SparkPeople 50+ members with 10-24 lbs to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us over 50, working together to lose 10-24 lbs. Welcome! SparkPeople 50+ members with 10-24 lbs to lose Team Messageboard New to Spark Hi everyone. I am new to Spark and hope to be motivated and motivate others on our way to a healthier way of living. I am 64 years old and have had some health challenges and personal challenges the last few years. I am not new to exercising and eating healthy, but got waaaay off track for awhile. I have been taking care of my disabled hubby (right side paralysis from stroke) for 17years. I need to handle the stress in a more productive way and seem to need more motivation as I get older. I b... Wed, 30 May 2018 18:14:15 EST Planning for May to make myself accountable With May just a day away I’ve decided to publish my plan for the month to see if that helps me stick with it for more than just May 1st <BR> Ultimate goal to lose 4 lbs by 31st May <BR> <BR> So <BR> W/c Monday 30/4/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Start with a 30 minute walk (me time and planned exercise) directly after breakfast. <BR> Plan meals to fit 50/30/20 scheme <BR> Plan meals to stay below 1300 cals <BR> Plan meals to include at least 20g fibre <BR> <BR> W/c 7/5/18 <BR> Daily <BR> Increase the... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:08:47 EST Newnan18 Is back again under a new name looking to get it right this time. <BR> Just 21lbs to lose but everytime I lose any of it, it finds me again. <BR> Wish me luck Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:13:27 EST New Decade New Start Hey everyone! I've been on Spark for 9 years! I've seen many highs and some lows during this time. I'm recovering from an intestinal infection that has whipped my butt like nothing has ever whipped my butt in my life. It's been over a year and I'm only just starting to feel better. I joined a new gym this week, after going to the same gym 5 days a week for the last 13 years. I'm doing a body fat analysis and overall fitness test on Monday with a personal trainer. I haven't worked with ... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:50:55 EST Looking for an accountability buddy! I am in need of someone who will help me to "stay the course" - starting to exercise and continue to watch my food intake to my goal weight. Anyone willing to help me? I will gladly reciprocate if you also need help in sticking with your plan. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:05:36 EST HELP Hi <BR> I am Debra Smith and I am struggling with my weight loss, and it seems I lost my motivation. I j Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:46:33 EST Looking forward to the benefits of a sensibl diet <img src=""> <em>249</em> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:50:02 EST What do you think of the new Challenges ? I like some aspects of the new Challenges recently rolled out and created one for myself. I'm trying to do an Essentrics workout for 30 days. The new system makes it easy to track something like that. <BR> <BR> I haven't used the feature to invite others (inside or outside of Sparkpeople) Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:01:15 EST Newbie who is an oldie Hi, I'm Carolyn, 70 yrs. old. I've been following SparkPeople for some time but never signed up - just got recipes and exercise ideas. Guess what - that doesn't take off the weight! So now I am committed and accountable. Something's gotta give besides a larger wardrobe. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:31:40 EST weding I am going to be 60 in September. My youngest son is getting married February 18 of this year. (4 weeks away.) I am a diabetic, Just want to be healthy and look a little bettter than I do. I need to loose at least 50lbs. My goal is to loose the 50 by my birthday. HELP Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:20:56 EST Black rice Think flavonoids. Its in black rice which I just learned of it’s existence! Have you ever heard about the benefits In dark chocolate? Disclaimer: needs to be at least 78% cocoa. It’s in red wine, blueberries, pomegranate. I don’t drink or at this moment eat chocolate but definately will scope out black rice to add some how to a recipe. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried it? Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:34:23 EST New but not new I joined Spark (again) last week, but I guess I never introduced myself. I am 51 years old, married with two grown children. I've been on spark a couple of time but could never find the motivation or comradery from it, so I would leave. I lost 30 pounds in the spring of 2017. I managed to maintain for 5 months, but failed during the holidays. I put 15 pounds back on. I'm hoping to lose that plus another 5 pounds. Sun, 7 Jan 2018 00:34:41 EST I’m glad I’m here I’m 52 years old and I’m here to make a life change and lose weight and keep it off. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I want to lose the weight to get off of the meds and live healthier. <BR> <BR> Thanks for adding me to the group. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:43:03 EST hello hi everyone . Im just starting, so Im checking in. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:32:05 EST I am hoping that I found the right group for me! <em>213</em> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:46:23 EST Mirror's problem Can't get my heart into it. So many of the foods on diets are foods I just don't like, and if I don't like them <BR> I am no going to stay with it. Have tried so many times. I want to get healthy. Weight loss is an adjunct, not <BR> my main goal. When I focus o weight, as I have numerous times, I fail each time. Time to take another route. <BR> Can use all the help I can get. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:06 EST Hello I am new to this team and new to being 50 (July). I really, really want to be healthier and fit. I struggle with turning what's in my mind into a reality. In my head I am fit and energetic, all my numbers are good and I am just living a healthy lifestyle. My reality is that my effort is inconsistent and I lose my focus so easily, depending on what is going on at the time. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to gaining knowledge and ideas for helping me move forward. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:50:58 EST Hello to everyone out there in Sparkland Hi <BR> I'm from Wigan and for those who don't know, Wiganer's are nicknamed Pie Eaters, but its not for eating Pies, there is another reason. Although it may be the love of pies that has brought me here looking to loose weight. <BR> Have probably tried most things in the past with varying degrees of success, but will never give up the fight. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:51:07 EST Reasons to lose weight- I need your ideas! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a piece called "100 Reasons to Lose Weight". I'm looking for as many ideas as possible, so if you have any to share, please comment on this post. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:52:34 EST Goals for November Thought it might be fun to make a list of our goals for the upcoming month... <BR> <BR> I'll go first: <BR> My overall goal is to lose 5 pounds a season...Since I only lost one pound in October, my goal for November is to lose at least 2 pounds. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:44:25 EST You can now track sugar as a nutrient I noticed on one of the SP site boards that you can now track sugar in foods by adding it to the extra nutrients you want to track. <BR> <BR> Still waiting for vit K to be added. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:23:44 EST Struggling Really struggling.... Did really well losing 100+ pounds 8 years ago and maintaining it until this last summer when I had back surgery....gained 20 pounds and now trying to lose it again....I know how to do it.tracking and exercise ...but can't seem to get the consistency I need Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:43:41 EST Temptation Year Round...What Do You Do? Well..I used to just have enough will power to avoid the cadbury creme eggs during Lent and shortly after Easter...Just saw the Scream Egg...which is the cadbury just with a green middle for Halloween. The mini candy bars that used to only be available for Halloween, now appear in bags year round with different colors on the outside for Christmas, Valentines Day and then Easter... <BR> <BR> Oreos come in so many kinds that luckily I am overwhelmed and cannot decide which box to buy so I g... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:55:52 EST 14 Day Get Ready for Fall 2017 Challenge THIS CHALLENGE IS FOR YOU. No competition, no evaluation, and in fact very few requirements. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Log in each day <BR> If you miss a day, you miss a day. Just come back on the next day. <BR> <BR> 2. Just write down the number of minutes you exercised and what you did <BR> Sometimes you do a lot, sometimes you do a little and sometimes you barely get out of bed. Just record what you did or that you didn’t. <BR> <BR> 3. Pick a Small healthy habit and post if you made it that da... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:19:20 EST hulagrl, Aloha! I need to get on a program that will help me lose weight. But what's more important is I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure, kidney problems, and thyroid problems. Having a hard time getting started. I just want to feel better and get in control of my life. Mahalo Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:11:48 EST Super Market Game Let's Have Some Fun I will start and post something found in a rmarket or grocery store with the letter "A" <BR> The reply will use the last letter of the word I post as the first letter of their post. For example if I post : APPLE Then the next person could post : EGGPLANT and the next person could post Teabags. Lets have some fun. Remember all you need is one word but you can use more than one such as APPLE PIE <BR> <BR> Here we go <BR> <BR> ANGEL FOOD Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:17:07 EST Another Returning Newbie Hi, I was here in 2009 and am happy to be back. I'm 56 and need to lose 20 pounds. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:22:35 EST Newbie I'm back at SparkPeople after a 10 year absence. I'm 53 and trying to lose 10 lbs. I'm optimistic that SparkPeople will be the key I've been missing to really commit to a healthier diet and lifestyle that actually includes exercise now. Suggestions to stop evening snacking would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:28:42 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:36 EST Increasing intensity I have a question. I have been walking 30 minutes per day for AT LEAST three days a week for months now. I have hit a plateau. I tried adding in a bit of a run, but that just doesn't work for me. So, I added a couple of days on a mini-tramp. However, right now I can only do 10 - 12 minutes on my mini-tramp. So, I do that on rainy mornings and I still supplement with a couple of walks each week. I am also doing 10 minutes of SOMETHING every morning - just in case it rains and I don't get my wa... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 06:21:36 EST Severe arthritis of right hip Anyone have any tips on what I can do? Is walking good? What about Zumba? I am going to start with hip stretches. What else? Follow up with ortho on June 13th Tue, 6 Jun 2017 13:27:04 EST getting back on track I'm going to challenge myself to 30 minutes a day for the next two weeks. I realize no matter how well I eat if I don't exercise I will not lose the weight. Over 50 is no joke! Things have seriously changed. Nothing is easy especially consistently. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:24:50 EST The14 Day get ready for Summer 2017 Challenge <BR> GUIDE LINES FOR THE 14 DAY CHALLENGE <BR> Log in each day <BR> Just write down the number of minutes you exercised and what you did <BR> Pick a Small healthy habit and post if you made it that day or if that was not the day <BR> <BR> If you miss a day or you don't do the exercise, just log in anyway. This is all about you being you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Example <BR> Exercise 60 minutes walking <BR> <BR> Examples of a Small habit to take on <BR> <BR> Try a short workout. Even five or te... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 22:12:56 EST 70+ total health now Recently decided that losing 15 pounds would make walking easier. I am taking vitamins and minerals to add to my health goals, but have only thought about embarking on a weight loss program that would keep me accountable to myself. God bless everyone reading this note. Wed, 31 May 2017 09:48:51 EST Need motivation Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been on and off this site for a couple of years. Last year I moved to a new city and don't work out / eat like I used to. <BR> <BR> Went to doctor today and I've gained 15 pounds over the last 6 months. I'm not surprised but saddened that I can't seem to become motivated to stay on track. I think part of the problem is I don't know anyone here, so all I do is work and come home. <BR> <BR> Please give me ideas on how to stay motivated when you don't fell like it. <BR>... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:50:36 EST Hi I'm new to SparkPeople. It's my second day and I'm still learning the different areas. I am 58 and want to lose 23 lbs Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:05:47 EST Do you need a new 30 day challenge? Are you looking for a new 30 day challenge. Check out this blog and link to a new 30 day challenge from SP and Pam. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=little_lifestyle_changes_add_up_to_<BR>big_wins_with_sparkpeoples_small_succe<BR>sses_30day_challenge </link> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:01:46 EST Hi everyone, I'm Dee Been Sparkin' for years on and off, working out since my teens on and off. Now my body is betraying me, that's how it feels. I'm angry and fighting but my get up and go just isn't there some days. <BR> <BR> Rotator cuff surgery last spring and now tendinitis in my foot. Worked out lower body only following rtc and bicep repair - bicep tendon popped and yes I had gotten a cortisone shot to help with the rtc pain so I could continue physical therapy. Not sure if that contributed to bicep but ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:02:08 EST Vitamins? I'm 62 and losing weight. <BR> Eating healthy to lose weight and staying on target with calorie count. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I need to take a multi-vitamin. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts from folks in the know? Sun, 9 Apr 2017 10:37:49 EST ITS WORKING! Hello all, <BR> <BR> Bouncing around inside the Spark...landed here this morning. <BR> Just a note to say IT'S WORKING! <BR> <BR> Weigh-in this morning says I'm down about 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> Am I happy yet? <em>334</em> Sun, 9 Apr 2017 10:21:39 EST 20 down ... 20 to go! Hi, I'm new here; but half way through my eight loss. I've lost the first 20# on Weight Watchers. Then a friend at work was talking about SparkPeople, so I took a peek and love it! And it'll save me $$ too! Looking forward to sharing the 2nd half of my journey to a happier, healthier me with you all. <BR> <BR> My husband and I will soon celebrate our 35th anniversary. Our life path changed dramatically nearly 8 years ago when we got custody of our granddaughter at about 6 months of age ... f... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:25:45 EST Some hints about using the New Start Page There is a new look to the Start page and here are some helpful hints about the changes. I am not fond of the new format but change is good Right? <BR> <BR> Let me know if you have any questions or if anything isn't clear. <BR> <BR> <BR> A The Team Bonus Points are no more <BR> <BR> B To go to various places which were listed on the Start Page <BR> On the Right side about half way down is My Community Quick Links. <BR> You can click on these to get to the foll... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:32:39 EST I want to be happy. I want to be finally happy with myself again. I struggle with my weight so much that it is the one thing I think about from the time I get up until I go to sleep. I am not happy with myself, because I have so much more going for me. I want to be able to have a better self image. Any help would be appreciated. I follow a wholesome whole foods diet and I exercise when I have the energy. Currently going through menopause so that makes it even harder. Encouragement and advice would be greatly app... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:38:46 EST Have been away from it for awhile I did Sparkpeople about 6 years ago, with great success so I am hoping I will stick with it and get my health and my body back on track. One thing that has gotten harder to deal with is my back pain, hopefully it won't cause me to much difficulty. Looking forward to the challenge. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:11:30 EST Pam My kids recently approached me about my appearance in a picture and worried about my health - i need to do this Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:41:59 EST Hello my name is Joyce D Mother of two beautiful daughters Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:07 EST Weight watchers no more Hi my name is Joe and I just started spark-people last week. Very simple and way better than my previous weight loss program. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and I tend to chat alot. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:09:03 EST So I'm Back. Long story short: I lost a ton of weight, even got to the point where I ran half marathons for two years in a row...but hurt myself, and am now *many* pounds heavier than I ever was. Sad, but determined to work my way back...I hope. Really hope. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:56:16 EST salad dressing What is your favorite homemade salad dressing recipe ? Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:12:12 EST Time efficient exercise routine Hi, back to exercise after a 2 year break. Quicj intro - just turned 50, 189, 88kg, always had broad shoulders, flat chest, slim build, pot belly. <BR> <BR> I exercised effectively until a couple of years ago for a couple of years and lost 15 kg, now put 6 back on and so its time to start again! <BR> <BR> This was the routine i folowed 3 days per week plus 40 minutes tread mill twice a week. <BR> <BR> Bench press 10kg x 10 <BR> Press ups x5 <BR> Behind head lay pull down 26kg x 15 <BR> D... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:51:39 EST Back to basics again Hi, my name is Ginny. I have been gone for a long while from here. I have been having severe back pain from arthritis so have not been able to do much walking at all. I do go to the gym for water aerobics 3x a week though. Not being able to do much physically has slowed me down quite a bit. Hopefully I will soon be able to do all the things I use to do. <BR> <BR> I have put on about 10 lbs. since I was here last. I am now back on the program again and have lost 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am glad ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:28:34 EST It?s time for me to stop complaining: start doing! Hello! I joined some time ago but never kept up. However, I'm not doing well on my own, so it's time to seek out some support. <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds initially after going a post cancer reoccurrence medication. I went on a diet at the same time, as losing fat would help prevent a reoccurrence. The ?diet? was mostly aimed toward eliminating my mindless snacking and emotional eating. I don?t overeat at meals. I get bored and stop eating while I am still hungry, and ?make it up? with junk ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:40:52 EST What are you grateful for today? I am grateful for my faith and the new bible study I started this morning. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:54:51 EST calories eaten vs calories burned just curious: i struggle, even after all these years of trying and at my ripe old age of 53, with this question: when i am trying to lose weight, am i supposed to maintain eating the same amount of calories every day even when i start exercising again? i've become quite sedentary, but when i do work out, can do 30 minutes fairly simply of either free weights (5 lbs per hand), elliptical or stationary bike. i'm not certain on the amount of calories burned, but if i'm trying to lose at least... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:44:13 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST finding my way back to my old self Hi I'm looking forward to being a part of a group that will help me with support so that I can work on recognizing myself when I look in the mirror. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:55:17 EST hot tea in the winterI tend to drink alot more coffee and less water... I am thinking of trying to switch to hot tea... would that count as water intake Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:01:07 EST starting over again hi all I have gotten away from working out and watching what I eat. due to the last 18 months of caregiving to my mom and then her passing away this past Sept. now with that void in life, although I do have a wonderful girlfriend who gives me great support and love and care. but now have no motivation on working out and living more healthy.. any input from the people I use to talk to or hope to make new friends on here will greatly appreciated. I used to do about 20 mins. of stretching ex... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:40:48 EST SHARING * WORDs * INSPIRATIONS * QUOTES * PICs <BR> <em>304</em> <em>407</em> <em>304</em> <em>446</em> <em>304</em> <em>407</em> <em>304</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget <BR> that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, <BR> but to live by them." <BR> ~John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> <em>304</em> <em>446</em> <em>304</em> <em>407</em> <em>304</em> <em>446</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:51:39 EST What's everyone having on Christmas Day I need some ideas for Christmas Day eating <BR> What are you having along with or nstead of he turkey? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:34:58 EST Just starting today Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm 57 and have been a pretty active person most my life. Played sports, ran for 10 years but stopped at 50 when I moved to another state. In the past 6 years I've put on 15 pounds and I'm just feeling out of shape. So, I'm here to start changing that again! <BR> <BR> Mike Fri, 2 Dec 2016 02:27:31 EST help! so while i understand that coffee is not considered water and actually dehydrates you (ha!), i still can't lose the weight. i've been on this continued see saw for a good 15-20 years now. i "used" to be able to "diet" and lose weight, but it would always come back because i would go back to how i ate before and never really established 'a new lifestyle". but i also never got back down to my original pre-marriage weight (104 at 28 yrs old). now i'm in my early 50's and i'm still crabbing a... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:34:29 EST accountability partner i am in serious need of some accountability.... someone to message me and say (" have you worked out yet, how much water have you drank. get your butt in gear girl." stuff <BR> <BR> Does anyone want to do to this with me.... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:53:40 EST New to Spark People Hello my name is Evelyn. I'm new to spark people I was recommended by my grand daughter. Looking into getting different recipe ideas for a better diet. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:37:07 EST Things can only get better... I'm 3 days new and looking forward to new experiences....Hi everyone! <img src=""> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:53:19 EST Starting over again!! Hi, I came here several years ago when I was in TOPS. The advice I got really helped me. NOW, I need help again. I am 70 years old and have been retired for a year and a half. I have become very lax on what I eat and the amount of exercise I get. I have gained about 15 lbs. and gained too many inches. I know the right things to do, but I don't do them so am hoping with your help I can achieve my goals. I was a physical therapy tech for the last 10 years. I have been married to my best friend ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:29:08 EST Reinventing nan Just rejoined spark to try to lose 20lbs to save me spending pounds getting nw bigger clothes to fit the growing me. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:36:02 EST INTRO- Older and Wiser and in Need of Support HEY Y'ALL !! KJ here and my 61st birthday is tomorrow WOW ! I've never done much of the social media so excuse my style. I have always been a private person. Anyway, getting right to it- I have 15lb to lose. It's funny how that seems like such a lot to me when so many have managed to lose so much more! Ok, I live in Columbia,TN. and still working like no tomorrow at my housecleaning jobs. I've always done any health boosting measures on my own. It's tough going at this season of my life, ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 14:20:45 EST 52 with 20 pounds more to go Over the last 10 years slowing gained until I was 30 pounds overweight. Have good success so far with Atkins, but still another 20 to go . Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:10:51 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:44 EST needtoloose11 hey guys I am the new totally lost and nee to loose wait desperately, don't know what I'm doing hope to get a little help from you nice people Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:04:43 EST karen Looking for a walking buddy and weight buddy near Poway Ca Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:35:09 EST Would like to create small team Greetings! If I'm in the right place (50+, 10-24 lbs to lose) I'd like to start a very small, 4-5 pp, team of highly motivated women. We will inspire and support, on both good days and the tricky ones. ;-) <BR> I look forward to meeting you! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:54:41 EST I have a torn meniscus, any suggestions for cardio I have a torn meniscus and have surgery scheduled for October but I am missing my cardio. Any suggestions on how I can get some in my day? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:44:03 EST New to Sparks Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Cae-Maree and I'm an SP newbie. I recently turned the big 50, relocated from Aus to the UK and fell out of my fairly healthy habits. I'm keen to get back on track and am hoping SP will provide some helpful tools! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 05:17:00 EST HELP Droping the weight and feeling good but cant seem to get rid of that dreaded belly fat > <em>39</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:58:28 EST Hi, Day 3 for me I have been doing WW for over 5 yrs. I have lost and kept off 55 lbs. At one point it was 70. So trying to stop the backslide and lose the rest. I had a SP account many years ago but several of us from the WW site are looking for a new place to write weight loss related blogs and what better place than a site with great support! <BR> I am recently widowed and retired. Lots of life changes happening at the same time and I am struggling to find my new normal. <BR> Food is not the ans... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:21:28 EST bread substitutes Any suggestions for bread substitutes for breakfast and lunch. I love my toast in the morning and my sandwiches Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:04:01 EST Want to lose Belly Fat Hey people, <BR> I have lost just over 100 lbs and moved over into this group now that I'm in the 10-24 lbs range to lose to reach my goal. Anybody know of a good natural way to lose belly fat? Obviously I should have tried to lose right after the baby was born (almost 27 years ago). As someone who has lost a significant amount of weight and plan to keep it that way, I'm not looking for a quick fix, just a way that works! <BR> <BR> Anita <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:57:14 EST sushi so healthy and so deadly for weight I am doing well most of the time with my food intake but when it comes to sushi, it is always deadly! I will invariably put on one to two pounds the next day when I eat sushi. At the same time, sushi is such a good food with plain rice and raw fish. What in that can be so fattening? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:22:00 EST No Gaining Weight I believe one way to keep from gaining weight is to not eat anything after 6:00 pm , except a few almonds , a fruit, or a slice of whole grain bread . I suggest this for those whom goes to bed before 11:00 pm . Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:00:24 EST I have returned Yes I am back 10 pounds heavier hoping to get rid of the extra baggage Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:37:57 EST Being serious & committed Hello. I've been in the 50's for awhile &amp; am now ready to make a serious commitment to a whole mind, body, spirit wellness program. I usually get my priorities unbalanced &amp; work seems to overtake my life. I got a new job assignment &amp; going to try not to have it overtake my precious personal time. If I don't start now, when? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:46:16 EST not getting enough calories Hi,My name is Sue. I've been a member off and on for about 4 years. I've been a member of Weight Watchers and TOPS (Take Off POunds Sensibly) so I know what I need to be doing. <BR> My problem this summer has been not wanting to eat because of the heat. Since I've been tracking again I've realized that sometimes I don't even get 1200 calories. It's like I take a few bites and don't want to eat any more. I know if I don't eat enough (at least 1500 calories) my metabolism will really go do... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:18:41 EST New to the team Hi my name is Pam. I am 52 and I have 24 pounds to lose. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:16:09 EST New Beginnings Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a returning member of SparkPeople. I lost 20 lbs. between December 31, 2014 and April 1, 2015 - in time for my son's wedding. Unfortunately, starting in April of 2015 I had to begin a different journey - 18 months of treatment for breast cancer. The good news is, I just finished last Friday. The other news is, I regained 13 of those lbs. and need to take them - and an additional 5 off - to help me get, and stay, as healthy as possible. I am already encourage... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:03:54 EST Nana Have fibromyalgia and want start moving more. Lose weight, feel great and look great. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:29:24 EST What NOT to eat?? Hello everyone. I come and go from Spark people. Well, I'm back. Still trying to loose 20 pounds. I have lost a few her and there but I think I am eating all the wrong foods. I work out 5 times a week and do not loose very much. Any direction on this site for what NOT to eat being a woman over 50??? Help! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:58:15 EST Feeling Encouraged! Day 2 and I am staying on track <em>41</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:41:00 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:50 EST thanks for being here! Hi everyone, like many of my new sparkles, I have had with weight! It's time to finish the race well. I live in Maryland, love to work with kids, have a beautiful family, all the more reason to want to get back into shape for the grandsons...have 23 pounds to go and love to encourage others. Yea team!! Mon, 9 May 2016 08:22:48 EST new staff Hello to everyone <BR> <BR> Just registered today i am told i need to lose 18 pounds,my job wont help as i am a truck driver sat most of the day.i am 60 years old and have just had major surgery so am still a bit sore but i am looking for a treadmill to make a start anyone on here in the same job as me i would like to hear from you. <BR> <BR> farewell for now. <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 15:34:01 EST Phin 66 yrs old male, about 15-20 pounds too heavy. just diagnosed with diabetes type 2. very "phinniky" eater. giving up cokes, chips, sugars, breads, candies, large portions of everything. don't know how to count sugars, carbs, salt, fat on everyday foods. is there a chart out there that I can manipulate for my meals? Wed, 4 May 2016 16:21:05 EST Winter is my fat time <em>15</em> trying to get back in shape after hibernation from a long winter...I wish the pounds did not slip on easier than they are to take off... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:34:11 EST Good morning! I'm Cheri &amp; I'm 55 with 15 # to lose &amp; am trying to get back into shape. Just need some motivation. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:23:13 EST 200lbs of unwanted fat to loose Hi. I'm 54. I've weighed over 300lbs for over 20 years. Currently I weigh the most I've ever weighed at 360lbs. I would like to chat with those who are also in the midst of loosing 200+ lbs or still need to loose this much or have already lost this much. Let's support one another on this journey. A bit more about me, I don't eat gluten, drink soft drinks or eat at Fast Food restaurants. I cook real food. I binge on GF desserts, chips, pasta, bread and chocolate. I swim and walk my dog. Are yo... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:14:15 EST What do you count as water? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I do drink at least 8 cups of water a day, but I also drink 2 large mugs of tea with milk in the morning. Do you count tea/milk/pop/anything else as water? (I count the milk in my daily nutrition) <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 14:00:25 EST 51 years old with 16 pounds to lose Hi all. I am finding it much harder to lose weight these days. I assume it is because of my age. But in the past, I could eat very low carb without watching my calories and I would get down to about 115-120. Now, I have to count my calories and weigh my food. Oh well, I am on a mission to get back down to 105 by summer. I have a fitbit and I am trying to walk at least 10,000 steps per day. Plus, I am eating quite a few low calorie vegetables. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 17:12:25 EST Spark People is like coming home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am back to Spark People today after an absence of about a year. I was 50 pounds lighter after a lot of hard work and embracing new healthy habits. Between now and then I have moved my Mom into a retirement home which was traumatic for her and lost four close family members. My internal compass was spinning and I couldn't find my way. I did continue my 2x per week kettlebell classes and had... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:02:26 EST Forming new habits for a new me. This time I have decided to make me & my health a priority. I used to walk outdoors about 6 hours a day for my job and was on my feet constantly. Now I've been working at a desk the last few years and have a more sedentary lifestyle. So I need to learn to incorporate the walking and exercise into my regular life. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:09:18 EST My name is Carol Hi everyone, <BR> I am looking forward to using the Spark program. I am 70 years old. Age is just a number so I want to get my weight down to feel better! Like they say 70 is the new 50!! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:34:11 EST More GOOD than bad Today <em>33</em> tracker has wrong food but won't let me delete.. why?.... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 22:36:37 EST Adjust Nutrition Goals Hi all, I have just eased back into my 45 minutes a day Tae Bo workout. I have questions about my nutrition goals being adjusted above where they were set. I keep getting warnings that I am not consuming enough calories, but don't want to adjust up. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 17:25:10 EST Hello From Southern AZ Hi! I'm Karen, a 63 year old grandmother of 7. Been married for 44 years to the same man, and want to lose weight...again. I have MS, Fibromyalgia and Post polio Syndrome. I've been trying, by various means to reach my goal since 2009 when I lost 50 pounds, but never reached my goal. I'm doing Low Carb because that seems to be what works best for me. Looking forward to making some friends. If anyone wants to be my diet buddy to help keep me on track, contact me. At the moment we are getting r... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 20:16:21 EST 1 week down Hello, My name is Linda and I have just completed my 1st week on this plan. I am so pleased with the results. I am down 3 lbs!! Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:08:54 EST Hi, I joined a few days ago I'm Monica1900. I see I've been taking in about the same amount of calories per day. Shocked at how much salt I'm getting. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:10:53 EST I'm new to SP Hi all! I'm new to Spark People and am NOT GOOD with a computer (so bare wifh me on that).. <BR> 18 years ago i joined WW and lost 87 pounds in 9 months and havs kept it all off up until this past October. I have gained 26 pounds and can not seem to lose anything! I have put myself on the WW plan that i took the weight off befor, but now i can't seem to lose even a pound! I'm 50 years this what they call the middle age spread? What uaed to work for me no longer does. Very frussrati... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:02:15 EST New Comer <em>521</em> Hi! I'm happy to have found this program today! I have lost 40 lbs in 5 months but since July of 2015 I've waffled between 152-160 and can't seem to get motivated to get to my goal of 145. I've been on the Sanford Profile plan and it's a great plan but what is missing is a meal planning program I can use. I'm a vegetarian and find it challenging to put together a meal plan. But that's my goal here today. I want to reach my goal by April 15 by losing about 2 lbs a week and ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:02:50 EST BreMel Hello, <BR> I am in gear to lose weight this year. I am retired and work part time preparing taxes. My husband is not ready to lose weight with me and I my hope are when he see the new me he will get onboard. I am looking forward to having fun and enjoying my journey to a new lifestyle. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:25:20 EST Hello My name is Diana. Have used the site before, but something (my own mind) keeps me from not meeting my goal. Well I have come back and hope to finally meet my goal. <BR> <BR> So Tuesday is my weigh in and no fluctuation on the scale ( this is the start of week 3). No matter I can FEEL the loss. Where there was serious flab , mostly my stomach, I am now unable to grab quite as much flab. So today is a good day whether the scale thinks so or not. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:26:32 EST Wanting to feel good and look better! Hi! My name is Marion. I have around 15 - 20 lbs to lose and am looking forward to feeling better, slimming down and firming up. I like to walk and hike.So here is day one. I started my day trying to do squats and walking stairs. I could only do a few squats with pain. Same with stairs. One day at a time. Looking forward to feeling better. My dream? Get down one size and firm up. I also am hoping this will work for my husband, so he can lose weight! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:07:17 EST A New Journey! Hello! Its me, memreekeepr. I live in St. Petersburg FL, married with 2 grown children. I am a member of the 1/2 century club. I have worked in the banking industry all my life. My job has been pretty much one that does involve a lot of sitting. I am a proud owner of a FITBIT device and wear it daily. I love it when I exceed my 10,000 daily steps, however, there are days when I struggle to get to that goal. I decided to join SparkPeople, 1, because it is free and 2, because of the larg... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:50:28 EST Just starting Hi. I am 62 years old and my goal is to lose 20 lbs. This past year has been a very difficult one for me and my family but I think now I will be able to address the weight I have gained. I am hoping this forum will help me to stay focused on the goal. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:43:59 EST Hello out there in SP space! Funny thing is those are my initials; user name is Norahsemp. <BR> I've joined the site, mainly because I'm having kidney difficulty. I've just recently learned, not only does Sodium play a big role, but also Potassium, Phosphorus and Protein. Mercy me, I didn't realize, desire for wellness must foster determination; to bring commitment; to find focus for success to overcome deficiency, disease, disappointment and discouragement! My goal is to become learn-ed; (brain and body) re: the 3 el... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:35:44 EST Go Cards My brother lost 100 lbs on this program a few years ago. It gave him a new lease on life. Last week I underwent knee surgery, prior to surgery I lost 14.2 lbs on my way to 30. Feel like I am in a bit of a rut, but getting more active every day... NO crutches now, but could use some love from the SP team. GO Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:22:04 EST Glad to be here I am 63 years old and tired of "diets"! From what ive been reading this is where I shoukd be. I did wwmfew years ago and I did loose the weight I wanted to but it all came back. I'm determined to loose and keep it off this time. I recently got off a prescription drug that causes weight gain and am hoping to get my metabolism to normal as I gained over 30 pounds on this drug. Looking forward to meeting fellow spark people. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:02:01 EST Hi I am annacass95 I hope I can lose weight and get fit thanks for all help Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:44:41 EST Wrong info on calories in the search I noticed when I search for a food , there are to many different calories for the same item. I typed in the brands or say cutie oranges , some say 0 cal and others will say 40 cal . Same with yogurts etc , anyone else notice this Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:05:19 EST Question about the tracker I have been tracking daily for a week . From Sunday till Thursday mt recommended intake was 1200-1550...but today, Friday it has changed to 1,355 - 1,705. Does anyone know what is up there? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:08:42 EST josey Hi I want to lose 20 pounds all together. I gained over Christmas and need to lose for good health. Fighting an illness was in remission for 2 years and stopped walking and gained. Need lots of encouragment Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:27:32 EST Intro I'm 62 and returning to SP after a year or so away. Kept thinking I could do this on my own. But the food diary is the key for me. Makes me accountable and hard to deny when it is in black and white. <BR> <BR> Totally out of control over the holidays. Now back to my all time high for my weight. Need to lose maybe 30, but am starting with the first 10. <BR> <BR> I work full time in medical field. Not very good example to patients at my current weight. My hobbies include quilting (too ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:56:01 EST Back again for the first time! Greetings All, <BR> I originally joined Sparkpeople in 2010 and promptly did nothing about it. I am a newly remarried 63 year old who just retired last fall from a career as an English prof. While I love the free time, I am sitting too much, and since menopause, I have packed on weight that simply has to come off! I find my activities curtailed by arthritis in my toe and hip and am sure that being lighter (goal is currently 18 pounds off) will help. One of my ongoing problems (and I it's all... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:32:06 EST WIN FINE TUNING '16 challenge <em>382</em> <em>523</em> <em>306</em> <em>411</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 <BR> <BR> I'm a day late and a dollar short <BR> <BR> BUT I show up anyway! <BR> <BR> Now to link last year and this together..... <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> dale Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:11:48 EST Fresh Start Fine Tune Chat 2016 <em>412</em> <em>408</em> toasting one another <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:06:35 EST What healthy thing did you make or eat today? I ate grilled chicken and veggies at Outback steakhouse for lunch. For Breakfast, I made Cinnamon toast with good quality cinnamon, 1/4 tsp splenda and 1 tsp land of lakes butter with canola oil. It tasted great! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:07:34 EST Hi Hi <BR> <BR> wanting to lose 22 ponds. Have lost 14 pounds but stagnating recently. Need to start a regular exercise regime but even though I've been into exercise in the past I just can't get motivated at the moment. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:29:42 EST Hi, I am Cher. I just joined. I have been writing everything in a notebook all week and I got tired of drawing lines and putting in the same nutrition headings and numbers and thought there had to be a better way to keep track, so I joined Spark People this evening. Keeping track of my Blood Sugars and Weight daily as well as all my food. Exercising, but didn't record that. The Nutrition Tracker here is really nice! Look forward to other trackers as I come across them. Nice to be here. Hope to make some new friends too... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 01:54:18 EST Hi guys My name is Rose i'm 51. I have 20 pounds to lose! I have exercised since my early 20's and have been able to maintain a decent weight up till about 5 years ago. Now i'm in a constant battle of the bulge! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:52:17 EST I didn't eat the cake I am doing the SP sugar challenge, and I have been trying to eliminate added sugar from my diet as far as reasonably possible. (I'm not a fanatic about anything, so I do not intend to eliminate it completely. I do not value that sort of absolutism.) Yesterday, Sunday, I would normally have allowed myself something with sugar if I really wanted it. I didn't actually want any ice cream, so I let it slide. But later in the day was a birthday party for a young friend (turned 15 woo hoo) and I had... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:23:49 EST New to Sparkspeople I am just learning my way around. So, I will probably just read quietly for a while. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:57:37 EST Let's team up!! Hi! I'm in my sixties, married, two sons and eight grandkids. I'm looking for people to team up with me to lose weight by Christmas. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:39:16 EST Hi Hi, I am working on losing weight. Like so many I tried diets, pills, teas, eliminating foods <BR> and at 58 I am still striving to reach my goal. <BR> My problem is I am an emotional eater. I binge and give into junk. <BR> I lack discipline, feel disappointed and ashamed in myself. <BR> I went to a addiction support group but quit going. <BR> My clothes don't fit and I go through the frustration but I am the one who has done this to myself. <BR> This week I started another food diary and th... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:36:07 EST Brand new to Sparkpeople! Hi Everyone, I had to join a challenge as part of a college course requirement and thought this one looked interesting. I am hoping that by completing it, I will have more energy and will lose some weight. Any suggestions would be welcome, thanks! Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:33:38 EST New Hi, I just signed up so not sure about how this works. I've used MyFitness and ran across this today and thought I'd give it a try. I'm mid-50's, pre-diabetic and a little over weight. I need to be made accountable (and shamed?lol) into keeping my goals. My weakness is BREADS...I'm doing better but got a long way to go. I'm hoping I'll get really motivated and involved therefore will reach my goals. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 13:39:21 EST New to this board I'm back on Sparkpeople after a few years of being gone. <BR> This was always such a positive site and I like being a part of it. <BR> I don't have "a lot" of weight to take off....about 15lbs...but I'm uncomfortable in my skin carrying it around...and at 51, I know it's going to get tougher to lose. <BR> The flu came to visit me right after I signed up on Sunday so I haven't even had a chance to jump in to anything yet, but I will. <BR> My husband and I live in northern IN, we share 4 gro... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:22:57 EST Charles Hi there is there anyone else looking to exercise in Ruidoso? Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:41:18 EST dryon20081 New and seems overwhelming but I am positive! Tue, 3 Nov 2015 10:00:47 EST Menopause and Hot Flashes!! Hi All, I'm 54 years old and would like to lose about 20-30 pounds for now. I have been on my spin bike for 2 weeks straight now. I have a desk job so can only squeeze in 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. I usually am able to walk for 20 minutes on my lunch hour. I'm slowly getting my cardio up. My problem......I have been diagnosed with extreme sleep apnea. Along with that I have constant hot flashes which further interrupt my sleep. I'm sure that is a huge factor in my weig... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:35:22 EST First time this has happened -- wow! For the first time in my life, I believe, I got a "second wind" (I guess that's what it was). For the first time I can remember, I did not want to quit exercising. <BR> <BR> My goal is 30 minutes a day. Most of my exercise is on the exercise bike. Early this morning I did 15 minutes at a fairly slow pace--slow is all I can do in the early morning. Later in the evening I was going to do the other 15 minutes. I started at a faster pace (12-15 mph rather than 10 mph) and kept going. I did 30 mi... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:17:09 EST A new start and new journey I moved to Hawaii one year ago with the purpose of getting healthy, sad to say I've gained 12 pounds and injured my knee and hip which had stopped me from exercising. Also developed high blood pressure which I am sure is stress related. So I now am going to stop the excuses and do what I set out to do in the first place. Get Healthy Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:53:48 EST Greetings from Switzerland I have joined multiple teams so here is my intro for them all: <BR> <BR> My name is Carmen, I am 51 and live just outside of Zurich in Switzerland. I am married and have two sons ages 16 and 20. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of years I have managed to gain more than 10 kilos / 22 pounds... I do not recognize myself. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis (after I fell and broke my wrist 1.5 years ago) and struggle with anxiety and depression (life long). I have been vegetarian ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:31:28 EST Rene Hi. I'm new to this post. I am wondering how I can count calories. For instance, I had one boiled egg and a piece of white wheat toast this morning. How many calories is this and how do I gage my calories for future meals? Do I have to follow the meal plans exactly? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:19:58 EST 1000 calorie per day for 5 days per month ONLY I am trying the Dr. Oz program which limits you to 1000 calories per day for 5 consecutive days per month. The other days you eat your regular pattern of food. I am trying to lose 10-15 pounds in total. If I can just lose some weight per month I will be thrilled. Having difficulty on my 3rd day of staying within the guidelines, 34% carbohydrates, 56% fat and 10% protein. It is basically a vegan diet. Last night I had spaghetti squash with an olive oi- balsamic dressing. Anyone have some good... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:37:11 EST Getting off of Wellbutrin & Weight Gain Hi there, I was on Wellbutrin for just about a year. I weaned off a couple weeks ago & simply cannot believe the weight I've gained. First I thought it was pre-menstrual but that's not it. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, when will it 'even out'? I'm now back on Sparkpeople hoping to get back to feeling good about myself (because right now, I don't). <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input, <BR> Rose Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:29:58 EST Pepper121 Just getting started Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:13:10 EST Hi <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm back rediscovering the great Spark People community. <BR> <BR> Being a Grandmother of a 1 year old is teaching me that I need to get in better shape so I can keep up with that awesome little boy. What a great motivator! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:46:55 EST New to group, not so new to trying to lose weight Hi, my name is Barbara. I have had lifelong struggles with weight, but now it is affecting my health in a way I don't like. It is time for me to take charge. I have played around with various plans. I turned 57 this summer, I don't like what I see when I look in the mirror. I have allowed myself to turn into a fat old lady. I know I can't undo all of what time has done, but I can and will do something about my weight and fitness level. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:02:17 EST emotional eating Emotional eating is my biggest obstacle. I'm okay during the day, but in the evening my anxiety kicks in and I look to comfort myself and distract myself from my feelings. My weight is creeping up and I'm in a panic. <BR> Care to share your ideas? Insights? Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:26:05 EST Lock and Key ;) I will START with " mine . " !! Let's see if we can get something going , k ? ;) <BR> <BR> I will start with mine , first ! <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought that OUR LIVES are " LOCKED " ? ;O Yes they are. <BR> <BR> I have 2 keys and they UNLOCK LOTS of " things , " for me. <BR> <BR> 1 key is a creative Food Key and the OTHER key is a " Inside " key. ! <BR> <BR> The more creative I become with logging my food, etc. , the better I feel and the more <BR> " Successful " I am and then I get to use Key #2 , whi... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:58:59 EST So ashamed Hello there..I am trying to reach out for support, but find myself hiding my reality, even from myself! I am so unhappy with my weight. I know that menopause plays a part in my gain, so does all the emotional eating I have done. I am just looking for encouragement, a kind word..I can't give that to myself right down Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:30:28 EST Hello There's a lot of information here! Learning to get around on the site and may need some help. First, I'd like to delete a photo. How do I do that? Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:07:24 EST New to team Hi everyone. I'm so happy to be here. I have to lose at least 20lbs. I feel so bad with this extra weight. I'm 56 and I'm hypo with Hashimotos. I have no idea what I should be eating. I'm really looking forward to reading all of your inputs. <BR> I just found out a year ago that I had hypothyroidism, It really has taken a toll on me. I just have to get healthy. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:46:22 EST I'm back! Hi. About 6 years ago I belonged to SparkPeople. I lost 90 pounds. It took me 4 years. It's a slow process for me. I'm back because I have gained enough weight that I do not fit into any of my clothes. Tracking calories is a proven method for me. I would like to loose 17 pounds. I cannot put a date for the goal because it is a slow process at this age. I've been counting calories in my head and now that is not working for me. I need to get real. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:45:44 EST Battling " FOOD " in the REAL WORLD ;) <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning ladies ! ;) <BR> <BR> Hope this finds you having a great day ! <BR> <BR> Just need a minute of your time for prayers and encouragement, today ! <BR> <BR> EACH one of us know that there is a difference between " eating at home " as opposed to " eating out in the REAL WORLD." !! :0 <BR> <BR> Today is " my anniversary ( 38 years ) with my husband " and I know that I will have to FACE FOOD. ;\ And , ... tomorrow we are going to spend some FUN TIME ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:13:28 EST judepul65 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST judepul65 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST Intro Hi all, <BR> <BR> I heard about SparkPeople from an acquaintance at work. I've been looking for a tool to assist me with my current battle! My doctor recommended a tool, but to get the most out of it, I'd have to buy an iPhone, and that isn't happening! <BR> <BR> Since mid-June, I've lost about 14 pounds, and have 18 more to go on my current plan. I actually am hoping to lose more, but I believe in setting smaller goals that are a little easier to attain. <BR> <BR> Look forward to see... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:53:59 EST Walking <BR> I enjoy walking. It is the best exercise for your entire body at the same time. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:57:28 EST New to the team Hello I'm April and I would like to say hello... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:06:28 EST Newbie Hi! Excited using this new program. Lost 10 ln. with another app, got stuck. SPARK PEOPLE is more funto use, and the contact with others in my age group and goal range. Feeling optimistic! Starting my 3rd day, leaving soon to take a walk with my dog. <em>304</em> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:07:19 EST Healthy and Happy in the Bay Area I'm 58 years old, and I live with my husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. We moved here a few years ago, and we love living here. I'm retired, but I stay very busy with various activities. There is a lot to do here, and the people are very friendly. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:38:08 EST Happy Weekend To You <em>67</em> Good morning and a happy weekend to you all. <BR> <BR> We are gearing up to a trip up northern Minnesota for a week. It will be a challenge for eating healthy while away. But worth getting away for awhile. Will do the best I can,,,, eating out is a challenge as well. <BR> <BR> Hope whatever you are up to is fun and work items are going well. <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:22:44 EST Mom/meme of 6 Hi I am a mother of 3 and Meme of 3, needing to get motivated again . Every time I slack off I have Bloodpressure issues and I feel bad. It starts with unhealthy eating , little exercise, which is what causes the Bloodpressure issues and weight gain. I just want to keep a balance of eating good and exercising. I thought I would try this site to see if it helps.i am gonna give it a try.. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:41:43 EST Returning after stressful year! Morning All, <BR> <BR> I am returning to the Spark community after a year of roller coaster events with family and work. 2 1/2 years ago I reached my weight goal of 135 pounds (lost 40 pounds total). I was so proud. I went on a maintenance plan and did well for awhile. Then the storms hit. Without too much detail family illness and work stress put me back on the uphill weight track about a year ago. I am a chronic stress eater, it's how I deal with life's difficulties. Usually I can w... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:33:02 EST Menopause: difficult to lose weight. What to do?! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I don't know what I'm expecting from my post. I can't find an answer to this, despite researching around on the internet. <BR> <BR> I am 53 and decided it was time I lost 5-10 kg, to take me to something I'm happy with and fit into my clothes again. I am currently 80 kg or about 174 pounds. I can't exercise for health reasons, so my activity level is fairly sedentary. <BR> <BR> Two months ago I threw myself into a diet. Alternate Day Dieting (which worked a fe... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:40:00 EST Finally Beginning! Hi team members! After joining Sparkpeople in February I'm finally starting this journey to better health. Because of arthritis in my lower back, I need to lose about 25 pounds. I'm looking forward to being encouraged, as well as encouraging others. <BR> <BR> I love to sew, knit, read and walk. I'm married to a very special man, have two wonderful children, one terrific son-in-law and five much-lovedl grandchildren. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:45:53 EST Hi all Glad to finally find all of you. Passionate Tiger told me about the group so I'm here for support. I am trying to stay on track and life has a way of knocking you off. I was always thin and in shape and life finally happened to me. So now I am walking and watching what I eat and I will slowly get there, Glad to meet all of you. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:02:38 EST Not so new member Hi , I am Molly from Portland Oregon and I decided that I really need to be a regular on Spark People. I retired 1 + ago and my routine has finally settled done. I start water aerobic classes at my local community center tomorrow with so additional classes as I become my active. A1C has already dropped. My fasting numbers are stable and my blood pressure is done. Yeah for retirement ! Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:24:39 EST Help! I need accounta bility!! I need a reason to do SOMETHING. I know better, but just won't get off my ass and DO it... help? Email me or something? I live in northern VA and get on FB everyday... I'd love someone to answer to.... anyone want to take this on? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:27:09 EST SUM FINE TUNE CHALLENGE '15 <BR> <em>91</em> <em>243</em> JULY 1 <BR> Wednesday, here we come! <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:13:35 EST Trying for the first time Today is day 10. For the first time I trying an organized plan. I have somewhat managed to keep my weight in some sort of restraints. But I have to face it, I can do better. I have never liked the idea of counting calories or carbs, measuring portions and what have you. I have never been a goal setter. Goal have always represented a deadline to meet. I grew up that way. As a kid homework was put off until the last minute. That project due in 2 weeks was done on day 13. <BR> <BR> No I have a... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:12 EST Carpe diem! Lost weight two years ago. Felt wonderful but not to goal. Then had Total Knee Replacement Surgery and took year to recover. I feel pretty wonderful now but in process of recovery gained back weight I lost and have not had any desire to stay on a diet past two days. <BR> I entered my goals and see that if I follow the plan I can be at goal weight for my 66 th birthday and that is a very pleasing feeling. All week I have been noticing slim people as in Oh I can be thin like that. That is a... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:46:19 EST Hello! Back again, trying to get my motivation back. I just find it hard to keep a food journal and track everything I eat. Have to change my mindset and just do it. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:28:10 EST I hope I do better this time ! I first joined Spark People in 2012. I used this program for motivation to lose weight and to stay physically healthy and to look as Fit as possible, as I got older. Then I got extra busy, and slowly fell back to my old lazy self. <BR> I am still working, traveling the roads of the Southeast. My goals are to get back in shape and hopefully stay that way. I know it will be a lot easier to do following Spark People. I will keep you posted as to my Progress, from time to time. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:15:17 EST HI fiber Still Hungry Hi: <BR> <BR> I got injured and do not want to gain weight. Cannot exercise. Try to incorporate a raw meal dish each day to reduce intake. Goodies at the home are limited to reduce tempting fate. My carb intake is down to 1/2 cup per day and my meat intake is a fist size each day. On a high fiber diet and eating approximately 2=3 plates of veggies each day. But I am still hungry. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions?? Thanks. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:16:06 EST Hello! Hi I am Kim and I am excited to join this team. I am 53 years old from VA but my husband and I now lived in Thailand ( little over 6 years now). It's a little different trying to stick to an eating plan in a different country when foods you are use to are hard to get. We do have access to wonderful fruits and veggies, for which I am grateful. I have 15 lbs to lose to get to my goal. In the past I have lost over 50 lbs and love feeling more fit. I have gained around 12 lbs back and am af... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 05:30:46 EST teacherterri I've had 34 surgeries on my left leg. Any suggestions on how or what exercises I can do. I can walk about 1200 steps a day. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 02:26:29 EST Weight trackers Hi all. I'm a newbie and I would like to know where to find the weight trackers located at the bottom of each post. Happy Friday! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 21:39:12 EST Hello Coming back to SP after being gone for a few years. i need to get back in gear and get my exercise in and with that I hope to lose some of the extra pounds. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:14:28 EST Just joined team My name is Deanna, I turned 50 this year! I had ankle surgery last October and I am ready to lose this last 20 pounds. I have been married for 31 years and we have 2 grown boys that are married. We will become grandparents in December. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:49:11 EST Hello! Hello everyone, my name is Cindi. I am a 51 year old single mother of 3 grown children and work as a hospice aide. I hope to start nursing school in January. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you all, and hope to both support and find support in our journey toward a healthier lifestyle! <BR> (I wasn't sure if I was supposed to create a new topic or not here, so I apologize if I did it wrong!) Wed, 27 May 2015 18:18:56 EST Hello, introduction HI, I'm a retired (10 years) high school art instructor (42 years). I am an artist living in Northern California, near San Francisco. Normally, I am a very high energy and very physically active person, but after a hiking incident 2 years ago, and a year to diagnose my problem, I had a knee replacement almost a year ago. My physical activity level has been very curtailed for 2 years now. I have been in physical therapy for 9 months, am now out of that on my own. I have joined a circuit t... Sat, 23 May 2015 23:13:59 EST Donnie Sand I really need to lose weight, but have a hard time sticking to a diet for a long period of time. Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:01 EST eating small meals throughout the day I couldn't seem to lose even a 1/2 pound so, I have purchased the premium feedback from fitbit. For the past few weeks, I have been reading the feedback and making small changes accordingly. However, I am having a tough time spreading out my calories. <BR> <BR> According to my feedback, I am eating too high a percentage of my calories in the evening. I need to get my calories spread out so that less than 30% are evening and dinner time calories. My problem is that I teach high school and do... Sun, 17 May 2015 09:42:18 EST Introduction I am a 68 yr.old American woman living in Greece.My husband is Greek and we moved here 20. years ago.. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by our 25th anniversary. I've lost 6 lbs but I'm struggling with the next 10, I have the Spark Tracker and average 7000 to 8500 steps a day. I'm 5' 2" and 135lbs I want to get down to 125. My body seems to have other ideas. Oh well i guess it could be worse. I'll just keep at it. Sandra Wed, 13 May 2015 10:25:45 EST I'm new here.....AGAIN I'm Nancy, and I have been here several times. About eight years ago I found out I had the start of hardening of the arteries. I started that day eating very healthy and stayed to it very faithful. Then two years ago I lost my husband of 52 years and with him I lost all motivation to continue eating like I had been. He was my greatest cheer leader. I don't cook like I use to. Cooking for myself is not fun. I've started putting weight on and I know I need to get back on a eating plan that will... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:47:23 EST Starting over again I am back again.Determined this time.Had a bad couple of years after losing my husband of 53 years suddenly. Fri, 1 May 2015 10:07:40 EST Glad to meet ya'al! Am a 55 year old retired grandmother living my dream of homesteading with the love of my life. However, 2 years of contentment have found me with planter fascitis & a painful knee... i blame it all on about 20 extra lbs & years of being on my feet. My desire is to get fit & keep up with my grandchildren when I get to see them. I want to be able to work outside with the hubby & not walk with pain when i quit for the night... I have a hate relationship with the scales & tend to let them dete... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:40:25 EST Spring Your Fine Tune Challenge (April, May, June) Here is the link to our previous Fine Tuning Challenge: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> close out your winter challenge by assessing how you feel it went for you before coming here on April 1st <BR> because these challenges are our own personal choices, not team goals, and without evaluating what we achieved or not, self assessment is the only standard by which we measure ourselves. <BR> <BR> See you here with Open Arms on 4/01/15 <em>104</em> <em>523</em> <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:01:11 EST Time for a Lifestyle Change I've had Type 2 diabetes for 13 years but despite being relatively healthy and active, I'm tired of the pills and insulin and want to do a better job of maintaining my weight, blood sugars and A1C. Found this website today and can't wait to get started! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:57:55 EST Hello everyone I think I forgot to introduce myself. I need to loose about 25 lbs and have lost about 9 so far. Hope to do better with the support from here. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:48:18 EST Night time snacking New issue with me getting serious about losing a few pounds. I'm in a hotel for a couple of nights and the night time snacking is out of control! And I'm sorry, but an apple at 9:00 pm just doesn't cut it for me. I just ate about 400 calories worth of Cheez-Its and drank 200 calories worth of beer! And if you asked me if I feel better, I would say "Hell, yes!" At least I'm more satisfied than I would have been with an apple. I don't know how to get out of this life long habit of eating/... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:58:03 EST Hello all My name is Eve. I'm looking forward to losing the weight that I've slowly been gaining over several years. Hoping to see health and self-esteem improvement. You're all very inspiring! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:22:38 EST Anna's progress I started my newest loose weight journey the first week of January on the Dr. Oz 2 week plan <BR> and lost 9 pounds - ( I am always trying to loose weight or thinking I should loose weight) <BR> Muddled around for the next week on Dr. Oz and then decided to get the 21 day fix program. <BR> I have lost 4 more pounds on the first week of the 21 day fix program <BR> So all is good - I am starting my second week of the 21 day fix program and decided <BR> I need to keep myself accountable by jour... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:19:22 EST Menopause and struggling! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Shellie. I went into menopause in February of 2012 and I have been struggling with the same 20 pound gain since. It doesn't seem to matter what I do, I get to a certain point on the scale and then my body yo-yo's up a pound down a pound. Last month I lost 7 pounds which is great for me, but again I am stuck. I have been tracking my food and fitness with Sparkpeople for the last month and have cut out all processed sugars and processed carbs and I lost 7 lbs but no... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:36:40 EST Hello Everyone I'm just learning my way around here. I'm sure I'll make mistakes but glad to be here. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:13:48 EST 54, 4'11" 148lbs. I need lots of help and encouragement to lose weight and get healthier. It's very frustrating to work out, eat right, and not lose I give up for a while...then start I again. It's a cycle I don't like. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:45:37 EST Need a little guidance Is there a formula to use for calories expended vs calories eaten? I average 1200 - 1400 calories taken in and 250-300 calories a day in excercise. I just want to make sure I am taking in what I need to. If I sync excercise and food intake my calories seem quite high for a daily basis. Is that right? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:10:57 EST exercise with 2 feet of snow i am finding it hard to leave my house at night to exercise or do anything with all the snow and cold in upstate new york Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:32:28 EST Love your self as you are. We are all a work in progress! We are on a mission to smile and be healthy! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:01:06 EST Accomplished the first step to start walking I haven't been outdoors for fun since November! Today was a beautifully sunny day and I went for a walk. I took it slow, but really wanted to run. It was great, the sun felt wonderful! My goal is to walk/jog five miles a day. I know I won't be able to outdoors all the time, sometimes I'll be in the gym. I'm looking forward to gaining back my stamina! I have read your posts and I want the results you have achieved. I want to be able to post numbers to. Thank you for your encouragement... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:38:34 EST Hello to my "NEW" Team Hello my name is Diana and I will be 51 tomorrow. WOO-HOO!!! I have been down the SP road a couple of times but always seem to regain the weight I lose. I am trying to make this a permanent change for the better. Any and all help or suggestions are appreciated and very welcome. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:14:49 EST New to forums/blogging I have been a member for quite a while but have never posted. Not sure what to do or how to do it. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:14:30 EST hello hello!!! My name is Lisa. I am 52 yrs old, I am new to SparkPeople and would love to have some friends. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:39:39 EST Getting serious about losing a few pounds So how long am I going to keep telling myself " Tomorrow I am going to get serious about losing weight? ". It seems like I am okay for a few days and then I just lose all determination and eat whatever is in sight. I'm pretty good about exercise, but diet just seems out of my grasp. <em>234</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:27:36 EST Tony Hi I got put on dialsis 6 months ago because of polysyctic kidney disease, need to loose 20 pounds to be able to get a transplant. Kinda struggling with the weight lose. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:31:15 EST Very New to Social Media Hi, <BR> I'm trying something new! Feedback and tips are welcome--I'm diving in without looking at the "rules." As I come to better understand my feelings I'm looking for support and also a place to share what I'm learning along the way. Thanks for providing a forum. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:16 EST low carb recipes Prefer to count carbs rather than calories, anyone on board? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:11:24 EST Getting my healthiest body back Hi, My name is Maureen. My goal is to lose another 20 pounds by following the Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise. I would love to get on a message board with other people using this same food plan. I have lost 3 1/2 pounds so far and started 4 days ago. I realize it is just water weight, but I'll take weight loss any way I can get it! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:36 EST Getting started Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to really pay attention to losing weight this time! My daughter is getting married in September, so I am really trying! <BR> Has anyone tried cleansing? I read about it and wasn't sure if it was worth doing. <BR> I also have a copy of the Belly Fat Diet, so was considering trying it out for 4 days. <BR> Anyone have experience with it? <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:25:00 EST To stay motivated Seems like a positive site to stay motivated to a healthy lifestyle <BR> Look forward to the success stories Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:52:05 EST Not sure if I introduced myself years ago! Hello! I hope that by joining a team with members who are doing what I want and need to do, I will get the motivation and the urge to do better, be better, and be more fit! <BR> I'm Lea. I'm 54 yrs. old, need to lose exactly 20 lbs., and have to kick myself into doing more with my body as I have a sedentary job. I need more regular sleep, need to get organized and focused, and need more positive affirmations in my life. That, and I'm starting a new business! Hopefully this cold will break an... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:03:41 EST Daily Gratitudes - A Way to Remember I'm back after a long break and remember that one of my favourite topics involved a daily recognition of things I am grateful to have in my life or things I want to celebrate. So thought I'd jump in and start this: <BR> I am grateful for: <BR> **Opportunities like this to share with others on our journey to stay healthy and fit! <BR> **Having new work opportunities come my way just when I was despairing that I have no real solid work ahead! <BR> **A great fitness studio that offers drop in op... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:39:20 EST Appreciate all Help and Advice I am 51 and just came off of a very stressful year so I need to get back on track. I have a new husband, new job and new address so I am making quite a few adjustments. I always appreciate advice and encouragement. I struggle a little with keeping motivated but hoping this site will keep me focused! (I have gained 15 pounds that I desperately want to shed by my April birthday!) I appreciate all the resources on this website so I think I can do this! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:31:17 EST Got lost for a while, need help getting ME back! I am 52 year old female that use to work out and be in good shape. I've lost my way over the past couple years. Lost my dad to cancer two years ago and then have had my own cancer battle. I need to get back into a solid workout routine ! I'm having no luck getting there on my own. I know I'll feel better about everything if I just get myself going again!! I'd love some help Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:19:52 EST New in northern Cache Valley Hi! My dietician suggested SparkPeople to me. It looks awesome! I lost 20 pounds and maintained thru the holidays. I want to lose 20-25 more. I joined a gym and LOVE to jog in the water. Gotta keep going. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:08:06 EST what is the best food for morning, lunch,dinner? I am trying to eat right, a lot of people say no white bread for breakfast, eat more protein, but i look at the menu from spark, like a lot of food are process food and not a lot of protein in the morning... . I confuse, what shall I do? <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:48:56 EST Sun is shinning Well the sun is shinning that's a good thing but the temperature here in Northern Wisconsin right now is -11 but feels like -35 with the wind. I am trying to get motivated to get my exercise equipment back out and dvd's in order of how I have previous used them but my fuzzy blanket is calling my name. So I just might go through recipes on here and write a grocery list. Any suggestions on good meals for 2 with not a lot of leftovers or snacks Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:49:18 EST Midwife on Board Back on Spark people after being away for a few years...Should have never left! Now, after doing a 21 day "cleanse" i.e. reboot for my metabolism, and losing 22 # with Trim Healthy Mama eating style I am back to keep the healthy lifestyle going with spark people tools. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:27:17 EST sharonagibson Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST Back At It I lost 20 lbs. with SparkPeople about 4 years ago but found it again (ugh). I just turned 50 in November. I struggle with the healthy eating more than I do with exercise - I just don't like to deprive myself, I guess. Recommitting today - weighed myself for the first time in months this morning and realized I HAVE to. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:11:13 EST Looking for Something Healthy to Eat? Snack : No Bake Energy Bites <BR> <BR> I make these on Sunday and put then in the small snack baggies for my work snack or evening snack before bed. <BR> <BR> You can substitute any nut butter for the peanut butter. ENJOY!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nergy-bites/ </link> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:29:21 EST KS-S Hi, looking forward to communicating w/ you! Desperately need some motivation, please! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:07:32 EST New to forum and want to lose Hi, I am 51 and have a 13 year old daughter. We are the same height/weight and both need to lose 25-30 lbs. I was ALWAYS a skinny and have never been this large in my life. It is SO depressing. I feel bad for my daughter as she takes after her dads side of the family with being larger boned. At her age I didn't even break 100 lbs. I KNOW I have to quit buying junk and baking - I grew up on farm and was very active, ate big meals, baked, etc. I have no problem eating salads, lean cuisines, ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:03:12 EST New to the Forum... Hello and Happy New Year! I am excited to be part of this group. I am 52 and gained about 20 pounds last year, and would like to lose it this year! I am very focused on "clean" eating and my goal is to hit the gym or do yoga 5x a week. I certainly welcome the support and encouragement! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:21:33 EST New to Spark / New Year's Goal Hello All! <BR> <BR> My name is Sharon, and I joined Spark to help with my weight loss goal, get and give support. I've struggled with weight my entire life - 53 years, and I'm exhausted! I've put on 20 lbs in the past 3 years, and I need to get if off! I've been much heavier and I've been much thinner. I want to lose 20 lbs and maintain a realistic weight of 130 lbs. <BR> I look forward to meeting fellow team members and chatting with you! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:33:25 EST Team Member Happy New Years everyone. I have been at Sparks for 8 months but I am just starting to get more involved with the members. I have iogged on regularly but that was it and my computer skills are very low and then I discovered that the more involved I get with SPARK then the better skills I develop on the computer.As they say 2 for 1. Anyway I am 63, live in NB Canada, love to walk outside if it is nice,use videos a lot for exercise, have a treadmill, and need to stop losing and then regaining t... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:20:34 EST Hey, I'm Annice I'm a teacher in Montana. For starters I've got a reunion in July and want to look my best. But ultimately, I need to change a several bad habits and start getting more active. Nice to meet you all ! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:22:09 EST YOUR FINE TUNING CHALLENGE (Jan Feb Mar 2015) TA DA! <em>412</em> <em>408</em> It is ALMOST here, ALMOST TIME for 2015 to ring in. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Let's evaluate our 2014 without judgment. Review to learn what parts worked well and what happened if they didn't. <BR> <BR> Are we pledging any adjustments or additional fine tuning this winter? Each season has it's own personality and opportunity. <BR> <BR> I'm working toward either getting to Rehobeth Beach, Delaware for New Year's Eve or Day to spend the weekend away... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:13:12 EST 2015 Fine Tuning Chat <em>411</em> <em>236</em> <em>437</em> <em>523</em> <em>409</em> <em>283</em> <BR> In two days from now....WELCOME TO OUR 2015 FINE TUNING CHAT! <BR> <BR> In the Motivation section of our Team Home Page we have lots of different Topics to interest You. And throughout our Team, so Many More! So look through our page and keep on FINE TUNING. WE'RE WORTH IT! <BR> <BR> We love you all, <BR> Dale the P Tiger <BR> SunnyBeachGirl <BR> Founder3 Bonnie <BR> <BR> I am working on ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:37:58 EST New to Spark am 70 and during this last summer ...vacation and holidays, I gained 15 pounds, have failed to go to gym, which we have 5 pools ( 2 indoor) and 2 fitness centers in our community. will try to go today and get motivated again Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:08:37 EST Spark Activity Tracker Does anyone have experience with the Spark Activity tracker? I've been looking at some of the ones on the market lately and the Spark seems to do everything I need at a reasonable price. The main complaint I saw about the Spark was that it is easy to lose because of its light weight. A couple of people did mention that it didn't work as well if they used it on their bra or other piece of clothing other than shoes or waistband. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:20:38 EST new here Hi, I am 62 and wonduring if I am too old for this group. I don't see one for 60+. I am a stay at home grandma . I have five who I get off to school each day, and our two year old stays with me each day. I do yoga daily, and want to get back to walking. It is cold here in upstate Ny, but I would like to start now anyway. Have 20 lbs. To lose. Lost it on weight watchers two years ago and put it back on. Any help would be welcomed. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:40:24 EST Weekend socializing and activity Always looking for ways to socialize on the weekends that involves some activity and not just food and drink! <BR> <BR> Took ballroom dancing with a bunch of friends Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:48:45 EST lrh1 Hi every one I hope your enjoyed this site I like a lot and the encouragement. San Jose cal. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:42:48 EST New Here I've been using SP for the past 33 days. I am a distance runner and struggle with an extra 10-15 pounds. During my last marathon I swore I would get a handle on the extra weight! I'm 54 yo, married, have 3 kids -1 still at home. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:12:46 EST I have a question How do you track homemade foods? A friend just gave me a container of homemade soup. I have no idea how many calories, fats, carbs, etc. it contains . I've been good about tracking my food but have no idea about this one. Any ideas? Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:59:57 EST loss by valentine day.. a gift of love to yourself Hi everyone, <BR> Its time we give a gift of love to yourselfs. Time to say we're worth the effort...Time <BR> to love us.Winter a little harder on exercise,but get out those DVDS. Do sparks <BR> videos . Make some yummy soups. Have a apple a day... Join our team for <BR> support....LETS DO THIS <em>306</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:22:40 EST Hello From Mont Saint Gregoire, Quebec, Canada Hello all, <BR> I am 52 years old, mother of 2 boys, and Grammy to an adorable 2.5 year old little girl. I was doing well this summer at losing weight, but have since stopped exercising and gone off my low carb diet. Well, I'm going back on my low carb diet, not as low as before though, and try to find my mojo to get back to exercising. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:57:50 EST Looking for New Friends Hi my name is Ade, for the last 18 months I have worked very hard to get fit and lose weight. To date I have lost 40 kg and feel great. Although I have nearly reached my target weight. It would be great to share with others. I intend to stay here for a long time as I believe when I reach my target weight the hard work begins &#128516; Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:48:51 EST Introducing Cookiemaker-01 I'm retired from a desk job April, 2014. I have a back injury in which occurred back in 2000, I fell down our front steps and I went down on one step and my back hit the step above. It pushed a disk forward but didn't realize the injury was there until several years later. I went on the Ideal Protein Diet and lost about 65 pounds back in 2012 but had other health issues that required me to forgo the diet. I have since been trying to loose the remaining weight with no luck. I loose some t... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:18:16 EST Hi There Whilst I have been a Spark member for a couple of years and have managed to lose 1.5stones, work has taken over somewhat over the last year and I have now put 5lbs back on. <BR> I am still not down to where I want to be - another 10-15lbs would be great (15 would be just over 10%). <BR> No beating myself up. No additional pressure. Snails pace maybe but I goal that I dearly wish to achieve. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you and continuing on this positive lifestyle change. <BR>... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:08:13 EST Fruit and Vegetable Drink I make a drink in my blender every weekend with spinach, romaine lettuce, celery and 2 fruits. I make enough to drink every morning for the week. Do you know if the vitamins and fiber and good all week? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:09:34 EST 30 minute daily exercise in November Try to do 30 minutes of exercise every day in November. Missed the first two days, starting late, so it will only be 28 days. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:07:19 EST Do you like your activity tracker? Hello. <BR> <BR> I've been on board with SparkPeople for almost a month now. My name is Janet and I'm still getting to know how SparkPeople works. I really like it because I'm tracking everything I eat as well as my physical activity. <BR> <BR> Do you have the current Activity Tracker and are you happy with it? Do you feel you're getting your money's worth, or do you prefer a different tracking device. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of getting the $29.95 version. I welcome any recommendations and ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 23:22:25 EST Doing it again!! Looking for a low carb eating plan to start. Can anyone help/ <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:41:46 EST Tootsn 74 Hi everyone. I,m back after being away for a few years at that time I didn,t know how to write in my food lists . My friend Norma with all her patience with me finally got me up & running . I have 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, , I like reading & folkart painting . Want to lose this weight now I do walking & aquifit swimming . It will take some time to lose this weight but I,m going to give it my best . Blessings toots 74 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:45:22 EST 53 and restarting -- 2 yrs off on bad behavior Good to see this group. There has been so much to do to get re-started with Spark. It has been overwhelming. My original goal to lose weight is still active, but my starting weight is not 5 lbs heavier. Almost made it through the first week. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:42:43 EST Looking forward to a successful journey I just finished my first week with my new fitbit one. Came across Spark People this morning and like what I see. Also doing Weight Watchers. Here's hoping I can find the self-discipline I need. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:58 EST Looking for frieds to loose 20 pounds by January 1 Hello, I'm starting my weight loss challenge for myself. I want to beat the 2015 New Year Resolution, by loosing weight now. I would love to get insight on your thoughts that can help me maintain this goal. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:40:49 EST *CHALLENGE* - Step away from the Halloween Candy Hi All, <BR> <BR> With Halloween coming up my big challenge is to not help myself to the treats I'm saving for the trick o treaters. <BR> <BR> Will you join me to pledge not to eat any of these treats that we bought for our neighbors or that our children bring home?! <BR> <BR> Challenge Starts: 10/10/2014 - 11/20/2014 -- 30 Days NO CANDY <BR> <BR> Post Daily your success. <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>465</em> <em>421</em> <em>431</em> <em>465</em> <em>421</em> <e... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:04:16 EST So far, so good I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST Our FINE TUNING CHALLENGE (Oct/Nov/Dec) 2014 <BR> <em>125</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <em>249</em> <em>125</em> <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> MICHELE, being in JAPAN, might already be in OCTOBER 1st and ready to post. <BR> <BR> HELLO FINE TUNERS ! <em>524</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:21:32 EST Hello to All Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm Surplus. I've finally acknowledged that my 50s appear to be a challenge. I thought it might be good to find other people in the same boat. <BR> <BR> My story is no different that most. I tend to go on long cycles of losing then back slide. I'm working my way down again. I started right after Labor Day and have been going strong. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with all of you. <BR> <BR> Surplus Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:40:52 EST Newbie Hello my name is Melinda (Mo for those who know me) Last year I weighed 275lbs and I am now at 167.3. I did this through a lot of hard work and through Bariactric surgery since I could not keep my weight off and I was borderline Diabetic at age 57 and did not want to start on insulin at this late time in my life. I want to enjoy all that I have left. The reason I am on here is that I have 18lbs to go (approx) and I want to build strength and muscle to improve my stamina since I work two jo... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:08:18 EST New member Hi everyone. I'm Sue. In Last October I was 188Lbs. I joined Weight Watchers and only lost 10 lbs by January. So in January I joined Dr. Bernstein Diet & Health Clinic and got down to 128 by May. It is the healthiest I have felt in about 30 years. I have not gone to Dr. B's since July and am now up to 148lbs so I thought I would get myself a Fitbit and join Sparkpeople to see if I can get myself back down to the 128 point again. My weight loss was diet only no scheduled exercise at all,... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:58:17 EST 10 lbs by thanksgiving! I CHALLAGE you and myself ...To loss a lb a week from now until thanksgiving. <BR> Why wait until Jan 1st. If we go from now until than we would be able to loss <BR> 15 lbs. Even if we mess up xmas week ! If you've done good by then and feel <BR> good about yourself you won't want to overdue it. <BR> lets join together and encourage eat other!!! <BR> WHOSE WITH ME <BR> CINDA <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:49:33 EST New To Group Hello everyone: <BR> <BR> My name is Kelley and I have 25 pounds to lose. Joining this forum seems like a wonderful addition along with my nutrition and exercise goals. I look forward to getting to know all of you and joining in on the discussions <em>41</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:51:37 EST Suggestions please, good half hour TV shows Hi! Winter Is Coming here in the north, and soon I will have to stop "running" outdoors and stick solely to my treadmill. Last year I used a hdmi cable to link my phone up to a monitor, so I was able to watch shows/movies on NetFlix while I plodded away. It was almost enough of a distraction to make me forget the whole treadmill tedium bit! Unfortunately most of the shows that interest me are an hour long TV-time, meaning about 45 min long without commercials. I'm looking for half hour T... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:53:23 EST Food database and recipe frustration! Does anyone else have trouble entering their recipes or new food items? I wanted to add a simple raw onion (can you believe it isn't in the database?!?) but even though I added it twice, it never showed up for me to put in my recipe. Had to use the raw red onion that didn't have the same nutritional values as yellow onion. I could live with that. <BR> BUT when I created my recipe for salmon patties and entered it, I can't find it to calculate my lunch nutrition. Frustration! <BR> <em>46</em... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:19:13 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST Hello I am from the Texas panhandle. My biggest challenges are motivating myself to exercise and also making healthier and better food choices. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:00 EST Pattyfay40 I would like to join a message board of people on the South Beach Diet for moral support and tips on what to eat. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:06 EST Hello I am not new to Spark People but usually don't blog. I am 56 hoping to lose 15-20 pounds. I do well during the week but usually have a hard time sticking with it on weekends. I hope to accomplish my goal this time around. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:25:45 EST Hello from a new member Hi, I've been on SparkPeople since July. I'm 61 on September 1st, trying to relearn how to eat and stay healthy for this aging adventure. My goal is to drop 12 pounds or so and stay consistent with movement. I'm "skinny fat," with one size for the top half of my body and two sizes bigger for the bottom half! I'd love to get back into tennis and do more kayaking. I found a kayaking group that goes every week so that's a start! <BR> <BR> I have a married daughter and an adorable grandson... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:53:23 EST Suen Hi. I just signed up today. I am 25 lbs. over weight and I am diabetic. I also have heart disease. I look forward to interacting with all of you so we can help each other to reach our goals!!! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:33:09 EST Do long naps count towards 8 hours of sleep? I've never been a morning person but for 40 years, I've had to get up around 6 am for work. I don't really want to go to sleep much before midnight since I'm pretty productive in the evening. <BR> <BR> I take extended naps -- depends on the circumstances, but right now my naps occur when commuting home for about 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> For me to sleep 8 hours, I'd have to be in bed around 10 pm. If I did that, I'd be wide awake until midnight at least. <BR> <BR> Do these count towards... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:50:42 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am very happy to have found this site and am looking forward to kicking to the curb the 10-15 pounds I seem to hold to dearly. Beyond time to let them go! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:27:08 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Yoga Did a 90 minute Yoga class Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:50:08 EST Newbie! Hi all, <BR> I'm Cindi. I need/want to lose 15 pounds and want to do so healthfully! I'm a single mom of three, and work as a hospice aide. My job is very emotionally and physically challenging, but I can't imagine doing anything else. I just love the work that I do! Unfortunately I'm an "emotional" eater. Not a good thing to be in this line of work! I'm looking to get this under control while battling oncoming menopause and the awful middle-age spread that comes with it! <BR> Anyway, I hope... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:10:24 EST Suzan with a Z needs help losing 15 # Hi, My name is Suzan and over the last year I've managed to let myself go and put on 20 #'s. My husband and I just moved to another state and its a little lonely so I find myself eating comfort food a little too much. It's time to get motivated. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:42:45 EST newbie... for most purposes... help! I'm back! Any support, encouragement, contact is welcome. I live in VA. Anyone nearby? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:58:07 EST Pretty much a newbie I'm back! Any support, encouragement, contact is welcome. I live in VA.... Anyone nearby? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:54:46 EST Jumping in Greetings fellow Sparks! I'm a senior who lives most of the week on an 18 wheeler with my over the road trucker husband. I've gained 15 pounds in the more than 2 years I've been riding with him and I need to rein it in! It's very challenging but I love being with my husband seeing this vast and beautiful country! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:04:47 EST If it is to be it is up to me I had just became the Senior Enlisted for the Curriculum and Instruction Studies Office at <BR> Fleet Training Center in Norfolk, Va. when i came across that quote. It resonated with me <BR> for a couple of reasons. As a teenaged oldest of my Mom's five children (I was born in 1957 and my little sister in 1969), and since both my Mom and step-father worked, I was the head cook and chief bottle washer from when school let out until the parents came home in the evening. My specialties were corn... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:45:05 EST Bentonite clay capsules Anyone have experience with a Bentonite capsule detox? <BR> Heard it has great results. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:15:52 EST Returning for the spark ... Somehow I've gained all the weight I lost 4 years ago, plus another 10 lbs. I've tried WW, myfitnesspal, going it alone, trying to "be good" at least 80% of the time .... and I'm tired of struggling. Bottom line is I need to track for the portion control and the monitoring of calories, fat & carbs I'm consuming. Also, I need to MOVE. I have a new treadmill in my living room, there is NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE USING IT. <BR> <BR> I created a new account, clean slate. If anyone remembers me, I used ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:36:42 EST FINE TUNE CHALLENGE (lose some) July/Aug/Sep 2014 <em>243</em> <em>220</em> <em>523</em> <em>244</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Tue JULY 1st: 146.5 <BR> <BR> No matter what your obstacles, no matter what your accomplishments, the road of FINE TUNING is what we choose to travel no matter what! <BR> <BR> Each day a new beginning, each day another opportunity to live! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Be thankful for what's right, and alter what's not. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm struggling lately but I show up. Thank you all for sticking w... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:35:59 EST Anxiety plus friends equals eating while on phone What advice would you give about any kind of eating, even a little--or a lot--when you're on the phone and the talk turns to emotional stuff? What kind of response would you have to protect yourself? Thanks. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:53:02 EST Hi I am a Newbie I was a member years ago. I kinda gave up. I had many health problems. I am married, have 2 children , 2 grandsons...and a Ragamuggin cat.. im hoping its never to late. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:22:03 EST My name is Kathy I want to lose some weight and stay healthy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:17 EST 30-Day Motivation Thoughts The route to my destination is never a straight line. I may take a wrong turn and get off track sometimes. But it doesn’t always matter which road I end up on, I can make right turns, left turns and U-turns to get back on track. In the end, the only things standing between where I am and where I want to be is the will to keep trying and the belief that it is possible to get there. <BR> <BR> 30 days of Motivation posts starting with June 21 the first day of Summer. <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:21:12 EST Hello and Goodby........ ......patricia I don't mean to run out on everyone but I will be back on Monday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:41:47 EST Incorporating My fitness pal into sparks? Hi...I am new here and have a question. I have been using my fitness pal for years now to track my calories, nutrition and exercise. It is all set up with all my meals I have entered into it and it is easy for me to use. Does anyone know if there is a way to incorporate it into my sparks people tracker? <BR> <BR> Thank..Robin Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:30:54 EST Helllloooo from a new member! Hi! My name is Carlea, I am 52 years old and have been very happily married for 14 years to a wonderful man, Jim. We love to play golf and travel to Palm Springs every year to do so. I have recently lost 28 lbs on the Atkins diet, which is a great start, but in the past few months have put 10lbs back on. I found out about your program through a fashion sales clerk at one of my favourite stores, she advised she lost 90 lbs in 2 years! She looks amazing!! I'm really looking forward to work... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:24:09 EST Lsable I just joined today I sure hope it works for me.i have back problems and fibromyalgia and do a lot of sitting unable to exercise much,so here's hoping that i can get my weight off of me..I am 67 and live in north Florida with my husband my 5 dogs 4 cats one horse and 5 Nigerian goats wish me luck Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:30:25 EST newbie - again... Greetings all. the quote "... try, try again..." comes to mind as I post. I won't repeat my story (you can see it on my spark page), but will say that I've tried to live healthy, and now struggle with my weight. I always thought this would never happen to me ;-) I've accepted that I am who I am and I am now working with a trainer and modifying how I get the weight off while remaining positive. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> raChelle Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:01:47 EST How do I un-join? SparkPeople may be a good system, but I don't have the time to work it. The website makes it very easy to join, but I find it almost impossible to un-join. Can anyone help? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:30:52 EST I'm back Hello I'm Peg, starting again to try to loose weight. I know what I need to do I just have to do it! I'm going to start using the food tracker again. Exercise has never been a problem because I love to go to spin class, run, weight lifting classes. I fill my problem is being bored in the evening and eating before bed time, but in the evening I'm tired and do not have the energy to keep moving just want to relax. ANY suggestion Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:40:47 EST On the bench Have a stress fracture in each fibula! Wearing boot on right foot and hard brace on the left. No exercise at all - not even swimming for another 4 week! Been 6 weeks already. Feeling so sluggish and losing momentum. Ugh...... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:37:19 EST Hi To All! Five years ago, I was in wonderful shape. I exercised nearly everyday and ate reasonably well. Then something happened. I am not sure what triggered it but I became tired, ate whatever, and started making excuses for myself. Now I find my self out of shape, needing to lose weight and having to get myself out of control. I started a couple of months ago and lost 10 pounds, but the bad weather caused me to backslide (that is what I told myself) and now I have to lose that 10 pounds again. But ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:36:06 EST A "Good Steward" of the LIFE God has given to me : All together, on " my journeys", whether here or other weight loss sites, etc., or on my own, I have managed, with God as my helper, to lose about 65 pounds. <BR> I still have about 15 or so more pounds to g to be in a "healthy" place that I know is RIGHT for my body. <BR> I am a Pastor's wife with 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. So, God definitely needs me to be "healthy" <BR> to continue to live and be an example for them and others in my life. <BR> I love to ... Tue, 27 May 2014 00:11:47 EST I will do this! Hello my name is Gerda,i found this site by chance. I have lost 55lbs 2 years ago ,but have added back 25 lbs since then. My goal is to loose those pounds. Wed, 21 May 2014 19:08:53 EST Hey, y'all... I'm Gerrtie, and I joined this site so I would be accountable to myself about losing this stubborn 15 lbs. I am also trying to lower the carbs. It seems I think I need them at every meal and snacks too. Which is not good because I am diabetic. I'm looking forward to changing old habits and getting healthy. I am grateful to have found this site. Out with the old and in with the new... Thu, 15 May 2014 12:30:02 EST New and excited to get more healthy... Hello everyone! Im trying to improve myself and would love to interact with others who are also, feel free to add me as a friend and tell me about yourself... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:13:30 EST