SparkPeople 50+ members with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11532 This team is for those of us 50 and older, hoping to lose 25-49 pounds. Welcome! Come grow with us! SparkPeople 50+ members with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11532 question to put out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66973044 I am 50, almost 51 and I have about 49 pounds to lose. I am an avid walker; I walk a lot for work and my job is physically demanding, and on free days I use the treadmill. That being said, I am having a hard time losing weight. Have given up sugar, day 11, and I am not binging at night, which is what I have typically done, but the weight loss is basically a pound or so. Are other people having difficulty losing? Is it hormonal or something else? Just hoping to hear from others my age th... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:47:29 EST 30 pounds to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66936223 Hi, my name is Linda. I'm 54, 5'2", and weigh 155. In 2013, I got down to 125 pounds. I looked and felt great. I had complications with a back surgery in February 2015, which left me disabled and I can't do a lot of exercise and unfortunately, I found that food can be a comfort and also a curse. My husband has been making comments about my weight and I have tried several times and given up. I want to get my weight down to a comfortable level and feel good about myself. I also have an adult au... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:31:08 EST I am new and eager to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66902646 Just starting on this journey. Have gained 20+ in the last year. Had an operation and lost 70 pounds 3 years ago and here I am gaining again. So disappointed in myself. Need to get my <BR> dignity back. There is no excuse for this. I was swimming laps 3 times a week and have stopped. No excuses just need to do it!!! Tue, 30 May 2017 20:08:54 EST June.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x66884361 Any ideas for a June or a Summer challenge? Sat, 27 May 2017 15:49:57 EST Buy a Musical Instrument Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66852626 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Adkistler tells us it's "Buy a Musical Instrument" Day. <BR> <BR> My question is: <BR> <BR> Do you play a musical instrument? Which one would you like to learn to play? <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking, <BR> Laurie Mon, 22 May 2017 10:12:12 EST Recommitted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66722681 Yesterday I recommitted to walking more and sitting in front of my computer less. I ended up walking for 61 minutes and dang proud for doing it. On another note... I ate a take-out meal that was totally full of grease because I was too hungry to just say no. I told dh not to bring that home for me anymore because of all the grease AND I will make sure never to get that hungry again... remembering that I can't "outwalk" my fork. Good luck everyone! Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:03:53 EST Change a Letter Make a New Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66694870 lean to real Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:36:15 EST All Time Favorite Movie. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66610471 Gone With The Wind Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:29:14 EST Name a song and who it's by http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66579061 Sugar by Maroon 5 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 22:01:01 EST New to Sp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66573380 My daughters getting married in April 2018. I want to feel better, look better and have more energy! I also have a lot of stress and am an emotional eater. Looking for support. <BR> Do you find the free app is enough support? Would be interested in hearing from those that use the upgraded app. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:28:42 EST Dandelion Day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66564073 Adkistler says it's National Dandelion Day and talks about how rich in vitamins they are. <BR> What are your thoughts on Dandelions? Have you ever eaten them? Would you? <BR> <BR> <BR> I live on a farm and actually think my lawn covered in bright yellow flowers is quite pretty! (my husband, however, does not agree) <BR> I have never eaten dandelion greens. My mom talks about eating them in salads when she was young. I think I would try them in a salad in a restaurant but I'm not sure I... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:21:11 EST Team Lead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66547137 I understand we are going to lose Deadcenter as team leader Monday. Are there any takers? I'm not qualified, so I'm out Sun, 2 Apr 2017 22:40:45 EST April Abs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x66544029 New Challenge! <BR> <BR> For at least 4 out of 7 days each week in April, challenge yourself to do some Abs exercise. If you want more than situps, check out the fitness resources at Spark <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn<BR>ess.asp <BR> <BR> Can you do it? <BR> <BR> Laurie Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:17:36 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66502013 1'am a retired male , 67 years old. I have fighting weight all my life but when I retired and stopped smoking the weight got worst. The last time I checked my weight I had manage to drop a few pounds it is just so hard. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:18 EST What is your biggest roadblock? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x66453999 What is your Achilles Heel? Is it portion size, high calorie foods, not enough movement? <BR> <BR> Let's hear it! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:34:19 EST Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66418347 Looking for more folks to help out. Interested let me know and I will add you as a team leader. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:14 EST Superheroes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66410464 Batman Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:24:35 EST Second time around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66387137 I'm Nancy - I did this 2 years ago and was pleased with the results. Unfortunately all the good habits slipped away and I put all the weight back on. I have lots of reasons but no excuses, it is all on me. Time to get back on the horse and take control. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:28:32 EST Tell a friend challenge - March 6th - 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x66373573 Your challenge this week is to share one piece of valuable advice with your team members. <BR> <BR> It can be anything you see has value to our program here at SP. <BR> <BR> It can be health, fitness, or nutrition related. Your words, articles, quotes, or information provided by a health care provider. <BR> <BR> Do it! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:35:49 EST Sue Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66352327 Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Hay There From Iowa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66331177 I'm from the cold midlands and recently retired, Now that I have more free time, I'm intent on losing the flab I put on while working a desk job most of my life, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been and hate the way I look and feel! February 10th I started walking on the treadmill and haven't stopped using it since then. While cruising through the internet, I came across Spark People and now here I am! So far I'm motivated by what I'm reading. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:11:28 EST Moment of shame in the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66323395 I'm visiting my daughter and grandson in Minnesota and got a temporary membership to a local Anytime Fitness. Went in for my first workout today and a very fit young lady asked me if I needed help with a piece of the Hammer Strength machine. I had moved over 100 pounds of weight off to the machine to use it. I told her no, I didn't need help..... did it look like it? She said "You had to unload the weight from the machine and I felt bad." Off the cuff I said "That's no problem! I've mov... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:34:45 EST Name one thing ?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x66293467 You have done this week to get closer to your goal. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:49:36 EST March Chat Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66279899 Just thought I would start a thread to let those who like to know each other better a place to come and visit and share with everyone. :) Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:07:46 EST Less of me to become more of me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66276354 I am a very busy working single mom. I am a social worker and spend my days empowering others. I am good at taking care of others, but not so good at taking care of myself. I know to really take care of others, though, I need to take care of myself first. I am committed to doing this. I want to lose 40 pounds and find my way to less of me in order to become more of me. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey in Spark. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:17 EST psychnurse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66274266 My weight has been fluctuating due to health related issues. Two years ago I underwent treatment and surgery for breast cancer. The medication that I am taking is an estrogen suppressant and in the past two years I have developed quite a large belly. My grandson asks me "do you have a baby in there grandma?". I desperately want to get rid of this belly fat, regain my strength and increase my activity level. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:41:36 EST Would appreciate a partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x66267135 I've gained 20 pounds.... Heading toward my all time high. I'm blaming hormone changes. I'm 58 years old @ 166 pounds. I would like a partner or two for supporting each other. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:13:09 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66264015 I plan on losing 26 lbs. by Aug. 19 and exercise 5 days a week. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:53:08 EST Heartfelt Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66246274 I've been having a really hard time focusing and consistently doing what needs to be done to get my weight down to a healthy level. I joined the MOVE program with the VA, thinking that having a dietician to come along side and hold me accountable would finally help put my head in the right place. She pretty much checked out and has been MIA since I started the program the beginning of December. The program is 84 days, so my time with it is about up. I've lost maybe 5 pounds- and it's not ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:11:29 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66229638 So tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Is that a thing in your world? <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been together 25 years but have never made much of Valentine's Day. It might be my dislike of chocolate or my not liking to spend money on flowers...or it might be that for most of our marriage my truck driver husband has worked away...we tend to make sure we make time for ourselves on a regular basis so Valentine's Day seems unnecessary. <BR> <BR> How about you? Plans? No Plans? Big Day? Ju... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:29:34 EST Trying to Get Fit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66176552 Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:44 EST mama1234563 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66157093 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST I need to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66156686 I turned 60 this year and it seems to have scared me into wanting to get healthy! I am in the worst shape of my life and need some inspiration/motivation! Time to stop the yo-yo cycle and get in shape!! <em>381</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:21:48 EST Friendly February... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x66135987 I find staying involved in the community of Sparkpeople really keeps me motivated! <BR> <BR> Let's try this...for every week in February, commit to giving a different team member a goodie or friendly note on their page. You can copy and past below and update every day or weekly. <BR> <BR> February 1-7... <BR> <BR> February 8-14 <BR> <BR> February 15-21 <BR> <BR> February 16-28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's Go!! <BR> <BR> Laurie <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:40:39 EST new to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66132461 <em>4</em> hi, I am not new to sparks but am new to communicating onlovethe recipes and the spin. I am terrified of the scale good or bad . if it is good I think ohhh i can eat, because I lost! or I gained or stayed the sam,e I can't eat. and panic. <BR> <BR> so once every three months works for me, and when the 3 month approaches I am still the same as the everyday weigh in at the scale. just less amount of stress <BR> I really need to lose 25 or more pounds I neve... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:22:14 EST Do You Believe ??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x66126756 Eating after a certain time at night (close to bedtime) is detrimental to weight loss? <BR> <BR> <BR> My answer is NO! <BR> <BR> If I eat a snack at 8PM and retire for the night at 9 - 9:30 as long as I have stayed within my calorie budget for the day then loss or maintenance is not effected Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:28:37 EST Gypsy Juls .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66102106 Hi I have found myself in Mexico under some really stressful circumstances that started in September 2016 and I've recently been told that I'll be here for another 6 to 9 months. Since I've been in Mexico, I've lost my local support group in Henderson, NV and I've gained about 20 pounds. I'm looking for some support as I get back in shape. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:37:13 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66037941 Well, I've purchased it all...and not used a bit of it. So, a friend has been very successful with this site. So, I hope I am too. Anything positive you can tell me, would be helpful! Thanks! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:17:31 EST Starting SparkPeople today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x66025304 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:57 EST Just Started Weight Loss Journey with Nutrisystem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65976405 I ordered the Nutrisystem New You Now program and have started the Fast Five. I'm very interested to hear how other people feel about the program and what successes and challenges they experience. I would like to lose 30 pounds, 40 would be even better. For exercise I mostly like to saber fence and lift weights. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:22:35 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65965845 i am retired, have worked as a hairdresser for 40 plus years on my feet and on the go, now retired and sitting too much have gained 40 pounds and need to get in shape, husband loves to eat and sleep, i am falling into his pattern, need help to get motivated for myself. <em>249</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:39:56 EST Hoping to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65917517 Hello all, I am joining today hoping to lose 25 lbs by my 60th birthday April 14th I know that following this program I have a better chance than doing it alone. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:55:07 EST New Year's Resolutions: The Definition of Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65913543 Every one of us, women mostly have an "I hate my body moment. That's almost all of us. Looking in the mirror wanting to change something". <BR> We believe that we are 100% capable of changing more than our bodies. We are able to change our perspective. <BR> This year, lets doubt less and do more. Lets actually focus on what we can change, instead of things we can't. Let's put good things into our bodies, This year let's look into the mirror and proudly own it all. <BR> <BR> This year is Turn... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:59:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65909858 Hi, my name is Lucy. I have about 30 pounds I would like to use. This is my fourth time joining Spark. I never felt motivated with Spark in the past and didn't feel the need to keep up with it. In the spring of 2016, I lost 20 pounds in a six week challenge by doing a VERY strict diet and an intense workout every morning. Once the challenge was over, I went back to eating normally and not working out as hard. Needless to say, the weight came back. I know that I can only be successful wi... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:56:55 EST Mini Fruit Challenge - Jan 2nd - 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65908896 Five day Fruit challenge starting Monday <BR> <BR> Add fruit to every meal or between meal snack time totalling at least two servings per day. <BR> <BR> Post your results by making a little chart like below in your first post and then just come back and edit, cut, paste, and repost it for each day of the week with fruits that have passed your lips. Those successful win one all expense paid trip to bragging land. <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Frid... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:24:30 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65907165 Brand new member!,, Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:10:40 EST Daily Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x65898232 This time around, I want to hold myself accountable and use the SP online support as part of that accountability. Anyone interested in joining me? I am going to post daily on this forum topic whether or not I completed the below action steps. If you want to use these steps, great...just copy and paste and add "yes" or "no" and any notes that you might want to add. If you want to add others, please do. I hope that some of you will want to join me daily. It's a quick and easy way to conne... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:48:07 EST First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65891895 Hello, my name is Cheryl. I've spent the last several years being a caregiver to my mother who suffers from dementia. She has deteriorated to the point that she will be placed in a long term facility in early 2017. I've spent the last 8 years eating my feelings and trying not to let the baggage of my childhood get to me during her outbursts and living in this sort of limbo not being able to make any plans for 5 minutes from now or 5 years from now. I want to shed some of the unhealthy hab... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:44:17 EST Hi, my name is Winnie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65880254 I have been in need of a diet for years, this is the day. I am hoping for support to get rid of about 50lbs Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:38:41 EST good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65866468 Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:35 EST Merry Chistmas 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65861676 Blessed are we to be here today to celebrate another Christmas season with those most important to each of us. <BR> <BR> Be safe, be happy, be blessed. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas <BR> <BR> -DC Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:54:06 EST Good days / Bad days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65850839 A Bad day: Not enough sleep, seeking more energy through food, too tired to exercise... <BR> <BR> A Good day: Good night sleep, big very nutritious breakfast, 30+ minutes of exercise early on, plenty of water ... <BR> <BR> It takes a few good days to overcome one bad day, but it is worth it. and the bad days remind me to keep at it for the long run. <BR> <BR> A Good week: One to two pounds per week and improve strength and muscle mass. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:28:57 EST Happy Solstice (or Yule if you prefer)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65841336 Happy Solstice! I actually got up at 5:44 to welcome it. Then I went back to bed and slept until 8:30. <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts about Winter Solstice: <BR> <BR> Stonehenge is directly aligned with sunset on the Winter solstice. <BR> In ancient times, this was the day cattle were slaughtered so they didn't have to be fed all winter. <BR> The summer wine and beer was fermented by Solstice. <BR> In certain Wiccan and pagan traditions, the Yule celebration arose from the Celtic story of... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:44:07 EST Mini Challenge - Dec 19th - 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65824586 Ah ha, Your challenge for this week is <BR> <BR> <BR> VEGETABLES - You do it, You pick it, You eat it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Go find something you have never tried and give it a shot. <BR> <BR> Do it once over the five days and tell us how you did. <BR> <BR> What was it? <BR> How was it? <BR> How did you cook it? <BR> Would you have it again? <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:39:59 EST I got called fat the first time in my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65805228 I've never had a weight issue until the last couple of years. My doctor says it must not be a problem as I'm drug free and all my numbers are good. That was last year and 15 lighter. Last sat at a family party my mom grabbed my back and very loudly said omg you are getting fat. You have never been fat look at these fat rolls as she grabbed a handfull. mortified does not describle how embarrassed I was. All week, I've been hurt feeling but admitting I am getting fat. I just don't know wh... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:21:07 EST Somehow I lost 5 pounds...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65804405 I started a new program with the VA a weeks ago. And have been kind loosey-goosey about following it (making holiday treats is NOT helping!). Anyhow, I'm down 5 pounds somehow. I'm expecting it's going to catch up with me sooner rather than later, but for now I'm just going to enjoy it! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:57:50 EST Mini Challenge - Dec 12th - Dec 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65780903 Over the next five days do something for someone, anyone that you would not normally do. <BR> <BR> Anything for anyone - Outside of what you would or may normally do. <BR> <BR> Big or small doesn't matter. Just reach out and make a difference somehow, somewhere, for someone. <BR> <BR> -DC <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:15:46 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65777901 Hi, <BR> I'm Kathie. My weight problem spiraled out of control when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2009. Instead of losing weight while going through chemo - I gained it. After all my chemo, surgeries, and radiation, I never felt strong enough to go back to work. So, I have just been sitting around the house and 'eating' for 7 years now. I find that some of my eating habits are emotional and a lot from boredom. I am tired of just buying bigger clothes and having no energy ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:49:13 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65770891 My name is Retta and I am SO wanting to lose 40 pounds...for better health and yes, to look better, feel better. It's so difficult though to get started with moving..(exercise). <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:06:22 EST The be more mini challenge - Dec 5th - 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65732378 Exercise challenge - 5 Day <BR> <BR> Because I do not know all of you and your fitness level, It makes it difficult to prescribe one for all. <BR> <BR> I may in the future but thought starting small was better. <BR> <BR> Same as the fruits challenge - created a monday through friday list and post your results daily. <BR> As mentioned before you will have to cut and past your daily result to a new post everyday for the team to be properly notified by email of the update. Not my system, jus... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:39:09 EST Late night snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65719990 This is the beast in hiding for me. <BR> <BR> When the clock nears six my brain changes and bad habits try to rule. I fight a good fight but I don't always win. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:28:58 EST Sugar - Friend or foe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65719986 Not mine - I have a terrible sweet tooth. Worse since quiting smoking Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:26:43 EST Am I doing this all wrong?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65705160 Hi, y'all. New and already wrote this, so I'm probably doing it all wrong, but just to say I'm taking desperate measures 'cos I've been on a plateau (again) 2 1/2 wks. Lost 10 last year, 23 this year since July (yeah, slow), 20 to go. I'll check back in tomorrow, but I got 8 pts today. (Now just have to study up and see what that means!) <em>524</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:36:02 EST Do you say MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HOLIDAYS??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65704883 MERRY CHRISTMAS Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:51:59 EST Did you exercise today????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x65700371 I bounce back and forth during the week between cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> I replaced a very cumbersome recumbent bike with this and put it together last night <BR> <BR> Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a415d78-18a5-42a7-a7ef-01ef58257ef3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent 60 minutes on it this morning before breakfast. <BR> <BR> -DC Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:24:37 EST First time here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65697819 Hello, everyone, today is my first time (day) here. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:48:48 EST Eat your Fruit - 5 day Mini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65694478 Five day Fruit challenge starting today. <BR> <BR> Add fruit to every meal or between meal snack time totalling at least two servings per day. <BR> <BR> Post your results by making a little chart in your first post here and then just come back and edit it for the rest of the week. Those successful win one all expense paid trip to bragging land. <BR> <BR> Monday: - Breakfast - 1 Apple - 1/2 Banana - Blueberries at lunch <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:09:54 EST Active members give a thumbs up here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65681406 Hi Gang, I want to definitely get off on the right foot with this team so I am asking for a thumbs up from those active. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> That will give me some idea <em>38</em> where to focus my energy and how to best work this team to make it successful. <BR> <BR> So emoticon or words just let me know who the regulars are so we can start building For success. <BR> <BR> <em>595</em> <BR> <BR> -DC Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:23:15 EST Hello Everyone. I'm KJ. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65640451 I'm a Baby Boomer who is sooooo out of shape. Haven't taken care of myself in years and I smoke a pack per day. Time to take my life back. I've got at least thirty pounds to lose and an almost total life change must take place in regard to nutrition and activity. Hoping this will work. I'm open to suggestions. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:10:16 EST In three words say what you want for Christmas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65620370 Peace on Earth Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:02:30 EST a quick HELLO from your newest noob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65584273 <em>213</em> <BR> Morning! I'm new to Sparks, new to low-carb eating, and new to having to worry about my blood sugar. I'm a little nervous about this particular journey, but excited about the destination (you know -- good health, being a skinny-minny, new adventure, yadda yadda yadda :D) Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:50:03 EST Seated Workout Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x65552887 Here are some seated workout videos. Check them out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>category.asp?tag=seated%20workout </link> Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:20:00 EST Just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65545868 Over 55, living with depression and fibromyalgia.....weight loss will help.... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:15:12 EST November Goal(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65512742 <em>38</em> <BR> Another new month is upon us. What are your goals for November? Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:18:59 EST For Those that Count Your Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x65512704 For those that count your steps done daily....post them here. This can be used as an accountability or as a goal that you want to achieve...or whatever. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:09:53 EST Weight Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65506447 I'm curious to know when and how often everyone records their weight. Two weeks ago a friend created a facebook group for anyone who wanted to lose weight. It's 12 weeks, and we report our pounds lost every Monday morning. My first week I lost 2.2 pounds and last week I lost 2.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> For me, having the 'real time' accountability has pushed me past my plateau. I had been avoiding the scale and wasn't tracking my weight on a regular basis. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:39:06 EST Hope this works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65492757 I have started many diets in my 68 years and many of them were successful over the short term, but like many other dieters, I always have gained back the weight and more. In the last year I tried to lose weight multiple times, but was unsuccessful. As I've gotten older, the weight does not come off like it used to. I exercise every day, but that isn't enough. I hope trying this new site will help, although the thought of losing 45 pounds is very daunting. 5 years ago I successfully lost 4... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:11:20 EST Oregon Grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65491806 I am a 62 year Grandmother with about 30-40 pounds to lose. I had gained a lot of weight from Prednisone and have only lost about half of it. I have a stationary bike. I am finding it very helpful to enter food into a log. I think twice before grabbing something to eat now! I love the reports, it was a surprise to me that I was not eating as much fiber as I thought. The reports really helped me see that. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:50:40 EST Izzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65476787 Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:02 EST Question 10/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65413378 If you were grading yourself, what would your grade be for how you are doing on this journey to better health, thus far? How can or what can you do to make it better? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:05:49 EST Tired of being overweight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65399738 I eat and drink out of boredom!! <BR> Need to find activities close to home to fill my time!!! <BR> Please wish me well and give me strength. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:40:09 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65373077 Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST Just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65334858 Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST im here to make positive changes to my lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65328745 Hi everyone, my name is Dee. I'm looking forward to new ideas and how to stay motivated while I make progress, There is no turning back I am only looking forward, Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:22:55 EST I don't understand team points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65242803 I see posts stating "1 point for the team today," etc. How do we earn points for the team, and how do we give them to the team? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:45:03 EST POINTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65232902 I AM NEW- NEED HELP- I DO NOT UNDER THE POINTS? WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE POITS OU COLLECT? WHERE DO FIND WHAT TO DO WITH THE POINTS? Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:32:22 EST Aiming towards a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65232865 Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST Question 9/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65170386 <em>38</em> Which healthy gift would you like to receive this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> A health-related magazine subscription or book <BR> <BR> Access to fitness (gym or class pass, videos, equipment) <BR> <BR> A fitness watch/band <BR> <BR> Relaxing spa treatments or products <BR> <BR> A charitable donation in your honor <BR> <BR> A race entry fee (5K, 10K, bike ride) <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:37:01 EST Jan from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65158525 Hello all, I was a spark member for a few years ,under jaycee05 but now when I tried to sign back on that name was taken. So now I am jaycee007. Like James Bond ...007. <BR> Let's see if I can be fast with getting my metabolism geared up. I need all the help I can get, because I have been hypothyroid for about 10 yrs now and for switching my meds...going from levothyroxine to synthyroid. I have gained weight in the last five months... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:16:29 EST New member with new life challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65132270 I have always watched my weight, and I have gone up and down a few pounds my whole life, but I made a huge change in my life last year, and the pounds have gradually crept up on me and I am having the HARDEST time losing them now. I have never had a problem losing weight, its always been easy, but now it doesn't want to budge. So I'm hoping joining in and getting some support from others will help. I also joined the 5K walk/jog challenge, and now that I have publicly announced it, hopefully i... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:39:32 EST A to Z Women name's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65099869 Alice Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:35:46 EST A to Z Men's Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65085710 Adam Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:30:31 EST Weight Tracker on Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65056580 Hi how do you add the weight tracker below the messages posted? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:32:24 EST Question 8/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65045528 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are you striving to achieve here on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> a. lose weight <BR> b. gain weight <BR> c. maintain weight <BR> d. learn healthier habits <BR> e. other, please specify Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:10:15 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x65043673 Hi. I am posting this for the challenge team Biggest Loser.(not to be confused with the BLC team). Naturally,each team is different in some respects. You can join as an active member or honorary member. Difference--active member posts weight/stats that count for your team/against the other teams. Honorary member doesn't count toward the team stats, etc. I can't speak for the other teams, but, I do know that some have more requirements for the honorary members than the one that I co-lead (Gold... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:46:11 EST Weekly Goal - 8/22/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x65021385 I've read that those who have successfully lost weight always set small goals. So, what's your goal for this week?? <BR> <BR> My goal is to eliminate all soda (diet and regular) and drink at least 80 oz. of water each day. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:56:27 EST Menopause...How does/did it effect you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65019060 For those that this pertains to...share here. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:55:52 EST Who Wants/Needs a Buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x65019041 There are times when we all need someone for accountability. If you would like to have a buddy for encouragement, support &amp; motivation, or just someone to talk with, please post so here. <BR> <BR> It will be up to each of you to contact each other. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:49:40 EST Question 8/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65019024 <em>38</em> Are you an emotional eater? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:46:43 EST Post what Physical Exercise You Did Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x65019005 We all know we need to get exercise. Some do specific exercises, others get it in their activity every day. Post whatever you do, that is body in motion. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:41:01 EST Question 8/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x65005140 <em>38</em> <BR> Do you have a exercise routine or do you kind of fly by the seat of your pants? Do whatever...whenever? Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:18:58 EST Question for 8/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=31717x11532x64996037 <em>38</em> Are you currently on any challenge teams on Sparkpeople? (Like Biggest Loser, 5%, Biggest Loser Challenge, etc) <BR> <BR> If not, would you be interested in them? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:59:09 EST What Positive Step Did You Make Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64990928 No matter how big or small....it all counts! <BR> <BR> Post a positive step that you made today. <em>381</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:00:26 EST 7th time is the charm! 8-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64987995 Have been using Sparkpeople on &amp; off for 5+ years now. It helps a lot, but I kept losing my motivation, then lost any progress I had made. This time around, my focus was on healthy eating and more exercise in order to get off some Rx drugs. Was really scared when some new studies came out that statins for chloresterol, and heartburn meds can contribute heavily to dementia. YIKES! I'm nutty enough already! I went off simvastatin &amp; omeprazole (with Dr. guidance, of course!). With... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:33:54 EST Hi! I'm Patti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64980638 I am not new to SP, but I haven't been here in a while. Ready to get healthy again after my brother passed away. I'm doing this in his honor. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:30:12 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64965201 Hi, I am joining your team...my name is Liz Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:07:19 EST What Are You Struggling With Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64964878 As we all know, we each have struggles of different kinds. Small or bigger ones. Share whatever you are having trouble with today....sometimes, others have answers/suggestions that we never thought of. <BR> <BR> Together, <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:44:38 EST Words that start and end with same letter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64931520 noun Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:56:36 EST Hi I am Pam http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64919908 Hi I am new to the team. I am a former spark member who needs to loose the 30 pounds I have gained since menapause. I know this is not going to be easy and I am going to have to exercise and track my food. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:30:11 EST Thanks for the opportunity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64841973 Hi! My name is Pat and I rejoining after gaining back half of what I lost last time. I definitely need the support and structure to keep on track. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:52:21 EST How do I join the team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64774559 I thought I had joined this team a few years ago and then I quit. My Sparkpage says I do not belong to any team. How do I join? I find this site a bit hard to navigate. Please help. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:16:10 EST What did you have for breakfast today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64762443 Or, what do you usually eat for breakfast? Thu, 14 Jul 2016 03:59:32 EST Hi I'm Lynda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64747266 This is a very confusing for a 62 year old woman to start, but, I am trying very hard. I lost 85 lbs on my own after I was diagnoised with Congestive Heart Failure. I have gained 10 back, but, for the most part have kept the weight off over 5 years. I need to lose 32 more lbs to get to my goal for a total of 106 lbs lost. I look forward to playing with this and learning how to use it to my best advantage. You all seem so nice Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:50:08 EST I am sooo ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64715462 Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST New to this team, not new to Sparks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64701548 Hi All, <BR> I've been a member of Sparks since 2006. Didn't get serious about losing weight until 2012. Had a Mini Stroke, THAT can really change your life outlook. It sure did mine. <BR> I'm losing at snail speed but still losing. To date I have lost 169 pounds. I have another 25 to 30 to lose before I am to my goal weight. <BR> I'm 51, mom to 3, Grandmother (Nana) to two with a 3rd Grand Baby due Aug 2nd. <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with new friends. <BR> <... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:01:53 EST So glad I joined SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64696295 Today is my second day, but I feel so motivated and since it's a holiday,(which in the past has been an excuse to not eat as well as I should) I found the support I needed to remain on my healthy food plan right here! Thank you all! <BR> Ann paul Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:01:03 EST new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64682938 HI! My name is Karla and I live in Michigan. I was a single-parent until my daughter was frown and she is now happily married and currently living in Washington. I have been marred for three years to my wonderful and very supportive husband Rob. We live with and take care of my father who has Alzheimer’s and other health issues. My husband also has health issues for which he is under a doctor’s care and has had several surgeries in the last few years, the last one just weeks ago. We have seve... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 19:12:05 EST i am lee ann http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64648339 Hi team. Introducing myself. I am 60 years old and have battled with a weight problem for most of my adult years. Now at 60 I have found out that I have just crossed over into Type 2 diabetes. It is reversable if i will lose weight. So far since December I have lost a total of 12 pounds but should have lost more. Problem was I had no motivation, now I have to lose the weight or be diabetic so now have motivation. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:08:09 EST New way to look at BMI? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64644309 I joined this group because I'm 67 and want to lose 50 pounds, or fewer depending on how I look and feel. I've lost about 30 pounds and still feel I need to go farther because my waist measurement can still be improved. But it's getting harder to take those pounds off. I'm at a set point that I weighed for a couple of decades. Can we say plateau? <BR> <BR> I started this weight loss program for health reasons. I'm T2 diabetic, or was. My blood glucose has come down quite significantly and th... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:39:52 EST Paleo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64617113 Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:37 EST Eleventy Eleventh try to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64610275 Yeah, you read that right. I have gone on more diets and weight loss ventures and get fit programs than there are words to count. <BR> <BR> I've been at it this time since March, to start out. I topped out at 193 lbs. which is almost 100 lbs. more than I weight when I got pregnant the last time, 33 years ago. I never used to weigh even 100 unless I was pregnant, but that last pregnancy did me in. My metabolism came to a screeching, grinding halt, complete with fanfare and fireworks. <BR> ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:03:13 EST A to Z Names of Cities. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x64606333 A= Albany Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:53:04 EST taking the long view of the path to health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64571112 I just realized if I had kept up even the small changes I have made so far when I first started spark people, I would not have to worry about weight. This thought helps me to project what I can do if I stay with it and keep up the good habits over the long haul. I had two false starts and this time I really plan to stay with it and go for the healthy life. I always start a diet by gaining a few pounds--talk about a motivation killer---but this time I looked at it as a sign that the diet w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:49:58 EST 2nd Time Around Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64539186 Hi Everyone, I'm Susan... Joined a while ago - made my goal and little by little what I lost &amp; more has crept back on. Seems harder to lose the older I get. I'm looking forward to being on this journey with the rest of you! <BR> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:00:09 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64432541 Hi everyone! My name is Erin and I am not new to Spark but am new to this team. Although I have been gone for awhile, I have managed to maintain the 100 pound weight loss that I had. Whew! Not an easy task when your mobility has been severally hampered. I am married and live in Nebraska. Hoping to make lots of new friends and get the rest of this weight off. <BR> Erin Fri, 27 May 2016 14:51:53 EST Making a weight ticker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x64426531 I've forgotten how to set up a weight ticker and I love seeing that thing go. Success keeps me motivated. Can anyone tell me how to do this? Thu, 26 May 2016 17:51:16 EST To rethink this whole idea diet? Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64390041 Hi my name is Karen, I am 65 and my weight is climbing all the time. I work for a small school district as a Food Service Director (which I love) and I also put in part time work at a Bed & Breakfast as a waitress on the weekends. So one can say I am around food all the time. My goal is to loose 30 lbs and try and stay healthy. Now that the summer is coming and the school year is almost over (one more week). This is what I want to do for myself. I want to put myself First!! I have a gre... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:04:54 EST hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64375860 Hi everyone, 1st day today. went for a pre op test and finally realised how i have let myself go. so now i am gonna reign in the fat girl and let my slim sexy girl have a chance. ( girl that makes me chuckle im 55 lol ). <BR> so i hope you lot are all doing well and maybe some of you will keep me spurned on to lose that fat person that has taken up most of my life. oh and by the way I have an underactive thyroid if any of you suffer the same would be grat to hear how your all coping, I live i... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:04:47 EST Plantar Fisciitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x64371288 I believe I have Plantar Fasciitis (I have had it before) and it is keeping me from walking or exercise. My feet hurt really bad after sitting and it doesn't matter if I sit for a little bit or longer they hurt to walk. I wear shoes most of the time but my feet swell throughout the day and it feels great to take them off. I have a short term weight goal and a long term weight goal. My short term goal is to lose 30 lbs then my long term goal is to reach my goal weight. Looking for advice on ho... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:48:42 EST HELLO ~ 2nd time Around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64348580 i'm Michelle and this is my 2nd time with Sparkpeople. i Originally joined back in 2006 and really loved it and had met Lots of nice friends. My First WeightLoss started in 2005, took about 5 years, and i lost 100 Pounds..it was the BEST and most AMAZING feeling i had experienced in SO many years! i think you get so comfortable in that life and Forget really HOW you got there, and how hard you worked, and you start your OLD habits..well Now i've worked some of my weight Back UP. i had gotten ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:44:00 EST Starting Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64335030 Hi, my name is Ann I am 54 and married to my husband for 36 years (not all easy either but wouldn't change it). I have always had some weight issues (up and down) my average from age 17 to 35 was 165 but from then on it was a little more every year. However, when I hit 50 It was even more. Now at 54 I weigh 205 and in a size 16/18. I have no energy to play with my grand kids and I want to change that starting today! I look forward to getting to know others that are on the same path. Fri, 13 May 2016 12:39:01 EST So far http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x64328191 Started seriously 1/1/16 at. 228lbs <BR> Today hit 210.5 <BR> Most helpful is posting my food and calories daily Thu, 12 May 2016 12:41:52 EST New widow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64268036 Hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> My weight loss had been stalled for awhile when my husband became ill. I stopped tracking my food while he was sick and was eating hospital food. He passed away ten weeks later, on March 15. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm trying to piece my life together and know it's important that I take good care of myself. I weighed myself tonight, for the first time since December. I've gained around ten pounds. I have Type II diabetes that's well-controlled. I belong to a gym that has w... Tue, 3 May 2016 22:50:58 EST Hello everyone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64256096 I am a 58 year old female that has been off and on steroids, both oral and injections for my spine for many years. I have 50 pounds to lose by September, any suggestions on the best diet / excercise program to take off steroid weight? Mon, 2 May 2016 10:29:47 EST Divorce weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64238736 Hello everyone. I've joined spark people because I've gained a lot of weight during an extremely painful divorce. It's almost final now and the emotional pain is finally manageable, but my weight has gotten out of control. I stress eat and drink a lot at night and I have large portions whenever I eat. Basically, I suppose I'm hoping to have support as I start to care for my physical self again. I'm not familiar with the community yet, so I guess I'll be wandering around on the boards as I fig... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:51:53 EST New to SparkPeople my name is Angela http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64227620 I'm new to SparkPeople and I am loving this website. It has some very good information and helpful tips. My goal is to lose weight. They hardest thing for me is to stay focus. I welcome all the support I can get! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:10:13 EST CCgal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64205142 Hi everybody, <BR> Here I am with about 40 lbs too much. It is a real challenge to lose this weight, everything is stacked against it, age, shut-in, isolation, and so on. But this is a health issue. I am reaching out to the other people who are riding the same train. I am in need of encouragement and a cheering section as we all are. I promise to not whine. thanks CCgal Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:07:04 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64157310 I used to on here a couple of years ago under pasteelers05...now I'm pasteelers055....had to use the new name. So good to be back! This is a great place...very helpful! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:44:43 EST Another go at it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64134899 Minimal luck with Weight Watcher Jan./Feb. (12 pounds) then no weight loss for almost a month. I am giving this site a try and hoping for more success. It is rough, real rough to stay on the "good girl" path! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:50:18 EST Need to lose a little for my liver transplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64069396 Hi All, <BR> My doctor wants me to lose some weight before liver transplant, about 15-20# for now (more can come later). My cirrhotic liver, past use of steroids (which made me insulin dependent) for sarcoidosis, and a host of immune issues make weight loss very, very difficult. <BR> It's been a tough winter. I had to stop teaching and my boss gave me committee work (he's the man!) as I prepare for the transplant and deal with my crappy immune system, diabetes, chronic pain, upcoming (hop... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:18:54 EST back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64051490 hi my name is cyndi and i am back again but this time i got it Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:00:01 EST New to Sparkspeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x64029255 Hi all, <BR> Looking forward to starting this website...I really need to lose weight and get into shape for health reasons first and of course looking great will be an added bonus. Looking forward to blogging with all of you and reading all of your accomplishments...Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:56:25 EST Hey Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63996550 First day on program...doing well so far lol I have enjoyed reading your messages and I love the food tracer! Thankful for this website :) Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:26:08 EST brass band http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x63983472 brass band Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:55:56 EST Greetings "mature" SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63953420 I signed up a few days ago because I know to be successful with my weight loss and fitness goals I need to be accountable! It worked for me in the past using a different forum, and I suspect it will work for me again if I can find my mojo here on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This spark is a soon-to-be 64 year old retired and married lady with two fur babies. I have a grown son, daughter in law and 13 year old grandson. <BR> <BR> I'm using a fitbit to track my steps and activity, and I am (so fa... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:53:05 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63922501 I am starting over, but this time seems a little easier with the healthy eating, cant really say the same for the exercise part yet though. <BR> I am enjoying shakeology in the mornings and I am doing beachbody exercise and trying to get my ten thousand steps in. Leaving today for a two week fishing trip... hopefully I will get the steps in, pretty sure that will be my main exercise while I'm gone. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:21:44 EST 59 and needing help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63891648 I've been dieting on and off for over 30 years. I'm at a very high point (195) and I don't want to be one of those 60 year olds sitting on the couch eating every night. My husband has always been in great shape, so he doesn't understand this horrible struggle (but he is VERY supportive). I'm thinking, with the help from others who actually understand how hard this is...maybe this time I can do it!! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:07:39 EST Just started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63859384 I started a VLCD on March 6th, 2016 under the supervision of a doctor at a weight loss center. 800 calories per day. <BR> I am at the point that it is psychologically difficult. I have lost 7 pounds, probably mostly fluids, and I know that will not continue. I think I am going to need some help to do this. I transition to a different diet soon, but it would help if someone else coould share a common experience with me. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:17:58 EST Professional Dieter all my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63797994 I have come from an overweight family and have struggled to keep a normal weight and started losing the battle when I turned 40. I have tried on and off to lose weight for years and finally gave up. A couple of years ago, I started to try to eat healthy and get my weight down to normal again without much success. I am really ready to get serious and see results. <BR> I love the outdoors. I like walking and biking, mostly. I am trying to become more active and really start living my li... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:41:32 EST And so the challenge continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63787709 I am back on the wagon, hoping that I find a way to not fall off this time. <BR> With life comes challenges. With challenges comes lessons. With lessons comes knowledge. I hope with the many challenges and life lessons I have accumulated over the years I will maintain the weight loss and overall healthier feeling on this journey. My spontaneity and sense of adventure sometimes creates additional obstacles to contend with. <BR> Life is an adventure. I am doing what I can to enjoy t... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:43:21 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63773929 Hi! I am new to Spark, need to get healthy and feeling good to live the rest of my wonderful life. Would enjoy encouraging others to do the same . Sat, 27 Feb 2016 23:01:32 EST Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63758278 Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:47 EST Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63752499 My weight has fluctuated since I reached my 40th birthday. I've used different diets over the years, I reach my target then a problem arises and I become a comfort eater my weight piles back on then my passion disappears. I have tried hypnotism which worked for a while. I don't eat badly and I know what to eat its just getting the balance of how much food I intake daily, I don't like gyms but I do like to go outdoors. I just want to get of this roller coaster Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:06:15 EST Hi I am new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63734477 hi im Bruce I am new to this forum M goal is to lose 25 pounds and live a healthier life. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:28:44 EST Ready for a healthy spark in my life ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63715640 I am in my 50th year, I have my dream job as of this year. I have a wonderful son and a great significant other. I previous lost 60 pounds and have let 20 of that come back and I know that I have to get that back off, plus some. I do like to cook. I feel like it is now or never as my knees have really begun to hurt. I am not a person to talk about aches and pains at all. I am here searching for a place that I will learn from, gain inspiration and motivation as well as meet like minded peop... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:05:38 EST back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63688860 I am coming back again. <BR> I've been on and off for years. just need to get back in the swing of things. <BR> Didn't gain any weight while I was gone, but didn't lose either. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:07:21 EST Working to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63675151 About 4 1/2 years ago my wife and I had begun working on getting healthier. We both had one great year, and then life got a bit crazy. We sold our house and moved and were busy with the packing, unpacking, getting settled in and work. Unfortunately about 4 months later I started having back problems. In the following summer I had back surgery which definitely slowed me down considerably. As I started getting stronger and walking, my back slowly started getting a little better, but in about 3 ... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:23:51 EST So glad I found Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63661404 My first concern with my weight happened at the end of 9th grade when I got on the scale and I weighed 130. My weight quickly continued to rise from there. My twin was always significantly smaller and the overt comparisons very painful. I have lost between 20-60 lbs. so many times. The longest I have maintained my weight was 1 1/2 years when I stayed between a size 0-4. It was glorious to find out how skinny people live. However, it was all consuming to maintain. I have clothes in my clo... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:03:31 EST Looking forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63645375 I can't believe that I waited so long to get serious. I have been a member since 2011 and yet I never stuck to the program. I have been consistently logging and exercising now since the first of the year and have lost an honest 9+ pounds. I know that as long as I keep at it, I will slowly get rid of this extra baggage. As it has turned out after the first couple of weeks of logging it got easier and now it does not seem like such a big deal. This site is so much more than just a nutritio... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:03:32 EST Looking for a Partner in Crime http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63592323 Hi! I'm Laurie. I am 59 years old and about 50 lbs overweight. I want to get my weight under control before it causes me serious health problems. My goal is to lose a couple of pounds a week by eating more healthy food and less comfort food and by becoming more active. I'd like to meet some like-minded people on this site that I can work together with by coaching and encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:21:26 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63537926 So, I am back... I lost about 20 pounds prior and felt really good but just let go (my job got really crazy) and gained it all back. I am 53 and have borderline high blood pressure, boarder line diabetic and high cholesterol and have a very stressful job.. I feel like a ticking time bomb <em>198</em> ! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:16:46 EST RETURNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63479162 Hi i am Laura and am returning after 4 yrs.i went from 215 to 140 in a year and 2 months. i recently joined a online fb group called Lite .that started the ball rolling .i am 189 time to something about it. i moved from ny i used 5 miles a day on somedays 10miles.we had sidewalk and a gym.i moved to pa i walked until winter that was,it below 0 and snow.i continued to watch my intake my son got deplored to Afghanistan i had a stroke when he was coming for R&amp;R . THat when my journey . 4... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:20:50 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63478417 I'm having problems picking up the pieces of my life. My husband passed away last month, need to lose 45+ pounds, and need to crawl out of downward spiralling void. I'm hoping watching what I eat and starting to exercise will help me feel better, and see a light at the end of the tunnel I so desperately need to see. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:03:17 EST debi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63455711 Hey friends just join any advice Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:22:54 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63449809 I'm just beginning to learn to navigate this site, so I've got a lot to learn. <BR> I've been in a high stress sedentary job for 8 years...no excuses, became lazy re: exercise and nutrition. I'd like to be around for another 30 years to watch my children and grandchildren grow. I've enjoyed reading about other's sucess stories and am impressed by the support on this site. I'm determined to meet my goals for 2016. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:51:38 EST A warm hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63430932 Hi Sparkpeople! I am new here, and hope to find some fun new motivation while I am recovering from a car accident! I have whiplash but it is bad some days and other days not so bad! Very strange and scary experience . My 2 teenagers were in the car with me and we got rear ended at a red light. I think I have gained some weight in the month since this happened due to the difficulty to do much exercise. I get to start PT next week, finally! So I am on my way to recovery. The dr said I have pinc... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:54:01 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63427145 Hi guys, <BR> Well I'm here for the same reason everyone else is here, I'm 53, I have 40 pounds to lose, and I need to keep on track this time. I'm tired of looking and feeling tired and achy and sad and pathetic. The past year and a half have been tough but 2016 is a new year and it's time to get beyond surviving and time to live. I hope to find some buddies to talk to and cheer for. <em>381</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:26:57 EST Today is day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x63419756 Starting weight 1/13/16 164 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Oh heaven help me! <em>198</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:28:01 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63399406 Hi There! I'm starting on a weight loss / exercise program to get healthier. I would like to lose 48 lbs. I am diabetic and want to become more vegetarian. I eat fish and turkey now but want to let go of the meat and focus on veggies. Fruit in moderation, legumes in moderation, dairy for protein and much less salt and NO processed foods,,, I'm 73 y/o and the weight doesn't come off as easily but My insurance is paying for a gym membership and I hope to go daily if possible... Wish me success... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:21:32 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63380626 I need to be healthier and slimmer so that I can stop feeling older than my 53 years and enjoy playing with my grandsons. Even they make "older people sounds" upon getting up etc. Lol! Makes me so much more aware of how I sound and am. My goal is to lose at least 30 lbs by June through eating more healthy, exercise and the help of SparkPeople. It just has to be a way of life from here on out. No more yo-yoing. Happy to get to know my team and be part of an exciting journey. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:23:37 EST Returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63380225 I was on this site several years ago and lost 80 lbs. I gained 8 back. I want to lose 36 more now to get to my original weight goal of 150. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 07:07:11 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x63379411 Starting out with Day 1. I can do this! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 00:15:51 EST motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x63367227 Do you use clothing as motivation? If so. What? I bought an Indian Motorcycle sweatshirt a size smaller than I wear now. I hope to wear it soon! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:43:11 EST Hello my name is Judith http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63366535 This is my 4th day of dieting. How Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:44:54 EST 100 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x63329721 I am new to Spark and wanted to start a 100 day challenge. 100 days within calorie range. Join me! <BR> <BR> Day 1 done Sun, 3 Jan 2016 15:13:53 EST KML814 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63328686 fIRST TIME POSTING ANYWHERE! Hope posting and reading your posts will help me live a healthier lifestyle Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:08:19 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63301248 I started yesterday. I actually lost 14lbs. the beginning of the year, but put 7 of them back on. So I decided this time I'll do it with support from others going through the same struggles. We've got 11 grandkids and I've become too heavy to be able to play with the younger ones like I used to with the older ones. I'm changing that right now. <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:36:24 EST Hi to all Sparks People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63284465 Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today because I need help losing weight. I have been over weight most of my adult life and have tried every diet program under the sun, they work short term but I alway regain the lost weight. My hope is to start by losing weight in 30 pounds increments. I love to quilt and be with my three cats and visit with my grand kids. I hope to meet some great members on this site. Thank you for any suggestions that you may have. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:42:42 EST Time to re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63272219 Hi <BR> <BR> Just got back into walking again. Since I don't do winter, I stay off the trail once the cold weather kicks in. There is a centre around the corner that has a track with one lane for walkers. I bought a membership in the spring and got used to walking again before the weather got nice. Didn't get out much in the summer unfortunately, but I did get out some weekends. Should have been out after work every day. Last week I started back on the track. I need to lose weight not just t... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:38:20 EST June here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63266480 Hello I'm June. Love Sparks. It's pretty easy-to-use. I got a UP2 for Christmas and I think I can cink the two together. Has anyone else done this. Would be so great if it would work as one unit. <BR> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:31:56 EST Ok, need to lose 25 (at least) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63222590 So, is a goal of 10 by April 1 reasonable? Go to Planet Fitness 3 -4 times a week, cardio and strength. Just like to eat, and not the good stuff. Weigh 245 now. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:30:27 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63169883 I have found myself being a wonderful starter at many things but not such a great finisher. That statement is true unless it comes to eating(especially but not restricted to sweets). I have gone on now for so long grazing from sweets to salty to meats and continuing on this viscous circle all day for too long. I finally stopped after someone told me I was such a nice, sweet person. It suddenly hit me, why didn't I think of myself as that. For the next couple of days I woke up with a new... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:31:01 EST Officially 50 now and ready for a re-boot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63112793 Happy to join all of you! Ready to buckle down and get to my healthy weight in 2016. I've had a series of setbacks (health and personal) in the past several months and ready to put myself first. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 09:23:46 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63096524 Hi spark people!1. i am new to this club. not very new but i have been inactive to the site. i joined a year ago and did not participate much. i live in Botswana, Africa. It is very Hot here. I am in menopause and i am gaining weight daily :(. i am in need of motivation and encouragement ... <BR> Comment (0) Like (0) Tue, 1 Dec 2015 08:15:01 EST Thank You for Existing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63092169 Hi, I'm RRLK1960, <BR> I appreciate this website and all of you on here so very much. I have repeating clinical depression and fibromyalgia. The depression keeps me from moving and has made me very overweight and weak. It is a struggle to move one minute. I am hopeful that there is someone out there who has been where I am or is there now that I can pair up with to have friendship, advice and in general help to get myself out of this lifestyle which is so unhealthly. I am a retired teacher wi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:30:52 EST Active senior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63076687 Although I am very active at 67, I am carrying too much weight and it's beginning to hurt ... literally ... knees, hips, etc. Looking for other active seniors. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:40:49 EST really trying to get this going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63047573 58 still very active in my job pretty physically challenging, however somehow carrying an extra 30-40 lbs. I love to eat but I am battling Cancer, the cancer is in a holding pattern. I participate in a clinical trial in Bethesda, MD my Dr tells me losing weight would be a big help in fighting the cancer. I have 2 daughters and a life partner who I would really like to be around for. I feel fine, but would like a lot more energy and to behealthier from within. I just dont really know how to s... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:38:44 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x63007688 Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:25 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62964151 TRing to figure this all out Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:32:04 EST This is what I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62950119 84 years of age and a bit too chubby. At least four - five time a week I walk to and from a study group 23 minutes each way. <BR> Awake at 5 am daily after about 7 hours of sleep. <BR> Generally never ride whenever I have to get places in the city - all on foot. <BR> I do spend quite a bit of time at the computer (but that keeps me out of the kitchen). <BR> Try to keep my carbo intake to a minimum (not more than 2 slices of bread a day). <BR> I hope to whittle my weight down from 78 Kg to 66 ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:33:32 EST Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x62869509 <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting slowly on fitness training today! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:02:05 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62867799 Hello everyone new here ! Have a lot of weight to lose , hopefully I will be able to do it this time .. I need encouragement from time to time. If I posted in the wrong spot , please forgive me. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 06:50:08 EST robert jeffers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62847769 hi new to sparkpeople trying to lose weight to help with my health and diabetes Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:57:18 EST Jumping Ship but still need help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62778437 Past member of Weight Watchers who is jumping ship! I am tired of paying money for something that doesn't work! Referred by a friend who has good luck. 50 years old and need desperate help losing at least 40 pounds. By biggest issue is am inpatient and realized I can't do this in a month...I hope working with others who have followed this program will help me and I will not lose faith.... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:04:21 EST Back in Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62775026 Lost 40+ pounds while babysitting my grandkids, I felt energetic and was much more comfortable in everything activity I took part in. They started school and I moved a little farther away from them and in the 3 years since that have gained almost all that weight back from lack of activity with them. I've lost almost 10 pounds only because I had some dental work done that has limited what foods I can have but has slowly taught me that I can eat more slowly, take smaller bites, eat more slowly ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:27:26 EST 66 years old. Hope to lose 45 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62711788 HI everyone <BR> Ready to give this a shot again. Willpower has been AWOL and I need it back! Tomorrow will explore more options. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:12:22 EST Hi I'm new. My name is Diana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62683597 I hope to get to chat with some of you. I have a goal of 40 pounds to lose <BR> Is anyone doing low carb? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:29:00 EST PLEASE HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62676692 Coming back to SP. I left SP to go to WW, only to GAIN weight! I'm back and need all the support I can get. I am 50 lbs overweight and have high blood pressure...other than that, I'm good. But, those two are just enough to make me unhappy with myself. Before I get so far under, I need to start digging out now! Love SP and look forward to all the help you will give me. Everyday is a new day to begin again. Try and try again until you succeed. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:56:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x62662656 Hi <BR> Just want to say hello. I am returning to Sparkpeople and hoping to lose 20 plus pounds. I enjoy reading the messages. <BR> Thanks <BR> Char Sun, 4 Oct 2015 21:06:27 EST Striving to move from obese to merely overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62661061 My goal is to move my BMI out of the obese range. Fortunately, my husband has agreed to the same goal. Slow but steady wins the race is sort of my motto: I gained it all gradually and figure the best way to lose and keep the pounds off its to do the same in reverse. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:10:16 EST Abby here, I'm almost 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62641407 Been off an on Sparkpeople for years. <em>24</em> <BR> Did good then life happens and I made the mistake of letting other things come before Spark and my diet and health. <BR> Had lost weight here on Spark, then gained almost all of it back. <BR> Right now I'm looking to join a group that I'll fit in with. <BR> I'm currently trying to go with a low carb diet and walking. <em>213</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:44:39 EST Just turned 55 and I want to stay alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62636187 Hi I'm Colleen, I just signed up with sparkpeople. I love this forum already although I am just a newbie. I have struggled with my most my life, and I have tried nearly all types of fad diets and expensive weight loss programs, I have come to realize that the fact is, it's a daily effort, of nutrition and exercise that will change my life. Everyday is a new day, so I need to start it off right. I hope to meet new friends on this sight to help with their journey and who will be willing to help... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:52:17 EST not new but here again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62616479 hi my name is cyndi and it seems like i have been here 1000 times but this time im here to get the job done and not delete i will be 60 in april and i want to be a healthier and happier me Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:35 EST Mathprof http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62585783 I just joined SparkPeople. I never had a weight problem until I retired recently. Now, I'm around food more, and just haven't paid attention to satisfying my desire for sweets and peanut butter! I need to drop about 20-25 pounds. I know what I need to do and how to eat healthfully. I just need the motivation and accountability to DO IT! My closet of clothes I can't wear hasn't motivated me enough. I don't like camouflaging my "gut and butt" anymore! I've done cardio exercise 30-90 min... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:23:30 EST Baby Steps to health and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62576586 The past couple of months I've been taking baby steps to gain better health and lose weight in the process. My new job offers nutrition and cooking classes as well as exercise choices. It's a 6 story building so I've started walking a couple flights of stairs a couple times a week at least. Today I took a bigger step and joined a walking group that is preparing to walk a 5k later this month. I didn't realize how out of shape I was but it feels painfully good if that's possible! I'd like to lo... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:10:35 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62546721 Hello everyone, this is my second day at spark people. I am 54 and 35 lbs overweight and this program seems like it has the tools and support to help me get healthy. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:55:27 EST Not new but back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62515587 I have returned after a couple of years. Was doing WW beginning in Jan. Lost 6 pounds, gained some back, lost 9 and gained some back. So decided paying was not a great idea. <BR> <BR> I am 70....when did that happen and on one hand I say to myself why are you continuing to try to get the 30 pounds you really need gone ...gone. But I am not to that point yet I guess because I seriously need to stop whining and do something. <BR> <BR> I need either encouragement or a swift kick.... Day is gl... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:57:22 EST Getting a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62400041 Hi! I am Cindy, wife, mom, and gramma I am a retired nurse and now enjoy my hobbies of crocheting and scrapbooking. I have been here before but left for a while I needed a break from logging food and exercise. But now I am back and ready to get started, I had tried Weight Watchers but did not get very far. I found out a few months ago that I am an on the line type 2 diabetic. I have Diabetes challenge not been very good at changing my diet but I am putting a new foot forward. As a matter of... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:37:34 EST New newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62388130 Hi there! I am a 66-yo grandmother with 30 too many pounds! I live in Seattle, and my doc recommended this website. Cool! Looking forward to making new friends while losing the weight! <BR> <BR> Sue Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:45:00 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62374729 Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:41 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62374725 Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:39 EST Back again but this time with conviction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62369913 Well, after 3 years of knowing I am sliding into an inactive unhealthy lifestyle, it was confirmed by my last physical. In the past 3 years, we became empty nesters and changed jobs which used to be a very active school based day to a meeting and travelling day. The new(ish) administrative role invites "eating and greeting" work days and sluggish evenings. My goal is to lose the 30 solid pounds I foolishly put on and return to walking and light cross training. This time however, I am grap... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:03:35 EST Eating healthy today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x62274185 Taking a break from the county fair today. I need to catch-up at home and focus on eating right TODAY! We've had 2 successful days (9y.o.daughter taking 1st and 2nd in dog agility and obedience w/her Bichon) BUT very unsuccessful eating. Yes I did pack GOOD thing for me to eat, but tasted this and that of family members food. TODAY will be a healthy successful day! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:54:16 EST Hello, newbe here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62263478 I am new to Spark People. In the last 3-4 months, I lost 36 pounds by taking my food on my Samsung S HEALTH but I am finding myself getting sloppy. I also love our farm to fork restaurants in Charlotte but I often guess at the calories. We eat out often due to our ultra busy lives. My daughter is in 3 choral groups (soon to be 4), plays piano and is in a hand bell choir. She keeps me busy in addition to my work as an audiologist, we stay busy. We often eat after 8 pm and as we are hungry, w... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:29:38 EST BACK AFTER 7 YEARS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62254425 Hey there. Melissa here. Fat, tired and ready to make a change again...hopefully for good this time! Hoping to help support and be supported on this journey. Sedentary office job for 15 years........not conducive to a healthy me. Just realized my blood pressure meds make it even harder to get my heart rate up. That depressed me very much. Anyways, will be here tracking, tracking, tracking and chatting along the way. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:03:24 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62252549 Hi. My name is Donna. I am 54 years old, quit smoking in May, and gained 30 pounds. I have always been able to lose weight when I needed to but not so much this time. I have been on SparkPeople before but I guess I wasn't that serious. I have to be serious this time. This week has not gone well. I have stuck to my calories and tried to be more active but the pounds are stubborn and do not want to budge. I hope next week will be better. I miss ice cream lol. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:37:40 EST cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62252343 My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62252340 My cholesterol is 328. My diet is good but i just found out excercise and weight play just as much an important role, Im pretty sure thats where i am failing. bmi is 28, weight is borderline obese Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:19:52 EST I'm baaaaacccc cckkkkk!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62125726 Okay . . . let's try this again. I was using Calorie King years and years ago, then everyone moved to FB, then to Fitness Pal. I used Fitness Pal once in a while but recently decided to check out SparkPeople again. I think I like this better . . . more interaction and LOTs more information here. <BR> <BR> I am 56 and am 50-60 lbs overweight and have NEVER been this heavy . . . even when I was PG with either of my 2 kids. Realizing that I need to make some BIG changes to my life and that ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:08:45 EST How much exercise do you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x62124559 i have been reading the success stories on Spark People and usually they do 2 hours a day. At 65 I can do 30-45 minutes a day. The weight goes up { I keep my calories in range} but my clothes get too big. Is 2 hours a day unreasonable for my age? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:52:30 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62122470 Hello Everyone, I just joined Sparkpeople and I'm ready to become more fit and lose weight. I've developed HBP and high cholesterol. I've got to lose 40 lbs beginning August 1 and ending on April 30. Wish me luck and I'll be seeing you in the boards. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:26:28 EST Starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62087502 Good morning, <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Patty and I would like to thank you for having me. I am new to this team but not new to Spark People. I have been a member since 2008 but have lost my way. Hoping to make a new start. <em>334</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:49:52 EST granny is still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62076723 As a previously employed full-time nurse,I was always taking care of everyone but me. <BR> Then at 58 I had Triple Bypass, no sooner was I back to work,tan bam...I lost my mother in January and then had a stroke in may. Now I am on disability and learning to live a new normal. I decided to start taking better care of me. I havelost 60 lbs to date and have 20 more to go. Exercise is the hardest for me, but I find a reason everyday to do something. If anyone has ideas for home exercises would l... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:56:10 EST Introducing myself to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62066210 Hi Everyone, I'm June and I am from Arizona. My goal is to get healthy. I was informed I was pre diabetic, I have high cholesterol and I have High Blood pressure. My doctor thinks I can control all of this by healthy eating habits, so here I am :) I can do this. I'm glad to have found SparkPeople to help me keep track and have support. Bonus: to have found a team 50+ w/ 25-49 pounds to lose. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:50:42 EST Young at heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62065559 I turned 50 this year and kind of went into a "life is over" mode. I need a new attitude and I am here to find one! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:01:54 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62063971 I am a new SP member. I am the mother of 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I've noticed my weight slowly creeping up and my activity level slowly decreasing. I want to become healthier by becoming more active and by eating better. I look forward to having a "support group!" Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:20:43 EST Hello I am new to message board....my name is Juli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62062005 Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST disabled http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62038931 I am disabled due to my back and leg. Walking hurts. But I need to lose weight. Any suggestions of some other exercises I could do? I have rejoined spark hoping for some motivation and friends to help me. Thanks. Janet Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:33:41 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62025427 I am 56 years old and work in the health care field (I have a masters in Nutrition) and am now 50 lbs overweight. In my 30 s and early 40's I taught an exercise class, ate extremely healthy and represented my profession so well. When I turned 45 I stopped exercising and did not focus on myself at all. The lbs just kept creeping up little by little until at 52 years old post hysterectomy I realized how over weight I am - A year ago I lost 10 lbs and now I have put back on 15 #. I have a hard t... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:10:36 EST Happy to join http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x62006285 I am an almost 75 year old and know that the weight doesn't come off as easy when you are my age but am determined to try. I just started yesterday and hope to figure out this site. It is kind of confusing, I think. My goal is to lose 30 lbs but would even be happy if I love 20. I have reached an all time high and knew that I would just keep going if I didn't do something about it. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:14:02 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61989877 Hi, been here a couple months now using the food and fitness calculator. I am finding these boards confusing. So many to choose from. I started logging my weight at 185. Currently at 174.4 Clothes in the closet fit better. I am hoping to see 150 again. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:38:20 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61971802 Hi! My name is Toni...I just joined SparkPeople last night and I think this is totally awesome! I've checked out several sites and this is by fat THE best one! <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to me...I am 55 years young! ( <em>334</em> ) I have two children: a 28 year old daughter and a 24 year old son. My daughter has twin boys who are almost 3 years old and they are the absolute joy of my life! I currently live with my ex-husband (we were married for 18 years and have been divorced for 10!) and ar... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:37:26 EST discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x61967510 For 2 and a half weeks I have been counting calories eating1500 or less as well as exercising 3 times per week. I have not lost any weight. This is frustrating! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:53:28 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x61896583 July Goals <BR> <BR> Mine goals <BR> Going to IRD. International regonational days) so need to get my walks and swimming in. <BR> Will join ymca. make myself get out to exercise. <BR> I will work on the the 10000 steps <BR> Journal and measure food. <BR> work on exercising alone and learning to like one activity <BR> First short term weight goal is getting under 200 and not gaining it back. <BR> August will restart my 100 day challenge. <BR> No rewards set yet. have to think on that <B... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:38:38 EST HI my name is Judy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61875574 This is my first time joining any kind of on-line group except for taking on-line classes. I am excited but it does seem a bit overwhelming, so much information. I desperately want to lose weight to avoid health issues and have seen Sparkpeople's website before. I have joined WW many times and my success has been up and down. Here's hoping.... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:49:56 EST Picking up and trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61855366 50 feels like it is kicking my butt. I have got to lose this weight before I lose more of my health. <BR> <BR> It is hard to begin again when I feel like I have failed. Hoping to get some encouragement and press forward. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:19:06 EST hi peggy here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61823501 I am Peggy. 49 pounds to lose. I don't know what to do. Low carb high fat, weight watchers contradict one another. I want to eat healthy and the right amounts. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:24 EST using trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61821383 Hi I need help to use this <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:57:18 EST Changes at 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61782829 Hello, looking forward to getting to know some of you ,if not all of you . Looking forward to the challenges a head. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:14:14 EST need a swift kick in the pants..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61775397 I have been on SparkPeople before and enjoyed the support and friendship I got. It has been a couple of years of not minding so much and weight has crept back on that I never wanted to see again. I need a kick start and some motivation to get moving again - ashamed to say even the dog doesn't get as many walks anymore:-( <BR> BUT today is the start of the rest of my life :-) A good friend recently lost 44 lbs in three months using Advocare - I just do not see this is as my way; as impressed a... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:35:09 EST Hello- need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61757655 Hi everyone- I have never done anything like this before and I realize that I need help. I am 60 years old and weight 165 pounds (5'3'). Ten years ago I was 119 pounds and felt great. I have let myself go because I don't feel that I matter anymore. I have completed a PhD and even that did not fulfill me. I just need someone out there to keep me going- I just spend my days after work on the couch and eating junk until going to bed. My husband could care less about how I feel or look. Is there ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:40:00 EST Understanding my Lipid Panel numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61744346 Recently I had a Lipid Panel done at the Veterans Hospital and received the results 6/11/15. <BR> This is how it reads: CoCHOL, 149; Trig, 151; HDL, 49; LDL, 70. <BR> Need someone to interpret these numbers for me and let me know if I should be concern. <BR> Will be turning 66 next month. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:51:27 EST Anyone else doing the No S Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x61726777 <link>nosdiet.com/ </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:52:00 EST I'm so hot....and not in a good way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x61717822 I'd love some suggestions for natural ways to combat hot flashes. I've increased the amount of water I drink, cut back on caffeine, decreased the temperature of my house (sorry husband!) and I work out regularly. <BR> <BR> What natural (ideally drug-free) remedies have worked well for this 50+ team? Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:07:07 EST Viking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61691156 what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST Hello from the UK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61640930 Hi! I'm 52, live in the UK, and have set my initial weight loss goal at 49 pounds, which is a healthy weight for me. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:47:10 EST In Case You Haven't Seen This http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x61633028 <link>http://youtu.be/KbVpCc_r9Sw </link> Sun, 31 May 2015 09:17:08 EST Weight Up Without Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x61627163 Today, I am up a pound and I've been within my calorie range everyday this week. Could be fluid retention or that I didn't empty my colon enough. Whatever! I am not going to let it get me down. I am feeling so good physically, mentally and emotionally and that is my success. The weight lose will follow. Sat, 30 May 2015 14:19:55 EST Unexplained recent weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61625956 Hi I'm new to the team. I'm 52 year old female who reduced my carb intake about a month ago, increased my exercise and drink tons of water. My goal is to lose 30 lbs. I've been eating healthier but this week I actually gained 3 pounds. Diets that used to work no longer do. I don't understand how I can gain weight. I'm wondering if it's hormonal or some other physical ailment. Anyone else ever experience this? Sat, 30 May 2015 11:06:33 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61613376 Hi, I'm new here. A 57 year old mom of 5, grandma of two and one on the way. Lymphoma survivor, I have about 25 - 30 lbs to lose. I've just recently started the Eat to Live program and I'm loving it. I never realized how easy it would be to give up the meat! Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thu, 28 May 2015 22:32:20 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61613371 Hi, I'm new here. A 57 year old mom of 5, grandma of two and one on the way. Lymphoma survivor, I have about 25 - 30 lbs to lose. I've just recently started the Eat to Live program and I'm loving it. I never realized how easy it would be to give up the meat! Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thu, 28 May 2015 22:32:05 EST Hi. It's me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61592669 Trying to get back on the weight management wagon. Lost 60 pounds 8 years ago and have slowly put it all back on. Now I've started taking it off again, a little at a time. First four down, 54 to go. Tue, 26 May 2015 15:11:00 EST just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61557136 Hi I need to loss 50 pounds to look better and feel better what have you found works for you on this site. Fri, 22 May 2015 10:06:48 EST Just joined. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61542263 Hello! I just joined Spark and this team today. <BR> My goal is to lose wt. by eating healthy. <BR> I will also lift light weights and use my indoor bike for exercise. Wed, 20 May 2015 15:52:54 EST Musicmoi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61531749 I am a 60 year mail with 33 lbs to lose, any help you can give me to do this is gratefully welcome! Tue, 19 May 2015 12:58:46 EST My name is Vicki http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61522270 I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:45 EST Hi, i am Granshaz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61511829 Hi, i need to lose about 28lbs and nees all the help and support i can get. Sun, 17 May 2015 10:50:00 EST Mindless Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=954x11532x61464516 I'm having problems with total mindless eating. If I have food in the house I can either ignore it or once I start eating I don't stop. I know that I'm not hungry, that there is no reason for me to be eating, yet I eat. I hate having food in the house. <BR> <BR> I bought a lot of "low calorie" foods to try and kick myself into losing weight, but all it is doing is saying to me look at all the food here, have some. Last year I was following the Joe Cross juicing plan, it worked for me -... Mon, 11 May 2015 22:30:44 EST Advice from Plus size athletes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x61460920 I think this is an excellent blog to remind us all what is really important, and it ain't being skinny! <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/louise-green/<BR>-global-message-from-leading-plus-size<BR>-fitness-experts-and-athletes_b_6585338.html </link> Mon, 11 May 2015 14:13:07 EST If you are serious about weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x61427619 This is a long but informative and funny video about thew 15 leading causes of death in the US. If you can, watch all of it. If you can't but you are truly serious about losing weight, skip to minute 28:47 and watch the next five minutes. It is eye opening and based on real science. <BR> <link>nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-t<BR>he-leading-causes-of-death/ </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:07:57 EST a new approach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61357365 I am returning to SP with a new approach to dropping weight and feeling better. Every time I start a nutrition plan I look at calories in/calories out then proceed to set myself up for feeling deprived and that leads to giving up. I have just completed my first week of healthy eating but without the dreaded skim milk that I can't stand as only one example. I have a lot of arthritis and weighing less will result in less pain and joint damage. <BR> I relocated to a different state after reti... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:19:53 EST Miss Cindy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61348475 Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST Maria Mercedes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61347099 i would like to join everyone on this journey that i have accepted in my life so that i can feel healthy and are able to travel and look great and feel great!!!! Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:51:37 EST Trying to learn more about food &Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61321549 My boy friend has Type 2 Diabetes, and I am the primary cook of our meals. Although my step dad had this disease I was rarely around as I was married to a military member at the time and only got to see my folks during holidays. I want to prepare meals that he can eat and enjoy without breaking the bank. We both enjoy the basic meat and potatoes meals and want "healthy" ways of fixing them. While we enjoy the occasional fish dinner it is something that doesn't fit in out food budget as we are... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:31:20 EST Frustrated --three weeks and still no weight loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x61261905 I've hit a plateau and it's very frustrating. When I restarted my weight loss journey with SparkPeople in early March 2015, I had hoped to lose about 1 pound a weight. So far, I've only lost about 4 pounds......and nothing in the last three weeks. I've been stuck in the 160s forever! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'm eating right and exercising regularly. I know I'm supposed to be motivated by other evidence of healthy benefits - more energy, clothes that are not as tight,etc. - but I want to... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:07:15 EST tbyrd1015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61230566 I have been here before but I never really did anything. This week end at my Granddaughters cheer competition a picture was taken of me and I just couldn't believe it was me. I went out and got a scale and really was shocked so I looked in the mirror when I got out of the shower and I almost cried, what have I done to myself. I knew I was depressed after I lost my job and I have done nothing but eat and watch tv. But now I want to do something, I have to do something,so tomorrow I'm going sho... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:49:47 EST I Can Do This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61179775 Hello, my name is Ruth. I am a wife, mother, and friend. I have two young adult boys both in college. My husband and I are whats called "empty nesters". This has been a hard winter on us both. Spring is here. My husband used to call me "Hot Momie". I want to lose weight, BOTH of us to eat healthy and get my exercise in EVERY DAY. I work full time and love my job at a nursing home doing admissions. I am usually always happy and smile alot. If you want other people to be happy, you h... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:07:51 EST Toonie6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61034903 hi everyone. I am a 63 year old grandma who is looking forward to a new idea and support from friends to lose 25 pounds. Looking forward to meeting some of you on the site Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:33:16 EST Here I go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61022719 Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST I want my life back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61015135 I have had several back surgeries, limiting my exercising. And with my bad eating habits, it has caused me to gain weight, causing additional problems and pain in my back. Today I chosen to lose weight to get rid of the added pain, and to get my life back. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:36:46 EST Hello, new one here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x61012883 Hello my name is Carla Paradis. I have tried losing weight, and always gained it back. I don't eat red meat, fish, or tofu. I do love fruits and veggies. So, I'm here to lose weight and this time with support. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:28:16 EST Hi! I'm Debbie, the Teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60995558 I am looking forward to this venture. I have tried many alternative weight loss programs. I refuse to give up and give in. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:19:32 EST Hello again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60957506 I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:18 EST Hello again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60957500 I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:35:56 EST Intoduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60921617 Hi, my name is Dannie and I am 53. I have about 35-40 pounds to lose. I decided to lose weight because I have put on almost all the weight I lost in 2008 and I dont like how I feel. Also, I have had six children and 90% of my weight is in my belly and I hate it. Could use a supportive friend or two. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:22:48 EST What Did You Do For Exercise Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x60920174 <em>315</em> 3 Miles Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:55:44 EST blog41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60903982 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Hello my name is Debi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60891872 I never had an issue with weight until I quit smoking. Yes quit smoking May 2001, got hypnotized yes it worked. I have not had a smoke since. But slowly my weight went up I did gain 40 lbs. Started using a smaller plate and ate smaller portions and lost 25 of the 40. Then we moved to WV from MA in 2013. My routine and eating habits certainly changed. Now I have gained back the 25 lost lbs. The nice weather is just around the corner and I plan to take advantage of doing things outside to incr... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:36:38 EST Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60890887 I am starting with SparkPeople again. I need to lose 30-40 pounds. My BMI is in the obese range. I am very active but eat too much. Trying to stay motivated so I can start losing weight. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:57:40 EST Starting running after 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x60863943 I am trying to get in shape for a play, having to run around the auditorium. This from being a lazy bum. Has anyone done this. I would like some ideas on getting started. I was recently told I have a heart murmur, which is not too bad. Will try to get info from my doctor, but only have 3 weeks to get ready for a week of the play every night. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any ideas you can give me. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:03:54 EST Silly Sally Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60838654 I was attracted by the page that I fell onto (don't know how) funny. The attraction was liberty financial. I''d like to read the discussion. I'm new, don't know my A from a hole in the ground on where/how to get to the discussion thread. I am disabled, and do not read much, cannot spend much time on the computer, and right now just trying to distress. <BR> <BR> I am about to do debt settlement, and really need to find out about Liberty Financial; can any one help me? <BR> <BR> I do not ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:12:58 EST Anna's progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60826193 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 Linnyanne http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60815667 Hello from Southeastern PA ! Happened to stumble upon this site - looks wonderful - taking small steps to get back on track to health and continuity in exercising amidst all the snow and cold days ! A few days ago, I went snowshoeing and I am love with the sport. I would love to hear from any others who may have the same interest - thank you ! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:42:59 EST Names of FOODS: A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x60808163 Let's name foods, listing them in alphabetical order! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:40:12 EST What articles are found in the house: A-Z? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11532x60803513 Name the articles that might be found in someone's house, listing each in alphabetical order. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:30:22 EST Stilll trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60789497 I can't fail again, it has worm me out.I don't want to feel dumpy anymore and I want to be able to dress better for work, instead of wearing what fits, which is getting less and less. I need to be accountable to someone. I have summer clothes I need to fit in, last summer I kept wearing the same couple of pairs of capris , black and navy. Need help! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:49 EST 2nd Time's the Charm??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60748237 Hi, my name is Debra and I'm from Southern California. This is my second try with SparkPeople <em>39</em> This is also my second time with the Sonoma Diet. <BR> <BR> This time around I am seeking all the support I can get to help me reach my goal weight by September in time for my birthday. In addition to starting Sonoma again, I'm going to use the wonderful resources available here at SparkPeople AND I'm keeping a food journal. Anyone who knows me knows I am anti-journaling, so this ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:04:01 EST Need motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60735887 I am celebrating my 56th birthday tomorrow and although I am healthy I am overweight. I am looking for a nutrition andfitness plan that I can stick with for the long term. I am hoping that the tools provided here will help me achieve my goals and keep me accountable. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:47:43 EST new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60727648 Hi everyone! I'm looking for support on how to work on my self esteem and to lose weight! <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:10 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60696458 Working to losing 30 pounds. I am 65 years young and want to be back in shape. Let myself go to crap for the last two years. Will enough poor me crap. Back in the gym and working out at a slow pace to build up again. three times a week to start. My eating habits got really bad so I thought I would give this a try. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:54:02 EST Are you giving anything up for lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=198x11532x60685239 Just wondering what (if anything) you are all giving up for lent this year? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:37:28 EST I need a friend to help through this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60672334 I am 60 yrs old... never had a weight problem till, I start the change of life. Now I am 40 pounds over weight, it is effecting my back and knees. I need to do this to feel and look better for me. I'm always looking after everyone else, I want and need to do for myself. I'm reaching out...I need a friend to so we can help each other. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:47:52 EST Lose To Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11532x60667415 I joined a diet & exercise program through our local hospital center. Tracking my food and exercise. I need to lose weight for a knee replacement surgery. My orthopedic surgeon wants me to lose close to 35 lbs. before he will operate. I'm doing this weight loss challenge to be able to fit into my "cute " little clothes. (about 4 sizes too small at this moment..) Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:59:09 EST