SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us 50 and older, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard Ready Set Go!!! Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:15 EST Fall into the Holidays-1lb a week until 12/20/15! Although I gained a pound this week, I considered it a win because it was Restaurant Week in Omaha and we ate out times selecting from special menus, none of which were low cal. <BR> <BR> Will get back on track this week. <BR> <BR> 9/20/15: 267 lb <BR> 9/27/15: 268 <BR> 10/4/15: <BR> 10/11/15: <BR> 10/18/15: <BR> 10/25/15: <BR> 11/1/15: <BR> 11/8/15: <BR> 11/15/15: <BR> 11/22/15: <BR> 11/29/15: <BR> 12/6/15: <BR> 12/13/15: <BR> 12/20/15: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:27:31 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:38 EST It's Time I'm 54 and feel much older with excess weight and back pain. I'm a grandma and would like to be able to do more with my grandchildren but at this point, pain and obesity are preventing me from doing even simple things like getting on the floor to play, etc. <BR> <BR> It's time to stop hiding from life. It's time to stop making excuses. My approach at this point is one day at a time. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:28:09 EST I need lots of help I can usually follow a diet but I need help in figuring out what I should eat because I'm a diabetic. and I also take a blood thinner. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:03 EST Hello Hi I'm Jackie. I used SP 7 yrs ago to help me lose 65Lbs in 8 months. However, over the past 7 yrs I have put 59 of them back on <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So now, having sorted out my head, which is always my problem when it comes to losing weight!, I'm back with the aim to lose 60lbs in the first instance and, depending on how I feel when I do that, perhaps another 20 or so lbs on top of that. <BR> <BR> All of my SP friends from before seem to have moved on, so if anyone would like to add... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:21:32 EST NEW MEMBER Hi I was with SP awhile back but am coming back full speed ahead,willing to take things more serious now since so much has happened in my life since a year ago or less. I am willing to learn and read more of the information,stories etc.,. I remember Diana and Sherye so far from this group. Hi you both !!! <BR> <BR> Cindy Hoch <em>213</em> <em>382</em> you both. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:49:02 EST What's in Your Tool Kit???? So far, here are some "go to" items I've got in mind to keep the Hunger Demons at bay. (These seem to work for me, but am not necessarily saying you should try them.) <BR> <BR> water <BR> sugar free gum <BR> coffee <BR> diet soda <BR> iced herb tea, the fruity kind <BR> yogurt (plain and a flavor I love) <BR> single servings of nuts <BR> single serving low-fat string cheese <BR> single serving of breakfast cereal (ha ha ... I have already posted about My Brief Fling with a Whole Box of Cerea... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:49:37 EST Looking forward to Success! Here it is day 5 already and I feel like this is fun and easy. My goals are high so I will just take a day at a time. Hope we can inspire each other. My biggest challenge is exercise. I have found some limited mobility chair exercises that I can do,but not on this site I can't get the exercises on this site to play. Maybe I should find a DVD? Good luck to everyone it's always fun to be on a winning team - although winning here means losing. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:09:33 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:06 EST Just a little frustrated... So I've been a part of SparkPeople for almost 10 years. I have lost only about 15 lbs in all of that time. I brought my A1c down from 12 to 6 at one time. This past 6 months it's gone from 6.5 which is the norm I've maintained all this time to 6.8 to 7 and now to 7.5. I will admit that I didn't count every calorie, every carb, or even paid much attention to what I was eating most of the time. I started a full time job, I work from 7am to 3:30 pm, I have an hour drive each day. I can hardly st... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:39:24 EST I ate a whole box of cereal in one evening This is why I can't blame my weight on anything but me eating too much. I go along and eat clean for seven days, determined and clear headed as to why I am overweight. (I wrote another thread titled I Am Fat Because I Eat Too Much or something like that. I join this site, I create a food log, I think of tools to get me through "hungry" spells, like water, veggies, fruit. All the stuff we know to do. And then I choose to buy a box of cereal and eat that for dinner. I chose a cereal that seeme... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:50:58 EST A start for new healthy life Hi folks! I'm Sue, and I'm trying to aim myself into a healthier lifestyle. I've been on the site for a few days. Shopped for some foods that seemed like more balanced eating than what I'd done previously. Started exercising - a very small start but a start anyway. Glad to be here! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:35:58 EST trying again to get healthy! Hi there! I am 55 and trying to lose 50 lbs. I have'nt been down to that weight in a long time. <BR> I have a stressful phyical job and I know I will feel better if I lose some weight and the exercise will help with the stress. <BR> <BR> This first week tracking my food and trying to get 10000 steps everyday I have lost 4 lbs! Maybe its water weight but I will take it! So 46 more to go. I hope to treat myself to a trip to the Bahamas when I scheive this goal. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:39:03 EST Newbie Hi everyone! I just joined a little while ago. I am trying to get the hang of everything. I hope I am posting this correctly. I have lots of weight to lose. I do okay for a while then I get overwhelmed and it all goes by the wayside. Hoping by joining SP, it will help me to stay on track. Thanks for listening and looking forward to getting and giving support to conquer this battle. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:05:33 EST Another Old Newbie Hi, everyone! I joined SparkPeople MANY years ago but fell away from my good habits due to various life situations. <BR> I am back now. New season, new username, new determination to NOT be a fat old woman! <BR> I've moved into my adult son's home and take care of the 2 puppies--that means at LEAST one good-sized walk every day!-- and the yard (this is a fixer-upper and the yard needs a LOT of help!). <BR> We've been eating a hybrid paleo/keto diet and doing well and I am now adding more dail... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 18:01:27 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:47 EST Does SP give us meal plans? Hey, everyone. Is there a way to get meal plans from SP that match our calorie targets? Thanks! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:33:31 EST New old member getting act together Hi! I had joined Spark People some time ago and never really stuck with it. I was committed before and I am committed now. I am also learning a lot. It is great to be able to learn and understand everything that one needs in order to accomplish their goals. With Spark People I feel I can do this!! Looking forward to this journey. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 02:06:55 EST Hey!!!! Me too starting again....I need help can't do this on my own... <BR> From Milwaukee, Wisconsin <em>521</em> I'm the one on the left! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:18:47 EST VEGGIE BACON Morning Star Farms frozen veggie bacon strips. <BR> <BR> Boy, nothing in that sounds appetizing other than the words Morning Star Farms. :) <BR> <BR> But I was really surprised how good it smells and tastes. I've tried other soy bacon products and they were rubbery and terrible. <BR> <BR> But I tried this one this morning, with instant maple flavored oatmeal, and the combination of the maple and "bacon" was nice! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, by the way. Wanted to share my discovery with any ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:20:43 EST starting again Hello to all! <BR> I've been away for a while. But now I'm back and will do my best to keep up in order to join you in your success and you join me in mine. <BR> <BR> Tonight my husband and I really looked at ourselves and realized that we needed to stop fooling ourselves and accept the fact that we have eaten way too much and packed on way too many pounds. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, 4 Sept 2016 will be our start date for our journey to become once again healthy and continue our new life style an... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 20:20:59 EST I'm fat because I eat too much Hello ... First time here. I'm fed up with myself. Again. <BR> <BR> I've been 50 pounds overweight for at least 10 years. At age 63 am scared if I don't lose this for good, I will die too early. I picked a clock for my icon because I really think time is running out for me. <BR> <BR> I'm a contradictory eater. "A varied diet" is my staple: I'll have fat free, plain yogurt and fruit for breakfast; turkey on multi grain bread at lunch; veggies and tofu for dinner ... and half a box or box of ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 17:33:05 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:25:00 EST Working towards feeling healthier and happier Today is my first day with SparkPeople. I've tried so many types of diets and have probably been dieting for over 40 years. It seems crazy that my life has constantly revolved around trying to lose weight and feel better. As I reach the post-menopausal years, the weight is coming on and sticking around. I am resolved to finish this race a healthier, happier me. I need to get control of my food choices, my portion control and my exercise, these are the three areas I want to focus on. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:17:06 EST Hello All Hi, <BR> I am new to this group, not new to dieting though. This time I am trying low/no carb since it is one type I haven't tried yet. I have read a lot on this type diet and I am actually excited to be eating more meat and protein. I hope to fill full between meals. <BR> <BR> Let the body respond to my intentions! <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:15:04 EST Hello Hello, I thought I joined a few weeks ago. After checking on the computer this morning I realized somehow the first time did not work. I do a lot of this stuff from my cell phone. Today I am seeing a LOT of things not seen on my cell. I'm happy to be a part of this group...again. <em>40</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:16:10 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST Hopefully, I'll succeed with SparkPeople I'm 66 and have been fighting my weight seems forever "Been There Done That" on every new fad that came along. I have really enjoyed this past month on SparkPeople even though I'm not too computer savvy. Hopefully I will eventually learn all the ends and outs and better yet I'll be able to find my way back to this page. My goal date has been set to May 2017 and I am looking forward to meeting my goal weight there. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:59:54 EST hard to do other stuff, too? I'm concentrating on slowly moving my eating in the right direction. This is my second week at SP and I've got two healthy meals I've set up for breakfast and lunch every day. They're easy to prepare and I like eating them. We didn't get meals as children and I've never learned to eat regular meals, so this is a big step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> But I find that I am not jumping on other stuff. My energy goes to focusing on this small thing--eating these two meals and nothing el... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:39:46 EST "New again" old member I just wanted to reintroduce myself since I haven't been online with the team in a long time. I just turned 59 and I have an incentive with my 60th birthday next year to continue and improve my day at a time. I have twin daughters that are going into their Junior year of highschool and an older son. I particularly want to set a good example for my daughters who have learned too many bad habits from me. Here's to a great sparking day <em>311</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:19:52 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST Hello Hey everybody! I am joining you on this journey, I already have 4 cups of water in my glass waiting to be consumed before 1pm, late start today. I am going to be healthy, thank you in advance for your help! <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:02:09 EST Hello, New Friends! I'm 50 years old, female. Developed a chronic pain problem 13 years ago and gained a lot of weight. The pain is much better now and I'm dedicating myself to losing the weight. My plan is to take small steps in the right direction, set weekly goals, and course correct as necessary. One pound, one healthy new habit, and one relinquished bad thought at a time. <BR> <BR> Wanna come along?? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:19 EST Say it in 5 words Start every day brand new. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:36:01 EST beginnin ...again I'm joining again, with the hopes of losing weight and improving my health. I'm 57 years old, with grandchildren that I would like to be able to keep up with. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:36:15 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:05 EST New Challenge Team I have started a new team. The best way for you to get to it is to go to my Teams' list and click on "Challenge Thyself". Challenges aren't for everyone, but they really motivate me, especially when made fun by "competing" against others. <BR> <BR> I hope you will check it out. <BR> <BR> Several years ago I was part of an SP team that had creative, fun challenges in which we competed with each other as well as ourselves. I have not been able to find a team that comes close to it, so I c... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:31:19 EST Newbie I just had my yearly physical and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I am ready to make a permanent change. It has to be a lifestyle change for me. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:53:49 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone, I'm Patricia. Right now, I live in South Dakota but looking forward to retirement in about 4 years. I am 60 years old. I work for the State of South Dakota as an Accounting Assistant. I need to lose 50 pounds to feel my healthiest. I would love to be in the best shape that I can before I retire. I plan to do A LOT OF WALKING and hiking then. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:20:24 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:52 EST Back to stay. I lost around fifty pounds on Spark but then left for awhile and guess what--it all came back. I'm looking to get involved and have some folks that will help keep me on the path to healthiness. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:13:24 EST <em>134</em> I have re-joined SP because it was so helpful to me several years ago. This looks like an active group, which is one of the things that helped me the last time. I am looking forward to meeting you all. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for an active team that has creative and fun challenges to keep me going. I am not one to turn away from a challenge and they keep me on the right track. If you know of such a group please let me know. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <BR> Linda <BR> <em>458</em> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:39:06 EST Where do I start Hi <BR> My daughter is getting married next year I would love to loose some weight and get fit we'll the fit part is for me <BR> I gave up smoking 10 months ago and put on 20 kilos doing that <BR> Proud of myself though <BR> I want to go to the gym but I don't know where to start I have osteo in every joint you can imagine so that's why I haven't done very much at all but now I really want to get myself back to being fit and healthy <BR> I also pmr so there are going to be days I can't m... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:01:21 EST I feel like an Addict Hi, This is my for real self trying to make some for real progress in a battle that I have been losing daily. I like to blame it all on stress and the numerous challenges that I have been faced with "one day at a time thing". As I load information each day for tracking I am somewhat relieved. I am actually holding myself accountable for the strawberry cake that I ate at Bible study while celebrating July birthdays, or the cobbler I ate celebrating the birth of my grandbaby who is currently... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:32:26 EST Hello all this is my first day I am trying to get my meals and exercise planned for the week and moving forward. I am finding this task of getting the meal plan together. I am a very picky eater plus I have an ulcer along with a hyena hernia so picking food out is much harder than choosing a fitness plan. Any suggestion??? Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:19:54 EST Just joined and hoping for success HI everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined a couple of days ago and I'm hoping this works. I've tried almost every diet plan under the sun and as soon as I get the weight off, it goes right back on. I've been up and down so many times, I feel like a yoyo. So I'm trying a different tactic this time. I'm trying to make lifestyle adjustments a little at a time. I had a friend who was very successful with SP several years ago and she is still near her goal weight. So I'm inspired. I'm also not thinkin... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:15:21 EST Not going to give up again Hi team! I joined 3 years ago and didnt stick with it long enough to reach my goals before frustration took over. I'm going to do this time. I appreciate the support. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:39:47 EST Finding My Spark Again Hi everyone! My name is Beth. I am a returning Spark member but new to this team. I am 55 with 71 extra pounds from which I am more than willing to part. I like to participate in 5K, 10K and half marathon races and am currently signed up to do the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. I've always been a strong enough walker but have put myself back to the basement level of beginner status when I started caring more for my mother and less for myself these past 3 years. Now that she... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:45:15 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST Totally new to this Today I faced my fear and got on the scales for the first time in about 4 years and I have gained 30 pounds. I am 52 years old, 5'1'' and weigh 175 pounds. My goal is 125-130. I'm feeling depressed and overwhelmed but I know this will pass if I stay committed. I'm not sure how all of this works so If this is not an appropriate place for this message, someone please let me know. I'm determined but I could use some encouragement. Cutting alcohol will be the hardest part for me but it is a signi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:17:42 EST Processed sugar is my nemesis Hello, everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm new and lost 30 pounds starting at Christmas when I eliminated all processed sugar and other processed foods, as well as caffene. But I feel off the wagon when I got sick and it was the last two weeks of school (I'm a high school English teacher). I realized what a drug caffiene is when I started drinking it again -- of course it's a trigger. So today I start again but I failed by eating a Starbucks chocolate chip cookie and a vanilla latte. When I entered that... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:24:47 EST Scale Nightmares Hi, I am new to this group. The beginning of June, I started a program through Veterans Affairs that is scale driven. I stand on the scale every morning and it transmits my results to the office. I hate this scale (it also talks to you)!!! I care for my elderly mother, so my time away is limited. I have an exercise machine down in the garage &amp; I use it everyday. I eat more veggies, lots of salads and no fried foods. I have cut down on snacking considerably, but still like my chocolate. I ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:39:18 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:39 EST joined again so we just list something we bought at the store? or something we need? <BR> <BR> tofu <em>213</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:33:31 EST Just Joined Today Hi my name is Jenny and I recently had a heart attack and found out at the same time I am diabetic. So I really need to change my diet but have been having a really hard time doing especially since my bf doesn't want to eat any of the food I now have to eat. I just thought it would give me more inspiration to be in a group with other people trying to accomplish the same things, eating better and trying to lose weight. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:30:36 EST playing with the same 10 pounds... .sigh.... My A1C is ok when I'm 10 pounds lighter. Problem is, I'm up 10 pounds now. Gotta get it off! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:55:56 EST Returning member heavier than ever I am a returning member, but admit that I never actually kept up with it. I turn 56 this year in September and I'm the heaviest I have ever been. Recently moved to Texas from Michigan to get away from the winters and 8 weeks ago broke my foot while bicycling in unfamiliar rocky area. My goal now is to recover, get back on my two feet again and lose this weight. Must remain positive and optimistic. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:57:55 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined today. I've joined other online groups to help me lose weight but never stuck with it. Am hoping this time I will. Not just for me but if I'm doing it, maybe it will help encourage my hubby to take his weight/health a bit more seriously. <BR> <BR> I joined the goal; dance 15 min a day. I love to dance and during the school time frame I usually take a few dance classes like ballet, tap, and hip hop. I do have the dance revolution games for both wii and xbox... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:23:27 EST Glad to be Back! I was a member of Sparkpeople maybe 5 years ago. Now I'm heavier and older. SparkPeople was so helpful in the past so I'm back in - 100%. I'm in my 50s. I have more than 99 pounds to lose actually,. But, I'm focusing on short term goals. I look forward to reading the posts! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:59:24 EST Homophones - words sounds the same but different Spring / spring Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:40:50 EST How to keep going when things don't go well a month into a new healthy lifestyle I accidentally gave myself food poisoning. The bacon didn't smell bad when i boiled it rather than frying it. My solution was to go get the turkey bacon to exchange for the pork bacon. <BR> <BR> At the same time I experienced horrible chest pains. The docs thought I was having a heart attack. It kept happening off and on for the next 3 weeks. I finally realized I had bruised a disk in my neck that was pinching a nerve. So I have suspended exercise u... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 06:48:21 EST Asking for prayer, please. Dear Members, please pray for me, that God will give me the will power to eat right, and lose the weight I need to lose. Thanks. I am praying for you all too. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:20:27 EST Hi Everyone!!! I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:11 EST Hello I am here because I need to lose this weight. I am 51 year old. I am divorce mother of two daughters. At this is the heaviest I have ever been. I self sooth with food ever since my marriage fell apart in 2003. I have spent a lot on weight loss and they say an accountability partner helps. How ever the ones that I have had left me for what ever reason. That is the past. I have had a recent discovery that i have been brainwash by my ex and I need to deprogram myself. I know things nee... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:11 EST New to the team Hi <BR> I am new to the team. I have never been part of an online support forum and am looking forward to meeting and interacting with people who are working towards the same goals with similar challenges as I am. <BR> <BR> Susan Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:28:17 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:33 EST New to the team! <em>524</em> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople for such a long time, but have not really displayed or felt the SPARK in myself. Getting back on track is one of my goals and I believe joining this team will help me reach that goal. I am super new to exercising and will need all the suggestions and help I can get! I am the mom of 17 year old quadruplets and I'm turning 51 tomorrow. I want to be around for my kids (and me too!) for a long time. <BR> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:11:28 EST I'm new to this group Hi, My name is Wendy. I've never really participated in any of the groups before but I'm trying something new. I found Sparkpeople a long time ago and have tried to use the app on my phone but I tend to give up easily. I really need support to help keep me going. I do have issues with depression so that makes it hard at times. Any supportive words of wisdom is welcomed. :) Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:08:04 EST Bobby Grow Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST Hi I have just joined this group I have struggled with my weight for ten years - just turned 60 and somehow feel this is the year I will resolve my issues and lose that 50 pounds. thanks for the support! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:01:32 EST Looking to avoid diabetes I a 53 years old and diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Both parents had it and I truly want to avoid it because I want to enjoy life. I have about 50 pounds to lose. That wont make me as small as I was in High School but i just want to be healthy. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:08:24 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST newbie too! I was a former member who fell by the wayside in 2010-2011. My situation got worse, not weight wise, just health wise. To make the proverbial long story short I got bariatric surgery. This route has not been without its struggles, but I am happy I did it. I have gone from 270 to 217 in about 3 months. My health is much better, I am off most of my meds, can walk and breathe much better. I can eat very little, no more than 500 calories a day right now. Sometimes not even that much. My stomach j... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:14:19 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST hello..newbie here:) Hi People!! New to sparks.. might be a while till I understand and get myself familiar with this site and all there is to offer.. starting my journey and looking forward to reaching my goal by FEBRUARY 2017. (or sooner) One never knows..LOL I'm into non gmo and certified organic food only.. Having said that.... Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.. Life is good!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:32:38 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Hello, Trying SP Once Again Hi, <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit to lose. Trying SP again after being gone for a while. <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:19:36 EST Hello Everyone I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST I'm Back!! Hi everyone I'm Nala from the lion king. Thanks to my grandkids for introducing me to that wonderful movie. I have been a member since 2012 but did not participate. I began once more at the beginning of this year thinking I could lose the weight by just sheer will. Did not work. I thought about weight lost surgery but was told I would still need to be accountable for what I ate. I began tracking my meals on another site but I like Sparks tracking and meal plan a lot of the food they list I li... Tue, 31 May 2016 14:21:18 EST Needing a Spark The past year and a half has been very difficult for me. My husband of 33 years died from ALS. Two weeks later I lost my job of 35 years. And just recently I had an episode of stroke like symptoms. I have put on an enormous amount of weight. I need to lose 100 lbs. I really need support of people who are going through or have gone through what I am dealing with now. I cannot afford Weight Watchers and so I turned to this site for support. Mon, 30 May 2016 22:53:47 EST New to this group Greetings from Redwood City CA. I am new to this group, but not new to weight loss. I lost 50 pounds before and put it all back on plus more. This time I am down 30 pounds from an all time high of 280. My first goal is to be under 200. Then I will set another. loosing weight at the age of 60 seems much more difficult because this time I have a thyroid issues, and I am diabetic. I just keep plugging along. I try to eat well and I swim 3-6 days a week. It is wonderful to have found som... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:27:59 EST New to this App, life time WW member New to this App, a lifetime WW member, And a Registered Dietitian! I have struggled with my size, and my weight, my whole life. Knowing what to do and being a nutrition expert does not make it any easier! I am happy to have found SparkPeople, and this forum with people like me - older, wiser, and still struggling with the lbs. It's not about aesthetics anymore... it's about reducing cancer risk and knee pain, and remaining strong into my golden years. Strength = Independence. <BR> <B... Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00:59 EST New member Just joined tonight. Still trying to figure out how to navigate the site! I need to lose at least 60 pounds. I'm at my heaviest weight and very discouraged. I'm hoping motivation and support will help. Thanks! Sat, 28 May 2016 00:17:02 EST New to board and trying SP again Hi, I'm Betsy and I've turned 57 this month and have about 130 pounds to lose to get to a good weight for my 6 foot frame. I am hoping to ride along with you all to accomplish this goal. <BR> <BR> I have lost up to 70 pounds in the past but have put it back on plus more. I need a healthier way of living including eating right, exercise, making good choices and getting out of my own head. i am hoping that participating in the board will help me. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to talking with... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:38:09 EST I am backand going foward <BR> I have lost 50 pounds the next 35 or so are already tough. I have a lot of emotion in side of me <BR> with my mind and body fighting and saying "give me food,give me food" HELP! Thu, 26 May 2016 15:10:37 EST New to Board...Not to Weightloss Although I am new to SparkPeople, I am, unfortunately, a veteran to weightloss and health choices. <BR> <BR> I have twice before lost greater than 70 pounds, only to have them pile back on. There are a lot of reasons I can throw out as to why I was unable to keep off the weight, all legit, but they are unsatisfying, and I my goal is to keep the weight off permanently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2016, and I have another 90 or so to go. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:41:50 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:20 EST Returning to Spark People after a long absence. Hi, all, nice to find a place to hang out. <BR> I live in North Texas; was raised in a military family. <BR> Lived and traveled all over. <BR> <BR> Am mom to four grown kids, three of whom are in college. <BR> Also am "Grandmama" to two little ones who live out of state. <BR> <BR> I need to drop about fifty pounds, but don't have a time limit on it. <BR> Just working on it at a steady pace and not too fast, not too slow. <BR> This site gave me inspiration a few years ago to get in better sh... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:57:21 EST Hello. Hi. I'm new to the team and a return to Sparkpeople. I am 64 and need to loose 100 but right now my goal is 10. Here's to never say die. Fri, 20 May 2016 10:38:24 EST DaisyLou60 I'm new to this community and as I look at some of the recipes I see they use a lot of Splenda. I'm not a big fan of Splenda but would like to still make good recipes - are there other sugar substitutes you recommend? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:27 EST Hello ALL!! New to Team, returning to Spark Hello TEAM! My name is Shelli and I am new to your team, but returning to Spark. I have had some crazy up and downs since leaving Spark, but I am returning committed to finally drop this weight for good. I recently had total knee replacement as well as another scheduled for this Fall. The surgeon recommends losing 80- 100 pounds to relieve the pressure on the new joint. <BR> <BR> Excited to join your team and meet some new folks with similar goals! Wed, 18 May 2016 13:20:22 EST I'm back :) Hello All, <BR> I'm 54 and new to SparkPeople. I'm currently on WeightWatchers online. I'm not very happy with it. It doesn't offer much. Anyway, I'm dedicated to finally taking care of myself and that means losing 60 lbs., and being successful at stop smoking. I now realize that 99% of food addictions and cigarette addiction is an emotional one. I'm focused now more than ever to try to get and stay healthy! I welcome all motivation, information, and ideas :) Sun, 15 May 2016 15:51:20 EST I've Been Bad! I've been off the proverbial wagon for 2 years! I need help so desperately! I have gained up to 250 pounds! Weighing 250 is killing my back and legs! I have a very hard job (chef) as well as being a voice teacher! And right now sitting and standing affects my body! Please share diets that work, eating plans, encouragement! I need to lose 70 pounds! I have a lot of hardware in my right leg holding it together from a car accident when I was 21. Then it broke 2 more times from lack of calcium. N... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:43:47 EST Looking to lose I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST Needed to be here Hi. <BR> I have been here long ago but didn't stay. <BR> Now I need to ... no ...have to be here. <BR> I am 70 pounds over and Doc says I have to lose it so I can breathe. <BR> <BR> He said it will be hard because of the medication I have to be on. <BR> Excuse to eat # 1. The medication makes me crave food. <BR> Excuse to eat # 2. I just have to taste it... jut one! <BR> Excuse to eat # 3. I'm bored. <BR> There are hundreds more excuses to eat but I have just as many reasons to NOT eat. ... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:37:21 EST Returning after years of relapse Hello all! This is Cathy, and I tried SP years ago when I had just turned 50 and swore I was on a plan to get healthier. Unfortunately that plan was simply a wish and a hope--I didn't take action or put in the effort and didn't stick with it for long. <BR> <BR> Today I am back and want to take a different approach--it is no longer all-or-nothing...instead, I will bear in mind the saying "Progress not Perfection". <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the support here in the SP community and this tea... Sat, 14 May 2016 15:39:21 EST Hello, I'm new to the team Hi, My name is Dale. I'm 54 years old. I've been overweight all of my life and battled it all my life it seems. I'm married to a wonderful man, Jay. We have one son. He is 14. My husband has 3 adult children. I lived in southern Ohio all my life. We moved to Ocean Springs MS 4 years ago. I love it here. I originally joined SP in 2010. Deleted that page and started a new one in 2013 but I've always been on here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Fri, 13 May 2016 15:44:22 EST Hi Iam new to program My name is tim. I live in the northwest. I am herefor a class assignment and also to get healthy Fri, 13 May 2016 10:54:57 EST Dancing to the music I like this goal and am trying to maintain it. Today I was raking mulch out of a huge pile rather than dancing but I hope to still get the dancing in later today when I have my breath back. I read in the challenge articles that it is best that I have strength training too. I'm not sure where I will fit that in. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:53:34 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Elaine, I live in Denver. Yesterday I re-started using SparkPeople to log my food. I'd been using My Fitness Pal but their food database has become impossbile. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all better. Tue, 10 May 2016 09:18:34 EST Hello from the Pacific Northwest! Hello, I am joining SparkPeople with a sense of slight desperation, and not knowing what else to try. I joined several years ago, and never followed through... which seems to be my pattern on anything weight loss and fitness... I have never joined a group or followed a blog, so this is all new to me. <BR> I am tired of being tired, and of hiding behind other people, trees or signs is pictures! <BR> Motivation is not a problem for me for about the first 24 hours when I try something new... Af... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:40:04 EST Hello from Western NY Good morning. I am new to this group but have been on Sparkpeople for awhile... Never really committed to losing weight as much as I am now. I recently turned 50, was in the 40's group before. I was also recently told that I need total knee replacements in both knees. I want to loose weight and strengthen my muscles so that I can have an easier recovery and not stress my joints as much. <BR> <BR> I really struggle with the commitment, determination and motivation to exercise and avoid jun... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:29:26 EST bad vs good food choices I see on my tracker that I'm way over on fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium. Some things I know like the crackers for the sodium. But what do I replace the avocado with? I want to keep the fiber but without the fat. Where do I get fiber from? I guess I'm looking for a list of what provides what as far as my food goals. I cant seem to get enough iron in my diet but i don't know what to add that isn't going to kill me in the calories or other areas. i guess what I'm asking is how do ... Sun, 8 May 2016 07:21:18 EST Help Hello everyone, I'm 56 and need to lose 3 stone. With the last two weeks I've been walking on my treadmill. I start off at 3.8 and build up to 4.5 which is a very fast walk for me. I have been told that it is not enough. I feel like crying <BR> I can only manage to do 2 miles in 48 minutes Sun, 8 May 2016 07:01:36 EST Disabled, Diabetic, & Determined I let the disability win and went from 164 lbs and active to 239 lbs and sedentary. Needless to say it has cost me. Now I'm ready to fight back. I'm looking for tools that I can use to do that. I've already found the dance challenge. I used to love to dance and it sounds like a good way to move about. I don't know how long it will take to work up to 15 minutes but anything is better than nothing. Sat, 7 May 2016 07:13:35 EST New and hopeful My name is Linda. I am retired and finding it difficult to loose weight. I need to loose at least 50 pounds (100 would be heaven!) because the extra weight on my arthritic knees is making it difficult for me to be active and enjoy my retirement. My husband and I would like to travel and enjoy these years -- so I am determined to finally conquer this beast! I'm open to suggestions, help, recipes, anything! Fri, 6 May 2016 11:55:40 EST 3 months short I am not yet 50....3 months shy, but was invited to this group. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and a mom of two boys. A 16 year old and an 11 year old. <BR> <BR> The 16 year old is on a year round club swim team that I also am an assistant coach for. I have decided that I am not a great role model for my swimmers. <BR> <BR> Looking to become more active...walking and swimming and some stretching, yoga <BR> And track what I eat. <BR> <BR> Goals to feel less achey, better stamina, and in the proc... Thu, 5 May 2016 14:11:33 EST Hi from Wisconsin! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am excited to join you all in this journey and look forward to the support and sharing. <BR> <BR> My main issue is that I have very bad knees (bone on bone arthritis) that need to be replaced, but the docs won't do it because of my weight. My insurance won't let me go out of network to get my knees done (to my doc I know would do it now) and they won't pay for any kind of weight loss support at all. <BR> <BR> Recently, I've gotten re motivated and so here I am. I ... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:10:15 EST I'm humbled I posted a blog about making my 75 pound goal and I was overwhelmed with all of the positive feedback on that blog. I was a motivation to many people and to be honest I was truly humbled. I don’t think of myself as a "motivation" and what I did felt like it wasn’t that difficult. I didn’t overthink it (which I tend to do) I just did it, one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I had been on Spark 2 other times in the past before this journey (I guess threes th... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:24:06 EST Looking for friends to help me on this journey! Hi! I'm Terre, and I need to lose a little over 65 lbs before my daughter's wedding in a year (it wouldn't bother me to lose it faster though)! Right now, I am using my new FitBit to help track my steps, but I am working on other workout ideas while dealing with sciatica and fibromyalgia. Very frustrating! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:04:53 EST lost 100..gained 50 here i am! :) Hello ~~ really happy there's a site out here like this..just Amazing! i had worked SO Hard to lose 100 pounds, and it took me about 5 years to do it, really Lowered my Cholesterol, felt so good and healthy..with LOTS of Personal family issues that have caused me to be Diagnosed with Severe Anxiety, Depression and PTSD..i've lost a lot of Motivation and gained back Half of my weight. i'm also Hypothyroid and struggle Severely with that. Anyways..SO HAPPY to be here and look forward to a NEW S... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:17:05 EST Time for a change Yes, it is time for a change for me and this website seems to be motivational :) Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:18:25 EST Had enough! Too much pudge! It has to go! Half a dozen donuts? No problem, let me show you how fast I can make them disappear. So disgusted with myself. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:58:45 EST Hello from Austin Texas! I'm just getting back into fitness after being away for many years. I've been well over 300 for about a year and finally decided enough was enough. I've been working with a personal trainer for a couple of months now because I just couldn't find it within myself to get started on my own. I'm down to 300 lbs, just today. It's so very hard not to get discouraged so I'm looking to some of you Sparkers to help me out here. <em>30</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:54:46 EST Doreen, New Member I am new to the team, not sure how the spark points work or what it means. Can someone explain it to me? Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:25 EST Anyone doing Intermittent fasting? I Started this woe on the 11th of April and I'm doing pretty good. JUDDD or Every Other Day Diet. 500 Calories EOD is working. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:53:31 EST Hi from the midwest Hello everyone. I am new to this team. I live in the midwest, have one grown child, and am currently an independent staff marketing consultant. I don't have much free time but need to start concentrating on myself (for a change). I hope to meet many people here and to be able to add something to the team. BTW - my name is Robyn. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:09:31 EST Hello from Canada Hello all, Just joined this morning. I'm trying to find my way around the site and join a few challenges. I'm in the 5K walk/jog challenge and drink 8 glasses of water challenge. I saw people posting points on the team page, not sure what that was about but will have to check it out when I get back from golf. <BR> <BR> Glad to be a part of the group! <BR> Suze Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:24:52 EST Hello :) Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team, but just returning to SparkPeople. When I joined over a year ago, I just didn't stick with it and am now determined to lose the weight and keep it off. My goal is to lose 70 pounds for better health and self confidence. <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:37:56 EST Hello and I'm grateful to be here! Hi there! I joined the spark site four or five days ago and I am still warming up to the site and learning to use the resources it provides. Like so many of us my challenges include an underactive thyroid and I am a type 2 diabetic. The balance of eating in a manner that supports weight loss and helps maintain my blood sugars has been challenging for me, mostly because I have had to confront and dispel a sort of denial that I actually have to change my eating habits and lose weight to avoi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:58:01 EST Hi Everyone This is actually a return for me. I lost 40 pounds with sparks about 6 years ago, and sadly I gained it all back. So here I am starting over again, and praying I can lose the weight and this time keep it off. <em>521</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:55:53 EST New Here I'm new to Sparkpeople but not to weight loss. I do LCHF and am down over 50 lbs, have another 75 or so to go. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:15 EST Hello from Alabama Hi - <BR> <BR> Well, I've been on/off -in/out of Spark people since 2006! <BR> <BR> Silly me. I KNOW I do much better chasing a healthier lifestyle when HERE. <BR> But I have not been logging on for almost a year and have again regained almost to my start weight. <BR> <BR> BUT I am back so that is a good thing and I look forward to meeting new friends and finding and sharing motivation, tips and tricks to dropping weight. <BR> <BR> First goal is to get back into One-derland by my birthday... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:24:46 EST Medifast Minded!! Finished my first week and 9 pounds are gone!! I love this!! I feel great!!! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:13:53 EST starting the weight loss journey Good morning. I just joined so I wanted to ask for your encouragement as the battle begins Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:49:51 EST The Big 5-0 and a Wake-up Call So, I start the year off with a birthday (JAN 2nd to be exact), and this year was a milestone. Naturally, just like millions of others at the beginning of the new year, I laid out my resolutions. This year I vowed to become healthy - started great, fizzled out. However, a move to Colorado with my daughter and new grandson have definitely prompted me to get my head back in focus. So, finally on March 1st I weighed myself and pretty much wanted to cry. Tipping the scale at a whopping 212 po... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:07:35 EST Hi my future support system Mu name is Gail Houston I recently had a liver transplant in October 2015 all is well for the most part but in March the doctor says I have to loose another 60lbs because my new liver is fatty. So i have lost 8lbs bit now I'm craving ice cream. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:44:45 EST Hi Everyone My name is Liz, I'm 62 and retired, I have back problems, and need to loose at least 50 lbs. <BR> My hope is by joining the site I will be holding my self accountable and keep on track, we all need encouragement, and support. <BR> Ive joined a Gym and walk at least a mile and a half a day, before coming here my weight was 219 lbs, and ive gotten down to 196. I'm hoping to reach 145. <BR> <BR> I may have some trouble finding things here until I get use to the layout, so please bare with me. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:23:53 EST Hello Hi, I'm here to try and lose 80 lbs. I am in my 60's and have not had much luck up till now. I'm hoping to do it once and for all this time! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:34:18 EST New Grandma Hello to all of you Spark People! I started menopause late at age 56 and it hit me like a ton of bricks. My blood pressure, cholestral, blood sugar and weight all jumped to unhealthy levels. It has been 2 years and I am starting to feel like myself again. However, I am 40 pounds heavier!!! If I lost 50 pounds I would no longer be obese. I need to lose about 75 pounds to be really healthy. Now I am a new grandma and I want to be around a LONG time to enjoy my new granddaug... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:45:41 EST Hello From Florida My name is Paula and I'm a newbie. I know this site inspires me with its success stories and support from its many members. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:54:58 EST Starting over again Hello everyone Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:23:29 EST Hello! Just joined today! This has been a life long struggle for me....hoping this will give me a boost to make it a permanent life style change-Wanting to lose between 90-100 pounds! Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:32:40 EST Looking for support and encouragement I must have been living in a barrel, cause I just found SparkPeople! I've read a few of the forums and really like the encouragement everyone gives. I need to lose over 50, but this is my start. Be back soon! <em>213</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:56:47 EST barbaraj2877 Hello, I have never done anything like this, I have tried but not followed thru. I am 65 overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, had cancer, and have recently been in the clinics with a serious infection to my stomach. kind of a wrech huh? not to mention a husband that wants me to go on a complete plant based died. I don't know where to start. I am kind of overwhelmed and looking for some ideas. I can oonly eat so many black beans, I do like meat, so any ideas? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:01:54 EST Good Evening my name is Valarie I have taken the first step in losing my weight. I have started spark people and cant wait to meet new friends Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:36:21 EST Struggling to get started Hi all: I am Mayra from Homestead, Florida. Been there done that with the weight loss. I have been successful and I have also failed. I know what it takes to do great and I know how to fail as well. Fourteen years ago I lost 107 pounds and I maintained that loss for 6.5 years. Slowly after that the weight began to just creep up ever so slowly and I am almost back to the weight I was 15 years ago. Now this time, I am older, really feel the weight hindering me and mentally, well....menta... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:40:08 EST Spring into Summer - 1lb a Week Challenge til 6/19 Here is the template for the new challenge. <BR> <BR> 3/20/16: <BR> 3/27/16: <BR> 4/3/16: <BR> 4/10/16: <BR> 4/17/16: <BR> 4/24/16: <BR> 5/1/16: <BR> 5/8/16: <BR> 5/15/16: <BR> 5/22/16: <BR> 5/29/16: <BR> 6/5/16: <BR> 6/12/16: <BR> 6/19/16: <BR> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:15:58 EST Spring brings new beginnings Hello, everyone. I have rejoined Sparkpeople under a new name to begin anew. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and mother to two children in their early 20's. My family has been supportive of my health challenges, but has less patience for diet restrictions that may impact them. Nevertheless, I am ready to make this work. <BR> <BR> With several health challenges, I know this program is my best chance of success. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:40:19 EST Rosemary Conley's book "The FAB Diet" I've just started reading this - it's basically a calorie controlled diet with exercise and the book has recipes with colour photos. I started a spark team for anyone who would like to join me in doing this plan. I'm starting on Friday to give me time to read more of the book and get some groceries in. <link><BR>idual.asp?gid=66627 </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:15:11 EST Getting Back to Living Life After a major surgery a few years ago, my doctor gave me that advice, Get Back to Living Your Life. I had been sick for a while, and had really forgotten how to do that. It's taken me a few years, but I'm ready to do just that. Well, I've gained quite a few pounds since that surgery, so part of moving forward is to shed those pounds. The easier part for me is getting back to exercising. I love being outdoors and started a daily ritual of getting up early and walking/hiking a couple of hours i... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:09:20 EST turning 58, ready to make a change Glad to join this team, I need to get moving and make some changes, preferably while I am still in my 50's ! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 03:06:30 EST Hey from way down South Hi! You know when you reach that point where you gotta do something. This is it. I moved to Florida last October and have just really settled in. The thing about Florida, is that it's nice, as in nice ALL....THE....TIME! <BR> <BR> It's the kind of place where there is always something going on outdoors. Back in Oregon, it was cold, damp and rainy for at least nine months of the year, so you really didn't sweat it that much. You got out and about the few months it was nice and then back to yo... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:08:43 EST Hi Hi, from Rhode Island. I am on the 9th day of my 21 day challenge and am learning so much about this site and have even made a few "friends". I have at least 50 pounds to lose and I know it will be a long journey for me. I joined a gym in January and although not "loving it" I do find I look forward to going. Once I am there I'm OK and I must say I do feel stronger and better. I hope you all are going to have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:28:40 EST Hi! I'm from Cleveland, TN Dancing 15 minutes a day? Wow, that sounds like fun and will motivate me. Any pointers? Music recommendations? Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:54:11 EST Starting over It makes me feel better that I'm not alone. I've seen other posts in here of starting over. The past year and a half has just really been hard. Every time I try and get a breakthrough, I get sideswiped. My problem is I always wait till things get better before I do something. I don't have that luxury anymore. My body is in the balance and I just really have to start saying that no matter what happens, I've got to take care of my health every day. No matter what. That's new for me. But I'm gon... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:26:39 EST Back Again Hi, I am hoping this is the last new username....A few years ago I lost 45 pounds with Sparkpeople. Started, stopped multiple times after I gained weight back. I now need to lose 53 pounds and today is day one! The last few times I tried I did not join any SparkTeams-I am hoping that by being more social on Spark, it will help me to stay focused and accountable. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 13:46:44 EST I've done it before ....and I'll do it again. Hi team, <BR> <BR> been meaning to come back here for a couple of years....or more <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> looking forward to making friends here <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:19:52 EST BACK FOR A FRESH START Hello team. It is I - Erin - I have no idea how long it has been since I was on this team. Most likely never. I think it took me a long time to get below 100 pounds needing to be lost. But Spark recommended this team for me and I like what I see. I can't get here every day, but will do the best I can. <BR> <BR> My name is Erin. I am legally married, have one daughter - living out of the area and am still working at 68 years old - at whatever someone wants to pay me to do. LOL I hope... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:23:13 EST New member Good Evening Everyone! I am a new member, I just signed up this evening. I am looking forward to the program and meeting all of you! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 23:22:29 EST New day fresh start Hello: <BR> <BR> I'm Cathy, this is my first day back at Spark I was here years ago. I need to track my food and get this weight off. I have been on a zillion diets but hoping just by eating less and moving more I can shed this weight. <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:44:22 EST $1 a pound to the charity of your choice Since I find the spark community supportive and the food tracker easy to use, I have decided not to return to the weekly meetings of another weight reduction group. These meeting had a weekly fee (which were a bit rich for my blood) That said, I have decided to donate a $1 to a charity of my choice for every pound I loose. It does not sound like much, but like my weight loss slow and sure wins the race. Thanks to a 3 lbs loss, I just made my first donation. Here is to success and helping ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:32:11 EST Back to beginning more or less Hello - I've been absent a few years due to an interesting medical mess, and all that goes with it. Since I no longer go to Physical Therapy - I'm using PT exercises &amp; some of the videos here &amp; trying to get back into the swing of things here. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 12:42:18 EST Howdy! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and am excited for the large (no pun intended) community here. My dietician turned me on to this site, so I'm hoping it will help me to meet my health goals. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I've been overweight my entire life. I've tried diet after diet with little success. Over the past decade or so, I've been content with being who I am. However, I've recently gotten some bad results from a blood test, so I'm needing to make some changes in my life.... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 15:29:10 EST New to SP Hi there all. New to SP, but not new to the struggle of excess weight and poor health habits. I turned 50 on the 7th of February and reflecting on my life I feel like I have always struggled wth my weight. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 239.5 my highest adult weight was 250 in 2000. My lowest was 170 in 2001. I am currently working with a dietician. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find support here on SP. <BR> <BR> thanks for having me, Mary Ann Fri, 4 Mar 2016 07:27:09 EST back to the beginning again Hi! my name is Liz. This is about the third time I have started with sparkpeople. I am such a procrastinator. I am going to try harder to keep up with the team and all the rest that this site has to offer. I've tried other things but I am totally NOT a veggie eater and I keep back sliding. This time I am going to try just counting calories and other nutrients to stay on course. I am looking forward to the next one pound at a time challenge. <BR> I am 67 years old and am just over 50 ove... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 23:18:27 EST New to Spark and New to This Team :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi There, I'm Julie and I live in Denver. I had weight loss surgery in May 2011. Coming up on my 5-year anniversary, I want to lose the pounds I put back on. I'd like to reach a weight slightly below my lowest weight after surgery. Mostly, I have a lot of size 12 clothes I bought then and almost immediately was unable to wear. My weight has been like that my whole life, so I have to remember... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:22:01 EST Newbe My first log on <BR> I'm new to spark people <BR> I'm 55 and done gaining weight and being unhealthy <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2016 13:02:27 EST Checking In New member here, checking out what Spark has to offer...WOW... <BR> <BR> I am 50, with about 80-90 lbs to lose, so maybe this will be my home. I just got a fitness tracker, and I am excited to finally dump this middle-school-aged child I been carrying around! <BR> <BR> ~cuppa~ <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:40:31 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Janet and when I was young I was always embarrassed for being skinny. By the time I was 45 I was overweight by about 15 lbs. But after 55 I was at least 40 lbs overweight. I am now 73, 60 lbs overweight and have decided to lose some weight. Even if I can lose 1 lb a week I'll be happy. Winters are hard for me to lose because I don't do anything. But I've just joined the YMCA, go at least 2 days a week to work out on the machines and on Sunday afternoons play Pickle Ball. In... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:46:01 EST Hello from Washington Hello, my name is Toni - I live in Washington state, I am married... we have one son, a daughter in law and two beautiful granddaughters. My husband and I are pastors in the Salvation Army. <BR> <BR> I used to use Spark People years ago to help me stay on track with dieting. But I went away from it and tried all kinds of other diet programs, eventually getting bariatric surgery (Sleeve) in 2013. I did really well for the first 8 months and then we went on a three week vacation and I dec... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:29:09 EST second and last time around years ago I joined, but still adjusting to being a widow and too distracted.....I am sad to think of the time I wasted...My environment can be judgmental so I need the motivation and support of the Sparkpeople....This is for my health...I have family that needs me here and not having to worry about me would be a great benefit....I have had to let go of the past and am now working for the future... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:25:00 EST marie ava Hi i'm Marie Ava , Today is a step to my new journey on a new lifestyle. I am new and hope to meet alot of new friends and support and motivation. I am a 57 year old grandmother of 3 , i am here for them i am over weight and need to lose 70 pounds. I am limited to exercises as i have bone on bone on both knees from a fall on ice. Most of my weight is in my stomach. I want to be around to see my grandchildren ages 7,10,11 grow up and be able to be more active with them. Ifeel if i lose the wei... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:30:12 EST Hi , I'm Linniekaye... Just started on this, hoping it will inspire me, & help. 65, just diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer. I am going to have a robotic hysterectomy. I need to eat alkaline, I have a list, a little confusing to me.... <BR> I like eggs, not a huge cereal fan. What to do. <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:31:24 EST Hello Hello team! Found this site today, but I'm about a month in on my journey to a healthier life. Looking forward to what's to come! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:05:12 EST Robin Hello glad to be here. This will be a very helpful site with my weight lose. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:02:50 EST Not new but haven't been on for really some time I though I had come back here in Jan. when restarted my journey once again but not sure, regardless here I am. I belong to 3 groups so I sometimes which ones I visit and which ones I haven't. But am going to try to get here at some point each day. <BR> <BR> Jan Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:54:50 EST Third time's the charm.... I hope! My name is Janet and I'm back on SP for the 3rd time in as many years but this time it really seems to have finally "clicked". I still have to be more active on the message boards and such but I'm definitely doing more than I have before. <BR> <BR> I'm 52, married and 'mother' to 2 cats. I'm working my way down to 150 pounds - 10 down, 90 to go! I managed to lose 30 pounds 2 years ago but have slowly gained it back + an extra 5 <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have some limitations due to chr... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:37:12 EST Calories and Exercise I'm having difficulties adjusting calories when I exercise. Feel as if I overeat when I'm told that I still have so many calories still after I exercise. I want to try to keep my intake to 1200 to 1500. Anyone else having addressed this? Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:06:25 EST Posture and Weight Loss I am on the cusp of having given up 45# of my old self. While I don't see that much of a change in my body when I look in the mirror, I have been told, and complimented, on the changes. Okay, that's cool. <BR> <BR> But I feel like some of my muscles are being strained in different way because my posture hasn't quite adapted to the weight loss, such as my hip flexors at the top of my thighs. It could be because my front still carries more than my booty seems to, I dunno. <BR> <BR> Has anyone... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:24:09 EST I'm doing it! Hello all, I'm Gwen. I've just started at this site and I really like it. So much easier to use than My Fitness Pal. Plus, I really like that we can create our own recipes and find out the nutritional values for them. This site's got it together! I'm 29 pounds down in a 100 pound goal so far and I'm loving it even if it's really challenging at times. Can't really believe I've changed the way and what I eat. I'm never hungry! And my pants are getting baggy! This is a definite good thing as I'm... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:28:45 EST I'm back...and starting all over again Hi there, I originally signed up to Sparkpeople a few years ago with the plan to lose weight and get healthy. I did lose about 40 lbs by eating healthy, working out regularly and feeling really good and on the right path. However in the last few years, I was a PhD student writing a dissertation which I had pressure to finish (and I did finish - yay) and then having to work - because much of my work has me sitting behind a computer, I have gained the 40 lbs plus back. I am trying to motiva... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:08:18 EST Can't get started I've been on a constant diet struggle since I was 10. My goal to lose weight is to be healthier and of course have more energy to enjoy things in my life. I was able muster up the motivation and resolve to go on the DR OZ Total10 diet plan and stayed on it for the 10 days. I lost weight, looked great and had more energy but alas the lemon water in the morning wrecked my stomach so excuses, excuses have not gone back.I picked this plan because the food was healthy and I believe in eating or... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:54:13 EST Still a bit shell-shocked Hello all! <BR> <BR> Thanks for including me on this team. I am still a bit overwhelmed when I consider how badly out of shape I became, and how quickly. Gained over 100 pounds in three years. I used to run marathons and now I huff and puff going up the stairs! <BR> <BR> It will be fun to be healthy again! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 23:31:56 EST Newbie New to sparkpeople. Just finished day 2. <BR> <BR> 55 yrs &amp; 60 lbs to lose! Thanks for support! Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:19:51 EST Sharon Hi, i sign up two years ago but forgot that i had. Haven't used it until my sister sent me a message that she is using Sparkpeople to monitor her weight loss and it encouraged me to start up again. Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:03:21 EST 56 y.o. student, 2 Westies, creative - you too? Hi, <BR> <BR> I live in Sarnia Ontario Canada. I am back to SP after a few years absence. It's hard to find the time to eat right but I'm working on it again. I do best if I make 1 or 2 small changes at a time. I am giving up most refined sugars and spending time in the kitchen creating new healthy recipes. Over the years I find I am eating meat less often and in smaller portions. <BR> <BR> Losing weight isn't my problem, keeping it off is. This time I want to have a food plan that I can l... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:31:12 EST Yes I Can! Hello to 50+ members, <BR> I am new to this forum. So far, my weight loss journey has been like a yo-yo in 2016. I am determined to turn some things around and devote more time to me! I am working too many hours and allowing too many distractions to take up my time. I am feeling frustrated but not defeated. I am making changes beginning now! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Betty Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:54:19 EST No Quitting This is my first day. I am great at starting but find I drop out after a week or so. This time I am going to stick with it until next April to lose my goal of 60 pounds. Hope connecting with others through this site will be motivational Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:01:34 EST Treadmill with wide belt Looking for suggestions for a treadmill that has a wide belt and is preferrably fold up and inexpensive. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:47:56 EST Travel Goals Recently retired (a bit early) and decided to do the more challenging trip while I'm still on the younger side. Yet after my first trip (to SE Asia) I realized my weight must come down if I'm to get the most from my travel experiences. I've set goals to achieve before I book any more trips and am committed to making the changes needed. Looking forward to the support of like-minded people who understand the challenges of losing weight at our age. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:43:39 EST Newly 50, have 70 pounds to lose Hi all, I joined SP in October, but when I got plantar fasciitis and could hardly walk, much less work out, I feel of my program. I had joined a group for people in their 40s with 50 to 99 pounds to lose, but since then I've turned 50, so here I am! My feet are much better, but not completely well and I just rejoined the gym. Party of my workout plan is to strengthen my knees. I have trouble with flights of stairs. Lunges and squats are really not a good idea for me at the moment. Hopefully s... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:51:38 EST Joining AGAIN. Hello, I am new again to SparkPeople. I originally joined in 2008 and have been doing the program more off than on for the last 7 years. I really need to get going as my weight has gone over 260 (yikes) and I am sure my sugar and cholesterol are paying the price too. <BR> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:47:57 EST Cathy McManus Hello I am new to Spark people. I have been fighting weight my whole life and it has slowly crept up over the past 20 years. I really want to do it this time. Look better, feel better, eat better, think better. I hit the big 50. I am on my 2nd week and really want to reach it to the finish line this time. I live in the Vancouver, BC Canada area, have 5 grown children and several grandchildren. I work straight nights and run a business with my husband. I am very busy and looking forwar... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:52:45 EST Starting Slow Again Today, I am starting this process again. I have been successful with it twice, but life and responsibilities got in the way and I stopped the ten minutes a day of exercise and started doing things like drinking 3 large Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffees to keep myself awake all night and all day while I took care of a dying relative. <BR> <BR> Both times, I ended up taking care of dying relatives for a year and gained all the weight back. <BR> <BR> My relative passed away and the iced coffees sto... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:22:22 EST Trying Again It seems as if I'm always starting over, but here I go again! I'm 53 and weigh somewhere around 350 (that's as high as the scale goes). I have diabetes, narcolepsy, hypothyroid, lipedema, high blood pressure, and a few other things that I can't remember. I have a wonderful husband who also needs to lose a significant amount of weight. We have 3 adult children. I know that I will need support and hope to be able to provide encouragement to others. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:26:36 EST Come on Back to the Green side I have come back after sometime away with added pounds to lose will you take me back <BR> to the healthy side. Thank you! <em>39</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:26:36 EST Vanessa Hello. I am ready to lose weight and start feeling better. Tired of being "tired" when I get up and not having any energy. <BR> Want to look better also. Just need help along the way!! Thanks. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:56:31 EST No more diets! I'm so done with diets! I've decided to take what I've learned about eating properly over the many years I've been on this planet and apply it to my daily life. No more going on and off of this or that diet (I've done em all), waiting to go off so I can eat whatever I want until I get the gumption to go back on -- such a roller coaster. Enough. <BR> <BR> I've set a goal to choose my results each day and act (eat) accordingly. I'm excited to use SparkPeople to help me record my food choices s... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:01:18 EST Trying something new This is my first full day following Spark. I find it very encouraging and inspiring when I read the posts and realize all the resources available to support my efforts. I don't usually post but am realizing very quickly that you get more than you give on this site. This makes it very encouraging to be part of it Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:25:48 EST carlene <BR> im very much over weight and miserable. i hate the fact that i have done this to myself with boredom and depression . all three of my girls want me to l9se and they want me to be happy again. my husband is not a good support person he is very much an enabler. so this is pretty tough but two days in and im doin good <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:59:20 EST bluejeanslady Good Monday morning, decided to join spark because I think I will do better with help and support from others like myself. I am a carb freak, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch I usually good but if not then I am looking for candy etc, dinner I try to cook healthy unless I am exhausted then it's something quick. I am addicted to Coke 0 for the caffeine throughout the day and change to caffeine free at 6:00.. I also drink V8-Energy drinks 50 calories but I tell myself it's healthy because fruit an... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:45:24 EST Fashion - What to Wear Okay, so, no matter what size I am, I have trouble wearing fashionable clothes. My daily "uniform" is a graphic t-shirt and jeans or yoga pants. I dress casually most days. I only 'dress' for occasions. However, I sometimes feel like I'm too casual. I've looked on Pinterest or other web sites, but, did you ever notice, they all show layering with either blazers, sweaters, or some other to on top of top thing. Well, I'm a 53 year old woman, and I get hot a lot. Layering, except on very cold d... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:17:29 EST Want to Give Up but Won't Give Up I go through cycles where sometimes losing weight is more important one day then the next. I want make a habit of continuing this journey and not stopping and I have been for years and find other things to do in the place of unnecessary eating. Most of the times I wear a fitbit and rarely get to 10,000 steps even when combining the treadmill and just walking throughout the day at work or at home. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:55:59 EST Tish is ready to change my lifestyle This is a new year and I hope a new lifestyle for me. I have been on a lot of diets and even had gastric by-pass seven years ago. I do not exercise right and I have totally lost all focus of proper eating habits. I hope this support and group of spark people will be the help I need. Then I want to help others with the success I will have this year. Stay with me people. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:15:38 EST Healthy Recipes I am starting a healthy recipes Wall. Please post recipes you have tried. Please post the nutritional information with them. As we go along our journey, having a set of recipes that we can go to helps us from getting bored and falling off the path. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:19:21 EST Hi! I'm new and would love to make new friends Hi! I'm Mandy! and need to start losing weight for my health. I would love to have friends join me in the journey and please feel free to add me or if I can add you. We can do it together! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:29:11 EST 2016 - Year of Miracles Hi and thanks for stopping to read my intro. I live in Queens, NYC. For many years I haven't cared to lose the 40 lbs I gained over time. I am feeling the need to begin. I would enjoy encouraging and being encouraged by people who are positive and filled w/inner joy. Although I haven't looked at the shell that carries my soul ... I am soulful and happy. I am also hoping to write my transformational book. If you like writing we could mix that up w/nutritious chat. <BR> <BR> Looking f... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:47:19 EST Hello! I'm new. I'm looking forward to this journey with all of you. I have a long way to go. I need to lose this weight for health which includes getting new knees when I have lost 50 lbs. <em>244</em> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:46:52 EST Hello Hello all! My name is Ranae but I go by Wren, so wrenranae :) i have been on this journey of health and weight loss for over 40 years. I have weighed as much as 585 pounds and in 1993 was down to 140 pounds. Since then due to medical issues and pregnancy issues with bed rest went back up to 380 pounds by 2011. Now in 2016 I am down about 135 pounds again and have been losing consistently since joining DFL in 2011. I continue to work on my eating plans and I do swim 4 times per week minimum of... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:47:18 EST New to Spark People the other day I found a strip of paper in my Bible with this web site typed on it. don't remember ever seeing it before and have no idea who gave it to me. I serve in full time missions right now in Madagascar. Which makes meal planning and exercise a challenge. all prayers are welcome as I embark in this journey. 2011 I had a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation and back on the mission field in 11 months. God has been so good to me. I want to be healthy and strong for as long as I can. I n... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:08:43 EST Hello Hey I'm back after being on a long retreat, I've come to realize that I have to stay accountable to keep this working for me, not being accountable was not so good..So I'm going at it again hopefully I know better now!!!!!!!! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:11:16 EST Introduction Hello, I'm a teacher, and last week the students included me in a video. When I watched it, I was so depressed! (I've been avoiding the scales.) Well, I know that I can lose the weight...the oldness must stay. haha. So..I have begun a journey, and I hope to lose the weight. ok...I am going to lose it! Yeeha! :D <img src=""> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:21:15 EST Looking for "myself" Don't know how this works. But, I'm in the same boat. Looking to get to shore. 8 pounds gone in my first 12 days. But who's counting?! <em>198</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:00:23 EST Hi Just joined a couple of days ago. I live in Santa Rosa and I'm looking to drop about 60 pounds. Hope to meet some new friends on this journey. <BR> <BR> Kelly Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:17:37 EST Hi Hello everyone. I am Vickie. I am a married 56 yr old woman with a lot of weight to lose. Looking forward to making new friends and learning new ways to lose weight. Best of luck to everyone! Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:46:31 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Deb and I am trying my last ditch effort to permanently lose weight and get fit before taking the step for weight loss surgery. I have tried most everything you can think of in past with no permanent results. I am a flight nurse by profession which carries with it the job requirement of weight limit and being in physically fit condition to meet the physical demands of my job .I am 57 1/2 yrs old and have a medical condition called pernicious anemia and iron deficiency... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:03:37 EST What works for me I have been unable to budge my weight for a long time. Lately I purchased bags of broccoli slaw mixed with carrots, kale and I stir-fried them and added to breakfast (with egg whites), soups, or a side dish.I have lost 4 pounds this week. Next week I will switch veggies so I don't get tired of them. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:11:31 EST East county animal lover Hi there, I am looking for a walking partner for Lake Murray or the new walking path in Santee. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:00:04 EST It's a new day! 52 year old looking for a buddy... Hey y'all...I'm 52 year-old guy and I'm looking for a buddy with whom we can virtually walk side-by-side to meet our wellness goals. I'm an Evangelical Christian which to me is an important part of how I view all of life, not just food, so finding someone who shares those values is probably a good idea but it's for sure not a deal-breaker or anything. Any takers? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:14:46 EST Goal strip on bottom. I am joining this group, but I want to know how to put the goal strip on the bottom of my blurb Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:40:29 EST I'm baaakkk Now that the holidays are over and we're into the new year I decided to start the year off by eating healthier, exercising and losing some weight. So, although I was a member of this team, when I restarted my program it signed me up again. This is where I belong. Looking forward to getting to know you guys. Have a great day!! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:58:18 EST Just joined today I am a 56 yr old female in Michigan. I need to lose at least 50-70 lbs. Have tried many diets and gain what I lose and more. Feeling very frustrated and need support and motivation. I love to eat so I need ideas on what I should and should not eat. I am from Kansas originally so typically a beef, potatoe and vegetable girl. Don't exercise (I know I should), have a desk job. Would love friends to talk to for advise and support. Look forward to a successful journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:32:16 EST Here I am again I have checked out Sparkpeople at least 3 times before. I've gone as far as filling in all the info., read a few posts but, didn't post anything myself and that's about it. Now I feel like I really need to be serious about trying to loose this weight before it really gets out of control. I'm hoping to find the inspiration I really need and maybe someone that can relate to my struggles and help keep me on track. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 11:18:38 EST Best tips for avoiding or rebounding from a binge So I did it again. How many times have I been down this path? Start a diet/ eating healthy/ and get a ways into it, binge on something and then Wham! I'm back to the old, bad habits. <BR> <BR> but I am determined that this is the year that I'm going to learn Good Habits, feel better, lose weight and get fit. <BR> <BR> So---best tips for avoiding or rebounding from a binge? Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:31:11 EST Just Do It I'm tired of being overweight. I can do this. I need to for me and my health. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:23:17 EST Hi I'm Diana I am a 61 year old Mother of 3, Grandmother of 13, and wife of 42 years. I have battled weight all my life. At one point I weighed 380 lbs and was given 5 years to live if I didn't have gastric bypass surgery. That was 13 years ago. The surgery went well but was done the old fashioned way. They took out parts of my stomach and intestines. So my ability to eat a lot at one setting is not a problem. But I did find I could eat a little all day long! At my one year mark I was down to 160 lbs. But... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:16:20 EST just learning Just returning to Spark and learning how to navigate thru the site Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:27:32 EST Just Joined My name is Andy. I am 52 at 390lbs. I started my journey yesterday. Hello everyone Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:41:42 EST I'm with you Was doing great on Spark Oct-mid Dec. Got so busy at work I wasn't tracking I was exercising and eating well until the last week or so. Happy for new start in this New Year and should reach my goal this year although it will probably take most of the year to lose 45 more lbs. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:25:09 EST Big JG I'm a 6'4" 320lb male who should be a 6'4" 230lb male. I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis and my activity level has pretty much hit zero because of pain and inability to move easily. I really want to get back in better shape. I know I'll never be an Olympian but would really like to feel better about myself. Wish me luck Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:01:49 EST Just joined Hi just joined SparkPeople. I know I need to do something. In August of 2014 my daughter, Sherri, died of cancer, and 5 days later my husband died of cancer. It has been a rough journey. It seems in the last 6 months I have started packing on weight. I was already to heavy and now I weight 10-12 pounds more. I am hoping to get my self back on track. With the grief and spending so much time alone gaining has been easy. I turn to food, when I am stresses. Thie last year and a half have been ver... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST Trying the Ornish Diet Hi, my name is Erik. I'm 53. I have not gone to the doctor and got my heart checked out lately. A few years ago it got a clean bill of health. However, my father started battling heart disease around this age so I am trying to learn from his mistakes. I am challenging myself to do the Dean Ornish diet: lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, whole/unprocessed foods in general, beans/legumes, meat and dairy once or twice a week. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:55:28 EST new member hi folks my name chet , maybe with you're support and a little motivation I hope to lose 90lbs. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:24:38 EST Checking In... I met my old boyfriend after many years. Although he's not currently available, meeting him has motivated me to start being willing to take better care of myself and to lose weight. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:48:23 EST Newbie I'm very excited to be a part of this group! Today is the first day for me. Thanks for having me Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:25:21 EST New Day I'm 67 and a caregiver to my mother (87) who has dementia. I was going to Weight Watchers and decided to stop paying the $45 a month. I need a support system and Sparks seems to offer much more then WW. Your support system is totally amazing. I'm not sure if the Fitbit will work with Sparks but it stills tells me how many steps I take. As it is extremely late for me now (1 am) I will start my new adventure one step at a time. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:07:07 EST New to the Team Hi All, Happy New Year! I'm starting this journey hopeful to lose all this access weight I've been carrying around for about 40 years now. I just hope I'm not too attached to it after all this time. I know I'll miss it but I hope in a good way. :) Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:02:38 EST Newbie Hello Mo here, hope everyone has a great new year. And if like me want a great weight loss this year. I feel I have a lot too get rid off, so it is gonna be a long road for me <BR> Regards Mo <em>30</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:52:12 EST Hello Everyone ~ new to team The year is at end and so am I with the way I feel and see myself. This year is the beginning of a new me. With this team, I hope that I can manage to stay on track and accomplish my goals. Look forward to getting to know you along my journey. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year !!!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:50:17 EST New Year's Resolutions This is a good link for inspiration for your resolutions: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1979 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:11:30 EST new Hi, new here, hoping to make new friends and get healthy Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:22:00 EST Happy to be here! I'm here to get myself out of a rut that has seen me gain significant weight over the past four years. It's my hope that this fantastic site will provide motivation as I embark on this important journey. If you're interested, I've posted more information on my SparkPage and blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know many of you in the coming weeks. Together, we can accomplish anything! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:36:38 EST Walk the distance between cities Walk the distance between Home and a city you want to go see. My city is Fairbanks AK. <BR> The distance from home to Fairbanks AK is 3703.4 miles <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> 12/29 - 2.4 miles = 3701.0 <BR> 12/30 - 1.5 miles = 3699.5 <BR> 12/31 - 1.5 miles = 3698.0 <BR> 01/01 - 1.2 miles = 3696.8 <BR> 01/02 - 2.2 miles = 3694.6 <BR> 01/03 - 0.2 miles = 3694.4 <em>39</em> <BR> 01/04 - 2.2 miles = 3692.2 <BR> 01/05 - 2.5 miles = 3689.7 <BR> 01/06 - 1.3 miles = 3687.4 <BR> 01/07 - 2.5 miles... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:00:09 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople Hello! My name is Kym and I am brand new here! My best friend recommended this site, so I am game! I have been on My Fitness Pal and am a lifetime Weight Watcher member. However, I am all for doing this for free and have some fun a long the way! I am 53, hoping to lose about 50 pounds and find my way back to the healthy, happy Kym I used to know!~ This all seems different, brighter and slightly more confusing than anything I have used! But I am excited! :) I am about to go back to school and ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:10:28 EST Looking for over 65 years group I am 69 with 55+ weight that needs to come off. Any oldies that have some ideas, have tried for years and almost every diet out there. <BR> raspberrygirl54 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:17:49 EST Hi I am Shelia I am 55 years old and am 53lbs away from weighing 300lbs! I am 6ft tall, but this is much to heavy for even that. I was always skinny growing up. I gained a lot of weight in my early 30's, but did the Fat-Free Diet and lost 60lbs. I was able to keep it off for over 12 years and then thought that I could go back to eating everything that I wanted. I also quit exercising. Prior to this time, I did aerobics and walked. I just got off the road this past year. I was traveling for 8 years with my j... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:12:31 EST Over weight and over it! Hello I'm Dianah a 57 year old married woman over weight by 60 pounds. Does anyone live in Indiana and if so where. I live in Carlisle In. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:08:56 EST Try try try again Hello all, working once again on losing weight. I have decided after 30+ years of dieting to look into surgery, and looking into the sleeve. At this time in my life, I am more worried about health issues because of my weight. I have none at this point that need medication, but am told I am border line on several. <BR> <BR> I feel very motivated thinking more of a health issue. I am confident that we can do this!!! <img src=" Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:23:55 EST HELP My name is Linda, and for the umpteenth time...I am starting over. I pray this will be the last restart, and my mindset of getting in shape and losing weight will continue forever. I have been a yo yo dieter my entire far back as 6th grade at least when I started WW for the first time. I have had WL surgery and even that wasn't a success. I am a food addict..plain and simple, and I have to do something about this addiction. Over the course of 18 months into retirement... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:33:30 EST New to the team Years ago I learned about Spark People in a college health class and decided to join this team today so I will stay on track while I am cooking. I've kept off the 9 pounds I lost this year but have to loose 40 more during this year. Your posts have made me feel one of the team already! Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:07:51 EST Merry Christmas! Hello and happy holidays! <BR> <BR> My name is Aileen and I am from beautiful North Carolina. I have 74 pounds to lose, which I'm thinking at 50 years old may not be the easiest task I have ever taken on. Well, who am I kidding? I've been battling this for years, so I guess age really isn't going to be the hardest thing to overcome! <BR> <BR> 2015 was my year of healing. Don't want to bore you with the details on that.. but 2016 is my year of cleansing and restoring! I'm so looking forwa... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:36:25 EST Hi I'm new & hoping for friends to journey with I'm new. 51. My first goal is to lose 52 pounds. My goal is to live the best version of myself!! Started the new year early, because Why wait!! Would love to connect and have friends to walk this journey with! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:42:55 EST New Year New You - 1 lb a Week Challenge! Join us for the lb a week challenge. Here is the new template! <BR> <BR> 12/20/15: <BR> 12/27/15: <BR> 1/3/16: <BR> 1/10/16: <BR> 1/17/16: <BR> 1/24/16: <BR> 1/31/16: <BR> 2/7/16: <BR> 2/14/16: <BR> 2/21/16: <BR> 2/28/16: <BR> 3/6/16: <BR> 3/13/16: <BR> 3/20/16: <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:29:28 EST One Pound a Week until "LOVE" week -- 02/14/2016 Let's do this again. <BR> <BR> 12/21/15: 215.8 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:28:29 EST Mammogram Monday I went in to have my mammogram and yesterday I got a call that I need to go back next week Wednesday when a doctor is there for more pictures and possibly an ultrasound. I hope it is nothing, but I'm worried and scared. I just didn't need this at this time. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:18:39 EST New and hoping to stay with it. Just introducing myself... I'm 52, and have about 58 lbs to lose. Hoping I can take it one day at a time, get through the stress of the holidays, and actually get some exercise and healthy eating done. I have been trying to do it on my own, without SP, but haven't had much success. I work full time, have two daughters ages 15 and 17, love to knit, hike, garden, keep bees and care for my little urban flock of hens. I used to be a runner, long time ago, but with my weight gain have come chronic... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:13:41 EST Hello My name is Cindy5412, and I just joined Sparkpeople this evening. I know it may seem odd trying to lose weight before the holidays past, but if I don't start now while I am in the mood, I may not start after the holidays, Lol. I have 50 lbs to lose by November 27,2016 on my next birthday. Will be a pleasure meeting you all. <em>249</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:36:27 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 11:31:00 EST is there a chat thread where people just generally gather and chat? Especially in the mornings? Someone please point me to it if there is. I could use the encouragement! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:59:30 EST Migrating from another program Hi! I have been in weight-loss and exercise mode for about 18 months using a national program that has just gone through some drastic changes that I can't support. Someone recommended SparkPeople and after browsing through the site, it seems to be a friendly, welcoming weight-loss experience! <BR> <BR> Even though I've lost 85 pounds already, I still have at least 50 more to go - and since I'll be 60 in a few weeks, that won't be the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. I am hoping to f... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:42:03 EST hello... I'm new here Hi, I'm fenix, or Karen if you prefer. *smile* I am just starting out. Was going to have weight loss surgery, but decided to give this one more try. I want to lose 82 pounds so I can feel more comfortable and healthy, because I want to make a trip out to California to see friends next year. I'm a little scared and anxious. It has been a long time since I have actually tried to diet. Look forward to meeting you all! Wed, 9 Dec 2015 16:42:11 EST trying this again Hello <BR> <BR> I have been on spark people for quite a while now but I haven't been very consistent. So now I am at the heaviest that I have ever been in my whole life. I need to do something and be consistent because if I don't I am going to start having more health problems that I already do. An my boyfriend was telling me that he is at the heaviest he has ever been so I think we will be able to do this. I know I need to set smaller goals to get to the bigger ones. I have done weight... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:35:44 EST newbie i am new here and just wanted to stop and say hello Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:07:13 EST Hello , I am new to the team and need motivation Hello I am new here and sort of new to Sparkpeople, I am 52 years old and trying to loose another 88 lbs. I was on Weight Watchers for a while but had to quit it so Now I am trying to do Sparkpeople. I am South of St Louis . I live on 43 acres of woodlands , in which I raise chickens , rabbits and guineas . I have a large garden plot and a small fruit orchard. I also have 3 cats and 2 dogs. I am also a Mother , Step mother , and Grandmother . I am finding it really tough to stay focused and m... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 10:26:02 EST Need encouragement OR... I need a new scale. Can't remember when I joined SP but know it was at least 2 months ago. My goal has been to lose 1 lb each week. I have lost only 5 lbs. I am eating well. I exercise to the extent I am physically able. (I am temporarily - I hope - disabled). The scale doesn't move! There are days I want to quit, and I stay because this is the most sensible path on the healthy body journey. Does any one else have this same challenge? I would love some suggestions on how to encourage... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 01:44:16 EST Newbie Hi this is my first day. I guess it is as good as any to start, even though I have to be at a conference for the next two days. I am excited to get started. <em>249</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:52:08 EST New-bie and happy Too-bie OK, kind of goofy topic headline, but am really happy to have found this group, especially at this time of year. I like the holiday challenge - we all need so much support at this time of year. I wound up having a good thanksgiving on all fronts - planned a much more low key one this year, and I so enjoyed it. Getting back to swimming, and committing to keeping healthy on-plan foods ready, especially for crazy work schedule. Thank you for having this group, and I plan on encouraging everyo... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:11:09 EST Hi Im Shirley. Im new here and trying to learn how to use the tools...... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:11:05 EST Hi everyone I've been on SparkPeople for about a month and am still (not) having fun with all the navigational tools, but I have lost 10 pounds so far. I'm 52 years old, diabetic, have high blood pressure, a fatty liver, am overweight and lead a relatively sedentary life style. No, I'm not ashamed to tell people how young I am, but it's rude to ask how much I weigh (lol). Anyway,it's nice to meet you through your posts, and hopefully I can encourage all of you when I post comments. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:23:59 EST Making the changes stick Hi everyone! I dropped off the SP site a few years back, but at my current stage of life I'm realizing if I don't care of myself there are penalties to pay. I tend to work well in structured environments (according to my wife!) so she's encouraged me to get back on track. So far, so good. Best wishes to you in your journeys! Jim Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:03:33 EST Hello, like to join this team! Surely over 50, and the maximum(99) pounds to lose, sounds like I might fit right in here! I am type 2 diabetic, trying out low carb and it has been working out great for me so far.I love to cook, and have been experimenting with some low carb recipes to make this lifestyle easier to follow. <BR> I live with my daughter and her family who are all overweight so we're all in this together, but of coarse only the adults are low carbing. It helps to have everyone in the family on board to sup... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:06:53 EST I'm giving it a shot...again I have just recommitted to get my weight to a normal level. Over the years I've tried many things, successfully lost weight, it just keeps finding me again. Ive cut out sugar the past 10 days and dropped 5 lbs, just need to keep going. I find as m getting older speed of loss slows down. The 5 was definitely water weight. Here's to success this time! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:41:06 EST Hi everyone! Two days ago my doctor told me I had metabolic syndrome and I said NOT FOR LONG!!! I have too much living to do and no time to be sick. I choose LIFE and my next blood test will show dramatic improvement. Glad to be with you all. We got this!! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:54:33 EST Hello from Washington state I'm looking for an active group and this one looks like it is :) <BR> <BR> I'm retired from day to day work but have two home businesses and live with my son's family with a 10 year old girl and a 1 year old boy to keep me busy! <BR> <BR> In August I moved from Ohio to Washington, so looking forward to getting to know more about this great state. <BR> <BR> Just started a 3 month weight loss challenge with some close family members. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me on the team <em>30</e... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:02:23 EST First word Happy Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:22:29 EST Hi Hello, my name is Regina and I live in North Carolina with the husband and one of our daughters. I have just rejoined SparkPeople today and am excited about trying again. I look forward to the journey and have hopes to make some friends here as well as give and receive encouragement. <BR> <BR> ~Regi Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:58:25 EST Newbie Type 2 Diabetes, High BP & Stage 3 Renal I am new here. Would like some help with my diet plan. I am in Stage 3 renal kidney function. And I am a type 2 diabetic with High Blood Pressure. Went too family doctor Wednesday and my A1C test was a 9. Any help on setting up for my meal and menu plans would certainly be appreciated. I cannot have red meat. It swells me up. I am allowed 2 proteins a week only! When you go too the National Kidney Foundation and call them we can send out pamplets. But you need too talk too a dietec... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:44:34 EST SAD It rained here today and my wonderful little brother went to heaven. He was only 65 and it was totally unexpected. He got me started on Sparks after he lost 100+# using the system. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:31:48 EST I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! Yes, starting a fresh new outlook on health and determined to make it more fun, more challenging. Health is my biggest goal more than losing the weight even. I had a scare I was sitting in a big chair in front of the TV and kept coughing what felt like a heart cough and it hurt, and it was scary and it was then that I determined to get healthier. NO MORE SITTING IN FRONT OF THE IDIOT BOX. I want to do more, read more, learn more and live a long and healthy life. Friday I walked a 5K on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:04:47 EST Almost Back I have been sick with pneumonia for the last week. Fever finally broke Sunday night. This morning, I feel almost human again. I expect the hack to continue for weeks. <BR> <BR> Ironically, being sick caused us to postpone a couple of medical procedures I need to have done because I have NASH. I am to call hospital in a day or two to reschedule. <BR> <BR> I think I will limit today's exercise to walking the dog, but that will be more than I have managed in about a week. Hopefully, t... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:13:10 EST Getting back on track. Hello everyone. I am Jayne. I was active a long while ago and now just wear my tracker but am not involved. I want to change that. I am almost 61 and need to lose about 60 pounds. I hope to make some new friends and start checking in a few times a week. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:59:58 EST Emergency Hunger Snacks -- Quick -- no work -- Emergency Hunger Snacks: Eat when going CRAZY or Pack in Lunch <BR> <BR> Fresh Grapefruit in a cup - Costco -- Drink the juice too. <BR> Quaker Instant Oatmeal - Costco (big box) -- mix &amp; eat -- don't add anything. More water. <BR> Small apples -- WalMart -- 1 apple per day keeps the Doctor away! <BR> Ray Mundos Fruit-n-Gel - WalMart 25 calories -- Jello with Fruit <BR> Tomatoes &amp; Cucumber Slices -- Sea Salt/Grindy Pepper --- Plain, Vinegar, or Waltons <BR> Walton Farms Salad Dress... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:12:17 EST SanDiegoPam Starting over again....always trying to lose weight Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:39:20 EST I'm back and ready to begin again It has been a while since I have been on SparkPeople but I have decided it is time to get back on track and get my weight in check. Life is too short to sit on the sidelines and watch it pass by. <BR> <BR> So here I am starting fresh. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:39:24 EST Hello! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I'm 51 years old. Being in this age range, I've noticed such a difference in how I lose weight - it's no longer easy! <BR> <BR> This team looks mighty active and I love that! I'm ready to make some new friends while getting healthy! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:57:44 EST Hello New to Sparkpeople and this group. Hoping to interact with others who have same struggles, to help and support each other. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:18:53 EST depression I am asking for your prayers for my depression. I am 355 lbs. I work two jobs, I work 7 days a week. I have an 83 yr. Old mom that has dementia. My sister just underwent surgery a month ago on her back. I feel like I'm drowning. I take med for the depression, but its not enough. I was on the other spark but I felt like I was depressing others instead of helping myself, feel and do better. So please pray for me and my family thst we can and will overcome our obstacles.You are all in my prayer... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:25:44 EST New start, need to change my thinking! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I kinda sorta tried SP a few years ago but didn't really commit so I didn't do much. Now here I am, a couple of years and many, many pounds heavier and it's time for me to reach out for help. <BR> <BR> I know from being active on a quit smoking forum during the first year of my quit (4 years ago now...yay!) how important it was for me to network with others on the same journey. It helped me to be able to come somewhere to vent my frustrations, but also to be ins... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:58:17 EST Done with old habits Hello everyone, <BR> Join yesterday and having fun discovering everything As a lot of people before me, I've tried a lot of different ways to lose weight, which, for most of them, worked to a certain extent. My problem is once I'm half way to my goal, my old habits creep up on me and I let them. I've reach 50+ and now is the time to get this done once and for all. Thanks for listening. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 12:48:49 EST lazy and unmotivated Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm a 55 year old overweight female. I struggle with consistency and motivation. I have severe depression which is unmedicated due to intolerance to most drugs. I'm a mess and need to take action but honestly I need help. My husband is very supportive but I need more help. I feel like I disappoint him in my lack of consistency. I would love to have a friend or mentor to help me make some type of progress. I do pretty good with my diet but cant seem to find an exercise I en... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:07:34 EST hi, new here and happy to be here.. <BR> Am from Central Canada and will lose 40 lbs. by this time next year... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:03:58 EST Hello Everyone :) Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a new member and I am really not sure what to expect. I have never joined any on line weight loss groups, but I know I desperately need the support. Who knows, I may even make a few friends :) <BR> <BR> I work full time by day and attend Graduate School by night and I am really busy. Lately, I have been eating "really large portions" of food and I do not seem to care; while I am in the process of eating the food. Immediately after eating, I feel sad, guilty, ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:00:33 EST New Habit Hello, I am starting some new habits, small steps that will propel me towards my goals. Tracking my nutrition keeps my head in the game. I am going to lower my cholesterol with nutrition, not meds. I don't want to add any more chemicals for my body to figure out what to do with. Food allergies are enough of a nuisance. <BR> Thank you all for being here! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:18:52 EST Simple, Quick Recipes -- Favorite and Yummy Crisp English Muffin <BR> 2 Slices of Oven Baked Deli Turkey <BR> 2 Slices of Cucumber <BR> 2 Slices of Tomato <BR> 1 Slice of Sargento Low Fat Pepper Jack Cheese <BR> Walton Farms No Calorie, No Carb, No Fat, No Nothing -- Fabulous Salad Dressing <BR> Sea Salt and Ground Peppercorns <BR> ______________________ <BR> Toast Muffin &amp; put the cheese on it <BR> OR Heat Turkey in Microwave <BR> <BR> Plus Talking Rain ICE Lemonade + fruit == zero calor... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 19:22:01 EST Want to surprise son who is deployed Hello everyone. Actually hello again. I joined Spark People over 3 years ago ~ I wasn't old enough to be a part of this group then but glad to be now.. Can't remember why I left but I'm back, And happy to report that I weigh less than when I left BUT there's still more to go. I'm fighting a number of health issues they think may be related to my stroke 4 years ago. My son is currently with the 3/8 Battalion out of Camp LeJeune. He is a Combat Engineer with 2nd but on loan. He left early Augus... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:40:07 EST Weight Loss Tips Met a lady today that her and her husband have been on a diet for 2 months -- with a Nutritionist. She has lost 36 lbs and he has lost 50 lbs. <BR> <BR> Here was her tip from the Nutritionist: <BR> Read the back of the label <BR> If Protein % and Carbohydrate % are close in % -- you can eat it. <BR> If Protein is like 7% and Carbs are like 22% -- then it will go ALL to fat. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 16:50:31 EST RE-INTRODUCING ME HI EVERYONE. YOU SEE ME BY MY USERNAME OF "JERICHOWARRIOR". MY REAL NAME IS ERIN. I AM JUST GOING THROUGH A LEGAL SEPARATION BUT I DO NOT LIKE TRYING TO BE SOMEONE THAT I'M NOT. SO PLEASE ALLOW ME TO RE-INTRODUCE MYSELF. I WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS "STITCH4EVER" AND HAVE BEEN ON SPARK FOR MANY YEARS. I HAVE LOST OVER 100 POUNDS WITH SPARK AND AM NOW TRYING TO FIND MY OWN LIFE AND WHO I AM AGAIN. THAT'S HARD AT 68 YEARS OLD. <BR> THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:38:21 EST New member looking for sage knowledge I had to have urgent removal of my lapband last week. I was planning to convert in one surgery to a sleeve in November. Now that I need to have a second surgery I'm wondering if the bypass is a better choice. I am a grazer, lazy cook who gained by poor choices and sweets,carbs etc rather than that 2nd helping... <BR> Any ideas or advice? Does anyone regret bypass and wish they'd done sleeve?? Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:39:04 EST Hi everybody. I am newbie <img src=""> <BR> Hi everybody. I am new to Spark People and the group and I just wanted to say hi. I have a lot of weight to lose and a lot a health to gain. I look forward to getting to know everybody. And I am glad to be here. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 02:23:18 EST Being consistent versus being current I started SP on 8/31/15, and my main focus has been just tracking what I consume. For 7 weeks, I was making my goal of averaging 2# of weight loss per week. Actually, I lost 14.5# in 6 weeks. Now, I've held steady on the scales for weeks 7 &amp; 8. I have my consumption all jotted down in the memo feature of my phone, but I have a backlog of ELEVEN days' worth of food to track. I know that consistency is a factor in successful weight management and nutrition, but how big of a factor is it? An... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:19:45 EST 50+ with 50+ and tech challenged I'm 50 years old with 113 pounds to lose, and I am not tech savvy. I just got my first smart phone a couple of months ago. Are there any others in this 50+ w/50+ group who are not tech whizzes but who use the SparkPeople mobile app? I'm thinking about trying it, but I'm concerned that the technological challenges might be counter-productive. I haven't been consistent in tracking my food daily like I was when I started here 2 months ago. Does anyone have an opinion on or experience with whethe... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:05:11 EST Newcomer wants to know... I am going to be 50 in a month. I joined Spark to try to lose weight and get fit because it seems like I have a number of factors working against me. I got sober in 2009 and began gaining weight due to a couple of medications I was taking at the time, methadone and seroquel. Now 6 1/2 years later, I am in menopause and my weight went up even more! I look forward to learning how other members are losing weight and finding the energy and time to exercise? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 02:50:35 EST