SparkPeople 50+ Females! Team Messageboard We're a group of "finely aged" women are are determined to live our lives getting and staying fit, healthy and active! Join us and remember, 50+ Ladies ROCK THEIR WORLD! SparkPeople 50+ Females! Team Messageboard Survey to fill out if you have a few minutes Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Our partners at Vionic shoewear asked if we could send out this survey to some of our members to complete. If you are a woman and have a few minutes, I know they'd appreciate your time: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>K </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:24:58 EST hi -new to team not to spark Hi been on Spark for 8 years.. have found much balance in changing my lifestyle ... I have lowered my cholesterol through diet and exercise (no meds), I am maintaining my thyroid and my kidney disease, as well as back health. Looking to find support from ladies my age trying to lose and maintain weight loss. <BR> Jean Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:26:25 EST Hi Everyone! Just getting started here. I'm hoping to lose 25 lbs by April. I'm just getting familiar with this site. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:33:46 EST Keepin' On! Hello! I have just joined this team! I just turned 50 in July and continue to have the desire to trim down (a lot!). I have been on Spark People a and on...I am excited to be on a new team and to renew my drive to move forward with good health! <em>524</em> Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:51:40 EST Hi! I'm new to your team! Hi! I'm new to your team AND SP. I love it so far! I joined weight watchers on May 27th of this year and so far I've lost 32 lbs. I just joined SP two days ago and dropped out of weight watchers. I just thought it was to expensive and since SP was practically free (I joined the premium sp for a fourth of what I was paying weight watchers monthly). I'm 51 and when I was in my 40's I had two total knee replacements. I'm a Christian, total cat lover, happily married and live in the beautiful oza... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:10:46 EST September 2016 Here we go! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:14:29 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Wendy. I am 55 years old and looking to get rid of 60#. I would love to be a part of this team. I just started Spark People last Saturday. One day at a time, one pound at a time. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:59:47 EST August 2016 It just connected with me that it is August. I think the 100 plus temps for most of the month of July fried my brain. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:05:15 EST Question of the week?! What is your favorite fruit? <BR> <BR> For me, it's raspberries! I have fond memories of raspberry freezer jam &amp; picking fresh raspberries at grandma's house at the lake in eastern WA. I love the smell &amp; flavor! <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:09:37 EST Newbie Hi there. Cruising through teams and thought I might sit down here. I've been an on again off again SP member for a while. Currently, I've very "on again" and very committed. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and the last picture I looked at of myself yelled at me. I have invested in a fitbit which I have name Con (short for conscience) and he has become my trusted side kick.2/3 of my daily intake is clean eating, wholesome food. Except peanut butter. Some things I just won't... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:30:30 EST New and need suggestions I am new to sparkpeople. I have tried low carb diets, low calorie diets, intermittent fasting etc., And nothing seems to work. My doctor says that I am I'm excellent health. But, I am about a hundred pounds overweight. I am 60 years old and work out 3 days a week at the gym. Any diet ideas are welcome. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:06:12 EST July 2016 Already. At least we are having relatively cooler weather this week--only in the mid-high 80's. Practically a cold snap after the well over 100 degree weather we have been having. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:08:05 EST Weigh In Day Down 3.5 pounds this week. Wow!!!!! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:06:56 EST New Team Member Hello, I joined the team today. I am 57. I had meniscal surgery 5 weeks ago so now I've had the same surgery on both the right and the left knees. My doctor mentioned that I do have arthritis on the upper end of fair heading to moderate in both knees also. I can feel it. <BR> <BR> I've dieted unsuccessfully before and on SP also. But this time I really want my knees to feel better. Too much pressure with each step especially with stairs. I want to go back to the activities that I enjoy. ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 18:19:53 EST June 2016 Wow! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 16:00:19 EST HELLO EVERYONE - IM NEW TO THIS SITE Hi - My name is Loretta and I am 70 yrs old. I have tried to lose weight all my life and have had some successes. One reason I have never kept the weight off is because I never learned how to maintain my weight. I have been with SP for a number of years and still I am having trouble losing weight and keeping it off. I hope this time I make it because my weight is starting to cause medical problems. Heres to all of us realizing our weight loss goals. Fri, 27 May 2016 12:46:44 EST ReNewed ME! I am renewing my dedication to Sparkpeople again as I find I desire a network of peeps going thru what I am...being over 50 &amp; female! I am working diligently to decrease the pain of Arthritus with water exercise 4 days a week. Today I am researching Anti-inflammatory diets per my Dr &amp; Chiropractors advice. Anyone find success in that food lifestyle? I am open to helpful hints! My current Mantra is: Work for Strong, not Skinny! Glad to be a part of this Team! Thu, 12 May 2016 10:10:27 EST Greetings! Hello ladies! I hope it is ok to join you. I will be 50 in August, but already feeling it since taking meds for cancer has put me into instant menopause. I don't feel like I can fit into the 40s group any more. <BR> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 21:03:20 EST May 2016 Already!! <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 20:03:24 EST nearly 50 and ready to be fabulous Well now, I always had a high metabolism and stayed thin so never thought about working out, I also never thought about thin did not really mean healthy either. I did not get sick or anything but since I was not really working out I was not really healthy. All of a sudden I have found myself post menopausal and fat. I have always been active but this having to exercise every day to lose all this weight is more than I know what to do with. So since January I have been trying to workout every d... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:30:00 EST Hello! My name is Paty and I will be 51 later this month. I am trying for the umpteenth time to lose enough weight to get me to my goal weight of 140. I have 96 pounds to go! I joined last week and lost four pounds from Monday-Friday and then gained back two over the weekend! I know why I gained it back, but it's a little frustrating! Anyway, I am here to make a lifestyle change and small setbacks are not going to derail me this time. My husband and I have been married for 27 years and we have ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:46:40 EST Spring Cleaning Getting rid of things is sometimes hard to do. First start with getting rid of the toxins in your home. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:43:44 EST April 2016 new thread--no April Fool!! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 14:02:26 EST Tulsa Area Gals Wondering if there is any one in the Tulsa Area that might like to form a walking group and meet up once or twice a week? We could try out different parks, or Mall walk, etc.. Just looking for some local counter parts. Hope everyone had a wonder Good Friday, and Happy Easter :) Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:42:34 EST Menopause hit like a freight train...yikes! Okay, not just menopause--I've had a lot of stress in my life and I've gained 35 lbs. I think the day when I could lose without a community is gone, so I'm hoping to find tips and support and I offer the same! I've got 30 lbs to lose, stress to shed, and health to gain. I've had success with the Bill Phillips Body for Life/Transformation program, but I wrestle with an aversion to exercise and stress eating. I look forward to "meeting" everyone! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:48:04 EST Back at It Good Morning from Des Moines, Iowa. I have joined SP once again hoping and praying that each and everyday gets a little bit better than the day before. Yep, I am 50 years old and struggling big time with my thoughts about food and how I just throw in the towel about food in the evenings. I am almost 10 months post op with weight loss surgery and I fear that my thinking is going to ruin everything I have worked so hard at for the last 2 years. The bright side of things today....the sun is... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:56:48 EST Good Morning from Tulsa Hi, I'm Sharon. New to the 50's and really needing to get my butt in gear. Looking forward to being apart of this group. Wishing everyone a very happy Wednesday :) Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:10:55 EST March 2016 Good Heavens, I dropped off or no one has been around! And it is March!! Come on and post!!! Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:56:22 EST New ream member Hi everone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and looking for some community encouragement to keep me on track. Been at this all my life. Just turned 50 this year. I'm an avid cyclist, completing my first century ride last year. Want to train for a half marathon too. I had hoped that keeping active would melt off the lbs but this is not the case. Still looking for that right combo of diet and fitness. Need to loose 30-40 lbs. Thanks for having me on the team. Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:39:22 EST New to team Hi everyone! My name is Pam and I have been doing SP since the beginning of January. I've been doing well with tracking meals and exercise, but I can always use some encouragement. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:12:17 EST Feeling Stronger Every Day I will be 60 in June, and I'm determined to turn 60 fit, healthy, and happy! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:42:45 EST I'm new and I'm 50 today and very happy, yes happy I'm new to this team. I've been waiting until I was "officially" 50 to join. I have been happily married 30 years and have two grown married daughters and 2 grandkids with another one due soon. I am trying to lose 105 total pounds and have lost 26 so far. I am really looking for other females who want to be buddies to check in on each other to be accountable. Please friend me, I'd love to meet you! I am very motivated! I eat 1200 calories a day and my main exercise is walking 10,000 or more s... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:21:47 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Pam and I will be 50 on the 18th of this month. I don't know why, but saying that I will be turning 50 sounds so old to me. At least I don't feel 50!! My family and I are going to Mexico the 21st of March, so my goal is to lose some weight before I go. I am so tired of saying I'm going to do something about my weight and then doing nothing. Every spring when it's time to bring out the clothes for the warmer months I get so discouraged and mad at myself for not... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:42:03 EST Back in the boat I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time. When I'm on it I lose and when I'm not, I don't. SO, I'm determined to make 2016 my year of The SPARK. I'd like to hit my goal weight by December step at a time. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:58:09 EST A healthier me! Hi I'm Kass. I'm 56 y/o, a RN, married 34 years with three adult children, two son-in-laes, an almost daughter-in-law, a grandson and soon to be grand-daughter. I've been a yoyo dieter for years. I have Celiac and a couple other autoimmune issues and need to develop healthy eating choices, primarily portions and decreasing sugar. I've been on Spark about 3 weeks and doing well. I look forward to meeting y'all in the forums! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:12:13 EST February 2016 So I am day early for a change! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:26:42 EST Hi, I am Linda I am an over fifty and was very happy to see this wonderful group, as we all know the challenges are different for us and I am hoping we can share and learn from etch other. <BR> <BR> I have recently moved to a Nova Scotia and this move can really caused an upheaval but I am getting back on track with Spark and the my husband has been helping with a progressive weight lifting program a few times a week. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a wonderful day and hope to share with you as we travel down ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:57:20 EST I need a motivating jump start! I have been trying to get back into the losing game since the first of the many ,I amsure...I have cut down conciderably but still can' t sem to get through a day without sabotaging my own progress! I really need to see that scale move downward to get my motivation peaked. So far I have maintained this month. <BR> So what can I do to amp up my drive to stay on track. I know there is a different answer for everyone..I am hoping that just sharing my thoughts wil keep me liking f... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:11:45 EST I need motivaton so bad I need motivation so bad - I need to lose about 100 lbs and it is such a large number - sometimes overwhelming - I know to do it in small doses - Since I am the only one in my family that is overweight sometimes I just don't know when to start Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:08:13 EST Ready to Stay Motivated! My name is Patricia, I am 52 years old and live in Illinois. I want to finally lose some weight and get more fit in 2016. The biggest trouble I have is I work on a computer job at home and have a very bad habit of snacking all day, especially when having a more stressful day with work. Another downfall is the length of time I sit in a day and am trying to get more motivated to take breaks and move around more, especially before and after work hours. I am hoping this program will keep me motiv... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:16:13 EST Where to Begin Hi, My name is Cricket. I'm 55, a divorced mom in a long term relationship. Currently I'm at about 210 - the same as I weight 26 years ago when I got pregnant with my first child. My highest weight has been 245 but thankfully that didn't last long. For most of my adult life I've been about the same 210 lb weight. I want to get healthier. I have some medical problems - Type 2 diabetes, neuropathy in my feet etc. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and trying to figure out where to start.... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:32:41 EST Making Healthier Choices Hi my name is Marcia and once again I am riding the roller coaster of weight gain after having major surgery a few months ago mingled with the joy of the Christmas season. I look forward to your supportive and motivational forum. Blessings to all. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:41:49 EST January 2016 Here we go! <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:48:44 EST New to team Hey, I'm Sandy and I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I'm a psychiatric RN at the VA, and I find that even though I'm trying to keep the weight off, I've gained 40 pounds over the past few years! I'm trying sparkpeople again, though I'm not doing well when I'm in control of the food. I'm thinking of weight watchers as well, but I can't always make the meetings due to my RN schedule. We'll see. Hope to talk to others soon. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:57:58 EST Question of the Week (sort of) How do you plan to celebrate the New Year? Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:09:49 EST December 2015 Year is almost gone! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:15:30 EST DECEMBER 2015 HERE WE COME GOOD MORNING EVERYONE OH BOY DECEMBER ALREADY WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? <BR> LET'S ALL MAKE IT A GOOD ONE !! ARE WE WHERE WE WANT TO BE? WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO CHANGE THINGS FOR THE GOOD? <BR> ARE WE EXERCISING DAILY? TRACKING? DRINKING OUR AT LEAST 8-8OZ GLASSES OF WATER DAILY? <BR> EATING OUR FRUIT &amp; VEGGIES DAILY? AT LEAST 5 <BR> POSTING DAILY? <BR> TALKING &amp; GIVING SUPPORT DAILY HERE ON THE THREAD? <BR> LET'S DO THIS WE ARE WORTH IT THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!!!!! <BR> HAVE A GOOD ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 05:46:16 EST Question of the Week What is your favorite holiday memory? It could be any holiday, let us know your traditions and memories. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:32:50 EST Christmas This year we are going to roast our Brussels sprouts and maybe include sweet potato. We bought a new toaster oven that has a rotisserie. We've already done a roast and chicken. Wow I'll never go back to doing it in an oven again. To bad turkey's are too heavy. So this year we'll roast our veggies. I sometimes make a sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin. They taste the same and anyone who hates sweet potatoes will think they are eating pumpkin. <em>100</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:48:44 EST New to team My name is Michelle. Just turned 50 in September and have struggled with my weight most of my life. I need to get serious and finally do something about it. I'm the primary care taker of my mother, so I am home almost all the time and that doesn't help. I have no excuses for why I don't exercise, except that I don't like to do it since it so hard because of my weight. At one time I drank at least 2 Pepsis a day, but have been down to 2 a week since like April or May, I believe. So that i... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:09:37 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Marie. Feeling very out of shape these days. Trying to get motivated to lose some weight and get back into shape! Glad to be part of the team. <em>521</em> <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:32:13 EST Back Again! My name is Donna. I have been off and on SparkPeople for around 7 years. I started when I was still in the AF and on the weight management program. I found that tracking everything is the only way I can stay on track. Reset all of my goals and started tracking my food today. Thanksgiving 2013 I was at 215 pounds and started over. After losing 41 pounds life got in the way when my husband was permanently laid off from work in March 2014 and my mother died in July 2014. Toady I weigh 222... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 12:34:43 EST November 2015 Nice new month! <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:39:55 EST Madde Hi, sll ... Am happy to join your group. Look forward to learning more about everyone. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:08:02 EST NOVEMBER 2015 LET'S MAKE IT THE BEST EVER POSTED THIS ON MY OTHER THREADS SO THOUGHT I WOULD COPY AND PASTE IT HERE. NOVEMBER ALL READY WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? WE NEED TO MAKE TIME FOR OURSELVES AND DO THIS TOGETHER! THE MORE SUPPORT THE BETTER! <BR> WAS SO NICE TO SEE MORE MEMBERS ON THE OCTOBER THREAD THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH! <BR> NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE THREAD IS NOT THE PLACE TO CUT OUR COMPUTER TIME WE NEED THIS TO GET TO OUR GOAL! <BR> I CAN WRITE A BOOK ON MY LIFE LATELY BUT WILL CHOOSE TO MOVE ON AND DO THI... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:48:24 EST Hi I'm Melanie I'm new to SP and this team. Looking for motivation and support to getting healthy Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:35:25 EST Need motivation to get back on track I am new to this team and need to get back on track. I joined Sparkpeople in April and was doing pretty good and lost 25 lbs but the past couple of months have been a little rough. I have not been working out or really watching what I am eating. I have gained back 5 lbs and feel flabby. I am hoping for encouragement and know I have others standing with me on this challenge. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:12:53 EST New to the team and need motivation I am new to the team and looking for a spark team that can motivate me. I have been with spark people about 4 years. Lost quite a bit of weight then let go of my focus. No judgement just reality. Realized I am terribly out of shape and not as motivated as before. Joined a weight loss challenge at work and started using spark people daily. Trying to find the exercise drive again! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:53:59 EST October 2015 Halloween is coming!! <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:56:58 EST SEPTEMEBER CHAT WOW SEPTEMBER WHERE DID THE TIME GO? NEW MONTH NEW CHALLENGES ARE WE READY FOR THEM??? ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME WE WILL DO THIS WE ARE WORTH IT! <BR> WELL OFF TO EXERCISE AND GET READY FOR WORK SAME OLD.LOL <BR> ENJOY YOUR DAY EVERYONE! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:23:05 EST New here Hi, <BR> I'm Belle from Texas. <BR> Turning 57 on Thursday...when did THAT happen?!?!? <BR> Originally from England, in the 21years we've been here we've lived in California, Colorado, and now Texas, which I LOVE. <BR> I have two adult children, and one beautiful granddaughter. <BR> <BR> <BR> In 2006 I lost 76 pounds, but 25 have come back to visit, and I intend to let them know how unwelcome they are, and banish them by the end of this year! <BR> Looking forward to getting to know my fell... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:14:17 EST New to the team Hello I'm April and I would like to say hello... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:06:28 EST getting back on track Hi. I'm Linda and I have been dabbling with Spark People for a couple of years. I'm back and am motivated to be more consistent. I had a total knee replacement in May and have lost 20 pds. (who would have thunk surgery would do that - I'll take those shredded pounds any way I can). Anyway, since I have a jump start I thought I would keep on trucking. Your group caught my eye. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:41:31 EST August Chat Here we are, can't believe it is August already! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:51:26 EST Getting back on track Hello all, <BR> I'm new to the 50+ group thanks to my last birthday <em>30</em> !!! I'm starting over after getting way off track over the past year and gaining some weight back. I'm looking for motivation and accountability! <BR> Debbie Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:04:42 EST Hi I'm Janet I have two young teenage boys that keep me young at heart at 54. They keep me busy but I would not have it any other way. Except the attitude some days can be trying.I love to walk and have enjoyed participating in the bootcamp challenges. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:46:48 EST Back after about a Year with Weight Watchers I was doing great with W.W. ( Weight Watchers) But we have a run a bad luck. My parked car was totaled by an a@# with no insurance, and we can't get any money out of him to replace it. So we got an old SUV from my sister; and after having it a about a month the transmission is now going out on it! So we have to cut back on some of the things we are paying for. And well no W.W means an extra $60.00 a month. The only reason I was going was for the meetings. they got me out of the house and arou... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:11:46 EST July Chat I have been traveling all day--from LA to Seattle with my daughter and grandson. She and my SIL have just moved there and I am going to help them settle in for a week. I am so tired! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 01:00:06 EST Need motivation Never really had to diet before so this is very hard for me. Gaining weight instead of losing. Any pointers? Always hungry. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:06:21 EST June Chat So late--sorry! <BR> <BR> The weather has been all over the place, but it is getting to be warm again,a nd I cannot believe that it will cool at this point! <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:03:04 EST Starting all over again Am picking myself up and starting back on the journey once again. One thing I know there is no giving up. <BR> <BR> My name is Madde, short for Madeline. I grew up in NYC, but am now living in Northern Virginia. I am an executive assistant for a non profit and a part time college student trying to finish my degree in Communications. Love crafting - especially with paper. <BR> <BR> Have two fur kids: Mimi, a ShiChon and Cupcake, a Siamese mixed kitty. It can get real crazy with these two... Thu, 28 May 2015 06:20:12 EST Hi, I'm Jill I joined SP last year in April and started out on fire but somewhere along the way I lost my Spark. I could give a ton of excuses, and I have, but that stops now. I'm tired of tight clothes, tired of not eating healthy, and tired of being tired from lack of exercise. I'm ready to start over and do this right this time. Sun, 17 May 2015 19:24:24 EST Will do it this time Hi, just joined the group. Am looking for friends with about 50 to 60 pounds to loose. Hope to work together and stay motivated. Sun, 17 May 2015 12:35:17 EST Useful exercise(s) to try! Here's a link to simple yet useful upper body strengthening & stabilizing moves. Easy to do at home. Takes less than 5 min for a great outcome! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tem-diet-stretches-by-egoscue/14/ </link> Sun, 10 May 2015 15:35:18 EST One Word Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own post, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use ONE word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Nightstand <BR> <BR> Spouse? Deceased <BR> <BR> Your hair? Silver! <BR> <BR> Your mother? Deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? Fun <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? Entertaining <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? Shopping <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? Lemonade <BR> <BR> What room are you in? Den <BR> <BR> Your hob... Wed, 6 May 2015 03:40:44 EST Feedback Please! Recently, I was told that I should "stop all this dieting nonsense" because, "after all you're past 60 and you should just relax and enjoy what's left of your life". What do you think about this ladies? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 03:31:59 EST May Chat Here we go. <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 14:17:08 EST MAY is here! How was your day today? Thought maybe we could start a "May" thread... Every day has more than enough to do. <BR> <em>126</em> <BR> Keep keepin' on! <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 13:51:14 EST Returning Hi folks: <BR> <BR> I am back. I have gained about 12 lbs since the fall and am at my heaviest. I am tracking my food again and really want to lose what I gained and more. Exercise is a challenge due to knee problems, so things might go a bit slowly. Looking for all the encouragement and help I can find here. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:51:23 EST Hi I'm Andrea Hi Everyone! I Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Andrea and I am 50 years old. I live in Virginia with my husband and youngest daughter. I’ve never been overweight and most people wouldn’t consider me overweight now, but I’m trying to be a healthier me so I’m starting this journey with a clear mind and an open heart. I was recently placed on cholesterol medication to get my cholesterol down. Type II diabetes runs on both sides of my family and I don’t want to have to deal with... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:01:20 EST Need motivation I really need to lose weight to feel better -- I know what works for me (South Beach diet and exercise) I just need motivation to get started and keep going !!! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:37:27 EST What's your trigger food? If I eat even just one tortilla chip with salsa, I cannot stop; I will not stop! <BR> If I have them in the house, I will eat every other calorie available until I finally dive into the bag and bowl. <BR> Now, I just don't buy them. <BR> I had to get rid of my triggers. <BR> I hope I will be able to order them at a restaurant in the future, but they scare me! <BR> I've been 4 months "chip sober" so far... <BR> <BR> What's your trigger food? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:50:29 EST Back, yet again. They say 3 times is the charm. I hope so. I'm 51 living in CT. I have 2 grown kids (21 and 19) and have been on Spark twice before. I belonged to Curves (twice before) and lost about 20+ pounds during each membership. Both locations ended up closing and there are no other clubs in my area. I was stuck in a rut, big time! Recently, for some reason, I decided to make changes in my eating habits and started walking on my treadmill. I actually look forward to walking so I can watch Netfli... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:28:49 EST Need help with tummy fat! Hi ladies! I've read so many articles I really start to confuse myself. Is processed food a major problem with getting rid of the spare tire I am carrying around? I have started eating healthier but I am still taking Lean Cuisines to work for lunch.So far I have done away with artificial sweetners and have switched my allergy pills for raw local honey (read allergy pills can actually contribuite to the tummy fat). <BR> <BR> I could use some good advice on how to trim this area. I have starte... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:44:30 EST New Member Just to say hi! Hope to get some encouragement! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:59:12 EST What are your plans for today <em>30</em> Good morning from Nashville! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:13:51 EST I made it! I just turned 50 and looking for support and understanding. I still feel 21 but my body is middle aged. I don't like it Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:00:25 EST healthy go-to foods & recipes! Hi ladies! <BR> I thought it would be nice if we could share some of what we are doing & what works for each of us. Maybe we can "glean" from each other to improve our healthy food intake! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I'm working on keeping my good-for-you foods "ready-to-eat". <BR> * celery cut up <BR> * sweet potato chips made in microwave (good hot or cold! <BR> * 1# lettuces <BR> * pickled asparagus <BR> <BR> Ready to get a chicken salad made up. <BR> <link> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:15:50 EST Hello from Montana Hi, <BR> <BR> I just started using the site and love it! I am looking forward to hearing from others. <em>41</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:53:57 EST Hi Hi...My name is Karen. I started using Sparkpeople recently. Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. Looking forward to reading everyone's posts. <em>524</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:49:23 EST April Chat Here we go--only a day late! <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:41:50 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group. It was my plan to lose weight and get healthy before my 50th birthday. Due to illness I didn't make that goal. So now I'm starting over and determined to get healthy. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:55:41 EST QOD Wednesday March 18th New game, we are going to have a Question of the day! Okay, maybe not everyday but close to it. <BR> <BR> 1st question - What is your favorite healthy snack? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:45:26 EST New Here Hey! I joined Sparkpeople on 02/09/15. I'm going to be 53 on 04/07. Looking to lose a total of 43lbs. Counting calories and getting some exercise. So far, I've lost 12 lbs. <em>345</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:07:06 EST New to team I'm Kay from Houston Tx. I started SP on 2-13-15 weighed 178. This a.m. weighed 162. I lost about 14 lbs the first 2 wks. Now it is going slower which Is ok with me. I want to be 130 lbs by 7-25-15 ( 1st year of 3rd marriage). Everyone have a wonderful weekend. <em>381</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:34:03 EST Hi everyone Hi my name is Elly! I live in Salisbury Maryland which is about 30 miles from the beautiful but freezing Atlantic Ocean..I'm 53 years old and I have been over weight much of my adult life but that all changes now. I have lost 7 pounds in about 2 months.. slow and steady is the way to go Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:28:18 EST Hello!, Hello All! I'm Linda from Va...joined SP yesterday....turned 52 on Friday and decided news the time to get serious and lose the weight and get fit and healthy!! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:38:15 EST March Discussion March has blown in with rain here in California!! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:39:44 EST Favorite veggie recipe? How about SWEET potatoes?! This recipe came in the Spark Blog about veggies in the microwave... <BR> <link><BR>st=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_<BR>cook_in_the_microwave </link> <BR> <BR> I tried the sweet potato "chips" tonight and it is definitely something I will do again! -- I just cut the slices thin w/ a sharp knife, spread coconut oil on them in small amounts over the top, and then sprinkled on some Himalayan pink salt. I microwaved them f... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:16:04 EST Favorite veggie recipe? How about SWEET potatoes?! This recipe came in the Spark Blog about veggies in the microwave... <BR> <link><BR>st=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_<BR>cook_in_the_microwave </link> <BR> <BR> I tried the sweet potato "chips" tonight and it is definitely something I will do again! -- I just cut the slices thin w/ a sharp knife, spread coconut oil on them in small amounts over the top, and then sprinkled on some Himalayan pink salt. I microwaved them f... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:14:25 EST Favorite veggie recipe? How about SWEET potatoes?! This recipe came in the Spark Blog about veggies in the microwave... <BR> <link><BR>st=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_<BR>cook_in_the_microwave </link> <BR> <BR> I tried the sweet potato "chips" tonight and it is definitely something I will do again! -- I just cut the slices thin w/ a sharp knife, spread coconut oil on them in small amounts over the top, and then sprinkled on some Himalayan pink salt. I microwaved them f... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:11:20 EST Favorite veggie recipe? How about SWEET potatoes?! This recipe came in the Spark Blog about veggies in the microwave... <BR> <link><BR>st=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_<BR>cook_in_the_microwave </link> <BR> <BR> I tried the sweet potato "chips" tonight and it is definitely something I will do again! -- I just cut the slices thin w/ a sharp knife, spread coconut oil on them in small amounts over the top, and then sprinkled on some Himalayan pink salt. I microwaved them f... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:10:44 EST Favorite veggie recipe? How about SWEET potatoes?! This recipe came in the Spark Blog about veggies in the microwave... <BR> <link><BR>st=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_<BR>cook_in_the_microwave </link> <BR> <BR> I tried the sweet potato "chips" tonight and it is definitely something I will do again! -- I just cut the slices thin w/ a sharp knife, spread coconut oil on them in small amounts over the top, and then sprinkled on some Himalayan pink salt. I microwaved them f... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:09:23 EST Hello Hello Cheryl here, been a Spark member since 2011 but only got really serious a few months ago. My Hubby is fully supportive this time around and it makes all the difference. I've always been "plump" but it's gotten out of hand. I want to be healthy so I can enjoy life and be a positive example to my kids and Grand-kids along with spending copious amounts of time with them. Feelin' positive right now and ready to get'r'done! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:14:07 EST Hi all! I'm Julia Hi, I'm Julia. Alittle about myself. Married for about 23 years and have two teenage daughters, their ages are 15 and 14. My husband is disable and am the the one who takes care of everyone; except myself. It is now the time to start taking care of myself. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:10:03 EST Hi, I'm Vicki and I'm new Hi! I'm new to this whole site and I'm trying to find groups that I feel that I would fit into. And like everyone else here, I'm trying to lose the weight, get motivated, get moving, eat healthy and stay connected with other like people <em>30</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:18:50 EST Hello I am Kris I am Kris and a 2 year breast cancer survivor. I have been married 19 years in July and am looking to build up my stamina so I can keep up with our growing family. We have 2 wonderful grandchildren with 1 on the way. Last year I was just keeping one foot in front of the other as we lost our oldest grandson unexpectedly in February. My goal is to eat healthy and exercise and the rest will take care of itself. <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:11:51 EST Aloha, I'm Reneé My name is Renee, <BR> I'm married (nearly 29 years) with 2 adult kids and 2 teenagers. <BR> I live in Arkansas. <BR> Been struggling with my weight all my life. <BR> Thought I was fat when I was 21 and 143 lbs.... now I know better. <BR> My goal weigh is higher than that now. <BR> I'll be 50 next month (March). <BR> I thought I'd be fit by fifty... but life and stress happens and the weight loss didn't stay. <BR> Starting all over again, hoping to be at goal by 51 next year. <BR> I'm a fan ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:02:49 EST St. Patrick's Day Challenge ST. PATRICK'S DAY CHALLENGE <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Date: February 1, 2015 <BR> Ending Date: March 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> *Lose 1 - 1.5 lbs. per week <BR> *25 Jumping Jacks are done each day (along with exercises you're already doing.) <BR> *Post weight loss each Sunday <BR> Here's to pounds lost on the other side of the rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:36:44 EST Hello Again Hi - I'm Barbara. I've been on this team before, but not active. I'm trying again with this new LAST year to be 50-something since I turned 59 about a month ago. I will be leaving town for awhile so I may not be able to keep up much until I return. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:02:08 EST January February Chat Wow! I have been falling off of all the threads--not posting much. Frannie usually reminds me when I don't post a new thread. Hope she is ok! <BR> <BR> December was insane because my daughter, SIL and 2 year old grandson were staying with me. It was wonderful to have both my children together for all the holidays this year, and to be able to see my daughter so much. Although, having a 2 year old in the house 24/7 was exhausting. I am so accustomed to being alone, that it wore me out, e... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:11:01 EST `Hi My name is Erin I`m usually very upbeat person, but tonight Im crying because feel my body is betraying me. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short; I'm 52 years old and a lot has changed in my life both my body and my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Few years ago I was taking care house full kids and big house and lost 50 pounds. I felt great and top of my game. <BR> <BR> Now Im an empty nester and I went through change of life. I quit smoking over year ago and now everything went down hill. In one year I gained back... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:03:40 EST Hello Ladies, I know I need like minded friends! I am happy to be a new member of 50 Plus Females. <BR> I am not new to Sparks as I have spent some time here in the past. <BR> My children are grown and I find that there is always some time adventure to be had in my 50's. My year has started out with a health issue that is now on the mend, but I have to be careful. <BR> Just dug out the Wii fit board and I am going slow. <BR> I am a good friend, talkative and I love to learn. <BR> Happy to be here. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:18:42 EST Hello Again Hi, I am 52 years old and originally joined SP in 2009. Didn't keep it up though, and got back to SP seriously in December. When I was younger I was always fit and pretty thin. With the passing of time I have gained weight and gotten so out of shape I find it hard to even do the simple daily activities. My goal is to lose 40 pounds and get back in shape. But I do get unmotivated easily, and need encouragement along the way. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:21:53 EST In Al Ain Hello is there anybody here that lives in Al Ain? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:10:47 EST Hello! I just joined and looking forward to the networking and support. I am very impressed by all the articles, tips, and resources available on this site. I hope you all have had a great day! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:35:52 EST New Member Hi <BR> <BR> I joined Spark in 2008 when I was very active and worked out regularly. I became inactive in spark and inactive in general in life with regular workouts because I started having marital problems and ended up divorced 2 years ago after almost 20 years of marriage. I am trying to get my life together and start working out on a regular basis. I always feel tired and have no energy. I work full time and have two children..I just joined this group tonight and am looking forward to g... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:27:33 EST Starting Over Hi, Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Janece, age 57. I belonged to SparkPeople a couple years ago and fell off the weight loss wagon. I'm now 10 lbs. heavier than I was my heaviest ever...and I'm back to look for support and motivation to lose the weight, lower my cholesterol, and look fabulous for my son's wedding at the end of March 2015. <BR> <BR> Happy to be part of a group of women my own age who I can relate to. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:40:22 EST Proud to join the 50+ club! I just turned 50 in Nov. I'm 25-30lbs over weight and it seemed to have happened over night! This sight is a little overwhelming and will take time to see what it has to offer but this is a good start! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:07:06 EST December Chat A new month, a new thread! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:14:46 EST December 2014 Chatting Today is my "Official" start date of my 100 days x 3 + 64 challenge to lose 68.8 lbs. <BR> <BR> Don't wish me luck please, wish me the courage to change the things I can and the strength to continue and motivation to carry me forward. <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:59:07 EST What Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes Will You Make: As a vegetarian, non-vegetarians say, "Oh, just bring the salad." LOL... As if eating healthy means eat only salads. So, I've been experimenting with more live/raw food dishes and vegan dishes. With two children at home, the food's got to taste great, look great and be child friendly. So, what's your Healthful, good tasting dish for this Thanksgiving? Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:56:06 EST Nov Chat Here we go--this year is flying by! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:27:51 EST New to Team Hello to All Members, I need to lose 25 pounds and have already lost 20 pounds but am unable to lose the remainder. Am still unsure about Spark website, but I am sure it can't hurt. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:45:02 EST New to the team Hello everyone, <BR> I'm 50 with 20 pounds to lose, going through menopause and having a heckuva time getting "started" on my weight loss journey. I really want to be around supportive women who I can help, and can help me! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:54:58 EST Back for good. Hi, I am back for good. I have been on and off Spark for about 4-5 years then always seem to get sidetracked and fall off the wagon. Now, with more weight to lose than ever and feeling more determination to get back to a size I am comfortable with, I am back. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:13:24 EST Oct Chat Here we go!! It is supposed to be fall, but Southern California has not gotten the memo yet--we are due tio have 100 plus degree heat from tomorrow through the weekend!! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:37:40 EST One More Time! They say slow & steady wins the race. I'm aiming for two pounds per week, and have 85 lbs, to lose so will be here a long time. I have been here before but lacked conviction. At 57 I'm ready to try this one more time! :) Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:03:38 EST just turned the big 50 Hi -- I turned 50 this week --- how did that happen? I would be "thin" if I lost 100 pounds, that's not likely, so I'm working on a health 30 to 50. I've struggled with my weight the last 15 years, so I know it will continue to be a lifelong struggle. I'm really loving my "spark stepper" as it is encouraging me to get all 6000 steps each day. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:29 EST Returning to SP..l.Yet, again, I'm 54 and I've been in and out of SP so many times and actually lost weight around 5 years ago and then gained it all back and then some. So I decided to join a group for my age group this time. I want to lose it for good this time and stay healthy. I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia, so that makes me less competitive than I used to be..Also, some days it turns my world upside down and takes me down, but I'm willing to try again. I need to lose this weight!!! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:41:59 EST Hello from Wasilla, AK! Hi everyone! <BR> I am 51 and have been in full menopause since February of this year. I set a goal in March to lose from 147 to 130 by July for my daughter's wedding in Maui, and made it to 131. I gained back 2lbs when I got home, so I'm setting a new goal of 128lbs. When I lost the initial weight, it came of SO slowly, only 1lb a week, but it came off! <BR> <BR> I'm very limited in what I can do physically now, which wasn't such an issue before this last month or so. I can do some of the... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:27:54 EST Just joined this group Hello, I have been in SP since 2008, but just now joined this group. I'm 53 and in menopause and gaining weight! I am an athlete, I go to gym pretty much every day (except Saturday) and don't understand the scale anymore. I hope to hear new tricks on how to keep the weight down and still eat healthy. I just started to track my food again to make sure I'm on the track. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:43:28 EST Challenge Day 1 of 3 this week strength training at gym upper body and ab work 20 minutes Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:36:53 EST To another new beginning! So glad I stopped feeling sorry for myself and realized that I am the only one holding me back. I am excited to be on this journey and I do know that I probably won't always have this excitement but I am eager to begin and I need all kinds of help to stay on track, please and thank you so much. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:44:36 EST Sept Chat Wow!! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:01:57 EST Fifty+ Fall Challenge Fall Strength Training Challenge! <BR> You need to add strength training to your exercise routine 3 days a week. If you are already strength training then you are challenged to up your routine, add new exercises or add more reps and sets. We will post our progress, you can post each time or weekly. The following template can be used, just copy and paste it into a reply. Even better edit your post each time and that way we won’t get a mile long thread! We start Sept 1 and will run through... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:17:07 EST Hello Newbie Here Hi my name's Ann and I live in England. Found this site via a google search on weight resources so though I'd give it a try. <BR> <BR> I'm 53 and have been trying to lose weight for a good while. However working full time and the many stresses that come with my job cause me to comfort eat. However, I am determined to get back on track as my eldest daughter has just announced she's getting married in May 2016 so that gives me a chance to lose my weight at a steady rate which is best for keep... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:59:11 EST Hi from Spokane, WA Hi there, I'm Shanna (pronounced Shauna). As my profile describes (and like most of you), my weight has been up and down over the years. I'm 5'4" and have a small frame. My highest weight was 180 back in 2005, slowly lost and then eventually learned to maintain around 135 for a couple of years, then around 145 for a few more years. A year ago a quit my job to stay home and homeschool our 12 yr old (almost 13 year old) twin girls. Being home has been wonderful, but it's too easy to snack,... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:08:20 EST Hello to All My name is Diana. I recommitted to SP in Sept of this year. Things went really well for the first three months then nothing. I have a problem staying within my calorie range and just have to be more disciplined. I also wonder if my age is playing a part in not losing as easily. I hope to get to know everyone and have some success together. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:31:49 EST New to The Team I am new to the team. I live in Ms. I am 50 and I live on a farm. I work full time in retail. My favorite exercise is walking. I am looking for a team that can get me motivated and to finds friends along the way. To help me along the way as I will be their for them. <BR> <BR> Liiz Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:46:24 EST August Chat Starting it today--so I don't forget again!! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:31:27 EST New To Team But Not To Sparks Hi my Name is Beth and I am 55 will be 56 on Sept 9. I have been on Sparks for 5 years now and have lost 145 pounds and still have more to lose. I am looking for an active team that I can give encouragement and support to in their goals while I am working toward my goal and maybe get some encouragement in my goals as well. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:56:46 EST July Chat We are going to start chatting here! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:11:29 EST New to Team, but not to SP Hi, I'm Rita.... I've been with SP since last August. <BR> Was looking for a new team to join that I thought would be active and social - <BR> And this one appealed to me :) <BR> Looking forward to meeting you :) <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:55:30 EST checking in I can't even remember when the last time I checked in was, but I'm still here doing what I'm supposed to do! I made a commitment on October 15th to work out every day and did really well until I got a virus the first weekend in June. I had to take a week off after being knocked off my feet by fatigue and the rest of what goes along with a yucky virus. I have a new appreciation for people who struggle with health issues. It was really no fun!!! I got back on track though and still working o... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:04:01 EST I am determined! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> This looks like the place for me to find some much needed encouragement and support in my journey. I'm a "fiftysomething" from NJ who is determined to lose weight and maintain the loss. A positive outlook helps! Have a great "Sparking" day everyone! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:40:48 EST Back at Sparks to try this again Hi y'all! I have done WW, and Sparks - up until about a year and a half ago. Thats when I started with severe foot pain (was eventually diagnosed with a tarsal coalition, which I am learning to deal with now) and that sort of side-tracked me for quite awhile. AND contributed to packing on a few more pounds - that's why I back here once again! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:08:51 EST Beginning again - and hopeful Hello Everyone - I am beginning again (*sighs*), but I am hopeful that I will find success. I am an emotional eater. I know we all have things we deal with in our lives and for me I eat too much trying to find comfort somehow. We know that doesn't work, of course - it only makes things worse. I am often very depressed because I have to stay married for financial reasons (for now at least) to a man who cheated on me. He's a narcissistic pig who thinks he can do anything because if he can ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:57:08 EST Like my whole life's a "plateau" I don't know if it's just "today." <BR> <BR> Feeling fed up. <BR> <BR> Grocery shop tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:57:25 EST How many miles will you walk in June? I managed just over 42 mi during the month of May. So I'm going to target 50 as my miles for June. Here goes... <BR> <BR> 6/2 - 2 mi (32 min) Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:58:51 EST June Chat Already!! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:53:54 EST Saying "Hi" :) I am an almost 55 year old, who wants to feel as wonderful physically as I do mentally. Hoping you all can encourage me and cheer me on! Thu, 29 May 2014 08:13:28 EST Trying Sparks again Hi Everyone: I have just rejoined Sparks and determine to make it right this time. I will be 52 tomorrow May 26th. I have type 2 diabetes and my last check up in April-everything was good:-) Would appreciate all the help I can get to lose all this weight. Sun, 25 May 2014 14:22:59 EST Gosh, I need more CARDIO... I like SOME cardio, but looks like I need to get more. <BR> <BR> And, generally speaking, right now I'm just not "feeling" it. <BR> <BR> What to do? <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading!! Thu, 15 May 2014 17:35:57 EST Hello from the (UAE) United Arab Emirates Hello from the UAE. Thu, 15 May 2014 12:04:23 EST Hello from Alabama <em>30</em> I started Spark People a couple of days ago and so far, so good. I am a 55 year old who needs to lose 40 pounds. I had been successful on Weight Watchers in the past, but am so tired of counting points! This is the heaviest weight I have ever been. It has creeped on in the past 5 years, partly from major life events - remarriage, new job. I was married for 29 years to a man who was very health conscious and placed a great deal of pressure on me to stay a certain size, pre... Sat, 10 May 2014 09:11:07 EST May Chat Unbelievable, but it is May already!! And very jot here in California. Thu, 1 May 2014 12:38:58 EST "Step" into May Challenge! I know a number of you walk, run & ride. Since I'm not much of a social media person, I thought we could provide a spot to log your daily accomplishments. This puts us on track with the Spark People May Challenge. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=step_into_may_with_a_new_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> Keep track here daily, and then if you want, post how many miles you accomplished during the whole month--on May 31st! <BR> <BR> Here's to moving fo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:52:51 EST ban CocaCola Please watch this! <BR> <BR> copy and paste into your browser!!! <BR> <BR><BR>427558992227&set=vb.144320512402933&ty<BR>pe=2&theater Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:42:48 EST learning about me When I was young I always said I would never be fat like most of my family members. when I was fifteen I would eat two big macs with double fries. I was over weight and never had an energy. when we would run at school I was last or next to last out of my class. As a child though I road my bike everywhere or else I would walk everywhere which kept the weight off, but when we moved to the east side of town there was very few places to walk to or ride too. at that point I began to put on weight.... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:14:14 EST High Levels of Estrogen I wasn't really sure which group may have the answer I am looking for, but I figured I would start here. I am not in fact 50+, I am 27 and have extremely high levels of estrogen. The internet has so many conflicting solutions for this problem I really want to know if anyone has battled with this and how to win! I read progesterone is a natural estrogen blocker, can anyone confirm that information is true? <BR> I went off my birth control last year since my love and are planning on having chi... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:10:04 EST Hello All Hi everyone <BR> I've been on a weight loss all my life with big and small loses. I need all the tools available to make a permanent change. I envision a life where I am healthy, strong and full of energy. I know that if I keep doing what I've done, my life will be short lived. So I'm getting up once again and see if I can finally find that life that I've envisioned. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:09 EST Return to SP Hi my name is Jill. I feel like it is really hard to lose weight after 50...but it doesn't have to be that way, Right? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:46:07 EST Marianne, S. Florida, Career Dieter!!!!!!! Hi all... I say I am a career dieter because I go up and down over and over. I had gastric bypass surgery 7 years ago and lost 113#, but over the last 3 years, I have put back on 44 of it. I am trying to stop the cycle. So, one of the things I really have never tried are the message boards and am wondering how these boards have helped. I am a single woman, so keeping on track is a lonely proposition. I guess I am looking for support and ideas from all of you.... I am actually foll... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:44:45 EST Newbie, but feel like an oldie... ........ Hope to learn a lot of useful info, and enjoy being apart of the group. I am 52. married for 28 years this July 3. Happily married. 2 children, son by my first marriage and daughter from this marriage. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:47:50 EST I'm new! Just joined Spark and want to learn and join as much as I can! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:05:17 EST new to this board. Hi everyone I am new to this board and am restarting spark I have been on spark for a while but have just restarted. I want to lose around 50 lbs. Right now my goal is to be 199 by aug 4th. I am trying to exercise for 30 min five to six days a week. Thanks to everyone out there. Have a great day. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:13:26 EST April Chat no Fools! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:56:20 EST A new start Hi Everyone - Here I go again! Time to focus on myself again, so I today I refreshed all of my information and started logging my food intake again. I'm 52 and have a goal of losing 55 pounds by February of 2015. Thanks in advance for your advice and support. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:23:24 EST Love to join the team!! <em>213</em> I have started Spark team to calculate my calorie in take and found the most wonderful site I could have joined. Everyone seems so nice and supportive. Good to know I'm not along out here. The video's of the exercises can keep running while you actually do them, making me feel like I have someone I'm doing them with. <BR> My goal is to lose 2 lbs. per week by July. Totally 30 lbs. I have gone cold turkey on the vegan way to a healthy diet. My first week has been an adventure... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:44:44 EST Another newby saying hi! New to the group. Decided to join some groups to help keep me motivated. I only have another lb to lose before I go into maintenance mode, but I WILL go into maintenance mode this time. I've NEVER had this much trouble losing weight!! Must be my age catching up with me. At any rate I've decided if I'm going to start eating healthier, to help with the rest of my life, I best get off my B-hind NOW! lol! I didn't realize until the other day, when I started seriously tracking nutrients, just how ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:46:11 EST I'm new too! I joined Spark years ago, but have never really taken it seriously. This time is different because my health is involved. Looking for friends to encourage and be encouraged by. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:51:45 EST Finally getting around to introducing myself Hello all! I am a 55-year-old mom to a 17-year-old. Currently half employed and looking. I teach swimming which I love and was laid off my full time job two weeks ago. Trying to stay positive about this and knowing it's a good thing, but struggling with it, also. I could so easily go down the poor me road and also be really angry about it. <BR> <BR> I have a menagerie of pets, two dogs, two cats and two rabbits. I volunteer for a breed rescue, where I foster, attend events and edit a blog. ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:21 EST New Here! Hello everybody! I'm Donna. I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I am looking for new friends to journey with! I'm doing challenges, but the weight loss is slow! I figured other ladies my age might be having the same problem. I'm 58 and have been post-menopausal for 8 years. HELP! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:33:54 EST Hello! I am 58 I have been taking care of myself and loving the spark people site. <BR> I am an artist and I see a few creative people here on spark! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:47:58 EST Hi All Hi All, I just turned the Big 50 this past November. I"m trying to get into good habits like tracking food and fitness. I'm one whose been on Spark (and WeightWatchers) before, but now I'm back with a serious mission -- losing it, and keeping it off. But, first I have to lose it .... <BR> Cheers! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:07:17 EST Hello Everyone! I'm Connie from Western NY. This will be the last year of my 40s, as I will turn 50 in December. As I get older, I'm feeling the effects of carrying around too much weight. I'm currently on medication for diabetes and high blood pressure, and I don't want to be dependent on these medications for the rest of my life like so many members of my family and friends. I want to age as gracefully-and painlessly-as possible and there's no way to do that while carrying the weight of nearly two adults.... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 18:49:15 EST Alikat I need help! I am a yoyo dieter and have recently been on a non stop eating binge! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:08:39 EST March Chat 2014 Here it is March 2nd already!! Weather here in Socal is still cold, but we are now cloudy instead of rainy. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:45:29 EST Hi I'm New Hi <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Kathryn, I am 57 years old and live in <em>67</em> CA with my hubby. I am not new to Spark have been on here a little over two years. I just found your team today and thought it looked active and I would like to join. I am very active exercise wise. I have two exercise streaks going one is to do 100 push ups at a time. I do my push ups every day and started with doing only 3 and have worked that up to doing 65 at a time. My other streak is so climb ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:52:04 EST Movie/Actor/Mov ie/Actor/ETC... The Big Chill Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:13:20 EST self starter Seems I am alone on this journey of my 50 lbs weight loss and exercise fitness. I start out with a exercise buddy and they give up. This makes me alone again with self motivation. I am thankful for spark people and this group. Don't think I could do it without you!! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:18:05 EST Today Hi everyone. I hope you're having a good day. We are finally getting some rain this week in Southern Cal. I am very excited!! I planted all of my spring flowers in time for the rain. Today I am going to ride my bike for an hour before I get my day started..Lots to do..puppy play date! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:35:34 EST Goal for today I am starting a goal for each day. Todays goal is to hit the Farmers Market and make a salad for lunch containing 5 fruits and veggies! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:39:15 EST Hello Hi all, I just joined a few days ago. I need to get back in control of my life. since retiring I have slacked off on monitoring my food and exercise but now its time to get back on track. I live full time in my RV and travel quite a bit. right now we are in Texas. I just started a Bootcamp challenge to try to get back in the habit of exercise. I'm looking forward to support and motivation. <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit My Post Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:17:11 EST Get Up Off The Couch and MOVE Hi! I'm new to the team, but not Sparkkpeople. I've been slacking a bit, and need to get back to taking care of myself not with just eating right, but by moving more with exercising. <BR> <em>357</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:28:47 EST New to this team,But not to Sparks Been a member for many years, but been away a good long while...5years ago I was 2lbs, away from goal and life hit hard taking care of my Mom, well after 19 months she passed and I regained 40 lbs and then peri-menopause and menopause....I cannot get this weight off now!! Married, 4grown Daughters, I work in school food service and I Love the outdoors! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:27:13 EST "Work Out NOW for that Reunion/Special Event"!! New thread, y'all, for all of us with special events and/or reunions coming up! (Hopefully NOT tomorrow...?) Got to give ourselves TIME to get this done. <BR> <BR> WHAT EVENT(S) ARE YOU GETTING IN SHAPE FOR?? <BR> <BR> My class reunion is September 2014, so I'm getting ready from NOW. I figure I have JUST ENOUGH TIME to do this up right, and pick out the outfit I really want to wear! <BR> <BR> Right now, usually I'm doing one or two 10-15 minute workouts per day, or a 25 to 30-minute... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:58:32 EST Hi Everyone & Happy Sunday! (Newbie)... Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to have found this organization - very timely! <BR> <BR> I'm a dietitian yet have been a yo yo dieter for most of my life :-(. <BR> <BR> Menopause (it is all girls here right??!) has hit me like a freaking freight train. Metabolism totally stalled out, not to mention all the other glorious associated symptoms. Gained 25 lbs last summer and cannot shift it - diet, exercise etc. Had hormone screen last week - results within the next week. Suspect hypothyroidism.... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:19:17 EST New Team Member Hello Everyone! <BR> I just started officially today and so far I like the enthusiasm on this sight. When I turned 50 a couple of years ago I had a total hysterectomy two weeks before my 50th birthday. (What a CRUSHER!) Before I left the hospital my doctor told me I would definitely gain weight and I did; 35 lbs. I know it was not from the procedure but from letting me feel sorry for myself. Anyway, it's way past time for me to get back into shape and prove that doctor WRONG! <BR> ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:57:05 EST Newbie to the group-not a newbie to the site Hi everyone. I just jumped to the big 5-0 in October during a very rough period in my life. At that time I was walking 6-8 miles a day and doing well with my weight loss (almost 30 lbs since July). I went down to almost no "extra" exercise and very little sleep until my Mom lost her battle with cancer in December. January hasn't been better. So I'm recommitting this month. Nice to join this team. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:56:24 EST Greetings One and All! I've been on Sparkpeople on and off for 2 years, but now I'm Fifty & Fabulous! I am back and hit the ground running. 10 lbs down since the start of the year. Looking forward to chatting with you all! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:17:05 EST Hi Everyone <BR> ~HI~ My name is Deby... I am 55 years young... I am in the Process of reaching my final goal weight... it has been a very long journey... <BR> <BR> ~I have a wonderful husband and 3 AWEsome adult Sons who now have families of their own.~ I am soooooooooooo Very BLESSed ~ <BR> <BR> ~I am looking forward to sharing with the team~ Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:32:23 EST February Chat 2014 WOw--time marches on!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:05:27 EST First Day !!! Hello All, <BR> When I turned 50 seams like weight just started to add on! any tips to help get off 50 lbs would be greatly appreciated. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:12:40 EST hello Newbie here Hello my name is mary jane I am from New Hampshire a mother of 3 with a wonderful husband who supports me . Afew years ago everything changed in my life and gues what I gained 40 lbs. I broke my ankle and then developed clots and then a nerve disorder. I cannot take the cold anymore but still get out to walk my two dogs 3 times a day. I have promised myself that I will lose the weight and keep it off this time and stick to my plans and goals. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:00:51 EST New Team Member Hi everyone! I'm back to Spark after years of being in and out. I never used the forums much the first time around. Going to give it a try this time around and this looks like an active forum. I'll be 55 next week and it's past time to get this old body back in shape! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:10:44 EST What will you do today to help you reach your goal I'm sitting here drinking my coffee thinking about getting my workout clothes on and doing my strength routine! Yikes! Some days I'd rather be a couch potato. <em>211</em> <BR> I haven't missed a day of working out since October 15th and a couple of days ago I thought, "nobody will know if I take the day off..." Well, that kind of thinking will help me put pounds on instead of help me become the healthy person I want to out for the couch potato monster! :) <BR> Have a great... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:35:38 EST WHO'S BOUNCING TODAY? Rebounder, trampoline FUN! I AM !! Benefits: CARDIO, STRENGTH, DETOX (lymph drainage), STRESS MANAGEMENT, and ENDORPHINS (the "feel-great" hormones). And it's easy to set up, and basically free! <BR> <BR> (Warning: Never leave small children unattended on or near any set-up trampoline. If small children jump (and most do love to), HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT HOLD THEM BY BOTH HANDS (this works really well!). Store rebounder away in a closet, etc.) <BR> <BR> In case we didn't know - or we've forgotten - jumping/bounci... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:58:00 EST New member I did sign up some time ago but I am just now using the team. I am Sharon, 57, Texan, new grandmother (well he's 14 months!). I have lost weight but in the process I then messed up and started not eating enough food and not eating the right foods. I skip meals and eat junk. I'm lucky I haven't gained it all back. Now my goal is to get back to right eating and be healthier. I just quit smoking too and so have heard need to watch my food intake. And I don't exercise like I should. I ordered the... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:11:59 EST Hello team Hi. I joined about 5 years ago, but have had personal issues that side tracked me from doing what I've needed to do for a long time. I will be turning 50 in March and am ready and able to do this! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:32:35 EST drinking water - needing the bathroom _ LOL Hopefully you all won't think I"m weird, and hopefully there really are just women here, so I'm just going to put this out there. Obviously we know that the point of drinking more is to pee more. But after 3 kids, I have to pee if I laugh, or sneeze or do just about anything and of course its much worse now that I"m better at drinking water again. Anyone else with this issue and any suggestions??? <BR> Thanks! <em>246</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:13:02 EST Starting - again My desire to be healthy and thin us always there, but my desire to do anything is not. I just turned 50 and am so tired of feeling tired and slugish. So, I"m trying to do some small things at a time. I just restarted yesterday . But, I'm going to give it my all :) Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:55:32 EST Hello from Arkansas Hello, I am new to the group. I live in Northeast Arkansas with my hubby and 17 yr old son, 11 cats & 2 dogs. We live on a beautiful lake surrounded by woods. I lost 25 lbs last year by starting on Shakeology and having a shake for breakfast every morning, cutting out refined sugars, learning portion control and joining a gym. I try to do a Silver Sneakers class low impact aerobics & strength training 4 x a week, treadmill and just started doing some Pilates. My goal is another 25 lbs this ye... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:19:14 EST slow going I've been working out every single day (minimum of 20 minutes) since October 15th. I've seen a change in my clothing, but no change in the scale until this week. I finally lost two pounds! I'm eating right, drinking water and doing my best to get enough rest. <BR> Even though I'm gaining muscle and toning up, I have been getting a little frustrated at not seeing any difference on the scale. The Spark Solution mentions weight loss for people my age, stating that we can expect one or two pound... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:56:29 EST Just turned 50... and want to look my best by next year. My mind and soul are in a good place I just need to get my body and health in the same place. Glad to be part of this group Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:35:22 EST new membee Hi my name is Debbie. I am new here and I am hoping that this site will give me the encouragement and support needed to lose 15 pounds.I am going to nursing school and since I started have gained 15 pounds! I graduate in May and am hoping to have it off by then. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:47:33 EST just wanted to say hello This is my second attempt at losing weight through spark people, hopefully I will be more successful this time. <em>2</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:28:37 EST I am back and I am ready to get serious about losing weight and getting fit...Hi everyone <em>135</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:31:43 EST Hello, New to Team Although this type of support is new to me.... I'm excited to be part of a team the promotes health and fitness............. this is my year for changes! <BR> Thanks... <BR> Katrina Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:32:01 EST Hello Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I have been a member for a long time but have not been consistent in the past. I want to lose weight for health and comfort to stay active in the future. There are many things I have yet to experience and I want to live healthier. I hope to join your group and share the process. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:39:51 EST HI EVERYONE Hi, <BR> I'm Carol, and am happy to join this team. I look forward to making new friends on the path I just started with Sparkpeople January 4th. After thinking about it for years, this time I really want to be doing something about losing weight and getting healthy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:15:02 EST newbie Hi Everyone, new member here. Looking for some friends to help motivate me and keep me accountable on this journey to a healthier me. Willing to provide motivation, accountability and friendship in return!! Hope to hear from you soon! <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:14:48 EST Hello Just started Sparkpeople today. I have drank 4 glasses of water today for the first time forever. I have also stayed with in my calorie range too. I am excited and ready to make small steps to get to my final goal. Would love to talk with others everyday along this journey. Best Wishes to All. <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:16:11 EST January 2014 Chat! New Year's Greetings!! <BR> <BR> I went up to bed at 10 also, but a harder time really getting to sleep. I woke up this morning, said, oh a few more minutes and an hour later woke up again!! <BR> <BR> My mother was from the South so she had the tradition of black-eyed beans for NY's, but we were never willing to eat them, so it petered out!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:37:52 EST Hello! I'm not 50 yet, but I will be this year. I am ready to lose all this weight! I am going to run my first 5K by the end of this year with my 23 year old son. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:38:11 EST Hi all My name is Kathy, I am 51. <BR> I've been on spark for quite awhile and have had success and then fell, but I know I have to get serious about getting healthy. <BR> I am at my highest weight right now, and I don't like it!!!!! <BR> I got a fit bit flex for Christmas and I am ready to begin this journey.......AGAIN!!! <BR> I am happily married have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:41:20 EST Staying focused before daughter's wedding MOBs you're out there. Start shooting the advice to help me stay on my diet during the two weeks before my daughter's wedding. Between the holidays and nervous jitters, I'm going to have a difficult time fitting in exercise and conscientious eating. Ideas? Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:32:50 EST Back after 5 1/2 years... When I used before, I was in my 40s and lost almost 55 lbs. Now, 5 1/2 years later and all the weight regained, I'm back to get my diabetes under control. Looking forward to a great 2014! Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:52:59 EST Loving Spark People I am absolutely loving Spark People - entering everything in each day keeps me honest and makes me realize that I really wasn't paying full attention to what I was eating. Now that I track everything, and have added walking each morning back into the other exercise I do, I am in the best shape I have been in for years - even though I didn't realize I needed to (I am 5'7" and was 145) I have lost 20 lbs, and feel amazing!! Sexy in time for Christmas - I love it!! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:59:43 EST Hi Everyone I have followed Sparkpeople's recipes for a while and have half heartedly tried to loose weight thru the Sparkpeople's website before. Now I have come to the realization that something must be done or I will have major issues in the future. I am 55 and looking for a LOT of motivation. I have been on so many diets in my life and every time I lost weight I would gain it back plus some. I am addicted to sugar. I am one of those people that can't stop eating once I start on something. Thanks for ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 07:00:19 EST December Chat Can't believe it is December already!! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 14:02:12 EST Great way to start a new month! I just joined the group. I am looking for ways to stay motivated to exercise daily and meet my goals. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:19:49 EST Just joined I am brand new to Spark People and this group, and I am looking forward to learning from all of you. I am 51 years old, work a full-time job (long days) and always feel like I have to squeeze in my workouts - when I workout. I have joined SP with the hope that it will help me stay motivated to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:51:00 EST Hello My name is Darlene. I have been following Sparkpeople recipes for months, but decided to set-up an account today! Looking forward to meeting and chatting with you all. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:37:14 EST Snowbirder sinking Oh Cookie, Looks like you have a chihuahua or Papillon. I have a chi - Carmelita. I wrote a couple weeks ago, before we left, that we were going to Snowbird it. Went from ID to AZ & here we are... it's 88 out. I feel LUCKY to be able to do this at 60 BUT the older residents are all fit. I feel like the fattest person here. Have gone in the pool just about daily because it's the only place I don't hurt. Boyancy in the water makes you feel so much better. At first I said hi to everyone... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:15:24 EST Commitment Part Two I'm happy to report that since I made my commitment to work out every day for at least 20 minutes, (on October 15th) I've kept with it. What that means is that I need to even go so far as to commit to getting up in the morning before I go to bed in order to have the time to follow through. If I leave it up to chance it is easy for me to make excuses and find a way out and hit the snooze button...but making the commitment the previous evening, helps me to follow through. So, I'm committing t... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:19:26 EST New to the Team Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> I just turned 50 in September. I can hardly believe it. I sure as heck don't feel like I am 50. I have been a member of Spark since 2008 but was a lookie-lou for a long time to see what other people were doing and if this website was really going to stick around. I used the nutrition tracker off and on and lost some weight but didn't stick to it (as I am sure some of you can relate to). Was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2004 which wasn't a surprise considering m... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:11:25 EST New to This Team Yes the rumour has it I am over 50. I am now in some places called a Junior Senior. I am 55 years old and wish I was 25 again. I feel like my body is aging faster than my years. <BR> <BR> I am a Disabled single mom, of a soon to be teenager. I adopted my first grand child. I have raised him from the day he came home from the hospital and then I adopted him. Then I was in a near fatal car accident and now I live alone with my son after my husband walked out on us. <BR> <BR> Life is good for ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:49:44 EST November Chat Here we go! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:15:52 EST Commitment I started a training program last January to prepare to run a 5k. I did the couch to 5 k training program for new runners which was great for me. It was a 10 week training. I started from running one minute at a time to eventually running for 30 minutes. I found that running is a whole different activity. I kind of slacked off on my commitment after running my first 5k in May...then only ran once a week or so before doing another 5k in September. During that time I did my best to go to ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:31:11 EST Getting Back on Track Hello everyone! My name is Grace. I've been away from SP pretty much all this year and have been completely off the wagon...BIG TIME....and I need to somehow get back on before I completely spiral out of control. I love food...plain and simple and of course when I'm down and stressed out, my only comfort seems to be food. I've also completely lost all interest in working out and I need to gain that interest back....I just turned 50 in June and know that at this age, it is really a lot harder ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:41:58 EST Spark coach? What is spark coach? Is it free? <BR> How about spark radio? <BR> These things weren't available when I joined a couple of years ago. (Stopped and now joined again) Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:44:04 EST Hey all! I too, just turned 50 recently. And although I have been very overweight for most of my life, until I hit the age of about 47, I didn't feel "unhealthy". I don't have the typical biological problems that many other overweight people endure, so I just didn't think about my weight much. NOW, I feel unhealthy, high blood pressure is starting to kick in, and I have to make a change. I've been a member of Spark for years, just never really utilized all that it has to offer. This is my first fo... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:19:41 EST HI, MY FIRST DAY BACK HI, Yesterday was my first day back after about a year's absence. Been doing WW without much success. I want to lose about a half to one pound a week (total 30 lbs) and get my cholesterol under control. I'm moderately active. I like the structure of the eating plan each day, even if I don't follow it because there are plenty substitutes and it keeps me focused on good choices. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and learning about your experiences ! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:13:12 EST Hi all! Hi, <BR> My name is Marie and I'm back again after losing, gaining, losing, gaining and so on pretty much my whole life. I'm hoping to get back to my goal weight and maintain for good this time. I'm looking forward to interacting with you guys and hope we can support each other. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:12:19 EST Looking forward to winning the battle. Hi, I am 53, and have been fighting the same 35 lbs for at least the last 5 years. I did weight watchers for awhile lost some then put it back on. I am excited about this program and life change. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:48:33 EST I turned 50 in September Hi Everyone, <BR> I just realized I've graduated from 40's group into the 50's!! <BR> I had joined SP several years ago, lost 20 pounds and guess what....gained it back:( <BR> So here I am again needing to loose 20-30 pounds. I want to feel better and love myself again. I'm having difficulty getting motivated. I joined the 10 min workout a day challenge which is helping. I have a lazy angel on one shoulder and a fit/exercise angel on my other shoulder....they argue with each other all day..lo... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:06:57 EST New to Team--51 and flashing Hi, I'm 51 have 13 yo daughter 16 yo son and hubby. We all need to lose weight. Just getting back to SP. Been on Weight Watchers for awhile. Lost some weight but have been gaining it back since I turned 51. Menopause has caught up to me. Started having hot flashes soon after my birthday and gaining back weight. My Gyn prescribed Bioidentical hormone cream which is helping. <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:45:06 EST Just got a compliment! At work, we were discussing "feeling our age", when I mentioned a brother who is 55. My co- worker said, "Oh, he's quite a bit older than you, isn't he?" Um...yeah :-) LOL! <BR> <BR> Hey, if they want to think I'm quite a bit younger than 55, who am I to correct them?! Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:58:55 EST 50 plus 10 new member I've been with spark people for going on 2 years, but somehow missed this group! reached my goal weight last may after loosing 63 pounds, Have been hovering at goal weight for the summer. Glad to be on the team! <em>524</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:52:22 EST Has anyone else tried using an acupressure mat?? A while ago, on a whim, in the grocery, I put out some extra money for a Spoonk acupressure mat. I'm really glad I did. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried using an acupressure mat, or any other acupressure devices or aids? <BR> <BR> It's similar to acupuncture, but nothing is stuck into your skin. It's also a ton cheaper than acupuncture (probably safer, too). The plastic spikes on the mat press against your skin, and you adjust the pressure by lighter or heavier contact. <BR> <BR> The mat... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 14:37:56 EST Hi, I graduated from the 40's Teams I was on It occurred to me today that I no longer was eligible to be on the 40's teams that I had joined several years ago because I'm now 51. So here I am looking for some new team mates. <em>41</em> I joined SP in 2010 but stopped visiting after awhile. About a month ago I knew that I needed to start holding myself accountable again and have been tracking ever since. I've lost some of the weight I'd regained but still have a ways to go. <BR> I'm looking forward to being a part of this team... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:04:59 EST Searching for my place Lots of message boards, hard to find where I belong. I am almost 60 years old, still working full time, and in need of support, especially at night when all I want to do is sit and eat! Most boards I feel like an interloper with not much in common with anyone. Please see my Spark page to learn more about me! <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:55:35 EST October Chat Can't believe it is October already!! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:09:04 EST Hello! Hi, Ladies! Well, I've been lurking on SparkPeople forever, it seems. Today I am finally committing to losing weight and taking care of myself. My hubby said this weekend that he was going to try and lose a little weight, and I felt so terribly ashamed of myself for being so heavy. My BFF has lost over 100 pounds (due to chemo, but she's healthy now) and I feel very self-conscious around her now. I can't play with my dogs for 10 minutes without getting terribly winded, and then I feel ba... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:53:07 EST Push up challenge Where ever you are starting from begin to add pushups to your upper body routine at least 2 days a week. I will try and find some good resources for helping build up, if you have any let us know! Some will start with wall pushups, that is okay, some can do it with the counter, some can do the girlie brand on the floor and I bet there has to be someone who can do the full on pushup! You need to either add to what you are doing and try to build to the next level or begin doing them. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:06:32 EST Fruits and Veggies Post here to keep us updated on your fruit and veggie challenge. Remember we are trying to add at least one fruit and one veggie a day to our totals. So if you eat 1 fruit or veggie a day, you are trying to eat 3 now. If you eat 5 lets up that to 7! If you already eat a bunch then try adding something totally new each week. <BR> <BR> Be sure and post at least once a week to keep the team updated! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:05:37 EST Hi everyone i'm so happy I found this wounderful site, its full of so much wounderful information and i feel confident that this time I will lose this weight,i need to be healthy for me because I've been trying for some time now to loose these pounds but sometimes I feel like i'l never make it,i know that I have to be positive and if I want change im the one that has to make it happen.thanks again for this wounderful site and I pray to God I make my goal.i weigh now 190 ,I have to loose 50 pounds.Help m... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 02:15:58 EST Glad to be back! It has been quite a while since my last blog post and I have not been tracking my progress on Spark People and really haven't been tracking my eating habits. I turned 50 while on hiatus. Life has been a whirlwind this past year!!! I have somehow managed to lose 15lbs thru it all. The cooler Fall weather always seems to motivate me to improve my eating habits and to break out the yoga mat, the exercise ball and the walking shoes. The husband and dogs enjoy longer walks too! I have lots of home... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:18:14 EST Hello - Just Joined Team Hi everyone - just joined this team. I belong to several other teams, but thought I might gather some more insights about health and weight issues from other women in their fifties. Fifties seems to be a whole different game for me as far as keeping the weight off and staying fit. Any suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:01:09 EST is this really worth it I watch what I eat, walk when my heart problems allow me to, track my food everyday .. and I have been doing this for 4 weeks now .. but each week I have shown a slight weight GAIN each week. What do I have to do? Starve myself I guess. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:53:30 EST Support SP By Voting For It! I read CHERYL_ANNE's blog this morning, and learned that SP can win an ad at the 2/2/2014 Big Game (yes, that one!) You can help, by voting daily. <BR> <BR> Software superstar Intuit is offering one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. It's the world's biggest stage, and a lucky small business could strut their stuff along with some of the familiar giant companies. Some folks watch just for the ads! <BR> Here's the link to read the entry and vote <BR> <link> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:34:31 EST 50 plus 50 but still young at heart - Sun, 8 Sep 2013 06:25:18 EST September Chat September 1st already!! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:12:19 EST 50+ and Loving it - Got to get my GROOVE back. Hi, Ladies <BR> <BR> Just joined and looking forward for support from all of my GOLDEN sisters. It's a hard bumpy road Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:14:57 EST That's Me-A 50+ Female! Hi! I'm Debbie & am ~HAPPY~ to have found this team! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm in my 50's & 60 is around the corner! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ready to start a new chapter in my life by getting fit & fabulous! <em>381</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:28:22 EST Letha where are you? Trying to find letha. Lost her. Sarah Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:43:56 EST I've come back... Hello everyone, <BR> My, my it's been awhile since I first joined SP. I've never committed myself to the SP in the past but I'm hoping this time around I will. <BR> I will be turning 55 this Oct. and I have it in my mind that I refuse to be at the same weight by then as I am now. I hope to reach my ultimate goal before Christmas ( this year ) <BR> :-D <BR> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:02:25 EST New to the group I just had my 56th birthday. I've been with SparkPeople on and off for awhile. I want to be healthy and feel good in my body. I started working out 3x/week in Jan. I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I feel better and can move around a lot easier. That has been positive reinforcement for me. I want to get more serious about what I eat now. But I HATE to write down my food. I'm not very comfortable with "blogging", "message boards", Spark pages so I'm going to have my daughter help me ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:41:20 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself... Hi my name is Cindy, I'm 50 years old and am trying to lose weight and get healthy. I started weight watchers in April and have lost 25 pounds so far. I want to lose another 75 pounds to get to my goal. I seem to beats stand still the last couple of weeks so I heard about this site and thought I would check it out. So far I've really liked reading he articles and recipes and would love to meet some nice people who have similar goals to trade ideas and help with. <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:09:19 EST Hello Hello to all, my name Eli and I need to lose 90 pounds. I found this sight decided to try. I've tried and failed so many times. So here I go. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:01:38 EST New to team Hi - I'm Gina, looking to lose about 35 lbs. and avoid the health issues that have run in my family. Looking forward to meeting and encouraging everyone! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 18:41:51 EST Ugh Bad Day Ugh bad day! Didn't exercise at all!!! <BR> And - pigged out tonite!!! <BR> I've been down this road so many times <BR> the last 3 yrs! <BR> I know what to do for diet n fitness! <BR> It's the willpower part that fails me all the time! <BR> I want to be successful so bad this time! <BR> I need to be! <BR> I can tell anyone what n how to do a new healthy <BR> Lifestyle. But I can't seem to stick with it myself. <BR> I've done so much research for diet n fitness, <BR> I feel I coul be a "coac... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 23:05:14 EST Hello Ladies Just started today. I found that once I turned 50 the weight just started adding up. I work the overnight shift and have for 12 years. Would like to get some advice and encouragement from a great group of people. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 15:20:00 EST Hello, I'm Brand New ;-) Hi, I quit smoking 6 years ago and over the first 3 years I gained 70 lbs.. and have never lost it..I really need to be successful this time! I would love and appreciate any help you can give me with this site and also support and motivation :-) Thank You! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:39:48 EST Hi I have come back after a few years of not being on here, I turned 51 a month ago and I am still struggling to loose weight. I joined a gym with my husband at the beginning of this year thinking I was going to stick with it and of course I'm not. I just dont know how to get myself back to the gym. I dont work so I have plenty of time to go (i have no excuses.) Its just a struggle for me to exercise. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:31:02 EST August Chat Here we are! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:15:57 EST Hello I have never had to watch my weight or be concerned, even after 5 kids. I quit smoking 8 months ago after smoking for 36 years, and turned 50. I am now trying to process the fact I need to loose 50 pounds!!! With a strong will and prayer I believe I can accomplish this goal. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:39:04 EST Hi Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I turn 50 in 2 weeks Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:25:06 EST New to the team Hi! <BR> I'm not new to Spark but I am new to this team. <BR> It's good to be here with ladies my own age. <BR> Goal is to lose weight. I don't have a real # because I will go by the way my clothes fit, the way that I look, and the way that I feel. <BR> Roughly I would say about 50 pounds is what I need to take off. <BR> Happy to be here with all of you and would love to have some friends. <BR> Please stop by my page and befriend me! <em>30</em> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:36:07 EST Hello Hello, I am new to Spark People, over 50, and have 75 pounds to lose! This is the team for me. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to lose this weight within a year but it's a lot harder than when I was 25. <BR> <BR> There seems to be a lot of resources and support here, so I feel success is within reach. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:23:56 EST Starting over I turned 50 in March so I aged out of my 40 something group. 4 years ago I lost 35 pounds. I kept it off for a year. 10 pounds crept back on and I my husband and I quit the gym. We gave ourselves a year. I stopped exercising regularly. Last June my mother died unexpectedly. I ate myself up an additional 10 pounds. I have high cholesterol. I want to get healthy. I am tracking again. I use my fitbit to get in at least 10,000 steps a day. I just started the 7 minute workout. Hoping support will ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:18:40 EST Just starting Good morning and hello. My name is Tracy and I came across this site yesterday. After checking everything out I signed up right away. I need to lose weight and get my health back on track. I'm looking forward to the challenge and admit I'm alittle scared of failing. But I know through all the stories I've come across on here I will have a lot of help and support. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:23:44 EST New to group Hi everyone, I am new to Sparkpeople and new to the 50+Females group. Thank you to the lovely people who have already made me feel welcome by sending notes. I am a little overwhelmed trying to figure out the site, I am sure with the help of you all I will be navigating around here like a pro in no time. I am looking for a place to connect with others on the journey of weight loss and increasing good health. I would like to post often and be accountable to a group of people for staying on tra... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:26:27 EST Ready to try again My name is Jan. I was on SparkPeople a couple of years ago for a while but didn't stay around for some reason. I've recently put on some weight and remembered the community here was very encouraging. So I'm back and plan to stick around this time. I hope I can contribute to the community as well. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:21:52 EST July Chat New Month! <BR> <BR> It is hot, but I think that the forecast was for a little hotter than we got--not complaining about that!! THe newspaper this morning showed a forecast for today of 107 which is outrageous, but the temp is actually about 89. Much, much better! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:54:15 EST I feel like my body is STUCK!!! Every day I check in. I track my food and exercise and am on track according to the charts. In fact I exercise WAY more than my chart says I should to lose the weight I want to lose. I have lost 4 WHOPPING lbs. And the scale won't budge. :-( I don't know what else to do except just keep at it. If anyone has any advice, that would be great. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:19:48 EST coming back Hi. I've been an inactive (in more than one way!) Sparkpeople member for a while. I'm working on getting back into the habit of taking care of my body by moving more and tracking what I eat. I will start a new job in about a month, and I'm trying to develop some good habits before then, because once the job starts, I know it will be difficult for me to concentrate on such things. <BR> <BR> I think of Sparkpeople as a great, supportive online community. I have a question: If I have time to c... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:05:04 EST New to team Hello, <BR> I'm Laurie from Minnesota, just looking for a place I can fit in and give/get support :) <BR> I've been struggling to get on track for quite a while so I'm hoping to overcome the struggles! <BR> Looking forward to meeting you! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:29:30 EST Just joined the team Hey Everybody, <BR> My name is Leah. Just joined you guys today. I look forward to taking part in stuff here. I'm 50 years old. Have two beautiful daughters and a darling granddaughter who is my sunshine! Also grandson on the way. I am in college .. yes college lol at 50 but loving it. Pursuing art degree with concentration in photography. As for Spark People I've been here before. And am excited to be back. Oh ... live in Alabama. Went through bad divorce a few years back which just ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:33:21 EST New to the group Hi everyone! I'm 55 years old and live in Ohio. I have been living a pretty healthy life for a few years but I guess I'm now post-menopausal and boy, I seem to have quit losing weight. I'm getting very frustrated. I could really use some support! <BR> <BR> I try to eat in a healthy fashion though I suspect I'm just eating too much. I also try to exercise but I'm not as faithful with that as I should be. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:09:23 EST Middle age spread struggles I just turned 50 a couple of months ago, and am having the hardest time with my weight and middle age spread as I've heard it called. I am active, healthy diet etc, but all of a sudden it is proving SO hard to drop the 5-8 pounds I want to get rid of that seem to have crept up on me. Any tips gratefully received! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:40:06 EST susanmary21 in Australia I am new to Sparkpeople and a few days ago introduced myself on the main forum board,which is how I found this group. Briefly, I have had Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) since 1996. I am currently receiving chemotherapy for my fourth relapse. Chemo involves steroid drugs (BIG weight gain). Over the last 3 relapses I have gained 20kg resulting in now being about 88 kg. The real me is about 65kg and I would love to get back there. The problem is not only the steroids but total inactivity ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 02:51:42 EST Not going to lie to my self this time! <BR> <BR> Hello my name is Charlotte Myers-Dick. Part of me thinks I need to start this introduction as " Hello my name is Charlotte and I am a yo-yo dieter.' LOL! But the truth is I just have no self control. There I have said it and there is no taking it back. I know what I need to do, but the doing part is where I have my problems. <BR> <BR> One of my biggest road block is my husband. He means well but for the most part he feels we can't afford to buy healthy food; and yeah money is t... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:20:11 EST Help! The pounds are starting to creep on and I want to stop that asap. It's not as easy as when I was in my 40's so I wanted to ask everyones advice at this sight. I exercise and eat healthy but I need to work on portion size. My body is changing. I weigh close to what I always weighed but I am getting thicker in the middle. I exercise 3 -4 times a week and I don't have any food allergies. What is the best eating plan to go on at our age W8 Watchers? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:08:56 EST June Chat Tomorrow is June 1st!! Fri, 31 May 2013 13:17:56 EST Hello My name is Pat and I would like to loose at least 90 pounds. The number seems to large for me to reach but, I am going to give it an all american try. I usually give up too soon. I love food but, mostly junk. I would like to make some life time changes. I am looking forward to being on this journey with the rest of you. I know I will need your support. So, thanks ahead of time. <BR> Thank you, Fri, 24 May 2013 09:51:11 EST A sweet story about a great lady <link><BR>-mirren-grants-boy-dying-wish-having-t<BR>ea-155902306.html?vp=1 </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:02:02 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:18 EST New to SparkPeople Hello, I learned about this site from a nursing class I was taking but did not really look into it at that time. When the class ended I was at a point where I felt I could concentrate on ME and get back into shape. I had allowed 46 pounds creep up on me over the past few years, and I was blaming it on the stress of caring for my mother and grandchildren. It turned out to be a poor choice because now I feel weak and tired and no stamina to play with my babies. I don't like it and decided to... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:03:22 EST Good Monday Morning! Just wanted to say "Good Monday Morning" to everyone and wish you a beautiful day. Keep pushing forward and God bless you all! Mon, 13 May 2013 08:54:01 EST Hello I'm new to the group! Hello everyone I'm new here to the group. My name is Lora and I live on a farm here in Missouri. I'm also a newlywed to a wonderful man. I have four step kids. I searched out new groups to join and this one really appealed to me because I recently turned 50 in February. I'm dealing with issues now at my age that I know that having similar and likeminded individuals will be of most help. I look forward to meeting everyone here. Sun, 12 May 2013 19:03:16 EST Happy Mother's Day all! I never took the plunge but I have a wonderful mom and I'd like to extend my best wishes to my Spark's family! Sun, 12 May 2013 09:20:48 EST New to the team. Hi everyone my name is Angie. I am back on sparks to lose the 25 pounds I gained after leaving this site 2 yrs. ago. I am glad to be back and hope to make some new friends. <em>381</em> Thu, 9 May 2013 11:08:40 EST Hi :) Hello everyone I hope to join your group . Sometimes I feel lost and out o place because I am 50+ and in need to get healthy , I have pains in legs and joints and it is hard for me to find time for me due to the fact that I am always doing things for everyone else that I never have time for myself ... I am looking for friends a place where I can belong and not feel like an outsider , I am n desperate need of buddy to talk and to cheer each other on this journey . Tue, 7 May 2013 12:21:57 EST