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 Weight gain Just got back from an Hawaiian vacation and boy did I gain weight. It doesn't help that I am on bipolar medication that causes weight gain so I have to be very careful. I am following the Mediterranean diet and staying within the points range here on SparkPeople of 1200 to 1500 calories. So I can't wait to start seeing a difference on my scales. Getting Back in the Saddle Again taking care of myself in the morning. I'm looking forward to it. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:23:19 EST March 2017 Chat , starts now. This is a thread to talk about anything and everything <BR> <BR> Cheers Richard <BR> <BR> Just thought I would make mention of an ancient easy diet. <BR> It is the 1 my SIL used to use whenever she wished to lose weight. <BR> You could call it "The Simplicity Diet" <BR> This dates back to about 1978. <BR> It just consists of eating salads and steak. <BR> In this era people could vary the protein sources rather than only having meat <BR> Cheers Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:50:28 EST THIS MONTH: what is your plan to lose weight This month I will: <BR> - drink 3 glasses of water per day <BR> - stationary bike 3 times a week <BR> - not eat after 7;00 P.M. <BR> - go to bed by 11:00 p.m. <BR> ADD walk 3 times a week Sun, 5 Mar 2017 08:02:33 EST Trying it again 64 and trying this website again...Worked the 1st time but things got in the way of my success...Right now I'm learning all over again...I right now am drinking my water..The more I drink it the more I Thirst for it...Also working on being consistent with exercising...Haven't got my food down like it needs to be just yet but any place to start beats no place at all way I see would really like to get down close to my goal by the time I get to 65..I do more reading of how people are... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 22:07:58 EST New to the group also I am 58 tears old and just got my first pedometer. I am a couch potato so the idea of walking 6000 to 10000 steps a week is crazy. I did it every day this week and even made it to 11000 one day. <BR> Wow Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:14:53 EST New Looking to lose 95 lbs. and can use any support I can get. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:23:51 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST I'm back! Hi all, <BR> If I don't start again, I'll never reach my goal...right? Having been laid off from my job 17 months ago, I have gained all the weight back that I lost with the help of our in-office WW meeting. I'm determined to finally lose weight without spending money. While I'm unemployed, I can't justify paying for WW or exercise classes. I am grateful that SparkPeople is here to help. Just leaving this intro message is a sign that I am "all in" this time. Okay...let the games begin!! Good ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:47:55 EST Anyone want to help or coach me? I'm a 60 year old male who knows little about losing weight. I never had to diet when I was younger. I'm a difficult case, I think, for a variety of reasons. But if anyone wants to work with me, please write me. <BR> <BR> Please don't write if you're selling something... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:08:56 EST new AGAIN! I am back to Sparkpeople after a decade break. Old habits have caught up with me in that elapsed time frame. I am back with renewed vigor and "suggestions" from a doctor. See, he says for my 5' frame that I should weigh 100 pounds. (I might have been that in Jr. Hi.) I would welcome 130. I know I have a long way to go to get even there, but I remember the encouragement and fun I had when I was here so long ago. AND I did loose weight. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:41:15 EST Hi, I'm new here Hello, I am new here, I am looking for support and friendship as I endeavor to lose about 70 pounds. I am looking forward to joining some of the challenges that this site offers. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:20:29 EST Hey all Hey there, <BR> <BR> My name is Patrick and I'm obviously new. :) I've recently had two heart attacks and am serious about losing weight. My overall goal is to weigh in at 200. My starting weight is 282. I realize I need friends to help me along the way cause I haven't been able to stay on course before. Looking to encourage others and be encouraged and stretched. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:36:27 EST Hello Sorry...posted in the wrong forum <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:07:38 EST Hi I am new here Hi I am new here. I am here because I need to lose almost 70 pounds. I'm not sure how I have let myself get this out of control! But I am ready to do it! Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:30:56 EST One bad habit to break, one good habit to start Hello! I am proposing a one week challenge, starting today, Monday, February 13. It is hard making all the healthy changes we should, so let's start out slowly. I am starting a week of trying to break one bad habit, and starting one good habit. So as of today I am breaking my very bad habit of eating candy really late at night, and starting a good habit of replacing one meal a day with a salad of greens, cut up veggies and some protein. Anyone who wants to join me gets to pick their own bad a... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:04:53 EST small goals 1st small goal met! <em>590</em> <em>30</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:24:19 EST Greetings! Hi I'm Sheila and glad to have joined this group. I just turned 55 so I will fit right in! My initial goal is to lose 50 lbs. although I have more to lose than that. Just trying to keep it a smaller goal so it won't seem so overwhelming. Hope to meet some of you and share our journey. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:23:19 EST Team Points On Spark Points page it lists Team Points and says "Use Bonus Points". What does that mean? Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:19:45 EST Old- Old New Good morning <BR> I am old and have returned a few times. I enjoy collecting old books and just found peace in writing. I am a romantic guy who need to get his old but where he needs to be. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:27:40 EST Hi I am new to the team I am diabetic and I really need to loose this weight I have tried everything to loose weight and It is impossible to loose I have no one to guide me through this journey to successfully loose weight Please help me to do this <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:22:29 EST Chris is new too! I was a Sparker in the past but dropped when I had a significant injury that sidelined me for two years. I had to do physical rehabilitation to learn to walk properly again. I am severely limited in physical activities but I plan to lose weight by eating healthy for the time being. I'm making menus with high nutritional foods and since beans are one of the healthiest foods and cause a person to feel full longer this house will be musical! As soon as my fractured hand heals I will be getting b... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:57:25 EST New here , 53 yrs young New to the group , Married to a great guy for the past 3 years, No kids, No grand kids ,and we like it that way lol. I quit smoking 4 years ago and gained over 100 lbs in that 4 years so Im not a happy camper right now . Hoping to get some extra motivation from this site and some of the people in the groups, besides what I get at home ( yes I'm needy lol) Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:15:32 EST HOWDY I'm TEE or Teester. Yup I live in rural west Texas where the deer and the antelope play in the yard! I left Spark three years ago, but I'm back and ready to lose some weight. Eating under 1500 calories a day is going to be by first challenge. It's good to be back. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 18:30:59 EST Sweet Iced Tea Can anyone tell me what the consensus is on sweet tea using Splenda? Here in the south sweet tea is as basic as greens and cornbread. <em>274</em> Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:18:58 EST Hi! Hello, I'm Annie! I've been a member of SparkPeople before and have rejoined today. <BR> <BR> I am all ready to start, got a 7 day menu planned, 1500 calories average per day, no added sugar, sweeteners, or snacks. My exercise is just walking at the moment. I want to start including other types of exercise soon though. <BR> <BR> I am not starting until Saturday 11th as I am away this week. I will be doing some walking while I'm away, and the meals won't be huge, so I don't expect to ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 06:10:49 EST New to the group Hi everyone. <BR> I have been off and on with SP for years. I do somewhat well and then leave the pages thinking I will focus on exercise if I am not on the web so much. Of course, then I gain everything back. It is a vicious cycle that needs to stop. It doesn't get any easier as we get older and our health depends on success. <BR> <BR> I hope my brain is in the right place this time. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:51:01 EST hello I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Food addiction counselor Hello I'm chatty, <BR> I am so addicted to food and I don't know why. <BR> I have dieted all my life and I know how to eat healthy <BR> But yet I'm Obese. <BR> <BR> I thought of going to a food specialist and wondered if anyone else have gone to one. <BR> I don't know what to expect and I'm fearful. Crazy huh!!! <BR> <BR> I just know plain dieting isn't working cause of my love for food. <BR> Thanks for any comments. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:43:45 EST New Member Hi there from Nova Scotia, Canada. <BR> Glad I found this place. Have been here for 25 days now and am 8 lbs lighter on my way to hopefully lose 60 lbs. <BR> Looking forward to hear from other members of the group on how things are going. <BR> Chuck Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:26:40 EST 1 POUND/WEEK FEBRUARY Specific CHALLENGE on your weighin day just list your starting weight to begin with <BR> Cheers <em>381</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:27:01 EST New member Hi, I'm new to the group and am ready to get healthy. I am 63 years young and about to be a grandma for the second time this summer. I want to help my daughter with the kids when she needs me. But mostly I don't want to look and feel like an old grandma. Looking forward to the new and improved me! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:07:33 EST New team member question re; earning points I've seen several posts in the daily thread re; "earned X points" for the team. What is that referring to? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:57:04 EST My lucky year... I turned 50 last summer and I have 50 pounds to lose... I am taking this as a sign that i should make this year my lucky year... It is January 23 and I want to reach my goal by July. It's possible and to make it happen, I will diligently use the Sparkpeople app to track my good nutritional and exercise new habits, drink plenty of water everyday and stay active as much and as often as possible. Let's make the process fun by connecting with new people, finding great uplifting music to work out ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:52:20 EST Hi, my name is Geneva I just turned 51 and need to lose at least 50-65lbs. My oldest daughter lost her dad last week and told me she couldn't handle losing me to and to please get healthy. This was an eye opener for me and I asked my Dr to help me. I'm an emotional over eater. I can use all the support I can get. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:20:20 EST New Member I started Sparkpeople about a week ago but have been working out 3-4 times a week at Planet Fitness since October. I weighed in over the weekend and I didn't lose any weight. Before signing up here I never weighed myself. I have gone down one pant size since October and family has noticed changes to my body. <BR> <BR> I am puzzled....I started an official diet plan and haven't lost any weight......what do you all think? <BR> <em>33</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:46:32 EST Garcinia I see a article on Garcinia and Apple cider vinegar stating it helps in weight loss. Does anyone have any personal experience with trying this? Was it effective? Is this just another scam? Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:19:24 EST On the Road Again I take this journey here once again. I believe it's my third trip, lol! Only this time the journey is longer and harder. I'm older and have more to lose(gain). I've begun with quitting cigarettes and that added several miles to my journey. So yesterday, I packed and headed up this road! See you all along the way :) <em>521</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:40:08 EST Hi I'm Elizabeth I have been working on losing weight but I am not a great success story though I dream of it one day. My doctor's tell me, lose weight or else. I am now over 50 with diabetes, My liver is starting to get fat deposits and so time is now to change for ever. <BR> <BR> I'm scared because I really haven't found much success in weight loss but I have to do it. <BR> <BR> I hope as time goes on I can share how I overcame and conquered this. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:35:41 EST Hi, My name is Amy and I'm a food addict Greetings all. I'm a returning sparker with a need to not simply loose weight to like how I look (although that's definitely a factor!), I need to loose weight and get healthy to hopefully slow down the progression of my Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed 4 years ago this summer and thankfully I have not had many issues thus far. After going through a relapse over the past month which involved some mobility issues in my right leg I reached the point where I said "Enough is enough." I kno... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:27:03 EST 1st day 1st day today. Have to think about my goals. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:52:10 EST A brief intro :)) Hi everyone, just joined and have lots of work to do but looking forward to seeing positive changes and being healthier in more ways than one. Most of my introduction is on my page and less computer time is one of the changes I'm working on, so if I don't respond to your comments in a timely manner or don't spend much time on this team please don't take it personally. Best wishes everyone. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:19:41 EST Serious changes Hi! With a nutribullet Rx I am finding it easy to get my veggies in. I've been an exercise girl and am taking a food bAsed, stress reduction approach in 2017. This means decreasing my exercise, more emphasis on meditation, yoga, and really focusing on food. Whole foods. <BR> <BR> I'm stunned by the info I've read on adrenal fatigue and even more so by the info found in the book nutrition tests for better health by Dr. Cass Ingram. Sugar, white flour really put us at risk. Even if we have i... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:55:46 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST New member Hello everyone glad to be here. Is anyone else here from western upstate NY? I'm really excited to get to know everyone and encourage and be encouraged by the members in this group. My goal is to lose 74 lbs. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:11:39 EST Moving from Calorie Count I have used Calorie Count off and on for a number of years - more off than on or I wouldn't have so many pounds yet to loose. That website is being discontinued in March, so I am jumping now to get a head start on a new tracker system. <BR> <BR> I imagine that many of Calorie Count's members will find their way to this site, so it use may grown over time. <BR> <BR> My intention is to journal my weight-loss journey to my appropriate weight. I hope to be a frequent participant in the forum, <... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:32:40 EST new start on my weight loss journey hi all, <BR> i am a new member who has just ordered the 12 day fix. which will arrive tomorrow , i will be starting this on monday 16/1/17. I chose it because i have tried many diets but find that they are always lacking the foods that i crave so i end up eating the things i crave most, and too much of it. I would like to someone to travel this journey with me , a whole team if you are out there, i am aiming to loose about 50lbs using the 21 day fix eating plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:51:34 EST What type of scale to buy? I've started using the fitness tracker and nutrition tracker with a weight guesstimate. I know what my weight from last summer was at my doctor's visit, but I know I weigh even more now. I don't have a scale and would like some suggestions. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:39:51 EST Is the sign up for this team automatic? Is the sign up for this team automatic? It is on My SparkTeam list. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:13:26 EST Hello all This is a new experience for me. Look forward to making new friends and learning to live a new healthy life style. Have found lots of interesting information and am learning how to interact online. I am finding myself a little shy and for a loss for words and hopefully in time you will learn that is not me. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:42 EST Wendy Hi, I just heard about this and am going to have my only childs wedding in October. I AM READY! I love carbs so this will be tough but I have to do it. I want to lose 50 by October 1st. any recipes you want to share I would greatly appreciate. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:34:16 EST Hello as I start this new year I start a weight loss journey for myself before it is to late to do it as the years have gone by I have watched myself grow in the wrong way I am new to sparks and I want to use it or all it has to offer I hope to meet many new friends offer them support as I hope to be able to support and encourage them to. I am a stay at home mom o 4 and a grandma of 2 soon to be 3, married and living the good life in the midwest Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:12:56 EST Carol I am a grandmother of 1, a retired Probate Paralegal of 38 years, and have been diagnosed with NASH a few years ago and just days ago I have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and full blown type 2 diabetes. Medications affect my cirrhosis so I need to lose 50 pounds and get back to good and healthy living. I am raising my 6 year old grandson and have many stressful times with my daughter, his mother. I also need to learn how to handle the stresses in my life without letting them tota... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:52:01 EST I'm brand new to this! I'm Angie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm very nervous right now! I'm not good at dieting or exercising. I'm 57 yrs. old and would like to lose 95 lbs. When I was 21, I never imagined that I would gain so much weight! But 30 years later, bad relationships, being a sing mom, a divorce, and currently in a sad marriage, I've given up on me. I don't want to give up. Now that I've joined Sparks, I have to be accountable. In all honesty, I am scared to death! I'm afraid I'll fail. ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:01:20 EST Hello Hello. My name is Karla. I joined SparkPeople because I want to learn to live a healthier life and I was impressed by what I learned when I looked into this web site. I enjoy reading, knitting, playing computer games and cuddling with my husband and my cats. I look forward to see what this new year will bring. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:10:04 EST Now I am 50 I am not new to spark people when I turned 40 I found this wonderful website and thought I had hit the jackpot with this free program and everything you could imagine at my fingertips...and I had...I utilized this site to the fullest and lost 50lbs. I felt great and kept the weight under control for about 2 years....then the years passed by and here I am again..50 and yes I have 50 + lbs to lose really more like 60 to 70 ..and I realize the same jackpot is here, and everything one can imagine... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:57:34 EST hi I re-joined tonight. It has been years since I was here. I am tired of looking and feeling the way I do.I look forward to getting back into the groove.I am hoping to accomplish my goal with the help of all you lovely ladies Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:43:18 EST Hi team I've been less than serious about tracking and so have continually gained weight. I'm here to track and add my support. Shirley from Indiana Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:21:39 EST Focus Believe you can achieve your goal -imagine/dream it... talk to God,your heavenly helper. <BR> I know he listens... so I will be chatting with Him - because He cares. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:53:58 EST newbie I am new and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have a bad back and legs and on oxygen so it is hard to exercise <BR> I have quite a bit to lose and I am hoping it will help my other problems if I can stick to this <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:26:48 EST Thanks Thanks for allowing me to join your group I am 54 and have about 45-50 pounds I would like to lose. I look forward to the interaction here. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:29:29 EST Back again Starting user name was (BarbieofBorg ) <BR> Still have around 75 lbs to lose. Lost 20 and then went still for months. Gave up. Now I'm trying again and hope to find a workout buddy. Not my husband because he has Army flashbacks and thinks he's a drill sergeant. I am not a recruit and berating me was never a good motivator. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:36:20 EST Hi! Hi! Happy New Year! Back to Spark and ready to roll. I want to be the healthiest and happiest version of myself! It is time to take care of me. I am so looking forward to being on this journey with you all. Spark people members are the most motivating and supportive people I have ever met. Let's do this thing! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:44:10 EST On my Journey to Divalicious! Hi all. I just joined. Would love some new Friends. 2017 is the year this excess weight goes! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:36:36 EST New and ready to ROCK! 2016 was not a good year for me. I gained the 20 pounds I lost and couldn't pull myself out of my downward spiral. Part of it was medical (serious hormonal challenges) and part of it was grief (my family experienced an unexpected passing of 2 family members). I literally gave up trying but still remained connected to SP and glad I did! <BR> No more excuses - just action! Ready to start the New Year right! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:05:38 EST Willpower I've always believed that losing weight depended on my willpower to avoid "bad" foods and deprive myself of things I loved to eat. Boy was I wrong. I have to teach myself that it is not the food that is bad, it is how I control how much and how often I enjoy those foods. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:09:55 EST New to Spark!! Hello - just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I am looking forward to getting healthy and forming new friendships. Happy New Year!! <em>249</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:44:04 EST Happy3 Want to start on December 30th w/ better eating habits. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:24:48 EST DietQuitter Hi~ Starting over AGAIN! Last year I joined Weight Watchers online and loved it, but it cost about $50/month. This SparkPeople website is much friendlier and it is free! I lost over 20 lbs in 5 months last year, but gained most of it back after I stopped tracking my food! So, I KNOW what I need to do! I just need to keep on doing it now! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:28:19 EST Brand New to Spark Hi, <BR> I am 63 years young grandmother and wife and daughter living in Jerusalem. Would like any advice how to use this site and connect to other like;minded women. I have a sense of humor and am willing to use laugh at myself. Good luck and let's have some fun! <BR> Amy Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:54:04 EST VoiceOfAnEagle2 Hi there! Happy New Years everyone. I am here to make major changes in my life this year because if I don't I won't be here next year. I am fifty years old and I am fighting bad habits that I need to break. I am looking forward to joining this team of people and meeting my goals along with all of the rest of you. <BR> Sincerely, Brenda. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:45:00 EST Hello from Mohave Desert With 100 pounds to loose after many grueling, depressing years, I am wanting to be ready to be active again. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:03:25 EST Newly Returning to SparkPeople Hello, Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SP, but it has probably been 5 or more years since I've been active on the site. Have explored other fitness strategies over the years, but need to revert back to behaviors that were sustainable and didn't rely on gimmicks or programs. I know what to do and want to do it in a supportive, informative environment! Looking forward to seeing how 2017 goes!! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:39:32 EST Starting over I am not new to Sparkpeople but have been away far too long. I look forward to the motivation and inspiration I find here and wish the best for all of trying to find our way out 50-99 pounds to lose group. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:30:54 EST Warm Greetings from Canada! Just joined Spark, a result of reflection on the past year. Many challenges, hesitant to try, but it is quite literally do or die. <BR> Biggest concern is safety when going out to walk, or transit, or whatever. So I'll look forward to learning about fitness within those constraints. <BR> Look forward to a long and healthier relationship. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:43:31 EST Hi I'm new Hi I'm new and been doing well losing weight until last his week. A house full of family here making bake goods. I'm getting back on it tomorrow since they just left. I work from home and that is how I started gaining the weight in the beginning. <BR> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:39:18 EST What to eat on Christmas Day. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What to eat on Christmas? A little bit of everything then deal with the situation the next day.That's my advise. <BR> <BR> All you people dealing with the harsh elements, stay indoors and let it pass. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, you all have a Wonderful, Happy and Safe Christmas! <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:50:11 EST howdy! Hi I'm 50. I lost a lot of weight about 4 years ago, but put about half of it back on. So here we go again. The good news is; I know what to do this time. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:00:43 EST Hi from Texas Howdy, from Texas. I'm Sandy 55 years and counting. I just wanted to say Hi. I recently started going to gym with my 13 grandson trying to keep up. He's a sweet kid he goes as slow as I need to go he's a trooper to put up with his Nana. I'm hanging in there. Thanks for adding me to the group. <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:19:50 EST Hi Just joined this team to try it out. Last year the plan was to lose about 100 pounds; only got about half achieved. This year I need to do the rest plus about 5-15. One of the teams I was previously on talked a lot, but I didn't see the results. Trying it out here. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:55:59 EST Worried about the journey I apologize if this topic has come up before, but I'm new to the group and I'm hoping I can get some encouragement and help. I've got 90+ pounds to lose and I'm scared that I have to do it, and scared that I may not be able to do it. I've got some specific goals in mind, but writing things down is easier for me to do than actually following through. I hope that I'll be able to get motivated from others in the group that are successful. Thanks in advance for throwing me a line! <em>249<... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:54:18 EST Hello everyone! Obese, Ready to change for good. Classic yo yo dieter. I have been successful with WW. I need support from other birds of my feather. :) Happy to be here. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:48:17 EST Hello All! My name is Greta and I am endeavoring to lose 50 pounds over the next year. I'm planning to go slowly because it's going to require a lifestyle change because my current habits are awful and are what got me here in the first place. I am committed to getting started and am open to all helpful advice. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:50:33 EST I'M BACK I'm not sure how long I have been a SparkPeople member but I have never stuck to any of my goals ... I have had recurrent pneumonia, which saps strength and willpower ... ongoing fatigue ... all are my excuses as I have managed to get my weight up to 200 pounds (I think I was about 170 when I joined the first time). Will I do it this time? <BR> <BR> I have pneumonia AGAIN (yes, I did get the vaccination) yet know I can set some healthy habits in place all the same. Where should I start? ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:22:34 EST Just saying "Hello" I've been browsing around and orientating myself to SP since joining Monday and this is my first post. Well, I did just post on the team's primary forum before seeing this forum so I guess it would be considered my second posting. I'm finding SP to be very helpful with tracking my nutrition intake and with establishing a regular exercise routine. I think it will work out very well for me and my very busy schedule. Well, I'll be "stopping by" and posting my progress and seeing how y'all are do... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:56:27 EST Hey Everyone I am Regina. Usually not good at being consistent with posting on sites, but I am trying to relate being consistent here with being consistent with my weight loss plan and hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> So I will be seeing you guys :-) Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:34:38 EST Newbie Hi. I'm Maryann and new to this group, but not to SP. I wish I could say I was good at following SP or at getting healthier, but I have the whole "starting and stopping" thing going on. I've no idea why I stop posting, but I seem to forget and then it's been a month. I've been chunky forever, and really fat since about 1998. I've always thought I *want* to lose weight and will try, but then I must not *really* want to lose it because I don't. I bounce the same ten pounds no matter what I seem... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:35:48 EST Day 1 (again) Hi there, I am back. Been a few years since I did Spark. But I feel I need the support again. I am recovering from knee surgery and do to go back to work on December 19th. I am not an exerciser, never have been but need to change that. Time is tight as I work very hard and my job is stressful. Gyms scare me as I am close to 300 lbs and very self-conscious. Both knees are bad and I have asthma. I just need to burn calories. Is dancing around at home like a nut exercise? How about laps around ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:39:41 EST Hi There! I am 55 years old and want to lose weight. I need support from new friends I hope to meet here. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:01:24 EST Hi I am a returning Spark Team 50+member. Since I have been away 17 month I have gain 55 lbs. so I decided to take baby steps with putting my body back together. First I decided I would deal with the smoking habit I have had for the past 45 years. Four month ago I stop smoking, however I did start to eat more. Now am ready to work on the weight. I look forward to sharing ideal and receiving suggestion and helpful hints on weight loss from all of you'll, as I join this weight loss journey with e... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:55:51 EST A RE-BOOT Holiday - need suggestions! My family's holiday vacation this year will focus on exercise and eating good food. We will be going away for a week and would like to have a plan for lots of physical activities. Does anyone have suggestions for 're-boot' week? <BR> <BR> There will be a beach with lots of sun, a pool, but no bike or walking trails. Any ideas of how to plan for such a week would be greatly appreciated. For example, should we each make goals for the week? We are 4 adults, 2 in great shape, 2 not so much... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:56:20 EST Hello - Not-so-new Member Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am a new member to this team but not new to SparkPeople. I joined SP years ago and it was great for me. Then I left SP for a variety of reasons, and over the past 6 years have gained over 100 pounds and lost all fitness (I was a marathoner six years ago - yikes!) <BR> <BR> I am fearful about rejoining SP because it was so good last time and I might be expecting too much from it this time. Plus, I am so far behind where I was when I started last time. But I promised a ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:06:37 EST Introduction I am 65 years old, with several health issues and am 60 pounds overweight. I have started SparkPeople at least 4 times, but have fallen away each time. I need personal contact and hope I can figure out how to obtain that through messages via the forums. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:27:29 EST Help Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:44 EST Who survived Thanksgiving? Anyone? (echo.. echo..) I love thanksgiving. It's one of the things I miss about the USA. It's just the way everyone comes out of the woodwork, even if they haven't seen each other in ages, and sits down together to be thankful about life, and then argue their way through a massive table of food. <BR> <BR> It's fabulous and I miss it. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, how did people go? Let's confess, the good, the bad and the ugly. Or the perfectly well-behaved. <BR> <BR> I'll start. I didn't actually do Thanksgiving yesterday,... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:22:07 EST Happy Thanksgiving to all from the newbie Happy Turkey Day to everyone. Thought this would be a good place to start. I am 63 and want to lose between 50-75 pounds. I am married, one daughter, two granddaughters, three cats, and a grand-dog that would be my grandson. <BR> <BR> I am hoping with the support of my family and my Spark Family I can do this once and for all. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:31:23 EST Introduce myself Hello Everyone... <BR> <BR> I am CGorden...Loretta will work just fine. I am 63 and am once again trying to lose weight. <BR> I say once again because it never fails, I get on a roll and within goal weight and get the rug pulled out from under me....lifewise...losing weight goes down the list. <BR> <BR> I had thought well heck I'm 63 not too bad but I just can't. SO here I go again. <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:36:47 EST Is it normal to have aches and pains when over 50? Is it normal to have aches and pains when over 50? Just wondering. <BR> <BR> I am 51 and my body is having so many more aches and pains than a few years ago. Some say that part of this is menopause and it will get better in a few years... <BR> <BR> I never thought that I'd feel so stiff and have this many muscle, tissue/tendon and joint complaints at this age... so is that normal? What is your experience? Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:09:19 EST Hi all from Australia! Just a quick note to say hi to everyone. I'm restarting after a massive success 10 years ago with SP. I have a really good feeling about 2017. Let's all make it our year xxxx Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:26:30 EST Hi from the UK! Doing the Lord's Table course Just want to introduce myself... <BR> <BR> I'm 53, a born again Christian, and I live in the UK. <BR> My goal weight is 10 st 10 (150 pounds) <BR> <BR> I guess I'm around 15 st 5 (215 pounds) but I'll find out for sure in the morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm starting the Lord's Table Course with a "normal" day and a "half day" on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I want to blog about it all. Probably not daily, but a couple of times a week at least. <BR> <BR> It'll be just me and the course book, as t... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:42:31 EST Hopefully I am back It has been roughly a year since I have been here and my weight has returned. In the last year I have moved twice after being in the same house for 43 years. Stress, stress, stress but now at least the junk has been cleared out of my home. Loving my new little doll house but it seems I got too comfortable.nowit is time to start being good to my body. Maybe a slow start as I need to retrain my mind and body. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:51:15 EST Holidays 1 lb. a week challenge 11-15-16 ---- 234 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:17:18 EST Glee LaVroff Just found out I am Diabetic! I need a mjeal plan for every day, because I don't know where to start! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:55:08 EST HELP!!! I have to lose at least 40 lbs in order to have my knee replaced and I can barely walk so exercising is a challenge, plus I just can't seem to get on the weight loss wagon. I am so frustrated that I think I'm going to start and then blow it that day or even after one day. I just have no desire to do this. I have been fat my whole life and probably have lost over 500 lbs collectively so I know I can lose weight, but just keep regaining it and now I can't seem to get started again knowing th... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:55:37 EST Thanks for your Prayers I just want to thank everyone for their prayers for a staff member who has had serious eye problems &amp; multiple eye surgeries. She's just returned to work but has a long way to go--barely has sight yet in the eye, a mountain of expenses, and a broken toe to boot. <BR> <BR> She still needs lots of prayers so please keep praying for her and all those in need. Together we can make a real difference. <em>220</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:12:23 EST Hi, I'm cherish621 latest bloodwork results are scaring me! Anyone know what all this means? HDL 55 TRIG 132 but total cholesterol is 287. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:36 EST returning alumni Yes, I am back after 5 1/2 years. Depression and a back injury has put me back where I started and previously vowed never to return. However, enough about that and moving on to current successes. I started on my own and like the nutrition tracker and recipe access so much, I figured this is the most straight forward route to take. Tracking online keeps me accountable. Wishing others a good day and success which ever way you measure it. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:25:41 EST I am sick So I am 62 and weigh 271. I have Fibromyalgia, degenerative arthritis in spine and hips and knees are so bad. I blamed the weight gone on meds (it might account for some weight gain) but it is from not watching what I eat and not being able to move or exercise alot. This is my journey so off and upward I go. <em>524</em> Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:17:23 EST keeping it going. I know I'm going to like it here. I can't tell you how many times I've had a "this is day 1" moment and I'm sure that is familiar to others too. Two months ago I found running after watching From Fat to Finish Line. I haven't run in about 2 weeks for various nonsense reasons but I'm starting again this week. My life is full of obstacles to doing the right thing because...well because I let myself think they are real obstacles. Just trying to get to my goal. Will you help me? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:02:35 EST Hi I'm new here this is my first post I hope I'm doing this right. I'm in my late 50s and looking to lose about 90 pounds. I feel really alone in this as my friends and family are thin. I'm looking for some friendly advice and encouragement . Hope I can also encourage and help others. The weight part of my life has been very difficult. I am currently on a low carb plan and have lost about 11 pounds but I know without walking with others on this journey I won't be able to cross the finish line. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 22:17:08 EST Prayers for a woman with eye problems Please pray for a woman who has suffered a retina detachment requiring multiple surgeries and she has lost all vision in her eye. We're praying and hoping the sight will return as she heals. <BR> She needs help with transportation to and from work and even her church hasn't been able to come up with any help for her. <BR> <BR> She really needs all our prayers. Things are really rough for her right now. <BR> <BR> Thanks folks. <em>220</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:28:20 EST Dianah needs help! I am 58 a wife, grandmother and have no motivation . I live in Carlisle Indiana <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:15:45 EST I need help getting started Hi, I am 57 years old want want to live past 80 but am afraid I will not make it at my current status. I am female and 14 years ago I had a stroke which paralyzxed me completely on my right side. I today still have balance issues and funny as it is, can be brown over with a good gust of wind. I'm not light I weigh 252 lbs and want to lose 75. At one time I weight over 300 lbs. I cannot seem to get under and ndeed to. Help Wed, 2 Nov 2016 21:22:55 EST Arthritis and Ulcerative Colitis I am overweight dealing with depression, heart issues, UC and arthritis. I have to wear oxygen 24/7. Walking is hard and I spend a lot of time playing on the IPad, doing puzzles. I need to lose weight but it is hard with pulmonary hypertension. I was a Spark People member a long time ago. Glad to be back. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:20:40 EST Does anyone keep a visual chart? I heard about this some time ago but I still do it. <BR> <BR> I keep a chart of what I need to lose and what I've lost. 1 pound is represented by butter, sugar is 5#s, a sack of potatoes is 10#s, etc. <BR> <BR> It is just fun to move the objects to the lost visual. I'm up to a Dachshund right now. I find it motivational. (Except when something doesn't move for a while) <BR> <BR> I still have a hay bale, a sack of potatoes, and two butters to go :) Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:15:10 EST keep moving I just started 9 days ago. I have been dieting for years but never did the exercise to keep it off. Going to be different this time, I am already walking a mile a day and hoping soon to increase into stretches and strength training. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:20:45 EST Getting a fresh start Hi everyone. I am new to Spark but not to weight loss. I started this journey 12 weeks ago and so far I have lost 52.5 lbs. I still have a 100 lbs. to go before I can get both knees replaced but I think that is incentive enough to make it this time. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:05:27 EST (Daily) Hi or Hello, Emoticon or Picture <em>524</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:19:05 EST Hi My Name Is: Jeanne, mom to two wonderful kids. They are my greatest accomplishment. Both are on their own. <BR> No grand babies yet, well I do have fur grand babies. <BR> I follow the weight watchers smart points program. <BR> I have heard nice things about Spark people and thought why not join since it is free and get / give extra support between my meetings. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know people, cultivating friendships, getting and giving support. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:59:12 EST Good start Hi. I'm so glad to be here! I have been surfing around and pressing buttons.... Like to try things but hate reading the directions. Hope I don't damage anything along the way. This year I have quit smoking, quit my job and gained about 50 lbs without even trying. Feel very unhealthy and this is my start to getting on track. Cheers. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:17:28 EST NMacKinno2 Hi everyone, I have already started my weight loss journey with a 12 pound loss. I have joined in hopes that all you wonder people out there can help me with the emotional ride I'm on. Someone who has lived this and understands, no judgement. <BR> I'm looking forward to the learning that is about to take place! I have never used a forum like this before. I'm married have 3 daughters, one grandson and two dogs...a busy household! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:27:49 EST New to the group Hello everybody. I have been the same weight for about 6 years now. Have tried different ways to lose it but to no avail. I am hoping the support will help as I live alone now and it is hard when someone is not there to say, Do you think you really need that?" Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:53:01 EST Just Starting Glad to be here. Working hard Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:35:54 EST Hallo! Any other blood clot survivors? Hi, all, I'm giving this motivator a go. I need to pick up my exercise level. I loved dance for many years, but as I've gotten older I've done less of it. In February 2016 I was diagnosed with a "significant" blood clot in my right leg. Since then, I've been walking daily to and from the bus, but it's not enough. I hope to drop actually 60 pounds and get the stiffness out of the leg where the "interventional radiology" (read: micro-surgery thing) was done. I have an appointment with an ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:09:53 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Let me introduce myself... Hello all. I am Terri and a 62 yr old grandmother of six. I was widowed in 2009, and currently my 90 year old father lives with me. I am everyone else's care giver, but it is time for me to take care of me. As an introvert, I usually join these type of things and lurk in the background thinking I can just grab the knowledge and manage on my own. All that has gotten me is fatter. If you want different results, doing the same thing isn't going to work. So I am taking my introverted self ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:55:20 EST NEWBIE Hello, I'm Diane, I just joined today and I've got a lot of health goals on my plate, yeah, I do! I'm targeting a weight loss of 65 pounds, and that should surely put me back in the right numbers with the doctors as well as make me cute! I've been having a dilly of a year with life changes and through my personal efforts, I have managed to get off some initial weight, but now I want some more structure and support. So hello and I 'm glad to be here! <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:00:42 EST New Member I am trying to loose weight a healthy way without taking medications. I can loose if I really watch my carbs but I seem to regress after awhile. I plan my meals and snacks for awhile then I get slack and stop planning and just grab something. Chocolate and sweets are my weakness. I crave something sweet at times. I was exercising regularly but then I started having plantar fasciitis so now I am pretty sedentary trying to let that heal. I am also hypothyroid but I think that is finally under c... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:35:41 EST mobile app Am i missing something? I feel like computer is easier for Sparkpeople than the app on iPhone BUT I so want to be able to use the phone throughout the day. If I make a mistake while logging food, I can't edit on phone… <BR> <BR> I wasted too much time this morning scanning labels and trying to save to favorites - any tips or advice…. And the funny thing is, I didn't even earn my points for downloading the darn thing! <BR> LOL Mon, 3 Oct 2016 15:38:51 EST Starting over! I've been a member of Spark for many years with an equal amount of years inactive! I WANT to lose weight for many reasons - the first being for MYSELF! In order to be successful I need motivation. I've joined WW many times with success while there but like many others have gained the weight back! I want to be successful and stay motivated so I'm hoping that I can find both the support and motivation from other members on here! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:49:21 EST Day 5 So, now it is day 5 of the 21-day challenge for new members. Well, I am a returning member and I must say that I really like the changes in the website since the last time I was here and I am loving the app. My name is Diana and I am a 60-year-old single grandma living in Nebraska City, NE (a town of less than 10,000). My goals are to lose weight and get healthier. I don't like huffing and puffing going up stairs. I also want to be able to be active with the grandchildren. So, I am trac... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:24:33 EST Challenges 9/25/16: Starting weight <BR> 10/2/16: <BR> 10/9/16: <BR> 10/16/16: <BR> 10/23/16: <BR> 10/30/16: <BR> 11/6/16: <BR> 11/13/16: <BR> 11/20/16: <BR> 11/27/16: <BR> 12/4/16: <BR> 12/11/16: <BR> 12/18/16: <BR> 12/25/16: <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:17:10 EST New (again) Recuperating from knee repair is motivation to loose weight and become healthier physically. "Carrying myself around" with walker/crutches is a CHALLENGE that I want to eliminate. Looking for encouragement and inspiration with this personal challenge. I don't want to be a "burden" to myself OR anyone else..... What an eyeopener! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:03:45 EST prayer requst I would appreciate prayers for my daughter who has to have a breast removed because of cancer. Also daughter in law has had colon cancer that is not yet healed after polupt removed. Thank you. God does hear our prayers, His answer is not always to our liking,but He does consider our prayers! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:28:29 EST New to Spark, but not to weight loss I just found Spark yesterday, but I actually started my journey one year ago. I had had my gal bladder removed, so I was no longer able to eat some of my favorite fatty foods. I was introduced to Isagenix by some friends and since October of 2015 I have lost 70 pounds. My goal is to lose another 50 to get down to the weight I was in my 30's and 40's. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:46:37 EST Here I am I have cared for my parents over the past 8 years, babysat for niece and worked full time (plus some) out of town - an hour drive away. My mother passed April 2105, my Dad passed early this month. I no longer babysit for my niece since the last little one arrived. I just took a position at our local hospital and now work 2 miles from home. I find my self at 54 yrs old with 60 pounds to lose and more time on my hands than I can remember ever having. I am going to lose this weight over th... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:58:42 EST Ready Set Go!!! Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:15 EST Fall into the Holidays-1lb a week until 12/20/15! Although I gained a pound this week, I considered it a win because it was Restaurant Week in Omaha and we ate out times selecting from special menus, none of which were low cal. <BR> <BR> Will get back on track this week. <BR> <BR> 9/20/15: 267 lb <BR> 9/27/15: 268 <BR> 10/4/15: <BR> 10/11/15: <BR> 10/18/15: <BR> 10/25/15: <BR> 11/1/15: <BR> 11/8/15: <BR> 11/15/15: <BR> 11/22/15: <BR> 11/29/15: <BR> 12/6/15: <BR> 12/13/15: <BR> 12/20/15: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:27:31 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:38 EST It's Time I'm 54 and feel much older with excess weight and back pain. I'm a grandma and would like to be able to do more with my grandchildren but at this point, pain and obesity are preventing me from doing even simple things like getting on the floor to play, etc. <BR> <BR> It's time to stop hiding from life. It's time to stop making excuses. My approach at this point is one day at a time. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:28:09 EST Fall into the Holidays! - 1lb a week until 12/25! Here is the template! <BR> <BR> 9/25/16: Starting weight <BR> 10/2/16: <BR> 10/9/16: <BR> 10/16/16: <BR> 10/23/16: <BR> 10/30/16: <BR> 11/6/16: <BR> 11/13/16: <BR> 11/20/16: <BR> 11/27/16: <BR> 12/4/16: <BR> 12/11/16: <BR> 12/18/16: <BR> 12/25/16: <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:33:54 EST I need lots of help I can usually follow a diet but I need help in figuring out what I should eat because I'm a diabetic. and I also take a blood thinner. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:03 EST Hello Hi I'm Jackie. I used SP 7 yrs ago to help me lose 65Lbs in 8 months. However, over the past 7 yrs I have put 59 of them back on <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So now, having sorted out my head, which is always my problem when it comes to losing weight!, I'm back with the aim to lose 60lbs in the first instance and, depending on how I feel when I do that, perhaps another 20 or so lbs on top of that. <BR> <BR> All of my SP friends from before seem to have moved on, so if anyone would like to add... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:21:32 EST NEW MEMBER Hi I was with SP awhile back but am coming back full speed ahead,willing to take things more serious now since so much has happened in my life since a year ago or less. I am willing to learn and read more of the information,stories etc.,. I remember Diana and Sherye so far from this group. Hi you both !!! <BR> <BR> Cindy Hoch <em>213</em> <em>382</em> you both. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:49:02 EST What's in Your Tool Kit???? So far, here are some "go to" items I've got in mind to keep the Hunger Demons at bay. (These seem to work for me, but am not necessarily saying you should try them.) <BR> <BR> water <BR> sugar free gum <BR> coffee <BR> diet soda <BR> iced herb tea, the fruity kind <BR> yogurt (plain and a flavor I love) <BR> single servings of nuts <BR> single serving low-fat string cheese <BR> single serving of breakfast cereal (ha ha ... I have already posted about My Brief Fling with a Whole Box of Cerea... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:49:37 EST Looking forward to Success! Here it is day 5 already and I feel like this is fun and easy. My goals are high so I will just take a day at a time. Hope we can inspire each other. My biggest challenge is exercise. I have found some limited mobility chair exercises that I can do,but not on this site I can't get the exercises on this site to play. Maybe I should find a DVD? Good luck to everyone it's always fun to be on a winning team - although winning here means losing. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:09:33 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:06 EST Just a little frustrated... So I've been a part of SparkPeople for almost 10 years. I have lost only about 15 lbs in all of that time. I brought my A1c down from 12 to 6 at one time. This past 6 months it's gone from 6.5 which is the norm I've maintained all this time to 6.8 to 7 and now to 7.5. I will admit that I didn't count every calorie, every carb, or even paid much attention to what I was eating most of the time. I started a full time job, I work from 7am to 3:30 pm, I have an hour drive each day. I can hardly st... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:39:24 EST I ate a whole box of cereal in one evening This is why I can't blame my weight on anything but me eating too much. I go along and eat clean for seven days, determined and clear headed as to why I am overweight. (I wrote another thread titled I Am Fat Because I Eat Too Much or something like that. I join this site, I create a food log, I think of tools to get me through "hungry" spells, like water, veggies, fruit. All the stuff we know to do. And then I choose to buy a box of cereal and eat that for dinner. I chose a cereal that seeme... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:50:58 EST A start for new healthy life Hi folks! I'm Sue, and I'm trying to aim myself into a healthier lifestyle. I've been on the site for a few days. Shopped for some foods that seemed like more balanced eating than what I'd done previously. Started exercising - a very small start but a start anyway. Glad to be here! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:35:58 EST trying again to get healthy! Hi there! I am 55 and trying to lose 50 lbs. I have'nt been down to that weight in a long time. <BR> I have a stressful phyical job and I know I will feel better if I lose some weight and the exercise will help with the stress. <BR> <BR> This first week tracking my food and trying to get 10000 steps everyday I have lost 4 lbs! Maybe its water weight but I will take it! So 46 more to go. I hope to treat myself to a trip to the Bahamas when I scheive this goal. <BR> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:39:03 EST Newbie Hi everyone! I just joined a little while ago. I am trying to get the hang of everything. I hope I am posting this correctly. I have lots of weight to lose. I do okay for a while then I get overwhelmed and it all goes by the wayside. Hoping by joining SP, it will help me to stay on track. Thanks for listening and looking forward to getting and giving support to conquer this battle. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:05:33 EST Another Old Newbie Hi, everyone! I joined SparkPeople MANY years ago but fell away from my good habits due to various life situations. <BR> I am back now. New season, new username, new determination to NOT be a fat old woman! <BR> I've moved into my adult son's home and take care of the 2 puppies--that means at LEAST one good-sized walk every day!-- and the yard (this is a fixer-upper and the yard needs a LOT of help!). <BR> We've been eating a hybrid paleo/keto diet and doing well and I am now adding more dail... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 18:01:27 EST I am Warren I have had weight problems all my life. Topped out at 287 about 10 years ago and swore to maintain the 213 I dieted down to over the next year. Now I have gained 20 lbs over the years and have failed to keep my promise to myself that I would go back on my diet and exercise program after a short hiatus and lose down to my then target of 145. Now I am finally going after my adjusted goal of 155. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:20:47 EST Does SP give us meal plans? Hey, everyone. Is there a way to get meal plans from SP that match our calorie targets? Thanks! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:33:31 EST New old member getting act together Hi! I had joined Spark People some time ago and never really stuck with it. I was committed before and I am committed now. I am also learning a lot. It is great to be able to learn and understand everything that one needs in order to accomplish their goals. With Spark People I feel I can do this!! Looking forward to this journey. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 02:06:55 EST Hey!!!! Me too starting again....I need help can't do this on my own... <BR> From Milwaukee, Wisconsin <em>521</em> I'm the one on the left! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:18:47 EST VEGGIE BACON Morning Star Farms frozen veggie bacon strips. <BR> <BR> Boy, nothing in that sounds appetizing other than the words Morning Star Farms. :) <BR> <BR> But I was really surprised how good it smells and tastes. I've tried other soy bacon products and they were rubbery and terrible. <BR> <BR> But I tried this one this morning, with instant maple flavored oatmeal, and the combination of the maple and "bacon" was nice! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, by the way. Wanted to share my discovery with any ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:20:43 EST starting again Hello to all! <BR> I've been away for a while. But now I'm back and will do my best to keep up in order to join you in your success and you join me in mine. <BR> <BR> Tonight my husband and I really looked at ourselves and realized that we needed to stop fooling ourselves and accept the fact that we have eaten way too much and packed on way too many pounds. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, 4 Sept 2016 will be our start date for our journey to become once again healthy and continue our new life style an... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 20:20:59 EST I'm fat because I eat too much Hello ... First time here. I'm fed up with myself. Again. <BR> <BR> I've been 50 pounds overweight for at least 10 years. At age 63 am scared if I don't lose this for good, I will die too early. I picked a clock for my icon because I really think time is running out for me. <BR> <BR> I'm a contradictory eater. "A varied diet" is my staple: I'll have fat free, plain yogurt and fruit for breakfast; turkey on multi grain bread at lunch; veggies and tofu for dinner ... and half a box or box of ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 17:33:05 EST D from Halifax, NS Canada Hello! everyone, I have been struggle over the last few years taken care of everyone but me. I am currently taken care of my mother who is at the early stages of Alzheimer and I have realized in order to take care of her. I also need to take care of me. I love my job working as a career counselor and I am ready to take care of me and my mother at the same time. I am excited for this challenge and look forward to my new journey in life Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:25:00 EST Working towards feeling healthier and happier Today is my first day with SparkPeople. I've tried so many types of diets and have probably been dieting for over 40 years. It seems crazy that my life has constantly revolved around trying to lose weight and feel better. As I reach the post-menopausal years, the weight is coming on and sticking around. I am resolved to finish this race a healthier, happier me. I need to get control of my food choices, my portion control and my exercise, these are the three areas I want to focus on. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:17:06 EST Hello All Hi, <BR> I am new to this group, not new to dieting though. This time I am trying low/no carb since it is one type I haven't tried yet. I have read a lot on this type diet and I am actually excited to be eating more meat and protein. I hope to fill full between meals. <BR> <BR> Let the body respond to my intentions! <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:15:04 EST Hello Hello, I thought I joined a few weeks ago. After checking on the computer this morning I realized somehow the first time did not work. I do a lot of this stuff from my cell phone. Today I am seeing a LOT of things not seen on my cell. I'm happy to be a part of this group...again. <em>40</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:16:10 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST Hopefully, I'll succeed with SparkPeople I'm 66 and have been fighting my weight seems forever "Been There Done That" on every new fad that came along. I have really enjoyed this past month on SparkPeople even though I'm not too computer savvy. Hopefully I will eventually learn all the ends and outs and better yet I'll be able to find my way back to this page. My goal date has been set to May 2017 and I am looking forward to meeting my goal weight there. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:59:54 EST hard to do other stuff, too? I'm concentrating on slowly moving my eating in the right direction. This is my second week at SP and I've got two healthy meals I've set up for breakfast and lunch every day. They're easy to prepare and I like eating them. We didn't get meals as children and I've never learned to eat regular meals, so this is a big step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> But I find that I am not jumping on other stuff. My energy goes to focusing on this small thing--eating these two meals and nothing el... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:39:46 EST "New again" old member I just wanted to reintroduce myself since I haven't been online with the team in a long time. I just turned 59 and I have an incentive with my 60th birthday next year to continue and improve my day at a time. I have twin daughters that are going into their Junior year of highschool and an older son. I particularly want to set a good example for my daughters who have learned too many bad habits from me. Here's to a great sparking day <em>311</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:19:52 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST Hello Hey everybody! I am joining you on this journey, I already have 4 cups of water in my glass waiting to be consumed before 1pm, late start today. I am going to be healthy, thank you in advance for your help! <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:02:09 EST Hello, New Friends! I'm 50 years old, female. Developed a chronic pain problem 13 years ago and gained a lot of weight. The pain is much better now and I'm dedicating myself to losing the weight. My plan is to take small steps in the right direction, set weekly goals, and course correct as necessary. One pound, one healthy new habit, and one relinquished bad thought at a time. <BR> <BR> Wanna come along?? Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:55:19 EST Say it in 5 words Start every day brand new. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:36:01 EST beginnin ...again I'm joining again, with the hopes of losing weight and improving my health. I'm 57 years old, with grandchildren that I would like to be able to keep up with. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:36:15 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:05 EST New Challenge Team I have started a new team. The best way for you to get to it is to go to my Teams' list and click on "Challenge Thyself". Challenges aren't for everyone, but they really motivate me, especially when made fun by "competing" against others. <BR> <BR> I hope you will check it out. <BR> <BR> Several years ago I was part of an SP team that had creative, fun challenges in which we competed with each other as well as ourselves. I have not been able to find a team that comes close to it, so I c... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:31:19 EST Newbie I just had my yearly physical and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I am ready to make a permanent change. It has to be a lifestyle change for me. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:53:49 EST Introducing Myself Hi everyone, I'm Patricia. Right now, I live in South Dakota but looking forward to retirement in about 4 years. I am 60 years old. I work for the State of South Dakota as an Accounting Assistant. I need to lose 50 pounds to feel my healthiest. I would love to be in the best shape that I can before I retire. I plan to do A LOT OF WALKING and hiking then. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:20:24 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:52 EST Back to stay. I lost around fifty pounds on Spark but then left for awhile and guess what--it all came back. I'm looking to get involved and have some folks that will help keep me on the path to healthiness. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:13:24 EST <em>134</em> I have re-joined SP because it was so helpful to me several years ago. This looks like an active group, which is one of the things that helped me the last time. I am looking forward to meeting you all. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for an active team that has creative and fun challenges to keep me going. I am not one to turn away from a challenge and they keep me on the right track. If you know of such a group please let me know. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> <BR> Linda <BR> <em>458</em> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:39:06 EST Where do I start Hi <BR> My daughter is getting married next year I would love to loose some weight and get fit we'll the fit part is for me <BR> I gave up smoking 10 months ago and put on 20 kilos doing that <BR> Proud of myself though <BR> I want to go to the gym but I don't know where to start I have osteo in every joint you can imagine so that's why I haven't done very much at all but now I really want to get myself back to being fit and healthy <BR> I also pmr so there are going to be days I can't m... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:01:21 EST I feel like an Addict Hi, This is my for real self trying to make some for real progress in a battle that I have been losing daily. I like to blame it all on stress and the numerous challenges that I have been faced with "one day at a time thing". As I load information each day for tracking I am somewhat relieved. I am actually holding myself accountable for the strawberry cake that I ate at Bible study while celebrating July birthdays, or the cobbler I ate celebrating the birth of my grandbaby who is currently... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:32:26 EST Hello all this is my first day I am trying to get my meals and exercise planned for the week and moving forward. I am finding this task of getting the meal plan together. I am a very picky eater plus I have an ulcer along with a hyena hernia so picking food out is much harder than choosing a fitness plan. Any suggestion??? Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:19:54 EST Just joined and hoping for success HI everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined a couple of days ago and I'm hoping this works. I've tried almost every diet plan under the sun and as soon as I get the weight off, it goes right back on. I've been up and down so many times, I feel like a yoyo. So I'm trying a different tactic this time. I'm trying to make lifestyle adjustments a little at a time. I had a friend who was very successful with SP several years ago and she is still near her goal weight. So I'm inspired. I'm also not thinkin... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:15:21 EST Not going to give up again Hi team! I joined 3 years ago and didnt stick with it long enough to reach my goals before frustration took over. I'm going to do this time. I appreciate the support. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:39:47 EST Finding My Spark Again Hi everyone! My name is Beth. I am a returning Spark member but new to this team. I am 55 with 71 extra pounds from which I am more than willing to part. I like to participate in 5K, 10K and half marathon races and am currently signed up to do the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. I've always been a strong enough walker but have put myself back to the basement level of beginner status when I started caring more for my mother and less for myself these past 3 years. Now that she... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:45:15 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi. I'm new to the site. In Nov15 I set out to lose weight and did fantastic until April 16. I lost 26 pounds!Yay me...... unfortunately I have gained 20 back since that time. I am so discouraged with myself. I need to get back on track and I'm hoping this site will help me stay focused. When I was losing weight at work I had a buddy system going with another worker. She gave up and I guess I did too. Starting today I want to take more control over my life. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:10:55 EST Totally new to this Today I faced my fear and got on the scales for the first time in about 4 years and I have gained 30 pounds. I am 52 years old, 5'1'' and weigh 175 pounds. My goal is 125-130. I'm feeling depressed and overwhelmed but I know this will pass if I stay committed. I'm not sure how all of this works so If this is not an appropriate place for this message, someone please let me know. I'm determined but I could use some encouragement. Cutting alcohol will be the hardest part for me but it is a signi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:17:42 EST Processed sugar is my nemesis Hello, everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm new and lost 30 pounds starting at Christmas when I eliminated all processed sugar and other processed foods, as well as caffene. But I feel off the wagon when I got sick and it was the last two weeks of school (I'm a high school English teacher). I realized what a drug caffiene is when I started drinking it again -- of course it's a trigger. So today I start again but I failed by eating a Starbucks chocolate chip cookie and a vanilla latte. When I entered that... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:24:47 EST Scale Nightmares Hi, I am new to this group. The beginning of June, I started a program through Veterans Affairs that is scale driven. I stand on the scale every morning and it transmits my results to the office. I hate this scale (it also talks to you)!!! I care for my elderly mother, so my time away is limited. I have an exercise machine down in the garage &amp; I use it everyday. I eat more veggies, lots of salads and no fried foods. I have cut down on snacking considerably, but still like my chocolate. I ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:39:18 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:39 EST joined again so we just list something we bought at the store? or something we need? <BR> <BR> tofu <em>213</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:33:31 EST Just Joined Today Hi my name is Jenny and I recently had a heart attack and found out at the same time I am diabetic. So I really need to change my diet but have been having a really hard time doing especially since my bf doesn't want to eat any of the food I now have to eat. I just thought it would give me more inspiration to be in a group with other people trying to accomplish the same things, eating better and trying to lose weight. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:30:36 EST playing with the same 10 pounds... .sigh.... My A1C is ok when I'm 10 pounds lighter. Problem is, I'm up 10 pounds now. Gotta get it off! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:55:56 EST Returning member heavier than ever I am a returning member, but admit that I never actually kept up with it. I turn 56 this year in September and I'm the heaviest I have ever been. Recently moved to Texas from Michigan to get away from the winters and 8 weeks ago broke my foot while bicycling in unfamiliar rocky area. My goal now is to recover, get back on my two feet again and lose this weight. Must remain positive and optimistic. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:57:55 EST Hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined today. I've joined other online groups to help me lose weight but never stuck with it. Am hoping this time I will. Not just for me but if I'm doing it, maybe it will help encourage my hubby to take his weight/health a bit more seriously. <BR> <BR> I joined the goal; dance 15 min a day. I love to dance and during the school time frame I usually take a few dance classes like ballet, tap, and hip hop. I do have the dance revolution games for both wii and xbox... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:23:27 EST Glad to be Back! I was a member of Sparkpeople maybe 5 years ago. Now I'm heavier and older. SparkPeople was so helpful in the past so I'm back in - 100%. I'm in my 50s. I have more than 99 pounds to lose actually,. But, I'm focusing on short term goals. I look forward to reading the posts! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:59:24 EST Homophones - words sounds the same but different Spring / spring Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:40:50 EST How to keep going when things don't go well a month into a new healthy lifestyle I accidentally gave myself food poisoning. The bacon didn't smell bad when i boiled it rather than frying it. My solution was to go get the turkey bacon to exchange for the pork bacon. <BR> <BR> At the same time I experienced horrible chest pains. The docs thought I was having a heart attack. It kept happening off and on for the next 3 weeks. I finally realized I had bruised a disk in my neck that was pinching a nerve. So I have suspended exercise u... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 06:48:21 EST Asking for prayer, please. Dear Members, please pray for me, that God will give me the will power to eat right, and lose the weight I need to lose. Thanks. I am praying for you all too. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:20:27 EST Hi Everyone!!! I am jobie1232 I need to lose 82 lbs. It is very difficult. My son has lost 170 in a year, and I am so proud of him, but I can't get motivated. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:07:11 EST Hello I am here because I need to lose this weight. I am 51 year old. I am divorce mother of two daughters. At this is the heaviest I have ever been. I self sooth with food ever since my marriage fell apart in 2003. I have spent a lot on weight loss and they say an accountability partner helps. How ever the ones that I have had left me for what ever reason. That is the past. I have had a recent discovery that i have been brainwash by my ex and I need to deprogram myself. I know things nee... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:57:11 EST Don't Fall behind! - a lb a week until 9/19! Here is the template for the new challenge! <BR> <BR> 6/20/16: Starting weight <BR> 6/27/16: <BR> 7/4/16: <BR> 7/11/16: <BR> 7/18/16: <BR> 7/25/16: <BR> 8/1/16: <BR> 8/8/16: <BR> 8/15/16: <BR> 8/22/16: <BR> 8/29/16: <BR> 9/5/16: <BR> 9/12/16: <BR> 9/19/16: <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:57:15 EST New to the team Hi <BR> I am new to the team. I have never been part of an online support forum and am looking forward to meeting and interacting with people who are working towards the same goals with similar challenges as I am. <BR> <BR> Susan Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:28:17 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:33 EST New to the team! <em>524</em> <BR> I have been a member of SparkPeople for such a long time, but have not really displayed or felt the SPARK in myself. Getting back on track is one of my goals and I believe joining this team will help me reach that goal. I am super new to exercising and will need all the suggestions and help I can get! I am the mom of 17 year old quadruplets and I'm turning 51 tomorrow. I want to be around for my kids (and me too!) for a long time. <BR> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:11:28 EST I'm new to this group Hi, My name is Wendy. I've never really participated in any of the groups before but I'm trying something new. I found Sparkpeople a long time ago and have tried to use the app on my phone but I tend to give up easily. I really need support to help keep me going. I do have issues with depression so that makes it hard at times. Any supportive words of wisdom is welcomed. :) Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:08:04 EST Bobby Grow Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST Hi I have just joined this group I have struggled with my weight for ten years - just turned 60 and somehow feel this is the year I will resolve my issues and lose that 50 pounds. thanks for the support! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:01:32 EST Looking to avoid diabetes I a 53 years old and diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Both parents had it and I truly want to avoid it because I want to enjoy life. I have about 50 pounds to lose. That wont make me as small as I was in High School but i just want to be healthy. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:08:24 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST newbie too! I was a former member who fell by the wayside in 2010-2011. My situation got worse, not weight wise, just health wise. To make the proverbial long story short I got bariatric surgery. This route has not been without its struggles, but I am happy I did it. I have gone from 270 to 217 in about 3 months. My health is much better, I am off most of my meds, can walk and breathe much better. I can eat very little, no more than 500 calories a day right now. Sometimes not even that much. My stomach j... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:14:19 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST hello..newbie here:) Hi People!! New to sparks.. might be a while till I understand and get myself familiar with this site and all there is to offer.. starting my journey and looking forward to reaching my goal by FEBRUARY 2017. (or sooner) One never knows..LOL I'm into non gmo and certified organic food only.. Having said that.... Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.. Life is good!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:32:38 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Metabolic syndrome On Feb. 1st, I started a diet specifically for someone with metabolic syndrome. For those who may not know what that is, it's a syndrome associated with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, fatty liver (non-alcoholic) and central (abdominal) obesity. The root cause is thought to be insulin resistance, which can make it very easy to store fat, and difficult to lose it. <BR> <BR> My diet concentrates on eating more fat (I know, counter-intuitive), less carbs, and moderate protein. The fat hel... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:25:42 EST Hello, Trying SP Once Again Hi, <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit to lose. Trying SP again after being gone for a while. <BR> <em>148</em> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:19:36 EST Hello Everyone I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST I'm Back!! Hi everyone I'm Nala from the lion king. Thanks to my grandkids for introducing me to that wonderful movie. I have been a member since 2012 but did not participate. I began once more at the beginning of this year thinking I could lose the weight by just sheer will. Did not work. I thought about weight lost surgery but was told I would still need to be accountable for what I ate. I began tracking my meals on another site but I like Sparks tracking and meal plan a lot of the food they list I li... Tue, 31 May 2016 14:21:18 EST Needing a Spark The past year and a half has been very difficult for me. My husband of 33 years died from ALS. Two weeks later I lost my job of 35 years. And just recently I had an episode of stroke like symptoms. I have put on an enormous amount of weight. I need to lose 100 lbs. I really need support of people who are going through or have gone through what I am dealing with now. I cannot afford Weight Watchers and so I turned to this site for support. Mon, 30 May 2016 22:53:47 EST New to this group Greetings from Redwood City CA. I am new to this group, but not new to weight loss. I lost 50 pounds before and put it all back on plus more. This time I am down 30 pounds from an all time high of 280. My first goal is to be under 200. Then I will set another. loosing weight at the age of 60 seems much more difficult because this time I have a thyroid issues, and I am diabetic. I just keep plugging along. I try to eat well and I swim 3-6 days a week. It is wonderful to have found som... Sun, 29 May 2016 08:27:59 EST New to this App, life time WW member New to this App, a lifetime WW member, And a Registered Dietitian! I have struggled with my size, and my weight, my whole life. Knowing what to do and being a nutrition expert does not make it any easier! I am happy to have found SparkPeople, and this forum with people like me - older, wiser, and still struggling with the lbs. It's not about aesthetics anymore... it's about reducing cancer risk and knee pain, and remaining strong into my golden years. Strength = Independence. <BR> <B... Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00:59 EST New member Just joined tonight. Still trying to figure out how to navigate the site! I need to lose at least 60 pounds. I'm at my heaviest weight and very discouraged. I'm hoping motivation and support will help. Thanks! Sat, 28 May 2016 00:17:02 EST New to board and trying SP again Hi, I'm Betsy and I've turned 57 this month and have about 130 pounds to lose to get to a good weight for my 6 foot frame. I am hoping to ride along with you all to accomplish this goal. <BR> <BR> I have lost up to 70 pounds in the past but have put it back on plus more. I need a healthier way of living including eating right, exercise, making good choices and getting out of my own head. i am hoping that participating in the board will help me. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to talking with... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:38:09 EST I am backand going foward <BR> I have lost 50 pounds the next 35 or so are already tough. I have a lot of emotion in side of me <BR> with my mind and body fighting and saying "give me food,give me food" HELP! Thu, 26 May 2016 15:10:37 EST New to Board...Not to Weightloss Although I am new to SparkPeople, I am, unfortunately, a veteran to weightloss and health choices. <BR> <BR> I have twice before lost greater than 70 pounds, only to have them pile back on. There are a lot of reasons I can throw out as to why I was unable to keep off the weight, all legit, but they are unsatisfying, and I my goal is to keep the weight off permanently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 25 pounds since the beginning of 2016, and I have another 90 or so to go. <BR> <BR> I look forward t... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:41:50 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:20 EST Returning to Spark People after a long absence. Hi, all, nice to find a place to hang out. <BR> I live in North Texas; was raised in a military family. <BR> Lived and traveled all over. <BR> <BR> Am mom to four grown kids, three of whom are in college. <BR> Also am "Grandmama" to two little ones who live out of state. <BR> <BR> I need to drop about fifty pounds, but don't have a time limit on it. <BR> Just working on it at a steady pace and not too fast, not too slow. <BR> This site gave me inspiration a few years ago to get in better sh... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:57:21 EST Hello. Hi. I'm new to the team and a return to Sparkpeople. I am 64 and need to loose 100 but right now my goal is 10. Here's to never say die. Fri, 20 May 2016 10:38:24 EST DaisyLou60 I'm new to this community and as I look at some of the recipes I see they use a lot of Splenda. I'm not a big fan of Splenda but would like to still make good recipes - are there other sugar substitutes you recommend? Thu, 19 May 2016 20:24:27 EST Hello ALL!! New to Team, returning to Spark Hello TEAM! My name is Shelli and I am new to your team, but returning to Spark. I have had some crazy up and downs since leaving Spark, but I am returning committed to finally drop this weight for good. I recently had total knee replacement as well as another scheduled for this Fall. The surgeon recommends losing 80- 100 pounds to relieve the pressure on the new joint. <BR> <BR> Excited to join your team and meet some new folks with similar goals! Wed, 18 May 2016 13:20:22 EST I'm back :) Hello All, <BR> I'm 54 and new to SparkPeople. I'm currently on WeightWatchers online. I'm not very happy with it. It doesn't offer much. Anyway, I'm dedicated to finally taking care of myself and that means losing 60 lbs., and being successful at stop smoking. I now realize that 99% of food addictions and cigarette addiction is an emotional one. I'm focused now more than ever to try to get and stay healthy! I welcome all motivation, information, and ideas :) Sun, 15 May 2016 15:51:20 EST I've Been Bad! I've been off the proverbial wagon for 2 years! I need help so desperately! I have gained up to 250 pounds! Weighing 250 is killing my back and legs! I have a very hard job (chef) as well as being a voice teacher! And right now sitting and standing affects my body! Please share diets that work, eating plans, encouragement! I need to lose 70 pounds! I have a lot of hardware in my right leg holding it together from a car accident when I was 21. Then it broke 2 more times from lack of calcium. N... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:43:47 EST Looking to lose I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST Needed to be here Hi. <BR> I have been here long ago but didn't stay. <BR> Now I need to ... no ...have to be here. <BR> I am 70 pounds over and Doc says I have to lose it so I can breathe. <BR> <BR> He said it will be hard because of the medication I have to be on. <BR> Excuse to eat # 1. The medication makes me crave food. <BR> Excuse to eat # 2. I just have to taste it... jut one! <BR> Excuse to eat # 3. I'm bored. <BR> There are hundreds more excuses to eat but I have just as many reasons to NOT eat. ... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:37:21 EST Returning after years of relapse Hello all! This is Cathy, and I tried SP years ago when I had just turned 50 and swore I was on a plan to get healthier. Unfortunately that plan was simply a wish and a hope--I didn't take action or put in the effort and didn't stick with it for long. <BR> <BR> Today I am back and want to take a different approach--it is no longer all-or-nothing...instead, I will bear in mind the saying "Progress not Perfection". <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the support here in the SP community and this tea... Sat, 14 May 2016 15:39:21 EST Hello, I'm new to the team Hi, My name is Dale. I'm 54 years old. I've been overweight all of my life and battled it all my life it seems. I'm married to a wonderful man, Jay. We have one son. He is 14. My husband has 3 adult children. I lived in southern Ohio all my life. We moved to Ocean Springs MS 4 years ago. I love it here. I originally joined SP in 2010. Deleted that page and started a new one in 2013 but I've always been on here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Fri, 13 May 2016 15:44:22 EST Hi Iam new to program My name is tim. I live in the northwest. I am herefor a class assignment and also to get healthy Fri, 13 May 2016 10:54:57 EST Dancing to the music I like this goal and am trying to maintain it. Today I was raking mulch out of a huge pile rather than dancing but I hope to still get the dancing in later today when I have my breath back. I read in the challenge articles that it is best that I have strength training too. I'm not sure where I will fit that in. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:53:34 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Elaine, I live in Denver. Yesterday I re-started using SparkPeople to log my food. I'd been using My Fitness Pal but their food database has become impossbile. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all better. Tue, 10 May 2016 09:18:34 EST Hello from the Pacific Northwest! Hello, I am joining SparkPeople with a sense of slight desperation, and not knowing what else to try. I joined several years ago, and never followed through... which seems to be my pattern on anything weight loss and fitness... I have never joined a group or followed a blog, so this is all new to me. <BR> I am tired of being tired, and of hiding behind other people, trees or signs is pictures! <BR> Motivation is not a problem for me for about the first 24 hours when I try something new... Af... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:40:04 EST Hello from Western NY Good morning. I am new to this group but have been on Sparkpeople for awhile... Never really committed to losing weight as much as I am now. I recently turned 50, was in the 40's group before. I was also recently told that I need total knee replacements in both knees. I want to loose weight and strengthen my muscles so that I can have an easier recovery and not stress my joints as much. <BR> <BR> I really struggle with the commitment, determination and motivation to exercise and avoid jun... Mon, 9 May 2016 10:29:26 EST bad vs good food choices I see on my tracker that I'm way over on fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium. Some things I know like the crackers for the sodium. But what do I replace the avocado with? I want to keep the fiber but without the fat. Where do I get fiber from? I guess I'm looking for a list of what provides what as far as my food goals. I cant seem to get enough iron in my diet but i don't know what to add that isn't going to kill me in the calories or other areas. i guess what I'm asking is how do ... Sun, 8 May 2016 07:21:18 EST Help Hello everyone, I'm 56 and need to lose 3 stone. With the last two weeks I've been walking on my treadmill. I start off at 3.8 and build up to 4.5 which is a very fast walk for me. I have been told that it is not enough. I feel like crying <BR> I can only manage to do 2 miles in 48 minutes Sun, 8 May 2016 07:01:36 EST Disabled, Diabetic, & Determined I let the disability win and went from 164 lbs and active to 239 lbs and sedentary. Needless to say it has cost me. Now I'm ready to fight back. I'm looking for tools that I can use to do that. I've already found the dance challenge. I used to love to dance and it sounds like a good way to move about. I don't know how long it will take to work up to 15 minutes but anything is better than nothing. Sat, 7 May 2016 07:13:35 EST New and hopeful My name is Linda. I am retired and finding it difficult to loose weight. I need to loose at least 50 pounds (100 would be heaven!) because the extra weight on my arthritic knees is making it difficult for me to be active and enjoy my retirement. My husband and I would like to travel and enjoy these years -- so I am determined to finally conquer this beast! I'm open to suggestions, help, recipes, anything! Fri, 6 May 2016 11:55:40 EST 3 months short I am not yet 50....3 months shy, but was invited to this group. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and a mom of two boys. A 16 year old and an 11 year old. <BR> <BR> The 16 year old is on a year round club swim team that I also am an assistant coach for. I have decided that I am not a great role model for my swimmers. <BR> <BR> Looking to become more active...walking and swimming and some stretching, yoga <BR> And track what I eat. <BR> <BR> Goals to feel less achey, better stamina, and in the proc... Thu, 5 May 2016 14:11:33 EST Hi from Wisconsin! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I am excited to join you all in this journey and look forward to the support and sharing. <BR> <BR> My main issue is that I have very bad knees (bone on bone arthritis) that need to be replaced, but the docs won't do it because of my weight. My insurance won't let me go out of network to get my knees done (to my doc I know would do it now) and they won't pay for any kind of weight loss support at all. <BR> <BR> Recently, I've gotten re motivated and so here I am. I ... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:10:15 EST I'm humbled I posted a blog about making my 75 pound goal and I was overwhelmed with all of the positive feedback on that blog. I was a motivation to many people and to be honest I was truly humbled. I don’t think of myself as a "motivation" and what I did felt like it wasn’t that difficult. I didn’t overthink it (which I tend to do) I just did it, one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I had been on Spark 2 other times in the past before this journey (I guess threes th... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:24:06 EST Looking for friends to help me on this journey! Hi! I'm Terre, and I need to lose a little over 65 lbs before my daughter's wedding in a year (it wouldn't bother me to lose it faster though)! Right now, I am using my new FitBit to help track my steps, but I am working on other workout ideas while dealing with sciatica and fibromyalgia. Very frustrating! Mon, 2 May 2016 11:04:53 EST lost 100..gained 50 here i am! :) Hello ~~ really happy there's a site out here like this..just Amazing! i had worked SO Hard to lose 100 pounds, and it took me about 5 years to do it, really Lowered my Cholesterol, felt so good and healthy..with LOTS of Personal family issues that have caused me to be Diagnosed with Severe Anxiety, Depression and PTSD..i've lost a lot of Motivation and gained back Half of my weight. i'm also Hypothyroid and struggle Severely with that. Anyways..SO HAPPY to be here and look forward to a NEW S... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:17:05 EST Time for a change Yes, it is time for a change for me and this website seems to be motivational :) Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:18:25 EST Had enough! Too much pudge! It has to go! Half a dozen donuts? No problem, let me show you how fast I can make them disappear. So disgusted with myself. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:58:45 EST Hello from Austin Texas! I'm just getting back into fitness after being away for many years. I've been well over 300 for about a year and finally decided enough was enough. I've been working with a personal trainer for a couple of months now because I just couldn't find it within myself to get started on my own. I'm down to 300 lbs, just today. It's so very hard not to get discouraged so I'm looking to some of you Sparkers to help me out here. <em>30</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:54:46 EST Doreen, New Member I am new to the team, not sure how the spark points work or what it means. Can someone explain it to me? Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:40:25 EST Anyone doing Intermittent fasting? I Started this woe on the 11th of April and I'm doing pretty good. JUDDD or Every Other Day Diet. 500 Calories EOD is working. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:53:31 EST Hi from the midwest Hello everyone. I am new to this team. I live in the midwest, have one grown child, and am currently an independent staff marketing consultant. I don't have much free time but need to start concentrating on myself (for a change). I hope to meet many people here and to be able to add something to the team. BTW - my name is Robyn. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:09:31 EST Hello from Canada Hello all, Just joined this morning. I'm trying to find my way around the site and join a few challenges. I'm in the 5K walk/jog challenge and drink 8 glasses of water challenge. I saw people posting points on the team page, not sure what that was about but will have to check it out when I get back from golf. <BR> <BR> Glad to be a part of the group! <BR> Suze Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:24:52 EST Hello :) Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team, but just returning to SparkPeople. When I joined over a year ago, I just didn't stick with it and am now determined to lose the weight and keep it off. My goal is to lose 70 pounds for better health and self confidence. <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:37:56 EST Hello and I'm grateful to be here! Hi there! I joined the spark site four or five days ago and I am still warming up to the site and learning to use the resources it provides. Like so many of us my challenges include an underactive thyroid and I am a type 2 diabetic. The balance of eating in a manner that supports weight loss and helps maintain my blood sugars has been challenging for me, mostly because I have had to confront and dispel a sort of denial that I actually have to change my eating habits and lose weight to avoi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:58:01 EST Hi Everyone This is actually a return for me. I lost 40 pounds with sparks about 6 years ago, and sadly I gained it all back. So here I am starting over again, and praying I can lose the weight and this time keep it off. <em>521</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:55:53 EST New Here I'm new to Sparkpeople but not to weight loss. I do LCHF and am down over 50 lbs, have another 75 or so to go. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:15 EST Hello from Alabama Hi - <BR> <BR> Well, I've been on/off -in/out of Spark people since 2006! <BR> <BR> Silly me. I KNOW I do much better chasing a healthier lifestyle when HERE. <BR> But I have not been logging on for almost a year and have again regained almost to my start weight. <BR> <BR> BUT I am back so that is a good thing and I look forward to meeting new friends and finding and sharing motivation, tips and tricks to dropping weight. <BR> <BR> First goal is to get back into One-derland by my birthday... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:24:46 EST Medifast Minded!! Finished my first week and 9 pounds are gone!! I love this!! I feel great!!! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:13:53 EST starting the weight loss journey Good morning. I just joined so I wanted to ask for your encouragement as the battle begins Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:49:51 EST The Big 5-0 and a Wake-up Call So, I start the year off with a birthday (JAN 2nd to be exact), and this year was a milestone. Naturally, just like millions of others at the beginning of the new year, I laid out my resolutions. This year I vowed to become healthy - started great, fizzled out. However, a move to Colorado with my daughter and new grandson have definitely prompted me to get my head back in focus. So, finally on March 1st I weighed myself and pretty much wanted to cry. Tipping the scale at a whopping 212 po... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:07:35 EST Hi my future support system Mu name is Gail Houston I recently had a liver transplant in October 2015 all is well for the most part but in March the doctor says I have to loose another 60lbs because my new liver is fatty. So i have lost 8lbs bit now I'm craving ice cream. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:44:45 EST Hi Everyone My name is Liz, I'm 62 and retired, I have back problems, and need to loose at least 50 lbs. <BR> My hope is by joining the site I will be holding my self accountable and keep on track, we all need encouragement, and support. <BR> Ive joined a Gym and walk at least a mile and a half a day, before coming here my weight was 219 lbs, and ive gotten down to 196. I'm hoping to reach 145. <BR> <BR> I may have some trouble finding things here until I get use to the layout, so please bare with me. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:23:53 EST Hello Hi, I'm here to try and lose 80 lbs. I am in my 60's and have not had much luck up till now. I'm hoping to do it once and for all this time! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:34:18 EST New Grandma Hello to all of you Spark People! I started menopause late at age 56 and it hit me like a ton of bricks. My blood pressure, cholestral, blood sugar and weight all jumped to unhealthy levels. It has been 2 years and I am starting to feel like myself again. However, I am 40 pounds heavier!!! If I lost 50 pounds I would no longer be obese. I need to lose about 75 pounds to be really healthy. Now I am a new grandma and I want to be around a LONG time to enjoy my new granddaug... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 00:45:41 EST Hello From Florida My name is Paula and I'm a newbie. I know this site inspires me with its success stories and support from its many members. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:54:58 EST Starting over again Hello everyone Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:23:29 EST Hello! Just joined today! This has been a life long struggle for me....hoping this will give me a boost to make it a permanent life style change-Wanting to lose between 90-100 pounds! Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:32:40 EST Looking for support and encouragement I must have been living in a barrel, cause I just found SparkPeople! I've read a few of the forums and really like the encouragement everyone gives. I need to lose over 50, but this is my start. Be back soon! <em>213</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:56:47 EST barbaraj2877 Hello, I have never done anything like this, I have tried but not followed thru. I am 65 overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, had cancer, and have recently been in the clinics with a serious infection to my stomach. kind of a wrech huh? not to mention a husband that wants me to go on a complete plant based died. I don't know where to start. I am kind of overwhelmed and looking for some ideas. I can oonly eat so many black beans, I do like meat, so any ideas? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:01:54 EST Good Evening my name is Valarie I have taken the first step in losing my weight. I have started spark people and cant wait to meet new friends Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:36:21 EST Struggling to get started Hi all: I am Mayra from Homestead, Florida. Been there done that with the weight loss. I have been successful and I have also failed. I know what it takes to do great and I know how to fail as well. Fourteen years ago I lost 107 pounds and I maintained that loss for 6.5 years. Slowly after that the weight began to just creep up ever so slowly and I am almost back to the weight I was 15 years ago. Now this time, I am older, really feel the weight hindering me and mentally, well....menta... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:40:08 EST Spring into Summer - 1lb a Week Challenge til 6/19 Here is the template for the new challenge. <BR> <BR> 3/20/16: <BR> 3/27/16: <BR> 4/3/16: <BR> 4/10/16: <BR> 4/17/16: <BR> 4/24/16: <BR> 5/1/16: <BR> 5/8/16: <BR> 5/15/16: <BR> 5/22/16: <BR> 5/29/16: <BR> 6/5/16: <BR> 6/12/16: <BR> 6/19/16: <BR> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:15:58 EST Spring brings new beginnings Hello, everyone. I have rejoined Sparkpeople under a new name to begin anew. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and mother to two children in their early 20's. My family has been supportive of my health challenges, but has less patience for diet restrictions that may impact them. Nevertheless, I am ready to make this work. <BR> <BR> With several health challenges, I know this program is my best chance of success. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:40:19 EST Rosemary Conley's book "The FAB Diet" I've just started reading this - it's basically a calorie controlled diet with exercise and the book has recipes with colour photos. I started a spark team for anyone who would like to join me in doing this plan. I'm starting on Friday to give me time to read more of the book and get some groceries in. <link><BR>idual.asp?gid=66627 </link> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:15:11 EST Getting Back to Living Life After a major surgery a few years ago, my doctor gave me that advice, Get Back to Living Your Life. I had been sick for a while, and had really forgotten how to do that. It's taken me a few years, but I'm ready to do just that. Well, I've gained quite a few pounds since that surgery, so part of moving forward is to shed those pounds. The easier part for me is getting back to exercising. I love being outdoors and started a daily ritual of getting up early and walking/hiking a couple of hours i... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:09:20 EST turning 58, ready to make a change Glad to join this team, I need to get moving and make some changes, preferably while I am still in my 50's ! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 03:06:30 EST Hey from way down South Hi! You know when you reach that point where you gotta do something. This is it. I moved to Florida last October and have just really settled in. The thing about Florida, is that it's nice, as in nice ALL....THE....TIME! <BR> <BR> It's the kind of place where there is always something going on outdoors. Back in Oregon, it was cold, damp and rainy for at least nine months of the year, so you really didn't sweat it that much. You got out and about the few months it was nice and then back to yo... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 15:08:43 EST Hi Hi, from Rhode Island. I am on the 9th day of my 21 day challenge and am learning so much about this site and have even made a few "friends". I have at least 50 pounds to lose and I know it will be a long journey for me. I joined a gym in January and although not "loving it" I do find I look forward to going. Once I am there I'm OK and I must say I do feel stronger and better. I hope you all are going to have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:28:40 EST Hi! I'm from Cleveland, TN Dancing 15 minutes a day? Wow, that sounds like fun and will motivate me. Any pointers? Music recommendations? Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:54:11 EST Starting over It makes me feel better that I'm not alone. I've seen other posts in here of starting over. The past year and a half has just really been hard. Every time I try and get a breakthrough, I get sideswiped. My problem is I always wait till things get better before I do something. I don't have that luxury anymore. My body is in the balance and I just really have to start saying that no matter what happens, I've got to take care of my health every day. No matter what. That's new for me. But I'm gon... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:26:39 EST Back Again Hi, I am hoping this is the last new username....A few years ago I lost 45 pounds with Sparkpeople. Started, stopped multiple times after I gained weight back. I now need to lose 53 pounds and today is day one! The last few times I tried I did not join any SparkTeams-I am hoping that by being more social on Spark, it will help me to stay focused and accountable. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 13:46:44 EST I've done it before ....and I'll do it again. Hi team, <BR> <BR> been meaning to come back here for a couple of years....or more <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> looking forward to making friends here <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:19:52 EST BACK FOR A FRESH START Hello team. It is I - Erin - I have no idea how long it has been since I was on this team. Most likely never. I think it took me a long time to get below 100 pounds needing to be lost. But Spark recommended this team for me and I like what I see. I can't get here every day, but will do the best I can. <BR> <BR> My name is Erin. I am legally married, have one daughter - living out of the area and am still working at 68 years old - at whatever someone wants to pay me to do. LOL I hope... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:23:13 EST New member Good Evening Everyone! I am a new member, I just signed up this evening. I am looking forward to the program and meeting all of you! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 23:22:29 EST New day fresh start Hello: <BR> <BR> I'm Cathy, this is my first day back at Spark I was here years ago. I need to track my food and get this weight off. I have been on a zillion diets but hoping just by eating less and moving more I can shed this weight. <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:44:22 EST $1 a pound to the charity of your choice Since I find the spark community supportive and the food tracker easy to use, I have decided not to return to the weekly meetings of another weight reduction group. These meeting had a weekly fee (which were a bit rich for my blood) That said, I have decided to donate a $1 to a charity of my choice for every pound I loose. It does not sound like much, but like my weight loss slow and sure wins the race. Thanks to a 3 lbs loss, I just made my first donation. Here is to success and helping ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 14:32:11 EST Back to beginning more or less Hello - I've been absent a few years due to an interesting medical mess, and all that goes with it. Since I no longer go to Physical Therapy - I'm using PT exercises &amp; some of the videos here &amp; trying to get back into the swing of things here. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 12:42:18 EST Howdy! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and am excited for the large (no pun intended) community here. My dietician turned me on to this site, so I'm hoping it will help me to meet my health goals. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I've been overweight my entire life. I've tried diet after diet with little success. Over the past decade or so, I've been content with being who I am. However, I've recently gotten some bad results from a blood test, so I'm needing to make some changes in my life.... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 15:29:10 EST New to SP Hi there all. New to SP, but not new to the struggle of excess weight and poor health habits. I turned 50 on the 7th of February and reflecting on my life I feel like I have always struggled wth my weight. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 239.5 my highest adult weight was 250 in 2000. My lowest was 170 in 2001. I am currently working with a dietician. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find support here on SP. <BR> <BR> thanks for having me, Mary Ann Fri, 4 Mar 2016 07:27:09 EST back to the beginning again Hi! my name is Liz. This is about the third time I have started with sparkpeople. I am such a procrastinator. I am going to try harder to keep up with the team and all the rest that this site has to offer. I've tried other things but I am totally NOT a veggie eater and I keep back sliding. This time I am going to try just counting calories and other nutrients to stay on course. I am looking forward to the next one pound at a time challenge. <BR> I am 67 years old and am just over 50 ove... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 23:18:27 EST