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 grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Daily Accountability - private group Is anyone interested in joining a private daily accountability group? Each day we will be accountable to each other with food exercise and water intake. If you are interested please send me a private message. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:52:50 EST Hey to all you beautiful people! Going to be trying this again. Hope all of you can help keep me motivated. I have two daughters getting married in 2016, so I have to do this! Please help me. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:06:17 EST Newbie Hello, I am new to Spark as of today. I am 41, a wife & mother to 5 children, ages 10-21. I am an office manager so I sit most of the day, usually working 10 hr days, by the time I get home I am exhausted & have no motivation to exercise. Our budget is pretty tight, meaning we have to buy cheap meals for my large family= unhealthy eating. My biggest challenge is going to be buying healthier foods on my slim budget & making time to exercise. My ultimate goal is to lose 125lbs. Theres so many t... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:13:55 EST Hello My name is Maggie and I just joined Sparkpeople this morning. I have struggled with my weight all my life and recently, it's just gotten out of control. I have decided whining about it isn't going to change anything except maybe make me more miserable. It's time to take control and find the real me, someone who doesn't hide to avoid being seen. I'm ready to make this change once and for all and I look forward to joining all of you in OUR new journey! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:00:30 EST Hello My name is Maggie and I just joined Sparkpeople this morning. I have struggled with my weight all my life and recently, it's just gotten out of control. I have decided whining about it isn't going to change anything except maybe make me more miserable. It's time to take control and find the real me, someone who doesn't hide to avoid being seen. I'm ready to make this change once and for all and I look forward to joining all of you in OUR new journey! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:52:56 EST Movement you love Hello groovers. <BR> <BR> I am going to enrol in an adult ballet class that I have discovered near to where I live. <BR> <BR> I'm super unfit and uncoordinated and slouchy so I figure this is a way to counter that. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried adult ballet? <BR> <BR> What other activities have you wanted to try but haven't? <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:50:01 EST Hello I am very happy to have found this group. My name is Alison and I am going to be turning 41 next Friday. I have been trying to lose weight for awhile now and am happy with my progress to date going from 309 lbs to 274.8 lbs. My goal weight is 200 lbs and once I reach that I will then evaluate if I want to lose more weight. <BR> <BR> I have had a difficult year emotionally as I battled with the decision to have/not have gastric bypass surgery. In the end....even though I was approved, I... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:18:44 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST What's your superficial reason to lose weight? not being healthy etc, but something small that has meaning to you... <BR> <BR> Mine is to wear knee boots/riding boots. Another would be to stop folding my hands over my front when I sit (the fat person pose, trying to take up as little room as possible). <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:22:17 EST Introduction I am looking forward to weight loss. Hopefully I will reach my goal. <em>521</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:54:30 EST I can do this! Hi everyone. My name is Pam. I'm 48 years old & recently moved in with my elderly father to take care of him. In that process I stopped taking care of me. I have many health issues. I have a disease called Lymphedema that makes my whole body retain an ungodly amount of water. Which makes me look 60 pounds or better more than I really am. I also have chronic back pain. My doctor is doing his part in helping me all he can. But, it's getting pretty serious for me as my Diabetes is now out of con... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:40:14 EST Back with a vengeance!! Hi, everyone! I'm back...I deleted my old profile LUVMYCRAZYKIDS...bc that was old news. This is my fresh, clean start! On a positive note (that's part of my goal remain and find positive in every day...even when it's hard!)...I am still 12 lbs LESS than my starting weight on that profile, so ALL was not completely lost! I can't even recall how long it's been...maybe 4 yrs? Not sure. <BR> Anyway, I had a little bit of a health scare yesterday. As I was showering in the morning, my ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:52:06 EST Could someone please delete this post? Thank you. Sorry, I noticed after I posted this that my introduction was posted in all of the team forums. So if someone knows how to delete this one, please do so. Thank you. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:17:08 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows constant... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:08:44 EST Hey I'm obviously new. But definitely an old pro at trying to lose weight. Just looking for encouragement for it to be different this time. I am actually more happy and at peace with life and my body than ever, but I just want to be a better me. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:23:37 EST Hey SparkPeople! hey folks, I am David Smith and I need to lose a lot of weight. My life literally depends on it. I just hope to find some support and meet people that are struggling with weight issues like myself. It's time to stop talking about it and get down to business. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:57:38 EST exercise- what to do next? I've been doing well with walking on the treadmill this past month but want to add in some higher intensity strength training activity, but not sure what. Thinking about using free weights and videos, buying a weight system for my house with different body part stations (like a bowflex), or Zumba DVDs? I'm not a gym person so whatever i do I want it to be something in the house. I have a birth disability with one arm so sometimes doing exercises with my own body weight is a bit tricky. Any id... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:40:46 EST it's coming off 3lbs down. A little over a month to get the lbs off. 2 months of sick + not going to the Dr = Bronchitis. so now i am on horsepill antibiotics and an inhaler. hoping to get back to the gym tomorrow. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:56:00 EST Spark Coach Has anyone tried the Spark Coach feature? Did you like it? Was it successful for you? I am considering it but I know I have to pay after the free month so I am holding out. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:59:11 EST Protein and carbs I have really been tracking my food this week I find I am short on protein and carbs. Does everyone eat just 3 meals a day r several small meals thru out the day. I Have been trying to eat several small meals a day but I'm still hungry I know I need more protein. ive got to find a balance Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:46:01 EST Food Hello everyone, I'm back again trying to start over again. I don't know whether to count calories r carbs. Could someone explain to me how to get more protein in my meals and snacks and how to make a balanced plate of veggies, protein, fats, calories. Etc. I'm confused. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:08:57 EST Hello Everyone I'm Lora and I'm here to lose weight, learn how to eat healthier (on a budget), find exercises that I will do and have fun with. I also want to help my kids and hubby with their weight. I've done it before and I know, with patience, hard work, lots of love and faith I can do it again. Thank you and I hope you all have a blessed day. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:11 EST Hello Everyone I just wanted to say Hi and that I'm here on a new push. Started this weight loss journey weighing in at 425 lbs and over time I managed to loose 75 lbs and maintain the weight at 350 +/- a few lbs. for about two years. I feel like its time to loose some more weight. I pretty much spent this month getting back into a routine of counting calories and exercise regularly. My goal is to loose 100 lbs this year, with a short term goal of 300 by June 1. I'm here looking for support and will... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:07:00 EST Hello, hypocrite.... My dad had a heart attack Jan 11th. He is doing well, he went home a few days later after 2 stents were placed. He feels good and it looks like he didn't have too much heart damage. My dad has been at a perfect weight his whole life, he's an active guy because he's a farmer (79 years old and was still farming last year). <BR> <BR> The day it happened, one of the first things that I thought was, "You can't smoke for 60 years and not expect something to happen." Immediately after that I thoug... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:24:54 EST Can't do it Alone. Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined this team and I'm excited to become part of the the group. I have finally come to realize that I can not do this alone. I need support encouragement and inspiration when I hit rough spots so I don't give up and I'm willing to offer the same. I'm 5'9 and 398.4 lbs. My goal is is 175. It's going to be a long journey but I'm really ready and this time with you guys help I know I'll be able to do it. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:26:31 EST Am I still alive???? Yea I am just a little out of shape: I just did the 20 minute Yogalates video with my daughter and I thought I was going to DIE. SMH never do Yoga or Pilates with a gymnast if you are out of weight! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:10:02 EST Done with the YoYo dieting!But I need help! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Lori and I live with my husband and two teenagers in upstate NY. I am 42 and have been a lifelong over eater. Not to say that I have not made multiple attempts at losing and keeping off the excess weight. I most certainly have. But in the end it waivers and fails and the weight slowly but surely comes back on .. with a few extra pounds to boot. I have noticed lately that my breathing is getting more labored and I have made the choice to look into weight loss surg... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:41:30 EST New, again. Another year and still way overweight. I'm starting over and trying again. I really need to get involved in myself this year. I need to lose weight. I hate feeling this way and criticize myself constantly. I'm really hoping to make the connections I need to get this going and keep me hanging in there when I can't do it. I hope this is a good place to start. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 02:02:11 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone! I'm new to Spark. It's been about 5 years since I've given a serious attempt to losing weight. I think the hiatus might have been good for me after 20 years of yoyoing. I'm convinced that I'm ready to attack this with a vengeance and finally win this battle. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:36:26 EST new to spark people I am an obese 41 year old lady, I am over 200 pounds over my ideal weight. Just trying to start a new healthier way of life: examples, exercising eat more fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and to just feel good overall. I figure it is the start of a new year and a new me. I want to feel good about myself and to do that I need to lose a lot of weight. I know I didn't put this weight on over night and its not going to come off as fast as I want to but it is a lifestyle change for me... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:53:00 EST Not so new new person!! Hi! My name is Tonya. I have been a member of Sparkpeople on and off for a few years. The first time I joined, I was a faithful participant and had great success. My goal for 2015, is to find that success once again. Looking forward to getting this started and getting it done!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:53:33 EST Introduction Hi my name is Loretta and have spent most of the day crying about my weight and now its time to take action. <BR> Good luck to everyone. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:27:15 EST Starting over for the LAST time!! Hi my name is Jody. I lost 25 lbs last year and lost track of my goals. I have gained back about 9 of those pounds. <BR> I deleted all accounts and am looking at this a different way. I am doing this just for me. My health and quality of life has suffered. I know what I need to do and I am going to be doing it. <BR> <BR> I make changes in my life weekly and feel I am a better person than I have ever been. I have a man that loves me dearly. Three beautiful children ranging 16, 25, 25. My goa... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:53:41 EST Hi! I am sorta new here. I actually signed up in 2013, but I never did anything with it. So here I am again!! I would love any encouragement you can give. I will do my best to help and encourage anyone that I can. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:49:00 EST New to spark! Hello, <BR> <BR> Today is my first day with spark people. I am looking forward to losing all the extra weight and gaining healthy habits. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:36:47 EST Needing help to lose weight Hi, my name is Starsassy. I've been on here before but it's been a long time. I'm 45 years old. I have 3 kids & 7grandkids. I'm a proud mom & Nana. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 03:29:11 EST Another newbie! It's time to get serious! Especially since my sweet husband got me an awesome 2 in 1 machine for Christmas. (He didn't think I was serious when I asked for it either!) I'm looking for accountability, so I would love to have some chat buddies! Thanks! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:58:20 EST New Friends I am new to spark people. This is my third day of tracking my food. So far so good. I have not got back on my exercise routine yet. I am 48 years old and have over 100 pounds to loose. I would like to make friends and maybe do some fun activities together with people in my area, who are also trying to achieve a healthier weight! <BR> <BR> If you would like an exercise friend drop me a line. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:49 EST Just Checking In--Week 1 Hello, All! <BR> Just a quick check-in, so I’ll post this to all my teams. <BR> It just hit me earlier this morning that yesterday I completed my first week on SparkPeople, and today is the first day of my second week. I was just pondering how it is going. <BR> First, I worked out at least 30 minutes on 5 of the first 7 days, skipping Saturday and Sunday, which is my plan. <BR> Second, I tracked 5 of the 7 days faithfully. The 2 days I did not track were days in which something knocked me o... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:27:04 EST New here. Hi I'm Margaret. I'm trying to lose 100 lbs. I'm 42 and a single mom. I can use buddies if anyone is interested. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:17:09 EST What is Water???? Hello, All <BR> I’m posting this to a couple of groups, because I’m interested in getting a bunch of feedback on this question. As the topic indicates, my question is simply, “What is water?” <BR> To clarify, for tracking and health purposes, what can I track/count towards my water total: only pure H-2-O, or any liquid that I drink? I drink a lot, but not a whole lot of pure, unflavored water. <BR> So, would you consider my morning coffee (with Splenda and a touch of half and half) to be tr... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:51:10 EST I must be nuts Hello, <BR> Who starts trying to lose weight during the holidays? Apparently me. I have about 120 pounds to lose and I don't think I should wait anymore, even if it is the holidays. I have 3 grown children, 3 furry children and a wonderful new granddaughter. I work PT and go to school FT cause it's time to do what I need to do and that includes getting healthy. Seems like I have tried about everything but just can't seem to get it right. So here I am. Hoping to not only lose the weight, but ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 05:36:26 EST Hello, All! (My Introduction) Hello, All! <BR> Just a brand-spankin’ new Sparks-Person saying “howdy.” My name is Tom, and I’ve decided not to wait until New Year’s to begin doing something about my weight. <BR> I live out in California, in the desert a bit North of Los Angeles. I’m a Christian, and go to an awesome non-denominational Church. I also have an amazing wife, and 3 fantastic kidlets, ages 7, 9, and 11. I myself am 49, 50 in April. <BR> As to why I’m here, too big a question for an introduction post, so I’l... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 01:23:31 EST Protein What I'm having issue with it getting enough protein and fiber in my diet. Anyone have any suggestions??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:56:40 EST Returning & New to Team I was in the 40 something with up to 99 lbs, but felt this group would be more fitting for me, as I am 302 lbs. Though I don't see myself ever losing 100 lbs, let alone be what I am actually suppose to weigh. I've been overweight my whole life. Realistically I would like to see myself below 200 lbs. So I set my first goal at 250. I started at my top weight of 314 when I first came back to Spark and am now down to 302. So progress is being made. <BR> <BR> Glad to be back!!! :) Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:55:22 EST Joining on Thanksgiving?! Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jennifer and on Tuesday I started the medically monitored Optifast program. My weight has been yo-yo-Ing all of my life and right now I am the heaviest I've ever been. I chose Optifast for the "taking a break from food" aspect so I can re-set and get some initial weight loss going while I step up to gradually reintroducing food. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and Ive been very hungry - which I can ignore hunger pains - but towards evening I had difficulty cc entrea... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:21:07 EST Re-Sparker I'm a re-sparker trying to find my way back... I am excited about getting back into it and getting some support and giving support as well. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:38:24 EST New Here Hello. My name is Victoria. I just joined sp today. A few years ago I lost over 60 lbs and ended up having to get my gall bladder out and thru that surgery became quite ill from an infection. After that I pretty much lost all of my motivation and just gave up on losing weight. No one to blame but me there. So fast forward a few years I just turned 40 two weeks ago and I really need to get back at it and get this weight off. So I thought I'd start here. Thanks for listening. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:03:33 EST new to spark people hi I am new to spark people.I have the odds stacked up against me with my medical conditions. Hypothyroidism, Pre Diabetic, Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, along with Depression is some of my diagnoses. I totally believe that these diagnoses revolve around my obesity. I thought it was hereditary, my mother is obese. But I want to break down these barriers and lose some weight. I need to lose some weight for my health and sanity. I am at my wit's end and to increase my self esteem and to beat my de... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:49:22 EST my health Hi my name is Debbie this is my first day. my Drs. want me too lose this weight i have alot of health problems the 2 worst ones are i have copd and i have alot of knee pain. I don't want too give in too a wheel chair so i thought i would give this a try. i weigh 400 plus lbs i have bn on weight watchers i've tryed diets on my own only to fail and add more weight i think its called the yoyo diet. Drs tell me if i lose this weight i will be able to breath again and the pressure will be off my k... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:59:29 EST hey there im Chris im new here I'm trying this out to try and lose a little weight and help would help Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:36:23 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:22 EST Accountability November I need this accountability, someone I am accountable to. My 4 goals are 1) walk 30mins daily, 2) stay within my calorie range, 3) drink 8 cups water, and 4) complete one home project weekly. <BR> <BR> Today I did walk 30 mins, but felt like I couldn't catch my breath at the end I will keep this goal only allow myself a 5 min break at the halfway point. BUT... I did it! <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:14:33 EST sabotaging?? I had been doing well and although my weight plateaued, I took my measurements and noticed that they were still going down. <BR> <BR> However, I keep getting to near to 267 or 268lbs and then my weight goes up again. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why but I seem to be wanting higher fat or sweeter foods when this happens. I think it could be emotional eating. <BR> <BR> Can anyone else relate or know of strategies that work when this happens? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:49:04 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:03 EST patience is a virtue My dad used to tell me that all the time, growing up. I have gained patience over the years....with other people. I am now realizing I must do the same with myself. My "norm" is to work really hard for a finite period of time, and then take a long break. I need to be more satisfied with the concept of the Tortoise & the Hare--slow and steady. I also hate to cook, but I don't like to eat processed stuff ( :P ), so gotta make time for some culinary creations. So, I have been inching alo... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:46:26 EST Time to finally take care of myself Good afternoon, I am the proud Mom of two young adults ages 18 & 20. My daughter Courtney is a Freshman at Drake University in Des Moines, IA and my son Christopher lives at home with us as he has Autism. My son is becoming more self-sufficate and with my daughter at school 3 hrs away I am finding myself wtih some free time. So I have decided it's time to finally take care of myself(espically after I stepped on the scale the other day and hated what I saw) <BR> I look forward to meeting ne... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:04:30 EST Ready to change and have fun Hi everyone ! My name is Dana and this is a big step to let my walls downn and make a change. I would love to travel and do exciting activities but my weight keeps me from it. Well I do I am a strees eater and feel safe hiding behind my weight. There has been a lot but I pull through. I want to have the life I always dreamed of. I have always cared for othees never for myself. Hope I set my goals and reach tm I always start to workout someone compliments me a I self-DESTROY all I've done. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:37:18 EST Slightly Terrified By The Huge Numbers! Today I got on the scale and almost fainted when it flew round to a teeny, tiny bit under 300 pounds. How did this happen??!? <BR> <BR> (Yeah, I know how it happened...) <BR> <BR> Getting this in hand NOW! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:38:19 EST Hi everyone!!! Hi, my name is Joe. I had the gastric sleeve done in Aug of 2012. At my highest I weighed 506. I've lost 150ish since then. The past many months I've plateaued. I've got a lot more that I need to lose. A very close friend refered me to spark and has been motivating me to do something to get back on track. The weight I've lost was strickly from lack of eating and I never got into the exercise part which I know I need to do to succeed. Before my surgery I would see people that were aro... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:30:48 EST Just saying hi :-) My name is Tiffanie. I am horribly out of shape and horribly overweight ... I have been for a couple years now. I am wanting to lose quite a bit of weight and increase my fitness so I can start doing some of the things I enjoy again ... like riding my bike and running. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:27:41 EST i'm aproll hello i'm aproll i'm a 400lb women that can not do much exercise i never tried dieting before i love coffee and of course food,i'm trying to learn thhis diffrent way of eating any suggestions Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:14:20 EST Hello!!! Time to get healthy and fit. <em>41</em> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 03:22:59 EST Newbie whose lost 75lbs but shooting for 100! Hello All! <BR> I just found SparkPeople this week after a friend I am doing yoga with recommended it. Looks like an intro is needed…. I am a mom of four (ages 13-18 yrs), a wife to a sweet supportive guy and a "retired" social worker. <BR> In September 2013 I was in terrible pain and suffering from numbness in my extremities. The Md's were testing me for MS, RA, Fibro, and a slew of other scary things. I found out I had several herniated disks, nerve compression and was grossly mal... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:04:03 EST Hello Hi everyone, this is my first attempt at SparkPeople, just hope it'll be as easy as promised! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:26:04 EST Not sure what I expect New to this support/community thing. I am tired of my doctor telling me to just run or go riding a bike. I am at 363 (my heaviest) and due to back pain (broken L2) and a leg that feels like it is on fire after 10 minutes of walking, not sure what to start with. My stamina is nil most of the time. I am starting tomorrow on the right foods, no soda, and walking a bit more. Any suggestions would be appreciated deeply. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:15:03 EST 40 + 100lb+ to loose lol Lord when you look at it that way it could sure depress a soul! <BR> Hi there...steph here and looking forward to 'meeting' a few people along the way and boosting a few up on my way to shedding my outer layer and finding the me inside this mess :) Im just like everyone else on this journey..did just about it all. Well here I am. The one thing I never did do was the accountability thing so I am sticking my neck out of shell and giving it a whirl. <BR> ummm...about me. lets to 3, wi... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:21:04 EST I hope I'm doing this right! New to the site - hoping this works for me. So far so good - I'm hoping to become a tracking addict.. <em>521</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:58:11 EST new to spark people - 278lbs About two weeks ago I made one big change so far by eating just whole foods and stopping anything processed. However, my metabolism has been affected by a medication I'm on which gave me type II diabetes and I'm realising that I really need to work on exercise. <BR> <BR> Hoping to meet others in a similar position for mutual encouragement and support. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:04:48 EST I'm new I'm not sure how this all works, but I joined hoping to find a big support network <BR> Did WW about 6 years ago and lost 80 pounds, but cannot afford it now <BR> Of course when I quit, the weight slowly came back plus some <em>39</em> <BR> Hope to find life lasting results here! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:29:05 EST Hello! I'm proud to say I've made it to 40 and apparently I'm the oldest one in my class team. I know that makes my road quite a bit harder (due to slower metabolism supposedly), but I'm here to give it my best shot!! I guess I was a bit of an over achiever and put on more than 15 lbs for the "freshman 15" and it just started climbing from there and got worse once I had my daughters. My girls are to old to say I still have some "baby weight" to lose since my youngest is 6 now so it's just time I ta... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:04:45 EST JoDumke with a new name. I found my old spark page so I am going to use that one instead. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:58:57 EST Back on track Hello, My name is Joanne. I am 45 years old I have 116 pounds to lose to reach my goal of 190. My heaviest was 344 and I was able to get down to 270 before last winter. Then we had the winter that never ended and I gained 40 pounds back. I am getting married in 2015 and I would like to get down to healthier weight by then. I don't think I will get all 116 pounds off by the wedding. My BFF and love of my life likes me just the way I am and he is very supportive of me. I need someone or... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:39 EST New to this team and back on track I am new to this team and back on Spark People. I started my journey in October of 2012 and have had ups and downs (mostly downs) throughout that time. On a brighter note I am down about 50 pounds since starting and now VERY motivated to get back on track! The beginning of this month brought MANY new changes and I finally think I am ready to live again. I had reached a point of just trying to survive the day and that became ok. NOT ANY MORE!!!! I want to LIVE LIFE!!! I have 150 pounds to go a... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:40:32 EST Hey, I'm New to the Team I am back on sparkpeople for the 3rd time.. I am pretty much right back were I started in the beginning with 200 lbs to lose Ugh.... I start out strong, lose some weight and then life happens and I get discouraged and give up. I'm doing this for me again. I am 42 yrs old, have 3 son's ages 21, 18, and 5 1/2 yrs. My 18 yr old made me a grandmother on 4/7/14 to a beautiful little boy.. and my 21 yr old is getting married in Dec. and has my next grandson on the way.. who will be here sometime i... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:40:02 EST stay with it for about the last week ive been at a freeze. and I almost allowed myself to fall deeply into a slump. with my spark already lit I decided I wasn't about to allow a slip to define me. I decided at that defining moment that what was waiting for me at the end of the road was worth more than giving up. I have always in the past quit when I hit a wall in the past. I decided I wasn't going to accept that any more and started thinking of a better way and a better plan to set myself up for success. ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:14:25 EST Sore spots Hey, I walk before work with a friend and I've been developing sores where my clothing is chaffing my skin. Of course, it is in the unmentionable regions and seems to be caused by my bra and underwear. Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone have a suggestion? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking right now that my best option will be to wear work-out clothes to work and then change after the walk. However, all the changing and bringing clothes is a nuisance I'd rather do without. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:29:42 EST what do i do about the pain from working out/help I want to keep going yet the pain from the last work out has me walking like a zombie from Scooby doo island. what to do about the pain from working out. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:02:51 EST New To This I just turned 46 and have 100 lbs. to lose. I just joined a neighborhood 24 hour fitness center and need the most help with fitness. I am pretty educated about nutrition. I am also from WI. <BR> <BR> I am cutting out dairy because it seems to help with IBS. I have no problem drinking coconut/almond milk, but have a hard time with cheese.....after all I am a cheesehead! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:48 EST Hi. Yet another newbie (me) <em>32</em> <BR> <BR> Well I have joined this site before when I weighed 550, got off of it when I moved to another state. During the time I was on it, I lost 175 lbs, since March when I moved to Georgia, I have lost 25. I have been stuck at 350 for a few months now, and I didn't know what else to do, so I joined the site again. I am hoping to get down to 180. I have made a lot of positive changes in the last few months, I have a great job, but it has me tied to a desk, as does colleg... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:39:22 EST I get discouraged at every turn I dont know how to get encouraged, I know I not only want to lose the weight but I NEED to lose the weight I have 100+ lbs to lose. I lose 3 or 4 lbs then gain 5 or 6. Not only is this unhealthy for me but i hate being Fat, I know my family say they love me anyway, but how can i expect them to love me when I have a hard time loving myself especially since I look the way I do. What can I do to get encouraged when my scale keeps going up and down like this no matter what I do, I feel lost and d... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:01:33 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:38 EST howdy I am tired of just getting through and would like to start living well! I am going to start slow but successful! Looking forward to meeting y'all! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:53:22 EST I just don't know what to do In January I went to sign up at a gym that offered a great price and fantastic amenities. I was coerced into signing a contract for double their advertised membership rate. Added to that were many things that made me feel emotionally violated and unable to walk back through the doors. <BR> <BR> I'm 300+ pounds. I've spent 8 weeks sweating with every step I take, feeling my back ready to snap in half every morning when I wake, and my knees screaming at me when facing any set of stairs. Last y... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:32 EST newbie New kid on block here too!! Hiya folks!! : )) Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:16 EST just me Trying to get back on track after many surgeries the last few years, marriage, rape, divorce, death of fiancée. Realized that in my time of greatest need, I have no friends. Those that I thought were friends will not answer my calls or my texts. Right now I'm just so depressed with no will to live. I have come to the conclusion that I will never find that special someone to spend the rest of my life with. It took me 43 years to find the person who loved me for me and not just because I had a... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:44:11 EST Almost 50 and want to lose 100! I am a single mom of three. My 12 year old is getting worried about my health due to losing my mom recently, so I am back on the health track. I have to go back to work and need to get healthier due to that too image is everything in this world. I also don't want to get lost I depression and overeating due to that. Losing my mom to cancer last month kind of shook us all up. So here I am. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:19:04 EST Back to Basics Hello all! I'm not really new to SP--I used it quite a bit a while ago...but I took a "hiatus" and now I forgot my original log in! I took that as a sign that it is time to get back to basics. <BR> <BR> So, here we go. My name is Melinda and I'm a 40yo SAHM in Oregon. I have about 130 pounds to lose and I have been doing WW--and I like WW--but I realized that I needed more. My plan is to do the Simply Filling plan with WW and then track calories here. However, I'm taking the next couple of ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:21:20 EST Hi I'm Wayne I am a 41 year old junk food junkie. I am Married, No kids of my own, 2 Adult Step children, 2 Step grandchildren, and we have custody of the five year old grand baby. <BR> My starting weight is 353 lbs. Goal to get to 150 to 180 area. <BR> My wife has been sick for most of our 14 years together. So setting around hospitals and a lot of junk food. <BR> I have tried many diets and pills. Neither seem to work out very well. <BR> Ready to really do this for myself. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:01:55 EST Stress Fracture I started walking for my exercise. I really could only do 1 mile max, but one day I pushed myself and went much farther than I could. Well I gave my foot a stress fracture on the top of my foot! The doctor said I started to increase the exercise to fast and my bones weren't used to it. I should have increased slower. Now I can't walk for exercise and am wearing a boot for the next six weeks. <BR> <BR> Now I need to head to the gym for my exercise. So, does anybody have any ideas for exercis... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:17:22 EST Here I am Well, I have been on this site (again)...for a week. I have been reading what I can, trying to focus on moving at least 10 minutes a day, logging in everything I put into my mouth, drinking my water, and trying to make these changes about me...about my health...about what I want to be! I am 46 years old, married with daughters (21 and 12). We live in Michigan and I am a Head Start teacher and am off in the summer. I am trying to make small changes. One thing that I have found out in the ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:57:38 EST SparkCoach I don't know if I can talk about SparkCoach, but I do want to say that it has helped me tremendously in my weight loss. With over 100 lbs to lose, it is an overwhelming prospect. I have tried every diet in the book, paid and unpaid. I always get discouraged and give up. But checking in daily with SparkCoach has helped me stay positive and helped me keep my goals realistic. In fact, I've scaled my goals back because they were unrealistic. If it is an option for you, then I highly recommend it!... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:21:41 EST Finally Caring about me I am a 45 year old wife and mother . I work 40 hours per week. and i suffer from a joint disease called MCTD. and i have vertigo. I never know when it will strike. Trying to make a change in my life and get healthy. The doctors have told my husband he has fatty liver disease. so now is a good time to change the way we eat and move. I have failed before but know that i have to do this for him. So i wont fail this time. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:24:09 EST Hello, New Here Hello, <BR> I'm Heidi from Vermont. I'm 46 and need to loose about 120lbs. I also have POCS which makes this even harder. I've done good my first week and lost 4 lbs. Usually when I loose I gain it back over the weekends. Weekends are a hard time for me to stay on my diet. Does anyone else struggle with weekends? If so what do you do to get through them without going off your diet?? I look forward to meeting all of you. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:58:52 EST Wheat, carbs, diets and allergies? How do you know if you have a problem with eating wheat or carbs and if that is what's keeping you from losing weight? What would the symptoms be? For me, I'm a very "allergicy" "puffy" person in general. I have real allergies to dogs, some cats, rabbits, strong smells like perfume, cigarettes, animal bedding and foods like fruits with skins on them (I can eat some once peeled), raw carrots, nuts with skins ( peanuts are kind of okay). I take a daily inhaler (Advair) as maintenance. After I h... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:54:00 EST Taking My Life Back Hello, My name is Christina. I am new to this forum and SparkPeople. I have spent years hiding from my life and eating to console my self imposed loneliness. I have sat in my room at night crying with a fork in one hand and an entire cake in the other. Playing video games at home alone because I am too embarrassed by my weight to go out and spend time with friends (who, by the way, could care less about my weight, they just want to spend time with me). This is not going to be me anymore. I am... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:20:25 EST I'm new Hello, I'm new to Spark People. My goal is to lose 150 pounds in one year so that I can go to my son's destination wedding in Key West and not look like a slob. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:35:14 EST Hello. My name is Cheryl. Hello, <BR> My name is Cheryl and I am new to this program. I had a moment when I was at the lake walking back to my car that was a total wake up call. I could hardly breath. My heart was pounding so hard and I did not want anyone to see me so I turned my head the other way trying to breath slow. How embarrassing!! <BR> <BR> Today I have been looking at this web site and boy it has a lot to take in. I am ready to get started! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:57:28 EST Joking to make a better self name is chyna Rochelle, I really need to make a change in my life and need all the support I can get... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:45:05 EST Motivation I can't seem to get motivated to exercise. Logically I know all the reasons I should, emotionally I'm afraid to start all over again. Because nothing seems to help me lose weight. I'm bi-polar and my meds seem to help put on weight, even though I've been told that they are weight neutral. My calorie intake is between 1200-1400 a day and my weight is at 305. Any suggestions? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:06:11 EST Time for something new. Hi, I'm 43, divorced, mom of two kids (7,9) and one new puppy. I'm vegan, depressed and very much in love with my bed. I want to be healthier so I've got to spend less time with my bed and more time walking my new puppy but motivation and energy are greatly lacking. Mon, 26 May 2014 13:07:29 EST Can someone help me think? I need help, I don't have a therapist right now so y'all get to play therapist. I have weight issues. Its not that I can't lose weight, it comes off easy. Its that I am not sure I want to. The first picture is me after losing 100 pounds. The second is me with the 100 pounds back on. You may be asking yourselves why would I gain the weight back? Well, when I weighed 258 the first time, men didn't look at, body check or try to talk to me Women in my neighborhood acted as though I wasn't there a... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:44:07 EST Hello to all my new spark friends! Hello sp! I'm so glad to be figuring all of this out! Navigation of this site has been a bit overwhelming to this newbie. I want to take advantage of all the support I can that sp community has to offer! I'm going for a lifestyle change. No strict or crash diets for me anymore! Eat to live not live to eat...and move, move, move! I've going to track my fitness so I'm excited to be here!! Mon, 19 May 2014 21:09:36 EST Fresh Start Good morning my name is Lisa. I am starting my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I know I need to track everything the enters my mouth and I know I need to start exercising. No more Netflix marathons for me ... NOW I need to train and get my body back :) Mon, 19 May 2014 09:02:26 EST Sexylh40 I want to lose weight and stay consistent and I finding it sooo hard my goal is to lose 100 pounds to start. I just need to stay motivated. My mother recently died a couple months ago and she really worried about me losing weight all the time. I have 3 children that I would love to go and play with (tennis to be exact). Just want to get the energy to move forward. Started back exercising today 15 min so far. Sat, 17 May 2014 16:45:32 EST Hello from Western NY Hello Everyone! My name is Thea and I've been on my journey since March of this year. I've quit cigarettes and Mt. Dew and have completely changed my eating. It's still a work in progress but I'm proud of myself so far. I'm hoping to help motivate and be motivated by others on this journey . I think it's harder for us with SO MUCH to lose as even after losing 27 lbs it hardly even shows, which is REALLY depressing! But I figure in another month or two I wont be able to say that anymore. I'm r... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:36:21 EST Mom as a weight-loss buddy? Hi - I was looking for your opinion on this... <BR> <BR> I get along fine with my mom and we talk on the phone once or twice a week. We both need to lose weight and lack motivation. A few weeks ago she asked if I wanted to join her in trying to lose weight (i.e. be accountable to each other). The only thing is that, even though it's nice to have some support, we just do a lot of " I wish", or " I should" with each other. We live very far away so it's hard to hold each other accountable. <BR... Mon, 12 May 2014 23:01:32 EST Looking FORWARD hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and quite a weighty history; I won't go into it b/c we've all got a book to fill explaining how we got where we are. <BR> <BR> However, I will say that in the last year, I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer, broke my ankle, and lost my job, in that order. <BR> <BR> I don't need much of an excuse to eat a lot, so I did and gained additional weight on top of previous additional weight. <BR> <BR> So here I am. Not looking back ... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:36:50 EST Maybe 3rd times the charm I am not new here I have tried losing weight twice now already. The last time was last year right before I had all of my teeth removed. I was doing really good and after the surgery I never continued with my weight loss. So here I am heavier than I was then and hoping that this time I can stick with it. Here is hoping the 3rd times the charm. <em>30</em> Fri, 9 May 2014 10:44:15 EST Discouraged but not Defeated Momma said there'd be days like this.......right? Today was my weigh in day and the needle on the scale didn't move. I talk more about this on my blog this morning. I just want to encourage others on here who are struggling not to give up. I personally had to review the past week and get brutally honest with myself about some things. Hopefully by tweeking a few things next Monday will show results. Hope you all and a good day, be blessed and DON'T GIVE UP!! Mon, 5 May 2014 11:10:09 EST New member! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a looking for support from others for my weight loss journey. I have just over 100 pounds to lose. I have lost 4 on my own in the last 2 weeks and want to continue this but know I will have better luck with support from others. Thu, 1 May 2014 16:31:35 EST Hello Hello everyone..I am 41..I have over 100lbs to lose. I am in nursing school..4 more months..I can do it! I'm a retired army wife and have a 19 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> I don't know what else to say except I can't wait to say I lost 100 lb :D <BR> <BR> My goals are to go to the gym 4 times a week..I do water aerobics with my water weights and walk on the treadmill. I need to work on my eating. I work one day a week at a nursing home and it is very physical...I do tons of walking and I ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:17:39 EST Needing a kick in the rump.... I was just telling my husband this morning that I need to find an addiction to replace food. LOL. I am so tired of my body hurting and being overweight. I know I would feel better if I lose weight. my blood pressure would lower, my PCOS symptoms would be less and my insulin resistance would get under control....I know all these things but still keep eating what I know is wrong for me, even when Im not hungry...I am a stress when bored...its my comfort. Anyone else wanting to do so... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:28:42 EST Newbie here Hi I'm new to the site but not to trying to lose weight. I have been on this journey most of my life. I'm still trying to figure out this site but am happy to be here. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:41:09 EST I'm New ...Hello :) Hello everyone! I'm Lora and I'm 41 and I have a lot of weight to lose. I've tried this site before, but I guess I wasn't ready to do what was needed. I'm ready and willing now though! My family and I joined a local gym and I'm excited going there. <em>30</em> I love working out and I love eating healthy. I have to work on not eating late at night. I hope to find others that I can encourage and they can encourage me too. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:18:47 EST Ta Daaa - Another newbie! Helloooo to all of you in Sparkie land! I am not new here, joined years ago in a joint effort with co-workes and as usual, after a few weeks, the diet and motivation when by the way side. What brings me here again is a last ditch effort to loose this weight before my Dr suggests bariatric surgery as an answer. I have a wonderful supportive husband, basically every piece of equipment you could want to work out at home (treadmill, recumbent bike, elliptical, free weights and 3 black labs lo... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:49:05 EST Husband says we're going to Hawaii, I say UGHHH!! So my dear sweet husband blurts out today that we will be going to Hawaii in a few months for a 2 week vacation. Wow....that sounds good sort of. I have been hiding myself with the extra 100+ pounds I've been carrying around. Now he wants me to go to a BEACHY place...ugh. Well my first response to him was less than positive, but now that I've had time to think about it....I believe I'm not living my own life! A man wants to take me, a girl from a poor family (so poor even thrift stores were ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:48:26 EST arrrghhh my scale is messing with me!! i've been doing great, slowly losing, it's encouraging 1-2 times a week when I check the scale until yesterday. the scale gave me a whole bunch of numbers clustered within my weight range which horrified me! i tried to settle myself by saying it was the batteries that was messing with me. I changed the batteries and pressed the reset button since I had lifted it up and carried it around and wanted to make sure it was accurate (MEANING ACCURATE TO THE AMOUNT IT HAD BEEN TELLING ME FOR A WHILE)... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:27:35 EST Fiber? Anyone know of a good fiber that won't make you gassy? I take Walgreen's brand of Benifiber and a lot of the time it gives me gas, hate that. Any suggestions? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:19:25 EST Hi Everyone! I'm new around here. I've joined Spark in the past but in failed attempts at weight loss, so I am trying again with a new (worse, harder) goal, new views, new User Name, etc. <BR> <BR> Every few months I swear I want to finally lose the weight, but it's gotten to be ridiculous now. When I weighed myself back in the end of January and swore to reform, I was about 225 (I am only 5'1" and even at 9 months pregnant with either of my two kids the highest I was was 218). Here is is April 22 and I... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:24:11 EST New 4/21/14 Hi, My name is Debbie. I am hoping to find a few good friends on here to encourage one another. I am a mom of three beautiful girls 7 months, 9 years, and 12 years old. I am happily married, but there is just one thing I am the heaviest I have ever been. I am in a place in my life where I am ready to finally tackle this area in my life! I am happy on the inside and ready for my physical body on the outside to show it as well. Come join the journey with me and encourage one another! <B... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:45:39 EST Ready for the journey!! Hi. I just started a low carb, high protein life style change 5 days ago. I am very excited and am hoping with the help of this site and new friends here I can stay motivated to reach my goal. I have been overweight for years but I am now at my heaviest in my entire life. I am starting to see the health affects of being obese and that was like a slap in the face. It is not just about how I look anymore. If I want to be around to see my grandbabies born and my daughters get married I mus... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:26:34 EST newbie Any advise would be greatful. I have a long journey ahead. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:52:18 EST need inspiration I'm am looking for ideasnon losing weight. I'm still trying to learn the site. After my first week I still have not lost. Not sure what to do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:50:12 EST over 300 lbs walking? Do you think walking 15 minutes a day would help my weight loss? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:57:15 EST New to this Team Hi all you beautiful 40-something-ers! My name is Amy and I'm 48 years old. I've been on SparkPeople for ten weeks and I'm doing fairly well. Still have my struggles but have had many victories. Every day has new challenges. I am a wife and mother of 3 (ages 23, 20, and 14). I am a singer and music is a huge part of my life. I am a Christian and am very motivated because I feel my struggle with weight is a spiritual issue (for me). I have a lot of people praying for me. At this point... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:46:22 EST Fat and flying on airplane next week 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