SparkPeople 30 somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard Welcome! This team is for those of us somewhere in our 30's, hoping to lose 25-49 pounds. Have a little more or a little less? Come on in! SparkPeople 30 somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard Seeking Online Workout/Accountability buddy! Hello! My name is Robyn, and I am (recently turned) 39 year old who likes to partake in Obstacle Course Races (think Spartan, Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac..) I have also participated in an Off-road Duathlon, just to put a better idea on my interests. However, I have quite a few OCR's lined up this year that I am having difficulty in keeping myself motivated to work out for. The first one is mid-July. <BR> <BR> I feel strongly that with a workout partner, or accountability buddy, I (WE!) can... Sat, 4 Apr 2020 06:36:30 EST March 2020 1 Mile a Day Challenge? Can we add a 1-mile a day challenge? At least in America, walking is still exempt from state lockdowns. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:44:03 EST Starting Over again Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I'm restarting after an exhausting/unhealthy 2019. Ready for a fresh start and to get healthy! Mon, 6 Jan 2020 15:25:21 EST Determined Hi, <BR> <BR> I signed up for Beachbody on Demand in June 2019. I didn't log in and do any workouts until last week! But last week I started with the 21 Day Fix. I am on Day 4 today and understanding how simple these workouts are to stick to. They don't feel overwhelming and I'm really enjoying the positive aches and pains in my muscles! They are working!! I've been struggling with my weight forever but my most recent struggle began in May 2017. I had finally lost all my excess weigh... Mon, 6 Jan 2020 13:16:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Dec 2019 13:53:56 EST Starting Over (Yup, again lol) <em>213</em> Hi y'all! I'm Renee, I'm 38yrs old and I live in MN. I have 2 sons, 17yrs and 12yrs. I also am still in close contact with my technically ex step-daughters and step grandkids LOL! I am dusting myself off and getting back on track. <BR> I have about 40-45lbs to lose. (Would be happy with 30 lol) I am ready to be committed and I have a gameplan ready to rock, but I would love to make some friends along the way!! I love cardio and I'm learning to love weights. <BR> <BR> Good l... Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:55:25 EST Back Again Too! Hi, I've returned to SP, but last time I was here, I was in the 20 somethings group. Now that I'm a 30 something, I've learned that it's not the same as being a 20 something. I only have 30 lbs. to lose from my belly, but it's significant enough as my body wasn't meant to be this large. Once I hit that goal, I might aim for the goal I had when I was in my 20s, which is another 15 lbs. Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:49:43 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been using spark people on and off for about 10yrs now. I have 5 children ranging from 15weeks to 8yrs old. My journey has had several ups and downs but I've also given birth 5 times in the last 8yrs, so ups and downs makes sense 😸. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some people to chat with. I really don't care what we chat about just as long as it's positive. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:51:26 EST Back Again! Hello! My name is Carolyn, and I'm 35 going on 36. I've recently (last year) lost 50 pounds; I'm interested in dropping up to 30 more pounds, but for the time being, I'm focusing on keeping those 50 pounds OFF never to regain! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to chatting with others my age - it gets so hard to meet new people when you get to "a certain age"! Tue, 6 Aug 2019 19:24:51 EST June 2019 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 890 <BR> (390 strength, 500 cardio [per week: 60 inline skating, 65 misc. cardio] <BR> <BR> <BR> June 1-2: 5 cardio, approximately 45 weights <BR> June 3-9: 114 cardio, approximately 90 weights <BR> June 10-16: 185 cardio, approximately 110 weights <BR> June 17-23: <BR> June 24-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 549 <BR> Minutes Left: 341 Fri, 31 May 2019 16:22:01 EST May 2019 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: <BR> <BR> May 1-4: <BR> May 5-11: <BR> May 12-18: <BR> May 19-25: <BR> May 26-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: <BR> Minutes Left: Wed, 1 May 2019 14:13:38 EST Hello Hi everybody, I'm new to spark people but so far I really like what it has to offer. I'm in the process of losing a few lbs (about 15) and i'm also working my way towards training for a half marathon. Good luck to everybody with their goals! Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:43:48 EST Looking for an Accountability Buddy!! Hey guys, I'm Rachel! My goal is 46 pounds. I'm very active on this site, please feel free to contact me if you'd like to have a weight loss buddy!! :) Sun, 14 Apr 2019 20:17:12 EST Hey everyone! Hey everyone, I'm Rachel. I have a total of 120 pounds to lose, but my first goal is 200 and I'm at 246 so I figured I'd join! Hope everyone is having a healthy day!! :) Sun, 14 Apr 2019 20:13:25 EST hi ya'll. Hi everyone. I'm new here, and newbie on trying to get burned. I really don't know how to start and my struggle is my time. Looking forward to have a great time in this community. Mon, 4 Mar 2019 20:44:40 EST October 2018 Fitness Minutes Challenge Goal Minutes: 1300 <BR> <BR> Oct. 1-6: 90 min <BR> Oct. 7-13: 365 min <BR> Oct. 14-20: 402 min <BR> Oct. 21-27: 340min <BR> Oct. 28-31: 165min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 1362 min (Goal reached on Oct. 30, yay!) <BR> Minutes Left: 0 min <BR> <BR> I love the Fitness Minutes Challenge. I really think it helps me being accountable for exercise. I might be overly ambitious with my goal, but let’s see how it goes. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:09:46 EST Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> Hi everyone! My name is Shelby, I have 35lbs to lose. (Could go for more, but would be SO excited to drop 35) I am working on portion control, becoming active (10,000 steps a day) and did I mention becoming active? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well on their journies and I look forward to making new friends along the way! <BR> <BR> 10/15/18=Day 1! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:00:49 EST Hola! Hey everyone! I am Tess and I'm here to get my health back on track. I'm not bragging, but almost every other area of my life is on point right now, except my health. This is the one area that I have not taken back control of after a very rough three years. I was dealing with sugar addiction, apathy, depression, and anxiety - all which nearly ruined some treasured relationships. Now that I have a better handle on my mental health, I need to sustain that with working on my physical health. My ... Mon, 8 Oct 2018 10:30:53 EST September 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Sept. 1: 0 min <BR> Sept. 2-8: 60 min <BR> Sept. 9-15: 180 min <BR> Sept. 16-22: <BR> Sept. 23-29: <BR> Sept. 30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 240 <BR> Minutes Left: 760 Fri, 7 Sep 2018 12:12:04 EST New to SparkPeople Just wanted to pop in and say hi, My name is Chris and i'm new to SparkPeople in general. My doc told me i'm borderline prediabetic, and highly recommended i lose about 40 pounds, to drop my weight to 180. He wants me to reach this within 6 months when i have a checkup appointment scheduled. <BR> <BR> I have already cut out soda, drink water (though i need to work on increasing how much i drink water), and am researching recipes i can make at home. Not looking for a diet per se, more of a... Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:40:39 EST New here. Hello! I am Heather. I have two daughters (3 and almost 2). I was very active on SP in 2010 and have been a spark member since 2008. I haven't been on since 2014 and need to get back on track. In 2010 I lost 30 lbs and was 155 lbs. I let some things go with some changes that happened, had two babies and found myself at over 200 lbs at the beginning of the year. I started walking for 30 mins a day, then added weights and watching food portions and choices. I still hadnt lost weight. I increase... Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:30:18 EST June 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> June 1-2: 60 minutes <BR> June 3-9: 303 minutes <BR> June 10-16: 350 minutes <BR> June 17-23: 150 minutes <BR> June 24-30: 90 minutes <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 953 <BR> Minutes Left: 47 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 10:26:10 EST Back again :) Lose the weight, regain the weight, lose some weight, gain some weight. Y'all know the story! I'm back to SparkPeople, primarily to record my diet, but thought I'd give an honest go with a team this time around. Bit about me, I've dealt with binge eating disorder for decades. This year, I decided to go on medication approved to treat this eating disorder. It's helping greatly! It's also allowed me to get off my anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds which was a really nice bonus (it's helping... Thu, 24 May 2018 11:24:58 EST May 2018 Fitness Minutes Challenge Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> May 1-5: 234 minutes <BR> May 6-12: 224 minutes <BR> May 13-19: 283 minutes <BR> May 20-26: 180 minutes <BR> May 27-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 921 <BR> Minutes Left: 79 Tue, 1 May 2018 08:35:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:24:08 EST hi everyone Hello from Georgia! so, i have decided to get back on track, AGAIN. anyway, looking for a weight loss buddy, who can do a one month challenge with me. I am on high protein, low carb diet. I exercise 1 hour every morning, sometimes it is hard to stay on track though. Anyway, I am starting tomorrow, who wants to join me? Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:33:21 EST Time is running out for me I am approaching 40 and will be too old for this team! <BR> My birthday next month is my 38th birthday. I better hurry up and lose 50 lbs in the next two years. <BR> I hope I'm not too old for the team before I lose the weight <em>28</em> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:06:07 EST April 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> April 1-7: 158 minutes <BR> April 8-14: 133 minutes <BR> April 15-21: 113 minutes <BR> April 22-28: 207 minutes <BR> April 29-30: 74 minutes <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 685 <BR> Minutes Left: 315 Tue, 3 Apr 2018 22:29:06 EST March 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> March 1-3: 30 minutes <BR> March 4-10: 30 minutes <BR> March 11-17: 181 minutes <BR> March 18-24: 232 minutes <BR> March 25-31: 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 493 <BR> Minutes Left: 507 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:25:30 EST February 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Cardio Minutes: 177 (2 days/week) <BR> Goal Strength Sessions: 8 (2/week) <BR> * Breakdown by week: <BR> ·Feb 1-4: 37 mins cardio + 1 day ST <BR> ·Feb 5-11: 38 mins cardio + 2 days ST <BR> ·Feb 12-18: 40 mins cardio + 2 days ST <BR> ·Feb 19-25: 41 mins cardio + 2 days ST <BR> ·Feb 26-28: 21 mins cardio + 1 day ST <BR> <BR> Actual: <BR> Feb 1-4: 18 mins cardio <BR> Feb 5-11: <BR> Feb 12-18: <BR> Feb 19-25: <BR> Feb 26-28: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 18 <BR> Minutes Left: 159 <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:36:49 EST Weight loss buddy Hello! <BR> <BR> I'd like to find a weight loss buddy to make this journey more interesting and have someone to keep me more accountable too. I am 35yo and I wanna lose 46lbs. :) <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:15:54 EST Anyone interested in a team challenge? When I was previously active on Sparkpeople, I benefitted greatly from group weight loss challenges. Is anyone on this team interested in a challenge with teams? I'd be willing to lead the challenge if there are takers. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:59:18 EST What did do you do to reach a goal today? I did cardio at the gym. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:02:09 EST Starting Over Again... Hi, my name is Meggan :) I've used Sparkpeople in the past after I had my first daughter (who is now 14!) and found the support to be phenomenal! I gave birth to my second daughter almost 6 months ago and am trying to lose the weight that I gained during my pregnancy. 45 lbs seems like a lot but, I'm hoping with the support I get from this site, some hardwork, and determination I can achieve my goal! I've never been able to wear a bikini, and I want 2018 to be the year I can finally wear ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:52:10 EST January 2018 Fitness Minutes Goal Cardio Minutes: 166 (2 days/week) <BR> Goal Strength Sessions: 9 (2/week) <BR> <BR> Jan 1-7: 40 mins + 1 day ST <BR> Jan 8-14: 32 mins + 2 days ST <BR> Jan 15-21: 34 mins + 2 days ST <BR> Jan 22-28: 36 mins + 2 days ST <BR> Jan 29-31: 1 day ST <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 142 <BR> Minutes Left: 24 <BR> <BR> Total ST Sessions: 8 <BR> ST Sessions Left: 1 Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:55:55 EST Hello! I'm new to sparkpeople and blogging I just started up here 5 days ago and I love how supportive everyone is here. I love the trackers and articles and blogs especially. I'm going to be blogging pretty regularly about life trying to get fit and to track my progress. I'd love it if you guys would read a bit and subscribe if you like it. <BR> <BR> I just turned 30 this year and was noticing how I looked a whole lot different in pictures than I looked in the mirror. Still confused about this phenomenon, anyone else experienced it... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:21:37 EST Ayeeee Hai everyone C: New here to the group! Can't wait to work forward together with everyone. Lets achieve our goals! <BR> <BR> A little about myself, <BR> My name is Kota, I'm someone that enjoys movies and videos games alot next to a lot of reading. <BR> <BR> This past year I have been working at bettering myself and losing some weight. I just made remission from cancer not too long ago, but ever since I was housed up in the hospital for a month, now that I'm out I've been on the move so mu... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:15:18 EST Hello! Im back Hello everyone, I am ready to finish losing weight. I have about 30 lbs left to lose (yikes!) after losing 40 from my highest. It's been a struggle with lots of ups and downs. My problem is i try doing it the healthy way, but get impatient when I gain all the few pounds I lose during the week by just going off plan on the weekend. I feel like I have to be perfect, so I get frustrated and bitter and I either stop eating or i binge. <BR> <BR> But I want to be committed to doing this the health... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:21:43 EST November 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Nov. 1-4: 240 min <BR> Nov. 5-11: 60 min <BR> Nov. 12-18: <BR> Nov. 19-25: <BR> Nov. 26-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 300 <BR> Minutes Left: 700 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:28:32 EST Second time around Good morning beautiful people. <BR> <BR> Like most people I reach my goal or get close to it and I back track. I have 45 lbs I want to drop but having the lack of motivation is one of my biggest issues not to mention I'm a baker so it's hard to stay away from the sweets. I would love to have somebody that could keep me motivated and focus. I know it's a "how bad do you want it" type of thing but sometimes I need an extra push Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:50:47 EST October 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Oct. 1-7: 207 min <BR> Oct. 8-14: 240 min <BR> Oct. 15-21: 240 min <BR> Oct. 22-28: 210 min <BR> Oct. 29-31: 60 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 957 <BR> Minutes Left: 43 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:47:08 EST Hola! Hey everyone! <BR> I'm new to the team, and excited for October to start so I can start working on some team goals :-) I was a very active member of Sparkpeople several years ago and am just getting back into it. I started a new account so I could have a fresh start. Hope everyone has a great day and finishes the month strong! <BR> <BR> Joelle Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:32:13 EST Hello!! Hi! My name is Amanda and I am here to lose weight! I have struggled through my mid twenties and into my 30's with yoyoing between 160-190 pounds. Every time I got close to a goal weight I either got pregnant or broke my foot, but I am done having children and as recovered as I'm going to get with my foot/ankle. <BR> <BR> So I am 35 years old, 5 foot 5.5 inches (that 1/2 inch is important lol) and as of this morning I weight 175. I restarted my weight loss journey this past January at 189 p... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:12:52 EST Newbie! Hey there, <BR> I'm new here (just joined last night). I'm a 36yo mother of two - an 11yo and a 3mo so I've got my hands full! I'm at the highest weight I've been and I'm super uncomfortable in my skin. I eat poorly and get very little sleep and zero exercise so the good news is, I've got lots of room to improve! I'm looking to lose about 40lbs and it can't go fast enough! Happy to be here! Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:54:44 EST Hey Folks!! So I'm that odd situation, the fitness instructor that got too involved with her classes and forgot to take care of herself. Now I've been on an ongoing weightloss journey for the past couple years, starting at 200lbs on a 5'0 petite frame. Since then I'm down to 145lbs and need to lose around another 27lbs to meet my goal weight of 118lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm a mom of 2 kiddies (10 and 12), fur mom to 3 dogs, and happily married. Tue, 5 Sep 2017 16:00:49 EST Hey guys! Hi everyone! Excited to be a part of this team! I had a baby in April 2016, didn't get motivated to start losing the baby weight until December 2016, lost my first 15 with Atkins and my second 15 with Weight Watchers to arrive at my pre-pregnancy weight ... however, I would still like to lose another 40ish pounds, so I am now just counting calories and working out with Beach Body. I had great success a few years back with Insanity, but was recently diagnosed with arthritis and Insanity is jus... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:16:32 EST new here Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm progressing well with my weight loss having lost about 15 pounds already. I did this by getting back to the YMCA and cleaning up my diet. I have my final meeting with my YMCA coach on Oct 5 and my goal is to be down another 15 pounds by then. I plan to reevaluate my goal at that point, but am thinking of losing another 15 pounds which will bring me to 140 for a 5'8" frame. I am lifting weights again so I'm not sure what the final number will be yet. <BR> <BR> I am ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:51:34 EST August 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Aug. 1-5: 28 min <BR> Aug. 6-12: <BR> Aug. 13-19: <BR> Aug. 20-26: <BR> Aug. 27-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 28 <BR> Minutes Left: 972 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 08:45:13 EST July 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> July 1-8: 47 min <BR> July 9-15: 304 min <BR> July 16-22: 162 min <BR> July 23-29: 300 min <BR> July 30-31: 37 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 850 <BR> Minutes Left: 150 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:06:51 EST New(ish)bie here! Hi everyone! After years of going back on forth from working on this journey to gaining back everything I had done (and then some) and years of yo-yoing... I'm trying to do it right this time. I deleted my old account (although didn't stray far in my user name) and am starting over from scratch. <BR> <BR> I have 44 pounds to lose. I'm a year into my recovery from major surgery after a primary bone cancer diagnosis. I recently have been cleared by my doctor for everything (although push... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:31:15 EST Motivation About a month ago, I took my kids into the doctors so they could get their physicals for camp. After each of them weighed, I asked the nurse if I could check my weight. Well low and behold I had gained like 10 lbs +, I was 201. My jaw hit the floor and I was like no this is not right. I couldn't believe I had let myself go that much. This is when I finally decided that enough was enough and I had to do something about it. (My fraternal side of the family had diabetes and high blood pres... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:22:27 EST Hello- reaching out again Hi, I am Emily. I have struggled on and off with losing weight. I seem to eat more healthy at work but when I get home, I raid the snacks and sweets; and I know I eat way too much for dinner. <BR> I am 31 and an online student. Also, I am married but there are work stresses and some family life things going on-- I think some of this is why my motivation to work out or eat healthy is almost non-existent. <BR> I am a cashier for a thrift store- it is really tough, and driving is very stressf... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:59:31 EST Again! I have been on and off Sparkpeople for several years for a few weeks at a time and the life gets busy and I get distracted. I'm working on the Full-Plate Diet concept which is plant based and focuses on eating more fiber so that you don't feel hungry all the time. It's been amazing and I can eat until I'm full with high-fiber foods but the calories don't add up so quickly! I've lost 3 pounds already in 1 1/2 weeks. My goal is 30 pounds by the end of September. Glad to be back on this jou... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:20:36 EST Back Again Hi. A couple of weeks ago I took my kids to the doctors so they could get their yearly physical for camp. I decided to check my weight. My mouth hit the floor when I say how much I weighed. How on earth did I let myself get this way? I know, I didn't really care. My weight was 201 lbs. I went home that day and tried some exercises, felt good but tiring at the same time too. Then low and behold my husband came home sick with a nasty cold that he received from work and then gave it to m... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:19:20 EST June 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> June 1-3: 94 min <BR> June 4-10: 375 min <BR> June 11-17: 218 min <BR> June 18-24: 244 min <BR> June 25-30: 218 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 1149 <BR> Minutes Left: <em>248</em> Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:21:16 EST Hi from Long Beach If anyone goes to the Fitness 19 in Long Beach, could you tell me please about your experiences there. I'm thinking about joining. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:37:28 EST Hello Hi. I'm a 30yo Nebraska librarian and PhD student, a furmom of four beautiful furbabies. I have been on SparkPeople off and on for 9ish years. Last year I hit my all-time high of 319lbs and started making some more serious efforts to leading a healthier life. In October, around my birthday, I came back to SparkPeople and re-committed, and I've been "on" ever since. I still have a long way to go, but I can definitely see changes. Tue, 9 May 2017 12:19:16 EST May 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> May 1-6: 0 min <BR> May 7-13: 240 min <BR> May 14-20: 60 min <BR> May 21-27: <BR> May 28-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 300 <BR> Minutes Left: 700 Tue, 9 May 2017 08:51:32 EST April 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> April 1-8: 120 min <BR> April 9-15: <BR> April 16-22: <BR> April 23-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 120 <BR> Minutes Left: 880 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:14:35 EST Hey I'm new Hey yall. My name is Maegen and I have struggled with weight my entire life. I hit rock bottom when my weight hit 322lbs. I have come a long way but I still have a long ways to go. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was 322... but that was just 5 years ago. As a matter of fact I was 260 jusy 1.5 years ago. Weight has always been a struggle for me. I don't know my current weight because I had a huge surgery so I am very swollen still (plan on getting on three scale tomorrow). It is now time f... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:13:57 EST After major surgery, trying to kick the pesky lbs Disclaimer: I don't do social media (gasp!), so there's a good chance this will be my only post. but as the first "diet" site I've seen that hooks you up right away with real people who are working hard to lose weight, I thought it was pretty cool and figured I'd give a shout. <BR> <BR> I'm a big muscular guy - 6'2", 245lbs. Max was 295 in 2011. Peak fitness at 16 at 215lbs. <BR> <BR> I suffered for 10 years with sleep apnea and never knew how much the disorder screwed with my weight. i ha... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:49:10 EST New to the team! Hello all! :) <BR> <BR> I'm 32 and have 45 pounds left to lose to reach my goal. I've battled obesity since I was a preschooler, and I'm so sick of being on this stupid roller coaster :( My lowest weight was 136 when I was 15, and my highest was about 250 when I turned 30. And there's been countless fluctuations in between. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of failing. <BR> <BR> I want this to come off for the LAST time, so I'm working on building life-long healthy habits instead of "dieting". It's s... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:52:44 EST March 2017 Fitness Minute Challenge Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> March 1-4: 60 min <BR> March 5-11: 168 min <BR> March 12-18: 240 min <BR> March 19-25: 60 min <BR> March 26-31: 185 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 713 <BR> Minutes Left: 287 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:34:43 EST weekend getaway I had a nice little long weekend with my husband but didnt do so well with the calories!! Getting bak to business today!! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:59:53 EST Hello everyone About 10 years ago I lost about 70 pounds and kept it off for 8 years. The last two years I have been going through horrible depression and gained 40 of it back. I have never used SparkPeople but I m hoping it helps keep me motivated. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 07:24:27 EST New, Again Hi! Hello, my name is Hannah and it's been 6 years since I have been on SparkPeople. I decided I needed to be back since I had such great success then. I live in the Peach State. I work as an Assistant Director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I love my job and I love traveling. At this moment I'm not in love with myself and I use to be. I use to love taking pictures and smiling for the camera but right now I'm struggling with loving myself and my smile which has always been my be... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:18:00 EST Hi from Italy! Hey everyone! I'm new to SP! I joined mainly to connect with other people for support and accountability ^-^ I'm stay home mom and have 2 kids who keep me pretty busy. <BR> I aim to work out every other day at the least, doing whatever gets me to move and sweat! Also trying to convince myself to join an actual gym - I do find it a bit intimidating... <BR> Hope to meet lots of new people here! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:02 EST Returning to my goals after years away Hello all! I am 38, from North Jersey and a mother of a teenage son. I am returning to my fitness goals after years of not even bothering. I try to live a some what healthy lifestyle. I don't smoke and I rarely drink but do still like to indulge when I can. I cook most of my family meals. I do alot of walking due to work and personal lifestyle but don't really do any other exercising. I figured it was time to get back on track due to having more physical health problems and my bp constantly b... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:08:19 EST February 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Feb. 1-4: 120 minutes <BR> Feb. 5-11: 120 minutes <BR> Feb. 12-18: 420 minutes <BR> Feb. 19-25: 390 minutes <BR> Feb. 26-28: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 1050 <BR> Minutes Left: <em>248</em> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:06:15 EST Focus! Hey all! <BR> Started getting fit in 2015 running, exercising, eating it all fell into place. In 2016, well it kind of lulled and I was able to maintain but now I want more! I want to feel good again I want to be stronger than I was! Here we are 2017, been working with a trainer the past four months and definitely see a difference in strength and muscles HOWEVER the scale isn't budging &amp; I know it's me &amp; nutrition. I have all the tools but finding it so hard to put them to work. S... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:39:20 EST Back to it in Ohio! Hi, Everyone! I was rocking and rolling until I had Baby. Since then, I've let excuses run my life...that was over two years ago. I'm tired of being tired and uncomfortable! I've always been a health and fitness geek; but I haven't been consistently practicing what I preach. I'm back on the wagon to stay! Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:33:38 EST Returning after losing and gaining again Hi, I lost weight about 3 yrs ago and I have gained it all back and more. I have thyroid issues and it has also been more difficult to lose weight and also feel better. I am hoping to get back into shape and find the motivation here again. I must feel better and also get healthy again. I am sure I will accomplish it if I keep it up! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:23:36 EST Kill me if I can't stick to my fitness program Hi, <BR> <BR> I want to change my health regimen. My weight yoyos from 170 to 210 and is usually at 190. I am pretty steady in strength training. I am spotty with cardio. I usually get on a "roll" and eventually hurt my Achilles , hip or knee. It takes me months to get back to running and the cycle continues. I was once a 7:00 minute pace runner and I think I get injured as I try to get back there and am having a problem accepting that is probably no longer achievable. I don't drink and drin... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:42:26 EST Making progress.... Hello, my name is Amy. I am a 37 year old mom to 3, aged 20, 18, and 16. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for many years, but I find that I am not so great about follow through. Over the past year, I have lost 15lbs just changing how/what I eat. I have 35 to go to get to my goal weight, and I have decided I am unable to do this alone. I am looking for some support and some accountability. I live a mostly sedentary lifestyle, with small bursts of exercise here and there. I know I nee... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:46:07 EST 2017 Im taking my life back! Im 37 yrs old and have fought my weight my whole life my kids are grown and out of the house so its my time to work on me!! Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:21 EST New Member Excited to get started Happy New Year. I'm a 39-year-old mom of three young kids. Excited to make some life changes. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:20:16 EST New year, new sparkteam My favorite SparkTeams and teammember blogs are from the age-group teams. <BR> <BR> I started out with the team for over 100lbs to lose. Then, midway last year, I joined the group with 50-99lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> This year, I've got 44lbs to go, so, I figured I am qualified to join this team now, too. <BR> <BR> Last year was an emotional roller coaster, extreme highs and lows. But, at least I'm starting out this year better than I did last year. <BR> Weight loss is slowing down, which is... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:41:28 EST January 2017 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Jan. 1-7: 32 min <BR> Jan. 8-14: <BR> Jan. 15-21: <BR> Jan. 22-28: <BR> Jan. 29-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 32 <BR> Minutes Left: 968 Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:31:02 EST Happy New Year! Hi everyone! I joined spark people back in December but haven't really been focused. I was trying to get used to everything and what all I needed to do before this year started. I'm not a person who really makes resolutions but I did this year. This year is going to be all about bettering myself. I've put myself on the back burner for too long. It's time to take care of me! Good luck everyone and I truly believe that this is the year that we all reach our goals! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:53:15 EST I'm new Hi Everyone, my name is Rebecca. I'm a 32 year mother of two girls. I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I just reset my goals. I lost about 32 lbs last year, and I now have less than 50 lbs to go. I'm looking forward to getting involved with this team. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:55:38 EST Weight loss buddy Hello, I'm 34 f and I'm trying to lose 45 pounds. I'd like to help and get help from someone (text, calls, emails whatever works best) to motivate each other and help with difficult days. Hit me up if you are interested. Hopefully we are on the same time zone or close (US eastern time) Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:25:06 EST Not-so-new but still a newbie Hi. I'm 34 and I want to lose 20-30 lbs. But first of all, I want to change my lifestyle. I know it won't be easy, because both me and my husband really enjoy good food. I was on SP before (twice, I think), mut I wasn't very active in the community and it was then really easy to just give up.I used to work out a lot, but some time ago I just lost all motivation. Now I am trying to get it back. I just wanted to say "hello" - I hope we can help each other to reach our goals. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:30:51 EST Can't seem to get over the hump After a few very long years my weight has kept creeping up on me. Both of my parent's passed recently (my relationships with them were not healthy...both died of alcohol related illness) and I have had two job changes to highly stressful positions (both with in law enforcement). We also have a blended family (with a couple of nasty ex's included) and five kids who keep us busy. Life can be stressful to say the least. <BR> <BR> My problem is this, I can do good for a couple of days and then ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:11:50 EST New to this team When I started Spark people a couple months ago I was on the 30 somethings to lose 50-99 lbs, and I am now in this team. :D Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:26:53 EST Hi, I'm a little silly <em>524</em> I realized today that I lost enough weight to join the 30 something with 25-49 pounds to lose group before I turn 40 next month and get to join the 40 something group instead. I couldn't help myself I had to join :) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Last week I reached my half way point. I have lost 40 lbs and 40 to go :) I am looking forward to chatting with all of you for the next few weeks. <em>7</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:50:55 EST I'm New Hi everyone. I am new to this group. I am looking forward to being a part of the Sparkpeople community. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:43:29 EST November 2016 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Nov. 1-5: 180 min <BR> Nov. 6-12: 120 min <BR> Nov. 13-19: 180 min <BR> Nov. 20-26: <BR> Nov. 27-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 480 <BR> Minutes Left: 520 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:18:51 EST Hi :) Hi! New and happy to be here! <em>465</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:24:00 EST Hi! Hi there! This is not te first time I've been on SP. I think I need some consistency and motivation to go on on my journey to healthy living and decided to come back here. <BR> Right now my main problem is that I feel tired all the time and that I have that extra weight (28lbs, right now, to be precise) that seems to increase a little by little instead of going away. <BR> I wish to find a balance in which I feel I'm living a healthy life and not straining with dieting and forcing myself to ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:43:38 EST Hi! I am a 35 year old woman and mom of a 4 and 2 year old who has always struggled with my weight. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 30 pounds and am looking to lose another 30-40lbs. I do great for a while on my weight loss journey but I always have a tendency to fall back into bad habits and gain weight back. I could really use a weight loss buddy to help me with support and accountability on this journey. I am sure there are many other women out there like myself who have struggle... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:45:24 EST Hi from Canada! Ontario to be specific. Working mom of 2 busy boys. Husband going into big surgery in several weeks. Want to tighten up the reigns on my health and make sure I'm ready! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:49:42 EST October 2016 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Oct. 1: 0 min <BR> Oct. 2-8: 145 min <BR> Oct. 9-15: 60 min <BR> Oct. 16-22: 291 min <BR> Oct. 23-29: 370 min <BR> Oct. 30-31: 0 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 866 <BR> Minutes Left: 134 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:29:07 EST Hello from Omaha! Hey everybody! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kelli, and I live in the Omaha Nebraska area. I am getting married in 20 days, and recently tried my dress on, and it won't zip up all the way! SO, I'm pushing myself hard to lose the weight I've gained so that I can fit comfortably in my dress as well as continuing on to become a healthier individual overall. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 13:32:56 EST hello from sydney Hi everyone, I was a member many years ago but left. Now I'm back after having 2 kids in the past 5 years and have a bit of baby weight I need to lose. <BR> <BR> With each pregnancy I gained 40kg (88 pounds). I lost it in 12 months after the first baby with just casual efforts with diet and small amounts of exercise. This second time has been much harder and I'm still nearly 10kg (22 pounds) above what I was before kids. I need to lose probably twice that in total to get back to a weight wh... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 04:09:06 EST A Lull.... I need help :/ Well, now that summer is over and the nursing program has started up again. I find myself, however, having gone backward 2 pounds and trying to find a groove for keeping up on diet and exercise when there is not time for it. I spend 60+ hours working a week, and I'm in class 25 hours plus have a good 40-80 hours of homework to complete in a week. Safe to say, I'm needing motivation. I have begun walking during my lunch breaks but considering they are only 20 minute lunches it isn't as good of... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:21:38 EST Back on Track! Hi everyone, my name is Erica. I work full-time, taking 3 college classes,and I'm a mother of two! It is very easy for me to just say I don't have the time, but I want to make the time! I've had a Sparkpeople account for more than a couple years and it's been very helpful in the past! I lost 15 pounds a year and a half ago while using Sparkpeople, but have gained it all back since then. I am wanting to start up again to lose at least 25 pounds! I am 32 years old and weight 146 pounds. It's ti... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:01:36 EST September 2016 Fitness Minutes Fitness Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Sept. 1-3: 190 min <BR> Sept. 4-10: 136 min <BR> Sept. 11-17: <BR> Sept. 18-24: <BR> Sept. 25-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 326 <BR> Minutes Left: 674 Thu, 1 Sep 2016 22:08:32 EST Mom of 3 under 9 - looking for accountability Hello everyone, I have been on spark in the long ago past, and decided that I need to do something to finally once and for all get this weight off. I am 32 years old with a wonderful husband that needs to lose weight also, 3 kids (8 yr old son, 4 yr old son, and 8 month daughter). I am at the heaviest I have ever been (and not pregnant). I have to get a hold of my life!! So I am looking for people to run in this journey with who will hold me accountable and we can encourage each other along t... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:34:34 EST New to Spark, but not to the Fitness Journey Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have been trying to lose weight and get more fit for years, and have attempted many fads and trends, as well as healthy lifestyle changes. Nothing has completely stuck, and after reading several Spark blog entries, I found something that I had been missing: community. I have struggled to do this all alone, so perhaps by making friends who are experiencing the same struggles with a positive attitude and sense of humor, I hope I have found my key to finally reaching my goal... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:53:26 EST August 2016 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Aug. 1-6: 0 min <BR> Aug. 7-13: 60 min <BR> Aug. 14-20: <BR> Aug. 21-27: <BR> Aug. 28-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 60 <BR> Minutes Left: 940 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:20:06 EST need prayers. Have an inspection this coming up wednesday and thinking that our land lady will do everything that she can do to evict us on finding things that aren't clean. I clean everything every day. I clean, clean and then clean some more and still find time to exercise and find time to sign up for school. i think she's afraid that we're bettering ourselves. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 20:36:44 EST New team member! Hi, <BR> I am new to this team, but not new to Sparkpeople. I have been a member, and using Spark on-and-off for 6 years (yikes)! My routine changes a lot, and my husband and I move around a lot bc of his work, so I find it's difficult to stick to a workout routine. <BR> My biggest issue with sticking to a routine is staying motivated - therefore I am hoping to make some spark-friends to keep me on track and accountable! <BR> Hoping we all stay on this journey together, <BR> -Susan. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:24:43 EST Trying something new Hello all! I am new to the spark world. I decided after losing my 872 day streak on MFP that it was time for something new. My mom and I decided to try Spark so here I am. I have lost over 120 pounds in the last 4 years. Its amazing how fast the weight can pile on when you stop paying attention. Well actively paying attention anyway. I have let the rest of my world take up too much of my energy but I need to take care of myself first or the rest won't matter. So, I have gained about 3... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:38:04 EST High Cholesterol Levels Hello Spark People Family. My name is Catherine Antoinette Wright. I am currently a 36yr old and finally decided that it is time to take care of myself for myself. I have decided that I don't want to take any more cholesterol pills. I have decided that I am tired of looking at belly fat. Finally I am tired of not feeling sexy anymore and it is time fore a make over. The next 30 days will be hard, but once I have passed that hurtle then everything will be routine. During those thirty day... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:21:23 EST Not new to Spark I'm Misty and back to doing what is best for me. I finally got fed up with trying to please others because "its in our best interest if you did". Meaning if you don't do what I say you will feel my wrath and it will cost you. They're right. Its costing me my health, my sanity, and my freedom so I'll do what I can get when I need it. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:34:22 EST Two days of exercise... Tired but happier Hi everyone! My name is Melody, and I'm 30 years old. I worked in the service industry for most of my adult life, which kept me in pretty decent shape. About a year ago, I started a desk job.. I've gained about 20 lbs since then! I feel down and tired almost every day, and I am starting to realize it's the lack of exercise. So for the past two days, I did aerobics concentrating on strength. This morning I woke up and my heart didn't sink. Woohoo!!!! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:12:24 EST Hello all! Single momma of 3, hailing from Indianapolis. Trying to get back on track to lose weight I gained while I had my youngest. She is about to be three and it is time to shove away all excuses and get the weight off. <BR> <BR> I love to run and use the elliptical. Trying to get back in shape to run 1/2 marathons again. <BR> <BR> Cooking is a passion of mine and I love trying to develop healthy dishes that are pleasing to the palate. Pretty sure avocados can make most dishes better. <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:44:27 EST New Member Hello everyone! Usually when I join an online community of some sort, I just lurk on the pages. And I don't lose much weight. And if I do lose weight, I gain it back over time because I don't feel supported. So, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and post this today. I am looking to lose about 26 pounds over the next several months, mainly by changing some habits, such as emotional eating and skipping workouts. Any advice to help motivate me is appreciated. <BR> <BR> I do usually w... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 08:10:44 EST July 2016 Fitness Minutes 115 today (makes total of 115 for July) Sun, 3 Jul 2016 06:39:21 EST Hello! Let's cheer each other up & reach the goal! Hi, my name is Dora Wang. I already lost 8 lbs in June and would like to drop another 10 lbs by the end of July. You can message me to team up. :) Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:19:31 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I just rejoined spark people yesterday and thought i would introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm a mummy of 2 from northern Ireland and I'm aiming to lose 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:55:07 EST ANSUL from VEGAS. Hi <BR> I am new to spark Finally I have decided to lose last 25lbs. <BR> <BR> I will be posting pics of food and pics from my training everyday for next 42 days. <BR> As a high functional alcholic it's gonna tough because I drink 4 to 5 days a week followed by binging on junk foods. <BR> <BR> But I am ready go cold turkey NOW. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:00:34 EST Hey from a Newb!! Hey everyone!! New here to the team and the Sparkpeople page in general! Looking to eventually lose about 75-100lbs but figured I would start off slow with 30-ish and hopefully go from there! <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom with a full time job to an 11 year old who has a lot of extracurriculars. <BR> <BR> Im in serious need of losing the weight to help my health. I was recently diagnosed pre-diabetic and I also have problems with my back. So I am really hoping with the weight loss the problem... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:50:00 EST June 2016 Fitness Minutes Minute Goal: 1000 <BR> <BR> June 1-4: 143 min <BR> June 5-11: 116 min <BR> June 12-18: <BR> June 19-25: <BR> June 26-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 259 <BR> Minutes Left: 741 Wed, 1 Jun 2016 23:48:07 EST hi everyone!!! hi, my name is kelly, i am 30 years old , <BR> i have been overweight ever since my teens and have struggled to lose the weight and get motivated and always making an excuse why not to lose weight, but this time around i really am determined to lose the weight,get fit and healthy ready to start my new journey with my future husband who i will be marrying on the 8th oct this year, ( i know just over 4 months away!!) and with my being quite short i always look fat and frumpy and just hate what... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:03 EST Hello Hello to all of you! <BR> I'm Jamie, 35 years old and just plain unhappy with myself. I got divorced last September and trying to be a good mom, good worker, good student etc. I'm stressed and overwhelmed. Losing weight used to be easy but not anymore. I've put on 30 pounds since the divorce and am determined to get back to me. <BR> I was successful in the past with weight watchers but where I live now there is only 1 meeting available and I truly don't want to spend $$. <BR> I'm looking f... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:00:06 EST Hello! Hi all, Shy beginner introduction here. Enjoying all that Spark People has to offer, and getting fit in the process:) Daily challenge completed. Wed, 25 May 2016 13:24:49 EST Hi Hello I am a mother of 2 with a full time job. In need of getting healthy for myself and my children. Any suggestions for motivation after 12 hour day at work, homework with kids cleaning and cooking would be great!! Sun, 22 May 2016 23:52:54 EST Hi There! Hello Team, <BR> I am Jo, a new member. 30, mom of a toddler and an active individual looking to meet my fitness goals, surpass them and keep weight off. I grew up athletic, always was in an activity but as you know...we get older, adulthood sets in and then most things go out the window, and then you add kids into the mix! <BR> <BR> So that's my story. Looking to shed some unwanted adulthood/baby weight that has been holding on for way too long! <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Jo Thu, 19 May 2016 13:16:35 EST Hi all! My name is Natalia. I'm on the tail end of this age group at 39 (eek!) <BR> About 4 years ago I spent 6 months in Argentina, when I came back I was at my thinnest and happiest but over time something happened...not sure what, I just woke up nearly 40 lbs heavier... <BR> The thing is, I have a very sedentary job and I sort of stopped paying attention to my eating habits...worst of all I stopped being active. The good news is that I know how my body works and I know what I have to do to get my... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:51:52 EST Let's do this together <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ^ My weight, over the past 3 1/2 years. Crazy! I've tracked my weight on/off that long, but have had an unhealthy relationship to food/weight since I was in middle school. <BR> <BR> I've been most successful in the past when I had support, so here I am! I actually joined SP a long time ago but never used it - was active on another forum. <BR> <BR> Hope I can support some of you back. <BR... Mon, 9 May 2016 11:23:49 EST May 2016 Fitness Minutes Monthly Goal: 1500 Minutes <BR> <BR> May 1-7: 197 min <BR> May 8-14: 45 min <BR> May 15-21: 129 min <BR> May 22-28: 244 min <BR> May 29-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 615 <BR> Minutes Left: 885 Mon, 2 May 2016 23:38:56 EST It will get easier.. I'm on the 1200-1500 too, I think it will motivate me to up my exercise on the days where I know I might have a treat eg a girls night out or the weekend and help me to be more mindful about my food planning! I've only just finished my second day and am so far a little hungry but I'm hoping that will get easier! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:38:28 EST Back to Spark Looking for Active Friends I am back on spark and I feel like I am all but starting all over again. I had great friends way back when and they all have seemed to move on and are no longer active. I am looking for active people to friend and share in this journey with. I will be right there with you along the way! Please add me if you are looking for some friendship, motivation, and encouragement too! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:50:08 EST Hello, nice to meet you all! I am looking forward to meeting everyone here. I am back at Sparking after a few years off. I am getting back on track after gaining back and need the motivation. <BR> <BR> Looking to lose about 25 Lbs and build stamina and strength by the end of the year! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:58:20 EST Greetings - Trying this again! Good morning! I am trying this weight loss thing again. Motivation has seriously evaded me since last summer and I have gained the most weight ever over this winter. I am at 168 pounds, weighing the most I ever have (without being pregnant; I think even when I was pregnant, I didn't weigh this much). I have never been so sedentary, so lacking the interest in moving my body around. <BR> <BR> My intent this time around is to be more socially active in just one group. To find support with othe... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:41:37 EST New and need a kick in the butt Hi all! I need some help! I can't seem to stick with anything and it's starting to get very frustrating. <BR> <BR> A bit about me: I am 32 yrs old and about 30 pounds heavier than I'd like to be. Before I got pregnant with my son (he will be 3 in August, I can't believe it) I was fairly comfortable with my weight though still a bit pudgy at about 150 lbs, but for my frame it looked ok on me. I was running regularly and eating decent things and generally felt pretty good about myself. Having ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:59:41 EST Hi there! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I used to be a member of this group a long time ago, but I stopped using Spark.. and of course the weight crept back up so I'm back again! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Becky I live in New England's beautiful Mount Washington Valley, in Fryeburg Maine. I am a mother to three beautiful children; Bryan 16, David 15 and Medea 14. They keep me on my toes! I get to share the raising of these wicked intelligent and caring teenagers with their father and step-mother in... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:12:10 EST New Member Hi! My name is Sara and I just joined. I am trying to jump back onto my healthy lifestyle journey but finding it very difficult to stick with it. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople because I wanted to find others like myself for motivation and encouragement. As well as to hold myself accountable with eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I am 32, (almost 33) I am married and have 2 elementary aged kiddos. I am a stay at home mom for now. I live in Stanley, WI and am looking at losing about 40 lbs. <B... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:18:21 EST Started today :-) Hey, everyone! I am 34 years old and getting close to 35. I have made a decision that I do not want to be where I am now when I reach 35 in August. I am trying to find a new job and lose this weight at the same time. I am an emotional eater so I'm hopeful this will help me with my tracking and posting my feelings on how I'm doing on a day to day basis. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:46:17 EST I'm new! Hey! I am 34, have three little girls, and am finally trying to lose all the "baby" weight- at least 30 lbs. My middle child has been in and out of the hospital and I feel like I've been living on hospital food and I've gained even more weight. I am ready to lose, but need help getting started. Diet plan/workout plan/etc. I have a membership to a gym and I have a trainer once a week, other than that I walk with two friends and exercise at home. I'd love to have some friends on here for ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:29:18 EST delete <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2016 14:09:55 EST April 2016 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1500 <BR> <BR> April 1-2: 39 min <BR> April 3-9: 92 min <BR> April 10-16: 140 min <BR> April 17-23: 203 min <BR> April 24-30: 157 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 631 <BR> Minutes Left: 869 Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:43:52 EST Loving Spark already Hi my name is Brooke and this site seems like it is exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for the welcome email's and I hope to make the most out of the site.. Happy Easter and have a wonderful day! Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:46:45 EST Greetings from a sunny Namibia I am set to get back to a healthy weight and lifestyle. I never had weight issues until last year when started gaining too much. I currently weigh biggest ever.... <BR> <BR> I have a very active 6yr old (Buyiswa).she does swimming and ballet. Because of her I also started taking ballet lessons and we are exercising together after work. <BR> <BR> I believe that my goals are attainable <BR> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 01:36:51 EST Weightloss Newcomer Hey everyone. My name is Joe and I reached the highest weight of my life in December 2015. I decided enough was enough and in January I started doing a Keto diet with daily exercise. Almost 3 months in I am halfway to my goal, losing 42lbs. I am looking to meet like minded individuals who can keep me focused, on track and possibly help me with more tips on recipes or workout routines. I do have a fitness/healthy eating profile on instagram. It's Joe_gets_healthy Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:12:25 EST making changes! Hi All! <BR> <BR> I am new here. Today is the beginning of day 8 for me and I am feeling pretty good! I have never been motivated to make lifestyle changes and 2 weeks ago my husband decided he needed to make changes. I have been unhappy with my weight and myself in general for a long time but I just mask it with junk junk junk (food, soda and probably way too much wine!)! <BR> <BR> So, here I am. 7 days down and COMPLETELY motivated! No more soda, no more wine and I have been eating SO hea... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:18:09 EST Things HAVE to change I am in desperate need of change. Currently having a lot of emotional issues going on. My life feels like it has been turned all around and I hate how unhealthy I have become. I know I am overweight and its getting depressing. Have 3 acl surgeries haven't helped either. I need motivation and guidance. I always feel alone. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:14:15 EST new and ready to change My name is Dawn Pullen, I live in West Virginia, and tired of using every excuse in the book to not change and lose weight. Its taking a toll on my life and I need to change everything or i'm not going to living for much longer. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:52:29 EST March 2016 Fitness Minutes Monthly Minutes Goal: 1500 <BR> <BR> March 1-5: 33 min <BR> March 6-12: <BR> March 13-19: <BR> March 20-26: <BR> March 27-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 33 <BR> Minutes Left: 1467 Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:52:15 EST Hello I did spark people years ago and went away from it. Now rejoining as I am at my highest weight ever and want to get healthy again. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:03:11 EST And I'm back! I was on SP way back when... once in 2006, then I quit... then again from 2008-2011 when I was super-crazy-ridiculously into it. I made tons of friends, became an avid runner, got featured in some articles, won contests, and got in the best shape of my life! <BR> <BR> After that, I got a new job, got married, had a baby, and moved... and now I'm ready to get back in shape again! Having a baby at home and being a full-time mom definitely gives me tons of excuses, and I know it'll be harder th... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:55:25 EST New Beginnings Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:43 EST New, tired of sitting on bum all day! Hi all, <BR> I am a 32 year old veterinary school student who previously lived a super active, healthy life. Since starting school 3 years ago, I spend the vast majority of my time now just sitting and studying. I am also constantly stressed and super bored, so have found that my eating habits totally changed - I eat to cope with the boredom of studying and I eat to stay awake late at night. I have also found that because student life feels so monotonous and high-stress, I use going out and e... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:47:18 EST hey everyone Hey everyone, <BR> my name is Elizabeth and I joined in the beginning of January. needed the extra motivation to get rid of these exhausting extra pounds that is making me feel insecure and not myself. my husband and I just got our first computer and within logging onto you guys I did not know there was this. extra groups and private talks and extra little things that aren't available on the phone app. so yay for this!! <BR> <BR> I am looking for some extra advise on how to get through this... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:09:13 EST Feb. 2016 Fitness Minutes Minutes Goal: 1000 <BR> <BR> Feb. 1-6: 351 min <BR> Feb. 7-13: 258 min <BR> Feb. 14-20: 160 min <BR> Feb. 21-27: 262 min <BR> Feb. 28-29: 45 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 1076 <BR> Minutes Left: <em>248</em> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:10:16 EST What classes do you love to do? Hi, <BR> <BR> I've started the new year and my new healthy lifestyle doing Aquafit classes once or twice a week. I LOVE it!!! And after a month, I have lost 2 kilos. What classes do you love to do? <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:26:07 EST New here and looking for friends for the journey! Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I'm a 34 year old female looking to lose 30 pounds for my upcoming vacation in May and 55 total. That's not the only reason I want to lose weight of course but it's a great motivator I've found! I'd love to meet some people who are encouraging and who could also use some encouragement as I'm always good for that! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:52:34 EST New to group, looking for some buddies! Hi! I'm Beth, I'll be turning 30 next month, but for consistency I thought this would be a good group to join. I have about 30 pounds I'd like to lose, but will reevaluate once I get close to my goal. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey on January 4th and would like to lose the weight by mid summer, 1-2 pounds a week. I've joined a gym with group classes, I like to run on the treadmill and outside when it's nice, and I play outdoor ultimate frisbee in a beer league during the spring/s... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:37:45 EST Howdy folks I'm 32 and currently clocking in at 190 lbs; at 5'11" I'm hoping to drop 35 before the year is up! I've been stuck at this weight, yo-yoing down and up five pounds for the past couple of years but I've only got myself to blame for a lack of taking weight loss seriously. Hopefully that'll change! I'd love to also build physical endurance so I don't get embarassingly winded doing anything from riding my bike to hiking in the forest. <BR> <BR> IRL I work long hours in web development so I'm us... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:15:41 EST Hi, I'm looking for a Weight loss Buddy Hi, I'm Tara, I'm from Canada, I'm 32 and I'm new to Spark. <BR> Like everybody here I'm looking to lose weight. I've lost the weight several times before but struggled and eventually gained it back. This time I'm hoping to not have to do it alone. <BR> I'm looking to find people to help keep me motivated. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:39:19 EST Accountability Partner Hi. I'm 32, married with 3 kids. I work outside the home. I'm retrying Spark again. I've been off and on here since 2007 and I'm closer than ever to my weight goal. I just need help with the last 25-30 pounds. I know I need someone who will keep me accountable and I hope having an accountability partner will help keep us both on track. Message me if your interested. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:23:23 EST Hi! Hello! <BR> I'm new here. :) I'm a mama to 2 beautiful humans: my son is 2 1/2 and my daughter is 5 weeks. I wasn't in the greatest shape before having either of them and have tried to get into a healthy lifestyle several times over the past decade and have failed each time. <BR> Food is always my downfall. I love junk! I like big portions. And I snack at night. Also, I'd rather curl up on the couch and watch a movie or read a book than workout. <BR> I know better than to completely depriv... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:56:19 EST New here <em>213</em> Hi! I am new to this group. I have returned to sparkpeople after some time off. My new years res is to lose weight for my health (I am pre-diabetic) and to fit comfortably into all my tight clothes. <em>15</em> I have a suitcase full of jeans (11 pairs counted- eye roll) that I can't wear and I refuse to buy more because I am on a budget. I have been getting by on wearing stretchy clothes and a few big blouses to work. I am happy to be here and I just started my spark page... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:59:20 EST Newbie Saying Hello! Hello! I'm Julie. I am 36 years old and I have about 40ish pounds to lose. Looking forward to being a part of this group. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:40:08 EST Ready to get lean in 2016! Hey everyone! I'm not new to spark but I am new to this team! I've been active off and on for far too long and I'm ready to make 2016 the year I finally meet my weight loss goals! I look forward to getting to know you all!! Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:51:00 EST Jan. 2016 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Jan. 1-2: 0 min <BR> Jan. 3-9: 311 min <BR> Jan. 10-16: 321 min <BR> Jan. 17-23: 402 min <BR> Jan. 24-30: 281 min <BR> Jan. 31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 1315 <BR> Minutes Left: <em>248</em> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:09:45 EST New user to spark ppl Hey there Im a 34 year old step mom of three, recently becoming active after a massive accident in 2012. I have gained 60-80 pds since. Mobility is an issue for the left leg, working only part time due to pain and ptsd. 2016 is here and I want to look and feel different. I am always tired, never have any motivation, and just dont feel like it. I am hoping that this year will be different. <BR> <BR> KC Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:04:34 EST Fresh year, fresh start! Hello all, <BR> I was in this group a few years back, and had great success. Unfortunately, old habits are hard to break. Ready to make permanent lifestyle changes so I can keep the weight off once, and for all. Looking forward to giving and getting support from all of you! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:11:50 EST 5 lbs January 2016 Hey spark people! I have 4.5 months to lose a minimum of 20 lbs for my sisters wedding. (I'd be thrilled with 25) I'm going to lose 5 lbs a month. I'm looking for accountability, encouragement (&amp; inspiration) and other people who are wanting the same! <BR> <BR> Challenge: <BR> Some sort of daily exercise <BR> Water goal <BR> Healthy eating <BR> Feel free to add your own goals! <BR> <BR> Blessings in the New Year Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:07:58 EST Trackers Which activity trackers does everyone have i have a Garmin vivo fit and i dont really like it. I was wondering which ones do others use. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:57:30 EST Back on Track Again!!! Hello! I'm a 39 year old wife and mother of 4, i naturally have three children, my husband has one. We do not have any together. I just became a grandmother on 12/23/2015 to the most beautiful baby boy ever. Welcome Hunter Douglas!!! <BR> <BR> I started my journey back on Feb 1, 2014 at around 218 pounds and got all the way down to 162.5 in October. I got cocky, stopped exercising and old eating habits crept back up....I packed back on the pounds. Then, in March of 2015 my husband suffe... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:36:13 EST Back Again I used Sparkpeople several years two babies and the removal of two organs ago :) I have tried everything there is but nothing keeps my attention for long. I recently received a health assessment from work and I'm only a couple of pounds away from being considered obese and do not want to cross that threshold so here I am...again! I can always loose weight well on these types of programs so hopefully this time I can stick with it until I reach my goal. Can't wait to make this jo... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:21 EST Newbie Hello Everyone! <BR> I'm 33 and need to lose around 30 pounds. I've always struggled with my weight, but having 2 kids in 3 years hasn't helped much. Now that my youngest is a year old, it's time to put some of my efforts into myself these days instead of just my kids. :) Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:43:30 EST Hi, New Member I was looking for a forum to discus Nutrition and this looks like a great one! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:25:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:29:13 EST New here! Mom/college student with 40lbs to lose. Hi all! <BR> <BR> This may be a little long, but I will try to keep it short. My name is Amanda and I am a 36 year old single mother to a 9 year old boy. I am also a full time college student studying to be a teacher. I graduate in May. I have gained 40lbs over the past 5 years and need to do something about it. This is a huge challenge for me because up until then, I could eat whatever I wanted and still only weighed 100lbs (I am only 4'11"). I even lost all 43lbs I gained while pregnant i... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 19:56:34 EST bad weigh in Despite working my butt off and eating clean my first week weigh in was a gain of .6 pounds. I hope this isn't a trend. <BR> <BR> The funny part is when I first stepped on it said i lost 6 pounds! I wasn't too surprised because I'm looking slimmer and clothes are fitting better. But then I stepped on again to verify and it said I was up! <BR> <BR> I remember in my deprivation days I would lose like 3 pounds in a week. At least I'm doing it the healthy way this time, even if it takes longe... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 23:55:08 EST SAHM with 40 to lose, hiya! I think I'm getting the hang of this site. <BR> <BR> Good evening, I will start by introducing myself. My name is Natalie, I'm a 31 year old mom of 3 children ; 2 daughters ages 6 and 7, and a son who is 16 months old. I feel very blessed to be married to my best friend and soulmate who loved me at my heaviest. <BR> <BR> Some stats and background info; I am 5 feet tall and currently as of Friday (weigh in day) I am 155. At my heaviest I was 177 (2010), and my lightest was 98 after losing ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 02:20:25 EST December 2015 5lb challenge Start: 168 <BR> Goal: 160 <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday December 5: 166 <BR> Actual sat. Dec. 5: <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday Dec. 12: 164 <BR> Actual Saturday Dec. 12: <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday Dec 19: 162 <BR> Actual Sat. Dec. 19: <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday Dec. 26: 161 <BR> Actual Sat. Dec. 26: <BR> <BR> Goal Thursday Dec 31: 160 <BR> Final Weigh in: <BR> <BR> Goal pounds to lose: 8 <BR> Actual Pounds lost: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 15:03:39 EST Dec. 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Dec. 1-5: 200 min <BR> Dec. 6-12: 135 min <BR> Dec. 13-19: <BR> Dec. 20-26: <BR> Dec. 27-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 335 <BR> Minutes Left: 665 Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:00:09 EST Hi Hi, I am a new sparkpeople user. I used to use myfitnesspal for all of my fitness/diet needs, but I felt like I needed to try something new. My heaviest I've ever been was 206 lbs and that was when I was pregnant with my first son. After 10 years, I finally got down to 156 lbs, just 6 lbs from my goal weight!! And then life happened..... :p Last year, I was at 186 lbs and had to lose 10 lbs in order to join the army. After starving and running myself to death, I managed to meet my ship out da... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:03:56 EST Hello again! I was on Spark people quite a few years ago. I lost 60 lbs in 2009, but have gained and lost twice since then due to life getting in the way. Last year I had managed to stay around 140, but gained a bunch of weight back because I had a rib/spine injury and was very depressed due to being off work, going through a divorce and not being able to workout. I'm pretty determined to once and for all get things back under control and I realized the emotional eating has to stop. This time I want to lo... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:10:02 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! <BR> My husband and I joined the site yesterday. I'm a mom of three kids under the age of five. I've always carried a few spare pounds, but with the accumulated baby pounds, my body isn't a happy place to live right now. I'll have to take it slow, but I'm sick of waiting to feel healthy again. My goals are to workout, eat well, and only after that to start cutting calories cautiously for slow losses. My husband has gained some sympathy weight, and a bit of desk job weight and a... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:03:05 EST Hello there New here. I am hoping to feel better and possibly gain some confidence. Here's to us! Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:14:31 EST Hello Sparkers! Hi! <BR> <BR> I just bought a UP24 this week with the goal of losing about 30 lbs and improving my diet and sleep. Hope that I can contribute to this team as well as reach my goal in the process! <BR> <BR> Thanks and if you're using UP app of Jawbone as well, I'd be more than happy to be in your team! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:51:43 EST New here Hi, everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been working WW for about ten months, and I'm very happy with lots of parts of their programs. (I love my weekly meetings and adore my leader.) But their online service is not the best. I've been slowly dipping my toes into Spark People land and there's lots of great community here! <BR> <BR> I swim as my primary exercise, though I got a new tattoo a few weeks ago, so I decided to shake things up by trying out C25K, and I'm on W3D2. I've also been trying to ad... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:42:56 EST abutton35 I am a 39 year old female that is looking for other fitbit codes so I have friends that will do challenges with me.. None of my life friends have fitbits or are even interested... as i offered to buy a few of them some just so i could get the most out of my fitbit and have ppl to challenge me... anyone want to help me out?? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:18:16 EST Hi... Hi there, I'm Bridget and I'm trying to stay motivated as i start my weight loss / get healthy journey. I used to love going to the gym, however with a full time job and kids and a husband it's hard to find the time. I have started walking and running as well as hitting the gym for additional cardio when I can. Do any other busy moms out there struggle with that? If so what are you doing I'd like to see your ideas. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:36:58 EST Hello all! Hi all. My name is Matt and I live with my family in Iowa. I am tired of yo-yo dieting and want to try something new. Looked at the scale and noticed I gain an extra 10 pounds in the past 10 weeks. Something needs to change-- fast. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to working with everybody! <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> Matt <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 08:33:30 EST November 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Nov. 1-7: 303 min <BR> Nov. 8-14: 203 min <BR> Nov. 15-21: 102 min <BR> Nov. 22-28: 206 min <BR> Nov. 29-30: 51 min <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 865 <BR> Minutes Left: 135 <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 22:53:05 EST November 5lb Challenge Current Weight: 218 <BR> Goal Weight: 210 <BR> <BR> Monday 11/9 <BR> CW: 215 <BR> GW: 216 <BR> <BR> Monday 11/16 <BR> CW: 214 <BR> GW: 214 <BR> <BR> Monday 11/23 <BR> CW: <BR> GW: 212 <BR> <BR> Monday 11/30 <BR> CW: <BR> GW: 210 Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:07:44 EST Hoping to do better. I just joined this last night. My eating has been out of control and I have gained over 30 lbs in the last 8 months. I haven't done great today, but I am really trying to eat better so I can feel better. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:09:12 EST Hi I am new to this so I would like some new friends and support on weight loss! :) I am 34 years old and I am only slightly overweight by ten pounds but would like to lose 30 pounds. I enjoy walking and just dance on wii. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:35:47 EST 25 pounds to go I'm Lauren and I have about 25 pounds to my goal weight. I have 3 children of my own (8, 5, 5 - yes twins, and they're all boys). In August 2012 I got pregnant as a surrogate and gained a crazy amount on the fertility drugs. I never lost all of the weight before doing it again October 2014. I'm now 4 months out from delivery and need to get this weight off. I started the pregnancy about 10 pounds heavier than I am now (gained 20 on the fert. meds), only gained 8 pounds during pg and deli... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:44:25 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! I'm new and very excited to be here! I'm working on losing about 40 pounds from 2 pregnancies and living a wonderful life :) looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing this journey. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:29:41 EST Hello... 90lbs down and 50 to go! Hi! My name is Meg. I've been a member on here for a few months but have never fully dived in to all that's available to me here. My weight loss journey has been a long arduous one. Which has led me to have weight loss surgery last year (one year ago this month) and now I'm in a place of working to get to my goal. I've lost a total of 90lbs so far and have another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I'm now in a place where I have begun counting calories and working out daily. Trying to get my body past th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:03:01 EST New and Frustrated but Hopeful Hello! My name is Gretchen and I am a 37 year old who has gained 30 lbs over the last 3 years. This may not sound that unusual, but when you consider I go to the gym 4-5 days a week to do intense workouts AND I eat less than 1500 calories a day, it is very hard to accept. I went from 160 lbs to 190 lbs (as of last night). I have gradually been packing on weight, despite consistently cutting calories. I recently had my thyroid tested as well as my adrenal system and everything was normal. Ther... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:24:18 EST October 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Oct. 1-3: 118 min <BR> Oct. 4-10: 39 min <BR> Oct. 11-17: <BR> Oct. 18-24: <BR> Oct. 25-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 157 <BR> Minutes Left: 843 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 18:27:47 EST ADVENTURE I motivated myself one way by reminding myself that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:08:16 EST It's all or nothing! Hello everyone! I live in Oregon and was a member of SparkPeople a few years ago. It did wonders for me with tracking my food intake and getting the support I needed and got down to 145 or so. I've since fallen off the wagon and am now back up to almost 190 lbs. My goal weight is 145 to start and then maybe a few more after that. I need to lose this weight because I can't afford new clothes among other health reasons. But aside from just losing weight, I plan on making many other lifestyle ch... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:49:01 EST September 5lb Challenge Copy and paste the below schedule to your post to get started. Good Luck! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Goal Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 1 (Sept. 8) <BR> GW: <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Week 2: (Sept. 15) <BR> GW: <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Week 3 (Sept. 22) <BR> GW: <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Week 4: (Sept. 29) <BR> GW: <BR> Actual: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:57:44 EST Ready for change-Need some help Hi, I'm new to SP and looking for help with motivation. I'm over 200 lbs and gaining all the time unless I do something to stop this. Have been heavy for so long that I have lost all confidence in myself that I can do this. I am a single mom, work long days as a nurse full time, and go to grad school part time. Just feeling overwhelmed, and I am a stress eater to boot! I love seeing stories of people who have lost 40, 50 plus and kept it off. That is great, and I would love to be able t... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:41:28 EST September 2015 Fitness Minutes Sept Minute Goal: 1000 <BR> <BR> Sept 1-5: 116 min <BR> Sept. 6-12: <BR> Sept. 13-19: <BR> Sept. 20-26: <BR> Sept. 27-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 116 <BR> Minutes Left: 884 Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:58:08 EST Me time! Hi All, I created a new Spark account because so much has changed over the years. Mid thirties has to be my starting point for a new improved, healthy me! I've tried several crash diets and Dr approved diets over the years-I'm now at my highest after a happy first year of marriage and some unemployment. I'm sticking to LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) and 3 days in I feel fine. I cannot wait to weigh myself! <BR> Hope I get to know and help you teammates! <BR> D Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:02:27 EST Hi Team, I'm New! Hi 30 Somethings! <BR> <BR> I just turned 30. I've been alive for three decades. It's a lot to take in. <BR> A few months into my 30s I hurt my back and discovered I had herniated a disc. (Seriously. I JUST turned 30. My body can NOT be quitting me now.) <BR> <BR> I've been healing from that injury and starting to exercise more regularly (as that will help with the back pain). I'm hopeful to start a season in my life where I make my health a priority and get into shape. I'd love some accou... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:26:26 EST Advocare Hi all! So I started the Advocare 24 Day challenge on Monday the 17th of Aug. I know I'm not supposed to weigh myself daily...but I have always been curious as to how much we actually fluctuate daily. With that being said, I weighed 170.8 on Monday morning. This morning, 21 Aug, I weighed in at 166.8. I am not going to lie; it hasn't been wicked easy, but I know I'm getting all the crap out of my body to start new! I believe this is the kick start my body needed! <BR> <BR> anyone else use th... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:18:17 EST Hi i'm Jenny Hello I found out about spark people, through this lady I was listening to a podcast called tip the scale on tune in radio, and I thought, this sounds perfect for me to find support and more, so here I am. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:45:23 EST At what point do you recalculate calories? So, while my progress has been steady and measurable, I want to maintain that. Right now my caloric needs are set at 1200-1550/day. Staying in that has had a steady weight loss of about a pound a week (lower end ups that slightly). <BR> <BR> Thus far, I've dropped about 14 pounds from my top-end weight (ballooned up for a few weeks), and about 10 pounds from what I had previously been "resting" at. I've got another 14 to go before I reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Exercise isn't going to c... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:35:37 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:38 EST August 2015 Fitness Minutes Fitness Minutes Goal: 1000 <BR> <BR> Aug. 1-8: 39 min <BR> Aug. 9-15: 301 min <BR> Aug. 16-22: 168 min <BR> Aug. 23-29: <BR> Aug. 30-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 508 <BR> Minutes Left: 492 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 23:54:11 EST I'm New Hi I'm new, and just starting today. There is so much to this site, but seems to be easy to navigate. My name is Michelyta. Hope to make a lot of great friends on here. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:40:09 EST Need Some Helpful Suggestions I'm caught in a catch 22. I have bad knees and back pain due to being overweight. I also have insomnia making it hard to get a solid 8 hrs sleep and depression that has me reaching for food. If I'm not careful I spend the day stuffing my mouth. I've dramatically reduced the amount of processed foods I eat and going back to drinking 90% filtered water (which isn't easy because my fiance eats nothing but junk food and pepsi). Finding inexpensive healthy food to prepare meals with is hard. ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:07:34 EST prissytiffy hey everyone im new please add me on fitbit my email is I love to compete in daily challenges Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:10:07 EST New to the group! So, I finally moved from the 50+ lbs left to lose, to 25-49 lbs to lose!! I'll be here a while though, I can't seem to manage to lose more than a lb a week. So, for now, I am 5'6 and 184 lbs.My ultimate goal is to get back to the 140's, but I haven't weighed that low since high school (and before I had children) so I am not sure how realistic that is. Meanwhile, I'm hoping to lose 20 pounds by December. That comes out to just about a pound a week, so I am hoping that is doable. I've got about... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:19:04 EST Back from Outer Space... I've been meaning to get back on Spark for ages, but just never pulled the trigger on logging in and getting serious. Last year, I did really well: I lost 20 lbs, got active, ate well...but then work got crazy (80 hours a week crazy), I ended up traveling a lot, and fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> It was much easier to eat out (if I ate at all) and collapse on the couch at the end of a long day or hit snooze on the alarm in the morning instead of working out. I was unmotivated, tired and depr... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:14:06 EST Hi everyone :) Hi! My name is Jen and I am wanting to lose 25+ pounds. I have struggled with my weight for years. I've recently began dieting again and trying to walk at lunch. I've been married since 2012 and I have 1 daughter from a previous marriage. My husband and I would like to have a baby of our own, but the only way it is going to happen is through IVF. To have the best chance of the IVF working, they said that I need to lose at least 25 pounds. So that's why I'm here. I am also looking for a 'buddy... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:03:50 EST Chessie Canter Hello All! <BR> <BR> I am a 35 yr old mother and wife. I currently work as a Hemodialysis Technician at IU Health. I am also in school working on my Bachelors degree in Human Services. All of my life I have been able to eat whatever whenever, until now. suddenly I am overweight, depressed, and out of energy. This combination has totally rearranged my life. I'm over it and ready to work. Unfortunatly, that means I will have to change everything. I am determined and defeated at the same time r... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:38:34 EST The journey Hi all, I am back on Sparkpeople as it helped me lose weight after my first baby. Just had number 2 on April 22 and am ready to get back to it. I did much better this pregnancy and gained less weight, yet somehow I feel just as big if not bigger than with my first. So, it is what it is...I'm ready to get back to eating right and working out and enjoying the journey along the way. I am not going to beat myself up over this and that, I am going to be real with myself and this journey to get... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:01:54 EST July 2015 Fitness Minutes Minutes Goal: 1500 Minutes <BR> <BR> July 1-4: 37 Minutes <BR> July 5-11: 65 minutes <BR> July 12-18: <BR> July 19-25: <BR> July 26-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 102 <BR> Minutes Left: 1398 Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:32:58 EST July 2015 5lb challenge Starting weight July 4: 160.7 <BR> Goal weight July 31: 155 <BR> <BR> Goal July 11: 159 <BR> Actual July 11: <BR> <BR> Goal July 18: 157.5 <BR> Actual July 18: <BR> <BR> Goal July 25: 156 <BR> Actual July 25: <BR> <BR> Goal July 31: 155 <BR> Actual July 31 <BR> <BR> Goal pounds to lose: 5.7 <BR> Actual pounds lost: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:20:46 EST Seeking confidence, strength and new habits Hi! I'm Melissa and I'm interested in gaining new eating and exercise habits. I've been with a personal trainer now for 2 months and have lost 14 lbs :) I'm looking forward to a more stronger, leaner and healthier person in the coming months! I've been using SparkPeople for a few weeks now and have found it rewarding and it's a great guide with lots of information and support, am so glad to be a part of it. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 21:11:03 EST Meal Replacement Shakes Do any of you have any suggestions on how to help make a meal replacement shake a bit more tasty? I've tried adding fruit, but it still didn't taste good. Not even a little. I have a couple of different brands to try. One is a strawberry flavored one (going to try adding fresh strawberries to it tomorrow morning for breakfast). The other is a vanilla flavored one. I give up on chocolate ones (and I LOVE chocolate). Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :) Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:17:19 EST Greetings! Hello group! I have been trying countless diets, strategies and fitness videos and cannot stay motivated to lose weight. Food is a comfort and I get depressed or angry or aggrivated or...etc, etc. I cut out down sugar to 24g a day and feel MUCH better, lighter and not as moody, but it has not affected my weight, though my stomach is less bloated. At least there is that. My goal is to reach my post 1st baby weight by my birthday in Sept. That is 20 pounds to go. Of course, that use to b... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:45:26 EST New - Hello!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am starting my journey of self improvement. My husband is in my corner, but boy do I realize I need a support system to pull me over that goal line. This is exciting and nerve racking to take on, as I have failed in the past. But, here is being positive to new things in life! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:55:43 EST Hi y'all newbie here.....20 lbs down, 25 to go Hi....I have been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 yrs but never really used it much until recently. I'm 31 and have 2 beautiful children but I had a lot of "baby" weight to shed since the birth of my 6 yr old. Lolol I guess its not baby weight anymore. I recently did an overhaul of my diet, cutting out all processed sugars and eating healthier and I have managed to lose almost 20 lbs. Now that I am FINALLY seeing results, I want to get serious. I want to start getting more active but I nee... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:30:54 EST I want to lose weight fast Hello <BR> My name is Taline and i want your help so i can lose 3 KG per week. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:35:41 EST I'm Dave, and I'm a gamer. Howdy folks. My wifey is working really hard to lose weight, so I'm joining her here to lose my "6-pack Protective Device" I've built up over the years. I don't drink or anything, just sit on my computer most of the day playing Warcraft, kinda like I used to do when I was in the navy. If I wasn't on watch, sleeping, or working, I was in front of a computer playing something or other. To sum up, I'm more here to support my wifey than myself, but if I score some points here too, all the better. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:15:58 EST Late Intro Good morning! I'm new-ish here. I've been lurking here for about a week but haven't posted an intro yet. My name is Shannon, I'm a 33 year old mother of three (ages 11, 4, & 3). I'm a public health nurse who loves what I do. I'm constantly taking care of everyone else and while doing that I forgot to take care of myself and gained 30 pounds. I recently joined a gym and I've been going 3 times a week for the last 3 weeks. I started my weight loss journey on Jenny Craig back in April at 175 pou... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:27:25 EST Newbie :) Hi everyone - I have been using Spark a while now, but never join any forums. I just wanna say hi and nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> I'm going to Europe this August and would like to lose 10-15 lbs before the trip. I'm don't like to exercise,but I'm trying to change that. I have already started run/walk in the morning and evening. And of course change my eating habit. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Any suggestions on how to stay motivated is greatly appreciate it. <BR> <em>521</em>... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:34:43 EST Two Steps Away from Prime Hello Sparkpeople member, my name is Charlene, currently I feel like I'm preparing myself for a new phase in my life and I wanted to make better health a part of it. As one of my two children graduated from high school May 2015 and the other will be starting high school; I felt like sooner than I know it I will have only my own life to manage again and wanted to be able to live it to the fullness. When speaking on fat loss most will say do it now because as you get older it gets harder. So... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:46:58 EST On A Mission! Hello all. Thought i'd introduce myself and say hello to everyone whose on the same journey as me - to look and feel better. We all have our personal reasons, but ultimately the same goal. So hopefully together we can stay motivated and achieve our success!!! <BR> As for me, I'm almost 33yrs old, and have been heavier and lighter in weight. I also have fibromyalgia. (Been battling that since I was 14yrs old). But I am a fighter. And over the last few years, since moving, have gained weight, a... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:42:59 EST June Fitness Goals Goal Minutes: 600 <BR> <BR> June 1-6: <BR> June: 7-13: <BR> June 14-20: <BR> June 21-27: <BR> June 28-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: <BR> Minutes Left: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:31:51 EST Accountablity Friends Hello all!!! I have been trying to do this for awhile and I find that being held accountable is something I really need......Is there anyone out there willing to buddy with and hold me accountable? I am willing to do the same for you :) I need someone to make sure I am logging what I eat and make sure I am hitting the gym or doing some type of exercise....other than work lol! I am trying to hit a goal of 11k steps a day ( I was challenged at work to hit 10k a day) and I am trying really ha... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:47:11 EST June 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1500 <BR> <BR> June 1-6: 39 min <BR> June: 7-13: <BR> June 14-20: <BR> June 21-27: <BR> June 28-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 39 <BR> Minutes Left: 1461 Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:57:45 EST June 2015 5 Pound Challenge Starting weight June 1st: 170 <BR> Goal weight June 30: 165 <BR> <BR> Goal June 8th: 168.75 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal June 15th: 167.5 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal June 22nd: 166.25 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal June 29th: 165 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Pounds to Lose: 5 <BR> Actual lost: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:47:42 EST Hi Everyone Hi, I am very new to this so please bare with me. After trying for what seems a lifetime and in fact it has been really I am now trying my hardest to lose weight and get fit. Any tips or motivation advice is always appreciated. Good luck to everyone on their journey to lose weight, get fit and live a healthier lifestyle Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:07:34 EST Hi All! I joined back in January, but never bothered using any of the community features before now. I am 30-something years old and hoping to lose 30-something pounds to be at my goal weight. Sun, 31 May 2015 16:04:44 EST New girl hi there, I work full time and go to school part time as well as being a busy mom of 2 teens. I'm close to 40 and have been struggling with my weight throughout my entire adult life. I started at 192 (I'm 5'4) in Feb. 2015 and since then I had joined Medical Weight loss and I am now 157 lbs. I would like to lose around 20-25 more on my own (without special diets, pills, shakes, etc..) I have a very active lifestyle, I LOVE to exercise but I also love to eat HA..ALOT :/ I am trying to live a m... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:56:43 EST Newbie here Hi all! I am new to the group. I have been on this adventure to health for about 5 years now (off and on). I have been on SparkPeople before but fizzled out after I was seeing no results (my own fault). Last year, I did successfully lose 24 pounds and since have gained about half back. I am a mom to 3 great kids, I work full time and I try to make fitness and healthy choices a part of my daily life. <BR> <BR> I am looking foward to being an active member of the group and getting to know... Thu, 28 May 2015 13:06:00 EST Hi i'm new Hi, I've been a regular on sparks for a few years on and off but keep coming back to it as the support is awesome! My weight is up and down still but more up than down recently lol, I welcome support here and I give loads of support back I find if you add friends you start to become familiar with different ones and get to know people here. I look forward to making a few new friends this group is very energetic I like that. All the best of luck to everybody and thanks for the invite. Fri, 22 May 2015 21:15:16 EST I'm in the 30 somethings now! Wow! How time flies when you're having fun. <BR> I started SP back originally in 2012 and AGAIN in 2013... 2013 was MY year though and I managed to lose 78lbs! I maintained my weightloss throughout 2014 till November (when I turned 30) and my weight slowly began creeping back up again. I am now 26lbs heavier and trying my darndest to shed the excess weight and get back to my goal. <BR> I needed some extra motivation and ways to hold myelf accountable again. I have been tracking on MFP and a... Wed, 20 May 2015 14:44:45 EST HELLO!!! Hey team! This is my first team to join, and I am stoked! Not sure what goals you all want or need but I have been doing the gym for about a week and I go hard 5 days a week from 1-2 hours. Every other day I treadmill a 5k and other two days I focus on strength training and do about a mile to a mile and a half on tread and bike. I am 38, but am young at heart. (my husband is a 25 yr old musician) and I wanna loose 40lbs. I have not drank soda since March 7th also, I just want to know where ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:40:00 EST Weekend ouch Well I did not do well this weekend....going from having lost 2 lbs last week to gaining it back and then some over the weekend is sad. I am back on track today though and I hope to make positive changes this upcoming memorial day weekend so that I don't backtrack again. Mon, 18 May 2015 13:03:44 EST hello all Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm Donna and I have just completed my first week with spark people. I must say after one week and sticking strickly with it I am impressed. I lost 8 lbs last week!! I am hoping to be able to stay just as motivated and be able to stick with it. Sat, 16 May 2015 07:51:05 EST Hey guys! I am very excited to have a support group again! I am trying to get in shape for vacation at the end of june, and be at my goal weight by my birthday in October. I have started Insanity Max 30 and am having a hard time staying on track with my eating habits. Any added motivation definitely helps! Mon, 11 May 2015 10:06:00 EST Monique305 Hi i am new here and hoping to gain a lot of support, healthy tips, and great ways to lose 35 pounds. Wed, 6 May 2015 19:35:02 EST Hi There! Hello wonderful people! I'm new to this team and am looking forward to getting to know some of you as we traverse this journey together. I'm in desperate need of motivation. I just can't seem to get myself together and stop my poor snack habits and go to the gym! I need a swift kick in the rear! I would feel so much better about myself if I could just get this train in motion. I know I can do it, because I've done it before! Ok, let's do this thing!! <BR> ~Sara~ Wed, 6 May 2015 07:17:21 EST Hey everyone I haven't been on Sparkpeople for while, I use myfitnesspal. I am 32 married for 11 yrs (12 in Dec) we have 2 boys Aden 10 and Jaycob 9. Hubby and I take Phentermine. I was 199-200 at the start of the year got down to 193 without any meds, took some of hubby's phentermine in March (a week). When went to weight loss dr to get my own April 10 I weighed 189, today I am 174 and still going. Just wanted to say hi Tue, 5 May 2015 15:13:25 EST May 2015 5 Pound Challenge Starting weight May 1st: 166.8 <BR> Goal weight Apr 30: 161.8 <BR> <BR> Goal May 8th: 165.55 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal May 15: 164.3 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal May 22: 163.05 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal May 31: 161.8 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Pounds to Lose: 5 <BR> Actual lost: Mon, 4 May 2015 13:49:51 EST Hello all. Hi everyone! I am new here and restarting my weight loss journey for about the 5th time. I have been on and off again with my dieting. I had lost weight but gained it all back plus more. I really want to lose about 40 pounds and get myself back in shape and healthy. Always looking for support and accountability to help keep me on track. Nice to meet you all! Mon, 4 May 2015 11:20:51 EST Hey! I'm new around here! I just wanted to introduce myself - I'm Ana and I am a busy parent just like I'm sure most of you here are. It's been an interesting journey getting here to Sparkpeople. I'm going to take it one step at a time to get where I need to be. I'm attempting to be an active blogger so more details of that story will be available there. I wish all of you luck in your weight loss goals. Hopefully, I'll be able to give that motivation you need one day or to lend an ear when things aren't going so great... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:24:37 EST May 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1500 <BR> <BR> May 1-2: 139 min <BR> May 3-9: <BR> May 10-16: <BR> May 17-23: <BR> May 24-30: <BR> May 31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 139 <BR> Minutes Left: 1361 Sat, 2 May 2015 13:07:14 EST hey New here and need some friends Sat, 2 May 2015 01:23:29 EST hey New here and need someone that can help motivate each other Sat, 2 May 2015 01:22:20 EST New to Spark Hi, I just started Spark People. I really like how it works so hopefully it will help keep me accountable. I exercise pretty regularly. I am training for a 5K now, and do Jazzercise 3-4 times per week. I have stalled out on any progress and I know it is because I have atrocious eating habits. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:59:02 EST Lovin SP Hi Everyone...I'm super excited to be back on Spark People. The community is just great. I have food goals and fitness goals, including strength training. 30 pounds to lose! Anyhoo...see y'all around :) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:51:42 EST slimquick was wondering if anyone ever used slimquick pure to help get them started in weight loss Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:19:08 EST hi everyone just joined today, can't wait to lose weight and new recipes. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:44:25 EST Small victories still count I keep getting on my scale and getting annoyed because it isn't changing despite the fact that I know I have made a lot of positive changes in my eating and fitness habits. Today was no different as far as the scale was concerned, but I still had a huge encouragement. <BR> <BR> The slacks I am wearing today are the type that have a hook with a button back up. The last time I wore them I was not able to hook them properly. I actually attached the hook to the button hole and hoped my shirt wou... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:52:59 EST Dealing with the mental side I've been complaining about my weight, yo-yo sort-of dieting, sort of starting work out programs on and off for about 7 years, while not actually doing anything serious other than one summer when my sister was visiting and we worked out together....and that was over to 5 years ago now. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago I finally put my foot down with myself and decided to kick myself in the pants. Signed up for a 6 week boot camp (while still maintaining my unused gym membership) to kick start my... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:50:50 EST Anyone Here on 1200 calories? I'm on a 1200 calorie plan, so would love to get to know other 1200 calorie followers. <BR> LC Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:22:08 EST Just Joined Hey! <BR> I have 32 pounds to lose, and I am on a 1200 calorie diet. I am 31 years old, and work full-time. I feel a little overwhelmed with 32 pounds to lose, but I have already lost nearly 20 so I will keep doing my very best. <BR> <BR> - LC Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:35:53 EST Trying to hold myself accoutnable Okay. So I fell of the wagon, for aobut a week. So I started the spring fit challenge and the Jullian Micheals Beginner shred. So Day 1 level 1 for me on that. I get my daughter to workout with me at night so she can get fit as well. Feeling good. and I'll check in daily. <BR> Talk to you guys later. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:17:24 EST Hi, my name is Wendy I am 38yrs old. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 23yrs. We have a beautiful 21yr old daughter and 2 amazing grandsons. I am looking to lose weight so I know I can be healthy to continue to enjoy my family and to hopefully help build my self-esteem. I struggle hard with motivation. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:31:58 EST team chat <em>524</em> <BR> In the past, I have found a general chat thread supportive and a great way to build relationships with one another. Please feel free to check in as you please, chat, add comments, questions, words of encouragement or whatever you feel here. <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a wonderful day and doing what you need to do to meet your goals! <BR> <BR> Diana Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:06:21 EST April 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 (See if I can do it 2 months in a row) <BR> <BR> April 1-4: 60 min <BR> April 5-11: <BR> April 12-18: <BR> April 19-25: <BR> April 26-30: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 60 <BR> Minutes Left: 940 Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:17:19 EST New to Teams, old to Spark Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've been on and off using SparkPeople to log my food for years, but this is my first try in the forums. I was reading some stories on Spark of people who found real success due to reaching out more and building a community for support. That appeals to me, so I am challenging myself to participate more in this community and hopefully enjoy the rewards of deeper motivations and eventual success. <BR> <BR> I'm 32, in Chiropractic medical school and I stick to a mainly v... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:46:46 EST Gettin started! Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this site. I used a similar site from Jillian Michaels last year and had great success. I think logging my food and exercise is the best way to keep on track. I was able to get rid of my baby weight both times within about 6 months- the first time was pretty easy. The second time I had to work a bit harder. But my problem is that everything else in my life has been flipped upside down and I gained the weight back, feel terrible, and haven't been able to get my... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:41:08 EST April 2015 5 Pound Challenge Starting weight Apr 1: 174.4 <BR> Goal weight Apr 30: 169.4 <BR> <BR> Goal Apr 8: 173.0 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Apr 15: 172.0 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Apr 22: 170.8 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Apr 30: 169.4 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal Pounds to Lose: 5 <BR> Actual lost: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:44:12 EST Buckeye transplanted in Michigan Hello! I am a Buckeye by birth, but have recently moved into Spartan country. I successfully lost 60 pounds three years ago, but have gained nearly all of it back in the last 18 months. I used Weight Watchers before, but I am no longer a member, and really need support as I restart my healthy living journey. I'm do ready to feel good enough to run up a mountain again! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:12:05 EST New member Hello my name is Janira and I'm new at this program and hoping to lose weight and get fit for the summer. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:24:38 EST Fresh start on Spark! Hi Everyone <BR> I was on spark for several years back in 2010 and lost almost 250 lbs but I gained most of it back.. i've been stuck at 255 give or take 3 lbs for the last 2 years even though i'm more active and fit now than I was in previous years but I know I need to bump up the intensity. <BR> <BR> I recognize now that a huge part of my success in the past was Spark and TRACKING, so i'm back to it. Getting back to basics and laying the ground work to get myself back on track and losing w... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:04:48 EST Overwhelmed by medication related weight gain This is my first post to Sparkpeople in quite a long time. I know I need support, and I know I need to get myself in gear. Next week is my 30th birthday, and I am bigger than I've ever been. My weight over the past year has jumped 40 pounds due to medication side effects and some emotionally disruptive events. You read that right - somehow I managed to gain 40 pounds in ONE YEAR. My metabolism was shot and my cravings were through the roof. I was on Zoloft for anxiety and I have since weaned ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:32:55 EST Hello World! Hi All! I was a past spark member with lots of success...then I let life get in the way. But I'm back. Ready for action. Truth is I really love exercise and am excited to get back into the habit. Eating and nutrition are definitely the area I need support in most. I'm willing to try and learn though. I'm so glad to be here. Looking to support others and gain support along the way. Hope everyone is well and having a great day! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:21:40 EST Hi everyone! Stopping by to say HI! <em>524</em> <BR> Just joined today, I'm a thirty-something with thirty-something pounds to lose :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <em>184</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:13:16 EST Good Afternoon I Just Joined Hello I just joined this wonderful team its the first one I joined and I just wanted to introduce myself. I hope to make friends and motivate and encourage one another on our weight loss journeys. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:23:20 EST Giving this a try... Hi! My name is Karen. I am 37 years old from Saskatchewan, Canada. <BR> I have struggled with my weight for the better part of the last 10 years. I have hashimoto thyroiditis and allowed this to be an excuse for weight gain for far too long. I recently lost 10 pounds and I am hoping this website will help me find the support I need to continue this journey. Only 31 pounds to go until I reach my first goal! <BR> I look forward to meeting you all, joining challenges and celebrating successes! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:54:52 EST Good morning Good morning everyone! My name is Blossom. I've been aware and have used SparkPeople in the past but this time I becoming a more active member. I am a mom of three and I want to lose 30 pounds by August. My 20th high school reunion will be then. Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> I like to run, lift, yoga...although my running has slowed down a bit with a hip flexor pull. I'm slowly getting back into it, but not completely healed. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reaching my goals wit... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:30:34 EST Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64746 </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:09:19 EST calorie range do i need to adjust my calorie range??? I started in August and I was just curious Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:07:17 EST I need some help!!! I am not doing well at all! I have done terribly for the last 2.5 weeks. From sickness to bad weather and being a woman with hormones has been awful! If it could be ate I ate it!!! I have drank cokes and I just feel horrible. I need to get back on track and I need some snacks that are what I should be eating that will keep me full and not want to eat. I also think alot is my nerves! <em>46</em> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:38:11 EST March 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal: 1,500 minutes <BR> <BR> 3/1-3/7: 287 <BR> 3/8-3/14: <BR> 3/15-3/21 <BR> 3/22-3/28 <BR> 3/29-3/31 <BR> <BR> Total minutes: 287 <BR> Minutes left: 1,213 <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:25:56 EST Ready to do this! Hi everyone! I'm finally motivated to lose the 40 pounds I've gained in the last 10 years. I've tried halfheartedly in the past, but gave up too easily when things got challenging. This time I'm going to push through and do this! I'm looking forward to making friends who will motivate and inspire me. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:59:17 EST seeking community encouragement Hello all - I'm officially "beginning" with my eating plan tomorrow. One of my goals is to involve myself with community support, which is why I'm choosing SparkPeople as my logging platform. Seems like the forums and communities here are positive and active - and I really need accountability and encouragement from others! Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:00:28 EST Back again, determined to do it right this time Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Sandra, 35, upstate NY. I've used Spark on and off since 2008. Every time I get on here and get serious, it works. The weight just melts off and I feel great. Then something in my life blows up and my commitment to myself is the first thing to go. <BR> <BR> So, here I am again. I really want to be healthy, feel good about the way I look, and be more active/have more energy. <BR> <BR> I'm currently on a leave of absence from law school so that I can get a job, p... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:28:47 EST Ready for Change Good morning! I am finally ready for change. I have tried to start with SparkPeople a few times since I first joined in 2011, but without any success. I just never committed myself. This time, as of yesterday, I am ready to make changes in my life to lose weight and get fit. <BR> <BR> So, greetings! I'm Julie. :) I'm 36, married, have one daughter (age 6) and work outside the home full-time as an administrative assistant in an office. I have an athletic past while growing up, but over the la... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:21:48 EST March 2015 5 Pound Challenge Starting weight (3/3): 170.8 (can't believe I'm here again!) <BR> Ultimate goal weight: 135 by the end of September <BR> March 31st goal weight: 165 <BR> <BR> 3/10 goal: 169.8 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> 3/17 goal: 167.8 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> 3/24 goal: 166.8 <BR> Actual <BR> <BR> 3/31 goal: 165 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal lbs lost in March: 5.8 <BR> Actual lbs lost in March: <BR> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:31:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:25:35 EST Busy Working Mom - New to Spark Hello, I've tried Spark before, but had a hard time keeping up with calorie counting. I lost 40 lbs doing South Beach, then about a year later we moved and I got out of my exercise routine, gained it all back, so been pretty hard on myself. This time has been harder than last. I'm trying to find something that works for me - tweaks in my lifestyle, without anything dramatic. I don't eat a ton, but I absolutely love food and often make bad food choices. I do light exercise, but am often e... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:10:01 EST Time for a change Hello! <BR> <BR> I am rejoining SP (I joined many years ago, but was not in a place in my life where I was ready to fully commit myself to the process). I have been doing Weight Watchers and have lost 15 lbs in the past 9 months, but that is not really working for me anymore. I have not been able to really build relationships in my meetings and feel like I had people with me on my weight loss journey to keep me going when I hit ruts and when it gets hard. Let's face it, it is easy to stay... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:02 EST How did I get so heavy?? Hi everyone, I just joined Sparkpeople about 3 weeks ago. I was the heaviest I've ever been at 160 lb and am trying to get down to 120. Right now I'm at around 154 and hope to lose more steadily. I'm the type of person who would rather exercise more than diet because I am ADDICTED to sugar, so if anyone has any tips for 1. dealing with a sugar addiction or 2. how much you should eat when you're exercising a lot, please let me know!!! Also, I think I'm allergic to strength training - I onl... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:27:36 EST Member since 2008 but I gained back weight :( Good morning everyone. My name is Janell and I have regained about 30 lbs. I have gotten remarried and I have went back to school full time. I have six children and all the stress that comes with it so I have been emotionally eating. I am meeting goals in other areas of my life (school) but when I get stressed I eat. And I have had a miscarriage a year ago so that did not help. <BR> <BR> I am a vegan which makes me feel amazing, but it is easy to gain weight if you don't eat the right foods... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:02:22 EST Long time member but 1st introduction! I've been on SparkPeople and other websites for years but I've never actually introduced myself on any board. I thought I'd finally follow all that expert advice and try to find some fellow travelers on the road to being healthy. <BR> <BR> My husband and I own our own business so I work from home during the morning and get to hang out with my kids, 3 and 5, when they get out of school at noon. To get to the level of fitness I want, I think I need to lose around 30 pounds. Once I'm there, we... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:22:55 EST Spark Newbie Hello all, <BR> Well, I have decided to give this site a try. I need to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, maintain my goal weight (once I get there) as I have fluctuated in my weight for 10+ years now... <BR> Anyways, I look forward in meeting new people though out this life long journey we have now set for ourselves :) Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:44:08 EST February 5 Pound Challenge Starting weight 1/30/15: 167.8 <BR> Ultimate goal weight: 135 by September 21, 2015 <BR> March 1st goal weight: 162 <BR> <BR> Goal 2/3: 167 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal 2/10: 166 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal 2/17: 164 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal 2/24: 163 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal 2/28: 162 <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> Goal pounds lost: 5 <BR> Actual pounds lost: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:53:51 EST Feb. 2015 Fitness Minutes Goal Minutes: 1000 <BR> <BR> Feb. 1-7: 30 min <BR> Feb. 8-14: <BR> Feb. 15-21: <BR> Feb. 22-28: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 30 <BR> Minutes Left: 970 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:16:58 EST Hello. I am new to SP. I was looking for a group that I can give me the support that I need and know where I am in my journey. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to get started. In advance, thank you for all your help. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:14:03 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople and hoping to connect with people and help encourage people on their journey as well as receive encouragement! Excited to finally start getting myself on track for a better me!! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:53:10 EST Getting back my Spark... My name is Valerie and I'm 38. My goal weight (for now) is 180. Between May and September of 2014, I lost almost 30 lbs. Between the end of September and the end of December I gained almost the whole thing back. Now I'm on my way in the other direction again. I'm taking my time and trying to make changes that I can maintain over the long haul. <BR> I love Sparkpeople! Hard to believe you can get all the benefits for no charge. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:20:42 EST Newbie Hi there! I am Laura, 30, mum of a 3yr old boy. I've struggled with illness since having my son and my weight has yo-yo'd as I've been feeling good or bad. At the moment it's reached an all-time high as I let myself eat whatever I wanted for the last few months because I've been so pleased to get my appetite back. Now is the time for action - I had a shock on the scales and need to get down to a healthy weight. Looking forward to getting some moral support on these message boards! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:31:05 EST Hello SparkTeam! I am here today to set my new lifestyle goals. I needed some motivation and someone to hold me accountable. So here I am! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:02:33 EST I'm Back Just saying hello again. I was more active on here in 2007-2008 when I lost 70 pounds in 8 months. Since then I put about 45 pounds back on. I reverted back to old bad habits but now I'm ready to regain my body and health. I would love to talk here or elsewhere and hopefully help motivate myself as well as others. 2015 is going to be my year!! Who else wants to reach their goals this year? <BR> <BR> Steve 37 years young Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:42:11 EST Hi, New Here Hi. I'm Sara. Just joined today. I live in WI and really need help staying motivated and getting fit and healthy. I have a plan but I always end up giving up. <BR> I am a wife and a mother of 2. I love to cook and bake, walk, and just be around people. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:42:40 EST weight loss buddy I started trying to change my eating habits on January 1st and so far not going too well :( I have always wanted to try having a weight loss buddy.. I think support would be good for me (and someone else) but weight/food is not a topic I like to discuss with my friends. I am hoping to find someone in Australia somewhere with similar goals - to completely change eating habits and lose around 20 kg - who could talk on the phone daily and text especially in the beginning to motivate each other. ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:08:17 EST new to the team need motivation Hey every one! My name is Tammy, I am 30 years old. I have a husband and 2 amazing little girls. I have lost 30 lbs already then fell off the wagon, but remained at 210. I go between 210 and 215 and cant seem to get lower! I need plenty of motivation if you all can help please!!! I have severe osteoarthritis in my right knee that limits squats and some of my other favorite workouts. Please feel free to add me as a friend I need the support as well as everyone. Hoping to reach my goal by... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:21:05 EST Hi I am 33 years old residing in India and a mother of a one year old baby. Since college, I have always been on the heavier side. But the pounds piled up like anything during my pregnancy. I gained around 45 pounds during my pregnancy and at present my total weight is 185 pounds. <BR> <BR> My target is to reach 132 pounds (around 60 kilos). Need some support in my journey Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:36:47 EST Trying a 180 Hi there! So here goes my story. For most of my life I have been on the heavier side. I was encouraged in my delusion that it was okay because I am taller and told I could carry the weight well. Plus, most the women in my family are larger. So it was normal for me. But then right before I turned 30 I decided that I was done being heavy and I lost 80 lbs with an expensive popular diet. I was so happy at my lower weight and I maintained for about a year. But then I returned to school, entered i... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:44:54 EST Here I go again, gonna make it stick this time! Hello everyone. I've been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. I've had great success over the years with it, but I creep back up. In the past, my weight gain was attributed to pregnancies, however, that is not the case anymore. I was down to my prepregnancy weight last year (finally after 5 years) and then in the last several months I've crept up to my highest ever. Stress and life changes got the best of me, but I'm determined to not let it continue. <BR> <BR> I'm 36 years old and it ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:21:18 EST