SparkPeople 40 somethings with 100+ pounds to lose Team Messageboard 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 Fat and flying on airplane next week 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 :) 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 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! 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! 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!! 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! 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? 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! 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 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 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!!! 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 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! 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 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 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! 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 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?) 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! 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 <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! 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?" 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?!!?!?!! 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 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 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 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 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! 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! 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 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! 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 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! 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? 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 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!!! 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! 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 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 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. 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 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 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.. 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 :) 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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!!!!! 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 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 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 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 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) 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.... 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 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...... 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 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 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! 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 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 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" 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! 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 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 . Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:43:31 EST New Member: Steph Short 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 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 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? 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.... 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 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? 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 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.... 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 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 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 Finally truly committing to a group. Looking forward to watching everyone's success. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:58:07 EST Favourite Spark Recipe 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 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! 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 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? 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! 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 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 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 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 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 :) 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 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 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! 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 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..... 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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? 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 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 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! 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..... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..... How are you feeling about your "new year"? Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:14:15 EST Made a Calendar 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) sitting down to finish homework and ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:47:36 EST posted a blog about this Love Myself More 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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..... 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 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'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 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 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! 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 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! Getting back on track. I've lost 10 pounds since Christmas. Tracking works!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:32:51 EST New to commitment 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! 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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? trying to shock my body and get off this plateau. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:16:23 EST New to Spark People, Yoyo vet 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 .... 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 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 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? 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! 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 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 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!!! 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! 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!!!! <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? 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 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 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 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.... 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 will come off because eventually, even my super-stubborn fat HAS... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:31:48 EST Newbie 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 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? Stuck with my plan!! Feels good <em>345</em> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:34:56 EST Battle Plan Turkey in Effect 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 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! 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? 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 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 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 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!!!!! 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. 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 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..... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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???? 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 <em>40</em> as y 9 yr old broke my cheapie hand dial one. And old scale weighed 7 lbs lighter/off. While I logically know that I didn't 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 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! 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 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 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!!! Can y'all believe it is November already? Time change this 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. 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! 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... 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.... 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 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 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 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... 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 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.... 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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!!! 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! 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! 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 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 walking at a time. <em>244</em> I'm soooooo happy!!!!! Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:41:37 EST New here! 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 Work it like you mean it!!!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:09:46 EST Finally getting to it.. 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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! Just wanted to introduce myself and wish everyone success! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:40:25 EST Hi everyone! Looking for your advice. 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!! 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? 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> <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 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 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? 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. 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 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 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 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! 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! 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 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! 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! 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 What are some good tips for staying on track when eating out? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:33:40 EST new guy 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! 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! 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 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 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.... 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! 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 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 I'm new My birthday was yesterday, I don't feel old enough to be 42. I have been overweight since I was a kid. I know I eat my feelings because I don't want to be a bother to anyone. I am going to start dealing with how I feel. I'm tired of being out of breath, I'm afraid of taking the kids to the amusement park (I don't want to not be let on a ride because of my weight), I am tired of buying clothes in the plus section. Tired of feeling bad about myself when I have the means to fix the problem.... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:25:01 EST hi hi, I've been away a while now, maybe 3 years or so, still working towards my goal - has been hard but worth it, I feel so much better now Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:35:04 EST it says... There are 71 plus thousand people in this group. Where are y'all? I'm fixin to be 41 and I want to hear about all the great things that come with bein in the 40's. So, y'all come tell me about what rocks about being 40? <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:02:30 EST Getting nervous for surgery day!!!! 4 more regular days then I am on that table. I am trying to be excited about all the hernia repairs and tuck. But I am mostly freaking out. I've looked pregnant for the last 15 1/2 years due to the large ventral hernia. I won't know who the person in the mirror is when it's gone!!!!! The 10, yes 10, typed pages of all the things that could go wrong during the surgery that I had to go over and sign yesterday did not help my stress levels!!! Anyone whose done part of or all the same surgery... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:28:33 EST New to Spark! Hello, I just found Spark on Pinterest and I have been actively trying to be healthier for 2 weeks now. I am walking about 2 miles, but it has been on and off, not consistant. I currently work 3 dyas on and 3 days off with a 12.5 hour shift and 1 hour travel time so that is why so on and off for me. I change jobs on 9/9/13 and will have much better hours but the same drive time. I have made a lot of healthier choices for food, but the husband who is not dieting will bring bad things home, Bur... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:01:52 EST hey Hi I've been to spark people before, but have always been afraid to post and stayed behind the scenes and then seem to disappear. I have a better attitude this time around and I wont disappear this time...I have quite a few pounds to lose finally. taking care of myself instead of others takes a while to get use to...LOL but i'm going to have fun losing the pounds...hope to get to talk to you all more... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:12:25 EST Blessed i can do it This is my first week of my new life of loosing 100 pounds i have the mindset i can make it happen i know i will have bad days i will take it day by day Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:06:42 EST Hello to all!! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself... My name is Kelly and I'm brand new here... Looking to change my eating habits, eat healthy, be more active... Feel better... Looking for support from others on the same journey... Life is to short not to live it to its fullest... Good luck to all who are here and I hope to make lots of friends along the way... GOD bless us all Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:02:36 EST ignore...just learning to navigate Mods please erase :) TY Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:55:56 EST New Hi! My name is Penny. I was on Sparkpeople years ago, but a divorce and adjusting to being a single mom of 3 got in the way. I'm ready to make my health a priority again, and am back. Long term, I have around 125 pounds to lose. But I'm not thinking about that for now. For now all I'm worrying about is getting in better health overall, and the first 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:59:40 EST Greetings!! Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and so far I'm blown away by this community of support. I have struggled with my weight my entire life and I'm hoping this is the last time I have to begin the fight. I'm feeling very motivated and determined especially knowing that I can always come here when the temptation to grab something unhealthy arises. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:31:13 EST New to this board Hello sparkies! I am not new to sparkpeople. I have done this program before but without much determination. I am determined to succeed this time as I am now 45 and have been overweight all of my life. I am tired of watching life go by and admiring my friends for enjoying it while I just look at their pictures. Time for me to have fun too! Also, I have a 13 year old son who is going to be doing spark teens. He is a big kid at 5' 10" but he weighs 217 Lbs. so we will be doing this together <B... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:29:43 EST Proud Moment I have a habit of when I get really depressed and stressed out about something I hop in my truck and take a drive and make my way into town and pick up a burger, a shake, some kind of sundae, SOMETHING...That's my 'thing'...Yesterday, I had one of my moments and had to go for a drive...I drove all over, through town, saw all my usual stops and passed right by them thinking to myself that none of those places will make me feel better but just worse for eating the crap I'll get from there...I m... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:37:22 EST hello i am new here at spark people. I just signed up for spark people today. I just could not commit to a weight loss program till now. My name is Tammy and I have been obese for at least 23-24 years. I have medical issues that revolves around my obesity: . hypertension, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, arthritis and depression are most of my diagnosis. Now I am motivated for my weight loss journey. Just keeping my motivation is the key tom success. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:01:04 EST I am new I am new to this weight loss program. I have tried all types of diets and nothing has worked. I am motivaed and ready to loss all this excess weight. <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 21:43:36 EST new & determined Hi! I'm new here but NOT new to dieting. My name is Tracey aka Peppers I'm 41, 5'9 and I weigh 300 lbs I have lost 11 lbs so far. I have been overweight my whole life and have been on so many programs they worked for a while and then i'd go right back and gain the weight. But I always did this for someone else and NEVER for me. But this time its for me not my boyfriend, his kids, my family, not my friends but for ME and ONLY me, I hope to meet like minded people that are on the same journey a... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:19:12 EST I'm new Hi everyone. I've been on here for a year or two but I have never known how to use this... <BR> I am a RN, Speaker and entrepreneur. I know a lot about nutrition and eating right but am CARB ADDICTED!!! <BR> <BR> I really want to learn to use this and succeed. I've lost 60-70 pounds 10+ times over the past 25 years but I've never lost all 100+ that I need too!!! <BR> <BR> I am a motivational speaker and trainer. I can keep others on track but not so good about keeping myself on track. Ni... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:57:12 EST New, yet Old; and Scared Hello, I'm new to Spark, but old to dieting and exercising. But more than either, I'm scared. Scared that I'll never be fit again. <BR> Day One Journey, here I come. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:49:36 EST Hello! I'm not yet 40 but I hope you won't hold that against me! :) I'm on the brink, and that alone has rekindled this flame to refocus and start over... again. I have at least 100 to lose and my (ahem) easy-peasy goal is to lose 40 by 40, but Spark gets all overzealous and suggests I can lose 102 by then. We shall see! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:01:31 EST Tinny Im a 44 yr old female who has been battling weight for about 10 years now. I have alot of health issues. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:22:19 EST Back on Spark People. Saying hello. <em>213</em> Hi everyone. I was in this group a few years back. I'm back on Spark People and trying to keep on track with my food and loose 100 pounds. I'm very overwhelmed and feel like its never going to happen sometimes. I'm tired of hating the way I look and feel. Any motivation is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:35:31 EST I did it, 15lb loss target met!!! On June 11th I went in for my first surgical consult and asked the surgeon point blank how much more weight I needed to lose for best results. She said 15lbs more. And I was bumming. Because I really, really wanted my surgery done at the end of July. My weight loss was steady.....but slow. I am more of a turtle loser. While I considered Medifast; I doubled up my exercise and really stayed to the lower end of my calorie range. And today, July 29th I hit that 15lb goal. Unfortunately, t... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:45:56 EST over 100 to lose .... I have a million excuses and still I am using them this morning as I"m writing this here .... I didn't get truly over weight til I sTarted having children... The first round was a set of twin girls .. Yep when straight over the top gained right up to around 225.. But I lost it back to 175.. four months later I was pregnant with my son... back up to 230 this time ... but I only went back to 190 this time ... Now mind you I was and still am short 5'2 ... When I graduated I weight in at 140 ...... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:01:51 EST Hi I'm Staci I have been battling my weight since my first child 22 years ago...I feel like an addict typing on here confessing LOL but honest I do take it serious I have High Blood Pressure at 43 and have had for 4 years now and bad circulation in one leg. I am very active with my two children I have at home, but am limited to things such as its difficult to put on my shoes and certain vehicles aren't comfortable and even plane rides. I need to do this for ME..I just need to stay close to tracking and st... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:11:12 EST new here hi I am happy to finally be doing something for me and not everyone else I look forward in to chat with you all soon. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:16:27 EST 13 of the 15lb target GONE!!! Firm surgery date of August 26th. Finally all these hernia things will be fixed!!!! Hoping to lose a couple extra and make it an even 90lbs gone by then!!!!! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 01:41:07 EST I'm new here and would like to make new friends I am new here and would love to meet others as well as offer each other moral support. Please add me as a friend. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:35:41 EST Hi,I am new here. Hi ,I am new and just started yesterday.I find the site very user friendly.I do not have any spark friends yet,but I am working on that.Looking forward to getting healthy and fit again. I live in Ontario Canada,in a small town of about 1500 people.I am married,do not have any children but I have 2 cats,I am 48,and diabetic,have been for well over 20 years.I look forward to getting to know as many people as I can.Have a wonderful day. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:20:59 EST I'm New Today I'm just getting started today...I'm excited and looking forward to starting my weight loss journey. Hoping to find some motivation and encouragement and looking forward to meeting some wonderful people and staying with it this time. <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:28:42 EST I'm new and need to lose twice my goal weight. Hello, I'm pushing 50, I need to lose twice my goal weight and so far I haven't done so. I'm hoping to get the tools and motivation I need here at Spark People. As you can guess, I'm pretty sedentary. I don't really eat a lot. I cook for all guys in my family. I'm thinking it's not really how much I'm eating, but rather what I'm eating. So anyway that's the summary of why I'm here. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:25:33 EST Hi! I'm a new member here and I'm hoping to find someone who can keep me motivated on my workout routine by simply contacting me daily (M-F) via the computer. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:52:50 EST New/Fresh Start Hi everyone! My name is April and I'm new. I am 40 and want to change my life. I am so tired of carrying around all this extra weight. I enjoy belly dancing and I'm in school to be a personal trainer. I figured jumping in and going to school for that would give me no choice but to get this weight off. :) Cannot wait to meet others and share the journey. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:48:27 EST Gluten Free & Feeling Great! I've been gluten free for the past 3 weeks & have so much more energy! I decided to try a gluten-free diet because I had 7 out of the 10 symptoms for gluten sensitivity. Mainly, I was sick of feeling so tired & sleepy after each meal . . . to the point I didn't want to eat if I wanted to stay awake--ugh! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there gluten-free & can share their experience? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:05:23 EST Newbie here! Hello everyone! <BR> I am 46 years old and have 127lbs to lose. I just learned about and and learning to navigate my way around this site. I am excited to get started on my journey to health. <BR> If anyone has any tips/advice for me on how to best use this site to lead me to victory, please let me know. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:07:11 EST Just another howdy... Hi, everyone - <BR> <BR> Just another new member saying hello! <BR> <BR> I'm 47, 5'10", 303 pounds (down from 308), and I've finally gotten serious about my health. Obesity is now literally threatening my life - that's when I start to take it personally. I've made some changes toward this, but thought I'd come in and see what the whole SparkThing is about. <BR> <BR> I'm following Alton Brown's general guidelines on food, which I find much easier - instead of concentrating on what I CAN'T e... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:43:42 EST Starting Again I am new here and starting once again to try to lose my weight. I am currently visiting family in the states. I will be flying back to South Korea this weekend. My husband works there. <BR> <BR> We have 2 boys, ages 4 and 8. I want to lose weight to get healthy, be more active with my family, and look better. :) Look forward to encouraging each other on this team! :) Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:56:30 EST New to all this Hello, I'm Anne. I just found this site today and it looked really supportive. My goal is to stop being lazy and actually put in the work to get slim and healthy. I want to be able to run more than an 1/8th of a mile and not wheeze when I'm done. I want to get out and enjoy life and not just watch it pass me by. I want to be strong like I was in the past. I want to do all the things I said I'd do "when/if I lose weight" horseback riding, karate, flight school... I want to be happy when ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:36:29 EST Lunch Suggesti ns?????? Hey All... <BR> <BR> Through August I'm working down the shore, My commute makes for five 12 hour days a week. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy lunch and don't have any storage options in the office. Until last week, my usual lunch was leftover pasta, yogurt, baby carrots, and various fruits or a cheese sandwich on toast, the baby carrots, various fruits. Sometimes I'd have some trail mix to snack on too. <BR> <BR> Loosing 5 lbs a week, like my wonderful first week, is unrealistic, but... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:00:07 EST Newbie, not sure how to use this I love support, so any encouragment I can get I will be grateful for! My goal at first is to drop 20 lbs. My long term is to drop 140 lbs. I have many health related issues and do battle with depression. I'm pretty shy but working on that too. It's tough!! Thanks <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:53:37 EST Fear and Surgery <em>198</em> <BR> I weigh 306 pounds and I am 43 years old with a six year old daughter. I have type 2 diabetes, high bp, high cholesterol, depression, and borderline anemia. I have started the process for gastric bypass surgery. I am afraid to have the surgery and terrified that I won't see my daughter grow up if I don't. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:14:39 EST hi Hi tryin to get stared nice to be here Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:19:59 EST just signed up...hoping for support Hi everyone! I'm signing up here to see if this might actually help me. U can check my page to see my mini-bio. Its just hard to do this alone. I'm looking for as much support as possible. I have zero self control and pretty much zero self esteem anymore....any help or support is welcome and appreciated... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:21:32 EST just signed up...hoping for support Hi everyone! I'm signing up here to see if this might actually help me. U can check my page to see my mini-bio. Its just hard to do this alone. I'm looking for as much support as possible. I have zero self control and pretty much zero self esteem anymore....any help or support is welcome and appreciated... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:17:48 EST Nutrition Report - LOVE IT The last nutrition app I used before allowed me to scan barcodes on the food I eat. Plus it let me just copy one meal to another. That said, I love this nutrition report and how it breaks everything down for me is amazing. Some of the minerals I'm lacking explain the sever changes I've experienced lately, especially weakness. I'm hoping it will also help with the headaches I've had for months. So excited to get back to the things I've taken for granted. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:33:09 EST semi new and looking for accountability partner! Hey guys - not super new, been lurking - looking for a daily accountability partner(s) and new friends for this journey! Hope you all have had a great weekend!! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:31:49 EST Hi Everyone I'm actually a re-tred here at Spark People but lost my old profile information and now starting all over. Have struggled with my weight all of my life. Just got on the other end of a 30 year battle and looking to re-invent myself. Currently living in the Portland OR area but looking to re-locate and connect with people in the Dallas TX area. Would love to connect with any and all of you. I spend most of my time building people up and supporting home businesses on Facebook and have a Send Ou... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:30:29 EST Okay I'm new...connect with me. Would love to add some friends going on this same journey. <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:18:23 EST Back Again Hi, my name is Stacy and I am 42 and married with three girls. 5, 20 and 21. I am trying to drop 110 lbs. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:15:04 EST