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 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 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 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 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 Hello fab 50's This is my first day. I turned 50 in March and I need to lose 50 pounds. I want to finish this birthday year FIT AT 50! ~Dawn Wed, 1 May 2013 22:32:24 EST May Chat Here we go! Wed, 1 May 2013 13:55:56 EST 50+ & Feeling 90+ I'm Melissa & was quite successful before at losing weight. I was only 4 pounds from goal back in 2010 & now it's all erased causing me to feel ancient! Good news is that I was able to quit smoking & am ready to lose the weight for good & feel healthy again. I sincerely hope that we can help one another! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:35:08 EST New to 50 Hi all! <BR> <BR> Just turned 50 a few weeks ago. Funny how certain ages make you look back on life and really think about where you are. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be healthy and happy and among others who feel the same <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Cherie Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:13:49 EST hi I just turned 50 April 2 - glad I found this team! <BR> <BR> I am motivated to lose some weight and get fitter this summer! <BR> <BR> I am married and have 4 adult kids 6 grandkids <BR> <BR> Jean Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:45:15 EST sunshine51 Need lose 18 pound Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:19:46 EST I Guess It is Time I joined this Board Ok, so I turned 50 last October and I am just now getting to this board.... denial? I don't think so, but I don't feel 50!! <BR> <BR> I am from Colorado and have been active on and off Sparks.... still looking to loose some weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I have a hubby, a 17 year-old son and a 13 year-old daughter. I know most ladies on this board have grown children... I am just a late bloomer. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to some fun postings... cheers! Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:35:56 EST Hi from Ontario I am so glad I found this group. I turned 51 this year and am really looking forward to the rest of my life. I would love to find some friends to chat with. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:34:45 EST Hi from MS Hi my name is Dale. I am 51 years old. I live in Ocean Springs, MS. I lived my first 50 years in southern Ohio. My husband grew up here on the Gulf Coast. I love it. I had my only child when I was 40. In 2007, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma. Currently, I am cancer free. <BR> I have been obese all of my life and I am SO tired of it. my goal is to lose 100 pounds in a year (Feb.19, 2014). I joined TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) on Feb. 20, 2013. I have lost 15.3 lbs.. Once I... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:25:28 EST On my way Hi, <BR> I am so looking forward to sharing my progress as well as encouraging others on this journey. I began an exercise adventure with doing 8 Minutes in the Morning and am on my 2nd week and on my 3rd week of walking 4 days a week, walking a mile. I am also in the process of changing my diet to complement my exercise program: Genotype Diet which is a part of Blood Type Diet. I am increasing the amount of vegetables and vegetable protein I eat and look forward to finding recipes that can h... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:37:15 EST New to the group and new to being 50 I actually wont be 50 till May 21st. But figured theres no point of joining a 40's group for a month So with your permission I will start my membership in this group today <BR> My greatest barrier to losing weight aside from the biological ones that face us as older people is trying to cook healthy meals for one. I tend to grab whathever is handy and consume more calories in snacks then i would eat in a balanced meal I know what im supposed to do just having trouble with doing it <BR> This... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 23:55:50 EST I'm new and looking for friends This is new to me and I'm trying to figure everything out on the spark people website. I'm really anxious to meet new friends and learn what works for you. I mainly need support and hope to stay motivated. Looking forward to getting to know all of you. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:41:14 EST New Member Starting to work very heard to lose the extra weight so I can feel better physically and mentally <em>334</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:58:43 EST April Chat Here we go! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:48:29 EST New Member Here... Hello Friends. I am a 54 mom of two teenage boys (got a late start in this department). I have a hard-working husband, 2 dogs and 1 cat. I've been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember, but since know the story. It's probably much the same as yours. <BR> Yet, once again I feel motivated and ready to take on the challenge. I want to be healthy and strong as I enter this new phase of my life. My children are becoming more and more independent and I wa... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:10:12 EST Java Jenn Rockin In! Hello, <BR> I'm 56 years old. I am so impressed with SparkPeople <em>334</em> I stumbled upon this place and thought I'd give it a try. Let me tell you, I've tried 2 other places and this by far is the BEST! One of the other places I tried would add calories I burned in exercise to my calories left to consume amount. Talk about ridiculousness. I knew something was wrong but it took me awhile to figure it out. No wonder I wasn't loosing weight and no wonder I was never hungry. <e... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:43:12 EST Hello to all My friend told me about this today and I told her I would join right away. I am excited about help and support to get to my health and weight goals and get back into daily exercise which was always my lifelong habit until my mid-forties. Thank you all for any help you can give to te newcomer! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:41:44 EST Hello I'm new and there is so much! I hope to make good use of this site and finally have some success. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:14:39 EST Back again Hi, I use to use Sparkpeople faithfully and I lost weight so basically quit logging in and now here I am fat again:( I want to belong to a group that likes challenges to keep me motivated. I would love to find a workout friend for encouragement. I have done Weight Watchers in the past but just don't feel like counting points anymore. I am almost 57. Hope to meet some of you and have a great time getting in shape:) Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:10:44 EST New to the 50's Group My name is Judi and I am new to this group. I am 50 soon to be 51 and have been yoyo dieting for years. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for several years, however not active for the majority of those years. Just started back and trying to find the best way to get back on track. I work in a restaurant 12 - 15 hours a day, with little time to exercise (I walk 8000 - 14000 steps a day just not the pace needed). With access to the right foods, prepared the proper way, I dislike most vegg... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:10:41 EST Here I am again....... I have been off and on again several times in the last 2 years. I think I started when I was in my early 50's (!!) now I'm 59. I struggle with staying motivated. I try really hard and when I don't see any results.....I get discouraged. I am on medicine for a treatment that weight gain is a side effect of it. I have been on this for over 4 years now. I get to come off of it in July! Yay!!! The other side effect is extreme fatigue. So I am trying to exercise to keep this weight from ba... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 02:59:23 EST March 2013 Chat In like a lamb in SoCal!! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:28:04 EST Hi I'm a new member Hi I'm Tia and I live in the country with my farm boy DH, enjoying life out in Montana. Been a Spark member for three years now . I'm down 64 # from my starting weight but it has been a lose gain battle and there has been a lot of if only's for I had to reloose 15 # the first time I wavered 40# the next time and gosh I'm up 4 # this time so I need to start pusing again and find my Spark to reboot. Hoping this team is it.... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:06:00 EST 52 and NOT giving up! Hi. Nice to meet you all. I'm a soon-to-retire school nurse at a jr. high and have gotten not fat, but soft and flabby after menopause. I'm trying to lose a few inches and lower my BP and stay healthy. I'd like to get back to the size I was 7 years ago but I'm being realistic that it may not happen. My energy levels have just plummetted inspite of good diet, forcing myself to exercise, taking vitamin D. It's like I'm walking through mud every morning. I have spinal scoliosis which makes... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:10:13 EST New with health and dietary challenges <em>249</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:19:16 EST Not quite 50 Hey y'all, <BR> <BR> Even though I'm technically not 50 yet, I wanted to join a 50s group (versus a 40s group) because I will turn 50 this year. Call it a running start, if you will. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know y'all. <BR> Be blessed, <BR> Joy-Ess Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:03:59 EST New from PA I'm coming out of clinical depression (wahoo) and putting a real life back together again (wahoo). Joined an aerobics class in January and I now have proof - and witnesses. I am a professional pianist and organist but my feet don't know it. They are truly stupid. They don't even know they belong to the same body. But it makes me smile so I continue to provide entertainment for the class. <BR> <BR> I´m 56 , married 36 years, 3 grown kids, one dog, and all my teeth. Would love to feel st... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:03:15 EST NEW MEMBER FROM COLORADO! Hi, I am Peggy, 65 years old & from Arvada, Colorado, a suberb of Denver. I am married to a wonderful man who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer June 2010 & our children are all grown & we have grandchildren & great grandchildren. We just had a granddaughter born last Friday. It is good being here. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:30:37 EST New to board--r eturning to Spark People Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> Time to get serious in my never ending quest for weight loss and fitness. I am a lazy, exercise hating person. That is no longer an acceptable excuse. I am feeling decrepit right now, aches and pains in joints and everywhere else. Nearby gym has a deal on $24 for 30 days. I can't not take it. It will get me out of the apartment. <BR> <BR> My family and I are displaced as a result of Hurricane Sandy. At first I was so stressed and overwhelmed I lost weight. Then we ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:12:26 EST My "baby's" birthday! My (grown-up) "baby" is going to celebrate another birthday! <BR> Where has the time gone? I remember turning the same age(s). <BR> <BR> And I remember when my baby really WAS a baby, then a child. <BR> <BR> Time is just moving along. <BR> <BR> Happy birthday, sweetie!! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>410</em> <em>425</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:31:30 EST I am a cancer survivor I am new to posting to the community and sharing my journey. I am a breast cancer survivor and have just finished my chemo treatments. I have also become a grandma for the third time. I plan to be around for quite some time to share a lot of memorable moments with my grandchildren. Without trying hard, I lost 2.5 lbs last week just by taking a nightly walk and watching how much I eat. I look forward to sharing my weight loss journey with all of you. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:18:34 EST February 2013 Chat Everybody seems to want one, so here it is... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:39:47 EST Hi I'm new My name is Linda and I just found this sit I'm hoping to find new friends and lots of help for my way to a healthier life!! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:58:55 EST Ex Weight Watcher Hi all, I have been doing WW off and on for quite some time. Little to no success. So now ... not sure what to do. I have read so much about all the different diet plans... low this, no that, many mini meals, etc. Tried many of them. Incorporated them into WW. Using WW to most keep track of the portion control aspect of things. Nothing seems to work for me. "Eat more~ maybe your metabolism is stalled." "Eat less, it is all about calories in and out" I exercise daily in addition to w... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:08:46 EST Hi - New Member Hi everyone - I have "lurked" around Sparkpeople in the past - finally ready to jump in! Looking forward to the community support! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:58:35 EST early feeding fenzy I usually start my cravings after supper...gee I can't seem to get enough for breakfast this morning! I'm over 500 calories already! I'd best get a handle on this right now! <BR> <em>341</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:18:58 EST So much tea!! SO MUCH TEA! I'VE GOT TO...!! <BR> <BR> What rhymes with "TEA"?? <BR> <BR> OMG. Ladies' room... : ) Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:10:51 EST What made you feel good today? I have downed 6 cups of water already today and it's only 2:30! I must add..I did it easily. I think I outfoxed myself! I always used an 8 oz was tall and slender and looked like it held more, but nope, I measured. I replaced it with a 16 oz glass and I still tend to drink till it's empty! Go me! LOL! <BR> <BR> So what's your little motivational high today? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:29:59 EST I'm back and I hope to stay active this time I was on SparkPeople before and found lots of useful information, but sometimes felt lost as I didn't have accountability as you do with WW meetings, etc. So THIS time I hope to interact with some other gals over 50, (I'm 60) who also struggle with the middle stomach stress fat. I think they call it cortisol or something. I am having a hard time losing any weight because of this. I need ideas. Help me if you too struggle with the pregnant look, and don't want to look this way anymore. <B... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:48:29 EST Who's In? MORE Magazine Women's Half Marathon, NYC Anyone else plan to register for and run/walk and/or jog annual MORE Magazine/ Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon for Over-40 Women? <BR> <BR> This is a QUALIFYING RACE for the New York City Marathon. Both races are managed through (New York Roadrunners). <BR> <BR> The MORE Mag / Fitness Mag half-marathon repeats every Spring, so all interested are ENCOURAGED to use this 50+ Females' group thread each year; especially between January and April-May. <BR> <BR> Race registration starts i... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:25:00 EST new to spark people Hi, New to Spark People. Looking forward to connecting with some of you. <em>224</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:15:47 EST 2013 WORKOUT CHALLENGE - What's Yours, January til HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> What is your workout challenge from now, January, until third week of MARCH 2013? <BR> <BR> I'm using my Fitbit, linked to SparkPeople, and increasing my challenges on it: # steps, floors, miles, and calories burned. <BR> <BR> More of my details soon. And YOU? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 03:25:48 EST Hello! 52 year old Newbie! I don't really know my way around this site just yet..but I stumbled upon this group. Yayy! Please accept me in your membership! I am 52 years old and over weight, so does that qualify me here? lol I just joined this site last night.....need some friends.....!! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:57:17 EST Down 60 by 60 My goal is to lose 60# by the time I'm 60 which will be in early July of 2013. I currently weigh 196.5# at 5' 5" and am flirting with diabetes 2. I'm looking for support here and hopefully I'll reach my goal with your help and a lot of effort on my part. If anyone can recommend some good exercises to increase flexibility I would appreciate it. My eating downfall is chocolate and I just started taking green coffee bean extract today (after watching Dr. Oz's show) and hopefully this will curb m... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:49:58 EST Happy New Year Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Florence and I am just returning to Sparks. I am 58 years old and presently weigh 215 lbs. This is going to be my year and I thought one of the best ways to kick it off was to join like minded individuals to share our stories, concerns, etc. and to encourage each other. Hope to hear from you. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:28:37 EST Hello! New member Hello everyone! I am new here. It might take me a bit to find my way around this maze! But willing to!! I am 50 this past year! Got more than 50lbs to lose! Really like SparkPeople and looking forward to losing with all of you! Blessings! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:02:29 EST 50 newbie I just turned 50 in September. I want to encourage others again but I also need encouragement and support for myself. I'm in the middle of a stressful time in my life and food isn't really my go to but yet it is.... I use to exercise (ZUMBA) every night almost and even taught fitness classes at one of our YMCA's here but I stopped everything after I started at my last job. My job downsized my department letting us all go and I've been unemployed since June. If that didn't rock my world, ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:10:45 EST Happy 2013 A quick hello from South Dakota. I have recently celebrated the "turning 50" milestone. Phew, I made it! To start chapter 50 in my book of life, I choose to better my life! I quit smoking (big pat on my back). Now on to healthier eating habits and losing a few pounds wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit. Good luck to all of you in your journey here at Spark. Please feel free to add me as a friend. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:49:22 EST January 2013 Chat Holy Cow! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:40:55 EST