SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard To help each other with High Blood Pressure SparkPeople HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Team Messageboard Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST hello everybody hello Im new to sparkpeople Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:44 EST Re-Intoduction Hello everyone! I think I was a member of this team once because my husband had high BP. I ended up canceling once his BP was controlled through medication. After a series of recent visits to the Dr., my BP has been elevated and I'd like to talk to others who have the same problem. Last visit was 154/74 (at rest). I know this isn't dangerously high, but am concerned to be out of range for me. I am active, but about 50 lbs. over my ideal weight. I'm looking forward to getting to know yo... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:04:44 EST High Systolic/Low Diastolic Does anyone have this issue? I just read up on it online and it is a bad sign, leading to heart failure. I have 2 leaky valves which the doctor is watching closely. Recently my Systolic has been high compared to my Diastolic. Before I take my meds, my Systolic will be 160 but Diastolic is in the high 50s or low 60s. And my pulse rate is low, too. I am on Beta Blockers, so that explains why it would be a little on the low side, but the big difference in my other readings concerns me. One... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:22 EST Hi! My name is Redgirl54. I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago. I struggle with depression due to the diabetes. I joined Spark People on the first day of April. I have really enjoyed the tracking features for food and activity. This makes me very accountable. I need to lose a total of 37 pounds and I believe I will be successful. This weight did not come on in a few days and I know it will take several months and a lifetime of changes to accomplish my goals. My good friend introduced me to Spark... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:55 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST Young and Diagnosed with HBP from WI HI everyone, <BR> I'm 26, and from Wisconsin(Yay Cheese!!). I recently was to my doctor and she has diagnosed me after only seeing her once before, with HBP. She wants me to be on medication... I'm only 26! But I digress, I am here to find out how to reduce my BP without meds Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:14:13 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST Hello My name is Patricia and I am very new to the Spark family. I have seven dogs (all came here as strays but are strays no longer). I have a very understanding husband, who loves animals as much as I do. I need support (a little push) into a great weight loss program. ...I think I have found it. Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:14:00 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:51:59 EST Hello Everyone I am new here and hope to learn lots! I am amazed at how many calories I am suppossed to eat each day. I don't eat that much but I guess it's what I eat that I need to be mindful of. I have several health issues and I need to take care of myself. My main concern right now is that I have Chronic Pancreatitis and not sure if this is why I have developed Type 2 Diabetes. I really need to take care with food. Things high in carbs and sugar put me in pain. My blood sugar has been out of con... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:18:26 EST New..beyond help! my name is Shirley and I join as a last resort to help myself become healthier and lose mega pounds.. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:50:58 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:39:58 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:08 EST Starting over... Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm back.:) I had moderate success with weight loss a couple years ago with the help of this website. I started at 206 and went down to 172. My goal weight was 154. I lost focus after beginning a new relationship (which eventually led to marriage in July of 2012). It's kind of been downhill ever since. I crept back up to 206 which seems to be where my body says enough is enough! This is the point where I can only fit a few articles of clothing in my wardrobe and I'... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:18:42 EST Spring Fling 2014 Let's go! We traveled over 1,000 miles as a team in the last quarterly movement challenge. Let's do it again! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:39:21 EST Prediabetes. Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST new to the Team Anyone from Central Illinois <em>213</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:04 EST Im new here Hi. Im new here and I would like to find help with losing weight. Im a 40 year old single mom of 3 boys. Two of them are grown and one is married with a daughter. I want to feel better, look better and live healthier. Thanks for the help. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:38:51 EST Cinnamon Girl Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am excited about this new venture. It has been a long time coming. Why is it that we spend so much of our lives (especially women) taking care of others.....our spouses, children, friends, and so little time caring for ourselves. I am 60 and finally realizing that I am just as important as all those that I love. I want to be healthy and be able to continue loving and caring (especially my grandbabies) for many more years to come. I realize that unless I take care of ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:52:38 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Obligatory Introduction Hi all. I've been a member of SP for a while, but I just started checking out the community and forums. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with high blood pressure last year. Other than a bought with preeclampsia during my second pregnancy, I'd never had an issue with blood pressure before. My dad recently passed due to several health issues, and realizing that my chances of dying early are increased has spurred me to being more proactive with regards to my health. <BR> <BR> I'm 38, mom to 2 teenag... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:16:55 EST Newbie here. Trying to improve my weight as a way to control my blood pressure. Looking at adding meditation to my efforts as well. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:40:00 EST New Start for a New ME Good Morning All; <BR> I am 56 yr old woman. I have abused my body for most of my life. The blood pressure is going up, the cholesterol is going up too. Heart disease, blood sugar and thyroid trouble runs in the family. So I am playing with fire every day that I don't eat well or exercise. My brain knows this, but still I don't seem to care enough about ME to do something. <BR> I read somewhere that new habits can be created by doing the action for 30 days in a row.....with that, I am going... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:32:45 EST Lisa k Hello, I am new to this program. I figured I would try it out. To see if it could help me in reaching my weight loss goal. It's very hard to plan healthy meals. Also, preventing over eating. I'm hoping I can learn from all of you and become healthier and happier.. :) thanks Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:26:45 EST Just diagnosed with hypertension! Hi guys! I just joined the team. I have been on Spark people for a few months now and really enjoy it. I just found out about my high blood pressure, and so I figured finding a team that addressed this issue would be a great idea. Last Friday I woke up with sharp, stabbing pain in my right eye. I went to see a doctor and found out I had ruptured capilaries in my eye. I then made an appointment with an opthamologist, but when I was there on the visit he stopped half way through the exam to tak... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:28:00 EST Jimi777 I am the father of 6 kids and I have 4 grandchildren. Over the years I have put on a lot of weight and now would like to get healthly Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:02:48 EST new here introduced earlier , I am a runner, age 64. I have had HBP all my adult life! I believe heredity played the biggest part in this. I am not overweight, have been running consistently since the age of 27. About 5 years ago I started taking blood pressure family doctor didn't know what else I could do on my own that I wasn't already doing, so here I am. Unfortunately, my 3 children all have it also. The oldest is 40, the youngest is 27 and yes, even the 27 year old is on m... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:28:34 EST nearing 65 and still running! I have been running over 30 years, never was fast, 9-10 minute miles and not races. I started doing longer distances in 2008 and have now run 20 half marathons and one marathon. I am just so darn slow, that now I am beginning to get discouraged. I know that I shouldn't let it bother me, but it does. I belong to a forum for women over 40, but everyone is getting PR's and running fast and here I am lucky to be doing 12 minute miles these days. I seem to have really slowed over the winter m... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:08:20 EST I'm Back!! I am back to faithfully using Spark People. I thought that I could do it without tracking and using my teams for support. That was a mistake but all I can say is I tried. Hopefully, I'm on track to start losing again. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:27:43 EST 44 and looking to change my life for the better! Just had my 44th birthday. I want to do so many things but my weight keeps holding me back. My daughter was so proud of one of her classmate's mom for losing weight. It has motivated me, I want her to be proud of me. I am ready to change and grow to the me I want to be. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:29:19 EST Do you take your HBP meds morning or night? I take my HBP meds in the morning, and I am wondering when you take yours and why. <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:05:03 EST Fatigue after taking medication? Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if other people also experience fatigue after taking BPM. <BR> I do very much after taking perindopril. <BR> <BR> Is there a solution to that? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:45:08 EST 54tiggersue New today. Did ok so far! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:07 EST Hi, I'm Lynn. I went to a doctor on Friday, not my primary care physician. They have told me that my blood pressure is seriously high and that I need to make an appointment with my physician. I would like to try to do things to bring it down before scheduling this appointment. My preference is to not have to take medicine, but I understand that I may have to. I started exercising about two weeks ago. I am looking for meals that I can cook for me that are flavorful and not loaded with sodium. I have a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:02:12 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:10 EST Hi my name is Tammy I am new to the group. <em>41</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:24:19 EST Its Me Sheila !! I joined this team last year but have not been active here so here I go again. I was not checking in because I was feeling guilty , not seeing my doctor and not taking my pills. I got a doctor who I just can not get in scyn w/. When I go to him ,he tell me what to do before my next appt and then at my appt we do not cover what we planed and when I point it out to him he just says "Well this is what we are going to do NOW" I do not feel he is working WITH me and I can not get w/ that. I have a... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:14:16 EST Hi I believe I was on this team b4 a long time ago, and so anyway I have came back here. I am Rose or Rosie Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:31:42 EST moodykeys Hi my name is Mary and I have been on a better eating plan since jan. one month 28 days actually. I started at 232 pounds and today I weighed in at 220. I need to lose 97 ponds to be at the top weight for my height. after 2 months of eating better, mainly stopping almost all sugar. I have started to feel much better and I move a lot easier than in the past without losing my breath. hoping to keep improving on this and feeling even better.. I was told by my wellness person to track my calories... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:11:49 EST Hello Can say I am new. <BR> <BR> I have had high blood pressure since my early 30s for me to is a on going battle to fight my blood pressure at time. I hardly use salt in anything I cook with if I do use salt I try real hard to make sure it is Sea Salt not table salt at all. In truth I rather use just pepper then salt. <BR> <BR> I am doing this for many reasons on trying to control my diet for my son and also for me to feel better about how I look about my self. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:09:19 EST Hi everyone! I went to the doctor today and found out my blood pressure is 160/110. I've been overweight for years now and have had low self esteem for as long as I can remember: two things I'd like to change. I was excited when I found out about this website, helping me to care for myself and provide a community support system :) I wish all the best of luck in our journey to improve our health :) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:48:20 EST Hello there everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new, I came across this site today and it looked and sounded great! I have been over-weight all my life. <BR> Not a new story I know. I stay at home most of the time. And so I would like some new friends, that <BR> might help and encourage me along the way. I am open to new ideas, recipes things like that. <BR> I believe I can get these pounds off! Maybe we can help each other. Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:36:27 EST Need to Lose Hi, I am a 56 yr young woman who is in need of losing weight. I know I am at an unhealthy weight but I cannot seem to lose it. I have been tracking my food intake and keep coming up short with the calories. This is not good as my body will not let go of anything. I know I need to eat more and not just veggies and fruits or eat more of those things. I currently take medication for high blood pressure but hope to lose enough weight and maybe not have to take them. I really like this site a... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:31:01 EST Got off Lisinopril, chronic cough went away. I had a persistent, violent cough for 11 weeks straight. Got off Lisinopril and switched to a "2nd generation" medication in the same family, and it went away 3 days later and hasn't returned. Doctor put me through two rounds of bronchitis treatment before we figured out what was really happening. It all started when I found out about the Lisinopril Cough on a SP blog and asked the doctor about it. <em>198</em> Doh! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:03:53 EST Good Evening.... Hi - my name is Jeff, and I live in upstate NY. I've always been a "big guy"....I'm 6ft4, and usually weigh, plus or minus, about 300 pounds. I used to work in mental health, where size was often a factor in dealing with patients. And I've always felt that I derived part of my identity, from my size. <BR> <BR> Weight was never a problem - or at least I never perceived it as a problem......a number of years ago (probably more than 10), I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic....and I was main... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:10:48 EST Missanne on the move I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST I am the fat mom. Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year,... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:12:08 EST Are there any new SparkPeople . How to find them. I'm fairly new to SparkPeople and am excited to find new people like me who I can connect with on the message board! I'm also interested in connecting with older members, I don't mean in age but people who have been withSparkPeople for awhile, and have good success by following the Nutrition Tracker, Fitness Tracker and Community pages! <BR> I am a 64 year old woman with a HB of almost 30 years. I have two grown daughters, one 26, the other 22. I live in Issaquah, WA, sort of near Seattle, t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:57:14 EST hello from denton texas I am 64.Should weigh 170 or even less.I weigh 210.I have exercised 6 out of last 8 days.I had open heart surgery 3 years ago.I am a registered nurse,past 37 years.I work in ICU. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:56:43 EST daryl kemp retired I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:52 EST Southern WV Mommy Hey everyone...I've been a member for quite a while, but haven't done what I was supposed to. I have lost about 40 pounds in the last 5 months by going back to work and working a lot! I went to the doctor last week and was put on medicine for diabetes, which I am very unhappy about. My oldest son is about 75lbs overweight and the doctor is concerned about him. WE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BECOME MUCH MORE HEALTHY!! I really need help figuring out menus and such to help us succeed. Thanks to all... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:31:02 EST Did you take your blood pressure today? I watch a show last night on public TV called On Call. It is a local doctor that answers questions from viewers and has guests on to discuss certain topics. Last night the topic was heart disease. One of the guests was another doctor who recommends you take your blood pressure 3 times per day to see what the right numbers are for you. They shared that all people are not alike so blood pressure for you might not be the actual good one for another person. What are your thoughts on this? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:02:53 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:46 EST Not eat, pray and love myself I am 55 years old, been dieting since I was 12 and I am still 50 lbs overweight! I am searching for a lifestyle that I can live with and will help me reach my goals. I am on that shaky third day and would love to hear from those of you who are further along, and how you tgot there. Hope it's not too obvious that this "community" thing is very new to me, but hey, I can't keep doing the same things and expect different results, right? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:11:58 EST hi im new to program. my name is pekaana Hi my name is pekaana. Im new to this. I have 30 pounds to loose. Im so ready to shed this weight. I could use littile motivation. Esp in excerise. Im lil lazy!! Lol love to walk. Got walk away pounds dvd and gilad quick fit system. Goalnis to do excerise 3 to 4 days a week at least 30 min. This is a neat websight. I just stumbled upon it. So here I go. Im on day 2. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:22:03 EST Hi I'm Kerri Today is my second day on blood pressure meds and the doc says if I can get some of this weight off I will be able to get off of the meds. I have been trying to get back on track since Christmas and have not done to well, but with this new goal in mind I am finding it a lot easier not to cheat. I lost 70 pounds five years ago, but then I gained it all back. I know that I can do it again! <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:44:42 EST nallan71 Hi, every body. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:15:41 EST HIya I'm Kaity hi I'm Kaity and I'm looking forward to this new journey in life to better myself physically. I look forward to meeting new people and learning new life choices to better myself. I hope along the way I can help others as well. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:45:07 EST over sthe road-rolling strong Hey how are we all tonight? I'm spencer 24 and a long haul driver. I have a goal of getting down to 150-160ish. Currently I'm starting at 194. I'm shooting for 1-3lb a week. Any support given will be appreciated. Out here on the highway there isn't much support for a driver so any is greatly apreciated Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:06:09 EST Hi I'm Annabel im interested in connecting with others who have SLE. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:45:52 EST Here's Looking at you! Hi, I'm Sandy and as my user name says, I live in Largo. DH and I moved to FL from VA just about 10 years ago for his health. Thanks to the wonderful folks at the Bay Pines VA, he's doing so much better. They even were able to qualify him for a VA disability pension Only problem with that is because of the rules on the pension, I had to stop working. About 8 years ago, we both lost a considerable amount of weight by going on the South Beach diet and doing a lot of bike riding. Along the... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:10:06 EST Ready to do this Hi my name is Cindy i had signed up for sparks awhile ago and then had surgery done on my foot. I am finally able to start slowly getting back to my life. With that said i want to start losing this weight and start a new life of happiness and health. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:56 EST RTERRELL 3 I would like to lose70 pounds. I have lost so far with sparkspeople 24 pounds. I am impressed how well it works for me and my wife. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST Hello Everyone! Thank for your welcome messages! I am soooo overwhelmed!!! I was looking for an easy menu to start with...I am a meat eater and not ready for too BIG of a change yet! Can any of you make suggestions? <BR> <BR> Debbie Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:15:56 EST New but old. Good Sunday Morning!! My name is Crystal (Cryssy), I am a wife, mother, nanny, and caretaker of my husband who is disabled, and my father-in-law who is disabled and has first stage alzhiemers. I do all the scheduling of any appointment that people in our home have to go to. I do the cooking, cleaning, and shopping. I make sure that med boxes are filled, meds are taken, sugars are checked, etc... I am also household vet and i nanny on the weekends. I also try to make sure that my mother-in-law... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:50:33 EST Hi Everyone! I'm a 50 yr old mom of two children (10 & 7 1/2). I have always had a weight problem & since the birth of my 2nd child have crohn's. Taking prednisone has only caused more weight gain. I have tried many diets but my Crohn's limits what foods I can eat such as bell peppers (common in many diets), raw veggies, & fresh fruit. Medifast worked but I got tired of eating bars and shakes only. So I am starting again in hopes that a daily log will help encourage me to not cheat. I would love to... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:15:21 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST I hate Metoprolol! I'm taking half the lowest dose and it still seems like too much. My blood pressure/heart rate is too low to be effective when exercising. Today when I was doing squats I started feeling dizzy and had to stop. I was worried that my bp was high, but no it was actually 100/68. No wonder my head was swimming, I wasn't getting enough oxygen for what I was asking it to do. Does anyone else feel dizzy when exercising with beta blockers? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:15:39 EST Hi, joining in with you I'm Debbie, have been on a bp med since I was in my 30's. Now I'm sixty, on 2 meds, morning and night. Stress really has affected me with my bp and now my weight probably isn't helping at all. Just joined up with Spark people and trying to find my way around. Started off good with my eating, slacked off last week, trying to get more involved and more serious with this. As far as my bp meds, sometimes I do forget until late in the morning on a non-work day! Crazy, I know and I'm a nurse! Good ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:58:06 EST Who can you give a smile to today? I gave one to my neighbor when I saw him out shoveling snow. I also wished him a Happy Valentine's Day. How about you? Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:37:07 EST AFFAIDOO's SparkPage I Name is Doreen Affaidoo I just become a member Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:36:01 EST Just Getting Started Hello, <BR> My name is Therese and I have just joined Spark People. I'm hoping to turn things around by eating healthy and getting into a daily exercise routine. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:08:44 EST Hello Everyone I'm Dorothy and I joined this team last night. I live in upstate New York, am 73 years old, and have moderately high blood pressure. My blood pressure is always high in the doctors office but not too bad at home. i've been on SparkPeople for 5 years and the first year I lost about 20 lbs and was able to get off of one of my blood pressure pills. I have regained about 7 lbs. and now the doctor wants me to go back on another blood pressure pill. I was just taking a water pill for a few years. ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:21:31 EST Bryan G2 Hello, I am new to this whole computer thing, my goal is to loose 100 pounds. Not sure what else to add Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:10:20 EST I'm trying again I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Renewing my commitment to myself to be healthier Hi all, I've been here before. A couple of times actually. Decided to give it one more try, and to take it slow. Previously I'd jump in with both feet and get a good start then run out of steam fairly quickly. Hopefully by taking it slower this time I will succeed. After all I didn't get this way over night. Happy Sparking and God Bless. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:19:44 EST New To Spark Hi Everyone I'm new to spark. Looking forward to sharing this journey with each of you. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:12:00 EST Need help with blood pressure. Good morning, My name is Maria from Illinois. <BR> I am looking for motivation, for I have HP and it is very dangerous to my health. <BR> <BR> Any advice or words of encouragement will be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> God bless. =) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:12:53 EST Hi everybody!! My name is Dominique and I'm new to the weight loss scene. I will be appreciative of and tips and feedback to get me started Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:06:18 EST Vegan is In Hi I am kind of new or actually new at making contacts to meet someone. I am trying to stick with the vegan lifestyle but I keep running out of ideas, can some one help me with ideas and recipes for lunch, super and breakfast? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:31:50 EST Hi, I'am giving this another try! Hello everyone! I have so many obstacles to get past, I have decided to take control before it goes out of control, I do not over eat, I under eat which is just as bad if not worse. I have develped a phobia about looking at myself in the mirror and hating the reflection. I know I need to feel better about myself. I am hoping to change all these issues about myself in a helathier and more positive way! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:49:46 EST Good Morning I would like to introduce myself. I am a 39 year old mother of five children. My oldest daughter is married and going to have my grandbaby in May of this year. I am tring to get to my goal weight of 135 lbs. I decided to sign up for spark people because I needed some motivation and I like how the site is set up. What made me decided to lose weight is that last year I was put in the hospital because my blood pressure was high and I also found out I have a thyroid problem for it is hard for me... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:16:02 EST Aday4this My name is Alice. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since 1989. I have 35 pounds to loose again!! <BR> I will be 73 in acouple of weeks. I have a small dog, Buddy. He keeps me moving, everytime I sit down and get real comfy he needs to go out side. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:16:35 EST Hi! New to Sparkpeople Hello All! <BR> <BR> I have been using Sparkpeople for a week now, and must admit it has been interesting! So many resources! My blood pressure is not extremely high (140/80), but my doctor wanted to put me on BP medication. Told her to give me a chance to lose some weight and exercise to see if it gets better. Thoughts; advise? Thank you and have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Yvonne <em>30</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:09 EST Diva in Progress Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST New Beginnings ! In about 8 months I will be walking down the aisle to marry my best friend (yes thats corny!) and I want to look my best not only for the big day, but for myself! Although my timing is a bit late, I think this page and its memebers will give me the motivation I need to get my butt and gear and look amazing! <BR> <BR> The basics: <BR> 29 years old <BR> live in West Texas <BR> 1 dog <BR> 2 cats <BR> 1 amazing fiance <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:14:26 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST First Day Hi everyone. I am here to get my prehypertension under control without meds. I have a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease, until last week my blood pressure was great.Now its' hovering around 117/84- 134/83. I defiantly want to get this under control while I am still young and in relative good health. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:22:48 EST Hello, Ya"ll From Texas Let me introduce myself. I am 52 years old and live in the Greater Houston area. I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man and we have one teenage daughter. I also have 3 fur babies--2 cats and a Chinese Crested dog. My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and walking my dog. In 2012, I graduated from 7 years of school obtaining my BSW and MSW in social work. Over those years, I put on quite a bit of weight--mostly late night eating and stress/comfort eating. This year, I had ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:19:14 EST why eating effects your BP ? Hi I am new here this week and i am having issues eating because of this : same old same old 1 hour out from lunch and blood pressure through the roof along with a panic attack. does anyone know why eating would spike your blood pressure so much ??? <BR> confused .... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:37:13 EST bsl1956 I am 57 years old, I need to loose at least 40 pounds I drive 40 minutes to work and back. Sit at a desk all day. For a week now my coworkers and I have been walking a mile at lunch and 2 miles in evening. I have only lost 1 pound going to keep trying. I have copd Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:41:39 EST Challenging myself to a Better Me Hi. My name is Faye. I live in Prosper, just north of Frisco and McKinney. I am a 72 year old great grandmother who lives with my son and his family of a wife and two teen sons. I am chief cook as I enjoy watching everyone eat when they get home after their busy day. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 10 pounds gained over the years. I love walking but have been very lazy this year. I do pilates and some weights but I also love baking for family and friends. Of course that requires a lot of t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:22:46 EST Scared! Trying hard not to stay on program and stay positive! Help! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:09:29 EST Fat and Depressed I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST Hello There! Looking for motivation! Hello! I am 51. I am trying to lose 35 pounds by June 1. Two years ago I lost my oldest son to suicide. I have been in a deep depression and decided about 6 months ago to pull myself out of it. I am in a state of frustration because in 6 months I have only lost 25 pounds. In have fibro and some other issues which keep from exercising like I want to. So here I am trying to stay motivated. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:12:07 EST almost there! finally got serious last fall and now 2 lbs away from my first milestone. hoping that by next weigh-in I'll finally be under 200lbs, first time since can't remember when. starting eating for diabetes because I'm on metformin but mostly because a friend is looking at insulin in the near future so to encourage her and because I really needed to do something about my sugars we start eating for diabetes, we are both maintaining a much healthier sugar level and the weight loss is a bonus! yeah for... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:23:58 EST need a partner I need a diet partner . I am a 64 yr female ,need to lose weight for my heart. this is my first time with sparkpeople and could use some coaching. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST new to this group! I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST Greetings, all! Hi, nice to meet you all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> After being normal on the low side, my blood pressure shot up a few years ago. Like, REALLY up. Like, they kept asking me if I was feeling OK up. (I think it was something like 205/108. I remember the bottom number was over 100. Like I said, REALLY up.) It corresponded with a big weight gain, and a job change, and my mother's Alzheimer's getting worse, so it was a perfect storm. I've been on meds ever since, and need them or it shoots up a... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:26:52 EST Hi I'm 33 with high blood pressure I am working on getting my blood pressure back down. I just went to the doctor this week and it was high (145/94) so I'm determined to lose weight...again. I lost 23 lbs and my blood pressure was GREAT! Unfortunately I gained it back & my blood pressure is back up (go figure!). Sooo I signed myself up to do a marathon in June (it will be my 2nd one). Being signed up for a race motivates me to work out and eat healthy. I've been tracking my food for the past 4 days and have ran the past ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:15:33 EST I'm Ready for A Change Hello Everyone! My name is Priscilla. I am overweight, I am tired and I need a change. When I signed up for this site, once I got in, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed. It is far more exciting looking than I expected. But I am like a fish in water. I am currently, diabetic, overweight, with high BP. Low Cholesterol but still had a heart attack at 36 and an Angioplasty at 38. For a young African American female that starts a host of other illnesses that could occur and I want to b... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:41:29 EST Masherry HI! I am excited to join in here. I am 57 yrs old. I live in a very small town called Braxton. Everyone knows everyone. I have many health problems. My main reason for wanting to make life changes for the best are my 6 grandbabies ages 18 months -10years, I need to set a good example for them. I LOVE FAMILY, READING AND COOKING. I am ready to get started and need all the help I can get. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:39:03 EST Hi, My name is Charlotte I am going to be accountable this year for the food that goes into my body! I will be married for 42 years next week, to my high school sweetheart. He has seen me all sizes and does complain about my size, he is concerned about my health. I have RA, High blood pressure and need to lose a lot of weight. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:44 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Almost 50 My name is Pam. I have two teenage daughters and a wonderful husband, all of whom love me just the way I am. I have high blood pressure and two brothers who have died from massive heart attacks and both were younger than I am. I am not in "bad" shape but not in great shape either. I run some, do some yoga but I am not consistent. I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate when it is cold outside. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill which I have at our neighborhood gym. I ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:26:23 EST Starting Over Achhh!!! I keep doing this over and over! Well, now I'm 50 (as of 1/11) and it's TIME. Yesterday I recorded everything I ate and today, too, so far. The hardest thing for me will be cutting out alcohol. I'm really excited though! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:17 EST Just joined for my dh My dh saw the dr the other day and his blood pressure is running in stage 1 hypertension. He must monitor for 8wks and then call. I've reserved some books on DASH. He did not know this at his appointment, but his dad does have hypertension (and he is very thin). <BR> <BR> We do not eat tons of processed food because my youngest ds has food allergies. I think the highest sodium he gets would be from eating out (we go out once a week on a date) and canned tomatoes. He does like some proc... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:08:08 EST Time to change my life I have battled weight most of my adult life but have decided to win the battle for good! I want to be healthy, I want to wear cute clothes but most of all I want to be the one in control of my life and my choices. I am ready to make lasting changes, and have the patience to see this through! I welcome any support and friendship! I recently decided to stop eating meat although I will eat eggs and cheese. This is a challenge for me because I lose better when eating fewer carbs. Any tips fr... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:10:20 EST Hi, I'm Maria It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:12 EST Hi I'm Flo Hi my name is Flo. I live in Rapid City, SD. I am 63 and 100+ pounds overweight. My husband and I are retiring at the end of the year and going on the road with our RV. I want to be able to walk, explore and have fun without effort. I was recently diagnosed with prediabetis so I want to eradicate that also. I need to sleep with a cpap and would like to get rid of that also. I am semi retired so finally feel like I can start to focus on me. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:43:21 EST Hi from the California Desert Just bought a fitbit zip. I want to lower my bp and loose 16 pounds. Take care everyone and good luck on your goals! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:38:20 EST Hello from Sue Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST Hello from Southern California! Hi! my name is Nancy. I live in Sunny California. I am a guitar teacher and also perform professionally. I have normally been a very active person, but my schedule has been so crazy the past couple of years that I have put on some unwanted pounds that have been difficult to shed. My goal on being here today, is to be accountable to others, to keep to my goals, and to shed these last few pounds. Sometimes people don't take me seriously when I tell them I need to lose weight, but each o... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:35:28 EST Introducing myself Hi. I'm Karen. I used Sparkpeople to lose weight in 2009, so I know that it is an effective tool. Can't believe I regained the weight! It came back slowly; I thought I was eating a healthy diet, but obviously I ate too much of a good thing. Time to return to Sparkpeople. Unfortunately, the website is a lot harder to use in 2014 than it was in 2009. Obviously, a lot of people have discovered Sparkpeople; the website is sluggish, and it crashes a lot. Any suggestions? I will try to be ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:07:03 EST Mom and Wife need help My name is Jennifer I am a stay at home mom and wife, my daughter is now eighteen and going graduate this year. I have let myself get totally out of control with my weight. My husband is very supportive, but that is not enough. He is happy with me, and yes that is wonderful, but I am miserable. I am 37 and I want to enjoy my life. I stay at home a lot and it is hard to do this on my own. I love movies, reading, gardening and fishing. I don't do much exercise and that is my main problem. It is... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:26:24 EST just joined today I am determine to start leading a healther life this year. Hoping SP can help me stay motivated. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:30:46 EST jagors I am new to this site obviously, however, I was just searching for answers when I found this site. I am trying to gather information on how to shop for the correct foods, carbs etc. It is so overwhelming. I am very active as far as physically working out at the local Y at least four days a week. During good weather I ride a bicycle 25 miles at least three times a week. I just cannot get the food consumption correct. I tried to stop all breads,cakes etc. but my blood sugar dropped to the... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:24:07 EST A NEW ME Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST AGAYE 2014 READY TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING HEALTHY AND IMPROVING MY LIFE. . Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:56:57 EST New and Confused! Hello, I just joined last night and I can tell I need lots of help. Apparently I didn't enter my food correctly. I had 2 slices of bacon and it gave me over 1700 calories for that! What did I do wrong? I'm older, not terribly active, and I need lots of encouragement! I'd be happy to hear from someone who knows exactly what I'm going through. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:06:12 EST Trying again I have dieted many times only to go back to the way I used to eat and gained it all back plus some. My name is Norma and I am 64 years old. I would love to get back to the 150 lbs that I weighed 35 years ago when I married my husband. I know that this needs to be a lifestyle change in the way I eat but it seems almost impossible to do. Any ideas? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:16:58 EST Making it Happen Greetings Everyone, <BR> I took two classes purposely while in school, A Fit and Well Class and a Weight Training 1 class. I belonged to a gym and was needed to get in water and stretch for some chonic pain issues, I got in a bit of a funk when it started to get cold. I thought for sure I had loss some weight as I was doing a good hour and a half of lite aerobic exercise in the pool. Also I had corrected a few eating habits. However after being out of the gym for 2 months it all came back du... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:01:37 EST Need some motivation Hello. Like Many Of You I Have Been Down This road Several Times Before, But I Need This Time To Be Different. I Need This Time To Work For Good. any Tips From You Guys? Thu, 9 Jan 2014 02:27:45 EST New to Spark People! My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:48 EST I just started today! Hi, my name is Peggy. I have 100+ lbs. to lose. If I can lose 2 lbs a week I will be at my goal in December, 2014. I've tried everything. I am totally committed to this plan. I've never belonged to a Forum and am hopeful this will keep me motivated. My sister has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I fear I'm heading in the same direction. Glad to be here, and hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:48:33 EST HI this is BeeHive777 I feel like this is going to be my year. I will need lots of help and incouragement. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:22 EST Hi everyone! My name is LuLu and I have had Type I juvenile diabetes for the past 55 years. I just got an insulin pump last month and I am wondering if anyone here would know of a website I can use to calculate my carbohydrates that I eat each meal???? <BR> <BR> Any and all help will be appreciated! I am using MyFitnessPal on my Iphone; however, it does NOT calculate how many carbs I consume in each meal! For example, today, at lunch, I ate 1 1/2 cup of home made potato salad and it can't calculate th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:21:23 EST Hi, I am new here HI, my name is Tammy and I am 46 years old. I was just diagnosed with high blood pressure. My cardiologist has started me out on one pill a day. I see him again in July. He wants me to lose some weight and start exercising regularly to see if it will make a difference before he prescribes more meds. I really want to drop some pounds. Having this diagnosis has really made me take a good look at myself and my lifestyle. I want to be around for my children and my husband for many years to... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:56:01 EST Hi Everyone! I'm a newbie! Hi, my name is Rhonda. I am married and have two daughters. I never had high blood pressure till I started working at my current job 5 years ago. I hate it, cause no matter how I eat, etc. my blood pressure is like a roller coaster. I go days sometimes without taking my medicine, but when I do that, I get headaches, etc. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and embarking on this wonderful journey of weight loss and becoming more healthy. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:21:49 EST Like a Phoenix I will rise again! Bad Breakup this weekend,feeling bad about my weight for a very long time.This is a start for new beginning and <BR> A reaching a goal of a beautiful new me Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:15:14 EST Hello to everyone I just want to say hello and I am glad to be part of this team :) Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:10:38 EST hi im lulu and im new here hi im new here and very excited but dnt know where to start.i need some excise tips for bad knees and being very out of shape and over weight.i really would love to try yoga but everyone sez no cause my knees.please tell thts not true Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:20:05 EST Hi... allow me to introduce myself! Hi SP! My name is Drea and I am a 33 year old single full time mom, student and nurse!! I live in Jacksonville, FL and I have at least 150 pounds to lose so I am here for the LONG haul... :) Anyway, I am not committing to a diet, but a lifestyle change. I have been on numerous diets and I need something that I can live with at this point. I am looking for SP friends so that we can motivate each other... Feel free to stop by my Spark page and leave a message!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:46:11 EST Unsure but excited Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST I Need to lose 100 lbs Hello, my name is Deborah and I and well over 120 lbs overweight. For health reasons <BR> and self esteem issues, I need to lose the weight. Has anyone lost on nutri-system or <BR> weightwatchers? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:38:00 EST 7 Majormom Morning everyone. I am not really new to sparks but I did not think it was far to start with all the points and trophy I already had when I did this in the past. So I close my past account which was majormom7 and open this account. The thing I find hardest about sparks is having to get on the computer every time I do something. I am still trying to figure how I am going to avoid that this time. The things I like most about sparks is I here from other people going through the same things I am ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:14:55 EST Dionna Reilly My name is Dionna. I'm 48 years old. I have two sons 26 & 23. I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the light of my life. I'm enrolled in college pursing a degree in Political Philosphy. I love art and support local artists in my community, I'm trying to live more sustainable lifestyle by being more envirnmentally aware. I want to join the local YMCA in Feb. I want start taking a yoga class. I need to lose at least 65 pounds and get healthy I had a heart attack in July 2012 so I have to m... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:29:30 EST Newbie Here Hi all, my name is Deborah and I am ready to take control of me. I need to lose weight so that I can control BP better. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:34:23 EST Winter Wanderings 2014 This movement challenge is for Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2014. How far can we travel as a group in three months? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:02:19 EST New Here Hello everyone, I am 35 and had a baby 4 months ago.I got high blood pressure when I was pregnant and it stayed with me. I want to lose this weight and i hope to get off these meds. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:33:22 EST Glad To Be Back Hello Sparkpeople. Looking forward to being a part of the team once again. The tools on this website are like no other that I've encountered. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing motivational stories. I am an Atkins-Way-Of-Eating follower. The Atkins program fits my lifestyle and jumps my metabolism. I enjoy cooking and have meal preparation down to a science which helps tremendously on any fitness program. I am self employed as a practice manager in the health care industry. The... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:09:56 EST I need new sleeping life Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST I'm over 60 and I need help I have never weighed this much in my life. While I haven't been slim for many years, I have reached a new high (low), I have two young granddaughters that I love with all of my heart and I want to play with them. I need help. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:36:21 EST weigtloss I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST New to Spark! Hi! I'm new to this, I need to lose weight, and get more fit. I am a Great-gramma, married to the love of my life. I live in small town Alberta. I love to read, crochet, play in the out of doors. I belong to a very close Church family as well as my natural family. Happy New Year! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:24 EST Ready to find the new me Hi there ~ I am embarking on a new journey. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I will be celebrating my 43rd birthday tomorrow and I need to make a change. I want to become healthy & be around for a long time for my daughter and my husband. I came to join SparkPeople after hearing about a Biggest Loser contestant using the site after being voted off the show. I know I have it in me to succeed...I am ready to succeed. My only fear is the whole making a menu. I never did good with Wei... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:15:34 EST I am baaack I needed to drop Spark People for a short time while I packed up my belongings and put my house on the market. Now, house is sold and I'm moving back into a house where I've been before, as soon as the renters move out. So....I'm ready to start Spark tracking again. I'm sneaking up on the New Year by beginning my tracking and point gathering and exercising a little bit at a time, and by New Year's Day I should have some of it in control, sort of. <BR> <BR> Progress, not perfection is on... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:55:09 EST Weight Loss Family Sil Vous Plait? Hello there! <BR> <BR> I'm Sha, no I'm not french. That's actually short for Shaheera. I'm from a little country on the coast of South East Asia called Singapore. I'm 19 and actually new here. I'm currently in my final year of school and I'm debating going back to pursue a degree or even moving on to work. <BR> <BR> So I'm sorta trying to get the hang of this whole thing, and the main purpose I'm here is to lose a ton of weight and get my sexy back. <BR> <BR> I'd love to meet a couple if ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:44:19 EST just another newbie hello. i'm introducing myself. I joined sparkpeople yesterday. I need to make changes to get myself healthy again. my weight has affected my health. I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and my bones ache. I think I might have arthritis. don't know if that's weight- related or not. lol but I got off to a great start. changed my eating habits and lost a pound in one day. woohoo. lol started walking again. I used to love walking. but I moved to a bad side of town. I guess it's safe to go... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:10:10 EST Hi, I'm Annie I'm not a stranger to weight loss but I joined this program with the hope of making this the LAST program I try. I want to KEEP the pounds that I lose OFF FOREVER! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:21:02 EST Hi Everyone New Member Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Penny and am a 49 year old living in Michigan at this time. I will be moving back to Kentucky in May to be with my grandchildren. I need to lose weight due to my health ( heart and a lot of bad disc in my back ) and to be able to be alive to watch my grandchildren grow up. I have tried so many times to lose weight and going to give it my all this time. I was going to wait till January 1st to start but decided to start today. <BR> God bless you all <BR> Penny Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:56:26 EST New year new me Many health issues that can be corrected if I take better care of myself with diet and exercise Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:41:15 EST Newbie to this team Hi my name is Stefani and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in August, The doctor and I have been trying to get it under control , right now it is still high , so I am trying to get back on track with my diet and exercise ... So any helpful hints or ideas would be welcomed you can message me or email or comment on my page as well. <BR> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:33:15 EST loss weight started my diet 12 weeks ago have lost 34 lbs.but have a way to go need lots of help and stay motivated.thanks Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:29:47 EST high blood pressure hello everyone my name is Brenda. trying to lose 100lbs. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:22:41 EST I think I passed out... The doc was trying to get me onto B/P meds due to heart disease in my family and I had boarderline HBP (140's over 80's ).... Well, I finally bargained with her that I would take Propranolol 60mg daily because I also suffer PVC's every 4th-5th beat and the med is helpful at times with that.....Well, I was doing fine and recently, I've been occasionally getting dizzy when rising to use the bathroom at night...One night I even found myself on the floor and didn't know how I got there...I think ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:51:52 EST Getting Back on track Hi Everybody, I have never had a weight problem. Due to illnesses & surgery ; being unable to work out I have gained weight. I am looking forward to being part of the *Spark* family! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:50:34 EST Hi my name is Gloria I just turned 51 this year, i try to stay fit and active, haven't reached my goal yet, but i am getting there, any suggestions anybody. Who else is on the chat tonight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:23:28 EST Here I go again. Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:08 EST succeednow7 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST overweight and unhappy Hate being overweight. Hate the way I look and feel and the way people treat overweight people. Have to change my eating habits and take off this added weight. It is affecting my mentally and physically. Always feel really good when I take off the weight and then gain it back and feel really bad about myself. Needs to be change of life style . I know that but easier said than done. Always starting on Monday but Monday has not come I have gained so much weight it has to stop now ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:50:02 EST Tell me it works -- I've tried everything else! Hi! Once again working on the weight issue. I have tried so many things, but have not yet been successful at reaching and maintaining my goals. My entire family is heavy, so it definitely runs in the family. But, I am determined to overcome that trend. Help and encouragement welcomed! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:53:25 EST Hello, I am new (ish) =) I am Chakara from Ohio. <BR> <BR> I joined in 2009, but never really used the site. (Only used it to track food.) I have been using the site faithfully for about two weeks or so and it seems to be helping. I am hoping to lose 170 pounds total. I have lost 50 so far. I am not sure I can even visualize what that looks like for me, so for now, my goal is another 25 by late Feb. <BR> <BR> Still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I can do this on my own. So far so good. <em>213</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:36:57 EST back to square 1 Lost two kilos gained two kilos! Starting again today. <BR> Went backwards as I went away a couple of times, <BR> changed a routine which made motivation for the gym harder. <BR> Stopped recording food and exercise. Start again today! <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:13:32 EST CMN123RUNNER Hi everybody!!! Today is my first full day on the program. I am so excited to get started!!! There is so much to learn as far as eating right, but as soon as I can get rid of all of my bad habits, I'm sure I'll be okay. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:01:57 EST Track our pressure using Spark!!!! I know that we can track up to 6 customized goals. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice if we could customize the range of goal tracker numbers to suit our medical conditions (so that it isn't a 1-10 range necessarily, but could actualy track our systolic 80 -200 and diastolic readings 60 - 200) . It would be great if we could specifically count mg of sodium or perhaps blood sugar (if you are diabetic). I guess I'm looking for a way to also customize the range. May this exists on the spark site ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:24:47 EST Tired of being tired... Hi everyone! My name is Liann and I am beginning again on this journey of weight loss, getting healthier and self-discovery. I am so unsure of what I am doing that it is almost frightening. There is a lot of "do this, not that" stuff out there that I sometimes get confused. <BR> One step at a time is what they say, but sometimes those first several steps can be pretty scary. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 01:36:25 EST Just Starting I'm just starting today...a rough time to start because of the holidays! I need to lose 50lbs and feel over whelmed but am hoping this will be a great help and good place to look for encouragement! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 23:32:38 EST My name is Deana I don't know how I feel about the community support, and whether it will be helpful to me, but I am willing to try. yesterday I consumed over 3000 calories telling myself that tomorrow is a new day. I am constantly self destructing and can't seem to stop, but I have at least slowed down. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:13:25 EST Life is not a practice run Hi SparkPeople, my name is Deb and really look forward starting a healthy life with all of you. I have been on this DIET game for over 30 years and it is time to stop. I think I have been on every diet out there and spend 100s of dollars only to loss weight and gain more weight back. I'm now at the highest weight I have ever been and my body doesn't like it! Everything is hurting me, my back, my knees and my feet. I pray that I stay focus and get healthy with SparkPeople along with enjoying m... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:35:33 EST BP Readings Just a heads up to people that depend on blood pressure readings to manage their meds. I went to a neurologist for several months and each visit my blood pressure was within normal range. The nurse listened with a cuff and telescope so you would think the readings were legit. Each time it was taken I would ask if they were sure, because they haven't found the mixture of m my bp to 120/80 yet. I was reassured electronic bp machines ran a little higher. With all the normal readings I got ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:31:04 EST Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving How was your Thanksgiving? Please share. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:23:50 EST hi, i am excided to try this Hi, my name is Kathryn. I feel blessed to have found this site, and very excited to get started. I am 58, and really not happy with myself right now. I am stuck.......and want to be the way I used to be, motivated and happy with my life. So here I go.......I am starting today. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:36:44 EST Hello Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:17:26 EST Hello Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:15:57 EST Hello Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:14:50 EST Hello Hello everyone, My name is Joy it has been a little over a year that I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.I could use a lot of help to keep me on the path of success. I have tried all diets alone and find I can't do it alone anymore so here I am fighting the good fight with some friends. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:14:11 EST Not the end of the world When I joined SP, I completed the questionnaire and because my family members had high blood pressure, I was put in this group. I "unjoined." I am joining today because I have now been placed on Toprol after having a long visit at urgent care on Sunday. I was at 120/80 just a few weeks ago and just recently got into the healthy BMI range (thanks SP). Having said that, my blood pressure was high on Sunday, my heartrate was 120+ and the heart enzyme and EKG did not come back normal. Darn you ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:44:30 EST Stress vs. Diet My doctor and I have noticed that no matter how healthy I eat and how faithfully I take my BP meds (I have three), it is more difficult to control my BP when I'm working! Whenever I am off work for a few weeks, my BP is normal, even if I skip my meds and eat poorly! What do you think? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:54:10 EST onthewayto50 New to Spark People. Not new to weight loss. Looking for simple weight loss plan and support. My biggest challenge will be exercise. I feel as though I just can't fit one more activity in to my day. I just turned 49 and I want to be fit by 50.,1 year should be plenty of time! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:40:28 EST I will no longer accept average as a way of life My name is DJ and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone!! I am here to get fit again for my son, my wife, and myself. I want to to play with my child and not get worn out after five minutes. I want to be the person who enjoys being outside again and i will be that person. I have accepted average as a way of life for too long and refuse to do it anymore. I hope I can be an inspiration to all of you as you have already been for me as I have looked around the site this morning. There ar... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:25:19 EST greetings What do you say when people say "you look great, have you lost weight?' and you haven't lost an ounce? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:13:28 EST BRIGITTE HELLO, I AM BACK AT IT AGAIN...I HAVE 40LBS TO LOSE...GOOD LUCK! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:53:05 EST Taking the 1st Step to a better me Good morning everyone. I am excited to be joining with a group of people that I can help motivate to be healthy and who can motivate me. The longest journey begins with a single step. I just made the step and am ready for the journey! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:32:59 EST New Hello. I am Cathie and I am new this site. I am looking forward to this adventure that is ahead of me. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:16:23 EST I will win! My motto is "I will win!." I have 25 pounds to lose and I am waiting on a surgery date to have left knee replacement and then surgery on my right elbow for an Ulna nerve transposition and carpal tunnel..obviously I have good days and bad days..this is just a bump in the course I am limited right now in the kind of activity I can do however, I want to build some strength and perform some exercise to prepare for the upcoming challenges.. <BR> Any suggestion will be appreciated..I will... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:04 EST Recently diagnosed with underactive thyroid. I have just recently been diagnose with underactive thyroid and ready to make some lifestyle changes and am seeking support from others that have set the some of the same goals that I have for myself Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:21:32 EST Carmela Bradford Hello, my name is Carmela, and I have made up my mind that it's time to get the weight off! I know I can do it, but I had to make up my mind and get serious about it. Now I am on the path to taking control of my weight and believing that I will reach my goal of losing 53 pounds. Encouragement from others is always good, and I need as much of it as I can get! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:20:31 EST Hello I'm new here. I lost 60 pounds from January thur April but then I lost my mojo and put 40 pounds back on. I'm here looking to get my mojo back. I'm the type of person who needs a little push from someone um anyone to keep me going. I thank you In advance. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:20:48 EST Hi I am a wife, mother and grandmother who believes life is as good as I choose it to be. Health problems have caused me a challenges and I believe with all my heart that with so many that have challenges too that we can over come anything with the support of family and friends. Looking forward to see what the future has in store for me. Enjoy life, Shirley Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:12 EST Newby trying to stay motivated Everyone calls me Bonnie and I am a pushing 40 mother of 3 and a wife. I am looking for a place where I can be honest and admin my shortcomings and when I fail without being judged. I have struggled with HBP since my early twenties and I am really ready to get off of this ever increasing pill merry-go-round. I want to feel good about myself and see myself as I truly am (I have severe body image issues). <BR> <BR> I want to be strong, confident and able to look at myself in a picture witho... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:23:42 EST Lisinopril (Prinivil): My Foe in Disguise Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I just joined the high blood pressure team, but have been using Sparkpeople for a little under a month. I was asked by someone on this team to link to my blog about my side effects with Lisinopril (Prinivil). Here it is: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533462 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are going through some things that seem to be inexplicable, like sudden onset fatigue, insomnia, an unusually high resting he... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:14:11 EST Just getting started I joined Spark in Jan 2013 but am just getting started with my weight loss/lifestyle change. I know it will be successful this time because I'm ready. Starting with herbalife for a few months so I can get over a few bad habits. Also I love to cook and eat. And figure if I can lose weight during the upcoming holiday season that will be a plus. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing comments about how others have been successful reaching their goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:58:37 EST Steve Hi, I'm Steve. I'm overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on all kinds of meds & I love food & drink. I don't want to leave my wife a widow. I don't seem to have the willpower to loose weight on my own. If I don't change something with consumption, I won't live to see 70, in 10 years. I want to live & be healthy but I'm holding myself back. I've never joined anything like this & am not sure what's right or wrong on these boards but I need help please. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:08:59 EST Down in the dumps and looking for motivation I've had a rough year so far with my husband having an affair, asking for a divorce, and my daughter's mental health problems. I have gained a lot of weight and have zero motivation to exercise or eat better. My self esteem is in the toilet, and it's time for me to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop using food for emotional comfort, get off my ass and start working out. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:33:05 EST hello my name is peggy I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST blood pressue chck yes 101/62 Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:46:53 EST introduction Hello everyone. My name is Sarah. I have struggled most of my adult life with my weight. It looks like I have found a place to get some help and answers. I look forward to posting with all of you and getting some great ideas about how to muddle through this weight loss/improving lifestyle journey. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:17:36 EST healthy hi again for the month of november i plan to take baby steps like not eating late or when i am stress Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:36:31 EST Time to get real. I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST leighleigh57 Hi. I am new at this and kind of lost about how to do all of this right now. But I need to get moving and into shape, and I am so tired of being overweight. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:58:10 EST Yoga to Lower Blood Pressure Hi all! I'm new to the team and have not yet been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Unfortunately though, it runs in my family and with the way I was eating and not exercising regularly up until a few months ago, it wouldn't surprise me if I were to be diagnosed with high blood pressure today. <BR> <BR> Being the type of person I am, I'd much rather find natural ways of lowering my blood pressure than medication. I haven't had health insurance in about 7 years but will be able to afford it... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:58:58 EST Hello I am new! Hello! <BR> I am new to SP! <BR> I happened to come upon this website when I was surfing the web this AM in desperation! <BR> I have been dieting for ever and just seem to be gaining weight! My goal weight is 129 and I am a very fat 153 and scared! I have no clothes that fit and I don't want to leave the house because of that! <BR> I think I will try the LCHF diet next! Does anyone have any suggestions? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:28:45 EST Tasha Hello everyone, <BR> My goal is to lose 20lbs January. I donot want to lose to fast. However, I recently had a baby and I am ready to burn this weight off. I look forward to meeting you all. Do well with meeting your goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:58:34 EST Tasha Hello everyone, <BR> My goal is to lose 20lbs January. I donot want to lose to fast. However, I recently had a baby and I am ready to burn this weight off. I look forward to meeting you all. Do well with meeting your goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:58:18 EST Hello everyone My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST Hello everyone Im new to this and I am extremely motivated by the sucess stories and support here. Losing weight has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:29:01 EST A New Life For an Old Wife Hi all, I'm just getting back into the swing of things but want to stop by and say stay engaged! If your like me and you don't have anybody close that needs to loose weight with you then you have to encourage yourself! Stay with it, it will pay off. And I'm going to keep saying it 13 down and more to go let's get moving! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:59:43 EST Trying to be a good patient I am the worlds worst at taking my medications, My main problem is that its not much f a priorty to me. Ive always been one of them guys that said "ahh it will go away". But this don't just go away. Now My blood pressure is sky high and causing problems Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:12:29 EST Eating mostly raw food My name is Susy. I have high blood pressure and have decided to eat a raw diet for the last 2 months. It seems to be helping. Would love to know your thoughts on eating raw if you do, and how do you include enough protein in your diet? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:17:41 EST How to find a goal buddy on SparkPeople If you'd like to find a "buddy" to work with, here's a good place to start looking: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=102 </link> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:15:07 EST Share your favorite pumpkin and squash recipes! When you have a garden, as I do, you tend to gorge yourself on veggies that are currently in season. Where I live that means in May we start eating asparagus, then come the leafy greens and radishes and green onions, then green beans... and so on. Even if you don't garden, it's usually more economical to buy the things that are in season. Autumn here means we are eating our fill of carrots, beets, and squash; and, of course, many of us are buying pumpkins to decorate for Halloween! So le... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:39:24 EST Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil caution If you are using this drug and have any risks of hypertension, beware. I took it last October while traveling for my back pain and overnight, my pressure shot up to 220/110, had to get emergency care and return home to my own doctor. I'm saddled with high blood pressure ever since. <BR> Now I am recovering from a severely abscessed tooth extracted Monday. but over the weekend was desperate for pain relief so of course I risked taking Motrin again. It relieved pain but it has taken 3 days for ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:36:35 EST hello I'm Jeanie Mullins I have type 2 diabetes, i am on a 1500 calorie a day diet and exercise I need all the support I can get!! this is the first time I have been faced with this situation. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:18:59 EST JUST WANNA BE A BETTER ME HEY MY NAME IS SHELLY JUST HERE TO GET A LITTLE EXTRA HELP WITH SOME WEIGHT ISSUES. I QUIT SMOKING 4 YEARS AGO , AND REALLY STARTING TO ADD ON THE POUNDS IM ADDICTED TO SWEETS REALLY BAD AND NEED SOME HELP WITH THAT AS WELL JUST WANNA BE HEALTHIER MORE THAN ANYTHING Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:30:56 EST Hello All My name is Donna, I'm trying again to lose weight, get in shape and mainly just be healthier. Being 50+ and seeing people you know getting sick, having heart attacks and dying makes me realize that I can't afford to put this off any longer, I NEED to get healthy to minimize my chance of being of those people. I always appreciate any help and support I can get and would love to be able to help someone else meet their goals as well. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:25:09 EST I have to figure this out! I have to lose weight and keep it off! I am a nurse, working 12 hour nights, and beginning my 3rd year of classes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I cannot be an obese NP! I have lost weight many times but am unable to maintain. I am also sedentary except for my hours worked. I sit at the computer for 12-15 hours a day. Every time i lose weight, it is a lonely battle. I am hoping having some support will help me stay on course. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:22:43 EST Nancy Looking for a partner to help me loose 11kg Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:21:36 EST grandmaw13 I am 53 yrs old have arthritis in right shoulder & left knee. I have tried anything & everything nothing works. I do have high blood pressure but with the medicine its staying under control. My problem will be exercise if there is a way I can do chair & laying on my bed exercise i'm ready please help. I can't walk too good with my knee & can't lift to reach up or out with my right arm that's why I don't really exercise. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:07:38 EST michelle8167 hey im new to spark.i hope i will have some luck with it,ive tryed everything else Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:51:16 EST hello So glad to have joined SparkPeople, hoping to find encouragement from everyone. I love to read everyone's success stories and hopefully make some friends. <BR> <BR> thanks and looking forward to chatting or blogging Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:57:03 EST encouraged <em>311</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 20:21:09 EST dry throat and occasional cough Hello, <BR> I used to be on Lisinopril but developed a cough, mainly when exercising and in the AM. However the medication was not so effective for me so my Dr switched me to an angiotensen II recepter antagonist, Valsartan/hctz (a diruretic). It has been just under a month and now I have a noticeable dry throat and an occasional cough. It has been fairly manageable with natural herbal drops but am wondering if it is really associated with the medication or do I have a standard sore throat... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:48:32 EST Been there, done that, now I'm trying THIS... I'm Sher, live in Sunnyvale, am 5"1" and weight almost 160. Both my parents are/were obese. My mom passed away weighting 235 and at her lowest weight she was 160. I'm 3 lbs away from that. I'm...56, have no hormones due to medical issues, hurt everywhere and am simply tired of being uncomfortable in my own body and clothes. I have 7 grandchildren and an amazing husband who is also on his own weight loss program, but what he does doesn't work for ME. I need people. Support. Friends to walk wit... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 01:00:34 EST New to the team but not SP Hi Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Shari and I live in Reno NV. I just got married in July and have noticed since then that I have turned into a Ooompa Loompa. My wife and I have a rule that neither of us can die. I don't want to break this rule so I am on this track to get back to being healthy and not having to depend on medication to keep me at a normal BP range. I have struggled with my weight all of my life but in recent years it has begun to take it's toll and most recently the last few mon... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 17:21:34 EST Michelle Stoker Hi everyone, I am starting my diet on Monday. Want to loose 40 lbs by 1/16/2014. At least that is what Spark suggested. I want to do it by December 15. I have a challenge for myself,lol. I can't do anything strenuous at the moment. I am getting over 5 herniated discs and sciatica. Any useful tips are appreciated. Does anyone have a "low suger" or "low carb" food list? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:03:21 EST a Healthier life I am looking to take on some new and supportedways of a changed healthy lifestyle. I'M 52years of age and I have high blood pressure high anxiety and have some weight to loose around 77 lbs. My youngest daughter is planning on getting married next spring. I like to walk but it is hard for me to do it by myself. I hope to get some support and some menus. I also like to swim. I also have a lot of free time to think about eating haha. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:40:11 EST Hi! Just started a month ago. Still finding my way around website. I feel good about finding spark people. Thank you all for being here! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:26:37 EST One Day at a Time Hi, my name is Marca. I decided and started on a life changing food plan. I go to TOPS meetings. I haven't lost any weight over the past year I've gone to them. I have pretty much stayed the same and didn't gain back the 50 pound I lost years back! Our group went to Dickson to a Fall Rally and the state queen was there. She talked about her journey loosing weight. I was able to get to talk to her and she gave me her card. I get on her site and get motivation from her! I have lost 100 lbs. bef... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:57:38 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone! <em>213</em> Getting back on here after a diversion or two. Southeastern MA area here. Hope to become a consistent regular on this site. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:16:55 EST Autumn Amblings 2013 It's time for a new mileage challenge! Come and join us! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works: <BR> Post daily (or how often it fits your schedule) how far you've traveled. Any activity that can be converted to miles counts. <BR> <BR> See you on the boards! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:45:44 EST Just starting and can use some advice My name is Ariana and I am just starting. I have a lot of weight to lose and a tight budget. I work at night so my eating habits need to change. I am physically limited due to a former car accident. I need to lose almost half of my weight. Any suggestions would be helpful on chair exercises, meals on a budget, crockpot meals, and meals outside the home. Even though I know I can not lose the weight over night, I would like to see some results by the end of the year, like about 15 pounds. I am... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:20:30 EST I wanna fall in love with ME AGAIN HI, im a single mother of 5. I have a set of triplets plus two more I am desperately trying to lose weight I have been through a lot and I have completely fell out of love with myself. Im 5"7 and I weigh 300lbs I don't like my size at all because it makes me very insecure and not to mention it makes dating very difficult I know that you have to love yourself but its so hard to do when your not happy with your appearance. I also want to be healthy for my kids because im the only parent they ha... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:20:37 EST D.A.S.H. Diet Has anyone tried the DASH Diet? I was curious as to whether it helped to lower your blood pressure. Did you lose weight with it too? <em>88</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:08:24 EST Introducing Myself to Team Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mary, I am 200 pounds over my weight goal. I am looking for support and guidance on my journey and hope that my struggles and success will be inspirational to others. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:49:46 EST just joined 352 lbs trying to loose 125 in the next 15 months. need to be a healthier me. Love to eat. trying to train myself to eat right <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:41:03 EST Staying hydrated while taking meds Hi, I was recently diagnosed with high BP a couple of weeks ago and my Dr. put me on diuretics and since then I've had a really hard time staying hydrated. I feel like I am drinking water as much as I can but it doesn't seem to help since it just goes straight through me (sorry if TMI) instead of making me feel hydrated. Does it take awhile for your body to get used to the medications? It's especially hard at work because I sweat a lot at work because I have an active job. I go back to the Dr... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:09:55 EST Hello! I'm glad to be here I just went to the Dr. a couple of weeks ago and was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was surprised since I am only 27. I hadn't been to the Dr. in a couple of years when I went in for my appointment so I'm sure my blood pressure was higher a year ago since I've lost 35 lbs in the last year. I have made a lot of lifestyle changes in the last year such as going vegetarian, doing some light exercise, doing meditation and yoga several times a week and eating fewer processed foods. I can o... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:55:49 EST Retired teacher Hi! <BR> I am new to this group and looking to lose 80 pounds by next July!! I was a first grade teacher for many undertaking the take care of me motto and get healthy!! Losing weight and getting fit is just a part of getting healthy!! I am so glad to have found this site. I have lost 40 pounds so far with WW and a lap band but fell off the wagon :) and am climbing back on. Thanks to all for adding me!! I need all the encouragement I can get. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:43:33 EST Cholesterol test, etc. Went to the Doctors office bright and early this morning for a Cholesterol test and liver enzymes. My Cholesterol was 257 in july, 200 in may and 239 in January. Alot of bouncing around there. I started on Niacin 500 mg after the january test it dropped it nicely, but I quit taking it while on vacation, because doofus here forgot to pack it and decided when I got back to just wait and see. I do so hope it is back down to around the lower number of May. I will start taking it twice a day if i... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:38:27 EST Good Afternoon Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I Heard about this through a Good friends and will be trying it out I also would like to say that I am Proud of you all for doing so well on here weather is 1 lbs or 100lbs any lose of weight is better than any gain. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:14:32 EST Can this be true??? My friend told me that celery is full of sodium, even if you don't salt it. Can this be true? Has anyone else heard about this? Sun, 22 Sep 2013 02:27:02 EST hi Just introducing myself. I Live in Oklahoma, but lived many years in Northern California. <em>247</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:29:28 EST Hello Hi my name is Stephanie and I am looking for support without judgment. I have been struggling for years bouncing from one diet to another only to gain all the weight back time after time. I'm looking for friends that will support me when I lose and don't lose, this has been a weak area of support in the past, it was always a competition with others and that's not what I'm looking for. Hope this is the right place for me. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:13:29 EST a new day...a new me Hello! Well its a little difficult for me to introduce myself. Its so much easier to talk about anything and everything than it is to talk about me. So for now I will stick to the basics. I am a female. There that wasn't so hard..I will try another. I'm married and have two beautiful daughters. (As if daughters could be anything but beautiful) huh! this intro isn't so hard. Ummmm...uh oh...I've got writers block. Sheesh! Figures! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:01:07 EST Hello Hello I am new here. I had my blood test measured back in March, I cant remember what it was off the top of my head ( I have it written down so will go and hunt it out later) but it was slightly high. Not high enough to go on pills but border line. However since then I have put on around 20 pounds so am only guessing that it will be even higher now. I am too embarrassed to go back and have it redone!! <BR> <BR> So I am making a concerted effort to get my health back on track, get my weight d... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:01:25 EST Hello Im a single mom of 2 a part time CNA and full time nursing student. It's hard for me to find time to workout or learn how to cook healthier meals. I hope spark people can help me get on the path to a healthier life style. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 05:54:31 EST joe Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined yesterday and I'm still learning all the tools of the spark page. I started at 208 lbs and my first goal is 185 by Feb 25th 2014. Mt final goal will be 159 by Sept 3rd 2014 <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from anyone. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Joe Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:11:08 EST Soon to be 50 Just signed up after 2 years of being ill, ready to take my life back Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:34:08 EST Soon to be 50 Just signed up after 2 years of being ill, ready to take my life back Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:34:07 EST Finding True Self I am a 55-year old single Mom who wants to finally be healthy and find her true self. I have been on many many diets throughout the years, and I was always fearful of groups and fearful of sharing. As with all of us, there are many chapters to our lives; and those chapter hold our innermost secrets, challenges, loves, and fears. I know I want to find my true self and be healthy; I have tried so many approaches, but I know I have never tried a support group and I have never written down wha... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:55:35 EST Here as a Co-Leader Hi Everyone; <BR> <BR> My name is Vic, I have been a member of this website and team since August of 2006 (Gee, has it been that long? LOL!) when my Best Friend sent me this site in an e-mail of hers. <BR> <BR> I recently applied to become a Leader when I noticed that the Team Page had the banner saying that the all the other team leaders were 'inactive' and I figured that someone that at least comes around once in a while should have some sort of authority to do maintain the Team Page if n... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 02:40:13 EST jolly nana Hi folks, just heard of this site today, thought i would give it a try after all what have i got to loose! Only about90 lbs.So i can use all the help i can get! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:33:40 EST jolly nana Hi folks, just heard of this site today, thought i would give it a try after all what have i got to loose! Only about90 lbs.So i can use all the help i can get! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:30:09 EST This is the last time Greetings to all. I am 57, nearly 58 (shockingly). I have used food all my life foe emotional reasons and dieted as a result since I was 11. I now have an awful lot of weight to lose with many acquired health problems. I almost feel defeated before I start. But my health is deteriorating so I have to force myself to do The Last Big Push before it is too late and for my future health. Therefore I need all the help I can get!!!! If I could just get this lardy bum off the sofa..... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:15:34 EST This is the last time Greetings to all. I am 57, nearly 58 (shockingly). I have used food all my life foe emotional reasons and dieted as a result since I was 11. I now have an awful lot of weight to lose with many acquired health problems. I almost feel defeated before I start. But my health is deteriorating so I have to force myself to do The Last Big Push before it is too late and for my future health. Therefore I need all the help I can get!!!! If I could just get this lardy bum off the sofa..... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:15:33 EST work in progress my name is mindy and im 34yrs old. I am happy married for 16yrs now. I am a mom of 2 special needs girls ages 18 and 12. my family is my life and my strength along with God. I am looking forward to getting my weight off so i can live a long happier life style and enjoy all the things that Im too tired for lol. I have a couple of weight loss goal but my first is to be the weight I was when I got married. 235lb at my heaviest i weighed 376lbs and currently im 291lbs. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:09:18 EST 30+ to lose 130# Hello my name is LaCourdia Jones and I am starting out ny journey to lose 130#. I am 10 yrs wed and a mother of nine, yes all nine were birthed through me. I am Executive Administrator fir a private Christian school as well as a church clerk for Cornerstone Word of Faith Ministries. Graphic design is my passion as well as journaling. My children are between the ages of 6 to 19yrs. I have been overweight since 1996 and after threatening a stroke 2yrs ago, I was determined to change my eating h... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:28:04 EST Almost 60 and wanting to be more healthy My name is Elaine. I live in western Montana. I will have my 60th birthday in November and rather dread it. My head feels young but my physical being feels well my age. I am mostly vegetarian. I eat healthy but just too much without sufficient exercise. I am a "diet" veteran, having used Weight Watchers several times as well as many other ways of trying to lose for good the 20+ extra I am carrying around and have gaining and losing for years. Anyway, I hope to stick with it this time w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:27:59 EST Need lots of advice and tips Hi my name is Sharon and I am trying to lose weight. I started last year and lost 80 pounds. I was doing very well on my own and making such great progress when I injured my knee. Torn Meniscus disc, after surgery and during PT my doctor told me to get back to exersicing the sooner I did it the better. Well I'm not so sure this was good advise since after just 3 months I am back in a lot of pain in the knee down to my ankle, anyway I'm going back to the doctors soon. but need advise of wa... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:48:44 EST Finally coming out It's ironic that i give myself a post name NE1CAN but CANT be consistent on my journey to be fit. I use to be an advocate walker for years until i started working from home. No matter how badly i beat myself up about it I find that i start/stop allot. So I finally decided to stop hiding (spark member for years) and join the rank on getting the support I need to succeed. My goals is to walk again, adopt good healthy eating habits, lose wieght to lower my blood pressure and most of all keep it... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:51:35 EST Bye and thanks. Bye, all. I just got off my last blood pressure pill. Yes! So nice to have all that tiredness, achiness gone. Thanks for all the help! Good luck. I hope many of you are soon able to join me in quitting this team. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:04:51 EST Hi! I'm new. I'm Sue. Have packed on the pounds since my husband's 2 strokes. Had a "poor me" attitude about my new life. Better now. Must take care of myself to take care of him and everything I must do now. Enjoying tracking and searching for recipies. Hope my enthusiam continues! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:48:59 EST Getting ready to start my new way of life Before I get started I wanted to clean out my potato chips that I love. I also wanted to make sure I had several days of menus set up and the ingredients to make everything. So 9/11/13 is the day I start. My main problem is sticking with a new way of eating. I always crave things like chips or salty things. How do others do this to not give in or to curb a craving? I myself struggle with this every time I try to start a new way of healthy eating. I am good for about a week then I start to w... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:42:32 EST hello am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:21 EST Hello I am starting this program to get back on track once and for all all my life i''ve been overweight I am a diabetic type 2 i don't want to go on insulin I have to succeed this time. any encouragement will be greatly appreciated. I suffer from depression as well Baby steps and we all will reach our goals look forward to hearing from you all. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:41:17 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkpeople. I am glad I found this site. There are alot of tools and support here to help you on your journey. My goal is to lose at least 60 lbs and get off all the meds I am on. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:11:34 EST Back again:-) My PCP prescribed 40 mg Diovan ( start dose is usually 80m) and in three weeks I have finally tolerated 10 mg. (recommended starting dose is actually 80 mg!) My bp has returned to normal..sometimes below normal. I have been eating high potassium foods and using salt substitute. (potassium). <BR> <BR> Now I read that high potassium foods and salt substitute are NOT recommended while taking this med. <BR> My SparkPage recommends 4500-6000 mg of potassium. <BR> I'm quite confused and a bit anx... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:40:23 EST hi new to this page Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:13:59 EST Hello everyone I'm corrwoman from Virginia I am just glad to become a member, I need to lose 23 pounds to reach my goal since May 13th 2013 I have lost 23 pounds now I need A LITTLE MORE MOTIVATION because I was keeping my twin 5 year old twins but today they started Kindergarten and I just wanted to go home after they got on the bus and eat a pint of ice cream, but thank God I had Spark People to turn to so I again thank each and every one of you! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:09:50 EST Betster I am 59 yrs old, weigh 205 lbs and I hope to retire in June 2014, a much healthier and thinner person than I am now. I'm very excited about spark program and honestly a little overwhelmed, there;s just so much information. Thanks for all the nice welcoming messages. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:17:06 EST Hi new on SparkPeople Hi my name is Nikki. I am new on SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:15:47 EST Back Again Hello I am back again and determine to reach my goals Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:41:45 EST Whats Up? I came to this site to try to lose weight and to get support that is lacking at home. I want to be able to look in the mirror with pride and know that I have worked hard to be myself. I want to live positively and invite you to do the same. This will be hard because I spend all my time on the computer and hate to exercise. I am only twenty one so I am going to change my life and others. I just need a push every once and a while. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:52:18 EST BACK AGAIN AND EVEN MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER.... Hi fellow Sparkies, my name is Denyse and I am back again on Sparkpeople committed to getting in shape and living a healthier and more productive life. I hope to meet as many of you as I possibly can as we are all here for the same purpose to get in shape, look great and achieve the health benefits of choosing and adopting a healthier lifestyle, Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:08:29 EST KANSAS is my State , and Health is my GOAL Hi, I look at all the places my message could be posted, and it looks like almost all apply to me. I want to lose weight, and my first goal is February 14, 70 lbs. Seems like a lot to lose, but I will work at it. I live a pretty sedentary life, due to osteoarthritis, lumbar and spinal stenosis, and alot more problems. But the doctors encourage me to lose weight and to walk, even if I have to use my walker. <BR> <BR> Here I am and excited to get started. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:17:30 EST Hello, I am Loraine Rogers from India I am a writer. I am new to internet article and blogging. I am married and a mother of a girl. I give support to women suffering from uterine fibroids. Please go to fibroids in women dot com .I have been researching about the ailment and finding alternative cures to shrink fibroids. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:17:34 EST Working It Out! Hello everybody! I'm a 57 year old wife, mother and grandmother. I joined on 8/21/13. I took some time to check out the website, got some instructions and I'm off to a good start. Today is my start day. I want to lose weight so that I can hang with the grandkids. I don't want to sit in a rocker and get old. When they say LET's, I'm gonna say GO! I want to enjoy the rest of my time with my husband doing things that we were not able to do before. I want to be healthy so that I may live a long... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:13:05 EST Carrol's Corral I retired in 2005 from teaching school and lost 20 pounds in the first 6 months. After I got over the initial giddiness of planning my own time, I started gaining weight and am now up 43 pounds. It is much harder to lose at the age of 69 than it was at younger ages. I know I need support and so thought I would try Spark People. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:04:48 EST just me hello i am fred out shape after stroke and and accidents Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:40:08 EST LADYTEI2 <BR> <BR> Hello my fellow Spark People, my name is Tina and I am glad to be a part of the Spark Team! My weight has been a life long struggle for myself. I lost lots of pounds and have now re-gained the majority of those pounds back and i've have found myself in a state of being depression about it. I no longer feel good about myself nor healthy, i'm out of breath when I walk for a distance and this is a very uneasy feeling especially after getting so used to 80 lbs being gone from my 5'9 f... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:49:30 EST one day at a time I'm 46 years old and high blood pressure for the first time in my life, going to get it under control before it gets worse. looking forward to joining your team.. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:02:29 EST Hello to all!! Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself... My name is Kelly and I'm brand new here... Looking to change my eating habits, eat healthy, be more active... Feel better... Looking for support from others on the same journey... Life is to short not to live it to its fullest... Good luck to all who are here and I hope to make lots of friends along the way... GOD bless us all Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:02:36 EST Just found this today... I had been on the Atkins Diet and I was able to loose some weight, but I was hungry. My husband found this and the foods look much better. I hope it will help me reach my goal of fitting into my Mother of the Groom dress comfortably by October 18.. Right now with it on I can not breath.. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:09:29 EST Hi, All! I just joined this group yesterday. I am diagnosed with hypertension, but my blood pressure is well-controlled with medicine. I need a lifestyle change for my general health. Glad to be on board. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:32:09 EST Ready for a Lifestyle Change Hi! I'm Tracy. I would like to say hello to everyone and say how happy I am to have joined SparkPeople. I have been a member for sometime now but have recently become serious about my weight loss, exercise and making better choices towards a healthy lifestyle. I'm looking forward to all of the great tools and support this site has to offer. Thanks Fri, 9 Aug 2013 23:02:19 EST Mom of 5 Just wana be healthier Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:33:37 EST Hi. I'm new here. I just joined today and am excited about getting started. I have a goal of losing enough weight to be able to cut back on the amount of medications I take for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. And to be healthy and fit enough to enjoy being active with my family and especially my 5 grandchildren. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:51:10 EST Alice Hi, I am a grandmother who has been dieting all of my life with some success but never to goal. I am hoping this program along with TOPS will help me to succeed. I am addicted to food. I can use all the support I can get and would appreciate any feedback from other members. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:52:37 EST I'm new, I'm motivated, and I'm Hi. My name is Beth. I'm 63, retired and from Massachusetts. I'd love support to lose weight and exercise. Is there anyone around Salem who would like walking buddy.......I'm ready to go. I'm having no luck finding the mail I got here. I want to answer you. I look forward to figuring out this site and participating. Beth Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:09:50 EST Time for change... Hello Everyone - I am for the 1st time in my life trying to lose weight - I am 51 and never had a weight problem but the last 10 years it has appeared - I am not a over eater - in fact I have to learn to eat more - I usually only ate once a day and occasionally I eat lunch - Never breakfast - I don't eat breads and not a big sweet person and don't like chocolate - so where has al this weight come from? Somedays I have almost no energy for anything - I am a travel agent so I sit at a desk a l... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:56:04 EST hello everyone my name is ria i really want to lose weight and be fit joined spark people just now i have two wonderfull kids and iam a stay at home mom spark people tells me that i need to lose 13 kgs hmmmm thats sounds like a lot of weight just dont know how will this miracle happen but i will try whatever i can do to be fit and slim this time Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:11:50 EST Hello All So I am new to the high blood pressure world. I recently went to the doctor with a head ache and had a very bad bp reading. I got put on a new medication that includes a diuretic. I don't like the idea of meds but I apparently need them. I also don't like going to the bathroom so often. And my diet restrictions are going to drive me crazy. I was well on my way to crazy before I couldn't have salt, soda, grease and fast food. I honestly don't know much about what I should do for the diet. I ha... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:17:01 EST i'm new to spark people hi my name is linda, i am new here so sorry i do not know how this all works. but i hope i can figure it all out. <BR> i am a wife, mother, & grandmother to 5 grandchildren. i have ms. and i am over weight , i have started to take <BR> cococnut oil and was wondering if any one else does? just bear with me until i learn all about this message <BR> board and how this website works. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:57:16 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee. I'm not new, but returning after almost a year of not being on. Need to incorporate Spark back into my life. Hopefully I can get on here a few times during the week. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:45:47 EST