SparkPeople 30-Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard WELCOME! This team is for those of us in our 30's, working at losing 100+ pounds. SparkPeople 30-Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard Forty and Fabu....OH NO, I'm almost 40! I don't know about you, but it seems like yesterday that I was newly 21 and all the dancing with the high heels kept my weight down (Never thin, but 170 was comfortable). In actuality 21 was 17 years ago, and I'm 180 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> I quit drinking 4 months ago, after drinking around a half to a 1/5 a day, around 4 to 5 days a week. Once I began to lose weight, and realized that to do that I was going to have to stop drinking it was a big decision. But I found a support group ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:49:42 EST Greetings Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm a long time Spark member that lost her way a while back. I'm sure some of you know how that goes...get the ball rolling, get cocky, fall off wagon and gain X more lbs in the process. I'm reviving my spark page and hoping to get some encouragement/be encouraging to others to help this process along. Unfortunately, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been, but it's my hope to only go down from here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and walking this journ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:57:43 EST Restarting after moving Hi Gang! <BR> <BR> I have been a member since 2012, and had some success. We found out at the end of September that our family would be moving to the St Louis area, and needed to be there by November 1st!!! <BR> <BR> As you can imagine it was nuts, we had to move in 5 weeks. The 1st week of October we traveled to St Louis, and I looked at houses/apartments while my hubby worked, and met his new boss. We did find something on the last day, in Trenton Illinois, a tiny town of 3000 peopl... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:44:23 EST Help!!!! I have been struggling with my weight since I hit puberty. I have lost weight and gained it back so many times I've lost count. I have lost 60+ lbs since January 1, 2014. The problem I'm having is cramps. My hands are cramping, my legs are cramping and I have no clue what to do for it. Anyone having similar issues? Anyone have any ideas on how I can stop this from happening? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:05:40 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm sorta new. I've been on Sparkpeople for awhile, but off and on. I just had back surgery and I need all the support I can get. I need to lose this weight so I have a better chance of not having another surgery. The hardest thing is to start over. I lost 60 pounds last year and when my chronic back pain turned into my whole left side going numb I gained all my weight back because of my poor eating habits and I feel like I'm doomed now. Now it's imperative I lose... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:31:27 EST hola I'm returning to start new again after failing miserably with weight watchers.. it seemed easy enough but there was just not a lot of motivation there and no sense of community. I love that the goals are reward based (and not a food reward) My weight has gotten to a point where I am both disgusted in myself as well as worrying me about my health. <BR> I have hurdles that are nearly impossible for me to jump as I am on multiple medications that cause weight gain as well as a spinal injury tha... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:01:09 EST Hi y'all! <em>524</em> <BR> I'm Shelly! It's a crazy time to start trying to lose weight, but there is also no time like the present! I'm 38, an office manager/broker's assistant for a real estate firm. Married for 15 years, and Mommy to the greatest little girl ever :) Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:30:13 EST Frustrated I am getting super frustrated. I am staying in the recommended calorie range and work out 5 days a week. Do cardio and weights. Every week I try to push alittle harder. Friday is weigh in day. The scale is not budging. It is really discouraging. I'm doing all this and feel like nothing is happening. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 06:34:05 EST New Here Hi! I am new to the site. I have been struggling with weight since my early 20s and I am now 33. I have gained and lost weight many times. Hoping this will be my final time. I am trying to get healthy so my husband and I can start a family. I want to be a healthy wife and mother. Hoping to find some friends on here that we can help motivate each other. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:35:36 EST Hello all, new to the group Hi everyone, I'm Nicole and from Minnesota. I'm new to this group and trying to get more involved with SP to help amp up my dedication and motivation. Feel free to add me as a friend! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:26:39 EST Hello, new here, ready to change for the better! Hello! I am new here, but not new to trying to loose weight, trying a new approach beginning today. I'm 32 and tired of feeling/looking old! I'm ready to loose the extra weight so I can be healthier and enjoy more things in my life. Looking forward to using the site for motivation, tracking and breaking down my weight loss goals, I have 135lbs. to loose. Looking forward to the change&#128522; <BR> <BR> Oops! I guess I should add a couple things my name Jess, I am a wife, a mom, and I work ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:28:36 EST Struggling I had made goals for myself and I was close to reaching my lastest goal when life went upside down. <BR> I lost my job. <BR> I tried to keep myself going but admittedly the loss of the job was stressful and making me feel very depressed. <BR> I ended up with a new job for over a month and I'm struggling to get back on track. <BR> The snacking I picked up during my depression and the holiday has made things difficult. <BR> Any advice how to recapture the motivation? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:01:05 EST Calorie Goals Any thoughts or opinions on the following would be helpful- <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople figures my base calorie goals should be 2490-2840 a day with no fitness. I have the Spark Tracker and have enabled it to adjust calories based on fitness so with an hour of cardio, it adds about 800 calories onto my day which would mean I need to eat 3200-3600 calories a day. I have basically ignored the bump in calories for fitness and have shot for 2500 calories a day for the past 7 weeks. I am losing weight... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:45:24 EST New Member Here Hi all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Laura and I signed up for Spark People about a week ago. Today is the first day I've really been active. <BR> I've struggled with my weight my entire adult life and am hoping to finally get it under control. I'm not doing any one plan in particular, rather a mish-mash of several different plans that have worked in the past. <BR> Thanks for letting me join and I hope to get to know many of you soon! <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:02:49 EST FITNESS BINGO, 5TH EDITION - "SIGN UP" HERE!!! JOIN HERE! WE WILL BE STARTING TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY, DEPENDING ON PARTICIPANTS! <BR> <BR> USE THIS LINK TO GENERATE YOUR BINGO CARD! (wait until we have a finalized list!!!!!!!!) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE ADDED TO THE LIST BELOW! (AND I WILL BE SURE THE LIST IS MIXED UP WELL!) <BR> <BR> <BR> DANCE <BR> BOXING <BR> CARDIO <BR> STRENGTH <BR> YOUR CHOICE <BR> SOMETHING NEW <BR> WALK/RUN/BIKE/JOG <BR> PUSH UP ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 03:08:07 EST Just Over 100 to Reach My Goal I just rejoined Spark after losing 30 pounds over the past year. I need a little extra help and support to keep this going - I still have 108 pounds to lose to reach my goal! <BR> <BR> Really hoping to get some support from Spark again. <em>41</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:09:52 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Stephanie and I joined this group to help me keep myself accountable to my weight loss goals. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:19:42 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:50 EST Hello! Just wanted to say hello. I am not new to spark but I am new to this group. Check out my page to learn more about why I am here. Any words of encouragement and motivation is greatly appreciated. I am at a place that I have never been before meaning I am currently at my heaviest weight. This will be a journey that I have to get through for my mental, spiritual and physical health. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:56:41 EST New to 30 <em>524</em> I'm Kat & just turned 30 this July. I've been offline for over a year & am thrilled to be back with my SparkPeople. My weight has increased (YIKES!!) since I was on SparkPeople last, but I am confident with perseverance I will reach my goal nonetheless. I like to work out by myself & especially enjoy walking. Please be patient with me, as I am still updating things here on the site. I have 130 pounds to lose & 3 inches from my waist. My flabby belly is my main concern ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:07:53 EST Newbie to the Forum and SparkPeople Hi Everyone! I joined SparkPeople today and I'm trying to get involved in the community but really have no idea where to start or what to do. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:26:50 EST Allie - Checking In. Hi all, I'm Allie from Alabama. I'm 33, have a husband I love dearly, and 2 Rat Terriers, Squishy & Gracie. I'm not very good with forums, I tend to be more of a lurker, but would dearly love to change that. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:49:25 EST Better late than never I hope Hello, I'm Mona aka Mona come lately...just wanted to know if I could be in. I have not been on spark in forever and I have gained 20 lbs since then. I can't allow this upward spiral to go down. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:11:59 EST Hi I'm Ashes!! Hello everyone!! I'm Ashley or Ashes as most people call me! I'm a night shift nursing supervisor looking to create some balance to life and get healthy!! I have a new man in my life and the most awesome daughter ever! (she's 1 and my biggest motivation and my biggest encourager!) I'm looking to improve my life, develop healthy habits, and make that ultimate lifestyle change! I just want to be healthy and not hurt every day. I want to be able to breathe. I want to be a role model to my daught... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:03:43 EST Motivation tips I need some ideas on how to stay motivated/focused. <BR> <BR> I just recently started sewing and I picked up some patterns and I am hoping they will help motivate me. It would be awesome to be able to make clothes for myself and not have to make the largest size. That gets discouraging. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:44:12 EST Doing A Reboot I am doing a reboot of my weight loss. I did not give up, I fell and I'm picking myself back up. <BR> <BR> I do have a lot to lose and I will get there. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:56:35 EST Hi Everyone :) I'm Rhonda. I'm 33 years old. I just had my first baby in June. I've had some blood pressure issues after than and am currently on medication for that :(. Then I had to have my gallbladder taken out and had some complications with that surgery. I'm waaaaayy to young for these health problems so here I am. It's been 33 years. It's time to get healthy! <BR> <BR> It's so nice to meet you all. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:39:52 EST FITNESS BINGO, 4TH EDITION, HERE! TODAY'S ACTIVITY - 15 MINUTE DANCE. <BR> This could be actually dancing, dancing while you clean, dancing to a "Just Dance" game or video or something similar. As long as you are DANCING! (Aerobics to music, such as Richard Simmons type stuff, does NOT count!) <BR> HAVE FUN WITH IT!! Dancing boosts your metabolism AND your mood! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> TRACKING YOUR BINGO <BR> The most important thing to do is keep your bingo card where you won't lose ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:00:32 EST Hi, I'm Jenny :) Hello, everyone. It's nice to meet you. I am new here. I have tried other weight loss programs in the past. From what I've seen, this one is just as good, if not better, as the ones you have to pay for. Hopefully I can have results comparable to the quality of this site. <BR> <BR> Weight loss has been a long struggle for me, as I am sure it is for most of us here. I am hoping talking to other people, who are in a similar situation, will be helpful for me. I am going to be brutally hon... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:24:19 EST Hello Everyone Hello everyone! My name is Nikki and I am a 34yr old mother of three wonderful teens. I have battled my weight pretty much all my life. I honestly don't think I have been under 200 lbs. in well over 15 years if not longer. I have done it all! weight loss pills, shakes, fad diets, exercise, you name it I probably tried it! I started my weight loss journey in May 2014 and I have currently lost 29lbs. I am sick of starting over so this is it. I'm in it for the rest of my life. I am no longer on ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:52:48 EST Hi People! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople, a little about myself. Guy in my 30's, living in Alberta, Canada. It's only taken me 10 years to get my butt into gear and do something about getting healthier, all the usual excuses........(work long hours, travel, kids blah blah blah). <BR> <BR> I fell like a switch has gone off in my head, early days but healthy eating is going well and I've found myself in the gym, 7 days out of the past 7! Ex athlete, so I know I can be dedicated to making... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:17:29 EST FITNESS BINGO! Alright guys, if you'd like to play fitness bingo, post here that you're in! Once we have enough interested I will set a starting date! <BR> <BR> For those who don't bingo is like real bingo. You make yourself a bingo card. In each square you put an exercise (I will give a list of exercises). Each morning I will draw a random exercise and if you have that exercise on your bingo card - you check it off as soon as you have completed the exercise. First one to get a bingo win... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:04:32 EST 5% challenge Hi all, brand new here so forgive me if I am doing this incorrectly. I NEED to do this 5% challenge and give myself a nice jumpstart on the huge road ahead of me. Like most of us here, I'm pretty much a pro at knowing HOW to lose weight, and a complete failure at actually staying the course and reaching my weight loss goals. My goals are as follows, and I've not been able to stick to any sort of change in eating /exercise plan in so long, that I will be THRILLED to reach even my 1% so, her... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:27:07 EST Hi! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've done SP before and successfully lost 40lbs, but that life thing happened in a big way. I've put it back on, and more. I'm here now with a new account for a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Last time I stopped because I was being too strict and it was too hard to keep it up. This time I'm going to ease myself into it a bit more. So for now, I'm just logging things, assessing where I am, and trying to make healthier choices without any strict rules. I'll start off with some ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:23:58 EST Anybody do weight loss vlogs? I just discovered the world of weight loss vlogging and am excited to find some videos I can relate to. My sister has been a big YouTube fan for years, but I never felt like there was anything there for me. Now I'm thinking maybe I was wrong! Seems like it could be fun! Here's my first video : <BR> <BR> Oh, by the way, I'm Sarah! I'm new here and looking forward to meeting all of you and following along as we all get our butts in shape! :) <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:04:43 EST Self- sabotage I need to try avoiding the scale except for maybe once a week, also, apparently I enjoy sabotaging myself. I do very well all day long. I plan, count calories, etc to stay under goal. Once my fiancé is in bed and my daughter is asleep and I have 5 minutes to myself…I eat. It’s always later at night…after I’ve picked up the house and am able to relax. This happens 5 of 7 nights probably. I’ve tried changing up my routine even… frustrated- I've lost the same pound 3 times this week alone. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:07:45 EST Introducing Myself... Hey Everyone! So I'm really excited to join this group as I know how invaluable it is to have "teammates" and a "community" pushing you along in your weight loss journey! For most of my life I have been overweight. Then about 7 years ago I decided that I was sick of being unhappy and un healthy and that I needed to try something to change. I dedicated the following year of my life to losing weight and ended up dropping 130lbs! Life was awesome for the next year or so, but then my brother... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:13:14 EST Hi everyone! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a returning newbie to spark. I used it once years ago and stopped. I've been overweight pretty much since I was 8 years old (I'm now almost 31). I've done the whole yo-yo thing. This time it feels different. It feels like it's already succeeding, like it's inevitable. I'm not sure what has changed, unless it's that my husband recently lost about 70 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm not "dieting". I'm eating more and more whole foods. My biggest problem is with sugar,... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:56:52 EST HELLO EVERYONE! IM FROM VEGAS!(RUN4U) WELCOME TO RUN4U! <BR> Hello my name is Josue Santos, Thanks for stopping by. My goal in creating this web site is to help others like myself make this “lifestyle change”, whether on a Diet Program or following one of your own. It can be done! and I will show you how. I hope my web site helps you to get the motivation you need to lose the weight you want while incorporating a healthier lifestyle to forever live by. The Idea is simple, just run or walk 2.0 miles a day with out stopping, nor c... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:38:39 EST jumping in Hello all! Ive been on Sparkpeople for quite a few months...responded to a few things here and there and even posted a couple times. It became very easy to sit lurking in the background and I stopped showing up. <BR> I need a few buddies, some interaction with others going through the same struggles. I am a new(ish) mommy to my only child- a 16 month old light of my life. I need to lose weight to be a better me, a better wife and mommy. I am 39 years old and not getting younger. I am setting... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:34:05 EST Introducing Billbillbill I've been milling around now for a week and realized I haven't introduced myself. I am a 31 year old Civil Engineer living in Utah. I have been married almost 10 years and have 3 kids. I live the typical suburban life and really can't complain about much. <BR> <BR> I have always been the heavy kid but it didn't didn't bother me. After high school, I seemed to fluctuate between 260-280 lbs. I still fit into most 2xl clothes and I was OK with that. Fast forward into marriage and college and w... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:13:29 EST Hey everyone Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:12 EST Dinners... So I am trying to come up with easy healthy dinners that are either put together on the weekend or in the crock pot... When I come home I wanna start taking kids out instead of worrying about making dinner... Any ideas or recipes... Thanks Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:15:47 EST Hello here for help and support Hello everyone, here for help and support. I love reading the great suggestions, and I will share some of my own from time to time. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:56:35 EST Meals w/ greens - suggestions? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I have found my "mostly plants, mostly whole food" plan works even better when I eat plenty (read "lots and lots") of greens - kale, spinach, etc. I like to include them in our main meals - wilted in soups, bean dishes, grains, etc. However, there is just myself and my teen daughter and while she is very very supportive of my healthy changes (and tries just about everything I put on a plate) her palate hasn't adjusted as quickly as mine. <BR> <BR> I refuse to cook... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:01:46 EST Hello :) I'm Shannon:) from Powell, TN, just outside of Knoxville. Excited to get back into some fun activities. Definitely going to make sure to have fun on this journey. Fun helps temper the tough stuff. Anyhoo...looking forward to meeting some Spark peeps! Community helps so much! <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:12:15 EST healthy me, healthy dogs? This evening I was preparing a meal for myself. I knew I was making poor dietary choices but continued anyway. My girls (dogs) were sitting at my feet waiting for me to share or "accidentally" drop something from the kitchen counter. I looked at the girls and thought " I'm not giving you this crap. Your not getting diabetes or overweight on my watch!". Keep in mind I was preparing this unhealthy "food" for my consumption. I was caring for their health and knowingly making poor health decision... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:35:35 EST Buddy? Motivation partner? Hi! I'm looking for a buddy! I'm a 32yo single working mom with a 3yo son. I would love to have someone that I can check in with so I feel accountable to someone other than myself - because often my own self deceives me and makes me give up. If a friendship forms that would be awesome too! I'm on east coast time and I'm available for texting, email or FB. Please send me a message if you want to buddy up! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:57 EST Let's do this! Hi, everyone! My name's Amanda. I'm 34, married, with two dogs and no children (by choice), living in Tennessee. I'm a tiny blue dot in a big red state. <BR> <BR> I have used SparkPeople off and on over the years to varying degrees of success, but I lost my mother to breast cancer in June, and my whole perspective on health and the importance of taking care of yourself has changed. I recommitted on August 10th with a starting weight of 322 and and have since lost 25 pounds. My goal is to rea... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:10:14 EST The Scale Does Not Define Me Yes, the scale is a jerk!! I've been doing everything right and happy about it, lost 2 lbs last week and thought I would step my game up this week and then I walked by that scale. It was calling my name and I just knew I had dropped pounds but I was at my same weight. Then I kinda got bummed...Then a few minutes ago I just read an article about what the scale isn't really telling you. Things like you are a beautiful person, you are a good friend, you work hard, etc... And it went on to say... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:40:47 EST new :) I'm Angie. I live in Tennessee.. I will be 39 this Sunday. I am divorced with 2 children, ages 20 and 16. I also have a grand daughter who just turned 2. I have been struggled with my weight my entire life. I want to be healthy!! I want to see my grand daughter grow up! I really hope this is the last time I "begin" a healthy lifestyle change. I want to change it and live that change. <BR> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:19:30 EST Fresh start! Hi everyone! I am new here and I'm hoping to find some motivation from everyone. I always lose mine lol. Over the past couple of years I have gained over 50 pounds. Life has just gotten in the way. But it's time to lose it and start really living again. If I'm not going to work, I don't want to leave the house. I hide away because I am ashamed and I'm tired of it. So here goes nothing! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:56:08 EST Another new start Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It feels like I've tried every diet out there. I even tried this website a few years ago. And I bought the book (which I currently do not know the location of). <BR> <BR> Last week I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and I almost started crying. In terms of obesity-related conditions, this is one of (if not the most) minor ones there is. But it's also the first one I've been diagnosed with. I've always been a very light sleeper and the idea of having t... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:45:50 EST Food How Many Calories do you eat in a Day? Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:33:35 EST ???? I cannot find the thread with the weigh in and dates and I totally forgot what day to weigh myself Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:36:29 EST Fresh Start :) Hi everyone! This is not my first time on Sparkpeople, but this is a new page. After years of yo-yo dieting I decided to hi the reset button, including making a fresh start on here. My name is Jess, I am a 30 year old receptionist from Iowa. Married but no babies yet, just two spoiled furbabies. I hope to get to know all of you so we can form a great support group! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:17:18 EST Healthy Snack Foods What are the best tasting healthy snack foods you have found? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:53:44 EST Here we go! Scared to move more... Morning everyone! So, I think I am finally ready to throw myself into this journey. It's not only a physical challenge, but mental (emotional eating, etc.) I know the key to my success will be to move more and there is a rec center with awesome classes (ZUMBA, Yoga, Water Aerobics) down the street from me. I'm nervous to start. Were you nervous to start? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:52:59 EST Hey Everyone I just rejoined sparkpeople, hoping to stick with it this time. My name is Janalyn. I'm a 38 yr old, newly divorced, stay at home mother. I'm getting my life back on track from the emotional setback that was the end of my 14 yr marriage. I have a long way to go, weightwise, and lots of habits to relearn. I just wanted to pop in and say hi before having a look around the forum. <em>524</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:28:47 EST Glad to be a new member here :D HI! My name's Sarah, I am 30, a store manager at Lane Bryant, happily married and a pretty self confident woman, but my weight has always been an issue. I was 300 lbs at age 12 and haven't been able to make any large changes. I want very badly to have a family with my husband and that is my #1 motivation to lose weight. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:40:46 EST Hi from Texas Hi everyone. My name is Danielle. I am 33, married to my great husband, and we have two kiddos. I have been on Sparkpeople before and did great, but life got crazy and I gained everything I more. I currently weigh 254 and my long term goal is to get down to 145. I am super motivated and I will get this done. <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:09:20 EST I'm New! I wanted to say Hi, my name is Ky, and im a food addict. I have one child and a husband and currently 125+lbs overweight. I had lost 75lbs before getting pregnant with my daughter and have gained it back, so I know it can be done, I just need to stay focused and keep on trucking. I live in CA and am enjoying what is hopefully a cool down to get out and walk more. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:35:19 EST I'm back for another go so... Good day to you all! <BR> <BR> My name is Terrill White and I am 36 yrs old. My last official weigh-in on Friday put me at 312. Last year, on June 28, I weighed 350 pounds and decided that I had to do something about that. I started eating better and walking, walking, walking. I even walked several 5k's. By November I was down to 275 but holidays and several other stressers happened and I started putting the weight back on. Here I am again. Trying to get it off. I'm trying to get really seri... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:16:38 EST Weigh in Start date: 8/25/2014 - 320lbs <BR> Weigh in: 9/01/2014 - 316.1lbs <BR> <BR> Off to a great start! Now let's see if I can keep going... <BR> <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:37:19 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Spark People. I am 31 years old and have about 110 pounds to loose. I am so ready to do this, and I look forward to meeting new people. Best of luck to everyone. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:32:17 EST New! Hi, I am new I have been overweight majority of my life....lost 90 lbs in my 20 s and gained it all back and then some after I met my husband, bought a house, had my son. Now I am 30 mother of a very active 2 year old. I am tired and can't keep up with him, and I am not able to do the things I love. I have a problem with starting/stopping programs. I just really need some support and a group of people that understand what I am going through. I am excited to get started, so I can start li... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:52:44 EST New to the Forums. Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole. I just turned 30 or 7.5 this year, I'm a leap year birthday so I didn't really have a b-day this year. But anyway, I joined Spark years ago, but didn't really follow through very well with it. I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to really start taking my weight problem seriously. My father passed away in February of complications with his heart, the same as his father and mother. He was only 54. I do not want to go through the same issues he did. All ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:34:16 EST New Day Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom that has been overweight my whole life. I had good success with Atkins about 13 years ago, so I'm starting over with a low carb lifestyle. But I do understand it's supposed to be much harder the second time around (this scares me a bit) but I believe in myself and I wan to live a long and "healthy" life! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:45:07 EST Newbie from Florida Hey there :) <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople -- I originally joined in 2010 and had a tremendous amount of success that year. <BR> <BR> Things went south for me in the four years since then, and after reaching my first goal (my pre-pregnancy weight) in 2010, I've gained 62 pounds. That's saying a lot, because my pre-pregnancy weight was 248. I was 310 this morning. <BR> <BR> Little about me...I'm 34, live in Central Florida, have a six year old daughter that I'm a single mom to, as my husba... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:17:03 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Crissy and I'm 29 years old. I live in Kentucky with my amazing husband, 2 children (9 year old son/2 year old daughter), and our 3 year old mutt whose name is Malia. <BR> I've always been on the chunky side, however, I've had a wakeup call recently that made me realize just how far I've allowed myself to go. I'm now weighing in at my highest weight ever...210 lbs. <BR> I can't wait to meet all of you and watch you all meet your goals! <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:25:01 EST Newbie from OH Hi my name is Amber. I have struggled with weight my whole life but have continually gained since having my daughter almost 12 years ago. I am trying to turn over a new leaf and start my journey again for weight loss. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:54:47 EST Adjusting My Goals This morning I read an amazing blog by a Spark Friend, CRABADA. It was titled "The Goal Weight Myth," and it was brilliantly written. She discussed how she'd had her body fat percentage measured and realized that if she was going to get to the goal weight she'd set without losing muscle, she'd have to get to 0% body fat. <BR> This struck me hard because I'm strength training (borderline bodybuilding) along with working on losing my body fat. I want MORE muscle, not even just to maintain. I ha... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:24:16 EST howdy Howdy. I once again find myself I a rebuilding time... I gathered the strength and nerve to get out an abusive marriage and strive to rebuild using faith, peace and healthiness as my rulers in rebuilding my life. I am looking forward to the support from the group and people who get it, that a healthy lifestyle is a worthy pursuit, even when the journey will take a while Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:29:55 EST Howdy! Greetings and salutations. <BR> <BR> My name is Tia and i'm 31 with a beautiful child and significant other (SO). My SO and myself have decided it is time to shed the pounds we packed on and find the skinny people trapped inside. Together we have about 175 pounds to lose, and a wonderful journey to share on the way there. I just joined sparks people yesterday and look forward to getting to know people and exploring the world of fitness around me. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:20:48 EST Here goes nothing Hi I'm new to all this got a health scare and well here I am looking to loose 120lbs by next Oct. Here's hoping. I have a 11 year old daughter and she is my life. I'm doing this for the both of us. I need all the help i can get! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:38:29 EST Shamageddon is gettin to Shreddin'! Just signed up a couple of days ago. Not sure what I am doing yet, but I will get there. It's nice to be here. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:22:14 EST back again! Hi! I'm Tabitha...I've been with Sparkpeople before and lost 30+ pounds and kept it off for almost a year. Now, 5 years later and after my third child, I am plus 93 pounds. So here I am again trying to get healthy. I kept my profile pic from before because I felt like it is something to work for! I was 203 pounds in that picture and I can get there and less!!! I am following the 17 day diet because it really helps me make lifestyle changes and I have been successful with it before. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:19:54 EST Intro I'm new here. I will be turning 30 shortly, so thought I would join the 30 something team instead of the 20 something team so I can stay in one place. I have a health issue (not obesity induced) that limits my ability to do strenuous exercise. As a result, I am looking to lose weight mainly through diet changes and just generally being more active. I'm looking for friends and support as well. <BR> <em>524</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:48:45 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! I am not exactly new, but I'm back and ready to make a change. It's been a few years, but the kids are getting a little bigger now. I need to get myself in shape. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:04:58 EST Activity tracker On my Sparkpage it says I have ordered a activity tracker, I have not though. I was wondering are they going to send me one, or is it a promotional tool so people will order one? Has anyone else wondered this or have an answer? What activity trackers do most people use? I used the Fitbit (the one that was recalled) in the past. Thanks! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:23:22 EST Have you noticed a difference in your body? I am a few pound shy of hitting 40lbs lost yet I don't really notice a difference.Although I am still about 65lbs away from my initial goal weight. My pants are slightly looser but i haven't gone down a full pant size yet. Just was curious how much weight you had to lose to notice a difference. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:51:19 EST Streakers>>> >>>>>>>>>>>> If you are like myself and trying to start a new streak, doing something everyday and making a streak, you are in the right place. <BR> <BR> List what habit/streak you are starting and check back in to let us know how you are doing, plus take a minute to cheer on your fellow streakers! <BR> <BR> After you have have a 21 day successful streak, start another one, it all adds up from there. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Hattie Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:24:01 EST Great nutri-bullet mushroom soup! Just thought I'd share - I needed a quick low-cal lunch and had mushrooms in my fridge, so I took 1 tsp grapeseed oil, sautéed almost a whole container of cremini (baby bella) mushrooms with about 1/2 c of onion and some garlic, deglazed with water and a little organic bouillon powder (no stock on hand) and buzzed it up until it was smooth and velvety. I'm making mushroom soup shooters for my next party - it was that good! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:54:43 EST Starting over with a different approach Hello everyone!! I'm not new to spark or this team, I just never really participated in the community before. I'm also getting back on track with spark and all it has to offer. <BR> I'm a nurse working night shift, half way done with my BSN and needing to make changes now. I've maintained weight in the 230's for the last few years and I need to get it off. I broke my ankle in Feb and having to go through PT for months, really opened my eyes on how much harder it was being fat. I have p... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:40:52 EST Almost 35 and tired of the weight Hello all! My name is Melissa! I am 35, a stay at home wife who home schools her kids. They are all getting to the age where I can do fun things with them but it hurts toouch in my knees, hips, and ankles. I am fighting genetics and tight food budget, but if I want to have fun with my hubby and kids, it is time I dropped the weight. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 02:01:20 EST Back on spark and looking for a buddy... Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I am back on spark after being gone for so long I can't remember. In 2006 I went from 190ish to 113 but I didn't do it safely or in a maintainable way and I have gained slowly and surely since hitting an all time high of 221.8 on July 1st. <BR> <BR> I have lost 13lbs as of today and feeling great and doing it the right way. I tend to be a loner and try to just will myself to do it - this time out I would love to make some real connections. <BR> <BR> Drop me a messGe... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:29:40 EST Holy cow...I just found my new favorite dessert. I'll bet plenty of other people know this, but it's new to me, and it was amazing. Better than almost any high-cal, ultra sugar thing I've ever had. <BR> <BR> I halved and pitted a peach, filled a tupperware container with water and stirred in enough ground cinnamon to make the water brown, then left the peaches to sit in the cinnamon water while I started grilling tonight's main course (country style ribs, marinated, delicious, and while not uber low-cal not too bad either!) <BR> <BR> Half... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:41:44 EST Introducing myself and looking for buddy I've been about on a few other threads but I should introduce myself properly on a team. Despite using spark for 5 years I think this is the first time I've introduced myself anywhere. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I lost 80lbs on spark before, but then I got depressed and thinks just slipped back +20lbs. <BR> <BR> I think one of the reasons was the lack of support and not being involved in the community side of spark, so I'm here to change that this time around. <BR> <BR> So anyone wants a ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:50:29 EST I know how it feels to gain it all back. I'm Josh, and I've been here before. When I started on May 20, 2012, I weighed 403 pounds. I struggled to walk three miles at a time, usually finishing in an hour, sweaty and out of breath. But I kept walking, kept tracking my food, and the weight came off and the miles increased. On June 22nd, I walked six miles for the first time - I weighed 379 pounds. July 13th, I walked 8 1/2 miles at 365 pounds. On August 24th, I walked a half-marathon for the first time at 344.4 pounds. It took me 3 ho... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:51 EST 30 something with 20 something years dieting Hi, I'm a 30 year old woman, been married for 2 and a half years with an extraordinary man, I'm a software engineer, a mother of a very smart and beautiful baby girl who's 6 month old, I've always been fat but healthy until my pregnancy, I had gestational hypertension and an emergency C Section because of that, after my baby was born I spent 2 days with medication to lower my blood pressure, afterwards I had to go to a cardiologist to get medicated and so now I need to lose weight and to exer... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:46:35 EST Seeking a buddy to stay motivated with... Hi, my name is Maribel and my goal is to lose about 123 pounds total and keep it off for good. In the past I've been able to lose 80 pounds but didn't keep it off. Since then I've finished school, gotten married, bought a house and have given birth to two beautiful babies. My daughter is almost 9 months old now and I've decided to really get back on the healthy lifestyle for good this time. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a buddy that I can stay motivated with! I'm very goal oriented and stick to... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:21:45 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 Need Some Advise :) Hiyas all. I have lost 22lbs in about 2 months since I've been on spark people. It's great! Although, I feel I should have lost more than that from how much I have changed my lifestyle. The calorie recommendations on here seem way to high for me. I am afraid to eat that many calories because I feel I'll gain weight. ( I also have PCOS which makes it a bit harder to lose weight ). I've been eating about 1000 calories a day. 3 healthy meals ( for the most part) and even some snacks. I definite... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:18:38 EST Discouraged and Frustrated + need advice I just don't know what to do. Sometimes I feel that I will never lose weight. I have been stuck at the same weight for a long time. I keep gaining and losing the same 2 pounds. I feel so alone sometimes that I could just cry. But when I feel bad - I eat and eat and eat. I have a really hard time losing weight because I have an eating disorder also. I starved off 180 pounds in less than a year about 10 years ago. I don't want to starve myself again but I just can't seem to lose any wei... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:32:33 EST new to spark Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I am new to spark. I have battled with my weight for years. At my heaviest I was 407 lbs. I am now to 283 lbs on my own but I am wanting to loose more. I would like to get to 160 that's my goal! I have 3 children under 5 years old. I am very busy with them and it's hard to concentrate on weight loss and exercise and eating healthy. Any ideas and help is appreciated!! Thanks!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:05:16 EST New in SC Hello. My name is Teresa, but all my friends just call me T. I am a 34 year old mother of two beautiful daughters. My current weight is 446.6 pounds. I am down 20 pounds from this time one year ago. I joined a gym today. I am committing to taking 5 water aerobics classes per week. I will also have 5 sessions with a personal trainer. My goal is to be 245 pounds by December of 2018 when we are taking a family vacation to Hawaii. I live in central South Carolina and have been married to... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:11 EST New to the group 30-something busy stay at home mom of 5 here. Overweight all my life. Always trying to find that 1 thing that "works" for me or finally that moment that it will all click. I like to exercise, I like healthy food but I must be missing something because I am just not seeing the results. <BR> <BR> With a weight loss goal of 100+lbs, I get so overwhelmed and frustrated. I lose motivation every time that evil scale withholds numerical proof of all my hard work during the week. I have been ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:07:59 EST 163 weight loss...The epic journey of Greenlovely! Hello Team: <BR> <BR> I am new to SPARKPEOPLE and I am excited about my journey to losing over 100 pounds!!! I have decided to forgive myself for every time that I have tried and I have failed because I'm not same person I used to be. Many times when things around us change we try to stay the same. We find comfort in our old lives, our old things, and our old habits. <BR> <BR> I'm over 30 now with a 2 year old at home, a fiancé, and a mother who wants to quit her government job to start a ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:05:00 EST 7/21/14 Starting weight: 289.3 <BR> Goal weight: 274.84 <BR> <BR> 1% = 2.89 lbs = 286.41 <BR> 2% = 5.79 lbs = 283.51 <BR> 3% = 8.68 lbs = 280.62 <BR> 4% = 11.57 lbs = 277.73 <BR> 5% = 14.46 lbs = 274.84 <BR> <BR> Weigh in 7/21 : 289.3 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:56:36 EST 1% challenge-first week Starting wt: 260.8 <BR> Goal Weight for this challenge: 258.2 <BR> <BR> 1%=2.6 <BR> <BR> weigh in today: 256.8 (7/21/14) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:48:52 EST New Member looking to lose 225lbs! WHOA!!!! I'm Stacey, from Alabama ;) Looking to lose a lot of weight before I lose my battle with this lifelong struggle!!!! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:17:09 EST new start This is my third day with sparkpeople. I have a lot to lose and a long road ahead. I have been walking 2-4 miles a day and am committed to doing this everyday. However I have a severe love for chocolate and carbs&#128545; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:46:49 EST Newbie from NY. Hey everyone. My name is Cathy and I'm new here. I'm from Brooklyn NY. Not sure how any of this works. Hope to hear from you guys soon. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:24:21 EST Newbie from NY. Hey everyone. My name is Cathy and I'm new here. I'm from Brooklyn NY. Not sure how any of this works. Hope to hear from you guys soon. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:22:46 EST NEWBIE from NC HELLO !!! I am Erin from NC. I am marrying my best friend in a few days and HE LOVES ME JUST THE WAY I AM.. duh because I don't think we would be getting married in 19 days if he didn't. LOL Well with a new adventure in life for my children and me. I want a new healthier life style, too. I am a city girl moving to a county girl community. Being outside and small farming, lake life instead of pools. So i need to get my energy and strength up for all this outside fun. Here I am. I have four ch... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:52:30 EST Hi Hi everyone. My name is Mia and I joined spark people to try and get healthy to be able to be a good role model for my daughter, be able to play more with her, and to make sure I am around for her for a very long time. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:08:21 EST Hello everyone! I'm new here! <BR> Hello everyone! My name is Kristi and I am a stay-at-home mom in Colorado. I'm almost 31, married, and have a son and daughter, ages 8 and 4. I am new to the site and am honestly overwhelmed by all of the awesome information out there. I'm working on completing the welcome guide today as well as planning my meals for the week. I weigh 234 pounds, which is extremely devastating as I am only 5'2". I never had a weight problem when I was younger. It wasn't until I started having children t... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:56:43 EST Hi My name is Tahnee. I'm trying to lose weight so that maybe my husband and I could get pregnant and just to be healthier in general. I hope this works! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:33:53 EST New Here! I'm married, 31 with a handsome little 8 month son. I'm a stay-at-home-mom. I've struggled with my weight all my life. I've had good times and I've had bad times. Right now is not a good time. I've been on Sparkpeople before, but I'm just now getting back into it. I really need the community. I've been struggling in many areas of my life, not just my weight. I've struggled with being a stay-at-home-mom and developing friends in this new season of my life. I've also been a lousy homemaker and ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:54:59 EST New member! Hi everyone! I'm newish around here, I had an account a few years ago, but life does what it does best and I let my account go dormant. I did not utilize the message boards or profile pages here back then, and I'm guessing that if I get hooked on them that I'm less likely to ignore my here I am! :) I do not use message boards often, and rarely do I talk to people online that I don't know in real life, so I'm still learning. I'm trying to find a place where I fit in right now. :) ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:20:20 EST Does Yoga help you lose weight? I read an article in the June 2014 Prevention that says that yoga helps people lose weight and keep it off. They also say it makes one more mindful so they are less likely to reach for that bag of chips or sweets. <BR> I did Yoga this morning and found it to be relaxing. <BR> What are your thoughts about Yoga? Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:17:40 EST Hiii!! Hi, I'm Helen and I'm so bad at writing this kind of introductions! I live in the UK, I'm almost 32 and I have about 130lb to lose altogether. I was losing weight with Slimming World but I hit a plateau after the first 30lb, so I'm trying a different approach. I exercise a lot and I really enjoy it, my problem is that I love food too much! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a buddy so we can support each other, so drop me a message :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:11:01 EST How do I do this.. Hi everyone. I have been following up with the postings but not sure what to do. How do you guys manage to keep the long list of weights? Ok. I've been doing pretty great. you guys all do inspire me!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:12:35 EST Hi! Hi all, I just thought I would introduce myself. I'm new to the site and just trying to get the hang of it. <BR> I'm 30 (Just celebrated my birthday in May) I'm a mom of two girls (ages 12 and 6) and I work from home. I have a wonderful and supportive husband who I will be celebrating 8 years with this coming December. <BR> I struggle with Anxiety disorders and depression and have been on medication for about a decade ... that combined with two pregnancies, poor eating habits and sedentary jo... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:55:57 EST Back After A Two Year Break Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is my first day back after taking about a two year break. I saw an inspirational story on my Facebook feed that led me back here. I am going to stick around this time and lose the weight for good. I'm nervous about it, but I have to do this both for myself and for my sons. <BR> <BR> Today I am 255 pounds. It's scary to write that down and own up to it, but I keep telling myself that this is my "before" and that I'm working toward my "after." <BR> <BR> I'm lo... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:03:40 EST Hello everyone! I am a 38 year old woman. I have been happily married for almost 16 years. I have 3 children aged 15/12/11. My starting weight last week was 270. And yes, when I think of how to describe myself, this is what always comes to mind first - family and weight. So, one of the things I want to focus on is remembering that it is ok to focus on me and that my weight should not define me but rather I can define it. And btw, I am 1 week in and down 5 lbs! <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:04:28 EST New to team Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm restarting my weight loss. I live north of Pittsburgh. I lost 130 lbs and then gained back after having my children. I'd love to get back to where I was and maintain. It's hard finding time/ buddy to stay motivated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Carley Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:33:35 EST New to the team Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Tamika. I live in Michigan, attend grad school, and working my way down from 675. I currently have about 170 more pounds to lose. My current lifestyle includes 6 days of strength training, Leslie Sansone 5 mile DVDS or walking 5-6 miles per day, and a Paleo diet. I have recently found the root of the weight and hormonal problem, so I should be better equipped going forward. Happy Wednesday all! <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:54:24 EST Hello, New To Team. Hi, i'm Matt and i am trying to get myself back on track. I have tried before to lose weight but have always found myself starting off strong then fading back into complacency. I could list the ton of excuses i have as to why, but i feel that wont prove to be an effective tool as they are just excuses, i need to focus on me and my health right now, which means no more excuses i am responsible for my own actions and need to stick to a routine. I currently work from 7pm to 5am 5 days a week, i ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:38:28 EST Hello! I've been a member for a while now, but I go through times when I am really motivated, and then other times when I am not motivated in the least to try. I really want this change so I am working on motivated right now. <BR> <BR> So hello! Maybe I really will keep this going this time. :) Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:26:14 EST Helloo everyone hi everyone. my name is Jayme and I an here to get my health and body back . Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:34:54 EST Thought I'd stop and say hi Hi, my name is Nichole. I'm not really all that new to sparkpeople. I've was a member years ago but had quit coming here because I had a lot of things go on in my life. Some good, some not so good. <BR> <BR> I recently had a baby and I packed on all the weight I worked so hard on getting rid of. I went from 274 down to 185. The last pregnancy I had last year had put me back to about 275. So much for my 90lbs weight loss. Needless to say I'm disappointed in myself to get this big again. <BR... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:00:38 EST hi hi <BR> i have three kids 5, 4 and 3 years old. i have finally had enough of looking in the mirror and not liking what i see so i decided to do something about it. im working by having small goals set and i have just got into a pair of jeans that i have never had on yay! my next goal is a family party thrown by my in laws, they have never liked me and i want to go feeling good. <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:05:23 EST Hello Hi! I would like to introduce myself, my name is Shan. I'm a working wife and mom of a 2 year old. I joined SP last week and have already lost a pound!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meet and supporting all of you as we take thing journey together. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:55:14 EST Here I am... I am a busy mom of five kids. I am currently studying at home to be a midwife, while homeschooling my five kids. I help my husband work from home and do all the other "wife/mom" stuff. :) I have a lot to lose as far as weight is concerned and a lot to lose if I don't lose the weight. I come from a family of diabetics, but have not been diagnosed... sugars are nearing the "pre-diabetic" level (99) and I don't want to go down that road. :( I have a family that needs me to be more active and h... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:12:28 EST Hello All My name is Robin - I'm 34 years old and have always been big... hoping to turn it in the other direction for a change. Been working out for about a 2 weeks but I only just started keeping track this week so lets see how it goes. Thanks! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:29:42 EST Buddy Needed....You lean on me I'll lean on you! I say this every year but this year needs to be THE year for my weight loss. No more dancing around the issue. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a Sparkbuddy that is committed, focused, fun, and overall a good pep-talker. I'm great pep talker for anyone but myself haha. I'd like to find someone to keep in contact with on a near daily basis thru text, emails, video chatting, phone calls, tweeting, etc. If you don't have unlimited text messaging then you will hate me lol. <BR> <BR> A little about m... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:50:18 EST Just starting over Hello team, <BR> My name is Anne and I live in Lincolnton NC with my daughter. I am 38 and I will be divorced in the next few months. I had lost nearly 80 lbs 6 years ago but I started packing it back on about 3 years ago. I am just looking to take better care of myself again and looking for some added encouragement when I want to give up. I know what it feels like to be healthy and that is my main goal. I really miss feeling that way. The added benefit of looking nicer is just another plus.... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:25:34 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST newbie Hi! I'm a fairly newbie (joined in late April) and I just read about the 100+ club in The Spark. We have found that I need motivational encouragement and praise to succeed, as I take berating as a threat and tend to snap back. I'm down 24# and seem to be hovering for the last 3 weeks, but I have noticed changes in my body, so I know its still working. Any tips for getting over this hump? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:39:01 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda and I am a 31 year old Canadian (living in Dawson City Yukon) who has just found myself at the highest weight I've ever been. I weighed in at 284.4 lbs this morning. Previous to that, my highest weight years ago (2006 or 2007?) was 282 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have had weight loss success in the past, with my lowest weight being 229 lbs in the summer of 2012. I also became a personal trainer that year and really enjoyed it (the active life and helping other... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:01:45 EST Here I am! I am new here and joined for more motivation and determination! I am on a Paleo/Primal diet and started out at 314 and now weigh 297! Woohoo! So, anyway my name is Brian (I go by anything you call me!!! haha), I love my wife and son and Jesus most of all! I am excited for this journey! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:06:43 EST Here I am! I am new here and joined for more motivation and determination! I am on a Paleo/Primal diet and started out at 314 and now weigh 297! Woohoo! So, anyway my name is Brian (I go by anything you call me!!! haha), I love my wife and son and Jesus most of all! I am excited for this journey! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:06:33 EST Here I am! I am new here and joined for more motivation and determination! I am on a Paleo/Primal diet and started out at 314 and now weigh 297! Woohoo! So, anyway my name is Brian (I go by anything you call me!!! haha), I love my wife and son and Jesus most of all! I am excited for this journey! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:59:57 EST Starting today I am going to start this today! I am coming back to restart my plan and what better place to start. <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 319.00 <BR> Total Pounds to lose: 15.95 <BR> Ending Goal Weight: 303.05 <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 319 <BR> <BR> 1% = 3.19 lbs. = 315.81 <BR> 2% = 6.38 lbs. = 312.62 <BR> 3% = 9.57 lbs. = 309.43 <BR> 4% = 12.76 lbs. = 306.24 <BR> 5% = 15.95 lbs. = 303.05 Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:44:31 EST Hi my name's Sonja, but you can call me Red! I'm a 31 Year old single mother of two awesome boys age 9 and 7. I have 181 pounds to lose so any advice or support is not only welcome but extremely valuable to my journey! In the last 7 days I have lost about 5 pounds so far w/ a calorie/exercise Diary and a whole lot of swimming. Since I have the equivalent of an average weight man to lose in fat &#128561;I'm prepared for a long, long, bumpy, tear jerking, sometimes frustrating, but always well worth all the challenges on this potentially ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 03:04:32 EST Guess I'd better introduce myself :) Hello everyone! :) My name is Dixie. I want to lose about 130 lbs. I just turned 35 on June 1st. Im married and we have a 5 year old daughter. And Im a stay at home mom for the time being. <BR> <BR> I joined SP quite a few years ago but never actually used it. This is the 2nd time that i'll be trying to lose weight. The first time was in 2007, but I wasnt actually really trying to lose weight then, it just happened with the long hours at work (worked at Subway) and going out dancing 2-3... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:16:23 EST Hey!! :) Hey everyone, I'm Tera and I'm 31 from Charlotte, NC. I started my journey on 5/12 and have lost 9.5 lbs so far. <em>224</em> Just wanted to say hi! <BR> <BR> Oh, and quick question. How do you get the weight loss ticker that I see in so many peoples posts? - HA, nevermind. As soon as I hit post I saw a little button that said create ticker. :) Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:37:40 EST hello Just introducing myself. Howdy everyone!! I am here for support on my 100 pound weight loss journey that I started today :) Yeyyyy!! xoxoxo Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:34:17 EST Hello... Hi, My name is James and I am new to Spark. I will start my dietary changes on Monday, June 2, 2014. I hope to stay an active member for years to come. This site has been awesome thus far. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:59:50 EST Hello!!! Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old woman (getting ready to turn the big 30) who has been married for 10 years. We have been blessed with 2 children, a 9 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. I've always been on the "chunky" side, but after giving birth to my son, I gained a lot of weight. It wasn't until after giving birth to my daughter that I weighed my heaviest...220 lbs. I was shocked that I had allowed myself to get like this. Shocked and disgusted. I've now lost 15 lbs, but I know that... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:48:37 EST Howdy Hi all, <BR> My name is Julie, many people call me Skyye tho so either is fine. I am trying hard to get my eating under control, so I turned to Sparkpeople to help. I am a big girl, and want to lose weight, but my problem isn't from overeating, but from under eating. Starvation mode is hard to get out of, especially when my body is telling me that I am not hungry, and food is a bad idea. I have managed around 1300 calories a day for a couple days now tho so yay me! I am a social person, ... Fri, 30 May 2014 01:29:02 EST Hi :) New to all this, got a very large amount of weight to lose and feeling a bit daunted! <BR> <BR> Not really sure what to write lol Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:14 EST New and confused. Hi, I'm kind of new to this. (Created account 3 years ago, but never started using it.) I did all my measurements today, and according to the body fat calculator on, I'm only 32% body fat. How can this be when I'm 316 pounds as a 5'6" woman? Wed, 28 May 2014 21:22:03 EST NEEDING ACCOUNTABILITY Hi! I am from Flushing, MI. I have been a member of spark for a few years, but never really utilized it. I get in a groove, then lose that groove semi-quickly! I have never made connections with any other sparkers, so I thought that may help. I am looking for accountability, a friend, maybe even a work out partner. I am a (soon to be) single mother of 2. I work full time, I love God and I am on a journey towards health. Overall health. Mentally, physically and spiritually. I am ready to give ... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:55:05 EST Betsy Hello all! I am Betsy, and am 35 and live in Iowa. I am looking for some support, and encouragement. I have no support at home, my hubby is great but he doesnt have a weight problem. Hoping to connect with people and make some lasting Weight Loss Buddies Wed, 28 May 2014 01:26:58 EST Newish and excited to be here Hi everyone! I am Shannon. I joined Spark several years ago but never really stuck with it. I am back and ready to start my healthy lifestyle journey. Tue, 27 May 2014 06:58:53 EST Happy Memorial Day from Aubrey, TX! Hi everyone! My name is Melissa. I live in Providence Village, TX with my husband and two beautiful boys (ages 13 and 10). I've been a member of Spark People before, but have vowed to make this "the time." I have had problems with my weight on and off for my entire life, and at this point, would really like to set a great example for my kids at these critical points in their lives. This time, though, it's about far more than losing weight... it's about getting healthy, forming positive habit... Mon, 26 May 2014 18:12:28 EST New to group Hi everyone. I'm Jules. I'm married with 2 kids. I've been struggling with my weight since my daughter was born 7 years ago. My goal is to lose 105 pounds. Recently I started going to the Y four times a week and have lost 5 pounds so far. I have also signed up to participate in a Warrior Dash in August. So today I began a couch to 5k program. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 26 May 2014 16:16:28 EST Name: Jeana Hi I am Jeana (age 30) I am a mother of 3, and I am ready make a change in the way I think, eat, and exercise. I don't really know what all to say. I just know I love the ideas and all the helpful resources spark has to offer. :) I am looking around today trying to make a real goal set plan so that by this time next year I can enjoy the summer with the kids and be more fit and healthy!! Mon, 26 May 2014 13:27:14 EST Hey there! New here!! &#128522; Hey everyone <BR> I'm Tammy, 37 years old, single mum to 2 adorable crazy active boys (age 3 and 6) <BR> I live in Melbourne Australia and have recently joined Spark people. I REALLY need to get myself healthy for the sake of my boys, and also so I feel alive again. I have hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid disease as well as looking at both diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis if I don't make a change to my diet and lifestyle. I DEFINITELY need support and look forward to meeting some awesome peo... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:05:23 EST Non scale victories (NSV) I have learned while I have been trying to lose weight it is not just about the number on the scale that shows success but those non scale victories. <BR> Either increasing exercise, clothes you can fit into or even trying new food can be a non scale victory. <BR> What will you celebrate? <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:44:02 EST Hello! Newbie here. Hi there Everyone! <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kimberly. I am from Western New York. I am 31 years old. I am here trying to change my way of living into a healthy lifestyle. I have started walking and doing some light fitness videos here on I have not lost any weight yet. It gets really frustrating sometimes but I feel that at least I am no longer not doing anything about my weight and health and letting my life pass me by. I feel that if I stick wi... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:51:08 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:03 EST Twotop20 Hi everyone. I am going to send a pic of myself soon. Well my goal is to have 10%-12% of body fat. I want to become a professional body builder. And I joined because my weight manager said it would help me to get the results I was looking for. I am about to have weight lost surgery soon. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:02:09 EST Eating PAST full So, for the last week or so I've been noticing that I've been eating until I'm past full at dinner time. <BR> <BR> Any strategies for fighting this? I hate feeling stuffed and I don't understand why I'm doing it. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:15:53 EST Once more with feeling Hey guys- my name is Megan, and I am jumping back onto the bandwagon, this time I plan to make it stick! <BR> I'm 31, and sadly, just separated from my fiancée. So emotional eating came back full force. Over The holidays fell off a ladder, and injured my knee, so any exercise has been painful as my knee just gives out now and again. I know my weight isn't helping it any. I have started doing crunches and planks each day, and am starting a walking regimen this week as well. One challenge that ... Tue, 20 May 2014 15:29:16 EST 3rd Level Graduates - on to 20% Welcome to the 4th level of the % challenge! Woohoo. Tue, 20 May 2014 09:35:27 EST Getting started. Hey everyone, I'm David, and I'm trying to get my journey started. I decided today that I need to do something. I'm hoping this might be a good place for inspiration and motivation, because I need some serious help in those departments. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself today and was surprised when I was 25 lbs heavier than I thought I was...sitting at 345 now. <BR> <BR> I jumped on the treadmill today, planning to walk for 10 minutes, but was able to push myself to 22. I'm happy about that. So a... Mon, 19 May 2014 21:24:09 EST I am still here but have been stuck :-( Hi all well I seem to be losing and gaining the same few kilos repeatedly so this Month I have re-evaluated and recommitted to my new way of life - I haven't posted in sooooo long I couldn't locate my posts lol so it is like I'm new all over again :-) still have 97lbs to lose can't believe since I started in this team I have made such little progress - but since starting SP I have lost a lot and gained some knowledge and great friends <BR> <BR> I have committed to 12weeks of solid no excuse... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:55:38 EST New to the team Hi everyone! I'm new to this team. I'm 32, married, live in Arkansas, work full time, and have two beautiful girls. I have about 115 lbs to lose. I am looking forward to getting to know some people like me! <em>334</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:53:41 EST Hey all! So, I turned 30 in February.... <BR> <BR> It wasn't as scary as I thought. You know what was pretty scary? The number on the scale! <BR> <BR> I'm a wife to a soldier, a mother to two great kids DD(6) and DS (3), and a 9 year old black lab named Soda. Looking forward to meeting you all and encouraging each other to kick some booty! Tue, 13 May 2014 12:35:49 EST Starting Over Again Hi, I'm Kenneth. I have been overweight my whole life. At this time I weigh a whopping 517lbs. I am scared for my life. I have a new niece and I need to be here and be able to be there for and do things with this wonderful little girl. I can't stay like this and go on. I hurt all the time and have zero energy. I get out of breath walking into work from the car. <BR> But..... <BR> I have started anew today. <BR> I am within my calorie goal and am in good spirits. <BR> I can succeed!!!! Mon, 12 May 2014 20:34:19 EST Help me... How did this happen? I lost 4 kilograms in a month. I lost track of things for two days. It was not crazy eating attacksor something but I just didnt eat healthy for two days. Now I weightedin and I saw that I gained 5 kilograms. Is that even possible? I jusy dont know what to do or even what to think. I am panicked. Did it happened to anyone else? Thu, 8 May 2014 04:21:43 EST Hi. I am back. Ok so I have been away but I am back. It is time to get back on track and I need help. I am hoping this app and website will give me what I need to keep on track because by having this to look at everyday I think I will be able to do that. Tue, 6 May 2014 09:59:51 EST Looking forward to getting to know everyone! I'm 38, SAHM to a nearly 8yo dd and twin 2.5 yo girls. I'm married, husband is in the military and we live in Canada. I was chubby in high school but got really really fat after university, lost over 100 lbs in my early 20s, met my now husband got comfy and fat again, lost another 100+ lbs and was near my ideal goal of 160 but got married and got sick, had surgery, no gall bladder, gained weight, got pregnant, gained so much weight, delivered and continued to gain.. so again I lost weight,... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:39:17 EST 1 year today Last year on May 5th I got on a scale for the first time in a long time. I weighed 308. I had lost some weight but then in July I went on vacation and got off track and never got back on. On January 1st I decided to start again. I weighed in just over 300 and since then I am now down to 275.2. I have lost 33 pounds in the last year. I was hoping for a little more but I'm so happy that I'm not 308 anymore. My new goal is to be below 265 for vacation on June 12th. My second goal is to enjoy mys... Mon, 5 May 2014 07:47:23 EST A Whole New World.. I have been on and off Sparkpeople over the years. And I've been through so many life changes that I don't even know where to begin. <BR> <BR> I'm making more of an effort to lose lately than I have in the past though. I want to capitalize on my motivation and make it a lasting change. So, I'm here for motivation, support, encouragement and maybe even to make a few new friends on a similar journey. <BR> <BR> I am seeing this as the first day of the rest of my life. And I am definitely in ... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:37:51 EST Hello! New to Team! Hi guys! My name's Ally. I'm new to this team but not new to Spark People. I once lost 80 lbs (!!!) using Spark People, but after the birth of my son I experienced a pretty severe depression and fell off the wagon... hard. I've been away for a while now. Let's just say that the last time I was on Spark People I wasn't anywhere near the 30-something crowd, haha! I've gained back 40 so while I'm not all the way back up to start weight... I'm a LOT closer than I'd like to be. I never want to see... Sat, 3 May 2014 16:25:30 EST Hi There I'm new here. I'm Emily, a 30 something mom with 2 boys. They are 9 and 1. And so busy. I have used the excuse that I'm too busy taking care of everyone else and everything else to take care of myself. And I'm not going to do that anymore. I love to quilt. It's not a very get up and moving hobby. lol. Fri, 2 May 2014 12:36:19 EST Do you exercise when you are sick? Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I had a question. <BR> <BR> Do you personally exercise when you're sick? <BR> <BR> I thought allergies were affecting me, but now I am thinking that I am actually sick. I'm achy, cough-y, sneeze-y and my throat and ears hurt like crazy. This all started on Tuesday. I skipped working out Tuesday and just rode the stationary bike and did minimal strength training on Wednesday and Thursday. <BR> <BR> My symptoms are not getting any better but how to I justify to ... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:30:23 EST I am new but not new, an introduction to me Hello all my name is Angela and I live in Southwestern Ohio well till August anyways. I am a mid thirties chick and a stay at home girlfriend without any children. I am not new to the site just new to the concept of actually participating . I am doing this because I want to be healthier and more self confident especially when looking in the mirror. Thu, 1 May 2014 16:40:36 EST This isn't where I wanted to be at thirty... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Leah and I'm a thirty-year-old student/wife/mother of one. I'm old-new to Sparkpeople (had a membership for a long time but only used it for occasional food tracking) so the community aspect is something different for me. I'm here because despite the fact that I have a wonderful husband, a lovely little five-year-old boy, and am about to graduate university I don't like where I am in my life right now. <BR> <BR> I've been unhappy for a while but things we... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:59:29 EST New to the group Hi everyone, how are you all doing? My name is Leigh, I'm a 34 year old Canadian female who is looking to join sparkpeople again after leaving the site for a few months due to alot of personal things happening in my life. I have been overweight pretty much all of my life and have always just been the "fat" girl hiding behind her weight so she didn't get noticed. Over the last couple of years I have grown tired of being that girl who does not get noticed, why can't I be like everyone else and ... Thu, 1 May 2014 00:31:57 EST 3rd time's a charm right? Good afternoon all. I am a 33 year old mom of 4 people-children and 6 fur-babies from Michigan. I have been successful at losing weight many times, but unfortunately I am more successful at gaining it back. Our first 2 children came very easily but when we decided to have a 3rd it took us almost a year, and for someone who has never had to think about it, that was a reality check for me. So I decided it was my weight. I was at 273 at the time and half way through losing we got pregnant, ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:14:04 EST Hello from Texas Hi everyone. My name is Kelly and I am back here at Sparkpeople after a long hiatus. I joined a few years ago and was rather successful, losing 40 pounds or so. But then I moved and changed jobs and came up with a lot of excuses, I gained it all back plus some. About a year ago I joined a gym and started working out regularly and lost just enough weight to get pregnant after trying for 2 years! <BR> So in January I gave birth to a healthy and perfectly adorable baby boy. I gave myself a few ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:09:05 EST Second verse, NOT same as the first Hi again! <BR> <BR> My name is Erica and I've come back to Spark after too long of an absence and too much of a weight gain. I had successfully lost 70 pounds last time (going from 345 to 275) and I've managed to gain all that weight plus 60 pounds more. I'm starting, as of 4/25/2014 at 406. <BR> <BR> I was able to stick to a nutrition and fitness plan last time but once I hit my first plateau, my underlying issues of depression took over and started a downward spiral for me. Since then, I'... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:44:55 EST Back for the last time! Hi all! I'm 34, from Michigan, and at the highest weight I've ever been, but I am done letting that be a reason to not start losing! How self defeating to not start getting healthy because it'll be too hard, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I would to find some new friends who are in the same boat. I have over 200lbs to lose (that is hard to type) and I would love to support and be supported on this journey. Add me as a friend if you'd like, thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:06:36 EST Hurdles!! Hi again, <BR> I am feeling overwhelmed today. i had a rocky weekend and am trying to re-set today. dont have much in the way for health choices here at home, nor the funds to go and get the good foods i want. its hard to eat good on a super limited budget. also feeling stress at my fitness level. I'm not ready to go out and walk a bunch, or hit the gym, so i have been doing chair exercises to get me stronger and ready for walks etc. but then i looked at the calories burned and it was like a... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:29:28 EST It's a Brand New Day! Hi, my name is Crystal, and I'm 32, living in Orange County, California. I'm single, but live with a couple family members, and a couple cats. I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. Even in college, when I thought I looked pretty nice, my 150 Ibs was not the ideal weight for my 5'3" stature. I guess that means I'm an endomorph. So, my goal is 130, but I'll honestly be happy to see 150. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I know I eat a lot when I'm stressed or feeling low, and lately I've been stress... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:49:58 EST Help! I'm sick and frustrated! I'm just starting week 3 of my healthy relaunch, and I'm sick with the flu. I'm so frustrated that I'm having to spend the next few days sleeping instead of being active. Do any of you have some words of wisdom, or maybe encouragement? <em>527</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:15:45 EST I think I can! Hello everyone! My name is Lora! I'm a 32year old single mom to a slightly special needs son who is 9! I basically do it all on my own, except for a little help from one of my sisters. Over the last year I've watched this sister melt away from a size 22 down to a 10! My son Jay has came home crying from hearing in school that obisity can kill a person. All he knows is that mom is fat, and she's gonna die. So last week Tuesday, I went and spent some significant money on my self and bought a gy... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:47:25 EST Tracking your steps Just started tracking my steps. Just wondering if anyone has any input on what my goal should start out at. I tracked at work today and got around 2000 without doing anything extra. What should my next goal be? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:19:53 EST A little hello I'm posting to the forums for my very first time. I don't have a lot of experience doing this but am glad to finally be taking this step. I joined spark people for the same reason that many others join, to lose weight. However, another side to my joining is with the hopes that I can make friends and learn to change my eating habits. I have a strong desire to learn a healthy way to eat. I want to be able to choose the right foods and the right portion sizes to not only lose the weight, but whe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:46:34 EST lose the pounds 1% at a time Just starting up again and this seems like a great idea so her goes: <BR> Starting weight 300 <BR> 5% loss= 15 lbs <BR> Ending weight 285 <BR> <BR> 1%=3lbs=297 <BR> 2%=6lbs=294 <BR> 3%=9lbs=291 <BR> 4%=12lbs=288 <BR> 5%=15lbs=285 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:42:01 EST Hi, I'm new. =) Hey everyone. I'm a 31 year old mother of one pre-teen daughter. I am 5'8 and currently weigh 338 lbs. I've been struggling with my weight my whole life, but I know now that I have to really buckle down and reign it in... See, I went to the Dr. last week and he told me that I have something wrong with my heart... maybe a minor blockage or something... and that I HAD to LOSE WEIGHT IMMEDIATELY so that I don't die way too young like my father. He passed away from a massive heart attack when he ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:48:20 EST Hi :) Hi. I'm new. My name is Stacey and I am here to get healthy, make friends, motivate and be motivated. <BR> I am 36. I need to lose half of my body weight. I have been working out 5-6 days a week since February. <BR> Check out my spark page and if you think that we might have something in common, please feel free to friend me. I have been accountable to only myself for far too long. I need SP friends that know what I am going through, who can help me through my journey and I hope I can b... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:09:51 EST This Time Around Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have reached the point in my life that I feel like I may really be able to conquer my issues with food an my weight. I have lost significant amounts of weight twice before, but each time I have crept back up to an even higher weight. I am definitely motivated by the idea of losing weight, but I have also realized that I am too young to have so many health problems. I don't want to spend the rest of my life looking back and saying - if only. So here I am. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:53:25 EST just joined today!! Hi I wanted to introduce myself. I am 39 yrs old and started out a 330lbs. That was 2 weeks ago and I'm down 6 lbs already! My first goal is to lose 20lbs total. When I lose that first 20lbs. I can have weight-loss surgery. I am getting the sleeve. I have changed my eating habits and quit drinking soda altogether. After surgery it's going to take a lot of hard work to get my body in shape. Exercising is hard for me. My energy level is shot. I work 10 hour days at a desk job and I am tired whe... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:39:11 EST Feeling Defeated Ugggggggggggggggggggh, today has been one of those days, actually it has been one of those weeks. I had to start antibiotics on Tuesday due to a tooth, and I have had migraines along with that. I haven't felt totally great but I have been working out. Today I stepped on the scale though and I had gained 4 pounds!!! I have been killing myself, and am just having a 'screw it' kinda day. I met with my trainer today and he said some people gain weight on medicine. But I still felt awful. I en... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:58:24 EST Hello Hello everyone! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:49:28 EST Hi Hi, I'm new to the Spark community, I guess I've tried and failed to do it "on my own" for years...and decided that support is a good thing. :) I am 34, engaged (getting hitched in October) and my long term goal is to get 100+ pounds off and keep it off! <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! I'm just starting to exercise and I found that it doesn't suck nearly as bad as I thought at first. I think it was the the thought of it more so than the actual activity. My doctor prescribed me Qsymia, I'... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:41:43 EST Hi there My name is Vanessa and i'm new to the group. Hope everyone is having a great day! <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:44:55 EST Tangible.... The main reason I am doing this is to feel better and stop hurting, that doesnt mean I dont want to look good and have fun too tho. I thought maybe it would help my motivation to set a more tangible goal to work towards. I so badly want to go cosplay at a con, so Im thinking maybe after Ive lost quite a bit I will find a way to make that happen. Im not sure what I will cosplay, there are SO many choices from Doctor Who, Supernatural, The Avengers and so many others that I will have to think l... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:41:25 EST Hello Im back on the site to give this another go. wanted to check in with this team since its the most fitting. i cant carry all this weight around any more. it hurts me to much in too many ways. so time to make the changes. last time i didnt get it right and i think i was trying to do to many things all at the same time and just kept stopping cause it was too much. so im going to try and implement goals over time instead of this giant list i cant possibly do. im a talker and need support so i pla... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:10:53 EST hi!! Hi! I am Amanda and I need to lose some weight! I am 100 pounds over weight and I need help! If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated! thanks Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:08:27 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:24 EST 5K Run/Walk May 10,2014 Challenge The Heartland Womens Healthcare is having a 5K Run/Walk on May 10, 2014 . Registration 7:30 am Run at 9:00 am $25 Adult registration fee $15 fun run for youth ages 10 and under. This is in Mount Vernon IL to Pre-Register or pay for your T-shirt online go to <BR> Registration received by April 18 is guaranteed for T-shirt <BR> <BR> I plain on doing this 5K. It will be my first ever but I hope not may last. I have been walking every day for this. I will do th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:04:13 EST Frustrated Can I vent a little and ask for some ideas? I have been working at healthier habits for a month now. I have switched from eating a fastfood breakfast to most days having either low fat yogurt with granola or a whole wheat enligsh muffin with peanut butter and banana. I ahve switched from a fast food lunch to salad most days. I have gone from no exercise to between 15-45 minutes approximately four days a week. I have also started limiting my diet soda. In a month...I've gained two pounds... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:39:10 EST Do you like going to gym or working out at home? I prefer working out at home but i have an injury so i'm going to have to go the gym more! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:13:52 EST breakfast? I know everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.... But I am just not a breakfast eater. I have a cup of coffee in the morning and I am not really hungry until lunch time. I have been trying to have a yogurt or an apple in the morning now because I want to be healthy... Any other suggestions on easy breakfast stuff that's not too filling? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:04:30 EST back again, hoping to make new friends Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa and I'm not new to SparkPeople but this is a different screen name than you may have seen me use in the past. I'm weird, that's about all I can say. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 36 years old, married with 2 teenage stepkids and 4 cats. I have a lot of weight to lose - I currently weigh 329 pounds and hope to someday get to 150. I'm trying not to focus on how far I have to go, however. <BR> <BR> I love creative writing, digital photography, and music. I am a ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:47:08 EST Hey! Hey everyone, my name is Jennifer and I just joined today. I have a very supportive family but none are overweight so itsreally hard for them to relate sometimes! Just looking for friends who might be going through the same things I am and hoping we can motivate each other! I love to read, like to do anything outdoors. Love to cook so any recipies would be great! I have 3 kids and a loving husband. Hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:34:55 EST Good Morning!! I just wanted to say good morning and that I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful day! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:34:15 EST Struggling So my calorie base line is 1680 - 2030, I have only eaten 1563 calories and burned 168.... This is proving to be a daily issue. There is no way Im going to be able to eat even one more bite of anything, Am I in a starvation danger zone or will I be ok? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:08:27 EST Hi! Hey everyone! I am a returning member to Spark People. I lost about 75 lbs 2 years ago with SparkPeople, and then let 60 lbs creep back on, slowly at first and then at an alarming rate. I decided to get back on track before I top out above my previous highest weight. It might be only 15 lbs, but I'll count it when I start going back down. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my name is Catherine (or Cat). I'm 31, and just trying to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving amazing things. I can do push u... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:14:42 EST New User Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm brand new at Spark People and have about 110 lbs. to lose. I'm 37, been married 11 years and have 3 children ages 5, 8 and 9. I've tried (and failed) every other weight loss program (except for surgery). I've heard that the Spark program really works so I'm really looking forward to finally having some success! <BR> <BR> Gerry Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:40:34 EST what fitness classes do you take if any?? I'm looking into fitness classes but it is really intimdated the thought of taking a class at my weight. What classes do some of you take?? Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:19:21 EST Hello there! Hi, I am new here, new to the whole Spark thing. Im a mom of 7 kids ages 2 to 17. Not sure what to think of all this but Im ready to give it a shot. Am looking forward to meeting new people as well. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:29:30 EST Busy Work Weeks and Travel I have another fun question I have to travel for work and I have a busy next several weeks. Including a very long day on Friday which has me at my one job from 830-430 and at my other job from 445-10 then Sat I am working from 9-5 and my daughter has a dance recital at 5 then Sunday I am packing and organizing for three days out of town for work leaving Monday morning returning Thursday morning. How do other people stay on track with busy weeks like this This just continues as well because I ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:02:06 EST Time to get healthy I joined sparkpeople last July but that is where I stopped. I need to lose a little over 100 lbs and my motivation unfortunately came with the death of my mom last month. I come from a family with a history of heart problems, high, blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. I watched her my whole life struggling with all of these issues and realize that is I do not do something now I am going to end up in the same situation as her. I am hoping that with the motivation I can get here that I will be ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:28:31 EST Food Pushers What do you guys do when people are continually pushing food on you? My mother feeds people to show love and today it seemed particularly bad. I kept saying no to her and had a talk with her this evening about it, but I'm unsure how to continue the talks. I know she is going to keep doing this and I really don't want to get cranky at her. <BR> <BR> I also blog about stuff like this, but she reads my blog and I don't want to upset her so I need to find a way to talk to her honestly and f... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:48:26 EST The Scale <em>192</em> so what weigh in habits do you all have? I step on my scale every morning first thing after going to the bathroom. This is a habit I have had for a long time and I know it goes against some peoples advice but what do you all do daily, weekly, monthly, or something different? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:34:23 EST Here I come, it is time for me. Hello, I am 38 years old and 300lbs. How did that happen? When did I stop taking care of myself? Why did I let it happen for so long? I love my husband and I adore my daughter. I can't leave them. I don't want to miss out on life and fun and our future together. I have started going to church again and it is making me feel grounded and more in control of myself. But, I am scared. I know how I can get and don't want to lose this drive. I don't want the demons to win. I want to be a healthy ro... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:15:31 EST Hey new to the group Hey guys! New to the group. I can definitely use motivating people on my weight loss Journey. I cureently am five pounds lost in the game to my new weight goal which is 145. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:59:44 EST NEWBIE!! Hey ya'll. I am new here! I am 38 and live in Tennessee! I have alot of weight to lose and I definitely need some motivation!!! HELP!! :) <BR> Glad to be here and I hope to be inspired by you all!! <BR> xoxo- Angie Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:11:05 EST Introduction Hello, my name is Dee and I am very excited to join this forum, I hope that we can be encouraging to each other on this weight loss journey! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:09:51 EST Hi I am Heather Hi everyone, my name is Heather I live in ND and have two kids a son who is almost 13 and a daughter who is 8 both are great blessings and a husband who is my rock he has supported me in all my adventures and challenges. I am pretty busy I work for an University Center of Excellence as a project specialist and do some traveling for that. I am the troop leader for my daughter's brownie troop, thank goodness cookie sells are over! I teach CPR and First Aid for the American Red Cross. On top of ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:39:29 EST quick intro Hi I'm Hana. I gained so much weight during my last pregnancy. My baby wasn't doing well, so I lived in the hospital with her for almost 6 months. That's a long time to be sedentary. So here I am at home with my lovely baby, finally, and I find myself at 100lbs over weight. I am glad for this group and look forward to sharing this journey Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:31:04 EST Sports bra? Hello everyone! I went to my first Zumba class the other night and I almost knocked myself out...clearly it's time to invest in a sports bra. Does anyone have any recommendations? I wear a 42D, and don't mind underwires. Thanks! <em>2</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:00:23 EST Hi I'm Nicki Hello everyone! I've been around for awhile on and off and figured I'd reintroduce myself here. I'm 34 years old, live in Arkansas and have a beautiful 5 year old daughter. I am usually active on and off on the site but can be easily reached via sparkmail for support or just to chat. I'm currently going to school to be a psychologist with a minor is rehabilitation sciences (fancy term for social work). Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:01:22 EST Hi Im Stephanie Hi Im Stephanie. I am Mom to 3 and step mom to 3, so six children in all! I am happily married to my love Billy. I am excited to be starting this healthy lifestyle. I have been back and forth for years and am now obese to say the least. I am focused and ready to make the change permanently. Which means I am not going on some crazy strict diet. I am eating healthfully and exercising. Enough about me, look forward to getting to know all of you! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:02:25 EST Calories + Exercise So I have a question.... <BR> When I exercise, and log it, it gives me more calories. I have a hard time mentally eating more calories. Is it bad if I don't? Am I okay not eating them? Or do I need to make the mental adjustment and eat them? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:47:06 EST Hello. Not sure how this works.... <em>24</em> I am going to give this a whirl. I need something to stick too...motivation, a start. Tired of the same ole outcome. Need support and I hope I can get that here. Thanks for listening <em>30</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:39:36 EST Where do you fall in your calorie range? I'm sitting here with my tummy starting to growl and 207 to 557 calories left to use today according to my nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> And my eating disordered brain starts to kick in. Today is Day 2 for me and yesterday I was patting myself on the back for coming in at 1140 calories for the day - 60 less than the 1200 calories that my lower end range is. <BR> <BR> Logically, I know it's perfectly acceptable to fall somewhere in between that range of 1200 to 1500.... but I know that I will... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:53:33 EST Introduction Hi All! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I was telling my husband that I'd like to lose 100 lbs in 16 months (I figured that was pretty safe). I've always been overweight/obese/whatever they call it these days, but I've always exercised and ate healthful food. I was content being fat because I could finish a 15K in under 1 hour 30 mins (my time for the 2014 Gate River Run was 1 hour 26 mins) and worked out at least 3 times a week. I make pretty good food choices most of the time, but I still don't not... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:57:11 EST Just wanted to introduce myself I am a mother of 4, who loves her family and to cook. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:47:30 EST Just starting... Hi, I'm Beth. I'm 37 years old and just starting my brand new healthy life. I've been overweight my whole life, only being "normal" during times of severe restriction of food in my teens and twenties. I have never really tried to lose weight by just eating healthy and exercising in all of my life - it has always been a series of doing whatever I wanted and then starving myself or trying some weird diet or cleanse. <BR> <BR> I think it's high time I started to be good to myself and do this t... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:33:52 EST Weight Loss On A Budget I thought it would be fun if everyone could share their tips for losing weight on a budget. I have not been in a great financial situation and have had to figure out how to lose weight the cheap way. <BR> <BR> -I have found it is not so hard to save on food. I have actually saved money on food since I changed my eating habits. Certainly it costs less to make a package of cookies last my family a week instead of eating a whole package myself in one sitting. <BR> <BR> - I opt for cheaper s... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:15:24 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! I'm Sarah, and I will be 30 in two weeks, April 6th! My husband and I welcomed our first child in February 2013. I got back into SparkPeople back in January and I weighed about 252 then... I weigh about 234 now (almost down to my pre-baby weight of 231), and I'm hoping to get down to 150 and beyond before summer 2015 (when my husband and I will start thinking about having another child). I do fun daily blogs about what I have eaten that day, it keeps me motivated and honest! Feel... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:33:11 EST Here goes nothing.... Hello everyone! I am a mom to 5 and have been married to my husband for 12 years. I never used to struggle with weight, but after having 5 kids in 6 1/2 years and other major life events I have gained and gained and never lost. I am bigger than I have ever been, and am ready for a change! I am starting today and going to make this a lifestyle change. I want to be a healthy mom, that can run around with my kids and play without getting tired or out of breath! I am looking forward to getting to... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:51:28 EST Now or Never for Me! Well hello all, my name is Brigette. This of course is not the first time I am attempting to loose weight, but I am hoping this is the time that it sticks. I have tried many different things through out the years, will little to no success. Yo-yo is what it was I believe! Not a fun way to live. <BR> <BR> This time I want to start slow and make small changes to start. So here I am looking for others trying to fight the good fight and become healthier day by day. <BR> <BR> Good luck to... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:39:31 EST Hi I'm Andria and I live in the middle TN area. This is hard for me as I am socially awkward. My current weight is 330. I would like to lose down to about 150. I have a lot of health problems due to my weight, and I also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome which makes dieting harder. I know tmi sorry. There are so many diets it's hard to know what's the best way to go. I haven't worked in almost a year due to my health, but my goal is to find a job by the end of next month, and start exercising slowly. There is a lot of information to soa... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:06:07 EST New to SparkPeople Hi! I'm Tamara. I am here to try to lose weight an get healthier. I have been trying this on my own for quite a while, but I think what I need this time is support from a community of people who are at the same place as me or have recently been where I am. My weight loss goal is to lose over 150 lbs. I want to be more comfortable with who I am without having the constant worry of being the biggest woman in the room. I'm ready for a change. Here we go! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:15:05 EST Hi Team! Need Support/Buddy Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mariel and I am 31 years old (soon to be 32 on 4/5). I have struggled with my weight since I graduated high school. I was diagnosed with compulsive/binge eating disorder about 3 months ago. I am really in need of support and friends that can push me and encourage me. <BR> <BR> I have a husband (Charlie) and 2 sons ( Morgan & Nathaniel). I love them to death and I fear what I am doing will hurt them. <BR> <BR> Please PM me if you want to be buddies.... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:18:39 EST advice needed I have slipped and can't get back into the swing of things. I have gained back the weight I lost and am so disappointed I have given up. I have no friends or family support and I think that is the hardest. I don't have anyone I can exercise with so that is even more difficult. Can anyone give me any suggestions? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:27:51 EST Hi everyone! Im a newbie! I am 33 soon to be 34 and need to lose 100+ lbs. I currently weigh 270 and would like to get down to 150. I have tried several diets only to lose interest and gain the weight back....sometimes plus some. My health is not the best so this is really for health reasons. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:30:51 EST Hello Hello, my name is Connie and I am 10 1/2 months into my weight loss journey. I was 400 pounds when I started and I am down to 285.2 so far. I am working towards my goal of 130 pounds. I thought it was time to join a site and get support and be supportive. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:41:33 EST Hi! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm here looking for support on my journey. Honestly, I learned in 2004 my eating disorder was the biggest part of my weight issue. I've had BED for 20 years now and JUST LAST October 2013 started outpatient group treatment, which this is the last week of! I joined SP because I know I need support BADLY! <BR> <BR> I also know I need the basics. I'm setting very mild goals for myself, but also focusing only on my recovery journey not "goal weight" because even if I ever d... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:43:52 EST HLC 3/17 Do you know we're almost to spring? It has been a hard winter for a lot of us. Is your home full of sand, salt, dust, unhealthy food? This is the week to clean it up and organize!! <BR> <BR> For each minute you spend cleaning and organizing, earn one point. Report your points at the end week with your starting and ending weight. A clean house is a healthy house, right? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:15:01 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Jessica, and I am an almost 30 year old admin from Iowa. I have been on and off Sparkpeople for years, struggling with yo yo dieting and binge eating and trying to get a hold on my own identity. Food has been my comfort and my enemy for far to long, and I am finally on the path to peace with food and my own body. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:05:30 EST Lookinf for friends Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to sparkpeople this week and am looking to make some new friends to help encourage me along my journey, to help answer questions and for me to be able to help them as well. Hope you all have a great Saturday!! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:02:24 EST Hello Everyone I started spark at the beginning of the year and I have lost 27lbs to date. I am in it for the long haul still have 143lbs to go. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:10:08 EST Friday smiles Here everyone - this is a link to give you some Friday smiles. Totally safe for work, totally filled with adora-bull! <em>334</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eeling-stressed-just-watch-this-bulldo<BR>g-puppy-roll </link> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:21:08 EST Hello Everyone! I signed up for Spark people late last year and only tracked for a couple of days. I wrote a blog kind of explaining my issues with instant gratification and that is why I didn't stick around. <BR> <BR> I am starting again and trying to change my outlook and my plan. I have been heavy all my life for the most part. I have lost so much weight over the course of my adult years only to gain it all back plus some. I am currently at my heaviest weight to date. <BR> <BR> I am a 34 year old mom ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:03:58 EST Returning to Sparkpeople Hi everyone. I'm returning to tracking at Sparkpeople after more than half a year of being off plan. I had a few false starts in Jan & Feb and haven't posted until now because I wanted to make sure I was really committed this time. I've been tracking since March 3rd and I'm feeling really good about things so I guess I'm here to stay. I also decided to be different this time around and be more social. <BR> <BR> Last year in 2013 I lost 100 lbs between Jan - June using Sparkpeople and t... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:02:14 EST Hi Everyone Hello, <BR> My name is Jeanne and I am new to the team and Sparkpeople. I am 36 years old and need to lose 110lbs. I am a mom of 2 wonderful boys as well as a wife of almost 18 years. I am looking to make a lifestyle change not only for myself but for my family as well. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:57:10 EST Vitamin Water Zero and Calorie Intake Howdy there all! I have a couple questions I hope you can answer for me. Our tap water is pretty yucky at my place so I either drink bottled or filtered water. I also do A LOT of Vitamin Water Zero. I was wondering if this really counted as water. I didn't think it would, but wanted to check. <BR> <BR> Also, since I work out and burn a lot of calories, between 1400-1800 a week, Spark thinks I need to eat a lot of calories a day. I'm having a hard time trying to get all the calories in. How ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:06:46 EST Hi Everyone! I'm excited to get to know other people who may be going through the same things that I am. A little about myself: My name is Melissa and I'm a 30 year old college student (not for much longer. I graduate in July!) from South Carolina. I currently work as an office assistant, but once I complete my degree I'll be getting into the legal field. I like to read and enjoy watching movies. I'm an aspiring dog trainer and am currently trying to teach myself about that as well as photography... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:09:05 EST Hi Everyone! I'm excited to get to know other people who may be going through the same things that I am. A little about myself: My name is Melissa and I'm a 30 year old college student (not for much longer. I graduate in July!) from South Carolina. I currently work as an office assistant, but once I complete my degree I'll be getting into the legal field. I like to read and enjoy watching movies. I'm an aspiring dog trainer and am currently trying to teach myself about that as well as photography... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:07:59 EST HLC 3/11-16 Since we don't have a new challenge for this week yet, I figured I would create one. <BR> Heather I hope you are ok=) <BR> <BR> So this week we are going to focus on healthy eating. Once a day you need to swap a 'not so great' item for a better one. <BR> <BR> Example-- <BR> 93/7 beef instead of 80/20 <BR> <BR> We just want to do it at least once a day. The little changes will pay off BIG over time. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Hattie Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:56:42 EST Hi, my name is Susan Good Morning all! <BR> <BR> Today I am starting a new journey. I've done all sorts of wt loss things in the past but this is my first time trying spark people. I am determined that this time it will work. My first goal is kinda corny but I want to be able to cross my legs comfortably. That will feel so good. So I am here and looking for others who I can support and who will support me along the way. I am looking forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> <BR> Susan Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:32:48 EST New To Spark People HI everyone <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am in need of support. Today I was diagnosed with Insulin resistance and PCOS as well as Hypothyroidism. Needless to say today has not been my finest days. Today has motivated me that more than ever my life needs to change and fast otherwise I will never have children, I will get diabetes, I will end up with heart disease! I don't want this! <BR> please help! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:19:47 EST New to SparkPeople! Hello! My name is Jennifer, I am 31 year old mother of two from New Jersey! I have a 9 year old son, and a 19 month old daughter that are an inspiration for me to lose 100lbs! I find myself at the highest my weight has ever been. I gained 60 lbs with my last pregnancy and I haven't been able to lose a lb of it! I'm a critical care RN and I work nights, I know my stress level and my hours aren't conducive to weight loss but I have to figure it out! I came across Sparkpeople from an email... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:50:27 EST Fitness Bingo: 3rd Edition! ANYONE can join!! step 1. choose 24 exercises or tasks out of the list provided. <BR> step 2. find a blank bingo card (with no numbers in the squares) on google and print it out. you may draw a bingo card if you dont have a printer. <BR> step 3. fill the empty spaces on the bingo card with the 24 exercises you chose from the list. <BR> step 4. tune in each day to find out the daily task. <BR> step 5. complete the exercise called out that day <BR> step 6. cross it off your bingo card <BR> step 7. (optional)... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:29:28 EST Back Again! Hello All, I am Breanne. I was MIA for a bit, but I am back now. I am excited to get going again. I am looking forward to all the support & encouragement from everyone here. I won't be able to get on everyday, but I will be doing my tracking mostly from my phone. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:54:03 EST Looking for friends Hi everyone, I'm new here. Just trying to make some friends. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:40:34 EST Hi everyone Hi, I am new to the board & I look forward to the new me. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:36:23 EST New Here Hi, I'm Ginger, 34, from California. I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but am new to the group. I've been following Weight Watchers since last October and have lost 30 lbs so far. I have at least another 70 to go before meeting my own personal goal, and will decide then if I want to lose more weight as my personal goal is around 20-30 lbs above what is recommended for my height. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:15:17 EST I NEED TWO HELPERS! Hey everyone, I was going to send out a team email, but thought this would be a better way to get the attention of the active team members! My life is getting very hectic at the moment. It's so hard to keep up with the 5% challenge and the Game Challenges (which I'm pretty sure everyone wants to keep doing?) <BR> <BR> So, I need 2 people. <BR> <BR> ONE to help with the 5% challenge. On Tuesday evening, make me a list of everyone who completed a NEW percentage marker. Make it the way ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:30:22 EST 1st week using spark people and I have - Lost 2lbs <BR> - Drank more water than I normally do and will continue to make drinking more water a habit <BR> Baby steps.... :) Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:23:57 EST I am not good at tracking my food I am not good at tracking my food. Help!!! I need advice of how to do this/ get into the habit of this. Thank you for any advice! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 02:12:19 EST Just wanted to say hello Im Samantha and just wanted to say hello to everyone. <em>524</em> I have lost 46 lbs before finding this site that ive now been on almost 3 hours just tonight lol. <em>252</em> I still have about 200lbs to go, but short term I have to be a matron of honor in a wedding April 27 2014. Hopefully with a little help ill make it all the way. I will be looking forward to meeting you all and check my blogs from time to time maybe something there can help you to. <em>321</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 03:46:14 EST Hi my name is Shawna Today starts my weightloss journey! I'm very nervous, almost scared. I have failed at this journey so many times, but today I'm just doing one day at a time:) Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:59:04 EST Just want to say Hello Hello out there. I've joined spark people as a way to help me stay on track for a healthier me. Although one of my goals is to lose weight I mainly want to make sure that I'm healthy all the way around so I can go and do some things with my son this summer without getting winded. I'm pretty focused today and I'm hoping that I can keep this momentum up. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:38:13 EST ugh So i am back on the right track today however i feel overwhelmed that i again have to lose <BR> this weight all over again. The death of both parents in 2011 and then 2012 has put me in a really bad place making me gain the 70lbs I dropped before.. I really could use some support on a regular basis as well as would love to request an accountability sponsor if you offer that.. thanks Melissa Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:49:49 EST Determined to get off ALL the weight & keep it off Hi, my name is Myah. I am 36, married for almost 10 years, no kids (we have pets instead, lol) and we live in the Salem, Oregon area. My screen name is Myah150 because I needed to lose 150lbs from my starting point. <BR> I have been heavy all my life and yo-yo dieted a lot in my 20's. I was never able to get below a size 14 though and never able to keep off any weight I lost. It always came back.....usually with friends! I reached my heaviest ever though this last September at 292 (I am 5'5"... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:15:27 EST Good morning Sparkspeople! A little bit about myself. I'm a mom of 3. My 33 Birthday is this month and I have spent my whole life over weight and ready to make a change. Its been a hard year on my family and I've come a accept the things I can not change and change the things I can. Its time for a better ME! I started my journey last week at 259 and as of today 253.6! My workout is T 25 ready to start week 2! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:56 EST Hello, Everyone I'm glad I found this specific Spark Team. I want to be in a group of people of a similar age and with similar weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I'm 35 and I have about 120lbs to lose. I know that it will only get harder as my 30s end and my 40s begin, so I want to do it now. I'm giving myself a time frame of by 4/20/2015, which will be my 16th anniversary. <BR> <BR> So far, I'm tracking and keeping things simple... that is, Calories in and Calories Out. I know I need to become more active... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:28:38 EST HLC 3/2 Anyone feel like you're in a rut? This week's challenge is to try something new. Workout earlier, try a new cardio exercise, try a new strength training video... <BR> <BR> For each day you try something new earn one point. Post your starting and ending weight and your points at the end of the week. :) Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:03:30 EST Hello everyone Hi, My name is Tina. I've been tracking my calories and exercising for the last week. I've started and stopped many times but I feel confident that I have the right motivation to stick to it this time, however, today has been hard. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:05:07 EST Hello :) My name is Patricia! I am thirty years old. Happily married with two beautiful daughters. I don't have much confidence and I my doing this journey on my own. I am looking forward to doing something for me in the first time since I can't remember. I need to reclaim my confidence and I want to make my children proud of me. <BR> I look forward to connecting with new people Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:41:50 EST Giving Up Before I Began Last year I decided I was going to attempt to do something about my weight and my health and then I gave up. I met a man who I thought was my long-awaited "happy-ever-after." It went very quickly, but he knew all of the right things to say and do and he didn't even care about my 4 million health issues. I knew that I wouldn't have to be alone when I'm old which is something I've always feared. This past January, just 3 days before my 32nd birthday, he disappeared and took my car, money, a... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:05:16 EST searching for the better me Hi everyone im Mandy. I have recently gone through more in a few months than I have in my whole life. I had a few journeys towards my weight loss goal that failed. I now know I wasn't ready to fully commit. In December I lost my job. It caused me to lose my car and almost my home. If it wasn't for tax refunds I'd be homeless. During the struggle without a car I walked everywhere and feeling the pain of being the biggest I have ever been made me want to do something not just for me but for my ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:18:18 EST Gotta start somewhere... gotta start sometime... Hello! <BR> Where do I begin... I've been addicted to all sorts of bad things. I am hoping to become addicted to good things! I know this is not a diet- it's a life style change. And change doesn't happen overnight. There will be blood, sweat and and lots of tears, I'm sure, but I've got to give it a shot. I deserve to be healthy and enjoy my body. I'm recruting friends to join me on this journey. Motivation, support and celebration! I can do this! We can do this! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:09:38 EST Southern WV Mommy Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST FITNESS BINGO: 2nd Edition step 1. choose 24 exercises or tasks out of the list provided. <BR> step 2. find a blank bingo card (with no numbers in the squares) on google and print it out. you may draw a bingo card if you dont have a printer. <BR> step 3. fill the empty spaces on the bingo card with the 24 exercises you chose from the list. <BR> step 4. tune in each day to find out the daily task. <BR> step 5. complete the exercise called out that day <BR> step 6. cross it off your bingo card <BR> step 7. (optional)... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 02:53:08 EST NEW FITNESS GAME! What should it be?? <BR> <BR> BINGO <BR> <BR> GUESS THE PHRASE <BR> <BR> SOMETHING NEW (ideas welcome!!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:49:08 EST Better late than never right? GUESS THE PHRASE CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Day 1: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 2: Minutes Completed: 30 minutes of various weight lifting for upper body + core just for fun! <BR> Day 3: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 4: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 5: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 6: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 7: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 8: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 9: Minutes Completed: <BR> Day 10: Minutes Completed: <BR> <BR> I Guess The Letter: <BR> I Guess The Letter: R <BR> I Guess The L... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:57:25 EST I'm back!!! It's been a while since I've been active on the Sparks Peoples website and this group. I joined this group when I turned 30 or was 30 something. Unfortunately since I've joined the group I've put on a few pounds in addition to the 100 that I needed to lose. I saw a team stream posted by Brownsugar that inspired me. She said " I can do it if I try". And a blog post by KBURCHAM37 that said "Back at it again". Both of these things were inspirational to me because I realize that I didn't really t... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:49:31 EST Hello Hello all I'm Kristin. I am a Colorado native but somehow find myself living in South....South Texas with my 3 dogs, a turtle, a cat, my 6 year old son and my wonderful husband of 11 years. I am very excited to have found Spark People and to see all the neat fun stuff that this website has to offer. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:26:48 EST Feeling so good today I am feeling so good today. I have energy, and a want to get out of bed and do things. SO i have made a list of things I am going to work on. I feel that if you make a list of things that "you will get done today" that you are setting yourself up to fail. So on my list i have already started the laundry, the dishwasher, spirited the furniture with febreeze, worked on next months finances, and am having some computer time. And when the the washer or dishes are done I will take a break fro... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:09:03 EST New name, new intro Well, I haven't been on SP in a few weeks and I feel like I'm starting over, so I changed my username. (Used to be _MelissaJoy_) So, this is a good opportunity to post a little about myself. <BR> <BR> I'm 35 years old, married with 2 teenage stepchildren. I currently weigh 335 pounds. I have been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for a long time. I'm feeling a little discouraged and overwhelmed. I have roughly 185 pounds to lose. Boy that's a lot. <BR> <BR> I love creative writing, blo... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:29:56 EST EATING ALL MY CALORIES? HEY GUYS...IS ANY ONE ELSE HAVING TROUBLE EATING ALL THEIR CALORIES? I MEAN SURE...I COULD GO EAT A BURGER, FRIES AND DRINK A COKE AND HAVE NO PROBLEM USING THEM ALL UP. BUT, IF I MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES...I FALL SHORT EVERY TIME. BY TIME I EAT 5 SERVINGS OF VEGETABLES, A COUPLE FRUITS AND DRINK 10 GLASSES OF WATER I JUST CANT EAT ENOUGH OTHER HEALTHY FOOD TO MAKE MY CALORIE COUNT. EVERYONE KEEPS TELLING ME I NEED TO EAT MORE CALORIES SINCE I EXERCISE EVERYDAY.....I JUST DONT SEE HOW TO DO THAT ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:46:51 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! I joined SP just last week and am really enjoying getting to know everyone as well ad the site. I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jen and I have a lot to lose. I am hovering just below 300 lbs and as of right now, I have set my goal at 180. <BR> I have tried many different "diets" over the years and am ready to stop all of that and make a definite lifestyle change. <BR> I live in MN with my husband, dog and 2 cats. A major motivation for me to be healthy is that w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:26:13 EST GUESS THE PHRASE - Fitness Game! GUESS THE PHRASE FITNESS GAME! <BR> <BR> I’ve picked a phrase, and it’s up to you to guess it! The first person who guesses the entire phrase wins a gold trophy! The 3 players with the most game minutes completed at the end of the game will win medals; Gold, Silver & Bronze! <BR> <BR> Here’s how it works, each day I will post a new exercise or task. If you complete the task, you get to guess a letter. You must DOUBLE the minutes of the task in order to guess a vowel! <BR> All correc... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:21:07 EST Hello Hello my name is Christy and I'm 37 I have a long journey ahead of me and I'm excited about spark people. I need to lose at least 100 pounds and I look forward to meeting everyone. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:40:14 EST bello I'm Jen! 36 years old and 100+ lbs to lose. I absolutely LOVE Sparky People. Wonderful support received here! I'm working on eating less, tracking, and getting in more exercise. Today I took a pilates class at the gym. So-so: it went ok. I fell on my back on the ice as I was leaving the parking lot. Head hurt a little, that was basically it. I'm looking for a buddy to chat back and forth with. That would help a great deal. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:21:05 EST Decent mood I have lost 5 pounds in the last month. I was weighed today. go me Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:23:29 EST HLC 2/24 Let's climb some stairs!! Each stair you climb counts as one. At then end of the week, see how many famous buildings we can virtually climb. You can only climb each building once, and I've assigned points for ease of calculating, but we're all winners when we virtually climb all these steps. Just think of all the exercise we're getting!! <BR> <BR> 1 point - Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Stairs) - 68 stairs <BR> 2 points - Temple of Kukulcan (Quetzalcoatl Mexico) - 91 stairs <BR> 3 points... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:10:43 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Kim and today I joined Spark People. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and embarking on this new and exciting journey to lose weight ( I have a very long journey ahead of me) and hope this will work!! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:46:18 EST hi im sarah Hi im sarah and im 30 yrs old and ive been trying to lose weight for sometime now ive had some health issues come up and amongst other things but i think im ready to do this head strong right now. I cant do much for working out right now cause i have a slight dislocated knee cap but once i get back to full health im going to get back into my work outs. Im about to marry my soul mate my bff for 3 yrs now weve been together 2 of the yrs on june 7,2014 and im not losing for the wedding im loosin... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:35:16 EST Hello! I am Angela! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Angela, 31, and I have a lot to lose. I have been a member of SP for a few years now and lost 30lbs, like 2 yrs ago. I gained 15lbs back and decided I need to refocus. <BR> <BR> I wear a Fitbit One to monitor my steps and calories burned. I try to eat less calories (-750 calories a day) then I burn. That is sometimes hard, because I LOVE food. <BR> <BR> Looking for friends and support buddies. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:07:42 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hi, I'm Lucy! Hi everyone! I hope your 2014 is off to a rocking start! The past couple of years were not good at all and I was in denial mode about my weight and when a loved one passed in Oct 2013, I got serious. I started the plan on Jan 1, 2014 and so far, I have lost 11 pounds total and 3 inches off my hips and 1 inch off my waist!!! YAY for me! I know I have a long way to go (+100 to lose) but I am on my way. I got my digestion issues fixed and my skin cleared up too which are extra bonuses. I would l... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:41:28 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST Hi new friends I am glad to be here -I have struggled with my weight since age 14. My weight is at an all time high do to many reasons- babies-stress- emotional eating- love of food- money and no time - I'm sure there is more but I will spare you! I have also accomplished a lot in the past 5 years and would like my body to catch up with my life! ! I am looking for support in my process and journey and I hoping to find some good friends to help me as I can do the same! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all !! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:42:31 EST Periods are the devil. Guys I'm looking for some help and support. I was doing awesome last week and feeling so good and in control and now it's a week before my period and already the cravings and needing to eat everything in site are kicking in. Yes, I bought a bag of Hershey Kisses today....feeling discouraged that I keep having this on going battle with myself. What are your suggestions or what have some of you done to help you make it through that special time of the month? For me it's hard because I'm als... 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