SparkPeople 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us in our 20's, hoping to lose 50-99 pounds and have some fun along the way. Welcome! SparkPeople 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard Looking for an accountability buddy? Many of you are looking for accountability buddies. Place your "ad" here. Let others know what you are needing accountability with and find someone to help out. Keep each other on track and give support! Mon, 29 Apr 2019 21:01:08 EST Day-to-day Check in Starting up a new Daily Check-in board. Use this board to vent, ask questions, share goals, share victories and set-backs. There are no stupid questions here! (Except "what is the meaning of life" because we all know the answer is "cheese"...) <BR> <BR> Please remember to be supportive of one another. Bullying, hate speech, etc isn't going to be tolerated here. General rule - if you'd be embarrassed to say it in front of your grandmother, don't say it here. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:36:35 EST How do YOU work in excercise? Are you a Soul Cycle addict? Yoga Expert? DVD fitness enthusiast? Gym Rat? <BR> <BR> Share what you do to get those fitness minutes in! Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:32:27 EST New Team Leader Hey all! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda and I've apparently been newly appointed as a team leader here in this group. I'd love to get a sense of what you're looking for in this group and of course who is still active! Being a part of a team/group can be a MASSIVE help in this kind of journey. <BR> <BR> I want to hear about you, your goals, your tips and tricks, how you deal with adulting...LET'S DO THIS! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:15:20 EST After a Motivation buddy. I feel like, and I hope I'm not the only one, that I start anything super strong and each day I just tend to loose a bit of that fire. <BR> <BR> I live in the UK but I don't mind where my motivation buddy is from. <BR> <BR> I want to set daily goals of time spent exercising, steps taken, that sort of thing as I believe at first that will be easier to achieve and as time goes increase the amount. <BR> <BR> Anyone up to the challenge of keeping me on track?? Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:19:29 EST Hello! Hello~ My name is Autumn. I am 23 years old, and currently, weigh 237 pounds. I've done every diet under the sun, completely changing what I eat to lose weight. Obviously, I relapse quick and HARD. But, for the past 3 weeks, I've been slowly transitioning to healthier foods, no fast food/processed food, and I've been feeling so much better physically and mentally. I found I have gluten intolerance/allergy as I feel like CRAP if I touch it... it was also the reason why it was so hard to breath... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:13:19 EST Hello! Hi there! I am Alex. I am 23 years old from Ontario, Canada. <BR> I graduated from university this time last year and I am currently a supply teacher. <BR> 5 years of university can do damage to your body, and that is my situation! Lazy student too busy to focus on myself. I would like everything to change. I would like the confidence that comes along with liking myself. As a teacher confidence is key and kids can see right through the mask. <BR> In April I had my gallbladder removed and h... Tue, 29 May 2018 10:39:26 EST Howdy! You can call me Jay and I've got about 55-60lbs to lose, not in any specific time but hopefully soon. <BR> I'm new to Spark People and I would love to meet people who can keep me motivated and accountable. <BR> I've got two little monsters (1yr old and a 6yr old) and currently I'm trying to lose the added weight from my second baby. <BR> <BR> I'm here and I'm queer and ready to lose some weight! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:32:06 EST Looking for an Accountability Buddy I am looking for an accountability buddy. I am 54 years old. I have lost 120 lbs on my own but then due to some surgery and my own mistakes I have regained 20 lbs. Then I just sat there and did nothing. I need to loose 55 lbs and would like to have someone to email and text that I can share, help, and get support from. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:09:53 EST mistake opps mistake. deleted post Mon, 29 May 2017 21:11:52 EST Hey everyone. Hey!! I'm Jess. I've got 67.5lbs to lose and its going to be a very long and hard journey for me. But I'm glad I've got this site to help me through it. I go on holiday in 22 weeks and I want to be as close to my goal as possible. I've even made meal plans for the next 22 weeks. I'm going to be blogging my efforts over on my Sparkpage. Good luck everyone with your goals!! <BR> <BR> xx Thu, 11 May 2017 17:42:08 EST Willpower Challenge I recently did this and was astounded at the amount of willpower I have. Place a favorite treat within your area, try and avoid it for as long as you can. I managed to keep away from a brownie until I could take it home to my husband. He enjoyed the sweet treat, and I enjoyed getting to bring a smile to his face! <BR> <BR> **Note: not for the weak hearted. Please have fun with this, see how long you can last!** Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:53:33 EST Hello! Hello All! Kelly, 25 from California, this is my first week really giving it a go with this site. I've always been heavy, but after going though the treatments for my thyroid problem made me gain more weight, I'm looking to make a change. Figured posting on here would help me hold myself accountable. While my real goal is to be healthier along this journey, I set a goal of 50 lbs to start. Here to being happy and healthier (and being cute at any size)! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:00:02 EST New and Getting Married!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! Looking for some new weight loss buddies here, I used SP years ago and it helped a ton. Wish I hadn't have quit back then but I'm back at it for good this time! <em>521</em> I have a new goal and NEED to meet it! <em>337</em> I'm getting married in November and I just can't see me at 198 lbs walking down the isle. I'd love some support to get healthier and I am a good sup... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:25:01 EST Getting wedding ready! Hi everyone! <BR> I am 28, and living in the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Manitoba, Canada). I work a full-time office job, along with a part-time evenings/weekends job. I have 2 amazing golden retrievers. And am recently engaged (after 11 years of dating haha). <BR> Living in the North means limited access to traditional "gyms" and even more so limited access to fresh produce. That combined with outrageous food prices, I usually have to get pretty creative when it comes to pl... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:18:43 EST Getting wedding ready! Hi everyone! <BR> I am 28, and living in the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Manitoba, Canada). I work a full-time office job, along with a part-time evenings/weekends job. I have 2 amazing golden retrievers. And am recently engaged (after 11 years of dating haha). <BR> Living in the North means limited access to traditional "gyms" and even more so limited access to fresh produce. That combined with outrageous food prices, I usually have to get pretty creative when it comes to pl... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:14:43 EST Let's do this! Hi, everyone! I'm starting this one back up again. I had gained weight back (over the years) and I'm confident that it'll come off again. I choose a slow, gradual pace. I am cherishing the results that come out of this and I am seeking a new lifestyle from this. I have other goals as well that I consider such as deeply growing my brain power (of its health) and there's a website for the mind the same way Sparkpeople is for body wellness that I'll share for anyone willing to know. I have a ver... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:29:50 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 Accountablilty Buddy Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda, I am 26 years old and a mother of a very active 2 year old. I have about 70 pounds to lose and I am just starting my weight loss journey. I work full-time, but I am always at my computer and can access SparkPeople and my email. <BR> <BR> I have a medical condition that affects my ability to exercise frequently. Because of this, I have decided, my first step is to change my food intake. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone who can keep me accountable... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:25:46 EST Need a buddy Hey all! I'm in need of an accountability buddy/motivator to check in on me and make sure I'm on track with my calories and exercise plan. <BR> <BR> I'm 27...Looking to lose 50 lbs (go from 230 to 180). Taking baby steps and trying to develop habits is my plan. I'm a pessimist by nature so I need someone who's up for the challenge of trying to motivate Any takers?? Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:00:03 EST Losing Weight, Climbing Higher Hello all! My name is Heather. Over the years I have drifted to and from SparkPeople, but I have never taken advantage of the community aspect of the site. I believe that social support is the thing I'm lacking in my journey to lose well over 50 pounds, so I am eager to stop lurking and start participating. <BR> <BR> I am a few weeks shy of 24, a college student, and a lover of aerial dance, which is probably one of my biggest motivations to lose this excess weight. It'll never be easy, but... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:19:27 EST Any one taking Spring Classes? I'm in my second week and I'm already counting down to spring break. Anyone else in school? Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:01:20 EST Weekly Goals Hi all! So this is my umpteenth time starting over here on SP. I'm hoping to lose 50 lbs for good this time. 50 lbs in 52 weeks is my goal. I think it's more than doable at 1 lb/wk but it's such a long term goal that I need something to keep me going in the mean time. I think weekly goals (aside from lbs) will help me along the way but I'm having trouble coming up with some. So far I have tracking goals (food, water, steps, etc) and some exercise goals (times/week, duration, etc) but I ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:49:28 EST My name is Kelly I have 2 babies, Sophie will be 5 in February and Sammuel will be 2 in September. I have been battling depression since Sophie was born. I was 18 at the time and thought my whole world was ending. It got worse when Sophie's dad left me after she was born. I am taking medication for it. It helps most days but everyone has their "downs". I don't really eat all that much but most of the things I eat are not really healthy (if at all). So here is the "New Year New Me" chant about getting my life ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:03:18 EST Hey There! Hi! I am a 4th year college student that has been pretty much overweight/obese most of my 21 years. I want to lose 90-100 pounds and learn to build a healthy and more active lifestyle. I'm moving across the country a few months after I graduate college and want to lose the weight so I can start the next point in my life. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:04:56 EST 30 lbs down with 55 to go in need of motivation. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and joined because I'm looking for some motivation in my weight loss journey. I am 27 years old with a wedding on June 24th and am hoping to be at my goal weight by then! I have about 55 lbs to go before I will reach my current goal weight. I'm just hoping that I can get to a place where I feel happy with my body and my pictures, but sometimes feel like that might never happen! <BR> <BR> I have always exercised and watched what I ate, but I ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:08:12 EST New to the Team <BR> Hello! I'm Katie and I live in Massachusetts, USA! I've always had a little pudge, but over the past few years it has really gotten out of hand, for so many reasons. I'm not looking to get super-skinny, but I want to get back to around a size 14/16. <BR> <BR> The two main reasons for all the weight gain were medications and my ex-boyfriend. <BR> <BR> I have bipolar disorder, and while the medicines I take for it have been a godsend, they have also contributed to weight gain. So did m... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 17:27:09 EST Beginning of a long adventure! Hi, I'm Charie and I need to change my habits. I am going to lose 50 lbs no matter how long it takes. Right now my biggest challenges include being a full-time student, part-time employee, and a full-time volunteer. I feel as if I never have enough hours in the day. Hopefully I will be inspired by other members. Today the journey begins! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:24:01 EST Hello there My name is Mimi, I'm 23 and stay in SC. I hope to lose 95 pounds by my next birthday and I am looking for support buddies for the journey. I am starting small for now with light exercise and dietary changes so i can remain realistic and gain momentum along the way. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you don't like shakes that are pre-made, try Designer Whey. I buy them at Bilo. 100 cal, low fat and carb, high protein and fiber. They are a lifesaver for me right now. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:56 EST My birthday My Birthday is March 24 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:05:54 EST jalisa hello, I'm jalisa from barbados. new to the site. trying to find friends who will motivate and help me along my weight lost jourey and beyond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:57 EST What is your program??? Everyone has a different approach to weight loss. What is yours? Do you follow a specific diet? Exercise? Any other special things you do? :) Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:26:18 EST New Here Hi All! <BR> <BR> I just joined today and I'm looking for a place where I can get support from people who are in the same place I am. I'm 29 (30 in September!) and I want to lose a little over 50 pounds. I have a 7 yea old son and I recently relocated from Florida to Colorado. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 17:16:08 EST looking for SP friends Hello everyone, I am 26 years old and I want to lose 50 lbs. I am really into spinning and swimming. I am looking for SP friends. We can help each other by being accountable to each other. <BR> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:36:43 EST Hello Hello my name is Rachel and on March 21st I had Gastric Bypass surgery and I am feeling so good with my healthy life-style change. I have always been over weight and bullied in High School and in a result of that I was homeschooled so it feels good to show my family that being healthy is a wonderful feeling. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 01:33:53 EST Fitness Trackers (FitBits etc...) I just wanted to raise the topic of using fitness trackers such as FitBits (or other brands). <BR> <BR> I used to have a FitBit flex (that I unfortunately lost... thankfully I got it cheap through my job) and I wasn't a huge fan of it. I found that my step count every day was VERY off (especially the days I had to work) because I work as a cahsier. <BR> <BR> I now use my FitMeter from my Wii Fit game to track my steps and find that it is much more accurate because it is on my hip not my w... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:39:41 EST Hey, I guess I am new here! For my 30th birthday present to myself I want to get a bit healthier....I hope this is the route to go!! Why did I choose summer in TN to do this though? I can barely even walk to my car in this humidity, much less exercise! LOL! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:21:11 EST Suggestions? It has come to my attention that we're really not as active as we could be, so I am looking for your input. What would you like to see here on our page to make your experience more valuable? <BR> <BR> Also, if anyone is interested in becoming a co-leader, we would definitely welcome the help! Tue, 24 May 2016 08:37:16 EST Philly Workout Partner I go to the Planet Fitness in Bensalem, PA on street road and work out on nice days on playgrounds. <BR> <BR> I do mostly cardio at the gym, but do a combination of cardio and strength at playgrounds. Occasionally, I'll also sign up for a boot camp whenever I feel like I've hit a plateau. <BR> <BR> Looking for someone who wants to work out first thing in the morning, need that accountability and motivation? Me too :) Fri, 13 May 2016 00:26:57 EST Birthday My birthday is November 2 :) <BR> <BR> Wedding Anniversary is April 25 Thu, 5 May 2016 18:39:30 EST Accountability Hi Guys! I'm looking for an accountability partner! <BR> <BR> I'm 24 and I have about 65-75 lbs to lose and then I'll re-evaluate if I want to go down to less or not. I'm pretty self-conscious myself about what the scale says and it often crushes me a little more every time I step on the stupid thing. I swear it's broken because for like 6 months it has said the same thing even though my measurements have decreased significantly. <BR> <BR> I am willing to be the accountability partner of... Thu, 5 May 2016 18:36:32 EST HI! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm 24, 5'11, 240 lbs on shark week and 231 on a regular day. I'm hoping to lose 65-75 lbs and then go from there to see what I can do still. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight now for maybe 4 or 5 years now and I've just had enough. I am tired of being sick and tired. I'm tired of not being able to move, of having low energy - of everything my extra weight has cost me. I want to reverse what I can. <BR> <BR> Haha, I tend not to be very patient but do... Thu, 5 May 2016 18:18:51 EST Want To Start My Real Adult Life HEALTHY Hey there everyone! <BR> My name is Beth and I am a soon-to-be college grad! I'm a Food Science and Human Nutrition Major, so I know a lot about food and healthy and healthy eating, but I'm awful at applying it to my life. I'm here to get support to lose about 55 pounds and start my life as a real-world (hopefully) functioning adult as healthy as I can be. I'm already making small steps to be better, like checking in here every day and completing the 21-day New Member Challenge, but plan to r... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:26:51 EST Hello All You can call me Will and i've been trying to lose weight 50 lbs for some time now but I gained 50 lbs instead. I'm done with this lifestyle and I want something new. I hope I can do it this time. No promises though Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:08:56 EST Introducing myself Hi everyone! I'm Katie and I'm looking to shed some weight. My biggest problem is staying motivated to workout and eat healthy everyday. I'm hoping this website can help me with that. <BR> I'm looking to lose about 50 lbs. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:57:17 EST A little bio about my self. My name is Kristen Carter and I'm 20 year's old. I struggle a lot to lose my weight. When I was staying in New York with my father, He buy's junk food and everything is frozen. I'm back home with my mom, I'm a part time worker and full time student at a online college. I gained almost 30lbs the first time I went to NY to stay with him. The second time I went up there, I was able to go to the gym and go to tanning beds. I was steady losing weight. I would like to lose weight so it could also h... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:33:10 EST A little about me... I'm Ashley. I'm 28 and a stay-at-home mom to 2 boys, 4 and almost 2. My main goal is to get healthy to be a good example for my boys, and I'm starting with a weight loss goal of 66 more pounds (for a total of 76). I struggle with depression and anxiety (especially social anxiety), which usually keep me indoors. I am trying to learn to love myself and stop making excuses. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:58:09 EST Fairwell Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm updating my spark page and haven't been on in awhile. It's obviously been years since I've messaged in this forum. I am well in to my 30's! Goodness! Just want to leave you with this: I a fully experiencing the "My 20's are catching up to me." Years of poor eating habits, having children, PCOS discovery and emotional eating are all catching up to me. Stay strong, make healthy choices, do your best each day. Best of luck to all of you towards reaching your... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:34:43 EST Hello Just an amazing 24 year old with 55 pounds to lose. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:46:52 EST Almost New I've been a member on sparkpeople for awhile, but I've always been too shy to introduce myself on here. I'm at a point where I finally feel like I'm ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and I decided that since I'm making changes to my health, I could also make a change and say 'hi' to everyone :). Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:18:18 EST Intro Hey everyone, I'm Rebecca. I just re-joined sparkpeople today. I used it a few years ago and lost nearly 60 lbs. There has been a lot of stress in my life lately and I'm just at that point of utter depression with myself. I feel so uncomfortable in my body and I don't know how it became so bad. Two years ago at this time, I was 80 pounds lighter. I'm hoping to be able to utilize sparkpeople. My plan is to start off slow and just start tracking calories and adding some exercise into my life. I... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:31:22 EST Hello everyone! I just joined Spark today and I'm ready to get my eating back on track. I'm looking to lose at least 50 pounds and I'm so excited to get started! <BR> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:39:54 EST Motivation buddy I'm 25 years old and new to this site. I have previously lost a lot of weight but hit an platue and then got discouraged because of all the loose skin that wasn't tightning and the platue. I would like to pick back up and finish my prevous goal. I literally only have 90 lbs left. I have already lost 140. <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone to help me stay positive to be active and eat right. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:11:00 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 About Me Hi everyone. My name is Katherine. I am 23 years old. I am currently working part time at a local coffee shop where I love and and in school part time to become a Dental Assistant. I haven't always had issues with my weight, I really started to pack on the pounds in high school. Though others say that they think I look fine and don't need to lose weight I do not feel the same way. I not only want to look better but I also want to feel better about myself. I want to be able to go out and walk ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:36:41 EST Hello all Im currently 28 years old. I have always been super active and fit all of my life. My prepregnancy weight was 108/112 and after wards it was 120-153 area. I lost the weight pretty well for a bit. Soon after I had a really bad divorce and for the first time in my life in 2012/2013 I started to gain weight really bad. I am now at 193lbs and approaching the last year of my 20's <BR> <BR> This year i am just not going to stand for it anymore!! I am trying to get as close as I can to 115lb by my ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:41:24 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Katrina. I am 26 years old and have struggled with my weight all of my life. I have tried many different types of diets but have never had any real success. I am hoping that this site will help me to stay motivated by reminding me to keep track of my calories and my fitness. Staying motivated is really hard for me but I have two boys and I am determined to get healthy for them. My boys are four and a month old. My four year old has a lot of energy and it is ha... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:45:51 EST Hello everyone I lost 17 pounds total but on here I started at 250 which a total lost is 3 pounds....:) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:39:13 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 Torrid Haute Cash!? does anyone have any Torrid Haute Cash codes I can use? Thanks! =D Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:07:06 EST Hello! Hi everyone. My name is James and i'm 23 from the UK. I'm looking to lose around 3 1/2 to 4 stone and looking for advice. The hardest part about this is the will power and confidence to it, which I don't have much of. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> James. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:10:22 EST hello! My name is Nicole and I'm 27 years old. I currently weigh about 230 lbs and would like to get down to 150 but wouldn't complain if I lose more. It's been a real struggle. Right now I'm just concentrating on just cutting back on calories until it gets nice out again and I can get back to exercising. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:50:21 EST Hi everyone! My name is Jess. I'm 28, and my goal is to lose 50 lbs by this summer. I'm nervous but excited, and I know it's going to be tough. I'm an aspiring writer and exercise has never been my strong suit, so I'm hoping to keep myself in check by joining groups like this one. Good luck everyone! Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:59:54 EST Hello Hi, I'm new here am 29, looking to lose weight and mostly to have more energy throughout the day. I am married with 4 kids. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:01:58 EST HELP I NEED MOTIVATION Hello I am a 20 year old college student who is overweight and has pre-diabetes. I am wanting to lose 95 pounds this year. I need constant support and motivation from someone who is willing to help me. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 02:06:03 EST Hey all nice to meet you!!! I'm Katie I'm looking for some friends on here I can help motivate and who can motivate me as well! I hope to hear from you! I love making new friends :-) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:36:25 EST Hi! I'm 28 and looking to finally achieve my goals!! Nice to meet you all! <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:46:22 EST Introducing myself Hello everyone ! <BR> <BR> I'm Alizée and I'm a 23 y/o Student in Rennes,France. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with weight my whole life but it became worse a few years ago and I now want to lose 88 pounds by the end of next year. However, beyond losing weight my greatest challenge will be to actually stay motivated and not give up along the way. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope this community will keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone with their goals ! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:09:27 EST Final countdown Hi, my name is Yolandi and I live in Laurel MD. I am hoping that this will be the last diet program I ever do. And I am hoping that there are people in my area that are in this program too that can be my program buddy. I want to lose 50 pounds and I am very adamant this time. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:11:51 EST New here! Hello there! My name is Melodie, I just want to introduce myself! I'm 25 and plan on doing things better in 2016! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:19:13 EST Hi There! Hi My name is Stefanie, and I am new to this is towards the end of my first week. I need to loose 60 lbs and my Body fat is around 37, and needs to be 18, so working hard. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:50:15 EST NEW to the CREW - Anaru L Hi All... <BR> <BR> My Name is Anaru (Andrew) and I am new to the community - Looking for people to keep me motivated to lose weight for the day I marry my best Friend Jade... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing everyones progress and sharing my accomplishments. <BR> <BR> Bless Y'all. <BR> <BR> P.S Lets Motivate Eachother.. #GoalDigger Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:51:13 EST HEY I need an accountability buddy....I need to lose 83 pounds. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:41:52 EST's me!!! Hello! My name is Kendra. I recently gotten married. I work as a Security Officer and I got to school full time. I am needing to lose 83 pounds before December so that my husband and I can get wish me luck!! Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:40:17 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! My name is Teana and my goal (in all) is to lose about 70 pounds total. As a younger adult, I was about 150 pounds and thought I was so hideous. It wasn't until my body ballooned up I realized how I should have been so happy with myself back then and had no clue how managing my negative talk was. Once I married at 22 years old, my husband (the high metabolism type) and myself ate pasta nearly every day (because I wasn't allowed to eat it at home because my mother hated it). I was a stay-a... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:14:51 EST Hello! Hi my name is Hayli and I am 24 years old. I am wanting to lose around 90 lbs, not only for my health but to be able to get pregnant. I just found out I have PCOS so I have to lose weight to be able to be come pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. I have a husband of 2 1/2 years and we both are trying to turn our lives around for the better. I have gained about 60 lbs since high school (6 years ago) and I cant believe I let myself go this far. I am on here because I need help with motivation... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:47:16 EST Hey everyone! Hi there, <BR> <BR> My name is Liz, I am sitting around 190-205 right now. My goal is to get to 150 lbs by next summer. I have always been overweight. The last time I was 150 lbs I was in grade 8, so its going to be a big change! <BR> <BR> My biggest issues are motivation and food. I always start off having a good day - great breakfast, ok lunch, but then I get craving for all the bad food at night so that is something I need to work on. <BR> <BR> The second is motivation. I will workout o... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 23:39:00 EST Hi all Hey everyone. My name is Ashlei, but you can call me Ash. I am 24 and have a beautiful little girl. My body has never been the same after having a child. After a few years of this I have decided to really truly commit to do something about. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 00:49:29 EST Looking for a partner! Hello, Team! <BR> I'm Samantha, and I have 80-100 lbs to lose. I am a preschool teacher and a student of psychology. I enjoy crafting, reading, writing and can talk about anything! I think that finding someone with similar goals as myself can really help me to stay on track. I am in the Pacific time zone, and will usually be working out or communicating on here from 7-10pm most nights, If I seem like someone you'd like to chat with, send me a message! I'd love to hear from you! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 00:42:03 EST Checking in Just checking in! I lost 3 lbs already. I'm so proud of myself. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:09:31 EST Last week 398 This week 378, <em>208</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:35:26 EST sun of the soul. My name is Jose and I recently decided (about 20 minutes ago) that I want to try to lose weight again. I feel as if I can't do this alone again. So I feel if I record my thoughts, ideas, and progress where there are like-minded people then hopefully I will no longer feel as if I am alone. Its as much as I can reveal about myself right now. But maybe I can share more as I progress. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:26:18 EST dealing with depression and anxiety hey everyone my name is jessica and i am dealing with depression and anxiety.. just got my birth control removed due to the side effects.. I'm on trazodone to sleep and depression and buproprion for depression and metformin to help lose weight <BR> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 01:11:12 EST Michelle Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm Michelle. I just turned 25 in July and have a few different goals. My first and most important goal is to be healthy. I want to be able to nourish my body and strengthen it. While doing so, I want to lose weight. My long-term goal is about 70lbs. I currently weight 217 and a healthy range for me is between 135-145. I have my work cut out for me. <BR> <BR> I graduated from college about two years ago and I currently work full-time in Human Resources. I have ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:34:32 EST Greetings Hello guys, am new on board. I hope its gonna be an enjoyable moment with you guys. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:23:18 EST Slowly but surly!!! SW 210 <BR> CW 197 <BR> GW 140/130 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:03:21 EST I'm excited to be here! Hi! I'm looking to reach out and collaborate with other people who are finding success on their weight loss or muscle building journeys. I'm just starting to exersize outside of weightlifting classes, on my own. I love to lift, even though I don't lift a lot at once. I've been attending Zumba and beginners Yoga, and am looking for other things that you've found success in. <BR> <BR> I'm 23, married for 5 years , and never really recovered from the pregnancy of our 2 year old son. I have hor... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:32:45 EST I'm New Here Hello!!! As you can see by my username I am newly married. My name is Sarah and I'm interested in making a healthy lifestyle change for my husband and I. I love to cook, bake, walk, hang with friends and watch movies. I live in San Diego so if any of you guys do please message me! Maybe we can become friends. Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:38 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Shelby, and I am going to be turning 23 in just over a month. I live in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. I am in school to be an elementary or middle school teacher. I am about to begin my year long, so I will spend about 1-2 days a week in my classroom in the fall, and I officially begin student teaching in January! I work full time for about another week, and then I'll be down to 11 or so hours during the school year. I also have a second job where I am a... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:16:52 EST Good morning Good morning all! I've been waking up and taking my dog for 4 mile walks the past couple of days.. and it felt wonderful! However for the past few nights I have been working the 3-11 shift at an active job so I am just exhausted! I am not feeling up to going for my walk again today so I think I may just do a couple of workout videos instead. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:49:08 EST Hello Hi my name is Sam. i am 22. I have 130 pounds to lose. i am currently at 271. i have a long way to go i expect to be working hard for the next 2 years. i am currently on a challenge to walk the distance from the shire to Mordor and back in 3 years. I am super excited to be here. looking for a buddy on here to help me achieve my goals as well as help them achieve theirs. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:25:11 EST Hello Hi, my name is Sam. i am 22. i currently weight 271. my goal is to lose 130 pounds. i have a long way to go i figure at least 2 years i am supper excited to be here. oh and i live in idaho. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:16:12 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Jasmin! <BR> <BR> I'm a married stay at home artist that's been struggling with weight issues since ~2009. I'm finally to a point where I am healthy and strong enough to start losing the enormous amount of weight I gained, around 70lbs! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site, only been using it for about a week. Since then I've already lost 5lbs thanks to keeping track of my eating and my workouts- it's given me a ton of motivation to keep with everything I've set out to do. I also have more... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:57:46 EST Stomach Things I've had a stomach 'issue' since I was a kid; the issue is that whenever I don't eat for 5+ hours I feel very, very sick and I've even 'thrown up' because of it. <BR> <BR> Also, most of the time after I eat I feel queasy, like what I ate didn't agree with me even though I've eaten many times before. Usually a little while later I feel fine. <BR> <BR> The way I've combated the issue is to really never be without a snack or at least a sip of water. Water makes the puking feeling go away for ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:43:05 EST Intro My name is Jasmin and I joined spark to finally lose the weight I'd like to. I gained most of it between 07-09 and finally topped out at 255. I lost a bit of the weight and have kept that much off for around five years now. <BR> <BR> I'm currently at ~242 with the goal of reaching 170 by sometime next year. I have the equipment, I just need to stick with it. I have an elliptical and a bowflex as well as the knowledge of how to properly use both to the best of my current abilities. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 12:02:15 EST Buddies Wanted! .Hi my name is Angela, I'm 28 and just moved to upstate (Adirondacks) NY, and work in Student Affairs, more specifically Residence Life and Housing. <BR> <BR> I am currently readjusting to life after moving, and hoping to lose some weight in the process. I have tried weight watchers and it just did not work for me, so I am hoping to "meet" some pretty awesome people on here, and have an accountability buddy or buddies. <BR> <BR> text, facebook, email....really any form of communication wo... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:44:57 EST Howdy Yall!!! Hi yall! I am Jenn. I am 28 years old. I am the type of person who has started and stopped dieting and fitness routines my life but NOT THIS TIME!!! I currently weigh 220 and ultimately I would love to be down to 125 but I'm doing baby steps so my first goal is 200. <BR> <BR> From this group I really hope to get an accountability buddy because I don't feel like I have the support from my husband that I need. While he is a great husband he is the type of guy who brings home a box a Twink... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:38:02 EST New to this ! Hello ! Hello ! <BR> I am Anna, I am 28 and live in Paris France. <BR> I have been overweight for more than half my life, it has kept me from many things and I have always retrained myself from living because of my weight. I've struggled for so long, I don't really remember how it was like before. <BR> I have finally understood what were the roots of my problem. Now I need to untangle it all by finally loosing it off. I need to shed around 25 kg or 50 pounds. I'm super motivated but I sure do need... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:51:07 EST Hello Hello! My name is Christie and I've struggled with my weight since college. I'm 28 years old and I've experienced severe ups and downs with my weight. Sadly, I'm nearly back to my heaviest weight ever. I'm looking to lose about 80 pounds for good this time. <BR> <BR> I'm an RN, I love reading and writing. I'm also an avid table top gamer. I've been a vegetarian for nearly 10 years and vegan for the last year. I'd love to connect with others along our journeys! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:16:55 EST Having the worst week, already. SO, I'm starting over in my attempt to get healthy- I hit a wall about a year ago and haven't been able to make anymore progress. Went to the doctor and made a plan. And then things fell completely apart. In the span of three days ... <BR> <BR> -I was almost in a terrible wreck which would have probably killed both my niece and I <BR> -I found out from that experience that I need a TON of work on my car and new tires that I can not afford <BR> -A hole opened up in the wall of my lousy apartm... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:13:09 EST Hello I've been on sparkpeople for about, 3 weeks, and I've been a little nervous about introducing myself so I haven't. my goal is 60lbs by December. I have a lot of bad habits. <BR> <BR> I'm Britt. I'm almost 24, and I'm working on self love and working towards my goal. <BR> I hope to have all of your support, for I have no support at home or with my family. I love what I have been seeing on this site. so I hope to give as well as receive support! <BR> <BR> :) Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:02:36 EST How do you organize your recipes? <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> I am going to ask you how you organize your recipes. <BR> <BR> I have a big plastic folder with cutout and handwritten recipes which is just helter-skelter. That with the result that I do not check among them as often as I would like. <BR> <BR> Have you them in one or more binders? In plastic pockets or do you paste them on paper? How do you handle them when there are several good recipes on both sides of eg a newsprint? Do you write them on a seperate paper? Do you ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:45:31 EST Looking for a buddy! I’m 29, SAHM, CW: 240 ish, GW: 145-150 ish, very active on social media and looking for someone to chat with as much as possible to keep motivated, keep tabs on each other. I’m motivated 100% and looking for buddies that click so we can get this weight off! PM me if interested! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:59:59 EST So Excited! Hi everyone! I wanted to take second to introduce myself. My name is Courtney and I'm from outside of Houston. I have had issues with my weight since I started dating my highschool sweetheart and now fiance! You could say I gained "happy" weight from all of the dates and junk food nights and beers and fun stuff. I started trying REALLY hard to lose weight in 2010 when I came home from college weighing 190 at 20 years old. I used SparkPeople religiously and worked out about an hour a day every... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:31:32 EST new to sparkpeople! hello everyone, I am 25 years old and I go to spinning class 3-4 times a week. i hope to lose 60 lbs! i am excited to join sparkpeople! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:23:06 EST Hello Lovelies! Hello! My name is Beza and I am a 21 year old rising college senior. I honestly don't remember when I became overweight but I think it was sometime in middle school. I am chubby in all of my pictures from high school and DEFINITELY from college so it's been a while. At my heaviest I was 197 and then got down to 181 and now I am 188. I am trying to get down to 135 (53 pounds, YIKES!) by my graduation from college in May 2016! I hope to meet many of you and to support you all as you too try to ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:13:53 EST Hey! Hey everyone! I'm Scarlett! I'm 23 years old & I'm currently 258.0 pounds. My goal is to be 208 by May of 2016! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:27:34 EST 25 year old with about 100 lbs to lose Hello all! I wanted to re-introduce myself to everyone since I have not been on the website for some time now and I have recently re-joined. I am 25 years old and have to beautiful kids to look after. I am also married to an amazing and supportive husband. I need to lose about 100 lbs. I find myself wanting to have more energy to run around with my kids more. I'm in it to win it this time! I am always looking for new buddies! Feel Free to add me. Thu, 28 May 2015 13:54:16 EST new new to this whole diet planning thing... single mom of two boys never lost the baby weight after my second child have had issues losing weight due to c section scars any body who has had a related issue and has successfully lost weight encouragement and advice would be great Fri, 22 May 2015 23:53:56 EST Help me Hi my name is Jenna. I am a stay at home mom of a 5 yr old boy and a 2 yr old boy. I am really looking for support and motivation. A little tough love to kick me into gear wouldn't be too bad either. I really want to stay on this journey for the long haul so I can get my life back on track and be a great role model for my children. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:23 EST Restart/Refresh Hi my name is Jenna. I am a 29 year old, with a wonderful husband whom has given me the ability to be a stay at home mom of two wonderful kiddos. I am so bad at staying on track and need help being accountable. My son has been a great help, we recently talked about the importance of being healthy and now he says stuff like "lets do your dancing movie," or "lets go for a bike ride to stay healthy." So here is to a new start, and not giving up! Tue, 19 May 2015 12:37:38 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just created my account today and figured this was a good group to introduce myself to! I'm 25 years old, 5/6, and 231 pounds, hoping to lose 50 lbs by the end of this year. I used to go on different diets/exercise, and try to lose weight, but at some point I gave up and it's been several years since I've really made any effort. <BR> <BR> I hate that the world tells me to be skinny and am very supportive of body-positive and fat-positive movements, but at the same ti... Mon, 11 May 2015 17:10:48 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Roxy. I am new to this group but not to SparkPeople. I am looking to get down to 180 lbs (currently around 215) and tone up. Looking for an accountability buddy, someone to message daily so that we can hold one another accountable. Please reply if interested! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:18:20 EST Hello! Hello !! <BR> <BR> My name is holly, started this month out at 225 lb, long term goal is to lose 60 lbs and never find it again. <BR> <BR> I had lost weight in my first two years at college, then added almost all back on in the past few years thank you happy relationship and full time desk job ;-P <BR> <BR> <BR> I started back to the gym at the beginning of april, and felt like it was time to get back on spark to keep track of food and fitness and more importantly actually use the com... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:40:07 EST hello hi i'm leesh and im just getting started in the community with spark people. ive been a member for a while but im only just now motivated to do this for real. so hopefully with some support i can reach a weight that i feel comfortable with. right now im at 250 and honestly, i dont have a goal at the moment i just want to start eating better and working out and see where it goes. :) Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:35:50 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I'm Kelly and I'm 25. I have around 80ish pounds to lose. I've been trying (and slowly losing) to lose weight for around 3 years now. I've lost 30 pounds so far. This is my first real day using Spark! I'm looking for some motivational friends, so add me! I live in New Hampshire and I love to walk. I'm a HUGE Disney fan, and I also love sports. My goals are to make it down to 135. I know it's a long process and I'm patient. I just want to feel comfortable in my skin and look go... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:26:56 EST New to the group Had a great workout last night! I work midnights so I'm off to bed but I've been on a roll this past week! Down 6 pounds in ten days! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:40:14 EST Hello Spark! <em>41</em> Hello, my names Rayeann I'm 24 years old and I am here to start making a difference in my life. For about 5 years now I have struggled with losing weight, and up until a year ago my weight was stagnant and staying at 210, now I have gained 8 more pounds and im pushing 220 and I feel it's more than time to start my Journey. When I was in highschool and even up until I was 19 I was always super active! I was always outside when not in class, and when I was in highschool I took PE ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:17:31 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:05:00 EST accepting accountability buddy applications lol I honestly need help keeping myself motivated! sure i have friends that are stick figures and say they will help me lose weight and stay motivated, but are flakes and i get it. it's not their problem, but having someone going through the same thing as me would help drastically or i think lol. <BR> my name is jessica and i'm a 24 yr old stay at home mom with 2 boys and my oldest (5yr old) is autistic and my baby (8 month old) is a handful in himself lol <BR> so you can see where i need the m... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:55:35 EST How much cardio do you do? Hi there, <BR> <BR> I was wondering from everyone, how much cardio do you do per day and how often per week? Im steadily only losing .5 or 1lb a week. I eat the 1200 calories a day, with the occasional cheats of upto 1600 calories a day. Its says to maintain my weight to eat 2200 cal a day so i know im still okay. However, when i do my cardio, I do the elliptical from 25-45 a day and only 3 or 4x a week. I see some people do 90 minutes a day 5x a week. I want to hear everyone's regimen with ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:50:06 EST Hi, I'm New! Hi, I'm back for my umpteenth attempt at losing weight. I've made several changes over the past year; I quit smoking, I got married, I changed jobs...twice. And I've added a few pounds with each one of those. In June, I'm going home to see my family for the first time in 3 years, and I don't want to be the biggest they've ever seen me. <BR> I'm a college student, studying human services. I don't do well with routines, but I get bursts of energy that last a couple of weeks at most. I need to i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:58:29 EST Emily Johnson I'm 26 years old with Downs syndrome, I'm 221 pounds over and I need help to find my inner beauty. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:19:06 EST Hi my name is Diana. Hello my name is Diana, <BR> I am currently living overseas with my husband who is in the Air Force. I have two wonderful children who are only 15 months apart. Now that the youngest is 2 years old, I really can't use them as an excuse for the extra weight anymore. :) My goal is to loose the weight before returning back to the states at the end of this year. WISH me luck! I've been working out and changing my eating habits over the past couple months but I haven't seen very much results yet. ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:38:02 EST stuck!!!! i'm 207 and i'm desperate to lose these 7 lbs to get back into ONEderland! However, I haven't lost anything since last Wednesday :( Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:06:22 EST Afternoon snacking gone crazy During the work week, I eat breakfast and lunch, but when I get home I want a snack before dinner. So I eat a Greek yogurt, a boca patty, or some other small snack, but I struggle to keep it at that. <BR> <BR> I typically get home around 4:30 and my husband gets home at 6:00-6:30. By the time he has gotten home for us to have dinner, I have eaten enough calories for 2 meals just in snacking and "taste-testing" as I cook dinner. <BR> <BR> I typically have a huge to do list when I get home.... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:44:30 EST Looking for some inspiration Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Im looking for some healthy recipes and am hoping you can help me out! <BR> <BR> My aim is to eat around 50 gram kh ( that means no bread, rice or pasta)! Vegitarian recipes are deffo welcome! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:46:00 EST Quote for Inspiration "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly... who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:39:43 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 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 16:31:24 EST stay at home mommy need to lose 100+ lbs My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mommy. I have really just let myself go. I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. I really need to lose at least 110 lbs for my own health. I am looking forward to meeting gold and my long journey for success Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:45 EST Glad to Be Here! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to being a part of this site and making a change in my life. After being overweight all of my life, I am ready to make a serious difference and set attainable goals. I look forward to meeting new people and encouraging everyone to do their best. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you! :) <BR> <BR> Until next time, <BR> Vanessa Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:45:55 EST Hi Hi Hi Hi Sparkfriends!! <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren, I will be 26 years old this year and I have a lot of weight to loose! I started off at 400 lbs, lost 150 lbs, over a span of about three years I gained 50 back so I'm 300 lbs again. I know I have made a lot of progress and can do it again but sometimes I sit back and think... I'm so tired of fighting with it. I have PCOS which is an ovarian disease that affects weight loss but it's not impossible and I have not done EVERYTHING I possibly could t... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:31:56 EST Jennifer Sturm Hi my name is Jennifer Sturm. I am the mother of four wonderful kids and engaged to a wonderful man. I really want to lose weight to where I have more energy to where I can play and do more fun things with my kids. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:20:26 EST Just Started Eating Low Carb Hello Everyone!!! I just started eating low-carb and I am loving it. I do not feel hungry as much and I can still enjoy the foods that I eat. I am excited to be on this journey of weight loss. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:24:59 EST Hi i'm Dani Okay, so this is my very first time using SparkPeople. I've tried multiple different ways of losing weight before and although they have initially worked, I always fall off the healthy wagon and am now the heaviest I've ever been. 191 pounds at 5ft 3inches seems quite unhealthy. So I thought if i found a buddy who could help keep me on track and stop me reaching for that bar of chocolate and vice versa. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 04:40:13 EST Weight loss food programs I'm doing pretty good on my exercising regularly but failing pretty hard at the food part. I'm an emotional eater. I'm considering doing maybe Jenny Craig, or Nutrisystem. Has any one tried any of these? I'm just looking for advice on them. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:05:51 EST Ideas ? Hey everyone ! so i'm looking for ideas on what to buy at the grocery store. I decided to start today [well as best i can today] and my house is pretty unhealthy pantry wise. I dont even know where to start in the store ! What kind of foods are a must have for you ? snacks ? dinners ? easy and fast for on the go ? im used to just eating whatever i want whenever i want. Im also used to going to the grocery store and ending up in the cookie aisle ! <BR> <BR> Also - what does everyone use to m... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:28:14 EST Hi ! Hi im Cassandra ! i've been on spark people for a veryy long time now. since 2012 i believe. But i have never lost anything. I have made a new spark username simply because being on the old one and seeing old goals made me feel like i realllllly couldn't do this ! <BR> <BR> and to be honest, im not entirely sure that i can do this ! but im going to try atleast. I guess you could say i haven't REALLY given it any effort. i mean something here and something there.. but nothing long term. <BR... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:49:10 EST I'm Losing 50 Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Jessi and I am a 28 year old woman with 50 pounds to lose! New to spark people and hoping to gain a sense of community and support on my mission. I know this is going to be a challenge but I am dedicated to losing this extra weight for my son, Oliver. I want to be in good shape and influence him to be healthy. <BR> Any insight, tips or if you just need an extra supporter on your mission...much appreciated! <BR> We can do this! <BR> -jessi <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:51:57 EST Spark friends Hi there! I'm loving sparkpeople and the motivation that the site gives me, it's great! I'd love some friends that I could occasionally converse with give & get support from so add me if you'd like to have a smiley, witty Irish gal as your weight loss companion! Have a great day! <BR> <BR> A little about me; I'm a 26 year old female nurse living in the heart of London UK, I've previously lived in Spain and Ireland. I like to travel. I'm a christian attending All Souls Church. I've got 55lbs ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:06:23 EST Fashionistas- interview clothes I have a job interview coming up for an amazing job (4 times my current salary, benefits, closer to family, etc). <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> But, since I gained so much weight over the last few years I have nothing to wear that is appropriate for an interview. So, any advice on what to wear and where to shop (I'm a size 14/16) would be much appreciated. I want to feel confident, beautiful, and powerful, and that can be hard to do when all I see in the mirror is weight gain. <BR> <BR> The c... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:56:00 EST Hello Hello i am Sami i am 20 years old look to lose 50ish pounds. <em>213</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:09:10 EST Restaurant Calorie Buffer? I have a lot of dining out to do this week (unfortunate timing, since I just started tracking!). We eat at local restaurants that don't have nutrition facts listed. I was thinking that I will try to track the ingredients to the best of my ability, but I thought it might be a good idea to add a custom "restaurant buffer" item to my tracker to make up for any ingredients I didn't know were in there, the extra butter/oil the chefs add, etc. How much do you think would be appropriate? 200 calorie... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:21:21 EST What are you doing to reach your gaols? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I thought id make a new topic to motivate one another and maybe learn a thing or two from one another. <BR> <BR> I want to loose around 30 lbs to start with and eventually i want to loose around 50/55. To do this i have altered my calorie intake to 1450, cut down on carbs and almost completely cut out sugar. Also i workout daily. When i started working out i couldnt manage more than 15 minutes (yes my condition was very poor!) and now i manage 50 minutes! <em>244</em... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:17:36 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Tiffany. I am 22, a full-time college student, and I work 2 jobs. My goal is to lose 68 pounds and just to be happier with my body. I have tried to use SparkPeople a few times over the last year, but haven't really stuck with it. I just rejoined and this was the first team recommended for me. I hope to actually stick with it this time and not to give up on myself. <BR> <BR> I don't really know how these message boards work... should i have hit reply or create a new topic (i did crea... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:47:23 EST Has Anyone Else Got This Problem? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I had a rest day yesterday (the one day i dont workout) and i went to workout again today and as i was warming up i felt a kinda burning sensation in my calves (lower legs).. i can usually do 20 minutes on the crosstrainer and after 5 minutes i just couldnt do anymore... <BR> <BR> I stopped after 5 minutes and did some weight training instead. I later managed another 5 minutes of crosstraining but i just couldnt go anymore. <BR> <BR> Im so gutted, i dont feel like i... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:30:26 EST Share Your Birthday <em>383</em> May 14 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:36:15 EST Hi There! :) My names is Courtney, I'm 24 yrs old. I have a goal weight of 150 Ibs, my largest amount lost so far is 36 pounds. My weekly goal loss is 2 pounds a week. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:58:02 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST My Introduction My Name is Vanessa and I'm 28 years old. My Fiance and I just got engaged in August 2014 and we are planning an August 2016 wedding. I need to loose 60lbs by that point in time (sooner rather than later since i need to fit into a dress). I currently work out about an hour a day 4/5 days a week. I do 30 mins circuit training and 30 mins bike. I watch my portions, carbs and calories. Whats discouraging is ive done this for 3-4 months not and im not loosing anything. maybe down 2 but then gain e... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:01:27 EST Hello!! Hello My name is Kalina. I joined last night and this group was added. <BR> <BR> I am married and have a 5 month old son with down syndrome and a heart defect. <BR> When I had my son, my husband and I put on a lot of weight because we were in and out of the hospital with him so we ate out a lot. <BR> <BR> I want to lose the weight and be able to run around with my son and not feel like im dying. I joined this site because I need to be held accountable in order to reach my goals. My curr... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:02:50 EST Hi Friends!! Hello beautiful people. <BR> My name is Caitlyn. I am new to working in the SparkTeams. I am not new to SparkPeople. I am trying really hard to find new things to motivate me and keep me going to reach my goals! Stop on over to my SparkPage for more ramblings of mine! I am very excited to get going! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:44:02 EST Hey everyone! Hey everyone, I'm Nicole! Starting my weight loss journey today! Currently at 220 and want to be 170 by the end of this year :) Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:19:40 EST hello My name is Christina I am new to spark people so I'm very excited to see how this goes. I have been struggling with my weight since I had my first child seven years ago. Last year I did the low carb diet and it worked until I started eating carbs again and gained the weight back and then some. I work full time mother of two that has a loving husband of eight years. I would live you to add me so we can keep each other motivated. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:43:58 EST Question Fitness magazine has 2 different exercises that I have been doing. I can't find them on SparkFitness tracker..."Double-Leg Stretch" &"Dead Bug". Does anyone know what they are on the SparkFitness? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:29:22 EST SparkTeam: Idea Exchange Hey guys. I don't know if this is allowed, so, if not, please feel free to remove it & I'm sorry for any inconveniences. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you all know I created a new SparkTeam called Idea Exchange. My goal for it is to get a community together where we can exchange recipes or inquire about any suggestions one might have for helping someone meet a nutritional goal. <BR> <BR> For example, if you are trying to find a nice, simple snack to increase your daily fiber intake, you ca... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:51:50 EST Quick question.. Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> quick random question... i see that people have a weight tracker under their posts and on their sparkpages.. how do i do this? :) Mon, 5 Jan 2015 04:49:12 EST Back to sqaure one... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Im Danielle, 21 years old and a serial yoyo dieter. Iv tried every trick in the book; atkins, dr frank, paleo, south beach, smootie diet, detoxes, cambridge you name it iv done it. At my heaviest i was 257 lbs and i am now back up to 242 lbs after having lost weight, put it back on, lost it, put it back on. <BR> <BR> Im hoping to learn from eachother and maybe even make some friends :) Sun, 4 Jan 2015 05:27:49 EST Hi Hi, I'm Melissa. <BR> I am 25 and a wife and stay-at-home mom to an amazing little 18 month old boy. I am a Christian and my hope rests in Christ alone. I believe I can do this with His help! I need to lose roughly 80 lbs. I am hoping to lose 20 by my anniversary in may. I have lost about 20 since my little boy was born, but still haven't lost all my baby weight. Anyway, I am sorry this is brief, I'm tired and it's been a pretty long day. Anyway, I joined spark people in november and managed ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:32:05 EST Hi! Back at it again! Well I had an old sparkpeople account from 2009, and I was doing really well but fell off the wagon for a couple of much so that I forgot my sparkpeople password! oops! <BR> I had a baby 6 months ago, and now I'm finally ready to get back to my old self! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:13:17 EST Looking for an accountable buddy I am looking for someone who can help keep me motivated and positive. I have a lot of low self esteem and really need all the help I can get. I have support on becoming healthier but not when it comes to how I buy groceries or on how to maintain control on what I eat or anything for that matter. If anybody is interested on helping one another out or would like to be a jogging buddy I would greatly appreciate it and looking forward to getting to know you. Thanks :) Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:13:06 EST Hi! I'm Brett. I recently had the flu. And an open cut. <BR> <BR> Then I got an abcess, and it was off to the hospital on Christmas Eve, where I unwrapped my present: a brand new type 2 diabetes diagnosis at 26 years old. <BR> <BR> I'm 275 pounds today and just...clueless as to where to begin. This site was recommended by my new dietician for mealplanning (even though I can't seem to find them anywhere...) and support/tracking. So here I am. It's a pleasure to meet all of you. I'm horrified an... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:03:56 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Brandi, I am a mom and a full time student. I have three amazing kids, ages 9,5,4. I am a student in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have been struggling with my weight for a long time now. I know that I need to get healthy for myself and my family. I want to be able to play with ,y kids without getting winded, I want to know that I will be here for them for a long time to come. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:36:35 EST New Year Healthy Habits's Builder Challenge Hi Team! For all of you looking to make some healthy changes in the new year I will be posting weekly nonfitnes challenges to help you along during the month of January! This challenge is a stacking challenge each week you will be given a new task to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. After you complete a week the next weeks will be given out and you add that to week 1's. So to clarify in week 2 you would have 2 to do daily as you do not stop and change tasks but simply continue to add ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:44:38 EST Healthy alternative to bread? I love bread. I grew up on sandwiches and salads and when I have an upset tummy, crampy tummy, don't feel good, run down, etc bread always sits amazing on my stomach. There nothing that sits better on my stomach or makes me feel as full as a sandwich. But I know bread is supposed to be bad. We buy whole wheat or whole grain but they tell me that's still bad. <BR> So right now I have a fridge full of left over Turkey and would love to live off Turkey and lettuce sandwiches for the next week, b... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:40:06 EST New to Spark People! Hello! I’m Shannon Marie. I'm a recovering binge eater and laxative user. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight for the majority of my life and have been on this uphill battle and journey of weight loss for a very long time. 8+ years to be accurate. I am only 25, for goodness sake! <BR> <BR> (Note: Please bear with me while I not so beautifully get things out) <BR> <BR> Earlier this year (in 2014) I made a commitment to get healthy, not skinny. I was to be turning 25 in March and I felt like... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:19:24 EST Newbie! :) Hello and Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> I've lurked around this website for awhile, and finally had the guts to create an account and be present in this community. <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of struggles with weight loss, my self image, eating healthy, and everything in between. I had lost almost thirty lbs a few years back, and was feeling fantastic. But, within the next following years I ended up gaining it all back, and then some. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by joining here I will find the mo... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:50:21 EST Hello All! I apologize ahead of time for my short life story below, but I promise it all relates to my weight loss/gain journey. :) <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Leia and I'm 24 years old. I'm a Sunny California girl who just moved to the east side of Canada for a new experience and I've never been the "skinny girl" growing up, I was always a little bigger than most my age. I've been on SparkPeople for quite a while now... and have fallen off the bandwagon twice now, so this is my 3rd go at i... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:19:53 EST New to the group Hello everyone. My name is Stephanie and I wanted to introduce myself. Read my spark page for more in-depth information. <BR> <BR> I have had many struggles with my weight and in my personal life over the years. I am trying to get a handle on both. Follow my blog if you would like to follow this journey with me. Hopefully this is the last first post I will make :) <em>249</em> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:02:35 EST Monopoly Challenge 2015 <em>249</em> THIS CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN JANUARY 1, 2015 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will be an individual exercise challenge. The way to win this challenge is to be the first person to land on every square on the monopoly board, from the roll of a die. One die (1-6) will be used for this game to increase the odds of landing on the square that you need.  <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> I WILL ROLL THE DIE AND POST YOUR CURRENT LOCATION <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> For every 2500 calor... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:25:31 EST Hi everyone &#128522; Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Sheridin and I've joined the site for support throughout my weight loss journey. I find that I do better when I am held accountable ot simply just inspired by my fellow Sparkpeople's progress. My final goal is to lose 80 pounds. I am setting mini-goals of losing 7-10 pounds a month. Any advice is welcome &#128522; Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:50 EST My first week Hi, I'm Katie and I am here to lose 51 pounds by my next birthday (nine months). I need support and accountability. I really let myself go this past year and as a result gained 30 pounds, putting me over 200#, a weight I haven't seen since pregnancy. I had to go buy new clothes as none of mine were fitting. That's when it really hit me that I am out of control with food. I want to change my eating habits but more than fifty pounds seems an impossible feat. I like how spark people is asking me... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:58:30 EST New Here Hi all, my name is Altria, I am a gamer and anime fan, looking to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60lbs. Wanting to do that through healthy eating choices, working out, the whole shebang. I've got hypothyroidism and PCOS which makes life a bit difficult, but I think I can do this. <BR> <BR> Any questions or anything, feel free to ask! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:09:51 EST Birthdays/An nniversaries I know we have a LOT of members, but I would really like to know when anyone is celebrating a <em>383</em> or an <em>384</em> . Please share! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:41:48 EST new mom wanting to lose the baby weight before i got pregnant last year with my first baby boy. i lost over 115 pounds gain half during pregnancy now im depressed because i have to lose weight all over again..any new moms or moms have any advise on losing the baby weight ..thanks in advance Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:53:55 EST Engaged ! I'm 29 years old, hoping to get back to my weight of 145. I currently weigh 220. So I have to lose 75 pounds. I'm 5'9. Also, I was a vegan for 11 years, I'm back to that lifestyle, and addicted to the idea of yoga as part of my daily life. Hoping to find someone similar!!! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:23:22 EST December Challenge With the holidays almost here and having to get through Thanksgiving for all you American folks that was in November. A lot of us are thinking, “Oh here we go again.” Dreading how much you think you’ll fall off the wagon, but you don’t have to! <BR> <BR> Lets work on a December Challenge that we can all do together. Perhaps motivating and encouraging those around us to keep pushing on. <BR> The holidays don’t have to be a fear over the food choices you make, but perhaps alternative solution... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:00:36 EST december Challenge I want to do a challenge for december to keep my self going and moving forward Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:44:35 EST Hello! Hello - I am new here! My name is Carolyn and I have struggled with weight all my life... and in the past couple of years with working full time I haven't given myself anytime but that Is going to change! I am going to conquer this! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:11:41 EST New Challenge Team! Come join a challenge team focused towards 20 somethings who are looking for a quick dose of daily motivation! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63672 </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:15:24 EST Hello :) Hi everyone! My name is Justine, I am 28, married and suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have been struggling with my weight for a while now and it's very hard to lose weight because of the RA. Between medicines that pack on the pounds and not being able to be physically active without being in a lot of pain has put a damper on weight loss! My biggest motivation to lose weight is that my husband and I want to have a child and my weight is one of the factors preventing this. I also need to lo... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:43 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST Anyone else have a hard time just getting started? Hi everyone! I have been thinking and planning and talking about losing weight and getting healthy for what seems like forever. I keep starting and then stopping without ever seeming to stick to it for very long at all. I am 28 and I would like to start a family soon, and I want to get serious about being healthy for my future family. The biggest problem I have is just getting started. Not only getting started with the whole "be healthy" mindset, but even putting on my tennis shoes and w... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:05:17 EST November Erase Your Thanksgiving Meal Challenge With November upon us, it is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. <em>426</em> Thanksgiving and Christmas <em>446</em> are holidays that often lead to overeating and it is not uncommon to throw healthy eating and exercise out the door for 2 months and just figure we will get healthy again on January 1st with everyone else! <BR> <BR> It may be unrealistic to LOSE weight during the holiday season (although not impossible by any means). But wouldn't it be awesome to burn off a... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:04:33 EST Miranda Murders Fat Hi, every one! <BR> I'm Miranda, 22 years old. Mom of 2. <BR> I started my journey in Aug. Of this year to become stronger, healthier and fully love myself again. Its not about being "skinny" for me. My goal is 130 and have set a few small weight goals to help me reach my ultimate goal. I know that I need to address my way of not always eating the best and plan to attack that next in my journey. Always up to receive motivation and give motivation back. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:12:49 EST Hello Hello, how are you? I am Georgia and have just started Spark People. So far I have only done tracking but am going to try and start doing things with the teams and possible look up eating rite stuff and exercising things. I have a husband Stephen and a three year old son Apollo. *Georgia Bell Hull Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:25:16 EST GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!!! IM LOVELYDUTCHESS Hello All! I have been a member for a long time now. but I never actually took the time to explore the site. I did a few exercise videos and then I moved on to something else. Any whoo I started my weight loss journey over again 9/29/2014 and I have receive an email from spark with some weight loss tips and I log in and be logging in ever since. I can only say I wish I paid more attention to the site back then. I might have been successful with my journey. I LOVE everything this site offers a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:12:27 EST :| Hi everyone, I'm Fiiqah and I'm 21 years old. I've joined countless number of community to start of my diet but i havent been sticking to them and keep on gaining back my weights. But recently my boyfriend said that i better loose some weight at that made me sad but at the same time motivated to start this journey again.. I'm hoping this community will bring out the best of me.. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:23:00 EST Hi I'm Erin I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm really stressed out about it. I'm a graduate student. Any and all support welcome. <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:36:01 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Shandi and I am a new mom. I have my 2 month old daughter Lilly as my biggest inspiration. I want to lose weight and get in shape so that I can keep up her. I don't want her to be embarrassed by me and my weight and i don't want her childhood to be limited by it either. I've always been overweight and i had miserable self-esteem issues because of it. I don't want her to go through what i went through. So this is the reason why i am reaching out for help. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:51:00 EST New challenges! Are you looking for a fun, interactive challenge group? <BR> Come join us the in the 20 Somethings Challenge Group! Featuring daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, you can create something that works for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63672 </link> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:52:34 EST loosing weight isnt easy Hi my name is shanice branche I am new here and I would be very glad if I can find a few friends on here from Louisiana that could want to take walks and could help each other grow and loose the weight that we want to loose and to have someone you could talk to about your weight situation and not fill embarrassed while you loose weight together Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:46:02 EST Friends Looking for some motivating, encouraging friends here on spark people! Add me, I'll be encouraging & motivating as well! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:15:27 EST Hey team! Hi there, I'm Liz, 26 year-old doctoral student currently living in Lawrence, Kansas. When I was playing roller derby and training for obstacle course races I was in really amazing shape, but then I had a really trying year and hit a rough patch. I gained about 50lbs in about 2 years and I've come to realize I seriously need some community support in order to help me realize my goals. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:27:41 EST hi guys! trying to get a little social haha i've been on sparkpeople since may and never made an attempt to talk to anyone and i think it's about time i do! i'm 20 years old and from new jersey. i was raised in a family that centers life around food, so it's been a journey and a half staying on track with them around. haha. i'd love to make new friends and talk to you guys about anything at all so feel freee to shoot me a message! :) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:47 EST Howdy ya'll! Just saying hello! My name is Kristal, I'm 28, I've been a big girl most of my life so I.m trying this weight loss thing again. First time around I lost 30 pounds but ended up pregnant with my son. :) I hope that doesnt happen again haha <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 254 and I'm in the 220's now, yay me! Who's from Texas around here? <BR> <BR> Have a good day ya'll! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:26:46 EST PiYo Has anyone else started/completed the new PiYo workouts? I'm just finishing up my first week! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:56:00 EST HI Hi my name is Tiffany and I am 24 years old. I am currently working on loosing my baby weight. I have slacked up until now assuming that the weight would disappear like it used to when I was younger. I have a son who is almost 3 and I am still the same weight as I was when I delivered him. EKKK! I look forward to joining in on the conversations to help motivate and improve myself! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:18:14 EST Hey everyone! Hey Everyone! My name is Emily and I am a 23 year old from Southern Cali. I am New to sparkpeople and so far I am impressed. I joined this team because I am looking to find people more around my age group who are working towards the same goals as I am. <BR> I want to lose 80 pounds by this time next year. I have never set a goal this big before nor have I stuck to a plan. I really hope I find the motivation to make life changes and stick with it. on here. <BR> If there is anyone who has so... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:48:57 EST After weight loss.Now i need toning. Hey,my name is Allison from the great state of Georgia. <BR> In the past 3 years i have lost 120 pounds of mostly unprovoked weight loss and now need toning badly. <BR> I started drinking water and pacing around the house due to depression and severe anxiety 3 years ago and dropped 30 lbs in the first year,70 lbs in the second and 20 lbs this year so far. <BR> The weight loss has mainly affected my upper inner arms and the inside of my thighs. <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate some tips an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:42:15 EST I just bought clothes in WHAT SIZE? Guys, good things are happening! I hit a new milestone! My blog has more details, but yay for small victories! I bought clothes in a 14 for the first time since middle school, and they fit. Like, fit fit. Look good. Not like I'm being squeezed. Still have over 70 pounds to go, but my body composition is definitely starting to change! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:02:31 EST "Cut out soda and you'll drop weight!" Anyone else get told that? It seems like I'm always being told that if I cut soda out of my diet that I'll drop at least 5 to 15 lbs in no time. Yet it never seems to actually work for me. I haven't touched a bottle or even a can of soda in about three weeks and haven't dropped a pound. I've taken to drinking water and non-sweet ice tea or hot brewed green tea. <BR> <BR> It's really frustrating, hearing those words over and over and having them not work. <BR> <BR> Is there anything people... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:08:55 EST Looking to make some friends Hey so, I'm looking to make some friends while on my journey here. Last time I had been on the site, I'd managed to make a few and it was always encouraging and uplifting to see random gifts dropped into my comments or just the occasional "YOU CAN DO IT!" note dropped to my page. <BR> <BR> I do have a page set up, and I even have started an Accountability Blog which I'm hoping to write in everyday and use it to keep track of my time, distance, and speed used on the TreadClimber. As of right... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:16:13 EST Anyone else have this problem? So, I've been trying to use the nutritional tracker and I have hit a problem. I never seem to be able to get within my range for calories intake during the day! And it's really not so much that I eat a bunch of junk food or fatty stuff (though, maybe I do on occasion), I just really generally don't eat a lot to begin with. <BR> <BR> Breakfast generally consists of a measured out bowl of cereal (Special K, either the Vanilla Almonds or the Chocolate Delight, I think it's called), measured ou... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:31:53 EST what's your goal? we're all here to lose weight. that much we're all aware of, but each of us has a goal that they are striving for aside from just a number. maybe it's to fit into those skinny jeans you could wear immaculately a few years ago but now you can't get your leg halfway in, or it's to be with your family for as long as possible. what motivates you? what's your goal aside from losing weight. I have several. among them are to feel sexy and confidant in my clothes, to feel beautiful when we take vow r... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:49:54 EST Beginning again I'm going through a huge rough patch, so I thought I would start here again. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople 3 years ago on my wedding weight-loss journey. Overall I did quite well - over 20 lbs lost before my wedding. But since then, I've gained nearly 50 lbs back. I feel like crap. My back hurts, my feet hurt, I feel sluggish - and I'm frustrated. I'm tired of feeling "jiggly." I'm tired of feeling unmotivated. I'm tired of feeling tired. <BR> <BR> I moved 2 months ago to a new area, and I... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:24:26 EST Hey there! Hey everyone! I'm Jaycee. I have been on SparkPeople before right after my son was born. I had many issues losing weight due to a hormone imbalance and I just recently started on Adipex. I have already lost 6 lbs in 4 days so I am determined to continue with my weight loss and keep it off after I discontinue the medication. I have had depression issues since I was in eighth grade and had to get off of them while on the adipex. Not only do I want to lose weight to help my self confidence, but ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:10 EST Hello! I'm Dawn and I have been on a weight loss mission for a couple months now! I have lost 20 lbs and plateau'd.. I want to lose.. no I need to lose 75 more pounds or so. I am excited to have you all as a support team as I work my way to healthy and happy! Stop by my blog.. I'm hoping to keep it updated! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:52:47 EST Spooky Halloween Challenge! Hi everyone! For those who are new to the way challenges work, it's quite simple. All you need to do is log your weight here once a week, whichever day is most convenient for you :) I like to copy-paste my last weigh-ins so I can see the progress I've made, but you can do it whatever way works best for you! <BR> <BR> For this challenge I'll personally be starting today (7/26/14), but you can hop in whenever! The last day of this challenge will be October 31st (Halloween!!!). That means we'v... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:24:46 EST Hey My name is Megan. I just decided that I was tired of being the way I was so I joined up again. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:40:24 EST Weight Loss Buddy Needed The problem with me is that I have lost weight in the past. And by that I mean a lot of weight. But I have gained it again due to my carelessness. I am back on track again, but the momentum is not as it was the last time. So I need a buddy with whom I can track my progress and celebrate the journey of getting fit. <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:22:35 EST Trying to get pregnant. Hello. I just restarted my sparkpeople account. I am now going on my second weight loss journey, this time for a much different reason. I was first successful in losing over 90 pounds and kept it off for 2 years then along came blissful marriage. Horrible excuse but sounds much better than I got lazy. I managed to gain all the weight back and have had a much harder time getting the pounds off. Until now, I want to have a baby! My husband and I want a healthy pregnancy and definitely feel... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:15 EST weekly weight in Start weight: 187.7 <BR> <BR> Current weight: 187.4 <BR> <BR> Goal weight: 135 <BR> <BR> Slow start, but its a start Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:14:47 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 EST Hey Everyone My name is Vivian. 29yrs old. I'm just now getting myself into a healthy lifestyle. I've been overweight my whole life. I've never felt ashamed or not confident in myself, I am happy the way I am, but I also know that it is not healthy, I want to lose weight for health reasons not so much for looks. From 2009-2012 I was the healthiest I had ever been. I went from 280lbs to 170lbs in a little under 3 years, not intentional. I was sick for 1 year with Gallbladder attacks daily, I lost weight ra... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:19:10 EST AM Workout Challenge So here it goes... I desperately need a haircut and a pedicure (this is relevant I promise). Long story short, I need to start working out in the morning but have had a hard time making this happen, and it would be great if I had someone else counting on me as well, so the challenge is this; get up at least 5 days a week early in the AM for one month. At the end of that month, there will be a spa day (and thus making the AM workout a habit). <BR> <BR> Any takers? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:24:37 EST New to Spark people :) Hi everyone! I'm Stephanie and I'm 23 years old. I have two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. I have been struggling with my weight since i was 15 and I just cant seem to get a hold of it. I've been yo-yoing for years. I am hoping this will be something that actually works for me. Feel free to add me! :) I'd love to hear about some of your success stories. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:03:06 EST Intro Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Meg. I am 26 years old. I am working on losing 80lbs. <BR> I have been on Spark People before and it helped me lose 30lbs so I'm back to try again. I am a fast food and junk food junkie. I am also an emotional eater. Food makes me feel least while I'm eating it anyway. After, not so much. <BR> My family tends to travel a lot due to my husbands job so we eat out a lot. I'm hoping to change that. <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:49 EST Hi! Trying to stay on track... So I've done really well lately. In March, I weighed 227. I am now 202. I'm going through a weird phase where I tend to binge on the weekends so Mon/Tues I'm playing catch up and the rest of the week is trying to get ahead. I'm hoping that if I spend more time on MyFitnessPal (where I am currently tracking all my cals & exercise) and SparkPeople will help me finally reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I'm 23, I live north of Denver with my BF of two years, I have two furbabies. My GW would be in the 1... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:59:22 EST Introduction Hey, <BR> My name is Tasha I am working on loosing nearly 100 lbs by my wedding august 14th 2015. I have been over weight for about 7 years now and I want it to stop. I have a really hard time getting motivated and staying motivated and I have a bad habit of eating fast food. I am tired of being out of shape and need to get it together so that I can become a better healthier individual. I want to be healthy and fit so that when I get married and have kids I can be a motivated mom and be able... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:19:09 EST Hey Everyone My name is Hallie. I tried Sparkpeople last year but didn't keep up with it so I'm starting over. I got a wake-up call in the form of high blood pressure, so my goal is to shrink down to 130 and gain some good lifetime habits along the way. I've been married to my husband for 5 1/2 years, and he's on the weight loss band wagon with me this time! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with the rest of you and vice versa! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:47:23 EST What keeps you motivated? Hey everyone, I'm new to SP with some hopes that this will inspire/keep my motivation up. Little back story here: <BR> <BR> Went from 210lbs to 170lbs in 5 months back in highschool (10 yrs ago) and then when university and my now husband came along the weight started to slowly creep back up. Now having gained the weight back plus some more I'm having a hard time keeping motivation to keep up with 2 jobs and wanting to spend time with my husband (our 1st anniversary will be this August) <BR>... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:33:13 EST Newbie! Okay, I'm the newbie! I have no idea what to say, but here it goes!! I decided to give this site a chance hoping to will make me stick with my goals! This isn't the first time I said "I'm going to lose weight", for years I've been saying that. But I realized that I was doing it for the wrong reasons! I was doing it for everyone else, not me! I truly believe that's why I failed every time. No more! I'm doing this for ME!! I want to be healthy and fit and enjoy life more. My goal is to lose 50-... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:25:58 EST hello Hi, my name's Jessica, I'm a 28 year old special ed teacher. I used to be super athletic when I was younger. After multiple back injuries in a car accident I quit sports and exploded. I have my 1st degree blackbelt and I want to go back for my 2nd but with an extra 80lbs I need to do some serious work before I can even go back to martial arts. All my friends are the eat whatever they want never seen a gym and still look good in a bikini people so I'm looking for some support from people i... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:09:27 EST Hi i am new to the scene My name is Lynn and I am looking to lose weight due to doctors orders. I have health problems that cause me to gain weight so the doctor wants me on a low carb low fat diet. How am I to do that and feel full? Any ideas please let me know. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:18:32 EST New member :) Hello, I'm a new member. I'm not 100% sure how this works...but so far everything looks great, the tips and trackers are awesome!!! Way to go people!! Woot woot Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:57:58 EST Hello Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> This is my first post, so I hope I'm posting to the right place lol. I'm working on losing around 60 pounds. I have always had slight weight issues, but over the past couple of years things have really gotten out of control. I struggle with my eating and has been the reason behind my past failed weight loss attempts. I'm more so using this site as a support and motivational tool. Hoping to meet people in similar situations and help each other come out victorious! If a... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:19:02 EST One Overworked, Stressed and Tired Grad Student Hi all - <BR> I'm Ann. I'm a rising second year graduate student (out of 3 years) at the University of Maryland studying History and Library Science. My senior year in undergrad I spent in Wales and walked around everywhere. I returned to the U.S., moved halfway across the country, started grad school, worked 35 hours a week and ate a lot. So it came as no surprise that I managed to gain 30 pounds in the past year. <BR> <BR> I'm hear because doing it alone I haven't succeeded in the past. I... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:12:56 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Carleen and I'm 27 years old. I'm currently going back to school for my masters and substitute teaching (as I was a Special Edu. teacher for 4 years-this comes naturally). I currently live in Smyrna, GA (which is near Atl) and I'm engaged! I'm hoping to lose 50+ pounds before the wedding in 2 years! I'm excited to get to know everyone here! Thu, 29 May 2014 19:37:57 EST Hey everyone! Hey there! My name is Ashley and im here to meet others going through similar issues. I'm 25 and have pcos. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years, and this year is where um starting to go the natural route. We've done fertility treatments and all that jazz and im just wanting to try it naturally for a while any insight on the matter would be greatly appreciated! Sun, 25 May 2014 10:29:04 EST Hi, I'm Andrea! Hello everyone, I'm Andrea. I have let my weight get out of control. I don't do anything for exercise anymore and I used to be super thin in my early 20s. I've been saying it's time to do something about my weight for years now, but I really truly need to lose weight. I'm not happy with my health, my body or my spirits. I know this all stems from my weight and view on myself. <BR> <BR> I have an office job that is pretty flexible with me. I live with my boyfriend and his two kids. ... Fri, 23 May 2014 13:22:33 EST Hey My name is holly! Hi I am holly. I am looking to lose 50 pounds this year. I joined because having motivational support from people is the best way for me to succeed. Hopefully I meet some people. Can't wait to start this journey. Thu, 22 May 2014 14:29:54 EST New :) Hello I'm Christian and I'm 21 and wanting to lose about 60 lbs. i just recently got diagnosed with a heart problem, and my meds have made me gain so much weight! I'm hoping this website helps. any tips for me? Wed, 21 May 2014 13:48:25 EST New to This Hey everyone...I'm not quite sure what to write here, but I think to myself that if I don't write a message now- I never will. I have been battling weight forever, and I am so sick of not being in control of my own body and abilities. I have tried everything, but maybe a community is more what I need. Especially since you are are going through the same thing as me. I pray this works, since I am ready to start my life the way I wanted to be. Tue, 20 May 2014 23:37:57 EST looking for a buddy looking for a buddy I am 240 pounds currently, i work out 6 days a week and am eating as healthy as possible I have been sticking to this for the last week so I am just starting my Journey. I am looking to get down to 150 pounds by the end of 2014 possibly early 2015. I have a child and Im depressed over the extra weight, I still look good and im not sloppy but I know I have to get control over my weight. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:35:45 EST Wanting support and to support :D Hi everyone! My name is Simi! I've been here for about a week or so just getting the hang of the site. I'm soon to be 23 this summer and trying to continue the weightloss I started two years ago. I have already lost about 85lbs, but since moving to Japan I've put on about 13 of those pounds. Although, since starting on Sparkpeople I've lost another 2 lbs! My goal is to lose another 65 lbs or so, but really I just want to get fit and healthy while slimming down! I'm looking for others my age f... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:05:33 EST Time to reboot. Hi, I'm Erin, I'm about to be 29 in two months, live in the Poconos and I'm trying to lose around 75 lbs. I use to be a competitive swimmer from the time I was 4 untill I was 18. Unfortunately, no one told me that when you stop swimming, you have to stop eating an insane amount of calories. I became a widow a year and a half ago, lost my soul mate to a heart attack the day before his 35th birthday. I too have a family history of heart disease, and dropping this extra weight can only help me b... Fri, 16 May 2014 03:26:50 EST Accountability Buddy Needed. ASAP! I would love an accountability buddy! I want to lose 86lbs before I graduate from college next May but my motivation is abysmal, although if you had to done 2-3 sports bras to do any form of high energy cardio I'm sure you're motivation would be lacking too. Still, I really need someone to help push me through the rough spots and talk about routines (since I can get very bored with repetitive routines). Please! I really want a buddy! Thu, 15 May 2014 23:49:15 EST Exercise I use to lift in high school. And I loved it. <BR> I could lift with the boys and put them to shame. I want to start that again <BR> Cue Excuse: <BR> I work two full time jobs. I am totally exhausted. Yes I know someone busier than me is exercising right now. <BR> Also: I can't afford a gym membership. It's crazy how expensive they are!!!! Like really!?!? <BR> I would like advice! Wed, 14 May 2014 22:27:30 EST Hi! Hi everyone! My name is Lauralyn, and I'm 26. This is my fourth time trying SparkPeople. The first few times I lost about 65 lbs, and then gained back 25 lbs. Now I'm looking to finally lose it all for good, and I've got about 60 lbs to go before I hit my goal of 135 lbs. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you, and working together to reach our goals! Tue, 13 May 2014 18:48:53 EST New to Spark Hi everyone. My name is Kaylee and I just joined Spark today. I'm 22 years old would like to lose around 50 pounds. I have recently been diagnosed with pcos and a thyroid disorder and was prescribed the mediation metformin, which I don't know a whole lot about so if anyone has any information on how it has helped them it might help me. My biggest struggle is my mid section. I can easily tone my legs/arms but no matter what I do I just can't seem to bust through the belly fat. I'm looking forw... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:30:23 EST Gettin motivated for the first time I recently started a diet and exercise plan like since Friday and so far I lost 3 pounds already. I was never that person that exercised and did a diet at the same time, it was either one or the other. this diet and exercise thingy is kinda new for meh. But it's working better than I thought it would. (This is wat I did so far. I'm eating between 1500-1600 calories a day and I'm also not cutting any type of food out. And second I'm burning 500 calories daily, by either running for an h... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:51:12 EST Hi I am new here looking for an exciting new adventure toward a healthier lifestyle. To be honest, I am looking for support. I have finally been sadden by what I have become. Depression has hit and left me feeling helpless and unmotivated. My husband is great, but too aggressive. I just need a push. Someone who can identify with my struggle and we move forward together. Mon, 12 May 2014 11:53:59 EST Clean Eating? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I don't know about y'all, but I'm a huge BuzzFeed fan, and this showed up on my Facebook one morning and I'd really like to give it a try. Is/has anyone tried clean eating before? I know it would help me keep on top of eating vegetables (never eat enough vegetables-- my bad!), and it's gluten free too, which unfortunately is a genetic allergy in my family and I'm really starting to feel more and more affected. <BR> <BR> Anyways, here is the link if anyone else is int... Sun, 11 May 2014 02:49:04 EST Hey! Lets lose weight! Hey! I'm looking to lose 60lbs and need a buddy to achieve this! Someone motivating and I will do the same to you! Thu, 8 May 2014 10:01:24 EST Hi, Everyone! Hi, all! Starting up on SparkPeople for what seems like the millionth husband and I just recently got health insurance, and at my first doctor's appointment in nearly ten years I found out I have high cholesterol. I am hoping that, now that I have a legitimate medical reason to start taking care of myself, I will actually be able to follow through and get myself healthy. I've always known that I was overweight, but to have this added incentive will hopefully end up being a blessing ... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:52:26 EST Help avoiding sugar? Hey everyone. I was wondering if anyone had any pointers on avoiding, or at least curbing, sugar cravings? I feel like I am definitely addicted to sugar. Being a grad student, I am constantly dealing with stress and the temptation to go grab a sugary coffee drink or baked good at the coffee shop down the hall....with often the temptation winning! This has been a HUGE struggle for me, and I really need to get this under control. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Thu, 1 May 2014 16:01:46 EST Hi All! My name is Andi and I am 26. Over the past 2 and a half months I have officially lost 35 pounds! I am looking to keep going and lose another 60-70 to get down to a weight I will feel comfortable in! <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> -I love to dance. <BR> -I love to karaoke. <BR> -I have a dairy weakness that I blame on my Midwestern status. <BR> -I live in the best city in the world, CHICAGO. Trying to convince me otherwise is futile. <BR> -I love Harry Potter. <BR> -I dislike seafood. <... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:50:39 EST Overcoming obstacles I am running the meeting at my weight loss support group tonight and this question has been on my mind. We all have things that can be obstacles to weight loss. For me, it's a lot of social events that can be really hard to go to. My family loves to get together and eat. I am starting to learn how to only take what I need and walk away but it's hard. What makes it hard for other people and how do you deal with it? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:07:10 EST Eating as if you have had Weight loss Surgery <BR> <BR> I have been a member of this group for a long long time, I start dieting and I quit it has become a broken record. Finally I decided to go with weight loss surgery, I did the cardiologist, the Psych, the 3 month supervised weight loss the classes, it even got approved and my date was scheduled may 9th. So..this is what happened, I have lost 42 lbs since February on my own, I have been having second thoughts about the surgery so I called them and I said I was going to push it back ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:32:46 EST hi i am julie i am julie and i am happily married and i have 3 kids i am currently 182lbs and i want to be between 135-125 i know i can do this i am just going to need a little help from all of you Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:14:26 EST How to set a goal weight I started at 230 pounds last year, lost about 30 and gained about 10 back after falling off the wagon. One thing I never understood is how do you know what a good, HEALTHY, goal weight would be? <em>198</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:36:58 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Lisa and I am 29 years old. Yesterday I made the decision that I was done being tired and overweight. I want to live my life instead of watching it pass by. I turn 30 this year in September and I would like to lose some weight by then so that I can start my 30s as a healthier person. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great Friday! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:38:10 EST Hi all! Im a 24 year old Social Work major. I work full time in retail and I'm a full time student so I pretty much live life on the go. A few years ago I lost 100 pounds and kept it off until October when my dad died unexpectedly. I was pretty much on autopilot for the next couple of the months and slowly but surely, I started packing those pounds back on. Now I'm in grief counseling and want to make a fresh start toward living a healthy life! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:11:58 EST HI :) starting my weight loss journey!! Im trying to lose 60 lbs after 3 kids! <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:28:24 EST Whoooooo! Started the 7 day boot camp challenge 1 week ago and lost almost 2 pounds. My ticker says 231 but my scale read (past tense ) 231.8 and now it reads 230. SHAZAM!!!!! <BR> Ready for week two. :D <BR> <BR> Meant to post this on the weight in forum.... not sure how to do that yet.... hehe <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:04:44 EST Introduction Hey there! My name's Chianne, I am 20 years old (21 in about 2 months), from Kentucky, and one of my long-term goals is to lose around 50 or so pounds. <BR> I've been struggling with my weight for over half of my life and, as a result, i've never really been confident in myself. For as long as I can remember, i've weighed 200 or more pounds. I remember feeling down and sorry for myself a lot throughout the years, and then feeling more guilty when I would turn to food as a comfort for those f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:52:58 EST Newbie from PIttsburgh! Morning all! Where do I start? <BR> <BR> My name is Marie and I live in Pittsburgh :) I've lost around 60lbs in the past year with a lot of hard work. I've done various programs in my life and have had my ups and downs in weight loss, but I'm determined to make this time STICK! <BR> <BR> I lost much of my weight through healthier eating, with Weight Watchers and then working out at least 3x a week or more. I started running last summer as well, and am still trying to build up my endurance t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:53:11 EST Hello all! Hello! I am 27 years old, a mother of two (7 years old and a 5 weeks old) and working to lose all the additional weight. I gained it all pre-pregnancy due to stress eating. <BR> <BR> I am a registered nurse and a medical student. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:59:26 EST My intro Hey everyone my name is Rachael and I hope to find you all doing beautifully. Just a little bit about myself I am 28 about to be 29 (yuck!), I live in beautiful Alabama, and have recently rejoined spark to help me again with my weight loss goals. I have used spark before and it really does work wonderfully when you can account for everything you ate and where your at as far as calories burned. When you keep up with it, its so motivating (Its just keeping up with it that's hard). Any who I am ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:13:49 EST New girl looking for motivation pal Hey there. I'm 28 years olds with 66 pounds to lose while building a new lifestyle. I want to be healthy and feel strong, like I can do anything without my body being an obstacle. I'm originally from Venezuela but now I'm living in Dominican Republic. If anyone wants or needs a motivation pal, I'm here, available. I speak English and Spanish. So, I hope to hear from anyone soon. Take care and stay strong. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:25:56 EST Hello! My name is Janet and I'm 27. I've been on this weight loss journey on and off for five years, but this year I'm taking it more seriously than I ever have. I have a little sister that is overweight and I want to be a positive role model for her. I want show her that a positive attitude and hard work will pay off. I've hit a plateau in my weight loss recently, so I'm here to take the boot camp 4week challenge and get healthier and fitter. If you have any tips or secrets to share, please message... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:13:43 EST Hello every onemy name is Natalie Hi my name is Natalie I am 24 yrs old and, i am a mother of two beautiful little girls, they keep me busy at home but I'm afraid that's where it ends, i don't have much energy to do anything and, its not fair to my children, and its something i would very much so like to change. im 200 lb and it takes its toll on me, i have a lot of back pains and i just want to get off my ass and enjoy life with my children, i owe them that much. my weight loss goal is 50 lb, wish me luck and your support wo... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:05:46 EST Introduction Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am a (soon to be) 28 year old in Austin, Tx. I have had some major recent stresses added at work over he past year and have found the weight piling. I love the outdoor life that my city has to offer but have found myself too tired or not in proper shape to participate in things I have always enjoyed (Like mud runs!!) I want to get back down to my ideal body weight and more importantly be able to start being active again! Looking for any inspiration/motivation I ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:34:14 EST Hi Hello, My name is Lisa. I have tried spark people once before about a year ago and thought I would try it again. ,I am recently graduated from college and am finally working on me. I am in a relationship with a man in the military and he will be deployed for four months. So I am hoping that while he is gone I will be able to get close to my goal weight to welcome him home with a healthier me. I am wanting to get down from 198 to 140 which is what I weighed my senior year of high school. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:00 EST I need your help! <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> So, my boyfriend and I have decided to do this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston. This walk requires us to raise $1800/person in order to be able to participate. We are currently still about $2100 short between the two of us and we were wondering if you could help us out. Even a $20 donation brings us $20 closer to our goal, and we really truly do appreciate every single penny that we receive. <BR> <BR> <link>http://inf... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:14:10 EST Back Again Hello Everyone, My name is Amada and this is my second time around with Sparkpeople. I did good for awhile but slowly fell back into the same old habits as before. This time around I will remain focused and determined with my goals. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:58:05 EST need a support pal I need someone to motivate me and l can do the same for the person. l am trying to lose 40lbs Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:24:24 EST need a support pal I need someone to motivate me and l can do the same for the person. l am trying to lose 40lbs Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:23:10 EST Starting again How many times have you guys been doing very well on a diet and then just given up? So annoyed that it's so hard to stick to something. Any help? Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:36:16 EST Needs Motivation Hi. My name is Teri and I am 27 years old. I am not happy with they way I have been unhealthy the last couple years. I have signed up for my first 5k in May excited and nervous at the same time. Looking for support to help me loose extra weight that I have put on and motivation for my 5K. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:31:41 EST Hello Everyone Hello, I am new on SP and looking to get healthy. I have always tried the quick and easy way out, which never seemed to last meaning the weight. I would always gain it right back plus some. So I got tired of doing it my way and decided it was time to do it the right way.Since I am new to this world of healthy living I am struggling to find the right foods as well as the right motivation to keep me going. Life can be so hard sometimes to where I just want to give up. I just want to be able to ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:13:58 EST Mid-20's life crisis??? Anybody else??? Hello all. <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica and I am 24 years old, going to be 25 in a few months. At this point in my life I am having a very hard time transitioning into the new me and my self-esteem is suffering majorly. I feel insecure about my weight, my appearance, and my marital status (single) while all my friends are currently in relationships and shacking up. This has caused me a massive weight gain, about 20 pounds. Does anybody else gain weight when they are going through an em... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:12:41 EST Trying to find the motivation I need Hi, my name is Roxanne and I'm hoping this site helps me achieve my goals. I been looking everywhere for the right tool to help me get some sort of self esteem considering the fact, that I've never really had any. When I was young, I was miserable and made myself invisible even though it didn't work much, but now that I am older and I now have a 6 month old son, I realized this is way past due, I just can't seem to find the right steps to start and get past the lack of motivation. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:29:14 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Cole and I live in the DC area! I have always been someone who struggles with their weight. I was really thin as a child but then as soon as high school came around I started to become a very big emotional eater which unfortunately has continued to stay with me. I have tried multiple diet plans and while some of them work there always comes a point when I just give up. I am refusing to be that person now. I am ready to make a change in my lifestyle for me, and... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:22:38 EST New girl over here, hello all! Hello, <BR> My name is Jessica and I am a 24-year old teacher currently living in China. I have struggled with weight my whole life and have not been a healthy weight in 10 years. Recently, due to all the traveling I have been doing, I have gained 15 pounds! I am unhappier than I've been in ages. No matter how much I diet and exercise, I always gain the weight back due to my emotional state and whatever is going on in my life. I have always shyed away from support groups, but seeing as nothi... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:07:18 EST Intro? Hey guys- <BR> <BR> I got asked today if I am pregnant- I'm not. But I am far overweight and have been ignoring it for too long. I'm a 25 year old college student, and about 60 pounds over my goal weight. My biggest struggle is that when I am happy and content with my life, like I am now, I don't feel motivated to work extra hard to improve my body. It makes me anxious and disrupts the content I feel about my relationships, my home, my school work, my job, and my life. So, I'm here to s... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:43:45 EST New to spark There is a lot goin on here. I'm still trying to maneuver the site get set up. I'm reading the book and I totally can relate to the spark people founder so that is why I joined. My life is being wasted away and I'm getting fat and settling for a life I don't want. I know I can do and be so much better than right now. I want to change my life. I want to be the person who can reach her goals and not give up. I fizzle. Yeah. I fizzle out and quit. I give up on myself all the time. Yes, th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST New to Spark People Howdy! <BR> <BR> I am new here on spark people and just wanted to check in here and say hi! If anyone has any suggestions for a newbie I'd love to hear them! <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:52:03 EST Here we go again I am not new to spark people at all...This is my 4th time of getting on here...the first round I was able to shed 23 pounds in 11 weeks while using SP :) I aim to get to my goals by using Sp again :) I have stuggled with weight all my life ( since the age of 13) I have PCOS ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) <BR> ON top of that, we have been struggling with infertility for 5.5 of our 6.5 years husband is also losing weight to improve himself :) Both of us are on this journey togeth... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:12:53 EST Rejoinging Spark for another weight loss adventure Hey guys, <BR> Im making a change and looking to drop about 100 lbs (again). any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated. I have cut out soda and junk food and im down 12 lbs so far (only 88 to go!!) Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:00:22 EST Hi! Hi my name is Stephanie, I am 20 years old and live on McDowell County West Virginia. I have 3 dogs and a husband i exercise with. Im a little worried that my husband is in better shape than i am and i cant keep up. I try to stay at my own pace but it is hard. Any advice? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:57:53 EST Hi there! Hey everyone, my name's Elizabeth, I'm 20 years old, and 4'9". I started at 170 pounds and am currently 159.2. I've always been overweight, but I'm here trying to change that. :) I'd love to have a weight loss buddy, so if you'd like to, shoot me a message. Thanks for reading and good luck on your weight loss journey! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:31:25 EST Hello. Hi. My name is Kara. I've always been bigger and the older I get the worse it's getting. I don't want to run the risk of getting worse later in life, so I'm going to try my best to start over here and now. I want to be a healthier me, which I guess translates into a smaller me... I don't know. Here's hoping I can do it... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:20:06 EST Weekly Mini Goal I thought it would be a great a idea to write down small weekly challenges that help us to reach our fitness goal. Since is small and weekly it might be easy for us to follow up and keep on track. Who's in?? <BR> <BR> For this week, my goal is to eat within my calorie range and complete week 1 of squat challenge from Fitsugar. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:17:30 EST Hi Hi, my name is Ashely (obviously), I am a college student with a demanding job, so it is hard to fine time to workout. I am hard of hearing (according to my Deaf boyfriend) i need to lose weight, period. I am a friendly person so if you want to say hey or something about anything, I am here !! :D Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:21:00 EST Hello :) My name is Becky. I have had a hard time with my weight for a long time and struggle to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I have problems with my knees which is why it's so hard to find exercises that work for me. I also have bipolar disorder which is why I struggle to stay motivated. I've struggled with depression most of my life. Having bipolar is another reason that I should watch what I eat and exercise regularly. I'm hoping that I can find people on SparkPeople that can help keep me mo... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:41:25 EST salut - an introduction hi! I'm lauren, I'm newly twenty and while I used to be a member of SparkTeen, I've fallen off the band-wagon a bit since entering university. However, I"m back with a vengeance! The 20's are supposed to be the best years - for adventures and new beginnings and finding yourself and hopefully, that's where this is going! I look forward to getting healthy with all of you! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:17:09 EST Im a Newbie! Hey just wanted to stop by and say Hi! I'm excited to join this site and start my journey to a healthier me. :) Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:22:10 EST Hey :-D Hi, I'm Kat :-). I'm 24 years old and 257.5 pounds. I want to lose at least 100 pounds by my wedding day, which is probably about a year and half away from now, so I have time. :-P I've always been chubby, even when I was a kid. It started to get worse when I became depressed at 10 years old. It's snowballed since. I have tried plans that my family went on (yes, it's a whole family problem) that were expensive and I did do well until my parents decided it was too much money. I'm in college an... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:16:25 EST I'm just me Hi my name is Kayla and I'm student in north Carolina but I'm a Pittsburgh original. I joined this group because ideally(according to a doctor who I feel is an idiot) I need to loose 100 lbs but my goal is 80 I feel like 120 for me wouldn't look right. I joined spokespeople as a firm of motivation I keep starting to go to the gym then stopping but I'm sick of it I know I need the community support and my family doesn't get it because they all got bigger after pregnancies or menopause I'm the ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:14:20 EST Ready to male a change Hi. My name is Lauren. I am turning 28 this month. I am 5'7" and weigh 225. My biggest was 233. I have been married for almost 2 years. My husband and I lost a pregnancy 3 years ago. I think through the ignored depression and just being in a relationship, I let myself go. I ate like he ate and went from 170 to 233 in 4 years time. I never have been super skinny. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today, I am a little over a year from graduating from dental school - I'm going to be a dentis... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:58:47 EST Hi there Hey guys, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Jess, and I've just hit 200 pounds. I've been heading there for a while, what with my terrible eating habits and lack of exercise, but actually seeing that number on the scale really hurt. I'm here trying to lose the weight, and I hope we'll inspire each other along the way. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:12:37 EST