SparkPeople Healthy Hearts Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9777 A place where people with Heart Health issues can meet & support each other, share information & learn from each other. SparkPeople Healthy Hearts Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9777 Returning for the spark ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58478173 Somehow I've gained all the weight I lost 4 years ago, plus another 10 lbs. I've tried WW, myfitnesspal, going it alone, trying to "be good" at least 80% of the time .... and I'm tired of struggling. Bottom line is I need to track for the portion control and the monitoring of calories, fat & carbs I'm consuming. Also, I need to MOVE. I have a new treadmill in my living room, there is NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE USING IT. <BR> <BR> I created a new account, clean slate. If anyone remembers me, I used ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:36:42 EST Good Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x58470929 A couple weeks ago I had an echocardiogram done for my 2 leaky heart valves. Today the doctor's office called and said that everything looks good. My pumping force is good and there has been no change in the past several echos. <BR> <BR> I also went to my PCP today for the results of my lab work. Several months ago I changed my eating habits drastically and am eating a very healthy diet. Lots of vegetables, very little starchy carbs, no sweets or salty snacks. My doctor was so happy w... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:18:31 EST Another newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58431695 Hey y'all! I'm "iadopted5". Yes, I did adopt 5 children. They were 4,5 7, 14 & 16 at ages of adoption. They are now 16, 16, 18, 18 & 19. Yes, they are a big stress and blessing in my life. Being a therapeutic parent for the past 13 yrs has taken a HUGE toll on my body by way of stress, worry and secondary PTSD. I have ridden the weight loss roller coaster most of my adult life, but the past few yrs have been the hardest. I am 42 (in September) and will be married 25 yrs to the love of... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:21:46 EST Heart scare leading to me focusing on ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58417963 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 Lorraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58334640 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 New member introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58264077 Hello all, My name is Cary. I am a 50 year old male. I am interested in this forum because I had an abnormal calcium scan a few years ago. This puts me at an increased risk for heart attack. I am asymptomatic thus far. I ran my first marathon last year 2 weeks prior to my 50th birthday, and have not run much since. I have 2 young daughters, 8, and 5. The 5 year old was adopted last year, and has some special needs, so I have not run much, and as a result have gained some weight. I hope... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:16:18 EST New to Heart Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58260676 Hello everyone! New here and new to heart problems. I just had a Stint put in almost two weeks ago. I suffered with what my doctor and I thought was "anxiety" for five years now, but it was a blocked main artery to my heart. Well, it is fixed and I want to continue keeping my heart in shape :) Glad to be here and hoping to meet you all. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:43:18 EST Hello There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58228571 My name is Denell and I just joined SparkPeople today. I have a bit over 151 pounds to lose to get to my goal. My Dad had to have a quadruple bypass a few years ago and has a lot of problems with peripheral artery disease. I want to get my health under control before I have these problems myself. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:02:24 EST The Big Fat Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x58170026 I just read the book "The Big Fat Surprise" and now I am totally confused. For years I have been told to eat low fat...avoid sat fat...but this book says this has now been PROVEN to be all wrong...that even though many people have switched to low fat eating, heart disease is more prevalent than ever. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else read this book, or heard of this theory anywhere? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:58:08 EST My name is Debbie and I am new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x58028474 My name is Debbie and I am new to the team. Both my parents passed away from heart disease. My mom was very young when she died. I moved from Michigan to Florida to care for my dad until he passed away. I want to avoid heart problems as they run high in my family. Thanks for inviting me to your team. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:57:31 EST Hi. I'm nancy I have had 3 heart attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57985854 I quit smoking but gained weight. I am ready to lose it Sat, 24 May 2014 19:29:24 EST I'm new (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57979447 I have joined and rejoined and started over so many times. I am here again... not giving up! Sat, 24 May 2014 04:38:11 EST heart health !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57979037 Hello everyone ! Triple by pass survivor ... I need to lose weight ! Sat, 24 May 2014 01:26:12 EST Hello from PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57945384 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 00:34:04 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57931067 I am a 31 year old mother of two who just graduated college. Between finishing student teaching for my Bachelor's degree and taking care of two children (one of whom is on the autism spectrum) I have really let myself go this year. I am so disappointed in how I look compared to even last August! I want to make some positive changes so that I can feel good about myself and be a better wife, mother, and teacher! Mon, 19 May 2014 20:51:20 EST Hello - I'm Merci from Portland, Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57909827 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 newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57844919 Hello everyone just wanted to let everyone know how excited I am about being here!!! Mon, 12 May 2014 09:38:26 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57841199 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 My WAKE UP call http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57825438 So I woke up this morning from a dream about the cashier at my local fast food restaurant refusing to fill my order because I was in AFIB(somehow there cash register knew this). What can I say....dreams are weird, LOL <BR> My family has a history of heart disease, and it does cross my mind sometime. (ya think?) <BR> But THIS DREAM, is scaring the crap out of me. <BR> SO, here I am. <BR> I know I will stumble, I know I'm not perfect and will not be perfect on this program. What I also know is... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:58:51 EST Heart ByPass http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57778028 Hello my name is Donna and I had heart bypass surgery in 12/2012 and would like to join team for support as well as be supportive to others. Tue, 6 May 2014 10:44:35 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57726593 Hi everyone. I have been a member of sparkpeople since 2009. Never really took getting fit serious until January of this year. I turned 40 this year and decided that it was time that I did something about the way I felt and looked. I have been going to the gym 5 days a week since January and have lost 18 lbs. Should be more than that, but I am also strength training. So, I guess all things considered.........It is amazing to me how different I feel after just 3 months. I look forward t... Fri, 2 May 2014 07:36:12 EST ALMOST 60-LOOKING TO LOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57591187 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 12:12:12 EST On the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57508822 I have been on the eating healthy and loosing weight journey for about 2 years. I never made it to my goal weight, but lost about 25 lbs and felt energized and good. In the last months I have slipped back into some old habits and need to kick start my way back. Although my weight is now in the normal range, I'd like to get in the mid part of that range, but more importantly gain more consistent healthy eating habits. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:11:16 EST New Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57500191 <em>235</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:16:55 EST Prediabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57337059 Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57336745 My name is Leola. I'm new to SparkPeople and have joined several different teams. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from! I have a leaky valve. It hasn't caused me any difficulty so far but I do want to get fit and not stress my heart any more than necessary. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:46:30 EST Im new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57334914 Hi. Im new here and I would like to find help with losing weight. Im a 40 year old single mom of 3 boys. Two of them are grown and one is married with a daughter. I want to feel better, look better and live healthier. Thanks for the help. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:38:51 EST Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57320529 Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.so wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57309755 Just joining SparkPeople today. I'm not sure how this whole website works, but I'm excited to learn! I'm a recent empty-nester and am struggling with this even after eight months, so I've decided it's time to reclaim myself and my time. I'm looking forward to lots of exercise/walking time with my dogs now that summer is near, and hoping to shed some pounds doing it. :-) Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:39:14 EST sleep, what is that http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x57304902 between my breathing machine and stress how do I sleep. I didn't get much last night as my husband as usual puts a guilt trip on me for everything he thinks is not going his way, everything is my fault. food prices( spending more money on that), mortgage going up because house taxes go up every year( my fault), price of everything going up that's my fault too. I have put every cent i earn into paying any bills we have while he gets to keep over 200 dollars a week in his pocket for what ever h... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:30:22 EST what you had no vegetable!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x57294054 yes I have had vegetables every meal everyday since I started my healthy eating habit on jan. 1 I have pepper/ onion stirfry and broccoli, cauliflower and or spinach in my eggbeater omelet every day. I have lettuce, carrrots, celery with tuna or chicken salad at lunch( usually no bread, and dinner I make sure I have at least one vegetable if not two. come on you can do this. just try its for your well being. good luck your HEART deserves it. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:22:08 EST sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x57293824 well I try hard to sleep but with the full mask, which is the one I have to use, because I stop breathing every 3 minutes is always waking me up. I know its because I sleep on my side or on my stomach and it gets pushed away from my face. my doctor told me not to sleep on my back. oh well I try. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:04:42 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57283156 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 cafe giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x57256774 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 <BR> <BR> Currently assigned myself to that role recently for a week or two(maybe less,maybe more). I'm here and thats what counts. <BR> There is nothing like looking into the eyes of someone who is in need of it. <BR> As I slide ino the fall of life (as I call it) I have determined that it is, in fact, the best wage one will ever earn and the "Thank You" you will never hear. <BR> <BR> Think about it ; ) <BR> <BR> PS Give up a big hug the next time one crosses y... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:25:05 EST new member/heart bypass http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57213429 Just want to say hello and tell you a little about my situation. After dealing with lung problems off and on for years and thinking that was my only problem I recently experienced chest pain while training for a new job, was taken to the hospital and after several days of test underwent heart bypass surgery for a blocked artery in my heart. My surgery went well and I am healing well. I am following my low sodium diet with a goal of 1800 mgs a day. I was advised to walk daily as much as comf... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:52:22 EST Glad I'm not alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57151298 Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:11 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57106205 My name is Carolyn. I have congestive heart failure. Glad I found this team. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:59:27 EST Excercise Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x57086061 Today will be the second day I begin my excercise regimen. I will be taking the stairs at work all day today. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:06:07 EST Just checkin In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x57081298 Started back walking today, Day 2 is going to be a doozey Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:02:26 EST Betty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x57051674 Hi, I would like to lose 20-30 lbs. I do work out with a trainer 3x a week. I wear a pedometer, but rarely get to 10,000 steps. my average is about 5,000. my additional problem is I will be leaving on a 3 month road trip so meals will be a problem. I am hoping to get a min. of 5,000 steps in a day, even on the days I will be driving all day. however I still need help trying to manage the 3 meals of eating out and some healthy snacks in between. can anyone help me with this???? Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:10:46 EST hello from denton texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56965038 I am 64.Should weigh 170 or even less.I weigh 210.I have exercised 6 out of last 8 days.I had open heart surgery 3 years ago.I am a registered nurse,past 37 years.I work in ICU. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:56:43 EST daryl kemp retired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56964504 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 new to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56934511 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 im new to program. my name is pekaana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56923020 Hi my name is pekaana. Im new to this. I have 30 pounds to loose. Im so ready to shed this weight. I could use littile motivation. Esp in excerise. Im lil lazy!! Lol love to walk. Got walk away pounds dvd and gilad quick fit system. Goalnis to do excerise 3 to 4 days a week at least 30 min. This is a neat websight. I just stumbled upon it. So here I go. Im on day 2. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:22:03 EST MY FIRST DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56827532 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 i WAS frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x56820303 i have been exercising every day, well i walk everyday, i bought the 28 day body boot camp with coach nichole.....and i was getting frustrated cause i thought i wasnt loosing weight......i was hanging out with my friend yesterday, and she told me that she saw that i lost weight. i didnt think i did, i mean the scale didnt say i did, but i guess you loose inches first then weight if your doing it right......now i am feeling better, especially when i go to grab my double chin and i can barely g... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:44:10 EST New to SparksPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56814671 HI! I'm new to SparksPeople, and still learning my way around. It seems to be a bit more comprehensive than MyFitnessPal, which I have used in the past. I recently had a TIA (mini-stroke), and among some new medicines I need to take I was advised by my doctors to lose weight and exercise. I've done this moderately successfully in the past (via WW) only to have it all come back with a vengeance. Needless to say my thinking of I'd like to lose weight and exercise more, has become I must lose we... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:07:17 EST RTERRELL 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56812492 I would like to lose70 pounds. I have lost so far with sparkspeople 24 pounds. I am impressed how well it works for me and my wife. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56788723 Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST A new Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56774045 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 Hi-starting again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56758068 I'm starting this again with a few more added pounds to lose!! Seems I start out fine, then lose my way. I'm trying to get healthy and in shape. I've never posted before, I always thought I could do it myself, but it seems I need help. So here we go again. Wish me luck! It looks like a lot of support out there and I hope to one day be helpful to others. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:45:04 EST odd woman out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56738181 Hi, I'm SueEllen and I actually have a pretty healthy heart for a 60 year old. Last year I had a severe reaction to post-surgery pain medicine and my heart (along with almost every other major organ) stopped. After the docs sorted things out in the hospital, I have been feeling pretty great. <BR> That said, I am so happy to have a group of folks who will help me keep my heart healthy and keep me accountable on my healthy living journey. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:17:49 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56685789 Hi all. I am a 55 yo grandmother of 1 who needs desperatly to lose weight. I have had a stroke which paralyzed 1/2 of me so I need to lose 100 lbs I have tried exercise, diet etxbut my physician says I am limited as to what I can do. I've exercised both in the water and out. Nothing is helping. Maybe this will be it Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:09:18 EST hello i am brenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56637600 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 page.so I will take all the help I can get to stick to this...thank you Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:58:44 EST starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56616065 My name is laura. i have been on spark people before and lost 25 pounds. That is all now gained back and then some. I ended up getting a divorce moving to a state where I dont know anyone not even family lives nearby. I did not have the motivation and I was so down in the dumps I could not continue. I am now in a better place still in a state where i dont know anyone besides coworkers that usually change all the time and my boyfriend. I am trying to get myself going and to get my cholesterol ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:04:12 EST Diva in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56588622 Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Yvonne and I joined sparkpeople a few days ago...I was looking to jump start my weight loss and a new healthy eating life style. I was so amazed with all the support and information that this web site embodied. I am glad I stumbbled upon it. I am not much of a writer, but I will do my best to state who I am, and what my goals are, bear with me. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of five and a grandma to one. I am a snow bird from the north who planted myself here in Central... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:34:46 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56567862 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 Laura http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56566628 I'm a forty some year old gal who wants to lose weight, not give up so easily, and regain my confidence. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:40:35 EST Way to go team members!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56564330 Thanks for all the "welcomes" I'm seeing to all our new Healthy Hearts joining together with us!! <BR> Shows me YOUR hearts are in the right place <em>250</em> <BR> Ginny Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:25:20 EST I'm a newbie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56549351 Hi! My name is Heather and I joined SparkPeople today for a number of reasons. However, the biggest reason is to learn to live a healthier lifestyle. I suffered a heart attack on January 16, 2014 at the age of 44 which has changed my life (and I'm going to see to it that it's for the better)! It is great to see that SparkPeople provides so much information and support. Looking forward to this journey to healthier living :) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:45:12 EST Hello, Ya"ll From Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56537210 Let me introduce myself. I am 52 years old and live in the Greater Houston area. I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful man and we have one teenage daughter. I also have 3 fur babies--2 cats and a Chinese Crested dog. My hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking, reading, and walking my dog. In 2012, I graduated from 7 years of school obtaining my BSW and MSW in social work. Over those years, I put on quite a bit of weight--mostly late night eating and stress/comfort eating. This year, I had ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:19:15 EST New to Sparkpeople and Looking for Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56515607 I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking for support and strength to continue on my path to a healthy body weight. I reached an all time weight of 297 back in July 2013 and lost 55 pounds by the end of 2013. Since then I have been completely obsessed about my weight number on the scale and have gone back to eating horribly. I am terrified I am going to gain all my weight back. I am trying to break out of my obsessive, isolated brain and get back to eating normally and exercising and not overthin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:06:45 EST new team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56474653 I am new to the team. I hope to learn a lot on this website. I do most of my posts on my phone so it's difficult <em>41</em> <BR> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:54:39 EST Hi my name is Tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56471861 I am new to the team and I was wondering if anyone has heart issue with a leaking valve, I could use a friend , so please let me know. Thank you Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:27:35 EST Would like to say hello to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56466816 I have just signed up and hope to lose some of the holiday weight I put on as well as develop life long healthy habits. Tried this site once before but was not consistent with tracking. Hope to do better this time. I welcome any ideas to stay motivated as well as tricks to navigating this website. A pleasure to meet everyone Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:50:14 EST need a partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56454957 I need a diet partner . I am a 64 yr female ,need to lose weight for my heart. this is my first time with sparkpeople and could use some coaching. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST Hi my name is Tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56444828 I joined this team because I have heart issues and I was wondering if anyone has a leakage heart valve. <em>41</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:40:16 EST Starting again... this time for good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56438894 You know how it goes, you start with the best intentions, and after 1 or 2 weeks, you slowly start going back to your old ways. Well not this time! I am bound and determined to lose the weight and feel healthy again! For me, it's not about the size or the number on the scale...I just want to feel healthy again. I want to feel like myself again. This will be hard, the weight didn't come on overnight and I won't lose it overnight. So far, I have created a motivational board that I look at... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:09:10 EST new to this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56438710 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 I'm Ready for A Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56408049 Hello Everyone! My name is Priscilla. I am overweight, I am tired and I need a change. When I signed up for this site, once I got in, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed. It is far more exciting looking than I expected. But I am like a fish in water. I am currently, diabetic, overweight, with high BP. Low Cholesterol but still had a heart attack at 36 and an Angioplasty at 38. For a young African American female that starts a host of other illnesses that could occur and I want to b... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:41:29 EST Masherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56407367 HI! I am excited to join in here. I am 57 yrs old. I live in a very small town called Braxton. Everyone knows everyone. I have many health problems. My main reason for wanting to make life changes for the best are my 6 grandbabies ages 18 months -10years, I need to set a good example for them. I LOVE FAMILY, READING AND COOKING. I am ready to get started and need all the help I can get. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:39:03 EST Cardiac Rehab http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x56401569 Has anyone else been through cardiac rehab, my doctor has been after me to complete this for sometime. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:27:32 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56385824 I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST Almost 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56373324 My name is Pam. I have two teenage daughters and a wonderful husband, all of whom love me just the way I am. I have high blood pressure and two brothers who have died from massive heart attacks and both were younger than I am. I am not in "bad" shape but not in great shape either. I run some, do some yoga but I am not consistent. I hate cold weather and tend to hibernate when it is cold outside. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill which I have at our neighborhood gym. I ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:26:23 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56335420 my name is derrick and this is my first time using this please tell me how to add callories and other stuff about this thanks and God bless Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:16:11 EST Hi my name is Stelfi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56332229 Hi everyone! I am new here and I need all the help I can get. I weigh almost 60 kgs over my normal weight and i don't know how to start! As you can see I am completely confused about everything. The only thing I know for sure is that I want to change things in my life...so please stand by me! Thank you all and forget my english <em>2</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:16:57 EST Hello team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56325882 When I first joined this site, the site decided that it would be enough for me to lose about 36 pounds. That's not so bad. Then I went to another site that would show me what I should look like at my target weight goal. I still looked fat. I think it might be because of all those scrawny models out there. Anyway, whatever the case, I decided that I want to lose even more. Now I have 60 pounds to lose. I hope I did not set an unrealistic goal. I used the BMI chart to help me. Plus I never had ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:07:12 EST New Year....New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56291437 Good day all, <BR> I so need to start taking my heart health seriously. I am 100# overweight, and have been for years. I come from parents with plenty of heart and weigh issues. <BR> But for now, for today, my focus is on ME. <BR> I have decided today is Day ONE of my feeling better and doing better for myself. I am looking forward to the journey. I know it will be a struggle some days. I have serious commitment issues when it comes to taking care of myself. (always easier to focus on someo... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:39:49 EST I just started today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56280545 Hi, my name is Peggy. I have 100+ lbs. to lose. If I can lose 2 lbs a week I will be at my goal in December, 2014. I've tried everything. I am totally committed to this plan. I've never belonged to a Forum and am hopeful this will keep me motivated. My sister has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I fear I'm heading in the same direction. Glad to be here, and hope to hear from you soon. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:48:33 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56246714 Hi, <BR> I am a 53 year old male . 6 ft 460 lbs. I have had many health issues. I am at a point of if I don't make changes now, there more than likely won't be a later. I would welcome any support, help, suggestions, etc. and will be happy to give back care, concern and any support that I can. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:19:43 EST Hi... allow me to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56241658 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 10:44:43 EST I'm New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56206306 Hello, I've just started I'm starting a new heart healthy lifestyle I had a heart attack in 2012. I'm 48 I live in Jacksonville Florida. I've been having trouble changing my eating habit so I decide to give SparkPeople a try to help me along the way <em>524</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:51:19 EST I'm New Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56199255 Hi, I am Robin. I had been a member of SP before for many years. I quit the site, but realize that was not a very good move. I am back and ready to get the weight back off and meet lots of new people and maybe reconnect with a few old friends. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:42:49 EST New Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56196616 Hello, my name is Terri and I am new here. My cardiac problems make it hard for me to exercise .. any suggestions? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:27:47 EST I need new sleeping life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56181110 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 New to Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56137726 Hi! I'm new to this, I need to lose weight, and get more fit. I am a Great-gramma, married to the love of my life. I live in small town Alberta. I love to read, crochet, play in the out of doors. I belong to a very close Church family as well as my natural family. Happy New Year! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:25 EST Hi Everyone New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56121980 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Penny and am a 49 year old living in Michigan at this time. I will be moving back to Kentucky in May to be with my grandchildren. I need to lose weight due to my health ( heart and a lot of bad disc in my back ) and to be able to be alive to watch my grandchildren grow up. I have tried so many times to lose weight and going to give it my all this time. I was going to wait till January 1st to start but decided to start today. <BR> God bless you all <BR> Penny Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:56:26 EST Starting a discussion about A1 c testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x56051575 I just started a discussion about blood sugar testing on the message boards, hoping to make people aware of the issue that blood sugar levels affect our overall health, incl. heart health in a huge way and that knowing one's blood sugar levels can be a huge help in staying healthy. <BR> Please feel free to join me to share your experiences. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=32668647 </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:46:44 EST Hi my name is Gloria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x56035737 I just turned 51 this year, i try to stay fit and active, haven't reached my goal yet, but i am getting there, any suggestions anybody. Who else is on the chat tonight. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:23:29 EST New, better cholesterol test - VAP panel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x56000473 I found out about this test recently and wanted to pass on the information as soon as possible. This tests is likely to predict much better who is at increased risk of heart attack. I had it done and hope to get my results in a few days. Any doctor's office can do the blood draw, but make sure your insurance will cover the test. <BR> <link>cholesterol.about.com/lw/Health-Medi<BR>cine/Drugs-and-treatments/The-VAP-Test<BR>-Beyond-Traditional-Cholesterol-Testing.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:32:57 EST succeednow7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55979153 Hello everyone one. I was a spark member in 2004 and now I am back in 2013. I have learned some important lessons about weight loss. <BR> 1. There is no quick fix. It takes patience, committment and perserverance to achieve ones goals. <BR> 2. I must be in it for the long haul, It did not take just 7 days to put the weight on and it will not take seven days to loose if I want lasting results. <BR> 3. I don't use the word diet, I am pursuing pernament life style changes that will extend ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:58:12 EST 2 days post Heart Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55946564 Hi All, <BR> Not sure if this is the right team to join or not. Is there anyone else on this team who has suffered an MI and had to have a stent put in? I'm still kind of in shock and trying to assess my eating and fitness habits and all the changes I have to make. <BR> I am 57 yo and pretty sendentary. I work 2 jobs, one is a desk job, the other is on the weekend and fairly active as it involves standing for 4-5 hours, and some walking around as well as bit of light lifting. My diet prior ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:42:12 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55927620 Figured I would join this group since I have a few heart health concerns and getting support on Spark would be nice. <BR> <BR> I am 34, divorced, no kids, though I really hope I get lucky enough to have one or three. I have high blood pressure (and have since I was in high school, even though I was a normal weight and active), and 5 types of irregular heart rhythm (PVCs, PACs, SVT, heart block and sinus rhythm). <BR> <BR> All of that is hereditary, as are aneurysms and other things from tha... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:18:01 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55918183 Hello. I an a chronic dieter. Well, I should say, diet starter. I very rarely make it past a few days. That is why I have chosen to call myself madhatter78. I try to follow a diet olan and lose interest quickly. However, I am hoping to stick with lifestyle changes, once started, to reach my goal of 75 lbs gone. This is a lot, but I have seen it done. Wish me luck. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:35:42 EST Tired of being tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55904494 Hi everyone! My name is Liann and I am beginning again on this journey of weight loss, getting healthier and self-discovery. I am so unsure of what I am doing that it is almost frightening. There is a lot of "do this, not that" stuff out there that I sometimes get confused. <BR> One step at a time is what they say, but sometimes those first several steps can be pretty scary. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 01:36:26 EST My name is Deana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55863346 I don't know how I feel about the community support, and whether it will be helpful to me, but I am willing to try. yesterday I consumed over 3000 calories telling myself that tomorrow is a new day. I am constantly self destructing and can't seem to stop, but I have at least slowed down. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:13:25 EST Carmela Bradford http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55610899 Hello, my name is Carmela, and I have made up my mind that it's time to get the weight off! I know I can do it, but I had to make up my mind and get serious about it. Now I am on the path to taking control of my weight and believing that I will reach my goal of losing 53 pounds. Encouragement from others is always good, and I need as much of it as I can get! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:20:31 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55608848 Very complicated diet requirements, supposed to be healthy heart, vitamin K, renal, low salt, to name the ones I remember. Must take 26 pills a day and still have set backs and have to go thru detox and start different prescriptions. When I see other lung transplant patients I am doing great except for being overweight and this is common with the drugs I am on. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:39:14 EST Hello from PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55603317 Hello all, my name is Heather. I am here to basically just get support when I need it and help others if I can. My ultimate goal is to get healthy enough to have a baby within the next few years. Anyone wants to know anything else about me feel free to message me. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:20:19 EST Hi - I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55536459 Hi everyone - I'm Bea. I am re-joining this group after a hiatus. <BR> <BR> I had a heart attack in 2003 at the age of 30. My heart is now working fine, but I threw a clot as a result of high blood pressure while I was taking birth control. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm 41. I've had RNY and my heart disease has resolved itself. I also no longer have a need for birth control since I had a hysterectomy last year as a result of endometrial cancer. <BR> <BR> I'm back on Spark now to get off the last ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:07:13 EST medication problems? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x55508216 At my last cardiologist appointment, I told her about painful cramping in my back, and she doubled my potassium to 20 MEQ 2 X a day. At the same time, she cut my Lisinopril in half, and switched me from 50 mg Coreg, to 100 mg Metoprolol. <BR> <BR> Her reasoning was that my BP was getting low, so I understand the halving of the Lisinopril, but within a week of me switching to the Metoprolol from the Coreg, I started having heart fluttering, and it is getting worse. <BR> <BR> I used to be on... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 06:39:01 EST Steve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55502809 Hi, I'm Steve. I'm overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, on all kinds of meds & I love food & drink. I don't want to leave my wife a widow. I don't seem to have the willpower to loose weight on my own. If I don't change something with consumption, I won't live to see 70, in 10 years. I want to live & be healthy but I'm holding myself back. I've never joined anything like this & am not sure what's right or wrong on these boards but I need help please. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:08:59 EST Hello, I am Judi and I am new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55493328 Hello from Mount Juliet, TN. I am Judi. I am new to this team. At one time I weighed 357 and have lost to 151. I had Rheumatic Fever when I was young and have had uncontrolled BP in the past ( Under control, now) and Cholesterol problems. I have a Left Bundle Branch Block. Heart disease runs in my family. Last Sunday, my heart rate got down to 44 and stayed in the 40's for most of the day. Team, I need your encouragement and support. The doctors are trying to keep my heart rate in the ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:36:20 EST hello my name is peggy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55483612 I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55478447 hi again for the month of november i plan to take baby steps like not eating late or when i am stress Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:36:31 EST Taking back my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55462447 Hello, my name is Kristina and I am 42, I have been with my husband for 25 years, we have three kids. Two girls ages 24 and 22 and one son age 17. <BR> <BR> Out of the clear blue April 1st 2013 I woke-up feeling very tiered and having chest pain. I went to the hospital and found I was having a heart attack. I ended up dying three times and now have five stents in my heart. I have since quit smoking but have gained 40lbs. <BR> <BR> This is about the third time I have started the 17 day diet ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:30:10 EST I AM BACK!! July771 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55453665 I have recently started shopping in Aldi again & when I go past the banners it says "You know you should get your 5 a day"? Why not pick from our range of fruits! Aldi Store is narrow but quiet & nice. Not like the other big supermarkets or noisey. Oh all Aldis own brand! My husband birthday next week 40! No no party going out for a meal on Saturday his birthday is Tuesday. My dad decided against a party! Any how a nice quiet Meal with my family parents & sister & partner. Glad really that we... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:52:35 EST My name is Jeanne I am new :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55445478 Hi! My name is Jeanne and I am 29 years old. I am 100 lbs overweight and I want to change my life. I honestly have increased health problems lately and it is scary. I was diagnosed with PCOS 2 years ago and it just causes hormonal imbalance which causes many other undesirable things. I also just recently was diagnosed with asthma and my blood pressure has been high. I honestly am scared that if I don't change I am going to cut my life short and keep gaining weight and getting sicker. ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:23:52 EST Hi glad to meet ya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55429082 Hi my name is Jeannine. I have been a member of SP for about 2 years. I did really well about a year ago losing about 20lbs. I was well on my way to moving toward my goal, Then one night I got home from a night out (being the DD) and found my father dead of a heart attack. Well after losing one of the most important people in my life made my journey seem very stupid. I put back on all the weight and then some. So fast forward almost a year (it will be 1 year on Nov.25) I am starting my ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:58:23 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55418662 My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST A New Life For an Old Wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55406898 Hi all, I'm just getting back into the swing of things but want to stop by and say stay engaged! If your like me and you don't have anybody close that needs to loose weight with you then you have to encourage yourself! Stay with it, it will pay off. And I'm going to keep saying it 13 down and more to go let's get moving! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:59:43 EST One step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55379219 I'm Lisa (also Elisabeth when I'm on stage - may make that name permanent for simplicity's sake!), and I've got a family history of heart issues on both sides, along with recent symptoms (possibly unregulated thyroid - waiting on testing there). Glad to be here (in many ways)!! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:24:15 EST 27 pounds for health and happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55364775 Hi, I've been here years ago and generally I do Weight Watchers at home but love this site for motivation. I don't call losing weight a diet. I try to use the winter months for winter maintenance or as I call it "my tune-up". The last couple of years I just could not get my head in the right place for many personal reasons. This year is different. My thyroid is misbehaving and is being addressed, with my weight up my lab work is elevated in the wrong areas. I know my weight can make a ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:29:12 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55300878 Hello everyone, my name is Christa and I'm new on this forum.... I have been on spark people for over a year and have lost some weight... I started running and got up to 6-7 miles every other day... I just found out that I have orthostatic hypotension and went in for a stress echo and found that i have 3 leaky valves. So not running now. I have gained 5 lbs since not being able to run and am very worried about gaining all the weight back. I'm just trying to adjust to all of this and feelin... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:55:27 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55272760 I am new in this healthy hearts group just a little about me I am 56 and have chronic copd and was in hospital last week and they put me on a heart healthy diet and the doctor wants me to stay on won and keep exercising and cut down on the salt intake my wife and I cook using a lot of the heart healthy recipes in spark people and we try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week but we both are struggling seems that our carorie count and what we burn don't help our intake is more than we burn ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:14:00 EST Greatful to be alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55207645 My name is Lori and this past year I had a heart attack, I just turned 49 so yes... next year I will be the big 5-0. I need support and maybe a little shove every now and then to get on the healthy track. I am learning and trying very hard to make a life style change not a diet! I am diabetic and have bad cholesterol numbers both my HDL & LDL. 5 years ago I lost over 100lbs and have kept it off but my eating style went back to not so healthy food.... now I know I have to keep up the health an... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:33:55 EST Fitness?? Shouldn't it be improving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x55178235 I've been exercising daily; 30 mins+ on my Airdyne. I always get my heart rate to 144, and it seems to only go down to 105 or so within 10 mins after stopping. My normal resting is about 85 currently. Intensity of the exercise seems to be about the same as I've always done, and I'm almost 2 months in, now. Shouldn't I be getting fitter? And shouldn't this be reflected in my pulse by now? <BR> <BR> Seems like much more of a struggle to get headed in the right direction this time around -... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 17:57:33 EST loose weight for good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55143774 I am 76 year old I am A caretaker for my 80 year old husband who has dementia I have A son an daughter who live on the same property as my husband an I we have 3 grandsons an A great grandaughter an a Great grandson our family is to joy of our life most of our time is spent at home I love to get on the computer my husband loves to watch westerns I have just began with sparks but I think I will like it was a weight watcher for years one of the things I like about sparks is the track your... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:18:59 EST thickening of heart wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x55132335 just got message from doctor that said as a result of my echo cardiogram i have a thickening of my heart wall . what a time of this to happen have half maraathon in 17 days . they didn't leave any other info ,i have to go see them . does anyone know about this and what is being done to help you out . i would be very happy to hear anything about it and what can be done. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:03:33 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55126568 Just started a month ago. Still finding my way around website. I feel good about finding spark people. Thank you all for being here! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:26:37 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55115148 Hi, my name is Marca. I decided and started on a life changing food plan. I go to TOPS meetings. I haven't lost any weight over the past year I've gone to them. I have pretty much stayed the same and didn't gain back the 50 pound I lost years back! Our group went to Dickson to a Fall Rally and the state queen was there. She talked about her journey loosing weight. I was able to get to talk to her and she gave me her card. I get on her site and get motivation from her! I have lost 100 lbs. bef... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:57:38 EST It's time to move on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55100439 I've gained and lost the same weight for the past 20 years. I don't mind gaining and losing the same weight--as long as it's between 140 and 150 rather than what it has been. LOL! <BR> <BR> I am a widow of 18 months with 3 kids--boys--in their teens. I recently moved closer to my family, but 1500 miles away from where my kids have spent their entire lives. I am working online to receive my Masters degree--I have four classes to complete and am enrolled in one now. I am currently une... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:28:27 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55074520 Hi, I'm Mandy and 27 years old. I'm 90 pounds over weight. 7 years ago during a pregnancy I was diagnosed with CHF. I delivered early and went on medication. I did not parent the baby. I weighed 267 pounds at that time and quickly dropped down to 155 thanks to not eating and all of the lasix. My cardiologist released me from his care after my EF raised to 50%. I became pregnant shortly after and became a single mom. I dealt with depression, and all of the raw emotions that I had buried with m... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:27:53 EST I'm excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55062347 Hello my fellow Spark team. I am new to the team but been here on Spark for several years. I love it. <BR> <BR> I weighted myself today - up 2 pounds. This is after having a lot of stomach problems and no exercise. Stomach is doing better and I am ready to exercise again. I am ready to track my foods and think before eating. It will be baby steps for my body is one that does not like change and needs slow nudging. It will be done! NO EXCUSES!!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to gleanin... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:11:50 EST Hi--A newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x55041617 Hi, My name is Ellen. I am a newbie and an oldie here. I have been a SparkPeople member a number of times through the years but this is my first serious effort and not just a wishful effort. I am 68 years old and health issues have finally caught up with me. Today I made an appointment the my doctor because I am experiencing early symptoms of congestive heart failure. No more wishing I would lose weight. It is now a matter of "life or death." And I choose LIFE! Many blessings and suc... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:42:22 EST a new day...a new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54964656 Hello! Well its a little difficult for me to introduce myself. Its so much easier to talk about anything and everything than it is to talk about me. So for now I will stick to the basics. I am a female. There that wasn't so hard..I will try another. I'm married and have two beautiful daughters. (As if daughters could be anything but beautiful) huh! this intro isn't so hard. Ummmm...uh oh...I've got writers block. Sheesh! Figures! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:01:07 EST joe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54947457 Hi Everyone, <BR> I just joined yesterday and I'm still learning all the tools of the spark page. I started at 208 lbs and my first goal is 185 by Feb 25th 2014. Mt final goal will be 159 by Sept 3rd 2014 <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from anyone. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Joe Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:11:08 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54932109 Hi All, <BR> My ambition is to lose weight and keep it off but I have a few health issues. 1. I'm a former smoker and have copd, asthma, and cad. I get short of breath a lot and it interferes with my workouts. I don't want to fail before I even get started so I need a lot of advice. Can anyone help me out with this? Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:32 EST Let's do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54914941 Hello everyone! :) <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica but you can call me Jess or Jessie. I'm 23 years young and have been overweight the majority of my life. I know if I just kick this weight, my heart problem will more than likely go away! I'm engaged to my fiance of 4 years now and we eventually want to have children someday soon. That alone is enough motivation to lose weight - who wants to be pregnant and not show? =/ On top of that, if I don't kick this weight now, the baby weight is not go... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:01:14 EST 30+ to lose 130# http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54867418 Hello my name is LaCourdia Jones and I am starting out ny journey to lose 130#. I am 10 yrs wed and a mother of nine, yes all nine were birthed through me. I am Executive Administrator fir a private Christian school as well as a church clerk for Cornerstone Word of Faith Ministries. Graphic design is my passion as well as journaling. My children are between the ages of 6 to 19yrs. I have been overweight since 1996 and after threatening a stroke 2yrs ago, I was determined to change my eating h... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:28:04 EST Cod Liver Oil and Flaxseed Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54864546 Hi, I have heard that Cod, Liver Oil and Flaxseed Oil are good supplements to take for healthy heart because of the Omega 3 in them. <BR> This is what I am taking and would like to know if there is anything wrong with it. <BR> <BR> Vitamin B-12 <BR> One a day women's vitamin -has 1,000 of vitamin D <BR> Cod Liver Oil - 2 capsules - has 1,200 of Vitamin A <BR> Flaxseed Oil - 1 capsule - Omega 3 stuff <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone else takes these things and how much. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:10:10 EST Almost 60 and wanting to be more healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54853083 My name is Elaine. I live in western Montana. I will have my 60th birthday in November and rather dread it. My head feels young but my physical being feels well my age. I am mostly vegetarian. I eat healthy but just too much without sufficient exercise. I am a "diet" veteran, having used Weight Watchers several times as well as many other ways of trying to lose for good the 20+ extra I am carrying around and have gaining and losing for years. Anyway, I hope to stick with it this time w... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:27:59 EST Getting ready to start my new way of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54833554 Before I get started I wanted to clean out my potato chips that I love. I also wanted to make sure I had several days of menus set up and the ingredients to make everything. So 9/11/13 is the day I start. My main problem is sticking with a new way of eating. I always crave things like chips or salty things. How do others do this to not give in or to curb a craving? I myself struggle with this every time I try to start a new way of healthy eating. I am good for about a week then I start to w... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:42:32 EST New to Sparks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54783180 Hi .. My name is Terri. I am 57 and have about 70 pounds to lose. I lost my Mom when she was 61 to heart disease and (surprise, surprise) I have developed heart problems. Sorry Mom but I am not ready to get back together with you just yet. I am unhappily married and a wonderful son and two great step-children. All are grown and married and we all get along really well. My son's wife and I are best-friends even. She comes to me instead of her won Mom which is very flattering. With the stress a... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:47:19 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54776530 I am new to this team and wanted to say hi. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:04:09 EST My heart pounds really hard, why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54747144 Does anybody have any knowledge of when their heart pounds really really hard and skips around and jumps around? Is this serious? Should i go to a doctor for this? Have you had it and did you go to a doctor? After having this a couple of years ago, I had an experience of pain in the heart area and left arm. Later, a doctor said, "Sounds like you had a heart attack." He did a lot of tests and said I had no residual damage. I have always had a very strong heart, but I am older now. Is this a co... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 01:19:22 EST Hi I am new age 61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54747067 hello am new, age 61, in spark 7 weeks, lost 14 lbs, having ups and downs, but keep trying. I am on disability for BP mood disorder. Have always been physically healthy until i got on meds for depression, which lowered my immune system at age 40, 20 years ago. Put on a LOT of weight with those meds also. Lost it ten years ago using mania and laxatives. then put it back on with meds again. Meds are a weight problem for me. They put the weight on originally and they make it hard to lose! But th... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 01:02:50 EST Week three on my "Do Over" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54729248 Hi all, <BR> Heart disease & diabetes are in my family. I had an attack before I was 50. I've been on a beta blocker for 13 years and that's when I started gaining the weight.( I quit smoking then too) <BR> I started on Spark in 2009, gained and lost the same 10 lbs over and over. I thought I was SERIOUS then, but I guess - "not so much" . I'm re-thinking my game plan now. I'm going to turn my life around over the next 6 months. I can't just " try" I must instill in myself the habits that... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 14:31:37 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54698153 I haven't introduced myself to the team so I'm here to say hello! <BR> hope to meet some of you and I want to wish you all success on your journey <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:25:39 EST Hello, I am Loraine Rogers from India http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54674347 I am a writer. I am new to internet article and blogging. I am married and a mother of a girl. I give support to women suffering from uterine fibroids. Please go to fibroids in women dot com .I have been researching about the ailment and finding alternative cures to shrink fibroids. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:17:34 EST Mitral valve repair without major surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54644142 I've been reading up on this lately. Thanks to fabulous SparkFriend LinJarvis for bringing it to my attention. FDA is not keen on it here in USA, but it gives hope for safer procedure with fewer complications and an option for some at high risk with surgery. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YESotpfB8Oc </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watc<BR>h/FDAGeneral/37994 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22222076 </link> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:47:57 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54642399 Hello Healthy Hearts Team, <BR> Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Becky and I live in southeastern PA. My husband suffered a heart attack last week. They fixed him up and he's feeling better than ever. I feel as if we have been given a second chance and don't want to blow it. I'm using this site to watch what we eat. It's a challenge to get the required protein without going over in calories and fat, but I'm up for it! <BR> I've read a lot about cholesterol, high blood pressure... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:20:43 EST FIRST TIME ON MESSAGE BOARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54581121 HI I"M NOT SURE THAT I AM COMFORTABLE WITH GOING PUBLIC WITH TOO MUCH SHARING BUT I DO ENJOY TALKING WITH OTHERS SO HERE GOES.........I AM 82 YEARS OLD ,MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS TO A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND LOVING CARETAKER ,WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND LOVE TO SERVE OUR LORD IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES (AND AS OUR AGING BODIES WILL ALLOW) WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES ,8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREATS AND ANOTHER TWO ON THE WAY. I SINCERLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND EAT HEALTHIER IN ORDER TO BE ACTIVELY IN... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:54:38 EST Open the windows http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54554185 Or get out there and enjoy!! <BR> <BR> What a day (at least here on the upper east Coast) It's one of those days here on this little island outside of NY that you can see the beautiful NY skyline and beyond ~ <BR> So roll it,walk it,hike it,or just kick back and enjoy it. <BR> Have a great Saturday everyone. <BR> Ginny <em>252</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 08:07:04 EST A no-salt cook and low sodium recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54536859 Interesting article about a "no-salt cooking guru" with congestive heart failure <BR> <link>www.hearthealthyonline.com/blood-pre<BR>ssure/lower-blood-pressure/no-salt-pio<BR>neer_1.html </link> <BR> <BR> 28 low sodium recipes <BR> <link>www.hearthealthyonline.com/healthy-r<BR>ecipes/low-sodium-recipes/low-sodium-r<BR>ecipes_ss1.html </link> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:59:29 EST Just found this today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54500539 I had been on the Atkins Diet and I was able to loose some weight, but I was hungry. My husband found this and the foods look much better. I hope it will help me reach my goal of fitting into my Mother of the Groom dress comfortably by October 18.. Right now with it on I can not breath.. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:09:29 EST walking etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54498038 Well, well, well. I finally did some walking this past weekend. (8/10&11) I walked for about 20 mins. but not straight walking. I usually stop for about a minute to catch my breath then continue to walk. I'm hoping to walk 3 or more times this new week & so I keep telling myself to keep walking mizzee...lol...So to all of you who are walking for excercise keep on walking....cheers to all & have a teeerific new week. <BR> mizzee <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:08:54 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54435100 Hello all! my name is Jaye. I am 23 years of age. I'm just here to get some support with my weight loss journey and to hopefully make some new friends in the process. Thanks and nice to meet you all! :) Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:43:17 EST pounds gone for good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54424211 Hi my name is Andi Jean, I am over 40 with a great husband and 2 awesome boys. I am once again starting a fitness program and a healthy lifestyle change. I have tried many diets and paid many dollars to achieve my goal of losing 50+ pounds. I am hoping to use sparkpeople to start new habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I currently am a member of a gym which I love because of all the great classes. I really want to develop a support system for success. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:53:07 EST New to forum with congenital heart defect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54419160 Hi! I am a 30 year old mother of 2 who has a VSD and heart arrhythmia. I have to do low intensity exercise and really watch my blood sugar! It's tough to lose weight this way but I'm determined! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:37:12 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54396839 my name is ria i really want to lose weight and be fit joined spark people just now i have two wonderfull kids and iam a stay at home mom spark people tells me that i need to lose 13 kgs hmmmm thats sounds like a lot of weight just dont know how will this miracle happen but i will try whatever i can do to be fit and slim this time Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:11:51 EST NEWBIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54392404 Hi, my name is Dawn. This is ANOTHER NEW start for me. I have over 100 lbs to lose. I am looking for motivation on this plan, but really interested in exercising . I have been sedentary for some time, so looking for tips of getting moving. I was disabled most of my life due to knee damage, I have had 16 knee surgeries, but the last 2 where total knee replacements & they are GREAT. After the new knees I told the doc lets get fit for 50, he said just 1 more check up and then work out t time. We... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:47:03 EST New to Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54368693 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on SP before but I am new to this team. Have lost 82 lbs since last September but have gotten off track. Would like to be down abt another 20 before the end of summer. Still have a lot more to lose. Had blood work drawn this AM and kind of overdid it when I got home. But I figure I can divide this into two meals or a meal and a snack and it will work out alright. I really could use some moral support been a little stressed lately. Good to hear from... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:46:34 EST Hello from Nova Scotia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54365919 Hello all, Caper85 here. Just stopping by today to say hi and to tell you a little about myself. I have been a Sparker since 2008. Originally Poohbear1733, I recently changed my handle to Caper85.It symbolizes that I hale from Cape Breton, NS and that I moved to the Mainland to Halifax in 1985. I have many health issues including Atrial AFib, Type 2 Diabetes and I weigh over 576 lbs. Last March 2012, I got very ill will Sepsis. Lost the feeling in my left leg and I had to learn to walk again... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:12:24 EST Hello from Nova Scotia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54365910 Hello all, Caper85 here. Just stopping by today to say hi and to tell you a little about myself. I have been a Sparker since 2008. Originally Poohbear1733, I recently changed my handle to Caper85.It symbolizes that I hale from Cape Breton, NS and that I moved to the Mainland to Halifax in 1985. I have many health issues including Atrial AFib, Type 2 Diabetes and I weigh over 576 lbs. Last March 2012, I got very ill will Sepsis. Lost the feeling in my left leg and I had to learn to walk again... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:11:36 EST Starting Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54355835 Just set up a physical for October 15. I hope to use this as motivation to really stick to the spark. I want my cholesterol numbers and the number on the scale to say this is a woman taking care of herself! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:34:50 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54353440 hi im kelly and i am working on losing 65lbs and getting my body back Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:48:29 EST Lesliem2525 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54338853 My name is Leslie and I am trying to loose 40 lb. I been try for years with no success. I think sparkpeople will give me motavtion that I need. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:53:56 EST I'm BACK! JULY771 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54312480 I am back!! I feel heavy, hot sticky in this summer UK weather! One time last month I had diet Coke with lemon in & water with lemon in all <BR> day! 2 Cans diet coke in the EVENING a bit after my water with lemon in taking water bottle to mums! Oh I had a jug of water asked mum & put some Ice in! No ice here! How do I cut down on the alcohol & when at mums not be tempted? Even though my mum likes a drink? What can you do differently in the evenings? Loved my ready meals with baked beans! fil... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:05:53 EST Over 60 and Still Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54290661 Just joined this site. Trying to get more fit and ready for Bilateral Total Knee Replacement with swimming, water aerobics and personal trainer. Have experimented with a lot of sites and really wish I could track this on my Blackberry Torch. Started out with the Fatsecretapp which is a great app on my BB torch, but the site does not have the exercise and helpful support that Sparkpeople has. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:47:57 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54272787 Hi! <BR> My name is Sheila. Although I'm new to this team, I've been Sparking for a few years. I made fantastic progress in the beginning and lost 100 pounds in a year. Then - I faced some difficulties and gave up on my self. The result is that 83 of those pounds have returned. Today is Day 6 of a total restart. <BR> I'm single and a retired elementary teacher. I love animals and have two cats, Jake and Nellie. I also share ownership of Peaches, a bearded collie, who lives with my 85 y... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:35:48 EST Exercise in hot weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54272365 Some worthwhile advice from the Texas Heart Institute helpful for everyone and esp. for people with heart failure: <link>www.texasheart.org/hic/topics/hsmart<BR>/hydrate.cfm </link> <BR> <BR> (also posted in my blog) Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:39:06 EST Brenda Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54265159 Hello I am Brenda. I am a 37 year old woman and I am here to lose twenty one pounds and to try to maintain my weight. I live in Brownsville, Texas if anyone wants to know more about me just drop by and ask anything you like to ask me. Thank you... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:40:07 EST What Can I Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x54209448 As all of you know,exercise is an important part in heart health. My problem is that I have a bad knee, right now, so for the past few weeks, have not been able to work out for my cardio. I am going to chiro, but so far it has not done the job. What could i do for physical activity that doesn't affect my knee & keep me from becoming a couch potato & gaining back all I have lost? So frustrating.. <BR> <BR> Eve Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:23:09 EST brand newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54190031 Hello to all.....I am here as a newbie. I'm not sure how to navigate this website. I am Diabetic 2 & do have some heart issues that have slowed me way down as far as physical activity. I do some walking probably 15-20 mins. & try for 3 times a week. However I have not done this in quite sometime. Its an off & on thing. :) Anyway, just like many of you I hope to get a lot of support & motivation. Cheers & Cheers to all. Have a teeerific wkend. <BR> mizzeelady Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:35:12 EST Vabena http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54173279 I do not have diabetes, but my 82 year old husband has diabetes 2 and has no idea how to eat correctly. I am the one who tries to prepare the right foods and keep the carb heavy foods out of the kitchen as much as I can. Since I am not a dietician, we have been to one and that helped to get us started. This is why I have not taken any challenges or kept fitness minutes. I am looking for guidance in the foods to eat and need to know how to see that he is happy to eat healthy. He does eat ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:22:02 EST Gonna Get It Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54136655 Me In 5: <BR> 1. My name is Cindy. I am happily married to my best friend and soul mate and we have two beautiful children. <BR> 2. I have been overweight for so long I don't remember being at a healthy weight (more than 15 years) <BR> 3. I finally realized I deserve to be healthy and am prepared to fight my way, every day, back to the healthiest, happiest Mom, wife, and woman I can be! <BR> 4. I will lose over 100lbs to do this and am nervously looking forward to this journey! <BR> 5. I woul... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:21:47 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54120821 Here I am again, trying to lose weight. I lost 60+ pounds in 2012 but then at Christmas time I had a kidney infarct. I had another infarct on the opposite side in April 2013. I am on tons of medicines including prednisone. I am HUNGRY all the time! I have gained back almost 40 pounds. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:02:23 EST fluid levels. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54079690 I was recently in the hospital for chest pain, and shortness of breath. Everything tested just fine, and I am out now. When they released me, they told me to stick to 1 liter of fluids a day. <BR> <BR> Is this normal? 34.8 ozs of fluid a day? I have been drinking 12-15 glasses a day, and doing fine for 4 years. I could understand a temporary restriction, but at least 8 glasses a day. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:10:50 EST Tiffany's Ta-Da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54075782 Hi, there! My name is Tiffany, and I'm from Alabama - up near Birmingham. Typical story... girl meets chocolate cake, girl falls in love with chocolate cake, chocolate cake makes girl buy elastic waistband pants... <BR> <BR> Seriously, though, I'm a mom of 5 - a step-daughter in her 30's, a son who would've been 20 this year, a daughter who's about to turn 19, and two who live at home still - aged 12 and 9. That's what my Spark Name means, by the way - TALK is the first letter of each of my ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:47:51 EST New ways of realizing I have CHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x54040674 It started a few weeks ago. I felt soreness in my back. Over the next few weeks I felt pain in my shoulder, and Saturday it felt like lactic acid burn when you lift weight. I got the familiar fluttery feeling, and neck pain, and felt queasy, which was new, like the back pain. Felt like a bruise, right in the center of my back. I had some chest tightness, and shortness of breath, and even some twinges. <BR> <BR> I have worked back down to 220, so otherwise have felt good, and started volunte... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:41:28 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54028927 I'm actually a re-tred here at Spark People but lost my old profile information and now starting all over. Have struggled with my weight all of my life. Just got on the other end of a 30 year battle and looking to re-invent myself. Currently living in the Portland OR area but looking to re-locate and connect with people in the Dallas TX area. Would love to connect with any and all of you. I spend most of my time building people up and supporting home businesses on Facebook and have a Send Ou... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:30:30 EST Congenital Heart Defect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x54005804 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a 38 year old born with congenital heart defect. I had a BT shunt at age 1 1/2, Tetralogy "repair" at age 3, pulmonary valve replacement at 19 and 2 ablations at 35. I have been on a roller coaster ride with my weight since my heart function became quasi-normal after my pulmonary valve replacement. I managed to lose 40 lbs in my 20s and have been up and down a couple of more times since then. Now I am at the highest weight I've ever been (174 at the start of this ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:53:14 EST my weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53937189 Hi people I am giving this a second chance just wish I did not have to startover Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:30:30 EST brand new to Sparks People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53905701 I'm brand new to Sparks People and am very excited to get involved. I have already receive a lot of support and encouragement from the links. It makes me feel wolcomed but perhaps a bit overwhemed as i am not accustomed to working with computers at all.(l am not allowed to order anything from a computer site because the last time I ended up buying the same exact item three times.) But, hopefully that will get better With time and practice. I am 59 years old. I recently had a 'biventricu... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:37:20 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53894009 Hi there <BR> <BR> I have just restarted my Spark journey after having toyed with Slimming World since February. Since February I have lost 24 pounds but still have 64 pounds left to lose. <BR> <BR> My name is Carol and I live in Warrington, Cheshire, UK with my partner Paul and our dog Sandy. I am 58 years old and work in a call centre dealing with Mobile Phone insurance for a major bank. I had an accident just over 18 months ago at work and damaged my back and neck. At the moment my back... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:44:39 EST Resetting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53884232 I'm resetting my goals once again on Sparkpeople. I've done this several times. I'm hoping today is a new beginning towards a healthier me. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:57:10 EST Susan - Just joined July 25, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53878623 Hi, Thanks to my friend Elaine, I've decided to join Spark People. Anyway, I have so many health issues and I need to change in order to enjoy a better quality of life. I'm now 64 years old, still working (teacher-3 years to the drop), and I have several health issues of which I'm aware: Type II Diabetes; Diverticulosis; Ulcerative Colitis; Arthritis / Joint pain, especially in the knees; Mitral Valve Prolapse and arrhythmia; Depression at times and I'm having some problems with wounds healin... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:58:16 EST New Food friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x53871224 Found a new friend in my fridge today!! <BR> <BR> Costco ready made Bruchetta <BR> 1 container of "All whites" <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 - 3 Tbls of Bruchetta <BR> 3/4 to 1 cup All Whites <BR> a sprinkle of parm cheese <BR> <BR> Heat pan nice and hot and add the Brucetta. Lower a bit and sauté around 5-6 minutes then add the egg whites. Once the mixture starts to thicken move about to desired consistency and sprinkle on the parm (now don't get crazy with that stuff : ) <BR> PS <BR> If you li... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:12:27 EST New to running http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53849632 I hope to learn the proper way to avoid injuries and hopefully I will also learn to love it! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:07:10 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53843765 I am Elisa and happy to share this group with everyone . I am hoping for positive feed back and hopefully I`ll have great results. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:21:04 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53772321 Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Kisha I'm 33 & a single mom of 2 young boys from Baltimore, MD... I'm just starting on my weight loss journey & looking forward to achieving my goals... I'd love to meet new people & make new friends that we can share our journeys together. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 03:25:44 EST Miricals do Happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53763091 Good Morning, <BR> I have just now joined, and am very hopeful, having tried many other forms of dieting. Although I have several health issues to cope with making looseing weight extemely chalenging. Atrial fibrilation and a recent stroke which left me with a left side defecit now prevents me from excercing for weight loss impossible. Then I'm pre-diabetic so have to matain certain caloric/protien/carb. ratios without compromising energy and feeling too restricted. I would be greatly a... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:21:13 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53726469 I just resigned up yesterday after a break for several years. This worked back then and I need it again. I was just recently put on medicine for high blood pressure and I hate it. I want off of it - if that's possible. The only way I know how to do that is to get healthy and lose weight again. It's going to be hard but I know I can do it as I've done it before. This is all I can think of at the moment. If you have any questions about me, please feel free to ask. It's nice to be a part... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:24:13 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53684165 I'm Chelsee and new to this site. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:10:12 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53607383 Today is my first day as a member of SparkPeople. I am a 65+ lady My home is in Ocala, Fl. I have 50+ lbs. To lose and am praying that I meet many wonderful, supporting people on wwhay seems to be a wonderful site. I would love to be added to the friends list of anyone who may be interested inhelping me on this journey. Thank you, Evelyn Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:26:16 EST Red Hoffman here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53604822 Hi, I am Red Hoffman and I believe I developed a weight problem the minute I left the active military in 1989. I gained probably 100 lbs over the next year/year and a half. Depression played a factor. Being diagnosed with a heart condition played a factor. My love of eating good food played the biggest factor of all. BUT, the bottom line is, I am in control of what happens. I was recently taken to the hospital by ambulance for dizziness, inability to stand and powerful headaches. My blo... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:35:12 EST Going beyond dipping my toe in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53456734 Hi, I'm Janet 51 year old single woman. I have traveled a lot in my life and even lived in Russia for several years. I am now spinning my wheels in the corporate world. I teach an aqua boot camp class several times a week which I love. Getting paid (even a little) to work our and challenge others! I can be outgoing when I want to, but am really a closet introvert. I find it difficult to express my feelings and writing this stuff is really a step outside my comfort zone, but I'm taking t... Thu, 23 May 2013 22:11:06 EST Salt substitutes/ kidney stones. Questions. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x53424524 I have diabetes, CHF, and obviously need to drop my sodium. I am at 1,150 mg a day, and am okay with that level. I recently had to switch off a high protein diet, due to kidney stones. I am going to doctor today for a follow-up, after being in the hospital Friday night. I was in some pain, but had no idea I had passed a kidney stone. i am on Coumadin, so when I went to the bathroom, there was a LOT of blood. I still have some pain, but overall feel pretty good. No more blood, which freaked me... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:48:01 EST new and needing a little weight loss help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53381251 I am new to this site, I have tried it before in the past but I ended up not sticking with the program due to lazyness. But I am back now and I have a kiddo and need to lose some weight so that i can continue to keep up with her. So I have my fb that i use and will keep this on my fb so it will remind me to use this site and track track track. Maybe i will look better soon. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:45:25 EST Accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x53335663 Had a great weekend-great Mothers Day and I hope you all did to!! Busy day today and lots of things were accomplished. Woo Hoo!! <BR> Replaced my BFF FitBit!! <BR> Finalized a deal with someone in Teaneck on a bike! (I love Ebay) <BR> Finally found the bins with my warm weather clothes (one of the few things Hurricane Sandy didn't get) they were up stairs in storage ; ) <BR> I feel like a did a 5K!!! Way to go!! <BR> Does accomplishing tasks and what nots make you feel healthier too? <BR> let... Mon, 13 May 2013 22:39:44 EST new to his http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53334246 hello, im new to SparkPeople , jus interested in networking with new positive people who have similar goals. Not sure how to work this site either!! help ;) thanx <BR> Kara Mon, 13 May 2013 20:53:24 EST New to Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53333996 Hi my name is Jackie and I am new to this whole fitness and diet thing, I am getting ready to start a bootcamp tomorrow and trying to figure out what my best approach is to diet. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 May 2013 20:32:40 EST I'm a Spark newbie too (Sparkie? ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53304338 Hi! I'm 62, diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy out of the blue about 3 years ago, have a pacemaker and implanted defibrillator. I need to lose 50 lbs and have had no success. I've used Wii Fit Plus with balance board for 3 months. It's improved my fitness but no weight loss (haven't gained either, thankfully). I hope SparkPeople will help me lose the extra pounds. It's my 4th day here. Using the Nutrition Tracker from day one, I've already learned where I can improve my diet. What a gre... Sat, 11 May 2013 12:55:33 EST Don't Forget Mom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x53303437 Have a great Mother's Day week-end everyone and remember mom........ <BR> <BR> Ginny Sat, 11 May 2013 11:14:38 EST Hello I'm Mommabirdies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53282936 Hi, my name is Karla. I am starting this for the umpteenth time. I need to do this for me, for my family , for my future. I turn 50 next week. New beginnings. I'm married, with 2 children (9,11). I'm diabetic and I have a terrible family history of coronary artery disease. I don't want to be a statistic. I am hoping to find the tools and the encouragement to help me learn a better lifestyle and eating patterns and teach them to my children so that we don't continue this histo... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:42:34 EST Niacin to Lower Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x53267396 I have been on 4 different 'statin' drugs for 90 days each and they didn't lower my cholesterol 20 points total. The most any one of them dropped it was 5-7 points and all of them gave me muscle cramps or charlie horses. My new doctor put me on Niacin 500 mgs for 90 days to see if it would help. I was warned about the Niacin flushing and rash and told to take an adult aspirin one hour prior to taking the Niacin. Forget that, I sailed through menopause with no night sweats, no flushing let'... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:22:49 EST hi im new to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53235881 Hi my name is Rell, I'm 28 years old, over 200lbs, I decided to join spark people because my daughter is now 13months old so I can't use the excuse "I just had a baby" anymore, time to make a change and get my confidence, energy, and health back. I look forward to chatting with you all. Mon, 6 May 2013 00:24:14 EST Hello - New to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53235519 I hope this will help me to finally get healthy, and quit being my worst enemy. Sun, 5 May 2013 23:44:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53232016 Well, I'm 2 days out from a heart cath which found one 50% blockage and two dialated (3 times normal size) sections of coronary arteries. I'm scared to death to be honest. I'm joining here to help get ideas on changing my ways if it's not too late already. <BR> The plan for now is to treat with meds, diet, and exercise! <BR> Any advice is appreciated. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 5 May 2013 18:48:51 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53184399 <em>213</em> Hello everyone, My name is Fran. I am a 44 year old mother of 5, grandmother of 5. I have battled my weight (and lost) for the better part of 24 years, I also smoked for the last 27. <BR> <BR> I decided this year that was going to change and bought a weight system and treadmill with our income tax return. It was very disheartening to get on the treadmill and after a few seconds I was huffing and puffing. I don't think I even made it a minute before I got down. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:20:29 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53181649 hi.trying this site to try to loose some weight.good luck to all Wed, 1 May 2013 16:05:07 EST Hello Everyone Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x53140678 Hi, I just found this website today. My name Is Ariel and I am 20 years old and have an almost 7 month old daughter. I live with my boyfriend and just recently found out I have premature heartbeats. I can't remember the name of what it is actually called, but when I figure out I will let you know. Basically though instead of my heart going lub dub it goes lub lub dub or lub dub dub. My doctor said the main risk of it is that my heart rhythm could change. I am currently 200 pounds and my goal ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:56:49 EST New health problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53130133 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this incredible community of SPARKPEOPLE. What a great place! I am enjoying browsing, reading and exploring which has brought me to you. <BR> <BR> I just recently had a heart attack which has left me feeling scared and concerned. I am also a diabetic so this new health concern has me rethinking how I live my life. I haven't been a good diabetic over the past few years but with the help of this website, I am inspired to start fresh and move forward with taking care... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:24:11 EST HI y'all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53072502 I am brand spankin' new on SP. I am interested in losing weight and being heart healthy. I have 3 kids- 11, 4 & 1. My one year old was born with a complex heart defect. She has already had 2 open heart surgeries and with have at least 1 more. I want to be a role model to all of my children by showing them how to care for their very special hearts. <em>26</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:43:18 EST Battling Multiple Weight Loss Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53067174 Hi my name is Carol and for years I have tried to get my weight under control. Healthy eating is not an issue but because I have under-active Thyroid in addition to high blood pressure and slightly over 40. So I have joined Spark People in hopes of finally balancing my weight and losing 50+ pounds. Fingers crossed. :-) Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:35:00 EST Do you like the elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x53061583 I work out on my elliptical every day - it's fun to change the levels as it gives me a different challenge every time I use it. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:29:59 EST Hi I'm new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53033749 Hi I'm new here and I'm looking forward to learning more and finally ending this weight loss journey once and for all and starting a new healthy life. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:50:22 EST Beating the odds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x53017782 Heart trouble runs in my family. I want to beat the odds by living healthy and eating right. This is a new beginning for me. I'm going to learn how to snack, cook and eat heart healthy. And I plan on doing some exercise every day. Today is a fresh start Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:28:47 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52958704 Just wanted to pop in and wish my Spark Family a good day. Keep going forward one step at a time. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 06:48:36 EST The Couch - to 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52946930 Ever consider running ? <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181<BR>.shtml?cmp=18-1 </link> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:13:35 EST losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52939260 hi everybody! I've tried so many different diets to lose weight and exercized and my body just doesn't want to loose the weight ill get a few pounds to come off but not a dramatic change. I am very frustrated and I am a college student and all i do is go to school and work and never get any sleep please someone help me! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:59:52 EST Personal Goals Worksheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52933671 " Goal-setting is a powerful exercise. When you write down your plans, they have a way of becoming reality. This goal-setting worksheet will help you define what’s important to you." <BR> <BR> From Cigna: <BR> <BR> <link>www.cignabehavioral.com/web/basicsit<BR>e/consumer/educationAndResourceCenter/<BR>articleLibrary/working_person11.pdf </link> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:15:00 EST 10 DAYS OF 10 - 10- 10 WORKOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52933581 I f you're looking for a way to fit fitness into your busy life, try the 10-10-10 plan. <BR> <em>319</em> <BR> Forget trying to get to the gym for an hour (plus travel time). <BR> Instead, find 10 minutes, three times a day, to exercise at home , at work or outside. <em>361</em> That adds up to 30 minutes a day, which is enough to garner you some helpful health benefits. Once you have your 10-10-10 plan working smoothly, try to add 5 or 10 minutes to one or more of those workout ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:34:26 EST Returning member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52933384 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a returning member to SparkPeople. I was here some time back to start a diet regimen. A lot has happened in my absence so here I am once again to get back on track to my dietary goals. Thanks for looking! <BR> <BR> Jerry Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:04:45 EST What is your favorite outdoor hobby? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20952x9777x52906078 I love to play in the dirt ( gardening ) <em>126</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:56:10 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52906038 Have a good day <em>67</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:52:08 EST JUST FOR MEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52900114 <em>196</em> FROM SPARK <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifesty<BR>le_center_detail.asp?id=2 </link> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:13:06 EST Join In The Discussion - The Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52877125 Today's Featured Spark Message Boards: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=7&imparent=30394716 </link> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:51:51 EST AHA - Hypertension http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52867361 Today is World Health Day <BR> This video is from the American Heart Association <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-qrI7wjRM </link> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:32:12 EST Fast weight loss: whats wrong with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52861131 Here is a link to a great article, From Mayo Clinic explaining the drawbacks to fast weight loss. <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic.com/health/fast-weigh<BR>t-loss/AN01621 </link> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:11:01 EST I am the "Craft Lady". I signed up tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52860861 I am new to this. I have health conditions, much of which comes with stress and weight. I have never been good to lose weight. Ive tried every diet, even a starvation diet, only later to find out that your body starts going in to conservation mode. I lost 1/3 pound on a 3 month starvation diet. I am 58 years old, have had a hard row to hoe, but Im always game to try one more time with this much support on it. My good friend invited me to join and she's new and I have a cousin by marriage that... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:42:52 EST panda53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52853256 hi i'm new to this have been off and on with it but know if on and going got to get r done!! but it's not easy and thought that i could use some support , have a 100lbs to lose but take a little at a time for my goal to lose dont want to do tomuch at once and get discouraged. am ready to make a change and get healthy thanks :) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:53:29 EST Young Adult Heart Foundation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52839598 Our Mission <BR> <BR> We are a group of young adult heart survivors wanting to provide emotional support and guidance to other young adult heart patients. We meet through several support groups either online or in person. Our organization has fundraising opportunities as well as resources to help patients organize personal fundraisers. We can provide educational materials regarding insurance applications, state funding, and hospital aide. Most of all we provide emotional support in the... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:34:45 EST Take the Web MD Quiz - Dangerous Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52837350 <BR> Take the quiz and see how you score: <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>fit.webmd.com/teen/food/rmq/rm-quiz-<BR>dangerous-diets </link> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:11:51 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52836643 Hello spark friends <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I want to learn how to take care of my heart and health. My parents and grandparents on both sides have passed away from heart issues. I watch what I eat and exercise daily but some times that is not enough. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:12:58 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52833226 I am so excited to be part of this online community! My friends and I have made so many positive changes together. I am happy to have a place to learn and share my accomplishments. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:53:55 EST Join Our 2013 Spring Bicycle Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52821386 Get out your bikes and tune them up !! <em>217</em> <BR> <BR> A little Spring fun challenge beginning on Saturday April 13th. Whether it's riding "outside" on your bike or "inside" on your stationary. We had so much fun with this one in the past <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> Our Spring challenge will run for 6 weeks to see how many minutes and / or days we can increase our riding in a 6 weeks period and hopefully at the end , we will have developed a new exercise program that can take us in... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:54:22 EST Heart Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52814158 I would like to share information with those of you who have suffered heart failure. I now have an ICD as well. What have been your greatest challenges in changing your diet and weight management? Have you had issues with medications as well? <BR> <em>303</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:38:13 EST Through the Roof!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52797986 I am not new to healthy eating and exercise. Over the years I've managed to introduce healthier foods in my diet. However, I need support in portion control, holiday eating etc.. This weekend, I ate so much candy and nuts that I actually counted most of my calories and yowe! The count is through the roof!! <BR> I've got to manage my eating habit. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:24:54 EST I love cheese... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52796392 What do you use? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:06:11 EST I am new to this forum and new to weight problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52771788 Never had weight problem in the past. Looking for support and see how others are doing on a day to day basis, it may help....I hope..... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:47:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52766120 I'm new here and am happy to be here. Heart problems run in my family and I don't want to be the next victim. I like to think that I'm doing the right things but, I'm heavy and I know that doesn't help. I want to make changes so, here it goes! Can't wait to meet some people here and get support with these life changes. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:50:34 EST Official Spark Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challeng http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52763799 4 Weeks to a Bathing Suit Body! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> Get Fit and Build Confidence <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/challeng<BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=9 </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:01:48 EST What's In Your Easter Basket? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52738246 Don't Miss Today's Article From Spark: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=25 </link> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:05:38 EST 14 DAY NO NIGHTITME EATING CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52732591 This challenge is very simple.....go 14 days with out eating at night eating. <BR> <BR> Set a time deadline for yourself and commit to not eating from that time on at night. <BR> <BR> You will be amazed at how many calories you can cut out to help you reach your goals!! <BR> <BR> <BR> These articles from Livestorng and Wed Md off some tips. <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/357357-he<BR>lp-to-stop-overeating-at-night/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/features/... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:33:33 EST Create a Meal with Spark's Family Dinner Planner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52726385 Have you tried Spark's Family Dinner Planner: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/family-d<BR>inner-planner-preferences.asp?ft=true </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:24:01 EST SPARK'S FOODS CHART http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52726336 Spark's Printable Easy to Follow Food List Chart give you calories, carbs & fats nutrition: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/food_li<BR>sts_snacks.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Make sure you earn your points for this one ! <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:20:14 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52718752 hello everyone I'm new here. been doing a lot of this work on my own, but now it's time to get involved to stay motivated. working on the accountability you so that I don't gain back anything that I've lost. about 5 years ago I lost 65 pounds, then gained almost 30 of it back. working on losing it and keeping it off for keeps. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:09:16 EST Hello! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52692111 I am not new to spark people per se, but this time I intend to pay closer attention. The last time I quit smoking, four years and 12 days ago. Sparkpeople really helped with that. This time I've been complaining about irregular heart beats and difficulty breathing for 9 months. The medical people didn't really take me seriously, i suppose. I got a new Doc and she listened. I am now wearing a holter monitor and finally had pulmonary function tests today. Didn't do very well in the pulmonary ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:46:19 EST Hey SP Peeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52688493 I'm here to lose weight, get healthy, and fit into a two piece bikini. I'm not into miracle pills injnownimhabe to work hard and create a lifestyle to accomplish my goal. I'm 28 years old from NYC and loving my life but noticed I can't fit into my clothes. Anyways I'm here to listen, talk and as a support to others. Ttyl :) Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:00:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52681475 Hello my name is Deborah Reed and need to change my life. I need to lose weight so I will not have high cholesterol and blood pressure. I am ready to change my life so I can be around for many years. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:24:42 EST Exercising With Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52656124 From Arthritis Today: <BR> Ready to start moving more? It's a proven way to relieve arthritis pain and improve joint function. Get expert-approved tips, motivation and more so you can start a safe and effective fitness program today <BR> <BR> <link>www.arthritistoday.org/fitness/start<BR>ing-out/index.php </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:25:43 EST Relaxation Tricks for Your Biggest Stress Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52619162 Keeping your cool is key to safeguarding your heart. Try these 6 quick techniques the next time you're feeling stressed: <link>www.womansday.com/health-fitness/str<BR>ess-management/relaxation-techniques </link> What do you do to stay calm? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:49:46 EST I'm baaaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52612005 Hello Everyone, <BR> It has been a while-I've been dealing with stuff, but now I'm back on SP. Today is my 47th birthday and my present to myself was to recommit and reconnect. I didn't fall completely off the wagon. I managed to walk two 5Ks last month and I ran my first mile since my aortic valve replacement. All major achievements Woo Hoo! However, the weight is still an issue. I realize now that the only way it will come off is if I am accountable and if I ask for support. So here ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:34:56 EST i love this page, and all those who joine this pag http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52608889 i am muhammed makalo, i live in Banjul the Gambia west Africa. i am 25 years old young professional artist. i want to land from all the members of sparkpeople, to help me with good advisses on how to keep my bady healthy. wishing every member a blessing life ever! LOVE YOU ALL Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:23:34 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52587183 I just started, had recently being losing (very slowly) but was very motivated and for some reason I lost the motivation and i am struggling. <BR> I really need to lose the weight, especially for my health issue. Thank you Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:49:36 EST Today's Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52568462 Best way to use Sparkpeople for support? Visit the Spark Café link below..... <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=30379755 </link> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 04:43:38 EST AHA - YOUR HEALTHY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52555494 JOIN THE AHA PERSONAL HEALTHY CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.yourhealthychallenge.org/ </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:55:13 EST The Salty Six from AHA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52555484 <BR> Are you eating too much salt Check Out the Salty Six from the American Heart Association: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:49:28 EST 100 Days of Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52555442 For anyone wanting to eliminate the process foods from their diet, you may want to check out this website: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.100daysofrealfood.com/original-1<BR>00-day-pledge/ </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:23:12 EST Walk Off 10 Pounds - Coach Nicole http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52534165 Walk Off 10 Pounds in 28 days: <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.familycircle.com/health/walking/<BR>workouts/walk-off-10-pounds-in-28-days<BR>/?page=2 </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:12:42 EST Sparks Eat Better Feel Fitter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52528210 SPARKS NEW CHALLENGE STARTS TODAY 3/14/13: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58610 </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:52:44 EST New and hoping for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52525743 I'm new to spark people and need motivation to help me lose the weight I need to lose. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 02:04:03 EST hi ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52523155 Hi ! I'm Kim, I'm 47, and I had a heart attack 2/14/13. I'm hoping I find some REALLY good low-sodium recipes here, because that is one of the biggest challenges I face. <BR> Anyway, I'm glad to be here. I'm really glad you're here, because this heart-healthy thing is kinda new to me. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:44:54 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52505998 Hi all! <BR> Just looking some advice on how to manage my situation and also what I should and shouldn't be eating. <BR> Please and Thank you. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:56:18 EST Turning It Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52502369 <BR> Spark Article: <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=tur<BR>ning_it_around_when_youre_spiraling_ou<BR>t_of_control </link> <BR> <BR> Get your points for reading this article Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:29:19 EST LOSE TWICE THE WEIGHT BY SPARK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52465376 Lose Twice the Weight by Tracking Your Food <BR> <BR> Weight Loss News Flash <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art<BR>icles.asp?id=1143 <BR> <BR> <BR> DON'T FORGET TO EARN YOUR POINTS <em>347</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:05:38 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52446899 I'm new to this site and just LOVE it! I've tried countless different way to track my food and my exercise, but found everything so boring... while this site is just fun!! I really appreciate the goals, the trophees, the boards, the support... well everything in fact! <BR> <BR> I'm really happy to have found the site and all of you! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:32:57 EST New Girl Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52446841 I am on a mission to lower my bp and cholesterol to ensure my heart is as healthy as can be. I am looking foward to meeting many of you. I am a single mom of one boy and we live in Rhode Island where I work third shift as a hotel auditor. Yes that shift does give me plenty of extra challenges,not least of all sleep issues. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:26:08 EST 50# in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52440241 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:30 EST 9 Keys to A Happier, Healthy YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52424823 From Spry Living <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.spryliving.com/9-keys-to-a-hea<BR>lthier-happier-you/ </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:05:56 EST What's for dinner tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52415453 meatloaf and colgannon Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:32:42 EST Must- haves for healthy cooking/eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52403598 I bought 2 new non stick pans. Easy cleanup and they get washed and go back on stove. I use them almost every meal. They look good (better than my old ones) and that makes me feel good and I want to cook in them. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:37:57 EST Newbie!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52381332 Hi I'm new to SparkPeople but not new to trying to lose weight. My goal is to not only lose 30-40 lbs but also lose the bad / unhealthy habits I have form over the years...a lifestyle change I'm ready!! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:39:29 EST SCAD and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52370626 Hello there, I'm from New Zealand and need to lose weight following the diagnosis of a heart attack caused by SCAD. All my levels are fine but I am a bit over weight so really want to reduce my risk of another HA by losing weight. I want simple, easy to follow instructions that don't take much time as I work nearly full time. Any suggestions? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:50:15 EST Newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52335421 Hi out there! Just starting on this journey. Went to my heart dr. yesterday and he challanged me to lose 20lbs. by July 18th. my next appt. Have had 2 heart attacks in less than 2 yrs. so really want to be healthy once again so gonna need alot of support along the way. Thanks, Judy Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:12:26 EST need to get healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52330610 I am here cause I would like to meet people in my same position. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:25:24 EST Healthy Dining Finder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52328309 Check Out the Team Stream on the Right Side of This Page....under "Links" anyone member of this team can post : <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthydiningfinder.com/home </link> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:48:01 EST Just joined (re-joined after a two year absence) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52324401 Hi There---Bill Dean from Victorville----want to lose 25 pounds--it's hard because I am a night time security guard and it has turned my schedule totally upside down. It is almost physically impossible to follow a workout program after a 12 hour grave yard shift 4 X a week, but I am on the "juice diet" and eat carefully. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:21:58 EST Just joined. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52314307 Hi my name is Pat. i am 67 and hope to finally reach my goal weight. I have Afib and a few other thing going on. I have come to realize that there will never be a better time to lose the weight I need to.There are no more reasons to postpone it. I go to the gym twice a week, to Silver Sneakers and would like to add water aerobics as a third day. I am also going to Weight Watchers. My biggest problem is that I lose for a few weeks then I get stuck in a grove and I then fall into past patterns... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:33:17 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Marty aka AutumnsRain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52313707 Hello =) I am Marty & Im 38 yrs old. Have been married to a wonderful man for 23 yrs now & we have 5 awesome kids. I have been a medical night mare since my husband & I met so keeping fit has been very difficult. I had a major surgery last yr that has resulted in some weight loss. I was told that the condition I had could interfere with me loosing weight & it had. After surgery I lived in sweat pants bc thats all I could wear without being in tons of pain. I had recently went out for our anni... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:52:45 EST #319 and declining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52310353 Good day to all. I am going through my second week of my Spark Diet and remain EXCITED! I created an account to SPARKPEOPLE.COM a couple years back after my sister found this site, but I've never really became interested to do anything about my life until last week. And now, I am happy to say, am able to participate in my recovery of health. There are so many 'diet saving' methods on here. So many was to succeed. So much information and support. I am pretty sure I am going to do this successf... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:47:14 EST MsBella4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52309926 Hello I have a weight release( I learned that phrase at weight watchers) goal of 35 lbs of which 15 of those lbs were regained over the holiday season and into winter. Why is it so easy to put on the lbs on but so hard to take them off? Today I have a goal date of June 1st to eliminate this unwanted baggage. I'm truly frustrated and cannot figure out why my brain keeps telling me I want something to eat when my stomach seems completely satisfied. Where is that magic pill to stop this h... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:14:04 EST MARCH 2013 TEAM BLOG CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52304968 This is a team challenge we can all join in. <BR> <BR> Let's see who can post the most blog's during the month of March. <BR> <BR> The Rules are simple: <BR> <BR> 1. Only 1 blog per day is counted (can not exceed 31) <BR> <BR> 2. Your blog must be Spark related: healthy eating/nutrition, fitness/exercise, wellness, lifestyle changes, motivation, success and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Starting March 1st you can join in and track the challenge in our team goals section. <BR> <BR> The 21... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:40:36 EST Dr Oz's 7 Day Belly Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52258236 Can we give these exercises a team test and see if they work. <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> Post your start date here <em>249</em> and at the end of 7 days we will all rate this workout between 1 <em>8</em> and 5 <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Please everyone: no matter what day of the week you actually start make sure you start with the 1st exercise on the list (Monday) to be sure we are all in sync. <BR> <BR> One exercise for a few minutes a day is a small investment if it works. <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 05:13:00 EST The Post-it- ivator : / http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52251916 I've been doing this for a while and never thought about it working for anyone else until Mari-serv : ) came up with this challange idea thing so I'm throwing this right attcha!! <BR> It's a challenge for me not to NIBBLE so I needed a memory "jogger" to remind me to cool it on the snacking.. <BR> I post each cabinet that I've visited with a "warning" if I was there and became defeated. If I wasn't, I give myself a "mindful eating" eating smiley : ) . It keeps me out and also serves as a remi... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:36:59 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52239414 Hi I am over 50 and my chol is alittle high. So I am working on it and I don't want to take medcine Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:40:08 EST Heart Surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52200133 I found out last month that I need heart surgery. (Not open heart thank goodness!) I am really nervous and I am a nurse! Anyone out there with some advise or encouragement? Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:48:15 EST Silver Sneakers & Your Local YMCA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9777x52195073 Did you know that many local YMCA's have great fitness centers and also participate in the <BR> Silver Sneakers Fitness program which is covered by some insurances. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.silversneakers.com/Home.aspx </link> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:57:07 EST Spark America - Join Your State or City http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52194871 Are you familiar with SPARK AMERICA? You can join your state or city in competing against other states and cities across the country: <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkamerica.com/ </link> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:40:22 EST Happy to have Found You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52193540 Hello I am new to this forum. But not to being overweight. I have been "heavy" all my life and used the term "big boned" until even I am tired of saying it. Hopefully I can stay motivated and keep myself encouraged. I live in Kentucky and would enjoy communicating with oters in this area North Central Kentucky I am several miles outside of Lexington. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:42:52 EST ECG ULTRASOUND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52187697 I just had an ECG done on my heart. I won't get the results for a few days but I am very confident that my heart is in good shape. Heart problems run big on both sides of the family so I have been going strong on keeping my mind, body and heart in check. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:30:58 EST SPARKS 30 DAYS OF HEALTHY SNACKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22815x9777x52186689 For all of you Spark Snackers why not challenge yourself to healthier snacking by following <BR> the link below and replacing your unhealthy snacks with these Spark suggestions: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1796 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Calendar is printable Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:21:02 EST Victoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52183375 Hi, I started using this website about a month ago. it's been very challenging, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised since I've been trying to lost weight repeatedly since I was in college. I succeeded a few times. I know I eat for emotional reasons and I have continued to gain since the early 90's. I now need to lose at least 65 pounds. I set my first goal at 20 pounds to give me a goal that seemed possibly reachable. I plan to reset my goal if I reach the first goal. It's been very he... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:11:34 EST Need Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52183169 Hello I just need some encouragement from day to day. I appreciate anyones help. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:56:45 EST SPARK FUEL FOR IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52180593 DID YOU KNOW: The Spark People Fuel For Improvement® System is a program of personal improvement that helps you achieve goals in any area of your life. It focuses on creating good habits, breaking bad ones and getting a little closer to your goals every day. Four Cornerstones of the System work together to take your development to new heights: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/system/index.asp </link> <BR> <BR> CHECK OUT THE SYSTEM PYRAMID: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:28:43 EST I'm new to teams.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52174137 Have been on SP snce Jan 14 this year, and while I had already lost almost 10 lbs by time I got on SP.... have a ways to go. Am just trying to figure things out in balancing exercise, food, etc..... and try to understand where meds come into play. I have a history of High Cholesterol, and last year about this time I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. I am glad I have lost the weight I have, but want to get down at least 15 more pounds, but haven't been able to move weight wise for alm... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:31:47 EST Who Is Your Oscar Pick ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=20952x9777x52157348 Who is your pick for the Oscars next week? <BR> <BR> Let's have a little team fun and see if our favorites turn out to be the winners <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> For the next week post here who you would vote for if we were the judges <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> Then on Feb 24th we'll see how we did <em>211</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 05:12:09 EST 70 Pounds Lighter Success Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22857x9777x52152598 If you missed this Spark Success story in January you can catch up now. Nothing gives you motivation more than seeing what others have done and so can you <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed that one common thread with these great success stories is that they all struggled just like you and me. I can't remember reading a Spark story about anyone who started on day 1 and went straight to their goal weight without a struggle. They lost, gained and lost again. They tried and fa... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:32:14 EST I'm new to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52114286 Hello, my name is Debbie. I am 51 years old. I joined Feb 8th. I am excited to see what I can do here. I am hoping to loose a total of about 30lbs. I have started my goals small just to get started. There is a lot on this site to see. I sometimes get confused where to go back to after I log out then come back later. Is there an easy way to keep? I have not had my first weigh in yet. I am hoping to have lost a little. I haven't had a chance to exercise like I have wanted to but I am changing t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:21:41 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52091633 Hello My name is Sonia Spurlock. I just joined the Healthy Hearts Team. I am looking forward to being a part of this team. I am excited about this group and I can not wait to get started with my first goal. I can not wait to work with all of you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SSPURLO <em>26</em> <em>26</em> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:14:32 EST new to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52081599 Hi, first time posting with the group. <BR> <BR> I am excited to be back with SP and looking forward to a great year ahead of me. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:01:22 EST Let me Introduce Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52068180 Hi, my name is Tess and I have just joined Spark yesterday (February 10, 2013) <BR> I have a family history of heart disease, but have managed to avoid it for myself so far. <BR> <BR> I am 51 years old, exercise daily, but am putting on weight at a great rate, largely due to boredom eating. I have joined up to stop the weight gain and then to reverse it! <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all and getting some help to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah! I almost forgot to let you ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:32:01 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52066950 Hello my name is Linda and I am starting over again! I am going to do my best to try to make my goal this year!! I was diagnosed with CHF about 2 years ago, I was doing good losing after that! But I sad to say just didn't stay on track, so I gained back some of the weight that I worked so hard to get rid of. Now I have been diagnosed with diabetes so I really have to watch what I eat! <BR> <BR> Anyway that is my story and I am hoping to gain encouragement to start back on this weight loss j... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:44:13 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9777x52053762 I have been a spark member befor But I had to leave because our computer system fialed. But I am back now and just noticed this team I have A fib and diabetes and really want to lose weight. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:45:17 EST