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9/12/14 11:26 A

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Hey there Jenn...welcome. We can do support. I have been the single mom route...stinks! Hang in there...don't let it control what goes in the pie hole!

make it a great day!!!

~steph~

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9/12/14 11:24 A

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we all were new at one time or another...I am new to these parts as well. no worries, we got this!
mmmmm Wisconsin!! I do love cheese

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~steph~

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8/20/14 7:40 P

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was wondering where everyone gets the tracking bars.


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8/15/14 9:52 P

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Thanks Kimberly! Nice to 'meet' you. Look forward to talking with you soon! Have a great weekend!

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8/15/14 7:26 P

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Welcome, it looks like we are both in the right place!


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8/15/14 7:14 P

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emoticon My name is Jennifer. I am new to SparkPeople, never been here before.
It's emoticon for me to give up emoticon for emoticon , emoticon for emoticon and emoticon for emoticon . I need all of the information, help, support, motivation, and encouragement. Single mother of 2 kids after being married for 18 years. Along with the weight I need to lose the emotional emoticon and damage inflicted upon me. I know it will not be easy, but I know it can be done. I have tried to lose weight so many times in so many ways. This has to work. I want me back. If anyone needs anything from me, just ask! I would be very emoticon to help! Let the journey begin! emoticon emoticon

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8/14/14 5:29 P

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I have been using the trackers on and off (much more off than on) for a while, but the past 3 weeks I have been really getting into the help and motivation of this site and for the first time and reaching out to the community as well. I started the free trial of sparkcoach on Monday and have found it very helpful. I really need to form healthy habits and am taking babysteps to do so. I have a huge amount of weight to lose so I am focusing on getting healthy and what's doable in small increments rather than the big picture. This board looks like the right one for me for a bit anyway, dang near 50. Hello to all, if you need some support add me as a friend and I will do my best. I wouldn't turn my head from support either. We can do this! emoticon

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7/27/14 12:59 A

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Hello!!!!

Third times a charm!!! 3rd time I've joined Spark people and I hope this is the magical time.

Its been a few years since I've been here - and unfortunately - more weight has been added.

I am now 40...from Wisconsin...with over 100 pounds to lose.

Any help...advise....support is greatly appreciated! Hope to hear from you soon.

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7/22/14 4:03 P

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Hello-

I have been back on Spark for a month. I have not found an active Spark Team that I can relate to so I am hoping to get a few more people active on this site. I am 44 pounds and have 130 pounds to lose and am from Wisconsin. I am here for support and to chat!

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7/21/14 5:29 A

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Hello! I joined SP before, but I wasn't ready like I am now...I have solid goals, been eating better, moving, added a part time job to my full time job...hard to eat when you're too busy :) I am not sure what I weigh, but I want to lose 100 pounds by this time next year. The halfway mark is my birthday in December. I'm motivated! I can't wait to get to know people and walk this journey with you all.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.

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7/20/14 10:30 A

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Hi, I'm Jenny* and I'm new. I turned 40 in December and the weight has just piled on! Clearly I need to make changes in my lifestyle, so I am starting with cutting back on my portion sizes and starting exercising by walking and wearing a pedometer. Looking for support along the way!

Jenny*
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7/2/14 9:04 A

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Greetings! I'm looking forward to being a part of this group. Based on the posts I've seen, you all seem so helpful and supportive.

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6/26/14 3:40 P

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Hello, welcome to the group,

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6/26/14 2:17 A

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Hi. I'm new here. I am glad to have a support system with people my own age and with similar weight loss goals. I just wanted to say hi to everyone and to wish us all a healthier future:)

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5/24/14 1:54 P

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Hi, I am in need of a great big push start. Can y'all give me some reasons to lose weight? Maybe something I can't argue away? I always rationalize, I don't think its very healthy.


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5/14/14 8:56 P

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Hi. I'm Christa. I'm 45 and wife and a mother. We recently moved to England from the USA for my hubby's work. I have three teenagers. Although I was overweight before I ever had my kids, I continued to put on weight. I tend to eat a lot due to stress. I crave both sweets and salt.

I will succeed.


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5/14/14 1:16 P

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Hi I am Nicky...I am new to your group, as I just turned 40 this month, but I have been coming to spark people on and off for years. I look forward to meeting more friends contribute to this spark teams success!

Never complain, never explain. No excuses. Just do it.

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." -- Buddha

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5/7/14 9:00 A

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Thank you so much! you are a total sweetheart! That is what i needed to hear! im trying its just so darn hard!

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5/6/14 11:49 P

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if you are on biggest loser - 5-20lbs. It depends how much you weigh, your activity level etc. For normal people "in the zone", exercising daily, eating at low end of calorie scale, really no more than 3lbs a week is going to come off. I won a local ymca "biggest loser" class. I lost 18lbs in 6 weeks. I pushed exercise and eating to the limits and was totally in the zone. Now that we are older there is no way to lose the weight like we used to. Our bodies are totally different. It stinks! I know exactly what you mean about losing weight with no problem at all. But now - we are in it for the LONG HAUL. Just like we put it on over a long period of time it will come off that way :( Not the news we'd like but it is possible as long as we keep pushing. emoticon

Edited by: JENIEBEENS1 at: 5/6/2014 (23:49)
Forgive yourself and move on.

Every day is a new day! Every hour is a new hour! Every minute is a new minute to start again! :) Never give up!


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5/6/14 11:43 P

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Ninergal - Have you done the calculator that gives you a calorie range to eat within? Have you been tracking everything you eat? If you are staying within the calorie range it is probably your body adapting to what is going on. I'm now on my 2nd "stall". I haven't budged weight for 2 weeks or so. This is my 2nd time. During my first stall, by the 3rd week the scale finally budged. I'm in the middle of my second "stall" and nothings moved in a couple weeks again. I think it is normal. I have such a hard time imagining how I can eat 1000 less everyday and not automatically lose weight. I guess it just doesn't work that way :(
I'm so sorry you are frustrated - totally understandable. Anyone would be - you are not alone.
DON"T GIVE UP!!!!

Forgive yourself and move on.

Every day is a new day! Every hour is a new hour! Every minute is a new minute to start again! :) Never give up!


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5/3/14 5:07 P

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so if you guys really put yourself in a zone and working out how much weight do you think we should honestly be able to lose in a week. The hard part is the age. I just cannot stand that i used to be able to do a liquid diet for 2 days and lose 5 lbs and now i cant :(

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5/2/14 5:15 P

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Hi Jen. I'm also new to Spark people, and also a "Jen." Nice to "meet" you.

I too, am nearing my highest weight ever. I hope SparkPeople works for me...I've tried other stuff but never really committed like I should have. This time I plan to surround myself with support!



Jen in SE Iowa
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4/28/14 12:42 P

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Hi Everyone! I am new and just starting this plan. Hoping to get a good streak going. I was doing pretty good at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but in the last month, my scale has been inching back up to my highest weight ever!! Need to get it going back in the other direction!! Look forward to "meeting everyone'!!

Becoming More by Becoming Less
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4/28/14 9:46 A

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That is awesome! Im just having the hardest time because I just cannot seem to lose the weight. I cut down and have not had time to exercise and no weight loss. really frustrated :(

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4/27/14 4:46 P

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Hey NinerGirl! sorry it took me a while to get back to you. yes, everything is going slow and steady with the weightloss. The key for me is tracking the food I'm eating here on sparkpeople. I am not working out right now, not normally anyways,, I am doing all of my exercise in a warm pool because of injuries due to a car accident. I do approx 2 hours per week right now. Since I've gotten the food component pretty under control I know fat will start disappearing so much faster once am able to get more exercise in.
Since it's been a couple weeks - how are you doing with everything? I hope the last 2 weeks have gone well for you. I'd love to hear back from you. (sorry if it take a little bit to reply - i have a toddler LOL). Jen emoticon

Forgive yourself and move on.

Every day is a new day! Every hour is a new hour! Every minute is a new minute to start again! :) Never give up!


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4/19/14 10:56 A

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Thank you so much! How are you doing your weight loss? Do you work out too?

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4/18/14 12:37 A

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Welcome ninergal. I'm just watching a show on the black wolf. Amazing. I am thankful for the work you do. Yes please do get to the place where you can take care of those special animals :) I'm pretty new to spark - its been 3-4 weeks. Love that everyone is so friendly and supportive. I wish you the best of luck of your journey! emoticon

Forgive yourself and move on.

Every day is a new day! Every hour is a new hour! Every minute is a new minute to start again! :) Never give up!


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4/17/14 12:20 P

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ok very very good advice thank you so much! :O)

I am a co-director for a wolf and wolfdog sanctuary so I need to get back in shape to be able to keep up with my animals :)

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4/17/14 10:51 A

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Yes, definitely don't cut too much food-wise. Even on The Biggest Loser, they comment that if the competitors try to cut corners but cutting out food or fasting, it backfires because their bodies compensate by going into starvation mode. I've also found (and have read) that if I choose one day where I "splurge" a bit (nothing too drastic, I'm not talking about bingeing out or anything) - it can fool your metabolism in a good way. I choose Sundays because that's the day my family goes out to lunch after church.

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4/17/14 10:03 A

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so definately exercise then. i read somewhere that if you cut so drastically your calories your body will starve itself and you wont lose weight. Before my 40's that was the easiest way for me to lose. Now it doesnt work :(

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4/17/14 9:34 A

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I have found that exercise really is a big part of it. I have much more success when I get out and move!

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4/17/14 9:31 A

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Hi Debbie and welcome to SparkPeople! This is my second time using it but my first time REEEALLY using it. So glad you got through the leg infection last year. How scary! I'm going to post my introduction to this group separately but I'll just say here that I'm 49 and my starting weight was 300 on February 8th. I'm now at 265 and doing pretty well. I completely understand what you're talking about - not being able to get your mind off food. It's really hard but I have found that I just try to use the obsession for good. What I mean is, I am on this website a LOT - I track EVERYTHING I eat - even if I totally blow it, which I definitely do. It is pretty sobering to have to honestly enter that I ate four Hershey bars in one day. Ugh! But just know that every day is a new day and we can start over with a clean slate. Having a good week with a nice loss is very motivating. I, myself, have SO MANY reasons to get this weight off and to get healthy. I'm sure you do as well! I am also type 2 and was starting to have so much pain from carrying t his extra weight around. I already feel better with the 35 pounds off. I had gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago -- obviously failed. I just want to do it right this time. I want to be here to watch my children get married and run around with my grandkids. I am very motivated to ride a horse again and ski again - both things that I really enjoyed when I was young. Well, I'm babbling a bit so I guess I'll mosey along. It's finally warming back up here in Illinois where I live and I'm hoping to get out on my bicycle again today! Just try to move some every day and don't worry about fixating on food - just try to make better choices, a little more/better every day and hopefully the success you have from doing so will keep you motivated. Read my blog to see how I'm doing - I definitely have hard times! We can do this! emoticon

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4/17/14 9:26 A

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hey there I am new too and sounds like I am in the right place!!! I have a lot to lose and for 4 weeks now I just cut my calories down to about 1200 a day without working and I did not lose a pound!! Is exercise a must after 40 to see results???

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4/15/14 9:08 P

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Hello all! Trying Spark for the first time hoping to lose the weight I seem to have accumulated over the last 15 years!

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4/11/14 1:03 P

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You can Do this, I am always close by, the pc if you wanna chat

Be Blessed!!!!!


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4/11/14 2:43 A

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Hi everyone. I am a newbie spark people. I am 47 years old and weigh 327 pounds. I have had type 2 for the last 13 years. Last year I got a really bad infection in my leg. I had ruptured my achilles tendon and the infection started internally. There were no outward signs of the infection as I had no open sores. I began running really high fevers for about a week, ranging from 102-104 degrees. When I had a fever I took something and my temperature went down. After doing this for a week my fever was not able to be broken with medication. I started having urinary tract infection symptoms and finally went to the doctor. This was on a Thursday. By Sunday the back of my leg was swollen and really warm to the touch. I went to the ER and ended up being admitted. My lab work was really bad. A surgeon came in that evening and it was decided that I was going to have surgery on my leg the next day. I went to surgery Monday morning and that was the last thing I remembered....except for one thing...for the next 17 days. Apparently I was so sick that after surgery I was not able to breathe on my own and ended up on a ventilator....for 17 days. This already a long story but I was in septic shock. My family was told that I probably was not going to live. Along with not being able to breathe, my kidneys were not working right and I ended up on dialysis. That was a year ago. I survived, not being able to work for two months. I did return to work after 2 months. By the grace of God I survived. Dialysis was only temporary and although I had to continue with a wound vac, eventually after a subsequent surgery for a skin graft things are back to normal.

The only bad thing about this is that I have been doing very poorly with my diabetes, Eating right and not overeating are big issues for me. Food is like crack to me...I just have to have it. I don't know what I can do to get my mind off of food. I was able to quit smoking cigarettes and stop using methamphetamines. All without treatment. Do you want to know the ironic part? Most people that smoke meth end up being really skinny, because it's like doing speed, I quit four years ago after smoking it for five years. The ironic part is that I never lost weight while doing it. None at all.

Anyway if anyone has some ideas that can help me take my mind off of wanting to eat all the time I would really appreciate it. I look forward to being in this group and hopefully this will be successful. I had contemplated gastric bypass surgery but my insurance won't cover it and I don't have the 25,000 to pay for it myself.

Debbie Stacey, my e-mail is
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4/10/14 8:43 A

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Hi !!! 358.5lbs is what I weighed in Tuesday at Doctors office. This is one day at a time for me. I tend to overdo things then I give up cause I feel like it is taking over my life then I give up. I can't do that this time. My life depends on it so I have two hours each morning set aside to blog exercise and to meet my goals then rest of day only have to blog food n exercise for the evening. Please keep me in your thoughts as I will have you in mine


Ps my goal is to lose at least 6 lbs a month

Be Blessed!!!!!


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4/7/14 1:29 P

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Hey everyone! I am a stay at home housewife right now and need to lose approx. about 155 pds. I was a WW member but due to a financial change I had to let that go for now and come back to SparkPeople cuz it's free! But the real reason is since I was let go of my job of 12 yrs and eating my stress away due to my brother being very ill, I gained a ton of weight. On top of what I was dealing with. So now I need to really get it off. I have two family members that are Type II diabetic and my dad had a major heart attack again this last November and now has congestive heart failure. So I have several strikes against me. So I am hoping that the support I get here is gonna help!! Thanks!

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Hello. My name is Briana. I am new here. Like alot of people I have tried sparkpeople before, but never really stuck with it long enough to help. I am a sahm of twin boys who just turned 8. One of my ds has type 1 Diabetes, the other one has Autism. I stay very busy taking care of them and dealing with all their stuff. I am 42 years old with type 2 diabetes. I need to loose weight so that I can be around for these kids because they are gonna need me! The next 6 months is my last stab at weight loss and if I do not loose what I want to--I plan on having weight loss surgery this fall. I really enjoy having people I can talk to and help motivate and help keep me motivated. I have a long road before me, but I will get there one step at a time!


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Hi, joined this team, hoping it will help me get back on track. I am facing the truth I am at 244 the highest ever and goal at 144 or less. I have been there before (139 and 140) after losing 90 plus pounds less than 6 years ago. I can't believe I let it all come back. Crying myself to sleep nightly over this failure. Reaching out for a couple buddies to lose it with me.






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3/28/14 6:11 A

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Hi, like a lot of others here I've tried Spark people in the past and it worked for a while. I am addicted to food, so although I can lose weight I can't keep it off. This time I don't want to survive by deprivation, that just leads to bingeing. I want to learn to change my relationship with food. My first step is going to be trying to be mindful when I eat. No mindless munching. Pay attention when I eat and enjoy it. I am 46 (almost 47) I started by weighing 290lbs. I feel like I'm 70. I know that when I eat better, I feel better. You would think that would make it easy to eat well, but my sickness doesn't make it so easy. I normally am a very private person and don't join all these teams, but as I say I'm trying to do things differently. Please join me in my journey and help me reach my goal of 150lbs. Thanks

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Hi! I'm Nikki. I was on Spark a billion years ago, but just wasn't ready, so it didn't work for me. Ok. I didn't work for me. I've rejoined, bigger than ever.
I'm tired of being tired! I'm sick of being sick! I do want to LOOK a heck of a lot better, but now, at 40 with two kiddos under 10, it's more important for me to focus on HEALTH. I want to be here for my kids as they grow up.
So, now I'm ready. No fad diets, just better food choices coupled with exercise. Up 'til now the bulk of my "exercise" was me going from the couch to the kitchen. NO MORE SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE FOR ME!

Nikki
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I'm new here. I have 100-105lbs to lose. I have been working on it this past month and have lost approx. 7 lbs so far. I'm glad there is a group to write to and read about for support and validation etc. Will check in with you all later :)

Forgive yourself and move on.

Every day is a new day! Every hour is a new hour! Every minute is a new minute to start again! :) Never give up!


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Im new to this site and I have been on it in the past but this time is different I am ready for a positive change in my life and am looking forward to my continued effort to do the right thing with regards to my health

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Hi, everybody --

I'm new here, too!!! Great to see this group has such a huge population...we're definitely not in this alone!!! emoticon

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Hi everyone,
I'm in the same age and weight scenario as TUPELOHONEY42. 42 years old, 245+ pounds, and wanting to get down to about 140, if possible. I just joined SP today, and I'm hoping the information on the site, tracking food and exercise, and receiving community support from others in similar situations will help me in achieving what feels like an impossible goal. Time to make some changes!

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3/4/14 1:53 P

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Hi Rheta,

I am new to SparkPeople too. I can totally relate to you about all this snow dragging you down!! I can't wait to actually see some grass and dirt again! My favorite form of exercise is walking in the woods on paths with my husband. Since we haven't been able to do that all winter, I decided to join the Curves a couple of miles from my house. I really enjoy it. It's a whole body toning workout in 30 minutes. I have also be contemplating whether or not to get a treadmill. I love to walk, just wondering if I would enjoy a treadmill as much? What form of exercise do you currently do?

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3/1/14 9:43 P

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Hello everyone, I am not new to spark, I joined January 2012, but have recently had a birthday that tossed me into the 40 category. Hope everyone is doing good and feeling good about their choices. And remember, the weight did not go on overnight and it will not come off overnight. Everyone falls off the wagon once in a while, don't beat yourself up, just get up, dust yourself off, and climb back on.

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Hello everyone, I am not new to spark, I joined January 2012, but have recently had a birthday that tossed me into the 40 category. Hope everyone is doing good and feeling good about their choices. And remember, the weight did not go on overnight and it will not come off overnight. Everyone falls off the wagon once in a while, don't beat yourself up, just get up, dust yourself off, and climb back on.

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2/25/14 10:00 A

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Oops, I thought I was replying to NURSECRATCHIT's post...I'll get the hang of this eventually! Sorry, everyone! ;)

Edited by: TUPELOHONEY42 at: 2/25/2014 (10:02)
We are made to persist. That is how we find out who we are. -Tobias Wolff


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2/25/14 9:59 A

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I am right there with you! Thank you so much for your words and encouragement - hearing your story helps me know I am not alone and that there are many wonderful women such as yourself out there trying and working at it and not giving up - so neither should I! Thank you!!

We are made to persist. That is how we find out who we are. -Tobias Wolff


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2/25/14 9:57 A

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Hi everyone! I am a 42 year old diabetic who has about 120 pounds to lose to be at a "healthy" weight on my Dr's chart, but am looking to only go to 140 lbs. But when you are sitting at 245+, that seems a long way to go! I lost my husband two years ago and have really struggled immensely since his death. We have two teenage daughters - one who is graduating high school this year! So my hands are very, very full. Losing weight - or even taking care of my weight - has not been a goal until my best friend since 4th grade, Melly813, really began encouraging me. Now we are both on this path, and I am hoping that I not only learn to care for myself and lose the weight I need to, but also gain some wonderful friends - all of you! It has been WONDERFUL to read what all of you are saying...it motivates me and encourages me and makes me know I am not alone! Thank you, everyone!!

We are made to persist. That is how we find out who we are. -Tobias Wolff


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2/23/14 12:17 P

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Hi All!
My name is Rheta and I am new to SparkPeople. I heard about this site from a few people I work with and decided to join because I am on a journey to improve/change my health and lifestyle, and I would like to surround myself with like minded individuals who share the same goals and struggles as I do. A solid source of support is always a good thing :)
I am a single mom of two daughters, ages 14 and 20, and I have a very stressful job (I am a nurse and I manage a Home Care agency for one of our local hospital systems), so I am always busy with taking care of other people, so sometimes the challenge is taking care of myself.
I recently went to the Dr (on 2/1/14) and found out that I have metabolic syndrome and am thisclose to being a diabetic.After seeing what can happen in long term diabetics,I decided now it is time to start REALLY taking care of myself. I started following a diabetic diet on 2/2 and counting my carbs and so far have lost 13 pounds, but I don't want to lose my motivation and/or get off track...so here I am!
I think that one of my biggest challenges will be staying motivated to exercise. I am tired of seeing all this snow where I live and hate cold weather, so I always tend to fall off the wagon and become inactive during the winter months...so any/all tips would be appreciated!


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2/23/14 9:16 A

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Hi! Im Sandra, mother of 3 with 2 at home. I am married (14 years and counting). I no longer homeschool my kids but they do attend public school at home (there is a difference). I have been with Sparkpeople on and off over the past few years, but this year I am more active and more consistent. I need to loose over 100 pounds for medical purposes and for myself. I have been overweight all my life and I seriously need to get the weight off. emoticon

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2/17/14 4:34 A

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Hi! I'm Linda! I'm not new to Spark but I haven't made myself top priority until now. My most important goal is to stick with it this time. SparkPeople is the tool that will help me reach all my goals. I will track all my fitness minutes and food and make better choices. I'm excited and hopeful!

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Hello! I'm Sheri, a homeschooling mom to 7 amazing kids. I've been on SparkPeople for 1.5 years, I think, but I'm finally taking action! 2014 is my year! My wake-up call came when I finally weighed twice what I *want* to weigh. I'm carrying another complete adult around with me! Well, SHE has got to GO! There's only room for one of us, and it's going to be ME!

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2/13/14 10:45 A

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hi guys I am 49 years old mother of three only one left at home. I am over weight and would like to loose 110 pounds. Was doing prettu good and then winter came and I got lost so looking forward to getting back on track and completing my goal

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Never, Never, Never give up!


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2/3/14 6:02 P

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hey All. So glad, and yet so sad, Im not alone, not the only one morbidly obese. But hey we are all doing what we need to about it!! Right!!

Im around 45, single white female no kids never been married. Sort of been a chunckster all my life. LOL
Started getting seriously unhealthly, sick even.... latadatada.... chest pains, easily winded, and feeling my pulse in my ears........ in bed! , and then the blood bank wouldn't take my donations anymore due to too high of hypertension.
I cant afford the medical bills or prescriptions or keep on top of any of that daily pill popping...etc. So basically I can choose to die, or ACT to LIVE!!!

I have 151 lbs in total to loose, and I've lost over 7 so far.

I've learned I'm a carbohydrate addict.
Well not exactly, I have a chemical imbalance in the brain and most "comfort foods" cause the secretion of a lot of the stuff I naturally lack.

I have to learn what to eat to maintain a normal and consistent chemical level...
so I am not overly tempted with crazy cravings for the JUNKY SUGAR FOODS that are just so bad for me.

Most all of my crap comes directly or indirectly from simply put, "BAD HABITS."
I have to relearn how to think, talk, eat, act/react, self sooth, set goals, celebrate success, and continue on forever making small smarter choice substitutions to whatever about me or my methods, ((and especially be honest about)) of whatever is not working or could get better.

That sounds so easy huh? lmao

Edited by: CAROLLYNNH007 at: 2/3/2014 (18:07)
Don't kill them, don't get rid of them, JUST FIX THEM.
Stop the devaluation of life, reduce abuse n neglect, and END the needless euthanasia of homeless animals. Practice spay or neuter of your pets and prevent unwanted births through advocating s/n in your area. Thank You!!


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Hi Everyone,

I'm Yvonne, 47 years old, mom in a his/mine/ours blended family of 5 children: 25 yo girl, 14 yo boy, 13 yo boy, 13 yo boy, and 4 yo boy.

Thin in my teens and physically active, I began gaining weight toward the end of college and have swung up and down on the scale, but overall trending upwards, until I stepped on the scale almost 2 wks ago and was actually shocked by where I found myself, wanting to lose 131 lbs. This follows having lost 30+ lbs 1 1/2 years ago and gaining all of it back plus another 16. Okay, enough!

I want to be healthier. I can still get around OK, but I find my body is stiffer and has more aches than I'd like. Additionally, I want to be around for my children (of the ones mentioned above, I am the mother of 2 boys, 13 and 4 years old). My 4 year old son has Down syndrome, and while I have high hopes for and am optimistic about his future, I also realize I want to be around as long as I can to be of help and support to him.

Weight/size, per se, isn't as much the issue or motivator for me (although it would be nice to be more fit and thinner again, I don't deny that). I was never one who felt ashamed of my size, and I still feel attractive overall (just not in a swimsuit!). But I do want to be healthier, for myself first, and for my family, to set a good example for my children and to live more in line with the values we hold and the knowledge we have about the effects of poor dietary and exercise habits on weight. I should mention I am the only overweight person in my family. That makes it tough!

I'm fortunate in that we already have pretty healthy base nutritional habits (no refined grains, very little sugar, fish and fowl for meat, lots of veg, etc.-- unhealthy snacks/choices are my downfall nutritionally,coupled with lack of activity). And my employer allows a 30-minute wellness walk 3X per week during work hours, so that's a great help with getting a brisk walk in.

I've tried to implement lasting lifestyle improvements before, and I have obviously failed. What will make it different this time? Only I can make it different. I have to take it a day at a time, and keep at it every day. I am about 11 days into my program, and feeling pretty pumped right now, and I challenge myself not to lose motivation and hope a few months into it, and to have the consistency, willpower, and discipline to stick with it. For life.


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Welcome, i'm also new here and this place looks like a great place for encouragement, venting, and new ideas. Good luck!

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