SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us 50 and older, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 50+ members with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard high protein Is anyone counting carbs instead is calories? <em>521</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:51:45 EST sheri I have joined Sparkpeople and hope to lose weight Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:21:48 EST Looking Forward to the Future 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 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 Hi Everyone I'm Audrey <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey in July 2012 with my goal being to lose 100 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 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 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 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 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 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 <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 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 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! 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 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 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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!) 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? 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! <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 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 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 . . . . . . 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 Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Reality.... 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 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 Thanks for your many welcomes. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:08:58 EST Hello 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 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.. 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? 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 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 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! 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 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 And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Hello 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 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. 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 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..... 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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 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. 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! 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> <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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Hi everyone. A friend told me about spark 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 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? 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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!! 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!!! 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 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 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 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 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 <link><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! 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 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 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 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! 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 Hope I can get back on track - focus on my health Fri, 2 Jan 2015 16:14:17 EST Returning 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 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 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 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 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! 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 <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 :) 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. 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 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! 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 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 I just joined and am navigating my way around. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:03:00 EST New to Spark and this Team 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!, 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-- 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 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 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! 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! 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!!! 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 to Team 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Hello everyone! What better time to start then right now?! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:24:22 EST I am "restarting" 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! 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 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 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!! 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 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 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 Hi just like to introduce myself and say have a great day :)) Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:15:39 EST Hi I'm Cathy 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 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 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 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 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! 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... 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 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! 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 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 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. 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!!! 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 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 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 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#~! 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!! 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 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 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 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 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 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!!!! Tomorrow ....checking my weight.....scary and exited. <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:57:11 EST Hi, just joined! 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 <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 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! ;-) 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 I am having fun... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:44:37 EST Why is that this always happens ... 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 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!!!!!! 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 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 10 today Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:53:12 EST New ones WELCOME all brand new ,you are in the right path. <em>220</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:41:47 EST New week Another week, another challenge , Keep forward pushing, Have a great Monday. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:26:49 EST Thyroidectomy is a disease 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 It has been a few months since I have posted. We moved from Sunny Florida back to our original hometown 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 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 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 Have a wonderful Sunday, Spark your day!!! <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:28:38 EST water 8 <em>91</em> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:16:56 EST Hi yeaH Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:46:44 EST Spark Activity Tracker 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! <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 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 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. Wish I would have stayed in for the long haul. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:07:09 EST Introduction 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! 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! 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 for yoga classes, and it's... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:50 EST Slow But Steady Is My New Motto 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 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! 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 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 A New Beginning I'm ready to change my life and finish losing my weight. Now I have to drop 90 pounds. I know I can do this. It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. So I put together a plan and I'm off to go. I hope to meet new friends for support and friendship here as well. It's good to know I'm not alone. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:25:19 EST heart healthy diet plan or prediabetic plan question - I do need to follow the heart healthy diet plan but also would like it to be lower carb like a prediabetic plan. Can I choose both settings in the nutrition section and have the meals get the best of both plans? Or will only one apply. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:40:15 EST Discouraged but starting again Hi, My name is Toni, I am a missionary living in Papua New Guinea. We don't have the same foods here as in America so it is a challenge. I've been 'dieting' for years - but this time I mean it! I have got to lose this weight! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:19:15 EST Beth Mae I am older in body and weight and serious about feeling better by losing weight and becoming more active. My. Daughter introduced me to Sparks a couple years ago. I liked it but did not commit myself to this program. Day 1-made my daily menu, going shopping for the right foods and will then find some exercise I can do. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:32:15 EST Starting Again Seems as if every time I start back onto my exercise and diet program, something throws me off. This time it's a chest cold and laryngitis. Good walking work-out last Monday and then I got sick.Still can't speak clearly. Hope that by Monday I'll be feeling better. emoticon <BR> <BR> I'm a 60-something woman in Brooklyn who has been overweight except for one period in the 80's after I did a semi-starvation fast. Except for that time, and another time that I used the Fat Flush program succes... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:03:06 EST Ready to lose weight Hello, My name is Bobby and I just turned 61. Spent most of my life over weight and now with various medical problems popping up it is now time to become the slim person I can be. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:43 EST Hello! I am a 51 year old woman. I lost 99 pounds over the past year and a half but have found that 20 pounds came back on over the summer. I'm hoping the information and support offered through SparkPeople and its members/followers will help me get back on track and allow me to realize my goals of losing another 95 pounds. I love my family, my 2 golden retrievers, friends, photography, travel, camping and reading. I have a wonderful husband and two grown daughters. I'm ready to become the indi... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:54:17 EST Joys Of Retirement I have been retired for one year now and it has been a wonderful year. I'm actually going through the house and getting rid of things from mom that we don't need and donating them. It is taking time and I still have a lot to do, but it is getting done. I've also joined a senior yoga class, joined a class on water aerobics, exercise more, walk more and slow down and smell the flowers. I spend a lot of time with Evan who is now 5 and is exactly like his father. It is wonderful. I've also... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:25:54 EST Fall into the Holidays-1lb a week until 12/21/14! Join the new challenge! Enter your starting weight on 9/20/14 and we'll end this challenge on 12/21/14. <BR> <BR> 9/20/14: Starting weight <BR> 9/27/14: <BR> 10/5/14: <BR> 10/12/14: <BR> 10/19/14: <BR> 10/26/14: <BR> 11/2/14: <BR> 11/9/14: <BR> 11/16/14: <BR> 11/23/14: <BR> 11/30/14: <BR> 12/7/14: <BR> 12/14/14: <BR> 12/21/14: <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:11:06 EST thanks Thank you ALL for the encouragement, just reading them all gives me the strength and help I need. BUT of course my Hubby is my ROCK, he is supportive and never puts me down! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:36:25 EST Hello! I'm trying to lose 57 pounds and just started on here. I'm a southern lady! Wife, mom and grandma. I'm trying to be more social as I'm alone a lot! Happy to be here!! :-) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:09:12 EST telling others about your diet Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I'm about 1-1/2 weeks into my "reboot" of this plan. It's been interesting! Friends and family members have had different reactions when I tell them that I'm dieting again. Most are very supportive and encouraging, and have even offered to go on a walk with me (which I appreciate, as it's more fun to walk with another person). <BR> <BR> What I've found funny is how many people start telling me what I should and shouldn't eat. I guess they think they are being helpful. Th... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:07:02 EST A BETTER ME START BY CREATING A CHAIN REACTION: START WITH LOVING YOURSELF, THEN RESPECT YOURSELF, SO YOU CAN BETTER AND BE YOURSELF. <em>247</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:06:18 EST Hugs to all I am excited to be with all of you in our quest having 50 pounds to lose. Having many health issues, I know this is going to be a challenge. I welcome suggestions and will need motivation. I hope I may be of help to someone as well. <em>520</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:38:55 EST Hi Y'all New to Spark . Not sure if i am doing this right or not but jumping in with both feet any how . Lol. Looking forward to being part of the team just feeling my way around right now . Please be patient with this old gal . Thanks Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:56:23 EST Back to do it right! Hello, All!! Excited to be beginning a new program with SPARK and back rehab. I took a fall at my volunteer work (training service dogs) and broke a vertebrae and damaged two disks. It's been a long road, but I'm finally at a point where I can do some rehab with (almost) vigor. I do a combination of AquaZumba (modified), deep water aerobics, and am adding some Tai Chi in today. My goal is to add walking in by the end of September. I'm already finding that being accountable for logging i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:38:22 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST New to SP This is all new to me, when I was able to work I didn`t have to worry about my Health or my weight. Since I injured my Knee not much I can do, then Doctor found that I have A Heart Murmur. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:34:20 EST uggg Hello everyone. My name is Barbara. I am 54 and weigh 231. I need to get healthier and physically stronger. Theoretically I guess I know how to do this, I just can't seem to get a plan of action and stick with it. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:32:46 EST Back again! Hi, here I go again. I know I want to get off this roller coaster of weight gain, weight loss. I was on before, great start and then I slipped back to my old ways and I was too ashamed to post and track. I am back to try again. I feel different about it this time and I need to, I want to succeed. <em>521</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:21:53 EST hello to the team Hello team! After reading the team description, it looks like this is the best team for me to join. I've been a member of Spark People for years, but haven't used the site on a regular basis. After not logging in for many months, I promised myself that this time I would become more active on the forum and take advantage of all the tools offered on this great website. I hope to make new friends in this forum, and get and give support for our journey together. I feel like it's a good day to sta... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:33:18 EST Goodbye Twoterville & hello Onederland This is day 1 for me. I revamped my spark page & am ready to go! <em>104</em> I've been MIA for a while now & gained back 30 lbs. Enough is enough! I would love to get out of Twoterville & see Onederland by the end of the year. I am going to work real hard & just maybe if my body would also co-operate I might see my goal. If I don't reach it at least I will be closer to my goal than I am now! I'm starting with baby steps. This week I am going to weigh & measure all my food. I will blog wee... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:57:03 EST Motivated finally!!! Weight loss cannot happen unless you are truly motivated, & act up that motivation! <em>386</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:29:27 EST Time for a change Hi fellow Sparkers. As I near 50, I realize I am not the spring chicken I once was. Over the last year I have put on a considerable amount of weight due to stresses of owning my own business. I also find I have been more sedentary than normal. I love racquetball, but at my weight my knees started saying NO. I used to play golf once a week, but my golf buddy broke his arm and is out this year. I used to go to the gym, but stopped after losing my mother-in-law (I truly loved her!). I do play dr... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:05:35 EST This is new, so it's ok to laugh, I likely am too I have been using SP off and on for over a year and have decided to take that bold, daring leap into this generation. I am really impressed by the posts and thought provoking blogs that I have been reading for the past week. I am also glad to be here.... Just not really sure what to do next! <BR> I am half way to my first goal. After a full year at a plateau, I am ready to try a little something different to hopefully kickstart my push toward the goal line. Being over 50 isn't for sissie... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:54:08 EST Back to try again <em>252</em> <BR> I hope to be more motivated this time; Please help me stay on track. <BR> I will encourage you too. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:47:52 EST Life's Challenging moments My name is Anne. I've been involved with SparkPeople before, losing 60 lbs. I kept that off and it's time to get myself going again....taking time out for me from my crazy world of stress and chaos that seems to follow me. <BR> I work a very stressful job and recently left my abusive marriage of 17 years. I then found the love of my life after having lost contact with him 30 years ago. We're married now but the divorce/shared parenting dulldrums really get me down. that being said, I h... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:23:53 EST Hello to all the Sparkpeople! My name is Luiza, and I live and work in Mexico. I am working on finding out more about binge eating and have recently joined the Shrink Yourself program. I would like to meet other people online to share and discuss strategies to implement to help me to deal with my emotional overeating. For those of you who know the site perhaps recommend a forum to join to find like minded people. Thank you. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:30:39 EST The Moon Does any one know what sign the moon is. I think the people I have come in contact with today have lost their mind <em>24</em> <em>252</em> Linda <BR> Just keep swimming <em>253</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:10:02 EST The Moon Does any one know what sign the moon is. I think the people I have come in contact with today have lost their mind <em>24</em> <em>252</em> Linda <BR> Just keep swimming <em>253</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:05:21 EST New to Spark and Ideal Protein Started IP July 21st and feel so much better.With a Life habit change I know I need support. So Googled and I found you!!! Im 63 and never to late to make changes. Looking forward to all the imput to keep me going. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:22:49 EST Hi Y'all Hi Y'all i' am from Oklahoma City and have found out that my doctor wants to put me on Insulin shots but I prefer to get health and get off all my meds that are not necessary. Today I will be going to a new gym to try a different water fitness program and I' am excited. Well I hope all have a great and blessed day today. bye for now Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:31 EST fat sassy gramma 1 husband, 2 kids, 5 grandkids, and an aging MIL, I need to be much fitter in order to keep up. The RA treatments aren't helping, but I discovered activity helps. A busy summer and I lost the gains 4 mths of physical therapy got me so, looking for some encouragement and accountability cause I do have a sweet tooth and I am lazy I like to read not run Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:35:20 EST still losing Down another 1.5 lbs, slowly but surely. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:12:50 EST Back on track I joined SparkPeople years ago and really liked it. Then I joined another weight loss group and lost a lot of weight. I got lazy and careless and here I am, back to the beginning! Just signing up and going for a walk this morning has boosted my enthusiasm! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:03:09 EST Just joined today 55 and want to lose 60 lbs. <em>198</em> <BR> Seems so far away and out of reach--but I'll start with little, daily steps of walking 5X/wk, 30 mins/day.. <BR> GOALS: <em>311</em> <BR> I'll pray daily. <BR> Read Bible daily. <em>43</em> <BR> Exercise daily. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:40:21 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:20 EST I'm back to Spark Hello, I'm back after a year. I need friends to talk too. if you like to connect please connect with me. I've been pretty lonely. I am recovering from Cellulitis and now looking to get back in to working out. Need support. If interested please contact me. I don't care of age or gender. tks, Phyl Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:13:20 EST Great Day Well today is a great day. It is my 66th birthday and I feel wonderful. I spent last night at my nephews and his family. We had a wonderful time and Evan made a picture for me and printed Happy Birthday on it and his name on the card. He is wonderful to spend time with and we had a great time. Today I'm relaxing and taking it easy. It is going to be a quiet day and that is perfect. Hope everyone has a great day. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:12:11 EST The thousands of Christians in Iraq I pray for the Christians who are being killed or prosecuted in Iraq. They murdered 90 yesterday afternoon, including women and young children. These people are evil. I pray the protection of Jesus over these people and I pray that the US does not forget them. Jesus let them know that you will never leave nor forsake them. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:54:04 EST New to Sparks Hi Everyone. I'm Donna from MD. I am 53 and 97 lbs overweight. I started on Monday and can already feel a difference. I eat three 400 calorie meals a deal and a snack. I dusted off my air climber and have been using it daily all week, only can use it a minute at a time but I use it 4-10 times a day. I am very excited to weigh myself tomorrow. I can do it this time! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:50:05 EST Bad Food Joke. Why does everyone want to hang around the mushroom?? <BR> <BR> <BR> .................. Because he is a fungi (Fun Guy).... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:51:54 EST Feet Shrinking <BR> Only lost about 20 lbs this time around, however my feet shrunk. My shoes now too big. I need to purchase new shoes before I trip while walking. Lost more weight than that without a change in shoe size. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:10:48 EST Hi I am new Hope the community connection will help me reach my goal for a healthy happy Nana for my grandchildren. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:10:50 EST Hello - I'm new here Hoping to find some like-minded people to walk this journey of weight loss and self discipline with me. I really want to get this weight off (AGAIN!!) and get back to feeling more healthy and energetic. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:07:16 EST Still losing a little at a time I was down another .5 lb this morning, not much but still a loss. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:05:35 EST lajh1973 Hi I'm new to the spark people program. Say that 3 times in a row. I live in Licking County and hope to lose a big whooping 80 pounds. I know it will take time, patience, determination and help from all of you. I've been told that I worry and take care of everyone else. Now that I'll be turning the big 60 in March, I should take care of myself. So can I lose the weight this time? Yes! Yes! Yes! With some help from all of you. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:46:46 EST Trying to Save my Life Hello everyone. My name is Denise. I am 52 years old, and having been battling my weight since I was 11. I am going on a cruise with my daughters in December - just after my 53rd birthday and my 10th sober anniversary. I want to have a level of fitness so I can enjoy the shore excursions and not be over the weight limit. I am tired of being fat and defeated. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:51:16 EST I need some help! I am realizing now that I cannot do this alone. I was hoping to get a friend of mine that I work with to join me in the attempt to look good and feel good again, but she has given up on herself. All of my efforts so far have not helped her to see the challenge of losing weight as one that is doable. I will still try to help her, but in the mean time... I NEED HELP! <BR> <BR> Maybe if I could find someone to share this journey with? Share the successes and challenges, and to help each o... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:52:06 EST New to this group Hi all. I am going to be 57 this month and need to loose about 57 pounds so that my BMI will be in the normal range. I have been on this site two years ago and lost weight. Tracking my food and exercise is important for seems to be the only way I lose. A year ago I had micro knee surgery to fix a tear in my ACL. I became sedentary (although I swim and do water aerobics). My knee is great,. now my lower lumbar region is giving me trouble. Doctor said that I should stay active ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:10:26 EST New and Hoping I will be 50 in October and I am going through menopause. Weight loss is no longer measured in pounds but ounces. I need some help so I have joined Sparkpeople and I hope to find my spark....flicker.....something to help me lose 61 pounds. <BR> <BR> Cant wait to talk to you all. <BR> Cindy Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:49:58 EST Hi Team Just restarted sparks.. in two weeks I am at my drivers license weight..... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:59:26 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:54 EST kymimi74 I am so excited to start this journey! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:14:00 EST On The Road Again! I love that song, "On The Road Again!" I'm not really good with these things. I can tell all sorts of stories and give you a history of how I went from 85 lbs many many moons ago to 242, but...... I decided to do it a little differently this time. I study martial arts and love it. Returned to my Master about 5 years ago and am about ready to test for another belt. In July I started swimming lessons. Plan on registering for an exercise area so I can swim2 - 3 times per week. I got a re... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:00:24 EST Hello from the South My name is Liz. I am 50. I am married, live on a small farm in Ms. We have no children, lots of pets. I work full time in retail management. I need to lose weight the right way. I tend to grab the wrong things to eat when I am stress and on the run. I need support and motivation . Would like to meet friends , whom we can be their for each other in good and bad times. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:22:09 EST 50's must be the new black, cause I'm working it. Hello Everyone, I stumbled upon this site and was very intrigued. I have lost 30 pounds since January 2014 and have gain tons of happiness, confidence and energy. I have more to do on this journey and facing it with a fierce detemination. I have been blessed with an opportunity to start again and I am hoping with your help and support the possibilities are just within my reach. Have a great day and stay encouraged, see ya next time. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:00:03 EST Hello 62 and still trying...again Hello back in spark, good to be here. 80 total to lose, but working on 15 by Jan first. Depressed but not eating. Depression disorder 40 years. Just bought life insurance first time big relief to have it. Grown daughter also bipolar struggling to make a living, son too. Struggling but hanging in. Grateful to God for good things. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:42:56 EST Hello there! Hi! <BR> <em>524</em> Here I go again! I've been up and down the scale so many times it's not funny. I always gain it back when I stop doing what I'd been doing. I KNOW what I need to do. I KNOW! I KNOW I can't stop...I KNOW!! Yet I let myself slip backwards...sometimes it would begin with a stagnating life circumstance(injuries, surgeries, two jobs and no time...convalescing a dying MIL,etc...)but not all the time and I KNOW that it didn't mean I had to give up, yet the exercise and healt... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:45 EST another loss this week I'm down another 1 lb and 1/2 this week, after a slip up even. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:33:46 EST What was your success today? I got on my exercise bike this morning and rode for a full 30 minutes. Feels great to start the day with an accomplishment. <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:02:36 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:18 EST 67 and still trying As you can see by my message title, I'm 67 and have 50+ lbs. to lose. I've been on many diets/plans in my adult life and I'm still convinced that I can lose the weight I need to lose and to keep off. For me, accountability is key and Sparkpeople seems to have everything I need. This is only day four, but so far so good. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:25:07 EST Hello everyone! I'm ready to try again to lose the weight and become a healthier version of myself. Joining a team, posting messages and blogging are all new to me. Maybe being encouraged and encouraging others will help me to stay true to my goals and give me the push I need to succeed. Let's make it through today together, okay? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:05:32 EST Hi!! Hi! I am new to this site but I feel like I am "home". I am ready to get healthy and finally lose the weight. The older I get the more I realize how important it is to feel good and have lots of energy. Of course, I still want to get into my favorite pair of skinny jeans too :) This site is awesome!! Thanks for the welcome emails I have received! Looking forward to this weight loss journey with all of you. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:43:34 EST Looking for a spark buddy/buddies Hi! I am a 50 year old English born again Christian lady, married, no kids, wanting to lose at least 62 pounds to get down to a healthy weight. I am going on holiday Saturday and will be starting to count calories and walk for exercise when I get back on Sunday 3rd August. Please sparkmail me if you’d like to buddy up. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:02 EST New Jacksonville member Hi! I am very excited to be here , looking forward to hearing from new friends and getting to know yell. I need to get back on track and make my weight loss goals come true. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:48 EST Back Again Hi all. I'm returning to SP after almost a year. I had lost 40 lbs before, and then just fell off. Amazingly I only gained back 10 lbs. (something must have stuck). I think this time might be a little easier because my husband also wants to lose weight and we no longer live with my daughter and granddaughters, so we're really cutting off a lot of the processed food that we used to make because it was easier to cook for between 7 and 10 people. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:42:21 EST Total hip replacement, new life style... new me. Hi SparkPeople, <BR> New to this site, just found it on the internet, looks great. I have enjoyed reading the posts, and they give me hope that I too will be able to change my bad habit of eating the wrong things and lots of them. I will need to learn all the posting and charting my personal data, but it will be a great learning tool. I am opened to receiving some good tried and true guidance, trust me I need all the help I can. Thank you all in advance for your help and information and loo... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:38:08 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:43 EST Confused I'm having difficulty hearing the videos and also having them stop because of "an error occurred". It does not happen all the time, only sporadically, like today. I tried 3 times to watch a motivational clip and it stopped about half way each time. When I watched 2 fitness videos today, they completed, but there was no sound. Are others experiencing the same issues? I took my points for the motivational clip. I figured 3 half attempts was more than 1 full attempt. I was able to follow the exe... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:48:22 EST NEW... Last Letter starts new word. game Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:59:21 EST new to spark People I am a diabetic and have asthma, so I need a lot of help. love this site, I have already learned a lot. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:48 EST Starting over Hi everyone, my name is Mary. I live in southern IN. I was on here many years ago. Couldn't remember on to get back on so started a new account. <BR> <BR> Last month my husband passed away after a long illness. So I'm starting a new chapter in my life. One of my first goals is to get healthy and feel better about myself. I have plenty of time now to do this. <BR> <BR> I also need to make new friends and I heard this is a good place to do that too. <BR> <BR> I'm not too good at writing so ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:54:09 EST New at this Hi my name is Debbie an was told about this site by my niece. I am 53 married an have 2 children an 2 grandchildren. Moved to the state of Maine 9 months ago. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:05:42 EST This time I am in for the long haul I am back on Spark. This time for the long haul. No matter how many times I stumble, no matter how many times I want to give up. I need to stay on this journey because the alternative is getting progressively sicker and I am sick of feeling sick and tired. No miracles, no quick fixes, just one day at a time. I read a quote from a singer who lost a lot of weight and was asked about her motivation. Her answer really resonated with me. She said she didn't want to grow old being cared for by t... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:25:34 EST Back again I have been gone a couple of years so it is like I am a newbie LOL. I am a retired 64 YO grandma. I live with my son, Daughter in law and two of my 4 grand kids. I had lost 100 lbs over a 15 year period but gained back about 20 of it. My current goal is to get under 200. We live in North TX on 5 acres. We have chickens and are hoping to get a couple of cows. I know what I need to do to lose weight I just can't seem to get motivated so I am.coming back to sparks for some accountability Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:39:11 EST Game - What is your favorite workout song? Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:14:00 EST hi trying to see if this will work for me, seems interesting so far, and informative Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:29:24 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST My first week with SparkPeople Hi, my first week with Spark has been great! I have surprised myself and lost 8 pounds! A friend from L.A. showed me an app he used for weight loss so I went online and found your free site! It's the first time weight loss has made sense to me. I am a visual learner so to see the charts and know where I am meeting goals as far as carbs, protein, etc. and the tips on where to improve and speaking in lay mans terms such as buying individual bags of chips so I can learn portion control. Eve... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:32:14 EST 2 1/2 lbs lost I was pleasantly surprised when I got on the scale this morning and had lost 2 1/2 more lbs. <BR> A total of 17 1/2 lbs! Yippee! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:23:12 EST Newbie I just joined this morning and am hoping to find the support and inspiration that will finally get me towards my goal of weight loss and health gain :) Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:15:38 EST Just introduing myself Hi there! I am new here and am highly motivated today....I have been working on making healthier choices and am hoping that the SparkPeople program will help me be more successful. <BR> <BR> Best of luck to you all..... <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> debbalynne Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:49:25 EST Now is the time I'm Linda in Hawaii, almost 57 years old and according to the weight chart I saw in my Dr's office 99 lbs over weight. I'd be happy with 170#. Emotional eater, lifelong overweight, Former drug user, getting treated for Hep C right now. The inside is getting fixed, how about the outside? Anyone in the Pearlridge area want to walk or do other activities (Hike Aiea Loop?) please contact me! Everyone else, peace to you and best wishes in your quest! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:18:10 EST hey, I thought I only had 45 pounds to lose....... but I've landed in this team. Help !!! I can't even get started as we have a big family gathering this coming weekend. <BR> <BR> Once I get going I'll be as keen as mustard but I need a buddy to start with me next Monday fail. Is there a quick start diet for week 1? Thu, 3 Jul 2014 05:10:25 EST starting again Hi My name is Norma and I am 57 and need to lose 100+ lbs. Looking forward to help encourage others on this journey. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:40:04 EST 1 1/2 lb more gone! Went to the ocean for the weekend and walked on the beach with my dogs. It was a lovely time. I was so happy to get on the scale and see I lost 1 and a half pounds. 15 lbs gone now. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:15:22 EST Here I go again!! Hi everyone my name is Linda and here I am again. I am here again but I am having a hard time getting started !. I need a whole bunch of help and motivations! Any ideas? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:34:20 EST Time for a change After many years of raising children and putting myself last, I have declared this year the time to take care of me. So for my birthday I booked a cruise for my family, enjoyed it immensely, ate healthy and challenged myself to experience more of life. I averaged 6-8 miles of walking, snorkeled the Caribbean and ziplined in Jamaica. Once home I continued on my me journey. I haven't looked back since. Best decision ever! I didn't gain a pound on the crusie which is amazing to me, and have be... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:46:15 EST Good Morning! I am finally getting serious about learning to eat correctly. I would like to lose 50 pounds. I over eat when I am stressed out. I have been buying fruits and veggies instead of sweets so if I want to over eat then it is healthy. I need a lot of support for this. It is scary for me because I'm concerned about failure. I'm worried that I am going to start this and then quit. I am going to make an effort to stick with this for life! <em>521</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:05:09 EST Hi I'm new Hi everyone I'm new. I have found lots of good info, but still trying to make my way around the sites. Kat <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:41:45 EST Lorraine Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST forgot to weight in an measurements <em>39</em> Trying to sell our home and got sidetracked with paperwork, I just realized it is Monday Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:42:58 EST Down 1/2 lb Only lost a half of a pound, but still a loss. I just wish it came off faster, I've got to start exercising and see if I can speed it up. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:54:15 EST TNFLGAL's SparkPage I need to met my first goal of 30 lbs. in six months. I have been in WW and become a lifetime member but feel off the band wagon. I think Spark is what I need right now. I started it 6 days ago and have already since increase energy ! <BR> Woo Hoo !!! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:10:04 EST Figuring it out I'm learning to live a no sugar/no artificial sweeteners, low carb, modified vegetarian lifestyle. I'm determined to figure this out and press forward. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:43:06 EST Just Starting Hi all. Just starting and looking forward to all the benefits of getting healthier by getting to a healthy weight. <em>9</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:09:33 EST Just joined Hi all, just started Sparks, and wanted to have Team support on this journey. : ) <BR> I'm 56, a widow, and beginning a new chapter in my life. Have alot of weight to lose, but I am going to take it one day at a time. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:40:00 EST