SparkPeople I Need Sleep! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6162 For those who have different problems with getting enough sleep. Our journey together to a healthier and happier lifestyle. SparkPeople I Need Sleep! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6162 saying hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66544335 Hi i have eventually got myself back to this team. <BR> <BR> I don't have insomnia i actually suffer badly with fatigue so i actually sleep to much. Many yrs ago i didn't sleep well and was always up early ect . <BR> <BR> So i thought i would come here and share in with u guys xx <BR> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:29:09 EST A to Z - sleep related http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7709x6162x66502216 A - all through the night <BR> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:26:02 EST What I'm doing to improve sleep time & quality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x66385116 I'm joining Slimming World today so don't expect to be eating hardly any refined sugar. Will this help my sleep? <BR> <BR> On Friday I'm making the switch to water and cutting out decaf tea &amp; decaf coffee. <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 02:50:05 EST Would love to sleep right through & wake refreshed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66385108 Just joined. Would love to sleep right through and wake refreshed in the morning. Can't remember the last time this happened Wed, 8 Mar 2017 02:47:19 EST New work schedule isn't helping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x66346940 So, for the past few months or more, I've gone for a 9am to 7pm shift, to a 10am to 7pm shift when I started my new job. Now, we've moved on to our scheduled, and I got a 3pm to 12am shift. <BR> This is killing my sleep schedule right now. I'm trying to get up early in order to have enough time to workout, shower and eat. <BR> Workout is currently consisting of Zumba and Coach Nicole's 20-minute strength training video on Sparkpeople.TV. The Zumba video is about 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Befo... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 18:21:25 EST Pat101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66311542 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:19 EST Hello my name is Joyce D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66275518 Mother of two beautiful daughters Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:08 EST Addictive self soother http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66147441 I over eat sweets, I don't exercise, consistently, I'm a recovering alcoholic and a cigarette smoker, Oh and I'm dyslexic, I welcome all support, thanks. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:18:01 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66124227 Hi! My name is Mellie. I try to get 8 hours of sleep a night, but that doesn't always happen because of my anxiety and depression. I hope to learn a lot in this team :) Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:20:18 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66112986 I am a 71 year old who has been told by my Dr. that I have to loose weight. Cut the carbs he says. So here goes. I know I will feel better and it will solve my heath issues by doing this. So here I am and the treadmill is set up as well so lets hope I can stick to it. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:11:30 EST Can't fall asleep AND awake after 3 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x66059011 My insomnia causes migraines if it goes on for several nights. Don't quite know what to do. Have been to a Dr. with limited results. Does any one know how to post an emoticon. I click on it but it doesn't post? Thanks Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:46:10 EST Hi! Happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66051459 Heloo! I am looking to form healthy habits, including eating 'like a normal person'! I think i just need a bit of daily support and hopefully to support others. I dont count calories or do temporary diets as i just feel restricted then eat more. Im quite stressed atm but i think i need to still try to eat normally, because a bit of weight loss might help me feel better! Looking forward to meeting people on here. <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:53:17 EST I'm looking for a partner to check in with daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x66030521 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I am struggling very much with sleep and thought it would be beneficial to have someone to check in with at least once per day, someone who is also struggling with sleep, or has at least struggled in the past and can relate. <BR> <BR> I imagined a few ways we could check in: <BR> <BR> - Check in every morning to say when we went to sleep, what our plan is for today, and how we can help ourselves succeed in following our plan. <BR> - Texting each other when it's time to ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:44:19 EST Daysleepin g/insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66028109 Hi all. My situation is a little different as I work overnight and sleep during the day. Well, I try to sleep during the day but usually sleep 5 hours then take a nap before I leave for work (7 PM). Then I'm up late when I get home (4:30-5 AM) so then my sleep cycle gets all screwed up. I want to start doing some exercise videos but am not sure if I should do them as soon as I get up and take my nap or do them a little later, couple of hours before I leave for work? I feel so blah and uninsp... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:37:49 EST Starting SparkPeople today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66025307 Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:58 EST Another newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x66008202 Hello all! <BR> I just joined today and am here to live a healthier life because of some health issues I have. I'm 26 years old, turning 27 this year. I hope to make some friends to join me in both my bad and good days during this journey! I have issues sleeping because of chronic pain so I keep waking up to turn. I don't really know what else to write, so please feel free to ask questions! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:56:02 EST new start on my weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65998954 hi all, <BR> i am a new member who has just ordered the 12 day fix. which will arrive tomorrow , i will be starting this on monday 16/1/17. I chose it because i have tried many diets but find that they are always lacking the foods that i crave so i end up eating the things i crave most, and too much of it. I would like to someone to travel this journey with me , a whole team if you are out there, i am aiming to loose about 50lbs using the 21 day fix eating plan. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:51:34 EST It?s time for me to stop complaining: start doing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65993870 Hello! I joined some time ago but never kept up. However, I'm not doing well on my own, so it's time to seek out some support. <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds initially after going a post cancer reoccurrence medication. I went on a diet at the same time, as losing fat would help prevent a reoccurrence. The ?diet? was mostly aimed toward eliminating my mindless snacking and emotional eating. I don?t overeat at meals. I get bored and stop eating while I am still hungry, and ?make it up? with junk ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:40:52 EST I need sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65968709 My name is Sharon and I am having issues sleeping at night and it is causing me issues. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:05:23 EST Me and my lifelong problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65958684 I have been active for a while on SP and I haven't been posting to this forum and it's time that I do. <BR> <BR> I have been suffering from insomnia almost my entire life. I do not have trouble falling asleep. I am not a night person and generally conk out early with little help. I just can't STAY asleep. I can remember going for a week or more at a time waking up in the wee hours of the morning and not being able to sleep again since I was in my teens - and even having bad nights when I... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 05:42:56 EST 2017 Im taking my life back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65946470 Im 37 yrs old and have fought my weight my whole life my kids are grown and out of the house so its my time to work on me!! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:21 EST Not sure what to put here, sorry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65936735 Hi my name is Leslie , I am 49 and weigh 201. My goal is to lose 51 pounds and then maintain. I have many health problems . I joined this site in hopes to help me learn how to eat and exercise right. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:49:07 EST My name is Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65924608 I have 2 babies, Sophie will be 5 in February and Sammuel will be 2 in September. I have been battling depression since Sophie was born. I was 18 at the time and thought my whole world was ending. It got worse when Sophie's dad left me after she was born. I am taking medication for it. It helps most days but everyone has their "downs". I don't really eat all that much but most of the things I eat are not really healthy (if at all). So here is the "New Year New Me" chant about getting my life ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:03:19 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65907166 Brand new member!,, Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:10:40 EST Hey There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65875118 Hi! I am a 4th year college student that has been pretty much overweight/obese most of my 21 years. I want to lose 90-100 pounds and learn to build a healthy and more active lifestyle. I'm moving across the country a few months after I graduate college and want to lose the weight so I can start the next point in my life. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:04:57 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65866778 I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65866472 Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:35 EST Insomnia and bipolar disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65862756 Hello there! <BR> My name is Urša. I'm from Slovenia and I have bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes me to lack sleep, especially in my manic state. When I have depressive episodes, I sleep too much, all the time, and I overeat. My weight goes up and down every few years for about 40 kilos. I'm successfully battling my bipolar disorder, I visit my group psychiatrist meetings, I attend individual psychotherapy and I go to counselling for family therapy with my mum. I think I'm doing ok. I hav... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:48:11 EST New to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65831380 Hi All, I'm new around here and over forty. Somehow I managed to gain about thirty some odd pounds over the past six years and I'm really hoping this site will help me stay motivated. I am a mom of five (24 on down to 13) and have been married for 26 years. Hope to get to know some of you out there for friendship and encouragement. :) Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:58:12 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65780442 Hi. My name is Lar. I use fitbit charge HR. It tracks the duration and quality of sleep. It reveals short sleep and very poor quality of my sleep--too restless. I never realized that the quality of my sleeps so poor. As with other problems, supervision and community works best for me. I join this group with the hope that the quality of my sleep improves, or fewer periods of restlessness. <BR> I am a 78 yea old married man who is still very active. I live in the upper peninsula of michiga... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:48:30 EST Hi There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65765112 I am 55 years old and want to lose weight. I need support from new friends I hope to meet here. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:01:24 EST Bettys girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65756292 Hi I'm Betty decided to join Sparks because have huge health issues and can't go to gym or do strenuous exercise but need to lose weight badly.I thought with support I could at least try. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:39 EST Work Kills Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x65751569 I will be the first to admit that at times 12 hr shifts are great. You only work around 14 to 15 days a month on average. The problem is sleep, or lack there of. I will be honest I would rather do the 7am - 7pm or vice versa than this 2pm - 2am thing. I have two young kids at home and a husband who works early mornings. This translates to mommy being on morning duty. I never really manage to get to bed until around 3 because I need to wind down after work. Pretty common thing, the need to swi... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 01:08:51 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65691922 I am brand new to this. I'm hoping for a fresh start to go with the New Year. I want to look and feel better. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65682414 Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:45 EST Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7709x6162x65679087 15 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:09:37 EST Hello from Baltimore http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65649605 Hi all. My main fitness goals are to be more disciplined in my workout schedule, and to get strong enough to do full form pushups. A longer term goal that I cherish is to be able to do a pull-up. I'm 5'6" and currently weight 148. I've weighed as much as 210 and a few years ago lost 85 lbs over about 1.5 yrs. I couldn't maintain my weight at 125 without seriously restricting calories, and I got a little obsessed with being thin, so I don't have a specific weight loss goal. I also no lon... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:25:28 EST Elsa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65611981 Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:34 EST Glee LaVroff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65606130 Just found out I am Diabetic! I need a mjeal plan for every day, because I don't know where to start! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:55:08 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65599619 I have to lose at least 40 lbs in order to have my knee replaced and I can barely walk so exercising is a challenge, plus I just can't seem to get on the weight loss wagon. I am so frustrated that I think I'm going to start and then blow it that day or even after one day. I just have no desire to do this. I have been fat my whole life and probably have lost over 500 lbs collectively so I know I can lose weight, but just keep regaining it and now I can't seem to get started again knowing th... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:55:37 EST Starting over again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65568022 Hi, I came here several years ago when I was in TOPS. The advice I got really helped me. NOW, I need help again. I am 70 years old and have been retired for a year and a half. I have become very lax on what I eat and the amount of exercise I get. I have gained about 15 lbs. and gained too many inches. I know the right things to do, but I don't do them so am hoping with your help I can achieve my goals. I was a physical therapy tech for the last 10 years. I have been married to my best friend ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:29:08 EST Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65548373 Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:16:23 EST Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65548351 Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:12:42 EST Just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65545870 Over 55, living with depression and fibromyalgia.....weight loss will help.... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:15:13 EST finnaly taking care of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65518805 I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:21 EST Arthritis and Ulcerative Colitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65491660 I am overweight dealing with depression, heart issues, UC and arthritis. I have to wear oxygen 24/7. Walking is hard and I spend a lot of time playing on the IPad, doing puzzles. I need to lose weight but it is hard with pulmonary hypertension. I was a Spark People member a long time ago. Glad to be back. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:20:40 EST Izzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65476790 Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:03 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65470760 Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I'm glad to say this time I'm fully committed to better health. I do want to join a walking club with other beginners, who live near by, I feel if I have someone to motivate me I will be more accountable. So if there are people looking to team up with me, please let know. Thanks! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:13:48 EST A New Journey, A New Season of Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65470721 Hello my name is Loretta, and I was introduced to Spark by attending an Health Expo, a few years ago. I have started, and stopped the program a few times, however I Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:08:58 EST Beginning of a long adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65451328 Hi, I'm Charie and I need to change my habits. I am going to lose 50 lbs no matter how long it takes. Right now my biggest challenges include being a full-time student, part-time employee, and a full-time volunteer. I feel as if I never have enough hours in the day. Hopefully I will be inspired by other members. Today the journey begins! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:24:01 EST Colleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65429558 Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:07 EST Rebirth at Retirement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65377165 I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65373080 Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST NuMee Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65371307 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST Hello from France http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65364123 Hi everyone, I moved to France after moving around a lot and thought I would be able to get myself back on track by eating healthy beautiful food and exercising. But, after three years, I am just not succeeding alone. I used to be really active fit and always slim. I used to look at fat people and think, how did they get like that? Now I am that fat person, and I now think, how did I get like this!? <BR> <BR> I have had a few horrible things happen and I am struggling to cope. I have ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:13:51 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65340377 I am trying to loose weight a healthy way without taking medications. I can loose if I really watch my carbs but I seem to regress after awhile. I plan my meals and snacks for awhile then I get slack and stop planning and just grab something. Chocolate and sweets are my weakness. I crave something sweet at times. I was exercising regularly but then I started having plantar fasciitis so now I am pretty sedentary trying to let that heal. I am also hypothyroid but I think that is finally under c... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:35:41 EST Ready Set Go!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65276259 Hey Sparks People. I am 52 and joined to get healthier and in shape. I have 97 lbs to lose and I would like to get into a fitness routine. I joined here to find other people in the process of getting healthier with similar goals and for motivation both giving and receiving. I live in Lakewood Colorado. I would love to find a fitness pal with like goals. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:15 EST I'm so ready...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65267401 Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:39 EST 50 plus with a new healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65240161 Hi everyone glad to be here on a great site with so much help to be had which is great. Still navigating the site and learning as I go, with my husband and I in the house alone most of the time it has been easier to get into a more healthier life style and it's not as bad as I thought getting rid of all the negative, unhealthy stuff. It took awhile to put it on so I know it will take awhile to come off. 1 step at a time !! Greater Days Everyone ! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST Looking forward to Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65193318 Here it is day 5 already and I feel like this is fun and easy. My goals are high so I will just take a day at a time. Hope we can inspire each other. My biggest challenge is exercise. I have found some limited mobility chair exercises that I can do,but not on this site I can't get the exercises on this site to play. Maybe I should find a DVD? Good luck to everyone it's always fun to be on a winning team - although winning here means losing. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:09:33 EST New to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65160494 Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65159701 Joining sparkpeople to try and make myself more accountable to some of the healthy choices I am trying to maake- waxing/waning motivation is my biggest problem right now! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:17:05 EST BLUECHESSDRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x65054137 HELLO EVERYONE I AM HERE TO GET CONTROL OF MY HEALTH AND LIFE... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:48:41 EST Tips for more sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x64973163 What's worked for me the last couple nights is really simple but I just go to bed much earlier. Like at 7:30! I live alone so I can do that. My internal clock is just determined to wake me up at about 2-3 am every morning so I decided instead of fighting it I would just work on the other end of things. I put on the a/c set to 68 degrees cuz they say cold rooms make sleep more likely and cover all electronic blue lights so the room is totally dark--I even cover the digital clock radio. So far ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:09:17 EST Sleep study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64940627 Hi. New to this forum and trying it out. <BR> I've had my second sleep study in ten years. Both resulted in sleep apnea treatments. The first was a machine that used a mask, then smaller successions of masks down to nose pillows that blew air down my throat that I couldn't tolerate. Did it for over two years and finally gave it up. Now i wear an appliance that creates a situation where my lower jaw juts out. Now on my fourth month. Tolerating this very well. I no longer snore. BUT I still ha... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:53:21 EST Lynn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64934168 I am Lynn and need all the support I can get for this endeavor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 07:16:23 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64856066 Hi everyone, just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Lisa, I'm a mom to 2 boys, owner of an in home daycare and I'm just starting my journey to a healthy life. I sleep an average of 3-4 hours a night, even though I'm in bed 7-8. I'm positive a big part of the reason for this is my weight. I'm looking forward to meeting some of you and supporting each other on our healthy expedition, and hopefully get some ideas and tips on how to sleep better! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:32:33 EST HELLO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64830435 New to the forum not new to spark!!! I have been using spark for 5 years now and its helped me but nothing like some other people, But maybe if I got better sleep I would have an easier time losing the weight. I hope you guys can help me with this. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:53:26 EST New gal on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64787536 Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:06 EST Oh jeez waddup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64638228 Hello~ As you may guess, I'm new to this and are trying to do my first introduction thing (which I'm not very good at, A+) <BR> <BR> Some things cool about me: I speak English (oh wow no way), I can't do a somersault (I know, pathetic) and last but not least, Dogs are in fact my least favorite animal. (Don't kill me just yet please and thanks) <BR> <BR> How about you? What are some super cool jazzy things that aren't maybe already obvious but whatever. Hope your day is going as groovy as mi... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:15:02 EST Paleo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64617115 Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:38 EST vickie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64595839 I am exercising in replacement of smoking,so good so far. Anybody else have the same struggles? Also trying to get over the fear of going to the gym alone. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:49:26 EST Hi it's me, Christy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64595553 I am a 40+ single mother of 3 wonderful children. I need to lose more than a few pounds, and in general just need to be more active, as I have a sit down job... Overall, me and my children are looking to make healthier life style changes. I suffer from a few mild conditions, that are most likely fixed by making better choices and exercising more. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share, I'm willing to take the advice :) Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:17:44 EST Won't quit trying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64568078 You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64535980 Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST Sleepy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64534750 Good morning everyone! My name is Kim and I just joined this team. I imagine like all of you I am here because sleep does not come easy for me. I usually don't have trouble falling asleep, its the staying asleep. I have tried most everything from Melatonin to prescription (which was a bad experience!). I was diagnosed with Chronic Insomnia with Menopause thrown in for good measure. I think the hot flashes (aka Power Surges) are the worst. They are now round the clock and not just at ni... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:40:19 EST Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64523681 I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST Never Giving Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64488754 Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:06 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64458394 I'm 61 years young and we have become foster (grand)parents since our daughters are grown and on their own. So I'm back on Sparkpeople (it's been years and I gave up) to hopefully not give up and meet my goal to be healthy, weight loss is a plus. <BR> I hope to figure out how to add recipes I like to use from other sites and get them on a shopping list ;-) I need 'easy'. Tue, 31 May 2016 16:11:57 EST San Diego Accountability Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64412894 Hello! I may not be new to Sparkpeople but since I keep forgetting it exists and keep forgetting to stay on track here I am again. Although I would like to take my goal setting offline as much as possible. Spending everyday doing a bunch of health accounting is not something I plan on doing. But I will be tracking my weight, measurements and feelings each week overall and as I get motivated to do more I will. I find I get stuck down internet rabbit holes and get distracted (even if by good th... Tue, 24 May 2016 17:50:42 EST We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64405475 Twin sisters who have battled weight war & lost. At 65 yrs old we are ready to travel and enjoy out retirement years but find that we are going to need a bigger boat to sail around the world now. Hoping to lose 50 lbs by year end on a high protein, low carb diet & slowly introduce exercise back into our lifestyle. Deskwork, computers, & TV made the view of our butts "HD widescreen". Weekends & Wine are our downfall. I hope we can motivate & keep each other going, but I'm going to do this wi... Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:21 EST Hello There Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64385622 My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:48 EST Looking to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64346020 I am a 54 year old male. I work in computers and sit all day and then drive 2 hours each way to work and home. I want to start to lose this weight i have been carrying around for too long now. Sun, 15 May 2016 06:43:48 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64324375 I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST My Last Ditch Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64317358 I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:19 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64301350 Hi All My Name Is Tracy <BR> I live in Calgary, AB Canada <BR> I will be 46 on May 18 <BR> My Goal is to lose 45 pounds <BR> I can't walk very well I have knee problems I cannot straighten my right knee and I walk with a cane <BR> which make it hard to excercise which makes it hard to lose weight <BR> I have tried everything to lose weight but instead the weight keeps adding on <BR> and the more weight I gain the harder it is on my Knee <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 17:14:23 EST Hello Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64268696 I had gained over 100 lbs due to depression and agoraphobia. This is my second time joining. I had lost 60 lbs prior, but slacked off when I went back to school. I had maintained a 45 lb weight loss until last semester. I was so close to finishing my goal of becoming a lawyer until I hit a brick wall. I burned out with 22 credits left to go. Then I gained the weight I had lost back. I don't know how to feel about all of this. I am disappointed in myself, which doesn't help my self est... Wed, 4 May 2016 01:16:21 EST LOOKING TO CHANGE MY LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64268100 Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member as of today! I've never been one to "need" to eat healthy and exercise until now. My health has become a priority in my life now and I need to make some positive changes. I'm hoping this site will give me the opportunity to become a much healthier and happier version of myself. I'm not gonna lie.....I'm gonna need a lot of help and motivation. So, here's to the beginning of a new life!!!! <BR> Thanks everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:54 EST Divorce weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64238737 Hello everyone. I've joined spark people because I've gained a lot of weight during an extremely painful divorce. It's almost final now and the emotional pain is finally manageable, but my weight has gotten out of control. I stress eat and drink a lot at night and I have large portions whenever I eat. Basically, I suppose I'm hoping to have support as I start to care for my physical self again. I'm not familiar with the community yet, so I guess I'll be wandering around on the boards as I fig... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:51:54 EST Getting it together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64233418 hey y'all! :) my name is joanne. i am 56, former smoker (two years). been on this weight loss misery most of my life. looking to make this my final battle that sticks so i can enjoy the rest of my life. single, 1 niece living with me. have worked for cbs 26 years. feel like a dinosaur as i am having difficulty navigating this site!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:21:08 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64206352 Hi everyone! My name is Robyn and I live in the midwest. I have one grown child and am currently working as an independent staff marketing consultant. I get to work from home but it affords me little free time and less sleep. I hope to lose some weight on Spark People and to see about this silly lack of sleep that is effecting my weight loss and sanity. LOL Nice to meet you all. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:57:43 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64204195 Hi! I'm Dominika. <BR> I joined this team because I used to have troubles with sleep. I couldn't sleep well when I was 17-21 years old. I didn't really try to do anything about my problem. I just kept living my days a bit like a "zombie". Until one day something happened in my head and I ended in psychiatry for 6 weeks and had to recover from it for about a year. So if you have trouble with sleep, please don't let it be, visit a doctor. It's possible it is perfectly curable. <BR> <BR> Now ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:58:49 EST Working towards change... needing motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64171274 I am a 44 year old mom of two. The last 2 years I dealt with major life changes and stress with food. SUGAR!!! Now that life has calmed and I have learned better ways to deal, I am stuck with 50 extra pounds. I feel like I am stuck in a cycle of either clean eating/exercise or all out binge eating. No happy medium. I can diet and exercise, I can't find the balance. The healthy relationship with food. Thanks all! Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:51:34 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64082940 Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. <BR> <... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:38:16 EST Need to lose a little for my liver transplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64069399 Hi All, <BR> My doctor wants me to lose some weight before liver transplant, about 15-20# for now (more can come later). My cirrhotic liver, past use of steroids (which made me insulin dependent) for sarcoidosis, and a host of immune issues make weight loss very, very difficult. <BR> It's been a tough winter. I had to stop teaching and my boss gave me committee work (he's the man!) as I prepare for the transplant and deal with my crappy immune system, diabetes, chronic pain, upcoming (hop... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:18:55 EST A little bio about my self. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x64060509 My name is Kristen Carter and I'm 20 year's old. I struggle a lot to lose my weight. When I was staying in New York with my father, He buy's junk food and everything is frozen. I'm back home with my mom, I'm a part time worker and full time student at a online college. I gained almost 30lbs the first time I went to NY to stay with him. The second time I went up there, I was able to go to the gym and go to tanning beds. I was steady losing weight. I would like to lose weight so it could also h... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:33:10 EST New Path in Life to Health and Fitness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63994704 Hi everyone, this is Roberto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I would like to connect with those on a similar path as me to Health, Vitality and Happiness. <BR> <BR> I'm a single, 37 year old, non-smoking or drinking male who has been on quite a roller coaster ride of loss and gain. This time I want to keep it off and be in the best shape of my life for the rest of my life. I have some mild osteo-arthritis in my knee and hip which is weight related and losing the weight would take all the pre... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:29:31 EST New member says hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63983254 Hello - My name is Jack, and I live in Denver and just had sleeve surgery. Just trying to connect with others who have had the same. Thanks. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:31:14 EST Weightloss Newcomer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63974782 Hey everyone. My name is Joe and I reached the highest weight of my life in December 2015. I decided enough was enough and in January I started doing a Keto diet with daily exercise. Almost 3 months in I am halfway to my goal, losing 42lbs. I am looking to meet like minded individuals who can keep me focused, on track and possibly help me with more tips on recipes or workout routines. I do have a fitness/healthy eating profile on instagram. It's Joe_gets_healthy Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:12:25 EST Good Evening my name is Valarie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63960856 I have taken the first step in losing my weight. I have started spark people and cant wait to meet new friends Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:36:21 EST Sleep rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63894018 Hi there, <BR> I am new to this team, and like everyone else, I have a tough time sleeping. Strangely I am sleeping reasonably well, but this is a recent development and has only happened over the last few days. <BR> I am aware that i need to work on relaxing more before bedtime, and to a sleep inducing environment, and am slowly taking steps to achieve these goals. <BR> I look forward to hearing your sleep stories, hints and tips. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:45:11 EST Waving the White Flag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x63860627 I have decided that I am a night person, I will never sleep normally as long as I have a job, an that thee is no point fighting my reality. So I will sleep when I can, and strive for 8+ hours at any time of day. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:49:59 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63806392 My name is Tracy and I am new to Spark and am excited to see a forum for people who have a hard time sleeping! It's one of the biggest issues I have! I can work, and run errands, and do a really amazing work out and be so exhausted at the end of the day but an hour after my head hits the pillow my eyes pop open and Im tossing and turning the rest of the night. And then I am so tired and dragging thru the next day when I get up. Ugh! Hopefully I will get some good pointers from all of you! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:04:39 EST Hi, I'm new here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63789771 and I experience frequent insomnia. I think it's probably because I have PTSD, and I am afraid to fall asleep .. I want to know whats going on around me, and my daughter, and make sure things are safe around here. And also, my head just constantly goes goes goes... especially when I am tired and try to sleep. I'm not sure why, but it's like I keep myself awake, even though I REALLY want sleep. It comes in bouts, I can sleep great for a week, and then for a week I can hardly sleep. I have a ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:41:52 EST You know you have insomnia when..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x63778246 ...you research the INCREDIBLY rare fatal type (Fatal familial insomnia), and are convinced that must be what you have. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:20:52 EST Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63758281 Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:47 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63744350 Hello everyone, i joined this page in 2012 but I never used it , i am ready now, i want to make a change in my life, i am tired of excuses i want to lose this weight get healthy and be here for my children the way I need to be. I could use all the support and help I can get on this nre journey I can't seem to find any in my everyday life. Thank you in advance for any support Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:37:03 EST marie ava http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63740490 Hi i'm Marie Ava , Today is a step to my new journey on a new lifestyle. I am new and hope to meet alot of new friends and support and motivation. I am a 57 year old grandmother of 3 , i am here for them i am over weight and need to lose 70 pounds. I am limited to exercises as i have bone on bone on both knees from a fall on ice. Most of my weight is in my stomach. I want to be around to see my grandchildren ages 7,10,11 grow up and be able to be more active with them. Ifeel if i lose the wei... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:30:13 EST Hi , I'm Linniekaye... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63738373 Just started on this, hoping it will inspire me, & help. 65, just diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer. I am going to have a robotic hysterectomy. I need to eat alkaline, I have a list, a little confusing to me.... <BR> I like eggs, not a huge cereal fan. What to do. <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:31:24 EST Dear Sleep..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63731641 Hi ~ long time (on/off again) member of SP, but new to this group and to insomnia. <BR> <BR> It started in November after a few nights of being woken up by either my dog or my husband's snoring. This started a 2 week period of severe sleep deprivation -averaging 3 hours a night, sometimes less. I was able to get prescriptions for anxiety and sleep from my doctor and that seems to help me fall asleep, but I still struggle to stay asleep. Some issues: <BR> -I'm an extremely light sleeper, a bu... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:08:16 EST New to insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x63731584 Insomnia started in November - went two weeks with 3 hours of sleep a night (average). Ever since, it's a gamble each night. Thanks to a prescrip, falling asleep doesn't seem to be the issue anymore, but staying asleep is a battle. I wake several times. I'm chronically exhausted which makes doing the things I know I need to do to get my health in track daunting. I have a sleep study in April and it can't come soon enough! Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:56:23 EST I'm back...and starting all over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63706988 Hi there, I originally signed up to Sparkpeople a few years ago with the plan to lose weight and get healthy. I did lose about 40 lbs by eating healthy, working out regularly and feeling really good and on the right path. However in the last few years, I was a PhD student writing a dissertation which I had pressure to finish (and I did finish - yay) and then having to work - because much of my work has me sitting behind a computer, I have gained the 40 lbs plus back. I am trying to motiva... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:08:19 EST New to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63686785 Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Chris, I am 55 year old female and I live in Atlanta Georgia. I am hoping to lose 10 pounds and recently joined LA Fitness. I have a problem with "sticking to it" and coming up with excuses NOT to workout. I hope to find an accountability partner who will help me. My plan is very simple....for the first 30 days, I just want to get to the gym 3 times a week. The plan sounds simple, but the Devil is always busy..LOL. Thank you all for your support and have ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:38:34 EST So glad I found Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63661405 My first concern with my weight happened at the end of 9th grade when I got on the scale and I weighed 130. My weight quickly continued to rise from there. My twin was always significantly smaller and the overt comparisons very painful. I have lost between 20-60 lbs. so many times. The longest I have maintained my weight was 1 1/2 years when I stayed between a size 0-4. It was glorious to find out how skinny people live. However, it was all consuming to maintain. I have clothes in my clo... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:03:31 EST Does anyone have problems with oversleeping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x63651733 Hi. I'm Diana. And I oversleep. I know that this is as bad for you as undersleeping. I have a horrible time falling asleep at night, particularly when I know I have to get up the next day. Last night, for example, I didn't fall asleep until after 2, and I needed to be up around 8. I tried to get up. I really did. I have three alarms and use wakeupdialer.com. I still turned my alarms off in my sleep, or slept through them, and missed my phone call. I woke up at 9:20 for a 9:30 appointment, so ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:28:33 EST Hi there, My name is Liber8ed2Aspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63646105 I'm excited about joining this forum. I've been self-defeating myself thinking I can do this alone. Now five years later no results. I'm hoping to be held accountable...Yes, I know it shouldn't take all of this yet apparently it does for me. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I need to lose 60lbs to accomplish my ideal weight. Now that I've turned 46 years of age a few weeks ago, I do not want to have another failed year. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!, any support from like minded... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:10 EST SCARY SLEEP EATING WITH AMBIEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=971x6162x63618588 I am a 53 yr. old woman who took an Ambien last night around 11:00 pm, after not sleeping well off and on, for a month. <BR> The last memory I had was of taking one 10 mg. Ambien, laying in my bed and surfing on the web with my laptop. I figured I would get sleepy, put my laptop down and get a great night sleep! <BR> Instead, I woke around 4:30 am, slid my tongue over my teeth and around my mouth and realized my mouth was full of something, but I knew I had brushed my teeth last night. <BR> ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:02:25 EST new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63616947 I am just trying to better myself these days. Looking forward to the warmer days where I can get back outside to think.In the meantime I'll take what I can get. These have been the longest days without any sleep! It's torture being up at night with nothing to do.Maybe I'll start out with some nice yoga if the powers that be let me. I don't know how much longer my situation will be like this. I do know that I have to do something before it's too late! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:52:18 EST hopeless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63616781 Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 05:58:57 EST hopeless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63616434 Well, am Sadia from Pakistan , spent 2 decades in Pak & then went to Japan where I stayed for almost a decade.. Life's been a roller coaster ride & all the traumatic domestic tension was one of the major reasons that I lost my immaculate figure I was in love with. Now back to Pakistan, resumed media fraternity and am very uncomfortable doing my news bulletins due to my weight issues,its not about health alone but to look good is the demand of my profession.. tension is piling up, toughest rou... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 02:06:44 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63615612 Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:43 EST Cathy McManus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63600982 Hello I am new to Spark people. I have been fighting weight my whole life and it has slowly crept up over the past 20 years. I really want to do it this time. Look better, feel better, eat better, think better. I hit the big 50. I am on my 2nd week and really want to reach it to the finish line this time. I live in the Vancouver, BC Canada area, have 5 grown children and several grandchildren. I work straight nights and run a business with my husband. I am very busy and looking forwar... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:52:45 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63566970 My name is Marilyn Kay and I am single. My husband passed away in Dec 2010. I have 3 living adult children and 7 grandchildren. My oldest son was shot and killed in March 2014. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose around 60 lbs but my goal for now is to maintain my weight and then do things that will actually see a weight lose. I have tried setting goals to lose and I never meet the goal but I have lost a little weight just doing some simple adjustments to the way I eat and the exercise I get. I... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:11:06 EST Today is the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63538809 My name is Rhonda. It has been 481 days since I have logged in. Today is the day I start gaining control of my health and the food choices I make. Time to make time for myself. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:08:51 EST Hi there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63531882 Hey all, I've been a member of spark for a good while now. But I failed to follow up on a lot of things therefor never met my goals. This time I'm hoping to be more involved and dedicated so that I can meet my fitness and health goals. With everyone's help I'm sure I'll be able to do just that. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support. :) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:35:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63512889 Hi! I am not brand new to Sparkpeople, but I am just getting started with exploring the community this site has to offer. I am excited for this journey, and can't wait to hear new ideas, share progress, and motivate one another. I'll have to explore things a little more, but I just wanted to say hi and start making connections! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:54:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63499973 Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:40 EST Glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63480368 I am 63 years old and tired of "diets"! From what ive been reading this is where I shoukd be. I did wwmfew years ago and I did loose the weight I wanted to but it all came back. I'm determined to loose and keep it off this time. I recently got off a prescription drug that causes weight gain and am hoping to get my metabolism to normal as I gained over 30 pounds on this drug. Looking forward to meeting fellow spark people. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:02:01 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63479836 Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:14:46 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63479830 Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:14:26 EST Hello darkness my old friend ( exercising ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63479823 Hi all, I think the stars must have aligned or something, because I've decided to get my fitness on. I quit smoking a year ago Nov 1st, which also happens to be my rebirthday. I'm a 10 year Colorectal cancer SURVIVOR or have been in remission for 10 years. Some people say you're never cancer free, I like my rose colored glasses :) <BR> Anyway, between surgery and quitting smoking AND turning 40 something my frame has a few unwanted pounds. So, I'm here. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 04:13:31 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63478420 I'm having problems picking up the pieces of my life. My husband passed away last month, need to lose 45+ pounds, and need to crawl out of downward spiralling void. I'm hoping watching what I eat and starting to exercise will help me feel better, and see a light at the end of the tunnel I so desperately need to see. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:03:18 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63475677 My name is Ali and I just joined. My weight loss goal is to weigh less than 150lbs. I currently weight 220 pounds and I'm extremely embarrassed about it. I'm afraid to go out in public because I always think that people will make fun of me for being so fat. I suffer from major depression and ptsd (part of my trauma history is connected to body-image issues, which is a major barrier in my weight loss journey). <BR> I'm looking for support around weight-loss with the added challenge of mental ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:17:09 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63469650 Hi everyone. My name is James and i'm 23 from the UK. I'm looking to lose around 3 1/2 to 4 stone and looking for advice. The hardest part about this is the will power and confidence to it, which I don't have much of. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> James. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:10:22 EST It's a new day! 52 year old looking for a buddy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63424953 Hey y'all...I'm 52 year-old guy and I'm looking for a buddy with whom we can virtually walk side-by-side to meet our wellness goals. I'm an Evangelical Christian which to me is an important part of how I view all of life, not just food, so finding someone who shares those values is probably a good idea but it's for sure not a deal-breaker or anything. Any takers? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:14:46 EST Just joined today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63390441 I am a 56 yr old female in Michigan. I need to lose at least 50-70 lbs. Have tried many diets and gain what I lose and more. Feeling very frustrated and need support and motivation. I love to eat so I need ideas on what I should and should not eat. I am from Kansas originally so typically a beef, potatoe and vegetable girl. Don't exercise (I know I should), have a desk job. Would love friends to talk to for advise and support. Look forward to a successful journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:32:16 EST HELP I NEED MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63362591 Hello I am a 20 year old college student who is overweight and has pre-diabetes. I am wanting to lose 95 pounds this year. I need constant support and motivation from someone who is willing to help me. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:06:03 EST needing to get it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63352538 i am married with two girls 24 and 17 ive currently lost 50 lbs on my own but now im stuck and i need to lose more for my better health so im looking for some healthy help, no pills or drinks or having to spend money on special food. so i am hoping for this community to help me get this done. i am so eager to check in daily and keep this going. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63352241 Hi, my name is Natalie and I live in Utah.I have been overweight since I had my last child which was many YEARS ago.. I have tried to be a happy yet overweight person. Always ready with a joke about my weight. I am sick of faking being happy about the extra pounds. I want to get back to a more slender me. I would love not to go untag myself on social media because I am not comfortable in the photo. <BR> I look forward to losing weight and gaining back more energy. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:35:47 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63340489 Hi just joined SparkPeople. I know I need to do something. In August of 2014 my daughter, Sherri, died of cancer, and 5 days later my husband died of cancer. It has been a rough journey. It seems in the last 6 months I have started packing on weight. I was already to heavy and now I weight 10-12 pounds more. I am hoping to get my self back on track. With the grief and spending so much time alone gaining has been easy. I turn to food, when I am stresses. Thie last year and a half have been ver... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST Looking for drug-free insomnia help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63337568 I have terrible insomnia at least 3 or 4 nights a week. I am looking for drug-free ways to help with this. I know that when I exercise, I have less problems. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:58:54 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63333411 hello, sorry if Im doing this wrong but at least Im trying. :) Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:14:04 EST Checking In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63326819 I met my old boyfriend after many years. Although he's not currently available, meeting him has motivated me to start being willing to take better care of myself and to lose weight. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:48:23 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63324992 I'm 67 and a caregiver to my mother (87) who has dementia. I was going to Weight Watchers and decided to stop paying the $45 a month. I need a support system and Sparks seems to offer much more then WW. Your support system is totally amazing. I'm not sure if the Fitbit will work with Sparks but it stills tells me how many steps I take. As it is extremely late for me now (1 am) I will start my new adventure one step at a time. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 04:07:08 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63301251 I started yesterday. I actually lost 14lbs. the beginning of the year, but put 7 of them back on. So I decided this time I'll do it with support from others going through the same struggles. We've got 11 grandkids and I've become too heavy to be able to play with the younger ones like I used to with the older ones. I'm changing that right now. <BR> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:36:24 EST Happy to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63299829 I'm here to get myself out of a rut that has seen me gain significant weight over the past four years. It's my hope that this fantastic site will provide motivation as I embark on this important journey. If you're interested, I've posted more information on my SparkPage and blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know many of you in the coming weeks. Together, we can accomplish anything! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:36:38 EST Finally ready for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63295812 Hello everyone, I'm finally ready to get my life back instead of fighting it. My short term goals are simple. Exercise at least three times per week and eat healthier. Some of my long term goals are to lose 47 pounds to reach 225 and live a healthy lifestyle overall. I look forward to learning and supporting the groups I am part of. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:06:06 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63287890 Hello there! My name is Melodie, I just want to introduce myself! I'm 25 and plan on doing things better in 2016! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:19:13 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63287262 Hi! I'm new.My name is Renee and I've suffered from insomnia for years.. I wear a CPAP at night and that helps but..still get bouts of insomnia.. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:27:00 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63287260 Hi! I'm new.My name is Renee and I've suffered from insomnia for years.. I wear a CPAP at night and that helps but..still get bouts of insomnia.. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:26:52 EST Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63287257 Hi! I'm new.My name is Renee and I've suffered from insomnia for years.. I wear a CPAP at night and that helps but..still get bouts of insomnia.. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:26:24 EST Hi to all Sparks People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63284470 Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today because I need help losing weight. I have been over weight most of my adult life and have tried every diet program under the sun, they work short term but I alway regain the lost weight. My hope is to start by losing weight in 30 pounds increments. I love to quilt and be with my three cats and visit with my grand kids. I hope to meet some great members on this site. Thank you for any suggestions that you may have. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:42:42 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63280866 Hello! My name is Kym and I am brand new here! My best friend recommended this site, so I am game! I have been on My Fitness Pal and am a lifetime Weight Watcher member. However, I am all for doing this for free and have some fun a long the way! I am 53, hoping to lose about 50 pounds and find my way back to the healthy, happy Kym I used to know!~ This all seems different, brighter and slightly more confusing than anything I have used! But I am excited! :) I am about to go back to school and ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:10:28 EST Don't try to fix me . . . I'm not broke, yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63263157 My name is Liz and I have always been skinny and not have to work for it. About 5 years ago I started taking a medication that has very low side affects except it makes you eat. I've gained 40 pounds and I am very depressed about it which isn't helpful. I have always been a very outgoing person but lately it seems I just push myself to do the things I have to do and seclude myself. However, I have decided that I am determined to lose the weight, quit smoking, stop drinking soda and get my lif... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:15:46 EST STARTING NEW JANUARY 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63143223 HI, EVERYONE IM CHEROKEE AND I'M 340POUNDS AND IM HERE, BECAUSE DUE TO MY SICKNESS AND MY OWN FAULT ALSO, IM OVERWEIGHT BUT WITH GOD AND YOUR HELP, I KNOW I CAN DO IT, THANKS!!! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:06:09 EST likeitslim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63115627 I have just entered this site for the 1st time. Not sure where to go or what to do 1st. Never been good at dieting, but hope this site helps. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 16:38:17 EST Hi guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63099767 My name is Rose i'm 51. I have 20 pounds to lose! I have exercised since my early 20's and have been able to maintain a decent weight up till about 5 years ago. Now i'm in a constant battle of the bulge! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:52:17 EST I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x63002096 Yes, starting a fresh new outlook on health and determined to make it more fun, more challenging. Health is my biggest goal more than losing the weight even. I had a scare I was sitting in a big chair in front of the TV and kept coughing what felt like a heart cough and it hurt, and it was scary and it was then that I determined to get healthier. NO MORE SITTING IN FRONT OF THE IDIOT BOX. I want to do more, read more, learn more and live a long and healthy life. Friday I walked a 5K on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:04:48 EST abutton35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62990377 I am a 39 year old female that is looking for other fitbit codes so I have friends that will do challenges with me.. None of my life friends have fitbits or are even interested... as i offered to buy a few of them some just so i could get the most out of my fitbit and have ppl to challenge me... anyone want to help me out?? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:18:16 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62931216 Greetings from Maine! 60 yrs. old getting healthy for retirement in a few years. Haven't slept well for many years and trying natural ways to increase sleep. My mantra lately has been "If only I could sleep". <BR> <em>102</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 05:30:45 EST Hi I am Mischief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62927201 Hi I am 30 years old and I weigh 300lbs! I want to lose at least 135lbs by next year and looking to make some friends, maybe even some accountability partners along my journey! Please talk to me! I would love to get to know and help you as well! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 16:02:37 EST A new start and new journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62878541 I moved to Hawaii one year ago with the purpose of getting healthy, sad to say I've gained 12 pounds and injured my knee and hip which had stopped me from exercising. Also developed high blood pressure which I am sure is stress related. So I now am going to stop the excuses and do what I set out to do in the first place. Get Healthy Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:53:48 EST Hoping to do better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62849460 I just joined this last night. My eating has been out of control and I have gained over 30 lbs in the last 8 months. I haven't done great today, but I am really trying to eat better so I can feel better. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:09:12 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62820265 Hello, <BR> My name is Sherri. I started out at 230 lbs and had the gastric bypass done 4 years ago. I got myself down to 125 lbs. I started neglecting my excersizing and also found foods that agree with me without me getting sick. I found myself gaining weight. I am currently at 155 lbs. I desperately need to find a healthy diet that will help me get back to 125 lbs. along with getting back into the gym. I hope to get to know all of you and to get some tips. <BR> Thank you, <BR> Sherri Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:43:01 EST Hi I'm Erika! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62810947 Hi, my name is Erika and I am 22. I'm a bit over weight, but nothing serious, no sleep apnea, depression or any other condition that could affect my sleep. But I have a sleep efficiency of about 30%. Most nights I get under 3 hours of sleep despite spending 8 hours in bed. I'm not sure what to do, and I'm tired all of the time. This has been a problem for years, but I only recently have started actually tracking my sleep. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:58:48 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62793928 Hi everyone! My name is Crissy and I'm 30 years old. I've been married to my husband for 11 years and have been blessed with two children, James (10) and Catherine (2). We live in a small town outside of Somerset, Ky, but are hoping to buy some land and build our own home soon. My husband works at the jail, while I stay at home. We've taken the plunge into homeschooling this year and have also begun to live simply. Very exciting and new!!! <BR> <BR> As to my weight issues...well, they've so... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:47:36 EST Sleep Bot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62746022 https://www.mysleepbot.com <BR> Great app fo tracking your sleep! <em>102</em> <em>56</em> <em>31</em> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:18:13 EST Rene http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62739049 Hi. I'm new to this post. I am wondering how I can count calories. For instance, I had one boiled egg and a piece of white wheat toast this morning. How many calories is this and how do I gage my calories for future meals? Do I have to follow the meal plans exactly? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:19:58 EST Giving this a try !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62714837 I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST It's Finally Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62702628 It's been a long time since I posted here due to a lot of new health issues. 3 1/2 weeks ago I did a sleep study. They said that I needed a C-Pap machine. Tuesday they called & asked what day did I want to come & pick it up. I picked it up this morning. Tonight is going to be my first night sleeping with the machine & I hope better sleep is finally here. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:50:09 EST hello I am new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62648991 I am about 350 pounds and I have been severely obese for almost all my life except my childhood years. My weight has caused many medical problems for me. Hypertension/high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, acid reflux, depression and anxiety along with low self esteem. I also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees which makes it hard to exercise. <BR> <BR> I want and need to lose weight not only for medical purposes but for my sanity as well and for me. <B... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 02:36:56 EST Anyone with Lyme-severe longterm sleep deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62646636 Severe injsomnia and sleep deprivation. Over 2 years now. Tried 17 meds and all kinds of natural stuff. No more meds to try. Been off all meds and never sleep. Went for 11 days once and then in hospital which they didn't help either. On 5 heavy meds that should put someone out for a week and cannot sleep at all or get 3 or 4 hours, on occasion a 5 hour or rare 6 hour night. Tried everything. <BR> Can't drive now for 2 years. No life and all alone. Only a pastor and wife visit once a week. <BR... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:54:56 EST HEALING THOUGHTS TO START MY DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62600249 Thanks to wise authors as Louise L. Hay, Rhonda Byrne, and others. <BR> <BR> I think thoughts of well-being. <BR> I speak words of well-being. <BR> And I imagine myself completely well. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is always a new and better way for me to experience life. <BR> I forgive and release the past. I move into joy. <BR> <BR> <BR> Look for the gifts in everything, especially when you are facing what appears to be a negative situation. Everything that we attract causes us to... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:16:21 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62572721 Hi, my name is Jen. I started to lose weight over a year ago but without people supporting me I struggled for motivation. I am a PhD student in the UK and am looking for some lovely people to hold me accountable so that we can all benefit from the rewarding results. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:22:55 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62570777 I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST hi from louisville Ky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62468211 Hi I am Kathy and am returning to spark after being gone for a long while. I have Fibro and it effects my sleep. Sometimes I just cant get to sleep more often then not my sleep wants to happnen from 4am-11am which makes people think I am just lazy. I can lay in bed all night doing nothing and still not fall asleep till 4 am, I have found some relief wth htp-5 but that even is not 100% LOL I was having a crown put on the other day and almost fell asleep in the chair. I am terrified of dentists... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:22:15 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62424821 There's a lot of information here! Learning to get around on the site and may need some help. First, I'd like to delete a photo. How do I do that? Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:07:25 EST Changing my lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62418377 Hi everyone! I'm new to Spark and ready to lose some weight and become healthy and fit. Hope everyone has a great Friday! Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:28:57 EST my name is cheryl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62404910 <BR> I am new , also I am looking to met friends , I just wanted to drop a line <BR> and introduce my self to you all <BR> looking forward to having some chats <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:22:36 EST Is This Unusual? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62397838 Last night was my first night of the program and I couldn't get to sleep. Finally, somewhere between 3:30 and 4 am, I got sleepy. I didn't realize how much I was self medicating my insomnia with food, especially carbs. Any suggestions? By the way, I'm Kathleen, have over 100 pounds to lose and have suffered from insomnia in the past. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:03:29 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62386148 Hi. About 6 years ago I belonged to SparkPeople. I lost 90 pounds. It took me 4 years. It's a slow process for me. I'm back because I have gained enough weight that I do not fit into any of my clothes. Tracking calories is a proven method for me. I would like to loose 17 pounds. I cannot put a date for the goal because it is a slow process at this age. I've been counting calories in my head and now that is not working for me. I need to get real. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:45:44 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62374731 Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:41 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62374727 Alright, I'm actually one of those that's a little afraid to post, and I'm not sure of all I want to say. I'm the shy and quiet sort of person. But I'm going to go ahead and jump in. I just turned 51 years old, and I work night shift at a community home for IDD adults. I'm like a lot of people. I started out fairly slim when I was young, and as I got older, my weight steadily crept up. I've tried to lose weight before. I'll lose a few pounds, and then I'll forget all about it. I even started... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:47:39 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62364386 Hi, <BR> My name is Tammy. I'm 47 years old and a little under 2 years ago I had a kidney transplant. I've been having a hard time trying to loose weight after my surgery. I'm week when it comes to sweets and carbs. Having worked in the kitchen at a local hospital, I know what I have to eat to stay healthy. I'm just having problems sticking to a healthy diet. Any advice and support would be greatly appreciated. I also have had my right knee scoped 3 times which makes it hard for me to exercis... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:45:48 EST judepul65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62353381 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST judepul65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62353379 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62347282 I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST Happy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62345889 Have been actively tracking food & movement for just over a month. While I'm not quite keeping up with my weight loss goal, I'm making better choices with food & water intake. I enjoy seeing all the positive energy here ~ Thank You! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:21:44 EST Hi I am yola122 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62308084 I have been trying to lose weight for decades. I read some of the goals achieved by people over 55. <BR> I decided to get back on the wagon and give it one more go. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:36 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62262669 Hi everyone I am new, starting today. There is a lot of information to read on here. If you have any tips or advice feel free to let me know. Thank you Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:26:24 EST An introduction!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62250043 HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:39 EST Need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62247065 My name is Debbie. I'm 65 I have been fighting weight and low self esteem all my life .I want to loose weight to be healthy .I have been on every diet l loose weight and gain it back .I have dieted my way. to 247 pounds. I really need this yt? Owork Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:31:28 EST Totally terrified and no idea what I am doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62214512 Hi, I'm so terrified about this. My name is Lindsay. Married, mum of 2. Need to lose quite a bit of weight. Needing lots of help. I'm a good listener if anyone needs someone. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:35:35 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62198796 Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. I have been trying to loose just 10 pounds that I gained when I started dating and married someone that loves to cook! I'm looking for encouragement to stay on track and would love some buddies to chat with:) Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:41:25 EST Trying to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62185595 I'm over weight need to. Lose 137 pounds. Any help is appreciated. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:24:52 EST Hello From Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62177676 Hello, <BR> <BR> I was hunting around for exercise advice for a specific issue and found this site. It looks very interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I am looking to lose around 100 pounds and I have already loss 50 over the last year. I have extrememly large calves and hope to work towards fixing that as a main goal for the rest of this year along with my weight. I enjoy being outside, though not as much as I used to. I am a major book worm and nerd from inside outside. I a... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:59:16 EST Time to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62174365 Hi I starting today to get healthy and more energetic. I really am excited to finally get started with my new life. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:57:12 EST Hello, I'm June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62147956 Hi I toss and turn all night long, I could probably solve all the worlds problems at night and then during the day, it's duh what did you say? Does anyone else feel this way? <BR> Anyway, I slept pretty good last night. I took an evening walk and took a muscle relaxer before I went to bed. I pulled a muscle in my shoulder a couple days ago:( Those things knocked me out! I felt so good this morning, I got up and went on another walk. <BR> Usually though, I'm tossing and turning all night. I'... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:41:36 EST tired of trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62142906 I am so tired of losing some weight and then gaining it back. I am a type 2 diabetic and I know if I lost some of this weight I could get off of most of my medication. Yes, I sound so negative, sorry, but I am about the weight thing. I would like to have a menu for a 1200 calorie a day, with normal food. I will keep trying and I know I have to really, really, turn this around to be positive. please help Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:01:19 EST Just starting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62134663 Hey everyone. Hoping to eat better, lose a few pounds and exercise more. I have some extra time on my hands and want to use it wisely before starting my new job. I'll be 53 this year and am changing careers, going from being in the restaurant business for thirty years to insurance. It's time for a fresh start but a little daunting and would love to hear from people and how they would handle something like this! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:32:06 EST Night Terrors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=971x6162x62134637 Anyone suffer from night terrors? I have PTSD that rears up sometimes and it usually manifests at night, while I'm trying to sleep, and I've even hurt myself by running into things. Sometimes I get all the way down the hall and into another room before I wake up. Has anyone any nonmedical solutions? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:28:13 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62114392 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:56 EST Arianna Huffington's Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62067572 Awhile back Arianna Huffington came out with a book called "Thrive" which dealt mostly with how much we should slow down, practice mindfulness, and get more sleep. This past weekend the Sunday Parade Magazine featured her and her thoughts concerning sleep, which she says Americans should do more. (AMEN!) She is also writing a book due out in April 2016 on the importance of sleep. Now if you are on this team you know that is easier said than done! <BR> <BR> At any rate, in the Sunday article... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:56:18 EST Young at heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62065563 I turned 50 this year and kind of went into a "life is over" mode. I need a new attitude and I am here to find one! Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:01:54 EST Hello I am new to message board....my name is Juli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62062008 Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST My name is Mary Posey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62061525 Hello everyone I am determined to make some big changes in my life and I have already made quite a few changes but it is a struggle especially when trying to do it on my own and i am unable to afford any of the other programs i have heard of because i live well below the poverty line and can barely pay my everyday bills. I have had 4 surgeries in 6 months and i have another procedure this afternoon where they go down your throat (endoscopy) and my prayer is they dont find what they are lookin... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:57:32 EST New to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62034610 Hi my name is Tammy and I just joined spark people this evening. I weigh over 350 pounds and being obese is very depressing. I am 42 and I have been obese most of my life. teenage years and adulthood. Right now my knees are swollen I can't hardly move. I have medical conditions associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, sleep apnea I use a cpap machine occasionally, acid reflux, depression, and migraines. I hope if I can lose some weight I could reduce some medications, ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:07:20 EST Staying Asleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x62033921 I made a conscious effort to go to bed earlier (10:30 PM last night instead of 12:30), but kept waking up every 2 hours so I'm not sure how much good it did. Does anyone have any tips on STAYING ASLEEP??? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:56:59 EST MY NEW SEXY BODY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62032743 Hi everyone, I am new here and I hope to exercise more to a six pack abb and live more healthy. My Doctor advise that I exercise more to stay healthy. Hope to learn a lot from all of you here.I need your guide and support. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:25:18 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62020280 I'm here because I suffer from insomnia. Sometimes I may sleep 30 minutes, and other times I may have a good night when I can sleep soundly. I realize stress does a number, but overall I feel restless, tired, but not able to get some shut eye for the majority of my nights...It sucks! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:26:46 EST "I'm tired." "Hi, tired, I'm Meghan." http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62019631 When I was a kid, my dad used to pull that corny dad-joke on me. As I've gotten older, some days I really feel like Meghan is gone and tired is all that's left. I've been fighting some pretty extreme exhaustion lately, and hope to be able to use my weight loss journey to right my sleeping habits. <BR> <BR> I look forward to interacting more with the lovely people on this site; everyone's been great so far, and I'm only on day one (well, one-and-a-half). Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:58:56 EST non chemical sleep suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=971x6162x62013017 I have struggled with menopausal insomnia, stress insomnia and others. Its my preference not to use prescription or OTC sleep products so I've tried many alternative things. Some work but temporarily and some work too good. <BR> Sleepytime type teas work very well for me especially ones that have valerian and skullcap in them - very calming but sometimes harder to wake up from. I've even doubled up on the teabags in small cup of hot water and been out in 20 minutes. <BR> Magnesium bisglyci... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:35:08 EST A new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x62002792 Hi, my name is Joanne, and have tired of struggling with my weight, and tired of trying endless methods, have decided to go at it myself, and to change my lifestyle. Am looking forward to any support. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:43:45 EST How many hours of sleep are optimal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=971x6162x61998549 I understand that we should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I often get 7 and yes, I take Ambien ever since my husband was diagnosed with leukemia. If I get an average of 7 hours five nights during the week, I can sleep for 10 to 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday and still feel lacking in energy and tired Saturday nights and Sunday nights at 10:30, my normal bedtime. Two years ago, during a three week break from work, which is the first time in my life that I was working NO jobs, I found ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:27:11 EST Looking for support/coaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61965739 I have been checking out the site for a while but finally decided to join. I am trying to commit to being healthier and getting fit. But I am having trouble sticking to that on my own. I have never really struggled with my weight up until the last year or so. I have just turned 50. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:22:06 EST Have to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61943029 I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST NewLindaRae http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61927907 Hi, I am 68 years old .have had WLS , 14 years ago. Need to monitor my weight and water. And BP .so i. Found this site to help me I hope. <BR> I was 550 pounds down to 199 , but have put on 15. That is a panic attack. My goal is 150 <BR> On there recommended call.a day .i can't even get close to that . For me to just maintain I can only do half that. So when reading how much I have left .i cut it in half. <BR> I am from Alaska but live in Florida now. <BR> My diet is High Protein , Low Ca... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:10:23 EST NewLindaRae http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61927175 Hi, I am 68 years old .have had WLS , 14 years ago. Need to monitor my weight and water. And BP .so i. Found this site to help me I hope. <BR> I was 550 pounds down to 199 , but have put on 15. That is a panic attack. My goal is 150 <BR> On there recommended call.a day .i can't even get close to that . For me to just maintain I can only do half that. So when reading how much I have left .i cut it in half. <BR> I am from Alaska but live in Florida now. <BR> My diet is High Protein , Low Ca... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 18:18:43 EST Hi, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61863751 Songwriter originally from UK now living in Washington State. Over the last 2 years , my emotional life has hit the lowest i could ever remember, I have lots to be greatly for in life but I feel i have nothing worthy and nothing left to offer anybody. I piled on the pounds because eating is my only source of happiness but its a short lived happiness as you look at you ever increasing disgusting body and say why bother with all anymore. But I am a fighter :-) and i will try just one more tim... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:55:42 EST I am new to spark people...A little about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61860951 hello, I am new here. I am a 42 year old female that weighs a little over 350 pounds and my self esteem and self image is down the drain. I also have health problems associated with my obesity such as hypothyroidism, hypertension, borderline diabetic, sleep apnea, arthritis in knees and feet,depression and anxiety. I want and need to lose weight, but the thought of it is just overwhelming. Any advice. My doctor told me just take it one day at a time but she is not in my shoes. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:55:09 EST New - Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61840634 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting my journey of self improvement. My husband is in my corner, but boy do I realize I need a support system to pull me over that goal line. This is exciting and nerve racking to take on, as I have failed in the past. But, here is being positive to new things in life! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:55:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61835158 I've been yo yo dieting for months now and I'm proud to say, I think I am FINALLY going to succeed because I'm MENTALLY ready, unlike before. I'd love some weight loss support and tips to help me along my new journey if anyone would help. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from someone soon. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:49:44 EST hi peggy here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61823504 I am Peggy. 49 pounds to lose. I don't know what to do. Low carb high fat, weight watchers contradict one another. I want to eat healthy and the right amounts. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:24 EST Hi Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61812653 My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST need more sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61803513 hi my name is karon i need to eat right and get more sleep my goal is to loose 10 pounds. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:17:54 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61772953 Busy mom, 45, going back to Glacier National Park this summer (10 years later and 20 lbs more). Really hoping to improve my fitness and lose a chunk of weight for the big hikes August 15. Never feel good, exhausted, headaches, bad right knee. This feels overwhelming, but I do want it. <BR> I have tried before, but about two weeks in, I cave due to work, time pressures, pain and exhaustion. I am at that point right now...what are some things you have done to get past that hurdle? Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:15:34 EST I hope I do better this time ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61756639 I first joined Spark People in 2012. I used this program for motivation to lose weight and to stay physically healthy and to look as Fit as possible, as I got older. Then I got extra busy, and slowly fell back to my old lazy self. <BR> I am still working, traveling the roads of the Southeast. My goals are to get back in shape and hopefully stay that way. I know it will be a lot easier to do following Spark People. I will keep you posted as to my Progress, from time to time. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:15:17 EST My name is Tina, and I am sleepy . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61670421 I joined this group some time ago. Now I'm back at Spark People. <BR> <BR> I live in the Atlanta area, am married, and have a teenager with autism. I sleep with a CPAP, and I am still having trouble getting eight hours of sleep a night. (I just posted a rant on the general postings board.) I love it (sarcasm on) when people say, just increase your hours of sleep to eight hours a night . . . what do you do, though, when you go to bed, intending to sleep that long, and just lie awake? W... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:50:30 EST I CAN'T SLEEP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x61670293 The other day, I tried to clean the water reservoir on my CPAP machine. It has a part on the back where you can flip it open and take the metal part out and clean it. Well, I took it apart, and when I put it back together, it started to leak. I have tried EVERYTHING I know, including sealing the leaks with Silly Putty, and it's STILL LEAKING. <BR> <BR> I called the company from where I get my CPAP supplies from, and I'm not eligible for a new water reservoir until the 19th of this month. Th... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:37:06 EST Working towards Fabulous at 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61666441 I am a wife and mother of three adult birth children. In the past 10 years or so we have 12 more come to call us Mommy and Papi. We are proud to be the parents of many wonderful children. The Lord used his healing and hand and helped me kick Cancer's butt 10 years ago and now am fighting perimenopause weight gain after losing 90 lbs of cancer weight gain. I've done it before and I'll do it again. But like a lot of other things in life support is always needed. From the father as well as peopl... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:42:05 EST Newbie Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61659792 Ugh...I never know what to say on these things. I'm 27 years old and have been overweight all of my life. Battling some pretty serious emotional and anxiety issues for the last couple of years has forced me to get serious about getting my life together and taking control of my health. Right now, I weigh about 300 lbs. and I'm tired of it. Not really very good at the whole community thing, but I'm trying to work on that too. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:40:49 EST Kayla's weight loss story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61640129 the journey continues even though I have previously lost 60 pounds since about April 2015. I began my weight loss journey January 2014 and I have had success with weight watchers. I got SICK of those meals!! I LOVE food so I don't understand how I could get sick of them!! I'm doing the Healthy Choice meals, slim fast shake and atkins replacement meals. I thought the atkins meals were snacks but I didn't read it carefully before I bought it. I have since April have gained a few pounds but some... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:55:52 EST Hi All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61636255 I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61635710 Hello everyone! I have just joined and was surprised to find a group such as this existed. You can definitely count me among the sleep deprived. I am hoping that by losing some weight, the sleep will become better. I work as a 911 dispatcher and work days, evening, and sometimes midnite shifts, or a combination of them. There is very little routine schedule for me. My sleep and my eating habits are a mess. Hoping I can find the motivation this time to make my journey a success. Sun, 31 May 2015 14:37:38 EST Mid-life crisis for the better! Nojebram2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61631220 I am 48 yrs old, currently live alone, but am married.My husband is incarserated for at least one more year. I have spend several months deprest, not wanting to do anything. I finally decided that I needed to get up and change my life for the better while he is gone so by the time he is back home I will have my new lifestyle in force. He will have to adapt to my way of life. Since January I have lost around 20 to 25 pounds. 255 down to 233. Size 22 now 18. I have found what works for me is ... Sun, 31 May 2015 01:28:31 EST Jeff is losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61598164 I'm coming from using Nutrisystem on and off for +5 years. I'm in my 50's and have been over 300 pounds. at one point on NS I had lost nearly 60, but could not stick with the program and ended up quitting and gaining back. Tried 2 other times, this last one I have come down 25 so far but now with NS closing the community boards and shifting the trackers to NuMi, I am looking for something better. Wed, 27 May 2015 08:19:02 EST Hi. It's me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61592670 Trying to get back on the weight management wagon. Lost 60 pounds 8 years ago and have slowly put it all back on. Now I've started taking it off again, a little at a time. First four down, 54 to go. Tue, 26 May 2015 15:11:00 EST Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61568587 My name. is mollie , i lost my husband about three years ago. We were married 38yrs. then. iwas 235 during that time .I was on there then but cannot find it . . i have lost some weight but not enough .. I have one daughter and one granddaughter and she is six Sat, 23 May 2015 19:58:11 EST Support Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61557877 Greetings to everyone! After years of being fit, fine, and fabulous , I am now fat, fine, and not feeling too fabulous. Tired of being under happy and over sad. I am 5' 9" and weigh 248 lbs. My goal is to get to 175lbs. But I know I am going to need all the support I can get! Ready, set, ......here I go!! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:12 EST Support Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61557858 Greetings to everyone! After years of being fit, fine, and fabulous , I am now fat, fine, and not feeling too fabulous. Tired of being under happy and over sad. I am 5' 9" and weigh 248 lbs. My goal is to get to 175lbs. But I know I am going to need all the support I can get! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:28:38 EST just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61557138 Hi I need to loss 50 pounds to look better and feel better what have you found works for you on this site. Fri, 22 May 2015 10:06:48 EST Calling all comrades http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61510063 Continuing on my journey to lose my last 30 lbs (I have lost 38 lbs so far). It is a huge challenge but it is also achievable. My weakness - anything chocolaty or sugary. My STRENGTH - I can not be defeated and I will not quit! <BR> <BR> I join you my faithful comrades in our struggle, our fight and our VICTORY over the battle of the bulge. <BR> <BR> Lay down your fork and knifes and pick up your sneakers and weight s - let the battle begin.................. Sun, 17 May 2015 07:46:19 EST not enough sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61463995 My name is Susan and I average about 5 hours of sleep each night. Last night was an achievement for me. <em>41</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 21:27:49 EST Hi yall! Im Joey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61462958 I wish Joey was short for Josephine, but it isn't. It isnt short for anything, and that was rough when I was little. Nowadays, I am 33 and have 3 daughters and I love my name, haha! I am looking forward to this journeey - I am always looking for motivational pictures and friends. Oh, and polka-dots are divine! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, friends! Mon, 11 May 2015 19:08:45 EST Hi :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61409929 My name is Nicole. I have been on here before but i have always delete my page, but this time i am ready to get healthy for me this time and no one else. Tue, 5 May 2015 16:21:09 EST Aloha from Oahu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61404400 Hello! I am beginning my Fit before 40 challenge as of...well, yesterday. This is it, my last stretch before the big four-O to get back into shape, become healthy and boost my energy. I want to last over another 40 years, have another child, meet and play with my grandchildren and great grandchildren and be healthy doing it. I'm going to need a lot of encouragement and have a lot of encouragement to give. I look forward to meeting team members on SparkPeople and making lifelong friends. ... Tue, 5 May 2015 02:31:00 EST First day of early Retirement: Fitness is Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61383371 Decided six months ago to retire from my stressful worklife - the generosity of several of my late siblings offered me the chance to do so and when my mother passed away in Dec 2014, I was certain: Early retirement was the only way to truly focus on my health and fitness goals! As an 8 year cancer survivor, I know the importance of a fit body and mind to prevent recurrence. Starting today May 2nd I am renewing my contract with myself to MOVE every day with exercise and be aware of what I e... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:00:25 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61383261 Hi everyone I'm new to this and just signed up for Spark people. Any tips and tricks you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Hope everyone is having a skinny day :) Sat, 2 May 2015 17:45:25 EST Hi! I am Laurie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61356867 I am new here. I have stage 4 kidney disease and severe insomnia, along with depression and anxiety. The doctor's are trying a new medication regimen with me now ... amitriptylene (25mg) and vistril (50mg). Am truly hoping it works as I miss my pillow :) Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:04:50 EST Hello my name is Paula http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61349172 Hello. I am new to this and really need a friend to helpguide me. I have gotten to the point of fearing for my life after this past weekends events. We went to an all day concert outside in the full sun in Fort Myers Florida. I was with my two girls that have been to a concert before and 3 hours into it I pvassed out. I was taken by golfcart to a medic tent and then on to the hospital by ambulance. I had to leave my children behind to find for themselves. They are adults so they could no... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:31:09 EST Miss Cindy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61348476 Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST katherine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61345277 I feel like you can help me loss weight. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:55:50 EST hey all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61329924 hey all new to site and doing the fitbit anyone else out there have fitbit wanna be friends and challenge and motivate each other. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:01:53 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61323859 Hi there. My name is Jennifer and I joined SparkPeople this past week and have been slowly poking around the site. I live in MN and my husband and I have a cat and dog. I am a knitter and crafty girl, a bookwork, and I love to take our old camper out to the state parks and hit the trails. My goal is to make healthier choices and to educate myself on what it takes to get to a healthy weight and to maintain that for life. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:36:10 EST A lot older and wiser since my last post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61302169 Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It has been several years since I have posted here. I'm now 69 and 22 pounds lighter since my last post. I'd like to think I'm healthier now. I'm definitely more active but I'm nowhere near where I need to be. I'm now retired so time is no longer an excuse for not working out or eating right. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:32:29 EST Runner Mom Looking For Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61297990 Somehow after entering my 49th year, I have gained 7 pounds that won't go away. I run marathons and am finding the extra weight depressing and slowing. I need to get serious about my health and am hoping this community can help. I am also a great cheerleader for others and as an educator, I am always thrilled to see people reaching hard-earned goals. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:58:26 EST SparkPeople Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61297938 Hi, I stumbled onto this site while looking for healthy recipes and I'm so excited about all of the wonderful resources that can be found here. Last year I completed a 12 week challenge and lost almost 20 lbs. I always meant to begin another challenge, but I have become a serial starter/quitter and gained all of the weight back plus more. I know I can stick with it this time! <BR> Everyone here seems so friendly and supportive! I know it’s going to be fun getting to know people here. <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:49:44 EST Hello everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61273816 Hello everyone. My name is Mandy. I am 37 years old and the mom of 4 wonderful children ages 9, 14, 16, and 18. I am fully disabled (severe fibromyalgia, minimal disc bulge in my back and neck, debilitating migraines, aneurysms, and I just had skin cancer removed). In the last 13 years of being disabled I have gained around 70 - 75 pounds. I am tired of this excess weight and look forward to getting it off now that I am getting back on my feet. This is my 4th day on here and 3 of the 4 days h... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:12:15 EST over eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61229178 Hello. My name is april I'm a compulsion eater . The Dr says I have to much weight on my knees. I just had sugery. I have a food adiction and need help Ty Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:15:39 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61214321 Hello, I am praying this works for me. I am so tired of being over weight. This is not something new for me. I have always been over weight. In my younger days I was always active. Not so much anymore. I am ready to start anew. I don't want the surgery because I have been sick and had my fare share of them. So Please Help me to put my best foot forward. If anyone has help please let me know. Thank you ,,, I so want to make this work. I will tell you this. I have never in my life ever really b... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:56:17 EST Introducing SparkSeansmom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61144788 I have just entered into a mutual agreement with a group of online friends to start down the path of a healthier lifestyle. So we have set our goals and are on our way. Today is Day 1. One of my struggles is insomnia. I have experienced insomnia cycles since I was born, basically. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:53:43 EST reggiea1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61132301 anyone in zipcode area 12804 Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:27:49 EST And away I go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61129865 I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Meet and Greet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61101946 Hello everyone. I just came back to SparkPeople 5 days ago. I started my dieting, work out routine, and medical intervention for my weight loss 7 days ago. I used to hold my weight about 129 throughout high school. I did weight lifting and map navigation races(Orienteering). After high school I decided to have a birth control method called Implanon put into my arm. In the four months that the Implanon was in place my weight jumped from 129 to 177. That's 44 pounds! I went back to my ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:07:39 EST hello my family!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61095538 I'm Teresa, Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:14:13 EST Hi, I'm New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61075578 Hi, I'm back for my umpteenth attempt at losing weight. I've made several changes over the past year; I quit smoking, I got married, I changed jobs...twice. And I've added a few pounds with each one of those. In June, I'm going home to see my family for the first time in 3 years, and I don't want to be the biggest they've ever seen me. <BR> I'm a college student, studying human services. I don't do well with routines, but I get bursts of energy that last a couple of weeks at most. I need to i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:58:29 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61069096 Hi everybody I just started this journey 4 months ago when i was diagnosed with prediabetes. I was told I needed to lose weight, exercise, and eat right. Since then i have gone to the the gym at least 5 days a week and started doing cardio things-walking, recumbent bike, and weight training and I am doing water arobics and now increasing my walking speed and adding things to my exercises! I have lost 12 1/2 lbs.. Right now i am on a plateau I have only lost 1 1/2 lbs the last 8 weeks. But I k... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:58:35 EST Hi, just call me Ivory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61041321 Hi. I'm not new to SP, been here off and on for awhile now, but am new to the team. How's everyone doing today? <BR> <BR> I'm a terrible insomniac, have been since my early 20s, but it's gotten much worse in the past couple years. I spent almost all of 2013 in hospital, and it really messed me up. I'm working on getting back to at least a somewhat normal sleep pattern, but... yeah, not going so great. <BR> <BR> And.... I have no idea what else to say. haha Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:28:27 EST Work night shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x61017797 Hi everyone! I am Laura.I am new to this community. My situation is a little different. I work 10 pm at night to 8 am in the morning. I used to eat to stay awake, I have that under control now but between poor eating habits and poor sleeping habits i have ballooned up to 277 lbs. on a 5' 5" frame. I have trouble following a classic diet of breakfast lunch and dinner. I used to get off work at 8 in the morning and go get a cheeseburger and fries. I now go home and fix myself bacon and eggs sin... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:23:22 EST how I feel today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x61012225 <em>100</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:59:10 EST Love life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60996618 I am a health care provider and want to serve as a role model to my kids and patients. Lifestyle change is the best treatment and it is time for me to follow my own advice . My mom developed a chronic illness in her mid 50's and I am worried the same could happen to me. I have neglected my health over the past two years. I want to feel sexy towards my husband again and healthy enough to keep up,with my two young children. Keeping a commitment to exercise and better eating are difficult. I kno... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:37:50 EST Hi! I'm Debbie, the Teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60995560 I am looking forward to this venture. I have tried many alternative weight loss programs. I refuse to give up and give in. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:19:32 EST My name is Sandra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60995513 I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST skinnyrasven http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60994448 I am many things: retired social worker,cancer survivor. grandmother, and a life long Alaskan. this is my first time to take my weight and health seriously. I love the tracking charts and find that to be helpfull. I don't know about message boards. I do want one of the cute measuring TAPE at the bottom of your messages.t . I think visuals are important especially if you are a left brain kinda person. I am trying to catch up with technology especially when my granddaughter laughed when I ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:22:58 EST grandma needs to loose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60952464 I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Active Sleeper/High Pressure CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x60950827 I have been on CPAP for 16 years and have worn out 2 CPAP units, I am on my 3rd. I have always been on an auto adjust. <BR> <BR> I am an active sleeper. I have been using Mirage Activa with great success until my shoulder surgery required me to sleep a month sitting up. <BR> <BR> Sitting up had got me into the habit of jaw drop which I cannot seem to correct. The pressure forces my lips open even with a chin strap. So I am now looking for a full face mask. <BR> <BR> I have tried two ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:23:27 EST broken sleep smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60927256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1265671336.jpg">First I would like to introduce myself Ive suffered with insomnia for years but I know smoking makes it worst so my goal is to try and cut down on smoking during the day trouble is I smoke to keep myself going during the day because I feel so tired. Any advice anyone? <em>24</em> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:20:54 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60906340 Hi everyone. I'm not really new here just never talked in the community. I'm starting a weight loss/muscle building thing. Mostly cause of how little movement i have now . I have one of those desk jobs and at home i sit a lot too so yeah haha. Anyway friendly HI Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:08:14 EST blog41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60903985 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60883503 I am Christine . I have been on a diet off and on since I was 11 or 12 years old. I stopped when I was pregnant with my oldest as I wanted to focus on being healthy and not be fearful of weight gain. I have gained so much and I don't want to have the obsession I had in the past with diet and exercise. I am committing today to keep the Spark journal, to try to stay within the calorie limits, drink more water, and exercise more regularly. I actually like walking and hiking. I need more en... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:48:30 EST Determined to make changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60860753 As my title suggests I've found the determination to start my fitness and weight loss journey again. Just wanted to say hi and hope to become part of this community :-) Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:56:35 EST Hi I am new again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60826748 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60826741 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 Hello my name is Pam I'm 49 and need to lose weigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60801054 I am 49 and need to lose weight, I have already lost 39 lbs and and find that I am now stuck. I joined Spark People with hopes of help and support so that I can get where I need to be. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:22:09 EST H http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60797563 Hi!, I'm Becky. I am 26 years old, 5'e, and 280 pounds. I'm sick of not feeling well all the time and being tired and self conscious. I'm getting to the point where it is getting hard to even find plus size clothes that fit comfortably. I've been through so much in my life, and have not had a very good start in life as far as being taught healthy eating etc...I am one of those that have lost weight, gained it and more back. The pattern seems to be that I'll loose about 40 pounds and then stop... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST Stilll trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60789501 I can't fail again, it has worm me out.I don't want to feel dumpy anymore and I want to be able to dress better for work, instead of wearing what fits, which is getting less and less. I need to be accountable to someone. I have summer clothes I need to fit in, last summer I kept wearing the same couple of pairs of capris , black and navy. Need help! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:18:49 EST Greetings from France ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60775185 Hi everyone ! <BR> <BR> My name is Marion, I'm 25 (turning 26 next week !) and I'm from south of France. Please apologize any english mistake I may make, we'll say it's because I'm not fluent, when really it's mostly because I'm not paying enough attention to what I'm typing :-) <BR> <BR> I came across SparkPeople through Pinterest, and I like the whole idea. We have something similar in French, but not as good, so hopefully I'll be more commited to this website than I was to the other one... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:41:41 EST Hello out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60769682 Hey y'all! I am Erica. I'm a 33 year old Stay at Home Mom from Texas. I got about 85lbs to get off of this body! Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to do so. Look forward to meeting you all and reading your posts. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:01:56 EST Hello my fellow 'Change Agents' My name is Loretta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60764082 I'd like to tell you a little about why I joined "Spark People". I have struggled with weight gain, loss, and regain for about 15 years now. I picked up some very bad eating habits over the years running a home with husband-children, working, and going to school. As we all know bad habits are hard to break and I am hoping that I will find people in this social network to help encourage me, kick me in the backside when I need it, cry with me, and walk with me through my successes and failur... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:19:13 EST new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60727650 Hi everyone! I'm looking for support on how to work on my self esteem and to lose weight! <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:10 EST slept most of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=7709x6162x60720066 I slept most of the day today. I guess I have to take sleep medicine tonight. The day flew by. Hope you all sleep well tonight. <em>41</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:42:47 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60709349 hey everyone, i have no idea what to do in this message board thing I have been with spark for 10 days now. I love the recipes awesome ideas and well I'm trying to my blood pressure down and my weight lost 7 lbs already hoping to lose more have a blessed day spark people. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:06:00 EST Ready for improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60685861 I am at a disadvantage for weight lose since I have limited mobility. My lifestyle is extremely sedentary since I have post polio and am bound to a wheelchair. Any advise is greatly appreciated. I want this to be a success story and not just another attempt to add to the long list of attempts. Looking forward to seeing your ideas and your support. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:37:05 EST Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60663409 I have a very long history of losing weight, keeping it off, and gaining it again. I want the merry go round to stop and finally get healthy. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 07:44:12 EST Hello I am brand new to the group happy 2 B here:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60646059 <em>381</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:49:14 EST surviving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60641502 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 16:04:40 EST unicorn33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60636907 hello this is my first time on here and i hoping that i will get the support and make new friends i need to lose 45-50 lbs Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:21:12 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6162x60609853 Do you really want to no my emotions are today so far well here it goes <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>32</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:34:27 EST Introduction-Long time away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60607819 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 Hopeful new Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6162x60604179 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows constant... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:08:44 EST