SparkPeople 40 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11750 This team is for those of us in our 40's, hoping to lose more than 100 pounds. Welcome! SparkPeople 40 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=11750 New To This http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58672531 I just turned 46 and have 100 lbs. to lose. I just joined a neighborhood 24 hour fitness center and need the most help with fitness. I am pretty educated about nutrition. I am also from WI. <BR> <BR> I am cutting out dairy because it seems to help with IBS. I have no problem drinking coconut/almond milk, but have a hard time with cheese.....after all I am a cheesehead! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:48 EST Hi. Yet another newbie (me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58654738 <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> Well I have joined this site before when I weighed 550, got off of it when I moved to another state. During the time I was on it, I lost 175 lbs, since March when I moved to Georgia, I have lost 25. I have been stuck at 350 for a few months now, and I didn't know what else to do, so I joined the site again. I am hoping to get down to 180. I have made a lot of positive changes in the last few months, I have a great job, but it has me tied to a desk, as does colleg... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:39:22 EST I get discouraged at every turn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x58622087 I dont know how to get encouraged, I know I not only want to lose the weight but I NEED to lose the weight I have 100+ lbs to lose. I lose 3 or 4 lbs then gain 5 or 6. Not only is this unhealthy for me but i hate being Fat, I know my family say they love me anyway, but how can i expect them to love me when I have a hard time loving myself especially since I look the way I do. What can I do to get encouraged when my scale keeps going up and down like this no matter what I do, I feel lost and d... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:01:33 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58593105 Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58579080 I am tired of just getting through and would like to start living well! I am going to start slow but successful! Looking forward to meeting y'all! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:53:22 EST I just don't know what to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58545894 In January I went to sign up at a gym that offered a great price and fantastic amenities. I was coerced into signing a contract for double their advertised membership rate. Added to that were many things that made me feel emotionally violated and unable to walk back through the doors. <BR> <BR> I'm 300+ pounds. I've spent 8 weeks sweating with every step I take, feeling my back ready to snap in half every morning when I wake, and my knees screaming at me when facing any set of stairs. Last y... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:32 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58545544 New kid on block here too!! Hiya folks!! : )) Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:16 EST just me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58533198 Trying to get back on track after many surgeries the last few years, marriage, rape, divorce, death of fiancée. Realized that in my time of greatest need, I have no friends. Those that I thought were friends will not answer my calls or my texts. Right now I'm just so depressed with no will to live. I have come to the conclusion that I will never find that special someone to spend the rest of my life with. It took me 43 years to find the person who loved me for me and not just because I had a... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:44:11 EST Almost 50 and want to lose 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58474496 I am a single mom of three. My 12 year old is getting worried about my health due to losing my mom recently, so I am back on the health track. I have to go back to work and need to get healthier due to that too image is everything in this world. I also don't want to get lost I depression and overeating due to that. Losing my mom to cancer last month kind of shook us all up. So here I am. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:19:04 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58386121 Hello all! I'm not really new to SP--I used it quite a bit a while ago...but I took a "hiatus" and now I forgot my original log in! I took that as a sign that it is time to get back to basics. <BR> <BR> So, here we go. My name is Melinda and I'm a 40yo SAHM in Oregon. I have about 130 pounds to lose and I have been doing WW--and I like WW--but I realized that I needed more. My plan is to do the Simply Filling plan with WW and then track calories here. However, I'm taking the next couple of ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:21:20 EST Hi I'm Wayne http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58354485 I am a 41 year old junk food junkie. I am Married, No kids of my own, 2 Adult Step children, 2 Step grandchildren, and we have custody of the five year old grand baby. <BR> My starting weight is 353 lbs. Goal to get to 150 to 180 area. <BR> My wife has been sick for most of our 14 years together. So setting around hospitals and a lot of junk food. <BR> I have tried many diets and pills. Neither seem to work out very well. <BR> Ready to really do this for myself. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:01:55 EST Stress Fracture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x58352507 I started walking for my exercise. I really could only do 1 mile max, but one day I pushed myself and went much farther than I could. Well I gave my foot a stress fracture on the top of my foot! The doctor said I started to increase the exercise to fast and my bones weren't used to it. I should have increased slower. Now I can't walk for exercise and am wearing a boot for the next six weeks. <BR> <BR> Now I need to head to the gym for my exercise. So, does anybody have any ideas for exercis... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:17:22 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58333714 Well, I have been on this site (again)...for a week. I have been reading what I can, trying to focus on moving at least 10 minutes a day, logging in everything I put into my mouth, drinking my water, and trying to make these changes about me...about my health...about what I want to be! I am 46 years old, married with daughters (21 and 12). We live in Michigan and I am a Head Start teacher and am off in the summer. I am trying to make small changes. One thing that I have found out in the ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:57:38 EST SparkCoach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x58331751 I don't know if I can talk about SparkCoach, but I do want to say that it has helped me tremendously in my weight loss. With over 100 lbs to lose, it is an overwhelming prospect. I have tried every diet in the book, paid and unpaid. I always get discouraged and give up. But checking in daily with SparkCoach has helped me stay positive and helped me keep my goals realistic. In fact, I've scaled my goals back because they were unrealistic. If it is an option for you, then I highly recommend it!... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:21:41 EST Finally Caring about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58304947 I am a 45 year old wife and mother . I work 40 hours per week. and i suffer from a joint disease called MCTD. and i have vertigo. I never know when it will strike. Trying to make a change in my life and get healthy. The doctors have told my husband he has fatty liver disease. so now is a good time to change the way we eat and move. I have failed before but know that i have to do this for him. So i wont fail this time. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:24:09 EST Hello, New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58299285 Hello, <BR> I'm Heidi from Vermont. I'm 46 and need to loose about 120lbs. I also have POCS which makes this even harder. I've done good my first week and lost 4 lbs. Usually when I loose I gain it back over the weekends. Weekends are a hard time for me to stay on my diet. Does anyone else struggle with weekends? If so what do you do to get through them without going off your diet?? I look forward to meeting all of you. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:58:52 EST Wheat, carbs, diets and allergies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x58290301 How do you know if you have a problem with eating wheat or carbs and if that is what's keeping you from losing weight? What would the symptoms be? For me, I'm a very "allergicy" "puffy" person in general. I have real allergies to dogs, some cats, rabbits, strong smells like perfume, cigarettes, animal bedding and foods like fruits with skins on them (I can eat some once peeled), raw carrots, nuts with skins ( peanuts are kind of okay). I take a daily inhaler (Advair) as maintenance. After I h... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:54:00 EST Taking My Life Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58250788 Hello, My name is Christina. I am new to this forum and SparkPeople. I have spent years hiding from my life and eating to console my self imposed loneliness. I have sat in my room at night crying with a fork in one hand and an entire cake in the other. Playing video games at home alone because I am too embarrassed by my weight to go out and spend time with friends (who, by the way, could care less about my weight, they just want to spend time with me). This is not going to be me anymore. I am... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:20:25 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58211201 Hello, I'm new to Spark People. My goal is to lose 150 pounds in one year so that I can go to my son's destination wedding in Key West and not look like a slob. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:35:14 EST Hello. My name is Cheryl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58196211 Hello, <BR> My name is Cheryl and I am new to this program. I had a moment when I was at the lake walking back to my car that was a total wake up call. I could hardly breath. My heart was pounding so hard and I did not want anyone to see me so I turned my head the other way trying to breath slow. How embarrassing!! <BR> <BR> Today I have been looking at this web site and boy it has a lot to take in. I am ready to get started! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:57:28 EST Joking to make a better self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58111042 Hi.my name is chyna Rochelle, I really need to make a change in my life and need all the support I can get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:45:05 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58084289 I can't seem to get motivated to exercise. Logically I know all the reasons I should, emotionally I'm afraid to start all over again. Because nothing seems to help me lose weight. I'm bi-polar and my meds seem to help put on weight, even though I've been told that they are weight neutral. My calorie intake is between 1200-1400 a day and my weight is at 305. Any suggestions? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:06:11 EST Time for something new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x58003852 Hi, I'm 43, divorced, mom of two kids (7,9) and one new puppy. I'm vegan, depressed and very much in love with my bed. I want to be healthier so I've got to spend less time with my bed and more time walking my new puppy but motivation and energy are greatly lacking. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:07:29 EST Can someone help me think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57990408 I need help, I don't have a therapist right now so y'all get to play therapist. I have weight issues. Its not that I can't lose weight, it comes off easy. Its that I am not sure I want to. The first picture is me after losing 100 pounds. The second is me with the 100 pounds back on. You may be asking yourselves why would I gain the weight back? Well, when I weighed 258 the first time, men didn't look at, body check or try to talk to me Women in my neighborhood acted as though I wasn't there a... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:44:07 EST Hello to all my new spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57931277 Hello sp! I'm so glad to be figuring all of this out! Navigation of this site has been a bit overwhelming to this newbie. I want to take advantage of all the support I can that sp community has to offer! I'm going for a lifestyle change. No strict or crash diets for me anymore! Eat to live not live to eat...and move, move, move! I've going to track my fitness so I'm excited to be here!! Mon, 19 May 2014 21:09:36 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57923774 Good morning my name is Lisa. I am starting my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I know I need to track everything the enters my mouth and I know I need to start exercising. No more Netflix marathons for me ... NOW I need to train and get my body back :) Mon, 19 May 2014 09:02:26 EST Sexylh40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57906569 I want to lose weight and stay consistent and I finding it sooo hard my goal is to lose 100 pounds to start. I just need to stay motivated. My mother recently died a couple months ago and she really worried about me losing weight all the time. I have 3 children that I would love to go and play with (tennis to be exact). Just want to get the energy to move forward. Started back exercising today 15 min so far. Sat, 17 May 2014 16:45:32 EST Hello from Western NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57905245 Hello Everyone! My name is Thea and I've been on my journey since March of this year. I've quit cigarettes and Mt. Dew and have completely changed my eating. It's still a work in progress but I'm proud of myself so far. I'm hoping to help motivate and be motivated by others on this journey . I think it's harder for us with SO MUCH to lose as even after losing 27 lbs it hardly even shows, which is REALLY depressing! But I figure in another month or two I wont be able to say that anymore. I'm r... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:36:21 EST Mom as a weight-loss buddy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57853068 Hi - I was looking for your opinion on this... <BR> <BR> I get along fine with my mom and we talk on the phone once or twice a week. We both need to lose weight and lack motivation. A few weeks ago she asked if I wanted to join her in trying to lose weight (i.e. be accountable to each other). The only thing is that, even though it's nice to have some support, we just do a lot of " I wish", or " I should" with each other. We live very far away so it's hard to hold each other accountable. <BR... Mon, 12 May 2014 23:01:32 EST Looking FORWARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57846531 hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and quite a weighty history; I won't go into it b/c we've all got a book to fill explaining how we got where we are. <BR> <BR> However, I will say that in the last year, I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer, broke my ankle, and lost my job, in that order. <BR> <BR> I don't need much of an excuse to eat a lot, so I did and gained additional weight on top of previous additional weight. <BR> <BR> So here I am. Not looking back ... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:36:50 EST Maybe 3rd times the charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57814485 I am not new here I have tried losing weight twice now already. The last time was last year right before I had all of my teeth removed. I was doing really good and after the surgery I never continued with my weight loss. So here I am heavier than I was then and hoping that this time I can stick with it. Here is hoping the 3rd times the charm. <em>30</em> Fri, 9 May 2014 10:44:15 EST Discouraged but not Defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57764948 Momma said there'd be days like this.......right? Today was my weigh in day and the needle on the scale didn't move. I talk more about this on my blog this morning. I just want to encourage others on here who are struggling not to give up. I personally had to review the past week and get brutally honest with myself about some things. Hopefully by tweeking a few things next Monday will show results. Hope you all and a good day, be blessed and DON'T GIVE UP!! Mon, 5 May 2014 11:10:09 EST New member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57719454 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a looking for support from others for my weight loss journey. I have just over 100 pounds to lose. I have lost 4 on my own in the last 2 weeks and want to continue this but know I will have better luck with support from others. Thu, 1 May 2014 16:31:35 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57708918 Hello everyone..I am 41..I have over 100lbs to lose. I am in nursing school..4 more months..I can do it! I'm a retired army wife and have a 19 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> I don't know what else to say except I can't wait to say I lost 100 lb :D <BR> <BR> My goals are to go to the gym 4 times a week..I do water aerobics with my water weights and walk on the treadmill. I need to work on my eating. I work one day a week at a nursing home and it is very physical...I do tons of walking and I ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:17:39 EST Needing a kick in the rump.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57686980 I was just telling my husband this morning that I need to find an addiction to replace food. LOL. I am so tired of my body hurting and being overweight. I know I would feel better if I lose weight. my blood pressure would lower, my PCOS symptoms would be less and my insulin resistance would get under control....I know all these things but still keep eating what I know is wrong for me, even when Im not hungry...I am a stress eater...eat when bored...its my comfort. Anyone else wanting to do so... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:28:42 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57670106 Hi I'm new to the site but not to trying to lose weight. I have been on this journey most of my life. I'm still trying to figure out this site but am happy to be here. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:41:09 EST I'm New ...Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57666368 Hello everyone! I'm Lora and I'm 41 and I have a lot of weight to lose. I've tried this site before, but I guess I wasn't ready to do what was needed. I'm ready and willing now though! My family and I joined a local gym and I'm excited going there. <em>30</em> I love working out and I love eating healthy. I have to work on not eating late at night. I hope to find others that I can encourage and they can encourage me too. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:18:47 EST Ta Daaa - Another newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57658912 Helloooo to all of you in Sparkie land! I am not new here, joined years ago in a joint effort with co-workes and as usual, after a few weeks, the diet and motivation when by the way side. What brings me here again is a last ditch effort to loose this weight before my Dr suggests bariatric surgery as an answer. I have a wonderful supportive husband, basically every piece of equipment you could want to work out at home (treadmill, recumbent bike, elliptical, free weights and 3 black labs lo... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:49:05 EST Husband says we're going to Hawaii, I say UGHHH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57657827 So my dear sweet husband blurts out today that we will be going to Hawaii in a few months for a 2 week vacation. Wow....that sounds good sort of. I have been hiding myself with the extra 100+ pounds I've been carrying around. Now he wants me to go to a BEACHY place...ugh. Well my first response to him was less than positive, but now that I've had time to think about it....I believe I'm not living my own life! A man wants to take me, a girl from a poor family (so poor even thrift stores were ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:48:26 EST arrrghhh my scale is messing with me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57651794 i've been doing great, slowly losing, it's encouraging 1-2 times a week when I check the scale until yesterday. the scale gave me a whole bunch of numbers clustered within my weight range which horrified me! i tried to settle myself by saying it was the batteries that was messing with me. I changed the batteries and pressed the reset button since I had lifted it up and carried it around and wanted to make sure it was accurate (MEANING ACCURATE TO THE AMOUNT IT HAD BEEN TELLING ME FOR A WHILE)... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:27:35 EST Fiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57631841 Anyone know of a good fiber that won't make you gassy? I take Walgreen's brand of Benifiber and a lot of the time it gives me gas, hate that. Any suggestions? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:19:25 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57602935 I'm new around here. I've joined Spark in the past but in failed attempts at weight loss, so I am trying again with a new (worse, harder) goal, new views, new User Name, etc. <BR> <BR> Every few months I swear I want to finally lose the weight, but it's gotten to be ridiculous now. When I weighed myself back in the end of January and swore to reform, I was about 225 (I am only 5'1" and even at 9 months pregnant with either of my two kids the highest I was was 218). Here is is April 22 and I... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:24:11 EST New 4/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57598581 Hi, My name is Debbie. I am hoping to find a few good friends on here to encourage one another. I am a mom of three beautiful girls 7 months, 9 years, and 12 years old. I am happily married, but there is just one thing I am the heaviest I have ever been. I am in a place in my life where I am ready to finally tackle this area in my life! I am happy on the inside and ready for my physical body on the outside to show it as well. Come join the journey with me and encourage one another! <B... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:45:39 EST Ready for the journey!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57592795 Hi. I just started a low carb, high protein life style change 5 days ago. I am very excited and am hoping with the help of this site and new friends here I can stay motivated to reach my goal. I have been overweight for years but I am now at my heaviest in my entire life. I am starting to see the health affects of being obese and that was like a slap in the face. It is not just about how I look anymore. If I want to be around to see my grandbabies born and my daughters get married I mus... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:26:34 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57574056 Any advise would be greatful. I have a long journey ahead. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:52:18 EST need inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57574036 I'm am looking for ideasnon losing weight. I'm still trying to learn the site. After my first week I still have not lost. Not sure what to do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:50:12 EST over 300 lbs walking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57568660 Do you think walking 15 minutes a day would help my weight loss? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:57:15 EST New to this Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57544480 Hi all you beautiful 40-something-ers! My name is Amy and I'm 48 years old. I've been on SparkPeople for ten weeks and I'm doing fairly well. Still have my struggles but have had many victories. Every day has new challenges. I am a wife and mother of 3 (ages 23, 20, and 14). I am a singer and music is a huge part of my life. I am a Christian and am very motivated because I feel my struggle with weight is a spiritual issue (for me). I have a lot of people praying for me. At this point... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:46:22 EST Fat and flying on airplane next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57484620 I am so nervous about flying next week! Not the actual flying but fitting in the seat! <BR> <BR> I used to fly all the time but since I have gained 100 pounds, I only fly when I have to. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm looking for some encouragement here on this thread. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance to anyone who responds! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:16:59 EST hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57469289 Howdy from Tennessee :) well soon to be Arkansas I am Cindy just come back to spark after leaving for 2 years. my doctor being on my butt and i finally gave in to her demands of letting her try me on a diet pill ( I am SHOCKED it works. for the first time in 20 something years the scale does not LIE lol...anyhow i promised her 2 months that is all she gets....she knew my body was out of sync and knew it would work wish i would of listen to her a year ago. <BR> <BR> since being on it, i have ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:54:46 EST Newbie afraid of failing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57452572 Hi I am new to this and taking it slow I have 3 active teenage girls and have very little time for me if any at times. So here I go down the rabbit hole hoping not to fail at this because I hate how I feel and how I look and my clothes are tired of texting me saying they miss me. I am on a very very tight budget and cant afford much so fingers crossed as they say! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:23:33 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57414943 Just thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle, I'm 45 years old from Texas and I have over 100 pounds to lose. I suffer from High Blood pressure and Hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> I joined this site back in January because I am determined to lose this weight once and for all. <BR> <BR> When I started I weighed 324 (down from an original weight of 360) since January I've lost 31 pounds and 67 pounds total; Now I weigh 293. <BR> <BR> I'm here to learn all I can about losing we... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:24:14 EST newbe and nervous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57394893 Hello my name is Michele, I am 43 years old and want to lose 100 lbs. In the immediate future my goal is to lose the 50 pounds I added on in the last year due to a work injury. I broke both of the lower bones in my left leg in Jan 2013. In Sep 2013 I had a displaced meniscus from the break, felt better for two weeks still have same pain all this time. Sliped and fell in my bathroom and broke my tibal plateau of the same knee on Feb 7, 2014 just went to dr and he said everything is fine on M... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:48:12 EST New!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57344584 Looking forward to getting to know you all. 140 to go starting today. <BR> <BR> Valerie Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:18:11 EST I'm excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57344319 I am on day 8 and I did my weigh-in and I am down 7 lbs! Just more motivation for me! <BR> <BR> Lisa Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:52:50 EST Why isn't this working for me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57336370 I started eating the reduced amount of calories recommended for me to lose 2lbs per week every day on 2/27. I lost 8lbs at the beginning but haven't budged since March 12th. I've totally stuck with logging in my food and 50% of the time I'm 100 calories less and 50% of the time I'm 100 calories more than the amount they recommended. It all evens out. But for the last 3 weeks nothing. Even if this is water weight that I lost at the beginning. I'm still eating WAY less calories then I used to. ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:24:19 EST I'm catching on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57333301 Hi, everyone. Welcome to a new week, as well as to the onset of April. I rejoined Spark People two weeks ago and I'm finally catching on...or believing in myself. I've made a couple of big changes and commitments during this time. I'm counting calories and tracking every bite of food I eat, and I'm drinking 64 ounces of water every day. I'm doing strengthening exercises and I even started running three days ago. I can't go very far, but I can GO!!! I'm also doing a check-in on my teams every ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:52:43 EST Hello fellow Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57316621 Hi, My name is Loren and I have been on SparkPeople for almost a year. I belonged to a private team that was deactivated due to the lack of participation and now I'm looking for a new team to call home. I just turned 46 on Friday but I feel like I'm 26. I have a pretty busy life going; I've been married for almost 16 years, I've been with the same employer for 20 years, and I'm a student with classes three times a week. Obviously, it's difficult for me to get my workouts in but I still try to... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:49:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57316238 Hi I have been on different weight loss plans and I admit I am terrible at sticking to them in the past. But I have come to the realization that if I want it to happen I need to work at it. That it wont magically fix itself :) <BR> <BR> So I have decided to try again and this time I am better prepared. When I am out I can use the mobile app to get things logged right away. Make me more consistent in tracking foods and anything else. <BR> <BR> So here is to a new beginning to a new me ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:09:03 EST Help!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57308001 I am on day 5 of trying to eat healthy. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 lost 175 lbs just to gain 110 back. I know I need to get back on track. My biggest problem right now is figuring out the right things to eat, that are healthy and will also help me lose. And, that I won't feel hungry all the time. I am eating fruits and veggies and greek yogurt, chicken, tuna, and other fish. But, I notice there is a lot of carbs in fruits and even in my yogurt. What can I do? <BR> <BR> Lisa Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:56:32 EST Tyson add http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57295279 with all of the healthy foods that Tyson advertises the thing I see on my screen here is a add for chicken fries. don't want to speak ill of a sponsor as they help put this whole thing together but are they advertising their fatty options because they know some of us will be slipping today <BR> I use to eat a whole bag of their nuggets for lunch so maybe they want me back. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:26:53 EST Hi, newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57294647 I am a 42 year old mother of two. Since my early twenties I have battled my weight over and over again. I was a strong, healty highly athletic person. I have steadly gone down hill. I know now with age that this process needs to be one step at a time and it will not be overnight. I don't want to end up like others in my family who cannot even get out of bed or a chair most days and no longer participate in life. That scares me. Looking forward to this.....i think.... apprehensive. <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:21:45 EST JUST Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57258426 Hello im new on this site im Hispanic wanting to lose 100 looking for friends Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:17:34 EST Quick intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57257409 Hi there, I'm just getting started. This is the first time I've used Spark but definitely not my first weight loss rodeo. <BR> <BR> This time everything feels different. I've hit a number I never thought I'd see, my joints are ache and both my energy and self-esteem have hit a major low. I woke up Sunday and told myself, Monday I am starting fresh. So Sunday I clean out the pantry and fridge then hit the grocery store for fresh, unprocessed foods. Monday morning I found myself here, because... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:27:26 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57250073 My name is Lisa and I am 45 years old. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and lost 175 pounds only to gain 117 pounds back. I want to lose this and get fit and feel good again. I hope sharing my struggles and successes with you all will help me to stay on track for good! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:36:08 EST Newbie too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57230688 Another new comer... I have been here in the past about 3 years ago. I firmly believe in the saying " Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is insanity" I have learned that it takes a village to raise a child and same with weight loss !!! We all need each other !!! Looking forward to this journey with all of you =) Lori Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:17:41 EST Brand New Sparkler (er, Sparker?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57224420 Hi gang, brand new to the site, and here out of desperation, lol. Actually a good friend told me about you and all of your craziness. I should actually be in the team, 50 something with just over 200 pounds to lose, but it does not exist, so I will work twice as hard here (drum rim shot). <BR> <BR> Actually, I am counting on you. I NEED this community, I have hard time seeing things threw and as awesome as I feel this weekend, it will wane, I know this; and I will need to read about yo... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:14:26 EST 37 lbs gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x57218049 This morning was my weigh day and I lost 3.4 lbs this past week for a grand total of 37 lbs GONE! I'm so excited and feeling fantastic!!! I can tell so much in my clothes and just the way my joints feel. Little things like getting up out of a chair is even easier. <BR> <BR> I have failed so many times in my life... this doesn't seem real. I find myself becoming emotional when I weigh or when I put on a shirt that fits now. This just feels soooo good. It feels so much better than any food. ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:06:33 EST New Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57217431 <em>524</em> Hi, I'm Marion. I live in the Houston, TX area. In 2008 I contracted Lyme Disease. Because of the controversy that surrounds this disease, I was not properly treated and it quickly entered the chronic stage. I was given several different medicines that put over 100 pounds on me in less than a year. I've been unable to do any kind of real workout to help in weight loss due to the extreme pain I have to live with, so loosing weight has been very difficult. I can do a little for a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:56:23 EST I'm finally on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57216540 Hi, <BR> I have been on the Ideal Protein Diet for four weeks and I have lost 18lbs & 22 inches. I was very apprehensive at first but my coach asked me to give it two weeks and then decide if I want to continue on. I am so glad I did. It has been the best diet I have ever been on and I am able to stick with it. I have not cheated, I have no cravings, and I am not hungry at all. I have a long journey ahead of me but these last four weeks has given me hope that I can do this and hopefully... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:45:02 EST "Am I Hungry?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57197710 I had one of those "Aha Moments" that is talked about in "The Spark" book! This morning, I realized and really understood--for the very first time in my life--that I need to ask myself "Am I hungry?" BEFORE putting food in my mouth. I have always assumed that, if I wanted food, it meant I was, indeed, hungry. So I'd eat whatever was there in front of me. I know I need to plan and prepare my meals and snacks, but for anything else, I'm now going to ask the simple question: "Am I hungry?" I'm n... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:59:01 EST fitbit...helps or hinders?!!?!?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57192267 So I started working this week and the first thing I want to buy is a fitbit type of thing. I need one to track my sleeping and my all over the place life. So hit me with you thoughts. easy to use? pain to get the info off of it; bear in mind I am tech very low skilled!!!!! Is Fit Bit the best?The floor is open.....I do a combination of walking, jogging, pilates, weights, bicycle, hiking. It must be a very easy to use tech thing. I want to know calories, time exercising. Help me out all you... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:02:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57180159 My name is Sandi and I am a single mom of 2 girls (Reba 23 and Mandi 18). Mandi has Aspergers & Tourettes syndrome. Reba has 2 little ones that also live with me (Damien is 4 and Reiya is 2). <BR> <BR> I am not usually one to join groups and introduce myself. I tend to sit in the background and observe, but I feel for this to work for me I have to step out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey this time around on May 18, 2013. I have lost 85 pounds, but get ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:30:37 EST extremely tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57176013 hello all. <BR> <BR> I am 46, 5'5", I weigh 265 pounds, this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life! My husband does not understand how tired I am all of the time! I'm exhausted when I get up, throughout the day, and by the evening time I don't even want to cook dinner because I am just too tired! <BR> <BR> I do have relatively high cholesterol but otherwise good general health. Thank God! I know I am playing with fire by not taking care of my self. How do you all just get over being t... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:17:39 EST extremely tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57176007 hello all. <BR> <BR> I am 46, 5'5", I weigh 265 pounds, this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life! My husband does not understand how tired I am all of the time! I'm exhausted when I get up, throughout the day, and by the evening time I don't even want to cook dinner because I am just too tired! <BR> <BR> I do have relatively high cholesterol but otherwise good general health. Thank God! I know I am playing with fire by not taking care of my self. How do you all just get over being t... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:17:21 EST a tough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57169687 Yesterday was a tough day for me and I really struggled in my efforts. My dog ran away for awhile, but eventually came back. She means everything to me. I got so upset that I ate foods I know weren't healthy for me, and I sat instead of moved my body. I've reviewed my goals this morning and I'm ready to get back on track. It took yesterday's happenings to remind me how easy it is to go back to where I don't want to be anymore. Have a good day! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:31:46 EST Great weight loss trick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57151067 When cravings for unhealthy foods hit me, I often give in. I just can't seem to tell myself "no". But my boyfriend taught me a little mindgame...associate the food with something you find absolutely disgusting. For me, as a former smoker, it was the smell of cigarette smoke/ashes. So tonight when my family was eating their sausage and biscuits with syrup, I imagined that if I ate any, I would have to dip it in cig ashes first. The idea totally turned me off...temptation crushed! I happily ate... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:28:45 EST New, with lots to lose and lots to gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57149055 I'm new to this. I joined back in December, but "froze with fear" when I looked at how much weight I have to lose. Now I'm trying to look at it like I have so much to gain from this experience--from this lifestyle change. I've had two really good days so far--a miracle for me. My dog and I just got back from our second walk of the day. This time, I'm ready! What keeps you going on the difficult days, as I'm sure a few will come. Thanks! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:41:27 EST I'm new for the 3rd time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57146293 Hi - I'm Christie. I joined when I was in my 30's. Alas time has slipped from me and I am now moving into the 40's category. I have had the recent realization that I'm not getting younger or more fit, though I have always struggled with weight. It just seems to loom over me more these days. I'm hoping to garner some support and advice here. Thank you Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:05:13 EST FINALLY some results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57113710 I know it's not earth shattering, but I stepped on the scales today and found that I've lost 3 lbs!! YAY!! I didn't measure, but will let the nurse do it when I go back for checkup. 3 lbs in a week isn't too shabby! Now to keep it up ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:01:11 EST New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57089430 Hello! I'm new to the group, but not new to this battle of weight loss. I think I've lost the same weight twice, but I'm determined to lose it for good this time. I need to lose 150 lbs and feel overwhelmed. I know I"m supposed to approach it at smaller intervals, but I kinda can't fool myself. I took the step to go to a bariatric physician last week who made me feel welcomed and helped my outlook. He also put me on 1/2 Adipex pill 1x a day. I've not had any bad side effects, just not ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:29:41 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57069439 Hi there, <BR> New to the site, new to this group! Lots to see and read, hopefully it will kick my butt into losing weight! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:03:51 EST How are all y'all doing with the time change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57063811 I soooo don't like the spring forward!!! Although if the rain would stop it would give me more time for an outside walk!!! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:00:34 EST Trying to lose just over 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57059446 Hello all, I'm a former 100 pound loser that is back in this place. Understanding the importance of not just taking it off but working just as hard at keeping it off. Life is just easier when not carrying around all this extra weight. I've got a great life and only I can choose to improve it! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:59:19 EST Give me Strength!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x57039517 2 of my daughters are Girl Scouts...Their cookie orders just came in and are sitting in boxes in my living room. I personally ordered 15 boxes to help them out with selling at work etc, but how do I avoid the temptation to rip them open before I sell them all???? <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:29:52 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57029444 Just turned 40 in January. It doesn't seem real to me yet <em>20</em> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight for a while and now that I'm 40, I've realized that I'm not getting any younger and the time to do it is NOW! I really need help, encouragement, and motivation from those who understand my struggle. But I am determined! <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:41:24 EST The kid on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57017068 Hello~ my name is Jackie and I am only the new kid to this program, I have certainly done my share of "dieting".....but no more....I am now on a lifestyle journey!!! Its great to see so many here!! I wish the best for everyone! I look forward to what is ahead!!!! :) Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:08:44 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57013524 I've been an avid Sparkie for more than two months now so I figure it's time to introduce myself. I'm a late 40's male who had 125 pounds to lose when I started my quest. I actually started the Sunday before New Year's with a one-week trip to a Biggest Loser camp. (it was a gift from my family). While the week was full of hiking, working out, and eating right, I can honestly say that there really wasn't anything 'ground-breaking' as far as new information. I don't mean to minimize the camp no... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:00:31 EST Hi Everyone! I am new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x57002813 I was rereading the "Half Their Size" article in People Magazine for about the 40th time today and decided it might be helpful to sign up. I am 44 yrs. old and have weighed over 200lbs since I was 23. (currently 266) I have tried so many diets and I just can't seem to stick to any of them for any length of time to actually lose more than 40lbs. I know what works best for me - to eliminate caffeine, sugar, white flour and processed foods. I am the type of person that can't just eat a little... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:17:44 EST calorie diffecit does not add up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56989886 If I eat 3000 calories I gain about 2 pounds if I eat 1500 calories I lose about 2 pounds doing the same activity on both days. A pound is about 3500 calories so it just does not make a lot of since that 1500 calories would make such a big difference. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:45:20 EST Knee Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56985249 So I'm loving my daily date with my treadmill, but my left knee is reeeeally starting to bother me. It hurts and it's stiff. Anyone have this issue? I don't want to stop moving. What do I do? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:07:33 EST New to the team...but not new to Sparkpeople.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56972791 Hi I am Barbara and I am a 40 something that needs to lose 100+ pounds. I have been on spark people for a few years however I have left and come back. In the past I had to rush to get the weight off this time around I am doing it right...slowly! I didn't gain the weight overnight and I am not going to lose it that way either. I am the mother to 2 wonderful kids, mother to a handsome doxie and grandmother to another. I love learning and really do enjoy exercise, but have not been able to wo... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:27:10 EST Brand new to the team :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56966913 Hello all! I am a 42-year young mom of two beautiful girls, one in high school, one in college. I live in the wonderful state of Texas with my hubby, my girls (when they are both home), my golden and my lab. <BR> <BR> Over the years my weight has gone up and down...I'm ready to get off the see saw and make permanent changes. The epiphany came as I was standing in my closet. So many clothes and I can wear only a fraction of them at a time! Ridiculous! <BR> <BR> I am ready for this journey... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:59:21 EST whole grain rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56952255 does whole grain rice get as soft as white rice or does it always stay a little crunchy Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:17:21 EST The Devil has been at it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56941735 It seems every single time I get serious about my health and I begin to make changes everything will go well for the first week or so and then BAM! I would get sick or injured then I would stop my new routine and it would be months before I get back on track. I decided to start a 90 day weight loss challenge with my co-workers there are 6 of us and we have a $900 pot for the most successful loser. Anyway on day 2 of the challenge I injured my back, was off from work for a week and have been... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:26:19 EST Feb almost over. did you hit your fitness goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56937881 It's been a cold & wet one for many of us. How did your fitness minutes do? Were you able to stay on track? Find something new you love.....or can't stand? <em>40</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:22:27 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56922519 Hi, I'm a 44 year old mom of a 9 year old boy. I've come to the realization that it's time I seek support in my journey to a better, healthier lifestyle. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:46:32 EST Second C25K workout done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56917701 can anyone say shin splints??? owie. and how can that happen after 1 workout? But I did the 2nd workout.....cuz I can be a stubborn old cuss. Honestly....I would rather bike 20 miles than try and jog/walk 2. Why is my body not appreciating all the healthy things I'm doing to make it last longer, happier, stay out of the disabled parking spot. The illogic of weight loss is really beginning to get to me!!! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:07:14 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56912952 I was doing really well and then last night I really overate. I was feeling really frustrated so I came on here to read some messages and maybe post. Well it was a good thing that I did. Although I am disappointed that I slipped as bad as I did, reading the posts helped to re-energize me. I am feeling confident and know that I can (and will) continue on me journey. It has been slow (I started consistently working on losing weight in January) but I am heading in the right direction. So t... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:01:57 EST Reality check!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56907645 Hello I am 43 yrs old with 100 pounds to lose, I am a security officer lately I been assigned to a high school on the third foor, I found out about a year ago I have exercised induced asthma let me tell you running up and down these three flights of stairs for the past six days have really been a reality check for me I know that I am fighting for my life I need to get healthy, I been so out of breath and taking my inhaler like 40 going north ! This has really been the kick in the butt I need... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:06:18 EST First time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56899670 My first time using SparkPeople and I have heard great things from friends. I have 100+ to lose but I am focusing on health rather than weight. I am not weighing myself for a few weeks because in the past I have let it get me down. <BR> I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroid after feeling sick for a few years. Sore joints, chronic fatigue etcc.. I am on medication and I am feeling much better. Looking forward to learning from everyone and supporting if I can. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:54:50 EST 1200 calorie minnimum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56898951 I Have heard 1200 calories is the minimum for a healthy diet? <BR> the other day I had 900 calories and started to have some aches and had trouble falling to sleep when I get at least 1200 calories I don't have those problems. <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:39:32 EST First C25K workout done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56887753 it wasn't that bad. Shins hurt and I could feel all my fat jiggling....but it's done. Will have to see what everything feels like tomorrow <em>29</em> So the week 1 workout (with 1 extra rotation) was 2 miles at the school track. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:51:55 EST Not quite a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56886472 Hi, I'm Sarah. I have been on/off spark people for a few years. Last fall I lost about 20 lbs but lost my mojo over the holidays. I was afraid to find out just what I really gained back but promised myself that I was going to look for a lifetime change option that I could stick to began to do some research. Today I'm starting my 2nd week of a slow carb diet. I'm not exactly sure how much I lost because I was 3 days in til I finally got on the scale. I lost 3 lbs since then. <BR> I'm 47 & 29... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:54:50 EST Newbie Here :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56863702 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Cait and I am new here! Got a lot of work to do, but heading in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:56:52 EST Cleared to try jogging by Physical Therapist.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56849953 any hints? I have never. ever. been a runner. But my PT is awesome and is really trying to help me not only with the scar tissue issues but also with this seemingly never ending weight plateau. Apparently my body is very efficient so I need to really try and bump up the exercise burn. Try and get my bpm heart range to go higher. The trampoline aerobics class really helps. but I can only do that 1 a week right now. So all you fabulous peoples. Any of you start running as a grownup? Use a certa... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:40:30 EST Hello I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56849876 I just joined SparkPeople and I'm learning my way around. I am so glad I found this forum. I am feeling overwhelmed and alone when it comes to losing weight. It is getting harder to do the little things like walk, bend and stand for long period of times. I find myself isolated and look forward to connecting with others that understand how it feels to be over 40 and have over 100 pounds to lose. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:31:43 EST 1st doctor appointm nt...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56848544 Today I had my first doctors appointment in 6 months..... Had a few surprising outcomes: <BR> <BR> I GREW!!! LOL seriously though, the weight had me down to 5ft 1.5in... Today, 5ft 2.5in!!! 45lbs off gave me back an inch!!! <BR> <BR> No more blood pressure meds!!!!! <BR> <BR> Had blood work done.... was pre-diabetic... fingers crossed =) <BR> <BR> Haven't needed my inhaler in almost 2 months!! Wooo hoo! <BR> <BR> Doctor was very surprised and happy with my 45lbs down =) <BR> <BR> On a ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:16:21 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56835094 Hello all, <BR> I'm 2 days new to SparkPeople, and happy to have found this site. Basically, I'm plain old tired of being so overweight, and I feel lost as to how to get on the road to recovery. So I'm hoping I can stick with this, and that I'll see some results. <BR> Umpleray Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:24:46 EST Giving up refined sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56827521 One of my steps is to get off the refined sugar addiction. I have found the past couple of days pretty easy except for my coffee in the morning. I don't want to use one of the fake sugars as they can actually make the sweet need worse. Any thoughts, ideas and suggestions would be welcome. <BR> <BR> This is my next step after having given up High Fructose Corn Syrup, which I managed over 6 months ago. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:52 EST Hello! i'm excited to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56822828 hi, my name's Brenda, I'm 39 and am 6 weeks post op of my first knee replacement surgery. the first week was pure H-E-L-L! but.... after that its been a straight upward adventure! <BR> <BR> I like to think of it as an adventure instead of a journey. An adventure paints a much more positive and optimistic view in my head than a journey does emoticon and my New Years Resolution this year is to look for the positives in life, to focus on the good, to be a much more optimistic person in general... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:21:24 EST I want the outside to match the inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56822620 Nice to know I am not alone. I joined Sparkpeople a year ago, but am now committed to making weight loss my top priority. It took me 20 years to put on all this weight, so I know that it is going to take time to take it off. Right now I am focused on changing habits that have developed over decades. I keep this thought in the forefront of my mind to help me stay focused, you can only control what you do today, right now. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:57:58 EST Crazy Ups and Downs Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56815506 Oh boy, today was such a roller coaster ride for me. I started the day weighing myself and had gained...I feel like I am doing everything right, working out hard, tracking my food..yet here there I was feeling quite thoroughly defeated. In fact I cried, I wasn't able to see the forest for the trees...Then in steps my amazing husband who is super supportive in this challenging endeavor I have taken on. He saw the problem with what are referred to as "fresh eyes" (when writing a college paper i... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:23:32 EST Tired of Being "Jiggling" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56812680 I am a 48 year old Proud grandma of 21 kids. Most of them nicknamed me "Jiggly Grandma". They love to play with my tummy because it jiggles a lot. I love all of them, but sometimes it really hurts to hear that. I would love to get rid of all the "kids say the darnest things" moments. Plus I really wish I could run around the yard with them. My 4 year old granddaughter told me she "wishes grandma looked and dressed like a real grandma". I have to try one more time. For me and all my grandbabie... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:24:21 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56797922 I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST Wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56795934 I have been dieting off an on for over 7 years. Starting at 365lb. I'm 284 now, but feel it's time to get serious. <BR> <BR> My brother died in November, brutally murdered actually. The one thing he wanted for me was to be healthy. he never gave me a hard time about my weight, but I knew he really would have loved to see his lil sis at a healthy weight. So, when he died I obtained a couple of his t-shirts and I can't even wear them. I cried and cried. Then I decided "here is my motivation" ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:51:39 EST Bariatric Rejection - Feeling Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56756295 . Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:43:31 EST New Member: Steph Short http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56749789 Hi, this mother of 2 has finally decided to get back on track once again. Sadly, I have started this journey a few times, but am even more determined to finally get healthier for not just me, but my entire family. As a Mom, I was not setting a very good example for my impressionable young children by gaining so much weight and ignoring it for so long. Once again, I will modify my diet and exercise. I loved the look of this site and feel confident that I will be able to see at a glance how... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:40:38 EST Weigh In Wednesday - Feb 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x56745576 Ugh, after having a weekend 'off program' with my hubby I've ended up with a gain of 2.5 pounds this week. Seriously, how does that one gain 2.5 pounds in 2.5 days? It's not like I was having burgers and fries or anything. <BR> <BR> Anywaaaaaaaaaaaaay, lesson learned. :) <BR> <BR> Positive Outcomes: <BR> - A weekend 'off program' didn't lead into a week 'off program'. As soon as I got home I was right back on track with food and exercise and have come to the conclusion that inactivity a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:17:12 EST Fat and depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56721523 Hello, <BR> Well where do I start? I've gained so much weight.. I'm not one to diet either. I have ABSOLUTELY NO WILL POWER! I'm the type that wants to see some kind of results immediately. <BR> My husband has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma Cancer and since then I've been so depressed! We have lost just about everything we own and are completely broke. I buy the cheapest food possible (which isn't the healthiest) so we can at least eat. We have an 11yr old boy who is also gaining weigh... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:55 EST How's your Monday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56718898 Well I went away for the weekend with my hubby and had a lovely time. Took the weekend 'off', now I feel like crap physically. Thinking I learned a very important lesson, that I'd rather feel 'Sparky' than crappy. Lol. So how's your Monday going? <BR> <BR> V Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:44 EST Needing to loose 200lb.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56715783 I am needing to make friends who have a goal of near 200 lb to lose to help motivate me!!! Everybody in my circle encourage the bad eating habits. Thanks in advance. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:05:49 EST On the road to find a new ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56715537 I have started a new job this week. It has me up and moving even sleeping more now. The bad side of it... It also has my neuroma and fibromyalgia flaring up!!! Hoping it gets better soon! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 23:34:34 EST Quiet board? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56685171 I am new (I'm returning really, but as I was seldom serious in the past it seems like I'm brand new), and as I babble, was wondering if this board is very active or not? <BR> It seems there aren't many recent posts! <BR> I have 125 to lose, am 5 months from 45, and desperate not to spend yet another summer sweating and hating it every time I have to leave the house. <BR> I have weddings to go to! <BR> I have company picinics, and church camping trips, and vacation! <BR> I am tired of being u... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:58:53 EST needing to slim down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56665192 HI, I am a 46yr old mother of 2 (boy & girl) and (Nana) of 4 beautiful grand babies. (3 boys 1 girl) I want to really take some weight off! I have tried pretty much everything I 've seen advertised and nothing seems to work! I can't afford medifast, or nutria system or weight watchers. I really am just looking for a meal plan of only 1000 calories which consist of chicken and fish/Tuna. I do have a weakness for Pizza, but I an settle for a once a month. also pasta salad which I only ha... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:03:33 EST I tried trampoline aerobics today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56664752 and it was Awesome! Even though I had a bit of a problem with balance. I get motion sick easy so it was hard for me to adjust. great workout, low impact. Definite fun change up from walking. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:22:11 EST back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56658193 Im back I tried to diet a while back and now I really need to lose this weight I am trying the general motors diet (the real one) and so far 3 days in and lost 4 pounds and have 4 more days to go, but I get to start the soup part tomorrow, I love soup so this should be easier then, Good Luck to all out there rightnow. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:18:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56648371 This is my second start with Spark. I gave up the first time because I got tired of tracking everything. I now realize I can't lose weight on my own and I need help. I'm 41 and need to lose over 100. My problem is that I work and commute a lot. I don't have a lot of free time during the week and I don't sleep well. My body is starting to hurt all the time and I don't have a lot of energy anymore, not to mention my clothes don't fit! :) <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can find inspiration and tenacity ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:07:54 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56631606 Finally truly committing to a group. Looking forward to watching everyone's success. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:58:07 EST Favourite Spark Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56613436 I'm in the process of meal planning and grocery list making for the week. One of my goals was to try one new Spark Recipe per week. Looking for some feedback. What's your favourite Spark Recipe? <BR> <BR> thanks :) <BR> V Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:37:09 EST Going on a Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56603043 Hi I am Vicki and am about to embark on this journey called weight loss. I have got to a point where I have to do something. Love living life with my active 11 year old son. Looking forward Victory... <em>521</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:53:09 EST Shouting From the Rooftops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56602611 Here I am, a month into my new 'plan' and I can't believe how different things are! I have been holding out to weigh on the 1st and I didn't think it would ever get here! LOL As of today, I have lost a total of 21.6 lbs (meeting my first goal) and a total of 17"! I have a long way to go, but I'm feeling on top of the world and want to shout it from the rooftops! I have so much energy and am still very motivated. Usually by now, I've given up on a diet, but I'm still rearing to go and fe... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:16:38 EST Hi. Im Jen or as my grandkids call me, Grandma J http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56600951 Good morning, Hi, everyone. Something about me. Well, I am 47 yrs old. I am currently trying to get my CDL-A to drive the big trucks, lol. I am divorced, (not really looking). I have three very lovely grown up kids and two very handsome grandsons, 5 years old, not twins, but they act like it. They are the reason I get up in the morning. I'm trying to be the "cool" grandma, lol. But, thats enough about me. I do like chatting with people and making some good friends, so hmu for a convo. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:21:45 EST So how did your Jan exercise minutes do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56597059 1/12th of the year over in the blink of an eye. Were you able to keep your exercise going? Especially if you live in a wet or cold environment. Anyone try a new class and found something they love....or hate???? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:35:50 EST Hi All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56579214 I'm an over 40 (closer to 50--lol) with definitely over 100 lbs to lose. It's good to know that there is a group where we can cheer each other on, commiserate, etc. I'm a teacher at a high school Annex from middle Tennessee, married with a 14 year old "bonus" son. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to making lots of new friends here. Take care, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Charlotte Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:20:29 EST Fav Healthy Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56575405 my faaaaaaaavourite healthy snack is mixed berries with a bit of organic vanilla yogurt on top...what's yours? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:20:44 EST coming out of a tailspin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56563750 So many of you have offered words of encouragement of my plateau struggle. And I finally figured out today that it is about control. So many things in my life are currently not in my control & as a Type A person that is Hard!!! But my diet & weight were the areas I've been focusing my energies. This 4 month plateau took away that control. Where suddenly 2+2 did not equal 4 anymore. Numbers are the one thing in life that are supposed to be constant. But suddenly the math stopped working. ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:33:23 EST Weigh-In Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x56558394 Down 2.5lbs this week, that's 10lbs so far...woohoo! Even more importantly, since hanging out with my treddy for 30 mins each night I'm feeling great. :) <BR> <BR> What were your successes this week? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:46:18 EST Fading fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56557238 I rejoined Spark back in Oct. I have been sticking with the plan well for all this time, (with a little hick-up around Christmas). I even started walking an hour on the treadmill 5x a week for the last 2-3 weeks and the scale has not been my friend, over all I lot about 18 pounds. Some would say that's great but I keep losing and gaining the same 3 pounds for the last few weeks. It gets depressing to stay within your food goal, drink all your water and exercise for an hour to gain a pound eac... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:47:48 EST I'm new too :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56553004 Well today is day 2, and I swapped the sweets for a refreshing bowl of cantaloupe. I am BACK to SP after a long hiatus. I really want to make a life change more than a weight change, and I am hopeful that I can stick to it this time. I don't have a lot of time to talk, but I am a binge eater, who gets discouraged by myself and gives up. A book called Brain Over Binge was recommended and I am going to get that book. What is different? Well, now I have multiple family members tracking food... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:40:55 EST I'm a little shy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56498574 and I have kind of been trying to do this thing alone because of it, but I am starting to want to try new things at the gym and move outside of my comfort zone so I am hoping to get to know some people that are going through the same thng :-) Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:11:44 EST First Outing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56496843 Hey All, <BR> <BR> Wondered if I could get some advice / tips. I'm fairly new to Spark (and am loving it btw!). Tonight I'm heading over to my sister's house to hang out with the girls. These evenings usually included chatting, snacking and 'beverages'. Because I'm so new to this change in my life I don't want to jeopardize the great path that I'm headed on, and at the moment am abstaining from alcohol and junk food (I'm just not at a place where I feel I can control my intake, at some ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:37:28 EST Click Click Boom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56490677 I get it, I finally get it. This thing that has been alluding me for so long and it is so simple. <BR> Fall seven times, <BR> Stand up eight ~ Japanese Proverb <BR> Just keep getting up, keep going, keep moving. I get it! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:13:14 EST Fat and Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56486338 I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST struggling..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56484363 another month, and I didn't lose any weight or any inches. That makes 4 months. Four long months of doing what I am supposed to with a body that refuses to cooperate. I've switched up my cardio, added more weights, changed up my food....and nothing. Nada. zip. zero. zilch. So I am not feeling a lot of love for myself, I'm feeling frustrated. Cranky. And I swear I can hear my fat cells whispering....so go buy a bag of Chip Ahoys......your plan isn't working so why don't you eat your fru... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:03:02 EST Goal Board Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56480430 I have to say I'm truly enjoying my daily Goal Board Check-In. When I started Spark one of the steps I took was setting up a goal board. It's a combinations of Spark pics / goals (ie - live longer, finish what you started etc) and my own general, specific, short term & long term goals. Every morning when I go to my start page I take a minute to look at this section of the page. It scrolls a slideshow of a mixture of the spark pics and my personal goals. I find it has been instrumental in... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:04:27 EST started today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56479127 I am a 48 yr old grandmother amd mother and just wamt to lose this access weight and influence my youngest daughter to do the same live a healthier lifestyle and live longer to enjoy my grandbabies. I'm in brazil,in. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 05:10:34 EST I am so glad to not be the only one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56473158 I have been doing Sparks for 1 week and have lost 3 lbs so far. This seems like nothing when I consider that I have 140 total to lose, but still I am pretty excited. I have never stuck to any diet for a full week. <BR> <BR> I just realized that I could join a group and thought the extra encouragement might help to keep me motivated. Is there anyone else out there that has been doing this a while. I would love to hear some real people success stories. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight t... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:26:11 EST Wednesday Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x56465695 Well my success is not necessarily showing on the scale this week. Spark shows me as being another pound down, but really it was more like 1/2 a pound. i'm putting it down to all the joys that come with that time of the month (sorry for tmi!), and am sure my efforts will show on the scale next week. <BR> <BR> I've significantly cut back on sugar and processed foods and feel better and more energetic then I have in a long time. I've also started implementing exercise this week and so far s... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:06:37 EST How to be accountable when single http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56464741 I am a single guy who lives alone, so I need to find out how to be accountable for fitness goals when no one else is around to check. <BR> <BR> As singles know, we are a breed apart. We like to do things our way. But, this gets us no where if we are not accountable for our actions. Any tips or suggestions? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:06:26 EST Stuff in the kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56464734 Can anyone tell me what the essentials are in a fully operational kitchen? Food processors? Blenders? etc? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:03:19 EST I enjoy a night out with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56464727 I really am changing the way I eat and I am drinking water with every meal and snack. However, I still like hanging out with friends and having beer. Friday nights are our bowling nights and we usually share pitchers of beer with the team. <BR> <BR> Is there any way I can drink beer without feeling guilty doing it? <BR> <BR> Greg. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:01:10 EST Hey this is my first day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56464683 I wanted to introduce myself and welcome any tips you may have for a lady over 40 with a long way to go! I have tried everything except a group! I hope this will be the life changer for me! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:45:40 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56458286 I'm new to sparkpeople & hope for encouragement. I'm fixing to turn 44 & have had some major medical issues this past yr. I started w/carpel tunnel surgery on both hands, rotated right hip (which no one has helped me with), blood clots in both lungs & now hysterectomy w/complications. I am unable to exercise due to my hip & all I want to do is eat. Any encouragement/inspiration would be much appreciated. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:02:52 EST New and needing help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56457387 I've been a member for a few months now and really need a kick in the rear to get started. I've been overweight and on a diet my entire life so I know what I need to do, it's just doing it. I guess I lack the motivation for fear of failing again. I have 140 pounds to lose ( I think....the number keeps growing) and I know I have a long road ahead of me. I just need to start my journey.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:41:34 EST Weight gain after wls surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56451757 I had surgery 6 years ago. I lost 100 lbs but never hit my goal. Over time I have gained back over half my weight. After Christmas I got really focused and have been working on getting back on track. I've lost 10 lbs so far. I'm so disgusted with what I have done after putting my body through so much. So i found my way back here to help stay motivated. Anyone else have substantial weight gain after surgery? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:05:40 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56433768 Hi my name is Jody and I have been on spark people for a couple of years. I have been on and off as life speeds along. I am now a the point that I have to lose 100+ pounds for my health. My doctor put me on the Mediterranean Diet but I am lost other than fruit, vegetables and fish as what to eat. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being more active in this group to help me meet my goals. I am starting slow this time as jumping in at a fast pace has proven failure for me. <BR> <BR> Thanks fo... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:58:09 EST Weigh-In Wednesdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x56431610 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I do my weigh-ins on Wednesdays. Is there anyone interested in starting a "Weigh-In Wednesdays" group with me? <BR> <BR> V <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:10:02 EST New & needing workout buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56419310 I live in Swartz Creek/Flint area in MI and am in desperate need of a workout buddy &/or a person to give me a bit of encouragement to keep me on track. I figure if I have a scheduled day with a workout buddy it will make me get off my butt and exercise. I just need to kick my willpower into gear! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:01:53 EST I went down a size in jeans..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56417047 woohoo!!!! I don't know how because my weight and measurements haven't budged. But I'll take it <em>104</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:46:25 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56412098 Hi All! Just wanted to introduce myself to the group. Looking forward to this journey with all of you, hearing your stories and sharing your triumphs. Have a great day. :) <BR> <BR> V Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:00:12 EST What has been your hardest habit to break http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56401522 I have to shout I AM SODA FREE lol this has been one of my biggest downfalls and this is officially day 4 with no soda pop. I can't believe how much easier it was to replace it with water and I added drink flavor (like Crystal light type) and it made it so much easier, now Im getting my water intake with only 10 xtra calories instead of getting no H2O and 1000 calories....has anyone else had problems with soda pop? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:24:40 EST Planking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56401333 Has anyone here planked, if so for how long and how many times a day. I did 30sec. last night and felt it right away but wasn't sure how often I should do it. Thanx Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:10:01 EST Glad I found this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56388456 45 and starting my life over again. Kinda shy but I'll find myself more and more as the weight comes off. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:07:18 EST feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56375971 10.1 pounds down since the new year, eating more fruits and veggies taking in a whole lot of water. no fried foods no sodas, craving some of the old stuff i use to eat but i handling it so far. looking to get involve in some cardio beginning of feb. reading people post are with the support of my wife, we are making it happen! Talk to you soon! <em>386</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:45:06 EST Another new person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56367178 Hello from WV. I have been trying to lose some much needed weight for awhile now. Looking for some support in doing so. I am 41 years old, married, and have 3 boys. I am 266.8 and am looking to lose 100+. I am disabled so exercise is hard for me to do. Right now I am watching caloric intake. <BR> Tina Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:13:33 EST 41 on Tuesday ... Need Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56361883 I'll be 41 on Tuesday and I've got at least 110 pounds to lose. I'm only 4'11" and I am miserable at the weight I am. I never imagined myself ever getting to this weight. Today I printed off exercises for me to do ... and I am honestly going to try to do them ALL daily. I just need help staying motivated. Any words of encouragement would be deeply appreciated. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:54:13 EST almost 2 weeks into January..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56345903 How are you feeling about your "new year"? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:14:15 EST Made a Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56345525 Well I did it. I made myself a calendar putting all of my workouts I plan on completing, as well as putting a bedtime and wake-up time on it and in between I will do my homework, housework, and anything else that comes my way. I think this is what I've needed to do for a while now. Today was day one and I have already rode my Magtrainer for 30 minutes, did day 8 of a plank challenge my sister and I are doing, and Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (wk.1) ...now sitting down to finish homework and ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:47:36 EST posted a blog about this Love Myself More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56323065 I would love to hear how other people moved or are moving from the easy negative self-talk to the positive side!!!! I have been really struggling with living in Eeyore-land. Where life is gray and what's the point cuz it all stays the same. So share your wisdom.......... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:54:21 EST I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56314064 Hello, <BR> I'm a mom of two children, and a teacher. I've been struggling with my weight for years now. I've tried many different diets that don't seem to work or they are to hard to maintain. My husband says hey weight loss is simple put less calories in than you put out with exercise. This does not motivate me in the least and is way too abstract to even think about. I'm glad to have found this site to here that other people are going through the same struggles as me and there are ste... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:07:59 EST lovin' yourself more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56305619 did you tell your body one nice thing today? or yesterday? trying to keep my New Year's resolution of loving myself more.....harder than giving up cookies I think!! <em>211</em> But the fact is.....my body kept going with years of food/lack of exercise. I didn't gain all the weight overnight.....or even in 1 or 2 years. So to expect all that weight to come off in that same amount of time (in a healthy, permanent way) probably isn't very realistic. This plateau has been so frustrating, ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:03:59 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56282250 I'm excited, and ready to do what it takes, just tired of feeling like crap. So let the work begin! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:49:48 EST New, well sort of new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56275156 I joined Spark over a year ago, but didn't keep it up. I had a gastric bypass when I weighed 405 lbs. I lost down to 235. Got stuck, but gained back up 270 about two years ago. I am now back down to 246. <BR> <BR> I started Nutrisystem about a year ago, but couldn't handle the over the counter food, made me sick. So I quit. Now I am buying the foods I like from Nutrisystem Ala-Carte. They have added some of their frozen foods. They are really good. I started on Sunday, of this week... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:28:19 EST New here-kinda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56272919 I started back in 2012 and quit, thinking I will always be fat. I have since changed my mind. I decided I will get healthy,with lots of support. So here I go again for the last time. Wish me luck. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:44:34 EST this plateau is killing me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56267593 I have been stuck at the same weight since I had hernia/tummy surgery at the end of August. Even though I've been able to walk and do PT exercises....my body has decided this is the weight it wants to be at. And my body and I don't have the same idea. I have extra pounds on my body....it's not like I am trying to be underweight. I've been following my own advice....have faith, keep up the food tracking and consistent exercise and the body will eventually catch on. But my fat is being extr... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:12:04 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56265416 Yesterday was not a good day for me I ate way to much, but I didn't quit, I did better today I stayed on track and didn't go over my calorie range. I'm taking one day at a time. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:36:24 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56262296 My name is Brigitte, I am 40, and I have 138 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I have used SparkPeople in the past but quit when I quit my diet. I am back with even more weight to lose but I am determined to see it through this time. I have 3 children, 1 dog and 2 cats. You would think they would keep my active, but somehow I always seem to be sitting on the sidelines, watching, and taking pictures. There are so few pictures of me because I am always behind the camera, strategic for sure sinc... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:19:56 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56258601 Hi! I am so excited to be here but soo overwhelmed.... There is so much every where I turn and not sure how to go about this! I just know I am here to get the help I need to lose this weight and be happy with myself! I am excited to meet new people and start this journey! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:26:55 EST New Girl on the Block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56258556 Hi guys and gals, <BR> <BR> Just saying hi. I hope you see me around here often..I need the motivation. Alot of trial and failures on the diet journey but I really want to succeed this time so I'm giving it my best shot! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:23:14 EST Re Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56246071 Getting back on track. I've lost 10 pounds since Christmas. Tracking works!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:32:51 EST New to commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56244224 Hello my name is Daphna, I am a night shift nurse in Springfield Oregon who has gained about 75 pounds since I started working nights. Obviously I was not thin before working nights, but then I really exploded in weight gain. I have done the yo-yo diet routine and always gain a little more after words. I started Spark people in may last year I think but just dabbled then stopped. I maxed out at 360 pounds. Joined a weight lose program in my area that is under Dr. Guidance and have gott... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:15:37 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56244218 Hi - My name is Jenny and I have had weight issues all of my life. I am 48 and would like to be healthy (for the first time ever) by the time I am 50. I have two incredible children and want to be here to see them have children of their own. My adult life has been spent taking care of other people and it is finally time that I make myself a priority. I am excited to have found SPARKPEOPLE! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:15:14 EST Hello to everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56244143 I just want to say hello and I am glad to be part of this team :) Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:10:38 EST hi im lulu and im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56243308 hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:05 EST 419 and Dropping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x56236578 2014 is my year! With God's help, and my hard work I am changing! INWARDLY and OUTWARDLY! <BR> <BR> I am currently at 419 and want to be at 158 by Jan 2016! This is going to be a long journey! <BR> <BR> That is roughly 2.5 pounds per week! This is my goal! It may move slower or faster but this is the starting point! <BR> <BR> Mary Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:09:09 EST Hello, New Person Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56230730 Hello. I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Jodi and I have a chunky person trying to get out of my body. I have had a weight problem most of my life, and have yo-yo dieted most of that time. I am a good starter I just have trouble staying motivated to keep it up. This time I am doing it differently. I am doing a lifestyle change inside and out. I have recently given my life over to God and with his help anything is possible. I am putting my weight challenge in ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:04:16 EST accountability buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56222922 hello everyone Im new here I have tried to lose weight before just to lose some and gain it back and more, I really want this year to be different. I need some accountability buddies that will help me and encourage me. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:57:29 EST Newbie from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56212654 Hello! 47, single mom to a very active 9 year old girl. We both are naturally high energy people but I am sick of not feeling well, not finding the quality men to date and just not being able to hike and do all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer! My biggest challenge this year is to be ok with screwing up! I have controlled this in other areas of my life and will accomplish this in this area too! Best of luck to all of us! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:03:19 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56206523 Hi I am 40 and divorced. I have 2 grown girls that have already moved out and 2 boys ages 15yrs and 9yrs still home with me. I have over 100 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of stress, mostly financially and I homeschool my boys. The older 1 is autistic. <BR> If you want to know anything else about me you can hop over to my spark page and read my blog or pm me. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:14:28 EST Usually the new girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56204624 Hello everyone, <BR> I am starting this year off right. I began on new years day using my Magtrainer (it's a machine that I hook my bike up to so I can ride indoors) I have set a goal to ride monday through friday at least 30 minutes each day. I have thus far exceeded that goal and ridden 35 minutes each day. <BR> I started at 267 and am now at 250, I have been writing everything down since November and weighing my food and keeping a good reign on my caloric intake. I have big goal... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:52:07 EST I want to be a loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56201000 Somewhere between 100 and 135 pounds in the next 1 to 2 years. So tired of feeling uncomfortable in my own body! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:07:15 EST New also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56200460 I'm on the pushing 50 end of 40 and hanging on. I love the freedom of my 40's, but I am not crazy about the physical changes that have begun to plague me as I've steadily gained weight. I am a relatively new nurse and would like to continue my education and I am the mother of many, currently with two tweens and two teens in the house. My Husband has been ill for quite a few years and I'm the primary bread winner. I do not want my Spark activity to be an added stress to an already stressful... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:29:39 EST Hello! New Here, starting 1-3-2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56192456 Hello everyone! I am new here and just wanted to say hello and send well wishes for success in your (and my) healthy lifestyle journeys. I am very excited to be starting Sparkpeople and I hope to find great ideas, support and motivation from this group. <BR> <BR> I tried Spark about two years ago but only lasted a very, very short time. I was not in the right place to start this venture. My family is very supportive and together we have planned for the last couple months and discussed ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:02:16 EST 1/1/14 Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56189590 Hello, My name is Bri, and I just started on spark people yesterday. I have some big goals to reach this year and am happy to have found this site! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:17:04 EST What a start of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56187802 It's just the 2nd day of the year and I can't find my Spark Activity Tracker, I have had it for about 2 months now and it was such a great motivator. I went from barely making my minimum activity commitment to exceeding it once I got the tracker. I last saw it New Years Eve and it even registered some activity yesterday but I can't find it and have no memory of where it could be. I believe I may have become too attached to the little thing. I'll probably have to purchase another one but th... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:18:31 EST New again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56177964 Hi my name is Barbara and I recently moved to central Florida. I am at the heaviest I have ever been in my life, I suffer from diabetes and have had surgeries on my knee and back; the weight I am carrying is hindering my recovery process. I am looking forward to getting thr weight off so I can heal and live a full life. <em>41</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:48:30 EST Is anyone doing the carb-cycling successfully? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56169913 trying to shock my body and get off this plateau. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:16:23 EST New to Spark People, Yoyo vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56164430 I'm new to Spark People but no stranger to weight loss and weight gain, success then back up again. 2014 I want to break the cycle, make gains and keep them. Any inspiration is welcome. <BR> How do I overcome the past and get it done, how do I overcome the quick fix mentality? <em>303</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:13:09 EST Nervous Newbie .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56141551 Hi everyone! I just joined and am so nervous and scared. This is a journey I've been on several times. I do good for about a week and then my motivation just disappears *poof* <BR> I am a 46 year old grandma of a 1yr old boy and I also have 2 adult sons. I suffer from anxiety and depression, to the point that I've recently lost my job. I have about 120 pounds to lose and I know that I can do it with some some support (cheerleaders). <BR> I don't like to cook for just myself (I live al... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:01:01 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56113235 Hi there my name is Krista and l need to lose over 100 pounds. Wow that's overwhelming! Trying ti find some support on this long journey so this seemed like a good start. I quit smoking oh about 10 years ago and it was due to my on line support group so now here I am. I have high blood pressure and prediabectic! Little frustrated and overwhelmed with all of this Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:58:54 EST New to the site...old player of the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x56095139 I have battled weight my entire life. From a chubby pre teen, to a teenager with an eating disorder, to multiple pregnancies and one miscarriage before the age of 22. After my divorce in 2001, I lost over 110 lbs with the help of Stackers and diet pills. I have never dealt with the underlying issues of what was eating me. I just turned 41 on Dec.2, 2013, and have gained over 60 lbs in the past two years in dealing with an enormous amounts of stress, uprooting and moving, new job, new life... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:45:04 EST How is everyone doin' w/all the treats & par-tays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x56075487 could there be any more cookies around? and I love cookies. so hard this time of year!!!! trying to make sure I'm getting at least 3-4 walks in a week. It's hard to be totally on track.....but I can't just take a vacay......too hard to get back on track. Keep at it. Don't beat yourself up if you have a cookie or two....just work it into your daily calories. You CAN'T have it all. So make some good choices people!!!! Have a Merry Christmas!!! <em>444</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:16:29 EST NEED HELP NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x55958775 I'm at work, I'm in IT, I didn't really pack a great lunch today and now I'm craving sugar. This doesn't usually happen but I'm sleepy and miserable and want to hit the vending machine. I don't know what to do! <em>495</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:52:48 EST Hello, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55909676 My name is Lori, I am 47, I have been overweight since the year 2000 when I had a tubal reversal that allowed me to get pregnant twice only to miscarry twice and never have that child for my husband...dont get me wrong though, I do have children, just not with him. He adopted my daughters as if they were his, but when I had to have a emergency hysterectomy last year, I went through so many emotions and heartache at not being able to give him that child. <BR> <BR> I am here to start a new ch... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:39:16 EST Hello, I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55909664 My name is Lori, I am 47, I have been overweight since the year 2000 when I had a tubal reversal that allowed me to get pregnant twice only to miscarry twice and never have that child for my husband...dont get me wrong though, I do have children, just not with him. He adopted my daughters as if they were his, but when I had to have a emergency hysterectomy last year, I went through so many emotions and heartache at not being able to give him that child. <BR> <BR> I am here to start a new ch... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:38:28 EST a change gonna come!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55889151 hello everyone. im new and i appreciate your welcome. im here hoping i can find some support on this battle that i have been dealing with all my life. no one understands what it feels like to be overweight until they have been overweight. i want to surrond myself with like minded people whom i can relate to. who know my struggles and i know theirs. we can support each other. this is so important to me right now. I HAVE TO DO THIS AND BE SUCCESSFUL AND I NEED YOUR HELP.!!! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:54:51 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55874691 Before I reach the big 5-0, I want to get my life under control!!! Lots of things have played parts in my current state of UNhealthiness, but for so many reasons, I know it's time to get a grip and reclaim my life and health before it's too late. So here I am!!!!! Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:53:06 EST plateaus suck!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55865904 <em>198</em> I'm trying hard to follow my own advice.....keep the faith, healthy eating and exercise going. But why oh why does the body have to get sooooo stubborn???? I watched Biggest Loser last night...saw lots of very small weight losses 2lbs for all the working out they do. I'd be thrilled with 2lbs right now!!! But I know that even with a trainer, daily hard workouts and no distractions.....the body can still be stubborn and not make that change. The knowledge does not change the ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 15:28:28 EST Where is everyone from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55861302 Hi, I am new to the group and wondering where everyone is from. I am about 25 min east of Syracuse, NY. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 08:38:33 EST back from being gone for over a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55855019 Hello all. I have come back after a few years gone. I lost 200 lbs and went from 340 to 130-140 for over a year. I even met a couple people from here once. i recenly walked away from bad relationship moved 6 times in two years and have gotten pregant so i gotten back up to 297. i ahve learned alot about myself in this process. i now have learned its not about being perfect but being healthy. And its not comparing youself to others i will always have excess skin around my bell unless i have su... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:39:36 EST New and Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55837655 My name is Cathie and I live in Missouri, I am a dental assistant and new addict to Sparkpeople. I am finding that i like looking through all the articles and such here on sparkpeople there are some very motivational people here. I am finding that if when I start feeling down if I get on here and just look around I start picking myself back up and staying away from walking to the refrigerator or cupboard. I did not realize how much i tend to snack for something to do. Especially when feeling ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:55:47 EST new to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55833776 hi everyone i am new to spark and just read about rick i am so sorry for his families loss, i to am in a situation with my fiancé you see i have known this man for 35 years and have loved him just as long our lives took very different paths for a long time and a two years ago we found each other again . unfortunately we are none the same as we were 35 years ago and we both had much weight to lose. he had a condition called lymphedema of the scrotum and carried it for 6 years by the time he go... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 05:20:25 EST New month & last month to push it for the year.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55827769 Dec 1st already!?!?!?! Trying hard to kick some more pounds to the curb before the end of the year!!!!! Anyone else doing a Dec push??? I had really wanted to have a 100lbs gone by Dec. But my body is holding onto that fat for dear life!!! How come fat is so easy to add on and sooooo stubborn to leave???? I am keeping the faith and sticking with my program. Because I know even if it doesn't happen by the date I set.....it will come off because eventually, even my super-stubborn fat HAS... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:31:48 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55814256 hi everyone. I am new to spark. I am navigating my way through the site and thought I would say hi. I am looking forward to this journey. I am a single mom and need support along the way. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:30:37 EST Feeling Hopeless ....Need Help Getting Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55808017 Lots of sadness in my life....Desperately need to lose 100+ pounds but having trouble. Need help...feel like food is the one thing that brings happiness! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:12:32 EST Did you conquer Turkey day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55803895 Stuck with my plan!! Feels good <em>345</em> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:34:56 EST Battle Plan Turkey in Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55780596 For my travels: <BR> <BR> Protein bars. Check <BR> Protein SlimFast bottles. Check <BR> Powder Protein Slimfast. Check. <BR> Gym close to the in-laws. Check. <BR> Workout clothes & shoes. Check. <BR> Get 1% milk & fruit when we get there. Check <BR> <BR> My purse/bag is ready. <BR> <BR> Enjoy some holiday foods....but NOT letting it derail my life!!!! Check. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great holiday. Remember. It's food. And it can't jump in your mouth!!!! Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:22:09 EST Kind of new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55765713 I originally joined in April of this year. However I had surgery in June to remove my teeth and stopped dieting and exercising. Not sure why but now I have not only gained back the weight I lost but put even more on. Hoping that this time it works. I am going to do everything I can to succeed. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:16:34 EST Overweight more than 1/2 my life, but determined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55698808 My name is Heather, and I am 41 years old. I have had so many medical problems in the past few years including 2 TIA strokes, 1 Small Stroke(just got out of the hospital 11-10-13), High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Pre Diabetic, and more. I have struggled with my weight since I was 18 yrs old. I gave up trying to lose weight, UNTIL NOW. I am more determined than ever to lose weight, and become healthy. I have 2 beautiful daughters (Ages 20 & 14), and a loving husband of 23 years. I... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:50:37 EST what are your meal plans for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55687756 We will be traveling. So that means I'm packing extra slimfast & protein bars!!! I'll buy fruit when we get there. Luckily, my s-I-laws are used to my madness and don't make me feel bad about packing my own food. I know this isn't the same for all families!!! I'm mostly concerned about exercise. I usually just pack my walking shoes. But it's too wet here for that right now. What do you do for exercise when you travel to visit family during the wet or cold months??? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:49:35 EST Desperately Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55680846 Hi! I'm Lisa. I have joined the Sparkpeople site. I look forward to making new friends. I've been chubby, but athletic all my life. I am now a grandma and want to make sure my grandkids have fond memories of me. I am 100 pounds heavier than my 9th month of pregnancy! That bothers me a lot. And worst of all, it bothers my friends. I think some, even the man I'm dating, are embarrassed by my weight. <BR> <BR> Eventhough I am healthy, I want to remain that way and stay mobile. The r... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:03:11 EST New and scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55669674 I am not new to weight loss but new to making it work. Going through a divorce and decided it is time to do something for myself and get healthy. I have to be here for my kids and at this weight I am not doing it. My work keeps me very busy along with the kids events. Over the past I have put myself last and I would love to for once look in the mirror and like what I see. Maybe then I might start loving myself again. I have 140 lbs I would like to loose but not sure I can. Any help o... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:45:58 EST In a rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55659647 I was doing so well - I was attending Curves five days a week, eating healthy (avoiding the junk), and feeling really motivated for almost four months. Fast forward to last week: I didn't go to Curves at all, ate everything and anything I could get my hands on and gained almost 12 pounds (in two weeks). Argh! How can I go from to really well to horrible in a matter of weeks? Now I am trying to get out of the rut I put myself into and get back on track. It is really hard because my boyfri... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:48:04 EST I hit one of my goals!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55643131 Ok, so I have never put my weight public but I am about to right now because I am so tired of being ashamed of the number. When I first signed into SP, I was the heaviest I have ever been.... I was 357 lbs.....yikes! That was 2 years ago...... I said I was going to diet & excercise & I did on & off but I didn't stick with anything.....just like every other time in my life.....but this past September, I decided that I was done dieting but I was going to live a healthier, happier more active ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:18:33 EST Hi I'm new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55638856 Hello there. I'm new and looking for some friends. I added some people, though I don't know them, I hope to get to know them and others. I hope you all have a great night. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:56:44 EST Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55633828 Hello, I just joined up in hopes of getting and giving support for weight loss. I am learning to Belly Dance for fitness and will soon be adding other exercises to this. I started 3 months ago and my weight was 271 pounds and last week I had lost to 250 pounds and now I am at 257 pounds which caused some depression.I will soon be 45 years old(November 24), I am 5 ft. 9 in. tall and need to lose down to 140 pounds.I look forward to meeting you all. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:46:48 EST This infection is never going to go away..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55624771 week 3 of antibiotics for this dumb sinus infection. Exercise sporadic to nothing. Very frustrating. But then I remind myself it's a first world problem!!!! So I just need to suck it up <em>20</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:22:49 EST NEWBIE . . . SORT OF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55622525 I actually have been a "lurker" since 2010. At times I get really excited and jump on board, then I lose my motivation and stop. I saw a recent picture of myself from my brother's wedding. I was astonished to realize that I was that large! In my mind I never thought of myself as that large, but the proof was right there staring me in the face. Then I turned 45. The real "turning point" came just a little over a week ago when a young local girl died of childhood cancer. She fought a yea... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:13:21 EST I'm New-ish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55615250 I signed up over a year ago, and really wasn't serious enough about losing weight....this time I am!! It's time. All the very best to all of you! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:20:34 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55611154 Hey Friends, I'm new to the group all though I should have been in here two years ago lol, so yeah I'm 41 and I just realized I was still in the 30 somethings group, lol <BR> <BR> <em>86</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:48:29 EST New and overwelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55603817 I'm new and overwelmed. I have 100 lbs to lose and I just feel like I can't get started and keep gaining weight. I have a medical condition which makes it hard to exercise.. I'm frusterated and can definately use buddies. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:11:22 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55591894 Hi everyone...just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I am 46 year old mom of 2. I'm looking to lose 110 lbs by November 2014. We'll see how it goes...I'm going to give it my best. Is anyone using any of the firm DVDs? I've heard of the new Zip one but I have the old Aerobics with weights dvd I'm going to start using again...although I'm dreading the sore muscles. I plan on doing the dvd 2 days a week and 3 days on the treadmill for 45 minutes. I hope I survive it!!! Anyway, hope ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:39:30 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55566457 Hi my name is Gina. I want to lose 100 pounds or so. I hope to find and give support in this group! I seem to have trouble sticking with healthy eating so maybe this will help me stay on track. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 17:48:52 EST Sort of new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55558860 I have been a part of Spark People before but life has sort of taken its toll with me. One of my longest and dearest friends passed away a few weeks ago and the young age of 44 with a 10 year old, 15 year old and 24 year old. It was a wake up call for me that taking care of my health is so important and can't take a back seat to lifes issues as they will always be there. I have successfully taken off 35 pds over the last year and I have maintained that loss for about 6 months but now it is t... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 01:17:57 EST Afraid of losing weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55531784 I've just started back to Spark after yet again another fall off the wagon. I've been doing well and lost 10lbs so far. Not very excited yet because that's typically what I lose within the first 2 weeks. What was nice was fitting into a new pair of pants <em>104</em> . What I started thinking about today was though.... I know it's a little weird but I've been almost afraid to lose weight. I've been 140+ pounds overweight for almost 20 years give or take 20 lbs. Even though I hate the weight... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:51:07 EST Has anyone tried Hot Yoga???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55512515 Looking for info on how it felt. As in, does carrying a lot of extra weight make it next to impossible? I've heard it's supposed to be good for dropping some weight. And not just the sweat you lose that day. <em>20</em> I need to jumpstart my workouts. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:54:48 EST so I had to buy a new scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55502753 <em>40</em> as y 9 yr old broke my cheapie hand dial one. And sadly.....my old scale weighed 7 lbs lighter/off. While I logically know that I didn't gain.....it was a bit crushing!!!! And that means I started off heavier than I thought. Brings to mind that NFL player post!!!! I'm am an admitted scale fanatic....not a good thing to be but I've accepted myself!!! So now I'm just gonna work twice as hard to get back to where I thought I was!!!!!! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:03:36 EST Hi from WV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55497480 Hello :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and rekindled to spark people :) <BR> <BR> I'm from WV and currently working toward the paleo/primal lifestyle. I've found that eating this way just makes me feel better. I have about 100 lbs in total to lose. I work full time and go to school so I exercise at home as I don't have time for much else. <BR> <BR> It would be great to make some real accountability partners here. <BR> <BR> Feel free to friend me :) Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:05:57 EST New to Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55494163 Hello All, my name is Christine and I'm new to this site. I just found out that I have Diabetes and hypothyroidism and I need to completely change my lifestyle. I have meds for my thyroid but my doctor has given me a chance to manage my diet before medication, so here I am! I've heard great things about Spark People, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 23:58:42 EST Gremlins Gigi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55484918 Hello, <BR> My name is Eva. I am new to this site. I am not sure what exactly to do here. <BR> A little about me: I am a widow. I lost my husband 3 yrs ago to cancer. I made a decision at that time to get healthy as I am also a grandmother of two adorable Gremlins. That is what I call them because they are cute to look at but hell on wheels. Anyway I want to be here to see them grow up and do whatever life is going to have them do! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 08:42:48 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55479350 Hi. My name is Loren and I've been on Sparkpeople for six month. <em>524</em> The team I was on ran a 5k in June, I proudly ran with them, and there's been very little activity there since. I've tried to keep some dialogue open but with little response. I went to the team's page to see if anything new was going on and I got a message stating that the team leader had not posted a message within the last 60 days and the I was more than welcome to inform that person that I wanted to be the ne... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:07:52 EST New Month ahead of us!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55477228 Can y'all believe it is November already? Time change this weekend.....at least it's the good one :) Time to start seriously changing up exercise routines for those of us in wet/cold climates. What are some of you winter exercise plans? Do you take a class? Or 2? Buy good weather gear and stay outside anyway? What keeps you inspired? Inquiring minds are waiting for your ideas!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:22:47 EST Time to get real. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55463519 I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55452757 I'm new to Spark People and I am looking forward to starting this journey to a healthy lifestyle. There is a long road ahead of me and I have just taken the first step. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:11:02 EST 9 weeks out from hernia surgery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55445316 and my belly button finally healed up. YAAAY. I was able to do light weights and squats today. Have I said a few time how much I've missed my weights??? <em>20</em> I am sooooo mentally ready to take a fun exercise class. Physically, need to build up some basic core strength so I don't injure myself. But I am on the next phase. I am so excited I could cry!!!! I would like to drop 20 more lbs for my initial goal. But I would really like to drop 30 lbs more total. That would be awfully... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:46:43 EST my littlest man was so sweet today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55431052 I've been sick and haven't been able to walk. I told him we were getting some minutes in and he was all "I want 4 miles today". He rides his bike while I walk. I'm all, I can't breathe from the chest cold but I'll try. He would circle back and say "you're walking faster Momma, you can do it". So 4 miles we did. <em>104</em> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:26:45 EST weight coming off slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55427785 Started at spark people last month. Down another 4lbs,for a total of 35 since April. Last 4 have come off to slowly even with excercise and counting calories. What am I doing wrong? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:04:10 EST 18 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1343x11750x55409538 Down 18 pounds :) 10 over the last few months that I kept off, and 8 in he last three weeks, when I actually started trying :) It is motivation to keep it up :) Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:40:26 EST A New Life For an Old Wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55406894 Hi all, I'm just getting back into the swing of things but want to stop by and say stay engaged! If your like me and you don't have anybody close that needs to loose weight with you then you have to encourage yourself! Stay with it, it will pay off. And I'm going to keep saying it 13 down and more to go let's get moving! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:59:43 EST Here's motivation for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55389042 Have you ever watched TV and see former NFL players whether they are doing sports commentating or in a reality show and two of the former NFL buddies joke around about how big they are and one is like 'whoa you are a giant Teddy Bear, what are you now?' and the other ex-NFLer responds 'I'm 280 and 6'6""...and you say to yourself: OMG, I am a woman, a foot shorter and many pounds heavier than 280 lbs. These guys are linebackers! <BR> <BR> If I am ever feeling unmotivated, I just think of ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:57:15 EST New person need to lose 190lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55365539 I have been trying to lose weight since I had my children 18 years ago! At first I only had to lost about 75lbs ....well here I am years later and my goal is up to 190 and my knees hurt and I have high blood pressure! <BR> <BR> I want to lose enough weight by Christmas in order to get rid of my blood pressure pills as a gift to myself and my children. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:27:00 EST Almost time for Walking Dead.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55335269 any other zombie fans out there? I'm actually a Norman Reedus fan. Keeping to my workout plan for my new pic with him!!!! 3 1/2 months til comi-con time. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:52:53 EST We're halfway thru Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55335237 how are you all doing getting your exercise in? It's been sunny (very unusual for WA) so I have been enjoying walking outside. But I know the wet and the dark are coming!!!! Time to make the winter exercise plan!!! Are you ready for winter? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:49:44 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55331593 I am new here. Started today. I here been over weight most of my life. It's time to get my health back. I have tried diet after diet I lose then gain it back. I'm thinking if I have a group of people behind me I can do it. <BR> De Anna Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:12:56 EST sweets/desert after a meal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55315566 I'm struggling with needing to eat something sweet or like desert after I eat dinner or a late afternoon meal. After breakfast I'm okay lunch is a bit more iffy but after diner ughhhh. I feel like it "seals" the meal or completes it. If I don't have desert I will tend to keep eating as if the meals not over? Growing up we usually had a desert after dinner as well, but you would think being close to 50 I would have outgrown that <em>30</em> I've tried low cal deserts like low fat puddling,... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:49:39 EST New and need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55261550 Hello, New to website and looking to meet people to help get me off the excuse wagon and start getting my life back. :) Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:25:49 EST Am new, and in the Gift of Desperation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55255653 Hi, All: <BR> <BR> OMG, I am hitting a TERRIBLE bottom with this food addiction. <BR> I am desperate to get abstinent again. This is a really, really scary <BR> addiction. I am very frustrated with the level of hyper-control in FA, <BR> and the out-of-control virtually no abstinence in OA, both in my area. <BR> I am hopping into the wonderful SparkPeople to see how this might be <BR> for me in my quest to STOP the psycho-eating at the rock bottom of <BR> food addiction. It is amazing: I'm no... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 03:53:20 EST Looking for easy, play on word Halloween costumes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55255516 Like I was Deviled Egg. I'm thinking Queen bee. Little yellow and black posterboard. A nice Queen crown.....some antenna. Any ideas???? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 02:16:49 EST Help! Sound the Alarm!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55244459 I am starving all the time these last few days. I normally have to make myself eat in the morning. My "cravings" don't usually hit til the late afternoon slump. But I am hungry. Like take me to a party with a buffet and let me go. Craving so much chocolate and peanut butter. Like roll the peanut butter covered teaspoon in the bowl of mini choc chips. What's the deal??My brain has been taking over by "when can I eat" I'm coming up on the last big healing jump for the 3 surgeries. Hitting... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:41:57 EST I'm new too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55206769 Hi everybody... My name is Karry and I'm a 44 year old mother of two.... Ages 25 and 16. I've been married since age 18 to the same wonderful man! He has loved me thru the years even though I gained up to 262lbs at one point on a 5 ft frame... That's pretty bad. I've lost weight a couple of times over the years, once on phen-fen and the other on my own. I know how to do it but keeping it off is a lot harder! I currently weigh 221 lbs and want to lose 100 lbs for good! I hope I can get some su... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:28:02 EST New too, and needing help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55194417 Hi. My name is Katherine. I am 46 years old and over the past year I have gained 100 lbs, and I have lost myself. <BR> I was basically in a pharmaceutical coma and I stopped doing pretty much anything. Except eating. And taking care of my family. But the meds weren't helping me long term and the weight gain made my depression worse. So I haven taken myself in hand, weaned off the meds and am now really needing some help and encouragement to get back into some kind of reasonable shape. I want... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:42:04 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55189268 Hello! I joined Curves three months ago, since joining I have lost about 20 pounds. I was doing so well and then I hit a wall (that I ate my way through). I gained 9 pounds one week and 4 the next. Last week I stayed the same and this week I lost 1.2 pounds. With so much weight to lose it gets overwhelming. I have been going to Curves every day M-F and I just recently got an exercise bike that I use a few times a week. I can only use it for about 5-6 minutes but it is a start, and I ha... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:34:45 EST 6weeks out from surgery & I'm back to 60mins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55182008 walking at a time. <em>244</em> I'm soooooo happy!!!!! Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:41:37 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55168819 Hey all. Just joined sparkspeople today. Been trying to lose for awhile now, been a yo-yo loser (gain a lb, lose a lb) trying to figure out how to just lose with no gain! Hoping I'll find the help I need here. <BR> <BR> Kar :) Mon, 7 Oct 2013 00:00:03 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55140037 Work it like you mean it!!!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:09:46 EST Finally getting to it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55133605 I have been a spark people member for a while, but just now being brave and jumping in..I am not one to put myself out there publically, but I have got to get healthy, mentally and physically.I have lost 17 lbs this year and have a long long way to go. <BR> My best friend and I were on the same journey but she gets derailed alot and i generally follow her. I'm hoping to be accountable to myself and make myself proud. My ultimate goal is to lose to 200lbs, which means I have 143 lbs to go *si... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 23:00:40 EST 5 weeks from the surgery. ..trying to get back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55121141 to normal. OK. Maybe not normal. The mesh part of the 3-1 surgery is taking FOREVER to heal up. Still swollen, belly button not healed yet. I don't know if anyone else has had the mesh repair for a hernia but my body is sooooo not liking it!!!!! I am still very restricted. It's hard to sit or drive. I have been able to increase the cardio time but 3 miles at a time is my max. At least I've been able to take 2 minutes a mile off. That turtle speed was depressing!!! It was definitely wo... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:53:11 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55118124 Hello Everyone! Jumping in with both feet here. I registered for this site awhile ago but never did anything with it.. Recently I finally got my act together and started carb cycling about 3 weeks ago. I feel fabulous! I have a long road ahead of me but for the first time in a very long time I feel like I may just meet that goal once & for all. I'm very hopeful anyways! I have been on and off several diets over the course of the last few years and for the first time I really feel as if I'm *n... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:54:52 EST How do you deal with the overwhelming number on th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x55113114 scale, ie when I think of the need to loose 170 lbs minimum it is so overwhelming and daunting seems impossible. <BR> Add to that the past history of success then failure repetitive etc. <BR> Don't mean to be a negative Nellie but I'd be happy to hear how others faced this at the beginning? Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:42:15 EST Lurked long enough.....time to jump in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55079176 I have been lurking off and on since 2007. I shake my head and think I could have met and/or exceeded any goal in that time. I have let myself go and I truly believe I have hit my bottom and it is time for a change. I have been heavy all my life and have struggled with my weight since in my teens. I just turned 49 and I want to be on the way to ONELANDER by the time I hit 50. I have also noticed that I don't have a stride in my walk any more, I WADDLE!!! I can't live like this any longe... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:33:27 EST First timer signing on :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x55019440 Well after much disappointment with trainers and diets here I am trying something new. I could use all the help I can get. I am especially needing to get a fitness program together. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment or whatever...not much of forum user so not sure what to call it. Anyhow here I am and ready to go. I was kinda shocked as I entered todays food at how much calories I had already consumed and I just had lunch. Oh well hopefully veggies are freebies :D... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:26:48 EST a new day...a new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54964651 Hello! Well its a little difficult for me to introduce myself. Its so much easier to talk about anything and everything than it is to talk about me. So for now I will stick to the basics. I am a female. There that wasn't so hard..I will try another. I'm married and have two beautiful daughters. (As if daughters could be anything but beautiful) huh! this intro isn't so hard. Ummmm...uh oh...I've got writers block. Sheesh! Figures! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:01:07 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54952325 Just dropping a note to say... I'm here! Not sure where this road will lead but hopefully to a new and improved ME! I have taken a year off of work to improve my physical and mental self. So, let it begin! <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> D Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:56:31 EST I am new here too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54941445 Just wanted to introduce myself and wish everyone success! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:40:25 EST Hi everyone! Looking for your advice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54887398 I have been on Sparkpeople for a long time, however I haven't gotten serious about it - until now. Last winter I had both my knees replaced.. Since then I have lost about 62 pounds and definitely want to keep going. I have another 110 to reach my goal. Currently I go for a mile to mile and a half walk most days and ride my exercise bike for about 60 minutes. I have been watching what I eat and counting carbs because I am pre-diabetic. What I am hoping you can help me with is some other good e... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:04:52 EST Another Newbie!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54882123 I'm brand new to the site and learning where everything is at. I am 48 years old and was told by my doctor today that I needed to get fit or I wasn't going to live past 60. So here I am...ready for the new healthy me!! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:27:28 EST Have you all ever tried Dietbet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54876592 My friend and I signed up to do this we started our own my older son did this awhile ago and won 60 bux. We put the bet at 15 dollars and basically you need to lose 4 percent of your bodyweight in 4 weeks. It helps keep you motivated when there is money on the line. <BR> <BR> http://www.dietbetter.com/games/24003 <BR> <BR> You dont have to join it is just an invite to check it out :) <BR> <BR> this is our game but there are plenty others to choose from <BR> <BR> and I actually joined a ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:38:30 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54859287 I'm new here. I am 49 and have 100+ pounds to lose. I'm excited and hopeful that I can do it. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:13:10 EST Need lots of advice and tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54851327 Hi my name is Sharon and I am trying to lose weight. I started last year and lost 80 pounds. I was doing very well on my own and making such great progress when I injured my knee. Torn Meniscus disc, after surgery and during PT my doctor told me to get back to exersicing the sooner I did it the better. Well I'm not so sure this was good advise since after just 3 months I am back in a lot of pain in the knee down to my ankle, anyway I'm going back to the doctors soon. but need advise of wa... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:48:43 EST How do I get motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54850878 I know it is in my best interest, I know my health is at serious risk but I'm an emotional eater and I find it so difficult to avoid giving in to cravings. <BR> I have every reason to be motivated but I am constantly having to fight with myself to get things going in the right direction. <BR> I know only I can do this but somehow I need to get a kickstart. <BR> I do find it overwhelming looking at needing to loose 170lbs. <BR> Any advice will be appreciated. <BR> I am just learning how to use... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:14:28 EST Honest question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54828742 I wonder how important it is to go to meetings. <BR> I know, we all know, that studies show that people who go to meetings do better, but if you are really determined, do you need them? <BR> I like going to meetings. It gets me out of the house and keeps me accountable. However the only meeting available to me-well, I'm not crazy about my leader, and I'm wondering, now that I have all the tools, and a group on line to exchange ideas and commiserate with, should I keep shoveling out the cash?... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 17:05:44 EST recovering from surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54818047 surgery was a lot more painful than I was expecting. Especially the mesh hernia repair. It goes from my sternum down to belly button and is very painful and limiting. I am actually surprised how depressed I am. I know a lot of it is the lack of exercise. Going from 16-17 miles a day to it hurts to cough has way cut down on my happy chemicals. But it's also the amount swelling and fluid. I weigh more now than when I went in. I know, I know, what kind of idiot gets on a scale 4 days after... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:43:42 EST New to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54813097 Good morning everyone. I am Onyay and I am new to this site. I am a little shy so I find it hard to work out outside of the home. I enjoy walking when its not too hot but I would love to find someone in my area willing to partner with me on this to help me through. I need a lot of motivation due to a couple health issues I have had. Looking forward to seeing what this site has to offer and hope to meet new people in the process. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:28:19 EST How do you motivate a preteen or teen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54792428 It am finding it very hard to get my 13 year old motivated to eat better in terms of portion size. How do you tell them that a certain serving is enough without making them feel attacked which could make them want to eat more and more? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:48:05 EST Help! I am addicted to eating fast food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54780046 Help! I am addicted to eating fast food! The only day I dont hit a drive thru is Sunday becasue I dont leave the house. otherwise its 1-3 meals a day! I will have healthy food in fridge - meal ready to go and STILL go out and eat. How can I stop this cycle?!! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:48:36 EST Best decision I've made all year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54777573 I just jumped on the scale this morning and saw I was another pound and a half down in about 4 days. All I've been doing is walking around two apartment buildings in my complex but I've been doing it 2 to 4 times a day, thanks to my two little rescue dogs. They're two little Pomeranians, each less than 8 pounds themselves, and they're the best trainers I've ever had! <BR> My complex has a free gym, which I haven't used in the 8 months I've been here. I wasted $500 on gym memberships in the l... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:20:15 EST new to spark people struggling, love feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54756094 Hi there I am new to the program. I have been heavy all my life with periods of more control throughout the years. My youngest son is 24, I should have the baby fat off by now. <BR> I've been doing a medical wt loss program with a hospital program in Ontario. <BR> I've learnt a lot about nutrition. I am quite overweight and have health issues that make exercise challenging but not impossible. I need all the motivation and inspiration I can get. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:36:57 EST New and ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54745117 Hello everyone! I am a 40 year old wife, mother of two, and need to lose about 120 lbs. How in the world did I get to this point?? This past fall, I had a severe health issue that placed me in months of physical therapy, steroids, and some serious life changes. I developed fibromyalgia and now have chronic pain. I went from working full time, to now being at home temporarily with my two kids. I purchased a Nutribullet and am going to be using that along with cleaner eating, and walking.... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:44:47 EST I am really hoping this works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54732624 I was scouting the internet for yet another diet plan (a high protein diet) and came across this page. I am ready and willing to get started and I hope with your help I will be able to lose a massive amount of weight and keep it off this time. Any help is appreciated. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:10:00 EST Eating out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54716555 What are some good tips for staying on track when eating out? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:33:40 EST new guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54711939 hello <BR> ummm sorry not sure how these thread things work or if iam doing this right, im 42 fat want to lose 120lbs but i have no help no money no support. Any suggestions? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:20:44 EST Hey I'm new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54706033 Hey I'm new! Browsing around this seemed to be a very positive and helpful team so I just joined. I am new to sparkpeople but so far its great! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:32:46 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54688816 I am really excited about starting Spark for my weight lose goals! Take care!! <em>30</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:37:10 EST Emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54678705 What are some tips that help stop emotional eating? I have to admit that I struggle with emotional eating and would love some suggestions to control it! Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:46:40 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54678696 Hello. I didn't see a welcome thread so I just made a new topic. Hope that is okay. I was on Spark a long time ago but am starting fresh again. Just stopping in to say hello! <BR> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:46:00 EST 4 1/2 hours til surgery.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11750x54661298 obviously I'm not sleeping. I will try to get an update to all you lovelies. But I think the first couple of days I will be down for the count. Thanks for all the love and support!!!! Couldn't have gotten here without all y'all standing behind me. Strive for you goals ladies!!!! you can reach them!!!! <em>248</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 03:59:07 EST I am New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54659054 That's right, fresh on the wagon. Actually, I am niot new to extreme weight loss, but am back on the road for myself again. Father of 5 kids, husband, writer and analyst. I want to run triathlon, with my goal of running an Ironman within 3 years. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:51:19 EST New To The Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x11750x54657098 Hi ... <BR> I'm new to the team, but not to Sparkpeople. I joined SP in 2008 and have lost and kept off 64 pounds. I've been on hiatus for the last year or so and am back again for another round of losing <BR> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:49:25 EST