SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard A support group for those who wish to lower their cholesterol levels and maintain healthy numbers. SparkPeople Cholesterol Support Team Messageboard Hard numbers Several years back the doctor appointment conversation went to weight. The doctor said that adults should not be heavier with age, that they should maintain their high school weight. Body weight is the root cause of cholesterol concerns for at least half of us, I am sure. For some reason we think that we can beat the cholesterol issue with special foods. But are we trying for a bmi of 23? Probably not. I am just saying that to some degree if you are not willing to cut your calories drasticall... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 11:35:22 EST Hi to the Spark Community I would like to introduce myself, my name is Karen and my goal is to lose 33 pounds by January but I hope to lose these before December. I have already lost 5 pounds since the beginning of April but realize it is definitely my diet and portion size that I am struggling with , so hopefully I can learn how to monitor calories etc. I have never understood how to calorie count so its going to be a new learning tool. Looking forward to your success stories and techniques..thanks Wed, 29 May 2019 22:10:29 EST henry 70 arthritis has let up.back rto waking off winter weight.feels good out in the the heat Mon, 27 May 2019 12:09:00 EST Low calories low cholesterol I take 2 mg of livalo for high cholesterol. My triglycerides are fine. I am struggling to lose weight always and do stay active most days. My best cholesterol numbers were with more statin (4 mg) and eating 1300 calories a day or so. It's hard to eat that low calorie long term. I try to burn 400 calories or more a day through workouts and aim for 1600 to 2000 calories a day total. Every day is a battle. Sun, 26 May 2019 21:56:20 EST new here After my recent physical and my blood work coming back great except my cholesterol level being like 267... I reset my SP goals and it put me in this group. <BR> <BR> I feel as keto raised my cholesterol levels... because that's the only thing that changed between physicals. I lost weight don't get me wrong.. but obviously it's not for me. <BR> <BR> So I'm back to doing the low fat low cholesterol thing... which is fine... I need to lose weight and get healthy.. and these test results defi... Wed, 15 May 2019 12:11:18 EST Here we go again Hi, My name is Tawny and I am 53 and struggling with my weight. I am in need of an accountability buddy. My family members are not willing to hold me accountable for my bad eating habits or my lack of weight loss. I am looking for someone who will be my coach or weight loss advisor. Basically I am looking for a person that is going through the same issues as myself, who is willing to give me 5 minutes a day in text or email to talk about the accomplishments or failures of the day. I am h... Tue, 7 May 2019 11:32:25 EST Spark For The Third Time Such a great forum for weight loss help. I was looking at pictures from years past and I was consistently on the "chunky" side. This is the impetus to get on the road to weight loss. I will seek Spark's help with nutrition guidance and community help. On the road to being "unchunky." Thu, 2 May 2019 12:07:33 EST Expensive but no side effects I take a statin from Japan called Livalo. It has no generic yet but it also has no side effects for me. Just sharing. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 06:16:42 EST Lab results-advice Cholesterol Level 3/18/2019 256 mg/dl <BR> LDL Cholesterol Level 3/18/2019 158 mg/dl <BR> HDL Cholesterol Level 3/18/2019 60 mg/dl <BR> Triglyceride Level 3/18/2019 0 mg/dl <BR> <BR> I am guessing they just didn't input the triglyeride level? Anyway, dr said I am blessed with good amounts of good cholesterol and elevated bad cholesterol. I declined medication at this point, can I fix this with diet? Tue, 2 Apr 2019 08:57:19 EST 56 years old in a 66 year old body Hello everyone! I'm back! I was a member over 10 years ago and lost 31 pound! I need to lose between 10 and 12 now. But more important then that...I need to feel alive! I don't want to feel like I'm living in a body 10 years my senior. I want to be an active Grandmother and be able to hike with my husband again this summer! <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2019 08:03:18 EST What Did You Have For Lunch This Aft Spinach salad with pine nuts and raspberries, olive oil &amp; balsamic vinegar dressing. Black coffee. Lemon water. I'm on the "Fast-Track" plan because my total cholesterol is a whopping, death-defying 300. I have 3 months to get it down or go on meds. Wed, 6 Mar 2019 16:16:30 EST What Did You Eat For Breakfast This Morn? Oatmeal with chia, cinnamon, stevia, and blueberries. Black Coffee. Flax seed in glass of water. Wed, 6 Mar 2019 11:00:05 EST Just gettng started I will be 72 in May. Ever since I retired in 2016 I have let myself go. Now I am ready to get healthy again. Need all the good vibes I can get. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:07:43 EST Hi, my name is Lisa I have a food addiction, more specifically, sugar addiction. I am ready to give up. I have for years kept track of weight and sometimes (not often enough) tracked my food on this site, but keep doing that without any success of actually losing weight/improving my health. I am diabetic and in this last year been diagnosed bulimic. My weight has gone up instead of down the last few months. My cholesterol is high. I have never posted here before and thought maybe if I had a few friends I might h... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:35:36 EST Back at the starting line Looking for Atkins group...Starting back on it,which before seemed to work Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:31:45 EST Hello Hi, I joined Sparkpeople today. I don't really know what I am doing yet. I have been overweight most of my life. I have several health problems and I want to make a change. I hope this will help me reach my goals. I have 2 sons age 25 and 18. My 25 year old is in the Navy and my 18 year old is away at college. I am adjusting to being an empty nester and know it is time I focused on my health (way past time!) My husband needs to lose weight as well. He is starting to have health problems a... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:50:50 EST Tikki_Tikki My name is Darla, Tikki-Tikki is just a charter I created on a game . I am 308 pounds, and want to/ have to loose 100 or so pounds in order to have both of my knees operated on; they are bone on bone . My weight is crippling me, and I am tired of being like this. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:11:47 EST Hi, I'm Rachael First of all, let me tell you that I know this program works. I've done it successfully before. However, several life changing injuries and surgeries mean that I can't approach taking care of myself the way I used to. I'm no longer able to cardio dance, walk for more than 6 blocks, or play. And I have been grieving that. I have been ANGRY about that. But, I'm also thankful to even be alive..... Today, I've realized I just have to deal with the new me, find ways to get my blood sugars un... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:39:59 EST Overwhlemed I am back after, well, I don't know how many years. One of the reasons I left SP was that I was overwhelmed by trying to keep track of everything. Now, looking at all the categories, message boards, and things to keep track of, I have that feeling again. I need the interaction and encouragement, but I want to enjoy my life, not spend it in front of the computer tracking every moment of my day. And there is so much to go through, just to get started again. Any suggestions to simplify the proce... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:35:02 EST New to the group Hi! I'm new to the group (although not to SparkPeople). I have always sat mourning my weight but never truly committed to doing anything about it. However, I'm starting to figure out - in the front of my brain - that I don't want the healthy issues my parents struggle with because they didn't take care of themselves like I'm not taking care of myself. I am finally acknowledged what my doctor told me about my high cholesterol and hoping I can change the course before she puts me on the med... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:10:48 EST New & Intimidated Hey, I'm Kayla &amp; just got told by the doc that my LDL is getting a little high (3.7) &amp; that I'm not pre-diabetic, but on my way... So now I need to find a way to get my LDL down. Part of that is I know I need to lose weight. I'm almost 31 years old (this month), 5'3 1/4", 202.7lbs. I know I need to be more active &amp; need to cut down portion sizes. I'm sure there's also food I should cut back on eating (or possibly cut out altogether) Thu, 2 Aug 2018 19:24:38 EST New here, please be nice Some recent health scares have me thinking about my life more seriously. My blood pressure and blood sugar are great, but a lifetime of indulgent eating has caught up with me: my cholesterol is high enough that I'll need to go on medication soon if it can't be brought down another way. What's more, exercise has become a lot more challenging lately. I am dealing with a constellation of shoulder and leg problems, some of which have not yet been explained. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:05:30 EST Just diagnosed with diabetes Although I am a Sparkler I was just diagnosed with diabetes and now have joined Living with <BR> diabetes. I also have fibromyalgia, Stage 3 chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure and my cholesterol has risen, despite taking 5 mg. Of Lipitorr nighlly. My challenge is to find a dietary lifestyle that takes all these restrictions into consideration. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 12:03:02 EST Hello! I'm new to this group My name is Cherise! <BR> <BR> I am 41 and have been struggling with my cholesterol for 3 years now. My doctor is working with me to stay med free if I can. Currently my LDL numbers are high and i am also prediabetic. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by being here, I can get these numbers under control and get back to a healthier me.. Fri, 1 Jun 2018 16:27:05 EST New comer Good morning, my name is Mattie. I am 51 and I quit smoking a year and 2 months now. I have gained 20 pounds in the process. Although I had already been overweight before i quit, 20 more pounds feels like 100. My physician said that I was in the pre-diabetic stage and my cholesterol was slightly high. I can't find the motivation to start. I need a meal plan that I like. I grew up on high sodium and fatty foods and I need to break this generational curse. Tue, 22 May 2018 07:58:41 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:46 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Hi There I am not sure if my high cholesterol is genetic or hereditary. My parents both had high cholesterol, but I have aunts and uncles who changed their life styles and lowered it. I do not like taking meds (though I do), but am going to make an attempt to change the diet to see if that will get me off the meds. I recently changed to vegetarian (exceptions - fish and egg whites) and want to start tracking my foods. I did not eat all that bad before and am not overweight. I intend to read some... Sun, 13 May 2018 16:54:30 EST New Hi. Not sure if I am doing this right. I am new here. my lab results today and I am seriously motivated to make some changes. <BR> <BR> Cholesterol-317 <BR> HDL-51 <BR> LDL-216 <BR> Triglycerides-248 <BR> <BR> Heavy sigh......I don't even know where to start. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 May 2018 21:36:20 EST Can we lower cholesterol through diet? In Dec 2017, I cut out milk, breads/pita and eggs &amp; milk. I also started to use more flax and added chia seeds. My weight has been steady at around 150. (Male, age 66) <BR> <BR> Apr 20th, I had another lab test as my doctor wanted to put me on statins for my 'high' cholesterol, but I had told him let's repeat test in 3 months. <BR> <BR> My cholesterol has been dropping very slowly but steadily since 2015 as per chart below. Notice the significant decrease of 77 points or 13% between J... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 13:39:26 EST I'm ready! Today is day one here at Spark People. I'm impressed with the variety of support, ideas, recipes and suggestions to keep on track. I lost thirty pounds last year and have gained 20 back during the winter and spring (bad weather, bad excuses). <BR> Happy to be here! Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:28:30 EST Hey Everyone! Hi everyone I am back but this time I have to make good changes! My cholesterol was 267 in October and the Doctor was very concerned which made me very concerned! Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:22:08 EST Going on Crestor Well, I had a bad score on my calcium score - after bad LDL result - so dr recommends appt with cardiologist and stress test. In the meantime, Crestor 5 mg per day. Boo! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:42:32 EST Hi from West Texas Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm a 49 year old living in West Texas. Statins have given me some negative side effects so I'm working hard to control my numbers with diet. Next blood work should be next month so I'm excited to see if I'm nudging the needle with my changes. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:39:37 EST New Here From Georgia Hi, I ‘m Marla and I joined SP last week. I have had borderline cholesterol numbers for years and last year (results late March) showed my LDL jumped from 109 to 147. My HDL is good at 77, but my total is 249! My triglycerides jumped from 49 to 126! So....PCP is recommending Mediterranean Diet. I’m trying to eat whole foods plant based and recording everything I eat. I am looking forward to reading through the posts - I have a lot to learn. Re-check is in September; my goal is to stay ... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:56:00 EST Lipid+panel +results%2E %0D%0ACHOLESTEROL%09249+mg%2FdL%3C200+mg%2<BR>FdL%2DHigh%0D%0ATRIGLYCERIDES%0964+mg%<BR>2FdL%09+%3C150+mg%2FdL%09%0D%0AHDL+CHO<BR>LEST%0967+mg%2FdL%09+%3E40+mg%2FdL%09%<BR>0D%0ALDL%09+++++++++++++++++++++++169+<BR>mg%2FdL+%3C130+mg%2FdL%2DHigh%0D%0AVLD<BR>L%09+++++++++++++++13+mg%2FdL%09+++10+<BR>%2D+50+mg%2FdL%09%0D%0ACHOL%2FHDL+RATI<BR>O%093%2E7++%09++++++++++++0%2E0+%2D+4%<BR>2E4%09%0D%0ANON%2DHDL+CHOLE+182+mg%2Fd<BR>L+%3C130+mg%2FdL%2DHigh%0D%0AAge%2D52%<BR>0D%0AFemale%0D%0A5%274%0D%0A153... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 09:05:15 EST Question about Simvistatin The last few times I have gone in for blood tests, my LDL's have been high, HDL's slightly low. It's a little tricky because it's hard to get my thyroid under control and when thyroid hormones are low, the cholesterol is bad. <BR> <BR> I've been on Simvastatin for about 10-12 years. Unless my thyroid is out of wack, this medication has taken care of my cholesterol problem (even though what I really need to do is lose weight). <BR> <BR> However, I have been taking it in the morning! <BR> ... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:02:57 EST Taking Care of Me I have been taking care of everyone around me, but now I need to learn how to take care of me. Diabetes is giving me a hard time right now and my cholesterol is up. I have made quite a few changes, but no success. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:35:04 EST Excited to be here! I am so glad to be here!! I am excited and optimistic about what SparkPeople is going to help me accomplish in the next few months and beyond! Although I do not have a lot of weight to lose, it is stubborn weight recently gained in midlife. I want to reverse the trend I see on the scale and I want to develop healthy habits that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I think that this can be a powerful tool for me! Fri, 9 Mar 2018 22:36:26 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:15 EST Julius here from California My name is Julius from Anaheim, California. I am a promotional consutant I love to walk. I do meditation and love to bike. I have a pre-hypertension. Just doing some diet. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:59:20 EST Hello&#128522; I'm new to this site. My name is Penny and I really need to shed some weight. For the last year I've followed THM and although I feel healthier I'm not losing weight. I'm thinking of trying the KetoDiet. Would love to have a sharing community to help me through this process. I'm 63 years young and M very busy with grandchildren. So would love to support all of you. Thanks! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:31 EST Low Carb Nutritional Goals? Hey everyone, <BR> New to the group :) <BR> <BR> I had my annual physical done and found out I have high cholesterol. My LDL is high, my HDL is low. I'm guessing many of you are experiencing the same thing. Well, my doctor told me she wanted me to go on a low carb diet, and to be careful to select healthier carbs when I am eating them. I am totally willing to do this, but she never gave me any specifications on where my carb level should be. I'd like to adjust my spark nutritional goals to r... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:00:04 EST Trying to get in shape after 2 knee replacements Good morning! I came across this site and decided to give it a go! I've been overweight and out of shape for years. In the past 5 months I got two new knees, which I had put off doing for far too long. I'm in the process of rehabbing, and it's time to get in shape and lose some weight! I do the majority of the cooking in our household, which includes my husband, my son and grandson. Though we eat pretty wel,l I am looking for easy healthy meals and snacks. I also need a better, low impact wor... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:08:28 EST Dee Dee big goal is getting in shape for hiking. I love being outside with my dog Ozzie and she loves to take walks. Looking forward to a big trip planned this spring. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:27 EST Hello My Name Is DJ, My Goal Is To Loose 60 Pounds My goal is to loose 60 pounds. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:22:15 EST need help! I have HBP ,on meds that worked for a while but now don't seem to be working ,Doc. said at last visit she said The Dash way of eating would help, just can't seem to get started can't get the to that place .Thanks Sun, 7 Jan 2018 19:42:37 EST I am new here and this is a HUGE webpage.... Hello, my name is Linda. First I am a born again Christian and Jesus is first in my life. :) I am a 62 year old mother of 2 grown sons, Michael 33, who is an OTR flatbed trucker and Troy 29 who is still working on a career. I was married once for 9 years and have been divorced for 24 years. I have three precious grandchildren, Lane 12, who is the light of my life, Gabriel who is 2 (but I have never seen) and Alexis who will be two in February. Lane and Gabriel belong to Michael and Alexi... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 15:48:41 EST Hi All Well, giving Spark People a try since I saw it was recommended for what I am going to be doing. I have a lot of health issues (like I'm sure many people do), but basically, I am insulin resistant, leptin resistant (genetically, not due to being insulin resistant), I have the mutation of the MTHFR gene so I don't process B vitamins, low adiponectin, and low vitamin D. I have been working with a functional medicine doctor and a dietitian for the past year and with the recent diagnosis of low ad... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:34:23 EST old nutrabolic/formu 3 person did these in the 90's and lost over 50 lbs. much younger then and more active but they worked for me. I need a strict plan to follow- I am not good at counting calories or "just eat 1000 calories a day". I need a food plan I can strictly follow- also as a single person I don't and cannot eat a large variety of food as it will go bad too quickly. I am an administrative assistant for the fed gov and on my feet 85% of the day but tend to also be an emotional eater and work is not pleasant. s... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:43:58 EST stuck stuck stuck I am a 75 year old lady who has struggled with weight all my life. When I was 30, I lost 100 pounds, from 228 to 128. Over the next 30 years, pounds snuck back on, topping at 226 in 2014. I am now "down" to 175, and so stuck, fighting to not gain a pound. I lost two close family members in the last few years, and occasionally depression grabs me for a few days, but that is improving rapidly. <BR> I am as active as I can be, I have in my back and Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:14 EST My doc wants me to start statins! 65 yr old male, 150 lb, BMI of 22. I try to get an average of 45 minutes of moderate exercise/day. <BR> <BR> My Sept 2017 results Tot Chol 239, Tri 61, LDL 154, HDL 73 (tot Chol/HDL 3.3 'normal' I think) (yr 2015 Tri was 76 &amp; LDL was 168, I must be doing something right?) <BR> <BR> My doctor says although my risk of CHD is low, I will get some benefits by starting statins. I promised to re-do test in 3 months time. <BR> <BR> I don't think I need to start on cholesterol meds, what do ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:35:20 EST hello I'm a newbie My handle is livelygirl2 ( Sue ). I've been here on Spark since 2011 . <BR> <BR> I don't have certain risk factors such as diabetes, weight issue, smoking, drinking, little activity, high blood pressure... I guess that's why this doctor of 3 years didn't read me the riot act and get in my face. <BR> <BR> I know I still have to get back on track ( our mom just passed ). I also know the stuff he printed out for me to do , wouldn't do alot, because I have been doing those things for decade... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:34:48 EST Newly diagnosed with diabetes Just looking for new ways to live with major diseases. Hoping to find encouragement and support through others who are experiencing the same thing. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:18 EST Colleen C I have been on many diets and now it is difficult to choose one that will work for me. It is hard for me to stay motivated. <BR> I just recently retired, I was in the Easter Seals program for Seniors and I reached the duration limit of 4 years with them. My last position with them was working with the Clothing Closet. All the clothes are free and the clients could come in twice a month and get up to 25 items. So I got to know a lot of people in the community and I miss that. The clients are... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:26 EST fresh start Need to find the motivation to stay in a healthy lifestyle I have such a sugar addiction smart enough to know what I have to do just need the push to follow through. Hoping to find that all here, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:07:19 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:47 EST HI my name is Frances I hear to lose 30 pounds I gained due too health issues. As per the MD I cleared to go and workout and eat different foods any feedback would be great. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 14:10:46 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself! I've been on WW but thought I would try this instead! Do you like it? :) Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:31:06 EST New to team <em>524</em> my name is Linda new to this cholesterol thing I've put this off for a long time my recent hospital stay was my wake up call. So I'm now on cholesterol medicine and blood pressure medication. Not new to SP though I have an old spark page I figured I needed to start a new looking forward to getting to know you all Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:01:41 EST hello, my name is anne with an E Hi, I am picking myself off the ground and getting healthy after getting some scary news from my doctor. I used to be very active and outdoorsy and ate mostly healthy. Then I put myself on the backburner while seeing to the needs of several special needs kids. I learned to ask for help with all of that and wanted to work on myself. Now, I HAVE to work on me and get into the mindset that it is okay to set aside time to work on me and find balance. I will poke around the site but wanted to get ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:46:45 EST Test results Bad cholesterol, 140 &amp;#128577; It's a new day to lower it! Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:21:13 EST hulagrl, Aloha! I need to get on a program that will help me lose weight. But what's more important is I am a diabetic, have high blood pressure, kidney problems, and thyroid problems. Having a hard time getting started. I just want to feel better and get in control of my life. Mahalo Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:11:49 EST natural options I don't like to take medication, so any natural option for me? Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:09:46 EST Support I am currently unable to exercise because I just had a knee replacement on the 10th of July. I need motivation to get me by until I'm able to start riding my bike again. I love to bowl and that is my inspiration to get back to. I have been using spark people since 6/28/17 and I've changed the way I eat and track everything that goes into my mouth. I had to admit when I got on the scale last Wednesday I had lost 16 pounds. My goal is to lose 75 pounds. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:31:58 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Introduction Hello, my name is Joy. I'm looking for natural remedies for lowering bad raising good numbers. Any ideas? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:03:55 EST jo Anne starting a challenge if I can only get a diet plan with meal suggestions <BR> Can anyone direct me?? Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:15:26 EST Is premium membership worth the cost? I've been using Sparkpeople off and on for quite a few years. Getting back to it now and wondering if anyone can shout out their opinions of whether the $30 premium membership is worth it. No way to preview without adds and see whatever else it gets you. Let me know. Thanks! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:33:37 EST Carrots Try cooked carrots with rosemary and just a touch of real butter. YUMMY!! Also cooked carrots are better for your tummy than raw. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:48:08 EST Discouraged Saw the dr. yesterday and found out that simvastatin is not completely controlling my cholesterol and it is still too high. Also found out that the diuretic I was taking for my BP is not lowering it enough. To make matters worse, my blood sugar was a little elevated back in April. The good news is that (blood sugar) is based on April blood work and my diet has changed since then so maybe it will be OK. She (the doc) says I should feel hopeful b/c all these new problems--BP, cholesterol, blood... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:07:10 EST Intro Hi! My name is Tina (or Nana to people 20 and under- giggle). My dr. and I disagree on whether I should be on cholesterol meds or not. I have reacted to them before and choose not to go that route again. I set out (20+ pounds ago) to prove to her that I could lower mine without meds. So far so good! Fri, 9 Jun 2017 15:23:14 EST Grouping Foods I am having trouble setting up a new group of foods. I try to follow the steps but can not get to Step 2. I enter the foods I want then I do not see a step 2 button. Directions say to hit the "close" button" I do not see one so I "x" out which closes all that I entered. Do I need an upgrade or something? Wed, 31 May 2017 07:38:33 EST Ideas for raising HDL? I've been able to lower my total from 304 to 213. But my HDL has only gone up from 40 to 45. I eat 1/2 an avocado a day, have 1.5 ounces of almonds daily, use EV olive oil as my only oil and take fish oil pills in the AM and PM with DHA/EPA ratio of 3:1. Any other ideas diet or supplement for raising HDL? Thu, 18 May 2017 23:14:38 EST New and Lost Although I signed up several weeks ago, I'm just getting started exploring the board. Mostly I felt I had to wait until the end of a very difficult semester to take on anything new. I had a lot of success with Weight Watchers years ago but when I joined again, I found that they have eliminated the discussion boards--the number one reason for my prior success. I've been working on becoming more active and served recently completed Walk Across Texas (although I substituted aqua-jogging and yard... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:47:46 EST Living Life at 64 Over the past two years I have lost 60pounds. I was I'm bad health prior to losing weight. Life is better now, but my doctors want more weight loss and I need a support team. I do go to the gym but I have not gone all week. I am only 4 feet eleven inches tall with arthritis. I am happy to have found you guys. Sat, 6 May 2017 00:34:18 EST Flaxseed Meal or Whole? I have been buying ground flaxseed ("meal") but am reading now It's better to buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself. Any thoughts on this? Wed, 3 May 2017 10:00:03 EST Anyone use Cholestoff? Anyone using this OTC cholesterol-reducer? I've seen great reviews on Amazon for it. Would like to see some validation or non-validation whatever the truth is. Please include before/after results if applicable. Thanks. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:02:09 EST Hi to my fellow lipid-ch allenged friends! Hi Gang, <BR> <BR> Joined Spark last week as a resource for information and tracking my nutrition. I am 54 years old and am refusing my docs orders to go on statins. I have read too many bad things about their side effects. Moreover, I have read books that seem to prove that SUGAR is the real culprit not fat. So I am really managing my carb and sugar intake and boosting my proteins. In any case, my first week I lost 14 pounds, which is rather absurd given that I am overweight but not enough ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:17:15 EST Hi, I'm Paula. Not very successful losing weight.. Well, I'm here trying again and wanting to do it by healthy eating and cutting down on how much I eat. I'm a compulsive stress eater, ugh. I'm an insulin and pills diabetic type 2. Gotta change my life style or it's not gonna be good. I'm an old crone and I want to live many more years... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:24:58 EST Hi! I'm Alex! Hi everyone, I'm Alex (cometkazi). I've been up and down losing weight (lose 20 pounds, gain it back, again and again) and I'm really sick of it. I've been overweight since middle school- I blame it on not being coordinated enough for sports and high doses of Abilify and Prozac. But at this point, I'm tired and scared. My cholesterol is through the roof, and though my doctor is trying to wean me off of the Abilify, I'm not sure if it will work, and if it doesn't, what then? My point is, I'm h... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:08:16 EST Trying this again... Hello I am going to try this again. My goal is to become more fit and healthy for the long haul. I have already started working out, watching portion sizes, and using Whey Protein with milk. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:26 EST Ready to change. I recently turned 48 and realized that I had wasted a lot of time when it comes to myself. When I reflect back to the person that went to the gym between 3 - 5 times a week, I wonder how I could end up in such bad shape. Life threw some sharp punches my way and knocked me down. I know that I have to get up and punch back so I can take myself back. I know I'll never be the person that I was in my prime, so many years ago, but I can be better than who I am today. I am ready for this next chapte... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:03:55 EST Sue Bee Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Hi! I just joined today. I need to lose 65 lbs. and at age 63 it's fighting me every step of the way! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:15:40 EST Pat101 Hi! My name is Pat. I am 70 years old, soon to be 71 March 18. I am female. I am in a power wheel chair. I cannot walk, due to an auto accident in 1967. I have several medical conditions wrong with me. I have, Asthma, rhinitis, I am a diabetic type 2, I have hypo-theroidism ,diverticulosis, acid reflux, congestive heart failure, osteo-arthritice, gout, fiberomyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, kidney(cronic renal insufficiency) and sleep apnea. I weigh about 315 lbs.... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:17:19 EST New Member Hi, my name is Dollie Wagner. I am new to Spark. I am 22 years old, and struggling with obesity. I have a 1 year old son, and I am newly married. I have always been overweight, and I have let food take over my life. Growing up, if I was upset I would eat. When I was bored or we were celebrating I would eat. I am 200 ibs today. This is my first day to Spark. My son is my biggest motivation for wanting to loose weight. I want to be, able to be around for him. In general I would just like to be ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:27:29 EST Hello Everyone :) I rejoined Spark People a few days ago to help me stay on track with healthy eating. I'm having trouble keeping triglycerides numbers down and have been on Pravistatin for some time. I believe I'm having side effects and would love to go off of the statin to see if that is the cause. Being able to track food definitely helps me to see patterns in my food choices and helps me to choose foods mindfully. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:11:21 EST Change is coming! My high cholesterol is hereditary and I am on meds. I am trying to eat healthier and stay within the points on this one. It is a struggle. In the past I gave up all that I enjoyed to help with cholesterol but harder to do the older I get. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:35:14 EST I really want to do this! Hi, I was in a car accident 18 yrs ago and gained 90 lbs.u I don't motve well. I tend to focus on what I can't do rather than what I can. . I can do light exercise and ride a bike. Would love to get myself back in the pool. Joined Spark People for help and support Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:48:50 EST Now or Never 2017 Hi I'm Joyce from South Florida and I have to get healthy beginning NOW. No better time than now for me to get it right by eating healthy with small portions and get back to the gym at 4am. In 2018 I will turn fifty and my doctors are always telling me to loose weight. I have to focus on the never, Never give up, Never let something stop me. So it is now or never for me. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:34:53 EST newbie I am new and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I have a bad back and legs and on oxygen so it is hard to exercise <BR> I have quite a bit to lose and I am hoping it will help my other problems if I can stick to this <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:26:48 EST DietQuitter Hi~ Starting over AGAIN! Last year I joined Weight Watchers online and loved it, but it cost about $50/month. This SparkPeople website is much friendlier and it is free! I lost over 20 lbs in 5 months last year, but gained most of it back after I stopped tracking my food! So, I KNOW what I need to do! I just need to keep on doing it now! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:28:19 EST Returning to Spark again So... I've been a member for some while. I've been on and off since. Now I've received the news no one likes to hear and I have to do something about it. I've been put on a statin,I have to exercise more, and eat less of what I'm already eating. Good news is my triglycerides are down! But my cholesterol is high (234) and my LDL is high (162). This is scary news for me, I'm too young to have this kind of issues. My food intake isn't all that bad and I rarely eat outside the home. I pre... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:16:25 EST New OK so I'm new to Sparkpeople and to having high cholesterol. I actually came here due to a friend's suggestion and to help me manage my high cholesterol. I'm using the diet created by Sparkpeople, and am bored already. But I'm am accustomed to high fat, high sugar so that's to be expected. <BR> My biggest hurdle at the moment is my family. They can't stand the meals I"m making YET 3 of us are obese, the 2 younger ones are too active to be obese. I feel like I'm creating unhealth in the famil... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:37:15 EST Hi, I am Charolette and a new member. I would like to join today because I just found Sparkpeople and the Reflux blog. I need ya'll. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:23:05 EST Hi There! I am 55 years old and want to lose weight. I need support from new friends I hope to meet here. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 04:01:24 EST Statins Good morning, I am new to Spark. I am on Pravastatin 20 mg and want to get off of it. Does anyone out there taking it suffer from forgetfulness, aches and pain? I thought about tumeric, fish oil , diet change and exercise. I'm 53 but feel like I'm 100 sometimes. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:58:48 EST Bettys girls Hi I'm Betty decided to join Sparks because have huge health issues and can't go to gym or do strenuous exercise but need to lose weight badly.I thought with support I could at least try. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:42:39 EST Tests 11/30/2016 Better than I had feared: <BR> <BR> Total cholesterol 201 <BR> LDL 129 <BR> HDL 49 <BR> Triglycerides 114 <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:24:11 EST In a funk, time for big change! Hello all, I'm about to be 50, gained 30 lbs in last 2.5 yrs, was just diagnosed with high cholesterol AND prediabetes - a HUGE wake-up call. So, here I am. One thing I've always lacked when dieting in the past was accountability, so hopefully this will be just what I need. And timing must be right (I pray) because I have passed up all sweets and desserts since my diagnosis 7 days ago! (It helped that I bought desserts I just don't like for Thanksgiving!) Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:21:32 EST New to Spark People Hello my name is Evelyn. I'm new to spark people I was recommended by my grand daughter. Looking into getting different recipe ideas for a better diet. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:37:07 EST Help Hi, again.. My name is Bonnie and i use to belong here a very long time ago, now i am back for another try. I really need to loose weight for health reasons. Be stern with me and honest, and maybe i can do it this time. Thank you. <BR> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:45 EST Elsa Hello, I am Elsa. This is the first time I do something like this so I am not sure how it goes. I need to lose weight. I want to lose weight. However, I am succumbing to temptations. I am also dealing with a very slow metabolism because I am going through a medical induced menopause. I work out 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes, mostly cardio. I do not think exercising is my problem, eating is my problem. Any words of encouragement are appreciated. <BR> <BR> Elsa Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:17:34 EST When High Triglycerides run in the Family Hi, I just joined a couple of weeks ago, so this topic has probably been addressed, but what can you do when you have a family history of high triglycerides? Am wanting to go on the Mediterranean Diet because of the success it has shown with heart disease and now beginning to be in treatments of Alzheimer's, too. <BR> I have been on cholesterol medicine for years, but my numbers are all over the place. The Mediterranean Diet says to drink a glass of wine a day, but my liver cannot handle that... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:56:13 EST Hi, I'm cherish621 latest bloodwork results are scaring me! Anyone know what all this means? HDL 55 TRIG 132 but total cholesterol is 287. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:27:36 EST November 6 QUESTION OF THE DAY What's your biggest temptation with food or beverage? (ie., ice cream, pizza, beer, etc.) Tue, 8 Nov 2016 23:36:06 EST November 3 QUESTION OF THE DAY What is the hardest thing for you about your high cholesterol? Thu, 3 Nov 2016 13:35:17 EST November 2 QUESTION OF THE DAY What is your favorite fall beverage: Hot cocoa, hot apple cider, chai tea, etc...... <BR> <BR> Mine is Chai tea (non-alcohol) or Hot Buttered Rum (alcohol) Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:55:40 EST A to Z What are you thankful for A = Anniversaries <BR> <BR> (Starting us off. Someone do B, then someone else do C, etc.) Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:34:07 EST finnaly taking care of me I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:21 EST November 1 QUESTION OF THE DAY What is your favorite fall food? (If it is not a one good for cholesterol, do you substitute something?) Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:24:58 EST October 30 QUESTION OF THE DAY What is your favorite food to eat (and, if it isn't cholesterol healthy, do you have a substitute that is?) Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:49:49 EST October 29 QUESTION OF THE DAY What is your favorite form of exercise? Since exercise has been proven to help increase HDL and decrease LDL, what form of exercise to you like most to do? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:29:32 EST Hope this works I have started many diets in my 68 years and many of them were successful over the short term, but like many other dieters, I always have gained back the weight and more. In the last year I tried to lose weight multiple times, but was unsuccessful. As I've gotten older, the weight does not come off like it used to. I exercise every day, but that isn't enough. I hope trying this new site will help, although the thought of losing 45 pounds is very daunting. 5 years ago I successfully lost 4... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:11:20 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (NEW ONE DAILY) What motivates you to lower your cholesterol? (list as many motivators as you have) Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:04:26 EST Izzy Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:03 EST NOVEMBER Birthdays/Annivers aries/Celebrations Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> If you have a birthday, anniversary or something else to celebrate in November post it here so we can cheer for you! <em>383</em> <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Pilson <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:06:22 EST October celebrations (Birthdays, Anniversaries,) If you are having a birthday, anniversary or something else we can help you to celebrate, post it here :) Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:01:12 EST Rebirth at Retirement I want to like the way I feel and look which means creating a new Life Style and also learning how to communicate with others as I became secluded. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:53:07 EST NuMee Now Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to this community of diet experts and supporters. I have been here more than once, but I was looking to start a permanent way of life. I will start slowly....Hoping to learn new ways to eat, exercise and have fun. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:28:29 EST alarming My Labs are as follows... 316 Cholesterol-HDL 96: Triglyceride 121: LDL 196. my weight is 145 my age is 55 Female <BR> doctor wants me to consider treatment of Repatha injections? any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank You, Robin Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:31:22 EST New here... I am so new, I don't know what I am doing, but it says to introduce myself so...I am Terri, and at 62 have had high cholesterol for many, many years. I cannot take statin drugs because of horrible muscle aches. I am substantially overweight as well. The time has come to either get things under control or face my golden years unable to do much....if I make it to the golden years at all.. I am looking forward to this journey with all of you... <BR> TErri Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:38:48 EST NEW GAME: Two words... change one. puzzle book Sat, 8 Oct 2016 14:23:14 EST Just joined today Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST I'm so ready...! Hi everyone! Introducing myself to the site. Instead of listening to myself complain "one more time" about how bad I feel, how bad I need to lose weight, how bad it is to be so tired all the time...I'm at that "wall." I'm ready to start climbing out of the feeling that I'll never achieve my health and weight goals. Of course I won't...not if I don't even try! So, I saw this wonderful site and figured, this is one of my first steps to a healthier lifestyle. I'm ready. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:19:39 EST I need lots of help I can usually follow a diet but I need help in figuring out what I should eat because I'm a diabetic. and I also take a blood thinner. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:48:03 EST HeFH is in your genetics I was recently diagnosed with HeFH. Genetically high cholesterol from the maternal side. My brother had it and I do, too. My other brother and my sister do not. Have you been diagnosed with HeFH or HoFH? If yes, I thought this could be a good place for support. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:02:49 EST Problem Gramma Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size. <BR> I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughte... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:31:06 EST New to Sparks Gwen, here. Looking not only for support at weight loss, but also a place to record foods and be accountable. <BR> I'm from Oregon and live in Oregon. We are full time RVers so on the go a lot. It has become my challenge to keep us in healthy eating patterns when it is so east to go out to eat in a new place and me "falling off" the wagon! <BR> <BR> Life is good! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:01:33 EST Trying to get healthy for me and my family Hi my name is Jackie and I am trying to get my self healthy while teaching my little girl how care for herself properly and love herself no matter what she looks like. I look forward to the beginning of our journey together. :) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:44:44 EST just joined monday 3rd day so far Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:04:59 EST Hi, just call me Deb Hi, I am a newbie to say the least. Trying to lose about 90 pounds as I have let myself go and feel completely unhealthy. Making big changes in our lives so I figured I would add this to the mix of changes. Have a question. How do you track packing up a house by yourself in exercise. That has to count, right? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:58:48 EST feedup1964 im feed up with my weight. need HElp! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:20:42 EST Mayonnaise I love mayonnaise on all of my sandwiches. I tend to put it on heavily. I am trying to give it up , because I found out that too much of a seemingly good thing is bad for me. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:32:58 EST Living life on new terms Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:50:02 EST l Hi. I'm a mother of four, (two boys, two girls), and grandmother to eight (2 boys and six girls). This will be the first time I'm trying to lose weight since I had a stroke 10 years ago. As a result of a life-changing event, everything has changed. I mean nothing is the same. Everything is harder to do because it takes me twice as long to do everything. So if you guys can deal with all my limitations, I'll try to do my best. Seriously, though, it has taken me a long time to get to this point ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:45 EST I am officially high cholesterol 296 I got lab results this week, and now need to see a Dr. I never had high cholesterol until they took my thyroid out. So where do I start? Do you see a specialist? I don't think I can take a statin drug. Since 2010 I have had breast, ovarian and uterine cancer with chemo and radiation. I already hurt over my entire body so bad now, I cannot take more of that with a statin. I see some of you mention nutritionist, is that the way. I do need to lose weight badly since they took my thyroid o... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 12:49:40 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:06 EST Reta Need help with counting carbs. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:29:05 EST High Cholesterol Levels Hello Spark People Family. My name is Catherine Antoinette Wright. I am currently a 36yr old and finally decided that it is time to take care of myself for myself. I have decided that I don't want to take any more cholesterol pills. I have decided that I am tired of looking at belly fat. Finally I am tired of not feeling sexy anymore and it is time fore a make over. The next 30 days will be hard, but once I have passed that hurtle then everything will be routine. During those thirty day... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:21:23 EST SELF TRANSFORMATION Hello my friends! I am a 62-year-old married grandmother who lost 33 pounds three years ago through mindful eating, walking and running the treadmill. Unfortunately a broken relationship with someone my family considered a son happened. Now, as I write, I gained 32 pounds back. I am ready to transform myself. With all your support, I can do it. I need to have low purine diet, diabetic and low cholesterol diet. My goal is to lose 50 pounds for my son's wedding on May 27. I believe I can make i... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:16:52 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:23 EST Hello everyone! This is new to me putting myself out there really scares but here it goes. I am 48 years old. Divorced after 24 years together. I have two beautiful children and 3 grand children. I have taken care of everyone but myself always on the diet roller coaster ride throughout my life. I have realized its time to take care of me no more crash diets. Its time to work on a healthier way of life for me. I was told take one day at a time slow and steady wins the race. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:42:07 EST Cholestero l-lowering spreads? Does anyone have any experience with Cholesterol-lowering spreads (margarine-like)? <BR> Just wondering if their claims are true or what the "down-side" might be. <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:21:34 EST I am sooo ready Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST Tired of same breakfast ideas I'm new to this team and the high cholesterol/triglycerides thing and would like some breakfast ideas. Preferably for quick to fix, easy to eat foods. I currently eat nonfat vanilla yogurt with high protein granola cereal, nonfat cottage cheese with fruit or chives, peanut butter toast with a fruit smoothie or oatmeal with flax meal and wheat germ added. Just looking for something different. I'm off to the grocery store now so I will take time later to read the threads on this team. Thanks fo... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:31:25 EST I am Back once again I have been away for a year, not because of not making my goals. life got in the way, and I quit taking my diabetic meds, (type 2 diabetic), don't like taking pills , I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, . I was doing good , but just got tired of taking the pills. and family schedule got in the way of making dr. appt. ect. I finally went back to the dr. and my A1C is at 11. and of course the dr. is suggesting insulin , my brain said " Not Happening"!! I told my dr. to give me 2 months bef... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:38 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST Here I am! CLG3242 I am changing my Lifestyle Thanks to my family and friends who have watched me struggle with weight loss for many years. The weight has not held me back from my career or volunteering efforts, but my health has suffered. So many diets, so many short-lived successes and so many setbacks. I found Sparkpeople in February and have been counting calories and reading articles since then. I am having knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and am embarking on a new lifestyle. Today, this effort is not a diet, it is a lifes... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:43:44 EST Help I don't know how to get started Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:46 EST New hopes I was here several years ago (not sure how many to be honest) but did not stay long because I let the other issues in life overwhelm me and lost myself in there somewhere. Since then I've had a stroke and made a complete recovery, gotten older and of course gotten heavier. I have several things I need to do to get my life back to where I want it to be. Yesterday I was thinking about those things and how to accomplish each one. I decided to start where I have the most control - what I eat. ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:50 EST Never Giving Up! Over the past 35 years, I have dieted regularly and lost/gained the same 50-ish pounds over and over again. Giving up is not an option, but I am tired of the typical diets. This time around, as I near my 50th year on the planet, I decided to try creating a life that I love with a tribe of people that are determined to be healthy and strong. My journey led me here. I am looking forward to focusing on friendships, support and a healthy lifestyle and getting rid of the "quick fix" mentality.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:08:05 EST Cholesterol motivation When I started on my journey I thought of the following when I wanted to eat unhealthully: <BR> Loss of my mother in her 50s from a massive stroke <BR> Permanent lifelong disability from a stroke in her mother in her 50s <BR> Dementia <BR> Heart attack and subsequent surgery <BR> <BR> Now, as I've been on this journey for several years and have changed the way we eat, I don't even want some of those things I used to eat. I now think of exercise as a treat for myself! I used to dread exercise... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:02:09 EST Day One Hello All, I am on day one of my journey and am excited to get this started! I have struggled with a thyroid issue and am looking to live a healthier life. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:32:12 EST First Post Here Hi, all. I'm "rebooting" my SparkPeople participation after some time away, and just joined this forum. My lipid profile has plagued me for many years, even though I've been on pravastatin all that time. Just took a screenshot of my profile for the past 6 years (though for some reason 2 years' worth are missing from my health care page...not sure why, as I know I've had all the tests done at every annual physical). <BR> <BR> All my numbers are much better now than back in 2012...but am disa... Sun, 15 May 2016 18:15:48 EST new to sparkspeople im 68 years old and am ready to lose about 20 pounds.. excited to be here Fri, 13 May 2016 08:54:50 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:18 EST LOOKING TO CHANGE MY LIFE Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a new member as of today! I've never been one to "need" to eat healthy and exercise until now. My health has become a priority in my life now and I need to make some positive changes. I'm hoping this site will give me the opportunity to become a much healthier and happier version of myself. I'm not gonna lie.....I'm gonna need a lot of help and motivation. So, here's to the beginning of a new life!!!! <BR> Thanks everyone. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:53 EST Natural ways to lower triglycerides. Looking for some natural ways to lower my triglycerides. My PCP prescribed fenofibrate 120 mg. My co-pay for this is $2262.00 for a 90 day supply Needless to say I can't afford thisand am looking to do this in a cost effective way. My triglycerides are 255 not really high but are high for someone who has has a heart attack. Tue, 3 May 2016 09:39:44 EST I NEED HELP My name is Tiffany. My cholesterol numbers are well over 200. I seriously need some help. I want and need to be here for my family. I need some ideas for breakfasts. I get up early to go to work. So I need something(s) to be able to make the night before and be able to heat up and still taste good. Also what cereals would be ok if any? Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:22:49 EST hi everyone! Hi everyone! I'm brand new to spark people. I've struggled with weight issues and eating disorders all my life! I just want to be healthy and happy and maybe look great in a bikini this summer!! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:04:18 EST Second Time Around Hi Fellow SparkPeople members. My name is Linda. I was on the SparkPeople program for about one year. It was the beginning of my weight loss journey. I had some health issues, had major pancreatic surgery, and took a break from the program. After losing weight post-surgery, I thought I didn't have to worry about weight gain, as it was effortless to lose the weight. As things stabilized, my late-night snacking and weight gain got the best of me. So, I'm back with SparkPeople, trying to ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:06:59 EST NEW Daily Water Intake So, how many glasses of water were you able to get in today? Always try for "8" per day but if you go passed that, well, all the better for you! <BR> <BR> Please share with the Team your Daily Water Intake. <em>194</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 08:36:46 EST April Birthdays Have a birthday this month? Please share it with the Team for a little recognition on your special day. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 08:18:09 EST SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points Please share with the Team your SATBP each day. If you don't know where to find this it can be found on your START PAGE. Just scroll down to "Browse Community Features" &amp; click on the SparkAmerica Team Bonus Points box. Find our Team Banner &amp; click on it to receive your daily points. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 08:10:47 EST Hi all looking for motivation on the last leg of my weight lose ........... I have lost 61kg and have a further 17 to go the hardest fat to lose Thu, 7 Apr 2016 23:27:29 EST New to Sparkspeople Hi all, <BR> Looking forward to starting this website...I really need to lose weight and get into shape for health reasons first and of course looking great will be an added bonus. Looking forward to blogging with all of you and reading all of your accomplishments...Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:56:25 EST New Path in Life to Health and Fitness. Hi everyone, this is Roberto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I would like to connect with those on a similar path as me to Health, Vitality and Happiness. <BR> <BR> I'm a single, 37 year old, non-smoking or drinking male who has been on quite a roller coaster ride of loss and gain. This time I want to keep it off and be in the best shape of my life for the rest of my life. I have some mild osteo-arthritis in my knee and hip which is weight related and losing the weight would take all the pre... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:29:31 EST newbie Hi, <BR> Got the news about my cholesterol last June. Have made dietary and exercise changes and am looking forward to tests next June. <em>220</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:15:59 EST barbaraj2877 Hello, I have never done anything like this, I have tried but not followed thru. I am 65 overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, had cancer, and have recently been in the clinics with a serious infection to my stomach. kind of a wrech huh? not to mention a husband that wants me to go on a complete plant based died. I don't know where to start. I am kind of overwhelmed and looking for some ideas. I can oonly eat so many black beans, I do like meat, so any ideas? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:01:55 EST Back Again Hello, back again; not going to beat myself up for falling off the wagon. Today is a new Day! Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:41:34 EST story Hello my name is Megan and i have been battling with my weight since i was in elementary school i was home schooled for six years went to public school my senior year and at that time i was at my heaviest 270 pounds and i didn't like a minute of it because i always weighted more than everyone else. <BR> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:03:30 EST Forming new habits for a new me. This time I have decided to make me & my health a priority. I used to walk outdoors about 6 hours a day for my job and was on my feet constantly. Now I've been working at a desk the last few years and have a more sedentary lifestyle. So I need to learn to incorporate the walking and exercise into my regular life. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:09:19 EST The Fit Awakens HI Gang! <BR> Just to give you a little background, I got married in October of 2014, changed jobs, changed cities, got pregnant two months later and had a beautiful baby boy in August of 2015! I also gained an extra 50+ pounds. I love being a mom but I don't enjoy the extra weight, not fitting in my clothes and not loving my appearance! Oh...and the extra weight causes me to snore! Ugh! Seriously, it's worse for my Husband. But I digress. My goal is to map my journey to health and take all ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:38:20 EST OTC Products Hello - I have used several different type of OTC Cholesterol lowering products over the years - I will not go on Statin Meds too many side affects for me - has anyone tried any o the OTC products and had great results - please share!! <BR> <BR> I've used Nature Made CholestOff &amp; Cholestoff Plus, Red Yeast Rice - several brands - from Vita-Cost- Cholstene also from Vita-Cost. <BR> <BR> Interested in hearing anything people on this team might be using. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance <em>... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 17:47:45 EST Foods to eat for high cholesterol I would like to know what foods are good for high cholesterol. My bad side is really high. Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:00:11 EST Looking for a Weight Watchers Alternative I am here because of Weight Watchers change that it has forced upon us and ruined our lives. I've gained weight since the change, the incompetence of their tracking tools has made it impossible and severely inconvenient to track and as a result, I am miserable. I hope Sparkpeople is the answer to my prayers. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 04:57:35 EST second and last time around years ago I joined, but still adjusting to being a widow and too distracted.....I am sad to think of the time I wasted...My environment can be judgmental so I need the motivation and support of the Sparkpeople....This is for my health...I have family that needs me here and not having to worry about me would be a great benefit....I have had to let go of the past and am now working for the future... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:25:01 EST New today Hey everyone. So had my annual on Monday and my blood pressure is up and my LDL is as well. My doc and I had already talked about diet, exercise and weight loss on Monday, but her RN called me today with the LDL lab value and reinforced the need. <BR> <BR> Just over 4 years ago, my friend died of a massive heart attack. So heart issues scare me a lot. So this is my kick in the pants. I don't want to die young and leave my husband and child behind. <BR> <BR> My insurance company does ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:07:56 EST New to the Team Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have some heart issues and learned late January that I have high BP and was put on a med to help bring in down and relax my heart. I saw the Dr Monday for blood test results and since my BP has not responded as well as he wanted it to, I was given an additional BP med and also learned that my Cholesterol is high and was put on Atorvastatin Calcium Tablets 20mg. I have never been on meds and really would be happier if I didn't need them but I'll do what he suggests ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 16:40:20 EST Not so new but really scared I have been away from Spark for a while and needed to come back. I am new to this group however. I have known for a for years I have fatty liver disease and high cholesterol. Combined with being over weight and native american I am having all kinds of fun. After surviving cancer you would think this wouldn't bother me but it does. Got the call today my liver enzymes are the highest they have ever been so now have to have a hep blood test and liver ultrasound. Also white blood cell count is hi... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:27:04 EST Hello I have been on SparkPeople before. After being AWOL for about a year, I decided it's time to come back. However, my phone died and that is where I kept my password to log into SP. When attempting to get a new password SP site said they sent a link to my email, but it never showed up. So I ended up creating a new account with SP. <BR> <BR> I have been following the Forks Over Knives program for about a year or more and am quite satisfied with how I feel eating a whole grain plant based diet.... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:35:11 EST Hi , I'm Linniekaye... Just started on this, hoping it will inspire me, & help. 65, just diagnosed with stage 1 uterine cancer. I am going to have a robotic hysterectomy. I need to eat alkaline, I have a list, a little confusing to me.... <BR> I like eggs, not a huge cereal fan. What to do. <BR> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:31:24 EST Robin Hello glad to be here. This will be a very helpful site with my weight lose. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:02:50 EST Newbie Hi! I am a 56 year old woman who gained 15 lbs with menopause and want to lose 10 of it before this gets any further out of control!!! I am very small framed so every sight I sign up for tells me I am already at a "healthy" weight and hasnt been able to help me, but believe me, I need to lose it. It is all in my belly and I look horrible, clothes do not fit. Anyone else in the same boat from menopause? I don't even recognize myself. Looking for some ideas and support from those that have be... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:24:14 EST Hi I am obese and finally facing my reality. I am finally wanting to lose the weight I need, eat right, and reinvent myself. But there is a few things, I am scared!!! Scared I can't do this, failing, of the pain, of the hard breathing. I want this so much but do not know how to start and how not to fail again. I am done hiding behind my fears and fat. I want to be the old me in mind and body. Any help out there??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:54:22 EST Looking for a Partner in Crime Hi! I'm Laurie. I am 59 years old and about 50 lbs overweight. I want to get my weight under control before it causes me serious health problems. My goal is to lose a couple of pounds a week by eating more healthy food and less comfort food and by becoming more active. I'd like to meet some like-minded people on this site that I can work together with by coaching and encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:21:26 EST Fit after kids Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a long time (on again off again), but am hoping to get in shape after 2 kiddos! Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:21:00 EST A New Journey! Hello! Its me, memreekeepr. I live in St. Petersburg FL, married with 2 grown children. I am a member of the 1/2 century club. I have worked in the banking industry all my life. My job has been pretty much one that does involve a lot of sitting. I am a proud owner of a FITBIT device and wear it daily. I love it when I exceed my 10,000 daily steps, however, there are days when I struggle to get to that goal. I decided to join SparkPeople, 1, because it is free and 2, because of the larg... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:50:28 EST Wondering now if my LDL cholesterol is too low After years of "sky high" (according to my doc) cholesterol, I finally let my doctor talk me in to statins. I had some other health issues too, so I relented as my doctor said I was headed for a heart attack. In addition to statins (Lipitor), I added steel cut oats (with chia seed and flax) and beans to my diet 4-5 times a week, got rid of sugar (use yacon syrup), got rid of all low fat type items and replaced them with coconut oil and ghee (both organic). Unfortunately I haven't increased my... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:31:50 EST Returning, and new to cholesterol Hello! <BR> <BR> I've just started cholesterol medicine (crestor) after getting cholesterol results last week. I'm at a total of 209, and my doctor wanted me to try a low-cholesterol diet for six months and then recheck it. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm already there. I've been vegetarian for 15 years! Both parents (omnivores) have been on cholesterol-lowering medications for decades. The doctor then issued the Rx and we'll recheck in three months. <BR> <BR> So... any other vegetarians here? Did y... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:58:45 EST Today is the day. My name is Rhonda. It has been 481 days since I have logged in. Today is the day I start gaining control of my health and the food choices I make. Time to make time for myself. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:08:51 EST Hello :) I'm Kat and I have a lot of weight to lose. I finally decided something really has to be done about it, and I don't suppose anyone will do it for me, so here I am. Nice to meet you all! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:20:18 EST Debbie Hi all I am using spark to help me count protein in my diet goal is 60 - 65 I had a gastric bypass 2 months ago, so not really a diet I am on but only soft foods that are dense in protein Can only take portions of half a cup or so every 2 to 3 hours. Suppose stay away from sweet but I did a few chocolates over Christmas. So far I am down 47 lbs got 60 to go. just starting to exercise now as I had to wait and make sure everything was healed. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:52:49 EST Hello Here to hopefully keep myself motivated and moving in the right direction. :) Sat, 23 Jan 2016 16:27:40 EST genetic test for hyperchole sterolemia I do additional tests that include actual measurement of the ldl particle size. My total cholesterol ranged from low 200s to 235 the last 8 years. I am not on statins because my LDL particle size is small within acceptable range. I also do an inexpensive CT heart scan and get a Calcium Score of the heart vascular system. <BR> Diet doesn't seem to impact my Choleserol levels much. Excercise and weight can impact my level about 10% to the better, evidenced by a period when I got my BMI ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:29:08 EST Hello everyone! My name is Ali and I just joined. My weight loss goal is to weigh less than 150lbs. I currently weight 220 pounds and I'm extremely embarrassed about it. I'm afraid to go out in public because I always think that people will make fun of me for being so fat. I suffer from major depression and ptsd (part of my trauma history is connected to body-image issues, which is a major barrier in my weight loss journey). <BR> I'm looking for support around weight-loss with the added challenge of mental ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:17:09 EST Hello Again!! Hey everyone!! It would be a former participant of this Team &amp; SP. My Username was BAYBOY6385 but b/c I was having issues logging in and or posting I became frustrated and closed the account. <BR> <BR> Not a bright move me thinks. Now I must start anew. Please if we were buddies add me again if you wish. I welcome new adds as well. <BR> <BR> Much thanks &amp; it is great to be back. <BR> <BR> Tony Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:17:09 EST Weight Loss support Hello everyone my name is Roxana from Los Angeles and I have done this before to where I have lost 35 pounds in just six weeks and was feeling great. I tried last year to restart but really didn't get the motivation to do continue. This year my motivation is to finally lose all the weight in a reasonable time and healthy. I miss the energetic me. Hoping to get some support to keep on track. <BR> <BR> Roxy Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:38:27 EST Hello Hey I'm back after being on a long retreat, I've come to realize that I have to stay accountable to keep this working for me, not being accountable was not so good..So I'm going at it again hopefully I know better now!!!!!!!! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:11:16 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Deb and I am trying my last ditch effort to permanently lose weight and get fit before taking the step for weight loss surgery. I have tried most everything you can think of in past with no permanent results. I am a flight nurse by profession which carries with it the job requirement of weight limit and being in physically fit condition to meet the physical demands of my job .I am 57 1/2 yrs old and have a medical condition called pernicious anemia and iron deficiency... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:03:37 EST A warm hello! Hi Sparkpeople! I am new here, and hope to find some fun new motivation while I am recovering from a car accident! I have whiplash but it is bad some days and other days not so bad! Very strange and scary experience . My 2 teenagers were in the car with me and we got rear ended at a red light. I think I have gained some weight in the month since this happened due to the difficulty to do much exercise. I get to start PT next week, finally! So I am on my way to recovery. The dr said I have pinc... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:54:01 EST Time to take charge It's time for me to take charge and change my ways. I retired 5 years ago and since then have gradually become more sedentary and of course the weight has increased. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, both being treated with medicine. Now my A1C is elevated. My doctors say that through diet and exercise they believe I can improve on all levels. I came back to Spark People for the support and help in doing this. I'm looking for help with meal planning and menues. I feel I'm it's... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:16:02 EST Just joined today I am a 56 yr old female in Michigan. I need to lose at least 50-70 lbs. Have tried many diets and gain what I lose and more. Feeling very frustrated and need support and motivation. I love to eat so I need ideas on what I should and should not eat. I am from Kansas originally so typically a beef, potatoe and vegetable girl. Don't exercise (I know I should), have a desk job. Would love friends to talk to for advise and support. Look forward to a successful journey. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:32:16 EST Just joined Hi just joined SparkPeople. I know I need to do something. In August of 2014 my daughter, Sherri, died of cancer, and 5 days later my husband died of cancer. It has been a rough journey. It seems in the last 6 months I have started packing on weight. I was already to heavy and now I weight 10-12 pounds more. I am hoping to get my self back on track. With the grief and spending so much time alone gaining has been easy. I turn to food, when I am stresses. Thie last year and a half have been ver... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST Introduction My Name is Julia Miller I'm 46 years old my birth day is June 3, 1969. I weigh 195 pounds my goal is to lose 55 pounds. My height is 5'6 and I would like to maintain a healthy weight of 140 pounds by July 2016. I want to learn how to eat a healthy diet to maintain my cholesterol, fat, sodium, carbs, sugar, protein, etc. intake so I can maintain a healthy heart. Therefore I need to learn how to eat heart smart. I live alone, I don't have children, and I'm single. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 06:25:28 EST Newbie to Sparkpeople Hello! My name is Kym and I am brand new here! My best friend recommended this site, so I am game! I have been on My Fitness Pal and am a lifetime Weight Watcher member. However, I am all for doing this for free and have some fun a long the way! I am 53, hoping to lose about 50 pounds and find my way back to the healthy, happy Kym I used to know!~ This all seems different, brighter and slightly more confusing than anything I have used! But I am excited! :) I am about to go back to school and ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:10:28 EST Over weight and over it! Hello I'm Dianah a 57 year old married woman over weight by 60 pounds. Does anyone live in Indiana and if so where. I live in Carlisle In. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:08:57 EST Happy Holidays Got my exercise grocery shopping. Will add more later, probably walking. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays to All! &amp;#55356;&amp;#9924;&amp;#127878;&amp;#<BR>57220; <BR> <BR> Snowing here! Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:21:17 EST Hi. I am Cher. I just joined tonight . I am here to work on my weight, my newly diagnosed diabetes, no longer borderline after 45 years ...and my high cholesterol. I need to work on getting healthier again. <BR> <BR> I hope to make some friends here along the way. Support is very nice too. <BR> <BR> I am very allergic to statins so my Dr. put me on Zetia. I hope it helps. After reading some of your posts, I am going to look it up and see how it works and side effects. You have peaked my interest. Thank You for that. <BR> ... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 02:23:38 EST I have type2 diabetes & cirrhosis stage 4 Hi,I am so glad to have found u.Im having a struggle with my diabetes.I go to a diabetic clinic.My sugar is way too high because im not trying.Can anyone help me get my will power back?Thanks,Patty Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:20:32 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland Hi my name is Henry, I have been battling my weight forever I quite smoking , retired and the struggler just got worst. All I can do is keep on trying , hope someone can wish me luck Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:45:25 EST I'm Baaaackkkkkk!! Yes, starting a fresh new outlook on health and determined to make it more fun, more challenging. Health is my biggest goal more than losing the weight even. I had a scare I was sitting in a big chair in front of the TV and kept coughing what felt like a heart cough and it hurt, and it was scary and it was then that I determined to get healthier. NO MORE SITTING IN FRONT OF THE IDIOT BOX. I want to do more, read more, learn more and live a long and healthy life. Friday I walked a 5K on ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:04:48 EST New here TRing to figure this all out Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:32:04 EST i am back I AM BACK ON SPARKPEOPLE Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:05:20 EST hi, new here and happy to be here.. <BR> Am from Central Canada and will lose 40 lbs. by this time next year... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 09:03:59 EST New Habit Hello, I am starting some new habits, small steps that will propel me towards my goals. Tracking my nutrition keeps my head in the game. I am going to lower my cholesterol with nutrition, not meds. I don't want to add any more chemicals for my body to figure out what to do with. Food allergies are enough of a nuisance. <BR> Thank you all for being here! Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:18:53 EST Sort Of New My name is Gayle and I am from West Coast BC. Was a member many years back but didn't <BR> stick with it. This time I am determined to commit. With degenerative disc and an arthritic hip <BR> exercise sometimes seems so daunting. Also wanting to lose at least 30 lbs and get fit. <BR> I am in my sixties and still working full time so hoping for <BR> lots of ideas that will fit into a somewhat hectic schedule at times. <BR> Looking forward with connecting with you all. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:18:23 EST Interesting TED Talk which mentions Statins Hi, <BR> <BR> Worth looking at, I have to lower my cholesterol and Statins was discussed. I chose to go the natural way. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_to_stay_calm_when_you_know_you_ll_be_<BR>stressed? </link> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 01:42:55 EST Toda is the first day of the rest of my life I've been on countless diets. I've managed to not gain ALL of the weight I've lost, but have put 50 of 89 back on. I have well over 100 to lose. I'm very excited to learn of the diabetic tracking and challenges and team offered here! I was going to join Weight Watchers (again) but I think everything I need and then some is HERE! I have been dealing with stage 4 cancer for almost 7 years (given 3 months to live in Dec. 2008!) and have managed to beat that beast and keep on breathing and l... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:56:56 EST Info Please My DR has been telling me for months that I have High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. <BR> I am about 10 pounds overweight <BR> <BR> Any info about how I need to get started in the right direction, I would appreciate any help :-) <BR> <BR> Thank You <em>303</em> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 04:12:03 EST The new One Hello, <BR> Name is David and I am finally getting around to posting and working on my sparks page. I have had a lot going on So sorry. I am 44 years old with two grown daughters ages 20 and 18. I have been married for 22 years. <BR> <BR> I joined here because I need to get my life together. I have type 2 diabetes, and a genetic abnormality where I do not have the gene to regulate fat intake. So I gain a little extra weight <BR> but all fat is dumped in my blood and so my cholesterol av... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:38:16 EST Has anyone tried Hawthorn berries Has anyone tried Hawthorn berries (the whole fruit) not extracts/teas/ lower LDL? I cannot take any of the Cholesterol drugs...after about 5-6mos. they ALL make my joints ache to the point of not being able to walk without stiffness! Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15:04:45 EST Rene Hi. I'm new to this post. I am wondering how I can count calories. For instance, I had one boiled egg and a piece of white wheat toast this morning. How many calories is this and how do I gage my calories for future meals? Do I have to follow the meal plans exactly? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:19:58 EST Giving this a try !! I'm overweight due to back issues I can not work out and I've gained so much weight and need help. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:41:32 EST Share results here chol=94 <BR> trig=112 <BR> hdl=33 <BR> ldl=39 <BR> vldl=22 <BR> chol/hdl=2.85 <BR> <BR> What mean? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:42:41 EST Numbers Confuse me! Latest labs <BR> Total = 270 up 90 points <BR> LDL = 154 up 20 points <BR> HDL= 85 up 10 points <BR> Triglycerides=114 down 60 points <BR> <BR> These numbers seem to going in all different directions. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:58:55 EST Happy about reults Last July my cholesterol was 232 LDL 110 HDL 98, <BR> <BR> since then I have lost weight, I've been exercisng ( cardio and ST ) eating healthier. <BR> <BR> Today the results were 177 LDL 73 and HDL 87 <BR> <BR> I'd hoped they would be a little better but I'm really pleased! Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:00:56 EST Where Oh Where Do I Go I'm a 67 year old woman with many varied interests. Recently the computer is my main interest and I need to get away from it and get up and get shaking. There are so many groups here I just don't know which one(s) to start with. I hope to be able to encourage and support you as much as I know you will me. Blessed Be Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:16:33 EST I'm new and new support! Hi. I'm 63 years old and trying to clean up my poor eating habits, yet again! I'm a sugar addict and worry about Alzheimer's. My mom had it and she too ate a lot of sweets. I'm not terribly over weight, but would like to lose 8 to 10 pounds. Any words of encouragement or support would be greatly appreciated. I too am ready to give support to anyone who needs it. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:49:18 EST Trying Something New Decided to take control of my eating and exercising by trying SparkPeople. I like the daily recipe and exercise emails. Reading the message boards is also motivating. Taking it one day at a time! Sat, 12 Sep 2015 08:03:01 EST Needing support excited to get started! Hello My name is Mrs Miller I want to lose 70 lbs to get thin and healthy Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:13:27 EST Here I go again Hi My name is Eileen im from Scotland, Iam a retired nurse, married and have 12 grandkids aged from 26 to 7. I first joined Spark about 9 or 10 years ago. I managed to lose weight and enjoyed the experience of meeting new folks giving and getting encouragement. I have lost nearly 2 stone but I am stuck so I thought I would come back to Spark. My weight gain has been due to comfort eating big time, but ive got that sorted out. So there you go me in a nut shell. :) Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:47:36 EST member Hi, I am Linda, and am very excited to join your team. I am an everyday walker, I love walking and being outside. I am a very busy caretaker, and wife, and do many different tasks for many people.I am still trying to figure out how to manage this site, but in time I will get it. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:48:50 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Tammy. I'm 47 years old and a little under 2 years ago I had a kidney transplant. I've been having a hard time trying to loose weight after my surgery. I'm week when it comes to sweets and carbs. Having worked in the kitchen at a local hospital, I know what I have to eat to stay healthy. I'm just having problems sticking to a healthy diet. Any advice and support would be greatly appreciated. I also have had my right knee scoped 3 times which makes it hard for me to exercis... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:45:48 EST Hi I am old, fat, and depressed <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:57:23 EST Hi I am yola122 I have been trying to lose weight for decades. I read some of the goals achieved by people over 55. <BR> I decided to get back on the wagon and give it one more go. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:36 EST Nutrim vs. Lipitor Our (doctor's and mine) test-drive of Nutrim to lower cholesterol was a real failure. Cholesterol was higher after two months of faithfully using Nutrim several times a day. Nutrim is ground-up hulls of oats. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm using Lipitor. Dr. gave Rx for 40 units, but I cut them up and use 1/3 at each meal. Side effect: Strong muscle pain in calf near knee replacement one time. <BR> <BR> I should psych myself up to exercise and cut down on calories. Just read a couple of inspiring... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:12:23 EST BACK AFTER 7 YEARS Hey there. Melissa here. Fat, tired and ready to make a change again...hopefully for good this time! Hoping to help support and be supported on this journey. Sedentary office job for 15 years........not conducive to a healthy me. Just realized my blood pressure meds make it even harder to get my heart rate up. That depressed me very much. Anyways, will be here tracking, tracking, tracking and chatting along the way. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:03:25 EST Shadaux's new I have just joined today, August 8 2015. I am almost 61 years old. My hobbies are making quilts for charities in my community. Like oldies in music and just about any other music except rap. I also like to color, work on family tree, jig saw puzzles, read and stare off into space. Not an active life, that's why I am here. Thought some motivation would help. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:29:34 EST I'm BACK!!! After enduring numerous computer issues, I am back but out of the loop. I will attempt to check in every day at some point. Still working two jobs so bear with me. <BR> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 08:21:29 EST Are Changes Coming in How Cholesterol is Treated You know over the last 50 or 60 years the experts have told us different things about what is important about cholesterol. Originally they said total cholesterol was most important. Then they said HDL and HDL LDL ratio was. Then it was LDL. My medical provider is now saying recent studies have determined that LDL isn't as important as they once thought. The way they are now treating people with cholesterol issues is to give them 40 mg of Lipitor or the equivalent dosage in the other sta... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:57:11 EST Lab Results Age 51 <BR> Fasting <BR> Cholesterol 209 <BR> Triglycerides 82 <BR> HDL 44 <BR> Direct LDL 148 <BR> CHOL/HDLC RATIO 4.8 <BR> Non HDL 165 <BR> Glucose 87 <BR> <BR> I am fairly active - walk 60 minutes per day, 60 min. of Jazzercise 2-3 days/week, and I use a vibration plate machine 10-30 minutes per day. <BR> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:45:56 EST Non HDL Cholesterol <BR> Age 51 <BR> Fasting Test Results <BR> Cholesterol, Total 209 <BR> HDL Cholesterol 44 <BR> Triglycerides 82 <BR> Direct LDL 148 <BR> Chol/HDLC Ratio 4.8 <BR> Non HDL Cholesterol 165 <BR> Glucose 87 <BR> <BR> I am told the Non HDL Cholesterol is affected by exercise. I feel like I am pretty active. I walk at least 60 minutes each day, do Jazzercise twice a week, and use a vibration plate machine (Vibacore) for 10-30 minutes each day. Any suggestions? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:22:41 EST working toward a heathly life A recent life style change has caused a weight gain and Ineed to get THE WEIGHT OFF!f Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:23:02 EST HOW WAS EVERYONE'S DAY? avoided caffeine better today, no cheating with that . <BR> <BR> blisteringly hot outside, very uncomfortable walking home from express bus stop. <BR> <BR> deheaded the rose bushes in my bathing suit - why ever not? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:47:09 EST Intro Hello Everyone, I just joined Sparkpeople and I'm ready to become more fit and lose weight. I've developed HBP and high cholesterol. I've got to lose 40 lbs beginning August 1 and ending on April 30. Wish me luck and I'll be seeing you in the boards. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:26:28 EST joined sparkpeople tonight 7/28/15 My nickname is moose I am 46 and I need to loose weight. <BR> I just won the cancer fight last year just had a total knee and I have got to get healthy. I miss work and my friends.joined hoping to lose 100 pounds and get healthy!&#128591; Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:36:55 EST New to Cholesterol problems My name is Terri and I was just told today that my triglycerides are too high. I don't want to take medication because it has been linked to causing type 2 diabetes and the doctor agreed with me. Now I have to find foods that will help me lower my 327 down to below 70. Any suggestions will be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Terri Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:26:24 EST Mom/meme of 6 Hi I am a mother of 3 and Meme of 3, needing to get motivated again . Every time I slack off I have Bloodpressure issues and I feel bad. It starts with unhealthy eating , little exercise, which is what causes the Bloodpressure issues and weight gain. I just want to keep a balance of eating good and exercising. I thought I would try this site to see if it helps.i am gonna give it a try.. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:41:43 EST HOW WAS EVERYONE'S DAY? Yeah! I managed to avoid caffeine, except for 2 sips of vending machine coffee that tasted like dishwashing water. <BR> <BR> other than that: <BR> a regular glum weekend day at work. <BR> I'm starting to get worried about some unusual symptoms I've had for a few weeks - involves pain <BR> like did my skull crack ? <BR> did i get a concussion - does my brain really feel bruised? <BR> did i have a stroke ? <BR> is it extreme high blood pressure come back ? <BR> severe withdrawal symptoms from... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:03:48 EST Newbie Diabetic in need of hlep Just yesterday I found out I was a diabetic. I feel so lost and confused as to what I can eat. I went to my dr, because I noticed a huge weight loss. In ten weeks I had lost 35 lbs. My dr. called my house yesterday and told me to only have 1500 calories. He then later called and told me to go to the ER. While in the ER I was given 20 units of insulin and 3 bags of fluid. At 11:30pm I was released from the hospital. I went to my pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I found that I had tw... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:34:22 EST Weird reaction to Cholesterol Meds! I have an unusual and perhaps fortunate problem, I cannot tolerate cholesterol lowering drugs! <BR> Consequently, I am on a diet where I eat no fat, no oil, no nuts! I try to follow a diet suggested by me Dr. <BR> I walk on average 25-30 miles per week, work 6 hrs per day. <BR> My question is, does anyone have a sure fire method to reduce my cholesterol, currently it's 229. <BR> Thanks, Gray Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:33:41 EST Hello I am new to message name is Juli Wow this is a wonderful journey that we are on. Thank you all for sharing... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:51 EST My name is Mary Posey Hello everyone I am determined to make some big changes in my life and I have already made quite a few changes but it is a struggle especially when trying to do it on my own and i am unable to afford any of the other programs i have heard of because i live well below the poverty line and can barely pay my everyday bills. I have had 4 surgeries in 6 months and i have another procedure this afternoon where they go down your throat (endoscopy) and my prayer is they dont find what they are lookin... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:57:32 EST Login Points? I see an area for login points but don't understand how it works. I see ___/___numbers and nothing else in post. How does this work? Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:17:22 EST FROZEN DINNERS/FOOD Is there a brand that makes lower cholesterol foods/meals than other brands? I find it hard and really don't cook for 1 person. Any information, opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:55:10 EST TEST RESULTS: HIGH CHOLESTERAL YIKES I need to know how, and support to follow through, to eat right to lower my 282 test result. I have been in the 200's the past 4 years. Will be checking out recipes, etc. I need to lose weight too (50 lbs according to Spark). Reading these posts, they say to cut down on sugar but my triglycerides are perfect. Do I really need to cut down on sugar then? As you can tell I'm new and I'm open to take any and all advice that is out there. Thanks. Have a good one. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:31:02 EST Worried about Cholesterol My doctor says my cholesterol is fine, but I'm worried because it's over 200. It's 204. HDL is 113 and LDL is 91. Should I try and get my cholesterol down under 200 since the healthy range is 100-199? It probably doesn't matter, but my Triglycerides are 57. I also tested positive for Lyme, so I'm glad I got the blood test after waiting 6 years. Thank you! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:15:43 EST Have to change I am a dedicated teacher which means lots of sitting and eating when I'm nervous I want a lot of changes in my life hope I do something about it and contribute to other people's same goals as well. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:19:56 EST Ready for success! I joined SparkPeople on 7/1/15. I'm not sure about how to participate in these Team Forums. But I thought I'd try. I'm 47 and really need to lose 74 lbs. I haven't been a healthy weight in 15 yrs. I'm hopeful that this will help me finally achieve my goal! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:27:58 EST Happy 4 th Of July <img src=""> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 03:39:12 EST hi walter here!! hello everyone my name is walter and im new. im joining to reach my goals in order to change my life for the better. <BR> im currently 500lbs at 5'6 height and im joining so i can lean to reach my goal of reaching atleast 250lbs. my main sources of exercise are walking and a 100lbs heavy bag. my montly budget for meals per month is about $200. any help and support will be greatly taken so i can start things on the right path and continue strongly. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:12:02 EST I'm back Hi, all. I am one of those yo-yo dieters. I am so tired of the lose gain party. I am sick... have had high BP for decades, diabetes type two for 15 years, and just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am afraid. I started with tiny goals, 5 minutes to walk daily. Track, track, track! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:56:38 EST Hi Friends My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST just starting where do I begin? I am so confused! LOL! I need ideas... need to lose fast for 4 wks, then I can settle down and lose 1-2#wk. (surgery on 7/13) Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:44:15 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST Viking what is the maximum carbs a person should eat daily and be able to lose weight Sat, 6 Jun 2015 16:14:37 EST Trying Again...This Time I'll Make It! Hi! I'm Linda from Houston TX. Tried SparkPeople a couple of years back and lost some weight. Then I stopped long enough to pack on about 50 lbs. :-( I've recently divorced and am looking forward to a healthier lifestyle which will include weight loss and becoming more active (I sit at a desk all day). Since I've tried Spark before, I know it works as long as I keep with it. I'm using Spark mostly for the motivation to keep me strong when I stumble. Cheers to a healthy journey :-) Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:58:59 EST new member hi just join. fail all of the other time. sure hope spark work for me Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23:28 EST Red Yeast Rice Hello!! Wondering if anyone has tried red yeast rice? My husband and our dentist swear by it. I've been taking it but haven't been retested since started and just hit the 10 lb weight loss goal - yay me!! I haven't needed medication at this point but getting nearer ... and older... (53) Sat, 23 May 2015 08:39:42 EST Donnie Sand I really need to lose weight, but have a hard time sticking to a diet for a long period of time. Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:02 EST My name is Vicki I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:45 EST Sina hi my name is Selena I just wanted to introduce myself to say hi and I hope this program will help me reach the goals that I have set thank you and have a good day Tue, 12 May 2015 03:03:32 EST A Smile isn't helping you control cholesterol ???? <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>245</em> <em>3</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 09:47:50 EST ziadawn2 I recently received custody of my two grandchildren. I have been taking care of family members and have decided that I now need to concentrate on making changes with me, including losing weight and becoming healthier, so that I will be able to be there for a long time for my grandchildren. I enjoy working out (I became lapsed because I hate going alone - I am trying to change that), and I enjoy cycling. Sun, 3 May 2015 08:39:56 EST Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I am reading "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and I am thinking seriously by overhauling my way of eating. I got the book at the Library but I am thinking this would be a good book to keep around, so I think I will look on the internet and see if I can find a bargain. I used a lot of his ideas to lose weight without ever knowing. Now I understand how I lost the weight and why I feel so much better. Fri, 1 May 2015 07:49:36 EST Hello my name is Paula Hello. I am new to this and really need a friend to helpguide me. I have gotten to the point of fearing for my life after this past weekends events. We went to an all day concert outside in the full sun in Fort Myers Florida. I was with my two girls that have been to a concert before and 3 hours into it I pvassed out. I was taken by golfcart to a medic tent and then on to the hospital by ambulance. I had to leave my children behind to find for themselves. They are adults so they could no... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:31:09 EST Glucose levels Hi - <BR> <BR> I've been treated for both high cholesterol and hypothyroidism since 2010. It seems like ever since I started taking medications for both conditions (atorvastatin and levothyroxine) my fasting glucose readings took a leap upwards. Normal glucose levels are listed as being 65 to 99. My glucose levels used to be in the mid 70's. Now they are pretty much solid around 94 and 95 although they have dipped as low as 87 once since 2010. About 2 years ago I changed my style of eati... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:35:56 EST MEDICATIONS?? WE HAVE TAKEN OUR MEDICATION WELL; WHAT KIND I'M INTERESTED. I take Crestor and it seems to be working just fine. Blood work next week will tell one way or the other????????? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:03 EST Newbie from Florida Just joined today and I am hoping to get help with my cholesterol Target. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:53:38 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee and I'm 23 years old. I have about 120 lbs to lose along with being pre-diabetic, and having high cholesterol and blood pressure. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:27:44 EST And away I go.... I very briefly signed up for Sparks in 2009 without trying at all, just seeing what it would be like. Well, I found myself back at the same website but something is different this time, I am older, of course, and just sick and tired of feeling like I am being held back by this weight. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and the kids are all out of the house, what better time than now. Appreciate any support from the over 55's out there! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:18:12 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST My name is Sandra I'm 60-something. I am overweight - obese actually. I don' know what else to say just yet. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:11:58 EST grandma needs to loose weight I am excited to be a part of spark people.(first day) I need to loose about 100lbs to make me more healthier. would really love to have any information that can help me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:59:56 EST Hello! I'm not new to SP but I am new to this team. I had some blood work done last week and my cholesterol is way too high. The doc gave me an option - either take care of it via diet & exercise or go on meds. I really don't want to be on meds, so I chose diet & exercise. I have about 3 months to make a difference. <BR> <BR> Here are my results... <BR> <BR> Cholesterol 200 <BR> HDL 36 <BR> Triglyceride 103 <BR> LDL Calculated 143 <BR> CHOL/HDL Ratio 5.6 <BR> Total NON-HDL CHOL (LDL+VLDL) 164 <BR... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:42:41 EST Hi all!! Hi, i'm starting new again, not sure of what to put, but need help. Have a lot going on and need to get the weight off. <BR> Thanks for being here or for having a place to go. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:47:09 EST Getting my life back on track! I'm 46 and trying to get back on track after losing my mom to liver disease. I turned to food to ease my pain of losing her five years ago and just created more pain by not caring about myself or my health.Now I'm ready to get my life back. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:24:02 EST cook who need to lose weight Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST blog41 I'm just joining today and don't really know what I'm doing. I hope this helps me, I'm going to try my best. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:51:44 EST Hello my name is Debi I never had an issue with weight until I quit smoking. Yes quit smoking May 2001, got hypnotized yes it worked. I have not had a smoke since. But slowly my weight went up I did gain 40 lbs. Started using a smaller plate and ate smaller portions and lost 25 of the 40. Then we moved to WV from MA in 2013. My routine and eating habits certainly changed. Now I have gained back the 25 lost lbs. The nice weather is just around the corner and I plan to take advantage of doing things outside to incr... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:36:38 EST Winning BIg in 2015 Hello my name is hazel Lewis. I weight 229.4 lbs and I am struggling to lose but I am trying. I need all the encouraging words I can get.I know this is going to be a long journey but I am willing to keep going. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:51:51 EST MARCH ALREADY? WOW!!! How's everyone doing? I am hanging in there. Those who don't know, I lost my mom a couple of months ago and it's been rough. I find myself wanting to call her then remember. Pretty much a downer. Yesterday would have been her birthday. <BR> <BR> Please remember to hug your parents while you can...... <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:41:39 EST Chia seeds Good morning, <BR> <BR> I am new to this. I have heard that flax seeds are beneficial. Anyone familiar with the benefits (if any) of chia seeds? Can they be used like flax seeds? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:12:32 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:22 EST Losing 60lbs to gain Hi everyone, is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a very clingy cr... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:44:55 EST