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1/31/16 8:00 A

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my goal and reason are the same... good health!

TODAY I choose the direction of my life!

I am following Dr. McDougall's The Starch Solution.


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1/31/16 4:42 A

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Have some minor health set backs, has made me realize just how far I had let my bad habits control my life. I am getting the control back, slowly but surely. And in doing so, hope to get my health back too. And of course losing some weight is a great side effect. Hoping for a 50lb side effect! emoticon


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1/26/16 5:13 P

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I just feel better when I can move better.. This chunkiness has to go..I lost 25 lbs but as soon as I went on a car trip I decided not to eat smart at EVERY meal, so I am back to lugging the weight around. Goal is to just eat smarter portions and smarter choices and the weight will come off as before

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1/26/16 6:49 A

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Hi..I am 57. I got up to 262lbs after having 2 back surgeries.Dr said every extra lb is 12 lbs on my spine. So in May 2012, I gave up all soda, changed eating habits and lost 60+ lbs. I was stuck at 200 for 9 months. 139 is lowest. But short goal 175lbs

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1/25/16 3:35 P

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oops....

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My ticker represents 12 years of learning and losing and regaining and regrouping - I'm NOT going back! I *AM* and *WILL BE* fit 4 life!!


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1/25/16 3:01 P

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Hi all -- I'm 58 and need to focus on getting fit again. At my heaviest, i was 213 and lost 65 pounds over about 6 years -- kept it off for a number of years, then life threw me a few curve balls and i've gained about 35 of it back. Time to turn it around. : )

Why do i want to lose weight? I simply feel better at an optimum weight instead of being overweight... it's easier to do all the things i love like gardening, biking, golfing, on and on...

looking forward to chatting with you all, encouraging each other and sharing successes..

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My ticker represents 12 years of learning and losing and regaining and regrouping - I'm NOT going back! I *AM* and *WILL BE* fit 4 life!!


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1/16/16 2:23 P

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Hi, I'm 55 and ready to make some changes. I had always been active, which offset my bad eating habits. Unfortunatly between menopause and a serious accident, I've managed to gain nearly 30 pounds in the last 3 years. I'm hopeful this support system will help me reclaim my health. I'm looking forward to making this journey with you all. :)

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1/12/16 11:27 P

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first of all I want to deal with eating right and compulsive eating and weight will follow hopefully

one bite at a time


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1/12/16 2:26 P

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Raising my self esteem
Honoring my God
Maintaining good health

Goal: 5 lbs, then another 5, then another 5...


"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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1/11/16 8:06 P

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Hi Everyone! I'm almost 59. I'm hypothyroid and I also have an autoimmune disease: oral lichen planis which prevents me from eating a bunch of things. some fruits and vegetables trigger blisters in my mouth. stress does. vinegars, oj, mint. So i can be, at times pretty restricted. However, I'm no quitter. I'll keep at this. :)

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1/11/16 6:52 A

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I need to make a new start this year and not use food to cope with daily life and life events. I never ever wanted to be one of those women who after menopause, gained a lot of weight and lost their mid-section. I've become one of them after-all, and it's time to STOP! I hope to find support, encouragement and friendships here emoticon

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12/28/15 8:00 A

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I am hoping to lose weight and be more healthy. My real goal is to make healthy eating a lifestyle.

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12/11/15 2:02 P

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Except for the specific numbers, PATH1128's message applies to me also. I suspect we're part of the same study.

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11/28/15 6:41 P

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Welcome back, DDRAKE83!

I'll reach my goal weight in 2016, and I'm excited!


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11/28/15 2:17 P

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Hi everyone....I am coming back around again...I left SP a few years ago....I can do it on my own! LOL I need support from others! Who would have thunk!! LOL Thank you for all being here and I am getting used to the new SP and today is my 11th day back. :)

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11/26/15 9:43 A

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Wow, you are doing great! Congratulations.

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11/26/15 9:41 A

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Referred by nurse practitioner to research program. It gave me the kick I needed to get restarted.I believe most illnesses are preventable, and I don't want to end up with chronic illnesses that I could have avoided. I got a "little big" over the last year, lots of stress and family issues. I've lost 7 pounds since I started on 10/31, 27 days. Some days are easier than others...

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11/11/15 8:14 P

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Need to learn how to eat low sodium foods. Another thing to maintain.

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11/4/15 2:42 P

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It's great to read all the posts and "meet" you all. I can relate all too well to medical and family issues. I've gained and lost weight a few times also. I'll be 60 next month and I'm working to make this the last major weight loss of my life. I'm really tired of being fat and unhealthy.

The good thing is that every day I'm doing something to get healthier. Yesterday it was making lemonade with stevia instead of sugar. Today, who knows? I'll probably pick up a great idea from one of you here on Spark. So glad we are all here, to share our journey!

Jae

I'll reach my goal weight in 2016, and I'm excited!


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11/4/15 2:16 P

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Hi everyone my name is Janet or Red as my friends have always called me. It's nice to be here with like minded men and women and sharing my goals with you.

My goal this time emoticon is to lose 30 lbs !! I'm going through menopause like many of the ladies here, and it's tricky at times to keep cravings at bay.....I'm doin the best I can.
Reason for weight loss......I feel miserable with the extra weight, really miserable ... I've had a very bad yr .....family problems etc...too much to list really, I just need to be ME again.
Thank you if you have read this, I hope you have success in your goals too.

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10/28/15 11:06 P

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My goal is to spark my way to 140 pds. I'm at 152 today! My reasons are numerous. My health (diabetic), my family (stick around to enjoy them all) , my gkids (stop the struggle with wt), be a good role model for all my fam, to move quicker on the courts, etc etc etc

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10/26/15 10:04 A

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I am new to this team, but not really new to Sparkpeople. This is my 3rd time joining and over the years since I first joined, I have found SP to be very helpful in fulfilling my goals. I recently had knee replacement surgery and have just started back to work and am now ready to pick up where I left off when I left.
My goal is to get back into my healthy lifestyle. To show my grandkids that Nanna plans to be around for many years (Lord willing) and that eating healthy and daily exercise is very important to accomplishing that. I am very involved in their lives and enjoy their dance classes/recitals, baseball practices/games, and more recent Hockey practices/games/tournaments.
So today is the start of the NEW me, and I know I will be able to accomplish my goal to lose the weight I wish to lose.

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10/14/15 11:57 A

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Hi, I had the same thing happen to me. Lost 40 lbs. and gained it back. Also, I have an adorable dog too. Hope to make friends this time and stay motivated. Nice to meet you!

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10/14/15 11:54 A

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Hi, I am 66 years old and have maybe 4 or 5 "good disc" in my back. I had both knees replaced in 2009. When I joined in 2013 I had lost down to 176 but had my gall bladder removed in April of 2014. It seems since it was removed everything I eat gives me heart burn. Heck, even water gives me heart burn (laughing). I weighed 193 this morning. In June I thought I might have a blood clot in my leg. Ruling that out, it took me two more weeks to see an orthopedic doctor. I had fractured my left leg. I finally got out of the boot the end of September. I just started going to a pain clinic since the uneven gait has made my back pain worse than ever. Wow, I sound like a whiner. I don't know about the rest of you, but it is just about impossible to exercise. It is hard to lose weight when you live with someone. It seems my dear Mama wants to see me eat and have seconds. I am still her baby (sigh). I normally try to do the cooking but I am working on rearranging the third bedroom that has been used primarily for storage. I wonder how many of you have health problems that limit exercise--I have osteoporosis and walking is bad for me, believe it or not. My doctor said I could sneeze and break my back. Real encouraging, right? Anyway, I would like to have a couple of friends to help me in my quest to lose weight. Thanks.

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10/3/15 11:42 A

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Hello! The last time i replied to this message was back in March. Since then i have been up and down in weight and am now determined to actually START AND FINISH during 2015! I have tried some other programs to motivate me and had some success but i am still above where i want to be. I have lost 7 pounds since march but want to be under 170 by the new year. I have joined a gym and so i am feeling more toned as i lose weight. Here's to fresh starts and meeting goals!!
ps. i am 57

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


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9/29/15 7:43 P

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I had lost 40lbs. Was finally comfortable in my own body and have gained back 30 of them. I am so sick of the up and down. No more starvation diets, no more "packaged" foods. I know if I just last 3 weeks being reasonable I will find my way back down. 4 days in, 17 left.
They say 21 days makes a habit. I hope they're right.

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9/23/15 8:58 A

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Keep your goal in sight and you will make it! Congratulations - love weddings!

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Gained 10lbs last yr., wanting to remove them, plus 20 more! My goal is to be 10lbs lighter by this time next year. I have been tracking for 23 days in a row, still no weight loss, but not giving up! I can tell these 10lbs have slowed me down, so they have to go and I have begun to exercise at least 4 days a week, that makes me even more determined to get healthy.

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9/14/15 12:12 A

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That sounds like a great goal. I am already on my way, but I have to keep on track.

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9/11/15 7:34 P

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AMEN!!!!! I think short-term goals are more motivating.

I want to lose 3 pounds by my daughter's wedding (October 9th) so that my dress is more comfortable.

We are better than we know. If we can be made to see it, then maybe will be unwilling to settle for less.


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9/10/15 10:34 A

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Lots of long-term goals, but an immediate one is losing ten pounds by Christmas. Need to start with something do-able and show-able to get this ball a-rollin'!

"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'm not any specific plan right now. I'm using past things I learned that I just want to incorporate in my daily life.

I use 1/2 to cup bowls for my meals. I keep in mind protein, fruit and veggies. This week I will go back to the gym.

As I mentioned, I pushed my goal date to May of 2018. I just want to have a daily simple routine by then.

I do a fat flush drink: in pitcher 1/2 grapefruit, 2 oranges, 1 cucumber, mint with 32 oz. of water and marinate overnite. I try to keep two pitchers in my refrigerator. One marinates, while I drink the other. I do shake before I pour. I'm able to replace the 32 oz drunk with fresh water (I gave in and buy 16 oz bottles of water). Then I start over with fresh ingredients.

In August I lost 14 pounds without exercise. This month I will add the exercise.

emoticon 7 pounds is awesome! Stick with it if it works for you. The Mediterrean plan works for a town of senior citizens in California, most of which are near, at or over 100. Of course exercise of walking and riding bikes goes along with their healthy life style.

Have a great day!
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Edited by: FATCRISMATIC at: 9/7/2015 (17:11)
Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!!
I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Hi callmelee,

What plan are you on? I am on the Mediterrean plan, I have been on it for two weeks and have found it to be quite easy to follow and have lost 7 pounds so far.

Whatever plan you are on, I am sure you will be a great success at it!!

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Hi BTINCHER2001,
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emoticon KUDOS to you for your dedication and despline. The two most important components of livetts. (I'm living not dying, so I livett not diet).

Very happy for you!!!
Chris

Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!!
I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Welcome back! I know how depression can cause comfort eating. Been doing it all my life. I've been on so many livetts with the roller coaster of weight.

So sorry for the loss of your family members. I know how that can really put ones calorie life in a tailspin. Losing a job you loved is like another death. I mention all this to suggest rewarding yourself in a small way for any positive thing that happens. It could be a happy memory that puts a smile on your face. Doing this often might help get on the positive track that you've fallen off. Even writing the positive thing here on SP will be a great way to reward yourself.

I know portions for me is a biggie. So I picked up japanese bowls that are about a half cup and that helped alot. The first thing I did was buy Nutrisystem at Walmart which helped me to visualize the portions. That really helped.

Recently I bought the book "the Fat flush plan' by Ann Louise Gittleman. When I looked it up on the internet I learned more about fat flush and it has been helpful. With this new knowledge and portions, in August I lost 14 pounds with little exercise.

I'm going with baby steps and will bring exercise in eventually. Right now I'm clearing my plate to fit that schedule in daily.

Oh my! Didn't mean to get so wordy. Again emoticon Chris

Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!!
I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Sorry for your loss Callmelee, it seems some people stop eating all together when tragedy hits and others like me gain high stress and can not stop eating.

I wish you the best on your journey to a healthier and happier you :)

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. Albert Schweitzer




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well like you this isnt my first rodeo . ive been coming to sparks for years lost my old id and so this is a new start all the way around for me im going to be 55 next week and decided i have got to do something to change my self or im going to just give up, it will be 2 weeks tomorrow for me i hope to see another weight lose this week but at least i know im heading the right way i have a free meal one time a week but i think thats maybe not a good idea as when i do it then i dont want to stop eating at all. ive to lost alot of people in my life and other things going on that stress me out along with my own health. hope we can be spark friends and cheer each other on.

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I just joined. I have been looking for the right group for a while now. I used to have my own group here several years ago and although we are all still great friends, we are not longer a health and fitness support group.


A little about me. I have been studying health and fitness for many many years. Even went to college to be a Personal Trainer at one time. I am a freelance photographer and live in the midwest but trying to relocate back to Tucson AZ.

I was a natural bodybuilder in my 40's and at age 47 was in the best shape of my life. I had lost 55 pounds over 4 years time and just felt great! Then the bubble burst. My husband and sister both died of cancer, I was entering peri menopause was downsized from my job I loved and moved back to Illinois to be close to my aging parents. So all these major changes caused me to over eat due to stress, and I gain back my weight. No matter how much I exercises I could not keep the weight from coming back on. It took 5 years to gain it back. I must get some weight off again.

Being post menopause now I am dealing with some Endocrine issues. I am into holistic nutrition and little by little regaining my energy. I have low Vit D issues as well. So working to improve on that too.

I am a prescetarian who doesn't eat much cow diar (just a little cheese from time to time) I only eat eggs that come from organic small back yard farms.

I have 2 children, my daughter is 28 and lives in Tucson. My son is 23 and lives with me. I have 1 dog, 3 indoor cats and 5 outdoor cats.

I hope to get to know everyone here, and will just jump in :)


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Drop 25 pounds and regain my energy and strength

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Hi Lee.
WELCOME BACK. Losing any pounds is a good thing. So pay yourself on the back for the 7.5. I don't diet (I'm not dying). I livett (I'm living). The twist in words help me out. Eating out is a calorie nightmare. I too have had an order come out of my mouth and when I get home berate myself for being naughty. Hmmm - naughty is so much fun. emoticon

I have pushed my goal to May, 2018. My healthy weight with healthy eating and an exercise routine weekly. emoticon I'll be 66 and do not want to spend anymore time fretting over weight. Baby steps is how I'm doing this. My natural personality is to guzzle - life, food, alcohol, good times, staying to long at places. Yep! emoticon I Guzzle.

Each day I keep that date in mind and work one small thing in that is a lifetime change. PORTIONS are my biggest problem. So I use small 1/2 cup bowls at home everyday. I went out for lunch and had natcho's piled with blacked beans. So good. But I'm so proud of myself because I brought 3/4's of the meal home. Kudos to me!

I think you get the ticker tape on your Spark page. If you can't find it there, post the question in search above and it will help with most things on Spark People.

Anyhow, Well come back! Don't beat yourself up over one Applebee meal. Drink a bit more water with a touch of lemon.

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Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!!
I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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read your message sound like we both have the same about to lose im going to add you if its not ok please let me know. hope to chat with you soon

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Hi Everyone, im Lee first of all can someone tell me were to get the ticker tape that runs on your home page to show weight loss i cant remember how to get it.
im a soon to be 55 year old woman who is sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. i have been on Sparks for many years but made a new one this time as i feel diffrent about losing weight this time as i just feel like crap most of the time. been a week now i lost 7.5 pound first week i dont know if i feel good about that or not. i had my one cheat meal and had a cheeseburger and ff at applebees came home it ended up being 1500 for the meal. i went in to have one of there 550 cal meals but at the last sec cheeseburger jumped out of my mouth. best for me to not go out lol. i have alot of health problems and do not get any exercice really at all. i am hoping for a loss of over 10 pounds by my birthday sept 6th. its a goal i think im going to make. would like a total weight loss of 50 pounds. happy day everyone

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Awesome going BTINCHER2001. ! Great job !!

I am doing good now , the past 3 days...... and so far today it looks like it will be another great day ! I have 50 lbs. to drop off my old body !! I know I can do it .... I have did it in the past.... I just need the right mindset !!
I am thinking healthy, happy, positive, take care of me kinds of thoughts !!!! It all seems to begin in the head ( both positive and negative !!)
I need to do this mostly for my health and well as my self esteem !
For me ..... NO MORE EXUSES ... I WILL DO THIS !!

2016 healthier in body , mind and spirit ! I know how !! I JUST NEED TO DO IT !! Putting my healthy mindset , desires , wants into ACTION , by making healthy chooses in food, activity , and a positive healthy attitude . Taking care of myself for a better body, mind , spirit ! Doing all the healthy things I have learned over the years , JUST DO IT !! I appreciate all the encouragement from other Sparks members ! Thank You Sparks!


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Hi,
I'm Barb, age 65. I've been faithfully tracking my food and activities on SP for over a year. I've lost about 54 pounds, and have another 50 to lose. So I'm looking for a new group to join, where there are folks who have been at this for a while.
Basically, I make sure my calories in are less than my calories out. No fancy gimics, special food, or fads. Just basic tracking. It works for me.
I go to Jazzercise 5-6 mornings a week. I walk most evenings. On Saturday mornings I put in a 3 mile walk to finish up the week. I am wearing a Spark on my shoe. I try to stay over 7,000 steps per day.
I'm doing this for me. I sat behind a computer for 12 years, and got horribly fat and unfit. I've retired, and within 3 weeks of my last day at work, I starting to move again. My husband has a heart condition, and will need surgery in the next 4-5 years. I need to be in good shape to help him out. Plus I want to do some hiking in the Tuscany region of Italy. I've got to get myself in top condition.
My doctor is ecstatic with my progress so far. Slow and steady. All my health indicators are excellent except the weight. And it's getting better. I'm looking to drop my BMI below 30. I figure that will happen next summer. I should be dropping below 200 lbs in the next 10 days!
If you share any of these sentiments, contact me through my Spark Page.
Hugs,
Barb

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I am a 69 year old woman, wife, grandma, great grandma, sister etc. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers , I have been at my goal weight many times, but I gain it all back with emotional eating ! I am super tired of this roller coaster as I get to my goal weight and gain it all back.... I know it is also my all of nothing thinking , plus emotional eating.
When I do my healthy eating, I am also a walker , I love to walk outdoors when the weather is good . I know how to take the weight off and eat healthy and exercise ... I walk about 4 to 6 miles a day when I have my healthy mindset !!
I want to get this right !!! I want to be healthy and exercise .!! I am tired of this yoyo dieting !! So here I am at it again !!! I am want to be healthy, my health depends on it ,my self esteem depends on it !!! I want to live a healthy and long healthy life , active, without health issues !!!

2016 healthier in body , mind and spirit ! I know how !! I JUST NEED TO DO IT !! Putting my healthy mindset , desires , wants into ACTION , by making healthy chooses in food, activity , and a positive healthy attitude . Taking care of myself for a better body, mind , spirit ! Doing all the healthy things I have learned over the years , JUST DO IT !! I appreciate all the encouragement from other Sparks members ! Thank You Sparks!


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Hi Everybody!! emoticon

My mood and energy level is pretty good . It's been a week and I lost ten pounds emoticon with the first phase of the fat flush plan. One more week of this phase then on to phase 2. I have not added much exercise in the last week. Did walk two days several miles, but nothing like the gym. My goal this week is to get to the gym one day. emoticon

Reading the fat flush book helps more than any other book with the ideas in the book long term. I have been wanting something I can follow from now till death do me part. At the age of 63, I'm a bit worn out with the roller coaster of weight. emoticon

The biggest hurdle for me to get over is restless legs syndrome. The medication isn't doing it's job. I'm up some days until 3-4 am and up 12-1 pm. emoticon So I'm unable to get a sleep schedule of up at 9 am and to sleep 12 am. That's the schedule I want to create. Not making excuses, but That Is What Has Put A Wrench in the last week. I know the livett I'm using is not the cause of RLS. It's a problem for the last 20 years, but worse after chemo.

I'm trying to get to the goal of one day stregnth training emoticon and another day cardio training emoticon using zumba. But can't get it together with the crazy sleep pattern.

Sure would like to know how you all are doing. My goal is to check in once a week. Team members we can all do this and work on maintaining once we get to our target weight. emoticon I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you.

Sening Angels to all of you to help you along the way - emoticon

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I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

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Hi Cindy, Crista, and all the others on this forum!
I had BC in 2007-08. 20% of my lymph nodes removed had cancer, so I have been trying to find a safe diet for the lymph nodes. The lymphatic system rides the body of toxic waste, bacteria, heavy metals, dead cells, trapped protein and fat globules. (information from "The Fat Flush Plan" by Ann Louise Gittlema, M.S., C.N.S.). So I started her plan to flush the system of fat which also cleans out the lymph node system.I drink a lot of unsweetened cranberry juice deluted with water. It's only been 3 days and I lost 3 pounds.

Mentally I feel good about finding a plan to clean out my body. I still have 3 years on my meds for the BC and have worked tiredlessly to lose the weight. So alittle help is nice.
emoticon because it helps us feel good in the long run and look pretty good too!
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emoticon Christa Let's work together on this forum and see what ideas work for each of us and not be afraid to say"mmmm-think twice about that".

Looking forward to hearing from you all!
Chris

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I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Hi Chris and Abby! Let's work on this together!

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Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate it. I wish you every success with your goals!

"Persistence not perfection is what counts."

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Hello there, my goal is to stick to an exercise programe and to really watch the calories. Had some health issues that caused me to not be able to exercise for about 3 months. I'm back on track, starting again and taking it slow. :) Oh, I gained back almost everything I had lost in those 3 months.

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My goal is to be at 135 pounds by the age of 66 which is May, 2018. Not only at that weight but having the habits be a natural way of life. Eating small portions along with daily gym visits, at least one stregnth head to toe and one cardio a week. This may seem like small goals in the long run but I'm tired of weight issues.

I have been livetting (I'm living, not dieing, diet) for 40 years. It is getting harder for me to get motivated. I refuse to buy larger clothes sizes, so my outfits are limited. Yet I have a wealth of fun interesting age appropriate outfits calling out my name. "Chris, Chris over here. I'm brand new never worn. Chris, Chris remember the fun we had in this outfit." I actually have boxes marked extra fat clothesand fat clothes. I want to fill them again and keep them there until death do I part.

Okay, that's why I enjoy Spark People.

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Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Hi Cindy,
I learned from a wise Italian woman years ago that black licorice can help the symptoms during menopause and when my daughters were teenagers during their cycle. I cut strips of licorice into one ince pieces and had it in a jar on the counter. When a daughter had PMS I would point to the jar. Both are in their 40's now and still use small pieces of black licorice.

I can relate to the frustration of putting back a portion of the weight lost. In 2011 I lost 60 lbs. I looked and felt great. Then in May 2012 I get colon issues, nothing serious just something the doctors can't figure out. Pain pills put weight on. Finally a doctor gave me a med which worked in July. Just getting comfortable and in Oct. 2012 I get a sharp pain in the collar bone area. Back on pain pills and I would not have an appointment to see the professional doctor until 2/13. December, 2012 I end up in hospital with chest pain and at that time I complained to my doctor about my 2/13 appointment and angry at the long time to see the necessary doctor. Fortunately I had anziety and not a heart attack. Whew! Saw a doctor in early 1/13 and now I'm off pain pills. BUT up 30 pounds. Depression put an added ten, so now 40.

It's now 2015 and I have been on a roller coaster of up and down 3-4 pounds. So hand in there and be determined to do this. emoticon Look at your exercise goals the last thing before bed and first thing in the morning. And your smart to catch it at 25 pounds. Just give yourself some days during this body change fun and a pat on the back each time you exercise or eat that low cal meal.

Plus emoticon , emoticon , emoticon it's the best thing you can do during this time.

Chris

Building my bucket list and enjoying the ones I've accomplished!!!
I quit smoking and have visited 34 out of 50 states, went to Disneyland in 2014 for the first time, had African lobster in 2014, and went to second hand stores in Laguna Beach Cal.
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Dinner in 80 degree weather in Cal. For the first time.

Six weeks during March and April of 2015, I completed four times a week with a trainer. Wow! at the age of 63!



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Hi, My name is Cindy--I turn 50 in September.

Three years ago, I dropped 50 pounds and kept it off for a year. Then menopause hit and I regained 25 pounds. For me, menopause is a game-changer because the tools I used to initially lose weight are no longer effective. I'm also struggling with fatigue. I went in for a physical but they did not find a cause.

I am feeling very discouraged because not only do I want to lose the 25 pounds I regained, but the additional 15 pounds I need to lose to hit goal. My restart is small; I'm recording everything I eat. I'm committing to walking 30 minutes 4-5x a week and increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables.

As I get older, not only do I want to look good--I want to feel healthy and energetic. I am here because I do not want to go this alone and menopause brings unique challenges that are not discussed elsewhere.

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Hi, I am Christa, a 50 year old vegetarian and recovering binge eater.

My reasons are to stop being dependent on sugar and junkfood, to feel better, to heal from physical complaints so I can move with ease.

My goals are to lose - as a start - 22 lbs.
My program:
- avoid sugar and junkfood as well as I can, aiming for at least 21 days of being sugar- and binge free for now.
- Exercise (walking / biking) at least 30 minutes per day.
- Do yoga 3x per week and ST exercises (15 minutes) 5x per week
- Have a green smoothie and a salad for lunch every day.


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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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

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Do it now!

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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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5/17/15 8:13 P

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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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5/11/15 7:19 P

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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.


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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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