SparkPeople I Need Sleep! Team Messageboard 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 I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! 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 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 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! 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 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. 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 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! 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! 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 <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 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 !! 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 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 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 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 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 :) 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 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 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 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 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 <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? 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! 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. 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. 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 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 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST judepul65 Just want to thank all of you for welcoming me to spark people Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:10 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST Happy Wednesday 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 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 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!! 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 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 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! 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 I'm over weight need to. Lose 137 pounds. Any help is appreciated. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 20:24:52 EST Hello From Florida 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 name is Juli 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 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 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 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. 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 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." 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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!! 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 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 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 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 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 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 ! 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 . . . 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!! 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 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 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 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! 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! 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 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 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. 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 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 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, I go!! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:12 EST Support Wanted 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 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 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 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! 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 :) 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 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 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 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... 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 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 Hi I'm excited to meet everyone and scared to Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:57:36 EST katherine I feel like you can help me loss weight. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:55:50 EST hey all 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 anyone in zipcode area 12804 Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:27:49 EST And away I go.... 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 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!! I'm Teresa, Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:14:13 EST Hi, I'm New! 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! 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 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 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 <em>100</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:59:10 EST Love life 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 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 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 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 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 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 <img src="">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 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 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! 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 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 Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am here again, not good at sticking with the program but I have to lose 100 lbs I don't want all my body pain anymore I am a miracle whip addict, I need to overcome this. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:44:25 EST Hello my name is Pam I'm 49 and need to lose weigh 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 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 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 ! 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! 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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:) <em>381</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:49:14 EST surviving Hi my name is Cat. I hope all is well with everyone. I suffer from manic depression/Bipolar and have been an insomniac since a child. That was very traumatic especially when there is school in the morning. My story is long and depressing so I'll skip all that. I have taken every sleeping pill natural, medical, listening to music cd's and the only thing that works is my Ambien. I love this pill. I call it my miracle pill. after years of no healthy sleep. Now I can sleep, yes I get up ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:04:40 EST unicorn33 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 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! 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 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 hi I hope to slim down Hi my name is mindie I am a mother of four two are adults now and two are younger they are in elementary school I need to lose weight and get healthy for me and them Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:25:52 EST Hi I'm patty Just had gastric sleeve bypass any support groups for this? 1 week today! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:24:06 EST bdonley22 I'm going to be 70 next month and i got to lose this weight. I have tried everything to get it off. I do need help Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:03:43 EST I will succeed! This is day 1 and I already feel invincible! I have about 50 lbs to loose and am super excited I found this program! Thanks for your support! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:10:31 EST Anyone else here with narcolepsy and/or cataplexy? I have a sleep disorder called "narcolepsy with cataplexy" as well as an "ultra rare" complication thereof called "status cataplecticus." I was wondering if there were any others here with these issues? <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, the main symptoms of narcolepsy with cataplexy are: <BR> <BR> -Feeling tired, even after 8 hours of sleep. <BR> -Excessive REM (dream) sleep, at the expense of stage 3 & 4 deep sleep (which is what causes the daytime sleepiness). <BR> -Difficulty staying ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:28:32 EST Newbie here from central Kentucky! Hi everyone!! I am new here and new to the "healthy" lifestyle! So far I have lost 15lbs just by making simple changes to my diet and cutting out soda. This just inspired me to do more, so I have committed to losing 20+ more pounds and getting healthy!! For me, this is not just about losing weight; it is about making a change for the better! <BR> <BR> Oh, a little about myself! I am 44 years old. I am the wife of an amazing, supportive, awesome husband. Together we have 4 gorgeous child... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:16 EST Unbelievable! Can't believe I found this site! I was just looking for some motivation - I work at home and need to get a new routine! I lost 27 pounds last year, started paleo diet, and was walking every day - then came the holidays and cold weather! SO, time to reboot! Looking forward to these challenges and have been reading blogs - LOVE IT!! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:51:36 EST Hello, I am new here I am new here obese in weigh and Very unhealthy with lots of other problems. I am very overwhelm being on here and taking the 1st step to being a newer and improved me. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:23:05 EST Hi, This is Mountainviewme And I am soooo lost right now! <BR> Thanks for having me! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:32:36 EST Hello, My name is Micheal and I need help. My name is Micheal, I am 60 years old and an ugly\discussing 272 pounds while only 5' 10" tall. I was born and raised in a very small Kansas town (pop. 136). 39 years ago I married and Angel and the love of my life, we seldom leave the house alone, many people joke we a attached at the hip. Let me stress that my wife is in no way over weight, she is 5' 4" and weights less than 130 (although I don't know the exact number), so other than her excellent cooking she is in no way responsible for ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:19:58 EST One day at a time I signed up years ago and actually lost the weight I wanted to. But last year, I got sick and couldn't eat much for months. Then when I got better, I didn't stop eating. It didn't help that I left my husband at the same time. BUT, my name is Cyndie. When I started back on my journey on Dec 31st. I weighted 188lbs. My goal is 140 and I would love to be at 130lb. I am 5 foot tall so because of my small frame I can't eat much. I am living with an emotional abuser, ME. I don't know why I... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:35 EST hello hello everyone just started this , is it easy let me know thank you Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:14 EST Can't sleep in my bed My name is Sandra Camp. I find myself at my desk many times throughout the night. I even sleep at my desk sometimes. Does that count as actual sleep if you sleep at your desk for a couple of hours. What can I do to get more sleep in my bed? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:44:45 EST 4 hours enough? Hi, new here, have had insomnia for 8 years. since I had a kid.... I think it is my supernatural hearing.... I get about 4 hours sleep.... have taken melatonin and meds from the doc.... but still only about 4 hrs.... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:25:50 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:21 EST Apple shaped emotional eater needs a fresh start Hi all I am new and looking to eat more healthy and lose weight especially around my middle. I like the gym when I go but sometimes it's hard to motivate myself. I have found sites like this very helpful in the past. Have lost lots of confidence in myself and am tired of not being able to fit into my clothes and reluctant to get a bigger size. Looking for friends for mutual help and support on my journey xx Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:38:51 EST Glitter & Rainbows & Unicorns & Rain & Eyeliner These are all things that make me happy. My technical name is Amber, but my friends call me Lumy. I am 24 years old and I have a LOT of weight to lose. It's almost overwhelming to think about. Honestly I need to lose over half of my weight. I weigh 436 pounds. *exhales* There, it's out there. No hiding behind vague comments about being obese. No I am MORBIDLY OBESE and I want anyone considering friending/ messaging me to know that up front. I'm not going to pretend to be anything other than ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:09:08 EST To stay motivated Seems like a positive site to stay motivated to a healthy lifestyle <BR> Look forward to the success stories Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:52:05 EST Trying again. I joined before and didn't succeed at following though with diet and exercise - I really need to succeed this time but I admit I don't have an actual diet to follow - atleast yet. My goal is to loose an additional 86 pounds (I recently lost 18 pounds due to taking Lasix for fluid retention), eat healthier food, and get into a daily exercise routine once I get approval from my doctor. I would like to lift light weights 3 times weekly and walk on the other days and just maybe also use an Easy... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:14:01 EST Hello people Just moved back to ohio from Maryland. Seriously depressed there. Started weight loss day after Thanksgiving. Lost 32lbs. Trying to continue. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:29:26 EST Hello I am a people who eats no matter what I lose 99 pounds 6 years and gained it all back plus 10 more pounds -I lost one of my very best friend- My Father. He used to be there for me...he went through so much medically that all he wanted was me to lose the weight and become healthy. I let him down and myself. I now take care of my mother. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:14:50 EST Tess2k9 hi everyone i am here to try to loose some weight Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:48:55 EST This is IT! Have tried every diet, every fad, but doctor said, "You're getting old enough, now, that the things you got away with in the past will no longer work. I'm hear to help you get healthy." So...that is my resolution, to journal my food, to keep checking for updates and info on SparkPeople, and to get healthy. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST We're all Rowing Together Hello There, <BR> My name is Eva and although I'm not new to SparkPeople, I'm new to this team. I am a woman, a wife, a mother of four, and I'm entering that special time of life where it isn't just stress that keeps me up nights. I think I'm flirting with menopause here as well as dealing with chronic pain from arthritis and the worries of the day. <BR> <BR> Some nights my body is so tired I can barely see straight, but my mind is running like a hamster in a wheel. I sit for hours reading o... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:46:59 EST motivation doesn't come easy Intoduce myself, lets see about 60# over weight. Need motivation everyday because its so much nicer to lay on the couch and read. I've tried many different programs and quit because they are too expensive. Doesn't help in the long run. Found this site and its not much different than everything else, and has a big benifit of cooking ur own food. Prepackaged food is not so good. And I'm allergic to coconut so it's hard finding a premade supplier that doesnt use coconut in some way. Well thats a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:22:07 EST Happy 2015! Hi everyone, my name is Hally. I have joined your team for help on losing 24 pounds that I have gained since I quite smoking this past summer. I wish everyone a wonderful & safe 2015 filled with love and laughter. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:22:29 EST Hi all!! Hi all!! i am 37 years old and weigh 205. im not sure how to add people but i would like to get motivation help and offer it to the people asking!! Thanks and GOOD LUCK ALL!! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:50:42 EST New insomniac Hello fellow sleep deprived Sparkers. I am new here as of the 3rd. Today is my third day tracking and making better choices. I too have issues with sleep. I blame it on my 28 year career as a nurse. I worked night shift for 17 of those years, and never have been quite able to become a day person, even though I have been on day shift for 9 years now. I am a night owl. I stay up way too late, then have to get up at 5:30 on work days. On days off I sleep in until 9 or 10 am. I get from 4 hours o... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 00:03:40 EST day sleeper Hi everyone: I have worked night shift for about 10 years now but have recently been having great difficulty getting a good sleep. I will sleep for about 4-6 hours when I first get home and then the remaining 2 after dinner before heading back in to work. Problem = I do not feel rested. I am tired all night and have 0 energy. I would appreciate/welcome any suggestions.... <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:48:41 EST New Here My name is Kim and I live in Washington. It is 1:24 am right now and I still awake. Last night (morning), I did not go to sleep until 5 am. I have the kind of insomnia that makes it difficult to go to sleep and I wake up early. On a good night I will get six hours of sleep. I really need help in figuring out what to do. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 04:26:29 EST I'm planning on going hiking tomorrow! Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! I went ice skating the other day with my boyfriend and literally had to sit down every 15 minutes. I'm so out of shape! One of my resolutions this year was to lose weight and I'm looking for like-minded people to help motivate each other. If anyone lives close to me or is just looking for a motivational partner, let me know or friend me on here. I'm in Arizona, so I plan to do alot of hiking and swimming throughout the year. Good luck to everyone and let's r... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:06:32 EST New Nightworker Hi all. I just joined the website. So good to see there are so many like-minded people. <BR> <BR> Like most of you, I struggle with sleep. I work nights at the moment (been doing night shift for almost a year now) and it has changed my sleep completely. <BR> <BR> Right now there's no sleep pattern at all. I get 3 hours of sleep max sometime in the morning after I come from work, and aim for another 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon right before going to work. I rarely get more than 1 - 1.5 hr t... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:52:05 EST Hello from Minnesota Hi, my name is Rachelle and I am rejoining Sparkpeople after a couple of years away. I am a single mother of three beautiful girls and run a pretty busy schedule. This last year was the most difficult year of my life. I have been feeling much better since I was put on meds for anxiety/depression and started seeing a therapist weekly. I do still struggle with insomnia but it has been much better since I hit my low point in May- when I slept so little that I almost had to be hospitalized becaus... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:43:50 EST Hello - I would like to meet people for support Good Morning and Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> I am recovering from a car accident and feel I have been using if somewhat as a crutch for not loosing the weight I gained after the accident and for my retreat from exercising. I would appreciate getting to meet other people - go slow to go fast - to encourage or challenge me to do my walking DVD each day and to cut out the eating late at night. <BR> <BR> Due to some brain damage I am now starting 3 businesses from home, taking care of my son's b... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:45:20 EST getting started anew Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I found this site when a patient of mine was telling me about 12 week challenges she found for motivation. A Google search brought me here. I have lost weight in the past, gained back, yo yo'd awhile. At 64 years of age it's time to get my life in order- I have a mother with Alzheimer's, and if anything happens to me there is no one to take care of her. So here I am- and I plan to reach my goal (104 lbs down) in 12 months as a Sparkpeople member. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:40:12 EST Greetings Everyone! Have just discovered this wonderful place. Hope to have many interesting discussions with you. I teach English second language in Québec. My main focus at the moment is to get back to enjoying a healthy lifestyle so that I can feel energized! <BR> Bye, <BR> Jackie Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:06:29 EST Just someone who wants to live life again.... I am a 36 mother of 3, grandmother of 1 who just needs to get back in shape and lose lots of weight. I want to be healthy for my family but most importantly for myself. I always put others before myself and by doing so I gave up on myself. I lost my younger brother to brain cancer a few months ago, before he passed I promised him that I would live my life for the both of us. I need to take my life back but I have no idea where to start. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:13:22 EST I need support I want to restart my fitness journey. I've lost 60 pounds before, but managed to gain it all back. I'm looking for a partner in this journey to keep each other on track via email/text. when I first lost weight I had someone who did it with me, but I no longer have that support. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:21:20 EST Introduction Hi my name is Loretta and have spent most of the day crying about my weight and now its time to take action. <BR> Good luck to everyone. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:27:15 EST I'm Sandra Hi there, my name is Sandra. I am new to this site and to this forum. I would love to hear some suggestions for a good night sleep. I am always tired and it is really getting old. My other half works nights, so that doesn't help. I do have my dog always with me and she will keep me safe for sure. But my brain doesn't turn off. Any suggestions would be wonderful. I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year. <BR> <BR> All the best, <BR> Sandra Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:23:53 EST i need a support system My name is betty I am 57 years young I need to lose 100 PDS I had my thyroid removed this year I was 305 lost to 288 went back up to 299 I am married to a wonderful man for 28 years but he is not a support system he loves junk food when I get depressed I eat all junk food I was praying someone can help me to lose this weight thank. You Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:00:38 EST Hello, My name is Angela Hi, I accidentally posted on the wall originally...oops, now I am understanding better how the forum works. I am glad to be here and looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> I have Sleep Apnea and Fibromyalgia that really interferes with my sleep. Sometimes , I will wake up 5-6 times a night. I also suffer from severe fatigue during the day. I am very active in managing my health but it gets so tiring at times. I am really glad that I have joined SP and thankful for t group.... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:44:06 EST Finally ready to lose the baby weight! Hello Spark People Community, <BR> <BR> I am a 37 old single Mom in Iowa. My twins will be 12 years old in May. I still currently have all the baby weight I gained with them plus a few extra pounds. I have recently decided that I really want to get healthy again. I am really enjoying the Spark People website, there is so much great information and I feel really motivated! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:03:35 EST WANT TO SEE LESS OF MYSELF! Hello there! I was always walking 3 miles per day 3 years ago, and then became sedentary due to taking care of mother. The 50 #'s crept up on me again. I've done it before, and I KNOW I can do it again, because I am psyched for the new year ahead. If you don't have a supportive husband, and he doubts your efforts, get started like I did with a new girlfriend to walk in the park with. What a motivation and a blessing for 2015!! Hey, he is going to miss seeing more of me, but he is g... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:22:35 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST Hi I'm Melody I am a single mom of two children ( I forgot, they want to be called teens). My youngest one is still in high school so I don't go to bed until he does which means on average I am able to get 8 hours of sleep. Some nights I can't sleep because my mind is racing , I forgot to get off the computer before 8pm or I am reading a really good book and I don't want to stop. Knowing what to do and doing are not the same things but I am working on going to bed on time on a more consistent basis. <em>1... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:14:17 EST Cured Insomnia just This Week I am Sharing This Because I have had Insomnia for 7 Years <BR> AND <BR> I Could Only Get to Sleep with Pills that Always Gave Me a Sensation of Having a Bleached Out Sleep. <BR> <BR> WELL <BR> I Found an Acupressure Site Online <BR> <BR> AND <BR> One of his Free Video's is How to Cure Insomnia <BR> <BR> ALL You Do <BR> Is Firmly Massage Both Points Below The Ankle on Each Foot <BR> AND <BR> Induce Yawning <BR> <BR> Now I had Also Never Yawned in 7 Years <BR> AND <... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:00:55 EST Just joined and need better sleep Hello everybody, I'm new here and new to Sparkpeople too, although I have been on Sparkpeople before. <BR> <BR> I am trying to set some fitness, weight loss and other health goals and one of them surely needs to be better sleep, because I joined Sparkpeople and this forum at 2:07 am or so, so I think that speaks for itself, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> I'm currently recovering from a very nasty virus, and I'm sure that's also disturbing my sleep ability. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:07:44 EST Hi. Just joined spark people. Just starting my weight loss journey. Have joined a gym and am committed to eating better. Pretty motivated, but have doubts of staying that way. I wanted to start now to avoid gaining even more weight over the holidays. Lots of work food activities planned as well as holiday parties. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:02:51 EST Hi Hi everyone I am new here. I have a massive amount of weight to lose so i'm aiming at 50 lbs. per time as a goal. I have struggled with staying commited to any program and came across sparkpeople while doing an internet search. I'm hoping to meet fun, supportive people who have the same goals as myself. So far i'm liking the website however i'm sure i'm not understanding the entire thing and all the benefits it has to offer so any suggestions and tips would be appreciated ! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:53:55 EST New beginning Hi everyone, my name is Roxanne and I am a wife and the guardian of my 5 year old nephew (for the past 2 months). My husband and I moved to FL 2 months ago to care for him and to help my mother out. Over the past 16 years, I have put on a pound or two a year until I am at my heaviest of 160 lbs. I don't like how I look, feel, I don't sleep but am always exhausted, have allergies and just feel "poorly". It is time for a lifestyle change and that is why I am here. I hope to lose almost 50... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:26:27 EST Forty and Fabu....OH NO, I'm almost 40! I don't know about you, but it seems like yesterday that I was newly 21 and all the dancing with the high heels kept my weight down (Never thin, but 170 was comfortable). In actuality 21 was 17 years ago, and I'm 180 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> I quit drinking 4 months ago, after drinking around a half to a 1/5 a day, around 4 to 5 days a week. Once I began to lose weight, and realized that to do that I was going to have to stop drinking it was a big decision. But I found a support group ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:49:42 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Jennifer at 50 is READY FOR CHANGE! I turned 50 this year and am in dire need of a lifestyle change. I was a very active person in my younger days but I have gotten very complacent when it comes to physical activity and though I eat enough healthy foods, I have been indulging in the "not so healthy" category for too long. I want to lose 35 pounds by May, my next birthday and adopt a physical activity program that I can stick with. I want the next phase of my life to be the better phase and am ready to take the steps to do ju... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:22 EST Wens. I am 46 and trying to lose weight and quit smoking at the same time. I have fibro and other medical conditions that make it difficult at times to stay active. We have a new dog that I try to walk everyday. When it is raining like today that is not so easy to do because he does not like the rain. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:42:37 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:50 EST Staying with a Program It's very hard for me to stay with a program because I am under a lot of stress. I either eat to much or too little. I am over 50, and losing weight is much harder. I need to lose 30 lbs. I have difficulty keeping track of what I eat because I have so little time to do anything for me. I am also dealing with depression because of the stress. It goes around in a circle. I try to work out, but have back problems and sometimes it becomes too difficult. I was on Spark People several years ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:37:39 EST Happy to come back to SparkPeople Hello everyone! I am so excited about managing my weight because that means I can live a longer, healthier life. I am watching my sugar and carbs. I am 47 so I really get unmotivated at times. Sometimes I feel downright frustrated because weight loss is so difficult. I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. Your secrets will not go unnoticed. I will also share some with others who have similar goals. We're all in this together and remember we want to swim, not sink. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:47:52 EST Good-bye Calorie Count, Hello Sparkpeople! I started out on this weight loss/lifestyle change venture about 17 months ago. I was very determined and needed to lose 100 pounds. I was able to lose 60 pounds using Calorie Count and exercise. A few months ago I slowly started to "fall off the bandwagon" so I returned to Calorie Count but it seemed no one was commenting on my posts- it didn't feel interactive at all and I was not getting the support I needed. Although I am a very highly motivated person I came to realize that I truly ca... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:31:17 EST Terry448 I am 62 years old, married and have 3 fur babies. I am trying to lose 25.5lbs. By Jan. I lost #18 so far but then just stopped. My husband is my workout partner, which helps us both. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:52:53 EST Hello everyone :-) I'm new and a little nervous about trying to lose 75 pounds! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:15:22 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Shawanda Muse, I am 33yrs old and I live in Selma, Alabama. I joined SparkPeople because I need help to reach my goal by my 40th birthday and the help that I have at home is not enough. I welcome all help. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:34:01 EST Intro to friends. I really like this site so far, i hope its free and not a gimmik. I really hope want to lose my wight, i would greatly be thankful if anybody could help me. <BR> <BR> God bless <BR> Stone. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:07:52 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:22 EST I'm new Hi! I'm a new user to SparkPeople, and I'm looking for friends. I am a full time working mom of a very active 7 year old boy. I volunteer at school, have a full time job at the office and part time job at home. I am also very active in my local adoption community. I love reading and spending time with friends and family. I am getting back into exercise after my surgery almost 2 years ago. I want to so this but need motivation otherwise I won't push myself. I'm excited to be on this jo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:53:38 EST Chefwannabee here! Hi folks. The tools I found on this site are really making Sparks fly in my efforts to regain my health and activity level. Nice to see you all! Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:23:17 EST another newbie here Hi, I am new here. Needing to lose around 90#'s. I have multiple muscle disorders and diseases which make exercising a chore and a half, I also am living on disability so money is very very tight, also have to cook for 6 kids and a husband, two of which have several food allergies not limited to legumes of all types, seafood, shellfish and rice. Cooking is not an easy thing to figure out as food is not cheap and the good for you cheap foods most of which we cant cook or have in the house such... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:33:18 EST Hello Hello, how are you? I am Georgia and have just started Spark People. So far I have only done tracking but am going to try and start doing things with the teams and possible look up eating rite stuff and exercising things. I have a husband Stephen and a three year old son Apollo. *Georgia Bell Hull Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:27 EST hey :) hey everybody :) <BR> my name's Krystyna. i'm a 25y/o SAHM, and i live in Shreveport, La. i have one child, and he's 15 months old. i recently found out i have arthritis in my knees, which is one of the reasons i quit working. my main goal is to lose some weight so that i can walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. i would LOVE to get at least down to the weight i was after i delivered (177). i at least want to get rid of my baby fat and shrink my thighs. my ultimate goal would be ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:06:40 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Kali. I'm 52 and I've gained a lot of weight in the recent months. It's funny how fast it goes on and how slow it goes off. I totally believe it should be the other way around. I'm currently living in Utah by way of Georgia. It is so beautiful here. I hope to hear back from some of you guys I know I will need the support as this is my first day. Take care everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:35:24 EST Brand new, have never interacted online Hi, my name is Cynthia. I'm 2 months away from being 59 years old. My goal is to lose 37 pounds by the end of Feb. Sparks made that goal for me after I told them how much I weigh(167 lbs) and my height (5'3''). I'm excited about changing my eating habits and losing weight the right way. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:33:20 EST Hello All! My name is Maggie. I am 24 year old and I am ready to start living my life. I live in Canada and I work as a registered nurse. I am approx. 35lbs overweight and have been for years. I am ready to take control of my life and I am hoping this is the way to do it, Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:06:53 EST Hello Hello, how are you? I am Georgia Bell Hull and just started this week. I have a husband Stephen Anthony Hull who has a full time job and goes to school he will be graduated next year finally. I have a three year old son Apollo Nova Hull. I have always had trouble sleeping mostly it is finding a way to get and stay asleep but I also find it very hard to get up once asleep. Thank you for letting me join the team. *Georgia Bell Hull Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:40:41 EST Mother of 2 boys 15 and 3 - 42 years old I am 4'10" tall and I am 165 lbs. I am tired all the time and don't eat healthy and I want to change that with exercise and diet. I can't keep up with my 3 year old, my house is dirty, I am not motivated to do very much and I know it is time. I am an accountant by trade, so I sit at a desk all day. I am an artist by passion so when I have time I paint, draw or whatever hits my fancy at the time. I have also written a children's book that has SAT words in it to help them learn. I want my... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:19 EST Ready to change and have fun Hi everyone ! My name is Dana and this is a big step to let my walls downn and make a change. I would love to travel and do exciting activities but my weight keeps me from it. Well I do I am a strees eater and feel safe hiding behind my weight. There has been a lot but I pull through. I want to have the life I always dreamed of. I have always cared for othees never for myself. Hope I set my goals and reach tm I always start to workout someone compliments me a I self-DESTROY all I've done. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:37:18 EST Intro Hi, Just a quick intro about me. I have decided to try SparkPeople for two reasons: <BR> 1) Lose Weight - 30 pounds (ugh) <BR> 2) IBS - I noticed there is a FODMAPS community here and I would like to try this diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:23:03 EST Tosha Good morning and have a outstanding day. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:02:49 EST Hello Hi everyone I was part of spark people years ago but life took over and in trying again. <BR> <BR> Here I am for a new start, we have a gorgeous toddler And I want to spend this autumn running in the park and getting home for home baked treats, not sitting on the sofa (where I am now!!!) <BR> <BR> I have a big social event in 28 days and got the spark book yesterday so hoping this autumn can be the transformation our little family needs &#128516; Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:47:36 EST new to spark New here hoping I can slowly meet my goals and make friends along the way. I live in NYC in the country with my hubby and 2boys.have quite a few animals, love crafting Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:54:00 EST I am new hello everyone. I found this web site on a google search. I am a desperate lady, desperate enough to try anything to lose weight. My health is affected by my weight. I have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, hypothyroidism, and I am borderline diabetic. I will admit when I need help, and I need it. I also need to get some kind of motivation. I need to be held accountable of my weight loss somehow. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:50:22 EST Hi I'm back ,,, I need to lose weight for a total hip replacement surgery but can't get any video or exercise to help. I'm walking with a cane .. So my spirit is really low.... I need something to do during the winter months to stay positive. I need exercise and food advice of what would help me. Just thought maybe someone out there went through something like this and has advice for me ... Thank you :)) <BR> Selena Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:57:18 EST Wanting my health back Hi there I am a 37 year old mom of two super kids. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, namely Cape Town, South Africa. I have always been a slim person but after I had my kids my weight ballooned and I have recently been diagnosed as hypertensive. I want to get my health and energy levels back as well learning to feel better about myself. I look forward to meeting all the fellow spark people out there Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:27:07 EST Just saying hi :-) My name is Tiffanie. I am horribly out of shape and horribly overweight ... I have been for a couple years now. I am wanting to lose quite a bit of weight and increase my fitness so I can start doing some of the things I enjoy again ... like riding my bike and running. Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:27:41 EST So far, so good I have a problem with both high sugars and cholesterol, so I came to this site hoping that it will help. <BR> It will be hard but I will succeed. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:27:57 EST Hello Hi my name is Tammy and I am new to the site. I am in need of loosing weight to get healthier and get weight off my joints. I have many health issues that involve Joints, nerves, and muscles. I have had many fusions and am in need of more and I want to avoid them if possible. I need all the help and support I can get. I have no will power so all the positive I can get will hopefully get me into the right direction. If you have any ideas on how to loose the weight or any recipes to help me ou... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:06:33 EST excited to try this! hi guys! i'm excited to try spark people and see how well this works, Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:47:14 EST very blessed Hello my name is jovan im 28 trying to.lose 50 pounds in three weeks I will only be eating.fruit in drinking water in fasting no meat im gone a fruit in juice dite hope its safe Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:33:42 EST sleepless in Alberta hi I am sherry and have trouble staying asleep for the last few years. <BR> <BR> I feel tired all the time and it makes it hard to work out and not want sugary foods for energy. <BR> <BR> I do find once I worked out to have more energy, but so far working out has not changed my sleeping, maybe I need to give it more time? <BR> <BR> I try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, give or take 1-2 hours. My bedroom is pitch dark, no alarm clock lights or anything else tha... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:56:28 EST Hello I'm Margaret Hi my name is Margaret and I am enrolled in a sports nutrition class, my reason for joining! This is a neat website and I look forward to using it even after the assignment is complete. I have always dealt with fluctuating weight, and I am realizing this is due to my inconsistency with my nutritional needs! Any great tips are welcome! Thank you Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:25:52 EST New to Spark People I am new to spark people. I am an obese woman who is 41, with some health problems. Among my health problems are sleep apnea, high blood pressure, depression, Gerd, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol which all are being treated with medications. I have been on these medications for years and I have been told that if I lose weight I could get off most of these medications. I am tired. I am sick and tired of feeling and being like this. I want to lose this weight my problem is I get started t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:08:27 EST Hello! I'm trying to lose 57 pounds and just started on here. I'm a southern lady! Wife, mom and grandma. I'm trying to be more social as I'm alone a lot! Happy to be here!! :-) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:09:12 EST Hello Hello! My name is Rach. I'm new to SP, and the group. <BR> <BR> I've had insomnia on and off since I was a teenager (almost 31 now). It's off for the moment, letting me rest for the better part of the night, but a couple months ago I only got a couple hours at best, sometimes none for a day or two. <BR> <BR> I hope to keep up with the current 5-7 hours I've been managing lately, but would love to hear any tips/tricks others have tried to have more restful sleep. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:07:41 EST Hello So I just joined sparkpeople and am looking to become a better me. For years I have struggled with sleep. I either can't sleep so I toss and turn all night or when I finally reach exhaustion I pass out and will sleep almost a full day if I don't have to get up. So most of the time my moods range from so much energy that I am off the walls because I am wired, or having to literally hold myself up because I feel I will pass out from being tired. I don't see myself as having insomnia but I also ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:19:11 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST Weight Loss Journey Hello my name is Terri Spencer. I need to loose around 53 pounds. I weigh 173 and want to get down to 120. I've been this weight for the past few years. I've only been on this site the past couple of days and from what I've seen it looks like it will be really helpful and very supportive! Some of my interests are needle work such as counted cross stitch and quilting (by hand), art work such as painting and doing origami and reading Christian books as well as watching Christian movies. I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:49:37 EST Really Nervous! Hi I am 25, my weight has been going up and down since I was teenager. I was diagnosed at 4 with polyaryicular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and when I was 13 I was put on prednisone and that's when I started putting on weight. I had a baby 10 months ago and was at my highest 289, I am currently down to 265 and I am stuck. I can't bring myself to get up and go in the morning. And eating healthy has always been a challenge for me. I don't know where to begin with motivating myself, sorry for t... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:26:06 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:37:59 EST Hello group I am in the same boat as many of you with all the wacky sleep disorders out there and people who suffer from no sleep. <BR> <BR> while I don't really know what my problem is I know from a sleep study that its not sleep apnea and they need further testing to in order to discover why I cant sleep. <BR> <BR> maybe your are like me: <BR> <BR> I get really tired sometimes cant even keep my eyes open sitting at my desk at work. so tired I close my eyes for a rest when I get home for about 20 min... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:26:34 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:33 EST How Did You Sleep? 4 and a half hour seven times waking up Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:16:01 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:34:10 EST hello hi everyone i have a question on the tracking portion of the weights, on the reps part. is that total reps or is that reps per set. very confused i need help. please and thanks have a great friday Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:45:38 EST Newbie Hi Everyone! I just joined a few days ago. Over the past few years the weight has been slowly creeping on. I try to eat a pretty healthy diet (whole food, plant based) and have been training for a half marathon. Even with eating right and exercising I wasn't losing any weight, so I decided to join SparkPeople. I'm excited to be a part of this awesome and supportive community! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:01:31 EST Hi Y'all Hi Y'all i' am from Oklahoma City and have found out that my doctor wants to put me on Insulin shots but I prefer to get health and get off all my meds that are not necessary. Today I will be going to a new gym to try a different water fitness program and I' am excited. Well I hope all have a great and blessed day today. bye for now Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:31 EST Just introducing myself. Hi! I am Denise Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to this site and am still trying to figure it out and remembering the goals I set. So much to do and so little time. Yet I am still determined. Denial is being incinerated. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:25:02 EST New me Well I hope I can see this through. Started out weighing 173 down to 170 by cutting my calorie intake and trying to get 30 minutes of some form of exercise in a day. Starting the couch to 5k program today but don't know how many calories I should eat so I don't feel ran down. Trying to stick to 1200 as closely as I can a day right now but I don't think that will be enough from this day on. Please help. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:09:23 EST Temazepam for sleep? does it work for you? Hello all, <BR> <BR> I have been taking temazepam(restoril) for sleep for the last few weeks and I can not seem to notice any change at all :( My dr was hopeful this would make me sleepy enough to be able to fall asleep but it's simply not working. Does it work for you? or did any of you seem to be immune to it? <BR> <BR> Stephaney Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:20:36 EST Here goes nothing Hi I'm new to all this got a health scare and well here I am looking to loose 120lbs by next Oct. Here's hoping. I have a 11 year old daughter and she is my life. I'm doing this for the both of us. I need all the help i can get! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:38:30 EST I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS BUT AM SCARED Hello - I am a 'slightly older' lady who has let herself go due to ill health and need some support please!!!! I am also willing to give support to anyone else who needs it. This is my first visit to any site like this and really don't know what to do or say. Please help!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:18:20 EST After weight loss.Now i need toning. Hey,my name is Allison from the great state of Georgia. <BR> In the past 3 years i have lost 120 pounds of mostly unprovoked weight loss and now need toning badly. <BR> I started drinking water and pacing around the house due to depression and severe anxiety 3 years ago and dropped 30 lbs in the first year,70 lbs in the second and 20 lbs this year so far. <BR> The weight loss has mainly affected my upper inner arms and the inside of my thighs. <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate some tips an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:42:15 EST Sleep? I totally miss a good 8 hrs. of sleep, Since 2002 I suffer from bilateral vertigo. <BR> <BR> So when I lay down the room spins, I change position the room spins and when I get up the room spins ( and sometimes I fall down, ok , alot). <BR> <BR> The doc gave me ambient to help sleep which gave me about 5 hours good solid sleep, but the insurance company says that I can only have 90 pills for the year. So now I take half a pill and hope for 2 maybe 3 hours of good sleep. <BR> <BR> I am a c... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:15:38 EST Needing serious help My name is Dinah, age 67, and right now 70 lbs over weight with no motivation, support system in my local area, no car right now to get anywhere, I am not in a good living situation my room mate will not eat fresh hardly any veggies, I come home from work and I fix supper go to room and stay in room that has no furniture other then a bed and tv....I can't stop eating at night and the more I want to loose weight the more I eat.....I have no friends in area, no outside activities, and basically... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:55:12 EST lajh1973 Hi I'm new to the spark people program. Say that 3 times in a row. I live in Licking County and hope to lose a big whooping 80 pounds. I know it will take time, patience, determination and help from all of you. I've been told that I worry and take care of everyone else. Now that I'll be turning the big 60 in March, I should take care of myself. So can I lose the weight this time? Yes! Yes! Yes! With some help from all of you. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:46:46 EST Newbie switching from Slimming World Hi everyone, I decided to join Spark people as I need a change from SW. Fed up with getting the highs and lows of eating too many carbs and not seeing results on scales, just eating too much. Also feeling deprived of things I love/ social events. Got about 3 stone to lose. Never done calorie monitoring before. Ideally want low carb diet as think that will help the cravings. Can anyone recommend the right % of carbs? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:35:42 EST ready for change 54 year old mother of 3, found myself weighing the most I've ever weighed. Decided not to do another ''quick weight loss program", as I really need to learn how to make wise choices consistently. Love this web site and the positive manner it portrays. Looking forward to meeting others and walking this road with them Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:28:42 EST Stress and Sleep Has anyone else noticed the correlation between stress levels and sleep quality. <BR> <BR> Every time my stress levels rise, no matter how reasonable the stress is my sleep quality goes down the drain. <BR> <BR> For instance last night I kept having work dreams which would cause me to wake up frequently stressing over work. When those stopped I switched to nightmares. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So of course I wake up feeling almost worse than when I went to sleep. <BR> <em>128</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:25:00 EST The benefits of melatonin? Good evening Spark People, <BR> <BR> After years of insomnia (both falling asleep and staying asleep), and countless medications to treat it, I find myself back to basics. Namely, practicing good sleep hygiene (I struggle with the guidelines), and have had hit or miss experiences with melatonin. <BR> <BR> I did learn some interesting things from my doctor though! <BR> First, our bodies don't need,and don't use more than 3mg of melatonin- so all those OTC bottles at the pharmacy tr... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:40:09 EST On The Road Again! I love that song, "On The Road Again!" I'm not really good with these things. I can tell all sorts of stories and give you a history of how I went from 85 lbs many many moons ago to 242, but...... I decided to do it a little differently this time. I study martial arts and love it. Returned to my Master about 5 years ago and am about ready to test for another belt. In July I started swimming lessons. Plan on registering for an exercise area so I can swim2 - 3 times per week. I got a re... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:00:24 EST Determined I am tired of procrastination. I am determined to become more healthy, I have 36 pounds to lose and want to do it by December 31, 2014. I have tried over and over again but have not been successful. Last summer I was down 20 pounds using the atkins diet but quickly regained the weight. High protein diets work for me but I am don't really like eggs or meat. I would love to be a vegetarian, but it seems that the vegetarian way of life doesn't work for me. I am thinking that I might go on t... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:08:33 EST 50 is the new me! Hello Everyone.....I just turned 50 this year and menopause hasn't been my friend. I started walking about 20-25 minutes 3 times a week thinking it would be enough to firm myself up and on the way to losing weight. That's how I've always lost the weight before....This isn't working. Been fast walking for 5 months and managed to gain weight....Feeling frustrated... Needing others that have felt my pain...... I've set out a reasonable weight goal loss of 22 lbs...Just needing a lot of motiv... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:27:14 EST Hello SparkPeople! I am very happy to have found this site and am looking forward to kicking to the curb the 10-15 pounds I seem to hold to dearly. Beyond time to let them go! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:27:08 EST New to the program! Hope it works! My major weight gain came after my thyroid was totally removed, I moved and started a new job. All that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain in 4 months. Ugh. I've never had an issue with being overweight until now. I will be 60 this October and would love to loose those stubborn pounds before the 31st of October. Any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:18:47 EST Need to find creative ways to work out I really can't afford a gym membership and I just had another procedure done on my feet so I can't ride my bike so things are kind of difficult in the work out field for me right now, I am finding myself getting frustrated as summer is here and I am gaining weight instead of losing or maintaining it. It's got me really frustrated at this point. I just got married in April and I'd like to stay in the very low 100's Please help I just had an ankle nerve block done on my left foot so I'm not s... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:54 EST try to make it to 90 my name is Terrence I'm 49 years old married with kids ,we all need to get in shape but im doing this for me ,and hopefully ill inspire my family to do better, but for now im going to do me. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:01:13 EST Krys from Florida Hello there, I am 41 years old and attempting to lose weight after being sedentary for 23 years. I've tried to loose weight before but it is difficult to do that when you can't walk. You see, when I was a teenager I developed Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Over the years it gradually progressed into Chondrolysis (a deteriorating bone disease) which by the time I was 35 had turned into to Avascular Necrosis (Bone Death). My physicians refused to perform surgery because of my age and treated ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:39:19 EST Introduction Hi everyone, <BR> I am 34 years old, married and have 2 children. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It's something that affects my everyday life. I am going to try to start eating healthier and try to get a little bit more fit. It's going to be a long slow process but hopefully, I will get there. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:18:39 EST Just joined! I just joined today. I want a way to keep myself accountable while I work to reach a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:04 EST Hey there! Hey everyone! I'm Jaycee. I have been on SparkPeople before right after my son was born. I had many issues losing weight due to a hormone imbalance and I just recently started on Adipex. I have already lost 6 lbs in 4 days so I am determined to continue with my weight loss and keep it off after I discontinue the medication. I have had depression issues since I was in eighth grade and had to get off of them while on the adipex. Not only do I want to lose weight to help my self confidence, but ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:06:39 EST whitegirl14 hi from someone with a lot of weight to lose Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:17 EST Hello There My name is Susan. I am starting to change some habits of mine. First, I am going to do some of the things that Mom does...measure food and count my calories and other vitamins. I have done it the past three days. Mom also gave me some other ideas on how she is loosing weight in her condition. She is taking cayenne pepper supplement and eat green beans daily. She can fit into some of her clothes she couldn't last year. Anyways, I am trying to stay to this diet of more healthy foods that I like... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:40:56 EST Rotator Good morning! <BR> I lost 40lbs with sparkpeople 3 years ago. I foolishly stopped using sparkpeople after some time of maintenance. <BR> When I worked strait nights (12 hour shifts), I found it easy to maintain my weight and stay healthy/make good choices. <BR> BUT, now I'm a job where I rotate, sometimes multiple times a week. AND, I'm a supervisor, so there is a whole new kind of stress. <BR> When I worked strait nights I could stay consistent with workouts and planning and everything, bu... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:22:48 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:19 EST Am I too old to try again? Hi my name is Candy, I am almost 68 years old. I have tried many different diets over the years, everything from diet pills to Nutri- System to the cabbage soup diet to Gastric Lap Band surgery. The weight always comes back. As far as my diet goes, I do not eat junk food, fast food, breads or sweets. Except for an occasional piece of chocolate, my downfall! I am a bit OCD about keeping food in my refrigerator and pantry. They always have to be full, even though I usually throw a lot away. I ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:07:05 EST Hi, Sloemoe here. Hitting message boards day one feels like I'm moving fast. I'm looking to get rid of 104 lbs to lighten the load on my heart (my knees and feet will probably be grateful too.). I've lost significant weight before but pray that sparking is my key to maintenance success. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:33 EST Determined! Hi I am a 45 year old Christian and am disabled by a very bad back (two herniated disks and a "broken" vertebra) . I weigh 337 lbs. I want to lose the extra 200 lbs by my 50th birthday or hopefully sooner! I want health for real. I consider this a life journey and not a fad diet. I joined SparkPeople on the recommendation of my pain management P.A. and am finding it helpful and encouraging although I have just begun to take full advantage of it. <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:56 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:25 EST Hi there to everybody Hi Cheers for the invitations. I hope you can keep me motivated! I do well at the start then the usual happens, I get down and can't be bothered. So I've got nothing to lose weight for except myself now. No weddings, big parties nowt. So the biggest reason I do have if for myself. I think that maybe motivation enough. But please keep me on track and do my nut in if I lose the plot or you don't hear from me in a while. 1st day done and dusted and feeling good. So cheers again everybody x <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:44 EST I am READY!! Hey Peeps, <BR> I'm new here O.o...Kinda nervous and Excited <BR> I'm 22 (i'll be 23 in August) and I'm 4' 10" and im trying to lose about 33lbs by the end of the year( i weight 145lbs, i want to weight 112 lbs) . I would like to make friends who are willing to support me on my weight loss journey as i will support them :) <BR> So message me and we can support each other through facebook, snapchat, txt msg, whatever!! <BR> Let me know <BR> Cant wait to start... <BR> Let the self confidence... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST Hello Joined to find support and help controlling my cravings and over eating. Lifelong problem. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:01:41 EST Sleepless in Ohio Hello, new to Spark, new to the team. I've been struggling with insomnia since I can remember. It's like somewhere along the line my body decided night was day and day was night, and it's been stuck that way. It's been a major interference to say the least, and something I'd really, really liked fixed. I can't wake up in the mornings, so when I have early things to do I find myself just staying up most of the time so I don't miss it. Lights out isn't an option for me, a night light isn't even... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:57:10 EST Hello Hello there, my name is Anna. I have basically been struggling with my weight my whole life. In late 2009 I began yet another weight loss journey, and by the end of 2010 had lost about 80, and I kept 70 of that 80 off for two years. In summer 2012 I learned I had poly cystic ovarian disease, which I have had probably most if not all my life but was never checked for. Some other stuff such as my thyroid came back abnormal, and I'm finally getting into the endocrinologist next month after getti... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:39:34 EST New at this Hi my name is Debbie an was told about this site by my niece. I am 53 married an have 2 children an 2 grandchildren. Moved to the state of Maine 9 months ago. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:05:42 EST WEight loss, sleep problems Hi all. I'm new to sparkpeople, was just diagnosed with high blood pressure, started on meds and strongly encouraged by my doc/PCP to lose 10-15 lbs in the next 3-6 months. I have PLMD -- periodic limb movement disorder of sleep. It's sorta like the more well known restless leg syndrom, but that occurs while someone is awake and keeps them up; PMLD occurs while you are sleeping. My legs move every 30 seconds or more often just about all night long, in every phase of sleep. I have meds so I ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:15:16 EST An overweight, struggling grandmother I am a Grandmother of 10. I am retired, but sell Origami Owl jewerly to keep myself busy. I have been overweight all my life, but I want to lose weight to get myself healthier. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:52 EST Good afternoon Sparkpeople! My name is Cammie and I'm from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am married to my best friend for 26 years and I have two adult children who make me smile everyday. <BR> I want to lose weight and feel better about myself. I think it will help with my chronic pain and depression. I have already lost 48 pounds and do feel better. My son is getting married in March of 2015 and I want to feeling better, looking better and ready to have a great time! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:10:00 EST Almost 50 and want to lose 100! I am a single mom of three. My 12 year old is getting worried about my health due to losing my mom recently, so I am back on the health track. I have to go back to work and need to get healthier due to that too image is everything in this world. I also don't want to get lost I depression and overeating due to that. Losing my mom to cancer last month kind of shook us all up. So here I am. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 01:19:04 EST Hi All Hi, I'm Caitlin not so much on a weight loss journey but more a health journey. Trying to better myself and my body after putting it through some hard times. Feel free to add me or talk to me, I really thrive off supporting others and seeing others do well! I love cooking and I'm formerly a rower which I hope to get back into on a less competitive level once I am recovered from recent surgery on a hip injury :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:39:08 EST My first week with SparkPeople Hi, my first week with Spark has been great! I have surprised myself and lost 8 pounds! A friend from L.A. showed me an app he used for weight loss so I went online and found your free site! It's the first time weight loss has made sense to me. I am a visual learner so to see the charts and know where I am meeting goals as far as carbs, protein, etc. and the tips on where to improve and speaking in lay mans terms such as buying individual bags of chips so I can learn portion control. Eve... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:32:14 EST I slept better than the day before I still had trouble sleeping in, then i woke up because had to go to the ladies room, and then woke up earlier than my alarm clock. <BR> <BR> but the night was better than before. because i went to bed earlier. I waited untill i felt really really tired and then I went to bed. <BR> <BR> and in bed I tried to relax Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:10:20 EST New to Sparkpeople! Hey guys! <BR> My name is Elizabeth and I joined SparkPeople as a way to document my weight loss journey. My weight has yo-yo'd for so long throughout my life but I am determined to shed the extra weight and keep it off this time. I'm 23 years young and am originally from the San Francisco bay area. I am moving to Southern California in a few months to attend UCSB and pursue my Bachelor's in Psychology. With everything going on right now, I just want to focus on things that make my happy and ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 04:44:50 EST Hi i am new to the scene My name is Lynn and I am looking to lose weight due to doctors orders. I have health problems that cause me to gain weight so the doctor wants me on a low carb low fat diet. How am I to do that and feel full? Any ideas please let me know. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:18:32 EST for real this time i love my motivation and metabolism and ambition in the last few years. i dont know who i am when i look in the mirror. i cannot participate in physical activities like i used to. at 36, i am still quite young. i am tired of making excuses, i am tired of laughing it off. i feel serious this time, i feel strong. <BR> I know hat i want and there is no reason why i cannot achieve it. the only things in my way is me. this is the start of my journey. this is my beginning. <BR> yes, again. yes, f... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:32:11 EST Heart scare leading to me focusing on ME I am a 36 year old mom of 4 kiddos ( 14, 12, 9, and 7) and recently I wasn't feeling well. The doctor decided to do a bunch of tests including an EKG that came back abnormal. I FREAKED out! My mom had heart disease for years, finally passing away from it before she was even 60. I have never smoked so that was a plus. I don't have the all clear yet until I get a stress test on July 10th. But, the cardiologist doesn't think I have anything to worry about. Yet. But I DO need to lose 70-80... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:54:28 EST Fibromyalgia and Sleep Does fighting with the sheets at night in an effort to sleep count as exercise? Joking...but I had to try. I have fibromyalgia and it's little friend insomnia. I only sleep with the help of medicine Carasopradol and melatonin. However, it seems to be working less and less and the more I exercise the wider awake I am. I'm on a strange circle. I feel for all of you because lack of sleep impacts everything! Wishing you all a restful day/night. Looking forward to any advice anyone has. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:49:53 EST loannac I was searching for a menu planner to learn how to manage my diabetes and was becoming increasingly frustrated. Finding Sparkpeople seems like a miracle. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago, and have waivered between denial, depression and avoidance until today. I think now I am ready to face facts and get on with living. I have a lot of changes and choices to make. After seeing what is offered here I feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:02:48 EST