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 May 2016 Goals Upon reflecting on April, will you change goals for May? Fitness, nutrition, wellness, spiritual... forming new short term and long term goals? <BR> <BR> How often to you re-evaluate your program and tweak? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:19:45 EST Sort of new I have tried using this site in the past and never stuck with it. About a year ago I cancelled my account because I was getting no where. Over the weekend I got a glimpse of myself in my living room window and broke down crying. I have very little support systems which I think contributions to the problem. Hoping this time I can do it. Thanks for listening. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:14:24 EST Hi I'm New Too I've been making changes almost a month now. Nice to meet people to go on this journey with. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:11:13 EST new to spark people Hello, I am morbidly obese. I weigh about 343. I am female, 43, and I have been morbidly obese mostly all of my adulthood, sadly to say. My doctor was talking about knee replacement but since I am obese they won't do it till I lose weight. They want to know that I can take care of my knees. I have been thinking about gastric surgery. But I don't know if that is safe for me. I have a problem with keeping up with motivation to lose weight and portion control. <BR> I have bone on bone arthritis... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:31 EST New and Ready to Change I am a 42 year old mother of three. I have been on numerous diets all of my adult life. I am in pain and want to set a good example for my beautiful girls. I am a special education teacher in an elementary school. I look forward to meeting people with similar goals and life challenges. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:09:05 EST New to Spark Hi. I am new to the Spark People community. I'm not really sure how this is supposed to work or how to officially "get started". I'm just looking for encouragement, support, motivation, and people to connect with, who share my same problems with obesity and emotional eating. My goals are to lose the weight and keep it off by changing my lifestyle. Becoming active and fit, transforming my eating habits...just making positive, healthy changes that will result in my best self. I understand it wi... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:20:40 EST New Path in Life to Health and Fitness. Hi everyone, this is Roberto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I would like to connect with those on a similar path as me to Health, Vitality and Happiness. <BR> <BR> I'm a single, 37 year old, non-smoking or drinking male who has been on quite a roller coaster ride of loss and gain. This time I want to keep it off and be in the best shape of my life for the rest of my life. I have some mild osteo-arthritis in my knee and hip which is weight related and losing the weight would take all the pre... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:29:31 EST Back after a long break <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stopped before, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and have been gaining rapidly in the past year. I'm at my highest weight, and determined to get down to a healthy, and comfortable weight. <em>15</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:46:36 EST new member on spark people I am a 43 year old very obese female (347 pounds) wanting and needing to lose weight. I have many health conditions revolving around my weight including being pre - diabetic. <BR> I firmly believe in Jesus Christ and God and I hope that they will show me the path to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> I have lost a few pounds late last year, but I have gained it all back. I am really hoping this this time will be my time to lose the weight and keep it off for good. I want to adopt to a healthier lif... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:32:35 EST Inside the Mind of a Wonderfully Obese Woman Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This time, I'm determined! So much so that I was able to "Just Say No!" to cake this afternoon. Woot! Woot! I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you throughout this journey! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:27:41 EST new to spark people Hi I have been a member of spark people 6 years ago. Since then my weight has been up and down mainly increasing I am at my all time high weight 350. It is embarrassing to me that I weigh this much. Finally, I told myself tonight I was happier when I was lighter and I told myself that I need to get off my butt and do something about it. Instead of soda, drink water, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And get moving. It is supposed to get warmer this coming week. So i need to get out and get wa... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 21:53:42 EST Okay let's do this , again. I started with good intentions but soon reality set in and I gave in to temptation over and over again. I was almost done with Diet Coke but instead of only buying one 12 pack and weaning myself off I had to buy 4 because they were on sale and logging my food fell along the wayside when I got discouraged at the amount of calories I was consuming . I took a long hard look at myself and then at my 3 and 4 year old children and realized it isn't about what is easy for me but it's about what will... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:01:26 EST Getting back on track I had previously lost about 40lbs and was beginning to feel great...then my dad unexpectedly died and I went downhill fast. I could barely eat, but what I did eat was horrible for me. I've gained most of the weight back. But I've been back on track for most of the past two weeks. 10 lbs lost so far, even with a weekend vacation in the middle. Thursday morning, my 9 year old is having surgery, so I will basically be living at the hospital for a week, but I am pre-making foods on my plan, and m... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:15:30 EST I'm back...and starting all over again Hi there, I originally signed up to Sparkpeople a few years ago with the plan to lose weight and get healthy. I did lose about 40 lbs by eating healthy, working out regularly and feeling really good and on the right path. However in the last few years, I was a PhD student writing a dissertation which I had pressure to finish (and I did finish - yay) and then having to work - because much of my work has me sitting behind a computer, I have gained the 40 lbs plus back. I am trying to motiva... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:08:18 EST after 4years rejoined spark people My life mostly consists of being morbidly obese all through adulthood through my adolescent years maybe 12-13 years old I started packing on the weight. Most of my health conditions reflect on me being obese. I just want to be truthful about my life and my eating patterns. My eating patterns are really bad, i just don't eat 3 meals I probably eat close to 5 or 6 big meals a day. I know I need to stop, this is not healthy for me at all. I even eat when I am emotional which I suffer from depres... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:32:32 EST new to spark people Hello, I am a very obese lady 338 pounds, I really want to lose weight and get healthy and I know it takes baby steps to do this. Many Doctors have told me I would feel a thousand times better if I would lose this weight. I have many health conditions that contribute to my obesity. I also have sleep apnea which I would do anything to get cleared from not having to use it. My health conditions are too long to list. I will turn 43 the 28th of this month and I am hoping I have a good start ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:16:09 EST Trying to break the Diet Coke habit I've tried and failed countless times to stop my diet pop (that's what we call it in Pa. ) addiction. I did really well for a while and then they came out with cherry vanilla diet coke and I was back at it. I cut back when I was pregnant ,more so the first time than the second, but once I had the baby I had a bottle of pop in my hospital room (I didn't breast feed ) . My plan is to alternate between regular and caffeine free diet coke until I do away with it all together. Has anyone else cu... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:15:14 EST Newbie here <em>41</em> Looking forward to all the support on my weight loss journey. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:50:30 EST New to team I've been on SP for a while but I got away from it . I'm 42 and have about 110 pounds to lose. The past few years have taken a toll on me physically and emotionally and I'm ready to take control of my life again. I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago so it is difficult for me to exercise but there are modifications I can make to make exercise videos easier. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:53:03 EST Hi! Newbie here!! Hey all! <BR> I'm Laura - an almost 44 year old with a goal to lose 110 pounds in the next year. I've hit a point of transition and decided to make changes so that I can get out of the rut I've been living for the past 6 years. I'm hoping to meet some good friends for help and motivation and I hear all of you are pretty awesome! <BR> <BR> My kiddos are all now married or in college so it's time that Mom spends some focus on herself! I've joined planet fitness, and I'm working on my port... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:51:38 EST So, what do you do when.... you get home and there is NO ONE is there??? All Alone, which NEVER do a work out, that's what!! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>198</em> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:33:22 EST Hey there! Hi everyone, just popping in to officially say hi from a newbie :) <BR> <BR> My story is similar to a lot of yours, and since I also share some of the same goals I thought joining a group like this online would finally help me get there. My journey has evolved from hating the gym to loving it, and from staying far away from the weights to preferring that over the treadmill. I think now the part I'm focusing on is nutrition. I eat clean on a very regular basis, it's the quantity I strugg... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:19:33 EST Howdy Howdy, I'm at a rebuilding time in life and looking for support, as I'm trying to get my health in order.. <BR> I just finished kicking cancer's butt. Last radiation treatment was last week... I won't lie, between GI issues and radiation, my body feels like I've been through the wringer. But, I'm concentrating on just rebuilding my body. On mega doses of vitamins and had the first of two iron infusions, to facilitate building my body back. (Turns out, your body is pretty serious about all th... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:44:55 EST Gave up WW I discontinued my Weight Watchers subscription yesterday...I'm going to stick with Sparkpeople and log and workout. I can do this!! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:20:11 EST hi I am 41 yold female with 80 pounds to lose. I suffer from chronic pain, and losing weight would definitely help with my health <em>521</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:47:30 EST Joining the Challenge SW: 261.6 (1/7/16) <BR> CW: 261.6 <BR> GW: 135 (on or before 1/12/17) <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:55:37 EST Starting over and LOVING IT! Hello all! My name is Stacy! I am a "40 something" that decided to take my health seriously and shed these shameful pounds. In recent months, I have learned why I allowed myself to become so obese. It's easy to hide shame and rejection behind 265 lbs and all my fears that held me back (I have past anxiety issues) helped me get here tremendously! I have learned to face what I was fearing head on and found 99.9% of what I was fearing were mirages! Now that I have put those behind me, I am READY... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:28:47 EST New, not new, new again I'm a returning loser (haha). I've been starting and stopping, and getting on and off wagons as long as I can remember. And I've been on this site for a while. It wasn't until a recent conversation with one of my daughters that I realized how afraid of change I am. Afraid of success! But recent things have forced me to realize that I'm more of afraid of staying the same this year, more afraid of never accomplishing dreams of a better life. So here I am recommitting. A little embarrasse... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:21:26 EST A returning "newbie" I've been extremely inconsistent with my weight loss efforts but this year I am determined! Last week I had a gain, this week I had a six pound loss and I'm thrilled. I still have well over 150 pounds to go though. <BR> <BR> My name is Dianna, I'm 43, married, have a son (19) and a daughter (23) and a granddaughter who is the joy of my life. It's for her that I'm making this commitment. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know everyone! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:59:10 EST Motivation: Online vs. Personal Do you find easier to be motivated by people in your life or just as satisfying by individuals online? <BR> <BR> I was on here years ago and found some tips, but always thought I needed in person help more. Obviously that never happened and I'm back to find more tips for a permanent lasting weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> I'm just curious if people here have support in their daily lives "in-person", online, both or neither. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:27:54 EST the new kid in town im 49 years old and im FAT, its that simple. i need as much motivation and positive influence i can get. I dont have much of that at home or work. so im counting on the help of new friends, and total strangers. My clothes no longer fit, my jeans are tight and pinch my waist. it makes me sad to see the jeans that i have i cant wear.. HELP HELP HELP. im an emotional eater, i eat to stop the pain that i have in my joints. i eat when i am stressed out, if ANYONE can hold my hand to get me heal... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:32:28 EST Help it has gotten worse Hey y'all! I am Beth and from Alabama. I have been on and off SP for a long time... I do ok, then I quit... well now my weight is at its worse. I have 6 months to lose weight.... 100 or so pounds. My sons wedding <em>46</em> . I am happy for him (sort of) as they have been together a long while I just don't think they are really ready due to him being in the US Navy.... long story. Anyway if you take a look at my blog you will see more of a story of why my weight loss is so important bes... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:28:36 EST i'm back from several years away I lost 50 lbs and have kept it off for 4 years now, thank God! now only 140 more to go with the help of sparkpeople and you. thanks for your support! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:35:01 EST Complete Newby Hi :) I'm brand new to SparkPeople and I'm gearing up for Duodenal Switch surgery in July or August. I'm 47 and have 300ish lbs to lose. I'm at that scared to have the surgery, scared NOT to have the surgery stage and I'm kinda overwhelmed with information. I'm a researcher. I need information to be comfortable making a decision, but yeah, no. TOO MUCH sometimes lol <BR> <BR> I have a 15 year old son. I'm divorced and starting over in a lot of ways. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:27:47 EST New year new me Hi i'm 43 and am 100 pounds over weight. I have lost and gained weight for several years. I am at the peek of my weight gain. What's different this time, this time I am taking it one day at a time and one meal at a time, baby steps. <em>521</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 17:46:39 EST Roll Call? So I am new to this board. I noticed last night alot of the posts were pretty old. So lets get a roll call and get this board chatting and supporting each other. <BR> <BR> Who's here, what's your story, and anything on your mind? <BR> <BR> I'm Sarah aka ugh, I have about 100lbs to lose. My motivation was to find jeans that fit comfortably! <BR> <BR> I'm worried of doing great for one week, then slipping. Planning my meals in advance through spark is the only way I succeed. Someone yell ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:03:23 EST I give you permission to hunt me down if I don't stay on my plan! =) <BR> <BR> I'm not new to spark but to this group. I am terrible about following the plan etc. I need to make it something in the front of my mind. I am hoping a group will help keep me chatting and keeping my program plan in the front of my mind. <BR> <BR> I'm married mom of 4, grandma to 1, I own/operate a daycare from home in Metro Boston. I have about 100 lbs to lose according to all the calculators and charts etc. Personally, I want to be able to find a p... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:28:25 EST Lots to Lose I am a 44 y/o mother of 3 and registered nurse. I was on SP a few years ago and lost 75 lbs. But I got a new job working 70+ hrs a week and diet, exercise, life went out the window. I was catching a bite whenever and whatever I could, often not healthy. After doctors told me I needed to leave the job for my own physical and mental health, I quit. It has taken time to get back due to the depression I battle and I kept making excuses, but I'm here. I do now have a part-time job that I enjoy... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:41:24 EST Introduction to the Group I am of the certain age where the mind is willing but the body not so much!!! LOL. In spite of my shortcomings, I pledge to overcome the body with mind, spirit, and new workout buddies that I hope will encourage me and help me stay focused. I in turn, will do the same for all who need the extra push, voice of reason, and celebratory comments of victory. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:05:33 EST new to spark people Hello everyone. I am an obese lady that needs to lose 100 pounds or more. I don't just want to diet. I want to change my lifestyle around so it can be a healthy one. Small changes lead to a big difference in my book it is the power and motivation to start a new healthy lifestyle. Right now I have the motivation it is the start of a fresh new year and I hope I can keep up the momentum and motivation and lose this weight. Because I know I deserve it and everyone who gives weight loss an honest ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:30:40 EST Introducing Myself Hi, I'm new...again. I was doing great but then hurt my back and I gained back some of the weight I lost. I was recently told it was ok to exercise so here I am again. Hopefully this time will be the last time I see the 200's on the scale. I have a good feeling about it and know I will be able to follow through. <BR> <BR> BTW I'm 48, from Michigan, married to Pat, mother to 6 daughters, grandmother to 3 grandsons and one on the way. I just want my energy back and to be able to be acti... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:44:06 EST Back on Track Hi all, I am back on track after quite a long time away from focusing on my health. I have a long journey ahead of me but am feeling motivated and energized to turn around the bad choices of my past. One day at a time, I am reclaiming my is good to be back! Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:30:42 EST mad cause i cant eat??? really?? In the past I have done well but then I get to a point where I don't want to track what I eat. don't want to count calories. don't want to work out. I want to be "normal" and eat like normal people. I get angry because I feel as if I'm being deprived so I justify being overweight. this was a new experience for me. has anyone ever felt like this and what did you do to get past those feelings? Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:01:09 EST Hello! I'm returning after many years of being absent and not participating. I've lost and gain 150+ lbs and this time I want to lose it permanently. Looking for a happy, healthy life and buddies to help me get there! I look forward to meeting y'all! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:49:49 EST Excited to be on this journey So excited to be here <BR> I will be happy to talk to others who are on this journey and will truly understand <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 13:53:01 EST Beginner Hey there! I'm 42 and need to lose 100 lbs. Actually, since I've lost a bit already, I have 95.4 to go. I'm a wife of one and mom of two. Looking forward to tracking things on spark people! Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:10:33 EST New sort of hi there my name is Dawn and this is my 3rd time with sparkspeople,, I am looking for an active group. I have a lot to lose and know that having others to help you along the way will only increase the chances of being successful =) Tue, 1 Dec 2015 16:23:39 EST hey app users! What's missing from ... Hey app users! Whether it's the spark app, my fitness pal, or another app - What features are missing from current apps? I wish they could help me with a "reset" after I ate the wrong thing or too much of anything, that would be a feature I'd want. How about you? <BR> <em>524</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:49:14 EST Post Thanksgiving Diet Starter It's a silly time to start any kind of diet, right? But there will always be a reason not to start, every month has some holiday or event that interferes starting anything, December - Christmas, January - New Years, Avoiding News Resolutioners, February - Ground Hog's Day, Valentines Day, March - St Patricks Day, Easter, April - Tax Day, May - Memorial Day, June - MinervaCat's Birthday, July - Independence Day, August - Women's Equality Day, September - Labor Day, October - Halloween, Novem... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:35:05 EST Trying to figure out how all of this works I've tried this before but didn't make it very far. It was fun trying set things up and get all ready to go...but then I fizzled. Guess I wasn't ready yet. But I'm ready now, I have so much I want to do with my life! <BR> <BR> Now I just have to figure out how all of this works. I've set up my page, wrote a couple of blogs, changed my status, set some goals. Now I need to interact with other people who know what it's like. I want to become part of something good. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:23:28 EST New to the team Hi I am new to the group but not sparkpeople. My name is Sandy and I am 48 and I am trying to get back on track and lose this weight. It been rough but I am doing it one day at a time. Well I walk my two youngest to school and I took my time so I wouldn't get out of breath. It felt so good to be able to walk them again. We starting to get cold too as this morning it was only 30 our high suppose to be in the 50's. My daughters eye is starting to look better she misses school. We have another d... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:46:03 EST new to the team Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Tammy, I am 42 I just weighed in this morning and I have lost in total pounds 13 pounds since I started here at spark people.I still have a lot of ways to go to obtain a normal weight. I am morbidly obese. BUt I am trying to eat right. and exercise more. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:03:44 EST Recently out of a LTR - Time to get back in shape! Time to get back in shape, and hopefully that shape is less round. I was in a 7 year relationship that recently ended and instead of depression, I am using it as motivation to get better. <BR> <BR> I had used Phentermine in the past and had great results. I have started it, along with a gym membership and diet modification (big time). <BR> <BR> Hopefully this will not be short-term and my weight loss will continue until I reach my goal. <BR> <BR> Always tough in your low 40s to find tha... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:05:26 EST I am READY!!!!!!!!!!! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kiva, I am a wife and a stepmother/step grandmother. I have been married to most wonderful man for the past 4 years!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. I lost nearly 100lbs about three years ago. Shortly after the weight lost I became pregnant and the weight never left. I am beautiful no matter of my size, so I see in the mirror. I am looking for a change and I am a fighter <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:35:34 EST To motivate and be motivated Hello everyone. I'm Denise. I'm ready to get passed this obstacle of weight loss for good! Let's be Sparkfriends Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:52:31 EST Fish Oil anyone? Im not a vitamin pusher or even much of a pill taker. But I have been trying to take an Iron Tab, b-complex and 2 fish oil caps daily to see if I get a little boost. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else seen good results or know anything about Fish Oil and weight loss? <BR> <BR> Ive been "back" at it 10 days and lost 10 pounds (with diet and exercise) and know that I have lost a lot of water weight as everyone does in the beginning. Just curious about lasting results with fish oil. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:19:06 EST New to the group <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group and am looking to lose 140 lbs. I'm almost to 300 pounds and I don't ever want to see that number on the scale. Could use all the help I can get! I'm from Indiana. I'm 41 years old. I have two children. Jakob age 19 and Kaylee age 5 soon to be 6. I have been married to Jason for 20 years. I am a liscensed practical nurse in a long term care facility. I would love to bu... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:19:43 EST New to the group Hi. I am new to this group. I came back to spark people again. <em>41</em> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:13:28 EST New My name is Pati and I used to be on Sparks about 6 years ago and lost 80lb. I have seance gained almost all of it back after I had a double knee replacement. My goal is to loose 100lb I have figured out that I eat the wrong foods when I upset are mad, So I need to works on that as well. <img src=""> Fri, 9 Oct 2015 23:11:16 EST Hello and about me I am now realizing that I may have joined all these community groups yesterday and not introduced myself in any of Well my name is Stephanie and I am 40 years old and extremely overweight with health issues. I welcome anyone to check out my sparkpage and ask me anything you want and add me as a friend if you wish as well. I wish everyone the best of luck in all their personal journies whether it be about weight or other things and just know we are all here for eachother. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:42:16 EST MIA for over 2 yrs, gained 77 lbs back I let my chaotic and crazy life get the better of me. I stopped doing something I really enjoyed that helped me to give myself some time and focus. That something was Sparkpeople and being healthy. I have started over, not quite from the begining (managed to keep 20 lbs off) but that's just fine. I was able to loose 97 lbs before and I will do it again, not try, DO IT!! Would love to be an active member of this group once again. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:24:35 EST FRESHMAN HERE HELLO PEOPLE, I AM NEW TO SPARK AND JOINED THIS CLUB I HAVE HEART DISEASE AND NEED TO LOSE 116 BY NOVEMBER 2016 I'M HIGHLY MOTIVATED AND READY TO GO!! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:49:53 EST positive changes I happened to be scanning and flipping through the radio stations in my van as usual and I hit a commercial for PF right as the name was said for an ad promoting a $5 down $10 a month deal. The deal ends Tuesday. Why wait? I popped in there after evening service and taking mom to get a couple of things at the store!!! I was gonna go tomorrow but again, why wait? emoticon I wanted to get a new membership (I cancelled my first one last year after only a few months...maybe four or five?) but th... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:32:35 EST New to spark people I am a 42 year old woman and I have been obese all of my adult life and almost all of my adolescent life span. I want to get healthy and look good and to increase my self esteem through my body image. My problem is motivation and my willingness to stick to my goals. And I don.t have any support here at home I live alone and my relatives are few and far apart. I don't have a car so I have to utilize transportation services. I can cook I have a crock pot and I cook mostly in big quantities but ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:15:07 EST Back pain When I walk or stand for any period of time my lower back, on my right side, starts to cramp up and become painful. Does anyone else experience this? I wonder if this is a sciatic nerve issue? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:52:03 EST New here Hi, I'm not new to Spark People, but am new to this group. My goal is to lose 150 pounds, and I'm down 28 so far. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:12:46 EST I'm not new... I've been on here for awhile now. Years. But usually am short lived. I believe I've finally got the tools and motivation to make it work. This seems to be my year to deal with health issues. I quit smoking, have lost some weight, am controlling my diabetes better, exercising more and eating healthier - I even make myself eat broccoli! (I'm still waiting on the liking broccoli part). I'm 48 now so it's about darn time to get these things under control! I want to lose about 140 lbs or so. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:27:00 EST Hi All! My name is Debbie. I'm 47 and my goal to be down to 150 by my 50th birthday. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:04:00 EST Hello Everyone! (warning ..looong post! sorry.) <em>524</em> Hello everyone! I'm not quite 40 yet but with over 200# I'd like to lose, I may be when that happens. I'll be 38 this November. This isn't my first time out the weight loss gate. I'd like for it to be my last. I just JUST...started back to eating healthier and counting my calories (via a non sparkpeople app) again on 8/16/15. I'm literally taking it one day/one week at a time. I'm a couple days from making it to two weeks of being healthier. I want to renew my gym... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:45:40 EST Hi, Everyone. Hi, I've been a part of this group for almost a month, but am just now starting to figure out how all of this works. I have 120 lbs to lose and am looking forward to cheering others on in their quest for health, fitness, and happiness. Have an awesome day! Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:18:15 EST Hello Again!! Hello everyone! I am coming back to Sparkpeople, and i am excited. Can't wait to start using the fun stuff on this site. Looking forward to getting healthier and more fit! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:33:48 EST Wishing You Well... Good Morning...Good Afternoon...Good Evening... <BR> <BR> This is my good-bye to the team...I want to wish each and everyone of you well and know that I am still routing you on to a healthier new you, for life...I am not quitting SparkPeople, just reorganizing what I can handle through my daily walk with life...There is a few more things more important and my time needs to be focused to getting healthy verses time on laptop...It has been a pleasure to meet all of you...Best Wishes on your en... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:58:51 EST newbie Hello, I am challenging myself to losing 120 lbs in 120 weeks.....1 lb a week is safe right? Anywho, that's where I'm at. Nice to meet everyone. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 16:13:34 EST New to the group Hello All! <BR> I'm new to the group and just wanted to say Hello! I've been on spark people before but never really got involved. I don't typically like to open up and share, but I'm thinking that might just be what I need to stay on track. After looking through the various of groups, I thought this one was best suited for me. I will be turning 40 at the end of the year and desperately don't want to add another zero to my age and have that be my weight (400 lbs - UGH!) I look forward to... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:56:09 EST Just Getting Back To Me... Hello...My name is Missie...Residing within the sunshiny state of Florida...I am so glad to have been talked into joining SparkPeople...The last two weeks I have been hopping around getting to know the doing so, I have created a routine... <BR> <BR> I have created my spark page, set some long term goals and some short goals, been learning about foods, tracking my foods, learning about streaks and setting some up, and created favorite fitness exercises I know I can handle and track... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:39:47 EST Hello! Hello. I'm new, kind of lost. I weighed in this morning at the highest in my entire life, even more than when I was 9 months pregnant with any of my babies. I need to get this weight off and live a healthier life. I have four kids, work full time (an hour commute), married but separated (by my choice) and live far away from all of the rest of my family. Desk job. Sedentary. Blah. <BR> <BR> I don't want to feel like this anymore. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:32:56 EST Hi everyone!! I have been a lurker for the last couple of weeks, just reading and looking around. By seeing all the wonderful post and the advice, I have decided to introduce myself and to quit just lurking. My name is Rhonda, I am 44 years old and I have at least 125 lbs to lose. I would love to have friends and support and would love to be a friend and give support. Wishing each of you a wonderful start to August! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:38:16 EST New again I joined Spark in 2011, but never really did anything with it. This time , I'm very serious about change. I've been having a health issue since the end of May- a pinched nerve , with pain coming from my leg and back. It's been very debilitating. I've been fighting my weight since I was a child. I'm an emotional eater and truth be told, a food addict. I have a lot of stress in my life, but I'm determined to do this. I would love to make new friends on here to encourage and have them encourage ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:08:19 EST HI ALL I have officially turned 40 this summer and now looking for a new team to hang with, lol!!! I also just had a baby back in March and changed back to my old position at work after a long 1 1/2 years, so it's been a very emotional state for me. BUT, I have been losing weight, still not where I want to be, but I am getting there slowly. Hoping I can get a move on it and do better this year. <em>30</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:47:12 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:55 EST Another new one here Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Having recently hit the big 40, I felt compelled to abandon the folks over at the 30 Somethings with 100+ group and come to a more "age appropriate" group. :) <BR> <BR> Quick and gritty introduction: <BR> <BR> Been overweight as long as I can remember. I've seen pictures of me in kindergarten, but by first grade was starting to get bigger. <BR> <BR> The past 10-15 years I've really struggled, going up and down more than a bipolar yo-yo. In 2007-2008 I went from ove... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:56:50 EST Hi Y'all !!! I'm a newbie here and frankly, I'm a newbie to weight loss as well. I'm 45, married for 25 years and have 4 kids ranging in ages from 23-18. I have always been chunky since I had my first child. My weight gradually increased over the years until just a few weeks ago I got into my hubbys best friends truck and the seat belt barely fit over me and I was considering buying and EXTENSION! Well that was the low point and I decided then and there it was time for a change!!! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:28:13 EST Let me introduce myself... Hi there! My name is Summy. <BR> <BR> I'm a fairly positive person and believe in taking accountability for my choices. Down with excuses!! :D I'm 40 years old, married, and childfree. Up until my 30s, I was actually quite fit and weighed about 150lbs (give or take 5 lbs). Then I experienced some emotional trauma and ate butt-loads of food because I liked the sedating effect of eating too much food--it made me feel calmer. As the weight piled on quickly, I became more an more sedentary and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:07:14 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:19:11 EST Hello New to this site. Here to make some long overdue changes. Looking forward to getting it done. Started by writing my first blog today. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:29 EST 30 lbs. Before Halloween Challenge 2015 Hi... I'm new, and I really need some motivation. The stores are past their Summertime excitement and will be stocking up for back to school and then Halloween before ya' know it. And that means, candy! Rows of the stinkin' stuff. Then it's Thanksgiving and Christmas.. and then half the year is blown! <BR> <BR> So I am challenging myself to lose at least 30 - 35 pounds by Halloween. I figure if I can do this, I may stay motivated through the dark sugaring, gravy-ridden months of winter. Pl... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:31:25 EST Hi...I'm new. <em>524</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:52:13 EST Newbie here! So I'm new to the boards - but not new to the weigh issues :( I feel like I'm finally at a place to take control of my life and make some changes. I'm an empty-nester, single, trying to figure out how I want my life to move forward! I've been battling Type II diabetes since 2009 - and finally found some good balance of meds and diet. Hope to make some good friends on here!! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:06:37 EST Weight gain Is it normal for your weight to increase 1 - 1 1/2 lbs over night? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:41:22 EST Back Again A few years back, I lost 110 pounds with the help and support of SparkPeople. I've learned (!) that if you let go of your good habits, you get what you always got before. The flip side of that is that I did it before and know how and that I can do it again! So, I'm BACK. I've updated my <BR> SparkPage and am back with a vengeance. This time I do have a deadline of sorts, something to work for: I'm getting married in October and I'd really like to look much better in my dress that I do ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 12:27:15 EST Rebecca Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am new to Sparks People. I have a weight loss goal of 150 lbs. My husband and I are doing it together. I live in the Palm Harbor area. Would love to meet people in my area with my same type goals. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:05:34 EST Here's my story Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm losing weight so I can get a breast reduction. The surgeon won't do it unless I'm at a normal weight. Right now I'm a 46K and the weight on my chest is actually slowly destroying the vertebrae in my upper back. <BR> <BR> I'm 43 and I have 132 pounds to lose. I began at 287 and am now 272 after 40 days. I walk two hours every day and spend about 10-15 minutes every day doing strength training exercises (one day I'll do upper body, the next I'll do legs). I am ver... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:25:44 EST Just joined "again" <em>41</em> <BR> My name is Vickie and I've got 100+ pounds to lose. I've been on SparkPeople for a while but never very active with it. I always thought, "I can do this by myself". <BR> Well, that hasn't worked out very well so, here I am again and very determined to get this weight off! <BR> I look forward to chatting with you all. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:25:09 EST Quick hello to my new team mates Hello everyone. I just joined the 40 somethings team, but have been an on again off again member here at SparkPeople. I am about 3 weeks into my new regimen and for the most part I have been fighting it every step of the way. Well my last trip to the Dr's has given me a wake up call. My sugar is out of control, and my Dr is giving me one chance to show him that I can get this weight off before the gives me an official diagnosis of diabetes. He said that if when I see him in a month if my ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:57:45 EST New here I was originally 244 pounds back during the first of January of 2015 when I started walking. Soon I found myself running and eating healthy. Then the weight started to come off. As of today I am 59 pounds lighter, weighing 185. My goal is to be 120 pounds and run a marathon before my 46th Birthday in February. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:14:43 EST hello I'm new to this group, I have 105 lbs to lose. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:54:07 EST Gotta brag I can't believe it but I went down at least one pants size, and I think I could have gone down another pants size but I don't have any jeans that particular size. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> My pedometer wasn't working like it should plus the crotch of my jeans was hanging so low that my thighs were rubbing together, but I didn't want to try the next size down. I didn't want to be disappointed. BUT because my pedometer wasn't working I went to bed psyching myself up to try on the next ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:24:08 EST Self Examination I have been reading a variety of articles. One I read online mentions that some obese people use their weight as an excuse. They use their weight problem as a reason to not get out, to not join in, avoid change, and to avoid relationships, What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> I think maybe they are right. I know I'm an emotional eater. I've went through some stressful times---grad school, divorce, and changes at work. With this increased stress, I went through a period where my diet was out o... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:44:43 EST Any singles out there? Are any of you single? Is anyone else sick of people only seeing the weight and not wanting to even get to know you? Sometimes I think that you could tell potential dates that you have some horrible criminal record and you'd be treated with more compassion than being overweight. Like it is really the worse thing in the world.. *sigh*.. I was thinking of starting a team with singles who have 100+ lbs to lose or maybe even 50+... would anyone be interested? <BR> It wouldn't be to meet people bu... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:09:04 EST Newbie from Bama Hello everyone! I have a long way to go. I'm here because I know you understand. I hope we can help each other one pound at a time. I have two real issues. 1. I'm an emotional eater and the past few years have been really stress filled---divorce, grad school, and job changes. 2. I'm a programming librarian; I do all the library's pr, program ideas, set-up, and follow through. So most of the time, I'm on the computer or the telephone. This doesn't get me moving much. To help with this... I ch... Wed, 27 May 2015 09:52:21 EST A fluffy Puffin I joined this site looking for help. I'm not even going to deny it. I'm obese, have been my whole life and I'm tired and angry about it. I'm 340lbs, or was now I'm 322 but I have no motivation. I'm looking for people who will help me with words, encouragement, ideas, opinions, anything that will get me going. I can't do this alone. I need that support group. Obviously I have a lot of weight to lose and I'm not trying to lose it fast but just lose. Mon, 18 May 2015 16:13:44 EST I'm New I posted to the team wall, but not here yet. I'm 48 and from Maine, and have over 200 lbs to lose. I like all the helpful tools here and the forums, what I've read of them! <BR> Joanne <em>252</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 08:18:21 EST Fitbit Anyone here have a fitbit? How do you like it? Do you think it helps to motivate you to get your steps in? I bought one a few months ago and am just taking it out of the box. I would like to hear others experiences with it. <BR> Thanks in advance. Mon, 18 May 2015 07:43:51 EST new Hi I'm new. I'm 43 and have over 100 lbs to lose. I can really use buddies for support. My weight has me really sad lately and I want to learn to get the weight off and keep it off. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 12 May 2015 15:46:31 EST When Old is New I started sparkspeople ages ago, 2008, lost 50+ pounds, and for some silly reason stopped using it. well here I am back, those 50 pounds are too as well as another 20..yay me. <BR> <BR> What I've learned, is that I have...HAVE to track what I eat. Otherwise, I either forget to eat because I'm just not hungry, or I overeat because I'm starving, there is no middle ground it would be nice if there was. <BR> <BR> When I started way back when, I had arthritis in my lower back, that of course h... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:15:53 EST New Person Hello all, today is my first day and I wanted to say that I'm loving this website. I have more than 100 lbs to lose and I'm 41. I live in Texas and we have had some crazy weather this week! Anything special about this website you would like to share that would be great! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:57:46 EST I exercised 20+ hours in a week and lived... Because I went to the Biggest Loser Resort in Illinois and worked a small part of my rear off. I was amazed at the strength I could gain in just a week and how much I could do after being completely sedentary for sooooo long. It's still hard to make it a habit though, I'm better at controlling food. What's your preferred self management tool: better food choices, workouts or ??? Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:06:28 EST new Hi, all!! I'm Sherry, new to the group, trying hard to get healthy. Any great advice to share???? Thanks!! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:17:04 EST Hello I am glad to be here where others know what I am going through and I don't have to worry about people making fun of me.. I have lost 79 pounds so far and I am not rushing things I can really use some friends to give me support and you better believe I will give it right back.. <BR> I decided to loose weight cause I have type2 diabetes and I don't want to die so even though I have osteoarthritis I have been walking with my very supportive husband's help.. <BR> I am learning how to eat and ha... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:50:38 EST 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