SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us in our 30's on our way to losing 50-99 pounds. Have a little more or a little less? Come on in! SparkPeople 30 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose Team Messageboard Hi everyone!! Hello all, <BR> <BR> I turned 30 at the end of October 2020. Looking to make new friends with similar goals. <BR> <BR> I started my journey in March and I'm well on my way: <BR> Starting weight: 295.2 <BR> Current weight: 279.8 <BR> Goal weight: 150 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 20:46:20 EST Hello Newbie Here! Looking to create a blog post need help! Fri, 12 Mar 2021 08:22:03 EST Hello Hello everyone, I'm new just thought I'd pop in and say hi. Tue, 2 Feb 2021 12:28:30 EST Hello~ This past year has been way to crazy for me. I ended up having a horrible fall and hitting my head causing brain swelling etc. Months down the road i've managed to gain 30lbs of what I had lost back. I suffer daily from migraines and am seeing a doctor once a month. I need to find my healthy relationship with food lets face it i'm 35 and 260lbs its not good on my 5'3 frame. I am doing this for me because of my heath! I'm on the lookout for accountability buddies who will nudge me if I get slo... Sat, 2 Jan 2021 20:26:34 EST Hello... So today I've decided it's time for a change... Again. I've been on a journey to lose weight my entire life. I am not currently at my heaviest so something is working, but I've been very stressed lately. I was just laid off from work, and my boyfriend and I have been trying to convince for over a year now with no luck and it is taking a toll on me. I have been finding myself sinking into old habits of emotional eating and being lazy. I have about 100lbs to lose and I'm really just looking for... Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:24:29 EST Hello Hello. I have been a Spark Member for many years but decided recently that I would like to be active again. I just turned 40 in September. I need to develop healthier eating habits. I am just looking forward to being a healthier me. Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:07:56 EST Thanksgiving Dinner Hey, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has been doing well, staying safe out there. If anyone is going to thanksgiving dinner do you have a plan of how you will be tackling your meal? I love hearing strategies and applying them to mine. <BR> <BR> For now, my plan is to not overeat. I do want a little bit of everything I like but no doggy bag! I will also be getting in my workout in the morning to ensure I have extra calories on top of my daily calories. I may not be in the burning calorie rang... Tue, 24 Nov 2020 23:20:53 EST Weekly weigh-in SW-242 <BR> CW-187 <BR> GW-135 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 12:11:13 EST 66 lbs to lose Hello! My name is Rose, I am a mom to 4 kids (3 girls ages 9, 7, and 6 and one boy age 4). I am trying to lose 66 lbs overall, but my first goal is 4 lbs in the next 3 weeks. I am hoping to eat healthier and workout more. I am the kind of person who really needs external motivation, so I could use any help I can get! I want to lose weight because I am at my highest weight ever. I don't feel very good about myself and I really need to change. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 22:03:44 EST Introduction Hello, My name is elise! I I have been working towards losing weight over the past 16 years. Ever since my first pregnancy. As we age it doesnt get easier and I feel really defeated, especially when I think about how easy it was to put on, how much I have tried to lose and how out of control I feel when I dont see results. I have been consistently exercising over the past few weeks and despite my fluctuating schedule and new desk job I am thinking using spark people will help me to stay focus... Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:46:44 EST August 2020 - 10 Minutes A Day Challenge Our schedules are busy and we tend to get caught in the same routine. Let's try a 10 minute challenge every day this month. Can't spare 10 minutes? Even spending 1 minute on yourself can really help break up your day and help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> Post what you did today to inspire others! Do one or more of the below things per day. <BR> <BR> Spend 10 minutes each day doing one of the following things: <BR> <BR> 1. 10 minutes of Exercise - Your choice! Go for a walk, wake up ea... Mon, 3 Aug 2020 14:27:13 EST Back on Spark! Hey everyone. I have been a Spark member since August 2011. Wow 9 years on this website?! I lost 95 pounds and was on a pretty strict eating &amp; exercise schedule 5 years ago. Maintaining was hard but I was between 155 lbs &amp; 175 lbs for 2 years. I got married and lost my workout partners. My fitness level started to slack and so did my eating habits. It is so easy to make something quick &amp; unhealthy instead of full meal prepping.... well anyways I have gained back too much weight. I... Mon, 3 Aug 2020 13:37:54 EST First time here and doubting myself Hello.I am Amanda. So I am doubting my ability to lose the weight I want to. I am a mom of 2 under 3 (2.5 and 1) and fight depression and anxiety on a regular basis. My fiance and I are gamers so we spend a lot of our free time sitting playing games together. I am not happy with my weight, but I am a picky eater and it makes it hard for me to stick to a diet, especially since I need to find things I will eat as well as my kids. Like right now, my son (2.5) will not eat any meat that is not br... Sat, 18 Jul 2020 13:41:56 EST I'm Baaaaack! Last time I was in here I was 180--overweight, but comfortable in my skin. Well, over the last two years I have gone from that on up to 255. All the progress I made in endurance--gone. Ability to sleep without snoring--also gone. But the biggest thing is that I hurt more. I have rheumatoid arthritis that has been mostly controlled over the past four years. While that is not causing pain, the damage to my joints is straining under the extra weight. <BR> <BR> I started at 230 on my vacation mi... Sun, 12 Jul 2020 21:03:06 EST Muscle Burns Fat program Hello! <BR> <BR> Beachbody is releasing a new workout called "muscle burns fat" on 7/27/20. I am a coach so I have the ability to do it early. I did the first workout yesterday and I loved it! <BR> <BR> The workouts are mostly strength training with some core and cardio days. I will be happy to give people more information or let them see my results! Message me if you are interested. Wed, 8 Jul 2020 09:45:40 EST Hello? Anyone else restarting after a doctors apt? Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I am restarting this journey with a little more to loose (weight) than I expected and some significant things to gain.( confidence and feeling better in my skin) <BR> <BR> I know this is going to be a long process. It took me a while to get to this size, it will take me a while to get smaller. I got on the scale and saw 210. NOPE!! Not okay with me. I am 5"3 and three quarters (yes those count) I would like to get down to about 160 that is toned. I know its going to ... Sat, 27 Jun 2020 19:54:53 EST Starting Over Hello Everyone, <BR> Starting all over again. This time it needs to stick. This time is not about a number on a scale but about being healthy. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:08:20 EST Hi would like to lose 50lbs Hi I'm graham 31 years old and live in alaska. lost 20 already and want to lose 50 more. Hanging in there! Fri, 5 Jun 2020 11:59:55 EST Inexpensive healthy foods I figure with the impact of covid-19, people may struggle with the cost of healthy eating. Healthy foods don’t have to be expensive! Please leave any ideas you have. <BR> <BR> My go to’s: <BR> <BR> Cabbage (Red or green) <BR> Carrots <BR> Onions <BR> Beans (any variety, canned or dry) <BR> Bananas <BR> Oats <BR> <BR> With cabbage, I make Cole slaw or I will cook it with other veggies. <BR> I sauté lots of onions with other veggies or with beans. <BR> Canned beans are convenient. Dry beans ... Mon, 11 May 2020 01:32:16 EST New member Hey y’all! I’ve used SP a few times on and off over the years. I rejoined when we began shelteringIn place, as I figured I may as well lose some weight. I am eager to finish my junior week of college soon. I look forward to meeting y’all! Sun, 19 Apr 2020 23:45:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 9 Apr 2020 15:55:24 EST Hey y'all! My name is Cheyenne. I am a single mom and a nurse. I am here because I want to be healthy. I want to lose weight, get into shape, and lower my risk of terrible health issues I am facing if I continue as I am and have been doing all of my (almost) 31 years. I love to cook and write. I want to share my journey to inspire others as well as myself. I dream of traveling and having new experiences. Sun, 9 Feb 2020 19:24:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Feb 2020 14:33:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 8 Feb 2020 14:57:09 EST Hi This seems to be the least-dead of the groups I've checked out since I joined yesterday. I'm Janey, I just turned 33 on Wednesday and I'm back on SparkPeople after a very long time. I tried myfitnesspal for a while there, but they're SO PUSHY on the stupid premium, so I came back. This site used to be...significantly more colorful. I kind of miss how bright and welcoming the start page was. And it looks like most groups are extremely years-dead. :( Anybody out there? *tumbleweeds rolli... Sat, 8 Feb 2020 12:10:39 EST Starting From my Heaviest Hello, <BR> <BR> Just joined the group. I've been going up and down with mood/sleep/weight/life for quite some time. I've hit my heaviest ever and am just purely uncomfortable now. I've been missing some type of community I can talk to about, anything really... whether weight stuff, games, life, travel, whatever! <BR> <BR> I'm from Seattle, born and raised. I'm into video games, books, board games (although I don't play them nearly enough), travel when I can, and obsessed with Disney. <BR... Sun, 29 Dec 2019 18:00:03 EST Weigh in! Starting Weight: 261 (12/1/2019) <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 259 (12/27/2019) <BR> <BR> Goal Weight: 180 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 09:47:13 EST Relearning to Love myself HI All! <BR> <BR> New to this group, just wanted to introduce myself. My name is DJ and I am 35, I suffer from binge eating disorder and Bipolar disorder. I feel like I have allowed both ailments to take over my life, I am here to get back in control of my weight and my overall health. Thanks for listening. <BR> <BR> DJ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:27:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:37:39 EST HI. Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble getting and staying motivated. I know this program works because I've lost the weight before. I just had a baby last year, and I gained all my weight back. It's been tough finding the time to workout, but I finally have some days that I can carve out the time. I'm trying to get back into running and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated. What has been working for you to keep you motivated? What advice do yo... Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:53:38 EST I Need an Accountability Buddy Alright so I need a buddy. I need someone who can help me be accountable and help keep one another on track. Motivation and support. But I am picky as I always seem to talk to ones (more so in my real life) that want to help but: 1) are not overweight 2) not needing to lose weight 3) do not have as much as I have to lose. I also would like someone who is in a similar situation as me (I'm really not trying to sound picky and awful, it just helps when someone is in the same situation). I am 5ft... Sun, 3 Nov 2019 14:40:12 EST Day 1 Starting Again Hey everyone, I'm Jenn and today is day 1 of me starting my journey again. I'm now 200lbs. which is my heaviest. I decided I want to stop being afraid to take action and go after my goals and fitness health. For myself and for my son who I want to develop healthy habits as well. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 21:46:01 EST 50 pounds... Hi! I’m starting a journey to lose 50 pounds. Just saying that scares me. I’m definitely intimidated and welcome any and all advice for doing this. I’m a working mom that works about 11 hours a day, but looking around SP, I can see it’s possible for me to actually do this - I’m just intimidated. Advice? <em>40</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:41:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:12:38 EST Monthly Challenges? Will there be anymore monthly challenges? I enjoyed doing them and they were a great motivator. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:24:52 EST On a mission at 40! My name is Octatives and I'm 39 years old. I have gotten up to 233 pounds at 5'11' and am now on a mission to lose 50 pounds. I hope that I can inspire someone as well as get inspired by you! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this group! Sun, 1 Sep 2019 19:26:56 EST Starting weight 327.6 Sat, 3 Aug 2019 12:39:39 EST Found my way back So after many starts and stops with SparkPeople and motivation going up and down over the yeas I have found my way back here once again. I am feeling stronger in my convictions this time than I ever have! <BR> <BR> My son (who is skinny as a rake and only 9, by the way) has been talking about being healthier as a family a LOT lately. Last night he and I watched a few episodes of X-Weighted (my weight loss addiction show) and he was asking if we could do something like they do, a challenge fo... Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:02:56 EST New Here Hi everyone, I'm a 33yo mom of 4 from 2-16 years. I've decided once again it's time to start taking care of me. With so much going on in the world around me, having multiple children with behavioral issues and delays needing support, I have put putting myself last and am getting run down. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and getting healthy! Sun, 30 Jun 2019 06:02:05 EST New and looking for accountability Hi! My name is Janet, I'm looking for some accountability and motivation buddies. <BR> <BR> I have been kind of low energy lately and would love to meet new people. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:01:19 EST Hi I'm new here! Hi all! <BR> I'm Michele. I'm 39 and want to use my last year in my 30's to get to a healthy weight. I have been trying to lose weight consistently without good support for the last decade, so I came back to SparkPeople. I have 4 kids, so making myself a priority is hard and I definitely need accountability and a good kick in the rear. I have about 80 lbs to lose - my struggles with anxiety and depression got the better of me the last couple of years and I put on about 40 lbs, that I desperat... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 21:18:50 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 16:23:30 EST So Excited! Hi! I'm Tina and I'm so excited to be here... how did I not know about this place sooner?! I'm looking for friendly, happy people to help me stay motivated to live healthily. I have a fantastic, very fit husband that I would love to keep up with for many years to come. No children, a bit of a workaholic, some might say nerdy, and most definitely a perfectionist. I love to help people solve their problems, but sometimes I start to feel responsible for things I have no control over, and then I'... Sun, 5 May 2019 20:29:04 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 14:14:14 EST Im here once again Hello, I'm Petrona came here when I was 25 and now I'm 32, I have been on a yo-yo for years or should I say a roller coaster. I'm at the place now where I really want to love me and me just accepting me. It's strange to think that I found myself but I haven't really found me. So I want to embark on my new journey and just to learn that it's a journey and not a destination with myself. I got this and I just want to share it with SP again. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:23:40 EST Starting weight 182 Sat, 23 Mar 2019 23:07:37 EST Not my first time, hope it's my last time Hi everyone. So I've been on Sparkpeople before. I can't remember if I introduced myself the last go 'round so I'm introducing myself now with the hope that I can find a couple of people to help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom of three; aged 13, 12, and 10. Kids love sugar, McDonald's, Panera, and basically anything easy. In a 3-on-1 fight, they typically win because (warning: excuses incoming) I work 40 or more hours per week, I'm also taking classes to finish my degree, and... Sat, 9 Mar 2019 18:11:17 EST Kristine is Determined! Good morning, everyone! I'm trying to lose between 70 and 110lbs (Basically, I'm going to get to 70 and then see how I feel about things from there.) <BR> <BR> I started a couple weeks ago before I restarted with sparkpeople and am now almost 10lbs down. Here's to a bright future for the whole team! Fri, 8 Mar 2019 09:53:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 6 Mar 2019 16:49:24 EST Hi there Hi everyone! I'm Liza. I'm going to be 40 in August and my goal is to do it a LOT healthier! I'm a wife and mom, and I'm a business trainer, strategist, and coach to solopreneurs and direct sellers. <BR> <BR> I'm especially excited to be part of a team/community, because I know it'll help me to stay on track and motivated. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! :) <BR> <BR> Liza <BR> Wed, 6 Mar 2019 13:13:38 EST Hi everyone I am a 37 year old mother of 4, junior at PSU, and run a small business from home. I started a journey towards a healthier me in January. So far I have quit a 20 year smoking habit and have lost 22 pounds. I really want to keep that momentum going but want to make sure I am doing it in a healthy way so I found this site/community. I've found that the best way to reach our goals is to 1. be accountable and 2. find others with the same goals and we can crush them together. Mon, 4 Mar 2019 22:12:55 EST Hello Hello, <BR> I need all the encouragement I can get to lose my weight. I began this journey in June of 2018 with a starting weight of 226lbs. During this time I lost some weight then the emotional eating began, because I was hit with the big "D" word... yes Divorce. As I am still going through this I have decided the stress isn't worth it. I need to funnel all this energy elsewhere. I am excited to be here and have recently hit a current weight of 196 lbs. My goal is 140. I wish everyone here... Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:35:03 EST Hello all Hi everyone! I am excited about starting on this journey to get healthy. I have joined my local recreation center, and will be taking advantage of the personal training they offer. I really need to focus on my eating habits, and learning self control . I hope to make some good friends here. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:54:22 EST Hello there! Hey there! I'm Rachel from Philly 32 years old. Good to meet you guys!! Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:51:55 EST Saying Hello! Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> Now that I'm a few weeks into a new diet/exercise plan, I'd like to say hello! I'm 32 and overweight, but I am now committed to making my health a priority after several years of neglecting it. <BR> <BR> My story: <BR> My dad died a couple of years ago at 64 due to an acute health crisis, and it was quite a shock to me and my family. He was a loving man who took great care of those around him, but wasn't as good about making his own health a priority. We miss him every... Tue, 5 Feb 2019 10:43:57 EST Back again :( Back and bigger than ever! I reached my goals! Had the baby I had been praying for! Now I am back for me and only me. I want to lose the weight, and this time for good! Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:17:03 EST Hi! Hi! <BR> <BR> I don't think I introduced myself yet. I will be 35 years old in less than 2 weeks and aiming to lose 70lbs. <BR> <BR> I started 2018 off at 225lbs roughly, and before the summer got down to 202lbs. But I went through some depression and ballooned up to 230, which is where I was on New Year's eve. <BR> <BR> I started trying to get into regularly lose weight this fall, but when the holiday rush came in I got off track.. then I got sick. So here I am! Thu, 3 Jan 2019 15:52:25 EST Hello Hello everyone! I am new here and really looking forward to reaching my goals in 2019!! Tue, 1 Jan 2019 15:53:04 EST Here I am Hello, I'm Sarah. Been on this website since 2014, long story short I lost a lot of weight then gained it back again. In August I was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and I am pre-diabetic. I've been using a cpap machine for one month now, still have low energy but using it every night has helped minimize my chronic migraines so that is exciting. I also have had bad back pain every morning for most of this year, which I'm pretty sure is from gaining 10 pounds this year. I was approved by m... Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:19:44 EST New Here I stumbled across this site when I was browsing for other things and decided to join it. I'm 32 years old and have always struggled with my weight. Hopefully hopping in here will help me get more motivation to eat better or just simply eat less. Food has always been a comfort for me when I'm stressed. Tue, 4 Dec 2018 18:45:08 EST Sliding Into My 30s Hi All! I'm new to this team, and though I'm still 29, I chose to join because come next summer, I will be 30. It is my goal to be healthier in my 30s, than I ever was during most of my 20s! I'm making progress, and am confident that 30 will be great! :) Fri, 23 Nov 2018 17:23:39 EST Newbie Hey, just wanted to say I am Annie, 39 and happy to find a place where the goals are similar as well as finding people in my age range who are on the same path. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 23:04:34 EST New Here! Hello everyone! I am new (obviously) here and looking forward to sharing my journey with everyone! I can't wait to meet new people as I start off on this new path of my life. <BR> <BR> My birthday was last week and I just turned 31! I feel like I woke up and realized that my health needed a severe overhaul! I have 57 lbs to lose, get my diabetes and celiac disease under control and learn to enjoy life! <BR> <BR> So happy to be here! Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:03:02 EST Healthy Meal Ideas on a Budget I am looking for Healthy meal ideas but I am on a tight budget anybody have any good ideas Mon, 5 Nov 2018 20:25:07 EST I am the New girl in town :) Hello I'm Stephanie from western Northcarolina and I am new to this journey! I lost my mother to cancer on Feb 14th 2017 5 days later I turned 30 this has triggered a lot of thoughts about getting my health right . I'm so excited about being apart of this community would love to have some support on this journey. Sun, 4 Nov 2018 14:21:47 EST Getting Back on Track! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm back again to get back on track with being healthy! I was doing so well a few years ago with SparkPeople, and life happened. I let it get in the way of being my best self. I struggle with situational anxiety and depression, and I went through a spell of that over the winter. I still work out religiously, but my nutrition is horrible, and obviously, I'm not seeing any results! <BR> <BR> I wasn't super active in the SparkPeople community; mainly just tracked my workouts ... Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:40:08 EST Finally Returning! It has been a long time since I was in Sparkpeople-let alone posted in this group! I hope you will all take me back! I have found new motivation for losing the 80+ pounds I have managed to collect. Good luck to all! :) Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:40:23 EST I'm Baaaaaaaack Well, here I am again. I have joined SparkPeople MULTIPLE times, and it definitely works when you use it. After many breaks and restarts I'm hoping this time I'm a little better at the follow through and it sticks. <BR> <BR> My name is Nina, 37, married, and just gave birth to our beautiful daughter eight weeks ago. I'm fortunate enough to be able to stay home with her for four more weeks, so I'm hoping the remaining time at home will give me the chance to start some healthy habits before r... Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:24:22 EST One Day at a Time !!!! I am back after 5 yrs .... my health did not permit me to exercise and also due to medicines i have gained hell lot of weight. Last 4 yrs were quite difficult for me .. losing people ... relationships ... bad health ... illness .... hospitalization ..... increased dosage of medicines .... lack of confidence at times ..... emotional breakdowns . <BR> Putting everything behind me .... Thanks to Reiki Healing and meditation ... i am back to being Myself ..... Sparkpeople blogs have inspired me ... Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:06:07 EST Let me introduce myself... Hello I'm Sarah and I am new to this journey! I turned 30 in March, and it triggered a lot of thoughts about getting stuff done and being the best me. I'm so excited about being apart of this community and doing this together! Thu, 9 Aug 2018 08:00:47 EST New to this team and returning to SP Hi, <BR> I'm returning to SP for the third or fourth time. I'm hoping that joining teams will keep me motivated! My goal right now is to lose 15 pounds but eventually I want to be closer to 50. I have PCOS and have had a lap band placed, which didn't work out and is getting removed tomorrow (hence my return to SP). I'll probably be down from surgery for a few days but I'm hoping to hit the ground running with taking care of myself and EXERCISE! Sun, 5 Aug 2018 22:35:36 EST Sort of new? Thought I'd introduce myself in hopes that it'll help me participate in teams and get more support. I am not new to the weight loss journey in general - I lost 60 pounds three years ago and then gained it all back plus some when I lost my job and my depression worsened. <BR> <BR> I am back in a much better place now and I've been working on weight loss again since April and have lost 25 pounds. I need a way to keep myself accountable, because I have started struggling again with overeating.... Sat, 4 Aug 2018 13:36:11 EST New & Overwhelmed Hey, I'm Kayla &amp; just got told by the doc that my LDL is getting a little high (3.7) &amp; that I'm not pre-diabetic, but on my way... So now I need to find a way to get my LDL down. Part of that is I know I need to lose weight. I'm almost 31 years old (this month), 5'3 1/4", 202.7lbs. I know I need to be more active &amp; need to cut down portion sizes. I'm sure there's also food I should cut back on eating (or possibly cut out altogether) Thu, 2 Aug 2018 19:26:03 EST Not New-New, But New Again! I have been on and off of SparkPeople for over a decade and I am honestly at my heaviest and least healthy point in life right now. I am trying to renew my commitment to myself and to this program so that I can lose the weight and be back to me. Sat, 28 Jul 2018 11:48:49 EST Back again! Hello everybody, my name is Zoé, I'm from the greater Montréal region, in QC, and I'm 31 yo. <BR> <BR> It is my third or fourth time back on SP. I had to check my blogs to look the date, but I originally joined in 2008!!! Ten years ago! OMG! <BR> <BR> You can imagine my journey as not been linear. <BR> <BR> So I'm back, again, hoping this time for good. Last time I lost a good amount of weight, probably 50ish pound doing paleo and I loved it. <BR> <BR> I've been diagnosed with PCOS, and I... Wed, 4 Jul 2018 15:46:20 EST New (ish) Returning to SparkPeople after about 6 years. I wish I could say I lost the weight last time, but no need to dwell on what happened. <BR> <BR> I'm now in my 30's struggling at my highest weight. Now married and wanting to start a family, but I wish I was so much more healthier. So that's the goal - healthy living. <BR> <BR> SW: 242.4 <BR> CW: 241.4 <BR> GW: 145 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:36:54 EST 3 Months I'm Eran and I'm 3 months away from my 40th birthday. I have a beautiful to be proud of for sure. I teach, manage a chiropractic clinic, play keyboard in a band and own a construction company, When I take time to pause and think about it, I love my country life. Yet, I struggle with depression, anxiety and have about 60 pounds to lose. My goal is to lose 24 pounds by my birthday. What a gift that will be! Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:32:33 EST Newbie here!! Hi all!!! I am a 39yr old single mom of 2 teens. Unfortunately, my weight is at 210lbs. I gained a lot of weight 16.5yrs ago when I was pregnant with my daughter (she weighed in at 9lb, 4oz) and I couldn't ever loose the weight but I guess you could say the good news was that I never gained weight in the last 16yrs. About 1yr ago, I was diagnosed with endometriosis and gained 10lbs while on treatment for that but have not been able to loose it. My Dr's have never said they consider me overwei... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:21:08 EST New to SparkPeople and eating Keto Hi. I am new to SparkPeople and have been eating keto for about 2 months. I am still learning lots about keto and benefits/concerns. So far it is going good but I have found I really need to log food to stay on track. Sat, 26 May 2018 10:53:36 EST Hi Hello, I am Janice and am trying to get back into exercising and just found my password for sparkpeople again and need the accountability. Went from 223 to 190 at the end of 2016 using My Ideal Protein but had to quit it since I couldn't afford it anymore. Been able to keep the weight off since than and now am gearing up to get back to inching my way down again but this time I will not be on the scale at all as I will be tracking how my clothes feel and how much I can lift with my dumbbells a... Tue, 22 May 2018 17:27:37 EST Hello Hi my name is Britney, I'm 31 yrs old. I'm a LPN, mom of twins and have been happy married to my best friend/enabler for the last 10 years. I love to workout but I hate tracking so that is the hard part for me. I'm working on portion control and making better choices without giving up the things I love. Mon, 21 May 2018 13:24:47 EST New to the Team! Hello everybody! I am coming back to SparkPeople after maybe four years. This time I have my husband serious about losing weight and getting fit with me. I'm 31 years old, so I left my "20 Somethings" group and joined this one! Wed, 16 May 2018 10:03:52 EST New to the Team! Hi All-- <BR> <BR> I had some success with SparkPeople some years ago, and enjoyed the overall experience of being part of an online community where I could air grievances, share successes and discuss interesting things on a platform of (relative) anonymity, and away from fit (read: braggy/humble-braggy) friends. <BR> <BR> I kinda hate tracking, but I do like eating well and working out. Actually, I like the feeling I have after eating well and working out, assuming I can resist the urge to... Wed, 9 May 2018 02:43:04 EST May 2018 Fitness Minutes Challenge Goal Minutes: <BR> <BR> May 1-5: 51 minutes <BR> May 6-12: <BR> May 13-19: <BR> May 20-26: <BR> May 27-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: 51 <BR> Minutes Left: 949 Tue, 1 May 2018 08:37:15 EST Birthday Goals Hello! <BR> <BR> I turned 37 last week and realized I'm not where I want to be. Not just in terms of health, either..but health is a good place to start. It seems like I keep starting and failing and staring and failing and starting and...well, you get the idea. But it doesn't matter how many times I fail, but that I start again, right? So small steps like avoiding the snack area at work and bringing my own healthier options from home. Packing a healthy lunch. Getting up and going out for a ... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:18:11 EST Getting back on track! I've been on Spark people since 2008, but have disappeared for a while. Now that I'm back, I'm in a new age group and an all time weight high. I am 30 years old and have about 65 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight (150 lbs). I am currently training for my first triathlon at the end of June and am looking for motivation in all areas! Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:50:04 EST Here we go again Hello! <BR> I am 37 and about to embark on an entirely new career, one that will be far more active than my current and previous situations. I have sat at a desk my entire professional life, but my husband, who has his own plumbing business, has asked me to join him as an apprentice plumber so he has reliable help, till he can properly grow and hire new people. So, I'm already feeling out of shape and tired, because I would much rather watch TV than go for a walk, and now I'm looking at havin... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:14:53 EST 50 lbs have to go! Hi! I'm Kayte. I'm 35, a new mom, and I have PCOS. I'm trying to lose weight gained from this pregnancy and also from an earlier pregnancy when I suffered a late term loss. Looking forward to meeting some accountability buddies! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:46:10 EST New to Team Hi, I'm Rachel. Joined SP as a 20-something year old originally but took a break for a while. Now that I'm back, I've realized it was time to switch into a new age group too! Never been much for the message boards before, but I'd like to try to get more into it. Sat, 7 Apr 2018 22:38:58 EST Endomorph Blues Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with weight loss for the last 8 years or so. As an endomorph with certain health issues (hiatal hernia with GERD, anxiety-induced asthma, clinical depression, stress &amp; boredom-eating), I find it particularly more difficult to lose weight than most other people. <BR> <BR> It frustrates me to no end when I see and hear people state unthinkingly that fat people can easily lose if only they stop eating as much or hit the gym regularly. As a fa... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 15:15:03 EST Fitness plan suggestions Okay, so, i have proven to myself that I can and will get up every morning to work out. My original plan was just "as long as I am moving, sweating, whatever, i am doing great." Now that I have got there, I am looking to get the most bang for my buck. I am thinking of a 4 day cycle and am looking for opinions on effectiveness. <BR> Day 1: 20-30 min hard cardio <BR> Day 2: 20-30 min strength training (full body) <BR> Day 3: 15 min hard cardio, 15 min strength <BR> Day 4: rest (maybe 20 min yog... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:28:25 EST Hi Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople, but not new to struggling with my weight. I'm feeling optimistic about making some changes in hopes of finding a healthy balance with my relationship with food. I'm on day three, and so far so good. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:52:42 EST Hello everyone Hey everyone, Im heidi and I am 32 years old and from utah. I am new to sparkspeople and ready to change. One of the changes I am doing is going to do portion control, and I have been exercising every morning with my fitboard...yes, that weird board at walmart that rocks. They have a dvd you can follow along with every morning, and that works for me to do it with the video. Anyone else from utah? <em>306</em> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:38:59 EST Sticking to it.. So I've ignored this site for a bit now, but not anymore. I've recently gained 50 pounds quickly, also am retaining a ton of water. I don't like the way I feel. The exercise bike I ordered came today, I did 20 minutes. In total I need to lose about 100 pounds. I won't know for sure until I get closer because I've always had a lot of muscle mass. <BR> <BR> I'm not losing for anyone but myself. I have never worn shorts and never go outside in a tank top. I am tired of being so hot in the sum... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:48:29 EST Habitual Dieter Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Sam. I am a 36-year-old wife and mother of 2 (age 12 and 9). I am a teacher. Currently, I live in Henderson, Nevada. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hiking. And do it as often as I can. Can't wait for the sun to stop setting at 5 p.m. <BR> <BR> I have been a habitual crash dieter for as long as I can remember. This is not even my first time on SparkPeople. Though, I am hoping that this will be the last time I set up a "let's get healthy" account on any life-changing page. <BR> ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:56:17 EST A little about me and My epiphony I am 39yrs old, I have asthma, diabetes and have been overweight my whole life. I recently had that moment where I realized I need to start taking my own advice. You see I happen to be a LPN and find myself shaking my head at some of my patients when they are noncompliant in their care and management of their diabetes reminding them of the dangers of high blood sugar levels and they don't seem to care or make the effort to improve their situation. That's when it hit me. I am a hypocrite. My o... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:49:40 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Aileen, i'm from an awesome tropical country in Central America (Panama), i've been on SP since 2008 but lost the way a long ago, last week i decided it was time to recover the spark and where else to do that than in this amazing community! <BR> <BR> I'm 32 yo, about 90 pounds to lose (i'm ok with losing the first 50 and hitting onederland this year maybe <em>104</em> ). <BR> <BR> Happy to be back to SP! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:51:58 EST New to Spark and Team Hello, I'm Jo from Indiana. Trying to make afresh new start and i know sparkpeople is the place to do it. I had an account before but that was a long time ago so i figured i needed tip start over. I'm 187 and i want to lose at least 50 pounds. I plan to track everything and do cardio and strength training, but going to start off slow and reasonable. <BR> <BR> Today going to get on the treadmill for 15 minutes. My goal is 10 minutes a day no matter what. What are your goals? <BR> <BR> Jo... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:21:13 EST Hello from chilly Minnesota Hi everyone! My name is Rachelle. This is not my first time on SP but I am back with a renewed focus and less pressure for perfection than I had before. I think this is always where I go wrong. This time I?m going to take it one step at a time and celebrate my successes! On a side note, SKOL Vikings!! (What a game!!!) Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:55:48 EST Trying to make it happen Hi there, <BR> I am here to finally get the flow working for me!! <BR> I want to make it happen! <BR> Enjoy your Sunday! <BR> Mel Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:30:16 EST New me Here and ready to get healthy Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:49:14 EST new to this team Hi, everyone! I'm excited to join this team. I hope it gives me the accountability and momentum to keep dedicated to my goals. I found great support and challenges a couple years ago in the 20 Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose team and am looking for something similar now. <BR> <BR> My story briefly is that I hit my goal weight in 2011, having lost 115 pounds, 60 pounds of which I've since regained. (My blog on my spark page discusses some of my challenges, if anyone is interested in d... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:43:32 EST Getting Back I got on the scale and I'm so disappointed in how much weight I've gained. I've been frustrated with my weight for some time now and haven't had any progress doing it alone. I'm excited about being part of this team and seeing some real results. I was on here years ago, but didn't know how to fully appreciate the awesomeness. Well I'm ready. I want 40 pounds by my birthday. It's time to put the work in and I'm beyond ready. Here's to becoming the best version of myself! <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 18:40:41 EST New Year, New Me! Hi! My name is Megan and I'm from Alabama. I've been married to my amazing husband for 10 years and we have a 5 year old son named Nicholas. I've struggled with my weight most of my life and I'm hoping to really stick to this this time. My biggest struggle is with sugar, so that's where I'm trying to focus a lot of my attention on. Looking forward to this journey and to making new friends! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 16:00:25 EST Hi from Happy-11! New here Hi all - Just a quick note to say hello. I was blogging on another weight loss site daily but they just went belly up. Starting here since daily logging really helped me. <BR> <BR> I'm late 30's, in LA, CA, and I have a dog. Single, no kids. My biggest struggle is being organized to exercise/eat right and actually do it. I am a creature of routine and whenever that get's thrown off I really struggle with trying to do everything I need to do to stay on track. <BR> <BR> My current challenge ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:18:56 EST So Ready to change Hi all! I am a 31 year old Mommy of 3. My weight climb began with my first child (who is now 11) and I have been on a steady incline since. My mother passed away 11 months ago and I have spiraled into a deep depression. I spend the majority of my time in bed away from my kids and family. Eating and watching Netflix. I know that I need to change. I need a little motivation. I need people who struggle and want to change as well. No one else I know is big like me and needs to lose weight so they... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:55:09 EST Hello! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new here (again) and looking to move from the day dreaming state that I tend to get stuck into the doing state and finally see a difference in health. <BR> <BR> I am married to my best friend, have two beautiful children and am looking to get my health back on track so I can live a long and healthy life with these beautiful people in my life. I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, good ol' Nova Scotia, Canada! I absolutely love my home! <BR>... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:58:23 EST I haven't been here in over 2 years! I've had a nightmare 2 and a half years as my blog entry today indicates. <BR> <BR> But here I am, ready to try again. I can finally eat the food that is healthy instead of the crap my ex husband was feeding me. <BR> <BR> I am going to do my best with this weight loss. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:02:32 EST Overwhelmed by where to start I have been lazy about my weight and what I eat. This is my first week on SparkPeople and I am taking this week to assess my situation. You know, get a base of where I am and what changes I need to make. What I have found: I am sedentary as *explicit.* I almost always blow through fat and calories like crazy, barely make protein (and here I thought I was a carb loader). My problem is Michigan weather: crazy hot, humid summers, and (now) frigid cold winters. I don't live where there is sidewal... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:47:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:51:52 EST Reasons to lose weight- I need your ideas! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing a piece called "100 Reasons to Lose Weight". I'm looking for as many ideas as possible, so if you have any to share, please comment on this post. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:53:01 EST Hello! Hey there! <BR> I'm a 30something with a good amount of weight to lose. I'm one of those people who always says I'm going to start eating right and working out, but then a day or two later and I'm back to my old habits lol! I'm determined to stick with it this time. I have two kids, and it breaks my heart that I don't have the energy to keep up with them. My goal is to lose close to 70 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thanks for welcoming me to the group :-) <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:47:32 EST Looking for a weight loss buddy Hello all <BR> I am looking for a friend to share this journey with. <BR> I am 34, mom of 2 and I started out at 219 want to get to a healthy 130. <BR> I am doing shakeology and I pray this helps me <BR> I have pcos and it is hard for me to lose weight but I am going to do it <BR> Hope to talk to you soon <BR> Have a great day Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:46:02 EST Favorite 90s song for workouts Those who appreciate the sound stylings of the 90s, what is your favorite workout song? I've got the SP list of best workout songs from the 90s, but I'm looking to expand out a bit. What is your most motivating, most "must have" song from the 90s? Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:10:32 EST Tired of the same old, same old Hello there! I'm a mid-thirties gal who is absolutely tired of letting food control me. I have BED (binge-eating disorder), depression and anxiety disorders. I'm back on medication for the later two, which is helping the BED. I KNOW I'm capable of losing the weight. I once kept off an 80 lbs weight loss for just over a year, before spiraling out of control. I've gone from 140 ish pounds back in 2007 to an all time high of 227 lbs. I'm right now hovering around 213 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've done W... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:43:45 EST Stop giving up. I don't know how many times I have started a new diet but I never seem to get to my goal I always give up. I keep telling myself this time I won't give up. I want to lose 50 pounds. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:30:05 EST Chocolate loving golfer who hates running Hi <BR> <BR> ... sorry for any spelling mistakes that might happen along the way- English is my second language. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have lost 55 lbs before so I know I can do it again. This past year has been amazing for me - I have made it through my first year of being "stress-free". I was hit by stress, so badly that I had to take sick leave from work. I was one of the lucky ones - I have an amazing support system around me and I got the right help at the right time. So after having chec... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:53:55 EST Hello everybody. My name is Thomas. So i'm on a diet for about 2 weeks but only recently decided to join some kind of food diary and support community. I must say this site is overwhelming with so many resources. I'm trying to get my head around it. I see ya on the forums. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:44:56 EST WTH Weight??? Feeling broken after 30... My history is a bit of a long story that I'm not going to go into so I can save everyone the 100 additional paragraphs It would take to explain my full story. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell: <BR> I'm 33. <BR> I've mostly been "overweight", occasionally "normal" never "obese". <BR> Never been pregnant (so this isn't pregnancy weight of any type) <BR> Weight has been floating around 200-205 for A YEAR... (I'm 5'7'' and wear a 14) <BR> I've been trying to be all "namaste" about the whole process t... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:48:39 EST New Here! Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Laura and I'm 33 years old, single, and a full time missionary in Zambia. I'm originally from Chicago but have been living in Zambia for the past 11 years. I've been food tracking for awhile off and on using my fitness pal but heard that Spark People has a better community to network with. I love the idea of sharing this journey with others! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Laura Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:40:13 EST Hi from Minnesota! Hello, my name is Rachelle. I live in Minnesota as a single mom, with my three daughters (ages 17, 13, and 10) and our cat, Zappa. I have had a weight struggle ever since having my second daughter. I have been on SP before and liked it a lot, but always let life get in the way of my success. I have always struggled with balancing self-care with the needs of others. I am hoping to continue to work on prioritizing myself in my own life (preferably without guilt) and also get in better shape/hea... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:55:19 EST 45 days back on spark Hi team! Hope everyone is doing well. I have been an SP member for years and then fell off the wagon. I am back with renewed vigor and a good mindset to stick it through the tough times. I'm currently in the 190s. My immediate goal is 165, and after that, to get down to 140-145. Thanks for reading and <em>593</em> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:46:32 EST Starting again.... I have struggled to lose weight forever. I've got about 75 lbs that I'd like to lose before my 40th birthday at the end of 2018. <BR> <BR> I need to get serious. My weight is affecting things I want to do with my life. Somehow 30 lbs have crept on over the last 3 years and it is finally hitting my like the ton of bricks it is. I NEED to do something! Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:05:47 EST STARTING OVER.....AGAIN! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Carine, I am 31 years old and the mother of 3 kids ages 10, 5 and 2. <BR> After each pregnancy, lots of weight needs to come off but that hasn't happened since my daughter was born 2 years ago. I really need help with motivation. I also need to learn to take the time for me but since I work full time and then care for my kids in the evening, it's difficult. Looking forward to chatting with you all. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:52:14 EST Introduction Hello, <BR> <BR> Being in a spot where I acknowledge I need to lose weight is a hard place for me to be. For most of my life, I have been an athlete and played soccer, been a coach and enjoyed the adventure. However 12 years ago I had a sports injury and broke my back. I have had six back surgeries as well as other surgeries. Over the years the weight just slowly sneaked up and stayed with limited mobility. I enjoy doing more active things, but often the next day my back lets me know and ma... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:53:48 EST Brand new: nervous, but excited! Hi All - <BR> <BR> I've never been on SparkPeople before. I've done Weight Watchers in the past, but I have a different food plan (given to me by a doctor), and a lot more weight to lose this time. I actually set up a SparkPage - woohoo! <BR> <BR> How do challenges work - do I have to sign up or anything? Or just jump in? And how do I find out how they work? (I don't understand the Monopoly one...) <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me!!! :) Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:09:59 EST Hey guys! TGIF! my name is Kari, and I'm new to Spark, I'm looking to get healthy, to be comfortable in my body and to learn to love myself again. I was recently diagnosed in 2015 with Type 1 Diabetes and it has turned my life upside down. I find myself struggling with it, physically and emotionally everyday. Im looking to find friends, motivation, and inspiration here! <BR> <BR> Fee Free to add me! Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:14:11 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, new to Spark here (day 5). I had an injury to my feet in 2008 (they were the victim of a 500lb pallet dropping on them) and ever since, I just kind of let myself go. I used to be a healthy, active person but I lost interest in taking care of myself for a while. After I weighed myself recently and saw myself in a picture, I realized I needed to make some changes. So here I am! I've lost 2lbs (with the help of my walking partner/furbaby, Jake) since I started and I'm feeling really... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:28:36 EST Starting over and trying to find motivation Hello all! I am Jessica. I used sparkpeople years ago and had success (I had lost about 60 lbs) but after dealing with an illness and then having 2 kids within 2 years of each other, I am trying to get back to a healthier place again. Add on the pressures of a full time job and trying to go back to school, I have fallen to the side. I need to get back in the game and work on myself for the first time in a long time. I had a great support system years ago, but since having kids a lot of ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 17:29:26 EST Starting all over again.... Hey, I haven't been on spark people for a couple years now but I am ready to lace up shoes and do what is necessary to lose this weight once and for all! Again hello everyone. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 20:46:09 EST Introducing Myself Hello All, <BR> <BR> I'm Meredith. I'm 33. I've always been big, and I'm actually really comfortable in my body. No fat-shame here. However, I'm starting to get a little winded going up stairs and I am NOT okay with that. I'm a DBM for a theatre company, and I spend 8+ hours a day at a desk. I need to take better care of myself and move a lot more. My doctor is not unhappy with me right now, but I don't ever want to get to that day. I'm currently about 225, although that is not my he... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:01:24 EST Newbie here looking to connect Hi, <BR> <BR> I've just joined this group because I'm looking for *friends* to accompany my weight loss/fitness journey. I've learned from past attempts that being accountable to others is my best chance at success. My DH is a GREAT supporter, but he's not in need of this journey so it's just not the same. <BR> <BR> I'm a 38 y/o female in Southern California. As of my last weigh-in (last Sunday?), I'm down about 24.5 lbs. from my highest weight (about 227 lbs. in Jan 2015) and want to be at... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:56:51 EST Shaun T week I don't know if you have heard but Shaun T is hosting a fitness week where we get a brand new Shaun workout every day! It starts 6/12/17 and it's not to late to sign up. <BR> <BR> Who is Shaun T? Well if you don't know him he is the creator of Insanity, Max 30, Cize and T25 (along with many others). He is super motivational and this is going to be a really fun week! I'm putting together a group so if you want to be part of it let me know by messaging me or responding to this post and I will... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 14:53:14 EST Hello Team! Looking for Support Hey everyone. I'm looking for an active group and support as I go on this journey of change. I am a mother of 2, one of which has autism. I had to quit working so that I could manage the many needs of my child. My day is one of constant therapy and skill building while leaving time for my 3 yr old and husband. It's a stressful juggling act that has taken over. I realized how out of control things have gotten and I am trying to take time to take care of me. Looking forward to this journey and ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:48:40 EST HI 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 me. So fo... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 14:09:04 EST Hello from Chicago! Ah, finally, a group that actually looks active! Hi, I'm Fuchsia, 33 and I've got 65-ish pounds to lose (maybe more, maybe less, but at least 50). This is the first time I'm trying to lose weight while maintaining a full time job and an active social life, as well as my video game commitments (sounds silly to say, but I do play competitively so I practice 4x/week plus tournaments), so it's hard to find the time but I'm making it work so far! I look forward to hanging around and chatting with ... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:16:38 EST Weekly Weigh in CW 259 <BR> LW 260.4 <BR> <BR> SW 265 <BR> GW 175 <BR> <BR> Not sure how to add this to the thread already going, and now I can't delete this! Still learning! Mon, 8 May 2017 20:14:34 EST Hello!! Just joined b/c I need a place where folks know and can relate to the struggles of losing weight and losing the amount of weight that I need to lose. <BR> <BR> 37yo mom of 3 (4,2,9mo). Hoping to lose around 90lbs and just getting healthy. <BR> I'll be posting in my blog here a lot. It won't be a great read.. I'm definitely not a writer, but hopefully my ramblings will help to keep myself and maybe even some others motivated :D <BR> Wed, 3 May 2017 14:51:16 EST Weigh I SW: 223 <BR> CW: 190 <BR> <BR> LW: 192.3 <BR> GW: 160 <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 May 2017 13:17:04 EST Hi! :) Hi everyone. My name is Renee. I have a weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I'm a mom. I'm a new vegan. I'm an atheist. I'm a Berniecrat. :) <BR> <BR> That's me in a nutshell. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:53:36 EST New to the Team! <em>524</em> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Amber and I'm looking to lose around 50-60 pounds. I don't have a deadline, I just want to lose the weight at a healthy rate and keep it off! I've struggled with motivation in the past so I'm hoping that by joining a challenge, I'll have others in the same boat as me to help push me along and keep me accountable! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:51 EST 3rd times a Charm!!!! I have been the one again off again diet this diet that person and I am tired of things not working. I will be 40 this year (which is very scary) and I don't want to go into a new year of my life the way I have gone into every year thus far. I have just recently decided I want to live a more clean lifestyle, which for me is very hard when you have lived off of fast food and cokes. In January I quit smoking and my thinking is if I can do that then I can do anything..... So here I am, ready for... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:35:44 EST SP Newbie...again Hi, hey, and hello! I was a member of SP a long while ago and life...well life did it's thing and got chaotic. I lost track of myself and my weight. I'm here again knowing this site was one of the reasons I did so well the last time. I have a set goal of 50lbs to lose, and after that we'll see where I go from there. I just want to be comfortable with myself. It's hard being so sick of being sick and tired. <BR> ~V_A Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:29:35 EST New Journey! Hello everyone! <BR> I'm new to spark and trying to figure everything out! I just joined this group hoping to find a place that I can share all my goals and achievements with people that understand what I'm going through with no judgements. So I'm very excited! Well a little about myself, my main goal is to lose 83 pounds over time the right way. I'm pre-diabetic and so tired all the time. I'm done feeling this way I've had enough! I have two wonderful daughters that look up to me and I want ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:51:04 EST Starting Fresh Hello everyone! <BR> I've been a long time member of the forum (since I first joined SP in 2009) but I've let the scale go the wrong way for too many years and it's time for me to start fresh! <BR> We have booked a cruise for next summer with the extended family and I want to be comfortable on the trip. Right now airplane seats would be brutal, hiking with the family would have me moving at a snails pace, and I don't even own a swim suit that would fit. <BR> With 14 months lead time, I h... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:52:43 EST what diet plan is everyone doing ? ive been using spark people for about three weeks and i was losing and now my weight has swung back up . can someone look at my entries and see what im doing wrong? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:44:01 EST Hello all Good morning all, new to the group. just wanted to drop in an say hi. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:51:51 EST Starting on a healthy lifestyle! Hi all! I am new to the group and SparkPeople! I am 32 with 2 boys and an amazing husband. I've got a lot of weight to lose. I am currently at 221 and would like to get down to 150ish. I weighed that when I got married in 2008 and felt good about myself and could do anything I really wanted to do. Now I feel like I am holding back my family and am not able to do the things I enjoy! Thank you for all your support and I hope I can offer mine to you all as well! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:50:13 EST Trying this again... Hello I am going to try this again. My goal is to become more fit and healthy for the long haul. I have already started working out, watching portion sizes, and using Whey Protein with milk. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:03:26 EST Hi! I've been on sparkpeople before, actually since 2012. But I got away from it for some reason and I'm not sure why. Well here I am, still needing to be healthy and lose weight! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:53:17 EST Reboot Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm starting again after crashing from the stress of Grad School a couple of years back. Need inspiration to complete my goals by the end of the year. I want to feel better about myself as I search for the next phase in my life. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:07:55 EST 30, 2 kids, and 60 pounds to lose! Hi all! I am 30 this month and have 60 pounds to kick this year! I have two young (not in school yet) boys and I am married but he is gone 6 days a week 12-15 hours a day. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and gained a bunch of weight and I need to get my life under control!! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:06:28 EST Hungry, Emotional, or Bored So here it is. I am a bored, emotional eater. I am addicted to food. If I am happy I will eat to celebrate, if I am sad I will eat to try to feel better, depressed eat because I want to, someone dies we have a big dinner. Food does not ever judge me, disappoint me, get disappointed in me, and it can't leave me. People can. I know this is a horrible cycle and I know I have to break it. I have tried for years. Slim fast, atkins, visalus. Now I just want to change slowly, less junk more... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:31:03 EST Hello Well I am a 37 year old mother of two and have been married for 16 years. I have had this weight to lose for a very long time. At this point I am diabetic, have high blood pressure, and am being treated for anxiety and depression. I also have AFib and I just plain need to get my butt in gear. My mom died on Thanksgiving from complications of diabetes and I do not want to leave my young daughters without a mom. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:29:52 EST Fitness/Health Buddies, are you out there?! :) I recently had this "need to moment". I have been struggling with my weight for years, there was a short moment when I had everything under control and then life happened. So now I'm months away from turning 31 and I just want to have myself in order by the end of this year. 54lbs by August.... seems doable... <BR> <BR> But the challenge for me is staying motivated and accountable. Id love to get fitness/health buddies that I can talk to on a daily or weekly basis to help with this. When... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:21 EST Looking to meet new friends and find motivation! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Kerry and I am a wife and mum of 3 from the UK. <BR> I've got about 50+ pounds that I want to lose this year. <BR> <BR> I'm a full time mum and I also run my own business, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming to balance it all and stay fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> Hopefully here I can meet some like minded people and find some inspiration and motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm quite introverted and so don't often like to be out much so it would be great to meet new frie... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:43:26 EST Beginning again... Hello, I am 38. I a, 5ft 10. I weigh 230 lbs. This is the heaviest I have ever been. I have been here before, the journey. About 2 years ago i was 25 and I managed to lose 20, however same thing happened that always does, I met someone new and I made my life to be all about them. <BR> <BR> I was raised to be independent but yet "housewife". I was taught about getting a job and paying bills ect but also was told to make sure you take good care of your man by cooking, cleaning ect. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:59:08 EST Looking for guidance, motivation, and support This is my first time ever joining any type of online group. Work and family limit my time to commit to any local groups, and most people locally I know aren't interested in health and fitness or have all these extra pounds and challenges to lose.. Expanding my reach and looking for inspiration Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:51:26 EST Greetings and salutations! Hiya! <BR> My name is Jennifer. You may call me Jennifer, Jen, Squirrel, or even Bob if you'd like as long as no one calls me Jenny. I'm a 31 year old mama of a 2 year old boy with way too much energy and an obsession with stealing any fruit I have or may even want. I am probably what people would consider grossly overweight and I'm extremely unhappy about it. So I finally decided to get off my literal and figurative rear end and do something about it. I'm really nervous, to be honest... I fe... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:18:13 EST Help I want to add the weight loss tracker to my Sparkpage and my posts. How do I do this?? <BR> <BR> The little tickers showing weight or loss and you can customize them with different pictures? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:54:01 EST Hello from Guatemala! I'm new here! I'm 31, living in beautiful Guatemala and have about 50ish pounds to lose. I don't really focus on the number so much as in how I feel. <BR> <BR> I used to practice MMA and Kenpo but I was in an accident last year and broke both feet and my shoulder so I'm not able to go back. My weight has ballooned up and I've gotten so lazy. I'm looking into new workouts now, any advice would be awesome! I recently got the okay from my doctor to do pretty much anything but fighting and ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:14:15 EST Lose 17 in 2017 <em>524</em> Everyone! <BR> <BR> I challenge the team to lose 17 in 2017. Doesn't matter what day you start, you can join at any time. Just enter the day you start, your weight as of start date, and goal weight -17lbs. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Be sure to stop by with updates! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 22:07:47 EST Trying to Be an Active Participant Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I've been on this site for a little while now, figuring out trackers, completing a challenge, using the resources for exercise, but this is my first attempt at posting on a forum. I've enjoyed reading everyone else's posts and really appreciate the motivation and inspiration. For the first time, I am looking forward to the weight loss journey, not just the destination. All the best! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:58:06 EST 1st Day Back Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just rejoined SparkPeople for what feels like the 100th time, but in actuality it's like the 3rd time. I'm excited to do my best at remaining active on a daily basis, meeting new "friends" who can help motivate me. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading other people's stories as to why they are on SparkPeople and of course learn, and share, any tips that will help all of us get to our healthy goal weights! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:39:03 EST I just joined Hellol! I just joined the spark community looking for a place to track macros... ive been in diets my entire life but I need to lose weight for a competition i am training for.... I am hoping to lose about 30 lbs by March 17th. I know is crazy, but Ive done it before and didnt starve myself, I only need a better meal plan :D <BR> This place is awesome! Thanks for reading, txt me if u want to become spark - friends :D Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:41:35 EST weigh in just started back up after a very bad year . hoping this one will be better. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:11 EST New to Team I've been on SP for about a year now. I started with 142 lbs to lose. Just today, I realized that I have lost 43 lbs and now finally have less than 100 to go! I figured I would join here, and hopefully find some more, and give more motivation. Knowing I only have 99 lbs to go feels great! It gave me the motivation to get my butt up and workout today!! If I can do this, anyone can! <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:03:37 EST How many are actively participating in group? Hello. Just getting set up with Sparks. Hoping to get motivated soon. Ha. Just wondering about how many people are actually still active in this group right now. 30? Looks like it is a huge group. Thanks. Glad to be here. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:41:30 EST HI! I recently gave birth in October to our 3rd child. My pregnancies aren't very difficult, but this time around it was harder on me physically and emotionally. I have never really lost any of my pregnancy weight from any of my pregnancies and I really want to do that this time around. I feel like I'm finally in a position mentally that I'm ready to work on me. <BR> <BR> I think that is the hardest part - making time for myself - especially when I'm tired from life in general. I had Gesta... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:08:12 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hello everyone! This is my first day and I'm so excited to begin this new healthy living journey! I'm hoping to lose roughly 50 lbs and simply begin to LIVE healthy! I can't wait to get to know all of you and see what we all can accomplish! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>524</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:29:39 EST Hello!! Hello there! I'm Mary. I'm recently married and 30. Have about 60 pounds to lose courtesy of my not friend PCOS. We want to start having kids sometime this century and therefore need to get the ovaries in check so that we can, and the easiest way is being in prime physical condition. <BR> <BR> So, here I am. I've done this before but never actually had a reason other than my weight went up some. Now I know why it did, and I have a good reason to stay healthy. Hopefully this time it stays awa... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:29:27 EST Rough start to a cold snowy morning Well I have had a rough start to today! First, the roads in my area were really bad and what is usually a 15 minutes drive to work took me 45 minutes. I passed 2 cars that slid off the road and one car accident. <BR> <BR> I get to work just to realize I left my yeti at home. Not the end of the world because I have a mug, but my tea/coffee gets cold so fast. <BR> <BR> After making my hot tea, I go to my desk to have my breakfast just to realize that I forgot it at home. <BR> <BR> Can... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:42:09 EST Hello! Hi There! <BR> <BR> I am back to Sparkpeople...haven't been on here in years! I have yo-yo dieted so much and I just want to make this a lifestyle. I need a good network of people and support, as no one else in my household needs to lose weight. I am 224 and would ultimately like to be at 160, which Ive never been before (that I can remember of course). <BR> <BR> On a side note, are we still able to put a weight tracker on our Sparkpage so people can see where we are at? I remember we... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:55:35 EST Coming out of Hiding Hi, I'm Trace. <BR> <BR> 37 years old, female, overweight yet somewhat fit, working two jobs and writing music, with lots of dreams, lots of stress, and lots of joy. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm not in a big hurry to do it. I've been overweight to one degree or another since I was 13 and PCOS kicked me in the tail, but I'm willing to work on myself, and in this for the long haul. <BR> <BR> Anyway... hi! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:28:33 EST My New Year Resolution Hi all, I'm new here! I find myself in need of an outlet and helpful community, I heard this is the place to get it! <BR> My New Year Resolution is "Worry Less". I vow to live this year and the rest of my life by the words of a wise old turtle, Oogway. "Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, and Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present! <BR> And Rafiki "Yes, the past can hurt; but the way I see it, you can either Run from it, or Learn from it! Now, what are you going to ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:16:57 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site and new to the team. I recently found out I have hypertension, and that's my main focus right now, but the weight loss that comes with an improved diet is also welcome. :) <BR> <BR> I have 105 pounds to go, but I took the "a little more, a little less" part of the team intro seriously. <BR> <BR> Any friends or advice about high blood pressure, low sodium diets, or anything really would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you. <B... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:35:13 EST Hi! Introducing myself Hi! I'm Katie. I've had a rough year due to early menopause (I'm 39) so my hormones were completely out of whack. Getting back on track in 2017 as I hit the big 4-0! Not hoping to hit a certain number on the scale but my goal is to be healthy. I have a way to go to get that, at least 40-50 lbs and I'm okay with that. I used to do crossfit but burned out while I was pregnant so I'm looking to ease back into the gym scene. I hope everyone has a great day! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:49:38 EST Hello 2017! Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for extending an invitation to this group! I'm ready to say good bye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and all of it's possibilities! My overall goal is health and the dream body I want will be a side effect. I'd love to lose 35# by 35, but since that's in March and not that far off, I'm going to get as close to that as I can. My biggest barriers are busy schedules and finding the time to fit everything in. <em>521</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:46:33 EST looking for more support! Happy New Year! I am excited to enhance my journey to health by seeking support from this wonderful SP community! I've only ever used SP for tracking before... This is definitely out of my comfort zone! No way to start a new year like pushing limits! <BR> Looking forward to "meeting" and supporting you all! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:49:24 EST Hello! Excited to get started!! Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I only have about 6 months left in my 30 somethings, lol. I am married for 14 years and have two kiddos, a 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy. My ultimate goal is to lose 90 pounds, but I at least want to lose 75! My first big goal though is 40 by I want to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 in June. My best friend and I are gonna go on a road trip for my birthday if I reach this goal! This will also put me into ONEderland for the first time... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:56:12 EST Hi everyone!! Hi everyone! I'm Renee, I'm 35yrs old and a mom of 2 boys, and I live in Southeastern Minnesota. At the end of April of 2016, I became a single mom for the first time. (divorced after 16yrs, we had been together since I was 18yrs old) I took the rest of the year to really make sure the kids were good and now I'm ready to make 2017 the year of figuring out me! <BR> I have about 50-60 pounds to lose, and I'm ready to step up and make it happen!! I hope to make some friends along the way and I... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:12:58 EST 55 Pounds before Wedding in Nicaragua in August! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am here because I need to lose 55 pounds before my brother's wedding in Nicaragua in August. I need to look good in a bathing suit and bridesmaid's dress. <BR> <BR> I have several chronic health conditions that are literally weighing me down including POTS, EDS, and Mitochondrial disease. These limit my ability to exercise in a "normal" way so I have to modify a lot of things in exercise routines. I did get myself a recumbent stationary bike that I am excited to... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:51:36 EST Losing the weight again Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am back at losing the weight again. I lost 110 pounds about 5 years ago and have put it back on. Now I have 95 to lose but need to find a way that is more sustainable. <BR> <BR> I figured getting things worked out before the new year would be a good start. <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:29:42 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I'm 35 years old, and I've got about 60 pounds to lose. I gained quite a bit of weight after I remarried, but I gained over 40 this past year due to antibiotics, emergency surgery, and general lack of exercise and poor eating. I'm finally recovered and off antibiotics, but to be honest, I'm overwhelmed by how much weight I've gained and how much I have to lose... again (I lost a good chunk of weight about 8 years ago). I'm excited but nervous to start. I guess I know how ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:46:57 EST Lets Do this!! Hello, I believe I joined your team in May. However I didn't officially start with the tracking until yesterday as I was still yo-yoing with my fake WW app. I'm here to try again and hopefully with the skills have mastered over the years I will have the ability to stick to it. I'm 33, semi active in my career and need to make a change to stick with. I have gotten into the art of Yoga this year and although I will forever be a beginner I do enjoy the benefits it has showed me. Good luck with y... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:28:25 EST Time to get in gear Hello, my name is Josh and I need to loose some weight so that I can wrestle in an old timers tournament. I need to do this for my son I know it will make him insanely proud of me. First step is to control my diet then worry about getting in wrestling shape again. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:43:53 EST Hello Good morning, <BR> <BR> Using Sparkpeople as a tracker for macros and fitness. I'm a 30s something Mother of 5, trying to continue my weight loss in a healthier fashion. I've lost 50lbs so far and am aiming for 60lbs further. I welcome all positive friends, and will do my best to a cheerleader to others successes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:06:08 EST Back for round 2! HI guys! My name is Chrissie, and I'm actually a sp alum! I was on here about 7 years ago and had great success, going from 178-135. Buuuuuut, as life goes, about 4 years ago I started slowly putting it back on. After leaving the 100's for the first time in my life - I hit 200.0 yesterday - I decided it was time to come back. I'm so very excited to get to know you all and would love love if you could intro yourself! I won't be able to be on here much for the next 2.5 weeks as I'm about to fin... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:19:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:54:32 EST hey Hi, I am dani_2002 I am in my mid thirties and I am looking to lose some weight and exercise and looking for more support. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:58:12 EST Newbie says hello! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and am returning to Sparkpeople after a long absence. I had a crazy-busy 2015 (bought a house, planned a wedding and got married, had to say goodbye to my terminally ill kitty, traveled a ton for work, etc), and the pounds piled on. <BR> <BR> Now I'm finally catching my breath after all these life changes and am ready to tackle my weight. My DH and I are hoping to start a family in 2017, so now is the time to focus on my health! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:12:34 EST Hello My name is Heidi and i want to loose 85-90 lbs looking to be healthier not just for me but my 3 kids as well. I work full time as a manager working 48+ hours a week. This is my 3rd day using this program i have a great feeling about this as well. Any advise that anyone can give me or suggestion are great i am in this for the long haul. I am gonna loose this weight. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 09:49:05 EST This is me I am a 39 year old Nurse creeping up to my 40th birthday. I have a few blood tests out at the doctor's that will basically clear me to start an exercises program yesterday... basically the doctor said that the only thing keeping me from losing weight is my own head. He is pretty smart and we work together so he knows what I am capable of. My doctor calls me out on my bull crap. I have been married to my second husband for almost a year and we are in a coop relationship. He knows me and is... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:55:04 EST In your experience.... Hello all, so I'm curious about two specific things that I was hoping maybe I could get some insight on. <BR> <BR> The first being- When I work out and the calories are added to my daily goal. Now I know that I can change this setting so they don't get added, but I'm curious if any one has some tips as to whether it's better to not have them added, or to just leave it as is? I am hoping that they wouldn't be added if they would just cancel out the calories I'm fighting to lose by just eating... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:33:59 EST Looking for an accountabuddy! Hey there! I am new, but kinda old to SP. I have been on SP for about 3 months, I have been on my weight loss journey now for also about 3 months. I have a year goal and I wish to keep it. I am pretty good at keeping myself motivated, but sometimes life gets in the way, and I would just like someone or someone's to talk to and keep things real. I love the SP community but sometimes it is only online. I wish I had someone to text with or email. I am a stay at home mom to one beautiful boy, and... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:34:39 EST Bah Today was day 2, and it started off badly!!!! I woke up late for work, so didn't have time to plan a meal.... One of my crew brought me a hot chocolate, because he knows I hate coffee. Starving, I drank the whole thing, whip cream at all. Didn't get a chance to eat until 4 o clock, and I ended up eating Spaghetti with meat sauce. Restaurant portion with garlic bread, so NO CHANCE of it being manageable calories. Then I developed a craving for McDonald's. Like, I don't even like McDonal... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:10:45 EST finnaly taking care of me I am 34 year old mom of 9 kids 2 step 4 adopted three of my own, I am also a cancer survivor, I am working on loosing weight that I have gained over the last 14 years, going to start taking care of me a little more.. I usually focus on everyone else and forget that I need to take the time for me too so I am starting to do this and I'm ready to loose the weight and get healthy and stay healthy.. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:12:21 EST Newbie here! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a 34 year old married mom of one 8 year old boy in Calgary, Canada. <BR> <BR> I've got about 90 pounds (or more) to lose and am dealing with some health issues so the time to deal with my lifelong weight problem is, quite seriously, now. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:02:30 EST Low Carb Diet I just saw my PCP yesterday to discuss my fasting glucose level and my insulin resistance level. My fasting glucose level was high and my insulin resistance is high. I was told that I am on the verge of being diabetic. My PCP sent in a prescription for Metformin. She did tell me that the medication alone may help me with my weightloss efforts, but she also put me on a low carb diet of 150 grams a day. She is closely supervising this diet. I am excited about having the close watch and support,... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:02:14 EST Hello ^_^ My name is Amber and I'm new to Spark and this group. To share a bit of back story, from a young age clear up until I hit my 30's I was active and extremely thin. Then like a smack in the face, my metabolism decided to up and die on me. I put on weight quickly, and went the fad diet route - which only made me gain more weight. This year I decided it was time to shed the pounds. I have a healthy, active teen girl who demands I do every activity available ^_^ As a side note, I'm getting married... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:39:55 EST Hey I am a mom of 2 and I know I have to lose weight. I also have 2 herniated discs so if anyone has any workout ideas I am all ears. I am kinda reserved so this is new to me but I know it can help! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:46:18 EST Hi yall!!!! Okay well my name is Shelly and I am a mom of two beautiful children. They are the light of my world. I feel like I am letting them down because due to my weight I can't run around and play with them as much as I'd like. I am a CNA so at work, I am very active but I really need to work out more than just at work but my major problem is the eating right. It is very hard to make sure I'm eating the right things when the bad things are always easier and readily available and when you work fullti... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:59:31 EST Hi Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Rachael and I live in Tucson AZ. I'm in interested in losing around 50 pounds and increasing my fitness level. Recently gained back 5 of the pounds I lost and seemed to lose motivation for a bit due to an injury. Hope everybody has an awesome week. Keep up the great work!! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Rachael Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:10 EST Hi! Hi there! After many years of wanting to lose weight and adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle, I'm finally committing myself to making the change. In the past, I've given up quickly and lost motivation because I didn't think I could stick with it. I'm hoping to find the motivation, encouragement, and support from all of you on here! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to starting my journey with all of you! <BR> <BR> Kate Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:36:13 EST Hella everyone! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Lexie and this is the perfect group forme! I am 35 and need to lose at least 50 lbs (more would be better, but I am trying to tackle at least this first step). I am feeling very overwhelmed but I am excited to be here! <BR> <BR> -L Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:31:28 EST Hello There! Oops! I just realized this morning I never introduced myself. =) <BR> <BR> On SparkPeople I go by 2_B_Comm_Shep. In "real life" I am a wife, mother, grad student, and wanna-be-homesteader. I use these experiences as inspiration for my blog and also do freelance writing jobs. Although improving our homestead has helped me become more active, because of my work and online school, I spend a lot of time at my computer. My highest weight was 300 pounds. Before joining SparkPeople, I managed to ge... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:03:13 EST motivation I am worried I will have trouble staying motivated threw the slow weight loss process. Any tips? Tue, 4 Oct 2016 17:37:51 EST Gastric Sleeve So, I have made the difficult decision to have the Gastric Sleeve Surgery. I am doing this to have as a tool to help me achieve my goals. I am hoping that with the positive changes that I am currently making that I can be successful in achieving my weight loss goals. I have talked with my PCP as well as a nutritionist and I attended a seminar on it as well as support group. I have my consultation on the 14th of this month. I am excited and nervous, and ready to have this as a tool to ac... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:48:22 EST Just Joined Howdy, new to the team was looking around the website and saw a suggestion to join a team which would help you on the weight loss mission so here I am hope every reaches their goal, my goal is 70 lbs so got some work to do go team! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 16:30:38 EST Newbie here! Hello! My name is Katie and I have just joined SparkPeople. I'm here for a few different reasons - one is obviously to get more fit! I'm so tired of being tired when I get to the top of the steps, if you know what I mean. My current goal is to replace all the clothes in my closet because they're too big! :-) <BR> I'm also here because I'm trying to find a good site to get my company involved with for wellness tracking. We've been on a wellness focus and are looking to expand! <BR> Here's to r... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:35 EST Trying again! Hi! My name is Kathy, and I am from Missouri. I gained about 35 pounds when my doctors put me back on prednisone so I am back to try and lose it. I'm currently in kidney failure so I don't have the energy to exercise, but I can control what I eat! My goal is to lose the 35 and then an additional 25 I was trying to lose before my kidney started to reject. I'm waiting for a transplant and once I have surgery and get the OK from my doctors, I plan on getting back into an exercise routine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:37:14 EST Newbie Hello, I am new to this group. I am recently married(4 months October 4!) I am trying to lose some weight in preparation of becoming pregnant! I am hoping to find encouragement and motivation here! I look forward to learning more about the journeys that others have had in their weightloss as well as sharing my own journey! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:38:24 EST New to the Crew Hello all! My name is Marita and I just joined SP yesterday. I am a single mom of a 3 year old boy and he is literally my motivation to become the best i can be. And part of that is losing this weight so that I can run around and play with him instead of just watching on the sidelines. My main objectives from this site is to learn strategies that work for other people, get some support when "life" gets in the way of my focus, and tips and tricks on how to fit it all in a day! :) I look fo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:43:30 EST New to team :) Hi all <BR> I've been on spark off and on for 8 years. I've had some great success in the past and have gained some of the weight back. I'm looking to get back on track and make some changes once and for all... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:01:57 EST Starting Day 1 Tomorrow I am super excited! Starting Day 1 tomorrow. I know if I stick with Spark I will accomplish my goals. A few years ago I used Spark and it kept me in check and I lost a ton of weight. However, I stopped and fell into a huge depression. But, now I am done feeling unhealthy and overweight. Let's get this started!!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:10:52 EST Bouncing back after baby #5! Hi there! Mommy of 5 with 2 step kids making us a daily of 7 kiddos!! I had my first 3 kids naturally 2001,2003&amp;2005 lost all the baby wt. Got Down to 142 at one point .I'm 5'9" so I'm happiest at 150. I recently got engaged to what will be hubby #2. We've had 2 babies 2014,2016 both by csection .I'm having a really difficult time bouncing back this time the csection was a brutal recovery. I'm learning to take baby steps towards my goal but know I can lose the baby weight again.#Round2... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:50:02 EST I've done this before - Doing it again I was here a couple of years ago and it's almost depressing to see that i was at my lowest weight and now i have let myself creep back up to one of my heaviest weights. <BR> <BR> I know that being held accountable is what i need to lose this weight and keep it off. I want to do it the healthy way by changing my eating habits, creating new healthier eating habits, exercising when i can and being gentle with myself when i cant. I suffer from chronic pain so sometimes i feel great which causes... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:23 EST Hello! New here! Hi guy! I'm new to the group. I just got the email about the challenge and I'm excited. I've lost 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks of using SparkPeople. I did use the WW app since the beginning of the year and lost almost 20, but let myself slip and got a little discouraged because of long term Prednisone use. I decided to get motivated again, start something new, and it has been working! Nice to meet you all :-) Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:56:40 EST Hello wonderful People Hi my name is Shannon and I am trying to get back on track and lose some weight. about 50 pounds is my goal Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:55:09 EST delete delete Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:53:12 EST Just Joined!! Hi :) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure all this out (site) but I'm here to slowly get in shape and maintain it for the long haul. <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:33:59 EST Hello all Me in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> I'm 30 years old currently married and have a son who is going to be turning 5 in November. I work as a customer service rep with one of the large insurance companies in the country so I know sit at a desk for 8 hours a day which has contributed to a 40lb weight gain in the past year I have had the job. So here I am attempting to lose weight again and really commiting to this journey. I love anything to do with art and literature. My ultimate dream at this poin... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:45:26 EST new New here, hoping to find a team that logs on everyday. Looking for some positive motivation and to motivate other people! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:41:24 EST New here and starting all over again! Hi! I am Stephanie new to this group and to spark in general. Last year I lost 45 pounds and have gained it back. So here I go again. I get pretty aggravated about having to start over but it has to be done so I thought I would try a social outlet for tips and motivation. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:31:33 EST Round 2, or maybe 3 Hey, just rejoined spark for the 2nd,3rd, or maybe even 4th time.. but this time I NEED TO DO THIS!!!! I try losing weight on my own and I can't do it, I need support, and accountability. Hope I can find what I need to keep me going. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:10:47 EST ReSparking I lost 65lbs after I had my first son, ended up weighing less than my pre-pregnancy weight. <BR> But, then I got married and put on some comfort weight. <BR> Last time around, I was here to lose 25lbs and never quite did it. <BR> This time around? I've got a lot more to lose. <BR> <BR> After my husband and I bought our house, I had to start working longer hours because he couldn't find work. I knew I could make more money if I finished my B.S. (which I'd put on hold during my first pregna... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:15:20 EST Time to Introduce myself :) Hi All! I'm Ashley. I am 30 years old (turning 31 next month) and a mom of 3 amazing kids. 10, 8 and almost 2. I am a single mom, I work full time during the day and go to LPN school at night 5 nights a week. I'm tired to say the least lol. I wouldn't be able to do any of it though without my amazing parents helping me along the way by taking amazing care of my kiddos when I am unable to. The sacrifice now will be worth it in the end I hope. Anyway, I have always struggled with my weight sinc... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:57:43 EST Country Heat! Autumn Calabrese has a new program out called Country Heat. It's a dance program with country music. I have tried it and it is a lot of fun! If you want more info message me or comment below! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:10:33 EST Gotta do something, need to lose weight Hello I am a 37 yr old mother of 2 teenagers. I work with a disabled gentleman in his home 5 days a week. I am on a mission to lose weight and get healthy again. I have tried different things but nothing seems to work. I have a hard time eating healthy with my kids and husband who don't care what they eat. I am determined to get healthy and feel better about myself. I looks forward to talking with everyone and finding new recipes to try. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 18:08:12 EST girl with major back pain Hello I am new here and I would like to have some movitation to return to wieght lose.. I had accident that broke my back 15 months ago and I have gained a major amount of weight since then I was 150 now I have gained aleast 50 pounds since then I have alot pain when I do anything major so hard to get into the mood to get up each day I know that I am not helping myself by being sitting around on the couch in my misery <BR> I would love to have some feed back to help me get started <BR> Jen Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:43:16 EST Hullo everyone My name is Amandine, I am about to be 33 years old in 1 month and I have been overweight for a while now. I have a few health issues that I used to hide behind and let myself feel uncomfy in my body, but I have been working on getting healthier and fitter for a few months now! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:22:52 EST Hey y'all! Hi Y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm Deidra. I'm 32 years old, soon to be 33. I live in San Antonio, Texas and just recently married my husband, B.j.. We decided our goal was to start a family in 2017 so I would like to get healthy and lose some weight before trying. I'm so exhausted all the time now that to keep up with a baby is going to be a killer if I don't do something now. <BR> <BR> I start my new job next Friday, I'll be working as a Quality Control Specialist for a mortgage company here in ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:09:13 EST Hey ya'll!! I'm a return Sparkie. I've been away for a couple of years, but I'm back now. I'm trying to get down to a healthier weight so we can have another baby. I have a 2 year old and I am a cardiac cath lab and interventional radiology nurse taking call. It's somewhat hectic, but I survive because of my supportive husband and extended family. I'm not sure what else to say, but I'm glad to be back! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:14:33 EST Healthy this time around Hello All. I'm not good at sharing.. feelings, weights, or otherwise. Anyway, I've got quite a bit to lose and would like to be healthy about it. Small life changes is what I'm looking to do. So, while I know I will not get fast results, real lasting results is what I'm going for that will make an overall positive impact on not only my weight and body, but my life. Good Day Everyone Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:05:45 EST I'm here because is never to late I decided to join the rank of Spark because it's not easy to lose weight in our little corner alone. If you need a cheerleader in your moments of discouragement I'm your girl. If you need small challenge that comes with the little voice telling you don't give up ... I will be there! Motivate yourself by motivating others ... it sounds good in my plan. <BR> <BR> The future is ours ! <BR> <BR> N.B. Just say that English is not my first language ... or my second ha! Ha! That is why it's a litt... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:14:28 EST Just want to feel healthy Hi everyone I'm 36 and I need to lose about 60 pounds to be healthy. I was always a good weight and then I gained after my kids and never Lost it. I've always wanted to lose and I've made some decent efforts but never got there. Now I am really motivated. I am wondering if anyone who has been losing weight has noticed a positive change in how healthy they feel. <BR> <BR> Right now I get out of breath going up the stairs in my house and feel like the extra weight puts so much stress on my bod... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:58:10 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! Hi all. I'm Megan. Starting this new journey tomorrow and reaching out for as much support as I possibly can get. I have nearly 100 lbs to loose in a year and exercising is a hated task right now. Since I'm new to Texas, I haven't made friends for support yet, so I need as many SP buddies as I can get. The goal is to start working out at home, then apartment's gym, then local gym. Let's do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:55:23 EST New from NC I am new to the group and the site...hoping for support on this journey...I have gained a massive amount of weight due to medication for anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia (my doctors have confirmed that my diet has not caused the gain). I gained almost 70 lbs in a little over 2 months on the evil seroquel.... then other meds caused slower gain...I am finally off those meds and hopefully on meds that will not only not cause continued gain but allow me to lose this weight... Being this size ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:57:11 EST Hello from the middle of nowhere! Hello everyone! <BR> I live in the middle of nowhere in central New Mexico. I have been off and on Spark for years, the first time losing about fifty pounds.After my husband died in 2013 I started to put those pounds back on. And kept putting on the pounds. Well, 90 pounds later I am here. I am 31 but have been the same 230 pounds for the last year. <BR> <BR> Between having bipolar disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and a love for food, I have the deck slightly off my side. The arthritis is pr... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:27:10 EST Hello From Florida! Hi, my name is Jesi. I am a 32 year old wife, mother of 2 and a kindergarten teacher. This is my third time here on Spark People and I am determined to make it my last and most active. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:40:37 EST New gal on the block Blessings to you all, my name is Kelly . I am so overwhelmed. I was doing Weight Watchers and it works being on disability I cant afford it. I know its baby steps and such but I see the whole picture. I gotta lose 88lbs and to me that just seems impossible. I love sweets and eating late. I swim and walk but its my eating habits. My friend from childhood was on here a few years ago and she lost I want to say over 100lbs. She had mentioned this place. I dont know how to get started. I dont know... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:01:05 EST Just started Hi everyone... I just found this community and so far it seems like the perfect place to help me stay on track and stay accountable... just what I need, hopefully! :) <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose... I have tried before, dieted many times in many wauys and lost varying amounts... three times I have lost more than 10 kilos, but then I always burned out and it all crept back plus that little extra. Well... I just decided that on my 35th birthday (about 1.5 years from now) I w... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:51:04 EST Smoothie, berries - any use for weight loss? Hi there, <BR> I will be spending 1,5 moths in a place where there are tons of fruits, berries veggies etc, and they are not so expensive, so looking how to use this for my goals. <BR> Does anybody have similar experience? What were the results? <BR> Currently I drink berry smoothie instead of breakfast and eat only veggies after 6 pm. Feel quite hungry. <BR> Thanks Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:50:52 EST New to the team Hi everyone. I have been on SparkPeople 29 days, but just joined the team this morning. I actually have more than 99 pounds to lose, but this team seemed more active than my proper weight group. I have lost 10 pounds since joining SparkPeople, but still have 108 to go. I look forward to getting to know you all on this journey. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:08:32 EST 90lbs to lose looking for buddies I'm back at Sparkpeople to lose the weight I had previously lost and regained! So disappointed in myself. I know I can do it as I've done it before but I could really use some new supportive friends here Mon, 4 Jul 2016 04:03:54 EST Here we go! So this is my third attempt at trying Sparkpeople and dieting/exercising. This time I've got a really great gym and personal trainer behind me, as well as my family. My mom and sister go to the gym with me to help keep me motivated (and I'm there for them too). <BR> So far I'm off to a great start! <BR> <BR> I began my journey April 28, 2016 and have already lost 9lbs of fat mass and 7lbs of total weight! My endurance and strength are improving every day too. My water intake has increased s... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:21:05 EST hangin in there <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> this is the longest stretch of a journey that i have ever been on! O.O Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:09:01 EST What's Up Peeps! New from good ol' Glendale! Stoked to be here .. again lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:38:52 EST Back After 3 Years Good morning everyone! I'm new to the team and back on Spark after a 3 year absence. I'm from Alabama, but currently in NYC. I am hoping to reach onederland by the end of the year (about a 30 lbs loss). I am looking forward to getting to know you all! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:24:06 EST Calorie deficit I'm new to this, does anyone know what my calorie deficit should be? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:57:47 EST Returning to SparkPeople Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am returning to SparkPeople after a little hiatus. I have been trying to lose weight for almost 7 years (since I had my first child). I have decided that enough is enough! I am the type of person who will have a bad day and then throw my workouts and eating habits away until the next day, week, month or year. I have come to realize that it's okay to make small mistakes. As long as I don't give up or continuing making mistakes I will be fine! <BR> <BR> I have disc... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:01:39 EST Intro I'm Natashia I have a wonderful boyfriend and between us we have 3 girls! I am 33 and I work part time as a secretary for mental health at maximum security prison. I love music, reading, fishing and being outdoors. I am looking to loose around 50-60lbs. In the last couple of months I have gained probably 20lbs just eating bad and not exercising. I am really going to focus and keep myself motivated this time around. I need to be healthy for my kids and not get out of breath when I am outside p... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:42:48 EST Hi Hi there. My name is Barbara and I've been on this journey for too long. Well actually I've been more off of it then on. But a week ago I decided it was time to change that. I've been working out everyday for a week and trying to quit drinking soda (that is not going to well). I'll be 39 next month. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be under 200lbs by the end of the year. My starting weight is 218. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:16:20 EST Hello! :) <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm Jessica and super excited to be here. I have almost exactly 100 pounds to lose. It seems like such an unattainable goal right now, but I'm really looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. I am really interested in forming some relationships, because I think that will really help motivate me (and hopefully some of you as well), to help me along. Talk to you soon! <BR> <BR> Jessica <BR> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:36:27 EST Consistent diet, inconsistent weight loss So, for several weeks I was consistently losing an average of 2 lbs a week. Some weeks more, some weeks less, but it averaged out. <BR> <BR> But my body has been out of whack the past few weeks for some reason. Gained a few pounds one official weigh-in day, but since I felt like something was off, I weighed again the next day and I had lost a little. Lost maybe a pound the next week. Then lost over 5 lbs the next week. Then my official weigh-in day this weekend, I had gained again. So... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:32:06 EST "Ideal" Weight? What do you use to calculate health stats (Body fat/BMR/TDEE/etc.)? I want to lose weight but haven't had any luck, so I'm trying to see if maybe I'm expecting too much? <BR> <BR> Background: I'm currently stuck around 230 pounds, if anything I seem to keep losing and gaining back 2-5 pounds (depending where I am in my cycle). Originally I wanted to weight about 150, but now I'm adjusting my goal weight and getting crazy different results depending on criteria. Going by BMI, I should be 130-... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:53:01 EST Getting ready for baby... Hi, everyone! My name is Jamie and this is actually my second time using Spark People to lose weight. The reason this time though is a special husband and I are going to try for a baby in December!!! I already know pregnancy is hard on my body and I will have to have a c-section and quite possibly bed rest toward the end of the pregnancy, so I want to be in the best shape that I can be in. So the goal is to get down to 150 (I'm currently at 203) by time we start trying in December. ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:36:01 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Kathryn. I'm dealing with binge eating disorder and all the feelings/weight gain/physical issues that accompany it. Other than that my life is good! I married my best friend this past November and I have a new job that will give me a chance to learn and grow. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm just trying to take better care of myself. I try to move as much as I can without bothering my knees and feet too much. I'm also trying to eat better but with the eating disorder that's dif... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:23:51 EST June Challenge - 10 minutes a day This month I challenge the team to move 10 minutes EVERYDAY, it could be walking, dancing, running, swimming, biking, anything that gets you off your tush for 10 mins. <em>312</em> <em>362</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Every step, is a step in the right direction <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:18:19 EST Goal Buddy? Anyone interested in an accountability partner? I just joined Spark's Find 10 Challenge, and I need a goal buddy to keep me on track. Let me know if you are interested, thanks! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:49:14 EST Hi :) Hi everyone! I'm Rachel and just joined Spark. Today is Day 1 in my weight loss journey and I am determined to stay focused and reach my goal. I look forward to getting to know all of you and supporting/motivating each other! We can do this!! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:39:29 EST hello (though I say hey0 I am misty Pullen and I am new to spark people. I'm hoping that being a member I can help others. I am 36 with a few health issues that decades over due on being worked on. Maybe if I can lose the weight, the other issues can be corrected or stopped dead in their tracks. Tue, 31 May 2016 22:18:14 EST Newness I am a bit random. Trying to find what works best for me. So far just some Tai Chi for beginners. <BR> <BR> PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name ONLY? Betsy <BR> 2. Birthday? 11/12 <BR> 3. Ideal weight? 220 <BR> <BR> <BR> FAVORITES <BR> <BR> 4. Beverage? Water or Root Beer <BR> 5. Fruit? grapes <BR> 6. Veggie? Green Peppers <BR> 7. Meat? chicken <BR> 8. Dessert? Ice Cream <BR> 9. Cocktail? No <BR> 10. Season? Spring <BR> 11. Dream Vacation? Traveling <BR> 12. Exer... Tue, 31 May 2016 19:25:19 EST Hi, everyone!! Hello!! It feels relief that I can find a place, where I will be able to express my thoughts, my interests.... A place, where I can stay motivated, because I have started to join a healthy lifestyle many times, but now I know this is a journey, which you can't take alone. First of all, I would like to learn how to live a busy, but healthy life!! I would like also to learn how to maintain my motivation and achieve on goal at a time, by enjoying this process!!!! It is important for me to begin ... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:52:43 EST Excited to Join I randomly found this website &amp; app through a google search on Zumba shoes. And I'd have to say I am impressed with all that it has to offer. I have struggled with motivation to get healthy for the last few years and I think this may be the tool for me. I have a lot of loving support from my boyfriend but I feel this is gonna be the extra push I need from like minded individuals. I recently started experiencing excruciating bad back and knee pains and decided now is the time! I am 34 year... Wed, 25 May 2016 09:38:47 EST Trying again I'm 33, and trying to lose at least a 100 lbs. The last time I tried Sparkpeople was in 2010. So much has changed in my life since then, I've gotten divorced, and engaged again. My ex and I didn't have kids, my fiance has three, and it's filled a big part of what was missing in my life. I want to help them be healthier, set a good example for them, and help make sure I'm around for them as long as possible. My willpower and motivation tends to be very lacking. And I'm definitely scared of fai... Tue, 24 May 2016 13:57:23 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 14:19:47 EST mom of two who needs to lose weight Hi everyone I am michelle from cork ireland, I am about 249 pounds age 33 but I have really bad legs so find it hard to walk and excersise so today is the day I change my life for the better i hope I can get the motivation and support from people who have been or are in the same situation as me :) Sun, 22 May 2016 13:26:11 EST New AGAIN! Hi all - <BR> <BR> I'm back again for my third or fourth time! Hopefully this time will be fully successful for me this go around. I'm glad to see this group seems to be active and I can join in with similar age and weight goals. Today is day 5 for me of being on a solid plan. I'm making it throughts the weekend which is my biggest hurdles. My immediate goal is just over 20lbs, but have about 56lbs total that I'm hoping to lose. Would love to meet some new friends for shared support! Sun, 22 May 2016 00:36:46 EST 85 lbs to go. Taking the first step today by joining and I did exercise some via riding my bike and walking in the hall of my apartment building. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds by the end of next April which will be my 37th birthday. Fri, 20 May 2016 21:52:58 EST What's Your Workout? Being fairly new to this, and having not worked out since I was in high school (20 years ago!) I am starting out real slow and walking either outside on nice days or on the treadmill. I was wondering what others were doing for their workouts. I need ideas for when I graduate from just walking. Tue, 17 May 2016 13:41:40 EST Restarting again Hi everyone! I am once again restarting this journey and making myself a priority after 3 extremely difficult years. I am homeschooling my kids and trying to show them that being healthy is more than a number on a scale. Tue, 17 May 2016 09:18:41 EST Hi, new here..... I am 33 and have been stuck in a rut for the last 10 years or so. I gained weight after high school, lost some before my wedding and now 6 years after having my daughter I am still holding on to baby weight plus some. <BR> <BR> I have such a hard time with motivation even though I am miserable and hate the way that I look. I am an emotional eater so that doesn't help. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:57:41 EST Weigh In Starting Weight: 223lbs (03/16) <BR> 05/09/16: 213lbs <BR> 05/16/16: 211.6 <BR> <BR> Started training again, 7 years later, to run my first half marathon this December. <BR> A goal to help me stay on track :) Mon, 16 May 2016 10:38:19 EST Looking for accountability Hi! I am back at it. My starting weight in June 2015 was 240. I got down to 216. Not sure where it is right now. I am prepping this weekend so I can start on Sunday. If anyone is interested in supporting each other- send me a note/ friend request!! Thu, 12 May 2016 23:29:33 EST New Here I am new to the site and am a little nervous about starting this. I have failed at dieting before but I am hoping that this time it will stick with some support. Wed, 11 May 2016 23:10:47 EST Hi, I am a newbie :-) Hi, My name is Melanie. I will turn 37 this year. My main issue is not the weight. I have 183 pounds at a height of 5'3". I love my curves, BUT with exercises they would look much better <em>334</em> <BR> And if I would lose some pounds and get healthier as a side effect, that's even better <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, <BR> Melanie Sat, 7 May 2016 08:46:47 EST Too big for massage? I woke up this morning with a massive knot in my neck/shoulder area. So bad I can barely move my head, so I did the sensible thing. I called Massage Envy and managed to get an appointment tonight while my girls are in Taekwondo. I was thrilled by my luck. They actually had an open appointment. Then a few mins went by and I I too big for the table? Will they be able to get through my fat rolls to make a difference? Will they want to? How mortifying is this going to be? Any other ... Fri, 6 May 2016 15:58:58 EST Calorie tracking Hello all! I have been tracking my calories for almost two weeks now and have been doing really well with keeping right around my intake goal. I know that too few calories will stall weight loss and too many is part of what got me in the shape I'm in now ;) My question for you is what do you do when you add in exercise? I know some people eat more to still stay in the suggested range, but others don't. Yesterday I added in an hour of cardio and according to my calorie tracker I was WAY under... Fri, 6 May 2016 10:59:13 EST back again!!! Needed a break from everything, but am back again and ready to get it done. I have 65 lbs to go. Ended up in the hospital for a few wks and that wasn't any fun. During my stay there I found out that i am diabetic. So i'm here to lose the extra weight that I have and to maintain my diabetes. <em>41</em> Thu, 5 May 2016 14:01:36 EST DAY 1: Starting Over....For real this time! Two weeks ago, on May 14th, I told my husband that it was over. There was a lot of stuff going on that I never should have allowed to go on for so long. When I saw how much it really was affecting my kids, I knew it was time to quit being a pushover, and to quit being naïve and to really put my foot down and stand up for myself for once. I had fallen out of love with him a long, long time ago, but I was always feeling like I HAD to suck it up and deal with it. Then like I said, I saw just how... Mon, 2 May 2016 13:13:31 EST Quick Question about site settings Hey all, <BR> <BR> I was looking over my daily calorie allowance for the day and saw that it's attached to the amount of exercise I do in a day. It says if I work out more I am allowed to eat more calories. I am trying to track a daily deficit, so when I start working out my numbers will change? Is there a way to stop them from changing? <BR> <BR> I followed the link and it said that it was the old way of tracking and new members after 2013 can't change? Did I read that right or am I total... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:43:25 EST Monopoly? Hi! I joined a couple of weeks ago and I am interested in participating in the monopoly challenge. What are the rules? Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:39:56 EST Need Fiber...Please help! Ok team - Help me out here please! After tracking my food intake for a few days, I see that I still need to up my fiber and I need ideas on how to do it without adding a bunch of calories. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:16:35 EST Hi, I'm new here I just joined today, and I've been immersed in all the stuff there is to do on this site that I forgot to introduce myself. I don't know what else to say really. So hi! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:42:43 EST I'm here...what next? I thought I'd come in and introduce myself to the team. I'm here to hold myself accountable for the choices I make, keep myself motivated, gain some inspiration and hopefully have support when I falter (and support others when they do.) I've finally made the decision to do this whole health thing the right way and this looks like a great place to start. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:08:01 EST "starting" again... I've been away for a while and have yet again regained all I had lost. BUT...I have done really well in the past, I know what I'm capable of and I'm excited to feel good again. I've learned a lot about myself and my reactions to stress, etc, so..I'm hopeful! <BR> <BR> One thing that really helps me out on here is getting to know others and interacting with them, so please feel free to friend me, chat, etc. <BR> <BR> I work, have a soon to be 1st grader, write in my spare time and like to ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:34:05 EST New Girl on the Block Hey there :) <BR> <BR> Well... here I am new to SparkPeople. Excited to have another venue of motivation. I am 34 years old. I have a 2.5 year old and a 1.5 year old. I was always on the heavier side all thu school and college. I moved overseas and gradually lost quite a bit of weight. Mostly because I was moving more and it was easier to eat healthy. Stayed pretty trim the first couple years after being married... but because of stress (job related) I started to gain weight again. Then I g... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:48:16 EST SparkPeople noob! hi! <BR> <BR> i'm glad to join everyone! this looks like a fun way to stay motivated while working towards my goals of getting healthier and fit! I have two main reasons I'm doing this: I'm getting married June 2017, and also I want to work my way into joining my local roller derby team. i also have bipolar disorder, which makes community support super important to me. thanks for reading! <BR> <BR> -charm Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:32:29 EST Hey y'all Hey everyone. My name is Courtney. I am a 30 year old nurse practitioner from MS. I have been on SparkPeople for a long time now, but I have been inactive for a while. I am jumping back on, hoping to be successful &amp; stick with it this go around. It really seemed to help last time. <BR> <BR> My plan is to count calories &amp; eat as little processed foods as possible, drink LOTS of water, and exercise 4-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> My current weight is 230. My ultimate goal is 135. I ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:15:13 EST Hi I'm Beth I am 36 and have been on Spark for years. I have lost around 60lbs about 5yrs ago and have gained it all back. I say everyday I am going to start exercising again and watching what I eat and every day I fail. About the only thing I do every day is walk. I do walk on each of my 15 minute breaks I get at work and on my lunch break. But it seems once I get home that's it. I don't even know were to start. I'm one of these people that If I don't see results fast I give up. I have also tri... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:27:56 EST Allow me to introduce myself... Hey y'all! I'm Marie. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for about a week now and just read about this group. I'm starting over my weight loss journey. I fell off for some time now, especially since last summer when I had an ankle injury. <BR> <BR> My original journey started in January 2013 at 290lbs. My summer of 2014, I was down to 225 and then sort of got stuck around there. I was able to maintain 225-230lbs for quite awhile and then when I got engaged in Dec 2014, I let go a little bit, but sti... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:52:43 EST Low Calorie diet Hi all, I started at a boot camp workout center and they supplied me with a meal plan. It is very restrictive; I am to eat the same 5 meals everyday for 4 weeks. I think I can do it but once I added up the total calories it came to about 1038. Is this okay to do? I have message my Dr. to get their input but wanted to get some quick feedback. <BR> Let me know what you think. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:16:35 EST trying again. I am Misty. I am trying to lose weight again since my doctor is adamant about me losing weight (5'1" and 165.1 lbs in jeans, shoes, and a shirt). I work in a fast food joint. I am addicted to food, live an apartment building that has a manager that would make the military blanch with how clean she wants everything to be (yes she wants the apartment look like it is brand spanking 40+ years new). I do stress eat and stress drink pop most of the time. I also live with someone who doesn't kn... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:39:47 EST Hello! Hi everyone! New to the group, but an old hat at SP. I'm used to trying to do everything on my own (as a single mom, I guess that's my MO) but I obviously haven't been very successful with that tactic. So I'm jumping in head first this time and trying a more sociable way. I'm really really going to try! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:29:11 EST MY JOURNEY TO A NEW ME Hi, I am 34 years old and type 1 diabetic. I have tried to diet many times but I get lazy and stop trying. I have decided it is about time I do something about my health. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:02:36 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:30:14 EST Hello Lovelies :) I'm mechel :) Mum to six, foster career, student, wife. I love glam planning, fitness, heath, nutrition, being a mum and Australia (which is where i live)! I currently live in Brisbane, Australia with my Partner(who i refer to as hubby but we aren't married yet,) our six kids, two cats, two dogs! I recently lost 20kg, but its slowly creeping back because i have had a rough last six months. I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder. <BR> <BR> I am here to get support with eating mostly. I se... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:34:52 EST