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 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 Guy looking for tips, tricks, and whatever else! Hey. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old man who would like to lose weight. I've been overweight most of my life and have struggled with it quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I think I've done the song and dance enough to understand the basics about exercise and nutrition. I've come to realize my main issue tends to be emotional eating. That and hating fruits and veggies. And maybe love of ice cream and pasta. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from others who have tips on how to overcome hatred/disgust of veg... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:10:21 EST Hi everybody I am new here. I started this week using spark. I started reading different things on the internet and then I thought, my first priority is to read sparkle. And see what can I already fill in to monitor my challenges. <BR> Anyway I just also finished reading some articles on improving fitness goals. <BR> Have a succesfull weekend. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:44:17 EST Hello, my first time here... This is a little scary for me, ok, a lot scary for me. Now that I have that out of the way, hello! I'm looking forward to joining the dialogue on this Spark message board. We found out this past Sunday that we will be grandparents for the first time, and I joined SparkPeople {again} on Monday. I want to be here for as long as I can, and enjoy all the wonderful perks that come with being Gma. I know now that I need support in finding my way back to a healthy body, and I hopefully have som... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:21 EST Lorraine Just started today June 25th which is a wed. need to lose 50 pounds for self esteem and health, quit smoking and gained a ton of weight <BR> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:43:31 EST Struggling and getting no where My name is Alexus and I am 20 years old and over 300 pounds. I have tried many many things to help me lose weight. Ive done weight watchers twice, ive done different diets and eating plans, I have even been on prescription medication to help me lose weight twice and I gain weight while on them even though I nearly stopped eating when taking them. I dont know what I am doing wrong it seems like I gain more and more weight even when I eat right and excerise. Its starts off good and im feeling g... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:49:56 EST Committed and Prepared to Conquer Hello. I have been struggling with weight issues since I was an early teen. I have tried multiple methods of weight loss, pills, skipping meals, and the list goes on. <BR> <BR> When I moved away from all I had known and married my husband, I weighed 238 pounds. Almost a year later, I now weigh 293. The stresses of beginning a new life, mixed in with laziness just took a hold of me. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are wanting children, but I don't want to begin a pregnancy being super overw... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:12:17 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:57 EST Hello to all my sleepless teammates! Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Jan. I never had a sleep problem until 2 1/2 years ago. I used to drink caffeinated coffee and go to bed. I have not been able to fall asleep since my husband passed from Alzheimer's disease. I tried melatonin to no avail. Tried unison and other OTC products. I now take .5 mg of Xanax after 9 p.m. and have been able to fall asleep. <BR> <BR> Would love to be off of it. I have never had to increase the dosage nor take it in the daytime. Just want to sleep o... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:11:26 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Marie, and after having 4 kids ages ranging from 13-5, I have put on extra weight that I just can't seem to lose. Its been even harder after I herniated a disk, and screwed up my SI joint. I'm hoping to find extra motivation from spark people. :) Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:37:04 EST Hi everyone! Hi guys! My name is Amanda and I just joined. I'm a 23 year old mother of one beautiful daughter sweating it out in Arizona. I love meeting new people and would welcome encouragement and motivation from anyone who has some to spare! <BR> <BR> Good luck meeting your goals! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:15:17 EST Hello and Goodby........ ......patricia I don't mean to run out on everyone but I will be back on Monday. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:41:48 EST sleeep Just found out that I do have sleep apnea, will be going in a few wks to get fitted for a C-PAP, aka "my pappy". LoL. I am so looking forward to the hope of finally getting a goodnight sleep. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:36:36 EST Humbly, he opens his Big Mouth, and ...... Hi all! My name is Randy, and I've been using the SparkPeople site for nearly a week now and decided it's time to get involved. I've been trying to lose weight for quite a while now, and ran across this site while trying to prepare a program for my TOPS chapter. I think between both SparkPeople and TOPS, I can finally get a handle on my lifestyle and permanently drop my excess weight (already I've lost 2 lbs that I can positively say came from my experience with SparkPeople)! I look forward t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:53 EST I am new Yep, sleep is an option. Would really like to be able to sleep without the aid of meds. Get so tired sometimes I just can't hardly stand it. If I dare lay down during the day it messes up my sleep for the night and I wind up being away anywhere from 18 to 22 hours straight just in hopes of getting a good nights sleep tonight. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:26:24 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro,... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:44:48 EST Sleep 5-1/2 hours in bed, 4 hours sleep -- Kept waking up with problems breathing, long night. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:31:46 EST New to Forum Hello everyone. I am so glad I came across this forum. Looking forward to reading everyone's tips and sharing mine as well. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:26:20 EST bequiltn8 I finally decided I need to take better care of myself-- I have a lot of weight to lose, and I certainly need help doing it. I have just spent 18 months away from my home caring for my ailing 90 yr old mother--has made me realize we don't have forever to do the things we thought we did. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:48 EST Hello There! Hi my name is Denell. I just joined SparkPeople today. I think I have sleep apnea and am in the process of having a test scheduled. This combined with my tendency to stay up late trying to get things done after the kids have gone to bed, keep me from getting a good night's rest. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:40:17 EST I'm finally making the choice to lose weight! Hello. I am stickgrl8. I am new and have already dropped 3 lbs.I need to lose 113 or so so I can use ALL the support I can get. I am a vegan and struggle with my sugar intake. sodas are the worst. thanks to ALL who can support me. and I am totally willing to support any of you too. thanks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:46:27 EST Newb that wants to be fit and have time! My name is Renee and I recently just started college for my BSN degree. I have worked so hard this past year to earn a 4.0 and I even started summer classes. I'm beginning volunteering at a nursing home and hospital. I also work a part time job while still living at home. (I'm a commuter). I just want the motivation and extra time to earn a healthy and fit lifestyle. I can never find the time or energy to workout between studying and working. I have turned to google and came across this wonde... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:14:29 EST New to spark people Hello My name is Tammy and I am from Delaware. I have been obese since my early teen years. I have been struggling with my weight for many years, I am 41 now. I want to be healthy, I want to be pretty. I was even on phentermine for a short amount of time years ago and I lost some weight then, but not enough to make a difference. And I gained it all back and then some. With my weight issues I have some medical issues that can be corrected if I lose weight the doctors say, hypothyroidism, sleep... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:39:18 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:18:50 EST Hi Everyone- My name is Jessica Hi, <BR> As I have said in the topic line, my name is Jessica. I was dx'ed with insomnia last winter. i did try some of my Dr.'s suggestions but I still had some bad nights. His main question on my follow up was "if you spend x amount of time asleep, why are you in bed for so long?" My answer was 'because I am trying to sleep or I', trying to wake up in the morning!" ahh! I do have some bad nights but he understood that I may have (and do) have what's called delayed sleep phase syndrome. Thes... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:46:48 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:24:33 EST Hello, I joined Tuesday June 3, 2014 I have been yo-yo dieting for many years, I would succeed and lose major amounts. Show off what I did, then go back to my old habits. Then I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I lost some weight and kept it off. Dieting is a bad word. I prefer lifestyle change. Changing my lifestyle, of no activity, overeating, feeling bored, lonely and frustrated was easier than I thought. I began to read labels, I began to plan my meals ahead of time. I began packing my lunch the night befo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:49:51 EST Hello I am Belinda and trying lose weight and get healthy. A friend suggested I try the cardiac diet to loose weight. So I am starting today. Has anyone tried it before? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:27:03 EST New to Spark Hi ~ I am new to Spark. I have lost over 100lbs in the pasgt 3 years but now I am in that dreaded "nothing seems to budge" land in the weightloss journey. I live in Austin TX but have been lucky enough to have lived in Chicago, NY and Los Angeles in the past. I try to stay active outdoors and lovee to camp and hike. Very happy to be part of this community. Sat, 31 May 2014 16:21:09 EST This is the time Hi, I'm Michelle. I'm 43 and am ready to live healthy. I'm experiencing discomfort and ailments that would be better if I shed some weight. I want to grow to be a spunky old lady. I really am excited about this change. I'm ready for the work and effort. But I'm more ready for the results and the rest of my life. Fri, 30 May 2014 22:02:02 EST One Overworked, Stressed and Tired Grad Student Hi all - <BR> I'm Ann. I'm a rising second year graduate student (out of 3 years) at the University of Maryland studying History and Library Science. My senior year in undergrad I spent in Wales and walked around everywhere. I returned to the U.S., moved halfway across the country, started grad school, worked 35 hours a week and ate a lot. So it came as no surprise that I managed to gain 30 pounds in the past year. <BR> <BR> I'm hear because doing it alone I haven't succeeded in the past. I... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:12:56 EST Newbie just making my way around the site Hi. I just signed up last night & am looking around the site today. I am also on My Fitness Pal but saw all the community things on here so I thought I would check it out. <BR> I have been losing weight since January & my goal is only 8lbs. away & then to tone up a bit. <BR> Hope to learn more here & get some great ideas from everyone. <BR> Heather <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:55:49 EST Hello from PA Hello my name is Margaret and I am 56 years old. I am a mom of 2 girls and live with my oldest one. I joined Sparkpeople because I have to lose weight to be able to get a liver transplant if I need one because my liver is failing. My daughter is a member on here and told me it would be a good idea to join because we both could use help with getting motivated and staying motivated. Tue, 27 May 2014 23:20:59 EST Baseball Size Hernia hi,, I have had a belly button hernia now for over 4 years, and it has grown to the size of a baseball, (no lie). It started small and like a dummy i started pushing it in and out and figure it would be fine. Its the size of a baseball now, and the fact i keep losing wieght and gaining it back has made scar tissue grow on one side of it, like it wants to cover it up. its very tight now and since Im over 350lbs i have to make sure i have clearance room for the extra size of my beelly bu... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:50:49 EST Happy Memorial Day from Aubrey, TX! Hi everyone! My name is Melissa. I live in Providence Village, TX with my husband and two beautiful boys (ages 13 and 10). I've been a member of Spark People before, but have vowed to make this "the time." I have had problems with my weight on and off for my entire life, and at this point, would really like to set a great example for my kids at these critical points in their lives. This time, though, it's about far more than losing weight... it's about getting healthy, forming positive habit... Mon, 26 May 2014 18:12:28 EST I am Renae Hello my name is Renae. I suffer from insomnia. I am single mom of 4 small children and really dont have time to be up most of night and exhausted all day. My kids are very busy and i really wish i had more energy to play with them. I am looking for support and to see what has worked for others. Mon, 26 May 2014 00:28:17 EST New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST Hello from PA Hello, my name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1 boy. I joined this site to get support and motivation when needed because I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My main goal for losing weight is to have my own child (my son is my husbands unfortunately not biologically mine) and overall be healthier to take care of my family. If anyone has any questions for me or would just like to be friends, just send me a message. Blessed be everyone. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:03 EST Hello, everyone New to Spark People and this team. I have been developing sleep issues over the last three years or so. I suffer from insomnia and sometimes go for days without sleep. I have numerous body aches and pains, developed restless leg syndrome, experience muscle cramping and uncontrolled body movements. I am peri menopausal and so also experience night sweats, hot flashes, migraines, and often have no energy. I am experiencing muscle weakness at times as well. Recently I was diagnosed with a... Sun, 18 May 2014 15:04:06 EST Hello - I'm Merci from Portland, Oregon I was on Sparks quite a few years ago, now I'm back! I am determined to make it work this time: I'm 52, 100+ pounds to lose, not getting younger, and don't want to spend the rest of my life feeling sore, tired, sick, depressed, and generally just plain 'blah'. It's time for a change, and I'm feeling very motivated this time - I will do this! I know it will take time, I will slip up, it will go slow or even stop on occasion, but I will plug my way through every opportunity that comes my way! ... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:27:19 EST New here Hello all, I'm Wendy. I'm a married mother of a six year old and a two year old. I'm not trying to lose anymore weight as I've lost all my baby weight in the last year practicing portion control. I am about to quit smoking and want to be able to maintain my weight as I start that journey. I've suffered with insomnia since about 2004 when I lost my dad. It started with nightmares and had progressed to I just lay there trying to get my mind to shut down. I've tried meditation and that helpe... Sat, 17 May 2014 09:51:37 EST Hi I am Nan 59 <BR> single <BR> sharing home with Mum 83 <BR> enjoy gardening (just as well as I have inherited a large one from dad) <BR> Work 35 hrs full time over 4 days with daily round trip commute 3 hours if the trains run on time <BR> How would you suggest I fit in 7/8 hours sleep plus housework, gardening, exercise, me-time and work. I struggle with it all Fri, 16 May 2014 17:12:32 EST dealing with depression I am 37 years old with depression and rhuematoid arthritis and have gained alot of weight from over eating. I am new at this program but hoping it helps. Wed, 14 May 2014 18:14:27 EST New to the I Need Sleep Forum Hi everyone - my name is Debbie and I joined SparkPeople on 4/26. I've been tracking my food and some fitness, in an effort to change my lifestyle by eating healthier. I believe one of my problems is not getting enough sleep (insomnia) and not having the energy to exercise or eat better. I currently get about 6 hours of sleep (my body knows it's not enough since I sometimes want to go right back to bed about 2 hours after getting up) and I drag the rest of the day. Due to a compressed nerve i... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:16:11 EST hi everyone! Hi! My name is Dani, I lost 70 pounds 3 years ago with Sparkpeople and have gained back 40 in the past year due to some setbacks (collapsed lower spine, lost right kidney to cancer and then our house burned and we wound up moving to the outskirts of the city.) .. where all I do is sit... and snack... and drink sugary coffee... I need to re-lose this weight and I'm not sure how to do it with the bad back, etc. Any ideas are totally welcome =) Tue, 13 May 2014 17:49:47 EST HELLO, I JUST JOINED AND LOOK FORWARD TO THIS PRO I'VE BEEN OVER WEIGHT AND DIETING ALL MY LIFE. THIS TIME IS NOT A DIET, IT'S A LIFE STYLE CHANGE. AT MY AGE I JUST WANT TO BE HEALTHY! I'VE LOST OVER 40LBS. IN THE PAST 7 MONTHS, BUT NEED SOME EXTRA SUPPORT. I HAVE FIBRO. AND A BAD BACK BUT CANT LET IT STOP ME FROM GETTING AS HEALTHY AS I CAN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF THIS GROUP. HELLO TO EVERYONE :). APRILSUNSHINE22. Tue, 13 May 2014 08:58:52 EST new to spark Hi I'm new on today was my first day.I mad it with no Pepsi.i hope this gets easier.can anyone tell me how to deal with pop craving. Mon, 12 May 2014 23:18:50 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:45 EST HELP! cym222 Hello,I just joined sparkpeople,I'm about 100 lbs overwieght and want to live a more active life style like I used to.I dont really know what I'm doing or how to use sparkpeople,so far all I do is track my meals and fitness which is working so far,I've lost 5 lbs since I started 3 days ago.I'm wondering if there is a coach I can correspond with on a daily basis that's free.Any advice please let me know, and it might be easier to email me directly until I know what I' ... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:38:12 EST Hello everyone! My name is Maritza and I am 58 yrs old. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol and high blood pressure too. I need to loose weight to get better. I will appreciate all the support given! thanks! Sun, 11 May 2014 23:33:03 EST Hello :D :3 hello! I'm Kota ~ I was a member before but i had deleted my past account due to some in life issues! <BR> <BR> :D I've rejoined because i do enjoy this website. Also I hope to move foward with everyone in building a healthy lifestyle , weight loss and a better me, us! <BR> <BR> My goals right now are to lose weight and be more active with a better eatting habits. Currently I'm a bit of a lazy gamer. Aint gonna lie, i need that push once in awhile to get off my tush. <BR> <BR> Currentl... Sat, 10 May 2014 18:38:42 EST hello, you can call me Ellie. )O( Hiya, I'm 28 years old, an eclectic pagan lady living in Indiana. About to go back to school, maybe for Biology, working in food service to pay the bills. I love animals more than pretty much anything in the world, though, and I can't wait to get a big-kid job working with them. <BR> <BR> I didn't have much trouble sleeping when I was younger. Until about 3 years ago, when my partner started night shift. Then I couldn't sleep at all without him. (Empty bed syndrome?) <BR> <BR> I was just s... Sat, 10 May 2014 11:04:40 EST Feeling Inspired Good Morning to everyone This is a new journey for me I just turned 60 years old.. I am an administrative manager at a local hospital, unfortunately divorced after 30 years of marriage. My divorce almost 10 years ago hit me hard and it was like I was in a trance. When I came out of the trance through therapy, support of my friends and family I found my emotional health and strength better than ever, however my body has not recovered, I am 85 YES 85! pounds heavier than I was 10 years... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:23:28 EST New to SP Hi, I'm Jen and new to SP. I'm looking forward to getting healthy and losing weight. Looks like there's a ton of information and support here. Fri, 9 May 2014 21:51:53 EST Hello, new to community programs Hello, my name is Stacey. I am new to the community programs. I was hoping this would give me more influence in sticking with my goals. I have been trying for 4+ years to loose the weight I gained in a matter of a few months. I have struggled for a while and hope this can give me the right push. I don't know if anyone has any advice but if you do I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Thu, 8 May 2014 22:43:41 EST Hi, Everyone! Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth husband and I just recently got health insurance, and at my first doctor's appointment in nearly ten years I found out I have high cholesterol. I am hoping that, now that I have a legitimate medical reason to start taking care of myself, I will actually be able to follow through and get myself healthy. I've always known that I was overweight, but to have this added incentive will hopefully end up being a blessing ... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:52:26 EST Trying to get back to what I know is best for me.. Though I did find this great site back in 2008...I have not been a faithful follower...a lot has changed in my life since 2008, the most life changing being that I lost an adult child in 2009, married my long time sweetheart in 2012 ( my "present" for my 60th birthday), and inherited a 14 year old grandson in Dec 2013. I am a survivor. But raising a teenager, who has now lost both parents, after the nest has been empty for at least 15 yrs, has been a bit of a shock to my system. I am so bl... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:11:28 EST Hello! Hi I'm Nikki, I'm 34, live in Florida, am happily married to my best friend & we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. I joined Sparkpeople at the end of March 2014, have been using the counters, reading the articles & watching the videos. I think it's time I also start using the community aspect as well <em>224</em> . I joined sparkpeople as I need to lose quite a bit of weight and gain some much needed energy. I want to be able to chase my 2 year old around and have her be the one all t... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:52:29 EST Hello everyone Hi I have just signed up today I am still trying to work out how to use this site. My goal weight is 60kg but I am currently 81kg which means I have 21kg to lose but right now I would be happy to lose a kg at the moment anything is better then nothing . I would like to hear some success stories on everyone else and I will keep you all updated with my progress <BR> Cheers... Sun, 4 May 2014 05:54:56 EST Two word game Pin up! <em>246</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 20:36:15 EST no more excuses Hey everybody, Luckily, weight only became an issue for me about eight years ago. The Dr. told me lose 13 lbs and I put on 20 more! About six years ago I started to be accountable to myself.( 2 siblings became diabetic & I was on my way) I managed to loose 15 of it and then hit a plateau. Last month I found the paleo plan and have lost 11 lbs in the last 7 weeks. I still have 7 lbs to go to reach the Dr.'s goal. I am having trouble getting my vegi's and I'm not much of an exercise person.... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:01:54 EST Found the blogs! Go to the community page and look under "Featured Blog Posts From Members." Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:18:37 EST OVER 40 AND TRYING TO STAY FIT Hi <BR> I just turned 42 and would like to slim down. I am 5’4 and 134 I would like to be 120 to 125. I have one of those expensive NordicTrack treadmills and do 2 to 3 miles 4 to 5 miles a week and cannot lose weight. I need advice on what I am doing wrong. Also let me explain I live with a husband and a 14 year son who are constantly bringing in junk food to eat. I am not able to get rid of junk food because my husband and son are not worry about their weight. <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:57:08 EST Difficulty getting to sleep Hi, I am almost 60 and have had an insomnia problem for years. I went the medication route and that just added more problems to my bag. So now I am looking for ways to be able to relax and sleep more than 3 or 4 hours a night. I teach school and I am dragging! <BR> Denise Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:00:41 EST Exhausted all day but energized at night? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a little bummed about this...I am so tired and I want to sleep during the day, but once its night time, I have a tough time falling asleep (I don't nap during the day). When I do sleep, I find that I am up a lot. I sleep just 20 minutes at a time. I have covered my alarm clock and think that I may need to put up a shade over my skylight window. I have a prescription for clonzapam and it helps me sleep, but not well. <BR> <BR> Frustrated...and now dealing with ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:09:19 EST Hello I don't have a lot to say, except hello. I'm here because I need help tracking my progress and staying motivated to lose weight and manage a couple of things, like my blood pressure and depression. I have an extra motivation because if I don't get things in check I'm out of a job. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty quiet, more lurker than anything. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:58:48 EST Midnight, ugh Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephaney and I am awake at 12:13 am yet again. This not sleeping is no fun. I guess it could be a combination of lots of things that are keeping me awake. Took a unisom and will try to sleep in an hour. <BR> <BR> Stephaney Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:14:06 EST A little hello I'm posting to the forums for my very first time. I don't have a lot of experience doing this but am glad to finally be taking this step. I joined spark people for the same reason that many others join, to lose weight. However, another side to my joining is with the hopes that I can make friends and learn to change my eating habits. I have a strong desire to learn a healthy way to eat. I want to be able to choose the right foods and the right portion sizes to not only lose the weight, but whe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:46:34 EST Menopause and loosing weight :( help Hello ... Help .... I'm going through menopause and I have put on weight .. im having a hard time loosing it.... has anyone gone thru this that can help. ... thanks Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:52:12 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE Hi, <BR> I will be turning 60 this year and this is the first time I look at myself and think I am looking old on my face, with my belly fat...disgusting! I have the potential to become diabetic, gestational diabetic with both pregnancies, so I am looking to bring my weight down a bit and hopefully I can. I am bad at follow through, especially when I feel down about anything. My go to feeling down remedy is sweets. I am hoping that I will be able to keep on my meal plans better as I am selec... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:12:11 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:43 EST BULLETMOONTEAKA's SparkPage I hope I am doing this correctly, I have tried before but not sure where things have gone to as of yet. I am 57 years of age and ready and most importantly need to get myself in better health. I am hoping with the support of the team I can succeed in this journey. I hope to connect with some of you so we can share our experiences.... hope to hear from you out there. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:43:37 EST hello everybody hello Im new to sparkpeople Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:44 EST New to sparkle Hello I'm a week in and down 7lbs. Feeling great. Had a union meeting yesterday and there was a table full of goodies and I didn't even desire them. I need to be more active , I do have a work out world membership but haven't been going. I don't like going alone or when it's crowded. Anyone in the Brockton MA area looking for a workout buddy? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:32 EST susan Hi people on Spark! Trying to renew old goals and set some new ones; need to get motivated to lose some extra pounds. Thanks for encouragement! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:43:36 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST Day 1!!!! Hey all! My name is Danielle. I am 36 years old and have a one year old son. I am still 40 lbs over my goal weight. It has taken me a long time to start back with exercising due to an EXTENDED recovery time from my emergency c section! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food on my phone for the last week and today I started 30 day shred (again). I used to be able to do level 2 without a problem but level 1 killed me this morning!!! Thanks to all who will provide support and good luck ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:21 EST Nice to meet you'all! Hi, my I'm Cindee. <BR> I have been trying to lose weight for a long time. The most I've weighed has been up to309 lbs! I get discouraged and stress eat, or just become content with my weight and convince myself that that's how I should feel and look. <BR> I have a classic rock band with my sisters and I am the vocalist, so losing weight has haunted me for years. the least I've weighed is 282 lbs and with the help of this site I have started this challenge ones more. <BR> Thank you for we... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:40:25 EST Sleepless nights Help! Can't take the sleepless nights! Most nights I only get a couple hours sleep. I have Fibro and RA! Nothing I have tried helps. I can't fall asleep if i do I wake up in a couple of hours then cant fall back asleep. Want to scream! Doctors say not enough sleep is making my pain worse. Any suggestions or anyone with same problem? ? Thanks! <BR> Sheila Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:34:44 EST Hello Hi, I'm a 40 something mom who is on the verge of being an empty nester. I've been yo-yoing for the past too many years and it's time to stop! I'm here to move forward and not look back. <BR> For the first time in 21 years I have time to my self, for myself, with my youngest being 17. I have about 80 lbs to loose. I know it won't happen overnight, but I know I need to just start and stick with it once and for all, and just loose the weight. <BR> I'm a person that needs accountability and... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:47:56 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:34:41 EST Hello! Well I finally did it, reached 201 on the scale and my husband nagging me. I tried a paid program with little to offer then remembered SparksPeople. I've lost 2 lbs in only a few days. Afraid of getting the saggy skin like an elephant but maybe that won't happen. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:02 EST Hey, new to site Looking for friends :) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:15 EST Newish to spark Hello, I would say this was a brief introduction, but my life is never that boring. March 15, 2014 was my start date for this site found it while browsing for a calorie counter. I am a 32 year old mom of 4. I have 3 girls and a boy. My oldest is 13, then 11, and 9 and then my miracle son who is 2. I had cervical cancer and had to have part of my cervix removed and was told I couldn't have kids anymore. Well 7 years after my last daughter was born and I get to do it all again, of course boys a... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:38:02 EST busy and fat I am a grandmother, mother, wife, xspecial ed teacher, great cook, and very caring. I am not able to control my eating some of the time, at other times it is easy to focus on low calorie eating and feel confident about it. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and have been able to keep my weight even. Last month I lost a cousin who was very dear to me. It has left me drained, and I am eating too much. I have gained 10 pounds after helping him die with dignity and helping deal with his estat... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:52:00 EST Ready to Make Changes Hello My name is Jessica and I am almost 42 years old ( 4/8/72) and I found this wonderful website to help me learn how to eat better and how to get active and healthy. I had gastric bypass in April of 2012 I lost initially 130 pounds in the first 18mos and then I sat at the same weight for a few months and then the holidays happened and well Ive gained 30lbs and it scares me to death because the surgery I went through and the recovery was super hard on me. I don't want that all to be a was... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:21:25 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am new here and looking for some support buddies on this journey. My goal is to lodse between 70-80 LBS to start. I have two daughters 14 and 19 years old. I am 36 years old and have been married 16 years now. <BR> Hope to hear from you all soon and good luck to everyone on there journey!! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:02:18 EST New to spark There is a lot goin on here. I'm still trying to maneuver the site get set up. I'm reading the book and I totally can relate to the spark people founder so that is why I joined. My life is being wasted away and I'm getting fat and settling for a life I don't want. I know I can do and be so much better than right now. I want to change my life. I want to be the person who can reach her goals and not give up. I fizzle. Yeah. I fizzle out and quit. I give up on myself all the time. Yes, th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST I am coming off Lyrica Today its the second day in where i have taken 1 3/4 of my daily dosis of Lyrica. <BR> This is a thread i found about the Lyrica withdrawal syndrome: <BR> <BR><BR>read.php?t=192315&highlight=Lyrica <BR> <BR> I am happy that today i just had some headache and a sore throat. In the morning i was rather active, but now taking it easy and slow. <BR> <BR> Hoping that people think twice before they start using this drug. <BR> <BR> I tried to quit col... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:26:26 EST Granny Minne Hey I decided to try this again. I. was on here over 5 years ago, but did not try very hard ,and you know if you don't try you fail, and so I am hoping to get healthier this time... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:17:57 EST candy's new love Hi there, I'm a 43 yr old woman making positive changes in my life over the past few years. I've struggled with many addiction in my life, my current being cigarettes and food, comfort food, food for every occasion, especially when exhausted. Over the past couple of years I've quit smoking only to gain 10-20 lbs, than start smoking only to lose 10-15 lbs. It's been a pattern to go back and fourth. I'm taken a Nutrition class and my professor assigned us to track our food for three days, well ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:14:51 EST Renewing my Spark I'm starting again with Spark People. Looking for ways to keep moving forward and staying healthy! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:02:39 EST need to do this finally!!!! Hi <BR> I have been struggling with mt weight for years, i had my son 4 years ago and have never lost my baby weight, i have tried different things, i realise now at my age 44 that i need to get fit and loose some weight has i am am very very unhappy about it, its like a dead weight, i look pregnant !!! its ruining my life, please help: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:44:00 EST My "Sleep meds" I was prescribed medical cannabis for migraines, and it has the added effect of helping me get awesome, restful sleep. Has anyone else used it for that effect? Keep in mind in my state it is legal and it was prescribed to me for a qualifying condition. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:22:55 EST Hello everyone! Newbie here :-) Hey, how awesome is this site?!?! Just popping in to say hello as I learn the ropes around here. <BR> I'm a mom of 3 little ones who are 9, 6 & 5 and have 25lbs (or so- I'm not really as hung up on the number so much as physical shape) to lose for my 10th wedding anniversary and vow renewal in 20 weeks! I am ready to get back into pristine shape and blow my husbands socks off in that renewal gown! I've set a start date of April 1st to give me a few days to really get a feel for the site, prep... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:34 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 I read Lynn Modranskis Biblical group weightloss plan and I decided to start one in my home. <BR> We are on the 2nd week of her plan. Which group should we join on Spark people? Christi Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:37:29 EST Hello Friends My name is Wendy and I am trying to loose weight. My husband does all the cooking and I cant loose weight. Help I need some friends and suport. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:53:01 EST Hi Im new to this site and to getting healthy Hello, I have decided that it's time I make myself a priority and by that I would love to lose some weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to lose 50 lbs by March 2015 but mainly to start making healthier choices in my life so that I can live a better life for my two beautiful daughters and not get held back because of my weight. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:09:57 EST I'm a newbie Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and to the USA AND to this new group too! <BR> I'm a 38 year old woman and just moved from Holland Europe to Florida cause I met my husband there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready to loose some desired pounds. The first week on this website i only put weight ON cause I was more then normally focused on food. <BR> <BR> From tomorrow on a new start for me though. Haha.....that's a simple life to be always allow yourself to start again. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:52:07 EST Jimi777 I am the father of 6 kids and I have 4 grandchildren. Over the years I have put on a lot of weight and now would like to get healthly Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:02:48 EST Finding me under all lol. My name is Kayla and like the title says I'm trying to find the person I know I am underneath all the "me" I've put on over the years. I'm 24 years old and have a five and three year old. My kids are my world and I hope to get fit so I can be a better mommy. I've always had a little trouble doing it on my own so if anyone wants to chat or get together to work out let me know! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:55:55 EST sleepy and wiped Hi "i need sleep" team members, <BR> I am 62 and am trying to turn my life around. As I do, suddenly I'm it sleeping. Is this typical when you suddenly begin to exercise again, and cut back on portion sizes? I sleep for 1 to 3 hours, get up for an hour, sleep for 1-3 hours, etc. The last phase of sleep is usually the longest at 3 hours. Any advice? I'm wiped. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:05:07 EST Just joined I have struggled with my weight for years. It is so much harder to lose as I get older (as it is for everyone). I lost 30 pounds and still had more to go when I had foot surgery and gained 15 back. I took a vacation and I'm tired of not liking to have my picture taken. Exercise is somewhat easy, the food is an issue. I have tried many programs and hope this one helps me,! <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:58:27 EST The Fluffy Fox Hi this is my first time on any blog site and I'm here because over the past 10 years I've gained 100 pounds and I'm serious about getting it off. But I don't want to use a fad diet I want to do it the right way and make a lifestyle change. All suggestions are welcomed. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:01:38 EST My name is jill and I have already lost 8 pounds. Hey everyone, I just joined Spark People to help me continue with my weight loss goals. I have lost 8 lbs already in a month and a half, and would like to at least lose 24 more. Not only to look better but mainly feel better. I have noticed that if I don't get on the treadmill each day it makes me grumpy. So I think it is a habit now. YAY. Wish me luck, as I wish all of you. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:38:23 EST New Introduction <em>524</em> Hi, I'm Marion. I live in the Houston, TX area. In 2008 I contracted Lyme Disease. Because of the controversy that surrounds this disease, I was not properly treated and it quickly entered the chronic stage. I was given several different medicines that put over 100 pounds on me in less than a year. I've been unable to do any kind of real workout to help in weight loss due to the extreme pain I have to live with, so loosing weight has been very difficult. I can do a little for a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:55:39 EST Hello! Just joined today and wanted to say hello. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:08:38 EST Hello My name is Sandi and I am a single mom of 2 girls (Reba 23 and Mandi 18). Mandi has Aspergers & Tourettes syndrome. Reba has 2 little ones that also live with me (Damien is 4 and Reiya is 2). <BR> <BR> I am not usually one to join groups and introduce myself. I tend to sit in the background and observe, but I feel for this to work for me I have to step out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey this time around on May 18, 2013. I have lost 85 pounds, but get ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:30:37 EST Over 40 with 50 plus pounds to lose! I was tired of the diet phases. I recently had surgery and it sent me into menopause. Gained about 50 pounds. I am ready to take it off!!! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:55:20 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:10 EST late/evening snacking it's very hard to watch tv at night without snacking..any advice? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:29:39 EST new member My name is lynda2327 just joined looking for help support on my journey in this,. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:23:41 EST HI I have been on Ambien for a couple years. I have to take it every night or I will wake up in less that 2 hours and not be able to go back to sleep. The last time I went for a new prescription they had to reduce my dosage to 5mg, by law they can no longer prescribe more than that. Sometimes now I only sleep in 2 hr. increments waking up every 2 hours, sometime going to bathroom sometimes able to go right back to sleep. Hoping there is something that will help. I hate taking the pill every ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:36:36 EST Nervous but hopeful... Hey, my name is Britt and I'm finally to the point where I'm so desperate that I have to do something. I've tried losing weight in the past but my willpower seems to be nonexistent after a couple of weeks of trying to be healthy. I'm guilty of losing 10 pounds, then putting on 20+. I'm to the point where my clothes aren't fitting anymore and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. The one thing in common with all of my past attempts is that I did it alone- so I'm hoping that participating in the me... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:44 EST Hope To Be Accepted Hi, <BR> I learned about this group through support meetings at the military hospital on Ft Bragg in North Carolina. I injured my knee and started to gain weight after doing Atkins for around 10 years successfully. Due to my physical limitations, I have had problems exercising at the level I used to do. As a result I have been going through the process of preparing to have bariatric surgery. I am looking for support and am hoping to find others that have been through the process. Thanx! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:10:08 EST Melissa for Workouts and Diets Hello! Looking for a virtual workout buddy. Someone who won't let me take a rest day just because.... <BR> My main goal is to continue working out, rather than just rushing to get fit for events. Right now I'm doing well, but I don't want to stop just because I reach my goal weight. I always do that. My workout goals are to run/jog, 6 times a week, 12-18 miles. I try to do the Spartacus workout 3 times a week, and do a dedicated Ab and lower back workout twice a week in addition. When ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:26:34 EST This isn't Sleepless in Seatle So.....I'm new to Sparkpeople, and as part of the entrance examination ( <em>211</em> ), I selected sleep issues as something I struggled with. I would have to be some kind of fibber or professional politician to say otherwise. Sleep has been an issue for me my whole life; as a kid I had to be roused Christmas morning. I've always felt as though I never got enough sleep, and as I progressed into my teenage and adult years, I struggled with nighttime anxiety. Thanks to the endless love a... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:21:25 EST Hi Everyone Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST Ativan My doctor gave me Ativan because I wasn't sleeping very well at night, I would wake constantly from night terrors. Unfortunately it is addictive, so I don't want to use it all the time. But nights I don't use it I am up til 3 or 4 in the morning, sometimes later, and get up at 6 with the youngest. I need an all-natural sleep aid that won't affect me during the day. I miss sleep. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:11:45 EST Hi- I am from Jacksonville, FL I am looking forward to this new journey in my life where I am learning to make better food choices, incorporating daily exercise into my life. <BR> Kids are grown, grandchildren out of town so I have no reasons why I shouldn't do this. <BR> I was a dental hygienist for thirty-two years and have been married for almost forty years. <BR> Actually, my husband has joined me in this effort as well! <BR> Wish us well, please, we are on our way :-) Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:25:28 EST Alikat I need help! I am a yoyo dieter and have recently been on a non stop eating binge! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:08:40 EST Missanne on the move I need help!!!!!!!!!! My Goal is to lose 75 pounds before my 60th Birthday on December 9th,2014. Please I need a lot of support and a chance to support others on this journey. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:25:28 EST Found the Introduce Yourself Page Hi, I'm Chrystal. I've been lurking around the site for a little over a week, and so far i'm enjoying it. I like to crochet when i have time and space, and I'm a TV addict. My biggest challenge is finding the motivation to get up and do something, including cleaning my house. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:03:07 EST I am the fat mom. Hello, my name is Stacy and I am the fat mom at the preschool. I have been fat for a long time, but this is the fattest that I have ever been. I avoided scales ever since my youngest was born (she is 4 now). I knew that I was getting bigger, but I was in denial about just how much bigger I was. I recently went to the doctor and got a weight. The number made me want to cry. 270. Yeah, that's not good. So it is time for a change. I joined the sparkpeople website at this time last year,... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:12:08 EST What's Keeping You Up? What's your sleep problem(s)? Medical? Psychological? Stress based? <BR> <BR> I'm bipolar type 2, and have anxiety disorders. Being on the right medications has helped but I still have problems here and there. Especially around that time of the month, my meds pretty much crap out during that time and my emotions, and sleeping issues act up again. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:45:55 EST Hi there. I've tried several sensible ways to live healthier. Some of them have worked for a while, but eventually I seem to lose motivation. Then the weight creeps back and I stop exercising. I guess I need a community to remind me about my goals. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:18:42 EST Hello everyone Hi, My name is Tina. I've been tracking my calories and exercising for the last week. I've started and stopped many times but I feel confident that I have the right motivation to stick to it this time, however, today has been hard. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:05:07 EST Hello :) My name is Patricia! I am thirty years old. Happily married with two beautiful daughters. I don't have much confidence and I my doing this journey on my own. I am looking forward to doing something for me in the first time since I can't remember. I need to reclaim my confidence and I want to make my children proud of me. <BR> I look forward to connecting with new people Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:41:50 EST daryl kemp retired I am 65 retired and have gained weight to 280lbs, I am a diebetic type 2, my goal weight is 210 lbs, I would appreciate some help in daily diet, and exercise program, as well as quitting smoking Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:53 EST First Day Hi! Today was my first day of tracking everything on sparkpeople. So far I'm in love. I do need to make some friends so friend me, help me, give advice, share your success please!!! This is the first time I have been open about my weight and goals to anyone.... kind of scary but I think it is just the push I need:) Oh, and how does everyone do that tracking thing at the bottom of their comments? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:04:40 EST Gotta start somewhere... gotta start sometime... Hello! <BR> Where do I begin... I've been addicted to all sorts of bad things. I am hoping to become addicted to good things! I know this is not a diet- it's a life style change. And change doesn't happen overnight. There will be blood, sweat and and lots of tears, I'm sure, but I've got to give it a shot. I deserve to be healthy and enjoy my body. I'm recruting friends to join me on this journey. Motivation, support and celebration! I can do this! We can do this! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:09:38 EST new to spark My name is Jody and I am new to Spark. I am dealing with depression, lack of sleep and have heart issues. In the last year I have had 3 mild heart attacks and I just turned 42. I am looking to better my life and eating habits. Does anyone know if we are allowed to drink Sobe Life waters? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:18:49 EST hi kppendleton here need all the support i can get I am new to sparks am trying hard to stick to my goals again, hope I can make it after all the slipups Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:24:36 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:47 EST Hello from Aurora, MO I joined SparkPeople last week after joining the Bod4God class at our church here in Aurora. I am trying to get used to tracking everything I eat and managing my exercise routines. I am also not good at posts where I am supposed to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My husband and I adopted two of our grandchildren and they are 5 and 6 years old. Recently I made the decision that I wanted to see them grow up and decided to improve my health by losing weight and changing my eating habits. I also gav... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:02:42 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Kim and today I joined Spark People. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and embarking on this new and exciting journey to lose weight ( I have a very long journey ahead of me) and hope this will work!! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:46:18 EST Hello I'm a single father (divorced 17+ years, not really willingly) of a 18 (19 very soon) year old with Aspergers that is flunking out of community collage. The same school I am going to after loosing my grocery job a few years ago. Working to become an IT person so I can have a career instead of a job after job. <BR> I also moved up here to WA 7-8 years ago from southern California, and finding it hard to really make friends, especially since I'm not a drinker, have depression issues, shyness an... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:31:50 EST watching old movies can't sleep most nights, so I watch old movies. most nights don't fallasleep till 2 am and i'm up about 7:30 am. Then I pretty much drag around. Makes me sad about my life. My feet hurt really bad at night which keeps me awake. oh well there are folks more worse off than me. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:47:38 EST Here I am Hello, <BR> I'm Tessa (AKA Squishieme) I got the nick name squishie from my sister, I was at a Dr. appointment when I text her about it. It was a breast check up, there are some spots that they monitor every year. My sister asked how the boobies were doing I told he big and squishie. So squishie stuck. This is my third time working with sparkpeople. I really enjoyed it the first time met some members, but didn't keep in touch with them. The second time I let life get in the way. <BR... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:09:23 EST Canot go on like this Hi. I I have no regular sleep schedule, cannot nap, cannot fall asleep without meds which quit working after awhile and then sleep anywhere from 0 to 5 hours last 4 months. I feel like the walking dead. I am housebound and cannot drive or do anything and no friends that care or family except my husband. <BR> <BR> I have had a sleep study , seen allot of doctors and still no help. <BR> <BR> It is very lonely. I wish I could nap <BR> <BR> Does anyone else go thru this night after night. I n... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:46:00 EST Hi my name is Joni! Hi everyone! I joined about 2 months ago, but I'm really just getting going with the program! I'm still trying to figure it all out, but I have learned a lot with what I have been reading! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:53:44 EST Where for art thou sleep? Yet another sleepless night <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Usually my insomnia is not this bad. I woke up pretty early yesterday morning and had a great workout in the afternoon, should be snoring like my husband is right now. My body is actually pretty tired its my mind that's on full blast. <BR> <BR> I've never understood insomnia though, why do I even have it? I've had it since elementary school! I use to take sleeping pills like malitonin (sp?) but I got too dependent on them. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:18:38 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST SCleveley My name is Samantha and I'm 27 years old. I'm a stay at home mom that has climbed to 204 pounds. My physician told me about this site as she uses it! After quitting my job in September 2012 to stay home with my now 5 year old, I quit smoking and ballooned to this size. It not only affected how I feel about myself but how I feel in my marriage. My husband always tells me I'm beautiful and I'm not fat but I feel the total opposite no matter how many times he says it. He tells me he married me f... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:09:08 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST Sharon Recently retired. Want to get healthy, closer to God. <BR> ........... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:11:10 EST I'm ready to begin! Hi everyone! I'm mid 40's my goal weight loss is 50 Lbs.( nail #1). I have been inactive for the most part for 4 years since my total hysterectomy ( nail#2). I currently have 2 hernias that need repaired...but I need to lose weight first...(nail #3). So I have lived the last several years worrying and sitting and wasting!!! I'M READY TO CHANGE!! I'm just unsure which direction to go. <BR> I started really " practicing" tracking on Spark people about a month ago( possitive#1)I've join... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:16:19 EST Sleep Apnea I have had problems getting quality sleep for over 20 years. <BR> <BR> It first started when I traveled for work and it would take me 1-2 days to "get comfortable" enough to sleep soundly at a new hotel. Noises (like the heater or air-conditioning system coming on) would awaken me and I felt like I had slept at that top level where you are still faintly conscious all night long. <BR> <BR> It continued to get worse and I tried the "natural aids" like chamomile tea and serotonin. Those types ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:47:37 EST A new Beginning I am 37 and been through a lot in my life, like most people. I want to lose 150 lbs. I was in the military and got hurt very badly. I got a head injury and hurt my back. I gained 100 lbs after getting out in one year and steadily gained some more since then. My eating habits were bad and mostly I was eating just trying to feel better. Now I got diagnosed with having type 2 diabetes and that has really motivated me. It is not bad and the doctor thinks it will be like pregnant women who get ges... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:58:02 EST Perla Ayala-It won't hurt trying something new! Hi Everyone: <BR> My name is Perla Ayala I had joined SparkPeople since 2010 if I am correct, but I was never active on the site. I decided to give it a chance this time since I have lost 29 pounds with small changes I have done and learned from all the emails/articles I get from SparkPeople. I am really hungry, but not for food this time, but to accomplish my goal, which is feel better with myself and get rid of those last 24 pounds!!!! I think I am going through depression and as everyone... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:54:55 EST Just Getting Started Hello, <BR> My name is Therese and I have just joined Spark People. I'm hoping to turn things around by eating healthy and getting into a daily exercise routine. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:08:44 EST Sleepless in Ohio Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark for four weeks today! <BR> I thought I would finally visit this group since I am still having trouble with sleeping! <BR> <BR> I am here because I want to lose over 100 pounds and in this group to hopefully get some help or tips on sleeping better, and not to mention to make new friends! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 06:28:04 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Kelly and I am so ready to do this!! I am excited and scared all at the same time! I want to be successful....and I am so afraid to fail. I have learned a lot in the last year though. I have learned that I can do this! I did it before....but I made choices that changed that. I don't feel like I used it is just a terrible cycle that I keep going around and around....I don't feel so helpless. I realize that the power to change things in my life is in my hands. I am th... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 05:02:28 EST Hi, started optifats. Hi everyone. im into my 5th day on optifast. Trying to lose 50 pounds and lower blood sugar. Not bad where im taking meds just trying to be preactive. Just wanted to say hi to everyone. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:51:37 EST frances Im trying to lose 30 more pounds, I hope I can make alot of friends here to help me. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:05:45 EST Hello all newbie here. Hello, <BR> I am new to Sparkle and am hoping to find support and accountability here. A little overwhelmed at all the information at the moment but am trying to take it in :) I am looking to join some challenges as I know I succeed when I have a source of support. I never really know what to say on these things. I am terrible at the all or nothing mentality which usually leads to my down fall. I need to learn to relax and take small bites on anything and everything to stop myself from the... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:52:38 EST hi everybody! im new in town. Hi everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself and see what kind of pointers you guys may have for this site. I tried to find an Android app, but came up dry. I've lost about 60lbs in the last 8 months by training for and running one marathon/half marathon per month. I am only about 20lbs away from my final weight loss goal! I'll be the same weight that I was in high school. Well, I'm sitting in a meeting now so I should go back to paying attention. Bye! <BR> Jason Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:44:35 EST I'm a newbee to sparkpeople I joined at the end if last year but things were so hectic here that I did not have time to devote to the program. Well, now is the time. I would like to introduce myself, my name is Sandy, age 70+ but do not think of myself as old. I love animals, and have 4 dogs and a parrot. It seems like I have always been on a diet of one sort or another. I managed to get myself up to 278# and have been successful in getting my weight down to 210# but I feel that I can't get it beyond that point. I'm los... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:11:56 EST Hello! I'm a 27 year old mother of two beautiful girls (11 and 5), I'm a paralegal in my hometown, I'm married to my jr. high sweetheart of 15 years, and I have lost 77 lbs in the last year. I have been a member of SparkPeople for almost that entire year, but have never posted to message boards. I've also not been the best at tracking my food and exercise. Between work and taking the girls to all of their activities and practices (I'm a basketball, gymnastics, and baton twirling mom!!) I just haven'... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:39:00 EST needing to slim down HI, I am a 46yr old mother of 2 (boy & girl) and (Nana) of 4 beautiful grand babies. (3 boys 1 girl) I want to really take some weight off! I have tried pretty much everything I 've seen advertised and nothing seems to work! I can't afford medifast, or nutria system or weight watchers. I really am just looking for a meal plan of only 1000 calories which consist of chicken and fish/Tuna. I do have a weakness for Pizza, but I an settle for a once a month. also pasta salad which I only ha... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:03:33 EST Hi everybody!! My name is Dominique and I'm new to the weight loss scene. I will be appreciative of and tips and feedback to get me started Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:06:18 EST Hi I'm Shakira I am trying to get more sleep, but find it difficult Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:31:54 EST tired i am not sure what to do....i am so tired that i cant exercise. i have not motivation. i just want to sleep, and its not like i am going to bed late. i have not exercised in three days. what should i do? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:50:58 EST The overwhelmed cycle--work or sleep--HELP! I am working on my Master's thesis and am on a limited time frame (the worst part is I'm not sure exactly when I have to have it all done, just a guesstimation because there're so many factors involved.) My computer fiasco with my thesis paper backups being corrupted, then my attempt to make new ones killed my original drive, has made me retype dozens of pages to work with and has sucked up valuable time I don't have to mess around with the thesis paper. <BR> <BR> But at the same time I'm t... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:23:09 EST Vegan is In Hi I am kind of new or actually new at making contacts to meet someone. I am trying to stick with the vegan lifestyle but I keep running out of ideas, can some one help me with ideas and recipes for lunch, super and breakfast? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:31:51 EST HELP- Not sleeping has ruined my life I have not slept hardly at all in last 3 1/2 months. I am on high doses of meds and still can't sleep and if I wake I cannot get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> The meds make me constipated. <BR> <BR> Wish I knew the root cause of not sleeping. <BR> <BR> I can't drive because of being so fatigued, cannot nap, and really afraid. <BR> <BR> I am all alone with no one to help me. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else home bound cause of not sleeping? <BR> <BR> Nancy Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:15:08 EST hello im trying to find my way Hi im from tn just trying not to feel traped in this body Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:42:41 EST hello i am brenda I would like to know if anyone could help by telling me how to meet my calories everyday cant seem to do it I have tried everything and cant seem to get them this is my first time here to the I will take all the help I can get to stick to this...thank you Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:58:44 EST how important is sleep Recently I found out some interesting news and that is sleep deprivation is connected with a lot of other diseases like diabetes, thyroid, and psorisas. I also found out that lack of vitamin D can be possibly have a link to sleep apnea. Today I woke up with little ambition and no energy which causes me a lot of stress as I am trying to get more organized and no luck so I am wondering what causes what lack of organization leads to stress which in turn affects my sleep or sleep deprivation lead... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:00:38 EST Hello from Houston ! Hi I'm Maria from Houston! I need your support. I want to start taking care of myself and enjoying good health. Life is short and wanted to enjoy it to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Maria <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:47:36 EST Sleeping? What's that? Hi, I am new to this board and also SparkPeople. So glad to have found this site. I am excited about it and this SparkTeam Page. Maybe some of you can help me with my sleeping. I work three nights a week so I sleep during the day then and the day following my last night. Then back to normal. But that is not the problem. I wake up every 1.25 hr to 2.30 hr. Every night! Lots of times it is my bladder, but not always. Sometimes it is pain or leg movements or light or sound. You name i... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:46:40 EST New to SparkPeople Hi, <BR> I'm a new member to Spark People and could use some help getting to know the site....also looking for some encouragement to meet my goals! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:16:13 EST Hi, I'am giving this another try! Hello everyone! I have so many obstacles to get past, I have decided to take control before it goes out of control, I do not over eat, I under eat which is just as bad if not worse. I have develped a phobia about looking at myself in the mirror and hating the reflection. I know I need to feel better about myself. I am hoping to change all these issues about myself in a helathier and more positive way! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:49:47 EST Continuing my journey! Hello my name is Jenna and I am restarting with SparkPeople today :) I am wanting to track/blog my journey to remind myself that I am one step closer to my journey than I was yesterday! I don't have much more to lose but I like the community and support that SparkPeople and its users provide. If I can help, encourage, or inspire just one person to make a change in their lives I am happy with that!!! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:56:29 EST Still up Hi I'm Katrina. I am not sleeping so well. I need help finding ways to relax. Any suggestions? Please help. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:04:27 EST Sleep deprived mommy Hello, I just recently turned 39 and realized that I still weigh just under 300 lbs. I have been fighting to drop below 270 and can't seem to get there. I know that I am not a very motivated person to do anything that I don't want to. <BR> <BR> I am married to a Mexican and we have 3 kids; 16yr old boy and 4 yr old girl twins. So my day to day life is busy and right now VERY stressful. My girls put me thru the ringer every day. <BR> <BR> My days are so busy and stressful that by the time ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:20:23 EST Hi! Hey everyone, I'm Hilary. I've tried Sparkpeople before but ended up just fizzling out because I drove myself crazy tracking every single thing I ate and freaked out if I got more than 1000 calories a day. This time I'm focusing more on the exercise tracking, reminding myself how good it feels to watch the monthly fitness minutes go up. I've been doing some strength training plans that were recommended, and while I'm not sure if I've lost any actual weight yet, I can already feel myself getti... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:34:10 EST Hello all! Gotta get back on track. Hi, <BR> I'm 46 years old and have struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. I was working out very regularly at high intensity until about 5 years ago when a new job combined with a stubborn injury got in my way. Then came hysterectomy and bam hormonal issues that seemed to crank up my appetite while slamming on the brakes metabolically. :( Seems like my body changed very drastically in about 2 months time. I've been trying to do this alone but am realizing I need support an... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:55:07 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Fat mamma Hi Iam tired of looking at a fat mother in the mirror. Don't feel good. Feel fat and ugly. Have no energy Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:33 EST Hello-newbie Yes, I am the newbie. I am struggling to find my way around the board and learn how to use it while struggling even more to loose weight, control my eating habits and get healthy. Life is hard, but it sure beats the alternative. I am looking forward to getting to know some of you, too. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:44:56 EST Help Me Fight The Good Fight Against Fat Hello SparkPeople. I'm hoping that this community can help me gain some insight into what's keeping me from reaching my weight-loss goals. I have been so used to losing weight easily, but now that I'm over 55 it's harder to lose the weight. I feel as if I need more energy, to discover more healthy foods, healthy recipes for a person who is the go a lot. The one thing I am happy about is that I purchased a Fitbit Flex and it's helping me achieve activity goals. I would now like to keep tr... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:31:13 EST New here (again) Hello everyone! <BR> I started this journey toward a healthier me last year. Got sidetracked midway due to surgery. I am back and ready to make some much needed positive changes! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:17:17 EST Hello, I am Vicky but I go by Torture HI, I am 19 years old I am a unemployed and I will be getting married next year. I wanna look great and feel great in my wedding dress is my goal. Plus as most women know IT helps for the after hours haha, Anyways so I want to try and lose those 77 + pounds i mean its gets embarssing seeing the scale go higher but you dont feel diffrent. So I have tried barley nothing and I am kinda of not motovating myself. And thats why I am so big I guess. Doesn't help that I dont eat healthy at all. So, ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:38:25 EST Ready for a change! I am a 32 year old mother of three. I am so sick of being overweight and I am ready to lose the weight. I have a husband who travels constantly and I have found that I have become a stress eater. I barely eat during the day and find myself up all night; stress eating!! I need to flip my schedule and make a change. I have joined this program before and have never stuck with it. I am determined to do it this time. In addition to losing weight I also want to quit smoking. However, I have ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:24:31 EST Time for a nap. Glad to meet all you non-sleepers out there. My problem is not getting enough sleep, as it is getting that sleep at night. I'm usually up until 5 or 6 in the morning trying to get to sleep and then sleep until mid-afternoon. I've tried every tip there is, but for some reason I'm just not a night sleeper (since I was still in a crib) and it's interfering with my life. I used to tell people I was a vampire in a previous life, but I'm beginning to think that rather I'm an extraterrestrial fr... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:12:03 EST I need will power Hello fellow weight losers. I seriously want and need to lose weight and eat healthy and exercise for my son and myself. But some place down the road I've lost my will power to do any of it. I thought that by joining this site/community it might help. Sincerely hope so. If any of you have any advice please email/text me. <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:38:17 EST Fat and Depressed I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST Hello I am in my 40's and looking to lose 40 pounds. I am doing this not just to look better but to be healthier. I have done it before but had a back injury and have been going through treatment and unable to exercise. I still have a bad back and waiting for approval from my insurance for surgery, so I am going to start off with changing diet and walking everyday. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:40:52 EST Hello There! Looking for motivation! Hello! I am 51. I am trying to lose 35 pounds by June 1. Two years ago I lost my oldest son to suicide. I have been in a deep depression and decided about 6 months ago to pull myself out of it. I am in a state of frustration because in 6 months I have only lost 25 pounds. In have fibro and some other issues which keep from exercising like I want to. So here I am trying to stay motivated. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:12:07 EST Quality vs. Quantity? Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I've been wondering about sleep, and I know the amount we should get each night is between 7 and 9 hours. However, real world considerations make that tough. <BR> <BR> Its hard for me to have a consistent sleep schedule. I could do better to manage during the weekdays (and will certainly attempt to), but my weekends are a different story. Most of them are spent working on an overnight program where we teach kids and they sleep over. I have difficulty sleeping out the... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:25 EST Intro time... Hi all, <BR> Just trying to lose the jelly belly and overall feel good inside and out. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:05:16 EST Food Dreams Last night, I dreamed that I went to Patton Oswald's house and gouged (and I mean GOUGED) on blueberry muffins. I don't understand my dreams. <BR> <BR> 1) I'm not really a fan of Patton Oswald. I don't hate him, but I don't really like him either. <BR> <BR> 2) I like blueberry muffins, but they're not my favorite. They're not something I would gouge on. <BR> <BR> What kind of perplexing and weird food dreams have you had? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:26:35 EST new to this group! I'm Julie from Springfield, MO, and am new to this group. Working on getting healthy and fit. Leaving for the gym now! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:57:07 EST Hello Everyone I am here to get healthier and loose 100 lbs in the next 2yrs. Looking for friends and encouragement. I am still trying to learn how to use sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend and let the fun begin. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:11:35 EST Hi. My name's Kate. I'm an active duty military member who is determined to get back into shape after a hiatus due to a demanding job and the arrival of a small tyrant. :) I'm looking to lose about 30 lbs and more importantly gain the energy to keep up with my whirlwind child. It's important to me to be there for him. I don't want to be the insanely stressed, worn out Momma anymore. I know that by adding exercise back into my daily routine, it'll help relieve that stress and tension that wake an... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:22:05 EST Night Owl Hi all, <BR> <BR> I tend to be a night owl and work at my best late at night. Unfortunately, that schedule doesn't really work with being a parent of small children. How do I change my sleeping patterns. <BR> <BR> I also have rather severe sleep apnea and while I sleep with a CPAP, I do need a new mask. <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:58:47 EST Intermittent Sleeper... can't be good Hi All, I admit I munch before bedtime: air popped popcorn, sugar free ice pops, an apple or orange, sometimes a piece of cheese. Surely that is waking me up. <BR> <BR> I sleep for 1.5-2.5 hours at a time, max. Then I wake up and toss and turn, run down to the fridge, get a sugar free ice pop, fall back to sleep and do it all over again. I can NOT remember sleeping through the night. I do exercise during the day, but perhaps not enough. <BR> <BR> Need to stop late evening and midd... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:17:30 EST Not Really a Dieter Hello all, I am Tawnya and I am 39 years old and living in Lexington, KY. I have lived in some part of the South all my life. I spent some time in Tennessee and 8 years in Michigan. I love to cook, although with my chronic pain it makes life difficult for myself and my hubby. He is in the National Guard here in Kentucky. I am wanting to lose weight so I can spend as much time in life with my husband, he is my best friend . Since I have lived in the South most of my life, almost all my recipes... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:12 EST Trying it Again Ms. T I'm new to how this works but I'm hoping that I can be consistent and beat my unhealthy lifestyle. I'm a stress eater who turns to sweets and soda. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:30:17 EST Hi, My name is Charlotte I am going to be accountable this year for the food that goes into my body! I will be married for 42 years next week, to my high school sweetheart. He has seen me all sizes and does complain about my size, he is concerned about my health. I have RA, High blood pressure and need to lose a lot of weight. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:44 EST Hello, just joined! I joined SparkPeople this past weekend and am choosing the groups that I believe L identify with. I was diagnosed last summer with sleep apnea. I am still getting used to CPAP therapy. It takes a long time I am finding out. I need to lose weight to help me reduce the apnea and to get healthy and fit again. <em>198</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:56:42 EST Jessyann Hoping On Board Hello Everyone. My name is Jess. I've decided I finally want to take control of my wise and financially. My current fitness goals involve working out at least 3 times a week and losing 50 pounds by the end of the year. Health wise I'm trying to drink more water and eat healthier. Life wise I really need to learn to become a positive thinker. I've recently started a new business and am working on the courage to share the opportunity with others. I've joined the site to keep track ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:49:02 EST Hello Everyone! Hi everyone, my name is Cat and I am new here. I have attempted to get my weight down before and I know I can do it because in the past I lost 60 pounds doing Low Carb. Now that I am to the point I need to lose weight again, I am having issues. I keep starting off strong and doing well! Then I hit about the 10-15lbs lost point and I sabotage myself and gain it all back. This time feels different though. Before I tried to do this without any support or anyone to talk to about my issues, no on... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:32:27 EST Hi, I'm Maria It's been 6 days since I started, my first weigh in is tomorrow morning. I've just spent the last hour preparing my "line up" of heathy snacks for tonight tv viewing. The Golden Globes are on, runner up to the Oscars. Anyone else watching tonight? <BR> <BR> I've mixed fat free sour cream with fat free ricotta cheese and fat free mild salsa. Yum! I've got 2 cups of sliced raw veggies for dipping. Red peppers, radishes, cucumber, celery, broccoli, carrots. Less than 230 calories and shou... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:40:13 EST Hi I'm Flo Hi my name is Flo. I live in Rapid City, SD. I am 63 and 100+ pounds overweight. My husband and I are retiring at the end of the year and going on the road with our RV. I want to be able to walk, explore and have fun without effort. I was recently diagnosed with prediabetis so I want to eradicate that also. I need to sleep with a cpap and would like to get rid of that also. I am semi retired so finally feel like I can start to focus on me. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:43:21 EST Newby I recently restarted SP. I have insomnia because I have to take steroids for my Asthma and insomnia is one of the side effects. I have used medications but they have diminishing effect over time and I really didn't like the hangover in the morning. <BR> I read a recommendation on this team for the book Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Greg Jacobs and I was able to access a copy in Open Library for free. The author gives good insight into the issue and detailed explanations of all the various thin... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:56:59 EST Mom and Wife need help My name is Jennifer I am a stay at home mom and wife, my daughter is now eighteen and going graduate this year. I have let myself get totally out of control with my weight. My husband is very supportive, but that is not enough. He is happy with me, and yes that is wonderful, but I am miserable. I am 37 and I want to enjoy my life. I stay at home a lot and it is hard to do this on my own. I love movies, reading, gardening and fishing. I don't do much exercise and that is my main problem. It is... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:26:24 EST Hello Hi, my name is Mara and I am just starting on SparkPeople! I am 32, married, a mother of two, ages 5 & 7, and a full time student. I am nocturnal by nature, so I struggle to have a "normal" sleep schedule. My husband works nights so everything with the girls is on me during the week. I typically put them to bed at 8-8:30, do 3ish hours of homework, talk to DH for a bit, then go to bed. this puts be to bed around 1 am most nights and back up again at 7 am. This may have been enough sleep... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:21:55 EST Tried Everything Need Help I have not had consistent sleep for 10 weeks. I do relaxation meditation on computer, have white noise, ear plugs, have regular bedtime and wake time. I saw a sleep specialist and have been taking that med and he cannot help me anymore. I was hospitalized for panic and anxiety but that didn't help. I am on more meds for anxiety, depression, etc... and not sure what is helping or hurting. I feel drugged during daytime but anxious and awkae at night and anxious allot. I have been taking clonaze... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:17:30 EST Time for a transformation I am 40 years old with two young boys. I was once a very active mountain athlete who is now 20lbs overweight and hardly sleeps. I am ready to find my old active self again. My goals are to feel great about my body, change the eating habits of my whole family, get fit enough to Nordic ski race again and sleep at least 7 hours/ night now that my babies are no longer waking up during the night. Wishing you all the best with your goals! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:18:57 EST Making it Happen Greetings Everyone, <BR> I took two classes purposely while in school, A Fit and Well Class and a Weight Training 1 class. I belonged to a gym and was needed to get in water and stretch for some chonic pain issues, I got in a bit of a funk when it started to get cold. I thought for sure I had loss some weight as I was doing a good hour and a half of lite aerobic exercise in the pool. Also I had corrected a few eating habits. However after being out of the gym for 2 months it all came back du... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:01:38 EST New to Spark People! My name is Julie and I'm from Oklahoma. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group and get a few friends and contacts to help me in my weight loss journey and maybe I have something to offer down the road to help someone else. I'm 40 yrs. old and would ultimately like to lose about 150+ pounds or more. I'm taking it in small increments. I like to do my working out at the gym although I have a stationary bike at home. I'm married with no children except my cat and dog. I want to lose weigh... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 01:55:49 EST HI this is BeeHive777 I feel like this is going to be my year. I will need lots of help and incouragement. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:22 EST Mother of 4 who needs to lose 100 pounds Hi my name is Sarah. My goal is to get down to about 120-130 pounds in the next 2 years tops. I currently weigh 233 pounds so that's anywhere from 100 to 110 pounds for me to lose. I've become very unhealthy physically and mentally so this is crucial for my well being. I grew up eating a lot of the wrong things pretty much so it's hard for me to understand what is healthy and what's not; I want to learn though. I have four small children ages 6, 3, 2 and 1 (the youngest being the only girl). ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:37:43 EST Faking Sleep So DH Doesn't Worry I am happy to go to bed at 9pm and if I wake up at 3am I am happy to get up and read or sew or surf the net. Usually I don't feel tired. DH worries about me because I don't sleep according to his idea (shared by many others) of a proper sleep schedule. ie: 10pm to 6am or 11pm to 7am <BR> He also worries that his snoring or trip to the washroom in the middle of the night wakes me up and then I can't get back to sleep so I get up. Not true although sometimes it is annoying. <BR> S... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:41:16 EST Like a Phoenix I will rise again! Bad Breakup this weekend,feeling bad about my weight for a very long time.This is a start for new beginning and <BR> A reaching a goal of a beautiful new me Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:15:15 EST Hi... allow me to introduce myself! Hi SP! My name is Drea and I am a 33 year old single full time mom, student and nurse!! I live in Jacksonville, FL and I have at least 150 pounds to lose so I am here for the LONG haul... :) Anyway, I am not committing to a diet, but a lifestyle change. I have been on numerous diets and I need something that I can live with at this point. I am looking for SP friends so that we can motivate each other... Feel free to stop by my Spark page and leave a message!! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:47:03 EST Hello Everyone, my name is Jolie I have joined this site because I really want to lose weight, but have a hard time losing weight. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. I lose the weight, then I gain it all back, and then some. My goal is to lose at least 60lbs and KEEP IT OFF FOR GOOD. Last year I lost 30 lbs in 2 months walking for 1 hour and doing Zumba, but gained it all back as soon as the doctors injected me with hormonal injections for the back, neck and foot pain I have due to an auto accident . I ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:40:06 EST Narcolepsy hurts weight loss: Help? Hello there, I just started this on the first of January. I have a health issue related to sleep that shoots me in the foot just by its general nature. Narcolepsy is not a friend to someone who wants to loose weight. It isn't that we sleep to much, it is that we have no sleep rhythms. I can't sleep at night, and want to sleep in the day, which doesn't work well for a teacher. I'm on meds to keep me awake, and meds that put me to sleep (and don't work well). I imagine that generally fe... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:25:56 EST I Need to lose 100 lbs Hello, my name is Deborah and I and well over 120 lbs overweight. For health reasons <BR> and self esteem issues, I need to lose the weight. Has anyone lost on nutri-system or <BR> weightwatchers? Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:38:00 EST back after 5 years I last tried spark 5 years ago as a teenager. I was able to lose 15 pounds and reach my goal of 150. I now have 35 pounds to lose to reach 150 again. I have patellofemeral syndrome which will make this more difficult. I'm hoping there are other people on here that are young with knee problems. I can't find anyone in my everyday life that can understand how hard exercise is with a knee problem. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:46:23 EST Excited to get started! 35lbs to lose! There is so much to read and learn on this site. I look forward to all the inspiring stories and recipes from everyone! I hope I can keep up with everything. I joined a gym a couple days ago and am starting on Monday. I also follow my fitness pal on my phone with my husband. I am going to Mexico in the spring and would like to lose the last of my weight. I have already lost 40 lbs! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 01:57:38 EST My name is Brenda Hi there, <BR> My name is Brenda and I am 44. I am the mother of two girls - ages 8 and 10. I have had insomnia my whole life. Lately - it has been worse than ever. I lay awake most of the night. I've tried all the sleep remedies - Melatonin, Valerian Root, Trazodone, Ambien, Tylenoly PM and many more - nothing seems to help. It used to be I had trouble getting to sleep but once I fell asleep, I stayed asleep for the most part. Now I seem to just doze off and on throughout the night - waking... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:35:03 EST ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST Dionna Reilly <BR> My name is Dionna. I'm 48 years old. I have two sons 26 & 23. I have a beautiful granddaughter that is the light of my life. I'm enrolled in college pursing a degree in Political Philosphy. I love art and support local artists in my community, I'm trying to live more sustainable lifestyle by being more envirnmentally aware. I want to join the local YMCA in Feb. I start start taking a yoga class. I need to lose at least 65 pounds and get healthy I had a hear attack in July 2012 so I have... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:29:30 EST New to this Hello- <BR> My name is Teresa, I'm a wife and mother of two, almost 4 years ago I had gastric by-pass surgery and lost 80lbs I have kept it all off, but I don't eat good at all and I feel horrible all the time because of my poor eating habits and it's unfortunate that I have allowed my children to pick up my habits so I hope with this website we can stay motivated. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:19:38 EST Time To Change Hello. New here to sparkpeople. My sister turned me on to the site when I told her it's about time I lost weight since I weigh more than I ever have and feel completely unattractive. Since I want to date the likes of John Cusack or Kris Holden-Reid, well - it is time I look my best. But mainly, I'm tired of hurting all the time. It hurts to walk across the room most of the time. My hope is that if I lose the weight I can do things again. No one believes by looking at me that I LOVE to ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:41:40 EST NEW_ VERY ROUGH TIME Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. I am struggling with insomnia- sleep issues for 8 weeks now and bad anxiety, panic attacks, depression. I was recently hospitalized. I am still not on the right mix of medications. I have seen a sleep specialist weeks ago and he cannot do anything else for me. <BR> <BR> I can not drive currently and have no support.It is bad for me to have so much time alone to think. <BR> <BR> I have trouble concentrating and stopping all the worries going around in my head... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:56:34 EST Need Help and Support Hi, I am new to this site and i am hoping that is will help me achieve my New Years Goals. I am a 27 year old mother of two beautiful kids. I am looking to start living a healthy life style so i can be around them for many years. I am also doing this to prove not only to myself but to my kids that living a healthy life is the best way. I am a border line diabetic, meaning i am insulin intolerance. I have had many consultations with different diaticians. I have heard many different things that... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:40:02 EST I need new sleeping life Hi: I''m Deborah, age 64. Life-long avid exerciser, reader, writer/researcher. I work hard but I also pamper myself. Sleeping well has become a problem. Can't get to bed, can't fall asleep, can't get enough. Right now my eyes are burning with fatigue but I've got to make it through a long day of meetings and work on my computer. Poor eating schedule may be a part of it also. I need to seriously re-evaluate my sleeping arrangements and routine. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:12 EST Hi my names Crystal My name is Crystal..36, I live in Loudoun County VA, <BR> My family all suffer from various Mental & Physical Health Illnesses.... a lot I feel could have been prevented living an Active Lifestyle and Eating Clean. Ive always had a different view on food then my family growing up. <BR> <BR> That still gets in the way,.and good marketing .and my good habits go to Bad Eating and Lack of Motivation to workout. <BR> .. <BR> My Excuses...time, money, stress, family,,work......... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:56:01 EST Looking for support Hi All, <BR> I'm Jen, a 31 year old teacher who has struggled with insomnia and weight for as long as I can remember. The fact that there is a team for this lets me know I'm not alone, which is comforting in and of itself! In the past I've used this website but had trouble wading through all this community stuff, I find it very confusing. Any tips would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know some new people! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:48:15 EST New Year and New Life Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kerri. After a Maternity Leave and being in great shape from all the free-time I had to exercise during the mat leave, I returned to work two years ago and, I have put on 70lbs - eating poorly and little to no exercise. I feel unhealthy and with four kids, a full-time job and a recent separation, I want to feel my best. I have joined hoping that the members out there will help me meet my goals and then I will be able to help others meet their goals... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:19:28 EST weigtloss I need to loosr the weight. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:27:32 EST