SparkPeople 50+ members with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard 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 To rethink this whole idea diet? Healthy? 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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.... 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 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 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 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 I used to on here a couple of years ago under 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!! 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 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 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 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! 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 brass band Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:55:56 EST Greetings "mature" SparkPeople! 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ! 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 Hey friends just join any advice Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:22:54 EST Day 2 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 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 Starting out with Day 1. I can do this! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 00:15:51 EST motivation 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 This is my 4th day of dieting. How Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:44:54 EST 100 day Challenge 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 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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! 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 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! 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 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 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 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 TRing to figure this all out Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:32:04 EST This is what I am 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 <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting slowly on fitness training today! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:02:05 EST New to the team 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 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! 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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. 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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!!! 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 name is Juli Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST disabled 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 Hi I need help to use this <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:57:18 EST Changes at 50 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..... 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 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 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? <link> </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:52:00 EST I'm so hot....and not in a good way! 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 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! 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 <link> </link> Sun, 31 May 2015 09:17:08 EST Weight Up Without Reason 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 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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 I think this is an excellent blog to remind us all what is really important, and it ain't being skinny! <BR> <link><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 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><BR>he-leading-causes-of-death/ </link> Thu, 7 May 2015 14:07:57 EST a new approach 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 Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST Maria Mercedes 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 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! 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 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! 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 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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? <em>315</em> 3 Miles Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:55:44 EST blog41 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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??? 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 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 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 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 I need a friend to help through this journey 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 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 surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST Wii fit u meter I use a wii fit u meter is this an accurate meter to measure calories lost. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:31:45 EST Liz Hi Sparks family. <BR> My name is liz. I need to lose some weight to get healthy. I hope this group can help me stay on track. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:10:40 EST Join me for a daily walk I chose "a daily walk" as one of my fast break goals. I started Thursday and am streaking it. Would you like to join me in checking here after you've done your walk each day? <BR> <BR> I started small with 15 minutes or so, today I did a 5k in 60 minutes 22 seconds, tomorrow I will go small again, and I intend to do an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. <BR> <BR> You could check in with minutes, miles or steps done. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:06:46 EST Time to start Its a beautiful day and a great time to set some goals. <BR> Goal 1. eat healthy. <BR> 2. Exercise <BR> 3. Get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep <BR> 4.Stick to it. <em>521</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:48:42 EST Getting my health back. Hi, I am coming back to SparkPeople. I retired 6 years ago and started gaining weight. I have 28 pounds to lose. My husband and I are in the process of qualifying to adopt a brother and sister from the Foster care system in Northen Arkansas. I want to be a role model for them both so I am determined to get myself back into the game. I was in the military and a couple of my many jobs were: Personal trainer, nutrition instructor, and a wellness coach. Time to walk the talk in this new phase o... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:24:58 EST bdonley22 I'm going to be 70 next month and i got to lose this weight. I have tried everything to get it off. I do need help Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:03:42 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:31 EST Hello from the UK! Hi! I am 51 years old, and want to lose at least 40 pounds. I am married with no children, and I live in the UK. I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, watching films, gardening, and cooking. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:30:25 EST Trying to lose the same 30 to 40 pounds again Every year around this time, I try to become consistent with my workouts. I do good for maybe three to four weeks and life happens and then I struggle throughout the year to start again. This year has been no different. I have been exercising for a month and have lost six pounds so far but I am feeling fatigued. When will I feel energized? I don't want to stop. I really want to continue consistently exercising the entire year. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:45:23 EST St. Patriçk's Day Challenge ST. PATRICK'S DAY CHALLENGE <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Date: February 1, 2015 <BR> Ending Date: March 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> *Lose 1 - 1.5 lbs. per week <BR> *25 Jumping Jacks are done each day (along with exercises you're already doing.) <BR> *Post weight loss each Sunday <BR> Here's to pounds lost on the other side of the rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:46:42 EST FEBRUARY 2015 Comments Happy February... <BR> <BR> Started snowing last nite, calling for 6 to 9". <BR> <BR> No problem, will just hibernate, Nan <BR> <em>129</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:19:51 EST New denture wearer Hello members. It's been a while since I last posted here. Getting thru the holidays and all..I have had dental problems for some time. I've been putting off the inevitable. So, I just had my upper teeth and pulled on the 19th. I'm glad that I finally made the decision to do it. I still have my bottom front so I will wear a lower partial. The healing process is coming along well. I thought that I had figured out what I was going to eat, but I had to make a few adjustments. I wasn't doing much... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:36:53 EST Hello- Hello, Im a newbie here- have been laid up due to an injury & re injury after surgery( 6 months total) I work with special needs kids and had a knee injury, after 4 months surgery was done- laid up 2 months then back to work to be re injured a month later-- just now able to started exercising again ( thanks to PT and a new up loader brace)and trying to lose what I gained- get my body & life back. I seem to be a stress eater- NOT good and I also have food aller... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:59:28 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST Hello from Vancouver BC Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> Somehow i got on this team and I am happy to be here. <BR> <BR> I have about 25 pounds to lose and would like to finish that journey this year. <BR> <BR> I work full time and have 2 daughters age 26 and 22 and a husband. <BR> <BR> I enjoy baking, line dancing, dancing and meeting people and going to the gym <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:54:13 EST That sweet craving Seems when I'm done eating I want something sweet.does anyone have any suggestions? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:55:04 EST Watusi3 Hi everyone! As of this March I have been with Sparkpeople for 1 year. I have not lost a single pound, infact I have gained 3. I am a 55 year old grandmother. The weight just does not melt off like it did thirty years ago. Oh well I am not giving up yet. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:32:23 EST facebook users Are ther any FB users here?I'm on it and want to hook up with other SP also there.Let me know your user page so I can friend you Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:23:28 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:33 EST Hello Everyone My name is Wendy and I would love to join this group. I signed up for SP about four years ago but I lost 57# with another program. I let my SP page lapse. This last year I have been at a standstill, losing and gaining the same five pound. I am hoping getting back involved with SP will help me lose the last 47# that I need to make it to goal. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:13:17 EST New Year New Me Excited to be on this path to live a healthy life so I can play with my grand babies. Also look good for my daughters wedding. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:32:21 EST Hello all............ Just joined today and want to say "Hello" to everyone and also "Happy Losing". I have the equipment and determination to drop 20 - 30 pounds before going back to my seasonal job in April. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:18:24 EST Coming back Good morning! I used Sparkpeople about 3 years ago and really enjoyed it, but life gets so busy, that I dropped off and kind of forgot about it. Well, I'm back on, with a new weight loss goal for myself, and a real plan to achieve the results I want. <BR> <BR> I'm 54--a teacher for 32 years, currently teaching 7th grade reading. Love those hormonal teenagers--somebody has to! :) I have 3 adult children (the 21 year old lives with me), two grandchildren ages 3 and 1, and a grandpuppy (who liv... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:47:39 EST January 2015 Comments Happy 2015 to all. <BR> <BR> We had fantastic sunny weather, for traveling over Christmas and New Years. <BR> <BR> We were able to get together and keep most of our plans. <BR> <BR> Today, however, it is cold and rainy....Nan <BR> <em>437</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:45:37 EST Hello - I would like to meet people for support Good Morning and Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> I am recovering from a car accident and feel I have been using if somewhat as a crutch for not loosing the weight I gained after the accident and for my retreat from exercising. I would appreciate getting to meet other people - go slow to go fast - to encourage or challenge me to do my walking DVD each day and to cut out the eating late at night. <BR> <BR> Due to some brain damage I am now starting 3 businesses from home, taking care of my son's b... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:45:20 EST Report: My first week back at Sparkpeople I've been back with Sparkpeople for only one week and have results to share. I've walked about 1.25 miles each morning, after months of doing "nothing", and have stuck to about 1,600 calories per day (average), finding out that there are carbs even in the air we breathe. The weight results of all that was one miserable, miserly pound lost, and I'm suspecting temperature decline and air pressure changes might have registered that one! <BR> <BR> The positives: I'm not as grouchy in the morn... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:20:44 EST What do you do when You cant go out for Exercise? Here is my New Idea!! <BR> I am a walker. I enjoy it. Now yes I will admit I haven't been consistent with my walking. I am a long time multi-tasker and for me it seems like when I walk I am doing nothing productive. Yes Yes I know the body is moving and it is good for me. I want more. When I take a long drive with my husband I do needle work or quilting. I always have something else going on. <BR> <BR> So I bought this great little toy a IPOD Nano. This is a big move for my over 50 ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:35:50 EST Hello, everyone! I'm new to this team but not new to Sparkpeople. Looking for some renewed motiviation and some new support. <BR> I'm a 50 something with about 45 lbs of extra baggage. I live in the Sierra mountains of California. I'm also a Pastry Chef as you can tell from my user name. Big work hazards for a diabetic! <BR> My husband has recently retired and we are both working on shedding some lbs, getting some cholestrol in check, and overall healthier. <BR> Happy to be here! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:41:41 EST Determined to succeed Hello all-- <BR> I want to take better care of myself and become healthier as I get older. I eat when I am happy, when I am sad, when I am bored, when I am stressed - this stops today! One of my biggest challenges is staying motivated and focused when the weight is coming off slowly, so I'm looking to community members for inspiration. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:40:21 EST Esperus started logging on Saturday, looking for friends to be with me as I go in the path to better,lighter path in 2015. Want to lose 20 pounds by next May. Let's share our journey! <BR> Esperus Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:44:58 EST New to fitbit Hi my name is Eleanor I lost my son(only child) to cancer since then I've picked up some unwanted weight <BR> it's time to lose Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:48:43 EST LightWalker555 I'm a Vietnam Veteran and a Reiki Master. Joined yesterday. Found out a few things I was doing wrong, of course. For some people even things like salads, apples and cherries can rise your blood pressure. So, we must watch everything we eat. That's why I walk 3+ miles a day. Yesterday, I walked 4.5 miles. Remember, getting your weight under control. Could mean lower blood pressure. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:05:12 EST Two-time dropout is back! Hello, <BR> <BR> I am a two-time dropout from Sparkpeople, but I'm back! . <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople worked for me the first time with diet and exercise - I dropped 40 pounds in one winter season! Boredom set in and I stopped dieting and exercising. Unfortunately, I am one of those "all or nothing" persons and the weight came roaring back. I'm still 15 pounds down from my all time high (277), but I'm back up to 262 (on a 6'1" frame) - blood pressure is up even with meds - joints ache - feel old... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:10:08 EST kcatron I am soon to be 60 and tired of being out of breath and joints hurting. I have young grandkids that I would like to be active with. I have started to sew and have been part of a card making group for a few years. My husband is diabetic and is on disability so there is not much extra money to do much extra things. support, guidance and encouragement is needed Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:55:22 EST LADYHAWK1148 I WORK IN HEALTHCARE,AND WANT TO REACH MY GOAL WEIGHTLOSS THIS COMING YEAR I ONLY NEED TO LOSE 46 LBS,ANY UGGESTIONS WILL BE GREATLY WELCOME Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:01:35 EST Granny1536 I just started 2 weeks ago. I do have a goal in mind to be healther and wiser in the coming months so that by the summer I will feel better wearing shorts. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:36:31 EST IT IS ME AGAIN I AM BACK AND I AM READY TO DO THIS THIS TIME BECAUSE I AM DOING IT FOR ME MYSELF AND I Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:23:27 EST tracking goals I am new at the new pages on Sparks so help me out! I want to eat more vegetables/fruits so on the tracking page, do I just move the cursor one notch for each vegetable and/or fruit I eat? The scale is much bigger than my goal so maybe I am not doing it right? Why do I get a check after I log something? Boy am I a novice at all of this so forgive the simple questions but I want to really give Sparks a try! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:33 EST Renee Lyons hi <BR> <BR> joined today, have to lose 30 lbs. struggle with what to eat and what to do for a workout Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:19:49 EST Jean Hi joined awhile back but I am finally starting to keep track of my food intake. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:48:30 EST Crab Cravings and Frozen Fruit Frozen mango chunks by Dole ... One to two cups of this, microwaved for about four minutes, and I'm good! Carb cravings gone, if I take my time enjoying the bowl. So I am thankful for frozen mango. (Fresh pineapple will work too) Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:55:59 EST Building consistent habits Hi Sparkers! I'm motivated to get back into exercise and healthier eating. Why? I need to reduce stress and lift my mood. I want more energy. And I'm tired of giving myself excuses. Usually I'm too shy to post, but this time I thought I'd take that extra step and reach out for support. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:03:37 EST THIS TIME IT FOR ME I HAVE BEEN ON AND OFF AT SPARKS BUT THIS TIME I AM BACK FOR ME AND THIS TIME I AM GOING TO FINISH WHAT I START Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:43:57 EST I'm determined to lose 35 lbs with in this year! I have been trying to lose weight for the past couple of years. It gets harder as we age however, I will not give up. This is my first post as a spark member. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:18:27 EST I'm determined to lose 35 lbs with in this year! I have been trying to lose weight for the past couple of years. It gets harder as we age however, I will not give up. This is my first post as a spark member. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:16:15 EST Hello, let me introduce myself... Hello team, my name is Karen. I am just about to turn 58 (60's just around the corner) and I want to become fit. I have about 40 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> One thing I am very happy I recently gave myself is the Spark activity tracker. I am concentrating on slowly increasing my average daily steps. Since I was so inactive, my first goal is to get to an average of 6,000 steps a day. <BR> <BR> Once I am comfortable walking that amount for a couple of weeks (so I can acclimate to it), I wil... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:40:03 EST Time to Get with It! I've been a Spark member over the past few years (formerly Grits46). After I retired in 2006, I went through 5 orthopedic surgeries plus a few other health issues that kept me more sedentary than I like to be. However, once healthy from the surgeries and having "learned" to be sedentary, I began a lifelong dream of writing. What could be more sedentary! <BR> <BR> Then add one more spine surgery to the mix and recent gallbladder issues and surgery -- well, you get the picture. I am several po... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:18:43 EST Staying with a Program It's very hard for me to stay with a program because I am under a lot of stress. I either eat to much or too little. I am over 50, and losing weight is much harder. I need to lose 30 lbs. I have difficulty keeping track of what I eat because I have so little time to do anything for me. I am also dealing with depression because of the stress. It goes around in a circle. I try to work out, but have back problems and sometimes it becomes too difficult. I was on Spark People several years ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:37:39 EST Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! <em>429</em> <BR> I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm working today in a quiet building. So far, I've managed to walk over 3 miles on my rounds. I have 1 more to go which should put me at 4 miles or a little over. <BR> I have a lot to Thank God for! The first and most important is my Salvation. 2nd is that I have my husband for at least this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not sure about next year, that is in God's hands. He is suffering from an Inoperable Brain Tum... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:22:27 EST Not Exactly New to SP, But New Here! Yes, I've been around before -- in my 40s, in my 50s, and now in my 60s. I can't seem to get it right or get away! This time, however, a well meaning physician surgeon pointed out that I don't have to (1) be the last one up two flights of stairs, (2) the one always feeling tired, (3) the one feeling bad after every meal because I made bad choices, and (4) the one knowing I could have more years ahead with better choices. <BR> <BR> After I let him have my gallbladder and its pesky stones, I d... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:57:45 EST When You Gotta Eat Something After Dinner... At Big Lots, I picked up Crispy Seaweed Strips by Stix. The whole bag is 60 calories. Great to stave off the urge to eat more.... Anybody else have other useful tips like these? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:36:04 EST Need Tasty Protein Recipes.... I am not a newbie to this group, but have been around for the last four years or so. I just started back. Ok... Here's my issue which is really the same issue that I had the last time I did Sparkpeople. And it is this: At day's end when I total my day, I am not getting the protein level many times, or if I have reached the protein level, I have either overdone fat or carbs to get there. So, if someone can share some recipes that are good for a protein boost (but better than tuna packed i... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:53:07 EST Exercise and bad weather i enjoy walking but hate winter weather, I'm in the process of getting music so i can exercise at home Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:27:24 EST Good-bye Calorie Count, Hello Sparkpeople! I started out on this weight loss/lifestyle change venture about 17 months ago. I was very determined and needed to lose 100 pounds. I was able to lose 60 pounds using Calorie Count and exercise. A few months ago I slowly started to "fall off the bandwagon" so I returned to Calorie Count but it seemed no one was commenting on my posts- it didn't feel interactive at all and I was not getting the support I needed. Although I am a very highly motivated person I came to realize that I truly ca... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:31:17 EST A harsh reality Good morning, I'm a new member to Sparkpeople. I joined in October and have been learning the ropes every since. I feel like I've concurred the tracking and feel real good about my choices there. But...through trail and error I have found that at 56 I am incredibly out of shape and have knee and one hip issues. Everything I've tried for exercise I've either fumble through, because I can't walk and chew gum at the same time or it's hurts a part of my body. It has been very discouraging an... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:57:09 EST UK lady, on Candida/ rotation diets & left 200vill Hi! I have been on Erica White's Beat Candida plan since 29th Sept (lost 13.75 pounds in 6 weeks so far), and since starting that, I have discovered that I am intolerant to wheat, oats, corn, yoghurt and maybe butter. I am still in the process of testing for other possible intolerances. So in order to heal those and avoid getting new ones, I am also in the process of transitioning to a 4 day rotation diet. <BR> <BR> I reached One-derland yesterday, and realised I now have less than 50 pou... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:14:35 EST New from Southern Utah I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Help with protein and carbs Help! I'm having a hard time getting enough protein and enough carbs. I'm gluten intolerant, and apparently the replacements that I eat don't have enough carbs. <BR> <BR> I need hints on getting more protein and carbs into my diet! Help! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:57:13 EST Losing Weight During the Holidays I'm starting my weight loss program again after a break of a few months. I lost about 30 lbs.this year,and now I'm going to lose another 30-40lbs by Spring. What this means is that I'm going through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentines Day and I have to remain true to my goal. It is a challenge, but right now I would give anything to be able to wear clothes that have some style. I am working on my goal as we speak, and I'm not going to give up or even take a break ag... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:04:23 EST word association jewel Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:28:58 EST Starting from zero Hi everybody. I am a 51 year old wreck. I was wondering if anyone out there started this journey with nothing. No money, no job, no car, and too far away from anywhere that has a gym. <BR> <BR> Time to exercise is a real challenge - my husband is pretty controlling and would have a fit if I took up precious cooking and cleaning time to go and exercise. And If i wanted to go to the gym I would have to ask him to drop me and pick me up since he has a car. <BR> <BR> Please let me know wh... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:33:13 EST Starting Over I've been bad for a few weeks now, and am ready to start over. I had lost 28 lbs, and now have gained back 10. I'm one of those binge eaters. I can't just take one bite, I have to eat it all. I think I need to be really strict on my diet to start with, and then maybe learn how to be more moderate. I'm just now recovering from a badly sprained ankle, so am limited in physical exercise, but want to resume as soon as I can. Walking and stair climbing are my most successful forms of exercise... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:17:24 EST Chefwannabee here! Hi folks. The tools I found on this site are really making Sparks fly in my efforts to regain my health and activity level. Nice to see you all! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:23:16 EST I am new, low carb high protein Hi to all I am new. My Dr wants me on High protein Low carb diet. Is there a group for this? If so where do I go. Thank you for any help Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:16:01 EST Newbie on SP Hey everyone, I'm brand new to SP and will probably make mistakes along the way, but hey each day is a new beginning. I'm aiming to lose enough weight to get back into a beautiful ball gown I have, and that I love, by next April and I'm determined to do it. I also want to improve my health and think this will help with my OA. Looking forward to interacting with the group. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:39:26 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST Here I am again! I'm Amy. I'm 57 and have been overweight since I hit my 30s. I've gained and lost and gained and lost and never really hit my target. I was on a good path a year ago, but then I had to change careers quickly to avoid unemployment. Starting that new job in a new field was scary, so I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. And I went for it. I gained 17 pounds in one year. But I've settled into the job and now, after the shock of what I've gained wore off (sort of), I... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:50:22 EST Brand new, have never interacted online Hi, my name is Cynthia. I'm 2 months away from being 59 years old. My goal is to lose 37 pounds by the end of Feb. Sparks made that goal for me after I told them how much I weigh(167 lbs) and my height (5'3''). I'm excited about changing my eating habits and losing weight the right way. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:33:20 EST Carlinda I am a long time diabetic and need help. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:34 EST I am new I am looking around on SparkPeople site. Not sure what I can do. I feel so hopeless because I just turned 55 and it seems like no one my age is successful at losing weight. I am at 198 pounds and need to lose at least 50 of that. I have tried all the diets, and this is my last resort. I am a 'sort-of' runner....I run 3 miles a day, but that does not help me. I just don't know. I know that my diet is a huge problem, so I am going to try this! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:05:56 EST health I am done talking the talk and ready to walk the walk! (literally) <em>224</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:35:59 EST Newbie needs a buddy good morning all, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> with 48 pounds to lose, just managed to slip into this team by the skin of my teeth. I'm retired and joined SP to find a buddy with determination and humour who would like to keep in daily touch; just a few words to encourage each other would be very welcome indeed. <BR> <BR> Meg x Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:04:25 EST cstein14 Excited to get started. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:49:26 EST cstein14 Excited to get started. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:46:03 EST just for me1 I am 57, got injured at work and started falling apart Health wise, I have limited mobility as Knee injury, Need to get back on track. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:08:20 EST Protein powder I keep reading about "protein powder" in people's smoothies - and I know it will help fill me up to put some in my smoothie - so, what type does everyone use? I checked the supermarket today - organic section - different types (whey? soy?) and not very cheap! I won't mind the price if I know I'm buying what I need...any suggestions will be appreciated. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:17:23 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:56:29 EST I'm new to the team. Hi, I'm Karen and new to the team. I'm 55 and have Rheumatoid Arthritis like others here and am working to lose pounds. Oh ya, aren't we all?! <em>104</em> I've lost 67# with starting SP in Sept. of 2011 and plateaued at the end of 2012 and somewhat gave up and have managed to gain around 20# back! <em>198</em> So now I'm getting my determination to get back into the swing of things. I try to do as much exercise as I can and I think that my SP activity tracker has really helped me!... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:57:04 EST Bonus Points For The 50+ Team 3 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:15:25 EST Just joined on 9/4/2014 Hi. I found the this site a few days ago, and its the first weight loss program that I really was drawn to . I would like to drop about 37 Lbs. I have lost 3 Lbs. already . So thanks for having on board. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:28:20 EST need motivation, a routine, stay busy I have had a problem losing weight since around 40 years old, I just can't seem to lose any lately...I have a wonderful man in my life which I will marry in December of this year, and he likes to hike and do a lot of other fun sports and I want to be able to go with him and not get embarrassed if I have to stop along the way and catch my breath. I want to be able to play with my grandkids, to live a longer, happier , healthier life. I am miserable right now, my joints hurt especially my knees... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:04:12 EST Just Get in Shape and Run Better I really just joined Spark and set out to lose some weight so I can stay healthy for my kids and as I get older and because I love to run and want to run better in the coming years. I lost some weight a couple of years ago, motivated by entering a series of running races, but between family and work, I put a good chunk of that back on. Now I am seeing if I can use SparkPeople to motivate me to get in the shape I really need to be. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:52:55 EST Share A Smile With The Team <em>100</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:22:16 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST Yes I Can! Hi Everyone, I started my weight lost journey in March, 2014. I am so glad I found this site last week. There are so many great resources. Congratulations for make this decision to improve your health. I wish you all much success! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:47 EST robbinlee Hello everyone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:04 EST Hello Hi everyone I am new to spark people and having a hard time getting started with the tracking of what I am eating. I also haven't gotten to the excersice part yet either. other than a few lunges and a few rounds with my hula hoop. <BR> <BR> I live in Indiana, am 58 years old. I am a cook in a nursing home. My husband is a truck driver who is only home on the weekends. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:20:21 EST Hello everyone Hi. My name is Margaret - my Username is Rissole8 actually because of the saying "see you around like a rissole" - and I hope to see a lot of everyone from now on. I do have a problem, however. I'm in a wheelchair. Are there any exercises designed for wheelchair users that I can do which will help ? Actually, being in a wheelchair is precisely the reason I am joining because I have to be sedentary all the time. I really need to bring my weight down but just don't know where to start. Does Sp... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:52:10 EST New to SP Just wanted to introduce myself. I signed up yesterday for SP. Still finding my way around the sight but have found it very user- friendly. I'm in my mid-60's and married. My husband and I are both native Floridians and our primary home is in Jacksonville. Children are grown and right now we are enjoying our 2nd home in the North Georgia mountains. Looking forward to permanent life- style changes which is something that has alluded me with the numerous weight loss programs I've been on.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:20 EST coastygirl Hi ...Joined today and am looking for tons of support . Hope to reach goal 1 day at a time. <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:57:35 EST Needing serious help My name is Dinah, age 67, and right now 70 lbs over weight with no motivation, support system in my local area, no car right now to get anywhere, I am not in a good living situation my room mate will not eat fresh hardly any veggies, I come home from work and I fix supper go to room and stay in room that has no furniture other then a bed and tv....I can't stop eating at night and the more I want to loose weight the more I eat.....I have no friends in area, no outside activities, and basically... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:55:12 EST I'm new! I'm a teacher and start school today. Need help on what to eat while at school. I take my lunch and breakfast and snacks. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:51:20 EST ready for change 54 year old mother of 3, found myself weighing the most I've ever weighed. Decided not to do another ''quick weight loss program", as I really need to learn how to make wise choices consistently. Love this web site and the positive manner it portrays. Looking forward to meeting others and walking this road with them Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:28:41 EST New and nervous <em>41</em> <BR> Hi, I joined Sparkpeople ten days ago and would like to join your team. I work as a nurse long days so "me-time" is scarce. However, this site and its trackers may be what I need to focus in small chunks! <BR> Hoping to lose 25 pounds and maybe find support, I am also a forum newbie, so quite shy. <em>2</em> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:31:22 EST Determined I am tired of procrastination. I am determined to become more healthy, I have 36 pounds to lose and want to do it by December 31, 2014. I have tried over and over again but have not been successful. Last summer I was down 20 pounds using the atkins diet but quickly regained the weight. High protein diets work for me but I am don't really like eggs or meat. I would love to be a vegetarian, but it seems that the vegetarian way of life doesn't work for me. I am thinking that I might go on t... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:08:32 EST August 2014 wheel points 3 plus 5 Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:23:10 EST Another Newbie Hi everyone! My name is Connie and I just joined yesterday. Still learning how to navigate around here. I'm 58 and needing to lose about 35 lbs and firm up. I quit smoking a while back and gained big time! Started back smoking and lost some but not all. Decided that starting back was stupid, so have quit again and am trying to nip the weight gain in the bud. Hubby and I recently moved from Naples, FL (where I didn't do any exercise, way to hot to do anything) to Carbondale, CO. I love... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:42:11 EST New to the program! Hope it works! My major weight gain came after my thyroid was totally removed, I moved and started a new job. All that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain in 4 months. Ugh. I've never had an issue with being overweight until now. I will be 60 this October and would love to loose those stubborn pounds before the 31st of October. Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:18:46 EST Hello Hello <BR> <BR> My name is Janie and I'm starting fresh with Spark People. <BR> Looking to, well, lose 30 pounds but ultimately improve my overall lifestyle. <BR> I've been in a bit of a rut for the past few months... <BR> <BR> After being diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago (and healthy now) I was basically put into early menopause making losing weight so much harder! <BR> <BR> Feeling motivated now so hope it stays that way! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:07:57 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Changing my life changed my shape Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am 60 and 2 years ago I was given the chance to work from home in Spain. This meant leaving the UK and my family behind. My husband always dreamed of living there so we uprooted and moved. <BR> <BR> Since then I have gained 2 stone in the same amount of years and although making a lot of new friends here I feel we have to return to the UK as that is still my 'home'. <BR> <BR> I need to continue working here for another 2 years but don't intend to put on another 2 ston... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:24:01 EST Hi, I am Karen I am praying that this is my final weight loss program. I am 66 years old and 50 pounds overweight. I have tried every plan out there. I need motivation help. I am Gluten intolerant and just diagnosed with diabetes. I want to lose 50'pounds to improve my health and self imagine. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:50 EST Determined Hello, my name is Carolyn. I have been struggling with my weight \for the past two year. I recently discovered that I have a vitamin D deficiency and I also am anemic. I visited my doctor and was prescribed vitamin D and an Iron supplement. I am feeling much better and seem to have more energy. I am ready to get back on track and enjoy a healthy lifestyle Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:42:49 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST new approach, hoping a group will help I am 67 years old. Quit smoking years ago and put on some extra weight, never able to take it off. Well, I should say I have never been able to stay on any diet for more than a couple of weeks. Now I am retired and have plenty of time for exercise and to work on a diet. I became a Spark member a long time ago but really never did get very involved. I have been involved with Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Belly Fat Cure, etc. But just don't stick with it. <BR> <BR> I want to lose about 25#... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:12:43 EST Confused Newby Hello! My name is Linda, and I am a 65 year old lady that is totally confused about nutrition/dieting today. I have done the weight watcher points, and it just doesn't work for me any more. Then I read books about dieting and see that you should do without wheat, or do away with dairy products, or corn, or anything with preservatives. And I now have a Fitbit - so think the additional walking is a good way to go. How do you separate all of the books / dieting and know what is best for you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:18 EST my goal are eating healthy deal withdepression Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:54:19 EST Hi Everyone - Cheers to a new lifestyle Hello. I am 73 years old and looking forward to learning to LIKE healthy food. (hope its not to late) Other than bad knees I am healthy and consider myself to have "lots" of energy. I am a carb addict. It sounds as though this may be the place I can finally control my cravings. I have an adorable little dog that keeps me walking and off the couch everyday. Have 4 wonderful grown boys, and a good relationship with the ex-hubby. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:43:26 EST New Member I have been told to begin a Gluten Free Diet. What a challenge for me! I also need to lose some weight (30#). I am looking forward to the support and interacting with people who are also trying to lose weight and change their diet! <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:28:22 EST Hello Joined to find support and help controlling my cravings and over eating. Lifelong problem. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:01:41 EST Can I read while I pedal an exercise bike? Will it affect my cycling effort? Trying to fit my daily bible readings and my exercise into my time before work in the morning!!!! Breakfast I can carry and have at my leisure in the train. The first train is always quite so I generally get a seat with a table. Muesli is ok with the milk added before bedtime the night before. <BR> <BR> Not back to work till Wednesday this week but I am going to experiment with water intake the three days I will be there to see ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:42:34 EST How many of my exercise calories should I eat? <BR> My normal allowable range is 1200-1550 cals <BR> I have eaten 1267, but I have done 470 cals in the exercise bike. Should I eat some of these or can I realistically stop eating now? <BR> I have not had much success in the past Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:21:00 EST hello Not sure what to say here, other than hello. I'm new here. I've been using spark people since Oct 2013, but never used the message boards before. I started at 211 and am down to 190, but seem to be stuck. I keep fluctuating between 190 and 195 for the past 6 months - frustrating, but probably my own fault (I like to "cheat" a little too often). One thing I'm concerned about is getting the right nutrients. According to the nutrition tracker, I need to increase my potassium and magnesium... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:30:05 EST New to Group Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Karen and I am new to this group. <BR> I'm 50 yo and I need to loose about 32lbs. I'm expecting to be able to do this in 16 weeks. <BR> <BR> Here's to a healthy start! <BR> Karen Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:50:22 EST CourtClerk1987 I've been struggling forever with weight and have tried almost every diet/weight loss program. I'm so afraid of failure, AGAIN! This really looks like something I can do. I actually took a 15 minute walk at lunchtime and it's been about a year since I've walked for exercise. There was a time I could stick with maintaining my weight but not so much anymore. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a successful journey. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:29:45 EST Melanie My second day and exploring, using meal tracker but do not know everything Spark has to offer. <BR> <BR> Is there someone who can help me? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:43:37 EST New to Spark Hi, I joined Spark today and would like to join your team. I am retired one year now and have relaxed long enough. I am very active with friends but my activity level from work to retirement has really gone down from 24 hours of exercise per week to about 30 minutes. My goal is to loose 25 more pounds and to stop the sugar and junk food including high carbs. I hope to find support and give support when I can with this group. Dottie Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:12:53 EST July 2014 Wheel Points 5 plus 7 Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:54:10 EST if I can do a whole week of exerccise I will report back. <BR> i am taking a new view on weight loss and will be logging but not tracking my food while adding exercise (couch potato me) to see over a couple of weeks if that does anything. <BR> I am also going to try to fit in ME-time thoughthat could be hard. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 02:06:12 EST I am going to do it this time Hi I am Nan (59) from Fife in Scotland. <BR> I ave re-joined Sparkpeople for the last time. I have been on and off here more times than I can remember. Recently it has been an effort to last even 2 weeks without falling off the wagon. Trouble is I comfort eat. Bury myself in sugar every time the going gets rough. <BR> Boredom at work is a trigger and I cannot just get up and walk away. (not for another 6 months when I retire) <BR> Frustration at home is the main other trigger. We lost dad ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:36:49 EST Hello, my first time here... This is a little scary for me, ok, a lot scary for me. Now that I have that out of the way, hello! I'm looking forward to joining the dialogue on this Spark message board. We found out this past Sunday that we will be grandparents for the first time, and I joined SparkPeople {again} on Monday. I want to be here for as long as I can, and enjoy all the wonderful perks that come with being Gma. I know now that I need support in finding my way back to a healthy body, and I hopefully have som... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:21 EST Just plugging along Hi, I'm not new to Spark but I am new to being very motivated to lose weight. I want to look better, stay healthy, and have more energy. I work out in a gym and walk four to six miles on days I don't go to the gym. I use the nutrition tracker and pretty much stay within my goals. What else can I do? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:31:54 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to the team and Spark. I've just begun my lifestyle change with my physical well -being included in that. I am 52 wanting to lose atleast 48 lbs the good ol' fashioned way through eating healthily & properly and exercise. I am in the 7th week of physical therapy in the healing of a broken ankle. In addition, I had my appendix removed almost a month ago. From March to May I kept the Oreo cookie assembly line hoppin!! Lol! I look forward to getting more involved with ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:43:10 EST Humbly, he opens his Big Mouth, and ...... Hi all! My name is Randy, and I've been using the SparkPeople site for nearly a week now and decided it's time to get involved. I've been trying to lose weight for quite a while now, and ran across this site while trying to prepare a program for my TOPS chapter. I think between both SparkPeople and TOPS, I can finally get a handle on my lifestyle and permanently drop my excess weight (already I've lost 2 lbs that I can positively say came from my experience with SparkPeople)! I look forward t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:53 EST What is your ideal calorie range for losing? I'm just wondering if people will post what their ideal range is to lose at least one pound per week. I have about 40 pounds to lose, and even when I'm exercising 45 minutes, five days a week, I don't lose if I'm at the top of my recommended range (1550). <BR> <BR> What range do you find brings you the best results? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:16:07 EST bequiltn8 I finally decided I need to take better care of myself-- I have a lot of weight to lose, and I certainly need help doing it. I have just spent 18 months away from my home caring for my ailing 90 yr old mother--has made me realize we don't have forever to do the things we thought we did. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:48 EST Hi! Hm, where to start? I am a fifty-something and I do have 35 (maybe a bit more but let's start with that) pounds to lose---one day at a time! I'm married and live in Ohio. I'm an RN who retired 3 years ago then went back to a few days a week (in another field). The changes hit me hard, lol. The weight crept on as I became less active and well, ate more. Go figure. Here to try and figure out the nutritional thing, because honestly I could be a lot wiser in that department. So good to be here an... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:32:47 EST New to the Forum Hi--I'm 52, married and am owned by 2 German Shepherd goofballs. I sort of retired about 3 years ago and the weight creep has been awful. Here to get wise about nutrition and physical activity in order to lose the poundage. Would also like to find my self-esteem somewhere along the way! D'oh! Glad to have found SP. <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:25:37 EST Goals and reasons for weight loss I was always a very fit and active person when I was younger, big into sports....a competitive swimmer, women's water polo, dance teams, martial arts. Then having kids got the best of me. I gained 40 plus pounds with each pregnancy and would lose only 20 of it after having the baby. I still walk, I am still relatively active although my job hinders a lot of that. I would like to get at least in the 150# range; I haven't been there in over 10 years. I refused to buy clothes over a certain size... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:24:17 EST New to SP- Lost 80 pounds so far, 42 to go! Hats off to the many wonderful champions on this site who are taking back their lives!! I, too, am transforming my life, finding the true me that has been hiding behind all that excess weight. I have been on Ideal Protein and absolutely endorse it and LOVE it. It is not high protein, but "right-protein" as I call it. I have learned so much about nutrition and I thought I knew a lot before this program! Learning to eat right, exercise right, and I am not hungry on this program. My biggest... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:01:00 EST Hi. New to this team having just turned 50 and fab Hello everyone out there in 50+ Sparkland. I'm Millie-Milou (real name Raffie) and I turned 50 in March so have left the 40 somethings team and joined here. <BR> <BR> My weight goes a bit up and down depending on the season (I'm a cyclist so I ride when the sun shines and hide up when it snows) but I'm pretty fit really. I am learning guitar now, something I didn't have time for before but now I do. I'm married and have 3 dogs and live in a small town just outside Norwich in the UK <BR> <BR... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 06:26:45 EST