SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11533 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11533 Back on track . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61625495 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm from sunny South Florida and married to a super guy for 35 years. I'm a mom to 3 married kids with 8 grandchildren. My goal is to lose 65 pounds and get fit. At 53 I want to feel great, be healthy and have lots of energy. Sat, 30 May 2015 10:01:42 EST Finally, a good Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61624468 This was probably one of the most positive Doctor visits I can remember. I feel really rewarded and motivated, I should set this as one of my goals to help keep it going. <BR> <BR> I see my Dr every 6 months, it is usually the same depressing discussion; cholesterol too high, blood pressure high, need to lose weight, exercise, etc... <BR> <BR> It is usually frustrating because I am trying and failing, or I had had some success in between visits but for some reason by the time the appt come... Sat, 30 May 2015 07:59:18 EST Stepping out with faith and determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61603569 Hi there I am 57, Have been overweight most of my life. I had lost 70lbs eight years ago, then when i went on insulin I gained back 45lbs. <BR> Iam at present on the Medical Bariatric Clinic(not surgery!!!!) program at an Ontario Hospital clinic 8 weeks into a 6month program. I have lost 15 lbs in 4 weeks. Under the care of a specialist, Nurse, Dietician and councellor. While OHIP covers the program it does not pay for the meds or Meal portion. I saved for a year inorder to do this. <BR> I am... Wed, 27 May 2015 19:51:57 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61600826 hi just join. fail all of the other time. sure hope spark work for me Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:27 EST Jeff is losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61598161 I'm coming from using Nutrisystem on and off for +5 years. I'm in my 50's and have been over 300 pounds. at one point on NS I had lost nearly 60, but could not stick with the program and ended up quitting and gaining back. Tried 2 other times, this last one I have come down 25 so far but now with NS closing the community boards and shifting the trackers to NuMi, I am looking for something better. Wed, 27 May 2015 08:19:02 EST hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61591511 I'm joining this group today (formerly from forty something) and I just wanted to say Hi. Benny Tue, 26 May 2015 12:42:59 EST newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61577967 Glad to be here......... well you know what I mean :) it was past time for me to start, go team :)) Sun, 24 May 2015 23:03:12 EST New to Sparks People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61577903 Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople having joined on the 20 of May. Really am enjoying learning the site. The logging in of food is very helpful in keeping me on track. My goal is to loose 50 lbs by the end of 2015. Am trying to exercise 5 times a week, and having difficulty in drinking that much water. Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:47 EST Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61568585 My name. is mollie , i lost my husband about three years ago. We were married 38yrs. then. iwas 235 during that time .I was on there then but cannot find it . . i have lost some weight but not enough .. I have one daughter and one granddaughter and she is six Sat, 23 May 2015 19:58:11 EST Support Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61557875 Greetings to everyone! After years of being fit, fine, and fabulous , I am now fat, fine, and not feeling too fabulous. Tired of being under happy and over sad. I am 5' 9" and weigh 248 lbs. My goal is to get to 175lbs. But I know I am going to need all the support I can get! Ready, set, ......here I go!! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:12 EST Support Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61557856 Greetings to everyone! After years of being fit, fine, and fabulous , I am now fat, fine, and not feeling too fabulous. Tired of being under happy and over sad. I am 5' 9" and weigh 248 lbs. My goal is to get to 175lbs. But I know I am going to need all the support I can get! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:28:38 EST Tracking Favorite Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x61551601 Does anyone know if a personal favorite item can be included in a food grouping? I selected every filter listed on the grouping screen and none of my foods that I have entered as favorites showed up in the selection window. I tried to edit my list of favorites to share them but all of my items were not listed in the window. <BR> <BR> I also am feeling frustrated that it doesn't appear we can change a favorite food item. You can remove them, but not edit them? <BR> <BR> Last question: I... Thu, 21 May 2015 17:06:43 EST Waving hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61534342 My name is Tina, and this is my first time in this group, although it's not my first time with SparkPeople. I'm 51, my weight is up, and I'm out of shape. I also have several health challenges, debt, a child with autism, and recently added an ill mother to the pile. (My mom lives in another state. My sister is in the same city and is able to keep an eye on things. My mom has had leg pain and has had THREE surgeries on the leg in the past month.) <BR> <BR> Walking the journey is always e... Tue, 19 May 2015 19:48:58 EST Hello All.. newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61528297 I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.. Just joined Sparks and look forward to meeting a few kindred spirits. I love cooking , experimenting with new recipes and sharing the good ones with my friends. You can also find me on facebooks so friend request me. I wish you all success with your journey to better health . Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food!! Tue, 19 May 2015 06:59:44 EST New to group, Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61520404 I am new to this group even though I joined spark people a couple of weeks ago. I have hit the point in my life where I feel it's time to get things in control. I have 5 grandchildren and 4 sons and I want to be around to see them grow old. I am 57 and have to lose 150 pounds to be where charts say I should be. Personally I want to feel better and sleep better. My first goal is to drop 10 lbs an from there of course I will add more <em>524</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:48:35 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61517107 it's been almost 2 years since my last visit to SparkPeople, I am back this time to succeed. Sun, 17 May 2015 23:16:36 EST Finnegan . . . BEGIN AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61511918 GOOD Morning fellow sparklers! <BR> <BR> I am trying again and hold fast to the fact that my time periods of being "off track" are getting shorter. Truth is, I just celebrated my 58th birthday and realized (ha ha) I'm not getting any younger! <BR> <BR> Asking for (and accepting) your help and support as I COMMIT to better choices. <BR> <BR> Jeannie Sun, 17 May 2015 11:00:13 EST New Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61505943 How do we go about getting some new team goals? <BR> <BR> Maybe something else with exercise? Some people don't like to dance. Sat, 16 May 2015 16:08:59 EST 3 Meal a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61496882 Here's a good question and a HUGE struggle for me ... <BR> <BR> Everyone says eat 3 meals a day and some say eat 4 or 5 small meals each day. <BR> <BR> How do you do that when you are not hungry? When the thought of food makes you sick to your stomach? Then about 5 o'clock I eat a decent meal, protein, carb, veggie .. then about 9 or 20 o'clock I am ready to eat again and struggle not to. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 13:30:56 EST Finally Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61476838 Good morning Sparks Family, <BR> I registered in March but because of college I couldn't participate like I wanted. I am graduating tomorrow and I need to lose the weight for health reasons. I am not a big blogger but I do read alot and would greatly appreciate any and all tips. I actually done my first workout this morning and I wear a fitbit. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a blessed and prosperous day! <BR> <BR> Erinmarq Wed, 13 May 2015 09:12:25 EST New to team, but not to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61469814 I am 64, female, husband and two cats. Today I just got back from cardiologist and he said I am addicted to carbs and recommend the Ideal Protein diet. Well, it is a bit pricey. So I am going with Spark's recommendations. He also said the only way for my age to lose weight is diet, but to keep exercising, which I do. <BR> I have had bad gout but that is in control now with drugs. More drugs! (venting a bit) <BR> I have multiple health issues, diabetes, kidneys, heart... So I really want ... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:53:33 EST Newbie from Southern Kentucky ....hey, y'all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61469134 Happy and excited to start this new journey and learn from those who have had many successes! <em>224</em> Tue, 12 May 2015 11:46:23 EST Too short, too fat :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61460902 I live in eastern NC and love to eat!! That's my problem! Wanting to feel and look better. Got a new job a few months go in which I sit ALL DAY LONG 3 days per week! That's another problem. It's time to DO SOMETHING!!! Mon, 11 May 2015 14:11:20 EST The Crappy Food Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x61457386 To celebrate losing 25 pounds, yesterday I had a throwing out party of all for the chips, pretzels, popcorn and other foods in what I call the "crappy food group"! It was a kitchen garbage sized bunch of crap that we tossed! It actually felt invigorating and I took charge of my food instead of it taking charge of me and I'm winning! YES!! <BR> <BR> I am very proud of myself but I can't let this victory hinder me from my main goal of losing 75 pounds. I'm a 3rd of the way there. *Which is TO... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:09:59 EST Cathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61446428 Hello, I am a 51 year old missionary wife and mother living in Nara, Japan. When I first came to Japan about 2 years ago, we lived on a mountain. There was a wonderful 3 hour walking trail on the mountain next to our home. I went from 225 pounds all the way down to 178. We moved to the wonderful town of Nara last year. During the fall and winter, I got lazy and gained 20 pounds back. I decided enough is enough and I have started bike riding and walking again. I"m not going to stop until... Sat, 9 May 2015 20:03:19 EST Paula http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61435612 I really need to do this. I'm looking forward to it. Fri, 8 May 2015 12:13:25 EST New To The Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61407320 Hello all, My name is Ken and I just joined your group. First a little about me. I'm 60 years old and I weigh 421 pounds. I fell about 20 years ago and snapped the tendon off of my left knee which put me on a walker. I have lost part of my right foot from an infection brought on by diabetes. I have other problems but those are the biggies. I have belonged to Spark People but haven't followed through with any of the groups I had joined. I have a reunion to go to in August and would love to l... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:52:14 EST Ready to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61394504 Hi! I'm Alma, Grammygramma to 6, mother of 2 and wife of one. <BR> <BR> I've discovered how easy it is to watch health dwindle and weight pack on. Yet after some re-focusing over this past week and joining Spark, I'm ready to re-capture my health and down=size my body ! I'm still learning my way around the site and figuring out where to find things and what to do, but I love what I see. <BR> <BR> My last 6 years at work were exciting, but stressful and included a fall on ice that resulte... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:29:46 EST Hello, from an old geezerette http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61389063 I have decided its time to lick this diabetes 2 once and for all with losing weight and eating better. Medications are not the only way to control this disease and I intend to win my battle with it. Weight goal is to be about 40 to 50 pounds lighter by the end of this year if possible. Counting carbs and probably calories too, plus that dreaded word exercise. <BR> <BR> Hobbies are several craft projects, flowering and bird watching in our yard. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:12:46 EST First day of early Retirement: Fitness is Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61383369 Decided six months ago to retire from my stressful worklife on May 1st - the generosity of several of my late siblings offered me the chance to do so and when my mother passed away in Dec 2014, I was certain: Early retirement was the only way to truly focus on my health and fitness goals! As an 8 year cancer survivor, I know the importance of a fit body and mind to prevent recurrence. Starting today May 2nd I am renewing my contract with myself to MOVE every day with exercise and be aware ... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:00:25 EST Starting A New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61372664 I did it! I reached my first long-term goal. On August 14, 2014, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I weighed 273 lbs. My first long-term goal was to reach 200 lbs. I had a really good week between April 11 and 18. April 11 I weighed 201. April 18 I weighed 197! First long-term reached! Happy Dance! Celebrated with a nutritious and delicious chicken salad. <BR> <BR> I am still slowly losing the weight. As of today I weigh 195. It's time to set the next goal. My 2nd long-term ... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:48:10 EST katherine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61345274 I feel like you can help me loss weight. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:55:50 EST Tough On Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61336723 As many of you know my sister is a drunk. Well last week she was drunk and fell and broke her ankle. It is the same ankle she broke a few years ago. She actually broke the plate that she had in it. She can not put weight on it for three months and they don't know if she even will be able to put weight on it ever. She called today and is going into a rehab place and is down. I feel bad about this but she did this to herself. She wants me to do a lot for her, but I'm saying no to many thi... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:46 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61302168 Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST Newbie Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61274904 Hello everyone, just joined Spark People today and as I'm over 50 with 50 lbs to lose thought I'd join your team for some support and inspiration! Just did the pushup and abdominal crunch fitness tests and it was sad, sad, sad ... I knew I was fat and out of shape but finding out exactly how bad it is was a real eye opener! If nothing else it has motivated me to get started and set some goals. Looking forward to finding out everyone's tips and tricks to keep on track. Lee Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:01:10 EST New to this great group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61263184 Hi folks...giving this a try as I find I do better when I can see what I eat. Nice to be a part of this team. Good luck all...we can do this! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:49:20 EST New all over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61254390 I used Spark People successfully but then about 2 years ago I lost my oldest son to a brain aneurysm and about a year after lost a grandson born too soon to make it. I have since been a couch slug and an emotional eater. In addition to regaining my lost weight I've added many more pounds as well. Grief therapy has helped and I believe the time for rejoining the land of the living has arrived. My husband is also doing this program with me and we are both eager to make it happen for life! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:46:39 EST Hope this works http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61252810 I am 60+ lbs over where I should be. I have lost weight over and over but just can't have the ability so far to keep it off. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:19:19 EST I'm new this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61252457 Had an eye-opening weigh-in....uh, right, time to do something...so here I am! Hope everybody's having a great weekend. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:33:47 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61248353 Hi I'm SandraW--new to team. I'm hoping to gain support from this group. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:52:03 EST Silver Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61225358 I just got my Medicare insurance cards and discovered I can get Silver Sneakers for free! That means, as a Senior Citizen, I have access to over 13,000 fitness centers in the country. All of the gyms in my area participate! Anybody else a Silver Sneaker member? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:21:45 EST Back, yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61215659 I'm back, yet again. I'm 51, living in CT with hubby and have two grown kids I scanned some other posts and see I'm not alone. :) I've been a couch potato and stuck in a rut and was feeling tired all the time. I'm really tired of being tired! Not sure what motivated me but I started waling on my treadmill and guess what? I started to actually lose weight! Hubby suggested I get back on Spark so here I am! I walk about 2 miles on the treadmill (while watching seething on Netflix or Amaz... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:30:05 EST walking buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61207812 Hi my name is carol and I am new I'm looking for walking friends I live in street md. 21154 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:47:37 EST My name is Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x61204535 This is my goal too!!! I'd love to join. My weigh in is Tuesdays. I just got back from vacation, so I know I'm up a few pounds. <BR> <BR> 4/14/15: <BR> 4/21/15: <BR> 4/28/15: <BR> <BR> 5/5/15: <BR> 5/12/15: <BR> 5/19/15: <BR> 5/26/15: <BR> <BR> 6/2/15: <BR> 6/9/15: <BR> 6/16/15: <BR> 6/23/15: <BR> 6/30/15: <BR> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:32:42 EST My name is Carrie, new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61201726 Hi everyone, I'm excited to be here and reach my goal. I have tried many different weight loss plans and have failed, but I feel like this is where I need to be, having friends along the way to help cheer me on. Thanks in advance..... I'm ready to do this!!!! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:50:50 EST I my name is Meladie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61200337 Hello everyone, I am new at Sparks People and going to try and work very hard at my goals. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:42:50 EST My name is Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61196124 Nice meeting all of you!! My name is Sandra, I live in Parma, Ohio. I'm 60ish and looking forward to losing 50#s this year! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:08:34 EST scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61165588 How often do you weigh? How do you know if your scale is accurate or not? I think my scale is driving me crazy. Do any of you just weight once a month? I think because of my calorie food total now, that I should be losing 2 pounds a week. Do you think I can skip weighing? I know I am sticking to my program. I am exercising and walking and drinking water and tracking everything! It just frustrates me when there is in consistency with my scale. I bought a new one and it was worse. :( Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:47:34 EST Food tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x61164873 I've been tracking my food for the last 5 days. I'm so focused on staying within my calorie limit that I'm not eating enough because I don't want to go over. I'm also diabetic and have gone low a few nights. This has been a struggle for me. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:50:59 EST Very inspirational video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61162968 Arthur's transformation is amazing. I don't think I'd try to loose weight as quickly as he did, but it shows what a person is capable of doing, especially since most doctors had written him off. Bet you don't have a dry eye after watching this. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448 </link> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:22:23 EST One More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61145724 Pick the "diet" plan and I have tried it. Even SparkPeople. I joined about a year ago - did really well for about 3 months, then stagnant for 6 months and eventually just stopped pretending. I closed my original account so I really am starting over. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight all my life. I don't know how old I was, but I remember a "diet" prescribed by my pediatrician when I was 54 pounds. As I typed that, I realize how odd that sounds - timing out events in my life by ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:54:14 EST Atki s induction startin 4/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61139853 Hi i am Eileen, 54, from long island. Have to loose 50 pounds and have food allergies to egg whites and wheat grains, nitrates. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:02:18 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61130849 I am starting over! I've had success using Sparkpeople before. I just need to learn to stick with it! I am hoping to lose noticeable weight before my daughter graduates from high school in May. I know I won't be near my goal weight by then, but I plan to be closer! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 08:14:01 EST And away I go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61129863 I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Praising Him Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61129857 What an awesome God we serve Happy Easter everyone! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:16:27 EST Hi Team! Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61127194 Hi team! I'm a newbie to this team. I started 20 days ago and I'm still learning all this. I started with joining a local gym which has been good so far. Our local hospital took over the gym and its alot better than it was. I had a health assessment and a trainer met with me 3 times to go over stuff. Have done pretty good with the working out thing, taking it slow. Having a harder time with the eating better thing. Some areas I do great in and others not so much. I am challenging myself to se... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:39:26 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61120519 Hi, I'm new to Spark People. I'm 54 yrs old from California and looking for support and friends. I'm diabetic and haven't been doing what I should for a long time. Just went to the doctor and my A1C was 14.1. Need to take control of my life. Hope this is the place. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 01:08:15 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61116472 Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and that the weather is great. I'm doing well here, still exercising at the fitness center and going through the house to get rid of things or keep things. It is a lot but I'm getting there. Have another load for someone to pick up and take away. Going over to my nephew's for Easter to see Evan. Looking forward to that. Take care everyone and Happy Easter. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:47:52 EST Bland Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61094820 Hi everyone, <BR> I have been very sick with a stomach / intestinal flu for the past 4 days. Today I feel a little better. What are some good "bland foods" that I can try slowly to get back on my feet? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:17:41 EST Positive about my new lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61085178 My name is Denise. I am going to lose 100 pounds. I have chronic pain in my mid back. I am taking baby steps to my new healthy lifestyle. I need support on my new journey. I am looking for spark people to join me in this great journey. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:19:10 EST I'm returning after a long absence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61069106 Hi all, I'm back again, I'm really serious about getting into shape. I'm looking for a walking group in central Florida area. Does anyone have any suggestions? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:59:03 EST Losing 1 lb. a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x61067923 I have gone off my diet the last two days & it's hard to get motivated again but I only gained back 1lb. <BR> march 29-(225 <BR> april 5-( <BR> april -12 <BR> april-19 <BR> april-26 <BR> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:18:57 EST feeling a better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x61064001 i have lost 12 lbs now started 2 weeks ago i started by stop drinking so much pepsi every day now i drink water or green tea instead and i put on a t shirt yesterday that was real tight and now it is not tight at all so my belly is getting smaller Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:39:16 EST Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61061611 I apologize if this has been answered before, but I have not found a post about this in the first ten pages I searched. <BR> <BR> I would like to upload a photo of myself, but it always comes out sideways. The photos are in the right direction on my computer, the file type is correct, and the size is small enough, so I can't figure out what I am doing wrong. I don't see any edit feature where I can rotate the photos once I have uploaded them.Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any sugg... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:26:02 EST Also starting over - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61036352 I haven't been here much since signing up. I can see I need to come here every day and check in! I resist tracking calories and exercise, though. I have very little energy and am busy with young children. For some reason, it seems like a monumental task! <BR> <BR> Today I had to go up 52 stairs and had to rest several times and catch my breath. I mean, come on! I want to be able to run up those stairs! I just don't know how to reach that goal. It's not even so much the cardiac strain as i... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:31:05 EST feeling like a failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61030353 everytime I start a diet I end up failing...I feel like such a failure that I end up gaining wt because of this feeling. I need help... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:51:04 EST starting again too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61028244 Hi everyone. After falling off the wagon for awhile, I've come back to Spark. So much to like about this site. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:39:10 EST Hello - Also starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61021382 Hi everyone. I joined SP a few years ago but did not join in on any communities. <BR> I decided to come back again - but really think I need the emotional support right now and hope that this community will be the right one for me. I also hope to support others because I know where they are coming from. <BR> Would love to have a weight loss buddy if anyone is interested. <BR> Thanks <BR> GB Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:23:58 EST Here goes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x61016187 Good first week result but I've been messing up; still got time to right the ship. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3/24/15: 238.8 <BR> 3/29/15: 235.0 <BR> 4/5/15: 236.0 <BR> 4/12/15: 237.4 <BR> 4/19/15: 235.7 <BR> 4/26/15: 237.8 <BR> 5/3/15: 237.0 <BR> 5/10/15: <BR> 5/17/15: <BR> 5/24/15: <BR> 5/31/15: <BR> 6/7/15: <BR> 6/14/15: <BR> 6/21/15: <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:48:03 EST help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x61015841 I can't see how to join this challenge Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:58:17 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61015034 I'm a beginner at this so here I go, I'm 53 and decided it is time to make a few changes in my life, especially with losing my extra pounds. I'm also tried of having to hold on to something for assistance to get up off my knees. I want to be able to get up and down all by myself again like I did a few years ago. I'm happy I found this site and I love it so far, but still have some learning to do. Here's to taking it one day at a time and improving my self esteem. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:24:28 EST Just started - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61012993 Hello, my name is Sherry. I have started losing again, hopefully this time will be successful! :-) I am finally doing some things for myself and this is a start. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:41:20 EST Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61011214 Hi team members. I am not new to this team. I have been here off and on since 2007. However, I am back again because of the pre-diabetes which I have known about for the last 3 years. I keep coming back because I love SP and when I started I lost weight and did good. I always seem to lose interest after 2 or 3 days and go back to my old habits. So I am here again. I pray that this time around I will make myself accountable and stick with it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for always being there... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:14:14 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61004991 Thank you everyone for welcoming me to my new journey. I appreciate everyone for all the kind words. This is going to take me a little while to post messages and figure out how this works. Please be patient with me if I do not answer if you send a message. <BR> <BR> Thanks again. <BR> Donna Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:42:45 EST Back again after a 4 year hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x61002001 It's funny how one thinks they can make a go of it alone. I signed up at Sparkpeople back in early 2011 and was logging into the site for a few months. My login's were sporadic and I rarely used the trackers. I recall thinking at the time, tracking exercise and particularly nutrition was a time consuming nuisance and I could just go and do my "own thing" Eventually, I just stopped coming back here. <BR> <BR> I embarked on a mainly vegetarian/vegan way of eating. By and large I would say 60% ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:09:05 EST Negative People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x61001470 I have only been at this since February 14th and with today' weigh-in I have only lost 7 pounds total .. my goal is to loss a total of 94 by Feb 25th 2016 (my 60th birthday). The trouble is that some people around me (and unfortunately some people here on SP) are very negative and keep telling me that I will never complete this .. that I am doing everything wrong .. and that I am stupid to think this will work and stupid with some questions that I ask. I don't usually listen to negativity but... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:57:29 EST My name is Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60995510 I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST skinnyrasven http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60994446 I am many things: retired social worker,cancer survivor. grandmother, and a life long Alaskan. this is my first time to take my weight and health seriously. I love the tracking charts and find that to be helpfull. I don't know about message boards. I do want one of the cute measuring TAPE at the bottom of your messages.t . I think visuals are important especially if you are a left brain kinda person. I am trying to catch up with technology especially when my granddaughter laughed when I ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST Beginner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60992910 Hello everyone...my name is Yvette and I pray this is my perfect fit, have tried other plans and failed....HELP! Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:39:02 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60987991 Well I have been gone for a long time but I'm back now. I put on a bunch of weight while I lived in the hospital the last year with my late husband. This being the second husband I lost the kids are worried about me because my health has gone down hill. They are watching me close and being very supportive of my new healthier look at life. I am just traveling around staying with all the kids. I am in Alaska now. In April I will be in Washington and sometime in May I should be back in Tex... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:36:58 EST Hello 50+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60987969 I thought I would say hi to everyone here at 50+. <BR> My goal is to stay away from sugars and carbs and get active. I am hoping it sticks this time. <BR> Knees don't you dare fail me now!! <BR> Not much for long postings so, enjoy your weekend and let me know if anyone has any questions. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:33:56 EST Spring into Summer - 1lb a Week Challenge til 6/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x60983859 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Do not post here - go to the challenge to post - here is the link! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x<BR>60983817 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the template for the new challenge! Spring into Summer. <BR> <BR> 3/22/15: Starting weight <BR> 3/29/15: <BR> 4/5/15: <BR> 4/12/15: <BR> 4/19/15: <BR> 4/26/15: <B... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:41:39 EST Spring into Summer - 1lb a Week Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60983700 Here is the template for the new challenge. Let's spring into summer! <BR> <BR> 3/22/15: Starting weight <BR> 3/29/15: <BR> 4/5/15: <BR> 4/12/15: <BR> 4/19/15: <BR> 4/26/15: <BR> 5/3/15: <BR> 5/10/15: <BR> 5/17/15: <BR> 5/24/15: <BR> 5/31/15: <BR> 6/7/15: <BR> 6/14/15: <BR> 6/21/15: <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:28:09 EST Hello fellow strugglers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60981141 been on sp for a couple of years but never really participated until now. <BR> I know I cant keep this better way of living going on my own and I need help and encouragement and hope to be able to do the same for anyone else who needs it :) <BR> just moving on one step at a time. (tiny steps mostly) <BR> I have managed 10 consecutive days on sp and 10 minutes exersise for over a week. <BR> wishing you all the happiest of happy days <BR> Mel ( from Wales ) Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:31:10 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60979632 Hello, a new member from Canada. I have a long journey ahead, but I'm motivated. I want to be healthy and in shape for my daughters graduation from uni in England next summer. Looking forward to meeting others with the same goals and interests. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:38:23 EST chrisie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60977062 I just started today, I am having a problem with the calorie in take.Can't get to work..... Like how many calories are in something that I have put down,it always says O that does not help me!!! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:09:03 EST Prayers needed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60952334 The doctors think that my husband has lung cancer. He is getting a cat scan on Thursday. Would appreciate any prayers. <BR> <BR> Carol Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:42:22 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60950783 I am new here. I hope to lose 60 pounds by November 2015. I hope sparkpeople will give me the edge to do it! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:18:07 EST Working hard, still gaining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60928512 Hi, Team, This is really my very first very serious effort to loose serious weight. I decided on Feb 23 to do this for me. My first week I lost over 3 lbs. I was hoping for 5. I have gained my second and third week. This is discouraging. BUT, I have also lost over 6 inches overall! Very encouraging! I have not missed a day of fitness activity. I have tracked my nutrition and fitness everyday(almost). They tell me I need more calories. What's up? Can I have gained muscle? I feel better, strong... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:01:20 EST New day...Fresh start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60928379 Good morning! This is my first day and I'm looking for an accountability/motivational partner if you are interested. My problem doesn't seem to be losing the weight, it's keeping it off. I am either losing or I am gaining, never maintaining. I have lost over 100 pounds 3 other times in my life and each time gained it all back plus more. I'm ready to lose it once and for all. I recently read a book called "Made to Crave" that says we were made to crave God, not food and that is what I a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:42:48 EST Desperate for help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60921630 I am new here, but not to dieting. I have reached a new high and need HELP. I will be 67 the end of June and would like to be 20+ lbs lighter and fitter so I can enjoy life better. But you see 20 isn't my goal, 70 is. I know it is do-able by the end of the year. I just have problems getting motivated and staying motivated. I am praying this site helps me reach my goal. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:25:03 EST Newbie that cant breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60916782 Hello my name is Carolyn I am a 56 year old grand mother who has gained a lot of weight in the past 5 years. I have had a hard time breathing for the past 3 or so. Went to doctor ask if she could give me some diet pills she want because they are hard on lungs and heart. She told me to come here. So I am praying I can get lots of information from here. So far no diet has worked like the no carbs or high protein diet. So just going to eat and count calories. Thanks for being here for me to lear... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:47:37 EST cook who need to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60909164 Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60883006 Hello! My name is Linda, and I joined sparkpeople one week ago. I am obviously over 50 (by one year lol), and I have always fought my weight--with it doing most of the winning. The challenges are harder I have found the older you are...weight just doesn't drop off *like that* anymore...it's a real struggle. I'm taking it slowly, and not rushing anything...although I really do have to step up my physical activity. Thinking of joining a gym, but we shall see. I weighed myself this morning ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 13:52:19 EST newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60863792 I'm just starting to look around the site and this seems like a good place to begin. My doctor suggested I take a look when I explained how discouraged I am with my failure to loose wait. I'm a pretty independent by nature, however with all the tools here I will hopefully find a process that works. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:43:45 EST Winning BIg in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60861535 Hello my name is hazel Lewis. I weight 229.4 lbs and I am struggling to lose but I am trying. I need all the encouraging words I can get.I know this is going to be a long journey but I am willing to keep going. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:51:51 EST Recommiting again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60843644 Life events always throw me off. My husband suddenly passed away in February 2014. Taking care of so many things was stressful. I joined a gym last March and was doing really well in a small group program. But I couldn't hold it together trying to take care of household, family and grieve at the same time. I haven't really exercised since November. I must get back on track- for me! I pray that I stay in touch for the much needed support. God bless you all. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:53:29 EST My name is Patty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60840769 Hi....I am new to spark people...I am 56 live in Grangeville, ID and desire to become a better me. I have been on the yo-yo diet merry-go-round since I was 12 years old. I feel overwhelmed by the amount of weight I need to lose. I have had many many major changes in the last 2 months and have gained 12 pounds. I look forward to meeting others face the same challenges and victories. May you all be blessed today on your journey! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:48:33 EST high protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x60808538 Is anyone counting carbs instead is calories? <em>521</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:51:45 EST sheri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60806971 I have joined Sparkpeople and hope to lose weight Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:21:48 EST Looking Forward to the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60794683 I never realized just how badly I want to live a long, full life until somebody tried to kill me. I fought harder than I ever have in my life to save myself. That was one year ago 2 days ago. I have thought about it and know that keeping this much extra weight can also shorten my time on Earth. I've been told that I'm now pre-diabetic. I hate meds so I am choosing to again fight for me; this time by loosing the weight and gaining the health. Starting late is better than never, so now I start ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:06:21 EST Good Morning and Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60790776 Good morning and thank you in advance for welcoming me to this group. I guess you all can relate when I say I'm tired of this struggle. I know that tracking my calorie intake is the beginning to making this change in my life. I am an empty nester, my twin daughters away at college this year and a stressful job. I also suffered an injury to my wrist back in October and that has impacted some of my activity level. I am committed to myself and a nutritional program THRIVE that is amazing an... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:06:21 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60773501 Hi Everyone I'm Audrey <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in July 2012 with my goal being to lose 100 pounds...by May of 2013 I had lost 56 pounds but then my daughter got pregnant with triplets and ended up in the hospital for 3 weeks in August of 2013 and another 17 days with the babies in ICU where I spent many days away from home eating food that wasn't so good for me and I got completely off track. <BR> <BR> The last year I have bounced back and forth gaining and losing same ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:09:17 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60767259 Hello to Everyone: <BR> <BR> I am a returning Spark newbie. I am 63 and ready to drop these extra pounds --once and for all. I think community might help me stick with a commitment plan and dangerous food cravings.I need to lose 60 lbs so I can avoid any future health issues. <BR> <BR> Also, I am iterested in sharing recipes and menus that undestand my southern taste buds. LOL <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening- Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:54:02 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60763519 Good Morning, <BR> It's cold and crisp here in southern Texas and It feels like a lazy day..... <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, my name is Debbie and I am 54 years old with 178 pounds left to drop. I have a multitude of physical challenges and a few mental ones as well. I am a wife of 36 years, mother to four grown children, Nana to 15 grandchildren and a great Nana to six..... <BR> DH and I are two years from retirement and have already made the huge move into full time RVing. I look forward to me... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:28:37 EST here again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60752316 Hi Ya'll, <BR> Here I am again. Ready to make a change. Hope you all have a great day! <BR> dianehb1 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:40:09 EST no beating yourself up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60751827 So many of these posts are a cry about failure. Quit beating yourself up. Let's only post on this board positive success. You can go to another board to lament failures. Where ever you are in life, You are a beautiful person! Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:44:09 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60743601 I'm new, I've lost 50 pounds and have much more to lose but I find myself starting to eat things I should not I'm struggling but I'm praying to get back on track. also I have limited <BR> mobility due to arthritis so I do chair exercises. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:10:20 EST Pedometers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x60739219 <BR> I am looking for a good pedometer, but I would appreciate some opinions and advice. <BR> I want something accurate but not complicated. <em>30</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:24:58 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60708143 I joined earlier this week. I have moved from sunny Colorado to northern Idaho where the sun rarely shows itself in the winter. I miss my friends and life in Colorado but am learning to make this my new home. Since moving I gained a lot of weight. Lots of emotional eating. I am now in a place where I am ready to get back on track. This is a great place, and I look forward to sharing this journey. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:12:12 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60697234 Hi I am new. This is my first full day. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:39:58 EST New on this team.. Hiya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60695953 Hiya! <BR> <BR> I am Oddlass (Val really, but Oddlass suits me better) I have been sparking on and off for a long time! So am hoping this time I will shift all the blubber an get fit! <BR> <BR> I am 57, married with one daughter and one Grandson. and the grandson is part of my reason for trying again. Rhys is 2 years old and can move a lot faster than me now! <BR> And I wanna play on the slides and things with him at soft play, but I just can't do it. SO, I need to make myself into 'Fit ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:45:44 EST This is my year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60694758 Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I just joined this group a few weeks ago. I have struggled with losing and gaining weight for over 20 years. I found that, for myself, it was a matter of addressing the root of my issues in life before I could address my health, eating and nutrition issues. <BR> <BR> This is not an easy nor a fast journey. One of the things I learned about myself is that I am not a patient person with ME. I can be patient WITH and FOR everyone else but myself. Once I learned to sta... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:55:58 EST All things new - that's me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60694147 Hi my name is Charlene Jane. I am new. I have been around the block trying to lose weight for years. I would lose a few plateau and gain. I am fed up with the yo yo. Determining now is the time to make a permanent commitment, to myself and my family. Encouraged to find this forum. Blessings to all. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:15:04 EST Ready for improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60685860 I am at a disadvantage for weight lose since I have limited mobility. My lifestyle is extremely sedentary since I have post polio and am bound to a wheelchair. Any advise is greatly appreciated. I want this to be a success story and not just another attempt to add to the long list of attempts. Looking forward to seeing your ideas and your support. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:37:05 EST Week 2 Doing Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60682226 Happy Tuesday! This is day 2 of my 2nd week. Last Thursday I blogged about what a hard time I was having keeping my calories and my weight down. I was pretty upset. I'm glad to report that I'm off to a much better start this week! I logged my nutrition yesterday - stayed well within the calorie range, and I even worked out on my Gazelle. <BR> <BR> YAY ME! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:45:03 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60680346 Hello. I joined SP last month but have just gotten active on the website. I have 60 lbs to lose.. I have been reading the team post and like how everyone is so encouraging. I need that encouragement and motivation because I have dieted, given up, dieted, and given up some more. This time I am not trying to give up. I'm going to change how I do this. Portion control and exercise. I hope to hear lots encouragement, motivation, advice and tips from all you. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:10:58 EST Hi my name is Sudie-g http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60679408 I am over weight, and headed towards having sugar. Sugar runs in my family. And their is a lot of health issue that go's with gaining weight. and I want to be healthy. willing to do what ever it takes to remain healthy. two years ago I was 125lb now i'm 204. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:03:47 EST Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60663404 I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:12 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60660888 Hi, This is something new for me. I want to lose at least 50 lbs. I want to keep the promise to my late husband. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:39:36 EST Greetings From California http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60660164 Hi Everyone, I'm Sheri. I'm returning to SP after taking several years off. I need to lose about 80lbs. I'm hopinh to get most of it off before my 55th Birthday in October. I'm looking for a fun and friendly home team - one with a pulse would be good! lol <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:57:30 EST Turning 60 in 2 wks....I need to lose this weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60659230 Hi to all! I'll be turning 60 in just two weeks (that in itself is unbelievable!) I've let myself go, I am 60 pounds overweight, have back problems and heartburn of which I am positive if I lost the weight some of those issues would be gone. I just seem to have lost all motivation mentally and physically and can't seem to get motivated with anything. I have lost my way along the road of life and I want I want to get it back. I have two great grandchildren that I want to be around for as l... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:06 EST I am a Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60658890 Hello, my name is Terri and I have 94 pounds to lose to reach my Goal Weight. If I do everything correctly, I can celebrate my 60th birthday (next year) by achieving that goal. My Mom died young (age 61) and I take after Mom. I only have one child and I would like to be around for many more years for him and his wife. I am recently divorced and I am hoping that my stress level will decrease and I can concentrate more on myself and my health now. I do have heart problems and osteoarthritis so ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:39:53 EST Back and Committed (and engaged!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60654985 I'm back and ready to commit. (Going on line to buy a fitbit, too). <BR> so many good changes recently. I'm ready to face the weight -- and I do realize some of my problem is medical (wrong sythroid dosage -- I have no thyroid and this is too low) going to find a new doctor); most of it is emotional/stress and bad habits. I'm living the dream life right now, so I should look it! <BR> <BR> There is no set wedding date -- I would like to get married July 19th (we're eloping, I bought my ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:43:20 EST How do you deal with losing slowly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60621968 Hi, I am new to this board but am pretty frustrated with losing weight so slowly that I tend to just lose faith that I will lose. I have been on probably every name brand diet out there and lose some weight but then gain it back. I track my food, exercise like a manic and still I will lose for a while and then it just stops. I ramp up the exercise, cut or increase calories, but still it stalls and I mean for weeks like 5 or more- then I just give up. Ugh, I know that this doesn't work in the ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:47:50 EST Hi, I'm Tammy...this team caught my attention! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60621668 <em>524</em> I am over fifty and have over fifty pounds I need to lose. This seems like one of the more active teams. I'm still learning to use these tools, both the forums and the site overall. It's a little overwhelming but I am enjoying it. I hope to gradually start participating more. thanks for being here! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:04:05 EST Day 1 for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60612080 I feel very alone in my weight struggles. On the outside I present to the world a happy, friendly person yet inside I feel so inadequate and uncomfortable because of my weight. Food has been my comfort since early childhood and I struggle. <BR> Last November I turned 70 and had promised myself I would not be fat for this birthday, but I was. I have raised 3 daughters as a single parent and between them, I have 6 very handsome grandsons ages 25 to 7. <BR> My passion is sewing and all types... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:08:15 EST Hi I'm Felia B http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60603777 Okay, I'm going to try this again! This morning I was praying and telling the Lord that I really need to lose some weight and I wanted to find a good way for me to do so. <BR> <BR> I was web searching and came upon SparkPeople! Wow! Get that a "spark" in my mind to search the web and "sparkpeople" came up which "sparked' me into wanting to be a part of this group! <BR> <BR> I'm excited and afraid at the same time! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me so far. And a specia... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:43:59 EST It's Been 9 Years . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60574989 . . . and I'm back. Now I'm in my 60's and disabled with 50 pounds to lose by January 31, 2016. And that's my first goal. I'm usually the quiet type - usually in the background. I live in a state where some would call the snow we get a "snow-pocalypse". We just call it Thursday (or Friday or whatever!). <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:14:25 EST Hi I'm patty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60563680 Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Reality.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60549596 Well, I find myself at a crossroad once again in my life. I am going to try very hard to gain CONTROL instead of WEIGHT! I need to start sometime and somewhere so this is where I landed. Thank you for having me... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:08:49 EST New Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60536335 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark today. I am looking forward to being a part of this group. I really need motivation. Living alone has it's good and bad points. I have no encouragement, but I also don't have anyone trying to tempt me. Any hints or tricks are welcome! <BR> <BR> Cathy Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:05:33 EST Thanks for welcomes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60528948 Thanks for your many welcomes. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:08:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60513905 Hi, I’m excited to become a member of SparkPeople and join this community of 50 with 50 (plus.) About 6 or 7 years ago I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off, but have been stuck there. In order to make further progress I worked out for almost two years, I had a lap band (and had it removed as I started throwing up during meals…yuck) and went on various diets. Now, I’ve been on SparkPeople for one week and feel like this is the place to finally break through what has seemed like an impenetrab... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:52:27 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60501669 Just wanted to say "HI" to everyone, this is my first experience with joining a group like this. I'm a little intimidated by it all. Anyway, I'm 50 and need to lose around 60 lbs. I'm so ashamed of the way I look, I don't want to go anywhere or see anyone. I've lost interest in things I liked to do cause I don't feel good with this weight. I don't like myself or what I see in the mirror. I don't want to see anyone or go anywhere, I'm too self conscience. I desperately need support and h... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:38:33 EST Hi, this is not what I want to see in my mirror.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60500869 Hi all, I'm Sandi, i'm 61 and everything else is subject to change... That said, here's a bit of my story. Been married for 20 years to the man I've been with for closer to 40 years, where has the time gone? Have battled with weight issues most of my life but stayed at a steady weight for years at a time. Well now it's time to pay the piper and I'm dealing with several health issues as well as being overweight. I won't bore you with the details in this post but let's just say a lot of the ex... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:32:10 EST Where to start my weight loss journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60484930 This is heavest I've weighed in my life and I don't know how to start low carb. Any suggestions? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:23:30 EST How Do You Get the Great Weight Loss Slides/Ticker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60477865 Hi! I'm new and have an iPad. Are the sliding scales that so many seem to have available through the site or do I have to download them somewhere? Sometimes my iPad won't let me download graphics, but I'd love to try! Thanks! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:01:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60476153 I just joined today...well actually I joined over a year ago and did nothing. This year I'm going to be kind to myself and lose this weight and increase my exercise so that perhaps I can get rid of several medications as the conditions improve. Looking forward to being a participating member. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:15:29 EST big snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60465392 Big blizzard coming tonight for anyone here who lives in New England! Be safe. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:11:45 EST Up Date on Working with a Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60464427 As I told you I was going to start working with a personal trainer. It is the best thing I have done. If you have a senior center near you that offers this take it up. He is so helpful and I've learned so much. I'm doing everything slowly, but it is keeping me motivated. I was nervous and scared about doing this, but it really has helped me. I'm glad I'm doing this and going there to exercise has been a lot of fun. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:27:20 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60462132 And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60457554 My name is Julie. I've been following the Spark plan since Jan 5th. I am nine pounds lighter. I'm just going to keep going one day at a time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:10:35 EST Change is today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60451789 Hi, I'm Sandy and have been battling my weight for about 12 years now. Yoyo dieting has been me. I'm hoping this site will get me back on track to stop this and finally get my weight off for the rest of my life. I am a diabetic, high cholesterol. I am 67 years old retired lady and keep pretty busy with dancing, walking, etc. The problem with the way I diet, is plain not eating most of the day, which I know is not healthy with diabetes and reading all articles is the main reason I'm not lo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:12:58 EST Hello, My name is Micheal and I need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60450279 My name is Micheal, I am 60 years old and an ugly\discussing 272 pounds while only 5' 10" tall. I was born and raised in a very small Kansas town (pop. 136). 39 years ago I married and Angel and the love of my life, we seldom leave the house alone, many people joke we a attached at the hip. Let me stress that my wife is in no way over weight, she is 5' 4" and weights less than 130 (although I don't know the exact number), so other than her excellent cooking she is in no way responsible for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:19:57 EST Praying for strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60440560 Praying for strength to keep on track, forgive myself for stumbling and picking myself up and keep going. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:52:15 EST On the road again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60438445 Didn't just stray off the path, I dove off the bridge.....put on so much weight so fast that I scared myself and my physician....and now I'm back on a sane eating program, enjoying exercising, and beginning to lose again. I LIKE eating like this....it makes me feel good....and I am happy to be with persons who are walking similar paths. Most of my friends and acquaintances are either slender and taking it for granted or overweight and unready to work it off......being on SparkPeople and in ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:38:24 EST Hi Everyone I'm new here and still finding my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60430826 Hi to everybody I've just joined up - decided that enough was enough and I needed to sort myself out. I was thinking of doing the 5:2 diet but while I was searching I came across this site, which looks to me like having your own personal trainer/nutritionist/life coach plus a lot of support from friends. So easy decision really I joined up and here I am Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:19:16 EST Can't Look Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60428245 Hi Everyone, I am new to the Board here. I live in Pennsylvania. I signed up for my first team goal - a realistic one, and so it goes. Have a calm day everyone. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:49:23 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60417825 hello everyone just started this , is it easy let me know thank you Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:13 EST Trying it an old way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60415075 l am 59 and can't exercise from physical problems. Have been doing low carb it worked for a while until I was losing my mind. Then I went to food combinding it works too. But I wouldn't always have what I need on hand to combined. I am going to mainly stick with watching how many calories I consume. I will do some low carb and food combinding. But when I have to for different reason get off track just going to make sure I don't go over amount of calories I feel I need to stay with. Joined ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:36:26 EST This time I will not fail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60400987 Hi everyone, I have been on spark people for a week trying to get used to it. Looking forward to meeting people and working toward a healthier life. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:09:23 EST 63 and finally taking myself under control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60398142 Hi. Found Spark a few weeks ago and then received my Silver Sneakers membership card. Now a member at the YMCA and tonight is my first water aerobics class. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:35:19 EST Almost 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60395669 Hi, I'm a First Nation woman from Canada. I first started my journey to weight loss February 2012 and during that first year I lost almost 40 lbs., strictly from walking, joining a gym and eating healthy. The 2nd year for the first 7-8 months I took off and additional 22 lbs and for some reason or another I lost motivation. I rejoined the gym again last May but my attendance has been sporadic. So here I am...with a definite plan and stick-to-if-ness...determined to succeed where I stopped. Oh... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:51:37 EST just found this site tonight, read some of the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60392230 success stories and they got me fired up! The site looks like it will provide good motivation for me. When I quit smoking in november, I proceeded to gain 20 pounds and became very sedentary. and I was plenty overweight to start with! lost 60 pounds when I was 35 but slowly gained all that back and more. This time I will succeed, I HAVE to and WILL, as my health is in jeopardy now (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, GERD). I plan on taking it slow and making it permanent. I am fear... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:54:59 EST just found this site tonight, read some of the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60392227 success stories and they got me fired up! The site looks like it will provide good motivation for me. When I quit smoking in november, I proceeded to gain 20 pounds and became very sedentary. and I was plenty overweight to start with! lost 60 pounds when I was 35 but slowly gained all that back and more. This time I will succeed, I HAVE to and WILL, as my health is in jeopardy now (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, GERD). I plan on taking it slow and making it permanent. I am fear... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:54:15 EST Going to try hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60381413 I have too much weight to lose! I know it is going to be a battle so will need to work hard. Looking forward to getting to know everyone in the team. <BR> <BR> Nibblik Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:50:43 EST Hello everyone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60378940 I just bought the Eat to live book and i am a need of support and help. I would like to loose the weight and be healthy. Had breast cancer 2011 and gained 100lb. Tried so many diets, but i could not loose the weight. I have tried this last summer but i i have stopped loosing and i quit. So I need some help and advice. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:05:57 EST Feeling better than ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60370103 Hi hope everyone has an awesome day I have been working on getting. In better shape for two years I'm down 70 lbs I feel better and really enjoy meeting my daily exercise goals thanks for letting me join I don't have all the tracking down yet but will work on it thanks again Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:14:13 EST Patience at My Age http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60360923 I know that one pound a week is reasonable; especially at 67 years old with one knee replacement and one in the future... WAY overweight and out of condition BUT where does a person get the patience and the motivation to stick with it at that slow a pace. I want it all off NOW. <em>102</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:51:17 EST Time management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60357471 I made a decision to be a member of just one team. Guess which one :) I was spending to much time on the internet and still not accomplishing much, Anyone else find it all a bit overwhelming, Anyway in order to manage my time and reduce my stress I think for now just one team is all I can handle. So far I have been faithful in my food and nutrition tracking. Thanks for being here and am thankful to be part of your team <em>381</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:32:55 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60349419 Hi everyone. <BR> I am new to this team, to 50's age group and to the red to lose 50+ pounds. <BR> I'm hoping to find encouragement to stick to the weight loss plan and to be encouraging to others. <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:22:10 EST This is about me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60346770 Yep, I have decided that I do not want to be 60 lbs overweight and unable to wear my clothes! I am tired of feeling tired and I want to drop the takeout food. So I am looking forward to this journey! <BR> My name is Julie. I live in central Florida. I was glad to see a 50+ group. Friends! <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:11:23 EST SlimGrandma5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60311743 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60309693 Hello Team, my name is Rene`. I turned 50 in September. I lost 30 pounds since Spring of 2014 in preparation for turning 50. I have 55 - 70 pounds to go depending on my goal weight. I have major clinical depression and possibly bipolar. It is finally under better control though it is always a struggle. I finished up 2014 be ending up in the ER with horrible symptoms. It turns out that I am a type II diabetic. My blood glucose was 509 which is so strange as it was normal just six weeks earl... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:30:51 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60304735 Hi my name is Pat Reynolds and I just found this site and so far it's very exciting! I have 60 pounds to lose and have been very depressed since I broke my ankle about a year ago and am finding it hard to get motivated to exercise since I am always in pain. But I plan to overcome this this year. I am looking for any advise on some low impact exercises. Have a great day everyone! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:17 EST If your going to be naughty, it should be a 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60303576 Meaning... if you are going to "cheat" on your new lifestyle, whether it is a snack, event, etc. it should be the closest you can get to a 10 to do it. <BR> <BR> What 10's can you think of? <BR> <BR> For me, a snack... if I am going to use some of my allowed calories on something that isn't healthy, it might be a second glass of wine, but it better be GREAT wine... or maybe a glass of port, but not just any port, Warre's Warriors is a Great one. <BR> <BR> Or if I am going to "blow off" a c... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:29:41 EST New day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60300645 Hi, my name is louanna and I am thankful for another chance to get this right. Looking forward to being part of the group! :) Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:18:50 EST Some Good Info for us Oldies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60296085 SENIOR DISCOUNTS <BR> <BR> Keep this list and send a copy to your senior friends and relatives. <BR> As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy's recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. Being of 'that' age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too. <BR> This inciden... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:32:41 EST Here we go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60292354 I made a half-hearted start at SparkPeople last year ... lost weight, but gained it back, plus, of course, after losing my connection to the regime. This time, I am blogging, to hold myself accountable. But I also need FRIENDS. No more anonymity. Day 3 and three blog posts. Today's is a reflection on the re-cycling winters of our discontent. <BR> <BR> http://tinyurl.com/lp658en <BR> <BR> Join me in my quest to keep summer in my heart. -- Terryism Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:45:14 EST re introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60292269 i have been on spark for awhile but I haven't actually done anything with it yet. I had been exploring and getting information. This past year I have been on info overload. I will start using all this tips from spark I have 75 pounds to lose and I have the first 10 pounds that just fluctuate I hope to get past that this year. <BR> Have a wonderful day. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:39:35 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60288030 I got myself started out eating healthy at the beginning of the week and then all feel apart. I don't know why but I just gave up. I have stopped exercising and starting eating candy and junk. I am so depressed and have no motivation Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:40:54 EST Where do I start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60282966 Ok I am literally starting my journey as I type this. <BR> I need advice from successful people on where to start. <BR> I need to lose at least 80lbs. Please help <em>4</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:59:01 EST One week in and I'm doing well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60281398 I'm just over 1 week in and already I'm learning a lot. By tracking my food, drink and exercise on the phone app and striving to stay inside my goal tracking ranges for calories, etc. it kind of makes it an educational game for me. Hitting the right balance of calories, carbs, fat, and protein has been an interesting challenge. I am enjoying this new game of life that I'm playing and I'm down 12 lbs thus far. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:16:53 EST Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60279775 Hi Everyone, I am new to this site. Am a Christian, and ask your prayers that I would be successful!! Thanks & God Bless!! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:40:38 EST Weight like a bouncing ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60279696 Does anyone else have this issue? I have been weighing myself daily since last July when I started my new program, and my weight goes down a pound, then the next day up one, next day up another, then down one, etc. I know I should only weigh myself weekly, but I am afraid I will miss the one day when it is down again! Anyone know why this happens? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:29:18 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60273529 Hi everyone. A friend told me about spark people...um....5-6 years ago. I joined then but never did anything with it. So basically I'm even more out of shape now then I was then. So now, years after joining, I'm typing my first post. My goal is to get active again while following a weight loss diet plan. I just finished my grocery shopping and am ready to start fresh. I have additional motivators this time around with a couple of health factors. My doc just started me on a couple meds... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:48:16 EST new to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60271479 Just starting again with sparkpeople. Hoping this time will be different. I didn't use any trackers last time but plan on using them now and taking full advantage of what sparkpeople has to offer. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:17:35 EST When do you exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x60269960 I have to admit exercise is not my idea of fun. I hate sweating! But I'm determined to fit it into my life somehow. My dilemma is when is the best time? Lots of people do it first thing in the morning, but I need at least 1/2 hour and a cup of tea before I can face the day. I'm not working right now so I could fit it in during the day but I always have the excuse that I'd have to shower afterward and the whole thing would just take too much time. I could go walking except it's cold out the... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:07:59 EST my name is tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60263580 hello everyone!!! MY NAME IS TAMMY, I AM MAKING A HUGH EFFORT TO GET BACK IN SHAPE AFTER A CAR WRECK THAT TOOK THREE YEARS TO FINALLY GET BACK INTO A WORLD WITH LESS DR VISITS. STILL HAVE MORE SURGRIES TO GO BUT I GAINED 100 PLUS LBS IN THE 3 YEARS THAT I WAS UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO A TRAINER AND AM WORKING ON GETTING BACK IN SHAPE AND LOSING WIEGHT AND PROVING ALL MY DRS WRONG... THANKS Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:44:19 EST This is IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60263425 Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60261358 This year I have decided I need to do something new for exercising and to step out of what I'm comfortable doing. So here it goes. We have Senior Centers here with fitness centers and I'm going next week Monday to join one for free. I've also decided to work with a personal trainer there for 4 weeks for $20.00. I'm nervous about this because it is something I've never done, but here it goes. I need to do this for me and in a way I'm looking forward to it. Told my nephew and he is behin... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:39:56 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60253378 Hi my name is Annie. I have been on and off Sparkspeople for some time now. I am 51 years old feel so much older and hate that I am starting all over again. Have to lose 50lbs. It seems like such a far off goal but I am going in with an opened mind and good attitude. I have had some health issues and a major surgery that left me out of shape, gaining more weight and depleted all my energy. I am trying to work out as often as I can but my energy is pretty low. Motivation seems to be my ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:44:10 EST Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60247360 Anyone here a gardener? Just curious how you have yours planned, whether it is big, small or container even. Everyone, no matter where you are, can grow some things. Anyone re-grow from table scraps? It is so easy peasy and really instructive if there are kids in the house. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:14:02 EST New to 50+ Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60238404 Hellow from Alabama, my name is Anita and I will be 54 in about 2 weeks. And I'm fat - and diabetic. Since my diagnosis in August 2014, I have lost 47 lbs. I have 27 to go to reach my first goal and then I will change to goal. It's hard to believe that when I lose the next 27 lbs, I will have lost the first 73 lbs that must go! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being an active part of this group! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:28:27 EST I'm back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60235351 I logged on back in 2006 only to not do so well. :( Well, I'm back on board and hoping to lose those stubborn pounds! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:31:12 EST New to the Team.....HI Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60226528 I am looking for a new home. My last was too healthy and active for me to keep up. Looking for challenges that will be challenging, but something I can do. I have arthritis and my back is mess up at this time. Hopefully, the back issue will be straight in a few days. I need a lot of motivation to stay on an eating plan where I see weight loss. I had lost 100 pounds, but back up 37. Yeah, I know, but for the first time in my life I could eat with out problems and boy did I eat. Anything and ev... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:46:09 EST Pounds lost tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x60226507 Hi, <BR> <BR> How do I get the pounds lost tracker at the bottom of your comment? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:43:57 EST New to Spark & Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60222697 Hi my name is Joann. I need to lose 70-80 pounds. I have limited mobility related to several injuries spinal & stenosis. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:54:52 EST Refresh / Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60214799 I hate the cliche, but I'm using the beginning of a new year as time to refresh/restart my Wellness goals. 2014 was one of the most challenging and stressful years I've seen in quite a while. For starters, I moved three times, ending up in my own home rather than a rental. I reacted to all the stress by eating and am now at my highest weight ever <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Luckily, there is always time to change. I thought about deleting my old profile and creating a new one, but I am who I a... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:26:48 EST Restart # ????.....really need to change my ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60213100 I am starting over again (done this a time or two) and need to lose 135 pounds. I have done it before and I can do it again if I make the effort. 2014 was not good to me so I am looking to 2015 as a new beginning. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:52:03 EST 21 Junk food free challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x60206299 <link>kawaiifitness.com/funstuff/challenge<BR>s/21-day-junk-food-free-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> RULES <BR> *No white bread* <BR> *No Pastries <BR> *No chips <BR> *No fast foods <BR> *No cookies <BR> *No candy <BR> *No Cake, Donuts, muffins <BR> *No Ice Cream <BR> *No nutella, or any other spreads <BR> <BR> Day 1: What is your current weight and what would you like it to be? <BR> Day 2: What is your favourite part of your body? <BR> Day 3: If you were at your ultimate goalweight right ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 06:55:40 EST Bus Driving can be hazardous to your waist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60204339 I drive a motor coach full time. Hours behind the wheel can make it difficult to manage a good healthy diet. I will beat this I just have to stay motivated and focused. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:46:11 EST Taking it serious this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60197329 Hello everyone! I am back to SP because I need to stay motivated and need encouragement on this journey. I just gave up on exercise and my health July 2013 due to personal reasons and went into a depression. Now I cannot believe how much weight I have gained not to name the other health issues it has created. So now is the time to do something about it while I still can. I am not a winter person and here in Central Panhandle of Idaho the winters can be long. But my husband and I love s... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:03:44 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60197283 In my 50s I got serious about weight loss and reached my target goal and stayed there for several years. Then a few years ago some injuries and some life issues sidelined me. And it all came back. Now some health issues are demanding that I get back on track, and I think my life situation is at a point where that's possible. So here I am again, hoping that Sparkpeople can help me stay motivated, with my eyes on the goal of a healthy, long, active, FUN life! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:57:22 EST not new to SP but getting more involved in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60191355 there are just too many good helps on SparkPeople and teams are just one. Hello, my name is Laura and I'm determining to take better advantage of all I can on SparkPeople! Happy new year to your and yours, everyone and God bless you bunches in all the new days ahead :) Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:44:48 EST Greetings Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60190410 Have just discovered this wonderful place. Hope to have many interesting discussions with you. I teach English second language in Québec. My main focus at the moment is to get back to enjoying a healthy lifestyle so that I can feel energized! <BR> Bye, <BR> Jackie Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:06:28 EST Self Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60189360 Hope I can get back on track - focus on my health Fri, 2 Jan 2015 16:14:17 EST Returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60185887 Hello Spark nation! I was here a few years ago and I don't know why I stopped but I did but I am BACK and I want to lose 70 pounds. I know ya''ll can help me. I want to help others as well. I am an encourager but I do get discouraged, fall into depression and back into old habits. I am feeling good today and hopeful! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:36:48 EST 13.5 months to go according to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60180982 I have been trying for two years to lose and have only gained. <BR> My husband had Bariatric surgery 15 months ago. If I could eat as little as he does, I would lose. <BR> <BR> I am in my mid 60s. Have hypertension, osteoporosis, GERD, and joint pain. <BR> I am determined to make progress this's year. <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:34:36 EST 268 days to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60178118 Hello New Friends! <BR> It is 268 days until my 60th birthday. <BR> My goals are to be thinner, healthier, and happier! I would say richer but in this economy... Oh what the heck - I will be richer too!! <BR> If you see my Fairy Godmother - please send her my way!! I have been waiting such a long time for her to help me get to the ball. At this point she doesn't have to worry about me staying up past midnight. I am usually in bed by ten. And now that I think of it I prefer sneakers to glass s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:24:16 EST Woman from Ohio in need of help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60164066 I am a 50+ woman who is joining to lose weight for myself but also to help my 16 yo son. He is about 80-100 lbs over weight and I am going to have him sign up for sparksteen. I thought it would be great for both of us to go thru the same program together so we can be on the same page. We are going to need lots of help so please be patient with us. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:39:13 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60161012 Hello everyone. I'm new to SparkPeople and I'm looking forward to being part of a supportive community. Ready to finally do something for ME!! Happy New Year....Hello New ME! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:23:48 EST Hello SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60158096 I am gonna lose weight for the last time! I would like to see if I can help the community and if the community can help me! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:51:58 EST Take Back My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60146975 <em>41</em> Get back on track one day at a time.. I got hurt in Feb and since have problems getting out of bed, walking in the house is a struggle,, Dr gave me steroid shots helped the pain and the gain, plus I love food it controlled me Now I want to control it.. If it wasn't for living alone and working I would sleep life away NO MOE ITS ABOUT ME... Want to try and get at least 2 to 3 pounds a week off... So I can get outside and do my yard work and walk my two dogs agan Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:27:31 EST I can see I am not alone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60144399 Hi all, <BR> My name is Debbie V. and I live just north of Louisville, KY just over the Ohio River in southern Indiana. I'm originally from southern California, but in 2005 we decided to relocate to the midwest to be nearer to my parents who were needing assistance. We are quite comfortable here now and plan to stay. <BR> I'm 63 years old, work full time as an office assistant for Indiana University here in New Albany. It is a great job and I'm hoping it holds out until I retire in about 3 ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:07:56 EST I'm not new here, but new to this team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60141522 Hi! I'm Becca. I need to lose 50 lbs. I'm a 53 year old female and that makes it a little harder. I need all the support and help I can get. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:21:00 EST Learning more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60139215 Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60136931 Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60135933 Thank you for letting me join your team. I will be 60 in 2015. I have had many setbacks the past few years. I have always been obese. <BR> I moved to Central FL this year. I hate the weather here. The severe rainstorms and mold affects my sinuses and asthma. I am living in a tourist area and could only find part time work on the weekends. There is a lot of discrimination against hiring workers who are older and who weigh more. I haven't made friends and I am alone most of the time. Many socia... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:23:46 EST i am new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60134643 I just joined and am navigating my way around. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:03:00 EST New to Spark and this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60120415 Good morning all. I'm new to spark and am looking to make lasting changes and get back to a healthy lifestyle in the coming year. I've gained 50 pounds in the last three years after the death of my 19 yr. old son. My healing journey has come a long way this past year and I'm ready to fully embrace this new normal I'm creating in my life for which I'm determined will include a healthy lifestyle. I want to have the energy and ability to honor my son's life and be the best mom I can to my al... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:25:31 EST Hey all, I am also starting, Anew!! Again!, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60113750 Geez! I just want to not look fat in pictures!! That is when I am not behind the camera!! <BR> <BR> I t seems I have not gained any weight, just getting fluffier in the middle, And my Panties keep rolling down!! I really Hate that!!! <BR> <BR> I am 55, weigh 192 and am 5'7" <BR> <BR> And I know with my three Grandcildren, you can see them on my Sparkpage, sorry do not know how to put a link to it here, So I know I will be in lots of pictures!! So here I go again!! <BR> <BR> OH Yeah my ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:50:07 EST Just joined-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60102793 I am in my 50's and need to lose 60 pounds--everyone has been super nice and welcoming thank you all Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:08:55 EST Newb to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60101036 Hi, new member here. <BR> <BR> I am 54 years old and am married with 3 adult children and am from the suburbs of Philadelphia. <BR> <BR> Hoping this site can help provide the motivation and encouragement to meet my weight and fitness goals. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:06:54 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x60094866 Monday, December 22, 2014 <BR> <BR> My name is Christine and I NEED to lose weight. I'm 53 yo and developing some scary health issues. This past year especially - In the last 7 months I've had anxiety attacks (which I thought were cardiac events), acute shingles, kidney cysts and a kidney stone, I've developed pre-hypertension, had an acute DVT and was hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms. Needing to lose so much has overwhelmed me (paralyzed me in some ways) but these health issues have me... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:17:22 EST I just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60086301 Hello everyone (anyone) - joined today but I will really be getting into the swing of things after the holidays. <BR> <BR> Got some incentive - I want to be under 190 by RAGBRAI - the bike ride across Iowa - by mid July. Hopwfully this we help me reach my goal <BR> <BR> Originally 250 (I think) <BR> Current 250 <BR> Goal170 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:46:50 EST I just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60086285 Hello everyone (anyone) - joined today but I will really be getting into the swing of things after the holidays. <BR> <BR> Got some incentive - I want to be under 190 by RAGBRAI - the bike ride across Iowa - by mid July. Hopwfully this we help me reach my goal <BR> <BR> Originally 250 (I think) <BR> Current 250 <BR> Goal170 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:45:41 EST Restarting again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60086268 What a battle this is! I do alright for a while then fall off the wagon. I've been doing it for years. Now I've decided I need to really look at what I am doing to myself and then give myself a shake. I won't say that I am going to be real strict over the holiday period but I intend to get right on track come New Years. Maybe even sooner :) <BR> We don't have much to do for Christmas. Our children are all adults and moved away. I imagine it's pretty much the same with everyone in this group.... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:43:46 EST New Year-New You - 1 lb a Week Challenge til 3/22! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x60057197 Join the new challenge starting 12/21/14 and lose a lb a week. This challenge will wrap up on 3/22/15! <BR> <BR> 12/21/14: <BR> 12/28/14: <BR> 1/4/15: <BR> 1/11/15: <BR> 1/18/15: <BR> 1/25/15: <BR> 2/1/15: <BR> 2/8/15: <BR> 2/15/15: <BR> 2/22/15: <BR> 3/1/15: <BR> 3/8/15: <BR> 3/15/15: <BR> 3/22/15: <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:52:42 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60056656 Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm Lisa and new to this team. I turned 50 this spring but hadn't made the leap to joining a 50's team til today. Been on spark since...2009. <BR> <BR> I read an article about goal setting for a year..and rather than the typical stuff "lose weight" "make more money" etc, he challenged you to start with two questions: 1) What went well last year? 2) What didn't go so well last year? and to build your goals around those answers. <BR> <BR> Instantly my health was the answe... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:53 EST Oregonrain... that's me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60050676 Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:02 EST Oregonrain... that's me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x60050552 Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:10 EST Ideal Protein beginner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59990245 Hi, I have joined sparkpeople to get more tips and support for fellow Ideal Protein dieters. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:43:49 EST Lunch on the go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59988535 I plan on doing the flea market this weekend. It is outdoors, and yes, I will probably be cold. My question is what can I pack for lunch? During the summer I had PB&J and fiber one bars or Bel Vita. That also put me high on the carbs. I am out of the house by 4AM so I grab some fruit for breakfast, high carbs but good carbs You would think it is a lot of exercise, but you are really standing still or sitting. The only exercise is loading and unloading, setting up. I was thinking that ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:34:19 EST Coming Back to Spark myself again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59952952 Been on sparks for years, lost 40 plus pounds,met my goals... got healthy etc. Then a slip, a bite, skipped a day... oopsed here... etc. etc. Then a food injury, a knee injury... bam! overnight I gained it plus back. (ok, it wasn't overnight, but well...) <BR> Determined to get back not just to weight, but the energy, health and most of all self respect. Yes, I love myself as I am, but I know I can be better. <BR> I peeked at several Teams, as I learned I need to have a Team... and you all s... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:26:06 EST Fitness trackers such as Fitbit etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59944968 Any one use these? I am looking for something to wear, I used to have a bodybugg which I LOVED but I wore it out. Seems like they don't make them anymore. Any recommendations? Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:17:18 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59920638 Hi everyone!! My name is Ronnie. I've been with SP for a long while but not had very much success. I'm starting over...again... and hope to have better success with a pound a week. My daughter's wedding is coming up next August and I'm hoping to look good. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:26:43 EST hey all new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59909677 I have been with sparkpeople for about 1 1/2 years . I was doing well started running . Ran alot of 5k races and ran my first 1/2 marathon then in march at work fell on ice and tore up my shoulder and could no longer run . Had shoulder surgery in July the next thing you know I gained 50 lbs back up to 290. Ugh! I've been trying to run but shoulder is not cooperating and have to stop for a while but I have to start back up . Oh yea another thing I went through was 2 weeks before operation I ha... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:32:56 EST I am starting over.....again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59858843 Weight has always been a roller coaster ride for me. So I am trying again. My name is Cathy and I live in South Georgia. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:24:29 EST this newbie is ready to get started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59851030 Hello everyone! What better time to start then right now?! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:24:22 EST I am "restarting" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59840891 Hello! <BR> I hope that everyone is having a great Sunday. Although I have been a member here and of Spark People for a long time, I have been running (or walking) in place. I am restarting. I am a 58 year old grandmother who has been 30 pounds overweight for most of my life. Then, a few years back, I gained thirty more within a few months. After many tests, I was told that it was most likely stress-related (there was a lot going on). Well, I workout at least 4 times per week and I eat ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:03:32 EST Hi there- I'm new too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59832719 I joined Spark back in 2010, but never did anything at all with it. This time I'm for reals... <em>334</em> I am a 51 year-old newly certified teacher. I am still in processing for my license, and I really don't want to be exhausted at the end of every day when I do go back to work full-time. Well, I might still be exhausted, but hopefully not totally wiped out. Also I'm terrified that no one will hire me because I'm old AND fat... <em>39</em> Also, I'm a knitter. Also, no idea wh... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:50:58 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59830237 This seems to be the story of my life... lose it, gain it, lose it again. I am feeling so upset with myself that I've gained back ALL of the weight that I fought so hard to lose several years ago. I know that there's nothing I can do but get back on the wagon... just needed to vent, I guess. Looking forward to getting to know some of you other sparkies so we can encourage one another on this journey. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:58:41 EST I'm new and totally lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59800681 Hi - my name is Kathy and I don't really understand how to use this site. 4 years ago I lost 85 pounds but I have regained 60. When I get depressed, I just don't seem to care, but I don't like being fat. I am married, mother of 3 and grandmother of 2. I have been successful in many things, am a professional and yet I struggle. Right now I just don't understand how to negotiate this site - what are the points for? Like gold stars just to make me feel better? (I get that - I am very goal-orient... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:44:23 EST Here we go again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59796561 Have just signed up again after about 2 years. I never really did fully involve myself before, but this time I am determined to get my life back. I am 63 and 50 lbs overweight, so I need some motivation and I have tried different diets and I am always "hungry". I am also pre-diabetic and I really want to change that. Here's hoping the team will help in any way they can. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:21:33 EST Results about PGX daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59724887 Lately I have hard time to loose weight and I would like to try PGX daily to control appetite, <BR> did anyone had already use it? <BR> Dr .Oz suggest it. <BR> <em>381</em> Please send your feed back and details Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:35:43 EST joining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59721603 never joined a team before thought I would try. need to lose 10 lbs before next dr appt end of Dec. both my husband and I are on Sparks I really need to do this. my biggest problem is exercise. I need to push myself more especially with cold weather coming. I live in upstate NY. <BR> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:21:18 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59682416 Hi just like to introduce myself and say have a great day :)) Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:15:39 EST Hi I'm Cathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59680388 i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59646482 My name is Gina and I live in Houston, TX. I have been tracking on Sparks for a few years now while doing other diet plans. Starting on Sat., November 1st, I will be dedicated to the Sparks Plan only. I am 56 years old and I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I enjoy exercising and cooking new recipes. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:04:56 EST RE-Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59643522 Hi, <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after being gone for a while. I'm glad to be back and hope that this time I can achieve my goal of losing and keeping of the weight. I just turned 50 in July and am fed up with being overweight. <BR> If anyone can give some advice on a good exercise program that is easy and gentle, I'd appreciate it. I have bad hips, knees and ankles. <BR> <BR> Thank You Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:31:38 EST Rejoined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59641499 Hi, I'm back again. Originally joined in 2011. Gained weight and am back in 2014. I need help to lose this weight and get healthy again. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:33:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59629791 I'm Kathy and I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. <BR> <BR> My mid-term goal is to lose 40 pounds but my LONG-term goal is to lose 70 pounds . <BR> I also need to move more and just get healthier in general! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:48:48 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59626302 Hello, <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People several years ago and was in the Fit by 50 Spark Team. For some reason, I got off track and forgot how much I liked Spark People. Finishing my Ph.D. in math by 50 may have had something to do with it, along with working multiple jobs as an adjunct, job hunting, and then moving to New Mexico. In the process, instead of getting fit, I gained more and began having a great deal of trouble walking even short distances. When I started my job in New Mexico... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:45:00 EST I'm new again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59614339 Hi, my name is Sandy. I have been a member of sparkpeople for about 6 years. I was even a member of this team before. I am back and more determined than ever. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and getting reacquainted with some of you. I have about 80 pounds to less, so I will be here for a while. <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:22:48 EST Rejoined SP a week ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59599098 I have used SP before with some success, but found the program too cumbersome. This time, I am being careful not to join too many challenges or teams, not to take on too many goals. There is simply no reasonable way to live up to too many ideals at one time. This time, I am using the facets of SP that I need and ignoring all the rest of the hype. <BR> <BR> I am on the east coast of Florida, a 370 pound author/poet/playwright. I am partnered to a rl rocket scientist and have a daughter ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:48:12 EST My 2nd time here-hopefully more successful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59596958 Hi All...I was here back in April and doing pretty good with the weight loss, and fell off the wagon pretty hard. I am now back to my starting weight and cannot afford to stay at this weight. My bones are achy, and I truly don't like how I look and feel... I know much has to do with the extra weight. I have at least 80 pounds to lose and have to stay on track this time. I know we can do this, we can support each other to get through these tough times! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:18:08 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59577423 Good day, all. Just starting out with this program in the last month on doc's advice. Having to change one's lifestyle is proving to be a daunting task; hope to take advantage of others' experiences and eventually contribute a bit, too. Cheers! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:35:01 EST Newstartjanane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59562604 I'm going to try this. I hate how I look And feel. I started this morning. Hope I can do it. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:45:17 EST Me? not every day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x59558761 Hi Team . I do not go to the scale every day, but with some new moves I lost 2 pounds this week. I am so happy. I can see if we work hard , we see results before we think. I wish a very nice weekend to every one. <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>430</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:17:19 EST Halo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59558586 Hi Team, just to be in touch with you. This week I start a new exercise program, 3 days cardio end 3 days weight (dumbbell) and taking care being in the low range of calories, fat, protein and carbs. And I lost 2 pounds this week. I am so happy about this, bc I was losing just a few oz. every week. Well I wish you a very nice weekend. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>430</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:31:55 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59557341 Hi! I'm June and I'm here to lose weight and get off the roller coaster of joining and quitting Weight Watchers. I want to do this on my own, I have about 60 lbs to lose. I've already lost 74 over the past few years. Looking for an online buddy for mutual encouragement, too. I'm 58 yrs old and this is my 7th year of teaching. I went back to school after my husband passed away of kidney cancer in Oct. 2002. Good luck, everyone! We can do this! <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:45:33 EST Three weeks into this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x59548333 10/6: 204 <BR> 10/13: 199.8 (-4.2) <em>41</em> <BR> 10/20: 199 (-0.8) <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:24:04 EST Not a new topic, need to get serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59537283 Hi starting again. If I put myself first, I can do this. <BR> <BR> I have a husband, 3 kids and a Grandson and they always seam to demand so much of my attention and time, I get pulled in so many different direction, I get lost. So I turn to what comforts me, FOOD. <BR> <BR> I going to start tracking my food, exercising, drinking water, and making up weekly dinner menus. <BR> <BR> By putting this in writing, I will make myself accountable. Any suggestions or support will be greatly appr... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:50:24 EST Getting serious about the next 60#~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59535830 Hi, I'm Elizabeth ~ Check out my Sparkpage for the whole picture of who I am. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, I'm a 58-year-old wife, mom, stepmom, and grandmother. Married three times - this last one, very happily for 14 years - and physically disabled with brain/spinal injury. Caring for my family is my first priority... now to learn how to include *me* in that priority list! <BR> <BR> I've been bouncing around the same weight - the midway point to my ideal goal - for almost two years. I ha... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:26:10 EST Here I go again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59531215 Hi everyone, I am Jackie and live in Cambridge in the UK. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, I can keep to my dieting when I am by myself. My downfall is when my children come to stay or visitors call round. It then all goes totally to pot and I start the eating again. This seems like a really good site with lots of good information. So here goes for the 100 th +....... time. Jackie Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:48:27 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59524302 Hi I just stated last Tues. so far great. I enjoy reading every ones post, it helps me stay up beat. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:06:21 EST Try, try, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59522903 Hi, My topic says it all... I <BR> <BR> 'm a retired clinical statistician who packed on the pounds with children and other stress. I haven't updated my Spark page in over a year but have joined this group as incentive to get on track. I'm a fairly private person and probably won't post a lot but I signed up for the 8 glasses of water and 15 mins of dance with high hopes. Thank you in advance to all Forum members who contribute so much and help folks like me keep going. I wish us all good ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:15 EST New Member here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59513007 Hi there, new to Sparks. I am from British Columbia Canada, 50 years old. Planning to drop 70 pounds (hopefully by my birthday in April). Looking forward to the discussions :) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:42 EST just joined also http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59504220 hi everyone I just joined now so am very new to group,,,i enjoy reading everyones successes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:57:40 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59490240 Hi Everyone! I'm new to this so I'd appreciate all your support and friendship. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:44:32 EST Saturday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59490091 Tomorrow ....checking my weight.....scary and exited. <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:57:11 EST Hi, just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59485644 I started walking 2 weeks ago,I get at least 4000 steps a day. I have been setting on my behind for 10 years now. It is hard! I purchased a polar loop tracker and am ready to get started. <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:16:31 EST gaining instead of losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6970x11533x59484241 <em>2</em> <BR> keeping calorie intake between 500-750, weighed myself this morning and have gained 3 lbs. in 3 days..any suggestions? Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:08:17 EST Hi new spark member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59478352 53 years young and soon to have first Grandbaby .I am majorly blessed and I need to loose at least 75 lbs . I work on the family homestead ,eat mostly clean and home raised strictly low carb sugar free for two weeks now . I started a fat fast and Intermittent fasting basically if it is before 9 am or after 5 I don't eat it . My appetite is improved and my caloric intake has come down 7 lbs lost it is the most I have ever lost at once. Excited to be on this forum for encouragement and accounta... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:29:25 EST Hi everyone, I'm the new "kid" here! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59476778 Hi everyone, I am Lou, 56 years old, with 71 more pounds to lose. I am "starting over" learning to exercise and eat right. I just had a baby 2 years ago at 54 and I realize that to raise her up I need to be in much better shape. My goal is to lose 71 pounds and go from obese and recliner-happy to fit and healthy and in shape. I have recently discovered Leslie Sansone DVDs and they have been my motivation, I love them! The first exercise that I have actually enjoyed...ever...so I am having fun... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:44:37 EST Why is that this always happens ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x59475430 I joined the gym on September 20 in an attempt to get myself onto a new routine and I have fallen ill twice since then! Mind you, I have not had a cough in two years before that. It is as if my whole system works against me and paralyses me. The menopause, the bleeding, the cough in addition to excessive work and life in general! This is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> Have you had stuff like this happen? what did you do? I went to the gym today and just walked. May be I have started out on to hig... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:35:23 EST HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x59466795 I have lost all my motivation this week and can't seem to get back on track. Any suggustion? Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:39:14 EST Nice!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59448935 Is really nice to know everybody is having a wonderful Monday with new plans and full of positive attitude. My Monday is very good too. Blessings to all of you. <em>381</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:41:32 EST push thru http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59442129 I actually started a plan 9/6, weighed in at 222.5, I am now 211.5 but this is a slow process and I want instant results. Today, I have to push thru and make a small goal of 209. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:25:47 EST more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x59440565 10 today Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:53:12 EST New ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59440479 WELCOME all brand new ,you are in the right path. <em>220</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:41:47 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59440338 Another week, another challenge , Keep forward pushing, Have a great Monday. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:26:49 EST Thyroidectomy is a disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59437614 About me: <BR> <BR> Born - 1956 <BR> Very slim (early teens) / growth spurts <BR> 1975 (late teens) - 135lbs <BR> 5'9" adult <BR> 1993 - 150lbs, easy weight control with diet <BR> 1995 - 140 lbs <BR> Itchy skin, increasing severity x 2 years, (I refused prednisone Rx) <BR> Depression developed, MD Rx'd Paxil <BR> Changed MD <BR> Losing a lot of hair <BR> Went to MD- "I just don't feel well, but I don't know why" <BR> TSH - 8~9 <BR> Diagnosed hypothyroid <BR> Started levothyroxin, dose adju... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:01:21 EST jumping back in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59434081 It has been a few months since I have posted. We moved from Sunny Florida back to our original hometown area.in Upstate New York. This has been a very high stressed time for me. So I went to my new medical Doctor (kind of knowing that I was in trouble) My A1c was up to 8. Oh MY!!!!. This was the kick in the pants that I needed. My weight has fluctuated. My diet has been poor. Well good food but for me it is the wrong foods.I have to go see the doc on 10/16. Hopefully I can convince her to let... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:36:39 EST Starting all over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59433678 Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm learning a lot about myself these days, especially how my emotions, sensitivities, and fears sabotage my healthier eating attempts. I'm learning to pay attention to my feelings more and address the fears. In the meantime it helps me to have healthy snacks available at all times to help me stay on track. <BR> <BR> I tend to be a solo person, "I can do this myself mentality" which doesn't always work. As an introvert, I am stepping out to meet others and lea... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:56:31 EST First step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59432626 Every journey starts with a single step. My tourney starts today, my first step is joining sparkpeople. <BR> Hello fellow travellers! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:38:08 EST Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59430913 Have a wonderful Sunday, Spark your day!!! <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:28:38 EST water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=835x11533x59430015 8 <em>91</em> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:16:56 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59413636 yeaH Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:46:44 EST Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59409033 I have questions about the spark activity tracker. Do you have to be a member of spark people to wear one? What if you don't own a computer? My Mom is 88 years old and has been told to walk more. She thinks she walks a lot just walking in her apartment which is smaller than mine. I average 2000 steps a day if I don't go out. Would this be a good purchase for her. She doesn't own a computer. I would like to prove to her she doesn't walk as much as she thinks. I have a fitbit one and ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:48:34 EST BACK AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59403822 <em>102</em> I here at work while the rest of you are sleeping! But I have decided to return in the hopes that I can rid myself of so many health issues associated with my weight. This is a great tool if you use it. I'm so glad we get as many stabs at it as we need to achieve our goals! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 04:04:01 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59397591 I'm back ,,, I need to lose weight for a total hip replacement surgery but can't get any video or exercise to help. I'm walking with a cane .. So my spirit is really low.... I need something to do during the winter months to stay positive. I need exercise and food advice of what would help me. Just thought maybe someone out there went through something like this and has advice for me ... Thank you :)) <BR> Selena Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:57:18 EST I'm new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59392144 I am newly motivated, so I am back to do it, not just to try. I've been back for 5 days and my numbers are getting better already (I'm type2 diabetic.) I've been widowed for 5 years, and I have made some good friends at my church. I was formerly a teacher, I love cats, sometimes I read, more times I watch too much TV, I like to garden. <BR> Ginny Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:03:07 EST Hello I am back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59381872 Wish I would have stayed in for the long haul. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:07:09 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59367021 I am a returning member to Spark People. I have been away for a long time, and my weight and my health in general have been going in the wrong direction. I need to get going in the right direction, but I get derailed by my responsibilities at my job and at home. I've never been active on the team forums, but going alone has obviously not worked, so I'm open to something new. Looking forward to getting, and being able to give some support. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:08:34 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59357865 I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:44 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59357860 I am ready to get back into better shape, but need support and guidance. I would like to look and feel better by the time I reach age 60. That will be in June of 2015. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:03:21 EST Tracking sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59334484 Hello! I am new to Sparkpeople this week. I had great success with Sparkpeople in 2009 and lost close to 50 lbs. I left the program for a few years. I am now back realizing that my extra weight is challenging me from doing many of the physical activities I enjoy. Last week I was hiking and I hurt my legs in the process. I hobbled around for days struggling to walk and go up and down steps. I am fairly active so I attribute these challenges to the extra weight and now I want to take it ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:09:22 EST Walking it off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59306112 Well I thought I would share what has been helpful to me since I started sparkpeople again about 3 weeks ago. I have been faithfully logging what I eat, even on the days that don't go well. I haven't really been exercising for a long time, so I started taking my dog on long walks in the woods. I love it and so does my dog! <BR> <BR> So, the walks burn about 250 calories - they also make me feel more alert. <BR> <BR> 9 pounds lost so far! Thats 9 out of 90, so its a long road. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:50:18 EST Nothing changes if nothing changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59273021 Well, here I am at 57 still looking to shed about 140 lbs. I think I'm finally ready to say I can't do this by myself and that I can't just diet, I HAVE to make a lifestyle change. I'm hoping the last half of my life is going to be more healthy and active than the first half. Never too late, right? Glad to be here with all of you. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:06:15 EST Sparkpeople illiterate here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59250898 I could have written each of the posts already here. I've been here a few times but always trying to do my own thing. I feel ready to try it again but very slowly. I have just become aware of how lazy I've become. <em>39</em> If everything conspires together to give me motivation and energy and I actually DO something.... the next day I must recuperate. Not because I've physically overdone. Just because. sigh <BR> <BR> I've set so many goals and fallen so short of them. I am dete... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:11:22 EST Starting over yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59249350 Hi all, Looking to start my weight loss journey yet again. I do much better when I use this site and focus on my eating habits. Hopefully if I start slowly and work my way into the lifestyle; I can stick with the program this time. <BR> Gosh darn life gets in the way sometimes! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:45:07 EST Hello, interested in pound a week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59228955 The pound a week challenge is motivating me to post. I joined this group a while back but haven't participated. I just turned 58. I lost 20 pounds, then gained it back. My diet is healthy and I try to avoid sweets and processed foods. I was going to a gym 5 times a week when I lost, then fell off a ladder and sprained my foot, and the weight came back. <BR> <BR> Trying a new gym now and am logging my food. 5 times a week is too much. 2, maybe 3. I found Grokker.com for yoga classes, and it's... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:50 EST Slow But Steady Is My New Motto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59221076 Hello from Dallas. I turned 51 a week ago! I fought 50 and I fought it hard but alas, no matter what I did it still happened to me lol. I decided then that I would embrace it and make 50 be the best year ever. That's when it all went south fast. Long story short I got sick with a viral infection and was later diagnosed with all kinds of deficiencies, iron and D being the biggies along with an autoimmune thyroid disease. It became impossible to lose weight. The harder I tried, the more ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:09:40 EST finding a Sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59220240 I am hoping that someone else saw a message on our team page and can help me locate that woman. I am not sure if she was greeting someone here or I may have seen her on another team's page. I wanted to write her but as happens with me, I get busy with something else and then can't remember what it was I intended to do. <BR> Anyway, this woman said she was a missionary in Papua New Guinea (sp?) If any on you know who she was/is and has an address for her I would much appreciate it. Thanks, yo... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:37:41 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11533x59219851 Hi, <BR> My name is Regina and am a new one to this group. <BR> I decided about a month ago that since I will be turning 60 next year I want to give myself a special gift. I am going to lose the weight I've been wanting to lose for a long time and be a new and healthy me. So I joined a local gym and started cutting out the unhealthy snacks. I've had a bit of a set back though. I was diagnosed with sciatica and have been going to PT twice a week. They don't want me to do much at the gym yet.I'... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:51:23 EST Struggling to know how to eat healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11533x59219649 I never even think about eating til about 11am - and then it's lunch time. Do I have to eat breakfast? <BR> <BR> I LOVE popcorn in the evenings. So I eat a salad or vegies for dinner and save calories for a treat at night. Is this unhealthy/unwise? <BR> <BR> How do I figure out how much fat/carbs/protein etc to eat and how to balance them? <BR> <BR> I just don't get it. I cannot do the meal plans because I live in a 3rd world country that does not have the same foods as those in Amer... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:36:16 EST