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Fitness Minutes: (755) Posts: 9 3/5/14 12:00 P
Hi Everyone! I am not new to Spark, but I am about to "re-new" myself and weight loss struggle. I am 62 and live in Branson West. 10 years ago, I had Gastric ByPass and lost well over 150+ pounds. As a 10 year post op, the old struggles come back and as the pounds inch back up, I renew my "plan" and bring it back down to a number I am willing to not go over. I will NOT ever go back to my old life, but every now and then, I need that "kick" to get back on the right path. I am committing myself to remain on the right path and get back to the loss that I need to strive for.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 3/2/14 9:15 A
I am 58, married, mother of 2 adult children and friend to my pet yorkie Lily. I work full time as an NP. I would like to lose about 5 stubborn lbs. I have completed exercise boot camps in the past, but I think I might be too old to push this. I run, jazzercise, work out at a gym. MCB
Posts: 2,402 2/24/14 9:26 P
I'm 60 years old & I really want to lose 30 pounds by June before I turn 61. I currently provide family childcare & prepare income taxes for a living. So this time of the year I have to work really hard to eat right & exercise.
Fitness Minutes: (260) Posts: 1 2/22/14 4:16 P
i'm 32 years old hoping to lose 20 pounds by beach season my starting weight is 155 so i have a ways to go i have four children and live in purdy mo. I'm hoping to lose weight keep off and make good friends while doing this
Posts: 465 2/3/14 10:51 A
Welcome everyone! I have recently come back too, as of January 1. I am on a new plan and doing really well. I can't believe how good I feel! I can't believe my energy level! I'm feeling on top of the world! I have a long way to go, but I just met my first goal with 20 lbs lost and I can't wait to see what the next month brings! I'm very motivated and energized! I want to help others get and stay motivated too!
"This journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Start Date: January 1, 2014
Pounds lost: 29.4
Fitness Minutes: (580) Posts: 18 1/18/14 7:24 P
Hi everyone, figured I better introduce myself before I forget again, lol. My name is Deanna (Dee) and I live in the St. Louis, Missouri region. I have one son (two if you count my significant other) and he turned 16 back in November. I'm trying to be a good example for him. He's not "fat" by any means but he is overweight and I'm encouraging him to increase his healthier habits. I have already lost a great deal of weight but still have quite a bit to go. When I first started my journey back in April of 2006, my son was 8 and I was told I wouldn't live to see his 10th birthday if I didn't do something. I weighed in at 500 pounds. April 4, 2006 my life changed forever when I had gastric bypass surgery. At first the weight just fell off then it became harder. Two years after surgery I had gotten down to 250 pounds. At that point though I realized that they operated on my stomach not my head. Since I hadn't dealt with the reasons behind the weight I began gaining weight back. I got all the way back up to 375 pounds before I decided enough was enough. I began dealing with the emotional issues behind the weight loss, concentrated on my eating and exercise, and the weight is slowly coming back off. It's much harder now that I am almost 8 years out from surgery. But with determination it is coming off. I am currently back down to 294. My ultimate goal is 185. I hope to be able to give support as well as receive it. We're all in this together!
"The reason people give up is because they focus on how far they have to go, not how far they have come!"
current weight: 294.0
Posts: 61 1/18/14 11:17 A
Good morning, Everyone! I am not a new Spark user, but I am coming back with renewed motivation. I live in Joplin, Missouri and I am a work-at-home mom. I have 1 son of my own and 2 step-children (a boy and girl). Visit my Spark Page to learn more about me or you can visit my personal blog, Constructive Shananigans at https://swanmama89.wordpress.com/.
I have not been good at keeping up with Spark teams, so I've decided to find one team to be active in, and this is it! I have new-found courage to do what must be done in order to reach my goals, no matter how small and insignificant they might seem to others. It doesn't matter what they think - ultimately, it only matters what I think and how I feel about myself. But it never hurts to have a great support system beside you to keep you on the right track!
I hope everyone has an amazing week and I look forward to knowing you all better as we journey together to a healthier lifestyle!
“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” - Abraham Lincoln swanmama89.wordpress.com
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (288) Posts: 1 1/9/14 6:35 P
Hi Everyone! I live in Columbia, MO and I am currently a veterinary student and grad student working on a Master's degree. If anyone would like to be friends, I would love the support, inspiration, motivation and expertise as I am fairly new to Sparkpeople. I would also love to return the favor too! I currently have a personal trainer once a week and love working out, but nutrition and keeping to eating right is always the hardest challenge for me! This is where I would need the most help in being successful in losing weight for good and changing my lifestyle.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday and I will see you on the message boards!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 12 1/6/14 4:18 P
Hi, I am a 53 year old male . 6 ft 460 lbs. I have had many health issues. I am at a point of if I don't make changes now, there more than likely won't be a later. I would welcome any support, help, suggestions, etc. and will be happy to give back care, concern and any support that I can.
Pounds lost: 30.0
Fitness Minutes: (221) Posts: 51 1/5/14 4:00 P
Hi I'm Amanda and I'm 22. I live in Hillsboro and we're currently dealing with A LOT of snow. I had the gastric sleeve done 3 weeks ago tomorrow so I'm hoping for smooth sailing from now on :)
current weight: 269.0
Fitness Minutes: (105) Posts: 12 1/4/14 7:26 P
Just joined and will start my journey on Monday! Gives me time to get ready as far as shopping and have this all set up on here. From around the Kirksville area.
All things are possible!
current weight: 34.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 1/3/14 3:01 A
i just heard about this site from my mom today and signed up right away! i am 19 and hope to be more healthy and fit. i live a half hour west of Saint Louis and can't wait to start this awesome journey with all my missourians!
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 1/1/14 3:31 P
I am new to this but I am going to try. I have read several articles about Spark people helping them. I live is Sedalia, MO. I am 60 and could loose 100 but would be happy with 50 Need to take care of my health.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 12/30/13 9:58 P
Hi. Newbie, but veteran at weight control programs. Need to lose close to 100 pounds, as I'm the biggest I've ever been. Can't quite believe it. Trying to change my obsessive thoughts about food as well as the behaviors. I don't think you can do one without the other. Long term, I'd like to be able to hike on our vacation to the West, at least somewhat, bend over without spreading my feet apart, wear more of the clothes in my closet, and be more excited when I look in the mirror. Husband and twin 11 year olds are terrifically supportive, non-judgemental, and so are friends. It just depends on me now. Spark looks like a great resource for support.
creative and passionate mom, library media specialist, and theatre artist
current weight: 268.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 14 12/17/13 9:06 A
Hi everyone. I am working on losing weight, and did a google search. This site came up. Best of all, it was FREE. Thought I would give it a shot since I have well over a hundred pounds to lose- not an easy task during the holiday season. But, with the support and hopefully friends I find here, it will not be impossible.
current weight: 336.0
Posts: 227 10/24/13 3:53 P
Hi, show me state people! Live in Independence. Thank you SparkPeople for keeping me motivated! LETS GO MISSOURIANS!
Pounds lost: 61.0
Posts: 111 10/6/13 6:28 P
Hello all! I have been up and down with my weight loss journey for the last few years. I got serious about it in April of this year and started out at 282.8. As of today, I am happy to say that I am down to 237.4! I am very excited. I have been blessed with a very supportive man who has also been another reason I want to get healthy. He is in the air force and we talked about getting married in the next two years and I want to wow him in my dress :) I would ultimately like to get down to 150ish and my short term goal is to be under 200 by January. I don't work out in the gym. I do videos and activities outside. I would love some helpful hints on workouts though, specifically for the tricep area. Nice to be in the group!!!
"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his/her life will be." Horace Bushnell
current weight: 235.7
Fitness Minutes: (615) Posts: 9 10/1/13 11:34 P
I'm moving my health and fitness up in priority in my life. Starting the Simple Diet as my basic plan and adding exercise. Looking forward to hearing others success and hope it will motivate and encourage my own success. Looking forward to meeting everyone here.
Enjoying the journey.
Pounds lost: 2.6
Fitness Minutes: (7,840) Posts: 647 9/29/13 12:31 P
Hi!My name is Marsha and I live in the KC area.I have struggled with losing weight for a long time.I will get started and get really motivated at first but lose that motivation soon.I have been on sparkpeople just a few months and have found so much motivation here!! I just found this Missouri team and thought AWESOME!! I am looking forward to meeting all of you on here and walking through this journey with me!!!!!
Pounds lost: 41.2
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 3 9/20/13 9:11 P
Hello, My name is Camy and I need to lose around 25 pounds. I'm tired of doing fad diets and losing the weight only to gain it back again and then some. I'm hoping to learn how to eat right and make it a life change to lose the weight and keep it off. I have to admit that I am having trouble getting motivated to start so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 9/10/13 9:19 P
Hello everyone! My name is Heather. I recently gained 30 pounds very rapidly from a bad reaction to some medication. I'm digging myself out of a pretty hefty depression from all of that and trying to get back on the health/weight loss/fitness train. It has been very difficult to do by myself. I work 40 hours a week, go to school full time, and am a full time single mom, so time for exercise is tricky. I'm hoping to get some good encouragement and support. And maybe even a workout buddy :)
Fitness Minutes: (55) Posts: 15 9/10/13 4:44 P
Hello everyone!! I am new to sparkpeople. I am here to help add in further weight loss, gain more information regarding healthy eating and fitness, and finally support. I would also like to get to know people that share in the same struggles as I do, and the power to motivate one another on this journey.
current weight: 260.4
Fitness Minutes: (422) Posts: 6 9/4/13 1:16 P
I am new to spark people. I am wanting to lose weight and get positive motivation to reach my goals!
current weight: 145.0
Fitness Minutes: (101) Posts: 179 9/1/13 2:20 P
Good afternoon team! My name is Karen, I live in the hills of S.E. Missouri, I'm new to the team I see some others have joined Missourians and would like to welcome you aboard. Now lets shed some unwanted pounds, together!
Pounds lost: 58.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 8/17/13 2:46 P
Hello, I'm new here and am looking to get back in shape. I'm looking forward to fitting back in my old clothes again! I'm gonna give it my best shot to stay motivated on stay on goal!
current weight: 325.0
Posts: 3 8/15/13 7:59 P
I am back to Spark as I had left for a while. I am turning over a new leaf in my life. I will try to be positive and keep on track! Maybe I'll find people close to walk with!!
Pounds lost: 2.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,354) Posts: 209 8/10/13 9:01 P
Hi fellow Missourians! I'm back at Spark again, knowing that the community here lifts you up and makes this journey of healthy eating and fitness possible...I'm looking forward to participating here & staying on target-for the long haul, not just until I meet my goals...glad to be here & thanks for keeping up the team page!
Fitness Minutes: (102) Posts: 1 8/7/13 8:42 P
I have batteled weight issues for as long as I can remember and with 30 approaching quicker and quicker now is the time to change my life and get it off and be a good example for my children!
current weight: 211.9
Posts: 2 8/6/13 10:57 A
Hi ya'll! I'm Shauna and I live in Chesterfield...you know, that crazy city with TWO outlet malls LOL :) I've never tried any type of support system before and I'm hoping it will add that push to keep me motivated and on track. Good luck to everyone and Go Cards!
Fitness Minutes: (2,449) Posts: 391 7/31/13 4:21 P
I rejoined this site today after having been gone for about 6 months. I have been up and down with my weight for about the last 7 years. At my highest point I weighed 250, and I started walking about 3 miles a day and I got to my lowest of 200. Then just been a yoyo ever since, so I am here again in hopes of finally reaching my goal. I know I can do it, just have to stick to the plan. I also joined a gym and the membership starts tomorrow. I am looking forward to heading to the gym each morning before work. My family consists of me, my boyfriend, and our 5 children. Three of the children live with us full, and 2 come to see us every other weekend. So sometimes feeding this many people can present challenges of eating all the right things. Any advice or tips will be helpful!
Nicole, MO. One foot in front of the other is progress.
current weight: 221.4
Fitness Minutes: (430) Posts: 7 7/21/13 8:11 A
Hello! I'm Linda. My next birthday is a BIG one and I'd like to be healthier for the next decade than I have been in the last. It's nice to have SP to help me along the path!
Blessings, Linda St. Peters, MO
Happiness is a choice.
current weight: 169.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 15 7/17/13 7:29 P
My name is Katie. Around 18 months ago I weighed 368 pounds. I've lost about 180 lbs since then, but I've reached a bit of a plateau. I rejoined SparkPeople in hopes of meeting new people and finding that motivation and drive that got me to this point! I look forward to connecting on here and losing my last 40 pounds!
I'm Laura... I've been around SparkPeople for a while but seem to have become a little lax with my good habits. So now I'm back - looking for encouragement, support, and friends.
Pounds lost: 9.0
Fitness Minutes: (30) Posts: 3 7/9/13 8:56 A
I am Kay from St Louis. Woo Hoo! I am excited to start on my journey. I look forward to meeting everyone and gaining encouragment and support.
current weight: 280.0
Posts: 188 7/6/13 10:29 A
Hi! I'm an almost 31 yr old wife and mother of a 1 year old, living in the fabulous StL. I've been on sparkpeople off and on for a couple years but after having our son, things have gotten way out of hand. I am needing to lose almost 50 lbs by Christmas-time. I've reset all my goals and am trying to get myself back on the wagon. I know I am going to need support and I hope there are some StL buddies on this team!! :)
You have to put up with the rain if you want the rainbow. -unknown
current weight: 196.0
Posts: 4,602 6/23/13 12:27 P
Hi, I am 43 living in Kansas City, Missouri. Hitting the restart button and getting back on track again.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. ~ Sydney J. Harris
Fitness Minutes: (100) Posts: 7 6/9/13 3:30 A
Hi! I'm Steph, I'm 25 and in Columbia, MO. I joined this to remotivate myself to stay on track with my goals. I went through a bad break up with my ex-fiance back in February and completely fell off the wagon I was on, and gained 10 pounds in the last few months. I'm trying to get back into healthy habits and get 50 pounds slimmer by next year at the soonest. I'm planning on rearranging my life and having a baby in about 3 years and those 3 years go by fast, so I'm getting my ducks in a row early, and that means getting fit and healthy so I can set a good example and keep up with my future kid!
current weight: 191.0
Fitness Minutes: (185) Posts: 3 5/14/13 11:03 P
Hi! My name is Susan and I am new to the team. I live in the Springfield area and I am looking for someone to walk and workout with. I have a goal to lose 40 lbs. by my 45th birthday next January. I look forward to doing this, but I have some things I have to cut out of my diet in order for that to happen.
You can never have too many friends.
current weight: 185.0
Fitness Minutes: (265) Posts: 2 5/14/13 11:28 A
My name is Vicki and I am new. I am 49 years old, a Navy veteran who now works for the Army and the children I have all have fur. I need to lose this weight so I can be healthy and happy with myself.
Pounds lost: 11.0
Posts: 2,032 5/2/13 10:17 A
I'm Nikki, and I'm happy to be here!
March Minutes: 141
Fitness Minutes: (95) Posts: 30 5/1/13 8:14 P
Hello everyone, My name is Fran. I am a 44 year old mother of 5, grandmother of 5. I have battled my weight (and lost) for the better part of 24 years, I also smoked for the last 27.
I decided this year that was going to change and bought a weight system and treadmill with our income tax return. It was very disheartening to get on the treadmill and after a few seconds I was huffing and puffing. I don't think I even made it a minute before I got down.
I got to the point I couldn't catch my breath even when sitting. I was sleeping on the couch, because I was up and down all night going to the restroom, and I couldn't breath laying down.
I finally decided to go to the doctor (stubborn me, I hate going to the doc) and we discovered that I now have Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). She sent directly to the hospital, where I spent the next 4 days flushing fluids. I lost over 20 lbs in water weight.
That was almost 1 month ago. My last cigarette was on April 4, 2013 (the day I went to the hospital). My sister sent me the spark page link and nudged me into joining. And here I am.
current weight: 280.6
Fitness Minutes: (267) Posts: 23 4/30/13 8:31 P
Hi to all,
I need to make a lifestyle change and get off the extra weight. I am planning to do that through spark people. I love all the support that is given. There is a lot to learn about the website. If you have something that has really helped you, please pass it on. Have a great week everyone.
Pounds lost: 1.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 4/21/13 11:33 A
Hello Everyone! My name is Cynthia....I live in Columbia. I just started a weight loss challenge between my sister, my best friend and myself. I hope to shed 100 lbs. It's going to be hard but with the support of my family and Husband it's do able. Our goal is to expand our family once I get to a healthy weight. Wonderful thing to look forward to :)
Edited by: CRCORT0326 at: 4/21/2013 (11:34)
Fitness Minutes: (2,664) Posts: 169 4/15/13 9:29 P
Welcome to the Missourians! It's great to have you with us. I hear a lot of energy in your introduction. That's great! I know that as a team you guys will succeed.
Glo Moving for Life
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,777) Posts: 2 4/15/13 7:22 P
Hi! My name is Morgan. My husband and I decided to get healthy as a team, which is fantastic. I'm having a lot of fun tracking meals, seeing if I can get to 8 cups of water/day, etc. Happy to be on the Missouri team!
Pounds lost: 25.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,664) Posts: 169 4/15/13 8:39 A
It sounds like you are doing great! I've just joined the community too. They are a great bunch of people. Wishing you the best with your continued success.
Glo Moving for Life
current weight: 143.0
Posts: 1 4/14/13 7:26 P
Hi all! My name is Anne & I just joined today. I've been on a "Get Healthy" journey for about 3 months now & I've lost 32 pounds so far. I've used the SparkRecipes app for years now, but never knew there was a whole community! I'm excited to be a part of it & to get to know you!
Fitness Minutes: (2,664) Posts: 169 4/12/13 8:23 P
Hello! I live in Oak Grove MO and have been here about 11 years. I've started SparkPeople because I don't want to lose anymore muscle mass, want to lose about 13 lbs. and desire to be more healthy. Already I am finding this community very helpful and am so grateful this community exists and thrives.
Glo Moving for Life
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (94,179) Posts: 4,910 4/12/13 10:25 A
gla to have you on the team ,if i can assit you just let me know .
Pounds lost: 80.0
Fitness Minutes: (14) Posts: 1 4/9/13 1:34 P
Hello, My name is Hollie Richards. I am from Otterville. I currently live in Sedalia. I am trying to lose 95 lbs.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 5 4/3/13 2:52 P
Welcome to the team, I am also a new member, but have had wonderful feedback and advise so far! I think with their support we will do well!
current weight: 217.0
Fitness Minutes: (31,121) Posts: 6,237 4/3/13 4:08 A
I hear ya. I totally changed the way I shop. I stock up on sales. I utilize my freezers. Use up produce and fruit now whereas before it was my motherly duty to buy it, but then hardly cooked at home so it got trashed. I have also found that I hardly ever go into the middle of the store. My store just moved to a new building and is all changed around, so if I do need something, I may never find it! ha.
I have also found a nice little Dutch Market store, run by Mennonites, out in the boonies. Great prices, great produce. I am finding now, that my grocery bill has actually reduced.
But I know you can do this. I have never been in the mind set of "dieting". This is just the way it is. The junk is gone. Fast food is gone. Soda and sweet tea are gone - at least from my day to day life. I just dont keep it in the house. Now that is not to say that we don't eat out once in awhile, or have birthday parties etc, but I try to keep that stuff to a minimum. If I go over on calories one day, then the next day I try to rein it back in. More salads, more veggies, etc. It all averages itself out.
Anyways......... glad you are here!
Edited by: GOPINTOS at: 4/3/2013 (04:08)
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