica and I'm in real need of motivation. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:12:09 EST Not so new Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:11 EST Having to start all over. Turned 30 in may. I have two kids, a 7 yr old boy and a 1 yr old little girl. I work full time wake up at three in the morning which is making my eating an sleeping routine hard an a little out of wack. I had gotten down to a healthy weight but a month after my daughter I started to gain the weight back. So here I am again starting my journey to a happy healthier me. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:26:34 EST Hello from the Pacific Northwest! So I've been battling with my weight my entire life. I need to nip this problem in the bud. I very much enjoy eating, in fact I know I have emotional eating issues. I'm hoping I can find some good resources and A LOT of support from Sparkpeople :) My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a long time and there is no physical reason why I cant get pregnant. I'm afraid my weight may be a factor. I cant sit by and not try something that could result in finally being parents so I... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:21:39 EST Former leader, now a newbie Hi everyone. JerseyFlower here. Some of you may remember me, or you might see my name as the person who started some of the team's older threads (fun things, etc.) I was a team leader here for a long time, I believe in 2011 and 2012. <BR> <BR> It's time to introduce myself, because I've been gone and off track for a while. <BR> <BR> I have not adjusted to healthy living while being a parent. This is a whole new ball game for me. I rocked through my pregnancy, and through my son's newborn ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:52:07 EST Lorri Brown Hi everyone, My name is Lorri Brown. I just turned 33 yesterday. For 50% of my life I was a thin person and I was very active. The other 50% having babies and working all the time. I sit behind a desk all day long. I am very exhausted when I get home so there is no Gym time for me at all. I am away from my house for 15 hours a day. Tuesday I got with the girls here in the office and we have started a Biggest Losers challenge here at work. I am hoping that this gets me motivated. I try to eat ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:31:06 EST Problem, need some advice... So I am working really hard at keeping in my calorie range, getting exercise, and I have started taking Alli again. I was looking for a jumpstart to weightloss to keep me motivated. Anyway, on Alli, I am limited to 14 gm of fat per meal and a 14 gm of fat for a snack. I know it says 15 gm, but if I go over 14 gm, I have side effects (been there before and know my body). What the problem I am running into is that I am struggling to get the protein grams I need per day while staying in my c... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:57:17 EST Hi everyone I recommitted this morning to getting healthier. <BR> <BR> My life has been a mishmash of stress and drama over the last 4 or so months, so I've lost sight of my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of control over the other stressors in my life right now, but what I can control what I put in my mouth and going to the gym instead of watching endless episodes of Doctor Who and wishing the Doctor would just swoop me up in the TARDIS and fly me away. <BR> <BR> I'm a 37-year-old... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:42:01 EST Starting over Time to start over again. I always start over. Hopefully this time it sticks. I have 90lbs I want to loose. My name is Cindy and I am 35. I live in Oklahoma and have 2 kids and a husband. I work at daycare as an infant teacher. Hi all!!! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:50:23 EST Ready to do this! I am a mom of two... 3 including my wrinkly brown dog. :) I have two little girls one new one & one that's a sassy 2 yr old. I am looking for friends & support through this journey. Let's do this together! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:07:05 EST Getting a handle on everything Hi everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to SP, but not to tracking food and exercise. Before my daughter was born 2.5 years ago I did it religiously and lost almost 40 pounds. I lost more while I was pregnant (I was on a special diet for gestational diabetes) and felt great after she was born. With all the adjustments and lack of time, that all went out the window. I am now at a place to get back on the horse. I have spent the last week exploring SP and all tracking my f... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:56:51 EST so frustrated I've struggled with my weight for years now and I'm at the heaviest I've been- 212. I want to lose weight because I want to feel better. I feel sick all the time, either bloated or tired of weak or short of breath. I got a fitbit and started tracking my food but I feel so physically exhausted every moment that I don't have the strength to create my meals, etc. I have all these great ideas for healthy eating and meal prep and recipes, but I feel like I need to lose some weight and start to ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:51:36 EST Newbie Good afternoon, <BR> <BR> I a newbie to the group, but not to SP. Just looking for like minded people to reach out to on this wonderful journey to the best me. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> B Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:55:21 EST I am new here, and here are my "excuses"... Hello, I have been using this site to help with my health for about a month now. I did not lose a lot of weight but I think what I’m doing so far is better than nothing. :) <BR> <BR> I used a competitor’s site for about 2 years, and lost 45 pounds in total. I was very proud of myself and very happy about the results. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, because of different circumstances, and a lack of motivation, I regained 30 pounds pretty quickly. I still have some of the benefits of fitness that I... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:28:44 EST Hi! I am new! I joined about 2 weeks ago, and I so far I love SP. I was 236 but I have already lost 5lbs, my goal weight is 135. I really just want to be healthier. I got my mom and husband started and I am really looking forward to getting fit, so I can play and have fun with my kids. I have 4 ages 7 and under, and I am tired of being too tired or out of shape to have a good time with them. If you have any tips which help with making sure I use SP correctly let me know. :) Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:54:44 EST Now less than 100 pounds to lose to goal Hello, <BR> <BR> I started back with SP after a hiatus of three years in May of 2013. At that point I had lost 20 to 25 pounds and had about 130 pounds more to lose to get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Now, after losing a total of 50- 60 pounds - half of that with SP - I am less than 100 pounds to my goal weight. I need to lose about 90 more pounds. <BR> <BR> So I moved from the 100+ pounds to lose team to here. <BR> <BR> It was nice to realize I had moved a "level down" lol. <BR> <... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:07:42 EST Heart scare leading to me focusing on ME I am a 36 year old mom of 4 kiddos ( 14, 12, 9, and 7) and recently I wasn't feeling well. The doctor decided to do a bunch of tests including an EKG that came back abnormal. I FREAKED out! My mom had heart disease for years, finally passing away from it before she was even 60. I have never smoked so that was a plus. I don't have the all clear yet until I get a stress test on July 10th. But, the cardiologist doesn't think I have anything to worry about. Yet. But I DO need to lose 70-80... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:54:28 EST Hello Hi I'm Melissa and am new. I am married with two toddlers. I stay home with the kids and just started my own business of crafts. I want to get back to a healthy weight and am so glad I found this support system. I looking forward to getting to know all of you. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 19:57:08 EST I'm struggling and need some serious motivation. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm 30 years old and a stay at home mom to 3 beautiful children (8,6 and 8 months). Like many people here I've struggled with my weight almost all of my life. Having children has, needless to say, made my struggle so much more difficult. I've yo-yo'd through my weight loss and gain over the years going from 220 to 150 and back. <BR> <BR> When I was pregnant with my little girl I actually weighed the same the day I delievered her as when I got pregnant with her and... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:41:51 EST Im new sort of Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I'm here again...first time I joined Sparkpeople I lost 75lbs. I never reached my goal but I went from a size 18/20 to 10. Well I've gained 20lbs back due to falling in love and now I'm a 12 peeking at a size 14. I can't go back to a 18 so I'm ready to reach my goal. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:54:43 EST Hi Hi, my name is Emily. I have tried unsuccessfully to loose weight in the past. I think my goals were a bit too much to fast. Recently I got into a routine of preparing breakfast and lunch ahead of time to help me get into a routine of working at six-o'clock in the morning. I ended up loosing enough weight that I needed to buy new pants. That made me think that I should give weight loss a try again. Knowing that big goals overwhelm me I bought a fitbit fitness tracker to track my steps. ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:38:37 EST Hi! from St. Louis, MO I am obviously new here. Just wanted to say Hi! Looking forward to the journey. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:44:48 EST Hello Everyone!! Hello Fellow Sparkles!! My name is Zuleika (zoo_leigh_ka) but all my friends call me Suli(zoo_lee). I live in SoCal and totally love it. Ive been married for 9 years and have 2 wonderful kids.. a 12yr old boy and a 8yr old girl. I have tried starting my weightloss so many times and I have failed. Being a veteran its really hard to not feel guilty as how I look now and how fit I was when I was serving. I needed a real motivation and finally I have it. My sister is getting married in August a... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:57:39 EST Once and again.. here I go So I'm not new to SP, and I've been in this group for awhile. But I don't believe I ever said hi. So HI! lol <BR> <BR> I'm Robin. I have two kids, married and have about 150lbs and lose. My weight started with my first kid and went up from there.I'm not looking to get a perfect body. At this point I don't think that's possible. I'm very worried about having extra skin if I drop a lot of weight. Which I am determined to do. <BR> <BR> I bought a treadmill at Goodwill for $16.00. Yay me good... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:22:54 EST Getting involved Hello, my name is BJ. I'm not exactly new to Sparkpeople, my wife got me on here a few years ago but we're in medical school and sitting in classes 8 hours a day then studying for 6 to 8 hours in the evenings has lead to a very sedentary life and many poor eating choices so now I'm trying to lose the 50 lbs that I've gained over the past few years. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:30:27 EST Here I go again! Hey everyone! Just getting set up on this site. I've lost and gained many times but I have to give it a go again and make it last. I have three kids, a great DH and an awesome job. We wre so busy that I often just don't eat much at all. Gotta figure it out before the fall craziness starts again! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:57:51 EST Hi! I am new and apprehensive. Hi! <BR> <BR> I am new to this site. I just started today. I have a lot of weight to lose. Ninety-seven (97) pounds to be exact. My goals are to lose weight, get healthy and fit, and become a runner. I have always wanted to be a runner. Runners seem so strong and free. My dream to complete a marathon one day. Hopefully sooner than later! lol. Unfortunately, I need some get up and go. Hoping to find information and encouragement here. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Donna Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:05:18 EST New to the site I am new here to SparkPeople. I have been using MyFitnessPal and do like it a lot, I'm just exploring all of my options. Any tips for a newbie?? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:11:05 EST What's on your playlist for working out? Trying to create a fast fun playlist for the gym. I bet if we all post some of the songs we have on ours, we could get a great list going :) Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:24:18 EST Joining again after a long time I was a previous member, years ago. I decided to re-join today and I am so glad that I did. I need to be accountable for my activities and exercise and also for my weight loss (or in recent weigh-ins, my weight gain). Its time to lose some of this. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:36:20 EST I'm Glad I Found SP! HI Everyone! For the first time ever I can say that I'm finally able to lose weight for GOOD! SP is the first calories tracking program that actually helps me understand how much to eat and how much exercise I need to lose weight. I always knew I needed to eat 500 calories less each day to lose a pound at the end of the week but I was never able to maintain my weight loss because I wasn't tracking my food right. Plus I was working out so much that I just became mentally and physically exhaust... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:08:49 EST At the beginning of this journey Hi everyone! I am Jenny, and after losing and gaining for over 20 years, I am done with the yo yoing...and back on Spark after being away. I am so overwhelmed, but I know I just need to begin. I have lost 50lbs before, but always with the help of diet pills. So this is the first time I am attempting this without 'help'. <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:42:52 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. When I was last active, I was in the 20 somethings Team, but I've been an inactive member of this team for some time (since some random login in the past). So I gues... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:43:24 EST I'm a newbie also!!! I am looking for friends to help motivate me to shed some pounds!!!! All advise is welcome! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:42 EST over the years Hi, my name is Victoria, I'm 32 years old. I was on sparkpeople a couple of years ago, and had some success with it, but later deleted my account. Well, I'm back because over the years, the weight has been coming on. I gained most after a three month hospital stay in 2012, I stared buying all this food to compensate for what I was eating there. Later I was hospitalized again in 2013 and gained 20 pounds there. Now I gained 10 pounds more because of medication and lack of exercise. Enough is e... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:46:56 EST Its time Hello all, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople a few years ago and made some wonderful progress - then life and more excuses than I care to admit got in the way. Now its time for me to get serious about my weight loss because want to be healthier and happier for myself as well as my family. I would love to hear from other Sparkers about their triumphs as well as the hurdles they have encountered in their own journeys. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:50:11 EST Here is to trying one more time!!! I am 31 years old and grew up in the Binghamton area. I am a mother of a 2 year old beautiful girl and also help care for her 3 older brothers. I am looking forward to losing some weight (55 lbs) to be able to keep up with the little ones and feel better about myself. My daughter was well worth every pound.. but now that she is two..its time to shed that baby weight!! I have tried everything from to Shawn T T 25. I am hoping that learning to eat well and think differently about f... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:47:46 EST Hello from NJ Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kim, I'm 33 and looking forward to making a change for the better! <BR> <BR> I was a member of SparkPeople several years ago and I remembered how fun and motivating it was and thought it was time to return and get healthy. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 50 pounds by my 34th birthday in January. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to get to know you all! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:44:57 EST This is it! I am here and ready to LOSE I am a busy busy momma of 4 girls and I work full time. This is a pretty big commitment for me to make time for myself to lose weight but I see it as not a choice I can make but a must. I started my page and began my blog, and so so excited to see my transformation! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:28:39 EST New to the group! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Jen - I'm 30..about to turn 31...and need to start taking care of myself. I was at the doctor Tuesday and was weighed...OMG - that was like a kick in the gut (and a small wake up call). I might be at my heaviest and I DO NOT like it! <BR> <BR> I used to be on spark all the time around 2010 and decided to take matters into my own hands...and it hasn't done well for me! <BR> <BR> I'd love to connect with some of you and maybe we can keep each other going. Swe... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:25:53 EST need to change never really paid much attention to food or nutrition and I've never liked the idea of tracking and logging everything I eat and do. I have always been overweight but while my current BMI is in the obese range, my weight has been stable for the last 8 years within about 5 pounds so I haven't really worried about it too much. <BR> <BR> Then I got some medical test results last month that were a real bombshell. My diet needs to change. I NEED to lose the weight. I'm seeing a nutritionist who w... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:23:00 EST weekly weight in Good job to everyone who is posting and losing!! keep up the good work!! I started a week ago and have lost 5.4lbs trying to take another 1/2tsp of sugar out of my coffee this week and reach my 8 glasses of daily water at least twice this week (I hit 6 glasses most days but only 1 day with 8. have a great week Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:36:33 EST Determined to get healthy... Until the age of 30 I never had trouble with my weight - always between size 3 & 5. After that a combination of depression and fibromyalgia took it's toll - I went from 115 to 230 lbs. 3 years ago after my divorce I managed to lose almost 70 lbs and hold steady at 160, good but not great. In the last year I started gaining that back and now weigh in at 185 again. I've noticed a huge difference in my health too, after losing the weight the fibro and migraines were easier to manage. Gaining... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:52:20 EST Heathy BMI and People Who Don't Think It's Healthy Okay so I started with 70 pounds to lose and I have lost 49 so far in the last 9 months with 21 left but I keep running into people being impressed with how well I've done but thinking the next 20 pounds is unrealistic even though my goal is to be just within the healthy BMI range. I think it's really weird that people act this way! Has anyone else run into this? <BR> <BR> I actually had someone say, after being taken aback that I had 21 left, exact words "You don't want your skin to get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:49:32 EST New Hi!! I'm new to all of this. I really need some motivation! Excited to get started on my weight loss journey! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:37:47 EST Nothing getting in the way this time Hi everyone! My name is Reeda! I have tried many times to lose weight and lead a more healthy lifestyle but I have failed each and every time. After lots of soul searching, I figured out that the reason I have failed is that I have been self defeating from the word go. All I ever did was live up to my belief that I couldn't do it. <BR> <BR> All that has changed. It's amazing the wake up call you can give yourself when you stop lying to yourself and blaming everything else. This time I will ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:54:09 EST I'm ready to do this! Hi all :) this is first time experience for me and I hope that it is worth the effort. Losing this weight is important to me and I will try to see it thru the end. I'm not too social in the web world so posting regularly will be a feat. Although I aim to be consistent with tracking and logging, life tends to get it the way (hence the need to lose this weight)...ironic huh...I hope to be successful in this endeavor and finish out strong. Wish me luck and I look to see some of y'all at the end ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:08:22 EST Another newbie 35 year old, happily married, homeschooling, mother of 4 - ready to take my life back. Lacking motivation but glad to be starting over. Looking to loose 77 pounds (long term) over the course of a year, work towards being able to complete a 5k, and just being a happier, healthier me. Fri, 30 May 2014 08:57:13 EST Looking for some SparkFriends!!! Hi! <BR> I am really trying to do this the right way this time and would like to have some friends to help motivate me during this journey to a healthy life. If you would like please befriend me! <BR> Thanks Team! <BR> Kimberly Thu, 29 May 2014 19:25:51 EST Would love to hear what your go to foods are.. Hello Everyone, <BR> I am new to this team. I am getting sick of my normal healthy foods I have been eating and I was wondering if any one would share their food finds with me. I am stuck in the rut of eating oatmeal for b-fast, yogurt for snacks and pita sandwiches for lunch. Would love to hear your ideas! <BR> =)=)=) <BR> Kimberly <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:46:20 EST Morning! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kate. I've been on spark off and on for the past few years. I just turned 30 on May 2 so this group is brand new to me! I'm down about 23 lbs from my highest of 230 but I have PLENTY to go!!! Thu, 29 May 2014 09:51:48 EST Need Friends Good morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am looking for friends to help me stay motivated. My overall goal is to lose 110 pounds. With a short goal of losing 50 pounds by Nov. Thu, 29 May 2014 08:48:00 EST Back again! Hi! I'm Claire. I'm back to spark after not using it for about... five years or so? I just had my first child and put on a TON of weight after I had him. He was two months early and if I had ever had any doubts on whether or not I was a stress eater, I have indeed confirmed those. So, I'm here because I know it works and I'm ready to lose the weight! Wed, 28 May 2014 22:26:39 EST So discouraged! Not sure what I did wrong This is my third week and I'm already feeling devastated. Lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks, then gained back 4 this past week. I tracked my food and didn't do as well this past week as I did before, but it was still a major improvement over what I'd eat before I started. The first two weeks, I kept my calories around 1200 - 1400, but this past week there were several day that were around 1800. While I can see that slowing the pace of the weight loss or even stalling it, I don't understand... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:54:51 EST Need Some Extra Motivation Hello Everyone, <BR> I love this group mission because it matches exactly where I am at. I really lost a lot of my "self" this year while also gaining a lot of weight and breaking years of good, strong eating habits. I am trying to get into a routine that includes regular exercise, good eating, cooking healthy food and losing weight. I have decided that an on-line forum would be a good start. Looking forward to working on these goals with everyone!! Wed, 28 May 2014 10:03:07 EST Newbie with an injury who loves to cook Hi There, <BR> I was always very active then had to be on medication, one of the side effects was pretty hefty weight gain. I found out by experience and from others who had been on the medication, not because the doctor gave me options. Anyway, I changed doctors after a few years and he told me what I had feared, that the constant craving of food was indeed a side effect, and put me on something different but the damage had been done. I got active again and actually lost almost 40 pounds. Th... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:59:15 EST I'm ready to get serious & could use some buddies! Hi everyone! I'm almost 33 years old and I am a mom of 5. (step-mom to 3 great girls, 21,16 & 14 and mom to 2 great boys 11 & almost 7) I have 45-60 lbs to lose and I'm ready to get serious!!! (oh yeah, I live in Southern Minnesota) <BR> <BR> I want to walk at least a mile every day, drink lots of water, waaaay less soda, every time I go to the bathroom I want to do 10 squats or 10 push-ups (work my way up to 20) and that way I can sneak in extra exercise. :-) <BR> <BR> I would really li... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:33:47 EST Hello from Niagara Falls My name is Michelle. I am a military wife, mom to 2 teenage girls and a full time student. Just looking for a great support group going through the same challenges as myself. I had managed to lose 30 lbs during my hubby's deployment and since he has been home now for 15 mths, we both have put it back on nice lol. So now I need to lose that 30 plus another 20. But regardless, we are both trying to take it off together in healthy ways <em>521</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 08:47:49 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Ramona, 30 years old and back in a funk. A few years ago I lost 40 pounds and felt great over the years weight has creeped back up on me. Since last year I have had a back and forth with my weight, a lot of life changes and in the last few days I have noticed my belly is bigger than it used to be and it needs to go. <BR> <BR> I would love to be less than 200 pounds and get back in a fitter stage of life. I am a full time student, with 2 kids and I am in the... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:51:05 EST Hello Good evening, <BR> <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople. I had heard of it before, but didn't think twice about it. I am finally going to lose the pounds that I have gained, and I realized that I can't do it alone. I am hoping to meet some new friends that are in the same boat as I am :) Wed, 21 May 2014 22:57:47 EST Healthy Chick is in the house! Hey everybody! So excited to be here! Feeling super motivated ... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:55:15 EST Hi from ARkansas I am a nurse and mom to 6 children under the age of 11. I am a nurse in correctional setting as well. I just had my last baby five months ago and am determined that I will not be overweight again. I was a 16/18 when i graduated high school and would love to get back to a 12/14 or 11/12 that i was in jr high. I have a lot of stress going on with a custody battle with my older three children and now my current husband and i are going through a divorce with our three children. I will start back ... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:16:44 EST Hello Hi I'm so new to this but I'm here cause i want to stay fit and healthy. I'm waiting to lose 100 pounds by next year in may 2015. So I will do this with exercise and the way I eat. I'm on a diet already through my doctor that I follow everyday. Thanks!! Tue, 20 May 2014 18:02:24 EST Hello All! I'm Winnie and I've got weight to lose! Hello Everyone. I'm a 34 year old mother of two and I need to lose weight; not only to feel healthy and confident,but for my boys. I want to run around with them, play horsey (i'm the horse of course) and just have fun without feeling as if i'll collapse after 10 minutes with them. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit shy, so I probably won't have a lot to say. However, your stories are an inspiration to thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:20 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Shannon and I am here looking for a supportive, active group. I hope to post on a regular basis and be a contributing member to this group. <BR> I am from Philadelphia, married, have two children, HR manager and run a small embroidery, tshirt business on the side. I know, its crazy. Ha! <BR> Seeing what other spark members have done in one year has really motivated me. Looking forward to getting to know you and sharing in your journey! <BR> Be Well, <BR> Shan... Tue, 20 May 2014 11:03:30 EST Hello everyone I am a 31 year old mother of two who just graduated college. Between finishing student teaching for my Bachelor's degree and taking care of two children (one of whom is on the autism spectrum) I have really let myself go this year. I am so disappointed in how I look compared to even last August! I want to make some positive changes so that I can feel good about myself and be a better wife, mother, and teacher! Mon, 19 May 2014 20:50:29 EST Hello everyone I am married and we have a 9 month old daughter. I really want to lose this weight and get healthy. I want to show my daughter that being healthy is a better way to live your life. My husband and I both have been eating better now that we have a daughter but I still have weight i want to get off. <BR> <BR> My first goals I want to do is drink all my water a day and walk more. Mon, 19 May 2014 16:45:45 EST question on tracking marinated meats I have doing pretty well with my tracking, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to track the marinade I am using on a meat. I don't want to count all of the calories in the bottle of italian dressing I pour on the chicken breasts since most of it goes down the drain, but I also don't want to skip over calories I am actually consuming. Ideas? Suggestions? How have others addressed it? Mon, 19 May 2014 15:56:02 EST New here. Hii. My name is Amy and I'm 30. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life, and after slipping up and regaining 40 pounds I'm putting my best effort back into losing it and the rest of the pounds I need to. I want to lose about 100 total. Most of my sparkfriends aren't around anymore sadly so it'd be extra great to make some new ones. Feel free to add me! =) Mon, 19 May 2014 14:13:05 EST Back for More! Hello - <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople four years ago and had great success initially. Then I got busy and stopped coming around. I am glad to be rejoining and happy to meet all of you. This supportive community is just what I've been missing. Fri, 16 May 2014 17:57:14 EST Ending with the Heavy Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Gita and I am overweight. There, whew, I said it! I just turned 30 this year and never dreamed that I would be at my heaviest (non-pregnancy) weight...again! This is the second time in my life that I hit this weight (I guess I need to admit to that as well)...I weight 218 pounds. The first time was right after I had my first son who is now 8 years old. Since then I have yo-yod like the best of us with anything from borderline eating disorder to depressive... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:55:38 EST dealing with depression I am 37 years old with depression and rhuematoid arthritis and have gained alot of weight from over eating. I am new at this program but hoping it helps. Wed, 14 May 2014 18:14:27 EST mutual encouragement I just joined today, and while I have already managed to lose 20 lbs before joining, I would love to meet some people for mutual support and encouragement. I am not the criticizing type of friend, but I do try to be supportive, and have days where I need the encouragement myself.'s nice to meet everyone...feel free to add me. Have an awesome day, and push yourself just a little harder than you did yesterday! It all adds up in the end. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:13:00 EST Greetings! Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark People and am excited to get started. Any tips for a newbie? I'm trying to not get daunted by the amount of weight I want to lose. I know I should just treat every day as an opportunity to be healthy and try not to focus too much on the numbers, right? What else? And where should I start on this website? I understand the tracking for food, fitness, etc. But the community feels so overwhelming! Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:09 EST Hey everyone! So this is not my first time on here but I'm looking to lose 50lbs total and lead a healthier and happier life! Soooo tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin and just tired, lazy in general. So excited to shed the misery! Good luck to everyone on this journey of ours! Wed, 14 May 2014 09:16:12 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:45 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST Need support buddies,sick and tired of being fat! Hey name is Abby and I'm a 30 year old mom of 2 girls, 3 and 1 years old. I'm laying awake at 3 in the morning crying because I just weighed myself and 5'2 I'm 186 pounds and I haven't been this close to 200 pounds in years.really need to be held accountable. Mon, 12 May 2014 03:54:28 EST Hi from WI! Hello! Joined Spark in hopes of losing weight (for good) and getting healthier! I hope I can make it through day by day to a healthier, happier me! Feel free to be my 'friend'! Sun, 11 May 2014 21:30:34 EST CANELA1974's SparkPage Just signed up so I'm hoping and praying I will succeed with Spark ;) I'm ready!! Sun, 11 May 2014 01:29:55 EST Hi There! Hello everyone. I've been a member of sparkpeople in the past with success. I did however fall off the wagon and forget my goals and the inspiration that comes from this site! I've since gained all of the weight that I originally lost with SP back. I had my first baby in October and he has made such a difference in my life. I want to be healthy for him and for me. I want to be able to run and play with him as he grows without getting winded or needing to take a break. He is my motivatio... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:47:31 EST cooking healthy for dummies--veggie version, HELP! Hey howdy <BR> <BR> Its been a long time since I've been on here, but I've tried to re-assess things and have figured out something major. I'm trying to eat healthier, but the appeal of going somewhere for food is high (and digging into my wallet big time), though I do end up with a lot of subway in my diet lately. <BR> <BR> Regardless, the main reason is though I'm getting some veggies in, I haven't made it a habit. as much as I love the sandwiches and change things around, Subway is limit... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:01:38 EST Ready to stop being so miserable in my own skin! I've been in denial. In my heart & mind, I still feel like the slender person I was before I developed health issues and gained 80 pounds with my first pregnancy......five years ago! I am tired of putting everything off "until" I lose the weight. I avoid mirrors, hide from friends I haven't seen recently, avoid networking and social events where I'll run into former colleagues, dress frumpily because I don't want to buy clothes in larger sizes, etc. I'm tired of not taking advantage of profes... Wed, 7 May 2014 22:14:53 EST