SparkPeople 40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11528 This team is for those of us in our 40's, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11528 You have to start where you are, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63619900 I've been carrying around and extra 60+ pounds for several years now. It has been probably almost 10 years. Now I am 100 pounds over weight. When I started spending time with my grand daughter last year, I started to realize just how much my health had gone downhill. When I would carry her around the mall, I would sweat and be out of breath. I have been having some mild swelling in my lower legs for a few years, but last week, it was so much worse!! Wake up call !!! I want to be in good he... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:01:38 EST Feb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63617376 Hi, new here , r there any Feb challenges? Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:12:29 EST new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63616945 I am just trying to better myself these days. Looking forward to the warmer days where I can get back outside to think.In the meantime I'll take what I can get. These have been the longest days without any sleep! It's torture being up at night with nothing to do.Maybe I'll start out with some nice yoga if the powers that be let me. I don't know how much longer my situation will be like this. I do know that I have to do something before it's too late! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:52:18 EST Hi I am obese and finally facing my reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63597309 I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:54:22 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63582517 This is my 2nd day here. My daughter went to see a nutritionist, so I thought I would try to help her and try to eat healthier also. I stumbled upon this site on my phone and I really likes it. <BR> My goals are to change my eating habits and get myself back down to a healthy weight. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:24:43 EST HI I m great fan of spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63561721 hi <BR> <BR> I am from india . fighting with weight issue for last 7 years. want to get rid off excess weight during 2016-17. want your support.. thanks Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:44:44 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63559311 Just some quick information on me/ I will be 43 next month and i live alone. So cooking for one is hard for me especially since I learned to cook in large quantities. I drink diet pepsi, I want to get off the caffeine habit since soda has caffeine and other flavorings, not sure what. I want to drink more water. I guess that is my first 2 baby steps stop drinking soda and drink more water no excuses. <BR> <BR> I have many medical issues that accompany my obesity such as high blood pressure, ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:40:29 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63541794 Hi all! My name is Jennifer, I will be 42 in April and I am ready to be healthy!! <BR> <BR> I live near Columbus, Ohio with my husband Sean, and 3 teenagers, (1 son and twin daughters), and a fur baby Scarlet :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:20:08 EST I'm back to try again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63532042 Hello, I tried SparkPeople a couple of years ago but was so overwhelmed by it I never got involved. Now I have taken my time to get acquainted with all that it has to offer, and I'm really impressed. I am looking for friends for mutual support and motivation! Everyone have a fabulous day! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:55:24 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63514472 Hi. <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I live in Colorado. I'm 40 something and trying to lose weight! I have been on SPARKPEOPLE on and off since 2007 but mostly off. This past April, I finally committed myself to losing this weight and getting healthier! I have lost almost 30 pounds by walking alone and would like to lose another 50 by my birthday in July! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:45:06 EST hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63511296 <em>213</em> I'm 46 and wanting to get my healthy on! This team looks like the best place to start! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:33:07 EST new to spark people, glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63510339 I have many medical conditions, I can't really blame my weight on my conditions but what I can do is change my lifestyle around to get healthier and happier. I want to exercise more and eat healthy. And drink plenty of water. I have watched many you tube videos on weight loss yesterday and today and I searched the net and found this site, hoping to change my life around one healthy habit at a time. I am a little depressed because this weekend we got at lest 15 inches of snow here in Delaw... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:40:58 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63510034 Hi everyone! I am a 41 year old single female who gained 80 pounds in ten years. Now I am five feet tall and 188 pounds. Even when I was thin, I did not eat healthy. This endeavor to losing weight by changing my life style is new. I do not have a choice about losing weight now. Many health issues. I would like to shed 83 pounds in 20 months... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:31:12 EST Hey all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63509205 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People. I joined because I am tired and bored of being over weight and in pain all the time. It's time for a change. Let my introduce myself a little. I am 43 years old. Single. I am in pain all the time. I suffer from headaches. Cronic backaches. Kidney stones and diabetes. I try to work out, but my back hurts, I just give up. Maybe that's my excuse for everything, I just give up. I want my life back. Oh, I have very weak ankles and I d... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:12:50 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63502513 Hi there! Just introducing myself... I joined Spark People a week ago and am just checking out the community features now. I've had a very difficult last few years and let the weight really pile on, in a big way! Trying to course correct now. Feels good to finally be trying to get back on a better track w/ my weight. Thanks! :-) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:47:41 EST How to convert steps to a trackable exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63490173 Heya. I have an Android phone with a built in pedometer. As I can keep it on me at work, and I walk a lot at my job, I generally get in a minimum of 5000 steps a day. This has really helped with weight loss! Since I started in October I've lost ten lbs, even with all the crud I ate over the holidays. <BR> As far as I can see there's no way to put steps in directly, so how would I track this exercise? Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:18:08 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63489166 Hi everyone, my name is Kym. I'm from florida, ready to get started. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:28:01 EST I'm New here! HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63484908 I'm new to SparkPeople but not to dieting. I've tried more than I can count. T his time I'm going for a lifestyle makeover! It's gonna be good! Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:43:17 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63473512 Thank you for inviting me to join. I am a re-joiner to Spark People and am doing the Resolution Challenge. I'm motivated to lose weight. I have gained 30 pounds back after losing 50 at one point. I'm an engineer/environmental specialist and also am going back to school part time for graduate degree in nonformal education. I have shied away from social media but after re-engaging with this website and making a few posts to the Resolution Challenge, I'm getting less shy. <BR> <BR> I'm join... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:09:43 EST new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63470927 <BR> Hello, I am new to spark people. I want to be honest. I know what I need to change to lose weight, but it is motivation all the way. I start to get motivated but after a week or 2 I lose my motivation to get into a healthier lifestyle. I weigh 338, and my sleeping schedule is way off. I am up almost all night and crash about 5:00 am and sleep almost all day. I want to change my sleeping habits. How do I go about doing this? That is my very first goal. My second goal is to get the requir... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:22:11 EST Fellow Dukaners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63468138 Hi, I've been doing the Dukan Diet for 2 weeks and lost 7kg (1 week of Attack). It would be great to connect with any other Dukaners who are keen on sharing experiences... I'm based in South Africa. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:57:23 EST Also a re-noob http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63468022 Hey Guys, <BR> <BR> I've tried a few times, and now I'm trying another. I'm reasonably fit, but being overweight is taking a toll on my knees and ankles. I've started a new job recently (I was working at home before), and walking all day has already taken off 10 pounds. I know I'll plateau before long, so hoping to keep my weight going. I'm at 210 right now, I'd like to be down to about 170 or 160. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hi again! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:39:50 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63467706 I've been gone about a year and a half and have gained back all of the 30 lbs I lost plus some. I got a little too much confidence and quit logging food and coming to SP for motivation, and slowly it all came back! Going to stay on track this time! Nice to meet you all again. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:55:13 EST Weight Loss support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63462306 Hello everyone my name is Roxana from Los Angeles and I have done this before to where I have lost 35 pounds in just six weeks and was feeling great. I tried last year to restart but really didn't get the motivation to do continue. This year my motivation is to finally lose all the weight in a reasonable time and healthy. I miss the energetic me. Hoping to get some support to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Roxy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:38:27 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63456376 Hello Team <BR> <BR> Jeanette from Illinois here. This is my first time joining. I'm still learning how to navigate the site and looking forward to talking to guys. <BR> <BR> Thank you for the backup :) Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:19:51 EST Bright Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63444621 Hi! I'm Angela, and this is my day 1. I just celebrated my birthday this last week, and am looking forward to a healthier future. I have managed to hold off 46 pounds from my heaviest recorded weight, but still have a considerable amount to go. I'm an accountant and a supervisor of 10, so I endure a lot of sitting and even more stress. My husband and our dog are the joys in my life. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:03:06 EST Hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63441289 HI everyone - <BR> <BR> My name is Sandra and I am 42 years old. I quit smoking on December 20, 2015 and I thought that would be the hardest thing that I would ever do. Boy was I wrong. Eating healthier and getting to the gym is so much harder. When I am bored, stressed, or just moody I turn to food to occupy me. I know this in my head but having the will to stop is harder than I ever thought it would be. I suffer from PTSD plus manic depressive disorder so I am on about 5 antidepressants/m... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:25:16 EST Hungry today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63441043 <em>386</em> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:54:38 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63431849 Hello. <BR> <BR> I am back again. I have about 70 lbs to lose and want to do a better job reaching out this time. I am hoping that being a more active community member will help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> For eating, I am focusing on cutting out processed foods, cutting carbs, eating lean protein, eating lots of fresh produce, and getting all my water in every day. I am also doing 35 min of cardio a day and want to add strength training (but I'm not ready yet). <BR> <BR> I have been a... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:40:46 EST Play it again Sam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63411348 Hello everyone! I am sure I am like many of us who have tried many times to loose the weight and gained it back. I originally lost 65 pounds about 5 years ago on SparkPeople, but one bad relationship and a move across country totally trashed all my efforts. I had a wake up call when I got married in August and looked at my photos. Grrr! I looked so bad to myself, even though my honey told me liked me just the way I was. Shortly after that, the diagnosis of high blood pressure came in.... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:41:52 EST Looking to take it off and keep it off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63407333 Hello, I hope this introduction finds all who have decided to make a choice to live a healthier life, well. I never thought that I would be so motivated with wanting to be healthy. Since I'm an absolute workaholic at 44yrs of age, single, with so much energy that has been misused in the wrong way for so long that I am literally on this site reading and looking at all of the success stories and becoming more and more enthused with healthy living and not just existing. I am a vocalist and an as... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:25:27 EST Meal Planning Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63400625 <em>189</em> I know I need to make a meal plan and then a grocery list, but I just cant seem to get motivated to do it. I really need to go to the grocery store but don't want to go unarmed with a solid shopping lists. Any ideas that work for you would be helpful. <BR> <BR> So far I am not excited about the meal planner in the nutrition tracker. I just need to make one and then add it in. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:05:55 EST No more excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63395292 |Hello all. I am really looking forward to this, and to getting to know some new people. I am done being the "big" one in the family. It's time to really experience what it is like to be thin and healthy! Looking forward to finding some new friends to share this journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:21:13 EST January Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63382115 MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 1300 <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> 1/1: <BR> 1/2: <BR> 1/3: 108 minutes <BR> 1/4: <BR> 1/5: <BR> 1/6: <BR> 1/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 1/8: <BR> 1/9: <BR> 1/10: <BR> 1/11: <BR> 1/12: <BR> 1/13: <BR> 1/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 1/15: <BR> 1/16: <BR> 1/17: <BR> 1/18: <BR>... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:38:46 EST Day 1, so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63370239 My first day and I feel so blessed to have found a forum with so many 40 somethings like myself! Looking forward to the healthy days ahead! <em>30</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:43:38 EST Really going to TRY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63366867 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I haven't logged in or tracked what I'm eating for 3 years. I am ready to really track, walk, do what I can. I look forward to connecting with all of you! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:46:54 EST How do you get your water in???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63366055 I know I must drink my water!!! I know it!!!! I do... <BR> <BR> ... BUT why cant I do it? Every day I say I am going to drink more water, Everyday I have good intentions, everyday I fail to drink more water!!!! <BR> <BR> I even said ok, this week I will drink 2 glasses (which I am accomplishing <em>334</em> ) and then next week I will up it to 4 glasses( which I have yet to do <em>39</em> ) <BR> <BR> yesterday I had a heart MRI and when I was done they handed me a bottle of wate... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:28:24 EST new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63355920 Hello, I do not actually know what to say here but I guess I will say a little about me. I live alone, 42, disabled and even though I love to cook I also love to eat. I guess that is why I have been obese all my adolescent and adult years. I weigh about 332 now my highest weight was about 356. I lost 24 pounds on my own than I started to think I wasn't living because I wasn't eating the foods I really wanted. I felt deprived. I cut out all the sodas and snacking. I started eating more vegetab... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:44:31 EST needing to get it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63352536 i am married with two girls 24 and 17 ive currently lost 50 lbs on my own but now im stuck and i need to lose more for my better health so im looking for some healthy help, no pills or drinks or having to spend money on special food. so i am hoping for this community to help me get this done. i am so eager to check in daily and keep this going. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63352240 Hi, my name is Natalie and I live in Utah.I have been overweight since I had my last child which was many YEARS ago.. I have tried to be a happy yet overweight person. Always ready with a joke about my weight. I am sick of faking being happy about the extra pounds. I want to get back to a more slender me. I would love not to go untag myself on social media because I am not comfortable in the photo. <BR> I look forward to losing weight and gaining back more energy. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:35:47 EST Great Day to make a lifestyle change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63349419 Hi team, <BR> <BR> today is my first day with Sparkpeople! I am nervous and a little happy at the same time. I am 41, a diabetic and have had weight loss surgery that although worked a lot, has not been enough to create the holistic healthy person I need to be. So here I am. I am looking to make a lifestyle change and joined the team to have some support! I look forward to participating and helping the team reach its goals! <BR> <BR> Christy Tue, 5 Jan 2016 15:33:10 EST Enough is enough. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63348916 Today's the day everything changes. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:20:12 EST Starting for the LAST time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63347457 Hi all. I have been on every weight loss program in existence over the last 30 years, and of course I weigh more now than ever. I am ready to do this for the last time because this time I'm going to stick with it for the long term. I am married with two kids and live in western New York. <BR> <BR> I just finished a 4 mile walking video and now I'm going to drink water. :-) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:20:00 EST New Gal on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63342695 Hi all! My name is Jenn and I am a 44 year old licensed artist, chicken farmer, and mountain girl living in Central PA with my husband, Eric. We have 2 adult sons. <BR> <BR> I am 2 months into recovering from a total abdominal hysterectomy and need to get back into fitness slowly, but am anxious to do what I'm able to until I'm able to do more. <BR> <BR> I currently weigh 186 (down 3lbs eince coming back to SP, yay!) But have about another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that this group wi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:10:50 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63342232 Used SparkPeople in the past, but became a slacker. 5 years ago I lost 110 lbs in 5 months, swore I would never gain the weight back, but guess what...more than 1/2 is back on. I never felt better about myself than when I was in a size 10. I actually ENJOYED shopping and have a beautiful wardrobe. Except nothing fits anymore. Went shopping for a Christmas outfit and was completely sick and disappointed in myself. It was at that moment in front of the mirror that I said, NO MORE! 2016 is my ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:40:52 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63339659 Hi, <BR> This app was recommended by our diet leader at Kaiser. I've lost about 50 lbs on Kaiser's medical weight loss program but have about another 70 pounds to lose to get to my goal. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:39:04 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63337993 Good morning, my name is Connie and I'm in South Carolina. <em>524</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:32:25 EST Good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63335674 Good morning.....I'm Tina....foster parent of two sets of twins...very busy . Two 8 yr olds and two 9 year olds. I have had major surgeries on my hips knees and ankles and I can't do much activities not to mention the time. So I will start with just eating better and more healthy and see how it goes with adding things of activities as we go along. I'm doing the old points system in weight watchers. Just got some better foods in the house and giving it a real go. <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:55:02 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63333410 hello, sorry if Im doing this wrong but at least Im trying. :) Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:14:04 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63333318 I am new to Spark people...so hello to everyone here <em>213</em> Over the past year I have put on a significant amount of weight, while I have always been up and down, this is the heaviest I have ever been. Now I feel really bad and I'm seriously ready to change my eating habits and begin to exercise regularly. I will be going to a TOPS group weekly to weigh in, and using this app for support. I need friends here because I know I can't do this alone! Feel free to friend me...I hope we ca... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:02:21 EST Need Friends and accountability partners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63323470 I am "newish" to spark. I actually used spark before several years ago with great sucess. I lost a total of about 80 lbs at that time just by tracking my food and exercise. Unfortunately i have gained it all back and then some! :-( I decided this year I need to get back on track, I know what to do but sometimes knowing what to do and doing it is completely different. <BR> <BR> I really need friends and possibly an accountability partners to assist this time. My best friend was su... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:37:03 EST Total transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63316961 Happy New Year all! I'm new and excited to be here! I've recently lost 53 lbs and I've got another 45+ to go. I'm working on getting fit and less flabby, if that's even possible. I'd also like to train for a 5k this year. <BR> <BR> I was married for 20 years and neglected myself terribly. Always put everyone before me. I'm now divorced and re-evavaluating my priorities.... <BR> <BR> I look forward to your friendship and encouragement along this journey! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:51:37 EST Hello from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63316565 Hi. I'm Kara and I'm from Lakewood, CO. I am a single mom to 3 amazing, grown children and now focusing on taking care of myself. I just turned 48 on New Years Eve, but I want to be healthy and in shape by the time I reach 50. I work overnights and struggle to keep things balanced, but I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone and making new friends. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:48:08 EST so cliche but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63315828 once again I have a resolution to make 2016 my year to get healthy. I need to stay motivated and break my addiction to sugar. I have some serious health issues to overcome and looking for help. I know that I have a lot to live for. In my mind, I am a fun granny but in reality I do nothing but sit on my fanny :/ Time to get moving!!! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:34:05 EST Back Again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63315547 Hello all :) This isn't my first time on SP. Can't really recall why I ever left the last time as it really is a great site. I have a pretty explanatory intro on my SP page, but long story short, I'm looking to connect with other like-minded people in my never ending pursuit of good health and wellness. Could also stand to lose some weight as well ;) I'm a 42 year young married mother of two children, one with severe special needs/disabilities. I am a medical professional who works full time.... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:39:32 EST Jump Start January Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63313507 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Daily ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:02:35 EST Jump Start January Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63313188 Welcome to the Jumping January Fitness Milege Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:26:45 EST Jump Start January Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63313162 Welcome to the Jumping January Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <B... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:23:17 EST new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63309544 Hello everyone. I am an obese lady that needs to lose 100 pounds or more. I don't just want to diet. I want to change my lifestyle around so it can be a healthy one. Small changes lead to a big difference in my book it is the power and motivation to start a new healthy lifestyle. Right now I have the motivation it is the start of a fresh new year and I hope I can keep up the momentum and motivation and lose this weight. Because I know I deserve it and everyone who gives weight loss an honest ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:30:40 EST re-newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63304067 Hello! Ive been a spark member for years, but I havent been active on the site for about 2 years (ish) now. I was debating about sticking with my old profile or starting completely fresh and finally decided to start new. I keep losing weight for a little while, and then gaining it all back - plus. Im so sick of it, but Im also discouraged that I will never hit my long term goal. Obviously, if I was going to give up though, then I wouldnt be here. Im looking for some people that will hel... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:36:40 EST Hello intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63294739 Busy mom of 5 looking for motivation and to take time for my health and well being. I'm in PA and have 60 pounds to lose. (I'm guessing because I can't bring myself to check the scale) I used to be good at making time for my health but in the last few years I've become overwhelmed with taking care of everyone else's needs and have neglected my own. It's time for me to stop making excuses and try to get healthy again. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:50:42 EST Hi - Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63292515 Hi all - I am a Christian homeschool mom of three who has struggled with my weight for most of my life. My husband and I are starting to see the effects of our unhealthy lifestyle and are ready to make a change. I am hoping to meet others who are also working on becoming healthier to develop a support and accountability system. There are so many things to do here on this site; I am still trying to learn my way around. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:46:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63292276 Hello, I'm returning to SP after a long hiatus-Life just happened. I've recently joined a fitness club in October and I like it, however I've yet to see the scale move. I'm hoping to gleen better tips so I can get this fat to move from my body. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:49:21 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63286426 I am returning to spark people again. I had success earlier with it, but didn't stick with it. I don't have a great support system so I seem to give up easily. I actually look forward to turning 40 in a few months. I see it as a new adventure and am hopeful it will be better than my 30's. I hope to meet others and stay connected through this journey! <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:57:09 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63277244 Hi Everyone, I am new to SparkPeople and hoping I can find daily support and ways to keep me motivated to break all my bad habits and start eating healthy and being healthy. Happy New Year. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:51:15 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63276077 I am happy to be here going through this journey with you all. My daughter is getting married this upcoming April, so I am hoping to see some real results by then! Cannot wait to see the changes ahead! Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:25:39 EST Starting day 1 again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63273632 Hi Everyone, I was a member a couple years ago and am now returning. I'm hoping to find daily support to keep me motivated along the road to breaking old habits and making new healthy ones! Happy New Year to everyone! Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:44:43 EST Looking fo rHELP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63231319 I have tried to loose weight over and over again, only to gain back every pound plus some!! My last attempt I lost 30 pounds, on weight loss medication, I have some thyroid issues. I stopped taking the meds now I have gained all 30 back!! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:14:37 EST Newbie looking for a tribe :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63218504 Hi <BR> I am new to this team, I've joined Sparkpeople years ago but haven't been an active member till this week. Like the topic say I am looking for a tribe. I need a support group, people that will have my back and push my back when its needed. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:34:53 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63215387 I can't even tell you how many time I've come back here and started over. I'm now 190 pounds, and utterly miserable. I'm thinking that one of the reasons I've given up is that I'm not very active on the boards, etc. So this time, I'm going to do my best to interact more. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:00:23 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63211543 Hi everyone! My name is Sherri. I am 44 years old. I have been on Sparkpeople for quite a while, but I do not think that I have introduced myself here yet. I am really quite shy and it takes me a while before I start talking to anyone. lol Don't worry. I am harmless. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:26:18 EST WildPink67 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63207034 Hi, I am losing weight because I am sick and tired of all these health issues and the drugs that go with them. I am losing weight because I want to move breath and live. anyone can contact me. for encouragement from me or help; but I will desire the same thing in return. friendly or fun messages are welcome too. WildPink67 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:51:43 EST Hi -- getting back on my feet and ready to SPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63176526 Hi everyone -- returning NEWBIE here with a new username, but same cat photos on my sparkpage. :) I'm getting my sparkpage set up and a plan for success. Starting three weeks before new years has got to count for something! Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:49:36 EST hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63166632 Hi there! I am new to the group. I am 42 and my goal is to lose 87 pounds. I am trying to not binge eat. :-( That is my downfall. I am excited to be here for support and to support others! :-) Thu, 10 Dec 2015 22:37:15 EST Hello out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63166129 I'm on a 20 or lower carb diet ... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:12:10 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63159580 New to this team. I joined Spark in 2011, but (excuses excuses) lost the battle and succumbed to the infiltration of chocolate chip cookies (and many other things). I am back on board with a purpose now, I am desperate for my hubby to avoid gastric sleeve surgery so we are doing battle together on this. I am happy to have my best friend in the whole world at my side in this and I know he has my back as well. We are using AdvoCare products that are absolutely wonderful!!! I have never had a... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 22:22:13 EST I'm new to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63158197 Hi everyone, I'm Izzie and I'm new to all of this so please be patient with me. I learning to navigate myself around these forums, website, and app. <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:51:59 EST New guy, new widower - trying for a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63155669 Hi, <BR> <BR> So not much to tell here. I'm a former Pastor, current father of a 21 year old, and former husband - still grieving the recent loss of his wife to cancer. <BR> <BR> I would really like to get in extremely fit shape, good enough complete the Spartan Trifecta! <BR> <BR> I enjoy hiking, reading, and the weight room. Not a big fan of long distance running, as I have short stubby legs. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:14:54 EST New to this group, but not Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63154804 Hi! I have been using SparkPeople off and on for about 6 years. I don't know why I can't stick with it. I am at my heaviest weight ever, and certainly not getting any younger! I am almost 43, and need to lose about 50 pounds. I do not have anyone really supporting me, and it's so easy to just give up. I hope this time I can really make lifestyle changes to be healthier. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 08:55:11 EST Sick and discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63144554 Good Evening, <BR> <BR> I have sgarted this journey about a week ago. Since then I have been sick with a head cold that is really getting me down. I have no energy and all my body wants to do is sleep and produce a head full of snot and a chest full of coughing. <BR> I really was motivated (which is hard for me) and now this has kicked in and I feel preventing me from doing what I set out to do. I know it is a minor set back and once I am well I should pick up where I left off. However at t... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:04:59 EST New Guy...just wanna be healthy again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63137740 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> New to sparkpeople...just need to get back at it. I've tried lots of stuff with moderate success. Always seem to back slide, give up and just let life get in the way. <BR> <BR> I've got about 70 lbs to lose...hopefully this place will lend me the structure and support I need to be successful for the long haul. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I seem to have trouble sticking with anything beyond 6 months. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 21:32:35 EST CoolSculpting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63114217 So I am near my goal weight and have a lot of squishy fat that is being stubborn and is not going away. I have a couple of acquaintances that have done this and say it works. Just wondering if anyone else has tried it once they got to their goal or near their goal. <BR> <BR> I am not looking for a quick fix and I have read it is not that - it takes months for you to see the results. I just am curious regarding the results and if anyone here has tried it. <BR> <BR> I have lost over 45 lbs ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 12:14:31 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63106613 Hello team. I'm new and ready to lose about 51 pounds. Divorced grandma looking to start a new chapter in my life and be a "fit and active" grandma to my granddaughter. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:41:58 EST Dashing December Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63096935 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the monthly challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many fitness minu... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:11:15 EST Dashing December Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63096892 Welcome to the Dashing December Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORK... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:05:14 EST Dashing December Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63096872 HOW THE MILEAGE CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the below template into your own post and then you will EDIT it daily or weekly. ONLY ONE POST PER PERSON. To find your post each week, simply click on this thread, hit CTRL+F, a bar will come up at top of page, type in your username and hit enter, it will take you to YOUR post. At the bottom of your post, it will have an edit button, hit it and enter your info, then post: <BR> <BR> As a reminder update your post weekly. Please try... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:02:28 EST Dashing December Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x63096823 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Dail... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:56:28 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63093895 I am new to this group. I have been on SP off and on several times but I really have a deep desire to make it this time. I have been on the weight loss yo-yo for a long time. The sad thing is that I have all the knowledge to live a healthy life and did it successfully for years. I got too comfortable in my knowledge and started to make exceptions here and there until I am back where I started. Over weight and unhealthy. <BR> I am hoping this group and site will be able to help me on my quest... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:19:22 EST getting back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63075576 hello everyone, <BR> I've fallen off the wagon, rolled under it and came up on the other side, just in time to climb back on. <BR> its nice to see the all the familiar faces <BR> welcome to all the new faces <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:24:29 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x63050114 A few years ago I lost 80 pounds on Weight Watchers. I have slowly but surely gained most of that back. My whole life has been a yo yo with my weight. Every time something bad happens or I become depressed I turn to chocolate. My mother taught me...its ok, have some candy. I am trying to break the cycle. I turned 40 this year and it seems that the older you become the harder it is to get that yo yo to go in a downwards direction. I am going to give this my best shot. Here goes nothing. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:03:39 EST Seeking motivation for the long haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63042332 Hi! I don't think I introduced myself yet. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising for a long time, and counting calories off and on. I joined this site to keep up the motivation to track my food and set some goals. The half-hearted way I've been doing things has made my weight keep creeping up, and I need to to be creeping down. :) <BR> <BR> The monthly challenges in this team look interesting, I'll check them out in december. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:58:05 EST Hi! I'm new and I have 100 pounds to lose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63028193 I've joined because I need to up my game a bit since what I have been doing hasn't amounted to losing any weight, although I haven't gained any either. I also take medication that causes weight gain, have to take it :-/ But, I think with these tools and going to the gym, I can do it! Oh, and I love cats! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63563ca3-b0a1-4ee2-b0ff-add85d24c309.jpg"> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:16:11 EST slimmer sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63022226 Hi I am 49 years old and need to lose 30 kg l have started cycling and am trying to watch what I eat. I would love to communicate with other people to keep myself and hopefully help to keep them motivated <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:29:40 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63014870 Good morning, folks! I am new to the team. I have been with Spark for many years... but been away for the last couple of years. Now it's time for me to get back on track. I need to lose 60 pounds. Looking forward to meeting new people on the same journey, getting &amp; giving encouragement. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:04:23 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x63001382 Hi, I am new to SparkPeople. I am 48, mother of three teens, from the Fort Lauderdale area, trying to loose 60 pounds. Main goal is to be as healthy as I can. I was using the myfitnesspal app, but I think this one fits my needs better. Look forward to support, encouragement and making new friends. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:26:47 EST Starting over again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62994101 Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm starting over again today. I joined SP years ago but I have not been on in a very, very long time. I'm starting over fresh today. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:13:46 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62898332 I have been using SP on and off for many years-it is such a great tool for tracking but perhaps I would benefit from participating in your forum. I am in fact a 40 something with 50-99 pounds to lose. I have been struggling with extra weight for 10 years now- full of excuses, some real and some just handy, and I am starting to have health issues directly related to my weight. I want to feel better. Maybe "putting it out there" will help. Thanks for reading. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 21:21:44 EST Back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62897633 I got my SparkPeople tracker working again today and plan to add extra steps each day. It's time to get this weight off once and for all and practice stress-relieving techniques. I've had such a stressful life these last 15 years that since my last child was born, I've gained 60 pounds, which makes me quite obese on my short 5'3" frame. A lot of the weight is due to a hormone shot that I've had to have the last 10 years to control my migraines. It make will-power almost non-existent because o... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:38:25 EST Hi all! I'm new here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62894286 Good morning, everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm not normally a participant in online forums and goals, I usually prefer to keep things pretty private, but I thought I would join in to add a little boost to my motivation. Now that we have set the clocks back it's too dark to hit my favorite trails after work, so I'm worried about keeping up my walking habits. I figure joining a team challenge type of situation will help and also add a little bit of fun to the dreary fall days. <BR> <BR> Good luck ever... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:14:16 EST This time, it's going to stay off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62893905 About five years ago, I decided to "drop 40 before I hit 40". I did and it was great! <BR> <BR> Then I changed jobs and started doing a lot of travel for work. Pound by pound, I crept back up to my "big and tall" size. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm determined to lose it and stay fit. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:25:01 EST im in for the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62888642 <BR> MY MONTHLY GOAL (in minutes): 900 <BR> WEEK ONE <BR> <BR> 11/1: 17 <BR> 11/2: 30 <BR> 11/3: <BR> 11/4: <BR> 11/5: <BR> 11/6: <BR> 11/7: <BR> <BR> WEEK ONE TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> 11/8: <BR> 11/9: <BR> 11/10: <BR> 11/11: <BR> 11/12: <BR> 11/13: <BR> 11/14: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO TOTAL: <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~ <BR> <BR> WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> 11/15: <BR> 11/16: <BR> 11/17: <B... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 16:56:47 EST No Excuse November Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62879271 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the No Excuse November Challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of how many f... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:50:53 EST No Excuse November Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62879252 Welcome to the No Excuse November Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WO... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:47:57 EST No Excuse November Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62879215 Welcome to the No Excuse November Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the choose your own goals challenge, a separate thread for the fitness &amp; mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:41:24 EST No Excuse November Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62879092 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Dail... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:22:28 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62876491 Just wanted to say hi - I've been on SP before but need to give it another go since I have regained weight and my blood pressure is rising. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:54:39 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62864322 I'm Alicia. I'm over 40 and need to lose 70 lbs, so I might be in the right place!!! :) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great weekend!! :) Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:35:52 EST Hola! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62862969 I'm new to the team but not very new to SparkPeople! I turned 40 this past summer and had my physical this week. Everything was fine but my doctor advised I need to lead a healthier lifestyle since hypertension and diabetes run in my family. I've gotten into the swing of things fairly quickly but I need to make better eating choices. I'm hoping you all can help! <BR> <BR> Ileana Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:58:02 EST newbee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62859260 Hi. I joined yesterday while I'm currently in the hospital. Asthma and obesity don't mix. I am looking for 10 lb marks at a time. Need to lose 70 lbs. As long as I track food,exercise etc and follow my daily calories will I lose the weight. All new 2 me. Suggestions? I don't want to do something wrong and it let's me go over my daily calorie intake. Thanks Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:42:50 EST I'm gonna make it work this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62857184 Hi everyone! I just joined the group and wanted to make some connections with other people on the path to health, fitness and weight loss. I joined spark people years ago, but never truly committed to logging my food and activity or to actively participating in any groups. Perhaps this is why I not only didn't have any success, but also managed to pile on an additional 20 pounds over the last year or so. In the past five years I've been through a nasty divorce, become a single mother to my te... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:14:36 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62849454 Hi everyone, I'm Tonya. My babies are all grown up, and it's time for me to focus on me. I'm working full-time, getting my BS in Sociology, and trying to lose weight and get healthier. I've been on and off of Spark for a while, but I am here to stay this time. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:07:23 EST Re-starting my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62848925 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm JC, a 41-year-old man who lives in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. I am married and have two children. Last June, I weighed 310 lbs...and I kept lying to myself, that I was healthy. I did however suffer from Sciatic nerve pain, lower back pain, high cholesterol, high fat content, weak painful ankles, stress, anxiety, and pre-diabetic. I had a conversation with my doctor, who kept saying, "just diet and exercise" like if it was that easy. I needed a lot ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:29:29 EST Hello from Lina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62842954 hello every one, my name is Lina and my gastric sleeve surgery is schedule next month on the 11th. <BR> I went to all mandatory classes, bought all; vitamins, lost 13 lbs so far ( from 257-244) and i still have one more class to go to. Very excited and looking forward to be skinng , healthy and sexy :-) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:46:01 EST Need help getting started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62842528 Hello out there! My name is Steve and I am a teacher/Realtor in Phoenix. I have 5 kids (only 3 left at home) and have been married to my sweetheart for 23 awesome years. About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic and told that I needed to start getting healthier or I would start seeing major side effects. That's when I first joined Spark. However, life got in the way, and I'm just now coming back to try and figure this out. I know that I need to make changes, but strugg... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:45:57 EST Newbie, need support / accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62841237 Hey, new here, need some friends. 45 yo Christian mom, lots of health issues, makes it hard to exercise. When I can I enjoy walking and Yoga. Want/ need to lose about 70 pounds. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:53:12 EST I am new to spark people and the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62821947 Hello, I am 42 years old female and I want to lose some weight. Ok I want to lose a lot of weight. My goals are to lose at least 15-20 pounds by my next birthday, February 28. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 05:58:33 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62819215 hi everyone i am new here and i need a boost i want to lose and need some support in doing so i used to go to s/world but did not get much support so i gave up please welcome me into this group i need some friendly advice x Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:17:49 EST Hello I am new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62799227 Hello, I am 42 years old but with my aches and pains and with my health conditions I feel a heck of a lot older. For starters, I have sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, anxiety, depression, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, migraines, and bone on bone arthritis in both of my knees. I take 800 mg of Ibuprofen twice daily to supposedly control my arthritis symptoms, but right now my right leg is inflamed. All of my other conditions are treated and maintained by medications. My Cpap machine I l... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 01:53:38 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62793574 Hi Everyone, I am getting back onboard to stop this plateau of 2 months. Want to feel healthier than I feel now! I hope everyone is having a great day! <em>67</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:07:19 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62784723 Starting day 2 on Sparkpeople. I've started to make changes in my activity and my eating. I really need to focus on how much I eat. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago, I did a whole 30, which really helped to get me off the wheat (usually). I lost 26 pounds that month and I've managed to keep that off, but it only took me so far. <BR> <BR> I recently went vegetarian for personal reasons and it's hard to be low carb (which does work better for me) and be vegetarian. <BR> <BR> I had be... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:01:06 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62778591 Hi I'm Jackie and I'm new to SparkPeople. I've been logging my food for about a month to get a handle on what exactly I eat daily. <BR> <BR> I have about 70 pounds to lose as I am now approaching the 250 mark on the scale. I recently injured my knee just picking up my friends grand-kids and had to go through physical therapy. I guess that was the last straw for me. <BR> <BR> I've wanted to run a 5K for several years, but need some motivation to be able to do it. I really feel it's importan... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:27:43 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62769871 Hello all! My name is Sheryl, new to the group (and new to the "40's"). Looking forward to being part of the team :-) Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:30:12 EST So much has changed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62744388 I was on here 4 years ago and lost and maintained my weight until I lost my leg. I came back because the food and support were amazing.!!!! but I re-joined tonight and realize that a few things have hanged. Is the menu and work out plans no longer available? I am the type person that NEEDS directions, lol. I like having my meals planned out for me. Is that option gone ? Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:29:34 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62723235 It amazes me how quickly I can lose my motivation. I was doing great for 3 weeks and lost 16 lbs. I walked 1 mile 5x a week, kept my calories down and was feeling better. Unfortunatly during one of my walks, i over did it. I have pins in my ankle from an accident 17 years ago, and it has caused severe pain in my knee when i started walking. Of course, when the pain started, i had to stop walking. Then i started eating more. It only took one week for me to be back in my old habits, of n... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:49:30 EST Let's try this again and again and again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62714937 Hi everyone, I have written this so many times so maybe this will be the last time. I'm here again... At least I am consistent in going away and coming back and so on and so on. I would love to say while I have been gone that I have lost a bunch of weight but that's just not true. So I decided to give this a try again. :) Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:58:30 EST Giving this a try !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62714833 I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST new to spark people.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62710958 New to spark people, not sure what to put here. I am obese and I have been since I was in my teens, 42 now. I have just gotten to the point where I am just sick and tired of being this heavy. I want to be at a healthy weight and I know that is going to take years, I weigh a little over 350 pounds with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in both knees. My main problem is motivation, I have a hard time staying motivated. Not too familiar with spark people, I guess I will le... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:46:45 EST Starting Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62695927 Hi, I'm a mid-40's married woman in Los Angeles, also living part-time in NYC. A lawyer and entrepreneur, mine is a typical Type A story of work overtaking much else. I'm on a quest to gain some of that back--time for friends, time for forgotten interests, and time for my health and fitness. After decades of accountability to clients, colleagues and employees, it's time for some accountability to myself and those I care about. Taking charge of my physical well being seems the right place to s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:10:47 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62693728 On this journey to healthy eating, I'm pretty plain...salads, stir fry. But it all leaves me unsatisfied. I eat it because it's what I need but I'm really not happy with it. I live in the south and we love our food and while I'm not a heavy lard fried chicken and collard green girl I wish I could make my healthy food yummy, warm and inviting. I want to look forward to meal time again instead of just another grilled chicken salad or tuna lettuce wrap. Any suggestions? Oh yeah....I have 3 child... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:36:17 EST Getting healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62693589 Hi! I'm Stephanie. I'm 43 and desire to lose at least 58 pounds. I have had a strong week, cutting out all sodas and drinking a gallon of water each day. I have also cranked up my exercise. I'm having a great week but I know there will be slow weeks and I will need motivation to not wander back into old habits. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:12:04 EST Hello and about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62668575 Hi everyone my name is Stephanie and I am, 40 years old. I am extremely overweight with doctor diagnosed heart failure and late stage pre-dialysis kidney disease. I have to lose weight to try to prolong the amount of time before I may have to go on dialysis as well as strengthen the heart muscle and just improve my health in general. I welcome any and all emails and chats with questions, advice, knowledge and support and I will do my best to provide anyone whom asks for those things in kind.... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:16:56 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62655876 I am a 46 year old mom of 1 tween girl and 1 teen boy. I have been a member of SP for several years, but have never been consistent about logging my food and exercise. I have been about the same weight of 220 lbs for the past 10-12 years. I lose a little, but never more than 10 lbs, and gain it back within a few weeks. <BR> <BR> I have pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high LDL cholesterol, among other health problems. I am feeling very motivated to get those numbers down to a "norma... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:23:08 EST Rocktober Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62650278 Welcome to the Rocktober Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 09:05:11 EST Rocktober Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62650216 Welcome to the Rocktober Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the choose your own goals challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 08:59:33 EST hello I am new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62648989 I am about 350 pounds and I have been severely obese for almost all my life except my childhood years. My weight has caused many medical problems for me. Hypertension/high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, acid reflux, depression and anxiety along with low self esteem. I also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees which makes it hard to exercise. <BR> <BR> I want and need to lose weight not only for medical purposes but for my sanity as well and for me. <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 02:36:56 EST Rocktober Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62641414 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Daily ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:45:24 EST Sherri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62640199 I have hopped on board. My suggested goal is to loose 50 pounds by March of 2016. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:34:47 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62584715 My name is Christie, I have lost over 20 lbs this year and have hit a plateau. Although I eat fairly healthy I have come to the conclusion that I am eating the wrong way or overeating so, I am here to get on track and be more accountable for what goes in my mouth. I first goal is to lose one dress size, about 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> All the best to everyone! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:38:50 EST We can do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62582912 I do so much better with support from this community. Every time I stop useing this I gain all the weight back. So I'm going to turn into a lifer. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 03:41:28 EST Rebooted Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62570356 I have tried to start this program several times but now with my new work doing what I love as an EMT I have to get in shape and live healthier. Not only for myself and work, but also for my children;one of whom has autism. Thanks for reading this! Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:23:49 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62565597 Just getting started a little overwhelmed. Trying to take 1 step at a time. One of my old supervisors told me, "you have to eat an elephant 1 bite at a time." <BR> How do I add one of those little achievement strips at the bottom of everyone's posts? <BR> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:47:54 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62565519 Hello all. My name is Ceecee. I'm a newbie and happy to have found Spark. I began my weight loss journey 5 years ago. I still have quite a ways to go but I'm very enthusiastic about the finish line being so much closer. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:36:25 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62552944 I am on day 3 of this plan and really hope it works. I have tried so many different programs and I really need to lose lots of weight. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:28:34 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62541425 Hello everyone! <BR> In case you didn't see my Intro, I'm new to the site. I'll be starting my plan on Oct. 1, 2015 and my primary goal is 80 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am starting at a physical deficit due to back issues, fibromyalgia and just being weak from being sedetary for so long and having so much excess weight. I imagined that I would jump right back to what I was doing BEFORE I gained the weight - boy, was THAT a rude awakening. Anyways, on the bright side I did manage to find a ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:36:04 EST Feeling great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62530716 "The starting point of all achievement is desire." - Napoleon Hill <BR> Love that one posted below. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:48:46 EST starting over for the thousandth time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62515361 Hi Everyone! I need some inspiration. I cannot seem to get my head back into the game! I am a 40 yr old mom of 3 girls. Several years ago, I weighed in at 220lbs and decided that enough was enough. I started working out doing a variety of home workout dvds, I started jogging and eating more healthy. I lost 60lbs and was down to 160 lbs. I maintained this weight for the last 3 years...until I quit smoking!!! I have since gained 25 lbs back and I am so angry and disappointed with myself!! I am ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:24:39 EST Wow... what am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62514712 Apparently SP had me join this team when I joined a couple months ago. I spent the first two months sulking that what I usually eat is WAY more than an actual portion size. I spent the last month crying because it seemed nothing I did was moving the scale. <BR> <BR> This week the weather got cooler and I put on some jeans. They were lose! Not baggy and certainly not time for a smaller pair but I could wear them comfortably. So even though the scale wasn't moving something has been working. ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:45:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62498105 Hello Everyone! I am new to SparkPeople, this is day 3 and so far I'm loving the motivation. I requested to join this group because I have 90 pounds to lose and want to do it before I turn 50 in the next year and a half. Thanks, Kim Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:26:00 EST I'm here to make myself proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62487012 Good morning from chilly PA. WOW this feels like fall. So Beautiful! I am new to the team and look forward to learning from you all. I just hit my first goal of 10 lbs (11.2 to be exact hehe) yesterday and I am just thrilled!!! Hope you guys have a great day! <em>248</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:13:07 EST Hello Everyone !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62466475 I can do this !! First step is to drop 20 LBS, Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:16:43 EST We can do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62462890 Hello , I'm here to wish you luck on your journey and to say I'm a work in progress. I am going to be a first time grandma in October. I want to be around as long as I can. That's why I'm here. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 22:42:20 EST Very New..joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62453616 <em>249</em> <BR> Hello all: I am looking for a better support system and to find others in the same boat as me... over 40 and struggling with maintaining a healthy "lifestyle" with food. <BR> <BR> Not really sure about all the info on here... but wanted to introduce and try to make some friends. <BR> <BR> I joined the gym about 2 months ago but have only gone like 4 times... I find with a full time job, going to school full time and raising a son.... my time is gone.. <BR> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:53:55 EST Hello and Help :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62447763 Hello. Am I doing this right? I'm 40 and need to lose at least 80-90 pounds. I haven't had pop, chips, juice, or candy since August 1st. I have cut down my portions. I'm up to walking on my treadmill up to 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, with ankle and arm weights. I've been drinking water. On my treadmill, I do 5 minutes at 1.8 mph then 5 minutes at 2.0-2.2 mph. I do that for 30 minutes. I've lost 10 pounds so far but it seems like I'm at a standstill. What can I do? What can I change? I do... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 03:39:46 EST new again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62442071 Tried this before, now I am serious about it. I started low-carb in mid may and have lost 50 pounds so far - about a third of what I would like to drop. I will set a final goal as I get closer so I know at what weight I am feeling great. <BR> <BR> While I am motivated, I have my youngest graduating this year and want to look good in her photos, I still need something external sometimes. So I am hoping that the communities will help me out on those days when I'm doing overtime and just don't ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:16:45 EST Another Paully Waully :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62416618 Hi Everyone - I'm Paula - my sister's called me Paully Waully since I can remember - lol I'm also a repeat offender (aren't we all!!) and am back on the wagon after taking the summer off. My husband is having a kidney transplant on October 29, and I'm donating one on October 30, so am looking to get as healthy as I can in the little time I have left. Should have started sooner, but the emotional roller coaster ride of this kidney thing just made me want to eat - and drink (beer's my vice).... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:34:26 EST my name is cheryl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62404907 <BR> I am new , also I am looking to met friends , I just wanted to drop a line <BR> and introduce my self to you all <BR> looking forward to having some chats <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:22:34 EST New - but old http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62403243 Hi everyone, I started back on here again yesterday. It has been years....like a very long time since I been on here. I am needing to lose 70+ pounds and my overall goal is just to be healthy. I hope everyone has a great day. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:05:52 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62399512 As I was drinking some water tonight I got to thinking about something. I've heard of different views when it comes to how much water a person should drink everyday.What I was wondering is regardless what the recommended daily amount is, would be it better to space the cups of water out through the day or is it good and/or healthly to drink it all at one sitting? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:35:01 EST Super September Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62393699 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the Super September Challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and our new challenge is a create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:06:25 EST Super September Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62393665 Welcome to the Super September Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:02:44 EST Super September Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62393622 Welcome to the Super September Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the choose your own goals challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:57:56 EST Super September Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62393562 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Dail... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:51:56 EST New and Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62373779 Hi everyone <BR> It has been many years since I have been on this site. I'm excited for the changes I have seen here so far.. I dont know where to begin though but I need this more now then I ever have. I'm 40 years old and feel 80. I'm at my all time heaviest 280 and I'm on only 5'3 <BR> One day, one pound at a time. I will win this battle. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:11:27 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62373428 I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I have used Spark People in the past, but it has been a long time. When I did use it I was successful with my overall health and weight loss. <BR> I am hoping to really stick with it this time. One of my weaknesses is that I am not very good at communicating with people through social media. Besides losing weight and eating healthier, I would love to interact with people on Spark People. I really need all the help and encouragement I can get on ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:08:50 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62364384 Hi, <BR> My name is Tammy. I'm 47 years old and a little under 2 years ago I had a kidney transplant. I've been having a hard time trying to loose weight after my surgery. I'm week when it comes to sweets and carbs. Having worked in the kitchen at a local hospital, I know what I have to eat to stay healthy. I'm just having problems sticking to a healthy diet. Any advice and support would be greatly appreciated. I also have had my right knee scoped 3 times which makes it hard for me to exercis... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:45:48 EST CompletionMel May Well Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62356414 CompletionMel is a former physical education teacher turn cubicle jockey. The addition of two pregnancies (growing my family to four children), death of a parent, loss of a job and bouts of depression led me to a very fluffy "me". I want to change. I know all the right things to do and have I a lot of guilt for not doing them. Shedding the guilt, moving forward to find me. My two youngest have never seen me at a healthy weight (except through pictures).So far, I'm managing to log my nu... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:48:59 EST hello kinda new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62355872 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello, I am 42 with many medical conditions including bone on bone arthritis in my knees. And every time I try to take a walk for exercise I am so much in pain. I weigh about 355 and my primary care doctor told me for every pound I weigh it is 4 pounds on your knees that is why it is so painful for me to walk. I want to eat right and exercise but it is so hard on my knees I am hoping I can get some insight and helpful information on spark people. I was on spark people ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:14:43 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62354304 Hello, my name is Monica. I use to be part of SP years ago. Now I am back this time with the goal to do things smarter and right then fast and wrong. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:54 EST I keep falling but always end up getting back up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62347431 Hi, <BR> My name is Danielle. I'm 44 years old and my job involves staying at my desk 8 hours a day. I find it hard to stay motivated to exercice since I don't have any friends to exercice with and my spouse has enough with his hockey. So here I am, trying again to stick with it this time because I'm tired of starting over. I started using the 5k app and I love it! This app is just as great! I also purchased a Fitbit Flex and trying my best to get 10,000 steps a day. <BR> I have 50 p... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:16:16 EST back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62339465 Hi. I'm back to SparkPeople after trying other plans. I'm ready to lose this weight for good! I'm almost 43 and have around 85 pounds to lose. I look forward to the journey. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:57:46 EST Hi! Looking forwared to this journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62338807 Hi- <BR> <BR> I am 43 years old and am starting my journey towards losing approximately 80 pounds. This is my first time trying out SparkPeople and I am looking forward to learning from everyone here. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:32:58 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62336779 I am taking this one day at a time. I am going to work on my inside as well as my outside. I need lots of support. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:38:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62335152 Hello <BR> years ago I joined this site, completely forgot about it, and then came back last night. <BR> <BR> I used to be in shape, I worked in the woods, was a wild land firefighter, and hiked in the mountains on my days off. About 3 years ago I got sick....long story...but 15 months ago I was diagnosed (finally!) with Lyme disease. Lyme has made it so I can not even walk around my neighborhood anymore. I have gained about a pound a month since I left Forestry, 2 1\2 years ago. I really wa... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:49:18 EST Back once again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62314710 Hi all, well here I am once again. I have been using Sparkpeople on and off for quite some time. I always seem to start out good but then......not sure what happens. I am really hoping to stick with it this time and really make a difference in my life. I have been "dieting" my entire adult life, always looking for that "magic pill" so to speak, I've tried WW, Atkins, South Beach, and the list goes on and on. And as an almost graduated RN student (4 weeks left) I know that doesn't exist. I kn... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:27:52 EST New here... again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62313827 Hi! I've been on sparkpeople before, but just didn't really commit. I'm hoping to now. I'm back from a back injury and hope to get back on track with exercising. I'm pretty good about exercising most of the time... my problem is the eating part. I hate cooking, so that doesn't help. I'm hoping to just go with simple foods. So, how do you fit more veggies into your meal plans? Thanks for any help. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:48:29 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62295679 I'm 42 have been over weight my entire adult life but in last year have crossed over 200 lb Mark, reaching 229. I'm setting a goal of losing 50 lbs. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:31:59 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62294770 Hi! I am 41, almost 42 <em>40</em> LOL Would like to lose 100lbs. My husband does not care that I am big which is nice... But I am tired of being so big. Have pretty much struggled with my weight my whole life. Before I met my husband I lost 60lbs... After I met him I gained it all back <em>198</em> That was 13 yrs ago... Time to get my rear in gear! Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:24:35 EST My rather late intro :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62285664 Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been back on Sparkpeople for a few weeks now but I think I forgot to introduce myself. I'm 45 and I have about 70 pounds to lose. I've struggled with binge eating issues since I was a teenager and it got quite bad the last few months, as my dad was diagnosed with cancer and the stress of dealing with that has affected me quite a bit. I can't be there physically for him (my parents live in another country) but he had surgery a few weeks ago and is slowly recovering. But ... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:03:21 EST New Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62277382 Hello <BR> <BR> I am new to this group and excited to see a group of 40 somethings with similar goals. I'm determined to reach my health goals. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:19:57 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62262666 Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST Going to try to do this with support this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62261282 I am a 44 year old female at a start weight of 256lbs. I have been told i have high cholesterol but am otherwise very healthy. I have struggled with weight for 15 years. <BR> I have a significant other that has grown accustomed to my high calorie, high fat..southern cooking. He loves his rice, pasta, and fatty meats. I have tried for the last 5 years to change our diets, but he will have none of it. <BR> It is very hard to cook for myself and him, and not eat anything that I have made... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:20:53 EST New Here, Determined to Reach My Goal This Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62247661 Hello! I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time, but I abandoned my account for quite some time. I was at my goal weight in 2009, but I gained it back quickly. I have been struggling since then to get back. I have lost 12 pounds and have about 70 more to go, so I have a long journey! It will be nice to make some friends along the way. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:26:34 EST Belt tightened an extra hole! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x62241727 My belt is on the last hole and my partner commented on how different I look. I lost 8 pounds and I can see some muscle. Week 4 and going strong! Keep it up everyone! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:43:34 EST newbie on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62240475 Hey all! Im the new girl on the block. Ive lost 50 lbs but still have lots to go so here I am for all the support of you sparkers. Ive been working a low carb lifestyle and do far it's working. Hope to lose the rest. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:27:25 EST On again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62233095 Hello All! <BR> <BR> I have not been active at all for 3 or more years. I want this to work. My work schedule (3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) sucks and I need to lose weight to like myself again. I'm hoping to be successful and stick to it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:09:30 EST once more, with feeling a.k.a. 28 weeks later http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62222010 back for another go <BR> <BR> simple affair this time....d-day will be wednesday 12th, and for the following 28 weeks (until feb 23rd), i intend to base my diet on fruit. the date does not signify the end of my health trip, just wanted to see what i could achieve by my next birthday <BR> <BR> will try to set up some kind of log/blog, but i can get a little irritated with all the tracking. maybe some good results will bring about some kind of change in that area :) <BR> <BR> hope to meet so... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:37:11 EST I want to do this Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62221536 I wish I'd checked my teams before this Challenge started. However, I want to do this so I'm going to get started now!! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:34:35 EST What is your toughest challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62192119 For me, it's the clean plate issue. I have a huge problem leaving food on my plate, and even tend to clean up my son's leftovers. I'm not sure where this bad habit came from because I don't remember my parents ever pushing me to clean my plate, but it is something that I'm finding I really struggle with. <BR> <BR> What are some of the things that you are struggling with? Maybe we can help each other find ways to make the fight easier! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:33:22 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62191471 Hi. My name is Monica. I am 44 and a single Mom to a 7yr. Old boy. I am an elementary music teacher and singer. I am 100 pounds overweight and need friends to motivate me. Thanks. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 14:30:08 EST Lose to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62190007 I'm a mother and a grandmother and am heavier than I have ever been. My purpose for coming here is to lose the weight that I gained during and after the birth of my fifth child. (Go figure. I never gained anything with the other five.) My doctor recently said that I need to lose weight in order to rid myself of the latest problem. and I know it will help with the other problems as well. I have done some extensive study into healthy living and the importance of exercise and being active but kn... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:39:55 EST Time to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62174363 Hi I starting today to get healthy and more energetic. I really am excited to finally get started with my new life. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:57:12 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62172405 Hi! I've been on Spark people for about 20 days, and realize now that I can't do this alone. The last couple of days I have slacked way off. It's so easy for me to give up, and I simply can't stand it if I do. That's why I'm here. Thank you!!! :) Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:11:01 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62168613 Hi, I am an obese woman 42 years old. And I have about almost 200 pounds of weight to lose. I have been obese for all of my adult years and most of my adolescent years. I suffer from depression and right now I can't stand to look at myself in the mirror. I have some medical problems. such as hypothyroidism, migraines, high triglycerides, acid reflux, high blood pressure, overactive bladder, seasonal allergies, and so on. I also use a Cpap machine every night for my sleep apnea. Taking all the... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:46:10 EST Giving it another go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62166083 Hello All! My name is Kim, and I am back tracking on SparkPeople. I gave it a go quite awhile ago, but didn't do much with it. Then tried again a few years later and had some pretty good success. But, I let myself get away from the program and fell out of all the good habits I had developed. This time, I am hoping is the last. I would love to find myself more active on boards, which should help to keep me motivated and following the plan. <BR> Thanks for your time! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:31:39 EST Adventurous August Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62153586 Welcome to the Adventurous August Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS:... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:46:48 EST Adventurous August Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62153485 Welcome to the Adventurous August Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the choose your own goals challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:33:50 EST Adventurous August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x62153431 YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your original post daily/weekly*** <BR> <BR> Daily ... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:26:18 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62151992 Just signed up a few minutes ago. My main goal is to get my eating under control. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Penny Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:39:42 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62137698 I'm new here just wanted to say hello. I'm trying to start slow to help keep me motivated. Looking forward to meeting you all. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:49:56 EST Breaking a Plateau Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62117868 What is your secret/success on breaking through a plateau or are you stuck like I am? I have changed things around...added this, took away that, ate less, ate more, worked out more, worked out less....PLEASE SHARE <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lori Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:10:11 EST Looking for direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62102250 3rd time back.....new to group.....would love some input! 41 year old female from Wisconsin. Happily married...forever a busy person. Would love some guidance...direction..and someone to chat with. Maybe new friends :-) <BR> <BR> So. Where do I start? I mean really. Everytime I jump in and go 200% gangbusters...I slowly fizzle. If I don't make enough change....I stress because I don't see results. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts...ideas...suggestions on how to do this? <BR> <BR> I need to ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:13:37 EST Newbie Diabetic in need of hlep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62093520 Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had tw... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:34:22 EST New to spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62085238 Hi, I am Klaartje from the Netherlands and new to spark. <BR> I need to lose 49 pounds and hope to do that in a years time. <BR> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:37:14 EST Day 5 on Spark! So Happy I found it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62085206 Whoop whoop Day 5!! I'm so in love with this page/group/app! I never would have thought it could help so much. I never tracked my food before. I would my water though. And the blogs give me a voice to any of my struggles or victories! Even though I am only going to weigh in once a week (for my own sanity lol) i have had small wins in these five days. Increased my water big time, track my food and watch it more closely and jumped back on the treadmill. Even though I'm still fairly new here and... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:32:48 EST Newbie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62080120 Hey everyone. I am very new on here. I am in need of moral support. So, any advice, tips, ideas are very welcome. AND, of course some sister love. LOL. <em>30</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:37:27 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62073228 I'm not really new here. I used this wonderful site to help me get healthier, more fit, and participate in the Disney Princess half in 2014. After the half I did a complete turn back to old habits, so now I'm starting again. This time I have to make lasting healthy changes, and I'm more determined than ever to do it. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:56:40 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62071677 New to Spark and still learning my way around here. Finding new interesting stuff everyday. Like this team. Looking forward to learning more about how this all works. <BR> <BR> A little about me......41 year old mother of three. Struggles with weight have been a life long thing for me. Started to make changes last fall. Now fighting to get out of an ugly rut. Finding spark has "sparked" a new fire in me...I ready to go at again. My goal is to lose is to go from th 180s to the 130s. <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:23:02 EST Day 23 on Spark- Making a new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62069698 Hi Everyone, Like a few others on here this is not my first go with SP. I started back on June 30th and have been logging all my food and fitness every day. I have lost 14lbs and around 14 inches since then. Now I am looking for friends and teams to help keep me motivated in going in the right direction. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:59:39 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62063166 Hi I'm Tammy and like many I struggle with weight. I get bored and before I know it I'm back to my old ways. However yesterday, I made a promise to myself that I will try to walk at least a mile, eat healthier and eventually run a full marathon before the allotted time has expired. (always been a dream of mine). <BR> <BR> Lets work together to reach our goals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:06:15 EST I appreciate you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62058321 I look forward to your posts. I read your blogs. Man, I sound like a stalker! Honestly, though, this group is the only one on SP that I'm active on. I decided to do one group well rather than have several and not feel truly engaged. I don't read the message boards for the same reason. I wanted a group of folks I could identify by username and I can only keep so many people straight in my head. This group is welcoming, friendly, active, and supportive. So, here I am. <BR> <BR> I lov... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:34:55 EST Hi from Indiana! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62050850 Hi, I'm Amanda. I'm in my 40s, I'm a mom of two teens, I live in Indiana. I'm an educational assistant, and I'm also trying to start a career in freelance copy editing. And I'm overweight and sick of it. <BR> <BR> I've been trying for years to reach a healthy weight. I've used other, very expensive, systems and had some success. However, in the end, I find myself back in front of the ice cream, the chips, and the soda. I know how to lose weight; it's the ability to stick to it that I have al... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:40:15 EST Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62041192 Does anyone else drink ACV? I'm trying to figure out how much I should be taking a day. I've been struggling with a yeasty rash and started that to help it go away. A side benefit seems to be that it helped me start losing weight again. I don't know if the yeast was getting in the way, or if ACV just helps with weight loss. Either way, I'm not complaining! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:21:01 EST All in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62035811 Hi everyone! I have been on Sparkpeople a while but haven't really committed myself to making the changes I need to. This week I am getting going on this journey. I need too lose about 60 pounds. I hope to learn lots from everyone here, get help and I hope I can support and help everyone here too! I am a wife and mother or three. Former active duty Marine who let herself go after the birth of my daughter. She is almost 11 now and it is time for me to get my healthy strong body back. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:29:57 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62034608 Hi my name is Tammy and I just joined spark people this evening. I weigh over 350 pounds and being obese is very depressing. I am 42 and I have been obese most of my life. teenage years and adulthood. Right now my knees are swollen I can't hardly move. I have medical conditions associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, sleep apnea I use a cpap machine occasionally, acid reflux, depression, and migraines. I hope if I can lose some weight I could reduce some medications, ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:07:20 EST THE NEW ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62020589 Hello All, <BR> Came across this site and decided to give it a try. I'm 43 years old and having very active 10 soon to be 11 year old twins I need more energy. Starting July 19 I will be changing my eating habits. I know it will be hard but it is something I feel I need to do. So my goal is 50 pounds by Jan 5, 2016. If its more great. I have joined the gym and will be taking ZUMBA classes and a lot of other things. I could really us all the support I can get. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:20:04 EST desperate to lose weight and maintain it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62017466 Hi All, <BR> I am desperate to lose weight and maintain it, nothing works. I tried many aggressive techniques including 3 months Opt-Fast shake only diet, gastric sleeve, etc. <BR> I did loose up to 100 lbs but then eventually I gained most of it back. The only solution (or hope for a better wording) is to change my life style. I decided to join Spark People to get support and motivation from people who share my suffering and who might help me stay focused and on track. <BR> so, hello every... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:30:37 EST Logging Modified Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x62009143 Hi all, I have a quick question......I know we should be avoiding fast foods, however, today's lunch was just unavoidable. However, I modified the menu items, I did a Jack in the Box cheeseburger with no tomato and no bun, a side salad and an iced tea. How do I correctly and accurately log the nutritional information from that? If I log a JITB cheeseburger, it is going to log it with the bun and tomato. How do I find the accurate numbers? Thanks so much. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:50:55 EST A new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x62002791 Hi, my name is Joanne, and have tired of struggling with my weight, and tired of trying endless methods, have decided to go at it myself, and to change my lifestyle. Am looking forward to any support. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:43:45 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61964385 Hiya! I am looking to lose right at 99 pounds(ish - more or less). Ugh. It seems so unattainable most of the time. My son really wants me to be healthier, so..... Here I am! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 02:27:52 EST I want to look in the mirror again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61951216 Hi all! I decided I have to do something about my weight when I realized I never actually look in the mirror anymore. I'm fine doing my make-up but anything below the neck I pretend isn't there and just imagine it still looks it did when I was 30 (ha ha, I wish). It's Day 4 of diet and Day 2 of exercise - here's hoping I can stay motivated! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:47:00 EST Ronda from NH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61949799 Hello everyone! My name is Ronda and I started Spark officially today. My total goal wgt is to loose 100lbs and no it's not my other half. So my short term goal is to build up my endurance and loose 40lbs before getting all crazy, just so I don't damage my joints. Well here's to wgt loss. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:53:47 EST Have to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61943025 I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Ready to take back my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61942933 Hello! I have experienced several significant losses since 10/31/14 and did self soothing through food and laziness. I gained 30lbs since then. Enough! I started eating clean again. Signed up for a 5k in November - I've never ran! I started working last Friday. My family & friends are supportive, but I am looking a place to share my highs and lows. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:02:40 EST Ready for success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61937083 I joined SparkPeople on 7/1/15. I'm not sure about how to participate in these Team Forums. But I thought I'd try. I'm 47 and really need to lose 74 lbs. I haven't been a healthy weight in 15 yrs. I'm hopeful that this will help me finally achieve my goal! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:27:58 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61931161 I am 45 years old..I have lost 21 pounds so far, Have another 37 to go. Feeling much more fit and have alot more energy. I also have type 2 diabetes, and since i have lost weight I have brought my A1c from 6.5 down to 5.6.(without medication). At this point my motivation tends to drop so I am trying to stop that from happening.. I am going to start the couch to 5k today. <BR> I also have a couple bad habbits to get rid of..First is smoking( i know disgusting) and then diet coke. I w... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 09:53:31 EST New and Almost 40 - Can I stay? :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61918963 I will be 40 in August so I figure I am close enough! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 58 pounds over the next.... year? I don't know. Ultimately I want to exercise, eat right and the weight will go however slow or fast it should go. <BR> <BR> I am a single mom living in Oregon, busy with a career and obviously.... love to eat. Pizza and coffee and bacon and all the great things the NW has to provide...Sigh... <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting involved here! Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:27:26 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61911183 Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined several years ago, but am back to try this again. After many years of reading and trying different things, I am coming back to the basics. And SparkPeople.com has the best tracking programs out there, imo. <BR> <BR> I'm on a new progressive weight loss program that I like very much, and tracking my food and workouts is a part of it. So here I am. However, this time around, I thought I'd venture into the Community aspect of things. I've always tried to lose weight on... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:03:09 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61910131 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new here but not to SP. Looking forward to the challenges this month. I'm 47 and need to drop 65 pounds. <em>524</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:21:06 EST What about exercising while you're travelling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61905014 Silly question, but I need suggestions. I just landed a job where I may be travelling for up to two weeks. It is, from what I understand, backwater towns with few amenities, let alone a Planet Fitness. I need suggestions to getting my exercise in while I'm travelling in unfamiliar territory where I don't know the neighborhood. Jumping jacks in the hotel room? <em>318</em> I understand these hotels will be for under $60 per night, so I don't expect much. Any suggestions would be great. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 00:25:05 EST Jumpking July Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61904577 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the Jumping July Challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and our new challenge is a create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goal of... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:21:27 EST Jumping July Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61904504 Welcome to the Jumping July Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR> ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:12:07 EST Jumping July Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61904448 Welcome to the Jumping July Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the choose your own goals challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:05:02 EST Jumping July Choose Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61904358 We're mixing up the challenge this month. YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your origi... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:52:52 EST New today...Where do I start????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61893079 Hi I am new just signed up this afternoon. I need to lose 50 lbs. I have tried to lose weight before doing weight watchers years ago but I can't afford to sign up so I am hoping this site can help me. There seems to be so much info on here I am not sure where to start. I did set up my Spark page and now I don't know where else to go. So if any of you could point me in the right direction I sure would appreciate it. :) Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:34:08 EST New again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61883802 Hello everyone! My name is Sherri. I have been here before, life got in the way, and I lost my way with Sparkpeople. Wow. I really do not have much of a sense of direction. I have been back at Sparkpeople for a little while now, but am just returning to this team. I am trying once again to lose weight and be healthy for me and my family. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:43:36 EST New me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61882558 Hello everyone <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople and the group. Hoping to keep motivated and to get some help along the way. Also am more then willing to help anyone who needs it. Look forward to meeting you all Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:42:38 EST Hello, AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61868385 This is my 2nd time here on sparks people. It's been so long since my last login I had 2 make a new account as I couldn't find my previous account info, LOL!! I hope 2 get 2 know many new friends here on this team! I will offer support & advise (WHEN ASKED) & hopefully <em>43</em> will receive the same! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:07:30 EST I am new to spark people...A little about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61860949 hello, I am new here. I am a 42 year old female that weighs a little over 350 pounds and my self esteem and self image is down the drain. I also have health problems associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, borderline diabetic, sleep apnea, arthritis in knees and feet,depression and anxiety. I want and need to lose weight, but the thought of it is just overwhelming. Any advice. My doctor told me just take it one day at a time but she is not in my shoes. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:55:08 EST I mean it this time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61858502 I tried about 6 years ago to lose weight even joined curves. My curves closed and I didn't work out for awhile got a membership to the family Y but it intimated me. Now I have a work out buddy and I am more determined to do this... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:42:08 EST New, but not new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61858072 Hi all! I'm newer to this group, but I've been lurking around SP for years. I had great support in the beginning & hung in there. I have chronic health issues (incl some pain & fatigue issues) that have really hindered my ability & desire to push myself to lose weight. I'm 42, married, & have a teenage son. Really, my son & hubby are my best friends. My hubs struggles w/weight issues too & is currently in WW at work. He started great, then putzed out like so many of us do. So often LIFE just ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:25:45 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61856027 I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself, my name is Sandi and I am trying to get myself back to a more healthy weight. Mainly, I need to try to eat better and feel better. I have always been a healthy weight until over the past couple of years. Empty nest has come to my home, and it is now just myself and my husband. We both work, and trying to cook for two people is killing me. My kids used to always tell me I didn't know how to cook for 4 people, we always had left overs. Now I'... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:41:32 EST Dinner before or after gym? Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x61838883 Hello everyone! I need some advice. I get off work at 5pm everyday and I am starving. I have been eating an apple or a yogurt (or both) and then going to the gym. If I eat dinner before the gym I feel like I am going to throw up! But eating dinner after the gym it seems that I am not eating until 9pm. I don't think that is the best idea either since I have 60 lbs to lose. Any advice or suggestions would be apprecciated very much! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:13:05 EST Starting over - again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61821391 Howdy peeps! <BR> <BR> I am re-committing to making my life a healthier one at the tender age of 45. I have been a SparkPeople member off and on for several years. Each time, I seem to pick up good habits for awhile, then they just kind of fall by the way side. I am forever the optimist, though, and believe that as long as the number of times I start outnumbers the number of times I quit, I'll make it happen. <BR> <BR> I am a very happily married grandma of 4 beautiful children that I want ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:57:47 EST I am new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61808728 Hi everyone, Tammy here. I am 42 years old. I weigh just about 350. I am really sick of looking the way I do.. I need to lose weight, the correct way where it doesn't creep back up on you. I know I have a long haul to lose the weight. I know it is a lifestyle change but don't know where to start. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:37:21 EST Just saying HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61801076 Hi all, I'm new to the site, so I am not sure exactly what i need to post on here but just wanted to say Hello and introduce myself! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:26:43 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61799031 Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Holly. I'm a 41 year old mom who also works full time and needs to lose about 90 pounds. I'd like to lose more than that, but need to lose 90 to get to a much healthier place. <BR> <BR> Time is probably my biggest obstacle, but I know that I need to make my health a bigger priority. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:51:44 EST Super Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x61793157 So, I'm trying something that I would never do before...I'm reaching out. I am SUPER stressed today!!! (met w/ lawyer about divorce and still not close to resolution) My usual reaction to stress is to shut down or dig into the food/chocolate. I am trying reallllllllly hard to avoid doing that today. I've been really good all week with my plan and I don't want to sabotage myself. So instead, I thought I'd type here instead of reaching for food...so at least I can control that outcome. ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:50:17 EST Here I go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61787428 I am not new to SP, but for the first time in my adult life I have time to focus on my health! <BR> losing 75 pounds honestly seems completely overwhelming to me, and I am usually a very 'glass half full' type of person. <BR> <BR> Together we can do it! <BR> <BR> C Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:06:18 EST First Non Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61785321 So its Day 2, and I live right next door to a plaza that has a rib take out place, a pizza place and a convenience store. What always (until today) happens when I go to the convenience store to purchase anything, I always end up with an ice cream cone, or chocolate bars. Not today! I talked to myself the entire 3 minutes it took to walk over there, bought what I was there for (hamburger buns) and congratulated myself the entire 3 minutes home. I know its a small victory and its early, but... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:06:18 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61778756 Hi! I am new to SP and I am very excited about getting started. It is loooooong overdue. I am looking forward to the support system here and to learning from you all and your experiences. I have trouble maintaining my focus once the weight loss slows down so I hope that by getting involved I will continue to be invested in my goals. I would love to know what aspects of the website have been most helpful to you. Thank you! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:13:56 EST Can I celebrate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61774913 Okay Team... So I started last week. My weight at the doctors office was 263 lbs. I immediately joined spark people and began tracking calories and consequently eating less. I did NOT get to do much exercise over the weekend, because I am a live-in caregiver and didn't plan for it yet. I have been really good about staying within the calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday, I was out for a walk, and stopped by the grocery store to weigh myself. It was one of those booth things wh... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:16:13 EST Hey There! I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61771905 Hi there, I'm Terri. I'm on the eve of turning 50 and I've decided I need to lose weight so I can enjoy my grandkids in my older years. I've done almost every diet out there. I've been dieting since I was 14 years old. I am fantastic and focusing my attention on priorities, but it seems I've never made my weight loss a true priority. It is now. Looking forward to interacting and keeping accountable! Have a great day! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:28:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61770745 Hello everyone, I used to be a member on this board a couple years ago. I am back and am working on losing this excess weight once and for all. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:08:29 EST Hello to Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61760109 I am starting Spark today. I am 44 years old and want to lose about 88 pounds. I am a teacher in the St. Louis, MO area and recently joined my local YMCA. I am doing well so far and thought it would help to join with others who share the challenge. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:24:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61757485 Hi, My name is Regi and I have been married to my best friend for 27 years now. We have two daughters, one who lives in Seattle and the other who will be turning 18 in a month. We also have a "son" named Jasper... he is a cairn terrier. :) <BR> <BR> We recently left our home in Maine where most of our family lives, and moved to North Carolina because of the husbands job. We are slowly adjusting to the new way of life... definitely enjoying the weather. <BR> <BR> I am turning 50 this ye... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:14:20 EST 42 and feeling 62 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61754568 <em>39</em> Good morning! I am 42 years old, just one month from 43, and I feel like I'm 20 years older physically. I am tired of feeling like I have settled for a mediocre lifestyle, and bored with spending my little bit of free time sitting and either watching TV or reading a book. I want to get out and live some of what I watch and read. I have been at this weight loss thing for my entire adult life. Before I married and immediately had kids, (I married young), I was pretty activ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:28:00 EST Here I Go Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61743063 I have so much weight to lose that Sparkpeople has set my first goal at losing 50 lbs. I'm discouraged and depressed because of my weight and feel like my food is controlling me instead of the other way around. I hope I can find some encouragement and encourage others, as well. <em>40</em> I can't believe what I saw on the scale today. I have a dr's appt in 10 days and would like to be able to tell her I've got a handle on this and have started losing some weight. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:11:33 EST New to the Group- Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61739624 Fresh Start...(2nd week almost done).If not Now, When? <BR> Hi My name is Betsy, <BR> <BR> I am sick and tired of feeling old and tired. Time to lose some weight, tone, exercise, get some energy, see what I can accomplish. I have done it before...the weight loss and for the most part kept it off. Now a lot of its back...and when I get it off this time, I want to see no only scale results, or dress size changes...but I want to see a body to be proud of. Little muscle, a whole lot toned....and... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:46:32 EST Hello Everyone! It's time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61734845 Hey Everyone, <BR> I am Vivian. I am 42, and need to lose 100lbs. I would to say it was because I want to look good in a dress, but its not. Just got a check-up and my A1c jumped, as well as my cholesterol. So... IT.IS.TIME. I am looking for some accountability and thought this might be a good place to get it. I am trying to get into nursing school, and want to be healthy enough to actually work once I graduate. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone! <em>56</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:47:32 EST How much has sparkpeople helped you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61733697 I copied this question from another chat board. How much has sp helped you? <BR> <BR> This site has truly made such a difference in my life. I get to track all my food and exercise. I have also learned so much about nutrition and have been able to run reports and track just how far I've come. I've learned to live a new lifestyle, and I'm just much happier! <BR> <BR> I think the best thing about this site is the support I've received. I would never show anyone how much I weighed when ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:45:00 EST Getting started... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61721854 Just getting started today! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:34:18 EST Just starting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61720946 Hi, my name is Michele. I'm just starting on my lose weight/get fit journey and I'm still a bit resistant. I hate to exercise, but I'm 42 and need to lose 50 lbs-I haven't been feeling well and I'm worried about diabetes because it runs in my family and I had gestational diabetes (insulin-dependant) with my last pregnancy 14.5 years ago. So I have to make changes whether I want to or not. Staying motivated will be my biggest challenge. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:55:34 EST Refocused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61706500 Hi! I'm back again after losing 50 lbs in 2011. <BR> Things got in the way somewhere and I lost myself. <BR> I gained all and more back (I wish I was the type that <BR> didn't eat when stressed). I am finally ready <BR> to live a different lifestyle. I want to be more active and <BR> eat better EVERY DAY for THE REST OF MY LIFE. <BR> I know I can do it. I look forward to getting to know you all <em>213</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:51:10 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61698895 I would like to say hi every one. I am still learning the ins and outs of Sparkpeople and I am determined to get fit again. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:52:59 EST Re-committing to a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61689928 Hello! I am on a journey to re-commit to find a better me. <BR> <BR> I first joined SparkPeople in 2012 but have been MIA since 2013 due to many life obstacles. But, I'm in a better place now...I have come out of the depression (and refuse to go back down that rabbit hole!). I went back to school to work on my Master's (3 classes away!) and switched careers to teaching (just finished my first year and LOVE it!). I am also going through a divorce (after 19 years of marriage and 21 years... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:37:22 EST im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61676010 Hi all. I was here a few years ago and had decent success. Then my husband died and I gained it all back. Well I'm tired of looking and feeling bad so here I am. I'm hoping to get to a healthy bmi. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 19:28:48 EST Trying Again...This Time I'll Make It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61674545 Hi! I'm Linda from Houston TX. Tried SparkPeople a couple of years back and lost some weight. Then I stopped long enough to pack on about 50 lbs. :-( I've recently divorced and am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle which will include weight loss and becoming more active (I sit at a desk all day). Since I've tried Spark before, I know it works as long as I keep with it. I'm using Spark mostly for the motivation to keep me strong when I stumble. Cheers to a healthy journey :-) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:58:59 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61673517 I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Alexis and I live in North Wales, I live with my lovely partner Chris and our two boys aged 4 & 5 years old. I have decided that I need to bite the bullet, lose the weight and get fit; rather than feeling like I'm fit to drop most of the time! I look forward to joining in with you all. Love Alexis x <BR> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:26:04 EST Hello and let me introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61671879 Hello everyone, <BR> I have fallen off course and gained 50 pounds and I really been working hard doing my rowing 30 minutes a day. I have to work at a slower pace because of my osteoarthritis,degenerative disk disease,fibromyalgia,migraine headaches and neuropathy pain in my feet,sciatica pain. <BR> Since I do try to keep moving even when I so tired. Sometimes I push myself to hard and get to the point where I have to take a break from my exercising. <BR> But I'm determined to get this stubb... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 09:59:58 EST How did you come up with your sparkpeople name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61656238 How did you come up with your sparkpeople name? Mine is boring, it's just my full name. :) Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:49:03 EST New team for singles who have alot of weight to lo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61654647 Hi. I made a team called Fabulous Fullsized Singles. My idea is it is for singles with alot of weight to lose (considered obese *I* hate using that word) . I think it is really hard to be single while obese. I've had bad experiences with dating and people just seeing the weight. Would love talk to women and men in the same situation. See how others cope and give and get support. <BR> <BR> The link is below. I made it hidden so if you want to join and can't through the link let me know and I'... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:36:58 EST Just Do It June Challenges Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61653665 Please post all chat to do with any or all of the Just Do It June Challenges here. DO NOT chat in the challenge threads and only post ONE post in the challenge threads and EDIT your original post each day/week. <BR> Each month our team has 3 challenges - a fitness minutes, a mile challenge and our new challenge is a create your own goal. You can participate in any of them or all of them. It's up to you. These are just another way to motivate people. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes - you set a goa... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:59:52 EST Just Do It June Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61644418 Welcome to the Just Do It Fitness Minutes Challenge! <BR> We're going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. PLEASE ADD YOUR MINUTES at the end of each week and POST them in the total each week--helps the leaders out immensely! :) <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*.~*.~.* <BR> <BR> HOW THE FITNESS MINUTES CHALLENGE WORKS: <BR... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:01:46 EST Just Do It June Fitness Mileage Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61644262 Welcome to the Just Do It June Fitness Mileage Challenge. <BR> <BR> We are going to have each member just post ONE post here, and then edit it daily or weekly to update it. <BR> <BR> There will be a separate thread for the nutrition challenge, a separate thread for the fitness & mileage challenges, and a separate thread for chat about all of the challenges. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of the challenges. All are welcome! <BR> <BR> *.~.*.~.*.~*.~.*.~.*... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:45:30 EST Just Do It June Create Your Own Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=144x11528x61643526 We're mixing up the challenge this month. YOU will choose your goals! You choose 3 goals you want to achieve every day and a weekly goal. Daily goals can be things like getting your water in, meeting your nutrition goals, not drinking soda, etc. You decide and if you hit your goal on a particular day, get one point for each of the 3 goals. You can also set a weekly goal like losing a pound this week, not giving in to a bad habit, etc. <BR> ****COPY AND PASTE the post below and EDIT your o... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:35:54 EST Starting 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge - Need a buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61635771 Hey, all! I'm starting the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge and I'd love a partner to get through the 28 days with! I want to start tomorrow, and add it to what I do regularly. Videos aren't long (I actually remember doing this one once before and I liked it). Anyone else interested? <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/chall<BR>enge_detail.asp?challenge=6 Sun, 31 May 2015 14:49:58 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61632511 I just turned 40 in April. I'm in a bit of a funk. My husband died in August 2012 and I gained back the 50 pounds I had lost. Now its time to do it again. I truly believe I am addicted to food and use it to make me feel better. I'm trying to change that. Sun, 31 May 2015 08:15:35 EST Mid-life crisis for the better! Nojebram2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61631218 I am 48 yrs old, currently live alone, but am married.My husband is incarserated for at least one more year. I have spend several months deprest, not wanting to do anything. I finally decided that I needed to get up and change my life for the better while he is gone so by the time he is back home I will have my new lifestyle in force. He will have to adapt to my way of life. Since January I have lost around 20 to 25 pounds. 255 down to 233. Size 22 now 18. I have found what works for me is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:28:31 EST Hi everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61616804 I've been trucking along on this weight loss journey mostly by myself. I was on spark people years ago, and thought I'd like to chat with other people on the same road I am. I just turned 40 this year, and I am bound and determined to be healthier and hotter than I ever was in my 20's or 30's. Fri, 29 May 2015 10:10:13 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61612442 Hello! I'm new to the forum but not to SP. I was on SP before but didn't join any groups/forums. <BR> <BR> I'm from Ohio, I'm on a journey to lose weight and get back in shape. I go to the gym three days a week with my daughter. Thu, 28 May 2015 20:40:23 EST Back and ready to really work this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61610637 I joined this team about a year ago, and my commitment obviously didn't last. So, now that another school year is over, I am back and ready to refocus and recommit. I have done it before - I lost 85 pounds with SparkPeople a number of years ago! - so I know I can do it again! Thu, 28 May 2015 16:09:45 EST How was everyone's weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61592783 How was everyone's Memorial Day weekend? <BR> <BR> Mine was great! I got 2 great exercise sessions in and got a lot done around the house. I didn't do too good on eating. I finally gave in to my oreo craving! Back on track today! Tue, 26 May 2015 15:28:31 EST feeling motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61574514 My name is Tammy and I am 42 years old (ugh when did that happen). My goal is to lose a pound a week. Slow and steady. I hope Spark keeps me motivated, hope I can get some support from you all and support you along the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:10:46 EST New and motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61541577 Hi, hello, how are ya? My name is Iris, I just joined today and actually did my first workout. I would really like to find a great support system that will help keep me in line, motivate and on occasion, give me lectures on what I've done wrong, just be gentle! LOL Have a great day <em>524</em> Wed, 20 May 2015 14:05:18 EST Newbie On Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61539084 Hi, I'm Renee' from NC. Getting started on the weight loss trail again. I found SP, hoping to stay motivated to stick with it and see some great results this time. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:20:07 EST Summer plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61531167 Does anyone have any exciting summer plans? <BR> <BR> We are going a beach somewhere in July for vacation. Not sure where yet. We are also going on a float trip in early August. I'm ready for some time away. Tue, 19 May 2015 11:50:43 EST Do you add your exercise calories back in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61512908 When I started on SP (over a year ago) I used to have my fitness tracker add my exercise calories back into my daily total, so if my target were 1400-1700 calories per day but I did a 250 calorie workout, I could actually eat 1650-1950 calories that day. <BR> That worked great for a while, but then my weight loss seemed to stall a little even though I had reduced my target to 1200-1500 calories per day. That's when I decided to stick to my baseline calorie target and just exercise because it... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:08:03 EST All bummed out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=143x11528x61508141 I have been away for a while and I've gotten bigger than I started out when I last was on Sparkpeople. I don't eat much, but I don't exercise much either. When I try to walk, I get so winded I feel like I can't breathe. I'm trying to ease into exercise again, but I'm not sure I will be able to do it. I just keep getting bigger and bigger and I'm not eating but a few hundred calories a day. I know, starvation mode. The truth is that I'm so bummed out and feeling so bad that I don't want to eat... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:33:18 EST Hi, New Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61490600 My name is Julie. I was on Spark a million years ago and found some terrific support. I need some support again, so here I am! Thu, 14 May 2015 20:01:58 EST What is your exercise for the day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61478081 What is your exercise plan for the day? <BR> <BR> Mine is to walk at lunch and do a kettle bell video tonight. This will be my first time using kettle bells! Wed, 13 May 2015 10:42:53 EST Sina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61465833 hi my name is Selena I just wanted to introduce myself to say hi and I hope this program will help me reach the goals that I have set thank you and have a good day Tue, 12 May 2015 03:03:32 EST Did you do anything special for Mothers Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11528x61462102 Just wanted to see what everyone did for Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> I got a great walk in and spent a relaxing day at home with the family. Mon, 11 May 2015 16:52:35 EST Hello from a new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61435869 Hello, all. Just joined today -- got on the scale and saw 200 lbs and knew I had to make some changes. I've gone thru this process before and can't believe I'm this heavy again, but hopefully I can get the excess weight off again. I'm a runner, and am going to try to run a half marathon in September -- it'll be my 3rd half. I'd like to see how well I could do with less weight to carry! Looking forward to getting to know all of you too! <BR> <BR> Rachel Fri, 8 May 2015 12:42:50 EST Here's more about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61415691 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923574 </link> <BR> I'd love to hear more about you! Wed, 6 May 2015 09:28:28 EST returning "newbie" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61401312 I lost 105 pounds with the help of Spark and A LOT of exercise and healthy eating about 3 years ago. After a move away from all my friends and favorite gym/exercise classes, I've managed to gain 50 pounds back. I feel like a stuffed sausage and I just want to feel healthy again! I'm 40 years old, live in Tawas, MI and have a husband, 3 kids, 3 cats and 2 dogs :) Mon, 4 May 2015 18:14:44 EST Slow But Steady Wins The Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11528x61400789 Hi there team...... I am back on SparkPeople after 2 years being off. I successfully lost 35 pounds the first time but life situations, along with emotional eating have led to putting it back on. But at 40, I am tired of avoiding the mirror and hating trying on clothes. I want to feel better about myself- especially when I see my younger three children (3, 10 and 13) deal with weight issues and poor eating habits. I am on day 4 of this journey and moved from 10-30 minutes of walking per day. ... Mon, 4 May 2015 16:52:40 EST