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To KMF2014 ... Actually, 5 pounds per month is an excellent steady-state and realistic rate to aim for. Good luck to you and keep at it! "No matter how small the baby-steps, you are still WAY ahead of the couch potatoes!" emoticon

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My "reasoning" is different this time around ... and so is my approach. I am the proud owner of a new recumbent-style stationary bike emoticon , and I am only using the Calories Burned indicator on it "to make sure my pace doesn't slack off during the ride"

Soo ... officially my goal is to lower my cholesterol by burning through 30 mins or more of sweat per (most) days - plus free-weights 2 x / week emoticon which should help with the measurements. Between the two, I figure the weight should start taking care of itself. (I am only just starting to look into cholesterol - lowering portable breakfast and lunch options -- so that will aslo help but is not a main focus at this time)

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Reason #1: To feel better about my appearance emoticon

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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I have been overweight for almost my whole life. But I had improved my eating habits and had lost 10 pounds a year ago and kept it off. Well, I noticed I had gotten into bad habits again- eating salty stuff (which I don't even like), eating too much, not exercising regularly.
But the wake up was when I had a bad cholesterol reading. I have always had enough good cholesterol, but on my last test I didn't.
So, I have to re-lose the 10 pounds I lost and then I would like to see if I really can be successful in getting lower.

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6/30/15 3:26 P

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I had left SP for the summer - downsizing on time spent on the computer and all that - but soon realized I needed the accountability. So here I am sitting at the computer, but "feeling" the discipline and the accountability that it gives me. I had one of those horrible "aha" moments about two weeks ago: I was attempting to get dressed for church, and I think I tried on every dress and skirt that I had in my closet - and once I was able to get them zipped, and looked in the mirror, I felt like I looked like an elephant in every one of them. I knew right then, I had to seriously get back to taking better care of myself. At this age (yeah, slowed metabolism), I knew it could quickly get worse unless I changed some of my bad habits. So I've quickly lost a few pounds, and am participating in a 5-pound challenge in July. Doesn't sound like that much, but I know it's all in the baby steps that it will happen. But we can do this, right? Let's all be an encourager to each other, and we'll all get some of those goals met!! emoticon emoticon Here's to Good Health everyone!!

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"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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6/25/15 6:18 P

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Hi,
I'm trying to do this right since May 21st and would like to have some friends in this group to get to know...anyone interested in being a friend? I don't know how to do that...

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Hi. I'm 65...started spark people in 2013 I think and was 247. Gave up for quite awhile and now have been back since May 21st. I'm at 227.4 and should feel good about that but it's hard when you're older...metabolism is just not as high.
I walk a lot everyday and watch my calories and have my ups and downs but generally feeling good about myself.
On May 20th I was in a group picture and saw myself for the first time in 6 years...to me I looked old and fat!!!!
So May 21st kicked back into gear.
My goals are to have no back pain...started 5 months ago...
Be able to fit into a size 16 and go to regular clothing stores and buy "cute" clothes
And to have more energy during my day.
It projects me to reach all that by November 2015 so I can be patient...

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6/25/15 1:39 P

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I will be 50 this September so since this journey is a long one, I'm categorizing myself in the 50+ members emoticon

I have my Spark Tracker and I'm enjoying it so far. I park farther from the store than I used to, just so I can get more steps in lol. I know every little bit helps!

I do my best not to be so critical about myself and the weight I have gained back. But I have my moments where I just feel like I'm beating my head against the wall.

I've eaten the small 5x a day meals, nothing out of a box or can, counting calories, starving myself, you name it I've done it. I can't seem to find my happy medium. I'm back at the gym taking classes and striving to continue with that. However, when you read about people watching what they are eating and they lose a pound here or a pound there, it is very hard to read. I am so very happy for those individuals and what they are accomplishing, etc.

I've had blood tests to see if my thyroid is functioning properly. I've was put on Phentermine for approximately 3 months and lost 10 pounds right off the bat. But knowing that this was a quick fix and not sustainable and certainly not good for me, I stopped taking them. I guess my biggest frustration is trying to find what works with my body in which it will respond to the fuel I am giving it. I know that the stress has a lot to do with weight loss, and I've eliminated a lot of stressful things and people from my life.

I look at myself in the mirror and just feel like throwing in the towel! I'm trying to stay positive with the little daily goals that I achieve BUT it is just so very hard sometimes to not get frustrated!

I am so very happy with my life right now and how things are going, with the exception of how I look!

Writing on my blog daily I feel helps for me to put my feelings out there so I can own them. So I know that I'm going in the right direction. I just would love for my body to follow! emoticon


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6/15/15 4:28 P

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Hey everybody. I'm Denise and am a former Sparkpeople member. It's been a lot of years, but I think I was even a member of this group back then. Anyway, I want to lose some weight and I remembered how well this worked before to keep me motivated. I'm lucky that my health is good (so far), but my clothes could fit better and I could definitely use more energy. So that's where my goals are...to lose a little weight and get more active. And I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you in the process.

"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25


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6/15/15 3:18 P

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Hello I am Beverly. I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I have high cholesterol as well as Fibromyalgia and Fatigue. I was recently on blood pressure meds but my doctor just took me off these (yaye!). I am wanting to change my diet/lifestyle as my doctor told me if I loose weight and the way I eat I may be able to head off the diabetes. I have a wonderful life with an amazing husband, two beautiful children and my first grandbaby (grandson) who will be two in September. I have problems with exercising due to Fibromyalgia and fatigue, but have recently started counting my steps with a activity tracker. I want to try and cut back (down to 25 or less grams a day) on my sugar, cut out gluten, cut down on the diary (to see if I am lactose intolerant). I plan to try and eat mainly lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. I also want to remove processed foods from my diet as well. My goal is to loose between 20-40 pounds by the end of October 2015 as my son is getting married at this time. I need all the tips and encouragement you can give to me!!

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6/13/15 1:35 P

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My brother just had a heart catheterization after having had chest pains. This led to three stents being placed in two arteries, one of which was 95% blocked. He HAS to start eating better. Since I am overweight I am going to do the same. Both of our parents had heart issues so we are genetically predisposed to the same. My brother now has a new start, but I am fairly sure that because of the way I've been eating, I have arteries that are also clogged.

So I am going to eat well, exercise, and do everything I can to reverse or prevent any more damage to my heart. I have had no chest pains or other symptoms, but I don't want any.

I have been on Spark People before, and am glad to be back.

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Just aiming to get to a healthy weight with all the benefits that brings.

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Hi! My name is Claire. I joined SparkPeople in 2009 and lost 30 pounds over about 9 months, and since that time have gained it all back. At 52 I feel like it's a losing battle. But that's just what it is...A LOSING BATTLE! Ha!

Claire

"Never, never, never give up." -Winston Churchill

Do it now!

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I can't give up now! www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOwO5EObvN4


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Welcome back Suze2014. I, too, am back after a long and difficult hiatus. I've been feeling winded and I've gained way too much weight back. I heard Christiane Northrup on PBS this morning and she said that our health and weight are influenced by friends and family up to 4 degrees of separation. This extends over the miles as well. I thought that was so true. When I look around, even though none of us lives together, many of my friends and family are overweight.

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I'm back after a long hiatus. Not a good hiatus.... But, the important thing is I'm starting again. I am borderline diabetic, uggh. I guess it is now or never. Thanks for listening. emoticon

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I want to lower my blood pressure. I want to have more energy. The more I lose, the better I feel. The better I feel the more I can exercise.


Being a loser is a good thing.


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5/11/15 3:26 P

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First of all I want to lower my blood pressure; then I want to move easier and have more energy.
Problem is that I hate exercising, but I started walking, so hopefully I'll see some improvement. emoticon emoticon

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I'm new. I'm just entering mental pause and my middle is out of control along with the hormones. I'm tired of the yo-yo. I'm tired of not being comfortable in my own skin. I'm tired of looking in the mirror and being shocked. I'm tired. So enough. Enough is enough. its time to focus on me. But more importantly, its time to keep the focus on me. I have dang near 50 pounds to lose. That is crazy. I want em off and I want em to stay off. For good.

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I want to finish what I started last year. I was down 37 lbs. until knee surgery set me back. Regained 15 lbs. and can't walk like before. Bought a spinning bike and slowly getting back into gear. I want clean eating to be a lifestyle for me, not just another diet (I've done so many I can't count!!). My goal is to lose about 45 lbs. to be at a healthy weight and relieve some arthritic pain. I tend to be impatient...so I need help to take this one day at a time.

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Everything starts one step at a time...just like there was never a car and then one day we all are driving without a horse and carriage. I hope you are feeling better and glad you took a step to help yourself. This is my first day trying to commit to exercise. I have had some health issues but am doing better one step at a time. My daughter is young and has had kidney stones, severe scoliosis, repeated pneumonia and other undefined ongoing health issues. She loves to run and play volleyball but is taking a break til she feels better. She was on meds that made her lose weight. As she lost weight, I tried to keep her fed and also ate. I am hoping she returns to a healthy body for a 27 year young lady and I have the will power to care about my body as well. Walked ran today about 45 min. and loved the beautiful weather. emoticon Good luck and hoping your pain goes away and both our cholesterol comes down one step at a time.

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HI!
Just joined this evening. If you look at my ticker it's pretty obvious why I need to lose some pounds. Better health. Cholesterol, not bad but could be a lot better. Same with blood pressure.

I'm on a rest from much exercise right now due to a severe back pain and sciatica. Hopefully it settles soon. Sciatica is always worse at night so that's why I'm up so late. I can slowly resume my exercise program after pain subsides. Will be seeking advice from a professional first on what and what not to do. Losing excess weight is probably one of the best things I can do for my back. I know this, but pain = frustration for me and that leads to emotional eating. Makes no sense I know. It's a vicious cycle.

These are some pretty good reasons to want to get the lbs. off.







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I am 54 years old, studying nutritional medicine and a diploma in business. Hoping to find a permanent job, but not having much luck. My health is good, I have high blood pressure and am on tablets for that (runs in the family), my cholesterol is the lowers it has been for ages, but am on medication for that as well (that also runs in the family), the doctor said that I just need to be doing what I am doing because my blood work is really good. I could do with losing 10kgs though (22 Ibs)



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My health is good right now and I want to stay healthy but I have started bad habits in the last couple of years I need to change. One, I am sitting in front of the TV too much watching it with my husband, he wants me in the same room as him (starting Alzheimer's).
Two, I'm eating too much starch.
I'm starting to correct this and have lost 2 lbs. in one month. Slow but progress. Now I have another reason I would like to look my best. My daughter which lives two states away has invited me to her 35 wedding anniversity party. I don't have much time for that because it is at the last of May. I'll aim for at least 5 lbs. off by then. I have 30 lbs. in all I need to lose and several inches off my waist.
I feel confident I can lose it with this program if I keep on trying.

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4/16/15 12:56 A

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Hi it's nice emoticon to find people with the same interest, I am a 68 year old senior I want to lose at least 27 lbs. last year I was hit emoticon by a commercial van riding my bicycle and I haven't been able to exercise, the therapies are not helping much but I'm getting better I start eating healthy and walk 15 to 20 minutes a day and I am still learning to navigate on this webpage. but I am sure I will reach my goal with the help of every one here.

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My goal is to get back down to what I weighed in my thirties (140 - 145 pounds). I was healthier and didn't have the cholesterol problems. I'm hoping losing weight will help with the arthritis in my knees and hips. emoticon

The first and the best victory is to conquer self. (Plato)


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It really is nice to see people over 50 who are dedicated to and are losing weight. I could use a few buddies. Anyone who wishes to friend me would be welcome.

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I am restarting with Sparkpeople ONLY this time. I will actually begin tracking tomorrow, just wanted to try to get set up and back to it. My goal is to lose 45 pounds so I will look and feel better. More tomorrow...

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.


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I am 61 yrs. old and in very good health and want to live much longer in good health. I have gained 30 lbs in the last five years and want to see how much I can lose. I have been here on SP since Feb.13 and have lost 10 lbs as of today. Finally beginning to believe I can do it!!!

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Welcome! You have made a great choice just by getting to SPeople and reaching out!! Good luck to you. It is an amazing place with fabulous resources!


This is not about the sprint, it is the start of life long healthy living!


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Hello... I think I am the SENIOR citizen here, I will be 75 soon, Fairly good health, Husband health not good, Have been doing lots of emotional eating. Need to lose 40 lbs, Thanks for letting me join your group.. God bless emoticon

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Hi! I am here because i have let myself gain back 25 pounds over the past 2 years. I lost weight with another group and kept it off for almost a year. I am not good at maintaining weight but have managed to maintain this weight of 20+ pounds!! I want to learn how to stop the "all or nothing" approach to weight loss that i have perfected over the years! I am either losing or gaining, nothing in-between! I love that Spark People has a plan for maintaining the weight loss. Carrying around this extra weight makes me very uncomfortable with my appearance, makes running really tough and makes me feel discouraged about the control food has over me!
Today was the first day in a long time that i stuck to healthy eating ALL DAY and decided to start over with couch to 5k running program. I am feeling happy and hopeful! Onward!! P.S. I am 56 years old.

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This is not about the sprint, it is the start of life long healthy living!


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Turned 51 earlier this week (or the 22nd anniversary of my 29th birthday as Hubster says) and I've lost 9.5lbs since 16th Feb so feeling good.

I need to lose the weight as it's really depressing me. I'm generally upbeat but the weight is making me glum. I can't dance about like I used to, without getting out of breath. Cycling keeps me fit-ish but not dancing fit. Another 8lbs and I'll get into a Zumba class or similar. I know that I'm not too big to join a class, I just want a little less weight to haul about.

I need to lose another 27.5lbs now. Which is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but I was a real racing whippet until 2000 and it's snuck on and on and on.

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Wow! I dont feel alone anymore. Just read the posts and think this is a great group! My goals are to start exercising again and keep monitoring what I eat. If I log my diet I keep pretty well on track. So now I just have to get out of this sedentary rut. My goal is to lose 25 pounds.

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50-60 pounds to lose here. I'm 54, and I'm determined to get healthier.

If you're tired of starting over... stop giving up!


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I'm interested in joining this group. I have 40 pounds to lose. I'm looking for that extra motivation to make a positive difference. I am 59 and healthy and its important for me to stay this way.

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Hi my name is Sheila. I am 56 and I need to lose 30 pounds. I am very determined to do this. When I really started I weighed 155 pounds, now I weigh 152,5 I know its not much and its taking awhile but I will do it.We all will do it. emoticon

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IL2L2BG and Kathy: Welcome (back) to Spark People and to this team! I think so many of us are in this same boat, having lost, not having the dedication to keep it off, gaining the weight back, and now starting anew. I've certainly been there. We're all in this together - and we can all do it this time!! It certainly does help me to know that there are others who understand the battle. Let's make everyday a "Day 1" with the excitement of a new day where we can make the changes that will make the difference this time!! emoticon

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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Hi my name is Pam. I am fiftyone. Today is day one again for me. I have also rejoined spark people. It is a awesome program. I just need to not get discouraged and stick with it. I am going to do it this time. I need to loose thirty pounds.

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Hi everyone
I am an off and on member of SP. The program is great, I have lost a good amount of weight in the past but I am just not consistant enough to keep the weight off. My goal is to lose at least 50 lbs. I have high blood sugar now and I just had to get a pacemaker emoticon . I am really bummed about that. Still have 3 more weeks until I am able to lift my left arm to wash my hair. I just joined a challenge at my gym and I want to boost it with SP to keep me on track, accountability and most of all SUPPORT. I am not on sugar medicine at this time and I do NOT want to be. I was on sugar medicine and I think that is what damaged my heart, so my goal is to lose the weight so that there is no chance for me to be on medicine for diabetes. I am 52 years old, married 28 of those years, a 21year old son and a 3 week new heart. I work at a middle/high school for special needs so I am pretty active. I am ready to lose.



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2/26/15 11:06 A

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Hi I am new to Sparkpeople, I joined to drop the extra pounds I am sick of carrying around. I am midlife and I want my life to be free of high blood pressure and aches and pains. I am a positive person and want to be encouraged and want to encourage others in this lifestyle change. I love the educational articles and exercise videos. If I can learn it, I can do it. When I started I didn't even know what a plank was. So far I have seen the results. I dropped 10 pounds. At first I read the articles to get my points. Now I can see how they change the way I think and give me information I need to succeed. Today I am happy. When I reach my next goal I will be happier. emoticon

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2/18/15 11:48 A

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I can't tell you how much I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE! I know it will make the difference. There is Power in the People 😁

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2/18/15 10:37 A

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Oh, I like how you said that, EWOBLU! Sounds like a good mantra to me:
"Embracing my reality to change it!"
It's nice to know someone understands!! Thanks a whole bunch for replying, I was feeling kind of discouraged, but you've helped! It definitely all starts with being honest with ourselves, doesn't it? And change is possible!!

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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2/18/15 10:04 A

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I know what you mean... I did the math yesterday and it said BMI 30 which is official obese and a heart risk. That is MY reality. I decided I had to embrace it to change it! It is Not Me... It is a condition of me...

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2/18/15 9:52 A

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Long term goal is to lose 45 pounds. Short term goal is to lose 15 by end of April. Why? Because I get so tired of seeing pictures of myself and realize how I've continued to lie to myself saying that I'm not that overweight, that the charts don't really take into account my (whatever). My knees hurt because of degeneration... not really, they hurt because I'm carrying too much weight. I'm tired of lying to myself saying that I don't really eat that much.. uh, yeah, I DO eat that much, and too much of it is unhealthy eating. I get lots of exercise in my regular lifestyle... Yes I do get more than some, but what about the hours I can spend zoning out in front of the computer? I'm tired of lying to myself - How's that for a reason to lose weight??

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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2/16/15 10:32 A

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I am more new than not. Learning to make a better living strategy. I want to reclaim a decent level of fitness. I want to be able to run 5K races. I have decided that post menopause, genetically disposed, and culturally enabled... If I don't become active, I'll be overweight forever! I also think in good conscience, I can't lead my daughter down an unhealthy road. I want to set a good example. I want to feel alive and ready for adventure!

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Hi group! I am back on this site again...tried Medical weight loss but did not loose much but money. Ugh. I hope to learn lifestyle changes that will get me to my goal. I want to be healthier. I have high cholesterol and my blood pressure and sugar is boarder line high so that is not good for the long run. I have 3 grand children that I want to be able to to see grow up and I am afraid that if I don't take control of my health I will risk loosing that opportunity. Thanks for listening!

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2/10/15 12:11 P

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I'm a SparkBeliever too! I've lost 21 pounds so far, and I love how I can get back into some of the "skinny clothes"!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

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2/10/15 12:40 A

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I see you have already lost 17 pounds! Congratulations! My main goal for being a part of Spark People is to improve my health. I have tried to lose weight on my own for years with no success. Logging my diet and exercise is making me really think about my food choices and exercises. Great program!

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I want to lose weight for health reasons and get into some of my clothes just hanging in my closet untouched!

Tomorrow holds - how big you can dream today!

NOTE: when I hit a plateau I will need to eat 2000 calories on one day then drop back to 1300 ( or what're amount I am currently eating) calories/day to restart weight loss. Strength training is critical to keep metabolism perky. Can also switch up on what eating.


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2/4/15 8:29 P

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There's nothing better than clothes shopping for your new body!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

"The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." -Jonathan Larson


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My goal is to lose about 40 pounds. I want to stay healthy. I want to go buy loadsa new clothes. I want to be done with getting to goal and start on staying at goal.

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My short term goal is to be able to dance again. I want to lose 36 pounds by 9/2015. So far I haven't lost anything, I've gained. I don't think I am measuring correctly. I am going to get better measuring equipment and keep trying. I have been on spark before but if I gained I would get discouraged and quit. I am determined to continue this time.

Life is all about choices and I choose to make good ones.


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1/26/15 12:25 P

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Those are great reasons to help you achieve your goals. You can do it!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

"The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." -Jonathan Larson


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1/26/15 9:11 A

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Goal: To lose 45 pounds

Reasons: To improve my self-respect
To (being truthful) look better, I guess that would be called pride
To be the person God created me to be - excess weight definitely gets in the road of that.

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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1/25/15 8:10 P

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Well it is great to see you here. I just joined as well this year and have a few of the same issues with chronic pain and having to try and work out whether you hurt or not. But so far so good. So welcome, and have a great journey.

It'S A beautiful day in the neighborhood of.....Gloria!


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1/25/15 6:10 P

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First, let me say how sorry I am for your loss.

Welcome (or welcome back) and congrats on taking this first step in your journey to health! I'm down about 14 pounds since I started SP, and the changes have been great for my spirit and my well-being. I'm sure you'll find similar results if you put your mind to it.

If you need any tips or tricks, just let us know!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

"The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." -Jonathan Larson


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Hi all! Today is my 1st day as well. I joined a little over 3 yrs ago but never actually started! I am ready and anxious to begin now!
Not sure what all info you want but here I go :-)
I am 56, widow of just about 3 yrs and 35 - 55 depending which end of the normal scale you are looking at! I have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. I am looking forward to beginning this sparkjourney and making new friends here!

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1/19/15 1:35 A

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Welcome RipleyBird! Be sure to read the articles on nutrition and try some of the fitness videos. There is no such thing as "spot reducing," and you'll be disappointed when the ab exercises don't fix the muffin. Take it slow and steady, eat healthy, and it will disappear. Good luck!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

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1/18/15 1:36 P

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First day here. Need to lose weight and control cholesterol and blood pressure. starting with ab exercises because I want to get rid of my muffin top.

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1/10/15 4:40 P

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I always fall back into bad habits too. I'm counting on SP to not only help me take the weight off, but keep it off forever. Having "accountability buddies" sure helps!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

"The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." -Jonathan Larson


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my problem is just not to lose weight but to keep it off.I stuggle with compulsive/binge eating.I'm trying to eat healthier even though I have to admit I'm worst than a teen when it comes to wanting to eat crappy foods.I work in a high school cafateria which doesn't help.

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1/7/15 9:40 P

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I too lost the weight I wanted to three years ago. My husband became seriously ill and I did a lot of stress eating I now weigh more than I did before the illness. So now in order to better care for him I need to get more fit and lose some of the weight baggage.

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Hi-
I've been a sparker since 2008. I finally lost all my weight I wanted in 2011....that 35 pounds came off oh so slowly. I've been very active physically (I run 5 times a week) and the problem with me is, I enjoy eating too much. I have a 155 pound appetite when I need a 135 pound one.

So, this year I am really focusing on getting in touch with why I eat, how much I eat...and that's why I want to be part of this group and meet some new folks.


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1/7/15 12:13 A

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The Spark community is awesome! It's the reason I keep coming back every day.

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

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Hi, my name is Monica. I have rejoined Spark to help me to reach my goal to rediscover the strong, healthy, confident, and resilient self. I originally discovered this self when I was in my early 40's and lost 150 lbs through healthy eating and exercise. I did well for 8 years until injury, chronic pain, and work issues when I slipped back into old bad habits.

Last April, I had put back on 95 lbs and I no longer recognized myself. I joined another online weight loss plan and lost 50 lbs, but the program had no community nor the resources of Spark. Wow, Spark has changed all for the better since the last time I was a member. I'm very excited to be back and look forward to participating with this team.


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1/6/15 8:21 A

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Hi! My name is Karen. Apparently I joined Spark in 2012 but never came back! My doctor recommended this site (pre-diabetic and depression). My problem is that I have little motivation to get started. I know once I do start I will feel better. I am divorced and have one grown son who is out on his own. Just had to put my best four legged buddy down (cancer) and moved into a new apartment in a new community. Guess I don't do anything in a small way! Also I am in graduate school which makes me feel rather alienated being around all those twenty somethings. I definitely want to meet others with whom I can create nurturing supportive relationships with. Anyone game?

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1/5/15 12:36 A

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"Eating with humility" - I love that!

You have a great outlook and achievable goals. It looks like you'll be very successful, and we'll be happy to help!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California

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Hi all. I'm really glad the holidays are over and I can return to my discipline of eating clean and exercising. I took a break from taking care myself starting with Halloween. Ugh!!! I am looking forward to sticking with a plan of action and connecting with like-minded people. I want to lose 35 pounds by eating with humility, exercising moderately, and doing some weight training, since I am now 51. My health is good overall, and I want to keep it that way. I'm all for making new SP friends, so I hope to hear from you all! :) Have a wonderful 2015. I love odd numbered years! This is going to be a stellar year!

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So glad your here! We all need some help, sometimes :)

One Step At A Time


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You've come to the right place! Be sure to take advantage of as many features at SparkPeople as you can. The nutrition and fitness trackers are great! Use the videos to add fitness activities to your day - even as little as 10 minutes a day can make a difference. Read the articles for motivation and ideas. Find new friends here that can give you the support you need.

Good luck!

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Hello everyone,

Looking for supports I travel this weight loss journey. I am tired of being overweight especially since I've had medical. Issues since turning 50😁.

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1/1/15 6:36 P

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There are so many people on SP who prove that age has no bearing on our ability to get healthy and in shape! I am inspired every day.

We're on this journey together!

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