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12/19/14 12:19 P

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Welcome Vickie, I've been on about 2 months.

My husband bought a weight machine at an estate sale. It is now wedged in my music room slated to go upstairs in our (yikes) junk/storage room. He doesn't comprehend the amount of work required to clean it out. We plan to wear bandanas for the dust.

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12/19/14 7:25 A

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Welcome to the group Vickie. I'm getting rid of clutter too-in more than one way.

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12/18/14 4:32 P

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Not sure if I introduced myself. I re-joined SP about two weeks ago. Ten pounds to go here in the Northern Adirondacks of Upstate NY. I decluttered around my manual treadmill and started to get busy on it. Nice during the winters here to use one of those! I am pretending I am walking outside when I am on it, ha! But staying warm and dry when I do!

I am a beginner to intermediate knitter, currently working on socks as there is a shortage in my drawers here!

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12/11/14 8:28 A

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Good morning Nancy. Your are not to far from me. I'm in Rockford, Illinois

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12/11/14 8:02 A

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Good morning all!!

Just checking out the team. I am not new to Spark People but have not done much with team work lately and this team's title fits me to a tee.

I turned 50 in April, I weigh in the low 190's and would like to get to 175. Over the last three years I have whittled my way down very SLOWLY from 286 to my current weight but seem to be stuck here.

Hope that I can get tips and inspiration from you all!!

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12/7/14 3:36 P

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Welcome to the group.


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12/6/14 11:06 P

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Hi, I'm new to this. I'm hoping to lost 15 pounds. I've been trying to exercize but am limited since I had shoulder surgery in July. I also need to learn to cut out desserts at night.

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Welcome to the newbies.

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12/3/14 1:23 P

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Hello Cathy,
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12/3/14 11:26 A

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Hello! I'm Cathy and just turned 50 in August. Feeling let down by my weight gain over the past few years and looking forward to get back to fit and healthy. Lots of changes I could use as excuses, but I will leave that behind and look forward 16 pounds!

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Thanks Elizacg9, I will make that a priority

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Thank you.
Today I feel happy and determined to take off 15 lbs. emoticon
So glad that I came back to Spark people and don't know why I drifted away in the first place.
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Welcome Cathy......
I take care of Mom and, she is independent at her own home,back to exercising is what you need to do... emoticon

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12/2/14 8:28 A

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Hi All,
I am back to SP after taking a long vacation (since last spring) I did really well until I had a gallbladder attack, then had it removed, then went through 2 months of doctors visits to determine if there wasn't more going on than just the gallbladder, ie: cancer of the liver. Well after a trip to a liver specialist in Boston I was assured that my doctor was just being over cautious. PHEW.

Meanwhile, my elderly Mom and Dad were moving from their family home to a senior condo. That was very overwhelming for my Mom and Dad, but also for my siblings and myself. I know others have done this and understand the stress that it causes for everyone. Well they got settled 2 days before Thanksgiving and are doing well. We just need to get their house sold now...

So, I'm back. I am 62, married with 3 sons, and 2 step children. They are all grown and on their own. We have 6 grandkids from 3-13.The whole crew, including Mom and Dad were at our house for Thanksgiving. We live on Cape Cod and love walking. I have regained most of the weight I lost because I got away from my regular exercise and participated in stress eating over the last few months. That needs to stop and I need to make a fresh start.

Sorry I have gone on so much, but here I am.

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12/1/14 10:27 P

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Welcome to the group SunnyMary.

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Hi, I have trouble losing any weight, I am 56 with two grown, great sons and the caretaker of 2 very sick parents. My stress level is high, I have a wonderful, supportive husband that walks with me everyday, rain or shine. I have been the same weight (give or take 3lbs) for the past 10 years. I am menopausal, eat very healthy, and exercise. I am so glad that I have maintained my weight but sadly I am over overweight on the BMI scale. emoticon I hope to start fresh and stay accountable and track my fitness at first and add food tracking when I have time.

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12/1/14 5:24 P

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Welcome, Herbwoman71,

Sounds like you are back on the right track. Your plans sound great.

I love chocolate too. My biggest strategy has been to keep it out of the house, except on special occasions when there are plenty of people to enjoy it with me--so it doesn't last long. What is the brand name of your chocolate mint tea? I wonder if that would be a good thing for me or make me want the real thing? My sister chews mint chocolate dessert gum at times and seems to be a win for her.

Anyway, welcome!!

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11/30/14 3:55 P

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Hi All! I'm new to this site, but not new to SP. I left it over 2 years ago after deciding I could "do it all on my own." Well, I didn't, so I am back. I lost over 25 pounds so I know I can do it. I am not overly stressed out about joining, just kind of down about "doing it again!" I used to lose weight so easily when I was younger; then when I became disabled, and the weight crept on slowly as I wasn't nearly as active.

I have a good plan in place for the weight loss and to revamp my healthy life style, I just need the support! Several of my very best friends died recently and that was soooo hard. I am in my early 60's, so I am feeling a little out of place as many of you seem to be in your early 50's? With each decade, it seems to become a little harder to lose!

Anyway,with ice cream @ night (or anytime) I can take or leave it, but chocolate, now there is a real love of mine! I finally found some chocolate mint tea which is out of this world!! which helps but I still need a "fix" now and then. I find if I eat a little on a regular basis I tend not to "binge out!" I guess I will have to work it in my food/nutrition plans!

I plan to join a gym that is only a mile or so from my home that I think can help me work out and yet deal with all of my health issues. emoticon (any advice?) I am looking for any and all support and am willing to give also. I walk my dog and love to cook/bake, especially with herbs, often adapting recipes to fit my DH's and mine dietary needs. I need help with fitness and motivation! My workout routine will start out with (light) dumbbells and stretch ropes, plus continuing to walk. Oh and I have a wonderful massage therapist!! Thanks for listening. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello friends....

I hear ice cream is the #1 favorite among people for dessert ......

I love it too, not too much emoticon


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Be friendly, laugh,give and do charity.....IT is the key to heaven.
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11/25/14 8:12 A

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I love ice cream especially if chocolate and cherries are combined.

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11/24/14 10:03 P

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Thanks for the welcome, Eliza! Looks like going out and using the snowblower is on my activity list tonight. Hope your night is warm and nice!



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Hi 1stCinderella. Thanks for the reply. It means a lot as I start out here. We have a lot in common, yes. I like sweets too. Night time ice cream has done me in more times than I can count. Still, I believe in moderation in all things. Therefore, I'll buy it if the kids come home for a visit and have it occasionally in the outside world. Of course, last week my husband brought me some as a "gift." Oh, I gifted myself! And he's lactose sensitive and not a sweet tooth. So there you have it. Good thing I got more on board with Spark this week!

Yes, thank goodness for Leslie and Denise and their tapes! I've found certain ones that have really saved the day for me. Do you have a favorite or two?

Take care and have a good night.


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Having a stoke would be difficult to recuperate from. I know that I don't like recuperating from back surgery. I won't be released by the doctor until at least the 8th of December. That will be three months and some aspects I will never get back. I'll pray for you and you pray for me.

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11/24/14 6:40 P

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I am rehabbing from a stroke episode. Set up with new name and account so I can be this person. I want to do all I can to stay positive and not compare myself with before. Walking with a cane feels strange but I am doing 1/2 mile on track. Also rowing at least 5 min., and recumbent elliptical for 15 min. Beats sitting on sofa having a pity party. Hubby is a retired pastor and we have a great marriage. He is taking very good care of me. emoticon

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Welcome!! I do not stay up late and, I like
the spark videos...good luck!


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be friendly, laugh,give and do charity.....IT is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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Welcome TeaFourTwo. You sound like me, but I'm almost ten years old than you. I now weigh 155; I've been as low has 133. I felt good. Then I ate lots of sweets and gained weight. I have a sweet tooth.

I have often used Leslie Sansone and used Denise Austin. I will start using the walking DVDs in January (again). I too eat too much generally; I have a problem when everyone else in the house can eat a whole lot more than I can. I'm 5'3' and the shortest one in the family ( I get teased a lot).

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Hi everybody,

I joined Spark a few years ago, but I really only started using it regularly the last couple of weeks. So far, I love it, although it's a lot to take in! I've never been great at consistently tracking but am now getting into it. Rewards help--I'll take them! And seeing the support of others.

I am 52, happily married, with two college-age children who both left the nest (at least temporarily) this year. As far as the weight goes, I've found that as I get older the pounds are creeping on, of course. After gaining about 15 extra pounds when the kids were little, I joined Weight Watchers and lost it, but then found a Lifetime member weight compromise of 138 (just ten pounds down from my 148 high then) and hovered there for a while. Over the next five years I consistently weighed 146-148, which I could live with. However, these last five years I crept up to 152-155, which per health guidance puts me officially overweight for my age/height, gives me quite the middle, and I just can't seem to shake it. I keep holding onto my pants from the 146-148 lb. years but the hope of getting back there is beginning to feel like a joke.

So here I am. I know the biggest problem I have is staying up too late and eating too much when I do. Then my energy is crappy for the next day--meaning I'm more apt to skip out on exercise or just never get to it because I'm too slow at everything else. So I've made a new rule to get to bed by 11 or 12. I know it sounds late to most but I am a night owl by nature and now have a job that will keep me working till 11 several nights a week anyway. On top of that I will be going back to school in January. But this plan should allow me 6-9 hours of sleep, and usually a good eight.

I love to walk, sometimes jog/walk, but most consistently the type of exercise I do is walking/strength training DVDs from Leslie Sansone and Denise Austin. I used to always walk outside with my husband no matter what the weather but I've been kind of a wimp the past five years or so when it's been cold or dark out and stuck with my tapes or mall walking. But I'm now planning to use those walks as bonus exercise time, and extra time with the hubby, especially now that the kids are grown. Oh yeah, and I have to watch out for drinking too much coffee... a night owls' best/worst friend. Doing better at that this week, though.

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11/22/14 5:34 P

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Hi there, 50-and-Fabulous Friends.

I was about to post to my familiar 40-group when I remembered that I've had a birthday in the last month and should probably take time to explore the 50s with an experienced group.

I'm enjoy good health and I'm in a new workplace this year. Summers are key to my plan for recharging and rebooting, but Spark helps keep me motivated for the rest of the year. I am fortunate because my husband joins me at the gym, as well as for biking and snowshoeing so it is time spent together. I have done Spark for a few years, with good results - all inspired by my sister who has had great success with it.

Looking forward to chatting with you.



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11/7/14 10:23 A

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Hi, Cathy here. You will notice that my sign in is 1stcinderalla. For most of my life I've felt like Cinderalla before the ball; although, there have been moments when I felt that I was at the ball. Last November 16th was one of those times. My husband and I celebrated our 39th year of marriage. Soon we will be celebrating our 40th.

I struggle with how much I should do for others and how much time should be spent on me. This year I've been forced to spend some time taking care of me. I've had two carpal tunnel surgeries, been diagnosed with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy and am currently recuperating from a back surgery that corrected a birth defect that I did not know I had. On the 22nd of December I have another surgery to correct a type of hernia. In addition to that my husband had a mild heart attack. We both need to change some things. I'm so glad that the heart attack was not worse. I would not know what to do without my man.

On the upside-I've been with SP since December 2005. When I started my health journey I was at 180. Along the way I forgot that I'm important. I'm relearning that.



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I think there's a lot of shared experience here... My story is that 10 years ago, I lost 40 pounds and was in the best shape of my life through weightlifting and watching what I ate. Then came the recession (no more gym membership), stress, a back injury and 25 pounds came back on.

I've lost 10 with Sparkpeople and a combination of running and weightlifting. I know the second 10 are going to be hard! But I'm enjoying the exercise and feeling great.

I'm also allergic/intolerant to wheat, dairy, corn, soy, citrus, coconut and bananas. Many of those foods were the foods I used to pig out on, way back when. I didn't know it, but they also gave me joint pain and migraines (on a bad day) and headaches (on a good day). Thank goodness I have identified them; i feel SO much better and it's much easier to eat without feeling like I want to cheat.

Great to see all the messages in here with people going through the same things. Keep on keepin' on! :-D

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Hello Everyone! I'm new here, but not in the Spark. I just saw the team name and it fits me perfectly, so I joined. I'm almost 54 and I am a long distance runner, very slow - but still a runner. My work has become increasingly harder and more stressful and sometimes I just don't have the energy to exercise. In addition I became menopausal with all the "perks" in May and gained quickly about 10 extra pounds. Now I have 15 to lose! I frequent Sparky marathoner's page, but I hope to find some support from people of my age who are going through the same changes.
I live in San Jose CA with my husband, our adult son lives near-by. We have 2 cats and great neighbors in a small community (condos).

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be friendly, laugh,give and do charity.....IT is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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Hello! I'm so happy to find this site and thrilled to be here! Two years ago I was in the best shape of my life through weight lifting with my daughter, but since then I have been divorced and mishandled the stress by giving up on exercise and eating everything in sight that wasn't nailed down. I am only 5' tall, so every 5lb gain is a full pant size and I've put on 20.

I'm ready to start loving myself again, looking forward to good times and a light heart about life and the possibilities ahead! I look forward to traveling the road with each of you...it won't take long!! Thanks for being here.

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I have been a non-active member here for quite some time. I am trying to get back into to game. I have had health issues over the past couple of years and weight gain. I'm really trying to get myself on the right track and get rid of this weight I have put on. I have at least 15 to 20 pounds to go. It is so hard. (I know I don't have to say that). I'm want to be more active on my team sites. I hope to get to know all of you.

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My story is so much like Gen's as I too lost 20 pounds using SP, but over the summer I stopped tracking and slowly my food choices became more unhealthy and my portions became larger. When I stepped on the scale this morning I realized I had regained 10 of those pounds. It is time to get back on plan, but to be honest I am feeling a little lost and alone! Gen it was so nice to read your message and realize I am not the only one who had this experience.

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Welcome back, Gen! I too have a similar story and am back as of 9/15/14. We can do it...lose it and keep it off! emoticon

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Ok, I'm sort of a newbie. I faithfully used spark people a couple years ago and lost 20 lbs :) Since then, I fell 'off the wagon' shall we say and gained 12 of those pounds back. Very disgusted with myself. My cholesterol and blood pressure are up again, and I'm just not happy with how I look :( So, as I proved to myself before, I can loose the wait. Only this time, I'm going to loose it and kept it off. Back to tracking food on spark people today (that really worked for me last time). And will start back to exercising as much as I can. Currently, I'm having rotator cuff issues, so my exercising is limited. But start PT tomorrow to correct that issue. Taking one day at a time!!

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I discovered Spark People quite a while ago but never really did much with it. I have been exercising and trying eat right for a couple of years now and lost 30 pounds within the first year and then hit a plateau for the following year. A breakthrough happened when I got my smartphone and was able to track everything on it there. I have been able to see where some extra calories and bad habits were interfering with my progress. Although I am about 20 lbs overweight, I am in great shape. (at 53 years old, I feel better than I have in years). I do significant weight training and fairly intense workouts, but I was over feeding my body afterwards. Thankful for Spark People to help pinpoint this mistake. I am now on my way to losing these last 20 pounds - hopefully by the New Year.

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Greetings everyone
I am new to Spark and I am looking forward to the additional support to reach my goal. I am a TOPS member and I have reached my goal 3+ times and gained the weight back. UGH Acknowledging what you eat, for me, is key.

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This is my second time at Sparkpeople. I was successful the first time, but got sidetracked with work, life, and other stuff. Dropped out and gained almost all of the weight back! emoticon

I'm back and this time I am determined to stay and make it work! I'm a professional procrastinator who is frequently sidetracked (was doing dishes when I logged on hours ago... yep! sidetracked!). It will be a challenge.

Question: How do you get the slider chart that shows your progress? I see it is on many people's posts and had one the last time I was here. Can't find how to get it now.... emoticon

Thanks (in advance) for the help and support! Together we can do this! emoticon

LOL! I was going to edit my post and up popped the option to add what I wanted! Usually when you click the wrong button, it is a bad thing! emoticon

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Nnutritiondata.self.com is a great site to find accurate nutritional data. nutritiondata.self.com/


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Thanks for the tips and encouragement!
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Glad you joined us Tinytreat. Food Tracker should help you a lot. Welcome to a great group. If you need any help don't hesitate to ask us. emoticon -Holly

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Hi, I am a retired Senior and my goal is to eat healthier and become more active. I am presently going to a Physical Therapist for back problems. The goal with the PT is to be able to walk for more than 5 minutes without severe back pain. emoticon

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be friendly, laugh,give and do charity.....IT is the key to heaven.
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I am 65 years old, height 4'8", weight 131.2. I am under medical surpervision as of August 26, 2014 with a Nurse Practitioner for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol, a 1400 calorie diet, Cardio is rowing, and 9 strength exercises. I have decided to let Spark do my menu's. It will take about a week to get the Low-fat or Non-fat items that is used. Until then I will just enter what I eat. Letting Spark track my menu's might just work.

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A big hardy welcome to both Barb's and Leslie. You are surely on the right track now and this journey to a healthier weight should be fun and instructive. Lots of good support here and we will enjoy getting to know you too. You have my support and encouragement. -Holly emoticon



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"There is no better feeling than having an appetite for life." -Holly

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Hi,
I'm another Barb :). So glad I found this group ! You seem like a nice bunch of people . I'm 55, with 4 semi grown children and I live in NY. Coming back from a "hiatus" ( I lost my umph ), I'm ready for a fresh start. Hope to get to know you all better !

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Hi! My name's Leslie, and I'm soon to be 51. My story is pretty classic: skinny as a child and young adult--never had to worry about what I was eating. Pounds started to creep on in my 30's, and my cholesterol has crept up as well. I'm new to spark people, and I'm hoping for support to stay motivated in my goal of losing 18pounds in order to get healthier and to feel better about how I look.

Thanks, all!

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Hi, I'm Barb. I'm new to this team, but not new to SP. I originally lost 55# about a year ago. Over the last year 15# or so pounds have crept back on.
So...I learned...that I need to keep track of my calories, no matter how good my choices are. I also learned that too much of a good thing adds weight back on. For instance, I got on a huge fruit kick...and I do believe that a good portion of my gaining weight came from eating too large of portions, and telling myself it was okay because it's a "healthy choice!" The other was not being active enough. My two changes must be and have been, watch the fruit portions among everything else; and be more consistently active.
The good news is, after backing down on my fruit portions, I lost my first pound. I also tore up the biking trail the last two weeks, adding about 80 miles to my mileage tracker! WooHooo!

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Welcome all. Great support here. Just jump in anywhere. All you have to bring to the table is a belief in yourself. A belief that you have what it takes to be of a more normal weight with a healthier body. Food Tracker will keep you honest and friends here will share tips for success. It's all about the attitude and a positive one brings positive results. So, tame those old demons and enjoy the ride. May you have a lifetime of success with it. -Holly

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"There is no better feeling than having an appetite for life." -Holly

"If you let being of a more normal weight be your top priority, your health and happiness will follow." -Holly


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Hi,

I'm new and trying to find my way around SP. 53 y/o from Ohio, looking to lose about 22 pounds or so. Nice to have found this site--a friend saw it advertised is her doctor's office. ;-)

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That is great that you lost so much weight in the past. I read a book called "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating" by Geneen Roth it has really helped me. You may want to get a copy and see if it helps you!!

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Hi, my real name is Sheila, I want to lose at least ten pounds and find a way to keep it off. I take an anti cancer drug and another drug that helps me retain weight. I have been with Spark People before and just need to figure a way to keep my weight off after I lose it. I love to ride my bike and exercise!!

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Hi. I've been here before, but did not actively blog. I am 51 and trying to lose 15 lbs. I am enjoying the summer, walking at least two miles four times a week. I am trying to stay within 1200 calories, which is not much, but if I eat a bit more, I gain. Wish me luck!

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Hi all,
I'm 53 and working to loose 25 lbs. I'm a stress eater and recognize that. Trying to not let that define me. Today is difficult. Hubby is an ex-Nokia employee and waiting to hear if he will be one of 18,000 laid off. But eating fruit for breakfast instead of jumping in the car and go to Chick-fil-a! I look forward to meeting all and for the support. emoticon

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Hi everyone well I turned the big 50 this year and I am not where I want to be with my weight and health. I have thyroid disease as well as in the midst of menopause. It has been hard to lose weight and keep it off. I have lost the same 40 lb over and over again and have never been able to maintain it. I will not give up and I look forward to support from others who are on the same journey to getting healthy and losing weight

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hello everyone, i am chris from south carolina, i am 60 and have alot of major health problems. i need to lose about 15 lbs. and i am excited to be here and look forward to reaching my goal.

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Hello fellow 50+ members and a big shout out to Passionatetiger and Sunnybeachgirl for the warm welcome via email. emoticon

My real name is Donna and I'm 55. I've been on SP for many years, which helped me to maintain my weight (or even drop a few), but I didn't really lose much weight until I joined an at-work weight loss group last year. I lost over 12 pounds in about 16 weeks with that, but then renewal time came around and I couldn't justify spending beaucoups bucks just to lose a few more pounds. Anyway, long story short: I've gained a few pounds back. Not many, but I still wanted to lose a few before I dropped out, so--I need extra help, now that I'm not in the group any more. I'm thinking I would like to lose 7-10 pounds, as that would bring me to a weight that I would be happy with and it would be fairly easy to maintain for the long term (my life!).

Thanks for this opportunity to improve and have fun, too!

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Hi everyone, I'm. Lesley. I have been with spark for several years. Trying to stay motivated to lose 20 pounds. But with thyroid disease and now menopause, losing weight is not easy. I am impatient and want it now which when I do not see any results, get discouraged. Rethinking my goals around work to make sure I schedule my time and fit everything in.

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomfort.

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Hello, my name is Pat Niebuhr. I am 71, a widow and retired teacher. My goal is to find a happy medium of eating and adding #s. Always thin as a rail my father was afraid I would die from some awful disease. I carry the extra 10 in my belly and cannot lose it. And THAT indeed may be the end of me.

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Hi everyone! I've been a member of sparkpeople on and off for several years. Since I hit 50, it has gotten harder to manage my weight. I've tracked every bite of food for nearly 3 weeks now and started an exercise program now so I hope to make some connections here to keep me here! I'm 53 with 2 grown children and a husband who is a marathon runner.

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Hello JuliaWM12 and Everyone Else!

I have been here before and am back because I got good results when I held myself accountable!

I have not been all that bad but 30 pounds have found their way back in just two years. I have been trying to avoid the strict clean eating I was so into last time, however, I am just gaining and gaining doing moderate exercise and moderate eating. Age? Partially. The rest is me not working hard enough and paying enough attention to the extra calories here and there. I have been fooling myself along the way so here I am! There isn't a nicer place to do battle with my bulge than on here.

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Hi everyone-

I've just joined SP and am hoping to gain some guidance and moral support from this group. I'm 57, very happily married to a gorgeous ( and terminally in-shape ) man. We have two great kids, one in college and one " boomerang" ( college graduate, actor, living home). I work crazy hours at a high stress but satisfying job, work out 4 - 5 time a week ( weights and I am a spin addict). We live in southern California.....

I am happy to have found a group of people my age.

Food and I have never been friends. I was a chubby girl and then an anorexic teen. Since then I was always more or less able to control my weight, but my eating habits have always been sort of weird, left-over anorexia stuff.... I rarely ( and hate to ) cook and have eaten the same one or two things for breakfast, lunch and dinner for months...years.... I don't eat sweets, bread, desserts, really anything too sinful, ( except a couple glasses of wine only on Fridays and Saturdays), but....

.... now I am post menopausal and my metabolism has gone topsy-turvy and I am gaining weight. The charts all show that I eat the right amount of calories but my weight is still increasing and I am at my wit's end.

Maybe there are SP people like me...?


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Hi...my name is Robin and I am 51 and I am going to be 52 in a couple of weeks. I used to be really overweight but lost 200lbs (not a typo) 12 years ago. I have kept the weight off with the exception of 20 to 25lbs which I continue to struggle with over the years. Right now I am up 20lbs and although I try to stay focused on health the weight still really bothers me. I am proud that I do consider myself very healthy. I exercise everyday, am mostly vegan, eat mostly whole unprocessed foods and have no health issues. My problem is I have come from many years of using food as an escape and am having a hard time letting that go. You would think that since I make healthy food choices weight would no longer be an issue but too much food of any kind is still too much food. I love my sweets and can eat 20 dates in a day and justify it as a healthy snack..lol I Also love hummus, avocado and nuts. Moderation and eliminating excessive snacking is my main goals along with getting back in my jeans and would love the support to stay focused! I an so excited to find this group and be part of the team! :)

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Hi Diana & Everyone :)

Welcome & together we can meet our goals! It's such a lovely thought & wonderful motivation to get off medicine!!

I'm very excited to be here in this team. I never thought this day would come. I've lost 50 pounds on SP under another profile name. Recently I've rejoined because I'm having problems getting the last 15 to 18 pounds off. I feel GREAT being back on SP & have already lost two pounds.

It's a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate my achievements and I am very much looking forward to maintenance!

Blessings,
Marianne

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Hi! My name is Diana. I am 59 + 7 months. I have been married to Mike for 15 years. Together we have 2 daughters, 2 sons, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. We are empty nesters. We have 2 dogs Nichy a Maltese and Noah a mixed breed rescue pup.
My goal is to reach 140 by my 60th birthday. to do this I must lose 4 lbs per month. This means I need to stay focused on exercise and diet. I want to get healthier so I can stop two of my medications. I know I will be on thyroid meds forever but I don't want to be on any others. My dad is 84 and only takes thyroid medication. I want to be like my dad.
I enjoy participating in team challenges on SP. I am an avid reader, enjoy watching romantic comedies, spending time with family/dogs and cooking.

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Hi, I'm Kim, 50 years old, and plan to remove 20 (more) lbs. I have been 55 lbs more and 30 lbs less at times, and have maintained for far too long at 195 lbs/size 16. As with most of us, I've tried every diet under the sun with varying results. I am returning to following the "No S Diet" www.nosdiet.com

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Just starting again. I have 20 pounds to lose in 10 weeks. Two pounds a week. The plan is to eat less and exercise more. If I do that I will lose the weight. I do plan to log my food and eat around 3000 calories a day. 2000 would be better but I think 3000 will do it. Exercising 10 minutes a day is also a goal. Drinking at least 32 ounce of cold water a day is another. Friday is my weigh in day. Joe.

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Hi, I just joined team. I have about 6-8 pounds left to lose. These last 10 are coming off so slowly.

Debbie

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I'm getting so close to goal. Won't be long now.

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Hi! I'm Claire. I was following links on SparkPeople and found this group which exactly describes me...and over 300 thousand other people, too! emoticon Anyway, I was glad to find this team!

Claire

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Hi, I'm Brenda. I'm getting back on track again.

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There is no doubt that depression is causing me to sabotage my weight loss success. Not only am I dealing with my own low feelings but I have several family members that have been diagnosed with severe depression and this takes up a great deal of my time which has contributed to my low mood. My name is Brenda and I would really like to learn from everyone how to rise about the 'mood' and be true to myself and my goals. I am very tired of denying myself the very things I want in life...like losing the layers that are holding me back from living light and authentic to who I am meant to be.

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I am back after several years of not being careful or intentional about what I eat. I know I would feel better if I lost weight and there seem to be so many resources here. It can be overwhelming but it's very reassuring to know others are also working towards the same goals.

Step 1: Stop and think. Step 2: Take a deep breath. Step 3: Make a good choice.
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Great goals, Sheila! I also use running as my main aerobic activity for the week. I usually run 5 miles three times a week during the good weather. However, during the winter months I am down to 3 miles three times a week (treadmill) and lift weights, since I return to my gym to stay off the icy roads. Good luck training for your 10K. How exciting. Sally
PS: I too lost weight using WW but decided that I did not like the point system and that I have enough skill to manage my diet and fitness myself!

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Hi! My name isd Sheila and I will be 52 in a few months. Lost weight on ww a few years ago and slowly put on a few extra pounds. I want to get them off and a little more. My goal is to eat less processed food and control my portions. I am fairly active. Irun around 15 miles a week and walk with my dogs and solo walks as well. I am running 5ks and will run my first 10 k next weekend. My ultimate goal fforthe year is to run a half marathon.

I will do this!


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5/2/14 10:52 P

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I spent quite a bit of time searching the site. Joining communities and using the Spark Coach got me many points. Do you have any idea what these points get us---LOL!!!
Good job with your first week. Keep in touch.

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5/2/14 6:23 P

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welcome Sally!! How in the world did you get so many points already? I just started this past week also and you have so many more points than me already. Am I missing something??
I log my food and exercise, drink water and spin the wheel :)

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4/30/14 5:52 P

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Hello Everyone:
I joined SP a few day ago and am busy exploring the site. Having fun seeing what the benefits of the site provide, especially the tracker. Looking forward to better weather so that I can be outside running and not stuck inside on the treadmill. Just turned 50 in February and need to lose 12 pounds. Good luck to everyone.

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4/28/14 12:43 P

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hello, my name is carola and I just joined last week. I am 56 and have slowly allowed an additional 20 pounds to attach itself to my body. It needs to go now and I am hoping I can make it happen before I turn 57 (11 months) Need to firm up and gain some strength too :)
Look forward to meeting my goal with the group.

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4/28/14 3:13 A

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Hi Patty, I'm 2 weeks new and am so enjoying SP. I had heard about Sp years ago but never bothered joining I'm so glad I did. There's so much motivation that I have gotten and earning Spark points help as well. I have lost 4 kilos so far and I'm hoping to lose at least 20 more.
I know we can all do it with a little help from each other!

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4/27/14 11:59 A

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Hello, my name is Patty and I am about to turn 51. I am brand new to Sparkpeople and am currently trying to learn the site. I have adopted the attitude that I am not dieting, I am choosing a healthy lifestyle. After recently adopting an 8 year old Lab mix I have decided he will be my personal trainer. We go for many walks and play in the yard. He is great. I look forward to learning more about this site, the people and reaching my goals.

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