SparkPeople 50+ SP Members with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those of us 50, 60, 70 & older, hoping to lose 25-49 pounds. Welcome! Come grow with us! SparkPeople 50+ SP Members with 25-49 pounds to lose Team Messageboard Hello from Virginia Hey, <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim and I'm from Williamsburg, VA. I am a caregiver for my 80 year old mother who lives with me. Taking care of myself as a caregiver is important to me. I have been at this for several years now and it get's more challenging as my mom's health get's worse. I need some support and guidance which is why I'm here. Please reach out and say hello! Fri, 29 Jan 2021 18:32:58 EST Lookg for friendship/support; how can I support u? Hi everyone! I'm Jeannine - I go by J9. I've lost 80lbs; gained 10 back. I want to lose 40 more. I tend to self-sabotage in the evenings and I drink too much, too often. I have set a goal to stop drinking until I hit 173lb (from 184) but so far have found every excuse I can to imbibe. I'm mostly Keto/Primal with a few temptations now and again; I workout: weight training at home machine/free weights/stretch bands and cardio at home with videos and walks. I'm active, energetic. I journal and w... Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:34:56 EST Many years and many pounds agoooo. I used SparkPeople about 10 years ago, and I'm giving it a try again. I'm heavier now than I was when I gave birth to either of my children. <BR> <BR> Since my last adventure I got rid of a HUGE Hemorrhoid (AKA pain in the Arse, AKA Husband), moved to a new state and married my elementary school, high school, and college best buddy. Yes, we are just a Hallmark Movie waiting to happen. <BR> <BR> I REALLY want to lose 30 pounds in 6 months. Can I do it???? If not for this dang "cha... Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:16:12 EST New to this team Hello, <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be joining this group and looking forward to continuing my journey to being the best me that I can be! <BR> <BR> TJ Mon, 21 Dec 2020 10:43:09 EST Just saying hello. Hello all. <em>524</em> Sat, 17 Oct 2020 19:19:14 EST Help! I can't figure out how to change the battery on my fitness tracker! Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:15:04 EST Been gone for awhile Hi. I'm actually a long time member but have not been active for awhile. Stopped charting my food about a year ago now after doing for the better part of 10 years. Used evey other day plan and went from 335 to 250! Two rotator cuff surgeries and one pandemic later, I'm at 290 and trying to find my way back. MY exercise is minimal because of knee issues, age, sedentary job. OH and I'm also lazy!! Just looking for direction as to where to go to talk about challenges, get suggestions, and i... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:05:03 EST Handicapped & fighting lupus Since last posting, I have had back, brain, liver, gall bladder, 2 arm and 1 leg surgeries and am in a wheelchair... I was diagnosed with lupus and advanced COPD, yet I view myself as an able bodied person who can do anything. <BR> <BR> Lupus meds led to weight gain. Being bed ridden for almost a year has not helped. The pain and exhaustion from lupus is tough to handle. <BR> <BR> I joined back up,because I need the support from others who have walked (wheeled) this path. I struggle ... Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:08:16 EST Hello out there Hi, I've just found your site and know that I do much better with an online support group, I gave up cigarettes for good 8 years ago with the help of here goes. <BR> Probably the same old story that many of you have with compulsive eating and the havoc it wreaks on one's life, weight up and down like a whore's drawers, 50 years of it now and that can get really boring. I'm all the way over in New Zealand and piled on the weight with our 6 week lockdown here with covid-19 and it just ... Fri, 7 Aug 2020 21:05:12 EST I have returned! Well, I am glad sparkpeople is still here, it's been quite a few years since Ive been on this site. Went through a few laptops, and re-gained the weight since then. Partly due to covid shutdowns, and partly due to age. 36 pounds to drop now, and at the age of 50, I can't afford to have any preventable health problems- if I plan to walk easily upon this planet for some time to come. I have broken every personal rule for diet over these years, like stop eating after 7pm, avoid gluten which ... Thu, 6 Aug 2020 18:46:37 EST just getting back Been out of the loop for awhile. Nursing during covid19 has consumed my time for a few months. Just getting back and starting over. Glad to be back and to get some routine back in my life. Thu, 16 Jul 2020 21:04:02 EST High Fiber Foods that taste good? Is there such a thing? Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:44:10 EST Introducing myself and returning to my health! Hi all, just a quick introduction - returning to focusing on my health &amp; diet after losing my mom in Dec. 2019. I also moved and we're in the midst of a pandemic - quite a stressful trifecta. I'm 54, and have about 40 pounds to lose. I don't feel awful but I could definitely feel much better, and watching two parents pass from cancer and other health issues is a strong motivator! Glad to be here. SparkPeople has always felt like a very practical, rational approach to weight loss. One day ... Fri, 26 Jun 2020 21:50:24 EST Plateaus I am currently at a plateau that puts me .6 # between the 50+ SP Members with 25-49 pounds to lose and the 50+ SP Members with 50-99 pounds to lose. I have only really been back on track since the first of the month - but seem to be losing and gaining the same darn 1 pound. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:17:40 EST My turn to say hello My name is Michelle but friends call me Misha. I'm 51, almost 52. I would like to lost 46 pounds and get down to about 140. I'm just too short to be this round LOL Last year I had a double mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction due to a gene mutation that gave me a high cancer risk. In 2 months I have a revision surgery to reduce my scars and reshape my abdominal area. My goal is to lose what weight I can but also get myself in better cardio shape to give myself the best recovery I can... Wed, 3 Jun 2020 17:39:04 EST Intro Newbie here. Love what I see so far. So much to read and learn. Mon, 13 Apr 2020 12:07:45 EST Looking for Sparkfriends Hello everyone, I have been away for a long time but am back now. Would like to connect with some sparkfriends. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:20:02 EST Currently reading The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern (had just finished The Night Circus, also by Erin) Sat, 15 Feb 2020 15:06:16 EST howdy y'all good vibes from ohio. i used to be a very athletic and graceful dancer, but slowly over the years my failed relationships and a desk job took its toll. i am going to get hypnotized tomorrow to quit smoking and also for weight loss as well. seeking better health more than vanity (im 56) lol. <BR> also recently lost a 25+ yr friendship so its been rough but i am looking forward not backwards. <BR> any encouragement is cherished and please let me help you as well. <BR> hugs to all Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:51:42 EST I am New Just joined Sun, 12 Jan 2020 14:38:15 EST Just Joining Hello Team, <BR> Getting back into SparkPeople. Battling Lipedema. Setting a goal to loose 35 pounds by July. This is when I have a consult with a terrific doc in TX. My focus is on a Keto diet as it helps with inflammation. Hope to get some support and keep up with you gals. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:08:00 EST Newly formed team needs members/ o-leader I am starting a team on "Anti-aging Diets and Tips" the team topic will be "Includes tips by Prevention Magazine and more. Good or bad, aging can be much less of a struggle. Lets support each other as we learn to live longer and to enjoy life. " I don't want to start the team in a piece meal manner by making it public before it's been set up, so right now it is a private team. However, I would like someone to co-lead the team, someone who is interested in taking steps to reduce or reverse the... Sun, 29 Dec 2019 21:35:01 EST Hi folks Thanks for letting me join you. I started this journey at 270 pounds with high blood pressure, gout, and COPD. I've lost 60 pounds so far and the Doctor is taking me off all medications except baby aspirin and a multi-vitamin. Plan to lose another 35 pounds. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:35:56 EST HOLIDAYS are here! 1 # a week 12/06 - 2/28 HOLIDAYS are here! Lose 1 # a Week Challenge starting Friday 12/06/19 - 2/28/20 <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself for 13 weeks. <BR> Weigh-in on ANY DAY you choose each week for 13 weeks. <BR> Starting weight <BR> 12/06/19 <BR> 12/13 <BR> 12/20 <BR> 12/27 <BR> 1/03/20 <BR> 1/10 <BR> 1/17 <BR> 1/24 <BR> 1/31 <BR> 2/07 <BR> 2/14 <BR> 2/21 <BR> 2/28 FINAL Weigh-In <BR> <BR> Good Luck- <BR> Kathleen Tue, 26 Nov 2019 21:37:57 EST It's beautiful here in Florida! Former member, returning, this might be an easier way to keep track of macros and exercise. Any other newbies in Florida? <BR> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 17:37:20 EST Looking for help as Team Leader I am sorry to say... Due to health issues.. <BR> I am needing to Limit my time as Team leader <BR> If someone is available to become leader or to help <BR> please let me know <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing Everyone all the Best &amp; Much Success <BR> BLESSing Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:51:35 EST Hello from the PNW Hi I'm 58 and I'm hoping to drop about 40 lbs <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:56:52 EST Hi Back to Spark after a 5 year absence. Ready to start over. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:55:10 EST forever dieting HI - I just joined and think there are many things here that can help me. <BR> My main problem is I LOVE FOOD! I can pass up desserts no problem - <BR> sure I like them but I can avoid eating main problem is plain <BR> old FOOD - I love mashed potatoes and noodles, potato chips, etc. <BR> I am 70 years old with health issues - doing better health wise now, but <BR> it's been a really rough two years!.... <BR> I have been yo-yo dieting for years! Need to find the motivation to stic... Thu, 3 Oct 2019 16:36:34 EST 2019 Fall weekly weigh-in10/01 - 12/01 2019 Fall Weekly Weigh-in. September 30th (10/01) through December 2 nd (12/01) <BR> ( 9 weeks) <BR> <BR> Weigh weekly any day you choose. <BR> 9/30 Start weight 147.0 <BR> 10/07 <BR> 10/14 <BR> 10/21 <BR> 10/28 <BR> 11/04 <BR> 11/11 <BR> 11/18 <BR> 11/25 <BR> 12/02 Final Week- FINAL WEIGHT <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Sep 2019 20:49:05 EST Hello I am not new too sparks but I haven’t been here in a very long time and I am going to be 55 at the end of October. I need, want, will lose this weight. I am looking for friends too stay motivated too keep each other accountable if anyone would like too do that send me a friend request. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:54:46 EST Here I go! I?ve been overweight the majority of my life and have been on that rollercoaster of weight loss programs many times. <BR> I have yet to figure out ?why? that ride has never come to a successful ending. <BR> I?m eager to get to the bottom of of the ?why? and work on the ?how? to get off of that darned rollercoaster ride. <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:03:37 EST It's time for a change My name is Kari and I am setting a goal of downsizing, selling my house and seeing the country. I have a 2-year time frame and one of the first thing I need to do is to get to a healthier me. Sun, 8 Sep 2019 12:30:52 EST past health I was a personal trainer in my late 40's and 8 yrs ago I had to have a complete hysterectomy and now its a whole new ball game. I need to get control of everything. I have put weight on and went from 145 to 178 in this time period. I can't train myself for some reason, can anyone that has gone through the same thing let me know what you have and are doing,please? Mon, 22 Jul 2019 08:22:57 EST Make A Sentence by using one word from last Post Never let the seeds keep you from enjoying the watermelon. <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> (The next post will show an example.) Did not have enough room in the Topic to do so. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 20:31:39 EST A - Z Words ending with "S" Abacus Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:02:47 EST Weight I lost about 20 pounds between when I started and now. I'm not too unhappy with that; I like the weight loss, but I'd rather go at it slower. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:04:37 EST Hi to the Spark Community I would like to introduce myself, my name is Karen and my goal is to lose 33 pounds by January but I hope to lose these before December. I have already lost 5 pounds since the beginning of April but realize it is definitely my diet and portion size that I am struggling with , so hopefully I can learn how to monitor calories etc. I have never understood how to calorie count so its going to be a new learning tool. Looking forward to your success stories and techniques..thanks Wed, 29 May 2019 22:10:29 EST Another Newbie Here Hello. My name is Terri and I am a 63 year old widow who lives in southern Wisconsin near my only child and his wonderful wife. My goal is to lose 53 lbs and then decide if more is needed. <BR> <BR> I have been diagnosed with "Micro Vascular Angina" and unfortunately it's the unstable variety. This makes exercise almost impossible and living in general is a challenge. Plus there is heart disease on both sides of my family just to add insult to injury. In fact I lost my Mom to a sudden massi... Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:00:23 EST Hello from the Heartland! I am new to this team and come from Nebraska where we are currently flooded in most of the state. I am a 71 year old widow and have lost 111 pounds on my own but not in a healthy manner. Although I love to write and am somewhat good with a computer, I tend to be withdrawn in person and would rather sit in a corner by myself just observing and not participating. My face is usually stuck in a book and there are a few TV programs I like but not many. I hope to make some new friends here - so... Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:32:41 EST Question about challenge stop eating b4 bed What do you put under the goal? How many hours before , the time of last eaten? Or do you just put a number one to show you didn't eat later? Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:58:14 EST Starting Again Hello everyone! I am joining SP again after several years away. I lost almost 50 pounds in 2006 and kept in off for several years but over the last few I've gained a lot. Now it's time to start down the right path again. I hope to loose at least ten pounds before I have to see my doctor in a few weeks. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:46:56 EST Carboholic needing to lose it's habit Hi from NC. I'm mid 50's needing to lose 40-infinity lbs. It goes and comes running back. I wish money worked that way. <BR> I go to the gym to walk on the treadmill, ride the bike and swim. When the weather is good, I like to walk outside. <BR> Can't wait to talk to some of you about your experience on here. <img src=""> Fri, 8 Mar 2019 19:25:42 EST Just gettng started I will be 72 in May. Ever since I retired in 2016 I have let myself go. Now I am ready to get healthy again. Need all the good vibes I can get. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:07:42 EST Starting again I got off track but I'm back again with 42 pounds to lose. I went shopping last week and came away so depressed because of how my body looked in the mirror that I went home and cried. I'm starting to have more and more health problems because of my weight, so it's time to bite the bullet and get this thing done! <BR> <BR> I know it's going to be harder in my 60s than it was in my 50s, but I don't care. It's never too late to get healthy! <BR> <BR> Nice to know I have a team for support her... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:15:40 EST I'M BACK Hi, my name is Jean and I am 64 and will be 65 in April. I have been here before, a LONG time ago and slipped. I know I need to lose quite a bit of weight and hoping that this time around I will be able to do it. I need all the support I can get. Hoping to also make some friends. Good luck to everyone on their journey. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2019 11:39:49 EST Here I come again!! I am hoping 4 is a charmer, I joined in Sept 2018, but I really didn't work at it. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:06:28 EST Starting over again Hello, everyone. <em>213</em> My name is Lucy. I'm here to try to lose weight again. Two years ago I lost 30 pounds. I managed to keep it off for 7 months. Now I've managed to put the weight all back on. I know what it takes to do it, I just have to do it. Mon, 7 Jan 2019 00:29:50 EST Starting over again I am starting again to try to lose weight. I have gained and lost the same weight many times in the past 40 years. I am so tired of losing the weight only to gain it back more quickly than I lost it. Today is my 59th birthday. By this time next year I want to have lost at least 35 pounds. Losing the weight becomes more difficult each time I do it. It is so discouraging to see little progress on the scale or in my clothes. Tue, 1 Jan 2019 06:24:25 EST Name a song and the artist Tijuana Taxi - Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:21:25 EST Newbie Hello everyone. I'm new. My name is Jody.r Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:34:10 EST Co-Leaders Request this is such a large team... <BR> <BR> I am looking for a couple more Co-Leaders <BR> <BR> main objective... to keep team active... <BR> <BR> we have a lot of GREAT people participating in the team <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I could use some help... with setting up the posts etc... <BR> <BR> main thing... Keep team Positive... <BR> <BR> No Stress, just support &amp; enCouragement <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> if you are interested ... just respond to this thread... <BR> <BR> I will be checking... Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:05:08 EST Horizontal Hi, my name is Zombie. I'm a 60 year old male and am approaching 300 lbs. I was always very healthy until I broke my back about 20 years ago. There is a long and boring story that brings me to where I am today but the main thing is that I am slowly eating my life away, I've always told myself I could do it alone, but as you now know that isn't working. My main issue is the fact that I can not exercise. I am now admitting that I am clueless. It's probably to late but I really need answers. I a... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:09:28 EST Hello Everyone Hello Everyone, I am Robin, 57 years old and need to lose at least 40 pounds. I am also trying to quit smoking, 2 big battles in front of me. I am a widow 3 years now, that has not helped my situation, but I am motived to win, I am worried about gaining weight from quitting smoking, so I will be utilizing all the support sparkle people have to offer. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:02:53 EST Determined in Missouri Hey all, I've come to the realization that I can't help getting older, but I am DETERMINED that I am not going to get old and FAT. So, I'm glad to find this site, Looking forward to the journey! <BR> I am a 66 year old grammy of 15 beautiful grandchildren. It's hard to keep up with them now that I have put on some pounds. Really motivated to get started. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:05:21 EST Oh Those Carbs !!!! Hello: My name is Devlinna, please call me Dev. I have type 1 diabetes. I'm looking for a meal plan but can't seem to find one here on SparkPeople. If anyone has information regarding this, please point me in that direction. I am hoping to get my blood sugars under control and those carbs under control. I don't seem to know where to start. If I do the keto diet, it could cause problems for me. I would appreciate any help. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day ! <BR> Dev Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:39:04 EST Brand new Good evening!! I?m brand new to this sight, but not brand new to the Weightloss journey. I?ve struggled for many years! I work two jobs, 65-70 hours a week. I need all the help I can get, tips on quick meals, motivation, and anything in between. Let?s see where this journey takes me. <BR> <BR> Have a great night!! Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:07:46 EST Newbie I was 19 lb. lighter last July. Then, I went back to old eating habits. Now, I lose 2 lb. and gain one back. Then the scale doesn't move. I also have been sidelined due to waiting for two total knee replacements. Discouraged today. Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:26:41 EST 2018 <em>283</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2018 16:05:15 EST Lisa C Hi my name is Lisa I am a 52 year old widow of almost 2 years my husband had Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes I also have type 2 diabetes but I didn't my husband had diabetes until he was in the hospital with his heart condition we could of worked together on a better diet or something if I knew anyway, I know he is a better place but now if I want to live a longer life I need to get my sugars and A1C down so I won't run into any complications like my husband did, he had heart disease on... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 16:10:01 EST SHARE * WORDs * SUPPORT * QUOTES * PICs * EMOTICON <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2018 11:54:08 EST Lose 1# a week starting 6/8/18 - 8/17/18 Lose 1 pound a week for 10 weeks from 6/8 until 8/17. <BR> This is a personal challenge. You are not competing with anyone but yourself. <BR> <BR> The only rule is to post your starting weight and each week post the date and what your current weight is. Weigh-in is scheduled as Friday but you can use any day of the week you prefer. <BR> <BR> If you are more comfortable NOT posting your weight you may just enter pounds lost or gained on that date. The idea is for all of us to lose 1 # a we... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 09:23:35 EST 2018 Hummingbirds at feeder... <BR> <em>585</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2018 15:31:42 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:46 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Help and support Hi everyone.Just glad to be a part of the community for support and to give support and encouragement. Any one doing low carb or keto for weight loss. If so how did you start? <BR> Mon, 21 May 2018 22:08:45 EST Change one of 5 letters and/or rearrange them Stamp Sun, 20 May 2018 18:35:28 EST Giving it a go! Hi! I'm Betty! - I'm ready to get these extra pounds I don't need OFF! This is ridiculous! Too many extra pounds have creeped up on me over the past year, slowly but surely,,,and that's how I want to lose them! Slowly BUT surely! My Spark People tracker is fired up now, and ready to go! Looking to make friends here to help me keep my motivation going and my will power in check! :) Mon, 14 May 2018 17:04:14 EST I am slow losing weight Can you tell me how long it took you to lose weight? It seems that most people lose several pounds aweek. I'm struggling to lose one Sun, 6 May 2018 15:30:57 EST 2018 Lets do this, <BR> (push ourselves a little more each day" <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 2 May 2018 10:32:22 EST New to spark I've been on Spark for a couple of years but never did anything with it. Now, I am over it and ready to start anew...and hopefully this bout with weight loss will be successful. I'm starting next week - May 8. I know that's a weird start date, but family will be coming in a few days for some special events so I'm starting when they leave. <BR> <BR> I plan to use PiYo and work towards clean eating. When I reach my goal weight, I want to start running again and train for a 5K. <BR> <BR> Anywa... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 15:01:58 EST ~ Weather Reports ~ MN.... <em>425</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 13:38:06 EST Healthy recipes Have you noticed that when you look for healthy recipes, you'll find an abundance of recipes for muffins, pie, and other "junk food"? Maybe it's a healthy twist on those foods but maybe more, it's a reflection of how important those foods that got us here are to us. I had to buy a book on clean eating to really find a satisfying way to eat without thinking I can turn my cakes and candies into healthy food. Those have to be a thing of the past, and as hard as it is, I'm learning to embrace ... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:58:51 EST I'm maggiemango, hello Hi everyone. <BR> I'm here because in my mid fifties, I am losing the battle with the extra 10 I've always had to fight. Only now it's an extra 30 or 35. <BR> <BR> I see my reflection and I'm like, who the heck is that fat lady - I've never been a willowy slender person, I'm shortish and look a lot more athletic than I am (which is not at all, but I have muscles under there somewhere) but my waistline has always been under 30 inches and omg I want to know who stole my arms and put these puf... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:52:37 EST Today I am Planning to............ <BR> <BR> Whats up for today Sun, 4 Mar 2018 11:24:21 EST Getting to know more about you-TAKE it or LEAVE it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 4 Mar 2018 11:13:11 EST Share a HEALTHY Emoticon <em>274</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:23:18 EST MARCH 2018 Rainy day. turning to SNOW - Happy March <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:18:27 EST New Member Angela G. Hatchett Hi, Just getting started today. I've already lost 29 lbs. over the past year, but I still have 33 more lbs to go. I have a lot of health issues, including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stage 3b) and Spark People was recommended to me by someone in my support group. I think this is just what I need to keep tract of my diet. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:15:15 EST Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, so overweight I am in need of some kind of emotional support. I am in month 6 ( really 8 since my first surgery). I gained 20 lbs my first surgery in June of 2017 and an additional 20 lbs after my second surgery in August. I have rods from T6-L3. I stay completely exhausted all of the time and am in peri-menopause. I ate great for 2 months to try and take some weight off but I only lost 5 lbs in two months. I?m so frustrated, I feel like I?m in a Catch 22 where, I have to spend all day in my back bra... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:48:54 EST Get to know you- THIS or THAT - BOTH or NEITHER <BR> I will post a This or That Question.. <BR> <BR> Both or Neither <BR> <BR> from time to time... feel free to add your own if you like <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:33:18 EST ms. kathy mccloud I ba wedding this summer and in need to lose weight, not only for the wedding but for myself. All the weight is in my midsection. my bad habit is soda and juice. I need a replacement for this besides water and crystal lite. my eating habit are bad it just sugar drinks. I swim and walking 3 days a week, plus I voluntary at a day care 4 days a week, so the work out is happening. help Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:34:32 EST Have you heard of this? Has anyone heard of eating 30 grams of protein in the morning to rev up your weight loss? If so, how does it work? Does one eat any carbs with it? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:08:32 EST Hello&#128522; I'm new to this site. My name is Penny and I really need to shed some weight. For the last year I've followed THM and although I feel healthier I'm not losing weight. I'm thinking of trying the KetoDiet. Would love to have a sharing community to help me through this process. I'm 63 years young and M very busy with grandchildren. So would love to support all of you. Thanks! Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:06:31 EST I Just Can't Do It Without My Spark! Hello Everyone, <BR> Yeah, I, like others started a New Years Resolution last year... to lose weight! I joined Spark People and lost 21 lbs., then I began to eat whatever, whenever and really gave up. The, I can start again tomorrow was long gone! Gained it all back!! So, this time around I am determine to stick with it and lose this 50 lbs. I can't do it alone! I need my SPARK PEOPLE!!! Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:18:18 EST Newbie 2 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Trying to lose about 25 lbs to start with. I need to lose more but I want to break it down into steps. I could use all the help I can get so any tips are appreciated! <BR> <BR> I am a 55-ish accountant who needs to get up and away from the computer. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:49:28 EST Sharing Words... has moved to Main Forum <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:07:37 EST MENTAL VACATION - Where are you going today <em>340</em> cruising off to the bahamas Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:03:41 EST SHALL we DANCE (emoticon or pics) <BR> <BR> <em>351</em> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:01:52 EST CRAFT & WRITING ROOM - What r u Creating <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <em>541</em> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:50:07 EST EMOTICON your day <em>104</em> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:37:43 EST VENTing ROOM - Let it Out <BR> <BR> let it out.... leave it here Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:17:42 EST BEDROOM = How did you sleep <BR> <em>102</em> how are you sleeping <em>102</em> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:14:50 EST PHOTOGRAPHY ROOM = Share pics <BR> <BR> Share your personal pics here.... <BR> <BR> or share inspiration pics.. etc Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:09:10 EST February 2018 Super Bowl ready... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 19:24:52 EST Surviving Super Bowl Parties I've been invited to a Super Bowl party at a sports bar. Needless to say there will be a lot of eating and drinking. (And pressure to continue eating and drinking for the duration of the game.) <BR> <BR> Anyone have advice for staying on track during the party? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:56:13 EST Hello - starting fresh today Hi, everyone, <BR> <BR> Back on SparkPeople after a break. Starting again today. Good luck to all team members! Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:52:34 EST Newbie Hi my name is Susan. I was referred by my friend Steven who thought this might be helpful.i just turned 60 and need to make some important lifestyle changes I?m hoping for an emotional and stress eater.Hoping that the support that I hear that you offer will inspire me. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:17:39 EST Hi I am Jae. I have been at Sparkpeople since 07. I started at 214 lbs. Since the end of last year (07) I have lost 44lbs I have another forty lbs to lose to get to my goal weight. I hope to reach my goal by late spring, early summer. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:27:55 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:35 EST Hello! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my 2nd day on SparkPeople. I lost weight through personal training and gained it all back. :( While I actually enjoy exercising and going to the gym, my eating habits need work. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make gradual, long-term changes in eating habits with help from everyone here. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:31:35 EST STARTING A NEW YEAR Hi. My name is Jean from Wisconsin and I am 63 years old and really need help. I am overweight and need to lose at least 50 pounds. Right now I would like to just lose 20 and get down to 200. I really could use some inspiration to keep on this journey. It isn't the first or the second or third time I have tried this. I have lost count. Once I hit menopause it has REALLY been a battle to lose the weight. Any help would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help. <BR> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:36:23 EST Starting anew Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am very happy to be on this forum. I was originally on the forum to lose 50+ lb, but now it makes more sense to be here. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2014, when I was 52 years old and weighed 174 lb. I did very well at first, getting into the 140s, but by Dec. 2015 I was back up to 172. I started a fitness regimen that resulted in my running my first 10k in Nov. 2016 in the time of 1:01:02, and I had lost 20 lb. <BR> <BR> In Jan. 2017, I had ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:15:38 EST January 2018 Very cold here, but a pretty sight... <BR> <BR> Happy Healthy 2018 <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 21:37:09 EST old nutrabolic/formu 3 person did these in the 90's and lost over 50 lbs. much younger then and more active but they worked for me. I need a strict plan to follow- I am not good at counting calories or "just eat 1000 calories a day". I need a food plan I can strictly follow- also as a single person I don't and cannot eat a large variety of food as it will go bad too quickly. I am an administrative assistant for the fed gov and on my feet 85% of the day but tend to also be an emotional eater and work is not pleasant. s... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:43:58 EST stuck stuck stuck I am a 75 year old lady who has struggled with weight all my life. When I was 30, I lost 100 pounds, from 228 to 128. Over the next 30 years, pounds snuck back on, topping at 226 in 2014. I am now "down" to 175, and so stuck, fighting to not gain a pound. I lost two close family members in the last few years, and occasionally depression grabs me for a few days, but that is improving rapidly. <BR> I am as active as I can be, I have in my back and Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:14 EST Weekly Weigh In The scale is my success indicator. I have a goal of loosing around 30 pounds. A weekly weigh in keeps me honest. Monday will be my day. <BR> Anyone else want the scale to keep them accountable/motivated? Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:08:38 EST Greetings & salutations From Another New Girl :) Hay.... I just wanted to say hi & hope you are having a day, as nice & lovely as you are :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you, shrinking beside you & learning together. <BR> I'm hoping to connect with other Low Carb/Keto people. <BR> Always open to help & Advice :) <BR> Oh yeah!! I'm Mel :) Pleased to meet you :) Mx Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:14 EST Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for! I am thankful for my family and getting to spend time with them this year! Wed, 8 Nov 2017 15:02:11 EST Name A Christmas Song Holy Night Tue, 7 Nov 2017 22:18:31 EST San Diego and Coronado Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I will be on vacation soon to SanDiego and Coronado. Are there any great places for lunch and dinner? I am a bit anxious about keeping track of my calories while I am out there. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:58:34 EST Weight struggle Hi I'm Debbie Heard I have been on Jenny Craig Weight Watchers only to gain almost all the weight back ready to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Any tips or advice or motivation would Sincerely be appreciated one day at a time. <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:14:29 EST newbie Hello. I am new here and sort of poking around. I joined because I need to be accountable to someone and don't want it to be my husband because I don't want to admit how much I weigh. He's an athlete and looks great. I'm sure he has an idea what I weigh, but I don't want him to have the facts until the facts are more to my liking. :) Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:53:25 EST Day2 Today is day row. I am looking forward to this journey and lifestyle change. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:46:41 EST A New Me Hello everyone! I'm ready for a new me.....I've decided its my time, I want to loose 35 pounds and get in shape and have a more healthy lifestyle so I can feel great, look great and enjoy the things that I like doing which include riding motorcycles, scrapbooking, playing with my grandchildren and spending time with my husband and friends. I hope by joining this site it will help me stay motivated and be accountable for what I do. <BR> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:07:43 EST Anyone else doing this alone? Is there anyone else doing this alone with no support? If so how do you keep yourself motivated and on track? I'm using both SparkPeople and SparkCoach, but sometime times having someone to share with would be nice. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 12:23:53 EST A good three weeks I've been working hard on me the past three weeks and I'm down 9lbs. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 12:21:26 EST back again. trying to find good workout video The last few years have been really rough and I put on almost 30lb. I'm 63 and able to workout, but need a good starting video that isn't too long.......I have one that I like that's about 20 minutes, but would like to find more.......I do walk 3-4 times a week for about 1 mile (my driveway is 1/2 mile long and I go down to get the newspaper. I periodically have issues with one knee, so can't always do it..... <BR> <BR> Several years ago - while working out - I pulled something in my shoul... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:12:29 EST Starting Over Hi, my name is Rachon I'm 53 and starting completely over. I reached my goal only to gain it all back. I lost my father and it turned my world upside down literally. I tried to eat away the pain and it shows. I have since looked in the mirror and hate what I see and am so disappointed in myself and what I let happen. I worked so hard to reach my goal. Well no more feeling sorry for myself, or being ashamed of me it's time to get back in the game and give it everything I have got! New me here ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:11:16 EST back again new name old was journeyingjem1 I thought i didn't need this anymore HOHO Mon, 4 Sep 2017 13:34:00 EST Finding my way back I joined SparkPeople around 5 years ago and it has been a great support tool and am just now finding my way back after a long year and half. Looking forward to supporting all of us on our journeys and getting back some in return. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:51:10 EST I'm Back Again Hi, yesterday was my new Day 1, and I started by writing down my goals in my SP Blog. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403483 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for over a decade now and have had my ups and downs. <BR> <BR> Most of the time I've been able to maintain my goal weight, but in the last year and a half the stress, disabilities, and changes in my life unfortunately had me shattering the ceiling of my weight by almost a... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:31:36 EST Introduction Hello i'm Joy, <BR> I'm joining this team today. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:56:32 EST Hi I am new again Hi I am a former spark member from Michigan that has rejoined this wonderful program. I am looking forward to making spark friends and getting back in shape. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:46:27 EST pia Hi, I had a gastric sleeve 2 years ago. I need to find a protein mix that is lactose free. I am having the most difficult time. I tried Unjury, and Whey protein products. I used to be able to use Unjury. I cannot tolerate either now. I use almond or cashew or coconut milk. I cannot use soy milk. I have GI Problems including GERD. i would be appreciate any suggestions. tHANKS. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:28:08 EST Hi From Oklahoma! Hi everybody, I don't recall ever introducing myself although I have been a member of this team for a while. <BR> So Hi, I'm Pam! <BR> I'm a Mom to 3 and Grand Mom (Nana) to 3 boys. I live in Oklahoma with my husband Tom and youngest son Ethan. I love animals, music and being outdoors. <BR> Over the past few years I have lost 200 pounds and still have another 30 to 40 to go. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:45:23 EST New Again :) I was a member here quite a while ago and decided today that I'd like to come back.. I have lost some weight.. My all time top weight was a long time ago but I was at 250.. I've managed to get myself down to 185.. I get frustrated looking at the healthy meals online because most of them include green veggies.. I had a pulmonary imbolism a couple years ago and have been on Warfarin ever since.. It's been confusing because I am told one thing by one pharmacist as to not eat alot of green to oth... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:46:33 EST New here Good morning everyone! Have been on SparkPeople for a while but trying to really participate and get support, encouragement and inspiration. I have been working on healthy eating and have been getting to the gym every weekday for months now (except last week when I was on vacation). Just trying to create really healthy habits to carry through the rest of my life. Hope everyone is doing well! If anyone lives in the Atlanta area I would love to find a fitness buddy! Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:30:20 EST question to put out there I am 50, almost 51 and I have about 49 pounds to lose. I am an avid walker; I walk a lot for work and my job is physically demanding, and on free days I use the treadmill. That being said, I am having a hard time losing weight. Have given up sugar, day 11, and I am not binging at night, which is what I have typically done, but the weight loss is basically a pound or so. Are other people having difficulty losing? Is it hormonal or something else? Just hoping to hear from others my age th... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:47:29 EST Daily Chat I walked a mile from my house to the meet up spot for my free guided tour. Got there early and walked around waiting for the tour. Did the 1.5 hour tour. And then walked the mile back home. It was nice at first, not too cold or too hot. There was a nice cool breeze. As we were walking west it got windier for a little bit as we were walking on the south side of the main street of Escondido, Grand Ave. But then we we crossed the street and started to walk east to see the other side of the ... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:05:21 EST 30 pounds to lose Hi, my name is Linda. I'm 54, 5'2", and weigh 155. In 2013, I got down to 125 pounds. I looked and felt great. I had complications with a back surgery in February 2015, which left me disabled and I can't do a lot of exercise and unfortunately, I found that food can be a comfort and also a curse. My husband has been making comments about my weight and I have tried several times and given up. I want to get my weight down to a comfortable level and feel good about myself. I also have an adult au... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:31:08 EST Get One More... June's Challenge will be Get One More... <BR> <BR> Because we are all working at different levels...just Get One More... <BR> Pick something for the month of June.. <BR> One more ounce of water, one more rep of your favorite (or least favorite) exercise, one more step, one more minute of activity...anything you can think of...One More! Wed, 31 May 2017 22:02:49 EST I am new and eager to lose Just starting on this journey. Have gained 20+ in the last year. Had an operation and lost 70 pounds 3 years ago and here I am gaining again. So disappointed in myself. Need to get my <BR> dignity back. There is no excuse for this. I was swimming laps 3 times a week and have stopped. No excuses just need to do it!!! Tue, 30 May 2017 20:08:54 EST June.. Any ideas for a June or a Summer challenge? Sat, 27 May 2017 15:49:57 EST Buy a Musical Instrument Day... Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Adkistler tells us it's "Buy a Musical Instrument" Day. <BR> <BR> My question is: <BR> <BR> Do you play a musical instrument? Which one would you like to learn to play? <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking, <BR> Laurie Mon, 22 May 2017 10:12:12 EST Recommitted Yesterday I recommitted to walking more and sitting in front of my computer less. I ended up walking for 61 minutes and dang proud for doing it. On another note... I ate a take-out meal that was totally full of grease because I was too hungry to just say no. I told dh not to bring that home for me anymore because of all the grease AND I will make sure never to get that hungry again... remembering that I can't "outwalk" my fork. Good luck everyone! Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:03:53 EST Change a Letter Make a New Word lean to real Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:36:15 EST Photo Challenge.. Hello 50+ members!! <BR> <BR> A new challenge.... <BR> <BR> Post a photo of yourself getting healthy! <BR> Show those "kid sparkers" how it's done! <BR> <BR> Post your photo in this thread or let us know it's on your page. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:08:38 EST All Time Favorite Movie. Gone With The Wind Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:29:14 EST Name a song and who it's by Sugar by Maroon 5 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 22:01:01 EST New to Sp My daughters getting married in April 2018. I want to feel better, look better and have more energy! I also have a lot of stress and am an emotional eater. Looking for support. <BR> Do you find the free app is enough support? Would be interested in hearing from those that use the upgraded app. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:28:42 EST Dandelion Day.. Adkistler says it's National Dandelion Day and talks about how rich in vitamins they are. <BR> What are your thoughts on Dandelions? Have you ever eaten them? Would you? <BR> <BR> <BR> I live on a farm and actually think my lawn covered in bright yellow flowers is quite pretty! (my husband, however, does not agree) <BR> I have never eaten dandelion greens. My mom talks about eating them in salads when she was young. I think I would try them in a salad in a restaurant but I'm not sure I... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:21:11 EST Team Lead I understand we are going to lose Deadcenter as team leader Monday. Are there any takers? I'm not qualified, so I'm out Sun, 2 Apr 2017 22:40:45 EST April Abs New Challenge! <BR> <BR> For at least 4 out of 7 days each week in April, challenge yourself to do some Abs exercise. If you want more than situps, check out the fitness resources at Spark <BR> <BR><BR>ess.asp <BR> <BR> Can you do it? <BR> <BR> Laurie Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:17:36 EST Heny Tucker of Lanham Maryland 1'am a retired male , 67 years old. I have fighting weight all my life but when I retired and stopped smoking the weight got worst. The last time I checked my weight I had manage to drop a few pounds it is just so hard. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:18 EST Getting healthy with challenges From our roadblock discussion, it sounds like there are many of us that face outside challenges that make achieving our goals extra trying. Perhaps you are on a medication that inhibits weight loss, perhaps you have physical limitations that make moving tough. <BR> <BR> How do you deal with your challenges? What's worked? What hasn't? <BR> <BR> Laurie Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:08:29 EST Portion Distortion From our roadblock discussion, portion control is something many of us struggle with. Is it portions of everything or is it your weakness foods? What have you tried to overcome this? <BR> Let's see if, together, we can't find a way to make better choices. <BR> <BR> Laurie Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:05:27 EST Move Me! From our roadblocks discussion, it sounds like I am not the only one that hates to exercise! This is a thread where we can talk about that. What are your "least hated" ways to get exercise? I rely on my pedometer and if I have gotten more steps in today than yesterday I call that good. I am not getting many results so that is, obviously, not good enough!! <BR> <BR> Perhaps if we throw some ideas out together, we can challenge and inspire each other. <BR> <BR> Laurie Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:03:14 EST What is your biggest roadblock? What is your Achilles Heel? Is it portion size, high calorie foods, not enough movement? <BR> <BR> Let's hear it! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:34:19 EST Team Leaders Looking for more folks to help out. Interested let me know and I will add you as a team leader. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:58:14 EST Superheroes Batman Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:24:35 EST Second time around I'm Nancy - I did this 2 years ago and was pleased with the results. Unfortunately all the good habits slipped away and I put all the weight back on. I have lots of reasons but no excuses, it is all on me. Time to get back on the horse and take control. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:28:32 EST Tell a friend challenge - March 6th - 10th Your challenge this week is to share one piece of valuable advice with your team members. <BR> <BR> It can be anything you see has value to our program here at SP. <BR> <BR> It can be health, fitness, or nutrition related. Your words, articles, quotes, or information provided by a health care provider. <BR> <BR> Do it! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:35:49 EST Sue Bee Hi, I am a 65 year old grandma. I lost 70 pounds several years ago and kept it off for many years. However, I broke my arm and injured my knee which stopped my ability to exercise like I once did. If I exercise regularly I seem to be able to eat better. I have regained 45 pounds and feel terrible. It has been like a snowball effect. I am hoping to lose the weight and regain a healthy lifestyle even with a knee that hurts at times. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:21:20 EST Hay There From Iowa! I'm from the cold midlands and recently retired, Now that I have more free time, I'm intent on losing the flab I put on while working a desk job most of my life, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been and hate the way I look and feel! February 10th I started walking on the treadmill and haven't stopped using it since then. While cruising through the internet, I came across Spark People and now here I am! So far I'm motivated by what I'm reading. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:11:28 EST Moment of shame in the gym I'm visiting my daughter and grandson in Minnesota and got a temporary membership to a local Anytime Fitness. Went in for my first workout today and a very fit young lady asked me if I needed help with a piece of the Hammer Strength machine. I had moved over 100 pounds of weight off to the machine to use it. I told her no, I didn't need help..... did it look like it? She said "You had to unload the weight from the machine and I felt bad." Off the cuff I said "That's no problem! I've mov... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:34:45 EST Name one thing ?????? You have done this week to get closer to your goal. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:49:36 EST March Chat Thread Just thought I would start a thread to let those who like to know each other better a place to come and visit and share with everyone. :) Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:07:46 EST Less of me to become more of me. I am a very busy working single mom. I am a social worker and spend my days empowering others. I am good at taking care of others, but not so good at taking care of myself. I know to really take care of others, though, I need to take care of myself first. I am committed to doing this. I want to lose 40 pounds and find my way to less of me in order to become more of me. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey in Spark. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:17 EST psychnurse My weight has been fluctuating due to health related issues. Two years ago I underwent treatment and surgery for breast cancer. The medication that I am taking is an estrogen suppressant and in the past two years I have developed quite a large belly. My grandson asks me "do you have a baby in there grandma?". I desperately want to get rid of this belly fat, regain my strength and increase my activity level. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:41:36 EST Would appreciate a partner I've gained 20 pounds.... Heading toward my all time high. I'm blaming hormone changes. I'm 58 years old @ 166 pounds. I would like a partner or two for supporting each other. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:13:09 EST Goals I plan on losing 26 lbs. by Aug. 19 and exercise 5 days a week. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:53:08 EST Heartfelt Ramblings I've been having a really hard time focusing and consistently doing what needs to be done to get my weight down to a healthy level. I joined the MOVE program with the VA, thinking that having a dietician to come along side and hold me accountable would finally help put my head in the right place. She pretty much checked out and has been MIA since I started the program the beginning of December. The program is 84 days, so my time with it is about up. I've lost maybe 5 pounds- and it's not ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:11:29 EST Valentine's Day So tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Is that a thing in your world? <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been together 25 years but have never made much of Valentine's Day. It might be my dislike of chocolate or my not liking to spend money on flowers...or it might be that for most of our marriage my truck driver husband has worked away...we tend to make sure we make time for ourselves on a regular basis so Valentine's Day seems unnecessary. <BR> <BR> How about you? Plans? No Plans? Big Day? Ju... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:29:34 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:44 EST mama1234563 Hi! I'm Sharon from Kentucky. I joined spark people to add to my accountability and also to feel supported by and offer support to others on our journey to healthier living. I especially need the support of others, as I have a tendency to get discouraged and quit. I have, however, come a long way in my decision that I am worth the effort! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:38:20 EST I need to get healthy! I turned 60 this year and it seems to have scared me into wanting to get healthy! I am in the worst shape of my life and need some inspiration/motivation! Time to stop the yo-yo cycle and get in shape!! <em>381</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:21:48 EST Friendly February... I find staying involved in the community of Sparkpeople really keeps me motivated! <BR> <BR> Let's try this...for every week in February, commit to giving a different team member a goodie or friendly note on their page. You can copy and past below and update every day or weekly. <BR> <BR> February 1-7... <BR> <BR> February 8-14 <BR> <BR> February 15-21 <BR> <BR> February 16-28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's Go!! <BR> <BR> Laurie <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:40:39 EST new to site <em>4</em> hi, I am not new to sparks but am new to communicating onlovethe recipes and the spin. I am terrified of the scale good or bad . if it is good I think ohhh i can eat, because I lost! or I gained or stayed the sam,e I can't eat. and panic. <BR> <BR> so once every three months works for me, and when the 3 month approaches I am still the same as the everyday weigh in at the scale. just less amount of stress <BR> I really need to lose 25 or more pounds I neve... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:22:14 EST Do You Believe ??????? Eating after a certain time at night (close to bedtime) is detrimental to weight loss? <BR> <BR> <BR> My answer is NO! <BR> <BR> If I eat a snack at 8PM and retire for the night at 9 - 9:30 as long as I have stayed within my calorie budget for the day then loss or maintenance is not effected Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:28:37 EST Gypsy Juls .. Hi I have found myself in Mexico under some really stressful circumstances that started in September 2016 and I've recently been told that I'll be here for another 6 to 9 months. Since I've been in Mexico, I've lost my local support group in Henderson, NV and I've gained about 20 pounds. I'm looking for some support as I get back in shape. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:37:13 EST Hi Everyone! Well, I've purchased it all...and not used a bit of it. So, a friend has been very successful with this site. So, I hope I am too. Anything positive you can tell me, would be helpful! Thanks! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:17:31 EST Starting SparkPeople today Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Cindy, 53 yrs old, married, and stay at home wife. I get pretty bored when my better half is out of town working 2-3 weeks at a time. We just moved from Florida to Alabama to be close to the grandkids 2, 8 and 15 all boys. <BR> don't know anyone yet. I am not much of a people person. I have knee and back problems, so I need a program at home. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight and solve my low energy. I am addicted to the computer or busy making a quilt. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:20:57 EST Just Started Weight Loss Journey with Nutrisystem I ordered the Nutrisystem New You Now program and have started the Fast Five. I'm very interested to hear how other people feel about the program and what successes and challenges they experience. I would like to lose 30 pounds, 40 would be even better. For exercise I mostly like to saber fence and lift weights. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:22:35 EST Newbie i am retired, have worked as a hairdresser for 40 plus years on my feet and on the go, now retired and sitting too much have gained 40 pounds and need to get in shape, husband loves to eat and sleep, i am falling into his pattern, need help to get motivated for myself. <em>249</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:39:56 EST Hoping to lose weight Hello all, I am joining today hoping to lose 25 lbs by my 60th birthday April 14th I know that following this program I have a better chance than doing it alone. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:55:07 EST New Year's Resolutions: The Definition of Insanity Every one of us, women mostly have an "I hate my body moment. That's almost all of us. Looking in the mirror wanting to change something". <BR> We believe that we are 100% capable of changing more than our bodies. We are able to change our perspective. <BR> This year, lets doubt less and do more. Lets actually focus on what we can change, instead of things we can't. Let's put good things into our bodies, This year let's look into the mirror and proudly own it all. <BR> <BR> This year is Turn... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:59:49 EST Hello Hi, my name is Lucy. I have about 30 pounds I would like to use. This is my fourth time joining Spark. I never felt motivated with Spark in the past and didn't feel the need to keep up with it. In the spring of 2016, I lost 20 pounds in a six week challenge by doing a VERY strict diet and an intense workout every morning. Once the challenge was over, I went back to eating normally and not working out as hard. Needless to say, the weight came back. I know that I can only be successful wi... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:56:55 EST Mini Fruit Challenge - Jan 2nd - 6th Five day Fruit challenge starting Monday <BR> <BR> Add fruit to every meal or between meal snack time totalling at least two servings per day. <BR> <BR> Post your results by making a little chart like below in your first post and then just come back and edit, cut, paste, and repost it for each day of the week with fruits that have passed your lips. Those successful win one all expense paid trip to bragging land. <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Frid... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:24:30 EST Hi Brand new member!,, Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:10:40 EST Daily Accountability This time around, I want to hold myself accountable and use the SP online support as part of that accountability. Anyone interested in joining me? I am going to post daily on this forum topic whether or not I completed the below action steps. If you want to use these steps, great...just copy and paste and add "yes" or "no" and any notes that you might want to add. If you want to add others, please do. I hope that some of you will want to join me daily. It's a quick and easy way to conne... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:48:07 EST First Day Hello, my name is Cheryl. I've spent the last several years being a caregiver to my mother who suffers from dementia. She has deteriorated to the point that she will be placed in a long term facility in early 2017. I've spent the last 8 years eating my feelings and trying not to let the baggage of my childhood get to me during her outbursts and living in this sort of limbo not being able to make any plans for 5 minutes from now or 5 years from now. I want to shed some of the unhealthy hab... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:44:17 EST Hi, my name is Winnie I have been in need of a diet for years, this is the day. I am hoping for support to get rid of about 50lbs Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:38:41 EST good morning Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:35 EST Merry Chistmas 2016 Blessed are we to be here today to celebrate another Christmas season with those most important to each of us. <BR> <BR> Be safe, be happy, be blessed. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas <BR> <BR> -DC Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:54:06 EST Good days / Bad days A Bad day: Not enough sleep, seeking more energy through food, too tired to exercise... <BR> <BR> A Good day: Good night sleep, big very nutritious breakfast, 30+ minutes of exercise early on, plenty of water ... <BR> <BR> It takes a few good days to overcome one bad day, but it is worth it. and the bad days remind me to keep at it for the long run. <BR> <BR> A Good week: One to two pounds per week and improve strength and muscle mass. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:28:57 EST Happy Solstice (or Yule if you prefer)! Happy Solstice! I actually got up at 5:44 to welcome it. Then I went back to bed and slept until 8:30. <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts about Winter Solstice: <BR> <BR> Stonehenge is directly aligned with sunset on the Winter solstice. <BR> In ancient times, this was the day cattle were slaughtered so they didn't have to be fed all winter. <BR> The summer wine and beer was fermented by Solstice. <BR> In certain Wiccan and pagan traditions, the Yule celebration arose from the Celtic story of... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:44:07 EST Mini Challenge - Dec 19th - 23rd Ah ha, Your challenge for this week is <BR> <BR> <BR> VEGETABLES - You do it, You pick it, You eat it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Go find something you have never tried and give it a shot. <BR> <BR> Do it once over the five days and tell us how you did. <BR> <BR> What was it? <BR> How was it? <BR> How did you cook it? <BR> Would you have it again? <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:39:59 EST I got called fat the first time in my life! I've never had a weight issue until the last couple of years. My doctor says it must not be a problem as I'm drug free and all my numbers are good. That was last year and 15 lighter. Last sat at a family party my mom grabbed my back and very loudly said omg you are getting fat. You have never been fat look at these fat rolls as she grabbed a handfull. mortified does not describle how embarrassed I was. All week, I've been hurt feeling but admitting I am getting fat. I just don't know wh... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:21:07 EST Somehow I lost 5 pounds...... I started a new program with the VA a weeks ago. And have been kind loosey-goosey about following it (making holiday treats is NOT helping!). Anyhow, I'm down 5 pounds somehow. I'm expecting it's going to catch up with me sooner rather than later, but for now I'm just going to enjoy it! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:57:50 EST Mini Challenge - Dec 12th - Dec 16th Over the next five days do something for someone, anyone that you would not normally do. <BR> <BR> Anything for anyone - Outside of what you would or may normally do. <BR> <BR> Big or small doesn't matter. Just reach out and make a difference somehow, somewhere, for someone. <BR> <BR> -DC <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:15:46 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm Kathie. My weight problem spiraled out of control when I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2009. Instead of losing weight while going through chemo - I gained it. After all my chemo, surgeries, and radiation, I never felt strong enough to go back to work. So, I have just been sitting around the house and 'eating' for 7 years now. I find that some of my eating habits are emotional and a lot from boredom. I am tired of just buying bigger clothes and having no energy ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:49:13 EST Hello! My name is Retta and I am SO wanting to lose 40 pounds...for better health and yes, to look better, feel better. It's so difficult though to get started with moving..(exercise). <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:06:22 EST The be more mini challenge - Dec 5th - 9th Exercise challenge - 5 Day <BR> <BR> Because I do not know all of you and your fitness level, It makes it difficult to prescribe one for all. <BR> <BR> I may in the future but thought starting small was better. <BR> <BR> Same as the fruits challenge - created a monday through friday list and post your results daily. <BR> As mentioned before you will have to cut and past your daily result to a new post everyday for the team to be properly notified by email of the update. Not my system, jus... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:39:09 EST Late night snacking This is the beast in hiding for me. <BR> <BR> When the clock nears six my brain changes and bad habits try to rule. I fight a good fight but I don't always win. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:28:58 EST Sugar - Friend or foe Not mine - I have a terrible sweet tooth. Worse since quiting smoking Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:26:43 EST Am I doing this all wrong?? Hi, y'all. New and already wrote this, so I'm probably doing it all wrong, but just to say I'm taking desperate measures 'cos I've been on a plateau (again) 2 1/2 wks. Lost 10 last year, 23 this year since July (yeah, slow), 20 to go. I'll check back in tomorrow, but I got 8 pts today. (Now just have to study up and see what that means!) <em>524</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:36:02 EST Do you say MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HOLIDAYS??? MERRY CHRISTMAS Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:51:59 EST Did you exercise today????? I bounce back and forth during the week between cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> I replaced a very cumbersome recumbent bike with this and put it together last night <BR> <BR> Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent 60 minutes on it this morning before breakfast. <BR> <BR> -DC Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:24:37 EST First time here Hello, everyone, today is my first time (day) here. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:48:48 EST Eat your Fruit - 5 day Mini Challenge Five day Fruit challenge starting today. <BR> <BR> Add fruit to every meal or between meal snack time totalling at least two servings per day. <BR> <BR> Post your results by making a little chart in your first post here and then just come back and edit it for the rest of the week. Those successful win one all expense paid trip to bragging land. <BR> <BR> Monday: - Breakfast - 1 Apple - 1/2 Banana - Blueberries at lunch <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Thursday: <BR> Friday: <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:09:54 EST Active members give a thumbs up here Hi Gang, I want to definitely get off on the right foot with this team so I am asking for a thumbs up from those active. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> That will give me some idea <em>38</em> where to focus my energy and how to best work this team to make it successful. <BR> <BR> So emoticon or words just let me know who the regulars are so we can start building For success. <BR> <BR> <em>595</em> <BR> <BR> -DC Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:23:15 EST Hello Everyone. I'm KJ. I'm a Baby Boomer who is sooooo out of shape. Haven't taken care of myself in years and I smoke a pack per day. Time to take my life back. I've got at least thirty pounds to lose and an almost total life change must take place in regard to nutrition and activity. Hoping this will work. I'm open to suggestions. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:10:16 EST In three words say what you want for Christmas. Peace on Earth Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:02:30 EST a quick HELLO from your newest noob! <em>213</em> <BR> Morning! I'm new to Sparks, new to low-carb eating, and new to having to worry about my blood sugar. I'm a little nervous about this particular journey, but excited about the destination (you know -- good health, being a skinny-minny, new adventure, yadda yadda yadda :D) Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:50:03 EST Seated Workout Videos Here are some seated workout videos. Check them out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>category.asp?tag=seated%20workout </link> Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:20:00 EST Just joined! Over 55, living with depression and fibromyalgia.....weight loss will help.... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:15:12 EST November Goal(s) <em>38</em> <BR> Another new month is upon us. What are your goals for November? Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:18:59 EST For Those that Count Your Steps For those that count your steps done them here. This can be used as an accountability or as a goal that you want to achieve...or whatever. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:09:53 EST Weight Tracking I'm curious to know when and how often everyone records their weight. Two weeks ago a friend created a facebook group for anyone who wanted to lose weight. It's 12 weeks, and we report our pounds lost every Monday morning. My first week I lost 2.2 pounds and last week I lost 2.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> For me, having the 'real time' accountability has pushed me past my plateau. I had been avoiding the scale and wasn't tracking my weight on a regular basis. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:39:06 EST Hope this works I have started many diets in my 68 years and many of them were successful over the short term, but like many other dieters, I always have gained back the weight and more. In the last year I tried to lose weight multiple times, but was unsuccessful. As I've gotten older, the weight does not come off like it used to. I exercise every day, but that isn't enough. I hope trying this new site will help, although the thought of losing 45 pounds is very daunting. 5 years ago I successfully lost 4... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:11:20 EST Oregon Grandma I am a 62 year Grandmother with about 30-40 pounds to lose. I had gained a lot of weight from Prednisone and have only lost about half of it. I have a stationary bike. I am finding it very helpful to enter food into a log. I think twice before grabbing something to eat now! I love the reports, it was a surprise to me that I was not eating as much fiber as I thought. The reports really helped me see that. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:50:40 EST Izzy Hi my name is Isobel, I have 40+ pounds to lose. I am finding it very hard! Especially the motivation to exercise . I have Fibro Mialga so hurt much of the time. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:02 EST Question 10/17 If you were grading yourself, what would your grade be for how you are doing on this journey to better health, thus far? How can or what can you do to make it better? Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:05:49 EST Tired of being overweight... I eat and drink out of boredom!! <BR> Need to find activities close to home to fill my time!!! <BR> Please wish me well and give me strength. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:40:09 EST Greetings Hello Spark people. I'm not sure how this works, but I'm very uncomfortable with my body and I need to lose weight, for my health and self-esteem. With the Holidays upon us I fear the worst. The worst is I gain more weight. I need and want to do this! I sure hope this works! <BR> <BR> Sincerely, <BR> Overweight in Indiana - aka - Sandy Miles Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:50 EST Just joined today Looking forward to this. Having difficulty staying with a program, trying to schedule a menu plan if anyone has any ideas please let me know thank you Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:32:00 EST im here to make positive changes to my lifestyle Hi everyone, my name is Dee. I'm looking forward to new ideas and how to stay motivated while I make progress, There is no turning back I am only looking forward, Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:22:55 EST I don't understand team points I see posts stating "1 point for the team today," etc. How do we earn points for the team, and how do we give them to the team? Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:45:03 EST POINTS I AM NEW- NEED HELP- I DO NOT UNDER THE POINTS? WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE POITS OU COLLECT? WHERE DO FIND WHAT TO DO WITH THE POINTS? Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:32:22 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:51 EST Question 9/12 <em>38</em> Which healthy gift would you like to receive this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> A health-related magazine subscription or book <BR> <BR> Access to fitness (gym or class pass, videos, equipment) <BR> <BR> A fitness watch/band <BR> <BR> Relaxing spa treatments or products <BR> <BR> A charitable donation in your honor <BR> <BR> A race entry fee (5K, 10K, bike ride) <BR> <BR> Other (please specify) Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:37:01 EST Jan from Colorado Hello all, I was a spark member for a few years ,under jaycee05 but now when I tried to sign back on that name was taken. So now I am jaycee007. Like James Bond ...007. <BR> Let's see if I can be fast with getting my metabolism geared up. I need all the help I can get, because I have been hypothyroid for about 10 yrs now and for switching my meds...going from levothyroxine to synthyroid. I have gained weight in the last five months... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:16:29 EST New member with new life challenges I have always watched my weight, and I have gone up and down a few pounds my whole life, but I made a huge change in my life last year, and the pounds have gradually crept up on me and I am having the HARDEST time losing them now. I have never had a problem losing weight, its always been easy, but now it doesn't want to budge. So I'm hoping joining in and getting some support from others will help. I also joined the 5K walk/jog challenge, and now that I have publicly announced it, hopefully i... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:39:32 EST A to Z Women name's Alice Fri, 2 Sep 2016 15:35:46 EST A to Z Men's Names Adam Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:30:31 EST Weight Tracker on Page Hi how do you add the weight tracker below the messages posted? Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:32:24 EST Question 8/25 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What are you striving to achieve here on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> a. lose weight <BR> b. gain weight <BR> c. maintain weight <BR> d. learn healthier habits <BR> e. other, please specify Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:10:15 EST Biggest Loser Hi. I am posting this for the challenge team Biggest Loser.(not to be confused with the BLC team). Naturally,each team is different in some respects. You can join as an active member or honorary member. Difference--active member posts weight/stats that count for your team/against the other teams. Honorary member doesn't count toward the team stats, etc. I can't speak for the other teams, but, I do know that some have more requirements for the honorary members than the one that I co-lead (Gold... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:46:11 EST Weekly Goal - 8/22/16 I've read that those who have successfully lost weight always set small goals. So, what's your goal for this week?? <BR> <BR> My goal is to eliminate all soda (diet and regular) and drink at least 80 oz. of water each day. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:56:27 EST Menopause...How does/did it effect you? For those that this pertains to...share here. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:55:52 EST Who Wants/Needs a Buddy? There are times when we all need someone for accountability. If you would like to have a buddy for encouragement, support &amp; motivation, or just someone to talk with, please post so here. <BR> <BR> It will be up to each of you to contact each other. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:49:40 EST Question 8/21 <em>38</em> Are you an emotional eater? Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:46:43 EST Post what Physical Exercise You Did Today We all know we need to get exercise. Some do specific exercises, others get it in their activity every day. Post whatever you do, that is body in motion. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:41:01 EST Question 8/19 <em>38</em> <BR> Do you have a exercise routine or do you kind of fly by the seat of your pants? Do whatever...whenever? Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:18:58 EST Question for 8/18 <em>38</em> Are you currently on any challenge teams on Sparkpeople? (Like Biggest Loser, 5%, Biggest Loser Challenge, etc) <BR> <BR> If not, would you be interested in them? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:59:09 EST Non-Scale Victories (NSV) So many of us struggle to get that scale to move and need to remind ourselves that we're making lots of smart changes that will make us healthier even if the scale doesn't always reflect our efforts. <BR> <BR> So take a minute and tell us about one of your non-scale victories (NSV). Are your clothes looser? Do you sleep better? Do you have more energy? <BR> Whatever positive change you've noticed, we want to hear about it. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:07:21 EST What Positive Step Did You Make Today? No matter how big or all counts! <BR> <BR> Post a positive step that you made today. <em>381</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:00:26 EST 7th time is the charm! 8-) Have been using Sparkpeople on &amp; off for 5+ years now. It helps a lot, but I kept losing my motivation, then lost any progress I had made. This time around, my focus was on healthy eating and more exercise in order to get off some Rx drugs. Was really scared when some new studies came out that statins for chloresterol, and heartburn meds can contribute heavily to dementia. YIKES! I'm nutty enough already! I went off simvastatin &amp; omeprazole (with Dr. guidance, of course!). With... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:33:54 EST Hi! I'm Patti I am not new to SP, but I haven't been here in a while. Ready to get healthy again after my brother passed away. I'm doing this in his honor. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:30:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:07:19 EST What Are You Struggling With Today? As we all know, we each have struggles of different kinds. Small or bigger ones. Share whatever you are having trouble with today....sometimes, others have answers/suggestions that we never thought of. <BR> <BR> Together, <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:44:38 EST Words that start and end with same letter. noun Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:56:36 EST Hi I am Pam Hi I am new to the team. I am a former spark member who needs to loose the 30 pounds I have gained since menapause. I know this is not going to be easy and I am going to have to exercise and track my food. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:30:11 EST Thanks for the opportunity! Hi! My name is Pat and I rejoining after gaining back half of what I lost last time. I definitely need the support and structure to keep on track. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:52:21 EST How do I join the team? I thought I had joined this team a few years ago and then I quit. My Sparkpage says I do not belong to any team. How do I join? I find this site a bit hard to navigate. Please help. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:16:10 EST What did you have for breakfast today? Or, what do you usually eat for breakfast? Thu, 14 Jul 2016 03:59:32 EST Hi I'm Lynda This is a very confusing for a 62 year old woman to start, but, I am trying very hard. I lost 85 lbs on my own after I was diagnoised with Congestive Heart Failure. I have gained 10 back, but, for the most part have kept the weight off over 5 years. I need to lose 32 more lbs to get to my goal for a total of 106 lbs lost. I look forward to playing with this and learning how to use it to my best advantage. You all seem so nice Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:50:08 EST I am sooo ready Hello. I am a recent retired school teacher. Because of several health issues I am unable to do a lot of exercises and activities that I would like to do. Due to my sedentary lifestyle and hypothyroidism, I have gained a lot of weight. I am so ready to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to become more healthy. how lucky for me that SparkPeople is available for free to help people like me and look forward to loosing some weight (45 pounds), to get where I should be. Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:35:44 EST New to this team, not new to Sparks. Hi All, <BR> I've been a member of Sparks since 2006. Didn't get serious about losing weight until 2012. Had a Mini Stroke, THAT can really change your life outlook. It sure did mine. <BR> I'm losing at snail speed but still losing. To date I have lost 169 pounds. I have another 25 to 30 to lose before I am to my goal weight. <BR> I'm 51, mom to 3, Grandmother (Nana) to two with a 3rd Grand Baby due Aug 2nd. <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with new friends. <BR> <... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:01:53 EST So glad I joined SparkPeople! Today is my second day, but I feel so motivated and since it's a holiday,(which in the past has been an excuse to not eat as well as I should) I found the support I needed to remain on my healthy food plan right here! Thank you all! <BR> Ann paul Mon, 4 Jul 2016 18:01:03 EST new beginnings HI! My name is Karla and I live in Michigan. I was a single-parent until my daughter was frown and she is now happily married and currently living in Washington. I have been marred for three years to my wonderful and very supportive husband Rob. We live with and take care of my father who has Alzheimer’s and other health issues. My husband also has health issues for which he is under a doctor’s care and has had several surgeries in the last few years, the last one just weeks ago. We have seve... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 19:12:05 EST i am lee ann Hi team. Introducing myself. I am 60 years old and have battled with a weight problem for most of my adult years. Now at 60 I have found out that I have just crossed over into Type 2 diabetes. It is reversable if i will lose weight. So far since December I have lost a total of 12 pounds but should have lost more. Problem was I had no motivation, now I have to lose the weight or be diabetic so now have motivation. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:08:09 EST New way to look at BMI? I joined this group because I'm 67 and want to lose 50 pounds, or fewer depending on how I look and feel. I've lost about 30 pounds and still feel I need to go farther because my waist measurement can still be improved. But it's getting harder to take those pounds off. I'm at a set point that I weighed for a couple of decades. Can we say plateau? <BR> <BR> I started this weight loss program for health reasons. I'm T2 diabetic, or was. My blood glucose has come down quite significantly and th... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:39:52 EST Paleo Hi my me is Angie, I have been eating Paleo for 4 and a half weeks, and have only lost 3 and a half pound. This is very frustrating! All the books that I have read boast about fast and easy weight loss. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:44:37 EST Eleventy Eleventh try to lose weight Yeah, you read that right. I have gone on more diets and weight loss ventures and get fit programs than there are words to count. <BR> <BR> I've been at it this time since March, to start out. I topped out at 193 lbs. which is almost 100 lbs. more than I weight when I got pregnant the last time, 33 years ago. I never used to weigh even 100 unless I was pregnant, but that last pregnancy did me in. My metabolism came to a screeching, grinding halt, complete with fanfare and fireworks. <BR> ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:03:13 EST A to Z Names of Cities. A= Albany Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:53:04 EST taking the long view of the path to health I just realized if I had kept up even the small changes I have made so far when I first started spark people, I would not have to worry about weight. This thought helps me to project what I can do if I stay with it and keep up the good habits over the long haul. I had two false starts and this time I really plan to stay with it and go for the healthy life. I always start a diet by gaining a few pounds--talk about a motivation killer---but this time I looked at it as a sign that the diet w... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:49:58 EST 2nd Time Around Too! Hi Everyone, I'm Susan... Joined a while ago - made my goal and little by little what I lost &amp; more has crept back on. Seems harder to lose the older I get. I'm looking forward to being on this journey with the rest of you! <BR> Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:00:09 EST Newbie here! Hi everyone! My name is Erin and I am not new to Spark but am new to this team. Although I have been gone for awhile, I have managed to maintain the 100 pound weight loss that I had. Whew! Not an easy task when your mobility has been severally hampered. I am married and live in Nebraska. Hoping to make lots of new friends and get the rest of this weight off. <BR> Erin Fri, 27 May 2016 14:51:53 EST Making a weight ticker I've forgotten how to set up a weight ticker and I love seeing that thing go. Success keeps me motivated. Can anyone tell me how to do this? Thu, 26 May 2016 17:51:16 EST To rethink this whole idea diet? Healthy? Hi my name is Karen, I am 65 and my weight is climbing all the time. I work for a small school district as a Food Service Director (which I love) and I also put in part time work at a Bed & Breakfast as a waitress on the weekends. So one can say I am around food all the time. My goal is to loose 30 lbs and try and stay healthy. Now that the summer is coming and the school year is almost over (one more week). This is what I want to do for myself. I want to put myself First!! I have a gre... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:04:54 EST hi everyone Hi everyone, 1st day today. went for a pre op test and finally realised how i have let myself go. so now i am gonna reign in the fat girl and let my slim sexy girl have a chance. ( girl that makes me chuckle im 55 lol ). <BR> so i hope you lot are all doing well and maybe some of you will keep me spurned on to lose that fat person that has taken up most of my life. oh and by the way I have an underactive thyroid if any of you suffer the same would be grat to hear how your all coping, I live i... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:04:47 EST Plantar Fisciitis I believe I have Plantar Fasciitis (I have had it before) and it is keeping me from walking or exercise. My feet hurt really bad after sitting and it doesn't matter if I sit for a little bit or longer they hurt to walk. I wear shoes most of the time but my feet swell throughout the day and it feels great to take them off. I have a short term weight goal and a long term weight goal. My short term goal is to lose 30 lbs then my long term goal is to reach my goal weight. Looking for advice on ho... Wed, 18 May 2016 15:48:42 EST HELLO ~ 2nd time Around! i'm Michelle and this is my 2nd time with Sparkpeople. i Originally joined back in 2006 and really loved it and had met Lots of nice friends. My First WeightLoss started in 2005, took about 5 years, and i lost 100 was the BEST and most AMAZING feeling i had experienced in SO many years! i think you get so comfortable in that life and Forget really HOW you got there, and how hard you worked, and you start your OLD habits..well Now i've worked some of my weight Back UP. i had gotten ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:44:00 EST Starting Today Hi, my name is Ann I am 54 and married to my husband for 36 years (not all easy either but wouldn't change it). I have always had some weight issues (up and down) my average from age 17 to 35 was 165 but from then on it was a little more every year. However, when I hit 50 It was even more. Now at 54 I weigh 205 and in a size 16/18. I have no energy to play with my grand kids and I want to change that starting today! I look forward to getting to know others that are on the same path. Fri, 13 May 2016 12:39:01 EST So far Started seriously 1/1/16 at. 228lbs <BR> Today hit 210.5 <BR> Most helpful is posting my food and calories daily Thu, 12 May 2016 12:41:52 EST New widow Hello, everyone. <BR> <BR> My weight loss had been stalled for awhile when my husband became ill. I stopped tracking my food while he was sick and was eating hospital food. He passed away ten weeks later, on March 15. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm trying to piece my life together and know it's important that I take good care of myself. I weighed myself tonight, for the first time since December. I've gained around ten pounds. I have Type II diabetes that's well-controlled. I belong to a gym that has w... Tue, 3 May 2016 22:50:58 EST Hello everyone.... I am a 58 year old female that has been off and on steroids, both oral and injections for my spine for many years. I have 50 pounds to lose by September, any suggestions on the best diet / excercise program to take off steroid weight? Mon, 2 May 2016 10:29:47 EST Divorce weight gain Hello everyone. I've joined spark people because I've gained a lot of weight during an extremely painful divorce. It's almost final now and the emotional pain is finally manageable, but my weight has gotten out of control. I stress eat and drink a lot at night and I have large portions whenever I eat. Basically, I suppose I'm hoping to have support as I start to care for my physical self again. I'm not familiar with the community yet, so I guess I'll be wandering around on the boards as I fig... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:51:53 EST New to SparkPeople my name is Angela I'm new to SparkPeople and I am loving this website. It has some very good information and helpful tips. My goal is to lose weight. They hardest thing for me is to stay focus. I welcome all the support I can get! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:10:13 EST CCgal Hi everybody, <BR> Here I am with about 40 lbs too much. It is a real challenge to lose this weight, everything is stacked against it, age, shut-in, isolation, and so on. But this is a health issue. I am reaching out to the other people who are riding the same train. I am in need of encouragement and a cheering section as we all are. I promise to not whine. thanks CCgal Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:07:04 EST I'm back I used to on here a couple of years ago under I'm pasteelers055....had to use the new name. So good to be back! This is a great place...very helpful! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:44:43 EST Another go at it!! Minimal luck with Weight Watcher Jan./Feb. (12 pounds) then no weight loss for almost a month. I am giving this site a try and hoping for more success. It is rough, real rough to stay on the "good girl" path! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:50:18 EST Need to lose a little for my liver transplant Hi All, <BR> My doctor wants me to lose some weight before liver transplant, about 15-20# for now (more can come later). My cirrhotic liver, past use of steroids (which made me insulin dependent) for sarcoidosis, and a host of immune issues make weight loss very, very difficult. <BR> It's been a tough winter. I had to stop teaching and my boss gave me committee work (he's the man!) as I prepare for the transplant and deal with my crappy immune system, diabetes, chronic pain, upcoming (hop... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 21:18:54 EST back again hi my name is cyndi and i am back again but this time i got it Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:00:01 EST New to Sparkspeople Hi all, <BR> Looking forward to starting this website...I really need to lose weight and get into shape for health reasons first and of course looking great will be an added bonus. Looking forward to blogging with all of you and reading all of your accomplishments...Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:56:25 EST Hey Everyone! First day on program...doing well so far lol I have enjoyed reading your messages and I love the food tracer! Thankful for this website :) Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:26:08 EST brass band brass band Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:55:56 EST Greetings "mature" SparkPeople! I signed up a few days ago because I know to be successful with my weight loss and fitness goals I need to be accountable! It worked for me in the past using a different forum, and I suspect it will work for me again if I can find my mojo here on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This spark is a soon-to-be 64 year old retired and married lady with two fur babies. I have a grown son, daughter in law and 13 year old grandson. <BR> <BR> I'm using a fitbit to track my steps and activity, and I am (so fa... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:53:05 EST starting over I am starting over, but this time seems a little easier with the healthy eating, cant really say the same for the exercise part yet though. <BR> I am enjoying shakeology in the mornings and I am doing beachbody exercise and trying to get my ten thousand steps in. Leaving today for a two week fishing trip... hopefully I will get the steps in, pretty sure that will be my main exercise while I'm gone. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:21:44 EST 59 and needing help. I've been dieting on and off for over 30 years. I'm at a very high point (195) and I don't want to be one of those 60 year olds sitting on the couch eating every night. My husband has always been in great shape, so he doesn't understand this horrible struggle (but he is VERY supportive). I'm thinking, with the help from others who actually understand how hard this is...maybe this time I can do it!! Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:07:39 EST Just started I started a VLCD on March 6th, 2016 under the supervision of a doctor at a weight loss center. 800 calories per day. <BR> I am at the point that it is psychologically difficult. I have lost 7 pounds, probably mostly fluids, and I know that will not continue. I think I am going to need some help to do this. I transition to a different diet soon, but it would help if someone else coould share a common experience with me. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 21:17:58 EST Professional Dieter all my life I have come from an overweight family and have struggled to keep a normal weight and started losing the battle when I turned 40. I have tried on and off to lose weight for years and finally gave up. A couple of years ago, I started to try to eat healthy and get my weight down to normal again without much success. I am really ready to get serious and see results. <BR> I love the outdoors. I like walking and biking, mostly. I am trying to become more active and really start living my li... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:41:32 EST And so the challenge continues I am back on the wagon, hoping that I find a way to not fall off this time. <BR> With life comes challenges. With challenges comes lessons. With lessons comes knowledge. I hope with the many challenges and life lessons I have accumulated over the years I will maintain the weight loss and overall healthier feeling on this journey. My spontaneity and sense of adventure sometimes creates additional obstacles to contend with. <BR> Life is an adventure. I am doing what I can to enjoy t... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:43:21 EST Intro Hi! I am new to Spark, need to get healthy and feeling good to live the rest of my wonderful life. Would enjoy encouraging others to do the same . Sat, 27 Feb 2016 23:01:32 EST Lisa Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:47 EST Passion My weight has fluctuated since I reached my 40th birthday. I've used different diets over the years, I reach my target then a problem arises and I become a comfort eater my weight piles back on then my passion disappears. I have tried hypnotism which worked for a while. I don't eat badly and I know what to eat its just getting the balance of how much food I intake daily, I don't like gyms but I do like to go outdoors. I just want to get of this roller coaster Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:06:15 EST