SparkPeople Acid Reflux Support Team Messageboard For those who suffer from acid reflux problems. SparkPeople Acid Reflux Support Team Messageboard Newby Hi I'm new to this site. Found it by chance. Anyone on here from New Jersey? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:57:07 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:18 EST Hello again I have now turned 50 and making my final run at this weight thing.I don't consider myself extremally heavy,but standards say I am. I am 5/8..247 pounds...most I consider muscle except for this belly fat,:)..wish me luck,I am a letter carrier so I have walking on my side,take care <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:35:56 EST Hello! I am new to this forum. I have Acid Reflux, I love green veggies, which causes my reflux to not be kind. My goal is to lower the acid, without giving up green veggies. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:39:26 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST 54, 4'11" 148lbs. I need lots of help and encouragement to lose weight and get healthier. It's very frustrating to work out, eat right, and not lose I give up for a while...then start I again. It's a cycle I don't like. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:45:38 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:39 EST Introduction-Long time away! Greetings everyone I'm Christine! I had been on SparkPeople a few years back. It's been awhile but I am back now. Now that I am at a different point in my life, I hope to be able to share my story and my journey just do what I can to help motivate others cope and get through any current challenges of their own. Please feel free to reach out if you would like or need any nutritional resources, performance training plans, etc. I am finishing up my Registered Dietitian license as well as current... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:22:38 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:05 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST SlimGrandma5 I would like to hear from people with Diabetes. People with needing to lose weight for health reasons. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:38 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST sharonagibson Hello. I'm new here and hope to have fun meeting everyone and getting and receiving support on our weight loss. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:05:56 EST Penny from Vermont Hi, <BR> I am a 55 yr old woman from Vermont. I was told by my heart doctor that I had to quit smoking and lose 20 lbs by June. Eventually, I will have to have my heart valve fixed and he wants me in the best health so recovery will be easy. I quit smoking on January 1st (cold turkey) and joined Sparkpeople to log in my meals to keep an eye on what I eat. I just started walking on my treadmill. I feel a little overwhelmed:} Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. This ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:29:32 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:13:27 EST Making new habits. Hello everyone. This is going to be the year that I would like to make healthy living a way of life and I am going to need all the support that I can get. So I thank you all in advance for this long journey that I am about to begin. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:55:06 EST KS-S Hi, looking forward to communicating w/ you! Desperately need some motivation, please! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:07:33 EST Hi. Once upon a time, I weighed 125 lbs. Now I don't. My son just turned 4, and I still have the baby weight, 10 lbs of which I have lost & gained. Earlier last year, I was working with a health coach through my health insurance provider, but I switched jobs and, of course,switched insurance & lost my coach. I'm not super-active, but I do enjoy walking. I love to cook, and am actually pretty good at it. One thing I was working on with the coach was transitioning to Clean Eating, and I'm abou... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:16:54 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST hello I am Sue and happy to be apart of the group. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:31:39 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST Tired of being tired Hello everyone, I'm looking for motivation and support to meet my goal of losing 30 pounds. The past year, I've neglected my health with working full time, wrapping up my BSN, and taking on a new role leaving very little time for anything else. I'm wanting to gain my energy and health back by being more active and eating healthier. This site looks like the place to achieve that! <BR> Thanks! <BR> Mary Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:36:08 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST Starting over...again I just wanted to say hello to everyone. In the last year and a half I have moved to a new city, got a new career, was pregnant and now have a beautiful 10 month old boy. In addition to all the wonderful additions I also have added a little more than an extra 50 lbs. since my weight gain I have been having terrible acid reflux. I look forward to having the support from this forum. I am also looking for people to help keep me accountable. Looking forward to meeting you all and Happy Holidays :) Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:21:47 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:02 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:10 EST Newbie Hi I am new. I need to lose about 50 lbs. My acid relux is forcing me to change my diet: no more caffeine, no diet pop and I am working at cutting out red wine... that's the hard one. My doc just changed my medication to try and heal my esophagus. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:54:50 EST G'day . G'day team my names Gary , lm knocking on the door of sixty , reflux give me a lot of grief , lm looking for knowledge and support to help me .learn how to get control <BR> over it and in time learn how to help others . Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:19:51 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:54 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST New member Hello, I'm new on here and hope to learn how to better handle my GERD symptoms. I'm living in southern Missouri right now and want to get back in shape and live a healthier lifestyle. Happy to be in this group. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:26:01 EST New from Southern Utah I have always wondered why someone 20-25 lbs. overweight couldn't easily loose the weight, JUST DO IT. How hard would a little self control be? Well, NOW I know. I keep saying I can do it, but now I understand it is not that easy. I keep trying...a day maybe;( I have to admit NOW I KNOW what it is like to want/need to loose weight and I'm not strong enough to just do it. I really do need help from others...HELP! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST acid reduction I take an OC acid reliever, and it helps. I don't like all the other meds long term. they don't do anything for me. I also drink green tea, and that seems to soothe it. but this may not work for everyone. it is worth a try. <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:22:51 EST Relaxation helps GERD symptoms for me Drop your shoulders, breath deep into lower stomach, count to ten before eating and after eating. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:54:16 EST Hi I am Jess wishing I can stay healthy and lose w I am jesse and I have struggled with weight all my life but at this age I have realized I need to be healthy for my kids and live to see them happy . I feel quiet upset coz of my weight but I know I`ll definitely lose it this time and keep it off Mon, 27 Oct 2014 03:03:11 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST Complicated life... THIS is for ME!!! New to Spark, 49, newlywed (3 years), mom lives with us, dementia, his mom is in ICU post car accident, & I'm pulling my hair out! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:03 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:22 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST still desperate for help I could really use somebody to talk to regarding my dd's newly diagnosed GERD. I'm having a very difficult time finding recipes that are GERD friendly as well as lactose free and I have questions about substitutions and new products. I truly understand that you all don't know me and are busy with your own lives but I really need help. This is the third time I'm posting. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:28:17 EST please help, I'm desperate My 14 year old was diagnosed with acid reflux yesterday and after doing hours of research online, am very confused about some things. At this point, I have no idea what to feed my daughter. The dr. just told us to stay away from anything acidic, fried and to stop all dairy. We never eat fried foods and she's lactose intolerant which I've learned how to cook for and what she can and cannot tolerate. We eat a lot of beans here which the dr. said was okay. Our main meals are chicken and fish wit... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:26:27 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST Nice to meet you! New to this site. Giving it a try. I usually feel beyond help most days-sometimes there's a breakthrough but it doesn't seem to last. I exercise with Teresa Tapp (T-Tap) at home and I hate to go to the gym Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:56:10 EST New to spark people. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, I am a chronic obese woman, I have been obese all of my adult years and chronically overweight during my teenage years. Dealing with my weight issues is very depressing. I suffer medically and mentally with my weight issues. My medical issues include: hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, hypertension, high triglyceride's, back and knee pains, And of course I have depression. I have gotten to the point where I am just tired of it. I need to lose this weight if not just for ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:51:50 EST New to Spark People I am new to spark people. I am an obese woman who is 41, with some health problems. Among my health problems are sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, Gerd, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol which all are being treated with medications. I have been on these medications for years and I have been told that if I lose weight I could get off most of these medications. I am tired. I am sick and tired of feeling and being like this. I want to lose this weight my problem is I get started t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:08:27 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:54:29 EST To begin again I am a 48 y/o single female looking to make significant life changes. I have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my oldest child in 1986. Before that I was active in dance and other activities. My goal is to lose 80 pounds and go back to an active lifestyle now that my kids are grown and out of the house. I look forward to meeting people here and getting to know and support the connections I make. <BR> Cheryl Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:29:01 EST Hi everyone! As you can tell I am new here. I've had a pretty bad flare up for 6 days now (better yesterday and today). Anyway, I've been reading what some of you are having issues with. <BR> <BR> I take generic prevacid and occasionally famotadine (pepcid). I can go for months and eat just about anything. Like someone else here said there's no rhyme or reason unless it's stress. I have had a lot of stress lately. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting some tried and true tips from all of you. <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:58:30 EST New to Spark Hi, I'm new to Spark, and I would like to lose about 55 pounds. I have been overweight for over 21 years. I have already lost 14 pounds in the last 3 months just by using my treadmill 5 - 6 days a week. My goal is to lose 55 more pounds by the time my daughter graduates from college next year. I could really use the support and make new friends. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:24:32 EST weight loss hi my name is Rebecca I'm 34 years of age and I weigh 333lbs and my doctor wants med to get weight loss surgery but I want to do it myself.I need help to get motivated any suggestions please let me know what you think Fri, 5 Sep 2014 01:16:38 EST Hello Friends! Hello Spark People Friends, I was committed to Spark People several years ago but lost touch. With the motivation of co-workers I am back and ready to work towards my health. I am excited to meet more people who have the same goals that I do. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:59:15 EST Cathy, me, needs motivation. I have lost 120 ponds about 5 yrs ago. But I put back on 30 of those pounds and can't get motivating to taking it off. I am afraid 30 will turn into a 100. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:04:50 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:32 EST New to SP Just wanted to introduce myself. I signed up yesterday for SP. Still finding my way around the sight but have found it very user- friendly. I'm in my mid-60's and married. My husband and I are both native Floridians and our primary home is in Jacksonville. Children are grown and right now we are enjoying our 2nd home in the North Georgia mountains. Looking forward to permanent life- style changes which is something that has alluded me with the numerous weight loss programs I've been on.... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:21 EST New to Site I am a retired Senior Citizen and wish to eat healthier. I've been working on a diet plan for several months but am beginning to back slide. I could use some support and advice as I try again. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:12 EST Hi! I am hoping to gain more energy and better health. I am going from long vegetarian to raw vegan. I want the energy to up my exercise. And the motivation! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:33:25 EST Newly Wheat Free Hello all! I've been suffering from Acid Reflux ever since I was pregnant with my oldest son 19 years ago. I've taken over the counter stuff, practically bought stock in Tums, and was taking Nexium on and off up until it went to OTC earlier this year. I never really had complete relief from my symptoms and thought that it was just something that I would have to live with for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> About 2 months ago I decided to give up wheat for 30 days. I had been doing some resear... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:53:17 EST my goal are eating healthy deal withdepression Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:54:19 EST Swallowing Problems Lately I experience swallowing problems, like food cannot go down, Happened a lot over the weekend. Any ideas on how to cope with this? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:13:55 EST Help Hi, <BR> My name is Shelly, I am looking for help..I am disabled at 52 years old from an accident and looking at having several surgeries, but must lose weight before. I have so many obstacles right now that have played a huge role in my weight gain and inability to lose the weight! One of the many things I have wrong is Thyroid disease, hypothyroidism and I have only gotten worse..I see no hope in sight as I am doing this all alone and unable to exercise...So I guess God has sent me to this ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:17:39 EST I have returned-Shouldn't have left! I have returned to SparkPeople because I have enjoyed it and it worked-when I put in the required motivational umph. My motivation tends to come and go. At the moment I am hoping that THIS time things will really stick and that in a year I will still be here and be living a healthy life at a good weight. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to "like" exercising. So far my recumbant bicycle and Total Gym are the two pieces of equipment I keep returning to. Walking used to be enjoyable, but frankly, my... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:26:17 EST Favorite healthy meal options? What are your favorite options for meals that don't trigger acid reflux problems? I'm interested in your positive coping strategies! <BR> My favorite is: I buy a good rotisserie chicken (usually Costco) and make meals from there. <BR> Dinner 1: hot chicken with salad and vegetable (right now usually fresh corn) <BR> Dinner 2: chinese chicken salad with lots of different veggies and sesame soy ginger dressing, or mexican chicken salad with green and red peppers, black beans, avocado, and fresh... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:18:20 EST hi I just joined or was invited to join and I have a case of severe acid reflux and my doctor took me off them and bad idea. I was wondering if anyone knows anyway to calm it down so I won't feel like I am going to throw up. My triggers vary day to day if possible. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:26:43 EST Lorraine Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:57 EST Finally Caring about me I am a 45 year old wife and mother . I work 40 hours per week. and i suffer from a joint disease called MCTD. and i have vertigo. I never know when it will strike. Trying to make a change in my life and get healthy. The doctors have told my husband he has fatty liver disease. so now is a good time to change the way we eat and move. I have failed before but know that i have to do this for him. So i wont fail this time. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:24:09 EST Lsable I just joined today I sure hope it works for me.i have back problems and fibromyalgia and do a lot of sitting unable to exercise much,so here's hoping that i can get my weight off of me..I am 67 and live in north Florida with my husband my 5 dogs 4 cats one horse and 5 Nigerian goats wish me luck Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:30:25 EST How do I un-join? SparkPeople may be a good system, but I don't have the time to work it. The website makes it very easy to join, but I find it almost impossible to un-join. Can anyone help? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:30:53 EST Hello Hi my name is Tonia...I am new to SparkPeople. I am a mother of 4 and very happily married. I have struggled with my weight since my last child was born 16 months ago. I have been able to drop 13 lbs and I want to lose about 25-30 more. Looking forward to meeting you! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:19:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:56:11 EST general chit chat good morning everyone. I hope you are all as comfy as you can be today/night. <BR> <BR> I thought I might start this thread so we can just chat about nothing much and anything as a means of bringing the team together for a little more with general friendship. <BR> <BR> As I have said I am from Central Victoria, Australia and it is almost winter here with just 3 days to go. I love winter, it is my most fave season but we dont get it as cold here in my area as many in the USA & UK do. It r... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:43:09 EST Hello from Australia <em>524</em> everyone. My name is Sharyn & I'm from Central Victoria, Australia. <BR> <BR> I have been suffering from acid reflux for many years now. In early 2009 they were, after many tests, finally able to diagnose a hiatus hernia but according to the Dr then it was inoperable because of a throat muscle condition I have called Alacasia. I wasn't impressed but with medication & a carefully watched diet I got the acid in control. <BR> <BR> Over the last couple years though I allowed m... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:10:01 EST New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:03 EST New Hello, <BR> My name is Lynne. I am a 50 yo female. I am 9 weeks post Nissen Fundoplication/Paraesophogeal Hernia Repair/ Excision of 9inch Lipoma on Left rib and diaphragm. I had this reflux surgery due to being treated for COPD/ Asthma with no relieve from meds. Tests showed horrible reflux with aspiration into my lungs. Hence the unable to breath. Also the majority of my stomach was in my chest with the lipoma pushing on my diaphragm and esophagus making the reflux worse. Any who, I had ins... Tue, 20 May 2014 21:00:00 EST Hello Hi I'm so new to this but I'm here cause i want to stay fit and healthy. I'm waiting to lose 100 pounds by next year in may 2015. So I will do this with exercise and the way I eat. I'm on a diet already through my doctor that I follow everyday. Thanks!! Tue, 20 May 2014 18:02:24 EST DIZZ55 New To All This Hi, Hi, I'm Dizz. I drive an 18 wheeler so its to stay on track. I'm Not New To Louisville, persay, Have Moved back was gone for about 20 yrs. Being pretty much sedimentary in my job need to keep from gaining any more pounds and could stand to lose aprox 10 pounds. need to tone up not interested in beefing up to old to be a body builder now. again Hi, Hi. Sun, 18 May 2014 01:08:10 EST Cindy Hi I have been doing the nutra bullet for breakfast for two weeks, salad for lunch and a limited amount of carbs for dinner. I am finding the scale doesn't move so I want to try spark people to get a balance diet without feeling hungry. Please send any help or suggestion to get me started. Fri, 16 May 2014 21:22:54 EST Feeling Inspired Good Morning to everyone This is a new journey for me I just turned 60 years old.. I am an administrative manager at a local hospital, unfortunately divorced after 30 years of marriage. My divorce almost 10 years ago hit me hard and it was like I was in a trance. When I came out of the trance through therapy, support of my friends and family I found my emotional health and strength better than ever, however my body has not recovered, I am 85 YES 85! pounds heavier than I was 10 years... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:23:28 EST Trying to get back to what I know is best for me.. Though I did find this great site back in 2008...I have not been a faithful follower...a lot has changed in my life since 2008, the most life changing being that I lost an adult child in 2009, married my long time sweetheart in 2012 ( my "present" for my 60th birthday), and inherited a 14 year old grandson in Dec 2013. I am a survivor. But raising a teenager, who has now lost both parents, after the nest has been empty for at least 15 yrs, has been a bit of a shock to my system. I am so bl... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:11:28 EST I need snack and lunch ideas for a 5yr old. My son is 5 almost 6 and has been throwing up small bits since he was born. He has had 2 GI Scopes done (one the other day) and so far all they know is there is a lot of inflammation. The doctor has put him on a no acid diet and prevacid, as well as some night time medicine. He gave us a small piece of paper that said to avoid chocolate, mint, citrus fruits, soda, and pepper. We have had him on this diet for 3 weeks now and nothing has changed. I know there are a lot more foods you should avo... Tue, 6 May 2014 01:07:52 EST What Are the Best Foods For Bad Days? I have had a bunch of bad days since Easter. I went off my diet a bit then. Four birthdays and Easter... <BR> <BR> Now it seems as though I am having pain most every day even after eating things that normally don't bother me. Bananas are usually ok but now they seem to be an irritant. <BR> <BR> What do you eat when you are trying to recover and have had a series of bad days? I am looking for one or two easy to digest foods that give a lot of nutrition in small amounts. Oatmeal and eggs... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:02:26 EST New to this at 45 Hi my name is Cherie and I am new to this I am in my 40 and have high blood pressure so its time to do something about it.. I hope their is someone els going thru the same thing we can do it together... talk to ya soon. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:41:06 EST Useful product I discovered a new product for acid reflux. I was dubious about it, because it's marketed by Life Extension™, and all their otherwise good articles plug their products shamelessly. I usually veer away from such sites. <BR> <BR> However. I did break down and try this one. It's called "Esophageal Guardian™", and it seems pretty much benign other than the intended use. The active ingredients are ellagic and alginic acids. They're big chewable tablets, and you take them after your largest meal o... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:42:49 EST Hi everyone My name is Marcia, this is my first time to SparkePeople i will need your help and support, i cannot stick to health plan but with your help and support i think i can. thank you. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:35:43 EST Thanks everyone Thanks for all the wonderful B-day wishes <em>247</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:17 EST Insurance denied me coverage for Nexium Ok...I am pissed...really pissed. My insurance denied me coverage on my meds, Nexium. I have been on the 'purple pill' for 10 years for acid reflex. THANK YOU Obama Care aka Affordable Care. I guess it is time I make my final arrangements.....aka Death Panel Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:06:59 EST Just had a barium swallow test Hi, <BR> Im in my late thirty's and have been experimenting some awful symptoms. It started about a month ago. I'm having a hard time swallowing food, and I feel like I have a lump or mucus always in the back of my throat like postnasal drip or something. Now I'm also experiencing a sore throat and sometimes I can't even read my son a book because it feels like I have strained my throat. I thought it was an allergy and started to take benedryl. Then the swallowing was getting worse so... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:51:06 EST Lap Nissen Fundoplication for GERD I finally scheduled the Lap Nissen Fundoplication Surgery for my GERD for June 2, 2014. Has anyone experienced this surgery and any input would greatly be appreciated. Thank you! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:11:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:07:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:49:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:42:37 EST New challenge Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I successfully lost 20 pounds and developed new eating and exercise habits over the period of a couple of years. I got my prediabetes and borderline high blood pressure under control. Now it seems like I have the symptoms of GERD. Boo-hoo. So far, it means that I have had a diminished appetite, have been hesitant to do my normal exercise routine, and have to cut out a lot of the foods that worked for my healthy diet ( spices, onions, citrus, etc.). I'm sure I c... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:07:55 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Getting ready for gastric sleeve This is my first post. I am preparing for the procedure to help my weight loss journey to cone to a more favorable conclusion. I lost ninety five pounds four years ago via a structured medical weight loss program Unfortunately the weight slowly crept back. All of my chronic health conditions returned with a vengeance. I have never experienced long term success with weight loss. Always something got in the way, I am an overeater ANSI have no control over my eating. I realize that failure in th... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:51:06 EST Hi, newbie here! I am a 42 year old mother of two. Since my early twenties I have battled my weight over and over again. I was a strong, healty highly athletic person. I have steadly gone down hill. I know now with age that this process needs to be one step at a time and it will not be overnight. I don't want to end up like others in my family who cannot even get out of bed or a chair most days and no longer participate in life. That scares me. Looking forward to this.....i think.... apprehensive. <BR>... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:21:45 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:27 EST The Fluffy Fox Hi this is my first time on any blog site and I'm here because over the past 10 years I've gained 100 pounds and I'm serious about getting it off. But I don't want to use a fad diet I want to do it the right way and make a lifestyle change. All suggestions are welcomed. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:01:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:53:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:36:11 EST Nexium Lawsuits from kidney failure. If you have taken or are taking Nexium, you may want to read this? <BR> <BR><BR>-lawsuits-kidney-failure-renal-failure<BR>-nephritis/ Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:48:20 EST Hope To Be Accepted Hi, <BR> I learned about this group through support meetings at the military hospital on Ft Bragg in North Carolina. I injured my knee and started to gain weight after doing Atkins for around 10 years successfully. Due to my physical limitations, I have had problems exercising at the level I used to do. As a result I have been going through the process of preparing to have bariatric surgery. I am looking for support and am hoping to find others that have been through the process. Thanx! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:08 EST Melissa for Workouts and Diets Hello! Looking for a virtual workout buddy. Someone who won't let me take a rest day just because.... <BR> My main goal is to continue working out, rather than just rushing to get fit for events. Right now I'm doing well, but I don't want to stop just because I reach my goal weight. I always do that. My workout goals are to run/jog, 6 times a week, 12-18 miles. I try to do the Spartacus workout 3 times a week, and do a dedicated Ab and lower back workout twice a week in addition. When ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:26:33 EST Help I hope someone out there can help. A vegan would be nice. 33 years ago the Dr told me NO animal products, none, nada, zilch. For those if you that don't know what meat is. no beef, chicken, fish, hotdogs, pepperoni, pork, lamb, or bacon. These are things people have said but you can eat, they aren't meat. 2 weeks ago the Dr said I had acid reflux, yes the Dr had to tell me, I don't feel any pain. If I under stand what I'm reading right I'm not to have nuts, beans or soy. So what protein shoul... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:06:45 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have reason no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST hi i'm gary Hey everyone, just dropping by to say hi as this is the first group i have joined, and I joined SP today after spending an hour researching acid reflux and deciding something had to give! Will enjoy getting to know some you i'm sure, thanks! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:09:05 EST Looking for Supportive Friends New to SparkPeople and looking for supportive friends and groups. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:09:07 EST Hi, my name is Faith I have pre diabetes, A1C is 7.1 my goal is to lose 70 lbs. by my birthday 22 Jan. 2015. But right now I need to lose 20 lbs in 8 weeks. Does this sound like to much? I don't want to disappoint my Dr. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:12:49 EST Hello - Entering third week of Super Shred Hi all, <BR> I am a 63 year old female that is entering my third week of Super Shred. I have followed the diet carefully, but have only lost TWO pounds. I am very drepressed about this. I was so excited to start this new venture (my goal was to drop 20 lbs. in four weeks) as the diet promises to do. Is this normal? What could I be doing wrong? I was not able to exercize for a full 30-40 Minutes per day, so I started gradually at 10 minutes and added about 5 - 10 min. each day to my work... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:34:20 EST Missanne on the move I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:26:05 EST Just getting started! General rule of thumb, when what you have been doing just isn't working, then you probably ought to try something different! What I have been currently doing just isn't working for getting the weight back off. I say back off, because I had lost 150 lbs after bariatric surgery. I still to this day am so thankful that I took that route as I am not certain that I would have been able to get to where I am even now. Over this last couple of years we made huge changes, moving from Oregon to Sou... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:54:43 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:47 EST my last episode with acid reflux in october, late at night, i had terrible burning, acid come up into my throat and i usually sense it in time to get in an upright position. this time i was asleep and didn't get up until too late. i tried to swallow the acid but it burned my throat and it also went down into my lungs. i spent the rest of the night in a recliner, sipping water to calm my throat. i had to get chest xray to see if it caused pneumonia. i have been on meds for years for gerd and wish i could get off them. maybe... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:47:50 EST Embarrasing Moments With GERD Come on...please tell me your embarrassing moments so I won't feel so bad! Here is what happened to me today. <BR> <BR> My brother sent me a gift. It was a fondu set with a huge bag of dark chocolate. I used to love and eat a lot of chocolate but since I have had a lot of GERD symptoms this year, I can possibly eat a tiny bit of chocolate and that's it. I feel like maybe I should let my brother know because I will soon be traveling to visit him. He might be cooking my birthday dinner. ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:18:12 EST newbie Hiya! Just starting (again) to loose weight, but I want it to be different this time: to actually reach my goal, change my habits and keep it off. After years of yo-yo dieting and the same old habits, I am tired of this! I need some help, though, as I don't have anyone else to partner with here in Key West. I am in the health field, and am embarrassed of how I look, and how tired I feel. I'm almost 49, and, if I don't do this now, I will never do this. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:45:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:32:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:14:36 EST Morning Morning My name is MaryAlice. No that is not a typo. I have been on SP for years and just never needed this chat room. I have no acid reflux systems, but when I went for my well woman, after all the test they gave my meds for acid reflux. I asked and was told I had acid reflux and the damage it causes even if I don't have systems. I'm at a loss as to what to do except take meds. I can't even tell you what makes my feel bad because I don't feel bad. Never had heart burn or the sour taste in my... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:44:17 EST Hello Everyone!! :) Hi everyone! My name is Dani (Danny) and I was diagnosed with acid reflux about three months ago after I had an awful nausea for weeks and weeks straight. I finally went to the ER and they told me I had acid reflux and the nausea is contributed to the acid in my stomach wanting to come back up (yuck lol) I have been put on medication and so far so good as long as I don't drink any orange juice or eat any oranges...I LOVE oranges lol Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello :) Let's all s... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:56:52 EST Offensive breath Hi! My name is LeeCora I am new I have to eat everything fresh and bland if not I get extremely foul breath. Do you know what I can do to combat this problem. It is so offensive and embarrassing. I try not to socialize because people frown. I have been to dentist doctors nothing helps Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:37:02 EST Not Getting the Help I Need from Doctor I went to see my G.I. doctor yesterday. I have been having what seems like random stomach pain. I am really not sure which foods cause it. Sometimes I eat certain foods and I am okay, other days I get extreme pain. For example, today I ate cheerios with milk which is normally fine for me but had pain five minutes later. <BR> <BR> My doctor just says I had an endoscopy and it was all fine. Just some irritation. The biopsy was fine. I tried to explain to him about the pain. I don't k... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:58:31 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:43 EST Looking to get off the heartburn meds! Hello All! I'm new to Sparkpeople and to the group. One of my main reasons for joining Sparkpeople and for losing weight is to get rid of my heartburn. I have been on PPI's for over 15 years - I've got bone loss, thyroid issues, and some of the other side effects that go along with taking PPI's for that length of time. I do not want to be dependent on pills anymore! I know losing weight will help, as will eating healthier. I'm hoping to learn more about the types of foods that help mana... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:27:20 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST EXERCISING WHILE HAVING BPPV Does anyone have SEVERE Vertigo - Benign Positional Paroxyl Vertigo? I have it so severely that I cannot do situps, lunges, ANYTHING, except walk. I need some exercises that I CAN do. I take Meclazine, however it does NOT help. I am NOT DIZZY - THE ROOM IS. It is like the school teacher, riding her bike in the tornado in the Wizard of Oz and the house Dorothy is in spins around and around. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight. I have had had BPPV for 2 years now and have taken physical th... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:56:24 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST A new Beginning I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST SBrinson01 Trying to help husband learn and control his diabetes Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:06:52 EST New Member: Steph Short Hi, this mother of 2 has finally decided to get back on track once again. Sadly, I have started this journey a few times, but am even more determined to finally get healthier for not just me, but my entire family. As a Mom, I was not setting a very good example for my impressionable young children by gaining so much weight and ignoring it for so long. Once again, I will modify my diet and exercise. I loved the look of this site and feel confident that I will be able to see at a glance how... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:40:38 EST frances Im trying to lose 30 more pounds, I hope I can make alot of friends here to help me. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:05:45 EST I'm trying again I've just about given up trying to change my eating habits. I'm about 50 pounds overweight, and to me this sounds like a daunting challenge, trying to lose it. I'm 62 years old, still working, but I keep putting the weight on! I used to be very active, but for the past couple of years, I haven't done much in the way of exercise. I'm unhappy with my appearance, but now I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.I really want to make this work! Guess I just lack confidence. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:05:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:01:37 EST Tests for GERD Has anyone had the tests for GERD where they go down thru the throat and esphagus? Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:46:53 EST I am new My name is Louise and I need some help with this site. I cannot seem to find out how to add different ingredients to make one food I like that is not in the Spark People drop down list. How do I manually do it? Thanks Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:53:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:07:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:41:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -25) 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:09:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:32:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:19:28 EST Good GERD Website with Menus Hi All, <BR> <BR> I found a good website for GERD. It has menus to help you plan. I tried a few of them and they are good! <BR> <BR> Joanne Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:49:14 EST Hello Hi everyone <em>381</em> My name is Julie, I have recently been diagnosed with HERD because of a leaky valve, the doc seems to think I will need to be on medication for the rest of my life, any suggestions besides the advice on site? Thanks all ;-) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:54:56 EST Adding Nutrituious Foods Back? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have had worse heartburn symptoms over the past week. I am not sure why. I've gotten to the point where my stomach seems to only be able to handle eggs, bread, chicken and apples. I have been finding almost anything else causes me pain. It's a weird kind of pain. It stops me in my tracks for about 5-15 minutes and then I feel okay. <BR> <BR> I'm also drinking some nutrition shakes to help me out. <BR> <BR> I've had an endoscopy in October which showed I just... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:03:58 EST Laura I'm a forty some year old gal who wants to lose weight, not give up so easily, and regain my confidence. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:40:35 EST New here (again) Hello everyone! <BR> I started this journey toward a healthier me last year. Got sidetracked midway due to surgery. I am back and ready to make some much needed positive changes! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:17:16 EST chest pain that mimics heart issue What do I do to eliminate this? Is this acid reflux? <em>24</em> <BR> It makes me feel tired. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:26:11 EST this sucks. Jus sayin! Hope my language isn't inappropriate, but after all these decades of ingesting whatever I want, apparently NOW my body isn't able to keep it all down. I am not in much pain (thank you god!) but whenever I eat, I am uncomfortable and shortly after I eat, it feels as though food is coming back up. I have been awaken from deep sleep with (pardon my bluntness) vomit in my throat and didn't know what was going on until a friend suggested I read about GERD. Outside of the pain, I have most of the s... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:01:38 EST Hi Everyone Happy to connect with others who share my condition, been suffering with this condition for many years now <em>46</em> afraid it will eventually turn into cancer. Nice to be here <em>250</em> we are not alone. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:45:51 EST Hello! Hi everyone. My name is Heather. I suffer from diagnosed GERD, and have been sentenced to a life of prescription Prilosec, and a Gluten-Free diet. I am struggling with the gluten-free portion of this because it feels like every single thing I eat has some form of Gluten in it. :( <BR> <BR> I need support to help me get through this! Thanks again for all your help! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:38:04 EST I need will power Hello fellow weight losers. I seriously want and need to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise for my son and myself. But some place down the road I've lost my will power to do any of it. I thought that by joining this site/community it might help. Sincerely hope so. If any of you have any advice please email/text me. <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:38:17 EST Hello everyone Hi, I'm new here. I'm a mother of two kids. My daughter will turn 13 next week and my son is 11. I've been married for 14 years to my amazing husband. I was on sparkpeople about a year ago. I left due to some health news. Since then we've moved to another state and are settled now, for the most part. I think it's time to get back on the horse, so to speak. I look forward to meeting everyone. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:24:49 EST What is your favorite cookbook? Do you have a cookbook that has really helped you find recipes you can eat despite digestive issues? Please post them here! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:12:17 EST How to Stop Taking Acid Reflux Medicine I am taking 20 mg of omprazole before breakfast each morning. I have been on omprazole for 11 years. I would like to get off this medication and preferably all since I feel that this medication led to my osteoporsis. Has anyone tried to stop their reflux medicine? What was your medicine and how did you stop it. Also, has anyone developed IBS from this medicine. I probably have a mild case of IBS. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:49:12 EST Barrett's esophagus? HI, everyone! I just joined the team and am looking forward to getting to know the group! I've just been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus and am wondering if there's anyone else out there who has this condition and can tell me what they've done to deal with it. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> Sue Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:05:50 EST Gerd and colonoscopy I am scheduled for a colonoscopy and I am planning to take half of the NuLytely jug at 6pm the first day and the second half of the NuLytely prep the second day. . My procedure is at noon. I was wondering if anyone did this and had difficulty with the prep? Also, if they ate anything the day before the colonoscopy and what? The doctor mentioned taking Zofran for nausea, is it necessary? Has anyone taken Zofran for a colonoscopy? Does anyone know of a beverage that has protein and trie... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:50:32 EST Hate This Diet...So Boring It is so boring now that I have to think about stomach acid every time I eat. Sometimes I don't want to eat because I can't have the things I used to love anymore. I would appreciate some encouragement from people who understand what this is like. Is there a good place to go for recipes? Many on this website do not work for people with acid problems...Mexican Casseroles? Give me a break. <BR> <BR> Joanne Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:26:10 EST Hello to all! I am back on SparkPeople after a long time gone. I'm a single mom of four wonderful kids. An 11 yr old daughter & 15 yr old triplet boys. I work part-time at a middle school cafeteria which I love. I was diagnosed with MS in 2003 which has been in remission for the past 7 yrs. I really want to lose the weight this time around. The GERD, hip & knee pain is bad not to mention the depression that has set in recently. My mother had bariatric surgery 2 years ago but has not lost much weight so I ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:08:58 EST have to get that 10 lbs. off by 2/21/14 Good Morning - I need alot of help - I start off great from 4:00 a.m. to about 8:30 a.m. then I start to slip. Today is going to work for me because I leave for Florida 2/19/14 and I need that 10 lbs. off - I don't mind following a structured meal plan for a week to see how that works. <BR> Thank you so much for any help Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:01:15 EST Hello New Friends! I am Lindsay. This is all new to me, but here it goes. I am 33 years old, and I was born and raised in Helena, Montana. I am a single mother to an 18 month old little girl, and I love every minute of being a mom. Besides being a single parent, I work as a Scheduling Clerk/Bailiff for one the District Judges here and I go to school online to get my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. I currently weigh 180, and my goal is to lose 50 pounds. I am 5' 2", so 130 pounds would be average for my b... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:48:43 EST Starting Over Achhh!!! I keep doing this over and over! Well, now I'm 50 (as of 1/11) and it's TIME. Yesterday I recorded everything I ate and today, too, so far. The hardest thing for me will be cutting out alcohol. I'm really excited though! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:38:17 EST birdwatcher I am back for the second time after losing 13 lbs. I hit a wall in Sept. 2013 and could not get back on track. I think I am mentally ready to try again. I have been tracking for a week now. I am very glad there is a sight like Spark People to help me!!!!!! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:46:20 EST Hi Everyone, Gerd problems here. I am a woman that has already hit the worst part of gerd, blew me a hiatal hernia a few years ago, been sucking down omeprazole ever since. I don't have a handle on it, it handles me. Looking for anyone's success stories that help this Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:40:07 EST Hello from Sue Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST Hello everyone I am 58 years of age and I share a house with a wonderful husband. We have 2 lovely daughters, a great son in law and a beautiful granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I have had a weight problem all my life. I had lost almost 4 stone in the last 18 months but it is slowly going back on again, so this is the first thing that I have to deal with this year. If I weigh in stones and pounds I get cross because I know I used to be lighter than that, so this year I am weighing in kilos and I am not going ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 03:26:59 EST Success with changing the sleeping position Hi, I'm new. Just joined this great site a couple of weeks ago. I suffer from mild reflux due to asthma- and allergy-related problems. Had to give up sparkling water, a past favorite. Weight loss also helped. I still take medication for it but I don't have any pain. <BR> <BR> Here's a tip that has helped me. I sleep with my head slightly elevated due to the angle of my bed. I had a 6" platform build for the head of the bed so it is slightly raised. This prevents the reflux action while I am ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:39:26 EST Cannot get a handle on my acid reflux Hoping 2014 becomes the year I change both physically and mentally. I suffer from acid reflux and hoping that with exercise and weight loss it will improve. Is this true? Has anyone experienced improvements with diet and exercise, any tips that I can start building a program on? HELP!! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:59:13 EST New to Spark People! My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:49 EST back after 5 years I last tried spark 5 years ago as a teenager. I was able to lose 15 pounds and reach my goal of 150. I now have 35 pounds to lose to reach 150 again. I have patellofemeral syndrome which will make this more difficult. I'm hoping there are other people on here that are young with knee problems. I can't find anyone in my everyday life that can understand how hard exercise is with a knee problem. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:46:23 EST ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST Time To Change Hello. New here to sparkpeople. My sister turned me on to the site when I told her it's about time I lost weight since I weigh more than I ever have and feel completely unattractive. Since I want to date the likes of John Cusack or Kris Holden-Reid, well - it is time I look my best. But mainly, I'm tired of hurting all the time. It hurts to walk across the room most of the time. My hope is that if I lose the weight I can do things again. No one believes by looking at me that I LOVE to ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:41:39 EST I need new sleeping life Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:52:47 EST HI everyone! I'm from PA and just want to lose 10 lbs and also make a few friends in the process. I'm friendly and am hoping that this works for me as my current weight isn't acceptable. I welcome any advice. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:59:46 EST New to Spark! Hi! I'm new to this, I need to lose weight, and get more fit. I am a Great-gramma, married to the love of my life. I live in small town Alberta. I love to read, crochet, play in the out of doors. I belong to a very close Church family as well as my natural family. Happy New Year! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:25 EST Recognizing I need support Hello, my name is Cindy and my goal is to lose 41 pounds, but I want to do it the right way. I have tried many quick loss diet remedies, with success but the weight came back on because I didn't learn how to change my lifestyle. So here I am recognizing that I need some encouragement to keep working on my goal. Here's what I am doing right so far: I love exercising, I track my foods but I struggle with midnight snacking! And food has always been a way to reward myself. So this is some brief i... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:34:00 EST I am back..again I have been suffering acid reflux again..need to come back and relearn and to get support..will I ever learn! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:53:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:13:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:53:08 EST Here I go again. Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8- 14 ) QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:39:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:57:13 EST Nothing seems to be working I am new to spark or should I say new again I am the most undisciplined person I know even though I encourage others to reach their goals. <BR> The acid reflex is getting worse I take a towel to bed every night and 4 out of 7 I end up throwing up. I take Zantac and other meds but it is getting worse. Does not seem to matter what I eat or how early I eat. My aunt and sister both died of cancer of the esophagus <BR> I know losing weight would help a great deal my sister was overweight my aunt w... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 06:36:20 EST Charley Carpenter Hello, i am going to be 25 monday. Since I am getting married in 5 months and that I am energized to get in shape, I am going to start my new years res. this week. Because this is the week I started my life. I am going to start eating less sugar and exercise. I really want to do this because if you want to exceed at your goals and work, then you have to improve your self. <BR> <BR> I really want to improve my self, not for anyone else but me. So I am starting now, so I can keep my energy g... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:05:24 EST Acupuncture for relief <BR> When I could not stand the pain of GERD any more and my doctors were at their wits end as well, I turned to Chinese medicine. I found a Chinese doctor who is also an acupuncturist. At first, I went for treatment every 3 days for two weeks, then every week, then every month. Now, I go when I feel I need it. The pain was 80% better after the first treatment. Mind you, there is nothing else wrong with me. My doctors did all the necessary tests and I have GERD period. <BR> <BR> Cert... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:55:28 EST Glad I'm here Dyspepsia, the new word of the day for me one day ago when I went into the ER with excruciating abdominal pain! Gerd is a serious disease and it has to be dealt with seriously. I'm glad to see I have this team for support. Thanks to SP Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:09:20 EST Introduction. Hi from Canada. <BR> I'm here to introduce myself, trying to lose a little weight after a difficult summer healthwise. Also to find any help I can get with my severe GERD. My doctors have done all they can, so I've turned to acupuncture, which is helping me a great deal. Far fewer symptoms, much less severe, and a lot more positive energy. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be here and hope I can perhaps help someone else with my experience over the years. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:52:02 EST Gerd and Chest Pain I have been recently diagnosed with "suspected" gerd and am taking a PPI. It all started with severe pain in the entire bra area which I went to the ER for and they ruled out any problem with the heart. <BR> I still get this "discomfort" every once in awhile although never as painful but am trying to understand it. I also had eccho/sonograms on my liver, ducts and heart to rule out other causes. <BR> Does anyone else get this chest pain/discomfort? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:06:57 EST So here I am. Wish me luck! Hi Everyone, <BR> I am a 46 year old husband and father of two kids, both currently in college, and I work in Olympic sports. I enjoy writing, reading, guitar playing and computer gaming (in moderation). <BR> I have climbed on (and fallen back off) the weight loss wagon many times over the years with only 3-4 of those attempts meeting with any degree of success albeit temporary. Due to my numerous attempts to lose weight over the years and the research I’ve done, I feel I have the knowledge o... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:14:50 EST Hi! My ReIntroduction Hi! My name is Debbie. I am reintroducing myself cause I couldn't find my introduction at the team forum. <BR> I have been taking Protonix for GERD for 5 years. My doctors put me on it because at the time of my heart attack I had internal bleeding-even though they could not find the root cause. <BR> I have had a Barium Swallow done last month & the results show I have a Hiatial Hernia with scar tissues. I'm now looking to see a GI Dr. for complete workup & options. <BR> I love this team & wan... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:17:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:19:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:55:41 EST Taking the 1st Step to a better me Good morning everyone. I am excited to be joining with a group of people that I can help motivate to be healthy and who can motivate me. The longest journey begins with a single step. I just made the step and am ready for the journey! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 09:32:59 EST I will win! My motto is "I will win!." I have 25 pounds to lose and I am waiting on a surgery date to have left knee replacement and then surgery on my right elbow for an Ulna nerve transposition and carpal tunnel..obviously I have good days and bad days..this is just a bump in the course I am limited right now in the kind of activity I can do however, I want to build some strength and perform some exercise to prepare for the upcoming challenges.. <BR> Any suggestion will be appreciated..I will... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:30:04 EST Day One Very complicated diet requirements, supposed to be healthy heart, vitamin K, renal, low salt, to name the ones I remember. Must take 26 pills a day and still have set backs and have to go thru detox and start different prescriptions. When I see other lung transplant patients I am doing great except for being overweight and this is common with the drugs I am on. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:39:14 EST Hello from PA Hello all, my name is Heather. I am here to basically just get support when I need it and help others if I can. My ultimate goal is to get healthy enough to have a baby within the next few years. Anyone wants to know anything else about me feel free to message me. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:23:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:21:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:03:11 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I started having acid reflux back in Sept. Had a Endoscopy done and confirmed that I had the start of ulcers. I started on one medication, which worked for the most part until just a couple of weeks ago. Since then the Dr has been changing my meds trying to find something to work. Feeling frustrated but very glad I found this page. <BR> <BR> Lora Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:44:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 27- Nov 2 ) 1)The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> 2)Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. <BR> Stephen King <BR> <BR> 4)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 5)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to p... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:59:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:34:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:18:43 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Kim! I'm a full time wife, mom and secretary. I commute 45 miles each way to work with my mother in law, who I also work with. We also live right behind them lol. I deserve some kind of medal. Anywho, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself! I am eager to begin a lifestyle change for my whole family! I am very interested in whole foods and trying to motivate myself to work out in my hectic schedule. Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Kim Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:25:56 EST Introduction Hi all! Happy to be here. I have already lost 14 lbs. since joining Spark People. Thanks in advance for your support. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:34:14 EST hello my name is peggy I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST Howdy Hi, all! I'm Jen. I want to lose 30 pounds and be a "fit" person. My motivators: a family history of Type II diabetes (though I am not diabetic), heart disease, and breast cancer. Also, I am a health professional, and I should be a healthy weight, not overweight. Finally, I have a young female relative who is growing up with a bunch of fat people in our family, and I am the only female who is not morbidly obese. I *am* overweight, though, and I would like to be a role model of a healthy... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:08:22 EST Ready to be fit Hello all, <BR> <BR> After being on steroids for the past few months, I picked up weight I'm now able to rehab and get started on my goal.. <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:24:19 EST I'm going to do this! I'm a 63-year old woman who is changing my life by eating vegetarian meals (no dairy or eggs) and stepping up my exercise program. I have high cholesterol and arthritis in my shoulders, hips and back. I'm scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery in January 2014 so I am losing weight and getting healthier in general to aid in my recovery. I came across this website through AARP's website. I usually don't get on my computer every day so I will have to get used to checking in daily or at l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:31:51 EST Hi everyone! Just thought I'd come right out and introduce myself to everyone! I am very excited to have found SparkPeople am and eager to start living a better lifestyle to help myself cope and manage my GERD and to just feel more and more better about myself everyday. So, hello! It's wonderful to meet all of you and am very glad to be here! <em>30</em> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:09:48 EST hello hi I am wxcited about this program. I have been on and off of diets for years and have not manged to keep the weight off. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:23:49 EST Hi new to Sparkpeople Just found this site tried lots of diets with some success but didn't stick to any of them hope this will work for me need to do it for health reasons so i will give it a go and see what happens Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:29:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12) 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:34:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:10:59 EST I have to figure this out! I have to lose weight and keep it off! I am a nurse, working 12 hour nights, and beginning my 3rd year of classes to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I cannot be an obese NP! I have lost weight many times but am unable to maintain. I am also sedentary except for my hours worked. I sit at the computer for 12-15 hours a day. Every time i lose weight, it is a lonely battle. I am hoping having some support will help me stay on course. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:22:43 EST Been there, done that, now I'm trying THIS... I'm Sher, live in Sunnyvale, am 5"1" and weight almost 160. Both my parents are/were obese. My mom passed away weighting 235 and at her lowest weight she was 160. I'm 3 lbs away from that. I'm...56, have no hormones due to medical issues, hurt everywhere and am simply tired of being uncomfortable in my own body and clothes. I have 7 grandchildren and an amazing husband who is also on his own weight loss program, but what he does doesn't work for ME. I need people. Support. Friends to walk wit... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 01:00:35 EST new here from Maine Hi everyone, I am here to learn to live healthier. I live in Whitefield Maine on 50 acres with hubby (24 years married) and our puppy Dessah. We have 5 children between us, and nearly 20 grandchildren ages 9 mos to 20. My husband recently was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, we are both diabetic. I have been diagnosed with a few mental illnesses, which are challenging. My A1C a few months ago was 11.7, It is down to 7.5 and my goal is to get it down to 6.0. We have only recently begun ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:56:42 EST Hi! Just started a month ago. Still finding my way around website. I feel good about finding spark people. Thank you all for being here! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:26:37 EST Unusual Symptoms Hello, I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and acid reflux 14 years ago, and Prilosec has been keeping it under control until last May. I still do not experience any pain but lately the symptoms are very strange. I have had a swollen tongue sensation as well as either a very dry mouth or excessive saliva, a metalic taste in my mouth and lips, and it feels like there is something on the back of my tongue. And occasional sores in my mouth. I have also been experiencing phantom smells, like ci... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:12:47 EST April I dont know what I am doing....but i do know i want candy andother food to eat. It is 3:28am and have to fight the sadness and gear in my heart. I need toremember rhe poitive of eating is 2min satisfactionof the food and remember thenegtavive outways the postive. I need to care more to do omethimg productive and not eat junk.ithinkgoing togetjust a drink and go back to slee Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:32:33 EST Here for my son. Hi, my name is Julie and I have a 14 year old son. He has had terrible stomach pains for several years now. Our family has moved around a bit so doctors were telling us that that was contributing to the pains. Basically it was all in his head and he must just be a nervous child. Finally we got a doctor that really listened to him. She set us up with a pediatric gastroenterologist (however you spell and he did an endoscopy. He was diagnosed with GERD. And as I'm sure alot of you know... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:18:15 EST i dont know where to start.. Hi my name is dee. I am currently 338. Omgosh I hate that number. I have been heavy my whole life but I really want to change that. I have so many changes to make. I need to learn how to cook healthy(any advice would be great) I have started walking my son to the bus stop which is one mile each way and I hope someday to run that or ride a bike there with him. I used to love to hike but now I am embarassed to go because of my size. So I want to get to doing that as well. Any ideas on what I ca... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:25:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:55:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:33:30 EST Hello Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Angela and I am new to spark people, I came here to help along with my weight loss and I love challenges anything I can do to help me lose my weight I am willing to do and I need all the support I can get.If anyone has any pointers I'm all for them.I love meeting new people as well. :) Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:34:38 EST Been here for a week now. Hi Everyone, <BR> I am pretty new to spark people but so far I love it. The reports are awesome. I am in a transformation challenge that starts on September 26th. It is a 12 week body transformation that includes eating and working out with weights. I am 51 and quit smoking about 12 years ago. That is when I started to put on weight. I have always been in good shape and my weight was always in control even after my 3 kids. So now over 10 years later here I am 65 lbs. over weight saying... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:41:32 EST Hello Hi my name is Stephanie and I am looking for support without judgment. I have been struggling for years bouncing from one diet to another only to gain all the weight back time after time. I'm looking for friends that will support me when I lose and don't lose, this has been a weak area of support in the past, it was always a competition with others and that's not what I'm looking for. Hope this is the right place for me. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:13:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:44:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7 ) 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:22:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31) 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:00:16 EST emotional eater for sure.... Hi- Trying to get my emotional eating habit under control, I do a lot better with it on the days I work out and get those extra endorphins. Needing to lose atleast 25lbs, to start with. I like working out, just really need to get a handle on the mindless eating and follow my meal plan on here. Nice to meet you all. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:34:57 EST hello am looking for real tips ad support Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:49:22 EST hi new to this page Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:14:00 EST Hello everyone I'm corrwoman from Virginia I am just glad to become a member, I need to lose 23 pounds to reach my goal since May 13th 2013 I have lost 23 pounds now I need A LITTLE MORE MOTIVATION because I was keeping my twin 5 year old twins but today they started Kindergarten and I just wanted to go home after they got on the bus and eat a pint of ice cream, but thank God I had Spark People to turn to so I again thank each and every one of you! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:09:50 EST KANSAS is my State , and Health is my GOAL Hi, I look at all the places my message could be posted, and it looks like almost all apply to me. I want to lose weight, and my first goal is February 14, 70 lbs. Seems like a lot to lose, but I will work at it. I live a pretty sedentary life, due to osteoarthritis, lumbar and spinal stenosis, and alot more problems. But the doctors encourage me to lose weight and to walk, even if I have to use my walker. <BR> <BR> Here I am and excited to get started. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:17:30 EST I've always wanted to wiegh 1453#s In my younger days, an insurance company posted a chart stating that 145 #s is ideal for my height and sex. And when I weighed 165- 170#s I felt great and I felt like I looked good. But, I still wanted to get down to 145#s, magically of course. But when that did not happen I dieted for a while off and on through the years and lost 10 - 15 pounds but never got down to that elusive 145#s. Now I am pushing 60 years old I weigh 242 #s and I want to still get down to 145#s. I hope this site and ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:51:37 EST FIRST TIME ON MESSAGE BOARD HI I"M NOT SURE THAT I AM COMFORTABLE WITH GOING PUBLIC WITH TOO MUCH SHARING BUT I DO ENJOY TALKING WITH OTHERS SO HERE GOES.........I AM 82 YEARS OLD ,MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS TO A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND LOVING CARETAKER ,WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND LOVE TO SERVE OUR LORD IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES (AND AS OUR AGING BODIES WILL ALLOW) WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES ,8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREATS AND ANOTHER TWO ON THE WAY. I SINCERLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND EAT HEALTHIER IN ORDER TO BE ACTIVELY IN... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:54:37 EST just me hello i am fred out shape after stroke and and accidents Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:40:08 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:42:57 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:32:43 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:22:41 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 20:09:18 EST Hello! My name is Tiffany. I just received a Fitbit for a belated anniversary present last month and its really motivated me to get moving more. I have fibromyalgia so it's very important that I keep healthy and stay motivated but I also need to pace myself to limit flare-ups. I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone and to use the tools on this site! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:02:02 EST Ready for a Lifestyle Change Hi! I'm Tracy. I would like to say hello to everyone and say how happy I am to have joined SparkPeople. I have been a member for sometime now but have recently become serious about my weight loss, exercise and making better choices towards a healthy lifestyle. I'm looking forward to all of the great tools and support this site has to offer. Thanks Fri, 9 Aug 2013 23:02:19 EST Just signed up My name is Carol. Live in SE Alabama, near Foley. I have been on the journey for 8 years. That is when I reached my goal with Weight Watchers. Yes, it is a continuous journey. The loss of the weight was the easy part. So yes, it continues to be a life time journey. I will eventually find my way around the site, add a little more about myself and join some of the friends boards. I am glad to be aboard. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:40:44 EST Alice Hi, I am a grandmother who has been dieting all of my life with some success but never to goal. I am hoping this program along with TOPS will help me to succeed. I am addicted to food. I can use all the support I can get and would appreciate any feedback from other members. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:52:36 EST Hello my name is Melissa I have been sick for the last week and not feeling good about anything. Thought since I had not eaten much this week I would have lost some weight, but didn't and getting very tired of trying to figure out what to do to lose weight. Gained over 40 pounds when I had my hysterectomy over 10 years ago, lost about 30 lbs. but have managed to gain it all back. I feel like giving up. I have been on every diet out there and taken just about every diet pill that I could afford to purchase. Now I am t... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:13:41 EST Wondering if SparkPeople will really change me I just joined today. I've dieted for over 35 years on an all-or-nothing cycle of strict dieting versus eating. So, I know all of the tips for distracting myself by doing something else, I just seem to be stuck in the binge eat side of the cycle. I'm also tired of tracking calories and exercise which seems to be the only way I can manage my weight, but I feel that I must if I'm ever going to break the cycle. Must I just learn to accept that I'll have to track calories and exercise from now on?... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:52:22 EST Time for change... Hello Everyone - I am for the 1st time in my life trying to lose weight - I am 51 and never had a weight problem but the last 10 years it has appeared - I am not a over eater - in fact I have to learn to eat more - I usually only ate once a day and occasionally I eat lunch - Never breakfast - I don't eat breads and not a big sweet person and don't like chocolate - so where has al this weight come from? Somedays I have almost no energy for anything - I am a travel agent so I sit at a desk a l... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:56:04 EST hello everyone my name is ria i really want to lose weight and be fit joined spark people just now i have two wonderfull kids and iam a stay at home mom spark people tells me that i need to lose 13 kgs hmmmm thats sounds like a lot of weight just dont know how will this miracle happen but i will try whatever i can do to be fit and slim this time Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:11:50 EST Back Again... Hi - I feel as though I've done this a hundred times and I am determined to be successful the 101st! I'm turning 50 soon and I need to regain my health and energy, as well as my confidence, through this weight loss journey. I have 70 lbs to lose and KEEP OFF! Support and suggestions are always welcome... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:46:22 EST Starting Over at 51 Am going through a divorce for the last 9 months and have gained quite a bit of weight. I need to lose 40+ lbs but lack the motivation to do it. Thought maybe joining SparkPeople might help me get started. Look forward to reading all about everyone's success stories. Maybe I'll have one soon! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:26:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:17:37 EST Tinny Im a 44 yr old female who has been battling weight for about 10 years now. I have alot of health issues. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:22:19 EST Coughing from Acid Reflux Hi all - I will be 70 in September, and for years thought that I coughed from allergies. After many different referrals and medications, I was sent to a GI specialist who diagnosed acid reflux. With pantoprazole cough has almost entirely disappeared. I am now trying to reduce medication because it can cause bone density problems. Would be interested in hearing from others in whom acid reflux cause coughing, particularly about which foods trigger the problem. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:11:44 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 -27 ) QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:30:55 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:09:35 EST Hi there My name is Eileen, im Scottish, im a retired R.N, im happily married , a mum and a granny. I have been on Spark before once successfully losing weight the other times I gave up, no motivation in me. I have acid reflux because of my weight and diet so thats the shorter version :). Hope to maybe make friends but im a bit shy at inviting folk to be friends, and im a bit sort of shy to post. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:42:11 EST Quitting PPIs Due to osteopenia (loss of bone density) I am having to stop my long term use of PPIs. The first couple of days without medication were awful, but I seem to have adjusted fairly well (but my diet has to be much stricter). Has anyone else done this successfully? Do you have any tips to share? What has worked for me is: <BR> <BR> 1. Increase water intake <BR> 2. Pepsid and tums <BR> 3. No wine, alcohol, coffee, chocolate or rich desserts <BR> 4. No overeating <BR> 5. I am using probi... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:46:00 EST howdy Encouragement needed. Perhaps even an occasional kick in the rear. I am miserable and have no motivation or energy to do what I know I need to do. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:24:21 EST Just joined in the fun! I am a GERD sufferer as well as acid reflux patient for my whole digestive system. I take Zantac and Prilosec (both generic) daily to curb my symptoms. I am hoping to find new ways to cope with these conditions on this forum. Also suffer from IBS so basically my system is really not healthy. I hope to change that by losing more weight (have lost 20 lbs.) and correcting my diet to a more suitable level for controlling these conditions. I am 61 yrs.young and just want to become more healthy. H... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:57:10 EST hello my name is rebecca i am a type 1 insulin dependant diabetic and have been since i was a child,i am currently on an insulin pump and am now dealing with weight gain and trying to count carbs it is very hard for me,i was younger, but i did not totaly ruin my body i am in pretty good shape i think, i just cant figure out how to count these carbs,maby i should just not include them at all in my diet,i do love the pump i just need to learn the carbs,i dont cheat with sweets,i just cant figure out carbs how silly Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:05:15 EST Izzydo Hi I am 56 and need to lose more than 50 lbs. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I am hoping this group will help me to lose and keep it off. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:26:56 EST 33 years old, 242lb chica looking to get healthy! Hello! I'm brand new to online weight loss, so I don't really know where to start :D I was once a skinny chick, now an unhealthy heavy chick, realising it's time to make significant changes. I'm a picky eater, so often get discouraged with recipes. I have some physical limitations so often use that as an excuse not to exercise. All help, suggestions, mentorship, guidance and chat welcome! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:44:34 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:30:32 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 30 - July 6 ) QUOTES ON RELIGION <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. <BR> Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. <BR> C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 3)Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 4)Our prayers should be for blessings in g... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:09:56 EST Hi Fellow Sparklers I'm new to SparkPeople; just started 2-3 days ago. I've been reading the message boards & blogs-- very motivating! Thanks for sharing. <BR> <BR> KitCat 30 Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:51:20 EST Daymover My name is Daymover and i'm new to SP. I just happened on this sight when I was looking for ways to lose weight. I can't believe all of the different things available to you to help you on your weight loss journey. This is just what I need, a place where I can go and talk to other people in the same boat I am.Reading about others failures and successes will help me with my journey towards losing weight. J hope that everyone who reads this is successful in meeting their goals and will encourag... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:54:46 EST acid reflux/gerd Hi I have been suffering, and I do mean suffering with this for years. Recently, I made a trip to er to be sure it was not my heart. Great news it is not my heart. But what happened next has been good and bad. My dr. put me on pump inhibitors/prilosec and it has caused the BIG D! yuk!! I also have osteoporosis and have read that it is not good to take this med with osteo. I have been on it since May 5 and I am now very concerned that I am going to do damage to my body taking this. My D... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:38:54 EST Newly Diagnosed! Hi all, I am newly diagnosed with acid reflux and am on my first month of omeprazole. I don't get the typical burning, painful symptoms. Rather, I get a horrible taste in my mouth which affects my breath. I have other symptoms, too, but that's the worst one. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I've been eating a pretty basic diet, and I've completely cut out all of the common triggers. I am trying natural remedies, and also eating a lot of foods that are supposed to be good for reflux, like oatmea... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 06:54:33 EST I need this! Hello! My name is Jessy and I am brand spanking new to Spark People. I have struggled my whole life with my weight and have tried every fad you can think of. I can't do this alone and I know it is my lifestyle that needs an overhaul. I'm a mom of two beautiful daughters and I want to be someone they are proud of. I'm excited to be apart of this community! Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:27:36 EST Nickyos Hello I just joined and am excited about losing and learning a new way of eating Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:34:17 EST Gerd... I have gerd that is terrible. I tried exercising on the treadmill yesterday and the pain was intense. I used to take nexium which worked well and now insurance won't cover it and everything else I have tried doesn't help it. It feels like I have a burning pit in the middle of my chest. I am so frustrated! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:43:16 EST brand new to Sparks People I'm brand new to Sparks People and am very excited to get involved. I have already receive a lot of support and encouragement from the links. It makes me feel wolcomed but perhaps a bit overwhemed as i am not accustomed to working with computers at all.(l am not allowed to order anything from a computer site because the last time I ended up buying the same exact item three times.) But, hopefully that will get better With time and practice. I am 59 years old. I recently had a 'biventricu... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:37:20 EST Hi My name is Shikha and I have acid reflux. It's triggered by many things and the acidity in my body is affecting my health in several other ways. I can't take Prilosec b/c of the strict instructions,but I take Tums,Ginger drops and natural medicine. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:19:08 EST hi everyone hello my name is nyki i am a 34 yo women, i am at my heaviest weight ever at 199.2lbs, and i am despert to lose 80 to 90lbs, oh yeah i am only 4"11. i have been off of depo shot b.c. and ever since then weight has been packing on like crazy, just 4 years ago i was at 126lbs. i think the depo messed with my hormones and now i cant take off the weight. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:53:32 EST Hi, I'm Robby I joined Spark People to help me to lose the 150 pounds i need to lose. I also wanted the community it offers. I thought it would help to be able to interact with others that are on the same journey I'm on to reach goal weight. I am an avid reader. I am limited in what I can do now because of health problems due to my weight. I am happy to be a part of spark people. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:20:37 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:09:09 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:51:35 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:30:33 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:06:08 EST New & Aloe Juice This my first time with Spark and messaging online. I'm not good at this. <BR> Has anyone tried Aloe Juice for GERD and if so hows the taste? <em>240</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:54:57 EST JM NEW HI MYNAME IS BEV AND i STARTED SPARKS 1 DAY AGO AND i AN SO EXCITED Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:12 EST Just getting started Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I joined Wednesday night which was the night before I had oral surgery. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but it was on my mind, and I wanted to do it before I talked myself out of it. Hopefully, I'll be all healed this week and ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I have about fifty pounds to lose, maybe a little less depending on which doctor's scale I go with. :-D <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to actually getting some momentum going and to talking with all of you! <B... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:52:51 EST Need motivation Hi, Iam about 25 pounds overweight. I lack energy and motivation to do anything. Please get me fired up Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:08:11 EST Can't give up my Coffee! I just joined Spark and have 50 pounds to lose. I have been on every diet you can name and could not stay on any of them for various health reasons. I am starting the Dash Diet and find it easy to follow and it certainly is a very healthy diet. <BR> <BR> I have daily and sometimes nightly heartburn and I know coffee is not recommended. I only have 1 or 2 cups in the morning and maybe a decaf in the afternoon. Is it possible to have my coffee and also get rid of the heartburn. Another o... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:42:15 EST new to group Hi I am new to the group. I signed up with SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. There is a lot to see and figure out in here. I signed up for a lot of groups at the begining and just now trying to get around to checking them all out and leaving msgs in them. I asked to join this site mainly to get more info on Acid reflux. I am not sure that I had Acid reflex, but I have had a lot of indigestion and heartburn off and on for over a year. I was diagnosed with gallbladder stones and an enlarge... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:54:12 EST New to this may need help Hello, I am new to this. I would like to loose 20 lbs. Its gotten to the point that I can't do things like I use to. I am still very active when the weather is nice. But some times with job I can't really exercise. I just need the motivation. I sometimes have the thought of exercising then when I get home I just don't have the energy. And my eating habits have gotten worse also. Just need a little help. I don't have the money or the effort to join a gym. I am very self conscience I think that... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:43:41 EST Red Hoffman here... Hi, I am Red Hoffman and I believe I developed a weight problem the minute I left the active military in 1989. I gained probably 100 lbs over the next year/year and a half. Depression played a factor. Being diagnosed with a heart condition played a factor. My love of eating good food played the biggest factor of all. BUT, the bottom line is, I am in control of what happens. I was recently taken to the hospital by ambulance for dizziness, inability to stand and powerful headaches. My blo... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:35:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:21:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 19 - 25) MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. <BR> Allen West <BR> <BR> 2)There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. <BR> Robert Charles Winthrop <BR> <BR> 3)These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:41:09 EST Where do I get the courage to begin? Helllllo there, <BR> <BR> I've never actually used message boards of any kind so this is new for me. My name is Drea, I have 100+ pounds to lose and I'm looking for a place to begin. <BR> <BR> My story is the age old story of overindulgence, emotional eating, stress, poor willpower etc but I'm hoping to change all that and eventually become someone who is empowered and successful. =) Fri, 24 May 2013 12:24:25 EST New Poster to teams rnmaryann, age 56, live in Minnesota. 2 knee replacements, allergic to the world, but my brain is pretty sure I am 34. Fri, 17 May 2013 14:04:27 EST Intro Hi all, I sort of looked around a bit. Seems most people with GERD have pain. I'm wondering if there is anyone like me in which there is a lot of reflux but no pain? I can feel it all the way up to my throat lots of times but it never burns or hurts. The only time there was any burning was while I was pregnant and I would wake up coughing as I started to aspirate (even while sitting up I would reflux) - that's the only time there was any burning and it was all in my throat as I coughed it... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:16:03 EST Im back again Hello all <BR> <BR> My name is Tye and I am back here again after being off for about 4 yrs. still battling my weight it is a challenge and I am losing it fast. I want to get a hold of my eating habits and lose the weight for good. My issue is emotional eating and comfort eating - I eat before bed it comforts me and I have been trying to stop for a week now lol Im ready to try again. Good luck to all!! Tue, 14 May 2013 11:33:26 EST I'm excited, just joined! Greeting everyone, joined the group today; can use the support.... I am open for suggestion and help..... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:14:47 EST